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Kenya in search of News Electoral Commission Boss to replace Ezra Chiloba

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has invited applications from candidates who are interested in filling the position of Chief Executive Officer.

The position fell vacant after the previous office holder, Mr Ezra Chiloba, was sacked in 2018 in the wake of a major fallout within the commission over the 2017 General Election.

The commission is also seeking to recruit a Deputy CEO. All the successful candidates will serve for a five-year no renewable term.

Details of the recruitment are contained in an advert in which Chairman Wafula Chebukati has asked those interested in filling the three positions to submit their applications by January 21, 2022.

The Commission Secretary is responsible, answerable and reports to the Commission and is the CEO and

The holder of the CEO’s office also serves as the accounting officer of the commission, the head of the secretariat and Chief Elections Officer responsible for day to day operations of the commission. 

“A key part of the responsibilities for this office is to ensure prudent management of the commissions resources, integrity and professional performance of all commission functions,” the advert reads in part.

Potential candidates must be Kenyan nationals, holder of a degree from a recognised university with at least five years’ proven experience at management level. Other requirements are proven relevant experience in either electoral matters, management, finance, governance, public administration, law, or political science.

The Deputy CEO will deputise the Commission Secretary in the management of the secretariat, and will be responsible for advising and providing strategic direction to the Commission’s core function of electoral operations and management including voter registration, voter education and operational planning and other related electoral operations activities.

To be appointed to the position applicants must have a Master’s degree in social Sciences, Law or Public/Business Administration or related field from a recognised university and must have a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience, five of which must be at senior management level in a large organisation.

Mr Chiloba was forced to go on leave before the October 26, 2017 repeat presidential election after Mr Chebukati accused him of having messed up the August 8 General Election, whose presidential results were annulled by the Supreme Court.

Mr Chiloba was subsequently sent on compulsory leave in April 2018 to pave way for audit of the procurement for election materials, a decision that jolted IEBC as it was followed by a coordinated resignations of three commissioners namely, Vice Chairperson Connie Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Dr Paul Kurgat.

Mr Chiloba ,who was later suspended, has since been appointed the Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya.

Mr Marjan Hassan Marjan has been acting as CEO ever since.


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African countries must come together to find new ways of addressing infrastructural concerns – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged African leaders to come together to articulate a new way of addressing infrastructural concerns on the continent.

Speaking at an Infrastructure Solution summit organised by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday May 12, he encouraged leadership on the continent to demand an equal playing field on the global finance market to enable Africa adequately enhance efficient infrastructural development.

“it is absolutely important that we should expand the influence of the institutions like AFC, ADB. ADB has recently gone for recapitalization to enable it to be able to do more.

“The governments of the continent we need to to put our weight behind this attempt but we also equally need to address structural constraints in the global capital market in the world.”

The infrastructural summit, one of the biggest networking events is expected to provide a unique platform to address and overcome some of Africa’s historical challenges.


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Ghana to host West African Internet Governance Forum 2022

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The Internet Society Ghana (ISOC Ghana), in collaboration with the West African Internet Governance Forum (WA IGF), will host the West African Internet Governance Forum in Ghana after a two-year virtual event.

The theme for the 2022 edition, ‘Digital Sustainability: Data Innovation for post COVID recovery’, seeks to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process.

The two-day event scheduled from Thursday 26th May to Friday 27th  May 2022, will be held at the Airport View Hotel in Accra. 

Speaking in an interview, NRI Coordinator for West Africa Internet Governance Forum, Madam Mary Uduma, called for more internet stakeholders’ involvement in the WA IGF processes as “internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

The event complements current subregional efforts in the digital transformation in West Africa; therefore, it will tackle key issues such as Economic Recovery in West African countries: Prioritizing Data Privacy and Security and Freedom of expression online, the impact of the fight against disinformation within the subregion, digital economy policies, regulations and, multi-stakeholder issues amongst others.

Therefore, this will explore the challenges and opportunities in enhancing its digital economy in a world of information, communication, and technology.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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ECOWAS gives military in Guinea April 25 deadline to return to democratic rule

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The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has charged military leaders in Guinea to provide an acceptable timeline for transition to democratic rule by April 25, 2022.

Failure to do so, according to ECOWAS, will lead to economic and financial sanctions.

Leaders of ECOWAS made the decision during an Extraordinary Summit in Accra on Friday, to review recent political developments in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, stated that it was unacceptable that there was no timeline set by the military junta to return the country to democratic rule.

“The fact that, as of today, we do not have a transition timeline in Guinea is a source of major concern. On several occasions, the authorities have indicated the concern that there is no visibility about the transition in Guinea, and we are demanding that a transition timeline is provided. As nothing was coming, now we are putting a deadline—April 25. Beyond this deadline, economic and financial sanctions will kick in.”

Burkina Faso

The leadership also expressed concern about the continued detention of the former President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, since the coup d’etat.

“The other condition, we set is that, President Kabore be set free immediately. The mission that went to Burkina Faso two weeks ago also insisted that he is set free unconditionally. As we speak today, President Kabore is on House arrest, and this is totally unacceptable.”


Meanwhile, ECOWAS has charged the transitional government in Mali to return the country to constitutional rule within 12 to 16 months.

This is a part of talks to restore democratic governance in the West-African country reeling under political instability.

Jean Claude Kassi Brou, said in view of the global political and security situation, there is an urgent need to reach an agreement in order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Mali.

“The discussions were extensively on the situation and taking into account that the sanctions are impacting on the country. There has been substantial work that was done by the Technical Local Committee Meeting and after examining the recommendations of the mediator, the Head of State disclosed that, they are willing to provide an extension of the transition in Mali for 12 to 16 months in addition to the three months that have already passed. So, agreements will be reached so that the sanctions are gradually lifted.”

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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