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ZIMBABWE and China are working together on a capacity building initiative and cooperation in the civil aviation sector.

This comes as the country is upgrading its aviation industry to improve traffic control, ground support equipment, air traffic management and secondary radar surveillance.

The partnership between the two countries in the aviation industry has been set in motion through a 20-day capacity building seminar underway in Harare.

“We need to remain up to date in term of activities we must undertake at international level in terms safety and security of our airspace. We have upgraded our airports. China facilitated a loan for RGMI expansion due for completion in 2023. A number of airlines are now looking for us because of the standards we have set, said Theodius Chinyanga, Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

Meanwhile, Airports Company of Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer Mr Tawanda Gusha took the opportunity to give an update on the ongoing Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport upgrading project in which AVIC is also a partner.

“We have done significant work on the superstructure and the contractor is finishing work in the interior building such as installation of electrical mechanical equipment. We are waiting for passenger facilitation equipment and aircraft equipment that we have ordered. So basically we are at 75 percent complete,” he said.

AVIC International is one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, supplying more than 130 aircraft to over thirty countries including Nepal, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Brazil.

Their engagement with Zimbabwe’s aviation authorities is also meant to enhance capabilities of airline safety management and air traffic control. By John Nhandara, ZBC

The Kisumu County Government has protested the travel advisory issued by the US Embassy to its citizens over the likelihood of the violence in the lakeside city after the Supreme Court ruling slated for Monday.

John Oywa, who is in charge of the public information and communication in the county, said in a statement Friday that Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration does not expect any form of violence whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court on the August 9 Presidential Elections results.

“As much as we acknowledge the Country’s concern on the safety of its citizens, we take exceptional concern at the tone of the memo which singles out Kisumu and suggests that the City could witness violence after the 5th September Supreme court ruling on the Presidential election petition,” Oywa said on the security alert issued Thursday.

He reiterated that Kisumu is a “multiracial and multi-ethnic peaceful community that cares deeply for each other’s welfare, including our American sisters and brothers.”

Oywa called on the residents to remain calm regardless of the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.

“The County leadership urge the people of Kisumu, especially the youth, to remain peaceful as has been the case in the past few years,” he said.

In its advisory, the US Government announced it had imposed movement restrictions on its personnel in Kisumu as a precautionary measure, arguing that Kenya has occasionally experienced post-election violence during election cycles.

“Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place after elections, at times blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams,” the advisory read in part.

The Embassy warned that the protests could turn violent at times, necessitating police intervention, and urged its citizens to remain vigilant as Kenyans await the final ruling from the country’s apex court. 

As part of the safety precautions, the US Embassy advised its citizens to avoid crowds, review their personal security plans and beware of their surroundings.

On August 3, the Embassy issued a similar travel advisory urging American citizens to avoid traveling to Kisumu before the now concluded General Election.

While a section of Kenyans and leaders have protested the earlier travel advisory, the US Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman, said the advisory was in the best interest of the US and its investments.

“What we do is to look into the safety and security of Embassy personnel as well as US citizens in any country where the US operates,” Whiteman said Tuesday when she made her first tour outside Nairobi to visit US Embassy staff heading critical US programs and investments in the lakeside city of Kisumu. By Bruhan Makong, Capital News

Ballot boxes during the IEBC National Election Conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) . July 12th, 2022[Elvis Ogina, Standard]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) through its lawyer George Murugu has said that it ‘hurriedly’ announced the Presidential results following concerns over the safety of its staff.

He said that the commission made the decision not to announce the remaining 27 constituencies despite being tallied and verified.

He said the results were ready for an announcement by Professor Abdi Guliye but due to the looming threat, they chose to announce the presidential results alone. 

Murugu added that the constant harassment that the commission’s staff had faced which included arrest and intimidation is what led to the decision.

“He [Chebukati] made considerations concerning the security of his staff who are that particular point in time were suffering arrest, abductions and injuries to officials including commissioners,” he said.

Murugu is representing the commission's chairperson Wafula Chebukati in the petition said that the results.

As to why IEBC rushed to announce the results yet they had one more day, he said that the mandate to tally and verify the results by the commission had been carried out and given the security concerns and that they had announced to Kenyans that the presidential results would be released on that day.

Responding to a question posed by Justice Njoki Ndung’u on the meaning of the term commission, Murugu said that it depends on the context in which it is used. 

He said that some of the roles of the commissioners are oversight, strategy and policy and that the role of the secretariat is to deal with administrative issues of day-to-day operations of IEBC and execution of policies.

He defended Chebukati, saying that he was not an all-powerful figure and that if he was to be incapacitated and not in a position to announce the presidential results, the commission is involved in the whole process of verification of results which means he has no role to act outside his mandate.

He said that the four commissioners who said that they could not take ownership of the presidential results and that they had been given other roles, were the same ones who were announcing some of the results from different constituencies. By Fred Kagonye , The Standard

Azimio la Umoja lawyer Julie Soweto. PHOTO/Courtesy
 

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition lawyer Julie Soweto on Friday, September 2, 2022, demonstrated how Venezuelan national Jose Camargo interfered with the results of the August 9 presidential election.

In a demonstration on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) live portal, Soweto pointed out the name of the Venezuelan captured on some of the uploaded Form 34As.

“This person is the one who was interfering with the results. This is on the 9th August and we were told they were not there.

"We were told by Eric Gumbo (IEBC lawyer) that there were no foreigners in this election. We were told they did not have access to the servers. At the top left corner, we have the name of Jose Camargo," Soweto told the court.

Camargo was one of the Venezuelans who were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport three weeks before the August 8 general election.

On Thursday, September 1, IEBC lawyer Mahat Somane told the court that the commission's servers were intact and that there was no interference recorded.

“You had agents at the CTC, we have the original (forms), you had agents at the NTC we have the original (forms). You have what was transmitted to the portal and all of them tally and you are saying your client’s votes were deducted. How?" He posed.

Julie Soweto on result transmission

Soweto further told the court that the scanned Form 34A was in color form and should have appeared that way at the National Tallying Centre but somehow, it reached there in black and white.

"The original form 34A is in colour form which should have appeared at the tallying centre but somehow the colour changed midway," she stated. 

She also showed the court how the same KIEMS kits transmitted different results in Nyeri and Bungoma counties.

"How can the same KIEMS kit transmit from two different locations, in Mt. Elgon and Nyeri? Because of time, I cannot demonstrate the thousands of forms we have identified with the same issue," she said.

Soweto also stated that more than 11000 KIEMS kits transmitted results using the same IP address.

 Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition lawyer Julie Soweto on Friday, September 2, 2022, demonstrated how Venezuelan national Jose Camargo interfered with the results of the August 9 presidential election.

In a demonstration on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) live portal, Soweto pointed out the name of the Venezuelan captured on some of the uploaded Form 34As.

“This person is the one who was interfering with the results. This is on the 9th August and we were told they were not there.

"We were told by Eric Gumbo (IEBC lawyer) that there were no foreigners in this election. We were told they did not have access to the servers. At the top left corner, we have the name of Jose Camargo," Soweto told the court.

Camargo was one of the Venezuelans who were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport three weeks before the August 8 general election.

On Thursday, September 1, IEBC lawyer Mahat Somane told the court that the commission's servers were intact and that there was no interference recorded.

Julie Soweto on result transmission

Soweto further told the court that the scanned Form 34A was in color form and should have appeared that way at the National Tallying Centre but somehow, it reached there in black and white.

"The original form 34A is in colour form which should have appeared at the tallying centre but somehow the colour changed midway," she stated. 

She also showed the court how the same KIEMS kits transmitted different results in Nyeri and Bungoma counties.

"How can the same KIEMS kit transmit from two different locations, in Mt. Elgon and Nyeri? Because of time, I cannot demonstrate the thousands of forms we have identified with the same issue," she said.

Soweto also stated that more than 11000 KIEMS kits transmitted results using the same IP address. By Evans Maritim, K24

  • IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 12, 2022. KENYANS.CO.KE 
  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has agreed to open all the servers as directed by the Supreme Court.

    In a statement on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, the IEBC confirmed that it will give access to the parties contesting the outcome of the August 9, Presidential poll.

    "Following the Supreme Court order, IEBC has granted access to the parties to access the servers and the scrutiny exercise is ongoing," read a statement from the Commission.

    A display of the Supreme court session as hearing of petition continues on August 31, 2022
    A display of the Supreme court session as hearing of petition continues on August 31, 2022  JUDICIARY 

    Earlier Senior Counsel, James Orengo, accused the commission of denying Azimio La Umoja agents access to the IEBC backend. 

    Orengo told the SCOK justices that the officials at the IEBC headquarters at the Anniversary Towers declined them entry on grounds that they needed authorisation, despite the Supreme Court issuing express orders a day before.  

    "My lady Chief Justice and members of the court, we are also having difficulties with the orders relating to the inspection of the servers. 

    "We have been given restricted access only to the results transmission system. It is established that IEBC has eight servers yet we have access to one only," he stated.

    In response to Orengo, Justice Isaac Lenaola stated that the exercise was ongoing by the time the apex court took a lunch break and also promised to follow up on the matter.

    "We are following up on the question but as far as we know, the exercise is continuing and should there be an issue later in the day or tomorrow morning, we shall receive a report.

    "By the time we got out of here, the exercise had commenced and there was an agreement on how to access the servers that were given and the issue of cloning is being addressed. Let's leave it for now. We are aware of that," Justice Lenaola assured Orengo.

    IEBC on Tuesday, August 30, directed the commission to give the applicants supervised access to any servers at the National Tallying Centre for storing and transmitting voting information which is forensically imaged to capture a copy of Form 34C which is the total votes cast. 

    The commission was also ordered to furnish the applicants with copies of its password policy, password matrix, owners of system administration passwords, system users and levels of access, and workflow chats for identification, tallying, transmission, and posting of portals and any API’s that had been integrated and the list of human interface and controls for such intervention. 

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing the press at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 8, 2022.jpg
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing the press at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 8, 2022. KENYANS.CO.KE

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