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Uhuru to Be Inaugurated as President of Kenya 28 November 2017, as Raila Refuses Parallel Swearing in Ceremony,

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn for a second term in at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. President Uhuru won the disputed October 26 presidential election run-off against opposition leader Raila Odinga who boycotted the election.

Uhuru’s confidence will be boosted with confirmation that 43 countries will send delegations, These includes: President Magalufi (Tanzania), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia). To reinforce Kenya’s special relationship with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend. Britain will be represented by Rory Stewart.

The inauguration ceremony’s oath of office will be led by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi with Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya Justice David Maraga.
Reports in the media in Kenya suggest that the ceremony will cost Ksh 300,000 approximately ( £2.2 million pound sterling or US$2.9 million).

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga will not be sworn in at a pararell ceremony (an idea put forward by some of the hawks in Nasa). Odinga has reflected that this would be seen as illegal and would damage, his and Nasa’s image at home and abroad, whilst throwing Kenya into a constitutional crisis. Could Israel Prime Minister’s presence be used to reach out to Raila (who paid a visit to Israel in May 2017)? Golda Meir (then Israel’s Foreign Minister) established strong links with Kenya and Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta in the early sixties.

We hope the day is peaceful despite the US and UK travel warnings. #StaySafe

Useful Reading
Geoffrey Mosoku Nairobi 28 November 2017 Standard Media Some 43 Country Delegations Will be Represented at the fete, says Foreign Affairs PS
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001261479/13-heads-of-state-to-attend-uhuru-swearing-in-ceremony-today

A History of Co-operation Between Israel and Kenya – Yossi Melman Jerusalem Post 23 September 2013 translated by Amishau Gottlieb.
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Analysis-Israel-and-Kenya-blood-ties-326880

Rory Stewart – Foreign and Commonwealth Office Official Twitter Account https://twitter.com/RoryStewartUK

Luke Anami May 11 2017 Standard Media Nairobi Raila Prays at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001239275/raila-odinga-prays-at-jerusalem-s-wailing-wall
#RailainIsrael #RailaVisitsWesternWall
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001239275/raila-odinga-prays-at-jerusalem-s-wailing-wall

Kenya’s Supreme Court Dismiss Kenya Presidential Petitions 20 November 2017

Kenya’s Supreme Court on 20 November 2017 dismissed two election petitions seeking to overturn the recent Kenya Presidential Election Re-run. The two election petitions filed on 6th November 2017 challenged the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta under article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya. Initial reaction to the Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision can be found in Hillary Orinde’s report for the Standard in Nairobi “Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.” Whilst supporters for Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition celebrated, there was dismay within the opposition strongholds. The Nation in Nairobi, which has the highest circulation in East Africa, leads with an article “Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.” Raila Odinga was the Presidential candidate for the opposition coalition NASA. BBC News reported with “Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017.” Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent reports “Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.” The article states that the Supreme court dismisses challenge to re-run poll, but opposition, which boycotted the vote, says government is illegitimate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in by Chief Justice and President of Kenya Supreme Court Justice David Maraga on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

KenyaElections.com Study Group:
The decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya was overshadowed by events in Zimbabwe concerning Zanu PF dismissing Robert Mugabe as its leader and the stalemate that was created as President Robert Mugabe appeared to indicate he would not step down.He could therefore face impeachment. Key international reporters were in Zimbabwe. People will be watching developments in Kenya and Zimbabwe with interest.

Useful sources:
Hillary Orinde (Standard, Nairobi) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.’
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001260732/cheers-and-jeers-as-supreme-court-declares-uhuru-duly-elected (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Nation Team (The Nation) 20 November 2017 ‘Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.’
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Uhuru-basks-in-court-win–Raila-resists-/1056-4195672-mx0b44/index.html (accessed 20 November 2017)

BBC News Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42050812 (accessed 20 November 2017)

Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent (The Guardian) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/20/kenya-court-upholds-president-kenyatta-election-victory (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Supreme Court of Kenya – Background (accessed 20 November 2017)

Kenya Law Reporting – Article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya – The President and Deputy President.

Raila Odinga Withdraws from Kenya Presidential Elections 10 October 2017

Raila Odinga the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate has withdrawn from the Kenya Presidential Elections due to be held on 26 October 2017. This move caught the country by surprise, but it was a move by NASA to pre-empt changes brought in by the Jubilee Coalition, who have what political observes call a “conspiracy of numbers” in the Kenya Parliament. Raila Odinga’s withdrawal means fresh elections may need to be held. It stops the current President Uhuru Kenyatta from being sworn in without fresh elections. NASA in the meantime aim to continue street protests. Whilst presidential elections in many countries in the world are finished and done within a day, the Kenya Presidential Elections saga continues.

Useful reading:
Bernard Namunane (2017) ‘NASA finds refuge under 2013 court verdict.’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Nasa-seeks-refuge-under-2013-court-verdict/1064-4134102-t6vawlz/index.html (Accessed 10 October 2017)
Patrick Lang’at (2017) ‘ NASA leader Raila blames IEBC for poll withdrawal,’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Nasa-leader-Raila-blames-IEBC-for-poll-withdrawal-/1056-4134190-gwaojb/index.html (Accessed 10 October 2017)
The Standard Team ‘ Country facing crisis as NASA leader Raila Odinga quits presidential poll,’ The Standard https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001256991/country-facing-crisis-as-raila-quits-presidential-poll (Retrieved 10 October 2017)

BBC News Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike

BBC report – ‘Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike’ 13 August 2017.  Raila Odinga at a rally in Kibera, Nairobi (Kibra Constituency) attended by around 4,000 people. Mr Odinga urges his supporters to strike.

Kenya’s opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result. Raila Odinga claims the vote was stolen. BBC reporter states this is contrary to local and international observers who have said the polls were free and fair. European Union Affairs chief Federica Mogherini and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urge Mr Odinga to seek redress through the courts. The opposition do not see this as an option.

Useful link:

BBC Africa – Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike 13 August 2017.

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:

The report contextualises the situation in Kenya on 13 August 2017. Raila Odinga of the opposition alliance NASA in Kibera. Kibera or or now officially spelled as Kibra, is a constituency in Nairobi and home to one of Kenya’s biggest slums.

Post-Election violence. The run up to the Kenya Elections 2017 was one of the most peaceful since 1988, despite deaths of a key IEBC official Chris Msando. It is our opinion that one death is one death to many. The voting process was conducted in a civil manner and was not disrupted. There were a few incidents, which we will report in later posts. It is disconcerting to pick from this article that AFP reports 16 deaths and the Kenya Human Rights Watch says 24 people had been shot dead since the elections 8 August 2017.

Federica Mogherini

European Union Affairs chief Federica Mogherini is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs (2014 – 2019) and Security Policy/ Vice President of the Commission.

Useful Link:

Federica Mogherini

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/mogherini_en

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan – was key in bring the warring parties together during 2007/8 Kenya elections post elections violence. Refer through our Kenya Election search and type – Kofi Annan:

1             Edith Fortunate’s article in the Standard (Nairobi) 16 April 2008. Fortunate, E (2008) ‘Annan Returns to Celebrate Deal,’ Nairobi, The Standard.  [This link is broken but there is a report of what was happening].

2              BBC News 26 January 2008 ‘Annan Hits Out at Kenya Abuses,’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7210419.stm [This link is still available and we have inserted it here but do read our post of 26 January 2008].

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