2007 in Kenya

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 14 - Rift Valley Fever outbreak in northeastern Kenya has reached a death toll of 95, out of 248 reported cases. Most affected are Garissa, Wajir, Ijara and Tana River districts. Several international and domestic health organisations have provided vaccines and other aid to overcome the outbreak [4].
  • January 23 - A recording of a conversation involving David Mwiraria recorded in 11 June 2004 is released by John Githongo. According to the tape, Mwiraria tried to stop investigations on the Anglo-Leasing scandal, in which he was a suspect. [6]. However, The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) downplayed the tape stating it did not reveal anything new [7].

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 4 - Five dangerous criminals escaped Nakuru GK Prison [12].
  • March 15 - Internal Security minister John Michuki proposes new tough laws against possession of illegal firearms. Similarly, the police was given a tight shoot-to-kill directive. These amendments aim at decreasing violent crime in Kenya. [13].
  • March 19 - President Mwai Kibaki proposes constitutional reforms to be implemented before general elections set to be held in December 2007. Especially opposition members have demanded new constitutional reforms [14].

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • May 1 - During his labour day speech, President Mwai Kibaki promises to scrap tuition fees issued by public high schools [17].
  • May 4 - Ethnic violence in Mt. Elgon area continues, ten people were shot dead in Kitale [18].
  • May 5 - Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashes in Cameroon shortly after take-off. All 114 on board perished.
  • May 14 - By-election held in Magarini constituency was won by Harrison Garama Kombe of Shirikisho Party [19].
  • May 19 - Three wildlife rangers and four suspected poachers were shot dead during a gunfight in Tana River District [20].
  • May 28 - Kenyan economy grew by 6.1 per cent in 2006, according to the government. It is the highest growth rate in Kenya in three decades [21].

June[edit]

  • June 8 - Over 30 suspected Mungiki members have been killed by the police within a week, following recent violence by the sect [22]
  • June 21 - Eleven people were killed around Nairobi. These killings happened after John Kamunya (aka Maina Njenga), a former Mungiki leader was jailed for five years [23].

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 2 - Charity Ngilu, the minister of health, was arrested for several hours in Nairobi. This happened after Ngilu allegedly freed Anne Njogu, a detained human rights activist [27].
  • August 11 - Several people die following mudslides near Malava, western Kenya [28]
  • August 29 - 20 people die in a road accident near Yala town as a bus and petrol tanker collide [29].
  • August 31 - The Guardian newspaper featured on its front page a story about corruption by the family of the former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi. They claim their source of the information was Wikileaks [30]. Government spokesman Alfred Mutua dismissed the claims [31].

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • November 17 - Main political parties (ODM, ODM-K and PNU) held their primary elections selecting parliamentary and civic candidates for the upcoming general elections. These primaries were marred by irregularities and violence. Numerous candidates defected to smaller parties after failing to get candidature by their respective parties.[3]
  • November 23 - Solomon Nyanjui, the missing KWS helicopter pilot was found alive with minor injuries, after being missing for eight days. The helicopter he was flying had crashed on the flanks of Mount Kenya, near Chuka town.[4]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Sports[edit]

January - March[edit]

April - June[edit]

July - September[edit]

October - December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Standard, October 10, 2007: 12 killed as bus plunges into river
  2. ^ The Standard, October 18, 2007: Pope appoints Kenya’s Njue Cardinal
  3. ^ BBC News, November 20, 2007: Chaos mars Kenyan party primaries
  4. ^ Daily Nation, November 24, 2007: Missing KWS pilot found alive
  5. ^ Daily Nation, November 28, 2007: Archbishop Kirima dies at 71
  6. ^ Daily Nation, December 26, 2007: Curtain falls on singer Mighty King Kong
  7. ^ Confédération Africaine de Volleyball, September 11, 2007: Kenya Wins the trophy and secured World Cup Berth
  8. ^ "Tundo crowned as Duncan wins Guru Nanak", Ochieng’ Ogodo, The Standard, October 22, 2007
  9. ^ The Standard, October 29, 2007: Njoroge, Jepkemboi win Standard Chartered marathon
  10. ^ IAAF, November 4, 2007: Radcliffe and Lel pull off stunning victories in New York