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Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an official audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out shoes and others buying their own footwear. It found that the cost of items had been inflated and receipts falsified. The ...

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Kenya: Security tight for Kenyatta’s inauguration

Security has been stepped up in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, ahead of the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term in office. More than 20 heads of state or senior ministers are expected to attend. Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who boycotted a re-run of the presidential poll, has called for a protest rally, despite a police ban. August’s ...

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Kenya: Supreme Court upholds re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, paving way for his swearing-in for a second term in office. All the eyes were on the Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga, who upheld Uhuru re-election to paving way for his swearing in for the second term in office. The court nullified the August 8 ...

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Kenya election: Raila Odinga rejects ‘sham’ repeat vote

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the re-run presidential election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta gaining a second term. Mr Odinga called it “a sham” but made no mention of any legal challenge. Mr Kenyatta won 98% of the vote with turnout under 40% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote, largely because of an ...

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Huawei helps Safaricom bring fiber to more Kenyan homes

Despite the high levels of mobile penetration in Kenya, fixed broadband penetration rate sits at less than two percent, which fails to meet the network requirements for the next generation of home and business users, and potentially offers new market opportunities for carriers. According to the ITU’s “Impact of broadband on the economy” report, broadband networks create jobs directly and ...

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Woman identifies childhood friend as homeless ‘lunatic’

A chance meeting between two childhood friends helped one begin a journey back from drug addiction after many years living on the street. It was early October and Wanja Mwaura, 32, was on her way to the market in Lower Kabaete, not far from Nairobi, when she heard someone shout out her name. She looked up and was surprised to ...

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Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats. Last ...

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Kenya boarding school attack leaves six dead

At least five students and a security guard have been shot dead in an attack on a secondary school in Kenya. The attack was led by a student who had been suspended, the head teacher said. The boy is accused of returning to the dormitories with two accomplices. As well as killing six people, witnesses say the attackers raped two ...

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Kenya: Raila Odinga bows out of election re-run

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the October 26, 2017 election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable”. ...

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EU, US warn Kenya against election boycott threats

The European Union and the United States have warned Kenya against attempts by the political class to undermine the forthcoming repeat presidential election. In its statement on Friday, the EU particularly took issue with declarations made by a section of politicians against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) warning that such reckless utterances “could have an adverse effect on ...

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