(GIN)—Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality. Smaller groups of protesters were tear-gassed earlier on Monday, according to a report in the Voice of America. Authorities […]
(GIN)—A poorly-constructed Nairobi building collapsed to the ground after days of heavy rain, taking 21 lives with 135 others rescued from the rubble. About 69 residents are still unaccounted for in the April 29 disaster. City officials now say the building had no occupancy permit although a neighbor, Jacob Kiruma, noted that the 6-story building […]
(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]
(GIN)—The globe-hopping Pope Francis is planning public masses, meetings with religious and political leaders and the opportunity to promote reconciliation and unity during his upcoming five day trip to three African countries. Countries on his itinerary include Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. After his scheduled arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Dec. 25, […]
(GIN)—A four-day super summit of Indian and African business leaders, ministers, and, of course, media, gave a boost to Indian influence on the continent and a tweak to China, the other Asian giant in the region. With more than 40 African heads of state in attendance at the gathering in New Delhi, it was one […]
(GIN)—In a ceremony attended by thousands of Kenyans, statues dedicated to the victims of torture and ill-treatment by British colonialists were unveiled this past weekend at Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner in Nairobi. The memorial, backed by Britain, was witnessed by many veterans of the so-called “Mau Mau” rebellion which brought an end to colonial rule […]
(GIN)—Frightened students at Garissa University in northeast Kenya, hid for what seemed like a lifetime as a small band of al Shabaab terrorists lined young people up on the floor and put a bullet in the back of their heads, one by one by one. Some were told to recite a prayer from the Koran […]
In the aftermath of the worst terror attack in East Africa in three years, foreign policy scholars here are urging the U.S. government to rethink its counter-terror policy in the region. Many are suggesting that the Somali Al Shabab militant organization may be stronger and better organized than previously thought.
Africans on the continent and in the diaspora were in shock and grieving last week over the untimely passing of Kofi Awoonor, 78, from Ghana. He was one of the 68 who perished in the Al-Shabab-initiated assault at the five-story Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
The shocking terror assault at a popular shopping center in Nairobi sent shivers around the world as global news media supplied minute to minute coverage of the deadly event. Some 68 people were killed and 170 injured in the attack by alleged Somali Al-Shabab insurgents.