Politics of Kenya

Defiant Kenyan MPs vote against pay cuts

Kenya's President Kenyatta attends the Organisation of African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Photo: Reuters

Kenyan members of parliament, already among the world's best-paid legislators, voted yesterday to increase their salaries in defiance of government plans to cut them as part of public spending reforms.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:12am

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

Hong Kong Faces

Channing Lee, who witnessed the hardship faced by ordinary Kenyans while undertaking charity work in Nairobi's slums last November, is urging Hongkongers to open up their hearts and contribute to an emergency relief fund to help the violence-plagued African nation

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Kenyan opposition leader toughens stance

Kenya's opposition leader has demanded that the president resign and new elections be held, dropping a conciliatory stance that had brought hope for a political settlement to end weeks of violence.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Kenya plunges back into the bad old ways

When I arrived in Kenya in 1986, my Nairobi landlord was an elderly man who had adopted the style of an English gentleman, from his houndstooth jacket to the sporty cap that sat jauntily on his head. That remarkable man was Oginga Odinga, one of the great figures in Kenya's struggle for independence from Britain and the country's first vice-president.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Constitutional process 'must include all groups'

University of Hong Kong honorary professor Yash Ghai, who has been working with non-governmental and political groups on constitutional change in Nepal for a number of years, said a constituent assembly involving 'basically all interest groups' was the best way forward for the country now.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am