Monday 25 September 2017
(Bloomberg 09/25/17)
Kenya’s main opposition alliance will begin mass protests this week to force out electoral officials it suspects of rigging last month’s annulled presidential vote. The National Super Alliance will begin its campaign on Tuesday and will continue until the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission officeholders resign, said Norman Magaya, chief executive officer of the opposition coalition. It may escalate the protests if lawmakers from the ruling Jubilee Party continue with plans to amend the country’s electoral laws, he said. “Demonstration is the only language these people understand and for us it’s not going to be a one-day event,” Magaya said by phone from Nairobi, the capital. “Tuesday is just the launch of the mass movement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/25/17)
Kenya’s chief prosecutor has directed the department of criminal investigations and the anti-corruption commission to investigate election board officials over possible offences in the invalidated Aug. 8 presidential vote, he said in a letter. Keriako Tobiko, the director of public prosecutions, also asked the two agencies to examine allegations that two senior opposition officials gained illegal access to servers of the election commission as the poll results were being tallied. The Supreme Court annulled the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sept. 1, citing irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results, and ordered a repeat election within 60 days. In its detailed ruling last Wednesday, the court said it had not found evidence of individual culpability among election board...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge underlined his status as the world's best current long-distance runner by winning the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, but missed the world record. Kipchoge clocked an official time of two hours, three minutes 32 seconds after holding off the challenge of Ethiopia's Guye Adola, who finished 14 seconds back on his debut at the distance (42.195km, 26.219 mi). Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew finished third, clocking 2:06:12. "The conditions were not easy, because of the rain, but fortunately...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Kenya will not face a constitutional or political crisis even if a planned re-run of its presidential election, now set for Oct. 26, is delayed beyond the end of October, the attorney general said on Friday. The Supreme Court this month annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 election win, citing irregularities, and ordered the election board to organize a new poll by the end of October. Kenyatta is expected to face off again with opposition leader Raila Odinga. Odinga’s lead...
(Bloomberg 09/22/17)
Kenya’s electoral commission rescheduled the date for a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential vote, as President Uhuru Kenyatta slammed the Supreme Court ruling that overturned his victory as a “judicial coup.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said Thursday the vote will be held Oct. 26, nine days later than its initial suggestion, to ensure the body is “fully prepared” to deliver a credible election. Just before, Kenyatta said in a televised address that the East African country’s highest...
(Daily Nation 09/22/17)
The Ministry of Education has issued a new calendar for the third term as it postponed the Home Science practical examination paper because of the presidential election. Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i in a statement Friday said: "Given the number of schools gazetted as polling stations and tallying centres for the election, it has become necessary to make minor adjustments to the third term dates. "This is to free up the institutions for use during this important national exercise," he said...
(AfricaNews 09/22/17)
Nigeria and South Africa may be out of recession, however Kenya and Ethiopia might soon outshine these economic giants in the competition for investment, according to the newly released Africa Risk-Reward Index. The report compiled by Oxford Economics, an advisory group affiliated with the Oxford University, UK, says rising security risks and political instability in Egypt, economic downturn and militancy in Nigeria and escalating political risks in South Africa have led to doubts whether opportunities in these markets are still...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Kenya's high court on Friday ruled against the country's football federation (FKF) in a case challenging new licensing regulations and an increase in the number of premier league teams proposed by the governing body. Ruling on a petition brought by former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya, high court judge John Mativo said the introduction of new club licensing regulations without the participation of members and stakeholders was illegal and in violation of FIFA and CAF guidelines. The new rules, some of...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta will remain president until a new leader is sworn in, the country's attorney general said Friday, seeking to assuage fears of a constitutional crisis if elections are delayed further. Questions have mounted over the status of the government after the Supreme Court annulled Kenyatta's victory in August's presidential election due to widespread irregularities. A planned re-run for October 17 has already been delayed once -- the vote is now set for October 26 -- prompting fears of...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling annulling his recent election victory was a "coup" that stole democracy from the people. In an angry televised address, Kenyatta railed against "a coup in Kenya carried out by four people in the court." Speaking mostly in Swahili, the president said the Supreme Court, which issued its full judgement on Wednesday, had undermined democracy by arguing that "numbers don't matter, it is processes that matter." "The judgement of a few people has reversed all the gains we have made over the years," he said, comparing the ruling to military coups that have overthrown governments elsewhere in Africa.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the election board for failing to verify official results of last month’s presidential election before announcing them, but did not find any individual at the board responsible for the failings. The court was offering a detailed ruling as to why it annulled the Aug. 8 election and ordered a fresh presidential vote within 60 days. The Sept. 1 decision was the first of its kind in Africa. The election board had said incumbent President...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Kenya will refashion its partnership with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to inject vitality in food production systems against a backdrop of rising hunger, malnutrition and environmental risks, officials said on Thursday. Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willy Bett, said that a robust engagement with FAO in diverse areas like agronomy, market linkages and ecological protection will improve Kenya's capacity to feed its population. "We anticipate improved working relationship with FAO and other bilateral allies to...
(The East African 09/21/17)
East Africa has received $1.6 billion from foreign investors, Kenya taking the bulk of the 55 deals recorded in the past eight months. Data from I&M Burbidge Capital shows that the initial public offering of Vodacom Tanzania, and the purchase of Sadolin Paints by Japanese firm the Kansai Paint were some of the region’s biggest deals. The Vodacom IPO raised $213 million, with foreign investors buying 40 per cent. Tanzania emerged as the second largest market for private equity deals,...
(The East African 09/21/17)
Kenya and Uganda will hold talks with China Exim Bank officials October, which could unlock funding for the Malaba-Kampala standard gauge railway. Ministers of finance and transport from both countries will meet with China Exim Bank officials in Beijing in October, where Uganda is expected to receive the final funding approval. “The ministers for transport and finance of Kenya and Uganda are supposed to have engagements with China Exim Bank on the sections of Kisumu to Malaba to Kampala. “Uganda...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday called on citizens to unite and forgive each other as the country commemorated the fourth anniversary of Westgate mall terror attack that claimed 67 lives. Kenyatta, who led the nation in the memorial celebrations in Nairobi, said the memory of the September 21, 2013 Westgate attack brings much pain and sadness but reminds Kenyans to stand together in solidarity against terrorism. She said the attack shattered and changed the lives and dreams of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday placed the blame for last month's annulled presidential vote firmly on the country's election committee, in its full ruling detailing the judges' decision. Deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu described "disturbing, if not startling, revelations" about the conduct of the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and singled it out for ignoring a Supreme Court order to open up its computer servers after opposition allegations of hacking. "Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for the IEBC to place before the court evidence...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the election board for failing to verify official results of last month’s presidential election before announcing them but stopped short of saying there was rigging. The court was offering a detailed ruling as to why it annulled the Aug. 8 election and ordered a fresh presidential vote within 60 days. The Sept. 1 decision was the first of its kind in Africa. Election board officials had said incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won the contest...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Police sealed off roads near Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out their reasons for annulling last month’s presidential election. Voters are anxious to find out whether the vote was voided on procedural grounds -- the court has already said in its brief Sept. 1 ruling that some tallying sheets were not signed or officially stamped -- or whether there was evidence of systematic rigging. Election board officials had said incumbent President...

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