Kenyan wildlife filmmaker Alan Root dies at age 80

Kenyan wildlife filmmaker Alan Root dies at age 80

Alan Root, the award-winning British filmmaker who documented the beauty of the Serengeti and other African ecosystems and wildlife for decades, has died at age 80. Root, a resident of Kenya, traveled for years with his wife Joan as they worked together on films that helped to build an understanding…

Kenyatta appeals for unity in victory speech, but Odinga rejects results

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has been declared winner of the August 8 presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga remained adamant that the results are fraudulent and rejected the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announcement late Friday. Kenyatta was declared president-elect with 8,203,290 votes, or 54.27 percent of…

Death of Kenyan IEBC official heightens fears over electoral violence

Authorities in Kenya say that a key election official responsible for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) technology systems was tortured and killed, just days before the country’s contentious elections. Chris Msando was missing for three days before his body was discovered near Kikuyu, to the northwest of Nairobi….

Warming climate poses a threat to African painted dog survival

Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) say their new study results demonstrate a clear link between climate change and impacts on endangered African wild dogs who have fewer surviving pups in hotter temperatures. “When most people think about wildlife in a changing climate, they think of polar bears…

Kenya: Audit finds millions of discrepancies in voter registrations

An independent audit of Kenya’s voter registration rolls shows a number of discrepancies, including 2.9 million voters with some type of inaccuracy in their records, with the recommendation that thousands of names of now-deceased persons need to be removed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya. Comprehensive…

Kenya: American NGO responds on its role in Odinga campaign

The controversy over Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s trip to the United States and high-level meetings with American officials elicited a response Monday from Vanguard Africa, the nonprofit organization that facilitated the meetings. Odinga, the candidate of the National Super Alliance coalition (Nasa) and a former prime minister who is…