Kenya IEBC terminates Chief Election Officer over procurement irregularities

Kenya, after three problematic general elections (2007, 2013, 2017), might finally be showing some initial stirrings of organic action to start to address fraud within the Election Commission. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced today the termination of…

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“Another Fine Mess” in Uganda? Time to read Helen Epstein on “America, Uganda, and the War on Terror” if you haven’t yet

I first bought a copy of "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror", by Helen Epstein, then "hot off the press" as a “sizzling indictment" of our policy in Uganda while evacuated to the Florida Panhandle from…

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Carter Center releases final report on Kenya 2017 elections, finds “major setback in democratic development”, urges momentum on IEBC reform, transparent technology

Here is the link to the Carter Center press release and the full report at 172 pages is here. I am still reviewing the full report, but in summary: Kenya’s 2017 general electoral process was marred by incidents of unrest…

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“The great observer gamble” is a “must read” on the Zimbabwe election and international election observation

An important election and election observation drama is playing out now in Zimbabwe, and "The great observer gamble" (free feature) in Africa Confidential is the key explainer. Subhead: "After an eight-month charm offensive wooing bankers and diplomats, the government is…

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More context: what happened between Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 that might have changed State Department priorities on democratic reform in Kenya and Kibaki’s re-election?

One key event: the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in December 2006. See my post from September 2011: David Axe on “America’s Somalia Experiment”–a timely reminder of policy in the Horn of Africa in 2007-08. Quoting Axe in The Diplomat: The…

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USAID documents show profound U.S. policy shift in Kenya from disappointment on reforms and corruption in 2005-06 to Ranneberger’s April 2007 “building capital” with Kibaki

In my last post I discussed the late FOIA release of an April 2007 cable setting out U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger's explanation of a policy of hands-off neutrality on election reform proposals, and a "plague on both their houses" view…

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