November 18, 1991 |
Calm and quiet returned to this capital yesterday, with all but one of Kenya's pro-democracy leaders under arrest and the police clashes of Saturday receding in a steady wash of equatorial rain. Nothing but caravans of tourist vans were pushing through the downtown Nairobi streets, and in the huge, concrete City Market, eager peddlers began shouting to approaching customers from 50 yards away. In the city's eastern slums, the site of sporadic fighting between protesters and security police on Saturday, children played in the mud and the roads had been cleared of all signs of barricades and struggle.
March 13, 1988 |
Pimps, thieves and prostitutes came to see big Pat Shaw buried. So did Nairobi's top police brass and the chief justice of Kenya's supreme court. The lawmen came to say goodbye to Africa's most famous white cop, a big man with a bigger reputation for always getting his man, one way or another. The pimps and prostitutes, who had been Shaw's informers, came to gaze on the body of a giant who had terrified them for so long. The thieves, it is said, crept up to convince themselves that Pat Shaw really was dead.
August 8, 1998 |
For Kenyans, Nairobi is like New York and Washington combined. The bombing of the U.S. Embassy and nearby office buildings there at 10:35 a.m. yesterday appears to have been placed and timed to ensure maximum casualties: Friday mornings are particularly busy, with heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic as merchants take their wares to the markets, beggars jam city streets in the hope of benefiting from the generosity of Muslim faithful on their...
August 13, 1998 |
Mary Louise Martin studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, but in Nairobi, Kenya, she was on a mission to help children. Martin didn't work at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, but she would stop by occasionally to exchange money and buy hard-to-find American products. And she was in the embassy Friday when she was killed in the terrorist bombing. Martin, 45, was a medical genetics resident in Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine from 1983 to 1985.
August 5, 1986 |
Beryl Markham, 83, who hunted with Africa's Masai tribesmen as a child and grew up to become the first pilot to fly the Atlantic solo from east to west, died Sunday after surgery in Nairobi, Kenya. Her attorney, Jack Couldrey, said yesterday that the British-born pilot, author and horse trainer had undergone surgery for a broken leg suffered when she tripped over her dog in her cottage on the grounds of the Nairobi race track. Frail and in poor health for some time, she had spent her last years in Nairobi, training horses, some of which won prestigious races at East African tracks.
October 20, 1991 |
Little bigger than Texas and Oklahoma combined, Kenya nonetheless stands for all of Africa in the minds of many Americans. Masai villages, herds of hundreds of thousands of exotic wild animals, huge wilderness - it's a romantic image based on fact that is also only part of the reality. Kenya also contains some of the world's best oceanfront beaches, a significant population of Asian Muslims and one of Africa's largest cities. And, as recent events have emphasized, harsh modern truths are part of Kenya.
March 12, 1986 |
When the pupils of Kenya's Nayeri School District lined up for their customary free milk one day last month, some of the children balked. They said the milk was laced with contraceptives. Someone, it appeared, had spread a false rumor: The school milk, provided free by a government that is bent on reducing Kenya's soaring birthrate, had been doctored to make primary-school children infertile. By the time the rumor was relayed to Nairobi, President Daniel Arap Moi had ordered the arrest of "rumormongers;" a Catholic priest and a teenage student had been jailed on charges of rumormongering, and Kenya's education minister had accused teachers of spreading the milk rumor.
March 31, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's next president, and the loser accepted that verdict, ending an election season that riveted the nation amid fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 postelection violence. Jubilant Kenyatta supporters flooded the streets of downtown Nairobi, honking horns, blowing plastic noise-makers, and chanting. But supporters of defeated Prime Minister Rail Odinga were angry, and shortly after the verdict, police fired tear gas at them outside the Supreme Court.
August 7, 1988 |
On a typical day in Nairobi, Kenya, this summer, La Tanya Frazier rose at 6:30 a.m. to make breakfast, and clean a bathroom and a lecture hall. The Deptford woman was one of 21 American college students who spent a month in Kenya under a program sponsored by the School for Field Studies, a Beverly, Mass., institution that offers college-age students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in other cultures. After their camp-maintenance chores, the students attended lectures on ecology, wildlife management, biology or statistics.
November 19, 1987 |
Last weekend, a mysterious letter was published in full in Nairobi's three newspapers. It contained mispellings and made outrageous claims, but it was nonetheless accepted as true by many Kenyans. The letter had met the one litmus test that matters in Kenya: It supported regular government claims of foreign-inspired coup plots. The letter outlined a purported plot by the Ku Klux Klan to overthrow President Daniel arap Moi. It said a tiny North Carolina church had raised $80 million to topple Moi and other black African leaders.