(GIN)—Nairobi-based author Okwiri Oduor was the highly-acclaimed winner of this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African writing. The much-awaited selection was announced last week in Oxford, England. The award carries a prize of 10,000 British pounds (about $17,000) for the 25-year-old Kenyan who was among the top five writers shortlisted for the prize. Oduor’s story—“My […]
(GIN)–As part of a controversial anti-terrorism operation, Kenya is rounding up and detaining Somali refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, separating parents from young children. Some of the children are said to be confined to a Nairobi stadium without a parent or guardian. Emanuel Nyabera, spokesman for the U.N. Refugee Agency, expressed concern for some 300 children […]
(GIN)—A U.S. State Dept. official has found something to like in Kenya’s new legislation legalizing multiple marriages. “The legislation is quite complex and appears to include elements that represent steps forward toward greater equality for women,” a State Department official said in an interview with Kenya’s Daily Nation. “But the job is clearly a work […]
(GIN)—As Kenyans grieve for the victims of a shocking attack on a Sunday church service in the city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia. Six people died in the attack including the mother of an 18 month old boy who shielded the child with her body. […]
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita, has a stunning new novel, “Dust,” that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade.
Journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the youthful age of 39. She was the first BBC bilingual—English and KiSwahili—reporter in Addis Ababa.
(GIN)–A vote in the U.N. Security Council has denied the Kenyan President and Vice President a year’s postponement of a pending trial for gross crimes against humanity. President Uhuru Kenyatta and VP William Ruto told the Daily Nation they would continue to run the affairs of Kenya despite the pending cases. Those seeking to benefit […]
(GIN)—In a stunning set-back to the equal rights movement, Kenyan male members of Parliament (MPs) voted to undo some of women’s hard-fought victories that provided financial support for women in case of divorce. In a late-night vote by parliament, revisions to the Matrimonial Property Bill by the male MPs were carried easily as only 34 women MPs were in the […]
The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack.