Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative, which seeks sweeping amendments to the 2010 Constitution, is driven by a pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and a seasoned opposition stalwart turned government ally, Raila Odinga. The proposed amendments target at least 13 of the 18 chapters in the Constitution.
Internally displaced persons gather for government briefing in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the scene of violent clashes between rival communities since 2019. Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images
Buhari’s background as a former military officer was touted by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the sterling qualities of a leader Nigeria desperately needed to salvage her from the myriad of security threats. Beyond this, his reputation as a disciplinarian was expected to also play a significant role in nipping the tide of insecurity in the bud. Hopes were, therefore, high that he will not disappoint.
Not even the wife of the late former President Jerry Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyeman, of the National Democratic Party (NDP), stood out or managed to capitalise on the sympathy of her hubby’s recent death, as she garnered only 6 549 votes (0,05 percent). Rawlings died last month aged 73.
The COVID-19 lockdown measures such as curfews, stay-at-home restrictions and continued school’s closures are also affecting children, with online criminals and sexual predators taking the advantage of kids confined at home.