Mocking democracy: Government of Kenya announces “Kenyan Asian community backs President Kenyatta’s re-election”

[Update: The Daily Nation, "State Officials on the campaign trail":  "The Jubilee administration has deployed civil servants and key government officials on vote hunting missions across the country in contravention of the law."] Let it not be said that there is…

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Latest Kenya election remarks from Amb. Godec emphasize need for change; corruption undermining democracy

U.S. Ambassador Godec spoke out strongly on corruption in pre-election remarks to students at Maseno University on Wednesday as reported by CapitalFM: "Vote so as to bring change to Kenya says U.S. envoy." While emphasizing he personally and the United…

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US State Dept clears another possible $250M+ sale of light attack aircraft for Kenya; Human Development Index shows Kenya at 146 of 188 countries with “region’s worst jobs crisis”

Update: see Daily Nation: "Analysts skeptical of impact in Somalia of Kenya arms purchases". From the Defense Security Cooperation Agency release: . . . . This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States…

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Kenya Election FOIA news: [heavily redacted] Election Assistance agreement shows US paid for failed 2013 “Results Transmission System”

From the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening (KEPPS) Program from USAID for the last Kenyan election: "Considering the role that results transmission played in the 2007 election violence, IFES will build on its recent work with Kenya's results transmission…

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International Crisis Group report on “Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis” calls on donors to show “complete transparency”; USAID is apparently not convinced yet

"Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis"  March 2017 International Crisis Group paper by Murithi Mutiga Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior posts. Measures taken now can avert the risk of…

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Initial Trump budget proposes to eliminate United States Institute of Peace, Wilson Center and African Development Foundation 

Of the laundry list of independent U.S. Government agencies Trump's initial "skinny budget" submission to Congress proposes to eliminate, the USIP and the Wilson Center are specifically active on issues relating to democracy, war and peace in East Africa and…

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Trump did not expect to win U.S. election, did not understand risk and continues to avoid costs by renegotiating terms of service; but his approach should be comforting to Kenyan pols

The fundamental premise of the Trump campaign was that if Americans would elect Trump he would switch sides and become a patriot, serving the nation to make it "great again" and serving some, albeit conspicuously not all, segments of Americans.…

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