Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully. "We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership," he told journalists. He also called for peaceful forms of protest, recalling that the rights to demonstrate, strike and carry out acts of civil disobedience were enshrined in the constitution. "We will preach peace... we will uphold our rights to assemble and protest. We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
In a Nairobi slum named Lucky Summer, residents tell of being terrorized by men with dreadlocks wearing official Kenyan paramilitary uniforms who stalk the streets at night carrying machetes, clubs and guns. The troublemakers belong to the Mungiki, a criminal gang that played a key role in ethnic fighting that followed a contested 2007 vote and claimed at least 1,100 lives, according to more than a dozen people interviewed in the hodgepodge of dilapidated apartments and shanties in the northeast of the city. The predominantly ethnic Kikuyu group’s attacks on the opposition stronghold mark an ominous turn of events after last week’s disputed elections. “I was in the house with my family and I heard screams after 11 p.m.,” Idah...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Kenya's interior minister on Wednesday suspended plans to shut down two rights bodies, a move that had raised alarm and suspicion just days after a hotly disputed election. The country's NGO board, a regulatory body attached to the interior ministry, had earlier this week moved to shut down the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as well as the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). Officials from both organisations viewed the move as highly suspicious at a time when they are...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Kenyan airport authorities stopped an electoral official from traveling to the U.S. before allowing her to continue on her journey, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said. Officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, “delayed” Roselyn Akombe before apologizing and allowing her to travel, the commission said in a statement on its Twitter account. Akombe, who is visiting the U.S. for an official meeting, will return to Kenya on Sunday, it said. The Citizen, a Nairobi-based broadcaster,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
The Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices. Police and tax authorities on Wednesday raided the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), one of the organizations that has regularly highlighted problems with preparations for the Aug. 8 vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes, according to official figures. Observers say the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was teargassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and beat her and her parents as they searched for protesters, her parents said. "She remained in coma throughout. She never improved one bit," said Dr. Sam Oula at the Aga...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The UN human rights chief has called on Kenyan leaders to act responsibly by calming volatile political climate peacefully amid reports of police brutality that has led to deaths and injuries, including children. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the government should make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces. "Kenya is at a critical juncture. The country's political leaders must do their utmost to...
(Standard Digital 08/16/17)
World leaders continued to congratulate President Uhuru Kenyatta for his re-election. The leaders asked Kenyans to reject violence and those with disputes to petition the courts. US President Donald Trump’s administration described the election an important step forward and acknowledged statements by international observers terming the elections credible. “The United States congratulates the people of Kenya on the successful conclusion of elections, and President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. We commend the dedication of candidates, officials, and the public to...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to unveil his next move Wednesday to contest a presidential poll he claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The 72-year-old cried foul shortly after vote counting began in last Tuesday's election, sparking deadly protests in his strongholds that left at least 17 dead and 177 injured. The unrest quickly gave way to a tense limbo as his supporters wait to hear if their leader will take his grievances to court,...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga was weighing his next move Monday to contest an election he claims was rigged after defying pressure at home and from abroad to take his complaints to the courts. The 72-year-old insists he was the rightful winner of a "stolen" election last week and has urged his supporters to stay away from work Monday to mourn the deaths of those killed in angry protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, after nearly a week in limbo in which businesses remained shut and workers stayed home...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition called on people to stay away from work on Monday in protest at last week's declared election result, but response to the call was limited with many businesses re-opening after being closed during the tense election period. Many shops opened up again in the capital, Nairobi, and in the western town of Kisumu for the first time in days, and cars and buses were moving around on streets that had been deserted even before the result was announced...
(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
China congratulates Uhuru Kenyatta on being re-elected as Kenya's President, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was formally declared winner of the country's presidential election on Friday night, after Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that Kenyatta had garnered 8.20 million votes, or 54.27 percent of the total votes cast. "We respect the choice made by the Kenyan people," spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday at a daily press briefing, extending congratulations...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
Winning a second disputed election may have been the easy part for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Now he needs to tackle daunting economic challenges ranging from slackening growth and runaway government spending to an unemployment rate that tops 40 percent. Kenyatta resoundingly won an Aug. 8 rematch of a 2013 contest against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who alleged he was cheated of victory. Opposition protests largely fizzled out over the weekend after a security crackdown and Odinga’s five-party coalition...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
Immediately after news broke that President Uhuru Kenyatta had been re-elected as Kenya's president, people took to the streets across the east African nation. But while some celebrated with flags and vuvuzelas, others burned tyres and attacked businesses in a show of rage over an election they believe was stolen from opposition veteran Raila Odinga. The post-election anger comes a decade after a disputed 2007 vote that degenerated into two months of politically motivated ethnic bloodshed, which killed 1,100 people and left 600,000 displaced. "Why are they shooting at innocent people who are expressing their views?" said a protester in Kisumu
(The New York Times 08/12/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the winner of a bitterly disputed election in Kenya, but his opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to concede defeat, criticizing the vote as a charade and edging the country closer to violence. Mr. Kenyatta, 55, was re-elected with just over 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, easily surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, according to an announcement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Mr. Odinga, 72,...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
Raila Odinga has been Kenya's prime minister and longtime opposition leader, but with results in from Tuesday's general election, it seems he has once again failed to get the one job he's always wanted: the presidency. This may very well be the end of the line for the 72-year-old, a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s, who many think will not run for office again. However his legacy is at stake, with all eyes on how he will react...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
At least two people were shot dead in Kenya during overnight protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters who believe the vote was rigged, according to police and a health official. "We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries," said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the southwestern town of Siaya, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said a man had...
(The Guardian 08/12/17)
At least two shot dead during overnight protests by opposition supporters who claim presidential vote was rigged. At least two people have been shot dead in Kenya during protests by opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, officials said. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the south-western town of Siaya, a police officer said a man had...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/12/17)
Kenya's main domestic poll monitoring organization, ELOG, said on Saturday it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election was manipulated or inaccurate, as the opposition have attested. ELOG's parallel vote tally projected a victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta with 54 percent of ballots cast, compared to an official count of 54.3 percent. This was well within ELOG's 1.9 percent margin of error, the group said.

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