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UGANDAN BUSINESSMEN WANTS THE ADMISSION OF SOUTH SUDAN INTO THE EAC BLOCKED BY COURT.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

REPORTS emerging from the Arusha based secretariat of the EAST African Community says that top Ugandan traders operating inside the Republic of South Sudan have moved to the East African Court of Justice and filed a legal suit asking the court to block the impending admission of that country into the East African Community as its sixth member.

The newest African nation had applied to join the regional trading unit. Its application for the entry into the Eac is expected to be top on agenda for the next summit of the EAC Heads of state and government, which is scheduled for April next year.

The businessmen have cited bad governance, lack of democracy, arbitrary and illegal arrests of its members and detention, rape, maiming and confiscation of merchant goods belonging to its members and confiscation of vehicles.

The legal suit is filed by members of the Uganda Traders Association comprising mainly Ugandans who are doing business in South Sudan. The Ugandans claimed that that country does not meet the criteria and lad down the rules stipulating by the EAC Treaty for admission of its membership. Their objection is on the ground that the juba regime does not met the prerequisite condition and requirements for admission into the EAC membership.

South Sudan government, they claimed has failed the test of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice. They further accused the Juba regime of failing to satisfy foreign investors operating businesses and trade in that country. Their members are allegedly being killed, maimed, raped and brutally beaten up by that country’s primitive and untrained security personnel. They laid claim of approximately 4.9 US dollars owed to them by South Sudan authorities related to unpaid bill on credit line and compensation for financial losses incurred due to the said violation of universally acceptable trade deals.

However, the Ugandan Minister in-charge of the East African Community Affairs Shem Rugena blamed the traders for having rushed to court, saying that they should have forwarded their claims to the EAC Council of Ministers before fling the court cases.

Meanwhile Kenyans arriving home from South Sudan alleged that close to ten Kenyans have died in that country under very mysterious circumstances. Some of them have disappeared without trace suspected of either held in illegal detention camps of killed.

Kenyans, they claimed, expect bare faced mass deportation and are being asked to finance the cost of their deportation. This is sometime exaggerated by the police, put at Kshs 200,200. Whereas the cost of travelling from Juba to the Kenya South Sudan border posts does not exceed Kshs 30,000 . Those under arrests or placed in police custody are tortured and at the same time being asked to pay colossal amounts of money to buy their freedom.

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ICC judge tells Germany that UHURU and RUTO cases were a big mistake – BENSOUDA should end the cases pronto.

From: maina ndiritu

Saturday November 9, 2013 – One of the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges has told a Berlin conference that the ICC made a big mistake when they indicted President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto.

Speaking during a conference about Presidents on Trial and the straining relations between the ICC and the African Union on Wednesday, Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, the German judge who dissented at the pre-trial stage, expressed his dissenting voice because the crimes committed during the 2007-08 post election violence were grave crimes against the laws of Kenya, but they were not crimes against humanity.

“I was and I remain convinced that these trials are a mistake.” Judge Kaul said.

He said former ICC prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo had initially confessed that he made a few mistakes on the Kenyan cases but his successor Fatou Bensouda instead of rectifying them, she made a big mistake which has now threatened the existence of the Hague based court.

Judge Peter Kaul said President Uhuru’s trial has been deferred to February 5 2014 and Fatou Bensouda has time to reflect and drop the case or keep going.

He said the two Kenyans cases may build or destroy the credibility of the court.

The forum was attended by German Minister for Justice.


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RUNAWAY INSECURITY IN KENYA

To: jaluo@jaluo.com
From: dick.aduonga@ . . .

RUNAWAY INSECURITY IN KENYA WORRYING

Happy Jubilee to all fellow citizens. I was recently in Kenya and just came back in the last two weeks. The country is beautiful and has made meaningful infrastructural changes. I noticed that individuals are making very concerted efforts to invest and strive to create investment and employment opportunities in the country.

However, there is a real serious issue worth of national discourse. Runaway insecurity in Kenya is worrying and leaders must act now. The security agencies are somehow complicity in the deteriorating security situation in the country. There was this case where some local thugs hacked a security guard to death at Usenge market in Bondo and the following day the police begun their investigations. But at the same time the family decided to hire the services of a sorcerer which surprised many given the fact that the police already took the case up. But then I concluded that they did this for there was lack of confidence in the police to carry out a robust and conclusive investigation that would confidently secure successful prosecution in a court of law.

It means the public have no confidence in the security agencies enforcing the law and the thugs know it. So where are the leaders who normally make a lot of noise for the wrong reasons yet on security they are unable to challenge the government to not only beef up security but to also ensure right persons are put in charge and faithfully discharge their duties without political interference from powers high above. Something must be done now and not tomorrow. God bless Kenya.

By Dickson Aduonga

Kenya: Kambas cry – ‘Spare One of our Own’

From: Maurice Oduor

At this rate, I don’t think Kenya will get anywhere with reforms. If no one that breaks the law can ever be censored or punished, then we’re doomed.

Here, it’s clear that Charity Ngilu has violated the Constitution. For once our useless parliament has decided to do the right thing by taking steps to address the situation.

What happens next?

She runs back to Ukambani for help and screams, “We Kambas are being finished !!!”.

The Kamba MPs come to her rescue with a call that “Mama Ngilu should be allowed to do her job; it’s time to set aside petty politics”

What petty politics? The lady broke the law !!! People face punishment when they break the law !!!!! That’s not petty politics !!!!

Sometimes I think I’m a character in George Orwell’s book, 1984, and that everything that is right real life is wrong but everything that is wrong in real life is right.

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Human is to era, Ukambani MPs tell President Uhuru Kenyatta over Ngilu
Updated Saturday, November 9th 2013 at 13:55 GMT +3

By ONESMUS NZIOKA

MACHAKOS, KENYA: Members of Parliament from Ukambani have come to the rescue of embattled lands cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who faces possible sacking for violating the Constitution after parliament censured her.

The MPs, during the launch of the Machakos City, petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to pardon Ngilu over the ‘gross misconduct’ allegations leveled against her by the parliamentarians.

“Human is to error. If Ngilu erroneously made a decision that did not please many, she should be forgiven and allowed to perform her duties. No one is an Angel,” said Mavoko MP Patrick Makau.

“Mavoko residents and all Kenyans would like to be issued with title deeds. We should allow the Cabinet Secretary to perform her duties and stop petty politics,” Makau said.

Masinga MP Itwiku Mbai besieged the President to ensure Ngilu is protected from the MPs who are baying for her blood, saying the Cabinet Secretary is being hounded for her firm stand to clean the lands ministry dogged by corruption and massive land grabbing.

“We know mama is able and should be left to go on with her duties. We want Ngilu protected,” said Mbai.

Kangundo MP Katatha Maweu urged all Kamba politicians to unite for the sake of the region’s development, saying divisive politics will continue to plunge the region in poverty.

MPs wanted Ngilu fired for unconstitutional, irregular and un-procedural acts of creating offices and making arbitrary appointments, promotions and transfers of staff in the lands ministry.

This, could be a sign that Ngilu, who has been lobbying MPs to let her off the hook is winning the fight.

KENYA: WHY UHURU MAY NOT HEED TO CUEA VC APPEAL ON ICT TAX WAIVER

from: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013

The Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Rev Dr Pius Rutechura has made an appeal that President Uhuru Kenyatta should heed to. Rutechura has requested Uhuru to waive the Tax on ICT equipment and materials for learning institutions so as to enable the institutions run this course at lower cost and makes it more accessible.

CUEA is not only among the institutions of higher learning that value the importance of ICT but has also launched the first IBM commercial technology research facility in Africa at CUEA on November 8, 2013.

Fr Rutechura is not the first to make the appeal. Education Cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi had made similar appeal to President Kenyatta to issue a directive including a tax waiver to kick-start supply of 1.3 million Class One laptops.

Prof Kaimenyi argued that it was possible for the ministry to supply about 600,000 laptops in the first term with the balance supplied by the beginning of second term next year if taxes were waived.

The laptop project is a key part of the Jubilee manifesto and is supposed to be implemented by ministries including ICT, Education and Energy which will supply power to primary schools. This cannot kick off due to heavy taxes on ICT. It means that children will not get access to laptop next year.

Government terminated the tender after the lowest bidder quoted Sh32 billion against a budget of Sh12 billion. Had taxes been waived the Government would be in position of purchasing the laptops. Click here to read: Ministry throws out all bids for supply of laptops. http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Ministry-throws-out-all-bids-for-supply-of-laptops/-/539546/2037364/-/fmowr2/-/index.html

Prof Kaimenyi said that a tax waiver would help bring down the cost of the laptops, thereby making the computers available to pupils by the first quarter of next year.

Even when Uhuru Keyatta was the Finance Minister the same issue was raised, especially with mobile communication popularity which was on the rise at the time he was the minister.

All eyes were on Kenyatta to see if he would reduce or waive taxes on airtime and mobile phones. The aim was to enable middle class Kenyans to easily get access to mobile phones.

Stakeholders had told Kenyatta that high cost of communication prohibited growth in the telecommunications sector, especially in rural areas where majority of middle class people use mobile phones for easier communications.

That time mobile phone companies were paying 10 per cent excise duty and 16 per cent VAT on air time. Kenyatta did not consider this in his 2009/2010 budget and up to now mobile phone communications have become the most expensive commodities to use in Kenya.

Since then the custom duty on mobile phones and accessories has also seen prices of handsets remain high and out of reach for some Kenyans, especially in rural areas.

If taxes were to be waived ordinary Kenyans would find mobile phones affordable and this would empower them in carrying out their activities, including small scale business that use internet to search for cheaper commodities.

For many people in Kenya, including students, their first Internet experience will be with a mobile device as laptops and PCs are too costly or impractical. Most students use internet for their research works.

Currently the Internet penetration in Kenya is about 33.6 per cent. It explains why the high cost of mobile phones is also partly to blame for the increased shipping of counterfeits cell phones to the country.

Kenyatta could not waive taxes because the high budget the government was using to run its affairs. For example the total cost of the President Kibaki’s household and the press service was Ksh888.5 million.

The cost of maintaining the official residences of President Kibaki (6 State Lodges and State House Nairobi) was Ksh823 million. The President’s Press Unit (comprising 37 staff) was Ksh65 million. The President had 388 staff employed in all the State residences and the use of 149 cars.

The total cost of the Vice-President Kalonso Musyioka’s household and the press service was Ksh230.7 million. The Vice-President’s household and press unit was costing the Kenyan taxpayer Ksh185.3 million.

The amount provided did not include the VP’s house allowance of Ksh2.4 million (Ksh200,000 per month). The Vice President’s household has an annual budget of Ksh4.3 million for hospitality – about Ksh358 000 per month.

Over Ksh30 million was budgeted for rent under the VP’s Household budget line. The household could consume Ksh14 million per year on fuel and stay within budget, while also spending Ksh11 million on routine maintenance of vehicles, and a further Ksh6.5 million on maintenance of other assets in the households.

Over Ksh75 million had been allocated to the VP’s household for domestic and foreign travel. The Vice President’s official household comprised of 57 staff and there were 12 cars.

The total cost of the Prime Minister’s household and the press service is Ksh110.6 million. The Prime Minister’s household and catering budget Ksh36.9 million annually. This included Ksh5 million for utilities-water and electricity, Ksh1.2 million for advertising, Ksh26.5 million for hospitality and Ksh2.2 million for purchase of household furniture.

Additionally, the Prime Minister had a house allowance of 4.8 million in one financial year (about Ksh400,000 per month). The Prime Minister also had a dedicated press unit whose budget was Ksh68.9 million per annum.
This explains partly why the Jubilee government is walking a tight rope of balancing between delivering its ambitious election pledges and prioritizing economic demands for national development, as stipulated in the Constitution.

Uhuru’s plan to abolishing maternity charges at all public hospitals and access fees at dispensaries and health centers cannot work effectively because the government has no enough money.

It explains further why Uhuru’s immediate option is to re-introduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) Bill. VAT is expected to bring immediate short-term revenue of Ksh11 billion to make government affairs run effectively.

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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: WHEN TYRANNY OF NUMBERS FAILED TO WORK IN FAVOUR OF NGILU

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

Moses from Kilgoris, Kenya writes: “Omolo Beste you have really mastered Kenyan politics. In your article entitled, will arrogance of mama Ngilu save her this time? You said that even though in Kenya democracy is defined in terms of numbers, the fact that Ngilu has fallen out with sections of Jubilee leadership, she may not get enough number to defend her.

The fall out came about after Ngilu accused some Jubilee leaders of betrayal and plotting her downfall. This did not go very well, particularly with the leader of majority in parliament, Aden Duale, the one Uhuru listens than any other Jubilee member.

You also mentioned that because of that fall out with Jubilee, Ngilu’s effort to corrupt her way by meeting the President and Deputy separately to state her case was not fruitful either. This is after Uhuru and Ruto also met officials from the PSC led by chair Margaret Kobia and NLC led by Chair Muhamad Swazuri to independently verify the claims against her.

Your conclusion was categorical, the because of this loop hole Members of Parliament would definitely adopt a parliamentary report touching on the conduct of Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu at the Lands ministry and this time along Ngilu must be shown the door”.

Thank you Moses for raising this issue-tyranny of numbers still exist in Kenyan politics, that is why, even though the amendment was introduced by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandai and Busia County MP Florence Mwikali Mutua who urged the House to overcome political, tribal and regional interests and punish impunity, in the case of Ngilu is not.

It is not because the Jubilee MPs united with CORD to adopt parliamentary report touching on the conduct of Ngilu at the Lands ministry due to fall out and not because they want to end tribal and regional interests and punish impunity.

Tyranny of numbers is used according to the interest. Jubilee MPs used it to pass controversial media bill because it exposed them demanding that their salaries must be increased. Media exposed how MPs are compared with pigs because they are greedy.

The demand for salaries increments was spearheaded by Jubilee leader of majority Aden Duale. Before the bill they were to hurriedly pass another bill which barred media from parliament.

Another reason is because of Mohamed Ali Jicho Pevu exposure of how KDF looted from Westgate shopping mall. This is after the Jubilee had categorically denied that no soldier looted- also the exposure of white widow terrorist who has been staying in Kenya for almost 8 months without security agents noticing, just to mention a few.

The contentious Media Bill seeks to impose strict controls on radio and TV broadcasts and huge fines against journalists and media houses that violate the government’s set code of conduct.

Then came the VAT Act 2013 that was passed by Jubilee legislators against the wishes of most Kenyans- Then the removal of Kenya from Rome Statute because the ICC cases are involving President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The move by Jubilee Alliance to unite against foreign interference though politically attractive has been perceived to be in bad faith by many locally and internationally. The Jubilee coalition arrogantly supported this motion in both houses and outnumbered there CORD counterparts who sensing defeat walked out in both instances when the motion was tabled in both houses. Jubilee Coalition has the majority in both National Assembly and the Senate.

The media become a threat here because it has demonstrated that organised groups can fend off onslaughts from the tyranny of numbers. The Jubilee MPs’ primary aim here was to punish the media for exposing their greed for power.

The problem of Jubilee and media began with Mutahi Ngunyi’s “Tyranny of Numbers” article in which he exposed how Uhuru Kenyatta would merge the winner of March 4 presidential election.

Mutahi Ngunyi said that the Jubilee Alliance of Uhuru Kenyatta was going to win the 2013 presidential election in the first round with a substantial majority over the Cord Coalition of Raila Odinga.

This inevitable victory he said was going to come from the Jubilee Coalition’s “bankable” ethnic vote of 6.2 Million (or 43.2% of the total vote). This number he said was basically a totting up of the registered GEMA and the Kalenjin voters. On that same ethnic logic, Mutahi reckons that CORD Coalition starts off with 19.2% of the vote or 2.74 million votes.

For CORD to win, he said, they needed to double their support. Or as he put it, for CORD to catch up with Jubilee, it must multiply each of its Kamba and Luo vote by 2.3. Virtually impossible was the implication.

If Ngilu were to stop her arrogance and trade well with Jubilee MPs she would have not been in this problem since the tyrant of numbers would have saved her. The argument that Ngilu is on the spot for contravening the Lands Act by creating the director general’s position and further appointing an office holder would mean absolutely nothing to Jubilee MPs.

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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.

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UN Disarmament
Conference, 2002

KENYA: WILL THE ARROGANCE OF MAMA NGILU SAVE HER THIS TIME?

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Members of Parliament are today (Tuesday) expected to adopt a parliamentary report touching on the conduct of Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu at the Lands ministry. This is the very Ngilu I had written to President Uhuru not to consider among his cabinet secretaries.

I wrote to the president not because I hate mama Ngilu, I wrote to him not to consider her because of corruption allegations she had been tinted with in all the governments she served in.

When she was Health Minister she made headlines when a conference held in Nairobi in 2004, ostensibly for people living with HIV/Aids, turned chaotic over misappropriation of funds, courtesy of Ngilu’s daughter who had been contracted to organise it.

Ngilu appointed a tainted Dr Florence Musau as the director of Kenyatta National Hospital. Musau was eventually kicked out in 2009 over corruption allegations. But the Government paid her a total of Sh1.5 million for one year, even as it paid Dr John Kibosia, who had been appointed to act in her place.

Musau’s departure was hastened by investigations of the Efficiency Monitoring Unit that revealed she had been involved in irregularities involving a Sh224 million tender for the procurement of equipment for life support, the Intensive Care Unit and the High Dependency Units.

Even when the corruption allegations were referred to Kenya Anti Corruption Agency for prosecution, Ngilu stood by the director, describing her performance at KNH as “exemplary”, and accused some unnamed enemies of undermining her at the ministry.

No sooner, when Ngilu was later moved to Minister of Water and Irrigation, the trickle of controversies grew into a torrent yet again. In 2007, reportedly she raided the Central Police Station and secured her activist friend Anne Njogu from lawful custody. Ngilu took the law into her hand.

Later in September 2010, Ngilu and Trade Assistant Minister Wavinya Ndeti were at it again, storming Machakos Police Station to demand the release of 12 of her supporters who had been charged for invading a private property in Athi River.

Ngilu’s next moment of disgrace came in November 2011 after eight of her family members were sucked in yet another corruption scandal. Four companies linked to her close relatives and children were accused of minting millions of shillings after they supplied goods to Tanathi Water Board, which was under Ngilu’s ministry, at grossly exaggerated rates, and without competitive bidding.

One of the companies, Kat Michaels, where the minister’s second daughter Mwende Keteithia Mwendwa was a director, was awarded lucrative contracts. Prime Minister Raila Odinga defended her and that saved her from being sacked.

The company, which was founded in May 2008, had been given a Sh1.8 million contract to supply polo t-shirts, caps, executive pens and carrier bags. The company was also paid Sh800,000 to supply “big diaries” sold to the Board at Sh2,500 each, while the “small” diaries fetched Sh1,500 each.

Enacting a similar script, another firm, Broad Visions Utilities Limited, was founded in April 2008. One of the company’s directors was Billy Indeche, husband to Ngilu’s first-born daughter, Jemi Mwendwa. They too got supply contracts.

Other kin of the minister have been involved. Ngotho Kasyoki Ithumbuti was a director of Timetrax Limited, where he served together with a cousin Patrice Mnene Munguti. This company won a tender to supply GI pipes at Sh23,815 per piece and ultimately supplied 65 pieces.

When the hour of reckoning came, eight people, among them the minister’s son in law, Indeche, and Tourism assistant minister Cecily Mbarire’s husband, Denis Apaa, were arraigned in court charged with a series of corruption offences.

The suspects were alleged to have defrauded the Ministry of Water and Irrigation of Sh26 million after violating the procurement procedures. Others who were charged included Lawrence Simitu, Isaiah Amwanzo Benjamin, Samuel Alouch Otieno, Robert Mati, Joseph Mucuku and Mwagambo Mwangombe.

Besides getting money through fraudulent means from the Government, Indeche and Apaa were accused of committing economic crimes by jointly conspiring to defraud the Water ministry by purporting to qualify for a tender to sink five boreholes in drought-stricken Machakos and Makueni districts at a time the residents were being by drought.

Apart from recording statements with anti-corruption agents, Ngilu had also to appear before the Parliament’s Committee on Equal Opportunities over allegations that she had violated the principle of equitable distribution of resources by favouring certain regions, especially her home area.

Now that Jubilee MPs have been advised to support the Motion by the joint committees of Lands and Delegated Legislation, which reverses contentious appointments by the Lands Cabinet Secretary, and because President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have reportedly declined to intervene on behalf of besieged Ngilu, citing ‘non-interference’ with the legislature under the doctrine of separation of powers, will her arrogance help her this time along?

Because the action is tacit approval to express displeasure with the conduct of Ngilu, I don’t see it forthcoming. Ngilu is to go given the adoption of the report whose findings include an accusation that Ngilu breached the Constitution – one of the grounds for removal from the Cabinet.

Even though in Kenya democracy is defined in terms of numbers, the fact that Ngilu havs fallen out with sections of Jubilee leadership, she may not get enough number to defend her.

The fall out came about after Ngilu accused some Jubilee leaders of betrayal and plotting her downfall. This did not go very well, particularly with the leader of majority in parliament, Aden Duale, the one Uhuru listens than any other Jubilee member.

The report accuses Ngilu of violating the law by usurping powers of the Public Service Commission and failing to consult the National Lands Commission while appointing Peter Kahuho as Director General of Lands.

Ngilu’s effort to corrupt her way by meeting the President and Deputy separately to state her case was not fruitful either. This is after Uhuru and Ruto also met officials from the PSC led by chair Margaret Kobia and NLC led by Chair Muhamad Swazuri to independently verify the claims against her.

It gives the reason why Uhuru and Ruto have avoided commenting on the saga. The matter is not that simple this time as Ngilu always thought. To make the matter worse, when the question was raised by Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari last week, Duale categorically said Ngilu’s actions cannot be helped because it bordered on breaking the law.

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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: BOTH CORD AND JUBILEE COULD BE THE BIG LOSERS IN THE KISII BY-ELECTIONS

News analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisii Town.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KENYA: THE GOVERNMENT IS URGED TO BEEF UP SECURITY POLICE PATROL ALONG THE NANDI-LUO BORDER

Reports Leo Odera Omolo

SECURITY along the Nandi-Luo border should be improved in order to save the lives of people now being killed every night. The situation now calls for urgent action by the higher authorities on both sides of the border to restore peace and calm.

Borders within Muhoroni sub-county is getting worse day by day. The residents have now appealed to the government to beef up police security night patrol. At the same time, politicians, especially MPS who are representing area close to the border area have been asked to hold public meeting and educate their constituents on the importance of living in peace and harmony, and to find the way o f resolving the land disputes amicably.

The people, who are believed to be member of terror gang from Nairobi, last Saturday night raided the small Police post at Ruga near Chemelil and attacked the policemen with arrows, machete and other crude weapons. The gang injured one policeman forcing his colleague to retaliate resulting in the three member of the gang being shot dead. The rest fled and disappeared under the dark cover.

The raid on the police post was staged at about 1.30 AM.

This attack came only a few hours after the revelers in a pub, which is located at Kibigori were forced to take cover following arrow attack by unknown people. Kibigori is an old, but a small town situated along the Kisumu-Nakuru railway line, but on the Kisumu Countryside.

The revelers were mainly a group of school teachers who were returning home after attending the colorful burial of their slain colleague Mr. Abira, the retired former head teacher of Nyakoko School and a Kisumu based businessman. He was shot with an arrow and killed by the Nandi youths two weeks ago. The incident took place when the retired teacher had gone to Chepsweta area to inspect his sugar cane. The deceased was given a warm send off in at the burial which attracted hundreds of friends, well-wishers and relatives at his Kajulu home. His killers have yet to be arrested.

As the teachers were enjoying their refreshment in a small bar, unknown people fired poisoned arrow into the pub. As they run helter-skelter, the bar owner went out to check in the darkness as to what was happening outside. He was shot with the arrow and another man followed suit.

No arrest has been made so far no arrest has been made.

The Kisumu Regional Commissioner Ms Lorna Odero is the only senior government official who has visited the area and preached peace to the two communities. of the border.

On the Nyanza side of the border only Muhoroni MP James OyangoK”oyoo has toured the troubled areas. He told the two warring communities to live in peace. But his Nandi Hill counterpart has yet to be seen in the area. K”Oyoo told the two communities to love one another and live-in peace and harmony.

Sources in both Muhoroni and Chemilil have confided to this writer that the latest flare up which has brought about the insecurity situation along the border between the two communities is abut some old and outstanding land disputes. One community is claiming that farms, owned by large scale farmers and those under the Settlement Schemes, were originally their ancestral land.

Settlement schemes in areas like Muhoroni, Songhor, Koru, Fort-Tennan,Kimwani were opened shortly after independent in 1965.These were the areas previously known as the White Highland, which were large scale mixed farms and belonged to the departed white settlers.

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Kenya: Who pays the hefty costs for Uhuru and Ruto’s ICC cases?

From: Joseph Nyaringo

By Joseph Lister Nyaringo

Atlanta, Georgia

For any questionable expenditure malpractices in the government, we have a right as Kenyan citizens and tax payers to voice our concerns because in the long run, if we fail, it will affect the larger spectrum of our country’s economic growth.

Therefore, knowing the way the government spends our taxes is not a preserve for those in government but a responsibility for every citizen.

For purposes of fiscal accountability and effective management of our taxes by the government, those tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all is well in the exchequer need to conduct an audit to divulge how the costs incurred on the ongoing ICC case of the deputy President William Ruto, and the shuttle diplomacy for deferral are paid off.

Kenyans need to know who incurred the costs for the recent delegation to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, whose purpose was not the good of Kenya but to rally the AU for the deferral of the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy at The Hague.

Secondly, the current delegation in New York which encompasses our national diplomats and several others from other African nations supporting Kenya for the deferral like Rwanda and Ethiopia is a costly affair. We need to know if Uhuru and Ruto are meeting these expenses and not Kenyan tax payers.

Besides, its note worthy that our two leaders are engaging the most expensive lawyers in the world in their cases. Kenyans will want to know who is meeting the hefty legal fees since not many people can afford to hire Stephen Kay, who is also the Queen’s Counsel and the combative Karim Khan for Uhuru and Ruto respectively.

Lastly, the travel and accommodation expenses for MPs who have been accompanying the Deputy President to the Netherlands, is now in a tune of millions. We also need to know who is footing the heavy bill since we all know that, life in Europe is extremely expensive which is often characterized by their strong currency- the Euro.

I’m not trying to imply that our two leaders cannot afford the said expenses but as a nation moving towards high levels of transparency and accountability in the way we conduct our national affairs, it’s better for the tax payers to know who is responsible for the high costs related to the current predicaments facing the President and his deputy.

Uhuru and Ruto are among the few billionaires we have in Kenya, but if they get a loophole to use our taxes for their cases, they may not touch their wallets. This is solid reality if the hustler’s jet scandal which cost Kenya taxpayers a whooping 25 million shillings for Ruto, is something to go by.

Since the ICC is a personal problem to the President and his deputy as they told the nation during the campaigns, wananchi don’t need to pay a penny for the delegation currently in New York and the recent one in Ethiopia. We therefore can’t pay for their personal cases when we are paying for their salaries and heavy benefits.

As taxpayers, we risk losing billions before the end of the ICC cases thus, the need not to assume that all is well, when a stitch in time saves nine.

Finally, as a concerned Kenyan, I evoke the Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor General to tell the nation the truth on the above. May they effectively monitor government spending lest we end up crying.

This is not an accusation and I do not have any evidence to conclude that our leaders have used state resources in their ICC cases.

KENYA: SIAYA COUNTY GETS REHABILITATION CENTER

Subject: Rehabilitation Centre
To: jaluo@jaluo.com

By Agwanda Saye

35,000 people living with disability from Siaya County are set to benefit from a shillings 56 million rehabilitation center to be operational by mid next year.

Of the amount,Sh 24 million will be channeled to building,2 million for purchasing equipment,5 million for acquiring project vehicle and the rest for facilitating the beneficiaries to the facility.

The referral center being supported by Association of Persons with Disability in Kenya (APDK) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, family health department, is scheduled to construct a one stop center at the Siaya district hospital by February next year.

According to the APDK chairman Hon Moody Awuori, the facility will offer crucial service to those living and supporting people with disabilities.

“The facility once completed will help those physically challenged receive support services without travelling long distances which is costly,” added Awuori.

The former Vice president was speaking at the Siaya district hospital where he graced the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the facility.

Awuori who called on the County government to support the initiative,at the same time urged the locals to embrace the project lest it becomes a ghost project despite huge funding from development partners.

He challenged the County government to ensure that 30 percent of the local contracts are available to the youths adding that APDK has adhered to the same in its management and contract allocations.

Awuori added that APDK is seeking to open another branch in due course once the Siaya facility proves to be successful.

KENYA: GOVERNMENT URGED TO TAME ROGUE HIPPOS IN LAKE VICTORIA

Writes Leo ODERA Omolo In Kisumu City

HUMAN – wildlife conflict is the latest subject of discontent and complaints following the numerous incidents of the reported Hippos attack in Lake Victoria which have resulted in the death of dozens of people in the recent months.

Savage attacks by the huge amphibious animals have claimed the lives of fishermen in Bondo, Rarieda, Mbita, Suba and Nyatike sub-County of Migori County. Other deaths CAUSED BY Hippos attacks were reported from Rusinga Island also within the Homa-Bay COUNTY. These series of incidents have prompted the residents of Nyanza, particularly those living along the shorelines of lake to make an urgent appeal to the Kenya Wildlife Services {KWS} and the government to come to their rescue.

Three fishermen were killed two weeks ago in Kakisingri, near Sindo CentreThe three were sailing back to the lake and the catches haul into the water.

The three fishermen made an attempt to swim to safety, but the animals followed them biting each one of them savagely thereby leaving them fatally injured and drowning in the seep waters.

According to information reaching us,the latest incident involving of hippo attack took place last weekend at Nyang”uena beach in Central Kadem Location in Nyatike sub-County within MIGORI County. There three fishermen who were among the four who had gone into the lake to check in heir nets were attacked, in this particular incident Nahashon Abiero and Kisuge Odingo narrowly escaped death. The two, however, narrowly escaped and swam to safety while their other three colleagues escaped unhurt.

Between last year and this year, close to 12 people have perished as the result of attack by hippos. The residents of lowland locations which are lying along the shorelines of Lake Victoria are up in arms and wanted the relevant government Ministry and the KWS to scale down the hippos population.

Similar incidents have also been reported in Bondo, Rarieda and in other parts of Siaya County.

Two deaths by hippos were also reported from Rusinga Island in Mbita district.

IN Rchuonyo North district, farmers who cultivate their lad near the lake have had a lot of problems with the herds of Hippos reportedly destroying 80 per cent of their grain crops in the field.Any frantic attempt by farmers to chase these animals away from their farms have also resulted in the attacks.Hippos are known to be docile animals and not so aggressive towards human being with exception of mothers nursing their calves. Experts have pointed out that hippos in lake Victoria have turned out of late to be so aggressive due ye to the scarcity of weeds and grasses on which the animals feeds on due to excessive cultivation by farmers of the land along the lake shorelines, which has destroyed the weeds and grasses. The only lasting solution I for the KWS to move in and scale down the hippos population. These animals are currently protected by the law

Under the conservation regulations aggrieved farmers cannot be not permitted to kill them, causing the animals to starvation.

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Kenya: Barrick Gold’s Stock Crushed As Miner Keeps Punishing Shareholders

From: Judy Miriga

The great economic squeeze are brought by the interference of Corporate special interest monopoly and control. The opportunity for small business is the key to reviving economic growth and stabilizes Government capacity regulation to offer efficient and balanced public service delivery.

This is the way to go people……………….

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com/

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Barrick Gold’s Stock Crushed As Miner Keeps Punishing Shareholders

Investors who bet on the world’s biggest gold miner after its stock got decimated in the first half of 2013 have been given the kind of treatment that shareholders of Barrick Gold ABX -6.81% have gotten accustomed to receiving. Barrick has announced that it is going to dilute shareholders in a big way by selling $3.45 billion of shares for $18.35 each.

Shares of Barrick Gold got crushed in Friday morning trading, tumbling by about 6% to $18.22. The stock drop is coming on the heels of a 5% drop on Thursday, when Barrick announced it would suspend its Pascua-Lama mega gold mine located in the high-altitude Andes on the Argentina-Chile border. Shares of Barrick Gold are now down 48% in 2013.

With one of the biggest share offerings in gold mining history, Barrick is trying to raise enough cash to pay down some $2.6 billion of its $15 billion or so in debt that it has accumulated through reckless spending and acquisitions during the huge run up in the price of gold. While suspending work at Pascua-Lama and dealing with its debt-load might seem like a good idea, shareholders probably remember that the last time Barrick pulled off a big share offering in 2009, it raised about $4 billion by selling shares for $36.95.

Barrick has become the poster child for the gold mining sector, which has punished shareholders more than just about any other industry sector in recent years. These companies have managed to underperform gold both when it rises and when it falls—giving investors little upside in the best of environments and handing them massive losses on the way down. Gold miners have spent $45 billion on projects and acquisitions since 2010, but gold output has actually declined. Much of Barrick’s troubles can be traced to its spending on Pascua-Lama and its acquisition of Equinox Minerals.

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With the price of gold having fallen in the last year, the economics of many projects in the gold mining sector like Pascua-Lama don’t really work. The costs associated with moving forward in Pascua-Lama were soaring while the price of the commodity was declining. Another way shareholders have been abused: the executives of many gold miners have been paid well even as their companies destroyed shareholder value. At Barrick, former CEO Aaron Regent was paid $12 million, mostly from a severance package after he was fired. The man who was hired to potentially replace Peter Munk at the top of Barrick, former president of Goldman Sachs John Thornton, got an $11.9 million signing bonus.

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