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Cord leader Raila Odinga’s four-day tour of Kakamega county has been cancelled but will be rescheduled.
“You know the party leader is a busy man and as we speak he is at the Coast,” Kakamega county ODM chairman Philip Kutima said on Thursday.
He is also the deputy governor.
On Wednesday, Raila cancelled his trip to Taita Taveta at the last minute, reportedly because of feuding ODM factions in the county.
In Kakamega, he was expected to start his visit with rallies in Khwisero and Butere subcounties on Monday.
Raila was also scheduled to visit Lurambi, Navakholo, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Malava, Lugari and Likuyani subcounties to consolidate his support.
Sources close to deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya said the visit has been put off until after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of the Western region. “The party leader wants to come after the President so he can undo what he [Uhuru] will have done,” the source said.
Uhuru is expected to visit Western for four days during which he will commission a number of development projects from August 30.
He will commission the Sh6 billion revival of Pan Paper in Webuye, give money to Nzoia and Mumias sugar companies and launch the tarmacking of a number of roads. Analysts say the projects are meant to woo the Luhya to support his Jubilee Party for 2017.
Raila’s attention in the region was triggered by the resignations of ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba and vice chairman Paul Otuoma. They cited frustrations by party leadership.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga (left) with Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire on August 8, 2016
Cord leader Raila Odinga made a surprise visit to Kisii County and held a closed-door meeting with a section of ODM leaders from the region.
Among leaders who attended the meeting were Kisii Governor James Ongwae, ODM National Treasurer and Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire and several ward reps.
However, some of the ODM leaders championing the Gusii unity initiative were conspicuously absent from the Monday meeting.
They include Kisii Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor Joash Maangi. The caucus is reportedly gravitating towards the Jubilee coalition.
Other notable absentees were MPs Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), Simeon Ogari (Bomachoge Chache) and Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango).
Mr Odinga’s visit comes barely three days after ward reps from Kisii and Nyamira counties visited State House.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Issack Hassan (left) with other commissioners at Parliament Buildings on August 3, 2016. The commissioners have resolved to go home following a public loss of confidence in their ability to manage the 2017 General Election.
IEBC ommissioners on Wednesday agreed to leave office as long as they are paid all their salaries and allowances, ending a long drawn-out dispute championed by opposition politicians who have been gunning for their removal ahead of next year’s General Election.
On the final day of hearings by the joint Senate and National Assembly committee formed to decide the future of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), an agreement was reached that the commissioners be allowed a dignified exit.
Commission chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said after a closed door meeting in Parliament that the nine commissioners were ready to go home to end the impasse created by Cord’s insistence that they leave.
Each of the other commissioners said they supported the resolution, saying they had served Kenya honourably and were only offering to leave because of politics.
The deal was the culmination of closed-door meetings over two days between the commissioners and the committee co-chaired by senators Kiraitu Murungi and James Orengo.
The commissioners said they had prepared well for the General Election and urged that the IEBC secretariat staff be allowed to continue with the job.
The agreement means that the 14-member parliamentary committee on electoral reforms will now focus on how to recruit the next lot of election chiefs if Parliament agrees on a negotiated settlement for the outgoing commissioners.
Cord’s position has been that the electoral commission should be composed of representatives of political parties while Jubilee favours a selection panel to recruit the commission made up of representatives from the Law Society, Public Service Commission and religious organisations represented by a Catholic, a Protestant and a Muslim. A law pending in the National Assembly proposes that the Majority and Minority parties nominate two people each to the panel.
Mr Orengo said the committee will retreat to put the report and possible amendments to the law together to beat the August 12 deadline by which they should have concluded their mandate.
He said the committee would consult other agencies as it works out how to come up with the settlement to give the team a dignified exit.
Religious leaders, the Attorney General and the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) had backed a negotiated settlement to end the stand-off.
Mr Hassan and his team had said they would not mind facing a tribunal, or tribunals to investigate each of them, if the lawmakers opted for it.
After a final meeting yesterday at the County Hall, Mr Orengo and Mr Murungi formally asked the team whether or not they would accept a deal if one was tabled.
“We need to approach this issue from the broader perspective of early preparation for the elections and not dwell on legalistic issues,” said Mr Murungi.
The Treasury recently said it would be ready to pay the commissioners Sh200 million from the Contingency Fund if they left office, which means they will now earn their salaries up to November 2017 as well as a gratuity.
“We should not focus too much on the headlines tomorrow but on history,” said Mr Hassan. “If there is a political settlement to be raised, the commissioners will not be a stumbling block.”
Each of the commissioners put their agreement on record, saying they concurred with Mr Hassan.
“We have served the country with honour and we appreciate the good work of the committee,” said Lillian Mahiri-Zaja, the vice chairman.
“I can confirm that what our chairman has said is what we agree with. We will not be a stumbling block,” added Mr Thomas Letangule.
Mr Mohammed Alawi said: “I want to confirm what chairman has said. I will not stand in the way of a dignified settlement.”
Mr Kule Galma Godana concurred, adding: “This country needs to invest in institutions and not bring them down whenever there is a problem. If it is necessary that we provide a solution so that this country moves on, I have no problem.”
Mrs Muthoni Wangai said “We shall not stand in the way of a political settlement. This commission has done its work well.”
Albert Bwire described himself as a nationalist and said he agreed with his colleagues as Mr Yusuf Nzibo, who served on the Interim Independent Electoral Commission weighed in: “We have served with dignity and we will leave with dignity. I leave with my head held high.” Mr Abdullahi Sharawe he agreed with everyone and the conference ended with handshakes.
ODM headquarters is furious with a former National Elections Board member after the party was informed he sold blank River Road-printed party certificates to some politicians from Homa Bay county.The member, who was fired on corruption-related claims, sold the discredited papers to politicians who previously defected to Tip Tip, the Maendeleo party and the Agenda Party of Kenya for Sh500,000 each. The former defectors have been distributing the fake certificates to purportedly appointed ODM grassroots officials in some of the county’s constituencies.
Fadumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict regions.
Dayib was born in Kenya but tensions between Kenya and Somalia lead to the arrest and deportation of her family back to Somalia. Her family sought refuge in Finland where Dayib got the opportunity to get a proper education.
The mother of four left her Children in Finland for Somalia in 2005 to run for Presidency.
“And when I was going to Mogadishu in January, I sat them down and I told them that I’m leaving you, but I’m not sure I might come back. And if I don’t, then you have to know that you are also expected to do this. When the day comes and you have the capability to do so, you must fight for democracy. We must not let evil overcome goodness. And they understand why we need to do this for Somalia because they share the love that I have for Somalia.” Said Dayib to NPR.According to media reports Dayib has already received death threats, but that has not killed her dream of becoming Somalia’s first female President, of from running in the upcoming elections, which are due to be held in 2016.
“From the pessimism of the past when Africa was seen simply as a basket case ruined by conceited and ruthless dictators, Africa has now become a puzzling case of rapid economic growth in the midst of promising political changes.
Nonetheless, this “new dawn” may easily be jeopardized by reluctance to embrace far-reaching democratization at the political level and progressive reforms at the economic level.
Both require committed political leaders with long term visions that were typical of our founding fathers like Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere and, more recently Nelson Mandela.
Yet democracy is in jeopardy in Africa in the second decade of the 21st Century. Many pro-democracy activists in Africa are no longer sure they have the support of the West.
Many are not clear if it is still the policy of the West to stand only with regimes that promote open, free and fair elections, transparency, good governance and human rights or we are in the era of anything goes.
There are indications that the West is turning its back on democracy by cutting funding, endorsing regimes with dubious records and abandoning democracy activists and civil society.
But let me begin with what democracy has done in Africa.
When the Berlin Wall fell, only three sub-Sahara African countries were classified as democracies—Botswana, Gambia and Mauritius. Elsewhere, presidents for life and single party dictatorships held sway.
A seismic change has since happened. Out of 55 countries that make Africa today, over 25 are considered democracies of varying degrees.
Africa had 22 competitive elections in 2012 alone. At least a dozen sub-Saharan African nations have held or are due to hold presidential or parliamentary elections this year.
One of the shortest-lived military coups took place in Burkina Faso early this year. It was the country’s seventh military coup in 50 years and was staged by presidential guards loyal to deposed ex-president Blaise Compaore. It lasted just seven days.
The Financial Times newspaper quoted one of the coup leaders saying “we realized the people were not in favour of that. That’s why we quite simply gave up.”
As the Burkinabe repulsed coup leaders, in Nigeria, voters elected Muhammadu Buhari as President, making him the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting Nigerian president through the ballot. And the defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonatham, conceded defeat.
The gender trap too is giving way in Africa’s politics. The US is having its first female Presidential candidate in Mrs Hillary Clinton. The UK has its second female Prime Minister in Madam Theresa May.
Africa on the other hand has had three female heads of State this century: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, Joyce Banda in Malawi and Ameenah Gurib-Fakin in Mauritius.
Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa are currently witnessing lower economic growth rates than those seen over the past decade as a result of the continued adjustment to lower commodity prices and higher borrowing costs.
However, for much of the past 20 years, some of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries have been African. Even with slowed growth, Africa is still growing faster than developed economies.
Secondary-school enrollment in sub-Sahara Africa grew by 48 per cent between 2000 and 2008 while malaria deaths declined by 30 per cent in some countries and HIV infections dropped by up to 74 per cent.
Life expectancy has also surged by between 20 and 42 per cent across Africa since the year 2000.
Of the 37 countries to have seen life expectancy rise by more than 10 per cent since 2000, 30 are in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi for instance, life expectancy rose from 44.1 years in 2000 to 62.7 in 2014, according to the World Bank.
In the past decade, real income per person increased by more than 30 per cent. In the previous 20 years, it shrank by nearly 10 per cent.
The World Economic Forum places Ivory Coast as Africa’s fastest growing economy, with expected GDP growth of 8.5 per cent. It is followed by Tanzania at 7 per cent, Senegal at 6.6 per cent, Djibouti 6.5, Rwanda 6.3, Kenya 6, Mozambique 6, Central African Republic 5.7, Sierra Leone 5.3 and Uganda 5.3.
The message is clear: countries that have adopted accountable and democratic governance systems have made strides on the social and economic front.
These countries are reaping the democracy dividend that ensures sound management of public resources and political stability through regular, credible elections and peaceful and predictable transfers of power.
These gains created a prolonged period of stability that allowed a new wave of investment.
However, as I said at the start, these gains are threatened by absence of sustained momentum for deepening democracy in Africa.
I want to agree with former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan who said… “Democracy is not just about one day every four or five years when elections are held, but a system of government that respects the separation of powers, fundamental freedoms like the freedom of thought, religion, expression, association and assembly and the rule of law … Any regime that rides roughshod on these principles loses its democratic legitimacy, regardless of whether it initially won an election.”