Wednesday 23 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 meters steeplechase with a courageous and confident victory at the World Championships on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury. A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago and Olympic champion in Rio last year, Kipruto kicked on to take the lead with less than 300 meters left and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds. The east African nation has now won 12 out of the 15 editions of the race in World Championships history. "I'm happy to be world champion. Last year I became Olympic champion and this year to be world champion was my hope," Kipruto...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Riot police engaged in running battles Wednesday with protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya, as presidential aspirant Raila Odinga claimed massive poll fraud, an AFP reporter witnessed. Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the neighbourhood of Kondele -- an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls -- set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Some Kenyans braced long queues, others rain and chilly weather, but one woman gave birth Tuesday while in line to vote in general elections and still made sure to vote. A heavily pregnant Paulina Chemanang was feeling fine as she left to vote early at a polling station in remote West Pokot country, she told local radio Capital FM. "I had no labour pains, and they just came as soon as I arrived here. I was not feeling anything since yesterday," she said. Shortly after she arrived, she went into labour, and, with the assistance of bystanders, gave birth to a baby girl while still at the polling station. After a trip to a local health clinic, she returned and...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is hoping to go one better than his father in Tuesday's presidential election. The 72-year-old has been a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s, but has yet to win the top job. So far then, his career has resembled that of his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who led the opposition for three decades but never the country. This time round, Odinga leads a coalition called the National Super Alliance (NASA), which hopes to overcome traditional opposition divisions to defeat incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, and his ruling Jubilee Party. The Kenyatta vs. Odinga battle should be the closing chapter in a dynastic political rivalry between the two families. A...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Uhuru Kenyatta, who hopes to win a second and final term in Tuesday's elections, is the son of Kenya's founding president and a man who epitomises the country's elite. The 55-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and land, followed in his father's footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga to become president in 2013. Kenyatta won that poll despite being indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) along with his running mate, William Ruto, for alleged roles in orchestrating violence that...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Kenyans began voting Tuesday in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga that has sent tensions soaring in east Africa's richest economy. From first-time voters to those bent with age, thousands descended upon polling stations, some from before midnight, to cast their ballots under heavy security. Voting began relatively smoothly, with minor delays and technical hiccups, while all eyes are on a biometric voter identification and tallying system whose success is seen as crucial to a smooth election. "I voted Raila, because he will be so much better to us. But if he does not win, it's ok. It's a democracy after all. Really, there's no need for violence," said Tom...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Former US president Barack Obama called Monday on Kenyans to hold a peaceful and untainted election, speaking out on the eve of a crucial vote in the East African country where his father was born. "I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people," Obama said in a statement. Tuesday's elections pit President Uhuru Kenyatta against his historic rival Raila Odinga, who has run for president thrice and lost each time. The polls are seen as a test of Kenya's progress since a disputed 2007 election sparked two months of violence which left more than 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced. Elections in 2013 were largely peaceful, although Odinga accused Kenyatta's Jubilee Party of poll...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Nervous Kenyans stockpiled food and water on Monday and police prepared emergency first aid kits as families headed to their ethnic heartlands on the eve of an election many fear could descend into violence. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, who lost elections in 2007 and 2013, has already said President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, can only win if his ruling Jubilee party rigs the vote, a stance that increases the chances of a disputed result and unrest. Opinion polls before Tuesday's presidential election put the pair neck-and-neck. A run-off is possible if neither gains a 50-percent-plus-one majority. Kenyans will also vote for members of parliament and local representatives. In 2007, Odinga's call for street protests after problems with the vote count...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Clutching her rosary in one hand and voting card in the other, 102-year-old Lydia Gathoni, a clear contender for Kenya's keenest voter, queued through the night to ensure she was first in line to cast her ballot on Tuesday. It was the same in 2013 elections, when Gathoni, a die-hard supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was first to make her mark at the primary school outside Nairobi where her political hero also voted. Wrapped in a blanket to ward off the cold and drizzle, Gathoni led election officials and fellow voters in a prayer for peace - and a Kenyatta victory - before entering the booth. "Let God share with him the wisdom of Solomon," she said. "Let God prevail...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
The Uganda Red Cross says it has begun registering Kenyans who have fled their country in anticipation of violence surrounding elections set for Tuesday. The Uganda Red Cross says it plans to set up receiving sites at the border towns of Busia and Tororo. The Uganda Red Cross says it has received and seen a number of Kenyans who crossed the border, fearing for their safety. Bob Akankwasa is its director of disaster risk management. “We’ve seen a couple of hundreds coming through; we are yet to verify their true nationalities and where exactly they are moving in, but these are still the commercial population movements, people who have the capacities and abilities to handle their situations, but we haven’t...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged his country's voters to cast their ballots in peace and make Kenya's founding fathers proud of them. In one of the most closely watched races on the African continent, Kenyatta is facing off against his longtime rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga, in Tuesday's presidential vote. The race is projected to be tight. "Ask every single eligible citizen to turn out tomorrow in great numbers to do that which our democracy entities you to do — vote for the candidate of your choice," Kenyatta said in an election-eve broadcast Monday. He urged citizens to go home after they vote, shake their neighbor's hand, have something to eat and wait for the election results together. Kenyatta...
(Bloomberg 08/08/17)
Having watched Kenya’s economic boom pass him by, security guard Frederick Kibaraza is skeptical whether there’s any point voting in Tuesday’s cliffhanger elections. “I am not falling for the ideas of politicians,” Kibaraza, 27, said as he strolled along a dusty street near his home in Kawangware, a slum in the capital, Nairobi. “We vote for them and they go there and benefit themselves. Somebody driving a Toyota Corolla, we vote for them and after one year you see him with a Range Rover, a Mercedes-Benz.” The average age in Kenya is just 19 and with more half of the 19.6 million registered voters aged under 35, Kibaraza and his contemporaries have the power to determine the outcome of a...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/07/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged peace Monday on the eve of tense elections in which his battle with rival Raila Odinga is seen as too close to call. Kenyatta, 55, who is seeking a second and final term in office, gave a televised speech in a bid to assuage tensions after a final campaign week marred by the murder of a top election official and accusations of rigging by the opposition. He urged the 19 million registered voters to turn out in great numbers, but to "do so in peace". "After you cast your ballot, please go home," he said "Go back to your neighbour. Regardless of where he or she comes from, their tribe, their colour or their religion.....
(AFP (eng) 08/06/17)
Kenyans head to the polls Tuesday to vote in a knife-edge contest between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga which has heightened claims of vote rigging and fears of violence. The final days of campaigning have been marred by the murder and torture of a top election official, opposition claims one of its vote tallying centres was raided by police and a feverish atmosphere of conspiracy and suspicion. The August 8 election is seen as a crucial test of Kenya's progress since a disputed poll a decade ago led to two months of politically motivated ethnic clashes...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
The son of Kenya's founding president and a man who epitomises the country's elite, Uhuru Kenyatta hopes to win a second and final five-year term in elections on August 8. The 55-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and tracts of land, followed in his father's footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga in 2013. Kenyatta won that poll despite being indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) along with his running mate, William Ruto, for alleged roles in orchestrating violence that left over 1,100 dead after the previous election in 2007. Foreign powers, including Britain and the US...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is taking his fourth tilt at the presidency in next week's election. The 72-year-old has been a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s but has never achieved his presidential ambition. His career emulates that of his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who led the opposition for three decades but never the country. This time Odinga is heading a coalition called the National Super Alliance (NASA) which hopes to overcome traditional opposition divisions to defeat incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, and his ruling Jubilee Party in the August 8 poll. The Kenyatta vs. Odinga battle is set to be the last in a dynastic political rivalry between the two families that...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
Kenya's main opposition coalition said Friday that one of its offices in a Nairobi suburb was raided by police who made off with dozens of computers, servers and surveillance equipment. The incident comes as the country is on a knife edge just days ahead of general elections next Tuesday. An AFP reporter at the scene of the raid at the office in the Westlands suburb saw dismantled cables, a broken door and chairs and tables turned upside down. "What we are witnessing is a very unusual situation in the sense that one of our centres, our tallying centres was raided in the course of the evening," Musalia Mudavadi, one of the leaders of the National Super Alliance (NASA) told reporters...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/05/17)
Kenya's president and opposition leader both held election rallies outside their ethnic strongholds this week, as the candidates push harder to win votes in areas dominated by their rivals. Many Kenyans still vote along ethnic rather than policy lines, but President Uhuru Kenyatta and his chief opponent, Raila Odinga, have both signaled they are seeking support across the country's many communities. "We do not move on tribal lines," Kenyatta told a cheering crowd in the eastern town of Kitui on Thursday. "It is my government's pledge to develop all parts of the country, regardless of region and tribe." Kenyans will choose a new president, lawmakers and local representatives in the Aug. 8 elections. Odinga has lost the last two elections,...

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