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KENYA: THE MUGO REPORT – December 2012 – January 2013

From: Mugo Muchiri
Los Angeles, CA
Febuary 3, 2013

Q: Happy belated New Year, Bwana Mugo! I know we’re well into 2013 but tell us how you sum up the year 2012? What for you were some of its highlights?

Mugo: Asante sana and Happy New Year to you too. 2012 was a good but tough year. I’m sure the continuing challenging economy has made a more resilient lot of us Kenyans in the US. But the thankfulness has also been there, at least on my part, for the good things that we mustn’t take for granted: additions to the family, good health and meaningful work.

The icing on the cake has got to be my recent visit to Kenya which provided a rare opportunity to be with my Mom, brothers, sisters and in-laws, and to be introduced and fall in love with a whole bunch of hitherto unknown nephews and nieces. That, plus connecting with long-lost friends……..could you ask for a sweeter Christmas gift? I don’t think so.

Q: So how’s Mom doing? You always sign out as the son of Ndunge….so tell me how the mother of ‘the son of Ndunge’ is fairing?

Mugo: Asante for asking. Mom is doing reasonably well for an 81-year woman. She’s still her old jovial self. Her gait is obviously a tad bit slower. She occasionally has to use a walking stick, but in her eyes, you still see the joyfulness of life. It was a warm presence to be around with so many beautiful memories shared.

When you see your mother live (rather than through Skype), you feel like blessing all the mothers of the world. In your Mom, you see the center that nourishes everything around, that’s at the basis of all family relationships and values. So for two weeks, every day was a joyful ‘Mother’s Day.’

Q: So when was the last time you were in Kenya, if I may ask?

Mugo: Slightly over 24 years! I see your jaw dropping, bwana. This was the first time I went to visit Kenya since coming to the United States in August of 1988. It was a long absence.

Q: MUNGU WANGU! You mean you had chuchuma’d here for 24 years! I think you’ve set a record among Kenyans in the US. I thought Ngugi wa Thiong’o had the ‘gold’ but you’ve outdone even the Great African Bard!

Mugo: Well life is interesting, isn’t it? However, I only recently found out that our family friend from Miami, Bwana Paul….. well he’s at 27 years and still counting. So I’ll have to settle for ‘silver.’

Q: So how was Kenya, especially after all those years? You must have been overwhelmed by the changes.

Mugo: Overwhelmed yes. Actually I was floored. The changes are simply amazing. Nairobi is just teeming with people. So is Nakuru, Thika, Makutano and other places I visited. You feel this raw energy in the air. Kenyans are just everywhere. And they’re mostly young. I rarely saw wananchi with gray hair like me in the city center. Perhaps most had retreated to the countryside for the holidays. It was a sea of mostly under-30-somethings.

One of the things that impressed me was attire. This was especially true among the ladies. When I remarked this to my brother Kamande, he told me that Mitumba (second-hand clothing) had been a savior. To my eyes, there was minimal difference between dress codes here in US and back in Kenya. And perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising; most clothing is actually sourced from the US.

Q: Did you get a chance to travel around some. Were folks in rural areas equally presentable?

Mugo: Yes I did, and yes they were. Now two weeks is a very short time especially since most of the things I intended to accomplish needed my presence in Nairobi. Still I managed to go to Murang’a from where I hail. It was critical for me to visit some of the 2007-8 hotspots and this led me to Nakuru, Naivasha and Nandi Hills. And yes, everywhere I went, people including small children seemed to be well-fed. They were certainly decently clad.

Now 24 years ago, it was common in my hometown of Saba Saba to see kids with long shirts (no undergarments) with makamasi dripping from their noses, and flies mulling around their faces. In fact kids didn’t even bother to swipe at the flies. You don’t like washing dirty laundry in public, but this was the reality. Today, it’s a 360 degree turnaround: children are clean and well dressed. I didn’t see a soul without shoes. So this was gratifying. You saw before your very own eyes the benefits of cross-border trade. And I think this mustn’t be lost to Kenyans, especially during this electioneering season, where it’s common to hear isolationist hues and cries.

Q: So would you say that living standards have improved since you were last there?

Mugo: With respect to what my eyes saw, I’d say yes. But it’s a qualified ‘yes.’ Time didn’t allow me to go areas like Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru where the bulk of our population resides. Now take Kibera as an example. It’s one of the biggest slums in Africa. In fact, according to Ngugi, an in-law of mine who lives in Karen, there’s only a forest of about a mile – the time of a brisk 20-minute walk – that separates Kibera from Karen. So the sprawl is alive and well, and will increasingly put the squeeze on high-cost, up market areas. Standards of living cannot be gauged without taking this significant portion of Kenyans into consideration. That’s why you have to ringfence my answer.

Q: Tell me more about Nairobi. Has it physically grown? And what’s the state of traffic in and around Nairobi?

Mugo: I didn’t care much for Nairobi. Its livability index is very suspect in my eyes. The area encompassing the City Center is nothing short of hazardous to your health. The main reason for this is the pollution from the seemingly numberless matatus and City Hoppers that rule the roadways. They all run on diesel for the most part.

You remember how President Obama described the first-ever US debt downgrade as “a self-inflicted wound?” Well, the hike in sickness rates in the coming years will have been a self-inflicted wound in a similar vein. We’re just doing it to ourselves, we’re acting in a manner to precipitate higher asthma and cancer rates among Nairobi urbanites. The only entities to benefit will be Big Pharma and all who come under its umbrella. In my mind, the government really has to get going on regulating the matatu industry. Not tomorrow, but NOW. Otherwise a rapidly gathering health threat is sure to morph into a fully-fledged crisis.

Q: Haven’t they partly done it though? In our last encounter, we talked about the inauguration of the new Syokimau railway station by President Kibaki as a step in the right direction.

Mugo: This is true. I continue to laud the investment efforts of Kenya Railways. They’re well-reasoned and appropriate to the need. But when you’re actually on the ground, you’re confronted with the issue of immediacy, the urgency of speeding things up. Let me give you an example. I was staying at the Transcendental Meditation ™ center in Valley Arcade in Nairobi. One day, I decided to take the 30-minute walk to Hurlingham. I then hopped onto a matatu which proceeded to head to downtown Nairobi. My brother Ng’ang’a was waiting for me in his office.

Q: Yes, I recall Hurlingham being on the tonier side of Nairobi.

Mugo: It took me another 30 minutes of waiting at the Hurlingham terminal before I boarded the matatu. While waiting at the bus stop, matatus would come, slow down, then leave. Each vehicle would belch diesel fumes into our faces. You cannot avoid ingesting the poison. By the time I got to my brother’s office, I was actually ‘high’ on diesel. And I thought, ‘What about these folks who have to endure this every single day of their lives.’ A Maasai friend I met in Namanga told me that folks from his community enjoy almost perfect health until they go to Nairobi. Then all hell breaks loose on them.

Q: What about the physical aspect of Nairobi?

Mugo: This is definitely an economy on the march. If you asked me, we’ve stolen Uganda’s national symbol – the crane is now our ‘bird’ – and lately it’s been busy in the service of building, building, building. As a point of fact, cement manufacturers aren’t able to keep up with demand. I don’t understand where all this credit is coming from, but it’s flowing like booze at a sailor’s party. What we need to watch out for is planning. The planning function is weak. Towns I visited like Kitengela, Juja, Thika and Makutano (or Kenol) to pick a few all exhibited deplorable planning.

Unlike what we’re used to in the States, there’s a dearth of park areas, broad streets, walking pavements, biker lanes, etc. These are important elements that contribute to a more superior quality of living. The multi-use functionality that newer buildings in LA have incorporated is a lesson that needs to be imported. This way, lofts, studios and apartments on higher floors co-exist with the ground floor service functionality of restaurants, dry cleaners, salons and what have you. In Kenya, outside the higher cost areas like Westlands (very admirable developments), it’s a jungle. Planning is haphazard.

Q: But I don’t imagine the LA of today is the LA of, say, 100 years ago.

Mugo: This is true. But must we wait for such a long time to achieve parity? Let’s appeal to, reach out and grasp ‘best practices.’ The LAs of the world may have had to develop it by themselves. This was an awfully slow roast. The advantage for today’s younger economies is the wealth of knowledge that exists out there and the relative ease of securing cooperation across seas. New city design and planning in China continue to benefit significantly from infusions of American expertise and ingenuity. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.

Q: Would you say that Kenya is the land of opportunity?

Mugo: There is no doubt that Kenya today is the land of opportunity. The amount of wealth generation is simply staggering. As Hillary Clinton said at her going-away speech at the State Department last week, 7 of the 10 most rapidly growing economies are in Africa. Return on invested capital in Kenya towers over their comparables here in the US. What I’m saying is that the Carnegie Mellons, the Rockerfellows, the Huntingtons of Kenya are being created as you read this. It’s a hugely exciting and inviting time for investments in Kenya, and by extension in Africa. This there can be no doubt about.

Q: Where specifically are opportunities rife?

Mugo: The most obvious is land. About 6 years ago, an 1/8 of an acre in Kitengela was going for KSh 350,000. Today, it easily fetches KSh 1.5 million. In the last 6-7 years, Kenya has seen an explosion in land prices. Populations are moving further out for more spacious, better quality living. Now future increases in land may not be as dramatic as what I’ve just described. Even so, I think land especially in farther-out areas like Kitengela, Konza, Utawala can be good holding investments.

Residential construction is another area that can provide home-run returns. The demand –especially in the lower cost market segment – continues to far outstrip supply. I visited several home and apartment developments, notably Bahati Ridge in Gatanga, the Chania development in Thika and so forth.

Bahati Ridge is pioneered by the Kibe family. The family patriach was a Permanent Secretary in the Water ministry many years ago. In any case, he’s hived off half of his 180-plus acre farm and is developing so very beautiful homes whose quality is nothing short of outstanding. The contractor is Epco Builders of Industrial Area. The development is definitely a thumbs-up and I’d invite readers to check out Despite the hefty prices, they’re going, going and going.

I hope that my next visit will allow me more time to scout investment opportunities that I can share with my fellow Kenyans in Diaspora. But take it from me, this is NOT a time to whine about trust issues. Just find a good partner and jump in there. Opportunities stare you in the face.

Q: OK Bwana Mugo, asante for your insights. It’s been a joy to share and tuonane next time.



From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images

Since the re-introduction of multiparty politics in 1992 Prime Minister Raila Odinga has not met a tough rebellion like the one he did in Homa Bay County on Wednesday, after irate youths heckled and booed him as he told his supporters in dholuo to vote for ODM candidates only and ignore other affiliates.

He has not met tough hostility because since 1992 Nyanza has traditionally rallied behind political parties led by the Odinga family, and any politician who introduced or came with a different party risked being whisked.

With Wednesday rebellion there are signs that the political dynasty that has controlled Nyanza for decades could lose its iron grip due to the discord brought about by political intrigues within the Cord alliance.

This time along Luo Nyanza voters were pouring their anger on Raila Odinga for allowing his ODM party to give direct nomination to political aspirants they did not prefer. The voters felt they were robbed of victory by issuing certificates to many of the candidates who have served for long in parliament without any development at all.

Because this mess has never been cleansed, there is high possibility that a wind of political change is likely to sweep through Nyanza by voters rejecting the old and corrupt gurus in ODM were imposed to them.

Even though the angry crowds told the PM off and vowed to reject any ODM candidate who was given direct nomination in the whole Nyanza region, he still insisted that they must vote only ODM candidates in March 4th general elections.

Those who the voters allege were defeated but given ODM certificates include Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang for Senate seat for Homabay County, instead of Hillary Alila who the voters say won the nomination.

Kajwang received the ticket after hotly disputed party primaries that led to Alila defecting to People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This is not the first time voters have claimed Kajwang had been rigged in.

In 2007 when Sammy Wakiaga a civil servant and a prominent Nairobi based businessman was heading for a landslide election victory over Kajwang’ in Mbita constituency on an ODM ticket, Raila Odinga had prevailed upon Wakiaga to step down for Kajwang and wait for other job opening up in the event of the ODM forming the government. Wakiaga has since then kept a low profile in politics.

Voters don’t want Kajwang’ because when he was MP for Mbita he did very little in terms of development. Kajwang won the Mbita seat during the first multi-party election in 1992, and has repeatedly successfully defended his seat ever since.

He had a lackluster performance and poor track record of development. That is why when he announced his ambition that he was going to become the Senate representative of the Homa-Bay County he could not augur well with the entire County’s voters.

Homa-Bay County covers Gwassi, Mbita, Ndhiwa, Rangwe, Homa-Bay Town, Karachuonyo, Kasipul and Kabondo/ Kasipul. Kasipul and Kabondo constituencies in particular may not vote for him because of their belief that he was the one used by Raila Odinga to spear-head the controversial ousting of the influential Ker Meshack Riaga Ogalo, from the mantle and leadership of the moribund Luo Council of Elders from his office.

The violence which broke out in Rodi Kopany in the evening occurred when supporters of Peter Opondo Kaluma complained over allegations that immediate former Rangwe Mp Martin Ogindo was awarded ODM nomination certificate yet he never won the election. Voters were already tired with Ogindo and thought it was time for him to give chance for a new comer, only to learn later that he was rigged in.

While Alila’s candidature has drawn large support, especially from the youths and women who see him as a visionary leader and not power-hungry, in Siaya County voters are very angry that their preference candidate William Oduol was denied ODM certificate after winning nomination.

Mr Oduol faced Mr Odinga’s elder brother, Oburu Oginga in the primaries but the two were later disqualified by ODM over alleged confusion during the exercise. Oduol was robbed of victory and has since defected to the little known National Agenda Party and will face ODM’s nominee, Cornel Rasanga Amoth who was imposed to Siaya voters.

In Muhoroni the music is the same, where assistant minister Ayiecho Olweny is facing his perennial opponent, James Onyango K’Oyoo, who moved to Omingo Magara’s PDP after being denied the ODM certificate.

According to Muhoroni voters it is a fact that K’Oyoo beat Mr Olweny by a landslide during the ODM nominations but he was robbed of victory. He will have a sweet revenge on March 4,” when voters are likely to vote for him instead of ODM candidate.

In Kasipul is the same problem, where outgoing MP Oyugi Magwanga is a worried man after his main opponent; Charles Ongondo defected to Kalembe Ndile’s Tip party. Kasipul voters maintain Ongondo was robbed victory and they are likely to vote him against Magwanga.

Similar resistance is also expected in Gem, Nyando, Kisumu and in Rongo, where Public Service minister Dalmas Otieno is facing a tough battle from his main opponents, Gradus Oluoch and Paul Abuor. Mr Oluoch is vying on Wiper while Abuor settled on Tip.

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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

Raila witnessed the election violence as missiles and shoes flew over the dignitary dais in Homa-Bay CORD accompany rally

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Homa-Bay Town.

SECURITY details of the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga ON Wednesday this week.and shielded the CORD presidential candidate from being hit when the mayhem broke loose during the ODM campaign rally at Homa-Bay Town

The Prime Minister was on the last leg of his three days campaign mission in his native home region of Luo-Nyanza.The trouble started when CORD leader made futile attempt to disown the ODM aspirants who have crossed over into other parties and got cleared by the IEBC to contest the March 4, 2013 general elections.

These were the same aspirants who had contested the election on ODM tickets, but felt aggrieved and deliberately rigged out after the much flawed ODM primary nomination.

Most of the rebel aspirants crossed to parties in partnership with the ODM under the enlarged CORD alliance.

The biggest crowd had turned out at the Homa-Bay campaign rally which was attended by the Prime Minister and several cabinet Ministers. The crowd was splinted into smaller groups of supporters carrying the portraits and electi0on posters of their favorite candidates, most of them those who had ditched ODM and crossed over t other parties.

The Gwassi MP John Mbadi, who was the master of ceremony pleaded with the crowd to drop the posters as this was an embarrassment to the Prime Minister, but the crowd defiantly displayed the posters while bursting into songs of praise for their favorite candidates. The MP’s voice was swallowed into shouting match by the huge crowd.

A heated argument ensued between the crowd and the Ministers followed by flying shoes and stones, some which hit the podium but kissed the dignitaries. The protesters appeared to have targeted the Immigration and Registration of Persons Minister Gerald Otieno Kajwang’

At one point a shoe thrown from the crowd hit the Minister and several others, while the Prime Minister was shielded by his security details and the Lands Minister James Orengo. The Minister had earlier tried to calm down the enraged crowd but was heckled and shouted down.

The security personnel moved in and charged on the crowd and even making the matters worse. It was the youthful Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba who successfully pleaded with the crowd to calm down before Raila made his address after the order and calm had been restored.

During the melee that followed the crowd run helter scalter leaving behind hundreds of shoes which were used as missiles.

Insults were hurled at Kajwang’, who prior to the ODM nomination was the chairman of the party in Homa-Bay County and who the crowd blamed for having messed u the nomination. They called the Ministers names such as “Traitor” “Andhoga’.

Other voices coming from the crowd defiantly praised and approved the candidature of Hilary Ochieng; Alila, who is Kajwang’s only rival in the Homa-Bay Senatorial contest in the Homa-Bay Senatorial contest, though Alila was nowhere to be seen.

Alila is still on the race on the ticket of Omingo Magara led Democratic Party of Kenya and the populist aspirant is expected to give Kajwang’ a run for his money come the March 4, 2013,

Raila faced similar problem when he toured Migori County the previous day. All the problems emanating from the flawed ODM nomination

In Migori, the former Nyatike M Edick Omondi Anyanga, whose wife Anne Omondi Anyanga was among those whose election were questionable had been made the deputy governor, whose nomination is also questionable. Insiders say no nomination took place in the took place in the entire Nyatike constitu4ndfy. although the IEBC had cleared the former MP and sever County representatives plus his wife.The same problems occurred in Migiori East constituency where a Somali Juneet Mohamed who is believed to be a believed to aver won the primary nomination. There were unconfirmed allegation of bribery both at the ODM headquarter and also at the IEBC.

In his address Raila Odinga urged the electorate to vote for ODM candidates only in a six pieces pattern to ensure that his party secure majority MPs.. He said this would give the ODM the majority seats in the August House, but if they voted for those aspiring for the election using other parties tickets, the ODM parliamentary strength could be reduced into minority. But a section of the crowd could not hear of this, though ‘Agwambo” spoke in vernacular telling them’yawa kik ukuod wiya [please do not shame me}

Raila, however, made political blunder when he described those seeking elective position in the region using tickets from other parties including those in partnership with the ODM under CORD umbrella as “Madoadoa”This remark provoked further murmuring among the crowd.

When the former Rangwe MP Eng Phillip Okoth Okundi turned out at the venue of the rally then broke loose as if the heaves had come down on the earth. Okundi is believed by many people within the locality to have won the position of the co. Awiti..

The ODM candidate for the Homa-Bay County women rep 5esentatiuve Mrs Gladys Wanga was subjected to a lot of insult and called name with some of the unprintable insults and insinuations. She is believed not to have won the primary fairly, but was rigged in on instruction of the Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’.

Wanga is believed to have polled close to 31,00 votes against the winner Mrs Roselyn Onyuka, the former Nyanza PDE who polled 47,000 and above, but her names was cancelled at the ODM headquarters where she was replaced by Mrs Wanga. These were some of the issues which had angered and enraged the Homa-Bay crowd,and provoked them to act violently

From the looking of things,the majority of voters in Luoi-Nyanza appeared ti be hell-bent on voting for non-ODM candidates.



By Chak Rachar.

THE proprietor of a leading real estate agency in Kisumu was yesterday arraigned before a court and charged with obtaining money from a woman under the pretext that he would secure her a parcel of land.

George Adada appeared before the Senior Resident Magistrate Samuel Atonga and denied the charge.

Adada is charged that he February 11 2010 at Re-insurance plaza in Kisumu East district received a bankers cheque of 400,000/- and 50,000/- all totaling 450,000/- from Morine Leah Aketch Auma under the pretext that he could sell her a parcel of land at Kisumu Konya / 6067.

The accused who is the proprietor of Michigen Investments was ordered released on a bond of 100,000/-.

Atonga fixed the hearing of the case on February 27 this year.

The accused was taken to the basement cells as his bond was prepared.

He is represented by a Kisumu lawyer Ouma Njoga of Njoga and company advocates by inspector Francis Milia prosecuted the case.

Adada was earlier in the week roughed up by people who claim to be prospective land buyers after he and the complainant went to the scene together with surveyors, police and other complainants went to establish the situation on the ground.

The irate group left him half naked during the scuffle.


Kenya: Inviting all Peace Actors

From: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends,

In the Month of January 2013, The Kenyans for a Clean General Elections Campaign hosted 5 high impact Peace Events across Nairobi. We were in the following places;

Huruma on the 5th Jan
Highrise Langata on the 12th Jan
Kariobangi North on the 16th Jan
Mathare on the 19th Jan and

Dagoreti on the 26th Jan.

In walking for Peace led by the Administration Police Band, The Provincial Administration, the IEBC, Peace Actors and our Partners, we realized that the people only need such interactions. People were enthusiastic with the Human Peace Caravans and we have seen we are having some effects on most Kenyans.

We are happy that some Media Houses have also rolled Peace Campaigns across Kenya on a massive scale. The only people who have not yet realized the need for Peace, Peaceful Campaigns and a Peaceful Election are the Politicians. They are still talking at cross purposes and we are hoping for divine intervention as we keep inviting them to the Human Peace Caravans.

We have a Loaded Month of February. We have already hosted The Dandora Human Peace Caravan on the 2nd Feb and more are yet to come and on Saturday the 9th Feb, all roads are leading to Westlands for The Waruku Kangemi Human Peace Caravan. This is our Calender of Events for February;

2nd Feb; Dandora
9th Feb; Westlands
13th Feb; Makadara
16th Feb; Kisumu
23rd Feb; Kamukunji.
We will then Launch The 7 Days of Peace Activism in Nairobi with a Peace Walk for ALL the Nairobi Aspirants across the CBD on the 21st Feb. This will be our Calender of Events;

21st Feb; A Forum for ALL Nairobi Aspirants at Charter Hall followed by a Peace Walk across the CBD
25th Feb; Kayole Soweto
26th Feb; Kariobangi North
27th Feb; Kibera
28th Feb; Embakasi Village
1st March; Mathare North
2nd March; Kiambio
3rd March; National Prayers for a Peaceful Elections.
All these Peace Events will be led by The Administration Police Band, The Provincial Administration, The IEBC and all the Peace Actors and our Partners. And all Kenyans are invited to host their own Peace Walks, Peace Caravans or Peace Sports across the Country as we approach the 4th March 2013.

Lastly, we are inviting ALL the 14.3 million Registered Voters to come out on the 4th March and help Clean Kenya.

Let us all work for a Clean Kenya, a Clean Africa and a Clean General Election as a Transformative Deliverable as we turn 50 in Kenya.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Executive Director,

The Clean Kenya Campaign- TCKC

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News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The US President Barrack Obama’s goodwill message to Kenyans people urging them to conduct peaceful election and at the same appealing to the electorate to reject intimidation and violence to allow free and fair general election was well received last night.

President Obama ‘s message which was beamed over the country via all the television stations appeared to be neutral and impartial and did not favor any particular party of individual presidential aspirant.

The message conveyed in a video posted on the US Embassy website opened up with the President Obama speaking in Kiswahili “Habari” a local dialect which is the joint official language with the English. In the message President Obama urged the candidates to resolved disputes through the courts, rather that on the streets.

While not speaking directly on how the US government would interpret the choice of Kenyan

Make on March 4, 2013, Obama said if the election were credible” you Kenyans will continue to have a strong partners in the US.”.

“Above all the people of Kenya must come together before and after the election to carry on work of building your country,”he said.

President Obama made explicitly clear that the United States of America had not endorsed any candidate and would instead support free and fair elections work of building your country,’ he said, adding,” you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens and great and proud people nation.

“I cannot imagine a better way to mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence.”

President Obama message is viewed by the local political pundits and observers as representing positive neutrality and impartiality on the part of the US administration, and a country which has maintained economic and military ties with Kenya ever since it achieved its political independence in 1963.

Obama cited his personal commitment to Kenya saying, he was grateful; for the welcome Kenyans had given him and his family in their beautiful country.”

President Barrack Obama has a family root in Western Kenya where his late father Barrack Hussein Obama hails from. His elder step brother Malik Abong’o Obana is in the race contesting the elective position of regional governor for Siaya County as an independent candidate.

The US President family and relatives lives in Nyang’oma village, Alego Kogelo in Siaya County, about 80 kilometer northwest of Kisumu City.

Many Kenyan had expected President Obama to throw his weight behind the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, who is one of the leading contenders for the presidency, and who had a blood relationships with the Obama family family, but the perception did not materialize. The US President steered clear of the local politics, and this is viewed as a diplomatic coup and score.

Perhaps this was in realization that the slightest mentioning of Mr Odinga’s name could have given the Prime Minister undeserved political mileage over his seven other rivals.

Meanwhile both the US and the UK, the two principal economic partners of Kenya have separately assured the Kenyan voters for the impartiality and non commitment..

Kenyans will to the polls to elect the 4th President on March 4, 2013, and eleventh parliament, This time round there will be a tri-cameral legislative bodies which include the Senate and regional assemblies in all 47 counties governance.

The two Western powers have stressed their neutrality ahead of the historic general election and allayed fears of endorsing any of the eight presidential candidates.

They have also assured the Kenyans that the outcome of the presidential votes will not affect trades ties with Kenya and sanction would not be imposed no matter who become the next President.

President Obama’s message come in the background of some European countries hgave recently said it would not be business as usual if Kenyans elected the candidates with criminal, tugs on their heads, particularly the ICC suspects Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and the former Eldoret North M William Ruto.

Kenyatta is the Deputy Prime Minister and the son of the post-Independence President the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.Ruto is Kenyatta’s presidential running-mate. Both the two men had criminal cases of committing crimes against humanity. Their cases are pending before the Hague based International Court of Criminal Justices {ICC}.The candidature of the two has elicited a lot of discontents and criticism by many Kenyans who felt there was no need electing the pair while they have serious criminal cases hanging on their heads before an international court.



From: Judy Miriga


Since, TJRC for Truth Justice and Reconcilliation Commission failed to do its job to clear and harmonize the historical injustices on time before the election, people will not shy away from it. People know exactly where their problems come from. It is a matter that will end up in court and even cause the elections to delay in order to fix matters. Since TJRC failed, no other person will exept the people themselves who will confront the monster and bring on board solution as people’s power shall not be failed by the monster of corruption. In this time of Reform Change, people shall use their votes as weapon against the wicked corrupt and bring the change they long for. Elections might delay to fix the problem, but the injustices must be discussed to resolve issues……..without it, we shall see the repeat of 2007/8 election crisis. Kudos Warsama for being blunt…..It is because, the Truth shall set us all free. Lets face it…..!!!

The world is watching every detail in Kenya, we shall not be intimidated or threatened. Elections must be free and fair……..!!!

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

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— On Tue, 2/5/13, mohamed warsama wrote:
From: mohamed warsama
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:42 PM

I totally disagree with the ban imposed by Kenya Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo on politicians debating the emotive issue of land in the current presidential election campaign.

I of-course do not agree that such a debate should target the Kikuyu community since this amounts to hate speech. But it is certainly desirable that the Kenyatta and then Moi families and all others who acquired their land illegaly should fully account for the land they own.

Many of you were not even born yet in the Sixties and Seventies when the Kenyatta family forced neighbours in Gatundu to sell at arbitrary prices to them. In Mombasa, several plots were similarly acquired to expand the Thiririkwa Estate that President Kenyatta accquired for use during his frequent vacations at the Coast. We also read in a London newspaper in 1974 how two American ruby discoverers were kicked out of their ruby find in Taita Hills and it was taken over by the Kenyattas.

Let the debate on the Kenyatta land grabs continue, but the authorities should not allow it to extend to Kikuyu community as a whole. Allowing this debate to continue will help in fighting impunity siince it will lead to other land grabbers too.

Land grabbers have no tribes whatsoever.


From: Christine Baraza
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2013 8:03 PM

The extended Kenyatta Family alone owns an estimated 500,000 acres of Land, approximtaely the size of NYANZA PROVINCE according to independent surveyors and Ministry of Lands officials, while 13 percent of Kenyans are ABSOLUTELY LANDLESS and 67 percent own LESS THAN AN ACRE OF LAND PER PERSON and we have IDPs in KENYA.

Here are some of the pieces of Land owned by Kenyatta Family

24,000 acres in Taveta
74,000 acres also in Taveta
50,000 acres in Taita
29,000 acres in Kahawa Sukari
10,000 acres in Gichea Farm-Gatundu
5000 acres in Thika
9000 acres in Kasarani
5000 acres in Muthaita Farm
10,000 acres in Naivasha
52,000 acres in Nakuru
20,000 acres in Bahati
10,000 acres in Rumuruti
40,000 acres in Endebes
1000 acres in Dagoreti

OTHERS are in Brookside Farm, Green Lee Estate, Njagu Farm in Juja, Quarry in Dandora and many others

From: john kibet
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2013 3:51 PM
Subject: Jubilee Manifesto

Sista Margaret, I see your point. And thanks for your “defense” of Lee. I am WONDERING though what Lee Makwiny was thinking saying such a DUMP thing. May be he was high on MBUTA or OMENA. Who knows. But it suffice to say that if anyone has to say something, it better make sense, based on reality or truthful. The STUPID and RETARDED thing about these ODMers and Raila Odinga FANATICS is that they try to lop lies and untruths towards their opponents without any facts adduced. Take the case of wealth and Raila Odinga family. Any idiot knows that the Odinga FAMILY GOT THEIR WEALTH IN DUBIOUS MEANS. There is amble EVIDENCE allover the place to PROVE that. May be one has to look at places like AID FROM USSR to start with (starting with Raila’s father). May be someone has to look at CURRUPTION in the Kenyan government ( Moi can tell us that), etc.The Raila Odinga family WEREN’T WALL STREET SPECULATORS, COAL MINERS or whatever. So WHERE the heck DID THE WEALTH COME FROM? HEAVEN? Hopefully, Lee Makwiny WON’T TELL US TH


From: margaret gichuki
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2013 5:52 AM
Subject: Jubilee Manifesto

In defence of Lee.

I think you guys got it wrong.

What Lee is saying is that if you come from a jigger province/county/region, you cannot be elected as a president.Lee thinks we have jiggers in our brains.That’s our Omega 3.

Be nice to RAO, the Nyanza gOD.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:45 AM, john kibet wrote:

Lee Makwiny, Are u telling us that Uhuru Kenyatta suffers from alcoholism and jiggers infestation? OR did you mean to say that the Kikuyu’s suffer from alcoholism and jigger infestation? I thought Uhuru Kenyatta was supposed to have grown up in LIFE OF PRIVILEGE?—boarding schools, life in an American college etc. I thought I heard YOUR man, Raila Amollo Odinga, aka Arap Mibei (the name used to apply but not now) as saying that Uhuru Kenyatta STOLE large tracks of lands the SIZE OF NYANZA. How can a man of jigger infestation and alcoholism do that? I want to learn Lee M. So ENLIGHTEN ME! Well, let get our facts right first. This is the same Raila Odinga, who apart for a short STINT as a “LECTURE” at U of Nairobi, HE WAS THE GUEST OF BABA MOI in the INFAMOUS NYAYO DUNGEONS or Kamiti prison or being on the run from the law FOR MOST OF HIS ADULT LIFE. Where DID RAILA ODINGA GET HIS WEALTH? Was he a SPECULATOR working in the Wall Street firms in United States? Is THAT HOW RAILA ODINGA BECAME A BILLIONAIRE? Tell
us Lee M. Please enlighten us where the Raila Odinga family’s wealth came from. What about the large track of LAND that was bequeathed to Raila Odinga IN SOBA RIVER, TINDERET CONSTITUENCY that the LOCAL KALENJIN PEOPLE BELIEVE WAS STOLEN FROM THEM after the White Settlers left? What can you say about that Lee Makwiny? Can you ask your Raila about that? And if really exist, is he the one to CAST A STONE TOWARDS Uhuru Kenyatta with what happened to the land (among others) at Soba River (in Tinderet constituency). Raila Odinga NEEDS TO TELL US how HE AND HIS FAMILY GOT THEIR WEALTH. Folks, the Raila Odinga family MUST BE VERY HARD WORKING TO HAVE SAVED MONEY QUICKLY FROM NON EXISTENCE WORK/JOBS.

I wish the Raila’s can TELL ME or US (Kenyans) HOW TO GET RICH QUICKLY BY NOT WORKING A 9-5 JOB! May be Raila Odinga, his ODM SYCOPHANTS and FANATICS need to tell us the WHOLE SECRETS OF DOING NOTHING (other than AGITATION and trying to OVERTHROW legitimate governments) AND STILL BE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES! Folks, let Lee Makwiny TELL US and we can then tell him if Uhuru Kenyatta (or Kikuyu’s for that matter) SUFFER JIGGERS and ALCOHOLISM. John K University of Southern California USA

From: Lee Makwiny
Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:08 PM
Subject: Jubilee Manifesto

Maryane, We are in CORD, what do you expect me to say about TNA, honestly. Again, what is it in that maney-festo that is not in our manifesto? Let uhuru deal with jiggers and alcoholism first. Thank you.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM, Maryann Wanjiru wrote:

Lee and All,

I notice you have been unusually quite on this;, which was magnificently presented, unlike the Cord one, which was pure gossip, oooh Uhuru has a huge land oooh this one has this and that, yaani uvumi.

It was embarrassing to watch Ababu commenting on the same later on, he looked confused, jealous and lost,

It was a fantastic presentation, well researched and touched on issues, i pictured myself living in a different and developed Kenya.

If ONLY it can be implemented, isiwe just on paper.

Raila says Uhuru can’t be trusted with land reform

Updated Tuesday, February 05 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Kenan Miruka and Robert Nyasato

Kisii, Kenya: CORD presidential candidate Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked politicians not to promise what they cannot deliver during campaigns.

The PM also asked Kenyans not to be flattered with attractive manifestos, saying some of those giving big promises do not know how to get money to actualise some of their pledges.

Addressing a rally at the Gusii stadium, Raila who was flanked by his running mate Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Trade minister Moses Wetangula said his rivals could not be trusted to implement the Constitution and bring land reforms in the country.

Peace efforts

Raila and Kalonzo maintained that Mr Uhuru Kenyatta was among those who own huge tracts of land in various parts of the country and therefore could not hoodwink Kenyans that he could reform the sector. However, the CORD leadership has not produced evidence in public of such ownership.

“A hyena can’t bring reforms in a goats’ pen. That is only possible when all the goats are dead,” Raila said in reference to land reforms.

Raila tore into Foreign Affairs minister Sam Ongeri over a recent peace pact signed between the Kisii and Kalenjin communities, saying it was wrong to ask people to vote for a particular coalition to guarantee safety of their land and business in the Rift Valley.

“Kisiis have a constitutional right to own property anywhere in the country. They don’t need to vote for a particular candidate to guarantee this. I am impressed by the massive support in Kisii, which is now officially a CORD zone and those thinking it is a swing vote are dreaming,” said the PM.

Kalonzo said it would be wrong for Kenyans to elect leaders who opposed the Constitution.

“I went round the world in shuttle diplomacy but these individuals never recognised the role I played in the whole thing. We stand for social justice and shall respect the sanctity of titles,” said Kalonzo.

He said the country could not afford to accord leadership to a group of people pretending that they would initiate and implement reforms.

Ruto bought land with ‘fake’ deed, court told

Updated Tuesday, February 05 2013 at 08:13 GMT+3

By Isaiah Lucheli

Eldoret, Kenya: Documents and a title deed used to transfer a parcel of land to Jubilee coalition presidential running mate William Ruto were allegedly not genuine, as they did not originate from the Ministry of Lands.

Principal Land Adjudication Officer at the ministry, Kiogora Mburugu, also told the court a green card that contained ownership details of the land owned by Adrian Gilbert Muteshi had also been illegally expunged from the Eldoret Lands office.

The land’s official claimed there were inconsistencies in the transfer of land from Muteshi to Dorothy Jemutai Yator who eventually sold it to Ruto. Yator allegedly sold the property to Ruto, but Muteshi argues he never charged the property’s title to secure money.

Yator sub-divided the 100 acres into nine titles. Muteshi, who was displaced during the 2007 post-election chaos denied selling the land to anybody, insisting he is a victim of fraud, manipulation of government processes and unfair treatment.

Wrong process

Kiogora told High Court Judge Rose Ougo in cross-examination that the ministry had revoked a title deed issued to the former MP and Yator and placed a caveat on the land until the matter was heard and determined by the court.

The former MP has been engaged in a court tussle over the ownership of land in Uasin Gishu County with Muteshi.

The process of issuing the title deed was also questioned, as it was given before the stamp duty was paid, which is against the rules. Kiogora told the court that even the registrar did not have powers to order for the issuance of deed before payment.

The court also heard that a letter by the ministry had indicated that Yator was in possession of the land as early as 1980 whereas at the time she was only six years old, which dealt a blow on the authenticity of the letter.

Another alleged inconsistency in the land transaction included a picture that was used in the transaction, as it did not belong to Yator who was present in court during the hearing of the suit.

Meanwhile, the MP was allowed by the judge to step down as a witness after an application by lawyers Kioko Kilukumi and Katwa Kigen. However, Muteshi’s lawyer Anthony Libulele opposed the move.

TJRC to publish report in May

Posted Monday, February 4 2013 at 18:34

The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) will release its findings on May 3 on the injustices committed to Kenyans by past regimes and individuals.

The chief executive Mr Chavangi Aziz Tom on Monday said that prominent issues affecting the Coast region were land and marginalisation.

He also said that 40 per cent of Kenya’s injustices were on land adding that the issue had borne the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) whose grievances the commission was still addressing.

“We attempted to engage the MRC on three occasions but they declined to agree with us. First, they demanded legal recognition then the release of their leaders and finally the issue of land,” he said.

Mr Tom said the report would be a detailed account of the injustices committed to Kenyans and would set the benchmark for other commissions of inquiry to refer to.

Noting that land had been the subject of great violence in the country, Mr Tom called on Kenyans to remain calm and conduct peaceful elections.

“Kenyans should not fight over land any more. Solutions are coming. We shall give our recommendations with permanent solutions after releasing our report. Please remain peaceful,” he said.

NCIC: Keep off historical injustices

By Standard Digital Reporter

KENYA: The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has cautioned politicians against discussing historical injustices as the campaigns heat up.

Such statements are tantamount to incitement, said the commission’s chair Mzalendo Kibunja.

Instead, NCIC has told them to allow the Truth Justice and reconciliation commission to execute their mandate.

The commission’s warning comes amid calls for greater caution in utterances as Kenya heads to the polls.

Last week, the Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI) Executive Director Mwenda Makathimo cautioned politicians against spreading falsehoods or create misery on account of land issues.He explained that such talks are likely to polarise voters, as land is a sensitive matter.

With some blaming the nominations chaos on erroneous information disseminated on social media, IEBC has also expressed concerns about communications on the digital platform.

Politicians told to keep off land issue

Updated Thursday, January 31 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Michael Wesonga

Eldoret, Kenya: Politicians have been cautioned against stirring tension through exploiting the emotive land issues during campaigns.

Land experts warned this was likely to polarise the country and incite ethnic tensions ahead of the elections that could trigger violence.

The Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI) Executive Director Mwenda Makathimo cautioned politicians against spreading falsehoods or create misery on account of land issues.

“They should stop doing this anywhere in the country, especially for their selfish gains, as this could result in the scenario we witnessed during the previous elections,” he said.

Clear Mechanisms

He instead urged the politicians to fast track the gazettement of the National Land Commission nominees whose names were approved before Parliament was dissolved.

Makathimo noted that it was the only independent body in the Constitution capable of resolving all historical land issues and implementation of new land laws.

“Where disputes arise, they must be resolved in a legal and peaceful manner as provided for in the national land policy, the Constitution and the new land laws that stipulate clear mechanisms within which land disputes are resolved,” he noted.

He regretted that land had resulted in the death of innocent Kenyans, destruction and loss of private property and the disruption of businesses and people’s lifestyles that has undermined local and national economies.

He was speaking in Eldoret where they conducted a public education forum on land, peace and elections under the initiative dubbed Ardhi na Amani Kenya where they unveiled a caravan on the same.

LDGI chairman Ibrahim Mwathane, assured all Kenyans that once instituted, the land commission would deal with all the matters being raised by politicians through legal, structured and institutional processes.

Johnstone Kiamba, a member of the institute, urged Kenyans to be good stewards of land by subjecting it to proper use.

Kenya: Dr James Mwangi on Vision 2030

From: odhiambo okecth


This piece was posted on 9th Oct 2012.

We need bold leaders who are able to stand up and tell you the truth- however bitter it may be. And one such leader is Dr. James Mwangi- the MD and CEO at Equity Bank Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat.

Dr Mwangi has come out and doubted the efficacy of Vision 2030, and asked, are Kenyans feeling Vision 2030?

Turn it the other way round; what are we doing as a People to Live Vision 2030?

Now, this is a tough question, for in Vision 2030, we have broad theories, utopian as they are, but very practical towards moving Kenya to the next level.

I have taken time to go through the Medium Term Goals and as good as their intended actions are on paper, they are wanting on the ground. And we do not want to be reminded of Water for all by the year 2,000. The year 2,000 came and went and no water was realized for all.

Kenya will be celebrating our Silver Jubilee on the 1st June 2013, and try as we want, I am certain we will not achieve the basic 3 issues we set out to achieve at Independence – ie Poverty, disease and ignorance. Our level of ignorance has just recently been manifested in Parliament, where against the expectations of the Country and the People, our Members of Parliament voted in the night to award themselves hefty send off pay cheques.

I am very keen on the Economic Pillar of Vision 2030, especially on Environmental Management. This is one area that can address the question of unemployment in Kenya and spur the Country towards greater economic gains. But who cares?

Some of the people charged with managing this sector are completely not in sync with the National Aspirations. They are not seeing the massive opportunity waste and garbage present to our economy. A good approach to Environmental Management where waste is separated at source offers lots of employment opportunities to our people. This then would mean, we can take our Children to school easily, pay our medical insurance scheme easily, invest in real estate, or pay our rents. It will place bread on the table and reduce the culture of dependence and hand-outs. And it will in-spur some economic revolution, or rather, the Waste Revolution.

This will mean having an empowered lot, a people who can make conscience decisions when it comes to choosing leadership at all levels.It will reduce economic disparity and create some sense of brotherhood.

But the easier way out is to subjugate the people with theories and more theories, just because an empowered lot cannot be easily manipulated. It is hence in the interest of the political class that Vision 2030 is not achieved. They see the realization of what this Vision portends for Kenya as an affront to their voting base, where the masses of people are left to wallow in poverty as a tool for political reactivation.

But then, Kenya is moving forward, and we are discarding our ways of before. New leaders are emerging and with that, new thought processes, where emphasis is being placed on rapid development and service delivery.

We must not loose hope. We must rally each one of us to simply play his part. We must move From Talking to Tasking as we address the plight of our people. This is why, at The Clean Kenya Campaign, we are inviting Kenyans to help clean their immediate neighbourhoods and help make Kenya Clean as our collective Transformative Deliverable when Kenya turns 50. And we want it organized; where diffferent groups pick different waste and deliver the same to a definite point.

As we do this, we must not lay blame and look to the past. We must look to the future and remain optimistic that a Clean Kenya is within our reach.

Lastly, we must appreciate the Team of Digital Technocrats in Government, men and women who have promised to serve and in Mother Kenya they believe. We are proud to have you as members of The Clean Kenya Campaign.

Kenya: Gun totting thugs kidnapped a prominent Oyugis trader in a political related violence

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

The rate of crime waves in Oyugis town and its environs is reported to have reached the most worrying point and alarming proportion..

The semi-rural town is located in Rachuonyo South district within the Homa-Bay County.Cases of politically related intimidation are also said to be on the upsurge with several local leaders reporting having received phone calls containing life threatening messages.

A young man was killed a couple of weeks ago as he walked home at about 8.p.m after attending a church service in town. So far no arrest has been made.

Johnson Arong’a Apart met his death as he was walking to his home in Kokal village outside Oyugis town after attending an evening church meeting.

Another shocking incident occurred last week when Willis Ocholla a prominent trader in Oyugis town was abducted by four gun-0rorring thugs. The thugs drove him in his car all the way to Mumias where his car was eventually abandoned..

The incident took place while Ocholla was driving to his residence within Oyugis town after 8 p.m in the evening. The thugs blocked his path with another car and four thugs emerged, one of the brandishing what looked like an AK 47assault rifle. The bundled Ocholla into the back sea of his car, blind folded him and drove towards Kisumu.

He was later released in a Kisumu city residential estate where he was abandoned by his abductors chained from behind and stripped naked.

Oholla had the colossal sums of money toi the tune of Kshs 300,000 which the they took after frisking his pockets.

He was later rescued by a good Samaritan who gave him a trouser and took him to the Kisumu Police Station. The victim was later admitted to the New Nyanza General Hospital in Kisumu Central Police Station. The good Samaritan also gave him a trouser and thereafter took him to the New Nyanza General Hospital for treatment. He could not speak at the time because the thugs had beaten him up.

Prior to the incident,sources in Oyugis said Ocholla had received the verbal warning from a person whom he knew pretty well who told him to scale his businesses down, especially his flourishing wholesale store.

At the same time, a civic leader representing Wire / Migwi ward Coun Jevis Abuor reported last week that he had received a telephone message warning him not to support a certain parliamentary candidate in the area or else his life would be in danger.The Councilor made a report at the Oyugis police station.

Similar incident of intimidations coming from marauding youths allied to parliamentary aspirants in the contest for the Kasipul seat are on the high increase.

The former MP for Kasipul-Kabondo William Oloo Otula has strongly condemned what he termed as life threatening political thuggeries in the area and called upon the police in Rachuoyo South to redouble their day and night patrol around Oyugis town and its environs.

Otula who said he had lost a cousin the late Arong’a Apat appealed to the police to ensure that the culprits who killed the young man were brought to book.

Otula who represented the area in parliament between 1992 and 1997appeal to the candidates vying for the parliament seat in the area to conduct their campaign in peace and refrain from engaging the drunken youths to disrupt the peace and tranquility in the are.


Kenya: LSK on Limuru Country Club

By Agwanda Saye

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) wants the Limuru Country Club to uphold gender rights under the Constitution.

LSK CEO Apollo Mboya said that the exclusive club had breached the constitutional provision on non-discrimination on gender.

He said that Article 27 of the Constitution provided that every person was equal before the law and had the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.

“Equality includes the full benefit and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms – irrespective of gender,” Mboya said.

The CEO said that men and women had the right to equal treatment including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.

The Board of Directors of Limuru Country Club held a meeting on December 18, 2012 and allegedly made a by law to disenfranchise lady members, according to documents at LSK.

“We (LSK) call on the Commissioner of Sports Gordon Oluoch and the National Gender and Equality Commission to intervene on the stalemate,” Mboya says.

The CEO said that the issue was before the LSK Gender Committee which would advise the Governing Council on legal steps to take.

“We shall consider legal necessary legal action if the matter is not resolved amicably,” Mboya said.

Mboya said that LSK was in possession of documents showing that the Board of the golf club passed a discriminatory by law that was not in line with the Constitution.

“The by law says that the golf committee was a male affair …lady golfers can only attend its meetings as guests,” Mboya said.

Rose Mambo, Dr Caroline Wangari and Martha Vincent who are members of the club have instructed their lawyers Murgor & Murgor Advocates to write to the club over the matter.

Lawyer Philip Murgor copied the legal letter to Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Ababu Namwamba and National Gender and Equality Commission chairperson Winnie Lichuma.

Murgor said that the Board of Directors had taken away voting rights of the women and consigned them to mere guests during general meetings.

“We are concerned because Dr Wangari and Ms. Vincent have even served as Lady Golf Captains at the exclusive club,” Mboya said.

He said that LSK was concerned that constitutional provisions as stipulated under the Bill of Rights were increasingly breached on economic, social, political spheres.

“It is high time we accept that society has undergone a complete transformation and the Constitution should be our guide,” Mboya said.



By Chak Rachar

ANGRY prospective land buyers yesterday roughed up a leading real Estate Agent in Kisumu while accusing him of fleecing them of unspecified amounts of cash under the pretext that her would sell them assorted parcels.

The irate mob pounced on Mr. George Adada leaving him half naked.

Adada who is the proprietor of Michigen Investments which is based in Kisumu pleaded with the buyers to leave him alone but his pleas fell on deaf ears as they roughed him up.

Chaos erupted at Konya village in the outskirts of Kisumu town where land surveyors, police and lawyers had gone there in order to find the situation on the ground.

But the mob stormed the area next to Ukweli pastoral centre sending everyone scampering in different directions.

Earlier hundreds of prospective land buyers in Kisumu who claim to have lost millions of shillings to fraudsters posing as agents threatened to stage a major demonstration against the police and land officials in the area whom they say collude with the conmen.

The victims said that they will stage a major demonstration against the office of the criminal investigations department for not arresting the agents.

One of the victims Ms Leah Aketch said that she was coned by agent at Michigen Investments and has spent over 7 million shillings in developing a parcel of land at Konya in the outskirts of Kisumu which turned out to be a road reserve.

“Upon perusal of maps it has been established that the parcel of land is actually located on a road reserve’ she said.

Speaking in Kisumu Aketch said that she has severally referred the matter to CID headquarters in Nairobi.

She said that her efforts to have the conman arrested have all been in vain since the susoect enjoys protection from some officers.

Aketch said that officers at the CID office in Kisumu have been telling her that the matter is quite delicate.

She blamed officers at the land’s office in Kisumu for colluding with the conmen in order to fleece unsuspecting members of the public of million of shillings.

Aketch said she was given a parcel of land at Konya parcel number 6076 by a one George Adada only to be told that the real one is located at Dago parcel number 4020 which is located several kilometers away.

Another complainant Oliver Agnes alias Nyanaya said she had fallen victim to the fraudsters at Riat area.

She said huge tracts of her parcels of land had been sold out by some of the conmen posing as agents in Kisumu town.

Nyanza CID chief Joseph Mugwanja confirmed knowledge of some of the cases.

Mr. Mugwanja said he is aware of Aketch’s case since it was forwarded from CID headquarters for immediate action.

Documents seen by The People show that Aketch was given a referral letter addressed to the Nyanza PCIO to look into the matter.

He promised to look at the file with a view to taking action.

Mr. Mugwanja confirmed that there are some 32 cases of that nature which are being investigated by the Kisumu DCIO.

The days of those who have been fleecing people under the pretext of giving them parcels of land are now numbered.

A number of top civil servants and businessmen in Kisumu have also fallen victims of the super conmen.

Investigations have revealed that those who have been fleeced of millions of shillings have been promised parcels of land at Kibos Road, Dago, Konya, Dunga, parts of Kajulu, Riat and Kisian, Dago together with Otonglo areas.


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From: Ouko joachim omolo
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Raila Amolo Odinga

For the vast majority of Kenyans, Raila Amolo Odinga is likely to become the 4th president of the Republic of Kenya come March 4th presidential elections. This is because he is the most experienced of all the presidential candidates seeking to succeed President Mwai Kibaki. Opinion polls have all the times put him as the frontrunner to be the 4th president of Kenya.

Many Kenyans see him not only as a reformer who has continuously propagated for democracy and good governance, but also very courageous man who dared Moi when no one could open his mouth. He was instrumental in bringing to an end the KANU government which Kenyans have suffered under for decades.

Kenyans value him, not only because he was the major force behind the election of kibaki and NARC government into power in 2002 when he declared the famous kibaki tosha slogan, but also instrumental in the passing of the new constitution which promises many good things for the ordinary Kenyans.

That is why to the vast majority of Kenyans it is only Raila who can implement the new constitution as he always promised in his campaigns. That could also explain why his party has more national outlook as compared to other political parties.

Among his promises include creating employment for about three million Kenyans aged between 15 and 29 years who are in low quality, vulnerable jobs that pay almost nothing. One million have no jobs at all. Close to two million do not even look for a job.

Raila wants to make sure the country creates a million good jobs annually so that his government can employ the 800,000 young Kenyans joining the labour market-Making sure that all young Kenyans have adequate nutrition in their early childhood, enjoy good health, and receive quality education. With this, they will build human capital, which will make them attractive to prospective employers.

Raila will also institute cash transfer for all mothers in need of help for the first 1,000 days, on condition that they look after the child well. He will also extend help to poor schools and raise the quality of learning by ensuring better and more committed teachers implementing a relevant curriculum.

While he is intending to call on youth for to create the “Kenyan Peace Corps”, he will be asking young Kenyans waiting to enter university or looking for jobs after graduating to teach in primary schools throughout the country. This will also encourage social cohesion and create jobs.

Kenyans also believe that it is only Raila’s government that will attract investors locally and abroad, focused on expansion of our energy base and development of renewable energy sources of geothermal, solar and wind. The huge involvement being France, Germany, Japan, European Union, United States, Spain, Belgium, China, India, Korea and others in funding geothermal, wind, hydro and coal power development is largely a result of my intense lobbying.

He is the only president who is in the best position to stand shoulder to shoulder with top global leaders, sit with them one on one, and reach agreement on strategic political and economic issues for the benefit of Africans and Kenyans.

He ahs also promised that his government will intend to deepen investment in infrastructure with focus on roads, rail, mobile telephony, energy and ICT. He also wants to expand investment in food security through irrigated agriculture, subsidies for farmers and research.

He also wants to expand poverty reduction measures and make our health care work for the poor and the rich alike. I will push vigorously for the establishment of a national health insurance scheme. He will cut wasteful government spending; expand the revenue base by closing loopholes and lowering tax rates, intending to encourage much more efficient use of donor money. Today, about a third of donor money is currently not utilised.

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

The fact that Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta enjoys a massive support from his central province backyard and his Kikuyu ethnic group, no doubt for sure that he stands a chance to be neck to neck to Raila, a fact that Raila has acknowledged.

Like Raila, this is not the first time Uhuru is standing. His first short at the presidency was in 2002 when he ran against Mwai Kibaki of national rainbow coalition (NARC). He came second with over 1.5 million votes separating him and the opposition candidate, Mwai Kibaki.

There is also no doubt that because Uhuru has joined with William Ruto, he will enjoy Kalenjin and Kikuyu voting bloc- An Uhuru- Ruto alliance where the former is the president and the later his running mate may see Uhuru win the presidency at the expense of Raila.

While few Kikuyus can vote for other ethnic groups, generally the Kikuyus don’t vote for anyone other than their own. This may also boast Uhuru’s chances of being president. This is a data collected over the years, a trend that has been observed is that whenever elections are held, Kikuyus only vote for their own and not a candidate from another community.

The only obstacle for Uhuru is The Hague factor, and the fact that Martha Karua, Peter Keneth and Paul Muite factor, both of whom are kikuyu and are also in the race to be kenya’s president and this may mean dividing the Kikuyu votes into four parts which means all of them losing ground on the race to be the country’s president.

Some Kalenjins may also decline to vote for Uhuru, not only because the Kalenjins and Kikuyus have never been strange bedfellows, but because Ruto disappointed them by becoming Uhuru’s running mate. All along the Kalenjin communities opted for Ruto to become president.

In the last election when the post election violence broke out they took machetes and pangas against one another while each killed and evicted the other from their backyard and for this reason it is very unlikely for the Kalenjin voters to support Uhuru Kenyatta and same is true for the Kikuyus supporting William Ruto. It is some Kalenjin voters may say; better the devil you know (Raila) than the angel you don’t know (Uhuru).

As former Thika County Council chairman, Francis Wakahia once siad: “Tukuenda ruuri rucoke mukaro na nowe tu ungihota” (we want the river to return to its original course and Uhuru is the only person capable of doing this). (Standards, January 28, 2002), it creates doubts as whether Uhuru will work for the benefit of all Kenyans as stipulated in his Jubilee manifesto.

Martha Karua

While Narc-Kenya presidential hopeful Martha Karua is lauded by Kenyans as courageous, a woman who stands by what she says, like Raila Kenyans believe that she can implement the constitution.

She is the only few among the candidates who can clean the mess by past governments. She has always been on the side of the poor Kenyans, lamenting that the poor had no rights while the rich were favoured everywhere and even got jobs where they did not meet qualifications.

These are the injustices that for sure her government will address. If given chance she will spearhead the fight against discrimination and make sure that all Kenyans have equal chances.

Musalia Mudavadi

Even though Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has not been popular among Kenyans, the fact that former president Daniel arap Moi declared his support to presidency will make him to loose more votes. Kenyans were already tired with Moi having ruined Kenya for 24 years he was on power. His support may be taken by few Kelenjins, especially his Tugen community.

Kenyans know that Mudavadi is not the “champion of the devolved government system as he claims. He is not even the best person to implement the Constitution. For that reason he will not impact the lives and livelihoods of more than 40 million Kenyans.

Paul Muite

While it could be true that Paul Muite has vigorously and consistently fought in the second liberation of this country which was all about bringing change that is in line with the vision and obligations of our forefathers where the country guarantees each and every citizen security, social and economic justice, food security, and development of the youth, health and education, the fact that in 1992 when he was the Vice of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga as Ford-Kenya he told Kikuyu communities to vote for Keneth Matiba for presidency instead of Jaramogi disqualifies him as a reformer.

This contradicts his vision to catapult Kenya from being a third world country economically and socially into being a 2nd or 1st World Country by removing high-level corruption, return billions of stolen public funds stashed abroad and implement economic and social policies focusing on the majority, this is achievable; it is not a pipe dream.

Muite claims he will be able to bring back looted money since 1963. Although very little has changed including during Kibaki’s presidency, being tribalistitly oriented makes it impossible to fulfill this promise.

Peter Kenneth

I fully agree with Eagle Coalition presidential candidate Peter Kenneth Kenyans should choose leaders in the March 4 elections based on their past record. His argument that his competitors in the presidential race have nothing to show for the years they were in government is genuinely correct.

I also agree with him that some of these presidential aspirants have not shunned tribal and that they are tainted leaders. Record has shown that as MP of Gatanga Kenneth is probably the only presidential hopeful that has used Constituency Development Fund (CDF) transparently to develop hid constituency.

So when he says that his government would improve security, healthcare, education and boost food security if elected Kenyans will agree with him. His government would further develop industries for job creation, improve agriculture and ensure economic growth.

James ole Kiyiapi

For Prof ole Kiyiapi, since Kenyans have not known him in public, his promise that if elected president his government would focus on food security, healthcare, education, employment and security may not be enough reason for Kenyans to vote for him.

Abduba Dida

Like ole Kiyiapi, Alliance for Real Change presidential aspirant Mohammed Abduba Dida is not well known to the public. He became known when he presented his papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and was cleared to vie for presidency.

His promise that if elected president his government would uproot toxic leadership that has brought suffering to Kenyans may not convince voters. He also picked little known 29 years old Joshua Odongo as his running mate.

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The Honorable Minister Dr. John Robert Ouko (31 March 1931. 13 February 1990), commonly known as Robert Ouko, was a Kenyan politician who served as Minister of Kenya from 1979 to 1983 and from 1988 to 1990. Robert Ouko served in the government of Kenya from the colonial period through the presidencies of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi. He was a member of the National Assembly for Kisumu and a cabinet minister, rising to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation by 1990. He was murdered in Kenya on February 13, 1990. The murder case, perhaps the most intriguing in Kenyan history, remains unsolved.A report presented in parliament in 2010 states that the murder was carried out in one of then President Daniel arap Moi’s official residences.

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Kenya: Police officer who was wrongfully dismissed 18 years ago wants his job back

By Shem Kosse

WHEN the New Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo was sworn in December last year to take over the reigns of police from the now retired Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, he glaringly promised to revamp and accord the much discredited and loathed Kenya Police service:A new and emulative look which the country’s citizenry, can adore and revere.

The new IGP ,who competitively, scored highly in terms of marks during the interview proved it that he can really be fully in charge of the now both regular and Administration Police under one command.

To prove that he has really gotten down to task, heads have been sighted rolling and the issue of the much published police “impostor” Joshua Waiganjo has cropped up and now under thorough investigations to ascertain on how he really got into the security system,despite of the existence of the Kenya’s well oiled intelligence network,billed as one among the best,globally.

A lot still has to be done so as to help in unmasking some of the atrocities which were allegedly committed within the police service.

While the public still grappling with the issue of the fake police officer known as Waiganjo so as to ascertain the real truth about it on how he has operated within the service for close to five years unnoticed as fake one, a 46 years old man also claims that he was wrongfully dismissed from the police Service some 18 years ago after committing no crime.

Emmanuel Ochieng says the circumstance under which he and his colleague identified as Christopher Odero were shown the exit door still remain unclear to them when they were summarily dismissed from the then police force in April 1995 while another person identified as a Mr. Paul Oduor Imbaya then his fellow police constable is still working in the service and has since been promoted to an Inspector of Police despite being arrested and falsely imprisoned over their matter where they tried to investigate a case of suspected corruption at the Mombasa Port.

Ochieng who now resides in the sprawling Kibera Slums in Nairobi while doing only odd jobs at Building and Construction sites in Kitengela says what caused him and his Colleague their jobs is a case where they tried to investigate an alleged theft syndicate involving some senior police officers at the Mombasa Central Police station on April 5 1995.

The aggrieved x-police officer who gave his force number as 61797 claimed that it all started on April 6 1995 when he and his aforementioned colleague got information that a relief cargo worth thousands of shillings allegedly came out of the Mombasa Port and was later reportedly diverted into the local market by being stored at a secret ware house near shimanzi along Zanzibar Road in Mombasa.

“We were only acting on information we received and out of curiosity which we acted out of, I and my colleague known as Christopher Odero of Force number 60977 really received a baptism of fire from our fellow policemen when we tried to find out what was happening in a private warehouse belonging to a Somali businessman,” he said amid sobbing during a telephone interview with the Citizen Weekly.

He narrated on how they were immediately arrested and quickly driven out of the scene in a taxi to Mombasa Central Police Station where they were put into the police cells for two weeks while allegedly being tortured.

“After a few minutes while at the scene, we noticed a taxi coming to where we were and on approaching towards us, we realized that inside was a police inspector and a constable where we were arrested and turned into criminals being accused of demanding bribe to our astonishment ,” he added.

He says their mission at the said Private Ware house was only to demand from him a clearance documents from the port for the goods he was handling in his store, adding that the owner immediately started making phone calls via his cell phone only for a taxi carrying police officers to arrive at the scene.

According to him at the time of their arrests, another police constable a Mr. Paul Oduor Imbaya had also been arrested earlier after he too tried to carry out some investigation on the same matter being arrested at a secret store at the port being owned by a businessman of a Somali origin.

He said Oduor was arrested only to be released later under unclear circumstance after being assaulted and wrongfully confined in a police cell at the Mombasa Central Police Station.

Ochieng’ says after the incident Paul Oduor Imbaya who was then a police constable instituted a case against the then Mombasa Central Police Boss Godana Jarsa for alleged assault and wrongful confinement in 1995.

Godana Jarsa is now a retired Senior Superintendent of Police {SSP} after Serving in that Capacity in Nyanza and other regions.

He adds that the court in Mombasa later in 2004 granted him a chance to join in Oduor’s case where he sought to be reinstated to his job while claiming that he was wrongfully dismissed.

But he says what is so disturbing is the snail pace at which the case has taken nearly 18 years since the incident happened and almost ten years since the matter was taken to court.

He appeals to the Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga to intervene and help him and his colleagues get justice even though it has been delayed for a long time.

Ochieng’ further send his passionate appeal to the New Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to kindly take up this matter and order thorough investigations again so as the truth about it be known once and for all and to allow him be reinstated to his job as a police officer, adding that his colleague Imbaya is still working and has now been promoted to the rank of an Inspector of Police asking why not he was dismissed in the first place.

“Some of my colleagues whom we passed out with from Kiganjo Police Training College in 1991 like Francis Ndegwa Muhoro who also happened to be working at Kilindini Port Police at the time of the incident is now the current Director of CID and may become the Deputy Inspector General of Police if approved by Parliament but me someone somewhere insisted that I must be dismissed from my job after committing no crime at all,” he concludes.tearfully.

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News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo

IF the former Eldoret North MP William Ruto had a dream that by partitioning several Kalenjin districts in the South and North Rift to be his party’s exclusive votes zone would result in several of URP party candidates getting elected to parliament and senate seat unopposed, the exercise has since turned out to be a pipe dream, because not one aspirant had sailed through to parliament and other legislative bodies without strong opposition.

The strategy had even sealed off aspirants who wanted to contest the election in various constituencies on the TNA ticket, though this particular party is a senior partner within the Jubilee Alliance.. Balkanized together were districts like Nandi North, Nandi South in Nandi County, Uasin Gishu County, Elkeyo County, Baringo County,Kericho and Bomet Counties.

It is even worse in the South Rift region covering Kericho and Bomet Counties. Ruto’s original plan was to shelve his party’s loyalists so that some of them could sail through to the official nomination exercise without much opposition from candidates armed with tickets of other parties. It didn’t work that way.

In Kericho County alone, most of its seven parliamentary constituencies are so crowded by aspirants from other political parties. In the newly created Sigowet constituency, which is located in the lower part of the old Belgut, the URP candidate Justice Kemei, a former director with the Chemelil Sugar Company is facing five other aspirants. In the neighboring Ainamoi, the URP candidate Benjamin Lang’at the former area MP is facing six other candidates, all sponsored by other parties.

Justice Kemei is facing his fellow former Chemelil Sugar Company manager Eng. Richard Koech. All the other parties like KANU, UDF, ODM,, KNC,SAFINA, Kenya Labour Party and others have produced candidates who are giving William Ruto’s men sleepless nights.

The South Rift region who’s inhabitants are member of the industrious Kipsigis sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic groups is a votes-rich region.

William Ruto, the self-styled king-ping of the Kalenjin community, according to the locals had made a technical errors by accepting to play the second fiddle to the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as his presidential running-mate within the Jubillee Alliance, something which the members of the populous Kipsigis community seemed not to have approved.

Had Ruto contested the presidency on his own, he would have galvanized the majority of votes in this region very comfortably. But for close to three years, Ruto had traversed the region telling the voters that his name will definitely be on the presidential ballot papers before making an abrupt about turn. Ruto’s waves in these two region was so strong, and when he succumbed to a lesser position than the presidency, the voters have since viewed him as someone who is pursuing selfish interests and politics of deceits.

A section of the Kalenjin now blames Ruto for having mortgaged the community for personal aggrandizement, and this will definitely have an adverse repercussion and even affect the whole of the jubilee Alliance.

Waiting in the wings to benefit and harvest more parliamentary seats in the two regions is the 60 year old party of independence, KANU, which is campaigning under the umbrella, of the Amani Alliance led by the Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi.

Parliamentary constituencies at stake in the South Rift regions included Chepalungu, Bomet West, Bomet Eastm Konoin, Soitiki, Buret, Belgut, Sigowet, Ainamoi, Kipkellion West and Kipkellion East.

Two of William Ruto’s most loyal supporters in the two regions, namely Charles Keter {Belgut} and Isaac Ruto {Chepalungu} are not defending their parliamentary seats. The two have switched to Senate contest. Ruto is contesting the Bomet County Senate seat, while Keter is in the race for the Kericho County Senate seat.

The other party which stand to gain by way of harvesting several parliamentary seat at the expense of Ruto’s URP and its Jubillee alliance is the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM}, which is led by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The party has planted its candidates in early every constituency, and the local believes and maintains that Raila Odinga is a true reformist despite of concerted effort by the William Ruto and his cronies campaign to discredit him as someone who hates the Kipsigis people due to his role in the controversial mass eviction n of members of the community from the Mau Forest water catchment area.

Some of Raila’s supporters in the 10th parliament from the two regions had deserted him and run into the URP, hoping they would find an easy nomination to parliament and other legislative bodies with little opposition. But things have since turned in the opposite direction.

ODM has only one of its former MPs in the region who is defending his seat. He is Magerer Lang’at the former Mp for Kipkellion. The other former Mp Franklin Bett has since declined to defend his seat and is now playing a different role as the ODM election board chairman.

The last of the former ODM MPs in the region to ditch the party was Mrs Beatrice Kones, who is an Assistant Minister for |Home-Affairs. He has since lost her bid to be nominated the URP candidate for the Bomet seat, which she had inherited from her late husband the late Kipkalia Kones.

Urp’s other headache is the emergence MOI’S new waves of support among the Kipsigis people which appeared to be heading to cutting William Ruto’s influence and political clout in the region into size.

The retired President Daniel Moi is a man who no sane person can underrate his influence among the Kalenjin people; The community believes and maintains that Moi is the true professor of Kenya’s politics. He has since thrown his weight behind Musalia Mudavadi‘s Amani alliance which is using his old political slogan during the Nyayo era of of Peace Love and Unity.

The contest of political supremacy in the South Rift cannot be accurately be predicted at the moment, but from the looks of things, William Ruto will be the loser, due to the fact that the majority of the Kipsigis voters will not vote for Uhuru Kenyatta under all the circumstances.


Kenya: What has happened to the Kenya National Language Board? Has it been abolished ?


Commentary by Leo Odera Omolo

The concerted effort recently made by the Independent Electoral and boundary Commission{IEBC} to ensure that the candidates aspiring for the elective positions of County governorship have obtained university degrees from the recognized institutions of higher leaning and universities is commendable.

However, we have so far not been told of what happened to the National Language Board, that has always been tasked with the responsibility of conducting tests and interview for the purposes of assessing the communication skills of all those aspiring to be elected into our legislators system.

Have only heard and witnesses candidates aspiring for the parliamentary and senatorial seat being cleared by the IEBC officials to contest the election minus the compulsory certificates of proficiency in both English and Kiswahili languages.

What has happened to the National Language Board. It been abolished? Long before independence in 1963 these language boards were always constituted at the Provincial {PEOs} levels under the supervision of the Provincial Education Officers, whose duties were recently changed and transformed to be the Provincial Directors of Education {PDE}

The Provincial language boards were later replaced by the National Language Board. There were categories of candidates who were automatically exempted from sitting before the board, particularly those armed and equipped diplomas from learning institutions and colleges.

The idea behind these tests were mainly to ensure that those who seek for elections into our legislative bodies were people capable of fo0llowing the proceedings and debates in those bodies.

I have gone through the new constitution, but failed to locate any clause within the sacred document that speaks about the abolition of the National Language Board. And now that under the new constitutional dispensation, Kenya has returned to the tri-cameral parliamentary system, it would be prudent for the IEBC to ensure that those elected to the next parliament and the Senate, should be men and women of high integrity and communication skills.

There are special cases when our legislators are sent to represent Kenyan in the regional and international forums at which communication skills are most essential and compulsorily required to enable our delegates to actively participate in the deliberations of such forums.

In this context, am aware of the |Nyayo eras, during which politically correct individuals were exempted and nominated to serve in parliament and in other bodies irrespective when they were able to follow the proceeding or not. This were the period when the likes of Mulu Mutisya, Ezekiel Bargetuny, Joseph Leitich and other were made MPs by KANU big-wigs.

I happen to be privy and regular attendance at the various regional and international forums including ministerial councils of the African Union or other regional bodies. Kenya had became the laughing stocks attracting derogatory comments by delegates from our neighboring countries, who were wondering why a country like Kenya which is reputed for having excelled in producing more intellectuals and technocrats could send team of mediocre to represent her I n such important forums.

The way I see things happen and in the absence of a competent National Language Board I can accurately predict that the next [parliament could be filled by MPs with half-baked education, academically dwarfs and semi-illiterate legislators. The same could be said of the Senate.

It is only the IEBC which can rescue our country from the impending bug shame. I have heard some of the parliamentary and Senatorial aspirants speaking while arguing their individual cases in connection with the recently flawed political parties preliminary nominations exercises, and I have come into conclusions if these are the same people expected to be voted into our legislators system on March 4, 2013

I am sure for certain that the likes of Mike Mbuvi {Sonko] of Makadara, Mary Wambui of Othaya constituencies just top mention a few example are not sufficiently qualified to sit in the August House.

The 10th parliament had its share of semi-illiterate MPs who sat there fir five years and left without even framing one single question or the supplementary question, leave alone making their maiden speeches in the House owing to language handicaps.

In this age of the dot-com generation we need to move a high notch and deviate from the couture of electing to our supreme legislative bodies people with questionable academic background.

In the 10th parliament we Kenyan should be grateful and thankful to the Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Otiato Marende whose skills got us where we are today, because the last parliament faced myriad of constitutional problems during the constitutional dispensations and debates of hundreds of most complicated and important bills related to constitutional advancement.

The former Emuhaya had succeeded in guiding the House to the higher scale of debates despite of the intrigues of the coalition government. I wish the next MPs would be compelled to re-consider Mr.Marende to be given a second chance to serve Kenyans in the same capacity

There only a few regular contributors to these constitutional debates, with good numbers of MPs who sat there and earned millions of shillings from the public coffers without making any meaningful contributions to the debates and deliberations in the House. We should therefore not allow similar situation to arise again. Kenya is not short of the technocrats therefore the voters should be sensitize to cast their votes for only the mature and

The time is also ripe for Kenyans to desist from the political culture voting for heavily moneyed aspirants. It has became evidence that in this country anybody who come u with ill-gotten drugs money makes it easy to Parliament even if such a person have no leadership quality. This makes it clear that Kenyans have become money worshippers.

Let us go for men and women whose integrity and performance would portray our country as the land of dissent men and women. We should know that communication skills is power Anyone who cannot communicate well in any of the two official languages, namely English and Kiswahili has no business seeking to be elected an Mp or a Senator.


Kenya: People Power to Stay on Responsibility and Integrity to secure Promising Livelihood & Survival

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

It must be a deal or no deal.

We are all not perfect. Time and again we have come short of the Glory of God. When we identify our mistakes, we correct them and try to make them better so we are able to leave in harmony with the rest sharing and caring for one another. It is the promise from God.

We as a people, are better off when there is peace and unity. Peace and unity cannot thrive where some people already planned to short-change others by selling off their birth right to deny others survival and livelihood. You cannot trust someone who plan to kill you and destroy your life by making you their slave. A slave have no freedom nor can they claim human rights of any kind……but God created you to share and enjoy natural benefits of His Blessings God perfected from creation. It is the reason why God told King Pharaoh of Egypt to “Let My People Go” and God saved His people from the oppression and snares of the evil one where we were Redeemed from works and plans of the Evil by paying a price for our life. Should we give a smaller evil a chance once again to destroy us when God has good plan for us in the Reform Change. Do you think the Reform Change came by surprise; no, God is in this plan. We shall not give any small devil an opportunity to destroy us. We shall use the power of the people God gave us presently to defeat the evil.

Good people, God has good plans for us, plan that will save the environment from the evil ones pollution, will save nature and human beings livelihood and survival if only we shall engage in doing good and involve in the right perspective to make things better. We can only do this if we refuse the evil and the corrupt who have pushed our lives into careless killings, pain and sufferings. A leader worth his salt should be responsible with integrity. This is the measure we must evaluate on all prospective candidates vying for public office irrespectively and without discrimination or favor.

The voice from wilderness is sending you good news to engage people power to change your lifestyle and improve your destiny. The whole world is on our side and we shall not go wrong. Charge the evil ones and the corrupt in the Supreme Court of Law and penalize them from not honoring Peoples Public Mandate and refusing to be in compliance according to agreement in the Oath of Office they swore to uphold. Men and Women of wisdom are already speaking out and are sounding an alarm, they already made good moves and some had gone to court and their cases thrown out…….we must make a consolidated force of unity and stick together to demand justice, heed our advice and take a stand; let us move to Supreme Court united with additional claims revised. It must be a deal or no deal………We must not fall in a trap to give in to no lesser evil. They must all be tried for the evil they committed in engaging in Land Grabbing we must own our land and survive making deals that are with dignity, those that protects and preserve live…..e.g.

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) shoulders the most crucial challenge of guaranteeing and and conducting a legitimate transparency and accountability electioneering process based on Reform Change Constitutionality with consideration threshold of Responsibility with integrity conducted under a reliable, secure, safe, and efficient elections which are free from flaws or any kind of fraud. Today IEBC is failing Kenyans and remedy is “People Power” to go lodge official legal complain to the Supreme Court and take Chief Justice to task upon his word of Integrity. Reasons are in addition as follows:

1) Judge gives KRA nod to demand MPs’ unpaid taxes, these are conditions candidates seeking public office must show responsibilities with integrity before they can qualify…….

Quote: “High Court judge Weldon Korir held that the MPs were not exempted from paying taxes on their income since Article 210 of the Constitution provides that the burden of taxation shall be shared fairly.

He said that the National Assembly Remuneration Act, which exempted MPs from paying taxes was enacted before the promulgation of the new Constitution and that it must be brought into conformity with the Law.

“The country is coming from a background of greed and financial misappropriation. Public money has in the past not always been applied in its intended purpose of the development of a country and it is for this reason that principles of public finance were included in the Constitution,” said judge Korir.

He noted that it would be absurd for the lawmakers to claim they expected to continue to be exempted from payment of taxes on their allowances since they were aware that under the new dispensation, MPs would be expected to shoulder their portion of the tax burden.

“The Constitution is the supreme law of this country. It is the will of the people, the mandate they give to direct the manner in which they ought to be governed.”

The judge also said all persons working in the country were subject to payment of taxes, a duty he said could not be contracted out, by an agreement between any arms of the government.

He said the Executive and Legislature exercised delegated public power and were therefore constrained by the Constitution and could not exercise any power or perform any functions that were beyond those conferred by law.

“The Executive cannot donate an illegal benefit and if it does, it is an act done in violation of the Constitution, notwithstanding the consequences of the contravention. Equally, parliamentarians are not entitled to accept an unlawful advancement of monies belonging to the citizens of this country,” said judge Korir.

The State, according to him, had only one choice when it came to implementation and application of taxation to public officers which he noted was, to obey the Constitution by enforcing and applying the clear provisions of the Constitution.

He said that if any of its agents made the mistake of failing to honor the said constitutional obligation, the party must immediately make amends rectifying the error by remitting any taxes that have not been paid.

Some 18 human rights group members among them retired Presbyterian Church of East Africa minister Timothy Njoya had filed a constitutional reference last year seeking a declaration that all State officers including MPs were under obligation to pay taxes.

They were also seeking to reverse a State directive to all permanent secretaries to refund all taxes deducted from ministers and their assistants”.

2) The suspicion Kenyans exhibited against the police force following the 2008 violence still exists. The need to act firmly and uphold the law is key if wananchi are to work with the National Police Service. The National Police Service need to ensure that all persons recruited and deployed at polling and tallying centers are conversant with the law. Political parties need to ensure that all persons to whom they issue Party Certificates are sensitized on relevant laws especially sections of the NCI Act 2008 regarding hate speech and other laws relating to keeping peace and non-incitement to violence that; Elections are important in any democratic society but the continuity of the nation is bigger than each and all. Thus the general populace needs to respect the law and remember at all times to put KENYA KWANZA!…..says, Mzalendo N. Kibunjia, PhD., EBS

COMMISSION CHAIRMAN on Sunday, January 27, 2013

Show-case: Over 200 heavily armed bandits made away with hundreds of sheep and goats on the eve of Christmas

In Samburu, Kenya: Barely a month after bandits killed 42 police officers in Samburu, more than 200 heavily armed cattle rustlers have invaded and attacked Waso Ronkai village and fled with hundreds of sheep and goats.

The incident in Samburu North occurred at 11pm when the residents were preparing to usher in Christmas Day.

Three families were attacked in the incident.

The more than 700 police officers currently stationed in Samburu North did not stop the raid despite receiving a report as the raiders fled with the livestock.

“The residents of Samburu North have strongly complained to the Government over persistent attacks and raids by bandits at Masikita and Kawap in Samburu North and the stealing of camels, cattle, sheep and goats from the area,” said Lenkai Parsulai, a resident.


Fourty two guns were stolen from the police officers killed in Suguta valley in Baragoi and it is suspected they are now being used in the increased roadside robberies targeting those travelling for the Christmas holidays from Baragoi to Maralal.

Tension increased last week after bandits from Baragoi attacked Allamano village and police also recovered a mobile phone belonging to one of the police officers killed in Suguta valley in Maralal town.

3) The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and Sessional Paper No.3 of 2009 on the National Land Policy (NLP) provide for a new classification of land to be known as “Community Land”.

Under the Constitution, Community lands are to vest in and be held by communities that are identified on the basis of ethnicity, culture or similar community of interest. The Constitution further directs Parliament to enact legislation to give effect to the creation of community land.

On the other hand, evictions have, for decades, taken place in Kenya, especially in informal settlements in contravention of international human rights standards. Mass evictions have usually involved Government Projects or private developers claiming ownership of land on which some of the settlements stand. Sessional Paper No.3 of 2009 on the National Land Policy requires the Government to establish an appropriate framework for evictions, based on internationally acceptable guidelines. We have tangible list of Land Grabbers who must face the law before they are engaged in Public Office, threshold of the same in Responsibility and integrity must take prominence and we cannot be hoodwinked with fake commissions to cover their evils……

4) Jacob Omolo wrote his Labour Market and Policy Interventions paper in 1978, the unemployment rate in Kenya then stood at 6.7 per cent. Twenty years later in 1998, the figure had risen to 25.1 per cent.

James Kariuki, a sociology lecturer at the University of Nairobi, says unemployment is viewed as a sign of failure by our, society and the society rejects those that cannot meet the expectations put on them.

Youth unemployment is “a time bomb that calls for urgent action” Prime Minister’s Office flawed in Youth Project Funds, we demand Responsibility with Integrity over Youth Project Fund and that Raila to face threshold of the same in the Supreme Court of Law before he can vie for any other public office including any other claims pending of integrity with vision 2030 as well as Sykamau evictions including other case-scenarios must not pass threshold of Supreme Court justice. Unemployment disrupts life and leaves it’s victims basking in disgrace. After a long period of unemployment with being driven into displacements are reasons for mental frustrations and illness makes individuals of circumstances to succumbs into deterioration of sociological and psychological conditions that causes victims to loose dignity and pride to livelihood and survival and eventually makes them vulnerable to criminal and other unacceptable lifestyle. These are victims of forced conditional circumstances by the corrupt that must face threshold of integrity before any of such corrupt characters are accepted back into public office.

The consolidated petition will now be heard on February 6, and only for one day.

However lawyers indicated the likelihood of taking the matter to the Supreme Court if and after Uhuru and Ruto are cleared by the IEBC.

The Supreme Court ruled recently that it would be the forum to deal with any disputes arising from the nomination of presidential candidates by the IEBC except those by the political parties.

On or before 29th January 2013, Lawyer Lucy Akaka said Mr Weda intended to withdraw from the case due to conflict of interest.

Ms Akaka was instructed to inform their clients of the intention to withdraw and to have them present in persons in court on the hearing day.

5) IEBC is wrong to shelve vetting and illicityly and unconstitutionally delivered Certificates to candidates. The group (ICPC) warns…….The International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) has now written to the electoral commission to protest against plans to shelve vetting of candidates.

ICPC in its letter dated January 11 to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants to ensure full compliance with leadership and integrity conditions set in the Constitution.

ICPC Executive Director Ndung’u Wainaina said the Constitution gives the commission the sole mandate on all matters touching on conduct, control and supervision of elections.

“Therefore, determining the suitability, ethics and integrity of public office seekers falls squarely on the shoulders of the commission,” Ndung’u said.

Criminal records

In September 2012, ICPC had petitioned the court to compel IEBC to make candidates’ history and criminal records (if any) accessible to the public for informed decision-making.

“Your office opposed our intention by arguing that our petition was speculative, as you have not failed to develop a detailed code of conduct that is Chapter Six compliant,” Ndung’u’s letter to IEBC boss Isaack Hassan reads in part.

The High Court, in the Mumo Matemu case, was quite unequivocal that any person who has pending integrity issues is not fit to hold public office and according to the civil society group, IEBC should read from it in setting the mechanisms to vet aspirants.

“To our mind, therefore, a person is said to lack integrity when there are serious unresolved questions about his honesty, financial probity, scrupulousness, fairness, and reputation, soundness of his moral judgment or his commitment to the national values enumerated in the Constitution.”

The letter added: “In our view, for purposes of the integrity test in our Constitution, there is no requirement that the behaviour, attribute or conduct in question has to rise to the threshold of criminality. It therefore follows that the fact that a person has not been convicted of a criminal offence is not dispositive of the inquiry whether they lack integrity or not.”

Reasonable doubt

The ICPC boss argued that the same standards of integrity were reiterated by the judicial tribunal that investigated the conduct of the former deputy Chief Justice, who was removed from office for misconduct.

“This decision of the tribunal conclusively shows that the standard of proof in ethics and integrity for public office holders is neither that of the criminal law, that is beyond reasonable doubt nor that in civil cases, which is on a balance of probability,” he said.

6) In September, the petitioners through their lawyer Ambrose Weda amended the case to include the names of Raila, Mudavadi, and Kalonzo. They raised questions about their suitability for public office over varying allegations ranging from abuse of office, nepotism and corruption, among others claims.

The amendment was rejected by the High Court prompting the petitioners to withdraw the case late last year.

The Public Corruption, Ethics and Governance Watch lobby group and activist Charles Mwangi sought to bar Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka and Mr Mudavadi from seeking public office on claims that their candidature contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity. According to the groups, a leader is contemplated to be someone who carries dignity, legitimacy and has the people’s trust and confidence and that electing any person committed to trial would bring dishonour to the office and seriously affect the person’s ability to discharge his duties. Unfortunately IEBC have issued Mr. Odinga, Musyoka and Mudavadi certificate to contest and this must be contested at the Supreme Courts. It is why Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi is not yet out of integrity suit.

IEBC concerns raised:

IEBC accused of overlooking misconduct….

• They say IEBC has been helping in defilement of the Constitution by failing to stamp their authority and bring sanity in the electoral process

• Led by lawyer Harun Ndubi (right), they said commisssion has continued to disregard parametres and principles set out in the Constitution

• They have also ignored several reports regarding the conduct of some political aspirants

On January 28 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

Reported By Rawlings otieno

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been advised to bar candidates with questionable integrity and character from contesting in the General Election.

A section of the civil society members under the banner of Kenya for Peace with Truth and Justice said IEBC has been helping in defilement of the Constitution by failing to stamp their authority and bring sanity in the electoral process.

Led by lawyer Harun Ndubi, the group accused the IEBC of condoning electoral malpractices, which they are supposed to enforce.

“The Elections and the Electoral Offences Act clearly states their mandate and how they are supposed to conduct the elections. Extending the deadline for submission of the party list is by itself rigging, which is an offence under the Act,” said Ndubi……and is therefore unconstitutional.

The group said IEBC has continued to disregard parametres and principles set out in the Constitution and other relevant legislation through practices such as party hopping and accused them of ignoring several reports, which had been presented to it for review concerning the conduct of some political aspirants.

Speaking during a Press briefing at a Nairobi hotel yesterday, the group lashed out at the electoral body and the Registrar of Political Parties for failing to rein in errant political parties. They took issue with the parties for conducting their nominations using the IEBC voter registrations book instead of the political party’s registrar, citing that the move was against the Political Parties Act.

Case of Flawed nominations:

Ndubi also said it is the IEBC that should stop candidates with leadership and integrity issues from contesting the various political seats.

He said the Commission of Administrative Justice had given a damning report of some 24 candidates including TNA’s Mike Mbuvi vying for senatorial position in Nairobi County and also former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu who got the nod to contest the Nairobi gubernatorial seat, to be stopped from contesting.

The group also wants the parties that conducted flawed nominations to be punished by Law for allowing their supporters to cause violence.

The Political Parties Act states: A political party shall not engage in or encourage violence by its members or supporters.

“The institution charged with the regulation of political affairs has displayed a disturbing reluctance to enforce their respective mandate. IEBC has repeatedly shifted timelines for the submission of nomination lists,” said Ndubi.

They threatened to use all the means including filing petitions at the High Court to stop such candidates from contesting…..This must now be filed to Supreme Court of Justice under Peoples Power Claims…….

7) Planning expert Patrick Adhola said a governor of a city like Nairobi is like a president in waiting and needs to understand urban economy. Candidates integrity that have been issued with certificates are still questionable, how can people elect candidates of questionable circumstances…… do we trust these candidates with national economy whose understanding to gubernatorial position is unknown, but is expected to understand the Urban Area and Cities Act as clear as crystal, and provide manifesto details of plan of action showing public “How To” he/she expects to engage in County Development proving they know and understand how urban finance works ???…….. “The candidates should give reasons why we should trust them with our future,” Mr Adhola said.

The director for Centre for Urban Planning and Innovations in University of Nairobi Prof Peter Ngao said research on urban poor in Kenya indicated that urban poor spaces have highly educated people but live in worst human conditions.

Prof Ngao said gubernatorial candidates should tell Kenyans there agenda for informal settlements. He regretted that there is growing polarization with ethnic clashes being witnessed in some slums, a thing that would spoil the cities development.

Prof Omenya called for planned housing for urban poor saying highly unequal societies were also the most insecure.

Together we are strong, divided we loose…….Spread the word so together we shall gain the Reform Change we have been struggling for and achieve peace united in love sharing and caring for one another………It is the promise from God……..


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

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ICC: Mention of Uhuru, Ruto cases set for Feb 14

By Wahome Thuku

KENYA; The twin criminal cases against Jubilee Alliance luminaries Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto will be mentioned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) mid this month.

Lawyers representing the two will be travelling to The Hague on February 14 for the status conferences, according to sources.

But Uhuru and Ruto, who are Jubilee presidential candidate and running mate, may skip the sessions as they are not required to be present when the cases go for the status conference before ICC’s Trial Chamber V.

Their trials for crimes against humanity start at The Hague on April 10 and 11, a time when the country could be going for a rerun of the presidential elections.

Status conferences are provided for under Article 64(3) of the Rome Statute for the court and the parties to set a trial date, confer on the necessary procedure for fair and expeditious trials, determine the language to be used in the proceedings, and agree on a timetable and scope for disclosure of documents and information for adequate preparation for the case.

These will be the second twin status conferences, the first having been held in June last year.


ceaser1 February 2013 5:23 PM The real culprits who have the fancy name of PRINCIPALS over whom people maimed,killed and destroyed are enjoying the unfolding the circus that is the ICC selective justice process unfold. The two are squarely politically responsible (by ommision and commision) for the escalation of the chaos and due to the grave consequencies of their irresponsibility so are they criminally culpable too. If particulary Raila goes ICC free for making inflammatory statements before during and after the 2007 elections (I have video evidence to support that),then we his victims will seek legal redress elsewhere whether he wins or not.

Battle looms in Nyanza as hopefuls get IEBC nod

Updated Friday, February 01 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Evelyn Kwamboka And Rushdie Oudia

Kisumu County

A major contest is looming in Nyanza as aspirants ‘rigged’ out of the nominations submit certificates from other political parties in readiness for the March General Election.

The aspirants, comprising veteran politicians, sought solace in smaller parties mainly within the CORD alliance, a move that is likely to challenge the dominance of Orange Democratic Movement in the region.

The aspirants aggrieved by ODM’s decision to ‘award’ certificates to their rivals after the party’s election board chairman Franklin Bett’s ordered for fresh nominations that never took place in Homa Bay, Migori and Kisumu, are set to hit the campaign trail with an intention to ‘prove a point’ during the March 4 elections.

Former MPs Olago-Oluoch (Kisumu West), Ochieng’ Daima (Nyakach), Martin Ogindo (Rangwe), and ODM official John Magaiwa and Grace Akumu, were some of those affected in the nominations.

Flawed nominations

Yesterday, Ford-Kenya, Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) became the main beneficiaries of the flawed nominations.

The repeat was not held in constituencies such as Seme, Kisumu West, Nyakach, Nyando and Muhoroni, and instead ODM gave tickets to people selected by the party.

Most aspirants, who left for Nairobi after ODM failed to hold a repeat of nominations in the three counties, presented their papers to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission as they prepared to hit the ground with their campaigns.

In Kisumu County, former MP Olago-Oluoch will be contesting the Kisumu West parliamentary on a Ford-Kenya ticket.

“I defected from ODM to Ford-Kenya due to rigged nominations that denied me a certificate despite winning,” said Olago.

The former MP, who is to battle it out with Rozah Buyu, said he did not want to go to court over the issue and that is why he sought the Ford-Kenya ticket.

Ironically, during the 2007 primaries, Buyu accused ODM of rigging her out in favour of Olago after the party gave the lawyer-cum-politician the ticket for the Kisumu West parliamentary seat.

Daima, who moved to Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party would square off with with Owuor Aduma. In the nullified nomination preliminary results, Aduma is said to have beaten the former MP with 12,422 votes against 6296.

Other newcomers perceived to be strong on the ground have also started their campaigns.

They include Abdulkadir Omar, who defected from ODM after his rival for the Kisumu Central parliamentary seat, Ken Obura, was declared the winner in the nominations.

Repeat polls

In Homa Bay County, Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’, who was nominated despite the party’s failure to hold a repeat of the polls, is set to battle it out with Hilary Alila.

Alila, who was kicked out of the race by ODM’s decision to award the ticket to Kajwang’, will be gunning for the seat on a PDP ticket.

“Kajwang’ should prepare for a tough battle and I will give him a run for his money because people know what happened in the nominations,” Alila told The Standard.

On the issue of some candidates from smaller parties stepping down for those perceived to be strong on the ground, Alila said he is in the race to the end. Siaya County, which was another trouble spot during the ODM primaries, is also an area to watch in the coming General Election.

Yesterday, Mr William Oduol, who was disqualified alongside Dr Oburu Odinga, also presented his papers to the IEBC. He will be seeking the Siaya County governor seat on a National Agenda Party of Kenya.

“Despite all the hurdles erected along my political path by ODM, the electorates have confidence in me,” he said.

Oduol defected to NAPK after ODM gave direct nomination to Cornel Rasanga following a dispute between him and the PM’s elder brother Oburu Oginga.

Nyanza region has also not been left out in the legal battles that arose from the nominations.

Rarieda former MP Nicholas Gumbo, who had been awarded the ticket by ODM, was temporarily stopped by a court order from presenting his papers to IEBC.

Court order

Mr Okong’o Omogeni also obtained interim orders stopping IEBC from clearing veteran politician Abuya Abuya on an ODM ticket for the Nyamira County Senate.

Court orders were also issued against candidates nominated by ODM in Nyatike and Kuria East.

The contest for the Kisumu Senate, in which Jubilee Alliance has fielded a candidate to battle it out with ODM’s Anyang’ Nyong’o and Gerge Weda

IEBC tender case to proceed, court rules

By Mwaniki Munuhe

KENYA: The High Court has allowed a case challenging the award of a tender to print millions of ballot papers to proceed.

Three firms are seeking to stop the multi-billion shilling deal between the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and a supplier in the UK. The case has been allowed to proceed on grounds the petitioners – Kalamazoo Secure Solutions, Ren-Form CC and Aerovote – have raised credible concerns on how the contract was awarded.

On Friday, High Court Judge George Dunga said procurement by public bodies should never be done “indiscriminately and in a clandestine manner.”

Efforts by IEBC and the supplier, Smith & Ouzman, to block the petition were unsuccessful.

In challenging the deal, the petitioners question Smith & Ouzman’s financial capacity to print the ballot papers, saying the company has made losses for the last four years. They also claim the company is under investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), a matter that could interfere with the printing and delivery of the ballot papers. The SFO would not confirm or deny the firm was under investigation.

The petitioners have also raised issues in regard to inconsistencies in the contract ranging from the dates of acceptance, award, international delivery conditions, bidding and whether or not IEBC, a public institution, subjected the deal to competitive tendering.

IEBC denies aspirants clearance

Updated Friday, February 01 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Anthony Gitonga

The Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) locked out several political aspirants for failing to meet requirements for clearance.

Among those denied the green light was former cooperative’s Permanent Secretary Patrick Khaemba (New Ford -Kenya),Jack Raguma (ODM), both gunning for governor’s seats in Trans Nzoia and Kisumu.

Mr Edwin Yinda, who was seeking the Alego-Usonga parliamentary seat, was also locked out. In Mombasa, former MD Kenya Ports Authority Abdalla Mwaruwa (TNA, Mombasa gubernatorial seat) was also turned away because he did not have a clearance certificate from the Commission for Higher Educations (CHE).


The same applied to Khaemba and Raguma who have until on Friday to clear with the CHE in Nairobi and dash back to present their certificates.

In Turkana Central, IEBC co-ordinator George Omondi said Mr Abok Ilikwel, a former Kenya Airports Authority sergeant, did not adhere to the Commission’s deadline on resignations.

An aspirant vying for the gubernatorial seat in Murang’a County was turned away due to lack of a letter certifying his degree as genuine. Mr Julius Kaberere could not raise a document to certify the degree he held was from an institution recognised by the Commission for Higher Education.

And in Naivasha, the tribunal revoked the nominations of parliamentary candidate John Karanja and Esther Njeri after listening to petitions presented to them.

The winners and losers after court’s verdict on party nominations

Updated Friday, February 01 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Wahome Thuku

KENYA: The High Court has dismissed cases involving party nominations in one-line rulings as candidates began presenting papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Judges David Majanja, Weldon Korir and George Odunga heard over 15 petitions filed since Tuesday challenging determinations of the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee on the party primaries.

Transport Minister Amos Kimunya is now free to defend his Kipipiri parliamentary seat on a TNA ticket.

The court threw out a petition filed by lawyer Stanley Kihiko seeking to block him from the elections over alleged electoral malpractices.

Kihiko claimed Kimunya was involved in electoral malpractices and no results announced in Kipipiri for the TNA nominations. His lawyer Evan Ondieki claimed there was video evidence of bribery, intimidation and harassment.

Locked out

He said the youth were asked to give way for the elderly to vote, only for them to be locked out in the evening.

But IEBC, however, urged the High Court to dismiss the petition terming it an abuse of process having been filed by a lawyer with vested interests in the seat.

Kimunya’s lawyer Mwaniki Gachoka and TNA counsel Linda Milimu said the petition had been filed with an ulterior motive.


Also cleared was businessman James Mugambi seeking to succeed President Kibaki as Othaya MP on Saba Saba Asili ticket. The court dismissed a petition filed by a voter, Mr Michael Wachira. Wachira had accused Mugambi of colluding with his new party to forge IEBC stamps and documents and write a letter showing he had defected from TNA.

The court, however, ordered IEBC to hear complaints involving Mr Abuya Abuya and former Law Society of Kenya chairman Okong’o Omogeni.

In his petition, Omogeni is challenging the decision by the IEBC compelling ODM to hand a nomination for Nyamira senate seat to Abuya. The IEBC committee ordered ODM to clear Abuya after clearing his nomination fees.

The court dismissed a petition seeking to block Mombasa’s ODM gubernatorial candidate Ali Hassan Joho and his running mate Hazel Katana over academic qualifications.

Petitioner Janet Mbete wanted the IEBC compelled to produce Joho and Katana’s degree certificates.

But their lawyer, Ahmednassir Abdullahi, described the petition premature, saying there was no evidence of lack of academic papers.

“No right of the applicant has been breached by the candidature of Joho and the petitioner can vote for any other candidate,” he added.


From: dick.aduonga

It is an elections year and the country is abuzz with all manners of political activities. At this time of the political cycle, we witness some of the most colourful characters in our political life. Going by the just concluded party primaries, one would be tempted to be excited at the prospects of Kenya becoming a thriving democracy but when you pause for a minute; you again wonder if that is really a correct observation of our current political development.

For the past 40 years we have had a grudging political system with the political class taking little interest in the rights of the citizenry. By nature politicians seldom favour change in the interests of the working class and for many years they got their way in an ethnocentric Kenyan politics, sometimes through brutal force irrespective of the wishes of the majority.

Now Kenya has a new dispensation through its new constitution which compels all citizens to play fair and develop governance institutions that support the growth of democracy in the country. Leaders use political parties to ascend to power through the people and this means the people ought to be empowered to elect or deselect those leaders they deem unfit to lead them at a particular time. The price of democracy is that when one engages in a competition with fair rules and loses or wins, we expect them to accept such an outcome.

Kenya as a young democracy has the signs for a brighter future. The last party primaries even though in some cases was shambolic, the fact that majority of the contestants were happy with the outcome is great. To depart from the past ways of doing things has not always been easy. Most of these politicians have often survived political onslaught from their competitors through political patronage. So it was not a surprise that the party prodigal sons did not want to play fair.

It is important that as Kenya moves forward in its political, social and economic development, politicians understand that an empowered citizenry engages and contributes positively to the holistic development of the nation. Their wishes should be respected when they deselect or elect a leader of their choice because there is no reasonable logic in a party forcing a leader on the people. In future parties should ensure their rules of engagement are clear so that all potential participants can robustly evaluate themselves before seeking clearance for the party nominations.

Have a very peaceful elections

Dickson Aduonga

Kenya: A Big Showdown between Otienmo Kajwang and Hilary Alila in Homa-Bay town

Reports Leo Odera Omolo.

The presentation by the two aspirants contesting the Homa-Bay County Senate seat was so dramatic in that the Immigration and Registration of Persons Minister Otieno Kajwang’presented his nomination certificate to the IEBC officials in Homa-Bay in the company of a small crowd of followers.Kajwang’ is the ODM official candidate.

The Minister rival the 38 year old Nairobi-based businessman Hilary Ochieng” Alila who is contesting the seat on the People Democratic Party which is led by the former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara pulled the largest crowd of supporters who escorted him to Homa-Bay town in Matatus. Boda Boda motorbikes and traditional dancers.

Immediately his papers were accepted by the IEBC officials, Kajwang’ quietly slipped off the town and drove away accompany by members of the GSU and the security personnel and drove to unknown destination, while Alila supporters continued singing and dancing around the town.

Kajwang was handed the ODM nomination certificate in a discredited and much flawed nomination exercise, which many people in the region believes had been won by Alila with a big margin of votes.

Kajwang’ previously represented Mbita constituency in Suba region ever since 1997, but recently shifted his political camp from Mbita to Homa-Bay and switched to the contest of Senate seat instead of defending his Mbita, the move which political pundits and observers saw as a” a blunder and political suicide.”

Fears persists that the Minister would not be able to garnered enough support from the residents of Mbita in his previous parliamentary constituency because he had burned the bridge between him and the Suba people and would be in the race for the Homa-Bay County Senate seat without their blessing and goodwill.

The flamboyant Nairobi businessman Alila appeared to have attracted more support in all the seven parliamentary constituencies including Ndhiwa, Gwasi, Mbita, Homa-Bay Town, Rangwe, Karachuonyo, Kasipul and Kabondo Kasipul, mainly youths and woen.