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Kenyan president dismisses Cabinet ministers after weeks of protests over taxation, poor governance

Jul. 11, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President William Ruto on Thursday dismissed almost all of his Cabinet ministers and promised to form a new government that will be lean and efficient following weeks of protests over high taxes and poor governance. In a televised address, the president...

A Kenyan court says 2022 shooting death of a Pakistani journalist by police in Nairobi was unlawful

Jul. 08, 2024 09:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Kenyan court on Monday ruled that the 2022 shooting death of a Pakistani journalist by police in Nairobi was unlawful and unconstitutional, a lawyer and his family said. Justice Stella Mutuku in the ruling in Nairobi also faulted Kenya's attorney general and the...

Kenya's dramatic flooding sweeps away a central part of the economy: Its farms

Jul. 07, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — With dismay, Martha Waema and her husband surveyed their farm that was submerged by weeks of relentless rainfall across Kenya. Water levels would rise to shoulder height after only a night of heavy downpour. The couple had expected a return of 200,000...

Protests continue in Kenya as some are now calling for the president to step down

Jul. 02, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Protests continued in Kenya's capital and elsewhere Tuesday over a finance bill that would raise the cost of living, even after the president said he would not sign it in the wake of the storming of parliament last week. Police fired tear gas at protesters in...

A mother's pain as the first victim of Kenya's deadly protests is buried

Jun. 29, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Edith Wanjiku holds onto one of the few photos she’s left with of her teenage son Ibrahim Kamau. His life was cut short by two gunshot wounds to his neck that were sustained during Kenya’s deadly protests on Tuesday in which more than 20 people were killed. ...

Here's what led Kenyans to burn part of parliament and call for the president's resignation

Jun. 27, 2024 01:56 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenya's president came to power by appealing to the common people, describing himself as a “hustler” and vowing relief from economic pain. But when he was forced to give up on a controversial tax hike that led to deadly chaos in the capital, Nairobi, it was a clear sign...

Thousands of Kenyan anti-tax protesters enter parliament and part of the building is on fire as legislators flee

Jun. 25, 2024 08:50 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of Kenyan anti-tax protesters enter parliament and part of the building is on fire as legislators flee.

Probe begins into police conduct during Kenya's anti-government protests

Jun. 21, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An investigation began Friday in Kenya into police conduct during protests against a government plan to impose new taxes, according to the country's police watchdog. The chairperson of Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Anne Makori, lauded...

Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

Jun. 21, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in its annual budget legislation. The protests brought Nairobi’s central business...

It's hard to find treatment for snakebites in Kenya. Thousands of people are dying every year

Jun. 20, 2024 04:01 AM EDT

MWINGI, Kenya (AP) — Esther Kangali felt a sharp pain while on her mother’s farm in eastern Kenya. She looked down and saw a large snake coiling around her left leg. She screamed, and her mother came running. Kangali was rushed to a nearby health center, but it lacked antivenom...