Sunday 19 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Economic growth is expected to rise to 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa next year from 2.6 percent in 2017, the IMF said in a report on Monday, but warned that rising debt and political risks in larger economies would weigh down future growth. Nigeria and South African are the biggest economies in Africa south of the Sahara, but both nations have been clouded by political uncertainty linked to the tenure of their leaders. The IMF said a good harvest and recovery in oil output in Nigeria would contribute more than half of the growth in the region this year while an uptick in mining and a better harvest in South Africa as well as a rebound in...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said his victory in Kenya's boycott-hit election re-run was a "revalidation" of the people's will after a vote he won in August that was overturned by the courts. "On 8th August, 15 million Kenyans came out to vote. Of these, 8.4 million Kenyans voted for me. On October 26th, 90 percent of those same voters came out once again to support my bid," he said in his victory speech after winning 98.2 percent of the vote following a boycott by rival Raila Odinga. "This was nothing more than a revalidation of their general will, a statement of their national intent in support of myself and of the Jubilee government." Kenyatta also said his August win,...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday declared victor of the country's deeply divisive elections, taking 98 percent of the ballots cast in a poll boycotted by his rival Raila Odinga, sparking fears of further violence in flashpoint opposition strongholds. Despite his crushing win, the turnout of just 38.8 percent among 19.6 million registered voters is set to raise questions about the credibility of an election that has plunged East Africa's most stable democracy into its worst crisis in a decade. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Kenyatta had received 7,483,895 votes to Odinga's 73,228 -- less than one percent of votes cast -- in a sign the boycott had held. A total of 7,616,217 cast...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/30/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote in a repeat presidential election in Kenya, although only 39 percent of voters turned out due to an opposition boycott, the electoral commission said on Monday. The announcement touched off small protests in a few opposition strongholds, but also celebrations in pro-Kenyatta areas of the east African country. Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga had already branded the election a farce. Given the deeply polarised atmosphere, some Kenyans fear that the violence seen so far - for the most part protesters clashing with police - is starting to take on ethnic overtones after two deaths in clashes between rival groups at the weekend. On Monday, the U.S. ambassador...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Kenya's election board said it would announce Monday the winner of a highly contentious election, sparking fears of further violence in flashpoint opposition strongholds. President Uhuru Kenyatta is headed for a landslide victory in the country's repeat election which was boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose supporters violently protested last Thursday's vote. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had earlier said it would postpone voting in 25 violence-hit constituencies. But in Monday's announcement, it appeared to abandon plans to reschedule the ballot. "Having been satisfied that the results of the elections shall not be affected by voting in areas where the election was postponed, we therefore invite the presidential candidates for the announcement of the result at 3:30...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Kenya's election board is expected Monday to decide whether to reschedule a vote in flashpoint opposition areas, where a boycott sparked violent protests, or to push ahead with declaring victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta. With the counting almost done after Thursday's presidential re-run, the results remained on hold as officials mulled what to do about the 25 constituencies in four western counties where voting was blocked. Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who called for an election boycott, managed to prevent hundreds of polling stations from opening...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Live bullets, raids on houses and clouds of tear gas: for human rights defenders, the crackdown on Kenya's opposition protest movement is yet another example of police impunity. Frequently accused of extrajudicial executions, Kenya's security forces have defended their actions, saying their men had at times been cornered by demonstrators, denying charges put forward by rights groups. But the number of deaths and injuries which have occurred during Kenya's political crisis speaks for itself, says Otsieno Namwaya, co-author of a report on police brutality which was jointly published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International two weeks ago. At least 49 people have died since the first presidential election on August 8, which was later overturned, in Kenya's worst...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Kenya's election board remained silent Sunday over plans to reschedule a vote in flashpoint opposition areas, where a boycott sparked violent protests in a poll set to hand President Uhuru Kenyatta a landslide, but tarnished, win. With the counting almost done after Thursday's presidential re-run, the results remained on hold as officials mulled what to do about 25 constituencies in four western counties where voting was blocked. There, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga managed to prevent hundreds of polling stations from opening, prompting violent clashes with police which continued for several days, leaving nine dead and scores injured. At least 49 people have died since the first presidential election of August 8, which was later overturned, prompting Kenya's worst...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/17)
A second protester was killed in Kenya on Friday as anger raged a day after a divisive election boycotted by the opposition, taking the death toll from two days of protests to eight. The latest victim was shot dead by police in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi during clashes involving members of three tribal groups, police and witnesses said. "We have one fatality -- a person shot during the skirmishes. The situation is still tense because the area is dark after the power went off," a police officer at the scene told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome confirmed the death but gave no further details. Josphat Ochwaya, a local resident who was there at...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/17)
Kenya found itself in a dangerous limbo on Friday as violent protests rocked opposition strongholds a day after a deeply divisive election that has left eight people dead. Plans to restage elections in the western Nyanza region where violence blocked voting on Thursday were again delayed as election chief Wafula Chebukati said he feared for the safety of his staff. The worst crisis in Kenya in a decade, has cast a shadow over east Africa's most stable democracy and economic powerhouse. Two people were shot dead Friday as protests raged in western towns and clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum while election officials counted votes from a ballot set to hand President Uhuru Kenyatta a landslide win after a boycott...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/17)
Kenya was stuck in a dangerous limbo Saturday as President Uhuru Kenyatta took an unassailable lead in a disputed poll that has sparked violent protests in which nine have died. Kenyatta was leading with 97 percent of votes compared to less than one percent for his rival Raila Odinga, who boycotted the repeat election, according to a tally by the Daily Nation media group of unofficial results from 80 percent of constituencies. However turnout appears headed for a record low of around 35 percent, tarnishing the credibility of an election that has deeply polarised east Africa's economic powerhouse. Violent protests have rocked Odinga's strongholds in the west of the country and flashpoint Nairobi slums, with the death of man in...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/17)
"This is not really a victory, it's just the right thing to do," nods Wilson Ochyeng, 38, sipping a beer at a bar in Kisumu after officials again delayed a vote in this bastion of Kenya's opposition. "Imagine the number of deaths we would have had if they had tried to hold the election, this means no massacre," he said, remembering the three demonstrators killed in Kisumu while protesting over Thursday's presidential re-run. Like other towns in the area, Kenya's third largest city is a staunch backer of opposition leader Raila Odinga whose call for a boycott of Thursday's ballot was widely observed, with protesters throwing up barricades to block the vote, prompting violent clashes that saw police firing tear...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
Kenya's opposition on Friday slammed plans to re-stage elections in its strongholds where violence had blocked voting, urging supporters to stay away from a "trap of death". "We call on the residents of these counties to stay away from the planned polls," said Musalia Mudavadi, a leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, referring to a postponed re-run vote due to take place on Saturday. "We advise the people not to walk into this trap of death," he said, referring to it as a "forced repeat election" and saying the opposition wanted to ensure people "are not injured". As Thursday's vote drew to a close, Wafula Chebukati, head of the IEBC election board, said he was postponing the vote...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
One person was shot dead as fresh protests hit western Kenya on Friday, a day after a deeply-divisive election re-run which was marred by low voter turnout and violence, taking the death toll to six. The latest bloodshed occurred as angry opposition supporters took to streets in several western towns to protest plans by the IEBC election board to stage a poll on Saturday in four areas where voting had been blocked by election day unrest. The region is a hotbed of support for opposition leader Raila Odinga, who boycotted Thursday's vote in a move that has all but assured his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta a landslide victory. But as polling officials carefully counted the ballots, difficult questions remained over...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
As polling officials tallied votes, Kenyans counted the cost Friday of a deeply divisive election marred by low voter turnout and violence that left at least four dead and scores wounded. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is headed for a landslide win in the absence of his main rival Raila Odinga who boycotted the vote, however his legitimacy will be sorely questioned with initial figures showing only about a third of registered voters turned up. The country's second presidential election in three months has sharply divided east Africa's flagship democracy, and could yet face further legal battles. In its post-election editorial the Daily...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
Some barricades were made of boulders, others were thrown together with concrete blocks, burning tyres or electrical cables, creating gridlock in Kisumu, Kenya's third city, where furious protesters sought to block Thursday's presidential re-run. "We do not want the ballot boxes and ballot papers to go to the polling stations," said George Musundu, 24, who was manning one of the barricades not far from the airport. "Give us some money and we'll let you pass," growled another at a barricade in the east of the city, a beret perched on his head. With tempers at boiling point in this fractious western city, a bastion of support for opposition leader Raila Odinga who boycotted Thursday's vote, police and demonstrators faced off...
(AFP (eng) 10/26/17)
At least four people were killed Thursday in clashes over Kenya's election re-run, prompting officials to delay the vote in four counties and further tarnishing the credibility of a deeply divisive poll. As counting began after a day marked by bloodshed and poor voter turnout, President Uhuru Kenyatta was heading for a landslide victory after his rival Raila Odinga pulled out. But estimated figures compiled by the election board pointed to a turnout of just 48 percent. If confirmed, it would be a huge fall from the nearly 80 percent rate in the August poll, which was won by Kenyatta...
(AFP (eng) 10/26/17)
Kenyan polls chief Wafula Chebukati said the presidential election re-run would be postponed in four counties worst-hit by violence during voting on Thursday, in which at least three people died. He said that in the western counties of Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori and Siaya -- all opposition strongholds -- the electoral commission would hold repeat elections on Saturday. "We have faced and continue to face challenges which are largely security-related in certain electoral areas," said Chebukati. "The commission has postponed elections in those areas to Saturday 28th October this week." Chebukati said that heavy rains had also impacted voting in some areas.
(AFP (eng) 10/26/17)
A Kenyan teenager was shot dead during clashes with police as demonstrators sought to block Thursday's presidential re-run in the western city of Kisumu, police and hospital sources said. "He was brought here with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh. He died in the hospital," a source at Jaramogi hospital told AFP, identifying him as 19-year-old George Odhiambo and saying he had died of massive blood loss. An AFP correspondent at the hospital also saw his body. A senior police source confirmed the information and said a second protester had been killed, but AFP was unable to immediately confirm the report. "We have two deaths. That is what we know as of now," he told AFP, saying they were...
(AFP (eng) 10/26/17)
Kenyans trickled into polling stations Thursday for a repeat election that has polarised the nation, amid sporadic clashes as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga ignored his call to stay away and tried to block voting. In stark contrast to the first ballot in August, which was annulled by the Supreme Court, several polling stations in key areas stood empty or welcomed only a handful of voters in an election likely to face more legal battles after its conclusion. In opposition strongholds in the slums of Nairobi and the west of the country, protesters barricaded roads and polling stations, lobbing rocks at police who fired teargas to disperse....

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