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Human Rights for all or not?
16 March 2018, 12:15 PM

On 21 March 1960 more than 60 people lost their lives in Sharpeville, Johannesburg, protesting against the Apartheid government. During the following years more people made the same sacrifice.

In 1994 the Constitution of South Africa was ratified by Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville and the decision was made to set aside 21 March as a day to remember those lives lost during the Sharpeville Massacre and also to acknowledge our rights as citizens of South Africa.

This year’s theme for Human Rights Day is: “Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All”. But the question remains whether all South Africans are afforded equal human rights.

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Turnout for Kenya’s polls at dissapointing 34%
27 October 2017, 11:35 AM

Kenya‘s electoral commission says there was a less 34% turn out in Thursday’s controversial presidential rerun.

Chairperson Wafula Chebukati says only 6.5 million registered voters turned out to cast their ballots in 267 of the 290 constituencies.

The polls were marred by a boycott called by opposition leader Raila Odinga and violence in some of his strongholds.

The turnout has sharply declined compared to the 80% of registered voters who cast their ballots in August, when the country first went to the polls.

Several opposition zones witnessed a disruption in the voting process due to insecurity. Voting has been suspended until Saturday in four counties in Western Kenya where opposition supporters clashed with the police for the better part of Thursday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second and final term had urged his supporters to turn out in large numbers, but even in his Central Kenya turn out is below what was witnessed in August.

The Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta’s August victory and ordered a fresh poll citing irregularities and illegalities.

Odinga pulled out of the race demanding reforms in the electoral commission.

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– By Sarah Kimani

Violence casts shadow over Kenya elections: Mbeki
27 October 2017, 6:50 AM

The head of the African Union elections observer mission to Kenya, Thabo Mbeki, has expressed concern over violence that marred voting in several parts of Kenya during a re-run of the presidential elections.

Mbeki says the violence casts a shadow over the elections.

At least three people have been killed so far.

The poll was boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters.

The electoral commission has announced repeat elections in at least four counties where voting did not take place due to violence.

– By Sarah Kimani

Security tight as Kenyans head to polls
26 October 2017, 6:44 AM

Tensions are high in some parts of Kenya as the nation heads to the polls on Thursday.

On Wednesday night there were clashes between police and supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga in Mombasa and Homa Bay counties, southern Kenya.

Security forces are on high alert.

The country is holding a re-election after the August results were annulled due to irregularities with results.

Roads leading to polling stations have been barricaded to prevent the voting process from happening.

Polls opened at 5am (SA time) but stations are yet to be opened. There are no voters at the gates.

On Wednesday Odinga called for the boycott of the elections saying they won’t be free, fair or credible.

AU Observer Mission Head: former President Thabo Mbeki appealed to Kenyans to respect the voting process by letting those who want to exercise their right to cast their ballot to do so peacefully.

He also called on police to ensure calm is maintained throughout the country.

SABC reporter Aldrin Sampear is monitoring the situation in the opposition stronghold of Kibera: Watch Below

– By Noma Bolani

Kenya elections to go ahead as planned
25 October 2017, 8:39 PM

Chairman of the Kenya’s electoral commission says presidential elections will go on as scheduled on Thursday.

Wafula Chebukati made the announcement hours after the Supreme Court was unable to hear a petition filed by three human rights activists to cancel the elections due to the lack of a quorum.

Chief Justice David Maraga says only two out the seven Supreme Court judges were available to hear the petition.

The Supreme Court ordered fresh polls after the August 8th elections were annulled over illegalities and irregularities.

Hours before the rerun Kenyans were not sure if the polls would indeed take place.

On the eve of the ruling, the driver of the Deputy Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu was shot and injured by unknown assailants. The opposition sees the government’s hand in it.

With the collapse of the case, the chairman of the commission cleared the way for the polls.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to boycott the elections, claiming that the electoral commission is biased.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second and final term, has called on Kenyans to turn up and vote.

The African Union has called for calm and restraint during the electoral period.

Polls will open at 6am and close at 5pm on Thursday.

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– By Sarah Kimani

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