23 year old student elected member of Parliament in Kenya

Young MPThe family of John Paul Mwirigi are celebrating the fact that he has just become Kenya’s youngest MP after Tuesday’s general election.

The 23-year-old student will be representing a constituency in Meru county in the east of the country.

And his mother gave him milk to drink in a local tradition symbolising the transition from one stage to another. In this case, moving from being an ordinary citizen to a member of parliament:

Mr Mwirigi told me that he did not use any money to campaign. He relied on well wishers and motorcycle riders who ferried him around. Read more

Kenya candidates should ‘abide by the law’, Kerry says

John Kerry giving press conferenceJohn Kerry giving press conferenceUS former Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been observing Kenya’s elections for the Carter Centre, has said that all candidates should abide by the law, whether they win or lose.

Talking to journalists in Nairobi, Mr Kerry added that the observers were not in the country to take sides.

Senegal’s former Prime Minister Aminata Toure, who has been heading the mission alongside Mr Kerry, congratulated the electoral commission, the IEBC, for its great work, and said the election was peaceful.

She also urged all candidates to accept the results. Read more

Nigerian man found guilty of $7m fraud in the US

Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem, a Nigerian man accused of obtaining more than 125,000 stolen taxpayer identities from across the United States has been convicted in a federal court in Oregon.

He was found guilty on 19 counts of mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Kazeem bought over 91,000 of the identities from a Vietnamese hacker who got into a database belonging to an Oregon company called CICS Employment Services. Read more

Mother arrested for collecting money from men to sexually abuse her 12 year old daughter

Nigeria: A mother of five, Mrs Udoaka has been arrested alongside three other men for sexually abusing her 12-year-old daughter in Calabar, Cross River State.

Speaking to Vanguard, one of their neighbours confirmed the story stating that Mrs Udoaka who has five children with five different men collected money from men including a retired 78-year-old soldier, Effiom Okon and four other men, and allowed them touch her child.

The neighbour accused her of collecting N15,000 from the soldier. Read more

Actress Lupita Nyong’o’s father elected Governor of Kisumu County in Kenya

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Lupita Nyong’o’s father, Prof. Anyanga Nyong’o has won the governorship election for Kisumu County in Kenya.

Prof. Nyong’o won 63% of the votes, defeating his rivals, Jackton Ramguma and Christine Otieno. He reportedly got 252, 490 votes.

Jackton Ramguma got 141, 320 which represents 36% of the voters and Christine Otieno got 1919, that’s less than 1% of the votes.

The professor ran under the National Super Alliance coalition. Kisumu is National Super Alliance coalition’s stronghold, and there, the party easily defeated the president’ s Jubilee party.

Kenya election: ‘Dangerous limbo’ ahead of official result

Riot police in KisumuFrom the preliminary presidential election results posted online, it appears that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a convincing victory.

But opposition leader Raila Odinga has cried foul, and presented documents he says are evidence the election was “a fraud”.

While the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rushes to verify the results, supporters on both sides are stuck in an odd limbo.

The streets of Nairobi are quiet, but the alleyways of Mathare slum clatter with the sound of police and protesters exchanging tear gas and stones.

Voting officals count ballots in Kisumu

The biggest slums are mostly opposition strongholds where protests often turn violent, and are usually dealt with harshly by police.  Read more

Police shoot protesters dead in Kenya as violence erupts after opposition leader claims election is a sham

Pictured: A man lies dead on the ground in Nairobi as a crowd stands by as protests rage in Kenya Police have shot dead three people in Kenya after riots erupted in response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim the country’s election was stolen.

He said the electronic voting system had been hacked using the identity of a murdered IT official, with protests breaking out straight after his speech.

Pictured: The man is beaten after he falls at the feet of riot policemen 

Two people were killed in Nairobi as they took advantage of the protests to steal, Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said, with one being shot in the head. Read more

Triumphant Zuma says the ANC is powerful and difficult to beat

President Jacob Zuma was up upbeat moments after he survived yet another motion of no confidence that was debated in Parliament.

In an address punctuated by many “thank yous”, Zuma described the ANC as powerful and difficult to beat.

“I want to thank you especially leaders that came from the provinces, particularly the chairmen and secretaries. I just came to say thank you to all of you,” he said when addressing the hundreds of ANC supporters and members on a screen outside Parliament.

“You came in numbers to demonstrate that the ANC is powerful. It is difficult to defeat the ANC. You can’t try,” Zuma said. Read more

Kenya election 2017: Raila Odinga says election systems hacked

Raila Odinga at news conference, behind him the logo of his movement the National Super Alliance - 9 AugustKenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results.

He rejected early results from Tuesday’s vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya’s election chief Wafula Chebukati said he had confidence in the system but the claims would be investigated.

Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago and there have been calls for calm. Read more

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