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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has on Friday, March 11, 2022 announced that he has formally resigned from the ruling Jubilee Party.

In his letter, the impeached county head requested the party headquarters to accept his resignation for it was in line with his rights to belong to a political party of his choice. 

"Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation as a member of the Jubilee Party effective 10th March 2022. This is in exercise of my rights to belong to a political party of my choice as enshrined under the Constitution of Kenya," the letter read in part.

Sonko further expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the ruling party for the support they accorded him when he served as Nairobi Governor.

The ex-county chief however underscored that he was 'illegally, unconstitutionally, unlawfully and maliciously' ousted from office. The flamboyant politician also extended a goodwill message to the party's members, wishing them the best in the future. Source:People Daily

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers prepare a mortar at Luanoli in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 8, 2022. Photo/David Bukenya /Photo Courtesy

  • Operation Shujaa began on November 30. The operation is being conducted jointly by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and targets the Allied Democratic Forces rebels hiding in eastern Congo.

Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, the commander of Operation Shujaa, has said the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and their Congolese counterparts need more troops on the ground to protect civilians who are returning to their homes.

Operation Shujaa is being carried out by a joint force of  UPDF and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) against the Allied Democratic Forces. 

In an interview with journalists on Sunday at Kainama Forward Operating Base in the DR Congo, Gen Muhanga said attacks against civilians have reduced and as a result many people are returning to their homes.
“We are overstretched and in Phase Two, we are highly mobile. The return of civilians to their abandoned homes also brings another challenge of creating a protection force.”

He added: “We need more forces on both sides, UPDF and FARDC. Our counterparts need to train Local Defence Units (LDUs) to form Zonal Protection Forces so that when the joint mobile forces are pursuing the enemy, LDUs protect civilians.” 
Gen Muhanga said since the operation started, they have dislodged the enemy from the triangle of death where they have been staying for a decade.

The triangle of death consists of areas of Mukakati, Erigeti, Kainama, Boga, Tchabi, river Semliki bridge and Burasi where the ADF had set up camps.

 “We have killed a number of these rebels. Recently, we killed more than 20 rebels, captured three, rescued 12 children, and recovered more than 10 guns of different calibers. The operational objective is to degrade the enemy’s capacity to make war,” he said.

The 20 rebels were killed on February 28 in Kilungu after they reportedly attacked and killed 16 Congolese civilians in Kikura on February 27.

Gen Muhanga added that since the operation started, they have lost four soldiers, one was shot by the enemy and three died due to individual errors and as a result of the rough terrain in the jungle. 

He said after the joint forces pushed the ADF rebels out of Virunga forest in Phase One of the operation, they fled in two directions, south towards  the Rwenzori Mountains and another group towards the North of Kainama-Tchabi and Boga road into Irumu province.

“Therefore, Kainama is our launching zone. The enemy has scattered into smaller groups avoiding our reconnaissance combat aircraft and direct combat with our ground forces. They have now resorted to conducting asymmetrical tactics,” he said.

He added: “The enemy is so inferior that they cannot stand and fight. However, a mechanism has been sought so that when the joint mobile forces are searching [on one side], FARDC forces on the other side block [them from escaping]. As long as we work with FARDC, we will ultimately defeat these terrorists,” he said.

When contacted Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu, the Defence ministry deputy spokesperson, said Uganda already has LDUs who are protecting people in different regions of Uganda, adding that DR Congo will be required to train the LDUs to protect its citizens.

Rev Muhindo Mundala said during the attack last month, rebels broke into a hospital, grabbed what they could manage to carry and burnt the maternity ward and Out Patient Department. “We came back after seeing UPDF soldiers around. These two days we have slept peacefully. We want peace from you soldiers,” he said.

Mr Kabua Makuta, a mother of three said the rebels killed her entire family during the attack last month.  By Alex Ashaba, Daily Monitor

  • An image of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marjan Hussein
  • Newly appointed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Marjan Hussein has opened up over the demise of his former colleague, Chris Msando. 

    During an interview on Thursday, March 10, Hussein stated that losing Msando, IEBC's former Information Communication and Technology (ICT) manager, was devastating. 

    The deceased was tasked with spearheading the electronic voting system ahead of the 2017 General election. His body was found mutilated and dumped in Thika. 

    The late IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando addresses the media in Nairobi in May 2017

    “It was particularly sad for me because I had recruited him (to the commission),” Marjan told the Standard

    Regarding his first task in office, the new IEBC secretariat boss revealed that he was putting in place plans to add the newly enlisted 2.5 million voters to the IEBC register.  

    Marjan will also spearhead the auditing of the voter register that was used during the 2017 polls. 

    This followed concerns that the electoral body would conduct the August 9 polls with a register that contains names of Kenyans who passed away to create a loophole for electoral malpractice. 

    “The most critical thing I am currently steering is developing the register of voters. The law requires that the register should be ready 60 days before the election,” he stated.

    Marjan, who replaced former IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba further noted that the commission would complete the process soon enough to enable Kenyans to verify their details. 

    Additionally, he exhibited his confidence that the electoral body would conduct free and fair verifiable polls. 

    “Kenyans should relax, IEBC is in control There will always be challenges, but we have learnt from our predecessors’ mistakes and have put up adequate measures to address them,” he stated. 

    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati announced Hussein Marjan as the new CEO on Wednesday, March 9.

    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses the media at a press conference in August 2021
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ODM leader Raila Odinga (L) and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka (L)/CFM

alks on the political reunion between Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Orange Democratic Leader Raila Odinga are still stuck hindering the coalition to coalition deal between One Kenya Alliance and Azimio la Umoja Movement.

This as time ticks ahead of the much-publicized March 12 Jacaranda declaration when Azimio is set to declare its presidential candidate in the August 9 presidential election and hopefully name a running mate. Odinga is Azimio’s presumed presidential candidate.

Although the stipulated deadline for parties to enter into coalitions is April 9, Musyoka’s demands seem to be delaying the crafting of the Azimio-OKA alliance including sharing of top slots.

Leaders in Wiper Party who are close allies of Musyoka confirmed the negotiations were ongoing but certain sticky issues had delayed the signing of the grand coalition deal.

Sources revealed that Musyoka and Odinga had a meeting on Thursday in a bid to reach an agreement on working relations.

“Well, talks are ongoing .We are hoping that there will be a truce in the shortest time possible so that then people can start to engage in the next gear,” a close ally of Musyoka told Capital News.

It remains highly unlikely that Musyoka and Odinga will reach a deal to pave way for the Azimio – One Kenya Alliance coalition before the unveiling of Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate on Saturday, March 12.

However, Musyoka attendance at the crucial Azimio la Umoja event could give the clearest signal that Odinga has bagged the Wiper leader in support of his presidential bid.


“If the talks pass a certain threshold and there is an indication that a desired outcome will be reached then it is possible that you will see my party leader attending the Azimio meeting,” the source alluded.

“But this I only if talks are progressed to a certain threshold. If not then, we will not attend,” he added.

The delay by Musyoka has caused political jitters with members within OKA affiliate parties like KANU threatening to chart their own path as they had already decided to join Azimio.

KANU Party Secretary General Nick Salat has advised Party Leader Gideon Moi to abandon Musyoka and join the ODM-Jubilee co-led Azimio outfit.

Speaking during the launch of the KANU’s 2022 manifesto on Wednesday, Salat said the Wiper Leader is taking so long to make up his mind and there is no time to “babysit” him anymore

“I do not know what he wants us to give him so that he agrees to go with us. He is taking so long. Just let him go,” said Salat.  

Musyoka has remained cagey on supporting Odinga for the third time in his quest for presidency, arguing that this time round, Odinga should return the favor and support him.

On March 1, during a press conference, Kalonzo tabled a 2017 agreement with Odinga as the reference document for coalition talks with the Azimio la Umoja Movement.

The 2017 accord provided that Odinga will stand down for Wiper leader in 2022 whether or not he won the election. 

The cat is already out of the bag that Odinga is the bonafide Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate leaving Musyoka with three choices: running mate, a chief cabinet secretary, or Speaker of the National Assembly.

It’s however assumed that Odinga is looking into dishing out the running mate slot to Mt Kenya region so as to solidify support from the region.

The Mt Kenya running mate scenario is reported to be giving Odinga a headache as he is banking on Musyoka to enhance his chances to whittle down the support of Deputy President William Ruto in Ukambani, the DP having made significant inroads in the region since 2017 when he successfully campaigned for allies to be elected on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Musyoka’s hardline stance complicates Odinga’s political arithmetic even further. By Irene Mwangi, Capital News



Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fixed wireless 4G services, as well as the rollout and expansion of fixed and mobile networks in rural locations. 

The state-owned operator’s Director General Waziri Kindamba said the partnership is aimed at enabling both parties to work together in various areas of improvement, a step that would help the telco build capacity at a time when the country is undergoing a digital transformation.

‘I can say that this cooperation with Huawei Technologies has come in a very right time, as it will in a large extent contribute in the digitalisation of our country. Our goal is to ensure that every person is connected with speedy and quality internet services,’ he said.  Source: Comms Update

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