Mourning ET302 victims as UNEA begins in Nairobi

Mourning ET302 victims as UNEA begins in Nairobi

The weeklong United Nations Environment Assembly began in Nairobi on Monday with a moment of silence for the 157 victims aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed near its origination at Addis Ababa on Sunday with dozens of UN staffers, global delegates and participants on board.  Acting UN Environment director…

President confirms fatalities in Kenya terror attack

President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that 14 people died in Tuesday’s attack at the Dusit Hotel in Nairobi, with hundreds of others injured and evacuated. “We are grieving as a country this morning; my heart, and that of every Kenyan, goes out to the innocent men and women violated by…

Matatu ban on hold for Nairobi’s CBD

The sight of Kenyans streaming on foot into Nairobi’s central business district (CBD) while passenger cars continued to clog streets with heavy traffic contributed to what is at least a temporary reprieve from the new ban on matatu, the privately operated shared taxis many rely on for transport. The ban…

In Nairobi, it’s environment in focus at AMCEN

Environmental experts from 43 countries are gathered in Nairobi for the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), with the special session for ministers set for Wednesday. The meeting focuses on key issues ahead of Africa’s participation at COP24 in December in Poland, as well as an African Biodiversity Ministerial…

Shock, sadness as conservationists mourn Bradley Martin

Environmental and conservationist groups across the globe are mourning the loss of Esmond Bradley Martin, a champion of wildlife protection and leading world expert on the illegal ivory trade who was stabbed to death in Kenya on Sunday. Authorities say the 76-year-old American researcher, a former United Nations special envoy…

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….

PASET forum on advancing STEM education wraps up in Nairobi

About 200 experts and policy decision makers wrapped up a conference on science and technology in Nairobi on Friday.  Kenya hosted leaders from 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa who connected with their counterparts from China and other “innovation nations.” The Partnership for Skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’s…

Kenyan doctors in new tussle with government days after ending strike

NAIROBI — The tussle between Kenyan medical practitioners and the government seems to be far from over, days after the Kenya medical practitioners, pharmacists and dentists union (KMPDU) called off a nationwide strike that had lasted for 100 days. Even after an agreement had been reached between the national government,…

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata is a Kenyan based freelance journalist