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#KeyanDecides: US delegation in Nairobi, meets President Kenyatta, Ruto, Odinga

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Following the recent conclusion of presidential election in Kenya, an American delegation of legislators arrived in Nairobi to meet President-elect William Ruto, opposition figure Raila Odinga, and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The US lawmakers led by senator from Delaware, Chris Coons, landed in the country Wednesday night and was received by Meg Whitman, the US Ambassador to Kenya.

Ambassador Whitman revealed that the US delegation will meet the Kenyan leaders “to discuss shared goals – health, security, and economic prosperity.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta with US Senator, Chris Coons, after the US delegations arrived Nairobi on 18 August 2022

President Uhuru Kenyatta said he is committed to fostering peace in the transition period following his meeting with the delegation.

Kenya would “remain steadfast in entrenching the principles of good governance to ensure the country upholds its position of a shining example of democracy in the continent by maintaining peace during this transition period.” President Kenyatta said.

The delegation also met with the president-elect, Dr William Ruto with other members of his Kenya Kwanza Alliance to discuss “US-Kenya strategic partnership, promotion of peace and ways to strengthen both economies.”

Ruto confirmed meeting the US delegation in a tweet on Thursday.

The team from US also met Raila Odinga, who came second in the election and discussed developments on the polls and “shared democratic values.”

The US delegation led by Senator Chris Coons when they met Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga and his team in Nairobi

The meetings come days after opposition figure Raila Odinga, who lost in the election vowed to explore “all legal options” to challenge the result of the elections.

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto was declared the winner of a close presidential elections on Monday after defeating veteran contester, Raila Odinga having garnered 50.49 percent of the valid votes cast against Odinga’s 48.85 percent.

However, four commissioners of the electoral body, including the Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, have disputed the results, saying the last phase of the tallying process was done without transparency, causing a split in the commission.

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Recalcitrant Mali to snub ECOWAS sanctions on Guinea in defence of ‘fraternity’

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Mali has continued its recalcitrant posture in the international space as its interim prime minister has revealed that the country will not apply sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Guinea.

Mali’s government spokesman and interim prime minister, Abdoulaye Maiga, in a statement said the country would not respect the sanctions out of loyalty and diplomatic it has with Guinea.

“Taking into account the solidarity and fraternity between Mali and Guinea, the transitional government has decided to break away from all illegal, inhumane, and illegitimate sanctions imposed on (Guinea) and will take no action on them,” Maiga, said.

The regional bloc, ECOWAS in July lifted sanctions imposed on Mali and Burkina Faso after both announced time table for democratic transition but the sanction on Guinea remained after the body had rejected the three years calendar proposed by the ruling junta led by Colonel Mamady Dumbouya .

The bloc, last week imposed sanctions on Guinea’s ruling junta for taking too long to organize elections and restore democracy after seizing power last year.

Some of the sanction measures include freezing junta members’ financial assets and barring them from travelling to other countries in the region.

Mali, one in Guinea and one in 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.

Mali under the current military junta of Colonel Goita has severed diplomatic relations with some allies, notably France which has been helpful with military support in the fight against terrorism.

The country has also had diplomatic loggerheads with other entities like Ivory Coast, the United Nations, Germany, and Egypt amongst others.

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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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