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Supreme Court to Deliver Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Sam Kiplagat

Supreme Court judges will Wednesday morning read their full judgment stating reasons for the nullification of the August 8 presidential elections.

The court, by a majority of four, nullified the presidential outcome on September 1 on grounds that there were irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

The Judges directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within 60 days, in accordance to Article 140 of the Constitution.

On Wednesday, security personnel have already been deployed around the Supreme Court building to ensure that the proceedings in court are not interrupted.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters demonstrated outside the court, accusing the Judiciary of overturning the peoples will.

PROTESTS

There were also protests in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret.

In their September 1 ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga, agreed with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that there was a mess in the transmission of results. The

Judges, however, absolved President Uhuru Kenyatta from any blame.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagreed stating that Mr Raila Odinga, the petitioner in the case, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

BAD FAITH

Justice Ndung’u said challenges are there in every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The seventh judge, Mohamed Ibrahim, fell sick on the second day of the hearing of the case and did not participate in the final judgment.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Justice Maraga had said.

The Judges said the electoral body failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the constitution.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has set October 17 as the date for the repeat poll, although the opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if a raft of demands they have made are not met.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Poor Batting ‘Cost Kenya’ Victory Against Uganda

By Richard Mwangi

Kenya women’s cricket team manager, Lydia Kaparo, has said mistakes in batting cost the squad a place in Saturday’s final of ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier in Namibia.

Kaparo also said the squad did not play as a unit against Uganda in the second and third-place play-off match. Uganda won the match by three wickets on Friday and qualified to play Zimbabwe in the final at Kenya’s expense. Uganda went on to beat Zimbabwe by three wickets to claim Africa’s only slot in ICC Global Women’s T20 qualifiers.

She said: “My players did not give 100 per cent performance. We had a strong team but batters failed to post defendable figures on the scoreboard. Small mistakes here and there like misfielding, dropped catches and run outs cost us dearly.”

“Even though we lost, I’m happy for Uganda’s victory because at least an East African team has ended Zimbabwe’s domination in the tournament.”

Kenya, who finished third behind Uganda and Zimbabwe, returned home on Monday.

Hosts Namibia settled for fourth position and Tanzania were last.

Uganda caused a major upset when they beat Zimbabwe by three wickets to clinch the solitary position reserved for the continent in the ICC Global Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier, where the two finalists will qualify for the next year’s Women’s World Twenty20 set for West Indies from November 2-25.

Uganda’s team is coached by a Kenyan, Frank Otieno, but he did not travel with the girls to Namibia due to some technicalities on his travel document.

Zimbabwe topped the points table in the group matches and waited for a winner in the play-off for the second and third positions between Kenya and Uganda.

The match between the two East African sides was a thriller. Uganda edged out Kenya with the fifth ball of the allotted 20 overs.

Kenya batted first and scored 89 runs and in reply Uganda reached the target, 90 with the fifth ball of the last over.

In the final between Zimbabwe and Uganda, Zimbabwe scored 99 runs and Uganda reached the target, 100 with three wickets and three balls in hand.

The next biannual ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier will take place in 2019.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Kenyatta Insists Fresh Election Must Be Held Within 60 Days

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said he expects the fresh election to be held within the 60-day period set out in the Constitution after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential poll.

The President also said he expects the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct the poll.

He said no one had the right to impose conditions on the commission before the repeat election, and that threats by the opposition amounted to bullying, intimidation, and rogue politics, which were futile.

President Kenyatta spoke when he received 8,000 delegates from Narok County during an event in which former gubernatorial candidate Patrick ole Ntutu and 10 MCAs pledged full support for his re-election campaign.

UNLAWFUL

“The election must be done within 60 days (of the Supreme Court decision) and two, the election must be conducted by IEBC as required by the Constitution,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai.

Mr Ruto said no one had the authority to interfere with the right of Kenyans to exercise their democratic will. “Our competitors should stop telling us that there will be no election. Who else has powers and authority to tell Kenyans that they cannot exercise their constitutional right?” asked the Deputy President. “We must all follow the law.”

He added: “The opposition used unconstitutional means to remove Samuel Kivuitu from office, a similar method was used to remove Issack Hassan from office and now they want to use unconstitutional means to remove the IEBC secretariat. This will not be allowed.”

The Deputy President said Jubilee accepted the Supreme Court ruling so as to abide by the rule of law but that should not be misconstrued to mean that the party is weak.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Ruling Over Judges’ Conduct

By Sam Kiplagat

The Supreme Court has been asked to overturn a decision it handed down, nullifying the August 8 presidential election over allegations of impropriety against two of its judges.

In an application dated September 19, Prof Michael Wainaina wants the verdict annulled, saying the judgment can no longer be regarded as a majority decision, if it is proved that Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola were in contact with lawyers who represented Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga during the hearing of the presidential petition.

Prof Wainaina, through his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, argued that the integrity of the majority decision cannot stand in light of the allegations of impropriety, possible corruption, and violation of the Judicial Code of Ethics by the two judges.

“It ought to be vacated in toto, neither can it be regarded any more as a majority decision capable of sustenance,” he said.

Mr Kinyanjui said the accusations of unlawful interactions of the two judges with the petitioners and their advocates to influence the outcome of the case creates the impression that justice “was peddled for corrupt and undue influence, and was for sale, and, indeed, was sold”.

The court delivered its judgment on September 1.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Royal Television Closes

By Collins Mwai

Royal Television wrapped up its commercial operations in the country Tuesday, citing low revenues.

According to officials, the television station closed operations yesterday but its radio station will continue operations.

The television station was owned by Mt Kenya University of Kenya.

Royal TV will henceforth serve as a training facility for students from the School of Journalism at Mount Kenya University Kigali, which is also owned by the same proprietor.

The television station was opened early last year after the acquisition of the now defunct Lemigo TV.

Speaking to The New Times, Henry Musisi, the company’s director of corporate media, said that financial constraints due to low revenues were the main the reason for closing shop.

“There have been financial constraints because it has not been making anything anyway,” he said.

He said that the holding company will now concentrate on the core business, which is higher education.

“Effective today we are closing. The television facility will be turned into a training place for the school of journalism. We would like to concentrate on our area of specialty, which is education, and also because of restructuring whereby we are setting up centres of excellence, we thought the TV should be conjoined with the school,” Musisi said.

The development cost over 50 employees their jobs, including journalists, technicians and support staff, he said.

Musisi said that the firm had done enough to invest in quality production which unfortunately was not reflected in revenue returns and profits.

Rwanda

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Rwanda Police Return Three Stolen Vehicles to South African Owners

By Athan Tashobya

Barnard Kobus , a South African farmer in Free State Province lost his Toyota Land Cruiser truck in August 2012. He was in a prayer room with a friend when unknown people came and took away two of the cars that were parked outside, including his.

Five years later, Kobus received a call from the South African Police informing him that his car had been intercepted, in Rwanda.

“When I received a call, I was so happy. I had given up on my car but the police didn’t give up. They did their job very well and I hope my friend’s car will eventually be found as well,” he told The New Times, shortly after being handed the car key to his vehicle at Rwanda Police headquarters in Kacyiru.

He added: “I am a bit sad that it is old but I was very sad when I lost it. I am now happy the police found it and now I know insurance will help me revamp it.”

Kobus’s car is among the three vehicles stolen from South Africa, intercepted in Rwanda and handed back to rightful owners by Rwanda National Police, yesterday.

Since Rwanda adopted the International Police Organization’s – Interpol – I-24/7 communication system two years ago, 38 vehicles-with the last interception happening on Tuesday morning at Akanyaru Border stolen all the way from Mexico -have been recovered, according to police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Peter Karake, the Commissioner for Interpol says that the system has fundamentally changed the way the global law enforcement community works jointly to battle such sophisticated transnational crimes.

“The system gives us access to several criminal databases globally, mainly for stolen motor vehicles, wanted persons and stolen and lost travel documents among others,” Karake said.

Capt. Francois Conradie from the South African Police told The New Times that I-24/7 communication system is huge boost for security operatives in combating transnational crimes.

“This technology is of a very high standard. unfortunately, technology is not always our friend because criminals are always inventing new ways to counter one that is in place but with such collaboration we have seen with Rwanda National Police, we can definitely end transnational crimes,” Conradie said.

Karake said that the system has been installed in all the 13 entry points into the country including Kigali International Airport-and it has played a key role in curbing the number of cross-border and transnational crimes transiting Rwanda.

“Most of the vehicles we intercepted are those transiting our country because of the number plates. Some are going to DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda or Kenya. Very few vehicles are destined for Rwanda. But for the sake of international corporation, we have to act and that is what we agreed to fight cross-border and transnational crimes.

“Mostly we get these vehicles from drivers who are oblivious to the crime because initial sellers are difficult to catch. We are slowly but surely combating transnational crimes and we ask the public to be vigilant about such crimes” Karake added.

Besides Kobus’s truck, two other cars; a Range Rover Sport and a Toyota Fortuner were handed over to South African owners.

The Fortuner was handed to its owner, South African national Peter Cawood while the Range Rover was collected by the South African police on behalf of the owner.

V-Ball – Mutabazi Set for Trials in Greece

By Peter Kamasa

Rwanda international Yves Mutabazi is set to travel for professional trials with Greece volleyball league side Iraklis Halkida VBC.

The sensational left-attacker has been with Sammy Mulinge’s APR volleyball club since 2012 after crossing from Huye-based GSO Butare. The 22-year-old travelled to Greece on Tuesday.

During his send off ceremony, APR head coach Sammy Mulinge thanked Mutabazi for being a valuable member of the team.

“We cherish your contribution for the time you have been with the club. The players, coaches and the entire management wish you all the best in your new endeavours,” Mulinge said.

Mutabazi has left the club ahead of the Carre d’AS which is set to kick off on September 30.

Although the club will miss Mutabazi’s skills, Mulinge said he is not under any pressure, having bagged the Genocide Memorial and KAVC memorial titles. APR will play against Kirehe while Gisagara meet IPRC South in Carre d’As tournament.

The former, U17, U20 and U23 youngster, Mutabazi was named the MVP during the Genocide Memorial Tournament, and the KAVC memorial tournament in Uganda, Kampala.

Mutabazi is expected to return in three weeks to join the national team, which is preparing for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for October 20-30 in Egypt.

Rwanda

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Tekno and Eazi Show Didn’t Live Up to Hype

By Andrew Kaggwa

The Tekno Miles and Mr Eazi concert that took place at Lugogo Cricket Oval on Friday was one of the most anticipated concerts this year.

From the way it was initially launched to the final press conference, the organisers, Talent Africa, alongside their sponsors, Bell Lager, promised heaven in a concert.

And you couldn’t blame them. Tekno, born Augustine Miles Kelechi, is one of the most exciting artistes from Nigeria at the moment, receiving a wide rotation of at least one of every twenty songs played off channels like MTV Base, Trace TV, Hip TV, Sound City and Afro Music, among others.

Since the release of his debut single, Holiday, in 2013, Tekno has slowly been a rising star in Nigeria. But for the rest of Africa, many started following the skinny artiste after the release of songs like Duro, Pana and Diana, among others.

Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade alias Mr Eazi, on the other hand, is a Ghana-based Nigerian artiste who pioneered Banku music, a fusion sound of Ghanaian bounces, highlife and Nigerian chord progression and patterns.

Much as he too has been around since 2013, it’s only after the release of his Skin Tight that he received international acclaim, later signing on with Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment.

The two artistes have taken Africa by storm in the past year and to imagine a cocktail of them both was expected to be nothing less than the party of the year.

Much as the audience was cheering the list of curtain raiser acts that included Ykee Benda and Cindy, the energy was set to die with the appearance of the night’s hosts, Mc Kats and Anita Fabiola, who were not cut for the job.

Fabiola lacked the mettle to excite the crowd. She struggled to keep up with Mc Kats and it only got worse when he left her to do the rest of the job by herself.

You can imagine the looks on the producers’ faces after she announced Bebe Cool as the next performer yet he had been lined up as a surprise act!

Silk Events’ sound system couldn’t save the day, either. After being tremendous for half of the show, things just got messed up with some of the speakers going off during Mr Eazi’s performance and barely recovering.

With songs like Skin Tight, Dance For Me and Leg Over, he and the band got the audience dancing, but in bits. Being a new artiste on the scene, he lacked a catalogue to keep such an audience entertained all through.

Tekno, on the other hand, having had a slew of club bangers like Pana, Go, Diana and Yawa, could have owned the night.

Coming from a bad performance in Kenya just a week back, the artiste could have managed to get East Africa trust him even more, thanks to his stage presence.

However, performance lacked the feel. It’s like he was there just to finish the job and leave, as he kept signaling his DJ and band, ‘next song’ even before the crowd screams were down. The show ended a few minutes to midnight with Fabiola letting the crowd down once more – intentionally.

“Do you still need more of Tekno? I am sorry that can’t happen!”

Tanzania: MP Wants Mining Company to Pay District U.S.$190 Million

Photo: Daily Monitor

Member of Parliament for Msalala, Ezekiel Maige

By By Mnaku Mbani

Member of Parliament for Msalala, Ezekiel Maige (CCM) wants the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine to pay Msalala District Council a total of Sh425 billion in unpaid service levy.

Speaking to the Citizen in a telephone interview on Tueday, September 19, Mr Maige said the amount is in accordance with the estimates made by the Presidential Committee on minerals, headed by Prof Nehemiah Osoro.

“The company started to pay the service levy in 2015 using an old formula of $200,000 flat rate per year instead of 0.3 per cent of the gross revenue of the company,” he said.

He said the recent report which indicates that Acacia paid $11 million to Msalala District Council was not true. He said he was not aware when the amount was paid.

The former minister for Tourism said since the company started its operation in 1998, the economic dividends gained from mining activities were not equivalent of what was harvested.

“My people are among of the victims of bad investment policies that have been implemented in Tanzania over the last two decades,” he said.

Mr Maige is in the view that the existence of the gold mine at the district has not benefited the people as many of them were evicted from their areas without proper compensation.

It is estimated that about 200,000 people were removed from the current Bulyanhulu Mine site in 1998 without compensation.

He said seven in ten people in Msalala District were happy by the decision of the government to revisit gold business transactions in Tanzania and only three out of ten are unhappy with the decision.

He said even employment at the mining areas did not consider local residents and all of their goods and services needs were outsourced outside the district.

Tanzania

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MPs Scuffle As Debate Rages Over Lifting of Presidential Age Limit

Photo: Solomon Arinaitwe/Daily Monitor

Police officers intervene in the fight between Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku and Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, one of the MPs supporting the lifting of presidential age limit.

By Monitor Reporter

As the debate on the contentious planned lifting of the presidential age limit escalate, some politicians have decided to settle their differences physically.

Ayivu County MP, Mr Bernard Atiku was on Tuesday spotted scuffling with Arua Municipality MP, Mr Ibrahim Abiriga, one of the MPs supporting the lifting of presidential age-limit.

When contacted, Mr Atiku said the scuffle ensued after Mr Abiriga accused him of hiring youth to attack him (Abiriga) during the Saturday football match between Onduparaka and Maroons FC in Luzira.

“I was walking out of Parliament to pick some documents in my car and I found Abiriga standing with a group of journalists on the steps of Parliament. Then Hon. [David] Abala (Ngora County) stopped me to inquire about some information. As I was talking to him, I heard Abiriga abusing me. Then as I moved closer to ask what he was saying, Abiriga started abusing me that I’m a stupid fellow and a fool,” he said.

Mr Atiku said: “He (Abiriga) claims that I bought youth to abuse him during the game of Onduparaka and Maroons FC in Luzira. When I tried to explain to Abiriga that I was not at the game on Saturday, he insisted that I was there as attacked me. I pushed him away and that’s when police moved in to separate us.”

By the time of filing this story, Mr Abiriga could not be reached for a comment as his known telephone numbers were off.

Meanwhile, Parliament will discuss a motion on the presidential age limit on Thursday.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, says he received a notice from a Member of Parliament requesting to present a motion to the House to make some recommendations to government on the presidential age limit.

Mr Oulanyah says he spoke to the speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga on Monday morning on the motion and received a copy of the motion the same day in the evening signed by three legislators. He says a second notice of motion was presented to the Speaker from another member of the House on Wednesday morning.

However, Mr Oualnyah says all the motions relating to the age limit debate will not come to the floor of Parliament until when he meets the Speaker to discuss the notices on Thursday morning.

He says if need be, the Business Committee will be given time to meet and handle the matter.

Speaker Oulanyah, however, says the motions will be included on the order paper if it is decided by the authority of the speaker. He cautions legislators against exciting the public on the matter.

Last week, about 240 MPs aligned to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party endorsed a proposal to repeal Article 102 (b), which restricts the presidential age to be between 35 and 75 years.

The move is allegedly aimed at paving way for President Museveni to seek another term of office since he will be above 75 years in 2021.

On Friday, Cabinet also endorsed a proposal by the Igara West MP, Mr Raphael Magyezi to table a private member’s bill on the floor of Parliament on the matter.

The debate on the presidential age limit has raised concern across the country leading to protests by a section of Ugandans against the proposed amendment.

On Monday, police picked up 14 youth activists belonging to group dubbed “The Alternative” for staging protests against the proposal.

Police have also summoned four legislators including Mr Muhammad Nsereko, Mr Barnabas Tinkasimire, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo and Mr Allan Ssewanyana, some of the legislators opposed to the lifting of age limit, for allegedly inciting violence.

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