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Kenyan election fallout: I’ll respect court ruling, Raila Odinga says

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Former Kenya Prime Minister and presidential candidate in the August 9 general election, Raila Odinga, says though he has rejected the results of the election which declared vice president Wiliam Ruto winner, he will respect any ruling from the country’s court.

Odinga, who is a major opposition figure and the leader of the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) One Kenya Alliance, said at a press conference on Tuesday that though he believes he won the disputed election and is contesting the election result in court, he will respect the ruling set for September 5.

Shortly after the Kenyan electoral commission announced Ruto as the winner of the election, Odinga’s legal team had promptly lodged a case in the Supreme Court alleging that a team working for Ruto had “hacked into the election system and replaced genuine pictures of polling station result forms with fake ones, thus increasing Ruto’s share of the vote.”

The 77-year-old Odinga who was contesting for the presidency for the fifth time, had also petitioned the electoral commission, saying its members had “premeditated unlawful and criminal subversion of the integrity and constitutionality of the electoral process in order to assist and secure a fraudulent result.”

The petition had also singled out the commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, for allegedly “setting out to subvert the sovereign will of the people of Kenya and overthrow the constitutional order.”

The petition also alleged manipulation of some results forms and computer data and asserts that the actions made the difference in the close election in which Odinga received almost 49% of votes.

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President Tshisekedi of Congo DR appoints new military chiefs amidst growing unrest

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The presidency in the Democratic Republic of Congo has replaced the head of the armed forces as part of broader military reforms aimed at boosting efficiency.

President Felix Tshisekedi appointed Christian Tshiwewe Songhesha, former commander of the Republican Guard, an elite unit in charge of protecting the head of state.

Songhesha replaces Célestin Mbala Musense as the army chief of staff, the government said in a statement late on Monday.

The president’s deputy director of communications, Giscard Kusema, told journalists that the wave of appointments is part of a broader framework of military reform.

He further revealed that “almost the entire staff has been replaced by young officers. Several are from the Republican Guard, but not all, and that’s because they have proven themselves.”

“For years, all the experts have been asking for a military programming law that gives more financial autonomy to the army and flexibility in procedures,” Kusema added.

Congo is one of the troubled zones of East Africa. between 1998 and 2003, government forces supported by Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe fought rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda in what is known as the Second Congo War.

Unfortunately, the wave of unrest does not seem to be over as the country remains a territory for terror acts with multiple attacks lately.

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Chad postpones presidential elections, grants interim President Deby right to contest

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Chadian authority has pushed back democratic elections by two years to extend interim leader Mahamat Idriss Deby’s tenure and make him eligible to run for president in the eventual vote.

There was an initial 18-month transition plan to elections when President Deby seized power in April 2021 after his father, President Idriss Deby, was killed on the battlefield during a conflict with insurgents.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020. The lifting of the sanctions is some sort of relief for the countries who cannot afford more economic restrains than the troubling cases of insurgency already caused them.

There has been clamor from international communities like the African Union, the United States, and other foreign powers that the junta must not monopolize power by extending the transition or fielding presidential candidates.

Under the new arrangements, elections would take place around October 2024. That allows Deby to remain in power until the vote, although his Transitional Military Council will dissolve and be replaced with a transitional government, appointed by Deby.

The current Chadian leader, Deby took the reins of the country after his father was killed during an operation against rebels in April 2021.

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