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Thank You! President Kenyatta Says for Active Participation in Jubilee Primaries

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met and thanked Governors Ken Lusaka, Salim Mvurya, Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai and Hussein Dado for standing with the Jubilee Party and helping in the quest to deepen democracy in the country.

The President was speaking at a meeting at State House, Nairobi that was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto. He commended them for their role in creating a conducive environment for free, fair, transparent and credible Jubilee Party primaries in their areas.

The governors were accompanied by legislators Gideon Mung’aro, Joyce Lay and Dan Mwazo. The three – all former opposition MPs – will contest the August 8 elections on Jubilee tickets.

The President said he appreciated their partnering with the Jubilee Government in its transformative agenda to grow the economy and lift the lives of Kenyans.

Governors Lusaka (Bungoma), Dado (Tana River) and Mvurya (Kwale), and Taita Taveta Senator Mwazo on Friday accompanied the President on his meet-the-people tour of his populous Kiambu home county.

During the tour, the President thanked Jubilee supporters for coming out in large numbers to exercise their democratic rights and to give him a new team to participate in the August polls.

In the primaries, the people have sent a clear message that leaders must prudently manage public resources and deliver efficient services to the electorate if they wanted to retain their elective posts.

Kenya

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Democratic Party Leaders in Luweero Defy Police On Meeting

By Dan Wandera

Luweero — Democratic Party leaders in Luweero District have vowed to defy a police directive stopping the planned meeting for party leaders in the area scheduled to take place at their offices in Wobulenzi Town on Friday.

Mr Erasto Kibirango the Democratic Party Chairman for Luweero District says the police cannot be serious to direct them from holding the meeting simply because an education institute located three miles away is holding a graduation ceremony.

He says such directives indicate that the force has lost its mandate of protecting its citizens and now acts in the interest of some individuals.

“We shall not honor the police directive stopping our planned meeting on Friday. We informed the police in time. We are surprised that the Luweero District Police Commander is referring us to his boss the IGP for clearance,” Mr Kibirango said on Thursday.

He said they have “important matters” to discuss as members of DP in Luweero District.

“There is no law that bars us from inviting the party leaders from other parts of the country which possibly explains the police panicky behavior. We have already informed our party leaders in and outside Luweero to remain vibrant and engage in peaceful party activities,” he said. “We shall defend our constitutional rights to assemble in a peaceful way. We played our part by informing the police and not seeking permission. It’s incumbent upon the police the DPC to inform his boss and not the party officials in Luweero District.”

The Daily Monitor has seen a copy of a police letter addressed to Luweero DP party leader where Mr Paul Wataka the District Party Commander directs DP leaders in Luweero to seek clearance from the office of the IGP.

The same letter states that Friday is not suitable for the planned meeting since the police will be busy at a graduation function for Bukalasa Agriculture College.

In an interview with this reporter, Luweero DPC Mr Wataka confirmed writing a letter to Luweero DP leaders on what they are supposed to do.

“The message is very clear. It is not true that we are partisan as they claim, Mr Wataka said on Thursday.

On Sunday the Police in Masaka District blocked a rally organised by a section of DP leaders in Masaka District.

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President Kenyatta Thanks Governors for Supporting Jubilee

press release

President Uhuru Kenyatta today met and thanked Governors Ken Lusaka, Salim Mvurya, Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai and Hussein Dado for standing with the Jubilee Party and helping in the quest to deepen democracy in the country.

The President was speaking at a meeting at State House, Nairobi, that was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto. He commended them for their role in creating a conducive environment for free, fair, transparent and credible Jubilee Party primaries in their areas.

The Governors were accompanied by legislators Gideon Mung’aro, Joyce Lay and Dan Mwazo. The three – all former opposition MPs – will contest the August 8 elections on Jubilee tickets.

The President said he appreciated their partnering with the Jubilee Government in its transformative agenda to grow the economy and lift the lives of Kenyans.

Governors Lusaka (Bungoma), Dado (Tana River) and Mvurya (Kwale), and Taita Taveta Senator Mwazo yesterday accompanied the President on his meet-the-people tour of his populous Kiambu home county where he was received with ecstasy.

During the tour, the President thanked Jubilee supporters for coming out in large numbers to exercise their democratic rights and to give him a new team to participate in the August polls.

In the primaries, the people have sent a clear message that leaders must prudently manage public resources and deliver efficient services to the electorate if they wanted to retain their elective posts.

President Kenyatta called on all leaders who clinched the Jubilee Party’s ticket to give priority to the interests of the electorate, and always focus on areas that will improve the lives of Kenyans.

Kenya

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Sudan: Haemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Feared in Sudan’s Red Sea State

Tokar / El Gedaref / White Nile — Tokar hospital in Sudan’s Red Sea state has received dozens of people complaining of symptoms which some suspect might be haemorrhagic fever, a diagnosis denied by authorities.

A medical source told Radio Dabanga that the hospital received more than 60 patients on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mekki Abdullah Mohammed, the locality’s Commissioner, has acknowledged the emergence of fevers in the area over the past week, but strongly denies it being haemorrhagic fever.

He told Radio Dabanga that a medical team has arrived in the locality and confirmed that “these fevers are normal in the summer, including malaria”.

The Commissioner confirmed that 82 people were infected with these fevers: between seven and 10 infected people are hospitalised every day and discharged after 48 hours.

Cholera

In separate reports, two people died and 10 others were infected with cholera at Shuaib area of El Greisha locality in El Gedaref earlier this week.

A medical source told Radio Dabanga from El Gedaref that the medical isolation centre at Shuaib area has received 16 cases from Friday until Wednesday, two of them died including a woman and a man in front of the grand mosque of the area.

The source pointed out to the discharge of 10 cases who have recovered health from the isolation centre, while four other cases are remaining at Centre 2, which were received on Wednesday

In the White Nile state the death toll due to cholera has risen to five, one woman, one man and three children, this along with the infection of more than 400 people.

A medical source from the health centre of Andalus village said that on Wednesday morning the centre has received 10 new cases all from Jogo and Arafa villages. The source pointed out that eight patients have been hospitalised since Tuesday.

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Bishop Wanjiru to Spend 5 Nights Behind Bars Over Poll Chaos

Photo: Capital FM

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

By Racheal Mburu

Nairobi — Bishop Margret Wanjiru will spend five nights behind bars following a decision by Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi to deny her bail.

This is after the court concurred with the prosecution that Bishop Wanjiru is likely to interfere with potential witnesses who are yet to record statements with investigating officers.

Bishop Wanjiru was charged earlier in the day with two counts of damaging property and creating disturbance.

Wanjiru was accused of wilfully and unlawfully damaging four ballot papers worth Sh30,000 at City Park Market Jubilee Party polling station.

The Woman of God denied creating disturbance by forcefully storming the polling station and disrupting the ongoing process for the Jubilee Party nominations.

Bishop Wanjiru will however be locked up at the Kileleshwa Police Station on medical grounds after her advocate told the court that she is unwell.

But the court directed the church minister to provide medical statements to support her claims, failure to which she will be remanded at the Langata Women’s Prison.

The magistrate said he reached the decision as a measure to stop a repeat of 2007/08 poll violence.

“Stern action has to be taken to avoid a repeat of the elections which were characterised by violence,” he ruled.

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Four Nyeri MPs Thrashed By Newcomers in Jubilee Primaries

Photo: Mwangi Ndirangu/Nation

Voters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries.

By Irene Mugo, Mwanaidi Bakari, Joseph Wangui and Ken Kimanthi

Nyeri voters have kicked out four of the six MPs in the just concluded Jubilee nominations, results trickling in show.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Mathira’s Peter Weru, Mukurwe-ini’s Kabando wa Kabando and Othaya MP Mary Wambui were beaten by newcomers in what looks like a new political wind blowing across the region.

In Tetu, the race is neck to neck between incumbent Ndung’u Gethenji and lawyer Gichuhi Mwangi.

The only MP who has a comfortable lead in the ongoing tally is Kieni’s Kanini Kega.

In the parliamentary seat incumbent Peter Weru who quit the party a day to the primaries garnered only 805 votes in 108 polling stations after the tally.

Nyeri former governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua carried the day after garnering 29,215 votes. His closest rival Wambura wa Maranga came in a close second with 25,737 votes.

Second time parliamentary aspirant Cathy Irungu suffered the biggest loss scoring only 623 votes.

All incumbent MCAs in the constituency were thrashed in the primaries by newcomers.

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Former director of political affairs in Raila Odinga’s 2013 presidential campaign secretariat Ngunjiri Wambugu has clinched the Jubilee ticket for Nyeri Town MP.Mr Wambugu garnered 17,517 votes against the incumbent’s Esther Murugi 11,143 votes.Mr Wambugu shed off the opposition tag, which his opponents were riding on and hailed the primaries as credible said he would now focus his energy on campaigning for president Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.”I am now extending a hand of friendship to my colleagues and most importantly, we campaign for President Kenyatta,” he said after he was announced winner in Nyeri town.He promised to make Nyeri town better for the residents. Ms Murugi was eyeing a third term in the national assembly and had made history by being re-elected in a constituency that has distinguished itself for handing legislators only one term to serve. The MP was first elected to Parliament in 2007 on a Party of National Unity ticket.Mr Duncan Mathenge, who served as the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s political adviser also lost.Mr Mathenge contested unsuccessfully in 2013 on a Grand National Union party but lost to Ms Murugi.Othaya MP Mary Wambui has lost Jubilee Party ticket to Gichuki Mugambi, her fiercest rival since the last General Election.Ms Wambui garnered 12,524 votes against Mr Mugambi’s 20,228 votes while educationist Ndirangu Gachunia secured a distant third position with 1,169 votes.In the last elections, retired President Mwai Kibaki campaigned for Mr Mugambi’s election on Sabasaba Asili Party but lost to Ms Wambui who was in TNA party.He was a close ally to the retired President as he was the chairman of Othaya Development association (ODA) which was spearheading development projects in the constituency during Kibaki’s tenure as President.Mr Mugambi will now battle for the parliamentary seat with Nairobi-based lawyer Peter King’ara of Democratic Party (DP).Meanwhile, Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando conceded an early defeat in the polls to a Nairobi lawyer Anthony Gathiaka Kiai.”Key indicators compel a gracious concession. Congrats Mr A.G Kiai for winning Jubilee ticket 2017. It has been a pleasure serving you for the past nine years as your MP,” Mr Kabando said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page.The two-term MP attributed his loss to misread of political weather and been so confident.”I was so confident of a triumphing. I misread the political temperatures. I’m now rededicating my focus and energy to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said the MP.

Editors Condemn Attacks On Reporters, CUF Leaders

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) has strongly condemned an attack on journalists and CUF leaders, who are loyal to the opposition party’s Secretary-General Seif Shariff Hamad at a press conference last week.

In a statement released to the media yesterday, which was signed by TEF Chairman Theofil Makunga, the TEF wants the embattled CUF chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, to come out and explain whether the attackers were affiliated to his camp.

TEF said preliminary investigation showed that the attackers were affiliated to Prof Lipumba’s faction.

This was substantiated by a move by Mr Abdul Kambaya, the party’s publicity and ideology chairman allied to Prof Lipumba faction, who told the media that one of the attackers, who was arrested by the police was from their camp.

Mr Makunga told the media yesterday that TEF’s attempt to reach Prof Lipumba proved futile, while Mr Hamad had written to TEF to condemn the attack.

The TEF boss also reminded journalists to be careful, while on duty.

“We’re disappointed that some journalists from various media houses were barred from attending a press conference hosted by Mr Kambaya on Tuesday. We urge reporters to be careful when reporting CUF meetings,” said Mr Makunga.

Several journalists, who include Ms Kalunde Jamal from Mwananchi Communications Limited, sustained minor injuries following the Saturday attack.

A group of unidentified men invaded a meeting hosted by CUF Kinondoni District chairman Juma Nkumbi and attacked CUF leaders and reporters.

Prof Lipumba and Mr Hamad are currently embroiled in a power struggle that has been going on for almost a year. The crisis began after Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, who had resigned as chairman ahead of the 2015 General Election, decided to rescind his decision.

In August, a fight broke out during an extraordinary national congress that had been called to elect the new chairman. Although he was not a delegate to the meeting, Prof Lipumba forced his way in to the meeting. That did not help to stop the majority of delegates to vote in confirmation of his resignation. As expected, his supporters were angry. Chaos ensued.

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BlogBy John Walubengo

The ongoing primaries in both opposition and ruling parties have left a lot to be desired.

Candidates, voters, organisers and the political leadership are all blaming each other for what is simply an exercise that should have been well executed – had technology been allowed to play its role.

The opposition party ride on the excuse that they lack resources to spend on technology but the ruling party would find it hard to explain why they never deployed technology in their primaries.

Indeed Jubilee party had started off well by announcing their now widely-publicised ‘smart-card’ solution for registering party members and subsequently for validating the voters during the primaries.

Along the way, this plan to use technology was abandoned to give way to what politicians thrive on – manual operations – with their inherent problems.

That means simple questions, like who should vote in the primaries, suddenly become impossible to answer since political parties find themselves in the same situation they repeatedly accuse IEBC of – having multiple registers without knowing which one is comprehensive and complete.

Whereas the Registrar of Political Parties may have lists of who belongs to which party submitted by the parties themselves, very few parties believe in their own submissions.

Most political party registers were submitted to meet legal requirements rather than provide for a comprehensive list of bona-fide party members, meaning that whatever list was submitted might not be have been too useful in party primaries.

This is why many citizens were surprised to find that they belonged to parties they never imagined existed when they logged onto the registrar of political parties confirmation site.

FLUID NATURE

It has since been shut down to either sort out the lists or as a way of managing the complaints, but that is a story for another day.

For now, it is clear the political parties do not know whether to use the 2013 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) register, the 2016 IEBC register, their legal but incomplete political party register or a mixture of all the above to validate who should be taking part in their party primaries.

That is sad, given that technology to invite, validate and register party members through mobile, web or physical means is widely available and well established.

Why then would political parties not embrace such technologies? Could it be that this technology would shine a sharp transparent light on the electoral process and drastically reduce the opportunities party leadership exploits in selecting, rather than electing, their preferred candidates?

Put differently, is the opaqueness and the fluid nature of party membership lists deliberate in order to provide the necessary fertile ground for voter manipulation and rigging?

Lack of a substantive voter or party register accords any one with sufficient resources to proceed to publish their own ‘local’ versions of party lists, ballot papers, party agents amongst others – given that that no one has the single source of truth about all these electoral items.

Additionally, there is no reliable mechanisms to independently verify or crosscheck who voted or who did not, given that voter identification mechanisms that rely only on national IDs or party IDs is not sufficient to address the notorious ballot-stuffing ‘attack’.

The probability of ghosts waking up to vote in Busia or in Kirinyaga becomes real in such circumstances, made possible by manual processes, and this after Kriegler and several other reports repeatedly informed us that it is very difficult to know who wins elections in the absence of electronic tools that can provide verification mechanisms through reliable audit trails.

REWARD PARTIES

Political parties have, therefore, failed the technology test within their primaries and now lack the moral authority to insist that IEBC use technology to deliver a credible general election this August.

In any case, IEBC already has an escape route from having to use technology, by virtue of the amendment clause of the Elections 2016 Act which allows them to use some yet to be defined ‘complimentary system’ to replace technology in the event of failure.

It is scary but we can say that the use, or better still, lack of technology in the primaries maybe a prelude of what the country should expect come the August 8 general election. Is it possible to make technology use mandatory for the political class?

Having technology in our legal statutes is a start, but was obviously not sufficient, given that laws can be changed at the whim of the same political class.

The best way is for voters to reward parties that show increased transparency through technology, while punishing those that do not.

If you feel your party candidate was a product of a flawed, manual process, you will still have a chance in August to vote for the candidate of you choice -if they presented themselves as independent candidates.

Eventually, political parties will get the message that transparency, powered by technology in the electoral process pays, while opaqueness powered by manual processes is expensive and futile.

Mr Walubengo is a lecturer at the Multimedia University of Kenya, Faculty of Computing and IT.

Namibia: Home Affairs Encourages Child-Naming Before Birth

By Nuusita Ashipala

Eenyama — Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has urged parents, particularly fathers, to name their babies before they are born to enable delivering mothers to register their children at birth.

The pre-birth naming is also necessary to ensure that absent fathers do not hinder babies from being registered at birth and subsequently deny them a chance of acquiring national documents.

“All newborn babies should be registered before birth, so they get birth certificates immediately after birth,” Iivula-Ithana said.

Speaking at the Swapo Party’s 57th celebration at Eenyama in Ohangwena Region recently, she said the ministry is aware of the difficulties some individuals encounter in acquiring national documents, but the minister encouraged them to take up the responsibility of acquiring national documents.

The minister further said the Bill on the conferment of Namibian citizenship on Angolans residing in Namibia from 1978 to 1989 is in the pipeline. Equally, the ministry is also busy with the Uniform Matrimonial Regime Bill, which aims to unify the marital regime in the country.

“Currently, marriages beyond the Red Line fall under a different marital regime, which we aim to remove so that we will only have once civil marital regime,” Iivula-Ithana said.

Further, the minister encouraged the community to desist from creating a permanent culture of dependency on drought-aid from government.

“From here, the community drought relief [dependency] must be kicked in the butt. We are a community known as hard workers and this culture must be maintained, as our inheritance from our forebears,” Iivula-Ithana said.

With the good rains this year, Iivula-Ithana noted that some farmers have worked for a bumper harvest, but was disappointed to see that some crop fields are still untilled.

Iivula-Ithana also said government is deeply concerned about patterns of gender-based violence in the country and appealed to citizenry to inculcate a culture of peace, love and respect for one another.

“That is the only way we build a strong united nation in the Land of the Brave,” she said.

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Campaign Poster Row Ends in Deadly Knife Attack

By Stella Cherono

One person has died and another seriously injured after being stabbed by supporters of a parliamentary aspirant in Pangani, Nairobi.

The two were posting campaign posters on a wall near the Pangani Girls High School Wednesday morning when a group affiliated to another aspirant attacked them.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said the two were stabbed using a knife and while they were crossing the road to escape from the attackers, one of them was knocked by a car and was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

However, Mr Koome said a post-mortem will be conducted to ascertain whether the death was caused by the stabbing or the knocking down by the car.

He said police have been directed to be vigilant and prevent youth from campaigning during the nominations as it is illegal.

The other victim of the attack is being treated in hospital.

Kenya

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