Kenya general election: Cancellation of local polls raises questions ahead of vote
10 August 2022 | 8:06 am
Kenyans are just hours away from heading to the polls for a general election. They will choose governors, MPs and a new president, marking the end of Uhuru Kenyatta's nine years in office. Also, as grain exports from Ukraine slowly resume, we take a closer look at fertiliser, another product from the region that Africa depends on. Finally, Chad's military government and more than 40 opposition groups sign a deal to launch national peace talks later this month.
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Kenya is bracing for three days of protests this week. The demonstrations are being organised by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who accuses the government of failing to control a cost of living crisis. Also, as the conflict rages in Sudan, we look at the economic impact of the war on neighbouring Central African Republic, where many are dependant on supplies from across the border. Finally, we are heading to Kigali, Rwanda, where the 6th 'Women Deliver' conference is being held.
The opposition in Kenya has again called for protests over the rising cost of living and tax hikes. But the government has publicly warned that it clamp down on protesters who cause any harm during rallies.
Clashes in Kenya claim six more lives as police and protesters face off in the capital Nairobi, but fewer demonstrators are out on the streets than in previous days. Also, as the Women's World Cup kicks off, we head to Morocco to hear how the country's first ever participation in the tournament is changing the image of the game as a man's sport. Finally, we speak to Seysey, one of France's most celebrated urban music producers and composers, as he releases his own songs for the first time.
Second-hand shoes from abroad are highly coveted in Kenya. They're cheap to buy and high in quality. But the government wants to ban the imports of such leather products in two years. President William Ruto's administration says it hopes to strengthen the local leather industry this way. However, those dealing in used shoes are up in arms - as are consumers.
President William Ruto says he lifted the ban on logging to create jobs for Kenya's youth. But climate activists are pushing back on what they see as his doublespeak on climate justice.
In Kenya, the sharp rise in grain prices caused by Russia ending the shipping deal, is hitting hard. The entire region is in the worst drought seen for four decades.
Central African Republic voted on a constitutional referendum on Sunday which, if it passes, could remove a presidential term limit and allow President Faustin-Archange Touadera to run for a third term in 2025. Touadera was first elected in 2016 for a five-year term and won reelection in 2020 for what was supposed to be his final term in office.
India's opposition has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of choosing silence and killing the spirit of India in violence-hit Manipur, a state governed by his party.
Schools in Kenya are adopting virtual reality (VR) in classrooms to enhance learning and teach pupils about social and environment issues. A social enterprise, Ukwenza VR, is spearheading the VR trend.
Kenya's government is investigating the activities of a digital company that had members of the public flocking to sign up for its identification project. Critics have raised questions over the use and protection of the biometric data being collected by Worldcoin.
Young people in Zimbabwe, including many first-time voters, could determine the election winner. But is Jamaican dancehall music enough to win them over?
Zimbabwe's opposition blasted a "fundamentally flawed" electoral process, saying that delays, intimidation and other irregularities meant the ballot was "unable to produce a free and fair electoral outcome."
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