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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.”

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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.
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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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UN Disarmament
Conference, 2002

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.
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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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Kenya to Host the Regional Youth Green Growth Forum from 2nd-5th December 2013.

From: George Ndungu

Hello,

From 2nd-5th December 2013, young people will gather in the UN Complex Gigiri, Nairobi, for the Regional Youth Green Growth Forum 2013. Convened by the Organization of African Youth, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and partners, the main objective of the forum is to provide a platform for young people to learn, share and identify tools to foster inclusive green growth in Africa and build partnerships to put the tools into practice in their work.

Under theme, “Harnessing the Potential of Youth as Partners for Inclusive Green Growth and Climate Resilience,” the forum will unleash the potential of young people and provide them with knowledge and skills to enable them drive the sustainable development agenda in their various communities.

We will have three days of learning, dialogue and sharing best practices on 2nd-4th. On 5th we will join the UNV to celebrate the International Day of Volunteers in community activities. With the support of our partners, we have been able to reduce the participation fee to the minimum possible as follows:

Kenyans = $50
African Region =$100
International =$150.

We believe this will enable more young people to attend this life-changing event. The participation fee will cover the costs of the delegates lunch & tea, local transport and conference materials.

For those who have already registered, we are in the process of sending to you the fee payment methods. Kindly note we will only be able to send you an official invitation letter after we receive confirmation of your payment. All delegates are responsible for their own travel to and fro and accommodation during the stay in Nairobi. We will send logistical information to all delegates with more details

For those not yet registered and planning to attend the event, we have extended the deadline for registration to 15th November 2013. We will get in touch immediately after receiving your details Here is the link to the registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FDQCJ0ZoOjdmnaNgwIQs_Ro8F8moWXAQJXEZBO1SayQ/viewform

For any enquiries you can contact the conference secretariat using email: forum@oayouth.org

If your organization would love to sponsor a delegate or become an official partner: you can contact the organizers using email:kenya@oayouth.org

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We look forward to welcoming you all in Nairobi.

Cheers!

George Ndungu,
Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.
Organisation of African Youth (www.oayouth.org)
African Youth Representative for Rio+20.
Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda



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Kenya: Launching of the Banana Sector Development Strategy

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)
PRESS RELEASE
Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Subject: Kenya: Launching of the Banana Sector Development Strategy: More than 300 experts will convene in Nairobi to discuss key issues affecting the banana sector

Experts to chart the way forward for a stronger banana sub-sector at inaugural Banana Conference

More than 300 experts will convene in Nairobi to discuss key issues affecting the banana sector

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 23, 2013/ — More than 300 experts including top leaders from the Ministry of Agriculture, agricultural research institutes, non-governmental organizations, regional bilateral institutions, development partners, financial institutions and farmer organizations will convene at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Headquarters, in Nairobi to discuss key issues affecting the banana sector. The conference is themed: “Fostering Partnerships for an Improved Banana Subsector in Kenya” and is jointly convened by the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP), the Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (http://www.agra.org).

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Highlighting the government’s increasing recognition of the banana sub-sector’s contribution to food security and income generation, Hon. Felix Koskei, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development will officially launch the Banana Sector Development Strategy during the conference.

“The government is proud to launch Banana Sector Development Strategy and participate in today’s conference. We look forward to increased incomes and food security for growers from a strengthened banana sub-sector,” says Hon. Koskei.

Delegates will focus on how best to address issues hampering the growth of the banana sub-sector and jointly identify practical solutions that will facilitate a more coordinated banana sub-sector. Specifically, the delegates will evaluate the value chain from production to post harvest management, marketing and value addition through processing.

“AGRA is proud to be associated with the Banana Growers Association of Kenya as it is providing an important platform to making a real difference in the productivity and profitability of smallholder banana growers in Kenya. AGRA will continue working with the BGAK and other stakeholders to improve the banana value chain – from supporting the production and uptake of improved planting materials to promoting better postharvest management practices such as quality grading, storage and collective marketing,” says Jane Karuku, AGRA President.

Through its Farmer Organizations Support Center in Africa (FOSCA) and Market Access Programs, AGRA is supporting 23 produce aggregation centers across Kenya, owned and managed by farmer groups where they come together to learn about the need to start with quality planting materials and good soil fertility, effective postharvest management and collective marketing. These groups have been connected to the mobile money network and this has greatly increased their access to real-time price information and convenience in transacting with buyers. This initiative has seen both the productivity and profitability of banana farmers rise.

“The BGAK aspires to grow from strength to strength as the voice of the banana smallholder farmer in Kenya. This conference is just the beginning in encouraging networking and collaboration among all stakeholders to improve the banana value chain for the growers and various consumers, including processors,” says Thomas Mwangi, Chair, BGAK.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

About the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

AGRA (http://www.agra.org) is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. AGRA programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment. AGRA advocates for policies that support its work across all key aspects of the African agricultural value chain from seeds, soil health and water to markets and agricultural education.

AGRA’s Board of Directors is chaired by Kofi A Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ms Jane Karuku, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of Telkom Kenya, is AGRA’s president. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development, USAID and other donors, AGRA works across sub-Saharan Africa and maintains offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Accra, Ghana.

For more information, visit http://www.agra.org

About the Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK)

The Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK) is the apex association of banana farmers in Kenya formed in 2010. It is registered under the Societies Act, Laws of Kenya CAP 108. It is a membership association which serves as a platform for banana farmers to articulate issues affecting them and the banana industry at large while trying to seek timely redress with relevant authorities. BGAK focuses on strengthening the voice of smallholder banana growers in Kenya and has countrywide scope focusing on all the banana growing areas in Kenya.

For more information, visit http://www.dynamiccreations.org/banana/

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

KENYA: THE GOVERNMENT IS URGED TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY SITUATION ALONG THE NANDI-LUO BORDER

From: LEO ODERA

The recent reports emerging from Muhoroni Sub-County within Kisumu COUNTY are pointing out the alarmingly deteriorating security along the Nyanza-Rift Valley border. Several people have lost their lives within the last two months as the result o senseless and attacks by criminal elements.

Nyanza regional commissioner Franciis Mutie toured Cgehelil Location last weekend and addressed series of public Barazas and urged the two communities, namely the Luos and Nandis to maintain peace and also warned squatters to desist from the bad habit of invading other people’s lands, occupying them. Mutie did not mince his words and told the squatters that the government will kick them out of the land they were currently occupying illegally.

The first incident was the killing of a night guard at the palatial home of MR Arjit SINGH Singyh [Simba} and his family. They had travelled to Makinndu for religious pilgrimage when the attack took place, forcing the family to rush back home. The night guard was shot at close range with a powerful rifle and died instantly. The unknown assailants later ransacked Mr Singh house turning everything upside down.

So far no arrest has been made by police in connection with the killing of the night guard. Local observers believes that the killing was the result of business rivalry, which is suspected to be connected with the scramble for the Miwani Sugar Mills and its 900 nucleus estate farm. He company was run-down and went burst about 15 years ago.

Muhoroni MP James O nyango K’Oyoo has appealed to the Luos AND Nandis communities to live in harmony.

The MP also termed the action of one community invading the farms which belonging to their neighbors as an act of high provocation, saying that respecting one another property was the best component of maintaining peace and tranquility along the tribal common borders.

The MP’S complaint came in the wake of the killing two weeks ago of a prominent LUO businessman and a farmer who was shot with an arrow at Chepsweta area of Chemelili Location. The deceased, who was accompanied by his sibling, had gone to inspect his sugar cane farm when they were attacked by the Nandi youths. His brother sustained serious bodily injuries and was treated at the Chemelil sugar company dispensary and discharged. YOUTHS FROM THE luo side of the border had grouped to dtsgr rotation, but were restrained and dispersed by the police.

K’Oyoo has since raised the issue in parliament an urged the Nandi leaders to top inciting the youths.

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KENYA: MIGORI WOMEN REP DECRIES BAD ATTITUDE TOWARDS GIRL CHILD EDUCATION.

By Agwanda Saye

MIGORI County Women Representative Danita Ghati has decried the attitude of some parents within the county who do not support the education of the girl child.

Ghati observed that Migori County is still lagging behind in terms of girl-child education because of lack of support from a number of parents.

She said parents must be ready to fully support the education of the girl-child within the region as this is their responsibility.

The women Representative singled out both Nyatike and Kuria districts where she said education of the girl child is still compromised due to several factors including cultural believes.

Addressing a gathering during the launch of a strategic plan for St. Joseph Alendo Secondary school-cum education day for Kosiemo and Alendo Primary schools in Karungu East of Nyatike Sub-County, Ghati said it is as if some parents are still living in the past where education for boys was given a priority unlike for girls.

She said both boys and girls should be given equal opportunities when it comes to issue of education because since both have same potentials which can make them excel academically.,

The women leader also took up issues with some teachers whom she blamed for contributing to early pregnancies and marriages of school going girls.

Ghati further announced that she will launch several mentorship centers in Migori County to fully support girl-child education.

The women Rep further said she plans to set up an education trust fund which will help in funding the education of bright but need school going girls within Migori County, urging the stakeholders to properly utilize both the UWEZO and CDF Funds, adding that there was still need for bursaries to improve education in the county.

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Kenya: East Africa Lawyers

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By Agwanda Saye

Lawyers from East Africa will converge in Nairobi to deliberate regional constitutional and governance reforms this week.

East Africa Law Society (EALS) President Mr. James Mwamu said that States in the region are experiencing reforms in the wake of electoral cycles.

“East Africa partner States are experiencing constitutional and governance reforms amidst mismatching limitations in democratic practices,” Mr. Mwamu said.

The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Mr. Isaak Hassan will officially open the two day seminar on Thursday (October 24th) at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi.

The EALS President said that other participants include facilitators from the EAC secretariat, the East African Legislative Assembly and Judges from Regional and National Courts.

“National Ministries in charge of EAC Affairs, EALS, Media practitioners, seasoned and accomplished legal practitioners and scholars will be present,” Mwamu said.

The theme of the seminar is “Inclusive and Participatory Electoral Processes; the Role of the National Law Society”.

The EALS President said that there was reducing respect for civil liberties and under resourced political institutions.

“Upcoming electoral cycles in the region from 2015 to 2017 have compelled the legal profession to deliberate ways of ensuring electoral systems and processes are credible,” Mwamu said.

The EALS President said that there should be legal avenues citizens’ population to select and hold their elected leaders to account.

“The objectives of the seminar include building a critical mass of lawyers actively engaged in ensuring participatory and inclusive electoral processes within EAC partner States,” Mwamu said.

He said that lawyers from the region also seek to strengthen the capacity and voice of the profession to foster adherence to democratic principles by the EAC partner States.

“We need to share best practices on the management and conduct of electoral processes across East Africa by the legal profession, including the development of an Election Monitoring and Observation Manual for Law Societies,” Mwamu said.

The EALS works to enhance the rule of law, human rights and good governance with a view to promoting sustainable social and economic development and enjoys formal Observer Status with the EAC and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

KENYA: SIAYA ODM MP IS HECKLED BY YOUTHS DURING MASHUJAA RALLY

From: LEO ODERA OMOLO

Shouts of Alego ni nono oonge Mjumbe rent the air during the Mashujaa rally in SIAYA town last Sunday when a group of ODM youths made an attempt to heckle and evict the ALlego-Usonga MP Omondi Muluany at a well attended rally held at Siaya Stadium to commemorate the heros day. The party youths and security personnel intervened and ejected the rowdy youths out of the meeting venue.

It later emerged that the MP who the Mardh 14th general on the Whiper ticket had skipped all the campaign meetings which were held all over the County during the recent by-election campaign for Siaya governor,including the one which was attended by the party leader Raila O Odinga.

The MP who appeared to have been shocked and shaken described the group as hired political goons

THOSE who attended the Siaya rally were stunned when speaker after speaker heaped a lot of praise at politicians previously aligned to the late Jaramogi IOginga Odinga showering them as The only heroes who fought for freedom.

They deliberately excluded the names of other LUO freedom fighters who were known to have differed with the Jaramogi leadership style. Observers and pundits were, however quick in pointing out that those whose names had been mentioned prominently at the really included those who are known to be Raila sycophants and political surrogates whose contribution to the liberation war and anti colonialists activities are very insignificant.

THESE names represented only the residents of Siiaya County THEY INCLUDED Achieng Oneko, Jaramogi, Argwings Kodhek, Wasonga SijeyoBut even in SIAYA county, the names of political giants and heroes like Walter Fanuel Odede, DO Makasembo were deliberately omitted and replaced by some characters of some former boot lickers of the colonialists.

Odede who later was to become the father in-law of atom Mboy WALKED INTO THE SHOES OF THE Jomo KENYAT immediately after the latter and five other leading nationalists were rounded up and arrested by he colonialists following the declaration of the STATE OF emergency in Kenya by the colonialists. He too was arrested and placed in detention in the remote Northern Kanya district of Samburu and was detained for eight year because he had taken over as the acting President of KAU. Odede like Oneko hails from Uyoms in Rarieda within Bondo district.

Other uncompromising freedom fighters whose names were missing at the Siaya rally included Tom Mboya, Elijah Omolo Agar, Lawrence Gerald Oguda,Daniel OJijo Oteko,John PAUL olola,BARRACK Owuor,The latter two were the founder of the Kavirondo Taxpayers ,which collaborated well with the Harry Thuku led Kikuyu Central Association that gave the colonialists sleepless nights.

THE Siaya rally clearly portrayed an attempt by Siaya leaders as trying at the distortion of the Nyanza region’s political history.

The history of the past should be told as per its true perspective for the interests of the present and future generations.

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KENYA LAW BODY TO CONDUCT ITS ELECTIONS

Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Subject: LSK
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By Agwanda Saye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KENYA: CHURCH FOUNDATION TO IMPROVE LIVELIHOODS

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By Chak Rachar

AFRICAN Churches Foundation has embark on various community projects to improve the livelihoods of those people living in extreme poverty.

The Chairperson Bishop Phoebe Onyango said the foundation is undertaking subsistence farming in the seven constituencies of Kisumu county to ensure food sufficient.

Bishop Onyango disclosed that the foundation is training the residents on new farming methods after which they provide them with farm inputs.

She said the foundation also support education sector by funding the feeding programs and access to clean water in various schools in the county.

Onyango said the foundation targets the orphans and vulnerable children from the seven constituencies adding that they provide them with food and medical assistance.

She said the county has a population of 968,909 with 226,719 households saying that 45% of the populations are living below the poverty index.

The leader said the foundation also empowers women and youth economically to enable them start up small business activities.

Onyango asked the churches in the county to support the agricultural initiatives launched by the foundation to reduce food insecurity among the poor.

Speaking yesterday during the church leaders meeting in Kisumu, Onyango said churches have been lagging behind in development agenda.

The leaders were drowned from Muhoroni, Nyando, Kisumu West, Seme, Kisumu Central, Kisumu East and Nyakach constituencies.

Onyango called church leaders to initiate various development activities that can change the lives of the poor communities.

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