Kenya unveils new currency coins

Kenya’s central bank (CBK) has unveiled new generation coins that will start circulating this week. The new currency contains features that make it accessible to visually impaired people. President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the unveiling of the new coins. The coins will be available in denominations of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10 and Sh20. “Last

Ruto worried Raila may throw him out of Jubilee

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has accused former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of plotting to throw him out of the ruling party Jubilee. Mr Ruto claimed Mr Odinga is using his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta to bring "conmanship, confusion and hypocrisy". Mr Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta met in March for

Kenya’s hottest male lawmaker has just been found

The 12th Parliament has hunky MPs who have left Kenyan women weak, wishing, wanting, and dreaming. Some sauntered and became ‘wahesh’ following victories after the August 8 General Election which injected new, hot blood into the August House, previously the preserve of greying men in need of tummy tucks. But these new

Kenya deports Chinese man over ‘racist rant’

A Chinese man has been deported after a video emerged of him making racist comments, Kenya's immigration department says. The man, indentified as Liu Jiaqi, was captured in a video calling all Kenyans, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, "monkeys". Mr Liu and his representatives have yet to comment on the situation. The authorities have

Kenya’s president calls Boris Johnson ‘the bicycle guy’

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday left his delegates chuckling after he forgot former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's second name. Mr Kenyatta was addressing the media with British Prime Minister Theresa May who is on an official visit to Africa, when a journalist asked him how he felt about British

Former Nairobi governor detained over graft

Former Nairobi Givernor Evans Kidero has been arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over mismanagment of funds, an anti-corruption official has said. Kidero, who served Kenya's capital as a governor between 2013 and 2017, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is expectes to appear before a court of

A $10m mosque is coming up in Nairobi

The Masjid Abubakar Committee in Eastleigh, Nairobi, has embarked on an ambitious 950 million ($9.5 millions) shilling expansion plan to upgrade its facilities to cater for the increasing need of the local Muslim faithful. The project, located in Eastleigh Sixth Street, will include a ten-storey modern mosque to enhance on the

Supporters start petition to secure Kenya’s Odinga the Nobel Peace Prize

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga have launched an online petition to have him nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The petition, which has 1,888 signatures so far, says Mr Odinga "saved Kenya from turning into bloody civil war" by shaking hands with rival Uhuru Kenyatta after last year's disputed elections. Mr

Kenya internet outage due to ‘fiber link cuts’

Kenya's largest mobile firm, Safaricom, has apologised to its customers after an internet outage that lasted several hours on Sunday affected businesses across the country. The company said the outage was caused by "multiple fiber link cuts affecting critical transmission equipment". "We apologise to our customers and partners that are currently experiencing

Kenya’s Safaricom to ‘introduce’ M-Pesa in Ethiopia

Kenyan telecom company Safaricom is reportedly in advanced talks with Ethiopian officials to introduce mobile money service M-Pesa to the landlocked country. According to the Reuters news agency, Ethio Telecom will carry the service, while Safaricom will host the servers back in Nairobi. If this goes ahead, the deal will present Safaricom with a

Kenyan elder seeks to meet Obama

An elder from northeastern Kenya town of Wajir who dressed former US President Barack Obama in traditional Somali attire in 2006 is seeking to meet him. Hussein Mumin is a peace elder and is credited with bringing to an end inter-clan clashes in Wajir in 1993 and is still active in

Anger in Kenya as MPs watch World Cup at taxpayers’ expense

A group of Kenyan MPs have traveled to Russia to watch the World Cup at the taxpayers' expense, angering many citizens. Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup finals and has not reached any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. The country's The Star newspaper reported that

Six things you should know before visiting Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and the largest city in east Africa. These and some other reasons make it a great place to visit. There are some things you need to know before you travel there. Here are six of them: 1. Traffic lights are simply suggestions While you may have

Kenyan forces ‘repulse’ Al-Shabab attack near Somalia border

Kenyan security officers have repulsed al-Shabab attack on a police camp near the border with Somalia. Garissa County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said about 20 heavily armed militants believed to have crossed from neighboring Somalia attempted to raid an Administration Police camp in Amey but were repulsed. Chepchieng said the militants chose to

At 28 only, she is Kenya’s youngest PhD holder

At only 28, Purity Ngina has become Kenya's youngest Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate. Dr Ngina, as she is now known, received her PhD in Biomathematics from Strathmore University late last month. She hails from the country's central Nyeri region and achieved the tremendous success despite hailing from low income family and

Al-Shabab claims killing Kenya army commander in Somalia

Somalia's Al-Shabab group has claimed killing a Kenyan military commander in southwestern Somalia town of Fafahdun. The Al-Qaeda-lonked group said the commander, who was leading Kenyan troops in Fafhdun, was killed after its fighters attacked a Kenyan military camp with motor shells. The Kenya Defence Forces have so far not responded to

Al-Shabab fires motor shells at Kenya army base in Somalia

Al-Shabaab has attacked a Kenyan military camp in southwestern Somalia, the militant group and residents said. The militant group fired several motor shells at the base in Fafahdun, Gedo region in southwest Somalia. Heavy fighting between the two sides ensued, resulting in deaths and injuries but there are no reports on the

African leaders gather in Mauritania for talks on corruption

African presidents and prime ministers are meeting in Mauritania on 1-2 July to discuss corruption which has plagued parts of the continent. The two-day meeting in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, will deliberate on the issue under the theme: “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”. Kenyan President Uhuru

Speaker of Somali upper house of parliament arrives in Kenya

The speaker of Somalia’s upper chamber of parliament has arrived in Nairobi for talks with Kenyan senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka. During a meeting, Abdi Hashi thanked Kenya for supporting Somalia and invited Lusaka to visit Mogadishu. The two officials discussed a number of issues relating to the work of the two country’s

Fifteen die in market fire in Kenya’s capital – officials

A fire tore through a market in Kenya’s capital Nairobi early on Thursday, killing at least 15 people in one of the country’s deadliest blazes in recent years. Television footage showed people sifting through ashen wreckage as smoke rose from the Gikomba, a flea market which lies east of the capital’s

Kenya: German flag flies at half-mast after World Cup exit

In the aftermath of Germany's elimination from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the German embassy in Kenya has tweeted a picture of the country's flag flying at half-mast as a symbol of mourning. On Wednesday, Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea and went out in the first round of the

Somalia officially takes control of air space after decades

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Somalia will be in control of its own air space. Since 1992, air traffic over Somalia had been controlled from Nairobi by the United Nations after a civil war broke out in the Horn of Africa country. The Somali Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority