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Kenya election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

Nairobi - Kenya's polls chief cast doubt Wednesday on his organisation's ability to hold a credible vote next week, as opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed to disrupt the election with mass protests.

Two shot dead as Kenya opposition defies protest ban

Nairobi - Two protesters were shot dead Friday as opposition supporters clashed with police in western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election.

Kenya bans opposition protests as election crisis deepens

Nairobi - Kenya's government on Thursday banned protests in main city centres, citing lawlessness during opposition rallies against the electoral commission ahead of a scheduled presidential poll re-run.

Five questions about Kenya's election saga

Nairobi - Two months after Kenyans lined up to vote for a president, the election is still far from over.

Several hurt in protests as Kenya election officials mull next move

Nairobi - Several people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced he would quit the presidential race, in a move that plunged the country into uncharted waters.

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga abandons poll re-run

Nairobi - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew Tuesday from a re-run of the presidential election in the latest twist to a political saga that has plunged the nation into uncertainty.

Africa's agriculture needs a big dose of digital transformation

Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.

Nairobi university shut over election re-run protests

Nairobi - Campuses at one of Kenya's largest universities were closed on Tuesday after demonstrations broke out ahead of the country's tense presidential election re-run, a university official said.

Deep divisions over plan to change Kenya's election law

Nairobi - Kenya's opposition on Thursday called for demonstrations against the government after the ruling party moved to change the electoral law ahead of next month's re-run presidential poll.

Chinese buyers fuelling ivory surge in Laos, report says

Nairobi - Surging demand from Chinese visitors has made Laos the world's fastest-growing market for ivory, conservation group Save the Elephants said Thursday.

Kenya police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters

Nairobi - Kenyan police on Tuesday used tear gas to disperse opposition protesters outside the headquarters of the election commission a month before a scheduled re-run of the annulled presidential poll.

No constitutional crisis if Kenya polls delayed: attorney general

Nairobi - Uhuru Kenyatta will remain Kenyan president until a new leader is sworn in, the country's attorney general said on Friday, seeking to ease fears of a constitutional crisis if elections are delayed further.

Kenya pushes back new election to October 26

Nairobi - Kenya's electoral commission on Thursday postponed a re-run of the presidential vote to October 26, giving itself nine extra days to fix problems that had caused the first poll to be annulled.

Kenya court blames polls commission for botched vote

Nairobi - Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday blamed the election commission for last month's annulled presidential vote, rebuking officials for bungling the transmission of results and basing the outcome on dubious documents.

Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing

Nairobi - "It's devastating. I've been following them every day of my life for the last year," said Dedan Ngatia, a wild dog researcher in Kenya's central Laikipia region. "They're all dead.

Kenya's chief justice condemns threats against judiciary

Nairobi - Kenya's chief justice on Tuesday hit out at political leaders and their supporters over a wave of threats against his court, which annulled last month's presidential election over widespread irregularities.

Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

Nairobi - An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

Kenya election rerun in doubt as acrimony deepens

Nairobi - Doubts are growing over Kenya's ability to hold a rerun of its presidential election in just one month as key players remain unable to agree on how to conduct a credible vote, analysts say.

Kenya girl, 14, charged over fire that killed 9 pupils

Nairobi - A 14-year-old Kenyan girl was charged Wednesday with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting a fire at a Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other schoolgirls dead.

Opposition blames Tanzania govt for critic's shooting

Nairobi - Tanzania's main opposition party claimed Tuesday that the government of President John Magufuli played a role in the gun attack last week that wounded an outspoken politician and shocked the country.
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