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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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the race.

– By Sarah Kimani

Baleka Mbete remembers OR Tambo
24 October 2017, 7:13 PM

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Remembering OR Tambo: Thabo Mbeki
24 October 2017, 6:51 PM

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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.

– By Lulama Matya

Remembering OR Tambo: Dr Wally Serote
24 October 2017, 5:56 PM

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