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Kenya: Trouble is brewing inside President Barrack Obama’s Kenyan family over the recent trip to Washington D.C by a self-styled spokesman

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

Trouble is brewing within the Kenyan based family of the US President Barrack Obama following claims that the person who had traveled to Washington D.C early this month to witness the second inauguration and swearing o President Barrack Obama had no mandate of doing so, but was an impostor.

It has emerged that a former Siaya County civic leader Nicholas Rajula had travelled to Washington D.C to attend President Obama second swearing in on behalf of the family while masquerading as the family spokesman.

Rajula’s trip to the US has since elicited a harsh reaction from Malik Abong’o Obama, the elder step-brother of President Obama who disowned Rajula as an impostor and impersonator with no blood relations with the Obama family in Kenya.

Addressing newsmen in Siaya town during the launching of his campaign for the lucrative and powerful elective position of Siaya County governor, Malik distanced the family from the so-called spokesman, adding that he is a self-styled person who had no blood relation with the Obamas, though he hails from the Alego Kogelo sub-clan. He added that he {Malik} was the defacto spokesman of the Obama family in Alego Kogelo .Siaya.

Malik is contesting the position of the Siaya County governor as an independent candidate. Observers and local political pundits, however, were quick in pointing out that he stands very little chance of winning the seat a region where the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM} is the party of choice.

Ex-Councilor Rajula, who is a businessman running chains of hotels included Kogelo Luxury Resort, which is allocated only a few meters from the Obama rural home in Nang’oma Kogelo in Siaya County could not be reached immediately for his comment.

This writer made a frantic effort to reach President Obama’s 90 year-old step grand-mother Mama Sarah Obama for her comment over the ex=Councilor alleged trip to the US on behalf of the family in vain. However, none of the Obama relatives in Kenya had travelled to the US to witness his second swearing in his second term of five years.

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KENYA: AWITI PICKS ORATA RUNNING MATE

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013

ODM nominated Homa Bay County Governor Mr Cyprian Otieno Awiti has picked Mr Hannington Orata as his running mate. According to information he has just posted on his Facebook wall, Awiti has picked Orata following his promise during campaigns.

Awiti promised the people of homa Bay County that he would pick his running mate from Ndhiwa Constituency for the sake of balancing. “ I have Kept that promise and I am proud to announce that I have picked Mr. Hannington Orata as my running mate” Awiti says on his Facebook wall.

He says Mr. Orata has a rich experience in the management of public affairs having worked as a chief finance officer at the Kenya anti corruption commission and in the same position at the Kenya pipeline Company.

Mr. Orata he says is an accountant by profession and has substantial experience in financial management gained during his stint in the banking industry for over ten years. Join me in welcoming Mr.Orata to the Team.

Mr Orata hails from Kanyikela and was one of the aspirants for Ndhiwa MP By-election. He lost to Augustino Neto.

Although speculations went rounding suggesting that Awiti could pickTom Obondo who also lost ODM nomination for Ndhiwa By-election, the fact that he remained the political turncoat who once abandoned the then popular Ford-Kenya to rejoin the then powerful Kanu for his own personal gain could be viewed as an obstacle on his part.

Obondo’s effort to explain to Ndhiwa voters that political circumstances forced his defection to Kanu in 1994 for an effort to bring government-funded development projects to the people of Ndhiwa at the time could not convince voters either.

Ndhiwa constituency is made up of five major clans which include Kanyamwa with around 28,000 registered voters; Kabuoch with 24,000 voters; Kwabwai with 16,000 voters; Kanyidoto with 12,000 voters; and Kanyikela with 5,500 voters.

Although they live together harmoniously and share the same language and culture, the fact that five clans have exhibited fierce rivalry on the political arena since the country’s independence, some clans may not welcome well the appointment of Orata as running mate.

The late Ojodeh, who hailed from the Kwabwai clan with around 16,000 registered voters -was able to survive all those terms because he was a tough political player who somehow always managed to cobble together a winning formula by attracting a good proportion of support from the other four clans.

Among those who eyed the Ndhiwa parliamentary seat and provided stiff opposition to Tom Obondo include Manasseh Kidew, Monica Amolo, Neto Oyugi, Owiti Jera, Oyoo Kanyangi (a former magistrate), J.M. Ojuang’, Mireje Onyando, Hannington Orata, Beatrice Ogola and Dr Martin Owino among others.

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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: Updates for upcoming Njoro farmers day

From: CSR Kenya

Dear Exhibitor and Sponsors.

First we want to thank our exhibitors and sponsors for the support of our farmers Day. We are doing all we can to promote the event through the web, mail, Radio, print and of course the word of mouth. We are pleased by our attendance projections and want to exceed the number and get our Exhibitors a tremendous amount of local exposure.

ABOUT NJORO: Njoro is an agricultural town 18 km west south west of Nakuru, Kenya situated on the western rim of the Rift Valley. The main economic activities are agri-based industries, large-scale wheat and barley farming. Light manufacturing industries such as timber milling and quarrying are also a mainstay of the local economy. That why this place is the ideal place for an event like this

For those of you who are still interested in taking part in this event We are finalizing our program for the event so kindly get back to me promptly with your interest before the 2nd of Feb 2013.

Again we thank you for your support and look forward to a mutually beneficial working relationship. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With Diligent service

For Directions to the farmer’s day site, please click the link below. http://www.csrkenya.org/zerohunger.htm


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KENYA: THREE CHINESE FOREIGN WORKERS WHO WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED WHILE COOKING STEW OF PYTHON SNAKE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

Three Chinese foreign construction workers were last night arrested and placed in police custody pending their appearance in court.

The three Chinese and their Kenyan aide were arrested by scouts and rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Services {KWS}.The incident took place at the Olkaria Geothermal power station project, which is currently under construction about 90 kilometer south west of the capital, Nairobi.

The four were arrested only a few hours after they killing the python. According to the police sources in Naivasha town , the four skinned the snake before cutting it into small pieces to make a stew meat.

The Chinese foreign workers are engaged on the construction site. They are said to have been making big influx into the nearby Hell-Gate National Game Park an area which is poplar with foreign tourists.

The local Maasai pastoralist’s herdsmen had tipped the KWS rangers deployed by the KWS to guard the game park and protect tourist sceneries within the area.

Naivasha Police Chief Paul Korir confirmed the arrest of the three foreign workers and their Kenyan accomplices, adding that they have been released on police bail and would be taken to court within two or three days to answer the charges of being in illegal possession of game trophy, namely python skin and meat.

The Kenya Wildlife Services officers acting on a tip-off visited the camp site where they Chinese were being housed and found them cooking a snake meat. A large number of Chinese foreign workers later flocked the local police station to inquire about the fate of the colleagues.

Koriri said it was against Kenyan laws for any unauthorized person to kill mammals and wildlife that is “why we have arrested them”

There has been hue and cry ever since the great influx of Chinese foreign workers and businessmen into Kenya. Moist of these Chinese are engaged in construction of roads and other projects previous undertaken by international construction firms from the European Union and other Western countries.

The arrival of thousands of Chinese in Kenya is also said to be related to the increases and alarming cases of poachers who have been killing elephants at large to the near extinction of the Jumbos.

A lot of consignments of illegal export of elephant tusks have been discovered while on transit in far places like Hong Kong, Bankok in Thailand, and other foreign capitals. The tusks are believed to have been originating in Kenya, though the country has placed a total ban on elephant tusks trade.

Elephant and both white and black rhinos are classified in Kenya as endangered animals species and are under twenty four hour protection by the government through the KWS. But the poachers armed with deadly and sophisticated weapons are said to be coming from the ungovernable Somalia neighbor, and the Chinese merchants are believed to be working in cohort with the poachers from Somalia.

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Kenya: The Peoples Reform Change Movement want a Legally Legitimate Electioneering of Integrity

From: Judy Miriga

To: Chief Justice Willy Mutunga
Head of IEBC Commission
Head of CIC
The Law Society of Kenya
United Nation Chief Ban-Ki-moon
US Secretary of United Nations Susan Rice
African Union Secretary Ms. Zuma
UK Head of Mission to Kenya
US Head of Mission to Kenya
US Head of Mission Johnny Carson
ICC Hague
His Excellency US President Barack Obama
His Excellency UK President Cameroon

My Honorable good people,

I submit this Rights appeal before your good offices so to be given extreme urgency of attention. I believe the Election will not be legitimate if the Diaspora remains locked out from participating fully in the electioneering. It is illegal and unconstitutional. I feel that to avoid inclusion of Diaspora is another way of rigging Reform Change to favor Special Interest corruption as usual and therefore Reform Change will not have been attained.

As a “Voice of Reason”, a “Voice of the Voiceless”, “a victim of circumstances”, A Self-proclaimed Change Agent Advocate of the intimidated, the oppressed and marginalized and Civil Rights Diaspora Spokesperson, I have the following Statement of facts concerning land grabbers commission report, Claims and Appeals to be heard urgently in order to save a grave situation case-scenario of Crimes, Violation and Abuse of Human Rights going on in Kenya and so election of March 2013 can be legitimate. In which case, if Diaspora are not engaged in this electioneering, the rights will have been violated and the election will not be legitimate.

Statement of Facts:

Sometimes on 28th of December 2007 when civil war got out of hand and innocent people were carelessly being slaughtered mercilessly in their houses with pain and sufferings everywhere, I called on Diaspora people from Kenyan everywhere in the world with friends and sympathizers of Kenyan people on the net to assemble for Demonstration to Kenya’s Embassy wherever they were so the careless extra-judicial killings could be stopped immediately and Law and order should be followed with firm negotiations for Reform Accord for way forward. On the 2nd of January 2008 in the USA, we did our part where I organized and led the Demonstration and ended it at the White House where former President Bush was kind enough to hear our cry and send The US Secretary Condoleezza Rice urgently to Kenya to negotiate for peace. We believe that those suspects of serious political responsibilities who engaged in Land Grabbing, corrupt practices with other terrorism acts unfavorable to Reform change should be disqualified from contesting in the Reform electioneering in Kenya.

From here we begun a journey of Reform we believe in and are committed that democracy should work in a balance, in an equally shared favorable conducive environment of fair play where all must play by the same set of rules without putting any burden, obstacles or barriers on the disadvantaged poor; that Democracy must be established with the Legislative Constitutional Agreement to guide, protect and preserve Public Mandate demands and needs independently from adverse conflict of interest from Politically Correct Special Business Interest which was the reason for the Civil War with careless extra-judicial killings of the innocent in order to drive people away from their land; and for which the Political Responsibility was to heed and comply in an Agreement and take Oath of Public Office to uphold.

In order that we reach our destination in the journey we took on January 2nd 2008, Kenya Diaspora participation in Kenyas Democratization was Constitutionalized. Kenyans in Diaspora have a right to participate in the Democracy and Constitution making of Kenya. This includes participating in the 1st election for Reform Change because it is our right. It is equally so that, in the democracy train, our destination is to see things change for better and peace, unity and love should be the underlining factor to our progressive development agenda where we intend to improve our destiny with reliable sustained fixtures.

The Constitution is a supreme authority that created the Institution of Parliament, the Executive, the IEBC which oversees electioneering, the CIC that ascertain Reform Constitutionality is in compliance according public mandate and the Judiciary which is the independent Jurisdiction Court of Law.

It is illegal for any person within the framework of the Constitutional institution to work against the Constitutional Policy for self political gains away from public mandate which one committed oath of office and swears to uphold. It is a known fact that Conflict of Interest contrasts, and constrains Public Mandate service delivery, thereby shortchanging security, reliability and effectiveness of good Governance with just rule of law function-ability to deliver the constitutional mandated public service. This could mean a demand for an automatic disqualification over non-compliance.

As Diaspora Spokesperson, a Change Agent Advocate, a voice of the voiceless and a voice of reason, I am not going to let this glitter of Reform Hope fade away from the faces of the poor, the hungry, the marginalized, the under-privileged and the oppressed or those faced with situation of innocent killings, insecurity, homelessness, draught, joblessness, environmental pollution and politically engineered ethnic conflicts or of drug influences with adolescent prostitution cases in the rise. As we persistently are on the look-out pushing for the Reform Change for the New Kenya, we noticed that the corrupt political class ganged in the coalition government and engaged in sneaking dangerous clauses unfavorable to Public Mandate and interest, (this is political responsibility that must not go unchecked in the Transparency and Accountability for Integrity) We noticed that the New Constitution specifically on Devolution of Counties, the Land and the Finance Bill was hijacked to serve the Politically Correct in the International Corporate Special Interest cartel network against public mandate and interest. This turn of events are against the National Reform Accord Agenda Signed Agreement by the two Principals Kibaki and Raila. PM Raila remained aloof with cases of such “Youth Fund for Job Creation” at Prime Minister’s Office going under unreported, and totally irresponsible in his service delivery to public.

The Political game at play are tactics with intent to bring back to public office the Politically correct special business interest, people with Serious Political Responsibilities who time and again have engaged in defrauding and frustrating Reform Agenda. Such extension if proved in the Court of Law through Responsibilities and Accountability, may have consequences relative to failed integrity that do not allow such characters to hold public office. So, without it, there should be no election.

The Constitution also demands that Kenya’s elections take place after every five years. Political Parties are also required to be within the Constitutional Policy framework and guidelines. The present scramble for Status Quo leadership engages failed technique of the Old corrupt Rule which failed us 50 years ago down the line. We highly suspect these are the same conspiracies at play meant to evade Reform Accord policy for a New Reform Government we want which is free from the political responsibilities of the past corrupt which has killed and caused pain and sufferings with fall out of meaningful livelihood and survival. Life must be of meaning again and we must fight harder to gain a life of meaning to all if we shall stick with the Legal framework of the Reform Change put in place.

Claims for Appeal from Observation:

1) The Kenya Diaspora have been locked out from election of March 2013 and this is against Rights and equally is against the law

2) There has not been any training to prepare people for electioneering so people would vote on informed choices and likewise, those candidates aspiring for leadership, more specifically the Presidential Candidates have not demonstrated or offered Reform Development packages how they wish to Govern if given another chance. They have not demonstrated passion to accommodate the Reform nor do they have the will to change or Reform to better policies that can bring Reform Development Agenda.

3) Security and political trust in Kenya is still dangerous and worrisome and the test has been proved in the recent Party nominations that just ended where the will of people was not respected or honored and those rejected by the people were rigged back in Party leadership to continue corruption in their unfinished business

4) Land Grabbers, those that have caused the failure and are the reasons for political fall-out are the campaign financiers and sponsors of the top current runners-up of those who are seeking political office. This clearly shows that we are adding fuel on fire for more extra-judicial killings in the political correctness Responsibilities and this is not going to help us in the Reform Change we all want………Please see Attachment of Land Grabbers Commission Report…….

5) Finance Bill was one of the first proposals put on the table, presently, it is incomplete. It seemed like the politicians kept suspending it for special business interest reason, why Oburu Odinga because of special interest with Uhuru in the Finance has been rigged back. This is why we believe the Coalition Government avoided engaging on Finance Bill because of serious controversial scandals surrounding utilization of public funds and expenditure of the same that need to be investigated and be brought to court. Without Finance Bill, there is no way to ascertain allocation of funds to the Counties for Government set-up or management and how will the election help if there is no proper establishment of Governorship structure done. This is why Oburu is rushing for Governorship to continue with corruption they had at Finance Ministry. This would critically fail core value of constitutional legislation for Reform. It is why we want accountability of what they did and where the money is as at now before they can be trusted with another public responsibilities.

6) Since the Reform Change Agreement is being scuttled, (failing Responsibility with Integrity from Transparency and Accountability) it will not be in compliance as per the agreement. There shall be room to corrupt for conflict interest where those with the highest Judicial case to answer and have serious political responsibilities in land clashes, terrorism and killings of 2007/8 are on top of the game trying to manipulate our Reform we struggled so hard and for this reason, we might not achieve the Reform we want if this election must go as planned in March 2013; signs of times are that, they have used big money to rig their own people back in the fray. Land problems have not been resolved and lands in Kenya have been irregularly and stealthily been sold……which is that, Kenya has been sold…………and this must be corrected before election is done. It is because we do not want Land Grabbers as participants controlling electioneering of March 2013

7) Faced with the general falling situation including socio-economic challenges created by the politically correct holding serious questionable political responsibilities requiring threshold for integrity clearance and investigations; matter of present Political situation is not legally safe nor is it conducive for Reform Change we struggle for. Social and economic vulnerability is highly challenging and Kenya livelihood and survival is in serious risk of extinction if Judicial determination of the Reform Accord compliance shall not take precedence to fill the void and conclusively curb the eminent fall-out and collapse by providing way forward through forming an Interim Transitional Committee that will make sure that Training the public before election to vote informed choices is done safely as needed, integrity for responsibility test is performed as required, Governor institutions have been established, Security ensured, Land Grabbing cases formalized and the Will of the People is guaranteed.

8) We need all partners with all good people all over the world on board to join in this struggle (against the corrupt) with us so we can achieve this “Kenya Mpya People’s Movement” that has the packages of Reform Change we all want. We must defeat and burry the corrupt who have painfully terrorized and made our lives miserable failing in abject poverty in the past 50 years. It can be done if we follow the Reform Change Law and Order. There is no another time. We can skip March and have our elections in August when everything is done the way it should with those suspects holding highest political responsibilities disqualified.

9) concerns raised
They say IEBC has been helping in defilement of the Constitution by failing to stamp their authority and bring sanity in the electoral process
Led by lawyer Harun Ndubi (right), they said commisssion has continued to disregard parametres and principles set out in the Constitution
They have also ignored several reports regarding the conduct of some political aspirants

We demand that Uhuru, Ruto and Raila must be disqualified from contesting as they all have serious political Responsibilities and economical challenges with social illegitimate issues emanating before and after 2007/8 election gone bad so that ICC Hague should go on smoothly undeterred and Kenyans begin to engage in Development agenda at peace with each other. Let the truth be told and more specifically, if ICC Hague case must produce the Justice we all want, we must give it substances with which to operate and work sufficiently effectively without discrimination or favors. (Hawa watu wamekula pamajoa wanajuana kwa vilemba) These people plan and ate together, they are fooling us and they want us to pay their price for them…….it cannot happen, we must choose righteousness and stick with it…….. Let the law prevail.

Land Grabbing and politically correct killings from organized thugs and terrorism going ons cannot be corrected when Uhuru, Ruto and Raila are shareholders of the same and Kenyans must correct the land problems as Kenyans from Tana River, Lamu, Kwale, Mombasa, Isiolo, Turkana, Marakwet, Garsen, Malindi, Migingo, Yala Swamp, Lake Victoria, Migori, Rongo, Awendo, Ringa, Uriri etc., are still factors of Land the illegal Grabbers.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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IEBC accused of overlooking misconduct
GLANCE FACTS
concerns raised

They say IEBC has been helping in defilement of the Constitution by failing to stamp their authority and bring sanity in the electoral process Led by lawyer Harun Ndubi (right), they said commisssion has continued to disregard parametres and principles set out in the Constitution

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

Updated Monday, January 28 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Rawlings otieno
KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been advised to bar candidates with questionable integrity and character from contesting in the General Election.

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

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

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

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

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

Flawed nominations

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

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

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

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

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

They threatened to use all the means including filing petitions at the High Court to stop such candidates from contesting.

Kajwang, Kimunya, Midiwo cleared by IEBC
By EMMANUEL TOILI etoili@ke.nationmedia.com ( email the author)

Posted Monday, January 28 2013 at 17:36

Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang, Transport Minister Amos Kimunya, Jakoyo Midiwo and Shakir Shabil were among candidates cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute team to vie for their respective seats.

During party primaries, dispute arose in Homa Bay County when Mr Kajwang, a senate hopeful, was accused of being behind voting materials marked in his favour and dropped at Rodi Kopany and Kodiera markets in Ndhiwa.

But Mr Kajwang’ distanced himself from the claims, saying his opponents were determined to ensure that the nomination process does not go through.

On the other hand, Mr Midiwo was granted direct nomination by his ODM party, thus, causing the dispute.

However, the IEBC Dispute team ruled that Mr Midiwo was handed the nomination certificate legally.

Mr Kimunya’s rivals Lawyer Samuel Gichigi and former area MP Mwangi Githiomi had appealed to IEBC accusing him of electoral malpractices.

Oburu: Raila advisers forced me out of race
By JUSTUS WANGA jwanga@ke.nationmedia.com ( email the author)
Posted Sunday, January 27 2013 at 00:30

After the ODM nominations characterised by chaos and irregularities, members of the Odinga family who were controversially denied the party’s ticket by the elections board blame forces outside their Nyanza backyard for their political woes

Two members of the Odinga family who were controversially forced to drop their bids for the seat of governor during the party nominations last week have broken their silence on a matter that sensationally put them in the spotlight for days.

Finance assistant minister Oburu Oginga and his sister, Ms Ruth Adhiambo Odinga, who had sought the ODM ticket to vie for the positions of governor in Siaya and Kisumu counties respectively, say they were victimised because of their family name.

The two have also dismissed the perception that the demonstrations held in some parts of Nyanza over the bungled ODM party nominations amounted to a rebellion against the Odinga family.

Dr Oburu blamed his predicament on the Cord alliance presidential advisers who he said believed that his ambition would jeopardise Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s chances of winning the presidential election.

Big issue

“I had to give in to pressure from them. Personally I – and let me say even Raila – did not believe that my ticket would jeopardise his chances of becoming the president. But these people who call themselves advisers or think-tank kept hammering this on him each morning he got to the office. They created a big issue out of it,” said Dr Oburu, who is the PM’s elder brother.

Dr Oburu was denied the ODM certificate by the party’s elections board after his opponent, Mr William Oduol, contested the results announced by the returning officer.

Ruth Odinga, on her part, blames her opponents whom she accused of using the Odinga tag to lock her out of the race.

“They paid some youths to create an impression that residents of Kisumu could not live with the prospects of me becoming their governor. It is sad they succeeded in this mischievous undertaking,” she said.

She further said that because the Odinga family fought and suffered for the country during the clamour for reforms, it is only fair that they also enjoy the liberty of running for elective seats of their choice.

“We should be allowed to run for any seat like other Kenyans because whether we get elected or not is the discretion of the electorate who I’m sure recognise what we have sacrificed for them,” she said.

“I was vying as Ruth Adhiambo and not as sister to Raila and it is also important to note that I trounced my opponents in the race but I had to consider the bigger picture, peace and sanity in Kisumu, that was getting worse due to isolated cases of incitement.”

Dr Oburu feels that he has been victimised for being the brother of a presidential candidate. He dismissed the claims that a rebellion was brewing against their family, especially if he insisted on getting the party’s greenlight to run for governor.

“Rebellion is a very remote idea. Those who were against my ambition to run for governor were not even Siaya people. If anything, my people had nominated me to be their governor by double the number of votes my challenger was able to garner,” he said.

He said the people of Bondo have nothing against the Odingas.

“They supported me when I was their MP for almost two decades. In fact they feel betrayed that I had to drop my bid,” he said.

Critics and some observers say the Odingas may have borne the brunt of those who rightly or wrongly felt that the family was trying to create a kingdom-like structure to occupy as many elective seats in the region as possible and so they had to be stopped.

A debate has now emerged on whether the manner in which the contested victories of Dr Oburu and his sister were handled by the ODM elections board was actually meant to forestall a likely rebellion against the Odinga family in Luo Nyanza.

Prof Egara Kabaji, a lecturer at Masinde Muliro University, argues that the decision not to award Mr Oduol the certificate to run for governor was informed by a conviction that it would have given him a licence to boast that he had beaten the mighty.

“Giving him the ticket would have led to chest-thumping – that ‘see I have removed the jinx of the Odinga factor in our politics’, and so the panel saw an easier way out of the impasse in settling on a neutral candidate,” Prof Kabaji told the Sunday Nation.

He added that removing the names of the Odinga siblings from the ballot was meant to save the face of their family and eventually the Prime Minister from imminent dissent.

“Much as this is their democratic right, something I totally agree with, common sense should have told them that it was going to be ugly,” he said.

Family grip

Mr Oduol, on his part, says it is in the minds of many of his supporters that the fear of the elections board was that had he been issued with the certificate, he would upset the Odinga family grip on Siaya politics.

“That is their opinion but I’m not fighting the Odinga family, in fact Raila remains my presidential candidate of choice,” he said.

There had been rumours that at least six members of the Odinga family were positioning themselves for several elective seats across the country.

At some point, Jaoko Oburu, who is Dr Oburu’s son and one of the founders of the Friends of Raila lobby, was said to have been eyeing the Bondo parliamentary seat that his father left to run for governor. But Dr Oburu later said the rumours were spread by “haters” out to cast the family in bad light.

“Such talks are being peddled for political expediency and should be ignored in totality,” he said, adding that none of his cousins was running for any elective position.

The Prime Minister’s step-brother, Mr Omondi Odinga, is reluctant to call it anti-Odinga rebellion but he says the riots that followed the announcement of Adhiambo and Oburu as ODM candidates for governor were seen as an attempt by the Odinga family to impose candidates on the electorate.

“I think they are just fed up with leaders being forced on them come every election. They have woken up and are ready to shrug off any form of intimidation from these usual suspects,” he said in reference to his family.

He claimed that the outcome of ODM primaries in Luo Nyanza is usually pre-determined long before they are conducted.

“I think they should have the courtesy to inform the innocent contenders that the party has its owners so they do not waste their money, time and energy campaigning for what will not come to pass,” Mr Odinga said.

Prof Peter Simatei, a lecturer at Moi University, says Ms Odinga’s right to vie for political office seems to have been undermined by a flawed nomination process and a perception that the Odingas have an unbridled hold on the local politics.

“Ruth could simply have been a victim of a mistaken belief that the Odingas had collectively agreed to sponsor her candidature but, again, who knows, perhaps a transparent, independent, peaceful and well organised nomination process would have seen her clinch the Cord ticket,” he said.

Former joint chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo is the only relative of the Odingas left standing after the bruising January 17 and 18 nominations.

But he has expressed fear that now that their detractors are done with Ms Odinga and her brother, he could be the next target.

“After concerted hate campaigns by forces in the government edged both Ms Odinga and Dr Oginga out of the race, I know they may want to target me for being a cousin of the Odingas. This is despite the fact that I won fair and square,” Mr Midiwo said.

“The motive was to create an impression that Raila is facing resentment in his own backyard, which is not anywhere near the truth. It is an isolationist tactic that will not work.”

On blogs and other social media forums where the Ogingas came under scathing attacks from residents and people who felt they were becoming too possessive of the regional politics, Mr Midiwo alleged the National Security Intelligence Service could have played a part.

“The NSIS had a strong hand in the social media hits,” he said, adding that it was a strategy to check Mr Odinga’s popularity ahead of the election.

But Elisha Odhiambo, who was vying for the ODM ticket to run for the Gem parliamentary seat, has accused Mr Midiwo of instigating the violence that hit the area in the primaries.

“He planned all this chaos and should stop pointing fingers elsewhere,” Mr Odhiambo said. Mr Midiwo has denied the claims.

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Date: Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:12 PM

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Stiff competition is expected among parties supporting similar coalitions in the wake of fallouts over sham nominations.

A countrywide survey shows that the Orange Democratic Movement, Wiper and United Democratic Front recorded the highest defections amid claims of flawed primaries.

This has raised fears that rivalry among parties in the same coalition could cost them seats in battlegrounds, resulting in a president with a minority support in Parliament (as was the case with President Kibaki in 2007) and Senate.

The most affected coalition is Cord, where candidates who were edged out in ODM primaries in Western, Nyanza and Coast provinces defected to Wiper and Ford Kenya.

“If one coalition is split, a weaker rival candidate is likely to win the seat,” Mr Peter Aling’o of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy said on Sunday.

He said friendly parties were cannibalising each other because the number of seats they win on March 4 will determine their strength in the coalition government formed after the election.

“The idea of a coalition is to create a sense of ownership and equality in the coalition. Post-election, this will change, and increase the possibility of underrating some partners. They will begin to ask, ‘how many votes, and how many MPs did you bring?’ The fewer the votes, the lower the standing,” said Mr Aling’o.

Mr Kibe Mungai, a lawyer and political analyst, said the intra-coalition competition will open doors for Kenyans to ‘correct the mess that happened in the sham nominations’, and shield the country from dictatorship.

“This is a blessing in disguise, because it will facilitate credible elections for the better,” said Mr Mungai.

He also noted that because different parties will be fielding candidates, it means whoever wins the presidency will not have absolute control of the Legislature.

“Whatever coalition is going to form the next government, it is in the national interest that they do not have a powerful majority in Parliament …that will be arecipe for dictatorship, and will make the impeachment clause in the Constitution an idle threat,” said Mr Mungai.

In most battlegrounds, ODM losers defected to Wiper, making the party’s leader, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, the biggest rival of Mr Raila Odinga (ODM) in hunt for elective seats in Coast Province. Mr Kalonzo is Mr Raila Odinga’s deputy in the Cord coalition. The same applies in Western, where most aspirants who lost UDF primaries decamped to New Ford Kenya of Eugene Wamalwa. New Ford Kenya and Kanu are part of Amani coalition led by Musalia Mudavadi of UDF.

The defections in Jubilee coalition have bucked the trend, with neither main affiliateparties URP and TNA fielding rival candidates. This could be partly because the parties (URP of William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA) have distinct support bases in Rift Valley and Central provinces respectively — and had a pre-election deal not to field candidates in each other’s stronghold.

The defections have set the stage for a bruising battle among friendly parties for senate, governor and MPs slots.

In Mombasa, former Kisauni MP Hassan Joho faces stiff competition from another Cord member Suleiman Shahbal who is running on a Wiper ticket for governorship. For senate, Suleiman Shakombo of ODM will battle it out with Omar Hassan of Wiper, who quit the Orange party citing favouritism.

The differences between the two wings have trickled down to some parliamentary seats such as Nyali, Jomvu and Changamwe where aspirants are competing within the Cord coalition.

In Jomvu, Environment assistant minister Ramadhan Kajemba’s son, Seif Kajembe (ODM) will face Wiper candidate Badi Twalib who decamped after losing in the Orange party primaries.

In Nyali, the contest is between Mombasa businessman Hezron Awiti Bolo (Wiper) and former deputy mayor John Mcharo (ODM).

Former unregistered Islamic Party of Kenya chairman Omar Mwinyi (ODM) will battle it out with Mr Philip Ndolo (Wiper) for the Changamwe seat.

In Taita Taveta, the contest for governorship will be lost and won in Cord, with Mr John Mruttu (ODM), Ms Jacinta Mwatela (Wiper) and Sophy Kibai (Ford Kenya) seeking the seat.

In Kisumu West constituency, former MP Olago Aluoch defected to Ford Kenya where he will contest the seat against ODM’s Rosa Buyu who was handed the ticket.

In the newly created Kisumu Central, Mr Abdul Omar will run on a Ford Kenya after claiming his victory was stolen. Mr Ken Obura has the ODM ticket.

In Nyando, former MP Fred Outa will square it out with Mr Jared Okello who defected to Ford Kenya.

Mr Hillary Alila, who lost the ODM Homa Bay senate nominations to Immigrations minister Otieno Kajwang’, will vie on a PDP ticket.

In Kisii, Cord parties face a similar dilemma.

Public Works Minister Chris Obure (ODM), Mr Omingo Magara (PDP) and Mr Raphael Raini (Ford Kenya) will fight for the senate seat.

Ms Bridgit Ombati (PDP) will battle it out with Ms Mary Sally Otara (ODM) for Kisii women representative slot.

Foreign Affairs assistant minister Richard Onyonka of ODM, Mr Don Bosco Gichana (PDP) and Anthony Kibagendi of (PPK) are all seeking the Kitutu Chache seat.

Jubilee coalition also faces the same challenge in Bomachoge Chache where Mr Fred Mititi (URP) and Mr Amos Nyamoko (TNA) want the seat.

In Kakamega, former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo (FPK) and university lecturer Shanyisa Khasiani (ODM) are vying for senate within the Cord coalition.

In the Amani coalition, assistant minister Manyala Keya will defend the Lurambi seat on New Ford Kenya ticket after he lost UDF nominations to Bishop Titus Khamala.

Housing Minister Soita Shitanda is vying for the Kakamega govenor post on a New Ford Kenya ticket after he was disqualified by UDF on academic grounds. UDF picked Mr Paul Olando.

At the same time, businessman Julius Asira is vying for the Butere seat on a Ford Kenya ticket while Mr Andrew Toboso who beat former Cabinet minister Amukoa Anangwe in the nominations will fly the ODM flag. Prof Anangwe may vie on an FPKticket.

In Malava constituency, Mr George Munji who lost to Said Khasabuli in UDF primaries has decamped to Kanu, a key partner in the Amani coalition led by Mr Musalia Mudavadi.

However, Mr John Shimaka who was also floored in the UDF nominations decamped to Wiper party and will battle it out with ODM’s Musavin Zakaya Nambwa.

Cord faces another headache in Busia County where Mr Sospeter Ojaamong (ODM) and Mr Philemon Imo of Ford Kenya are all going for the governor’s seat.

Former Attorney-General Amos Wako of ODM will lock horns with former Nambale MP Chris Okemo of Ford Kenya for the Busia senate post.

In Siaya, Mr Cornel Rasanga Amoth of ODM and Mr William Oduol of National Agenda Party of Kenya will face off for the govenor seat. Mr Oduol was denied the ticket alongside Dr Oburu Oginga following protests that the ODM secretariat had unprocedurally endorsed Dr Oginga.

Source:Daily Nation

Kenya: Siaya parliamentary aspirant says he was robbed of his nomination victory due to the family feuds within the Odinga camp pitting Mrs Ida Odinga and Dr Oburu Oginga

From: Arrum Tidi
By Our Reporter

TROUBLE is brewing with the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s family following unconfirmed claims and allegations of gross interferences over the recently concluded nomination exercise in Siaya.

Impeccable sources within the Odinga family of the Prime Minister Raila Odinga Prime Minister Raila Odinga have confided to us that there existed a highly spirited political wrangling with the Odinga family backyard as the result of the much flawed ODM nomination and thereafter the issuing of party’s nomination certificates to the winners in their respective constituencies.

The ODM nomination certificate was issued to the former Alego-Usonga MP Edwin Ochieng”Yinda, the man who had publicly acknowledged that he had been defeated in the nomination by a Kisumu Hotelier Charles Odunga Mamba.

He said he had been very close to Dr Oburu Oginga to the chagrin of Mrs Ida Odinga for some hidden reasons that he could not elaborate on, but he firmly believes Mrs Odinga is responsible for his misfortunes. He was rigged out in 2007 and again durnig the last week’s controversial ODM nominations in Siaya

Odunga mamba who runs the chains of Mamba Hotels in Kisumu City had won the majority votes during the nomination exercises. Another aspirant George Omondi had alleged admitted that he was involved in some election irregularity and was automatically disqualified from the race.

And when Charles Odunga travelled to Nairobi the next day and visited the Orange House, the party headquarters in Nairobi , he was shocked to learnt that the nomination certificate had already been collected by the former MP for the area Edwin Ochieng’ Yinda.

Odunga-Mamba, the man who is known to have been very close to the Odinga for many years and had even at times sacrificed his wealth in backing the ODM has pointed out an accusing finger to Mrs Ida Odinga, the wife of the Prime Minister Raila Odinga has having been responsible for his misfortune..

Odunga said he had always been suspicious that Mrs Ida Odinga was “not very comfortable within him”, particularly due to his unswerving support to the Finance Assistant Minister Dr.Oburu Oginga.

It all started when he threw his weight behind Dr Oburu Oginga during the battle for the Siaya County Sanatorial seat that pits Dr Oburu Oginga against the Lands Minister James Orengo. The issue was resolved amicably and the two senior most politicians in Siaya County were separated with Orengo left to vie for Senate while Dr Oburu Odinga contesting the position of the County governor.

Pressed hard as to why should Mrs Ida Odinga want him out of parliament, Odunga said that he suspected the matter to be related to the family feuds at the Odinga home turf in Bondo, Siaya County.

Pressed to state whether he was going to ditch the ODM, Odunga said he would continue supporting Raila Odinga for his presidential bid, and was not about to ditch the ODM. However, he did not mince his word and insisted that Mrs Odinga had formed the bad habit of interfering in the day to day management of the party.{ODM}.

At the same time the rumors making the rounds within Kisumu and its environs that Jack Ranguma, the man whom won the Kisumu County governorship to accept Ms Ruth Adhiambo Odinga as his deputy governor.

However, the elders from the Kano sub-clans of Jack Ranguma last night had held a meeting behind closed doors and told Ranguma not to yield to the demand from the Odinga family that Ruth Adhiambo be accommodated in the County governance as the deputy Governor of Kisumu County.

Miss Adhiambo had been one of the half a dozen of aspirants, but had pulled herself aside from the race citing her family interests. The latest demand that she be accommodated into the County governance had just come as surprise to all the elected leaders. The move has exposed members of the Odinga family as being greedy people who are ought to hold members of the Luo community at ransom and slavery bondage.

The much flawed ODM nomination exercises has become the popular talks of the town. Many people areleft wondering how Prof.Anyang’Nyong’o is going to sit in the Senate knowing it pretty well that had not won the election for the same seat in a poplar vote?.

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7 Days of Peace Activism- 25th Feb to 3rd March 2013

From: odhiambo okecth

Friends,

On the 3rd March 2013, we will host The National Prayers for a Peaceful General Elections at Uhuru Park and we will also issue Certificates of Appreciation to all the Teams that have made Kenyans for a Clean General Elections Campaign.

This will be preceded by 7 Day of Peace Activism starting on the 25th Feb and ending with the Prayer Session on the 3rd March at Uhuru Park and we will visit on a Daily Basis, all the perceived Hot Spot Areas in Nairobi. You are invited to be part of this Great Transformation shaping our attitudes towards each other as One People under God.

Mr. Cornelius Wamalwa- DC Dagoreti addressing residents of Kawangware 56 during the Dagoreti Human Peace Caravan. With him is Oto

These are the Team Members for Kenyans for a Clean General Elections Campaign so far;
A Better World/SOFDI
The Public Service Transformation Department
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission
The Provincial Administration- Nairobi
The City Council of Nairobi
The National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management
The CHF International- Kenya Tuna Uwezo
PeaceNet Kenya
Kituo Cha Sheria
The Kenya Police Service
Administration Police Band
The Traffic Police Department
The World Vision Kenya
Transparency International
Radio Ramogi- Royal Media Services Ltd
Waumini FM
Kiss FM- Radio Africa Group
Citizen TV- The Power Break Fast Show
Freedom House
Dagoreti District Peace Committee
Kibera Community Justice Centre
Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance and
The People of Kenya

Mr. Stanslaus Alusiola of Kibera Community Justice Centre and Kituo Cha Sheria addresses the residents of Kawangware during the Dagoreti Human Peace Caravan

This Campaign has not been easy. Tomorrow we are heading to Dandora at 10am for a Consultative and Planning Forum for the Dandora Human Peace Caravan scheduled for 2nd Feb, and then at 2pm, we will pay a Courtesy Call on DC Westlands for the same. The Kangemi Human Peace Caravan will be on the 9th Feb.

This is our Revised Programme that also indicates what we have done, Courtesy of the Friends and Partners at The Kenyans for a Clean General Elections Campaign;

. 5th January 2013; Mathare in Starehe- Hosted

· 12th January 2013; Highrise in Langata- Hosted

· 16th January 2013; Kariobangi -Kasarani- Hosted

. 16th January 2013; Voter Education Launch at Dandora Sports Groun- Hosted

. 17th January 2013; Hosted at Radio Ramogi at 8.00am- Hosted

. 18th January 2013; Hosted at Radio Waumini at 10.00am for a Programme that will air at 7.30pm today.- Hosted

· 19th January 2013; Mathare Human Peace Caravan- Hosted

. 19th January 2013; Kongowea Clean-up Campaign- Hosted

. 19th January 2013; in the US; President Barack Obama joins in the National Day of Service- Hosted

. 19th January 2013; Kibabii DTTC Red Cross joins in cleaning Bungoma District Hospital- Hosted

· 21st January 2013; Courtesy Call on the DC Dagoreti- Hosted

. 24th January 2013; Planning Session with various Groups at Dagoreti.- Hosted

. 24th January 2013; A Meeting with the Director- Administration Police Band at 2.00pm- Hosted

. 26th January 2013; Dagoreti Human Peace Caravan- Hosted

· 29th January 2013; Consultative and Planning Session with DO and Team- Kariobangi

. 29th January 2013; Consultative and Planning Session with DC and Team- Westlands

. 31st January 2013; Consultative and Planning Session with DC and Team- Makadara

. 2nd February 2013; The Dandora Human Peace Caravan- Embakasi

· 9th February 2013; The Kangemi Human Peace Caravan- Westlands

. 11th February 2013; Consultative and Planning Session with DC and Team- Kisumu

· 13th February 2013; Makadara

· 16th February 2013; Kisumu

. 19th February 2013; Consultative and Planning Session with DC and Team- Kamukunji

· 23rd February 2013; Kamukunji

On the 25th February 2013, we will launch 7 Days of Peace Activism in Nairobi and this will be our Programme;
25th February 2013; Kayole Soweto
26th February 2013; Kariobangi North
27th February 2013; Kibera
28th February 2013; Embakasi Village
29th February 2013; Mathare
2nd February 2013; Kiambio
3rd March 2013; National Prayers for a Clean and Peaceful General Elections at Uhuru Park

Edgar and the Young Volunteers for the Environment with, Mr. Njoroge Nyagah of Freedom House and Oto after the Dagoreti Human Peace Caravan

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

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Executive Director,

The Clean Kenya Campaign- TCKC

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Corruption is rampant in rural areas as APs are said to be running illegal “Kangaroo Courts”s

INVESTIGATIVE Report By Our Special Correspondent

CAN anyone in the higher authorities either in the Office of the President, the police and the Administration Police authorities make a move with speed with the view of bringing sanity in the services of the Administration, which is denting the image of the country.

The image of the Kenya government which needs cleansing has been soiled and defaced by rampant corruption practiced by traffic police and administration police officers.

It has been established beyond any reasonable doubt that the administration Police officers posted to work in the outlaying district, divisions and rural administrative locations have shamelessly and corruptive established illegal “Kangaroo Courts”

These ‘Kangaroo Courts are only there and meant for the purpose of minting money earned illegally from unsuspecting members of the public..

A case in point is an ugly incident which occurred at Rapogi Trading Center in Uriri district,within Migori County.

The head f the Administration police unit posted at the nearby District Officers Divisional office in the company of several other APs made a surprise visit to a local bar located in Rapogi Market. There were several revelers as the raid took place during the wee hours of the night. After the exchange of harsh words with the revelers, the visit by policemen degenerated into a brawl.

The brawl resulted in the head of the AP sustaining minor injuries on his arm. THe revelers took to their heels scampering for safety in all directions.

THe next morning the head of the AP fook a P3 form, arrested one of the patrons of the bar, a young trader at the market who is running a butchery shop and locked him into police custody at the DO’s office. Acting on the fake P3 form which was later to emerged had not been filled and signed by a competent medic to warrant the suspect to be charged with the assault case.

The mother of the suspect who had by then spent two night in police custody struggled to raised Kshs 30,000 and paid the money to the head of the AP for the release of her son. No criminal charge was preferred against the young man.

A few days later the no nonsense Uriri D.C George Lagat got a wind of the matter. The D.C.immediately summoned both parties and the head of the AP to appear before the district security committee for interrogation. It was during this exercise when the P2 Form was established to have been a fake one. And the D.C’s team found that no criminal offence had been committed by the suspect and ordered the AP boss to refund the money which he had taken from the suspect’s mother immediately. The AP boss admitted having received the bribe money. To-date no money has been refunded to the family and the matter has since degenerated to hide and seek.

Similar cases are so common with the APs posted to work in the rural locations and divisional headquarters in the remote part of the country far away from towns. People apprehended by the AP for the allegedly committing petty criminal offence have always bought their freedom after parting with colossal amount of money. The money is pocketed by the AP and never get into the government coffers via the established courts of laws and other government coffers such as the KRA

Brewers and consumers of the illicit ”Chang’aa” are more prone to abuse by the APs. Some of them are forced to part with large sums of money on weekly basis as ‘Protection Fees”.

It is not uncommon for the culprits suspected for having committed serious criminal offences to escape punishment so long as they could raise bribe money, such criminals go scot’s free.

Another category of the Wananchi targeted by both APs and Traffic Police officers are the Boda Boda motorbike riders, particularly those rising on rural access and feeder roads. It is no longer secret that traffic police officers are always demanding the bribe money with menace. Some of the Inter-regional highways linking Kenya with the neighboring Tanzania and Uganda are commonly used by foreigners from those countries who come here for businesses while using country buses and matatus of the country. These foreigners sit inside these vehicles and witness the illicit transactions. The exchange of bribe money is done in full view of these foreigners, who when they get back home started soiling Kenya’s good name and question the sanity to our roads.

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Diaspora Kenya Peace initiative, Presents

From: Mary Gakere
To: jaluo jaluo jaluo@jaluo.com

From: Daniel Mwaniki
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 2:19 PM
Subject: Diaspora Kenya Peace initiative, Presents

Diaspora Kenya Peace initiative, Presents

We, Diaspora Kenya Peace Initiative, are urging every Kenyan and Kenyan friends to spread the word of peace and refuse to engage in any kind of violence during the coming elections. We do not want the repeat of 2007 mayhem that put Kenya in the world’s ugly spotlight. We love Kenya and we cannot seat and watch it slide back. The Kenyans have the power and the will to reject any kind of violence regardless of the elections outcome. We demand smooth power transitions and observation of rule of law.

Please watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8BnNcDkk3o&feature=youtu.be and forward this email to reach as many Kenyans as possible, at home and abroad.

If the link does not work for you, cut and paste the URL to your browser, or do a search on YouTube for Diaspora Kenya Peace Initiative01.

Thank you
Diaspora Kenya Peace Initiative of Southern California.

KENYA: CYPRIAN AWITI WINS CASE FILED BY ENG. OKUNDI

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
NEWS JUST IN
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013

Even though Cyprian Atieno Awiti has just won a case filed by Eng. Philip Okundi protesting the nomination results of Homa Bay County in efforts to be considered as the party’s nominated candidate for the Governor’s post, most of ODM supporters are upset in the manner nominations were conducted.

Mariana wrote 24 January 2013 4:48 PM: “Why do we behave like we are not educated. Surely civic education is needed seriously in Nyanza. God help us please!!. Or else we are going back to Kanu kind of rule.”

Fredrick Ja Gem 24 wrote January 2013 3:25 PM: “ ODM should stop fooling around with luo Nyanza people, the days of party euphoria is over, the days of imposing leaders to people is a “thing of da past”

Let Raila and his party know that we need change in our region and NOT BIG names like Nyong’o, Midiwo, Oburu, Kajwang’ and other non performing leaders, Odingaism will never exist in luo Nyanza if this is the case, common mwananchis’ right cannot be violated by some few characters in the name of ODM…ON that note right now am mobilizing Siaya county residents to vote candidates of their choice and not party….Dictatorship should be stopped and democracy be exercised, we are perishing because we lack knowledge and wisdom nnktt”.

Jaratiro wrote 24 January 2013 1:03 PM: “ @George. For your information Kajwang is NOT a performer and had competitors in Homa Bay. Do not deceive like that”.

PAUL TWENYO from Homabay wrote 24 January 2013 9:46 AM: “Sincerely, I am greatly disappointed with ODM party, I have just realized it has its owners, wait for a rude shock on 4th of MARCH 2013,we cannot continue suffering at expense of other peoples benefit, it is in Nyanza where a meter from fresh water lake is a desert, and it in Kisumu where 20litre water goes 20 Kenya shillings during dry season yet, fresh water lake is at stone throw. We must be allowed to elect those we feel can meet our needs “Nitawakataa” come rain, come sunshine”.

JARAE wrote 24 January 2013 8:56 AM: “We are not happy with the way Raila dictates luo Nyanza.Nyong’o and Midiwo did not win. This is a total shame and should have just gone ahead to include Oburu and Ruth. Shame.”

PAUL KIBET wrote 23 January 2013 4:11 PM: “When will Democracy come to Kenya? The Democrats who criticized Moi for years failed Badly. Mlolongo used by Moi was much better. Who will help us?”

Wilson wrote 23 January 2013 1:16 PM:” Going through the official ODM list, I feel that something is a miss. The Siaya governor’s name changes by the day. Who voted Mr. Amoth? was he among the contestants? ODM is confusing Kenyans”.

noah otieno wrote 23 January 2013 12:50 PM: “ The ODM Party list of nominees makes it look like an enormous ensemble of losers shamelessly coerced down the throats of the electorate. Wacha tukutane kwa NDEBE wata SHANGAA!”

AWUOR BEATY wrote 23 January 2013 11:24 AM: “ seriously Kenyans aren’t foolish, we know our democratic right, ODM we are tired of direct nominations give us fair nominations list, Surely people of Seme DONT WANT PROF NYON’GO.”

atang’a w. wrote 23 January 2013 10:39 AM: “there is no democracy in ODM especially in Siaya constituency,, l wonder where this Nyongo has come from, its a total shame!!!!!”

peter pundo wrote 23 January 2013 10:37 AM: “This is a disgrace to the faithful voters. How did otieno kajwang, Nyongo, n the others get their names int this list? Railashould know that kenyans are not happy”.

Cathy wrote 23 January 2013 10:37 AM: “ I’m very much ashamed with what happened in ODM. In the first place what was the need of premaries? We can’t be forced with the leaders we don’t want. My advise to Mr. Ondinga is that he is going come March 4th and let him not complain. There is no democracy in ODM and way things are I’m 100% convenced that Mr. Kibaki won 2007 elections”.

Kipkorir wrote 23 January 2013 10:02 AM: “Is this the final ODM list?Why do places like Vihiga, Bungoma etc have more than one candidate in some seats? It cannot be. And are you kidding me that they could not find suitable persons in places like Narok, Kajiado etc to run for the senatorial race?”

job omino wrote 23 January 2013 9:05 AM: “ With all this happenings Raila has truely shown luos that we are here to be guided with his wills of greedy and babaric losers,all the failures in the likes of Anyang nyang,Jakoch Koyo ,Ayiecho

Yiech, wuololololooooooooooo,luos we are finished,thought we had support for one with a greedy intention, so we see Miguna was realy right. state house let it be. UHURU NA KAZI”

otura evans wrote 22 January 2013 11:50 PM: “ Giving certificate to losers in ODM nomination is a shame to the national parties officials……. so it is true that we have parties owners and parties supporters. ODM is a total shame in luo nyanza. Am otura evans -migori- we are not happy especially suna east constituency”.

Onyango Opondo wrote 22 January 2013 11:17 PM: “ This is not democratic i thought professor Anyang Nyong’o lost, How is he now the aspirant in Kisumu county.Being a resident of Siaya county am confused the other day they announced it was Okanja for Governor seat. Where did Cornelius Amoth come from? I want the NEB at ODM to explain to the voters how they came up with this names”.

Prof. Khamale Mutraka wrote 22 January 2013 5:49 PM: “Where is the so called national face of Kenya in this list? Why are the nominated candidates for MP seats in constituencies”

Javan Ndaga wrote 22 January 2013 5:27 PM Nyong’o, Yinda, Kajwang’, Ayiecho Olweny, Fred Outa, and several others lost in the ODM primaries, yet their names appear here wahat a shame!This is sham”… (Sources- Standard).

Here is the list of nominees submitted by ODM to IEBC:

ODM has released a list of all nominees for various political positions countrywide as submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Here is the list:

Narok County
Gubernatorial – Johnson Parsamet Ole Nchoe
Women Representative – Lydia Maneu Masikonte

Kajiado County
Gubernatorial – Dr. David K. Ole Nkedianye
Women Representative – Emily Maatany Kiparki

Kericho County
Senatorial-Stella Chepkurui Koech

Bomet County
Senatorial -Andrew Kimutai Langat

Kakamega County
Gubernatorial – Hon. Wycliffe A. Oparanya
Deputy Governor – Shnyisa Anota Khasiani
Senatorial – Shnyisa Anota Khasiani
Women Representative – Rachael Ameso Amolo

Vihiga County
Gubernatorial – Kennedy Enosi Butiko
Senatorial – Dr. Henry Embeywa Etende
Women Representative – Alice Muhonja Kirambi

Bungoma County
Gubernatorial – Hon. Alfred Khangati
Senatorial – Hon. Lawrence Simiyu Sifuna
Women Representative – Salome Naliaka Mwangale

Busia County
Gubernatorial – Hon. Sospeter Odeke Ojaamongson
Senatorial – Sitswila Amos Wako
Women Representative – Florence Mwikali Mutua

Siaya County
Gubernatorial – Cornelus Arasanga Amoth
Senatorial -Hon. James Orengo
Women Representative-Emily Agnes Awitta

Kisumu County
Gubernatorial -Jackson Ranguma
Senatorial – Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
Women Representative – Rose Auma Ogendo Nyamunga

Homa Bay County
Gubernatorial – Cyprian Otieno Awiti
Senatorial – Gerald Otieno Kajwang
Women Representative – Gladys Atieno Nyasuna Wanga

Migori County
Gubernatorial – Prof. Edward Oyugi Akongo
Deputy Governor – Anne Omodho Anyanga
Senatorial – Hon. Wilfred Gisuka Machage
Women Representative – Susan Millie Owino

Kisii County
Gubernatorial – Hon. James Elvis Omariba Ongwae
Senatorial – Christopher Mogere Obure
Women Representative – Mary Sally Otara

Nyamira County
Gubernatorial – John Obiero Nyagarama
Senatorial – Erick Okongo Omogeni
Women Representative – Alice Nyanchoka Chae

Nairobi County
Gubernatorial – Dr. Evans Odhiambo Kidero
Senatorial – Margaret Wanjiru
Women Representative – Sylvia Ming’ala

Nandi County
Gubernatorial – Dr. Seronei Chelulei Cheison
Senatorial – Henry Kosgey
Women Rep – Scholastica J.Turei

Baringo County
Senatorial – Edward Lekaichu O. Kateiya

Laikipia County
Senatorial – Peter Mburu Mugwe

Nakuru County
Gubernatorial – Rev. Lawrence Bomet
Senatorial – John Njenga Mungai

West Pokot County
Gubernatorial – Geofrey Lipale
Senatorial – Julius Recha Murgor
Women Representative – Lilian Janice Plapan

Samburu County
Gubernatorial – Michael Lolwerikoi
Senatorial – Hon. Simeon Lesrima
Women Representative – Paulin Lenguris

Trans Nzoia County
Gubernatorial – Godfrey Siundu Wasike
Senatorial – Wamulondo Mutondo William
Women Representative – Gladys Nekesa Musali

Uasin Gishu County
Gubernatorial – Prof. Margaret J. Kamar
Senatorial – Paul Kiptenai Kimisoi Birech
Women Representative – Moira Jepkorir Chepkok

Elgeyo Marakwet County
Gubernatorial – Timothy Kipchumba Biwott
Senatorial – Amb.Tabitha Seii

Meru County
Senatorial – Gitobu Imanyara

Tharaka Nithi County
Senatorial – Francis Nyamu Kagwima

Machakos County
Gubernatorial – Prof. Anthony M. Wambua

Kirinyaga County
Sanatorial- Roseliet Wanjiru Kabiru

Kiambu County
Women Representative – Irene Warucu Njenga

Turkana County
Gubernatorial – Josphat Koli Nanok
Women Representative – Rhoda Anupe Loyor

Mombasa County
Gubernatorial – Hon.Hassan Ali Joho
Deputy Governor – Hazel Nyamoki Katana
Senatorial – Hon. Ramadhan Seif Kajembe
Women Representative – Mishi Juma Khamisi

Kwale County
Gubernatorial – Salim M. Ngala
Deputy Governor – Fatuma Mohamed Achani
Senatorial County – Boy Juma Boy
Women Representative – Zainab Kalekye Chidzuga

Kilifi County
Gubernatorial – Amason Jeffah Kingi
Deputy Governor – Kenneth mwakombo Kambo
Senatorial County – Stewart Mwachiru Madzayo
Women Representative – Aisha Jumwa Karisa Katana

Taita Taveta County
Gubernatorial – John Mtuta Mruthu
Deputy Governor – Maru Ndiga Kibuka
Senatorial County – Danson Mwazo Mwakulengwa
Women Representative – Joyce Wanjalah Lay

Garissa County
Gubernatorial – Harun Mohamed Yussuf
Deputy Governor – Abdullahi Abdirahman Sheikh
Senatorial County – Hon. Farah Maalim
Women Representative – Zainab Mohamed Idifle

Wajir County
Gubernatorial – Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamad
Deputy Governor-bdihafid Abdullahi Yarow
Senatorial – Abdirahman Ali Hassan
Women Representative – Fatuma Ibrahim Ali

Tana River County
Gubernatorial – Adam Barissa Dhidha
Deputy Governor – Hamid Abiyo Morowa
Senatorial – Martlew Bashora Malimu
Women Representative – Alfelt Mumbo Abio

Mandera County
Gubernatorial – Ahmed Abdi Noor
Deputy Governor – Yussuf Maalim Hassan
Senatorial County – Abdinasir Mohamed Khalif
Women Representative – Amina Hassan Ahmed

Marsabit County
Gubernatorial – Ukur Kanacho Yatani
Deputy Governor – Omar Abdi Ali
Senatorial – Eng. Godana Hargura
Women Representative-Nasra Ibrahim Ibren

Isiolo County
Senatorial – Charfano Guyo Mokku
Women Representative – Lucy Nyoroko Mworia

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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: Will the Luo – Kuria power – sharing arrangement brokered by Raila Odinga stand the test and earn him votes in the region?

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Migori Town.

The power sharing which was recently hatched and brokered by the ODM leaders in Migori County which resulted in the apportioning of all important elective positions in the newly devolved County governance. Will this work in favor of the Prime Minister galvanizing the Kuria votes for his presidential ambition ?

The answer is “big No”. This is because the arrangement which was brokered under the Minister for Public Services Dalmas Otieno in collaboration with few Luo MPs in total secrecy behind the locked doors of hotel room in Nairobi had excluded many stakeholders in the Migori regional political derby.

The original aims and objectives of this arrangement was meant to ensure the minority Kuria community, which is one of the smaller and marginalized communities, would not be swallowed by their neighboring Luo majority when it comes to the allocation of decision making positions within the MIGORI county under the new constitutional dispensation.

The idea was noble, though it cane very late and only after several Luo and Kuria political personalities had already launched their campaign for the various elective positions.

Under the new arrangement several positions a were dished out exclusively for the Kuria. The senior most of all was the coveted Senatorial position. The County governor position was given the the Luos, while the Deputy Governor position went to the Kuria as well as the County CEO and Speaker of the Regional Assembly.

Among the Luo politicians whose campaign trail had already hit the ground included the former Mathare MP and at one time a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, Gilbert Ochieng” Mbeo, A one time two terms KANU MP for the larger Homa-Bay constituency Phares Oluoch Kanindo. Also in the ace for the Senate seat was a prominent Kuria politician John Magaiwa is the current ODM Migori County branch chairman.

Migori County is a region whose inhabitants comprises of communities from diverse communities. There are thousands of Abaluhyia, Maragolis, Kisii, Abasuba and Somalis therefore it was a great mistake and miscalculation of the fact for the ODM having thought of the Lus and Kurias only.

There were several Luo personalties who were also eying the governor position. They included Prof Edward Akong’o Oyugi, a young technocrat Mark Nyamita, a member of the Kenya Sugar Board Zachary Okoth Obado.

The decision which is believed and suspected to have been influenced and brokered by the former Kuria MP Dr Wilfred Machage. DR Machage is a Kenyan Kuria politician whose family is deeply rooted in the neighboring Tanzania. He has been an MP for Kuria ever since 2002. But wanted to find a soft-landing spot after sensing that PNU was heading for political limbo.

The arrangement was readily approved by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who made two quick tour of Kuria region for the purpose of ensuring that the new arrangement between the two communities is harmonized ahead of the March 4, 2012 general election.

The new arrangement of power-sharing between the two communities was endorsed by th Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who made two quick tour of the region to try to harmonize the frosty relations between the two communities.

What Raila Odinga did not know was that Machage has no political clout over the Kuria people, though he has been their MP for two terms. He is not welcome in many parts of the two administrative districts of Kuria East and Kuria West.

Dr Machage had demanded that he be given direct nomination to the Senate seat by the ODM leadership to the chagrins of the voters and other ODM politicians Dr Machage was found of bashing Raila and the party. The former MP remained the most vocal of critic of ODM and Raila Odinga while he was serving in the coalition government as an Assistant Minister for Works on the PNU side.

At one time he was arraigned in court and charged with making inflammatory and hate speeches the charge which prompted his close to one year suspension from the cabinet

The Kura community is divided into four major sub-clans, namely Nyabansi ,Bugumbe, Bukiria. And Buirege. The constituency has since been sub-divided into two parliamentary constituencies and named by the IEBC Kuria East and Kuria West. It was one of the 80 extra parliamentary constituencies created last year by the ICEBC and endorsed by an Act of parliament .Most of the four sub-clans had close tie with their cousins living across the Kenya-Tanzania borders.

The Luos in Migori County vehemently objected to the new arrangement arguing that apportioning the political seats would mean balkanization of the tribes in the area, though they two communities have lived in peace and harmoniously in the past.·

The power-sharing issue had elicited the heated debate and argument , but Raila Odinga insisted that the Kuria must be brought to the mainstream of ODM so that he could harvest their votes.

When the ODM primary nomination was conducted in the region on January 17, 2012. Raila Odinga’s man Dr Wilfred Machage was handed down e devastative defeat by John Magaiwa who polled over 72,000 votes against Dr. Machage’s 51,000.But strange things happened, Magaiwa wad denied the nomination certificate, which was handed over to the Defeated Dr. Machage.

Magaiwa who had been steadfastly an ODM leader in Kuria for the last two decades was kicked out of the party. He has since reportedly sought for an URP ticket. But on the ground the decision made by the ODM headquarters of denying Magaiwa the party’s nomination certificate despite of his landslide victory over Dr. Machage has disappointed the Kuria people who have now vowed not to vote for Raila Odinga.

Other short-changed aspirants for Migori Senate seat and that of governor have jumped the ODM bandwagon. Other like Ochieng’ Mbeo have decided not to contest the election on other party tickets, but vowed not to campaign for the ODM and Raila Odinga in the area.

With the populist Magaiwa jumping the ship and joining the URP, the ODM should as well forget the Kuria votes. Also short-changed was Ms Ghati, a young Kuria woman who had vigorously campaigned for the Migori women representative. Although she had won in the primary nomination, she was denied the ticket which went to Mrs Owino Acholla, the wife of the one time former Migori MP was dished out to Mrs Anne Omodho Anyanga, the wife of the Nyatike MP Eick Omond

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Kenya & Rwanda: FAREWELL PARTY FOR REBSON DZALA – ASPIRANT KILIFI NORTH (MP)

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Fellow Kenya,

Am happy to let you know that, one of our members, Rebson Dzala won the Kilifi North Nominations (for MP). He will soon relocate to focus all his energies in pursuit of his dreams of being a change agent.

The friends of Dzala in conjunction with Kenya-Rwanda Business Association invites you to his farewell party tomorrow 26th Jan 2013 at Foeyes Premier Hotel from 3 pm.

Rebson has requested for your support and prayers in this gruelling task ahead. Find a copy of Rebson’s Nomination Certificate!

Go….. Rebson……. Go for it !!!

Carol.

Kenya: Tension has gripped the South Rift regions following the zoning of the area as the exclusive URP electoral zone

Writes Leo Odera Omolo.In Kericho Town

Political temperatures has arisen up followed by tension in the South Rift region of the expansive Rift Valley Province after several districts were Cannibalized together and declared the exclusive voting zone outside the jubilee Alliance.

The issue came to the surface immediately soon after the recently concluded Jubilee Alliance primary nominations. In the nomination exercise, TNA, which is the principal alliance and partner of the URP had its members barred from contesting the elective positions in areas which were classified as the URP electoral zones.

The districts which were grouped together and declared as the exclusive electoral zone of the URP included several Counties of Kericho, Bomet, Nandi, Baringo, Keiyo, Baringo, Trans-Mara, Molo, Nakuru Kuresoi and other places.

An aspirant who was vying the election in the newly created Sigowet constituency in the lower Belgut region of Kericho County said that those who turned up ready to contest the elections on TNA were turned away and told that they cannot contest any seat in those areas which had already been classified as the URP electoral zone.

A good number of aspirants have since sought for accommodation in other parties, and the fear persist that those who won in the URP primaries in the region might not make it to the next parliament after March 4, 2013.

In the same context, the jubilee Alliance is also risking being rejected by the electorate in the region due to its discriminative policy, which has Balkanized the communities on tribal line.

TNA members were denied the right of contesting the election on Jubilee ticket and told they can only do so on URP ticket. But not on TNA which is the umbrella of the Jubilee Aliance

Members of the Kipsigis sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic group who form the bulk of the majority of the resident of the South Rift region are known not to be comfortable with the jubilee Alliance that has in the face of it brought together the Kipisigis and the kikuyu community.

This particular community has yet to e wholeheartedly in the Jubilee Alliance, and view the URPO leader William Ruto who has secured the powerful position in the alliance of being the running – mate for the Jubilee Alliance Presidential candidate as someone who has mortgaged the community for his selfish interests.

The Sigowet aspirant who requested for his anonymity has since moved to another political party outside the Jubilee Alliance and has appealed to other who felt grieved to do likewise.

The zoning of these electoral areas is illegal and was made deliberately to have William Ruto’s political surrogates and sycophants get political mileage over their opponents during the much flawed primary nominations. He also blamed the former Belgut MP Charls Keter for being the architect of the political zonng of the South Rift region, and warned that the former legislator who is now vying for Kericho County senate seat will pay dearly for his part in ill-advising the URP to create the tribal zoning.

The zoning of several districts had disarmed many would be aspirant for the various elective positions in these area. It has also raised political temperature in the region which could see the majority of the voters drifting back to ODM and CORD.

The common talks making the round in Kericho and its environs is that William Ruto the URP leader had miscalculated and underestimated the intelligence of the voters in the region in is plan to convince his Jubilee partners that he had the political clout over the voters in the zoned districts, something which he will pay dearly for his mistakes.

The zoning of the vote’s rich districts into URP exclusive electoral zones, might also have a serious repercussion on Uhuru Kenyatta presidential voting system.

“Our people are not for sale, and Ruto seemed to be hell-bent in auctioning the Kalenjin voters for his selfish interest, but we shall teach him a lesson that he will live to regret for years to come, let him just wait for the March 4, 2013,” retored Mr Josephat Lang’at a Litein politican.

The Kipsigis sub-tribe, the most populous among th Kalenjin ethnic group has about 12 parliamentary constituencies in Kericho, Bomet, Molo and Rongai. Some of its members live in Nandi, Cheranganyi, Nakuru, Narok South, Kilgoris,Trans-Nzoia and Subukio.

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Election violence in Kenya? … Not again

From: Judy Miriga

People,

This is not what Kenya expects in the Reform Change we have been fighting for.No corrupt person should be forced on people once they are rejected. The peoples verdit is final……..People are the boses, they choose how they wish to be governed and all political players must respect wishes of the people.

The fight for Reform change is not over people, we shall continue fighting till the “Voice of Reason” is respected and honored.

We are all in this together for the sake of Reform Change and let justice speak up for the people.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Election violence? Not again

Updated Wednesday, January 23 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Njoki Karuoya

Last week, I lost hope that the March 4 elections would be peaceful. With all the main presidential candidates working hard to be seen as national by appointing running mates from different communities, I was confident that a repeat of the 2008 post-election violence would not occur. But now I’m not so sure.

While the violence that seems set to rock the country in six weeks time may not be tribal-based but more about individual winners and losers, the scary fact is that violence will be a reality; and it may be worse than what we saw last weekend.

Bloated pool

I’m I being pessimistic? Perhaps, but imagine this. The post-primary violence was at the level of aspirants, and a bloated pool at that, which means hope more than guarantee, carried the day. Now there are all these candidates carrying around nomination certificates that declare them as bona fide party representatives for various seats, who believe they are the one.

And in the next six weeks, that ego will get so bloated that it will not be contained within the confines of a ballot box. So can you now imagine the explosions when their opponents are declared winners?

If the police want to ensure a more level-headed, violent reaction (if there is anything like that) after the pronouncement of winners, they need to, between now and then, disarm all Kenyans off pangas, jembes, tyres, matches, petrol and other inflammable and blunt objects. These are often the tools of violent. If they can manage this too, they need to force all Kenyans to attend anger-management crash courses that will also include lessons on the importance of peace, including peaceful protests.

Most importantly, the police will need to increase their bullets (hopefully the rubber bullets), tear gas and other riot-control weapons.

Abducted

But seeing as all these may be a tall order for the police, I’m worried for all those innocents who may be at the right place at the wrong time, and accidentally find themselves in the middle of abrupt violence. The victims of such mayhem are often women and children. When such violence erupts, women walking around are grabbed and gang raped. Children are abducted or killed.

And yes, it may be easy to tell people to lock themselves in their houses right from the evening of March 4 (after the voting exercise) till Sunday, March 10 when, hopefully, the final results will have been announced and any violent rages following such announcements have run out of steam. But we all know that violence tends to find people in the perceived safety of their homes.

Five years ago, when some people went out of their houses to protest the controversial presidential elections, many stayed at home. Others ran to places of ‘safety’ like churches, police stations and the chief’s camp. But the bloodthirsty killers went after them. People were killed in their homes, either by the rioters or by the police. Others were killed in church, while women were raped everywhere.

Accept loss

This is not the life I want for myself or for any Kenyan. I want us to live in peace, irrespective of other people’s opinion – because that is what elections are all about; providing individuals with the opportunity to exercise their opinion. The majority of Kenyans with the same opinion carry the day. That’s just the way it is. If you and those thinking like you lose, it’s simply because not as many people thought the same way.

Maturity is the skill to painfully accept your loss, find reasonable ways to vent your frustration then move along. Violence is never the answer as it costs more than acceptance, what with the collateral damage and loss of property and livelihoods.

Just how mature are we as Kenyans? That will be the major test as we get closer to March 4. Let us choose peace and tolerance instead of war and intolerance.

I wish all candidates the best, but as they campaign, they must realise that those nomination certificates they hold are not the tickets to success. They could lose come March 4, too, and they need to act as gentlemen and ladies when the proof is presented to them; and as leaders by calming their supporters down to peace instead of inciting them to violent protests.

South Nyanza Protests

Published on Jan 18, 2013

Protests rocked most parts of the County over alleged manipulation of results. Riots rocked Kendu Bay town amid claims that the nomination for Karachuonyo Parliamentary seat had been manipulated while in Ndiwa, scores of demonstrators poured to the streets claiming manipulation was going on in favour of outgoing Mp Augustine Netto.

Protests over insecurity in Kisumu

Updated Monday, October 29 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Mangoa Mosota

Prominent Kisumu businessman Shem Kwega has died and his wife critically wounded after being shot by thugs in broad daylight.

Shem Kwega and his wife Rose Onyango were admitted at the Intensive Care Unit at Aga Khan Hospital soon after the incident. Kwega later succumbed to injuries.

The duo was shot at a few minutes after 10am, along Nyerere Road, near Mamba Hotel.

A witness, Morgan Ashino, said the two thugs armed with a G3 gun, blocked Kwega’s car, before he got out.

“He came out and held the gun, before one of them hit him on the head with a fist,” said Ashino, a motor cycle operator.

Kwega then got into his car and tried to drive off, but the thugs shot him several times, as the vehicle swerved into a ditch. His wife was also shot as the gang forcefully took a bag reported with some money from her.

Ashino said together with four other motor cycle operators, followed the thugs all the way to Nyamasaria, about five kilometres away.

The shooting incident sparked off a wave of protests by an assistant minister Ayiecho Olweny and local residents who marched in the streets demanding action.

Protestors blocked the Kisumu – Kakamega road, with over 500 of them surrounding Kondele police station.

More than 30 police officers drawn from Kisumu and Nyando Divisions are hunting the gang, who drove from the town in vehicle they had earlier hijacked.

Kwega is the Kisumu Town West Constituency ODM chairman and in 2007 sought parliamentary seat, but lost in the nominations. He owns two petrol stations in the lakeside town.

The shooting comes only two days after an acclaimed researcher was killed by thugs in Tom Mboya area.

Dr Joseph Odhiambo, of Centre for Disease Control (CDC) was hacked on his head on Saturday night.

The deceased was a senior technical adviser to the CDC’s Global Aids Programme.

Nyongo’ under fire over flawed Kisumu vote

Updated Saturday, January 19 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Rushdie Oudia

KISUMU; KENYA: Five governor aspirants in Kisumu County are demanding the resignation of ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyongo’.

The aspirants accused Prof Nyongo’ of interfering with party nominations in the county, alleging he was to blame for the flawed exercise.

Led by Owino Omolo and Ruth Odinga, the aspirants also called for the nullification of all governorship results, saying the process should be repeated.

The aspirants alleged that Nyong’o was working with Jack Raguma, who is also in the governorship race, to ensure the two of them win. Ms Odinga alleged that Raguma alongside Nyong’,o had gone to collect ballot papers at the Kisumu Airport on Thursday, which was illegal.

“It is wrong for ballot papers to be in the hands of an aspirant,” she said, alleging that the two had a cup of tea with one of the ODM returning officers, who was to oversee the nominations.

“No nominations will take place until returning officers and presiding officers are changed,” said Ms Odinga. However, Nyongo dismissed the claims as cheap politics, saying he was not meddling.

How Kisumu was turned into a battlefield

Updated Monday, January 21 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Maureen Odiwuor

KISUMU, KENYA: A returning officer was escorted by heavily armed security detail to Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu where he announced the Kisumu County nomination results.

The officer, said to have been appointed by the party after Albert Mbwaga was replaced for allegedly colluding with Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o, addressed impatient party supporters at 10.30pm on Saturday.

He declined to identify himself but went ahead to read a list of results that he referred to as provisional. He started by declaring Shakeel Shabbir as the Kisumu East parliamentary nominee.

For Nyando, Kisumu West and Muhoroni, where voting was still going on at the time of announcement, former MPs Fred Outa, Olago Aluoch and Ayiecho Olweny were declared winners respectively. Ochola Ogoda was announced the winner for the senate seat while in Seme constituency no winner was declared.

Mlolongo results indicated Dr James Nyikal was ahead of the rest.

Heated reactions

Hell broke loose when he announced Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s sister, Ruth Odinga, as the ODM governor nominee. This sparked reactions from ODM supporters who began protesting following an earlier announcement that Jack Ranguma had clinched the governor ticket.

The angry crowd reacted violently, with one General Service Unit officer was hit by a stone on the head.

This prompted security officers at the scene to lob teargas canisters to disperse the protesting youth before the team that announced the results was escorted out of the venue.

Tension had been heightened by the long wait supporters had to endure for the release of the results. At 9pm, the impatient crowd attempted to force their way into the college

List of ODM nominees as submitted to IEBC

Updated Wednesday, January 23 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

Women Representative-Florence Mwikali Mutua

Siaya County

Gubernatorial -Cornelus Arasanga Amoth

Senatorial -Hon. James Orengo

Women Representative-Emily Agnes Awitta

Kisumu County

Gubernatorial -Jackson Ranguma

Senatorial -Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o

Women Representative-Rose Auma Ogendo Nyamunga

Homa Bay County

Gubernatorial -Cyprian Otieno Awiti

Senatorial -Gerald Otieno Kajwang

Women Representative-Gladys Atieno Nyasuna Wanga

Migori County

Gubernatorial -Prof. Edward Oyugi Akongo

Deputy Governor-Anne Omodho Anyanga

Senatorial -Hon. Wilfred Gisuka Machage

Women Representative-Susan Millie Owino

Kisii County

Gubernatorial -Hon. James Elvis Omariba Ongwae

Senatorial -Christopher Mogere Obure

fredrick Ja Gem24 January 2013 3:25 PM ODM should stop fooling around with luo Nyanza people,the days of party euphoria is over,the days of imposing leaders to people is a “thing of da past” Let Raila and his party know that we need change in our region and NOT BIG names like Nyong’o,Midiwo,Oburu,Kajwang’ and other non performing leaders,Odingaism will never exist in luo Nyanza if this is the case,common mwananchis’ right cannot be violated by some few characters in the name of ODM…ON that note right now am mobilizing Siaya county residents to vote candidates of their choice and not party….Dictatorship should be stopped and democracy be exercised,we are perishing because we lack knowledge and wisdom nnktt.

Esther Wanga24 January 2013 10:16 AM Clearly ODM.Can you revise your list otherwise Raila wont see my vote.I’d rather vote Uhuru.dont u think you are hurting people???Mr Bett???Can you give us the people we chose.I’m disappointed particularly for Homabay County_Rangwe constituency.You replaced the MP we chose together with all the county reps.How do you explain Position 5 securing a certificate??????DEMOCRATIC INDEED!!!You’ll be in for a rude shock!Keep up you mulpractices!!

PAUL TWENYO from Homabay24 January 2013 9:46 AM Sincerely,I am greatly disappointed with ODM party,I have just realized it has its owners,wait for a rude shock on 4th of MARCH 2013,we cannot continue suffering at expense of other peoples benefit,it is in Nyanza where a meter from fresh water lake is a desert,and it in Kisumu where 20litre water goes 20 Kenya shillings during dry season yet, fresh water lake is at stone throw.We must be allowed to elect those we feel can meet our needs “Nitawakataa” come rain, come sunshine.

JARAE24 January 2013 8:56 AM We are not happy with the way Raila dictates luo Nyanza.Nyong’o and Midiwo did not win.This is a total shame and should have just gone ahead to include Oburu and Ruth.Shame

Victor JaAlego23 January 2013 6:46 PM Guys, RAO is not OMNIPOTENT, in fact he was sitting somwhere sipping his tea.Your fury is directed to the wrong person.The National Election Board are to blame and surely something is happening.The corrupt parted with money and will be drained down the loo.ODM is the party to beat like it or not.

Ndege23 January 2013 6:37 PM ODM if that is the way democracy is done then i aint voting any ODM candidate. surely we are no robots they should have seen the mood on the ground imposing leaders on people and its the electorate who have the voice that’s a big NO. Like Muhoroni the so called Prof was beaten yet he was handed nomination. rude shock is awaiting ODM on 4th March.

CONCERNED SERIOUS KENYAN23 January 2013 5:28 PM AS YOU MAKE YOUR BED, SO SHALL YOU LIE ON IT. COME 4TH MARCH 2013, RAILA AMOLLO ODINGA, DON’T REGRET ON THE OUTCOME. YOU MIGHT GET YOUR PRESIDENTIAL VOTES WITH NO MPS, GOVERNORS, SENATOR, COUNTY REPS ETC. THE MAJORITY MIGHT COME FROM OTHER PARTIES WHICH DEMONSTRATE SERIOUSNESS WITH PROPER DUE DILIGENCE ON THE CANDIDATES THEY PICK TO SUPPORT THEIR VICTORY. REMEMBER CHAPTER 6 ON INTEGRITY WHIC DOES NOT EXCLUDE NOMINATION OF PROPERLY VETTED CANDIDATES. I WISH YOU WELL IN YOU PRESIDENTIAL BID.

Elphas Osii23 January 2013 4:43 PM I cant believe what has just happened….if that is the so called Democracy,Jakom,watch these space on 4/3/2013…..

Siasa Kali23 January 2013 1:18 PM Please, this is not what we want or expected, why leave all the preferred nominees and pick your own for the specific sits? Was the nomination process for formality? Wait and see, come 04/03/2013, i know i’m not alone, we will serve you right. I now understand the internal dictatorship within the ODM that sent away all the PENTAGON members.

Thugs attack Judge probing Tana clashes

By CYRUS OMBATI
NAIROBI, KENYA: A High Court Judge was on Wednesday night carjacked and kidnapped in a robbery incident in her Karen home, Nairobi.

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka was driving into her compound at about 10 pm when she was confronted by five heavily armed men.

The Judge, who chairs a commission investigating the Tana River clashes that have claimed more than 160 lives and displaced thousands of people, told police that she was alone in her official car when gunmen who seemed to have been waiting struck.

Taking her hostage, they forced her into her house and ransacked it. The attackers confiscated several documents, a laptop, television set and other electronics.

The Judge’s husband, who is a businessman, drove in during the robbery unaware of the attack. The gang also took him hostage for hours as they demanded cash and other unclear “information”.

Police say the gang later abducted the two and drove with them out of their compound to Dagoretti area where they withdrew more than Sh40,000 from their ATM accounts.

They then took them to Kangemi area where they abandoned the two in the darkness and directed them to where they would leave the cars.

The Judge and her husband later drove back to their residence after they alerted police.

Police, who are still investigating the attack, have questioned why Nzioka’s personal body guard and a police officer stationed at the Judge’s home were unarmed at the time of the incident.

Detectives who visited the scene say their preliminary analysis shows that the gang was interested in the Judge’s laptop.

“We believe the other items they stole were just a cover up and their interest was in the laptop which they took. We are investigating,” said a senior police officer.

Nairobi Area head of police operations Wilfred Mbithi says no arrest or recovery has been made so far.

Judge Nzioka chairs a commission that is investigating Tana River clashes that have so far claimed 160 lives.

She was scheduled to officially release the report on the clashes on Friday after hearing evidence from more than 130 witnesses.

The night attack is believed to be linked to the report that the commission was compiling.

The incident comes a week after lands permanent secretary Ms Dorothy Angote and her husband were attacked in similar incident in their Lavington estate, Nairobi.

Their car is yet to be recovered after they were carjacked and robbed.

The couple was attacked last Wednesday night and robbed before they were dumped in a coffee plantation in Kikuyu.

According to police, Angote and her husband were driving to their home when they were attacked by three gunmen who had posed as her security guards.

Apparently the thugs had earlier attacked the security guards at the compound, stripped them of their uniforms and tied them in a corner. The thugs later wore the guards’ uniforms and positioned themselves in the compound.

When the couple arrived at about 10pm, the thugs ushered them in before holding them at gunpoint. According to reports, the gang was armed with AK47 rifles.

Angote and her husband were then driven around the city before they were abandoned in a coffee plantation past midnight. They were later rescued by police after villagers found them tied to a tree in the coffee plantation.

Police who saw them said they were unhurt. On Wednesday, police said they were yet to make an arrest or recovery of the car.

Detectives handling the case said they have a clue on who the gunmen were but they are yet to know the motive and were trailing them.

Police said the thugs also stole the couple’s X-Trail car, jewelry, cash, an iPad and other personal valuables.

Canadian gold mining firm is closing its operations in Mozambique to concentrate its activities of gold prospecting in Western Kenya

Reports Leo Odera Omolo

A Canadian owned gold prospecting firm, African Queen Mines Ltd is reported to be in the process of quitting Mozambique to focus on its gold exploration activities in Western Kenya after reviewing its portfolio of exploration properties in South West and East Africa.

The move is expected to reduce the company’s operational costs and prioritize projects for development in 2013.

The firm’s Chief Executive Irwin Olian was recently quoted as saying that African Queen Mines Limited will halt development of King Solomon project in Mozambique to concentrate its activities in Western Kenya regions of Rongo and Ugunja gold fields in Kenya and Noyem and Nyadonam in Ghana.

The discovery of large deposits of gold reserves in Western Kenya in the past five years continues to attract foreign interests with several international mining firms taking acreage.

Statistic show that in 2010, Kenya earned Kshs 6’3 billion {USD 72.9 million) from the sale of five tones of gold – three times mote than the year before, indicating how rapidly the commodity is growing down as the most important export product in the country. and especially focusing on the Western Kenyan regions.

More gold exploration companies such as Africa Barrixck,Linear Metals, Red Rocks Resopurves and Gold Plat are narrowing down on Kenya and especially focusing on the country’s Western regions.

Last November, London based African Barrick Gold plc acquired mineral prospecting area in Western Kenya from Aviva mining Limited,a firm which is wholly owned Cubstation of the Monorovia Stock Exchange quotes Aviva.

Recent survey by the government and private companies have revealed gold deposits around Migori and \Kakamega Counties in Western Kenya.

However, the gold prospecting ground in many parts of Western Kenya might not be the fertile ground for business following the recent rising in concerted agitation by the local miners, particularly the indignant Kenya, who felt that foreign companies were out to exploit the country’s minerals while not making any meaningful return to the |Kenya | Treasury.

There is discontent by local small scale miners in Migori area, which has recently led to the revocation of one company’s prospecting license. the firm, Mid Migori gold mines Limited, has been in conflict of interests between the local miners and politicians, who have been accusing them of dishonesty.

There were accusation that Mid-Migori, a firm which has been in exploration work in the area for the last ten years, was actually prospecting gold and exporting its product by road via the neighboring Tanzania without having gone through the country taxation system under the Kenya Revenue Authority. The conflict also is with the local Member of parliament Edick Omondi Anyanga, and in September last year a team of Parliamentary Select Committee on minerals and natural resources visited Migori area and held talks with the local and foreign miners. He committee had recommended the revocation of Mid-Migori Gold Mines, though one of its manager later wrote from London suggesting the change of names and accused the former area MP of under mining its activities in the area.

The local miners through the managing director of Migori Mining Company limited, a self-help group comprising local and small scale miners Mr Timon Oliewo Sure, a Kenyan mine engineer with the vast experience in gold mining gained after long service in South African gold mines came out in full support of the local MP insisting that the MP had their mandate to speak on behalf of the much exploited local miners.

Kenya is not benefiting from its abundant minerals because of illicit dealing and rackets of exporting the commodity secretly.

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THE FIASCO OF ODM PRIMARY NOMINATION IN NYANZA HAS EXPOSED THE PARTY LEADERSHIP AS NOT BEING SERIOUS WHILE CRUSADING FOR REFORM AND DEMOCRACY IN KENYA.

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

.It is like as if the ODM leadership is preaching water while they drink wines. The outcome of the last week’s flawed ODM primary nomination should place the party leadership into a very shameful position which needs a lot of concentrate and more energy in public relations work.

This mismanaged nomination has obviously given and equipped Raila Odinga rivals in the presidential race with ammunition with which they could use to discredit his crusading for reforms and democracy.

Despite of the strong of massive rebellion against the Prime Minister by his Luo supporters in his home backyard in Nyanza, the corruption ridden and much flawed ODM preliminary nomination exercises has left “Agwambo” like a wounded bull of buffalo.

What has since emerged like selection and not election will see Mr Odinga sitting in the eleventh parliament with not very credible MPs who can be said to be enjoying the public confidence, but a bunch of selected group rigged into the August House. And because the Prime Minister is facing an up-hill task of overcoming his opponents in the presidential race, he really needed a solid support and backing from his Luo home backyard in a similar fashion which he enjoyed in the 2007 general election.

This is so important because of Kenya’s politics is based on ethnicity strength and numbers, it appears here as if the Prime Minister had taken his tribesmen for granted and made no effort of sensitizing the on the importance of maintaining high standard of discipline in their undertakings, especially on matters related to the competitive politics.

Here are the list of the number of parliamentary constituencies where no genuine voting took place, and people purported to have won the nomination and those who are purported to have won the primaries in these constituencies were only handed the nomination certificates by the ODM in silver platter.

In Homa-Bay County, there were no elections which took place in Kabondo-Kasipul, Kasipul, Rangwe, Homa-Bay Town, Ndhiwa, Mbita and Gwassi..It was a big miss because the election materials either arrived in those places twenty four later after the expiry of the dateline and deadline set by the ICEBC.

The valid reason for the apathy shown by the voters in those places could as well be attributed to non-arrival or late arrival of election materials from the ODM headquarters in Nairobi, massive corruption practiced openly by those who were appointed and sent into those rural constituencies either as presiding or returning officers as well as polling stations clerks.

These personnel who were supposed to be responsible in supervising the nomination exercises went into bribery spree accepting money from the competing aspirants and then declaring those who had performed dismally at the polls as the winners to the chagrins of the electorate. After accepting bribes the returning officer later faked stories of kidnapping, some said they were intimidated and that their lives were placed in great danger. and yet some of the were known to have laughed all the way to the banks after receiving fat bribe money.

Still in Homa-Bay county, here no voting took place in places like Mbita, Homa-Bay, Town, Rangwe, Kabondo Kasipul, Kasipul Gwassi and Ndhiwa. Thee only place where members of the public had the slightest chances of casting their votes was in Karachuonyo constituency. Bribery is said to have not been confined within the constituencies, but had also started all the way from the party head office where some ballot boxes were poorly packed and sent out in insecure condition which were prone to interferences while the documents were still in transit

Some places receiving ballot boxes and ballot papers without bearing the names of some candidates or some candidates had their names missing from the ballot papers. This was the case of Kabondo-Kasipul. .In Migori County, genuine voting exercises only took places in two constituencies, namely Migori East and Migori West. It was only in Rongo constituency where the actual voting exercise took place, though there were inadequate election materials.

In the newly created Awendo cons politician with contact and influence at the ODM headquarters is believed to have prevailed upon the party’s election board members to have his political surrogate and sycophant declared the winner in a place which had not received even one single ballot box.

Rumors were also rampant that a vehicle loaded with panga Machetes] had ferried the consignment from Kisumu to Awendo. The machetes are said to have been distributed to the youths, for the purpose of committing a felony during the primaries and thereafter during the election proper.

He residents have appealed to the police to launch a thorough investigation with the view to unearth the whereabouts of the huge consignment of machetes. The same could be used on March 4, 2013 for the purpose of causing mayhem.

Hired political goons were deployed everywhere, including inside polling booths. In places where the goons perceived that their master was on the losing end, they moved, invaded the polling stations,seized ballot papers and destroyed election materials including the votes which had already been casted. To-date nobody had appeared before a court of law charged with the offences causing willful damages to property.

It was in Uriri constituency within Migori district where the voters were able to vote, though in a small scale. And they sent the former MP Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo packing and replace him with the populist Eng Kobado, a former Principal of the Kenya Railways Training School, the only man in greater Southern Nyanza who is believed to have won his primary nomination genuinely.

The former Luo-Nyanza MPs who lost the nomination, though some of them later found their way after their names had been submitted to the ICEBC include Ayiecho Olueny [uhotoni} Otieno Ogindo{Rangwe} Oyugi Magwanga {Kasipul], Edick Omondfi Anyanga [Nyatike}, Fred Outa {Nyando}, Pollyins Ochieng’ Daima, {Nyakach, Jakoyo Midiwo {Gem{, Olago Aluoch {Kisumu Town West[.

Hose who had defended their seats successfully included Eng. Nicholas Gumbo [Rarieda],Shakeel Ahmed |Shabbir {Kisumu Town East, Dalmas Otieno,{Rongo}John Pesa [Migori East}Eng James Rege [Karachuonyo} and John Mbadi {Gwassi}.

VERIFICATION OF VOTERS REGISTER (IN RWANDA)

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Fellow Kenyan,

Happy New Year !

Be advised that the voters register will be open for verification at the Kenya High Commission Chancery, Kacyiru, Kigali during working hours from today the 23rd Jan 2013 @ 2.00 pm Rwanda Time.

NB – This register has the details of those who registered at the same station (Kenya High Commission Chancery, Kacyiru – Kigali) Only. Please be guided accordingly.

Many Happy returns for the year ahead,

Carol

EAC: Food experts and analysts are meeting in Nairobi to deliberate on food security in East African region

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

FOOD experts and analysts drawn from Europe, Asia and the entire Eastern African region to deliberate on strategies that can be used to enhance food security in the region.

The Workshop organized and sponsored by the European Union and the East African Community {EAC} under the joint EU-Africa’s Strategies- will seek ways of strengthening the harmonization of the food hygiene management through training.

The four days workshop dubbed Regional workshop on harmonization of food security in Africa will take place between January 22-25.

The Arusha based secretariat of the EAC has stated that food safety can only be achieved through the application of reference framework and introduction of guidelines that will harmonize the management of food hygiene and enhance inter-regional trade and integration in Africa.

The delegates to the four days workshop will also deliberate on how to secure fertilizers with the AU Commission and other regional economic blocs such as the Comesa, Ecowas in order to demonstrate and apply the reference guidelines for harmonization food hygiene in Africa.

The EAC is currently in the process of implementing its food security action plan [2012 – 2015} and preparing to implement the regional SPS Protocols, which was recently approved the Community’s Council of Ministers and the EAC Summit.

The SPS measures will focus on plytosanitary measure and procedures for mammals, birds and bees.

Food security analysts in the region said last week that food security in Eastern Africa countries has improved as the number of people at risk of starvation declined by over one million.

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KENYA: SPEECH BY ARCHBISHOP ZACCHAUES OKOTH ON KISUMU PEACE FORUM

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
JANUARY 4, 2013

This speech was made on January 4, by Kenya Episcopal Conference Justice and Peace Chairman, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu:

Dear people of God, fellow citizen’s ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to join you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for peace in the growth of our nation.

About Fifty Years ago the founding fathers of this nation in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, defined the destiny of this nation with clarity as we often sing in our national anthem “Justice be our shield and defender, may we dwell in Unity peace and liberty, plenty be found within our boarders’, This momentous declaration came as a great beacon light for posterity of this beautiful nation.

If you look at the Kenyan Flag, it stands out as the most beautiful of all the world’s flags, but I am afraid today that if one were to open the heart of many Kenyans, it would be area contradiction what our flag symbolizes-(A nation United in peace and liberty.)

This is due to the militarized conflicts this country has undergone in the past five decades which have greatly impacted on the stability and peace of this great nation.

That is why I stand before this august forum to invite you to join in the Journey towards peace and mutual co-existence as one family with one destiny. This peace whose heralds we have to be, is the only way to the new dawn, a dawn that says goodbye to impunity, inequality, abuse of human rights, violence and corruption amidst the many evils that have plagued and crippled the progress of this nation.

A dawn that upholds the dignity of the human person and its inalienable rights there by promoting the local aptitudes with its charisms and potentialities to celebrate the gift our rich and diverse heritage.

I stand here today as a witness to the growth of this nation amidst its challenges to date. At independence; Kenyans enjoyed a deep spirit of nation hood and peace; this was exemplified by harmony and unity that was all inclusive especially among the founding fathers of our nation and its political leadership.

In those days Kenyans were judged by the content of their character and not their ethnicity or other affiliations. This beautiful fabric has over the years degenerated and disintegrated into anarchy fuelled by ethnocentricism.

The last Five decades have been characterized with historical injustices, grabbing of the public utilities, tribal clashes (ethnic cleansing] leading to the degeneration of the systems of Justice and loss of credibility in the institutions of the Government.

On 30th December 2007, carne the darkest day in the history of this nation when all these ills reached their climax in the post election violence due to a disputed election. The Loss of over 1000 innocent lives, property of innumerable value, crimes against humanity that will never be forgotten through generations.

The gruesome sight of the events will forever leave indelible marks in the memories of innocent Kenyans some of whom have not found a home there since, living as internally displaced persons in their own country.

That is why I am here today to tell you the most important word; NEVER AGAIN,

Never again will the blood of the innocent be sacrificed at the altar of impunity, never again will Kenyans rich or poor live in the cold away from their homes because they have been driven away by their neighbors with whom they have lived in peace, Never again will Kenyans become refugees in their own land.

Never again will we subject this region to such atrocities. Never again will we see children and women undergoing the untold pain, never again will should this nation be in flames lit by its own citizens.

This proclamation “Never again” is a matter of Faith in Action that we believe in peace and work for it as a preferential and fundamental option for the growth and development of all institutions.

Never again means choosing peace and desisting from all forms of violence. This is why I am here today to invite you to join me in this caravan of peace, peace that is not just the absence of war but a true experience in the heart of every Kenyan.

Peace in our homes, peace in the neighborhood and the nation at large; peace which is synonymous to development. Since our destiny is defined by the choices we make in the present; choosing peace today is choosing a brighter future for this nation which has been guaranteed by the New Constitutional dispensation.

As we chose peace let us be aware of the seven evils enumerated by Mahatma Gandhi as deadly to the growth and survival of any nation; which in my opinion has deeply penetrated the leadership and structures of our beloved country;

1. Politics without principles (political affiliations based on Tribal outfits)

2. Pleasure without conscience (indulging into social evils without being mindful of the consequences- Kenya of a few billionaires against millions of people living in abject poverty and nobody cares).

3. Wealth without work (plundering public resources and institutions through corruption)

4. Knowledge without character (compromising academic prospects and truth because of money and positions)

5. Business without morality (making business through stealing, even some parts of the dead)

6. Science without humanity (not being mindful of the consequences of scientific research)

7. Worship without sacrifice (Inability to sacrifice personal ambition for the sake of the common good).

This is why I invite you as to join me to say Never again as I propose the following as the panacea of the past injuries in the region and the way forward;

1. Investment in peace as a personal prerogative since any act of violence affects each and every one of us directly.

2. That our politicians articulate their party manifestos during this electioneering period without insulting each other and inciting the populace against one another

3. That we give each party a chance in this region to conduct peaceful campaigns irrespective of their ideologies and foundations.

4. That we respect and appreciate each other within our neighborhoods, since we all belong to one tribe (called Kenya ;) all Kenyans have the right and freedom to enjoy their fundamental rights in any part of the country without fear and intimidation.

5. That we resist from being hired or used by politicians to rise against each other in violence.

6. That we all work as a team towards a fair process towards the next general elections.

7. That we all become heralds of peace and preach it to one another since as you must have discovered; discord is more expensive than peace.

8. That we chose peace as a way towards economic recovery of the region and job creation since most of the investors are seemingly scared of Kenya since the experience of 2007 post election violence.

9. That the politicians treat each other with respect without contempt or provocation.

Yes We Can! We can have peace if we all choose peace today, True peace, reconciliation and justice as the way forward to a brighter destiny for each of us.

Remember with God nothing is impossible thus, I want to say peace is possible if we make a definitive decision to embrace it.

Kisumu for peace, Yes we can- Respect and love each other irrespective of our heritage- yes we can. Conduct violence free campaigns-yes we can-Resisting being used by politicians to fight each other -yes we can.

Kondele for peace-yes we can- Bodaboda for peace-Yes we can- Politicians for peace and mutual respect-ye we can- Women for peace-Yes we can.

I request you to join me in this wonderful prayer of peace which I here today propose for personal devotion and dedication before; during and after the forth coming elections.

The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

“0 Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is discord, harmony.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sorrow, joy.

Let me conclude by wishing each and every Kenyan a happy ride in this caravan of peace we have launched today, peace for positive change and economic prosperity.

Thank you all, may the Lord turn each and every one of you into instruments of Peace.

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