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“Kenya’s political crisis could lead to election-related violence”
25 October 2017, 9:57 AM

International elections observers to Kenya’s elections are calling for dialogue among the country’s political leaders and the electoral commission, hours to the country’s repeat presidential elections.

Statements by the European Union Observer mission to Kenya and the US based Carter Centre have warned against political rhetoric and called for calm ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether the polls should go on.

A statement by the Carter Centre indicated that prospects for a credible presidential election have narrowed and urged for political leaders to use the limited time to dialogue and find a mutually acceptable way forward so that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) can conduct fresh presidential elections in a peaceful and secure environment.

The Carter Centre further warned that recent statements by Chairman of the Commission Wafula Chebukati made it clear that the current political impasse constrains the IEBC’s ability to conduct a credible election.

They say the current political crisis could lead to serious risk of election-related violence should the elections go forward, especially in areas with strong NASA support.

The EU on the other hand said it was scaling down its staff due to security concerns and would limit its activities to observing the counting, tallying and transmission of results.

The Supreme Court is due to rule on whether to stop the rerun scheduled for Thursday following a case filed by three human rights activists.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the race.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 09:57

Sarah Kimani

SA, Senegal review bilateral relations
24 October 2017, 6:01 PM

President Jacob Zuma and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, have committed themselves to working together to pursue peace, stability and economic development on the African continent. The relationship between the two countries dates back to the years of the liberation struggle.

The two leaders met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town to discuss various issues and also sign bilateral agreements. President Zuma says they’ve agreed that peace and stability are vital for the continent to flourish.

President Sall’s visit follows President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Senegal in October 2013. They reviewed bilateral relations and also explored new areas of co-operation. A memorandum of understanding on toursim was also signed.

President Zuma says they have committed themselves to working towards a peaceful continent. “We therefore condemn in the strongest possible terms the extremists and terrorist activities wherever they occur while committing to the continental integration processes and implementation of the AU’s agenda 2063 we hold a string view in the necessity to hold the autonomy of the Nepad’s head of state government committee.”

On the economic front, the two leaders have encouraged investment in both countries. A South Africa-Senegal Business Forum will also be held to cement economic ties between the two countries. President Zuma said the visit by the Senegalese president coincides with celebrations of the life and legacy of OR Tambo.

Tuesday 24 October 2017 18:01

Lulama Matya

SA, Senegal review bilateral relations
24 October 2017, 6:01 PM

President Jacob Zuma and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, have committed themselves to working together to pursue peace, stability and economic development on the African continent. The relationship between the two countries dates back to the years of the liberation struggle.

The two leaders met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town to discuss various issues and also sign bilateral agreements. President Zuma says they’ve agreed that peace and stability are vital for the continent to flourish.

President Sall’s visit follows President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Senegal in October 2013. They reviewed bilateral relations and also explored new areas of co-operation. A memorandum of understanding on toursim was also signed.

President Zuma says they have committed themselves to working towards a peaceful continent. “We therefore condemn in the strongest possible terms the extremists and terrorist activities wherever they occur while committing to the continental integration processes and implementation of the AU’s agenda 2063 we hold a string view in the necessity to hold the autonomy of the Nepad’s head of state government committee.”

On the economic front, the two leaders have encouraged investment in both countries. A South Africa-Senegal Business Forum will also be held to cement economic ties between the two countries. President Zuma said the visit by the Senegalese president coincides with celebrations of the life and legacy of OR Tambo.

Tuesday 24 October 2017 18:01

Lulama Matya

UN, African Union call for peace ahead of Kenyan election
23 October 2017, 10:13 PM

A joint statement between the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and the African Union (AU) Commission Chair has urged political actors and stakeholders in Kenya to work together towards the preservation of calm and peace in the country.

This as international pressure and concern continues to build ahead of Thursday’s rerun of the Presidential election, particularly
around the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission capacity to conduct a free and credible poll.

Tensions continue to be high in the east Africa nation, with Kenya’s opposition under former Prime Minister Raila Odinga calling for a boycott of the Thursday poll, and a former electoral commissioner, who fled to the United States last week, saying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is dysfunctional and unable to produce a credible result.

The UN and the AU are closely monitoring developments in Kenya as the Secretary General’s spokesperson, Farhan Haq explains.

“The Secretary General and the AU Commission Chairperson called on all stakeholders to cooperate with the Independent electoral and boundaries Commission as a constitutionally mandated body to conduct the election. They urge all political parties and their supporters to create conditions for a peaceful election, and refrain from any act of violence, and stressed the need for the Kenyan security services to exercise restraint, use minimal force in performing their duties and respect the freedom and political liberties of all Kenyans.”

“Well, just to repeat – what we want is for everyone to cooperate with the IEBC. Remember, as we said in the statement, that this is the constitutionally mandated body to conduct the election, and it’s in that context that we want its work to be supported.”

Former election’s Commissioner, Dr Roselyn Akombe, who declined to be interviewed by SABC News, has claimed in other publications that the IEBC was subject to political interference.

This as Ambassadors to 18 European Union (EU) countries and the United States (US) also issued a joint statement urging dialogue and calm. United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec explains.

“Attacks on the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) staff must stop. No one is obliged to stand for office or
to vote if they do not wish to, but no one should use violence or intimidation to disrupt the right of others to vote or to participate. Doing so is profoundly undemocratic, and leaders must tell their supporters to refrain from such actions. In the coming days the whole world will be watching Kenya in its every step in this electoral process. In particular we are following closely the actions of leaders and politicians. Those who incite violence or undermine democracy should be held to account for their actions.”

Earlier this month, in a 37 page report, Human Rights Watch said police in Kenya had killed at least 33 people, and injured hundreds more in response to protests following the now annulled August 8 election.

Monday 23 October 2017 22:13

Watch below:

Sherwin Bryce-Pease

UN, African Union call for peace ahead of Kenyan election
23 October 2017, 10:13 PM

A joint statement between the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and the African Union (AU) Commission Chair has urged political actors and stakeholders in Kenya to work together towards the preservation of calm and peace in the country.

This as international pressure and concern continues to build ahead of Thursday’s rerun of the Presidential election, particularly
around the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission capacity to conduct a free and credible poll.

Tensions continue to be high in the east Africa nation, with Kenya’s opposition under former Prime Minister Raila Odinga calling for a boycott of the Thursday poll, and a former electoral commissioner, who fled to the United States last week, saying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is dysfunctional and unable to produce a credible result.

The UN and the AU are closely monitoring developments in Kenya as the Secretary General’s spokesperson, Farhan Haq explains.

“The Secretary General and the AU Commission Chairperson called on all stakeholders to cooperate with the Independent electoral and boundaries Commission as a constitutionally mandated body to conduct the election. They urge all political parties and their supporters to create conditions for a peaceful election, and refrain from any act of violence, and stressed the need for the Kenyan security services to exercise restraint, use minimal force in performing their duties and respect the freedom and political liberties of all Kenyans.”

“Well, just to repeat – what we want is for everyone to cooperate with the IEBC. Remember, as we said in the statement, that this is the constitutionally mandated body to conduct the election, and it’s in that context that we want its work to be supported.”

Former election’s Commissioner, Dr Roselyn Akombe, who declined to be interviewed by SABC News, has claimed in other publications that the IEBC was subject to political interference.

This as Ambassadors to 18 European Union (EU) countries and the United States (US) also issued a joint statement urging dialogue and calm. United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec explains.

“Attacks on the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) staff must stop. No one is obliged to stand for office or
to vote if they do not wish to, but no one should use violence or intimidation to disrupt the right of others to vote or to participate. Doing so is profoundly undemocratic, and leaders must tell their supporters to refrain from such actions. In the coming days the whole world will be watching Kenya in its every step in this electoral process. In particular we are following closely the actions of leaders and politicians. Those who incite violence or undermine democracy should be held to account for their actions.”

Earlier this month, in a 37 page report, Human Rights Watch said police in Kenya had killed at least 33 people, and injured hundreds more in response to protests following the now annulled August 8 election.

Monday 23 October 2017 22:13

Watch below:

Sherwin Bryce-Pease

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