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Kenya election: When the final results will be declared

The East African 10 August 2017 IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati gives a press briefing at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP Advertisement By DAILY NATION Kenya’s IEBC (electoral commission) chairman Wafula Chebukati will likely announce results of the Tuesday’s presidential vote on Friday. Mr Chebukati said Thursday that the commission expects all forms 34B from polling...

Kenya’s opposition disputes preliminary results

The East African 9 August 2017   By DAILY NATION The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has disputed preliminary presidential results as released by the electoral commission. Presidential candidate Raila Odinga early Wednesday termed the outcome that saw him trail Uhuru Kenyatta by more than one million votes as “sham, fictitious and fake”. Mr Odinga said the results were the...

Factors that will determine Kenya polls winner

The East African 7 August 2017 Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at a past event. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary Besides the age difference between them, Mr Kenyatta comes out as an easy-going person who is at home with both the mighty and the down-trodden while Mr Odinga appears as a more reserved personality who warms up to people as they get along. Will these personalities influence...

Obasanjo to visit jailed Zambian opposition leader

The East African 6 August 2017 Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. PHOTO | FILE By MICHAEL CHAWEZambia’s President Edgar Lungu Saturday held talks with former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who had paid him a courtesy call at the State House in Lusaka. According to the president’s spokesperson, Amos Chanda, the two leaders discussed Mr Obasanjo’s peace efforts as well as...

Zimbabwe’s opposition unites to take on Robert Mugabe

The East African 7 August 2017 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | AFP   In Summary Main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai re-united with his former allies on Saturday to forge a coalition aimed at ending President Robert Mugabe’s term. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai told supporters he was joining forces with two...

Regional news

Go west for democracy, stay east for the economy

NTV 14 August 2017 Since the July 2015 vote in Burundi, all the East African Community countries except South Sudan have had elections. The latest were Rwanda on August 4, and then Kenya a few hours ago on August 8. In all the elections, except Rwanda, the Oppositions rejected the result as rigged. Of course the opposite is also a possibility. That the incumbents win honestly and the Opposition,...

Anti-Zuma vote will be done in secret, says SA Speaker

The East African 7 August 2017 South Africa’s Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete. PHOTO | AFRICA REVIEW In Summary President Zuma faces his eighth motion of no confidence The ANC said they have no doubt that this “frivolous motion” will fail like the previous seven. The call for the motion of no confidence came after President Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on March...

US delivers last choppers to Kenya Air Force

The East African 20 July 2017 The last two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters that were delivered by the US on July 19, 2017 to the Kenya Air Force. The helicopters have an exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from...

Zambian President Edgar Lungu invokes state of emergency

The East African 6 July 2017 President Edgar Lungu. FILE PHOTO | PHILIPPE WOJAZER | AFP In Summary Zambian President Edgar Lungu invoked a state of emergency on Wednesday after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism. Zambia has enjoyed relative stability in recent years, but political tensions have been high this year after...

Lack of funds caused botched measles vaccination in S. Sudan

Sudan Tribune 28 June 2017 June 27, 2017 (JUBA) – Lack of funds needed to train vaccinators caused the death of 16 children during the botched measles vaccination campaign in South Sudan, an official said on Tuesday. Three-year-old Sarah is immunised against measles in South Sudan (Photo: UNICEF) “The measles campaign was carried out by UNICEF [UN Children’s Fund] with World Health...