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KISUMU CHURCH MEMBERS UP IN ARMS AGAINST THEIR HEAD

By Our Correspondent

Members of a Kisumu based church are up in arms with their church head in what the term as economic exploitation by the said head who demands unrealistic financial demands from them.

The members of the church which is situated along Kisumu –Nairobi road and is being headed by a one time Kanu operative and former President Daniel Arap Moi blue eyed boy among the clergy from luoland are also calling upon their Bishop to be sincere and tell them exactly how much the blance of the car he forced them to purchase for him.

He ordered all the churches under him to contribute towards the purchase of the his official vehicle and we raised kshs 3.5million upon which he said that was more than enough only for him to start shifting goal posts against the balance saying initially it was kshs 1.3m, then kshs 1.9m and currently kshs 2.3m” the members of the church lamented.

They are accusing their Bishop of being insincere to them as they have discovered that the said vehicle is registered in the Bishop’s personal names and not in the church’s name and wondered what he is upto.

“The vehicle should belong to the office of the Bishop and not his personal car, how comes the log book reads that it’s his personal car?” the lamented.

Our investigations reveal that the said Bishop was recently given kshs 500.000 thousand by Voice of God and Healing Church to offset the balance of the said vehicle after betraying some clergy and supported the wife of the head of the said church.

“At his age we expect him to be sincere with us and not to play that monkey business with us” they lamented.

Contacted the said Bishop said there is nothing wrong for the church to buy and complete paying the price of the said vehicle.

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Kenya: IS THE ODM – WIPER COALITION HEADED ONTO THE ROCKS?

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

SIGNS are emerging out of Luo-Nyanza indicating that relations between the Orange Democratic Movement [ODM] and the Wiper Democratic Party may be heading onto the rocks.

This could be judged by the recent events in which Members of Parliament who had won their parliamentary seat on MARCH 4, 2013 elections on WDP tickets have been placed under political siege, and are reported to be having it rough.

Both the ODM and WPD are the leading component of the CORD coalition, which also brings together other smaller parties. ODM is headed by Raila Odinga, while the WDP is under the leadership of the former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.

The symptoms of the rapidly widening gap and differences between the two partners surfaced during last week homecoming party for the Alego-Usonga MP Omondi Muluany. The gathering appeared to have been boycotted by senior ODM politicians in Siaya County. The only ODM luminaries in Siaya County who attended the party included Nicholas Gumbo, The MP for Rarieda and his Bondo counterpart Gideon Ochanda.

Muluany was elected on WDP ticket. Before this homecoming party, the legislator had faced rowdy ODM youth who confronted him and shouted him down during the Mashujaa DAY event held in Siaya town the previous week,

Senior ODM politician who were notably absent included Siaya Senator James Aggrey Orengo, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and his two counterparts from Ugenya and Ukwala constituencies. Also absent from the gathering was Dr. Oburu Oginga the former Bondo MP and several Ward representatives from the various parts of Siaya County. The minority leader in Parliament Nyenze from Ukambani was the only senior politician from outside Luo-Nyanza who attended the gathering.

Another MP who is said to be under siege is Fred Kopiyo [Awendo}. He too was voted into parliament on a FORD Kenya ticket. The MP who is prior to his election was living in a rented house within Awendo Town is reported to have relocated to and is now occupying a rented house near Rodi-Kopany within Homa-Bay Town constituency due to pressure mounted by ODM youth in Awendo. He is reported by sources to be as rare visitor to Awendo Town

The same sources say Kopiuypo these days changes his mode of travels whenever he is visiting his rural home which is in Sakwa West Location within Awendo district. He changes vehicles at the nearby Rongo town before he proceeded home where he is reported to be putting up an ultra modern house, which is still under the construction.

Reports emerging from Awendo says that an ugly incident recently occurred at the CDF office, which is also used by the MP as his constituency office when it was invaded by a group disillusioned and frustrated ODM youth who caused a fierce fighting. The attackers are said to have gone to the office with intention of forcefully ejecting the manager and workers out of the office. The fracas left several people inured and needed medical attention. Those who sustained bodily injuries included the MP’s personal assistant {PA}

Unconfirmed reports say the MP”s constituents are finding it difficult to communicate their messages to home because his cellphones are permanent switched off. They included the Ward representatives from the various locations within the constituency. The MP also sent his donations towards funeral gathering during the burial of his fallen constituents through emissaries. The MP could not be reached for his comments over these allegations as his two phone lines are permanently switched off.

The majority leader in the Migori County Johnson Omolo Owiro who represented Central Sakwa Ward is the one who is now handling most problems within the constituency because the MP is nowhere to be seen.

Owiro, the former chairman of the defunct Awendo Town Council confirmed in a phone conversation with this writer that he is also finding it difficult to communicate with his MP, but he is not nursing any ill=feeling towards the legislator and only wished well. He denied the rumor and speculations making the round that he is nursing parliamentary ambition, and might be a candidate for the seat in 2017. Kopiyo used the ticket of the PDP party of Omingo Magara after having losing the ODM ticket during the party’s primaries to his populist challenger Walter Sirawa.

Those politicians in Luo-Nyanza who the elections using other party tickets including those parties which were perceived to be friendly to the ODM and CORD have found the going difficult to integrate smoothly with their ODM colleagues and are therefore in political dilemma.

KOyoo is currently giving sleepless to the manager of the sugar mills which are located within his Muhoroni constituency, and who he has persistently accused of fleecing sugar cane farmers on their harvested cane crops and for the unnecessary delays in paying out raw cane bill after the deliveries.

However, there is only one Luo MP who has defied these political machinations and has integrated well with his ODM parliamentary colleagues. This is the Muhoroni MP James Onyango K”Oyoo. This is due to the fact that the outspoken MP is one of the shrewdest Luo politicians in the 11th Parliament.

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KENYA: PENSION FUND FOR COUNTY WORKERS OPENS OFFICE IN KISUMU

By Agwanda Saye

Laptrust, the pension fund for county government workers in Kenya, has opened a new branch in Kisumu as it seeks to grow revenues by strengthening its membership base in the counties.

The fund, which boasts over Ksh18 billion in assets, plans to expand to other counties and bring its services closer to members who are spread across the country.

“We have decided to open branches in every county. Kisumu is the first branch outside Nairobi we are opening in the 84 years of our existence. The decision was aimed at bringing more personalized service to our members in line with our quest to be the pension fund that serves the counties,” said Laptrust CEO Hosea Kili during the opening ceremony in Kisumu.

He added that Laptrust will soon open other branches in Mombasa, Nyeri and Garissa.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma said move by Laptrust would benefit pensioners who would no longer have to travel to Nairobi to collect their dues.

“My government appreciates this noble initiative of bringing services to customers in the spirit of devolution. Kisumu is the regional hub and this office will not only serve customers in Kisumu but also others in the region,” said the Governor in a speech read on his behalf by the county executive committee member Rhoda Ahonobadha.

The pension scheme, established in 1929, is targeting to grow its asset base to Ksh 22 billion by the end of this year. The fund’s net assets improved by 17.6 per cent to Ksh4 billion in 2012 compared to Ksh3.4 billion in 2011, attributable to high returns realized from liquid investments as well as quoted equities.

“Due to the positive environment in the year under review, the scheme recorded another strong of performance with the emphasis on improving revenue collection and prudent investments across a range of assets,” Kili told the fund’s members at the annual general meeting in Eldoret on Monday.

Kili said the fund was keen on further diversifying its asset portfolio comprising mainly property, government securities and quoted and unquoted equities.

“We are restructuring our current portfolio, for instance, by investing more in private companies with strong growth potential and optimizing our property investments,” explained Kili.

He added that the fund was keen on reducing debt owed by contributors and had successfully recovered Ksh4 billion in debts by the end of last year. The number of pensioners benefiting from the scheme rose from 4,294 to 4,450 in 2012.

The fund’s membership grew from 22,685 in 2011 to 23,458 as at December 31, 2012. Kili says the improved revenue collection was also partly attributable to improved operational efficiency and enhanced customer service.

The fund’s membership comprises mostly county government employees, previously working for the defunct local authorities.

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KENYA LAWYERS BODY WANTS TRAFFIC BOSS REMOVED

To: jaluo jaluo@jaluo.com

By Agwanda Saye

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has filed a suit to eject from office Traffic Commandant Mr. Samuel Kimaru over increased tragic road accidents.

LSK has also included the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) as respondents in the suit filed at the High Court, sitting in Mombasa.

The suit seeks a declaration that the Traffic Commandant is unfit to hold office following omissions, actions, abuse of power and gross neglect of Constitutional and Statutory duties.

It further seeks an order directing the NPSC to sack Mr. Samuel Kimaru as an employee of the Service.

According to the plaint (legal papers) drawn and filed by Ndegwa Muthama Katisya & Associates Advocates who are representing LSK, thousands of lives are being lost on roads.

“Neglect of duty by the Traffic Commandant and the NPSC leads to loss of over 3,000 lives on the road annually,” says LSK in the plaint.

LSK told the High Court that over 9,000 people are maimed for life annually, 26,000 vehicles and other property destroyed annually and billions of shillings spent on hospital bills and funeral expenses.

“Over 1,725 people lost their lives on the road between January and July 16, 2013 alone,” LSK said in the plaint.

LSK said that unlawful omissions and actions of the Traffic Commandant and NPSC have significantly contributed to the Police Service becoming the most corrupt institution countrywide.

“The Kenya Police service has consequently been nationally and internationally recognised as the most corrupt institutions,” LSK said.

LSK said that the respondents are in gross violation of the National Police Service Act No. 11 of 2012.

“The Traffic Commandant has failed to maintain law and order on roads, protect life and property, investigate, prevent and detect traffic offences, apprehend offenders, and enforce of all traffic laws and regulations,” LSK said.

In violation of Section 49(3) and (4), of the National Police Service Act , the Commandant has failed to make reports of all daily occurrences and incidents encountered in the discharge of the statutory function and submit the report to superiors.

Under Section 49(10) of the National Police Service Act, the Commandant has failed to respect the law, regulations, Service Standing Orders and to prevent violations thereof.

“The Traffic Commandant is professionally and vicariously liable for the neglects, unlawful omissions, and commissions of the officers working under his command.” LSK said.

LSK has argued that as a result of the Commandant’s failure to remove defective vehicles from the roads, a substantial number of vehicles with visible defects or violations of the Traffic Act pass through Traffic checkpoints.

LSK said that the visible defects or easily discernible defects and or violations include vehicles without both or any head-light being driven for long distances at night without being removed from the road.

Others include public service vehicles with dangerous worn out tyres, overloaded public service vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Some of the vehicles illegally emit heavy obnoxious petrol or diesel fumes, public service vehicles without speed governors, vehicles without identification number plates are habitually used in Kenya roads.

LSK said that many vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers and kerbs have been converted into parking and garages for repairing broken down vehicles.

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KENYA: THE FUTURE OF ODM IN LUO-NYANZA LOOKED BLEAK AS THE RESULT OF KIDERO SAGA

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The over all influence and popularity of the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM} Inside Luo-Nyanza is gloomm following the recent deadly rumors and speculation of in-fighting Within its rank and file in both the national office and local branches.

The situation is aggravated and worsened by the latest widely spread newspaper reports that some of the Orange party luminaries are not comfortable with the performance of the Nairobi governor Dr Evans Otieno Kidero. and ware actively plotting for the governor’s downfall.

The news about clandestine under current activities against the Nairobi governor, if true, could split the ODM in Luo-Nyanza.

The same could rekindle the old near violence confrontation which was witnessed in the region in the middle of 1960s and early 1970 when the two political giants in the region and heroes of the struggle for independence burst into open and caused a major split between the LUOs of Central and those of then greater Southern Nyanza

The close to violence confrontation between the late Jaramogi Oginga Oding and Tom Mboya did not only destabilized, but also polarized the region when the supporters of the two went for each others neck.

Luos living in Central in Central Nyanza rallied behind Jramogi while those of SOUTHERN nynza supported Mboys. The two traversed the region addressing series of rallies while tearing at each other’s style of leaders. These wrangling only came to ubpru0t end following Mboya”s assassination on July 5,1969. Thereafter Jaramogi became the undisputed and overall leader of the community.

CORD and ODM stalwarts in Kisumu and rural areas have been heard making malicious and wild allegations against Kidero to the effect that he was betraying CORD because of he is working in close relations with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other Jubilee leaders, and as such undermining the CORD the party which had sponsored his election as the City governor during the March 4, 2013 general elections.

Other accusations which are so common is that Dr KIDERO is currently warming up towards the jubilee leader Raila Odinga comes the year 2017 general election by contesting the presidency of the Republic.

Kidero only sin is having ushered President Kenyatta for a luncheon at his palatial Muthaiga upper market residence and for having travelled in President Kenyatta”s entourage during his recent state visit to Russia an China.

Those speaking in defense of Nairobi governor have dismissed these allegations and claims as cheap and petty and only based on nothing, but naked jealousy. Kidero supporters have been heard purring up the strong but logical argument that Nairobi County is the seat of the national government of Kenyan which is headed by President Kenyatta and as such the protocols requires the governor to work closely with the government of the day.

Kidero, according to the majority of CORD members has done nothing wrong to warrant such bashing, which are based on negative suspicion. Others are saying that that Raila has had enough backing for the community, though owing to bad luck he has failed to capture the presidency having contested thrice for it, and that it was time he gives up his presidential ambition and pave then way for another youthful Luo to take over the mantle of the community political leadership.

KIDERO who has a Suba ancensestry background hails from Gem Location in Rangwe in the Central region of the votes-rich greater Southern Nyanza.

Prior to his joining Nairobi politics he had served for well over a decade as the Chief Executive of Mumias Sugar Company in Western Province, which had successfully turned around from loss to profit making. the most dynamic , prolific speaker and uncompromising champion of the struggle for Kenya’s freedom. It is indeed in the lips of many Kenyans that the late Mboya whose life was cut short by the bullets fired by an assassin in a Nairobi street on July 5, 1969 was the true architect of Kenya’s political independence. he died while serving as the Minister for Economic Planning and Development in the post independent cabinet and also the Secretary-General of the then ruling KANU party a position, which he had ever since its inception in 1969.

Dr Kidero had traversed many parts of Luo-Nyanza while giving hefty cash donations towards the various economic project, and at first many people in the region thought he would contest one of the parliamentary seats in Southern Nyanza, but having born in NAIROBI he finally settled for the City governor position.

So far the ODM leader Raila the has kept mum, not to uttering anything in regard to the on-going reported under current and undercutting activities against Kidero by other party luminaries. including some Luo MPs.

However, those privy to ODM have been heard as saying that the issue is likely to boil up in the near future unless Raila himself come out in the open and restrain his supporters from making uncalled for criticism of Kidero who is said to be doing a good job for the Nairobi people.

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KENYA: MAN OF GOD ATTEMPTS TO DEVOUR FELLOW MAN INSTEAD OF CASTING OUT THE DEMONS

By Our Reporter

A Pastor with a Kisumu based church situated along Kisumu-Nairobi road attempt to seduce a fellow man took another dimension when the man he had intended to seduce reported the matter to the police resulting to the Pastor’s arrest and subsequently being charged in court.

The Pastor who is called Erick Osewe alias Dominic Oloo and pastoring in one of the branches of the church whose head is locally branded as a political prayer Bishop who once served as former President Moi errand boy within luoland has since been charged in a Kisumu with improper use of mobile phone.

He appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Samuel Atonga and was charged that on October 28th while at Dalc International Hotel within Kisumu County he sent an sms to Walter Amatta

“Through the republic of Kenya by means of a Safaricom mobile you sent a messege to Walter Amatta saying” hi swity si u be part of mine” read the charge.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on a bond of Kshs 60,000.

The case will be mentioned on November 11 .

As a result of his conduct the few church members have since left the church leaving the Bishop with only his wife, few children and relatives in that church

APPRECIATIONS FROM THE AKR CHAIRMAN’S DESK

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Proudly Kenyan,

On behalf of the AKR Executive committee, accept our sincere gratitudes for getting time, albeit the short notice and the heavy rain, to come and meet our dear President yesterday.

We had a record turnout of 732 !!!

Meanwhile, we are in the process of organising for the “Kenya at 50″ Celebrations to be held in December 2013 and shall keep you posted.

Well done and God bless you, God Bless our lovely Kenya.

Boniface Mutua
Chairman, AKR

KENYA: WESTGATE LOOTING HAS NOW GONE TRIBAL

from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 201E

It is very unfortunate that the Westgate Mall looting has gone tribal. Gen Julius Karangi says Victor Otieno and Victor Ashiundu had to be sacked and jailed for looting during the Westgate shopping mall terror attack. The third soldier, Isaiah Wanjala is under probe over the allegations.

According to Gen Karangi the soldiers were found with mobile phones, cameras and chargers that were “stolen” from the mall during the siege. It contradicts his previous statement that soldiers had only taken water during the four-day siege.

The Jubilee Government, through the Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku, on the other hand has rubbished the Jicho Pevu exposé by KTN’s investigative Journalists, Mohammed Ali, and, John Allan Namu, which exposed how the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) looted the Westgate Mall.

Speaking on Saturday, Lenku maintained that KDF never looted the Westgate Mall, saying they are very professional and highly trained soldiers who cannot engage in any act of lawlessness during an operation.

This comes even after the CCTV footage showed KDF soldiers “illegally doing shopping” (looting) and leaving the mall with their loot in white Nakumatt paper bags. The question now is, why only three soldiers, all from Western Kenya have been identified?

Speaking earlier on, Asman Kamama of Security and Ndung’u Githinji of Defence noted that KDF never looted at Westgate contrary to earlier allegations by shop owners. Instead, Jubilee MPs alleged that the shop owners at Westgate Mall took advantage of the terror situation to loot their own shops to fleece insurance companies.

Members of Parliament in the joint Committee on National Security and Defence have also changed their mind saying the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) may have looted at the Westgate Mall during the terror attack last month.

Previously Parliamentary Committees, which jointly investigated the Westgate Mall looting absolved KDF from looting allegations and cleared them of any wrong doing at the Mall.

But later on Defence Committee Chairman, Ndungu Githinji, confirmed that KDF may have looted the Westgate Mall contrary to their earlier statement that had cleared them, noting that during their investigation they were never given or viewed all the CCTV footage at Westgate and that the new footage is very compelling and clearly shows KDF looting.

The big question however, since Karangi is giving it tribal oulook, will the MPs get the truth when they go back again to the table to ascertain the truth about KDF soldiers and their operation at Westgate as they have promised?

Up to now Karangi is unable to satisfactorily explain why his men not only assisted but took over operations within the mall despite President Uhuru Kenyatta putting the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo in charge.

Apart from the three suspects, Karangi has also failed to satisfactorily convince Kenyans that when CCTV footage displayed soldiers walking out of Nakumatt with paper bags and then stopping by a mobile phone counter, was that water?

And even if the soldiers took water, why carry them out when they were supposed to drink them inside? And by the way soldiers are supposed to carry all the necessary items require when they go for any operation, why were they in the first place carry water from Nakumatt?

Again outside the mall there were charitable people who were providing food and water to the security and journalists, why could they not carry water with them inside instead of taking water of the supper market without permission?

Karangi has also failed to explain clearly what caused the second floor parking lot to collapse. Instead Karangi maintained that the building was brought down by mattresses the terrorists burnt and not the anti-tank gun they used to expose the terrorists.

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

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

From: ANYUMBA GEORGE

“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.”

Afwande!


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ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM WON’T STOP RIGGING IN KENYA

from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013

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

OUR PRESIDENT’S VISIT TO RWANDA

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Fellow Kenyan,

As you may be aware, our president H.E Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Rwanda this morning to attend the 3rd Tripartite Infrastructure Summit today and the transform Africa summit tomorrow.

We have sent a request if and when the President can meet Kenyans in Rwanda and shall revert once we get any information. If our request is granted, this may be on very short notice and would request that, you be on high alert, to meet our president and his entourage.

Carol

KENYA: OUR TURN TO EAT THAT EXCLUDE OTHER TRIBES IN UHURU’S EATING CAMP

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013

Bernard from Bomet County writes: “Dear Editor, I read your blog yesterday with great shock. I didn’t know that all advisors of President Uhuru Kenyatta are from his tribe and his TNA party apart from one who comes from William Ruto’s URP party.

They are Mrs Nancy Gitau, Chief Political Advisor, Mutahi Ngunyi, Senior political advisor and former Cheranganyi MP, Joshua Kuttuny. My concern is that since they are from Uhuru’s tribe and TNA party as well as Ruto’s tribe and URP party, can they really advice the president objectively”?

Bernard your concern is the concern of every Kenyan. I do agree with you that it is very difficult to advice the president objectively when his advisors are from his ethnic communities, TNA or Jubilee coalition.

That is why I always said on this blog that it is very dangerous to form a government elected by numbers and not merits. It is what John Githongo says in his book that such governments are formed in order to eat and not to serve.

Githongo was the perfect man to clean up the mess of the culture of corruption in Kenya but like Uhuru, since Mwai Kibaki’s advisors were practically from his tribe or party they advised him wrongly to the extent that Githongo’s life was in danger. He had to run in exile to save his life.

Githongo’s book on ‘Its our turn to eat’ explains how it works- The first president after independence was a Kikuyu, Jomo Kenyatta, and the Kikuyu grew rich. After Kenyatta’s death, anti-Kikuyu tribes joined forces and Daniel arap Moi became president. He was a Kalenjin. Kalenjin politicians bought Mercedes, their wives shopped abroad.

The Kikuyu, desperate to get to the trough again, persuaded other anti-Kalenjin tribes to join with them, and the Kikuyu Kibaki was elected. After Kibaki the number had to be used to make sure that Uhuru Kenyatta becomes the president. He used William Ruto to help him get that required number and it eventually worked.

Uhuru will rule for 10 years, but knowing the politics of Kenya very well, Ruto is to forget it. Uhuru’s tribe men will never allow him to succeed him, for it is our turn to eat is to continue.

Githongo was immediately removed from his work as anti-corruption and ethic secretary when he tried to tell Kibaki that it was wrong to eat on Anglo Leasing, a Finance Company Ltd. Registered in Britain, it had 18 contracts with the Kenyan government for the supply of everything from a forensic laboratory to a navy frigate and jeeps: 16 percent of the government’s expenditure in 2003-04 went to Anglo Leasing.

The book compares Kenya’s corruption to a huge garbage dump that has grown higher and higher over the years. “Each stratum has a slightly different consistency – the garbage trucks.

In general, Githongo’s well-documented exposé of the Anglo Leasing corruption was treated with disdain by Kikuyus, who felt he had betrayed his own, and passively accepted by donors. Githongo wanted to demonstrate that Kenya is bigger than a tribe.

What Bernard is not aware of is that it is not only Uhuru’s advisors but also security directors, practically all from Uhuru ethnic communities, the CID, NIS and armed forces chief of the general staff.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s committee to look into the issues of the Somali’s refugee camps in Kenya with view of closing them down are also been accused of tribal or party favor.

This is after the National Assembly, through the Committees on National Security and Administration, together with that of Defence, recommended immediate closure of the refugee camps after the Westgate Mall attack, because they had become breeding grounds for terrorists.

Here are the names of members of the committee;-

Chairman:
Daniel Njuguna Waireri

Vice Chair:
Joyce Wanja Mburu

Joint Secretaries:

Wamuyu Mang’ondu

Gladys Njoki Muhia

Nyokabi Githiora

Charles Karanja Thingira

Members:
Elizabeth Nyanguthii

Stephen Kiraithe

Athanas Gichuki Mwathe

Christine Agatha Waitherero

Hosea Kimkung Maiyo

Research team:
Dr. Githinji wa Muoka

James Lee Mukora

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HOW CITIZENS SUFFER WHEN DEMOCRACY IS BASED ON NUMBERS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013

Vivian from Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County writes: “Fr Beste I know you are the best political analyst who can help me understand how this Jubilee government operates. I am sure you have read the newspaper of today.

The paper has reported that a section of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government is facing a major credibility crisis just six months into the Jubilee administration with no less than six top government officials facing investigations by Parliament and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

They include Cabinet Secretaries Charity Ngilu, Joseph ole Lenku, Raychelle Omamo, Attorney General Githu Muigai, and Chief of General Staff Julius Karangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Michael Gichangi, all under scrutiny following emerging scandals and apparent lapses under their respective dockets.

What is your take, do you think Uhuru Kenyatta can fire them if they are found incompetent in their duties? I am just confused to tell you honestly?”

Vivian since in Kenya democracy is defined in terms of numbers, and most appointments are made on political ‘good will’ I don’t see President Uhuru Kenyatta firing these government officials even if they are found incompetent.

In that parliamentary committee they are to face the majority are from Jubilee coalition government. They have the number so they will protect them. Again this will depend on Mrs Nancy Gitau who is Uhuru’s Chief Political Advisor and former Cheranganyi MP, Joshua Kuttuny, who has since been appointed as Uhuru’s political advisor. Nancy is Uhuru’s TNA while Kuttuny is William Ruto’s URP. Both are affiliate of Jubilee coalition.

Until her appointment, Mrs Gitau was former President Mwai Kibaki’s Political advisor who worked under Prof Kivutha Kibwana who was Kibaki’s Constitution Affairs Advisor. Gitau is the chief advisor to president Uhuru and I don’t see her advising him contrary to the party.

That is also why the directive by the parliament one of its standing committees to assess whether President Uhuru Kenyatta broke the law by appointing former Treasury PS Joseph Kinyua to the newly created position of Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service without the necessary approval is a waste of time and taxpayers money.

Uhuru’s latest appointments in the last one week are:-Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui – Chair, Board of the National Transport and Safety Authority, Mbui Wagacha – Interim Chairman, Central Bank of Kenya (awaiting presidential appointment), Arthur Igeria – Chair, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, and Joseph Kinyua – Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service.

Other appointments include former Naivasha Mp John Mututho, the Chairman of Nacada, the country’s drugs control body, Kiragu wa Magonchi – Chairman Teachers’ Service Commission, and Mutahi Ngunyi – Senior Political Advisor. Mututho replaces Dr Frank Njenga whose five year term has elapsed.

Since Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu was one of the politically appointees, is why, even though she is accused of appointing and vesting the powers of signing title deeds in the holder of the office to Peter Kang’ethe Kahuho against Kenyan constitution, nothing is going to happen to Ngilu.

It is also why, even though Parliament’s committee on Defence and Foreign Relations and that on Administration and National Security summoned Mr Lenku, Ms Omamo, Mr Kimaiyo, Gen Gichangi and Gen Karangi to explain what they knew and what they did about the Westgate attack, all these are just a waste of time.

This is not to mention a security audit carried out in the aftermath of the Westgate terrorist attack which revealed massive fraud in the issuing of identification documents to foreigners for as little as Sh40,000. Big people concerned cannot be fired because they are either politically or ethnically appointees.

Part of the investigation revealed that a senior registration clerk had set up an office in a bar in Nairobi’s Huruma area where he issued identity cards to Somali nationals. Police officers who force their ways to investigate such big people are immediately transferred elsewhere or redeployed.

In most cases people who are fired are small people like in recent one where minister concerned only fired three senior assistant directors of immigration, Martha Ikiara (JKIA), Joseph Musili (in charge of investigations and prosecutions at Nyayo House) and Javan Bonaya (JKIA).

Others are assistant directors and include James Chege (Wilson airport), Victor Oduba (headquarters), Mose Peter K. (JKIA), Kiprotich Keter (Nakuru office), Solomon Gakuo (Nakuru), Fauziah Abdalla (JKIA), Richard K. Rono (JKIA), Alex Kisiangani (JKIA), Carol Muhenye (JKIA) and John Duba (JKIA).

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Kenya: ICC process will end in empty justice, says Frazer (Sunday nation)

From: maina ndiritu

By MUGUMO MUNENE

The ICC cases facing President Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang should be dismissed because the prosecutor did not conduct credible investigations and the process will end up in “empty justice,” a former US diplomat on Africa has said.

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer says the African Union request to the UN Security Council to postpone the cases for a year should, in fact, be replaced with a dismissal of the cases.

Dr Frazer was in office at the time of the disputed 2007 election results and the violence and political agreements that followed what is characterised as one of the darkest chapters in Kenya’s history and was one of the diplomats working to resolve the crisis.

“I think the cases are so weak they should be dismissed. Deferral just keeps a cloud over the head of the leadership. But that said, I think you can’t have a case where you are asking the President and the Deputy President to be at The Hague. That doesn’t make any sense to me,” she said.

Dr Frazer revealed in an interview with the Sunday Nation that she hired a lawyer “close to the ICC” specifically to look at the evidence against President Kenyatta who, she says, informed her current position.

She asked for the legal opinion because she found the case was not consistent with the US embassy briefings from the time of the crisis and her subsequent meetings with Mr Kenyatta at the time.

“It did not seem consistent with my meetings with him during the post-election violence; it did not seem consistent with any of the cable traffic coming out of the US embassy at the time. They (lawyers) looked into the case and they said it’s all hearsay,” she said.

She then attacked the office of the prosecutor: “Where are the forensics? Who did the actual investigation? … I feel that the victims will be most served by having cases that have real forensics so that people who actually killed them can be brought to justice and that’s not happening. The victims aren’t going to get any justice from the ICC.”

At the start of investigations in 2010, Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, deputised by current Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, promised that he would follow the evidence and nothing more.

“We will investigate the crimes, protecting the victims and respecting the rights of the suspects. We will follow the evidence, and we will prosecute those most responsible,” Mr Moreno-Ocampo said.

The decision on the quality of evidence will be decided by the trial judges currently handling the matter but Dr Frazer seems unconvinced and says ICC kowtows to Western powers.

The straight shooting former diplomat is pessimistic about the outcome of the request by the African Union to the Security Council on the Kenyan cases because “It’s the exact same countries who have been manipulating the ICC. The prominent five are there and this is the problem of the institutions that we have today … that they cannot serve all of us equally.”

The “prominent five” are the five permanent members of the UN Security Council who have the power to veto any decision. They are China, US, Britain, France, and Russia.

“And that’s how the ICC has gone so terribly wrong. Just give me one case that’s not African. They won’t go after Assad because Russia won’t let them,” she said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was recently suspected of using chemical weapons against civilians in a civil war in his country in which thousands have died.

The US stopped short of a military strike over Russia’s opposition to such an eventuality and after an agreement that President Assad would cede his chemical weapons to international watch.

Dr Frazer referred to the Syrian scenario as part of the ICC failures and called the court a “broken institution” whose prosecutor had no capacity to properly investigate crimes against humanity and had ended up with only Africans in the dock.

“I think that people conflict the ICC with justice. I don’t care what the ICC decides in the Kenyan case, there will be no justice. There is no justice when it’s a political case. It was a case brought by politicians essentially failing to act because it was politics,” she said.

“If somebody wants to feel empty justice, go right ahead and believe that the ICC represents that for you. The ICC is a broken institution.”

She said the ICC and especially the prosecutor’s office should be reformed for it to properly accomplish its mandate.

“The people who believe in international justice should be worried that the ICC is a broken institution. The people who are worried about impunity should be saying we should do something about the office of the prosecutor. Give them the real capacity to investigate crimes against humanity, not to selectively choose politicians to bring forward,” she said.

During the interview in Nairobi, Dr Frazer, however, said her views should not be taken as endorsing impunity.

“The assumption is that you can’t be against the ICC and against impunity. I’m against the ICC and against impunity. I’m very, very worried about impunity which is why I’m upset with the ICC and the reasons it’s gone so terribly wrong. If the ICC was a serious court and the office of the prosecutor was a serious office, then I would have more confidence,” she said.

Dr Frazer was the first high ranking diplomat to fly into Kenya after the break-out of the post-election violence in 2008. She told the Sunday Nation this week that the Bush administration for which she worked for, knew that the election contest was a close call and that most likely, the loser would cry foul but the speed and scale of the violence took Washington by surprise.

CLOSE RACE

“We knew that the race was very close and any time you have a close race you have the potential for discord. It’s typical in Africa that the loser is going to say there was cheating especially if the race is tight up to the very end. That wasn’t a surprise but the quickness of the descent into violence and the scale of that violence was shocking,” she said.

“I was stunned because when I was flying through Europe and I stopped to buy some gadget … I gave my boarding pass to the shop owner and he said “You are not going to Kenya, are you?” And then when I got on the plane, it was largely empty and that’s when I really knew that things were bad. The planes coming to Kenya are always full of people and no one was coming in such a short period of time,” she said.

She had been dispatched to Kenya by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to find President Kibaki and his main challenger, ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga, holding different positions.

On the one hand, she said, President Kibaki said that anyone who disputed the official results should go to court while, on the other hand, Mr Odinga said he did not have any trust in the existing institutions and that his victory had been stolen.

She was confident that there would finally be a truce but she returned to Washington without a breakthrough. Dr Rice would later fly to Kenya and meet the opposing sides and it would take her efforts and that of African Union and regional leaders to finally craft agreements and bring a truce.

Dr Frazer says the emotions among the people who accompanied President Kibaki and Mr Odinga to meetings was palpable.

“There was definitely anger. I wouldn’t say that I saw anger in President Kibaki or even Raila but the people around them had a lot of passion,” she said.

“(But) I always believed a truce was possible because they all knew each other and they all had been with each other. The thing about Kenyan politics is that people change alliances rather easily.”

She criticised former UN chief Kofi Annan, who brokered the Kenyan deal, saying he should not have used “the ICC as an instrument of mediation”.

“That to me doesn’t seem like the criteria for an ICC case. An ICC case is that you have to raise to a certain level of atrocities sustained over many, many years. It’s not a tool of leverage in a mediation process,” she said.

Dr Frazer said that the Obama administration should not peg US relations with Kenya on the ICC cases because Washington deals with countries with major outstanding issues.

She cited Russia, which she said had committed atrocities in Chechnya, China’s feud with Tibet and Saudi Arabia and said that the US has its own problems in places like Iraq.

“Who really are we? We are not in fact a party to the Rome Statute.

Why would we undermine our national strategic interests in terms of the relations between the US and Kenya because of a very weak case which should not have been before the ICC in the first place?” she said.


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Kenya: Goat Thief buried Alive in Kilifi

From: Maurice Oduor

This is overkill. Burying someone alive for stealing 3 goats !!!! God have mercy !!! On the other hand, he did take those goats via robbery. Robbing people tends to get them very angry.

http://www.kenyan-post.com/2013/10/this-goat-thief-faced-consequences.html

This goat THIEF faced the consequences…… BURIED ALIVE in Kilifi

The Kenyan DAILY POST County News 14:49

Friday 25th October 2013 – A 40 year old man from a village in Kilifi County was buried alive for allegedly stealing three goats.

Angry villagers of Girimacha area in Langobaya stormed the house of Kesi Muhamba and forcefully threw him out. Muhamba was accused of raiding a homestead alongside two other men and stealing three goats before tying them on a motorbike and escaping.

The owner raised an alarm and the two were cornered by neighbours before going far.

The two escaped leaving Muhamba, who was carrying the goats at the mercy of the mob. He was stoned and after getting unconscious, buried in a shallow grave.

The area police boss who confirmed the incident said that the suspect died from suffocation. He condemned mob justice urging locals to shun violence. The body was retrieved by police and is lying at the Kilifi District hospital mortuary.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

Tanzania issues a Travel Advisory !!!!

From: Maurice Oduor

First when I started reading this story, I thought it was a serious one. After the first paragraph, I realized it was a joke. How can one warn the wildebeests from crossing into Kenya? eti Kenya’s security situation is worrisome !!!

Read it and see what I mean:

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/?articleID=2000095499&story_title=tanzania-issues-travel-advisory-to-kenya

Tanzania issues travel advisory to Kenya
Updated Friday, October 25th 2013 at 22:18 GMT

By MARK MUTAHI

Following the rising levels of insecurity in the country, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania has issued a travel advisory warning the wildebeests intending to migrate from the Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Tanzanian government warned that it couldn’t assure them of security. The wildebeests migrate seasonally from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara, in search of pastures. It is feared the directive is likely to disrupt the travel plans for tens of thousands of them.

Security threats

While issuing the travel advisory, the Tanzanian government claimed that Kenya faces considerable security threats, and therefore it was left with no choice but — to do what is within its powers — to protect the lives of all the life within its borders. “While our major concern is the wildebeests, since they comprise the majority of visitors from our country to Kenya, we may revise that in the future to include more species,” James Bukuku the Tanzanian minister for Migration explained.

The travel advisory is likely to strain the relationship between Kenya and Tanzania, especially since both have not only been engaging in some sort of regional supremacy war, but also getting involved in endless trade disputes.

Scavenging

If the retaliatory acts that follows after every trade dispute are anything to go by, it remains to be seen what measures Kenya might take other than perhaps returning the favour. It is suspected that Kenya might hit back by issuing retaliatory travel advisories in which it will —very likely — urge stray dogs that might decide to cross the border to Tanzania for bones and squirrels scavenging for nuts to do so at their own risk!

But Tanzania‘s travel advisory is not alone in the neighbourhood. Other neighbours who have also issued ‘sector-specific‘ travel advisories include Uganda and Ethiopia.

In the case of Uganda, the travel warning is aimed at its citizens who engage in cross border cattle rustling. It advised them against crossing over to the Kenyan side to avoid putting their security and safety at risk. “We urge all our hardworking cattle rustlers to pause and think and stop coveting the cattle across the border however fat they are!” Rogers Mugisha — the Ugandan minister for Public Safety, Order, Teargas and Walking to Work — is reported to have said at a press conference.

Ethiopia, on the other hand, has communicated a travel warning to the Oromo Liberation Front urging them to avoid crossing over to the Kenyan side over security concerns.

Narcotics

The Oromo Liberation Front is known to sporadically stroll into the Kenyan side where they raid Kenyan villages. “Before you decide to take a walk to the Kenyan side to plunder and loot, consider your security first and stay in your country where it is much safer,” Meles Tesfaye, an Ethiopian government official, is reported to have said.

It is also understood that various other African countries have urged their human traffickers to avoid using Kenya as a transit point, owing to the security situation. This now means that police officers who are constantly nabbing foreigners who can neither speak English nor Swahili, can breathe a sigh of relief. This is because the problem of having to find translators is gone for the time being.

Drug traffickers from the west side of the continent have not been spared either. Those who may be planning to travel to Kenya on business have been urged not to worry so much about being nabbed with narcotics, but worry more about their safety and security.

Kenya: Police target media over Westgate reportage

From: Judy Miriga

Good People!!!

Freedom of speech, association and communication is under siege against the public mandate referendum Reform Change Accord how they wish to be Governed. It looks like special interest corrupt politicians want to silence people from demanding for their rights…………..and this is against not what the people demanded at the Referendum. This behavior is contravening the freedom and suppressing transparency and accountability from public servants who have failed to do their work according to their oath of office…………to protect, deliver and safeguard the core value of how people want their Government facility to operate and deliver services to people with fundamentals that the Security must restructure and overhaul to bring on board Responsible Leaders with integrity to avoid what happened in 2007/8 election gone bad and where massacre, genocide and atrocities committed were masterminded by suspects of those inscribed in the police force to do the unthinkable…….in the event, peoples security was compromised; which was top of the agenda for Reform was Administering Police overhaul urgently, which has not happened to-date.

People want complete healing not a bandage to cushion a chronic sore on peoples governance with just rule of law. Negative comments from senior police and political leadership is causing disharmony in the minds of people and people must demand for apology for such inflammatory injustices meant to shut people from engaging in their own business of good governance……………this behavior is unacceptable……..

All People must go firmly in solidarity with Mohamed Ali and John Allan to protest and demand what is called jeopardy of public insecurity and safety and demand for Media freedom, good governance with just rule of law including holding Kimaiyo responsible and force him to step down for further investigation for Wastgate attack with relation to connection of Al-shabaab in Uganda.

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

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Police target media over Westgate reportage

In a bizarre twist, government has now trained its guns on the media coverage of the Westgate terror attack with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo saying KTN journalists John Allan Namu and Mohamed Ali will be arrested for incitement and spreading propaganda.

Published on Oct 23, 2013
In a bizarre twist, government has now trained its guns on the media coverage of the Westgate terror attack with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo saying KTN journalists John Allan Namu and Mohamed Ali will be arrested for incitement and spreading propaganda. But as NTV’s Andrew Ochieng reports, Kimaiyo may have jumped the gun, as regulations require him to direct complaints to the Media Council Of Kenya.

Police Inspector General asked to channel grievances through Media Council

Published on Oct 25, 2013
The Media Council of Kenya has asked police inspector general David Kimaiyo to channel any grievances he harbors against any media practitioner or media house through the council. The council says the police Inspector General was wrong to summon KTN journalists over the Westgate attack without following due process.
For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ke

Baragoi residents living in makeshift camps out of fear

Published on Oct 25, 2013
A large number of Baragoi residents are living in makeshift tents following recent attacks in the area. Cattle rustling has become the plague of Baragoi. For long Baragoi residents have had to endure criminal activities linked to cattle rustling that has led to the lose of lives and displacement.
For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ke

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From: OS
To: “progressive-kenyans@googlegroups.com”
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:24 AM
Subject: IG KIMAIYO: ARREST JICHO PEVU TEAM.

Weli,

This is intimidation that the journalists should not cower to.

OS.

On Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:20 PM, Jagem K’Onyiego wrote:

Weli,

We do not agree on many things, but on this one I agree with you. Since Stage managed attack and rescue, at westgate, Kimaiyo has been looking like someone with no clue at all on what goes on in Kenya. I am surprised that he is coming out now issuing threats to reporters. I think he has been told by Kamwana to silence the press. Hakuna kitu ingine.

Jagem

From: Maurice Oduor
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:16 AM
Subject: IG KIMAIYO: ARREST JICHO PEVU TEAM.

Welcome to Kenya Abdi. That is Kenyans for you. Akina Asman Kamara will insist on denying what everyone can see on video from the CCTV. They will insist on denying it until the issue dies off. That is how Kenyans behave in nature. It’s one of the things I really hate about our people. One may know the truth about a situation but because he/she has decided to support one side, he/she will defend that side to the death even if it is the offending side.

In Luo we say, “Jo Kenya richo” (Kenyans are bad).

Courage

From: Mburi Eric
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:06 AM
Subject: IG KIMAIYO: ARREST JICHO PEVU TEAM.

Lailatu,

And I wonder why Kimaiyo thinks he is law unto himself and can not be subjected to the law per-Se

Nyakwar Mburi

Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:57:33 -0700
Subject: IG KIMAIYO: ARREST JICHO PEVU TEAM.
From: lailatuatiende@ . . .

Mohamed /Mburi,

I concur with both of you on this one. KIMAIYO should show some transparency to Kenyans. By demanding the arrest of the Jicho Pevu team lacks lucidity.

From: Mburi Eric
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:08 AM
Subject: IG KIMAIYO: ARREST JICHO PEVU TEAM.

Its actually Kimaiyo who should be arrested

Nyakwar Mburi

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:33 AM, Mohamedweli Abdi wrote:

Inspector General wants Jicho pevu team Mohamed Ali and John Allen Namu be arrested.

Is this for diversion of attention from the incompetence of our security agencies and terrorist attack, or this two guys are threat to our national security.

Please Mr IG, all they did is do their kob unlike you and your team. Your boys let you down looting Kenyans in their worst hours.

Arrest the real looters and the terrorist not Ali and Namu.

Shame on you.

Mohamed

Outrage as Police summon Standard boss, KTN reporters over Westgate
October 25
00:352013
by In2EastAfrica Reporter
In what could be the first assault on media freedom under the Jubilee government, police have targeted the Standard Group over a report aired on television station KTN.

Hooded gunmen raided Westgate Mall last month, killing 67 people and wounding several others according to official reports

Police are seeking the Groups Chief Executive Sam Shollei and two KTN journalists, Mohammed Ali and John-Allan Namu, over the investigative report on the Westgate Mall terrorist attack.

Police delivered summons to the Standard Group Centre on Mombasa Road on Thursday, requiring the three to present themselves to Kilimani Police Stationon Friday.

Head of Kilimani CID George Ojuka said police had wanted the three to appear before them on Thursday but were informed that Mr Shollei was out of town.

Police summons signed by Mr Ojuka addressed to Mr Shollei and copied to the two journalists compel the trio to report to him this morning to answer to charges of ‘unlawful sending of misleading messages’.

The misleading messages apparently refer to an investigative series run on KTN titled ‘Zilizala la Westgate’ and ‘Wolves at Westgate’.

Ojuka alleges that the series, which offered insights into events at the mall after the Al-Shabaab gunmen struck, was not factual. The journalists relied on CCTV footage that captured events inside the mall during the siege and which had been widely broadcast both locally and internationally.

“I do require you Sham (sic) Shollei to attend before me George Ojuka, the DCIO Kilimani at Kilimani CID offices situated at Kilimani Police Division, Nairobi, on Friday the 25th day of October at 0900 hours,” read the summons.

SLIPPED OUT

The officer warns that, ‘failure to comply with this requisition comprises an offence.’

The investigative series raised questions about official accounts of events during the Westgate siege. The footage at one point showed the four gunmen looking relaxed in a section of the mall before one moves the CCTV cameras. Questions were raised about whether they slipped out of the mall unnoticed. More contentious footage shows soldiers carrying white plastic bags. Authorities have explained that the soldiers had taken bottles of water to quench their thirst. Questions were also raised about the cause of the extensive damage to the building after three floors collapsed.

Police said they have launched investigations into the source of the Westgate Mall footage that showed soldiers carrying items from Nakumatt Supermarket.

Nakumatt boss Atul Shah was summoned by police investigating the incident on Tuesday, and appeared before detectives at the Kilimani CID offices for about an hour.

Yesterday’s police action against the Standard Group came a day after Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo threatened the two journalists with arrest.

It also comes just a week after High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi ruled as illegal the State-sponsored 2006 raid on the media groupâs offices and awarded it Sh5 million as compensation.

HOODED GUNMEN

In the raid, hooded gunmen set upon staff, switched KTN off, carted away equipment and burnt copies of The Standard newspaper that was rolling off the press at its Likoni Road premises.

The Internal Security minister at the time, John Michuki (since deceased), alleged that the media house was about to disseminate information that would have undermined ânational securityâ.

On Wednesday, Kimaiyo seemed to be reading from the same script claiming that the journalists were not patriotic in the manner in which they covered the Westgate issue, and accused them of incitement and propaganda. On Thursday, the Standard Group legal team sought confirmation from the police chief about the identities of individuals who had sent text messages summoning the two for interrogation.

The Groupâs lawyers protested the action noting that, âsummons by text messages is not one of the methods contemplated under the law.â

The action by the police sparked outrage from rights groups, including a state rights watchdog, media practitioners and political leaders, who condemned the harassment of journalists and termed it a breach of media freedom.

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK), the industryâs regulatory authority, said it was aggrieved byKimaiyo’s threats of arrest and prosecution, saying there were proper channels to address grievances by any party regarding journalistic work.

Harun Mwangi, the chief executive of MCK, said during and after the Westgate attack, the media did an excellent job of informing the country about the national tragedy.

“The journalists have not committed any criminal offences; Kimaiyo’s complaints border on the impact that the coverage generated,” said Mwangi. “We would expect him to present his complaint to the council if he needs any recourse, but we cannot entertain intimidation and curtailing of media freedoms.”

Tom Rhodes, the regional co-ordinator of the Committee for Protection of Journalists, said Kimaiyo and the state are trying to prevent the media from reporting on issues that affect everyone, such as security.

“We find it absolutely ridiculous that the journalists would be investigated. Why doesn’t the report focus on probing the attack rather than the messengers?” Rhodes posed.

He added that the country would be far worse without an independent media.

Media practitioners are protected by law under Article 34, which prohibits the state from âcontrolling or interfering with, exercising control over or interfering with any person engaged in broadcasting, the production or circulation of any publication or the dissemination of information by any medium.

By MOSES MICHIRA and CYRUS OMBATI, The Standard

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MATHIU: Why Kimaiyo left Kenyans baffled over his threat to arrest journalists
Thursday, October 24, 2013

PHOTO | FILE IGP David Kimaiyo. NATION
In Summary
Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo has hoisted himself into a similar position and he seems to leak public goodwill every time he offers his views in the media.

Specifically, Mr Kimaiyo warned that he was going to arrest two journalists for “provoking propaganda”, whatever the hell that is, and inciting the people against the authorities.

All that nonsense about matresses and carrying of water in Nakumatt bags has convinced no one. The mall was systematically looted. Instead of confronting the indiscipline in our forces, the authorities have chosen to beat up on reporters. This is beyond belief.

By Mutuma Mathiu

There was a time my brother, Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi was often in the news for all the wrong, controversial reasons. Wags characterised him, poor man, as a politician who lost votes every time he opened his mouth.

Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo has hoisted himself into a similar position and he seems to leak public goodwill every time he offers his views in the media.

I remember watching a catastrophic interview on NTV and thinking “Dear Lord, why did they let this one out?” For Mr Kimaiyo, bless him, is not the most eloquent of men.

But it is his press conference on Wednesday which really exposed him as a man who, though he has spent some time around universities, has not modernised his views about society and rights. He also has a 1990s concept of the power of government.

Specifically, Mr Kimaiyo warned that he was going to arrest two journalists for “provoking propaganda”, whatever the hell that is, and inciting the people against the authorities.

When governments are new in office, they will always do that kind of nonsense. In 2003, the CID arrested the entire leadership of The Standard. I was also invited by the director of CID at the time “for a cup of tea” at his office which I declined and was off radar for a while.

Many attempts have been made to write laws that would allow the government to control the Kenyan press, one of the freest in the Third World. Politicians, because they are mainly self-absorbed and thick, always think the country would be better off with a muzzled press.

FREE PRESS

So let me tell it to you: the government does not own the freedoms of the people. They are not its property to give. Our right to a free press is not a gift from the President, the Inspector-General of Police, Parliament or indeed any other person or organ.

They belong to the people and can only be limited when there is manifest general good to be achieved by so doing.

Also, I don’t think it is going to be possible for anyone to roll back the gains we have made so far and for banana-republic theories of some bureaucrat to have sway in the media. It’s just not going to happen.

Now, going back to the arrest threat. Kenyans know that something went terribly with the rescue mission. They know that the calling in of the military was either premature or ill-advised and that had the SWAT team been allowed more time, they would have rescued everyone, including the VIPs in there, contained the terrorists, and preserved the scene of crime.

Secondly, they already believe that the military behaved in a most disgraceful fashion, looting and feasting as the nation grieved.

Thirdly, they are royally pissed off at being lied to by the military and Internal Security Cabinet secretary, the hapless Mr Joseph ole Lenku.

All that nonsense about matresses and carrying of water in Nakumatt bags has convinced no one. The mall was systematically looted. Instead of confronting the indiscipline in our forces, the authorities have chosen to beat up on reporters. This is beyond belief.

Finally, through no fault of his own, Kenyans believe Mr Kimaiyo was not in charge of the rescue operation. He couldn’t have been: it was a military operation and the military does not take orders from the police.

Mr Kimaiyo is not employed to break the law, although the Kenya police are some of the leading law breakers. He is employed to enforce it, including the laws protecting the freedoms of Kenyans. If he tries to do anything contrary, he will lose, if he already hasn’t.
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I want to wish the best of luck to all those candidates who are sitting their exams this season. I know my views about education and managing behaviour are boring; they are copied from my headmaster, the late Stanley Ndeke.

Mr Ndeke believed in science. You needed his express permission to take the arts. He used to say that good, well-behaved boys don’t walk, they run. So I spent part of my childhood running everywhere.

From him I learnt the value of hard work and discipline, the importance of intellectual rigour and discipline and the centrality of learning to human progress.

So yes, all that reading is a pain but you and the world probably couldn’t exist without it. Good luck.

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Westgate: Kimaiyo now threatens journalists
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In Summary
He accused the journalists of “provoking propaganda” and inciting Kenyans against the authorities with investigative stories which exposed command confusion during the operation which saw at least one police officer shot and killed by the Kenya Defence Forces.

By ZADOCK ANGIRA

Police boss David Kimaiyo on Wednesday announced that journalists will be arrested and prosecuted over their coverage of the Westgate rescue operation.

He accused the journalists of “provoking propaganda” and inciting Kenyans against the authorities with investigative stories which exposed command confusion during the operation which saw at least one police officer shot and killed by the Kenya Defence Forces.

Journalists, both local and international, have also reported the apparent looting of the shopping mall by the KDF. The military however told Parliament that the soldiers were carrying water in the shopping bags and not looted goods. (VIDEO: Military: KDF soldiers carried water from Westgate)

The Inspector-General’s announcement is the latest in a sustained assault on press freedom in Kenya in recent months, which has seen the tabling in Parliament of bills giving government control over media operations.

Mr Kimaiyo said investigative journalists from KTN are among those to be arrested.

He appeared to take umbrage at the insinuation that he was relieved of command during the operation against terrorists who massacred nearly 70 shoppers at the mall located in Westlands.

At the time, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Mr Kimaiyo remained in charge of the operation.

However, from around 5pm on Saturday September 21 until the end of the siege four days later, the operation was controlled by the military. KDF does not take orders from the police.

Mr Kimaiyo’s decision to muzzle the press flies in the face of the constitution which prohibits the government from interfering with the media.

Mr Kimaiyo has not filed a complaint with the Media Council of Kenya, the normal procedure for dealing with cases where journalists are involved in unethical conduct.

At the press conference on Wednesday, Mr Kimaiyo said the journalists had “overstepped” press freedom apparently by reporting the command chaos and looting during the operation.

“You cannot provoke propaganda and incite Kenyans against the authorities. The two journalists will be apprehended,” explained Mr Kimaiyo.

In Parliament, Majority Leader Aden Duale has published a Bill which gives the cabinet secretary for communication immense powers over the Media Council, which regulates the media.

The cabinet secretary has, among others powers, the right to dissolve the current Media Council and then constitute the selection panel that will interview and nominate members to form part of the new council.

At Wednesday’s press conference, Mr Kimaiyo denied that British terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite was involved in the Westgate attack.

Ms Lewthwaite is a high ranking and dangerous member of al Shabaab who has explicably been allowed to live and move freely in Kenya until relatively recently.

In one egregious act of police incompetence, officers bizarrely did not take Ms Lewthwaite into custody even though they found her with stacks of foreign currency and forged papers.

Mr Kimaiyo said yesterday that eight of what he claimed to be chief suspects will be charged.

Police arrested more than 100 suspects after the attack, almost all of whom were innocent.

He said detectives were looking for more suspects who may have played smaller roles in the attack.

But even as he made the announcements, it was still not clear how many terrorists took part in the attack and what eventually happened to them.

There have been claims that some were killed, but no bodies were ever produced. The government said there were between 10 and 15 attackers. CCTV footage showed only four.

There are suspicions that four bodies recently found in the ruins of the mall were terrorists, but that is still to be proved.

Explaining the command chaos in the operation, Mr Kimaiyo claimed that he was consulted about the rescue mission.

“It was a joint effort, and we clearly agreed on how to conduct it,” Mr Kimaiyo claimed.

Turning his guns on the media, the Inspector-General said: “We know very well that every person or organisation has the right to freedom of expression, but this freedom does not extend to advocacy of hatred or propaganda. Again, in the exercise of such rights, people should respect the reputation and rights of others.”

Mr Kimaiyo has had a slow start on the job, characterised by widely publicised fights with Police Service Commission boss Johnston Kavuludi.

Mr Kavuludi was involved in a dramatic incident earlier in the year when a human head was delivered to his office.

KENYA: KIMAIYO’S ARREST THREATS TO JOURNALISTS IS AN ACT OF DEFEAT

from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

Chris from Nairobi writes: “Fr. I think Pope Francis has taken the right direction as far as the reception of Holy Communion is concerned by opting to allow the divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.

My wonder is that there are some priests who stop their faithful from receiving Holy Communion on merely their personal differences. Is such an act justifiable according to the church’s law?”

Juliet from Nairobi would also like to know why the Inspector General of the police David Kimaiyo wants to arrest KTN Jicho Pevu presenter Mohamed Ali and Inside Story John-Allan Namu of incitement and propaganda when they were just reporting how Kenya Army looted Westgate Mall instead of protecting the people and their property.

Chris there were no way the conservative cardinals working with the pope could allow this happen. On October 22, 2013 Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, strongly reaffirmed Catholic Church teaching forbidding divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Holy Communion.

In a length essay published on the Vatican newspaper’s website in five languages, Archbishop Gerhard Muller was categorical that Pope Francis has no intention at all to change this dogma.

This is despite the comments from Pope Francis on his return trip from Rio’s World Youth Day regarding divorced and remarried Catholics that a change in the Church’s long-standing tradition on the matter was coming. That perception was strengthened with the announcement of an upcoming synod on families for next October.

Juliet this is not the first time Mohamed Ali and John -Allan Namu have been threatened. They have received death threats over George Saitoti death exposé that aired on the station some weeks ago.

The Standard Group management expressed concern over the threats that appeared aimed at intimidating its journalists. Group Chief Executive Sam Shollei said the Group supports Press freedom and will not allow its journalists to be intimidated in the course of their duties.

The exclusive stories dubbed Ghururi ya Saitoti and Death in Ten Minutes by Ali and Namu respectively showed that there could have been foul play in the death of then Internal Security minister George Saitoti.

Mr Shollei said Standard Group will stand by its journalists, and will remain steadfast in discharging its duties as a media house, without fear or favour.

The two journalists looked into the circumstances that led to the death of Prof. Saitoti, his assistant Orwa Ojode, their bodyguards and two pilots. The pair tried to prove that Saitoti’s ‘accident’ was an indeed an assassination.

Mohammed Ali was to be killed along Waiyaki Way, near the Museum Hill Interchange.
Dennis Onsarigo, his colleague was to be terminated as he headed home. To support his claims, Moha played a clip of the then Makadara MP Mike Sonko addressing residents of Likoni in May last year. Sonko said that he was aware of a plot to kill Mohammed Ali, Maina Njenga and himself.

In the flight recording aired on Jicho Pevu, the pilots were heard coughing repeatedly just before silence and crashing. They did not even press the distress button.

In the investigative piece, it emerged that the pilots that were to fly Saitoti initially, were replaced with other quite inexperience ones. Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi were informed of their morning assignment that past night while at a club near the airport.

When the plane crashed, Mohammed Ali wondered why the police failed to seal off the scene to prevent loss of evidence. He also wonders why the plane wreckage was let to remain at the scene for 14 full days. A few moths later, Saitoti’s phone was recovered with an Administration Police officer.

Soon after, the commission investigating the accident, led by Judge Kalpana Rawal, was informed how NSIS made phone calls, to prevent the inclusion of particular evidence.
In the postmortem, there was decolourisation of the body, and a particular jelly-pink colour was observed in some organs.

These two factors are brought about by poisonous gas cyanide, and these two facts were not included in the final report. This was admitted by Dr. Amripal karsi. It proves that NIS Director Gichangi was aware of the plan.

Similarly, Ali and his colleague Dennis Onsarigo were threatened after running Paruwanja ya Mihadarati or Untouchables in 2011. Former Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere threatened he would sue the journalists after they exposed how a senior General Service Unit officer, Erastus Kirui Chemorei was killed.

The journalists wanted to prove to Kenyans that what the police had reported earlier concerning the death that it was robberies was not the case. In fact Chemorei had been killed by his fellow police in connection with the Sh6.4-billion cocaine seized by police in a private villa in Malindi where it was kept.

At the time of his killing, Chemorei was keeping custody of the store where the cocaine was kept. Jicho pevu exposed how together with then GSU commandant Lawrence Mwadime and Assistant commandant and current Police Commissioner, Mathew Iteere, were mandated to keep safe custody of the cocaine – the biggest ever netted locally.

According to sources, Chemorei who was an adjutant at the GSU Training School, Ruaraka, was picked because he was seen as honest, secretive, and trustworthy. These attributes would lead to his brutal murder at the hands of those who had theirs firmly fixed on the haul.

Jicho Pevu revealed that on February 19, 70 police officers led by then area DCIO, Julius Sunkuli, OCPD Augustine Kimantheria, and DC Christopher Musumbu surrounded his house. Many officers disembarking and taking positions around the barbed wired fence as others entered the compound planning how to finish him.

Daniel Maiyo, who was stationed at Kapsowar police post and who was among the officers in the said special operation, says in a statement that after arriving at Chemorei’s home, they found the OCPD and two other people they did not know.

He said the DCIO, Julius Sunkuli, told them to remain outside as he entered the compound, he shortly returned, and ordered them to search the house.

The officer says they found two bullets, handed them over to Sunkuli, and continued searching. But as they went on with the search they heard gunshots. When they came out they saw Chemorei lying dead about 30m from his house.

Besides the body, as they would verify later, were three AK 47 guns, three magazines, and 62 rounds of ammunition.

Another officer, Kimantheria, in his statement, says he was told there were gangsters who had escaped from Chemorei’s house, and he decided to follow them. But when he could not find them he headed towards the suspect’s home.

He said a few metres from Chemorei’s gate he heard gunshots, which lasted for about three minutes. When the gunshots stopped, he saw Chemorei’s body on the ground. He was told he had attempted to flee after being found with guns.

He said the guns found were AK47s serial numbers: 56-128132564, 1960 xa5207, and 386056367017 and 62 rounds of ammunition and a bayonet.

Sunkuli says in his statement that after the guns were found in Chemorei’s compound, Chemorei tried to flee and when cornered he attempted to grab a gun from a police officer hence he was shot.

But the statements of officers who were in the operation contradict Kimantheria and Sunkuli’s statements. Bernard Cheruiyot, a police officer, states that Chemorei co-operated with the police and did not attempt to run as indicated in the OCPD and DCIO’s reports.

“I heard the voice of the DCIO who was outside the gate say, “Simama!” Immediately officers opened fire. I never saw him jump over the fence.”

Another officer corroborates Cheruiyot’s statement. Jackson Cheruiyot says when they arrived at Chemorei’s house they found the OCPD in company of two other people inside the compound.

This was about the time when John-Allan Namu was still reporting for NTV and Harith Salim uncovered evidence of recruitment activities in Kenya by Somalia’s radical al Shabaab group.

Undercover video footage taken by the crew shows the activities of a network of terror recruiters luring youths to go and fight in Somalia. Disturbingly, one of the key recruiters captured on tape introduced himself as a serving member of the Kenyan military.

This is none other than Corporal Hussein Abdullahi Athan. He holds the rank of corporal, and has been in the Kenyan military for more than 10 years. Hussein is also a trained engineer – a skill set which, in the army, means that, among other things, he is a specialist in laying land mines and booby traps as well as in bridge-building.

His base is 10 Engineers in Nanyuki, but at that time he was attached to the school of combat engineering in Isiolo as a trainer.

In fact Juliet Kimaiyo should be very grateful to the media because they are able to discover security threats in the country which Kimaiyo with his security team are not able to do. But assure Kimaiyo’s threats are just like a sound of a frog which cannot scare a cow from drinking water. Kimaiyo and his team must accept they have failed in their duties.

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

OBAMA differs with RAILA – UHURU/ RUTO were democratically elected on – US will support ICC deferral.

From: maina ndiritu

Thursday October 24, 2013 – US President, Barrack Obama, on Wednesday differed with his “cousin”, Raila Odinga, by saying President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto were democratically elected during the March 4th elections.

Through statement dispatched by US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Greenfield, on Wednesday, Obama said he is aware of Uhuru and Ruto’s case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying his government will support the deferral of the cases to allow the two leaders perform their constitutional duties to Kenyans.

“We are aware of the Kenyans’ concerns over the ICC issue and we are in talks with the Kenyan Government,” Greenfield said.

Greenfield said though the US wants justice for victims of the 2007-08 post election violence, Uhuru was voted in democratically in the March 4th general election presenting a rare scenario where a serving President was a suspect in a ICC trial.

The secretary said terrorists usually take advantage when there is a power vacuum and such a situation would not be allowed to befall on Kenya.

Obama’s statement is in total reversal of the hardline stance taken by former US Assistant Secretary of State, Johnnie Carson, who cautioned that the election of Uhuru and William Ruto on March 4th would bear “consequences”.

The US Head of State also differed with Raila Odinga who has been running all over the world saying Uhuru and Ruto were not democratically elected.


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KENYA: EIGHT PEOPLE SUFFERED FROM THE ROGUE JALUO LEOPARD ATTACKS

Writes Leo Oder Omolo

Eight people were still nursing bodily injuries following the recent attack by a rogue male leopard, which had strayed into Muhoroni sub-county. The animal was first sighted at Nyaroche farm, which belonged to the former cabinet Minister the late DR.Wuilliam Odongo Omamo near Kimwani in the Songhor Valley. It had attacked and killed several goats sheep and a cow.

There it was scared away by the KWS officials who made an abortive attempt to have it trapped with food in vain.. But it evaded the trapping and run across the hilly and rocky region into a bush at a place near Got Alils where it went into hiding for some days. Got Alila is situated along the Nyando River in villages separating Kisumu and Kerixho Counties. But when the leopard resurfaced at Kapsimwi village a group of people went around trying to kill it. A police officer was among those who sustained injuries in a fight with the cunning animal as he tried to shoot it with his rifle. .7he leopard has disappeared and went into hiding at the nearby hill and rock village causing fears rgar since it was shot at and missed, the residents are now living under the fear that it could sprung back and strike anyone in sight. This fear has placed the residents of the area under dusk to dawn curfew making people not to dare go outside their houses after dark.

KWS officials believe this animal might have arrayed out of the nearby Nandi forest.AT the same time the people who live along the shorelines of Lake Victoria have of late been complaining bitterly about the alarming increases of cases of Hippo attacks and killing of fishermen Such incidents were recently reported in Bondo,Rarieda and Rusinga Island as well in Rachuonyo North district where farmed are complaining that herds of Hippos were frequently invading their farms and destroying food crops in the farms lying along the lake’s shoreline and have asked the government to look for the lasting solution as well as promptly compensate the families of who have been killed by the animals.

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