Catch the webcast, live Thursday morning 9:30-11:00 EST:
“Raila Odinga on the Kenyan Elections” with Amb. Mark Bellamy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
The link will also take you to the video for CSIS Africa programs addressing the Kenyan election in June, July, August and September.
Meanwhile, the AP has a story out this afternoon widely re-published in American newspapers: “After Kenyan vote drama, successionist talk hits the mainstream“.
The succession concern may likely have resonance in Washington given U.S. interests, although my sense is that the economic boycotts are the most salient message in Nairobi. During the PEV period following the corrupted 2007 election, ODM backed off on threats of such economic boycotts which seemed risky as unprecedented and perhaps perceived to be “over the top”.
Vogue gives us “Three Nairobi Fitness Excursions Prove There’s Plenty of Life Beyond the Safari” for Americans who want to play around the city after their “humanitarian” trip to Kakamega from the U.S.
And the Carter Center has released a statement on the October 26 re-vote mirroring the State Department’s call for “national dialogue”: “Repeat poll polarized Kenya: Carter Center” headlined the Daily Nation.
Update: A Thursday story in The Star reports that “British Army may pull out of Kenya, decision by end of month“. The issue is KDF approval for leases of private land in Laikipia, the established practice, as opposed to a restriction to using only Kenyan government property.
For a good overview, see “The Kenya Election Crisis, Explained” at UNDispatch by Kimberly Curtis.
Worthwhile viewing! RAO may drop a few bombshells during this rather important event…