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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 […]

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

They came without warning, forcing people from their homes with no time to collect their possessions. A deaf old man was attacked when he didn’t hear the orders to leave. Then the houses were burned to the ground. More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the […]

Democracy, Forests And Finance: The Tech Making Africa A Better Place

Democracy, Forests And Finance: The Tech Making Africa A Better Place

Protecting the environment In the village of Mapubi, in the forests of south-west Cameroon, locals have watched as large swaths of their land have been destroyed. Mapubi’s proximity to coastal ports and the increased demand for timber due to population growth in the cities mean the pressure on forests in the area is believed to […]

Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

One is a hipster meeting place in the middle of east London, the other overlooks the Menengai crater in Kenya and is staffed by orphans. But these two bakeries, E5 Bakehouse and Ujima Bakehouse, seemingly worlds apart, have come together over a sourdough starter and a shared passion for healthy bread. Situated in the Nakuru […]

CSs Kariuki and Kandie Speak Against Gender Violence

CSs Kariuki and Kandie Speak Against Gender Violence

Jackline Mwende is still admitted at PCEA Kikuyu hospital where she is undergoing treatment after her hands were chopped off by her husband. On Saturday, Mwende received unusual visitors Cabinet Secretaries Sicily Kariuki and Phylis Kandie–this time not in her maternal home in Kathama village in Machakos County, but in her hospital bed. The two […]