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Kenya: Breaking; mall attack;

From: Judy Miriga

Extremely very sad indeed…………..

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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From: Oduya – Magunga
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 6:08 AM
Subject: Breaking

SAD indeed!

Regards,

From: Maryann Wanjiru
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 2:06 PM
Subject: Breaking

3 explosions, the hostages had been tied with explosives, just sad

On 23 September 2013 13:32, Jay NM wrote:

I hear Westgate is on fire whats the smoke all about?

From: Judy Miriga
Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Subject: Fw: [PK] Kenya: Breaking; mall attack;
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From: Judy Miriga

Extremely very sad indeed…………..

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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From: Oduya – Magunga
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 6:08 AM
Subject: Breaking

SAD indeed!

Regards,

From: Maryann Wanjiru
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 2:06 PM
Subject: Breaking

3 explosions, the hostages had been tied with explosives, just sad

On 23 September 2013 13:32, Jay NM wrote:

I hear Westgate is on fire whats the smoke all about?

Kenya: Our Condolences for all those Killed

From: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends,

It is with a deep sense of sorrow and patriotism that I want to send our messages of condolences to the families of all those who have died in the Westgate Mall Attack.

At Kimisho, we preach love and peace and we are constantly inviting Kenyans to pool together as we face our twin daily challenges of the cost of living and the cost of finance. We are really saddened that when we were supposed to be observing the International World Peace Day, a bunch of ingrates dared us this so badly.

The sad part of it is that these cowards opened fire on innocent civilians going about their business. It is so cowardly to fire on Women and Children, and yet, this is what these ingrates did. If they had issues with the Kenya Defense Forces, why could they simple not just blast their way into Kahawa Barracks? Why blast your way into a Mall and kill people who are defenseless?

At Kimisho, we want to commend our Security Forces for responding to this threat in good time and effecting the safe evacuation of more that 1,000 shoppers from the Mall. It is sad that a few more people are still holed up as human shield for these ingrates.

We are also joining our political leaders in coming together and talking with one voice on this. We are One Family and NO one will break our resolve and spirit as Kenyans. The President captured this so aptly when he said that we must remain brave as the Lions on our Coat of Arms. He also captured our mood by promising swift and painful retribution.

This is what we need as a Country. We must hit back so swiftly, painfully and so hard. This is what the Israelis do to all those who attempt such acts on their people. The President must instruct our Security Forces to hit back so hard and the perpetrators must be tracked down to their bedrooms.

We must seal all our porous borders and up our security surveillance. The President may also need to Kenyanize the composition of the Top Security Organs in the Country and make it a truly Kenyan affair. We must never domesticate Security Issues for our Country. We are all Kenyans and a joint effort and trust in each other is what we need.

May the good Lord grant all of us His peace. May He rest the souls of all those departed in Peace, and may He grant solace to all those who have been afflicted, injured and hospitalized.

As a People, may we all join hands in our Journey of Hope as Kenyans.

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{UMBS} Statement from SUPKEM

From: Rehema Uganda

Abu Ayman,

We know its a day packed with emotions, sorrow and grieving. We have Kenyan friends too, but Islam is very clear on children, women and innocents in war. And whoever does contrary is clearly not following it. Islam DOESN’T teach such, its a religion of peace NO one can tolerate such acts in d name of Islam, we are meant to live together as one Moslems and Christians o n this globe peaceful, my sis we all condemn such acts.

Take for eg PKK in American history. Were they employees of the xtians? What of the killings in iraq libya Afghanistan? Who perpetrated that? The xtianised Americans, the British, the french to mention but a few.

If we think along religion lines then we are thinking emotionally. These guys act mostly out of their bad nature as humans before they act as Muslims. No one is born into a religion, we can choose whatever religion to belong to hence you hear of conversions. So if we analyse the individual from a moral and humanitarian point of view, the we better understand the situation. Religious talk will further subdivide you and cloud your understanding.

what happened in Kenya is happening to Muslims in Myanmar or Burma and it happened in Kashmir not long years ago. the terrorists in Nairobi might have used Islam as a criteria but not the core cause. we need to look at the underlying factors other than the method of elimination.Judge those guys as individuals not from a religious point of view. If you knew the basics of criminal psychology, then you would understand me more than clear. Always in crime complexities we look deeper than on surface. aka you need to enter the criminal mind and think from that angle. these guys want Kenya to withdraw from Mogadishu

what is the real interest of Kenya in the somali conflict? what has Kenya to gain running a conflict with somalis (alshabab or not)? i hope by kenya pushing for a full scale military intervention in the Somali conflict was the right move. what is the future like for Kenya?

Rehema

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On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM, Abu Ayman

wrote:

Press Release by THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF KENYA MUSLIMS…

Ladies and Gentlemen, today is indeed another dark day in the history of Kenya. Suspected terrorist took over Westgate Mall killing innocent people including women and children.

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims will tomorrow (Today) hold a crisis meeting on this issue.

We call upon Muslim leaders all over the Country to join the rest of Kenyans as the country mourns and pray for the injured.

On behave of SUPKEM’s leadership, we send our condolences to families and friends of those who were killed and pray for a quick recovery for the injured.‘It is Allah’s that takes and it is He that gives, and He prescribes a certain destiny for every matter.’

Islam greatly encourages Muslims to console one another in times of grief to reduce the pain of sorrow. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) promised a great reward for it. He said:

“Whosoever consoles a person afflicted with grief receives his selfsame reward” [Al-Tirmidhi and ibn Majah] and, “Whosoever consoles someone going through a difficult time, Allah will clothe him with the robes of honor on the day of Judgment” [Reported by Ibn Majah].


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WHY INSECURITY IS A BIG THREAT TO KENYA

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013

I said many times on this blog and I repeat again that insecurity in Kenya will still be worse unless political leadership is changed to focus on the interest of citizens and the development of the nation like poverty eradication and unemployment crisis. Poverty and unemployment leads to thuggery and murders.

Unless the tendency of manipulating ethnic identities for private interest changes, the government would have no time to put in place the strategies that can address these crucial and urgent problems. Their political base is largely ethnic and their clout is derived from money.

Unless Kenyans think twice and change their attitude of making political choices based on a number of considerations, the issue of insecurity will still be a great problem. This will only be solved the day Kenyans thought beyond their tribes and regions and vote in leaders not tribes.

We see elements of this in the recent elections in Kenya where the West’s threats of “grave consequences” if Kenyans elected those indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) served to mobilise voters in favor of the Uhuru-Ruto ticket.

As seen in the recent election, over 90 percent of Luos voted for Odinga. Over 90 percent of Kalenjin, who had voted Raila by a similar margin in 2007 changed sides and voted for Uhuru.

The Kikuyu overwhelmingly voted Uhuru, a factor that may explain why with a small addition of votes from a few other communities, the Jubilee coalition won. Raila’s Luo allied with the Kamba and other coastal groups had no enough number to win.

The tendency of Kenyans to vote in ethnic blocks explains why the democratic process tends to sustain elite privilege even at the expense of public policies that are supposed to serve the ordinary citizen.

This is because in building a winning electoral coalition, Kenyan politicians need not appeal directly to the masses that vote. Rather they need to negotiate with powerful ethnic intermediaries that represent the masses. These powerful men and women then act as a bridge between the presidential candidate or political party and their co-ethnics.

You may ask how ethnic identity is related to the conflict of loyalties and interests. This is because Kenya being a multi-ethnic society, communities that feel they have been left out in eating national cake will be aggressive to the communities they assume benefit from the cake.

It explains why many ethnic groups always supported the armed struggle for independence in hope that they could regain their grabbed powers. This situation has fomented anger, resentment, lust for revenge, and aggressive competitiveness.

That is why when violent reactions emerge under the influence of ethno-political ideologies tends to take the form of ethnocentrism, the ideology that animates the competition between ethnic groups.

That is also why a section of the population was unhappy about the outcome of the election of December 2007. When they felt their power had been stolen from them, so was the conflict.

The political crisis, under the influence of ethnic rivalry and violence, has recently killed hundreds of people and destroyed property, including burning of houses in some regions.

These conflicts cannot be contained since they are ethnically a deliberate political strategy by desperate groups intended to effect change in the political system that marginalizes them.

The situation has emerged because of unequal distribution of land and other resources, unabated corruption at the national level, extreme poverty in urban slums and squatters, unemployment, and irresponsible leadership.

Unless this changed ethnic identities in Kenya will always act as a pole around which group members are mobilized and compete effectively for state-controlled power and economic resources.

Under the leadership of the predatory elite, members of the ethnic group are urged to form an organized political action-group in order to maximize their corporate political, economic, and social interests.

Since the tendency of manipulating ethnic identities prevails also in Christian churches in Kenya, this situation has robbed churches of the ability to promote social justice for all. Religious leaders would tend to side with their ethnically anointed kings even if they cannot perform.

That is why to some religious leaders Jubilee government was right to pull out of Rome Statute because their anointed ethnic kings are implicated at the ICC. These leaders do not mind about fighting against impunity, what they see is our king is targeted.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta said more than 39 people had been killed, among them close members of his own family, this can send a signal why negative ethnicity is a big threat in Kenya. Why would Al Shabaan target members of his own family, and how did they know that those were members of his family by the way?

Westgate shopping mall may have been the target of choice because its clientele are the filthy rich class of Kenyans together with their equally opulent expatriate counterparts.

Al Shabaab, which has links to al Qaeda and is battling Kenyan and other African peacekeepers in Somalia, had repeatedly threatened attacks on Kenyan soil if Nairobi did not pull its troops out of the Horn of Africa country.

The raid presents Kenyatta with his first major security challenge since a March election victory. The assault has been the biggest single attack in Kenya since al Qaeda’s East Africa cell bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people.

Kenya sent its troops into Somalia in October 2011 to pursue the militants it blamed for kidnapping tourists and attacking its security forces.

To stop the terrorist attacks, Al Shabaab wants Kenya to pull out of Somalia where the government has been spending billions of tax payer’s money when more than 10 million Kenyans are faced with starvation.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Kenya: My Condolences to Kenyans from Al-shaabab Terrorist Attacks.

From: Musa Otieno

this is very sad to kenyans and EAC states

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On 9/21/13, Judy Miriga wrote:

To people of Kenya,

My Condolences and get well quick wishes to all that found themselves in this entanglement sad state of affairs.

Let the claimants of the terrorist attacks be fought the hardest and be removed completely out of Kenya. May God help Kenya and that Kenya be free and peaceful as has always been free from terrorist attacks……

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Al Shabaab claim responsibility for Nairobi mall murders

Al Shabaab claim responsibility for Nairobi mall murders PHOTO: Standard
Updated Saturday, September 21st 2013 at 22:00 GMT +3
By Bernard Oginga

Somalia’s terrorist group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack at Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi. Through a message posted via a twitter account, the group said their action was a message to the Kenyan government to remove all its forces from Somalia. The group also claimed that their gunmen had killed more people than indicated by Kenya’s security organs.

Despite those claims Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said the government had not established who the attackers were.

Meanwhile the number of those killed is placed at 30 with over 50 injured.

More to follow

22 feared dead in Nairobi ‘s Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack
Updated Saturday, September 21st 2013 at 22:22 GMT +3

Emergency medical staff treated some of the wounded near the building’s entrance. [Photo: BBC]

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI; KENYA: At least 22 people are feared to have died and 50 injured at the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack Westlands, Nairobi.

The incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon when police and gunmen exchanged fire.

Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said this was a terrorist attack and that there are likely no more than 10 terrorists involved, as gunfire continues to be exchanged.

Security officers have cordoned off the area and advised the public to keep off.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo is at the scene and leading the operation to rescue people holed up at the mall. He is set to issue a statement on the happenings at Westgate Mall.

The Interior ministry says they have dispatched air surveillance and have confirmed that the gunmen were armed criminals.

According to BBC, police officers arrived about a half an hour after about five armed assailants stormed the building.

Dutch embassy employee Rob Vandijk told AP that he had been eating at a restaurant in the centre when gunmen threw hand grenades inside the building.

Kenya Police reports that evacuation at the mall is underway and a few hostages have been rescued.

ICC expert says UHURU and RUTO’s cases have NO PLACE in the tribunal for war crimes – ICC is biased court

From: Calvin Shavanga

So Charles Taylor No,the DRC matter recently ruled on No,Milosevic case-should not even have happened,.But hey a respected learned guy who went on to become judge advised Kenya to join and ratify Rome Statute.Put differently,how can a world class lawyer like Khan miss such a vital fact?

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From: maina ndiritu
Sent: Thursday, 19 September 2013, 17:48
Subject: ICC expert says UHURU and RUTO’s cases have NO PLACE in the tribunal for war crimes – ICC is biased court

Thursday September 19, 2013 – An International Criminal Court (ICC) expert who is based in Paris, France, has told Aljazeera TV that the ICC is extending its mandate by prosecuting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, who face crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.

John Laughland, Director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris and associate law professor at Harvard University said that Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-08 has no place in a tribunal for war crimes.

“The court was set up to deal with the laws of war, not judge on every single case of sporadic violence that happens around the world,” Laughland said.

“The people who run this court want to increase their powers and are intoxicated by the idea of a supranational authority to police everything. What frightens me about that is that it is all being done without following the basic constitutional principle that all power needs to be restricted and counterbalanced.” Laughland added.

He said ICC is treating Kenya as a pariah state where he urged the ICC to rethink their strategy before prosecuting the two cases.


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KENYA: BRIBING ICC WITNESSES: WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
THE HAGUE SPECIAL TAKE-5

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

The cross-examination of the first prosecution witness did not take place at The Hague yesterday as had been expected following claims that there were threats and intimidation against the witness, including attempts to bribe them, threaten or intimidate them from testifying.

This brings us to the big question as to who exactly is telling the truth on who are bribing the witnesses. While ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda alleges that witnesses are withdrawing because they are being bribed by the accused, the Kenyan Daily Post reports that actually it is the ICC prosecution that is bribing the witnesses.

According to the Daily Post ICC is using bribes to lure witnesses to testify against Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang after a witness who recanted his testimony on Sunday revealed that the Office of the Prosecutor is seeking a refund of Ksh 3.2 million he was allegedly given to testify. If this allegation is true then this is a very serious matter.

The Kenyan Daily Post reports that the witness who was among the four who recanted their testimony revealed to journalists that he was expected to give false evidence about the attack at the Kenya Assemblies of God Church in Eldoret.

On the other hand, in a video clip seen by Capital FM News on Wednesday, one of the witnesses they revealed his identity but The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste has not due to directives from the court maintained that the OTP had fabricated evidence against Ruto and Sang and had even told witnesses what to say.

The report claims that the witness explained to journalists how they were told not to hesitate, scratch their noses, touch the back of their ears, faces or neck when being cross-examined because the judges would not trust their testimonies.

He claimed that he was given maps of Ruto’s Sugoi home and asked to sketch what he was seeing while at the same time verbally explaining the same in Kalenjin. This sketch shows the sitting room, the fridges, the bedrooms, despite that the witness has never been to Ruto’s house.

The witness said he was also asked to say that he was present at a place where it is alleged that an oathing ceremony took place. Almost 50 percent of Ruto’s witnesses have withdrawn.

Another witness whose name we are not going to reveal claimed he was given Sh50, 000 for his accommodation and a further Sh373, 000 for him to testify against Ruto. He also claimed that he was further given Sh 380,000 as inducement fee to remain in the case.

They said it was in Arusha, Tanzania where ICC witnesses were coached and then flown to Netherlands.

But according to Bensouda it is the accused who are actually bribing the witnesses. She claimed last year that Uhuru Kenyatta bribed witness 4 to drop his evidence against him.

In a special sitting with Pre-Trial Chamber V judges at The Hague, Bensouda said the controversial witness had confessed to accepting money last May from Uhuru’s alleged emissaries to withdraw his testimony.

“Witness 4 revealed in May 2012 interview that he had been offered, and accepted, money from individuals holding themselves out as representatives of the accused to withdraw his testimony against Uhuru,” Bensouda was quoted to have said.

The witness according to Bensouda provided emails and bank records that confirmed the bribery scheme. In light of these cumulative revelations, the prosecution considers it is not useful to call him as a witness.

The witnesses TP002, TP0004 and TP0410–all survivors of the Kiambaa arson attack–and C6 whose statement was used to confirm the Ruto cases have so far withdrawn citing pressure from family and the fact that the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities are living in harmony.

Reports indicate that the withdrawal of witness TP002, who has been living in a safe house in the United Kingdom, will deal a serious blow to the Office of the Prosecution which has been depending on his testimony for a concrete case.

The three Kiambaa fire survivors who lost relatives and property said they have withdrawn from the case due to the prevailing peace in the country. The three are reported to have fled Eldoret and settled in Ol Kalou, Nyahururu and Nakuru following the arson attack.

Similar claims are also reported by Jackal News that the main reason why the witnesses are not willing to testify is because they are demanding more money, stressing that unless the witnesses are paid the extra money they are demanding, it is likely they would boycott attending the hearings.

On the issue of Kenya withdrawing from Rome Statute, people have expressed different opinion. Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Justice and Peace commission has termed withdrawal from the ICC as voting for impunity.

Chairman of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth said on behalf of the conference that voting to withdraw Kenya from the Rome statute would hinder the court’s ability to investigate crime in Kenya now and in the future.

This move, he added would strip Kenyan people one of the most important human rights protections. In the spirit of protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law, the bishop said Kenyan parliament, the senate and the government should note that a ‘guilty or not guilty’ is all that Kenya needs from the ICC.

On his part, former Bahati Member of Parliament and human rights activists, Koigi wa Wamwere, attempts to withdraw from Rome Statute entails that dictatorship which has always been a problem for mankind will continue.

To survive, mankind he says must fight dictatorship and ICC is one means of eradicating tyranny not just in Kenya or Africa but the whole world.

Withdrawal from ICC he insists will terminate rule of law and entrench impunity in Kenya. ICC was established in 1998, long before it was known that Uhuru would be President and Ruto Deputy President of Kenya.

Koigi wonders why ICC is being portrayed as if it was established to maliciously prosecute Uhuru and Ruto and enthrone Raila Odinga. He says ICC did not come looking for Kenyans to prosecute.

It is the other way round. It is Kenyans who took themselves to The Hague saying ICC justice was better than Kenyan justice, also believing it took ICC more than 90 years to prosecute a case and Kenyan suspects were therefore beyond prosecution.

There are 122 countries which are States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Out of them 34 are African States, 18 are Asia-Pacific States, 18 are from Eastern Europe, 27 are from Latin American and Caribbean States, and 25 are from Western European and other States. Click sources to read more.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

CHINA orders ICC to drop UHURU/ RUTO’s ICC cases unconditionally – Kenya is not a Pariah State, warns US/ Britain

From: maina ndiritu

Wednesday September 18, 2013 – The Chinese Government has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop the two Kenyan cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto saying Kenya is not a Pariah State

In statement read by Chinese Government Spokesman, Hong Lei, on Wednesday, the Chinese Government said President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto were elected in a democratic and fair manner and ICC and other Western powers (US and Britain) should respect the country’s sovereignty.

“We have noticed that there are different voices in Kenya on the ICC trials, and that quite a few African nations have raised serious questions about the trials,” Hong said Uhuru and Ruto were elected by Kenyans in a free vote, Hong said, adding that an African Union summit in May urged the ICC to transfer the trials of Kenyan leaders to Kenya.

“We hope the international community will respect the Kenyan people’s choice, and the ICC will heed the advice of African nations and the African Union,” he said adding that the Chinese President will formally meet with ICC officials in order to urge them to respect Kenya’s sovereignty.


Why should we not all live in peace and harmony ? we look up the same stars , we are fellow passengers on the same planet and dwell beneath the same sky , what matters it along which road each individual endeavours to reach the ultimate truth ? the riddle of existence is too great that there should be only one road leading us to an answer
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KENYA: WHO BURNT KIAMBAA CHURCH AND WHY?

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
THE HAGUE SPECIAL TAKE-4

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

Deputy President William Ruto’s ICC cases may be dismissed for lack of evidence and dropping of the key witnesses alright, but as to why and who burnt Kiambaa PAG Church in Eldoret with 35 victims, who were attacked and torched inside in the church on January 1, 2008 at the height of the poll violence, remains unanswered.

A man whose father and brother were killed when armed youths set the church on fire has withdrawn his testimony against Ruto. The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has reportedly written to chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda saying that he no longer wished to be her witness against Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang.

In his affidavit, the witness who asked Bensouda to delete all his evidence from her record said that he does not recall the accused uttering any inciting statements or participating in the violence.

He becomes the seventh witness to withdraw from the case in the last few months. He is however the first from the Kikuyu community to recant his evidence. The rest have been from the Kalenjin community.

At least 35 people, mostly women and children, died when marauding youths set the church where hundreds of people displaced by the fighting in Kimuru had sought refuge. Seventeen people were burned alive in the church and another 11 died in or on the way to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Although Bensouda in her Pre-Trial Brief claims that on November 23, 2007, Ruto and 100 prominent Kalenjin leaders and 3,000 youths gathered at the Mimuri farm of businessman Mark Too to plan the attack, Ruot has denied the allegations.

According to Bnsouda however, Ruto addressed the meeting and stated that the youth would be taken care of and asked to be informed if there was any shortage of money. Bensouda claims it was this group of youths who attacked the Kiambaa church soon after the election results were announced. Kiambaa church was a target because it was densely populated with Kikuyu.

Although Ruto has denied any responsibility, according to former chief prosecutor Moreno Ocampo, immediately following the announcement of the 2007 presidential election results, a “Network” of youth militia was organized by Ruto to execute attacks against Gikuyus in various locations in Uasin Gishu and Nandi Districts, including Turbo town, the greater Eldoret area (Kiambaa, Yamumbi, Haruma, Kimumu and Langas), Kapsabet town, and Nandi Hills town, with the intent to expel them from the Rift Valley.

The brunt of the attacks occurred from 30 December 2007 through the first week of January 2008. Ocampo specifically noted that the investigated crimes against humanity occurred predominantly within a 25 kilometre radius of a house that Ruto owns in Sugoi (Uasin Gishu District), where he held meetings to plan the attacks.

Specifically on December 30th, 2007, according to Ocampo, Ruto’s Network of youth attacked the village of Kimuri in Uasin Gishu District forcing hundreds of women and children to flee to the neighbouring village of Kiambaa, where they sought refuge in the small Kenya Assemblies of God Church.

The next day, December 31st, 2008, word had spread around that Gikuyu speaking refugees were sheltered within the Kiambaa Church. Ocampo found that on January 1st 2008, Ruto’s Network attacked the Church, doused mattresses and blankets with petrol and threw them in the building.

They blocked all exit points from the Church and mothers and babies who were trying to flee the inferno were pushed back into the church. Kikuyu men attempting to defend their church and loved ones were hacked to death with machetes, shot with arrows, or pursued and killed.

The evidence tends to show that William Ruto promised perpetrators monetary reward in exchange for the destruction of Kikuyu buildings and every Kikuyu person killed.

Ruto was quoted in Wikileaks cable telling the American government that the Kiambaa church was the result of an accidental fire and he should not be accounted responsible for it. Ruto was meeting Ambassador William Ranneberger, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson and National Security Council director Michelle Gavin on May 12, 2009, almost 17 months later.

Ruto’s statement contradicts the Waki Commission report stated in 2009 that “the incident which captured the attention of both Kenyans and the world was the deliberate burning alive of mostly Kikuyu women and children huddled together in a church in Kiambaa on 1 January 2008.

Kikuyu men attempting to defend their church and loved ones were hacked to death with machetes, shot with arrows, or pursued and killed. Instead Ruto expressed frustration with the media, which he felt had blamed members of his Kalenjin group for locking and burning down the church.

Here is the summary of Ocampo’s file on ICC:

26 November 2009- ICC Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo files a request seeking authorisation from Pre- Trial Chamber II to open an investigation in relation to the crimes allegedly committed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

31 March 2010- The three-member Pre-Trial Chamber II issues a majority decision that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Kenya in relation to crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the Court committed between 1 June 2005 and 26 November 2009.

15 December 2010- The ICC Prosecutor requests the issuance of “summonses to appear” for six individuals alleged to be responsible for the commission of crimes against humanity in the Kenya investigation: William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang (case one) and Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohamed Hussein Ali (case two).

8 March 2011- Pre-Trial Chamber II issues the “summonses to appear” for the six individuals, as it finds reasonable grounds to believe that they committed the crimes alleged by the Prosecutor.

31 March 2011-The Kibaki government files an application challenging the ICC’s jurisdiction over the cases.

7 April 2011- The first three suspects (Ruto, Kosgey and Sang) make their initial appearance before the Court in The Hague.

8 April 2011- The second group of three suspects (Muthaura, Kenyatta and Ali) make their initial appearance.

1 September 2011-The hearing to confirm or reject the charges begins for the first three suspects (Ruto, Kosgey and Sang).

21 September 2011-The hearing to confirm or reject the charges begins for the second three suspects (Muthaura, Kenyatta and Ali).

23 January 2012- Charges against Henry Kosgei and Ali are dropped-shortly thereafter Kibaki directs AG to create a committee of experts to look into the decision of the ICC and advice his government accordingly.

11 March 2013-ICC officially drops all charges against Francis Muthaura who was accused alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta of crimes against humanity during the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The decision came after the cases of Kenyatta and Muthaura were postponed because a key witness was discredited in Muthaura’s case and other witnesses refused to testify or have died.

Muthaura was accused of authorising police use of excessive force against protesters and of having protected youth militia members of the Party of National Unity of the election’s winner, President Mwai Kibaki. He also allegedly took part in meetings during which attacks were planned.

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Tanzania’s Islamist Militants: A Domestic Threat from a Domestic Context

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On 5 May, 3 people were killed and 67 injured in a grenade attack on St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in the Olasiti suburb of Arusha, Tanzania. The assault was blamed on Islamist militants and has raised concerns about Muslim-Christian relations in parts of the country.

In recent months, tensions between elements of Tanzania’s Christian community – who make up an estimated 60% of the population – and some of the country’s Muslim community – who make up around 35% – have escalated, with a handful of outbreaks of communal violence.

The Arusha bombing perhaps signals one of the most serious threats yet, given the scale and type of violence, but policymakers ought to be careful not to elide Tanzania’s domestic militants with their more potent regional counterparts. Tanzania’s Islamist fighters have emerged out of locally-specific contexts and histories, and the government ought to ease tensions through reconciliation and by addressing underlying grievances.

The rise of militant Islamism

In 1992, when multiparty politics were introduced in Tanzania, militant Islamism was on the rise in the wider region, especially in the then stateless Somalia and on the Swahili coast of Kenya. In Tanzania, the one-party system of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party had left the urban Muslim youth in a state of economic frustration and political paralysis. The emergence of the Islamic organisation Baraza la Uendelezaji wa Koran Tanzania (BALUKTA) – Swahili for ‘Council for the Promotion of the Koran in Tanzania’ – in the late 1980s gave a new voice to those seemingly disenfranchised Muslims, primarily in Tanzania’s economic hub of Dar es Salaam.

BALUKTA staged major protests in opposition to the government’s plan to incorporate church institutions into national healthcare and education programmes. The protest movement culminated in the occupation of the headquarters of Baraza kuu la Waislamu Tanzania (BAKWATA) – Swahili for the ‘Supreme Council of Muslims in Tanzania’– a less radical and government-sponsored Islamic organisation, which had alienated many Muslims due to its staunch support of CCM’s liberalisation policies.

Around this time, street battles sometimes erupted between Christian youth and their Muslim counterparts over inflammatory sermons held in mosques in Dar es Salaam. These inter-religious clashes were further sparked by agitation from BALUKTA leader Sheikh Yahya Hussein, whose followers were involved in the destruction of pork butcheries and raids on shops selling alcohol in Dar es Salaam. In April 1993, BALUKTA was officially banned on the grounds of allegedly plotting the overthrow of the government.

Attacks and the economy

In a new upsurge of Islamist activity in February 1998, the militant group Simba wa Mungu (‘God’s Lion’) – apparently linked to the ‘radical’ cleric Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda – stormed the Mwembechai mosque in central Dar es Salaam. The forcible re-capture of the premises by police led to the death of at least three people. In 2002, violence erupted again when Islamic activists gathered to commemorate the Mwembechai shootings of 1998. Two more people were killed.

Sheikh Ponda, allegedly an initiator of the gathering, was subsequently portrayed as the face of Islamic radicalism in Zanzibar and the coastal mainland. In recent years, Ponda has assumed leadership of the Jumuiya na Taasisi za Kiislamu (‘Association of Islamic Organisations’), making provocative public appearances and holding lectures about the necessity of a ‘Muslim liberation’.

Currently, the marginalisation of Tanzania’s Muslims is most clear in Zanzibar, which has a Muslim-majority population. Zanzibar has witnessed the rise of the Uamsho (‘Awakening’) movementdemanding the island’s secession from the Tanzanian mainland. In April 2012, government forces violently cracked down on the Uamsho protesters that had rallied in spite of a public ban on demonstrations.

The rift between Muslims and Christians has also widened in the recent past. In mid-February this year, Catholic Priest Evarist Mushi was shot dead in Zanzibar’s touristic capital Stone Town. It was the second attack of its kind, following the shooting of another priest on Christmas Day. Last year, the reported desecration of a Koran also provoked the vandalising of numerous churches in Dar es Salaam. And now, the Arusha bombing further stirred the hornets’ nest.

These incidents arouse serious concerns about Muslim-Christian relations in both the archipelago and the mainland. However, cross-cutting fault-lines within Tanzanian society mean broader mobilisation of Muslims against Christians is highly unlikely. Unemployment and political frustration underlie civil unrest more so than sectarian animosity. Indeed, it is from this popular discontent and feelings of abandonment by the ruling elite that the likes of Uamsho and Sheikh Ponda have drawn support. By trying to criminalise those voices, the CCM government has failed to acknowledge their legitimate political demands for economic opportunities, jobs and recognition as Muslim Tanzanians.

It is crucial to distinguish between Islamic activists voicing legitimate concerns and demands – as provocative as those might sometimes be – and militants that promote the indiscriminate use of violence such as the Arusha bombing.

The need for reconciliation

Tanzania’s domestic militant Islamist movements are currently far more modest in capacity and scope than their regional counterparts such as al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in East Africa (AQEA). These transnational movements may increasingly influence and manipulate Tanzania’s indigenous militants – and the 1998 bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi show how easily regional Islamism can turn against a country – but the danger of this seems limited at least for the moment.

To avoid this, it is crucial to recognise the unique domestic grounds out of which Tanzania’s militants have emerged and to tailor an agenda accordingly. President Jakaya Kikwete’s vow to beef up security measures at religious places of worship is a sign of pragmatism in the face of an immediate physical threat. But whilst acts of violence must be tackled decisively and without delay, the same must be done for underlying grievances.

First of all, Tanzania’s Islamist movements must be seen as what they are: a home-grown domestic threat. An attempt to put Islamic activists – militant or not – under general suspicion by portraying them as the potential fifth column of al-Qaeda is likely to backfire. Instead, it is now more important than ever for the government to reassure the Muslim public that their demands are being taken seriously.

The administration’s investment in long-term measures – i.e. the empowerment of civil society and the creation of public spaces for all religious communities – will be decisive for the prevention of both enduring sectarian violence and militant domestic Islamism. Despite a healthy anxiety for the security of Tanzanians, concern should not be translated into fear and paralyse societal dialogue.

Secrets of Human Rights Crime, Violation and Abuse inside Uganda Jail

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

This is a matter for ICC Hague ………..Very very sad indeed……

Judy Miriga
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Executive Director for
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KENYA: NEWS MAKING HEADLINES

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013

There are three news making headlines today. One is terrible road accident which took place yesterday night at Ntulele, Narok. This was one of the most disturbing accidents in Kenyan history. About 41 people were killed and several others injured. One family lost 4 sisters. Among the dead were 4 children.

Traffic Police Commandant Samuel Kimaru said the City to City Bus that caused accident was heading to Homa Bay overloaded and did not even have Transport Licensing Board (TLB), a license that allows public vehicles to operate. The Bus is meant to carry 57 passengers but it was carrying 70 at the time of accident.

Second news making headline is about Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejecting Deputy President William Ruto’s request for trial breaks. The judges ruled Ruto’s trial will run daily from September 10 to October 4 and from October 14 to November 1, citing need to ensure a speedy trial.

The three-judge bench led by Chile Eboe-Osuji will issue further sitting schedules in due course. This means the deputy president will be present at The Hague courtroom for the three weeks, with the exception of weekends when court doesn’t sit, and only have 10 days break before the second session begins. Ruto had requested two weeks on and two weeks off in the application that the judges rejected.

Rejection comes shortly Ruto had made a public statement that ICC case against him is to collapse. Ruto made this scathing statement during his three-day tour of Meru, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi counties on Sunday.

Ruto expressed optimism that he would overcome the forthcoming trials at the International Criminal Court, saying his team was secretly working on a strategy which would deal a blow to the ICC prosecutors when the case kicks off.

My take here is that the judges might use these statements against him and jail him. President Uhuru Kenyatta and journalist Joshua arap Sang are silence on the matter and this may work on their favor for their cases acquitted.

Ruto is probably basing his conviction on Dr. Thomas Manton, a regular in making prophesies concerning Kenya who said in February prior to March 4 elections that God had told him that Uhuru Kenyatta had been chosen by God to be Kenya’s next president and Ruto to be his deputy president. This prophesies worked.

Manton also claimed that the same God of his told him that he would soon remove the ICC elephant from Uhuru and Ruto. This case Manton claimed God had told him will not be able to get it through because it is not God’s will that these men be convicted for what they actually did not institute or originate. We only wait to see whether this prophesy works this time.

The third news making headline is to do with Kethi Kilonzo’s case. She is to face charges over IEBC registration forgery. Although the IEBC tribunal also heard a complaint by the Wiper party which wanted Prof Philip Kaloki disqualified from the Makueni senatorial race on basis that he is still registered with the party, Jubilee insisted he must vie.

Rumors are going on that Charity Ngilu approached Kethi that she could vie for Makueni senator with Jubilee ticket. When she agreed she told Ngilu that she was not a registered voter but Ngilu insisted that was not a big deal. It was then that Ngilu helped her to forge the registration certificate.

It was only after Kethi changed her mind to vie on Cord ticket that Ngilu revealed that she was not registered voter. This brings us to a bigger question as to why should Kethi avoid locking horns with Charity Ngilu even though they are both Kamba?

This is because Ngilu is Uhuru’s project. Ngilu is an election loser and for good reason she had to protect her ministry job offered to her by Uhuru even when Ruto did not approve. That is why she also tried to divide Kethi’s family by trying to lure Kethi’s mother-in-law to be Uhuru’s project in Ukambani.

It means that a lot is going to be revealed when the forgery case kicks off. Ngilu is to be one of the witnesses and I tell you this is going to be one of the enjoyable cases to watch. No matter how Jubilee will try to cover up Ngilu truth will definitely come.

I wish Kethi the best of luck-take courage mom!

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BJPII EVANGELIZING PARISH TEAM NATIONAL WORKSHOP

From: Ouko joachim omolo; The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
TAKE 1
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

Blessed Pope John Paul II evangelizing parish team national workshop took place at Ukarimu Centre in Molo, Nakuru Diocese from August 15-18, 2013. I shall be releasing parts of the outcome of the workshop in takes, beginning with my presentations.

I presented 3 talks, one on transitional justice, second on challenges of new evangelization and third one on digital parenting.

Since one of the purposes of transitional justice is to hold the wrongdoers accountable, address the needs of victims and restore their dignity and end impunity, our challenge here was to find out whether the current government have the will to do this when most of the named wrongdoers are unfortunately big ‘fish’?

How can this government encourage people to trust each other, have faith in the law, remove or amend the laws that made it possible for wrongs to happen, guard the unity and stability of the country, promote reconciliation between groups, prevent return to violence or repeat of human rights violations?

Is the government willing to help people change negative attitudes to positive, beliefs, feeling and actions, build relationships between opposing sides and to ensure justice is done, accept truth about the past and offer apologies and forgiveness to Kenyan people?

TJRC recommends that the president offers a public apology for all the injustices and violations of human rights committed by successive governments within six months of the release of the report.

The report also recommends that the police, Kenya Defence Forces and the National Intelligence Service apologise together with the president for acts of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary and prolonged detention, torture and sexual violence.

The list of some key figures implicated in the report and the atrocities they committed include;-

1. President Uhuru Kenyatta – incitement during the Post election violence (PEV)

2. William Ruto Land Grabbing and PEV

3. Kalonzo Musyoka land grabbing

4. Daniel Arap Moi land grabbing, political assassinations

5. Mwai Kibaki land grabbing, political assassination and PEV

6. Elizabeth Ongoro incitement during the PEV

7. Najib Balala incitement during the PEV

8. Francis Nyenze land grabbing

9. Beth Mugo land grabbing

10. Mary Wambui incitement during PEV in Central

11. G G Kariuki Wagalla massacre

12. Joseph Nkaisery financed militia in operation Nyundo

13. Bethwel Kiplagat Wagalla massacre and land grabbing

14. William Ole Ntimama incitement to violence in Narrok Rift Valley

15. Joshua Kuttuny incitement during the PEV in Cherangany

16. Franklyne Bett incitement during the PEV

17. Sally Kosgei `Incitement

18. Henry Kosgey incitement

19. Stanly Githunguri incitement

20. Ramadhan Kajembe incitement

21. Nicholas Biwott land grabbing, political assassinations and incitement

22. Noah Wekesa incitement in Bungoma, and Trans Nzoia

23. Chris Obure incitement

24. Julius Sunkuli incitement

25. Norman Nyaga murder of the late Chrispin Ojiambo Mbai

26. Kalembe Ndile land grabbing

27. Omondi Anyanga incitement in Nyatike

28. Micah Cheserem land grabbing

29. Fred Kapondi financing SLDF militia in Mt. Elgon

30. John Serut Incitement

31. Grace Kaindi gave shoot to kill order during the PEV

32. David Mwiraria Wagalla massacre

On challenges facing new evangelization today, the challenge being, in this era of globalisation, how can one best safeguard African cultures, while integrating the best of what comes from outside the continent?

Do the people know how to choose what comes from the outside, or do they indiscriminately take everything offered by the mass media, particularly violence, consumerism and moral corruption?

How can a strong sense of family have a part in proper personal advancement when many parts of Africa still witness sexual discrimination against women, who are deprived of rights which are due to every human being, how can approach to new evangelization address this issue, especially where some societies still treat women like slaves?

How should the Gospel be proclaimed in an Africa marked by hatred, wars and injustices? How can we tackle the negative aspects of globalisation? How can the Church remain faithful to the Lord’s command and contribute to the promotion of reconciliation, peace and justice in Kenya?

On digital parenting my focus was on the ‘Y’ generation. These are children born between 1980 and 1994. They have always known cable television, cellular phones, pagers, answering machines, laptop computers and video games and technological advancements in real-time media and communication.

Our challenge was how cab we use social media, especially Facebook to evangelize the youth? This is given that this generation spend part of their times on social media. Again that this is the generation that view marriage sorely as an economic partnership, how can we help them change this attitude?

Common medical issues of this generation include pregnancy, single parents (mothers). Educating young people about the immediate and longer-term effects of their behavioural choices enables them to make responsible decisions and their ability to make informed choices, to fulfil their individual potential and contribute to economic development.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

The Government is for the People and all must play in the same set of rules – No One is Above the Law !!!

From: Judy Miriga

Good People !!!

African People don’t understand the deep social disintegration with economic collapse from serious vices, theft with purposeful injustices, that render pain and human sufferings without care from corrupt political leadership practices.Where, in leaps and bounds, the conspirators of the politically correct network, engage in destroying important fabric of livelihood and survival including those that affected climate change.These actions are organized and executed in private deals that are unconstitutional and therefore, are illegal.

Consequently over a time, this practice render their ugly head pressurizing and intimidating on innocent people, forcing the people to submit to unfavorable prescriptions offered by the condition in such like, joblessness will find opportunity to join organized gangs in engineered framed Rebel Groups; with others forced out of their dwelling places and yet others are conditionally forced to engage in unfavorable dismembering of body organs against their cultural values, practices and norms.There is no alternative when put on corner by intimidating force; whether good or bad, the people have to succumb where there is no choice and their circumstances equally does not permit or give them option to defend their rights………thus in this critical state-of-affair, the people are oppressed and are denied their obligated Rights with social and economic freedom and liberty from living a favorable, honorable and justified life.This amounts to International Crime, Violation and Abuse of Rights.

The Crime, violation and abuse in the effect of theorized plan put in effect thereby causing people disharmony, and where people are killed at will and or are forced out of their dwelling homes unfairly are causes of acts against moral justice for humanity.The spanner at work by the politically correct, make it in such a way, that the people become victims of circumstances without their honest validated consent as, they systematically forced and formed to be in a condition as hunted targets that are destined for extermination under unfavorable conditions, their Lands to be unfairly Grabbed, used as guinea pigs put on concentration camps or set to be used as slaves for selfish greed of enriching unscrupulous political corporate Special business interest network.

In this prospect, the behavior amounts to injustices against humanity that are punishable by law; and victims compensated ……. and it is because, they emanates from Abuse and mis-use of Public, Facilities and Utilities that are violated from abuse of public office through conflict of interest against Public interest and mandate.

The conspiracies of the politically corrupt network should not escape justice because they engaged in organized crimes against the innocent, and that these are violation and abuse that are done with careful orchestrated, well defined execution through shared engineering that are systematically and timely executed in a compact agenda.It is not an accident but a purposeful plan rendered through criss-cross shuttling with expenditures from public taxpayer incurring heavy expenses made to corrupt and push people to extreme poverty with bitter impunity to fulfill selfish greed ……..and this is unacceptable…….

Therefore, if the government is under democratically controlled principled rule, its service is per-mount to the people. Let it prioritize serving the people first.The people must take the lead……consulting with the people first for way forward before negotiating with the business community.

The business community equal to the people, and it must not act as a Government to the people or superior to the people.The business community needs must fall in harmony regulated with those of the people.When the Business Community self interest overtakes the Government, this is when economy faces a collapse. Any business first interest is to make gainful profit. If it is allowed to own power more than the Government, it will use those power to overtake and control the Government and suppress, oppress, intimidate and evade paying taxes to the Government, thereby maximizing its profit over those of the people going beyond margin in the balance of profit making. No Government in the world can survive in this manner of unscrupulous special business interest invasion. Which is why, all must play by the same set of rules………..which is why, in every practice, there must be control for discipline, guidlines to be observed, balancing to maintain leverage, checks and balances to avoid short-changing, theft with unscrupulousness……..

This is why, in the balance of all, Justice must take its central rule to execute just rule of law in balancing acts that protects peoples rights in fairness, and offer guidance to government facilitative engagement mutually. When the rule of law fails, it gives rise to the jungle rule which the business community with corrupt politicians loves……..so it goes to intimidate its target further to gain power and amass more wealth and power in a greedy manner so to control its target………rendering its subject the target to collapse in decay………The law will in effect control the hostile environment to allow Human Rights Activist to stand up for peoples rights and continue to educate and empower people to know and demand their rights………..and that, people must act on informed choices…..because, knowledge is power………and people have a right to access the knowledge, it is their human rights, freedom and Liberty for pursuit of happiness……..

Therefore, to balance, both the business community and the people must work collaborate and agree to acceptable principles that work well for all on a fair mutual Plan of Action.Both must be guided by Policy guidelines that are the Law and no one is above the law.

May our Good God Bless us all to overcome human pain and sufferings and overcome the injustices of the wicked minds……….

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

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More hostile environment for human rights activists

Updated Saturday, August 17th 2013 at 12:53 GMT +3

By Philip Mwakio

“The environment in which human rights defenders operate is becoming more and more hostile, limiting space for negotiations. Those who stand up for human rights continue to pay a high price for their courage

This quote aptly captures the daily work of one Francis Auma, 35. Auma or ‘Gamba’ as he is fondly referred to in the civil society arena, is a household name in activism at the Coast.

Police harassment

He has withstood police beatings, harassment and threats to his life to help bring to light unfair and unjust human sufferings.

Recently, he was part of the group that featured prominently during the Occupy Parliament protests in Nairobi.

In Mombasa, he has become the public face of protests against all forms of injustice including extra-judicial killings of terror suspects, land grabbing and has several criminal charges on his head.

While growing up in the densely populated Makupa estate, Auma came face-to-face with the grim reality when unknown assailants clobbered his father, Aloice Kizito Nyando Auma to death outside his house in 1989.

“The killers have remained unknown to date. We had to grow up under the care of our hardworking mother, Alice Osea,†he says.

Today, working at the Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) as head of the Rapid Response Unit, Auma has led demonstrations against the Lamu port, police brutality, suffering of Kenyan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and rampant land grabbing cases in and around Mombasa, among many others.

Rapid Response Programme

Auma€’s designation is Programme officer for Muhuri’s Rapid Response Programme (RPP).

They (family) are always apprehensive. They are always in constant fear for my life,†he says.

Auma says the RPP has been on the forefront of fighting for justice at the Coast.

“This programme has been dealing with day-to-day human rights violations that have been brought to its attention. Members of the public have trusted the organisation to be at the forefront of championing their rights,†he said.

Complaints

Auma says every day, the organisation receives at least 15 different complaints of violations that need to be rapidly followed up.

“Indeed the RRP are certain that we cannot conclusively deal with all the issues that are reported as this can only be done by the State. The programme has put more emphasis on matters that are communal in nature,†Auma added.

 He describes Muhuri board chairman Munir Mazrui and Chief Executive officer Hussein Khalid as his role models and also admires South African politician Julius Malema who was expelled from the African National Congress for advocating for a land grab policy against minority whites.

Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

From: Judy Miriga

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Year After South African Mine Shooting, Residents See No Change

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Published on Aug 16, 2013
In South Africa, August 16, 2012, will be remembered as the date of one of the country’s most violent police confrontations since the apartheid era. Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. The miners were striking to demand a significant pay raise and improved conditions. Officials say that since then, progress has been made: a commission is investigating the incident and the miners have been granted some raises. But, as VOA’s Anita Powell learned when she visited the tense community a year later, residents believe things have changed for the worse, not better.
Thousands attend a memorial service at the Marikana mine in South Africa where 34 striking workers were killed a year ago by police. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Family massacred in South Africa

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Vavi slams Cosatu’s Executive Committee
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Zwelinzima Vavi has slammed the decision by Cosatu to suspend him.(SABC)
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Suspended Cosatu General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi has ordered his lawyers to write to the Central Executive Committee of Cosatu, requesting a postponement or suspension of a disciplinary meeting meant to probe his sexual liaisons with a married colleague.
He was addressing a news conference in Johannesburg.
Vavi has slammed a decision by the labour federation to suspend him, saying those in favour of his suspension were strongly prejudiced.
An internal disciplinary, meant to probe his affair with the 26-year old woman and the way she was appointed, is meant to get
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“I believe that the next people to be politically persecuted is not only Numsa’s Irvin Jim and those other leaders of the unions that are defending my rights but all those South Africans that are listed in the so called intelligence report.”
The ruling Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Thursday said its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been suspended for having an illicit love affair. “Vavi has been released from all his official duties as the general secretary (of COSATU) during the period of investigation until such time that the outcome of the disciplinary hearing is known,” reported Xinhua quoting party’s deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali as saying. As the largest of the country’s three main trade union federations with 1.8 million workers, the COSATU is part of the tripartite alliance with the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party in ruling the country. Last month a junior COSATU employee accused Vavi of rape, but he said that he had a consensual affair with her. The central executive committee (CEC) of the COSATU Wednesday met in Johannesburg to discuss the possible disciplinary action against him. “After lengthy discussion, the CEC meeting agreed to conduct a full investigation into the allegations,” COSATU president Sidumo Dlamini said Thursday. – See more at: http://www.southafricanews.net/index.php/sid/216461217/scat/371b1b8643d479c1/ht/South-African-leader-suspended-for-illicit-love-affair#sthash.rWKaKSrw.dpuf

KENYA: TRUTH OF THE FIRE DESTROYING JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?

From: Nyambok, Thomas Date:

WHERE IS THE TRUTH OF THE FIRE DESTROYING JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? THIS IS A BIG PLAN FOR PASSING A WEIRD CONSIGNMENT, WHILE ALSO MAKING MONEY FROM THE TAX PAYERS AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, THEN FINALLY THEY GET KICKBACK FROM THEIR CHOICE OF CONTRUCTOR WHO WILL REBUILD THE AIRPORT – TAX PAYERS CARRY THE BAG.

Are Kenyans ready to go to the streets as the government seems to be on track to start misusing the tax payers on a crafted issue of hooliganism and forgery. This was a stupidly planed forgery by the goons to burn our international airport.

God wanted Kenyans to know that he can give and he can destroy anything in this world under his powers. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport became so much polarized, politicized about who is who to go through which gate, which terminal and which pavilion. The controversy started when the Executive and his administration crudely started an imagination of frustrating and destruction of the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. These obviously are the ten percent Kikuyus in the administration’s front line imagining the destruction of Odinga because they feel threatened by him. They ended up exposing themselves in the process when the fire was burning without shame. All the people in the frontline at the airport were Kikuyus. Kenyans even wondered why they had to speak in English.

THE SITTING KENYAN ATTORNEY GENERAL: The Tokyo embassy land. This man is one of the notorious goons that Kenya has since Independence. He knows about the racket of the Tokyo land. These people are thieves. They stole the tax payers land in Tokyo Japan. He was being used by the last administration, and now he is back to destroy hearts of Kenya Citizens.

He has been used since Independence!! This is why they are being recycled from office to office looking for the loopholes where money is then they destruct in order to get what they want. What do these kinds of people want? Surely what do these people want? You will hear soon this Administration will advertise the tender for the new JKIA construction and it will not be a surprise – “Kamau” will win the tender even sub-contractor will be from them. And this Attorney General – is he having any family relations to the country’s Chief Executive?

How can fire from a friction do such damage without being contained soonest? That was a small thing – a fraction of a fire that could have been prevented by hand nitrogen fire extinguisher. Was there any hand nitrogen fire extinguishers installed near any of the more than one fire starting points? Was there friction in all the fire starting points at the same time? This must have been a big coincident and a miracle fire.

Was there fire alarm detectors installed? Was there enough water at the airport? Were there horse pipes around the walls? Was there enough water at the valve? Were there nitrogen sprinklers within the facility? Was there fire engine with the highdrolic automatic ladders above the ground? How many fire Engines are there in each airport in Kenya? It is unfortunate and pathetic that the greediness from these few Kenyans is destroying the country.

JKIA is built with firm concrete and blocks of 8by12. One would wonder where the planning and safety of such an important facility is drawn from.

REMEMBER: The 10% Rich Kikuyu’s who took over from the beginning – from the top CEO and the Managing Directors to the tea maker to date are all Kikuyus from an area of Kikuyu land where the Managing Director is coming from. This is true, it remains true and God knows that it is true.

It is either the 10% rich goons are nation accursed. The cardinal rule of Contingency planning within an International Airport is safety, and efficiency. Effective and prompt Rescue and fire Fighting Services must be capable. Equipment’s must be tested and ready for prevention, and quick response. Drills must be conducted periodically,? I’m wandering how the KCAA licensed the KAA without going through all that was non existent – under the table operation by the administration.

THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT’S CHARTARED PLANE SAGA:

Democracy is working and these kinds of steeling would not be known if the struggle was not put in place. The late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and Matiba who is ailing and many others did a good job – they are Heroes. But still, some people like former President Daniel Arap Moi and others never liked it till today. Emerging Democracy is working. Kenyans can take rich goons to court and if they kill, we get them and we take them to court.

THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER RAILA ODINGA:

Raila met Uhuru Kenyatta and Museveni in Uganda. Remember the former President Daniel Arap Moi recently met Uhuru Kenyatta? And what do you think they talked about? The strategy is going on as to what can be done to Raila? Meanwhile, they are covering their nakedness from their action of not respecting Raila. Let the administration use their JKIA gates for their benefits. The works of an illegitimate Presidency where former President Daniel Arap Moi is the current shadow President.

KENYANS’ REMEMBER WHO KILLED DR. GARANG – THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF SOUTHERN SUDAN

Should they be imagining that this kind of strategy can be done on Raila then the current administration is day-dreaming. Their whole administration will crumble in a blink of an eye and they will not be able to contain the mess. They are thinking shallowly that this strategy would destruct ICC’s progress. They have no idea. ICC has fundamental and lethal telecommunications Satellite Information and Photos of the GSU who were at the gates.

These are dangerous people who kill and they don’t care. They have tried to use this strategy on Raila Odinga and they have failed so far. They probably think that their Hotel beddings can work – beddings lined with treated chemicals like they did try on Professor Saitoti in Mombasa. They can use the Aero plane seats, the dais chair seats, even the laundry. The dry cleaners that washes Raila’s clothes can be their avenue. Be aware – these are mafia tack tics.

Kenya will never rest as long as the former Presidents are still alive? Uhuru Kenyatta should not be going to The Hague without Mr. Mwai Kibaki and Muthaura, and if the inductees are not found guilty then there will be amass to the street to force the former Presidents to face the realities and face the law of the land this will not be nonsense movement .With out stilling the 2007 Presidential elections Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto and others would not be facing jailing terms in The Netherlands and think what kind of these stupid people are?

KANU-JUBLILEE ADMINISTRATION: They burnt JKIA practically because they need money; the former President Moi’s read briefcases are going dry now because of the rigged presidential elections for Uhuru Kenyatta to carry on with the steps of his father’s and Moi’s foot steps.

KENYAN’S: Be very care full to this goons 10% Kikuyus, see and make note on who from where and who from which county?

The Tokyo land –the 10% rich Kikuyus/the AG Instituted the Tokyo land stilling Methods.

The Deputy President controversial jet-the 10% rich Kikuyus, please read their names written in black and white.

The China malicious school lap tops are not vital at this time just as the former President Moi come up with school milk? Kenyans need food, jobs and school buildings with new block structures, some schools are still built with caw dung some schools are still poor. The laptops are meant for the 10% rich Kikuyu schools but not for Western, Nyanza Northern and coastal counties forget it.

The JKIA saga. The European Investment Bank has offered to help the Kenya government to recover but let as be careful here, if this money be given directly to the government in their hands then the KANU and JUBILEE will be happy that the method used has succeeded by burning the air port. If the help is for free not loaned to the tax payers then forget with your money. If the donation is free then give it to the government.

WHY THE10% RICH KIKUYUS’ HELPS THE FORMER MURANGA’A LEADER CAN: MR. KENNETH MATIBA IS A HERO. And thanks goes to Raila Odinga Tinga Tinga.

IF YOU’R TRYING TO PLAY AROUND WITH RAILA ODINGA THEN ASKS FOR YOUR GRAVE:

Raila Odinga is every were and there is another Raila somewhere a waiting for it. It will not end the way you guys think and what you see could be his shadows but for now eat your JKIA-arrival units.

KENYANS: Make sure Moi and Kibaki goes to ICC soon.

Next week will come with new findings.

TOM NYAMBOK
8/14/2013.

Kenya: Death threat on my life by Kisumu District Criminal Investiagtions Officer

From: erasto agwanda
Date: Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:35 AM
Subject: Death threat on my life by Kisumu District Criminal Investiagtions Officer
To: “jaluo@jaluo.com”

to: 0724 837 060.
Commander,
Criminal Investigations Officer,
Kisumu County,
P.O. Box 800,
Kisumu.

Dear Sir,

Ref; DEATH THREAT ISSUED TO ME BY KISUMU EAST DISTRICT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OFFICER HENRY NDOMBI.

I am called Erasto Agwanda Saye and I am a freelance journalist based in Kisumu County,

I wish to address you on the above matter and seek for your indulgence in regard to recording an official statement with the police.

The sequence of events leading to all these are as follows;

On Monday 12th August 2013 at 8.42.43 am, I sent an sms to Mr.Ndombi asking him if he had read “Citizen Weekly “ headlined “Outcry as grabbed land linked to bogus teachers Sacco” in which he was adversely mentioned by an official of the said Sacco.

Mr.Ndombi replied me on his cell phone number 0722 68 58 67 saying “Thanks, assist us get this idiot bwana Gd dei” at 8.45.34 am assumed that he wanted the numbers of the officials who had mentioned him in the story and sent to him both numbers of the Chairman Mr.Daniel Omotto and his Deputy Solomon Amuti.

The same day at 02.20 pm , a number 0738 561 861 called me and the caller told me that he was DCIO Ndombi and he started throwing tantrums at me calling me an “an idiot” and he was told that I was the one who had done the said story (the attached copy).

He went on to telling me as a DCIO he was “ordering” me to go to his office immediately with another journalist called Dickens Wesonga failure of which he told me that he was going to get me whether dead or alive and I should know that “ameangusha wengi”.

Immediately I sent a sms message to Mr.David Ng’etich the County Police Commander who advised me that I see you urgently in regard to the issue as he said he was out of office.

You can recall that I called you on your mobile number 0721 599 499 and you advised that I see you in the office after an hour and I asked you if I could still see Mr.Ndombi and you told me that it was not necessary and that I come even with my advocate.

At around 3.16pm Mr.Ndombi called me again on his safaricom line number 0722 68 58 67 and I declined to pick instead sending him a sms of what you and my advocate had told me.

The same day at around at around 5pm a person who introduced himself as a police officer met me near the office of Kisumu East District Officer who told me that I am still young “na niachane na Ndombi ama nikule lead”.

The reason I have written to you is to intervene in regard to the above issue which I have been advised not to take lightly so that I record a statement with the police as I have been unable to book the incident at the Kisumu Central Police Station’s Occurrence Book.

I look forward to hear from you,

Regards
Erasto Agwanda Saye

Cc;

-Provincial Police OfficeR Nyanza
-County Police Commander- Kisumu County
-County Commissioner –Kisumu County
-Complaints Directorate, Vigilance House
-Independent Police Oversight Authority
-Criminal Investigations Department Director
-Inspector General
-Cabinet Secretary Internal Security
-Kenya National Human Rights Commission
-Kisumu City Residents Voice
-National Integration Cohesion Commission
-Law Society of Kenya
-Commission of Administration of Justice
-Committee Protecting Journalists
-Doha Centre for Media Freedom
-Frontline Defenders
-Media Legal Defense Initiate
-Amnesty International
-Otieno Ragot and Company Advocates
-Mwamu and Company Advocates
-Olago Aluoch and Company Advocates
-Onyango and Company Advocates

MP and governor linked to poaching; China & Oil

From: Judy Miriga

Good People !!!!

People must go and demand for the Report Card for Public Service delivery with Responsibility and Integrity where all elected leaders with public servant employee must be in compliant as a requirement. It is time for a re-call to those who have failed to measure with the Reform Accord Agreement Mandate.

Gluttonies’breeds chronic passion for adamant corruption and impunity and unless it is forced to stop, it continues to shift gears like what can be seen by NHIF with Professor Anyang Nyongo…………It is important that people establish the truth about Clinix which now has turned to Merridian. It could be possible that, public money and funds are in a flight to unknown destination; most likely the Chinese who claim ownership of Kenya, could be enjoying and swimming in the public funds.

On Checks and Balances, things might change for better. Demand for Integrity, Transparency and Accountability must be exercised thus:

1) Is someone trying to use public money to pay debts incurred for campaign funds?

2) Kenya people have a right to know what is going on with their public resources, funding, facilities and utilities and they must protest to demand for accountability for the same.

3) They must demand about why and how Migingo is in control by the Uganda Government and why the Uganda flag is hoist on the land of Migingo? People must demand for immediate removal of Uganda Police from Migingo Island

4) People must demand to know full report of the Agenda for meeting in Uganda between President Museveni, Raila and Uhuru so to ascertain they are not short-changed and as well they should be informed why Museveni had central interest for controlling Kenya while public interest is undermined

5) People must demand reason why Museveni asked Uhuru Administration to Annex Kismayu to be shared between Somalia and Uganda interest

6) Taxpayer money is used for travelling to China, people need to know if it is for the interest of Kenyans or for special interest

7) Why teachers and nurses have not been paid to-date

8) Why No action or step-down from elected Members with Government employees who are suspects or were found to have a case, have not been relieved from public service to allow thorough investigations and why cases of NHIF have not been brought to justice

9) Why Syokimau cases have not been formalized and compensations made

10) Why Calvin Burgess on Siaya Dominion is still a breach of public interest and people who were forced out of their homes have not been resettled

11) Why people are homeless and landless from being forced out of their land from Land Grabbing and IDPs have not been resettled

12) Why the budget doesn’t seem to balance with budget speech in real life

13) Why there is no running water in the homes and power is sky-rocketing above public means

14) Why Unga with other basic needs have become unaffordable and too expensive beyond means for survival

15) Why only one Unit of Police from one tribe should head the airport

16) Why employment is done under Tribal discrimination

17) Why there are no creation of jobs but growing number of Rebel Groups and thugs are causing terror with threats in the country

18) Why illegal practices like poaching, Gold, Titanium, Diamond with other rare minerals resources from Kenya with the neighboring countries like Congo and Tanzania for example; to pass through illegality with full knowledge aided by politicians; is allowed to go on, while people are mercilessly killed, slaughtered, massacred and are forced out of their dwelling places to face terror, is unacceptable.

19) Why Government system is falling apart and is completely disfunctioning, yet, Government employees are enriching themselves and money is not going to the public coffers

20) Why Politicians have ganged up and are in a conspiracy to continue to defraud the people People must call for a MASS MOVEMENT to demonstrate country-wide against injustices that continue to befall Kenyans from both the former and the present Government so all must be forced for immediate recall with accountability so to recover stolen public wealth and engage responsible leaders with integrity to lead Kenya.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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MP and governor linked to poaching

PHOTO | GIDEON MAUNDU A KWS ranger arranges some of the 775 pieces of ivory tusks which were netted in a container by KRA officers at a private godown in Jomvu on July 3, 2013. The ivory, worth Sh29 million, was in transit to Malaysia from Uganda. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PATRICK MAYOYO pmayoyo@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 23:30

In Summary

KWS and police say they are investigating the reports linking the three to the illegal ivory trade

Two influential Coast businessmen, a central Kenya MP and a Rift Valley governor have been linked to the runaway poaching and ivory smuggling in the country.

Police officers, Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Revenue Authority officials conversant with ongoing investigations said they were pursuing leads linking the three individuals to the illegal ivory trade. (READ: China reiterates pledge to end ivory smuggling)

The three are reportedly part of an international ivory smuggling ring operating in the country. They have been linked to a container full of ivory intercepted at the port of Mombasa last month.

Detectives also discovered that ivory stolen from Mombasa State House was among that in the intercepted container.

On Tuesday, another container full of ivory was intercepted in Singapore and is being shipped back to Mombasa where it reportedly originated. (READ: Kenya a ‘major route for ivory smugglers’)

Police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki promised to give a detailed statement on investigations into ivory smuggling after getting a briefing from officers handling the case at Mombasa port.

According to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), international organised crime syndicates are behind the killing of elephants and rhinos in Kenya and other African countries.

Cites says the gangs use the latest technology and have collaborators among local communities and security agencies.

Investigations have revealed that the international ring has devised ingenious ways of transporting their loot to evade detection by security agencies.

Their tricks include declaring containers ferrying the smuggled ivory as carrying either timber, fruits, electronics, tyres or other assorted goods. Most of the ivory intercepted in Asia is being traced to the ports of Dar-es-Salaam and Mombasa.

Wildlife experts and research scientists estimate that two elephants are killed per day — the highest number in recent times.

The statistics have sparked outrage among wildlife conservationists and raised fears the animals could become extinct.

KWS says there has been an upsurge in poaching in the last five years with more than 360 elephants killed last year compared to only 45 in 2007.

A recent census revealed that the country’s 35,000 elephant population had suffered a 14 per cent decline due to poaching and drought.

Clinic named in NHIF scam sues for Sh800m

PHOTO | FILE The National Hospital Insurance Fund building in Nairobi. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PAUL JUMA pjuma@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 23:30

In Summary

Medical centre says NHIF made it appear as having received money fraudulently

A medical clinic adversely named in the National Hospital Insurance Fund scandal has sued the agency for close to Sh1 billion.

Meridian Medical Centre filed the suit at the High Court in Nairobi, accusing the health insurer of breach of contract and reputation damage.

Meridian, which runs clinics in major towns, was among medical service providers the NHIF contracted to provide services to its members under the social health insurance scheme.

MPs raised questions about the NHIF’s decision to award contracts for treatment of civil servants under the new scheme to companies that lacked facilities in rural areas. They cited Meridian Medical Centre and Clinix.

The fund cancelled the contracts.

The clinic’s chief executive officer, Dr Peter Wambugu, said the decision by NHIF caused the publication of numerous media reports portraying the clinic as having received money from the NHIF fraudulently, that it was involved in unethical practices and that its centres were sub-standard, unregulated and uninspected.

“This façade has damaged our brand and I state herein that none of these allegations are true,” Dr Wambugu has stated in a witness statement filed in court.

The manner in which the NHIF conducted the termination caused the clinic’s reputation to be vilified in the eyes of the public, hence it was entitled to compensation for loss of business reputation and credibility, said the CEO.

The medical company wants the court to order the health insurer to pay it damages totalling to Sh814,830,341 with interest plus an unspecified amount in general damages for loss of reputation.

Court nod for KRA’s Sh127m tax demand

PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | FILE Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters at Times Tower in Nairobi. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION REPORTER

Posted Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 23:30

A judge on Tuesday declined to stop the taxman from demanding Sh127 million from a pharmaceutical company.

Mr Justice David Majanja described as an abuse of the court process a constitutional petition by Beta Healthcare opposing the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) tax demand.

The firm had filed the suit at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court.

The company, which had lost a case in which it sought similar relief at the court’s Judicial Review Division, claimed in the new suit its rights and freedoms had been violated.

It filed the constitutional petition also at the Court of Appeal to try and overturn the initial High Court ruling, a matter which is still pending.

Justice Majanja said the firm was wrong in asking the High Court to deal with issues pending before the Court of Appeal.

“These proceedings are an abuse of the court process. They are hereby dismissed with costs to the respondents,” he said. He gave Beta Health 14 days to appeal.

Ivory seized in Singapore on way back

PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA Mombasa Port employees arrange some of the 638 pieces of elephant tusks for weighing after they were impounded in January. Conservationists have raised alarm over the surge in poaching. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Posted Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 23:30

A container suspected to be loaded with ivory is on its way to Mombasa after being seized in Singapore, the Kenya Wildlife Service has revealed.

The cargo, which was exported through the port of Mombasa last month, was intercepted in the Far East port courtesy of the cooperation between Kenyan security and their international counterparts, Mr Arthur Tuda, a KWS director, said.

“The container was among those seized earlier and returned to Kenya. But somehow, it had disappeared. Through our efforts and our foreign security colleagues, we intercepted it and as I speak, it is expected at Mombasa port any time,” he said.

Unconfirmed information from port sources said the container could arrive tomorrow although it was not clear which ship would bring it. Mr Tuda declined to give more information.

Poachers killed

Late July and this month, two containers of ivory were seized at the port destined for Malaysia. Several other suspected containers are still being sought, according to Kenya Revenue Authority

(KRA), Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and KWS sources.

The KWS director said this month alone, two poachers and two KWS rangers had been gunned down as the war on poaching intensifies.

“Two of our officers including a constable and an inspector were shot dead by poachers within Kipini Conservancy area in Tana Delta as they pursued armed thugs,” he said.

China set to be world’s biggest net oil importer

PHOTO | MARK RALSTON Goods are delivered to a store in Beijing, China. The country is the biggest consumer of energy globally and is set to beat US to the top in oil imports. AFP

By AFP

Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 16:53

In Summary

Graph on EIA website shows Asian country’s net imports steadily rising, with those of the US falling

BEIJING

China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer from October, according to US figures, due to a combination of rising Chinese demand and increased US production.

Next year, China’s net oil imports will exceed those of the United States on an annual basis and the gap between them will continue to widen, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

China is already the biggest energy user in the world and the second-largest oil consumer after the United States.

Chinese demand

The shift has been driven by steady growth in Chinese demand, increased oil production in the United States, and stagnant or weakening demand in the United States market, the EIA said in a report.

A graph on the EIA’s website shows China’s net imports steadily rising, with those of the US falling at a faster rate, and says the crossover point comes in two months’ time.

Growing petroleum production in the US has been largely driven by the increasing use of sometimes controversial hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

The technique uses huge amounts of pressurised water mixed with chemicals to crack open rock and release oil and natural gas, making the exploitation of vast shale hydrocarbon reserves economically viable.

It is changing the world’s energy market but it has been banned in other countries such as France due to environmental concerns.

US annual oil output is expected to rise 28 percent between 2011 and 2014 to nearly 13 million barrels per day, while Chinese production is forecast to grow by six per cent over the period, and will stand at just a third of US production in 2014, the EIA said.

Meanwhile, China’s liquid fuel use will increase 13 per cent over the period to more than 11 million barrels per day while United States demand hovers close to 18.7 million barrels per day.

That is below the United States’ peak consumption level of 20.8 million barrels per day in 2005, the EIA added.

China imported 26.11 million tonnes (186.5 million barrels) of crude oil last month and its exports were a mere 0.17 million tonnes, according to official Beijing figures.

The Asian country’s ascendence to the top of the world’s net oil import rankings will have profound impact, an article carried by the China Business News said on Monday.

“China and the US will no longer be pure competitors in the energy sector — China is likely to import energy in bulk from the US,” wrote commentator Li Dongchao.

Balala asked Sh80m bribe to buy house, Cortec says

Analysts have warned that Mr Balala’s action to revoke mining licences of the affected firms may cause a stand-off between the government and investors in the industry, thereby derailing activity in the mining sector. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI |FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

By IMMACULATE KARAMBU ikarambu@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted Friday, August 9 2013 at 20:02

In Summary

Through Mr Jacob Juma, Cortec Mining Kenya country boss, firm claims Secretary demanded the cash in exchange for the firm keeping its licence
A company whose licence was cancelled on Monday has sensationally accused Mining Secretary Najib Balala of demanding Sh80 million bribe in exchange for the firm keeping its permit.

In a letter dated July 29, this year, written by Cortec Mining Kenya to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of Kenya, the firm accuses Mr Balala of demanding the money to aid him buy a house to replace his Karen one which he is said to have sold to raise funds for campaign during the last General Election.

“On July 8, Mr Juma drove into Mr Balala’s house at 7:30pm where he found Mr Balala waiting for him as per the appointment through the commissioner of mines. At the said meeting, Mr Balala confirmed to our Jacob Juma, our Kenyan country director, that he required Sh80 million from Cortec Mining Limited to buy a house for he had sold his house in Karen to raise funds for campaign in the just concluded elections,” read part of the letter signed by Cortec managing director David Anderson.

Cortec Mining Kenya has been exploring minerals in Mrima Hills, Kwale County.

Jacob Juma is the controversial businessman associated with Erad Limited, a company that is currently held in a court battle with the National Cereals and Produce Board over a Sh600 million debt. Mr Juma has a substantive shareholding in Cortec Mining Kenya through the company’s two holding firms.

Cortec Mining Kenya is owned 70 per cent by Pacific Wildcat Resources, a publicly listed company at the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and 30 per cent by Sterling Securities, a firm registered in the United Kingdom.

On Monday, Mr Balala revoked mining licences of 42 companies on grounds that they were irregularly issued, setting the stage for possible court battles with the affected investors.

Cortec Mining Kenya, the company that is licensed to mine the over $100 billion Niobium and rare earth metal deposits at Mrima Hills in Kwale, South Coast was among the companies whose licences were cancelled.

The government, through the spokesperson of the Presidency Manoah Esipisu requested for about three days to investigate the allegations before issuing an official statement.

Meanwhile, an insider of the EACC told the Saturday Nation that the Cortec letter was indeed received at the antigraft body on July 29, and that investigations were underway, although the commission’s spokesperson noted that he could not confirm the issue yesterday being a public holiday.

In its letter, Cortec managing director David Anderson also said that the company officials met with Justin Muturi, the speaker of the National Assembly where they complained of the Sh80 million bribe demands from Mr Balala and requested him to address the matter though the responsible parliamentary committee.

National Assembly

“On the July 16, we had dinner with the speaker of the National Assembly at the Thai restaurant at the New Stanley Hotel and complained of the Sh80 million bribery demand by the mining minister and requested him to intervene in this bribery demand through the house parliamentary committee that deals with mining,” said Mr Anderson in the letter.

While canceling the 42 licences on Monday, Mr Balala also directed mining companies to give a 21-day notice to his ministry before making any public announcement on findings, in a bid to control a situation where such information may cause a rally in their share valuation at the respective bourses they are listed.

On the day Cortec announced its valuation of the rare earth metal resources at the Mrima Hills late last month, Pacific Wildcat Resources’ share which trades at the Toronto Stock Exchange gained 28 per cent.

The Pacific Wildcat Share was suspended from trading on Tuesday at the request of the company and resumed trading on Thursday where it shed 59 per cent of its value following news of licence cancellation.

Besides the bribe allegations, Cortec Mining Kenya has accused Mr Balala of having interest in awarding the mining licence for rare earth metals and niobium to Chinese investors.

In an earlier telephone interview with the Nation, Mr Balala admitted that he indeed travelled to China and met Chinese investors but dismissed the allegation that he was fronting for the investors.

“Yes I was in China recently and the president will be in China next week. Chinese are investors like any other and they have a right to do business in the country,” he said.

Though found in other countries, the market for rare earth metals, that are used in manufacturing electronic gadgets such as smartphones is about 90 per cent controlled by China.

Stand-off

Analysts have warned that Mr Balala’s action to revoke mining licences of the affected firms may cause a stand-off between the government and investors in the industry, thereby derailing activity in the mining sector.

The Kenya Chamber of Mines on Tuesday, through its chairman Adiel Gitari said that Mr Balala’s action went against the spirit of collaboration between the government and industry players.

Radical preacher wanted over Zanzibar acid attack shot in police raid

From: Abdalah Hamis

By Mike Pflanz, Stone Town
6:24PM BST 10 Aug 2013

A radical Muslim preacher wanted for questioning over the acid attack on two British tourists in Zanzibar was shot on Saturday night as he fled police trying to arrest him.

Sheikh Issa Ponda is understood to have survived the raid and was on the run but injured, police sources told The Daily Telegraph.

He had visited Zanzibar in the weeks running up to the attack on Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both from north London, who were on Saturday still in hospital being treated for their injuries.

Ponda earlier this month met with the imprisoned leaders of a Muslim separatist group, Uamsho, who police believe may have inspired the attack on the two women.

Tanzania’s director of public prosecutions, Elieza Feleshi, on Friday ordered that the cleric be arrested after accusing him of inciting violence, for which he was convicted earlier this year and given a 12 month suspended sentence.

“He narrowly escaped from the police in Morogoro, he was shot by our officers, but we are pursuing him,” said Faustine Shilogile, a senior police commander in Morogoro, the town 110 miles west of Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, where Ponda was shot.

The women, both aged 18, were admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Friday where they were receiving treatment for burns inflicted in an unprovoked attack while they were on a volunteering holiday.

Family members of the pair are believed to be keeping a bedside vigil, after the teenagers were flown home yesterday and immediately sent to the capital’s regional burns centre.

A hospital spokesman confirmed the women continued to be treated by medics, and their conditions were described as “stable”.

Miss Gee has already taken to Twitter to say: “Thank you for all your support x”.

Their doctor, Andy Williams, a consultant burns and plastic surgeon, said: “We can confirm that Katie and Kirstie have been transferred to our care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s burns unit where we’re still assessing their injuries.

“Both families would like to thank everyone that’s helped to bring the girls back.

“The families now wish to have time with the girls and that the media would respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

A photograph released by the girls’ families showed the injuries one of them suffered in the attack.

The girl is shown wearing an open striped shirt and a silver necklace.

What appear to be acid burns are clearly visible on her chin, neck and upper chest.

One of the girl’s injuries are much worse than the other’s, it was reported, because helpers used dirty water on her burns.

One of the victims was reportedly immersed in the sea in the aftermath of the attack at Stone Town, a beach resort, and the salt water helped her skin.

“That completely altered the result: the salt water and the acid,” Miss Trup’s father, Marc, said.

“The other girl panicked, ran around, made her way to a public toilet.”

When “they got to the medical centre there was no shower,” he added. “They were throwing dirty water at her.”

Kenya & USA: FBI agents, police pursue three theories in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fire probe

From: Judy Miriga

Kenya is moving forward…….never backwards…… Land Grabbing and Decolonization must be fought in all fronts……

Cheers !!!

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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FBI agents, police pursue three theories in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fire probe

Updated Thursday, August 8th 2013 at 22:07 GMT +3

Senior criminal investigation offi cials scour the scene of Wednesday’s fire Thursday. [PHOTOS: WILBERFORCE OKWIRI/STANDARD]

By CYRUS OMBATI
NAIROBI; KENYA: Detectives probing the Wednesday blaze that brought down the main terminal at Kenya’s biggest airport are not ruling out terrorism or arson, although they say it could have been an accident.

President Kenyatta chaired a meeting of the country’s top security organ to discuss the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA) fire tragedy as it emerged investigators were pursuing all three theories.

On Thursday the probe took on an international feel as three FBI agents sent by the US embassy in Nairobi joined the investigating team a day after President Obama called President Kenyatta to offer his government’s support following the fire.

Officially, authorities say it is not yet clear what caused the fire that prompted the closure of the busiest airport in East and Central Africa for most of Wednesday.

Over 200 people, among them 60 Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) workers, have recorded statements as the probe intensifies.

Huge losses

Yesterday, President Kenyatta called a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the tragedy that has occasioned huge economic losses following the disruption to cargo and passenger flights.

Deputy President William Ruto, all heads of the country’s security agencies, and Cabinet Secretaries in charge of Security and Infrastructure attended the meeting at State House, Nairobi. Details of the meeting were scanty, but officials said the crisis at JKIA was extensively discussed and the President briefed on progress in investigations.

At JKIA, head of the ATPU Boniface Mwaniki led the probe as detectives searched for clues in the fire-damaged section of the airport. The FBI agents arrived carrying special equipment to back up their Kenyan counterparts with their expertise, in a joined bid to unearth the cause of the inferno.

The agents took away samples from the scene for further analysis and tests.

Investigators were also reviewing images on the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to examine events before and after the fire broke out, as part of their investigations. It was not immediately clear if the entire sequence of events was captured on the surveillance cameras.

Apart from the ATPU, officers from the Bomb Disposal Unit, Kenya Airports Police Unit, Nairobi County and CID headquarters were helping with the probe.

Personnel from the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Power Company personnel, the City Council of Nairobi Fire Department and investigators from insurance companies were also at the scene.

The detectives have taken over a bar at the airport and turned it into an interrogation room where witnesses are recording statements.

Officials said some of the staff said in their statements that they heard two explosions after smoke started billowing out.

The explosions, according to those who have been questioned, were not very powerful or loud, with suggestions and they may have been caused by air conditioners.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau and CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the arrival of the FBI agents to assist in the probe.

“We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude for the support we have received from other governments around the world and our development partners,” said Kamau.

On Thursday, controversy raged over where the fire started as witness accounts contradicted the official position that the fire broke out atin the immigration area.

There were suggestions that the huge inferno may have been occasioned by naked electric wires left in one of the 56 shops pulled down by the Government as it ejected duty free shop operators last week.

Insiders and firemen who spoke to The Standard claimed the fire could have been triggered by an electric fault from one of the duty free shops.

“There were some cables that were left naked. The power was cut off in some of the shops and was left on in others. This is exactly what I told the investigation team when they grilled me this morning,” said one of the employees.

But the Government has maintained that the shops were 50 metres away. “The fire came from the immigration section after the bridges, the second desk after immigration which is nearest to unit 1. The duty free shops are more than 50 metres apart and I do not see any relationship between the demolitions and the fire,” Kamau said on Wednesday.

On Thursday, minimal operations resumed at JKIA with the Government indicating they expected full operations by midnight.

The State also opened up the excusive Presidential Pavilion, usually reserved for visiting heads of states, for use by travellers to help ease the crisis. Kamau indicated that full operations would resume at the airport from midnight on Thursday.

“We want to assure all travellers within the country that even though the level of comfort is not what they would expect, we want to reassure them of their security and safety,” he said. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) confirmed that other international airlines can use JKIA under advice, added Kamau.

National carrier Kenya Airways had already lined up 17 international flights throughout Thursday to various capitals across the globe.

Trans-Nzoia County governor told to stop land grabbing
Updated Thursday, August 8th 2013 at 23:01 GMT +3
BY OSINDE OBARE

Trans-Nzoia County: The business community in Trans-Nzoia County has pressed authorities to repossess 100 acres of grabbed land earmarked for the Kenya Industrial Estate ( KIE).

The Trans-Nzoia Kenya National Commerce and Industry branch said it would institute legal action on behalf of residents to sue people behind the illegal allocation of prime plots in Kitale.

The branch’s Executive Officer Martin Waliaula said the economic activities in the county have grounded because land meant for them has been grabbed.

Speaking in Kitale yesterday, Mr Waliula asked the county leadership led by Governor Patrick Khaemba to reclaim the grabbed land.

“The normal stories that the government is going to recover grabbed land should be made a reality. The rampant grabbing has hampered economic activities. We want all public assets taken by individuals repossessed,” he demanded.

Condemning the grabbing of the KIE land meant for industrialisation programmes, the officials said the Chamber will move to court to revert the land to its intended purpose.

“We cannot allow developers to benefit at the expense of many unemployed youths. We are ready to face these individuals and recover the land,” he said.

He said a survey done by the Chamber had indicated only 15 acres had been spared from the initial parcel reserved for industrialisation purposes.