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Feb 23, 2015

Kenyan court throws out sections of controversial security law

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Constitutional Court court on Monday threw out parts of a new anti-terrorism law, including restrictions on the media, but left most of it intact, including a provision allowing police to hold terrorism suspects for a year without charge.

The ruling was a partial setback for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has faced pressure to boost security after a series of Islamist attacks, including one on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013 that killed 67 people.

Jan 29, 2015

As Ebola ‘fear factor’ eases, African tourism edges back

NAIROBI (Reuters) – From the jungle-clad slopes of the Great Lakes to the game parks of South Africa, tourism is beginning to recover as the Ebola outbreak in a corner of the continent ebbs and foreigners overcome their fear of the virus.

The epidemic has been confined overwhelmingly to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where at least 8,700 people have died. But it has resonated all across the continent in the form of canceled flights, missed meetings and empty hotel rooms, even though Africa’s main tourist centers are further from the Ebola zone than Paris.

Jan 19, 2015

Kenyan police fire tear gas at children’s playground protest

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan police fired tear gas into a crowd of Nairobi schoolchildren on Monday as the youngsters and adults protested against what they call an illegal confiscation of a playground.

A police spokesman said authorities were investigating the incident and planned to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved.

Jan 2, 2015

Kenyan court suspends parts of two-week-old security law

NAIROBI, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Kenya’s High Court on Friday
suspended some anti-terrorism measures signed into law two weeks
ago by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a partial victory for
opposition groups who had argued they threatened basic liberties
and free speech.

High Court Judge George Odunga suspended eight clauses,
including a cap on refugees, and asked the chief justice, the
head of the judiciary, to set up a constitutional court to
scrutinise the new law.

Dec 23, 2014

Kenya’s opposition bids to block new security law in court

NAIROBI, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition coalition
filed a court challenge on Tuesday to overturn new
anti-terrorism laws it says are hasty and undermine basic
freedoms.

The measures will allow suspects to be held without charge
for 360 days, four times longer than before, compel landlords to
provide information about their tenants, and punish media that
print material “likely to cause fear or alarm.”

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.