AfricaNow! November 1, 2017
Topics: Kenya’s Disputed Presidential Election, & African Art & Literature Across Generations
Topics and Guests: AfricaNow! begins by focusing on the disputed presidential election in Kenya which occurred on October 26 with low turnout, in which incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner. This followed the September 1 Kenyan Supreme Court nullification of the August 8 presidential election. On September 1 Chief Justice David Maraga stated that the presidential election “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution… rendering the declared results invalid, null and void,” and ordered new election within 60 days. Mr. Raila Odinga of National Super Alliance (NASA)—whose petition the Supreme Court decided in favor of—refused the date of new election and boycotted the process because the conditions which caused the nullification of the August 8 election were not addressed. The opposition National Super Alliance says it rejects the re-run and has formed the National Resistance Movement to peacefully challenge the action. The country remains tense and divided; reports from Kenya have put as high as 50 people have been killed since the annulled election of August. Joining AfricaNow! from Nairobi to discuss the issues surrounding the disputed Kenyan presidential election is Mr. Maina Kiai. Mr. Maina Kiai is co-director of InformAction of Kenya. Formerly Mr. Kiai was UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association appointed by the Human Rights Council. Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist Mr. Kiai has worked in the human rights field for over 20 years: he is founder and founding Executive Director of the non-governmental organization Kenya Human Rights Commission. He also served as Chairman of Kenya’s National Human Rights Commission (2003–2008), where he won a national reputation for his courageous and effective advocacy against official corruption, in support of political reform and against impunity following the post-election violence in 2008 in which thousands were killed.
AfricaNow! also focuses on African art and literature across generations. Often African art and literature is confined to certain periods, vantage points or subject matters. The exhibit “Visionary: Viewpoints of Africa’s Arts” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art seeks to broaden that perception. Joining AfricaNow! to explore further the “Visionary: Viewpoints of Africa’s Arts” exhibit, and to discuss the "Children's Africana Book Awards" is Ms. Deborah Stokes, Curator for Education, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
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