General News of Saturday, 5 August 2017
A leading member of Kenyan’s National Super Alliance (NASA) has confirmed that former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party in Ghana, Peter Mac Manu and one other Ghanaian were deported from Kenya on Saturday.
The two had arrived in Kenya as part of a delegation to observe the country’s general elections to be held on August 8, 2017.
Mac Manu who was the Campaign Manager of the NPP in the 2016 general elections was the leader of a team of Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) International Observers to Kenya.
But Musalia Mudavadi, the Chairman of NASA National Campaign Committee (NACACO), told journalists Mr. Mac Manu and his compatriot, who is yet to be identified, were arrested immediately their plane landed in Kenya and deported on Saturday.
“They did not formally disembark from the plane, they were taken away by the police and pushed into another plane this morning back to Ghana,” he announced.
He denied claims by the Kenyan authorities that the two are among foreign nationals working without permit.
Musalia Mudavadi was categorical that the two Ghanaians were not in the country to work for NASA but to only “share their experiences” because the electronic system to be used for this year’s elections was similar to what was used in Ghana’s 2016 elections.
An American and a Canadian who were arrested on Friday have also been deported.
Meanwhile, NASA said its tallying centre was NASA was raided on Friday night by armed officers police and took away computers and other equipment.
“Terrified workers at the various installations where the raid was conducted said they counted up to 30 men in hoods who took away mobile phones, note books and work identity cards,” said party secretariat official Dennis Onyango.
But the Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome has denied claims by NASA.
The NASA Summit is made up of the party leaders of the five anchor parties Raila Odinga (ODM), Wiper Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) and Isaac Ruto (Chama Cha Mashinani).
Six Ballot Papers
The elections in Kenya will cover six ballot papers – Presidential, Senators, Members of Parliament, Governors, County and Women Representatives as required by the Kenyan Constitution.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared 14,500 eligible candidates for the various positions and has also deployed 3,237 voter educators across the country.
A total of 150 International Observers have been given accreditation to observe the elections.
The presidential election has 18 candidates: incumbent President Uhuru Kenyata of Jubilee Coalition and Raila Odinga of Nasa Coalition are the candidates to watch.