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Dec 17, 2014

Kenya parliament to vote on amendments meant to improve security

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a bill to let police hold terror-related suspects for a year and take other measures that rights activists say would threaten civil liberties and free speech.

The proposed amendments to the existing security law, which include extending the time suspects in terror-related cases can be held without charge to 360 days from 90 days, follows a spate of bloody attacks by Islamist militants on Kenya’s border region with Somalia that killed dozens of people.

Dec 16, 2014

Kenya shuts down 500 groups in anti-terrorism crackdown

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has shut down more than 500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including 15 groups it said had links to financing terrorism, though critics said the government was silencing critics under the guise of security.

Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab, including in September last year where gunmen killed 67 people at the Westgate shopping mall in the capital Nairobi, and two attacks in recent weeks near the country’s border with Somalia that killed 64 people.

Dec 8, 2014

Kenyan wind power project gets financial backing for power line

NAIROBI, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Kenya’s delayed Lake Turkana Wind
Power project is expected to start generating power by 2017
after the African Development Bank backed financing to build a
transmission line to connect it to the national grid, the
project’s director said.

The wind farm located in Kenya’s remote north will have an
installed capacity of 310 megawatts (MW) to help plug a power
supply shortfall, which has led to frequent blackouts that
hamper industry in east Africa’s biggest economy.

Dec 3, 2014

Kenyan unions urge non-Muslim workers to leave north after attacks

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan trade unions have urged non-Muslim public sector workers including teachers and doctors to leave the country’s lawless northern region, site of two deadly attacks by militants in the past two weeks, because of the security risks.

Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab killed 36 non-Muslim workers on Tuesday at a quarry in northeast Kenya. They also shot dead 28 non-Muslim bus passengers on Nov. 22 while sparing Muslim travelers.

Dec 2, 2014

Kenyan president changes security officials after al Shabaab kill 36

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, prompting the president to change his top security officials to tackle a relentless wave of violence.

Kenyans have grown increasingly critical of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government for failing to do more to defend the nation from the incessant militant attacks, which have killed well over 200 people since 2013.

Nov 17, 2014

Kenyans march against attacks on women over mini-skirts

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Nearly 1,000 people took to the streets of Nairobi on Monday to protest against a series of vicious public attacks on women who were stripped naked and assaulted for wearing mini-skirts or other clothing perceived to be immodest.

Grainy videos of two attacks in Mombasa and Nairobi, taken on cellphones and circulated widely via Twitter and other social media, show mobs of men surrounding the women, wresting off their clothes and appearing to kick them in their genital area.

Nov 16, 2014

Battered by falling prices, Kenya’s tea farmers threaten to uproot

NANDI HILLS, Kenya, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Emerald-coloured tea
bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long
provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make
Kenya one of the world’s biggest tea exporters.

But ideal weather and bigger harvests, instead of producing
bumper earnings, have led to a glut of Kenya’s speciality black
tea. Samuel Busienei, a 72-year-old tea farmer, says he earns 40
percent less for each kilogramme of tea sold than he did three
years ago and is considering tearing up his crop.

Oct 29, 2014

Ebola fears ripple across continent to hurt east African tourism

NAIROBI, Oct 29 (Reuters) – East Africa’s Serengeti and
Maasai Mara safari parks are as far if not further from the
Ebola outbreak in the west of the continent than much of Europe
which supplies the tourists, but you’d hardly guess that from
the slump in bookings.

In Tanzania and Kenya, tour operators say tented camps and
luxury lodges where lion and elephant saunter past are surviving
on visitors who have not yet written off the whole continent
because of an outbreak that struck 5,000 km away.

Sep 2, 2014

African leaders seek fund to fight militant groups

NAIROBI (Reuters) – African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

African Union (AU) states announced the idea after Nairobi talks on a problem highlighted on Tuesday by capture of a town in north-eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants. Fighting killed scores of people, according to security forces, and sent at least 5,000 fleeing.

Aug 15, 2014

Some cities question benefits of free U.S. military gear

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle seemed like a useful piece of equipment for the Albuquerque Police Department – at least at first.

But less than a year after the hulking tactical vehicle arrived from the U.S. Defense Department, Albuquerque police have yet to use it and are giving it up. The MRAP’s bulk and its inability to turn easily makes it unsuitable for urban policing in New Mexico, said Tanner Tixier, a department spokesman.