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Uhuru Kenyatta ignores crisis meeting called by electoral commission
19 October 2017, 5:53 PM

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the electoral commission on Thursday and instead spent the day in Western Kenya campaigning ahead of presidential elections which will be re-run next week.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati instead held a meeting with opposition leader Raila Odinga who has pulled out of the presidential race, indicating that there is no prospect of a credible poll.

On Wednesday, Chebukati warned that he could not guarantee a credible election due to political interference in the commission’s work further deepening the political crisis in the East African nation.

Chebukati reached out to all political leaders to help end the political crisis in the country.

“Once the Kenyan people see that their leaders are talking and putting Kenya first, then we can douse the tension in the air,” says Chebukati.

On Thursday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it had “regrettably rescheduled” the meeting.

No reasons or new date were given.

After a closed door meeting between Odinga and Chebukati, the opposition leader called for talks on the political deadlock, but dismissed claims that he is after a power-sharing deal.

“I am not going to fall down to cheap propaganda being perpetuated by people drunk with power,” says Odinga.

Odinga has called for mass protests on election day, indicating that there will be no polls next Thursday.

In parts of Western Kenya, which is an opposition stronghold election officials have come under attack from opposition supporters who are opposed to the polls.

President Kenyatta insists the polls will go ahead:

“It is your right to say that you are not standing and nobody will deny you that right but you have no right to deny those who are preparing our nation for an election.”

The statement by Chebukati that he could not guarantee a credible vote seemed to embolden Odinga to stay off the ballot.

Raila Odinga says: “That basically confirmed our position when we pulled out of the race two weeks ago, that basically confirmed what we have been saying that we do not see a free and fair election taking place on the 26th, the signs were there for all to see.”

The October 26 polls follow the annulling of President Kenyatta’s victory on grounds that the August elections were marred by irregularities and illegalities.

According to the Kenyan constitution, fresh elections must held within 60 days of the ruling.

That period lapses at the end of this month.

Thursday 19 October 2017 17:53

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Sarah Kimani

Kenya’s poll commissioner quits over ‘electoral mockery’
18 October 2017, 8:18 AM

One of Kenya’s electoral commissioners has quit just eight days to Kenya’s repeat elections indicating that the polls as planned will not meet the basic expectations of a credible election.

Dr. Roselyn Akombe sent a lengthy letter from New York, where she previously worked at the United Nations.

Akombe, a key commissioner at the electoral commission said the poll agency in its current state can not guarantee a credible election later this month.

She further stated that she would not be party to what she termed as “electoral mockery.”

The electoral commission is yet to comment on the resignation.

Meanwhile Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says there is no political crisis in the country and rejected calls for dialogue between him and his political rival Raila Odinga over a political standoff.

Kenyatta has accused his opponent of provoking violence and insisted that the country must go to the polls.

Odinga who has withdrawn from the re-run until the electoral commission implements reforms told his supporters that countrywide protests would continue daily, beginning Monday until the commission institutes the reforms.

The European Union’s observer mission on Monday called for dialogue and compromises to allow for a peaceful and transparent electoral process.

Wednesday 18 October 2017 08:18

Sarah Kimani

Kenya’s poll commissioner quits over ‘electoral mockery’
18 October 2017, 8:18 AM

One of Kenya’s electoral commissioners has quit just eight days to Kenya’s repeat elections indicating that the polls as planned will not meet the basic expectations of a credible election.

Dr. Roselyn Akombe sent a lengthy letter from New York, where she previously worked at the United Nations.

Akombe, a key commissioner at the electoral commission said the poll agency in its current state can not guarantee a credible election later this month.

She further stated that she would not be party to what she termed as “electoral mockery.”

The electoral commission is yet to comment on the resignation.

Meanwhile Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says there is no political crisis in the country and rejected calls for dialogue between him and his political rival Raila Odinga over a political standoff.

Kenyatta has accused his opponent of provoking violence and insisted that the country must go to the polls.

Odinga who has withdrawn from the re-run until the electoral commission implements reforms told his supporters that countrywide protests would continue daily, beginning Monday until the commission institutes the reforms.

The European Union’s observer mission on Monday called for dialogue and compromises to allow for a peaceful and transparent electoral process.

Wednesday 18 October 2017 08:18

Sarah Kimani

African countries urged to accede to APRM
17 October 2017, 5:15 PM

More African governments have been urged to accede to the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to improve governance and promote transparency and accountability. This has emerged at the plenary session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) currently underway in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

African Union (UN) Member States established the APRM in 2003 as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance.

The primary purpose of the APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, and accelerated intra-Africa economic integration.

Since its launch in 2003, about 36 countries have acceded to the APRM and 17 of these have put themselves forward for peer review. The findings have presented some common challenges across countries. These include corruption, unemployment, poor infrastructure, and gender discrimination.

Once signed up, countries first grade themselves and then allow a panel of independent experts to assess the findings, followed by a government response.

During the debate on the successes and challenges of the APRM, most African parliamentarians endorsed the peer review and had however called on members countries that have not signed up for the voluntary mechanism to do so without further delay.

African MPs have also called on development partners to increase funding for the APRM technical and bureaucratic operations.

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Tuesday 17 October 2017 17:15

Tshepo Ikaneng

African countries urged to accede to APRM
17 October 2017, 5:15 PM

More African governments have been urged to accede to the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to improve governance and promote transparency and accountability. This has emerged at the plenary session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) currently underway in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

African Union (UN) Member States established the APRM in 2003 as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance.

The primary purpose of the APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, and accelerated intra-Africa economic integration.

Since its launch in 2003, about 36 countries have acceded to the APRM and 17 of these have put themselves forward for peer review. The findings have presented some common challenges across countries. These include corruption, unemployment, poor infrastructure, and gender discrimination.

Once signed up, countries first grade themselves and then allow a panel of independent experts to assess the findings, followed by a government response.

During the debate on the successes and challenges of the APRM, most African parliamentarians endorsed the peer review and had however called on members countries that have not signed up for the voluntary mechanism to do so without further delay.

African MPs have also called on development partners to increase funding for the APRM technical and bureaucratic operations.

Watch related video below:

Tuesday 17 October 2017 17:15

Tshepo Ikaneng

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