Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

Reminder for 2018 National Orders nominations

The Presidency wishes to remind members of the public to nominate persons from all walks of life that they believe deserve to receive the country’s highest honours, the National Orders, in April next year.The next National Orders awards investiture cer…

Kenya’s Electoral Commission: ‘We Are Now in the Final Stretch’

NAIROBI � The results of Kenya’s presidential election are expected Friday, as people continue to wait to learn the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential poll pitting incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

As of Thursday afternoon, election officials were waiting to receive about 170 forms from the country’s 290 constituencies and about 1,000 forms from the 40,883 polling stations.

The chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati, said Thursday we are now in the final stretch.

“All presidential results from returning officers will reach the national tallying center by 12 p.m. tomorrow, that is, 11th of August, said Chebukati.

The expectation is that the announcement of the winner will be made soon thereafter.

Provisional tallies released by the electoral commission so far show Kenyatta with a nine-point lead on Odinga.

Opposition cries foul

The opposition is rejecting those results as fraudulent, however, saying the electoral commission’s computer networks were hacked. On Thursday, the electoral commission chief confirmed that there was an attempt to hack the system after the vote, but he said that attempt failed.

The opposition says its calculations show Odinga beating Kenyatta by a margin of more than 600,000 votes. The leader of the opposition NASA coalition, Musalia Mudavadi, spoke to reporters Thursday.

We demand that the IEBC [Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission] chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare the right honorable Raila Amolo Odinga and his excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as the duly elected president and deputy president of the republic of Kenya, respectively, said Mudavadi.

Appeals for calm

Meanwhile, International election observers Thursday called for restraint as Kenyans await the announcement of the official results from the nationwide polls.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry led the election observation mission for the U.S.-based Carter Center, alongside former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure.

Kerry urged Kenyans to follow due process in challenging any results, including the allegations of hacking.

There have been pockets of unrest in the country, like in western Kenya’s Kisumu, as well as Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, where burned tires have been smoldering in the road since Wednesday.

But 37 year-old Kibera resident George Omondi Otieno says that no matter the outcome, people need to resist violence.

Even if I am celebrating, let me celebrate in a way that will not provoke the other person because if I celebrate in a way that provokes another person, that escalates that feeling of people fighting of which we don’t want, said Otieno.

And as the electoral commission finalizes its work, the country continues to wait.

Source: Voice of America

Alleged car thief arrested on-board aircraft

A motor vehicle theft suspect was arrested on Wednesday on-board an aircraft at OR Tambo International Airport.The suspect was arrested by the task team deployed to combat crime at Africa’s largest airport.At approximately 3pm, two detectives alerted I…

South Africa: Labour On Review of 72 JSE Securities-Listed Companies for Compliance With EE Legislation

Department of Labour places 72 JSE Securities-listed companies on its beam of radar for compliance with EE legislation

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch has initiated a National Director-General (DG) Review to inspect 72 JSE Securities-listed companies to ensure compliance with employment equity.

The initiative is part of achieving the department’s outcome to promote equity in the labour market. The National Director-General Review team started with the inspections last month (in July) and these will continue until December 2017. The National DG Review involves a process of interrogating company’s EE plans to assess whether the plan complies with legislation and is able to transform when put to test.

According to Department of Labour Chief Director Statutory & Advocacy Services, Advocate Fikiswa Mncanca the programme started with a review of the JSE Securities Exchange, which the department found it was wanting when it comes to EE implementation.

Mncanca said the DG review found that the JSE Securities plan was not complying in terms of Section 20 (2) of the Employment Equity Act and DG recommendations were issued and the CEO and her team signed the recommendations and agreed to address the shortcomings.

The JSE has been given 60 days to comply.

While the inspections and National DG review(s) are in progress, the department is also busy with EE workshops across the country. The department started EE workshops in July to engage with stakeholders nationally to ensure compliance with EE legislation. The workshop will end in September in Gauteng.

“It is our responsibility to educate our stakeholders on the expectations, conduct inspections to check compliance and for those employers that are not willing to comply refer them for prosecutions and enforcement compliance,” Mncanca said.

Mncanca cautioned that if a company does not have a plan, it will be subjected to a fine of R1,5-million. Those failing to report on EE plans will also be subjected to a penalty of R1,5-million. She said if a company has reported on EE plans, but is found not to have an EE plan it will be taken to criminal courts for prosecutions and enforce compliance.

Source: Department of Labour