Kenya exports first oil shipment, amid high expectations
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has flagged off the country's first export shipment of oil, more than 200,000 barrels of crude.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The governor of President Uhuru Kenyatta's home region has been detained by authorities, a lawyer said Sunday. It is the latest of a series of arrests of top government...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has launched what officials call Africa's largest wind farm, a project that is reducing electricity costs in a bid to attract investors to East Africa's...
UN chief to visit Kenya and Mozambique next week
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Africa next week to attend a counter-terrorism conference and assess recovery efforts from two cyclones earlier this...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official says activist Boniface Mwangi is a person of interest in an alleged plot to stage a revolution against President Uhuru Kenyatta's...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged greater partnerships with Kenya in economic development and efforts to improve the environment and to battle regional...
Kenya inquest says police killed baby in poll protest
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An inquest in Kenya says five police officers are liable for the death of a six-month-old baby who was hit by baton-wielding police during skirmishes following the disputed 2017 presidential election.
Magistrate Beryl Omollo recommended Thursday that the director of public prosecutions treat 46 other police officers as persons of interest.
Death toll in Nairobi attack climbs to 21, plus 5 attackers
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabab gunmen. Two people accused of facilitating the attack were arrested.
Kenya report: Police accused of post-vote sexual violence
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police are accused of committing the majority of sexual violence reported during last year's opposition protests over election results, the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday.
5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab’s threat grows
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.
Britain’s May in Kenya to boost economic ties amid Brexit
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa's commercial hub and neighboring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the European Union in March.
Zimbabwe’s leader names inquiry into post-election killings
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Wednesday set up a commission of inquiry into the killing of six people following military intervention in the capital two days after the election.
The seven members include British lawyer Rodney Dixon, counsel for Kenya's government at the International Criminal Court as it tried to avoid charges against now-President Uhuru Kenyatta related to post-2007 election violence.
Kenya Deputy Chief Justice arrested over alleged corruption
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's deputy chief justice, the country's second highest ranking judicial officer, was arrested Tuesday for alleged abuse of office, tax evasion and taking of bribes.
Philomena Mwilu was released on $50,000 bail until Wednesday when she will be asked to answer to the charges.
Trump welcomes president of Kenya to the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed the president of Kenya to the White House, where the two leaders talked trade, security — and Trump's accomplishments.
Trump hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya is emerging from a period of election turmoil. He's the second African leader to meet with Trump at the White House, following a visit by Nigeria's president earlier this year.
Kenyan president to meet with Trump on security, trade
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president will meet with President Donald Trump on Monday as East Africa's commercial hub emerges from months of electoral turmoil.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is the second African leader to meet with Trump at the White House. Nigeria's president visited earlier this year.
Official: British PM to visit Kenya in first visit to Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's foreign minister says British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit the country at the end of the month, in her first visit to Africa since becoming head of the U.K. government in July 2016.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said Wednesday during a media briefing at her offices that May's choice shows Kenya's importance among the community of nations.
Kenya president urges citizens to arrest the corrupt
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenya's young people on Sunday to make citizen's arrests of those suspected of corruption, a vice that is endemic in the country.
Critics have called Kenyatta's regime the most corrupt of the four leaders that Kenya has had since gaining independence from Britain in 1963.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kenya is asking the United Nations on behalf of African states to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on immunity for heads of state and government and other senior officials.
The request by Kenya's U.N. ambassador, Lazarus Ombai Amayo, follows a decision by the African Union in January to seek an opinion from the court, the U.N.'s highest judicial body that deals with disputes between states.
Obama praises Kenya’s political reconciliation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya's president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption.
Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following last year's disputed presidential election which were marked by violence.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya Sunday, the country of his father's birth, his first visit to this East African country since leaving office.
Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A fire swept through one of Nairobi's largest open-air markets early Thursday, killing 15 people and sending 70 injured to hospitals, an official said, as traders who lived there struggled to wake their families and flee.
Young children were among the victims, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement, and many of the injured were in critical condition.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — All procurement and accounting officers in Kenya's ministries and state-owned corporations are to leave their offices for fresh screening, an official announced Monday, as President Uhuru Kenyatta's government grapples with endemic corruption.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Carrying signs saying "Kenya is bleeding" and "Stop These Thieves," hundreds of people marched Thursday in Nairobi to protest against widespread corruption and deliver a petition to the office of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenyatta is under increasing pressure as outrage grows over a number of corruption scandals revealed in recent weeks around the ministries of health, energy, agriculture, public service and youth.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — "There will be no mercy for the thieves," Kenya's president announced Wednesday amid a growing corruption scandal as diplomats representing 18 Western countries including the United States urged strong action against graft.
President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke a day after 24 officials were charged with corruption-related offenses in a probe linked to the alleged diversion of nearly $80 million.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities have charged 24 officials in what prosecutors call the first stage of investigations into a $79 million corruption scandal that has pressured President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack down on graft.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has said 40 officials and 14 businessmen in all will be charged with corruption-related offenses related to alleged wrongdoing within the National Youth Service.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president says nine Kenyan soldiers were killed when extremists attacked their patrol car in neighboring Somalia.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the soldiers who were killed Sunday evening in an al-Shabab attack in Dhobley, Somalia. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed and wounded 15 soldiers, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has banned its first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing it of having "clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law."
Director Wanuri Kahiu said she is "incredibly sorry" to confirm the ban of "Rafiki," or "Friend" in Swahili, by the Kenya Film Classification Board. Her film depicts a love story between two women.
Kenya electoral chief says resignations won’t stop audit
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's electoral chief says a financial audit of how the electoral commission spent money in last year's election will continue despite three commissioners resigning and questioning his ability to lead.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan opposition figure who claims he was drugged and forcibly deported to Dubai said Friday he was "marooned" at the airport there but intends to return to Kenya as soon as possible.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of an opposition politician whose confrontation with authorities trying once again to deport him ended up with his reported detention in an airport toilet.
Kenyan govt attempts to deport Kenyan politician again
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities want to deport an opposition politician again despite court orders that he should be allowed into the country, a human rights official said early Tuesday.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Lawyers for Kenya's opposition are poring through a British broadcaster's investigation to see whether legal action is possible against data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica over its role in last year's disputed presidential election, an official said Wednesday.
Cambridge Analytica already is being investigated by British and U.S. authorities over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections.
4 missing in building collapse near Kenya capital
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least four people are feared trapped in rubble after a four-story building collapsed in the city's outskirts, a Kenya police official said Saturday.
Joseph Gichangi, the police chief of the Ruai area, said a watchman who left the building, a guest house, shortly before it collapsed reported four guests inside.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president and opposition leader announced Friday they will work together to unite the country, which has been divided along ethnic lines following last year's disputed elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga spoke after holding discussions, the first talks between the two since the elections sparked widespread turmoil.
Inquest opens on death of baby in Kenya poll violence
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An inquest started in Kenya's western town of Kisumu into the death of a six-month-old baby who was allegedly hit on the head by police during opposition protests last year against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.
Kenyan judge revokes orders to deport opposition leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan judge has rescinded the orders used to deport to Canada an opposition politician over his alleged role in a mock inauguration by opposition leader Raila Odinga, while the government said it would appeal.
Judge Luka Kimaru also ordered the government to return the Kenyan passport confiscated from Miguna when he was deported.
Western envoys urge Kenya opposition to recognize Kenyatta
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eleven western envoys, including those from the United States and Britain, urged Kenya's opposition leader Sunday to recognize President Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's legitimately elected leader.
The diplomats said Raila Odinga needs to accept Kenyatta's presidency "as the basis for the dialogue that it (the opposition) and many Kenyans want."
Kenya deports opposition figure who attended ‘swearing-in’
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's government said Wednesday it had deported a politician arrested for witnessing the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president," an event it calls treason, as fears grew that East Africa's most stable democracy is becoming increasingly repressive.
Kenyan opposition politician charged over mock inauguration
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police on Tuesday charged a politician over witnessing the mock inauguration last week of opposition leader Raila Odinga, an event the government considers treason, while the passports of more than a dozen opposition leaders were suspended.
Kenya government allows 2 TV stations to resume broadcasting
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's government Monday restored transmission to two major TV stations of the four it shut down seven days ago, as police fired tear gas on protesters demonstrating against President Uhuru Kenyatta's government for violating constitutional freedoms.
Kenya’s High Court orders government’s TV shutdown to end
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's High Court on Thursday ordered the government to end its shutdown of the country's top three TV stations after they tried to broadcast images of the opposition leader's mock inauguration, a ceremony considered treasonous.
Journalists and human rights groups have raised an outcry over the shutdown of live transmissions that began Tuesday. Some journalists told The Associated Press they spent the night in their newsroom to avoid arrest.
The Latest: Kenya court orders government TV shutdown to end
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya's government crackdown on media after opposition's mock inauguration (all times local):
Kenya's High Court has ordered the government to end its shutdown of the country's top three TV stations after they tried to broadcast images of the opposition leader's mock inauguration.
Journalists and human rights groups have raised an outcry over the shutdown that began Tuesday. Some journalists say they spent the night in their newsroom to avoid arrest.
Former Kenyan VP: Home attacked in ‘assassination attempt’
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said Wednesday that gunshots and a grenade were fired at his home in what he called "an assassination attempt," as a government shutdown of the top three TV stations continued the day after the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. The first arrest was reported as the government launched an investigation into the event's "conspirators."
Kenyan opposition leader ‘sworn in’ as event called treason
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a ceremony that Kenya's government warned would be treason, opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday was sworn in as "the people's president" during a mock inauguration protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's new term after months of deadly election turmoil.
The Latest: Kenya names opposition movement a criminal group
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenyan opposition's mock "inauguration" (all times local):
Kenya's government has outlawed the opposition's National Resistance Movement following its "swearing-in" of leader Raila Odinga in protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta's new term.
Kenya gov’t turns off TV stations airing opposition event
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's press is reporting that the government has switched off three TV stations after they aired live broadcasts of an event where the opposition is trying to "swear in" its leader Raila Odinga as an alternative president Tuesday.
The attorney general has warned that such a protest act challenging the official president will amount to treason.
Kenya opposition claims ‘authentic’ results show Odinga won
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition released what it called "authentic" election results showing its leader Raila Odinga won the August vote, but it refused to say Friday how it obtained the information from the electoral commission's servers.
Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya’s election unrest
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenya's opposition leader was targeted in a virulent online campaign created by a U.S.-based company during the recent election turmoil, a privacy watchdog said Thursday, while another rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.