EPUKA MSOLOKOMBO: Sex And War Don’t Mix, No Touching On Elections Eve – Raila

Raila Odinga, to whom the August 8 election is crucial, has asked married supporters not to have sex a day before.

The NASA flag bearer told Homa Bay residents on Monday that they should only have intercourse after results are announced.

“Chieng cha en odichieng’ mapek. Chieng’no onge nindo. Jowuoyi nindo mana oko. Wang’ni adwa ka chieng’ go ombulo chiegni to onge ngama nind gi ng’ama dhako,” he said in Dholuo.

(August 8 will be a historic day and no vote will be left without being cast. Men will sleep outside. When the day comes, no man should sleep with a woman.)

Raila further asked his supporters to wake up early and desist from activities that can prevent them from going to vote.

…Ka osudo iri to kiki ing’iye, kone ni wuon ng’ane kiny wanindo gi lueny…kiny ne watim gino ka waseyudo telo.”

This translates to: “If he moves closer to you, don’t look at him, tell him we have a war to fight…let us have sex after we get the presidency.”

The Opposition chief also asked youths to turn up in large numbers to vote so their future is not “rigged” by Jubilee.

“I challenge youths to rise up and be counted as the elections are historic. Jubilee have rigged the economy and health facilities. Youths suffer a lot,” he noted.

Raila said members of this age group must help change the direction of the country, especially where living conditions are concerned.

“Rise up and vote for change we can begin the journey to a new direction,” he said.

On June 23, Raila asked National Super Alliance supporters to abstain from sex on the eve of elections.

“When you are going for war, sex is a bad omen,” he said.

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Tanzania’s Magufuli sworn in as president

Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli was sworn into office Thursday along with the East African nation’s first female vice-president to huge cheers from crowds.

Magufuli’s win in the October 25 poll with over 58 percent of votes cemented the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who comes from Zanzibar, was also sworn in at a stadium in the economic capital Dar es Salaam, an AFP reporter at the ceremony said.

Elections were largely peaceful, but the opposition said the vote was rigged and also claimed victory, while semi-autonomous Zanzibar — which also voted for its own president — annulled polls over irregularities.

Outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete has said he is “so happy” to be leaving his job after a decade in power, having stepped aside after serving his two-term limit.

Magufuli, a 56-year old former chemistry teacher, ran on an anti-corruption platform, securing a convincing victory over his closest rival, ex prime minister Edward Lowassa who won 40 percent.

Those at the ceremony included African Union chairman, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as well as regional leaders including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Other neighbouring leaders included Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zambia’s Edgar Lungu. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma was also present.

On Zanzibar, opposition supporters on the Indian Ocean archipelago said they were “unhappy” that the mainland had pressed ahead with the swearing in ceremony.

Zanzibar’s electoral commission ruled last week that the October 25 vote on the islands — where the 500,000 registered voters also cast ballots for Tanzania’s national president — must be carried out again, citing “violations” of electoral law.

The annulment came after a key candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), declared himself the winner before the results were officially announced.

Homemade bombs exploded in Zanzibar town over the weekend. No one was wounded, but the explosions sparked concern on the islands, whose economy is dependent on foreign tourists.

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Burundi presidential elections postponed to July 21

Presidential elections in the crisis-hit central African nation of Burundi have been postponed to July 21, nearly a week later than originally scheduled, the presidency announced Saturday.

A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term has sparked weeks of civil unrest, said the polls would be moved from July 15 to July 21, with campaigning extended until the evening of July 18.

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Thousands protest presidential election results in Togo

Thousands of opposition supporters marched through the Togolese capital on Saturday to protest the results of presidential elections that extended the Gnassingbe family’s nearly five decades in power.

Observers have called the April 25 election free and transparent and the United Nations has approved of the conduct of the vote, but the opposition in the west African nation of some seven million people has labelled the results fraudulent.

President Faure Gnassingbe won a third term in office with 59 percent of the ballots while his closest rival, longtime opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, finished with 35 percent.

“We need people to be aware of the seriousness of the situation and that, together, we are working to stop it,” Fabre, who has declared himself the elected president, told AFP on Saturday.

Adele Wavisso, a 32-year-old bread seller among the protesters in Lome, said “those in power know very well that we did not vote for Faure. Our president is Fabre, and we will not give up.”

The opposition has said it decided not to challenge the results at Togo’s Constitutional Court because it was biased in favour of the president.

Gnassingbe’s father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, seized power in a coup and ruled with an iron fist for 38 years over the former German- and French-administered colony until his death in 2005.

The military then installed his son as leader and elections later that year were marred by allegations of rigging as well as violence which left up to 500 people dead and thousands injured.

Gnassingbe then won 2010 elections that the opposition also declared fraudulent but which were judged acceptable by the international community.

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Protestors, police clash in Burundi capital: witnesses

Police in the central African nation of Burundi on Sunday clashed with small groups of protestors, witnesses said, the day after the president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term.

An AFP correspondent said there were small demonstrations in several parts of the capital despite a government ban, with at least one outbreak of stone-throwing and anti-riot police beating back around 100 protestors trying to reach the city centre.

In the Cibitoke area, an AFP reporters said protestors pelted police with stones after they arrested a demonstrator.

“We threw stones to try and free our friend. This is a peaceful protest, we were only singing and they charged,” said one of the protestors, who did not give his name.

At least two police were wounded and two youths arrested, and police fired live rounds in the air in a bid to disperse the crowd.

Witnesses reported similar small-scale clashes in two other districts of the capital.

The protests come the day after President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the ruling party’s candidate for a third term in office.

Opposition figures and rights groups say the move is unconstitutional and say the president’s effort to cling to power could push Burundi — which emerged from civil war in 2006 — back into violence.

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Voting suspended in some places in Nigeria: electoral commission

Nigeria’s electoral commission on Saturday said polling in the country’s presidential and parliamentary election had been suspended in some places because of glitches with new voter ID card readers.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said there had been “challenges” with the technology in “many” places, without specifying a number, that had led to the suspension of the accreditation process.

“In polling units where accreditation was suspended to the following day in accordance with the existing guidelines, arrangement will be made for voters to vote tomorrow (Sunday),” information commissioner Chris Yimoga told reporters in Abuja.

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Richard Omwela Reaches Out to Rival Group

Newly elected Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela has vowed to try and reach out to fighting factions in the Rugby fraternity as he seek to redeem the Union’s face. KRU has been engaged in wrangles with a rival group led by Sasha Mutai after the latter’s group met and voted out the current board.

The Mutai led group had yesterday move to court seeking injunction to stop KRU from holding yesterdays AGM but the case was dismissed paving way for clubs to elect new chairman and new four directors.

“I walked in with my house open, there’s been a lot of in fighting in the board, my first responsibility will be to try and reconcile the different factions so that we have a united rugby once again just like we had before”

“It’s not gonna be easy because we have seen even today there are completely two different factions even with the AGM, the whole idea of a leader is to try and reach out other faction and establish what is the problem” Said Omwela.

The rival faction was protesting the manner in which KRU Board conducted themselves after they were reported to have fallen out with key sponsors. The crisis in the board led to resignation of former sevens coach Paul Treu as well as three directors and former chairman Mwangi Muthee.

The differences were evident yesterday before voting began as section of delegates protested they were locked out of the voting register with KRU insisting due process was followed. Nils Achayo from Mombasa Spartans took issues with the Union for locking him out of voting for the second year in a row but he eventually calmed down and allowed voting to begin.

Omwela garnered 25 votes with his rival Gabriel Ouko securing 18 votes. Ouko will however remain as KRU treasurer since he was appointed as chairman on acting capacity.

Omwela comes at a time sponsors are at logger heads with the KRU board and he says he will do his best to win their trust again.

“I do hope with the good board, we can begin speaking to sponsors again because sponsors are looking for value as well as recognition, we had a situation where some of our directors were insulting the sponsors, that is unacceptable and we cannot condone that” Omwela said.

“It’s a delicate balance to try and get the sponsors back on Board and I do hope they are listening and we will reach out to them to see if we can get our value back” He added.

Omwela had vowed to clean the mess in the Board and has promised to fully implement the Simpson Osiemo report as well as the audit report.The Osiemo report was investigating the conduct of some KRU directors. Omwela said he will not work with anyone who is not fit to run an office.

“When I get the reports, we as Board will sit down and decide if they are people affected by that report, chapter six should kick in, you must be clean to be in the Board, if you are not and the report identified that you are a cancer in the Board you will have to leave”

During the election, Rajinder Sembi from Western Bulls, Paula Lanco, Ian Mugambi and Oscar Mango were elected as the new KRU directors. Omwela believes with the new Board they can take the Rugby game to the next level.

However he has issued a stern warning to the directors saying he will not tolerate any director whose main job will be hanging around KRU secretariat. Omwela says the directors should only meet once a month. He says the work of running the union should be left to KRU CEO Ronald Bukusi.

Omwela who is City lawyer is making his second return to RKU after losing to Mwangi Muthee back in 2011 and he says he is back for short time and ensure there is succession planning when he leaves.

During the AGM, clubs passed a motion agreeing 10% of uncommitted revenue from KRU should be distributed to KRU affiliates. The motion was moved by Impala RFC chairman Geoffrey Gangla and was seconded by Mwamba RFC as well as Kabras Sugar. Initially the motion was seeking KRU to distribute 30% of their revenue to clubs but was strongly objected by KRU vice chairman Philip Jalango saying the move will cripple the Union.

The AGM was graced by Rugby Afrique representative Marvin Green.

Homabay decides, as 8 candidates battle it out

Voters in Homabay have gone to the polls to decide who will replace the late senator Otieno Kajwang who held the position on an ODM ticket. Voting for the senatorial by-election began at exactly 6.00am Thursday. The county has 326,505 registered voters in 878 polling stations.

The 8 candidates battling for the top stop are, Philip Okundi (Maendeleo Democratic Party), Moses Kajwang’ ( ODM), Benard Otieno (National Vision Party), Fred Rabongo (Natonal Agenda Party) : Hillary Alila, Innocent Masara, Edwin Matete and Medo Misama are all vieing on an Independent ticket.

Nigerian presidential election postponed until March 28

Nigeria’s electoral commission on Saturday announced a six-week postponement to the presidential elections, citing fears over security and the Boko Haram insurgency.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, said security chiefs advised a delay as troops would not be available because of operations against the militants.

“If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election materials cannot be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free, fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardised,” he told reporters.

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Raila says he only lost the 1997 elections

Cord leader Raila Odinga has said he will vie for president in 2017 despite being “denied victory” in the last two elections.

Raila said he will run for the top seat in future elections as long as ODM declares him its candidate.

Speaking on a radio show on Wednesday morning, he said his participation will however be subject to discussions with the coalition.

“We will consult as Cord because there are others who have the same interest. If they give me the go-ahead, I will be in the race,” he said.

The opposition leader said the 1997 poll in which he came third was the only one he lost.

He ran under the National Democratic Party banner and was beaten by DP’s Mwai Kibaki, and Kanu’s Daniel Moi who won.

Raila said as president he will complete the stalled projects he started during the grand coalition government.

“Infrastructure was my main agenda. I wanted to enhance equalization of development in all parts of the country and that is why we fought for devolution. So far, there is still huge disparity in terms of growth,” he said.

This was the first time since the 2013 elections for Raila to declare his continued interest in the presidency.


Nigeria may push back deadline for voter ID handout: INEC

Nigeria’s election body said Wednesday that it may push back the deadline for distributing voter identity cards but denied media reports that the vote itself could be postponed.

The spokesman for Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Kayode Idowu, told AFP that the body may allow voter ID cards to be handed out after the current February 8 deadline.

However he described media reports about a possible election postponement as “completely false”.

The prospect of an election delay was first raised last month by National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki, who said that INEC should look at delaying the polls because of problems in distributing voter cards.

Over the last two weeks, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has repeatedly accused the ruling party of orchestrating a campaign to delay the vote because of fears that President Goodluck Jonathan was facing defeat against rival Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday maintained that it was not trying to influence INEC on a postponement decision.

“The decisions to postpone or delay the elections ‎are firmly within the purview of INEC,” PDP spokesman Femi Fani Kayode said.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with President Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP or anybody else. We have said all along that we believe that it is important that every Nigerian has the voter card.

“The only thing that we can say is to urge the INEC to ensure that (distribution) is done as quickly as possible,” he told reporters.

Several state governors have declared public holidays this week, allowing people to miss work and visit local election offices to collect their cards.

INEC has registered 68.8 million voters but logistical problems have plagued distribution in several areas.

In the northeast, hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict are facing disenfranchisement.

There are currently no plans that would allow displaced people to vote outside their home district and INEC has not yet made clear which parts of the northeast are safe enough to host polling stations.

Meanwhile, fighting in the northeast, an opposition stronghold, is raging at a relentless pace, with troops from Chad crossing onto Nigerian soil to battle the Boko Haram Islamists following a deal between the two governments.

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War, Ebola, elections top African Union summit

Conflict in Africa, especially the violence of Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, and efforts to stem Ebola is top of the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women’s empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent when they meet at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital on Friday and Saturday.

AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has said she is “deeply horrified” at the rise of Boko Haram, has said she will use the summit to drum up “renewed collective African efforts” to tackle the Islamists.

Boko Haram are “not just a threat to some countries, it is a threat to the whole continent,” Dlamini-Zuma said this week, with pressure mounting to set up a regional five-nation force of some 3,000 troops, currently stalled amid arguments between Nigeria and its neighbours.

More than 13,000 people have been killed and more than one million made homeless by Boko Haram violence since 2009.

With over a dozen elections due to take place this year across Africa, the focus will also be on how to ensure peaceful polls. The Institute for Security Studies, an African think-tank, warns that “many of these are being held in a context that increases the risk of political violence.”

Wars in South Sudan and the Central African Republic — both nations scheduled to hold elections — as well as in Libya are also due to draw debate.

South Sudan’s warring parties are due to meet on the sidelines of the summit, in the latest push for a lasting peace deal, with six previous ceasefire commitments never holding for more than a few days — and sometime just hours — on the ground.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in more than a year of civil war, with peace talks led by the regional East African bloc IGAD due to restart on Friday.

The question of membership to the International Criminal Court is also set to be debated. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who last month celebrated the dropping of crimes against humanity charges against him at The Hague-based ICC, will again be lobbying other leaders to push for an alternative African court that will rival what he has branded the anti-African ICC.

As leaders prepare to meet, observers say the real deals are struck on the sidelines of the talks, with past summits full of unfulfilled promises.

“The AU makes very lengthy statements and declarations with no effective follow-up or implementation. This frustrates many people,” said Solomon Dersso of the Institute for Security Studies. top the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week.

Cord to be registered as a political party- Kalonzo

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has announced that the CORD coalition will be registered as a political party.

Kalonzo made the declaration during a high level party meeting at his Yatta home in Machakos Saturday.

The merger hint comes barely a day after Jubilee Coalition announced on Friday that TNA and URP has formed the Jubilee Alliance Party to be used by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as their vehicle for re-election in 2017.

“We are going for a retreat very soon to draw our lineup. When we emerge you will know the team players,” Kalonzo said.

The Cord Principal said the final liberation of this country has began.

Kalonzo shied away from persistent calls from this supporters at the rally to announce his interest in vying for presidency in 2017.

“I will not say I want to become President today. I want to listen to your voices first,” said Kalonzo.

Kalonzo said 2017 will be like 2002 when Narc coalition removed KANU from power after all opposition candidates threw their weight behind Mwai Kibaki.

Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama said Kalonzo is “a presidential material just like Raila Odinga who can equally compete in 2017 elections.”

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said Kalonzo Musyoka must also be given support from Ukambani to compete in the presidential race.

Former deputy speaker Farah Maalim said Cord must change positions of players in 2017 “if we have to win.”


IEBC appoints Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as Chair

The IEBC on Monday announced that it has appointed Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as the Commission Secretary

Simiyu has been working for a donor – funded programme, Drivers of Accountability Programme, managed by DAI, as the deputy team leader.

“Following a thorough recruitment process the IEBC has today, 12 January 2015 appointed Mr Ezra Chiloba Simiyu as the Commission Secretary/CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) having emerged as the most successful candidate in the interviews,” IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said in a statement

He is a governance specialist focusing on electoral processes and political management. He is also a former associate at Policy House, a public policy and strategy group. He holds an MA degree in Public Policy from the Central European University.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in political science at the University of Nairobi; his research focusing on electoral institutions and democratisation. Professionally, Chiloba has acquired 10 years of experience in the democratic governance field.

As a governance policy specialist, he has a bias for elections, constitutional development, human rights and public sector management.

Until December 2013, he worked as the democratic governance programme analyst with the UNDP Kenya for about five years where he oversaw a programme on electoral reforms and processes in Kenya.

Other organisations he has worked for include: Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Oxfam Novib, South Consulting Africa (Kenya National Dialogue Monitoring Project).

Mozambique court confirms ruling party won election

Mozambique’s electoral body on Tuesday confirmed the ruling Frelimo party’s candidate Filipe Nyusi had won October’s presidential election, as the opposition still refused to accept defeat.

Former defence minister Nyusi took 57 percent of the vote in the southern African nation, said the Constitutional Council — sharply down from the party’s 75 percent victory in the previous presidential election in 2009.

Nyusi’s nearest rival, Afonso Dhlakama of the former rebel party Renamo, won 37 percent — more than double the 16 percent he won in 2009.

Frelimo also took the majority of seats in the 250-member parliament, winning 144 to Renamo’s 89. The Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), a newcomer to the political scene, won 17 seats.

Constitutional Council president Hermenegildo Gamito called for a fundamental review of the electoral system, pointing at legal complexities and irregularities from the polls.

The validation was the final stage of the election process, clearing the way for Nyusi’s inauguration in the first quarter of 2015.

Nominated MCA’s vehicle set ablaze by unknown assailants

A car belonging to New Ford Kenya nominated MCA Doris Nanyokia was Monday morning razed by unknown assailants.

Nanyokia told the press at her Kibabii home that the car alarm went of while she was asleep which woke her up.

She said that when she tried to deactivate it, the alarm was not responding which prompted her to investigate further.

The MCA added that neither neighbours who responded to her distress call, nor police who she called could not save the vehicle which was reduced to a shell as they did not have water to put out the fire.

Bungoma South OCPD Kirunya Limbitu confirmed the incident and said police had launched investigation into the matter.


Robert Mugabe is a senile president, says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday described longtime leader Robert Mugabe as “a senile president with a vituperative wife”.

In an end-of-year statement, Tsvangirai urged Zimbabweans to pray for Mugabe, 90, “so that he understands the enormity of the national plight”.

The Movement for Democratic Change leader said that Zimbabweans were “living under a heavy cloud of despondency” as job losses and company closures mounted.

He offered an apology for his party’s underachievement during the four years of the previous coalition government, claiming that Mugabe’s Zanu-PF “stood in the way of everything progressive”.

Tsvangirai has had a difficult 2014 following his loss to Mugabe in elections last year.

The former trade unionist’s MDC has split once again, with the former secretary general Tendai Biti alleging Tsvangirai had “dictatorial tendencies”.


We’ll support you in 2022, TNA assures William Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA has moved to reassure their URP ruling coalition counterparts of the party’s “unwavering” political support for Deputy President William Ruto if he runs for President in 2022, and in his ongoing ICC trial.

This comes amid anxiety among Ruto supporters that the DP may be receiving only lukewarm State support in his trial on crimes against humanity charges linked to the 2007-08 post-election violence.

Ruto is on trial alongside his co-accused, former radio journalist Joshua Sang’.

The state of panic among Ruto’s supporters in his Rift Valley backyard, where Sang’ also comes from, has forced the ruling alliance to develop an image-saving strategy to boost public confidence and avert more damage.

Jubilee political strategists have crafted a new coalition-saving master-plan to dispel fears that the withdrawal of Uhuru’s case by the ICC could spell doom for the TNA and URP union.