23 September Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Junet writes to Speaker Wetang’ula on Azimio line-up Suna East Junet Mohamed has listed Mr Opiyo Wandayi as the Majority Leader, Robert Mbui as his deputy, himself as the Majority Whip and nominated MP Sabina Chege as his deputy. The move by Mr Mohamed

16th September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA ‘Shame on Judiciary’, says Raila in first speech since Supreme Court verdict Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has spoken publicly for the first time Thursday since the Supreme Court upheld the presidential election results, by lashing out at the verdict as

2nd September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Chebukati role: Lawyers disagree in petition row Lawyers representing electoral agency chairman Wafula Chebukati yesterday defended his role as the presidential election returning officer, citing a 2017 Supreme Court ruling they said provided clarity on the matter. Mr Chebukati’s role in the presidential election

Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

On August 27, Azimio la Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga revealed that he had a telephone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guteres where they talked about the recent developments in Kenya. Furthermore, Raila mentioned that the region is making progress to deal with the

26th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Karua: 19 foreigners, two Kenyans helped rig election  The 2022 presidential election was rigged way before August 9 through 21 individuals— 19 foreigners and two Kenyans—who had access to the electoral agency’s technology, Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua

Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

Significant political event of the week: On Monday, August 22, the Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate. Raila Odinga filed his petition challenging the presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.  The case will be heard and determined by September 4, 2022. Two voters moved

Shifting political alliances post-election: Likely fate of coalition parties

Following the declaration of Deputy President William Ruto as the President-elect by the IEBC chairman, a number of elected Members of Parliament allied to the Azimio la Umoja coalition have shifted camp to the Kenya Kwanza coalition.  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) party, a constituent

After the hard work to woo Kenyans, the harder work to deliver begins

William Ruto this week took to his new status with authority and political wiliness. In his first meeting with elected leaders and representatives from his coalition, he made assurances on the freedom of expression and association and sought to bring everybody together. Dr Ruto also

19th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila Odinga’s grip on Coast weakened as William Ruto’s poll strategy pays off Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga may have won the vote battle in Coast, but President-elect William Ruto made significant inroads in the region the former

General Election Winners & Losers

The Sentiment this week sought to analyse some of the institutions and individuals involved in the General Election and how they have emerged from the process. WINNERS IEBC Wafula Chebukati, the commission’s chairman, had a twinkle in his eye as he encouraged the public and

12th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Swearing-in date of president-elect to be public holiday, Kinyua says The date of the swearing in of the president-elect will be declared a public holiday, Kinyua clarified, adding that the mandate of the committee will be triggered once the electoral commission formally announces a

Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

On Tuesday, August 9, Kenyans across the country and in the diaspora headed to polling stations to cast their vote. For the first time after 50 years of being stateless, the Shona community cast their votes. This came after President Uhuru Kenyatta granted full Kenyan

5th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru plotting to disrupt elections, William Ruto now says  Deputy President William Ruto Thursday launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing his boss of planning to disrupt the General Election set for Tuesday. The Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate claimed the president

Election Countdown: 3 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 General Election day 9th August, 2022 Significant political event of the week: On Monday, August 1,  Education CS George Magoha directed schools to release learners for a break ahead

Towards poll D-day: Misinformation tactics raise tension, keep media busy

The electoral commission on Thursday invited the four presidential candidates for a consultative meeting over the printing of results forms. At the same time, rumours surfaced on social media and were subsequently shared through messaging apps, that the police had raided the headquarters of a

29th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Ruto closing in on Raila lead, latest Tifa poll shows Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga is still the most popular presidential candidate at 46.7 percent, but Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto is closing in on him at 44.6 percent, a new Tifa opinion

Election Countdown: 10 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 General Election day 9th August, 2022 Significant political event of the week: The IEBC denounced claims  that government security agencies at JKIA had detained ballot papers allegedly imported outside

22nd July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Venezuelan found with IEBC stickers detained at airport  Preparations for the upcoming elections were Thursday thrown into confusion after customs officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) detained suspicious election material from a foreigner who had just arrived in the country. Venezuelan Comarco

Election Countdown: 17 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

Delay by Government Press to gazette House sitting exposes its soft underbelly as the country heads into the elections

The Government Printer has come under increased scrutiny this week after the Speaker of the National Assembly called off a special sitting following the failure to gazette the special sitting. Speaker Justin Muturi had called for a special sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday,

15th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside UDA’s strategy to gain control of Parliament and the county assemblies  Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will have a head start in the battle for control of the National Assembly, the Senate, County Assemblies and the Council of Governors. An

A month to go and IEBC is scrambling

Despite its best efforts, and more than four years to get its act together, the electoral commission faces the same challenges it did in 2017 when it bore the embarrassment of the presidential election annulled. Perhaps the greatest failure has been in the management of

8th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Boycott election? Never, we’re not cowards, vows Azimio flagbearer Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has declared that his team will not boycott the August 9 General Election even as he exuded confidence that they would win by more than

Election Countdown: 31 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

Efforts to relieve consumers start, but bigger issues remain

A combination of decisions this week have provided some relief and could reduce the political pressure on the administration as it sees out its last days in office. Via the Finance Act, the Treasury reduced the tax on cooking gas, giving consumers relief in the

Despite a slow justice system, Waititu’s goose appears to be cooking

A bank official testified this week that a company owned by former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu received kickbacks from a contractor. Using statements, cheques and other documentation, the Equity Bank employee said he helped investigators piece together the transactions showing Waititu received the money from

1st July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila heads to Migori, Ruto expected to unveil manifesto Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga will on Thursday take his campaigns to Migori county. His running mate Martha Karua will take the Azimio gospel to Kisii County. This is part of their planned five-day tour

Election Countdown: 38 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

Cost of fuel and food will steadily take centre stage in the campaigns this season

The Petroleum Principal Secretary, Mr Andrew Kamau, forgot that you “don’t joke with a hungry man” after his assertion this week that Kenyans are practically paying no taxes for fuel due to the subsidy to oil marketing funds caused an uproar. Still, the authorities have

24th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Why Ruto changed tune on his plan to abolish CBC Deputy President William Ruto has made a major turnabout on an earlier pledge to abolish the competency-based curriculum (CBC). Dr Ruto has instead promised a hybrid system of education if his Kenya Kwanza Alliance

Election Countdown: 45 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties participating in the General Election to submit their Party List to IEBC. 25th June, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the

Uhuru could be silently winning in Nairobi and Kiambu in a week Sakaja’s degree saga refused to let up

There was a hint of desperation in Johnson Sakaja’s voice as he sought to drag President Kenyatta into the troubles over his degree that have bedevilled him to no end this week. Although he insisted that the President, who was once his benefactor, was behind

17th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA DCI links Sakaja to global crime ring as ‘fake’ degree saga takes another twist  Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was Thursday night facing arrest after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that he was a suspect in an international criminal syndicate even as his

Election Countdown: 52 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties participating in the General Election to submit their Party List to IEBC 25th June, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the

Under pressure, IEBC needs to manage stakeholders

It will take a special process for the National Assembly to hold a sitting following last Thursday’s adjournment of its sittings indefinitely. Among the institutions that had hoped to have its issues resolved before the legislators effectively closed shop was the electoral commission, which had

10th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Block These People From Polls, EACC Tells Chebukati The anti-corruption watchdog Thursday put pressure on 241 aspirants facing integrity probes barred from contesting in the forthcoming General Election. However, efforts by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) were opposed by the electoral commission, which

Election Countdown: 59 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period 29th May 2022 – 6th August 2022 Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Assembly Elections 1st June 2022 – 7th June 2022. Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for

A very short story of Uhuru-Ruto’s rekindled bromance

The public camaraderie exhibited by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto, during the annual National Prayer Breakfast on May 26, 2022, flickered out just four days later, during the Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1. During the annual National Prayer Breakfast day,

3rd June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside the deal that saw Kalonzo rejoin Azimio coalition Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has secured Cabinet slots and a commitment of law change to create the post of Prime Minister, which he will hold, should Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga form the next government.

Election Countdown: 66 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Woman Member to the National Assembly elections. 1st June, 2022 to 3rd June, 2022. Nomination of political party

27th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA In the Iron Lady of Kenyan politics, a statement of belief Raila Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua has excited sections of the population, especially the millions of Kenyan women and young girls who see her as the embodiment of a promise come true. Whether

Election Countdown: 73 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Presidential Election 29th May, 2022 to 6th June, 2022. Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the National Assembly Elections 29th May, 2022 to 31st May, 2022

After dust settles on presidential running mates, manifestos are next as campaigns begin

Rigathi Gachagua, William Ruto’s running mate, is reported to have caused disquiet within the Deputy President’s campaign team over a series of tactless remarks he has made since his appointment.  The latest was made on Inooro FM earlier this week, where he suggested that a

Work is cut out for Raila and Ruto after long wait for running mates ends

In the days after they unveiled their choice of running mate, Raila Odinga and William Ruto have had the opportunity to sit back, watch the reactions and listen to feedback on their choices. Mr Odinga will be happy about what has been said of his

20th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Fresh hurdle as Raila’s Azimio legality challenged in court Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party, one of the two major political formations in the lead-up to the August 9 elections, faces a fresh hurdle after two petitioners challenged its legality at the High

Election Countdown: 80 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Presidential candidates deliver to IEBC a list of at least 2,000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties 23rd May, 2022 Days for the nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Presidential Election

Sonko Mombasa bid a test for much more than Joho

Impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been the cause of a small-scale storm in Raila Odinga’s Azimio coalition. It initially seemed that Sonko had retired to Mombasa as an entrepreneur. He runs a club in the coastal city that he has worked to popularize on

13th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Mudavadi, Karua lead in running mate race, Wiper Party boss a distant second Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Narc Kenya colleague Martha Karua are the most preferred running mates for Deputy President William Ruto and his main challenger Raila Odinga,

Election Countdown : 87 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline IEBC to publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates    13th May, 2022. Political parties intending to present a Presidential and Deputy Presidential candidates through party primaries or

IEBC preparedness next on the radar

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission this week announced the start of the verification of the voters’ register, more than two months behind schedule.  The commission, abbreviated IEBC, is traditionally kept on its toes by the political parties through their party leaders and stakeholders such

6th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru offers Kenneth and Sabina in search for Raila running mate Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Peter Kenneth and Ms Martha Karua are among 20 individuals whose names have been submitted to a panel vetting running mate candidates for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential

Running mate dilemma postponed but cost of living issues persist

The camps of both leading presidential candidates put aside their rivalry this week to push a pliable electoral commission to extend the deadline for the submission of their running mates by 20 days.  While the names of the candidates and their mates were originally scheduled

28th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Azimio, Kenya Kwanza allied MPs turn Kibaki sitting to political duel  A special sitting of the National Assembly to mourn former President Mwai Kibaki was reduced to a political duel between Azimio la Umoja, One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza coalitions. The sitting was called

Election Countdown: 102 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

Odinga’s stakeholders show their hand

Faced with pressure from different directions over a decision on his running mate, Raila Odinga this week resorted to a politically secure method – having the decision determined by a committee. While it had always seemed like Kalonzo Musyoka would return to the spot beside

22nd April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Bloodbath: MCAs rejected in Ruto, Raila strongholds It was a bloodbath for a majority of Ward Reps in the strongholds of Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as voters rejected them in the party primaries last week. Almost 90 per

Election Countdown: 108 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts. 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

14th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Key races in Rift Valley, Mt Kenya as UDA holds primaries Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto are today facing a fight for their political lives when the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) conducts nominations in 36 of the 47 counties, a logistical nightmare

Party leaders take on nominations

The reporting on the United Democratic Alliance nominations suggested that there was widespread chaos in parts of the 36 counties where the party headed by Deputy President William Ruto was holding its primaries.  The party’s top officials and communication team were however happy that they

Election Countdown: 116 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

Raila, Ruto struggle to avoid nomination fallouts

Raila Odinga endured a tough day on Thursday as he worked to convince parties in the coalition that he would continue to cater to their interests as the nominations ahead of the General Election begin. Mr Odinga would end up making a U-turn on a

8th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  IEBC gets Sh22 billion extra for August elections The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been given an extra Sh21.7 billion to conduct the elections in August. The new funding, announced by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani while detailing his budget highlights

Election Countdown: 122 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

After the death of BBI, the Finance Bill is the next battlefield

Every party took something from the judgement by the Supreme Court that ended the journey for the bid to amend the Constitution that started with the Building Bridges Initiative.    Those opposed to the bid, Deputy President William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza group, took the

1st April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru’s own goal: How President’s hand in BBI campaign bungled initiative President Kenyatta seems to have scored an own goal in his quest to amend the Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). This is after the Supreme Court held on Thursday that his

Election Countdown: 129 day to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts. 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

Martha Karua solves one dilemma, others to come

Martha Karua this week announced her decision to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio movement, ending weeks of speculation about her political direction.  It was evident from Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s reaction that they had hoped to work with Ms Karua to deliver support for Deputy

25th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA MPs slash Sh500m from vaccine plant budget Parliament has slashed the budget set aside for building a factory in Kenya to make vaccines including for Covid-19 by Sh500 million. This is after the Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) backed the Health Committee’s recommendation to

Election Countdown: 136 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

18th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Make public coalition deal, Azimio parties now demand  Five disputes are derailing the Azimio la Umoja agreement, with protests by some parties about the document that named Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga the coalition’s presidential flag bearer. The Nation has established that

Raila’s big three issues

As he travelled to the United Kingdom this week, Raila Odinga was hoping to outdo his main competitor, Deputy President William Ruto, but left behind a campaign in trouble just months to the elections.  Mr Odinga’s biggest headaches come from:  His running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka,

Ruto ups the ante again

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies spent the past week in the Kiambu East region, starting from Thika earlier in the week and traversing through both Gatundu constituencies later.  Dr Ruto has decided to take the President head-on after his erstwhile ally openly showed

Election Countdown: 143 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

OKA fights undermine Kalonzo’s resolve

Nick Salat, Kanu’s secretary-general, is not a diplomat. This was evident this week as he chided Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his apparent indecision over whether to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio. Mr Musyoka was initially thought to be a shoo-in to join Mr Odinga,

Peace efforts ramped up months to the election

With less than six months to the General Election, peace stakeholders have sprung into action in efforts to prevent election-related violence. Last Tuesday, the National Cohesion and Integrated Commission and the United Nations hosted the Uwiano Platform for Peace; Strategic Coordination and Peace. The event

11th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Nick Salat’s vitriol confounds OKA leaders  A fierce war of words broke out yesterday between allies of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, exposing the growing rift in One Kenya Alliance (OKA) over plans to join Azimio la Umoja. Still reeling

Election Countdown: 151 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

Headwinds in Raila’s attempt to build a winning combination with Kalonzo as duo struggle to repair relations

All along, it had seemed to Raila Odinga and his supporters that Kalonzo Musyoka would easily agree to cross over and accept to be his running mate, but things have changed drastically. This week, Mr Musyoka revealed to the public an agreement struck between the

4th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Kenyan politics marred with blackmail, intimidation, Ruto tells Americans  Deputy President William Ruto has said that there is a lot of blackmail and intimidation ahead of the August 9 polls. Speaking at the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice in Maryland, US,

Election Countdown: 158 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

25th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Why Uhuru is Ruto’s new nightmare  President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aggressive performance on the political stage could upset his deputy’s strategy and potentially dismantle Kenya Kwanza’s political arithmetic. Uhuru on Wednesday began mobilising his Mt Kenya political backyard to support ODM leader Raila Odinga and

Election Countdown: 164 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022 Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

DP Ruto heads out West

Deputy President William Ruto has rattled his competitors with the news that he will this weekend embark on a 10-day tour of the United States of America and the United Kingdom.  According to his Head of International Relations, Ababu Namwamba, Dr Ruto is scheduled to

Sagana III sparks the endless back and forth

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s third big meeting at Sagana State Lodge went as widely expected.  He castigated his deputy for starting his campaigns earlier than necessary, denying knowledge of the Handshake before it happened and then suggested that he had been involved in corruption before he

Election Countdown: 172 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

18th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Kalonzo: OKA and Azimio in talks to form super alliance  Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has given the clearest hint that a deal between the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja could be sealed soon. Mr Kalonzo said although

As deadlines loom, so do familiar problems

Raila Odinga returned from a 10-day tour to an opinion poll saying that Peter Kenneth would be his best bet for running mate.  On the other hand, according to a poll by The Star, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua is the right man for Deputy President

Election Countdown: 179 days to go

Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit Party Membership lists to the IEBC April 9, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names of personscontesting in the

11th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Forget about Mt Kenya, Anne Waiguru tells Uhuru Kenyatta Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has vowed to teach President Kenyatta a political lesson in his Mt Kenya backyard for abandoning Deputy President William Ruto in the succession race. Once a close ally of the President,

Future of politics in Kenya: Electoral system and poor leadership blamed for voter apathy

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reported that it captured 1,031,645 new voters in its second National Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration exercise against a target of 4.5 million. The registration exercise came to an end on February 6, 2022. In the first phase

As he demands a solid deal, Kalonzo could hold the cards

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka was earlier this week given the greenlight by his Wiper party to negotiate pre-election deals.  Not that he needed permission, as he has nevertheless been approached and is still in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), but he has over time

Elections Countdown: 186 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit the Party Membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the

4th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Kimunya election bill causes online storm  The introduction of a Bill seeking to bring back manual transmission of election results, which was last used in 2007, has elicited mixed reactions on the internet since Wednesday, February 2,  and the better part of Thursday morning.

Election Data Concerns: IEBC, private sector and the public face risks

Against the backdrop of the 2022 General Election, Kenyans have been receiving unsolicited political messages, as political parties clamber to influence voters. Voter registration has been in overdrive, currently in the second phase of the enhanced continuous voter registration due to end on February 6,

Government business continuity following anticipated mass resignation of key public officers

Succession in government offices has been making headlines following the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that public officers seeking elective posts should resign.The IEBC has gazetted notice that public officers vying in the August elections, should resign from public office on

Joint opposition to manual submission of presidential results could neutralize tensions

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has sparked a fresh round of controversy in political circles just after the fight over the law determining how coalitions are formed ended.  The electoral commission has proposed changes to the Elections Act, with the apparently most controversial

28th January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru’s assent to coalition parties bill opens new political battlefront  President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speedy assent to the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill has heralded a new political order that will see presidential contenders compete to form coalitions with rival camps, and potentially thrown the August

Highlights of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (“Amendment Act”). Following an acrimonious debate in the National Assembly, the Senate on Wednesday, January 26,  passed the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021, without any amendments. The new law now sets

Mudavadi’s political move and enactment of parties law roll the ball for coalitions

In the months before he announced an alliance with Deputy President William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi had been working to change his profile.  He had become more assertive and angled his messaging towards the economy and reminding Kenyans that it was when he joined the Treasury

21st January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru bans scrap metal business over increased vandalism President Kenyatta has banned exports and dealings in scrap metal, hitting hard traders currently operating in the sector. Speaking at the National Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County,  during a passing out parade on Wednesday, Mr