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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Odinga who has withdrawn from the re-run until the electoral commission implements reforms told his supporters that countrywide protests would continue daily, beginning Monday until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Opposition leader Odinga who last week announced that he had withdrawn from the presidential race, dismissed claims that he is after a coalition government with the help of western countries.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.”

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– By Sarah Kimani

Lesotho former commander to appear in court
15 October 2017, 9:22 PM

The former Army Commander of Lesotho, Tlali Kamoli has spent the weekend in custody and he will appear in court next week.

His arrest comes at a time when the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still has to send troops as part of the resolution of the SADC Troika.

Several members of the opposition have fled Lesotho in fear of arrest citing a purge of senior politicians after they lost power in the recent June elections. The arrest of Tlali Kamoli will likely shed some light on allegations of a reign of terror during his tenure as an army commander.

“Kamoli is in police custody, there are number of issues, due to the investigations we carried out starting with that one of General Motsomotso’s murder, investigations led to other issues …the cases like 30th August 2014 and other issues. So we have information which he has to clarify,” says Commissioner of Police, Holomolo Molibeli.

Kamoli’s legal team has defended their client.

“The fact of the matter is he gave lawful orders to people, if at all they decided to execute them criminally, the blame will not be placed at the doorstep of my client. So for people who actually wish because of the divided nature of our society, that he should be locked up for a long time, I don’t think it’s going to happen…he is going to walk,“ said Kamoli’s lawyer, Letuka Molati.

The former commissioner of police is also on the run and is alleged to have skipped the country. Meanwhile, the Lesotho opposition has filed a motion of no confidence in the Thabane led coalition citing bad governance.

The Lesotho parliament is currently on break and may resume in the coming two weeks or so. The latest developments may confirm the view that stability remains elusive in Lesotho.


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– By Rapelang Radebe

Zuma assures of agreement regarding DRC elections
15 October 2017, 8:48 PM

SADC chair and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma says an agreement has been reached regarding the roadmap that will lead to the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, no details were made available including a date the elections will be held.

President Zuma met the DRC’s President Joseph Kabila who updated him about the electoral process.

The 37th SADC summit called on the DRC to come up with a clear programme regarding the country’s elections.

This, following accusations that it had not gone far enough to ensure that elections were held speedily.

President Kabila provided an update on the progress so far.

After his meeting with President Kabila, the SADC chair expressed confidence in the outcome of the talks, but did not reveal the date agreed upon.

In light of the political and security dynamics SADC had approved the appointment of a special Envoy to the DRC.

SADC also called on the international community to withdraw the sanctions against the DRC.

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– By Lehana Tsotetsi

Zuma hails Zambian govt for honouring Tambo
13 October 2017, 8:47 PM

President Jacob Zuma has hailed the Zambian government for the honour it bestowed on late African National Congress (ANC) leader, Oliver Tambo. He was speaking at the official launch of the OR Tambo Heritage Site.

It is a house where Tambo spent 22 years while in exile in Zambia.

The Zambian government, with the assistance of private partners, renovated the house, painted it in ANC colours and declared it a national monument.

Senior leaders of both governments attended the event in the capital Lusaka.

President Zuma says the house will go a long way towards telling the story of South Africa’s liberation history.

“From this house, which will be developed into an Interpretative Centre, our mutual bonds of friendship, intermarriage, history, culture migrations and heritage will be revisited and researched. South African children born at the University Teaching Hospital, their parents and grandparents who studied at the University of Zambia and at Evelyn Hone College, to name but a few institutions, will have the opportunity to learn about the South African liberation struggle and Zambia’s role in it.”

Oliver Tambo was one of the many activists who found refuge in Zambia during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

President Zuma thanked Lusaka for opening its doors to activists, particularly those from the SADC region.

“Indeed, Zambia’s history of housing the liberation movements of Southern Africa is a rich heritage that should not be left to die. It should be researched and celebrated as we do today in jointly recognising the significance of the OR Tambo Heritage Site and jointly launch it for the benefit of young Zambians and young South Africans. The youth have an opportunity in this OR Tambo Heritage Site to learn about Pan Africanism through the history of those who lived and promoted it. This provides a great opportunity for research and the writing of our own stories.”

This historic moment was not lost on the host and the significance of unveiling it in October.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu says, “This occasion is falling within the same month, October, when Zambia will also be commemorating, not only our independence, but also the life of one of our gallant leaders of Zambia, the founding father of our ruling party, the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata who died on the 28th October 2014. May his soul continue to rest in peace. The month of October is also Heritage Month in South Africa. Indeed, it is a memorable month for both Zambia and South Africa.”

Neither the age nor frail health could prevent the man who first welcomed Tambo to Zambia from attending. At 93, former President Kenneth Kaunda has been in and out of hospital.

“We must never forget that the friendship between our two peoples is bound by common aspirations, a common history and the sweat, blood and bonds of brothers and sisters both inside and outside South Africa who gave their all, including in too many instances their very lives to maintain the freedom and peace that we have.”

The South African government has declared 2017, the Year of Oliver Tambo. And this is to honour his contribution and memory in a year he would have turned 100 years.

– By Amos Phago

Zuma unveils OR Tambo Heritage site in Zambia
13 October 2017, 3:05 PM

The late Oliver Reginald Tambo has been described as the epitome of a selfless servant of the people. Unveiling the house he used to live in in Lusaka, Zambia as the National Heritage site, president Jacob Zuma and his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu were joined by Zambia’s founding president in unveiling the house.

Tambo, the longest serving ANC president spent 22-years in Zambia while in exile after moving ANC headquarters from Tanzania to Lusaka in 1969.

The unveiling was a tribute to South Africa’s then foremost diplomat. Tambo was honoured at the house he once lived in, which has been turned into national heritage site.

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