Kenya

A visit to the workers’ quarters at a Unilever tea plantation in Kenya

By our correspondents, 1 October 2019

How giant tea companies exploit Kenyan plantation workers

By Saman Gunadasa, 1 October 2019

Backbreaking work, meagre wages and brutal conditions assure super profits to global conglomerates.

Striking Kenyan lecturers defy labor court injunction, Nigeria lecturers strike

By Eddie Haywood, 20 March 2018

The strikes by university lecturers and staff in Kenya and Nigeria are part of growing labor unrest in Africa and internationally.

Kenyan universities petition court to declare lecturers strike illegal

By Eddie Haywood, 12 March 2018

At the heart of the walkout are lecturers’ low salaries and overall deteriorating conditions of the Kenyan public university system.

Kenya lecturers’ strike paralyzes public universities

By Eddie Haywood, 5 March 2018

The lecturers have vowed to continue the strike until their demands for increased salaries and funding to upgrade facilities are met by the government.

Kenyan president declared winner in election re-run amid low turnout

By Eddie Haywood, 31 October 2017

The poll took place within an atmosphere of police violence and acts of intimidation, which almost certainly originated with forces loyal to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyan election re-run exposed as a farce

By Eddie Haywood, 26 October 2017

The economic prospects for East Africa’s top economy, already suffering from a significant slowdown, have dimmed considerably in the crisis-ridden weeks preceding today’s poll.

Kenyan government bans demonstrations ahead of October 26 election re-run

By Eddie Haywood, 18 October 2017

The news of the protest ban sparked widespread outrage and thousands of people poured onto the streets in defiance of the government edict.

Bombings kill hundreds in Somali capital

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2017

Twin bombings in central areas of Somalia’s capital of MogadishuSaturday killed at least 302 people and injured 300 others, with thedeath toll expected to climb.

Mass demonstrations rock Kenya as Odinga withdraws from election re-run

By Eddie Haywood, 12 October 2017

Protests spread after parliament passed a measure blocking the Supreme Court from nullifying future polls and giving the president far-reaching control over the electoral process.

New presidential election in Kenya overshadowed by political crisis

By Eddie Haywood, 4 October 2017

Scores of police were deployed across the country to quash demonstrations, leaving one person dead and several injured, with many others beaten and detained.

Kenyan Supreme Court voids presidential election, ordering new poll

By Eddie Haywood, 4 September 2017

The unprecedented ruling marked the first time a high court anywhere in Africa has overturned a presidential election result.

Kenyan police violently quell opposition to disputed election

By Eddie Haywood, 16 August 2017

Twenty-four people have been killed by police since Friday’s announcement declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner over his challenger, Raila Odinga.

Kenyan elections take place under threat of crackdown

By Eddie Haywood, 12 August 2017

The hotly-contested election for president has been marked by allegations of election fraud and an intensified police state atmosphere.

Kenyan doctors union threatens strike over stalled March agreement

By Eddie Haywood, 31 May 2017

After multiple delays the union has given the government a final deadline of June 14 to implement the terms agreed to earlier this year before calling another strike.

Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017

Few details have been released of the “Return to Work Formula,” which is merely a draft proposal and not a binding agreement.

Doctors strike highlights catastrophic health care crisis in Kenya

By Eddie Haywood, 7 March 2017

Five thousand doctors employed in public hospitals across Kenya have been on strike since December, citing low pay and dreadful working conditions.

Obama begins East Africa tour with economic and military talks in Nairobi

By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2015

The US president arrived in Kenya with a mercenary agenda aimed at shoring up US domination over the strategic East African region.

Somali militants massacre Kenyan university students

By Thomas Gaist, 4 April 2015

The attack was apparently organized by al Shabaab, a clan-based militia that emerged out of the protracted destruction of Somali society by US imperialism.

Westgate mall attack death toll continues to rise as FBI deploys agents to Nairobi

By Thomas Gaist, 27 September 2013

The attack has raised uncomfortable questions about the relationship between the US government and Al Qaeda groups such as Al Shabab.

Fighting continues for third day in Nairobi, Kenya mall attack

By Thomas Gaist, 24 September 2013

Kenyan authorities claimed to have retaken a Nairobi mall stormed by Al Shabab militants as Western officials and media warned of the spread of similar attacks.

Kenya: Islamist militia attacks Nairobi’s Westgate mall, killing 68

By Alex Lantier, 23 September 2013

Gunmen assaulted the upscale Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi over the weekend, in an attack claimed by Somalia’s Islamist Al Shabab militia.

Kenyan president moves to slash wages, continue war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2013

The Kenyan president is advancing an agenda of wage cuts and continuing Kenya’s role in the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Somalia.

Britain’s victims during Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising expect compensation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2013

Thousands of Kenyans are expecting to receive reparations for the abuses they suffered at the hands of British imperialism during the suppression of the Mau Mau resistance movement.

Mau-Mau verdict exposes crimes of British imperialism in Kenya

By Jean Shaoul, 12 November 2012

It is estimated that more than 150,000 Kenyans were killed in the suppression of the Mau-Mau uprising that involved ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and widespread torture and murder.

Released papers reveal attempts to cover up Britain’s criminal past

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2012

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released thousands of files it previously claimed were “lost” after Britain withdrew from its former colonies.

US-backed Kenyan forces invade Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 26 October 2011

Kenya sent military forces into Somalia last week, vowing to fight al-Shabaab militants it blamed for a spate of abductions of foreign nationals.

Over 100 dead, others horribly maimed in Nairobi pipeline explosion

By Julie Hyland, 13 September 2011

More than 100 people have been killed, and scores horribly burned in Kenya, after a leaking fuel pipeline exploded Monday morning in a Nairobi slum.

Kenyans win right to sue UK government for colonial torture

By Joe Mount, 2 August 2011

Four Kenyans are to sue the UK government for the treatment they received during the suppression of the Mau Mau uprising during the early 1950s when Kenya was a British colony.

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7 November 2008

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Kenya: School fire kills at least 59 students

By David Rowan, 30 March 2001

At 1.40am on March 26, fire swept through a dormitory of the Kyanguli Secondary School in Machakos, 30 miles (65 km) to the southeast of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing at least 59 male students between the ages of 15 and 19.