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A man has been shot dead by armed police after reports that “three loud bangs” were heard next to Kensington Palace.

Visitors to the palace fled the scene as gunshots rang out at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate at 3.20pm on Saturday.

Police later revealed they were called to reports of an armed robber entering a bank and bookmaker in nearby Marloes Road at 3pm.

A spokesman said: “The man was then seen to get into a vehicle and leave the area.

“At 3.19pm, armed officers stopped a vehicle at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate, SW7. Shots were fired and a man sustained gunshot wounds.

“The incident is not being treated as terrorism.”

One witness said they saw a person getting chest compressions from paramedics.


Katie Roberton, 40, who was with her son visiting the palace said she heard three bangs ring out.

She told The Standard: “We heard these shots and I said to my boy ‘My god that sounds like gunshots’. It was not ‘bang, bang, bang’ but slower, all over in seven seconds.

“I stopped in my tracks and so did another woman ahead of me, then we saw people running.

“It was really scary I was with my son, so I had to stay calm for him. We walked to the side of the palace where the cars go in.

“The police there said they had no idea what going on but it could be something to do with the embassies.

“We just got out of there as soon as we can.”

Police remain at the scene guarding a forensics tent in the road. 

A manager at a spa on Kensington Road, told the Standard: “We were all inside the hotel, it was busy we had all the guests in the bar, the restaurant. “Suddenly there were loads of police cars everywhere.

“They haven’t disclosed very much.

“Police came in to see if we are ok and told us to keep our guests away from the windows wherever possible. All our windows are open at the back so we were told to avoid people going out of the main entrance.

“Our guests aren’t allowed out still. We have another entrance and everyone is trying to get on normally.”

Another passerby said: “I was walking past and saw the area cordoned off with lots of police cars, vans and an ambulance.

“People were rumouring that someone got shot by the police. But I didn’t hear anything.

“They had a stretcher already out. I couldn’t take any pictures because I was holding shopping bags.”

Author and journalist Millie Kerr, 40, who lives in the area in an Uber when got stuck in traffic near the Palace Gate.

She told MyLondon: “I wasn’t there when the incident took place, but I got out of my Uber and started walking. I headed through the park and saw what I’m 95 per cent sure was paramedics giving chest compressions to at least one person.

“It was next to a car but I don’t think it looked like a car crash had happened. The helicopter has just left the area in the last five minutes.”

A Met spokesman added that despite the “best efforts of the emergency services” the man was pronounced dead at 4.08pm.

He said: “Efforts are under way to confirm the man’s identity and to inform his next of kin.

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“A number of road closures are in place in the local area and are likely to remain in place for some time. The public are advised to avoid the area.

“The incident is not being treated as terrorism.”  By Barney Davies, Evening Standard/Yahoo News

December 6, 2021. Ethiopian rebel group, Tigray People’s Liberation Front, is facing new accusations of summary executions of civilians.

Solan Kolli| AFP

Ethiopian rebel group, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), is facing new accusations of summary executions of civilians in what could add a new toll of atrocities to the conflict in the country. 

A detailed report released by rights lobby, Human Rights Watch, on Friday has revealed that the TPLF carried out numerous civilian executions during the past battles in the Tigray and Amhara regions.

“Tigrayan forces summarily executed dozens of civilians in two towns they controlled in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region between August 31 and September 9, 2021.

“These killings highlight the urgent need for the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an international investigative mechanism into abuses by all warring parties in the expanded Tigray conflict,” said the Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Residents in affected areas told the organisation that TPLF forces who entered the village called Chenna, for example, in late August executed 26 civilians in fifteen separate incidents, before withdrawing on September 4.

Retaliatory attacks

“In the town of Kobo on September 9, Tigrayan forces summarily executed a total of 23 people in four separate incidents, witnesses said. The killings were in apparent retaliation for attacks by farmers on advancing Tigrayan forces earlier that day” HRW added.

Lama Fakih, Human Rights Watch Crisis and Conflict Director revealed that TPLF forces showed brutal disregard for human life and the laws of war by executing people in their custody.

“These killings and other atrocities by all sides to the conflict underscore the need for an independent international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray and Amhara regions” said Lama.

Evidences from relatives  

In September and October, Human Rights Watch said it remotely interviewed 36 people, including witnesses to killings, victims’ relatives and neighbours, religious figures, and doctors about fighting and abuses in around Chenna Teklehaimanot village and Kobo Town in Amhara.

“Nineteen people described seeing Tigrayan fighters in Chenna and Kobo summarily executing a total of 49 people who they said were civilians, providing 44 names. The organization also obtained three lists of civilians who had allegedly been killed in Chenna between August 31 and September 4.

“Taken together, the lists contain 74 names, 30 of which witnesses and relatives of those killed also mentioned to Human Rights Watch. In addition to summary executions, civilians may also have been killed during the fighting from crossfire or heavy weapons. Human Rights Watch was not able to determine how many were killed in this way” HRW cited.

A 70-year-old man said that two Tigrayan fighters killed his son and nephew, aged 23 and 24 respectively in Chenna's Agosh-Mado village on September 2.

“At about midday two Tigrayan fighters came to my compound …They asked [for] our identity cards and accused us of being members of the local defense forces. Then they tied my son and nephew’s hands behind their backs and took them out through the gate of my compound and shot them dead there. Then they turned to me, and I begged them not to kill me and they left” said the elderly man who chose to remain anonymous” the man chose privacy narrated. 

Human shielding

Other witnesses also said that TPLF forces put civilians at grave risk by holding them in residential compounds and shooting from those compounds at Ethiopian troops positioned on nearby hills, drawing return fire. Such actions may amount to “human shielding,” a war crime.

HRW added that four residents described the summary execution of 23 people, including farmers returning to Kobo, in four incidents in the town.

“As these forces searched for weapons in at least two villages, farmers there attacked the Tigrayan forces and fighting ensued. When Tigrayan forces returned to Kobo shortly after midday, they attacked farmers working in the fields between the villages and Kobo” the rights group added.

The TPLF did not immediately respond to the claims and HRW says it sent an advance copy but got no comment. By David Mayen, Daily Nation

Members of the band, including Chimano (second right) have recently been releasing solo singles

One of the stars of top Kenyan band Sauti Sol, Willis Austin Chimano, has come out as gay, telling a local outlet that he no longer wants to live a lie.

Sauti Sol is one of Africa's biggest male bands and won the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Chimano's opening up about his sexuality is being hailed as a boost to the LGBT community.

Gay sex in Kenya is punishable by up to 14 years in prison - a challenge to this law was rejected in 2019.

Prosecutions under this law are not common and attitudes towards gay people are more liberal than in neighbouring countries such as Uganda and Tanzania.

Although there are few reports of homophobic attacks in Kenya, many members of the LGBT community live in clandestine communities and are often shunned by their families in this deeply religious country.

However, attitudes are softening, especially among younger people and Chimano joins a growing list of prominent young Kenyans who have come out as gay or lesbian.

"Young people are saluting him and are seeing him as an icon who comes out to celebrate his life and his sexuality. It's a good thing, it shows our diversity as a country," gay activist Kevin Mwachiro told the BBC.

Last week, Chimano released a solo single, Friday Feeling, that he told the local Standard newspaper was "a true representation of who he is".

"It is the first time I am expressing myself in a song. You really get to know who Chimano is and that is a heavy crown to carry. It is just a representation of the underground ballroom culture within the queer community... which I am part of," he is quoted as saying. 

A Kenyan High Court ruled in 2019 against campaigners seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex.

Campaigners wanted the colonial-era law scrapped, saying that it gave rise to a climate of homophobia. By By Emmanuel Onyango, BBC

ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing the gathering at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi on December 10, 2021. [Standard]

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has announced that he will run for presidency in the 2022 General Election.

Odinga, 76, made the announcement at Kasarani Stadium on Friday, December 10, after several months of speculation about his candidature in the upcoming polls. 

“I ask for nothing, and I will never ask for anything, except the opportunity to serve,” he said during his speech at Kasarani Stadium.

The former prime minister said he will prioritise, among others, unity agenda, teachers' welfare, national healthcare, employment and economic recovery.


“Peace-making is not a self-enriching enterprise, it is a blessing from God," he said.

This marks the fifth time the ODM chief is taking a stab at the presidency after four previous failed bids in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017.

Odinga’s wife Ida, during her speech at Kasarani Stadium, said she had “surrendered” her husband to Kenyans

The 76-year-old Odinga will face off against Deputy President William Ruto, who has promised to place small and middle income earners at the centre of his government operations, should he win the State House race.

This will be the first time Ruto, a former Eldoret North MP, will be throwing his hat into the ring.

The deputy president, 54, has exuded confidence that he will trounce Odinga in the presidential contest “by 10am in the morning”.

Ruto, in past campaign trails, said at least seven people – Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Cyrus Jirongo – had plotted to gang up against him in 2022, but he was confident that “the people’s blessings are with me”.

Ruto is hoping to ride on his bottom-up economic model to endear himself to the electorate.

Raila Odinga, in previous elections (1997, 2007 and 2017), lost to incumbents. In 2013, he lost to Uhuru Kenyatta, who is believed to have been the outgoing government’s preferred presidential candidate. 

Previously described as an “aggressive, confrontational, adversarial and rabble-rousing” politician, Odinga has morphed into a more collaborative leader, attracting the favour of wealthy Mt. Kenya businessmen, who feared his former combative demeanour would pose a challenge to the existence of their businesses and investments.

“The mountain has to be bumpy for you to scale it. On this, I am happy to note that I have reached very close to the peak. The people [of Mt. Kenya] have promised that we shall walk together to the promised land if I prove that I understand, and shall address their concerns,” Odinga said on Friday.

Odinga also enjoys support from President Uhuru Kenyatta, who said in a public rally that age occasions wisdom.

“I must pay homage to President Uhuru Kenyatta for the foresight and sense of patriotism in initiating the dialogue that led to the [March 9, 2018] handshake. It takes a seasoned statesman to shake the hand of his rival, I thank him,” Odinga said in his speech at the Azimio la Umoja Convention.

Odinga will be 77 years old next year, when he’ll be taking a fifth stab at the presidency.  By Brian Okoth, The Standard

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at a past function. Photo CFP


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Dar es Salaam on Thursday to begin a two-day official visit of Tanzania, which he started by joining President Samia Suluhu and other Tanzanians in commemorating the country's 60th Independence Day.

This is the first time President Suluhu is leading her country's Independence Day celebrations since she took office in March following the death of former President John Pombe Magufuli.

During his stay in Tanzania, Kenyatta is also expected to hold bilateral talks with his host on various issues, culminating in the signing of a raft of agreements.

The Kenyan president has been accompanied in the trip by various ministers; Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Betty Maina (Trade and Industry), James Macharia (Transport), Joe Mucheru (Communications) and Adan Mohamed (East African Affairs).

This is the second time in seven months that Kenyatta and Suluhu have met, having also met in Nairobi in May.

During that visit, the two leaders sought to thaw tensions that had been brewing under President Magufuli, following disagreements on travel restrictions between the two countries.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame also joined Kenyatta and Suluhu for Thursday's Independence Day celebration. - CGTN

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