31 janvier 2023

The government of Kenya will hold elections today

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The elections are national. The primary contenders for president are William Ruto and Raila Odinga. Also up for election are legislators, senators, governors, and municipal officials. A Nation editorial exhorts readers to "Vote wisely, and remember that the campaigns this time around have been largely calm. We hope that peace will reign during voting, ballot counting, and the release of results.

WakatSera, a Burkinabe newspaper, concurs and claims that "The possibility of the old demons resurfacing in this presidential election and escaping the tribalist control has significantly decreased. The good news is that Kenyatta and Odinga, who have long dominated Kenyan politics, have already been spared a showdown at the polls (...) In any event, all eyes are on the candidates who have a responsibility to use fair play as their major strategy to end this unwritten norm that makes Kenyan elections resemble war.

The Star urges to the Kenyan Electoral Commission to prevent these tensions
If information is delayed for whatever reason, the IEBC must "not give ground to the keyboard buccaneers who will displace the agency." To prevent the tensions, mistrust, and anxieties that arise with a lack of knowledge, the IEBC must disseminate information in real time. The rumor mills go berserk when information is scarce.

The government also issues a warning against "the trash press that has inundated Kenya in the final days of the campaign, [and which] was meant to create a buzz, to sell itself to the highest bidder, but now poses a serious threat to these votes and to the aftermath: that of a post-election crisis that is bound to be violent when the country is called Kenya. What distills these awful websites? "There would be fraud, of course! That Ruto despises the Kikuyu, the country's dominant ethnic group. Basically, the influencers hired for the campaign disseminated a ton of disgusting false information.

The journey to the continent by Antony Blinken
The US Secretary of State visited South Africa on August 8. 'International Relations and Collaboration Minister Naledi Pandor admitted that she and her US colleague were on opposing sides of numerous issues, including Russia's assault on Ukraine, but that they were keen to expand bilateral cooperation,' the Mail and Guardian tells us of that time.

The local paper tries to make sense of Antony Blinken's remarks and thinks that "when he says again in Pretoria that it is without a quid pro quo, and that he wants African countries to be 'crucial allies on issues like climate, food insecurity,' he is right, but it is also in a salesman's suit that Blinken is touring Africa. 

In light of this, preparations are being made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for his arrival today. Before inquiring about Antony Blinken's stance, Politico highlights the economic benefits for the United States in the DRC, where there are significant lithium reserves, and reminds us that "the resources of the Congo are the property of the Congolese." Will he come "more as a partner than as a giver of orders?" The query is that.

The rebels and the Chadian junta have come to an understanding
For Tchadinfos, a "masquerade" is "the repeating of a scene that repeats itself as in a comedy produced by a dramatist who lacks originality," according to its editorial. Mahamat Idriss Deby, the transition's leader, renewed his offer to the non-signatory organizations on Monday, August 8.



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