January 1, 2008 |
Rioting, political instability and a spiraling death toll after Kenya's disputed election is seen as drastically denting investor confidence in what had been seen as one of Africa's emerging success stories. Scores of people have been killed in turmoil since President Mwai Kibaki was declared the victor Sunday with a narrow majority. The opposition says the poll was stolen and European Union monitors say it lacked credibility.
April 23, 1989 |
Lions and elephants move freely through the rich wheat and cattle country of southwestern Kenya--a sight that fills people here with dread. The protected animals, so popular with tourists, threaten not only crops but the very lives of the local residents, driving some to launch a counterattack. In January in the Narok district three teen-age Masai herders took up spears to kill a lion that attacked their cows. "I've had problems with lions before," said Parseni ole Naiji, 15. The lion had mauled him, raking his back with its claws.
December 20, 2008 |
From his tented refugee camp, James Karanga Ngugi seethed as he scanned a vast horizon of fallow, unoccupied land -- most of it owned by two of Kenya's most prominent political families. "Why do they have so much and I have nothing?" he asked. His grandfather once prospered here, before he was displaced by British colonialists. After independence, villagers regained control, but were soon forced out again, this time by a rich Kenyan businessman with ties to the president.
December 25, 2009 |
Agnes Awori is hurrying to the market, early afternoon. She sees a cluster of perhaps two dozen people on the railway track. Probably the usual thing, she thinks: someone killed by a train. The 53-year-old widow, who lives in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi, doesn't have time to waste: She has 11 children to support -- four of her own, the rest her dead sister's. But she can't resist the twinge of curiosity tugging her to the tracks. Turns out it isn't a body, just a plastic shopping bag. It's been lying there at least four hours, someone tells her. It moves.
August 31, 2010 |
He sits in her front room like a shy vicar from a Jane Austen novel. She's a widow with sad eyes. He's a married man with a kindly look. He cannot stay away from her for long. She likes his soft politeness. He likes the neat room in her shack, with nearly everything veiled in white lace, hiding the battered surfaces beneath. They chat about small nothings. He comes to her house in Nairobi's Kibera slum first thing on waking and last thing before sleeping. But he's not here for love, even if it sometimes feels like it. He's here for the illegal moonshine she brews, changaa.
January 3, 2010 |
In a year as a "freelance" slum electrician, Francis Otieno has been shocked five times. Three of the accidents were "not so bad," just enough to throw him across the room. Two nearly killed him. "I just cried out. I didn't know what was going on. I passed out," he says. "For two days, I didn't know where I was." But he was luckier than his best friend, who had the job before him: He was killed when he jumped on a roof to fix a short, unaware that the roof was live because a rat had nibbled at a wire.
January 6, 2009 |
A year ago, opposition leader Raila Odinga hit the streets to protest a flawed presidential election that sparked the deadliest political standoff in Kenya's post-independence history. Demonstrations led to riots and then ethnic clashes that spread across this East African nation, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and 350,000 homeless. It wasn't the first time Odinga had to fight to be heard.
July 13, 1990 |
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has recovered sufficiently from a bout of mild pneumonia to address a rally in Nairobi, Kenya, an aide said. Mandela, 71, initially caught a cold as he neared the end of a grueling tour of three continents, and it grew worse in the chill of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8,000 feet above sea level, where he attended a meeting of the Organization of African Unity this week.
May 1, 1989 |
Moses Tanui of Kenya won the men's 10,000 meters Sunday in the Kobe Relay Carnival. Tanui took the lead at the halfway point and won the race in 28 minutes, 25.76 seconds, well off the world record of 27:13.81, held by Fernando Mamede of Portugal. Tomoyuki Taniguchi placed second in 28:32.82 and Japanese compatriot Hiromi Taniguchi was third in 28:34.18.