AU announces Kwame Nkrumah awards for African women in science

The Gender Pre-Summit of the African Union (AU) began Tuesday in Addis Ababa, with the presentation of awards to five distinguished female scientists from across the continent whose research contributions in water management, medicine and more were honored. The meetings ahead of the summit, chaired by Dr. Jean Kalilani of…

Kenya: SPLM-IO wants answers on two new Nairobi disappearances

Kenya is again being accused of kidnapping South Sudanese opposition leaders critical of Salva Kiir’s leadership, a senior SPLM-IO official tells the independent South Sudan News Agency. According to the Nairobi-based outlet, Dong Samuel Luak was taken Monday evening from his home by people who identified themselves as Kenyan police…

Kenyatta welcomes return of #Volkswagen production to Kenya

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was on hand as the first Volkswagen Polo Vivo rolled off of Volkswagen’s production line in Thika on Wednesday, marking the return of VW to Kenya after nearly four decades. “A few months ago, this was only a dream,” Kenyatta said in a statement. “Now Volkswagen’s…

Kenya to postpone Dadaab closure at UNHCR request

Kenya will postpone the controversial closure of its Dadaab refugee camp for at least six months, citing the difficult security situation in Somalia and a United Nations appeal as factors in the decision. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had…

Kenya’s stance on Dadaab refugees challenged by rights groups

Kenyan government officials are coercing refugees to return to Somalia – and the very risks they’ve tried to flee, the Amnesty International human rights organization said in a report released Tuesday. More than 280,000 refugees, most of them Somali, live in the Dadaab refugee camp that Kenya announced in May it intends…