Every time Kenya’s security forces launch an operation in the bandit-ravaged arid north, they leave behind broken limbs and raped women. That has been the story since the colonial days. And no one has been held to account for the horrendous human rights violations. In Isiolo, the victims of state terror cry for justice.
A new 32 berth port, to ship South Sudanese oil to China, is planned for the Lamu archipelago, a stunning green field heritage site in northern coastal Kenya, teeming with rare species, coral reefs and marine biodiversity and, of course, people. But none of this richness, or the indigenous people for whom this is home, seem to matter to the Government of Kenya and private developers.
By Ali Noor, Pambazuka News, 2014-02-20, Issue 666
In part 2 of our investigative documentary series we show you how the legacy of disrespect for the law entrenched an infamous practice in the manuals of regional security institutions; that of rendition. Are the rights of accused rights at all? before we begin we would like to warn you that some of the images in this documentary are graphic. Continue reading
Nairobi — A TV journalist has received death threats twice this week following his coverage of wrongdoing at a hospital in the western Kenyan town of Bungoma, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately investigate the threats and ensure the reporter’s safety.
CALL FOR STORY PROPOSALS: The ‘War on Terror’ (WoT) programme purports to sniff out, hunt and neutralise perpetrators of armed non-governmental attacks in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Kenya and Somalia. Among known movements who have claimed responsibility for such attacks are Boko Haram in Nigeria, AQIM and Salafists in Mali, and Al Shabaab in Kenya and Somalia. Continue reading
Two investigative journalists have reported receiving death threats in Kenya shortly after airing a story suggesting foul play in a government official’s death, according to news reports and local journalists. Continue reading
Election-related violence is a worry for journalists in many countries, but perhaps nowhere more so than Kenya, where presidential polls will be held March 4. In the aftermath of the nation’s last presidential elections in 2007, over one thousand people were killed in ethnic and political violence, live news broadcasts were banned, and the press faced a torrent of threats, leading to widespread self-censorship. Continue reading
Officials in East Africa are gushing with anticipation over potential oil revenue: A new production agreement has been reached in South Sudan; fresh discoveries have been made and drilling deals signed in Kenya and Uganda. Continue reading
There are estimated 530,000–680,000 firearms in the wrong hands in Kenya. The number of illegal arms has grown over the years and is said to fuel the conflicts witnessed within Kenya and the region. Continue reading
Continued violent attacks on security agents and civilians highlight Kenya’s ongoing struggle with insecurity, creating widespread unease ahead of the March 2013 general elections. Some of the worst-affected areas are North Eastern, Rift Valley, Coast and Nairobi provinces. Continue reading
Trouble is simmering in Kenya’s northern frontier following the discovery of substantial oil deposits in several drilling sites in Turkana County, as communities dig in for fair share of the resource, it has emerged.
Investigative journalism distinguishes itself from regular journalism by its depth and by a rigorous research process that never merely describes issues or events, but seeks to better serve the public by getting answers to the key questions of ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ Continue reading
Yet again, the Horn of Africa is proving figuratively as sharp as it is deadly. The lull in militant Islam activity spearheaded by the fast-fading Al Shabaab that is linked operationally to Al Qaeda over the past two weeks was shattered by the unsuccessful suicide bombing in Mogadishu. Continue reading
Many Kenyans hoped the country could overcome past election violence as it heads to the polls in six months. That hope has been lost as politicians once again exploit ethnic differences and bleed their constituents in their pursuit of power. Continue reading