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Gunmen forcibly enter UN human rights office in Burundi

Several gunmen forcibly entered the Burundi office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, officials said Wednesday. The break-in occurred a week after a new U.N. report detailed crimes against humanity in the East African country and named security forces among the alleged perpetrators.

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Glowing tributes for Moi Girls’ fire victims – The Standard

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The StandardGlowing tributes for Moi Girls' fire victimsThe StandardMoi Girls High School students hold potraits of their colleagues who died after their dormotory caught fire on September 2. Photo: Elvis Ogina, Standard. The grim faces were in sharp contrast with the Moi Girls High School mantra, 'Light and Life', as ...Sad send-off for 9 school fire victimsDaily NationMoi Girls School inferno victims honouredKenya Broadcasting CorporationUhuRuto, Sonko pump KSh 12 million to Moi Girl's school after fire -eNCAall 29 news articles »

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NASA will not hold any casual meetings with IEBC, says Raila Odinga – The Standard

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The StandardNASA will not hold any casual meetings with IEBC, says Raila OdingaThe StandardThe National Super Alliance insists that it will only engage with the electoral commission through an open structured dialogue where binding resolutions will be made and shared with the public. ALSO READ: Matiang'i: Security for IEBC officials beefed up.We won't engage IEBC on poll, says NASAKenya Broadcasting CorporationKenya: No Repeat Poll Till Our Demands Are Met, Says NasaAllAfrica.comIEBC calls off meeting with Nasa, againKDRTVTUKO.CO.KE -ZIPO.CO.KEall

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Ezra Chiloba defends conduct of August 8 General Election – Daily Nation

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Daily NationEzra Chiloba defends conduct of August 8 General ElectionDaily NationIEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba during the interview with NTV on September 13, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP. In Summary. The CEO also revealed that the IEBC would on Thursday meet the Raila Odinga-led Nasa, which has demanded ...Raila Odinga to initiate private criminal prosecution of IEBC officialsThe StandardNASA outline demands ahead of fresh Presidential pollKenya Broadcasting CorporationChiloba comes clean on why some form 3A's lacked security features, leading to cancellation of Uhuru's winTUKO.CO.KECitizen TV...

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No repeat poll till our demands are met, says Nasa – Daily Nation

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Daily NationNo repeat poll till our demands are met, says NasaDaily NationParliamentarians at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi on September 13, 2017, during the Nasa Parliamentary Group meeting. Nasa vowed to ensure that the October 17 repeat presidential election will not be held if their concerns are not addressed beforehand.There's urgent need to set up Parliament business committeesThe StandardNASA MPs will still not

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Kenya’s "Null and Void" Election

It seemed as though last month's election in Kenya would be, as always, stolen fair and square. Instead a Supreme Court hand picked by the Kenyatta Royal Family revolted and for the first time in African history declared the election "null and void" and ordered a re-vote.

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Kenya: Opposition Walks Out of Polls Body Meeting

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Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, flanked by ODM legislators, addresses the media at his office in Nairobi.

By Patrick Lang'at

Nasa co-principals led by Raila Odinga have walked out of planned meeting with the electoral agency, protesting a nine-page agenda and Jubilee's no-show.

Mr Odinga's team had arrived at the IEBC Anniversary Towers offices at 11.15am, and by 12.05pm when they addressed the media, the Jubilee Party representatives had not showed up.


Deputy President William Ruto was expected to represent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the meeting.

In the meeting, IEBC and two sides were scheduled to discuss, among others, plans for the October 17 repeat presidential election after the Supreme Court quashed Mr Kenyatta's re-election.

Nasa wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba sacked for allegedly bungling August 8 poll while Jubilee has rejected the project team named by Chairman Wafula Chebukati to manage the repeat poll.

After the over 50-minute wait, Nasa chief agent Musalia Mudavadi accused the IEBC of not being ready for the meeting.

"The IEBC told us that they needed to meet our presidential candidate and one or two people. We came here at 11.15 and up to now, we have not seen the Jubilee side," said Mr Mudavadi.

He said it was wrong for the IEBC to present them with an agenda as they went into the meeting.

"We have just been presented with a document, about nine pages that we are seeing for the first time now," explained Mr Mudavadi.


He went on: "We had hoped that the IEBC will have the basic courtesy to give us the document much earlier if it was going to form the basis of the meeting."

Mr Mudavadi termed as "not serious" the Jubilee team when asked if they would wait for the DP to arrive.

The DP's security detail and media team has been at the IEBC since 11am, with increased police presence at the Anniversary Towers offices.

"We as Nasa is ready for a structured meeting where all the cards are on the table," said Mr Mudavadi.

The Nasa chief agent said that the coalition did not get to talk about their push to have seven officials of the Ezra Chiloba-led secretariat fired before the October 17 fresh presidential election.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday said that Mr Chiloba and six others that Nasa want removed will stay in office, to back a new seven-member team led by Mr Chiloba's deputy Marjan Hussein Marjan to manage the fresh poll.

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Nurses' Strike Forces Patients to Seek Treatment in Tanzania

People in need of medical services in Taita Taveta and Kwale counties are now trooping to Tanzania seeking for treatment… Read more »

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Somalia: How Aid in Cash, Not Goods, Averted a Famine in Somalia

By Roshni Majumdar

United Nations — In February, when the government of Somalia sounded an alarm to the UN about risks of a famine in the country, the UN's Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), besides quickly shuffling a response team, was acting from a steep sense of history. The Office, instead of sending out massive aid packages, distributed cash vouchers to families who could spend it to buy goods according to their needs.

The famine between the years 2010 and 2012, which killed more than a quarter of a million people in the country, offered important lessons to the aid community. This spring, when poor rainfall led to large scale crop failure and a rise in malnutrition, the freshly elected government raised immediate alarm. A looming crisis stood to affect nearly 6.7 million people in the country, or more than half of the population.

The new expansion of a cash-based strategy, largely owing to Somalia's strong network of money vendors, ultimately formed the basis of a formal team, called the Cash Based Response Working Group 2017.

This group, drawing from reports of 2011, formulated new means of distributing cash, quickly and efficiently. Jordi Casafont Torra, a humanitarian affairs officer with the OCHA, and who worked directly with teams on the ground to respond to the crisis, explained the distribution of money to all those affected.

The new ways of sending out money were many. The most popular one, he told IPS, was the use of an electronic voucher called a SCOPE card. Funded by the World Food Programme, these cards could be easily used in all local stores that quickly became handy with the new form of payment. The cards, much like debit cards, were recharged with money, and could be swiped to check out items from local stores.

Other vouchers, like "water vouchers" directly targeted specific supplies. Still other vouchers, like those that came with a cash-for-work incentive, put more people to work to build the local infrastructure, the lack of which often impeded work, in exchange for money. Slowly, Somalis began shaping the economy.

Within a month since teams were first alerted to the worsening drought conditions, 1.4 million people clocked out of danger. By May, the numbers had climbed to 3 million.

"Cash enables affected people to choose and buy from local shops, having the double impact of both assisting persons and supporting the local economy," Torra said. The ramping up of cash-based operations had set the stage for a locally supported and a sustainable economy.

Similarly, Somalis, a highly mobile savvy population, also increasingly took to mobile money. In a country where nearly 73 percent used mobile money, SIM cards loaded with money were distributed. In June, for instance, over a million people used mobile money to buy items.

The average amount of money, adjusted to inflation rates or other circumstances, was calculated by a measure called the minimum expenditure basket (MEB). In the month of July, this money was billed to 89 dollars for every household.

Ultimately, data from feedback mechanisms, for instance, a UK Government's Department of International Development (DFID) funded call centre in Mogadishu, showed that 75 per cent of the money was used on food, and the rest was used to buy household items. Some even used the money to pay off small loans.

Increasingly, it became clear that a new flow of international aid, cash, and not goods, worked to mitigate the risks of an immediate famine. For now, in spite of acute risks in some parts of the country, Somalia has successfully averted a food crisis.

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Kenyan MP, former senator detained over hate speech allegations – Eyewitness News

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Eyewitness NewsKenyan MP, former senator detained over hate speech allegationsEyewitness NewsThe surprise ruling, the first of its kind in Africa, voided the win of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities in the tallying process. Kenyan flag. Picture: AFP. Kenya. Email; Print. Share · Reuters | 4 minutes ago. NAIROBI - Kenyan ...In Volatile Kenya, MP and Former Senator Detained Over Hate Speech AllegationsU.S. News & World ReportKuria, Muthama held in hate speech probeDaily NationMuthama, Kuria arrested over hate speech claimsKenya Broadcasting CorporationThe Standard -TUKO.CO.KE -Citizen TV (press release)all 29 news articles

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Kamba leaders in State House visit dismissed as self-seekers – Daily Nation

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Daily NationKamba leaders in State House visit dismissed as self-seekersDaily NationWiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka leads a meeting of Ukambani leaders at Machakos Golf Club on September 11, 2017. They are being entertained by a musician. Ms Charity Ngilu said there was nothing to gain from supporting the Jubilee government.Governors Sonko, Mutua marshal Kamba support for UhuruCapital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)The insane amount NASA supporters in the US have

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Education CS Fred Matiang’i reveals new features to curb exam cheating – The Standard

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The StandardEducation CS Fred Matiang'i reveals new features to curb exam cheatingThe StandardNew features have been introduced to curb cheating as 1.6 million candidates prepare to sit their national primary and secondary school exams. The 1,003,556 candidates registered for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam will find ...Students must be allowed to do their exams as scheduledKenya Broadcasting CorporationHow change of exams date would result in chaosDaily Nationall 2 news articles »

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Jubilee, Nasa all out to win over voters in election countdown – Daily Nation

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Daily NationJubilee, Nasa all out to win over voters in election countdownDaily NationSenate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka addresses residents of Kimilili during a recent tour of Bungoma County by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO | PSCU. In Summary. In Bungoma, MPs elected on a Jubilee Party ticket are ...Just like ICC, Maraga is now UhuRuto's political fodderThe StandardKENYATTA: Raila planned misfortune for Kenya but we disappointed himIndependentThe people will re-...

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Tanzania’s Tundu Lissu recovering after gun attack –

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Aljazeera.comTanzania's Tundu Lissu recovering after gun attackAljazeera.comOpposition MP Tundu Lissu's condition is improving at a hospital in Kenya's Nairobi, his party says. 08 Sep 2017 20:58 GMT. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker. Lissu has been shot multiple times by unknown gunmen [File: AFP]. Tanzanian opposition ...Tanzania: Political climate worsens amid crackdown on oppositionDeutsche WelleTanzanian opposition figure recovering in Kenyan hospitalDaily Mailall 4 news articles »

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Leaked memo from Wafula Chebukati to Ezra Chiloba exposes scandal at IEBC – The Standard

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The StandardLeaked memo from Wafula Chebukati to Ezra Chiloba exposes scandal at IEBCThe StandardFrom left: IEBC Vice Chairperson Consolata Nkatha, Chairman Wafula Chebukati Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba during a press brief at IEBC offices in Nairobi . Photo: Willis Awandu, Standard. The crisis at the electoral commission has deepened ...Sack all meddlers or we'll skip election, Raila tells ChebukatiDaily NationKenyan Electoral Body Chairman Asks CEO to Explain Vote FailuresBloombergIEBC fallout as Chebukati memo disownedKDRTVCapital FM Kenya (press release) (blog) -Kenya Broadcasting Corporation -Business Daily (press

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Uganda: Main Opposition Party in Search of a New Leader

By Gaaki Kigambo

As the campaigns in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to elect its president gather pace, tensions and mudslinging that tend to characterise its internal elections have already taken foreground, calling into question whether Uganda's largest opposition party is paying an unnecessarily too high a price to prove its democratic credentials.

A joint press conference by all the five contestants called on August 21 to emphasise civility during the campaigns easily got upturned into a campaign platform. Each of the candidates used their time to market themselves -- mostly by aiming barbs at others.

Underlying the attacks is the party's main fault line, which is: The choice strategy that should form its core identity and guide its steps to power.

On the one hand is the calm and cautious approach preferred by the current leader Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, who is seeking re-election for his second and last term. It emphasises, among other things, the establishment of structures and offices from the grassroots, increasing the number of electoral candidates and agents in general elections, and an open, transparent and tolerant deliberative environment within the party.

On the other is fulltime activism or defiance advocated by Patrick Oboi Amuriat, Mr Muntu's most formidable challenger out of all the five contestants. It emphasises civil disobedience, open confrontation with the government and any other ways of delegitimising it apart from taking up arms.

Defiance was FDC's rallying cry in last year's general election. The party insists it won the elections through non-compliance and its victory must be reclaimed through robust activism that is not possible until the party is aligned to it.

According to Mr Amuriat, disagreement over strategy on how to move the party forward is one of the four major challenges FDC has grappled with over the past five years of Muntu's leadership.

It explains the other three: Division among party leaders and supporters; lack of focus and commitment; increased resignation and desertions by both leaders and supporters.

Defiance vs Diplomacy

While Muntu has shown general accommodation for defiance (he claims to have chaired, led and funded planning/activities of the so-called defiance campaign), he has blocked it from defining the party's identity.

For instance, its chief architect and advocate Dr Kizza Besigye, Muntu's predecessor, has not been allowed to organise and promote it using party facilities such as its headquarters -- a decision that has angered his followers like Amuriat who want to see the FDC agenda refocused to defiance.

"What FDC is doing is a good thing to experiment with a fully-fledged internal democracy. In a way it challenges the ruling NRM, which prefers to select its leaders," said Dr Sabiiti Makara, an associate professor of political science at Makerere University.

"But the model appears overstretched because first they need resources to organise, which they don't have. It also stirs up tensions that are unnecessary and keeps the party feuding, which weakens it."

The ongoing elections are the sixth in total (three for the party leadership and three for its presidential candidate) the FDC has held in the 12 years of its existence. This number is equal to what the whole country has conducted in the three decades since the ruling National Resistance Movement first shot its way to power.

The 36-year-old ruling NRM has had zero internal elections in all its life, a point Muntu was quick to remind Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance.

On Twitter, Mr Tumwebaze had castigated the FDC for intolerance, and accused it of choosing the politics of anger and emotions over ideas. He was responding to Muntu's caution that the FDC should not choose defiance as a permanent party identity.

"We cannot fight a dictatorship externally by stifling debate and disagreement internally," said Muntu in one of his social media tailored campaign messages.

"No one can give you what they don't have. And so in FDC, we are focused on building an internal democracy that we will practise when we take over government," adds another message.

Unending headache

The current contest for the FDC leadership is a dress rehearsal for the presidential flag bearer contest that is not due until 2020. Yet strategies for it are already underway and embedded in the current exercise.

By openly identifying with defiance, Amuriat confirmed prior speculation that he was a decoy for Mr Besigye, who has not yet ruled out running for Uganda's presidency for the fifth time.

Two other candidates, Mubarak Munyagwa and Moses Byamugisha, are also close Besigye associates. Sources inside the party suggest they have been deployed to mobilise the Muslim and youth constituencies respectively.

"However democratic and open we are, a man like Munyagwa has been in FDC for not even two years. Do you expect the delegates to find him as more qualified to lead than the others who have been with the party since it begun?" said a member close to the top leadership. "It's just their strategy to first splinter and hopefully rally behind one. I don't really know if it can work for them but let's wait and see."

According to Makara, the FDC mechanism where the party president does not become an automatic flag bearer as is the case with other political parties is an unnecessary source of unending headache. It creates room for cliques and intrigue as different people work towards different interests.

"For all the advantages they speak for it I think they will need to rethink that provision within the constitution or it will continue causing them trouble and which sucks up their energies that they should be channelling elsewhere," he advised.

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Busia governor race loser Paul Otuoma backs Uhuru Kenyatta – The Standard

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The StandardBusia governor race loser Paul Otuoma backs Uhuru KenyattaThe StandardBusia governor race loser Paul Otuoma is the latest politician to switch sides as political realignments take centre stage ahead of the repeat presidential election. Dr Otuoma yesterday ditched National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate ...Raila Odinga could make a significant record should he lose to Uhuru again- Jubilee MPTUKO.CO.KEall 2 news articles »

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Task force wants mayor, town clerk and town planner arrested over scandal – The Standard

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The StandardTask force wants mayor, town clerk and town planner arrested over scandalThe StandardJames Aggrey Mwamu an advocate of the high court and aspirant of the Law Society of Kenya presidency. Picture:Robert Amalemba/Standard. SUMMARY. Taskforce recommends prosecution of former top officials of Kisumu municipality over land mess ...and more »

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