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April 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Villagers in central Kenya clashed with a criminal gang using machetes, axes and clubs, killing at least 29 people and leaving the streets stained with blood, police said Tuesday. Residents near the town of Karatina fought Mungiki members overnight because the gang had been extorting money from them, deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said. "The majority of the dead are Mungiki members," Owino said. At least three others were seriously wounded.
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.
August 17, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, nearing the end of a seven-country tour of Africa, arrived here Friday to a greeting of chants, hymns and tribal drums. He will preside here over the 43rd International Eucharistic Congress of the Roman Catholic Church, an every-four-year meeting of churchmen from around the world. It was begun in the late 1800s to celebrate the church's sacraments and compare notes on church problems.
March 5, 2006 | From Associated Press
The United Nations' food agency will soon run out of food needed to feed about 3.5 million Kenyans facing prolonged drought because it has received a fraction of the required funding, officials said Saturday. The World Food Program has enough cereal to last until April but will run out of other staples by month's end, program spokesman Peter Smerdon said. The program needs $225 million to buy more than 33,000 tons of food each month until February 2007 but has received only $28 million, he said.
May 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Moses Tanui of Kenya won the men's 10,000-meter race Sunday in the Kobe Relay Carnival track and field meet. Tanui's time was 28 minutes 7.62 seconds. Compatriot Bonaface Merande was second in 28:24.91, edging Japan's Takeyuki Nakayama, who was clocked in 28:25.84. In the women's 10,000-meter event, Japan's Akemi Matsuno finished first in 32:57.89. Susan Sirma of Kenya placed second in 33:14.98.
January 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ten million people risk going hungry in Kenya after harvests failed because of drought, the government said. The government declared a national emergency and will lift the import duty on maize until the next major harvest, which will not be for a year in many areas. The emergency declaration allows the government to divert money from development projects to food aid and to use disaster funds that are held in reserve, said government spokesman Alfred Mutua. Kenya's finances are under strain because of the cost of sheltering and re-integrating 600,000 people displaced by violence after the disputed December 2007 elections.
March 30, 1991 | RAY LOYND
"Eyes of a Witness" (at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channels 2 and 8) is an embarrassingly shallow adventure movie starring Daniel J. Travanti and Jennifer Grey as an estranged father and daughter battling poachers in East Africa. The production's single redeeming value is that it was shot in Kenya. The streaked equatorial skies and occasional glimpses of zebra and gazelle seen from a chopper are welcome interludes in a story that otherwise belongs in a comic book. Talk about the ugly American.
June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
At least 11 people were killed Thursday when gun battles erupted in a shantytown believed to be a stronghold for gangsters who behead their victims, as paramilitary police arrested hundreds of residents and demolished homes. Since Monday, police have killed more than 30 people suspected of being part of the Mungiki gang and arrested 300 in the Mathare slum.
June 28, 1986 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
"Super Fly" hurtled along two-lane Waiyaki Way at about 60 m.p.h., pumping out thick black smoke and listing like a troubled ship on the high seas. The vehicle, a tiny pickup with a camperlike compartment for passengers, swayed dangerously, first to the right and then to the left, as the driver skirted yawning potholes. The bald rear tires were splayed by the weight of maize meal and firewood strapped to the roof. Behind the driver, 14 passengers sat on facing benches.
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