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Carter Center Calls for Dialogue and National Reconciliation to End Kenya’s Protracted Political Impasse

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Anti riot police officers patrolling in Nairobi during the heights of violence.

 

NAIROBI — In a statement about Kenya’s Oct. 26 election released today, The Carter Center urged Kenya’s political leaders to engage in constructive dialogue to bridge the gap between the opposition and ruling parties, and their respective supporters, following a tense electoral period.

Kenya’s fresh presidential election, scheduled following the Supreme Court’s annulment of the Aug. 8 race, unfolded in a context of heightened tensions stemming from the protracted electoral process, confrontational tactics and harsh verbal attacks by key political leaders, and outbursts of violence around election day. These problems severely undermined the ability of Kenya’s electoral and judicial institutions to implement the fresh presidential elections. Rather than consolidating support for a national political program, the election polarized the country and exposed the deep tribal and ethnic rifts that have longed characterized its politics.

Regrettably, the actions of Kenya’s political leaders served to weaken its democratic and independent institutions, constrain the ability of citizens to participate in the civic affairs of their country, and damage the nation’s democratic development. In the days ahead, it is incumbent on political leaders to put personal agendas aside and take steps to heal the country while maintaining the country’s constitutional order.

Today’s statement provides an initial summary analysis of political and electoral developments between the Aug. 8 elections and the fresh election held on Oct. 26, based on the reporting of the Center’s core team of experts and long-term observers who were on the ground for the Oct. 26 poll. We note that the electoral process is not yet complete, as electoral disputes are pending in the Supreme Court. The Carter Center will release a comprehensive statement on the overall election process after its completion. A detailed final report will be published in early 2018.

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The Carter Center has had a core team of experts in Kenya since April, monitoring key parts of the electoral process, including voter registration, campaigning, electoral preparations, and the recent resolution of disputes in the courts. That team was joined by a large group of observers who helped monitor voting, counting, and tallying in the days surrounding the Aug. 8 election. Following the Sept. 1 decision by the Supreme Court to annul the August election, the Center was invited by the IEBC to extend its presence to observe the Oct. 26 fresh election. Long-term observers rejoined the core team on Oct. 4 and were deployed to various locations in the country to observe critical pre- and post-election processes.

Because of insecurity surrounding the polls, the uncertain political environment, and the lack of a fully competitive election, the Carter Center deployed a limited election observation mission to assess the Oct. 26 polls. The team was limited in size and geographic scope. Given these factors, the Center did not conduct a robust assessment of polling station level processes on election day.

 

Read the full statement below

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President Uhuru Sacks Eric Kiraithe

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ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has issued a statement dated May 7, 2019 saying that Retired Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe as governments Spokesperson with immediate effect.

The directive reads and I quote; “In line with directions from the Executive office of the President through the Head of Public Service, the office of the Government Spokesman shall be domiciled at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology,”

“He will also have content oversight role over the two government news gathering and dissemination channels; Kenya News Agency and MyGov,” the directive adds.

Rtd. Col. Oguna was formerly the spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces. He became popular and attracted so many public limelights with his tough talk when the KDF entered Somalia in 2011.

He was the senior most spokesman in the former ‘Operation Linda Nchi.’  Oguna faded from the limelight immediately when KDF and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined forces.

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Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe, who previously served as the Kenya Police spokesman and Chief of Security at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).Kiraithe had served as Government spokesman since March 2016.

 


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Full List Of President Uhuru’s Appointments

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President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a gazette notice dated May 3, 2019 had appointed and reappointed key figures to and from his government.

Here’s the full list of the appointments

Dennis Waweru has been appointed non-executive chairman of the Kenya Investment Authority.

Jamleck Kamau has been appointed as chairman of Tana and Athi Rivers Development.

Dan Mwanzo to head Kenya Ferry Services.

Jebii Kilimo has been appointed chairperson to the trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Julius Malombe has been named chair of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Nicholas Gumbo is now the chair of the Kenyatta National Hospital board.

Elias Mbao will head the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

President Kenyatta’s brother-in-law Victor Pratt has been re-appointed as chair and member of the Retirement Benefits Authority.

Franklin Bett is the chair of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s wife Zahra as a member of the Tourism Research Institute.

Michael Bowen – Chairman of the Industrial Development Bank (Capital).

Abdirahiman H. Abdi – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Regulatory Authority.

Robin Achoki – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Board.

Angeline Yiamiton Siparo – Non-Executive Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council.

Sam Kona – Chairman of the National Council for Population and Development Board.

Ignatius Kahiu Chairperson of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. (The appointment of Eliud Matu Wamae* is revoked.)

Karanja Mburu (Eng.), Abdalla Gonzi, – members of the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Board.

Joshua Toro – Chairperson of the National Irrigation Board. (The appointment of Mudzo Nzili* is revoked.)

Elizabeth Pantoren (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Francis Kuria Gatonye – Chairperson of the Pest Control Products Board.

Jane Karuku – Chairperson of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

Josiah Magut – Chairperson of the Bomas of Kenya Board.

Mary Mbilo Khimulu – Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Mutuma Mathiu – Chairperson of the Kenya Copyright Board.

Gituro Wainaina – Chairperson of the Kenya School of Government.

Deborah Bubi – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board.

Muragu Kinandu (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Mohamed Liban – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority.

Jackson Selela Ole Mwanik – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority.

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Dorothy Ghettuba Pala – Chairperson of the Kenya Film Commission.

Francis Baya – Chairperson, Kenya Literature Bureau.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

Cavince Odoyo Owidi – Chairperson of the Lake Basin Development Authority.

Joyce Ngugi – Chairperson of the National Council for Children Services.

Misigo Amatsimbi – Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

John Ondigo Onsati – Chairperson of the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Richard K. Lagat – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Tourism Finance Corporation Board.

Alphonse Kioko – Chairperson of the Tourism Fund Board.

Jimmy Kariuki – Chairperson of the Kenya Tourism Board.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Thomas Koyier, Martin Mugambi Mithega, Charles Kipkulei, Monica Nyambura Mucheke, – members of the Insurance Tribunal.

Elias Mbao, Michael Muia Kiswili – members of the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

Muthoni Gichohi – Chairperson of the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal.

James Mamboleo, Gideon Solonka, Wangechi Gikonyo,  Veronica Soila,  Leseya Owede,  Members of retirement Appeal Tribunal.

Richard Kiplagat – Chairman of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority. (The appointment of Ngeny Biwott* is revoked.)

Jacqueline Oyuyo – member of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority.

Lucy Kambuni – Chairperson of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Rose Nkonge – Chairperson of the Anti-Money Laundering Advisory Board.

Wambua Kilonzo – Chairman of the Insurance Tribunal.

Destaings Nyenyi Nyongesa, Kimani Muhoro, Valentine Mwende, Becky Mogire – members of the Competition Tribunal.

Anthony Maina Macharia, Kennedy Nyankieya Nyamweya, Karen N. Kandie, Laila Macharia – members of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Christine Okoth, Peter M. Mungai – members of the Board of the Capital Markets Authority.

William ole Mayiani, Jeridah Bosibori Mbaka – members of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Mbatia Kimani – member of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Major (Rtd) Nishit Dhanvantrai Maru, Catherine Juma, Duncan Ndegwa Maasai, Captain Ahmed Mohamed Ali – members of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Arch. Jerry Magutu (Prof.), Habil Olaka, Patricia Nyambura Gathuri, Caroline Armstrong – members of the Board of the National Housing Corporation.

Salome Kimata – member of the Board of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

Ismail Gulum Dhora, Ken Waibochi, Pamela Tutui, Caroline Wangui Kariuki, Kaburu Mwirichia – members of the Board of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority.

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Mike Rubia, Fred Gachie Ng’ang’a, Munyua Waiyaki, Simon Kiuta, Pauline Muthangani – members of the Board of the Postal Corporation of Kenya.

George Baker Bebora – member of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Wahome Gitonga – member of the Board of Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.

Bernard M. Ngore – member of the National Standards Council.

Elephas K. Gikungi – member of the Board of Directors of Kenya Industrial Property Institute.

Maj. Rtd. Hussein Abshiro Herin, Kaberi Limukii (Dr.), Nyawira Ophelia Njeru – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Andrew Gichamba Muigai (Eng.), Rahab W. Lanoi – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Peter Mathuki – member of the Board of the Kenya Investment Authority (The appointment of Washington Makodingo (Dr.)* is revoked.).

Mark Robert Stephenson – member of the Board of the Kenya Leather Development Council.

Joseph Samai Lomwa, Billy Baltazaar – members of Micro and Small Enterprise Authority.

David Maina Kamiru, Albina Kesorio – members of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. ( The appointment of Ignatius Kahiu (Dr.) * is revoked.)

Pauline Mudesh, Brown Murungi Kairaria, Wycliff Swanya, Brettah Muthuri – members of the Industrial Property Tribunal.

Margaret Rigah, Peterson Mwai, Halima Ali Omar, Francis Gitari – members of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Bernard Muteti Mungata – Chairman of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Samuel Kamau – member of the Board of the Numerical Machining Complex Limited. (The appointment of Kamau Gachigi (Dr.)* is revoked.)

David Mutemi Mutui (Amb.), Jane Waroga – members of the National Cereals and Produce Board.

Gakure Munyu – member of the National Irrigation Boar.

Julie Sudi Mwakwambirwa – member of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Agnes Moraa Angwenyi, Mwenda Kilemi (Dr.) – members of the Pest Control Products Board.

Leonard W. Kariuki – member of the Pest Control Products Board, for a period.

Franklin Bett – Chairperson of the Board of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

James Muriithi Kangara, Jane Sirindi Githinji, Ndogo Waweru, Robert Murimi – members of the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority.

Emily Kithira Mworia, Nancy Muthoni Njiru, Abdirahman Hassan – members of the National Drought Management Authority.

Stephen Kinuthia, Eunice Ibrahim Sheikh, Judith Kerich, Frida Njeru, Franklin Ndii – members of the Board of Tourism finance cooperation.

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Zahra Bahlewa Moi – member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute

Susan Maina – member of the Kenya Tourism Board.

Kenneth Kiptoo Boit, Wangai Wamae – members of the Board of Kenyatta International Convention Centre, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 1st June.

Harriet Muiruri – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Research Institute. (The appointment of Kimeli Chepsiror* is revoked.).

Fredrick Wamwaki – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Training College.

Robert Mwadime Ngolo – member of the National AIDs Control Council.

Dickon Andala (Dr.), Margaret Mwonjoria (Dr.) – members of the Radiation Protection Board.

Wilfred Lesan – Chairman of the Tobacco Control Board.

Somba Kivingu (Dr.), John Musau, Nancy Gachoka, Lilian Wayua Mbevi, Rogers Senaji Mulemi, Kago Wanjiku Caroline – members of the Tobacco Control Board.

Richard Thuo Kamau, Peris Bitutu Onsarigo – members of the Board of Kenyatta National Hospital.

Eva Njenga – Chairperson of the Board of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (Revokes the appointment of George Albert Magoha*.)

Sammy Latema (Dr.) – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Kevin Kariuki Kihara, Maureen Mwangovya, Anthony Njagi Gitambu, Mohammed Mohamud Ali, Naomi Apali – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Robert Mutuma – member of the Kenya Water Towers Agency – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Wandia Maina, Hibo Bishar Abdi – members of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Peter Waweru Kamaku (Dr.), Susan Musyoka (Dr.), Cyrus Mwaniki – members of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Stephen Mnangat Alukureng – member of the National Labour Board (revokes the appointment of Maria Cherono*.).

Peter Muchiri – Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Pius Wario Tume, Alex Masibo, Grace Mwangi, George Maara, Joseph Mburu Waiganjo – trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Melissa Ngania, Tusmo Jama, Peter Gathirimu, Justus Toroinet Somoire, Mary Njeri Ndonga (Dr.), Abdulahi Diriye – members of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.

Caroline Musyoka (Chairperson), James Muriu, Shallah Sheikh, Brian Omwenga – members of the Board of Directors of the Business Registration Service Board


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Kutuny: Youths Are Stoning Together

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Chereng'anyi MP Joshua Kutuny at a previous event Photo|RMS

Chereng’anyi MP Joshua Kutuny hits again and this time around it in Sheng.

The legislator took over the labour day podium in a language well understood by majority of Nairobi youths.

Speaking of how low level youths are being deducted almost half of their poor salaries by NHIF, NSSF and PAYE.

The legislator also thanked Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and urged the national government to back him up in making Nairobi great again.

But the main point in his speech was when he talked about youths stoning together.

(Video courtesy of NTV Kenya)

“Tangu handshake ikuje watu wanakaa pamoja, unapata maboy ata kama wanachoma wanachoma pamoja”

This loosely translates as; Since the Handshake was realized people are living together. You’ll find youths who smoke weed smoking together.

Kutuny publicly speaks about youths stoning yet the government still maintained the ban of use and distribution of marijuana.

Nairobi Sonko had previously admitted smoking weed with Kiambu governor, Ferdinand Waititu while in parliament.

Leaders in the current government have admitted publicly of use marijuana.

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It’s about time the legislators support the motion to legalize medicinal marijuana.

Currently, Raila Junior and Kibera MP Kenneth Okoth are in support of the move to compel the government to legalize medicinal marijuana.


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