Africa East Africa World 

Tanker explosion kills at least 13 people in Kenya

– – At least 13 people have been killed in Kenya a when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded. The truck collided with another vehicle on a highway between Kisumu and Busia. Eye Witnesses described the crash scene as a “huge fireball”. People had rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off fuel from the overturned tanker before it exploded. Some 24 people including children are in hospital with serious burns. – – “We were woken up by a very loud blast. When I rushed out, I saw a huge…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”. On May 7, the AU appointed Mr Mahama as its special representative to Somalia. But the Somali government formally rejected Mr. Mahama’s appointment, citing his “extensive links” with Kenya,…

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Africa East Africa World 

Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered in Kenya

– – A team of researchers on Wednesday announced that they have uncovered Africa’s oldest human burial site in Kenya. The site has a child no older than three laid to rest sideways in an earthen grave 78,000 years ago. The child’s legs were carefully tucked up against its tiny chest, signalling the earliest known human burial on the continent. The scientists say the sunken pit was discovered in a cave complex along the coast of Kenya. Ornaments, offerings or ochre-coloured clay carvings were found in the region’s more recent…

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Africa East Africa World 

Kenyan journalist shot dead at her home by gunmen

– – A female journalist working for Kenya’s state broadcaster, Betty Barasa has been shot dead in her house in Ngong, Kajiado County. According to police, Betty Barasa on Wednesday night was waiting for the gate to her residence to be opened when gunmen accosted her. The suspects according to police were hiding at a nearby house, which is still under construction when Ms Barasa arrived at the front of her residence. The gunmen forced their way into the house of the journalist following a confrontation and made monetary demands.…

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Africa Business East Africa World 

Kenyans petition IMF not to give the government loans

– – Kenyans are signing an online petition to ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to give the government any more loans. Through the hashtag #StopLoaningKenya, Kenyans have circulated the online petition link which cites corruption and other reasons why no more lending should occur. The development follows the IMF’s approval of 257bn Kenyan shillings ($2.4bn) loan for Kenya to aid in Covid-19 response. The IMF Executive Board has approved a three-year financing package of US$2.34 billion to support Kenya’s pandemic response and economic reform program. More here: https://t.co/zsMzCe2szY #IMFAfrica…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Kenya: Street hawker dragged on road for not giving bribe

– – A street hawker in Kenya who sells fruits was dragged along the road by local officials in western Kisumu county for refusing to give a bribe. Officials were caught on video abusing the female seller, sparking outrage among Kenyans. Beatrice Atieno, 39, was left with injuries after the incident, according to local media reporting. Local officials said the woman was selling oranges and lemons on a pavement in the city where hawking is prohibited. The woman told journalists that one of the officials seated at the back of…

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Africa East Africa World 

Kenya government orders the closure of refugee camps

– – The Kenyan government has ordered for the closure of refugee camps in the country. The authorities have given the UN refugee agency a 14-day ultimatum to close the camps including Dadaab camp, one of the world’s largest refugee camp. The Kakuma camp in the north-west is also among those the government wants the UNHCR to close within the 14-day period. According to Kenya authorities, the closure of the camps has become necessary due to national security threats posed by some of the refugees. It said some of the…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s President Magufuli ‘catches Covid-19’ after denial

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is on admission at a Kenyan hospital undergoing medical treatment for Covid-19. Opposition leader Tundu Lissu revealed in an interview with the BBC that Magufuli had coronavirus and a cardiac arrest. Sources at the hospital he is currently on admission at said the Tanzanian leader had breathing challenges. Magufuli was flown to the Nairobi hospital this week after his condition deteriorated. He had not been seen in public for days. On Tuesday, opposition leader Tundu Lissu questioned the whereabouts of the Tanzanian leader. – – He…

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Africa Football Sports World 

Japanese football league on the hunt for more Kenyan talents

– – With the start of the new season, it is an exciting time for each supporter to pay extra attention to the new talents added to one’s favorite teams, getting a feeling for their potential and expectations. J. League has clearly embarked on finding more talents from Kenya who bring a new enthusiasm to the league. Ismael Dunga and Ayub Masika are the latest Kenyan players making their debut in Japan.  Ismael Dunga to join Sagan Tosu Ismael Dunga made a transfer to Sagan Tosu from Albanian KF Vllaznia…

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Africa East Africa World 

Kenyan woman ‘ridiculed’ for marrying disabled man

– – A Kenyan woman, Susan Njogu Eling has spoken about how she was ridiculed for her decision to marry a disabled Australian man. Susan Njogu Eling three years ago married Philip Eling who was born with muscular dystrophy – a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Susan told the BBC that she was called a gold-digger for her decision to marry her husband after photos of their wedding were shared online. The Kenyan first moved to Australia and enrolled for a diploma in working with…

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