Thursday 25 May 2017
(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...
(Xinhuanet 05/11/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will inject strong vitality into Africa-China cooperation. Kenyatta, together with other heads of state and government, will attend the forum scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Beijing. The forum will outline a new vision for multilateral cooperation and offer an opportunity for African countries to modernize their economies with technical and financial support from China, Kenyatta told a media briefing on Tuesday. "I look forward to...
(Capitalfm Business 05/10/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Wednesday as part of his campaign to bolster trade, immigration and security cooperation with the Northern Africa powerhouse. President Al-Sisi hosted the meeting at Cairo International Airport. President Kenyatta was in the Egyptian capital for a refuelling stop on his way to the United Kingdom for the 3rd London Conference on Somalia which he will attend on Thursday. The Cairo Summit is among a host of meetings President Kenyatta will...
(Xinhuanet 05/10/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday travelled to Britain to attend the 3rd London Conference on Somalia to secure high-level international support for the Horn of Africa nation. A statement issued after his departure said the conference will focus on accelerating the progress of security reforms in Somalia, build on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis, and agree on the new international partnership needed to keep the Horn of Africa nation on course for increased peace and prosperity. "Kenya recognizes Somalia security and stability is intertwined with our own. It is imperative to help Somalia achieve stability and that is why the London conference
(Capitalfm Business 05/10/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has reached out to Benin in his latest quest to expand the export market for Kenya’s products, including coffee, tea and fresh produce. The President pitched for the new market for Kenyan exports when he held talks with President Patrice Talon of Benin that focused on deepening economic ties between Kenya and the West African nation. He also spoke strongly on expanding intra-Africa trade, including through improved air services to better link African cities. President Kenyatta met...
(The Star 05/09/17)
Kenya's presidential candidates will go head to head in televised debates on July 10 and 24, ahead of the general election on August 8. The American-style debates will see the candidates reach out to the widest possible audience to explain how they would govern Kenya if elected. They are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership rather than personalities. Royal media services CEO Wachira Waruru said the sessions will...
(The East African 05/08/17)
The 26th Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) opens in Nairobi Monday. A statement from the Office of the President in Kenya said the meeting will run till Friday. It will be the first since the UN-Habitat III council gathering in Quito, Ecuador in October, 2016. Political tone President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend the meeting. The theme of the conference is; “Opportunities for the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda”. The conference is expected to...
(Voice of America 05/05/17)
Logistical challenges and disputes during Kenya's primaries last month have raised concerns about the nationwide polls in August and how best to avoid a repeat of the deadly post-election violence in 2007. When poll results are contested, the final decision often lies with the courts. "Electoral cases cannot be treated in the same way as other matters that come before the courts, because of their inherent political sensitivity, the high public interest in their outcomes, the intense bursts in which electoral petitions are filed and the short time limits within which they have
(Voice of America 05/04/17)
Kenya’s electoral commission is appealing a court ruling that poll results announced at the constituency level are final. The electoral body says that opens the way to manipulation. The bad blood between the Kenya's political opposition and its electoral commission has been taken to the corridors of justice three months before the August poll. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is appealing a high court ruling that bans the commission chairman from making the official announcement of presidential vote totals...
(Xinhuanet 05/04/17)
The following are the news highlights in Kenyan media outlets on Thursday. -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party is warming up to smaller parties that support his bid for re-election. Last year, tens of smaller parties that formed the Jubilee coalition on which he came to power folded up to form one outfit. But as elections draw closer, dozens of smaller parties have emerged again which Kenyatta is now courting in A bid to marshal up votes for himself...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/03/17)
Outside Lucy Ndungu's Nairobi office, the line of angry aspiring politicians snaked down the stairs, out of the door and into the adjoining beer garden as hundreds lined up to register as independent candidates for Kenya's elections. Ndungu, the country's registrar of political parties, said unprecedented numbers were registering as independents as political parties raced to process appeals from failed candidates before a May 8 deadline, and her office was getting overwhelmed. "It is a record number of people and we did not budget for this," she said, as six police officers kept order while sweating candidates clutching folders of papers jostled for position.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/29/17)
Women are likely to be elected for the first time to some of Kenya's powerful governor positions after making historic gains in party primaries this week, experts said, heralding a political breakthrough for the patriarchal society. Kenya has East Africa's lowest female representation in parliament - at 19 percent - and women have struggled to make gains in the face of violence, intimidation and sexism. That looks set to change in August's elections. "This time, at least two women are...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
Kenya's opposition lined up Thursday behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, in an unprecedented step to strengthen their challenge to the government in August's polls. Former prime minister Odinga, 72, was named presidential candidate by senior leaders of the National Super Alliance (NASA) at a large rally in the capital Nairobi. Odinga will, for the second consecutive time, challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of a 2013 election that he lost in the first round. However, this time five of the country's main opposition leaders have united, something they always failed to do previously.
(Washington Post 04/28/17)
A coalition of opposition parties announced Thursday that Raila Odinga, a three-time presidential candidate and former prime minister, would be its standard-bearer in elections in August. The announcement sets up a rematch between Odinga and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who narrowly won the last election in 2013. Odinga contested the results of that race, alleging irregularities in the counting of votes. But Kenya’s Supreme Court rejected the challenge and declared Kenyatta the victor. Odinga is now 72, and this is...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Veteran political leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga was Thursday named Kenya's opposition presidential candidate for elections in August, at a large rally in the capital Nairobi. The public announcement was made by senior leaders of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition of which Odinga will be flag-bearer, challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of the 2013 election line-up. Kenya's five main opposition leaders hope their unprecedented alliance will be enough to defeat the ruling Jubilee Party on...
(Bloomberg 04/27/17)
An alliance of Kenyan opposition parties chose former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as its candidate to run against President Uhuru Kenyatta in elections scheduled for August. Odinga’s running mate on the National Super Alliance ticket will be former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said Thursday at a rally in the capital, Nairobi. The two were recommended by a technical committee that also considered former Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetang’ula as potential candidates. “The one who will fly the NASA flag is engineer, the right Honorable Raila Odinga,” Mudavadi said to the cheers of thousands of supporters at a rally in Uhuru Park in the city center.