Kenya has restarted its vaccination program in an effort to tackle the re-emergence of measles, which has surged in the country during the Covid restrictions. A 10-day campaign against highly contagious measles and rubella has begun to target 4 million children aged nine months to five years in 22 of Kenya’s 47 counties where outbreaks are highest. Measles is the “third most common cause of deaths among children from vaccine-preventable diseases” the health ministry said.
Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists have said, in a major blow to conservation of the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The bodies of the two giraffes were found “in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers” in Garissa in eastern Kenya,
The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabab gunmen. Of the civilian victims, 16 were Kenyan, one was British, one was American and three were of African descent but their nationalities were not yet identified, police said.
At least 14 children have died and dozens of others have been injured in a crush at a primary school in Kenya, officials said. The police have launched an inquiry into what caused the crowd of students to panic as they were leaving the school in the western town of Kakamega to go home at around 5pm local time on Monday.
Al-Shabab extremists overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces in Kenya before dawn Sunday, killing three American Department of Defense personnel and destroying several U.S. aircraft and vehicles before they were repelled, U.S. and Kenyan authorities said. The attack on the Manda Bay Airfield was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country.
A Kenyan court on Wednesday convicted three people of terrorism-related offences for helping Somali Islamist militants carry out a 2015 attack on a university that killed 148 people, most of them students. Al Shabaab jihadists stormed Garissa University on April 2, 2015 and sought to kill Christian students in particular. Al Shabaab has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya to press it to pull its troops out of the African Union peacekeeping force in neighboring Somalia.
Hundreds of air passengers were stranded Wednesday in Kenya because of a strike at Nairobi’s international airport by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union. The union said in a statement that the strike was over the proposed takeover of the Kenya Airport Authority, that runs airports, by the country’s loss-making airline, Kenya Airways. It demanded the removal of the top management of Kenya Airways and the Kenya Airport Authority. Kenya’s military took over screening and security services at the airport following the strike.
Armed men burst into a hotel complex in Nairobi with gunfire and explosions, killing at least 14 people in an attack that lasted hours and ended Wednesday morning, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said. The coordinated attack started Tuesday afternoon local time at the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities in the capital of Nairobi. Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
At least 44 people were killed in Kenya after heavy rains caused the Patel dam to burst, sweeping away homes and leaving more than 2,000 people homeless. According to the Kenyan Red Cross, over 500 families were caught in the deluge, with 36 hospitalized and many unaccounted for. Local leaders are investigating the dam’s legality.
Kenya’s Supreme Court paved the road for the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term when they dismissed two petitions to overturn the presidential vote. The unanimous decision to uphold the election results provoked both violent oppositional outbursts and celebrations. Kenyatta’s opponent, Raila Odinga, fled Kenya for Tanzania, Sunday night, amid unrest.