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Kenya: KDF Turns Down Female Recruitees

Kenya: KDF Turns Down Female Recruitees

Women who turned up for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment in Lamu County returned home disappointed. The more than 800 female candidates who showed up at the Kibaki grounds on Lamu Island on Monday were sent away after it emerged that this year’s exercise only targeted males. Lt-Col Vincent Pera, the senior KDF recruiting […]

Training Kenya’s Next Ballerinas From Africa’s Biggest Slum

Training Kenya’s Next Ballerinas From Africa’s Biggest Slum

With more than 2.5 million people in some 200 settlements, the slum dwellers in Nairobi represent more than half of the city’s population and occupy merely 6 percent of the land, according to a report [PDF] released in 2014 by the African Population and Health Research Center. As the biggest slum in Africa and one of […]

Kenya: Driver Linked to Lawyer Willie Kimani’s Killing Arrested, Due in Court Today

Kenya: Driver Linked to Lawyer Willie Kimani’s Killing Arrested, Due in Court Today

The man who drove the taxi which lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and the driver had used on June 23 from Mavoko to Limuru has been arrested. The suspect, according to the investigations, took part in the entire planning and actual murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph […]

Kenya: Three Female Attackers Killed in Police Station

Kenya: Three Female Attackers Killed in Police Station

Three women tricked their way into a Mombasa police station where they stabbed one officer and set fire to the building with a petrol bomb before they were shot dead. Under the pretext of reporting a stolen phone, the women walked into the police station on Sunday morning around 10:30 local time, with a knife […]

Kenya: Two Killed as Lorry Plunges Into Riverbed

Kenya: Two Killed as Lorry Plunges Into Riverbed

Two people were killed on the spot and a third one seriously injured after a lorry plunged into the bed of Kaiti River at a bridge near Wote Town, Makueni County, on Thursday night. Witnesses said the lorry driver heading to Wote Town attempted to overtake another vehicle at the bridge when it hit the […]

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Set in the picturesque rolling hills of the Kerio Valley, St Patrick’s Iten is one of Kenya’s best known schools, as noted for the academic pedigree of its students as for its production line of elite athletes. Its alumni include David Rudisha, the double Olympic 800-metre champion, Wilson Kipketer, a three-time world champion over the […]

Kenya’s Seaside Looks Peaceful, But A Murderous War Is Being Waged

Kenya’s Seaside Looks Peaceful, But A Murderous War Is Being Waged

A football field and a grove of mango trees lie between Bongwe and its neighbouring village. On one side live the family of 33-year-old Subira Mwangole, shot dead by gunmen while watching television with friends one evening in May. On the other live his alleged murderers. The two villages, 30km south of the port city […]

Fresh Two Thirds Gender Rule Bid Goes Before Kenya’s Senate

Fresh Two Thirds Gender Rule Bid Goes Before Kenya’s Senate

Nairobi — A fresh attempt to achieve gender parity in elective positions will be made on Thursday when a Motion to table a Bill on the two thirds gender rule, sponsored by nominated Senator Judith Sijeny is presented before the Senate. Speaking during a media briefing Wednesday morning, Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki emphasised the […]

Kenya: Judges Seek Review of Minimum Sentence Clauses in Sexual Offences Act

Kenya: Judges Seek Review of Minimum Sentence Clauses in Sexual Offences Act

Judges have called for a review of some clauses in the Sexual Offences Act that deal with minimum sentences. The judges argue that they are tied by clauses in the law which give a minimum sentence to be imposed against an offender. Speaking during their annual conference at Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel in Mombasa on […]

Kenya: Vivian Cheruiyot Finally Wins Olympics Gold in 5000m, Hellen Obiri Bags Silver

Kenya: Vivian Cheruiyot Finally Wins Olympics Gold in 5000m, Hellen Obiri Bags Silver

Rio de Janeiro — Vivian Cheruiyot produced one of her finest performances when it mattered most by sensationally clinching the women’s 5,000m gold with a new Olympic record of 14:26.17 early on Saturday morning. On her way to her first gold medal at the Olympics, Cheruiyot got the better of pre-race favourite Almaz Ayana of […]