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Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

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A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats. Last ...

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Kenya boarding school attack leaves six dead

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At least five students and a security guard have been shot dead in an attack on a secondary school in Kenya. The attack was led by a student who had been suspended, the head teacher said. The boy is accused of returning to the dormitories with two accomplices. As well as killing six people, witnesses say the attackers raped two ...

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Kenya: Raila Odinga bows out of election re-run

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Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the October 26, 2017 election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable”. ...

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EU, US warn Kenya against election boycott threats

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The European Union and the United States have warned Kenya against attempts by the political class to undermine the forthcoming repeat presidential election. In its statement on Friday, the EU particularly took issue with declarations made by a section of politicians against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) warning that such reckless utterances “could have an adverse effect on ...

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7 people killed in tribal attacks in Kenya

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Tension was high in Trans Mara, a town in Kenya on Sunday following the killings of six people in tribal clashes involving members of the Maasai and Kipsigis communities, police said. Trouble started on Saturday when a 40-year-old Maasai businessman was shot dead in Esoit trading centre during a robbery incident. A young boy was also wounded during the incident ...

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Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine days

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Kenya’s new presidential election has been delayed to 26 October, after the country’s polls commission sought more time to reform voting processes. The re-run had originally been scheduled for 17 October. The move came as President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the country’s Supreme Court, which annulled the first vote, of staging a “coup” against the people. Observers fear Kenya’s political temperature ...

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Abolish judiciary if you’re unhappy – CJ Maraga to ‘disgruntled’ Kenyan leaders

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Kenya’s Chief Justice, David Maraga has called the bluff of politicians criticizing the judiciary over the election petition case. In a statement issued after a meeting with other members of the Judicial Service Commission, Mr Maraga said : “If leaders are tired of having a strong and independent Judiciary, they should call a referendum and abolish it all together.” “Before ...

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Audit shows no hacking of Kenya vote system: French firm

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An audit of the electronic system used to tally votes in Kenya’s cancelled presidential poll showed no manipulation of data, the French biometrics firm that supplied the system told AFP Friday. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has accused the company, OT-Morpho, of being complicit in alleged rigging of the election, which was declared null and void by the country’s Supreme Court ...

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Restoring judicial authority in African elections: The case of Kenya [Article]

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In this day and age of democratization in Africa, many Africans have joined the queue to exercise their democratic franchise to liberate the continent from corruption, tyranny, gross impunity, injustices, oppression, economic hardship, inequity and all forms of bad leadership. The quest for such an exercise in my opinion is nothing but to choose the right leader or leadership capable ...

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Odinga rejected Mahama’s advice to petition court – Emmanuel Akwetey

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Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, initially ignored the repeated advice from former President John Mahama, along with former South Africa President, Thabo Mbeki, to resort to the Supreme Court. The Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance, Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, who was an observer during the Kenya’s August polls, revealed the Raila Odinga did not trust the former presidents and ...

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