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Kenya wins African vote to seek UN seat after beating Djibouti

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Kenya has been nominated as a candidate for UN Security Council seat after defeating Djibouti in a vote held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The endorsement means Kenya becomes Africa’s sole candidate for the race for the non-permanent seat for 2021-2022.

In a secret ballot on Wednesday morning, Nairobi garnered 37 votes against Djibouti’s 13 in a second round of voting in which 51 of the 55 AU member states were present.

In the first round, Kenya missed the two-thirds majority threshold after winning 34 votes against Djibouti’s 15 with two abstentions.

There was no abstentions in the second round of voting.

Kenya has been lobbying for the seat within the continent and globally. The country had garnered 33 ballots on a vote held on August 5 at the AU falling short of the two-thirds majority rule required on substantial decisions.

SHOW OF CONFIDENCE

The endorsement now gives Nairobi renewed impetus to campaign for a seat it had declared interest in 2018.

Traditionally, the AU had often reached the UNSC candidature decisions through consensus but Kenya and Djibouti failed to agree on who should step down.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma said the vote was a show of confidence for Kenya to represent Africa’s agenda at the UNSC.

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“This endorsement is an affirmation that Kenya has remained true to the decisions and aspirations of the African Union and confirms that it is a safe and dependable pair of hands,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Kenya commits to the African brothers and sisters, that we shall be a bold voice for Africa and shall be steadfastly promote and defend the African position.”

Djibouti’s Ambassador to the African Union Mohammed Idris Farah said his country conceded defeat and congratulated Nairobi for the victory.

WHAT NEXT?

But even with this endorsement from the AU, Kenya must also win at least two-thirds votes of the UN member states when the election is held in New York next year in June.

Traditionally, elections at all UN bodies are done through formal balloting even if candidates have been endorsed by their regional group or are unopposed.

While AU’s endorsement almost certainly guarantees Africa’s 55 votes, there is nothing that could prevent an African member country of the UN from refusing to vote for the candidate approved by the continental bloc.

But like the AU, sometimes tight races are resolved by withdrawal of contests, election of a compromise candidate or sharing the term. In 2016, for example, Italy and the Netherlands agreed to serve the 2017-2018 term, six months each.

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Jowie to spend Christmas and New Year at Manyani Prison

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The family of murder suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, has cried foul after he was moved from Kamiti Maximum Prison to Manyani.

Manyani Prison is in Taita Taveta County.

Jowie has been at Kamiti Maximu Prison since 2018 after he was arrested in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani.

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He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang’ata Police Station.

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie’s family members broke down in court on Tuesday as he is was denied bail.

Jowie has remained behind bars during the trial period.

Justice James Wakiaga said he agreed with the prosecutor that Jowie is a man with access to guns and therefore witnesses would be afraid to testify against such a person.

Below are reasons why Jowie was denied bail.

1 He might interfere with the case.

2. He is a threat to himself.

“THE FIRST ACCUSED IS NURSING A GUNSHOT WOUND WHICH ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION IS  SELF INFLICTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE ACCUSED IT IS AS A RESULT OF AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AFTER HE WAS SHOT AT.

Jowie in court
Jowie in court

Wakiaga added,

WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT THE ACCUSED PERSON IS UNDER THREAT OF DANGER AND SHOULD BE UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION AND THAT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED UNDER PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WHERE EFFECTIVE POLICING IS POSSIBLE.”

3. He has no permanent residence given the fact that Jacque Maribe’s house is now a crime scene so the court fears he might be a flight risk in layman’s language anaweza potea.

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4. He is a dangerous person for the fact that he owns a gun and some potential witnesses might feel intimidated.

5. There was no tabled evidence to show that Jowie could not be able to access specialized medical attention.

He had submitted that he was in need of specialized medical attention thus he be granted bail.

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Chile Military plane goes missing with 38 aboard

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A Chilean military plane board 38 individuals is reported to have gone missing just after takeoff from the country’s south for a station in Antarctica. It is believed to have crashed.

Crew members aboard C-130 were seventeen, and the others were passengers.

Chile air force statement on Tuesday added: “all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft.”

The aircraft lost contact about over an hour after taking off. The plane took off Monday at 4.55 pm (19:55 GMT) from an airbase in Punta Arenas in Chile’s far south and contact was lost at 6.13 pm.

The onboard members were to sort logistical support roles at Chile’s Eduardo Frei Antarctic base — the country’s largest, the Air Force said.

The crew was as well being flown to examine the base’s floating fuel supply pipeline and carry out any anti-corrosive measures at the facility.

“The plane did have a satellite positioning system, but it did not appear to be working during the early morning search, “said Eduardo Mosqueira, Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade.

President Sebastian Pinera’s country has been facing severe civil unrest in decades. He said in a tweet, he would fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas with Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

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Upon arrival, he would speak with Defense Minister Alberto Espina on how to conduct the search and rescue mission using aircraft and navy vessels.

This is the latest occurrence in the country. The Chileans have been protesting social and economic inequality as well as entrenched political elite for almost two months.  In a report by the Organization of American States, this crisis and its demonstrations have resulted in 26 deaths and over 12000 injuries.

 

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Bob, Eliud Kipchoge top list of 2019 most searched on Google

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Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and marathoner Eliud Kipchoge have topped the list of 2019 most searched on Google.

Other local personalities are John DeMathew, Joyce Laboso, Ken Okoth, Tob Cohen, Governor Mike Sonko, Jonathan Moi, Ivy Wangeci and Esther Arunga.Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Avengers Endgame, Bird Box, When They See Us and Sex and the City topped the list on most popular movies and serieses.Can you drive a manual car?

Well, ‘how to drive a manual car’ topped the list of Google How-to searches.Others in the list included how to file returns, apply for a passport, start a business, make money, [to be] successful in life, get a baby boy,  check CRB status, check KCPE results 2019 and get pregnant.The information by Google was released on Monday night at a Nairobi hotel.

Other top trending local personality searches listed Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso, Tob Cohen, Ivy Wangeci, Imran Okoth and McDonald Mariga.Okoth and Laboso died from cancer on July 26 and 29 respectively.

Their deaths, and that of Safaricom ex-CEO Collymore shaped conversations on the scourge and what the government is doing to curb the rising numbers.

Top trending news searches featured Form I selection 2020, the Likoni Ferry tragedy, BBI report and Kibra elections.

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Also in the list were the Ethiopian air crash, KCPE results 2019, the Dusit Riverside attack and Census 2019.

Top trending personality searches included Zimbabwe former President Robert Mugabe, musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Nipsey Hustle, David Luiz, Bruno Fernandez, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, Harry Maguire and footballer Nicolas Pépé.The list on top how-to tech searches majorly revolved around phones.

They included how to track a phone number, take care of a phone, hack a phone and track a lost phone.Other How-to searches included downloading YouTube videos, creating a website, hacking Wi-Fi, converting PDF to Word, creating a YouTube channel and paying for parking.

Cooking tips and queries made it to the list of top 2019 searches, including how to cook mandazi, bake a simple cake, make pancakes or cook omena and spaghetti.

Health queries in the Google search surrounded calculating BMI, losing belly fat, losing weight, reducing tummy and getting pregnant.Trending sports searches were the Africa cup of nations 2019, Uefa nations league, ICC world cup 2019, Rugby World Cup, EPL, women’s world cup, Kariobangi sharks vs Everton and Zarika vs Phiri.

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