He also says the country is prepared to share its experiences in reconciliation and constitution-building with Tripoli.
The AU High Level Committee chaired by President Denis Sassou-N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo, also include Heads of States and Government from Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania and Uganda.
– By Ntebo Mokobo
Deep divisions emerge within Kenya’s electoral commission
8 September 2017, 8:30 PM
Deep divisions have emerged between the commissioners of the Kenya’s electoral commission and the commission’s secretariat over who is to blame for the irregularities that caused the nullification of last month’s presidential elections by the Supreme Court, and who should run fresh polls next month.
The fallout comes as a political standoff ensues between the opposition and the ruling party over who should run the polls and when they should be held.
A week ago, the Supreme Court of Kenya invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s win and ordered fresh polls in 60 days. The court said the commission did not conduct the polls according to the constitution.
Two days to the polls – the commissioners came together in a show of solidarity through prayer. This was just days after one of their own, the Information and Communications Technology Head Chris Msando had been tortured and murdered.
The Supreme Court ruling nullifying the results of the presidential polls however marked the beginning of fallout within the commission.
Divisions within the commission became clear on Wednesday when Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati named a team of six people to handle the fresh presidential elections. The list excluded Ezra Chiloba, the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and one of the main faces of the 2017 general elections.
The appointments were immediately followed by a statement by some of the commissioners distancing themselves from the decision to form a new team indicating that Chebukati acted unilaterally.
Before the dust could settle an internal memo from Chairperson Chebukati to Chief Executive Officer Chiloba surfaced online. In the three-page memo, Chebukati seeks answers on some of the irregularities that occurred in the polls. Again five commissioners disowned the letter saying it was never discussed in the commission.
The divisions come less than 40 days to the repeat polls date – raising fears on whether the team is well prepared and if it can be trusted to hold a transparent process.
– By Sarah Kimani
Prof Lumumba delivers Ongkgopotse Tiro’s memorial lecture
8 September 2017, 5:14 PM
Kenyan Professor, Patrick Otieno Lumumba, says corruption is the biggest challenge to growth of the continent. Lumumba was addressing hundreds of people at the 5th annual Onkgopotse Tiro memorial Lecture at the University of Limpopo.
In memory of Onkgopotse Tiro – a struggle icon who was killed by apartheid police in Botswana in 1974 – the Kenyan academic told the audience who packed the hall named after the struggle icon at the University of Limpopo, of Tiro’s legacy.
Lumumba said Tiro would ask pertinent questions that leaders in Africa would have to be responsible for answering. He says Africa continues to be exploited for its mineral wealth.
“Is it possible that we are betraying Tiro Abram by doing things that we ought not to do, is it possible that we are giving away our resources for which Tiro died at age 29 is it possible that we are welcoming visitors in our country whose only desire is to devour us.”
He believes South Africa remains one of the continent’s strongest economies. However, corruption in some countries has slowed growth. Lumumba says the economy is still not structured in a way to benefit the majority.
“He would pose to you South Africans do you have a fair deal, he would pose do the men and women working in your factories are they treated fairly we know you have made some strides but is that the best you can do Tiro would ask do you have a fair deal, if Tiro today was to arise and he would go to Zimbabwe he would ask to Robert Gabriel Mugabe do your people have a fair Tiro would ask.”
He says South Africa should have given former President Thabo Mbeki more time to lead.
“What lacks in Africa currently is distinguished politicians who are above South Africa. Nelson Mandela occupied that position but he ruled and governed for shorter time. He came in when it was too late and left too early.
“Therefore, Thabo Mbeki was beginning to have that stature and South Africans will not agree. Let me tell you South Africans, some day when history is written and written properly you will apologise.”
On the recent Kenyan elections, Lumumba believes the cancellation of the results must not be celebrated without questioning the reasons behind why they might have been rigged. He says rigging is also indicative of corruption.
“But there is a curiosity about that judgement which is being celebrated, because Africans are celebrating that for the first time an election has been nullified. That is not a cause for celebration, nullified on what ground is the thing to celebrate.”
Lumumbu also applauded Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for plans he announced in parliament recently for government to create jobs.
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– By Katlego Nyoni and Mike Maringa
SADC delegation on fact-finding mission in Lesotho
The mission is expected to conduct an assessment of the security situation, following a tragic death Army Commander Khoantle Motsomotso by his junior officers.
The high level delegation will be meeting various stakeholders including the King, Prime Minister and various non-governmental organizations. Some security details on an elaborate timeline of events leading to the tragic death of the army commander may not be divulged to media due to the sensitive nature of investigations.
Meanwhile, Basotho on the ground are worried about these developments, but have been resilient enough to continue with their everyday lives.
“I think the people who are in charge must hold their horses, and sit down together and involve in self-criticism to put their house together,” says artist Meshu Mokitimi.
SADC has issued a strongly worded assurance to Basotho and the neighbouring countries of Lesotho, and to the member states, that it shall spare no effort in ensuring that there is lasting peace in the mountain kingdom and it is up to Basotho to reciprocate the same.
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– By Rapelang Radebe
Mugabe snubs Mantashe’s criticism on Mandela’s legacy
7 September 2017, 2:29 PM
President Robert Mugabe is accusing ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe of responding “stupidly” when he called on the Zimbabwean president to stop attacking Nelson Mandela’s legacy. On two recent occasions, Mugabe criticised the conciliatory manner in which the late former president dealt with the apartheid government.
Mantashe has since lodged a formal complaint with Zanu-PF on the matter. Mugabe says he is at liberty to share his opinion on Mandela, because as he put it, “Zimbabwe and South Africa were in the trenches together”.
Meanwhile, the ANC has appealed to President Mugabe to stop making the negative comments about former President Mandela.
Mugabe says Mandela preferred his personal freedom over the economic freedom of black South Africans. He also blames Mandela for the fact that whites still control large sections of the economy.
The ANC says it has been in contact with Zanu-PF over Mugabe’s utterances. Mantashe says the comments are baseless: “The reality of the matter is that you have destroyed the economy in your country, we continue to create black millionaires in this country including Zimbabwean millionaires.”