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Kenyatta’s supporters protest negation of elections
19 September 2017, 6:06 PM

Hundreds of supporters of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas’ have held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi to protests the ruling which annulled the August election.

They have accused the court of stealing their electoral victory. The protests come amid three petitions filed with the Judicial Service Commission seeking the removal of the Chief Justice.

Waving placards and chanting slogans against the Chief Justice, the demonstrators accused the judges of having stolen their victory.

They said the court should instead have ordered for a recount of the votes.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga filed after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the August 8 election indicating that the electoral commission’s electronic tallying system was hacked to tilt the victory in favour of Kenyatta. The court has announced that it will deliver its full judgment on why it annulled the elections on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a court registrar says the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has received three petitions seeking the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and a Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola.

They are among the four judges who ruled for the annulment of the polls.

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Tuesday 19 September 2017 18:06

Sara Kimani

Afriforum looks to court to overturn Mugabe immunity
19 September 2017, 8:00 AM

Civil rights organisation Afriforum will ask the High Court in Pretoria to review the diplomatic immunity granted to Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday.

Mugabe allegedly attacked South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cord in a hotel in Sandton in the north Johannesburg in August.

Engels laid a criminal charge against Mugabe but the International Relations Department granted her immunity.

Afriforum’s Willie Spies says they will ask the court to overturn this.

The Zimbabwean High Commission in Pretoria has applied to intervene in the matter.

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Tuesday 19 September 2017 08:00

Isaac Masemola

Conflict around fresh presidential elections in Kenya
18 September 2017, 8:20 PM

Kenya‘s electoral officials are battling to resolve sticky issues around fresh presidential elections slated for 17 October. This is amid reports that the date may now be changed.

French biometrics firm, Safran Morpho, which provided the technology used in the August polls is also asking the electoral commission to push the polls ahead by a week, to allow the company time to set up proper systems.

Opposition parties want the company removed before the fresh elections.

According to the law, the commission has until 31 October to hold new elections.

Kenya’s Supreme Court is expected to give its full ruling on the annulment of the 8 August general elections on Tuesday, meanwhile on the campaign trail both sides are digging in.

None is willing to cede ground.

“These people are not ready for an election. That is why they have a quarrel with everybody. They have a quarrel with the commissioners of IEBC. They want IEBC commissioners removed; they want the secretariat to be removed; they do not want the printer of ballot papers; they do not want the supplier of technology and yet they want to pretend that they want to participate in an election,” says Deputy President William Ruto.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga says they are ready for elections.

“But we will not go to an election with an compromised IEBC. The company called Safran Morpho from France which colluded in trying to subvert the will of Kenyans must go. The company called Al Ghurair of Dubai must go. Then we are ready to meet Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in a level playing field.”

This weekend, it emerged that Safran Morpho, the technology company that designed the elections transmission kits, needs more time to reconfigure the equipment specifically for the repeat polls.

That’s another reason the fresh presidential elections may be delayed.

The electoral commission has called President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a date change and other emerging issues.

Monday 18 September 2017 20:20

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MDC refutes claims Tsvangirai is critically ill
16 September 2017, 8:50 AM

Zimbabwe’s opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has refuted claims that its leader Morgan Tsvangirai is in a critical condition in hospital.

This after a Zimbabwean newspaper reported that Tsvangirai was on Friday airlifted to South Africa on a life-support system.

Newsday says his condition deteriorated suddenly and became dire and that a doctor then recommended he go to South Africa.

He’s now believed to be at a hospital in Pretoria.

Tsvangirai disclosed last year that he was fighting colon cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy.

MDC national spokesperson, Obert Gutto says, “All I can confirm is that he has gone to South Africa for a routine medical checkup.”

Saturday 16 September 2017 08:50

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Arrest of journalist in Lesotho condemned
16 September 2017, 7:38 AM

Amnesty International has condemned the arrest of a journalist in Lesotho calling it a ploy to intimidate the country’s media.

Broadcast journalist Candi Ramainoane was taken into custody on Friday.

Lesotho is currently experiencing political tensions following the assassination of the head of the army last week.

Ramainoane has been charged with defamation following his reports criticizing the current political situation.

The station where he works and manages was shut down earlier in the week.

Amnesty International believes the arrest aims to send a chilling message to other media owners and journalists of the consequences they face for scrutinising the government.

The advocacy group is calling for Ramainoane to be released immediately and for the media to be allowed to report on the matters affecting the mountain kingdom without fear or favour.

Saturday 16 September 2017 07:38

Noma Bolani

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