As chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, US Congress representative Karen Bass (Democrat-California) has the tricky ... task of threading the needle on the proper congressional response to the conflict in Tigray. She also represents part of Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest Ethiopian diaspora community after Washington, DC.
Two of Kenya’s 47 county assemblies have passed the referendum bill, as President Kenyatta and Odinga canvas for support ahead of the mid-2021 plebiscite.
The Siaya and Kisumu county assemblies, both controlled by Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement party, debated and voted for the bill in record time on 3 February and 9 February, respectively.
Building some bridges
Last October, Kenyatta said the constitutional changes would solve the country’s longterm challenges, warning that “constitutional rigidity is a recipe for war.”