Raila, Gideon Moi hold talks for hours in Nairobi

The AU special infrastructure envoy and ODM chief Raila Odinga today held a four-hour meeting with KANU leader and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi in Nairobi.

The between between the two  is expected to generate wide political interest, and even re-ignite the succession politics debates.

There has been debates about leaders who descended from powerful families regrouping to stop politicians from “poor backgrounds” from assuming power after President Uhuru Kenyatta term expires in 2022.

Politicians allied to Deputy president William Ruto have been particularly vocal about this and with this meeting in perspective, it is expected that the rhetoric could raise again.

Sources close to the two leaders confirmed the meeting, but refused to give more details on what they discussed.

The meeting is said to have been at a Nairobi hotel and was closed door.

While the Baringo senator has announced that he will be running to replace Uhuru in the next election the ODM leader has not be forthcoming on whether he will vie or hang his boots in favour of a young leader.

Odinga has vied four times but maintains that he only lost once and that in the three other times, he was rigged out.

He would then have a truce with President Uhuru in March last year, neutralizing the opposition and developing a working relationship with the government.

 

 

Duale Blames Koffi Annan For Amina Mohamed’s AU Loss

Aden Duale has accused former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan of having a hand in the outcome of the African Union Commission elections.

The National Assembly Majority leader said Annan manipulated the results that saw Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed lose the AUC chairperson post to Chad’s Moussa Mahamat.

He said the Kenyan delegation had every reason to believe Annan, who mediated the 2007/8 post election crisis, influenced the Monday vote.

“A number of issues which were at play. I even saw a group of activists led by Kofi Annan at the ICC discrediting our candidate,” he told journalists on Tuesday.

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Duale also accused France, “which is fighting to recolonize Africa”, of having a hand in the outcome. He said more than 15 heads of state abstained from the vote in a show of the country’s influence.

He further questioned Morocco’s comeback to the African Union and raised issues with Anglophone and Francophone relations.

The Star could not verify the claims by the majority leader, who spoke on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the vote was taken.

But Amina earlier said Kenya’s neighbours should be investigated for not supporting her election.

But Duale, who is also Garissa Town MP, dismissed claims that Amina’s failure was a form of backlash to Kenya.

Duale said that though elections have dynamics, it was sad that the entire continent had thrown out “true pan-Africanism”.

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Regarding the East African Community, Duale noted that it was high time Kenya focused on its national interests and its citizens.

“This election has taught us huge lessons. We now know who are our true friends in East Africa and Africa at large. We are going tolook for friends who will put the interests of our people and our country first,” he said.

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Tanzania May Break Pledge To Back Amina Mohamed As Candidate For AU Job

Chadian President Idriss Deby Thursday courted Tanzania to break a regional pledge to support Kenya’s Amina Mohamed for the next African Union (AU) Commission chairmanship.

During an unprecedented visit to Dar es Salaam, President Deby is said to have asked his counterpart and host John Pombe Magufuli to back Chad’s Foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat for Africa’s top political job.

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Source told The EastAfrican that Presidents Deby and Magufuli discussed a range of issues including the AU Commission vacancy which is to be filled in two months by a vote of each of the 54 African Union member states.

Mindi Kasiga, Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East Africa, Regional and International Cooperation spokesperson confirmed to The EastAfrican that the two presidents held confidential talks but could not reveal what they discussed.

President Deby, who is the current chairman of the AU, paid an official visit at the time when Tanzania is also hosting Zambian President Edgar Lungu – a visit that was announced just a day prior.

AU vote

Four candidates are vying to succeed South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is stepping down, in an election to be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled for January 30-31, 2017 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The election of the members of the AUC in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016 was suspended as none of the three contenders for the position of the chairperson of the Commission obtained the required two-thirds majority, after seven rounds of voting.

AU yaanzisha mikakati ya kujiondoa ICC

Viongozi wa bara Afrika wameanzisha mikakati ya kujiondoa kutoka mahakama ya kimataifa ya ICC.

Pendekezo hilo liliungwa mkono kwa kauli moja na mawaziri wa maswala ya kigeni wa nchi ambazo ni wanachama wa muungano wa AU. Kenya tayari imewasilisha ombi la kutaka kubadilishwa kwa sheria ya ICC ya mwaka 2008.

Viongozi wa Afrika pia wanataka kusitishwa kwa kesi dhidi ya Naibu rais William Ruto na mwanahabari Joshua Sang zinazowakabili huko ICC.

 

ICC Yaruhusu AU Kujumuishwa Katika Kesi Ya Ruto

Bw. William Ruto na Bw. Joshua Arap Sang. | picha: thehaguetrials.co.ke

Mahakama ya ICC imeruhusu Muungano wa bara Afrika (AU) kujumuishwa katika kesi inayomkabili naibu wa rais William Ruto.

AU sasa itaweza kuwasilisha maombi yake kortini kama rafiki wa mahakama ili kupinga uamuzi wa kukubali kutumiwa kwa ushahidi ambao umekanwa na walioutoa hapo mbeleni.

Katika habari husika, sasa ni rasmi kwamba mbunge wa Gatundu Kusini Moses Kuria atafika katika mahakama ya ICC kama shahidi wa upande wa utetezi katika kesi dhidi ya naibu wa rais na mwanahabari Joshua Arap Sang.

Mawakili wa upande wa utetezi jana walikutana na Kuria ambaye alizua madai kwamba ushahidi dhidi ya Ruto ulipangwa.

AU Honour The Late Prof. Wangari Maathai

The Late Prof. Wangari Maathai. | image source: the-star.co.ke

The African Union  honoured the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai on Monday by naming the gardens in front of its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after her.

The proposal to honour the late Kenyan environmentalist was made by the Democratic Republic of Congo during the just concluded 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/african-union-names-gardens-headquarters-after-prof-wangari-maathai

African Union to send military experts to Burundi: official

African leaders meeting at a summit in Johannesburg on Monday agreed to send military experts to Burundi, which has been rocked by weeks of violence over the president’s controversial bid for a third term.

“Our heads of states decided… (on) the deployment of Africa-EU military experts… to verify the process of disarming the militia and other armed groups,” the African Union’s peace and security commissioner Smail Chergui told reporters.

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