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Mar 8, 2013

Kenyan presidential election heads to nail-biting finish

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s presidential race tightened on Friday as Uhuru Kenyatta’s lead slipped to a level that could mean there is no outright winner and open the way for a tense, second round run-off against his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kenyatta, 51, the deputy prime minister, who is due to go on trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermath of the last election in 2007, has led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 6, 2013

Kenyans await outcome of tight presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities were racing to gather final election results on Wednesday after a partial count gave the lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over violence following the previous vote.

Counting since Monday’s voting has been slow and complicated by hitches in a new electronic system. Politicians have complained about flaws in the process, stirring fears of a repeat of the troubles after the election five years ago.

Mar 5, 2013

Kenyatta takes early lead as Kenya counts votes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as Kenya continued the count on Tuesday in a presidential election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.

Kenyans, who waited patiently in long lines, hope the vote will restore the nation’s image as one of Africa’s more stable democracies after tribal blood-letting killed more than 1,200 people when the result of the 2007 vote was disputed by rivals.

Feb 26, 2013

Kenyan city fears violence re-run ahead of tight vote

KISUMU, Kenya, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Some businesses in Kisumu,
Kenya’s third-largest city, have reduced stock or closed ahead
of Monday’s presidential elections for fear of a repeat of the
tribal violence that killed more than 1,200 people at the last
such vote five years ago.

On the outskirts of the Lake Victoria port city, abandoned
ruins still bear witness to the weeks of looting and torching
that brought East Africa’s biggest economy to a standstill.

Feb 15, 2013

Kenyan brewer EABL’s profits hit by higher costs

NAIROBI, Feb 15 (Reuters) – East African Breweries Ltd
reported a sharp drop in half-year profits on Friday
due to a jump in its interest bill, but said sales across the
region were still rising, helped by new product launches and
growing demand.

The company, controlled by Britain’s Diageo Plc,
borrowed 19 billion shillings ($218 million) from its parent to
buy the 20 percent of its subsidiary Kenya Breweries which was
owned by SABMiller’s Tanzania Breweries.

Feb 14, 2013

Kenyan economy likely to grow up to 6 pct in 2013 – IMF

NAIROBI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
expects the Kenyan economy to grow at least 5.5 to 6 pct this
year from an estimated 4.5 to 5 percent in 2012, assuming
elections in March go smoothly, a senior fund official said.

“Kenya has stayed the course of its economic reforms and
this has worked quite well,” Domenico Fanizza, who has been
leading a mission to Kenya under the IMF’s Extended Credit
Facility, told a news conference on Thursday.

Jan 24, 2013

We will not bargain with al Shabaab over hostages: Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan officials said on Thursday they would not negotiate with al Qaeda-allied Somali militants who have threatened to kill their Kenyan hostages unless Nairobi frees Muslims held on terrorism charges.

On Wednesday al Shabaab released a video of two Kenyan hostages seized a year ago and told Kenya to meet its demands.

Jan 24, 2013

Kenya: we will not bargain with al Shabaab over hostages

NAIROBI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Kenyan officials said on
Thursday they would not negotiate with al Qaeda-allied Somali
militants who have threatened to kill their Kenyan hostages
unless Nairobi frees Muslims held on terrorism charges.

On Wednesday al Shabaab released a video of two Kenyan
hostages seized a year ago and told Kenya to meet its demands.

Jan 18, 2013

Obama inspires brother to run for office in Kenya elections

KOGELO, Kenya (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s message of hope and change has inspired his half-brother Malik to launch a political career of his own, with his eye on elections in Kenya in March.

“If my brother is doing great things for people in the United States, why can’t I do great things for Kenyans here?” Malik Obama told Reuters in the village of Kogelo, President Obama’s ancestral homeland.

Jan 11, 2013

Kenya parliamentarians triple own bonuses again

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan legislators have tripled their end-of-term bonuses once again, sweetening the deal with extra perks like diplomatic passports and security for life as well as state funerals when they die.

Lawmakers first attempted to triple the bonus they will each receive when their five-year term ends this month to 9.3 million shillings ($107,300) in October, a move the president rejected.