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Country profile for Kenya

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  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Major Languages: English, Swahili
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling
  • Timezone: GMT +3:00

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One of Kenya’s main security concerns relates to the political situation in neighbouring Somalia, which has been a cause of regional insecurity since Siad Barre’s regime collapsed in 1991. In 2011 the situation deteriorated further, with suspected members of the Somali-based Islamic militant group al-Shabaab carrying out a series of high-profile kidnappings of foreign nationals along Kenya's coast. In October 2011 the government of Kenya responded to these incidents by deploying troops across the border as part of Operation Linda Nchi. In 2012 the Kenyan troops were integrated into the larger African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping mission. President Kenyatta has committed to keeping troops in Somalia, despite calls to bring them home after al-Shabaab attacked an AMISOM base in Gedo, killing more than 140 Kenyan soldiers.

Hundreds of ethnic Somalis have been arrested in Kenya, particularly in the northern Garissa, Wajir and Mandera provinces and the Eastleigh district of Nairobi. In April 2014 the security forces launched Operation Usalama Watch, which saw over 6,000 police deployed to Eastleigh. Human rights groups have reported extrajudicial killings by the security forces and Somali residents often complain that they are harassed and forced to pay bribes to police. Members of the REECE police unit have admitted to killing suspects on government orders. Due to Kenya’s ongoing military operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia, and Kenya's historical treatment of ethnic Somalis, the threat of retaliatory terrorist attacks in the country is currently high. 

In September 2013 a group of militants attacked the upscale Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, killing 68 people and wounding at least 175 others. More than a dozen foreign nationals died in the siege, which al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for. In the summer of 2014 at least 85 people died in a series of attacks in the Lamu and Tana River counties. In April 2015 al-Shabaab gunmen stormed Garissa University College in north-eastern Kenya, killing almost 150 people and wounding 80 others. The gunmen took 700 students hostage during the assault, freeing Muslim students and shooting dead Christians. Al-Shabaab militants carried out a further attack in Nairobi in January 2019. Twenty-one people were killed and dozens more wounded during the assault on the Dusit hotel and shopping complex in the Westlands district of the city. Al-Shabaab has been adept at exploiting ethnic and social grievances to recruit and inspire members of Kenya's population, targeting marginalised and vulnerable youth by offering them a form of redress. A significant number of the assailants involved in terrorist attacks have been Kenyan nationals, including several non-ethnic Somalis.

Internally ethnic tensions have eased somewhat since the widespread civil unrest of 2007-08, when rival ethnic groups clashed following disputed presidential and parliamentary elections, leaving more than 1,200 people dead. A power-sharing agreement was agreed in 2008 and a new constitution was passed in 2010. Despite a few isolated outbreaks of violence and accusations of electoral fraud the 2013 presidential vote was concluded peacefully. Anti-government protests and outbreaks of civil unrest are still common and often result in violence. The government passed a controversial security law in late-2014, which saw fighting between MPs in parliament and led to human rights and opposition groups warning that the country was becoming a police state. 

There were several outbreaks of violence during the 2017 presidential election campaign, most notably the killing of a senior election official in the days before the vote. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54 percent of the vote; however, opposition leader Raila Odinga refused to accept the results and his supporters launched anti-government protests, during which more than a dozen people were killed. The Supreme Court later annulled the results and called for a re-run, citing irregularities and criticising the electoral commission for the failings. Odinga refused to stand in the re-run, which Kenyatta won with 98 percent of the vote; however, turnout was only 38 percent, undermining Kenyatta's victory. Following months of political turmoil, the two men reached an agreement in March 2018 and have since attended various public functions together.

Crime and corruption are both concerns for visitors to Kenya, especially in the districts of Kibera, Mathare and Eastleigh in Nairobi where criminal gangs are known to operate. In the 1990s the city was given the nickname “Nairobbery” due to extremely high levels of armed robbery. Visitors are advised to refrain from walking through isolated areas of the city at night wherever possible.  Elsewhere security is elevated in most popular tourist areas, including the Masai Mara National Park. In remote rural areas, there is a risk of banditry and car-jacking; only reputable tour guides and drivers should be used. There are also increasing reports of cyber and financial crimes, such as credit card skimming in upscale areas of Nairobi. In 2017 there were a number of deadly land invasions in the Laikipia conservation area, during which several conservationists and ranch owners were shot and killed. Cattle herders claimed that the regional drought forced them to invade private land to graze their animals.

Kenya is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

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IN BRIEF: Kenya as at 25/04/14

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Alerts for Kenya

Eight missing after boat capsizes on Lake Victoria

Two people have died and eight others are missing after a boat capsized on Lake Victoria. The vessel, which was reportedly overloaded, capsized near Pier Beach on Tuesday evening. Six people were rescued and taken to Homa-Bay County Referral Hospital for treatment.

Flights divered from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport due to bad weather

Several flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have been diverted due to bad weather. The affected flights were redirected to Mombasa and further delays are possible throughout the day. The diverted flights include Egypt Air from Dar es Salaam, Jambojet, two Kenya Airways flights from Accra and Lagos.

Security forces deployed to end violence in Laikipia

The Kenyan military has been deployed to support police forces in the Rift Valley to assist them in dealing with violence. Laikipia Senator John Kinyua has called on police in the area to be better armed, stating that bandits operating in the area were armed with M16s and other sophisticated weapons. “It’s a shame that bandits have taken over. They are stealing, killing and displacing in order to occupy what is not theirs,” he said. Local officials said most of the assailants were illegal herders who were invading the Laikipia Nature Conservancy from Baringo county.

President Kenyatta declares drought a natural disaster

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared that drought affecting parts of the country is a natural disaster. Ten of Kenya's 47 counties have been affected, and at least two million people have been impacted. Kenyatta has instructed the National Treasury and the Ministry of Interior to support the victims. "Details of the government's comprehensive drought mitigation measures will be made public in due course," State House spokesperson Kanze Dena-Mararo said.

Hundreds stuck in Nairobi traffic jam

Hundreds of commuters spent hours stuck in an overnight traffic jam on the Mombasa road into Nairobi. Construction work is underway to expand a 26km stretch of the highway, causing lane closures. Some drivers complained that they spent more than eight hours in the gridlock on Thursday night. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) says a road accident that occurred in the Mlongo area was behind the delays.

Nine killed after crane collapses in Nairobi

At least nine people have been killed and several others wounded after a crane collapsed in Nairobi on Thursday. The incident happened at the site of a building site where the crane was being dismantled. Two of the deceased were Chinese nationals, according to local media. Rescue operations are underway at the site.

Four guards killed in attack at Siaya market

Four night guards have been killed in an attack at a market in Siranga, Siaya county. Police said suspected criminals killed the guards during a robbery late on Sunday night. The assailants stole products from various shops within the market. Local residents voiced their anger at the security forces based at Siranga Police Station for not doing enough to prevent the killings.

Kenya receives Covid-19 vaccines from US

Kenya has received 880,000 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from the US. The delivery is the first part of the 1.7m doses that the US has promised to Kenya as part of the Gavi-Covax scheme. So far just under three percent of the population has been vaccinated in Kenya.

Appeal court rejects government's attempt to change constitution

An appeal court has upheld an earlier court ruling against government attempts to change the constitution. Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was introduced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga and sought to introduce a prime minister and increase budgets for the country's 47 counties. The appeal court ruled that the measure was "unconstitutional and unlawful."

Two officers arrested after brothers die in custody

Two police officers have been arrested after two brothers died in custody in Kianjokama. Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered the arrest of the officers on Monday. "The fact that the deaths ostensibly occurred while the deceased were in the custody of police officers calls for a full and fair investigations to establish the circumstances which led to the deaths," Haji said in a statement. The two brothers died earlier this month after they were detained for allegedly breaking Covid-19 curfew rules.

Civil servants ordered to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Kenyan civil servants have been ordered to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or face disciplinary measures. Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the workers have until 23 August to receive their first jab. He said that some staff members were deliberately avoiding getting vaccinated in order to work from home. "This has negatively affected service delivery to the public,” he said in a memo. The government has so far administered 1.7m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and has a target of 10m by the end of 2021.

Two men arrested for breaking curfew found dead, Embu

Two men arrested for breaking a Covid-19 curfew have been found dead. Benson Njiru Ndwiga ,22, and Emmanuel Mutura Ndwiga,19, were discovered at a mortuary on Tuesday. Their families claim that they were arrested by police from the Manyatta police station and demanded an investigation into how they died. Embu East OCPD Emily Garuiya denied any police involvement in their deaths.

Public gatherings suspended over Covid-19 cases

Kenya's health ministry has suspended all public gatherings in response to rising cases of Covid-19. Mutahi Kagwe said all meetings should be cancelled or held virtually for the next 30 days. He said the number of patients with Covid at hospitals in Nairobi has risen and that resources are almost at capacity. A nationwide night curfew between 22:00 to 04:00 remains in place.

Thirteen killed in fuel truck explosion

At least 13 people have been killed and several others injured in a fuel truck explosion in Malanga. The fuel truck collided with another vehicle on Saturday near Malanga, on the highway between Kisumu and the Ugandan border. Charles Chacha, a local police chief in Siaya County, said civilians were using jerry cans to retrieve the spilt fuel when the explosion occured.

Two killed by bandits in Baringo

A couple has been killed and their child wounded in an attack blamed on bandits in Baringo. The incident happened in the village of Kapau in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “We are calling upon our people to remain calm as we task the commanders in charge of operations to take the matter seriously and bring the killer bandits to book,” said Tirioko MCA Sam Lokales.

Soldiers killed in helicopter crash near Nairobi

At least 10 Kenyan soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash near Nairobi. Thirteen people were severely injured in the crash, which occurred in Jajiado county on Thursday. The soldiers aboard the Kenya Air Force Mi 171 E were on a training mission, officials said. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

Two men killed by mob over kidnapping of woman, Machakos

Two men have been set ablaze by a mob for kidnapping an elderly woman in Mua Hills, Machakos. Veronica Kiilu, 72, was targeted by a three-man gang after she left a bank in Machakos town on Thursday. The kidnappers abducted her near Kaloleni in Mua Hill and stole Sh350,000 before they were attacked by an angry mob. "The suspects were immediately ejected from the car by the unruly crowd and beaten," said police. The third suspect managed to escape; police have launched an investigation.

Government imposes new Covid-19 restrictions

The Kenyan government has imposed new Covid-19 restrictions in the west of the country, near the border with Uganda. There has been a sharp rise in infections around the lakeside city of Kisumu, where the infection rate has risen to 21 percent compared to the national average of nine percent. A curfew in 13 counties will begin at 19:00 (local time) compared to the rest of the country which stays at 22:00 and ends at 04:00.

Protesters torch street sign named after union leader

Protesters have torched a street sign named after prominent labour union leader, Francis Atwoli. The "Francis Atwoli Road" signpost in the capital, Nairobi, was targeted on Tuesday night, for the second time since it was erected last month. Atwoli has led the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) since 2001; critics said he has not done enough to improve workers' conditions. "The name will live in posterity taking into account my years of selfless service to the workers in Kenya and the world," said Atwoli in response.

Mob kills guard over death of youth, Naivasha

A security guard has been killed by a mob in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha. The victim had earlier clashed with angry youths over employment at a construction site, during which one person was killed and another wounded. “One of the youths died before he could be taken to hospital, while the other was left nursing serious hand and stomach injuries,” a witness told the Star newspaper. Naivasha police division boss Samuel Waweru said an inquest file has been opened.

Kenya reopens airspace to flights from Somalia

Kenya has reopened its airspace to flights from neighbouring Somalia. Kenya’s Foreign Ministry said it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia”. The Kenyan government suspended all flights in May without giving an official reason. Somalia has welcomed the change in policy. "This move could pave the way for normalisation [of] the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries,” Somali government spokesperson Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said on Twitter.

Three guards hacked to death near Kivayea school

Three night guards have been hacked to death near Kivayea Secondary School in Lugari. The bodies were discovered in different locations in the early hours of Thursday morning. A fourth guard, Situma Shitikho, was taken to Webuye Sub-county Hospital in Bungoma county in critical condition. Police said an investigation has been launched and no arrests have been made so far.

Three killed by IED in Mandera

At least three people have been killed and two others wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in Mandera county, close to the border with Somalia. The victims were travelling in a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) when the device exploded between Elele and Takaba. Suspected al-Shabaab militants then opened fire on the vehicle, which was destroyed in the attack.

Police break up student protest against insecurity

Kenyan police have dispersed a student protest against rising insecurity in Nairobi. Students from various higher education institutions had joined the rally to call for an end to gender-based violence and more security for female students. According to the police, the protesters did not have the necessary permits to hold the demonstration.

Dutch national killed in Mombasa

A Dutch national and a guard have been killed in the Kisauni area of Mombasa. Herman Rouwenhorst, 55, was found by police after his girlfriend sent out a distress signal near the Serena Beach Hotel. The woman, Riziki Cherono, was discovered with her hands strapped to the steering wheel of her car. Police are investigating the incident and no suspects have been arrested so far.

Three police officers killed by IED, Mandera

Three police officers were killed and three others wounded after the vehicle that they were travelling in hit an IED in Mandera County. The troops were on patrol when the device exploded in the Banisa area on Friday. The national police said officers had been deployed to track down al-Shabaab militants suspected of carrying out the attack.

Kenya set to run out of Covid-19 vaccines

Kenya will run out of Covid-19 vaccines by next week, officials told the BBC. Dr Willis Akhwale, chairman of Kenya's vaccination taskforce, said the country had received one million of the 3.5m doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that it requested from the WHO's Covax scheme. Almost 940,000 of those doses have been used and the government timeline for administering second doses cannot be guaranteed. Kenya has also ordered 30m doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although these are not expected until August.

Dozens arrested after Mlango Kubwa clashes

At least 25 people have been arrested following clashes in the Mlango Kubwa area of Nairobi. Riot police were deployed after fighting erupted between two rival groups in the area and several people were injured in the violence. The dispute was blamed on competition between traders.

Four killed in Nairobi flooding

Four people have been killed by flooding in the capital, Nairobi. The victims died while trying to cross the Mutuine River in Kibra on Thursday. Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi said search and rescue teams had been deployed to several areas of the city. "We are on the ground with other teams to ensure residents are safe,” he said.

High Court blocks government plans to amend constitution

Kenya's High Court has blocked a government plan to make amendments to the constitution. President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga unveiled the bill - known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) - following the contentious election in 2017. The five judges said the bill was irregular, illegal and unconstitutional. "A popular initiative to amend the constitution can only be started by the people not by the government," the judges said. The president argued that the changes would make Kenya's politics more inclusive and reduce the risk of post-election violence, as was seen after the last vote.

Kenyan MP admits taking bribe

A Kenyan MP has admitted that he took a $1,000 bribe in parliament last year. "It is not unusual for members to get this kind of an inducement," MP Moses Kuria told the BBC, adding that he would return the payment. The money was paid to Kuria to ensure that he backed the appointment of the majority leader, Amos Kimunya. Kuria is also being investigated along with two colleagues for receiving bribes to back a constitutional amendment bill.

Police fire tear gas at pro-Palestine rally

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at a demonstration to show support for the Palestinians. The "Kenyans stand with Palestine" rally was held in the capital, Nairobi, in response to the ongoing violence in Israel and the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank. Several people were arrested at the protest, while the Israeli embassy in the city is on high alert.

Kenya suspends flights to Somalia

Kenya has suspended flights to Somalia for three months. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) made the announcement on Tuesday without providing a reason for the suspension. The move comes after the two countries restored diplomatic relations after months of political tensions. “All flights between Kenya and Somalia are suspended except medevac [medical evacuation] flights and United Nations flights on humanitarian missions only,” the regulator said.

Seven wounded in gang attacks, Bamburi

At least seven people have been wounded in gang attacks in the Bamburi area of Mombasa. Local residents said a mob of 50 people armed with machetes targeted people in Stage ya Paka. Police said two people have been arrested and operations are ongoing to track down other suspects.

Five killed in Mombasa-Nairobi highway crash

At least five people have been killed in a crash on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. A hearse was travelling from Nairobi when it was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry heading in the opposite direction. Five others were also wounded in the accident, which occurred on Thursday afternoon. "The driver of the hearse from Nairobi was trying to overtake another vehicle when the vehicle hit an oncoming lorry on the side and veered off the road before landing in a ditch," said Kaloleni Sub-County Police Commander Ezekiel Chepkwony.

Somalia restores relations with Kenya

Somalia has restored diplomatic ties with Kenya, almost six months after the two countries fell out. "Now diplomatic relations are restored," Abdirahman Yusuf, Somalia's deputy information minister, told a news conference in Mogadishu. He added that the discussions were assisted by Qatar. Somalia severed relations with its neighbour in December after accusing Nairobi of meddling in its internal affairs.

Five cases of Indian Covid-19 variant detected

Kenyan health officials have detected five cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant. The cases were identified in people who worked at a fertiliser plant in the west of the country. Kenya suspended passenger flights to India two weeks ago, although officials said the tests were carried out before the ban was imposed. The WHO has not yet confirmed if the Indian variant is more transmissible or more deadly.

Kenya and Tanzania sign deal to build gas pipeline

Kenya and Tanzania have signed a deal to build a gas pipeline between Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met his Tanzanian Samia Suluhu Hassan made the announcement following talks in Nairobi. The two leaders also agreed to review trade tariffs and proposals to improve transport links. The move comes as President Hassan shifts Tanzania away from the isolationist policies of her predecessor, John Magufuli, who died earlier this year.

Eight wounded in Isiolo-Garissa attack

Eight people have been wounded in an attack near the Isiolo-Garissa border. Suspected bandits opened fire during a suspected land dispute on Sunday. The victims were transported to Isiolo County Referral Hospital on Monday for treatment. There have been several other outbreaks of violence in the area; in January six people were killed during clashes in the village of Urura.

Police shoot dead suspected criminal, Eldoret

Kenyan police have shot dead a suspected criminal in the town of Eldoret. The deceased was killed when he refused to comply with orders to surrender on Mandago Road on Monday. “We suspect the suspect is among a group of armed criminals who have been terrorising residents of this town. We have recovered an AK-47 together with 47 rounds of ammunition,” said Uasin Gishu county police commander Ayub Ali.

Anti-vaccine doctor dies of Covid-19

A Kenyan doctor who campaigned against Covid-19 vaccines has died after contracting the virus. Dr Stephen Karanja also spread conspiracy theories about the virus. He died on Thursday in the high dependency unit of a private hospital in the capital Nairobi.

Activist arrested for warning organistations to stop lending money to Kenya

An activist has been arrested for calling on international organisations, such as the IMF, to stop lending money to the Kenyan government. Mutemi Kiama was released on Thursday on a 500,000 shillings bond after spending two nights in police custody. He tweeted a poster that was widely circulated online by Kenyans who were calling on the IMF not to proceed with a $2.4bn loan, citing corruption within the government.

Journalist shot dead in Nairobi

A journalist has been shot dead near Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Betty Barasa, who worked for the state broadcaster KBC, was targeted by gunmen at her home in Oloolua on Wednesday night. The assailants stole money, a laptop and a mobile phone before fleeing the scene. An investigation into the attack is ongoing.

Kenyan pilot wanted over al-Shabaab links

The Kenyan security forces have issued a warning over a missing pilot who fled to Somalia to join al-Shabaab. Rashid Mwalimu is a trained pilot and could be planning an imminent attack. “He is wanted by the Anti-Terrorism Police. He is a trained pilot on a mission to carry out an aviation attack. Currently, he is in Somalia and is planning on how to sneak back into Kenya. If seen report to any nearest security agency,” Kenyan police said in an alert.

Five suspected gang members shot dead by police in Mombasa

Five suspected gang members have been shot dead by police in Mombasa. The group, who were accused of carrying out robberies targeting business premises, were targeted in a sting operation on Sunday in the Bombolulu area. Nyali sub-county police commander Daniel Mumasaba said the suspects opened fire on police when they arrived at the gang's hideout, leading to a shootout.

President Kenyatta announces new restrictions

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that five counties have been placed under partial lockdown due to rising cases of Covid-19. Movement restrictions will be imposed in Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru from midnight. The curfew in these areas will also be adjusted from 22:00-04:00 to 20:00-04:00. Travel in and out of the counties will also be banned for 30 days. “In moments like this, as a caring government, it is our solemn duty and cardinal responsibility to protect life above all else," said Kenyatta.

Kisumu county officials condemned for treatment of fruit vendor

Footage of local officials dragging a fruit vendor along the road in Kisumu county has sparked outrage. Governor Anyang' Nyong'o said he has suspended all officials involved in the incident pending a full investigation. "While away in Nairobi on official Council of Governors’ meetings, I have been saddened and shocked by a very unfortunate incident in Kisumu, following the arrest and mishandling of a lady trader by the City's enforcement officers yesterday morning," said the governor on Twitter. The driver of the vehicle went to a local police station after a mob gave chase; police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Government orders closure of refugee camps

The Kenyan government has ordered the closure of the world's largest refugee camp - Dadaab. Officials have given the UNHCR a 14-day ultimatum to close the camp, which is home to around 220,000 people, before it forcibly repatriates Somali refugees. The government also wants the agency to shut down the Kakuma camp in the north-west of the country. “We must strike a balance between Kenya’s international obligations and her domestic duty. We do have a domestic responsibility to protect Kenyans,” Interior Minister Fred Matiangi is quoted as saying. The government claims that some of the refugees have links to the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

Kenya runs out of ICU beds

Kenya has run out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds due to rising cases of Covid-19, according to a doctor's union. The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said healthcare workers are among those requiring ICU beds. There are only 537 ICU beds and less than 300 ventilators in the country, while there have been over 120,000 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic. Kenya's Director-General for Health, Patrick Amoth, said on Tuesday that variants first detected in South Africa and the UK have been identified during recent testing.

Four officers charged with killing of British man

Four police officers have been charged over the death of a British man in 2012. Alexander Monson, 28, died in police custody after he was detained on suspicion of smoking cannabis. "The accused should tell the court what happened since the deceased was arrested in good health," High Court Judge Erick Ogolla ruled on Monday. A post-mortem revealed that Monson died from a traumatic blow to the head, while toxicology reports found no illegal substances in his system.

Somalia claims Kenya violated its sovereignty at ICJ hearing

Somalia has accused Kenya of repeatedly violating its sovereignty during an International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing. Somali lawyers claimed that Kenya has been prospecting for oil in a disputed area and licensing five oil companies for exploration work. Kenya has refused to take part in the proceedings, citing “perceived bias and unwillingness” of the ICJ “to accommodate requests for the delaying the hearings” due to the pandemic. The case centres on a maritime boundary dispute that covers more than 100,000sq km of the seafloor.

Nationwide curfew extended for 60 days

President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew for a further 60 days. Kenyatta said alongside the 22:00-04:00 curfew, all political gatherings will be banned for 30 days. He said that the restrictions are needed due to a rise in Covid-19 cases, which he attributed to the public's failure to observe restrictions. The news comes after it was announced that opposition leader Raila Odinga has been placed in quarantine after he tested positive for the virus.

Opposition leader tests positive for Covid-19

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has tested positive for Covid-19. He was admitted to hospital in Nairobi on Tuesday after suffering from fatigue and was then placed under quarantine when he returned a positive test. "He's responding well to the treatment he is receiving... and remains upbeat. We are continuing to monitor his progress," his doctor said in a statement. Kenya recorded its highest number of daily cases on Thursday - 829.

Schoolgirls injured in stampede sparked by earthquake

At least 50 schoolgirls have been injured in a stampede at a school in south-western Kenya. The incident happened at the Keriri Girls School after a 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck early on Thursday morning. The girls were taken to Ram Hospital for treatment, although the majority were released with minor injuries.

Health minister warns of third Covid wave

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has warned that the country is experiencing the third wave of Covid-19. "We are about to start another difficult period, but we can also overcome this period. It has taken a toll on us over the past year, and it is at this time that we can’t let our guard down," said Kagwe in a statement. On Wednesday the country recorded the highest number of daily cases with 713. There has also been a rise in patients on ventilators in hospitals.

MP carries gun into parliament, sparking panic

A Kenyan MP carried a gun into parliament on Thursday, sparking panic in the chamber. Mohamed Ali apologised when challenged by Speaker Justin Muturi over the weapon. "My apologies, I forgot to leave my things outside. I am a human being," he said. MPs are required by law to leave their guns with the sergeant-at-arms before entering parliament.

British military base on lockdown over Covid-19 outbreak

A British military base in Kenya has been placed under "enhanced isolation" after several troops tested positive for Covid-19. The British troops have been placed in isolation at the Nyati Barracks in Nanyuki. "High transit areas, including dining facilities are being deep-cleaned and soldiers will be fed on rations in the meantime," a British High Commission spokesperson said in a statement.

New coronavirus variant discovered in Kenya

A new variant of coronavirus has been discovered in Kenya. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) said the new variant, which is unique to Kenya, was detected in the south-east of the country. New and more contagious strains of the virus have been discovered in South Africa and the UK. There have been almost 100,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Kenya and more than 1,700 deaths.

Striking doctors sacked in Mombasa

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) has condemned the sacking of 86 doctors in Mombasa county. The doctors had been striking over delays to the payment of salaries along with other grievances. “The strike action was a last resort after the Union followed all the laid down procedures as per the labour laws and the constitution in an attempt to resolve issues affecting its members," said the union in a statement. “This is a demonstration of the brinkmanship approach that county governments are now employing on the welfare of doctors in the country.”

Police officer shot dead by prison warder

A police officer has been shot dead by a prison warder in Kirinyaga County. The gunmen then killed himself at the Mwea GK Prison on Sunday. Local reports suggest that the incident was linked to a personal dispute between the two men. Mwea East police boss Daniel Kavita said investigations were underway.

MPs vote to end Covid-19 tax relief

Kenyan MPs have voted to end the tax cuts which were introduced in April due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday lawmakers said that the cuts were not sustainable following estimates from the finance ministry that the government had lost almost $600m in tax revenues under the policy. Parliament voted to keep one of the relief measures and people earning less than 24,000 Kenyan shillings ($220) will still be granted 100 percent tax relief. The decision to end the other cuts has been criticised, especially as the economic impact is still being felt in the country, while the government is also pressing ahead with controversial plans to hold a referendum on constitutional change that will cost millions of dollars.

Nairobi governor removed after impeachment

The governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko Mbuvi, has been removed from office after Kenya's senate upheld his impeachment conviction. Sonko was found guilty of four charges including gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office, gross misconduct and other crimes under the national law. A by-election will be held within 60 days to appoint his replacement.

Somali government cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya

The Somali government has cuts diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya. Somalia's diplomats have been recalled from Nairobi and Kenyan diplomats have been given seven days to leave Mogadishu. "The Somali government, based on its national sovereignty guaranteed by international law and order, and fulfilling its constitutional duty to safeguard the nationhood, unity and stability of the country, has decided to sever diplomatic relations with the Kenyan government," said Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe in a statement. Somalia accused Kenya of meddling in its internal affairs after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the president of the breakaway region of Somaliland.

Nurses strike in protest at PPE shortages

Nurses and other healthcare workers have gone on strike in Kenya in protest at a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Around 30,000 members from the nurses and clinical officers' unions said they will not return to work until their demands, which also includes compensation for the families' of healthcare workers who've died from Covid-19, are met. The doctors’ union, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU), has suspended its strike following pressure from the government and the National Assembly.

Police officer shot in Garissa raid

A police officer has been shot and wounded in a suspected al-Shabaab attack in the northern county of Garissa. The Amuma police base was targeted by militants on Wednesday. “We received information from our officers based at Amuma BPU camp that, while in their camp, they heard gunshots coming from the direction of Amuma police patrol base which is about 100 metres from their camp,” said police officials in a statement. The wounded officer was transported to Hagadera IRC Hospital for treatment.

Seven killed in Garissa attack

At least seven people have been killed in an attack on the border of Garissa and Isiolo in northern Kenya. Suspected bandits targeted villagers in Quri on Tuesday, according to local officials. The incident comes after two herders were shot dead in the Gotu area of Isiolo. The have been inter-communal clashes in the area linked to grazing rights. "Residents from both sides should learn to coexist and seek amicable solutions to their problems,” said Garbatulla Sub-County Police Commander Alloys Orioki.

Two killed in gang clashes, Nakuru

Two people were killed during a knife fight between rival gangs in Nakuru Town East on Saturday night. The clashes erupted in the Kivumbini estate and were caused by a territorial dispute. “Police are investigating the killings and tracking down the attackers to ensure a return to normalcy,” Nakuru Town East Sub-County Police Commander Ellena Kabukuru told reporters. Local residents have called for greater protection from the authorities.

Officials report significant coronavirus spike in November

Kenyan officials have reported a surge in coronavirus cases during November. Health minister Mutahi Kagwe said there were over 28,000 cases and 456 deaths during the month, the highest figures since the pandemic hit the country in March. Earlier this month the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union threatened to launch a nationwide strike unless the government does more to protect frontline healthcare workers.

Travellers arrested with fake Covid-19 certificates

Kenyan officials have arrested 21 people who were carrying fake certificates that said they had tested negative for Covid-19. The suspects were attempting to travel to the UAE, which issued a visa ban on Kenyans earlier this week. Another group of around 100 travellers were also found with falsified documents earlier this week. Half of them later tested positive for the virus. There have been 80,102 confirmed cases in Kenya and 1,427 deaths.

Ethiopian troops cross into Kenya

Ethiopian troops have crossed into neighbouring Kenya during an operation to track down supporters of a rebel group. Local residents said 10 Kenyan nationals were seized by Ethiopian soldiers during a raid in the town of Moyale. The army was reportedly searching for supporters of a faction of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which has been accused of carrying out attacks in western and southern Ethiopia.

Doctors issue strike warning over Covid-19 deaths

Doctors under the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union have threatened to call a nationwide strike. The warning comes after 10 doctors died after contracting the virus. Health workers claim that the government has failed to provide adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). The union has given the government 21 days to respond to its demands. “We will be available for any engagement within those three weeks' failure to which we will have no choice but to rally our members for our nationwide strike,” KMPDU SG Chibanzi Mwachonda said.

Police officers wounded in Meru shootout

Ten police officers have been wounded in a shootout with hundreds of bandits in Meru county. The injured officers have been taken to Isiolo referral hospital and Maua Methodist hospital for treatment. The incident took place in the Igembe North area on Friday when the police were carrying out patrols.

Outbreak of coronavirus at Nakuru school

An outbreak of coronavirus has been reported at a school in Nakuru County. A government spokesman said 68 students and five teachers have returned positive Covid-19 tests and have been quarantined at the Bahati Girls High School. Another outbreak has also been reported in Busia in western Kenya, where 52 students tested positive.

Two found guilty of 2013 Westgate attack

Two suspects have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act over the Westgate attack in 2013. Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa were found guilty but a third suspect, Liban Abdullahi Omar, has been acquitted over a lack of evidence. Five security officers and 62 civilians died when gunmen attacked the shopping mall in Nairobi.

Two killed at political rally in Kenol

At least two people have been killed and several others wounded in clashes between rival political supporters. The fighting erupted between people loyal to Deputy President William Ruto and supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Ruto was speaking at a church fundraiser in Kenol, Murang'a County on Sunday morning when the fighting erupted. The two men have fallen out over Ruto's desire to run for president in 2022 when Kenyatta steps down. Officials in Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party have recommended that Ruto be stripped of his post as deputy leader and ban him from using its offices for his campaign.

One person dies outside hospital as workers strike

A patient died in a hospital car park on Monday as health workers were on strike to protest against delayed pay and allowances. The victim arrived at the Kenyatta National Hospital in a critical state and could not be saved. Thousands of workers at Kenyatta National Hospital are participating in the strike and will continue until the raises are paid, said officials of the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers and the Kenya National Union of Nurses.

Officials set to face charges over Covid-19 corruption

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has recommended charges against at least 15 Kenyan government officials and business people. In a report to a joint Senate Committee on Wednesday, the EACC said: “Investigations had established criminal culpability on the part of public officials in the purchase and supply of Covid-19 emergency commodities at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) that led to irregular expenditure of public funds." The recommendations are part of the first phase of investigations which is focusing on procurement processes, while the second phase of the probe will focus on fraudulent and irregular payments to those who made supplies at Kemsa.

County governments shut down over funding dispute

County governments across Kenya will stop all non-essential services and place staff on leave due to an ongoing dispute over funding from the central government. All 47 county governments will also close hospitals to new patients and only limited outpatient services will be available. There was no immediate comment from the Senate or the national government. The county governments were established under the new constitution in 2010.

Emurua Dikirr MP arrested over incitement

Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng'eno has been arrested on charges of incitement in Transmara East. He was detained at his home on Monday afternoon after he made critical remarks about President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. "You are not Kenya and Kenya is nor Kenyatta's or Mama Ngina's land. This land belongs to 47 million Kenyans, you cannot run it as you wish," the legislator said. He has been arrested over incitement twice before, most recently last September.

Government freezes assets of al-Shabaab financiers

Kenya's government has frozen the assets of nine people accused of funding the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said the suspects, who are based in northern Kenya, were financing the terrorist group's operations. Two of the suspects have also been sanctioned by the US.

Coronavirus curfew extended until late-September

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the extension of the country's coronavirus curfew until the end of September. Despite the number of coronavirus cases falling in the capital Nairobi and the port of Mombasa, the government raised concerns over the spread of the virus to rural areas. With the curfew, bars and nightclubs will also remain shut. So far, Kenya has officially reported 33,000 coronavirus case and some 560 deaths.

Doctors in Nairobi launch strike to demand salaries and PPE

Doctors in Nairobi have launched a strike to demand the payment of delayed salaries and the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for those dealing with coronavirus patients. One of the most influential doctor's unions in Kenya announced the strike on Friday and said that 320 government doctors are taking part in it. Public services affected could include hospitals run by Nairobi County. Kenya has reported 31,000 coronavirus cases and 530 deaths.

Senator arrested, sparking protests in Kakamega

A senator has been arrested by police, sparking protests in the western town of Kakamega. Demonstrators blocked roads and lit fires as they demanded the release of Senator Cleophas Malala. Two other senators were also briefly detained on Monday - Charles Langat of Bomet County and Steve Lelegwe of Samburu. The arrests forced Senate session on budgetary allocations to be suspended.

Senior health official dies from Covid-19

A senior health official has died after they were infected by coronavirus (Covid-19). Kamau Mugenda, deputy head of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, will be buried on Wednesday in Kinangop Sub-County. “Our sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of the late Kamau Mugenda and all those who have lost their loved ones,” Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said. There have been more than 28,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 456 deaths.

KSW blames arsonists for Tsavo park fire

The Kenya Wildfire Service (KSW) has blamed arsonists for wildfires that are raging at the Tsavo National Park. The fires started at Tsavo West National Park, Mgeno and Lumo on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters are trying to contain the blazes, which are threatening wildlife and vegetation. "We cannot say how many acres have been destroyed but we will do so immediately after we contain the situation. So far, we have not lost any big animals but we have definitely lost small invertebrates," said Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director Robert Njue.

President Kenyatta extends curfew

President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide nightly curfew for a further month. The sale of alcohol in restaurants has also been banned in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. "The harsh reality my friends is that we are at war. At war with an invisible enemy who is relentless," Kenyatta said in a televised address. He also blamed the rising cases on "reckless" behaviour, claiming young people were socialising in places that serve alcohol.

Police officers arrested over Garissa shooting

Two police officers have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting in Garissa. Two people died during the incident, which occurred during a protest at Soko Ng'ombe market on Saturday. "I condemn the police brutality that has led to the untimely death of TWO innocent Kenyans, Aden Abdi Madobe and Muhiyadin Adow Shibin," said MP Aden Duale in a statement. " I ask the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Kenya Police Service to look on to this matter URGENTLY and bring to book the trigger happy cops. The police officers are known and must be held accountable for their heinous action." 

Authorities yet to trace 13,000 people

The Kenyan authorities are yet to track and trace 13,000 people who came into contact with people infected by the coronavirus (Covid-19). “Listing and contact tracing is very expensive and since community transmission is deeply rooted, this activity might yield little,” said acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth. He also said more staff, money and cooperation was required to make the track and trace system effective.

Politician charged with breaking Covid-19 curfew

A Kenyan politician has been charged for breaking a dusk-to-dawn curfew aimed a curbing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was arrested after he was found drinking at a bar in the Kilimani area of the capital. "I take responsibility for having flouted the Covid-19 rules. I was outside my home past 9 pm. It is regrettable but all of us make mistakes," he said. Sakaja is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Doctor dies of Covid-19 in Nairobi

A doctor has died from coronavirus (Covid-19) in the capital, Nairobi. Dr Adisa Lugaliki, who worked as an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Nairobi South Hospital, is the first doctor to die from the virus in Kenya. On Thursday officials reported the largest number of daily cases (477), bringing the total to 8,975.

Government lifts travel restrictions

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the phased reopening of the country despite rising cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). Kenyatta said travel restrictions will be lifted in the capital, Nairobi, the southern port city of Mombasa and the northern county of Mandera. Local flights will resume from 15 July and international flights will restart from 1 August.

Police kill three during clashes in Lessos

Kenyan police have killed three people during clashes with protesters in the western town of Lessos. The unrest was sparked when officers arrested a motorbike taxi driver for ignoring coronavirus restrictions. Protesters attacked a police station and torched the house of the local commanding officer. "The inspector general of police has ordered the immediate arrest and suspension of the officer who was involved in a shooting incident in Lessos," police officials said in a statement. The incident came after an officer was charged with the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Nairobi.

Police officer charged with killing of teenager

A police officer has been charged with the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Nairobi. Yasin Moyo was shot dead as he stood on a balcony at his home as police enforced a night-time curfew. The incident sparked anger at police brutality during the lockdown, which was imposed due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The officer, Duncan Ndiema, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Authorities investigate disappearance of coronavirus equipment

The Kenyan authorities are investigating the disappearance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth $2m. The equipment had been donated by the Chinese government to help Kenya in the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19). Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has admitted that there are “rogue elements” at the ministry's headquarters and said those responsible will be brought to justice. “It is true that we experienced an incident of persons wanting to steal PPE’s. These are thieves and I will assume that the law is going to take its course, and they are going to be arrested,” said Kagwe.

Three killed in shootout near Somali border

A police reservist and two gunmen have been killed in a shootout in Mandera county, close to the border with Somalia. The incident occurred on Sunday when gunmen tried to destroy a telecommunications tower in the area. The al-Shabaab militant group is suspected of carrying out the attack.

Three police officers arrested after woman tied to motorcycle

Three Kenyan police officers have been arrested after one of them was filmed whipping a woman who was tied to a motorcycle. The woman was a suspect in a local robbery in Nakuru County in the Rift Valley. Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority said in a statement "it will make appropriate recommendations if culpability is established". At least 15 people have been killed by police since coronavirus restrictions were enforced on 25 March.

Two Kenyan police officer charged with murder

Two Kenyan police officers will be charged with murder following investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA). Duncan Ndiema Ndiwa is accused of shooting dead a 13-year-old boy in the suburb in the capital, Nairobi. Another officer, Lotugh Angorita, is accused of killing a teacher while responding to reports of a burglary in Siaya county. The IPOA said 15 people have been killed by police since coronavirus restrictions were introduced on 25 March.

Cholera outbreak kills 13 in northern Kenya

An outbreak of cholera has killed at least 13 people in northern Kenya. Torrential rain has caused flooding in Garissa, Wajir, Turkana, Muranga and Marsabit counties. The health ministry said more than 500 cases of the disease have been reported in the country.

Teenager arrested over killing of journalist

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested over the killing of a journalist in Nairobi. Mohammed Hassam from the Pamoja FM radio station was walking home when he was robbed and stabbed last week by a group of juveniles. A 19-year-old suspect has already been detained in connection with the attack.

Flooding kills 260 across East Africa

At least 260 people have been killed by flooding across East Africa. Torrential rains in the region since the weekend have caused several rivers to burst their banks. Almost 200 people have died in Kenya, while 55 have died in Rwanda and 16 in Somalia. Flooding has been reported in Uganda where 200 people have been trapped inside a hospital near the town of Kasese in the west of the country. Water levels have been rising in Lake Victoria, forcing people who live along its shorelines to move to higher ground.

More than 100 killed by flooding and landslides

At least 116 people have been killed by flooding and landslides in western Kenya. The Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, said 29 counties had been affected by the flooding after the River Nzoia burst its banks. Hundreds of people have been displaced, while the the Kenya Red Cross has appealed to the Kisumu County government to free-up rescue centres.

Covid-19 tests cause major traffic jam at Kenya-Uganda border

Mandatory coronavirus (Covid-19) test are causing major tailbacks at the Uganda-Kenya border. The Citizen TV station reported 30km traffic jams on the Kenyan side of the border on Sunday, near the towns of Malaba and Busia. Last week five Kenyan drivers tested positive in Uganda, prompting Kenyan Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman to announced enhanced testing at the borders.

Schools remain closed for one month

Schools in Kenya will remain closed for another month as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). “I want to emphasis that for the past four weeks, students have been on normal vocation, an activity that ends on the fourth of May. During the intervening period, there will be many interventions that will depend on how the government controls this disease,” Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said on Sunday. There have been 355 positive cases and 14 deaths from Covid-19 in Kenya.

President vows to track down escapees from quarantine centre

"We know you and we will find you," said President Uhuru Kenyatta after several people were filmed fleeing a quarantine centre in Nairobi. The president said they were putting the lives of others at risk, although people at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) have complained about poor conditions. There have been claims that the facilities are overcrowded, while some people said they have been forced to pay for their confinement. There is currently a night-time curfew between 19:00 and 05:00 local time and people are required to wear face masks in public.

Twelve killed in mudslides in western Kenya

At least 12 people have been killed in mudslides in western Kenya. The incident happened at the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties over the weekend following torrential rain. More than 400 houses have been affected by mudslides in the region and further heavy rain is forecast over the coming week.

Activists claim more killed by police than Covid-19

At least 12 people have been killed by police for breaking dusk-to-dawn curfews in Kenya, according to activists. The figure is higher than the 11 people who had died during the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. Wilfred Olal, a rights activist, claimed that people are more afraid of police than they are of the virus. "The people fear the police more than COVID-19, people are putting on masks not because they fear COVID-19, they fear that they would be arrested and extorted," Olal said.

Police will arrest people for not wearing masks

Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has warned that people will be arrested if they do not wear face masks in public. The ministry of health said people will be fined 20,000 Kenyan shillings ($190) or face six months in jail. Single-use masks are retailing at 100 Kenyan shillings and N95 versions are selling for 1,500 shillings.

MP arrested for defying shutdown order

A Kenyan MP has been arrested for defying strict lockdown orders over Easter. Embakasi Central Member of Parliament Benjamin Gathiru Mwangi was arrested along with 18 others while drinking at a bar in Ruai. Police carried out raids across the capital, Nairobi, and shutdown bars which were ignoring government orders to close to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). There have been nine deaths and 208 confirmed cases in Kenya.

Politician arrested for breaking quarantine

Gideon Saburi, the Deputy Governor of coastal Kilifi County, has been arrested for refusing to follow quarantine rules. He returned to Kenya from Germany but refused to self-isolate and later tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). “I am very remorseful for bringing anxiety on coronavirus spread in Kilifi County and the entire country, and hope that people will find a heart to forgive me,” said Saburi in a statement.

Police chief orders investigation into killing of teenage boy

Kenya's police chief has ordered an investigation into the killing of a 13-year-old boy in the capital, Nairobi. The victim was on the balcony of his parent's house in the Huruma-Mathare area when officers opened fire to disperse people who were breaking a curfew. The inspector general of police said he had ordered a forensic analysis of all firearms from officers who were on duty in the area. This incident follows earlier reports of police brutality since the government ordered a lockdown.

President Kenyatta announces daily curfew

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a daily curfew from 19:00 to 05:00 to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), starting on Friday. He also said a 100 percent tax relief programme for people earning up to $240 per month, while others will receive a five percent reduction in income tax. The government will also take pay cuts, with the president and his deputy taking an 80 percent cut and other ministers 30 percent. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased to 28.

Worship suspended at churches and mosques

Worship has been suspended at most churches and mosques in Kenya in response to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). Several churches said they would live stream services on Sunday via social media platforms. The Presbyterian Church and Anglican Church also called on people to cancel upcoming weddings. There have been seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kenya so far.

Man suspected of having Covid-19 killed by mob

A man suspected of having coronavirus (Covid-19) has been killed by a mob in south-eastern Kenya. The victim was targeted as he walked home in the village of Msambweni in Kwale county. Local police chief Nehemiah Bitok said investigations were underway to track down the assailants.

Authorities raid shop selling fake Covid-19 kits

Police have raided a shop selling fake coronavirus (Covid-19) testing kits. Ten people were arrested during the operation in Nairobi on Monday. Kenya confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on Friday and had a total of three cases by Thursday morning. The global outbreak has prompted President Uhuru Kenyatta to suspend travel from all countries with confirmed cases.

Kenya closes border to non-nationals

Kenya has announced strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. "Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid resident permits will be allowed to come into the country provided they proceed on self-quarantine or in a government quarantine facility," said President Uhuru Kenyatta. The emergency measures will be in place for 14 days and will come into effect in the next 48 hours. Schools are closed across the country, while universities will also shut by the end of the week.

Ghana, Gabon and Kenya confirm first cases of coronavirus

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in three Africa countries - Gabon, Ghana and Kenya. Ghana's Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu said two people who had travelled into the country from Norway and Turkey tested positive. In Gabon, the patient was a Gabonese man who had travelled from France. Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has suspended all public gatherings following the confirmation of the country's first case of coronavirus. They have also banned all non-essential travel by public servants.

Two killed in al-Shabaab attack, Mandera

At least two people have been killed and another is missing following an ambush by suspected al-Shabaab militants. The incident took place on the Rhamu-El Wak road in Mandera county on Wednesday evening. The assailants had planted an IED on the road which police said exploded and narrowly missed a police patrol. Gunmen then stopped a bus and forced all passengers to disembark.

SNA clashes will troops from regional government

Troops from the Somali National Army (SNA) have clashed with soldiers from the regional government of Jubaland. Heavy gunfire has been reported in the town of Bula Hawa, close to the border with Ethiopia, for several hours. There are also reports that fighting has spread into neighbouring Mandera county in Kenya, where the KDF has been deployed to maintain order.

Lawmakers challenged over Somalia trip

Eleven Kenyan politicians were questioned by police after they travelled to Somalia on an unofficial trip. The group of lawmakers met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to talk about the threat from al-Shabaab. Security Secretary Muriithi Kangi said they have now been released and will not face any charges.

Government takes control of Nairobi services

President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken over control of key functions of the Nairobi county government. City Hall has surrendered county health services, transport, planning and development and public works and utilities to the State. The agreement comes after Governor Mike Sonko, who clashed with his deputies and key staff, was charged with corruption. "This will ensure Nairobi residents receive services efficiently. The move comes as a breakthrough in the running of county services that had ground to a halt,” said a statement from State House spokesperson Kanze Dena-Mararo.

Police officer linked to fake arms deal found dead in Nairobi

A police officer who was due to be questioned over a fake arms deal worth $395m has been found dead at his house in Nairobi. Sergeant John Kipyegon Kemei, who was assigned to Deputy President William Ruto, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the Villa Franca Estate on Wednesday. He was present during a meeting between the former minister, Rashid Echesa, and directors of a US company over an arms tender. Early indications suggested that Kemei committed suicide but police returned the body to the scene after learning that he was due to be questioned over the arms probe.

Three killed as gunmen ambush bus, Mandera

At least three people have been killed after gunmen ambushed a bus in Mandera North county. The bus was heading to Nairobi when it came under fire from suspected al-Shabaab militants on Wednesday morning. "We are told the gunmen shot at the tyres but the driver sped off only to get into more gunfire ahead," said an official from the Moyale Raha bus company.

State funeral under way for former president

The state funeral for former president Daniel arap Moi is underway in Nairobi. Crowds started gathering at the Nyayo National Stadium early on Tuesday morning ahead of the funeral service. All of the main roads near the stadium in the centre, including the A104, are closed and severe disruption is expected throughout the day.

President Kenyatta declares national mourning after death of former leader

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced an indefinite period of national mourning following the death of Kenya's longest-serving leader, Daniel arap Moi. The former president died aged 95 at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday morning. Moi was a divisive figure, and his death has prompted both warm eulogies and fresh criticism of his 24 years in office.

Students killed in school stampede

At least 13 students have been killed in a stampede at a school in western Kenya. Around 40 students were also wounded in the incident, which took place at the Kakamega Primary School on Monday. "We have launched an investigation to establish what exactly happened," said police chief David Kabena.

Several killed as heavy rainfall batters Kenya

At least five people have been killed as heavy rainfall continues to affect several counties across Kenya. Nation reported that two people died after drowning in the Muangini River in Makueni County. In Migori, three people died after a local river burst its banks. Local authorities have warned people to remain vigilant in areas located near rivers. Flash flooding has been widely reported in some areas, leaving some communities completely isolated. In Narok County, several tourists were rescued after flooding destroyed several camps and lodges. They were trapped for several days after the main bridge between Telek and Narok was destroyed. Flooding is relatively common in one of Kenya's rainy season, which runs between November and March.

One killed in Narok flooding

One person has been killed by flooding in Narok West sub-county. The victim died as he tried to cross a bridge on the Talek River on Wednesday night but was swept away. Several lodges in Maasai Mara have been flooded, leaving tourists and staff stranded. Some people have been evacuated to the Talek Trading Center, while others are waiting for the floodwaters to subside.

Passenger quarantined over coronavirus fears

A Kenya Airways passengers has been quarantined after they returned to the country from China with flu-like symptoms. The passenger had travelled from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Tuesday.  “Decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at JKIA,” said the airline in a statement. The Kenyan national is in quarantine at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Two wounded in attack on passenger bus

Two people have been wounded after suspected al-Shabaab gunmen attacked a passenger bus in Wajir county. The bus was travelling through Khorof Kharar when it was ambushed early on Friday morning. The passengers fled into the nearby bush following the attack, according to County Police Commander Thomas Ngeywa.

East Africa hit by locust swarms

Huge swarms of locusts have hit areas of East Africa, damaging crops and threatening food security. One swarm in Kenya is reported to be 40km wide and is heading towards neighbouring Uganda. "Our resources are strained because the aircraft are serving all the affected counties. Also, our officers are exhausted from battling the pests from the past weeks,’‘ said Kenya’s Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga‘‘The locusts have started copulating and will soon start laying eggs. We have tagged sprayed areas with GPS to help us in dealing with hatched nymphs.’‘ Ethiopia has also been badly affected by the swarms, while South Sudan is also on alert.

Five officials arrested for fraud in Kiambu

Five officials have been arrested for alleged fraud in Kiambu county. Elijah Mungai Mukinya, Lawrence Mutwiri Njebi,  Mary Wairimu Nyota Esther Njeri Waweru who and George Njoroge Macharia were arrested on Tuesday. DCI detectives said the five suspects had been issuing fake documents.

Three teachers killed in Garissa attack

Three teachers have been killed in a suspected al-Shabaab in Garissa county. Another teacher was abducted during the attack, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning in the Kamuthe region. “They also set ablaze a police post,” one senior officer said, “they have killed three teachers and our officers are pursuing them. They went away with another teacher.”

Curfew imposed in Lamu after al-Shabaab attack

A curfew has been imposed in the northern coastal region of Lamu. The 22:00 to 04:00 curfew will begin tonight and will remain in place until further notice. The government took the decision following the attack on a military base - Camp Simba - which left one US soldier and two American civilian contractors dead. Suspected al-Shabaab militants also ambushed a civilian bus in the region last week.

Gang members killed in police shootout

Four members of a suspected gang have been killed in a shoot-out with police in Eldoret. The suspects failed to stop at a police checkpoint on the Eldoret-Kitale highway, leading to officers opening fire. A pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the scene.

Two al-Shabaab militants shot dead by police near Dadaab

Two al-Shabaab militants have been killed by police near the border with Somalia. The suspects were targeted after they killed four people near the Dadaab refugee camp on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred a day after al-Shabaab gunmen attacked a military base in Lamu, killing a US soldier and two civilian contractors.

Al-Shabaab militants storm based used by US and Kenyan troops

Al-Shabaab militants have stormed a military base used by Kenyan and US forces in the northern Lamu region. The Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said "an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip," adding that the attack was repulsed. Four militants were killed in the exchange, and it was later confirmed that a US soldier and two civilian contractors also died.

Al-Shabaab hijacks bus in Lamu region

Suspected al-Shabaab militants have hijacked a commuter bus in the coastal Lamu region of Kenya. Police said the bus was ambushed in the Nyongoro area near Witu on Thursday morning. It was heading from Mombasa to Lamu when it was targeted. Officials said local search and rescue operations are underway.

Two suspects shot dead in Kayole

Two suspects have been shot dead by police in Kayole. An officer was wounded during the exchange, which occurred on Monday night. Police said a gun and ammunition were recovered from the scene, while the wounded officer was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Police issue terror warning during Christmas period

Kenyan police have warned people to be aware of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks during Christmas and new year celebrations. "We have made remarkable success in the fight against violent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism. However, the threat still remains. We must therefore be cautious of our respective surroundings and report any suspicious or unusual activities to security agencies, for action," said Hillary Mutyambai, head of Kenya's police. Additional vigilance is advised near places of worship, on public transport and near areas popular with tourists.

Man killed by lion near Nairobi

A man has been eaten by a lion outside a restaurant near the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The remains of a man were discovered in the Rongai area on Monday morning, sparking fear among local residents who have been told to remain indoors. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is tracking the animal, which is believed to have strayed from the Nairobi National Park.

Al-Shabaab kill eight in bus attack, Wajir

Suspected al-Shabaab militants have killed eight people in an attack on a bus in the northern Wajir county. The vehicle was travelling between Kotulo and Wargadud when it was ambushed on Friday. The assailants separated the passengers before shooting dead eight non-locals. As a government, we will never relent. We will go for them and smoke them out of their hideouts. Our resolve to completely eliminate this region of these heartless people is never in doubt,” said Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik.

Multi-storey building collapses in Nairobi

A multi-storey building has collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. So far 17 people have been rescued from the site at the Tassia estate in Embakasi, while scores more are feared trapped in the rubble. The cause of the collapse hasn't been established, although the area has been hit by heavy rains and more wet weather is forecast over the coming days.

Two criminals killed in Mombasa

Two suspected criminals have been killed in separate incidents in Mombasa. One suspect was shot dead by police in the Bamburi Mwisho area of Kisuani on Monday morning, while a second suspect was lynched by a mob in the Mrima area of Likoni. Meanwhile, Kisauni Police Commander Julius Kiragu said seven members of the Wakali Kwanza gang were on the run and were being tracked by police.

Sixty killed in landslides in north-west Kenya

At least sixty people have been killed after landslides hit north-western Kenya. Torrential rain started in West Pokot county on Friday, causing flooding and mudslides which swept away four bridges and cut off local villages. Local officials said 53 people died in mudslides and seven others have been reported missing and are feared dead. "We have never experienced or encountered tragedies that we saw last night," West Pokot Governor John Krop Lonyangapuo told Al Jazeera. Around 5,000 people have been displaced by the flooding.

Bus crashes on Kericho–Nakuru highway

At least one person has been killed and 23 others wounded after a bus crashed on the Kericho–Nakuru highway. The bus was heading from Nairobi to Kampala in Uganda when it hit a bump and flipped early on Friday morning. The wounded were transported to Kericho County Referral Hospital for treatment.

Silverstone Air suspends all flights

Silverstone Air has suspended all of its flights following an accident in October that left a woman badly injured. The airline said it cancelled operations after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) authority suspended its fleet of Dash 8 aircraft for seven days. The airline was also involved in another incident where one of its planes was forced to make an emergency landing after a wheel fell off. “In compliance with the KCAA directive to suspend operations on our Dash 8 fleet, we have temporarily suspended all our scheduled services, the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft remain our highest priority,” said Silverstone Air. 

Fire prompts evacuations at Mombasa hospital

A fire broke out inside Mombasa Hospital on Tuesday night, prompting patients to be evacuated. The blaze started in the children's ward at 20:30 local time, with staff and patients forced to move to the nearby Pandya, Aga Khan and Coast General hospitals. The cause of the fire has not yet been established and no injuries were reported. 

Video of police brutality sparks outrage

A video has been shared online which appears to show Kenyan police officers beating a student near Nairobi. Four officers were filmed hit the victim with a stick and stamping on his head during the incident at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on Monday. Police chief Hilary Mutyambai said the four officers have been identified and suspended.

Police among victims of bandit attack, Marsabit

Two police officers and eight civilians have been killed in a bandit attack in Marsabit. Gunmen ambushed a vehicle in Jaldelsa on Tuesday evening, leaving three people dead. Two police officers and five others were later killed in a retaliatory attack. "The reports are true but I cannot comment further as this is a fluid situation that is still ongoing," a security official told the Nation newspaper.

Al-Shabaab attack police station in Wajir

The al-Shabaab militant group has attacked a police station in the northern county of Wajir. Gunmen targeted the station in Dadajabula on Tuesday evening, using heavy artillery and RPGs. Local reports said the assailants were trying to free two al-Shabaab militants who were being held at the station.

Lamu residents hit by flooding

More than 100 residents have been affected by flooding after the River Lagwarera burst its banks in Lamu. Residents of Bodhei, Mangai, Milimani, Mararani and Bar’goni villages have been cut off after the Hindi-Kiunga road was flooded and several bridges were washed away. Elsewhere, a family of four were killed by a landslide in the village of Kapkonder in Elgeyo Marakwet county on Friday morning.

Ten Kenyan police killed near Somali border

Ten Kenyan police officers have been killed in a bomb attack near the Somali border. The officers were on patrol when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb exploded near Garissa on Saturday. “The National Police Service regrets to inform the public that NPS officers were on patrol along Damajale-Harhar Road near the Kenya-Somali border when their motor vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device,” said Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai. The al-Shabaab militant group is suspected of planting the device.

Four killed in Meru flooding

At least four people have been killed by flash flooding in Meru county. Three of the victims were taking shelter in a church before they were swept away by flooding. Another man died in the Kienderu area in North Imenti, according to county commander Patrick Lumumba. "I ask residents to exercise care when crossing flooded rivers, streams, galley, and flooded trenches. Those living near rivers must be extra-vigilant, as government, we are monitoring the situation though I'm shocked to learn Meru can experience such dangerous flooding,” said Lumumba.

Nairobi hit by dust storms

The Kenyan capital Nairobi has been hit by dust storms, leading to power outages and damage to buildings. The towns of Kitengenga, Kajiado and Mlolongo have also been badly affected, forcing residents to shelter indoors. “What we are experiencing is a deep convective system in the southern section of Kenya. This system is moving from the Coastal Kenya as it propagates inland toward South East low lands, Nairobi and Central parts of Kenya,” said the Kenya Meteorological Department in a statement. Forecasters are also warning that the storm marks the start of a rain season in the country.

Six terror suspects arrested in Likoni raids

Six terror suspects have been arrested in dawn raids in Likoni near Mombasa. Officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) carried out the arrests at two sites on Tuesday morning. Weapons, military uniforms and explosive devices were recovered during the rads. "We were able to identify an isolated house where they were hiding. We had a challenge of bad weather last night but we have succeeded to raid the place this morning," said acting regional CID coordinator Paul Leting. He added that one of the weapons recoved might have been used in the attack on the Dusit D2 hotel complex earlier this year.

Two dead after car falls off Likoni-Mombasa ferry

A mother and her child are feared dead after their car reversed off a ferry near Mombasa. The MV Harambee was transporting people from Likoni to the port of Mombasa when the accident occurred on Sunday night. The victims have been identified as Mariam Kigenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Seven killed in school collapse, Nairobi

At least seven children have been killed after a primary school collapsed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The structure at Precious Talent Top School came down just after the school started on Monday morning. A further 57 people were wounded and taken to local hospitals for treatment. The school owner Mr Moses Wainaina blamed Nairobi City County for the accident, claiming that a recently dug sewer weakened the school's foundations.

Protesters block school after girl's death

Protesters have gathered outside a school in Bomet county after a 14-year-old girl committed suicide. Jackline Chepngeno's mother said her daughter was humiliated by a teacher when her uniform was soiled by menstrual blood. “She had nothing to use as a pad. When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside,” said Beatrice Koech. News of the incident sparked protests outside the Kabiangek Primary School in Konoin Sub-County, prompting police to fire tear gas disperse the crowds.

Dozens arrested after boundary clashes, Narok

At least 54 people have been arrested following clashes over boundaries in Narok county.  Sub-county Deputy County Commissioner Mohammed Hassan Noor said the suspects from Uasin Gishu, Syria and Kisii communities were arrested based on various charges. “We conducted a joint security officers’ operation that included regular police officers and GSU officers. We were targeting people who were bringing unnecessary tension, breach of peace, incitement, carrying illegal weapons at the border,” Noor told local media. The Syria and Uasin clans of the Maasai community have been in dispute to determine the boundary of Nkararo.

MPs clash inside Catholic Church

Two Kenyan MPs started fighting at a Catholic Church on Sunday. MP Ndindi Nyoro refused to hand a microphone to fellow Jubilee Party lawmaker Maina Kamanda at the church in Kiharu on Sunday, sparking a brawl. “I can’t allow people from Nairobi to come and take over my constituency as if they know this area. I am an elected leader,” Mr Nyoro told local media. On Monday he was arrested by police in Murang'a and charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police officers and disrupting the church service.

Two robbery suspects shot dead in Mlolongo

Two robbery suspects have been shot dead by police in Mlolongo. Athi River Sub-county Police Commander Samuel Mukuusi said the pair were trying to break into a business in the Petmark area when they were shot. A third suspect escaped with bullet wounds.

Authorities resume operation to evict thousands from Mau Forest Complex

Kenyan authorities have resumed the eviction of more than 60,000 people that are currently living in the Mau Forest Complex in south-western Kenya. Security measures have been enhanced in the region to assist police officers in the large-scale operation. Reports suggest that some families are already voluntarily evacuating, while some are resisting the order. A senator for the region, Kipchumba Murkomen, is among those lawmakers who urged parts of the population to stay put. He claimed that the evictions are illegal. Operations to evict people from the Mau Forest was initially launched back in 2009, but came to a halt due to political tensions. The region is claimed to be key to the country's water catchment basin that sources several permanent rivers.

Several tourists killed due to flash flooding on Hell's Gate National Park

Kenya Wildlife Service (NWS) has suspended visits to the gorges of the Hell's Gate National Park after seven people died due to flash flooding. AP reported that among the victims are six tourists and their driver, whose vehicle was swept away on Sunday evening. One person is still missing. Daily Nation reported that the accident happened during a tour inside the Ol-Jorowa Gorge. During the rainy season, flash flooding on the Hell's Gate is common. Due to its location south of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley, heavy rainfall in the neighbouring Nyandarua and Nakuru counties may still affect the park.

Several kill in armed ambush in Forole, Marsabit

At least five people have been killed after gunmen targeted a group of herders in Marsabit, northern Kenya. Daily Nation reported that the victims were sleeping in the rural area of Forole when they were targeted. Reports indicate that the attackers were members of an Ethiopian-based militia, but those claims were not independently verified. According to the police, the attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. In recent months, increasing levels of ethnic violence have been reported around Marsabit County. Most incidents involve Gabra and Borana ethnics based in both Marsabit and the bordering Oromia region in Ethiopia. Reports from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) estimate that the recent ethnic conflict may date back to mid-2005.

Kenya to hold its 2019 Population and Housing Census

Kenya's National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is set to conduct its 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census between 24 and 31 August. According to the KNBS, this will be the country's eighth Census since 1948. According to government guidelines, tourists and visitors transiting through Kenya are expected to cooperate with census takers and respond to their questions. KNBS said that those that will be counted during the Census include: "All persons who will be within the borders of Kenya on the census night will be counted. This will include persons found in the households, outdoor sleepers, persons on transit, individuals in hotels and lodges, and institutions such as hospitals, prisons and army barracks among others". Travellers should request Census takers' identification before answering any questions. All information given will be confidential. Census takers will usually be holding a tablet computer.

Three shot in Homa Bay

Three people have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Homa Bay. The victims were riding a motorcycle on the Homa-Rongo road when they were targeted by assailants in a black saloon car. “We are conducting investigations to enable us to know the assailants and take action against them,” said Homa Bay police commander Esther Seroney.

One dead in cholera outbreak

One person has died and 40 others are sick following an outbreak of cholera and food poisoning in Nairobi. The affected were all guests at a wedding, with the catering supplied by the Hot Dishes restaurant. The wedding was held at Post Bank Grounds on Kiambu Road in Nairobi. An investigation into the outbreak is underway.

Two killed in Kilifi clashes

Two people have been killed in clashes between farmers and herders in the coastal town of Kilifi. A third person was seriously wounded after fighting erupted in the Mugoya area on Sunday. The unrest was sparked when herders led their livestock into a maize plantation. Police have launched additional patrols in the area to prevent any further clashes.

Police storm mansion in drugs raid

Kenyan police have stormed a mansion in Mombasa as part of an ongoing drug-trafficking investigation. The property is owned by tycoon Ali Punjani, who is one of four people wanted on trafficking charges in the US. Two others, Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle over 100kg of heroin and methamphetamine to the US. Mr Punjani, who is currently receiving medical treatment in India, has not commented to the raids.

Imam and village elder killed in Kwale attack

An imam and a village elder have been killed in a village in Kwale County. Omar Shehe Fuvwe, Imam at Mabokoni mosque, and Bakari Dondo were killed after 20 armed men raided the village on Saturday night. "We are yet to establish the motive of the killings of the two elders. We are following crucial leads on the same," said Msambweni police boss Nehemiah Bitok.

Several wounded in Mombasa clashes

Several people have been wounded in gang clashes in the Nyali area of Mombasa. Around 30 members of a local criminal group known as Wakali Kwanza carried out the attack in the Lake View of Bamburi area. Four people are in a critical condition and have been taken to the Coast General Hospital for treatment. Kisauni Police chief Julius Kiragu said three suspects have been arrested following the unrest.

GSU officer shot dead in Nairobi

A General Service Unit (GSU) officer has been shot dead at the Wilson Airport watchtower in Nairobi. The victim was responding to a false distress call when he was targeted by unknown assailants. Another officer was wounded in the ambush, which was reportedly carried out by two assailants dressed in uniform.

Finance minister charged with corruption

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials have been charged with corruption. Rotich handed himself in Monday after the director of public prosecutions, Noordin Haji, said he was part of a scheme to defraud by arranging contracts "riddled with massive illegalities". The minister appeared at the Milimani Law Courts in the captial, Nairobi, on Tuesday for the first hearing. He has denied all of the charges.

App-based drivers go on strike over fares

Drivers from the app-based firms Uber, Bolt and Little Cab have gone on strike to demand an increase in fares. The drivers want an increase of more than double to Sh42 per kilometre to bring them closer to the fares of private taxis. They are also calling for a reduction in the commission that the parent companies charge drivers, with Uber taking 25 percent from all fares.

Two young girls killed in Kisii

Two young girls have been found dead in Kisii County. Local reports said the victims, aged six and nine, had been sexually assaulted before they were murdered at their guardian's home in the village of Kenyanya. Their guardian had left the girls at home while she went to the local market. “We suspect the assailants defiled the innocent girls before killing them after realising that they could expose them,” said a local resident.

Two workers for Chinese construction project killed in crash

Two people have been killed and 16 others wounded after a truck carrying workers to a Chinese construction project crashed. The staff were heading to Elgeyo Marakwet when the vehicle veered off the road in Marakwet West on Tuesday. “The lorry seemed to have developed a mechanical problem about one kilometer away from the scene of the accident and the driver could not control it. It went downhill at a high speed,” a local resident told the Standard.

Official arrested in Nairobi over Ruto plot

The State House digital director has been arrested by members of the Flying Squad over alleged links to an assassination plot. Dennis Itumbi was detained on Wednesday and is set to be charged over a fake letter that claimed that there was a plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto. Preliminary investigations suggest that several officials close to Mr Ruto, including Itumbi, has created documents which purported that four Cabinet secretaries had held meetings during which they planned to kill the VP.

Two fishermen killed by pirates, Lake Victoria

Two fishermen have been killed by suspected pirates on Lake Victoria. The assailants, armed with machetes, targeted the fishermen on Rukuba beach. “They first engaged us in physical fights before they turned and hit us with the weapons. My colleagues drowned after they were pushed into the water,” said another fisherman who survived the attack. The pirates stole the boat's engine, fuel and fishing equipment worth almost Sh500k.

MP arrested over xenophobic rant

Starehe MP Charles Njagua Kanyi has been arrested in Nariboi after he called on foreign businesses to leave the country. "When you look at our market, Tanzanians and Ugandans have taken our business, enough is enough, if we will give them 24 hours and they will not leave, we will beat them and we are not scared of anyone," Njagua told a crowd earlier this week. The Kenyan government has condemned the remarks and promised that foreign workers were safe in Kenya, while Tanzania has summoned Kenya's High Commissioner to Dar es Salaam to explain the xenophobic threats.

Three militants killed in attack on police base

Three suspected al-Shabaab militants have been killed after they attack a police base in eastern Kenya. Gunmen targeted the camp in Garissa county, close to the border with Somalia, on Friday night. The Kenya security forces did not report any casualty among their ranks. Last week eight police officers were killed after al-Shabaab militants planted a roadside bomb in Wajir county.

Kenya on alert over possible Ebola case

A potential case of Ebola has been reported in Kericho county, sparking fears of an outbreak in the country. The patient had symptoms of haemorrhagic fever at Kericho County Referral Hosptial. "A female patient presented at our facility today with complaints of headache, hotness of the body, puffy face, some diarrhoea, and nausea of acute onset,” said hospital official Margaret Okirio. Blood samples from the patient were sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Nairobi for further analysis. Last week several cases of Ebola were reported in neighbouring Uganda.

Police killed by roadside bomb, Wajir

At least eight Kenyan police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb near the border with Somalia. The officers were travelling in a car which hit the IED in the northern Wajir county on Saturday. The Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab is suspected of planting the device.

Hundreds protest against coal power station

Hundreds of people have taken part in a protest against a proposed coal power station in Lamu county. "There is no need to build centralised dirty sources of energy such as coal to answer Kenya's energy demands, especially when the country is taking the lead in Africa with an 85-percent renewable energy base," said deCOALonize Campaign Coordinator, Omar Elmawi. The construction of the plant has been ongoing for six years despite strong resistance from local campaign groups.

Businessman shot dead in Mlolongo

A local businessman has been shot dead by bandits and two others wounded in Mlolongo. Local police said the incident happened in the Dreamland area on Thursday night. “The two who sustained injuries are women were trying to raise an alarm from a nearby night club and that is when they were shot,” a local administrator said. The assailants stole money from the victim before fleeing the scene.

Priest murdered at bar in Meru

A Catholic priest has been stabbed to death outside a bar in Meru. Police said two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Eutychus Murangiri, 32. “We are yet to establish the motive behind the killing,” said Imenti North sub-county Commander Robinson Mboloi.

Al-Shabaab militants clash with Kenyan police

Al-Shabaab militants have clashed with Kenyan police in Mandera county. At least one police officer and several militants were killed in the exchange, which took place in the town of Dawaduba on Monday evening. The area is close to where two Cuban doctors were kidnapped in April.

Mombasa hit by heavy rain

The southern port city of Mombasa has been hit by heavy rainfall. “The rains have paralysed ship operations prompting all ships at the Conventional Cargo area to close hatches. Most affected vessels are those carrying wheat, fertiliser, steel and coal. At the Container Terminal currently only deliveries are working,” the Kenyan Ports Authority said in a statement. Further heavy rainfall is predicted through to Saturday. On Thursday the Mombassa-Lunga Lunga road was blocked by flooding.

Four Chinese nationals arrested for assault

Four Chinese nationals have been arrested over allegations that they assaulted a Kenyan engineer. Liu Jiang, Wang Kai, Zhao Liangbin and Li Shaoqing were detained for questioning in relation to the attack on Rodgers Imasa, who was inspecting the Loichangamak-Lodwar, which is being built by China Railway Engineering Group Company Limited. Earlier this week workers started protesting over alleged mistreatment by fellow Chinese workers.

Three killed in Mandera clashes

Three people have been killed in tribal clashes in the northern Mandera county. Members of the Degodia and Garre tribes fought each other in the Banisa sub-county before local officials initiated peace talks. The fighting was sparked by competition for land and water for their animals.

Three criminals shot by police, Karatina

Three suspected armed robbers have been shot dead by police following a stand-off in the town of Karatina in Nyeri county. The incident was sparked when the suspects tried to break into a venue in the town. “We have recovered an AK 47 rifle and a homemade pistol capable of firing. Three of the robbers were shot dead but others managed to escape,” said police commander James Barasa.

Several counties on alert due to severe drought

More than a dozen counties across Kenya are on a drought alert over low precipitation reported during the country's rainy seasons. Arid and semi-arid counties across the country are on high alert after low rainfall reported in the country in the latest rainy season, between March and May. Drought conditions have generated a number of consequences on those regions, which may fuel local conflict and drag more people to food insecurity. Livestock has also been threatened. Also, farmers and rural workers have been heavily impacted due to significant cuts on the harvest season.

Police officer killed by bandits, Samburu

A Kenyan police officer has been killed and three others wounded in an ambush in Samburu country. The attack was carried out by suspected bandits in the Marti area on Tuesday. The injured officers were transported to a hospital in Maralal for treatment.

Red Cross volunteer hacked to death in Lamu

A volunteer for the Kenya Red Cross Society has been hacked to death in an attack in Lamu East. Amina Bakari, 30, who was also an official of Nyumba Kumi, was attacked outside her shop on Monday night. “It’s very unfortunate to lose an innocent lady who was very dedicated in empowering the community in Lamu East. All this is because drugs continue to affect our young people while our security officers are watching," said village elder Khaldun Vae. Police are investigating the attack.

Hospital raises concern over rise in cholera cases in Nairobi

A private hospital in Nairobi has raised concerns over a recent increase in the number of cholera cases reported. The privately-run Nairobi Hospital confirmed in a statement that “there is an upsurge of cholera cases in the county of Nairobi." According to the same statement, eight staff members were among those affected. A health official of Nairobi's County said that 23 people suffering from cholera were recently admitted to hospital. Cholera is contracted through the ingestion of liquids and food contaminated with faeces. Among the main symptoms is acute diarrhoea and vomiting. If symptoms persist, people should seek medical attention.

Gunmen kidnap two Cuban doctors

Two Cuban doctors have been kidnapped by gunmen near the town of Mandera. A police officer was shot dead and another wounded during the attack, which took place in the early hours of Friday morning. Initial reports suggest the kidnappers took the hostages across the border into neighbouring Somalia. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Three hijackers shot dead by police, Machakos

Three suspected hijackers have been shot dead by police in Machakos county. The trio had been masquerading as police officers at a fake checkpoint on the Machakos-Kitui highway. According to officials, the suspects hijacked a member of UN staff before police arrived at the scene. When they refused to surrender, officers opened fire killing three of them. Two other members of the gang managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

Police shoot dead three robbers in Nairobi

Three robbers have been killed by Kenyan police in the Lucky Summer area of Nairobi. An alarm was raised after five men had broken into residential properties in the district. Officers on patrol attended to the scene, killing three of the suspects while two others managed to escape on foot.

Samburu governor arrested over fuel fraud

Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine has been arrested over an Sh84.7m fuel fraud. "The investigations established that the governor was trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date. The governor failed and or neglected to disclose his interest in the said service station. It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law,” said Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji. Thirteen other officials have also been detained in the probe.

Bus crash kills 14 in Matuu

At least 14 people have been killed after a bus collided with a stationary truck in Matuu in Machakos County. A further 10 people were wounded in the accident, which occurred early on Wednesday morning. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, with initial reports suggesting that the driver of the bus failed to spot the truck as no caution signs or lights were in place.

Kibera market razed by fire

Large sections of the Toi Market in Kibera has been destroyed by fire. The blaze started at around 03:00 on Tuesday morning and spread quickly through the site, which is located seven kilometres from central Nairobi. Several people were wounded as they tried to salvage stock from their stalls, with many traders losing their entire businesses. An investigation is underway into what started the fire.

Chief Inspector arrested in extortion probe

A Chief Inspector of Police has been arrested along with three other people by Kenya's Flying Squad. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said Chief Inspector Kennedy Omondi, Stanilus Otieno, Eddie Obwaka and Boniface Omengi were detained when they went to collect a Sh2m bribe. The suspects allegedly posed as immigration officials and confiscated passports and other travel documents before extorting money from their victims.

Police raid al-Shabaab hideout in Kwale

Kenyan police have raided an al-Shabaab training centre in Kwale. Officers recovered bomb-making material along with basic weapons and jihadist paraphernalia. "We believe these are teaching grounds for terror activities," Kwale police boss Tom Odero told the Star newspaper.

Rallies expected in Nairobi CBD

Several rallies are expected to be held in Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD). The US Embassy in Kenya issued an alert urging Americans to avoid the centre of the capital on Friday. Anti-corruption and women's rights activists are both set to hold protests, starting near the Uhuru Park.

Strike causes major disruption at Kenyan airports

A strike has caused major disruption at Kenya's four main airports. More than 60 flights were cancelled at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while delays and cancellations have also been reported at Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu. Workers have taken industrial action due to concerns over a planned merger between the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and Kenya Airways.

Five guards killed in robbery, Vihiga

Five guards have been killed during a robbery at a village near Vihiga. The assailants carried out the attack at the Kilingili market on Saturday night. “We just woke in the morning to find bodies scattered in the market. It seems some were running away, but the thugs caught up with them and hacked them to death,” a resident told local media.

Five killed in helicopter crash near Lake Turkana

A Kenyan pilot and four US nationals have been killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Turkana in the Central Island National Park. Captain Mario Magonga, a pilot of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto, has been identified but the Americans have not yet been named. Investigations into the cause of the crash are underway.

Two killed in Makutano robbery

Two fatalities have been confirmed following a robbery incident in Makutano, Kirinyaga. The incident reportedly occurred in a grocery shop, where a number of unidentified gunmen stormed the supermarket and opened fire. Two shoppers have been killed and another two have also been injured. Police investigations have been launched and remain ongoing.

Kenya-Somalia in maritime dispute

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia over an ongoing maritime border dispute. "The summons is a consequence of a most regretful and egregious decision by the Government of Somalia to auction off oil and gas blocks in Kenya's maritime territorial area that borders Somalia," said Kenya's foreign office in a statement. Somalia has brought a case against Kenya in an attempt to redraw the sea border, which would lead to Mogadishu obtaining access to three offshore oil blocks.

Police officer sentenced to death

A Kenyan police officer has been sentenced to death for severely beating a suspect in custody. Nahashon Mutua was head of a station in Nairobi six years ago when Martin Koome was brought in on a domestic violence charge. “The Prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the police caused the deceased suffering while in cells which caused his death,” Judge Stella Mutuku said,

Kanu youth chairman reported missing

The chairman of the Kenya African National Union Party's youth congress has been reported missing. Billian Ojiwa went missing on Sunday near Kilimani and attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful. Ojiwa's disappearance comes a week after a prominent human rights activist, Caroline Mwatha, went missing in Dandora. On Tuesday her body was found at a mortuary in the city.

Three gang members shot dead in Naivasha

Three members of a carjacking gang have been killed by police in Naivasha, Nakuru county. The victims had stolen a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway before police intervened. “We managed to recover a toy pistol, 10 mobile phones, a laptop, IDs and other personal effects," said Naivasha deputy OCPD John Kwasa. Three other suspects escaped with gunshot wounds.

US embassy warns of possible terror attack

The US embassy in Kenya has warned of possible terror attacks targeting foreign nationals in the country. In a statement, the embassy said there was "credible information that indicates Westerners may be targeted by extremists". The warning comes weeks after al-Shabaab killed 21 people in an assault on the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi.

Kenya-Somalia agree increased cooperation against al-Shabaab

Kenya and Somalia have agreed to increase cooperation against the militant group al-Shabaab. Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta met with Somali PM Hassan Ali Khaire in Nairobi on Tuesday. The summit comes weeks after al-Shabaab militants killed 21 people in an attack at the DusitD2 complex in the Westlands area of the Kenyan capital.

Teacher killed by students in Nakuru

A teacher has been killed by three students following an attack in Nakuru. Peter Omari, a teacher at Hopewell High school, was targeted after he confiscated a mobile phone from one of the students. He was found dead near his home in Barut in Nakuru Town West on Thursday night, while the suspects were taken to Kwa Rhonda police post for questioning.

Two students arrested over al-Shabaab links

Two students have been arrested in Narok county for alleged links to the al-Shabaab militant group. County police commander Thomas Ngeiwa said the pair were detained at a roadblock on their way to Kismayo in Somalia. They have been transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in Nairobi for interrogation.

Al-Shabaab militants target Chinese construction site

Suspected al-Shabaab militants have attacked a Chinese construction site in Shimbirey, 50km from Garissa. Eight gunmen carried out the attack, which left four people wounded, on Sunday. Security guards at the site managed to repulse the assailants following a gun battle. The incident comes less than a week after al-Shabaab carried out the deadly assault on a hotel complex in the Westlands area of Nairobi.

Nine arrested over Nairobi attack

Nine people have been arrested in connection with the attack on a hotel compound in Nairobi that left at least 21 people dead. Kenya's Red Cross said 19 people are still missing following Tuesday's assault, which was carried out by the Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab. “Members of the public are encouraged to visit the nearest regional blood transfusion centres and donate blood,” Red Cross said in a statement

Death toll rises from Westlands siege

The death toll from Tuesday's attack in the Westlands district of Nairobi has risen to 15. President Uhuru Kenyatta said all of the attackers have been "eliminated" after fresh gunfire and explosions were reported early on Wednesday morning. "We will seek out every person that was involved in the funding, planning and execution of this heinous act," said Kenyatta in a statement. A US citizen identified as Jason Spindler was confirmed as one of the victims, while a British national also reportedly died. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hotel under attack in Nairobi

A hotel is under attack in the Westlands district of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Two explosions and gunfire have been reported at the site of the Dusit hotel. So far three people have been confirmed dead and people have been advised to avoid the area. "We were informed of the shooting incident around Dusit Hotel. We have dispatched officers from the Terror Unit and the DCI to the scene. We should be able to know what is happening there in the next few minutes," said National Police Spokesperson Charles Owino. The Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four held over land dispute killing

Four people have been arrested over the killing of an elderly man in Kwale county. Zuma Ngome, 63, was hacked to death in the village of Mito Minane on Wednesday morning, days after he was involved in a dispute over land with a neighbour. "We are in pursuit of two other suspects but let me assure you that we are going to bring all those involved to book," said Coast Regional Coordinator Bernard Leparmarai.

Arrests made after Narok county clashes

Twenty-two people have been arrested in Narok county following the latest outbreak of violence between rival groups. “We realised that those fighting were gathered at Kapcol Camp where they were planning conflicts. When our officers invaded the camp, they found tens of bows and arrows, spears, pangas and knives that were to be used for war,” said Narok commissioner George Natembeya. One person died and 15 others were wounded in inter-communal clashes over the weekend.

KDF arrests al-Shabaab militants in Lamu

The Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) have arrested a group of suspected al-Shabaab militants in Lamu county. The troops were on patrol when they spotted the militants planting improvised explosive devices in Bodhei, leading to a shootout. Several soldiers were wounded in the exchange before the gunmen surrendered.

Five killed in clashes between police and villagers

Five people have been killed in clashes between police and local residents in Trans Nzoia county. The unrest was sparked when officers arrived in the village of Kolongolo to arrest a man, prompting neighbours to attempt to intervene. County Commander Erustus Mbui asked residents to be calm as investigations get underway.

Former deputy governor killed in Nyali, Mombasa

A former deputy governor has been killed at his residence in the Nyali area of Mombasa. Three hooded gunmen stormed Kennedy Kamto's house in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The assailants stole Sh6,000 and personal belongings before fleeing the scene. Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki said police have begun investigations into the attack.

Two officials shot dead in Turkana county

Two Turkana County government officials have been shot dead by suspected bandits in West Pokot. The incident came after a young boy was killed by cattle rustlers on Wednesday morning. "In a retaliatory attack, armed raiders … in the afternoon ambushed the two officers while on a motorbike heading to Nakwamoru from Kapelbok shooting them dead," said Turkana County Commissioner Seif Matata.

G4S guards protest over pay cut

Hundreds of G4S private security guards have gone on strike in Nakuru to protest against a reduction in their salaries. More than 300 staff are taking part in the industrial action, with many of them protesting outside the G4S offices in the town. The Kenya National Private Security Workers Union G4S Secretary General Brian Otieno said the guards were forced to sign letters agreeing to their salaries being reduced by Sh6,000. "Our members had refused to sign the letters but found their salaries for the month of November were reduced. This was despite a court order barring them from implementing the new changes," said Otieno.

Commuters forced to walk to work after minibus ban

Thousands of commuters have been forced to walk to work in Nairobi after a ban on minibusses came into force. The matatus are no longer allowed to access the city centre and have to drop passengers off outside the Central Business District. City officials said the move will help with congestion in the city, but there has been anger from commuters who claim the bus terminal cannot handle the high number of vehicles.

Police help colleagues escape anti-corruption force

Police officers have helped two of their colleagues escape by firing warning shots at anti-corruption officers. The pair had been accused of demanding a bribe from a foreign national. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said the officers "were rescued by their colleagues from Kabete Police Station who fired several rounds of ammunition as warning shots to facilitate the escape."

Police arrested over bribery allegations

Fifteen police officers have been arrested after they were accused of forcing motorists into paying bribes. The officers were caught with Sh11,000 which they collected at a roadblock on the Likoni - Lunga Lunga highway. Kwale police boss David Kosgei said disciplinary procedures were underway against the officers.

Chinese nationals charged over railway scam

Three Chinese nationals have been charged over an alleged ticketing scam in a Chinese-funded railway project. The trio is accused of attempting to bribe investigators who were looking into claims that $10,000 a day was being stolen as part of a fraud scheme. They appeared in a court in Mombasa on Monday and will remain in custody until their bail hearing on 30 November.

Cattle rustlers killed by residents in Kitengela

Four suspected cattle rustlers have been killed by local residents in the village of Korrompoi in Kitengela. A fifth person escaped with gunshot wounds following the incident, which was sparked when the group stole nine cows and a bull. “After the suspects had driven off the cows, my dogs continuously barked and my sons went to check and found the cows missing. They immediately raised the alarm and the rustlers were pursued,” said herder Kunini Mwanta.

MRC members arrested in Mombasa

Kenyan police have arrested 46 members of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). They were detained following a raid at Shelly Beach on Thursday, where police said they were holding an illegal meeting. The government have clamped down on the MRC since 2008 when they started calling for Mombasa to secede from the rest of Kenya.

Italian aid worker kidnapped in Kenya

Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian aid worker during an attack in the south-east of the country. The assailants opened fire at a trading centre in Kilifi County, wounding five people including three children. In a statement police described the incident in Chakama on Tuesday night as a terror attack.

Four suspected robbers shot dead by police, Kayole

Four suspected thieves have been shot dead by police in the Kayole area of Nairobi. Police said six suspects were assaulting and robbing pedestrians when officers intervened. The police recovered two guns from the suspects, while the two others fled the scene on foot. More than 30 people have been shot dead police in the past month.

Police repel al-Shabaab attack in Garissa

Kenyan police have repelled a suspected al-Shabaab attack on a police camp in Garissa county. One militant was killed and several others wounded during the exchange on Monday, according to the Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik. "Our gallant officers reacted immediately the militants struck and engaged them in a fierce gun battle; they finally managed to repulse them. No officer was injured or killed," said Birik.

Three police officers killed by bandits in Samburu

Three Kenyan police officers have been killed by suspected bandits in the northern Samburu district. The officers were ambushed in Igembe Central on Wednesday night, during which four others were wounded. "It is alleged Turkana criminals invaded and suddenly attacked and a shootout broke. We have lost three of our KPR officers. We are following up the criminals," said a police spokesman.

Two students killed by lightning in Homa Bay

Two students have been killed and two others wounded by lightning in Homa Bay county. The deceased, who were students at Lwanda Kawuro Primary School and the Obera secondary school in Ndhiwa, were playing football when they were struck. The wounded were transported to the Royal Hospital in Rongo Sub County for treatment.

Building collapses in Malindi

At least one person has died after a building collapsed in the town of Malindi. Rescue workers managed to free eight people who were trapped under the rubble, while operations are ongoing to find additional survivors. The building, which was under construction, came down in the Barani area early on Friday morning.

Teacher hacked to death in South Imenti

A retired teacher has been hacked to death in an attack at his home in South Imenti. Police said Francis Muriungi's body was found by a neighbour on Monday in the village of Mathagwe. “When she went to find out why the sheep were on their own, she found the body lying outside the house,” said a resident. Police have arrested one person in connection with the killing.

Bandits kidnap woman and children in Tharaka North

Armed bandits have kidnapped a woman and her two children in the Tharaka North area. Officials said the assailants later released the mother and youngest child but are still holding the other child. Livestock were also stolen during the raid on Tuesday before the bandits fled into the neighbouring Meru National Park.

Al-Shabaab kills two teachers in Mandera

The al-Shabaab militant group has killed two teachers in the northern Mandera county. Gunmen raided the Arabia Boys Secondary School in Lafey sub-county on Wednesday morning. The assailants also torched the school's staffroom during the attack.

Fifty killed in bus crash near Kericho

At least 50 people have been killed in a bus crash between the capital, Nairobi, and the town of Kakamega. Police said the driver lost control and veered off the road near Kericho in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Several children are reported to be among the dead, while police are investigating the cause of the crash. Road accidents are common in Kenya; the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the country as one of the most dangerous in the world for road safety.

TV journalist and fiancé charged with murder

A Kenyan TV journalist and her fianceé have been charged with murder, according to the public prosecutor. Jackie Maribe, a news anchor with Citizen Television, appeared in court on Monday with Joseph Kuria Irungu over the killing of businesswoman Monica Kimani, who was found dead at her apartment in Kilimani with her throat slit and hands tied. The pair will be remanded in custody until 15 October.

Eleven killed in Nakuru-Nairobi highway crash

Eleven people have been killed in a bus crash on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. A passenger bus and a trailer collided at Sogea near Gilgil on Sunday morning. A further 14 people were wounded in the crash and were transported to hospital for treatment.

KDF raid village in Mandera county

The Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) have raided a village in Mandera county. At least 20 people were wounded during the operation in Daba, which was carried out in conjunction with the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU). Mandera County governor, Ali Roba, condemned the security forces for their brutality. "This incident is going to recreate a situation of distrust between the public and the security which will mean a situation whereby the public will not be speaking about dangerous of Al-Shabaab movement which will mean take over this region by Al-Shabaab," Roba said.

KDF convoy targeted by roadside bomb, Lamu

Seven soldiers have been wounded after a Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) convoy hit a roadside bomb in Lamu. The Somali militant group al-Shabaab is suspected of planting the device. At the weekend 10 militants were killed by the KDF in operations in Lamu.

Al-Shabaab militants killed in Lamu

Ten suspected al-Shabaab militants have been killed by the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) in Lamu county. "Today, at around 06.45am, Kenya Defence Forces soldiers operating in Lamu County launched an attack on Al Shabaab Militants in the area of Taksile, North of Pandanguo,” said KDF spokesman Paul Njuguna. Seven AK-47s and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

Clashes in Narok leave 21 wounded

At least 21 people have been wounded in the latest outbreak of tribal clashes in Narok county. The violence erupted on the border of Narok and Nakuru on Sunday and appeared to have been sparked by alleged cattle theft."Members of one community went after the stolen stock but were repulsed leading to an intense fighting in the evening," local elder Alfred Sang told the Nation.

Protesters disrupt Mombasa-Nairobi highway

Protesters caused disruption on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway on Wednesday. Around 300 matatu operators were demonstrating over a lack of parking spaces and the frequent arrest of drivers. "We are frequently arrested by county officials for picking up passengers at the bus stage which, for long, has been our usual terminus," one driver told local media.

Kidnapped daughter of magistrate found dead

Kenyan police have found the body of a nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped near Meru. The victim, who was the daughter of Githongo Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Carol Kemei, was abducted on 6 September after she got off a school bus. The abductors demanded a ransom of Sh500,000 before killing the girl, who police say was also tortured by the assailants. “We are working round the clock to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book. Investigations are ongoing and one of the suspects was arrested in Nairobi,” said police officials.

Two criminals killed in Mombasa shootout

Two suspected criminals have been killed in a shootout with police in Mombasa. Police official Sangura Musee said the pair were members of a gang that killed a member of a local peace committee last week. "The two were killed while armed with machetes and they tried to rob people near Kongowea market," Sangura said.

Three killed in Narok clashes

At least three people have been killed in tribal clashes in Narok county. Two rival groups were fighting over the occupation of land in the Mau Forest, where 40,000 people are subject to government eviction orders. The fighting on Wednesday was concentrated in the Sigotik and Tuitagoi areas.

Police officer killed in Kisii protests

A police officer is among three people killed during a protest in Kisii county. The death occurred during a protest in a market on Wednesday, which was sparked by the alleged killing of a bus conductor by police. Businesses were forced to close as officers and protesters clashed along the Kisii-Etago road. "This is clearly is an unfortunate incident because Kisii people are peace-loving. We expect police to behave professionally and exercise some restraint," said Governor James Ongwae.

Police raid China TV office

Kenyan police have stormed the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network as part of an investigation into illegal immigrants. The Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the raid, adding that 13 Chinese nationals were detained. In response the Chinese Embassy issued a statement condemning the arrest of their citizens by Kenya police.

Student found dead in Homa Bay

A female university student has been found dead in Homa Bay. Sharon Otieno, a second year medical records student at Rongo University, was abducted along with Nation journalist Barack Oduor on Tuesday. Oduor managed to escape after jumping out of a moving car, suffering injuries. Police said Michael Oyamo, a PA to Migori Governor Okoth Obado, has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Alert issued over al-Shabaab attack in Meru

Kenya's government has issued a security alert over possible al-Shabaab attacks in the eastern town of Meru. "They are believed to be holed up at an undisclosed premise where they are planning how to execute their attacks to commemorate their fallen heroes on an unspecified date," Imenti North Deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde. Shopping centres, schools, churches and government buildings are possible targets, according to Masinde.

Five soldiers killed in Kenya

Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the coastal region of Lamu. The troops were driving along the Kiunga-Sankuri road when the device exploded. The al-Shabaab militant group is suspected of carrying out the attack.

Police shoot dead six suspects in Nairobi

Kenyan police have shot dead six suspected members of a criminal gang in the Dandora area of Nairobi. The men, aged between 18 and 25, were killed in two separate incidents on Sunday. Police said three pistols and other weapons were recovered during the operation. One officer is also recovering in hospital after he was stabbed during a robbery in the Mathare suburb on Sunday evening. Four suspects escaped the scene on foot.

Kenya Airways passengers hurt in road accident

More than 30 Kenyan Airways passengers have been wounded after their shuttle bus crashed near a hotel in Nairobi. The passengers were due to fly to Bangkok but their flight was rescheduled, resulting in KA arranging for them to stay in a hotel. According to reports a trailer hit the bus in the early hours of Tuesday morning on Mombassa road.

Three killed in IED blast on Kenya-Somali border

At least three people have been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack along the Kenya-Somalia border. According to police, a civilian vehicle hit the IED near Mandera on Monday. Al-Shabaab is suspected of planting the device to target soldiers.

Taiwanese tourist killed by hippo in Kenya

A Taiwanese tourist has been killed in an attack by a hippo at a wildlife resort in north-west Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was trying to photograph the animal when it bit him in the chest. Another Taiwanese tourist was also wounded in the incident. The Kenya Wildlife Service said it was tracking the hippo involved.

Five KDF soldiers killed in Lamu attack

Five Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Lamu county. The troops were travelling between Baragoni and Bodhei when the device exploded on Wednesday. Al-Shabaab militants are suspected of planting the bomb.

Former hurdling champion killed in crash

A former 400m hurdling champion has been killed in a car crash on the Eldoret-Kapsabet road. Nicholas Bett, 26, was driving an SUV when he veered off the road and crashed into a ditch. He returned to Kenya a day earlier after competing in the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

Police fire tear gas at KNH workers

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at striking workers from the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Staff took to the streets to complain about delayed payments of allowances, which the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational, Institutions and Hospital Workers (Kudhehia) said haven't been paid despite being approved by the Remuneration Commission.

Flights diverted from JKIA due to fog

Several flights have been diverted from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi due to fog. Five planes were diverted to Moi airport in Mombasa until the fog clears. “We thank you for your support and apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please see further updates on," said Kenya Airways in a statement.

Police officer killed in al-Shabaab attack in Lamu

At least one police officer has been killed when suspect al-Shabaab militants targeted a police vehicle in Lamu County, south-eastern Kenya. According to the police, the attack happened near the town of Milihoi, when officers were returning to Mpeketoni. Three officers were reported missing. Reports revealed that travel between Mombasa to Lamu was restricted. Al-Shabaab militants often launch attacks near the Somali border, especially in areas around Boni National Reserve.

Hundreds of houses grounded in Nairobi slum

Hundreds of homes in a slum in Nairobi have been destroyed to vacate land towards the construction of a road to ease congestion in the capital. Thousands of families at Kibera were forced to leave their homes as bulldozers raged through some areas on Monday evening. Such action has been condemned by rights groups, which claim that the state-owned company behind the roadworks failed to honour a pre-established agreement with residents - more than 30,000 people may be affected. Kibera is one of the largest slums in Africa and houses more than 400,000 people.

US State Department includes al-Shabaab's al-Hijra in terror list

The US State Department has designated the Al-Hijra militant group as a foreign terrorist organisation. Al-Hijra is linked to the Somalia-based al-Shabaab group. It was created back in 2008 in Nairobi. The group has been responsible for facilitating transport of militants to and from Somalia and also being engaged in recruitment in Kenya.

Russian national killed during carjacking attempt in Nairobi

A Russian national has been killed during a presumed car-jacking attempt in Nairobi. According to the Russian Embassy in Nairobi, Alexei Chesnokov was killed on Saturday in the central area of the city. Reports suggest that he was driving his vehicle and was attacked after getting into a traffic jam. Further investigations have been launched. Carjackings are common in Kenya, including during the day.

Four robbers killed by police in Karen

Four suspected robbers have been killed by police in the Karen area of Nairobi. In a statement, police said: "The suspects were shot dead at the Hillcrest area as they planned a robbery on a home.” Officers were deployed following a tip-off from the intelligence agency. The four are believed to have carried out a series of violent crimes in Karen.

Suspected gang leader arrested in Kesses

A suspected gang leader has been arrested in the Mugundoi area of Kesses. William Kiplagat was detained and handed over to police in Bungoma on Thursday, where he will be charged with multiple crimes. "The suspects we have arrested will face the law. We have issued a warning for those still out there to surrender as we will deal with them ruthlessly," said Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan.

Protesters block Nairobi-Mombasa highway

Protesters have blocked the Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Emali. Residents were angry at water shortages in the area and set up roadblocks, causing widespread traffic delays on Monday. The shortages have been caused by management disputes at Nulturesh Water and Sanitation Company.

Three police officers charged with murder of UK national

Three Kenyan police officer have been charged with the murder of a UK national back in 2012. Alexander Monson, the son of a UK British aristocrat, was 28-years-old when he was found dead in a police cell in Diani near Mombasa. A fourth suspect failed to appear in court and an arrest warrant has been issued for him. The arrests came following a campaign led by Monson's family and other activists, which resulted in an inquest.

Roadside bomb wounds six police near Somali border

Six Kenyan police officers have been wounded by a roadside bomb near the border with Somalia. The troops were travelling in Garissa county when the device exploded. “The officers have been injured although they are all out of danger and they have been airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment,” said David Kerina, Garissa County Police Commander. Al-Shabaab is suspected of planting the device.

Nine killed in Nairobi-Mombasa crash

At least nine people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a crash on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. A bus collided with a truck early on Wednesday morning between Emali and Sultan Hamud. The bus, which was carrying 39 people, went up in flames and a further 10 people remain missing and are feared to have died in the blaze.

Uber and Taxify drivers protest over low pay

Hundreds of Uber and Taxify drivers have gone on strike in Kenya in protest at low pay. Around 2,000 drivers are taking part in the switch-off protest, with calls that the companies be reclassified as transportation services rather than technology companies. Workers claim that increased competition and high commision is driving down wages.

Motorist shot dead on Thika-Nairobi highway

A motorist was shot dead by an unknown gunman along the Thika-Nairobi highway on Tuesday. The victim was driving near the Witeithi estate when he came under fire. Police said no arrests have been made yet in connection with the murder, and no motive has been established.

Market blaze kills 15 in Nairobi

At least 15 people have been killed in a fire at a market in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. A further 50 were wounded when the fire swept through the Gikomba open-air market late on Wednesday night. The cause of the blaze has not yet been established, although there have been several suspected arson attacks at the site in recent years.

Two police killed by bandits in Isiolo

Two police officers have been killed and another wounded by bandits in Isiolo county. "This is the second time the bandits have attacked and killed police officers. We are not going to tolerate bandits who have turned to be rebels and do not have respect for the rule of law or police officers," said Isiolo North MP Hassan Oda Hulufo. Three weeks ago a police officer was shot dead during an operation to recover stolen cattle in Chumvi.

Ranger shot dead in Narok

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger has been shot dead by unknown assailants in Narok County. The victim was ambushed at a bar in Esoit on Saturday night. Three other people suffered gunshot wounds in the attack and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Rift Valley fever death toll rises to 26

The death toll from an outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Kenya has increased to 26. Six further deaths were recorded in Wajir and another in Marsabit, according to Ministry of Health's Disease Surveillance and Response Unit. Six counties have been identified as having the highest risk of an outbreak, including Tharaka-Nithi, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Garissa, Kajiado and Baringo.

Police fire tear gas at Kibera protesters

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at protesters in the Kibera district of Nairobi. Local residents were angry at forced evictions being carried out near a railway line. Kenya Railway said structures which house more than 1,000 people were built illegally along Desai Drive.

Man shot in Nairobi robbery

A man has been shot and wounded in a robbery on the Likoni Road in Nairobi. Police said a gang was attacking motorists when the victim was shot in the stomach. He was rushed to the Mater Hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition.

Eight killed by IED in Wajir

At least eight people have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Wajir county. Five administration police officers and three reservists died when their vehicle hit the device in the Bojigaras area on Sunday. North Eastern regional coordinator Muhammad Saleh said al-Shabaab was suspected of carrying out the attack.

Kitale market damaged by mass fire

A massive fire has ripped through the Kamukunji Market in Kitale Town, causing millions of shillings worth of damage. The fire started late on Sunday and had spread before firefighters were alerted to it. Earlier this year Ksh 50m worth of damage was caused by another fire at the market. Local traders are calling on the government to reimburse them for losses, claiming the authorities had failed to properly investigate the cause of the last blaze.

Alert issued over health outbreak

Kenya's Ministry of Health has issued an alert over disease outbreaks in several areas of the country. Cholera, measles, Chikungunya and Rift Valley Fever outbreaks have been recorded across Kenya since January. Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said the ministry had been working with the affected county governments to contain the epidemics.

Woman shot dead by criminals in Thika

A woman has been shot dead and two other people wounded in a shooting in the town of Thika. Suspected bandits carried out the attack at the Ngoingwa estate on Monday night at the house of Charity Wanjiru Kinyanjui and her husband, Dr Charles Kimani Kagimbi. The assailants stole the victim's car before fleeing the scene. They later shot and wounded a taxi driver before stealing his vehicle.

Ugandan troops arrest Kenyan police on Lake Victoria

Ugandan troops have arrested three Kenyan police officers and four fishermen on Lake Victoria. The UPDF soldiers detained the suspects near Mageta and Hama Island before transferring them to the Bugiri prison. Siaya County Administration Police Commandant Patrick Lumumba said: "They used a Kenyan boat to camouflage before ambushing our officers who thought they were Kenyan fishermen since they were in civilian clothes."

Missing FlySax plane found in Aberdare

The missing FlySax plane has been found in the Aberdare forest in central Kenya. “A ground team of military specialists in mountain rescue operations has been dispatched to the site, which is 11,900ft up a 400m cliff face in a dense area,” Prof Maringa told journalists at Transcom House in Nairobi. The condition of the passengers and crew has not yet been determined.

Red Cross staff wounded in road crash

Three Kenyan Red Cross staff have been critically wounded after their van crashed with a truck near the town of Ol Kalou. The staff was heading to Kinangop to assist with the search operation for the missing FlySax plane. Nine other people suffered non-critical injuries in the accident.

Five police killed at Kenya-Somali border

Five police officers have been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack near the Kenya-Somali border. Harun Kamau, Deputy County Commissioner in the Garissa region, said the officers were on patrol in the village of Harar when the device exploded. “We suspect the improvised explosive device had been planted by al-Shabaab group to target our security team,’‘ Kamau said. Three other officers were critically wounded in the blast.

Two die after reportedly contracting Rift Valley fever in Wajir

Officials in the north-eastern Wajir County have reported that two people were killed after contracting what doctors have identified as Rift Valley fever (RVF). A recent RVF outbreak has been identified across the Lakoley and Basir areas in Eldas sub-county. Most cases have been caused due to heavy rainfall which battered the region in recent weeks. Dozens of livestock have also died. Health official said that all victims suffered from RVF symptoms, but links with the disease still have to be confirmed. RVF is a mosquito-borne disease, which often infects livestock and may be harmful to humans. Symptoms may include fever, back pain and dizziness.

Three terrorism suspects arrested in Nyeri

Three terrorism suspects have been arrested in Nyeri county. The trio, who are accused of belonging to al-Shabaab, were detained in two separate raids in Meru and Othaya. They have been handed over to Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.

Three poachers shot dead in Mt Elgon

Three suspected poachers have been shot dead in the Mt Elgon National Park in Trans Nzoia Country. The trio were killed by officers from the Kenyan Wildlife Service on Wednesday. "An exchange of fire between the KWS team and the poachers resulted in three of the poachers being shot dead. The two poachers who were armed managed to escape with injuries," said a spokesman for the service.

Criminal shot dead by police in Kayole

A suspected robber has been shot dead by Kenyan police in the Kayole suburb of Nairobi. A group of four were carrying out a series of muggings against local people when they were confronted by police. One of the assailants was shot dead but the other three managed to escape on foot.

Head of youth agency arrested in corruption probe

The head of a specialist youth unit is among dozens of people arrested as part of an investigation into fraud. Richard Ndubai, head of the National Youth Service (NYS), was detained along with 40 civil servants and 14 private sector officials. They were arrested by police as part of an enquiry into the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78).

Police shoot woman dead in Nairobi's City Park

Kenyan police officers have shot dead a woman and wounded a man in a car in the City Park in Nairobi. Police Constables William Kipkorir Chirchir and Godfrey Kipngehch Kirui opened fire at the vehicle after a security guard reported that it had been parked for a long time. "They knocked on the tinted windows but there was no response and all of a sudden, the motor vehicle sped off towards the road,” said the police in a report. The officers have had their firearms withdrawn for ballistic examination as part of an inquiry into the killing. Nairobi County Police Commander Joseph Ole Tito said the officers "became overly reactive" due to reports of an al-Shabaab attack during the Ramadan period.

Two killed in Kwale county shooting

Two people have been killed in a shooting in Kwale county. The pair were targeted by unknown gunmen on motorcycles on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports both victims were members of al-Shabaab and had recently returned to Kenya from Somalia.

Truck drivers block Thika-Garissa road

Sand transport drivers have blocked the A3 highway between Thika and Garissa during a protest against the Kenya National and Highways Authority (KeNHA). The unrest started on Tuesday night after the KeNHA impounded more than 50 trucks for lacking number plates and carrying excess weight. "We are asking for reinforcement to have the road unblocked," said authority spokesman Njuguna Gatiu.

Burst dam built illegally

The dam which burst last week, killing more than 40 people, was built illegally according to officials. The Water Resources Management Authority (Warma) said the Patel Dam was constructed without the necessary permits. Dozens more are missing following the collapse near Solai, which occurred following days of heavy rain.

Dam bursts, killing 27 people in north-west Kenya

At 27 people have been killed after a dam burst in north-west Kenya. Days of heavy rain led to the walls of the Patel Dam collapsing in Nakuru county, forcing a wave of water to sweep across 2km of farmland. The Kenyan Red Cross said 40 people had been rescued from the floodwater, while more than 2,000 others had been displaced.

Seven killed in Ongata Rongai flooding

At least seven people have been killed and 11 others are missing due to flooding in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County. Five of the victims were swept away in flood water on a bridge on Thursday evening. Two others drowned at their house near Kiserian. More than 100 people have been killed and 240,000 displaced in the recent flooding in Kenya.

Four killed in al-Shabaab attack in Mandera

Four people have been killed in a suspected al-Shabaab attack in the northern town of Mandera. Police said 10 assailants took place in the raid at a quarry on Thursday night. The security forces are pursuing the militants across the border into neighbouring Somalia.

Death toll rises in Kenya flooding

At least 100 people have been killed and more than 240,000 displaced by flooding across Kenya. The Kenyan Red Cross said the situation was a humanitarian disaster which required emergency funding. Heavy rain has also caused widespread flooding across the region, with 250,000 displaced in Somalia and dozens killed in landslides in Rwanda.

Police officer shot dead in Nairobi

A Kenyan police officer has been shot dead in the capital, Nairobi. The officer was targeted by carjackers near the Ruaraka Police Station on Friday night. The assailants stole the victim's firearm before fleeing the scene. Earlier this month another officer was killed in the Dandora area of the city.

Heavy rains increase flood risk near two dams

Heavy rains across Kenya could lead to two dams overflowing, resulting in widespread flooding. Water levels at the Masinga and Kamburu dams have been steadily increasing and are now close to overflowing. Around 200,000 people have already been displaced in the central and eastern regions of the country, including some 50,000 in the Tana River county.

Casualties reported as heavy rainfall batters Migori and Nyandarua

Casualties and widespread damages have been reported nationwide as heavy rainfall continues to affect the country in recent days. Local media reported that at least seven people were killed in Kinangop, Nyandarua County. In the south-western town of Nyatike, Migori Couty, hundreds of people were evacuated as another person was killed and three others are still missing. Heavy rainfall is expected to affect the southern and central regions of the country over the next 24 hours.

Police kill seven suspected gang members

Kenyan police have shot dead seven suspected gang members in Nairobi. The seven were killed by members of the Special Crimes Prevention Unit in the Kitsuru area on Friday morning. Police said four guns were recovered from the suspects, who had been linked to a series of robberies in the area.

Four cases of cholera reported in Busia

Four people have been hospitalised in Busia county following an outbreak of cholera. "No deaths or new admissions have been reported, while those in the wards have stabilised," said County Health Executive Phaustine Barasa. The outbreak has been linked to flooding in the region caused by days of heavy rain.

Election officials quit over vote chaos

Three Kenyan election officials have resigned as the fallout over last year's presidential elections continues. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Vice Chairwoman Consolata Nkatha Maina and commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat also called on Chairman Wafula Chebukati to resign. “The events related to the purported vote (to suspend the CEO) have greatly shaken our already feeble confidence in the chair,” said the trio in a statement on Monday.

Kitale-Lodwar highway hit by flooding

The Kitale-Lodwar highway has been hit by flooding after the River Turkwel burst its banks. Two trucks were swept away by the flood waters following days of heavy rains. Earlier in the week, a bus with 50 people on board was caught up in the floods but all of the passengers were rescued.

Two police officers arrested for kidnapping

Two police officers have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 60-year-old woman. The incident took place in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, during which the officers reportedly demanded a ransom. The victim's son reported the case to the Kayole police station, leading to the officer's arrest.

Bus crashes into Siapei river, killing 17

At least 17 people have been killed and 43 others wounded after a bus crashed into the Siapei river in Narok. The bus was travelling on the Narok-Maai Mahiu road on Tuesday afternoon when it veered into the river. Several passengers who survived the crash accused the driver of speeding and ignoring requests to slow down. Police investigations are ongoing.

Danish tourist shot in Karen robbery

A Danish tourist has been shot and wounded during a robbery in the Karen district of Nairobi. The victim was shot in the leg as he walked from a hotel with his family. The assailants stole money, passports and valuables before fleeing the scene. Police said investigations into the attack are underway. Last October an Australian national was shot dead in the same area of the city.

Scores arrested in Likoni raids

Police have arrested 119 people during a crackdown against suspected criminals in Likoni. "During the operation arrested 119 people whom we shall subject to further interrogation before being charged for various offenses among them being in possession of illicit brews, drugs and dangerous weapons," said County Police Commander Johnston Ipara. The raids were carried out in the  Mtongwe, Bububu, Shika Adabu, Timbwani, Approved, Shonda and Barabara ya Mchanga areas.

Six killed in Mandera attack

Six people have been killed and two others wounded in an attack in Mandera county, close to the border with Ethiopia. “Attackers from the Garre clan raided Choroqo village and shot dead five villagers, injuring others on Tuesday,” a local Degodia clan chief told the Nation. It has been reported that the incident was a revenge attack after two Garre men were killed in Ethiopia on Monday.

Journalists quit over editorial independence

Eight prominent journalists have resigned from the Nation Media Group (NMG) citing a "loss in editorial independence." The journalists said an attributing factor was the firing of managing editor, Denis Galava, after he criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta. The resignations come as critics claim the government is cracking down on the media and free speech. Several TV stations were shut down in January for attempting to broadcast a speech by opposition leader Raila Odinga, while on Tuesday journalists were assaulted by police at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Police kill three suspects in Likoni

Kenyan police have shot dead three suspected criminals in the Likoni sub-county. The incident occurred in Mwenza on Monday when police raided a hideout for the Chafu gang. Local police chief Benjamin Rotich said one other suspect managed to escape from the scene and is still at large.

Ten killed in Samburu cattle raids

At least 10 people have been killed during a cattle raid in the Samburu North area. Gunmen targeted a village in Lopuro during the overnight attack on Saturday. Additional police have been deployed to the area to restore order and track down the assailants.

Five shot in Kakamega protest clashes

Five people were shot during clashes between police and protesters in the western town of Kakamega on Friday. A large crowd had gathered to demand justice for a nine-year-old girl, Sharleen Mwanzia, who was found dead in a local resident's house. Last week a house belonging to the suspect's father was set on fire as protesters said they would avenge the girl's death.

Several killed as flash floods persist across Kenya

At least 15 people have been killed nationwide when heavy rainfall triggered widespread floods. Since early-March, flash floods have severely affected the central, south-west and south-east regions in Kenya, including Nairobi. Most casualties took place in the provinces of Central, Nyanza and Eastern. More rainfall and localised thunderstorms are forecast for these areas in the next 24 hours.

Cholera kills three in Garissa

Three more people have died of cholera in Saka in Garissa County. The news comes a week after two people died in Balambala sub-county. Response efforts in the area have been hampered by heavy rains, which have made some roads impassable. More than 240 suspected cases have been reported in Tana River County, with Bura sub-county the worst hit.

Nairobi hit by flooding

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in parts of Nairobi on Thursday morning. The Central Business District (CBD) was affected by the flooding - including Moi Avenue and Mombasa Road - along with the slum areas of Mathare, Mukuru and Sinai. “Year in year out, we complain of flooding whenever there is down pour and this time it’s not any different. The rains were forecasted weeks ago but it seems not enough has been done to avoid flooding," a local resident told the Standard Digital newspaper.

Kenyatta and Odinga hold peace talks

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has held talks with his rival Raila Odinga. The pair called each other "brothers" during a joint TV address early this week, where they vowed to begin a process of reconciliation following last year's election. Odinga refused to accept the result of the vote, while more than 150 people were killed in post-election violence. In their joint address, President Kenyatta said: "We will begin a process of discussing what ails us and what creates division amongst us."

Government announces revenue shortage

The Kenyan government has announced that it is experiencing a shortfall of revenue of around Ksh 70bn. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said: “We are running short of revenue. There was a slow down in business activities because of elections but we are now catching up.” The IMF has given Kenya a six-month extension to a $1.5bn stand-by facility, while economic growth is predicted to have fallen from 5.8 percent to 4.8 percent.

H1N1 outbreak reported in Laikipia

An outbreak of the H1N1 virus has been reported in Laikipia county. A nine-year-old child reportedly died of the flu at the Nanyuki Cottage Hospital two weeks ago but the outbreak was only confirmed this week. Laikipia County Director of Health and Sanitation Dr. Donald Moghoi said health facilities in the area are on alert and urged the public not to panic.

Three kidnappers shot dead in Murang'a

Three suspected kidnappers have been shot dead by police in the town of Murang'a. The suspects were reportedly involved in the kidnapping of a lawyer in the town on Saturday night. Three other members of the group managed to escape during a shoot-out with police.

Five police officers killed in al-Shabaab attack in Madera

Five police officers have been killed in an al-Shabaab attack near the Somali border. Senior officials said that the attack happened early on Friday in Madera County. Police sources revealed that militants also destroyed a mobile phone transmission mast to disrupt communications. Al-Shabaab is based in Somalia, but it also carries out cross-border attacks into Kenya.

Eight reported dead amid cholera outbreak in Tana River

Eight people have reportedly been killed amid a cholera outbreak in Tana River county, south-eastern Kenya. Health officials revealed that hundreds of cases have already been recorded in recent weeks due to the suspected consumption of contaminated water. Further, authorities believe that the virus was spread from infected workers from Madogo. Cholera is mainly contracted after the consumption of infected water or food. Symptoms may include diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

FCO issues advisory for potential protests

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel advisory regarding potential protests and clashes as political tensions nationwide remain high. A number of demonstrations have been reported across the country after President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn into office back in November. President Kenyatta was re-elected after a conturbed electoral process which was boycotted by the opposition after the Supreme Court annulled the results of the first vote, which was also won by Kenyatta.

Three teachers killed during al-Shabaab school raid in Wajir

Three teachers have been killed when presumed al-Shabaab militants raided a school in Wajir County, north-eastern Kenya. According to Wajir County Police, armed assailants stormed the Qarsa Primary School on Thursday and planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the school's route. Local media reported that, so far in 2018, three al-Shabaab attacks have been reported in Wajir County.

Three al-Shabaab militants killed in Lamu

Three al-Shabaab members have been gunned down during a military operation in Lamu, north-eastern Kenya. According to the Kenya Defense Force (KDF), troops were patrolling the Sarira-Kolbio route along the bordering Boni National Reserve. Soldiers were responding to an earlier blast in the area when they were ambushed. According to the KDF, al-Shabaab militants are gathering around the Boni forest due to intense airstrikes across southern Somalia.

Bus passengers robbed in Nairobi

A gang has attacked a passenger bus in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Four assailants robbed passengers on the bus as it travelled along the Mombasa road on Tuesday. Police said up to Sh200,000, 43 mobile phones and other valuables were taken from the 38 passengers.

Pilots threaten strike action over kidnapped colleagues

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association is threatening to launch strike action over the kidnapping of two of their colleagues in South Sudan. Captain Frank Njoroge and his co-pilot Kennedy Shamalla have been held in the Greater Upper Nile region since their plane crashed more than a month ago. The group holding them are reportedly demanding $200k for their release, claiming it is compensation for a local woman and 11 cows who died in the accident.

Several killed in ongoing tribal clashes in Wajir County

Nearly a dozen people have been killed due to ongoing inter-clan clashes in Wajir County, north-eastern Kenya. Schools have been shut down as hundreds are forced to flee the conflict area. Tensions have remained high since December when tensions erupted along the bordering areas of Buna and Eldas. Security forces fear that the number of casualties may be higher. There is an ongoing boundary dispute between ethnic groups established in Buna and Eldas, which are being exacerbated due to severe drought and disputed access to resources.

Two herders shot dead in bandit attack

Two herders have been killed and a police reservist seriously wounded in an attack by suspected bandits in Kerio Valley. Local chief Abraham Yano said 40 attacked took part in the raid, which comes after a series of similar raids in the Marakwet highlands. "They struck at around midday before they were repulsed by herders and police reservists. They fled towards Loiywat in Tiaty," said Yano.

Police fire tear gas at media freedom protesters

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital, Nairobi. Hundreds of people had gathered to protest against the government's shutdown of TV stations. Kenya Human Rights Commission director George Kegoro, deputy director Davis Malombe and International Commission of Jurists chairman Njonjo Mue led the protests. NTV, KTN and Citizen TV were taken off air last week.

Ivory investigator killed in Kenya

A senior investigator has been stabbed to death at his home in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Esmond Bradley-Martin, 75, was a former UN special envoy known for his work on rhino conservation and investigations into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade. Police said they suspected the killing was the result of a botched robbery at the house on Langata.

Kenyan TV stations shutdown

Three of Kenya's main television stations have been closed by the authorities until further notice. Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said investigations are underway over reports that the three broadcasters planned to broadcast the unofficial inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. NTV, KTN and Citizen TV were all taken off air on Tuesday morning ahead of the event in the capital, Nairobi. The Media Council of Kenya described the decision as "the greatest threat and assault on freedom of expression and media in Kenya's recent history."

Police fire tear gas at opposition in Nairobi

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at opposition supporters in the capital, Nairobi. Thousands of people gathered for the unofficial swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga in Uhuru Park. Odinga lost the controversial presidential elections to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta last year but claims he is the legitimate leader of the country. Kenya's attorney-general had warned that Odinga could be charged with treason if the event went ahead.

Three dead in Nairobi slum fire

At least three people have been killed and thousands more displaced by a fire at the Kijiji slums in the capital, Nairobi. Firefighters were dispatched to the site; however, they did not have access to enough water to tackle the blaze. Displaced families were forced to camp at the Ngei Primary School and other local sites.

Police officer charged with weapons trafficking

A police officer has been charged with supplying guns to criminal groups in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Sergeant Gabriel Rotich was detained during a raid in Kiambu on Tuesday, where two pistols and ammunition were recovered. He pleaded not guilty to unlawful disposal of government firearms during a hearing at Milimani court, where he was released on bail.

Boda bodas banned from Nairobi CBD

Boda boda taxis have been banned from the Central Business District (CBD) of Nairobi. "Any operator and passenger found contravening this law will be arrested for an offence punishable by hefty fines and long jail terms as provided for in the Traffic Act, 2014," said governor Mike Sonko's office in a statement. Officials have accused boda boda drivers of working with criminal groups in the city to carry out muggings and other attacks. Starehe MP Charles Njagua said the decision was taken without consultation and could be counter-productive.

Al-Shabaab militants ambush buses in Lamu

A civilian has been killed when suspected al-Shabaab militants ambushed buses in Lamu, north-eastern Kenya. Local media reported that the attack took place on Saturday morning when the vehicles were ambushed near Nyongoro area. The buses were heading to Malindi and Mombasa.

Violent protests break out after sheikh arrest in Marsabit

Violent protests erupted on Saturday morning after anti-terrorist police detained a local sheikh in Marsabit, northern Kenya. Local media revealed that at least two people were killed and nearly 20 others were injured when students engaged in a wave of unrest across the town. Looting and vandalism were also reported when clashes broke out between protesters and police officers. According to the police, the sheikh is believed to be linked to the al-Shabaab group and is set to face terror charges at a court in Nairobi.

Journalist claims police assault in Malindi

A radio journalist claims that he was assaulted by police in the early hours of Friday morning at a station in Malindi. Zomole Wanje, who works for Royal Media, said he went to the station to inquire about his brother, who had been arrested. Wanje claims that an officer assaulted him and locked him in a cell for more than eight hours.

Ten Pakistanis arrested in Mombasa over terror links

Ten people from Pakistan have been arrested in the port city of Mombasa over alleged links to terrorist networks. Kenyan police said the group were detained following a tip-off from Pakistani intelligence officials. The suspects are also believed to have been involved in money laundering and drug trafficking to fund militant activity in Pakistan. "No one could give a satisfactory account of their status in Kenya. They are detained at Central police station," said Mombasa CID boss Washington Njiru.

Suspected thief shot dead in Nairobi

A suspected thief has been shot dead during a robbery targeting motorists along the Juja Road in Nairobi. Police officers responding to the scene shot dead the suspect and recovered a gun, knives and stolen mobile phones. There has been an increase in confrontations between criminal groups and police in the capital, including another deadly shooting in Kawangware on Tuesday.

Four thieves shot dead by police

Four suspected thieves have been shot dead by police in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The group were cornered by officers in the Kawangware area of the city early on Tuesday morning following an alleged attack on a motorcyclist in the area. “They had been attacking and robbing locals with impunity and we believe they were behind a series of robberies in the area,” said Dagoretti OCPD Rashid Mohamed.

Police officer killed in Kayole shooting

A police officer has been shot dead in the Kayole area of Nairobi. The attack took place in early hours of Tuesday morning, during which the assailants also stole the victim's firearm. An investigation is underway, although no arrests have been made so far.

Five police killed in Mandera attack

Five police officers have been killed in an attack in Mandera county. Suspected al-Shabaab militants targeted a security convoy on the Elwak-Kotulo road on Tuesday night. Another group of GSU personnel responding to the attack were also targeted.

Bus crash death toll rises to 36

At least 36 people have been confirmed dead following a bus crash on Sunday. A lorry and a bus were involved in a head-on collision on a notoriously dangerous road near Migaa in the early hours of the morning. According to local officials, the bus was speeding and in the wrong lane at the time of the crash.

Two killed in Kisumu fire

Two people have been killed in a fire at a nightclub in Kisumu. Scores more were injured in the blaze at the Dream City club in Kondele, which broke out at 04:00 on Wednesday morning. Kisumu County Commander John Kamau said they suspected that more people were trapped in the debris. A suspected electrical fault has been suggested as the cause of the fire but investigations are ongoing.

Foreign security forces raid Likoni madrasa

The FBI and detectives from the UK's Scotland Yard have raided a madrasa near the coastal city of Madrasa. Officers arrested two preachers and detained 90 children of various nationalities at the al Madrasatul Falan in Likoni on Tuesday. The children had been trafficked to Kenya and were reportedly being indoctrinated by extremist preachers.

Senior NASA strategist arrested in Kenya

National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist David Ndii was arrested by police on Sunday. Ndii was detained along with his wife and the daughter of NASA leader Raila Odinga at the Leopard Beach Resort and Spa in Kwale County. “The people of Kenya will not stop until they finally get the electoral justice to ensure that each and every ballot cast by voters counts,” said Odinga, claiming that further arrests of his supporters are likely. Ndii was released on police bond on Monday on the orders of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

Four suspected robbers killed in Machakos

Four suspected robbers have been killed by police in a shoot-out in Machakos County. The group, who were suspected of being behind a series of robberies in Nairobi, were tracked by officers of the special crimes prevention unit. They were intercepted along the Kathiani-Kangundo road on Saturday.

Kenyatta inauguration held amid protests

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been inaugurated for a second term in the capital, Nairobi. Police have clashed with opposition supporters in the Doonholm suburb of the city, while officers are also attempting to prevent a planned National Super Alliance (NASA) rally at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi. During his inauguration speech at Kasarani Sports Stadium, Kenyatta said: "However serious our grievances may be, the law must reign supreme. The law must be the refuge for every Kenyan and none of us should break outside the law." The election was boycotted by the opposition after the Supreme Court annulled the results of the first vote, which was also won by Kenyatta.

Man killed in Kwale County attack

A man has been hacked to death in an attack at his home in Kwale County. Begari Mongolo, 62, was targeted in the early hours of Sunday morning in the village of Gandini. "We are shocked to witness such a heartless killing. What we understand is that he was killed using a panga, but we are waiting for a medical report as investigations are ongoing," said Gandini Chief Umazi Mwangol. OCPD Fredrick Lai said police were investigating the incident.

Protest over student death in Laikipia

Students have staged a protest at Laikipia University after one of their colleagues was hit and killed by a vehicle. The protesters set up a barricade on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway at Mbaruk, leading to clashes with police, who fired tear gas. The deceased was hit outside the campus by a public service vehicle on Wednesday evening.

Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta victory

Kenya's Supreme Court has upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the presidential election re-run. The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta to be inaugurated for a second term next week. The Supreme Court annulled the first election result due to "irregualrities and illegalities", while the re-run was boycotted by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA). Over the weekend five people were killed during clashes between police and NASA supporters in Nairobi who had gathered to welcome home its leader, Raila Odinga.

Three killed as opposition-led protest escalates in Nairobi

At least three people have been killed after an opposition-led rally broke out in Nairobi. Preliminary reports revealed that violence escalated during a violent demonstration carried out by the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, which is headed by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Local media reported that security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at a convoy carrying Odinga from the capital's airport to the city centre - Odinga was returning from a trip to the US. Political tensions in Kenya recently escalated after President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected after Odinga boycotted the electoral process amid fraud allegations.

NASA supporters set for Nairobi airport rally

Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) are set to rally at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday in defiance of police orders. Thousands of people are expected to rally to welcome NASA leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka. Inspector-General of police Joseph Boinett has warned that the event would undermine security, while Nairobi county police commander said a permit for the NASA rally had been rejected.

Police killed in Garissa attack

Twelve Kenyan police officers have been killed and several others wounded in an attack by Islamists in Garissa county.  Gunmen targeted two police vehicles as they were travelling between Dhabacity and Borehole. Al-Shabaab militants are suspected of being behind the attack.

Odinga rejects election re-run

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has described the presidential election re-run as a "sham", vowing to continue protests against the government. Speaking at Okoa Kenya headquarters in Nairobi, Odinga said his National Super Alliance (NASA) would pursue “economic boycotts, peaceful procession, picketing and other legitimate forms of protest.” He also announced plans to establish a 'People's Assembly' to run Kenya until a new executive is elected and formed.

Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected for second presidential term

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) has announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected for office after garnering 98.26 percent of the votes. President Kenyatta ran unopposed after his main rival, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the race. A massive wave of unrest has been reported nationwide after Odinga called his supporters to boycott the electoral process. Violent clashes between protesters and police officers triggered the suspension of the voting in opposition strongholds in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori and Siava. The IEBC revealed on Friday that less than 34 percent of the eligible voters cast their ballots. In August, the IEBC declared the incumbent president the winner of the elections. However, the Supreme Court promptly scrapped the results over claims of widespread irregularities in the electoral process and after deadly clashes nationwide.

Election rerun records low turnout amid opposition boycott

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) has announced that less than 34 percent of the eligible voters cast their ballots in the presidential election rerun held on Thursday. The number is significantly lower compared with the first vote in August, which recorded a strong 80 percent turnout. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta ran unopposed as opposition candidate Raila Odinga withdrew from the race and called on his supporters to boycott the electoral process amid grievances with the IEBC. A wave of unrest was reported nationwide as anti-government demonstrators engaged in violent clashes with security forces near polling stations, where voting has been suspended until Saturday across four opposition strongholds. Results are set to be released within the next seven days.

Kenyans head to polls amid heightened security measures

Security measures have been beefed up nationwide as Kenyans are heading to the polls on the presidential election rerun. Although thousands of soldiers and armed police have been deployed across the country, clashes have been reported near several polling stations. Opposition leader Raila Odinga - who withdraw from the race - has called for rallies in Nairobi ahead of the vote, which he urged his supporters to boycott due to grievances with the country's electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). In August, the IEBC declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the elections. However, the Supreme Court promptly scrapped the results over claims of widespread irregularities in the electoral process and after deadly clashes nationwide.

Police kill two protesters blocking polling station in Migori

Two people have been killed after an altercation between police officers and protesters broke out in Migori County, south-western Kenya. Tensions erupted on Wednesday evening as officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were blocked from delivering voting materials to polling stations. Levels of unrest nationwide remain extremely high while Kenyans are heading to the polls on the presidential election rerun. Most protests are being fueled by calls of the opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has withdrawn from the presidential contest over claims of irregularities within the IEBC.

Odinga leads mass rally in Nairobi

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has addressed a crowd at a mass rally in the capital, Nairobi. Odinga told the crowd at Uhuru Park that the National Super Alliance (NASA) had transformed from a political coalition to a "resistance movement." Odinga also told supporters to boycott Thursday's presidential election re-run. "Do not participate in any way in the sham election. Convince your friends, neighbours and everyone else to not participate," he said. The rally was held hours after the Supreme Court failed to hold a session to rule on a challenge to the election as not enough judges showed up.

Election re-run set to go ahead

The re-run of Kenya's presidential elections is set to go ahead on Thursday after a planned hearing at the Supreme Court was cancelled. The court was unable to raise a quorum of judges to hear a petition calling for a delay in the election. "There is an attempt to undermine the authority of the institutions of government including independent institutions like the electoral commission and the Supreme Court," said opposition lawyer James Orengo. The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, is boycotting the re-run, while President Uhuru Kenyatta says the vote must go ahead.

Kenyan police fire tear gas at Nairobi rally

Kenyan police have used bullets and tear gas to disperse a crowd of anti-government protesters in Nairobi. A similar rally was held in the western city of Kisumu in response to calls from opposition leader Raila Odinga. The rallies come two days ahead of the planned presidential election re-run in the country. Odinga had urged his supporters to ensure Thursday’s vote did not take place, repeatedly saying there would be “no elections”.

Armed robbers kill two police officers

Two Kenyan police officers have been shot dead by bandits in Turkana county. The suspects were intercepted while transporting stolen sugar in Lokichar, leading to a gun battle. One of the bandits was shot dead during the confrontation, according to County Police Commander Ronald Opili. An AK-47 rifle and seven rounds of ammunition were confiscated from the suspect's vehicle.

Kenyan election official flees to US

A senior member of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resigned and fled to the US. Roselyn Akombe said she feared for her safety in the country over the ongoing political crisis in the country. "I have tried the best I could do given the circumstances. Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege," said Akombe. The Supreme Court annulled the results of the presidential elections held in August and strongly criticised the IEBC, which the court said: "Failed, neglected, or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Constitution."

Thousands defy protest ban across Kenya

Thousands of people have defied a government ban on protests in Kenya's main cities of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) and its leader Raila Odinga are calling for electoral reforms. Police fired tear gas at protesters in Mombasa, while businesses on Moi Avenue were closed due to a rally by Odinga supporters. The latest unrest comes as police have denied reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) that officers killed at least 33 people in post-election violence in Nairobi.

Kenyan police deny human rights allegations

Kenyan police have denied allegations from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International that officers killed at least 33 people in election-related violence in Nairobi. In a statement, the National Police Service said: "We wish to refute the claims as totally misleading and based on falsehoods. We are studying the report [by Amnesty] and will issue a comprehensive report later." Amnesty and HRW documented dozens of cases where they allege police carried out unlawful killings across the capital, with children among those shot dead.

Building collapses during Kenyatta rally

One person has been wounded after a building collapsed in Nyeri country. The incident happened during a campaign rally for President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Karatina Stadium on Sunday. Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu was addressing Jubilee supporters when the building collapsed, forcing people sitting on the roof to flee. Nyeri County Commander Jacinta Wesonga, who confirmed the incident said: “Everyone was evacuated from the scene of the incident safely, save for one woman who escaped with a cut on the leg.”

Seven killed in Kenya school shooting

Six students and a security guard have been killed in an attack on a high school in northern Kenya. The assailant was reportedly a suspended student, who returned to the AIC Lokichogio Secondary School and carried out the attack along with two accomplices. Witnesses claim that two girls were also raped during the raid. The main suspect was arrested on Saturday, but a mob of local residents overpowered police and beat him to death. A local official told Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper that the suspect "was heard telling fellow students that he is going to burn the school or he will come back and avenge because of the suspension".

Kenya bans opposition protests in main cities

Kenya's government has banned opposition protests in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa over security concerns. "Due to the clear, present and imminent danger of a breach of peace, the government notifies the public that, for the time being, we will not allow demonstrations within the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu," said Security Minister Fred Matiangi. The announcement comes as the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) called for renewed anti-government protests to call for reforms ahead of the re-run of presidential elections later this month.

Opposition leader withdraws presidential bid

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn his presidential bid over complaints against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Last August, the Supreme Court annulled the results of the presidential election, where incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner against Odinga. The decision came after a number of irregularities and illegalities were identified during the electoral process, which forced the IEBC to schedule a re-run for the 26 October. Odinga said: "We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel (...). All indications are that the election (...) will be worse than the previous one." However, despite the move, the government will carry on with the election, while Odinga called for protests on Wednesday.

Several students injured as gunmen storm university near Mombasa

Two people were killed and three others were injured when a gunmen attacked an university convoy on the outskirts of Mombasa, south-eastern Kenya. Reuters reported on Tuesday morning that armed men opened fire towards police-escorted vehicles carrying students of the Technical University of Mombassa in Kwale County. According to the police, two staff members were killed, while the driver and two police officers were injured. The attack happened as students were heading to classes in Ukunda and it remains unclear who or which group is behind the attack. Education facilities have been previously targeted in a series of arson and militant attacks across Kenya.

Dozens killed in post-election violence, according to reports

At least 37 people have been killed in post-election violence in Kenya, according to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). A further 126 others were wounded since the presidential election in August, the results of which were later cancelled by the country's Supreme Court. The KNCHR said the deaths occurred in Kawangware, Mathare, Kibra, Lucky Summer, Baba Dogo, Huruma-allin Nairobi County, Kondele, Manyatta, Nyamasaria, Nyalenda in Kisumu County; Siaya town and Ugunja in Siaya County and Rangwe in Homa Bay.

Fire sweeps through Gikomba market, Nairobi

A huge fire has swept through the Gikomba open-air market in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Firefighters are battling the blaze, which began in the early hours of Friday morning. Traders told the Daily Nation that the fire was started deliberately by people "who are out to gain politically". No casualties have been reported at the site but investigations will take place once it is brought under control.

University of Nairobi closed indefinitely following protests

The University of Nairobi has closed indefinitely due to security concerns following student protests. “UON senate has today closed the University with immediate effect due to the deteriorating security situation. Students have been asked to vacate the halls of residence with immediate effect but not later than 9.00am,” the university said in a statement. At least 27 students were wounded during clashes between students and police on the campus last Thursday.

Two police shot dead in Mombasa

Two police officers have been shot dead in an attack near the port city of Mombasa. Four gunmen opened fire on the officers, who were positioned outside an Anglican church in the town of Ukunda on Sunday. "It is too early to say who may have been involved but you can almost pinpoint al-Shabaab elements from the nature of the attack,” said regional police chief Larry Kiyeng.

Opposition supporters rally against IEBC

Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) have joined rallies against the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) across Kenya. Police have clashed with protesters in the Kondele area of Kisumu after residents set up roadblocks. Police also refused to authorise a protest in Kakamega due to fears over security and anti-riot police were deployed to the town to prevent unrest on Monday.

Protests against electoral commission escalate in Nairobi

Clashes escalated after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets nationwide to demand that officials of the Kenyan electoral commission, IEBC, resign. Protesters gathered in central Nairobi near IEBC's headquarters to demand the prosecution of electoral officers after the Supreme Court found irregularities and illegalities in the Kenyan presidential elections held last month. Protests also took place in Mombasa and Kisumu. Demonstrations were mainly endorsed by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost his presidential bid and will run again in the new electoral round scheduled for 26 October.

Seven killed in tribal clashes

Seven people have been killed in tribal clashes in Narok County. Deputy county commissioner Mohammed Noor said fighting erupted in Transmara West between Maasais and Kipsigis. The violence was sparked when Maasai businessman Ben Kolian was killed in an ambush in Esoit on Saturday evening.

Chief prosecutor orders investigation into IEBC

Kenya's chief prosecutor has ordered a criminal investigation into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over possible offences in the recent presidential elections. Keriako Tobiko, the director of public prosecutions, is also investigating allegations that opposition officials illegally accessed IEBC servers during the vote count. The result of the vote was annulled by Kenya's Supreme Court, with a re-run scheduled to be held on 26 October.

Election re-run scheduled for 26 October

Kenya's presidential election re-run has been rescheduled for 26 October, according to the election commission. The Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it needed more time to fix the issues which led to the annulment of the previous election. On Wednesday Kenya's Supreme Court judges concluded that the previous poll was "neither transparent or verifiable," while opposition candidate Raila Odinga said the vote had been "manipulated".

Businessman shot dead in Mombasa

A prominent Kenyan businessman has been shot dead outside his house in Mombasa. Chege Gitau was targeted in the Tudir district at 09:30 on Monday morning. Police said eight shots were fired at his vehicle, while another man at the scene was wounded by a stray bullet. "We are yet to know the motive of his killing but our officers are currently on the ground following up the matter," said Mombasa Urban OCPD Lucas Ogara.

Jubilee party supporters rally in Nairobi

Supporters of the ruling Jubilee Party have joined a rally in Nairobi to protest against the cancellation of President Uhuru Kenyatta's election victory. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, claiming that several judges "stole" their victory. Executive Director of Angaza Empowerment Network Derrick Malika Ngumu has accused Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Judge Isaac Lenaola of meeting lawyers representing opposition leader Raila Odinga ahead of the decision to annul last month's vote.

Police fire tear gas at election meeting

Kenyan police fired tear gas at an election meeting in Kisumu on Wednesday. Officers were called to a hotel after a group of men broke in and began attacking women who were discussing the re-run of the country's presidential elections. “We deployed police and they fired tear gas and bullets in the air and chased the group of young boys away,” said Joseph Keitany of the Administration Police in Kisumu County. “The youth started beating women and they stole their laptops and money.”

Opposition MPs boycott opening of parliament

Opposition lawmakers have boycotted the opening of Kenya's parliament in protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta. MPs said parliament should not have been convened after the country's Supreme Court cancelled the Kenyatta's victory in the presidential elections. "The set term of a president is embedded until a new one is sworn in as per the constitution," said Kenyatta in a speech, while members of the opposition joined a rally held by Raila Odinga in Nairobi.

Gunmen launch deadly raid on border town

Al-Shabaab gunmen have attacked a town of the Kenya-Somalia border. A suicide bomb exploded in the town of Balad Hawo before gunmen opened fire on a military base. An al-Shabaab spokesman claims the group killed 24 Somali soldiers during the raid, although military officials said 10 troops died along with seven militants.

Four killed in Lamu West attack

Four people have been beheaded in an attack in Lamu West. The attack took place in the village of Hindi, where gunmen shot the four victims before decapitating them. Regional police commander Larry Kieng said the assailaints - suspected to be al-Shabaab - fled to the Boni Forest near the Somali border.

Odinga threatens to boycott election re-run

Kenya's main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, has threatened to boycott the re-run of the presidential election scheduled for 17 October. Odinga said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which set the date, had not consulted the relevant stakeholders before making its announcement. “IEBC officials should not be allowed to conduct the election but instead be sent home, investigated and prosecuted for heinous acts,” Raila said. The previous vote, which was won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, was cancelled by the Supreme Court over voting irregularities.

Nine schoolgirls killed in arson attack

Nine schoolgirls have been killed and several others injured in a fire at a girls' school in Kenya. The blaze, which occurred on Saturday in the Moi Girls School in Nairobi, was started deliberately, according to Kenya's education minister. Fred Matiangi said the incident was related to disputes over appointments of senior staff. In 2016, more than 100 schools across the country were targeted by arsonists.

Gunmen kill two police officers at coastal church

Gunmen have shot dead two police officers at a church in the southern coastal town of Ukunda, near Mombasa. “One officer was shot in the head and died on the spot while the other...died in hospital,” regional police chief Larry Kiyeng told Reuters. The al-Shabaab militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack at the ACK church, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Kenyatta criticises Supreme Court over vote cancellation

Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has vowed to "fix" the country's Supreme Court if he is re-elected. The statement was made in a live television broadcast and comes after the court cancelled his victory in elections last month, citing irregularities. A new vote is due to be held within 60 days of the decision, with opposition leader Raila Odinga given another chance to finally win the presidency after four failed attempts.

Supreme Court declares presidential vote invalid

The Supreme Court has declared that the result of the presidential elections is invalid. Chief Justice David Maraga said that the victory of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is "invalid, null and void" as the electoral process did not comply with the Constitution. Maraga also said that new elections are set to take place within the next 60 days. During this period, protests are likely and may turn violent. Last month, Kenyatta was declared the winner against opposition leader Raila Odinga with a difference of 1.4 million votes.

Three killed by roadside bomb in Nyongoro, Lamu

Three civilians have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road near the Somali border. Government officials told Reuters that the vehicle was attacked near Nyongoro area. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the fifth reported in the last three months.

Military officer killed by landmine in Mandera

A Kenyan military officer has been killed and several others wounded by a landmine blast in the north-eastern Mandera county. The incident happened in the Damasa area in Lafey sub-county on Monday morning. "An APC ran over an Improvised Explosive Device, killing at least one personnel on board," government official Mohamud Saleh said.

Swiss couple killed in Mombasa

An elderly Swiss couple has been murdered in the port city of Mombasa. Police said the pair were targeted shortly after they arrived at Mombasa's Moi International Airport, after which they planned to stay at their house in Links Road in the Nyali suburb. A gardener has been arrested in connection with the attack, while police are searching for three other suspects. "We have tracked the phone of the caretaker and we have seen he is in Nairobi. We are also following the two others," said area police chief Christopher Rotich.

Three dead in Lamu County attack

Three people have been killed and several houses torched in an attack in Lamu County. The incident happened in Maleli in the early hours of Friday morning, according to Lamu County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo. "A group of heavily armed suspected al-Shabaab militants raided one of the villages and beheaded three locals, all men", he said.

Police raid pro-democracy group in Nairobi

Kenyan police have raided the offices of a pro-democracy organisation after they raised concerns about last week's election. The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) was targeted during the raid, which was carried out by more than a dozen officers and tax officials. “They say they have got a search warrant … (but) the search warrant does not name AfriCOG," said human rights lawyer Maina Kiai. The organisation had expressed concern over the unsolved torture and murder of a key election official a week before the vote.

Odinga takes election challenge to Supreme Court

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga says he will challenge the presidential election result in the Supreme Court. "We will show the world how the figures were cooked and Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner," Odinga said at Okoa Kenya offices in the capital Nairobi on Wednesday. More than two dozen people have been killed in post-election violence in Kenya, much of which has taken place in pro-Odinga strongholds.

Five police killed in Garissa attack

Five police officers have been killed and two others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Garissa Country. The officers were traveling from the Bodhai police station when they hit the device in Alijize area. North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said the security forces were pursuing the assailants, who are suspected to be al-Shabaab militants.

Opposition leader calls for strike

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to go on strike in protest at the election result. At least 16 people have been killed in violence since the results were announced on Friday night, including a nine-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet in Mathare. "This is a failed regime that is resorting to killing people instead of addressing the real issue. The vote was stolen. There's no secret about that," Mr Odinga said at rally in Mathare on Sunday. Election observers say they have found no evidence of vote manipulation and the international community has urged Odinga to accept the result.

Police clash with opposition protesters in Kisii County

Kenyan police have clashed with opposition protesters in Kisii County following the country's general election.  Police fired tear gas and live rounds at supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has claimed that the presidential elections were fraudulent. There are also reports that two people have been killed in the Nairobi slum of Mathare, while two people have been wounded and two assailants killed in a stabbing attack at a tallying centre in Tana River.

Kenyatta set to win election; opposition claim fraud

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to win a second term, with electoral officials stating he has 54.5 percent of the vote, with 91 percent of the results confirmed. His main opponent, Raila Odinga, claims the results are "fake" and have been manipulated by hackers. "The fraud Jubilee has perpetrated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's history," said Mr Odinga. The final results are expected later today.

Two dozens wounded in stampede at Nairobi polling station

At least 24 people suffered minor injuries following a stampede at a polling station on Moi Avenue, Nairobi. "People had queued for long before our officials arrived. When the gate was opened, they got in and some were trampled on," said IEBC vice chair Consolata Maina. Nineteen million registered voters are eligible to take part in the country's general election, with incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta battling opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Police officer killed in Mandera attack

A Kenyan police officer has been killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants in Mandera county. Two vehicles were torched and a third stolen during the raid in Lafey, which occurred early on Thursday morning. North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said 50 gunmen carried out the attack.

High terror alert ahead of elections

Kenyan security agencies are on high alert due to intelligence that al-Shabaab are planning attacks in the country ahead of elections on 8 August. According to officials, the group is plotting attacks in Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi and Mombasa counties, which all border Somalia. "The objective is to cause panic as we head to elections but we want everyone to be vigilant and come out to shame them,” a security source told local media.

Four wounded after presidential motorcade hits bus

Four people have been wounded after the presidential motorcade hit a Nyamira Sacco bus in Nyamira.  President Uhuru Kenyatta was travelling to Suneka when the incident happened on Monday. The wounded have been taken to hospital for treatment.

IEBC official found dead in Nairobi

An official from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) who went missing on Friday has been found dead near Nairobi. Chris Musando, who was an ICT manager at the IEBC, was discovered with one arm missing in the Kikuyu area of the city. The killing comes just over a week before general elections are set to take place across Kenya.

Police kill attacker at home of Deputy President

Kenyan police have shot dead an attacker at the home of Deputy President William Ruto near the western city of Eldoret. The assailant wounded a security guard during the raid, which occurred on Saturday. Neither Mr Ruto - who is currently campaigning alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta - nor his family was at the residence at the time of the attack.

Clashes erupt at political rally in Marsabit

Supporters of rival political candidates clashed in Marsabit county on Wednesday. Several people were wounded during the unrest, which saw confrontations between supporters of incumbent Ukur Kanacho Yattani (Frontier Alliance Party) and Mohamud Mohamed Ali. The two candidates are from different tribes - the Gabbra and Boran - and clan rivalries often lead to violence in north-eastern Kenya.

Italian woman killed in armed robbery

An Italian woman has been killed and her husband wounded in an attempted armed robbery at their holiday home near Mombasa. Maria Laura Satta, 71, and Luigi Scassellati, 72, were attacked at their villa in Kikambala by unknown assailants on Sunday. Another Italian national discovered the scene and alerted the authorities. The husband has been transferred to Mombasa Hospital for treatment.

Gunmen kill three in Lamu hijacking

Suspected al-Shabaab gunmen have killed three people in a hijacking in Lamu.  The assailants captured the vehicle in Milihoi on the Mpeketoni-Lamu road on Thursday, although they were pursued by the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF).  The gunmen shot dead three of the six passengers, while Lands Principal Secretary Mariamu El Maawy was wounded, before abandoning the vehicle.

Six police killed by bandits in Laikipia

Six police officers have been killed and four others wounded by bandits in Laikipia West.  The officers were ambushed by around 100 gunmen along the Baringo-Laikipia border on Wednesday evening. In a report this week advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said violence in Laikipia and neighbouring Baringo county had displaced thousands of people, weeks before general elections are due to take place in Kenya.

Ten killed in Meru-Isiolo border clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in inter-communal clashes along the Meru-Isiolo border since Saturday. Four youths were shot dead on the Maua-Garbayulla road on Monday, while three people were hacked to death in Tigania East over the weekend. On Tuesday two men transporting goats were attacked and killed in Igembe North, while another man died in a mob attack in Isiolo County.

Curfew imposed in northern Kenya

A 90-day curfew has been imposed in Lamu, Garissa, Tana River following the attacks by al-Shabaab militants.  Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced the dusk-to-dawn curfew hours after nine people were killed in an attack in Jima village, Lamu County.  The Kenyan security forces responded with airstrikes in the Boni Forest, which targeted suspected al-Shabaab militants.

Three dead in gang shooting, Nairobi

Three people were shot dead and three others wounded in a gang fight in Nairobi.  The clashes occurred in the Mathare slum area of the city on Wednesday afternoon. Two of the deceased were shot by police officers at the scene, while the injured were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

Al-Shabaab militants attack police post, Lamu West

Suspected al-Shabaab militants attacked a police post in Lamu West on Wednesday morning.  Gunmen stormed the Pandanguo post at around 05:00 local time, sparking a gunbattle with the Kenyan security forces. "We have enough officers on the ground fighting the attackers, whom we suspect are Al-Shabaab militants,” a senior security official told the Nation newspaper.

Baringo herder shot in Baringo County

A herder has been shot and five of his goats were stolen by Pokot bandits in Chepkesin, Baringo North. Paul Tabalakui, 67, was transferred to Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet for treatment. "They shot him three times, twice in the hand and once in the leg, before fleeing with the animals towards Kosile in Tiaty Sub-county," said Barketiew chief Jackson Keitany.

IED kills eight in Lamu

Four school pupils and four police officers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Lamu county.  A further 17 Administration Police officers were wounded in the blast, which occurred when a lorry hit the device between Mangai and Lamu West.  The pupils, who were from Kiunga primary school, were returning from Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Mararani. "We are still assessing the situation. We have deployed more police officers to the area to evacuate the injured," regional police boss Philip Tuimur said.

Kenyans face jail for inflammatory online content

Kenyans posting inflammatory content on social media could face a fine of up to Sh1 million or a jail term of five years if new proposals are adopted.  The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) have co-authored the draft proposals.  “All social media content shall be written using a civilised language that avoids a tone and words that constitute hate speech, ethnic contempt and incitement to violence,” say the regulations. “All comments shall be polite, truthful and respectful”.

Five killed in Mandera shooting

Two police officers and three civilians have been killed in a shooting in Mandera county. Local police chief Charles Chacha said unknown gunmen carried out the attack in the town of El Wak, close to the Somali border, on Friday morning.  “A Toyota without number plates approached Equity Bank and the occupants started spraying the bank premises with bullets,” said Chacha.  Several other people were wounded in the incident.

Two police officers shot dead in Baringo

Two Kenyan police officers have been shot dead by a colleague in Baringo South.  A Rapid Deployed Unit (RDU) officer carried out the attack in Marigat sub-county on Wednesday before fleeing the scene.  Another officer was wounded in the shooting and was transferred to Nakuru hospital for treatment.  The motive behind the attack has not been confirmed and investigations are ongoing.

Cholera outbreak reported in Nairobi

A cholera outbreak has been reported at a hotel in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. At least 47 cases were reported at the Weston Hotel, where people were attending a science conference. They have been isolated in a city hospital, with officials warning that the number of cases could rise.

Nine dead after boat capsizes in eastern Kenya

At least nine people have been killed after a passenger boat capsized in the Kenyan Indian Ocean coast. Local media reported that the accident happened on Tuesday morning when passengers were heading from Lamu Island to Ndau village in Lamu East. Nearly 30 passengers were on board when the boat got caught up in high tides in the Mkanda channel. 

Scores arrested in joint anti-terror operation in Nairobi

Nearly 90 terror suspects have been detained in a joint police operation in the capital Nairobi. Security forces revealed on Monday that the suspects have been accused of planning attacks ahead of the Eid celebrations - which marks the end of the Ramadan month. They were arrested at a rehabilitation centre in the Eastleigh residential area during a raid targeting suspected terrorists and human traffickers. Kenya remains under alert due to potential cross-border attacks carried out by the Somali-based al-Shabaab group.

IED kills four in Mandera

At least four people have been killed and 11 others wounded after a vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mandera.  The vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser, was travelling in the Sheikh Barrow area when the device exploded on Friday.  "We suspect it is al-Shabaab militants, as they are the ones who are behind planting of IEDs in the area," said Mandera county commissioner Fredrick Shisia.  Last month around 30 people were killed in similar incidents, including 20 police officers.

Apartment building collapses in Nairobi

At least 15 people are missing after a seven-storey apartment building collapsed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  The Pipeline estate was evacuated moments before the collapse but some were still missing.  "Rescue efforts are ongoing," said Pius Masai, response co-ordinator, while he also appealed to people with access to "cutters, drillers and any other extrication equipment" to join the rescue.

Al-Shabaab plot foiled in Kenya

Kenyan police have arrested six people suspected of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.  "The six had been dispatched from Burhache in Somalia by their commander with arsenal to launch an attack in Kenya," Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said.  Two of the suspects were Kenyan nationals, while the others were from Somalia.  The arrests come after a series of attacks on the Kenyan security forces in the north of the country.

Five teenagers arrested over al-Shabaab links

Five teenagers have been arrested by Kenyan police on suspicion of travelling to Somalia to join the al-Shabaab militant group.  Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) officers carried out the raids in the town of Isiolo on Wednesday.  Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya said three of the suspects admitted to planning to travel to Somalia, but claim to have changed their mind and cancelled the trip.  “We were celebrating that cases of violent extremism and radicalization had declined, but we suspect that recruiters are taking advantage of Ramadhan to lure and mislead young people into joining the terror group,” Natembeya said, adding that investigation is ongoing.

Four aid workers killed by landmine

Four aid workers have been killed after their vehicle hit a landmine near the Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa county. "We have four people dead from the incident that occurred between Dadaab and Doble,” North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh said.  According to reports, the vehicle belonged to the African Development Solutions charity.

Politician's convoy attacked in Mandera

One person has been killed and another injured in an attack on a politician in Mandera.  Gunmen opened fire on two vehicles belonging to Mandera North MP candidate Mohamed Abdi in the Rhamu area on Tuesday morning.  “We can’t exactly say it is Al-Shabaab behind this but investigations are underway and we shall know who executed this,” said County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia.

Nurse strike hits health services in Kenya

A nationwide strike by nurses has severely disrupted health services in Kenya.  More than 45,000 nurses from the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) have taken part in the action, which has forced hospitals to turn patients away.  An elderly man is reported to have denied after being denied treatment at the Samburu Country Referral hospital.  The nurses are protesting against what they call a violation of an agreement by the Kenyan government.

Kenya hit by cholera outbreak

A cholera outbreak has been reported in Naivasha in Kenya's Nakuru Country.  Officers from the department of public health have been deployed to contain the outbreak and a male patient has been placed in an isolation ward.  “We have put in place the necessary precautionary measures including sending out officers to sensitise the public on maintaining proper hygiene,” said public health executive Samuel King'ori.

Al-Shabaab suspects kidnap two teachers in Garissa

Two teachers have reportedly been kidnapped in Garissa, eastern Kenya. The incident happened overnight on Wednesday when suspected al-Shabaab militants raided and set ablaze a primary school in Fafi. Meanwhile, another attack targeted a telecom mast leading to major communication disruptions in the area. 

Four police officers killed in IED blast in Baure

Four police officers have been killed and several others injured when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road in Baure, eastern Kenya. Reports revealed that after the attack a fierce shooting broke out between Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and unknown gunmen. The forest areas around Lamu County are often patrolled over militant presence due to its location near the Somali border.

Five police officers killed in Garissa

Five police officers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the northern Garissa country, close to the Somali border.  "The five police officers killed in the attack were headed to boost the ongoing operation in Liboi," said North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh.  The attack comes a day after eight police officers died in similar blasts, which were claimed by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

Eight police officers killed in roadside explosions

Eight police officers have been killed in roadside explosions in the Pwani and Tanga regions. On Wednesday, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the Liboi area of Tanga, killing two policemen. Later in the day, five police officers were killed after their convoy struck a roadside explosive near the Fino area in Pwani. Two more police officers have also been wounded in the blasts. The first explosion has been claimed by al-Shabaab.

Kenyan politician found dead in Machakos

A Kenyan politician has been found dead near the capital, Nairobi.  Thomas Minto was found floating in the River Athi in Machakos County, three days after he went missing in Baringo.  He was being investigated for the deadly raids on private ranches in the Laikipia region, including the shooting of Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallman.

Four killed by IED in Garissa

Four people have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Garissa County.  Police said the victims were driving between Kulan and Liboi when the device exploded in the Aligabay area on Tuesday morning.  "We suspect that it is Al-Shabaab militants who planted the IED on Monday night. Our officers have been carrying out operations in the area. And so we suspect that the militia was targeting one of our security vehicles but unfortunately, it exploded on a private vehicle," said regional government official Mohamud Saleh.

Al-Shabaab launch deadly raid in Mandera

Al-Shabaab militants carried out an attack in Mandera County on Monday evening, killing a local chief.  County Administration Police Commander Suleiman Rashid said the assailants targeted the chief's home in Omar Jillo township and killed the chief, who was involved in intelligence gathering against al-Shabaab.  Rashid also denied earlier reports that two police reservists were kidnapped during the raid.

Three killed by flooding in east

Three people have been killed by flooding in Kilifi and Mombasa in eastern Kenya.  A man and his daughter were killed by a collapsing wall in Mikindani on Tuesday night, while a man was swept away by flood waters in Junda.  The deaths come after a family of five and a trader were killed when a hospital wall collapsed in Mbaraki.  Levels of the Mteza and Mwache rivers are both high and further heavy rain is forecast in the area.

Six killed by collapsing wall

Six people have been killed after a hospital wall collapsed on a house in Mombasa County on Monday.  The wall of the Pandya Hospital in Mbaraki had been weakened by heavy rains in the area, according to Mombasa Urban police chief Lucas Ogara.  "We have retrieved all the bodies. They have been taken to the Coast General Hospital mortuary as our officers and other teams continue to clear the area," said Ogara.

USAID suspends Kenya funding

The US agency for International Development (USAID) has suspended funding for Kenya's Ministry of Health.  “The United States Ambassador to Kenya issued a letter to the Government of Kenya suspending US Government including USAID direct assistance to the Ministry of Health,” said USAID officer Brian Woody.  The agency has not specified the reasons for the suspension, although US president Donald Trump has proposed 28 percent cuts for foreign aid for next year.

Health authority warns over Dengue fever in Mombassa

Health authorities of the port city of Mombassa issued an alert over a recent Dengue fever outbreak. More than 150 cases have been reported in the county, mainly in Kisauni and Mvita. No deaths were so far reported, as health services announced the implementation of adequate contingency plans. 

Bishop Wanjiru charged with vote disruption

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, a candidate in Kenya's political party primaries, has been charged with disrupting the Jubilee party nominations.  She faces two charges of malicious damage over allegations that she destroyed ballot boxes at City Park Market in Nairobi on Wednesday.  Wanjiru was detained for five days until her court appearance, where she could face two years in prison if found guilty.

Odinga announced as opposition candidate

Kenya's alliance of opposition group has announced that Raila Odinga, a former prime minister, will run for president in August's elections.  The National Super Alliance (NASA) made the announcement during a rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Thursday.  Kalonzo Musyoka was named Odinga's running-mate and prospective deputy president.  Odinga has unsuccessfully run for the presidency three times, most notably in 2007 when more than 1,000 people were killed in post-election violence.

One dead in primary election clashes

One person has been stabbed to death and another wounded during clashes between rival political groups in Nairobi.  "The supporters of the candidate whose posters were being disfigured started a fight, which turned tragic. One supporter was stabbed and ran away but was hit by a speeding matatu (minibus) while the second one fell on the ground but was rushed to hospital in serious condition," said Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome.  The incident happened in the Pangani area of the capital on Wednesday.

Police fire tear gas at election protesters

Kenyan police fired tear gas to disperse a group of several hundred people protesting the outcome of a regional party primary on Tuesday.  The protesters were angry at the re-election of incumbent Homa Bay county governor, Cyprian Awiti.  At least one person was wounded in the clash, while the local police commander said officers took action to prevent damage to private property.  The primaries in Kenya have been beset by problems, with accusations of vote-rigging and the cancellation of primaries.

Bus crashes into tanker, killing 26

At least 26 people have been killed after a bus crashed into a tanker on the main road linking Nairobi to Mombasa.  Local police said the bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it hit an oncoming tanker near Kibwezi.  Many of the victims were families returning home after the Easter holidays.

Conservationist shot in central Kenya

An Italian-born conservationist has been shot and wounded in an attack at her park in central Kenya.  Kuki Gallmann, 73, was targeted in an ambush at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy on Sunday.  Last month British rancher Tristan Voorspuy was shot dead by herders at his lodges in the area, while a luxury lodge belonging to Ms Gallman's was burned down in another attack.  Cattle herders have been carrying out land invasions on private parks in Laikipia in search of grazing land.

Mosque official kidnapped in Nairobi

A mosque official was kidnapped at a bus stop in Kawangware, Nairobi on Monday.  Mohamed Abbas was seized by suspected police officers at around 11:00, who handcuffed him and forced him into a grey Subaru.  The assailants also brandished guns to prevent people from intervening in the abduction.  “We have gone to all police stations and the ATPU but are told our dad is not there. They also don't know the owner of the car. We are anxious and in pain," the victim's daughter told the Star newspaper.

Seven killed by police in Baringo raids

Seven suspected bandits have been killed in a police operation in Tiaty, Baringo Country.  “The seven bandits were killed but there are many more who are believed to have escaped with serious injuries,” a senior police officer from the region told local news. “The death toll is likely to rise.”  One police officer was also airlifted to Nairobi after suffering injuries during the operation, while police again denied claims that officers set fire to houses at the weekend, during which two people died.

Residents claim police attack in Baringo

Local residents claim two children died after police set fire to houses during operations in Baringo county on Sunday.  Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) are accused of setting fire to 100 houses in East Pokot's Lochomin, Seretion and Kositei villages, although the reports have not been verified.

Government prepares meningitis vaccine to avoid outbreak

The Kenyan government revealed a contingency plan to fight a potential meningitis outbreak amid the severe drought across the northern counties. The development of a new meningitis vaccine aims to avoid the spread of the virus, which has recently killed more than 300 people in Nigeria.

Government warns over Laikipia and Baringo violence

The Kenyan government has warned against travel to Laikipia and Baringo counties due to violence in the region.  Just so no one is hurt, we urge residents to avoid areas the Ministry of Interior gazetted as dangerous and that are now manned by security agents," said Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, Wanyama Musiambo.  There has been a significant increase in attacks by bandits and clashes between cattle herders and private ranchers over grazing rights in the area.

Kenya probes police killing in Eastleigh

Kenya's police chief has ordered an investigation into claims that an officer shot dead a disarmed man in the Eastleigh district of Nairobi over the weekend.  Inspector General Joseph Boinnet made the announcement after footage emerged which appeared to document the extra-judicial killing. "I have seen the video and I condemn those actions. Investigations have already started and I can assure you action will be taken against officers involved," he said.  The incident has been widely condemned by human rights groups in Kenya.

Three IS recruiters arrested in Kenya

Three suspected Islamic State (IS) recruiters have been arrested in the coastal town of Malindi.  Two of the men were on a wanted list with a $20,000 reward for information leading to their arrest. Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet said Ali Hussein Ali, Ibrahim Abasheikh Muktar and Abdi Mohamed Yusuf were also suspected of supporting the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

Bandits torch Laikipia lodges

A group of bandits have torched lodges at the Mukutan Retreat on Laikipia Nature Conservancy.  The attack was carried out in retaliation at police, who allegedly shot dead hundreds of livestock owned by Pokot herders.  Inspector General Joseph Boinnet denied that police killed any cattle, despite witness statements to the contrary.

Two children killed in explosion in Mandera

At least two children have been killed and three others injured when an explosive device went off in the Mandera county, north-eastern Kenya. Saturday's attack was responded to by Kenya Defence Force (KDF) soldiers, who launched an investigation. Mandera is located on the border with Somalia, an area known for successive al-Shabaab attacks.

Ten killed in Samburu-Baringo cattle raid

Ten people have been killed, scores wounded and 800 animals stolen during cattle raids along the Samburu-Baringo border.  "The attack is believed to be a retaliatory attack and was executed by bandits from a neighbouring community,” a police officer told local media.  Many of the victims of the attack are reported to be women and children.

Two women killed in Baringo bandit attack

Two women have been killed in a shooting in Baringo County.  Unknown gunmen exchanged fire in the Mosuro area, around 20km from Marigat, while the victims, who were travelling on the Mukutani-Marigat road, were hit by stray bullets during the crossfire.  “The ongoing security operation shall ensure all armed bandits from the Tugen, Pokot and Ilchamus communities are arrested and brought to book,” said Baringo county commander Robinson Ndiwa.

Two wounded in clash between rival political supporters

Two people were wounded in clashes between rival political supporters in Kilifi county on Saturday.  Jubilee and ODM supporters confronted each other ahead of a rally on the Kaloleni-Mazeras highway.  The unrest was sparked when a group led by Kilifi Deputy Governor Kennedy Kamto tried to block the road leading to the meeting organised by Governor Amason Kingi.

Five killed in Garissa County attack

Five people have been killed and six others wounded in an attack in Lagdera, Garissa County.  “There is a lot of confusion in the area following the incident, we are yet to identify the names and ages of those injured,” said Garba Tulla, Deputy County Commissioner.  Around 30 armed assailants, suspected by police to be Somali herders, carried out the attack early on Friday morning.  “The police reservists exchanged fire at the scene and managed to kill two bandits on the spot, they further pursued others who had fled the area where they killed two others,” said Isiolo Police Commander Charles Ontita.

KDF soldier killed on Kenya-Somali border

A Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) soldier has been killed and five others wounded in an IED attack near the Somali border.  Two roadside devices exploded near Sirira and Ishakan in Lamu county on Tuesday afternoon.  The KDF said the IEDs were planted by al-Shabaab militants.

British ranch owner killed by herders

A British ranch owner has been shot dead by suspected herders in central Kenya.  Tristan Voorspuy, a former British army officer, was inspecting damage to his lodges in Laikipia on Sunday when he was killed.  “We are very sad and despondent tonight. We have lost a good man and a great friend,” said Martin Evans, chairman of the Laikipia Farmers Association.  Herders have carried out a series of attacks in the area, including killing wildlife and attacking local residents.

Gunmen abduct two teachers at Hagadera refugee camp

Gunmen have kidnapped two teachers from the Hagadera refugee camp, in the larger Dadaab complex.  The pair were seized at around 04:00 on Thursday morning as they were preparing for work at the Khalif Udha Academy.  North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said security forces had been deployed to track the teachers.  There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in deadly clashes near Nairobi

At least three people have been shot dead and several others have been injured during clashes near Nairobi. According to the BBC, rival youth factions engaged in a fight in the Machakos County. The motives of the confrontation remain unknown; however, it is believed to be connected to land disputes or ethnic politics between the Kamba and Kikuyu ethnic groups.

Three killed in Mwingi village attack

Three people have been killed in an attack on a village in Mwingi in central Kenya.  Suspected Somali herders carried out the raid, which is the latest in a series of attacks since last April.  Two of the victims died on Tuesday while a third succumbed to their injuries at the Mwingi Level Four Hospital.  “We are carrying out an operation to drive out grazers who are behind this conflict,” said regional police commander, Gideon Amalla, on Wednesday.

Two IS recruiters arrested in Kenya

Two suspected recruiters for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group have been arrested by Kenyan police.  Philip Tuimur, the regional police boss for Kenya's coastal region, said the pair were detained in the coastal city of Mombasa on Saturday.  Nasra Hyder Faiz and Salim Mohammed Rashid are believed to have returned to the country from Syria and were planning an attack at a shopping mall in Mombasa.

Two politicians shot dead in Baringo

Two politicians were shot at a nightclub in Baringo South on Saturday.  Loyamorok Ward Representative Kibet Cheretei and Tiaty parliamentary aspirant Pepee Kitambaa were targeted by unknown gunmen in Marigat town.  "Police officers have been deployed to the area and patrols have also been intensified," said Baringo police boss Peter Ndung'u.

Dadaab closure blocked by high court

The Kenyan High Court has blocked the government's attempt to close the Dadaab refugee camp.  Justice John Mativo ruled that Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho acted beyond their powers in issuing the directive to close down the camp.  Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world and currently hosts more than 300,000 people, many of them Somali nationals who fled civil war in the 1990s.  The Kenyan government claimed the camp was a "terrorist training ground" for al-Shabaab militants, who have carried out multiple attacks in Kenya in recent years.

Al-Shabaab execute four men for spying

The al-Shabaab militant group have executed four men accused of spying for the Kenyan government.  An al-Shabaab court in Lower Jubba found the men guilty before they were publicly beheaded in the Jamame district.  "The four men admitted they were spies," said Mohamed Abu Abdalla, a spokesman for the militant group.

A dozen tribal leaders ambushed in Baringo County

A vehicle carrying a dozen tribal Pokot chiefs was targeted by rival cattle rustlers in Baringo County, central Kenya. According to local news, the victims were travelling in a lorry when they were ambushed by several minors between Chepkalacha and Nosokuro on Thursday afternoon. Despite damage to the lorry, no casualties were reported. The leaders were heading to the area in order to convince the herders to retrieve community lands that were being used as pasture.

Nurses to launch renewed strike action over payment dispute

Nurses have called a renewed nationwide strike following grievances with Kenya's ministry of health. The disagreement came in December, months after Kenyan nurses called off the strike over government promises to grant monthly allowances to certain categories. The leader of Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) said that: "We agreed that members would go on strike if any hospital fails to effect these payments by the end of January."

Gunmen attack police post in Mandera

Suspected al-Shabaab militants have attacked a police post in Mandera county.  The assailants destroyed communication masts during the attack, which was carried out in Arabia in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Regional county commander Mohamud Saleh said additional forces have been deployed to the area. "There is no communication with officers on the ground so we don't have much details but there was an attack," he said.

Armed robbers raid home of Homa Bay governor

Armed robbers posing as police officers have raided the house of Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti in Nairobi.  Four armed men entered the property in Karen on Tuesday night and stole Sh400k ($3,850), along with jewellery and other valuables.  Karen police boss Cunningham Suiyanka said the incident is being investigated.

Bomb scare at Technical Institute in Nairobi

A suspicious object sparked a brief bomb scare outside the Technical Institute of Kenya in Nairobi on Wednesday morning.  Kenyan police sealed off the area on Moktar Daddah street while they investigated before confirmed the item was a spare part for a motor vehicle.  Last week police dismissed claims of an imminent attack on a learning institution in the capital.

Al-Shabaab attack Kenyan army base in Kulbiyow

The al-Shabaab militant group has attacked a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) base in Kulbiyow, close to the Kenya-Somalia border.  "We are under massive attack and there is a massive exchange of fire," military spokesman Lt-Col Paul Njuguna told the Nation.  Two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIED) detonated at the base, followed by heavy gunfire.  Al-Shabaab told Reuters that 57 KDF troops had been killed, although the army said that the claims were false.

Three suspects shot dead by police in Nairobi

Kenyan police have shot dead three suspected criminals during two separate incidents in Nairobi.  The first clash was sparked when officers witnessed three suspects carrying out a mugging in the Mowlem area of Dandora late on Tuesday.  Two of the assailants were shot dead, although officers said the third suspect escaped.  A suspected robber was also shot dead in a separate incident near Capital Hill at around 20:00 on Tuesday.

Police officer shot during political rally

A Kenyan police officer has been shot and wounded at a political rally in the capital, Nairobi.  The officer was carrying out an arrest during the event in Kayole on Sunday when the suspect shot him.  The gunman managed to flee the scene, while the officer is reportedly in a stable condition.

Two poachers killed in Tsavo East National Park

Two alleged poachers have been shot dead by rangers at Kenya's Tsavo East National Park.  There was “a fierce fire exchange which resulted in two suspected poachers being eliminated,” the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.  Two other suspects fled the scene, while the rangers seized weapons and ammunition from the deceased.

Two shot in Nairobi robbery

A businessman and a private security guard were shot and wounded during a robbery in Nairobi on Sunday night.  Four gunmen armed with AK47s targeted a private residence on 3D lane in the Karen district of the city.  Police said they have launched an investigation to track down the suspects, who escaped with gold and an unknown amount of cash.

KDF soldier killed near Kenyan border

Three Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) soldiers have been killed and 11 others wounded in southern Somalia.  The troops hit a landmine during a KDF operation against the al-Shabaab militant group in the village of Nusdariq in Gedo.  Local residents said six militants also died in the clashes, which took place on Sunday.

Kenyan police arrest two al-Shabaab suspects

Kenyan police have arrested two suspected members of the Somali militant group, al-Shabaab.  “The two suspects and their accomplices are suspected to have been planning to stage attacks in Nairobi, targeting entertainment joints and churches,” said the police in a statement.  Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said their accomplices escaped during the operation and are believed to have fled to Somalia.

Woman arrested with bomb-making materials in Mombasa

Kenyan police have arrested a woman in the port city of Mombasa with a cache of bomb-making materials.  Feruz Abubakar - the wife of the main suspect in the 2014 Reef hotel attack - was arrested in the Bondeni area of the city on Monday.  The Anti-Terror Police Unit claim she was planning to carry out a terror attack.

Criminal gangs targeted in Mombasa

Kenyan police have arrested 14 people as part of an operation against criminal groups in the port city of Mombasa.  Senior officer Willy Simba said the suspects, aged between 15 and 22, were members of the Watalia street gang.  "We had received intelligence reports that some members of a criminal gang, were planning to cause mayhem targeting revellers who had converged to celebrate the New Year," said Simba.

Spike in robberies reported in Nairobi

A spike in robberies has been reported in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, since Christmas.  Recently a police officer was shot and wounded in a clash with suspected criminals in the Kayole district.  One of the assailants was killed in the incident, while two other suspected robbers were shot dead by police in Huruma on Tuesday.  A total of 14 people were killed in similar incidents since last Sunday.

Three police officers wounded in Kombani ambush

Three police officers have been wounded and a suspect shot dead following an attack on a police post in Kombani.  Police said eight assailants targeted the camp along the Lunga Lunga-Likoni road on Friday morning.  "We don't know if they are al-Shabaab or MRC [Mombasa Republican Council] but we are alert to ensure locals and visitors in the area are safe during the Christmas holiday," said Kwale county commissioner, Kutswa Olaka.

Former mayor killed in protests, Kitui

Former mayor of Kitui, Martha Mwangangi, has been killed amid protests against the demolition of kiosks in Kitui. Mwangangi had been supporting protesters when she and former land minister, Charity Ngilu, were hit by a fire engine en route to extinguish protest-related fires in the Kaludu centre. Ngilu survived the accident, but sustained major wounds. Travellers have been advised to avoid the demonstrations.

Nurses continue to strike in Taita-Taveta county

Nurses have continued to strike in the Taita-Taveta country despite the two-week nationwide strike being called to an end on Wednesday 14 December. The nurses at Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi have claimed that the county government has failed to deliver on some of the demands made by the protesting nurses, and have not made satisfactory effort to resolve grievances. Those in the area should expect severe delays in the surrounding hospitals.

Police fire tear gas at Nairobi protesters

Kenyan police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday.  Three people were arrested during the #TakeBackKenya rally on Moi Avenue, with protesters angry at alleged corruption and fraud in the government.  The protesters continued the march to the city's Jeevanjee Gardens.

Five suspected criminals shot dead in Nairobi

Five suspected criminals have been shot dead in three separate incidents in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  Two people died in a confrontation with police on General Mathenge road in Westland, during which an officer was also wounded.  In Kayole two other suspects were shot dead during an attempted robbery on a Mpesa shop.  Police said a fifth person was shot dead on Juja road following an attempted armed robbery.

Tanker explosion kills 39 in Kenya

At least 39 people have been killed after a fuel tanker crashed in the city of Naivasha.  The tanker was heading from the capital, Nairobi, to neighbouring Uganda when it crashed into other vehicles.  "This is a national tragedy," Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said in a press conference on Sunday morning.

Kenya Airways flights delayed by strike

Kenya Airways said nine of its flights have been delayed due to a strike by some of its technical workers.  "We would like to advise our guests that we experiencing some delays due to a number of our technicians not showing up for work," the airline said on Monday.  Flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to Juba, Entebbe, Kisumu, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam are among those affected by the delays.

Hospital staff go on strike in Kenya

Doctors and nurses started a nationwide strike on Monday after talks between the government and unions collapsed.  The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Pharmacists Union (KMPDU) are demanding the fulfilment of a 2013 agreement to raise pay and conditions.  Police have fired tear gas to disperse members of the KMPDU during a march to the health ministry in Nairobi.

Iranians charged with terrorism offences in Kenya

Two Iranians and their Kenyan driver have been arrested and charged with terrorism offences in Nairobi.  Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi, Abdolhosein Ghola Safafe and driver Moses Keyah Mmboga "were found taking video clips of the Israeli embassy ... for the use in the commission of a terrorist act".  Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gadani remanded the three suspects until 6 December.  "In the court's opinion the two suspects do not enjoy diplomatic immunity to warrant the court's protection and should therefore be remanded awaiting ATPU's detectives to complete their investigations." 

Police shoot dead three armed robbers in Nakuru

Kenyan police have shot dead three suspected armed robbers in the city of Nakuru.  The incident happened near the Hotel Waterbuck at around 11:30 on Thursday morning.  Three AK-47 rifles and a Ceska pistol were recovered from the suspects following the shoot out.  No civilians were wounded during the incident.

Protesters block Kenya-Tanzania highway in Isebania

More than 100 protesters blocked the Kenya-Tanzania highway on Wednesday in protest at the killing of a teacher.  Kaisam Kerata was shot dead and two other people wounded by gunmen carrying out a robbery at an M-Pesa shop in Isebania at around 20:00 on Tuesday.  The protesters claimed local police were failing to protect residents.  Migori County Police Commander David Kirui said the robbers stole Sh430,000 from the shop before escaping to Tanzania on a motorcycle.

Senior police officer shot dead in Nairobi

A senior Kenyan police officer has been shot dead in the capital, Nairobi.  Assistant Superintendent Eston Ndwiga was heading home on Wednesday morning when he was targeted in Mihango, Kayole.  Police said the attack appeared to be a carjacking which went wrong.  Crime statistics released earlier this year said 17 percent of residents in Nairobi were victims of crime in 2016, compared to the national average of nine percent.

Police warn of terrorist plots in Kenya

Police in Kenya have issued an alert over alleged terrorist plots to target public service vehicles, border regions and the port city of Mombasa.  Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet said that while al-Shabaab remains the largest regional threat to security, Islamic State (IS) are also a "major concern". "We have deployed officers accordingly and call upon all Kenyans to exercise higher levels of vigilance and report promptly any suspicious person or activity that could endanger public safety or our security,” said Boinnet.

One police officer injured in robbery, Kakamega

A police officer has been injured in the robbery of Booker Police post in Mumias, in the Kakamega county of Kenya. Western regional police commander, Moses Ombati, and his colleagues came under attack by unknown assailants stealing seven rifles and over 100 bullets. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Al Shabaab militant suspect detained

A person has been detained by police at the Kenyan - Ugandan border patrol point in Busia, on suspicion of involvement with the al Shabaab militant group. Police computer systems alerted the officers to the suspect's attempt to cross the border to Uganda. The suspect has now been transferred to a counter-terrorism facility in Kampala.

Kenyan police kill four militants at Somali border

Kenyan police have killed four suspected al-Shabaab militants near the Somali border.  North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said officers ambushed a group of 20 fighters in the border town of El-Wak on Saturday.  He said several AK-47s and 90 rounds of ammunition were also recovered during the operation.

Two Kenyan soldiers killed near Somali border

Two Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack near the Somali border.  The troops were travelling in a military convoy when their vehicle hit a remote-controlled landmine near El Wak in Gedo province.  The Somali militant group al-Shabaab have yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

Police clash with anti-corruption protesters in Nairobi

Kenyan police have clashed with anti-corruption protesters in the capital, Nairobi.  Officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the crowd after hundreds of people rallied near the city's Freedom Corner.  The protest was sparked by reports in the local media over abuse of funds in public healthcare, with Health Ministry officials due to be questioned over claims that Sh5.3bn has been misappropriated.

Kenya withdraws troops from South Sudan mission

Kenya has announced that it is withdrawing its troops from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in protest at the sacking of a Kenyan commander.  The ministry of foreign affairs said it was dismayed at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's decision to remove Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki from his post.  "This demonstrates complete disregard of our key role and responsibility in South Sudan. The manner in which the information was conveyed to the Government of Kenya revealed a high degree of disrespect for our country," said the government in a statement.

Mombasa port officials charged with corruption

Thirteen port and customs officials have been charged with corruption in the coastal city of Mombasa.  Ten men and three women appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges of cargo theft and "aiding procurement" of goods.  The arrests come as part of a drive to reduce corruption at the port, which is a key trading centre for East Africa.

Army arrests fake recruits in Eldoret

The Kenyan army has arrested 57 people for presenting fake call-up papers at a barracks in the city of Eldoret.  Ali Samatar, the local director of criminal investigations, said the letters had not been genuinely issued by the State Department for Defence.  The suspects had reportedly paid between 250-350k shillings for the documents.  "We are liaising with the military officers to establish the source of their letters,” said Samatar.

Man shot dead by guards outside the US Embassy in Nairobi

A man has been shot dead by General Service Unit (GSU) guards outside the US Embassy in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  According to initial reports the man tried to stab a security guard at the VISA section of the embassy on UN Avenue when he was killed.  The was no immediate comment from the embassy, while the police have not identified the deceased man or speculated on possible motives.

Government imposes curfew in Mandera

The Kenyan government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn in the northern border town of Mandera.  The move comes after al-Shabaab militants killed 12 people in an attack on a hotel in the town. “Every person who resides within the Sub-County shall except under, and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a written permit granted by the respective Deputy County Commissioner for the affected areas, remain indoors in the premises at which they reside or at such other premises as may be authorized,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said on Thursday.

Al-Shabaab kills 12 in Mandera county attack

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack by al-Shabaab militants in Mandera county, close to the Somali border.  The assailants, armed with explosives, targeted the Bisharo guesthouse in the town of Mandera in the overnight attack.  Al-Shabaab said it had killed "Christian Kenyans" during the raid, which comes a few weeks after the group killed six people in a similar attack against Christians.

Security along Kenya-Somalia border region increased following al-Shabaab attack

On 11 October, Fredrick Shisia, Mandera County Commissioner, confirmed that Kenya has increased security along the Somali border to try and prevent any potential attacks from al-Shabaab militants. The increase comes a week after an al-Shabaab attack killed six people. Shisia states that the attack allowed the Kenyan government to identify holes in their border security and make amendments to it. 

Three suspected al-Shabaab militants arrested in Gigiri

On 11 October, three suspects, including two women and a British national, were arrested during an anti-terror raid in Rosslyn, Gigiri. Detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit carried out the raid after suspecting that the individuals were connected to elements recruiting Kenyans to join al-Shabaab. Police seized jihadist training guides and literature during the raid. 

Six killed in al-Shabaab attack in Mandera County

At least six people have been killed and one other seriously wounded in an attack in Mandera County in north-eastern Kenya.  The incident happened at around 02:00 near the Bulla public works.  The assailants detonated a grenade to enter the plot before opening fire on residents.  "If not for the quick response by our security forces, we would be talking of many more casualties now," said Mandera governonr Ali Roba.

Police deploy tear gas to disperse the crowd outside Kisumu County Assembly

On 5 October, security personnel fired teargas to disperse a crowd of youths who had gathered outside the Kisumu County Assembly in an attempt to block the alleged impeachment of Governor Jack Ranguma. His impeachment has not been publicly announced, but the protesters claimed that the County Assembly was involved in misconduct and was secretly attempting to remove him from the position. The Assembly has dismissed the claims of impeachment as propaganda. 

Six injured in clashes between riot police and protesters at Multimedia University

On 27 September, six people were injured in clashes between riot police and student protesters at Multimedia University. Two students, two police officers and two guards were injured after the authorities fired ammunition and tear gas into the crowd. The riot police were deployed to disperse the crowd that had gathered to protest road safety. The demonstrators claim that the city's public transportation system hires reckless drivers, and the protest was inspired by the death of a fellow student who died when their taxi overturned. 

Anti-terror police kill wanted al-Shabaab 'mastermind' in Mombasa

On 27 September, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa confirmed that anti-terror police had killed wanted al-Shabaab suspect Ismael Shosi. Shosi, believed to be a 'mastermind' behind youth radicalisation, training and recruitment for al-Shabaab, was killed in a firefight with police in Mombasa. 

Three suspected robbers killed by police in two separate incidents in Nairobi

On 22 September, three robbers were killed by police in two separate and unrelated incidents in Nairobi. Two men were shot at the Kariobangi South railway line after they attempted to steal a woman's handbag, and police recovered two firearms from the scene. Another man was shot in the Kayole area as he fled the scene of a robbery, with police recovering a loaded firearm from the man's body. Two accomplices with in Kayole managed to escape. 

Three killed in attack on police station in Mombasa

Three female assailants were killed on Sunday after attempting to attack a Mombasa's Central Police Station with knives and firebombs. Police state that two of the women were Kenyan nationals and that one was wearing a suicide vest that failed to detonate. Three alleged accomplices have been arrested following police raids on one of the attackers' house. The women reportedly entered the station under the pretense of reporting a stolen phone. They then threw a petrol bomb at the reception before stabbing two officers. They were then shot dead by other officers, and the two wounded police were taken to hospital. 

Police arrest wanted former Recce Squad officer in Ganjoni

On 9 September, Peterson Maelo, Mombasa county police commander, confirmed that members of the Flying Squad police unit had arrested Joseph Kariuki, a former Recce Squad officer, in Ganjoni. Kariuki is suspected of being behind a failed plot to attack the police headquarters in Ruiri in August. He escaped an arrest attempt on 4 August where security forces confiscated at least three firearms and ammunition. 

Two explosions hit Bulla Hawa in Mandera county

On 9 September, two explosions were reported in Bulla Hawa, Mandera County, near the Somali-Kenyan border. The explosions in the village, located near Mandera Airport, caused no casualties. 

Seven suspected al-Shabaab militants arrested in Isiolo and Garissa

On 7 September, Isiolo County Comissioner, George Natembeya, confirmed that seven suspected al-Shabaab militants had been arrested over the past two weeks in Isiolo, Bula Pesa and Garissa. Three of the suspects were arrested at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Garissa, where one of the suspects is believed to have been responsible for recruiting and transporting youths to al-Shabaab camps. 

Increase in border patrols after Polio cases confirmed in Africa

On 6 September, the Ministry of Health Acting Director of Medical Services, Francis Kioko, announced plans to increase border surveillance after outbreaks of polio in Africa, specifically Nigeria. The last confirmed case of polio in Kenya was three years ago. However, it appears to have reemerged in Borno State, Nigeria, and health officials are concerned that it could spread to neighbouring countries.

Two reporters wounded during demonstration in Muranga county

Two journalists have been injured during a student demonstration in Muranga county, central Kenya. The reporters were covering the protests on Friday, where secondary school students were protesting against land claims made by a major agricultural company based in Makuyu. Dozens of security guards engaged the protesters near the company's facilities, leaving several injured. The protest was generated as the company in question claims over 45 acres of land that was allegedly donated to the school. According to the institution's administration, the land is part of an expansion plan of the school, but remains unused due to lack of funds.

Authorities detonate rocket-propelled grenade near Lodwar

On 31 August, Kenyan authorities reported that bomb disposal experts stationed at the Lokichoggio Kenya Defence Forces border camp had safely detonated an active rocket-propelled grenade five kilometres from Lodwar. The rocket was initially believed to have been a defunct weapon from a previous war. However, it was discovered that it was active, and could potentially detonate, causing to damage to property within a one-kilometre radius. Police transported the 60-millimetre projectile to a safe location and carried out a controlled detonation. Reports state the rocket was discovered by two young boys, before a neighbour phoned the police. Police are now investigating the origin of the weapon.

Five suspects arrested in Nairobi for selling explosives

On 21 August, Kenyan authorities arrested five people on suspicion of selling explosive material in Langata, Nairobi. The suspects include a soldier in the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF), a former soldier, and three civilians. The arrests came after the suspects were caught attempting to sell explosives to undercover detectives. The investigation is now the control of anti-terror operatives, although it is not clear if the suspects are linked to any terror organisations. 

Government and opposition agree electoral commision reform

Kenya's government and opposition leaders have reached an agreement regarding the electoral commission reform ahead the 2017 elections. The accord, achieved by the ruling Jubilee Alliance (JA) and the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), aims to renovate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). It is believed that the measure will ensure a free and transparent process, as in the coming days politicians of several parties and religious groups are set to form the new panel for the reformed IEBC. The measure comes after several deadly opposition riots, where protesters blamed the former electoral commission of being biased and partial.

Three al-Shabaab fighters killed during operations in southern Kenya

Three al-Shabaab militants have been killed in two incidents involving Kenyan security forces in Mombasa and Kwale. In the coastal city of Mombasa, official sources stated that the authorities raided a suspected terrorist residence, where two militants were killed and a G3 rifle was recovered, along with a cache of ammunition and police equipment. In Kwale county, anti-terrorism detectives shot dead one alleged al-Shabaab fighter and recovered two hand grenades. All the suspects were under investigation regarding recent armed robberies in the region.

Four officers injured in al-Shabaab raid in Lamu county

Four officers of the General Service Unit (GSU) were wounded by a Jihadist attack in GSU's Basuba camp, Lamu County. The police camp, located in the country's south-east, was reportedly raided by over 20 al-Shabaab militants on Sunday evening. The offensive caused a fierce clash between the militants and security forces, who retracted the attack and launched a search operation to hunt down any injured assailants. Al-Shabaab often carry out attacks targeting military camps and facilities across Lamu County, however their attempts are usually frustrated by Kenya Defense Force's (KDF's) counter-offensives.

Chinese rail workers attacked by youths in Narok county

Over a dozen Chinese rail workers have been attacked by angry youngsters in Narok County, near the Tanzanian border. The incident took place at the Duka Moja railway construction site on Tuesday, where over 200 men attacked the foreign workers. Local youths have been demanding a share of the jobs on the construction projects in the area, and recently over 300 people joined a protest against a Chinese contractor.

Seven schools torched across Kenya

Following a wave of arson attacks at Kenyan schools, seven more buildings have been set on fire over the last few days. Despite no confirmation of the causes of the fire, officials believe that they were caused by students who are opposed to the government crackdown on exam cheating and reforms to the education sector. Over 100 schools have been the target of arson attacks over the past few months, while 150 students have been arrested and 45 charged. Kenya's Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, is set to meet with the authorities to discuss the situation.

Al-Shabaab attacks communication post in Mandera

Suspected al-Shabaab fighters attacked a communications post in Mandera county, north-eastern Kenya, on Thursday. Armed men raided the facility, located in Fino Town, and engaged in a shootout with the police, while others tried to plant improvised explosive devices (IED) on a communications mast. This is the second attack on communication masts in the region. Police said that: "they do so to cut communication between the locals and security agents (...)". The Mandera region is strategically located between the tri-border area with Ethiopia and Somalia and suffers from frequent militant attacks.

KDF soldiers wounded by IED in Lamu

Five Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers have been wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Lamu country.  The troops were clearing bushes in the Kiunga area when the device went off.  "The soldiers were in the tanker clearing bushes at the Ishakani site when the tank went over the IED which exploded. All the soldiers came out alive," a security source told The Star newspaper in Kenya.

Six police officers killed in Kapenguria

Six police officers have been killed in a hostage siege at a police station in north-western Kenya.  The assailant snatched a gun at after he was arrested on suspicion of being a regional recruiter for the al-Shabaab militant group.  Following a siege at the station in Kapenguria which lasted for around eight hours the gunman was shot dead by Kenyan commandos.

Hundreds protest over death of Kenyan lawyer

Hundreds of people have gathered in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to protest at the killing of rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.  The demonstrators gathered at Freedom Corner Nairobi, while other events are being held in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru.  Some of the protesters have called for Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery to resign, while others held banners which read "Stop extrajudicial killings". Three police officers accused of carrying out the killings - Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku - are due in court on Monday.

Missing lawyer found dead in Machakos county

The body of a Kenyan lawyer has been found in a river in Machakos county.  Willie Kimani, who went missing along with a client and a taxi driver over a week ago, was discovered along with another body, which has yet to be identified, on Friday.  Law Society of Kenya advocate Dan Kinuthia said the two victims were severely beaten and strangled, while both were found with their hands tied behind their backs. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said the news was a "dark day for the rule of law in Kenya", while the police have ordered the arrest of three officers suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and killings.

Several people shot dead in Mandera attack

At least six people have been killed in an attack on buses in Mandera county, near the Somali border. The vehicles were traveling from the capital, Nairobi, to Mandera town when they came under fire on the road between Wargadud and Elwak. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Mandera has been the scene of multiple attacks carried out by the al-Shabaab militant group.

Four militants killed by KDF in Lamu county

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers killed four suspected al-Shabaab militants near a military camp in Lamu County, eastern Kenya, on Wednesday. KDF spokesperson David Obonyo issued a statement saying that government forces carried out the operation in the area in response to an al-Shabaab attack on a military camp in Mangai. Kenyan soldiers have been part of several operations led by African Union forces (AMISOM) along the Somali border.

Suspected al-Shabaab militant killed during raids in Malindi

A suspected terrorist has been killed by the anti-terrorism unit of the Kenyan police in Malindi, southern Kenya. The operation was carried out on Wednesday morning, while the police also arrested three others during the raids in two different locations, believed to be used as militant strongholds. Security forces also seized several documents and passport-seized photos suspected of belonging to recently recruited members of the militant group al-Shabaab. One police officer was shot and taken to a hospital in Mombasa for treatment.

Tribal clashes leave two dead in south-eastern Kenya

Tribal clashes have resulted in the deaths of two people along the border between the Nandi and Kisumu counties. The incident was triggered by the alleged theft of livestock on Saturday by a known thief. Six people were also severely injured as hundreds of women and children fled their homes amid the violent unrest. A retired civil servant from Nandi county told local media that: "This was an isolated case that could have been resolved without shedding blood".

Al-Shabaab militant killed in Kwale county

Kenyan security forces killed one al-Shabaab militant and arrested three others on Monday.  The operation was carried out in Kwale county in southern Kenya. According to the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, the militant group were planning multiple attacks, mainly in Mandera and Wajir counties.

Five police officers killed in Mandera attack

Five Kenyan police officers have been killed and four others wounded in an attack by suspected al-Shabaab gunmen in Mandera county.  The officers were ambushed near the towns of Kotulo and Elwak, close to the Somali border, on Monday morning. “We condemn the attack by al-Shabaab at Dimu this morning where five police officers were killed. The info about their presence was long shared by the locals,” Governor Ali Roba said.

Kenyan government closes border with Somalia

The Kenyan government has ordered the closure of its border with Somalia due to increased terrorist threats during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Residents from the Somali bordering town of Beled Hawo confirmed the move to local media after several people were prevented from crossing. Officials stated that a heavy contingent of Kenyan troops are stationed in the region in order to stop offensives led by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which has threatened to intensify attacks on both sides of the border.

Kenyans protest against incitement to violence

Protesters took to the streets of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday after footage emerged showing a pro-government official stating that the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, can be killed. The demonstration happened in Kenya's largest slum, Kibera, known to be an opposition stronghold. Effigies of Moses Kuria were burned during the protest after he appeared to contain threats against opposition leader Raila Odinga.  Kuria and seven other MPs have been questioned by police over suspicion that their statements constitute hate crimes.

Monkey causes power blackout in Kenya

A monkey caused a nationwide power blackout in Kenya after falling on a transformer at Gitaru hydroelectric power station on Tuesday.  The incident caused an overload at the station and the loss of 180mw of power, leaving the country without electricity for four hours.  "KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals," said provider KenGen in a statement.  "We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants."

Two police officers wounded in Mandera ambush

Two Kenyan police officers have been wounded in an ambush near the northern border town of Mandera.  The police were travelling to Arabia on Saturday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), before gunmen opened fire on the officers.  North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamed Saleh said more officers were deployed to the area to hunt for the assailants, suspected to be al-Shabaab militants.

Opposition protesters ignore police warnings in Nairobi

Supporters of Kenya’s opposition party, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), have ignored police warnings to protest in the capital, Nairobi.  The city's police chief Japheth Koome earlier warned protesters to stay off the streets "if you value your life", adding that officers were prepared to use lethal force.  Demonstrations are also taking place in the western city of Kisumu, where protesters have blocked roads by burning piles of tyres.  There have been weekly rallies in Kenya against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), many of which have resulted in violent clashes with the security forces.

Garissa Universiy attack mastermind killed in Somalia

The al-Shabaab commander responsible for the Garissa University attack in 2015 has been killed in southern Somalia.  Mohamed Kuno was one of 16 militants killed in an operation near the port city of Kismayo on Tuesday night.  There was an outstanding $215,000 reward for Kuno's capture offered by the Kenyan government following the Garissa attacks, during which almost 150 people were killed.

Dogs and slaves remark sparks diplomatic row

Kenyan officials have made a formal complaint after an Egyptian diplomat allegedly called sub-Saharan Africans "dogs and slaves".  Yvonne Khamati, chairwoman of the Africa Diplomatic Corp Technical Committee, said the diplomat made the remarks at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya last week.  "[The comments] are uncivilized, undiplomatic, irresponsible, degrading and insulting," she said.  Egypt has denied that the comments were made and said there was no evidence to support the claims.

Boni Forest recaptured by Kenyan security forces

Militants from the Islamist group al-Shabaab have been expelled from the Boni Forest by Kenyan security forces. The nine-month operation - Linda Boni - resulted in the army clearing the area, close to the Somali border, from militant influence. Government forces deployed additional personnel in order to guarantee the long-term security of the area, which since July, 2015 had been under al-Shabaab control.

Kenyan police kill protester in Kisumu

Kenyan police have killed a protester during clashes at a rally in the western city of Kisumu.  The cause of death has not been confirmed but local witnesses said he was assaulted by officers.  Several other protesters were wounded at the demonstration, while police fired tear gas and water cannons at similar rallies in Nairobi and Mombasa.  The unrest is the latest in a series of protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which opposition groups say is biased towards the government.

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Nairobi

Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday.  Hundreds of opposition supporters gathered outside the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which they accuse of bias and corruption. "Despite the use of undue force by police, our peaceful pickets shall continue every week until the IEBC is reformed," said Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition CORD coalition.

Police fire tear gas at opposition protesters

Kenyan police have fired tear gas at opposition supporters during a protest in the capital, Nairobi.  Officers fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of demonstrators near the office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).  The protesters, led by opposition leader Raila Odinga, were demanding the resignation of the electoral commission, who they claim are planning to fix next year's general elections.

Kenya announces plans to close refugee camps

The Kenyan government has announced plans to close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.  "Due to Kenya's national security interest, the government has decided that hosting of refugees has to come to an end," Karanja Kibicho from the Ministry of Interiors said on Friday.  "The government acknowledges that this decision will have adverse effects on the lives of refugees but Kenya will no longer be hosting them." Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world, hosting more than 320,000 people, while around 200,000 South Sudanese refugees live in the Kakuma camp.

Businessman shot dead in Nairobi

A prominent businessman was shot dead by unknown men in Kenya's capital, Nairobi on Thursday. Jacob Juma was attacked by armed men on motorcycles along the Ngong Road, who fired several rounds at his vehicle before fleeing the scene.  Japheth Koome, Nairobi's police chief, told the Standard newspaper: "We don't know the motive but this seems to be a pure murder".  Juma was involved in the mining business and had previously taken the government to court, claiming his mining license was revoked after he declined to pay a bribe demanded by then mining cabinet secretary Najib Balala. 

Kenyan police foil anthrax terror plot

Police in Kenya say they have foiled a major biological attack by a terrorist group.  Three people have been arrested in connection with the plot and a warrant issued for two others.  "The suspects were planning a large scale attack akin to that of Westgate Mall with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans. His network also included medical experts with whom they planned to unleash a biological attack in Kenya using anthrax," said Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinett.

Dozen killed in building collapse in Nairobi

At least 12 people have been killed after a residential building collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi on Saturday.  More than 100 people were rescued from the rubble following days of torrential rain and flooding.  President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the arrest of the building's owner, while Steven Oundo, the chair of Kenya's National Construction Authority, said the building did not have planning permission.  Four other people were killed in the city when a wall collapsed, while two people drowned in storm waters.

Police fire gas at protesters in Nairobi

Kenyan police officers fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday.  Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula led the demonstrations, calling for the dissolution of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and for the commissioners exit.  “The protest will not be allowed and we will use all means possible to stop it. Let the politicians seek other ways of addressing the issues,” said Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome.

Unidentified disease kills 23 infants in Nakuru county

An unidentified disease has killed at least 23 infants in south-eastern Kenya over four weeks. The mysterious disease has affected the Nakuru and Baringo counties, and according to the local senator, James Mungai, over 200 cases affecting mainly babies between one-day and 11 months old have been recorded. Mungai has called for intervention from the Ministry of Health to help the overwhelmed hospitals and clinics in the area. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has been investigating the disease, which was initially believed to be related to a viral pneumonia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta interrupted during speech

During the annual State of the Nation address to the parliament on Thursday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was interrupted by opposition MPs. The members of the opposition blew whistles within the chamber in protests at alleged corruption in the country.  Seven MPs were ordered out of the house for causing disruption, while the speaker of the house, Justin Muturi, described the commotion as a "gross disorder".

Uber taxi torched in Nairobi

An Uber taxi was torched in an attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday evening.  Suspected traditional taxi drivers carried out the attack in the Riruta area of the city, although the driver managed to escape without injury.  Last month another Uber taxi was targeted in the Kilimani district amid growing resentment from cab drivers against app-based taxi companies, who they claim are undercharging to force them out of business.

Four men arrested over Islamic State (IS) links

A Mombasa court ordered the preventive arrest of four Kenyan suspects for attempting to join the Islamic State (IS). The four men, who were arrested at the Busia border crossing, are suspected of trying to travel overland to Libya to join the militant group. The court extended their imprisonment for an extra 30 days until the investigations are concluded.

Security increased at airports over terror threats

Kenyan authorities have increased security at major airports follow reports of a terrorist plot by the Somali militant group, al-Shabaab.  "Domestic flights are the main targets. Operatives posing as passengers intend to blow themselves up during landing," said Eric Kiraithe, Kenya Airports Authority head of security.  "Five operatives will target Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport while the rest will focus on airports at the Coast region, among them Moi International Airport."

Three dead in Lamu County raids

At least three people were killed in an attack in Kenya's Lamu County on Sunday morning.  Gunmen raided the village of Bondeni and opened fire on residents, before setting fire to houses and fleeing the area.  Militants from the Somali armed group al-Shabaab are suspected of carrying out the attack.

KDF withdraws from Somali bases

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are withdrawing from two military bases in Somalia following the attack by al-Shabaab earlier this month, which killed around 100 Kenyan soldiers.  Military spokesman David Obonyo said that the new bases will be setup as part of the KDF's deployment by the African Union (AU). “We are still manning our areas of operation in Sector 2, which is an expansive area and we can take defence positions in any part of that region.”

Four terror suspects killed in Malindi raids

Kenyan police have killed four suspected terrorists during a raid in the coastal town of Malindi.  Suleiman Awadh, who was on the country's most-wanted list for links to the al-Shabaab militant group, was among those killed in the raid. Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the four had been planning to carry out attacks in Malindi since moving to the town last November.

Gunmen attack lorry in Lamu country

Unknown gunmen have ambushed a lorry in Lamu country, killing at least two people and wounding several others.  The incident happened around 10km from the town of Mpeketoni early on Wednesday morning.  Local security forces said troops had been deployed to pursue the attacks.

Three arrested over murder of Italian doctor

Kenyan police have arrested three people in connection with the murder of an Italian doctor in Kilifi Country over the weekend.  Dr Rita Fossacaca, 50, was shot dead on Saturday evening when gunmen stormed the villa in Watamu where she was having dinner with colleagues. “We have put all our machinery and expertise in place to protect our citizens and visitors, especially during the coming Christmas festivities. We want to assure everyone that these attacks are rare and this is an isolated case,” said police spokesman Charles Owino.

Three Kenyan police officers killed by Ethiopian troops

Three Kenyan police officers have been killed and five others are missing after an ambush by Ethiopian soldiers in Marsabit County.  The officers were on a patrol when they were targeted by the Ethiopians, who were pursuing Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) gunmen in the Sololo area.  The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) has moved armoured vehicles and tanks to the area in response to the killings, while the government has protested against the cross-border raid.

Five children killed in Narok mudslide

Five children have been killed by a mudslide in the town of Narok in western Kenya.  The incident occurred on Monday night after heavy rain fell across Narok county, causing flooding in nearby Mulot. "The children are aged between four and 23 years. They were asleep in their grass-thatched house when they were buried alive," said Justus Musau, Narok South Sub-county commissioner.

MP's bodyguard shoots dead three robbers in Nairobi

The bodyguard of Manyatta MP John Muchiri has shot dead three suspected robbers in the Umoja area of Nairobi.  Police constable Moses Mugo said Mr Muchiri was on his way home with a friend when they were confronted by a group of four men at around 23:00 on Sunday.  The robbers demanded their mobile phones and cash before the bodyguard opened fire, killing three of them.  Police said they are also looking for a gang involved in a carjacking near the Donholm roundabout on Saturday night.

Police officer shot dead in Nairobi

A Kenyan police officer has been shot dead in the capital, Nairobi.  The officer was targeted by three gunmen in the residential area of Kasarani in the early hours of Thursday morning. “He was shot on the chest and died on the spot,” said a police spokesman.

Kenyan men arrested with bomb at Nairobi shopping centre

Three Kenyan men have been arrested at a shopping centre in Nairobi with a suspected explosive device, which has since been destroyed in a controlled explosion by police. The Garden City Mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in the city, has been evacuated. One of the men refused to be searched by security guards and was overpowered in a scuffle, according to eyewitness reports. A police spokesman had reported that the three men in custody were all Kenyan nationals, and that the explosives were discovered in one of their bags. The device is believed to have been a small explosive device, with a battery and mobile phone attached, which could have been used as a detonator. 

Two children die after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

Two children have died when a passenger boat capsized after colliding with a fishing vessel in Lake Victoria. A local official said that fishermen responding to distress calls rescued 21 of the 23 people on board the passenger boat and recovered the children's bodies. There were no casualties on the fishing vessel, which also capsized. The accident happened at about 02.00 local time on Wednesday morning. 

Kenyan police held by al-Shabaab freed after two years

Two Kenyan police officers have been freed, two years after they were captured by al-Shabaab militants.  The officers were abducted during an attack in the north-eastern Garissa county in May, 2013. Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet says the men, who were released two weeks ago, are in "good health but traumatised".

Al-Shabab suspected in deadly gun attack in Kenya

Workers at a quarry in the Northern Kenyan town of Mandera come under fire from gunmen believed to be Al-Shabab fighters.  At least 14 workers are reported dead and many other casualties.  The Somali based armed group have carried out numerous attacks in Kenya in retaliation over the countries military involvement in Somalia.

Nairobi market destroyed by huge fire

Large parts of Keyna's largest market has been destroyed by a fire. Nairobi police chief Benjamin Kibue said on Tuesday that the cause of the fire in Gikomba Market in Nairobi remains unclear. Thousands of stalls were destroyed in the blaze, although no major casualties have been reported.

Police issue reward for German al-Shabaab fighter

Kenyan police have issued a $100,000 reward for the capture of a German national linked to an al-Shabaab attack in Lamu Country.  Andreas Martin Muller (alias "Abu Nusaibah"), described by police as armed and dangerous, is alleged to have planned Sunday's failed raid which killed two Kenyan soldiers and left 11 militants dead.

Al-Shabaab militants clash with troops near Somali border

At least 11 al-Shabaab militants and two Kenyan soldiers have been killed in clashes near the northern border with Somalia.  The fighting erupted when al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military base in the coastal region of Lamu County. Kenya Defense Forces spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said that one of the militants killed was Luqman Osman Issa, also known as Shirwa, who carried out the deadly attack on Mpeketoni last year. "This is a big victory for us and also a major setback for al Shabaab because now there is no mainstream commander in the Lamu area," he said.

Al-Shabaab gunmen seize village in northern Kenya

Around 30 gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabaab have seized a village in northern Kenya.  Hundreds of residents fled the village of Wankara in Mandeb province, while four local schools have closed down. “The armed men have been roaming between Gari shopping centre and Warankara Town, harassing innocent people and warning them never to pass near their camp or inform the authorities of their presence in the area,” said Wankara Ward Representative Abdirashid Maalim.

Police clash with al-Shabaab militants in north-east

Kenyan police have clashed with al-Shabaab fighters in the north-east of the country.  An al-Shabaab spokesman claimed that 25 officers were killed in the ambush near Yumbis village in Garissa County; however, Kenya's interior ministry dismissed the account and said only one officer was wounded.  The fighting erupted on Monday evening when a police vehicle hit a landmine between Garissa and the Dadaab refugee camp.

Al-Shabaab attack village in north-eastern Kenya

Al-Shabbab militants have attacked a village in north-eastern Kenya; however, they were repelled by security forces.  The ministry of interior said militants arrived at Yumbis village on Thursday evening. "Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in a gun battle. No casualties were reported."  The village is 70km from the town of Garissa, where al-Shabaab fighters killed 148 people in a deadly raid last month.

Al-Shabaab fighters storm mosques in Garissa

Al-Shabaab fighters have stormed two mosques in the northern town of Garissa and forced worshippers to listen to a two-hour tirade against the Kenyan government.  The militants criticised the Kenyan authorities and warned people not to collude with the security forces before fleeing to a nearby forest. Local OCPD Caleb Matoke told The Standard newspaper that “we received intelligence that the two groups were led by a wanted terror suspect called Mohamed Bilal.”

Deadly floods kill 10 in Nairobi

At least 10 people have been killed and seven wounded after heavy rain caused flooding in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  Several of the victims died when a perimeter wall collapsed in the Mukuru Fuata Nyayo area of the city.  Two people were also swept away in flood waters in the Dagorretti area.

Cattle raiders kill 46 in northern Kenya

At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an attack by cattle raiders in northern Kenya. “The attack took place in a very remote zone which is inaccessible,” Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa said, adding that the raiders escaped towards Turkana South.  The police and army have been dispatched to pursue the attackers.

Al-Shabaab abducts two Kenyan teachers in Mandera

Al-Shabaab militants have kidnapped two primary school teachers from the northern town of Mandera. "We are investigating the incident which took place at around 4pm. The two teachers are non-locals," Country Commissioner Alex Nkoyo said without giving more details.  The victims were reportedly seized from their houses before the militants took them across the border into Somalia.

Al-Shabaab kills local chief in northern Kenya

Suspected al-Qaeda militants have kidnapped and killed a local chief in northern Kenya.  Chief Muktar Otieno was seized in an ambush on the bus he was travelling on early on Thursday morning near the town of Mandera. According to reports local elders pleaded with the militants to release the chief but when they failed to pay a ransom of $42k Mr Otieno was shot dead.

Seven senior police officers suspended over Garissa attack

Seven senior Kenyan police officers have been suspended over the attack on Garissa University on 02 April. Secretary for Internal Security Joseph Nkaissery said the suspensions followed a preliminary inquiry by a team from the ministry on the officers' conduct and the performance of north-eastern security teams. "After perusing the reports, I am convinced of the need for thorough investigations into the terrorist attack on Garissa University College to establish possible criminal culpability of individuals officers or relevant security committee," he said in a statement.

Garissa University attackers were Kenyan nationals

The four gunmen who carried out the attack on the Garissa University were all Kenyan nationals, according to reports.  One of the four has been identified as Abdirahim Abdullahi, an ethnic Somali Kenyan national, while the Daily Nation newspaper has said the other three were also Kenyans.  An investigation by the BBC has also claimed that the al-Shabaab militant group are recruiting heavily across north-eastern Kenya, including young men from the town of Isiolo.

UNHCR urges Kenya not to close Dadaab refugee camp

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has urged the Kenyan government not to close the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses an estimated 350,000 Somali refugees.  The agency said the camp's closure would have "extreme humanitarian consequences".  Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has given UNHCR three months to close the camp before Kenya would start relocating the refugees.  The move comes after the government promised to crackdown on the Somali-based militant group, al-Shabaab, which carried out a deadly attack on Garissa University in northern Kenya earlier this month.

Student protesters call for improved security in Nairobi rally

Hundreds of student protesters have marched through Kenya's capital, Nairobi, demanding better security following last week's attack on Garissa University by al-Shabaab militants left 148 people dead .  A similiar rally in Garissa attracted around 2,500 people, with protesters promising to work with the security forces to identify militants in their communities.

Kenya launches air strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia

Kenyan fighter jets have carried out air strikes against the militant group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia.  The planes hit two camps in the Gedo region late on Sunday night.  The bombings followed Kenyan President UhuruKenyatta's promise to retaliate in "the severest way possible" to the attack by al-Shabaab which killed 148 people at Garissa University last week.

Death toll from Garissa University assault rises to 147

At least 147 people have been confirmed dead following yesterday's attack at Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya.  The raid by al-Shabaab militants is the deadliest attack in Kenya since the 1998 US embassy bombings.  A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed across the north-eastern regions of the country, while the interior minister said "Kenya's government will not be intimidated by the terrorists who have made killing innocent people a way to humiliate the government."

Garissa students taken hostage in deadly al-Shabaab raid

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens of students taken hostage during a raid by al-Shabaab militants at a university in north-eastern Kenya.  Gunmen stormed the Garissa University College early on Thursday before seizing Christian students and releasing Muslims. "The attackers shot the guards at the entrance of the university. Police officers responded but the attackers managed to get into the [university] hostel," said police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki. "We can confirm that two watchmen were killed; we cannot confirm student casualties."

Four cabinet ministers suspended over corruption allegations

President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended four cabinet ministers over allegations of corruption.  The transport, energy, labour and agriculture ministers were implicated in a Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission report which the president handed to parliament last week. Eight chief executives of state-run corporations and the National Social Security Fund also stepped aside.

Counter-terrorism officer shot dead in Mombasa

A senior counter-terrorism officer has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the port city of Mombasa.  Local police said the killing could be in retaliation for a recent operation targeting local youths that security forces had linked to extremist groups, namely al-Shabaab. "We have carried out crackdowns in Old Town and arrested several youths we believe are linked to extremism, so this killing may be a revenge tactic," regional police chief Robert Kitur told Reuters.

Four killed in al-Shabaab attack in northern Kenya

At least four people have been killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants in northern Kenya.  Hooded gunmen raided a shop in the town of Wajir, setting off explosions before setting the building on fire.

Kenyan teachers go on strike over al-Shabaab threat

Around 700 teachers from north-eastern Kenya have gone on strike over fears of attacks by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.  The teachers demonstrated outside parliament in the capital, Nairobi, calling to be redeployed to safer parts of the country. "We are so traumatized. I buried 10 colleagues in one week. ... It is very difficult for me to think of going back there. We should be transferred," said Anne Nyakio, a teacher from Wajir Girls High School.

Parliament passes anti-terror law after MPs fight

Kenya has passed a controversial "anti-terror" law after government and opposition MPs clashed in parliament.  Politicians traded blows and the deputy speaker had water thrown on her during a heated debate over the law, which gives authorities additional powers to crack down on "terror suspects" and limit press freedom.

Parliament passes controversial security law

Kenya's parliament has passed a controversial security law which opposition MPs claim will curb basic human rights enshrined in the constitution.  Members of parliament engaged in a heated debate on Thursday before the bill was passed.  The government said the bill would "enhance the authorities capacity" to deal with terrorism following a series of deadly attacks by al-Shabaab militants.  Under the new legislation journalists would incur a fine of $56,000 or a three-year-prison term for reporting on any police activities deemed to undermine the fight against terrorism.

Protesters dump herd of donkeys in Nairobi

A group of civil rights activists have dumped a herd of donkeys in the central business district of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  Thirty-eight animals were abandoned on Muindi Mbingu street on Thursday morning in an apparent protest against growing insecurity in the country.    A police officer said that animal welfare officers are now taking care of the animals, adding that several people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Al-Shabaab kill 36 in northern Kenya attack

Al-Shabaab gunmen have killed at least 36 people in an attack at a quarry in northern Kenya.  A group of around 20 militants carried out the assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning near the town of Mandera. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it "another successful operation carried out by the Mujahideen". Local residents said the militants separated Muslims from non-Muslims and shot the Christians dead.

Al-Shabaab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya bus ambush

At least 28 people have been killed in an ambush by suspected al-Shabaab militants near the town of Mandera.  The Somali-based Islamist group carried out the attack around 50km from the border town, segregating non-Muslim passengers and shooting them dead.  A senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta told the BBC the group were trying to start a religious war in Kenya.  A spokesman for al-Shabaab claimed the attack was revenge for the government's recent raids of mosques in Mombasa.

Three killed in Mombasa stabbings

At least three people have been stabbed to death by a mob in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.  The group of masked youths armed with machetes carried out the attacks after police raided two mosques in the city, which they accuse of having links with the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.  One person died in the earlier raids while more than 200 were arrested.

Pro-government cleric shot dead in Mombasa

A pro-government Muslim cleric has been shot dead in the port city of Mombasa.  Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi was targeted while returning from evening prayers at a mosque in the Likoni area of the city.  He had previously received death threats and had been publicly critical of extremist groups, including the Somali-based al-Shabaab.

Kenyan police killed in Turkana attack

At least 20 Kenyan police officers have been killed in an ambush in the north-western Turkana County.  The officers were attacked by local tribesmen late on Sunday during a security operation in Kapedo in Turkana County.  Last week three officers were killed by tribesmen in the region and local police said the situation remains volatile.

Five Kenyans kidnapped in Lamu County

Kenyan security forces are hunting suspected al-Shabaab militants over the kidnapping of five Kenyan nationals in Lamu County.  Police Spokesman Zipporah Mboroki said "we are doing everything to bring them back... we are doing both land patrols and air surveillance". The hostages, who are reported to be drivers and loaders, were seized in Kiunga on Friday.

Seven wounded in Garissa grenade attack

At least seven people have been wounded in a grenade attack in the border town of Garissa.  Unidentified assailants threw two grenades at a food kiosk along the Ngamia One road on Friday evening, which was packed with civilians.  Local police said that more people would have been wounded if the devices hadn't hit a wall before exploding.

Kenyan madrassa closed for radical teachings

Kenyan authorities have closed a madrassa in the town of Machakos for teaching radical Islamic ideologies. We are targeting religious schools that teach Jihadism, and those that have been recruiting youth for radicalisation," Ndegwa Muhoro, director of the Criminal Investigations Department, told the AFP news agency. "We have already ordered a madrassa in Machakos to be closed, and we are monitoring others around the country," he said.

Kenya arrests two Germans over al-Shabaab links

Kenyan authorities have arrested two German nationals accused of being members of the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.  "We arrested the two foreigners following information that they had travelled to Somalia and joined the militant group fighting the government" John Mulaulu, Kenya's acting head of anti-terrorism told Reuters.  Mr Mulaulu said the two had yet to be charged and were still being questioned by police.

ICC trial against President Kenyatta collapses

The International Criminal Court (ICC) case against the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has collapsed after prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence against him.  Chief ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, claimed that Kenya had failed to hand over bank and phone records ahead of the case, which was scheduled to begin next month.  Mr Kenyatta was charged with crimes against humanity after 1,200 people died during inter-ethnic violence after the presidential elections in 2007.  He denies all charges against him, while the case has been adjourned indefinitely.

WHO warns of Ebola risk in Kenya

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Kenya as a level 2 high-risk infection area for the deadly Ebola virus.  The report said that Kenya was vulnerable because it was a major transport hub, with the country receiving more than 70 flights a week from West Africa.  Since the outbreak was first reported earlier this year more than 1,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Gunmen kill four in Mombasa shooting

Gunmen have killed at least four people and wounded several others during a shooting in the port city of Mombasa.  Witnesses said two assailants opened fire on people at random before leaving leaflets saying the attack was retribution for last month's raid on Mpeketoni, 300km north of Mombasa.

Seven killed in Lamu bus attack

Seven people have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a passenger bus in the coastal county of Lamu.  The bus was travelling near the town of Witu when it was targeted on Saturday morning.  The Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Business tycoon with terror links shot dead in Mombasa

A prominent Kenyan businessman accused of funding terrorist activities has been shot dead in the port city of Mombasa.  Shahid Batt, who owned the Modern Coast Bus Company, was attacked while driving from the airport with his son on Friday evening.  He had been due to appear in court next month charged with funding radical Muslims in the region.

Thousands join anti-government rally in Nairobi

Thousands of people took part in an anti-government protest in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Monday.  Police fired tear gas into the crowds after a group of protesters started throwing stones at security forces near Uhuru Park.  The rally was organised by the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), who are demanding talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta over the country's slowing economy and the recent spate of militant attacks along the coast.

Twin coastal attacks kill 29

At least 29 people have been killed in two separate attacks along Kenya's east coast.  Heavily armed men raided a Hindi trading centre in Lamu county, killing nine people, while an attack on a police station in Gamba in Tana River county left 20 people dead.  Meanwhile a Russian tourist was shot dead at Fort Jesus in the port city of Mombasa, with police saying that the assailants were armed robbers.

Police arrest governor over links to coastal attacks

Kenyan police have arrested a regional governor in connection with the series of deadly shootings in the coastal town of Mpeketoni which left at least 60 people dead.  Issa Timamy, the governor of Lamu County, is due in court on Thursday.  President Uhuru Kenyatta has claimed that rival political networks were behind the attacks, despite the Somali militant group al-Shabaab also claiming responsibility for them.

Five killed in latest coastal attack

At least five people have been killed in an attack near the coastal town of Mpeketoni, the same site where 65 people died last week.  Officials said a group of men armed with "machetes and other crude weapons" raided the village of Witu on Monday evening.

Government urges Kenyans to watch World Cup at home

Kenya's government has urged people to watch World Cup games at home and to avoid "crowded and unprotected open places".  The guidance comes after two attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni left more than 60 people dead. "Although the government has beefed up security in all parts of the country, bar and restaurant owners are at the same time notified to maintain high alert in their areas of operation," the interior ministry said on Friday.

Security forces shoot dead five coast attack suspects

Kenya's security forces have killed five people suspected of carrying out the coastal attacks earlier this week that left at least 60 people dead.  The interior ministry said the suspects were trying to escape when they were shot dead by troops in Lamu County.  The Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks; however, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed the claims and blamed political rivals.

Gunmen carry out second assault on Mpeketoni

At least 10 people have been killed after Islamist gunmen carried out a second assault on the coastal town of Mpeketoni.  The attack comes a day after militants from the Somali-based al-Shabaab group carried out a series of attacks in the town, killing almost 50 people.  A spokesman for the group said it would continue to carry out attacks in Kenya.

Militants attack coastal town of Mpeketoni

At least 48 people have been killed after suspected Islamist militants attacked the coastal town of Mpeketoni in Lamu county.  The assailants set fire to three hotels and a police station while locals were watching the football World Cup.  Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre said that it suspected the Somali militant group al-Shabaab of carrying out the attack.

Moderate Muslim cleric shot dead in Mombasa

A moderate Muslim cleric has been shot dead outside a mosque in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.  Sheik Mohamed Isris, who was the chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, is the fourth leading Muslim cleric to be killed in the city since 2012.  According to the city's police chief there had been a power struggle at the Sakina mosque between Mr Idris and more radical groups.

Rioting reported in Mandera over death Muslim clerics

Rioting has been reported in the northern town of Mandera after Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) shot dead two Muslim clerics suspected of planning to carry out a terrorist attack.  Police fired tear gas to disperse the angry crowds, who said that the two men had nothing to do with the Somali militant group al-Shabaab and had been shot outside a mosque.  The KDF claimed that the two were part of a terrorist cell that was trafficking weapons across the border from Somalia, and that they had thrown hand grenades at troops before they were killed.

Students clash with police in Nairobi

Kenyan police have clashed with university students in the capital, Nairobi, over a possible increase in tuition fees.  Police fired tear gas at the protesters after they blocked a major highway next to Nairobi University's main campus, while more than 100 students were arrested at rallies across the country.

Twin blast kills four in Nairobi

At least four people have been killed and dozens more wounded after two bombs exploded in the Gikomba market area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  According to initial reports the first device exploded on a public minibus, while the second blast originated inside the open-air market.  The attacks come after hundreds of British tourists were evacuated from the country over an increased terrorism warning from the UK Foreign Office.

UK tourists evacuated over terror threat

Hundreds of UK tourists have been evacuated from parts of Kenya after the Foreign Office issued an updated travel warning over the threat of terrorism.  Tour operators are flying around 500 tourists home as a "precautionary measure", while one has suspended all flights to Mombasa until the end of October.  The FCO has advised against all non-essential travel to anywhere within 60km of Kenyan-Somali border due to the presence of al-Shabaab militants, as well as Mombasa Island and several suburbs of the capital, Nairobi.

Police detonate bomb found at Garissa school

Kenyan police have safely detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at a primary school in the border town of Garissa.  Local residents alerted police to the device, which had been planted in a fuel can in the school's playground.  The town's Director of Criminal Investigations Department, Musa Yego, told reporters "we believe the masterminds of this deadly object were targeting school children who normally play around after classes; lucky enough members of the public noted its presence and in turn informed us before and we acted swiftly". 

Twin blasts hit passenger buses in Nairobi

Three people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded after two bombs exploded on passenger buses in the capital, Nairobi.  The blasts occurred on the Thika Super Highway in the north-east of the city on Sunday afternoon, and comes a days after twin blasts in Mombasa killed four people.  The Somali militant group al-Shabaab are suspected of carrying out both attacks.

Three killed in twin Mombasa blasts

At least three people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in two explosions in the port city of Mombasa.  The first blast occurred when a grenade was thrown into a crowded minibus at the Mwembe Tayari bus station in the city centre.  A second smaller explosion was reported near a hotel in the Nyali beach area; however, this caused no injuries.  A third device was also found near a cinema complex but failed to explode.

Four killed in Nairobi car bombing

Four people have been killed after a car bomb exploded outside a police station in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  Two of the victims were police officers who had stopped the car to question its occupants at the Pangani station, near Nairobi's Eastleigh district.

Kenya deports 82 Somalis after Nairobi raids

Kenya has deported 82 Somali nationals as part of a widespread "terror crackdown" in the capital, Nairobi.  Around 4,000 people have been arrested as part of the operation during the last week, with 447 still in police custody.  Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said "for the last few months we've had heightened insecurity. Time has come for a mop up to restore order,".

Radical Muslim cleric shot dead in Mombasa

A radical Muslim cleric has been shot dead near Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.  Abubakar Shariff Makaburi, a preacher at a mosque in Kisauni, was killed as he left a court compound on Tuesday evening.  Mr Shariff had previously been accused by the US and UN Security Council of being a recruiter for the Somali militant Islamic group al-Shabaab.

Six killed in twin Nairobi blasts

At least six people have been killed and nine others wounded after two devices exploded in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  The blasts occurred in the Eastleigh area of the city, often described as "Little Mogadishu" because of its large population of ethnic Somalis.

Four shot dead in Mombasa church attack

Four people have been killed and 17 others wounded after two gunmen attacked a church in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.  The assailants entered the church in Likoni on Sunday and began shooting indiscriminately at worshippers.  Kenyan police have described the incident as a terrorist attack, with the Somali militant group al-Shabaab suspected of being behind it.

Two arrested over Kenyan bomb plot

Kenyan police have arrested two men who were driving a car packed with explosives in port city of Mombasa.  A police spokesman said the two men, one Kenyan and one Somali, were planning to carry out an attack in an unspecified location.

Nairobi paralysed by transport strike

The Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has been hit by a widespread transport strike against increased parking fees in the city.  Taxi and bus drivers have blocked roads across the city, including the Thika highway and the Jogoo road, forcing thousands of people to walk to work.  “I’m advising any motorist to take precautions in the central business district and not move until the roads are cleared,” Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi said.

Three killed in foiled Nairobi robbery

The wife of a tribal chief and two suspected thieves have been killed in a foiled armed robbery in Nairobi's central business district.  The city's police commander Benson Kibue said that the woman was hit during a shoot-out between police and the assailants on a busy street near Jamia Mall.  Five other people were wounded during the incident.

Police halt protest march in Nairobi

Kenya police have halted a peaceful protest march in the capital, Nairobi, deeming it to be unlawful.  The protesters, led by prominent activists Boniface Mwangi and Reverend Timothy Mboya, were heading towards the country's parliament when police fired tear gas at them.  The police said that the march was an illegal gathering, while the protesters claim that they had obtained the correct permissions from the Inspector General.

Riots erupt in Mombasa over mosque raid

Kenyan police have clashed with protesters at a mosque in the port city of Mombasa after it was raided on Sunday.  Police said that Islamist militants were carrying out training at the Masjid Musa mosque and "recruiting Muslim youths to engage in terrorist activities".  At least two protesters died and a police officer was seriously wounded on Sunday as police carried out the raid, which also resulted in the arrest of 129 people.

Grenade attack in resort town wounds 10

At least 10 people have been wounded after a grenade was thrown at a restaurant near the southern port city of Mombasa.  Two men on motorbikes hurled the device into the Tandoori bar in the resort town of Diani in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Local police chief Jack Ekakuro has described the incident as "a terrorist attack".

Grenade kills five in Nairobi bus attack

At least five people have been killed and several others wounded after a grenade was thrown on to a bus in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on Saturday.  According to the country's interior ministry the bus was travelling through the predominantly Somali suburb of Eastleigh when it was attacked.

Twin explosions hit north-east Kenya

One person has been killed and several others wounded after two devices exploded in north-eastern Kenya.  The blasts occurred at the Baraza Park in the town of Wajir, close to the border with Somalia.

Grenade thrown at tourists in Mombassa

A grenade has been thrown at two British tourists in the southern city of Mombasa; however, it failed to explode and no injuries were reported.  The tourists were travelling in a vehicle through the Likoni district of the city when a man threw the grenade, which was later detonated safely by police.

Kenyan police killed near Somali border

Five Kenyan police officers have been killed in an ambush near the northern border with Somalia.  Three civilians also died in the attack, which took place near the town of Liboi.  The Islamic militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the ambush.

Dozens killed in ethnic clashes in northern Kenya

At least 27 people have been killed in clashes between rival ethnic groups in northern Kenya.  The week-long violence has forced thousands of people to flee their homes after several villages were burnt down around the town of Moyale, close to the Ethiopian border.  

Kenyans protest at gang-rape punishment

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Nairobi to protest against the sentence given to three men accused of gang-raping a teenage girl.  The 16-year-old was allegedly dumped in a sewage ditch after the attack, breaking her back in the process.  After reporting the incident to neighbours three men were arrested by police, who ordered them to cut grass as punishment before releasing them.

Riots in Mombasa after radical cleric shot dead

Protesters have set fire to a Salvation Army church in the port city of Mombasa after a radical Muslim cleric was killed in the city.  Sheikh Ibrahim Ismal, who preached at the Masjib Musa mosque, died along with three other people when unknown gunmen opened fire on the car they were travelling in on Thursday night.

Kenyan police officers killed in Mandera

Two Kenyan police officers have been killed in an attack at a security post near the Somali border.  Three other officers were wounded and 11 vehicles destroyed in the incident, which occurred near the town of Mandera.  The attack comes after al-Shabaab militants killed 68 people during a four-day siege at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi.

President Kenyatta announces three days of mourning

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that there will be three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi.  At least 67 people died in the attacks by the Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab.

Army battles to secure final Westgate hostages

The Kenyan army have launched a "final assault" against the armed militants who are believed to be holding around 30 hostages at the Westgate mall in Nairobi.  At least 69 people have been killed and more than 170 others wounded after suspected al-Shabaab militants launched the attack on Saturday.

Gunmen kill 68 in Nairobi shopping centre raid

At least 68 people have been killed after gunmen stormed a shopping centre in the capital, Nairobi.  The Kenyan military and police forces exchanged fire with the gunmen for several hours at the upmarket Westgate shopping centre, while a number of civilians are still reported to be trapped inside the building .  The Somali militant group al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Retired British army colonel killed in Kenya

A retired British army colonel has been shot dead in an apparent armed robbery in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  Edward Loden was attacked as he was travelling with family members to his son's house in the Langata suburb.  Last month David Parkinson, another ex-British army colonel, was killed during an armed robbery at his home near Nanyuki in central Kenya.

Former British army colonel killed in armed robbery

A former British army colonel has been killed in an armed robbery at his home in central Kenya.  A group armed with machetes and a gun broke into David Parkinson's house near Nanyuki before attacking him and escaping with valuables.

Police officers killed in al-Shabaab attack

Four Kenyan police officers have been killed by suspected Somali al-Shabaab militants near the town of Garissa.  A group of 40 heavily armed fighters attacked a remote police post in Galmagalla village, close to the Somali border.  

Nairobi airport shut down by huge fire

All flights have been suspended from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after a huge fire spread through the building.  All passengers have been evacuated and the Kenyan transport minister has urged people to stay away from the airport.

Deadly land dispute leaves 11 dead

At least 11 people have been killed after a gang attacked a village in Kitui County over a land dispute.  Eastern police chief Mercus Ochollo said his officers were intensifying the hunt for the gang members.

Grenade attack in north-east kills 15

At least 15 people have been killed in a grenade attack in north-west Kenya, near the borders with Ethiopia and Somalia.  A further 20 people were wounded in the incident, which occurred around 30km from the town of Banisa.  Hundreds of people have been displaced from the area in recent weeks after fighting erupted between two rival clans over valuable grazing land.

Kenya schoolchildren killed near Somalian border

Six people, including two schoolchildren, have been killed in an ambush in the Mandera district near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Al-Shabaab militants kill six in Kenya raid

At least six people have been killed in a cross-border attack by al-Shabaab militants in Kenya.  Two police officers and four civilians died in the raid on two police stations in Damajale, close to the Somali border.

Military deployed to quell militia violence

The Kenyan military have been deployed to the north of the country to contain a group of local and foreign militias.  Deputy President William Ruto said violence between the Gare and Degodia clans left four people dead in the town of Rhamu.

Gun attack leaves 10 dead in Garissa

Ten people have been killed in a gun attack at a hotel in the border town of Garissa.  Three gunmen reportedly opened fire on patrons of the Kwa Chege restaurant on Thursday evening before fleeing the scene.

Government deploy armed forces following post-election riots

Kenya has deployed armed forces to the capital, Nairobi, and eastern city of Kisumu in response to post-election rioting.  At least five people were killed in the unrest, including three in Nairobi's Dandora slum, which was sparked when a court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's election as president.

Kenya Data Sheet

43.5 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity, Islam
International dialing code:
International dialing prefix:
Emergency services:
Ohter Major Cities:
Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru
Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan