Carrefour Kenya bans shopper over abusive, racist tantrum

Carrefour Kenya bans shopper over abusive, racist tantrum

Carrefour, the global retail giant based in suburban Paris, operates stores in more than 30 countries – but in Kenya, there’s one woman who won’t be welcomed back to any of their locations. That’s after a September 30 altercation in which a white woman reportedly made racist comments to other…

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya’s electoral commission says it has received official word from political opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa party confirming their intent to withdraw from the October 26 elections that followed the unprecedented overturning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August. The letter sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries…

New protests in tense Kenya as country moves toward elections

In Kenya, street protests ahead of the new presidential elections on October 26 turned violent Friday in Kisumu, one of many locations where authorities have used tear gas while dispersing crowds. Supporters of candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa political opposition party, protesting to demand reforms from the country’s Independent…

Will Kenya stand up to Big Tobacco?

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance called this month for a government probe into cigarette maker BAT, an investigation that is years overdue. For the better part of a decade, Kenya’s anti-smoking legislation has been delayed, diverted and influenced by BAT, with bribery claims first coming to light thanks to the…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

Kenya’s IEBC sets October date for new elections

Kenya announced an October 17 date for new elections following a Monday meeting of the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi. The new date follows last Friday’s 4-2 ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court that annuls the results of the August 8 elections. The court set aside a…

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…