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Global Democracy – Zimbabwe General Elections 2008

29th March 2008
President Robert Mugabe (Patriotic Front – Zanu – PF) faces 3 other candidates. Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC Tsvangirai Faction), Simba Makoni (Independent) and Langton Towungana – (Independent),
in his bid to be relected as President of Zimbabwe.

The official Zimbabwe Electoral Commission website appears to be ‘down’, that is HTTP 404 not found. Useful Links:
Information on Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
http://www.eisa.org.za/WEP/zimzec.htm – EISA is a non-profit organisation, established in 1996 and based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Spain General Elections – 8 March 2008

Global Democracy – Spain General Elections 8 March 2008. The people of Spain go to the polls to elect a new parliament.
The key contenders are the Prime Minister (who is also Head of Government) Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party (PP). There are approximately 33.5 million registered voters in Spain. Source: IFES 2008

State Opening Of Kenya Parliament – The Standard March 7th 2008

State Opening of the10th Kenya Parliament 6 March 2008. The Standard (Nairobi) 7 March 2008 reports on the State opening of Kenya’s 10th Parliament ushering a new but unknown era after the post Kenya elections violence and crisis.
Alex Ndegwa’s article ‘Crisis a turning point for Kenya’ quotes President Mwai Kibaki in his speech (Face Future With Courage) to the parliament in Nairobi, calling it a new ‘dawn’. The article which will be useful for students of Kenya’s or African political history highlights the end of the ‘frosty’ relationship and the new spirit of bonhomie by the warring political parties in Kenya.
Images/Pictures/Photos – By George Mulala 7 March 2007 The Standard – John Michuki (Minister of Roads and Public Works) with Oburu Odinga ODM MP Bondo. During interparties meeting at Old Parliament Chambers 6th March 2008.
Martin Mutua The Standard 7 March 2008 –US Back Pacts With Shs 1.6 Billion reports on the US Government backing and funding of the Kenya power sharing deal to the tune of $25 million (approximately Kenya Shillings 1.6 Billion). The article includes quotes by US Ambassador Mr Michael Ranneberger. It also states that the US Government had resumed the official programmes it had stopped.

New Dawn As MP Convenes – The Standard 7 March 2008. Report by the Standard team provides an insight into how the 10th Kenya Parliament may work. There are obvious challenges. The report could be an excellent case study or tutorial. How will the Kenyan parliament transact its business with no ‘actual’ official opposition, amendments that need to be worked, and who sits where? Interesting quote from the German Ambassador – Mr Walter Lindner who compares the coalition as that in Germany, where the backbenchers will act as the Opposition. The report was by Martin Mutua, Alex Ndegwa, Patrick Wachira, Alex Ndegwa, David Ohito, Murigi Macharia, Abiya Ocholla, Lucianne Limo and Edith Forutnate.

BBC World Service Interview Archive with John Githongo

Corruption in Kenya – BBC’s Owen Bennett- Jones interviews former Kenyan permanent secretary in the Office of the President and anti- corruption czar/campaigner John Githongo. Broadcast 1 March 2008 – BBC World Service Interview Archive

You can listen or down load the podcast of the interview which lasts approximately 27 minutes, through the BBC World Service website or www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcast. Key words: BBC, Kenya, Kenya Anti-corruption Commission, Conspicuous corruption, Conspicuous consumption. Obsession with zeros, Anglo –leasing corruption scandal, Corruption in Africa. This was probably the first interview after the Post Kenya Elections agreement mediated by Kofi Annan in February 2008. ‘Abuse of public office for private gain was quite normal…’ John Githongo BBC World Service March 2008. You can access other BBC interviews with John Githongo by searching the BBC portal.

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