Cop shot in head during MP's rally in Nairobi

A police officer was shot in the head by an unknown gunman during an MP's rally in Kayole, Nairobi. The unidentified officer had responded to MP Henry Ndirangu's call for the arrest of a suspect at the rally. The attacker, who was part of the crowd, shot him as he pinned down the suspect. The gunman fled amid the chaos that followed while police re-arrested the suspect. The injured officer is in stable condition.

January 23, 2017 07:37 UTC

First lady, women leaders host Amina ahead of AU elections

Mrs Kenyatta on Sunday described Ms Mohamed as both an inspiration and a mentor for many Kenyans. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Foreign Affairs minister Amina Mohamed during a luncheon to wish Ms Mohamed well on January 22, 2017. Besides these huge tasks, she said, Ms Mohamed found time for women and the youth, whom she supported, inspired, motivated and encouraged in various ways. Women leaders, including First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, dance at a luncheon held in honour of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. For her part, Ms Mohamed said the Foreign Affairs docket is the best job she has ever held.

January 23, 2017 07:36 UTC

The truth behind Onyango Oloo departure from Jubilee party

Onyango Oloo has been a close ally of Uhuru Kenyatta. The truth be told, Onyango Oloo has no secrets at all he is just a refugee seeking asylum in the opposition camp. Why was Oloo working as the secretary General of a party that he knew stole an election without resigning? The former TNA Secretary General should know that the opposition members are treating him with suspicion. Now you are telling about Jubilee secrets next you will also be telling us about NASA secrets.

January 23, 2017 07:29 UTC

Hosts Gabon suffer group-stage exit at Cup of Nations

By AFPMore by this AuthorLIBREVILLEThere was agony for Gabon on Sunday as the Africa Cup of Nations hosts were condemned to a group-stage exit following a goalless draw with Cameroon in Libreville. Despite ending the group stage unbeaten, Gabon become just the fourth host nation and the first since Tunisia in 1994 to be eliminated from the Cup of Nations in the group stage. We went out to win the game but football is not fair," said Camacho in reference to the last-gasp miss. AUBAMAYENG 'REALLY PROUD'French-born striker Aubameyang bemoaned a poor build-up to the tournament which included a training camp which was late in starting. Burkina Faso won the group thanks to their victory against Guinea-Bissau, who bow out without a win in their first ever appearance at the Cup of Nations.

January 23, 2017 07:21 UTC

Landless Nyakinyua descendants say they won’t vote

Addressing journalists in Londiani Town, Kericho County on Sunday, the descendants of Nyakinyua dancers accused the government of ignoring their calls to be resettled after being thrown out of land allocated to them by Mzee Kenyatta in 1963. I am urging President Kenyatta to look into this matter urgently,” said Mr Kabage. Mr Kabage also threatened to move to court if the government fails to act on the residents’ pleas. “Immediately we started the process of seeking government help to repossess the land but our efforts failed. However, nothing changed as the Nyakinyua women and their families were kicked out of the land unceremoniously, having saved nothing after their houses were brought down by earthmovers.

January 23, 2017 07:05 UTC

Police officer shot in the head in Kayole as MP watched in horror

FILE PHOTOA police officer was on Sunday shot in the head in Kayole, Nairobi, as the local Member of Parliament watched in horror. The police officer was shot while attempting to arrest a suspect. As the police officer moved in to make the arrest, someone in the crowd shot him in the head. One suspect is in police custody, but they are yet to arrest the person who shot the officer. The other officer is said to be a GSU officer reportedly attached to former IG David Kimaiyo’s residence in Muthangari.

January 23, 2017 06:38 UTC

Kenya: Police reservist killed as suspected Al Shabaab attack Mandera guesthouse

| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 10:34 GMT +3Damaged caused during the shootout between police and militants that targeted Jabane guesthouse in Mandera. (Photo: Courtesy)A security officer was killed early Monday morning after suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a guesthouse in Mandera town. The militants were targeting a guest house which they suspected was hosting non locals at 2.30am. “We believe the assailants were targeting Jabane guesthouse which they thought could be accommodating some non-local guests, but there were none during the attack,” said Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia. Shisia noted that the attack was purely targeting the guesthouse, and not the deputy governor.

January 23, 2017 06:33 UTC

Why Kenyan women now want to be second wife

I was offered the role of second wife. Apparently, my date had a wife of twelve years and three children, and was currently on the prowl for a second wife. I can tell you for free that after that second wife proclamation the date took a turn for worse, and I ended up walking off in a huff. Personally, I know of two friends, all independent women with their own career and money who happily choose to be second wives. And of course I judged them harshly; I mean everyone assumes that being a co-wife or second wife to a man is something a desperate woman does.

January 23, 2017 06:19 UTC

Singer Madonna defends 'blowing up the White House' remark

Pop singer Madonna, who said in a profanity-laced speech at Saturday's Women's March in Washington, DC, that she had thought about "blowing up the White House," said on Sunday that she was speaking metaphorically. "I am not a violent person," the singer songwriter said on Instagram. On YouTube, where the speech was posted live and in recorded formats, several users called the singer "evil." Others expressed outrage over her comment that she had thought about blowing up the White House. Official crowd estimates for the Washington centerpiece of the demonstration were not available, but turnout in the nation's capital clearly exceeded the 200,000 projected in advance by organisers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall.

January 23, 2017 06:18 UTC

Sonko denies stepping down for Peter Kenneth

He said he is ready to face his opponents in Jubilee Party nominations for the seat. Mr Sonko has been largely criticised by Nairobi Jubilee aspirants and elected leaders in the party for calling Mr Kenneth an outsider. He has claimed that Mr Kenneth had offered him money to step down from the gubernatorial race. Mr Kenneth has, however, denied offering a bribe to Mr Sonko. Four Jubilee Party members eying the Nairobi governor's seat are Mr Sonko, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru and nominated MP Johnson Sakaja.

January 23, 2017 06:17 UTC

Nairobi’s rich order for more Jaguars despite drop in new luxury car sales

PHOTO | FILENew luxury car sales dropped 30.3 per cent last year, with Jaguar being the only model to register higher demand among Kenyan dealers. Orders for Jaguars, sold by RMA Kenya, defied the general slump rising to 39 units from the previous year’s 24. ELECTION UNCERTAINITY“The sales drop is attributable to several factors including tighter credit markets and uncertainty ahead of the general election,” said a luxury car dealer who requested for anonymity. Orders for the luxury car brands including Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW all went down with the exception of Jaguar. Of the four dealers, only RMA recorded a net sales rise of five units across its luxury car brands.

January 23, 2017 06:17 UTC

Police reservist killed after al Shabaab raid in Mandera town

One police reservist was killed on Monday morning in a shootout between security agents and suspected al Shabaab terrorists in Mandera town. The officer attached to a local politician was responding to gunshots near a local bank in the town at about 2am when he was shot by the suspects. Police said the suspects planted IEDs near the bank and engaged responding officers in a shootout. Mandera town is under a dusk-to-dawn curfew as part of efforts to contain terror activities. More on this: State extends Mandera dusk-to-dawn curfew until March 2017

January 23, 2017 06:06 UTC


Petrol stations operating in Kisumu have continued to register lower pump sales as an unprecedented mushrooming of petrol stations continue to be witnessed. The stretch between A hero and Ojolla which are about 20 kilometers apart has about 15 petrol stations that are coming up pretty first, a number which is triple of the petrol station that existed two years ago. Last month, Kisumu County Government received a green-light to license petroleum business making it the first regional government to have such a mandate. While there have been reports of fuel adulteration, the rate at which new petrol stations are coming up is an additional fear given the dwindling sales of fuel. Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, however, says that with the county's new role, it will do all it can to regulate petroleum business within the county.

January 23, 2017 06:04 UTC

Kenya: "Don't damage trade", emerging market leaders tell Trump from Davos

That's the message leaders of developing countries want to send from the Davos forum to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Friday. "The African continent's position is: don't damage trade," South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan said during a panel discussion. "Don't damage the growth potential in developing countries which is crucial to inclusivity. Trade was not a one-way street, the leaders at Davos said, noting benefits to Western consumers too. Commerce aside, emerging market leaders in Davos also called on Trump to maintain America's leadership role in security and politics.

January 23, 2017 06:04 UTC

Exiled Jammeh 'plundered' Gambia coffers

By AFPMore by this AuthorBANJULGambia's exiled strongman Yahya Jammeh plundered millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, leaving state coffers "empty", an aide to new President Adama Barrow said as West African troops prepared to secure his arrival. Jammeh flew out of The Gambia on Saturday, ending 22 years at the helm of the small west African nation, and headed for Equatorial Guinea, where he is expected to settle with his family. The new administration wants the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) forces to stay on. Jammeh personally controlled certain sections of the security forces, and his long tenure was marked by systematic rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary detention. Obiang is a similar strongman to Jammeh and has been in power since ousting his uncle in 1979.

January 23, 2017 05:57 UTC

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