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Kenya bans demonstrations in parts of the country
12 October 2017, 4:01 PM

Kenya’s Interior Security Ministry has banned demonstrations within the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, Western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mombasa.

The ministry has cited the escalation of lawlessness including looting and damaging private property and businesses.

The ban comes a day after thousands of opposition supporters held demonstrations in opposition leader Raila Odinga‘s strongholds demanding reforms ahead of repeat polls later in October.

“I told a media briefing in Nairobi that organisers of the demonstrations would be held liable for any damage to private property,” says Minister Fred Matiangi.

– By Sarah Kimani

Scores arrested following shooting in Mozambique
11 October 2017, 8:01 PM

Thousands of people at Mocimboa da Praia, north of Mozambique, are living in fear following an attack that left 17 people dead including three police officers.

The attacks are believed to be politically motivated, but Home Affairs Spokesperson, Inacio Dina, has refuted those reports.

More than 50 people have been arrested since the attack a week ago.

Many of the residents in Mocimboa da Praia say things have changed drastically since the attack. They say they are now living in fear.
Reports suggest that gunmen, in different areas, started shooting indiscriminately leaving 14 civilians and three police officers dead.

Locals, including school-going children, have appealed for calm.

“We are very afraid because of the situation. We are not free to go anywhere here. It’s not nice at all,” says one of the residents.

During the preliminary investigation on the incident, four weapons were seized from suspects who are all locals.

Dina is adamant that calm and normality will be restored to the country. He says these attacks are aimed at derailing government’s efforts to bring stability in the country.

Dina says the attackers are offered money to carry out attacks on innocent people and in the process dent the country’s image.

“These suspects are all from Mozambique. Some of them were bribed in order to perform this ordeal. That is the information we have, that the aim was to destabilise the Mozambican government. Initially, at the beginning, we arrested police because they didn’t obey the law.”

Meanwhile, a local councillor, Celmira da Silva, says things are gradually getting back to normal. She says she has visited the affected areas and has reassured the residents. It remains unclear whether these attacks are politically motivated, and authorities are looking into the matter.

Dina has ruled out the possible involvement of Islamist groups believed to be from neighbouring Tanzania.

– By Abongile Dumako

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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– By Sarah Kimani

Baleka Mbete
11 October 2017, 3:13 PM

African National Congress (ANC) National Chairperson Baleka Mbete in 2017 confirmed her aspirations to stand for ANC president.

Born 24 September in 1949 in Transvaal South Africa, Mbete is the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa since 21 May 2014.

Mbete previously served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2008 to 2009 under Kgalema Motlanthe. She was elected National Chairperson of the ANC in 2007 and re-elected in 2012.

She served as ANCWL secretary-general from 1991-1993. She was elected as an MP for the ANC in 1995 and was Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 1996-2004. From April 2004 Mbete became Speaker of the National Assembly. In 2007 Mbete was elected as the ANC’s national chairperson.

Mbete has a Certificate of Teaching from Lovedale Teacher Training College.

Controversy
In 2006, Mail and Guardian reported that Mbete chartered a jet at a cost of R471,900 to fly to Liberia for the inauguration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president. The only other passenger on the plane was a member of her staff. Then President Thabo Mbeki and foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also travelled to the inauguration – Mbeki in his private plane and Dlamini-Zuma by commercial flight. Mbete has been a staunch supporter of Tony Yengeni, a former ANC Chief Whip in parliament, who was convicted of defrauding parliament in 2004, even accompanying Yengeni to Pollsmoor Prison when he reported to serve his sentence. Mbete’s links to business have also been questioned in local media. She and provincial secretary of the ANC in the Northern Cape Dr K M Seimelo are shareholders in Dyambu Holdings, which is involved in building the massive Gautrain public transport project in Gauteng. Dyambu Holdings is reported to have had links with slain magnate Brett Kebble. In 2010, she was implicated in a R25 million Gold Fields bribe under the guise of a “BEE” transaction by US investigators. Supporters The Dorothy Nyembe ANC branch in Soweto, has nominated Mbete as ANC presidential candidate. Chief Thanduxolo Magadla of Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape believes that Mbete can be a leader of high quality in the country given the chance.

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ANC delegates attending the conference
10 October 2017, 5:23 PM

 

Allocation of branch delegates to each province to attend the national conference. All branches of the ANC embark on a process of nominating branch delegates for the national conference and candidates for the positions of the National Executive Committee.

Each province is allocated the number of delegates to attend the National conference.

 

– By Luvuyo Mdeni

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