September 1, 2002
Re "Kenya's Big Man Is Being Belittled," Aug. 18: Certainly Kenyans are aware that an era is coming to an end with the retirement of President Daniel Arap Moi. However, as Kenyans approach their third multiparty elections in 10 years, they are also aware of the considerable debt that they owe to the man who has guided the country from a one-party state to a vibrant parliamentary democracy. Extraordinary changes have taken place in the country over the last decade. An open society has evolved in which political opinions of all shades are expressed with fervor and candor.
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 1, 2010 |
The crescent moon of the railway track divides the slum, a metal slash in the tumble of rusted tin roofs, stinking channels of sewage and narrow paths where children play with toys made of scraps of wire and rubbish. A band of youths hangs about on the track, perhaps slum hoods and their girls. Closer, you make out the boy among them. He looks tense, surrounded. Closer still: He wipes his hands over his face, as if washing off anxiety. One of the bigger youths totes a grubby supermarket bag. Gently, as if lifting out a loaded gun, Victor Onuoch produces a video camera.
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.