January 24, 2017

No cause for alarm over Kalonzo ‘double ID’ listing, IEBC says


The IEBC is investigating accusations by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka that another voter was registered with his national ID at Wajir. Kalonzo, while at Wagberi Primary School in Wajir East constituency, found his ID belongs to Salome Wanjiru Njoroge, born in 1993. “We are looking into the alleged mix up in regard to Hon Musyoka’s registration. No cause for alarm,” IEBC said via twitter on Wednesday. The electoral agency assured Kenyans that the register will be credible and verifiable. On Wednesday, Kalonzo said the revelation was clear evidence of a wider scheme to rig the August 8 general elections in…

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Pull down campaign billboards, IEBC tells politicians


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants billboards and banners erected by politicians in various parts of the country brought down as it seeks to stop early campaigns. The polls agency warned of heavy penalties against politicians found culpable of the misconduct. It cautioned leaders against breaking campaign rules. “We are going to advise our coordinators to forward pictures of the billboards and names of their owners to the commission’s headquarters for legal action. We would like to remind politicians that the campaign period has not begun and they should not engage in early campaigns,” IEBC communications manager Andrew…

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Kabogo summoned to court for calling Raila mentally backward


Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has been summoned to court to answer to charges of ethnic contempt. Milimani chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo asked himto appear in court onAugust 5 for his utterances on November 25, 2015. “Basi nyinyi watu wa magazeti mwambie Raila aache upuzi, aache nini? Sisi hatutaki upuzi ,” Kabogo said in KIswahili. This loosely translates to: ” The media should ask Raila to put a stop to his stupid actions. we don’t like stupid people .” Kabogo spoke at Thika Stadium during musician John de Mathew’s memorial. “We should not waste time with boys or what do you…

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Uhuru and Ruto must stop mocking the victims of Post Election Violence-Raila Odinga


By RAILA ODINGA I began writing this from Paris where I had come for a special meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum hosted by the Governor of Banque de France. The theme of the meeting was “Striving for a Just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community.” It was attended by various world leaders and particularly President Alassane Ouattara, President Horst Koehler, Michael Camdessus and Hiroshi Watanabe. While in Paris, I learnt of a medieval dance that originated in France called the “danse macabre,” which is French for “the dance of death.” It started in the mid 14th Century and involved a…

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Declare a two day mourning period in honor of KDF, CORD begs Uhuru


Opposition chiefs have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare a two-day period of national mourning in honour of the Kenya Defence Forces soldiers who died last Friday following a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab on their base in El-Ade, Somalia. Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula also urged the head of state to order flags to be flown at half-mast over the two-day period. EMERGENCY CABINET MEETING “It is our expectation that at this sad moment for our nation, the President should suspend all activities and convene an emergency session of the Cabinet which will provide way…

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Former CS Waiguru may get state house budget position


PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta is considering elevating an important budget office to a division of State House and appointing former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru to head it. The proposal has met fierce opposition by senior government officials. According to sources privy to the strategy, it has caused a falling out among top government officials, with one group working round the clock to ensure the former powerful Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary does not come back. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been a unit in the Ministry of Devolution. Sources say the President has also considered giving Waiguru the…

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ICC to rule on William Ruto case in August


Deputy President William Ruto will have to wait for another month to know how the International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on the Prosecution’s application to use prior recorded witness statements. Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji had in the June status conference said: “Our hope or aim, rather, is to render our decision before the beginning of this summer recess, July 16 this year.” But Mr Ruto’s lead lawyer Karim Khan said: “The decision will now be after the summer recess week starting August 10”. The victims’ lawyer, Mr Wilfred Nderitu, also said: “It will be more or less a month…

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How Kenyan cartels conspired to send anti-graft team home


Four cartels composed of individuals directly or politically affected by the war on corruption separately held secret meetings on how to strike back at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, leading to a resounding vote in Parliament to send the graft-busting secretariat home. The Sunday Nation can also reveal that at least 39 MPs are under investigation by the EACC and some of them could eventually be charged in connection with misuse of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), bribery and extortion — pointing to a House that stood in judgment on a matter where a significant number of members had a…

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Raila Odinga: My 2017 march is unstoppable


Cord leader Raila Odinga on Saturday warned Jubilee that nothing would stop his bid to win the 2017 presidential election, as he rallied voters to register in large numbers. Mr Odinga said Kenyans can no longer continue suffering at the hands of a government that does not bother about equality in public service delivery. The ODM leader, speaking at the burial of Mzee Ogindo Oyamo, a former aide to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, at Ahero in Kisumu County, said Jubilee’s forays into Cord strongholds did not bother him at all. He said there was nothing to fear in the newly-launched National…

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IEBC ignores CORD, launches five-year Strategic Plan


The Independent Electoral Commission launched its Strategic Plan on Thursday, despite a call from the opposition to have the launch postponed. The Commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba said the plan aims to ensure the IEBC can deliver elections that are efficient, effective and credible, build a respected corporate brand and sustain public confidence in the electoral process. Chiloba said the plan is based on three pillars, the first being managing elections. The CEO said the organisation’s capacity is constrained in terms of managing elections and the Commission’s plan to ensure constitutional elections will be tested in the 2017 poll. “These three…

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