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Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

THE Rapidly growing influence and popularity of the Nairobi governor Dr Evans Odhiambo Kidero in Luo Nyanza is unstoppable judging from the rousing welcome and deafening applause which he received during the last weekend Kisumu rally at the Kenyatta Sports Ground.

The Nairobi governor was the centre of attraction and his speech and endorsement by the luge crowd must left all and sundry convinced that Luo MPs who have been dissenting his fundraising activities in the region were at a loss and became disillusioned and disgruntled.

Buoyed by the prolonged cheering by the enthusiastic crowd of thousands of ODM supporters speech obviously might have caused a lot of panicking among his detractors.

The Kisumu rally was also attended by the three principals of CORD coalition led by the party leader raila Odinga, the former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moaea WetangulA, Dr Kidero was wildly cheered despite some early wild rumors that a section of ODM youths and hirelings had been intoxicated and instigated to heckle him. Nothing lie that happened, and those responsible should feel themselves ashamed.

Kisumu rally followed an exclusive closed door meeting of all governors from the 25 Counties countrywide, which are under the CORD administration. Also in attendance were MPS from Nyanza and other regions.

The meeting came in the backdrop of the raging debate over the governors recent massive fundraising activities in the region, which did not go down well with the Raila loyalists.

AT THE END OF December last year a meeting of Luo MPs and other party stalwarts held aT Opoda BAR-Opuk, which is the rural Country home of the party leader Raila Odinga discussed and dwelt at length over Dr Kibero’s fundraising activities in Nyanza, with some of the dissenting it with claims that such activities had some elements of political undertone in Luo-Nyanza with the long scheme of wrestling don the political influence of the Odinga family.. This family has dominated the politics of the region ever since independence in 1963.

The debate went on despite Dr Kidero’s repeated denial that he had no political ambition ambition of challenging Railla supremacy in the Region. Such claims saw Dr Kidero and Raila sharing political platform at the Shauri-Moyo Primary school in Kisumu town during the home coming part of Ms Prisca Auma Misachi a member of Kisumu County. Ms Misachi is a sister to Dr Kidero’s mother-in-law the late Mra Pamela Mboya..

The two happily addressed the crowd and jointly denied there existed any friction between two of them with Kidero coming out bold when he told the gathering that a son cannot challenge his father and mentor The two reiterated theiir commitment to work towards the unity if purpose within the Luo community and also in the ODM with the aims and objective of making the party a popular vehicle for development and future election victory..

It was also most interesting that some of the leaders who had attended the meeting at Raila home last December and who deliberated in bad gossip crowd for the Nairobi governor. When Kidero asked the crowd whether he should continue with his fundraising activities the crowed roared back with wild shouts”Harambee iendelee”..

The Nairobi governor took to the podium immediately after the crowed had jeered and booed the Kisumu governor Jackton Ranguma who was forced to cut short his speech and had come down on earth amid prolonged cheers, adulation and wild cat calls “Kidero Kidero”.

The huge crowed endorsed the Nairobi governor’s fundraising activities and renovations of schools, health facilities and other socio-economic projects in the region.

IT IS worthwhile to remember that the issue of questioning the sources of massive funds which Dr.Kidero was donating in his fundraising meetings was raised Raila’s home by by the Homa-Bay Senator who had alleged that such money could be used in dividing the Luos.


Nigeria: 2015 – – Southern Forum Endorses Jonathan

From: Cheekless 2011

A socio-political Organisation, the Southern Solidarity Forum (SSF) has endorsed Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as their sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the inaugural meeting of the Imo State chapter of the Forum, held in Owerri on Saturday, signed by the Imo State Coordinator, Hon. Mike Igbokwe and the National Executive Secretary, Greg Nwadike, the group passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of President Jonathan, even as it urged him not to relent in his good works.

The Forum, through a formal motion moved by Hon. Walter Duru, representing Oguta local Government area and unanimously adopted by the twenty seven Local Government Coordinators, adopted President Jonathan as the sole candidate for the office of the President, come 2015.

It acknowledged that the Igbo race has benefited from the present administration in the country, more than any other, since after the Nigerian Civil war.

The Forum vowed to put machinery in place to ensure victory for President Jonathan, even as it urged him to accommodate more citizens of Imo extraction in his administration.

Earlier in his address, the Imo State chapter Coordinator of the Forum, Hon. Mike Igbokwe described the group as a gathering of patriotic Nigerians who are out to ensure that good governance is sustained in the country.

“The truth must be told. This most-vilified President who once had no shoes has proven to be the ‘Jonathan’ of our nation-Nigeria. Objective critics have come to the agreement that under this President, Nigeria has witnessed tremendous achievements and economic growth, never before witnessed or recorded in the history of the country.”

“Our people have benefited tremendously from the various appointments, including Service chiefs. Until two days ago, our own Onyeabor Ihejirika remained the Chief of Army Staff, a position no Igbo man had ever occupied since after the civil war. Our people now have greater representations in Federal Ministries, Departments, agencies and parastatals of government.”


News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisii Town.

The recently active participation in the just concluded by election in Nyaribari Chache by members of the “Nyandusi family” has spelt the looming signal of dooms and the end of CORD / ODM influence in Kisii region.

This is the family of the late Ex-Senior Chief Musa Nyandusi Ayacko who had ruled the entire Nyaribari Location with an iron fist for close to 30 years ever since 1930s, but still highly respected for what the former Chief did to the community in terms of introduction of modern agriculture, modern education, and massive development.

He was the father of the former cabinet Minster Simeon Nyachae, the former cabinet Minister, and the most abrasive politician. Nyachae is the founder of the Ford Peoples party, which once ruled supreme in Gusii region between 2002 and 2007. He has since retired from active politics, but his influence in the Gusii region remained intact to date.

Members of thus family brushed aside clan’s politics which usually dominate Kisii politics and vigorously campaigned for the winner Richard Tongi from the minority Boguche clan.

The Nyandusi family belonged to Abanyamasicho, which is part of a group of the amalgamated eight sub-clans called “The Kambanane”. This group boosts the voting strength which is in excess of 30,000 registered voters in Nyaribari Chache.

The ODM/CORD also got a big thrashing in Bomachoge Borabu by – election where the Jubilee’s Joel Onyancha beat its candidate Peter Kimori hands down.

ODM Leader Raila Odinga and other party luminaries campaigned for their candidates in both constituencies, but it ended in total disappointment.

However, the party mostly blamed its usually flawed and poorly managed skewed nomination system. The party adamantly ignored the plea by voters in Gusii who had demanded that the party should conduct preliminary nomination exercises to enable the voters to send up the most popular candidate. ODM instead came up with hand-picked candidates named from its Orange House head office in Nairobi, understandably due to the ever present of many brokers and tried to impose them on the Kisii voters.

It should be remembered that the ODM lost close to 10 parliamentary seats, which were considered very safe in its stronghold electoral areas. in Western Kenya to its competitors during the March 4,2013. It lost the following seats which include Kuria East, Kuria West, Teso North and Teso South. Also lost were parliamentary constituencies in Luo-Nyanza of Alego/Usonga, Muhoroni, Kisumu Town West, Awendo and Migori governor position seat went to Omingo Magara’s little known People Democratic Party {PDP} whose tickets were also used by Migori governor Zachary Okoth Obado and the Awendo MP Jared Kopiyo.

The most intriguing aspect of the recent by elections in Kisii only two party MPs supported ODM candidates. These were Richard Onyonka [Kitutu Chache South and Simon Ogari [Bomachoge Chache. and T.Bosire of Kitutu Masaba. The South Mugirango MP Manson Oyongo Nyamweya openly threw his weight behind Tongi who contested by Nyaribari Chache seat on Ford People party ticket thus attracting the backing of the mighty Nyachae family.

The CORD/ODM coalition, however, is still counting on the support of its few left stalwarts like Senator Chris Mogere obure, Nominated Senator Janet Ongera, Kisii governor James Ongwae and his Deputy Joash Maangi abd Women Representative Anne Otaraand several Ward Representatives. However, the gong appeared to be hard on the Raila Odinga party, which had ruled supreme in Gusii between 2007 and 2013 bagging nearly all the parliamentary seats. In Kisii and Nyamira Counties. The party should rebrand itself and strategize for 2017 general election. It must go back to the drawing board and usher in the necessary reforms in its electoral nomination system by avoiding many political brokers and hirelings.

There is clear evidence that many people in Gusii land now prefer the Jubilee coalition and the party of President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto should expect a great influx of people migrating from ODM to the Jubilee within the next few months.

Opinion leaders in Gusiiland, however, are saying the are not happy with the recent appointment of parastatal chiefs by President Uhuru Kenyatta whguch excluded Prof. Sanm K. Ongeri the former Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation during the defunct PNU/ODM coalition Ongeri the most astute and dynamic politician who is arguably the most experience leader in the region has yet to be given any appointment despite having campaigned vigorously for the Jubilee coalition.



From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

Chris from Nairobi writes: “Beste what is your take on President Uhuru telling the North Rift that he will rule for 10 years and William Ruto for another 10 years? Why do you think the president tour to Bomet County was cancelled at the last moment?

Chris I don’t think the presidency will come out of house of Mumbi. You remember late John Muchuli saying they made a mistake to allow Moi to take over from Jomo Kenyatta and they wanted new constitution to make sure that Moi’s term limit would open the way for the presidency to come back to the house of Mumbi.

When Raila said Kibaki tosha and worked on MoU that after he ruled for one term he would leave presidency for him, and that Kibaki would mobilize the Kikuyu, Meru and Embu (GEMA) to make sure all their votes were cast to Raila. The first thing the GEMA did headed by then Subukia MP Koigi wa Wamwere was to destabilize the MoU.

So after Uhuru ruling for 10 years the GEMA will support their own- to stand with Ruto. Remember the GEMA have the money to buy influential powerful leaders from other tribes to add on the number to make sure they retain the presidency.

Your second question why Uhuru’s tour to Bomet County had to be dropped from the list of places where Uhuru and Deputy William Ruto would tour on Tuesday is to do with the rift between Nandi (North Rift) and Kipsigis (South Rift) leaders who argue that 50-50 job slot agreed during Jubilee campaign much of it has gone to North Rift.

Led by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Kericho Senator Charles Keter, the South Rift leaders also argue that the 50-50 percent job slot is not favouring the URP but only TNA. The main agenda of the tour to South and North Rift was intended to than the local community for casting their votes for Jubilee Coalition during the last General Election.

The legislators from South Rift had vowed that they would tell Uhuru on his face when he toured Bomet that the sharing of jobs between URP and TNA is not fair, and even if it was the few sharing is only going to the Nandi (North Rift).

Isaac Ruto is even more particular. He has challenged Uhuru for leaving out other communities in job distribution in key position, terming the action as misplaced. Isaac is of the idea that Uhuru has the constitutional mandate to ensure that even regions like Nyanza, Western, Coast and Eastern provinces which voted for the opposition gets a share of the national cake as one way of making them feel part and parcel of the government.

But not all the Nandi leaders are satisfied with the job sharing between URP and TNA. While speaking at funds drive in aid of Lemok African Inland Church in Uasin Gishu last Sunday, outspoken youthful Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter said that Jubilee was formed on a 50-50 basis and demanded that government jobs be shared equally between two parties.

He claimed that many professionals from the Kalenjin community holding key public positions in acting capacity are yet to be confirmed and called for their immediate absorption for fairness to be seen in the process.
URP leaders also want Jubilee government to consider for jobs their professionals whose contracts at various public universities expired earlier this year and they are still waiting in the cold for employment.

Yet Uhuru is to rely on the South Rift votes-close to 2 million. The Kipsigis sub-tribe is the most populous sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic groups occupies the two most populous Counties of Kericho and Bomet.

The constituencies include Kipkellion East, Kipkellion West, Belgut, Sigowet, Konoin, Buret, Sotik, Chepalungu, Bomet East and Bomet West. Members of the Kipsigis community have also extended the stakes in several neighbouring districts, and constituencies in Kuresoi East, Kuresoi West, Kilgoris, Rongai, Subukia, Narok South, Narok West and Molo.

Since independence in 1963, many Kipsigis people moved out of the region, bought farms and settled in other areas like Koibatek, Cheranganyi, Nandi Hills, Tans-Nzoia, Laikipia and Nandi North. So their votes count for Uhuru.

Ruto is also to rely on them, not only because they have the votes but also in comparison with other Kalenjin ethnic groups, the Kipsigis are arguably much wealthier due to tea excessive farming and also favorable trades with their neighbors in milk, vegetables, maize and other foodstuff.

Due to he presence of larger number of workers in he tea plantations and factories, the circulation of money in the two Counties of Bomet and Kericho is the highest.

Politically, William Ruto cannot also do without Isaac Ruto and Charles Keter. They are out spoken and most respected leaders in their regions.

The Kipsigis communities have already said they want Isaac Ruto as their defacto leader. This is after it emerged that the Deputy President duped the Kipsigis, who come from the South Rift in his appointments into the public service, instead favoured his North Rift region particularly the Nandis, whom he has appointed to serve in the Jubilee Government.

The Kipsigis is a pastoralist tribal group in Kenya, speaking the Kipsigis language originated in the Sudan, moving into the Kenyan area in the 18th Century. The current settlement of the Kipsigis is in the Rift Valley province of Kenya.

Current estimated population is 785,000. They occupy the higlands of Kericho stretching from Timboroa to Mara River in the south, the west of Mau Escarpment in the east to Kebenet in the west. They also occupy parts of Laikipia, Kitale, Nakuru, Eldoret and Nandi Hills.
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Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu CITY

The impending ODM national officials party election, scheduled for February next year, is likely to be crowded by many contestants.

The coveted important position of the party Secretary – General is expected to be the most crowded. The position is currently held by the Kisumu Senator Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o who has held it for close to ten years. However, the post seemed to have attracted many party stalwarts, particularly the group of the younger generation, calling themselves the Young Turks.

The group comprising mostly first time members of Parliament has one old and experienced party stalwart in the name of Prof. Larry Gumbe and the Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba.

Others reported to be interested in the same post to included the outspoken Gwassi MP John Mbadi, Kisumu Town West MP Ken Obura, Ndhiwa MP Augustino Neto Oyugi. Also reported by some unconfirmed sources to be eyeing the same position is the ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang’at who is the immediate former MP for Kipkellion.

The young Turks blamed the old guard for having largely contributed to the party’s devastating defeat in the March 14 general election due to their laxity and poor leadership.

The name of the Siaya Senator JAMES Aggrey Orengo has been featuring prominently in other quarters as the one who is likely to succeed Prof Nyong”o. The incumbent of late has been keeping low profile over party activities.

Speaking to this writer via the phone, Prof Gumbe said ODM needs principled and consistent leadership to guide the party become a true grassroots visionary and democratic political movement which will lead Kenya into industrialization.


Can Foreign Aid Make Elections More Competitive?

From: Yona Maro

AidData recently launched a new online platform and GIS module, which makes it significantly easier for researchers to upload, download, join, and visualize high-resolution, spatial data. The launch of “AidData 3.0” inspired me to take the GIS module for a test drive to explore the following question: how does the sub-national distribution of foreign aid affect the competitiveness of elections in developing democracies? I suspect that aid projects are attractive to candidates because they can (1) take credit for the completion of a past project in their constituency that is highly palpable to voters (the credit-taking hypothesis), or (2) manipulate who benefits from future projects, either by awarding contracts to supporters or engaging in corruption in order to enrich themselves (the rent-seeking hypothesis).

An alternative hypothesis is that aid reduces competitiveness because the incumbent takes all the credit for the project, thereby disadvantaging competitors (the incumbency-advantage hypothesis). The null hypothesis – that aid has no effect on electoral outcomes – is also plausible. Given the vast array of issues at stake in a typical election, such as national economic policies, security, etc., one might not expect aid projects to have any discernible impact.


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News analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisii Town.

UNLESS Cord and Jubilee coalitions changes their tactics and abandon the idea of handpicking their preferred candidates without giving the electorate the free opportunity to nominate the most popular candidates through by conducting preliminary nomination process the two leading coalition parties could face an inevitable defeat in the two parliamentary by-elections.

The commonly popular opinion in this town and its environs is that the voters are unanimous that they will not vote for any candidate who is hand-picked by the either CORD or Jubilee headquarters.

The by elections are due to be held in Nyaribari Chache and in Bomachoge Borabu. Cord has already declared its support for the immediate former MP for the area Chris Bichage. Its principal partner, the WPD, is said to be in the process of choosing Richard Tongi,the man who had petition the high court and caused the by-election.

Rumours making the round here is that Ford People’ s party which was sounded by the former cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae.However, the two leading parties appeared to have ignore the influence of the former Chief Secretary in Kisiipolitics. Leaders of these parties might not be in the know how that ignoring Nyachae waves of influence in Kisii , which is still intac, they re doing so at their own peril. Moreover Nyachae is highly respected member of one of the eight sub-clans, which are known as the kamba nane group in both Nyaribari Chache and in Nyanribari Masaba. He is still calling the shots within the two region Kamba nane which controls the majority of votes in Nyaribari Chance

The By-election in Nyaribari chache could be so complicated by the entry into other election race of Kennedy Omanga, who is the son of the former Nyaribari MP, the late Andrew John Omanga, who had also served as a cabinet Minister for many years. His mother Clara Omanga was once a Councilor in Kisii Municipality and rose through the ladder to became the rank of the town’s Mayor.Other credible aspirants included Ben Mogaka. In Bomachoge, Jubilee has settled on the former MP Joel Onyancha, while the Cord has declared its support to Peter Kimori. Another credible candidate who is likely top give Kimori a run for his Kimori a run for his money is Alfred Nyaundi,

This time around, the by-elections will be pitting the two Kisii political giants in two different opposing camps. These giants are Prof. Sam K.Ongeri who will be heading the Jubilee campaign team and Kisii Senator Chris M Obure of CORD. The two men have fought some of the fiercest election campaign battle in Kisii County before. They were involved in a bruising campaign for the Kisii senatorial seat which Obure won on March 4.

In 2008 Ongeri and Obure were locked in another by-elecion in Bomachoge after the High court in Kisii had nullified Oyancha election of 2007.Obure had succeeded in pushing John Ogari to victory in the consequent by election.

Obure and Onger were in the last Nyayo cabinet which was headed by the retired President Daniel ArapMoi. The two had supported different camps during the constitutional referendum voting of 2005. Ongeri Qa is the PNU torchbearer in Kisii and backed the Banana side, while the Narc government was headed by President Mwai Kibaki. Thereafter the referendum voting saw Kibaki beaten hands down with over one million votes.

Kisii County is an area where clan politics is still thriving and at times even supersede party politics. Clan politics is popularly known among the Abagusii as {\Obonyumba}This kind of clans politics gives advantages to those parliamentary aspirant from larger clans over their minority neighbors no matter how good is a candidate.

As far as the politics of Kisii is currently stand on the ground cord still control the largest parts of the region, but the coalition which is led by Raila Odinga who lost the presidential contest on March 4 to President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee has lost considerable ground to the waves of Jubilee which has made major inroads into many constituencies. Raila, however, must switch from his party’s usually flawed nomination system and give the voters their democratic rights of nominating the candidates of their own choice instead of dictating to them the handpicked canddate.

In the two by-elections, smaller parties including that PDP of Omingo Magara which had only one MP, namely Jared Kopiyo {Awendo},could make gains.

CORD and Jubilee must also watch the activities of the party independence KANU whose RESUYRGENCE IN Kisii region is unceasingly becoming visible.


Kenya: Oh, so the election was rigged, finally the cat is coming out of the bag!


“Oswago and his comrades in crime are said to have swindled the Government millions of shillings by buying substandard BVR and EVID kits to be used in the last general election without proper documentation, which collapsed in the process leading to rigging of election in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto.”


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from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

This is credible. I have never received many e-mails and Facebook like-as I have received following my dispatch of yesterday entitled: “Our turn to eat that exclude other tribes in Uhuru’s eating camp”. This demonstrates how Kenyans are fed up of democracy based on numbers and tribal favour.

Alex from Awasi, Kisumu County was very practical. He writes: “Father I am a Kalenjin and I do agree with you that after 10 years Uhuru’s people will not allow Ruto to succeed him, just like what late John Michuki said that Kenyans don’t need new constitution because what they wanted was to remove Moi so that the presidency goes back to the house of Mumbi.

My question Father is why did Ruto accept to be used when he would have known the trick best? And Father do- you think if constitution is amended so that we follow American voting system of college vote it will stop rigging in Kenya? Otherwise I indeed like your blog because it an eye opener to blind Kenyans”.

Alex William Ruto knows about these tricks very well than you do. The only reason he settled on Uhuru Kenyatta is not because they have a confluence of vision for Kenya but because of ICC paranoia.

The term paranoia is a thought process heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself.

So this paranoia is an important move by Uhuru and Ruto in confronting ICC charges. They use Kenyans as their shield to protect and defend themselves from charges. This exactly what is happening now, they want Kenyans and African Union to defer the case.

Alex even if constitution is amended for president to be declared a winner, not by numbers but popular vote just like what they do in America those who want to stick to power will always find their ways in how to rig themselves in.

In the United States, a system called the Electoral College periodically allows a candidate who receives fewer popular votes to win an election. Electoral votes are based on congressional representation — the sum of senators and representatives. The total is 538, and 270 votes are needed to be elected.

Should there be an electoral vote tie (such as 269-to-269) or no candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes (such as 268-267-3), then the U.S. House of Representatives must go into session immediately to select the President.

The U.S. Constitution limits the House to selecting from the top three Presidential candidates. A candidate must receive an absolute majority of the votes (26) to become the President-elect.

If no candidate for Vice President receives an absolute majority of electoral votes, then the Senate must elect a Vice President. The U.S. Constitution limits the Senate to selecting from the top two Vice Presidential candidates. At least two-thirds of the Senate must be present for balloting to take place.

That system cannot work here in Kenya where the IEBC Servers and the IEBC vote tallying computer system disc-space are completely made to malfunction and collapse failing to respond in correct downtime.

Like in March 4 presidential elections foreign players particularly the West, were accused of crashing the IEBC computer system by deploying the virus through the VPN infrastructure by Safaricom from abroad.

The number of rejected votes when the IEBC was using the electronic tallying system was nearly 300,000 at the 5million total votes cast mark, a very significant number that makes a case in the total vote cast.

When IEBC took up the manual tallying system the total number of rejected votes was 39000 at the 4.6million total votes cast mark, this is a disturbing significant decline in the electronic figures compared to the manual figures.

Deployment of viruses from secure computers to network servers was reported by Strategic Intelligence where Western spy agents deployed Red-October to mine vital data from government computer systems and data bases.

Viruses/computer bugs are used to mine and manipulate data from computer networks, servers, and computer memory facilities including data-centers, hence can mine crucial data including emails, conversations, and files.

The Petition filed at the Supreme Court of Kenya by Raila Odinga’s lawyers gives a glimpse of how rigging the presidential vote was executed. It alleges that TNA and IEBC outsourced ICT services from Kencall EPZ Limited- specifically web hosting for transmission of vote results from polling centres to their respective national tallying centres at Gatanga road and Bomas of Kenya.Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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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


Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Subject: LSK
To: jaluo;

By Agwanda Saye

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has commenced the process of electing new officials in polls on a date to be announced.

LSK Secretary/CEO Mr. Apollo Mboya said that Advocates with valid practising certificates would elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Council and Members of the Disciplinary Committee.

“We have sent a notice to 9,791 Advocates countrywide to nominate candidates for the said elections,” Mr. Mboya said. The LSK elects new officials after every two years.

Mr. Eric Kyalo Mutua is the current Chairman while Ms. Lilian Renee Omondi is the Vice Chairperson.

The other Council Members include Mr. James Mwamu, Mr. Godfrey Kitiwa, Ms. Caroline Khasoa, Ms. Grace Okumu, Mr. Allen Gichuhi and Ms. Faith Waigwa.

Others are Mr. Ambrose Weda, Mr. Charles Kanjama, Ms. Judith Sijeny and Ms. Gertrude Angote.

The CEO said that the notice that sets the ground for elections is in line with Regulation 12 of the LSK (General) Regulations 1962.

Mr. Mboya said that there are four vacancies in the Disciplinary Committee (DC) following the appointment of Mr. Beauttah Siganga and Ms. Naomi Wagereka as Advocates Complaints Commissioners.

“Mr. Ambrose Weda is retiring and opted not to vie while Ms. Dorcas Kitaa is retiring but will defend her position,” Mr. Mboya said.

The CEO said that the qualification for election as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson is Membership of the current Council.

“Qualification for election as Council Member is to be a Member of the LSK while the DC requires Membership and at least 10 years as an Advocate of good standing,” Mr. Mboya said.

The CEO said that each candidate must be nominated in an official nomination paper by two nominators who are LSK Members with valid Practicing Certificates.

“Every nomination paper must be signed by both nominators and refer to one candidate whose consent must be given in writing,” Mr. Mboya said.

The CEO said that separate nomination papers have been provided in respect to the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Council and Disciplinary Committee.

“The completed nomination papers must be returned to the LSK Secretary not later than 5pm on November 15, 2013,” Mr. Mboya said.


Kenya: Rasanga takes lead in Siaya governorship race

From: Judy Miriga

Okay, seems like this is how things went and hopefully, Rasanga won.

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

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Rasanga takes lead in Siaya governorship race

Published on Oct 17, 2013
ODM’s Cornel Rasanga Amoth, who is the former Siaya governor, has taken an early lead with over 60 per cent of the votes counted so far against his opponent William Oduol with just over 37 percent of votes cast. Ouko Okusa has latest from Siaya County


From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

Chris from Luanda Kotieno, Rarieda Constituency, Siaya County writes: “Fr Beste you are the one who knows and understand Kenyan politics very well. I usually like reading your blog and I must say you are the best political analyst in Kenya, especially Luo Nyanza who is not biased, now tell me who do you think will win by-election tomorrow, Rasanga or Oduol?”

Thank you Chris for your question and reading my blog- My answer to your question is that just as Siaya people complained that Cornell Amoth Rasanga was rigged in by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is the same method Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is going to use. In other words Rasanga will be declared a winner whether Siaya people like it or not.

Amoth Rasanga has never been the people’s choice in Siaya that is why when he was declared a winner the people complained bitterly. Rasanga is not even Raila Odinga’s choice by the way. He is Raila’s cousin Jakoyo Midiwo, Siaya Senator James Orengo and Rarieda MP Eng. Gumbo Rege.

That is why when CORD nominated Rasanga to defend his seat in the up-coming by-election scheduled for tomorrow, the choice of Rasanga came following a flurry of meetings chaired by former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, who was cornered and forced to swallow a bitter pill and accept Rasanga’s candidature, because he was not his choice, tell it all that even though william Oduol will definitely emerge the winner his victory will be given to Rasanga.

Raila and other CORD leaders had intended to handpick either Elkana Odembo, who is the former Ambassador to the US and Ida Odinga’s Cousin, or Engineer Carey Orege, the immediate former PS for Regional Development, who also hails from Raila Odinga’s ancestral home of Bondo, Orengo, Midiwo and Eng Rege insisted that Rasanga must be the one.

This resistance left Raila with no choice but to accept their verdict. Rasanga now faces his arch rival, William Oduol, of National Agenda Party Kenya (NAPK) who is people’s choice in Siaya.

Rasanga was the first governor to lose his seat through an election petition. Oduol was one of those eyeing the ODM ticket but was denied. But even when he joined another party Siaya people still liked and voted for him overwhelmingly.

Had it not because of rigging Oduol would by now be preparing to be sworn in on Friday October 18, 2013 as the duly, democratically and fairly elected governor of Siaya.

A recount of votes in Siaya Gubernatorial race, ordered by Justice Aggrey Muchelule on July 3rd, revealed a massive disparity between what Siaya Governor Rasanga got and what the IEBC used to declare him the winner.

The recount that was conducted in only three constituencies of Rarieda, Bondo and Gem, showed that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate, Cornel Rasanga’s votes were inflated by close to 9, 000 votes, a clear indication that the figure would have increased tremendously if the recount was carried out throughout Siaya County.

According to figures after the recount, Rasanga got a total of 80, 254 votes as opposed to IEBC figure of 88, 358, while that of his competitor William Oduol were 58,851 compared to what IEBC recorded of 59, 291 votes.

However, the most shocking figures were the totals of some of the selected polling stations in the county where Rasanga got a total of 133, 798 votes compared to Oduol’s 133, 567, a difference of 231 votes only.

While cancelling the win, Justice Aggrey Muchelule noted that Rasanga’s campaign and subsequent election were marred by fraud and there was need for a repeat poll. Muchelule directed that voters in Siaya will now go to the polls again to elect a Governor.

In the two hour ruling, Muchelule pointed out a litany of electoral malpractices against Oduol including how his posters were defaced and in some instances pictures of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto superimposed on them.

Oduol had sought the seat on a National Agenda Party ticket.

The judge also observed that in some instances ODM luminaries led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo invaded Oduol’s campaign rallies forcing him to walk away.

In one incident at Ludhehe, ODM supporters including Orengo came with more powerful loud speakers and took over Oduol’s function forcing him to leave.

The judge also noted how Midiwo referred to Oduol as a murderer who shot his wife forcing him to parade his wife and family to the electorate.

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Kenya: Rasanga Will Win by a LANDSLIDE…in Bondo

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

Good politics is when you keep changing leaders until leaders will begin to respect voters.

Because, a leader who does not take his work seriously, even voters must not waste time

with them. Life is precious and we cannot play with livelihood and survival a footstool for life.

I am being told that, although Bondo goes to Rasanga; Alego, Ugenya, Rarieda, Gem and Ugunja goes to Oduol.

Bondo has a total of

Total registered voters for SIAYA COUNTY:

Oduol has a better chance but take no chances must be taken……cruise to Gem and camp there till the last minute of voting………….and scrutinize details…………….

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


Rasanga Will Win by a LANDSLIDE…in Bondo
October 14, 2013 by Onyango Oloo
Reports reaching the Siaya Democracy desk indicate that

Cornel Rasanga Amoth has secured an irreversible victory-in BONDO.

Unfortunately for him, the area is already represented in the National Assembly by a fellow ODM member, Gideon Ochanda.

BUT some of Rasanga’s delirious supporters stopped clapping and thumping their feet when they realized that the seat Rasanga is hankering for is the GOVERNOR of SIAYA slot.

Now a series of BAD NEWS is beginning to trickle into the Team Rasanga HQs.

FACT: Alego is going to be swept by William Oduol.

FACT: Gem voters are voting overwhelmingly for William Oduol.

FACT: Team Oduol is AHEAD in Rarieda.

FACT: Ugenya says ” Oduol Nyale”.

FACT: Ugunja is trending Denge.

Let us give credit where it is due.

In Bondo, almost every man, woman and youth is casting a ballot for the person Raila Odinga endorsed.

Well, let us check how many registered voters are in Bondo:


Total registered voters for SIAYA COUNTY:


From: otieno sungu


The Agenda shall be committed to:

The principle of participatory democracy that lays emphasis on the welfare of our people:

The principles of social justice and the equality of opportunities for all Citizens;

The principles of accountability and transparency in order to restore confidence in the institutions of government, discipline and leadership by example as basis for public life and personal integrity as an important moral value in the conduct of public affairs;

Fostering the spirit of oneness among our people by treating all Kenyans and county colleagues fairly and equitably, regardless of their social, political or economic status; and

The preservation of Siaya as a multi-cultural and multi-religious county whilst guaranteeing freedom of religion and good conscience.


Over the past ten years, the government has pursued an economic program (euphemistically called an Economic Recovery Program, ERP) whose implementation has impoverished and shamelessly exploited the good people of Kenya and Siaya in particular. The ever escalating cost of living has only served to reduce Siaya citizenry into beggars. Indeed the success of an economic programme is judged by the extent to which it reduces poverty and makes the people economically secure as well as the extent to which benefits from economic growth are equitably shared among the teeming masses.

We shall as an Agenda agitate for;

A complete change from this shameful record and pledges to restore our dignity as a sovereign nation and county. We will seek to create in Siaya a just and humane society where each is his brother’s keeper. We aim to shape the county’s history through faith in one another and solidarity with each other. The Agenda will emphasize job creation, poverty eradication, capacity building, rural development, saving and investment. We will encourage innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit and conserve and develop our natural resources.

Free enterprise. It is our conviction that profit must not be regarded as something immoral but as reward for productive activity and for assumption of risk. We accept the centrality of markets, but where necessary we must guide the markets to promote competitive flexibility in our county economy and security and stability in our society.

The realization that in a marginalized county, such as ours, the greater engine for social change and economic progress is the entrepreneurial economy. Hence a need to establish a pragmatic balance between the public and private sectors – not one of rivalry but of complementarity, each supplementing the other in the creation of jobs and incomes. Hence the need to create new economic management structures to ensure closer partnership between the key players – industry, agriculture, trade and commerce and the financial sectors on one hand and the Public sector on the other.

Binding the county government, employers and employees in a negotiated social contract which will balance productivity gains with rewards and incentives in the system. The partners in the contract will operate as a vehicle for regular consultation – not one called into being merely to smother egos. This will ensure improved industrial relations and avoid damaging industrial strife in our county. It will ensure greater participation by the people, more freedom for the private sector and greater respect for pluralism. We believe that a consensual approach is more productive than the exclusion and confrontational approach which has been practiced over the years. South Africa showed the way – an impressive example of reconciliation, consensus building and political inclusion.

Promotion of good county governance, and effective relationship between the people and government and the necessary environment for sustainable economic development. We shall ensure that law and order prevails in the society by curbing the rising crime and making the streets of Siaya safe for our mothers, sisters and children.

Develop a middle class driven by small business owners, professional class with access to credit.

Create easy access to transferable property rights in urban and rural areas.

Protect the weak and poor through initiatives that is designed to integrate them in the economy.

Improve investment in physical and social infrastructure.


Provide a conducive environment for job creation for all persons able and willing to work and to reward each of them appropriately;

Reduce the tax burden especially on workers and pensioners, and on the poor; reduce inflation and stabilize the exchange rate.

Empower our women and youth by supporting their entrepreneurial initiatives through a well-structured county policy not tokenism;

Accelerate economic growth and development of Siaya in order to enhance opportunities and raise the standard of living for all people of Siaya.

Take all the appropriate measures to promote industry and agriculture by strengthening and promoting citizen entrepreneurship in order to ensure that Siaya people take hold of their own destiny and that economic growth benefits them.

Ensure access to health care and quality education for all and in particular promote science and technology advancement in the county;

Work to promote home ownership among inhabitants of Siaya as a means to strengthen the family, provide economic security and control street crime and violence as well as encourage personal savings;

Ensure an even balanced development of all the regions within Siaya and turn around hitherto low economic potential areas into middle and high potential economic areas;

Alleviate poverty and ensure a respectable safety net that enhances human dignity for the poor and disadvantaged;

Light the eternal flame of Siaya residents and build a strong sense of patriotism and the capacity to defend and consolidate the independence of their county, the survival of its democratic system of government and generate a sense of participation and ownership in its development, prosperity and progress;

Totally develop the rural areas through the pursuit of an aggressive integrated rural development programme;

Husband and protect the county heritage especially the environment, our land and forests, minerals and timber and all our natural resource endowments including our beautiful water


There is hardly any reliable data source on the unemployment situation in Siaya. What is indisputable is that employment in both formal and informal sector has shrunk, following retrenchments in the public sector. But the clear perception is one of massive unemployment in both the urban and rural areas. This unemployment is heavily concentrated in the age-group 18-35. Graduate unemployment has increased alarmingly whilst the Primary and secondary schools are literally producing “drop-outs”, creating a potentially explosive sub-sector of the society.


The cure for unemployment is a rapidly expanding economy and a fluid labour market with opportunities for skill up-grading. Our economic program should be specifically intended to produce such. Apart from job openings which an economy expanding under stabilized conditions will generate in agriculture, industry and in the services sectors, other major programmes for road construction and rehabilitation, for urban renewal, sanitation and environmental protection and reclamation, for low cost housing and rural development will generate jobs to absorb large numbers of the unemployed. This will be coupled with training and retraining incentive packages as well as vocational and technical schooling. Further we will agitate for incentives for self-employment and particularly support the informal sector as well as women and youthful entrepreneurs with financing. We will actively seek out and encourage non-governmental and charitable organizations which have expertise and experience in training, re-training and the fi
nancing of self-employment schemes. This should be hinged on the following measures

Implement special sector programmes embracing industrial, trade and other measures backed by adequate resources. This will include the strengthening of light manufacturing, mining and other vulnerable sectors to include saving and growing jobs in the clothing and textile sector, expanding the food industry and other sectors.

Engage the private financial sector in order to facilitate its transformation and diversification including the development of the co-operative financial institutions as well as ensuring that the sector contributes to investment and developmental priorities of the county.

Develop programmes to promote the important role of jua kali and agriculture in employment, meeting basic needs and community development, and commit to continued transformation of these sectors to achieve county goals.

Tourism and other services will be supported to expand work for our people.

Ensure that the mandates of development finance institutions are clear and truly developmental and that their programmes contribute to decent work outcomes, achievement of county developmental needs and sustainable livelihoods.

Lead a massive public investment programme for growth and employment creation. This will include expanding and improving the rail networks in Yala, public transport, dams, housing construction, information and communications technology and energy generation capacity as well as education and health infrastructure, and in the process create additional decent work opportunities whilst meeting the basic needs of the society.

Create an environment for more labour-intensive production methods, procurement policies that support local jobs and building public-private partnerships.

Vigorously implement broad-based economic empowerment and affirmative action policies as contemplated in the constitution and adjust them to ensure that they benefit more broad sections of our people, especially the workers, youth, women and people with disabilities. Policies will, in addition, actively promote skills development and equity at the workplace.

Launch a much larger county youth service programme and a new county youth development agency, focusing on access to funding and employment creation, which will be linked to skills development opportunities and build decent work opportunities for young people.

Administration of Justice

The Agenda shall:

At all times uphold and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya;

Uphold the principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution;

Uphold the Independence of the Judiciary;

Ensure the security of lives and property of all citizens living in Siaya.

Food Security

The William Oduol agenda is committed to creating an environment that ensures that there is adequate food available to all, that we grow our own food and protect the poor communities from the rising prices of food and eradicate hunger.

The agenda proposes the following practical steps:

Promote food security as a way to lessen our dependence on food imports.

Introduce a food for all programme to procure and distribute basic foods at affordable prices to poor households and communities. Government will develop an appropriate institutional approach for the implementation of this programme.

Introduce measures to improve the logistics of food distribution such as transportation, warehousing, procurement and outsourcing in order to reduce food prices in the long term. Continued enforcement of stronger competition measures will be used to act against food cartels and collusion, which inflate food prices.

Expand access to food production schemes in rural and semi-urban areas to grow their own food with implements, tractors, fertilizers and pesticides. Other government measures will support existing community schemes, which utilize land for food production in schools, health facilities, churches and urban and traditional authority areas.


Our county does need change in the way government relates to our people and in the delivery of services. We are committed to a service delivery culture that will put every elected official and public servant to work for our people, and ensure accountability to our people. We will seek to have our economy managed in a manner that ensures that Siaya continues to grow, that all our people benefit from that growth and that we create decent work for the unemployed, for workers, for young persons, for women and for the rural poor.

We will remain in touch with our people and listen to their needs. We will respect the rule of Law, human rights and we will defend the Constitution and uphold our multi-party democracy.

In Solidarity

Bernard Ochieng Oluma
Siaya Professionals Caucus
Ugunja Sub-County

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From: Abdalah Hamis

The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) recently completed a country Security Needs Assessment Survey for human rights NGOs, and for journalists being one of its thematic groups. According to our observations and what was recorded in the questionnaires that we distributed, media practitioners working for public media outlets are facing severe hatred from fractions of the citizenry or from supporters of certain political parties. These have led to commotions during political rallies and in situations where there is a tug of war between the citizenry in one hand and the government and investors on the other.

Given this situation this Coalition can foresee of worst scenario as this country is heading towards the 2015 General Elections. Incidents of throwing out, hurling stones and other forms of humiliations to this group are a common practice according to leaders of the 16 regional press clubs that were visited by this coalition.

Good examples to elucidate this scenario are in all regions which are a strong mainstay of the opposition, or which are endowed with rich reserves of natural resources. In this category regions like Mbeya, Iringa, Mtwara, Arusha, Kigoma and Dar es Salam have witnessed incidents of humiliating journalists like what happened to the TBC announcer Mr. Marin Hassani Marin when he was rounded up and harassed by sympathizers to the main Opposition party Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), when it was launching the presidential campaigns of their candidate Dr Willibrod during the 2010 General Elections at the Jangwani grounds following a sudden blackout of the national television coverage. Happenings like this could hinder the work of media practitioners in public media outlets which are run on coffers money.

Any sudden blackout of this media outlets have always created a critical risky situation towards these journalists as the public at large tend to assume that it is the journalists who decides what should and should not be aired without any attempt to understand that reporters operate under orders from their managements and editors. Just to mention a few, a similar blackout of news from the TBC led to the unprecedented violence against the Mtwara based TBC reporter Kassimu Mikongolo in May this year, whose house was set ablaze by the irate mobs condemning him of having terminated this coverage deliberately.

Other similar incidents have also occurred in Arusha whereby TBC reporters have been sidelined starting from the Arumeru by-election, and in other rallies by the Opposition CHADEMA. This has forced them to use stories which have been collected by their colleagues from such rallies. Scribes from public outlets that have faced difficulties are Leonard Manga, Sechela Kongola, Khalfan Mshana and Ben Mwaipaja.

In Kigoma scribes in the public media outlets have a working confidence with leaders from all parties. However, citizens at large do not have trust with such outlets. In Kigoma TBC reporter Dotto Elias once faced a stiff challenge when at the CHADEMA rally when he was harassed by its sympathizers. In that occasion CHADEMA’s leaders came to his rescue. Gervas Msigwa also with TBC has been facing harassments whenever he attends CHADEMA’s rallies he escaped narrowly an attack during the by-election in the Lisabon Songea in 2011.

The current chairman of the Iringa Press Club Mr. Frank Leonard, who is employed by a public media outlet publisher of Daily News and Habari Leo, says there is a problem with politicians who fail to construe journalists as members of the community and that whatever they report reflect people’s wishes. In the 2010 General Election the ruling CCM top leadership had substituted its candidate who emerged an overall winner and replaced him with one who happened to their own choice. By reporting this discrepancy he was seen as an agent of the opposition so he was confronted by the CCM’s Green Guards on grounds that he was working against their party, at the end of the day the ruling party lost in the Iringa Urban Constituency.

Due to insecurity that these journalists are facing they have been forced at times to remove the TBC emblem and stickers from their cars and cameras in an attempt to rescue their lives. Vivid examples were when they were covering cases of Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda Islamist leader and Willfred Rwakatare CHADEMA’s cadre. In these incidences George Kasembe and Nora Uledi almost lost their cameras to the angry mobs, let alone the booing from these fanatics of the two suspects.

The Source of these Commotions

• Our attempts to understand the core of this problem detected that the problem could be not with the scribes at the reportage level, but with their top management and editorial policies guiding their works. Journalists in this category always are at cross roads whenever they are engulfed in a tug of war between the citizenry and their government.

• Another challenge in a related situation is when some government functionaries like district and regional commissioners together with their district executive directors who choose to use such journalists as their public relations officers on an assumption those media outlets in electronic and print forms are their mouth pieces and of the government of the day and the ruling party.

• This has gone hand in hand with providing offices for them in shared public buildings between government administrators and journalists. This has always been at the peril of the journalists who must report in the tunes of the bigwigs whether it is through inducements and pay offs or the forced dictates.

• In another stance it is when public media outlets are sidelined by some institutions that do not trust public media outlets on grounds that they cannot get a fair coverage. This tells that some groups in the citizenry, political parties, or even public institutions do not have a trust towards public media outlets.

Under these circumstances journalists from the public media face a stiff challenge due to a failure to understand where they should stand and how their news coverage would be perceived by political fanatics, and whether their reportage will be against the expectations of the citizenry.

In an attempt to get a position of the TBC management recently there was a face to face discussion on the matter and TBC admitted some of these challenges such as those facing journalists in Mtwara, Arusha and Kigoma. Responding to the issues of being perceived as pro ruling party, the TBC denied the allegation saying that it is a non-political, non-biased entity and that it operates and it will continue to operate within its own guidance and editorial policy which moreover, guarantees fair coverage to all despite their political postions.

Solution to these Challenges

• On the question of security to journalists the TBC management admitted that there has been provision of training on security management but usually when General Elections approaches. This management acknowledged the importance of forming alliance with the THRDC in provision of security management trainings.

• There is a need to improve managerial capacity to the runners of these institutions so that they can get well acclimatized to the multiparty era in which this country is now operating.

• Also there is a need for a joint meeting between leaders of public media outlets, political parties, and the THRD-Coalition in order to underscore security of scribes in the forthcoming elections.

• This coalition urges all Tanzanians to stop harassing these journalists whenever they are in their routine coverage, and that any challenging matter should be reported to their management.

• We urge media practitioners in public institutions and their management to understand that public media should remain neutral and they should not have any kind of inclinations to either the government of the day or to any one political party.

• In order to maintain neutrality all offices of the public media outlets should be located outside the government buildings. Therefore the need to construct their own houses in order to get rid of an assumption that these are mere public relations officers of government leaders.

• We thank the TBC management for assisting Kassim Mikongolo during his trying moment including his subsequent transfer from Mtwara an area that could endanger his life. Moreover this Coalition will also assist him financially in order to meet some of the expenses that he has undergone following the tragedy.

Brought to you on behalf of the THRD-Coalition by:

Onesmo Olengurumwa

Democracy for Nigeria

From: careers

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Whenever one is interesting in aspirating for any political position, one can enrol on ones website

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Australia election: Tony Abbott defeats Kevin Rudd – Any lesson learnt for Tanzanians?

From: Mwema Felix

Australia’s opposition has crushed the governing Labor party in a general election that has returned the Liberal-National coalition to power for the first time in six years.

The coalition won 88 seats to Labor’s 57 in the 150-seat parliament.

Liberal leader Tony Abbott, who will be prime minister, promised a competent and trustworthy government.

Outgoing PM Kevin Rudd earlier admitted defeat and said he would not stand again for the Labor leadership.

The main election issues were how to tackle an expected economic slowdown, whether to keep a tax on carbon emissions, and how to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Mr Rudd had called the election after defeating Julia Gillard in a leadership challenge in June, amid dismal polling figures that showed Labor on course for a wipe-out.

Under Mr Rudd, Labor initially saw its figures improve. But Mr Abbott, who enjoyed the strident support of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, then widened the gap again.

“From today I declare Australia is under new management and Australia is now open for business”, Mr Abbott told a cheering crowd as he delivered a victory speech.

He said that he would put the budget back into surplus, and stop boats bringing migrants from Asia.

He added that support for Labor was at its lowest ebb for 100 years, and that the results showed the Australian people would punish anyone who took them for granted.

Mr Rudd said he had phoned Mr Abbott and wished him well.

“I gave it my all but it was not enough for us to win,” he said. But he was pleased that Labor was preserved as a “viable fighting force for the future”.

Mr Rudd retained his seat in the Brisbane constituency of Griffith but said he would not re-contest the Labor party leadership because the Australian people “deserve a fresh start”.

“I know that Labor hearts are heavy across the nation tonight. As your Labor leader I accept it as my responsibility,” he said.


USA: New York Times stunner

From: Anna Galland, Civic Action

Republicans are trying to steal control of the U.S. Senate by making it harder to vote.

Pitch in to help defend the right to vote and stop Republicans from stealing the 2014 election.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is stunning: The New York Times’ data wizard Nate Silver—who predicted the 2012 election results state-by-state with uncanny accuracy—is now projecting that, “Republicans [are] close to even-money to win control of the [Senate] after next year’s elections.”1

It’s the worst-case scenario: Republicans win a majority in the Senate, and we can kiss the rest of President Obama’s agenda goodbye.

To make things worse, they have a plan to steal the 2014 election starting right now by making it harder for seniors, students, poor people, and African-Americans to vote.

Back in May, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Since then, Republicans in key states have been racing to purge voter rolls, eliminate early voting, and require new photo IDs to vote—anything they can do to make it harder to vote.

And in an election as close as this one will be, even 1-2 percentage points could turn the tide.

You think the fights over the budget, Obamacare, and immigration are bad now? Imagine Mitch McConnell in control of the U.S. Senate. Try getting any pro-choice judge confirmed for the Supreme Court against a GOP majority. Or stopping cuts to Social Security. Forget it.

The 2014 election is hugely important—and we can’t let Republicans steal it now. So if you think you’ll want to get involved sometime next year, I ask you: Please get engaged right now.

We’re raising $250,000 this week to launch a ‘Let Us Vote’ Campaign to fight back right now—while it can make the greatest difference. Will you help?

Yes, I’ll contribute $5 so we can fight back.

How blatant are the GOP’s efforts? North Carolina just passed what’s widely being called the most extreme voter suppression law in the country. It requires Voter ID, reduces early voting, and ends same-day registration.2

Why there? Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina is just one of four Democrats up for re-election next year in a state won by Mitt Romney. If Republicans can reduce turnout in North Carolina and defeat her, it’ll drastically improve their odds of taking the Senate.

To reverse the effects of this effort, we have a 3-pronged plan of attack:

1. We’ll launch state-by-state campaigns to roll back discriminatory voter suppression laws, rules and regulations when state legislatures are back in session.

2. We’ll prepare a traditional and online media blitz, highlighting both the actions of extreme politicians like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the stories of heroic individual voters whose rights are being trampled.

3. We’ll organize an aggressive counter-intimidation campaign to mobilize the very same voters who are being disenfranchised. This tactic was proven to work last election, when showing voters what Republicans are really up to actually motivated unlikely voters to overcome barriers to get to the polls.4

We helped beat back the GOP voter suppression machine in 2012—and we can do it again—but all of us need to help. And we can’t afford to wait until next year. Are you in to support our “Let Us Vote” campaign?

Yes, I’ll contribute $5.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Alex, Jessica, Nick, and the rest of the team


1. “Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup”, The New York Times, July 15, 2013

2. “Hagan demands review of NC voter law,” The Hill, August 13, 2013

3. “How Voter Backlash Against Voter Suppression Is Changing Our Politics,” The Nation, April 29, 2013

4. “How Voter Backlash Against Voter Suppression Is Changing Our Politics,” The Nation, April 29, 2013

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West Must Respect People’s Will

From: Abdalah Hamis

However, their reactions to Zanu-PF and President Mugabe in particular are so predictable and they have not hidden their disdain and in the process they are crying that they have been robbed.

The same countries take the lead, countries that think that they are masters of the universe when we know that their backyards are smouldering. Why is the West — the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Australia in particular crying foul and also crying more than the bereaved?

It was the MDC-T that lost the July 31 harmonised elections after Zimbabwean voters sat in judgment over them

So, why this hullabaloo about “substantial electoral irregularities” and an impending crisis, which Western media institutions have been peddling the moment they realised that the MDC-T, even with the combined force of smaller political parties did not stand a chance against Zanu-PF?

What is disturbing is that the West created the MDC-T and sponsored it to the hilt to do its dirty work of pitching for illegal regime change here.

It was their institutions that also predicted a resounding victory for Zanu-PF long before Zimbabweans were certain that elections would be held this year.

They also analysed Tsvangirai’s shortcomings and lack of leadership qualities. Their damning assessments are in the public domain. The rebranding of Tsvangirai and the MDC-T through the 2013 manifesto was such a shoddy job, which failed to sell the MDC-T. This is why we are surprised at United States Secretary of State John Kerry who was quoted on Saturday as saying, “In light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the United States does not believe that the results announced today represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people.”

We wonder which Zimbabweans Kerry was referring to, when the very same people made their choices known to the world on July 31. Not to be outdone, Germany had the temerity to remark that the election “casts a big shadow on the political and economic future of Zimbabwe”

By calling for a “re-run of the elections based on a verified and agreed voters roll”, former British colony Australia demonstrated how far removed the Anglo-Saxon world is from reality on the ground.

This dovetails with Tsvangirai’s calls that the poll result should be considered null and void, a conclusion he arrived at when he realised that his bragging about announcing the election result was not going to be; a conclusion, which he made even before the results had been announced, which later proved that he was singing from his masters’ hymn book.

At the centre of the rigging claims is the voters’ roll. As observers pointed out, no country, even the United States and/or Britain can claim to have a clean and perfect voters’ roll. Observers highlighted some of the challenges to Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll, but instead of allowing Zimbabweans to look at the recommendations from the continental observers, the West has decided to stick to recommendations made by local observers such as ZESN, which they heavily fund.

By relying so heavily on the MDC-T’s parallel structures, which they have been sponsoring, the West never realised how the MDC-T was soon going to be history.

Why do they also want to give a false impression that the people that were turned away were MDC-T supporters only? If ZESN and its partners had the interests of Zimbabwe at heart, they would have told their sponsors the truth, that even Zanu-PF supporters were turned away?

However, the West seems bent on using the MDC-T’s demise to create a collision course with Africa. The West has decided to spurn the different African observer missions that declared the elections peaceful, free, fair and credible.

Even the facilitator to the Global Political Agreement, Sadc facilitator President Jacob Zuma congratulated President Mugabe for taking 61 percent of the votes.

But the West still thinks that it can play big brother and display their holier than thou attitude. When the violence motif failed, the best way they could reject President Mugabe’s thunderous victory was to find flimsy reasons of extending the illegal sanctions. We hope that Africa sees through the West’s hypocrisy and double standards.

However, when all is said and done, Zimbabweans have spoken. They do not need minders to tell them what their choices imply. So, the West must back off. If they are not prepared to accept the people’s choice and deal with the Zimbabwean leadership as equal partners, they should realise that there are other countries that are willing to work with Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe will also not brook any threats against the democratic choices it makes. We are masters of our destiny, and we are charting our destiny. The West and their proxies should never fool themselves that what worked in other parts of the world at their instigation, will work in Zimbabwe. We fought hard to attain independence, and we will safeguard it jealously.

Zimbabwe: 2013 Harmonised Elections

From: Yona Maro

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network has produced a report compiled by its observers which suggests that the credibility of the 2013 Harmonised Elections is seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters.

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