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Kenyan President Kenyatta asks VP to step down as tension mounts between them

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has asked his deputy, William Ruto, to resign following a series of disagreements between them and the tension created in their working relationship ahead of August general elections in the country.

Kenyatta had on Monday, accused Ruto of not doing enough to assist the country in dealing with the ailing economy and inflation which led to an increase in minimum wages for workers on Monday, but expended so much energy in criticising the administration from within.

However, in a tweet on Monday, the embattled deputy president seemed to justify his position by stating that in the past two years, the cabinet had not convened, and assured President Kenyatta that he was only a phone call away if there was anything he needed to discuss instead of making the issue a public affair.

The tension between the two leaders is also accentuated with the general elections in the East African country scheduled for August and Kenyatta refusing to back Ruto and instead throwing his weight behind former prime minister Raila Odinga.

The animosity between the two men practically boiled over during the state funeral of former leader Mwai Kibaki when the political opponents avoided each other and refused to shake hands.

According to the Kenyan constitution,
the president has no authority to fire his deputy as he may only be removed from office if he is impeached or becomes incapacitated.

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Tanzanian president, Samia Hassan, positions to become party, CCM’s chairperson. Will she get it?

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Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan is in a firm position to grab the heart of her political party, Tanzania’s Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) as she appears the sole candidate for the party’s top position.

New party executives will be chosen at the ruling party’s general meeting.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the only candidate for the post of chairperson, while the post of the party’s vice chairperson for Tanzania mainland is reserved for Abdulrahman Kinana who currently holds the post.

According to the party’s publicity and ideology secretary, Mr. Shaka Hamdu Shaka, the meeting will also elect members of the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC), in which 2,703 names were approved to contest for 30 seats.

By party structure, the secretary-general is the party’s top executive who oversees its operations while the chairperson and vice chairperson hold office for five years, the appointment of the party executives is normally done depending on the performance of the respective post holders and fits the existing circumstances.

The development of political parties and their administration is a key factor in strengthening democratic reign all over the world, the control of ruling parties to a large extent usually influence governance and policy. It is hoped that President Samia Hassan’s vantage position in her party, CCM will count for the level of stability that would aid governance in the East African country.

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South Sudan’s ruling party endorses President Salva Kiir for next election

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The ruling party in South Sudan has endorsed President Salva Kiir as its candidate in the country’s delayed election scheduled for the end of 2024.

President Kiir while speaking at the end of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s leadership session, accepted the ruling party endorsement for the 2024 election.

“We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together,” the president said to cheers. He added: “I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

South Sudan is in a dire situation with approximately two-thirds of the population, in danger of famine as they face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

South Sudan is in a fragile state between war and peace. In February 2020, after a two-year process, the conflict parties of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

President Kiir has been the country’s only president since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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