OCTOBER 17th, 2017 Kenya Elections Rerun

The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission finally gave October 17th as the date for the rerun of the 2017 elections. The date lies within the time within which the commission was to prepare for the rerun

The supreme court of Kenya nullified August 8th elections after a successful petition by the opposition candidate Raila Odinga.The Commission, however, said in a statement that the election would be between incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

The Commission, however, said in a statement that the election would be between incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

The highest court had given IEBC 60 days to prepare fresh presidential elections. However, education cabinet secretary asked the IEBC to place the voting day on 17th avoid interference with national examinations.

The Commission, however, said in a statement that the election would be between incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

Election Loosers Join Opposition NASA to Oust IEBC and Ruling Jubilee Party

If you follow gossip websites in Kenya, then you should notice that August 8th election losers are throwing their masses behind the opposition.

This follows successful petition by the National Super Alliance flag bearer Raila Odinga. The Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the results as announced by the IEC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

NASA has publicly stated that they current IEBC as constituted cannot run a free fair and credible election. NASA plans to move to court to oust the current leadership of the commission.

On the other hand, the ruling party insist that the IEBC will conduct the election since it’s the only body mandated by the constitution to run an election in Kenya

Immediate former Meru governor and leader of Party of National Unity Peter Munya was welcomed by NASA principles Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi according to Kahawatungu.

Kitui governor Charity Ngilu has also vowed to ensure that Uhuru Kenyatta does not get votes in her county. Ngilu was Cabinet secretary for Land in Kenyatta’s government before being forced to abandon the position on corruption charges.

It seems however that the re run election will be a fierce battle for control of votes in South Nyanza and Western Kenya.

Analysts, however, see a situation where Raila government has challenges to deliver on its agenda in a parliament that is controlled by Uhuru’s Part Jubilee.

Politics in Kenya is known to polarise the country along ethnic lines with communities voting for leaders from their backgrounds regardless of the agenda they have.

How A Tropical Storm Harvey in Kenya Would Be

If the tropical storm Harvey hit Kenya today the destruction will be insurmountable. Thousands of children will drown as their parents and police watch, leave alone destruction of the poorly constructed residential neighbourhood. Opportunists (lovely name looters) full of dissipated behaviour will likely take advantage and break into businesses not even aware of the disaster that looms.

The thought of a tropical storm, not a hurricane, gives me goosebumps. The president will likely give a state of the nation address and show remorse for the dissolute families that would be displaced. Perhaps few millions of shillings will be set aside to at least feed the affected for a day. Or two. It is disheartening that in Africa, there is less regard for life. In 2007, after the disputed elections in Kenya, over a thousand people died. Thousand others were displaced and lost their livelihoods.

The good thing is the events vividly remain in the hearts of many Kenyans. No one wants to walk that lane again. Despite the turn of events in 2007, fewer people lost their lives ten years later. But the numbers significantly reduced which is commendable. However, an election outcome shouldn’t trigger property destruction and loss of life.

Research shows that disasters in Kenya are triggered by the hydrometeorological and environmental process such as those experienced in Budalangi and Ahero. Kenya as a nation is known to be reactive rather than being proactive in disaster preparedness. The leadership care about the voters during electioneering periods otherwise they careless.

Citizens, on the other hand, are a lot more careless than their leaders. Even the good just pass the opportunity to make a change in political leadership.

Its worth noting that responsibility to tackle disasters begins with individuals efforts with the surroundings that they live. Right from managing the homestead to electing to right leadership to the responsibility of the national and county governments. Is Kenya prepared ehen disaster knocks?

Kenyan Media Focus on the Supreme Court Proceedings

The Kenyan Media will interrupt normal programs on TV to focus the Supreme Court proceedings on Saturday 26th August 2017. This is a significant date to Kenya’s electoral process.

The court rooms will likely feature bands of journalists from all Media Houses in Kenya and the world. The case before it has drawn so much attention.

The swearing in of the president elect is on halt until the case has been decided. The decision by the seven judge bench will be final.

Interestingly the case will be starting at 7 pm Kenyan time and probably running the entire week.

There will be no time for resting as this decides the fate of who becomes the most powerful Kenyan in the next seven days.

The opposition band wagon has laid forth a series of allegations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission.

Chief among them is the elections being a sham and full of irregularities. However, the IEBC maintains that the 2017 elections in Kenya were free fair and credible to

Kenya Political Space is Ready for Disruption

The call by the president elect Uhuru Kenyatta to allow Salaries and Remuneration Commission to slash Kenyan MPs is welcome. With both hands. However, the newly elected legislators are ganging up to petition against the move by the commission.

Luckily, the president desire to slash government budget led the president to fully back the SRC while vowing to cripple any move by the MPs, who are yet to be sworn in, to protest against the move.

The most familiar name on twitter is in Kenya is Gladys Wanga. The newly elected MP from Homabay has been vocal about the pay that the incoming legislators will have to bear.

Gathoni wa Muchomba has rescinded on her decision against the Sarah Serem led commission and apologised to her constituents and vowed to abide by what the commission will set as their pay. This follows reports that her move had angered Kiambu residents whom she is supposed to represent in Parliament.

Famed investigative journalist Mohammed Ali ran on an independent ticket with limited resource and still clinched Nyali parliamentary seat. However, Boniface Mwangi was floored and conceded defeat after the cash backed Musician Charles Njagua won Starehe seat.

The political space in Kenya has been a reserve for deep-pocketed lawyers and filthy rich business people. The trend seems to change with more Kenyans joining in to challenge political party backed candidates.

The government is aware of the threat posed by the civil society. After the elections in 2017, the government cracked the whip on two popular civil rights organizations in Kenya; The Africa Centre for Open governance and the Kenya National Human Rights Commission. The two organizations were momentarily deregistered crippling its activities in the country.

Some say the actions of the governments were buoyed by the reality that the civil rights groups have the capacity to challenge the IEBC’s decision. There had been questions being raised on the conduct security organs in Kenya in aftermath of the elections.

It is worth noting that Kenya’s went back to work a week that followed the election in spite of the calls from the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, for Kenyans to boycott work.

It is clear that no political statements will make Kenyans stall the economy by not working. Kenyans returned to work arm twisting Odinga to resort to the courts to file a petition against the IEBC decision to announce President Kenyatta as the winner of the 2017 elections.

As the country struggles to come back to normal after an expensive election, it is worth noting that despite being a young democracy, Kenya held successful elections. There is a need for Kenyans to be more realistic of what is expected of the elected leaders.

Kenya is likely to see an increasing number of candidates who present themselves for political office whether or not they have money to fund their campaigns.

 

 

NASA should Just Prepare for 2022, 2017 is done

After a tedious, expensive and disputed election that wasted the entire week, Kenya expected a less rough week. The supporters of Jubilee party were expected to celebrate peacefully while the opposition and losers, NASA, mourn while expressing their dissatisfaction. It was anticipated that NASA fans wouldn’t be happy with the news of Uhuru Kenyatta becoming president elect. Demonstrations in Kenya are never known to be peaceful.

Kenya Police mercilessly shot dead Kenyans who were not satisfied with the results of the elections. The number of casualties is not readily known due to different figures of various entities. However, there were two notable fatalities of children one who succumbed to gunshot wounds and another in Nyanza died after police raided the home.

The acting Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi said in a statement that the police did not shoot anyone who was peacefully demonstrating.  The parent of murdered girl in Nairobi’s Kibera area says the girl died of police gunshot wounds.

The freedom of the press was again at risk after a KTN reporter was put behind bars allegedly for wearing protective clothing without a permit.

There have been outright gross violations of human rights in Mathare, Kibera and part of Nyanza in greater western Kenya Region. Unlike the developed nations, there is no arm of the government that department in Kenya’s judicial system that checks lawlessness in the police force.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority is toothless. The best they can do is go to morning TV shows to tell Kenyans that no one has lodged formal complaints or there is insufficient evidence to take actions against rogue police officers

Barely a week after Kenyans went to the ballot and less than five days since the IEBC announced Uhuru Kenyatta as the president elect, police raided the only institutions that check it. The Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) and African Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG) play a vital role that citizens may not have the capacity to undertake.

The government must realise that these NGO’s have to exist in the first. De registering them hurts human rights and the role that they NGO’s play.

The Kenya’s government does not want to be checked. The NGO coordination board boss shows no regard for institutions that watch the government.  Non-governmental organisations that engaged in unlawful activities must be punished. However, these should be based on just allegations but rather be based on factual and concrete evidence that can pass the test in a court of law.

At this juncture, there is a retrogressive growth in Kenya’s democracy in that we take one step ahead for peaceful elections and the two steps back because of the behaviour of security organs.

The national super alliance announced its intention to contest the presidential election in the Supreme Court. This is a welcome move that is likely to boost public confidence in institutions of justice. In a statement to the media, the NASA flag bearer called the results computer generated and went ahead to say it does not reflect the desire of Kenyans.

Whether it’s true or not, taking the matter to the highest arbitrator on land is the right move for the national super alliance. However, with the behaviour of the national police lately, NASA may need to have a proper strategy for the next elections.

The Ideal Length of Everything Online, Backed by Research

Ever wondered the ideal length of your blog post? Yea! me too. I tried looking for information. There is no ideal length. rather here is some useful information to get you going.

In August 16th, 2002, Mark Bernstein published the ten tips on writing the living web. The article was a master piece remains relevant today. The author shared some insights that have always been an anchor in my content creation over time. Here are the tips and how I have been able to follow through.

Write for a reason

I write because I believe content creators have not done enough to satisfy me. So, since I’m not satisfied, there are a bunch of others like me. Blogs are the second most visited web properties in social media.

Write often

To write often you need to be up-to-date with the latest development in your field. Be it politics, technology, business or international affairs whichever is your sphere stay updates. The author reiterates the importance of writing often not necessarily constantly or writing long content, but writing often.

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Maybe you don’t like your job; maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.
Write tight

It’s more than fifteen years since Bernstein wrote his piece. There was no grammar/proofreading software then, I suppose. There are there now. Plenty of them. You are lucky to be living in a generation that is full of software can assist in writing tight, according to Bernstein.

Make good friends

I didn’t much about blogging until I got in touch with a friend of mine who introduced me to WordPress. He had a technology background, and he enjoyed it. He set me up within a day, and I was good to go. You do not need to know everything that is in this world. We are often asked to read. Widely.

The truth is you can never be the monopoly of knowledge hence you need that support structure to keep you going.

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Progress is a nice word.
Find good enemies

Criticism is the basis of daily improvement. The world without constructive criticism does not develop. For an idea to be accepted by anyone, it has to be reviewed, and there is no better reviewer than your competition or enemy for that matter.

Let the story unfold

Nobody cares much about typos. I receive short text messages with typos every other time. I do send messages with types. Not emails. Focus on the main story that you want to deliver to your audience. The initial title for this post was the length of everything online until I started writing and noticed I had deviated to something else.

Stand up and speak out

I am going to plagiarise here. If you know your facts and have done your homework thoroughly, you are entitled to your opinion. Always have a basis to defend whatever premise you present to your audience. Learn to care less about people’s opinion.

Learn to form your own opinion and defend it. If you can’t support your views, don’t present it out there to the public. Embarrassing.

Be Sexy

Don’t hide anything or fear to say because it is embarrassing. One of my favourite blogger says you should choose sex over the job. The topic sounded crazy, but it had tonnes of insights about workplaces. Never shy from expressing the real you. If you support particular candidature state it.

In 2017 during Kenya presidential election, I had not decided who to vote for until the Presidential debate. The incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta refused to turn up for the debate. I dropped him down the pecking order, In front of all relatives from my wife’s side. They were all pro government which had their son as deputy president. I told them I would not vote for the government because he didn’t turn up for the interview.

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You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.

Then Relax

Kenya Elections 2017: How the situation is a day to the Polls

The Campaigns are officially over. The law stipulates that no campaign activities should be allowed 48 hours to the Election Day making August 5th the official day for campaign halt.

Kenyan firms are preparing employees for the worst. Some companies have communicated to their employees on emergency procedures with supervisor checking on their juniors during this election period.

The stock market on the other hands seems to defy the supposed tension and continued to trade on Monday morning.

There has been a massive relocation of people from urban cities with Nairobi experience smooth traffic towards the city centre contrary to the norm. One Facebook user posted how fast he moved from Kiambu to Waiyaki way.

The city which is usually a buzz with activity saw reduced activities with a few business opening.

Kenya’s busiest high way s saw reduced traffic with most people regrouped and joined their families upcountry.

Kenya heads to an election that is hotly contested between to long time and family rivals Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta, and Raila is the son of Kenya’s first vice president Jaramogi Odinga.

The vice presidency has since been scrapped and replaced with a deputy president who is now elected by the people, contrary appointment by the president in the previous regimes.

The IEBC, the commission in-charge of elections, says it is ready for the election of Tuesday, August 8th and Monday is the day when election materials are expected to reach polling stations across the country.

There has been concern over the list of polling stations said not to have internet coverage, with twitter users calling on the IEBC to be careful since some of the areas on the list are said to have 3G to 4G internet speeds.