Tuesday 24 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/23/17)
Western nations on Monday warned starkly of Kenya's "deteriorating political environment" ahead of a presidential election re-run, urging the major parties to halt incitement and verbal attacks on institutions. US Ambassador Robert Godec said that if the electoral commission felt it was not ready for Thursday's poll, it should ask the courts for a delay. "We would be fine with that," he said. But with the election commission pushing ahead and both President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga digging in, it looks as if a vote will go ahead -- but without Odinga, who withdrew his candidacy earlier this month. Godec read a statement from 20 Western envoys, including the 28-nation European Union,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities will arrest and charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga with incitement to violence after attacks on the election board, the chief prosecutor’s office said on Monday. Odinga has pulled out of the re-run of an election he was due to contest on Thursday against President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying problems with the election board meant the vote would not be fair. He has called for protests and a boycott and on Sunday said on Twitter there would be “no election”. “We resume our picketing at IEBC (election board) offices countrywide on Tuesday and Wednesday. We maintain that there will be no election on Thursday,” he said, without giving details. Kenya is East Africa’s richest...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/17)
Pope Francis on Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with "close attention" over disputed elections. "I am paying close attention in these days to Kenya, which I visited in 2015," Francis told pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer. Francis said he was praying "that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga made calls Friday for election peace, while making veiled digs at each other on a day when the country celebrates its independence heroes. In the capital Nairobi, Kenyatta oversaw a celebration full of pomp and ceremony for the annual Heroes Day, using the opportunity to push his campaign for re-election and warn his rival against disrupting next Thursday's vote. The president, whose August victory was overturned by the Supreme Court, accused the opposition of abusing hard-fought democratic freedoms "to create anarchy". Upon his arrival at the ceremony Kenyatta was obliged to shake hands with Chief Justice David Maraga...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says he will boycott a presidential election re-run due next week, said on Friday he would announce a “way forward” the day before the scheduled poll, raising the possibility he might participate after all. At a memorial in western Kenya for opposition supporters killed in protests against the vote set for Oct. 26, Odinga told his supporters not to attack “innocent people” including people who support his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Thursday he could "reconsider" his decision to quit the country's troubled election race, provided there was "proper" headway on electoral reform. "If proper consultations are done and if proper reforms are carried out, and those fears that we raised are addressed, that made us pull out of this race, then we will reconsider," Odinga said. "But as it stands right now, our position is (as) we announced it yesterday," he warned. Odinga made the...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/17)
Kenyans head to the polls next Thursday for a second time this year after the Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. But with just a week left, fears are soaring of yet another flawed vote and its potential implications for the country. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to participate and the country's election commission is divided and in turmoil. Here are the key questions: - Will there be an election on October 26? -...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Kenya's election commission head said Wednesday it is difficult to guarantee that the Oct. 26 presidential poll would be free and fair. Wafula Chebukati, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said he will not continue to be pushed by majority commissioners to accept legal opinions that serve partisan interests that are not grounded in the constitution of the law. "I have made several attempts to make critical changes but my motions have been defeated by a...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Kenya's polls chief cast doubt Wednesday on his organisation's ability to hold a credible vote next week, pointing to internal divisions and interference by both major parties. In the latest bombshell to hit the presidential election, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief Wafula Chebukati lambasted political leaders and his staff just hours after another commissioner announced her resignation after fleeing to New York. "Let me be very clear that this a yellow card to both sides. I will not...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/18/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of Kenya’s election commission said on Wednesday he could not guarantee next week’s presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his colleagues. Wafula Chebukati’s statement came hours after another commission member resigned and left the country, saying she and her staff had been repeatedly threatened. “Ironically, the very people, political leaders, who are supposed to build the nation have become the greatest threat to the peace...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called Wednesday for mass protests on the day of the October 26 presidential election, in which he has refused to take participate. "​Protests will go on, on the 26th (there) will be the biggest demonstrations in the whole country," he told a rally of thousands of supporters in a suburb of Nairobi. Odinga said last week he was withdrawing from the election, accusing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of failing to reform since...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
One of Kenya's top election officials quit Wednesday in a searing statement accusing her colleagues of political bias and saying an upcoming presidential election could not be credible. The resignation of one of seven poll commissioners is the latest dramatic twist to an election process that has plunged the East African nation into its worst political crisis in a decade. "The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017. I do not...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he was suspending a protest campaign after three people were shot dead in demonstrations against Kenya's election body. "In honour of the innocent victims of the state, our protests will stay suspended. On Friday, we will mark the memory of these victims as heroes of the struggle for electoral justice," he said in a statement. The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition had earlier said the protests would resume on Wednesday after a one-day break to honour the victims. Odinga said the party would communicate "our next course of action" on Friday. Odinga launched a protest campaign three weeks ago against the Independent Electoral...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Kenya's high court on Tuesday temporarily lifted a government curb on protests in three main cities, until a full hearing can be held on an opposition petition to scrap the ban entirely. Security Minister Fred Matiangi announced the ban last Thursday but opposition supporters have defied the order, notably in the western stronghold of Kisumu where three people have been shot dead by police. The high court ordered the ban suspended "pending the hearing and determination" of a petition by...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
The political impasse in Kenya has hit uptake of Treasury bills, with investors remaining cautious ahead of the Oct. 26 repeat elections. Subscription has been on the decline for the last three weeks but dropped to the lowest last week as the contested polls, which the opposition has boycotted, approach. Last week, overall Treasury bills subscription for the 91-, 182- and 364-day bills declined to a record 43 percent, down from 63 percent recorded in the previous week, Central Bank...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
A young protester was shot dead in western Kenya on Monday as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses told AFP. Police teargassed a large crowd of protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, who set tyres alight, blocked roads and pelted policemen with rocks as they kicked off daily protests just 10 days ahead of the election. One protester, Michael Odiambo, 21, said he had seen police gun down...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from a presidential election re-run set for Oct. 26 saying it should only take place once wide-ranging reforms are undertaken, urged his supporters on Sunday to hold protests. Authorities have banned protests in central Nairobi and other hotspots in a bid to keep a lid on mounting political turmoil in the build-up to the repeat vote, in which Odinga had been set to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta once again...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - At least 33 people died in the Kenyan capital Nairobi during a police crackdown on opposition supporters after elections in August, including a child and a pregnant woman, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Protests erupted after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in the vote. The Supreme Court later voided the result. Odinga has withdrawn from a re-run on Oct. 26, leaving Kenyatta as the only candidate, prompting further protests. Kenyan police disputed the rights groups’ report, which brings the nationwide death toll in the crackdown...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - Kenyan police has killed at least 33 people, possibly as many as 50, and injured hundreds more in some parts of Nairobi, the capital, in response to protests following the August 8, 2017 elections, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released on Monday. The 37-page report, “Kill Those Criminals’: Security Forces’ Violations in Kenya’s August 2017 Elections,” documents excessive use of force by police, and in some cases other security agents, against...

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