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Election or not election, the matter of Kenya

Peaceful days in the country, the battle is somewhere else

25-09-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

One month after the new elections, Kenya is about to live through complicated days.
Fortunately not from the point of view of street and square tensions, which seem to have been averted for the moment also thanks to the proclamations of peace, which are the only "bipartisan" thing that comes from the top of the two political groups.
Everything else is a good mess.
After the full reading of the Supreme Court's ruling confirming the grounds for annulment of previous elections (errors and unconstitutional irregularities, but there is no talk of voluntary fraud and fraud as the opposition requested, nor of the direct or indirect involvement of the alleged winner Kenyatta), the ping-pong campaign began or, better still, resumed.
This time, however, this time to judicial blows, more than to whip in the rallies.
The alliance led by Raila Odinga has put its conditions in place for the holding of the elections, postponed from 17 to 26 October to facilitate their organisation by the IEBC. First of all, IEBC: Odinga and her people want the purging of certain elements, including CEO Chiloba, and they asked the High Court Judge of Nairobi to take legal action against Wafula Chebukati.
Chebukati who is already at work to prepare the electoral machine.
The NASA alliance expects the leaders to change, otherwise for them "these elections do not have to be done", paraphrasing Manzoni.
But not only that, the opposition also demands that the logistics company, Safran-Ot Morpho, a French company whose name they have described as conniving in electoral irregularities, should not take part in the electoral process, and that the company producing the ballot papers should also be changed.
Requests that are difficult enough to satisfy, even if you want, given the very tight timescale.
According to the Jubilee Government Party, the "diktat" of NASA is not only non-binding and has no reasons, it reveals Odinga's clear intentions, that of avoiding new elections to arrive at a definitive political crisis that leads to a coalition government with a president of guarantee that is not Kenyatta.
The Jubilee's response was not waiting for us: Kenyatta will remain in command even if elections are not repeated within 60 days, and NASA will not be able to boycott them, because they will be held even without them.
Hence mutual accusations that they are bypassing the Constitution and wanting to sidestep each other.
As always in these cases, those who go there in between are the country in its backbone, the economy, but also in the rest of the body, the workforce and the various small and medium-sized enterprises of a nation in exponential growth. In addition to the confidence of foreign markets, they have been on standby for too many weeks now.
Today there should be a first meeting between the two sides and the IEBC to find an agreement, in the meantime the Jubilee has also asked ordinary justice to proceed against two of the dolphins of Odinga, Mudavadi and Orengo, for the obvious unauthorised intrusions into the operational systems of the Electoral Commission, in an attempt to prove the above mentioned irregularities.
Another week of passion, then, while the tourism sector is also looking forward to confirming that the winter season will be a success. 
Reservations continue to arrive, cancellations are still few thankfully and there is so much interest in the African destination that combines warmth with the sea and safaris.

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