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Kenya National Anthem Lyrics

On 31st December 2007 – We posted these words during the dark days of the 2007/2008 Elections. Kenya has come a long way since. The healing must continue. As Kenya approaches Kenya Elections 2017, reflect on these words of prayer. (Words copyright and courtesy Government of Kenya)

Kiswahili                                           English

1                                        1

 

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu               O God of all creation

Ilete baraka kwetu                 Bless this our land and nation

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi           Justice be our shield and defender

Natukae na undugu                   May we dwell in unity

Amani na uhuru                    Peace and liberty

Raha tupate na ustawi.            Plenty be found within our borders

 

2                                         2

 

Amkeni ndugu zetu                 Let one and all arise

Tufanye sote bidii                With hearts both strong and true

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu            Service be our earnest endeavour

Nchi yetu ya Kenya                 And our homeland of Kenya

Tunayoipenda                      Heritage of splendour

Tuwe tayari kuilinda              Firm may we stand to defend.

 

3                                          3

 

Natujenge taifa letu              Let all with one accord

Ee, ndio wajibu wetu              In common bond united

Kenya istahili heshima            Build this our nation together

Tuungane mikono                   And the glory of Kenya

Pamoja kazini                     The fruit of our labour

Kila siku tuwe na shukrani        Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

Kenya Presidential Elections 26 October 2017 IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that Thursday 26 October 2017 will be the new date for fresh Kenya Presidential Elections.

Useful sources:
https://twitter.com/IEBCKenya

Kenya Presidential Election Supreme Court Verdict Explanation 20 September 2017

The Supreme Court of Kenya explained the reasons why the Kenya Presidential Election held on 8 August 2017 was “neither transparent or verifiable” and hence had to be nullified.

The Supreme Court of Kenya put the blame on Kenya’s electoral commission the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The result for the Presidential elections were announced without verifying the information and 11,000 polling stations were yet to declare their results or received.

The Daily Nation (Nairobi) 20 September 2017 quotes the Supreme Court “Irregularities and illegalities in the poll were many, systematic and deliberate, say three court judges.”

The BBC (Nairobi) has been keeping a close eye on the elections, with Alastair Leithead (BBC Africa Correspondent) being interviewed by the BBC World Service (Radio). Online they cover the Supreme Court of Kenya’s explanation via an article. ‘Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission.‘ BBC Africa (20 September 2017).

The Standard (Nairobi) 20 September 2017 leads with an article by Mercy Asamba ‘Reasons Why Presidential Election was declared invalid, court give full verdict.’

The overall explanation why the Supreme Court nullified was damning – A sad day for Kenya’s Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), but a proud day for the Constitution and the Supreme Court of Kenya.

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:
Useful articles and sources;
1 Daily Nation www.nation.co.ke
Ibrahim Oruko (2017) ‘Judges: Why Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was voided,’ Daily Nation, 20 September 2017 Available Url: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Judges-say-why-Uhuru-Kenyatta-victory-was-voided/1056-4104378-ymukakz/index.html (Accessed: 20 September 2017).

2 BBC www.bbc.co.uk Africa or BBC World Service
Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission – Available Url:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41334702 (20 September 2017) 13.51 GMT
Alaistar Leithead (BBC Africa Correspondent) Twitter: https://twitter.com/aleithead?lang=en

3 Standard Nairobi www.standardmedia.co.ke
Mercy Asamba (2017) ‘Reasons Why Presidential Election was declared invalid, court give full verdict.’ Standard, 20 September 2017 Available Url: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001255107/reasons-why-presidential-election-was-declared-invalid-court-gives-full-verdict

Fatimah Manji Channel 4 News Kenya Election Annulment ‘Very significant for people across the world’ 1 September 2017

Fatimah Manji Kenya Election Annulment ‘very significant moment for people across the world’ Channel 4 1 September 2017
Fatimah Manji of Channel 4 News based in the United Kingdom Kenya Presidential Elections 2017 Annulment. A discussion with Maina Kiai, a Kenyan lawyer and Human Rights campaigner (Co-founder of Kenya Human Rights Commission) and Comfort Ero, Africa Programme Manager, International Crisis Group.

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:
The video clip is excellent for class/group discussion, not only about Kenya and Africa, but the world. According to Maina Kiai – the annulment by the Supreme Court of Kenya is only the second time it has happened in modern times (Austria I July 2016).

Useful links:
Fatimah Manji discussion with Maina Kiai and Comfort Ero 1 September 2017 Channel 4 News ‘Kenya Election Annulment ‘very significant for people across the world.’
https://www.channel4.com/news/kenya-election-annulment-very-significant-moment-for-people-across-world

Fatimah Manji – Correspondent Channel 4 News. https://www.channel4.com/news/by/fatima-manji

Fatimah Manji Twitter: https://twitter.com/fatimamanji

Channel 4 News Twitter: https://twitter.com/Channel4News

Channel 4 News Website: http://www.channel4.com/news

Channel 4 is a UK based publicly-owned and commercially funded UK Public Service Broadcaster, with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo.

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Kenya Presidential Elections Annulled Report by Linsey Hilsum Channel 4 1 September 2017

Linsey Hilsum 1 September 2017 ‘Kenya Presidential Elections Annulled,’ Channel 4 News

Linsey Hilsum Channel 4 News International Editor’s report ‘Kenya Presidential Elections Annulled,’ covers the Supreme Court of Kenya’s annulment of the Kenya’s Presidential Elections on 1 September 2017. “It has never happened before – a presidential election in Kenya annulled by the courts.”

The video report captures the mood and reactions to the announcement by Chief Justice David Maraga, President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Source:
Linsey Hilsum 1 September 2017 Channel 4 ‘Kenya Presidential Elections Annulled.’
https://www.channel4.com/news/kenya-presidential-election-annulled (Retrieved: 1 September 2017)

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:
Linsey Hilsum Profile – Channel 4 News International Editor is an award-winning journalist and author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution .
https://www.channel4.com/news/by/lindsey-hilsum

Linsey Hilsum Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindseyhilsum

Channel 4 is a UK based publicly-owned and commercially funded UK Public Service Broadcaster, with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo.

 

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