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7Dec/120

HOW TRIBALISM STUNTS KENYAN DEMOCRACY

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012

To be honest with my fellow Kenyans, I like the politics of Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua. She is determined to go it alone to realise her presidential ambition when other presidential aspirants go it tribal, not learning from political violence which soon took on an ethnic dimension after Kenya's disputed 2007 elections.

The concern here of course, is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics despite the fact that Kenya's 2007-08 post-election violence revealed the extent to which tribal forces could quickly bring a country to the brink of civil war.

As some commentators have argued, the challenge to democracy in Kenya is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to promote narrow tribal interests. It suggests that every ethnic community should have its own territory, which reinforces ethnic competition.

Kenyan leaders often exploit tribal loyalty to advance personal gain, parochial interests, patronage, and cronyism despite the fact that tribes are not built on democratic ideas but thrive on zero-sum competition.

As a result, they are not only inimical to democratic advancement, but have also played a major role in tribal conflict across Kenya. Against the background that leaders of the different opposition parties are primarily focused on pursuing their tribal interests rather than uniting around a common political programme.

Kenyans have also been made to believe that president can only be elected when tribes unite together. They do not even know the manifesto of political parties they are voting for. This is because the opposition parties were unable to find common ground through coherent party manifestos.

The manifestos are generally issued late because much of the effort goes into building tribal alliances, even though the new constitution of Kenya seeks to address the issue of ethnicity by ensuring that a president needs broad geographical support to be elected, where a winner must receive more than half of all the votes cast in the election and least 25 percent of the votes cast in each of more than half of the country's counties.

But tribal leaders are clever and calculating.

Party manifestos are fundamentally documents in which parties outline their principles and goals in a manner that goes beyond popular rhetoric. They arise from careful discussion, compromise, and efforts to express the core values and commitments of the party.

That is why building clear party platforms requires effective intellectual input, usually provided through think-tanks and other research institutions. Most Kenyan political parties lack such support and are generally manifestos cobbled together with little consultation.

They are not built on ideologies on a philosophy or set of principles that underlies a political programme. Most political parties in Kenya do not consist of the shared beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions that cause a certain group of people to join together and develop and advocate specific political programmes.

They are not built on such ideologies. That is why they do not aim at the good of the community which should be more important than the interests of individuals. As a result they are not founded on a belief in progress and tolerance of difference, a belief that that society should be unified and stable.

Political party should be a vehicle for citizens sharing a common political agenda in which the members, not the leaders, are the foundation and the reason for the party’s existence and not a “talking shop.” Its mission should be action-oriented: to develop policies, sell them to the electorate, and win power in elections.

Political party that members can demand more accountability from their leaders and even become party leaders themselves- make a contribution to the overall development of responsible citizenship.

Political party which is interested in the welfare of the nation, not the welfare of its own members or supporters only-based on this ideology then it becomes only a political faction whose aim is to advance the restricted interests of its members whether or not such interests promote the common good.

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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

6Dec/121

EXPERTS HAVE WARNED THAT THE NILE PERCH LAKE VICTORIA FISH STOCK IS DWINDLING TO THE POINT OF FACING EXTINCTION.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu

Lake Victoria the world's second largest inland water mass is rapidly losing its fish stock. The worse affected is the economically prized Nile Perch species.

According to the information contained in statistics compiled from various fish landing beaches on the Kenyan side of the lake, the Nile Perch, which is commonly known as “Mbuta”, is an asset to the country because Kenya export tones of its fillets to the European, Japan, US and Israel markets.

The statistics are backed up by a study report by the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute {KMFRU}. Nile Perch species stocks in the lake has reduced to 34 per cent.

Mbuta was among many alien species of fish introduced into Lake Victoria in 1950s by the British colonial authorities to boost its economic benefits, but this has turned to be unsustainable in the long term since the lake ‘s ecological function and ecosystem suffer from elements beyond its boundaries.

According to the research, 49 per cent of Nile Perch is harvested before it reaches maturity stage, thereby interfering with the reproduction process.

A mature Nile Perch weights over 200kgs and is more than six feet long; but the KMFRI study says fishermen do not let the fish grow to this size. The Nile Perch is also a predator that dominates its surrounding and feeds on other fish as well as its own offspring.

KMFRI researcher Simon Agembe was recently quoted as saying that due to reduced fish yields, reducing biodiversity and water borne diseases, the livelihood and well being of more than 40 million people who depended on the lake’s resources, remains at risk.

Dr Agembe said if the fishing is not regulated, stocks of other species like dagaa {Omena} is likely to decline since fishermen are piling pressure on them.

Dagaa’s decline stands at 54 per cent. The study recommends that the government puts measures that will protect Nile Perch and other species in place.

The study proposed the protection of breeding areas and introduction of an alternative source of food in the lake region and income for fishermen to reduce the pressure on the lake.

Expert attribute the deflation of fish stocks in Lake Victoria to over-fishing, the use of unlawful and wrong fishing gears such as fish nets, the illegal use of chemicals which kills fish in their thousands, .

Fishermen and villagers around Luanda Koteno in Rarieda district were recently reported to have cornered and killed one fisherman who was caught red-handed while using chemicals at night in this way.\

A good number of youths, who are suspected to have lynched the fisherman they found using chemicals on fish, were later rounded up and charged with the murder in a Kisumu court., But the use of chemicals on fish is said to be still on the upsurge.

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6Dec/120

Kenya: At long last, Hon Kenyatta and Hon Ruto doing the right thing.

from: odhiambo okecth

6th December 2012

Friends,

At long last, Hon Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon William Ruto are doing the right thing; not contesting for the Presidency and the Deputy Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Kenya.

This is what we have been talking about for some while now; that the Duo have no business contesting the Kenyan Presidency at a time they are faced with serious crimes against humanity on the account of the genocide we witnessed in Kenya in 2008 where 1,133 Kenyans were killed in cold blood following the botched elections of 2007.

Again, 600,000 Kenyans were displaced and property worth Millions of Shilling destroyed. They were then named by the Waki Commission as being amongst the 6 persons bearing the greatest responsibility on the killings, the displacements and the destroyed property.

Both Hon Kenyatta and Hon Ruto have their Fundamental Rights as Kenyans. But the only Right they have now is the Right to Clear their names of these crimes at the Hague. Not the right to contest for Leadership of Kenya.

Once they are cleared, they will have ALL the Rights to present themselves to us as Kenyans for any Leadership Role in our Sovereign State of the Republic of Kenya and we will be happy to consider their applications amongst others.

But for them to have initially insisted on contesting was a kin to committing mass suicide with Kenyans on accounts of Personal Tribulations.

This was careless and reckless. But now that they have seen the light, I want to be on record as the first person to congratulate them for doing the right thing. This Duo have some great potential that we can tap into as a Country. We only need to forget their past and forge forward as a Team determined to build Kenya.

Hon Ruto, despite his past, was a great Public Servant performer in the Ministries he was given to head. We all saw the zeal with which he addressed the issues at the Ministry of Agriculture and at the Ministry of Higher Education. I cannot say the same of Hon Kenyatta. He did not leave clear track records at the Ministries of Local Government and at Finance.

His tenure at both Ministries was marked with question marks.

But the bottom line is, we must all appreciate the wisdom with which this Duo has seen the light. If only they realized early enough that they stood no chance with Kenyans, they would have helped us in the healing process for this Country.

We are now so polarized and so tribal and we cannot pretend about this. We must as a Country face this reality to enable us surmount the same.

At The Clean Kenya Campaign, we want to Stay with these Issues as we face the General Elections of 4th March 2013, as we face our Silver Jubilee on 1st June 2013 and as we all work for the realization of Vision 2030.

We want to appeal to Kenyans to register as voters and on the 4th March 2013, to turn out in large numbers and vote for leaders of our choices. But we must not FORGET that we all have blood and that we all bleed. We must hence campaign peacefully, vote peacefully and celebrate the choice we shall have made as Kenyans PEACEFULLY.

There is absolutely NO reason for us to fight, kill, displace and destroy property.

This is not the Kenya new want. We want a Kenya where we all respect each other as we make our choices.

We must not keep quite and pretend that all is well the way we did in 2007. We must act now.

Now, look at this Petition and if you are agreeable to its content, sign and help disseminate the same far and wide;http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/removing-the-director-of-environment-at-ccn-from-office.html

Let us Move From Talking to Tasking as we Stay with the Issues garbage.

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

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Komarock Nairobi

5Dec/120

KENYA: THE HOME BAY COUNTY GOVERNOR ASPIRANT CYPRIAN AWITI RETURNS AND HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AFTER TAKING A TWO MONTHS SABABATICAL LEAVE.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Homa-Bay Town.

Cyprian Otieno Awiti who is the leading contender for the elective position of Homa-Bay County governor last week made a surprise visit to the region to resume his campaign for the lucrative and powe4rful position of the County governor.

Awiti a former Marie Stoppie Country director has kept a low profile for close to three months sparking off speculation that he had withdrawn his candidature.

But last weekend the candidate hit the ground with thud like a thunderstorm and traversed the full length and width of Homa-Bay County while meeting the people, addressing roads side rallies.

Awiti told the voters at the numerous roadside addresses that he had taken a two months sabbatical leave and gave a break to the campaign trail n order to re-organize his campaign team and at the same time new contacts with his supporters in all the seven parliamentary constituencies.

He began his tour with a tour of Rusinga Island in the Suba region where he had attended the colorful opening ceremony of the multi-million shillings ultra-modern SDA Church at Gunda Kaswanga.

He later toured Ndhiwa, Rangwe, Homa-Bay Town, Karachunyo, Kasipul and wound the tour with the visit to the newly created parliamentary constituency of Kabondo-Kasipul while addressing small meetings here and there as well as ins0ecting the numerous socio-economic projects which he had been supporting

The populist Awiti warned his rival for the seat to get prepared well for a bruising election campaign battle, which he termed “will be the mother of all campaign s ever seen in the region.”

He told his rivals to strictly adhere to the ODM doctrine of non-violence campaign. At the same time he urged the voters to register as voters in their thousands so that they could vote for the party leader Raila Odinga to realize his State House ambition. But also to remember to vote for him to enable capture the County’s governorship.

Before he started his extensive tour of the region rumor had gone ahead that he was heavily armed with millions of campaign money, thus attracting hundred of people who scrambled to have a glimpse of him wherever he stopped to greet the electorate.

In his native Karachuonyo Awiti visited all the major sub-clans and villages to consult with the elders, women and youths leaders. Some of his meeting with the villagers went up to late in the evening only coming to an end at around 9 P.M. In some places he was forced the car headlights after dark, but he continued talking to the voters.

Awiti is credited and well documented for having spent millions of shillings in donations to various projects across Homa-Bay County. He is on record of being one person who has conducted more Harambee across the County than any other leaders in the expansive region.

He is facing two challengers, one of his rivals for the same seat them being the immediate former MP for Rangwe Eng.Philip Okundi, and a Maseno University professor of mathematics Prof.Akeyo Omolo.

Okundi is, however, disadvantaged by his advanced age as well as recent removal from the powerful ODM Board of elections where he performed dismally causing the ODM to lose out to other parties in series of parliamentary and civic by-elections due to much flawed and poorly organized nominations exercises.

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5Dec/120

WHY KENYAN PEOPLE MUST TAKE CHARGE OF KENYA…….IS BECAUSE NO ONE WILL TAKE CHARGE FOR THEM

From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

Five years to be in power is more than enough for any responsible person to do and perform the work of Reform provision without complaining of any reason for inaction and there is no excuse to state there were no enough time to complete work assigned. If one fails to do what was obligated, then that is a sign of incompetency.......or reason to avoid to engage public mandate.

For the most part, however, Kenyan Politicians behaved like their last day in Public Office will never come to an end. They stayed at the extreme-right with business as usual as they continue to engage in corruption, impunity and graft as they struggled to build camps with inflamatory rhetorics like they dont care.

Internally displaced are left in such pathetic situation as time prolonged, organized terrorists with pockets of armed conflict continued without any serious measures taken or results fairly reported to public. Difficult humanitarian situations were unfolding right before our eyes, including health situation deteriorating with poverty aggrivating and politicians never cared like they are not earning salaries for public mandate. People are left hopelessly to wonder how the state of insecurity turned from bad to worse and these are some of the reasons why Kenyans must take stoke of Reform Mandate and consider if the people Coalition Government was able perform, if not what was the next course of action that should follow.

We understand that Voter registration kicked off since October, and because of threats and insecurities from Al-shabaab with other assumed organized terrorists there have been low low turnout, delays and malfunctioning of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. Now there are still problems with Diaspora voters locked out.

Kenyas coalition government served its term but failed to deliver and complete the peoples comprehensive new Constitutional mandate as accorded in the Reform provision. It is time to vacate Office at a time the Election when it is time for the next election and IEBC is busy doing shoddy voter registrations that are with mishaps and leaving out the very stimulating Diaspora network that participated and intervened to save Kenya when Kenya was burning during 2007/8 election gone bad; and when Kenya was bleeding from the worse stolen election.

At this juncture, Kenyans themselves must show conviction and committment to uphold the Law and put leaders in checks under scrutiny and review and make them honor their sworn responsibilities and be answerable for their actions with inactions.

Kenyans need to know The opportunities and challenges, gains and loses that were made during the Coalition tenure and the reason why they think they should be re-elected, the leaders should talk about issues that affect daily lives of Mwanainchi and be able to face the electorates why things did not follow the right course as agreed at the Reform Accord?

They must explain why Diaspora should loose voting rights and why they should not be taken to task and be charged for doing shoddy jobs after being paid hefty salaries from public kitty for doing nothing.......They must explain to people why they did not complete what they were sent to do by public mandate at the Referendum.......e.g.

Kenyans want to know who was responsible for killing 40 policemen and leaving their bodies to rot. Why there was a serious conflict with innocent killings starting from Tana River down to Lake Victoria in Nyanza - during their span of leadership. Kenyans want to know why the Al-Shabaab have not been driven out of Kenya; but are busy terrorizing people in Eastleigh with other parts of Kenya. We want to know why those who were issued with illegal Voter IDs have not been cleared. There are speculations that votes are going to be rigged by those assigned with fake Voter IDs from Somali and from Uganda and Rwanda. Diaspora are not satisfied why their rights to vote is blocked. Reasons given are not satisfying as this will be an infringment of Rights to Vote.

These fears must be addressed before the next election is declared free and fair. The population result have not been published.....people want to know how people will go for election with such anomalies. The votes that will be casted must tally balance with total voters registration in each region. Diaspora voter registration must also be made known.

While they are explaining themselves, the Chief Justice is mandated to set up a team to overseer the completion of the remaining core Constitutionalities including rectifying the Diaspora issues so that Kenyan are able to go for a free and fair electioneering...... This Team are better known as "The Transitional Caretaker Comeettee"....without which Kenya is bound to hit a snag and loose out to the Rich and Wealthy Unscrupulous and crooked Politicians who are simply selfish and greedy who are taking public wealth and and resources as their personal property to do as they wish with it.......

It is never too late to take stock people..........!!!

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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How can we trust these Registrations with the already misharps and insecurities
taking turn in the Country. Accepting to register some Diaspora and discriminating
on others.........This is definately a wrong start..........

WESTERN
Bungoma+Busia=308,112 31% registered
Kakamega+Vihiga=357,755 35% registered
TOTAL 665867

CENTRAL and MT. KENYA
Meru+Tharaka Nithi+Embu=355,005 34% registered
Murang’a+Kiambu=523,993 44% registered
Nyandarua+Nyeri+Kirinyaga=369,373 44% registered
TOTAL: 1,248,571

NORTH EASTERN
Garissa=54,838 19% registered
Wajir+Mandera=114,262 15% registered
TOTAL: 169,100

EASTERN
Kitui+Machakos+Makueni=376,719 27% registered
Marsabit+Isiolo=24,294
TOTAL: 401013

Nairobi=632,145 43% registered

COAST
Kilifi+Tana River+Lamu=181,519 27% registered
Mombasa+Kwale+Taita Taveta=252,766 29% registered
TOTAL: 434,285

NYANZA
Siaya+Kisumu+Homabay=560,126 43% registered
Migori=114,744 27% registered
Kisii+Nyamira=289647 35% registered
TOTAL: 1,079,261

R.VALLEY
Narok+Kericho+Bomet=375,227 34% registered
Turkana+West Pokot+Trans Nzoia+Uasin Gishu+Elgeyo Marawet+Nandi=421,833 22% registered
Kajiado=128,389 40% registered
Samburu+Baringo+Laikipia+Nakuru=490,279 38% registered
TOTAL: 1,415,728

DIASPORA VOTE - THE END OF THE ROAD

Published on Dec 2, 2012 by Kenya360TV
After months of excitement and anticipation amongst Kenyans living abroad at the prospects of finally being able to vote come march 4th, the road to the voting booth came to an abrupt end following the governments decision to rule out the Diaspora vote.

The decision was communicated to parliament in a ministerial statement read out by the Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa who stated that the governments decision was precipitated by the IEBC's limitation both in terms of time and resources.

But even before the dust had settled on the announcement, the IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan cast some ray of hope on the issue, when he came out to insist that the final decision was an IEBC prerogative and that the Diaspora had not been locked out yet contrary to the ministers statements.

It was however a short-lived window of hope for the majority of the diaspora when the IEBC ruled that only Kenyans living in the East African region namely Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan would be facilitated to vote.

DIASPORA VOTE - THE QUAGMIRE CONTINUES

Published on Nov 24, 2012 by Kenya360TV
As the rest of the country registers to vote in the March 4th polls, the IEBC continues to kick the Diaspora Vote ball around with not even an effort to start the registration of eligible voters abroad.

In an interview with Jeff Koinange on Capital Talk -K24, the chairman of the IEBC Issack Hassan shrugged off the 'notion' that there are more than 3 million kenyans abroad and nonchalantly discounted the Diasporas efforts to force the IEBC to hear them quipping that "they wanted us to expand the voting locations and the high court dismissed the case stating that the IEBC has got the right to determine when and how they are going to conduct their business".

Despite having personally visited the US on five different occasions (among other countries) purportedly to seek the diasporas input and to map out the voting logistics, Chairman Hassan seemed to blame the uncertainties on the Kenyan diaspora vote on the alleged non-availability of records on Kenyans living abroad.

Though the question was not asked, Mr. Hassan missed out on the opportunity to explain the delay in the diaspora voter registration. So far, no official communication has been forthcoming on the delivery of the BVR kits to the 47 missions, the status of the registration or how long the registration period will be (assuming that registration shall commence) since the ongoing registration in Kenya is set to end on December 19th.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

Video courtesy of CAPITAL TALK - K24
we know Kenyans including the embassy don't keep data. , we have interacted and we have registered in their websites as they have requested us to do , but we stall take the blame. this is Kenya for us. we are insignificant and we do not matter?
pichavision 1 week ago

DIASPORA VOTE - A HUMBLE APPEAL TO THE IEBC

Published on Nov 29, 2012 by Kenya360TV
The push by Kenyans living abroad to be allowed the enjoyment of such basic constitutional rights as the right to vote is one that started way before the 2010 promulgation of the new constitution.

Many individuals put in a lot of time and energy and indeed resources, to make sure that there was enough lobbying for the realization of this all important right as well as the right to dual citizenship that finally became a reality in 2010.

Fast forward post 2010 and the IEBC taking over as the new electoral body within the new dispensation. And indeed, there has been a whole lot of excitement mounting within the Diaspora and a renewed vigor towards the Diaspora's participation in the Kenyan social, economic and political space.

The IEBC through engagement with various stakeholders and visits with Kenyans living abroad soon embarked on various efforts to lay out a framework for enabling the Kenyans living abroad to partake of that right to vote in the general election 2013.

Indeed many have appreciated the efforts of the IEBC as well as been cognizant of the fact that this is the first time the IEBC is handling an election of this magnitude let alone oversee the first ever Diaspora vote. Off course like in any society, the conversation has not been short of criticism either at the pace it which the IEBC was pursuing the process, or even on the decisions that have come along the way.

But all things considered, the myriad of electoral issues that were going on in Kenya over the last one year, it is understandable why the Diaspora issues might not have been at the front of the IEBC's playbook.

But that said, and many months down the road since the announcement that the Diaspora was going to be able to vote, the abrupt decision by the government that effectively strips the Diaspora of the opportunity to vote without even the courtesy of allowing the constitutionally mandated body to independently arrive at that decision is indeed absurd.

Indeed a decision that threatens to reverse the gains of our motherland on its democratic walk amongst other progressive nations. This is my humble appeal to the IEBC to be resolute in ensuring that their mandate as provided for by the law of the land is not hijacked by a few in society.

It is an appeal to voices of reason within the IEBC to stay the course and to pursue the Diaspora vote, according to their own playbook and not buckle under executive influence.

And finally, it is an appeal to the Kenyans living abroad to lobby on for their rights, to keep engaged and the conversation going, but to do so with humility and the realization that KENYA comes before self.

This is my humble appeal.

GOD BLESS KENYA

Respectfully,

Ron Imanene

--- On Tue, 12/4/12, Cosmos Omondi wrote:

From: Cosmos Omondi
Subject: Are we likely to have the march 4th elections postpones?
To: progressive-kenyans@googlegroups.com
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 9:05 AM

Nziu,

Hiyo ni NDOTO YA MRIJA

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM, MBEMBA NZIU wrote:
The circus continues, God help Kenya.

Mbemba.

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Diaspora wants court to suspend elections

Updated 15 mins ago
By Isaiah Lucheli
Kenyans living abroad want the March 4 elections suspended until they are registered as voters.

In a petition filed under certificate of urgency they are also seeking the court to bar Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from publishing or gazetting voters’ registers until the suit is heard and determined.

They have moved to court over the failure by IEBC to register them as voters for the coming general election as only voters living within East African countries would be allowed to take part in the election.

Jeffer Isaak Kanu through lawyer John Khaminwa submit in the petition that all the people living in the diaspora had a right to participate in the affair of the country and particularly the right to be registered as voters and participate in the elections.

Kanu noted that the promulgation of the new constitution saw the enactment of Article 38 which elevates and jealously guards the right of every citizen to enjoy political rights enumerated thereon including the right to be registered as a voter and to vote in a free, fair and transparent election.

“While enacting the constitution the aspirations of the people were clear that [persons living in the Diaspora have the right to participate in the legitimate political process manifested through free, fair and regular elections,” submitted Kanu.

Kanu has sued Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, IEBC, Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIOC) and the Attorney General (AG).

The petitioner is seeking the court to declare that the action and inaction of the IEBC which purported to exclude persons from the Diaspora from exercising the right to vote as enshrined in the constitution was a breach of his political rights thus unconstitutional null and void.

He further wants the court to declare the move by the IEBC to allow a select few to be registered as voters while purporting to exclude persons living in the Diaspora from participating in the March 4 this year general election as discriminatory.

They want the court to hold the IEBC in breach of the aspirations of the people of Kenya, as their sovereign power was reserved under Article 1 of the constitution and the national values and principles of governance set out under Article 10 of the constitution.

Kanu wants the court to declare the decision by the cabinet to exclude persons from Diaspora from exercising the right to vote in the forthcoming general election as flimsy and violates constitutional provisions.

“A declaration to issue directing IEBC to exercise its statutory and constitutional duty and to forth with undertake voter registration of persons in the diaspora with immediate effect so as to allow them participate in the coming general election,” Kanu prayed to the court.

High court Judge David Majanja directed the petitioner to serve and the case be heard on December 11, this year.
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Kenya: Tana Delta violence – is there worse to come? – By Nuur Mohamud Sheekh and Jason Mosley
November 6, 2012

In Kenya, ahead of the 2013 elections, attention is turning

Despite heavy deployment of security personel in Tana River many lives have been lost in clashes.

to sources of tension that could fuel the kind of poll-related violence seen at the end of 2007 and in the first few weeks of 2008. In recent weeks, unrest in Coast province, centred on the separatist Mombassa Republican Council (MRC), has garnered most attention – most lately the beating and arrest of MRC leader Omar Hamisi Mwamnwadzi on October 15, along with some of his supporters. Also, the donor community and Kenya’s political elite are highly pre-occupied with the fate of four Kenyans facing charges related to 2008 election violence at the International Criminal Court (ICC), including two presidential hopefuls (Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Higher Education Minister William Ruto).

However, these spectacles have overshadowed what may be an episode with even more significant implications: the death in late August and early September of some 116 in clashes in the Tana Delta between ethnic Orma and Pokomo militia. Although part of Coast Province, the rural and impoverished Tana Delta is not really a central part of Coastal politics. Nonetheless, the drivers of the violence a few weeks ago are related to factors not unique to the Tana Delta. In fact, the Tana Delta violence highlights precisely the type of political and social fault lines that may be at risk of erupting in the run up to, and aftermath of, the elections in a number of areas.

Long-standing competition and conflict over access to pasture and water resources were important factors, but did not alone provide the trigger for violence. A range of political and economic factors have fed into the local dynamics in Tana Delta. These include longer-term trends related to alienation of local people from land due to large-scale government and private sector purchases, and shorter-term impacts related to the process of delineating electoral constituency boundaries and county districts in line with Kenya’s new constitution. The ready availability of small arms has also seen such conflicts intensify in recent decades. Lack of livelihood opportunities for the youth is also a major factor.

As such, the recent clashes are emblematic of wider trends. Although the Tana Delta (along with the rest of Coast Province) has tended to be politically marginalised, tensions in other areas – such as Mt Elgon and parts of the Rift Valley including Eldoret, Nakaru and Naivasha, and counties in northern Kenya – could also be exacerbated by the same political factors. Some of these areas were flash-points in the post-poll violence of late 2007 and early 2008, with major national and regional ramifications.

Tana aftermath

The violence in Tana also led to the forced migration of an estimated 12,000 people. An assistant minister, Dhadho Godhana, was arrested and lost his cabinet portfolio; local area MPs traded accusations with the powerful Defence Minister, Yusuf Haji, over who was to blame.

Media reporting and advocacy by civil society and human rights organisations finally prompted the government into action when the issue was debated in parliament on September 12. The government began deployment of some 2,000 members of the paramilitary General Services Unit (GSU) the following day. It also set up a commission of inquiry into the matter.

Despite the deployment of security personnel, violence continued and lives (including nine GSU personnel) and livelihoods were lost. Government forces have also been accused of serious human rights violations of by local residents, who claim excessive force is being used in a bid to disarm them.

Drivers of Tana’s violence

Understanding the drivers of violence in the Tana Delta helps to illustrate its relevance to other parts of Kenya (see also Parselelo Kantai, ‘Tana Delta Burning’, in The Africa Report, No 45, November 2012, pp 37-39).

The question of land

Going back to the 1970s, government schemes and private enterprises (including by foreign companies) have dispossessed the inhabitants of Tana from land in their area. Large-scale government and foreign farming schemes have taken up tens of thousands of hectares previously used for pasture and subsistence farming, and providing a major contributing factor to conflict between farmers and pastoralists over access.

For example, the Bura Irrigation Scheme was set up in 1978, and allocated 25,000 hectares. In addition to this, the Tana River Development Authority has planted sugar, rice and maize on another 80,000 hectares. The government has also planned to allocate land in the Tana to foreign investors, for example to grow Jatropha for biofuel feedstock (involving a Canadian firm, Bedford Biofuels). In late 2008, talks between Kenya and Qatar about a 40,000 hectares land lease in the Tana Delta triggered a public backlash and were subsequently shelved.

Playing bad politics

A key aspect of the conflict is about land ownership, as opposed to use, with the Orma and Pokomo fighting over land rights. Recent boundary changes effected by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resulted in some villages, sub-locations and locations being shifted to different electoral constituencies. Media reports quoted local residents who blamed politicians seeking office for the intensified fighting between the Pokomo and the Orma.

Other reports also suggest that politicians eyeing gubernatorial, senate and parliamentary seats have been mobilising their supporters ahead of the coming voter registration. There is also talk of politicians forging alliances for the senate and gubernatorial seats ahead of the general election, raising fears in some communities of being disenfranchised. The constitution has re-instated the senate, and created a new tier of elected government at the county level – fostering intensified competition for the resources those offices represent. The delineation of electoral boundaries is hotly contested: the process is still not finished, only a few months before the polls.

These local dynamics are also feeding into political tussles on the national stage:

Local MP Godhana has accused Haji of being behind the violence, and suggested that he has encouraged the immigration of Somalis and al-Shabaab sympathisers. Other local MPs have also accused the minister of interfering with the Tana River boundaries so as to benefit the Somali inhabited parts that lie outside the Delta.

There are also longer-standing rumours that the Orma have links to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), an ethnic-based insurgency mainly operating in southern Ethiopia, but also in and out of northern Kenya. The Orma and Oromo share common ancestry, and rumours that the OLF has supported the Orma have fuelled fears of the intensification of the conflict.

Regardless of the truth of these rumours, the fact that they tap into wider fears about inter-communal competition and conflict is a worrying sign this close to an election.

Wider resonances

Inter-communal killings and forced displacement have recently affected not only Tana but also northern districts of Isiolo, Garissa, Mandera, Moyale and Wajir. The ease with which communities in these areas acquire fire-arms, organise themselves and plan attacks should concern security agents but also development planners.

Widespread economic frustration, chronic impunity and intense competition between politicians for political-economic resources remain pervasive hallmarks of the Kenyan political economy, even after the promulgation of what is considered a progressive constitution in 2011.

These dynamics are also at play well beyond northern Kenya. For example, Mount Elgon has long history of violence associated with the drawing and redrawing of boundaries.

Eldoret and other towns in the Rift Valley – such as Nakuru and Naivasha – have long been cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, but with more ethnically uniform surrounding rural areas. In early 2008, this led to violence against non-Kikuyus in Nakuru and Naivasha; and against Kikuyus in places like Turbo and Burnt Forest in the area surrounding Eldoret.

There have been occasional incidents of violence along what was the pre-2010 constitution boundary between Nyanza and Rift Valley Province. This is an echo of violence in the area during the 1990s when ethnic Luo residents in Nandi (on the Rift Valley side of the border) were the very first targets of attacks from late 1991 onwards (for more on such dynamics, see Daniel Branch, Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2011)

Way forward

Understanding that the same drivers – namely pre-electoral political competition, and manoeuvring to benefit from the re-drawing of electoral constituency boundaries – are at play across the country should concentrate the minds of Kenya’s leadership and partners. These factors could feed into the existing tensions in flashpoint areas affected by electoral violence in 2008 and in previous polls – a long-standing pattern going back at least to the re-introduction of multiparty politics in the early 1990s.

In the near-term, attention to these factors should be raised. A focus on the MRC and Kenya’s intervention in Somalia risks overlooking a wider, and potentially more disruptive, pattern.

In the medium to long term, Kenya’s partners could help to support efforts to address the longer-term, underlying grievances beneath the violence in areas such as the Tana Delta. The current commission of inquiry into the most recent violence could provide the first step in a sustained and rigorous effort. It will be essential that the commission be given the space to operate freely, and that its findings are taken seriously.

The violence in the Tana Delta will also prove a key test for the judiciary, which is on the front lines in the battle against impunity in Kenya’s politics. As such, the commission for inquiry could have important resonances with the handling of the ICC cases. Beyond the question of impunity and accountability, there is also the matter of restitution for lives, livelihoods and properties lost.

Nuur Mohamud Sheekh is a Board Member, Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Centre, Kenya.

Jason Mosley is Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

4Dec/121

Kenya: Raila’s power-sharing between the Luos and Kuria in Migori County face total rejection

Writes Arrum-Tidi Ogonglo In Migori Town.

The move made last weekend, by the ODM leader Raila Odinga, to award the Senate seat to the Kuria tribe, as one way of teasing the minority Kuria community to vote for him in his presidential bid, has elicited lot of controversies in the region.

The decision which was reached after a closed door meeting held at the Migori town between the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Kuria and some Luo leaders appeared to have offended many people in the region, especially the aspirants who have been campaigning for the various elective positions within the County governance.

Many have hinted that they would either decamp from the ODM o contest the elections as independent candidates. It has been termed as undemocratic, unconstitutional and dictatorial while other described the move as “primitive”.

At the same time other local leaders were heard hinting that thy might move to court to block the Senate candidature of the Assistant minister Dr Walter Machage who was awarded the Senate position, arguing that the Kura MP is the chairman of the DP and has yet to reigned from that party and PNU a party which has gone into a merger with TNA-URP alliance.

They said it is in vagrant violation of the clause in new constitution requirement which stipulates that for one to be allowed to contest the election on a political party one must have been a member of that party for the last six months.

The leaders in both Luo and Kuria have rejected the power-sharing arrangement with those on the Kuria side arguing that Dr Machage is not enjoying the supported by the entire Kuria community. He has no capacity to convince all the voters in Kuria to vote for Raila’ presidential bid as he is treated with contempt by the Kura as an opportunist in pursuit of his persona and selfish interest.

The power sharing decision came late after when the chairman of ODM in Migori County branch John Mgaiwa had already declared his intention to contest the Senate seat. Magaiwa campaign for the same seat had already hit the ground.

All the indications are that there could be mass defections from ODM in Migori County by the aspirants who have been campaigning o the various seats to other parties.

Among the leading personalities in Migori who have already been on the ground campaigning for the Senate seat included former Mathare MP Gilbert Ochieng’ Mbeo, former Homa-By MP Phares Oluoch Kanindo, former Gender Secretary Prof Colete Suda who told Raila to his ace that the awarding of some seats to people who did not campaign for them is undemocratic.

Local leaders blamed the Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno who is also the Minister for Public Services for having meddled in the matter in collaboration with the few Luo MPs from the region. They alleged that the Minister who is known to be always erratic politically had called a secret meting with some Kuria leaders and a few MPs from the region in Nairobi in secrecy without consulting the local party leaders and arrived at the unpopular decision.

In the hotly contested arrangement brokered by Raila, the Kuria will provide the deputy governor an women representative while the Luos will provide the governor and the Kuria would clinch the Senate seat.

From all the indications, the power-sharing arrangement might not see the light of the day judging from the objections raised by the Luos.some of those opposed to the idea accused Raila Odinga of having dictatorial tendency of planting unpopular leadership on the people.This, they said has forced many potential leaders out of the ODM who decamped to other parties.

The tendency of planting rejects to the electorate is what had killed the former powerful Pentagon outfit and sent its members fleeing from the ODM to other political parties, therefore the PM must change his tactics if at all he want to win the presidency. He should let the people who are interested in contesting the elections in various seats to compete with each other in a democratic manner, but not on a power-sharing arrangement which is autocratic and dictatorial.

Prof Suda told Raila that she had never known a democratic system in which the elective position is dished out. ”It is undemocratic and unconstitutional and does not take into consideration the interest of women.’

Moreover the Kuria MP who is facing the stiffest opposition at home has all these years is known to have been vilifying the ODM as a party and Raila Odinga its leaders, so his latest about turn and change of heat might not find soft landing within the ODM local party hierarchy.

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3Dec/120

Kenya: Ex-Mwakenya detainee join the race for Kisumu Central parliamentary seat

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The newly created Kisumu Central parliamentary constituency has yet attracted another high profile aspirant with very unique historical and political backgrounds, which the local political pundits were quick in predicting his impending election victory as being inevitable.

Kisumu Central electoral area was created by the IEBC as one of the additional 80 constituencies country-wide. It was curved out of the old Kisumu Town West, which has under gone extensive realignment

It will cover the old Peri-Urban areas of Nyalnda slums, Pand-Pieri, Milimani, Kaloleni Slums,Kibuye,Obunga, and the entire Central Business District {CBD} The old Kisumu Town West will now start from the Kisumu Airport and extend into the rural Kisumo Locations.

George Kwanya Odidi, 62 old water engineer by profession is a man of unique character. He was born a revolutionary man with political radicalism entrenched in his blood from childhood.

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HERE Is Mr Odidi's photograph.

May be this is one of the reasons which landed him to a political detention camp for nine good months at the Naivasha Maximum Security Prison.

Born in 1950 at Kanjira in West Karachuonyo, Odidi received his early education at Ngeta Primary School and later joined Homa-Bay High school for both his “O” and “A’ levels.

He joined the Kenya for only two year between 1969 and 1970, but was later fired on suspicion that he was among those sympathetic to the 1972 abortive military coup that saw the former CGS Lt Gen Ndolo removed from the armed force and the first Kenyan African Chief Justice the late Kitili Mwendwa being sacked and scores of other given long prison sentences with hard labor.

During the government crackdown on suspicious soldiers and political dissidents Odidi, lost this army job. But he was lucky and after termacking for a few months he landed a new job with the Ministry of Water Development from where the lady-luck came calling on him. The Ministry offered him a three years scholarship to study water engineering course at the Warwick University in the UK

At the completion of his course Odidi returned home and was posted to work in Nyanza on promote as the Provincial Water Engineer in-charge of Nyanza Province.

An during his tenure in Kisumu, Odidi found himself in the catch-22 when the KANU regime under the retired President Daniel Arap Moi launched a full-scale crack-down on the members of the “Mwakenya dissidents countrywide.

He was among scores of those unlucky men and women ho got entangled in the Mwakenya underground activities and got netted in the crack-down by the dreaded Special branch security intelligence police unit.

He was among those who were charged in courts in connection with Mwakenya clandestine movement. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were withdrawn by the prosecution due to luck of sufficient evidence.

Instead of earning his freedom after the court case, Odidi was placed under security detention camp at the Naivasha Maximum Security Prison where he languished for the next nine months.

He was released from detention and fired from the government services without his terminal benefits. Odidi later got involved in football administration and won several position within the KFF in Nyanza region. At the same time he ventured into private business using his engineering training background and established his own enterprising construction firm.

During the first multiparty election of 192 Odidi surprised everyone when he trounced the then incumbent Karachuonyo MP Mrs Phoebe Muga Asiyo during the ford Kenya primary nominations prompting the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s intervention by prevailing upon him to stand down in favor of Mrs Asiyo.Jaramogi was the Ford Kenya national chairman.

Odidi reluctantly succumbed to Jaramogi’s and as a sign of respect to the doyen of oppositionist politics and highly respected freedom fighter he stood down but no sooner the news of his popularity in Karachuonyo reached the ears of the KANU Big-Wigs who immediately sent emissaries to persuade him to contest the election on a KANU ticket. KANU had offered to finance his election campaign with millions, but Odidi stood his ground and turned down.their offer.

Making the announcement for his candidature in Kisumu Central,Odidi said he will strive to initiate the revival of all of the stalled economic projects including manufacturing firms like Kenya Breweries plant in Kisumu are revived to alleviate unemployment of youths in the region.

He plan to ensure the manual removal o the dreaded water hyacinth which has of late became a real menace to the fishing industry, and also to empower youth and women to get involved in small and large scale enterprises, and also to encourage horticultural small scale farming by youths using water of Lake Victoria along its shorelines. The farm products could be exported

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3Dec/120

Kenya: Annan, Mkapa visit to support voter education

From: Judy Miriga

People,

You cannot fill the gap for "Free Business Enterprising on Free Trade" like personal private business partnership without incorporating Public Mandate.......Museveni and Kagame's plan will fail in East Africa and the same will fail to bring True Democracy unless the People agree to the Plan.......In Which case, Kibaki's underground plan with the so called Chinese will not succeed........The Soviet Block plan to hijack Africa in the Scramble to Africa will surely fail very miserably......

It is about time Kibaki Cooperate with Kofi Annan with Mkapa and he will stay safe.......Kibaki and Uhuru will not escape the Land Law with the Financial Budget Policy enactment......The police and Devolution is a must.........

Check it out.........!!!!

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Published on Oct 11, 2012 by K24TV

Annan, Mkapa to give their assesment
The scheduled meeting between president Mwai Kibaki, former UN secretary general Koffi Annan and former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa is in doubt, as president Mwai Kibaki is said to have been chairing a cabinet meeting in the morning. The intended plan was to meet with the two principles on the first day of their meeting, with prime minister Raila Odinga already having met the pair. It is however not clear if their meeting with president Kibaki will take place. The duo who are on their last day of their four day visit to Kenya, will hold a press briefing where they will inform on their assessment so far on the country's progress of implementing agenda four.

Annan worried at high rate of ethnic violence in Kenya

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Annan:Kenya should demonstrate how a constitution can impact a nation positively

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Koffi Annan, the chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons says Kenya has a chance to demonstrate how a constitution can impact a nation, particularly during the upcoming election. Annan, accompanied by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, spoke at the Supreme Court, where they met the Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga. The two are visiting the country to monitor the electoral process.

Thank you Annan. Some ignorant kenyans wants to test the reaction of the international community if they chose thugs as president. Mine is a little prayer for them. The world has changed. Take them to the Hague now please..

Odorono blu 1 hour ago

Kenyans are being led by hand to the polls by foreigners just in case they trip over and knock out their front two teeth. lol

magellanmax 4 hours ago

ANNAN, MKAPA SATISFIED

Published on Oct 12, 2012 by gbskenyatv

The chair to the panel of eminent African personalities Kofi Annan HAS indicate that even if they are leaving the country confident that the next elections will be peaceful since Kenyans have learnt a lessons from the outcome of the disputed 2007 elections, politicians have to exercise a lot of caution with their utterances as the country approaches the forthcoming elections. Annan also indicated that it will be up to the courts to decide on the fate of two presidential candidates facing charges on crimes against humanity at the ICC but stated that a presidency by any of them could have serious implications on foreign relations.

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Annan, Mkapa visit to support voter education

Updated Monday, December 03 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Roselyne Obala

NAIROBI; KENYA: Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan arrived in the country on Sunday to support electoral preparedness by encouraging nationwide voter registration and education.

Dr Annan together and former Tanzanian president, Benjamin Mkapa, both members of Eminent African personalities will also make a follow up on issues raised in their last visit. The two will be in the country for four days amidst heightened political activities.

However, Annan’s last visit in October sparked off an outcry from a section of leaders allied to presidential aspirants, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William whom he cautioned Kenyans against electing.

Annan’s message noted that electing people facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) would have implications on Kenya’s foreign relations.

Annan returns to Kenya just weeks after his last visit, when he failed to meet President Kibaki.

Annan’s statement did not seem to go down well with the leaders.

According to a Media statement, the two were expected to arrive yesterday and leave on Tuesday.

The objective of their visit is to follow up on issues raised during their October visit, particularly on voter education and registration.

The two are scheduled to meet with Government, independent and constitutional commissions and other stakeholder groups, including the business leaders, civil society, religious leaders, and the media.

Trouble simmering in Tana over ‘annexed land’

The village of Tarasaa in the Tana Delta, where a row is simmering over the allocation of tens of hectares to Canadian firm Bedford Biofuels. Photo/LABAN WALLOGA NATION MEDIA GROUP
By SARA-CHRISTINE GEMSON sgemson@ke.nationmedia.com and SARA MOJTEHEDZADEH smojtehedzadeh@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Monday, December 3 2012 at 02:00

In Summary

As the dust settles on one of the Tana Delta’s worst chapters, a new storm is gathering over what local residents call alienation of their resources.

A Canadian firm is particularly on the spot over a huge piece of land it says it is using as a nursery for a massive jatropha project, but the local leadership says those tens of hectares, and many more on the radar of the Canadians, had better be under their ploughs and hoes

The shifting scenery of the Tana Delta is the first hint of the region’s fragility: green plains punctuated with silvery cashew nut trees melt into areas where only the scrappiest of shrubs emerge from the arid ground.

This area was in the news recently for the wrong reasons after the Orma and the Pokomo reached for each other’s throats over land and other resources, but it is still attracting the attention of investors.

One of those investors is Bedford Biofuels, a Canadian firm which is quickly discovering that the challenges of investing in the volatile delta can be daunting.

The Canadian firm is seeking to produce biofuel by setting up a large-scale plantation of the jatropha plant in the region, explaining that the delta is an ideal place to demonstrate the viability of the plant for biofuel production.

However, it is struggling to overcome a series of roadblocks to its project, including local opposition, environmental concerns, government regulations, and regional instability.

“You wouldn’t believe what we’re up against. The challenges are next to impossible to overcome. It’s one thing after another,” Mr David McClure, CEO of Bedford Biofuels, explained in a phone interview from Canada.

When Bedford arrived in the region in 2008, it firmly believed that it could contribute to the economic development of the region and, in 2009, following public information campaigns and community meetings, signed 45-year leases with six group ranches for 120,000 hectares of land, with plans to plant jatropha on half of the leased property.

But progress has been slow: The biofuel company obtained a licence from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) in 2010 which restricted it to an initial 10,000-hectare pilot project to evaluate the social and environmental impact of the plantation.

So far, Bedford Biofuels has planted just 19 hectares — a nursery of eight varieties of jatropha — to test which variety might be best suited to the region.

The initiative has also been hampered by regional instability, which came to a head in September when more than 100 people were killed in violent clashes between Pokomo farmers and Orma pastoralists in the delta.

Mr Joel Ruhu, Bedford’s vice-president for human resources, admits that the violence has been a major concern for the company.

“If there are conflicts in the area of operation, you can’t do anything. You literally can’t do anything. So instability causes a lot of delay in us moving forward with the project,” he told DN2 during an interview in Malindi recently.

And, while the clashes were not on land leased by Bedford Biofuels, activists are still worried that the project could upset the region’s delicate environmental and social balance

For centuries, Tana’s occupants have kept the place in harmony with nature.

“When waters ebb, farmers plant rice. The Pokomo have planted rice for centuries. During the floods, pastoralists drive out herds… that’s the traditional way of using the land, keeps the ecosystem functioning,” explains Ms Serah Munguti, communications and advocacy manager at Nature Kenya.

But environmentalists like Ms Munguti say the arrival of foreign companies like Bedford Biofuels, who come to the delta armed with ambitious plans for large-scale, intensive farming, might disrupt the system.

That, according to Ms Munguti, promises to heighten tribal tensions.

“The conflict comes because everybody wants the water. The Tana Delta as it is today is a recipe for disaster,” argues Munguti. “There is already conflict over limited resources. Then you look at all the projects that have been proposed and you can imagine what we are setting ourselves up for.”

Tana residents say Bedford’s presence has not yet been a catalyst for conflict — but its arrival has raised questions about land ownership for the first time between neighbours, fostering a sense of anxiety and insecurity.

Local farmer John Kazungu Katana, who settled in the area over 30 years ago, says leaders from the neighbouring Pokomo village have told him he may have to move off their land.

“They have been giving some stress on the land, that people must move, that they gave the land to other people, so they gave us a few challenges that made us worried,” he explains.

Others are concerned about the impact Bedford’s plantation might have on their livelihoods and surroundings.

“We don’t know the effects of the jatropha project, but we have heard that it makes the land become dry and ineffective for pastoralism,” worries Mr Shukri, a Wardei and local teacher. “It is going to even affect the wild animals that we have in that area, and those animals are very important.”

As for those who agreed to the project following Bedford’s public information meetings, the senior chief of Ngao location, Mr Abraham Masouse, believes the company took advantage of their desperation.

“They are just using our poverty for their own gain,” he says. “If someone is suffering, will they turn down your proposal to get them milk and honey? They will accept it, and that’s what they did.”

But Bedford Biofuels insists that it legitimately gained the approval of local communities by meeting with the boards of the ranches as well as local residents to explain the project.

Mr Ruhu believes that those who are concerned about being displaced are ill-informed; most of the land is uninhabited and only two ranches have squatters, he claims.

“We went through 18 months and didn’t displace one person. We’re the champion of the people... the last thing we want to do is displace people,” adds CEO McClure

The Nema licence also imposes strict guidelines on the project, including the creation of wildlife corridors through which the pastoralists will be allowed to travel with their herds.

But Mr Richard Ndegwa, a principal agricultural officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, is not surprised to hear that there is public opposition despite the need for development in the area.

“When you get land from a local authority, inhabitants ask why are we giving land to a foreign company and yet we have people in the same region who are considered to be landless. It is very, very sensitive. Even if the company and local authorities discuss with local people, if they aren’t in agreement, local investment by a foreign company may not come off,” explains Mr Ndegwa

Bedford also insists its activities will not jeopardise Tana’s sensitive eco-system or inflame competition over resources.

“The recent clashes were not because of limited resources — water and pasture. Everybody is talking about water and pasture. But that is not true. The clashes were politically instigated,” asserts Mr Ruhu.

But the assistant director of agriculture, Mr Clement Muyesu, says the company can be certain of the impact the project might have, given its size.

“Ten thousand hectares is a lot of area by any standards,” remarks Mr Muyesu. “It’s a massive area, especially for a new corporation. It will raise a lot of eyebrows. In terms of expectations, you cannot just say you are just trying with 10,000 hectares... it’s just too much.”

The local community has high expectations, as set by Bedford’s initial promises.

As well as paying rent to ranchers and creating over 3,000 jobs once the project is fully operational, the company also pledges to invest in local infrastructure.

“We have a budget of $3.6 million (about Sh3 billion) for every 10,000 hectares to cater for the needs that the people themselves will come up with, be it a school, a health centre, or water. The projects will be started when the project takes off,” claims Mr Ruhu.

But whether those promises will be realised depends on the success of the project, which is far from assured.

While Nema gave Bedford a licence to proceed, and says that it is “satisfied with the activities of Bedford” and does not have any concerns about its initiative, the Ministry of Energy claims that it has not approved such a large-scale jatropha project.

Ms Faith Odongo, head of the biofuels section at the ministry, says the few jatropha projects undertaken in Kenya have demonstrated that the plant “is not a good candidate for biofuel production in Kenya”.

As a result of a feasibility study by Africa Harvest commissioned by the Ministry of Energy, which found that it would take a company at least 15 years to break even with a jatropha biofuel project, Ms Odongo says the Ministry of Energy has not encouraged any large-scale investment in the sector.

“It does not make sense to recommend such an investment to anybody,” she says.

Others claim that the science behind jatropha’s success is shaky.

Bedford’s website praises the jatropha plant as “a robust and relatively drought-resistant, sustainable biofuel feedstock” whose cultivation “can help build economies of underdeveloped countries”.

The plant has also been hailed in some research as a miracle crop that can even survive on barren land.

But Ms Munguti is sceptical. “They said jatropha would grow in deserts, then they found it can’t. It needs more soil fertility and more water than maize,” she claims.
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Collins Areba•2 days ago

Jatropha is always a wrong crop, tana delta is a fertile, irrigable region suitable for growing food crops, they claim that jatropha can grow in arid and marginalized areas (yes it will grow but good luck flowering), If the government and bedford are indeed genuine about developing arid land kenya for biofuel production, let them try it in the northern frontiers...

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March 7, 2011

History IA Analysis: What were the causes for and effects of the failure of the Madagascar Plan?

The Madagascar Plan was a Nazi project involving the deportation of 4 million Jews to Madagascar. While it had been proposed in 1938 (Benz, 66), the planning did not start until shortly after the German defeat of France in June 1940. Madagascar had been owned by the French and as a result of the Battle of France, was to be ceded to German control (Benz, 69). In a speech in February by Alfred Rosenberg, chief ideologue of the Nazi Party, it was a means of “solving the Jewish question by establishing a Jewish reserve on Madagascar” (Benz, 67). The Madagascar Plan was never completed and the file on the project was closed in February 1942 (Benz, 72.)

The Battle of Britain was a direct cause for the failure of the plan. The defeat of France in mid-1940 left “Britain alone and apparently helpless" (Shirer, 758). The earlier German victories in Europe led the Nazis to believe that “the British would see reason and be forced to the peace table" (Tucker, 1132); that Hitler was beginning to “believe in his own myth” (Evans). On November 15 1939, (Tucker, 1132) Raeder told the Naval War Staff to study “the possibility of invading England, a possibility arising if certain conditions [were] fulfilled by the further course of the war” (Shirer, 758). Operation Sea Lion was a planned amphibious invasion of Britain, with which Hitler hoped to “secure space on ships […] for the purpose of solving the Jewish problem” (Benz, 72). After a successful invasion, Germany could then use Britain’s large navy in transporting the Jews to Madagascar. However, air superiority over Britain was a necessary condition for this invasion, and Germany’s defeat in The Battle of Britain resulted in the failure of Operation Sea Lion. The Nazis’ objective in the Battle of Britain’s was to “[drive] the British Air Force from the skies and [achieve] the one condition on which the launching of the invasion depended” (Shirer, 774). After several consecutive weeks of bombing London, German bombing squadrons were intercepted by the British Air Force on September 15, suffering insurmountable losses. The failure to gain air superiority meant that German military forces were unable to cross the English Channel and initiate Operation Sea Lion. Hitler now had no means of executing the Plan.

The Madagascar Plan had been formulated based upon Hitler’s “myth” (Evans) - his overconfidence about the outcomes of the war. It was only pursued “for some weeks in earnest” (Benz, 68), immediately after France’s defeat. As a result of the unsatisfactory outcome of the Battle of Britain, carrying out the Madagascar Plan was implausible. Operation Sea Lion was postponed indefinitely on the 27th of September, 1940. There is no archival evidence of alternative routes, sea lanes or other methods planned by the Germans of transporting Jews to Madagascar.

The Madagascar Plan was never believed to have been concrete and there is no archival evidence on whether the Germans would have executed it had Operation Sea Lion not failed. Hitler was constantly moving the Plan's deadline - in 1940, he had Jews sent to camps in France, saying they would soon be deported to Madagascar. In mid-1941, he had pushed the execution of the Plan after "the completion of the Eastern Campaign"(Friedlander, 203), showing he was not serious about following through.

The failure of the Madagascar Plan was inconsequential. Benz separates the solutions to the Nazis’ “Jewish Question” into two parts. The initial solution was largely about emigration, whereas the final solution was extermination. While the Plan’s failure could be twisted to represent the failure of the initial solution, it was most likely propaganda, intended to mask the cruelty of Nazism and the campaign against the Jews. Furthermore, Benz also states that “The Madagascar plan was in no way a philanthropic project” (Benz, 67) - there had already been “fantasies of extermination “(Benz, 68) within the initial solutions of deportation. The Nazis believed that places like Madagascar, Guyana and Alaska were territories “of an insular nature” (Benz, 71), and would eventually “decimate” (Benz, 68) the Jewish numbers. Although there were two parts to the solution, both contained underlying motives of extermination. Therefore, the failure of the plan would have little or no effect on the mass extermination of the Jews after 1941.

The failure of the Madagascar Plan did not contribute to the final solution. There are quotations supporting the claim that the Nazis had not intended to execute the Plan regardless of the turnout of Operation Sea Lion. If they had not been serious in the beginning, its failure could not have contributed to the decision to carry out the killings. The Wannsee Conference was held in January 1942, to "co-ordinate the administrative details"(Evans) of setting up extermination camps around Europe. They had "the principle or even the sole purpose of killing Europe's Jews" (Evans). Existing camps were equipped with "additional extermination facilities" (Tucker, 1678). However, plans of extermination had already been in place since 1939. Friedlander believes that Hitler was "using "Madagascar" as a standard of the end goal of his policy: The expulsion of the Jews from Europe" (Friedlander, 203). This is part of an ongoing debate between intentionalist and functionalist historians and forms part of the larger question: whether Hitler had planned the Holocaust or not. Intentionalist historians argue that Hitler already planned for mass extermination of the Jews, and that the Holocaust was not a consequence but an idea (Layton, 91). The failure of the plan did not contribute to the final solution. Rather than leading to the mass exterminations, it was a façade.

Section E – Conclusion
The failure of the Madagascar Plan was due to the failure of The Battle of Britain, which made the plan logistically unfeasible. Without a large navy at his disposal, Hitler could not carry it out. However, it was also speculative and even had Operation Sea Lion succeeded, there is no evidence stating the Plan would have been executed. Therefore, its failure was inconsequential and played no role in the Holocaust.

3Dec/121

Kenya is not on Auction

From: odhiambo okecth

Friends,

I am reliably informed that one Presidential Candidate has spent Kshs 11 Billion just on wowing his Bride- Deputy President. And he is busy dishing money and buying any Kenyan MP who is in Financial Troubles.

I want to invite my fellow Kenyans, we are not on Auction. Let us unite as a Country to defeat this new brand of Impunity, Greed and Arrogance that is surely going to promote Tribalism, Corruption, more Impunity, more Corruption and the Fall of the Kenyan Nation.

What is it that this duo know about Kenya that they must spend Kshs 50 Billion to make them win the Presidency? No. Something is not adding up and Kenyans must stop these guys.

Let us join hands to vote against Tribalism, Greed, Land Grabbing, Corruption and Arrogance.

Just today, the Kenya Shilling has been hit by the Dollar, and if this duo get the Presidency, we will carry money in Sacks as we head to the shops to buy bread.

The choice is very clear; We either vote for Impunity and Greed, or, we vote for Kenya.

Oto.

3Dec/120

PROPOSED PROGRAM FOR THE AWARDS

From: Obat Masira

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DATES: 14TH AND 15TH DECEMBER 2012

VENUE: KISUMU SOCIAL CENTRE

TIME: 2PM – 9PM (DAILY)

MASTER OF CEREMONY:

PROGRAM

FRIDAY 14TH DEC 2012 (DAY 1)

DRAMA PERFORMANCE: AMAZON THEATRE (KISUMU)

GOSPEL FILM SHOW: WESTERN KENYA ARTISTES

FILM SHOW: COAST FILM MAKERS ASSOCIATION

SYMPOSIUM: MR BRYSON OMWALO (MASENO UNIVERSITY)

OPENING REMARKS:

FILM SHOW: WESTERN KENYA ARTISTES

GUEST FILM SHOW: MALAWIAN FILM ASSOCIATION

SATURDAY 15TH DEC 2012 (DAY 20)

GOSPEL FIM SHOW: WESTERN KENYA

GUEST FILM SHOW: COAST FILM MAKERS ASSOCIATION

DRAMA PERFORMANCE: COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY DEPT (MASENO UNIVERSITY)

NARRATIVE PERFORMANCE: OSESE HANNINGTONE (KISUMU) / KISII PLAYERS (KISII COUNTY)

MARIMBA PERFORMANCE: BUKI AND TARINO (KISUMU COUNTY)

GUEST FILM SHOW: ZIMBABWE FILM ASOCIATION

FILM SHOW: WESTERN KENYA ARTISTES

AWARDS CEREMONY: 1. SPEECHES

2. JUDGES (MASENO UNIVERSITY AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA)

CLOSING REMARKS:

2Dec/120

Kenya: THE MUGO REPORT – NOVEMBER 2012

From:
Mugo Muchiri
Los Angeles, CA
December 1, 2012

Q: Habari Bwana Mugo? It’s good to see you. Alas, the month of Christmas is upon us. What wrought it for thee, my friend? Good tidings?

Mugo: I think so. It’s a beautiful start of a special month. The world over, December is celebrated for gifts both human and divine. May the tidings be of uplifting the collective consciousness of the world in order that we might all live in peace and harmony. Na wewe, how’s your peace and harmony?

Q: Good and growing. Like you, chai and ucuru have become favorites. I’ve also noticed a greater proclivity for exercise. I don’t know, maybe it’s the cold; somehow the body seems to cherish the greater exertion. Anyway thanks for doing this again.

Mugo: Always a pleasure.

Q: Of course what we want to do is to review November’s events in Kenya. They say that he who neglects his history damages his prospects for a better future.

Mugo: And the Enlightened says ‘Success is born of he who acts while established in his innermost Self, in his transcendental pure consciousness.’

Q: Sawa. I don’t know if President Mwai Kibaki was established in his innermost Self when he officially opened the Thika Superhighway on November 9. But it’s an 8-lane road network that connects Nairobi to Thika and is expected to spur greater economic activity between the two towns and their hinterlands. This is part of actuating Vision 2030. These guys aren’t messing around, are they?

Mugo: No they’re not. As Kenyans, I believe we need to extend heartfelt congratulations to Kibaki. This is a significant milestone, all 31miles of it. My understanding is that they’ve started installing solar-powered streetlights as well as fiberglass road signs. By the way, this fiberglass material is non-scrap which should curtail incidents of vandalism.

Q: Are you looking forward to an immediate economic impact?

Mugo: Yes, I am. See, a country’s road system is like arteries and veins in our physiology which carry oxygen and nutrients to the different parts of the body and back. Having more roads and bridges will open up the country to itself and allow Kenya to more readily exploit its resources and potential. Inevitably, prosperity of the material kind will spread. And I suspect the impact will be as immediate as that of an unclogged artery. But it should increase in time too.

Q: Do you think this has a social impact too? I suspect Kenyans in more remote areas might feel more connected to their fellow wananchi in more populous areas when travel between regions is ameliorated?

Mugo: Growing up in the early 70s, we often heard about how people from Northern Kenya would qualify their visit to Nairobi as “going to Kenya.” They didn’t consider themselves to be a part of the larger Kenyan body politic. And It wasn’t necessarily being rejectionist, a la MRC; they just didn’t relate to anything other than their little world.

No part of the country should have to continue feeling remote and disconnected. That’s why I admire and support Vision 2030. And folks like Engineer Michael Kamau, the Roads PS and his technical team - the real brains behind this gathering infrastructural success – need to be recognized for their patriotism. Their love of country is clearly discernable from the good job they continue to churn out and shepherd in that important ministry?

Q: As if that’s not enough, on November 13 Kenya Railways launched a modern commuter service with the first passenger being none other than Mtukufu himself.

Mugo: Yes, another of the season’s good tidings. Cities around the world are grappling with how to reduce cars on the road without sacrificing moving people around efficiently. Nairobi’s no exception. In fact Nairobi’s transportation challenges are particularly daunting given that an estimated 500,000 wananchi move in and out of the city every day. That’s a massive influx of people relative to her total population. Effectively, towns like Ngong, Machakos, Thika and Naivasha have been rendered mere extensions of Nairobi which makes the case for rail as a transportation mode particularly compelling. Kenya Railways has appropriated Sh 24 billion (USD 29 million) for the Nairobi Commuter Rail Transport Project, of which this augurated commuter service is just the first phase. By the way, Syokimau has a brand new railway station that’s really fancy and in league with stations in the developed world.

Q: Since we seem to be on a ‘building’ roll here, let’s talk about the new Vice President home in Karen which Kibaki also recently inaugurated. The pics look terrific.

Mugo: As does the price tag! It cost taxpayers a whooping 383 million ($4.5million)!

Q: Was it worth every cent of it?

Mugo: I think so. It’s a fine piece of artwork that exudes a stunning ornateness very befitting of the dignity of the Deputy Presdent of the Republic of Kenya. Yaani you see it and you say ‘mazee, I won’t mind being a gardener here.’ The thing that comes close is Raphael Tuju’s residence, also on a 10-acre spread in Karen (check out ‘KTN’s Darubini on YouTube for a tour of Tuju’s digs and if you’ve had jawlock disease since your childhood, get ready for your cure, I kid you not!)

Anyway, the Veep project was initially awarded to Dimken, a Kenyan contractor owned by Dick Githaiga. But soon afterwards, the award ran into trouble with complaints of lack of performance and cost overruns. So the government went back to the drawing board and re-tendered. Italbuild Imports Ltd, a company owned by a Kenyan of Italian extraction, a guy by the name of Vittorio Veneziani, won the contract. Bwana the guy ran with the mantra ‘build, baby build’ and boy did he deliver a jaw-dropping home run!

Q: But didn’t we already have a Vice President’s residence in the Kabarnet Gardens area, close to Ngong Hills Hotel and Moi Nairobi Girls High School?

Mugo: As a matter of fact we did, but there’s an ugly wrinkle to that story, a case of acquisitive fingers getting too restless. The itch had to be scratched and boom! Voila, Moi Africa Institute! “Muketi hivyo hivyo!”

Q: But this was government property and therefore a public asset. The fact that it was strong-armed into private ownership doesn’t erase a grievous injustice on the Kenyan people. Why can’t the government do a repo?

Mugo: It’s an excellent question. When it comes to how a nation addresses its seemigly intractable problems, I’ve come to believe that the character of a president is an especially important pointer. Particularly in the absence of a culture of constitutionalism. Kibaki is no (Zambian President) Sata or even(Malawian President) Joyce Banda for that matter. Deeply non-confrontational, he abhors ruffling feathers. This effect is a ballerina-esque tip-toeing rather than the brazen, hard-tackling approach that Zambians and Malawians have gotten accustomed to.

Now this modus operandi doesn’t necessarily make him any less effective; challenges just take a lot longer to be resolved. So efficiency goes out the window. Another downside, in Kibaki’s case, is that you deprive Kenyans the ‘joy’ of seeing spilt blood. Issues like the repo of the 900-acre excision from the Kaptagat forest, now a bustling tea farm and factory in private hands, get punted to a National Land Commission if at all. Compare that to Raphael Tuju’s more brash style of resolving the issue of KICC ownership; KANU didn’t even know what hit them! They just knew twas between the eyes!

Q: Perhaps that explains at least in part Kibaki’s being so invested in the passage of our new Constitution. From his perspective, any loss of power from its diffusion from the center is far outweighed by the gain of punting to Commissions. No one will be wagging their finger at you in the latter and more vulnerable years of your life. No?

Mugo: I would generally concur with that observation but with a cavaet. I think Western pressure and the specter of an ICC overhang may have been key factors as well.

Q: Coming back to the building theme for a second, with all these infrastructure projects going on, do you worry about the country’s indebtedness? Are you concerned about our ability to serve Sovereign Debt? I mean let’s face facts: the nation’s debt has quantum-leaped and shows no sign of abetting. Do you see the adverse omen of ballooning interest payments that suck up all the oxygen from spending on Education, Healthcare and the Environment?

Mugo: Your question speaks to what economists call debt-to-GDP ratios. How much debt a nation carrys relative to the total value of goods and services it produces every year. This is a primary indicator of national economic health. This is one very critical area of analysis where a spotlight needs to be shone on. Check on some 2011 figures for various nations: Category 1 – Leading African economies: South Africa (35.6%), Egypt (85.7%), Nigeria (17.6%), Kenya (48.5%). Category 2 – Kenya’s leading donors: United States (105.1%), United Kingdom (86.8%), Canada (83.5%), Norway (48.9%), Japan (208.2%), China (43.5%).

The main thing is to invest where returns are measurably tangible and directly result in improved living standards for the common mwananchi.

Q: Finally as we head towards Christmas, what’s your sense of our cohesion? What more can be done to dim the divisiveness that always seems to rear its ugly head around elections?

Mugo: The answer is the growth of love. A man meets a woman and falls in love with her. If you look at that man before, and then look him after, it’s the same man. Only the condition of his heart has changed. And with it, there is more delicacy in his manner; there is more thankfulness in his attitude; there is more exuberance in his feelings as well as more bullishness about his prospects. What changed? Just the quality of his heart. This is the power of love; it leaves life in greater beauty and more abundance. That’s why, ‘And the greatest of them all is……….’

Q: So do you tell theTurkana to love the Samburu and the Pokot and vice versa? Do you tell the rest of Kenyans to love MRC and so forth?

Mugo: No, this is too tedious as Kibunjia and his team will attest. Truth is you don’t have to tell the sap anything. Just water the root, and the rest is automatic.

Q: But how do you invoke love in a community, we can’t be falling in love at every corner?

Mugo: By going to the core of love, the real residence of love. Ask any mother where the love for her child comes from. She may not be able to locate where, but she’ll tell you it’s in her heart. The reason she can’t point a finger: the field of pure love within us is at the transcendental, unmanifest level of our lives. Love is the essential character of our inner soul. And, importantly, humans have the ability to experience and stir this pure field of love. The method for doing so is Transcendental Meditation or TM which provides a direct path to experience increasingly finer levels of life until the finest level is transcended, leaving the experience of this transcental level of pure, unbounded awareness.

What happens when the mind transcends? The same thing that happens when the sap is enlivened by watering the root. All expressed values of the tree – the roots, the bark, the trunk, the leaves, the green, the fragrances – every fiber of the tree is nourished and strengthened when the sap is enlivened. Like that, when the mind transcends, every aspect of our individual, family and collective life will be strengthened when a group of about 500 practice the TM and TM-Sidhi program together in a group. This is the way to eliminate stress in the collective consciousness. People spontaneously treat each other in a positive and loving way.

It’s a beautiful country, let’s unleash its great potential.

Q: Asante sana. Finally word from the son of Ndunge?

Mugo: Let’s all learn TM and play our part to develop a world that angels can’t wait to descend to. HEAVEN ON EARTH.

1Dec/120

AMERICAN HYPOCRISY AS US NAMES PEACE ADVOCATES FOR KENYA

From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

Although we have to respect individuals opinions on issues, I have in many instances I agreed with Warsama, but for this, I beg to disagree on his vague reason for attack on President Obama.

Kenya's situation is getting from bad to worse. Any proposal that would provide a cushion for peace is 100% supported. We have seen condition of security drifting and falling down at an alarming rate and Kenya cannot be let to fall in the hands of organized terrorists to destroy it. Since we all value life, we must stand up to guard and preserve democracy for the sake of Human Rights' value and dignity. Unless we engage to save a situation in Kenya, there is every sign that Kenya is slowly falling apart under the Coalition Government's watch. Koffi Annan and Team after their recent visit confirmed the same. People on the ground are getting worrisome that the situation in the country is very bad that anything bad can happen.

This attack is therefore misplaced and is without justification and Warsama should slow down and desist from hateful attack of President Obama; unless he is able to justify his reasoning with facts for purposes of debate because no one is perfect. Let us give credit where credit is due so we can earn some respect and dialogue to improve our lifestyle under peace; and I believe Warsama does not want Kenya to fall apart.........

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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--- On Sat, 12/1/12, Henry Gichaba wrote:
From: Henry Gichaba
Subject: AMERICAN HYPOCRISY AS US NAMES PEACE ADVOCATES FOR KENYA
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 8:26 AM

Warsama,

Don't attack Obama, you will be in very bad books with me!

Henry Gichaba, somewhere in the forests of North Carolina.

Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 05:20:49 -0800
From: mhmdwarsama@ . . .
Subject: AMERICAN HYPOCRISY AS US NAMES PEACE ADVOCATES FOR KENYA

PRESIDENT BARRACK Bush Obama's administration is set to name 50 Kenyans to champion peace ahead of 2013 polls in a global push against election violence. Syria, Honduras and Burma also targeted say incoming reports.
What hypocrisy !

Obama is another Bush whose secretary of state Condoleza Rice dilly-dallied to allow Israelis enough time to slaughter as many Palesatinians as they could before the UN demanded a stop.

We have seen Obama and Clinton replay this in the recent Israeli strikes against Gaza that left 130 Palestinians dead, forcing Palestinians to blow up a bus in Tel Aviv resulting in 19 Israelis wounded.

Clinton and Obama-Bush said Israel was entitled to defend itself in Gaza even if it meant 130 Palestinians had to lose their lives. And both Clinton and Obama-Bush condemned the bus explosion that wounded 19 Israelis.

No, Mr Obama-Bush.

Dont patronise Kenyans with naming some of them as peace advocates. Kenyans can take care of themselves.

Mohamed Warsama
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Kenya: Annan Calls for Peace Ahead of 2013
12 October 2012

Former United Nations Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan Thursday concluded his four-day trip to Kenya with a draft of recommendations on how to ensure the country goes through the 2013 general election peacefully.

The chair of Eminent African Personalities said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission - IEBC would need ample support from all the three arms of government and the general public to execute a free and fair process.

Dr. Annan said the electoral commission can only succeed in the enormous task ahead if all government institutions and Kenyans in general commit themselves to owning the process.

He expressed concern over an upsurge of violence in parts of the country in the run to the next General Election terming it a threat to the nation recovering from the effects of 2007/2008 post election violence.

Annan cited reorganization of militia groups and incitement by a section of politicians as conflict indicators that should not be tolerated at such a critical period.

Speaking in Nairobi, Annan called on politicians to watch over their language as Kenya gears up for elections.

He also urged religious leaders and the media to play a pro-active role towards curbing instances of violence by ensuring a credible election and engaging in cohesion and reconciliation efforts.

- KBC

Kofi Annan, Benjamin Mkapa Visit Kenya Ahead of 2013 Polls
By Erin 09/10/2012 14:50:00 // Politics | Kofi Annan, Benjamin Mkapa Visit Kenya Ahead of 2013 Polls

Nairobi — Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and ex-Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa were expected to arrive Kenya later on Monday for a four day visit.

The two will be in the country as members of the African Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities to offer encouragement to the Kenyan people and the country's institutions ahead of the March 4, 2013 elections.

A statement from the Kofi Annan foundation said: "The objective of the visit by Mr Annan and Mr Mkapa is to give support and encouragement to the Kenyan people and the country's institutions as Kenya prepares for an important transition in 2013."

Their programme includes meetings with government officials, independent and constitutional commissions and other major stakeholder groups including business leaders, civil society, religious leaders, media and the international community.

"The priority that the Panel of Eminent African Personalities places on the successful conduct of the forthcoming general elections mirrors the aspirations of the Kenyan people, who see the next poll as an opportunity to move beyond the dark days of 2007/8," Kofi Annan said in August this year on the second anniversary of the promulgation of the new Constitution whose review formed an integral part of the peace negotiations.

The two diplomats together Graca Machel, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, were instrumental in bringing the warring sides of the Orange Democratic Movement and the Party of National Unity to the negotiating table following the hotly contested December 27, 2007 election.

The March 2013 general elections will be the first following the post-election violence and will bring to an end the coalition government which President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga entered into on February 28, 2008 ending months of bloodshed.

An estimated 1,300 people were killed in the violence, a further 3,500 injured and over 650,000 displaced. A number of those displaced still occupy camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

A statement from the Kofi Annan foundation said: "The objective of the visit by Mr Annan and Mr Mkapa is to give support and encouragement to the Kenyan people and the country's institutions as Kenya prepares for an important transition in 2013."

Chief mediator Annan is thought to have succeeded where others before him failed. The then African Union Chairperson John Kufuor preceded him, as did Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano in trying to broker peace.

In August this year, Annan said on Kenya: "The effectiveness of the new Constitution in addressing the long-standing issues which were behind the post-election violence in 2007/8 face no greater litmus test than preparations for and the conduct of the next general elections."

The visit by Annan comes at a time when the country is witnessing cases of violence, especially in the Coast region in which it is suspected that politics is a key factor in the conflict.

Already, a commission of inquiry is investigating the clashes in the Tana Delta that left over 100 people dead following attacks on villages in August and September.

Annan also comes into the country against a backdrop of an incomplete Truth, Justice and Reconciliation process with the truth commission now seeking a nine-month extension.

The extension of the commission's tenure has met opposition in Parliament with questions being raised on the justification for the additional time.

1Dec/120

Kenya: Press Release: Diaspora Offers 11th Hour Diaspora Voting Solution to the IEBC-

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THE CHANCES OF KENYA JOINING THE LEAGUES OF THE AFRICAN OIL PRODUCING NATIONS IS BOOSTED BY THE DISCOVERY OF THE SECOND OIL WELL BY THE TULLOW OIL PLC.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

Kenya, an African nation whose economic mainstay has for many year depended largely on agriculture with no sign of mineral resources is now edged close to joining the league of the oil producing nations following the latest announcement made by the Tullow, the British oil exploration company that it has made more discovery of substantial oil deposits at a second well in the Northern part of the country.

Long regarded by the big explorers, as frontier market, the second discovery by Tullow is now expected to generate ever greater interest in oil exploration in the country-even as companies are expected to start drilling early next year.

Tullow said in a statement that the discovery was made following successful drilling of the new well to the intended depth of 3,250 meters.

According to the announcement the well also holds potential for more oil that will be established once the planned testing to determine the exact amounts of oil in the well is complete. The tests are scheduled to take place in the next two months.

The British oil firm announced that the Twiga South-1 exploration well has encountered 30 meters of neat oil pay with further potential to be assessed on test. A series of flow tests will now be conducted on the well over the 4-8 weeks’” read Tullow’s statement in part.

While making the announcement, the company also said that it will be going back to its first well,Ngamia-1 located on Block 10818 in Turkana County where it made its first discovery in March this year, f to carry out tests in order to establish the quantities of deposits at the well.

Drilling at the Ngamia-1 well was suspended mid this year following what the oil exploration firm Tullow PLC termed as an encounter with an unexpected rock, structure that prevented further drilling at the well.

At the time of the suspension, Tullow announced that it had encountered 143 meters of net oil pay at the well with data indicating that the well could be holding more potential should it b dug to the full depth.

So far Tullow Oil Plc has drilled three wells in Kenya including the Paipai well located on Block 10A whose results are expected by the end of the year. Of the three, two have ended up in discovery.

Since the March announcement that Kenya had struck oil, the country’s oil exploration space have generated interest from leading international oil exploration firms with the data from the Ministry of Energy showing that all the 47 blocks have already been licensed to the various exploration companies.

The demand for licenses to explore in the local oil blocks has also been accelerated by the announcement of a discovery of natural gas in Block 1.8 in Lamu Basin by Apache Corporation which operates the block jointly with Origin Energy Pan-continental Oil and Gas and Tullow Kenya B.V.

However, in just 24 hours after making the announcement, Apache Corp came under the spotlight following what the Energy Ministry termed as malpractice in making its discovery public by the failure to adequately brief the government of the natural gas find before making the announcement.

The announcement by Tullow earlier this week now placed Kenya closer to becoming an oil producing nation which is hoped to provide great relief to the strained current a count and ease fuel-based inflation that has thrived as a result of a huge oil import bill.

Meanwhile newspaper reports emerging from the Ugandan capital, Kampala say the future of Tullow Oil Plc in Uganda still hangs in the balance, as the Irish Oil prospecting firm is reported widely to be temporarily frustrated by the lack of progress on arriving at “a final investment decision” about whether to build an oil pipeline or a refinery.

As senior company official was last week quoted by the newspaper as saying “ Our program for appraisals is complete and the development mean we either pump crude oil or refine it, so there is currently not much work in the field.”

Despite the company’s overall spokesman George Casenove stating in an e-mail response that “Tullow is not planning to exit Uganda and has stated repeatedly that it is committed to Uganda for the longer term,” several well placed sources in the oil industry say the lack of movement on the issue is causing the company to internally consider its exit options, reported the influential Nairobi based weekly publication, the EASTAFRICAN.

‘This is informed by the protracted nature of the disagreement between the oil companies and the government of Uganda on whether crude of refined products are the best way to commercialise oil production in Uganda”, the paper adds.

“Unlike the two other oil companies in Uganda-France’s total and China’s CNOOC, both giants - Tullow does not have the financial resources to play out a prolonged waiting game. According to its interim management statement released on November 14, Tullow says together with its partners, it has presented ‘a joint development plan” to President Museveni. This plan was presented in July, almost four months ago. This plan emphasizes a crude-pipeline option while the Ugandan government prefers a medium sized refinery to begin with..

Consequently, no tangible agreement has been reached ‘We can’t agree on anything,” a senior official of Tullow Oil who requested for his anonymity said.

Other sources the Ugandan capital is a buzz with the word that the industry players have put together a rebuttal of the official document that the Uganda government is relying on in pursuing its refinery option.

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30Nov/120

KENYA: LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY

From: Ouko joachim omolo
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CIVIC EDUCATION TAKE-3
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

To address the humanitarian crisis so as to promote healing and reconciliation, overcome political crisis once and for all so as to tackle long-term issues dating back from 1963 and 2008 in regards to gross violations of human rights, economic crimes, illegal acquisition of public land, marginalization of communities, ethnic violence, the context in which the crimes occurred, then Leadership and Integrity chapter of New Constitution must strictly be enforced.

(73) - Responsibilities of leadership

Authority assigned to a State officer—is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that—is consistent with the purposes and objects of this Constitution; demonstrates respect for the people; brings honour to the nation and dignity to the office; and promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office; and vests in the State officer the responsibility to serve the people, rather than the power to rule them.

The guiding principles of leadership and integrity include—selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections; objectivity and impartiality in decision making, and in ensuring that decisions are not influenced by nepotism, favouritism, other improper motives or corrupt practices; selfless service based solely on the public interest, demonstrated by—honesty in the execution of public duties; and the declaration of any personal interest that may conflict with public duties; accountability to the public for decisions and actions; and discipline and commitment in service to the people.

(74) - Oath of office of State officers

Before assuming a State office, acting in a State office, or performing any functions of a State office, a person shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation of office, in the manner and form prescribed by the Third Schedule or under an Act of Parliament.

(75) - Conduct of State officers

A State officer shall behave, whether in public and official life, in private life, or in association with other persons, in a manner that avoids—any conflict between personal interests and public or official duties; compromising any public or official interest in favour of a personal interest; or demeaning the office the officer holds.

A person who contravenes clause (1), or Article 76, 77 or 78 (2)— shall be subject to the applicable disciplinary procedure for the relevant office; and may, in accordance with the disciplinary procedure referred to in paragraph (a), be dismissed or otherwise removed from office.

A person who has been dismissed or otherwise removed from office for a contravention of the provisions specified in clause (2) is disqualified from holding any other State office.

(76) - Financial probity of State officers

A gift or donation to a State officer on a public or official occasion is a gift or donation to the Republic and shall be delivered to the State unless exempted under an Act of Parliament.

A State officer shall not—maintain a bank account outside Kenya except in accordance with an Act of Parliament; or seek or accept a personal loan or benefit in circumstances that compromise the integrity of the State officer.

(77) - Restriction on activities of State officers

A full-time State officer shall not participate in any other gainful employment.

Any appointed State officer shall not hold office in a political party. A retired State officer who is receiving a pension from public funds shall not hold more than two concurrent remunerative positions as chairperson, director or employee of—a company owned or controlled by the State; or a State organ. A retired State officer shall not receive remuneration from public funds other than as contemplated in clause (3).

(78) - Citizenship and leadership

A person is not eligible for election or appointment to a State office unless the person is a citizen of Kenya. A State officer or a member of the defence forces shall not hold dual citizenship. Clauses (1) and (2) do not apply to—judges and members of commissions; or any person who has been made a citizen of another country by operation of that country’s law, without ability to opt out.

(79) - Legislation to establish the ethics and anti-corruption commission

Parliament shall enact legislation to establish an independent ethics and anticorruption commission, which shall be and have the status and powers of a commission under Chapter Fifteen, for purposes of ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the provisions of this Chapter.

(80) - Legislation on leadership

Parliament shall enact legislation— establishing procedures and mechanisms for the effective administration of this Chapter; prescribing the penalties, in addition to the penalties referred to in Article 75, that may be imposed for a contravention of this Chapter; providing for the application of this Chapter, with the necessary modifications, to public officers; and making any other provision necessary for ensuring the promotion of the principles of leadership and integrity referred to in this Chapter, and the enforcement of this Chapter.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
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29Nov/120

KENYA & RWANDA: WELL DONE GUYS AND THANK YOU (RE: MS. VALENTINE NZIOKI)

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Proudly Kenyan,

Greetings.

Following the appeal for help through my email below, I wish to thank all of you for the generous contributions and your prayers for our sister Valentine. AKR members together with the family and friends managed to raise the required funds and cleared the hospital bill today morning.

I am happy to let you know that, this afternoon, our dear sister Valentine was evacuated on board KQ 442 ! The family has just confirmed her safe arrival in Nairobi.

Many thanks from the family. Be blessed and keep up the good work.

Warm regards,
Carol

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On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM, AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda wrote:

Dear Fellow Kenyan,

Compliments of the season.

One of our members, Valentine Nzioki has been admitted at King Faisal Hospital surgical ward room no. 203 for a while now suffering from celebral anaetysm. She is required to be airlifted to Kenyatta National Hospital on urgent basis for a procedure not available locally, with possibility of surgery. Her bill right now stands at Rwf 1m, exclusive of the airfare and ambulance to KNH.

On behalf of the family and AKR at large and in the spirit of harambee, you are requested to join family and friends tommorrow wednesday the 28th November 2012 at Carwash from 6 pm to help raise some funds and help one of our own when she needs us most. If you are unable to attend, please send your contribution through a friend or register it with Wahome.

Please remember, the world is changed by those who attend.

Krgds,
Carol

29Nov/120

KENYA: SCORE CARDS OF LUO MPs WITHIN KISUMU COUNTY.

By Chak Rachar

The recent announcement in Muhoroni Constituency by luo de-facto leader and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife Ida Odinga that all the current MPs should brace to fight it out with their opponents and the voters verdicts will be respected by the Premier has caught most luo MPs unaware as they had hoped to thrive on the back of Raila ‘s name to ride back to parliament easily.

A group led by Nyando MP Fred Outa who are seeing defeat straight in their eyes have been trying in vain to reach the Premier under the auspice of “Odm Mashinani” in vain as Raila is said to have left firm instructions with the men in charge of his diaries that he does not want to have any single meeting with the said luo MPs whom he has constantly lamented that they are a total let down to him.

The current crop of luo MPs within the entire luo Nyanza at large and within Kisumu County in particular will be forced to go an extra mile if they are to retain most of the seats given that aspirants salivating for their respective seats are really on their heels.

“Most of these MPs can not protect Raila from outside forces who embarrasses him time and again and what is the point of always following him in luoland in nearly all funerals plus flocking around him even when he is in his privacy instead of them going to campaign for him and solicit votes outside luoland?” wondered Nyakach Parliamentary aspirant and former legal officer of Nairobi City Council Joshua Aduma Owuor alias “Ajos Jakabwana”.

The MPs are accused of many things ranging from unfulfilled pre-election promises to misuse of CDF funds and using their positions and connection to push for persecution of their perceived opponents as alleged in the case of Muhoroni Constituency in which the current area MP is accused of having pushed for the sacking of one of his opponents who was giving him sleepless nights.

1-KISUMU CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY.

This is anew constituency which was curved out of the former Kisumu Town West and East Constituencies.

The frontrunner for the seat and one man who was poised to win the seat with ease was Kisumu businessman the late Shem Onyango Kwega who was shot dead by armed gangsters in broad day light in Kisumu last month.

In his absence, youthful Kisumu businessman Abdul Omar alias “Abdul Dubai” has gained considerable ground and he is poised to win the seat as political tides, waves and goodwill are on his side.

He is thriving on goodwill of youths and women within the constituency who feels that they are indebted to them.

Then there is former hotelier Bob Madanje who is trying to send his roots within the cosmopolitan town.

Also is said to be in the race is former MP Ken Nyagudi who can not be remembered for any good thing he ever did to the constituency.

Another aspirant who is making inroads in the constituency is Ken Obura whose campaign slogan has been that he has “been sent by Raila Odinga” which has not been received well by the area voters who sees it as insults on their part.

2-KISUMU WEST CONSTITUENCY

It is also a new constituency curved out of former Kisumu West and Kisumu Rural Constituencies.

Presently the outgoing Kisumu West MP and Harvard law graduate John Olga Olago Aluoch is leading contention for the seat as he says that since he is the one who brought the constituency then he should be the one to officially take it.

He enjoys the goodwill of nearly all cadres of voters within the constituency coupled with his massive CDF investment in the new constituency.

Seems he has his one leg on his seat but he will have to battle it out with one of the leading advocates within the county Advocate Francis Wasuna as well as Roads Construction Engineer Maurice Paul Okeyo.

Then there is Rose Buyu whom believes that Olago is in parliament courtesy of her as she believes that she was robbed of victory and has been lamenting that the ODM top leadership to leaver the two of them in the ring this time.

“My worry is that I might be rigged out of ODM nominations” she lamented recently during the burial of the late Kwega and warned the party Secretary General Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o who was present that this time round she will not take it nicely.

3-KISUMU EAST CONSTITUENCY.

The seat is currently held by Shakeel Shabbir Ahmed, he is accredited with massive development within the area and well utilization of his CDF.

His major achievement was the construction and completion of Omollo Goro Bridge which had cut of voters of the larger constituency from both sides.

He is likely to retrain the seat as his development record speaks for itself.

“Shabbir is above clan politics and he has taken the constituency where it should be, his priorities the constituency according to their needs and not where his loyalists are based” said across section of his voters who were interviewed.

His major challenger is the youthful John Adero Anditi, the youthful aspirant is giving Shabbir sleepless nights as he has transversed the larger Kajulu and Kolwa areas saying its ttime for the youthful leadership.

He is a businessman with real deep pockets and he has been helping financially to all those who turn to him for financial assistance and any other form of assistance.

"My vision is with a mission ,the time for youthful leadership has come and its now" he said in an earlier interview

But he will also have to fight it out with Councilor Robert Oruko Otuge whose guerilla like political campaigns is doing him more harm than good.

Then there is Engineer Job Ndege who has also made inroads within the constituency and is gaining popularity day by day,

Another aspirant is the Chief Executive Officer of Big Pictures Richard Ogendo who’s well oiled campaigns might slightly shake Shabbir as he seems to have deep pocket; he has transverse the constituency giving youths identity cards in readiness for his election, whether those will be converted into his vote’s remains to be seen.

Leading Kisumu Advocate David Otieno Njer is also said to be salivating for the seat but could not confirm nor deny if he will be contesting.

4-SEME CONSTITUENCY

It’s also a new constituency which was curved out of the larger Kisumu Rural Constituency which is presently defunct.

The outgoing MP is Medical Services Minister and ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o who has opted to go for the Senatorial seat.

Nothing good can be said about his management of the CDF fund but its said to be dismal and worth not writing about.

Victor Nyagaya who is Nyong’os Personal Assistant is a leading contestant for the seat and is said to have a higher chance of being the first area MP.

“To be sincere,Nyagaya is leading the pack for those eyeing the seat and it will be amiracle if he faile to clinch the seat, we are doing the much we can so that he wins” says one of his leading strategists Cllr.Ogut Awalla saying Nyagaya can be trusted as he has a lot of experience in the area’s politics given that he has all along worked hand in hand with Nyong’o.

Another contestant for the seat is former Permanent Secretary James Nyikal, he is also on the ground campaigning likewise to Edward Omol who many say started early ad he seems to have lost steam.

“He started well but all of a sudden he has gone quiet which has left us wondering if truly he is still in the race” most of the area voters argues.

5-NYAKACH CONSTITUENCY.

The current MP is Pollins Ochieng’ Daima and he has made it clear that he is defending the seat,

He says that he is worth being re-elected given of what he has done in the constituency but his opponents think his useful as the area MP is long gone.

His fierce opponent who is presently giving him sleepless night is former Nairobi City Council Legal Officer Joshua Aduma Owuor “Ajos Jakabwana”who says his dumbness in parliament is doing more harm than good to the people of Nyakach in particular.

“I sacrificed my well paying job because the people of Nyakach asked me to represent them in parliament as they say I am the one who can give the constituency a turn around it presently needs most” Aduma added.

Then there is Erick Okeyo a security Consultant who also says that he is ripe to represent Nyakach people due to his youthful age.

The likes of Bob Ndolo and Adda Kodera seemed to have opted out of the race or vanished into thin air with many saying their pockets can not sustain the current political campaigns as they are said to be in deep financial crisis.

6-NYANDO CONSTITUENCY.

This is the constituency where the current MP Fred Outa ought to have known that he has lost the trust and confidence his constituents gave him.

He is one MP who has always been permanently out of order in parliament ever since he was elected in parliament.

His CDF record is really wanting and he is destined to jail should the area voters decides so.

His agitation for the construction of Prisons within the constituency arguing that the said facility will be used to house “begging youths” within his constituency whom if not given usually insults him.

The construction of the Prison facility has since been stopped by the Ministry concerned.

He has two fierce opponents led by former Lamu Cler Lumumba Ouya Thomas “Kalausi” and former East Africa Legislative Assembly MP Clarkson Otieno Karan “Ja Migingo”.

Ouya says he is totally against the Prisons facility construction sentiment shared by Karan.

The MP is accused of having exploited rice farmers and doing little for them while he was their MP.

“He has been all along insulting we voters as beggars and sluggard lunatics, does he think we are to forget his insults this soon?”Wondered some of his voters.

Both Karan and Ouya are financially able and can sustain their campaigns against Outa.

Many within the constituency say the duo should agree on one of them to face Outa proper.

7-MUHORONI CONSTITUENCY

The sugar cane growing area is presently being represented in parliament by the shrill voiced Education Assistant Minister Prof.Ayiecho Olweny,.

His key opponent presently is James Onyango Koyoo “Owadgi Ojukaa” whose deep pockets is giving Ayiecho sleepless nights.

He accuses Ayiecho of turning ther area CDF fund as “Committee Developing his Friends” and says he has totally let the Muhoroni people down.

“We thought as a Professor we will head someone with him but he has totally failed us and any inquiry you make in regard to CDF is met with abusive words from him, we must elect K’oyoo to teach him a lesson” across section of the area residents vowed.

Other aspirants are Agwenge Mbeche who brags of always Raila sleeping in his house anytime Raila was in the US.

There is also Engineer Ochieng’ Ayiemba as well as former military man Barack Opiyo.

The battle here will be between K‘oyoo and Ayiecho.

ENDS

29Nov/120

KENYA: BISHOP OGONYO DENIES ENDORSING NYAGUDI

By Chak Rachar

A SECTION of Clergy from Nyanza region has refuted claims that they have endorsed a Parliamentary aspirant eyeing the newly created Kisumu Central Constituency seat.

Led by the chairman of the Nyanza Council of Church leaders Bishop Dr. Washington Ngede, the bishops said they only conducted prayers during a breakfast meeting held in Kisumu early this week for Ken Nyagudi who has declared his interest in Kisumu Central.

They said their work is not to endorse any politician for any elective post but to pray for all of them whenever they seek divine intervention from the clergy.

They were reacting to media reports that appeared in a section of the local dailies that they met Ken Nyagudi, an aspiring MP for Kisumu Central Constituency early this week where they endorsed his candidature for the seat.

A section of aspirants for the same seat has taken issues with the Bishops and have since condemned the alleged endorsement of Nyagudi.

But the bishops maintained that they have conducted similar prayers for various politicians who are garnering for different seats within and outside Kisumu County but have never endorsed anyone at any time.

The Chairman who was accompanied by his Vice Chair Bishop Julius Otieno said they are expected to be neutral and will not support any politicians for any seat only to offer prayers for them whenever need arise.

“We have prayed for various politicians who have sought for divine intervention and never at any point have we endorsed any of them aspiring for political seat as this is not our duty as the clergy,” they said.

The clergy at the same time appealed to the government to recognize the various contributions the religious bodies have made towards the progress in peace-building initiatives, adding that it should strengthen the strategic partnerships with religious bodies.

ENDS:

28Nov/120

Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll

From: Judy Miriga

Chief et all,

Diasporans have not be consulted for logistics or opinions. They should not be simply taken for granted.

What a shame Diaspora have to be denied rights last minute in a half-hazard manner .... !!!.....

The Coalition Government has now proved itself that it is incapable of leading Kenya to greener pasture. They have failed because of putting Special Interest and greed before Peoples Mandate. They failed because they did not have any Plan of Action when they got into Office, except they engaged in the Plunder of Public Wealth and Resources........They have failed because the leadership was not able to set priorities of Things-To-Do; the Fundamentals of what make people get involved to commit to engage in organized Plan of Action to improve matters of Livelihood and survival, the things that are the engine that drives human activities that make the Country successful and united to achieve goals for life.

I must say that, the Coalition Government leadership spend more time doing nothing good for the Nation and the people of Kenya, with exception of going after their selfish ego and greed. They all failed misserably to comply with the oath they took to uphold Public service delivery as mandated. Many of them have pending cases in court with other irregularities that will not allow them to pass the Responsibility and Integrity Test as a result of so many issues of irregularities with conflict of interest.

They have no moral justice to turn against the Constitutional Legislative Rights of Diasporans. It is an obligation that the Diasporans exercise their voting rights to participate in electioneering process to elect the right person in the leadership of Kenyans. The Diaspora were the voice that saved Kenya from falling apart during the 2007/8. Their participation must be considered crucial and should not be taken for granted.

Kenya's progressive Agenda for Development and sustainability cannot be fully realized without Diaspora's full participation and engagement in election process. To deny them to vote is lacking moral value and legal justification that otherwise can be understood to be against the constitution, jumping the gun in an irregular manner which will not be tolerated nor will it be acceptable unless legally, it is Justified by the High Courts ruling against it with specifics. But, if things must be done the way Hon. Eugene Wamalwa puts it in the statement made in this video here under, then we will be forced to take this matter to be resolved at the court of our choice and the accruing expenses and costs incurred will be borne by the Coalition Government of Kenya.

We now urgently demand for proper explanation from Justice and Constitutional Minister Mr. Eugine Wamalwa to suffice information why Diaspora should not hold them responsible with costs for contravening the Legislative rights policy of Diaspora's to participate in election process.

This matter will not rest until it will have been fairly heard. If Coalition Government leadership has failed they should say so. They had a lot of time in their hands doing nothing. It is time to take stock........!!!

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenyans Living Abroad React

Published on Nov 28, 2012 by K24TV

Kenyans living abroad have reacted with fury at the news that they will not be voting in the upcoming general election. This follows yesterdays revelation by Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa that logistical challenges won't allow Kenyans abroad to vote there. And as our reporter found out, most Kenyans abroad took to social media to express their frustration and anger.

It is only last week that PM assured us here in Korea that we will vote. What a turn by the same cabinet he sits on?
wilfody 1 hour ago

You talk as if we not Kenyans!
wilfody 1 hour ago

what a shame
Utadowot 2 hours ago

--- On Wed, 11/28/12, margaret gichuki wrote:
From: margaret gichuki
Subject: Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8:20 AM

Me too.I don't anymore.There were times I knew all the DC streets and parkings!

And it got worse sometimes when I found myself driving to NY.

Oh not anymore!

On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM, wrote:

Wams,

I stopped welcoming these selfish mongrels when they visit USA long time ago

Afwande

From: margaret gichuki
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:40:36 -0500
Subject: Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll

Charles,

That's a tall order but lets see.

I like when they ''visit us here''.The world comes to a stand still.

Never again!

On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM, charles mogeni wrote:

Chifu,

We can also make a statement here in diaspora so that our impact can be felt!

Don't remit any funds for a month or so unless for emergency reasons like express medical care for our families or friends who need it.

I am sure heads will roll in Nairobi! However to reach such a collective decision in diaspora requires a lot of soul searching and committment.

I saw a clip of the video posted by Henry Ongeri whereby the IEBC chair Mr. Hassan claims that here in the USA only 25,000 Kenyans are registered a figure he claims he sourced from the Immigration officials who handle passport applications/renewals. In other words, besides that figure probably there is even less Kenyans registered. That kind of argument about the low numbers wins the day when it comes to allocating funds for a diaspora voter registration drive that there is not enough Kenyans tospend that kind of money.

As it stands now we in diaspora are living in "Loserville City" and when the politicians will be coming visiting our towns we'll be jamming the halls to listen to them and not the other way round! What an irony!

My 50 cents.
Charles Mogeni

From: tomoreje@ . . .
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:00:55 +0000
Subject: Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll

Some fellows like Wa-Mwangi who voted last in 1992 will have to wait for another five years.

From: "chifu_wa_malindi"
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:54:36 -0000
Subject: Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll

Why? shame, shame, shame on you all...

--- On Wed, 11/28/12, samoturiy@ . . . wrote:
From: samoturiy@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: Diaspora to move to court over voting
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 10:46 AM

What is the Next thing? Accept that you are done In and wait for 2017, for now through proxy sends lots of cash to your proxies to support what would have been ur choice. The money you spent on the candidates in not lost.

Future resources put into Diaspora -Investment Co Ltd that has been suggested many times.

Moturi

From: margaret gichuki
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:29:05 -0500
Subject: Diaspora to move to court over voting

http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000071667&pageNo=2&story_title=Kenya-Diaspora-to-move-to-court-over-voting

“It is very sad that Kenyan politicians, who have been harvesting money from Kenyans abroad, find it easy to deny them a voice in running the affairs of Kenya. To this we say no. Most presidential candidates and cabinet ministers have been abroad on fund raising missions. It is immoral to exploit money from people whose opinion one has no regard for” Said Professor Fulbert Namwamba of Louisiana.

Amos Wasike of Baltimore, Maryland said he had a lot of misgivings from the day the IEBC visited the US on the so-called fact finding mission. “They kept on insisting on progressive voting in a way that left no doubt in mind that they were not committed to the issue. One wonders why they wasted the tax payers’ money on frivolous trips”.

Doctor Odotte of Pennsylvania said the IEBC never demonstrated due diligence in ensuring that Diaspora voting took place. “They never carried out any expert analysis or studies on what the logistical or administrative obstacles were likely to be because they knew exactly what they were doing”. He said.

Odotte however took issue with what he termed as ‘chronic passiveness’ from people in Diaspora. “I am surprised at the belated outrage from Kenyans abroad now that the gavel has come down on their right to vote. Where were they when petitions that needed to be signed were being circulated” He asked.

Alafu IEBC says this today.

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/IEBC-to-make-final-decision-on-Diaspora-voting/-/1064/1631056/-/wqa8wo/-/index.html

And we're saying this:
https://www.kenyansabroadvote.com/voterEligibility . With a million voices, we can move mountains.

Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll
By CAROLINE WAFULA cwafula@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Tuesday, November 27 2012 at 17:27

Kenyans in the Diaspora will not vote in the next General Election.

The bombshell was delivered to Parliament Tuesday by Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa, who told MPs the decision was reached at last week's Cabinet meeting.

It followed consideration of the preparedness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to handle the massive exercise of registration of voters locally and abroad, he said.

The government cites logistical, financial and time constraints as the main reason for the setback.

"It is therefore not practical to have them take part now," the minister said.

Already, Parliament has passed rules to guide the registration of voters in the Diaspora. The official number of Kenyans in the Diaspora registered with the various Kenyan Embassies stands at 130,000.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, puts the estimated number of Kenyans in foreign countries at 700,000.

In a statement that caught MPs unawares, the minister said it was not practical to have the population in the Diaspora exercise the voting right as enshrined in the Constitution.

The government decision, the minister said, is based on a landmark ruling by the High Court on November 15 that found that though the right is guaranteed constitutionally, it was not absolute and cannot be realised instantaneously but progressively.

Many Kenyans in the Diaspora were looking forward to registering as voters to participate in the March 4, 2013 General Election.

Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll

People queue to cast their ballots during past elections. Kenyans in the Diaspora will not vote in the next General Election, Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa told Parliament November 27, 2012 NATION MEDIA GROUP

By CAROLINE WAFULA cwafula@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Tuesday, November 27 2012 at 17:27

Kenyans in the Diaspora will not vote in the next General Election.

The bombshell was delivered to Parliament Tuesday by Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa, who told MPs the decision was reached at last week's Cabinet meeting.

It followed consideration of the preparedness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to handle the massive exercise of registration of voters locally and abroad, he said.

The government cites logistical, financial and time constraints as the main reason for the setback.

"It is therefore not practical to have them take part now," the minister said.

Already, Parliament has passed rules to guide the registration of voters in the Diaspora. The official number of Kenyans in the Diaspora registered with the various Kenyan Embassies stands at 130,000.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, puts the estimated number of Kenyans in foreign countries at 700,000.

In a statement that caught MPs unawares, the minister said it was not practical to have the population in the Diaspora exercise the voting right as enshrined in the Constitution.

The government decision, the minister said, is based on a landmark ruling by the High Court on November 15 that found that though the right is guaranteed constitutionally, it was not absolute and cannot be realised instantaneously but progressively.

Many Kenyans in the Diaspora were looking forward to registering as voters to participate in the March 4, 2013 General Election.

The government, however, considered that their right to vote will not be realised immediately, citing challenges facing the IEBC.

"Why it was belated is because we were trying everything to empower IEBC, supporting them fully and holding their hands in every way, but for now what they have on their table is already too much,” the minister said.

The Cabinet considered several options possible, including starting with some blocs such as the East African Community, the IGAD or the European Union community.
2017 General Election

It, however, resolved to give the electoral commission more time to make necessary preparations to have them vote in the 2017 General Election.

"It is just a question of practicability of the exercise with the time left. Can we really expect them to carry out a registration exercise for eligible Kenyan voters all over the world,?" he posed.

“It is a question that needs proper preparation, let us get our house in order, let us prepare adequately to avoid a repeat of the 2007/2008 experience. There will be progress that will be made until they are able to participate,” he stated.

The move will dampen spirits given that the community abroad has been assured time and again that it will be able to participate in the elections.

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Kenyans in diaspora locked out of March poll
By EDWIN MUTAI

Posted Tuesday, November 27 2012 at 18:57
In Summary

The government decided that it will be impossible for Kenyans living abroad to vote owing to challenges facing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Time and logistical constraints will not allow IEBC to register Kenyans in the diaspora.

Kenyans in the diaspora will not vote in the March 4 General Election, the Cabinet decided last Thursday.

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Eugene Wamalwa said the government decided that it will be impossible for Kenyans living abroad to vote owing to challenges facing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Mr Wamalwa said time and logistical constraints will not allow IEBC to register Kenyans in the diaspora.

“I will be the bearer unfortunately of bad news this afternoon. It is impossible for those outside Kenya to vote in 2013 elections. The government decided that IEBC be given enough time to make preparation for Kenyans in the diaspora to vote in 2017,” he said.

Kenya will have to conduct a census first to establish the exact number of Kenyans in the diaspora. An estimated three million Kenyans live abroad, but government figures show only 130,000 registered Kenyans.

“The challenge is that many of those who leave the country do not register with 52 embassies and high commissions where they are,” the minister said.

Maji_Baridi•a day ago

I somehow saw it coming when the ambassador recently stated that he didn't know what was going on back home. Oh well, so much for reforms. Knowing Kenya politics, nothing's gonna change in 5 years. Mdomo tupu.

tim tim•a day ago

Very sad indeed
Voter Registration Kicks Off Today
Monday, 19 November 2012 06:09

http://www.kenyanewsupdates.com/news/voter-education/item/429-voter-registration-kicks-off-today.html

If you want to take part in a ballot and decide who shall manage Kenya at various levels as well as direction country should take in the post-Kibaki era, your chance to register has come.

For a country bruised and torn apart by the 2007 discredited elections, and without a voters’ register, this is a momentous occasion as a new one is rebuilt over the next 30 days.

Even sweeter to the ear this time around, despite the logistical challenges of getting it running, Kenyans will register using the more secure and tamper-proof Biometric Voter Register (BVR) kit

The election itself will be a unique experience for Kenyans given that it will entail six elections in one for President, Members of Parliament for 290 constituencies, Governors and Senators for 47 Counties, County Assembly Representatives and Women Representatives.

IEBC on Sunday announced that all the logistical plans are in place and about 30,000 clerks trained on the use of the BVR kits are ready to begin electronic voter registration.

Voter registration starts on Monday at close to 25,000 polling centers across the country.

On Monday President Kibaki, who is preparing to hand over power after the March 4 General Election next year, launches the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) countrywide voter registration exercise at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi amid protests by Kenyans in the diaspora that they have not been briefed on the exercise.

The electoral commission suspended registration plans in the diaspora last month to establish the number of Kenyans living abroad who are eligible to vote and also await a court ruling on a case filed against the exercise.

On Sunday, Commissioner Yusuf Nzibo, who is in charge of the diaspora vote, said that the case, which was filed by some Kenyans in the diaspora, had disrupted the commission’s plans for voter registration abroad.

“We had to stop the plans, but we will meet on Tuesday or Wednesday to announce a new date for registration in the diaspora,” Dr Nzibo said.

Dr Nzibo noted that there was confusion over the actual number of Kenyans living abroad.

“We have already set aside 140 BVR kits. When we meet the Foreign Affairs officials we will then conclude on the plans and probably make an announcement regarding this matter,” he said.

However, he said the commission had advertised for returning officers and electoral clerks for the exercise that is estimated to cost Sh150 million.

The commission plans to register at least 18 million voters, with some saying the figure could rise to 22.5 million. The 30-day exercise is expected to end on December 16, followed by 15 days of voter register verification.

On Sunday, there were concerns that the IEBC was yet to update Kenyan embassies on the listing progress.

For instance, the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, DC, said in a statement that it was awaiting direction from the IEBC. “I am concerned that Kenya’s largest diaspora may very well miss out on this historic event,” said ambassador Elkana Odembo on Saturday.

IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said early this month that Kenyans in the US will register at the embassy in Washington DC, the United Nations mission in New York and the consulate in Los Angeles.

The same venues are also expected to serve as polling stations during the elections.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should expedite sharing of relevant information with the commission to enable finalisation of logistical details for the diaspora registration,” Mr Hassan said.

Last week, High Court judge David Majanja dismissed a case filed by some diaspora voters and ruled that the IEBC was complying with the law allowing “progressive realisation” of the right to vote by Kenyans abroad.

The registration will take place in 47 missions and consulates and the Foreign Affairs Ministry is to nominate some embassy officials who will also assist in the registration.

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Kenya: Wildlife / human conflict continues umabayed as the mysterious beast kills 20 livestock while hippo devoured fishermen in Lake Victoria

Write Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

LIVESTOCK farmers in the North Rift district of Nandi are having counting losses after a yet to be identified wild animal attacked their stock during dead hours of the night.

More than ten local farmers at Chepterit and Tukon villages in Nandi Central district have reported that several of their goats and sheep had been killed by a wild animal.

The mysterious animal has also attacked more than ten cattle by biting off their tails. Two local farmers who are among the affected farmers said their individual losses were amounting to over Khs 200,000.

Mr Abraham Kago and Mrs Rose and Mr Wesley Saina told the newsmen that the animal, which has been roaming the villages for the last two weeks, had killed a total of ten sheep, three goats and two cows.

The mysterious attack the livestock at night by breaking into livestock shed and biting the throats of sheep and goats. It only sucks blood and leaves the carcasses,“ said Mr Kago.

The farmers said that attempt to hunt for the mysterious for the mysterious animal and kill it have been futile despite assistance from the Kenya Wild life Services [KWS} game wardens an rangers.” Even though we have been working I hand with KWS officers, we have not succeeded because the armed game warden just avail themselves during the day when the beat is hiding,”added Mr Kago.

The game warden in-charge in Nandi County Joel Kanda could no be reached on phone of Central Nandi County. However a local source that KWS men were there on the ground hunting down the mysterious beast.

This incident came barely three months after Tsavo cat attacked livestock in the neighboring Ndalat location in Nandi North district killing over 30 sheep and goats.

Experts were, however, still analyzing the nature of the latest attack on livestock in Nandi, but could not agree on which type of animals could be responsible. Other says it could be a rogue leopard or wild dogs, but leopard is known not to attack big prey such as cows, but only prey on smaller domestic animals such as sheep.

While in the lakeside town of Bondo about 80 kilometer northwest of here, residents of Usigu Division in Yimbo Kadimo Division, Bondo district within Siaya County residents on Monday this week held demonstrations to protest over rampant incidents of hippo on fishermen working on Lake Victoria fish landing beaches. The demonstrators while carrying twigs and chanting anti-Kenya Wildlife Service slogans, the residents led by one parliamentary aspirant William Abuonji marched to the DC’s office to demand solution to their grievances.

The demonstrators claimed they have lost several relatives to hippo an crocodiles attacks against human being, but KWS had taken no action to protect their people

‘We have lost 20 people in the last three months, but KWS has not even attempted check human wildlife conflict here. We cannot afford to lose more lives,”Said Abuonji.

The number of people who have died due to hippo attack on lake shoreline or beaches along Lake Victoria have increase three times.

The protest followed an incident in which a 40-year old fisherman drowned to the lake last week after his boat was hit and overturned by a rough hippo off Siungu Beach in West Yimo location last Sunday night.Two weeks before that a 20-year old fisherman also died from another hippo attack off the same beach.

In September six people drowned in the lake after their boat was hit by hippo at Goye in Bondo and a week later a father & son died between Misori Beach and Magare Island in the neighboring Rarieda district in similar circumstance.

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