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5Jan/130

KENYA: NEW MISSION AT KIPCHIMCHIM CATHOLIC PARISH

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013

Some of you have been asking where I am assigned. According to assignment letter dated December 12, 2012, I have been assigned to work at Kipchimchim in Kericho Catholic Diocese as a curate (assistant parish priest) reporting on January 18, 2013.

Kericho was established as a Diocese from Nakuru on December 6, 1995 under the leadership of Bishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo (December 6, 1995 – March 22, 2003). His Lordship Emmanuel Okombo is the current Bishop (since March 22, 2003).

When the diocese was established, it had two deaneries; Kericho and Bomet, and 10 parishes. Bishop Anyolo established 6 more parishes and since Bishop Okombo took over on 23 May 2003, he has created more parishes making them twenty three in number. There are now four deaneries; i.e. Kericho,Kipkelion, Bureti and Bomet. The population of Roman Catholic Diocese of Kericho was approximately 1,621,000 as per year 2006.

The most widespread church in Kericho is the Africa Gospel Church which has affiliations with The World Gospel Mission of the USA. The church has the biggest church in the district in the town (Immanuel AGC) and heart centers at Cheptenye, Chepkutung, Keongo, Kipkelion, Londiani, Kabianga, Buret and Kaptebeswet.

The other churches present in the district include AIC, Catholic Church, Anglican Church, SDA, Full Gospel and a host of Independent churches. Local stations include Kass FM, Chamgei FM, KBC Kisumu, Radio Injili 103.7 FM, Sayare TV & Radio. Light and Life 107.3 FM, Sema Radio and The Just FM.

The Diocese covers Kericho County in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, a home to the Kipsigis people, who are a part of the Kalenjin community with population of 758,339;160,134 House holds as per the 2009 national population census and covers an area of 2,479 sq. Km. The population density is 306 people per sq. Km and 42 percent of the population live below the poverty line.

The Kipsigis are rated some of the most hospital and courteous people in the country. The Kipsigis just like their Kalenjin counterparts are well known to be good in Athletics.
Kericho Town is the headquarters of Kericho County, the country established under the New Constitution. Click here for Images for map of kericho county.

The constituencies include Kipkelion East in Londiani District and Sigowet in Kericho West brings to six the number of constituencies in the county. The existing four constituencies include Kipkelion West, Ainamoi, Belgut and Bureti. Click here to view Map of Kericho County Constituencies and Wards | Flickr - Photo.

They are represented in parliament by Roads Minister Franklin Bett (Buret), Charles Keter (Belgut), Benjamin Langat (Ainamoi) and Energy assistant minister Magerer Langat (Kipkelion).

Administratively, the county has 15 (Fifteen) divisions namely Belgut, Kabianga, Sigowet, Ainamoi, Soin, Chilchila, Soget, Kunyak, Chepseon, Kamasian, Londiani, Kipkelion, Roret, Cheborge and Buret which are further divided into 85 Locations and 193 Sub-Locations.

It has six local authorities- Kericho Municipal Council, Kipsigis County Council, Bureti County Council, Kipkelion Town Council, Litein Town Council and Londiani Town council. Kericho is also home to Kenya's biggest water catchment area, the Mau Forest Complex.

The origin of the town’s name has not been established. One theory is that it was home to the region’s first public hospital, built by the British at the dawn of the 20th century. Medicine in the local Kipsigis language is referred to as “Kerichek”.

The name Kericho is a corruption of the Kipsigis word “Kericheek”. So the story goes that when the white settlers asked, “who inhabit here?” they were told that the land belonged to “Kaap Kericheek” one of the Kipsigis clans.

The white man found the clan’s name a mouthful of a tongue-twister, and just named the place Kericho. And to date Kericho has been the name of the Major town in this region bearing the same name and, lately, County.

Another school of thought states that the town was originally home of a medicine man named Kipkerich while other theory says the town was named after a Maasai Chief, Ole Kericho, who was killed during the 18th century by the Abagusii.

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

4Jan/131

TYPE OF PRESIDENT KENYANS WANT

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

Given that the conflict arising from the disputed presidential elections has roots in inequality, poverty, poor governance and a host of other issues, including inequality in terms of access to social amenities and economic opportunities, Kenyans want the president who will serve them equally.

Since independence the violence and conflict have been rooted in the favoritisms of state practice based on ethnic alliances, political activities that have often spilled over into violence and hence insecurity.

It explains why Joshua Waiganjo posed as top police officer for more than four years, even attending a high-powered security meeting where sensitive information is revealed. The man has been posing as an assistant commissioner of police and has been visiting several police stations in Rift Valley, even flying in a police helicopter to Suguta in Baragoi at the height of the police killings last month.

Against the background that Artur brothers found their way in Kenya. According to last year’s KTN’s investigations team, apart from security threats there was the cover-up that followed the seizure of Kenya’s largest ever cocaine haul in December 2004-click here to watch the video- Jicho Pevu.. Artur Brothers, KTN Raid, Statehouse Connection.

Video evidence being held by the police can also prove conclusively that Administration Police officers Badi Mwajirani and Juma Mwagaatu were unlawfully killed in the manner reported by Ali and Onsarigo, vindicating KTN’s bold reporting.

According to the report the Arturs were forming a secret CID unit, first reported in confidential diplomatic cables in 2006 as uncorroborated information from a local politician whose life was in danger.

As the Police and Government officials denied this, insisting the foreigners had forged police identification papers, even though they are likely to deny Waiganjo’s role in police, the report of a joint parliamentary team investigating the Artur saga named Narc activist Mary Wambui, then CID boss Joseph Kamau and former Special Advisor to the President Stanley Murage as key players in the Artur saga. Also named was the Internal Security minister at the time, John Michuki.

On its official Facebook page, Jicho Pevu claimed that the police were aware that Mohammed Ali was working on something big, but had no clue what it entailed. They also said that Mohammed Ali was accused of stealing a phone as part of the operation to derail his work.

The report, seen by the Daily Nation, indicates that the work of the team was frustrated by those bent on protecting the Artur brothers and promoting cover-ups to the extent that summonses to senior police officers to testify were ignored.

During their presence in Kenya, the Armenians, Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargsyan, are said to have been involved in numerous illegal activities, including tax evasion.

Politicians and senior government officials shielded the Artur brothers from the law. Click here to read a report by a parliamentary committee on the conduct of the deported Armenians said the pair used “political connections” to acquire passports and other key documents.

It explains clearly why Kenyans have the reason to fear for president whose agenda will rooted in the favoritisms of state practice based on ethnic alliances, political activities that have often spilled over into violence and hence insecurity.

It is also why Kenyans want the president who will investigate how 3 million people out of the population of 40 million Kenyans acquired their wealth, leaving the rest to subsist either in poverty or just above the poverty line.

President who will put equality at the top of the political agenda – by creating a dream team to bridge the rich-poor divide would help solve the problem. President who will create jobs, improve health and a range of other services, including clean water.

President who will make a clean up in ministries dominated by one ethnic communities, including Ministry of Transport, Finance, Nairobi Metropolitan Development, just to mention a few.

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

3Jan/131

Is revolution coming to Kenya?

From: Ajus Cirilus

article in The Nation

As elections approach, Kenyans will need to decide whether they will vote using their heads or their hearts, particularly in relation to the bids of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto, both of whom have been indicted by the International Criminal Court over crimes committed before and after the last election in 2007.

Regardless of whether Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are innocent, and notwithstanding their support in their ethnic strongholds, we as a nation have to soberly and rationally consider what an Uhuru or Ruto presidency will mean for Kenya.
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2Jan/130

KENYA: THE ATTACK AND STONING OF MIGORI WOMAN ASPIRANT HAS SPARKED OFF WHOLESALE CONDEMNATION BY THE REGIONAL LEADERS WHO CALLED FOR PEACEFUL CAMPAIGN AND GENDER RESPECT.

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Awendo Town.

ODM LEADERSHIP IN Migori County have come out in full force and severely criticized those who hatched the heinous criminal attack on one of the aspirants aspiring for the powerful position of Migori County governor.

Mrs Anne Omonndi Anyanga who is vying for the position of Migori County governor was attacked in Rongo Town by rowdy youth suspected to be supporters of the Public Service Dalmas Otieno, who is also the incumbent Rongo MP.

The goons tore into pieces the T-Shirts bearing her portrait, which she had just been distributing to the electorate for free. THey demanded that she give them the money, shouting “Gonywa Gonywa”.

Sensing the danger of her personal safety Mrs Anyanga dashed to her waiting car, which drover her to safety amid hails of stones, one of which hit her car front windscreen.

Mr Omomndi Anyanga, who is the wife of Nyatatike MP Edick while on her campaign trail flew into Rongo Town and landed at the nearby Rongo Primary School which is located in the middle of the Town.

Her arrival had coincided with another political function which was taking place at the nearby Kuja School of the Deaf and Blind.On seeing the Chopper huge crowd of people who were attending the function, in which the area MP was launching his campaign in defense of his Rongo seat surged forward and dashed towards Mrs Anyanga’s Chopper.The crowd abandoned Dalmas Oteno’s meeting and went to the venue where the Chopper had landed.

Some of the rowdy youth looked excessively intoxicated with chang’aa and menacingly demanded that Mrs Anyanga give them the money.

Looking disappointed Mrs Anyanga condemned political thuggery saying some people appeared to be hell-bent on intimidating her. She asked his rivals to respect democracy and gender.She defiantly flew to other places like Opapo. Kodero Bara, Rakwaro and Raneni and continued with her campaign.

It was learnt immediately that the eldest son of the Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno Fred Otieno was also simultaneously launching his campaign for the same position of Migori governor at a different function held in Migori Town.

Mrs Anyanga has been traversing the entire Migori County in the last two weeks using rented helicopter, which has taken her to many places inlcuding the two Kuria district of Kuria East and Kuria west, Nyatike, Uriri ,Rongo and Awendo while conducting roadside shows and public rallies.

SHe is facing one of the ODM’s stalwart Prof. Edqward Oyugi Akong’owho is perceived to be Raila Odinga’s closest friends and political adviser for the same seat. Prof Akong’Oyugi launched his campaign in Migori town last week, but it attracted only a paltry crowd.

Other candidates included the ODM’s stalwart Prof. Edward Akong’o Oyugi, who is perceived to be a close friend of the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and political advisor. The Prof. Oyugi was among the radical politicians who were detained for many years by the former Moi’s Nyayo regime for radical political activities.

Prof Oyugi who hails from Suna West launched his campaign officially last week in Migori town, but the function attracted only a paltry crowd. Other aspirants included the Kenya Sugar Board Awendo zonal director Zachary Okoth Obado who hails from North Kanyamkago in Urirri district who appeared to be the darling for the majority of sugar cane farmers in the region.

Also in the race is the youthful senior manager with the Airtail in Nairobi Mark Nyamita who hails from Central Kanyamkago in Uriri district whose candidature appeared to have attracted many youths.

However, Mrs Anyanga who is a business woman in Nairobi seemed to be the strongest and serious contender and someone to watch.

The late entry of Dalmas Otieno’s son Fred Otieno for the same position is likely not to alter anything significantly among the gains already secured by both who have been on the ground longer than one year.

Rumor making the round within Awendo and Migori as well as in Rongo is that Fred Otieno is not enjoying the political goodwill and patronage of his father Dalmas Otienm and as such his candidature is expected to make very little impact

Mrs Anyanga therefore stands the better chance of clinching the Migori governor steas, because she is the only aspirant from the votes-rich Nytatike constituency, whereas the majority of aspirants are people from Urirri and Migori constituencies.

Among those politicians who strongly condemned the attack on Mrs Anyanga is Eng.Phillip Odero Makabong’o who is contesting the Rongo parliamentary seat against Dalmas Otieno.Makabong’o appealed to the ODM headquarters to instill the highest standard of discipline including disqualification of those candidates found to be promoting war-mongering and political thuggery. He condemned the use of political goons to intimidate opponents by some politicians in the areas.

Dalmas OItieno could not be reached for his immediate comments about the attack on Mrs Anyanga by goons suspected to be his supporters in Rongo town.

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1Jan/131

KENYA: NEW YEAR 2013 IN BONDO

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013

Bondo Catholic faithful came in good number to give thanks to God for having protected them whole of last year and asking Him to do the same in the New Year. As Kenyans are preparing to vote in March this year, Parish Priest, Fr Gradus Ochieng called on his flock to vote wisely.

He said there is directive from Kisumu Archdiocese that ban politicians from campaigning in any of their churches, especially this time that the nation moves to the 2013 general elections.

The Diocese had resolved not to allow campaigns in churches to avoid confusing the congregation. This is the time he said politicians come to church to make empty promises. The directive he said is not for some politicians, but it is for all regardless of their superiority.

Fr Ochieng said the directives are given because the Church represents the moral conscience of the nation and she is expected to spell out what is good or bad, right or wrong in the political life of a given community.

Apart from directives, majority of Kenyans have also lost trust in Kenyan leaders whom they accuse of selfishness. This is because since independence Kenyan politics has never been about the well-being of Kenyans but has always been centred on politicians’ selfish motives and propensity for lofty offices, awarding themselves hefty salaries.

That is why in Kenya, alliances formed by our political parties are centered on boardroom negotiations revolving around how parties will share positions based on their perceived numerical strengths.

Kenyans need politics about how Kenya will be transformed into an industrialised country based on vision 2030. Now with old politicians been recycled, is why Kenyans have lost trust because these leaders, many of them who want to vie for Governors and Senators have never developed their constituencies since they entered politics, some since early 1990s.

Like Catholic Church, the church, through its leader Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, has also directed that Anglican Church will not receive gifts from politicians or allow the pulpit to be used to spur animosity among Kenyans.

“We must embrace humility and become wiser as the country nears the General Elections. We will not allow the church pulpits be used by politicians to attack each other,” Archbishop Wabukala said on Sunday after leading a Sunday worship session at the All Saints Cathedral Church in Nairobi.

As a church he said they will remain non-partisan, but politicians who want to divide Kenyans on tribal lines should be discouraged at all costs.

The statements by the head of the Anglican Church in the country follow an earlier resolution by several priests from Mombasa Catholic Archdiocese who warned MPs William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta, former Civil Service boss Francis Muthaura and journalist Joshua Sang, who are accused of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC), against holding prayers in their churches.

“I, as the Archbishop of Mombasa, and my 80 priests will not allow the four suspects to hold prayers in our place. This will be tantamount to promoting impunity, which this country must abhor,” said Archbishop Boniface Lele of Mombasa Archdiocese.

The Seventh Day Adventist church, through a newsletter to all its branches, also directed church elders not to use the church podium to campaign for their preferred political parties or leaders.

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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

1Jan/130

KENYA: ANOTHER HIGH ACADEMIC PROFILE WOMAN JOINS THE RACE FOR KISUMU WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE SEAT.

REPORTS Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The Kisumu County Women Representative position has attracted another high profile aspirant in the name of Dr.Rose Kisia Omondi a senior lecturer at the Moi University Eldoret.

Dr Kisia-Omondi who is commonly known as Nyar-Suba, grew up in Awendo town and its environs. She is married to another University lecturer Dr. ndi from lower Nyakach Kabondho.

Rose kisisa Omondi; Kisumu_rep.jpg
photo of Dr.Rose kisisa Omondi

She is the second woman to show interests in the seat and will face it up with the moneyed Mrs Nyamunga, from Kano Plains and the wife of the former Nyando MP Eng. Eric Opon Nyamunga who is also a business tycoon in Kisumu Town.

Dr Rose Kisia Omondi took her early education at Sare Primary School in Awendo Town before moving to Ogande Girls High School , which is located near Homa-Bay Town.

She is the holder of the PHD degree in management and economics {NZ}, MBA which she obtained from the University of Wales in the UK, Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi.

Dr Rose Kisia-Omondi said she has travelled extensively all over the world and gained sufficient experience, which if elected to be one of the next Women Representative in parliament she could put into good use for the purpose of poverty eradication.

THe vision, she declared is to give the people of Kisumu County whose population is now close to 900,000 the most effective representation and leadership which is based on action oriented.

She told this writer that Kiksumu has a lot of potentiality for economic growth, citing Lake Victoria and its resources, fishing industry, cash crops production such as sugar cane, horticulture.

The land in this region , she said is fertile and could be used to produce a lot of cash crops.And now that the Kisumu Airport is expanded to accommodate bigger planes, it could be used in exporting horticultural products to Europe and destination directly.

Dr Kisia –Omondi said she is a life member of the ODM and she is a social democrat who believes in the democratic principles as well as in equity and fairness and social justice for all.

Dr.Kisia Omondi has appealed to all those contesting various elective seats in the region to conduct their campaign in peaceful manner while respecting the law of the land.

She challenged her opponent to speak less, but to think hard how the abject poverty could be eradicated and whipped out of the region through concerted efforts.

Dr. Kisia Omondi is the younger sister of the long-serving KNUT EXECUTIVE SECRETQARY FOR Migori district, the late MijunguKisia.

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1Jan/130

KENYA: THREE LUO CABINET MINISTERS GOT RUDE AND SHOCKING MIXED RECEPTION IN THEIR CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN SIAYA AND HOMA-BAY COUNTIES.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

THREE Luo Ministers got a rude and shocking reception in Siaya County over the weekend after they were accused of killing the democratic space which Kenyans have fought for many years.

The Ministers James Aggrey Orengo {Lands} Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ {Immigration and Registration of Persons Minister and Dr. Oburu Oginga who is the Finance Assistant Minister had gone to Sega Town in the Ugenya constituency to drum up the support for Dr. Oburu Odinga who is vying for the Siaya County governor.

Close to 2,000 delegates from all over the six parliamentary constituencies within Siaya County attended the meeting, but flatly refused to be coerced to endorse Dr. Oburu Oginga as the sole ODM candidate for the lucrative and powerful position of Siaya County governor.

Dr. Oburu Oginga is facing a Siaya business man William Oduol in a two men horse election race for the same position. The rowdy delegates made life difficult for the Minister and MPs accompany them. At one point one of the enraged delegates stood up and grabbed the microphone from Minister Orengo raising tension as the delegates engaged in the shouting match drowning the Ministers voices.

The delegates were arguing that there be no sacred cow and that all the aspirants interested in contesting various elective seats should be cleared by the ODM for the electorate to finish their work at the ballot boxes come March 4, 2013.

Present at the meeting were Rarieda MP Eng Nicholas Gumbo, Alego-Usonga MP Edwin Ochieng Yinda, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and Rangwe MP Martin Otieno Ogindo.

The same shouting match was witnessed when the Ministers and MPs moved out of Sega Primary School ground and moved to Ugunja Town for the public rally.

Meanwhile in Homa-Bay County three prominent Luo politicians vying for the various elective seats launched their campaign officially at the different venues.

The first to launch his campaign for the contest for the position of Homa-Bay County governor was Cyprian Otieno Awiti, the retired former Country Director of Marrie Stoppie Clinics. Awiti’s colorful launching was graced by the secretary-General of COTU {K} Francis Atwoli.

After the launching Awiti drover in a convey of close to 50 motorcade and snaked around Gwassi constituency, visited Kisegi, Sindo and Magunga,God-Bura, Nyandiwa before sailing across the Mbita Channel to Mfangano Island using Mbita Ferry.

On Sunday Awiti attended the Sunday Mass and prayers at the Mausoleum of the Late Tom Mboya near Matenga Beach in Kamasengre , Rusinga West in Mbita constituency.He addressed a public rally at Kolunga Beach in Kamasengre. He later toured Wanyama, Utajo fish landing beaches in Rusinga East Location and Mbita town where he addresses huge crowds of enthusiastic supporters.

Awiti and his entourage crossed the MBITA Channel on Monday and moved to Osodo Primary School in Kamireri and at luanda in Gembe Location before moving to Lambwe West and Lambwe East location within Mbita constituency.

On the mainland, Awiti’s arch-rival for the same position Eng.Phillip Okoth Okundi conducted a marathon road-show which took him around Homa-Hills in West Karachuonyo before addressing a huge crowd at PALA Market in KANJHIRA IN Karachuonyo constituency.

The Immigration and Registration of Persons Gerald Oteno Kajwang’ who is vying for the Homa-Bay Senate seat also took his team to a road-show.

He officially launched his campaign at Rodi-Kopany about 8 kilometers outside homa-Bay town. His Caravan snakes out of Rodi Kopany and drover through Rangwe town before heading to \ndiru in Kagan Location before reaching Oyugis town where he addressed a huge crowd.

Kajwabng’’s trip, however, was not all that smooth. He encountered booing and heckling by rowdy youths at Rodi Kopany, who were believed to be the supporters of his rival Hilary Ochieng’Alila. The youth engaged the Minister in shouting match asking him to explain the reason why he had abandoned his Mbita parliamentary seat after representing the area for close to 17 years.

In Rangwe Town the Minister met with a hostile crowd of youths shouting the names of Hilary Ochieng’Alila and urged the Minister to move out of the place because they did not want him.

Minister Kajwang’, however, was well received at Oyugis Town where he addresses a huge crowd of people and urged them to elect reliable and credible leaders who would deliver the goods and alleviate poverty in the region.

From the looking of things, Awiti appeared to be having the upper hand in his bid to capture the Homa-Bay County governorship seat. He appeared to have captured the Suba region as well as Ndhiwa constituency well ahead of his opponents.

Homa-Bay County is covering seven parliamentary constituencies which included Gwassi, Mbita, Ndhiwa, Rangwe, Homa-Bay Town, Karachuonyo, Kasipul and Kabondo Kasipul and is the largest County in the region.

Other aspirants or the governor position included Prof.Akeyo Omolo of the Maseno University, while the Senate seat appeared to be a two horse race between Kajwang’and the youthful Nairobi based business tycoon Hilary Ochieng’Alila whose popularity has hit the region with thud like thunderstorm.

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31Dec/120

KENYA: CONFUSION AS OCHANDA FORCED TO STEP DOWN FOR RAILA’S BROTHER

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012

I have been camping in Bondo, Siaya County since December 24 following closely politics in the region. At first the wrangle was between Dr William Oburu Odinga, Prime Minister Raila Odinga elder brother and James ‘Aggrey Orengo for Siaya Senate seat.

Suggestion that Orengo step down for Uburu was first initiated by PM relative and Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo. When Orengo refused to give in Oburu had no alternative but to step down for governor seat.

But because Gideon Ochanda is a people person who has over the years provided what it means to bring change in different capacities he has worked, was definitely going to defeat Oburu. Against background that on December 25 Ochanda was forced to step down for Uburu and instead vie for Bondo MP.

All the years Bondo people preferred Ochanda to be their MP but because there were allegations of ODM nominations rigging, Ochanda has never made it. This time he is promised that if he steps down for Uburu he will make it for Bondo.

This decision did not please the vast majority of Bondo voters who vowed not to vote for Oburu even if they rig him in on January 10, 2013 during ODM nominations. Their preference now that Ochanda has stepped is William Oduol.

Siaya people wanted Ochanda instead of Oburu because they believe Ochanda is a reliable leader who is a Devolution and Governance expert having over 14 years experience. He has worked as Deputy Country Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and German political foundation promoting the rule of law, democracy and social justice.

Other aspirants who have declared their interest in Governor Seat include Julius Okinda,

Joe Donde, Oburu Oginga, Felix Okatch, Cornel Rasanga and Malik Obama. For senator seat they include James Orengo, Steve Mwanga, Awuor Nyakwar and Rev Sr Agnes Placida Salome Awuor.

Jakoyo Midiwo was for it again over the weekend when he publicly declared that Siaya County gubernatorial seat was already reserved for Oburu and other aspirants must just forget it, a declaration that William Oduol termed as dictatorial, saying that there was no preferred candidate for the Governor seat.

Oduol termed Midiwo’s remarks as unfortunate, reckless, presumptuous and insensitive to the opinion and views of the majority on the ground. In fact people do not want to speak about Oburu in Siaya County.

Raila on his part has said he did not have anyone in mind to vie for any seat, adding that every person must struggle for it, even though according to his relative Jakoyo Midiwo the party top brass had endorsed Bondo MP, Oburu Odinga for the Siaya County’s gubernatorial ticket and that those who were unhappy with the decision should decamp other parties.

Oduol revealed that he had been under immense pressure from a cabal of party stalwarts close to Oburu to step down for the Bondo MP and vowed that as a democrat and true believer in a new and a changing Kenya, he was ready to face it off with his opponents in a free and a fair nomination process.

Although Oduol called upon the Raila as the party leader to reassure Kenyans that party nominations in his rural backyard would be free and fair, given his deafening silence over the matter, the challenging here is whether ODM nominations are going to be free and fair.

General elections will be held in Kenya on March 2013, electing the President, Senators, County Governors, Members of Parliament, Civic Wards and Women County Representatives.

They will be the first elections held under the new constitution, which was passed during the 2010 referendum. They will also be the first general elections run by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

After the 18 December deadline, the IEBC released the provisional voter numbers showing a registered base of 14.3 million voters, missing their target of 18 million voters citing voter apathy as one of reasons for this.

This is because Kenyans had lost trust of politicians who for the last 10 years have been taking advantage of their electorates to enrich themselves. That is why instead of passing laws that will help improve governance, the MPs engaged in mischief to secure their sectarian interests.

This is not going to change in next year’s general elections unless Kenyans voted wisely. Should they vote current MPs who awarded themselves an extra 15 days within which to defect from the parties that sponsored them to Parliament, Kenyans are themselves to blame.

Kenyans were reluctant to register in good numbers because they believe the March 2013 elections will not offer them a window to usher a new regime that can rejuvenate their hopes, especially on the deteriorating economy; high inflation leading to high cost of living, insecurity and the ever rising unemployment levels which have eroded hopes of the citizens and confidence in the Kibaki led coalition government.

And because the MPs have already begun interfering with the new constitution, they are not sure of any president who will have to implement the new constitutional dispensation, oversee devolution among other reforms to restore confidence and optimism of Kenyans.

Kenyans have also not forgotten that seeking re-election in 2007 was a headache for Kibaki, with tribalism and corruption tainting his gains in economic development. The president had little to showcase to Kenyans.

The situation pushed him to for results for a final term. A fierce violence broke out, making the 2008 post election violence Kibaki’s worst nightmare as his half century active politics comes to end in March next year.

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

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30Dec/120

Kenya: Migori ODM MPs may retain their seats due to varied reasons

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Migori Town.

The forthcoming general election could produce the shocking and surprise results for some of the parliamentary hopefuls in some of the electoral constituencies.

There Are clear indications on the ground that the four MPs who inckluded Dalmas Otieno [Rongo}{ John Pesa{Migori} Edick Omondi Anyanga {Nyatike} and Cyprian Ojwang’Omolo would be much comfortable in the defence for their seats due to varied reasons.

The Migori County has received two extra additional parliamentary seats, which were created by the IEBC and endorsed by an act of Parliament. The new electoral areas included Awendo which was curved out of the old Rongo and Migori West which was curved out of the old Migori constituency.

The two Migori constituencies will now share the voters in the vote rich Migori town in two halves.

The new parliamentary boundary alignment has placed the incumbent John Pesa virtually in Migori East.

Pesa will now face it off with the frmer Migori MP Charles Oyugi Owino {Jalikowa}, a Nairobi businessman Peter Jobando, One Ogutu and other. appeared to be comfortable in his effort to retain the seat. He has a very attractive track record of fair and equitable disbursement of the CDF and other government revolving fund meant for the development of Migori constituency and is expected to sail through with a lot of easiness.

In the neighboring URIRI Constituency, the incumbent MP is the colorless Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo the man who never made his maiden speech in the 10th parliament, perhaps due to humble primary school academic background.

Ojwang’ Omolo, however, might escape the wrath of the voters and return to parliament due to lack of any credible and effective opponent at the constituency level.

He is facing no serious challengers among the from half dozen of aspirants vying for the seat.

His strongest challenger is Eng Kobado a former Principal, of the Railways Training School who hails from Kanyamkago Central and is considered as an indigent. Another rival who is posing threat to Cyprian Omolo is Dr.Ongwara, who reuns a medic training school in Kisumu. Dr Ongwara, however, is considered as an outsider.He is an immigrant from Karachuonyo, only recently settled in the area ,and lacked the clans' backing in Uiriri. He is also being accused of associating himself with political goons. He is always in the company of drunken political hecklers.

Another aspirant vying for Uriri seat is a Nairobi based accountant by profession John Boby Awiti-Otange. But the candidate seemed to be much of urbanized character, though highly intelligent and enlightened, his candidature has yet to pick up and attract large following.

Another Mombasa based business tycoon Paul Odhiambo is also in the race, but he is being accused of feeding rowdy youths with Chang’aa. He too has yet to make any impact in the constituency. He has yet to make an impact and developed sufficient following, though he is relying on his d

All the indications are that Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo could easily retain his seat due to lack of any credible and strong challenge.dominant Kawere sub-clan of the Jo-Kanyamkago group.

IN the neighboring Awendo constituency which is also new and was curved out of the old Rongo, six aspirants will battle it out. They included the former senior KRA official Jude Ayieko, Seth Okoth, Fred Kopiyo the former Principal og \gasmba High School, Eric Oyoo an executive with an NGO in Mombasa, John Walter Sirawa, the manager of Gillies Security Company, Dr Abwao, and Joseph Owuor, the current Personal Assistant to |Dalmas Otieno, the Minister for Public Service and others.

Awendo constituency politics are based on Sugar Cane and tobacco farming. The agriculturally rich area has the potential of becoming the hubs of food production in the region.However, farmers tend to lay great emphasize in cane farming for quick return of money

In Rongo it is yet to be made clear whether the incumbent Dalmas Otieno is gong to defend his seat or not, but there are a large number of aspirants vying for the same seat. They included Eng.Phillip Odero Makabong’o, Mr Abuor Ojwando and others.

Reports emerging from Nyatike constituency says the incumbednt Edick Omodi Anyanga, could easily retain his seat wing to his attractive track of development and lack of the resourceful opponent.

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30Dec/1210

Kenya: Olago Aluoch is facing defeat by Mrs Rosa Buyu in Kisumu Town West parliamentary contest

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

Kisumu CITY, which in the year 1969 set the political history by voting in the first woman who was popularly elected MP, is set to repeat the same history by voting a woman to Parliament under the new constitutional dispensation.

In 1965 the lake side town picked Mrs Grace Aketch Onyango as the first woman Mayor in Kenya. The City repeated the same achievement by voting overwhelmingly in favor of Mrs Grace Aketch Onyango as the first woman MP in the 1969 general election on a KANU ticket. Mrs Onyango thereafter represented Kisumu for the next 22 years.

From the face of things Mrs Rosa Buyu, a Nairobi-based business woman who has a family root in Bondo like the previous MP Grace Onyango, is set to become the next MP for Kisumu Town West under the newly realigned parliamentary constituency which was curved out of the Kisumu Toiwn West, now Kisumu Central.

The incumbent MP is John Olago Aluoch, a prominent Kisumu lawyer. In 2007 Mrs Buyu is believed to have beaten Olago Aluoch hands down during the ODM nomination, but her she was robbed of election victory through rigging by some ODM operatives who wanted to sideline her because of her family relations with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga. However, Odinga remained non-committed and neutral through out the hotly contest ODM election battle between Buyu and Aluoch.

Rosa Buyu is the daughter of Kisumu business magnate the late Mzee Parick Onyango Ochang, the former proprietor of the Nyataya Bus Company. Her father for many years was the confidant of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

The new regional Kisumu west constituency now comprises exclusively rural locations which were previously included in the Kisumu Rural constituency and part of Kisumu town and its environs like Nyahera, Ojola, Chula-Yimbo and Karateng’ and Kiboswa.

The majority of the residents of these rural Locations are the indigenous people jo-Kisumo.Although Mrs Buyu has a family root in Bondo, she is married to a Mr Randiak of Kadawa Kisumo near Holo market. Her mother in-law Mrs Dorothy Randiek is the former trusted sister of the late Roberet John Ouko, the slain former Kenya’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation who died in February 1990.

The residents of these rural locations are the indigenous jo-Kisumu, while the outgoing MP Olago Aluoch is a member of the Jo-Kanyakwar an immigrant clan whose roots could be traced in Alego Siaya.

An eloquent speaker in both English and Dho-Luo vernacular, Mrs Buyu is a graduate of Nairobi University is so popular with rural folks and women as well as youth. She is a resourceful and generous lady who is reported to have been assisting many families in distress and need of school fees and other problems.

The beautiful Rosa Buy is a wit and unbeatable in a political platform. She has displayed her ability to mobilize the crowds during her recent appearances in a number of funeral homes within the Jo-Kisumo sub-clans.

Olago Aluoch, however, is credited for having been the most effective defender of Raila Odinga both inside and outside parliament, but he should have been advised to defend his own parliamentary seat in Kisumu Central, an area comprising mainly residents of the peri-urban areas of \nalenda,|Pand-pieri, kibuye, Obunga, Kondele and the Central Business district [CBD} instead of going for the Kisumu West seat.

Olago Aluoch tenure is shrouded with multiple accusation of poor disbursement of CDF and other government revolving money, the worse being the school bursary fund, where mothers of the poor students seeking bursary for their children have allegedly being asked for sexual favors before their children could be issued with the bursary fund, money which is always ranges between 3,000 and 4,000 not exceeding Kshs 5,000 , Whereas in the neighboring Kisumu Town East constituency the incumbent MP Shakeel Ahmed Shabir is credited for being so generous in giving out busary money for the needy students ranging from Kshs 10,000 and above.

Olago Aluoch is facing other allegations of having sidelined the indignant Jo-Kisumo people and having engaged outsiders to man the CDF and constituency offices, most of the managers are people from Siaya, South Nyanza, Migori and Rachuonyo with none from among the jo-Kisumu.

These outsiders are being accused of having vandalized the revolving funds and converted the money for personal use in total disregards to the plight of the electorate.

These are some of the major issues which are likely to dominate the campaign in Kisumu Town West. Mrs Buyu is said to have used her own resources helping the students from poor families. She is also unlike Olago Aluoch is accessible both in Kisumu and in Nairobi.

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30Dec/120

KENYA: ODM YOUTH IN URIRI WHO IS THE BROTHER OF THE FORMER AREA MP IS KILLED IN MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AND HIS BODY DUMPED IN A DAM

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Awendo Town.

Police in Uriri district are actively investigating the circumstances which led to the grisly murder of the younger brother of the former area MP the late |Herman Odhiambo Omamba.

The body of Joshua Omamba aged about 35 years was fished out of a dam near Ayiego Center in North Kanyamkago Location, Uririr district, Migori County.The body had a deep cut at the back of the head and multiple knife stabs all over.

The area Chief Milton Obote told this writer that they suspected the killing to be as the result of long standing family feuds. And at the same time it could be as the result of love-triangle as the deceased is suspected to have picked a quarrel with one of his younger brothers a few days earlier who he was suspecting of having an affair with his wife,

THe deceased's younger brother is also an aspirant for the North Kanyamkago Katieno Ward County Representative seat.

The area D.C, George Lagat could not be reached immediately for comment. However, the killing has attracted wholesale condemnation of nearly all political leaders in Uriri including parliamentary aspirants

Among those who expressed concerned and urged the government to beef up the security in the area is Martin Owiny who is vying for Uriri seat current held by Cyprian Ojwang’ Omolo.

The elders in the area have also cautioned the parliamentary aspirants in the area to desist from the bad habit of feeding rowdy youths with “Chang’aa’.

The incident occurred on the night of December 27, 2012 when the deceased failed to return homer from the chang"aa drinking dens near Ayedo Chief's camp. So far no arrest has been made in connection with the killing of the deceased who was an ODM operative in the areas.

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28Dec/120

Kenyans for a Clean General Election

From: odhiambo okecth

Friends,

On the 4th March 2013, the 14.3 million Kenyans who Registered as Voters will be trooping to the ballot boxes to elect our crop of Political Leaders for the next 5 Year Circle. This will be an occasion not to be missed by all who are eligible.

At The Clean Kenya Campaign, and working in partnership with the Public Service Transformation Department, A Better World, Africa Youth Trust, Safe and Friendly Cities for All, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Provincial Administration, the City Council of Nairobi and a host of other Partners, we will be launching the Kenyans for a Clean General Election Campaign on the 5th January 2013 at the Redeemed Gospel Church in Huruma.

A group photo with the IEBC Commissioners and the PC Nairobi Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu seated on the left, Chairman Isaac Hassan and Odhiambo T Oketch

We all know that we will be electing 6 sets of Leaders namely;

The President
The Member of the National Assembly,
The Senator
The Women County Representative
The Governor and
The Ward Representative
This calls for greater civic education to target Kenyans, especially the elderly voters, and any other voter who might get confused in the process. We all want to work for a Clean General Electioneering, and a Clean General Election to boot, where we all participate as brothers and sisters as One Family under God.

It is with this in mind that we are inviting the IEBC Chair Mr. Issack Hassan, his Team at the Commission, the PC Nairobi Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu and his Team at the Provincial Administration, the Town Clerk at the City Council of Nairobi Mr. Patrick Tom Odongo and his Team at the Council, the Media and all Friends of Kenya, people who believe that we can all work for a Clean General Election, to join with us at the Redeemed Gospel Church at 7.00am as we launch the Kenyans for a Clean General Election Campaign.

We will start by having a General Clean-up along Juja Road at 7.00am, just next to the Church, then recede to the Church Hall at 9.00am for the Official Launch of the Campaign.

All Political Leaders from across the political divide in the greater Starehe Constituency have been invited. I have personally reached out to the TNA and CORD Secretariats to notify their Members.

We want to work for a Clean Kenya as One Family under God. And this is in line with our second and third Pillars at The Clean Kenya Campaign; Peace Building and Good Governance.

This will be our schedules after the Official Launch;

· 5th January 2013; Mathare in Starehe

· 12th January 2013; Kibra in Langata

· 16th January 2013; Kasarani

· 19th January 2013; Mombasa

· 26th January 2013; Dagoreti

· 2nd February 2013; Embakasi

· 9th February 2013; Westlands

· 13th February 2013; Makadara

· 16th February 2013; Kisumu

· 23rd February 2013; Kamukunji

· 2nd March 2013; Charter Hall at City Hall

To help put all this into perspective, we had a meeting this morning with the Church and our Coordinators in Mathare, and later with the IEBC Leadership in Nairobi at Nyayo House.
We are inviting as many Partners as possible into this Campaign.

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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28Dec/120

2007 vs 2013 – Gloom To Doom?

From: Wazi Campaign

28th December, 2012 - Kenya witnesses election violence that threatens to take the country to Civil War.

5th March, 2012 - what story would you like to read here? Doomsday horror or Peaceful coexistence.

You have the chance to write the future, don't write it with your neighbors blood! When your neighbor bleeds, Kenya will haemorrhage!

Kenya Ni Jina, Nchi Ni Wewe

25Dec/120

Do me what u want done to u,au sio!

From: Maurice Oduor

Heheheheheheheheheeeee !!!!!!

Evans, this made me chuckle and reminded me of a trick one teacher played on us in Primary School once.

It was PE time and everyone was asked to line up. 2 people in class were then chosen as opposing team Captains, call them Captain A and Captain B. Captain A was given the opportunity to choose all his 11 players first and the remaining people would automatically be in the other team. Captain B was thus not given a chance to choose anyone but was to get stuck with whoever the Captain A did not want. It seemed like a very unfair process for Captain B. However, the teacher emphasized that Captain A should try to form a balanced team so that both teams would be approximately of equal strength. But Captain A chose all the best players for his side and left the rest for Captain B. The teacher then asked him if he thought the 2 teams were now of approximate equal strength. He said yes. Then the teacher told him that he would now captain the group that he did not pick and Captain B would capatain the group Captain A chose.

Suddenly, Captain A started complaining that it was unfair for him to captain a very weak team when all the best players were on the other side !!!! Poor Captain A.

Courage

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On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Evans MACHERA wrote:

Laughing kiosk

One afternoon a husband arrived
home with sad news for his wife.

HUSBAND: Wife, I just received a call,
mother (mama) passed away. Shall
we go to town and get some
necessities for the funeral? Please
write a list and then we can go.

WIFE: A list won't be necessary, we'll
just get 2cabbages & 2 liters of
... cooking oil.

HUSBAND: Is it going to
be enough?

WIFE: No need to waste
money, of course its going to be
enough!

(They left for town and
after getting two cabbages and 2
litres of cooking oil), the husband
asked his wife again if that was all.
She emphasized the issue of not
wasting money on the funeral. They
then hit the road towards the village
and where the road branches to
different villages, the husband
driving, took a turn to his wife's
home.)

WIFE: Where are we going,? I
thought you said we are going to
the funeral, your mother passed
away.

HUSBAND: Yes we are; its
YOUR mother who passed away.

WIFE (shocked & crying): But that
grocery is not enough! Lets go back
and get some more stuff!

HUSBAND:
NO! I asked you over and over if it
was all that was needed and you
said "yes"; so we are not going back!

Moral of the story: Whatever that
you want done to you, do it to
others as well.

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25Dec/120

Kenya: Letter To Santa

From: Wazi Campaign

Dear Santa,

It's Christmas again and you are the guest everyone is expecting at the door. Knowing that by your next visit we would have elected new leaders, allow me to ask you for three gifts. Before you label me greedy, please see what I ask for:

1.A bagful of peace so that come March 5th, 2013, Kenyans from either parties / coalitions will embrace each other with Peace, Love and Unity

2. The wisdom to avoid electing corrupt leaders who will bankrupt our beloved country

3. The sense of mind to realize that ' Kenya Ni Jina, Nchi Ni Wewe'

That said, allow me to give you a gift that you may also share with all Kenyans. A video that humorously encourages us to shun tribalism and corruption. Allow me to give you http://youtu.be/NBtP_gYrtDk Watch it and give it to all peace-loving Kenyans.

Yours truly,
The Wazi Campaign
Kenya Ni Jina, Nchi Ni Wewe

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24Dec/120

Happy Holidays from CSR Kenya

From: CSR KENYA

Dear Colleague,

With this email I would like to wish you

And your families a Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year.

And many thanks for your continued support

of CSR Kenya and its activities.

Best Wishes

CSR TEAM

p.s. for those of you still wishing to Exhibit or sponsor the upcoming Farmers Day in Feb 8-9th booking deadline is January 15th 2013.

Points to remember:-

· Over 20 famers groups and association have already confirmed attendance.

· The Farmers day location is situated in the heart of Njoro - Where all farmers are concentrated.

· With soo many attendees, its likely your customers are going to be there, that means your competitor might be there too, but remember being in the same room as your competitor only increases brand awareness.

· We hope to see you there.

· To Book online go to
http://www.csrkenya.org/

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Marketing Manager
C.E.S.R.A KENYA.
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24Dec/120

My Genuine Cry & Prayer For Kenya Oh God.

From: Joram Ragem

Oh God,

In just about 2 months, Kenya will hold elections to elect her 4th president.

In the last elections, there was bloodshed, death was galore, and property destruction was rampant because of actions of your children, the citizen and the politiciians.

This time the stakes are higher. Very high oh God.

If Uhuru Kenyatta & William Ruto lose, they will not only have to deal with being out of the center of Kenya's politics for the next five years, but they will also be going to The Hague, at The ICC, in the Netherlands dear God. Give them Your Courage to face this truth with Your Humilty and with Your Grace to accept defeat without bitterness and irrational dispalcement of anger. Oh God, upon defeat at the ballot, prevail upon their supporters and fundamentalists to put Kenya first, and their personal, tribal, or regional interest last.

If Raila Odinga & Kalonzo Musyoka lose, they will not only deal with the loss of an election but the reality of not being at the center of power, and perhaps out of Kenya's politics for ever. Let us hear them clearly tell their supporters that they will accept the outcome of the results as announced by the IE&BC and not "If the elections are free and fair." Give them your Grace and Humilty to accept to become mere citizen in this your land we call Kenya. Oh God, upon defeat at the ballot, prevail upon their supporters and fundamentalists to put Kenya first, and their personal, tribal, or regional interest last.

Oh God, give both camps, and all tribes, and all regions your Wisdom to recognize the majic of diversifying and investing their political interest in the whole country, by allowing their kin, or tribesmen and women to join diffent parties, so we do not get a government of two or 6 tribes against others.

As for all the other candidates Oh God, Bless them to hold their own, or better still use then uniquely to help decide this election peacefully. In particular Oh God, Bless Martha Karua, Ole Kiyapi, Musalia Mudavadi, Eugene Wamalwa, Peter Kenneth, and Raphael Tuju who may all be in the ballot.

Bless all politicians all Oh God, but annoint only one to be our forth president in a clear and decissive way, for we dont want a close election.

Lastly, Bless this prayer Oh God, to be shared, to reach and touch the hearts of all stake holders, particularly the fundamentalists in either camps, or those without afficialtion.

Oh God, Bless Kenya & her wonderful people.

Amen.

I remain your humble servant and prophet,

Joram Kaulikazi Ragem

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22Dec/120

Civility in Kenyan Politics; Let’s Do Away With Hate and Other Nasty, Destructive Habits

From: Samuel Omwenga

In Civility In Kenyan Politics; Let's Do Away With Hate and Other Nasty, Destructive Habits, I recall the experience of meeting someone from the opposite side of Raila/ODM politics and one particularly unhappy with my blogging regarding his preferred candidate/coalition. I note how despite this gentleman's unhappiness with what I write, we nonetheless had a very courteous, civil even brotherly discussion with this gentleman who turns out to be a close Uhuru adviser and confidant contrast this with the hateful name calling and other uncivil responses yours truly gets from those who support the same candidate or others far removed from the candidate who they don't even know and vice versa (read the candidates don't know them) and that should tell one all they need to know as to which one is the right way and which one is the wrong, unacceptable way of dealing with political disagreement--or disagreement, period!

Peace, Unity and Truth

Omwenga

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A few days ago, I was at the Serena meeting with a friend and business associate. Sitting not too far from our table were five gentlemen, one kept looking at me as though he wanted to say hello or something and this went on for some time but nothing was exchanged.

The person did not look any familiar to me at all but it was clear by the way he kept looking at yours truly he either knew me or was confusing me with someone he knows, which is not unusual.

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22Dec/120

Kenya: Corrupt Presidents’ vacating their Comfort Zone Create Buffer for Cushion which later live to haunt them

From: Judy Miriga

My fellow Friends,

It has been observed that, corrupt outgoing Presidents leaving after the end of their term of Office, in most cases, would make outrageous appointments to secure both their immediate and future interests. It is because of fear of unknown when they have to leave their comfort zones being authority. This was clearly noted where in a show-case, President Kibaki unscrupulously used the current loopholes in the Judicial Service Commission, inclusively he did the same with the Electoral Commission, where he rushed to fill the vacancies in the High Court as well as the Court of Appeal, with his friends?

It must be noted that Public Opinion is fundamentally important for the success of any Democratic Society.

The fact remain that the Reform Accord Agenda was therefore not complied according to Oath of Office. In which case, the Coalition Leadership did not uphold their Oath of Office. The New constitution has been made toothless and inactive and it is the reason why there are extreme insecurity, mushrooming of explosive corruption with extreme poverty eating away the fabric of the society. In the absence of proper Legislative Bills for Land Reform, Devolution Reform Bill, The Finance Reform Bill, The Police Reform Bill and the Civil Society Bill which are the core value for the Reform Accord Agenda, little has been achieved in the Kibaki’s Regime. Kibaki is therefore leaving Kenya Government dysfunctional with the excesses and failures of why Kenya disintegrated to Civil Clashes of 2007/8 with an exception of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who was nominated according to the Reform Accord.

Although the Judicial under Chief Justice Willy Mutunga was formed according to the Reform Accord Agenda, there are evidence that the Legislature with the Executives continuously intimidated and manipulated Judicial operations sending fears in the Judicial leadership from acting independently as it should, for which it has failed to assert its independence as a result.

Engaging in Free Business Trading

Trading in a Free Business Trading without bordering regulation in actual sense is robbing and infringing the public off from Revenues, Wealth and Resources and is unfair way to balance the economy. In reality it is a way to bankrupt the Country’s economy to favor the rich who avoid paying their fair share in Taxes that supplement Revenues for Government Budgeting. It is a wrong notion to think that Business can provides a trickle down for people’s livelihood and survival without a Government. If this is allowed to continue, then the unscrupulous business community takes advantage to create private organized security that they expect to protect their Special Interest but which eventually turn to become a terror gang when it gets out of control from growing interests superseding those who engage them and forcing them to break away from the business control to become independent. This Private Security in time grow in size and interest, proceed to connect with other international organized security companies with mercenaries, organized terror rebel groups and finally joins with drug and money exchange laundering with traffickers and pirates.

Organized Terror Gangs (The Notorious Educated and Professional Terrorist Grouping Networking for Special Interest Power Control)

Organized Terror Gang are successful in their Mission because they are Politically Correct aided Group by Politicians in collaboration with the Unscrupulous Free Trading Business Enterprises with NGOs both local and International but who collaborate to do business without complying with business Rules and Regulations as well as avoid paying Tax Revenues that support Government Function-ability to sustain Public mandated welfare. This is a conspiracy to fail the reliable Government facility system from delivering public services effectively and efficiently so they are able to frustrate, assume and command the Authority of Government activities through Terrorism, manipulating, meandering and by intimidation, making the Government weaker from being able to be active in what it is suppose to facilitate.

Show-Case Creating Jobs the Wrong Way – Special Interest Idiology that Expound Corruption and Poverty

It has become a common knowledge and information is all around the villages that the educated terror gangs of politically correct special interest aided by the Local Government Administration Representatives are targeting the local village community; stealing their cows and loading them into Government police Lorries who are given police escort to Kenya Meat Commission in Athi River. The Villagers Land are grabbed by force and Agricultural food are loaded into lorries and taken to Nairobi. Woods are cut and taken to Nairobi. I am a victim of circumstance and both my father’s home and my home is a target where my mother’s life with that of my brother is in serious danger as I speak.

Creating jobs the wrong way is unacceptable. The Elite Terror group come in shapes and design and are approaching victims as Civil Rights Groups or as volunteer NGOs providing free services. When cornered they claim they have created job opportunities and are hiring jobless people to earn a living. This idea in real sense is robbing public Wealth and Resources sinking the economy into serious economic instability and are advancing poverty to a dangerous level.

Creating jobs the wrong way in the guest of Free Trading is definitely not balancing the economy in any way. There is no GDP recorded in this manner nor the Tax Revenue is paid to the Government to be able to facilitate public programs. In return it sinks the community and the general public into deeper poverty, joblessness and no record is left behind to track their wrong doings. It is hurting the economy because there is no balance nor regulating legal procedure that moderates business activities. Law subjects have also joined the frey and they act as legal advisors to the educated, organized and informed elite terror groups. They are sophisticated with the International connection with whom they engage and collaborate their business. To curb this theory of conspiracy, there must be a Consumer Welfare Commission that must investigate these groupings, Kenya Meat Commission in Athi River to ascertain their source of Cow supply including their market of supply.

Bad method of job creation have resulted in Government aided or Government shielded thieving from the Community which in addition involves organized stealing of cows from the local community assisted by Chiefs in the local community; forcing the community in an awkward way to release of their land to be used by these Politically Correct Special Agents to Trade with Communities local land for their special interest and this is forcing the Community into extreme poverty.

Private and Government lorries found carrying cows with Agricultural commodities from the villages used by these organized gangs must be eliminated and charged. Proper Cooperative Organizations must be established to create genuine jobs for the local peasant agricultural local farmers, where there will be a balance to provide food left over to eliminate poverty and sustain livelihood from falling down to poverty situation. There must be laws protecting tree cutting and anyone found cutting trees without proper authorization must be charged.

Extreme poverty is more imminent from activities of organized groups of Special Interest who are politically correct educated gangsters who network to rob the community off meaningful and dignified livelihood and as a result, we have lost many prominent straight forward business men including many fishermen from Migingo and this behavior must be put to a stop. This collaboration involved Uganda political networking with Rwanda and is expanding from the COMESA to other UN NGOs from North to South of Africa.

This is unacceptable commercial terrorism that should face common law legal justice against Human Rights as they have committed crime of driving people off their homes and making them homeless, they intimidate, obstruct and terrorize the local community from living a decent dignified livelihood and survival and are manipulating, oppressing, intimidating and terrorizing local from advancing development agenda for progressive development. This is the reason why Millennium Development Agenda for meaningful survival and livelihood has failed to take off. These groups are in collaboration networking with organized securities of mercinaries, rebels from the bushes spreading from the North of Africa, East, Central and South of Africa. This behavior must end now……

Kindly connect the dots to understand what is at stake……….

Why it is wrong to commercialize Public Infrastructure (Non-Profit Making undertaking for Public Service) transferred to Commercial Business for Profit-Making

This idea goes towards a defeatist philosophy of the Unscrupulous Special Interest selfishness for Greed which does not provide the needed fair balance for Public Utility and Facility sharing platform……and is therefore failing the original purpose meant for progressive expansion of PPP i.e. (Public-Private Partnership). There is need to restructure and regulate the PPP program to provide sustained feasibility for public service mandate without conflicting destructive interest from the Unscrupulous Special Interest networking with Organized Terror Gangs which is now tearing apart well meaning fabric for Political, Social and Economic establishment and is failing and contradicting public mandated needs for Reform where Millennium Development Goals program is able eradicate corruption and poverty.

I am a victim of these sad and sorry soaring landscaping circumstances and with other voiceless who fear for dear life, it is our joint desire that we bring these terrorist behaviors that are dangerously expounding corruption and poverty to end. These behaviors’ are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated; they must be put to a stop. These activities from Special Interest collaborative Networking of International connection are engaged in Crimes, Violation and Abuse of Human Rights; they are killing human livelihood and survival and are terrorizing peaceful community from enjoying Peace, Unity and Love……..They force everyone to bend and give in to serve their way of interest with oppressive pressure instead of working towards Reforming for progressive development agenda.

These groupings must be investigated and prosecuted in the Just Rule of Law in a Functioning Government establishment or under a Transitional Caretaker Committee set up to prepare road for an improved Government Establishment.

Structures that support Progressive Development Agenda in a society include good roads, Clean water supply, well functioning sewers, Electricity energy and telecommunications. They can be defined as "physical systems providing commodities and services that are fundamentally essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions.

The private sector is playing increasingly important roles in producing goods and providing services that were once considered “public” and therefore exclusively the responsibility of governments.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of business cooperation between the Public & private sector and local and national governments have now common amongs people in business around the world. It is clear the business community engage in the scrambling to own Welfare Community Program & Public Corporations including Public Infrastructure and instead of being independently creative or engage in building their own business from ground up, they involve in monopolizing and controlling Government facilities, utilities and operations for Special Interest. Their purpose is to diversify through Organized Terror Groups to protect and expand their business to International ties amongst the illicit Unscrupulous NGOs of Special business interests for the control of Public-Private Partnerships Initiatives. This is ultimately failing the purpose of PPP intended to improve efficiency to Government service delivery in all sectors of Government Departments including energy, Water, Environmental, Health, School,
Police Security, Public Community Land Ownership and also, including Public utility for Financial services, improve telecommunications and transportation systems, construct and operate water, sewer, and waste treatment facilities, and provide health service needed effectively within a minimum time-frame.

The True Civil Society must embrace and protect Public Mandate to Reform

Justified and True Civil Society groups must conform to Reform Accord reality and those whose dealings are contrary and are against public mandate, the reality to Reform Accord must face people’s threshold and rejection.

Responsibility with Integrity through Accountability with Transparency

Good people, connect the Dots and let us stand together to demand for leadership of Responsibility with Integrity and all contenders who are vying for public office must pass the test of Accountability with Transparency. This is the only way we can reform and achieve the Reform we struggled to bring this far.

Casualties of judiciary reforms

Kenya's top judges fail vetting and were forced back to serve the Status Quo of Special Interest and this is worrisome as conspiracy wheel to excel Corruption and expound poverty will get a ticket to dangerous incorrigible level. This is unacceptable.

Four sacked judges fought hard and appealed ruling that allowed them to keep their jobs after failing the vetting test. The same judges will protect interests of the outgoing president Kibaki with its collaborative network terrorist gang of unscrupulous Special Business Interest while on the other side, Kenyans will continue to brave for a tag of war to put things right before the next Government is formed.

Casualties from Crime Against Human Rights, Abuse and Violation that affect People’s Dignity, Livelihood and Survival by the Elite Well Informed Organized Thugs

Over 40 Police were brutally killed and bodies left to rot. Extrajudicial killings of innocent people from Tana River, Isiolo, Madera, Garrisa, Turkana, Rift Valley, The Greater Nyanza, Migori and Siaya District; Trans Nzoia, fisher men from Lake Victoria and the Migingo island; Thuggery from Organized gangs; land grabbing by force with other sneaky illegal maneuvers from evicting people off their land and destroying hopes to their livelihood and survival; the destruction and pollution of the environment; push to excessive poverty with destruction of social fabric to responsible livelihood and survival has become a sore in everyone’s mind except those connected in the corrupt deals of the selfish and greedy leaders.

Lesson Leaned

The election gone wrong in 2007/8 taught us a big lesson and we are not about to take any political chances or situation that will challenge and destroy our Reform gains for granted. We must stand for our rights and Embracing Common Law advocacy for Human Rights with Chief Justice Willy Mugunga and as a Show-Case, will help Transform our Legislative policies requirement for Reform we have struggled for this far.

There is a sense of urgency to put Leaders to task and to account for Mandated Responsibilities with Integrity; in checks and balances, determine their participation on corruption, poverty with efforts they engaged to improve Environmental pollution.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenya’s Corruption breading Economic looming Crisis with extreme poverty

Corruption can refer to many different types of illegal acts, though they will usually all involve a person abusing their authority for their own benefit, or for the benefit of family and (political) friends. This can be government officials using public money for their own personal use, or corporate executives improperly awarding contracts or taking other decisions in exchange for bribes.

Incidents of corruption in Kenya are not limited to large corporations or government agencies. Bribe-taking is common among many lower-level officials, with the average city-dwelling Kenyan having to pay as many as 16 bribes each month just in the course of everyday life.

Africa’s development agenda remained a high priority business interest in the world. The group of Twenty (G20) reporting on African Development Bank (AfDB) does not present African Financial situation as is on the Ground. Action plan intended for consultations by African leadership benefit their politically correct network of the selfish greedy the benefit that does not fizzle down to the grassroots; instead the urban poor with grassroots community are robbed through tax evasion by the unscrupulous Special Interest collaborative networks to extreme poverty and extermination.; thereby failing and handicapping advancements of Africa’s progressive development Agenda.

African Development Bank initiatives, Equity etc., have gained and benefited from public funding through NEPAD the results to improve Millennium Development Agenda of people have not been realized because of the growing sophisticated corruption by the educated agents of the politically correct networking groups. The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, through the PPP program (the Public-Private Partnership) will not succeed as intended from United Nations facilitation funds to replenishment Infrastructure for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), which involves Sokoni interactive platform for financing African infrastructure projects.

Africa’s Showcased at the G20 as exemplary are secretly under-cover by politically correct and the information have not been made available as International Policy demands or put to public information to inform people of Africa the going ons. One such of these was the Inga dam hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hela Cheikhrouhou, the African Development Bank’s director for energy, the environment and climate change, which outlined what the AfDB is doing in helping to prepare this project.

With wrong ways to creating job opportunities fostering employment and social protection, building a more stable resilient international monetary system, in order to address food price and shortage instead is increasing Poverty, joblessness with organized terrorism and assassinations. This is not a legalized way to fostering green growth and sustain development. This is not the success story to open Free Trade for Africa in the Globalisation Free Trading Market for Africa people of Africa want for their Development Agenda.

In the absence of fair and just global Regulations and Rules, globalisation for Free Trading will cause worst-case-scenario the world will live to regret.

The major multilateral institutions, the UN Agenda for Democracy and Millenium development to eradicate poverty, extra judicial killings with corruption will never realize its goals and heavy casualties of economic collapse will follow. The World Bank, IMF and the WTO, have become major objects of attack by Reformist with other concerned International public interest Civil Society groups. They have instead perpetuation high rise of corruption with poverty on an unprecedented scale and they must begin to re-structure their activities to conform with the majority public mandate and needs.

The Seattle meeting of the WTO was disrupted in December 1999, followed by that of Quebec in Canada, Gotenborg in Sweden, and the latest was the mass rally, organized against a World Bank conference in Oslo, Norway, in June 2002. What ordinarily was an academic gathering of development experts to an annual development conference of the World Bank attracted the wrath of the Norwegian and other European civil society groups. A coalition group by the name ATTAC organized an unprecedented rally of twelve thousand people in the city of Oslo against the World Bank conference. In addition, ATTAC also organised a counter or alternative conference at the University of Oslo on the theme, “The World Bank: Reform, Revolution or Cosmetic Change?”

Growing anger against the World Bank with partners continue to build unfavorable disagreement and concerns with the World Bank, IMF, UN NGO Agencies because Economic crisis affecting the world is fueled by these International World Financial Institutions putting Africa on cross-roads and Africa’s livelihood and survival are on the verge of extinction with regard to unregulated Free Trading initiative for global development; more specifically considering specific areas of Free trade, unscrupulous investment, Equity Banking in finance trading, Hedge Funding etc., affecting Africa’s agenda to Millennium Development progress.

We have observed dismal performance of the African continent progressive development and we must engage to resolve the problems.

African leaders have put forward various development agendas in the last four decades of the continent’s post-colonial history with no good results and things must begin to change for better. The latest of it is the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) we must urgently resolve.

People, what this paper seeks to do is to underscore unscrupulous corrupt politics of the international Free trading that evade paying Tax Revenues as element to progress globalization trading with is unfair and has put Europe to economic collapse. It unravels the linkage collaborative special business interest network between the international Free trading but avoid paying Tax Revenues at any form of regulating institutions (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/ the WTO). This must be put to end because this political science killing the Third World countries development agenda as the invasion of scramble to Africa by the illicit unregulated and unscrupulous special interest is crazy for Africa’s shoddy investments.

In conjuction to economic instability, political special interest and socio-cultural erosion, it has been realized that Africa’s dignity, value and virtue is under threat and the conspiracy is destroying Africa cultural values including Africa’s survival and livelihood and things must begin to be done differently to protect ways we know will work favorably in the right direction engaging public interest since peoples priorities have gone far out of order and we must engage Reform and be able to make this world a better place than we found it .…….which is why, things must change for the better.

Political class who are real to public mandate and peoples needs to balance must stand with us to protect the Reform Accord agenda. The reform will give us the change we have been struggling for. It is time that we join hands to improve our livelihood and survival to make life worth living with Responsibility and Dignity for the sake of Peace to thrive again under unity for common good of all which will be preserved under the generated Trust in love.

Before Kenya goes for election, let us make it our concern and make sure elections will be made free and fair, that the Reform Accord Agenda is complied with and that we must embrace ethics that underline reality for checks and balances that offer and determine threshold for Responsibility and integrity to those who wish to undertake public office service delivery.

Corruption and Kenya's Presidents

Unfortunately, corruption played a role with all 3 Kenyan presidents up to now.

•Jomo Kenyatta

He was the first president of Kenya after independence in 1963. During colonialism, the European colonizers had stolen fertile lands from, among others, the Kalenjin tribe. After the independence (in 1963), Kenyatta did not return those lands to the former owners, but handed it over to members of his own clan and tribe (the Kikuyu). Kenyatta himself became one of the largest private land owners in the country.

•Daniel arap Moi

During Daniel arap Moi's presidency – Kenya’s second president – corruption was widespread and involved Moi himself on many occasions. In the 1990s, he was part of the Goldenberg scandal, where smuggled gold was exported out of Kenya in exchange for high government subsidies. It's one of the largest corruption scandals to date in Kenya, which involved nearly the entire Moi government. Many officials from the Central Bank, and more than 20 senior judges have also been implicated. As of 2008, only a small handful small people have been charged with related criminal offense leaving out the masters who financed, organized and engineered the crime, which some see as an example of the continuing problem of corruption and favoritism that has carried on till today.

•Mwai Kibaki

The third president, Mwai Kibaki, was elected in 2002 mainly on the promise to end corruption in Kenya once and for all. Admittedly, there have been quite some improvements in the country (among them press freedom, return of elections and introduction of free and compulsory primary education for all) but corruption had remained a big issue. To start with, his administration consists largely of Kikuyu, while this tribe is only 22 percent of the Kenyan population. From 2003 to 2006, Kibaki’s cabinet spent 14 million dollars on new Mercedes cars for themselves. In late 2008, several members of Kibaki's parliament were found to have taken large "allowances", which were not legally part of their official compensation. Kibaki is believed and suspected to have falsified the results of the 2007 election, leading to riots organized crimes who performed heinous act of extra-judicial killings.

The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission

Though legislation against corruption in Kenya has existed since 1956, with the Prevention of Corruption Act, the current anti-corruption agency has only been operating since 2003.

Under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes act, the KACC is mandated to fight and prevent corruption though all levels of government and industry. They publish a number of regular reports and newsletters, with the aim of promoting fair business practices and to expose those who engage in questionable operations.

Causes Of Poverty In Kenya

Despite some positive developments, poverty in Kenya has continued to be a huge problem. Even hunger in Kenya continues to rear it’s head from time to time. This page looks at the facts, the causes and the remedies.

Extent of Poverty in Kenya

The dry poverty statistics in Kenya sum it all up. Somewhere between one quarter and half of the population earn less than $1 US each day (the annual GDP per capita is around $360 US). It was estimated in 1992 that half of all rural Kenyans were living below the poverty line. That represents approximately 9 million people. The situation is not quite as bad in the urban centers, where such poverty only effects a third of the population.

Kenya's World Ranking Regarding Poverty

A 2005 report by the United Nations ranked Kenya as 154th out of a list of 177 countries, in terms of life expectancy, literacy levels and overall gross domestic product. Just three years earlier, the country had ranked 134th. For comparison, Uganda was ranked at 144th, and Tanzania was 164th. Both are immediate neighbors of Kenya.

There are several factors contributing to the ongoing problem of poverty in Kenya, though the issue of Kenya's economic state is far more complex than a simple list of causes.

Limited Economic Diversity

Around three quarters of Kenya's population is dependent on the agriculture industry, but with its erratic weather patterns and vast regions of arid desert, it is a very unstable sector. Periods of drought can be crippling, not only in terms of food supply, but in jobs as well.

Even when crops have been sufficient, poor government policies and international trade terms hampered agricultural growth, leading to further declines in the industry through the 70s and 80s. Starting in 1991, further serious problems in the country's GDP became evident, leading to extended government action which has not proven to be successful at stemming the tide of poverty in Kenya.

Lack of Opportunity

Weak overall infrastructure for the country means that nearly all the rural population are forced to rely on their own subsistence farming for their own food as well as monetary income. Jobs are scarce, leaving people with little opportunity for employment. There are considerable obstacles for starting a small business yourself in Kenya as well. Micro credits may be one way to foster small entrepeneurs. They will be important when eradicating poverty in Kenya.

Another factor is education. School fees are often out of reach for poor families, leaving each generation to continue trying to find work while lacking the education to advance. Cultural biases towards women create further limitations for the growing number of female-led households.

Government Corruption

According to Transparency International, Kenya is one of the most corrupt nations in the world. It is difficult for the majority of the population to escape the poverty in Kenya, when government money is used improperly.

Bribes, fraud and tribal favoritism are common within the all levels of government, which hampers any attempt to improve conditions across the country. In the early 2000s, the Kenyan government began taking steps to reduce the rampant corruption. These reforms have inspired some confidence, and brought additional foreign investment back to Kenya, but at the core of the system corruption remains.

Unfair Tariff Walls By Rich Countries

Protection of their own economies through tariff walls poses another problem. An increase of international trade has proven beneficial for many developing countries – look at China, India and countries in South America. But often, it’s useless for developing countries to export to rich countries because the latter have installed tariff walls. This way, products from developing countries are artificially made expensive for Western buyers. Rich countries (actually their governments) want to protect their own industries against competition this way.

For example, Kenya has a blossoming flower industry that’s exporting to Europe, but recently a number of European countries have installed high new tariffs. It’s obvious that they want to protect their own industries. Their citizens pay the price.

Often, progressive groups don’t mention this as a cause of Kenyan poverty, because they are ideologically opposed to free trade and free markets.

Kenya’s Notable Corruption

The longest-running is the Goldenberg scandal [2], where the Kenyan government subsidized exports of gold, paying exporters in Kenyan Shillings (Sh) 35% over their foreign currency earnings. In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo. The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10% of the country's annual GDP.

In 1998, political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi's NGO - Series for Alternative Research in East Africa (SAREAT) engaged John Githongo to edit a regional political economy magazine, East African Alternatives[3]. The magazine folded after an audit instigated by the lead donor Ford Foundation found suspected misappropriation and collusion on the part of Ngunyi, who was executive director of SAREAT and Dr Jonathan Moyo, who was the programme officer at the Ford Foundation in charge of disbursing the resources to the NGO. They have both been sued and the matter is still in court. It is known that the Ford Foundation has accepted Githongo's offer to be a prosecution witness in the case.

A Sh360 million helicopter servicing contract in South Africa[4]. Military officers had argued that the contract was too extravagant and servicing the helicopters could be done locally. Kenya Air Force (KAF) went ahead to spend Sh108 million as a down payment for servicing the Puma helicopters, whose tail number is logged as 418 at Denel Aviation, a South African firm.

In 2003, the military was split over plans to buy new Czech fighter jets[4]. The plan to buy the jet fighters would have cost taxpayers Sh12.3 billion.

A Sh4.1 billion Navy ship deal [4]. A Navy project was given to Euromarine, a company associated with Anura Pereira, the tender awarded in a process that has been criticised as irregular. The tender was worth Sh4.1 billion. Military analysts say a similar vessel could have been built for Sh1.8 billion.

Chamanlal Kamani had been involved in a supply contract, as Kamsons Motors. [5] Kampsons tendered for the supply of Mahindra Jeeps to the Police Department in the mid 1990s for close to Sh1 million (US$13,000) each, at a time when showrooms would have charged customers a sixth of the price. Moreover, the vehicles were being bought for a government department and were therefore imported duty free. Few of the more than 1,000 units that were imported over several years are in service today.

The Kamanis were also involved in a deal to build a CID forensic laboratory. On June 7, 2004 an amount of $4.7 million was wired back. The payment was a refund against the money paid for the Criminal Investigations Department forensic laboratory. [6]. Another euro 5.2 million was paid back in respect of the E-cop project, which involved computerisation of the police force and the installation of spy cameras in Nairobi by Infotalent Systems Private Limited. [6]

The Prisons department lost $3 million after contracting Hallmark International, a company associated with Deepak Kamani of Kamsons Motors, for the supply of 30 boilers. [5] Only half of the boilers were delivered – from India and not the United States as had been agreed.

The construction of Nexus, a secret military communication centre in Karen, Nairobi [4]. The Government spent Sh2.6 billion (US$36.9 million) to construct the complex. Three years later, military personnel have not moved into the centre. A phantom company, Nedermar BV Technologies, which is said to have its headquarters in Holland, implemented the secret project situated along Karen South Road. Nedermar is linked to businessman Anura Pereira. However, Pereira has denied this. The tendering process for the Nexus project was circumvented as DoD's Departmental Tender Committee. Funding for the project was made through the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The complex is currently headed by Colonel Philip Kameru. Nexus was first meant to be an ammunition dumpsite before it was turned into a military communication and operations centre. Construction continued without any site visits by either the DoD staff or Ministry of Public Works officials. The Nexus project was implemented during the tenure of General Joseph Kibwana.

In 2005 plans to buy a sophisticated £20 million passport equipment system from France [7] [8]. Here government wanted to replace its passport printing system. The transaction was originally quoted at 6 million euros from François Charles Oberthur of Paris - the world's leading supplier of Visa and MasterCards, but was awarded to a British firm, the Anglo-Leasing and Finance Company Limited, at 30 million euros, who would have sub-contracted the same French firm to do the work. Despite the lack of competitive tendering Anglo Leasing was paid a "commitment fee" of more than £600,000. Anglo Leasing's agent is a Liverpool-based firm, Saagar Associates, owned by a woman whose family has enjoyed close links with senior officials in the Moi regime. Company records show Saagar Associates is owned by Mrs Sudha Ruparell, a 47-year-old Kenyan woman. Ruparell is the daughter of Chamanlal Kamani, the multimillionaire patriarch of a business family that enjoyed close links with senior officials in the Moi regime. Anglo Leasing made a repayment of euro 956,700 through a telegraphic transfer from Schroeder & Co Bank AG, Switzerland on May 17, 2004.[6]

The local chapter of Transparency International and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), a government body released a report in February, 2006, stating that between January 2003 and September 2004, the National Rainbow Coalition government spent about $12-million on cars that were mostly for the personal use of senior government officials.[9] The vehicles included 57 Mercedes-Benz, as well as Land Cruisers, Mitsubishi Pajeros, Range Rovers, Nissan Terranos and Nissan Patrols. The $12-million substantially exceeded what the government spent over the 2003/04 financial year on controlling malaria -- "the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya", says the report.

In late February 2006, the leading newspaper The Standard ran a story claiming that president Mwai Kibaki and senior opposition figure Kalonzo Musyoka had been holding secret meetings. On March 2 at 1:00am local time (2200 UTC on the 1st), masked gunmen carrying AK-47s raided multiple editorial offices of The Standard, and of its television station KTN. They kicked and beat staff members, forcibly took computers and transmission equipment, burned all the copies of the March 2nd edition of the newspaper, and damaged the presses. At KTN, they shut down the power, putting the station off the air. Initially, the Kenyan information minister claimed no knowledge of the raid, but it has since revealed that Kenyan police were responsible. The Ministry of the Internal Security later stated that the incident was to safeguard state security. "If you rattle a snake you must be prepared to be bitten by it," John Michuki said. Three journalists at The Standard, arrested after the critical story was printed, are still being held without charge. [10] [11] The story now also features the bizarre case of two Armenian businessmen, mocked in the press for their taste for heavy gold chains, watches and rings, referred to as Mercenaries, who the opposition says led the raid and had shady dealings with Kibaki's government.[12] [13][14]

In November 2006, the government was accused of failing to act on a banking fraud scam worth $1.5bn involving money laundering and tax evasion, reported by whistle-blowers as early as 2004. Investigators believe sums worth 10% of Kenya's national income are involved. A recent auditor's report says the scale of the operations "threatens the stability of the Kenyan economy".[15]

In November 2006, British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells warned, that corruption in Kenya is increasing the UK's exposure to drug trafficking and terrorism. "People can be bought, right from the person who works at the docks in Mombasa up to the government. (...) This weakness has been recognised by drug-traffickers and probably by terrorists too." Said Howells for the BBC.[16]

On 31 August 2007, The Guardian newspaper featured on its front page a story about more than GBP 1 billion transferred out of Kenya by the family and associates of former Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi. The Guardian sourced the information from the Wikileaks article The looting of Kenya under President Moi and its analysis of a leaked investigative document ("the Kroll report") prepared for the Kibaki government in 2004 in order to try to recover money stolen during Moi's rule.[17]

On 2007-09-06 parliament passed the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, restricting investigations by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission to offenses committed prior to May 2003, excluding the Goldenberg and Anglo-Leasing scandals and other major cases. The move was condemned by anti-corruption campaigners; Mwalimu Mati, former chief executive of the Transparency International Kenya Chapter, declared that "grand corruption has swallowed the government and parliament that Kenyans elected to fight it in 2002". [18]. In response to public outrage generated by the move, President Kibaki announced that he would veto the bill.

In September 2007, Wikileaks released documents exposing a 500 million Kenyan shilling payroll fraud at Egerton University] and subsequent cover up, now the subject of ongoing legal dispute in the High Court.[citation needed]

On the 28th of September 2007, Wikileaks released 28 investigative documents] exposing a US$1.5 billion dollar money laundering fraud by Charter House Bank Ltd. Re-reported in the Kenyan Standard newspaper.[citation needed]

In June 2008, the Grand Regency Scandal broke, wherein the Central Bank of Kenya is alleged to have secretly sold a luxury hotel in Nairobi to an unidentified group of Libyan investors for more than 4 billion Kenyan Shillings (approx US $60 million) below the appraised market value. Finance Minister Amos Kimunya negotiated the sale, and was censured in a near-unanimous motion by the Kenyan Parliament, though he vehemently denies the charges. This follows on the heels of the Safaricom IPO, overseen by Kimunya, which has been alternatively praised and questioned for possible corruption in the execution of the sale. Safaricom is the largest mobile phone service provider in Kenya, having operated with a near-government monopoly for many years. The government of Kenya sold its 50% stake in Safaricom in the IPO.

Kenya’s Wealth in a Conspiracy Threat

Most Counties to the west of the Rift Valley fall under an expansive Gold Belt that stretches from Turkana to Kuria. In most of these areas, medieval mining methods, especially along river beds, have been going on for decades.

Most of these efforts are, however, exploited by middlemen who snap up the gold at throwaway prices and end up making super profits in the international market.

The global decline of stock markets has pushed the price of gold to record levels as investors turn to the precious stone to hedge their wealth.

An ounce of gold is presently retailing at $1,586 (about Sh134,000) up from $972 (Sh82,000) in 2009. Financial analyst Aly Khan Satchu says the price of gold has been on an 11-year rally, turning the commodity into an international currency.

And with neighbouring Tanzania continuing to rake in billions of shillings by commercialising its gold resources, Nandi, Siaya, Kakamega, Vihiga, Migori, Trans-Mara, Turkana, Kuria and Bondo are among the areas that await a major economic transformation when the government moves to create a framework for such activity to thrive locally.

Coal

Only a few years ago, a 500 square kilometre region cutting through Kitui and Mutito called the Mui Basin was declared one of Africa’s most coal-rich areas.

Coal is a key component for the smelting of other minerals and is also used for generating power in most countries. Already, the Chinese have set base in Kitui, ready to extract the mineral whose quality has been passed as excellent.

As coal is a mass mineral, logistical arrangements are being sought to transport the product either to local ports or to areas where it can be used either in the mining of other minerals or for local power production.

While concerns have been raised over its environmental impact, coal remains a relatively very cheap power generation option, with countries like South Africa and China still heavily reliant on it.

Billions of tonnes lie buried in Eastern province, waiting to transform a largely laid back region into a vibrant economic zone.

Iron Ore

Iron ore is used in the manufacture of steel products and significant deposits have been discovered in Taita Taveta, Kitui, Meru, Kilifi and Samia.

In Taita Taveta District, extraction of the mineral has already commenced, while a local industrialist has declared intention to mine in the Mutomo area of Kitui.

With Kenya spending hundreds of billions of shillings every year to import steel for manufacturing, domestic as well as construction industries, exploitation of this local wealth would hugely boost the economy.

Conveniently, the discovery of coal, a major input in the mining of iron ore, in Kitui means a major industry is in the offing, with investors circling with intent.

Soda Ash

Kenya exports close to one million tonnes of soda ash, mined predominantly in the Lake Magadi area of Kajiado. But the potential to multiply that, according to the government, is massive.

The Magadi Soda Company is a perfect example of how minerals can be used as a major economic driver. The company employs about 500 people directly and is a major consumer of local production in the Lake Magadi area.

The company also drives development in the area with the awarding of scholarships and provision of water and other services to the local community.

Soda ash is used in the manufacture of glass, salt, preservatives, and dyes, among many other applications. The sad thing, however, is that most of the mined soda ash is exported raw, denying this country value added benefits.

Sad, also, is the fact that most of Kenya’s glassware is imported from countries like China that import their soda ash from Kenya.

Flourspar

Found in abundance in the Kerio Valley, this is one mineral whose immense value has never been capitalised.

Fluorspar, or fluorite, is an industrial mineral largely used in the manufacture of lenses for microscopes and telescopes, fluorescent bulbs and for smelting.

The mineral also has aesthetic uses as ornaments are carved out of it. With average prices of pure fluorite at a minimum of $1.2 a gramme (about Sh150), Kenya could be sitting on at least a trillion shillings of this very valuable rock.

Limestone

This is perhaps the one mineral that Kenya is synonymous with. Virtually every corner of the country has limestone whose uses touch every day life.

From the manufacture of portland cement, chalk, paper and glass to medicines, floorings and farm conditioners, this is one mineral that can earn this country a lot of foreign exchange if the capacity of its exploitation is greatly enhanced.

Demand for cement, for instance, has over the last few years of a burgeoning construction boom exposed the lack of capacity at cement manufacturing plants.

Kenya only produces below 5 million tonnes of cement compared to the between 66 to 150 million tonnes done by China, India, the United States and Turkey — by that order the four leading cement producers.

Most countries are net importers of cement, led by China, India and the United States. Evans Osano, an industry analyst, says Middle Eastern countries are leading consumers of cement, as are some African countries like Rwanda, Djibouti, Burundi, Gabon, Congo and Botswana. Osano says cement has the potential to become a leading foreign exchange earner for Kenya.

Titanium

In 2011, Tiomin finally set base to start extracting titanium from mines in Kwale. The mineral is widely used as a base compound. Aircrafts, space ships and missiles’ bodies are built with alloys that include titanium for corrosion resistance and tensile strength at low weight.

Most of titanium extracts, though, are used in the production of titanium oxide, which is used in the manufacture of cement, toothpaste, paper and plastics, among many other products.

Surgical equipment and body piercings are made with titanium as it is rust proof, while hip joints, ball joints and other human body internal bone interventions are done with titanium, which needs no replacement for 20 years.

Dental implants are also done with titanium, as are guns. If your laptop has a shiny top, or your phone, or car centre console, that is titanium as well. There are significant deposits of titanium in Malindi and Lamu as well.

Oil and Gas

Several months ago, Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi confidently claimed that oil would be struck in Isiolo in no time.

But later, miners hit a high-potential hydo-carbon belt, a drawback that nonetheless further confirmed the presence of oil in the area.

Energy specialist Eng Patrick Obath says all the ingredients for a major oil find are present in Kenya, adding that the presence of oil in western India shows that oil is available in plenty in Lamu, going by the similarity of the regions’ tectonic plates.

The southern coastal area most likely has natural gas, and with Tanzania making one big discovery after another in its coastal regions, Obath is convinced Kenya is most likely sitting on immense oil and gas wealth.

source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/Kenyas+trillions+of+buried+wealth+/-/957860/1299662/-/item/0/-/60twclz/-/index.html

Kenya: Fast-Growing Kenya Facing Ground Water Depletion
17 December 2012

As demand for water rises and rainfall becomes less dependable, fewer Kenyans can rely only on rivers, springs or - for the lucky minority - a piped water supply. Many instead are turning to borehole water.

But increasing urbanisation, combined with the effects of climate change and the growing popularity of tapping into underground aquifers, is proving an unsustainable combination, experts say.

Kenya's traditional water sources are rapidly dwindling in volume due to overexploitation, erratic rains and the degradation of catchment areas. In response, the use of underground water is becoming widespread across this water-stressed east African country, whose population of 41 million has access to an annual renewable fresh water supply of only 647 cubic metres per person, according to government figures.

But some areas are already experiencing depletion of underground water as well. Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, has a rapidly growing population of around three million, and several satellite towns emerging on its outskirts. With no piped water, many residents of these new communities have turned to borehole water, resulting in increasing pressure on groundwater resources.

Daniel Juma, of Joska Township on Nairobi's outskirts, has dug a 30-metre (100-foot) borehole to supply his household with water. Already he worries about how long it will last.

"It was costly digging the borehole, yet many more are being (dug) in the neighbourhood and it might dry up in a few years," he says.

LACK OF PIPED WATER

Boreholes are widely used in Nairobi, given that 40 percent of the city's population is not directly supplied with piped water. Agatha Thuita, an official of the government's Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), said that even those with access to piped water often supplement their supply with borehole water or harvested rainwater because the piped supply is unreliable.

The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company is among those drilling boreholes to improve the water supply to Nairobi residents and supplement the supply of water from dams on the outskirts of the city, Thuita said. Residents without piped water or a borehole buy water from the company's water tankers.

The problem is not confined to Kenya. Groundwater reservoirs are rapidly being depleted around the world. In August 2012, researchers in Canada and the Netherlands found that 80 percent of the world's aquifers were not being used sustainably, with heavy exploitation of water threatening livelihoods and lives of millions of people.

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Some 430 km (270 miles) west of Nairobi, in the Mundika area of Busia County, near Kenya's border with Uganda, people already have seen their boreholes dry up. Jackline Ajiambo is one of many residents who dug a borehole to ensure reliable access to clean water because of lower water levels in rivers and the drying up of springs and streams.

"This borehole was initially 28 feet (deep) and drawing water was much easier, but the water level has grown low, compelling us to dig it deeper," Ajiambo said.

DRYING BOREHOLES

Because drilling boreholes with machines is costly, the majority of borehole users rely on hand-dug holes, but they are not always reliable. Milton Onyango's borehole is 50 feet (15 metres) deep and was once a source of water for both domestic use and the watering of livestock. But it dried up two years ago, and with no source of running water, he now relies on the Sio river, 7 km (4 miles) away.

In a culture where fetching water is a woman's role, Onyango's wife and two teenage daughters must endure the regular long trek.

Officials point to several factors leading to the depletion of traditional water supplies. According to Musembi Munyao, an official with the water ministry in Nairobi, pollution of rivers is partly to blame for the increasing switch to groundwater in Kenya.

"If the Nairobi River (had not) been polluted, its water would still be fit for consumption thus reducing the need for drilling boreholes in the city and its environs," Munyao, a geologist, says.

Munyao also criticises the damage done to water catchment areas, such as the destruction of vegetation on mountains and hills. According to the WRMA's Thuita, rapid urbanisation also increases the amount of land covered in impermeable surfaces such as roads, while deforestation can also lead to more surface-water runoff during the rainy seasons. These factors make it difficult for water to percolate into the ground and recharge aquifers.

Although the government has not undertaken detailed monitoring, Thuita believes that two further factors contributing to increasing water stress are low precipitation linked to climate change, and overexploitation of groundwater.

"At the coast, heavy extraction of groundwater has led to seawater intrusion causing salinity in borehole water," she said.

Munyao notes that the country's exact groundwater availability is unknown, making it hard to determine which areas have enough water to tolerate increased exploitation.

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SOLUTIONS?

Addressing the problem, experts say, will require a range of changes, including more harvesting of rainwater to boost supplies and recharge aquifers, and rules to prevent housing estates being developed in water catchment areas where aquifer recharge takes place.

What Kenya needs is "an integrated water resources management system," Thuita says. "We need to develop wisely by not undoing what nature has provided us."

Demand for water, however, is driving action. Speaking at the opening of a recent workshop on developing a master plan for Nairobi's water resources, Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the government intended to meet the needs of the capital and its 13 satellite communities one way or another.

"The water available currently meets a mere 60 percent of the demands of the city and its satellite towns," said Odinga. In response - for better or for worse - the government plans to sink more boreholes.

Justus Bahati Wanzala is a writer based in Nairobi.

Read more at AlertNet Climate, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's daily news website on the human impacts of climate change.

21Dec/120

Kenya: Fresh Wave Of Violence In Tana

From: Wazi Campaign

News just in is that there have been fresh attacks in Tana. 16 people are feared dead, houses have been burnt.

Please lets all petition our neighbors to maintain peace. And, we are looking forward to having our politicians holding joint peace rallies!

Kenya Ni Jina, Nchi Ni Wewe