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TRUU.S. Republican Donald Trump overhauled his presidential campaign team for the second time in less than two months, hiring the head of a conservative news website to bolster his combative image and try to reverse poor opinion poll numbers.

Trump named Steve Bannon, head of the Breitbart News website, as campaign chief executive officer, a new position. He also promoted senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to the post of campaign manager.

The latest shake-up combines Bannon, a conservative flamethrower, with Conway, a measured, data-driven analyst who might be able to broaden Trump’s appeal to women and independent voters.

It offers Trump’s team a chance to return to the “let Trump be Trump” style practiced by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that helped Trump, who has never held elective office, win the Republican presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election.

Lewandowski, ousted in the last campaign reorganization in June, said on CNN that Bannon was “a street fighter” like himself. A Trump campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon “the most dangerous political operative in America.”

Whether that style will work in the fight against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is unclear. Trump, a New York real estate developer and former reality TV host, has largely been unable to extend his reach beyond white middle-class voters who pack his rallies.

Trump trails Clinton in national opinion polls and in many battleground states, potentially facing a big defeat that could also cost Republicans congressional races.

Trump, who relishes revving up crowds with off-the-cuff remarks, drew criticism for comments insulting women, Muslims and Mexican immigrants during the primary campaign for the Republican nomination.

He has since faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans over his campaign style and his refusal to stick to a policy message. In particular, he has been rebuked for his prolonged feud with the family of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in the Iraq war.




RAILA-BOSIRECORD leader Raila Odinga has endorsed the report prepared by the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms which among others calls for the reconstitution of new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners (IEBC) by September 30.

The former Prime Minister urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to hold consultations on the new electoral officials.

This comes after the National Assembly approved a two-day extension for the Joint Select team to submit their report after meeting both President Kenyatta and the CORD leader.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and his Minority counterpart Francis Nyenze further confirmed that they will submit the Joint Select Committee Report and proposed Bills during Thursday’s sitting.

The 14-member team had earlier in the day met with the leadership of the coalitions in Parliament where they briefed them on their findings of the four thematic areas that they were looking into.

The CORD leader called on President Kenyatta to whip his Jubilee Coalition MPs which enjoys majority representation in both Houses to support the adoption and implementation of the recommendations.

“It was give and take… we have conceded many issues we were insisting on for the sake of this country. All CORD members will support the report and the draft bills,” he said,

In its report, the Joint Select Committee recommended that the nine Commissioners led by Chairman Issack Hassan must exit office by September 30 to ensure the appointment of seven new commissioners in time for the 2017 General Election.



tsvZimbabwe’s opposition leaders led a mass rally Saturday against embattled President Robert Mugabe’s failure to resolve the country’s worsening economic crisis.

Thousands of supporters gathered to hear Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru denounce Mugabe’s hold on power, calling for unity among opposition parties.

Thousands of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters and Mujuru’s newly formed Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) attended the rally, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

The crowd clad in red MDC party colours chanted “Mugabe must go,” others hoisted placards reading “Where are the promised jobs?” “Stop Abductions” and “No to bond Notes”  referring to the pending introduction of bond notes, a local token currency equivalent to the US dollar.

The rally went on under a watchful eye of anti-riot police.



SUDANPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Addis Ababa for Igad Summit on violence in South Sudan as African leaders push for lasting peace solutions in the young nation.

Fresh fighting erupted in Juba early last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his then First Vice President Riek Machar, threatening to move South Sudan back to civil war.

The renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between parties involved in the South Sudan conflict.

Presidents Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement.

The plane carrying Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1.00 pm.

The president was seen off at the JKIA by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery and other senior government officials.



hassan_1Details of a series of closed-door meetings that hatched a deal for the peaceful exit of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials have now been laid plain.

This comes barely two days after the commissioners expressed their readiness to go home when they appeared before Parliament’s Joint Select Committee.

It is now emerging that the poll officials held the committee at ransom and that reaching the deal involved a lot of persuasions since the parliamentary team had no tangible evidence against the electoral officials.

Co-chairs of the select team – Senators JAMES ORENGO (Siaya) and KIRAITU MURUNGI (Meru) – reportedly went beyond law and political interest in a bid to strike a deal.

According to a Member of Parliament who declined to be named, the IEBC officials left office under their own terms and not the committee’s.

He further stated that commissioners scored big time and did the select committee a huge favour by voluntarily leaving office.

Reports indicate that the Hassan-led team was secretly pushing for their exit despite maintaining a hard-line stance in public.

Apparently, the commissioners wanted to ensure that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were solidly behind them and that they got their entitlements if they decided to leave office.

They also reportedly wanted to leave clean meaning they did not want any criminal proceedings brought against them.

The big breakthrough came when Attorney General Githu Muigai and Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said that the government will use cash from the Contingency Fund to pay the commissioners.

It is then that they struck a deal with the very same committee they had earlier accused of undertaking an illegal process.