Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi is considered “a well- choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya,” according to a statement released Wednesday. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said full investigations into Odinga and his Nasa “co-conspirators and facilitators” are…

Kenya cries foul over EU election observer report

Kenya remains deeply divided following the contentious 2017 elections, according to a report from the European Union’s chief elections observer released Wednesday – a report that created some division of its own as Kenyan officials objected to the EU decision to make it public. “Kenyans went from high hopes for…

Kenyatta accepts victory in Kenya’s disputed presidential election

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner in Kenya’s highly contentious second election, and has accepted the again-disputed result he said is nonetheless a vindication for Kenyans and “a revalidation of their general will.” The results announced Monday followed a legal case initiated by opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the…

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya’s electoral commission says it has received official word from political opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa party confirming their intent to withdraw from the October 26 elections that followed the unprecedented overturning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August. The letter sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries…

New protests in tense Kenya as country moves toward elections

In Kenya, street protests ahead of the new presidential elections on October 26 turned violent Friday in Kisumu, one of many locations where authorities have used tear gas while dispersing crowds. Supporters of candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa political opposition party, protesting to demand reforms from the country’s Independent…

Kenya’s chief justice condemns threats over election decision

Amid the contentious political climate in Kenya, the country’s chief justice has issued a remarkable statement defending the role of an independent judiciary – one that ruled to overturn the results of the nation’s August 8 presidential election, and expects to be protected from threats and intimidation. The statement comes…