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Ruto says Kenya’s opposition party is sensing defeat ahead of election
17 October 2017, 4:40 PM

Kenya‘s Deputy President, William Ruto, says the governing Jubilee party has no problem with the country’s electoral commission meeting conditions set by the opposition ahead of fresh presidential elections due later this month.

Last week, opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the presidential race, indicating that the electoral commission had failed to meet opposition demands that would guarantee transparent elections.

Ruto, however, says the opposition has sensed defeat and is therefore seeking to save face through a negotiated political statement.

Ruto, who has previously criticised the demands by the opposition, now says Jubilee party is ready to participate in the fresh presidential elections, even if the electoral commission opts to meet a raft of demands set by the opposition.

“If they agree on a different printer we have no problem, if they agree on a different supplier we have no problem. Al we are interested in is that there will be ballot papers and there will be an election.”

Odinga withdrew from the elections saying that the electoral commission has failed to meet the opposition’s demands, which would guarantee transparent elections as directed by the Supreme Court while annulling the August 8th presidential elections.

William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya says, “Mr. Odinga is running away from a humiliating defeat and that’s the essence of all this and of course he has to find this excuse and that excuse to try and justify his exit.”

Odinga’s withdrawal from the race and his calls for daily demonstrations to push for reforms have caused fears the current political stalemate will deepen.

Jubilee party says there is no crisis, “By formenting riots they want the international community to force Kenyans negotiate in an unconstitutional manner against the dictates of the constitution, so it is a manufactured situation to create a political end and that is what we must resist.”

Odinga has denied that he is pushing for a power-sharing deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final presidential term.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 16:40

Sarah Kimani

Ruto says Kenya’s opposition party is sensing defeat ahead of election
17 October 2017, 4:40 PM

Kenya‘s Deputy President, William Ruto, says the governing Jubilee party has no problem with the country’s electoral commission meeting conditions set by the opposition ahead of fresh presidential elections due later this month.

Last week, opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the presidential race, indicating that the electoral commission had failed to meet opposition demands that would guarantee transparent elections.

Ruto, however, says the opposition has sensed defeat and is therefore seeking to save face through a negotiated political statement.

Ruto, who has previously criticised the demands by the opposition, now says Jubilee party is ready to participate in the fresh presidential elections, even if the electoral commission opts to meet a raft of demands set by the opposition.

“If they agree on a different printer we have no problem, if they agree on a different supplier we have no problem. Al we are interested in is that there will be ballot papers and there will be an election.”

Odinga withdrew from the elections saying that the electoral commission has failed to meet the opposition’s demands, which would guarantee transparent elections as directed by the Supreme Court while annulling the August 8th presidential elections.

William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya says, “Mr. Odinga is running away from a humiliating defeat and that’s the essence of all this and of course he has to find this excuse and that excuse to try and justify his exit.”

Odinga’s withdrawal from the race and his calls for daily demonstrations to push for reforms have caused fears the current political stalemate will deepen.

Jubilee party says there is no crisis, “By formenting riots they want the international community to force Kenyans negotiate in an unconstitutional manner against the dictates of the constitution, so it is a manufactured situation to create a political end and that is what we must resist.”

Odinga has denied that he is pushing for a power-sharing deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final presidential term.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 16:40

Sarah Kimani

Fight against terror not deterred by Somali attack: Kenya
17 October 2017, 6:37 AM

Kenya says the latest attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, will not deter it from its fight against terrorism.

This follows the killing of more than 300 people after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu on Saturday.

President Jacob Zuma has joined other world leaders in condemning the attacks.

The militant group Al-shabaab has been fighting to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu and carries out occasional terrorist attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

Kenyan Permanent Representative to the AU Ambassador Catherin Mwangi addressed a plenary session on Peace and Security in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand.

“Kenya has been committed to the peace to the rest of Africa and Somalia is our direct neighbour. Kenya has committed a lot of resources and a lot of blood has been shed by Kenyan soldiers to ensure peace in Somalia. This devastation has made us even stronger and relentless in ensuring that this madness of terrorism must be curbed.”

Though condemning the Mogadishu terror attack she expressed her government’s resolve not to relinquish its mission to fight Al-Shabaab on its north-eastern borderline.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 06:37

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Fight against terror not deterred by Somali attack: Kenya
17 October 2017, 6:37 AM

Kenya says the latest attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, will not deter it from its fight against terrorism.

This follows the killing of more than 300 people after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu on Saturday.

President Jacob Zuma has joined other world leaders in condemning the attacks.

The militant group Al-shabaab has been fighting to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu and carries out occasional terrorist attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

Kenyan Permanent Representative to the AU Ambassador Catherin Mwangi addressed a plenary session on Peace and Security in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand.

“Kenya has been committed to the peace to the rest of Africa and Somalia is our direct neighbour. Kenya has committed a lot of resources and a lot of blood has been shed by Kenyan soldiers to ensure peace in Somalia. This devastation has made us even stronger and relentless in ensuring that this madness of terrorism must be curbed.”

Though condemning the Mogadishu terror attack she expressed her government’s resolve not to relinquish its mission to fight Al-Shabaab on its north-eastern borderline.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 06:37

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Tshepo Ikaneng

No political crises in Kenya says Kenyatta
16 October 2017, 11:56 AM

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 ahead of fresh presidential elections later this month.

Speaking during campaigns over the weekend in his Central Kenya stronghold, Kenyatta 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. Sarah Kimani reports on the latest in Kenya’s political standoff.

The ruling Jubilee party continued with its campaigns ahead of fresh elections due on the 26th of this month.

Over the weekend, Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto pitched tent in their Central Kenya stronghold.

It is here that Kenyatta brushed off the ongoing political standoff in the country as a creation of his main opponent Odinga, accusing him of attempting to force a power sharing deal.

Kenyatta says, “Kenya has no crisis, Kenya has no problem, the problems that we have are the result of one man who goes by the name of Raila Amolo Odinga, who has refused to be a democrat, who has refused the will of the people, and his desire to take power through the back door by causing violence, commotion and chaos in kenya. But Kenyans have said we are a nation that is governed by the rule of law.”

Kenyatta said the decision on the next government would be decided at the ballot but not through mediation.

Opposition leader Odinga who last week announced that he had withdrawn from the presidential race, dismissed claims that he is after a coalition government with the help of western countries.

He called on supporters to hold demonstrations daily to push for reforms.

Meanwhile, a joint report by rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch indicate that police in Kenya killed at least 33 people and as many as 50 injured hundreds more during August protests that followed the announcement of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of a second presidential term.

Police have termed the report as “totally misleading and based of falsehoods.”

Monday 16 October 2017 11:56

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