Category Archives: Elections


From: Joachim Omolo Ouko
News Dispatch with Omolo Joachim

Concerns have been raised on whether Burundi could be helped never to go to dark ages marked with violence, killings, intimidations, tortures among other human rights abuses. The answer to these concerns is simple, African leaders cannot assist because they behave the same.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni who was sent by East African communities to broker peace and reconciliation himself changed the constitution to enable him run for third term. Rwanda is the same. Kenya is no difference, so does Tanzania.

At least 50,000 refugees are living on the shore of Lake Tangyanika in rough conditions after fleeing the political crisis in Burundi. More than 105,000 Burundians have fled the country, with 70,000 crossing into Tanzania alone, since the political crisis began in Burundi. Around 26,300 Burundians have entered Rwanda, most of whom are now living in the Mahama refugee camp.

According to activists, at least 20 people have been killed in clashes with police. The government has repeatedly disputed allegations of heavy-handed tactics. But the ongoing crisis has prompted an exodus across the border.

Polling has just ended after a night of gunfire and explosions that claimed two lives in the capital Bujumbura. President Nkurunziza iwho has forced his way to run for a third term despite a limit of two terms in the constitution is going to be declared the president, so what?

Even if the US State Department has joined critics saying the disputed presidential election lacks credibility and will discredit the government, do they care? Most African leaders are not there for the people but for their own benefits, that is why they don’t care whether people are dying or suffering.

The US said it would review all aspects of its partnership with the east African country including imposing visa restrictions on those it said were responsible for promoting instability. But do they care even if the president’s office describes the latest protests as terrorist acts intended to disrupt the election.

In Burundi we are dealing with rebel leader-turned president, who claims to be born-again Christian, former sports teacher whose father was killed in ethnic violence in 1972. The African Union (AU) did not send observers – the first time it has taken such a stance against a member state, not because they are against Nkurunziza’s decision to run for the third time but because of the blame from foreign communities.

The European Union has expressed a similar view, and has cut some aid to Burundi to show its anger with Mr Nkurunziza. Most African nations still rely on European, US, World Bank, IMF and other foreign aids, so they cannot contradict them.

The other thing in Burundi is to do with tribe. Tensions between Burundi’s ethnic Hutu majority – comprising some 85 percent of the 10.5 million population- and the country’s Tutsi minority have flared up regularly since independence from Belgium in 1962.

Mr Nkurunziza led a Hutu rebel group fighting the Tutsi-dominated army until a peace deal led to him becoming president in 2005. The Constitutional Court has backed his argument that his first term in office did not count towards the two-term limit, as he was elected by MPs.

Burundi is not alone. In Nigeria it has been called the election that still “haunts” Nigeria to this day. Popular businessman Moshood Abiola officially garnered 58.3 percent of the vote, against his closest contender Bashir Tofa with 41.7 percent, in what was called Nigeria’s most democratic election since independence:

For the first time, a southerner was able to gain broad popular support from all corners of the country. But soon after the results were announced, the military regime in power, led by Ibrahim Babangida, simply annulled the results – end of story.

Nigerians were appalled, taking to the streets in protest. Babangida had to resign, and in the uncertainty following, General Sani Abacha took power – leading to the most brutal and repressive chapter in Nigeria’s history.

Similar story is in Uganda. Long-serving president Yoweri Museveni was up against opposition leader Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). But in the run up to the election, Besigye was arrested and charged with treason both in civilian and military courts, allegedly for his “anti-government” activities while in exile in the preceding years. He was also charged with rape, of the daughter of a friend.

Besigye protesters believed (and court proceedings later suggested) the charges were fabricated to stop Besigye from challenging Museveni. When it appeared that Besigye and his twenty-two co-defendants in the treason case might be released on bail by the civilian court, the government prosecutor, in an apparent attempt to prevent Besigye’s candidacy, then brought terrorism charges against him.

On the day of their bail hearing, a group of heavily armed goons were lurking around the court, ready to detain the group as soon as they were released on bail. The judge presiding did grant them bail, but the defendants declared to remain in Luzira Prison, instead of risking detention– incredibly, prison was a better deal than going free.

In the end, the legal charges, counter-charges, appeals, and dramatic court decisions made it impossible for anything like a level playing field to be possible, and Besigye ended up spending almost as many days in court as on the campaign trail. Museveni ended up winning with 59 percent of the vote.

In Kenya President Mwai Kibaki was facing tough competition from opposition leader Raila Odinga, with initial results showing that the opposition party had taken the majority of seats in the National Assembly.

While parliamentary results were forthcoming, it wasn’t the case for the presidential results. Three days after the election, President Kibaki suddenly and inexplicably received a massive boost in the tally, with the numbers ostensibly coming from his “strongholds” – but which observers say was marred by ballot stuffing and outright fraud.

The Electoral Commission of Kenya announced Kibaki as the winner, leading to his hurried swearing in at dusk at State House in Nairobi. The country swiftly descended into deadly political violence that killed over 1,000 and displaced 600,000, and eventually Odinga joined Kibaki in a coalition government as Prime Minister to end the violence.

In Zimbabwe the story is even scary. President Robert Mugabe was facing his toughest challenge yet, as the country’s economic situation was dire – inflation was averaging 165,000% and the economy had shrunk 40 percent since 2000.

Voting day itself was generally peaceful, but as initial reports of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) taking the lead began coming in, confusion set in, and a recount was ordered in 23 constituencies. More than a month went by before an official result was announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, indicating Tsvangirai won with 47.9 percent of the vote, and Mugabe came second at 43.2 percent, necessitating a run-off.

The period between the first and second votes was marked by systematic violence, intimidation and brutalisation of voters perceived to be MDC supporters, and just days to the run-off, Tsvangirai announced he was withdrawing from the run-off, describing it as a “violent sham” and saying that his supporters risked being killed if they voted for him.

Although Tsvangirai’s name remained on the ballot, Mugabe (obviously) won the second round as the only candidate. Tsvangirai later joined the government as Prime Minister in a Government of National Unity.

In DRC the story is similar. The 2011 election was the second since the official end of the Second Congo War in 2003, but it was marred by widespread fraud in the electoral roll and in vote tallying. One survey showed hundreds of thousands of ghost voters in the form of duplicate names in the register.

Some duplicates could be attributable to technical glitches, but tampering was a more likely explanation due to the scale. In several of the Congolese provinces, the double entries were equivalent to more than 12 percent of voters; the margin of error for duplicates on similar databases used in Western and some Asian elections is less than 1 percent.

And in the tallying, some constituencies in Katanga province “reported impossibly high rates of 99 to 100 percent voter turnout with all, or nearly all, votes going to incumbent President Joseph Kabila”, while in Kinshasa, where opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi enjoyed strong support, results from nearly 2,000 polling station stations were simply “lost” – roughly a fifth of the city’s total. In the end, Kabila officially won the poll with 49 percent of votes cast, against Tshisekedi’s 32 percent.

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Africa: Remarks With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

From: U.S. Department of State
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
July 21, 2015

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I am very honored to welcome somebody who’s become a friend, the president of Nigeria, President Buhari. I first met him when I went over there before the elections, and we had occasion to talk about the importance of the election process. It was in the middle of the campaign. And then I had the pleasure of going back for his inauguration, which was very festive and represented the first transfer peacefully of power as the result of an election, and it was a very, very important moment.

Nigeria is an extraordinarily important country, and we have very, very important interests together. We have pledged with the President’s meeting yesterday to work very closely on economic development, on the economy, on counterterrorism, on regional issues, but very importantly also, to join together in an effort to do a better job of taking on Boko Haram. The president is deeply committed to this endeavor. He has a military background. He has himself been in combat. He has led the armed forces of his country and he knows what this is going to take. So we have a ready and willing partner, and we look forward to developing our counterterrorism and our counter-Boko Haram plans even as we also work on energy development, on education, health, and other issues within the country.

So we’re delighted to welcome the president here to Washington. He’s brought a very significant delegation with a number of governors. That’s very important to the ability to put in reforms, and I might mention the president is deeply committed to tackling the problem of corruption, which has prevented the country from doing many of the developmental and other initiatives that are on the table.

So Mr. President, we welcome you. We’re really delighted to have you here. Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT BUHARI: Thank you very much, (inaudible). I’m very pleased to get this opportunity to thank the Secretary of State because his visit to Nigeria, which he’s just referred to, since his visit seemed like a friend to Nigeria. As the United States’ message sent to the previous administration was clean and clear that the United States would not accept anything extraconstitutional, that prepared the minds of Nigerians to back us and to arrive where we are today. Nigeria will remain very grateful to the United States, to the President, and to the Secretary of State. He saw the president then, he saw the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, and he saw the opposition. And by the day, the United States maintained pressure on the government, the law enforcement agencies, and the election officials to make sure that the election was free and fair.

We thank God, we thank the United States, we thank technology for the introduction of a permanent voter’s card and reader cards made so much difference from previous elections. I thank you very much, Secretary. Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the press.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT BUHARI: Thank you very much. Happy to see you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. We’re going to have a working lunch now. Thank you.
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News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Migori Town.

The next bilection campaign battle in Suna East constituency is expected to be the touch stone of the entire Southern Nyaza region. THe constituency is a cosmopolitan in the true sense of the word. The residents are people of mixture tribal background.

He Luos are arguably the majority,but other In ethnic groups such as Luyhias, Maragolis, Kisiis and Somalis makes this electoral area a true cosmopolitan in the real sense of the word.

The incumbent MP is the controversial and outspoken Mohammed Junet, a man of Somali origin whose leadership style appeared to have been weaken by his links with political goons and hirelings. The MP who has been bragging to be the eyes and ears of the ODM and CORD leader Raila Odinga in Migori is full of political antics and gimmicks, which has so far made his popularity to wane as fast as he had won the seat in 2013 elections..

The residents accused the MP of being fond of making political rhetoric in Nairobi, but doing absolutely nothing tangible in helping the electorate overcome myriads of problem at the constituency level. On several occassions the youthful legislator has been in brawls in public, and even at one time wrestling with his perceived opponents while scrambling for microphone or address system before the huge crowd of mourners.

The man who is giving Junet sleepless is Patrick Odipo a business magnate in Migoritown who is running chain of businesses including transport and estate agency. Odipom hails from Suna Kadika in Wasweta East in Suba East Division of Migori district. Is a member of the indigenous Jo-Suna sub-clan

Another Junet’s challenger is Hezron Ondigo who is a Maragoli. His parents are living in Uriri sub-County also withi Migori , but he lives in Kakirao area. He is a former school teacher-turned businessman.

During last week burial of a retired teacher the late Angira Angira, at Nyabisawa village, it was Ondigo who turned the heat on MP Junet when he bravely challenged as the legislator to account for what he has done to to his constituents ever since he was voted into parliament two and half years ago.

His sentiments infuriated the MP prompting him to grab and switched off the micraphone as the hundreds of mourners chanted “Junet Must Go”. Sensing the danger the priest conducting the burial prayers moved in and grabbed the microphone and took it to the graveside. He then asked the mourners to move to the graveside and to leave the brawling politicians to fight on.

It was one of Junet’s opponent Patrick Odipo who calmed the situatiion and saved it from getting worse as youths supporting the waring parties were getting ready for a fight, while many mourners scampered and fled the funeral home for their safety.

Suna East is one of the richest constituencies in Migori County. The County has seven parliamentary constituencies, namely Rongo, Awendo, Nyatike, Uriri,una East, Suna West, Kuria East and Kuria West. Its economic dynamic are minerals, highly valued cash crops, which included Tobacco and Sugar cane residents of the lower parts like Nyatike and parts of Uriri sub county, but he is a resident of Kakirao on the Suna-East constituencysde.

Speaking to this writer in his Migori townm Oatric Odipo said that every generation in this country faces unique challenges. Obkthuiatory is able to judge how well they respond to it. Many residents of Suna East were raised in the context where underdevelopment and poverty were pervasive.

Odipo said, “almost every year we faces unique hard economic times. THe population in the area comprises of majority with only primary education or “O” level school dropouts with many seeking manual jobs. Their parents are left to the mercy of nature as they deliver far from the safety of hospitals.

The business tycoon went on saying, ”there is leadership, apathy and the Suna East residents must now question the circumstances and demand leadership to account for their responsibilities and resources utilization.

He added, “changing the course of history is never easy task and only the brave and committed men like myself, he said adding that there will always be some elements of antics who will say how it cannot be done and give million reasons as to to why it would be possible to achieve this. If men listen to them we would have not set foot on the mont, Odipo said philosophically., adding we “We would only pride ourselves for having walked to the next village. The great leaders not not only ask the question why but also why not.

HE said the electorate I Sua East constituency have asked him to rise up and lead them to the next level of development, and in response to the numrous requests he has accepted the challenge and decided to change the course of the constituency’s development trajectory.

Odipo said he was sure of besting the incumbent legislator and his mai agenda would be to create the wealth. He intend to launch wealth creation programme which will transform Suba East into the hub wealth and business activities to be envious to other constituencies in the region. The area lacked fresh water for heath and sanitation. It needs serious youth economic empowerment programme, major healthcare programs, introduction of new method and technology in agriculture, increase in livestock, especially graded dairy cows to increase milk output.

SUNA East constituency is partly in Migori town which it shared equally with Suna West constituency. The town’s proximity to border trades makes it a major hub for business acclivities that attract customers and business people from across the Kenya-Tanzania border

He said the current MP has been sleeping on the job. He lacked commitment to poverty eradication and has been threatening the electorate while using the name the CORD leader Raila Odinga as his protector, and his performance is lukewarm. His performance is dismal and reads zero.


Africa: Mauritania’s Presidential Election

From: U.S. Department of State
Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 30, 2014

The United States congratulates the people of Mauritania on the successful completion of peaceful and orderly presidential elections on June 21. We greatly value our long-standing friendship and partnership with Mauritania and the Mauritanian people. The United States looks forward to continuing to work with President-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the Government of Mauritania to promote prosperity and regional security.

We also note Mauritania’s Chairmanship of the African Union and look forward to continuing to work with Mauritania to support an action-oriented U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

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S. Africa: Address by President Zuma @ his Inauguration

From: Charles Banda

Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of his Inauguration as fifth President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings, Pretoria

Your Majesties Kings and Queens,
Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Former President Thabo Mbeki and your best half
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mrs Motlanthe
And all former heads of state and government,
Chairpersons of the African Union and the African Union Commission,
Distinguished representatives of respective countries and of international organisations,
The Presiding Officers of Parliament,
The Chief Justice of the Republic,
Ministers, Premiers, Deputy Ministers, MECs, Mayors,
Members of Parliament,
Leaders of political parties,
Religious and traditional leaders,
Representatives of business, sports, media and the entertainment sector,
Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Veterans of our struggle,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
Fellow South Africans,

I greet you all.

I am greatly honoured to stand before you today, to accept the mandate bestowed upon us by millions of our people, to lead this great nation for the next five years.

I accept this responsibility and privilege with great humility, given the history of our country and where we come from as a nation.

Ours is a nation that has produced generations of selfless freedom fighters, who made untold sacrifices, so that we could live in a country that is free of racial discrimination and oppression.

This is a nation that has worked tirelessly to build a new society from the ashes of apartheid, opting for reconciliation and progress instead of retribution.
This year we mark 20 years of freedom, and 20 years since President Nelson Mandela took the oath of office at this very Amphitheatre.

We began building a new society, based on fundamental human rights, equality, unity in diversity and the promotion of the dignity of all.

The democratic government set out to implement policies and programmes that would change the quality of life of all, especially the poor and workers.

A lot of progress has been made.

Millions of our people now have access to basic social services and an improved quality of life, which they did not enjoy before the dawn of freedom.

Today we wish to acknowledge the contribution of every South African to the process of renewal, reconstruction and development of this country in the past 20 years of freedom. It is through your hard work, that we are able to count so many achievements in only 20 years of freedom.

However, our work is not yet completed.

Last year we conducted a frank formal Review of progress made in the past 20 years of democratic rule.

The Review indicated that South Africa is a much better place to live in now than before 1994, due to the transformative policies of our democratic government.

At the same time, the Review also confirmed that while the lives of millions of people have improved, poverty, inequality and unemployment still persist.

The reversal of the legacy of apartheid colonialism will require more intense efforts from all South Africans.

We have successfully completed the first phase of transformation.

Today marks the beginning of the second phase of our transition from apartheid to a national democratic society.

This second phase will involve the implementation of radical socio-economic transformation policies and programmes over the next five years.

We have already placed before the nation, the National Development Plan, our road map which outlines the type of society we envisage by the year 2030.

Through this programme, we will move South Africa forward to prosperity and success.

At a social level, as outlined in the NDP, our vision is to develop communities where households will have access to housing, water, electricity, sanitation, safe and reliable public transport, health, education, security, recreational facilities, a clean environment and adequate nutrition to count a few.

Economic transformation will take centre-stage during this new term of government as we put the economy on an inclusive growth path.

As the National Development Plan outlines, the structure of the economy will be transformed through industrialisation, broad-based black economic empowerment and through strengthening and expanding the role of the state in the economy.

State owned enterprises and development finance institutions will become engines of development, complementing the State in promoting inclusive economic growth.

We have made some progress in changing the ownership and control of the economy, but much more work must still be done.

In this regard, we will improve the implementation of the employment equity and black economic empowerment laws during this term.

Land restitution and redistribution and other forms of empowerment will also be better executed in the new term of government.

Our economic transformation programme also reaffirms our commitment to promoting local companies, entrepreneurs and cooperatives through local procurement by the state and its agencies.

The National Development Plan also prioritises the national infrastructure development programme.

We will continue to build schools, railways, ports, universities, clinics, colleges, power stations, broadband, roads and more infrastructures around the country. This programme will continue to be the flagship of government.

The end result of all these transformative economic programmes is a growing inclusive economy which creates jobs and provides opportunities for all, especially the youth.

With regards to safety and security, our vision is to ensure that by 2030, people living in South Africa should feel completely safe at home, at school and at work at any given time.


To enable us to achieve these key objectives, the performance of the state will need to improve.

Key targets in this regard will be to eradicate corruption and inefficiency in the public service.

We will promote productivity within the public service and ensure much tighter accountability, with firm consequences where there is a failure to deliver services to our people.


We have a lot of work to do.

We will need the backing of a united and cohesive nation behind us as we move South Africa forward.

In this regard, government will promote nation building programmes to rebuild the soul of our nation.

Many South Africans still bear the emotional scars arising from decades of apartheid divisions and hatred.

Therefore, the national healing and reconciliation process has to continue.

We will work together to promote unity, understanding and tolerance across race and colour lines, as we build a South Africa that truly belongs to all.


Our country will also continue to play its role in the continent and abroad.

Our vision is that of a South Africa that is a key promoter and contributor to sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and peace within the continent.

We will continue to champion African growth, development and prosperity through supporting regional integration, intra-Africa trade and the development of infrastructure.

Our participation in various multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, G20 and special forums such as BRICS, will continue, aimed at promoting a fairer and more just world.


Let me again express my deep gratitude as I accept this mandate.

We do not take this confidence bestowed upon us lightly. We are truly humbled and will do all in our power to build a South Africa in which all citizens will have a sense of belonging and hope for a brighter future.

We invite all our people to work with us as we implement the National Development Plan.

I hereby commit the fifth democratically elected administration to serve our people with humility, commitment and dedication.

We will strive to build a caring society and to be an administration that will serve our people with courtesy, ubuntu and efficiency.

The road ahead is long and demanding. The challenges ahead may seem insurmountable, but we are determined to succeed, as we have always succeeded in our efforts to overcome challenges.

We must succeed in honour of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Dorothy Nyembe, Solomon Mahlangu, Braam Fischer and indeed all our illustrious leaders who laid the foundation for a non-racial, non-sexist, united and prosperous South Africa.

Bantu bakithi eNingizimu Africa,

Siyanibonga kakhulu ngokusihlonipha okungaka.

Siyathembisa ukuthi uhulumeni omusha uzosebenza ngokuzikhandla, elungisa izimpilo zabo bonke abantu ikakhulukazi abampofu kanye nezimpabanga nabasebenzi.

Masibambisaneni, siqhubele iNingizimu Afrika phambili.

Together, let us move South Africa forward.

Re a leboga

I thank you.

Malawi’s 2014 Elections: Amid Concerns About Fairness, Outcome is Too Close to Call

From: Yona Maro

An analysis of responses to an Afrobarometer poll conducted among adult Malawians six to eight weeks ahead of the country’s May 20 elections.

Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

South Africa: President Zuma votes in Nkandla

From: Charles Banda

President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 07 May 2014, cast his vote in the fifth national and provincial elections in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal.

Details of the voting are as follows:
Date: 07 May 2014
Time: 10:00
Venue: Ntolwane Primary School, KwaNxamalala, Nkandla.

Enquiries: Zanele Mngadi on 082 330 1148 or Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993

Issued by The Presidency



News Analysis By leo Odera Omolo

NEWS EMERGING OUT OF Migori County indicating an area where political temperature has risen sharply following the recent Court of Appeal decision that saw the former governor Zachary Okoth Obado‘s election victory nullified and fresh polls ordered.

Governor Obado has, however, moved to and lodged an appeal with the supreme Court of Kenya challenging the appeal court’s Decision.

Indications are that the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment is likely to create dilemma for the ODM, which is arguably the dominant political party in the region. Going by the weekend utterances attributed to Migori Senator Wilfred Machage, sharp division and fallout between the two main communities sharing Migori County namely the Luos the majority and the Kurias the minority there in the impending tug-of-war as to who should be the running mate of an ODM candidate should the court throw out the case filed before it by Obado and order for fresh polls.

According to Senator Machage’s statement the 70,000 Kuria voters will settle on nothing less than one of their own being the running mate of an ODM candidate.

During the March 4, 2013 election ,Governor Obado had picked up a Mr Nyamhanga as his running mate on the PDP ticket. At the same time PROF. Edward Akongo’ Oyugi had picked Mrs Anne Omondho Anyanga from Nyatike as his running mate. The two had jointly petitioned the court against Obado’s election.

He has received unanimous support, and even all the The popular opinion in Migori is that Prof. Oyugi should be given direct ODM party nomination and should not be subjected to the primaries.

This suggestion that Prof Oyugi be exempted from primary has received unanimous support of the electorate. This suggestion has also backed by all the ODM MPs representing various constituencies within Migor county with the exception of one namely the rebellious Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno ,who has since declared that he had ditched the party and is currently in the process of forming another political party in the region to rival the ODM

Sources at the ORANGE House the Nairobi based headquarters of the ODM have confided to us that the decision to issue Prof. Oyugi with the direct party nomination is high on the card.

All the indications are clear that the PDP, the party on whose ticket Obado and Nyamuhanga had contested the governor’s election as running-mates and won has since then abandoned the CORD coalition and now an affiliate of the jubilee. PDP which is headed by the former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara was previously allied to the CORD coalition. And in the event of the fresh elections being called by the IEBC, the duo will have to look for another party’s ticket to contest the election.

The weekend remarks made by Senator Machage has earned him scathing criticism from the electorate and ODm leaders in Migori who have told the Senator to immediately desist from making parochial statements, which only made ODM leaders in the region and supporters to question his loyalty to the party.

Sen.Machage was given direct nomination in 2013 at the insistence of the ODm leader Raia Odinga, by all the standards had sacrificed the former Migiori ODM county branch chairman J.Magaiwa who was prevailed upon to stand down for Machageion the undersadig that this would persuade all the kuria voters to cast their votes for Raila Odinga in his presidential bid. The plan did not work and Magaiwawh had withdrawn his candidature for the Senate seat in anger moved to the URP, though he did not contest the election he used his political clout and influence to drum the Kuria support for the jubilee coalition of TNA/URP collation. Magaiwa’s efforts yielded the fruits that saw all the two parliamentary seats in Kuria East and Kuria West won by the URP/TA coalition. Raila Odinga the votes sharing arrangement and plan which had been brokered by Dalmas Otieno flopped and Raila Odinga garnered the least number of the presidential votes in the region where President Uhuru Kenyatta harvested the highest number of the 70,000 or so votes within the Kuria community.

Odm leaders this week warned Sen. Machage that stern disciplinary action might be considered by the party against him for tying to coerce ODM to nominate a non-member as its running mate ON ITS ticket.

“If Sen. Machage had any other party has something mind that would guarantee him a Kuria tribal running-mate for the governorship then he is free and within his democratic rights to quit ODM altogether with the Kuria voters and join that party, but he should not try to rock the boat from within.. There are well over 280,000 registered voters in Migori county and the 70,000 votes in Kuria region are like just a peanut and a small fraction in this cosmopolitan Senatorial electoral constituency and as such the ODM can still easily emerged the victorious with or with9ut Kuria votes ,said an ODM MP who requested for his anonymity.

MPs who are reportedly backing the direct nomination of Prof. Oyugi included the outspoken Mohamed Juneet [Suna East}, Eng Kobado {Uriri}. Joseph Ndiege [Suna West], Edick Omondi Anyanga {Nyatike and Jared Koopiyo [Awendo}

In the March 4, 2013 election aspirants who vied for the senate on ODM ticket, but were prevailed upon to withdrew their candidature in favor Machage included J.Magaiwa, Ochieng’ Mbeo and Oluoch Kanindo. The trio reluctantly withdrew their bid after having deposited the colossal amount of money with the ODM head office.



By Agwanda Saye

Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno has said he will spearhead the formation of a new party to rival the Orange party in Nyanza.

The declaration by the MP who is a former Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) bigwig comes after months of speculation about his loyalty to the party.

Mr Otieno recently accused former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of dictatorial tendencies and cited events in the build up to the party’s national elections. “Chama to biro, Kalausi ma ilando wachne to en mana nying mar batiso makalo (The party is coming and the whirlwind that is being speculated is just a baptismal name that is on the tipping),” Otieno said.

The MP said he stands a chance of being elected president just like Raila. Addressing his constituents at the new Chamgigwadu divisional headquarters in Rongo sub-county of Migori County, Otieno said it was not correct for the Odinga family to brand him a Jubilee mole even after fighting hard to ensure that Raila won in the last General Election.

The legislator claimed he played a crucial role in the formation of the CORD and bringing on board former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Malawi will benefit a lot with the People’s Party Government in place , Dr Joyce Banda

From: Charles Banda

My fellow Malawians

Today I feel happy and optimistic to say that our beloved country will benefit a lot with the People’s Party Government in place, given the fact that the past where we all have come from hasn’t been as good as we had wished particularly on issues of human rights and freedom of expression. But now under my leadership everyone is experiencing the true meaning of democracy, freedom of expression, respect and a sense of belonging.

Under my leadership, I have made it possible for people to enjoy their freedom and democracy without statutory interference as previous leaders did. This is because I have so much respect for the fundamental ideologies to promote democracy and human rights in our nation.

Besides this, I know very well that we all want a Government that is of the people; respects the people; and serves the people. We want a Government that guarantees the freedom, dignity, and pride of every Malawian.

This is the reason why I urge you all my friends to vote for my leadership and the Peoples Party MPs and Councillors in your area, these people are my messengers who will be now and then directed by myself to make sure they promote, peace unity, equity and developments in your urban /rural areas and villages

And by voting for the People’s Party you are actually saying to yourselves and every Malawian that this nation will not be going back to the past of political intimidation, suppression of press freedom and no more going to the past of gender discrimination, tribalism and segregation of others.

Your vote is a guarantee that, first and foremost as a Malawian citizen, whether old or young, where male or female and regardless of wherever you come from, you will be treated with respect and dignity. This is your country and People’s Party will put you in charge of your nation.

Vote for People’s Party and I thank you for your support and prayers.

Good morning and have a blessed day.

Dr Joyce Banda
President of the Republic of Malawi


News Analysis By a special Correspondent.

The last week’s Appeal court disqualification of the firmer Migori governor Zachary Okoth Obado was an act of blessing in disguise for the Oranga party {ODM}, which is the party of choice in the mineral rich County whose relationship with the governor is known to have gone sour ever since his first day in the office.

Immediately after the court’s judgment delivered in crowded court room of Kisumu, Obado rent his anger at the ODM by way of arrogantly launching scathing criticism of the party and its leader Raila Odinga while reiterating his decision to work with the Jubilee government.

Governor Obando who personally attended the court and brought a large number of supporters all the way from Migori to Kisumu in four hired vehicles, which included school buses and sleek cars immediately made it known that he would be lodging an appeal in the Supreme court of Kenya to challenge the decision.

Also present in Kisumu was the petitioner Prof Edward Akong’o Oyugi and his running-mate in the March 4, 2014 election Mrs Anne Omodho Anyanga, the firebrand who is the wife of the Nyatike MP Edick Omondi Anyanga who expressed her satisfaction with the judgment by saying that justice has been Observers of Migori politics and political pundits were quick in saying that the huge crowd of people transported to Kisumu from Migori to cheer him up was an act of the governor’s arrogance and a display of his financial mightiness which might boomerang and work against him should his much touted appeal fail in the Supreme court and a fresh by-election ordered to be held.

There was a brief commotion outside the court when a group of Prof. Oyugi’s supporters made a spirited attempt to block governor Obando from entering his official vehicle, arguing that since he was no longer the governor he was not supposed to used the County vehicle. However, Obado supporters retaliated and protected him from being molested. Police had to intervene and restored orders before the two groups dispersed.

Obado had won the Migori governor’s seat on the ticket of the little known People’s democratic Party {PDP}, which is led by the former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara after loosing to Prof Oyugi in the {ODM} flawed primary nomination. Th PDP was one of the many amalgamated political parties allied to the CORD’s coalition But the Mgara’s party since bolted out of the CORD coalition and joined the jubilee. This latest move has no exposed Obado to be at the mercy o the ODM and now own

Anothger credible and important politician has also gone sour following reports that he is in the process of launching his own political party to rival the ODM in Luo-Nyanza and the wide spread allegations tha he was dividing the Luos of South Nyanza from their cousins in Central Nyanza for selfish interests.

The dismissal of Obado by the appeals Court has created a new political dimension in Migori County politics. It could see many political big guns joining the race for the vacant governor’s seat in the event of the fresh elections are called by the ICEB. On March 4, 2013 election, Obado had banked on his strategy to win over the M candidate the support and backing o the minority voters in two Neighboring Kuria districts and had enlisted the support and the backing of a Kuria man from Kihancha as his running mate and eventually made him the Deputy governor. This came at a tie when members’ o the marginalized Kuria minority community had problems with the ODM over its direct nomination of the former Kuria MP Dr. Machage to contest trhe Migori Senate seat at the chagrin of both Kurias and Luo voters.

Among the big guns whose names are being floated by the electorate In Migori as the possible succors of governor Obado in included that of the former cabinet Minister George Ochilo Ayacko, who was one time two times the Rongo MP and the former Mathare MP Gilbert Ochieng’ Mbeo who had also served as the Kenya’s representatives to the East African legislative Assembly [EALA} and Eng. Mark Nyamita.

Ayacko and Mbeo, which might work against Obado is his reported worsened relationship with the elected Migori MPs. He is said to be at loggerheads with the MPs over allegation of poor governance and favoritism and nepotism other contentious issues in the terms of recruitment of the County workers. The former governor, as the allegations goes, Obadon has employed his own brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law in the County services at the expense off other job seekers. There are also unconfirmed claims and allegations that for one to be short listed for an interview for employment one must cough out a cool Kshs 300,000

Other shocking allegations included the rumors that the businessmen and traders who submitted their tenders to be contracted by the County on its development project agreeing required to dish out cash money as part of “kick-backs”.

The on-going construction work for at the Awendo sub-district hospital and the MTC In Migori were described as the ”milk cow”.

THE OTHER Migori MPs included Mohmed Juneet [Suna East], Joseph Ndiege n[SunaWest}, Eng Kobado {Uriri}, Jared Kopiyo {Awendo} Edick Omondi Anyanga {Nyatike} and Dalmas Otieno who is being counted as having gone out of ODM. Kopiyo who is also an PDP MP is reported to be allied to the governor. In Kanyamkago where Obado comes,thereis sharp division between the Jokawere sub-clan with his own JokaAtieno and the Maragolis and the Luhyias.The area current MP Eng. Kobado is a member of the Jokawere sub-clan.

For Obado to make it back to his plum governorship job would be an up-hill task and a pipe dream, because he has any questions to answer from the electorate.



By Our Reporter

Kisumu Court of Appeal has ordered Kenya’s head of Prosecution Keriako Tobiko to prosecute Nyando MP Fred Outa after nullifying his election as he area mp.

The election as per the judge did not meet the required threshold of the election regulations as some of the candidates were humiliated in a way and Outa and his CDF Treasurer James Yogo were found to have bribed the area voters .

The presiding Judge Justice Festus Azangalala who gave the judgment on behalf of the other three Court of Appeal judges,Justices Sankale ole Kantai, Maraga David and Phillip Waki said the election of that constituency was marred with a lot of irregularities as well as bribery.

Azangalala said during the entire campaign period, a number of public resources were misused to an extent that could not be ignored by the court.

He said at some places there were cases of bribery that were reported, a factor the presiding judge said could not be entertained by the court as election procedures were severely abused.

The Nyando constituents are now heading for afresh election as per the courts directive, which is to start soon once the IEBC has been notified.

Alternatively, the candidate who appealed Jared Okello said he was sure that the victory was theirs and he will always be ready to battle Outa at all cost.


From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

Julius from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste what is your take on the latest court rulings nullifying elections of ODM Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Nyando MP Fred Outa. Although the courts have nullified some elections in Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA, Raila Odinga’s ODM is too much.

So far, the court has nullified six elections in the Nyanza region, the highest number in the country. Can we blame Raila for forcing in people he wants to win in particular region because there have been nullifications in Bomachoge Borabu, Nyaribari Chache and Bonchari constituencies.

Even though the court also singled out electoral malpractices committed by Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Senator James Orengo, Women’s representative, Christine Ombaka and MPs Oburu Oginga, Jakoyo Midiwo and David Ochieng against governor aspirant William Oduol during the campaign period last year, Rasanga was still forced in re-election. I think this is a big blow to Raila.”

I don’t think Raila is to blame entirely on the mess Mr Julius. As you have pointed out in Rasanga’s case, some clique of politicians around Raila Odinga is to blame. They have been accused of giving themselves nomination certificates and deliberately causing mayhem during party primaries.

In Homa Bay for example, Senator Otieno Kajwang has been accused of being given ODM certificate when as a matter of fact Hillary Alila won. Returning Officer John Mulehi was forced to agree to have former Mbita MP Otieno Kajwang’ as the Senate ODM flag bearer, Philip Okundi (Governor), and Roselyne Onyuka (Women Representative).

In every ODM primary party elections these cliques of Raila made sure they forced in people they wanted. They did the same in 2007 ODM nominations where candidates who were defeated were issued with party certificate of clearance.

This includes Prof Patrick Ayiecho Olweny who despite having deployed violent tactics on the polling day was defeated by a large margin of over 1000 votes, yet he was issued with certificate. Olweny had polled 7840 votes against the winner Mr. Joseph Omulo Okal’s 8494 votes.

When Okal went to collect his certificate in Nairobi he found out it had been given to Ayiecho. Similarly winners of the nomination in Gem, Ugenya, Nyakach, Kasipul- Kabondo, Kisumu Town East, Kitutu Masaba, Kitutu Chache, Konoin, Kipkellion and Ainamoi were changed.

In Kisumu Rural, where Prof. Anyang Nyong’o faced imminent defeat, he was given “direct nomination” in a move which ignited violent protests and riots. The situation was even (more) grave in Mbita where a prospective candidate and the people’s choice, Sam Wakiaga, was coerced and forced out of the manipulated and fraudulent primaries in order to give way to Otieno Kajwang.

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Poliical historical feature By Leo Odera Omolo.

It was sometime on a date in June 1961, and while serving in the brief KANU/KADU coalition government as the Minister for Lands Settlement and Housing, the deminutive Kipsigis pioneer politician Taaita Araap toweett bravely told a huge crowd during a political rally in Kericho that those who wanted land for free should as well go to the Sahara Desert where there was plenty of land for free.

The rally was held at Sosiot trading centre in Belgut, Kericho district. The tough talking Toweett whose Kalenjin Political Alliance party was affiliated to KADU had just won a bruising election battle during the snap elections called by the then governor of Kenya Sir Patrick muir renson on a KADU ticket poling the largest number of votes, 58,796 a record which for years remained never to be to-date by any other Kenyan politician.

It is believed that only Ngengi Muigai had garnered the highest number of votes and came close to the equal one received by TOWETT IN 1961. Muigai polled 48,000n when he contested he Gatundu South constituency in 1972 Gatundu South constituency on a KANU ticket

Toweett contested the election against two challengers, one Mister Mister Arap Korir of KANU and A Former chief Inspector of Police Tamason Barmalel, a Nandi man who had migrated from his native Nandi and settled I Chepalungu This was a straight contest between KANU and KADU

Toweett first one a seat in the Colonial and white settlers dominated legislative Council in 1958 under what was then known as Lenoxboyd Plan which gave the African population six additional seats in the Legco bringing the number to 14. This was in addition to the first eight African members who were voted in in march 1957. Toweett had won the Southern electoral, which covered some parts of Kericho, trans-Mara and Kericho.

The famous pronouncement by Toweett came at the time when the densely populated members of the Kipsigis community were clamoring for additional land and pestering the colonial authorities to open up the white highland, which was exclusively forth white settlers at the time.

Other Legco members who were elected together with Toweett in 1958 included David Ngati Mumom [Ukambani], Justus Kondit Ole Tipis, {Central Rift], J.J. Nyagah {Embu}, Francis Joseph Khamisi] and Dr. Julius Gikonyo Kiano {Central]. {Mombasa]

Toweett’s answer to the anxious crowd sparked off a lot of murmuring among the ing for it can at a later stagas the time goes be kicked out of the same land plot by any powerful neighbor who can grab it forcefully but the one who had paid adequately for his land is the one could be sure of owning his property permmnently. The Sosiot rally almost broke up in chaos amid protest by the huge crowd..

However, it was later transpired that the majority of the kipsigis people well received Toweet message. They formed land buying companies. Other moved in families and bought land in many settlement schemes which were launched by the post-independent government headed by the founding President Jomo Kenyatta. The community also responded well to President Kenyatta’s famous call of “Back to the Land’.

Many members of this community, a sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic group moved and purchased land previously owned by white settlers in Sotik, Rongai, Subukia, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin-Gishu, Nakuru, Molo, Elburgon, Londiani, Fort-Tennan, Koru and other places. Members of the Kipsigis can now be found in far fields like Laikipia, Nyahururu, Naromoru, Gilgil and Elmentaita and Cheranganyi where they have since prospered and became excessively wealthy following their acquisition of large scale farms in the “White Highland’.

During the same period of time Jaramogi Ogings Odinga, who was then repr5esenting the largest electoral constituency of Central Nyanza was telling his Luos that once independence comes, the land will be for free, and that luo herdsmen could go and graze their herds of cattle as far as Eldoret Molo, Kipkarren and other white settlers area without any problem.

Odinga instead of encouraging the Luos to spread their wing and acquire the kland in other farming regions and settlement scheme launched the infamous “Cham-Gi-Wadu”n a scientific socialistic slogan loosely translated that one must eat his your neighbor

And when the government finally opened new settlement schemes in Muhoroni, Koru, Songhor, Chemelil and other parts of Nyanza, the Luos were reluctant to buy land and settled in those schemes. The few who braved the taboo and defied traditional culture and bought land in the schemes, quickly abandoned their newly acquired farms and moved back to their ancestral land in the rural locations inside Luo-Nyanza. Those who persevered later abandoned the land and left their land laying fallow, though the few who Luos who took farming seriously and engaged in sugar cane farming have since prospered, although Odinga himself became a large scale farmer Songhor in Tinderet Nandi and in Miwani where the family now owns a large track of land and growing sugar cane. But the poverty index in the region still remains the highest.

In this context Toweett who died a few years ago in a motor vehicle accident did not fear losing his political popularity, but had told his people nothing but the truth the truth without fearing paying the political prices of losing their support.



From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Willis from Kisii writes: “Fr Beste is it true that Deputy President William Ruto will run for President in 2017 as Star reported that Ruto’s close confidant and URP activist told the Star yesterday that Ruto is reaching out to leaders across the political divide to cement his candidature in the next elections?”

Willis I can’t say yes or no, but according to what the same Star newspaper reported recently that Deputy President William Ruto and Ford Kenya Leader Moses Wetang’ula are understood to be quietly working on a political pact ahead on 2017 can shade some lights on this allegation.

According to the report the two leaders have been holding regular talks with the aim of a political partnership although details of their discussions have remained scanty. Report says further that Ruto believes Wetangula is a strong politician who has the capacity to mobilize the luhya, unlike Mudavadi and Eugene Wamalwa.

The report alleges that Ruto has been courting the leaders in the region through UDF allied MPs, but he had to abandon the project after it emerged the group, consisting mostly youthful MPs, has no network in the region. Luhyas are the second largest tribe and Jubilee has been trying hard to win over the western region.

It emerged after the Star exclusively reported that the President was about to shuffle his cabinet and bring in Musalia Mudavadi as the minister for information. The report adds that the meetings between Ruto and Wetang’ula, according to a Cord MP, have been taking place since after the March 4th 2013 elections.

Although Ruto has not spoken clearly on the issue, the fact that the Kalenjin (URP) via MP Alfred Keter have publicly said that Kalenjin communities were not happy with President Uhuru on the manner he made a key position appointments mainly favoring his Kikuyu community can tell a lot on corridors of power.

Keter made it public Kalenjin communities were not comfortable with skewed public appointment yet the TNA/URP memorandum of understanding envisioned a 50:50 power sharing! The Kalenjins feel betrayed and would prefer Ruto to go it alone come 2017 presidential election.

The president who had a few weeks earlier appointed John Muthuto contrary to the NACADA Act was humbled when he was forced to revoke the appointment and follow due process of the Law.

It also very clear that Ruto is not so happy with president especially the powers around him. Ruto revealed this on Citizen TV’s Cheche show, saying that in fact Uhuru was misled and that the president was confused as to what steps to take against those who offered bad advice.

Ruto’s revelation did not go down well with Uhuru’s kitchen team, and can confirm the rumors that a few days later after the Cheche show ago Ruto was kept waiting for the president for more that 5 hours, the presidential officers told him the president was relaxing and later said the president was a sleep- Ruto could later drive a way!

Since then according to the report things are not right at the Deputy President’s office. All the budget expenditures must be approved by State House. Ruto is not happy with this.

Another hint that can confirm that Ruto may go it alone in 2017 is what Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter said recently that the Jubilee government will lose the next election if it fails to tackle corruption perpetrated by top officials, a member of the coalition has warned, citing the rail tender controversy.

The only challenge for Ruto is that Uhuru owns the military. It can explain why Uhuru had to retain Gen Julius Karangi who was due to retire. Similar trick was applied by Kibaki when he retained him after 40 years of service. President Mwai Kibaki extended his term by two years, ostensibly so that the transition in the military would not coincide with the General Election.

Although Uhuru defended himself that Karangi’s retirement is 2015 and for that matter he never extended his term, the calculation here is that by 2015 a number of senior officers will have to retire in keeping with internal administrative rules, popularly known as the Tonje Rules, named after former military chief Gen Daudi Tonje who designed and implemented them.

The internal administrative rules require that the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) retires at 62 years while lieutenant-generals and major-generals retire at the age of 58 and 56 respectively if they are not promoted to the next rank. So Ruto may not be aware what calculation Uhuru is aiming at. Military is to be kept close in any case.

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By Our Reporter

The political war between two worst nemesis ;the sitting Kisumu Town West MP John Olga Olago Aluoch and Rosa Akinyi Buyu appears to head on after the recent Court of Appeal’s ruling in Kisumu in which Olago’s win was upheld.

The judgment appeared to have caught most of Olago’s opponents off guard as they had anticipated a bye election giving of what they had believed were credible evidences meriting the area voters to go back to the ballot box.

“Buyu has won and Olago has lost, the court is not the voters of Kisumu Town West and we are thinking of other options including going to the supreme court” swore one of Buyu’s supporters after the judgment had been read by Justice Sankale ole Kantai.

Immediately after the elections Olago said he was now going to focus on his mandate as thwe area MP as the court process had made him spend countless nights not knowing the court’s outcome.

“I am charged to go to the ground and realize the vision I have been having for the constituency, I welcome all my opponents to join me in developing the constituency, its not time to seek revenge rather we should push for forgiveness and embracing of one another despite all that I have undergone during the whole duration of the court hearing” he added

Buyu’s star appears to have risen of late giving that he was going for one of the leading posts in ODM during the recent elections which were aborted.

She appears to have no reverse gears as she is visible in nearly all funds rives within the constituency and constantly always ready to listen to the area residents problem.

“Rosa won the elections but lost to both the High Court and the Court of Appeal however Aluta Continua, we are still with her” shouted some of the youths after the judgment.

The judgment which was issued by Justices Daniel Musinga,Festus Azanglala and Sankai ole Kantai had said that Buyu’s petition lacked merit.

In the case,Buyu was the appellant while IEBC and its returning officer were first and second respondents .Olago was the third resident.

They said they considered grounds of appeal to the alleged malpractices in the conduct of the elections and the standard of proof required to establish the same and concluded that Buyu did not prove that there were irregularities.

“The appellant did not prove to the required standard that there were anomalies or irregularities in conduct of the election that affected the results as would void the same” they said.

Buyu was slapped with costs of the petition of kshs 1.5million


From: Kuria-Mwangi

Wanachungwa wenzetu

Kwa jina la baba (Raila), na mama (Ida) na mwana (Fidel), namusalimia. This is the Chungwa trinity but kaswari. Is true all this noise is over Raila succession and that some knucklheads wants Fidel to succeed his father? Hao vichwa vya ni sawa sawa kweli? Fidel yule yule kichwa maji with an arrest warrant in my state Maryland? Tafadharini wacheni kio kichwa maji ipumzike. Rao is okay but his son is a big no no. Afadhali we take Maurice Oduor as Raila’s successor or even Jagem instead. It is a question taking the better devil.

Now read all this will see why Warsama got it last time. Mwaura (why the hell did Khaguli call Mwaura yule mzungu Mkikuyu? Shame on Khaguli for calling Mwaura mzungu wa Central).

Mwaura is on your side, yani team Kajuang/Raila used him to disrupt the elections in order to stop Ababu from taking over from Nyongo.

So Khaguli, Mwaura ni wenu wacha huu ujinga na matusi. Jaribuni matusi tuonane kama wanaume.


The Kenyan DAILY POST Editor’s Choice 03:21

Many people are wondering what happened at Kasarani. I gathered the following information from Be Ombima – the ODM youth leader.

1.) On Wednesday, Raila met a team of ODM at Oginga Odinga House in upper hill. The youth comprised of Luo youth from Kibra and eastlands to plan the chaos in Kasarani. The key linkman was George Aladwa the former mayor of Nairobi. This prompted Ababu to go to the media and announce that some people were planning to cause chaos.

2.) On Thursday evening, Raila met Ababu team and assured them that the elections will be free and fair. He told them that adequate security will be provided and no one will be allowed in unless he/she is a genuine delegate. At the meeting, Raila questioned Ababu team why they thought that Rosa Obuyu was the best they could get from Nyanza. This implied that Ababu team have given Luo Nyanza a pheripheral role in the party.

3.) On Thursday night, Raila accompanied by Aladwa and Ndolo secretly met the youth who had been accommodated in Kamukunji. The youth were to provide security and cause chaos if things did not go Raila’s way.

4.) A team at Orange house doctored the delegate list on Thursday night. The targeted regions were Central, Rift Valley, Eastern and North Eastern. These are places where ODM has minimal support and one would not easily notice the changes.

5.) On Friday morning the doctored list was used to clear delegates into hall with some delegates protesting that their names had been omitted. One notable delegate was Mpuri Aburi the MP from Meru. This explains why the process was very slow and the meeting had to start late in the day.

6.) When the Raila team realised that their preferred mode of elections – acclamation was rejected, they quickly re-grouped and started planning for the onslaught. They planned to have Mwaura (who was a member of Ababu team) raise the issue of missing registers to trigger the chaos. Mwaura was chosen because he is a Kikuyu and they could later blame him for the chaos and link it to Jubilee.

7.) Raila accompanied by Oparanya and Kajwang left the hall and immediately thereafter the chaos started. The chaos were triggered by the same youth who had been hired to provide security. Aladwa was seen given instructions to the team using signals.

8.) Apparently, Raila team sensing defeat used violence so that they can postpone the elections and buy time to deal with the Ababu group.

9.) After the incident, Raila cleverly convened a press conference for damage control purposes. The unsuspecting Ababu was brought into the press conference to fix him and to make it look like ODM is united despite the incident. However, Ababu was shocked when he was made to speak before Agnes Zani clearly showing Raila’s preference. Ababu again was shocked to learn that ODM will have a governing council meeting on monday to declare the way forward among other things. This has prompted Ababu team to organise a meeting today at Serena hotel to discuss the way forward.

10.) Raila team is planning to target Ababu team and brand it as jubilee moles out to divide the party. They would then organise makeshift elections to elect officials who are Raila’s puppets.

1 March 2014 03:12
Source .. Ombima

John Mnyika on Tanzania’s East African Legislative Assembly election

From: Yona Maro

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Hon. John Mnyika’s witness statement regarding The Election of Tanzania’s East African Legislative Assembly IN THE EAST AFRICAN COURT OF JUSTICE FIRT DIVISION AT ARUSHA REFERENCE NO.07 OF 2012

(In the matter of interpretation of Article 50 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community)






I, John Mnyika Member of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania for Ubungo Constituency, make the following witness statement regarding The Election of Tanzania’s East African Legislative Assembly members:

I wrote a letter dated 8th February 2012 with reference no. OMU/BJMT/004/2012 to the Clerk of The Parliament of United Republic of Tanzania requesting amendment to be made in the third schedule of the Parliamentary Standing Orders (The East African Legislative Assembly Election Rules).

I made those proposals commensurate with the requirement of sections 3(3)(a) and (b) of the eighth schedule made under standing order 115 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders (2007 Edition).

I requested the Clerk to recall what transpired in the Election of East African Legislative Assembly that was conducted in the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania on the 2nd of November 2006.

In that particular election complains arose and were raised that indicated the need for amendment of the East African Legislative Assembly Election Rules of the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania. I also drew to the attention of the Clerk that The East African Assembly had passed the EALA elections Act of 2011.

In that context, I recommended Parliamentary Standing Committee on rules to utilize powers vested on it by third schedule 3(a) to discuss and propose amendments to be made. I further expressed my intention to submit proposals for amendment and requested to be provided with procedures and program of the EALA Election.

I appealed for Clerk to consider my recommendations and requests urgently as elections of the EALA members had resumed in some other member states and there have been conflicts/contradictions.

I informed the Clerk that such conflicts have in some cases resulted into court objections regarding the electoral process and I cited the example of the Ruling of the Court dated 30th November 2011 of Application no. 6 of 2001 in the East African Court of Justice.

In March 2012 I received a letter dated 9th February 2012 with reference number CA/155/232/01/57 requiring me to submit my proposals for the amendment; I submitted the respective proposals on 28th March 2012 with reference number OMU/BJMT/005/2012.

I proposed the following amendments be made in the third schedule (The East African Legislative Assembly Elections Rules) in accordance with section 3 sub section 3(a) of Parliamentary Standing Orders (2007 Edition):

In section 5 sub section 5: add “Group E: Youth Candidates”;

In Section 9: add sub section 3 “The Members Elected shall in as much as it is feasible represent:

Political Parties represented in the National Assembly

Shades of Opinion

At least one third shall reflect either gender

Institutional Memory

In Section 11 sub section 3: Add “Group E: Youth Candidates”.

On February 2012 through another letter with reference number OMU/BJMT/007/2012 I submitted to The Clerk of The Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania further proposals for immediate amendment of the East African Elections Rules.

I emphasized that the EALA Elections Rules were made on the basis of Standing Order No. 12 and Article 50 of the treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.

Standing Order No. 12 provides in Kiswahili and I quote:

“Uchaguzi wa Wabunge wanaokwenda katika vyombo vingine ambavyo kwa mujibu wa Sheria zilizounda vyombo hivyo vinatakiwa viwe na wawakilishi wa Bunge na uchaguzi wa kuwachagua Wabunge wa bunge la Afrika Mashariki utafanywa kwa kuzingatia, kwa kadri iwezekanavyo,uwiano wa idadi ya Wabunge wa Vyama mbalimbali vya Siasa vinawakilishwa Bungeni, uwakilishaji wa jinsia na uwakilishaji wa pande zote mbili za Muungano”.

“The operative words are utafanywa kwa kuzingatia, kwa kadri iwezekanavyo –

Uwiano wa idadi ya wabunge wa vyama mbali mbali vya siasa vinavyowakilishwa bungeni”.

I underscored that the plain and natural meaning of these words is that each political party is entitled to have a representation in the EALA which is equivalent to the percentage of its members in the National Assembly.

I indicated to The Clerk that in the present set up, the parties that are entitled to sponsor candidates for the EALA in terms of Rule 5 (5) of the EALA rules are the following:

CCM has 258 MPS = 74%
CHADEMA has 49 MPS = 14%
CUF has 36 MPS = 10%

In other words, CCM is entitled to sponsor 74% of the total 9 EALA members which translates into 6.66% representatives.

CHADEMA’S 14%, translates into 1.26% of the 9 members and CUF which has 10% is entitled to 0.9% of the 9 members.

However, we all know that human beings cannot be split into portions; as such CCM’S 6.66% will be rounded up to 7 members, CHADEMA ‘S 1.26% will mean that it gets one member and CUF’S 0.9% will give it one member.

The other parties which have far less than 1% of representation in the National Assembly are not entitled to sponsor candidates for election to EALA.

However the extract of rules of procedures for nomination of candidates for the election of members of the East African Legislative Assembly provided 6(2) from Standing Order Schedule 3 Section 5(5) “Any political party which is entitled to sponsor candidates, except for the ruling party which will not submit names of candidates for group C, may submit to the Returning Officer names of three candidates for each vacant seat…”.

The second limb of Standing Order 12 which dealt with the taking into account of gender and people from the other side of the Union, I explained in my opinion that did not apply to CHADEMA and CUF because the two parties are only entitled to sponsor one candidate each.

As for CCM which, as we said is entitled to sponsor 7 candidates, it was to take into account both gender and representation of both sides of the Union in its nomination of the seven candidates.

Consequently I proposed relevant amendment needs to be done and also the returning officer is supposed before nomination to indicate party’s that are entitled and for which groups.

I also proposed other immediate amendments to rectify errors of substance and form in the EALA Elections Rules such as:

Rule 5 (3) (b) and (c)
The question whether a candidate has the requisite experience and or interest should be left to the National Assembly. The Returning Officer’s role should be confined to ensuring that the application is accompanied by the relevant information or documents.

Rule 6 – “instead of deposit a non refundable deposit” it should
read to “deposit a non refundable application fee” the word
– “for” should be deted after ‘cover’

Rule 7 – The Returning Officer cannot raise objections and determine
those objection himself. If the nomination papers do not comply
with Rule 5 (2) (a) (b) and (3) (a) (b) the Returning officer should
simply return the papers to the candidate.
The issue of the merits of the application should be determined
by the National Assembly.

Rule 8 – The proper wording should be “which shall not be more”

Rule 9 – The comma should be placed after the word “thereafter” and
not before the word.

Rule 10 (2) – The word “length” should be deleted so as to read “for such

Rule 11 (3) – The groups mentioned under this subsection are
The parties entitled to sponsor candidates, should be
reminded to comply with Standing Order 12 on issues of
gender and the both sides of the union when submitting
names of their candidates.

Rule 12 (1) – The word “casted” should read ‘cast’

-The counting agents should be four instead of two and one
half of them should be appointed by the respective opposition
parties (those entitled to sponsor candidates)

12 (2) The word “votes” standing between ‘have’ and ‘been’ should
be deleted so as to read “ballots have been collected”
– needs recasting so as to read as follows:

“Immediately after all the ballots have been collected, the
Returning officer, with the assistance of Clerk Assistants shall
count the votes in the presence of the counting agents”

Rule 13 (b) – delete the word “number” so that it read “majority of votes”

Having realized that The Clerk was continuing with the electoral process as the Returning Officer without the requisite amendments I decided to make the matter public by issuing a press release on 8th April 2012 calling for response.

Also appealed to stakeholders to push for amendments before the nomination of candidates that was scheduled to be made on 10th April 2012 and the elections that was planned to be conducted on 17th April 2012.

The Returning Officer (The Clerk) nominated the candidates prior to addressing my requests and few days before the Election Day, I was called to make presentation on by proposals for amendment to the Parliamentary Committee on rules.

On 16th April 2012, I received a letter from the Clerk of the Parliament of United Republic of Tanzania that after seriously considering my proposed amendments to the East African Legislative Assembly Election Rules (i.e Third Schedule to the Parliamentary Standing Orders 2007 Edition) they were unable to take them on board.

They replied that my proposals were not considered because they were contrary to the letter and spirit of Article 50 of the treaty, save for the typographical error which shall be rectified accordingly in future accordance with the established and applicable parliamentary procedure.

The Clerk further provided the following grounds for the decision:

The East African Legislative Assembly Election Rules are made under Article 50 of the Treaty for the East African Community (EAC Treaty) and Order 12 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders, 2007 Edition.

Article 50 of the EAC Treaty is the Grand Norm and enabling provision for part of the provisions of Order 12 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders 2007 Edition, and the East African Legislative Assembly Election Rules, and for that reason, Order 12 and the said Rules ought not to be in conflict with the provisions of that Article.

That general rule was laid down in the case of Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o & 11 Others Vrs. Attorney General of Kenya & 4 Others [East African Court of Justice Reference No. 1 of 2006], in which the Court held inter alia as follows:-

National Assembly procedure for election of the nine members of the East African Legislative Assembly, in the form of election rules which embody the democratic principle of proportional representation, does not reflect the correct object and purpose of Article 50 as intended by the parties to the Treaty by the reason that, representations of various political parties represented in the national Assembly, shades of opinion, gender and other special interest groups are not achieved.

The nine elected members have to as much as feasible, be representative of the specified groupings, (i.e. the various political parties represented in the national Assembly, shades of opinion, gender and other special interest groups).

The election rules which provide to the effect that, that National Assembly shall elect the nine members of the East African Legislative Assembly “according to the proportional representation of every political party in the National Assembly”, are in partial compliance with Article 50 of the Treaty because, the absence of any provision to carter for gender, shades of opinion and other special interest groups is a significant degree on non-compliance, notwithstanding the discretion of the National Assembly in determining the extent and feasibility of the representation.

Rules made for the purpose of implementing provisions of the Treaty cannot be permitted to violate any provision of the Treaty through use of legal fiction.

To uphold legal fiction (i.e. importing the democratic principle of proportional representation) would be tantamount to upholding an amendment of Article 50 of the treaty, by one Partner State unilaterally.

National Assembly Election Rules which are inconsistent with or in infringement of Article 50 of the Treaty renders them null and void to that extent of their inconsistency.

According to the Judgment o the East African Court of Justice, the provisions or Order 12 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders, 2007 which purport to import the principle of “proportional representation” of political parties represented in the National Assembly are null and void to that extent of their inconsistency with Article 50 of the Treaty.

On The Election Day 17th April 2012, I raised the matter in Parliament requesting for Speakers Guidance through rule 68 (7) regarding the Rule no. 12 of Parliamentary Standing Order (Edition 2007) that provides for proportionality in the Election of East African Assembly members. I requested for the Speaker to ensure that proportional representation is guaranteed in the elections of the two members representing the opposition.

The was also a plea by Hon. David Silinde who apart from calling for the rule of proportional representation be maintained inquired response of the complain and objection letters he submitted on 11th and 15th April 2012. He had objected among other things the nomination of a candidate from a non parliamentary party in the EALA election.

However, the Speaker’s decision was commensurate to grounds provided before by The Clerk of The National Assembly. In which case, I deliver this witness statement for this Honorable court to deliberate on whether or not the election of EALA members in Tanzania conformed fully to Article 50 of the treaty.

On whether or not, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) the official opposition party deserved to have a seat as per its proportion in The Parliament of United Republic of Tanzania.

I beg to submit,

John Mnyika (MP)


From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Carolyn from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste thank you for the review of Lenten campaign 2014 booklet. I have a question which has been bothering me very much. My daughter Stacy is 11 years old and has been asking me why Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays during lent.

In my house I don’t cook meat on Fridays even though sometimes Stacy would like to eat meat on that day. What age is forbidden to eat meat?”

Maurice from Lodwar writes: Fr Omolo I always read your articles you post on your Jaluo.Kom. You must be very courageous Father because some of them are direct to the point and you call a spade a spade. Now my question is, do you think President Uhuru and his deputy Ruto can end corruption in Kenya given that the mafia cartels of corruption operate from their offices? Thank you and continue doing this good apostolate.”

Thank you for the question Carolyn. Abstaining from meat on Fridays during lent is the precept number 4 of the Catholic Church (You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church”) in accordance to Canon Law 1252.

It states that only on Fridays in Lent are Catholics, aged 14 and older, bound to abstain from meat. It means your daughter Stacy can just eat meat. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

Can. 1253 further states that it is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.

Thank you for your encouraging compliments Maurice. There are several reasons why Uhuru and Ruto won’t succeed on ending corruption in Kenya. Firstly, the mafia cartels of corruption are powerful individual Kenyans in the Office of the President (OP), under which the Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM) has been domiciled for decades.

This is the most corrupt institution in the country, a fact that the President has admitted. The most corrupt institution in the Office of the President is the internal security docket followed by the Defence docket that has also been under the OP for long and has often been cited as a den of corruption.

The Provincial Administration is no exception, with even funds for IDPs and relief food not being spared. These are powerful cartels that have looted this country and have used the OP as their entry point.

Office of the President is the office that directs who gets what mega contracts in which ministry or department, including the standard railway gauge contract. It is the office where the network of cartels built around the Head of Public Service continues to haunt ministries to date.

Secondly, Uhuru and Ruto cannot end corruption in Kenya because it is the very office, where the same cartels have created the web of cartels that have fleeced this nation continue to be retained in high places in government.

These are untouchable powerful cartels, and so are the senior managers who do their bidding in Deputy President’s Office. These are the cartels who systematically plan for ghost workers’ salaries and various employment sectors.

If Uhuru and Ruto make a mistake of rooting them out, it means they risk being re-elected in office. These are the financers of leaders who promise would work with them if elected.

In fact cartels of corruption in Kenya are many like weed and have spread in all the government sectors. It means if you weed them out other weeds will grow. This is because cartels create themselves as a business system based on global business, special interests, corruption, greed, organized crime and other interests.

Just as Uhuru and Ruto promise to end corruption, Government tenders worth Sh461.8 billion are currently embroiled in controversy, with questions being asked about the procedures followed in awarding them.

They include the Sh425 billion standard gauge railway, the Sh22 billion school laptops project, the Sh13 billion National Social Security Fund tender involving Tassia scheme and Hazina Towers and the estimated Sh1.8 billion paid annually to ghost workers on the government’s payroll.

Given their powerful system is why since 1989 the government has not been able to arrest and charge cartels behind Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station project. The dam was built at three times the estimated cost, twice the allocated amount and producing energy significantly below capacity.

It is also why the longest-running scandal in the Goldenberg, where the Kenyan government subsidised exports of gold, paying exporters in Kenyan Shillings (Sh) 35 percent over their foreign currency earnings have not been arraigned in court of law.

In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo. The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10 percent of the country’s annual GDP.

The next is to do with a Sh360 million helicopter servicing contract in South Africa in 1998. Despite the military officers argument that the contract was too extravagant and servicing the helicopters could be done locally the government at that time had no power to stop the tender.

Kenya Air Force (KAF) went ahead to spend Sh108 million as a down payment for servicing the Puma helicopters, whose tail number is logged as 418 at Denel Aviation, a South African firm.

Another one was in 2003 when military was split over plans to buy new Czech fighter jets. The plan to buy the jet fighters would have cost taxpayers Sh12.3 billion.

Then it came 2005 plans to buy a sophisticated £20 million passport equipment system from France, as government wanted to replace its passport printing system, created conditions for corruption scandal.

The transaction was originally quoted at 6 million euros from François Charles Oberthur of Paris (a supplier of Visa and MasterCards) but was awarded to a British firm, the Anglo-Leasing and Finance Company Limited, at 30 million euros, who would have sub-contracted the same French firm to do the work.

Despite the lack of competitive tendering Anglo Leasing was paid a “commitment fee” of more than £600,000.

In November 2006, when the government was accused of failing to act on a banking fraud scam worth $1.5bn involving money laundering and tax evasion, nothing could be done to stop the scandal.

The same year, when British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells warned, that corruption in Kenya is increasing the UK’s exposure to drug trafficking and terrorism, nothing was done.

In September 2007, when documents exposing a 500 million Kenyan shilling payroll fraud at Egerton University and subsequent cover up were released, the subject of ongoing legal dispute in the High Court just ended prematurely.

And in June 2008 when the Grand Regency Scandal broke, wherein the Central Bank of Kenya was alleged to have secretly sold a luxury hotel in Nairobi to an unidentified group of Libyan investors for more than 4 billion Kenyan Shillings (approx US $60 million) below the appraised market value, nothing the government of Kibaki could do.

Finance Minister Amos Kimunya negotiated the sale, and was censured in a near-unanimous motion by the Kenyan Parliament, he was briefly suspended. He was re-instated with no expiation.

This followed on the heels of the Safaricom IPO, overseen by Kimunya, which had been alternatively praised and questioned for possible corruption in the execution of the sale. Safaricom is the largest mobile phone service provider in Kenya, having operated with a near-government monopoly for many years. The government of Kenya sold its 50 percent stake in Safaricom in the IPO.

Then there was a scandal became public over the sale of imported maize in 2009, the Triton Oil Scandal regarding the unauthorised releasing of oil by Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) without informing financiers and in October 2012 Japanese land by Foreign Affairs ministry officials that could have saved the country loss of Sh1.1 billion. Moses Wetengular was the minister then.

The litany is so long that you cannot finish in a day. This is just to demonstrate how cartels of corruption surrounding State House are untouchable.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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From: Joram Ragem
To: jaluo jaluo


With the passing of Nelson Mandela who fought and is admired greatly for his achievement for dismantling apartheid, with the just concluded remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr who fought for civil rights for all people, and with todays passing of Jerry Okungu there is still a lot of suppression of freedom of expression in Kenya. At Mandela’s Memorial, Uhuru Kenyatta was present and he was one of those talked about by President Barack Obama who stated that there are still many hypocritical leaders who claim solidarity with Mandela’s fight for freedom but in their own country they cannot tolerate the slightest dissent.

Raila may have more details now than he knew then or even at the time he disputed the elections in court. Be that as it may, Raila Odinga is a citizen of Kenya and has every right to his opinion.

Whoever feels this opinion is repugnant to justice, or is offensive, or is maligned by it, or is a breach of peace, or a security threat, need to go to court, instead of demanding public apologies in the very media they have suppressed.

Kenya is not the ‘wild world west’ where an offended gun trotting cowboy will post empty warnings like “Apologize Or Else.” These empty, imagined or real threats notwithstanding, those sitting in the comfort of democratically acquired power need not worry, panic or get agitated.

Look, many leaders in USA publicly stated that the USA government through the CIA, or Russia, or Cuba assassinated JFK. Because of flourishing freedom of expression no sitting government official threatened a US citizen for expressing conspiracy theories.

To wit Agwambo need not be threatened. There are many who are willing to die for this man who has been cheated the presidency twice. They really have nothing else to lose if Kenya goes up in smoke.

It is Kimemia, Gichangi, Hassan, Uhuru, Ruto, Muhoro, Kinyua, el al who will regret losing the peace and tranquility they are agitating to lose. Ignore Raila to his opinion. Let Raila enjoy his freedom of expression and being in the opposition.

You have already detained him for 8 years and stolen his presidential victory twice. Enjoy your stint in running Kenya. Lets avoid wishing to be like South Sudan. Because in just a flash of a second, we could.