Tuesday 27 June 2017
(Bloomberg 06/08/17)
Kenya’s elections may prompt violence that evokes the unrest that killed at least 1,100 people following a disputed vote a decade ago if the electoral authorities fail to ensure this year’s process is credible, opposition leader Raila Odinga said. Any outbreak of clashes would be difficult to control, even though Kenyans “don’t want to go back to 2008,” Odinga said in an interview Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. The 72-year-old former prime minister is seeking to stop President Uhuru Kenyatta from securing a second term in the Aug. 8 election. Kenyan elections are a source of nervousness for investors in East Africa’s biggest economy.
(Bloomberg 06/07/17)
Kenya’s electoral body fired its head of procurement after it failed to obtain ballot papers less than two months before the country’s presidential elections, heightening concern over the credibility of the vote. The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission dismissed Lawy Aura because of “incompetence that has made operations untenable as we fast approach the general election,” the Nairobi-based body said on its website on Tuesday. The development could result in the election date being pushed back in a “worst case scenario,” though a more likely outcome is that the tender will be awarded directly, said Ahmed Salim, an analyst with Dubai-based Teneo Strategy.
(Standard Digital 06/07/17)
Kenya may have to wait until the next Parliament to send a representative to the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA). Grandstanding between the ruling Jubilee coalition and the Opposition has frustrated efforts to send the names of Kenyan MPs to the regional assembly. New EALA members from other countries are expected to convene in Tanzania for the swearing-in ceremony in the next one week. The wrangling involves the process of picking the names of Kenyan representatives. The National Assembly faced...
(Capitalfm Business 06/06/17)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received 250 complaints over nomination clearance even as it is set to deliver its first rulings Tuesday. Through its Twitter handle, the electoral body stated that it had published the cause list and dates for hearing the complaints. The selected committee is hearing the disputes at the Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, and will sit through to June 13. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday cautioned against sideshows and urged politicians to fully...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in marking 54 years of self-internal rule on Thursday amid calls for peaceful polls and unity across the country's political divide. As celebrations were marked across the country, Kenyatta urge Kenyans to vote wisely in the August general election so that the country can continue on the path of prosperity and development. He also urged Kenyans to re-elect him for a second term pointing out that he has laid down the foundations to...
(Bloomberg 05/31/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga pledged to keep his bid to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta free of violence, while warning that his supporters may rise up if they suspect rigging. “We do not expect any violence,” Odinga told reporters in Nairobi, the capital, on Tuesday. “It’s not in our hands. If elections are free and fair, I don’t think there would be any. Violence will come if somebody interferes with the electoral process.” “If we lose fairly, we will accept,”...
(Xinhuanet 05/31/17)
The EU on Tuesday commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for his consistent commitment to a free, fair and peaceful election in August. The EU delegation led by EU Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Stephano Dejak noted Kenya's level of preparedness and commitment for the August polls and pledged its full support to the process. "We are greatly encouraged by the commitment you once more confirmed on Monday about peaceful, free, fair and credible election," Dejak said in a statement issued after holding...
(Xinhuanet 05/30/17)
Kenya's electoral body on Monday cleared President Uhuru Kenyatta to run for a second term in office after he presented his nomination papers with his deputy William Ruto as his running mate. Kenyatta, who was accompanied by thousands of his supporters after a day-long tour of the city, said his Jubilee Party will conduct a peaceful campaign free of insults. At the rallies, Kenyatta who defeated the main opposition leader Raila Odinga in 2013 said he was humbly asking Kenyans...
(Bloomberg 05/29/17)
The outcome of Kenya’s election pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against a former prime minister will be close and may involve a run-off vote if turnout in opposition strongholds is high, according to analysts Verisk Maplecroft. While opposition support is seen as depressed due to “disillusionment” with main candidate Raila Odinga, the ex-premier who failed in three previous presidential bids, he can still force a run-off if enough supporters are mobilized to cast ballots, Emma Gordon, senior analyst at the Bath,...
(AfricaNews 05/29/17)
Kenyan opposition politician Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday (May 28) presented their election documents to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the presidential election in August. Odinga, who comes from one of Kenya’s most powerful political families, will try to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta, the wealthy son of the country’s first president and head of the ruling Jubilee party, who is seeking a second term. It is Odinga’s fourth time as a...
(Voice of America 05/29/17)
In Kenya, the official campaign period has begun as the electoral body clears candidates to run for the presidency. The commission is calling on the candidates to maintain peace during the August polls. Kenya’s presidential campaign has begun with 70 days to the August elections. So far the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has cleared seven candidates and rejected three because of logistical issues. Addressing Jubilee Party supporters Monday in Nairobi, Deputy President William Ruto said he and the president...
(Agence Ecofin 05/29/17)
Over the last few days, the land issue has been brought up on various occasions in the debates preceding the Kenyan presidential elections which are to take place on Aug 8, 2017. The opposing party accused the administration of President Kenyatta, who is to visit the six counties of the coastal part of the country, of ignoring land injustices in the region. President Uhuru Kenyatta responded by reminding that members of the coalition, the "Super Alliance Nasa" as it known,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Bloomberg 05/26/17)
Kenya’s Aug 8. presidential elections will be a rematch of the 2013 race, which pitted Uhuru Kenyatta against Raila Odinga. That vote saw Kenyatta squeak to victory in the first round and the Supreme Court reject Odinga’s allegations of rigging. This time, five of the main opposition parties have united to form the National Super Alliance and thrown their weight behind Odinga. With violence and intimidation having overshadowed four of the six elections held in Kenya since the advent of...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/17)
Police shot dead one person in northern Kenya's Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at which supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed, police said. Officials and political leaders said the trouble started before Kenyatta arrived to address the gathering on Saturday. Kenya's Aug. 8 presidential campaign in which incumbent president Kenyatta will run, coincides with elections for members of parliament and representatives in regional governments, known as counties. Devolution of some powers to county level during Kenyatta's presidency, and the associated access to and control of lucrative local budgets and high official salaries
(Capitalfm Business 05/19/17)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Friday gave political parties until Sunday to make corrections to their list of nominees. In a statement, Chairman Wafula Chebukati said that despite the Commission previously extending the deadline for the submission of the lists, the lists still contained numerous mistakes. “The deadline for submission of the candidates was on May 16. This followed an extension of six days to allow parties time to finalise their respective lists. However, the Commission noted a number of issues for concerned parties to address with immediate effect.” The issues the Commission enumerated, include missing names for running mates for presidential and gubernatorial seats
(Xinhuanet 05/18/17)
Kenya's security forces have been put on a standby mode to enhance arrest and prosecution of individuals engaging in hate speech during this election season, officials said on Wednesday. Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaissery said the State will deal firmly with aspirants who incite communities to take up arms as campaign for the Aug. 8 general election gathers steam. "The government is closely monitoring the ongoing campaigns to ensure violence is nipped in the bud. We will not spare inciters and war-mongers regardless of their political affiliation," Nkaissery said. He spoke at an international conference on peace, security and social enterprise that took place
(Xinhuanet 05/16/17)
President Xi Jinping said Monday that China is willing to work with Kenya to push forward bilateral ties. Xi made the remarks when meeting with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, who attended the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that concluded Monday. Xi said the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Kenya has developed rapidly in recent years, and the bilateral ties are at their best time in history. Kenya is one of the pilot nations in China-Africa...
(Capitalfm Business 05/11/17)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has extended the deadline for parties to submit their lists of nominated candidates to Sunday. In a statement,IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the change was occasioned by the 210 cases pending before the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal. “The Commission notes that there are 210 pending disputes at the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal. To allow the Tribunal to complete and determine cases before it, the political parties affected are due to submit their...

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