Football hero George Weah in landslide Liberian Senate win

Liberian opposition politician and former football star George Weah won a landslide victory in Senate elections in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, official results showed Sunday.

Weah — who in 1995 became the first and only African yet to win the Ballon d’Or as European footballer of the year and who played for AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Monaco — trounced his rival Robert Sirleaf, the son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Weah got 78 percent of the vote in Montserrado county in the December 20 poll to fill half the seats of the Senate. Turnout was around 25 percent, according to the national election commission.

The election was originally due to be held in October but was postponed over the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

Sirleaf, who was running as an independent, registered 10.8 percent of the vote.

Montserrado county, in northwestern Liberia, is the west African country’s most populous region and home to nearly a third of its population of four million.

Liberia tops the number of Ebola deaths in the current outbreak with 3,384 fatalities, but it has seen a clear decrease of new transmissions in the past month.

Ebola has killed 7,693 people, almost all of them in the west African epicentres of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Weah, a popular figure in Liberia since his days as a deadly centre-forward, won the first round of the 2005 presidential election, but lost the runoff to Johnson Sirleaf. A 2011 election campaign was also unsuccessful.

Homa Bay ODM official attacked by youths for endorsing Raila for senate seat

A section of Homa Bay youths attacked acting county ODM chair Monica Amollo on Monday as she tried to endorse Raila for the Senate seat.

The youths attacked Amollo at Homa Bay Tourist hotel where she led several delegates in the botched endorsement.

Amollo however denied that the incident occurred at a press briefing at the ODM office in Homa Bay town.

“Looking at me, do you think I can be chased from a hotel? I just went for breakfast but I do not know about the incident,” posed Amollo.

Amollo and the delegates endorsed Raila as a suitable candidate for the seat during the press briefing.

In a statement read by ODM’s Kasipul Kabondo branch secretary general, Ronix Odida, the delegates argued that Raila as senator would protect the devolution he championed.

Raila however declined to vie for the seat at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday, saying he wants to concentrate on “the bigger task” of revamping ODM.

 

Republicans win senate control, ready to confront Obama

A Republican tide ripped the Senate away from Democrats Tuesday, according to CNN projections, giving the GOP full control of Congress and the power to pin down President Barack Obama during his last two years in office.

The thumping win upends the balance of power between the White House and Capitol Hill only six years after Obama’s Democrats swept to power and marginalized Republicans in a rush to reform health care, Wall Street and pass a huge stimulus package.

Now, it’s Democrats who will take the back seat on Capitol Hill, relying mostly on the power of the filibuster to stymie Republicans and keep Obama’s legacy intact.

Is Konza City within Machakos or Makueni County?

 

A heated debate ensued in the Senate this afternoon after senators disagreed over the location of Konza city.

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Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. insists Konza City is in Makueni county

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr says the area lies within Makueni County whereas others say it is in Machakos County.

The senate lands committee will now summon surveyors and Lands CS Charity Ngilu on the matter.