Wednesday 23 August 2017
(APA 08/23/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday warned parties to the Presidential election petition to refrain from prosecuting the case publicly, and profiling of the seven bench judges, warning that the matter is sub judice. The Supreme Court said it has already received the petition, and warned the parties against making statements to discuss the merits and demerits of the case, as it would be perceived as intended to direct the court on the conduct of the petition lodged by the opposition last week. The Supreme Court in a statement added that the presidential petition is being considered by the court and any attempts
(Daily Nation 08/23/17)
An official of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was arrested in Machakos while trying to buy copies of Form 34A from agents of a political party. Mavoko IEBC Deputy Returning Officer Onesmus Kaloki was arrested on Tuesday in Mlolongo after two agents of Maendeleo Chap Chap Party alerted the police. The agents, Ms Everlyne Mwenda and Ms Winnie Ndunge said Mr Kaloki had been calling them since Saturday asking them to surrender the forms. "He kept calling me demanding for the forms and when I asked him what he wanted them for, he said he lost his copies," said Ms Ndunge. The agents said Mr Kaloki had promised to give them money in exchange for the forms. Machakos...
(The Citizen 08/23/17)
The Supreme Court and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) have directed petitioners, politicians, political parties and interested parties to refrain from prosecuting the presidential petition outside the Supreme Court. In a statement to newsrooms, the Supreme Court says it has fully seized the presidential petition and has barred interested parties from prosecuting the presidential petition in any other forum but the Supreme Court. “The court is now fully seized of the petition challenging the presidential election, therefore, petitioners, respondents,...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/17)
Kenya's opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Opposition leader Raila Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were "fatally flawed", in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. The documents suggest the opposition will link alleged irregularities...
(APA 08/22/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday vowed he will not bow to foreign pressure to accept defeat and move on after the August 8 elections. Odinga is still insisting that the election victory was stolen from him and handed over to the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Speaking in the Coastal town of Mombasa, while launching a national campaign for truth and electoral justice in Kenya in protest of election outcome, Odinga maintained that the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC)...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
As disputes raged over the presidential results from Kenya's election last week, a little-noticed democratic revolution blossomed in the layer of government directly underneath. Kenyans sent home 25 out of 47 county governors, upholding a strong anti-incumbency tradition and warning that voters would turf out failing local leaders after power and money devolved to the counties in the last election cycle. Anti-corruption campaigners - and voters - hope the new taste of direct accountability will eventually help curb corruption in...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/17)
Kenya's opposition filed a petition late Friday at the Supreme Court challenging the conduct and results of last week's election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, demanding new polls. Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki received piles of bound papers from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, 90 minutes before the midnight deadline for challenges to be lodged."The entire process of tallying recording, transmitting, verifying and confirmation of results was so fundamentally flawed that you cannot talk of any meaningful results," NASA said in a statement outlining the alleged irregularities.
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Kenya’s top court will decide over the next two weeks whether to nullify the outcome of this month’s presidential elections that the main opposition says were rigged. Most legal experts and political analysts expect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory to be upheld. Opposition leader Raila Odinga alleges that members of the ruling party hacked the electoral authority’s computers to deliver Kenyatta, 55, a second term. Odinga’s five-party National Super Alliance initially ruled out legal action because it didn’t trust the Supreme...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Observers piled pressure on Kenya's election commission Thursday to finish publishing results forms from every polling station, a day after the opposition said it would challenge the presidential outcome in court. Defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga claims the electronic results were hacked and manipulated to hand victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and plans to take his complaint to the Supreme Court. The failure of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to publish all 40,883...
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Kenya’s opposition leader said he’ll challenge last week’s presidential election result in court, describing the declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the vote as a “computer-generated fraud.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s results released on Aug. 11 were unlawful because they weren’t backed by documents that were supposed to be supplied from polling stations, Raila Odinga told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. An algorithm was introduced to the IEBC’s systems to ensure Kenyatta maintained his lead during the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would challenge last week's presidential election result in court, calming fears that further street protests by his supporters might lead to widespread violence. At least 24 people have been killed since the Aug. 8 vote, many of them shot by police. But while there have been scattered protests in Odinga strongholds, the demonstrations were relatively muted as supporters waited to hear what Odinga had to say. When Odinga, a 72-year-old former...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
The U.S. observer mission on Thursday called on Kenya's electoral body to finalize posting of presidential election results. The Carter Center said in a statement in Nairobi that the availability of the complete set of forms would enable independent verification of the results used by the commission to declare the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "Access to official results data is critical for interested parties so that they can crosscheck and verify results, and exercise their right to petition if...
(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...
(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...
(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,...
(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...

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