Kenya

Police arrest Agnes Tirop’s husband in connection with athlete’s death

  • Olympic 5,000m runner found with stab wounds to neck
  • ‘We have main suspect in custody,’ say Kenyan police

The 25-year-old Tirop, who represented Kenya in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics, was stabbed in the neck with a knife. Police said on Thursday they had arrested Emmanuel Rotich in the coastal city of Mombasa, hours after pleading with him to surrender.

Husband a ‘suspect’ as Kenyan athlete Tirop found dead

The two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medallist, who finished fourth in the Olympic 5,000m final two months ago, was 25.

Last month, Tirop set the world record for a women's only 10km road race in Germany.

A criminal investigation is now underway into her death, with police saying her husband has gone missing.

On Wednesday, crime scene investigators were at the house of Tirop, who police say was reported missing by her father on Tuesday night.

Kenya reopens schools after nine months

The learners' temperatures were checked and they were required to use sanitiser before entering classrooms.

There was excitement in most schools as the pupils were reunited, the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi reports from Nairobi.

The authorities say efforts have been made to ensure that pupils and teachers will be safe.

But Kenya's National Union of Teachers' Secretary General Wilson Sossion told the BBC's Newsday programme that the return to school plan was "inadequate".

4G internet balloons take off over Kenya

It will provide 4G coverage so people can make voice and video calls, browse the web, email, text and stream videos.

The project was announced two years ago but final sign-off from the Kenyan government has only just been given.

It is now being fast-tracked to help improve communications during the coronavirus pandemic.

The balloons' 4G internet service has been tested with 35,000 customers and will initially cover a region spanning 50,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles).

Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda hit by deadly flooding

Kenya has been the hardest hit with the government recording 194 deaths.

In Rwanda, 55 people have died and floods have killed 16 in Somalia. In Uganda high water levels have trapped an estimated 200 patients inside a hospital.

East African countries have also been hit by a locust invasion and Covid-19.

The authorities in Kenya have told people in some of the affected areas to move away from "potential danger".

The water has also washed away 8,000 acres of crops and some vital infrastructure, the government has said.

Garamuts’ world cup run ends

Both teams were winless going into their last match in New Zealand.

The two lowly ranked teams of World Cricket did not disappoint in that regard as they played out a nail biter, Kenya winning by 14 runs.

Kenya won the toss and immediately elected to bat. A decision that looked to prove costly facing James Tau who is in great form with his bowling for the Garamuts.

Kenya put on 60 runs as Tau tried every bowling combination possible to get them out, but to no avail.

Kenya out to defend crown in Singapore

It's difficult to fathom just how much natural talent Kenya's sevens players have.

They are not full time professional rugby players, with some working in agriculture, TV production, public relations and medicine to name but a few professions.

 It's a highly qualified team off the pitch and on the pitch Kenya reached a new pinnacle in 2016 when they won their first ever world series tournament in Singapore.

Kenya's mobile money success story turns 10

The majority of the East African country's population is subscribed to a mobile payment service, and the most popular choice is M-Pesa, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in March 2017.

M-Pesa -- "pesa" means "money" in Swahili -- has made a dramatic impact over this time.

Kenyan couple treated to lavish ceremony after $1 wedding

News of their budget wedding last month went viral on social media and many Kenyans offered to help.

At their first wedding, Wilson and Ann Mutura wore jeans and T-shirts and two steel circles served as rings.

Kenya media estimated their second wedding party cost $35,000 at an upmarket venue in the capital, Nairobi.

The BBC's Peter Mwai in Nairobi says as the couple had already officially tied the knot, they exchanged new rings at the Valentine's Day ceremony.

Court blocks bid to close world's largest refugee camp

A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year.

The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was tantamount to an act of group persecution.

The government said it would appeal against the ruling on security grounds.

It said that attacks on its soil by the Somalia-based al-Shabab group had been planned in the camp.