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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Denis from Nairobi has raised very important issue about all that happened in Migori. This was not about Kenyan youths it is about Kenyan leaders. Much as the youth are at times paid to cause chaos they are also bought to attend rallies and make them appear well attended.

All in all, whether Uhuru stole the votes or not, he is the president of Kenya and he deserves all the respect. It is indeed and the president points out it is shameful for politicians to hire youth to cause violence and to heckle other leaders for some little money instead of helping them to aspire to achieve something meaningful in life.

Politicians should instead help resolve youth unemployment in Kenya which is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Today, unemployment in Kenya stands at 40 percent. This can be translated to mean that close to 16 million Kenyan youths have no formal employment. This is a very alarming trend, which can be disastrous if left to continue growing.

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From: Charles Banda

News just coming in is that the security details and body guards at State House have started staging a sit in since 7 am this morning. The sit in is as a result of unpaid allowances and ill treatment at state house. As at 12:00 PM today, Mwapasa and Chisale from State House were at C-Company in Lilongwe recruiting replacement of the security details and body guards,soon after Mutharika was sworn in vowed never to trust Malawi police services thus why he hired 30 private bodygaurds who are currently enjoying at state house on police officers expense.Will keep you updated.

Meanwhile, there has been another terrible accident just after road block where a minibus has collided with a lorry. 5 people have died at the spot and others have been rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital.


Writes Leo Odera Omolo in Homa-Bay own.

Poverty index in Rangwe constituency in general and Homa-BAY County in particular is the highest, and means and ways must be found of stamping out the abject of poverty in the area. And the only sensible and quickest way of enhancing the purchasing power of the locals is for the elected leaders in the region to support the proposed white sugar mill slated to be established in Rangwe as soon as the government give its okay for the project to start.

These views were expressed by the Rangwe MP George Oner at the weekend. Speaking during an exclusive interview with this writer in Kisumu city. He expressed the home that his fellow legislators fro the region, MCAS professionals, businessmen, traders and rural folks will join him in supporting the noble project which is said at lifting the standard of living of the residents of the regions involved.

The MP said the project has received wider support and unanimous blessing and backing from the County governments of Homa-Bay, Migori and Kisii. On completion and during its operational, the proposed new white sugar processing mills to be located at Aoch Muga in Gem West Location, Homa-Bay district will receive the bulk its raw cane material from Homa-Bay at the rate of 9 per cent, and 10 per cent from Migori, and Ndhiwa as well as the same percentage from the southern part of kisii and Kasipul constituency.

The youthful MP said the new mill will enhanced the income of the rural farming population in the region because there will be better schools, better and modernized health facilities such as private, hospitals. Rural farmer will have an easy access to market for their farm products next door as the purchasing power of the locals would be enhanced considerably.

The MP thanked the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Felix Kosgei who made an extensive toured the region on July 6th and personally listened to the pleas of the farmers and their cries for the project. The MP said he was too optimistic that president Uhuru Kenyatta’s government would soon sanctioned the licensing of the project so that the construction of the mill to start the earliest, and that the CS Kosgei would soon return to Homa-Bay County to officially officiate I the groundbreaking ceremony so that the construction work on the new mill could start immediately.

The MP also thanked the CEO of the Kenya sugar board Rosemary Mkok who accompanied the Agriculture CS Kosgei during his tour and the representative of the HOMA-bayanbd MIGORI county governments. H was also thankful to governors Cyprian Awiti of Homa-Bay and Zachary Okoth Obado of Migori county for the blessing of the new sugar project. He said the feasibility studies of the projects were completed several years ago. The developers had strictly observed the rules and regulations lay down by the KSB which stipulates that those intending to establish new sugar factory must ensure that the new facility is located in a location which is 40 kilometers apart from the existing factory in distance. In the case of the Rangwe project, it will be located about 46 kilometers from Sukari Industries in Ndhiwa and 41 kilometers from the Awendo based SONYSUGAR factory.

The MP, however, strongly abhorred the alleged secret maneuvers by an unnamed senior politician from the region who is reported to have raised an objection against the licensing of the new sugar mill under the pretext of flimsy and lame excuses, adding that such a leader should be classified and isolated as someone who is anti-development character.

Unemployment in our region is the highest and anyone who has the capacity of putting up a project of this magnitude should be highly appreciated and give the necessary assistance.

Meanwhile the former vice chairman f the defunct County council of the greater Southern Nyanza EX-Coun, Elisha Adeny Rachilo has threatened that he would mobilize about 100 elders from the region to travel to Nairobi and visit State house to petition President Uhuru Kenyatta and ask him to intervene on the matter with the view to ensure that the Homa-Bay sugar mill is licensed as soon as possible should there be any further delay in granting of the same.

Speaking on a different forum Ex Coun Adeny Rachilo said that the rate of unemployment among the youth in the region has reached an alarming proportion and because President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are known to be totally committed to economically empowering the youth of this country his team would request the President to visit the region and see for himself what his people on the ground are saying about this most important economic project, the only one of its kind I the vast region.

Meanwhile this writer made an extensive visit to Hom-Bay and Migori Counties over the weekend and conducted interviews with the stakeholders, politicians and opinion leaders who appeared to be unanimous in support of the Rngwe sugar mill project.

The writer visited Rongo, Awendo and Migori towns and wound up in Oyugis. The surety revealed that there would be close to 30,000 hectors of land readily available to be used as sugar cane growing zones, in areas covering Kodera and kotieno in Ksipul. Kagan nd Gongo Locations, Gem Central east and South locations ,Kamagambo West, north,Kitutu Chache South and North Bonchari and south Mugirango regiona. All these areas are potential for sugar cane growing and could produce as many as 60,000 hectare of sugar cane growing potential area which will br sufficient to sustain a larger sugar mill.


Education: Massive teacher shortage on the horizon

From: Yona Maro

By Tsigue Shiferaw

Sub-Saharan Africa is about to face a major shortage of teachers, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

UNESCO’s newly released data show that about one third of the countries in the region will face pressure in the coming years to hire more teachers due to a rising demand for education from an increasing school-age population.

As a result, the region will need about 2.1 million new teaching posts while filling another 2.6 million vacant positions as many will leave the profession due to attrition from retirement or sickness.

Some countries are already making efforts to prevent such an outcome. Ethiopia, for instance, has been expanding its teachers’ workforce by an average of 11% per annum since 1999.

Analysts believe this rate could enable the country to meet the challenges of a future shortage.

Cameroon, Namibia and Lesotho have also taken steps to increase the number of teachers, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics 2013 study, “Projecting Global Teacher Needs from 2015 to 2030”.

As a result, these countries should be able to attain the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education.

Before the recent political unrest, the situation in Central African Republic was slightly different as the country was recruiting teachers at a rate of 10% per annum.

There are now fears that the ongoing fighting, if not stopped, could affect recruitment efforts.

But the trend is worsening in other countries. More children in Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Malawi and Nigeria will need extra primary school teachers by 2030 than they currently do.

In Eritrea, for example, out of every seven teachers recruited, 10 are expected to leave, notes the UNESCO study.

On the other hand, Mauritania is catching up and may close the gap by 2015 while Djibouti faces one of the biggest challenges as only 54% of primary school-age children are enrolled.

To attain the goal of universal primary education, Djibouti will need to recruit about 17% more teachers each year between now and 2030.

Many believe this is unlikely to happen because the country doesn’t have the resources to hugely expand its workforce, which means it will inevitably face an acute teacher shortage by then.

While sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 46% of the global shortage of lower secondary school teachers, the data also show that governments that have started to make serious efforts to confront the problem will be in a better position to assure quality and universal education by 2030.

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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Maurine from Sagana, Kenya writes: “Fr Beste thank you for your moving article on illicit brews that continue to kill many Kenyans. Now I am just wondering, do you think the move by Embu County Commissioner Amos Gathecha to fire Embu Municipality Chief Titus Mugambi and his assistant Catherine Wanja during a visit to Shauri Yako slums where the illicit brew was being sold is going to solve the problem of illicit brews in Kenya?”

Thank you for this important question Maurine. The problem with illicit brews is not with the chiefs, so firing them won’t help anything. Early this Kirinyaga county government set aside Sh1.5 million to combat the consumption of illicit brews in the area, since then nothing has improved.

County Commissioner Joseph Keter said the security team would spend the money to map out illicit brew dens and crackdown on brewers and consumers. He declared a major operation to weed out illicit brewing and consumption dens which he said had retarded development in the county.

He said the operation would be intensive and thorough. The operation was to target more than 300 brewers who he described as “notorious” in brewing and selling illicit alcohol in the area. He said illicit brews are selling like hot cake in the area because sellers collude with chiefs and their assistants.

There are several reasons why Kenyans drink illicit and deadly brews. The major one is to do with grave dangers of unemployment in the country, leading to higher poverty levels. Some Kenyans desperately look for cheap source of livelihood including brewing and consumption of the deadly liquor.

Economic conditions and the increasing sense of hopelessness is making people take recourse to cheap brews. Sellers of brews take opportunity of this condition to make money and they can do whatever they can to make their business go on. That is why they are able to bribe government agency that looks after the food and drink beverages.

The story by Meja Mwangi, Kill Me Quick gives an overview how unemployment in Kenya is a crisis. The story depicts two young boys who move to the city after obtaining their secondary school diplomas. They hope to find jobs in order to support their families back home.

Initially unsuccessful, the pair live in dumpsters, eating rotten fruit and stale cakes, unable to return home as failures. Eventually, they obtain jobs at a farm working for a very rich family. Mania causes problems in the house while blaming Meja, who suffers the consequences.

Meja is put on half rations, moved from job to job, and then has his rations almost completely revoked. After Mania’s biggest episode, the pair loses their jobs. Mania and Meja split after Mania steals from a store and gets Meja in trouble.

Meja flees home only to return to the city and work in a coal mine. Mania joins a gang in “shanty land,” lead by a boy named Razor who claims they went to school together. Here, Mania attempts to run a scheme selling milk to clients in the area, which he has stolen from the rich neighborhood. Eventually, he is caught. The pair meets up again in prison, but soon go their separate ways. Meja continues to go in and out of prison, and Mania ends up on trial for murder.

Women are depicted as objects for sexual pleasure, or as Nici Nelson puts it, only there as “screws for the main characters. This is because of unemployment and poverty. Sara, Razor’s girlfriend, is there for the sole purpose of allowing him to obtain pleasure in front of his gang. Mania’s girlfriend Dehliah is mentioned briefly, and she works as a “barmaid,” also known as a prostitute.

Against the background that Kitengela town is reeling from the shock of a man alleged to have been teaching children to perform various sexual acts for pornography industries. He teaches children sexual acts, including oral and anal sex for little pay, which I believe they take home to their parents for their survivals.

That is also why, even after the Teachers’ Service Commission dismissed 600 teachers over allegations of sexual abuse in our primary and secondary schools, pupils still engage in sex, getting pregnant every term.

In Nyanza where poverty is said to be a major problem, cases of sexual abuse have been on the rise, with 15 cases been reported in Migori, Rongo, Rachuonyo, Kuria and Nyatike districts. These areas due to poverty men target pupils for sex, luring them with as little as Ksh 20 to buy mandazi (pan cake). These children are hungry.

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Commentary by Leo Odera Omolo.

For the devolution government to succeed, the Jubilee government should use its majority numbers in parliament and introduce a comprehensive constitutional amendment that would make the County governors become the appointee of the President

The present system in which governors of the Counties are placed under the whims of the MCAs is unworkable.

The County governors are the m0ost frustrated lots. The MCAs cannot allow them to discharge their constitutionally mandated duties and responsibilities unless the governors succumb to their whims and vested interests.

The move to impeach the Kericho governor is vehemently opposed by the electorate, while local politicians are pointing their finger at a senior politician in the region who its being all said to be holding night meetings with MCAs inciting them to start the impeachment process against the governor. Once the Kericho MCAs are through with Prof. Chepkwony similar motion will be sponsored against the outspoken Bomet governor Isack Rutoin the same fashion.

THe case in point is the last week’s motion moved by the majority leader in the Kericho county Assembly that call for the impeachment of the hard-working Kericho governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony. The reasons advanced for this action are the most trivial. The MCAs threat to the governor has provoked harsh comments from senior politicians in the region.

A Kericho veteran politician William Kipkemoi Kettienya has come out and blasted the MCA telling them not to make things difficult for the governor. He said the move has no blessing of the electorate in the region.

According to his definition of the present devolution system, Senators are In lane one, followed by MPs in lane two while the MCAs are in third lane. As such let every one stick to his constitutional mandate. If a senior politician in Kericho want the governor out, such a move could not destabilize the county governance alone, but cold as well destabilize the \central government, therefore the Kericho MCAs must leave the governor alone.

Kettienya was reacting on rumors and speculation that an agent of a senior Kericho politician has been receiving money via a local bank in town which he is dishing out to the MCAs abd locally based journalists for the purpose of inducing the scribes to write stories that is tarnishing the good name of Governor Chepkwony. According to an eye witness the last transaction of such money was done last weekend in one of the posh hotels in town.

There is urgent need to have the constitution changed so that the County governors should fall under one appointing authority who should by President Uhuru himself.

In the old constitution, the Provincial Commissi9ners, the Mayors of the local municipalities and chairmen of the County Councils were working in harmony.

In the present system, however, the County governors are at the mercy of the greedy MCAs, some of them allegedly demanding to be paid the devolved money meant for development projects, some want their kith and kin to be appointed in plum jobs in the Counties while other have variety of vested interests such as the demanding that their relatives and friends be given tenders in the County projects. All these are the major sources of conflict of interests and hence increased demand for impeachment f governors. The song is the same from Embu, Nandi, Kiambu ,Bomet, Meru and other places.

The devolution system can only work if the County governors are all safe in their tenure of office and given maximum protection by the Central government. It is even sad that all these are happening when the office of the Attorney General and the Ministry in charge of the Devolution are silent as the impeachment song rent the air. And th whole system goes silent as the governors are being subjected to blackmail and intimidation.


young East Africa entrepreneurs & scientist business fund support for startup

From: sebastian marondo

Dear all,

Kindly be informed that, BAIP group seeks to support young businesses and science projects in rapidly growing countries of East Africa and Southeast Asia by combining them with European information technology businesses, scientists and professionals, funding them and investing in their development.

Therefore, BAIP group is inviting East Africa young entrepreneurs and scientists to pitch us their ideas to be selected to participate in the Investment Summit which will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in September 2014.

During the Summit, Entrepreneurs with the best, the most promising ideas with the highest growth potential will be selected and connected with European IT businesses and professionals, business mentors and investors, their know-how, experience and funds in order to turn their ideas and businesses into profitable enterprises.

For more information about BAIP group and the application process, please see the presentation:

Kindly share this invitation with young entrepreneurs and scientists that could benefit from this program to check the presentation and pitch us their ideas.

Best regards


Industrial feature By Leo Odera Omolo

It is indeed encouraging that the government of Kenya welcomes and encourage both foreign and local investors wiling to invest their money in the agro – based and manufacturing sectors, therefore the time is ripe for the government to set up certain conditions which must be met by the investors willing to invest their money in this country. The time is ripe for the government to set up certain conditions and terms conducive to employment regulations and rules before their investments kick off.

As for now, the multinational Tea companies operating in Kericho and Nandi Hills regions are the ones which have set up good examples by way of making sure that senior management positions are in the hands highly skilled and semi skilled in indigenous Kenya Africans.

The British multinational tea manufacturing companies, like the uniliver (formerly Brooke Band Tea) in Kericho, and the Finlays tea and Flowers in Kericho, and the Finlays tea and Flowers, also operating in Kericho and bomet counties have engaged the highly trained local personnel . The two terms even have promoted to high and middle management positions, some of them trained on-the-jobs.

The same could be said of Eastern Province tea company which own chains of tea plantations and processing factories in Nandi Hills, Kericho and Sotik Highland and Kibabet tea companies in Sotik region of Kericho county.

In most of the above multinational tea companies nearly all the top managers, engineers, doctors, Chief Accountants, Financial Directors positions, are held by indigenous Africans with the exception of the positions involving foreigners who are specilaized on highly technical work.

These British multinational tea Multinational companies had introduced a crush training program immediately after Kenya attained political independence in 1963. They embarked in phasing out foreign expatriate managers, technician artisans. The two expatriate who stayed on their jobs were compelled to train Africans to understudy the expatriate previously employed on lucrative and plum jobs and replaced Them with the local personnel.

What is happening in the tea industry is reflecting the true picture of job creation in a country like kenya where unemployment situation has reached as alarming proportion. It has at large become the source of rising crime waves. The government policy on job creation and employment regulation in Kenya not exceptional. This is something which is happening every where on the globe.

Certain conditions must be set up for the purpose of scrutinizing rogue investors who discriminate and enslave the locals in their establishment.

In this context, I am referring to the pathetic employment conditions in the sugar mills especially where he investors use local African workers like slaves, petty casuals without approximant letters and term and conditions of services etc.

I have in mind the five sugar companies owned by Indian investors.

To be specific and more clear ,the sugar companies owned by Indians include West Kenya and Butali sugar companies which are based in kakamega county ,while Sukari industries is located in Homa – Bay County , Kibos sugar and Allied industries based in Kisumu county and the latest is the Trans – mara sugar company based in Narok County Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries is situated in Kisumu County with the latest and the newest sugar mill being the Trans-Mara sugar Company in NAROK county

In all the five sugar mills the investors have embarked in engaging foreign expatriate workers with impunity. The Investors in the sugar mills have engaged the largest number of expatriates workers to the chagrins of locals. These expatriate workers, most of them imported from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, are semi-illiterate. Expatriate workers from India. Pakistan and Bangladesh are the ones who are running petty jobs such as time-keeper, junior clerks, cane yard clerks and top jobs from the top and down to messenger and … even cooks for making Indian dishes for the top Indian top managers

The whole set up looked like the modern day apartheid racial segregation in an independent Kenya .some of the positions held by the expartriates involved simple clerical jobs which the forum four school learners cam even perform better than semi-literate expatriates.

African workers are kept in the periphery. While working only as subordinate and manual workers, but with no letter of appointment. In the case of those local comparison to what their expatriate counterparts earns, some of the mills produced negligible tons of sugar per day but have employed close to 200 expatriates compare with the Mumias ugar company which turns the highest amounts of sugar per day, is the highest in the country, at 96000 tons per day . But the mill is managed exclusively and efficiently by the local African Manager from the top to the down trodden office messengers and sweepers

Since the terms of its former contracted management of Booker Agricultural international expired two decades ago and the expatriate left the have turned the company around from the the profit losses to a vibrant facility that is a profit making it rather shameful for Kenya, a country which has been independent for 50 years and has trained and truned out thousands of highly skilled personnel, to make the dumping for illiterate and oldest Indian workers who cannot be employed even in their own country .These undesirable Indian expatriate workers have flooded our sugar sub sector of the economy.

The majority of Indian expatriate workers were told they cannot be subjected to the mandatory safety deduction such as NSSF al NHIF as are allowed to export their package back home to their families .Why should the key a government allow the kind of modern day slavery where in citizens are being subjected to discrimination on few opportunities that are available.



News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

CAMPAIGNING for his second term re-election in 2007 the retired president Mwai Kibaki made a pledge that his PNU government would create 500,000 jobs for youth and school leavers annually.

Indeed several half a dozen of newly established industries sprung up during the period of 2007-2013 giving Kenyans the hope for more employment opportunities.

Five new sugar mills were established during the period under review with an opening up of close to 1500 employment opportunity for Kenyans. This was in the agricultural sector where new five sugar factories were established and commissioned to be begin their production operation.

These factories included Sukari Industries in Ndhiwa, Homa-Bay Count, Trans-Mara Sugar Company Limited in Trans-Mara, Narok County, Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries limited based at Kibos near Kisumu City, West Kenya Sugar Com0-any and Butali SugarCompany both located near Kakamega town in Kakamega County. The sixth sugar mill is the relatively much smaller Soin Sugar Works , which is located in Ainamoi constituency within Kericho County.

Most of the investors in all these facilities were locally based entrepreneurs and Indians from India.

However, the dream of many Kenya technocrats of securing jobs in these new sugar mills were dashed, when the investors arms-twisted the PNU/ODM coalition government headed by two principals in the name of President Mwai Kibaki and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and made sure that they imported their Indian kith and kins from India ,Pakisan and Bangladesh for all senior managerial positions.

Strange things happened. The very government which issued hundreds of work permits to hundred of expatriate workers in the new facilities, leaving Kenyans with nothing to be proud of.

The most shocking thing, however, is the categories of imported expatriate workers. Most of them are said to be semi-illiterate consisting of motor vehicle and electrical mechanics, store-keepers, account clerks, time keepers, cane yard clerks, cashiers, salesmen, warehouse clerks, messengers and the like.

The existing laws and regulations governing the employment of expatriates in Kenya were flagrantly ignored. The existing law says that expatriates may be engaged to fill up a vacancy on jobs categories where a local indignant Kenyan African is not available to take up the position.

The man who was at the helm at the Ministry Immigration and registration of Persons in the coalition government was none, but Raila Odinga right hand man Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ who is currently the Senator for Homa-Bay County.

Expatriate workers, from Indian, were issued with work permits through the back door and within five years they flooded the five sugar factories. In one factory, the proprietors even imported a Cooke specialized in Indian dishes to be In hand to prepare the meals for their expatriate foreign Indian managers and other Indian workers.

This is a very said situation taking into account that after 50 years of independence, Kenya has trained and turned out thousands of technocrats, artisans and so many skilled workers in excess of its industrial output. These highly skilled personnel are jobless while many unqualified foreign workers sits on plum jobs in their doorsteps

A survey recently carried out by this writer revealed that more than 60 Indian are working at the West Kenya Sugar Company, 47 Indians are engaged at the Butali Sugar mill .The two mills are located in Kakamega County. 49 Indians are engaged In KibosSugar and Allied Induaatries ,which is located at Kibos near Kisumu City, 50 are working at the Sukari Industries in Ndhiwa, Homa-Bay County while 45 are engaged on jobs at the Trans=Mara Sugar Company in Narok County.

These expatriates are earning between Kshs 40,000 and 85,000 per month and do repatriates their salaries back home to their families without being subjected to mandatory deductions such as NSSF and NHIF.

All these anomalies happens while the outspoken Secretary General of the COTU{K} Francis Atwoli, who is also the General Secretary of the Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers Union is keeping a total mum. Also silent is the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers Francis Wagara.

The few lucky African who got top jobs such as supervisors, clerks and in most cases Human Resources Managers, their salaries are so discriminative in comparison with the salaries earned by expatriates. The highest paid African only take home between Kshs 6,000 and 25,000 per month. And in most cases their employment is treated as casuals without any letter of appointments. Some of the expatriate workers are too old and arguably pensioners in their home of origins.

In this context the Kenya government is silent while its citizens are being discriminated on a few jobs which are available and being enslaved in their own motherland with their elected government is keeping mum. And at the same time speaking loudly about its plans to attract foreign investment with the purpose of jobs creation, and yet it cannot give the direct to the existing firms of foreign investors, Who are flagrantly and defiantly contravening the labor laws of the country?

Do we really need clerks, mechanics, fitters, welders, plumbers cookes, account clerks, cane yard clerks and time-keepers from India?

The government should send a team of experts to the five Indian owned sugar mills to carry out a thorough surgery and jobs evaluation so as to ascertain if the hundreds of foreign expatriate workers are necessarily required.



From: Abdalah Hamis

I bring you greetings from the deepest down of my heart which is bleeping with anger and sorrow as I pen this letter down. When some years ago I got employment with this our great organisation, Notore Group, the only fertilizer plant in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Champion of African Green Revolution, how happy I was after searching for a better job for months.

I remembered vividly when the plant was in a revamping stage, there was so much money all over the place to the extent that employees did not have to call you for anything because you KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, and that they should not bother but THINK OF WHAT TO DO FOR YOU. Knowing what to do for your employees presently is not very clear to you again, I must say. Where have you got it wrong with all the Harvard Business School Theories? Our case is like the proverbial child “who has not started crawling but wants to run along with other children”.

Agreed, you miscalculated in some of your business transactions, but it’s never too late to make corrections. Your employees are not happy with all that is happening, and they are all praying for you daily so that things can turn around. Their prayers are yet to be answered by God and by you. Remember your promises when the plant has not started production, which you later said some of them were slip of tongue. What happened to the “Future of Notore” that were in Training Centre few years ago? What happened to the Notore brand? What happened to the promise you made that very soon we all will be smiling to the bank? What happened to…… it? So many things to name but I will leave it for now.

What did your employees do that you decided to treat them the way you are presently doing? Is it that there’s no work in the country? Is it that you have more trust in INDIANS than in NIGERIANS? Is it that your Managers are being economical with the truth? Is it that you see your employees as helpless and hungry people? Which I doubt because the little I have known you, you don’t look like a heartless boss, although I heard your stories from the people you worked with in Oando.

You decided to sack some Nigerians and about to bring more Indians because you once said that “when other fertiliser plant comes up, that you are aware most Nigerians will leave Notore, then you will run the plant with Indians”. Yes, you are right because most production personnel are waiting for Indorama, Dangote, and Greenpark plants to come online, then the Indians and your managers will run the plant. You also forgot about the “Local content law” forbidding you from employing Foreigners for a job Nigerian locals can do.

From what is happening now in the plant, Indians will do you more harm than good, which I am sure Orascom (Egyptians) told you to avoid them. In case you don’t know it, most problems in the plant is as a result of your present Plant Manager, Mr Jaspal Singh, who sees himself as a demigod and forgot that Nigerians are not as hungry as Indians, by bringing a 480g Peak Milk [/b]for everybody (Maintenance, Production, Labour hands) on duty to drink . In fact, let me leave his case for another day.

You told us that lump sum is old-fashioned, Promotions will be horizontal and not vertical. You forgot that we still know what is happening in other process industries like NLNG, INDORAMA, REFINERY, etc. We are yet to see any growth at all, whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Do we even have [b]condition of service in this OUR PLACE TO BE organisation? Remember other better industries still use the lump sum method, which you considered as old-fashion. We are aware you have other companies, but please I wish to remind you that there’s no company you will make the kind of money you are making in this our great Organisation.

Your managers are about taking their THIRD car loan, and the lower cadre are yet to benefit from it. Please, even if it is Keke or Bicycle, give other people because what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. People have always said that Notore is a company for Managers. Is that why they always behave as if their subordinates are bunch of idiots by not appraising them well? Maybe, that is what they are taught in Managers’ courses.

I visited the plant few days ago and I was wondering if Nigeria still have Factory Laws in system. Lo and behold, I saw the Factory Law hung neatly in the Ammonia/Urea Control Room. What happened to all the things stated in the law? No laundry, No good Chairs/Tables, No locker, no good working environment, etc. I saw an operator in a cubicle I considered as a packing store filled with Phosphate bags, and he said that that is his unit office. Tufiakwa, according to my Ibo bothers, is this where he stays for 12 hours in a shift? I pondered, little wonder, we see this plant workers as local and uneducated. I am sure most of them are graduates with sound background, but why would such a big organisation as ours treat them as school-sat holders? Well, only you can answer this.

When your senior managers were resigning, I knew there was something we were yet to see. Imagine the likes of Onye, Balogun, Ovota, leaving our great organisation. Maybe they have a third eye that shows them the future is not all that bright as we speculated, or maybe their grade on the ladder makes them see farther than most of us. Our situation now tells me that they foresaw all these, we are just like a ship in the water without captain being tossed around by the waves. You said you don’t want to hear NAFCON, but the truth is NAFCON is far better than what you are doing today.

Yes, we had operational challenges according to how you put it, but remember you have to do the right thing at the right time. My economist told me that we save because of the rainy days, had this great organisation planned for this challenges, I shouldn’t be here writing this but seriously thinking of what to do for you.

We are doing a mini-TAM on an empty stomach, without 2 months salary, put yourself in our shoes and be truthful to yourself if you will carry out any assigned job 100%. I don’t want to believe like I said earlier that you are a heartless boss, but bearing in mind that January is always a month for most Landlords and school owners, you withheld our salary and you are using it for the mini-TAM.

Other employees are waiting for plant people to protest, but I don’t think they will be so foolish to do it because on 2 occasions they tried, their colleagues were sacked, and non-plant people continued their work. The anger of your employees are getting to a level where it may burst like a bomb released by Boko Haram in Borno.

I wish to stop here so that I don’t wash all our dirty linings outside, believing you will make necessary adjustments in no time. Thanks and may God continue to give you the wisdom to pilot this our great ship to a fulfilling end and make it a dream come true. I know you will look for me and make me a scape goat, no problem even if you sack me, I want to liberate other employees who are suffering in silence.

Concerned Employee


By a Special Correspondent In Kisumu City

INFORMATION emerging from corporate sources within Kisumu cIty say Raila Odinga’s company, the Spectre international has entered into a secret deal with the Kibios Sugar and Allied Industries and swabbed shares.

The Spectre International is the Odinga’s business flagship, which is currently managing the Kisumu Molasses plant, which is located at Otonglo Market in the outskirt of Kisumu City.

The information about the possible move by the two companies to collaborate and forming a consortium company has been in the public domain ever since last December when Raila made a surprise visit to the Kibos sugar factory, which is located at kibos town . Raila’s visit to the plant was immediately followed by the official tour of the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix koskei

Management of the kibos Sugar Companies are reported to have cooffed out substantial amount of money to the tune of Kshs 80 million, which they gave to the financially strapped Kisumu Molasses plant to enable it to clear the backlog of its workers salaries running to four months in arrears which prompted the stoppage of production at the plant when the workers went on strike and demanded that they be paid their salary in arrears amounting to Kshs 40 million. The Molasses plant had an accumulated unpaid power bill of the same amount.

Before the alleged deal the KPLC, the electricity providing firm had disconnected its power to the plant.

Other sources have confided to us, the the Spectre international and the kibios Sugar company are in the process of forming a consortium company, and once the arrangement is compete, the consortium would make a bid for the ACQUISITION OF THE RUB-DOWN Miwani Sugar mill, which is currently under the official receivership. Miwani together with the Muhoroni Sugar Mill were placed under what the then Minister for Agriclture Chria n Obure described as the “Protective receivership”. The two companies were placed under the joint official receivership management in 2001. But their status has remained unchanged and the same ever since 2001 with no signs in sight as to when the receivership would be lifted. Several firms and groups of official receivership management have been in place ever since, but no solution.

Miwani Mills {1985} together with Nzoia, Chemelil, sonySugar and Muhoroni Sugar Company are the five public owned sugar factories due for privatization.

The Kisumu Molasses of late to have been starved for molasses, a by product of sugar which it needed for making ethanol spirit. This is caused by the fact that most of the sugar factories in Western Kenya have established their own distilleries and as such can no longer adequately supply the Kisumu based plant with sufficient raw materials. The Molasses firm recently said it was exploring the possibility of turning into Sorghum millets for raw material and was heard urging local farmers to grow more millets.

The Raila company suffered a big blow and major set back following the the departure of Dr Evans Odhiambo Kidero from the helm of Mumias Sugar Mill where he was the managing director. It was Kidero who had kept the Kisumu Molasses plant running to its full capacity with the steady supplies of molasses, an arrangement which has since ceased to be in place as the company has already established its own ethanol distilling wing.Kidero is the governor of Nairobi County, the position which he won on an ODM ticket.

On Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries, the sugar processing factory was established without its own nucleus estate farm, and depended entirely the large and small scale sugar cane farmers from the nearby Kano plains, South Nandi and Kericho districts for supplies.

Miwani Sugar Mill, however, has its own nucleus estate farm measuring about 10,000 nacres, which has been laying fallow ever since the company went bust in 2001.

This farm has been the subject of high profile legal tussles in court, which has seen two senior judiciary officials comprising of a resident magistrate and a judge being removed from the bench and loosing their job as a cartel of Indian business men and farmers in Kisumu and Kibos made futile attempt to have the Miwani sugar cane farm grabbed from the backdoor. The exercise has degenerate a lot of controversies even involving some un named LUO MPS and cabinet ministers in the 10th parliament and became the “Milking Cow” in which some of them made of with palatial houses in their rural home corruptively constructed with the materials allegedly donated by unscrupulous Indian business tycoons who made all the tricks in the books in the vain attempt to secure the ownership of the Miwani farm.

The reported deal is said to have received the blessing of the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Koskei, an a top government officials whose interests in the deal is said to be through proxies.

However, the alleged plan to acquire the Miwani sugar Mills by Raila and business associates is likely to degenerate a lot of controversies because it may earn vehement opposition from the resident of the nearby Kano plains who for a long time have laid the claims that the farm happened to be their ancestral land, and as such they stand to be consulted as stakeholders in any deal and transaction.

Contacted by an SMS message through his mobile phone one of the top managers at Kibos Sugar Compay A senior manager at the Spectre Internationl is Odinga’s younger sister Ruth Adhiambo Oginga who could not be reached for her immediate comment. However a senior manager at the kibis sugar plant a Mr Raju promised that he would get in touch with this writer later as he was busy, but never came back on line.

Meanwhile ,apparently being aware of the secret deal by Raila and his Indians business associates, a section of leaders from the Nyanza sugar belt have raised objection against it and accused the jubilee government of plotting to ground the country’s economy through selling the public owned sugar companies to foreign and local investors without adequately consulting the local stakeholders.

Speaking during a fundraising meeting at the Koru Girls secondary School, which was conducted by the Nairobi governor Dr. Evans Kidero, the leaders accused the Jubilee government of failing to sustain the locaL sugar companies in the country to make them unviable and then privatize by selling them to their foreign and locally based business partners.

Apparently aware of the planned Raila deal with is Indian partners the leaders included the area MP James Onyango koyoo, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo,Julius Melly {Tinderet} and Senator James IOrengo [Siaya} vowed they would push for the sale of sustainable sugar companies to County governments within which they are situated. Miwani, Muhoroni and Chemelil are all located in the Nyanza sugar belt region of Kisumu County, while SonySugar is situated in Migori County and Nzoia sugar Company is in Bungma County. All are currently experiencing financial constraints due to illegal importation of sugar into the country from foreign sources, which has created a huge stockpiles of unsold made sugar by the facturies worth millions of shillings.

Meanwhile contacted for his comment about the alleged deal with Raila firm, a senior manager at the KibosSugar Company Mr. Raju promise to get in touch with this writer, but never came back, though he had indicated that he would do so. On the side of the Spectre Internatinal, the top manager there is Ms REuth Adhiambo Odinga, the younger sister to Raila who is also the deputy governor of the Kisumu County who could not be traced for her immediate comment


USA: Breaking: NY Times agrees

From: Lilly Ledbetter

Last night, Pres. Obama highlighted the truth: women still make less than men. But the President can do more–he can take the first step by issuing an executive order on equal pay that would affect millions of people. Can you add your name to my petition?
Click here
Dear REaders:

Last night, I sat in the House chambers as President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech. I was so proud that he declared his strong support for equal pay for equal work–calling out “workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.”1

That’s because five years ago, I stood beside the President as he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act–a bill named for me and the hardest fight of my life.2 But the fight for equal pay was never supposed to end there. And now that we’ve got the President on our side again–I need you to join me in demanding it doesn’t.

Today, working women are still typically paid 77 cents to every dollar working men make.3 That translates to a loss of $11,608 in salary each year.4 One of the major reasons the wage gap still exists is that it is actually legal for some employers to punish or even fire an employee who asks about pay discrepancies. How will a woman know she’s being paid less if she can’t ask?

President Obama has the power to change that for millions of workers. With a simple wave of his pen, he could sign an executive order that would ban federal contractors from punishing employees who discuss their pay with coworkers. Why start there? About 26 million people–nearly 22% of the workforce–work for companies that get federal government contracts.5 The impact would be huge. And I’m not the only one who’s saying it–the New York Times just asked Obama to take that step.6

I am personally calling on the President to sign this order. But I need thousands of people with me to urge the President to act. Can you join my UltraViolet petition calling on President Obama to issue an executive order for equal pay?

visit here to add your name.

I know President Obama supports equal pay–he made that incredibly clear last night. But there are women all across the country right now struggling to make ends meet or fearing retaliation because they got tired of the inequality and spoke up about getting paid less. We need more than words–we need action. And we need it urgently. Not another day should go by that women have to worry about their economic security while putting in the same hours at work as men.

When the President signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he said it was only the first step toward closing the pay gap.7 But we’ve gotten little accomplished since then in a gridlocked Congress. That’s why it’s time for President Obama to follow through on his word and take executive action.

Right now, workers who ask federal contractors about wage practices or who share salary information with each other can be fired or face other retaliation.8 How are they supposed to know if they are being paid unfairly? Until I received an anonymous note, I had no way of knowing about the discrimination I faced for years as a supervisor at Goodyear.

But by signing an executive order, President Obama could take simple, common-sense action that would move us another step forward in this fight for equality. We moved the ball forward once with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And I firmly believe that if we forcefully join our voices together now, we can do it again. That’s why I’m joining UltraViolet and the American Association of University Women to call on the President to take action.9

visit here to sign my petition calling on President Obama to issue an executive order on equal pay.

With hope,

Lilly Ledbetter


1. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, Washington Post, January 28, 2014

2. Lilly Ledbetter, Time, January 9, 2009

3. The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap, American Association of University Women, September 19, 2013

4. Study: Women, children hit harder by poverty, The Post and Courier, September 29, 2013

5. Lilly Ledbetter says the president can do more for equal pay: Sign an executive order, Washington Post, January 17, 2014

6. The Diminished State of the Union, New York Times, January 28, 2014

7. Ibid

8. Ibid

9. AAUW, Lilly Ledbetter Call for Action on Equal Pay on Ledbetter Law’s Fifth Anniversary, American Association of University Women, January 23, 2014

African migrants strike in Israel

From: Nizar Visram

Thousands of African migrants strike in Israel

Abayomi Azikiwe

Tens of thousands of African migrants suspended a general strike Jan. 13 that had been in effect since January 5 in the Zionist state of Israel. The strike is scheduled to resume on Jan. 15 in the aftermath of the death of Ariel Sharon.

A list of demands put forward by the African community — most of whom come from Eritrea and South Sudan — calls for the nullification of the recently enacted Anti-Infiltrator Law, a halt to arresting people under that law, the release of those currently jailed and a review of asylum requests for Eritreans and Sudanese. The strike impacted the hotel, restaurant, café and cleaning services sectors of the Israeli economy.

Some 60,000 migrants from Eritrea and South Sudan have entered Israel since 2006. Over the last two years, a new detention facility has been constructed to hold migrants on the border with the Egyptian Sinai.

The migrants are forced to flee ongoing conflicts in Central and East Africa and the subsequent economic devastation they have created. These conflicts are a direct result of Western imperialist interference in the internal affairs of post-colonial African states.

The Workers’ Hotline organization has received numerous complaints from African migrant workers of terminations and other threats from employers. “A group of workers came to our offices, and we also got phone calls from workers in Eilat who were told not to come back, and that their strike was seen as quitting without notice,” said Noah Kaufman, who works as a coordinator for refugees and asylum seekers at the agency. (Haaretz, Jan. 13)

Kaufman went on to say, “There were two accounts of workers given ultimatums — either agree to change their employment conditions for the worse, or quit without getting severance pay or notice.”

The agency says it is developing a legal strategy for addressing the ultimatums and firings.

A staff attorney for the Hotline, Michael Tadjer, stated: “Employers cannot exploit the asylum seekers’ suffering to worsen their terms of employment. They are using this as a means to threaten their workers. In essence, they’re saying, ‘We can fire you, so either you quit or we take away your seniority, worsen your conditions,’ or lots of other things. Employers are using this for exploitation.” (Haaretz, Jan. 13)

Tadjer went on to note: “The legal question is how much the strike was protected. Although they are unorganized workers, there is an umbrella organization that declared this strike, and there have been precedents in Europe in which sectors of the population went on strike in protest against the government, when policy directly harmed individuals. This strike is a political strike, and it might be that it is supported by law, but it hasn’t come up for legal review. We think that firing workers after a week-long strike against a law that harms the most basic thing — their freedom and ability to work — is an act committed in bad faith.”

Strike galvanizes migrants to demand asylum

The political actions of the African community in Israel have created a sense of urgency. On Jan. 12, long lines gathered outside the immigration offices in Tel Aviv in order to fill out forms requesting asylum.

One migrant told Haaretz, “I had an appointment, and the first security guard passed me through. The second one said, ‘You’re leading all of the protests and strikes, you were interviewed on Channel 2, I’ll show you.’ He tore up the slip, and said, ‘Go home,’ and began to scream at me.”

Political attacks on the African migrant community have been growing for the last two years. From low level politicians to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Africans have been labeled as “infiltrators” and “criminals.”

There have been anti-migrant demonstrations by Israeli settlers through neighborhoods where African migrants live and own businesses. Africans have been beaten and their stores trashed.

In response to these racist provocations the African migrant community is becoming more outspoken and militant. The general strike and the subsequent mass demonstrations are a reflection of a heightened consciousness and organizational sophistication.

David Grossman, a writer who has been labeled as a member of the Israeli left-wing, told the mass demonstration in Jerusalem that the state’s treatment of the migrants was shameful.

“I look at you now. … I feel embarrassed and ashamed. Israel has not created this problem, but there is a problem now (and) we have to struggle with it and to solve it in the most humane way.”

Continuation of settler policy against Palestinian and Arab people

Nonetheless, Israel is inherently a settler-colonial state, born in alliance with world imperialism through the suppression, oppression, forced removals and mass killings of the Indigenous Palestinian Arab population. Palestinians still live as colonial subjects in their national homeland and are subjected to constant detentions, dislocation, racist discrimination, military occupation, and repeated attacks by the army and air force.

Palestinians who have been forced from their homeland are denied the inherent right of return. In the Gaza region of the country, 1.5 million people live in what has been described as the largest open-air prison in the world.

Israel also occupies the Golan Heights in Syria, where an imperialist-backed war of regime-change has resulted in the deaths of at least 100,000 people over the last three years. The Israeli Air Force has carried out several bombing incursions against Syria in just the last year.

Other Israeli air strikes have been carried out against the Republic of Sudan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian national liberation struggle, which maintains a close fraternal relationship with Iran. Israel is backed up by the U.S. government through billions of dollars in direct aid, diplomatic support and military assistance.

Developments in Israel involving the escalating repression against African migrants should be seriously taken up by the African Union and other mass organizations on the continent. Israel was one of the main advocates and supporters of the partition of South Sudan from Khartoum, leading up to its realization in 2011.


By Our Reporter

Kisumu based Magistrate Phylis Lusia Shinyada who set free four men who violently robbed a Kisumu based journalist has been sacked and found unsuitable to be a judicial officer by the Sharad Rao led Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board .

Shinyada had in late 2012 freed the four men ostensibly due to what she said was luck of evidence despite crucial exhibits having been brought to court by the Police.

While releasing its ninth announcement on determination on suitability of Magistrates and Judges the board also found the following Judges unsuitable to be judicial officers; Anne IreriRuguru, Douglas Musa Machage, Gilbert Kimutai Too,George Rachemi Sagero,Joseph Riitho Nduruni, Kinaro Dennis Abraham, Ruth Benta Maloba and Timothy Ole Tanchu .

In regard to Hon Shinyada the board made the following recommendations after having received four complaints against the Magistrate;

. In Complaint one, the complainant alleged that in Kisumu CMCCR. No. 393 of 2012: the magistrate did not take down accurate proceedings, and was bribed. He claimed that the magistrate omitted part of his testimony from her court record. The complainant, who appeared and testified, stated before the Board that the magistrate was on her phone all the time intermittently recording his evidence and paying little or no attention to his testimony. The complainant further averred that he believed the bribe was paid because the accused’s parent indicated their intention to bribe the magistrate if the out of court settlement failed.

In her response the magistrate vehemently denied ever receiving a bribe in the matter or ever in her practice. The Board was not convinced that the magistrate kept a proper court record. The Board also wondered why she was quick to find that no prima facie case had been established through argumentative reasoning in her ruling that went

against the known principles enunciated in Bhatt vs Republic36. The magistrate after a discussion of the issues admitted that she may have acted hurriedly. She attributes it to lack of experience and mentorship. She stated that there is no training or guidance given to junior magistrates on joining the bench. She states she was not bribed and that her action were very honest and above board.

36Ramanlal Trambaklal Bhatt versus Republic [1957] E.A. 332 it was stated thus:-“Remembering that the legal onus is always on the prosecution to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, we cannot agree that a prima facie case is made out if, at the close of the prosecution; the case is merely one which on full consideration might possibly be thought sufficient to sustain a conviction.”

The Board finds that the bribery claim remains unproven. After a lengthy discussion the magistrate appreciated that it would have been prudent to put the defendants on their defence.

The second complaint was that in Kisii CMCC No. 88 of 2007 and No. 67 of 2009, the magistrate issued orders releasing the complainant’s motor vehicle to the plaintiff contrary to the orders issued by the High Court in Kisii. In her response the Magistrate stated that the case before her was not the High Court Case and that she had no intention of undermining the High Court’s findings on the same issue in a separate case. The Magistrate indicated that she took over the matter at the execution stage. It is clear that she never concerned herself with the decision of the High Court thereby making a contrary decision one year down the line. The Magistrate regretted her action. The Board finds that the Magistrate failed to exercise sufficient diligence in the matter.

The third complaint was that in Kisii CMCCR. No. 799 of 2011, the Magistrate threatened the accused with civil jail if he continued requesting to cross examine the witness. That the Magistrate was hostile to the complainant’s wife when she appeared before her to inform the court that her husband who was the accused was not feeling well. That the Magistrate further denied the accused the chance to cross examine the witnesses and refused to recuse herself. That she further rejected the probation report issued to her and ordered the probation officer to amend it to her desires.

The Magistrate’s response to the complaint was well explained. The complainant was unable to substantiate the issues and therefore the claim remained conjuncture and unproven. It was clear however that the Magistrate failed on her part to explain to the

Accused person his right to recall witnesses who had testified, when she took over the matter37. The Magistrate was well aware of this right but failed to ensure the accused enjoyed it. The Board felt that the conduct of the Magistrate on this specific matter painted a bad picture of the judiciary to the public. The Magistrate acknowledged the oversight and was remorseful for the same.

In complaint number four the complainant alleged that in Kisii CMCC No. 730 ‘A’ of 2009, the Magistrate adopted an incompetent surveyor’s report to determine a land matter and disallowed the complainant’s application for review on grounds that the complainant had filed an appeal despite having knowledge that the said appeal had been withdrawn.

In her response, the Magistrate was unable to substantiate why she never heard the review application despite the withdrawal of the appeal having been brought to her knowledge. The magistrate failed to quote authorities she relied on in her ruling. The Board felt that it was the duty of the Magistrate to ascertain that expert witnesses appearing before her are competent. Her failure so to do in this matter resulted in her recording evidence from an imposter surveyor. The Board concluded that the magistrate greatly relied on technicalities when writing her judgment in the matter. This was a deliberate infringement of the accused’s rights contrary to the provisions of the Kenyan constitution.

Complaint number five was from by a Law Firm who alleged that in Kisii CMCC No. 62 of 2010, the magistrate made an ex-parte order on an application which was already spent. That she declined the complainant’s application to summon the agricultural officer. She further proceeded with the matter ex parte and without ascertaining whether the mention notice was properly served thus denying the advocates the opportunity to peruse the agricultural officer’s report and or to cross examine the officer and proceeded to deliver the ruling on the matter ex parte.

Although the Magistrate denied all the allegations, it came out clearly that the Magistrate failed in several respects. The Board noted that the matter actually proceeded severally

without the defendants, and no notation is made on the Court record on whether the defendants had been served or not. On one occasion the defendant appeared ex parte and had interim orders that had lapsed extended. The Board felt that this conduct was inconsistent with judicial requirements of impartiality and fairness. The record indicates that the Magistrate greatly compromised the defendant’s rights to a fair hearing. The Magistrate explains that it was not intentional and regrets the same. The Magistrates conduct in this matter was quite despicable.

The Board felt that although the Magistrate’s language and writing skills in her judgments were commendable, she constantly failed to quote the law and decided cases in her judgments and rulings. Her judgments lacked good legal reasoning and displayed a poor analysis of the issues. She cited lack of proper induction, mentoring and training as the cause of her errors. The magistrate states that this is the first time in her career of about five years that anyone is pointing out her mistakes to her, and that she is very grateful to the vetting process, as it is also a learning curve. The Magistrate admitted that regular intervals of training and assessments would greatly improve their delivery. The Board unanimously determines that the Honorable Phylis Lusiah Shinyada is NOT SUITABLE to continue serving as a Magistrate.

USA: Stand with Elizabeth Warren: Stop employment credit checks

From: Heather McGhee

Dear MoveOn member,

I’m Heather McGhee of the organization Demos, and I started a petition to Congress, which says:

Credit checks for employment needlessly harm those who need jobs most. People’s experiences with medical debt, student debt, or other economically challenging circumstances should not stop them from getting a job. Please support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s mission to end this appalling practice through the Equal Employment for All Act.
Sign Heather’s petition

Credit reports were originally developed to assist financial creditors in considering the degree of risk involved in lending assets to would-be borrowers. Over time, however, employers began using personal credit histories as a means to assess job worthiness and character.

Today nearly half of all employers conduct credit checks as a condition of employment, including for a number of non-financial jobs such as home aide services, maintenance, and telephone technical support. Job candidates and employees have limited legal recourse to object to this practice.

Sign this petition in support of Elizabeth Warren’s Employment for All Act, and end the practice of employment credit checks.

No definitive body of research correlates the usage of employment credit checks—and poor credit histories specifically—to any real or perceived measure of job performance. Poor credit most significantly reflects one or a combination of three challenges: unemployment, a lack of health insurance, and medical debt.

Poor and/or minority candidates are disproportionately discriminated against through this practice. As a result, able-bodied workers remain excluded from the workforce, which keeps them from earning the very income that they need in order to improve upon the credit histories that impair their job prospects.

Employment in America should not operate in this manner. Senator Elizabeth Warren seeks to put an end to the practice of employment credit checks, through the Equal Employment for All Act. Stand in support of this cause by signing this petition today!

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From: Sam Muigai

I have noted, with deep concern, the suffering of Kenyans as a result of the ongoing strike by health workers in Government facilities. This strike is totally unacceptable and goes against the Hippocratic Oath and basic principles of humane consideration for fellow Kenyans.

I urge the Unions involved in the strike to think, not of their personal interests, but the thousands of Kenyans who are suffering.

I call upon all the doctors and other health workers who are on strike to resume work immediately so as to relieve the pain and anguish that Kenyans are
currently enduring.

Whatever differences exist, we have to put human life above all other interests.

We definitely cannot allow men, women and children to continue living each day fearing the worst for themselves and their loved ones as a result of disagreements that can easily be resolved by following the law.

I particularly call on governors and public health workers to speedily resolve the stand-off.

However, in the event of continued disagreement, we encourage governors to make urgent alternative arrangements to ensure all health facilities in
their Counties are manned and operational.

Kenyans have a right to receive essential services and this is not a matter to be negotiated.

Let me make it abundantly clear. My government is committed to fully implementing the Constitution, and especially the provisions on devolution.

The essence of devolution especially of health services is to
bring services closer to the people. We must therefore give devolution a chance to work.

18th December, 2013

Professional Women confronted by Theocracy took up Arms; Iraq & WMD’s – – another viewpoint;

from; octimotor

Theocracy vs. women induced to take up arms

Perhaps readers may recall news accounts in the USA media during the early 2000’s concerning the situations of women and girls in places such as Afghanistan and other countries in the surrounding region.

For awhile the Talaban regime held sway. It operated as a theocracy.

Heavy restrictions against women seeking to hold employment outside of homes were enforced. Schooling of girls was ended for the duration of their time in power.

Eventually, using the events of the 2001 September NY City twin towers and Washington DC Pentagon attacks as the officially proclaimed motivations, US forces invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq. Hence the Talaban regime in Afghanistan and the Sadam Husane regime of Iraq were unseated. After such actions eventually comes a time for the invading forces to be drawn down and prepare for what is to be established afterward.

In that context it occurred to me that there could be much value gained by setting up a particular kind of recruitment campaign.

It would be oriented toward involvement of the local women who had first hand experience of having been subjected to the restrictions imposed upon them by the prior Talaban regime. They would be provided with training in military skills and then equipped, formed up as military units.

Surely you would then reasonably expect that they could then be counted on to follow their natural interest and motivation to not again be placed under the thumb of elements of that kind of regime if it would seek to come back into power.

Against that background of my prior speculations, I was surprised to find recently a related history note. It was information in a presentation by mikitary historian Douglas Dietrich. Apparently that notion had already actually occurred in a near by geographic area a few years earlier. Those conditions arose in regards to the Iran / Iraq region at beginnings of 1980’s.

Under the US – sponsored 1950’s to 1980 Iran government of Shaw Raza Palavi, extensive moves toward Westernization of that nation occurred. Under programs pursued by that regime, women, often educated in Western nations’ universities, made major inroads into occupying high responsibility positions in the professions. These included Iranian universities faculty, law offices, government civil service, management positions in businesses.

Then in 1980. came the revolution in which the Revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran was established, led by the clerics, very formally operating as a theocracy with religious law being held as supreme. Westernized socieo-econic-political forms were to be abolished.

In one of his presentations, Douglas Diettich said that the women, employed in such positions within the professions, were informed that they must end their participation in such activities, or else face execution. As a reaction to being confronted with that kind of drastic proposition, many chose to flee that country. Due to geographic closeness, having a shared national border with Iran, Iraq received a major influx of these Iranian expatriate women.

Iraq’s regime had seen the Iran revolution as its opportunity to try to grab some territory from Iran, hence beginning a war between the two which bogged down and became very costly to them both.

In this setting, a number of the women who had fled into Iraq from Iran under duress then were able to take up arms. They joined their efforts into a battle which they hoped would allow the regime of the new Islamic Republic of Iran to be overturned. The records show that their units proved to be quite effective, militarily speaking.

Tragically though, their potentials for successes came to be deemed to be not in the US national interests, as viewed by its top level foreign relations officials. This was on the basis that Iraq, and the military units composed by expatriate Iranian women professionals, were being interpreted as players who joined alliances with the then Soviet Union as the main source for their military supplies and anticipated future political support, in the event that that they succeeded militarily.

This was a time in which the US arranged to sell arms to Iran for use in its war against Iraq. Those deals were set up by members of the Regan presidency. They started as a way to leverage his election into office. They continued afterward as a an element in his actions to confront Soviet power world wide. Look into accounts under two headings. One is “October Surprise”. The other is Iran / Contra Arms Scandal.

Observe also that previously Iraq had purchased much of its military supplies from the US as well as from the USSR.

US, Iraq, WMD-s

In the Media, much attention has been placed on the question as to presence, or not, for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) in the hands of Iraq. The Younger President Bush made this the celebrated cause for the US invasion of Iraq following the Twin Towers Sept 2001 events. Afterward, the most widely published view holds that there turned out not to be any of those things found by the US & its allies.

But WMD’s – – chemical and biological agents – – actually had been in the possession of Iraq, at least for a period of time. However, these were items manufactured and sold by US companies to Iraq. with the quiet acquiescence of the US government. A witnesses to this fact stated he had been a member of a special forces team. During infiltration and recon operational mission he broke into the relevant Iraqi storage bunkers, and there read company receipts inside, and lettering stenciled on outside of the containers of such ordnance. Mr. Dietrich’s info is an additional account of this situation.

You can thus recognize that US officials would have strong motives to avoid national embarrassment which would arise if the presence these munitions were officially proclaimed by US / Allied officials. The trail of receipts which announced US origins likely would not go unnoticed if investigation followed high profile disclosure of such armaments. Thus a policy to have US forces in the field just bomb (not capture and retrieve) them can easily be understood as a tactic to remove inconvenient evidence.

Douglas Dietrich states that he served as an enlisted man in the ranks of the US Marines during the Elder President Bush’s Persian Gulf War. He reports being an eye witness, within sight of the event in which one of the largest storage areas containing chemical agents and bio-agents was exploded by US fighter-bomber aircraft attack. He reports that he saw the rising flaming clouds,and soon afterward experienced the strange odors stemming from some of those agents being dispersed with the winds, hence becoming a source for chronic health problems effecting the troops who had been there.

By contrast the US official position was and continues to be that our troops were not subjected to exposure to chemical and or biological weapons agents. But this is counter to the facts of the matter. A result is a rather new medical illness. This is the much talked about ‘Gulf War Sendrome’.

Some of these veterans face a very difficult predicament. A former army nurse from that theatre of conflict speaks out now advocating their cause. The veterans’ medical system has been skewed with intent to keep benefit expenditures low. It often asserts that the vets seeking treatments are officially deemed to only have psychological difficulties. In reality, though, these folks are subject to many important medical physiological pathology conditions due to exposures to exposures to toxic materials.

Signed, -om-

The dark side of migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup

From: Yona Maro

Qatar’s population is increasing by 20 people every hour. most of those arriving in the country are low-income construction workers from Asia. These migrant workers have been recruited to help build massive projects worth up to US$220 billion, as part of Qatar’s drive to create a regional and global hub. Many of these projects will contribute, directly or indirectly, to the staging of the 2022 World cup. This Amnesty International report looks at how a permissive legal framework in Qatar allows unscrupulous employers to exploit and abuse migrant workers.


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USA: Mitch McConnell ACTUALLY said this

From: Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet

Senator Mitch McConnell is claiming he spent a lifetime working for equal pay for women. But it’s a lie–he’s blocked all equal pay legislation. Tell Sen. McConnell to back up his words by endorsing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Dear Readers:

Wow. In a recent interview, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s spokesperson said this about pay discrimination: “As the father of three daughters, fair pay for women is more than a talking point for Sen. McConnell. It’s something he’s worked to achieve his entire career.”1

This would be all fine and dandy if it were the truth. But it’s not. Sen. McConnell, who is up for re-election, has voted against every piece of legislation that sought to establish equal pay for equal work like the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act (twice!).2

While Sen. McConnell is falsely claiming to support pay equity now, women are still making an average of 77 cents per every dollar a man makes. And the numbers are even lower for women of color: Compared to white men, African American women were paid 64%, and Latina women were paid just 55%.3 And because two thirds of mothers are breadwinners, it’s not just about women–families and children are affected by pay discrimination, too.4

It’s time to set the record straight. Pay equity has become a major issue in his reelection campaign and Sen. McConnell thinks he can get away with lying about his track record. But we can stop that and make sure the truth comes out. Can you sign the petition asking him to prove his commitment to pay equity by endorsing the Paycheck Fairness Act? If tens of thousands of us speak out, we can expose the truth–that Sen. McConnell is no friend of pay equity.

Can you sign this petition calling on Sen. McConnell to endorse the Paycheck Fairness Act?

On average, women lose $10,784 a year because they are paid less than men. What could you do with almost $11,000 extra a year? You could pay rent for over a year, buy groceries for over a year, or pay health insurance premiums for almost 4 years. You might even be able to save up to $800,000 for retirement.5

It is unfair that women have to pay a tax for simply being women.

Mitch McConnell’s blatant lie is disrespectful to all the people who have truly fought for equal pay only to find themselves unable to get legislation through Congress because of politicians like Sen. McConnell.

But this is Sen. McConnell’s moment to redeem himself. He might not have spent a lifetime fighting for equal pay, but he can start now by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act. If it finally passed, it would get rid of loopholes that allow employers to pay women less. And as the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. McConnell is influential in shaping what GOP members will support.

But if thousands of us don’t speak up now, he’ll get away with lying about support for equal pay while nothing changes. If we show Sen. McConnell we’re onto the lie, media will take notice, and he’ll be forced to endorse the Paycheck Fairness Act or risk the media exposing him as untruthful as he campaigns for re-election.

Tell Sen. McConnell: If you say you care about equal pay, then publicly endorse the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team


1. Grimes calls for additional child care tax breaks, Associated Press, November 22, 2013

2. Despite Voting Against It, Top Republican Claims He ‘Worked His Entire Career’ For Pay Equity, Think Progress, November 25, 2013

3. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage, 2012 Census

4. Fact Sheet: The Wage Gap for Women, Center for American Progress, August 16, 2012

5. What Women Could Afford If They Earned Equal Pay For Equal Work, Forbes