2008 in Kenya

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 1 - Government and ODM representatives issue a public statement witnessed by Kofi Annan on the Goal of National Dialogue and Reconciliation [4]

April[edit]

  • April 13 - The new coalition cabinet is finally unveiled.[5]

June[edit]

  • June 10 - Four people, including politicians Kipkalya Kones and Lorna Laboso were killed in an aviation accident. They were on board of a Cessna 210 plane that crashed, without survivors.[6]
  • June 11 - The first parliamentary by-elections in Kenya after the chaotic 2007 general elections were held. Out of five seats constested, ODM won three and PNU two. However, ODM lost the Embakasi Constituency seat to PNU.[7]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 13 - a Fokker F27-500 cargo aircraft operated by Fly540. crashed about 20 km (12 mi) from the Namber Konton airport near Mogadishu, Somalia. All three crew members died. The aircraft was carrying a shipment of miraa (khat). The plane had departed from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.[12]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • November 1 - An Nakumatt Supermarket and other fully operational properties were demolished in Nairobi to pave way for the expansion of Thika Road.[16]
  • November 5 - The Kenya people celebrated the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. The following day November 6 is declared a public holiday in Kenya. His father, Barack Obama, Sr. was raised and buried in Nyang'oma Kogelo village in western Kenya.

December[edit]

  • December 11 - Kenyan parliament passes the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Act regulating media in Kenya. Critics say the bill meant to suppress the freedom of press, while the Kenyan government denies it.[17]
  • December 19 - Joel Onyancha of Ford-People lost the Bomachoge Constituency parliamentary seat after the 2007 results were nullified due to irregularities [18]
  • December 24 - President Kibaki signs a bill disbanding the Electoral Commission of Kenya. It will be replaced by Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).[19]
  • December 31 - Over 120 political parties, four with a parliamentary representation, failed to meet the deadline for complying with the new Political Parties Act and face deregisteration.[20]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 13 - David Mwenje, 55, former MP and assistant minister died of illness.[28]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 17 - Michael Omondi, former field hockey player and Olympic competitor dies of short illness aged 46.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Sports[edit]

January - March[edit]

April - June[edit]

July - September[edit]

October - December[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenyans burned to death in church", BBC News, January 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "Up to 50 people killed in Kenya church", Associated Press (Sydney Morning Herald), January 2, 2007.
  3. ^ BBC News, January 24, 2007: [Kenyan rivals meet face-to-face]
  4. ^ Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, February 1, 2008: Public Statement - Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation [1]
  5. ^ BBC News, April 13, 2008: Kenya unveils coalition cabinet
  6. ^ a b BBC News, June 10, 2008: Ministers killed in Kenya crash
  7. ^ BBC News, June 12, 2008: ODM wins three Kenya by-elections
  8. ^ BBC News July 8, 2008: Minister resigns over Kenya hotel
  9. ^ Capital News, July 15, 2008:Raila meeting endorses Mau evictions
  10. ^ Daily Nation, August 2, 2008: Raiders shoot dead 30 herders
  11. ^ The Standard, August 12, 2008: Kamukunji: Eyes now shift to Starehe
  12. ^ Daily Nation, August 13, 2008: Plane crashes in Mogadishu
  13. ^ KBC, September 26, 2008: Kones and Laboso win seats
  14. ^ BBC News, September 26, 2008: Somalia's pirates seize 33 tanks
  15. ^ Daily Nation, October 14, 2008: Waki report to be handed over
  16. ^ Capital FM, November 1, 2008: Nakumatt Thika rd demolished
  17. ^ BBC News, December 11, 2008: Kenya defends new 'media gag' law
  18. ^ Daily Nation, January 28, 2009: Speaker free to declare Bomachoge seat vacant
  19. ^ Daily Nation, December 24, 2008: Kibaki seals ECK fate
  20. ^ Daily Nation website, December 31, 2008, 30 parties meet deadline for new law
  21. ^ The Standard, January 3, 2007: Poll violence claim former athlete Sang
  22. ^ The Standard, January 3, 2007: Politician killed in ethnic clashes
  23. ^ Daily Nation, January 23, 2007: Kenya loses another athlete to violence
  24. ^ The Standard, January 25, 2008: Basketballer dies in post-election violence
  25. ^ Jeffrey Gettleman, "Opposition Politician is Killed in Kenya", The New York Times, January 29, 2008
  26. ^ BBC News, January 31, 2008: Tension after Kenyan MP shot dead
  27. ^ 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Stephen Arusei Kipkorir dies in car crash
  28. ^ Daily Nation, March 14, 2008: Ex-Embakasi MP Mwenje dies
  29. ^ Daily Nation, April 5, 2008: [Death breaks off Ndindiri’s 34-year career Death breaks off Ndindiri’s 34-year career]
  30. ^ Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, April 10, 2008: Jeremiah Nyagah dies
  31. ^ The Times, June 8, 2008: Ngugi wa Mirii: Modern African playwright
  32. ^ Daily Nation, May 18, 2008: Former Gatundu South MP dies
  33. ^ Daily Nation, May 25, 2008: Droves of militia surrender
  34. ^ The Standard, March 16, 2011: Curtain rolls down on rumba, benga star Musa Juma
  35. ^ Daily Nation, October 14, 2008: Ex-Industrial Court judge Cockar dies
  36. ^ The Standard, November 16, 2008: Reuben Chesire is dead
  37. ^ Daily Nation, December 9, 2008: Man who gave false testimony against Kenyatta dies in crash
  38. ^ Daily Nation website, December 30, 2008: Former police chief Nyaseda dies in hospital
  39. ^ IAAF, January 1, 2008: Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Timbilil beat the heat in São Paulo
  40. ^ IAAF, January 2, 2008: Menjo, Cheruiyot the victors in Madrid
  41. ^ IAAF, January 1, 2008: Soi, Kibet take Bolzano victories
  42. ^ IAAF, January 1, 2008: Kogo sets course record in Houilles
  43. ^ The Standard, March 20, 2008: Dunford, Jepkosgei Soya Winners
  44. ^ European Tour, March 9, 2008: Hot Pyman wins the Tusker Kenya Open
  45. ^ The Standard, may 6, 2008: Prisons women’s volleyballers clinch Africa Club title
  46. ^ IAAF, June 1, 2008: Berlin witnesses Jelimo, 800m revelation
  47. ^ Safari Sevens website
  48. ^ Automobilsport.com, July 5, 2008: Lee Rose wins Safari Rally
  49. ^ The Standard, August 31, 2008: Quins crowned Kenya cup champions
  50. ^ African Volleyball Confederation 2008 Women’s junior African Nations Championship
  51. ^ BBC Sports, November 22, 2008: Mathare win first Kenya title
  52. ^ The Standard, November 23, 2008: ‘Flying Singh’ beats Rose to glory in battle for KNRC honour
  53. ^ The Standard, December 10, 2008: Swimming team bags nine medals


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