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Activist Petitions Court To Ban Public Officials Running Against President Uhuru

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As Presidential campaigns heat up in Kenya, an aggressive political activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a petition seeking to force Deputy President William Ruto and any other public officers seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta to resign ahead of nominations.

In a case filed under a certificate of urgency, Mr Omtatah said any public officer, including a sitting deputy president, governor, deputy governor, MP or MCA must vacate office before nomination as a presidential candidate.

He argues that it is discriminatory to require public servants to resign if they want to seek an elective seat as per Section 43(5) & (5A) of the Elections Act while allowing those elected to continue serving.

“A declaration be and is hereby issued that a sitting president, a sitting deputy president, a sitting governor, and a sitting deputy governor must vacate office before they can be elected to elective positions other than the ones they hold,” he said in the petition.

Mr Omtatah further says sections of the Elections Act contradict the provisions of Article 83(3) of the Constitution, which require that administrative arrangements for the conduct of elections shall be designed to facilitate, and shall not deny, an eligible citizen the right to stand for election.

“Public officers, like other citizens, have freedom of expression, of demonstration and the rights of every Kenyan citizen to campaign for a political party or cause and to be a candidate for public office. These rights may be limited, but only for a good reason,” he said.

Activist Okiya Omtatah

Last year, the High Court ruled that a sitting President, MP, governor or MCA who intends to vie for any position in the General Election, upon the expiry of the current electoral cycle, need not resign before the election.

The judge, however, ruled that a State officer and any other public officer, other than those holding the elective seats and intend to vie in the polls, must resign within 14 days of the issuance of a notice of General Election by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission or before party nominations are held, whichever comes first.

“It, therefore, means that the President, Members of Parliament, Governors and Members of the County Assemblies do not have to explicitly resign as the law renders them out of office on the second Tuesday of August every fifth year, of course except the President during the temporary incumbency under Article 134 of the Constitution,” the Judge said.

Justice Mrima said a common thread in the term of office for the President, MPs, Governors and MCAs is five years and that, elections to those offices are held on the second Tuesday of August every fifth year.

While an appeal on the matter is pending before the Court of Appeal, several petitions have been filed by civil servants who do not want to resign by February 9, to seek elective seats.

 

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Force Israel to Withdraw to pre-1967 Boundary- Palestine FM

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Riad Malki the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister has called upon the international community to pressure Israel to return to the pre-1967 boundaries.

The Palestinian Foreign Minister said the two state solution will not work and the world should prepare to eulogize about it.

“There is urgency because this conflict has a solution that may still be available today and that will no longer be viable tomorrow,” Malki told the UN Security Council during its monthly meeting on the conflict.

“The two-State solution… does not need you by its bedside to share comforting words. It needs you to save it. Absent this sense of urgency, prepare yourself to attend the funeral of this solution with all the consequences of such a death for the lives of millions of people, Palestinians and others,” said Malki.

Malki spoke in the midst of a prolonged absence of any peace process to resolve the conflict.

Malki told the UNSC that it was a mistake to wait to take any action, as if time would allow for the issue to resolve itself.

“Can anyone seriously argue that we should wait for Israel to be ready to end its occupation on its own, to wake up one day wiser and decide to redeem itself?” he asked.

“Is there anyone around this table who believes this is a rational or winning strategy?”

Israelis and Palestinians did not attend the Madrid Conference in 1991 because they wanted to, Malki explained, they went because they felt like they had no choice.

If former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir had his druthers, the conference would never have occurred, Malki said.

Thirty years later, that same kind of pressure must be applied to force Israel to engage in an internationalized peace process, he said.

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Why Does Israel Want To Return to African Union?

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Some member countries of the African Union are rejecting a lobby by Israel to return to African Union (AU) as an observer and has still not been confirmed.

In February 2022, Israel is preparing to open a new chapter in its long relationship with the continent, by obtaining observer status with the African Union (AU).

First granted last July, this accreditation was denounced in September by more than twenty member countries, upset at having been put, according to them, before the fact accomplished by Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The Chadian chairman of the AU Commission had no choice but to reconsider his position. The question will be posed to all 55 member states at the next heads of state summit, scheduled for Addis Ababa in February 2022.

A formality?

“A formality” for several Israeli observers, who are rather confident when listing their country’s support within the Pan-African organization. Officially, Israel has indeed not had so many African friends for many decades.

“We have to go back to the 1950s, when Israel had more than thirty embassies across the continent,” says researcher Emmanuel Navon.

The country then sat in the Organization of African Unity (OAU) with, already, this observer status which it is now seeking to recover. It was dispossessed of it in 2002 when the continent chose the path of the African Union.

Since the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, the continent has shown great unity on the Israeli question.

In the aftermath of the conflict, all African countries had officially severed their diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv, encouraged by an OAU largely under the influence of the Arab countries of the continent.

Twenty years after Israel’s forced departure, the most ardent opponents of its return are still the same.

They are just fewer in number than in the past, their numbers having diminished as Tel Aviv normalized its relations with the mainland in the aftermath of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

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If Libya in decline obviously no longer exercises the same influence in the AU as in the time of Muammar Gaddafi, Algeria quickly protested against the “obviousness” of the decision taken by the commission, and it quickly gathered around it the great majority of the Muslim countries of the continent, from Mauritania to Djibouti.

Only Morocco and Sudan, in the process of rapprochement with Israel, are missing, as well as Chad, which restored diplomatic relations with the latter in 2018, after the historic visit there by President Idriss Déby Itno.

The other fierce opponents of an Israeli return to the AU are to be found in the far south of the continent, in Zimbabwe, Namibia or Botswana.

These countries have followed in the footsteps of South Africa, which has become, since 1994 and the arrival of the ANC in power, the great defender of the Palestinian cause on the continent.

“Since the situation in Palestine has not changed, there is no reason for Israel’s status to change”, advances this time again the camp of the refusal, as it had already done, with success, during the requests previous ones of 2013 and 2016.

A heavy procedural battle has therefore started in Addis Ababa, scheduled to end with a simple majority vote which, if it were to be secret, could hold surprises.

Otherwise, Israel would put an end to exactly twenty years of absence, to resume its place among the 90 external partners today accredited to the AU.

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DRC Expels 101 Rwandans

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A total of 101 Rwandans have been expelled from Democratic Republic of Congo for lack of proper documentation.

According to the Congolese government, the Rwandans were expelled Thursday, January 13, 2022 by the Congolese authorities in close collaboration with their counterparts in Rwanda.

Details indicate that the Rwandans had fled their country claiming they were running away from alleged forced vaccination against Cvid-19.

Local authorities said their repatriation was conducted in a climate of perfect harmony between the Congolese authorities and the Rwandan authorities.

“We were told to close our suitcases. We are here in the DRC, but we do not know where we are going. We do not want to go back to our country. We want to stay here. We ask organizations that frame refugees to ensure our safety, “said a Rwandan woman speaking to Top Congo radio.

“I contacted the governor of Rubavu who confirmed to me that they have arrived at home in Rwanda. They were 101. All provisions were taken to allow them to arrive without problem. A boat was made available to them,”said a Congolese official.

On the Rwandan side, the authorities did not understand why these people “having the same religious conviction” disinterested in anti-Covid-19 vaccination.

Local sources in Idjwi have informed that some people have tried to evade during the repatriation operation but they have quickly been caught up. They say they already feared for their security once back in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Ambassador in the DRC, Vincent Karega said he did not understand why this group had to flee Rwanda on the grounds of escaping vaccination, which is universal.

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