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KENYA: POLITICS IS ABOUT NUMBERS

From: odhiambo okecth
Date: Friday, February 22, 2013, 3:14 AM

POLITICS IS ABOUT NUMBERS: READ TO THE END AND YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME.

There e has been an uproar about the recent projection of numbers I had made giving JUBILEE an advantage over CORD. Never in my political analysis have I been dismissed by the public like this time round: even getting killed in facebook. I refuse …to die. But I still insist that a political contest can only be won on Numbers.

With the assistance of other political analysts, we have done some more research on figures, and the general political mood on the ground from various regions in the country. Lets look at this numbers from various regions:

CENTRAL- 2,190,476 VOTERS

NYANZA- 1,954,756 VOTERS

WESTERN- 1,434,987- VOTERS

COAST – 1,640,083 VOTERS

N.EASTERN- 504,482 VOTERS

EASTERN – 2,092,883 VOTERS

RIFT VALLEY- 3,373,853 VOTERS

NAIROBI- 1,778,903 VOTERS

It’s regrettable that most of us are going to vote on the basis of tribal orientation. For Jubilee they are banking on central province, Rift Valley , Nairobi and Easten for Uhuruto to win the presidency.

If they manage to galvanize these regions they can easily win during the first round. That is superficial but if you do a scratch on the numbers, they pose a more complicated puzzle for JUBILEE.

Jubilee alliance should not comfort themselves with the numbers from the presumed strongholds. Otherwise the figures might be better for CORD than they look in the Opinion polls. Let’s sample the traditional Nairobi, Eastern and Rift Valley provinces which ought to give JUBILEE to a first round win. Central is purely uncontested for JUBILEE like Nyanza is CORDED. What are these numbers and where do they belong? I strongly consider the fact and reality on the ground that most Kenyans are likely to vote along and through ethnic influence.

1. RIFT VALLEY

Elgeyo Marakwet- 134,290

Nandi – 254,788

Baringo- 171,013

Kericho- 290,102

Bomet – 254,405

(sub total 1,104,598 voters- jubilee controlled)

In these regions, William Ruto has a superb command. There might be little unfaithfuls from Kericho and Bomet Towns which are somehow cosmopolitan. The son of Moi might also do some little spoils.

Kajiado- 315,053

Narok- 253,086

Turkana-120,345

West Pokot- 107,894

Samburu- 56,662

Trans Nzoia- 231,352

Uasini Gishu- 318,717

Laikipia- 170,267

Nakuru- 695,879

(sub-total:2,269,255 – contestable votes for CORD and JUBILEE )

In these regions JUBILEE can not confidently claim even a 60% command: The Maasai Narok and Kajiado not at any point have they shown to be faithful followers of William Ruto. They are more inclined to ODM CORD. Samburu,West Pokot might be a fifty fifty scoop for both CORD and JUBILEE. Trans Nzoia is a home of none. Luhyas, Kisii farmers and kalenjin mix gives neither CORD nor JUBILEE an edge. Nakuru is more cosmopolitan and if you scan the register of Nakuru County, Kisiis, Luhyas ,Akamba, Luos alone hit at 258,624 voters. From these counties alone in Rift Valley, it shows that JUBILEE doesn’t purely command the region. Two thirds of its votes are for split.

If Raila gets 1million votes or something close from Rift Valley, it will be a nightmare for Jubilee. With Raila’s schemes and political antics, he can cut through these numbers which is practically possible. The math of numbers might not work for Jubilee in RIFT VALLEY with its cosmopolitan nature.

2.NAIROBI : (1,778,903 voters)

Now that elections will be held in march, the IEBC calendar has forced the village voters to vote from the city as they wont be travelling home for Christmas holidays as they used. No wonder we had a voter registration turn out of 138% in Nairobi. As per Register scan Luos, Luhyas, Kambas and Kisiis who are CORD inclined tally to 1,192,037 if they will be faithful to their ethnic spirit like their village counterparts then they are likely to vote for CORD. I hope JUBILEE are aware of this variance in numbers. There is no doubt RAILA will emerge a winner from NAIROBI by 1M votes plus.

3. EASTERN

Eastern has for long time been supporting presidential candidates from central under the GEMA banner. Does JUBILEE count on the same support? Can charity Ngilu deliver from KAMBA land?

Let me sample the numbers from all the counties in EASTERN.

Makueni- 300,086

Machakos- 445,819

Kitui- 323,624

(sub-total:1,069,529) undisputed CORD command.

Meru- 483,517

Isiolo- 52,617

Marsabit- 104,408

Embu- 226,989

Tharaka- 155,823 (Subtotal:1,023,354 voters)

Isiolo and Marsabit might be an equal share or a slight win for CORD.

Meru, Tharaka and Embu have been for long faithful in GEMA. With the presence of William Ruto do they have an upper hand in the jubilee coalition? With these displacement most voters especially the youth might vote outside GEMA .The task of JUBILEE is to make this people to feel still at home which has proven difficulty especially to get Kiraitu off his BUS and Join theJUBILEE mainstream. Whom does JUBILEE look upon to deliver these votes from this region for presidency ? Kiraitu is very busy campaigning for his gubernatorial cause. JUBILEE might win from this region with a very small margin which is far below my previous projection. And this is a big minus for JUBILEE coalition.

Jubilee would have won the presidency if they had pure control of EASTERN, NAIROBI AND RIFT VALLEY .

There is a big likelyhood for CORD leading in COAST, EASTERN, NAIROBI, WESTERN, NORTH EASTERN AND NYANZA as opposed to JUBILEE leading in RIFT VALLEY AND CENTRAL only. RAILA might be a round one winner if he gets 1million votes from Rift valley which is practically possible.

If RAILA doesn’t win during round one, he will definitely win during the run off on the basis that:

-The HAGUE calendar will be very active for UHURUTO

- some JUBILEE pointmen who are trying to go against the grain, like Prof. Ongeri, Balala, Mwakwele and Ngilu would have fallen. And Jubilee will look a two tribe oufit.

- All the fallen presidential candidates by Reason of Raila’s Age with the assumption that he will be a one term president, will pull their weight behind Raila in the Name of salvaging the country from economic sanctions. JUBILEE can not withstand the euphoria.

I beg to leave as I take this opportunity to congratulate in advance the 4th president of the Republic of Kenya His Exellence ……………… Go and vote to proof or disproof this. Don’t just argue

WHY SOME CHURCHES TAKE SIDES IN KENYAN POLITICS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Although the clerics drawn from various denominations argue that they have endorsed Amani Coalition presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi because he is non-confrontational, peaceful and the only one who can unite the country, the fact that the East Africa Methodist Secretary General Isaya Deye who endorsed him on behalf of church leaders come from his ethnic community tell a lot how some churches in Kenya are tribal.

To understand how churches became tribal in Kenya we should go back to history. It started when formal partnership between Kanu and Kadu made the collaboration not less but more painful to minority tribes.

Kanu was a giant party dominated by Kikuyu and Luo elites. As such it became a discriminative to the minority ethnic groups such as Kalenjin, miji kenda, Maasai, Luhya, and Kamba among other ethnic communities.

When Kadu was formed to cater for the needs of minority communities, churches were also started to cater for the minority tribes who felt were discriminated. Kanu was identified with Roman Catholic given that in Central and Eastern among the Kikuyu, Embu and Meru the Consolata missionaries had already taken deep roots, while in Nyanza were the Mill Hill missionaries.

But even though not many people from these two communities were happy with Catholicism, which is why the first breakaway church was Nomiya Luo church founded by John Owalo.

Like Catholicism, Anglican churches in Kenya were run by white missionaries. That is why when Owalo had realized that the Church of England was biased and viewed black people as beggars, people who must be fed, their children taken to school, free medical care, among other things, Owalo left Anglican to become a Muslim.

He did not last long as a Muslim because he realized that followers were forced to pray and learn things in Arabic. He saw this as discrimination of the high class. He then tried Catholicism and still felt the church was discriminating against the black.

Owalo then opted to found Nomiya church in 1907 to cater and serve the needs of the minorities. Dini ya Roho (Holy Ghost Church) was the next to be founded in Maragoli location in October 1927 by Jakobo Buluku and Daniel Sande.

The two founders had broken away from the American friends’ mission at Kaimosi. They claimed that Americans were running the church like colonials. Against the background that Buluku and Sande preached against foreign religious leadership and advocated the expulsion from Kenya of the American missionaries.

The African Israel church was the third church to be founded in 1940 in Nyangori location near Kisumu by Kivuli. He broke from Pentecostal assembly and preached the expulsion of foreign missionaries, advocating leadership of the church by Africa Christians.

Other church to be founded to cater for minorities and particular tribes were Dini ya Msambwa by Elijah Masinde. It was called so because it adapted to African tradition, or the religion of the old customs.

Masinde claimed that the kingdom of Africa had been ruined by the British Empire and as such it was time churches in Kenya went tribal to cater for a particular interest of some communities.

His sect became so popular, spreading all over Western Province and between the Kalenjin and some parts of Uganda. The Mill Hill missionaries (MHM) tried to convert these sects into Catholicism in vain.

Before the Mill Hills, Friends African mission (FAM), Church Missionary Society (CMS), Church of God (COG), Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), Nioltic Independent Mission (NIM) and Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) had already taken root in Western Kenya, while in Central other churches like Akorino were being formed.

In Nyanza and Western the Mill Hills only managed to establish itself in Lugulu in 1914, Kibubii in 1931, Nangina in 1927 and Rangala in 1920. This time though, Ngiya and Butere were captured by CMS in 1921 and 1912 respectively.

Other areas Mill Hills managed to occupy included Mumias, 1904, Mukumu, 1906 and Eregi, 1914, Kisumu, 1903, Asumbi, 1913 and Nyabururu in 1911. The Mill Hills could not manage to penetrate Kendu Bay because SDA had taken a strong hold in Gendia by 1906 before spreading to Kamagambo in 1913 and Kisii.

Although in Rift Valley among the Kalenjin major Christian sects include the Africa Inland Church (AIC), Anglican and Roman Catholic, there are some Kalenjin communities that still hold on traditional religion based upon a belief in a supreme god, Asis or Cheptalel, who is represented in the form of the sun, although the sun is not God himself. Beneath Asis is Elat, who is believed to control thunder and lightning.

Against the background that it is almost impossible for churches in Kenya to unite in one voice in calling for a national peace policy that will advocate for co-existence among all communities. As such it is very difficult for churches to preach against tribalism for the sake of peace in the country.

Churches cannot take strict position against tribalism because they were part of the 2007 skirmishes because they took sides just as some have already began now. In 2007 some churches retreated to their respective tribes, going as far as publicly supporting particular presidential candidates.

Tribal clashes have been a recurrent feature in Kenya’s political scene especially since the birth of multiparty democracy in 1992. But the worst case was after the 2007 elections in which 1,133 people died and more than 600,000 displaced. The church either took sides or failed to condemn the acts.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Kimemia Must Step Down for the Sake of Peace and Unity in Kenya

From: Judy Miriga
From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

This is fooling people. The Immigration Officer had no powers of stopping Chief Justistice from travelling unless order were issued from the police side requiring Chief Justice to get clearance from Kimemia. For this I agree with CORD that Kimemia MUST RESIGN.

He has ilicitly and unconstitutionally taken powers of Transitioning which does not belong to him. The buck stops with Kimemia if Kenya has to remain peaceful. All good people must demand that Kimemia step down for the sake of Peace and Unity in Kenya.

In the absence of the Political system being head of the Government, Chief Justice is Supreme. It is the law. In otherwords, Chief Justice is superior to Kimemia and therefore Kimemia faulted in messing with Chief Justice Mutunga. We demand for urgent clarity and thorough investigations in this matter.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Cord wants Kimemia to resign
By Geoffrey Mosoku

NAIROBI, KENYA: CORD leaders Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have demanded the resignation of Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia whom they accuse of partisan politics.

The two leaders claimed Kimemia has been using the provincial administration to campaign for their rivals.

“He has become a party activist. If someone wants to participate in politics he should quit,” said Raila.

Kalonzo alleged that they have information that Kimemia has been using chiefs to woo voters for Jubilee in hunger stricken areas through distribution of relief food.

The two leaders were addressing the press at Wilson Airport before flying to Marakwet and Kitui to campaign ahead of the March 4 elections.

The leaders were reacting to a statement by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who said that he was threatened over the integrity case against Jubilee leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.

Raila and Kalonzo alleged that the move to threat the CJ were part o a wider scheme to compromise the elections .

On Tuesday, Kimemia denied allegations that he favoured any political party and warned that any civil servant found engaging in partisan politics would be sacked.

Immigration officer in CJ airport saga interdicted
By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: An immigration officer who temporarily blocked Chief Justice Willy Mutunga from boarding a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while demanding that he gets clearance from the Office of the President has been interdicted.

The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) made the announcement after meeting on Tuesday.

The committee chaired by Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia also appointed a team to lead investigations into threats made to the CJ.

The committee members are Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko and Attorney General Githu Muigai and they will present their findings on Monday.

The officer had barred the CJ from travelling to Dar-es-Salaam until he gets clearance from the Head of Public Service, Mr Francis Kimemia.

“The government highly regrets that the CJ was subjected to such kind of treatment and undertakes to urgently investigate the matter. In the meantime, the officer involved in the incident has been interdicted to pave way for the investigations,” said part of a statement by NSAC sent to newsrooms.

The statement added a circular issued on those who should seek clearance from the Office of the President did not include the CJ, Judiciary and the National Assembly.

It added that there is a protocol officer at the airport is there to ensure all VIPs travel with ease and are accorded appropriate protocols.

The meeting was held to deliberate on Dr Mutunga’s assertions that his life is in danger and he had been harassed at the airport.

Kimemia summoned the meeting on Wednesday after also being criticized of harassing the CJ by requiring that he and other judicial officers be cleared by his office.

The CJ has complained of receiving death threats and being harassed by immigration officers at the Airport.

Apart from Kimemia, National Intelligence Service Director General Michael Gichangi, internal security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Thuita Mwangi and Kimaiyo with his deputies Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi sit on the committee.

Attorney General Githu Muigai and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi also attended the meeting.

Top security organ meets over threats to CJ

By Cyrus Ombati

Nairobi, Kenya: The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) is set to meet in Nairobi Thursday to discuss threats to the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and judicial officers.

The NSAC that is chaired by head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia will meet at the Office of the President to discuss the issue.

Kimemia summoned the meeting on Wednesday after he was also being criticised of allegedly harassing the CJ when he was nearly stopped from travelling outside the country by immigration officers.

The CJ has complained of receiving death threats and being harassed by immigration officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Apart from Kimemia, National Intelligence Service Director General Michael Gichangi, internal security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Thuita Mwangi and Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo sit on the committee.

It is not clear if NSAC will issue a statement later after their meeting. They have not issued a statement in the past meetings.

Already, the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has directed Kimaiyo to investigate threats against the Chief Justice and judicial officers.

Tobiko said he had received a letter from Mutunga written by a group claiming to be Mungiki Veterans Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad in which the CJ and other judges are warned or dire consequences over their work

The threats to the judges were issued before the ruling on an integrity suit against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee running mate William Ruto.

“The threats contained in the aforesaid letter amount to incitement to violence and a serious interference with and subversion of the administration of justice,” said Tobiko.

“Due to the nature, gravity and implication of this matter, this is to direct you to cause a thorough and speedy investigation to be carried out with a view to apprehending and bringing to justice the perpetrators of these crimes,” added the DPP.

He said he had appointed a team of prosecution counsel in his office to provide legal guidance and advice in the course of the investigation.

“Upon completion of the investigation, the report and findings thereon should be submitted to me for appropriate directions,” said Tobiko.

Kimaiyo said earlier he has confidence in the security seconded to the CJ and other members of the judiciary.

Mama Ngina Kenyatta in court battle over land

By PATRICK KIBET

Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta wants a case challenging her ownership of two prime plots in Nakuru Central Business District dismissed by the High Court in Nakuru.

Mama Ngina filed an application seeking to dismiss the case brought by a Nakuru businessman Dr Isack Kirubi on grounds that it did not disclose the cause of action against her.

She also said Dr Kirubi in his own evidence did not at any time exclusively own the properties subject to the court case. Mama Ngina added that it would be a violation of her rights for the case to proceed to full hearing without the petitioner justifying the reason for suing her.

FORCIBLY TAKEN

Kirubi had filed a constitutional petition in 2010 alleging infringement of his rights to own property after claiming the prime plot was forcibly taken by Government in 1974. He contended that the then Commissioner of Lands James Aloysius O’Loughlin in May 7, 1974, conspired with the late Jomo Kenyatta to forcibly take the land.

Kirubi wants the High Court to declare the acquisition null and void and the land reverted to him.

In sworn affidavits before Justice Anyara Emukule, Kirubi said he was at all times the registered allotee of the disputed land in Nakuru.

He adds that actions by Mama Ngina in collusion with the Commissioner of Lands were in breach and violation of his rights to protection from deprivation of property as provided by the Constitution. Kirubi also availed documents showing a loan he obtained with the intention of using the money in developing the disputed parcels of land. He claims he was paid the compensation by Government in 1974 through his bank accounts.

Fishing business activities in lake Victoria has resumed in earnest after the dreadful water hyacinth weeds was blown off by current and strong winds

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Homa-Bay Town.

FISHING business activities has resumed in earnest after the current and strong winds swept away the water surface of Lake Victoria leaving it clean.

The stakeholders and those involved in fish mongering business as well as thousands of fishermen operating in the rake were on Wednesday this week seen preparing their boats and other fishing gear in readiness to re-deploy them on the lake.

The menace of the water hyacinth weeds did not only hampered the fishing activities, but also blockaded the water surface and even ships steamers and all vessels plying the region, especially those ferrying cargoes and shop-good between the eastern shore of Kisumu pier to neighboring countries like Uganda, Rwanda and Northern Tanzania had come to virtual the last seven months.

The worse hit areas were along the shorelines of the Nyanza Gulf {formerly Kivirondo Gulf covering Bondo, Rarieda, Seme, Kisumu, Nyando, Nyakach, Rachuonyo North and Homa-Bay.

The weed had blocked the lake water making the navigation of steamers and even fishing boats impossible. On two occasions, the government was urgently summoned to avail police helicopter to come to the rescue of fishermen whose boats were stranded in the lake for several days without food or water for drinks.

This happened near Soklo Island ,which is just located a few kilometers outside Homa-Bay town and in Karabondi area in Karachuonyo east.

The invasion of water hyacinth weeds in the last seven months had hampered the fishing activities and has sent the price of fish skyrocketing. Close to 50,000 fishermen are operating inside the Kenyan side of the second largest water mass, which is shared between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

A good number of fishermen had abandoned their trade and quit the trade in search of green pasture elsewhere. The fishing industry is the mainstay of the economy of the region, coming only second to sugar cane farming.

Experts say that there are close to 4000 fishing boats operating in Nyanza Province and the industry is supporting close to 3 million people, especially those living close to the shorelines of the lake.

The Kenyan fishing communities stretches from River Sio and Rwambwa areas Busia, Busia district and covered the widest area which included the two Nyakach, Nyando, Seme in Kisumu County , Raried and Asembo, Yimbo, Mageta Islands, Oyamo Island, in Uyoma peninsula in Siaya County and,,Gwassi, Mbita, Rachuonyo, Rangwe, in Homa-Bay County,and also small portion of Nyatie in Migori County.

Statistics recently made available by the fisheries department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment moderately indicated that Kenya is raking in Kshs 13 billion annually in foreign exchange as the results of its export of the highly prized Nile Perch filets to the Middle East, Japan, Israel, EU and the US.

Residents of Nyanza Provnce, however, have appealed to the government to find the lasting solution to the menace of water hyacinth weeds.

It could be either removed by mechanized means or manually by hired youths the same way the Ugandan government has done.

A recent report released by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute revealed that the number of fishermen and fish landing sites in Nyanza Province has decreased and reduced drastically in a span of two years.

The report released in Kisumu two weeks ago indicated that fishing landing sites decreased from 324 in 2010 to 311 last year due to the menace caused by the water hyacinth on Lake Victoria.

It also send a warning signal about the dwindling stock of fish in the lake due to over-fishing, the use of illegal fishing methods

The problem is blamed squarely on lack of protection of fisheries resources and corruption by those assigned the duty of protecting it by the relevant Ministry.

Ends

MUTUNGA’S DEATH THREATS BY MUNGIKI IS NOTHING NEW IN KENYAN POLITICS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s death threat by outlawed sect Mungiki is not something new in Kenyan politics. In April 2012 Parliamentarian Gitobu Imanyara shocked parliament when he claimed his life was in danger after a midnight encounter with presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta goons who forced him to kneel on tarmac road and pray facing Mt Kenya.

To spare his life the goons ordered him to recite “Uhuru tuko Pamoja” (Uhuru we are together), which is the aspirant’s presidential campaign slogan, three times as he knelt on the road with his hands raised. The incident took place along State House Crescent and Members of Parliament said such attack in the neighbourhood of State House raised serious security issues.

Imanyara told Parliament that he was driving home at about 11.30 pm when he spotted a white saloon car that appeared to have stalled along State House Crescent and he slowed down to check if he could be of any help to its occupants. Immediately he stopped, four men brandishing knives pounced on his vehicle.

Imanyara was asked not to attend a political rally called by politicians to counter an earlier Gema meeting, which endorsed Uhuru as their presidential candidate, planned for that day. Beheading people and placing heads in strategic places has been the outlawed Mungiki trade mark.

The Imenti Central MP was warned not to take Prime Minister Raila Odinga to Meru and keep off anti- Uhuru campaigns along with other central Kenya politicians he said were the subject of discussion by Gema leaders in a recent meeting at the late Njenga Karume’s Landmark Hotel in Nairobi.

It is the same venue assistant minister Nguiyai told the International Criminal Court (ICC), during the confirmation hearing of the case against Uhuru that he used to meet with Mungiki members during 2008 post election crisis. Click here for more information-DAILY POST: REVEALED: Uhuru, Njenga and Thuo: The Mungiki

In March 2009, two activists from the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic Kenya, a human rights non-governmental organization (NGO), Executive Director Mr Kamau King’ara and the Foundation’s Programmes Co-coordinator Mr Paul Oulu were shot dead along State House.

The Oscar Foundation had been active in highlighting the issue of extrajudicial killings of suspected sect members according to Washington Post 7 Mar. 2009; BBC 6 Mar. 2009; and US 25 Feb. 2009, Sec. 1a.

The killings occurred within hours of a government spokesperson Dr Alfred Mutua calling the Foundation a “front” for the Mungiki sect (Washington Post 7 Mar. 2009; Welt Online 6 Mar. 2009; Times Online 7 Mar. 2009). Dr Alfred Mutua accused the Oscar Foundation of fundraising abroad to support Mungiki activities locally.

Mutunga received death threats two days before a ruling on petitions seeking to block Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto from the March 4 election. He received a poison-pen letter from a group claiming to be the outlawed Mungiki sect.

It warned against a ruling locking the two leaders from the presidential race over the charges they face at the International Criminal Court. The CJ said the letter, dated February 13, was signed from the ‘Mungiki Veteran Group/ Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad’.

The Mungiki wanted the ruling to be in favour of Uhuru and Ruto which a High Court ruling, delivered on February 15, throwing out four petitions challenging the suitability of Uhuru and Ruto for public office.

Mutunga also said he had been subjected to an embarrassing situation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when an immigration officer temporarily blocked him from travelling to Tanzania. Immigration officer claimed he had received orders from Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia to block Mutunga from travelling.

In his statement, Mutunga said a poison-pen letter was delivered at his office February 18, by a group calling itself Mungiki Veterans Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad, making threats against Judges, ambassadors and himself.

Mungiki has shifted political alliances a number of times, they have been accused of random and brutal attacks on political and business opponents, playing the role as clients in previous elections.

According to ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the slain Mungiki officials were instrumental in the sects’ participation in the violence that rocked the country after the bungled 2007 presidential polls.

She revealed when she visited Kenya recently that the witnesses believe the killings and forced disappearances was part of a post-election violence “clean-up” conducted by State agents to conceal the involvement of the accused and other senior officials.

“Several senior Mungiki members disappeared or were murdered by suspected members of the Kenyan security apparatus in the immediate aftermath of the PEV. These individuals had direct knowledge of the accused contributions to the crimes charged,” Bensouda said.

Bensouda, who made an extensive tour of the country, had complained that some key witnesses have been intimidated, compromised, or threatened with death and execution.

Historically Kenya has been in threats and violence whenever certain communities felt that their powers were under threats. When Kenya became the Republic of Kenya in December 12, 1964, and Jomo Kenyatta became President.

Many Kikuyu elites believed that they had suffered the most during the colonial period and therefore they should benefit the most from independence. Tom Mboya, the Luo-Suba secretary-general of KANU was assassinated in 1969 when Kenyatta inner circle gurus expected he could succeed Kenyatta as the president.

In order to stick to power President Kenyatta banned the Kenya Party Union (KPU) of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and detained its leaders. The idea was to make Kenya a de facto one-party state. Many Kenyans considered Kenyatta’s repressive response as a means of consolidating the power of the KANU and the Kikuyu.

Several Kikuyu political leaders were associated with a tribal organization called the Gikuyu/Kikuyu, Embu, Meru Association (GEMA) which was aiming to keep Kikuyu political hegemony.

Despite the country’s independence, land claims of communal pastoral groups such as the Maasai and Kalenjin who were evicted from the Rift Valley area during the colonial period were not accommodated in his government.

GEMA went as far as trying to introduce a constitutional amendment to prevent non-Kikuyu Vice President Moi from succeeding Kenyatta but failed because they did not get the majority support from other ethnic communities.

When Daniel arap Moi eventually became the president he chose Mwai Kibaki (a Kikuyu) as Vice President to get attraction support from some Kikuyus, with the aim to stick to power just as Kenyatta did for 15 years.

Moi’s problem began shortly he disproportionately appointing Kalenjin to positions of power in his regime and by granting economic advantages to the Kalenjin. This led to formation of vigilante groups known as Mwakenya to work for his downfall.

Like Kenyatta, Moi’s government assassinated Dr Robert Ouko, a former foreign minister who had criticized his regime. Kalenjin elites feared Ouko would succeed Moi, so the assassination.

The Kalenjin Assistant Minister Kipkalia Kones declared Kericho District a KANU zone and stated that the Kalenjin youth in the area had declared war on the Luo community in retaliation for several Kalenjins killed in earlier violence.

In the Chemichimi (the Bungoma District), the Kalenjin attacked the Luhya community. The brutal attack against non-Kalenjin ethnic groups caused retaliatory attacks against Kalenjins in many areas.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

KENYA: KIMEMIA CALLS NSAC MEETING

from: Judy Miriga

Good People,

I am beinging to be seriously concerned that things are not good in Kenya.
Friends and sympathizers must be ready to rescue Kenya from getting ugly.

Kibaki and team are beginning to exercise force against peoples mandate.
This is unacceptable.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenya: Crisis in Police Over Infighting

Police management is in crisis following infighting between the National Police Service Commission, the Independent Police Oversight Authority, the Office of Inspector General of Police and the Office of the President.

Inspector General David Kimaiyo and the NPSC are embroiled in a fight after the commission controversially appointed three junior officers into top positions without his knowledge.

The NPSC has also differed with Ipoa over the appointment of CID director Ndegwa Muhoro. The National Security Advisory Council on Friday put on hold new appointments in an effort to appease officers ahead of the March 4 general election.

The decision to suspend vetting of senior police officers, and new appointments, until after elections was reached following a high level security meeting between the NPSC, Internal Security PS Mutea Iringo and Kimaiyo.

The meeting in Naivasha was called by Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia after the NSAC expressed concern about the infighting.

The meeting was called to discuss growing anxiety in the police after the NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavuludi announced that the commission had appointed Cecily Gatiti as the police director of personnel, Anthony Munga as the police spokesman and Charles Owino as the director of police Internal affairs.

This was after efforts by the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) to have the four security bodies work in harmony failed.

A meeting called by CIC to discuss the mandate and working boundaries of Ipoa, NPSC and the Ministry of Internal Security ended prematurely after an NPSC commissioner walked out of the meeting at Harambee House last Thursday.

NPSC commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi yesterday denied that his commissioner walked out of the meeting. Kavuludi, who last evening together with his commissioners flew out of the country for a three-week tour of Sweden, UK and Norway, said he attended the Naivasha meeting to the end with commissioner Ronald Musengi.

He said there was no conflict between the NPSC, the IG, Ipoa and the ministry as alleged on his appointment of junior officers to high offices.

Kavuludi said other commissioners left before the meeting ended because they planned to travel to the Swedish Embassy on Friday evening to pick their travel documents ahead of their flights last night.

Yesterday, CIC chairman Charles Nyachae said his commission will call another meeting of the NPSC, Ipoa and the Internal Security ministry to discuss the mandate of each of the bodies and how to work in harmony. Nyachae declined to state why the earlier meeting failed.

On the decision to stop transfers, promotions and new appointments, Nyachae said: “The solution will not be piecemeal approach. We must have a holistic approach to the issues.”

Ipoa did not attend the meeting but sent apologies. Yesterday, Ipoa chairman Macharia Njeru said his commission had other engagements and could not attend the meeting.

Sources in government yesterday told the Star that failure by the four organisations to agree pushed Kimemia to call the crisis meeting at the Office of the President on Friday.

Sources at the Office of the President meeting said Kimemia, Iringo and Kimaiyo supported a resolution that NPSC withdraw the appointments through a press statement to pacify disgruntled police force.

The meeting, which started at around 5pm and went on until 2am Saturday, directed that NPSC announce that it had suspended plans to vet the police because of the anxiety and tension that it was causing in the police.

The statement jointly authored by Kavuludi and Iringo stated that the NPSC had decided to put on hold transfers, vetting of senior police officers, and new appointments until a new government comes into place.

The IG is however free to deploy extra police officers in areas considered to be insecure especially during the elections. Yesterday, Kimaiyo said the three junior officers who Kavuludi announced last week had been appointed to new positions will not be moving into their new offices.

— On Wed, 2/20/13, Kuria-Mwangi wrote:

From: Kuria-Mwangi
Subject: KIMEMIA CALLS NSAC MEETING
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:58 PM

Kumayo na Iringo ni watu wenu:)

On Feb 20, 2013 2:46 PM, “Lee Makwiny” wrote:

Here are the members: Kimemia, Mwangi, Karangi, Muhoro, Iringo, Gichangi and Kimaiyo.

Convince me this meeting is not jubilated.

A Child Of A Luo; A Son Of Kenya

From: Maurice Oduor

Catherine,

That Child of Luo has not told us about his experiences trying to get jobs in areas of government dominated by our cousins from the slopes. His perception of Kenya would change in a second were he to try and get a job at the central Bank, KRA, Office of the President, Security Organs and Armed Forces, Ministries of Finance, Transportation, Energy etc.

This man should count himself lucky so far that he was able to get into business directly after school.

Courage

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM, MWANGI, CATHERINE wrote:

I believe this is the story of most people here.

A person may incite you to do something, but ultimately the choice is yours. You have the freedom to say yes or no, and this one nobody can force you. And the choice begins with self.

Let us pray that the good in each one of us prevails.

AMEN

From:
Wazi Campaign
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:41 AM
Subject: A Child Of A Luo; A Son Of Kenya

We received this in our inbox and thought we should share it with you:

Hi,

I am a Luo. I attended my early primary education in Kisii and indeed got many friends there. Later, I went to a school in Kericho, where I had many nice memories with great Kalenjin friends. My Secondary education was in Nairobi, a truly cosmopolitan city . And when it was time to go for higher education, I went to a university in a Kikuyu neighborhood! I got many bosom Kikuyu buddies and some of my business partners come from Mt. Kenya!

All these years, I never had a problem with these diversities in culture and tribes I have encountered. And I won’t start having them now. And, knowing that your life has a similar diversity, I would advise you keep the peace and shun tribal violence before, on and after March 4th.

Yours Truly,
A Child Of A Luo, But A Son Of Kenya

Whatever tribe you were born into, remember that you are ultimately a son or a daughter of Kenya! We, therefore, beg of you to keep our motherland safe from negative ethnicity and electoral violence.

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Kenya: The Kangemi Waruku Human Peace Caravan

From: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends,

The Kangemi Waruku Human Peace Caravan will be flagged by the DC Westlands Ms Flora Mworoa at the Chief’s Office Kitisuru at 8.00am tomorrow morning. The Chief’s Office is immediately by the Kangemi Fly Over, and the Walk will be led by The Administration Police Band and the Traffic Police.

We had our last planning meeting today at the DC’s Office and with us was Ms Petronila Nafula- the CEO Westlands Association. Through the Association, we have been able to receive a Land Rover mounted with a PA and Sound System, some water and sodas from the Westlands Jobless Foundation and Westlands Welfare Association. We are also looking at how we can pay the logistical issues for the Band.

We are also happy with our local mobilizing team led by Brian at Waruku, and the District Peace Committee Teams.

Then on Thursday the 21st Feb 2013, we will host A Million Man Human Peace Caravan in the CBD to be flagged off by the PC Nairobi at Nyayo House in the company of the Chair IEBC and we will walk to Parliament Road, Harambee Avenue, Moi Avenue and end at Jevanjee Gardens. All the Nairobi Candidates are invited with their Friends and Supporters. We want to show the whole Country that we are indeed One Family and One People under God. All are welcome.

Lastly, The Kamukunji Human Peace Caravan will be flagged off by the DC Kamukunji Mr. George Natembeya at the Salvation Army off First Avenue Eastleigh on the 23rd Feb 2013 at 8.00am. In a meeting with the DPC Team Members, Youth and Women Leaders chaired by the DC today at his office, we agreed to aggressively mobilize for the event. And from the look of things, Kamukunji might be the biggest ever event in this series.

On behalf of The Clean Kenya Campaign, may I take this opportunity to thank all our Partners- Friends and Groups that have stepped in to make The Human Peace Caravans a success. We want to sincerely thank the Provincial Administration in Nairobi and Kisumu, and the IEBC Teams for their partnership. We also want to thank the KICC Management for allowing us the use of The Court Yard on the 3rd March 2013 at great discounts as part of their contribution to the Campaign.

We have faith more partners will come on board. And let us not campaign as if we are preparing for war. It is only an election and Kenya and Kenyans will remain Friends after 4th March 2013- quoting Mr. George Natembeya- DC Kamukunji.

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.

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Kenya: The Inter-clan clashes in Kuria is all about politics and not because of cattle rustling as claimed in certain quarters

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Migori Town.

He latest flare up between the two rival sub-clans in Kuria district within Migori County in which thee people have lost their precious lives and close to 70 houses torched leaving more than 570 people displaced did not come about as the result of the traditional cattle rustling, but has some political connotation which need to be investigated thoroughly by the government.

There is something in the skirmishes more than meet the eye. The Kurias are protesting against a political party which is trying to impose an unpopular candidate, who has also long been suspected to be foreign, to represent them in the Senate.

The former Kuria |MP Dr Wilfred Machage is the official ODM candidate for Migori County Senate seat. The latte,r who is also an Assistant Minister for Public Works, has represented the community ever since 2002. He has served as an MP leaning on the PNU side of the ruling grand coalition and was also the deputy PNU party leader.

However, early this year Dr. Machage successfully persuaded the ODM leader Raila Amolo Odinga to accept him with a promise that this new arrangement would give “Agwambo” political mileage over his rivals by harvesting 100 per cent of all the votes within the two Kuria districts of Kuria East and Kuria West.

The Kuria constituency which was created in 1962 has since been splinted into Kuria East and Kuria West. Dr Machage had demanded that he be given a direct nomination as his prerequisite and conditions of rejoining the ODM.

Raila Odinga following intensive persuasion by his front man in Migori County, who is Dalmas Otieno, the Minister for Public Service hastily and readily accepted Dr. Machage’s plan as viable.

Dalmas Oteno while working in cohorts with some Luo MPs from the Migori County who included Edick Omondi Anyanga {Nyatike}, Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo {Uriri]. John Pesa {Migori} followed the arrangement with a series of night meetings held behind the closed door of the various posh Nairobi hotels.The group later tried in vain to sell the idea to the electorate, but they prove to be so adamant, forcing Raila Odinga himself to make a series of unscheduled visits to Migori in order to bulldoze and coerce the voters to accept that the Kuria community is one of the marginalized minority communities in Kenya and as such need pr0tection by way of reserving certain elective seats with the Migori County governance exclusively for the Kurias.

At the same time, Raila had assured the voters that nobody would be given direct nomination by the ODM and that all the interested aspirants would have to compete in the open for votes.

However, what might have been known to Raila is that Dr.Machage is not a popular leader of all the Kuria people. The former Kuria MP is not a member of any of the four major Kuria sub-clans livng in Kenya. He is a member of Abakenye, a small Kuria sub-clan living in the North Mara in Tanzania and neighboring Jo-Sakwa Kowak and Rieny Kowuoyo.

The major Kuria sub-clans living in Kenya comprises of Abanyabansi, Abairege, Bugumbe and Abakiria. Dr Machage is not a member of any of the four sub-clans and as such he is being treated by the Kuria people as a immigrant and a foreigner and specifically a Tanzanian.living among them.

Another Tanzanian Kuria who in the past has succeeded in sitting inside Kenyan parliament for two parliamentary terms of five years is Eng Shadrack Mangawho was elected an MP between 1992 and 1997 and has served in the defunct MOi KANU government as an Assistant Minister.

Manga is a member of another smaller Kuria sub-clan living across the common Kenya-Tanzania borders which is known as Ntimbaru. After his election, some Kuria intellectuals and politicians made a concerted efforts and even moved to court to have him {Manga} out of Kenyan parliament on claims that he was a Tanzanian and therefore a foreign an ineligible to sit in Kenya in vain. The case was thrown out by the court.

Kuria parliament seat was created in 1962 by the British appointed Boundaries omission, which was led by Prof. Mackenzie in 1962.Its first MP was Benjamin Maisori -Itumbo who was appointed to the post-independence cabinet as an Assistant Minister for Social Services. He had also served as a member of the defunct colonial Legislative Coucil in which he was nominated by the governor Sir.Patrick Renson in 1961.

Maisori-tumbo hails from Bugumbe sub-clan and had dominated Kuria politics for close to three decades. He was later replaced by Samson Marwa Mwita, and later by Walter Mwita.Al the three past MPs were the indignant Kenyan Kuria people.

By the time the ODM made the disastrous decision to have the the Migori County Senate seat reserved for the Kuria, several political – personalities had already hit the peak with their campaign for the same seat. Tey included John Magaiywa , the ODM MIGORI County branch chairman,

The result of the ODM nomination was most disappointing. Raila’s preferred candidate Dr Machage garnered paltry 51,000 votes against Magaiywa’s 72,000 votes. Strangely enough the ODM headquarters issued Dr.Machage with nomination certificate and denied Magaiywa his hard won election victory.

Those privy to information about Kuria politics have confided to us that the latest inter-clans clashes had just come about as the protest by the voters against the ODM decision of supporting the nomination loser while leaving out the winner. He skirmishes cannot be dismissed as caused by cattle rustling, but as the result of bad politics.

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KENYA: WHY KIBAKI IS HESITANT TO GAZETTE THE NAMES OF LAND COMMISSIONERS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013

President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya is currently under fire for refusing to obey a court order that gave directives on the appointments of the land commissioners. A court order was issued on February 4th, 2013 and expired on February 11th, 2013, yet Kibaki has totally refused to Gazette the names of the commissioners.

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga nominated members to the National Land Commission (NLC) to manage public land on behalf of the national and county governments.

The President and PM nominated Muhammad Swazuri, a former commissioner of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, as chairperson of the NLC. Other nominees are Dr Tomiik Konyimbih, Silas Muriithi, Dr Rose Musyoka, Dr Samuel Torerei, Abigael Mbagaya, Emma Njogu, Clement Lenachuru and Abdulkadir Khalif.

Kenya National Land Commission will also investigate present or historical land injustices and recommend redress, encourage the application of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms in land conflicts, assess tax on land and premiums on immovable property and have over-sight over land use.

Section 67 of the new constitution states that: (1) There is established the National Land Commission. (2) The functions of the National Land Commission are—(a) to manage public land on behalf of the national and county governments; (b) to recommend a national land policy to the national government;

(c) to advise the national government on a comprehensive programme for the registration of title in land throughout Kenya; (d) to conduct research related to land and the use of natural resources, and make recommendations to appropriate authorities; (e) to initiate investigations, on its own initiative or on a complaint, into present or historical land injustices, and recommend appropriate redress;

(f) to encourage the application of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms in land conflicts; (g) to assess tax on land and premiums on immovable property in any area designated by law; and (h) to monitor and have oversight responsibilities over land
use planning throughout the country. (3) The National Land Commission may perform any other functions prescribed by national legislation.

Civil society groups staged a street protest outside Kibaki’s office in Nairobi calling on him to respect the February 5 High Court order that asked him to immediately gazette the officials of the crucial body.

According to reported facts on Kibaki’s wealth posted by Tiskie on Mar 7, 2010, 6:25pm, Kibaki’s family owns 30,000 acres plus. This could explain one of the reasons why Kibaki is hesitant to Gazette the names of commissioners. Click here to read Tiskie’s report- REPORTED FACTS ON KIBAKI’S WEALTH? SHOCKING!!

The Kibaki, kenyatta and Moi families also own large tracts, most held in the names of sons and daughters and other close family members, all concentrated within the 17.2 percent of Kenya that is arable or valued. Remember that 80 per cent of all land in Kenya is mostly arid and semi arid land.

According to the Kenya Land Alliance, more than a 65 percent of all arable land in Kenya is in the hands of only 20 per cent of the 35 million Kenyans. That has left millions absolutely landless while another 67 per cent on average own less than an acre per person.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s family alone owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices.

According to estimates done by the independent surveyors and Ministry of Lands, Kenyatta’s land may be little or more than 500,000 acres.The parcel of lands include;

10, 000 acre Gichea Farm in Gatundu.

5, 000 acres in Thika.

9,000 acres in Kasarani Mwiki

5, 000-acre Muthaita Farm.

24, 000 acres in Taveta

50, 000 acres in Taita,

29, 000 acres in Kahawa Sukari along the Nairobi—Thika highway stretching all the way to Kilimambogo Hills in Ukambani.

Others include:

10, 000-acre ranch in Naivasha.,

52,000-acre farm in Nakuru

20,000-acre one, also known as Gichea Farm,

10, 000 acres in Rumuruti,

40,000 acres in Endebes in the Rift Valley Province

Others are:

Brookside Farm, Green Lee Estate,Njagu Farm in Juja, a quarry in Dandora in Nairobi.

Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Magana Kenyatta, Uhuru Kenyatta, Christine Wambui, Anna Nyokabi and Muhoho Kenyatta are among the beneficiaries of the late mzee fortunes.

According to Safina Presidential candidate Paul Muite the issue of land should be fully addressed and those who grabbed public land should hand it over to the government, noting that land was a sensitive issue mainly in Central, Rift Valley and Coast region with the poor been the most affected.

“The issue of land should be addressed from 1963 and if anyone grabbed public land then the government should repossess it,” he said recently when he was addressing tens of IDPs in Mai Mahiu Naivasha where he expressed his concern over their failed resettlement and their living conditions.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Kenya Television Network Prime News: Miguna Vs Househelp

From: Gordon Teti

The controversial writer and political activist Miguna Miguna is back in the news once again. Miguna has been questioned by the police in the city for allegedly assaulting his house help. Miguna’s house help told the police she was assaulted and later chased away from the controversial former civil servants Runda residence. Miguna on his part claims the house help was not a victim of assault but an agent of powerful forces out to have him killed. Miguna, who is a former aide to prime minister Raila Odinga told journalists in his compound he had learnt the woman had been paid one million shillings by two bodyguards of two ministers to poison him. Police have since visited Miguna’s residence and have promised to investigate the matter.

Happened today. WATCH: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktn/video/watch/2000063840/-miguna-vs-househelp

Kenya: Raila’s convoy almost ran into tear gas as the police battle with rowdy youths in Ahero Town

By Leo Odera Omolo in Kisumu City

POLICE in Ahero town, Nyando district within the Kisumu County were at the weekend forced to lob tear gas canister against a section of unruly crowd that turned up to welcome the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his entourage.

Two former MPs for Nyando and Muhoroni constituencies were the new targets for booing and heckling. These were the Muhoroni MP Prof.Patrick Ayiecho Olueny, who is also an assistant Minister for education and Fred Outa the former Nyando MP.

Raila travelling with a team of cabinet Ministers and MPs were on their way to Kisumu after addressing a series of campaign rallies in Kipkellion and Nandi Hills which the incident occurred. During his brief stop at the Chemelil roundabout, the residents booed and heckled Prof.

Accompanying the Prime Minister were the Lands Minister James Orengo, Local Government Minister Fred Gumo, Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey, Health Services Minister Prof.Anyang’ Nyong’o, Energy Assistat Minister Magarer Lang’at Prof.

The crowd became highly agitated after the Prime Minister tried to introduced the two local MP and told the audience that they should vote on six piece voting pattern, saying that he needed to win the presidency with a strong and experienced team.

The situation remained the same at Awasi, but it developed into very noisy when the group reached Ahero town.The crowd disapproved the candidature of both Ayiecho Oluenya {Muhoroni}, and Fred Outa {Nyando} arguing loudly that the two did not win the elections during the recently concluded, but much flawed ODM primary nomination.

During the violence confrontation between the police and the crowd which fought the running battles into the nearby villages, Ahero-Oyugis-Kisii and Ahero-Kisumu road was blocked from 5.30 P.M. to 8 P.M. Motorists stopped and parked their vehicles by the roadside. They included Matatus,tracks and buses. their vehicles voluntarily while fearing the worse and having them damaged by flying stones.

It became apparently clear that the six piece voting system would not work inside Luo-Nyanza,though the Prime Minister has been crusading for this system aggressively wherever he goes.

The bone of contention everywhere is that the majority of the aspirants for the various elective positions who were sanction by the ODM and cleared by the IEBC to contest the election were not adequately elected by the popular votes, and therefore lacked the blessing of the electorate. The electorate as result are insisting that they should be allowed to cast votes on individual personality cult and not on party line due to the flopped ODM nominations.

Prof Ayiecho Olueny is facing the populist Nairobi businessman James Onyango K’Oyoo who had won the rim\ry in Muhoroni with landslide, but who the ODM party big-wigs had rigged and denied victory, which was corruptively handed over to Prof. Olueny.

In Nyando J.Okello a youthful aspirant had trounced Fred Outa, but the ODM headquarters issued Outa with the nomination certificate to the chagrins of the voters.

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Kenya: Prof Nyong’o is to face the stiffest opposition for his Senatorial bid in Kisumu County

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The Minister for Medical Services Prof.Peter Anyang Nyong’o who is the ODM’s Secretary General and who had sailed through the last month’s flawed nomination may not find it that much easier to take his seat in the Senate without a fight.

The man who he defeated in the contest for Kisumu Rural constituency contest two decades ago is upon his feet and ready for another bruising election battle with the Minister.

The aspirant is Winston Ochoro Ayoki who represented Kisumu Rural constituency between 1992 and 2002 has declared that he would challenge Prof.Nyong’o in his bid to become the first Senator for Kisumu County.

An American trained graduate, Ayoki has served the government in the Ministry of Education at first as an Education Officer for the then Migori sub-district before he was promoted and made the Principal the Ramogi Institute of Advanced Science and technology.

Ayoki retired from the civil service and contested the Kisumu Rural parliamentary seat during the first multi-party elections of 1992 and won the election on Ford-Kenya ticket. He was sent packing by Nyong’o in 1997 and there after engage himself in business and farming.

At one time Ochoro-Ayoki was the regional manager for the American-Peace Corps in Kenya. He is also the younger brother of the late Wycliffe Onyango Ayoki who was the Managing Commission of the Kenya Meat Commission in the late 1960s.

Onyango-Ayoki had also served as the KANU MP for Kisumu Rural constituency in the late 1970s.This constituency has since been realigned and separated from the parts of Kisumu with the new constituency which s known as Seme.

Ayoki told this writer that his had an eight point vision for the Kisumu County.If elected he would thrive to promote health care program, promote the delivery of clean water for heath to the rural population, launch very aggressive food production program to make the area self-sufficiency in food and work for food security.

He said he would improve the environment of the area as well of conservations, further improve educational facilities and technology and build good infrastructure such as feeder and access roads to facilitate easy communications between the farming rural folks and market places.

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KENYA: WHY UHURU MAY NOT IMPLEMENT CONSTITUTION

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013

Given that Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta will be voted as the fourth president of Kenya by some sections of Kenyans only, that is Gema and Kalenjins, the communities that have the highest registered voters it will be difficult for him to implement the new constitution.

Kenyans will not stand steadfast in their demand for the truth based on a new constitution because they will have the president who will serve the interest of the communities that voted him.

In this way the constitution will not be people driven because it will not be at the center of people themselves but the parliament or politicians. This will kill the constitution preamble,” We Kenyans”.

Parliament will be forced to amend the constitution that gives much power to those in authority. As such they will use it to intimidate and dictate to people whatever they feel it is on their favor. They will use it to intimidate and dictate because it would have no objectives and visions.

It will not talk about democratic principles that Kenyans should be committed to. It will give the president all the powers to use it in any way he likes. As such it will fail to define the duties of the head of the state and those of head of Government. It will place the president above the law. It will give him power to appoint ministers, public and constitutional officials of his own and taste.

Since the amendment will make president to be above the law, he can dissolve the parliament any time he feels like. He will also not be impeached. With its weakness and indecency, the amended constitution will not protect violation of human rights, guarantee free and fair elections, or directive principles on the management and use of natural resources such as public land, forest, water, wild life, etc.

It will mean that Kenya will be taken back when the police wantonly broken-up peaceful meetings of lobby groups and political parties, even clobbering harmless journalists covering such stories.

It will take us back where many opposition supporters have been inhumanly beaten, injured, and even died. This will give birth to the informal groupings as chinkororos, Jeshi la Mzee and Bagdad boys. In such well planned violence no arrests will be made.

It will also mean that Kenyan people will not unite actively together to re-build Kenya. As such it will deter a clear reflection of the past, a critical look at the present and a focused charting out of the way forward in resuscitating our country and giving it a new lease of life, in the firm belief that we can and are able to reshape our nation’s destiny.

Even churches will have no voice to call to an end the restoration of the separation of powers between Executive, the Legislative, and the Judiciary, the restoration of the security of tenure of office, the judges, attorney general and the controller and auditor general.

It will take us back when President Jomo Kenyatta’s had little change in cabinet after the General Election of October 1974. He kept Moi, Mbiyu Koinange, Julius Kiano, Mwai Kibaki, Jeremiah Nyagah, James Gichuru, Jackson Angaine, Isaac Omolo-Okero and Charles Njonjo in their jobs, the most stable ministerial team Kenya has ever seen. It will mean appointing only few new ministers.

For his government to be protected Jomo Kenyatta had to bring in Munyua Waiyaki, who had resigned in 1966 in sympathy with former Vice-President Oginga Odinga, not only to replace Njoroge Mungai as foreign minister but also brought in Daniel Mutinda to replace Eliud Mwendwa as the minister for Ukambani among others.

Against the background that amongst Kenyatta’s 12 nominations to Parliament were two representatives of Kenya’s increasingly influential ethnic or tribal unions: Njenga Karume, chairman of Gema, and Mulu Mutisya, leader of the New Akamba Union (NAU).

In this way Kanu was used by Jomo Kenyatta to discriminate the minority ethnic groups such as Kalenjin, miji kenda, Maasai, Luhya, among others. Kanu was predominantly Luo and Kikuyu party.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Kenya & EU: The NCIC is sleeping on the jobs while Minister Ongeribri’s reaction to EU and US statements was a big diplomatic goof.

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The casual way and manner with which the Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Ongeri had handled the sensitive diplomatic exchanges between Kenyan leaders and the EU countries ambassadors to Kenya on the need to have fair and free elections was a big diplomatic goof.

And the said could be said of the recent brotherly caution and advice by the US President Barrack Obama was a big diplomatic blunder if not an act of miscalculation and underestimation of facts.

Ongeri’s reaction had reduced the sensitive diplomatic issue to be of a simple and petty local political party affair between the competing Jubilee and Cord alliances.

The Minister’s utterances did not measure up to the international diplomatic standards. He down played the important role the EU envoys are playing to Kenya and the important part their countries contributions to or national budgetary system and development activities.

The Minister further displayed his total ignorance about the pivotal role the EU member states are playing as key development and economic partners of Kenya. He ought to have been well briefed and knew that the EU states are state parties to the Rome Statue and are its members bound by its legal obligation as much as is Kenya.

In the same context I am tempted to ask a question about the cardinal role played by the NCIC, which appeared to be ineffective and looked like a simple talking shop. The NCIC is like a toothless bull-dog, therefore its members and the executive director Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja were simply milking the public coffers. The commission should be dissolved with immediate effect, because it has failed to live to the expectation of the peace –loving Kenyans.

Kenyans from all walks of life are increasingly getting worried about the casual manner with which, the politicians, particularly those vying for the presidency have defiantly ignored NCIC repeated warning about the hate speeches.

In this context, I have in mind the speeches made by the Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and his running –mate William Samoei Ruto during the letters recent tour of the Nandi County.

Many people were shocked and taken aback when the two made reckless statements at their campaign rally in Nandi County. Without any provocation fro any quarters the two principals leaders of the Jubilee Alliance, made unfounded allegations attacking the EU countries and the United States of America saying the two institutions were issuing threats and intimidation to scare their Kenyan supporters.

‘These nations must stop playing about issues they should come out openly and tell Kenyans that they are supporting the Prime Minister Raila Odinga.”We will not have a problem with that,” said Ruto.What an unfortunate statement?

Ruto was further quoted by all the dailies as saying that a number of Western nations including the US and Great Britain have already warned Kenyans of the consequences should they the elect the two ICC suspect

Ruto further alleged that what America and the UK had done was tantamount to violence tom intimidate KENYA VOTERS. Perhaps Kenyatta an Ruto were playing local politic s of provoking tribal emotions

Ruto’s frequent mentioning of Raila Odinga’s name in a derogatory manner and negatively whenever he opens up his public addresses, an action that carries risk wiping out the emotions of Raila supporters.

What were the NCIC agents doing. Did such remarks not amounting to hate speeches? Or the NCIC would like to wait until the supporters of the two camps get embroiled into physical confrontation.

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KENYA: KARACHUONYO CONSTITUENCY MIGHT NOT BE THE FERTILE GROUND FOR NON-ODM ASPIRANT TO WIN THE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT DESPITE THE INTRODUCTION OF CLANS POLITICS

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kendu-Bay Town.

REPORTS emerging from Rachuonyo South district within Homa-By County say clans politics is raising its ugly head ahead of the March 4, 2013 general election.

However, sources in this most populous and expansive rural farming constituency have confided to us that it would be an uphill task for an aspirant contesting the election on another party ticket outside the ODM to clinch the east.

The residents have vowed to follow the six piece voting pattern in the area to the latter despite of the concerted effort by one of the parliamentary aspirant to introduce the inter clans rivalry kind of politics which is pitting the east and the west side of the expansive constituency.

According to impeccable sources, the architect of the inter-clans rivalry politic in
Karachuonyo is Adipo Okuome, a perennial parliamentary election loser in the area ever since the late1980s. This time around, he was beaten hands down by the immediate former MP for the area Eng. James K Rege.

Disgruntled after losing in the ODM primary nomination, Adipo Okuome it is being alleged had mobilized drunken and heavily intoxicated youths who staged violence protest by way of blocking he main Kendu-Bay-Homa-Bay with logs and burning tires.

The youths stoned motorists, while singing derogatory songs against the ODM leader Raila Odinga shouting ‘no Adipo Okuome no Raila Odinga. They tore up and burnt Raila Odinga‘s election posters. The gangs of hired political goons had earlier attacked the motorcade of Eng. Rege when he toured Nyakongo area in Central Karchuonyo where the former MPs made a narrow escaped amid hails of stones.

Adipo Okuome had since ditched the ODM and took the ticket of the Wiper party and he is still in the race. Another ODM primary nomination loser David Ngala joined the UDF on whose ticket; he is still in the race for the election proper, which is slated for March 4, 2013.

Following the ODM nomination fiasco, the inter-clans politics has raised its ugly head with unconfirmed allegation claims that the Wiper candidate has been preaching for the partition of Karachuonyo constituency into to the east-West confrontation.

In Karachuonyo, the family tree is evenly distributed into sub-clans based on the clans named after the five wives of the community’s great grand father, Rachuonyo son of Jok. The descendants of the polygamous grand father are named after their grand-mothers, namely, Joka-Achieng’. Jo-Kanyipir, Jo-Kauma, Joka-Nyaluo and Joka-Adwet.

Rachuonyo’s wives were Achieng’, Nyipir, Nyaluo, Auma and Adwet.

The Kadwet group, which is the most populous sub-clan occupied the central and the eastern parts of the constituency including the Kendu-Bay town which is the nerves center of the region .politics.

The intriguing history of Karachuonyo politics rotates around the two major clans which live in the East and West. The east had the advantage accessing modern education owing to the fact that it was the homes of colonial chieftains, who dominated the area administration from 1906 to the time when Kenya attained its political independence in 1963. The old colonial chiefs who were from one sub-clan, joka-Adwet might have committed some act of injustices against members of other sub-clans, which were considered to be inferior due to lack of exposure to modern education and civilization, and from the look of things, it appears as if these sub-clans which were previously marginalized and suppressed by the colonial chiefs have yet to forgiven the Joka-Adwet sub-clan.

Despite of its population numeracy, the Joka-Adwet has yet to produce an MP ever since the inception of Karachuonyo constituency in 1962.

The first MP for Karachuonyo was the lat Elijah Omolo Agar who win the election as an independent KANU candidate the late Joseph Gogo Ochok who was the KANU official candidate during the 1963 independence general elections.

Omolo Agar met the fatal road accident in 1966 and died before completing his five year terms. At the time of his death he was serving in the post independence cabinet as an Assistant Minister for home-Affairs.

The election contest between the late Omolo Agar and the late Gogo Ochok was full of political intrigues and controversies in that Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who was the then KANU Vice President threw his weight behind the late Gogo Ochok the official KANU candidate while the late Tom Mboya who was then the KANU Secretary-General backed the candidacy of Omolo Agar.

Omolo Agar hails fro the Kanyipir sub-clan in the West .After Agar’s death, the former area member of the defunct Nyanza regional Assembly David Okiki Amayo was voted in to become the second Karachuonyo MP, Okiki Amayo, was to dominate the area politics for the next two decades until the until spoken women leader Mrs Phoebe Muga Asiyo dethroned him in another controversial and bruising election battle.

Asiiyo retired from active politic after representing thezrea for three five years term, ad was replaced by his former chief campaigner Dr. Paul Adhu Awiti.

Awiti lost to Rege in 2007 and has since been engaged by the prime minister Raila Odinga as his political adviser on Luo politic.

What is expected to come out of the election in Karachuonyo is the fact that those aspirants contesting the election in the Luo-Nyanza outside the ODM stand no chance of wining the election after the Luo political kingpin Raila Odinga had toured the area and questioned the voters not to elected “Madodoa” candidates. He warned that electing such a candidates would reduced the party majority in the next parliament.

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Kenya: Westlands on 20th Feb

From: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends,

We hosted a Consultative Meeting this morning with the Waruku 2 Youth Team led by Brian and we reviewed the Walk Path for The Waruku Kangemi Human Peace Caravan which we have rescheduled to the 20th Feb.

Everything else remains the same.

At the same time, there are serious discussions going on about making The Human Peace Caravans even more bigger, and we will give details as soon as the works in progress becomes clearer.

We have been excited by the call from IEBC to all aspirants who placed their posters across Kenya to clear the same 7 days before the elections. This call must be enforced, because, our Towns are painted in many colours which are extremely offending to the eye.

Serious efforts must be put in place to help manage the question of Election Posters.

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.

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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 bahatiridge.co.ke. 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.

Mugo: Poa. Tumesmake. GOOD LUCK PETER KENNETH, GOOD LUCK MARTHA KARUA!!!!!!!!!! AMKENI KENYANS, GOOD LEADERSHIP IS STARING YOU RIGHT IN THE FACE. RISHI

KENYA: POLITICAL WIND IS SWEEPING NYANZA AS VOTERS REJECT IMPOSED ODM CANDIDATES

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

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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