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By Agwanda Saye

A Kisumu based Civil society charged with promotion of use of alternative dispute resolution mechanism for peaceful co-existence Uhai Lake Forum Organization is now engaging youths in useful ventures as away of reducing insecurity and has also brought on board elders within the luos and Kalenjins fighting over cattle rustling.

The organization which is now based a long the volatile Kisumu and Kericho Counties has also brought on board elders from where the two communities have been fighting over cattle rustling which has resulted into seven people being injured, fifty seven houses being burnt down and five hundred households being displaced have died resulting to who works in the region to bring the elusive peace among the warring communities have now organized meetings among elders from both sides to address the insecurity situation. Tom Onyango the Co-coordinator of the organization that is being funded by Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFORD) said they have identified elders they been engaging in the past and will organize for peace meetings across the border.

“The locals say that the absence of jobs is the reason for the rice in criminal activities that has seen the rise in cattle rustling sparking conflict in the region” Onyango said. But elders in Nyakach are now calling upon the national and the county governments to create employment to the youths and offer soft loans for business start up to make them become self reliant. John Rasare, an elder from Nyakach said the national government needs to assist county governments to earmark projects that could engage the youths in the country. Rasare said that a free and secured society is for the government to invest in its youths who are believed to be the strength of every economy. The locals now want the county governments to establish a youth databank to help develop policies and services geared for young people. “Lack of job opportunities has been blamed for the youths engaging in criminal activities, including engaging in cattle rustling and the government should address the social, economic and security challenges facing the youth. “He added Onyango who led the organization to the ground that was hit with clashes further announced that they are mooting plans to establish community peace committees along the troubling Nyakach-Kericho boarder. He said that in the wake of skirmishes in the area that has led to the killings of six people, the committees should strive to incorporate the youth, women and other interested parties drawn from the border. “The conflict along the border is an issue that has taken the government along time to bring to end and should now resort to home grown solution by involving the locals themselves,” he said. Onyango said they had organized more forums within these areas and have identified peace ambassadors who will work closely with the communities to create awareness on the need to co-exist peacefully.

He also says that youths should maintain peace and learn to live with harmony with each other “As a civil society we will strive to ensure our people live peacefully and put the government on spot over the creation of more jobs for our youths,” said Onyango.



FrBy Agwanda Saye
LEADERS from Muhoroni have attributed constant cattle rustling along common border of Nyanza and the Rift valley on rampant poverty.

Led by Muhoroni Member of Parliament James Onyango K’Oyoo the leaders said youths should be empowered as one of the ways of eliminating the vice once and for all.

K’Oyoo said that use of force is not a sustainable solution to the menace which he observed requires dialogue engineered by leaders from both sides of the divide.

He was speaking over the weekend at St Joseph Koru ACK church during a funds drive where 1.5 million shillings was netted.

K’Oyoo called on leaders along the common border to hold peace talks and reconciliatory meetings as one of the ways of ending incidents of cattle rustling.

The Mp said leaders from the two common border areas will hold such talks when parliament takes a break in order to talk to youths on the need of mutual co-existence.

K’Oyoo said leaders from Tinderet, Sigowet, Soin, Ainamoi, and Kipkelion will hold the talks in order to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Outgoing Nyanza police chief Joseph Ole Tito sounded a warning to those perpetrating cattle rustling along the borders.

But K’Oyoo said the best solution was to talk to the youths and elders from both sides.
He called on the government to bail out both Miwani and Muhoroni.

“Companies can not be on receivership indefinitely” he said.

He said the government should either privatize the firms or give them to strategic investors.

Kenya: Tribalism

from k.

I need opinions and advise from my Kalenjin brothers and sisters. Please make me understand, where did the Luo community wrong our Kalenjin forefathers? I am dating a Luo man but my parents are so against it claiming that the Community disgust them. If you could post it on your wall and let people discuss about it but keep my identity a secret, I will highly appreciate. I really want to understand where my parents are coming from and may be assist me in making a wise decision for both my parents and relationship.

A sister in distress.

Can someone please help the sister out. Be mindful of others feelings when commenting.


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Tea Growers in Western Kenya opposed the relocation of KETEPA from Kericho to Nairobi

The Move is aimed at strangling the region economically.

Business Feature by Leo Odera Omolo in Kisumu City.

Politicians and tea growers in the South Rift of the Rift Valley Province and in Kisii  region are up in arms against the planned relocation of the Kenya Tea Packers{KETEPA} packaging plant from Kericho to Nairobi.

They are putting up a strong resistance against the move, which is said to be having the blessing of the directors of the Kenya Tea Development Agency {KTDA}, a  semi-parastatal body, which is managing  nearly all the tea factories, scattered in all the regions that the green tea bushes are grown.

Ketepa managers argue that they want to relocate the plant due to constant politically motivated threats against its employees as experienced during the post-election violence of January 2008, and recent issuing of hate leaflets warning members of a certain communities to vacate the area.

Originally, Ketepa was established and built between 1949 and 1950 by the Brooke Bond Tea Company, in collaboration with the Tea Growers Association of East Africa, now Kenya Tea Growers Association of Kenya, and it was called the Central Packing.

The company also established a printing plant in an area adjacent to the Central Packing, which was printing the tea packaging materials of all grades and the sizes for local and international marketing.

All the tea factories in East Africa, mostly those from Uganda and Tanzania were supplying certain quantity for packaging. And all factories in Kenya were also supplying seven per cent of the tea processed to the Central Packaging Factory in Kericho.

The firm changed hands, and the new investors moved in, in early 1978, and changed its name from the Central Packing to Kenya Tea Packers {Ketepa} Company Limited. Immediately after the changes had been effected, an attempt was made to relocated it to Nairobi.

Members of Parliament, led by the former MP for Belgut, the late Alfred Kericho, vehemently opposed the move. They argued that the move would deny their people the opportunities for employment at the plant. The government of the day concurred and the idea was abandoned altogether.

The relocation plan was in similar fashion to the government sanctioned Passion Fruit Processing Factory established by the white settlers in Sotik, which was dismantled and relocated to Thika between 1969 and 1970s.

The Kisii sent a delegation to President Kenyatta at his Gatundu home, led by the late Mzee Johnson Keragori,who was then the chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation {ICDC}. Others in the delegation were two cabinet Ministers, the late Lawrence George Sagini and the late James Nyamweya.

The Kisii delegation frantically and desperately argued that the relocation of the plant from Sotik to Thika would deny the people of the region employment opportunity.

Kenyatta responded by telling the Kisii delegation that they had  nothing to worry about, as the Thika plant would still engage the same people it had on its  employment list in Sotik. They put forward other logistics, like the transportation cost of the raw fruits from Sotik and Kisii region to Thika, saying the cost would hurt the farmers most, through increased transport cost. But the late Kenyatta could not hear any of that, and he finally dispersed the delegation with tirades of unprintable insults, and the delegation dispersed in disarray.

The Abagusii delegation returned home, and after the information went around the villages of what had come out of President Kenyatta’s mouth, all the farmers in the region uprooted Passion Crops, which was minting millions of shilling for the resident of Kisii and Sotik regions.

The Kisii delegation, however, blamed the then Minister for Commerce and Industry, the late Dr Julius Gekonyo Kiano, for failing to advice the government on the logistics involved in the factory relocation plan.

The farmers also scaled down the growing of pyrethrum, which was another cash milking cow in Gusii  region, and they eventfully abandoned the two cash crops altogether.

The Kiposigis leaders however, never protested against the move of the Sotik factory due to the fact that the passion fruit crop was grown more on the Gusii side of the border, especially in areas like Mokomoni, Keroka, Birongo, Nyamasibi, Gesima,and Mosobeti, and in the new settlement schemes in Manga, Sotik, Nyasiongo, Kijauri  in  what is today known as Borabu district.

Now it is their turn. The tea farmers in Kericho region, led by the chairman of the Kenya Union of the Small Scale Tea owners {KUSTO} Rift Valley region, Mr Joel Chepkwony {Bwana Maendeleo}, said they were vehemently opposed to the move, which is a deliberate effort by selfish individuals to cripple the region’s economy.

Mzee Chepkwony blamed and severely criticized Mr Phillip Ng’etich, a retired former managing director of Ketepa, who is the region’s representative to the KTDA board of directors, for having not  represented the region’s farmers views effectively to the other directors.

He explained that the KTDA had deducted funds from small scale tea farmers countrywide, which it used to acquire the Ketepa factory, that was previously owned by Brooke Bond[Kenya} Ltd, now Unilever Tea Company Limited.

It is also being alleged that the Kenyatta family has the controlling shares in Ketepa, and had insisted that it must be relocated to Nairobi, so that it can serve the interest of farmers and tea factories in Central Province, at the expense of the South Rift, Nandi Hills and Kisii regions. This angle of argument could not be immediately confirmed.

Broke Bond had sold parts of its shares to the KTDA, and to certain unnamed individuals in 1978. Ketepa trade marks and logos are the most recognizable in tea production in Kenya. It is located at Brooklyn, situated about eight kilometers in the outskirt of Kericho town ,next to the main Kericho Nakuru road.

Mzee Chepkwony appealed to MPs from Western Kenya, especially those coming from the tea growing zones, like Kisii and South and North Nandi regions, to unite and lobby through their other colleagues from Nyanza and Western Provinces, against the move of the factory. He said hundreds of the company’s workers at the Kericho plant would rendered jobless.

The locals, particularly those from the Kipsigis rural area, do not need housing accommodation, as they regularly walk from their rural homes to work at the plant. It is economically important  to the community, therefore relocating the plant to Nairobi would deny them job opportunities.

The Road’s Minister, Franklin Bett, led the Kipsigis MPs in opposing the relocation of Ketepa from Kericho to Nairobi, arguing that the reasons given do not warrant the move. “It is utter nonsense to say the company is relocating to Nairobi because of insecurity for its workers, and yet the area has sufficient security agencies which could effectively handle any threat”, Bett said.

Chepkwony blamed the KTDA for the maneuvers to relocate the plant, and warned that the organization’s directors, who have attained the age of 70s should pack and go home. He is challenging the rule that entails farmers with the largest acreage of planted bushes for election as a directors of the KTDA. “This rule must be changed so that and youthful and highly educated people can serve the KTDA, and inject new ideas and management skills into its management”, said Chepkwony.

Kenya tea which is packaged by Ketepa, using state of the art machinery, is world renown for its superior quality. The company carefully selects and packs its tea blends from the best farms in Kenya, thus ensuring refreshing aroma and taste. Their blends contain 100 per cent pure Kenyan tea.

This writer once served as the Public Relation Manager with the Brooke Bonds Equatorial Limited in the late 1960s, and is very much conversant with the going ons within the tea industry.

Chepkwony has threatened that small scale tea growers in Kericho region would be sensitized and advised to stop delivery of green tea leaves to the KTDA factories in the region, and instead deliver their products to the Multinational Tea Companies factories in Kericho


UDM party leader General Koech condemns the authors of hate leaflets in Kericho


Leo Odera Omolo Report in Kericho Town {Monday 21st,2009}

The United Democratic Movement [UDM}leadership has come out in full force with wholesale condemnation of the authors and distributors of tribal hate leaflets in Kericho Town and its environs.

The party leader Lt. Gen {rtd} John Arap Koech said he was disturbed and sickened when he received the information that some cowards were dropping hate leaflets, threatening members of a certain community, asking them to leave the district.

“Whoever is responsible for this kind of intimidation should be investigated and brought to book. Kenyan citizens must feel free to work and live in any part of the country, irrespective of their party of affiliation. The country need a breathing space and break from the 2008 post election violence ,which left this country in rubbles and dust. Therefore, anybody advocating violence should consider himself or themselves to be the enemies number of Kenyan people”, said Koech.

UDM is the second most popular political party in the South Rift after the ODM, and its national chairman said the party is only preaching the gospel of cohesion and peaceful co-existence of the Kenyan communities.

He added that he is vehemently opposed to anyone using the on going Mau eviction as an instrument for frustrating members of a certain community. “What have those Luos, picking tea in the tea companies, have got to do with the Mau Forest saga, to warrant their expulsion from the region?”, he asked.

The retired former Deputy Chief of the General Staff{CGS} said the authors and distributors of the tribal hate leaflets have displayed their political naivety and primitiveness. “And such cowardice actions could be counterproductive”, said the General.

The UDM popularity and strength in the South Rift region was exhibited in the three by-elections held last year in Ainamoi, Sotik and Bomet constituencies. It performed miraculously in Kiligoris, in the Trans-Mara district. In all the three by-elections, UDM candidates gave the ODM aspirants a run for their money, and even performed better than KANU  and PNU.

Gen Koech said that all these are clear indications that UDM is making major inroads in the South Rift region. The party, he said is looking for better things in 2012.His party stands for the unity of purpose of all Kenyan communities.

The party has only one MP in the current. She is Prof. Hellen Sambili, the Sports Minister and is looking forward to clinch more parliamentary seats in the 2012. It is currently involved in revitalization and mobilization, as well as membership drive throughout the Republic of Kenya. “We are soon opening branches in Central Kenya, Eastern, Western, Nyanza and at the Coast, in readiness for the 2012 general elections”, said the General.

Meanwhile, a group of Kalenjin politicians in Kericho have faulted the Vice President, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, and accused him of being responsible for the on-going divisions and split in the ODM..The Vice President, they alleged, is playing dangerous political games of divide and rule, hoping to capitalize on the on-going stand-off in ODM. But the ODM, they said would come out of it much stronger than ever before.

Led by a Kericho Municipal Councillor, Nicholas Tum, they appealed to level headed politicians in the South Rift to give the government sufficient time to sort out things amicably in the Mau.”We are aware that some wicked politicians are out there to capitalize on Mau issue to bring down the Prime Minister. But Raila Odinga has our backing and he is our man”, Mr. Tum said.


Kalonzo, Ruto and Uhuru’s KKK CIRCUS is not amusing

Kalonzo, Ruto and Uhuru’s KKK CIRCUS is not so amusing
Wambua Kaloki Wakenya
Mon, Dec 21, 2009

It is absurd the circus we are being treated to, which is not funny at all. The circus of fund raising KES 5 million today, and and KES 2 million after two weeks, in an attempt at self cleansing is not amusing, and Kalonzo, Ruto, Balala, Uhuru and all the others behind the circus, should be told that, we are not amused because of the following reasons.

The first reason is that economically, their circus does not make sense. The time, the efforts and the opportunity cost in not doing their duties, but clowning around the country, is much more costly than the total KES 7 million they have raised so far.

The second reason is that, administratively, a cabinet minister’s foremost contribution towards national development is formulating policy papers for both cabinet decisions and parliamentary approvals. Instead of these ministers telling us the policies they are formulating to contain escalating food prices, and to boost food reserves, they are chest thumping for raising a token KES 7 million. Let them know that the fundraisers will not white wash them.

Thirdly, any activity for the good of the nation, if planned in an exclusive manner and implemented in an exclusive manner, it remains exclusive and therefore suspect, especially after the tribal based PEV last year. Let Ruto and company know that we are no longer interested in exclusivity, and will mobilize all resources at our disposal to neutralize their agenda.

In addition, activities clothed in the name of development, but aimed at clipping the wings of an individual, is ill advised and counterproductive. It is worse when the targeted individual is a national leader, and anything good he does is trashed by the so called development conscious leaders. The
development activities by Ruto, Kenyatta, Kalonzo and company are hypocritical at best.

Not only that, but when we remember that the VP, DPM and ministers are paid by taxpayers to discharge national duties, but they are busy advancing a parochial agenda, we become saddened and start numbering their days. Why can’t they join the President, PM and other cabinet ministers in propagating one government agenda?

Lastly, let those who want to participate in philanthropic activities not mix philanthropy and politics. If you want to give back to the society, go ahead and do it, others are also doing it in their ways. However when they tell us that they are the only ones who can bring development to the country,. WE TELL THEM A BIG NO, AND START TO COUNT HOW THEY HAVE UNDERMINED DEVELOPMENT, AND WHEN WE COMPARE THE KES 7 MILLION RAISED, WITH THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE ECONOMY BY THEIR PRESENT AND PAST ACTIVITIES, THE FUND RAISERS REMAIN AN INSULT TO THE NATION OF KENYA.

Leaflets threatening Luos to leave Kericho before Xmas hit the streets


Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

Police in Kericho town are reported to be actively investigating the source and authors of  leaflets, which were dropped in town over the weekend, warning members of the Luo community to leave the region before Christmas.

The undated and unsigned leaflets were dropped along the Kericho-Nakuru and Kericho-Kisumu Highway, starting from outside the main gate of the posh tea Hotel, up to the junction of James Finlay’s Tea Company, within the town.

Those responsible for dropping the leaflets appeared to have been using a motor vehicle, as some of the leaflets are bearing dirty tire marks.

These leaflets appeared to be targeting members of the Luo community working and doing business in the town. It reads as follows in English:
“Mary Christmas Our Brothers from the Lake”.
“Our staying together is being very limited, although we would have wished to be one. It is sad that we now wish you to leave. And thanks for the Prime Minister’s efforts to separate us.”…
“Siasa zake za uchochezi lazima zikome”, says one sentence in Kiswahili version of the seemingly well written leaflets.

The authors of the leaflets were roundly condemned by a section of Kericho politicians, led by Coun. Nicholas Tum, who alleged that he suspected the leaflets to be the work of the PNU agents and sympathizers. He urged the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigations, and to ensure that the authors of what he termed, “cowardice, seditious papers” are brought to book.

Kericho has a sizeable population of Luos. Most of them work as tea pickers for the two major multinational foreign owned tea companies. Others are jua kali artisans and mechanics in the town’s main garages, dress and shoe-makers operating on the verandas of shops in major town’s streets, masons and carpenters in the building industry. And they appeared to be getting on well with their host, the Kipsigis.

There are also a good number of hawkers of petty goods. Others are engaged by wealthy Kipsigis farmers and traders as laborers in their small scale tea farmer, which are spread in Bureti, Belgut, Konoin and Ainamoi constituencies.

There used to be thousands of Luos employed in the tea industry in Kericho and its environs, but their numbers dwindled to only paltry, following changes of work force in the tea estates and factories, and the introduction of robots, which also ushered in the mechanized teas picking system.

Coun Tum told the author of the leaflets to engage themselves on gainful occupations instead of intimidating the law abiding citizens of Kenya. He said the authors of the leaflets had criminal aims, and objective of dividing the ODM members, and weakening the party ahead of the 2012 general elections.

“We want our people to  ignore these warnings and to go about their daily core in the real task of nation building. The ODM is the party, which is so popular in the South Rift and the leaflets are the work of the disgruntled elements”.

“There is no point in certain people singling out the Prime Minister Raila Odinga as individual. What is happening in Mau Forest eviction is a government policy and all those serving in the coalition government are collectively responsible”, Said Mr.Tum.
Coun Tum urged the Kalenjin MPs to preach peace and reconciliation, instead of being hardened like animals, and taken for a ride by those serving selfish interests, through their kind of political deceits.

The next general election is schedule for 2012 and there is plenty of time. When the time come, the ODM like any other party in this country would work for a possible realignment and new political dispensation.

At the same time, discontent is high in Kericho, after the weekend revelation by the government, that a good number of Kalenjin Mps owned land in Mau, even those who in the recent past, went public denying having any farm in the Mau Forest.

Mr Tum blamed some of the Kalenjin Mps, whom he accused for having misinterpreting the common proverbs used by Raila Odinga, the Prime Minister, at most of his public rallies, citing the incident of frogs in the waters drinking cattle, and coined their own poisonous propaganda, and concocted these proverb words to mean he {Raila}, had insulted the Kalenjin, likening those facing eviction from Mau Forest to the ”FROGs”in the rivers..

These cheap lies must come to an end, and the Kalenjin MPs must behave responsibly like leaders and they should guard against selling their community cheaply to the outsiders nursing presidential ambitions. This is not how to win the presidency.

All the future presidential aspirants must exercise some element of responsible and quality leadership meant to attract the voters, must desist from tarnishing the names of their possible opponents.

The coined propaganda words are being spread in the interior parts of Kipsigis region, where the Prime Minister has maintained almost 100 support of the public, and the ODM has the lead. It is all the succession war against the Prime Minister.
“The Prime Minister has at no time abused the Kalenjin in general, the Mau Forest evictees in particular, therefore people must stop listening to these cheap propaganda aimed at tarnishing the name of the Prime Minister for selfish political ends”, said Coun Tum, adding that Raila Odinga is not at war with the community, but meant well for the region..

Coun Tum advised the Kipsigis community to ignore such propagandas. The Prime Minister has no war nor is he nursing any hate attitudes towards the community that voted for him in his presidential election in 2007 man to man. In fact Raila loves the Kipsigis and the entire Kalenjin people, except the few political enemies of the ODM who are allegedly being bankrolled by PNU agent and the advocates of the amorphous triple KKK{Kalenjin,Kikuyu and Kambas}, whose alleged main architect is the Vice President, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.

”These people have been taking us for a ride, and yet they were only serving selfish interests. And no wonder, the names of the very persons who have repeatedly denied owning any piece of forest land have now been revealed and their true identities.

It is shameful, and bad politics for the Kalenjin community, because the activities of the selfish landlords, who have been vocal, insisting they were fighting for the landless member of the community, and yet they are fighting for their own economic interest. These are the same people who have come out in the open and told us how bad is Mr. Raila Odinga, because he is the one who is hell bent on chasing our people out of Mau. What a confusion?”, asked Mzee James Kenduiywo of Silibwet in Bomet district.

He however, came out in defense of the retired President Daniel Arap Moi, and appealed to the government to spare his important investment in the Mau Forest. “The tea estate and factory should be exempted from eviction as the industry has offered employment to hundreds of Kenyans from all tribes”, said Mr. Kenduiywo.

In the tribal clashes of the 1992 -1993, quite a good number of Luos  living and working in the Kipsigis region were attacked, injured and even some of them killed. These attacks later spread into the full length of the Kalenjin-Luo borders. But in the 2008 post independence violence, the Kisiis and Kikuyus suffered a great deal, when their properties were torched, and some of them killed by the Kalenjin youths. This time around, the Luos, who are supporters of ODM were spared.