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October 22, 2017 6:39 AM Opinion: Is IEBC taking Kenya to the ballot or bullets on October 26?

There is a great dilemma on whether there will be an election or not, pitting the ordinary Kenyans against each other based on which side they think might favour their political interest. The crucial result is pointing to that of extreme fear. So whether the current stalemate will end yet again in an acrimonious blame game or not, remains a cause for concern 59

October 20, 2017 3:45 PM Liberia's controversial school reforms divide the nation a year on

Monrovia - On a weekday morning in Cecelia Dunbar school, a bumpy hour's drive from Liberia's capital, a group of seven-year-olds concentrate on their maths lesson, seated at individual wooden desks. Children at schools like Cecelia Dunbar read and count at a level improved by 60% from a year ago - proof, according to the government and private education 121

October 19, 2017 7:44 AM The vocal Roselyn Akombe

The resignation of Roselyn Akombe has triggered questions on what could have led her to take such a decision just eight days to the repeat presidential election leaving behind a damning letter. At the age of 41, she has been described as a youthful, media-friendly, straight forward woman with a ready smile whose eloquence could not go unnoticed 48

October 17, 2017 10:51 AM Minnesota Somalis mourn, pray for those impacted by bombing

Minneapolis - Members of Minnesota's large Somali community said on Monday they are heartbroken and grieving, but searching for ways to help after the weekend bombing in Somalia that killed more than 300 people. The truck bombing in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Saturday also left scores missing and nearly 400 people injured. In Minnesota, home to the largest 70

October 15, 2017 11:39 PM In Africa, LGBT rights activists worry about Trump impact

DAKAR >> Gay rights activist Joseph Achille Tiedjou is worried every day that he will be harassed or arrested in Cameroon. Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international 110

October 15, 2017 10:47 AM LGBT activists worry about Trump impact in Africa

Gay rights activist Joseph Achille Tiedjou is worried every day that he will be harassed or arrested in Cameroon. Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international 74

October 14, 2017 10:36 AM Why we defected to Jubilee Party

Jubilee’s ‘loving arms’.Since Kenyans went to the polls on August 8, the country has witnessed many defections from across the board, especially from NASA to Jubilee Party. So far, ex-MPs from western, now branded the Mbekho Mbekho Gang (Alms Seeking Gang) led by former speaker Kenneth Marende, MPs Ababu Namwamba, Yusuf Chanzu, Alfred Khangati and Paul Otuoma 54

October 13, 2017 2:52 PM Kenya police shoot dead 2 opposition protesters

Nairobi - Police in Kenya said on Friday they shot and killed two opposition protesters who allegedly stormed a police station with farm tools and rocks in the western part of the country, while police used tear gas on rallies in the capital and elsewhere demanding reforms ahead of the new election. Three other protesters had gunshot wounds in Siaya 68

October 10, 2017 7:06 PM Relief as high import volumes cut price of sugar by 27 per cent

The factory price of sugar has dropped 27 per cent in the last two months as high volumes of imports helped to cool the high cost of the commodity, triggering further declined in consumer prices. The retail price of sugar has subsequently dropped from a high of Sh400 for a two-kilogramme packet in March to Sh250. The regulator attributes the decline 118

October 9, 2017 4:01 AM Diesel consumption drops for first time in 7 years

Diesel consumption in Kenya dropped for the first time in seven years, pointing to a slowdown in an economy that uses the fuel to power industries, agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles. Industry data shows that consumption of diesel slipped to 1.24 billion litres in the first six months of the year compared to 1.25 billion litres during a similar 108