The Africa Report: Kenyan minister's death may impact elections

Michael Mumo Editorial Director at Capital FM gives us the latest news from the African continent.

The sudden death of Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has added to the concerns of the upcoming coming election.

Nkaissery collapsed in his home on Saturday. He was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed education minister Fred Matiang'i, to take over the portfolio in an acting capacity.

The Kenyan election is due to take place in August, yet the electoral agency has ordered a tender to print new ballot papers. This comes after the Court of Appeal issued an injunction against the printing of ballots for the presidential election, due to lack of public participation.

This has raised questions about what public participation means in this capacity. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (ICBC) has gone to court seeking an interpretation of this ruling. They are also meeting with presidential candidates to incorporate their views on this issue.

In Uganda, the public is awaiting the amendment to a bill regarding the presidential age limit. The bill will scrap the presidential age requirement.

Currently, the law disqualifies anyone under the age of 35-years-old and above 75 years-old from contesting the presidency. The Ruling National Resistance Party want this age limit removed, but those against the ruling say this will erase any peaceful and democratic transition of power.

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