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Kenyan police strengthen security for elections

JOHANNESBURG, October 19 – Kenyan police are increasing security in preparation for possible fresh outbreaks of violence in the run-up to, and during, the presidential election rerun scheduled for October 26, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Thursday. Spokesman George Kinoti said due to the prevailing political situation, new threats have been identified and fresh hotspots […]

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Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in Nairobi after elections -rights groups

NAIROBI, October 16 – Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Excessive force by police against protesters and residents in strongholds of opposition leader Raila Odinga caused the deaths in Nairobi, the report said. President Uhuru […]

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Kenya police use teargas to disperse opposition protesters in three cities

NAIROBI, October 13 – Kenyan police used teargas on Friday to disperse protesters in the country’s three main cities, Reuters witnesses said, as a standoff between the government and opposition leaders over a planned repeat presidential election continued. On Thursday, the government banned demonstrations in the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, the coastal […]

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Kenya urged to embed representatives in electoral commission

JOHANNESBURG, October 6 – The International Crisis Group (ICG), a conflict prevention organisation, has urged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party, and National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga, to embed representatives in the electoral commission. ICG in a new report made the recommendation as a way to ensure that Kenya’s Independent Electoral and […]

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Nairobi University closes amid unrest as riot police on standby

JOHANNESBURG, October 3 – Nairobi University closed on Tuesday morning following continued student unrest after last week’s clashes between protesting students and police that left 27 students injured, the east African university’s senate.   The university senate decided to close the institution due to security concerns, the Director of Corporate Affairs John Orindi said. “We […]