Britain agrees compensation package for Kenya's Mau Mau war veterans

Mau Mau war veteran Gitu Wa Kahengeri and Harvard history professor Caroline Elkins.

Britain has agreed to compensate 5,228 elderly Kenyans who were tortured during the Mau Mau uprising against colonial rule in the 1950s, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 2:11am

Kenyan girls win landmark rape case against police

A Kenyan High Court has ordered police to reinvestigate complaints of rape by 11 girls in a landmark case brought by a children’s charity on behalf of more than 240 victims of child rape, some of them as young as three years old.

31 May 2013 - 9:15am

Britain gives green light to compensate Kenyan torture victims

The three Kenyan defendants suing the UK Government.

Britain is negotiating to compensate thousands of Kenyans who claim they were severely mistreated by their colonial rulers during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, a report says.

7 May 2013 - 4:03am

Chinese ivory smuggler caught in Kenya fined less than US$1 a piece

A Chinese smuggler caught in Kenya with a haul of ivory was fined less than a dollar a piece, wildlife officials said yesterday. Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said Tian Yi was arrested on Sunday while in transit in Nairobi carrying 439 pieces of worked ivory.


27 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Talking points

Martha Karua

Kenyans head to the polls for the first time since a new constitution was passed in 2010 to reform the political system and ease ethnic divides. Leading the race of eight presidential candidates are Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the sons of Kenya's first post-independence president and vice-president respectively. 

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am

Kenyan elections on Monday stir fears of ethnic violence

Supporters of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga travel home after a rally in Kisumu town. Photo: AFP

Down in the valley there's a clue why. Sunshine gleams off the metal roofs of housing built for families displaced by ethnic violence that followed Kenya's general election five years ago. More than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 fled their homes. On Monday, the nation goes to the polls again in possibly the most important vote in its 50-year history. Many fear a repeat.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:49am

Chinese ivory smugglers fined just US$340

The four Chinese defendants listen to their interpreter in court. Photo: EPA

During sentencing in Nairobi, Magistrate Timothy Okello regretted the defendants' crime "is still considered a petty offence" and called for Kenyan laws "to be amended to reflect the gravity of such matters".

30 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Four Chinese men in Kenyan court over ivory smuggling

Four Chinese men appeared in a Kenyan court on Monday charged with smuggling ivory, a judicial official said.

The men were arrested on Sunday carrying ivory products, including 40 chopsticks, six necklaces, bracelets and a pen holder, as well as two pieces of raw ivory weighing 9.6kg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Another Obama picks political life

President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half brother, Malik Obama (centre) rallies supporters near Nyang’oma in Kogelo, now renowned as the Obamas' traditional home. Photo: AFP

President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half brother has launched his own political career by announcing his intention to run for a Kenyan county gubernatorial seat in the upcoming March 4 elections.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:54pm

Poachers kill 11 elephants in 'worst massacre in Kenya for decades'

Elephants at the Amboseli game reserve, approximately 250 kilometres south of Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: AFP

Kenyan wildlife rangers yesterday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killing in the country in the past three decades. "We have not lost as many elephants in a single incident since the early 1980s," said Patrick Omondi, head of the elephant programme at the Kenya Wildlife Service.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

Ivory haul from Kenya hidden among stones

Customs officers display 779 ivory tusks found inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Kenya via Malaysia. The haul, disguised as architectural stones, is worth about HK$10.6 million. Officers said the tusks would probably have been shipped out of the city. It is the third huge haul of ivory seized in the city in as many months. Photo: Felix Wong

Ivory smugglers are finding new ways to bring banned elephant tusks into Hong Kong, Customs officials said yesterday as they announced the third largest seizure of raw tusks in three months.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:28am

China launches Africa-edition newspaper

Photo: AFP

China launched on Friday an African edition of its China Daily newspaper, the latest media venture by Beijing on the continent.

“The relationship between China and the African continent is one of the most significant relationships in the world today,” publisher and editor-in-chief of the state-run paper Zhu Ling wrote in the inaugural copy.

14 Dec 2012 - 10:45pm

Three killed in blast at Kenyan capital mosque

Injured men are treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Such attacks in Kenya are often blamed on Islamist militants al-Shabab of neighboring Somalia.

Three people were killed and eight wounded in a blast outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital, the Kenyan Red Cross and police said Friday.

There were “three fatalities” as well as several wounded, some critical, a Red Cross official said after the “explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh”, a largely ethnic Somali district of Nairobi.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

Briefs, November 5, 2012

Boko Haram members in conflict torn eastern Nigeria. Photo: NYT

Nigerian extremists target police, school

5 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

Jocular Obama trumps tycoon with Kenya gag

President Barack Obama has lampooned Donald Trump, saying the tycoon's feud with him dated back to "when we were growing up together in Kenya".

Obama ribbed the flamboyant mogul during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after Trump revived the right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges the president was not born in the United States.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:55am