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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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Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Seven doctors leading a strike of public sector medical professionals were hauled off to jail as talks collapsed to end a four year running labor dispute. More than 5,000 workers are honoring the strike which began Dec. 5. The Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has been calling on government to honor a wage […]

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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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Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

(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 […]

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Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

(GIN)—“Blunt” is probably too kind a word for the remarks made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at his inaugural ceremony that sent his western allies scrambling for the exits. The ceremony is usually a celebratory affair, with dignitaries from around the world applauding the leader for scoring high enough in the polls to win another […]

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Action on year-old housing audit could have saved Kenyan lives

Action on year-old housing audit could have saved Kenyan lives

(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 […]

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is finding it hard to reward a democratically elected African leader who serves his or her constitutionally mandated term (without last minute changes) and demonstrates exceptional leadership. The five million dollar prize is just too small for such a commitment. Money held by some of Africa’s richest leaders outsizes the modest reward […]

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