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  • Kenya bans protests, setting up showdown with opposition supporters

    KENYA, 2017/10/13 Tensions rose in Kenya on Thursday as the government banned demonstrations and indicated that it would go ahead with an election rerun that the opposition is convinced cannot be free and equitable under the current system. The order sets authorities on a collision course with supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who before this week pulled out of the Oct. 26 vote. Major demonstrations against the electoral commission, which the opposition sees as favoring incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, have been called for Friday.
  • Women Make Up More Than Half of Rwanda's New Cabinet

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Rwandan President Paul Kagame has unveiled a gender-balanced Cabinet in accordance with an before pledge, with 11 of 20 posts taken by women. The President and his new Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente named a mix of former ministers and new figures in their line-up that as well saw new dockets created.
  • Rwanda: Senate Approves Eight New Heads of Institutions

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 The Senate Thursday approved eight public officials who were last week appointed to lead various agencies, with some suggesting an audit into the institutions before the doors are opened to their new leadership. Senator Perrine Mukankusi wondered if the appointees were not curious to take on their new offices starting on a clean slate. "Is it not necessary that the new officials initial conduct an audit into these offices before they take them up so that they know exactly the magnitude of the issues that they have to transaction with?" she asked.
  • Kenya poll rerun: Uhuru on campaign trail, Raila seeks campaign funding

    KENYA, 2017/09/09 The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya insists it is going ahead with preparations for a rerun of the August 8 presidential elections despite concerns by the major opposition National Super Alliance (NASA). Even though the Supreme Court annulled all process and ordered a fresh poll within 60 days, the IEBC has stated that it will allow incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and NASA’s Raila Odinga on the ballot sheet.
  • Kenya to hold fresh presidential election on October 17

    KENYA, 2017/09/05 Kenya's electoral commission has announced that the country's new presidential elections will take place on October 17, next the country's Supreme Court overturned the result of last month's poll that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner "A fresh presidential election will be held on the 17th of October 2017," said a statement released on Monday signed by Wafula Chebukati, chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
  • Political activities gather pace in Kenya after annulment of polls

    KENYA, 2017/09/05 Political campaigns are picking up in Kenya, affecting normal lives, few days next the Supreme Court annulled the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges led by Chief Justice David Maranga ordered for fresh polls within 60 days from the time they had their verdict. The country is slowly getting back to the campaign mood, with Kenyans bracing themselves for an extra period of intense political activities, which could last a month or longer.
  • Election rerun in Kenya raises fears about violence and economic troubles

    KENYA, 2017/09/03 While the decision by Kenya’s Supreme Court to annul the results of August’s presidential election was hailed around the world as a step forward for democracy, a new vote will open up the country to economic uncertainty and the renewed possibility of violence. Kenya, with East Africa’s most developed economy and most robust democracy, is often held up as a model in the region, but its elections have resulted in severe ethnic clashes and are a heavy burden on the economy.
  • Kenya: No Please, IEBC Tells Raila Odinga and Nasa

    KENYA, 2017/08/12 The electoral commission has dismissed National Super Alliance leaders' request that Raila Odinga be declared validly elected president, saying the results they presented could not be ascertained. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati on Thursday night reminded the politicians and other players that the commission is independent and will not take directions from any quarter.
  • Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta casts his ballot

    KENYA, 2017/08/09 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained his strong lead in the presidential election count on Wednesday with 85 % of polling stations reporting, the election commission said.
  • Rwanda: Election - NEC Begins Delivery of Polling Materials

    RWANDA, 2017/08/01 The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Monday started dispatching voting materials, inclunding ballot papers, voter lists and electoral ink to districts ahead of the August 4 presidential election. According to Charles Munyaneza, the executive secretary of the commission, this was done to ensure early preparation to avoid unnecessary delays on the polling day. Munyaneza told The New Times that they started with districts in Eastern, Western and Northern provinces, while today, NEC is expected to dispatch the materials to Southern Province and City of Kigali.