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Mar 6, 2013

Kenyans wait to know winner after tight presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results showed a lead for a politician wanted in the Hague over tribal violence at the last election five years ago.

Counting since Monday’s vote has been slow, and a new electronic voter system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute.

Mar 5, 2013

War crimes suspect takes lead as Kenya counts votes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A politician wanted for war crimes in the Hague was leading in Kenya’s presidential vote tally with about half of ballots counted on Tuesday in a country hoping to avert a repeat of ethnic carnage during its last vote five years ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity linked to the last election, was provisionally ahead of Prime Minister Raila Odinga by 53 to 42 percent with about half the votes counted.

Mar 5, 2013

Kenyatta takes early lead as Kenya counts votes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as Kenya continued the count on Tuesday in a presidential election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.

Kenyans, who waited patiently in long lines, hope the vote will restore the nation’s image as one of Africa’s more stable democracies after tribal blood-letting killed more than 1,200 people when the result of the 2007 vote was disputed by rivals.

Mar 4, 2013

At least 15 killed on Kenya coast on election day

NAIROBI/MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed in attacks by machete-wielding gangs on Monday as Kenyans voted in large numbers in the first presidential election since a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of tribal bloodshed.

Initial provisional results began trickling in moments after polls closed, showing Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta slightly ahead of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, with ballots in from 10 percent of the polling stations, but it was still too early to predict the outcome.

Mar 3, 2013

Kenya counts on technology to ensure fair, peaceful vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has rolled out new technology in an attempt to ensure Monday’s presidential election is transparent and proves the east African nation can rebuild its image after a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of ethnic killing.

Independent monitors have routinely reported “ghost” voters, stuffed ballot boxes and other violations in Kenyan votes. But the 2007 race was the bloodiest with more than 1,200 people butchered in fighting between loyalists of rival candidates.

Feb 28, 2013

Kenya’s top banks see more growth after 2012 profit rise

NAIROBI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Three of Kenya’s top banks
posted double-digit percentage rises in profit on Thursday,
driven by a growing economy and regional trade, and said they
would maintain growth by expanding into new markets, investing
in technology and cutting costs.

However, one executive cautioned that much could depend on
whether next week’s hotly-contested presidential election passed
calmly, without the bloodshed that followed the 2007 vote.

Feb 11, 2013

Kenya summons EU envoys, accuses EU of trying to influence vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s foreign minister summoned European Union ambassadors on Monday after Britain, France and others said they would have only limited contact with one presidential candidate, who is wanted by the war crimes court, if he wins the March 4 vote.

The minister accused the envoys of stoking tensions and attempting to divide the country ahead of the elections by making remarks last week that “are clearly inflammatory and could have the effect of polarizing the country”.

Jan 12, 2013

Kenya’s president rejects lawmakers’ plan to triple their bonus

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s president rejected on Saturday plans by members of parliament to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves diplomatic passports, bodyguards for life and state funerals.

In their last act before parliament closed for March 4 elections, Kenyan lawmakers, already among the best paid in the world, tried for a second time in a few months to increase their end-term bonus to 9.3 million shillings ($107,200) each.

Dec 21, 2012

Kenya devolution move stokes fears of graft, budget strains

LIMURU, Kenya, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Kenya will launch a
devolved system of government next year to try to hasten rural
development, but many fear the main result will be to spread the
chronic corruption that plagues national politics to a local
level.

Politicians are billing devolution as a radical reform
designed to prevent a repeat of post-election violence in 2007/8
in which more than 1,200 people were killed after a disputed
presidential poll.

Dec 2, 2012

Kenyan contenders facing ICC cases to run jointly in vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Two Kenyan presidential hopefuls indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly inciting post-election violence said on Sunday they would join forces in next year’s vote and run on the same ticket.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the Kenya’s first president after independence from Britain in 1963, will seek the presidency while former cabinet minister William Ruto hopes to be vice president, according the deal.