| Africatime
Saturday 22 April 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/17)
Kenya's ruling coalition annulled party primaries held on Friday, the organization's secretary general said, and reports of widespread anger over chaotic voting raised fears that poorly organized national polls in August could spark violent protests. "Today's have been canceled, those on Monday and Tuesday could still go ahead," an official with the ruling Jubilee coalition told Reuters. "The turnout was more than anticipated, we had anticipated it would be a party affair but it was more like a general election kind of turnout." The coalition had tried to hold primaries in 21 of the country's 47 counties on Friday. Local media showed pictures of angry voters burning ballots amid complaints that voting had started late...
(AFP (eng) 04/20/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta warned Thursday against violence as election season gets into full swing, with chaotic party primaries already leading to bloody scuffles. East Africa's largest economy holds a general election on August 8, a decade after disputed polls fuelled violence that left more than 1,100 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. "As a party, we will not tolerate violence. As president, I will also not tolerate violence and anybody who engages in acts of violence will be dealt with in accordance with the law, irrespective of who they are," Kenyatta told a press conference in Nairobi. Kenyatta is seeking a second term in office with his Jubilee Party. Opposition heavyweights including his longtime rival Raila Odinga have united...
(Voice of America 04/19/17)
Kenya’s top opposition coalition is wrapping up primary voting this week ahead of August general elections as the ruling Jubilee coalition gears up to start its primaries on Friday. The voting is seen as a key test of cohesion for both coalitions. Confusion and accusations abound in Nakuru County after the names of some opposition Orange Democratic Movement Party candidates were missing from paper ballots. ODM Party election officials called off the vote and rescheduled it. Some results were canceled...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Daily Nation 04/06/17)
The opposition alliance Nasa and the electoral commission have agreed on the modalities of tallying and announcing results in the August 8 elections. Nasa leaders met Thursday with IEBC commissioners in a bid to resolve the issue after the opposition said it would set up a parallel national tallying centre. Following the meeting, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said both the commission and Nasa had agreed that political parties and the media can monitor elections but only the IEBC can announce...
(Capitalfm Business 04/05/17)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has called upon the 10 remaining political parties to submit their party membership lists soonest to enable the commission publicize the lists as required by law. The remaining political parties have until end of Wednesday to do so as the Commission will gazette the names received within 7 days. The Commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati says so far only 57 registered political parties have delivered their submissions. “The Commission published a public notice on...
(Standard Digital 04/05/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered medics be paid for the 100 days they were on strike. The President, however, warned that the doctors will be fired if they go for another strike, saying they cannot continue to endanger the lives of Kenyans despite taking the hippocratic oath. Governors had declared they would not pay the medics for the period they were on the streets demanding for better pay and working environment. "We are paying you but you cannot continue to...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/04/17)
Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the patriarchal society. Kenya's 2010 constitution guarantees women a third of seats in parliament, but its male-dominated assembly has repeatedly frustrated efforts to pass legislation needed to enact the quota. "The ruling is good for women who, because of patriarchal cultural backgrounds, cannot effectively compete with men," Josephine Mongare, chairwoman of the Federation of Women Lawyers
(Daily Nation 04/03/17)
The electoral commission is looking to employ 41,940 staff for the 30-day voter verification period, which is scheduled to start on May 10. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is also seeking to fill 32 vacancies. 40,000 CLERKS These are permanent jobs-- a Constituency Elections Coordinator for Kasarani, 30 County Information Communication Technology Officers and an administrative assistant for Dadaab Constituency. "The temporary staff will support our field staff during the 30-day voter verification period (May 10 - June 9),"...
(Daily Nation 03/31/17)
Many media commentators wrote surprisingly of the successful official state visit of Somalia's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, to Kenya on Thursday last week. In fact, the Somali President's warm welcome by his counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, was not the main story as this was a given, but how quickly they moved to agree strategic action on all matters of common concern and opportunity within this single face-to-face encounter. All the agreed policies at this fruitful meeting from security, trade and...
(Bloomberg 03/29/17)
Kenya’s government rejected opposition leader Raila Odinga’s allegations of corruption in the award of a management tender at the country’s main port. Odinga, a former prime minister, said on March 26 that DP World Ltd. won the contract even after 12 rival companies submitted better bids and following a $275 million concessionary loan from the United Arab Emirates. DP World, which is owned by the government of Dubai, declined to comment. “All due process was followed,” Eric Kiraithe, spokesman for Kenya’s government, said by phone.
(The Star 03/28/17)
China has given Kenya a Sh2.25 million grant for food to mitigate the effects of drought. Treasury and the Chinese Embassy signed exchange of notes for humanitarian assistance in Nairobi on Monday. Under the deal, China will supply 21,000 metric tonnes of rice, a shipment expected to arrive in three weeks. Treasury CS Henry Rotich said the government has been taking short term measures to address the food crisis. This includes mobilising funds through expenditure reprioritisation to meet the cost...
(Standard Digital 03/24/17)
Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli told president Uhuru Kenyatta that Kenya is bound to become a very great nation if as Kenyans we will stand out and uproot tribalism. Addressing delegates who had accompanied President Uhuru when he had gone to seek bilateral trade ties between Tanzania and Kenya president Magufuli said that it is very sad to see a country with few ethnic tribes than Tanzania struggle with tribalism menace. “ As I was talking to President Uhuru Kenyatta...
(Capitalfm Business 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, following talks with Somali’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced that direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu would be relaunched within a fortnight. “We’ve directed the security teams from both countries to meet immediately and agree on modalities of relaunching direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu and this is to happen with the first flight being within two weeks.” A move welcomed by Mohamed, more popularly known by his nickname Farmajo, when he, together with President...
(Daily Nation 03/23/17)
President Kenyatta now claims Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga played a central role in 2007/8 violence. Speaking on his tour of the larger Gusii region on Wednesday, Mr Kenyatta said Mr Odinga, who rejected the 2007 General Election results, had a hand in the chaos that claimed over 1,133 lives. "Raila was at the centre of the 2007 chaos in which Kenyans fought but he blamed it on Ruto," he told a gathering of leaders at Nyanturago Stadium in...
(Shabelle News 03/23/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick start next Saturday. Sources said, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between...
(APA 03/23/17)
Kenya on Thursday joined the rest of the world in condemning a London terror attack that left five people dead and 40 others injured after being run over and stabbed. According to reports, the attacker’s car on Wednesday ploughed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before later proceeding to stab a policeman to death before being shot dead himself by another officer. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed condemned the attack, saying her country remains a strong partner of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Capitalfm Business 03/13/17)
A Bill seeking to amend the elections law to compel the State to fund the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct political parties primaries will on Tuesday be formally introduced in the National Assembly. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill sponsored by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) has been listed for the First Reading in Tuesday’s National Assembly Order Paper. In one of his key amendments, Chepkonga proposes to introduce a new provision to...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during...

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