Kikuyu people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25870/all en FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Kenya http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-kenya <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By James Macharia</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 14 (Reuters) - About 180 people have been killed and thousands displaced since August in tribal violence that Kenyan police say is linked to upcoming elections.</p> <p>Kenyan voters will cast their ballots on March 4 in the first presidential poll since ethnic clashes erupted after a disputed 2007 vote that killed more than 1,200 people. Kenyans will also vote in local elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-kenya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Kenya Kikuyu people Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:30:03 +0000 5734131 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenyans burn coffins to protest at MP move to triple bonuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/kenyans-burn-coffins-protest-at-mp-move-triple-bonuses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Repeats to put pix, tv in slugline)</p> <p>By Humphrey Malalo</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of demonstrators torched 221 coffins outside Kenya's parliament on Wednesday in protest at legislators who voted last week to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves state funerals.</p> <p>President Mwai Kibaki, aware of popular resentment over lawmakers' perks and with an eye on a March 4 general election, subsequently refused to sign the benefit increase into law.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/kenyans-burn-coffins-protest-at-mp-move-triple-bonuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Kikuyu people Vice-Presidents of Kenya Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:25:11 +0000 5735172 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenyans burn coffins to protest at MP move to triple bonuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/kenyans-burn-coffins-protest-at-mp-move-triple-bonuses-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Humphrey Malalo</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of demonstrators torched 221 coffins outside Kenya's parliament on Wednesday in protest at legislators who voted last week to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves state funerals.</p> <p>President Mwai Kibaki, aware of popular resentment over lawmakers' perks and with an eye on a March 4 general election, subsequently refused to sign the benefit increase into law.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/kenyans-burn-coffins-protest-at-mp-move-triple-bonuses-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Kikuyu people Vice-Presidents of Kenya Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:25:23 +0000 5735174 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya tracks Facebook, Twitter for election "hate speech" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/kenya-tracks-facebook-twitter-election-hate-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Kenyans are among Africa's biggest users of Twitter</p> <p>* Fears that social media could drive repeat of 2007 violence</p> <p>* Authorities warn against incitement of tribal animosity</p> <p>* New law prevents media from re-printing hate speech</p> <p>By Drazen Jorgic</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/kenya-tracks-facebook-twitter-election-hate-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Politics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:45:32 +0000 5746208 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Kenya tracks Facebook, Twitter for election "hate speech" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-kenya-tracks-facebook-twitter-election-hate-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fears that social media could drive repeat of 2007 violence</p> <p>* Obama urges Kenyans to 'come together'</p> <p>* Authorities warn against incitement of tribal animosity</p> <p>* New law prevents media from re-printing hate speech</p> <p>By Drazen Jorgic</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-kenya-tracks-facebook-twitter-election-hate-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Politics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:00:39 +0000 5746684 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Key witness lied' in Kenya's ICC case says defence lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/key-witness-lied-kenyas-icc-case-says-defence-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Defence lawyers for top Kenyan politician Uhuru Kenyatta have asked the International Criminal Court to drop the trial against him, saying a top prosecution witness lied.</p> <p>In a document made public Wednesday, Kenyatta's lawyer Steven Kay said a prosecution witness only named "OTP-4" had lied about being present at meetings between Kenyatta and the Mungiki, Kenya's powerful criminal underground in the run-up to the controversial presidential vote and its violent aftermath.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/key-witness-lied-kenyas-icc-case-says-defence-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:02:08 +0000 5747811 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Key witness lied' in Kenya's ICC case says defence lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/key-witness-lied-kenyas-icc-case-says-defence-lawyer-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Defence lawyers for Kenyan presidential hopeful Uhuru Kenyatta have asked the International Criminal Court to drop the trial and review the case against him, saying a key prosecution witness lied.</p> <p>In a document made public Wednesday, Kenyatta's lawyer Steven Kay said a prosecution witness, only named "OTP-4" had lied about being present at meetings between Kenyatta and the Mungiki, Kenya's powerful criminal underground in the run-up to the controversial 2007 presidential vote and its violent aftermath.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/key-witness-lied-kenyas-icc-case-says-defence-lawyer-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Uhuru Kenyatta AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:15:59 +0000 5747918 at http://www.globalpost.com Risk of election violence in Kenya 'perilously high': HRW http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/risk-election-violence-kenya-perilously-high-hrw <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The risk of politically instigated violence in Kenya is "perilously high" ahead of next month's election, the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Friday.</p> <p>Local communities "are arming themselves" fearing possible violence ahead of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections on March 4, HRW said, citing reports from local non-governmental organisations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/risk-election-violence-kenya-perilously-high-hrw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kikuyu people Political geography Social Issues AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:46:10 +0000 5749738 at http://www.globalpost.com Risk of election violence in Kenya 'perilously high': HRW http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/risk-election-violence-kenya-perilously-high-hrw-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The risk of political violence in Kenya is "perilously high" ahead of next month's election, the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Friday.</p> <p>Local communities "are arming themselves" fearing possible violence ahead of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections on March 4, HRW said, citing reports from local non-governmental organisations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/risk-election-violence-kenya-perilously-high-hrw-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Social Issues AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:30:46 +0000 5749838 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya summons EU envoys, accuses EU of trying to influence vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/kenya-summons-eu-envoys-accuses-eu-trying-influence-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By George Obulutsa</p> <p>NAIROBI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Kenya's foreign minister summoned European Union ambassadors on Monday after Britain, France and others said they would have only limited contact with one presidential candidate, who is wanted by the war crimes court, if he wins the March 4 vote.</p> <p>The minister accused the envoys of stoking tensions and attempting to divide the country ahead of the elections by making remarks last week that "are clearly inflammatory and could have the effect of polarising the country".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/kenya-summons-eu-envoys-accuses-eu-trying-influence-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:45:05 +0000 5752720 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya accuses foreign envoys of trying to influence polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenya-accuses-foreign-envoys-trying-influence-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kenya's foreign minister accused European diplomats Monday of trying to influence upcoming presidential elections, where a key candidate faces trial for crimes against humanity.</p> <p>Sam Ongeri summoned European Union ambassadors on Monday to express his "utmost displeasure" at what he claimed was an "orchestrated attempt by a number... to influence the way Kenyans conduct their forthcoming elections."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenya-accuses-foreign-envoys-trying-influence-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:30:54 +0000 5752829 at http://www.globalpost.com Lineup of Kenya's presidential candidates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/lineup-kenyas-presidential-candidates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kenya is less than a month from the first presidential election since deadly post-poll violence five years ago. While two main candidates -- Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga -- dominate the race, all eight candidates have potential influence, especially if voting goes to a second round runoff after the March 4 vote.</p> <p>UHURU KENYATTA: Influential, hugely wealthy and son of Kenya's founding president, the 51-year-old deputy prime minister faces trial immediately after the election for crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/lineup-kenyas-presidential-candidates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:00:37 +0000 5753026 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya's presidential candidates hold first ever debate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenyas-presidential-candidates-hold-first-ever-debate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kenya's eight presidential candidates held the country's first ever face-to-face debate on Monday as tensions mount ahead of next month's election, five years after bloody violence erupted in the wake of the last vote.</p> <p>While two main candidates -- Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga -- dominate the race for the March 4 election, all the hopefuls have potential influence, especially if voting goes to a second round run-off.</p> <p>Kenyans crowded into bars and homes to watch the debate, broadcast live on television, radio as well as the Internet for Kenyans overseas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenyas-presidential-candidates-hold-first-ever-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:00:45 +0000 5753028 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya's presidential candidates hold first ever debate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenyas-presidential-candidates-hold-first-ever-debate-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kenya's eight presidential candidates held the country's first ever face-to-face debate on Monday as tensions mount ahead of next month's election, five years after bloody violence erupted in the wake of the last vote.</p> <p>While two main candidates -- Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga -- dominate the race for the March 4 election, all the hopefuls have potential influence, especially if voting goes to a second round run-off.</p> <p>Kenyans crowded into bars and homes to watch the debate, broadcast live on television, radio as well as the Internet for Kenyans overseas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/kenyas-presidential-candidates-hold-first-ever-debate-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:02:20 +0000 5753061 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenyan activist in bid to ban EU, US observers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/kenyan-activist-bid-ban-eu-us-observers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An activist asked a Nairobi court Wednesday to compel Kenya's polls body not to accredit European or US election observers for the March 4 presidential elections, accusing them of bias.</p> <p>The activist, Samson Owimba Ojiayo, wants the High Court to issue an order directing Kenya's Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to accept representatives from the European Union or United States, saying that they have already taken a stand on the vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/kenyan-activist-bid-ban-eu-us-observers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kikuyu people AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:31:17 +0000 5754930 at http://www.globalpost.com