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Audit of Voter Register to End This Month Despite Delays

By Jeremiah Wakaya

Nairobi — The audit of the voter register is on course despite delays in acquisition of third party data for verification purposes.

Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Manager Chris Msando said on Tuesday despite 30 days having lapsed since audit firm KPMG signed a contract with the electoral body, it took more time than expected for the auditor to obtain information from the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons intended for the purposes of cleaning up the 19.7 million voter register.

According to Msando, KPMG encountered challenges getting the data of deceased persons intended to be used to weed out persons in the voters roll who may have since passed away.

“I agree that it is more than 30 days since the audit commenced on March 31. But KPMG requires data for births and deaths in order for them to compare with what is in our (IEBC) register.”

“That data has delayed and that is why the process has taken this long,” Msando said during a forum organised by the African Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) in collaboration with Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) to discuss findings of a report on the country’s preparedness for the General Election.

He however said that the audit will be concluded by the end of the May paving way for the General Election on August 8.

Msando added that the Commission had recruited two voter educators per ward to sensitise the public on the electoral process as the nation gears for the polls.

“We have two voter educators per County Assembly Ward and they are moving around with materials provided by the commission to educate voters based on the ongoing voter verification exercise and the upcoming election,” he said.

According to the report compiled by AfriCOG and KPTJ titled “An Assessment of Kenya’s Preparedness for the 8 August 2017 General Election”, the National Assembly through amendments to the Elections Act in 2012 diluted The Leadership and Integrity Act which gave life to Chapter Six of the Constitution by excluding a stricter vetting system and extension of nomination timelines.

The report recommends that the Chapter Six Working Group comprising the IEBC, the Attorney General and other stakeholders to look at the existing law and provide clarity on its jurisdiction and authority.

Kenya

EU Trade Deal, Funding Mechanism Top Agenda of Region’s Summit

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Angola: Poultry Farmers to Debate Sector’s Actions

Luanda — The National Association of Poultry Farmers (ANAVI) will organise on 24 May, in Luanda, the first national meeting of poultry farmers, aimed at discussing, among other things, the new goals of the sector and present a census on this activity.

According to note that reached ANGOP last Saturday, the gathering will happen as a result of various meetings between ANAVI and professionals from different provinces linked to the poultry farming activity, held between 2016 and 2017.

“During the event it will be presented the National Census on Poultry Farming- Installed capacity, current production levels, potential of growth and market, and medium and long term goals – as well as it will be discussed strategic topics on the revitalisation of the poultry farming sector and short and medium term actions turned to the national production of eggs and meat”, reads the ANAVI note.

ANAVI also informs that the present production capacity of the sector is of about four million eggs per day and 20,000 tons of chicken meat per year.

Angola

Cuando Cubango – People Urged to Vote in Next Elections – Official

The Deputy Governor for the Political and Social Affairs of the southern Cuando Cubango province, Pedro Camelo, asked… Read more »

Kenya: 19 Dead, Several Injured in Nakuru Road Crash

Photo: Joseph Openda/Nation Media Group

Wreckage of the bus that collided with a truck on May 13, 2017 in Mbaruk along Nakuru-Nairobi highway killing 19.

By Joseph Openda

Nineteen people have died while several have been injured after bus collided with a truck at Mbaruk along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway, Nakuru police commander Hassan Barua says.

The bus, belonging to Highway Sacco, was headed to Busia from Nairobi when the crash happened.

Mr Barua said the driver of the bus was overtaking a truck when he crashed into an oncoming truck.

The driver escaped after the crash, police said.

Fourteen people were admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Nakuru, Shadrack Musau, the nurse in charge said.

More to follow…

Kenya

Tanzania Denies Prying in Kenya’s Politics Ahead of August Elections

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Emotional Reunion As Kaweesi Murder Suspects’ Children Are Released

Photo: Abubaker Lubowa/Daily Monitor

Rejoicing. A resident of Namasengere village receives children who were handed over by police to their parents .

By Stephen Kafeero

Kampala — After weeks of anticipation, the children of Abdul Rashid Mbaziira, one of the 13 suspects in the murder of former police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi and others, were yesterday re-united with their mothers.

The 15 children were picked up after arresting their father and mothers from their home and taken to an undisclosed location. After initially denying, police later explained that the children were taken because their mothers had also been arrested and they (children) would be better off in the care of police instead of staying at home without any adults.

Journalists gathered in the compound of Naggalama Police Station in Mukono District, could only afford a glimpse of a brief but powerful and telling scene of children running to meet one of Mbaziira’s three wives in the open space at the back of the police station.

Police officers led by Moses Binoga, the coordinator of the anti-human trafficking task force in the Internal Affairs ministry chose to hand over the children to their mothers away from the prying media cameras.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, said the police leadership had decided against plans to conduct a DNA test to ascertain the parentage of the children. Earlier reports indicated the Force was going ahead with it.

Tears flowing and evidently overcome by a mixture of grief and excitement, a widow to Mbaziira’s late brother could not let go, a tight embrace with about five children not older than seven as she left the back of the police building following the handover.

The children in separate interviews said they had been treated well by women whom they referred to as “aunt” at an undisclosed children’s home. Police said they could not reveal the place for “security reasons”.

Uganda

Tanzania Denies Prying in Kenya’s Politics Ahead of August Elections

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Government Spends Shs470 Million to Treat Mbabazi Wife

Photo: PPU/Daily Monitor

President Museveni (centre) with the First Lady Janet Museveni chat with the former prime minister and NRM secretary general Amama Mbabazi (file photo).

Government spends Shs470m to treat Jaqueline Mbabazi, the wife to former Prime Minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi who contested and lost in the February 2016 presidential elections.

Meanwhile, police is in the spotlight again for failing to produce a man they arrested 8 years ago after he allegedly injured his neighbour’s pig. He is lost, his family is stranded for 8 years now and police also does not know where he is… … … … you surely cannot miss this story.

In other news, 1,000 houses on Entebbe road to be razed. The UNRA exercise will start from Kibuye roundabout to Entebbe airport and thereafter it will be rolled out to other roads, including Kampala Metropolitan.

Also in our Full Woman magazine, you cannot afford to miss a brief analysis of the December 2016 ACCA exam results that shows that women took the lead, with eight females taking up the top 10 affiliate positions.

And lastly, the Stage is already set for 6th Monitor Farm Clinic.

For details of these and more stories, please grab yourself a copy of the Saturday Monitor where you’ll also find a free sports Magazine (Score). It’s already out. You can also access a copy of our e-paper at https://epaper.monitor.co.ug/

Uganda

Tanzania Denies Prying in Kenya’s Politics Ahead of August Elections

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It’s Onyango Versus Odongkara

Photo: Daily Monitor

Denis Onyango is the first Ugandan athlete to be recognised internationally.

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Kampala — Robert Odongkara has always been in the shadow of Denis Onyango despite tracing the latter’s path from SC Villa to Ethiopia.

Odongkara joined Villa in 2008, three years after Onyango left for Ethiopia’s St. George.

The former moved to the ‘Horn of Africa’ in 2011 retracing the path taken by the Uganda Cranes custodian who left Ethiopia for South Africa in 2006.

Understudy

For a large part of the last 10 years, he has also been his understudy for Uganda Cranes while also getting through drills together under the tutelage of national team goalkeeper Fred Kajoba.

While he often watches Onyango on the bench, Odongkara could get to see his ‘close friend and compatriot’ from about 100 metres away.

Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns start their Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League title defence against his former side St. George at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa today in a Group C encounter.

Hefty prize

AS Vita of Congo and Tunisia’s Esperance complete the group in the expanded 16-team tournament whose winner will pocket US$2.5m (Shs9bn).

Sundowns will be seeking to become only the third side to retain the biggest trophy in Africa club football, a feat only Al Ahly (Egypt) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) have managed twice each.

“It becomes difficult because every time we play out there [in Africa] and now everyone knows what we can do,” Onyango, also Africa’s best local player for 2016, said.

That is a long road ahead as the final doesn’t come until late October.

For now, it’s a tale of two Ugandan goalkeepers with St. George midfielder Yasser Mugerwa being relegated to a side-show role.

“Definitely (I’ll be facing my former club) but there is no room for sentiments,” said Onyango.

“We are all from Uganda, and playing (against) St. George will be emotional but for me it is business as usual at all costs, because they used to be my employers but now I am working at Sundowns.”

April’s finest

This week, Onyango was named ABSA Premiership Player of the month for April. On the contrary, Odongkara is only working his way back to fitness.

“I am still injured but hopefully I will be fit for the encounter (against Sundowns),” Odongkara said. “It will be exciting to play against a close friend and a compatriot.”

Elsewhere, the third Ugandan goalkeeper Salim Jamal was due to play for El Merriekh last night against fellow Sudanese side Al-Hilal Omdurman.

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Uganda

Tanzania Denies Prying in Kenya’s Politics Ahead of August Elections

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Parties Directed to Submit EALA Candidates’ Names

By Samwel Owino

Party leaders have until Thursday to submit nomination papers for the candidates they intend to nominate to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Those who desire to serve in the EALA as independent candidates will also be submitting their nomination papers on the same day at County Hall’s Mini Chamber.

“Considering the strict timelines within which the election process ought to be finalised, I urge the Leaders of the Majority and Minority Parties in the National Assembly to liaise with their Senate counterparts with a view to timeously submit names of their nominees to the Presiding Officers, who are the Clerks of the two Houses of Parliament.

“For clarity, Thursday has been appointed as the nomination day on which Party Leaders will submit nomination papers of their candidates,” reads a notice from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

After presentation of the names, the Presiding Officers will appoint and Gazette the day and venue for elections. The date is not more than fourteen days after the nomination day.

“Joint Committee will consider the nominees and table a Report thereto in both Houses of Parliament,” Speaker Muturi said.

Those eying the EALA nomination through Jubilee are Dr Julius Kones, who lost in the Bomet primaries, and ex-Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has five slots of the available nine.

ODM frontrunners for EALA are National Elections Board chairperson Judith Pareno and Raila Odinga’s long-term think- tank member Abubakar Zein both of whom are seeking a second term and Silas Jakakimba have also applied.

Kenya

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Why Businesses Are Not Taking Political Risk Cover As Kenya, Rwanda Vote

By Njiraini Muchira

As Kenya and Rwanda go to the polls in August, there is an air of optimism among investors in the region that the elections will be largely peaceful, with very few taking up political risk and violence insurance covers.

Pan-African insurer African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) says that only a few investors are considering taking up political risk and political violence covers, compared with 2013 when Kenyans last voted.

The pan-African investment and commercial risk insurance provider recorded a large number of investors in Kenya seeking election-related covers during the last electioneering period in Kenya.

The result of the elections in Kenya is important, as it is the gateway to the landlocked East African states.

“Compared with 2013, we are not getting many inquiries on political cover, because investors feel that the elections will be peaceful,” said George Otieno, ATI chief executive officer.

Increased uptake

In Rwanda, where President Paul Kagame is likely to be re-elected for a third term, ATI, which offers political risk cover to big clients, anticipates a smooth polling process.

Although ATI is recording subdued interest, Kenyan insurance companies offering political violence, terrorism and sabotage covers are recording increase in uptake.

UAP Insurance, Jubilee Insurance and CIC Insurance have all reported significant interest in the cover.

In the bloody 2007 elections aftermath, the three companies paid in excess of $3 million in claims.

Association of Kenya Insurers chief executive officer Tom Gichuhi told The EastAfrican that this being an election year, the industry has seen more companies take up insurance against political violence, considering that some parts of the country have been declared as hotspots.

He noted that chaos was witnessed in some parts of the country during the political party nominations exercise.

He said that many medium-sized companies that were affected by the 2007 post-election violence are leading in safeguarding their businesses.

Peaceful polls

The fact that investors are confident that elections in Kenya will be largely peaceful is positive news not only for the country but also the entire East Africa region.

Indeed, the effects of the 2007/8 post-election violence are still being felt by some traders in the region, and Ugandan and Rwandan businesses have been petitioning Kenya to pay $47.5 million in reparations for business disruption in that period.

Last year, Tanzanian company Modern Holdings East Africa (Masafi) won a $9.2 million compensation case against Kenya Ports Authority for a consignment lost during the violence.

According to a report by Citi Research, the election will be entirely peaceful.

“While the possibility of some violence around the August elections seems possible, notably around closely contested county elections, it should not be overplayed and we think it is unlikely that there will be more widespread unrest,” says the report on East Africa economic prospects 2017.

Foreign direct investment

The elections in Kenya and Rwanda are coming at a time when foreign direct investment inflows in East Africa and economic growth are on a decline, blamed on various shocks.

A report by audit and consulting firm Ernst and Young (E&Y) indicates that FDI inflows into the region significantly plunged last year, with Kenya recording the biggest drop.

E&Y’s Africa Attractiveness Report 2017 shows that last year, Kenya experienced an investment flag after a bumper year in 2015, following a 57.9 per cent decline in FDI projects. Capital investment declined by 55.5 per cent.

The report adds that although there were year-on-year declines in FDI flows into East African markets generally, both Tanzania and Uganda are highly placed, ranking fifth and sixth in attractiveness respectively.

According to John Lentaigne, ATI chief underwriting officer, ATI is projecting a record year in underwriting, owing to the economic turmoil being experienced in the majority of sub-Saharan African nations.

Public debt in most countries has skyrocketed to worrying levels and economic growth, particularly in nations that largely depend on commodities, is expected to be depressed. This has created an environment where demand for insurance cover will be significant.

Profitable trajectory

Demand may also be driven by the tough global regulatory environment, which has made it difficult for international financial institutions to lend to a majority of African countries whose ratings are poor.

“The environment is challenging, but investors still want to chase deals. This will lead to a demand in underwriting,” he said.

He added that in the current environment, ATI’s products are being seen as a valuable tool to enable lenders to venture into Africa, thus allowing governments and corporates to access more affordable financing.

Besides being an investment insurer of last resort, ATI is also providing the comfort for investments amid uncertainties on the continent.

Due to the rising demand for its products, which include off-taker guarantees for energy projects, surety bonds and trade credit insurance, ATI expects to maintain a profitable trajectory after posting a 36 per cent increase in net profit to $6.4 million in 2016, compared with $4.7 in 2015.

ATI attributed its steady profit growth to stronger partnerships with African governments that are increasingly seeing the value it offers in driving growth and development.

“We are increasingly viewed as a strategic partner in Africa helping investors and our member countries attract vital foreign investment,” said Mr Otieno.

He said that ATI’s impact is being felt considering it is insuring investments equivalent to approximately one per cent of member country’s gross domestic product every year, something that is helping in attracting new member countries.

The insurer currently has 13 members, with Côte d’Ivoire being the latest member. In 2016, it insured close to $4 billion worth of trade and investments. In the next five years, ATI hopes to increase its membership to 26, and plans are underway to open a West African hub.

EU Elections Observers and Rwanda’s Presidential Polls

opinionBy Thierry Kevin Gatete

And Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ Luke 23:28

The European Union has announced that it won’t be observing Presidential Elections in Rwanda. I am happy to note that our elections pose no concern to the international community.

I longed for the day that Rwanda would enter a post-political era; The day when people of the world will think of Rwanda and think of business, tourism, culture and African Renaissance, The day when people like me; political analysts and human rights defenders will go out of business. Is that day here?

Say what you will, no African country ever sends observers to European or American electoral processes. The assumption here is that the country being observed is not trusted to autonomously conduct its democratic business in an effective and peaceful manner; that its politicians may call for violence, that the people aren’t politically mature, that the process may trigger public unrest. The presence of observers, therefore, is to warn competing factions that the world is watching; that any of their irresponsible actions will not go unchecked.

Except, at the moment, it is in all likelihood, the observers that need observing, it is their candidates and incumbents that are using hate speech, it is, in their elections that claims of undue influence are emerging, it is in their results that populists are carrying the day; it is in their countries that fascism seems on the rise. So the question as posed by Roman Poet Juvenal in his famous satire VI: ‘Who shall guard the guardians’? Or in this case who shall observe the observers?

Today, it is Africa and no one else, who should have every reason to worry. It is presumably Americans and Europeans that are making decisions that would seem irresponsible from our standpoint. Now, historically when Africans make irresponsible decisions, devastating civil wars occur; sometimes even regional wars; when Europeans and Americans make irresponsible decisions; World Wars occur and push our planet at the brink of destruction…

Explaining why they aren’t sending observers to Rwandan elections, the EU representative remarked: ‘Our thoughts are that there will be no surprises in Rwanda…’ Well Mr. Ryan, we are deeply devastated that this is boring for you, but you see, suspense is good in a fiction thriller; suspense isn’t good in a race, when your money is on one particular racer – usually Lewis Hamilton.

That’s right; there is no suspense in Rwandan elections, because when it comes to our livelihood, we do not leave our odds to chance; I wish I could say the same about Brexit, French elections or Trump’s next move…

But all is not lost, by the Rwandan God sleeping it Ibirunga Mountains, I shall make it up to you! There is a Rayon Sport – APR match coming up! Come with me, I’ll get the tickets so we can ‘Observe’ that together. I swear, I can’t tell who’ll win…

‘This is the end beautiful friend, this is the end my only friend, the end ♩ ♪ ♫’ – The Doors.

Wavinya Ndeti Clinches Wiper Ticket for Machakos Governor

Photo: Paul Waweru/The Nation

Wavinya Ndeti (left) and Peter Mathuki at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on May 5, 2017.

By Stephen Muthini

Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti has won the Machakos County Wiper Party gubernatorial elections again.

Ms Ndeti beat Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala with a landslide garnering 227,947 votes against Mr Kiala’s 4,508 after a rerun that was ordered by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal.

Mr Kiala had challenged the results of an earlier election where Ms Ndeti had won by 299,312 votes against his 4,663 votes.

The results of the Saturday ‘re-match’ were announced by the Wiper Party County Returning Officer Mr Jacob Mutula a few minutes past midnight.

Ms Ndeti was also handed a nomination certificate by party officials led by the elections board Chairperson Prof Agatha Solitei shortly after the announcement at Township Muslim Primary School in Machakos.

HEAVY DOWNPOUR

Residents braved heavy rains that pounded many parts of Machakos County on Saturday morning to cast their votes.

Ms Ndeti led in all the eight constituencies with a wide margin while Mr Kiala only managed above 1000 votes in Machakos Town constituency only.

Announcing the results, Mr Mutula said the elections were the most hurriedly-convened but successfully conducted.

Mr Mutula said there had been no need of a repeat as the results had confirmed the earlier verdict given by the people through the ballot.

He said the party will challenge the ruling of the Tribunal that ordered a rerun notwithstanding the results of Saturday’s exercise.

“We are going to challenge the Tribunal on serious matters of Law, the outcome of this election notwithstanding,” said Mr Mutula adding that the Tribunal had no capacity to interpret an agreement between two political parties as those were internal affairs.

DIRECT TICKET

Ms Ndeti and her running mate Peter Mathuki, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau and Machakos Town constituency Wiper nominee Urbanus Mutisya urged Mr Kiala to work with the winning team.

Ms Ndeti said those who thought she had been favoured by the party by being given a direct nomination had now been proven wrong by the election results.

She promised a bigger win against the incumbent governor Alfred Mutua in the August elections.

“Our people are poorer than before. I will make sure nobody will disrespect the people of Machakos again,” Ms Ndeti promised in her acceptance speech.

Mr Kiala did not respond to our query on whether he had conceded defeat but some of his supporters cried foul saying the elections had a ‘pre-determined’ outcome.

Kenya

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