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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit has left Juba for Nairobi, Kenya this afternoon to attend the inauguration of Kenya's newly elected President William Ruto. 

The swearing-in ceremony for Mr. Ruto as Kenya's fifth president is set to take place in Nairobi on Tuesday.

In a telephone interview with Radio Tamazuj on Monday afternoon, South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth confirmed that President Kiir will travel this afternoon. 

"The President is going to Kenya through Ethiopia today to attend the inaugural ceremony of president-elect Ruto of Kenya and they will be back as soon as the function is over and the inauguration is tomorrow," minister Makuei said. 

President Kiir will be among 20 heads of state from across Africa, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend the ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Both the United States of America and China have confirmed dispatching a ‘strong delegation’ for the ceremony that will officially usher in Dr. Ruto’s era as President Kenyatta steps down after serving his maximum two terms.

William Ruto, who has served as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s deputy for ten years, was declared the winner of the August 9, 2022 presidential election after garnering 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against his main opponent Raila Odinga’s 6.94 million (48.85 percent).

His main competitor for the country's top job Odinga unsuccessfully challenged Ruto’s win at Kenya’s topmost court, the Supreme Court.

Ruto, 55, will be Kenya’s fifth president after Jomo Kenyatta (1964-1978), Daniel Moi (1978-2002), Mwai Kibaki (2002-2013) and Uhuru Kenyatta (2013-2022). - Radio Tamazuj

  • Supreme Court Bench during the Wednesday, August 31, hearing of the Presidential petition. FILE 
  • The Judiciary on Monday, September 12, sent a warning to Kenyans directing them to desist from attacking the Supreme Court following the Presidential petition ruling.

    In the statement signed by the Directorate of Public Affairs and Communication, the Judiciary noted that it had learnt that some of the attacks through social media were being funded by political operatives and other interested parties.

    It further maintained that the seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Martha Koome carried out its mandate as per the Constitution. 

    "The Judiciary's attention has been drawn to a recent wave of sponsored sustained attack targeting the Supreme Court of Kenya.

    A file image of the judiciary
    A file image of the judiciary TWITTER

    "The Supreme Court, was established under Article 163(1) of the Constitution 2010 and given original exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes relating to the elections to the office of the President. The Court has therefore only done its work pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution," the statement read in part. 

    "The persons sponsoring and executing the attacks on social media to disparage the Court are advised to desist forthwith," the Judiciary continued.

    According to the statement, some individuals had singled out individual judges accusing them of taking sides in the petition that was filed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    To justify the ruling by the Supreme Court, the Judiciary maintained that a detailed ruling would be released in due course.

    "It is further noted that the court is yet to render its reasoned judgment which will outline the basis on which the election of the President-elect was upheld. There is a legal provision of 21 days following the reading of the short version of the judgment to do so. Kenyans are therefore requested to exercise patience as they await the full judgment which will shed light and provide clarity on the grounds and rationale of the Court.

    "Meanwhile, no Judge of the Supreme Court has written a resignation letter, as claimed in a section of media, because there is no reason to do so. The Court is working in harmony as a cohesive unit," added the statement.

    The Judiciary maintained that the judgement given by the seven-judge bench was made unanimously. 

    "Further, there has been an unfortunate trend of isolating individual judges and attributing the judgment to them. The Court has seven judges who are independent and highly respectful of beach other as equals. A ‘UNANIMOUS' judgment is a collective decision made by the Court and not by an individual," the statement continued.

    This comes just a day after Siaya Governor James Orengo hit out at the Chief Justice and terming the Supreme Court verdict that upheld President-elect William Ruto victory as a shame to the country. 

    He made his utterances arguing that the bench made a political judgment at a time when the country needed an objective verdict.

    He further accused the apex court of a hidden vendetta in the ruling which unanimously disregarded all nine issues raised by the Azimio la Umoja's legal team 

    "Chief Justice Koome you have brought shame to the Judiciary by rendering a judgment that in the eyes of the ordinary people who fought for you to make sure a Chief Justice can have independence. You have brought shame to the people of the Republic of Kenya!” he claimed.

    The Supreme Court validated the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

    Senior Counsel James Orengo arrives the Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 31, 2022..jpg
    Senior Counsel James Orengo arrives the Supreme Court on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. THE JUDICIARY   By Derrick Okubasu, kenyans.co.ke
 
 
 

Charles III has been officially proclaimed King by the Accession Council.

The principal proclamation took place on the balcony at St James's Palace as trumpets blared, guns were fired from the Tower of London, and the centuries-old ceremony was televised for the first time.

It was followed by a rendition of God Save the King and "three cheers for the King". 

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An hour later, a second proclamation was read aloud at the Royal Exchange in the City of London as thousands gathered to watch.

Privy Counsellors, including Prince William and the Queen Consort, Camilla, former prime ministers David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, met in London to declare King Charles the new sovereign on Saturday morning.

The ceremony, which dates back to Saxon times, saw the King pay tribute to his "beloved" mother and to follow her "inspiring" example for "what remains to me of his life".

"I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathise with me in this irreparable loss we have all suffered," he said.

Split into two parts, the first saw the Lord President of the Council, Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt MP, pronounce the death of the Queen in the picture gallery as past and present politicians and religious leaders listened.

"It is my sad duty to inform you that her most gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle," she said.

The Clerk of the Council then read the Accession Proclamation, which declared King Charles the new monarch, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith (head of the Church of England).

Declaring Charles III King, he said: "We now hereby with one voice and consent of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, is now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and of his other realms and territories, King, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching God, by whom kings and queens do reign, to bless His Majesty with long and happy years to reign over us."

It was signed by the 'platform party' - first by Prince William, then Camilla, Queen Consort, followed by Penny Mordaunt, Prime Minister Liz Truss, Lord Chancellor Brandon Lewis MP, the Lord Privy Seal, Earl Marshal, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Day of Queen's funeral a bank holiday

The Privy Counsellors then moved to the throne room where the King arrived for the second part, which was effectively the first meeting of the Privy Council under his reign, and saw him make a personal declaration, followed by a Scottish Oath.

This dates back to a time when Catholic Europe was seen as an existential threat to Britain and promises to protect the security of the Church of Scotland, because, unlike in England, church and state are separate there.

Lord President of the Council, Ms Mordaunt, announced that the Queen's funeral will be a bank holiday, the date of which will be confirmed later.

Queen's reign 'unequalled'

Standing before the throne, the King said it was his "sorrowest duty" to announce the death of his "beloved mother, the Queen".

Paying tribute to her, he added: "My mother's reign was unequalled in its duration, dedication and devotion.

"Even as we grieve we give thanks for this most faithful life."

Acknowledging his "great inheritance" and "heavy responsibilites" of being passed the monarchy, he said: "I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world."

The proclamation was then signed, before trumpeters from the Life Guards and drummers from the Coldstream Guards played and it was read aloud on the balcony above Friary Court - officially proclaiming Charles III King.

Read more on the King:
What we learned from the King's first speech
Updated line of succession reveals who is now closer to the throne
From bullies to Diana's death - the events that shaped King Charles

It will also be read out in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and other locations across the Commonwealth at midday on Sunday.

The Accession Council is different to the coronation, which may not be held for some time.

Queen Elizabeth was proclaimed sovereign on her return to London from abroad in February 1952, but was not crowned until June the following year. Sky News/Yahoo News

 

The national U-19 cricket women team are one step away from qualifying for the 2023 ICC U19 World cup as they prepare to face Tanzania in the final of Africa qualifier final after beating Uganda by 56 runs during the semifinal held on Saturday, September 10 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Uganda won the toss and decided to bowl as Rwanda started with batting.

Rwandans had so much to be worried about when Leonard Nhamburo’s young women managed 97 runs, the least they had managed during the Africa qualifier campaign so far.

There were concerns that the Ugandan team were going to chase Rwanda’s runs in a comfortable way but the team was all out wickets after 14 overs by the time they had only made 41 runs while they were still short of 56 runs.

Henriette Ishimwe put in a player-of-the-match performance as she contributed 36 runs and four wickets.

Rwanda will face Tanzania in Monday’s crunch final that will decide who among the pair will book a ticket to the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup that will take place in South Africa next year.

The Rwandan team will be looking to revenge against a Tanzanian side that beat them by just one run during the group stages of the qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Uganda will play Namibia in a third place match slated on Sunday, September 11. Namibia were eliminated in the semi-final after Tanzania beat them by six wickets. - Eddie Nsabimana, The New Times

TEHRAN (FNA)- During the five-day hearing over the deal to send away illegal migrants, a number of internal documents showing UK's officials concerns over the agreement were revealed.

According to documents cited by The Guardian that were presented at the British high court hearings, an unspecified number of UK officials reproached the deal.

They cited allegations of extrajudicial killings, the alleged recruitment of refugees to conduct armed operations in neighbouring countries, as well as human rights violations. Rwanda was accused of oppressing its local LGBT community and implicated in the disappearance of opponents of the country’s president, Paul Kagame.

Human rights activists, cited by The Guardian, has also claimed that “techniques like mock execution, asphyxiation and electric shocks are widespread in Rwanda".

After the UK and Rwanda struck the agreement, aimed at removing illegal migrants from the UK for the period while their asylum claims are being processed, the first flight was set to take place on June 14.

However, just minutes before the plane was set to depart, the flight was cancelled due to a corresponding decision by the European Court of Human Rights.

The lawyer of an asylum-seeker who was among those to be sent to Rwanda had appealed to the ECHR to adjudicate.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to withdraw the UK from the ECHR and accused the lawyers who made the applications of "helping criminals who exploit asylum seekers".

Europe's migration crisis arose in the fall of 2015 amid a flood of new refugees from the Middle East and North Africa; it continues to this day. According to the European Statistical Agency, by 2020 the number of people illegally residing in the EU totalled 557,500 people.

Illegal immigrants entering the UK by sea set a record with almost 700 people crossing the English Channel on September 1, 2022. According to the British Ministry of Défense, the previous record was set in April this year: then 651 migrants crossed the border in a day.

In 2022 more than 17,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in the UK from France across the English Channel so far, according to the British government. Last year there were 28,500 of them, and in 2020, only 8,500 people arrived.

According to Siobhan Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, the forced relocation of asylum seekers to Rwanda would undermine the international principle of refugees’ non-refoulement.

However, the British government had argued that sending migrants to Rwanda while their applications for asylum were being processed would prevent human smuggling and the illegal flow of migrants across the English Channel. Fars News Agency

 

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