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Kenyan VP Ruto in slight lead as presidential election results trickle in

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto, is currently enjoying a slight lead over his main rival, Raila Odinga, in the country’s presidential election as partial results begin to trickle in.

As the citizens of the eastern African country await the final collation and announcement of results of the election held on Tuesday, August 9, initial released results on Sunday show that Ruto scored 51.25 percent of the vote, reversing the earlier lead by Odinga who had scored 48.09 percent as at Saturday.

The partial results coming from the electoral body, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), are from about 50 percent of constituencies, according to a statement on its website.

Official vote tallying has been proceeding slowly which has heightening public anxiety but IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has blamed the slow process on party agents, who are allowed to scrutinise results forms before they are added to the final tally.

Ruto and Odinga are the two frontline candidates in line to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose two-term has come to an end. Kenyatta has endorsed Odinga after falling out with Ruto following the last election, Ruto has largely enjoyed the support of the masses who feel Kenyatta is trying to impose Odinga on them.

The importance of the election in Kenya cannot be over-emphasised as it holds a break or mar potential for the East African region and its ability to run a smooth transition from one government to another.

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Nigeria Decides: Ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, missing as political parties sign peace pact

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As the 2023 presidential elections draw closer in Nigeria, leading candidates have signed an accord toward a peaceful electioneering process.

The symbolic pact is organized by the National Peace Committee (NPC), chaired by Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former military Head of State.

In attendance were candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP); and Omoyele Sowore, standard bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC), were present at the event.

However, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not present but was represented on Thursday by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

The pact is symbolic as most elections in Africa are often characterized by violence. The timeliness of the pact is rife as the 2023 electoral season officially began on Wednesday, 27 of September which marks the commencement of political campaigns.

In April 2022, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a report said more than 1,149  persons, including INEC employees and security officers, were killed in the three elections held in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

According to INEC, ballot papers, cubicles, and other materials were similarly destroyed.

As Nigerians hope to turn their lot at the next elections, they would also hope to be alive to witness the change, the outcomes depend on them, the public.

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Kenya: President Ruto unveils cabinet, appoints ex-central bank governor, Njuguna Ndung’u, as finance minister

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In Kenya, former central bank governor, Njuguna Ndung’u has been appointed as finance minister as the East African country battles rising inflation, a heavy debt burden, and drought.

The Kenyan President, William Ruto who was recently sworn in made the announcement on Tuesday when unveiling members of his cabinet.

“Today, I am proud to announce the men and women who will serve in the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya. It is important we set up the new Cabinet early to take charge and realize the plans and agenda we promised to the people of Kenya.

“I also appreciate the political parties that joined us, UDA, to form the Kenya Kwanza alliance. From Ford-Kenya to Maendeleo Chap Chap and others,” Ruto stated.

The president also announced that his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua will deputize him in all duties which will be gazetted upon the issue of an Executive Order.

 

See the full list below:

  1. Prime Cabinet Secretary – Musalia Mudavadi
  2. CS Interior – Professor Kithure Kindiki
  3. Treasury and Social Planning – Njuguna Ndung’u
  4. Public Service – Aisha Jumwa
  5. Defence – Aden Duale
  6. Water and Sanitation – Alice Wahome
  7. Foreign Affairs – Alfred Mutua
  8. Trade, Investment, and Industry – Moses Kuria
  9. East African Community – Rebecca Miano
  10. Transport and Roads – Kipchumba Murkome
  11. Environment – Soipan Tuya
  12. Lands and Housing – Zachariah Njeru
  13. Tourism – Peninah Malonza
  14. Agriculture – Mithika Linturi
  15. Health – Susan Nakhumicha
  16. ICT – Eliud Owalo
  17. Education – Ezekiel Machogu
  18. Energy and Petroleum – Davis Chirchir
  19. Sports – Ababu Namwamba
  20. Cooperatives – Simon Chelugui
  21. Mining – Salim Mvurya
  22. Labour and Social Protection – Florence Florence Bore
  23. Advisor on women’s rights – Harriet Kigai
  24. Advisor on National Security advisor- Monica Juma
  25. Attorney General – Muturi Njoka
  26. Secretary to the cabinet- Mercy Wanjao

The new finance minister, Professor Ndung’u, is an economics expert who led the central bank between 2007 and 2015. He is renowned for presiding over the expansion of the financial sector and condemnation for prioritizing growth over price stability in 2011.

The president reiterated that the cabinet was formed with the understanding of the dire economic situation the East African country currently faces.

“We appreciate that we have a difficult economic situation on our hands,” the president said as he unveiled his cabinet.

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