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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

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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

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Nigeria: Nurses, Midvives, Other Health Workers to Commence Strike

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Wednesday.

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike on Tuesday.

According to a statement signed by the National President of NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniji, all nurses and midwives in all federal health institutions are to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday.

Mr. Adeniji said the association is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.

The strike is coming barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike.

The healtht workers had earlier threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action that would shut down operations in public hospitals due to the prolonged delay by the federal government in meeting their demands.

Their demands include payment of arrears of specialist allowances and upgrade of their members due for promotion.

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had pleaded with the leadership of JOHESU, not to embark on its planned industrial action.

Mr. Adewole said that the government would continue negotiation with the union and hoped that a consensus would be reached on the issues in contention.

JOHESU comprises all the other professional groups in the health sector and forms about 95 percent of health workers and health care providers in Nigeria.

Nigeria

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Tanzania: Former Minister Speaks About Accident That Claimed Relatives

Photo: Daily Monitor

Gregory Teu

By By John Namkwahe

Former deputy minister for finance Gregory Teu, whose relatives perished in a road accident in Masaka, Uganda, spoke about the loss of family members.

Mr Teu said he learnt the sad news, when he and his wife landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

Mr Teu revealed that after a wedding ceremony which was held on Saturday, Sept 16 in Kampala-Uganda, he and his wife boarded the plane from Uganda to Dar es salaam via Nairobi while the rest left Uganda for Dar es salaam by a mini-bus on Sunday at around 4 PM.

“We left Uganda for Dar es Salaam by the plane at midnight and landed at JNIA at around 2 AM.” Adding “After landing at the Airport, I received the call from Uganda, informing about the deaths, we were very shocked and saddened by the reports.”

The 13 Tanzanians who on Saturday killed in a road accident in Uganda will be buried in Dodoma and Kilimanjaro regions.

This was revealed by the former Deputy Minister of Finance and Mpwapwa constituency MP Mr Gregory Teu when he spoke to journalists at his residence in Kaunda Drive street in Osysterbay on Tuesday, Sept 19.

Mr Teu noted the deceased bodies have been transferred from Kampala-Uganda to Dar es salaam- Tanzania today on Wednesday by a plane in which the deceased bodies will be received at Julius Nyerere International Airport today at around 8:40 PM.

“After receiving the bodies, we will keep them at Lugalo hospital where the final prayers for the deceased will be conducted in the hospital tomorrow on Thursday,” he said.

He added “On same day, we will transfer the bodies to Mpwapwa in Dodoma and Moshi in Kilimanjaro for funeral,”

Seven deceased bodies killed in a road accident are relatives of Mr Teu while the remaining six are relatives of the former Deputy Minister ‘s wife, Mrs Teu, confirmed Mr Teu.

“Funeral procedures will take place in Mpwapwa -Dodoma on Thursday where the six deceased bodies whom are my relatives will be buried there and on same day we will travel to Moshi -Kilimanjaro to attend another funeral procedure for the remaining seven, my wife ‘s relatives, ” he said.

He also noted that the six survivors of the accident will continue to receive medical treatment in Uganda, saying they will return to Tanzania after they fully recover from injuries they sustained in the accident.

“The survivors have been hospitalized in the hospital in Kampala-Uganda where they receive treatment,” he said.

Adding “One out of six survivors are my relatives while two are my wife’s relative and two survivors are my wife’s close friends,”

Mr Teu further thanked the fifth phase government under President John Magufuli administration and the government of Uganda for their support they have shown to his family during this difficult time.

“I thank the governments of Tanzania and Uganda for the support. Ugandan government funded the flight costs while Tanzanian government has provided us with two buses which we will use for transporting the deceased bodies from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma and Kilimanjaro for funeral procedures, ” he said.

Kenyan Judiciary On the Defence

By Charles Omondi

Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has defended itself against sustained attacks by the political leaders and their supporters.

Addressing a live television press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, Chief Justice and JSC President David Maraga said members of his team were ready to pay the ultimate price in the defence of the rule of law.

Judge Maraga re-affirmed the independence of the Judiciary and the commitment of the members to the execution of their mandate.

Act on threats

He expressed dismay that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Joseph Boinet, had failed to act on threats to the lives of the judicial officers.

The Judiciary has come under sustained attacks by the ruling Jubilee coalition leaders and their supporters since the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 re-election.

Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee supporters held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, accusing the country’s top court of “stealing their victory”.

Paralysed transport

Waving placards, the demonstrators, mostly youth, accused the judges of rendering an illegal judgment.

Other demonstrations were also held in the Jubilee in central Kenya and the Rift Valley, the respective homes of President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The demonstrators paralysed transport on sections of Kenya’s main artery from Nairobi and the border with Uganda.

Kenya

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Sudan: Cholera Deaths in Central, South Darfur Camps

Nierteti / Nyala — One person died of cholera, while two others were taken to the isolation centre in Nierteti Hospital in Central Darfur on Monday. Another person died in a camp near Nyala.

On Monday, a medical source in Nierteti Hospital told Radio Dabanga that the number of hospitalised cases at the isolation centre was 13 people.

A displaced person succumbed to cholera at El Salam camp, south of Nyala. Four others were taken to the cholera medical isolation centre in the capital city of South Darfur.

Yesterday in an interview with Radio Dabanga, sheikhs and volunteers in the anti-cholera campaign expressed their concerns about an increase in the number of cholera cases after rains hit the camp.

The camp sheikhs and volunteers appealed via Radio Dabanga to the World Health Organisation to intervene to relieve their suffering.

Some residents of Salam camp expressed surprise at President Omar Al Bashir’s announced visit to camp Kalma in light of the complexities of the current situation; the camp is one of the worst affected and hardest-hit bu Cholera in South Darfur. Last weekend, displaced people in Gireida in South Darfur voiced their rejection of the expected visit.

According to the Information Minister of West Darfur, President Al Bashir will visit Darfur this week to officially open the new road between the state capital of El Geneina and Adri in Chad on Tuesday. He will also open 25 health centres, new buildings of the Central Bank branch in El Geneina, the Sultan Bahreldin Museum, and the El Geneina Football Stadium.

Sudan

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Gambia: Work Advances On Trans-Gambia Bridge

Work on the Trans-Gambia’s bridge is in progress as most of the Concrete pillars that are to serve as the foot for the bridge, are near completion.

However, there are still some more pillars to be built as observed by this reporter on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Readers would recall that in March this year, Foroyaa reported that the Trans-Gambia Highway is one of the most important roads in the country, connecting not only the northern and southern parts of the Gambia, but also linking the whole sub region. The highway is economically important both for the Gambia and Senegal.

Hence, the bridge is meant to facilitate rapid transportation of goods and services if the complaints of commuters and drivers regarding the long delays at the ferry crossing point, is anything to go by.

Samba Diop, a Senegalese commuter said if completed, the bridge will ensure the smooth, easy and rapid movement of people and goods; that the long delay experienced by motorist and passengers that is causing huge economic losses to both countries, will be a thing of the past. Mr. Diop asserted that he crosses every week as a business person, to get and move goods from southern Senegal to the North.

Readers will also recall that the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the bridge, was done by the former Vice President under the then Jammeh administration, Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence anniversary. The occasion was also graced by Mr. Mohammed Bun Abdallah Dionne, the current Prime Minister of the sister Republic of Senegal.

The official signing of the contract for the construction of the bridge, was done on the 11thof November 2014 and the duration for the construction was expected to last 36 months.

The bridge project as at the time of signing of the contract, was financed by the African Development Fund (ADF). When completed, the bridge aims to reinforce the economic cooperation and integration between the Gambia, Senegal and the ECOWAS community as a whole.

Gambia

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Supreme Court to Make Full Judgement on Poll Petition Case

By Sam Kiplagat

The Supreme Court will tomorrow issue the full judgment on the petition that led to the nullification of the August 8 presidential election.

In a notification on Tuesday, lawyers representing various parties in the case were informed that the decision would be delivered from 10am.

FRESH POLL

In a majority decision, the court nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

Chief Justice David Maraga, DCJ Philomena Mwilu, Justices Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola nullified the presidential election on September 1 and ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a fresh poll within 60 days as per the Constitution.

The IEBC has already set October 17 as the date of the repeat poll but uncertainty is mounting on the date.

PETITIONS

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has said there will be no repeat election unless some changes are made at the commission.

At the Supreme Court, two judges — Justices JB Ojwang and Njoki Ndungu— dissented the petition filed by Nasa leader Raila Odinga and will also render their opinions tomorrow.

According to Mr Odinga’s petition, the poll conducted by IEBC failed to meet the threshold set in the Constitution, the Elections Act and other election laws.

The judgment will be rendered amid petitions seeking the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga, his Deputy Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola.

Kenya

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You Stole Our Victory, Jubilee Supporters Tell Supreme Court

By Sam Kiplagat

Hundreds of Jubilee supporters have held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court accusing the country’s top court of “stealing their victory”.

Waving placards, the demonstrators, mostly youth accused the judges of rendering an illegal judgment.

They said the court should have ordered for a recount of the votes following a petition filed by the Nasa coalition after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the August 8 election.

The demo was held as Kenyans await the full judgment of the court.

It also comes amid petitions filed at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking the removal of judges Philomena Mwilu (Deputy Chief Justice) and Isaac Lenaola.

JSC members were also meeting at the Supreme Court amid the petitions.

The demonstrators had earlier converged at Uhuru Park.

They were shouting “Maraga must go” and “Uhuru mpaka 2022”.

Kenya

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Evictee Complaints Blamed On Unjust Hopes

By Bernard Lugongo

UNJUSTIFIABLY high expectations are the reason behind complaints by people evicted to pave the way for execution of development projects, the government explained yesterday.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Dr Moses Kusiluka, said many evictees were nursing high compensation expectations as a result of increased awareness or wealth pursuit.

Dr Kusiluka was speaking to the ‘Daily News’ ahead of compensation to people who will vacate their lands for the construction of the Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline.

The 1,445-kilometre pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania will stretch through Tanzania’s eight regions – Kigoma, Geita, Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Manyara and Tanga.

A June unveiled report, ‘Balancing Infrastructure Development and Community Livelihoods,’ highlights some key findings from the execution of Mtwara- Dar es Salaam gas pipeline.

According to the Oxfam Tanzania and HakiRasilimali organisation compiled report, the communities affected by the gas project were dissatisfied on the compensations.

But, in an interview, Dr Kusiluka stated that the law applied in the valuation and compensation, saying the Land Acquisition Act of 1967 and the Land Law of 1999 provide for full, fair and prompt compensation to all evictees.

And the land policy also states that compensation for land acquired in public interest will base on opportunity cost concept, with valuation considering market prices, disturbances and transport, among others.

“The law is clear that if compensation is delayed, interest will be charged and has always been adhered to,” said Dr Kusiluka.

Speaking at the oil pipeline foundation stone laying, President John Magufuli declared that all people who deserve compensation will be fully paid, saying the land had already been surveyed and satellite photos taken to identify the areas for compensation.

Dr Magufuli categorically warned people who have started setting up infrastructure on the already surveyed land, saying payment will base on the status of the land during the survey.

Tanzania

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