CAF secretary general resigns after Hayatou defeat

The Confederation of African Football's secretary general Hicham El Amrani resigned on Sunday, just over a week after elections swept long-standing president Issa Hayatou from power. The 37-year-old Moroccan had served as secretary general for the last six years. Issa Hayatou was deposed as CAF president 10 days ago at elections in Ethiopia, where six of his allies on the body's executive committee also lost their positions. The 70-year-old Hayatou had served as president for 29 years. New CAF president Ahmad of Madagascar is due to meet staff members in Cairo on Monday.

March 27, 2017 02:37 UTC

Teenage girls barred from flight for wearing leggings

Two teenage girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight on Sunday because they did not meet a dress code for special pass travelers, a company spokesman said amid a furor on social media. The two girls, who were traveling with a companion, would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said as the airline responded to the backlash. Some schools have barred girls from wearing them to class. Social media lit up with outrage against the policy and the airline for its response to the initial outcry. "We'll definitely take something away from today, but we'll continue to engage with our customers (on social media)," he said.

March 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

US 'may move' Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem - Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday revived talk of the possibility the United States may move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Trump's team spoke often about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. "After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said in a speech to the influential, pro-Israel US lobbying group AIPAC. If the United States were to relocate its embassy, it would be seen as an explicit recognition of Jerusalem belonging to Israel, potentially pre-determining the outcome of eventual peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The US Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Trump's pick to be ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer allied with the Israeli right, who favors moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

March 27, 2017 02:15 UTC

Sudan working with Chad, France over kidnapped Frenchman

Sudan is working with Chadian and French authorities on the case of a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad and taken into Sudan, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told state news agency SUNA on Sunday. An unidentified Frenchman was kidnapped on Thursday south of Abeche, a mining area about 800 km (500 miles) east of Chad's capital N'Djamena and 150 km from the border with Sudan. Ghandour added that Sudan was coordinating with Chadian authorities through the mixed Chadian-Sudanese force conducting the search as well as with French authorities, including the intelligence agency, over retrieving the hostage. The last French national kidnapped in Chad was an aid worker taken in the eastern border area in 2009 and released nearly three months later inside Darfur. Around 1,000 French troops are stationed in Chad, which hosts the headquarters of France's 4,000-strong regional anti-militant operation, known as Barkhane.

March 27, 2017 02:14 UTC

Kenyans clinch inaugural mixed relays cross title

Kenya are the inaugural world cross country mixed relays champions as the quartet of world champion Asbel Kiprop, Beatrice Chepkoech, Nancy Nzisa and Bernard Kipkorir claimed the title at the Kololo grounds yesterday. Asbel opened a sizeable gap half-way through the race but Ethiopian Welde Tufa caught up with him and took the lead. Ethiopia were second in 22:30 while Turkey, composed of a former Kenyan quartet of Kaya, Maryam Akdag, Ali Kaya and Yasemin Can finishied third in 22:37. “I am very happy to be among the pioneers of the mixed relay race and more so to win gold. It will remain in the books of history that Kenya won the inaugural mixed relay gold medal,” said Asbel.

March 26, 2017 21:33 UTC

Olunga the man

It took Olunga only six minutes to fire Stars in front but as it was the case when he did the same against Ugandan Cranes three days earlier at the same Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Olunga though was to step up on the plate 10 minutes later, sweeping home the ball after good work from Samuel Onyango and substitute Paul Were. The win preserved Stars’ unbeaten run to 10 matches, the longest the country has enjoyed in its international football history. Olunga, once again put his name on the score-sheet after latching onto a cross from Johanna Omollo to fire home with his weaker foot. The game looked to be destined for a familiar end for Stars until Olunga ghosted in to fire the winner after impressive work form Ulinzi’s Onyango with a quarter of an hour left to play.

March 26, 2017 21:33 UTC

Ngige tops Team Kenya in career best joint 35th position at Kenya Open

Simon Ngige wrapped up his 2017 Barclays Kenya Open campaign with an impressive total of 5 under par 279 to finish joint 35th. The Thika resident professional was indeed the best placed Kenyan among the three, who played in the money bracket category. I have never shot a four under at the Kenya Open. Charania ended his campaign in joint 60th position but believes he gave his all on this year’s edition. After Kenya Open, I hope to take up some few invitations as I feel much stronger after the Kenya Open.

March 26, 2017 21:33 UTC

England are sleepwalking into another hooligan crisis at the Russia World Cup

Instead of gazing at dinosaurs brought back from extinction, we all got to stare at groups of England supporters being prehistoric. In football terms, here’s part of the answer: what we saw inside and outside Signal Iduna Park suggested that England is sleepwalking towards another hooligan crisis at next year’s World Cup in Russia. Sure, it’s only a minority of England fans who do the damage. They did it in San Marino in March 2013 when a few England fans sang about burning Rio and Anton Ferdinand on a bonfire. The England fans who did travel were fine ambassadors for their country.

March 26, 2017 21:33 UTC

Rai emerges top

After two years of trying, Aaron Rai finally laid his hands on the coveted Barclays Kenya Open Championship title with an impressive total of 17 under par 267. But the Englishman, whose mum was born in Kenya, achieved the feat with rounds of 67, 66, 69 and 65 and Sh3.9million prize money to boot. Rai was bestowed with the overall winners’ trophy by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in the presence of his predecessor Mwai Kibaki. My mum returned to Kenya for the first time and I’m glad this has happened in her presence,” Rai, who finished seventh in the prestigious Johannesburg Open earlier in the year, said. Rai who lives in Wolverhampton, England, was never in the lead until the last day when he attested to his course adversaries what stuff he is made off.

March 26, 2017 21:33 UTC

DP Ruto's office accused of meddling

Deputy President William Ruto’s office has been accused of causing sharp divisions among Jubilee Party officials. A section of JP aspirants and officials from Migori county have threatened to defect to ODM unless the DP’s office stops interfering with operations. On Thursday during the selection of the party’s county election board, the divisions became apparent as two groups allied to Jubilee held separate meetings. “We are not aware if in Migori county we have one or two Jubilee Party groups,” Sayia said. Hoyo’s group said the election, which unveiled nine members for the election board, was the valid one.

March 26, 2017 21:11 UTC

The ghosts of elections past

| Updated Mon, March 27th 2017 at 00:11 GMT +3The re-awakening of the ghosts of 2007! Yes, I call them ghosts because we have never faced them as a country to completely exorcise them. The President in one of his speeches in Kisii, this past week, brought back the issue. And that person, he claims, is none other than the Leader of ODM, the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. As for Raila, taking this bait and throwing the mud back only serves to stoke the fires.

March 26, 2017 21:04 UTC

Prayers alone won't solve Kenya's problems

It is here that President Kenyatta made his national call to prayer, peaceful election and rain. In October 2014, while thanking his supporters, Uhuru attributed the collapse of his case at The Hague to prayers: “Si mumesema si uchawi ni maombi?” (Didn’t you say it’s not witchcraft, it’s prayers),” he told cheering supporters. Knut too attributed its court victory in the battle for a pay increase to prayers. Yet despite prayer being my trade, I remain sceptical that prayers per se would adequately resolve these conundrums. St Benedict told his followers: “Laborare est orare (to work is to pray).” Kazi Tu — only work.

March 26, 2017 21:03 UTC


Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is uncharacteristically playing political hardball with his NASA partners. Keen political observers believe ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi’s entry into the scene gave Kalonzo leverage. Wiper, through National Assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze, has laid claim to Kalonzo being the NASA presidential flagbearer. Often misunderstood and dismissed as Kenya’s quintessential political opportunist, Kalonzo reads political developments well and always leaves his options open. If he secures the NASA ticket he will go full blast for the presidency in the hope of an outright win.

March 26, 2017 21:00 UTC

Mine will be an inclusive team, Korane assures

The alliance between the Abduwak and the Samawadhal in Garissa is not meant to exclude other communities, governor aspirant Ali Korane has said. He dismissed rumours that his administration will exclude Governor Nathif Jama’s Aulian community. There has been panic following rumours that Korane would kick out Nathif's supporters from parts of Garissa town and lock them out of his administration. But Korane on Saturday said, “This alliance is not based on exclusion of anybody. The Garissa Town MP said it would be catastrophic to reelect Nathif.

March 26, 2017 21:00 UTC

Postpone poll if you're not ready, IEBC told

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to postpone the August election if it is not ready. Lusaka was accompanied by JP county interim chairman John Waluke, Deputy Governor Hilary Chongwony, Bumula MP Boniface Otsiula, Bungoma woman MP Reginalda Wanyonyi and a number of aspirants. The Sirisia MP said Jubilee had overtaken parties like Ford Kenya and ODM in popularity. Waluke assured all aspirants that Jubilee will conduct free and fair nominations and there is no cause for alarm. The IEBC should not be under any form of pressure to conduct the August election.”

March 26, 2017 21:00 UTC

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