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November 2, 2017 5:43 AM Akombe heads back to work at UN

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe returned to work at United Nations Headquarters in New York City two weeks after she resigned from the electoral agency. Dr Akombe, who shocked many by resigning from the electoral commission less than a week to the repeat presidential election confirmed to the Nation that she had indeed resumed her job at the UN but with a caveat 386

October 31, 2017 7:38 AM Tanzanian Opposition Leader Arrested for Inflammatory Speech

Tanzania’s opposition Alliance for Change and Transparency said its leader, Zitto Kabwe, was arrested on Tuesday and is being questioned over a speech he gave on Oct. 29. “He talked about the quality of life of Tanzanians, the state of the economy and how to defeat the ruling party,” Abdallah Khamis, the party’s spokesman, said by phone. Kabwe has been arrested 120

October 31, 2017 7:34 AM Politics: Top 10 numbers that defined economy during 2017 elections

NAIROBI, KENYA: Politics, according to American writer and comedian Groucho Marx, is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. The Kenyan economy has been through a season described by President Uhuru Kenyatta as difficult few weeks in which “our democracy has been tested to the limits 122

October 31, 2017 2:30 AM Kenyan Election Authority in Disarray a Week Before Repeat Vote

Preparations for Kenya’s presidential election rerun next week are in disarray after a top official of the commission organizing the vote resigned and fled the East African nation and its chairman said his efforts to ensure a credible ballot are being thwarted. Roselyn Akombe quit the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, citing issues including 120

October 29, 2017 7:34 AM Has the West abandoned Raila for calling street protests?

Diplomats, including British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson and EU president Jean-Claude Juncker, urged the NASA leader to rejoin the race but he refused to budge. The last two weeks have been a diplomatic nightmare for National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga as he seemed to lose his allies in the West. But the writing has been on the wall since 100

October 28, 2017 9:04 PM We need more patriots like Akombe, new Kenyan heroine

Last week, Dr Roselyn Akombe, then an IEBC commissioner, did what Kenyans in high office never do. She quit her lofty appointment at the IEBC. She wasn’t fired — she quit voluntarily. She resigned because she believed the IEBC could not — even if struck by a miracle — organise a credible, free and fair election on October 26. Since her resignation, Dr Akombe 98

October 26, 2017 1:29 AM Why last-ditch effort to broker poll deal fell apart

Failure by the Supreme Court to raise a quorum on Wednesday effectively halted a series of court cases seeking cancellation of today’s repeat presidential election. Some of the cases were filed after the collapse of an initiative by diverse interest groups that had sought a last-ditch mediation to avert a political crisis. The effort failed because the groups 79

October 25, 2017 10:28 AM Raila's advice to voters ahead of repeat poll

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga led his team to Kitui and Makueni counties, urging residents to boycott Thursday’s repeat presidential election. Mr Odinga urged the Kamba to heed the call by opposition leaders, including his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, by staying away from polling stations in order 72

October 24, 2017 6:49 PM Appointment of Consolata Maina as IEBC’s Deputy National Returning Officer elicits mixed reactions

Kenyans have taken to social media to express their different reactions after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) appointed a Deputy National Returning Officer. In a notice signed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday, the Commission appointed Consolata N. B. Maina to conduct the fresh election on October 26. President Uhuru 40

October 24, 2017 11:17 AM CS Fred Matiang'i declares October 25 public holiday

The government has declared Wednesday, October 25, the eve of repeat presidential election, a public holiday. Acting Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i made the declaration through a gazette notice dates October 24. The ministry’s spokesman Mwenda Njoka said the decision was made “to enable Kenyans the opportunity to travel to their respective 48