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Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

| November 1, 2017

(GIN)—Incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious in the repeat of the election held last August that no candidate had managed to win outright. Voting was light last Thursday, attributed in part to the boycott led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Of the 39 percent of registered voters who cast ballots last Thursday, Mr. Kenyatta […]

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Kenyans set for rematch on flawed polls

Kenyans set for rematch on flawed polls

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—To the surprise of many, Kenya’s supreme court overturned the country’s Aug. 8 presidential election, setting the stage for a rarely-seen voting rematch in Africa or anyplace. In its ruling, the court concluded the election “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution,” rendering the declared results “invalid, null and void.” Within the next 60 […]

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Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—There was more than just voting in the presidential polls in Kenya this week. There were music jingles, dance videos, candidates doing the “dab” and “lipala” dances and a gospel number “Mambo Yabadilika” (Things are getting better). Even former President Obama made an appearance, urging Kenyans to remain non-violent after the highly-combustible exercise called national […]

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Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—With much fanfare, the world’s first injectable vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries—Ghana, Kenya and Malawi—starting in 2018. The vaccine—known as RTS,S or Mosquirix, trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. It was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The World Health Organization […]

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Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—Dizzying amounts of taxpayers’ money have gone missing from Kenya’s Ministry of Health including 800 million shillings (close to $8 million U.S.) designated for free maternity care for poor mothers to be. The scandal has stunned even the most jaded media pundits who have seen the theft of public monies throughout their careers. “This is […]

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Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—South Africa has taken the first steps toward withdrawing the country’s membership in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) but it faces a tough fight from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s major opposition party. Parliamentarian James Selfe, a leading member of the DA’s legal affairs group, slammed the move which he said occurred before […]

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Kenya lifts death penalty for more than 2,000 inmates

Kenya lifts death penalty for more than 2,000 inmates

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—While American leaders bicker over the fate of the death penalty, with 17 inmates going to their deaths so far this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed commutation documents commuting all death sentences into life imprisonment. The documents, signed this week at State House, Nairobi, affect some 2,747 death row inmates—2,655 men and 92 […]

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Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—Life expectancy showed a slight uptick for Kenyans, according to a study prepared for the U.N. and its benchmark sustainable development goals (SDGs). Better health raised the life expectancy of a child born last year in Kenya to 65—slightly more than their parents born in 1990 whose expectancy was 62 years, the study by medical […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—A well-known soukous star from the Congo got a quick lesson in the evolving status of Kenyan women when he was detained and summarily deported, his performance scuttled, after he was caught striking a woman with his foot on a bystander’s cell phone camera. In the grainy video image posted online, Koffi Olomide, age 60, […]

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