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Kenyan opposition leader to challenge Kenyatta’s re-election in court

Leader of the Kenyan opposition Raila Odinga will take his claim that last week’s presidential election was rigged to the country’s Supreme Court. Although foreign observers said the vote was free and fair, Odinga, who lost out to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, has accused the electoral authorities of fraud tantamount to “democracy’s slaughter”. He said his party, the left wing …

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Kenyans ignore opposition leader’s call to strike over election dispute

Kenyans largely ignored an opposition call to go on strike on Monday, re-opening shops and returning to work as they shrugged off demands for demonstrations against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election and against the killing of protesters. Cars, buses and motorcycles returned to the streets of the capital, Nairobi, and the western town of Kisumu after days of quiet due to …

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Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya’s polls

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the 2017 presidential election, wining a second term in office. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final results on Friday in the capital Nairobi. “Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27 per cent of votes. He has attained 25 per cent in 35 counties,” Chebukati …

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No signs of manipulation of Kenya vote – EU, other international observers

The head of the European Union’s election observer mission in Kenya said on Thursday it had seen no signs of “centralised or localised manipulation” of the voting process. Marietje Schaake said that the EU mission’s final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised by hackers. The EU said candidates …

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41 Nigerians deported from seven European countries

Forty-one Nigerians deported from seven European countries for committing immigration-related offences arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday (10 August). The Nigerians were deported from Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Denmark. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, learned that the aircraft with registration mark EC-120 which flew in the deportees, comprising 35 males and six …

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Kenyan crisis escalates as opposition demands Odinga be declared winner

Kenya’s main opposition coalition party National Super Alliance (NASA) has called on the electoral commission to declare its candidate Raila Odinga as president. In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, in the presence of Raila Odinga, NASA campaign chief Musalia Mudavadi said they had received data from unnamed IEBC sources that indicate that their candidate is in the lead. “The …

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South Africa’s President Zuma survives seventh no-confidence vote

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa again survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday in the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over alleged corruption and a sinking economy. Zuma had survived six previous attempts to dislodge him in parliament, but this was the first to be held by secret ballot after parliamentary …

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50 Somalis, Ethiopians Drowned by Smugglers – UN

More than 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were “deliberately drowned” when a smuggler forced them into the sea off Yemen’s coast, the UN migration agency said Wednesday, calling the drownings “shocking and inhumane.” International Organization for Migration (IOM) staffers found the shallow graves of 29 of the migrants on a beach in Shabwa during a routine patrol, the agency’s …

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Kenyan polls should not be a matter of life and death – EU  

Head of the European Union Elections Observer Mission in Kenya, Marietje Schaake, says Augsut 8’s elections should not be a life and death affair. She stated that Kenyans have shown that all they want is a peaceful, credible and transparent process in the exercise of their democratic rights. She was speaking in an interview with Daniel Finnan of Radio France …

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Libya’s detention centres for African migrants in terrible condition – IOM

The International Organization of Migration has reported on the deplorable conditions of detention camps in Libya. The intergovernmental organization, which provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, has demanded that some be closed immediately. A reported 400,000 migrants are currently stranded in Libya, although unofficial estimates say they are between 800,000 and one million, according to Federico …

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Rwanda, Kenya, Angola go to the polls

Kenyans, Rwandans, and Angolans go to the polls in August to vote for president and members of parliament. The elections in Rwanda and Angola do not promise any surprises as the ruling parties in both countries are well entrenched in power. Kenya however is another matter. ———————— Kagame to continue The 4 August presidential election in Rwanda is seen as …

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Google launches Street View for Lagos

Google has officially launched its Street View of Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, and the tech giant is looking to make the feature available across the country soon. The company launched the new service at the Google for Nigeria event which took place in Lagos last Thursday (27 July) in the presence of its CEO, Sundar Pichai. Street view is a …

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Tunisia passes landmark law to ‘end all violence’ against women

Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups. The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression” against women based on discrimination between the two sexes. It includes the key elements of the …

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Exclusive Interview with Gambian President Adama Barrow

“My message to the Gambians in the Diaspora is that we want them to come back home and contribute to nation building,” appeals President Adama Barrow as he hints of a possible trial of former leader Yahya Jammeh, currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea. In an exclusive interview with Omar Wally of Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s public international broadcaster, Barrow …

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Germany advises Nigeria on Biafra

Nigeria is currently in a state of intense political agitation. An Igbo self-determination group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is calling for a separate national state for the Igbo people of the country while other groups are advocating for a wide-ranging constitutional reform to devolve more powers to the federating states. Foreign governments are intervening in the debate. The …

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Asian community in Kenya gets indigenous ethnic status

Kenyans of Asian heritage have been granted official recognition as the 44th ethnic group in the country. The Kenyan government granted the status last week after years of petitioning by the Kenyan Asian community made up of about 46,782 people, according to the 2009 census figures. “All persons, bodies and authorities within the Republic of Kenya shall recognize the community …

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