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Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga To Challenge Election Result In Court

Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said to be challenging the recent presidential election result in Supreme Court and wage a campaign of civil disobedience too. His comments may set off another wave of protests in the Kenyan capital city Nairobi mainly. In last week’s protest more than twenty people were shot dead by police if believed to the data updated ...

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga In Tight Race To Become Next Kenyan President

Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga

The race for the next President of Kenya between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga is very tight. The general and presidential elections in the country is scheduled on August 8 to fill about 1,880 positions. Kenyatta is from the Jubilee party and Odinga from National Super Alliance. Both are the highest profile leaders in Kenya and have dominated the country’s ...

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Arrest errant governors, says CORD leader Raila Odinga

Kisumu, Kenya: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga now says corrupt governors should be arrested and prosecuted. From left: CORD leader Raila Odinga, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, on Saturday. Photo: Benjamin Sakwa/Standard Raila said due legal process should be followed in bringing corrupt governors to book instead of demonising devolution. The former PM said he is not defending the governors but was concerned about the forces against devolution. He said the Transition Authority was in charge of the funds from May to September, adding that governors only started handling the development funds later and had few months to utilise them fully. Raila said some disgruntled governors might have taken advantage of the short period to corruptly use public funds but it does not mean that there should be a blanket condemnation of devolution. “Any governor who has misappropriated public money must face the law as an individual,” said Raila. The former PM made the remarks as governors and MPs clashed over the mandate of the Judiciary in the ongoing supremacy wars between the Senate and the devolved governments. The governors had sought the interpretation of the Constitution on the threshold required to impeach governors, arguing that senators were out to intimidate courts and remove them from office on flimsy grounds. This comes after the courts reinstated Embu Governor Martin Wambora who was impeached by the county assembly following allegations of corruption. Respecting court rulings Sunday, Raila said courts should be respected. “I disagreed with the ruling on the election petition but respected what the courts said since people would have gone to war had I refused,” said Raila urging Parliament to respect court rulings just like he accepted the ‘unfair’ ruling he was given by the Supreme Court. Speaking at St Stephens Anglican Church of Kenya in Kisumu, Raila said Wambora had a right to be heard by the court before being condemned, claiming that ‘even a thief runs to the courts and church’ to say his side of the story. He also said devolution is under threat and that the country is currently walking in the ‘valleys of the shadows of death’. By Rushdie Oudia, The Standard

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Women vow to wrest ODM posts

NAIROBI, KENYA: At least 20 women will be fighting to clinch various positions in the Orange Democratic Movement party elections slated for later this month. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (centre), Nominated Senator Agnes Zani (left) and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba who will battle it out for ODM secretary general post. The polls have attracted close to 90 aspirants seeking to fill 26 seats, and will be held alongside the party’s National Delegates Convention (NDC) on February 28. Should nominated Senator Agnes Zani have her way, then ODM could be the first major political party in the country to elect a woman to the position of secretary general. Others eyeing the post are Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ong’oro, Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, and his Rarieda counterpart, Nicholas Gumbo. The position was previously held by Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o. The polls are seen as a major test for ODM, a member of the CORD coalition that lost to Jubilee in the March 2013 General Election. It is also seen as a chance for the party to inject fresh blood within its ranks as it readies itself for the 2017 polls. Besides Dr Zani and Ong’oro, other women in the running for party positions are Kakamega County Women Representative Racheal Ameso (deputy national treasurer), Busia County Women Representative Florence Mutua (deputy organising secretary), Rozah Buyu (organising secretary), Rahab Robi (deputy treasurer) and Migori County Women Representative Dennitah Ghati (secretary, media, publicity and information). Numerically stronger Of the 20 vying, at least 14 are seeking secretary positions in various capacities. They include Ms Lucy Mworia, a contender in the last elections for the Isiolo County Women Representative seat, who is running for position of secretary, International affairs, while Mandera’s Fatuma Somo is seeking to become humanitarian and disaster management secretary. ...

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Raila to Uhuru: Judiciary not extension of the Executive

Nairobi, Kenya: A day after President Uhuru Kenyatta reprimanded the Judiciary for allegedly interfering with the Legislature, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked the President to keep off the courts. President Uhuru Kenyatta joins students of ...

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Raila Odinga endorses proposal to create exta slots in ODM leadership

Nairobi, Kenya: CORD leader Raila Odinga has begun the process of shaping the line-up that will take charge of his ODM party’s 2017 General Election preparations. Outgoing ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o (second left) addresses the Press after the party’s NEC meeting at Orange House yesterday. He is flanked by Busia Senator Amos Wako (left), Judith Areno (secong right) of ODM national elections board, ODM leader Raila Odinga, among others. Photo: Govedi Asutsa/Standard The former Prime Minister led his party in endorsing proposals to expand its leadership and ensure the top hierarchy is representative of its strongholds. The move is meant to avert possible political fallout after next week’s elections for top party posts, despite opposition by some members. The trade-off gave a glimpse of the new party hierarchy ahead of the crucial polls to pick a team that will be tasked to steer the party in the 2017 elections. Opponents of the creation of the additional nine positions, some split from top posts that have attracted fierce competition, interpreted it as tailored to reward losers. But ODM’s top decision-making organ, the National Governing Council (NGC), eventually approved the new posts, which would only be filled after the February 28 party polls. By proposing that the NGC would fill the new seats after election of other office bearers by the National Delegates Convention (NDC), the party was apparently leaving open a window to appease those dissatisfied with the outcome. The meeting at Orange House in Nairobi created two posts each of deputy party leader, deputy chairperson and deputy treasurer, and three deputy-organising secretaries. They were endorsed by acclamation. Sources told The Standard that MPs from the Coast put up a spirited fight to oppose the splitting of the deputy party leader’s position, but were overruled. Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) are locked in a fierce competition for the position of deputy party leader. MPs Mishi Mboko Juma (Mombasa County) and Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) reportedly spoke in support of Joho, arguing that there was no need of creating two positions of deputy party leader. Join hands Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, who is seeking the position of chairperson, and Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery, also reportedly opposed the proposal, saying losers should join hands with winners to build the party. “While creating two positions of deputy party leader could as well help to accommodate some supportive members of the party, that must not be at the expense of fair competition,” said Nanok. It is proposed that one of the deputy party leaders will be in charge of strategy and finances, while the other will be responsible for operations and resource mobilisation. Instructively, Joho, Nanok and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, who is eyeing the secretary-general’s seat, reportedly sealed a deal after secret talks on Wednesday night at a Nairobi hotel. A group of five MPs from the Coast met their colleagues from Western Kenya to negotiate how the camp could vote as a bloc for the line-up at the NDC. The scheming by the trio piled pressure on Nominated Senator Agnes Zani, who has locked horns with Namwamba to succeed Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o as secretary general. It is against this backdrop that the Coast MPs and Nanok objected to the new positions, perhaps confident of victory and concerned that the move is to reward losers. But yesterday, Raila said the additional positions were not meant to reward people or please some politicians, but to ensure that the leadership of the party is decentralised to the grassroots. “We are not making these amendments to please some people, we want the people to own the party at the lowest unit and have it available for them,” Raila said to assure those who had objected the creation of more seats. The former PM assured the party members that the new positions would ensure balance along gender and regional lines, and promote diversity. They were also tailored to strengthen the party to prepare it to put up a credible run in the 2017 elections. New positions “The elections of the new positions will be handled by the National Governing Council with the mandate from the NDC taking into account gender, regional and diversity issues in line with the national Constitution, the Political Parties Act and the party constitution,” Prof Nyong’o said in a statement after the meeting. ...

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Odinga battles suspicions days to party elections

Nairobi, Kenya: Ten days to Orange Democratic Movement’s elections party leader Raila Odinga faced anxious contestants to calm suspicions and guarantee a credible process and smooth transfer of power internally. Kilifi MP Gideon Mung’aro (left), Wiper Party leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Francis Nyenze during the ODM consultative meeting at the Orange House, Nairobi, Tuesday. PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD The PM who is perceived to be banking on ODM’s reinvigoration to run again for president in August 2017, is reportedly laying the ground to ensure his movement not only holds together but also strengthens between now and then. At the meeting on Tuesday at Orange House, Nairobi, Raila symbolically united two of the fiercest rivals for the Secretary General’s position as he stressed the importance of avoiding a falling out. Aspirants sought reassurances the internal elections will be free and fair, against the backdrop of claims of his supposed preferred candidates and doubts about the impartiality of the National Elections Board that will oversee the polls. Sources told The Standard that some aspirants raised reservations about the composition of NEB, majority were retained from the team accused of mismanaging party primaries in the last General Election. There were also questions whether the members could guarantee free, fair and credible elections. Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, who is gunning for the Secretary General position currently held by Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, explained that they had raised their concerns and received assurances the elections would be free and fair. “We openly gave our views and were given clear assurances that the elections will be free and fair to a level that the outcome will reflect the will of delegates,” Namwamba said after the meeting. The NEB led by Ms Judy Pareno gave a presentation of preparations that have been made for the polls and pledged to oversee a credible process. Favoured    Earlier at the meeting, as a show of unity, Raila had held together the hands of Namwamba and Nominated Senator Agnes Zani, whom opponents have claimed is being favoured for the post of Secretary General. Raila urged Zani and Namwamba to face each other at the ballot and accept the verdict of the delegates. He assured the congregation there would be no rigging in next week’s party polls that he declared are crucial in helping them to ascend to power in the next General Election. The former Prime Minister warned those who will be elected of the herculean task awaiting them; that of spearheading the party’s ultimate goal to take political power and form the next government. “I am here because all of you are good, but we need to pick the best through a competitive process, that must not grind our vehicle to a rude halt. We must emerge stronger and more united,” Raila urged his party members. ...

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