US First Lady Jill Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19.

First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19.

The White House announced Tuesday that Biden, 71, tested positive after testing negative Monday.

According to the statement, the first lady “began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening.”  

Biden’s positive test comes nine days after her husband, President Joe Biden ended his isolation following a re-infection of COVID-19 after recovering from a rebound case. 

The first lady initially tested negative on a rapid test, but tested positive on a PCR test. 

“The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms,” Elizabeth Alexander, the first lady’s communication director, said in a statement. 

 “She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days.”

President Yoweri Museveni Congratulates President-elect.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated Kenya’s president-elect, William Ruto, on his victory in the August General Election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto the winner on Monday, August 15.

President Museveni praised Mr. Ruto for winning in a statement on Tuesday, assuring him of a strengthened relationship between the two nations.

“On behalf of all Ugandans, I congratulate Your Excellency Willaim Samoei Ruto upon your election as the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya,” said Museveni.

“I wish to reassure you of Uganda’s commitment to continue partnering with Kenya in advancing regional and continental agenda through the East African Community, African Union and other multilateral platforms.”

He also expressed optimism that his close partnership with Ruto shall yield greater achievements for both nations.

“Our bilateral cooperation will score tremendous achievements and I look forward to working more closely with you. God bless Kenya. God bless East Africa.”

Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former president of Somalia, Mohamed Farmaajo, and others are among the leaders who have congratulated the president-elect.

Diamond Platnumz Sends Congratulatory Message to Kenya after Ruto Declared President-elect

Tanzanian singer Naseeb Abdul Juma, popularly known as Diamond Platnumz recently sent congratulatory message to Kenyans following the declaration of William Ruto as president-elect.

In his congratulatory message, the WCB CEO asked Kenyans to put aside their political differences, embrace unity, and put their attention on the growth of their country.

“PONGEZI sana wana Kenya kwa kuhitimisha zoezi la uchaguzi na kumpata rais leo. Sasa hivi tena sio Team Ruto, Wajackoyah ama team Raila Odinga. Ni kwa pamoja kuendeleza maendeleo ya kenya na wana kenya kwa ujumla.”

However, the bongo superstar made a surprise appearance at the Kasarani stadium at the final Azimio Rally where he endorsed Raila for President.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukai declared Ruto as president-elect after receiving 7,176,141 votes, representing 50.49 per cent of the final result, while Raila received 6,942,930 votes, representing 48.85 per cent.

Raila Odinga Rejects Results of the 2022 Presidential Elections.

Presidential candidate Raila Odinga who was contesting on Azimio la Umoja Coalition party has rejected the results of the 2022 Presidential election.

IEBC declared UDA Party candidate William Ruto as the fifth president of Kenya.

Addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Odinga announced he would be heading to court to file a petition against the results which he termed as null and void.

He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati of violating the Constitution and electoral laws in his decision to declare Ruto as President-elect.

“What we saw yesterday was a travesty of the laws of Kenya by Wafula Chebukati and a minority of IEBC commissioners… The figures announced by Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law. In our view there is no legally declared president-elect,” said Odinga.

“Mr. Chebukati’s announcement purporting to announce a winner is a nullity. He (Chebukati) acted with gross impunity and in total disregard of the Constitution and our laws,”he added.

Odinga claims that Chebukati exercised dictatorship and erred in law by proceeding to announce the poll outcome despite four of the IEBC commissioners rejecting the results.

“The law is clear on the role of the chairperson of the IEBC. The law does not vest in the chairperson the powers of a dictator to rule the IEBC unilaterally,” said Odinga.

“The IEBC is structured as a democratic institution in which decisions must be taken either by consensus or by a vote of the majority. The chairperson and a tiny minority of commissioners have no legal authority to take weighty decisions and proclaim them as the rulings of the IEBC.”

Missing Returning Officer Daniel Mbolu Found Dead in Oloitoktok.

Missing Embakasi East IEBC returning officer Daniel Mbolu was found dead on Monday night.

According to a police report, his body was discovered by herders in a river close to the Kilombero forest in Oloitoktok.

Kipruto Ruto, the Oloitoktok sub-county police commander, said,police received reports of unidentified,badly mutilated male body dumped in a river.

According to him, preliminary investigations indicate that the body was likely dumped in the area from somewhere else.

He was identified at the Loitokitok sub-county mortuary by his sisters, Mary Mwikali and Ann Mboya, according to the police.

“The body of the deceased, vide my earlier OB no 20/15/08/2022 has been identified as of one Daniel Mbolu Musyoka by his sisters, namely Mary Mwikali and Ann Mboya at Loitokitok sub-county mortuary,” the police report says . 

The IEBC employee, 53, went missing on August 11 after he excused himself to make a phone call around 9.45 a.m. and he never returned to the office.