Kenyan President Tells Supreme Court He Is Still In Charge

Despite the deacon by the Supreme Court to annul his victory in the presidential election, citing irregularities in the vote.

Kenyatta has however spoken out to his fans calling the judges crooks. Telling them he is still the incumbent president.

In August Uhuru Kenyatta won the presidential race by 1.4 million votes.

But opposition leader Raila Odinga filed a petition to the Supreme Court claiming that results from more than a third of polling stations were fatally flawed.

Odinga’s success is the first of its kind in the country. He says the decision marks a victory for democracy in Africa.

A new vote will now have to be held in 60 days time.

Some observers are worried that the decision could lead to political chaos.

The country is east Africa’s biggest economy and has a history of disputed elections and political violence.

Although the ruling spells uncertainty for the country – long term it’s seen as a win for Kenya’s institutions.

Kenya Primaries: Kenyatta Blames Chaos On Turnout

Kenya Primaries: Kenyatta Blames Chaos On TurnoutKenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has blamed huge voter turnout for the chaos that erupted at his party’s primaries on Friday.

In many areas across the country, there were delays, with some skirmishes also reported as contestants accused their opponents of rigging. The poll was later cancelled.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenyatta also admitted to reporters that not enough election materials had been provided.

The primaries are in preparation for August’s national poll. The election will take place nearly a decade after disputed election results fuelled violence that left more than 1,000 dead and 500,000 displaced.

Kenya Declares Drought A National Disaster

kenyan-flagKenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has described the ongoing drought in the country as a national disaster, and has called for international help.

The government has promised to do its best in dealing with the crisis, allocating $105 million to the provision of food handouts to the neediest communities.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan Red Cross says as many as 2.7 million people will face starvation if more is not done.

Other countries in the region are also experiencing the drought, a result of the 2016 El Nino weather phenomenon.

President Kenyatta has however promised that much as he would do his best to provide aid, he would not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the situation to defraud public funds.

African Leaders Meet For Giants Club Elephant Summit

Elephant SummitAfrican leaders will meet in Kenya on Friday to discuss how to save the continent’s elephants from extinction.

The inaugural summit of the so-called giants club will be led by the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

As well as heads of state, the conservation group will bring together business leaders and scientists.

Experts say Africa’s elephant population has fallen by 90% over the past century and warn that the animal could be extinct within decades.

Among those expected to attend the summit are Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni and President Ali Bongo from the West African nation of Gabon.

After the summit, Kenya will set fire to nearly its entire confiscated stock of ivory, 105 tonnes, and equivalent to the tusks of more than 6,700 elephants.

Buhari Calls For Acceleration Of Economic Integration In Africa

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called for an intensification of intra-African trade and acceleration of the pace of economic integration across Africa.

The President gave the call while speaking at a banquet in his honour at the conclusion of his state visit to Kenya.

According to a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that the expansion of trade relations between Nigeria and Kenya in recent years should be replicated by all other African countries to speed up the pace of economic development on the continent.

Part of the statement reads; “We now have Nigerian industrialists establishing cement plants in Kenya while Nigerian telecommunications operators are learning and adopting the Kenyan mobile banking model as a tool for financial inclusion in rural Nigeria.

“We have Nigerian farmers coming to learn from successful Kenyan farms while at the same time, we have many up and coming Kenyan oil and gas businesses partnering with Nigerian oil companies.

“We have Nigerians drinking Kenyan coffee in their homes and offices, while we have many Kenyans listening to Nigerian music and watching Nollywood movies,” President Buhari said.

“These developments point to a real integration on the continent beyond formal diplomatic relationships. Greater intra-Africa trade will ultimately result in the creation of millions of jobs within Africa for Africans,” the President added.

The President also expressed hope that Nigeria and Kenya will continue to build on the mutually-beneficial trade and economic relations between them.

He called for the rapid implementation of all bilateral agreements already signed by the two countries and the convening of their Joint Commission for Cooperation.

“As our two governments move ever closer, our business communities will also take full advantage of this momentum to increase trade and economic activities,” he said.

“I feel confident that by the end of this visit, new and solid bridges for movement of persons, goods and services would have been constructed,” President Buhari added.

The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced that both leaders agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation on trade, investment and the fight against corruption and terrorism.

Pan African Parliament Holds Talks On Xenophobia, Insecurity Others

Pan African ParliamentThe 6th Ordinary session of the 3rd Pan African Parliament has begun in Midrand near Johannesburg, South Africa.

The meeting, with the African Union aligned theme of Women Empowerment, is expected to discuss some pressing issues which include xenophobia, migrant deaths and insecurity.

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, a special guest at the opening session did not stop at listing the continent’s various challenges.

He suggested that good governance, bridge building beyond lip service, intra-African trade, jobs for youths and tackling the roots of insecurity would bring desired good to Africans.

Last month, at least seven persons were killed in South Africa in xenophobic attacks that started in Kwazulu-Natal province. Locals were demanding that foreigners should leave their communities.

An influential Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, was accused of fuelling the xenophobic attacks after local media quoted him as saying that foreigners should leave South Africa.

In West Africa, a terrorist group, Boko Haram, has attacked communities in Nigeria, Niger Republic and Cameroon in the last few years.

They are attempting to establish an Islamic State in the region, with their strong hold in north-east Nigeria.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force was established to tackle the dissidents group, but they have continued to attack towns and villages in Nigeria’s north-east.

 

2013 In Retrospect: Leadership, Electoral Processes And Conflicts In Africa

Network Africa on its debut edition for 2014 takes a look at the continent of Africa during the year 2013.

Focus is on Ghana because of the presidential election it held during the year, the electoral process, the post-election disputes and the eventual victory for President John Dramani Mahama.

Efforts by African leaders to sustain democratic governments across the continent are also in focus as 2013 witnessed the toppling of a democratically elected government in Central African Republic, with bloody crisis in Mali.

2013 also provided Nigeria the reminder for the build-up to a controversial centenary, with its 1914 amalgamation having come under scrutiny, raising questions about the terms of existence of Nigeria as a nation.

Also in focus is the Kenyan election of March 4, 2013, which produced Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as President.

Looking back at the year 2013 would be incomplete without the monumental passing away of Anti-apartheid hero, Late Dr Nelson Mandela.

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