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Kenya attempts to deport an opposition politician

Kenyan authorities have detained and are attempted to deport an opposition politician Miguna Miguna, who also holds Canadian nationality, in defiance of a court order letting him enter the country, his lawyer  said on Tuesday (27.03.2018).

A statement, the Immigration department issued on the occasion, said Miguna automatically lost his Kenyan citizenship when he received a Canadian passport, as the country does not allow dual citizenship.

“To enable Miguna regularise his citizenship status, the department has this morning dispatched the requisite application forms to the JKIA for [him] to fill [them]  for processing,” the department said on Tuesday (27.03.2018).

Miguna spent his night at the Airport departure lounge  after refusing to fly to Dubai.

Expulsion of Miguna Miguna was followed by many on TV, and raised a whirlwind of emotions.

Miguna Miguna has to reapply for the Kenyan citizenship relinquished in 1998, the immigration department now says.

The self-proclaimed NRM General was denied entry into Kenya after returning from Canada to where he was deported on February 6.

 

EU defends freedom of media in Kenya

In the current situation in Kenya, it is important that all actors respect the Kenyan constitution and the rule of law, says the text of the statement of European External Action Service.

“This includes recognising the outcome of the elections and the re-election of President Kenyatta.  It also means the respect of freedoms of assembly, media and speech and implies lifting any ban on media operating within the law.”

“Kenya’s election year is over, and the challenges laid bare by the electoral process will have to be addressed. All actors should contribute to calm. The Kenyan people now have the opportunity to take the country forward and work together on their historical path towards democracy and development.”

EU on elections in Rwanda

The European Union has closely followed the presidential elections in Rwanda.

The Rwandan people have engaged in the democratic process peacefully, with polling held in an organised and secure environment, and a diverse set of issues having been raised across a wide range of media in the campaign.
This marks a step to strengthen the electoral process. In view of future elections, the EU expects further efforts to increase the inclusiveness and transparency of the process, in particular as regards the registration of the candidates, the tabulation of results and other prerequisites for achieving a level playing field.  In this regard, it supports recommendations made by the African Union electoral observation mission to avoid future risks of counting irregularities, and to allow disqualified candidates to appeal. 

The EU remains ready to support Rwanda to meet that objective.

Facebook au Kenya contre “fake news”

Facebook a mis à la disposition des Kényans cette semaine un outil pour aider les utilisateurs à repérer les “fake news”, à quelques jours des élections générales dans le pays.

Les Kényans sont appelés à se rendre aux urnes mardi pour élire leur président, leurs députés, sénateurs, gouverneurs et représentants aux assemblées locales. Le président sortant, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55 ans, brigue un second mandat face à Raila Odinga, 72 ans, le chef de l’opposition.

Une étude de Geopoll and Portland réalisée le mois dernier sur 2.000 Kényans montre que neuf personnes sur dix ont déjà vu, lu ou entendu une fausse information. La moitié des personnes interrogées consomme des informations sur les réseaux sociaux.

“La hausse du nombre de fake news est un vrai problème au Kenya”, constate Alphonce Shiundu, contributeur pour Africa Check, une association qui promeut le fact-checking en Afrique.

Les sept millions d’utilisateurs de Facebook au Kenya vont voir apparaître sur leur fil d’actualité un nouvel outil leur permettant d’évaluer les contenus.

Ils seront redirigés vers une page contenant des conseils pour repérer une fausse information, contrôler le domaine de la page internet, les sources et les autres articles sur le sujet, a dit Facebook dans un communiqué.

A l’approche des élections, les fausses informations ont beaucoup circulé sur les réseaux sociaux.

Par exemple, les Kényans ont pu voir la photo d’un pont en ruines sur une ligne de chemin de fer que le président Kenyatta revendique comme l’une de ses principales réalisations, un projet qui a coûté l’équivalent de 2,7 milliards d’euros.

Un autre faux document avance que la société qui a organisé un débat télévisé auquel le président Kenyatta n’a pas participé appartenait à des proches de Raila Odinga, indique Africa Check.

Kenya opens Mombasa-Nairobi railway

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country.

He warned that he would authorise the execution of vandals after four people were arrested damaging sections of a guardrail.

It is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence.