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Kenyan police use teargas on protesters
11 October 2017, 3:40 PM

On Wednesday, police in Kenya used teargas to disperse thousands of opposition supporters in Nairobi and the western town of Kisumu who took to the streets to demand electoral reforms. This comes a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced that he was withdrawing from fresh presidential elections due later this month. Odinga withdrew from the race citing concerns that the polls would not be free and fair.

Meanwhile, the high court added a twist to the upcoming fresh presidential elections when it ruled that Ekuru Aukot, one of the eight presidential candidates who ran in the August Presidential polls, should be included in the October race. The electoral commission had indicated that only incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga would run in the repeat polls.

“Whether you are there or not we are proceeding to the people who have the sovereign right to elect the leader of their choice, “said Kenyetta.

The political crisis heightened further when parliament passed controversial amendments to electoral laws – which among other things indicate that if one candidate withdraws from the race, the remaining candidate will be sworn in without the country going to an election.


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Wednesday 11 October 2017 15:40

Sarah Kimani

ANC succession discussion comes up at PAP
10 October 2017, 6:08 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) succession debate has found its way onto the floor of the Pan African Parliament which opened in Midrand on Monday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Floyd Shivambu was not impressed raising a ‘point of order’ opposing the move.

King Bhungane III, of AmaHlubi, Kingdom of Embo, was invited as a guest of honour to deliver a message of solidarity with the African Parliament, but instead he seized the opportunity to advise South Africa to elect Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as ANC President.

“South Africa should elect Dr Nkosazana Zuma as the next president. It’s about time we had women in leadership and the time is now.”

Shivambu says: “I am rising on a point of order President, I am Floyd from South Africa, and you cannot bring the divisive politics of the ANC to this platform. We don’t even know the kingdom that you’re talking about, we shouldn’t be taken advantage of.”

Tuesday 10 October 2017 06:08

SABC TV News

Liberia to go to the polls on Tuesday
9 October 2017, 8:29 PM

Liberia goes into the Presidential election on Tuesday, in an election which has been dubbed as those of two divided ideological grounds.

And as the leaders from different political parties wrapped up their rallies, a huge voter turnout is expected.

Parties contesting the elections are the ruling Unity Party led by Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Coalition for Democratic Change led by former football star George Weah and Alternative National Congress under the leadership of Alexander Benedict Cummings.

The election will be the first democratic transfer of power in Liberia since the 70s.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was slowly rebuilding Liberia’s economy when the Ebola epidemic broke out in 2014.

The disease killed nearly 5 000 people in Liberia, and a total of 11,000 people in West Africa as it swept through the neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone infecting more more than 20,000 people.

Liberia was declared ebola-free in June 2015 when Johnson Sirleaf said the country needed two years to regain its economic footing as commodity prices had also slumped.

Although the Unity Party has maintained peace and stability in Liberia, voters complain of corruption, lack of jobs and a poor education system.

All three leaders have dangled their promises to the voters.

In the final campaign rally, Boaki, the 72-year-old UP candidate urged supporters to vote for continuity. Cummings and Weah promised to improve economic growth and living conditions in the country.

Cummings, said he would manage the country so all Liberians would benefit.

Twenty candidates are standing to replace Johnson Sirleaf in a first round on Tuesday.

With nobody likely to win a majority outright, the top two are expected to face each other in a run-off in a few weeks time.

Liberia, a nation founded in the 19th century by freed American slaves, had a long and historical relationship with the United States.

Monday 9 October 2017 20:29

SABC TV News

Kenya opposition demands removal of electoral commission officials
9 October 2017, 5:43 PM

Hundreds of opposition supporters in Kenya have held protests in the capital, Nairobi, and the western town of Kisumu.

They are demanding the removal of electoral commission officials accused of bungling the nullified presidential elections.

The protest comes as a local rights group releases a report indicating that at least 37 people were killed in three days of protests in August. This after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared as the winner of the polls.

Waving placards and chanting pro-reform slogans, the opposition supporters marched along Nairobi’s streets to the electoral
commission’s headquarters.

The march was temporarily halted after men in plain clothes fired at the crowd and a vehicle rammed into the demonstrators.

Member of Parliament Gladys Wanga says: “The demonstrators that have been shot are in a critical condition and they been rushed to the hospital, two have been knocked by vehicles.”

Outside the electoral commission offices police kept close watch on the protesters.

Pressure is mounting on the two political rivals to meet hold talks aimed at breaking the on-going political deadlock that risk negatively affecting the fresh elections. But both maintain a hard-line stance.

Monday 9 October 2017 17:43

Sarah Kimani

AfriForum unhappy at turn of events in Grace Mugabe case
7 October 2017, 7:33 AM

AfriForum lawyer, Willie Spies has labelled as ‘a political game’ the Zimbabwean High Commission’s decision to withdraw its participation in the matter to review the diplomatic immunity granted to Grace Mugabe.

The matter was brought by model Gabriela Engels and the civil rights group, AfriForum.

The applicants approached the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to seek permission to serve Mugabe with papers through the high commission in Pretoria.

Mugabe allegedly assaulted Engels at a Sandton hotel in August.

Advocate Simba Chitando‚ representing the Zimbabwean High Commission, claims he has been receiving threats.

Spies elaborates says, “As far as I am concerned, it is a process that is as fair as can be and this was dealt with by legal representatives for AfriForum in the most appropriate way thinkable. The allegations by Chitando to be honest are far fetched. If they were inappropriate I would like to see what these allegations were and I would like to deal with them.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that this is just a political game that’s being played by people who know that they are on the wrong side of the law and justice and they have no leg to stand on,” adds Spies.

Saturday 7 October 2017 07:33

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