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Ruto’s Party Wins Governorship of Kenya’s Capital
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Ruto’s Party Wins Governorship of Kenya’s Capital

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Deputy President William Ruto's party has won the governorship of Kenya's capital Nairobi, the election commission announced on Sunday, handing Ruto's party control of East Africa's wealthiest city.Johnson Sakaja, a former senator for Nairobi, won the race in Tuesday's election, announced Nairobi county returning officer Albert Gogo.(Reporting by George Obulutsa; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Frances Kerry)Political Cartoons on World Leaders Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters. Source link
What to Know About Kenya’s Upcoming Presidential Election | Best Countries
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What to Know About Kenya’s Upcoming Presidential Election | Best Countries

Kenya’s general election on Tuesday is a consequential one: Regardless of the results, it will see the exit of a two-term president and new leadership tasked with improving the financial health of a country mired in economic issues.But after previous elections in Kenya were marred by violence and defined heavily by ethnic disputes, these are shaping up to be “the most boring elections in Kenyan history,” asserts Ngala Chome, a Kenyan political commentator and Horn of Africa analyst with Sahan Research, a think tank with an office in Kenya. In fact, the lead-up could be described as “one of the most calm and peaceful pre-election periods we have ever witnessed in recent times,” adds Karuti Kanyinga, director of the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies.That’s not to s...
Women Candidates in Kenyan Elections Endure Abuse and Attacks
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Women Candidates in Kenyan Elections Endure Abuse and Attacks

By Ayenat Mersie and Judy OmondiNAIROBI (Reuters) - Liz Njue, a Kenyan psychologist who wanted to stand for a county assembly seat, had just arrived to vote in her party primary when opponents attacked her, pulling her hair and tearing her blouse. She fled without casting her ballot and lost the race.Njue is one of dozens of female candidates who have been physically assaulted during campaigning for presidential, legislative and local elections on Aug. 9, according to the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.Such violence deters all but the most determined women from contesting, said Mercy Mwangi, the association's programme coordinator, adding that most cases go unreported."People are saying, 'We want women in politics, we want more women to get these political seats'. But how are the...