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KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

When called for clarification, Odinga’s spokesman said he was saying “peaceful protests” would still take place and that the opposition would fully explain their plans on Wednesday.

At least 49 people have died in political violence since the August ballot, evoking unwelcome memories of the aftermath of a disputed 2007 vote, when more than 1,200 people were killed.

Kenya’s Supreme Court is still hearing several cases challenging the legality of Thursday’s election.

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KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

Akombe, a member of the election board’s top panel, cited severe partisan political divisions among its eight members and the secretariat for her decision to leave.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” Roselyn Akombe said in a statement issued from New York.

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KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

KENYA POLITICS: Police Bullets Killed Opposition Protesters

Opposition coalition Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya said police have allowed government supporters into the banned protest areas and that they were attacking opposition supporters.

Opposition leaders have called for daily demonstrations. Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, this week said he has left the race because no reforms to electoral commission have been made.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

KENYA POLITICS: Odinga Rejects Election Re-Run Date Without ‘Guarantees’

“You cannot do a mistake twice and expect to get different results,” Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga told reporters. “A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyan Politics, Judicial Activism and the Lessons for Africa

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyan Politics, Judicial Activism and the Lessons for Africa

The Petitioner, Mr. Raila Odinga, a former prime minister currently in his fourth run for the presidency following the decision of the court has been stunned to his marrows. In a brief remarks after the verdict was handed down, the taciturn septuagenarian captured his sentiments in the following words, “I am happy to be a Kenyan today. It is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension, the people of Africa. This is a precedent setting ruling, and the first in the history of African democratization for a ruling to be made by a court nullifying an irregular presidential election”.

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KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Election Win Brings Protests and Deaths in Kenya

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Kenya Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The men were killed during police anti-looting operations, the official added. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said.

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KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

John Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State heading the Carter Center observer mission said: “The process that was put in place is proving its value thus far. Kenya has made a remarkable statement to Africa and the world about its democracy and the character of that democracy. Don’t let anybody besmirch that.”

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KENYA POLITICS: ‘Massive Fraud’ in General Elections: Raila Odinga Claims

KENYA POLITICS: ‘Massive Fraud’ in General Elections: Raila Odinga Claims

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga claims, “Hackers gained entry into our election database” and “created errors.” “You can only cheat the people for so long. The 2017 general election was a fraud.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Barack Obama in Kenya, Calls for Calm

KENYA POLITICS: Barack Obama in Kenya, Calls for Calm

Former US President Barack Obama said: “In Kenya’s election we have already seen too much incitement and appeals based on fear from all sides. But I also know that the Kenyan people as a whole will be the losers if there is a descent into violence. You can make clear that you will reject those that want to deal in tribal and ethnic hatred.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Women Candidates Face Curses and Worse in Kenyan Elections

KENYA POLITICS: Women Candidates Face Curses and Worse in Kenyan Elections

“They have called me a traitor and a prostitute,” Kenyan lawmaker Sarah Korere, 40-year-old said with a grin. “When elders cursed me, my mother cried for a week and begged me to leave politics.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Chris Msando Murdered! Kenyans Demanding Speedy Probe

KENYA POLITICS: Chris Msando Murdered! Kenyans Demanding Speedy Probe

Chris Msando, the election board’s head of information, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday. He had been tortured before he was killed. “This is not the time to allow a tragedy such as this to divide us, to turn brother against brother.” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Margaret Kenyatta Pleads to Women to Re-Elect Uhuru

KENYA POLITICS: Margaret Kenyatta Pleads to Women to Re-Elect Uhuru

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged women in the Rift Valley to help her accomplish her dream of securing maternal health in the country by re-electing President Kenyatta.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Recognizes Asians as Kenya’s 44th Tribe

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Recognizes Asians as Kenya’s 44th Tribe

In a Gazette notice dated July 22, 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta termed the Kenyan Asian community an integral part of the national fabric.

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KENYA POLITICS: 300 Lawsuits Distract IEBC as Election Looms

KENYA POLITICS: 300 Lawsuits Distract IEBC as Election Looms

Paul Mwangi, head of Odinga’s legal team, said he had lost count of cases they had filed against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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KENYA POLITICS: Politicians Steer Clear of Hate Speech Before Election

KENYA POLITICS: Politicians Steer Clear of Hate Speech Before Election

“I think politicians are trying to be smart,” Hassan Mohamed, secretary of the government-run monitor, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), told Reuters.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Vows to Use ‘Deadly Force’ to Destroy Islamist Militants

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Vows to Use ‘Deadly Force’ to Destroy Islamist Militants

“We shall bury them. Fire must be met with fire,” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said at a campaign rally, according to his press service.

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KENYA POLITICS: Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery Death Sparks Investigation

KENYA POLITICS: Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery Death Sparks Investigation

Waiters who served Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery at the Bomas of Kenya bar are among people being interviewed over the death of the powerful internal security Cabinet secretary.

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