Friday 15 December 2017
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
Botswana has said Kenya President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is not welcome in the country if he refuses to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC has charged Mr Kenyatta with crimes against humanity for bearing the greatest responsibility for the post election violence in which 1,133 people died and 650,000 were displaced. He is due to stand trial on July 9. "If he refuses to go (to The Hague), then we have a problem. That means that they do not know the rule of law. You can’t establish a court and refuse to go when it calls you. If he refuses, he won’t set foot here,” Botswana's Foreign Affairs Minister Phandu Skelemani told Mmegi, a Botswana daily. Mr Skeleman...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
NAIROBI - Kenyan authorities said the outcome of the country's presidential election would not be compromised by the failure of electronic vote counting technology that has delayed results for a third day. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is due to go on trial for crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermatch of the last election in 2007, has led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday. But some strongholds loyal to his rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga have yet to declare their results. Kenyatta's lead appeared to have been eroded subsequently, but it was too early to predict the outcome. At 1.45 a.m. on Thursday (2245 GMT on Wednesday), Kenyatta had 1,119,761 votes to Odinga's...
(Mail & Guardian 03/08/13)
Although political shenanigans have been ruled out, a disputed election result pleases no one. Kenya has been left with its own version of Florida’s infamous “hanging chads” fiasco because hundreds of thousands of spoilt ballots have muddied the outcome of this week’s critical election. Just as in the United States in 2000, where controversy over rejected votes led to court battles, the fate of Kenya’s election may be decided by lawyers. A massive failure of public education, twinned with a complex new electoral system brought about in accordance with its new Constitution, may have put the country on course for an unwanted second round in the presidential contest. Uhuru Kenyatta, one of Africa’s richest men and the son of the...
(BBC News Africa 03/07/13)
The ballot count in Kenya's presidential elections has been rigged, says the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is trailing behind his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta. Kalonzo Musyoka said they had evidence the results had been doctored and called for vote-counting to be stopped. The election chief has rejected the claims, as has Mr Kenyatta's party. The International Criminal Court has postponed the trial of Mr Kenyatta, due on charges for crimes against humanity. His trial was due to begin next month. He is accused of organising attacks on members of ethnic groups seen as supporters of Mr Odinga during post-election violence in 2007-2008. He denies the charges. Legal process More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence...
(Allafrica 03/07/13)
Nairobi — The running mate of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, a frontrunner in the presidential race, alleged on Thursday that vote results had been "doctored". "We have evidence that the results we have received have been doctored," outgoing vice president Kalonzo Musyoka told reporters, adding that in some cases "total votes cast exceeds the actual number of registered voters." But he also urged calm and stressed that his accusations about Monday's elections were "not a call to mass action" and that the party was "committed to the principle of rule of law". "Because of these concerns, we as a coalition take the position that the national vote tallying process lacks integrity and has to be stopped," Musyoka said. Concerns...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/13)
(Reuters) - The running mate of presidential candidate Raila Odinga called for the vote count to be halted on Thursday and cast doubt on the fairness of a process that is still incomplete three days after the poll, remarks that could inflame a largely peaceful election. Odinga, Kenya's prime minister, is trailing Uhuru Kenyatta in the partial count. His running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said his comments were not a call for mass action and he urged voters to stay calm and patient. Disputes over Kenya's last election in 2007 sparked ethnic violence that killed 1,200 people. "We as a coalition take the position the national vote tallying process lacks integrity and has to be stopped and re-started using primary documents...
(International Business Times 03/06/13)
Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results gave a lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over tribal violence after the last election over five years ago. Counting since Monday's vote has been slow, and a new electronic system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, has kept an early lead since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday, but some strongholds for his rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, 68, have yet to declare their results. The last election saw some 1,200...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/05/13)
Reuters) - Kenyan presidential hopeful Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as the country counted ballots on Tuesday in an election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people. Kenyans, who had waited patiently in long lines to vote, hope the poll will restore the nation's image as one of Africa's most stable democracies after tribal blood-letting killed more than 1,200 people when the result of the 2007 vote was disputed. Partial tallies from Monday's broadly peaceful voting in the presidential election gave the edge to Kenyatta, the 51-year-old deputy prime minister, over his rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, 68. Kenyatta's lead held through counting overnight but could still be overhauled with...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/13)
Reuters) - Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya's presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighboring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels. The Islamist al Shabaab rebel group told Kenyan Muslims, who account for about 11 percent of the population, that the Nairobi government treated them as foreigners and second-class citizens. "Your regions are the least developed in Kenya and have the least facilities. You have been misled by the false promises of the presidential candidates and the same empty promises are repeated on every election campaign," al Shabaab said in a statement cited by the U.S.-based SITE service on Monday. "What is incumbent...
(Huffingtonpost 03/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Multiple attacks against security forces in Kenya on Monday killed at least 12 people as Kenyans waited in long lines to cast ballots five years after more than 1,000 people died in election-related violence. A group of 200 secessionists armed with guns, machetes and bows and arrows set a trap for police in the pre-dawn hours, killing five officers, Inspector General David Kimaiyo said. One attacker also died. The group – the Mombasa Republican Council – had threatened election day attacks. A second attack by MRC secessionists in nearby Kilifi killed one police officer and five attackers, Kimaiyo said. A Kilifi police official, Clemence Wangai, said seven people died in that assault, including an election official. The...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
KENYAN authorities have finally cleared more than ten trucks carrying Zambian sugar destined for that country which were marooned at Namanga on the Tanzanian border after a three-week delay, Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa has confirmed. And Government has lifted the tariff charge which was slapped on all goods imported from Kenya, in an apparent response to the decision by customs authorities not to allow entry of Zambian sugar into that country Mr Mwansa said in an interview in Lusaka at the weekend that, the trucks were released on Monday last week. The trucks carrying Zambian sugar destined for the Kenyan market were marooned at the border despite Zambia Sugar Plc meeting all export regulations including the...
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
The Kenya government on Saturday said that it has beefed security ahead of the March 4 general elections, the first exercise since the East African nation's new constitution was approved in August 2010. Ministry of Internal Security Permanent Security (PS) Mutea Iringo told journalists in Nairobi late Saturday that specific measures have been put in place to ensure that the elections will be the most peaceful one that Kenya has witnessed. "I wish to take this opportunity to put on notice all criminals bent on disrupting the peace and tranquility during the polling exercise that the full force of the law will be applied without fear or favor," he said in media briefing attended by the Police Inspector General David...
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
Kenya's general elections are scheduled to take place on Monday. Following are profiles of the two leading presidential candidates: -- Raila Amollo Odinga, the son of Kenya's independent Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, has been an active political player in Kenya's political arena since early 1980's. Born on Jan. 7, 1945, Odinga is a hero of second liberation campaigning on the platform of reformist politicians in Cord coalition, a coalition of 17 parties that have nominated him to contest the March 4 elections. To his admirers, he is fondly known by various names -- Agwambo (mysterious), Tinga (tractor), Jakom (chairman) and Owadgakinyi (son of Akinyi). Odinga, 68, has been associated with the agitation for political reforms, sometimes taking leadership of...
( 02/27/13)
Kampala — Uganda and Kenya ranked first at the 10th Africa Fine Coffee and Exhibition held in Kampala recently. Uganda took the first position for Robusta Coffee while her Kenyan Counterpart grabbed both the first and second position for the best Arabica Coffee in Africa beating Africa's largest producer Ethiopia. The coffee that was proved basing on scientific characteristics including Aroma and Taste among others beat more than 10 other coffee producing countries including Ethiopia in Africa. According to the Executive Director Uganda Fine Coffee, Samuel Kamau, Uganda has made significant progress in its coffee especially Robusta given the favorable climate and the good soils. "The taste and aroma of Ugandan coffee was exceptional in terms of quality as compared...
( 02/27/13)
Some businesses in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city, have reduced stock or closed ahead of Monday's presidential elections for fear of a repeat of the tribal violence that killed more than 1,200 people at the last such vote five years ago. On the outskirts of the Lake Victoria port city, abandoned ruins still bear witness to the weeks of looting and torching that brought East Africa's biggest economy to a standstill. "Last time most of what was targeted was alcohol, foodstuffs and non-breakables," said Saga Shah, who works for a firm that runs a supermarket on the city's main street that rioters turned into an inferno after the close race of 2007. "So a lot of people are reducing these items...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has dispatched a team of eight people to Nairobi that will monitor Kenya’s presidential election scheduled to take place on March 4, 2013. CCEDU is a civil society coalition on democracy and elections and a project of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). The team that consists of five men and three women was led by the project’s coordinator, Crispy Kaheru. The other members were Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, Celestine Mugisha, Patrick Kaboyo, Christine Nakirya, Lillian Nakaweesi, Farida Lule and Ogoti Wada. It was revealed that CCEDU is to partner with other regional and continental groups including the West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)...
( 02/26/13)
(Reuters) - The trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity is unlikely to begin until August, international prosecutors said on Tuesday, a delay that would leave him freer to run in the election's second round. Kenyatta is running neck and neck with Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. A second-round run-off would take place in April. A former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, Kenyatta is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He has pledged to attend his trial in the Hague. His defense team says prosecutors...
( 02/26/13)
NAIROBI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The top price of Kenya's benchmark grade AA coffee dropped to $399 per 50 kg bag from $420 last week, the Nairobi Coffee Exchange said on Tuesday. The east African nation is a relatively small producer compared with Brazil and other growers, but roasters prize its speciality beans for blending with those from other countries. A total of 24,764 bags of coffee were offered for sale and only 9,044 bags were bought, NCE said in a market report. Last week, some 21,223 bags were offered and 8,573 received buyers. Grade AA COF-AA-KE sold for $271-$399 per bag, compared with $123-$420 in the last sale, NCE said. Grade AB COF-AB-KE sold at $132-$227 per bag, from...
( 02/15/13)
Kenya's High Court on Friday cleared the way for Uhuru Kenyatta to run in next month's presidential election, dismissing arguments that his looming trial on charges of crimes against humanity made him ineligible. Kenyatta, a former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga according to opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. If Kenyatta wins, his first foreign trip as president could be to appear in the dock at the court in the Hague at a hearing scheduled for April. The...
( 02/14/13)
East Africa's most powerful economy and a key regional ally in the U.S.-led war against militant Islam could next month elect a president accused of crimes against humanity, posing a diplomatic headache for Western capitals. If Uhuru Kenyatta wins the March 4 poll, Kenya will become the second country after Sudan to have a sitting president facing trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The son of Kenya's founder president, Kenyatta is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls. Foreign powers face a dilemma over what to do if Kenyatta wins the election. His running mate William Ruto is also indicted by the ICC for grave crimes linked to post-election violence following the...

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