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4Dec/120

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.........!!!!

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
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Kenya's Score Card

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

Published on Oct 11, 2012 by capitalfmkenya

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

Published on Dec 3, 2012 by NTVKenya

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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...

Pitchaya's History Blog

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

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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)

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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-

From: Comfort Mwangi

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30Nov/120

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.

Ends

30Nov/120

KENYA: LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY

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

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.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

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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.

28Nov/120

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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28Nov/120

PRESS CONFERENCE: Fight against Schistosomiasis in Kenya

From: News Release - African Press Organization (APO)

MEDIA ADVISORY

PRESS CONFERENCE: Fight against Schistosomiasis in Kenya

WHY: The tropical worm disease schistosomiasis is the most devastating parasitic disease in Africa after malaria. It is estimated that more than 200 million people are infected and that around 200,000 die from it each year. Millions of Kenyans also suffer from this insidious disease. In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the German pharmaceutical, chemical and life science company Merck has been fighting schistosomiasis in Africa since 2007. This November Merck is going to symbolically donate the 100 millionth praziquantel tablet to its partner WHO in Nairobi.

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 3.30 p.m.

WHERE: Ministry Of Public Health And Sanitation,
Afya House,
Cathedral Road,
P.O. Box 30016–00100,
Nairobi, Kenya

WHO: Dr. Mark Bor, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation

Dr. Custodia Mandlhate, WHO Representative in Kenya

Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Merck Executive Board Member and CEO Merck Serono

Contact: Nancy Karanja

Tel.: +254 20 3861049/ 3861051/ 2388420/1 Mob.: +254 731 462 604
or nkaranja@apn.co.ke

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Merck KGaA.

28Nov/122

Kenya: ODM Mashinani campaign in Kisumu marred by violence as man is killed after Nyand rally

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

WITH only 100 days to go before the next general elections are held on March 4, 2013 ignals of discontent and violent political wrangling seemed to be emerging from most parts of Luo-Nyanza,the worse being within the two counties of Kisumu and Homa-Bay.

In Nyando district within Kisumu County, the police were reported to be actively investigating the cause of death of a man whose body was fished out of the thicket after he was allegedly assaulted by the youth supporting the rival political camp after he was alleged to have tried to disrupt a campaign rally in the area by heckling the speakers, which sparked off the fist fighting.

The deceased whose name was given as Omuoyo from Kanyilum sub-clan within Wawidhi B area of South East Kano is said to have bee involved in fracas with supporters of the area MP Fred Outa. The youths are said to have set themselves upon the deceased with crude weapons.

The area MP Fred Outa is among the leaders aid to have spent several hours recording statements with the police with the police following the incident.

In the neighboring Nyakach also within Kisumu County, scores of people sustained minor bodily injuries following the outbreak of fighting at the ODM Mashinani campaign rally held at Pap-Onditi Center in lower Nyakach.

The trouble was sparked off following the late arrival at the meeting venue by on of the aspirant for Nyakach parliamentary seat Aduma-Owuor a former senior legal 0fficer of the City Council of Nairobi.

This was accompanied by dozens of drunken youth. However, Aduma Owuor was ushered in and given a seat at the dais as one of the aspirants. But his youth were not lucky to be accorded similar treatment by the conveners of the rally. The youth tried to force their way into the venue thereby st8iring up the commotion as the made an attempt to disrupt the sitting arrangement which had been made earlier.

This what sparked off the commotion and protest by the ODM youth manning the meeting, and controlling the crowd. At this juncture the fighting broke out wit plastic chairs flying out in all direction. The combatants also used other missiles and objects sending the participants scampering or their dear lives. One civic leader Omdi Ouko was beaten up to the ground.

Peace was temporarily restored, but no sooner did another aspirant for the Nyakach parliamentary aspirant Eng.Evans Kodera arrived in the company of shouting youths. They two were roughed by the ODM youths, most of them beaten to the ground.

Several candidate aspiring for the various elective positions with the County governance attended the meeting among them Aloys Ager who is contesting the Sigoti County Ward, Grace A. Akumu {parliament}, Ms Ruth Adhiambo Odinga {governor}, Dr Barrack Abonyo from the US {governor} Ojwang’K’Ombudo{governor].

Meanwhile several politicians in Homa-Bay have bitterly complained about the slow path it taking the police Rachuonyo South district to apprehend the suspects criminal who are supposed to be facing serious criminal charges of causing grievous harm related to violent assault incident which occurred in the lakeside town awe ago following the violent disruption of ODM Mashinani held there two weeks ago.

The police in Oyugis have yet to apprehend any of the suspects despite of a requesting letters from their Homa-Bay counter parts who have recorded statements from the complainants and potential prosecution witnesses in the serious criminal cases pending there.

The two suspects who are believed to have used the sharpened knives in stabbing several people during the fracas Homa-Bay are said to be still roaming freely in Oyugis town and its environs.

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27Nov/120

Kenya: US president Obama’s half-Kenyan brother is to contest for the position of Siaya County governor

PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA’S ELDER BROTHER HAS JOINED THE ELECTION RACE FOR THE SIAYA COUNTY GOVERNOR IN DIFFERENT PARTY AND NOT RAILA ODINGA’S ODM

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

INFORMATION emerging from Siaya town, says that the US President Barack Obama half-brother Malik Abong’o Obama is contemplating running for the governor’s election in Siaya County, but on a TNA’s ticket and not as expected to be on Raila Odinga’s ODM party ticket.

This is so despite of the perceived closeness between the Prime Minister of Kenya and the Obama family.

TNA is the party which Raila Odinga’s arch-rival in the Kenya’s presidential race Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta intend to use in his presidential ambition. It has no following in Siaya County and are perceived to be the stronghold of Raila Odinga’s ODM and Obama candidature on a TNA ticket is likely to complicate and even worsen the cordial and warm relations between Raila Odinga and the Obama family.

The report from various sources in Siaya say Malik Obama is among those who are listed as potential TNA’s candidate to contest the lucrative and powerful Siaya County governor seat.

However, Malik Abong’yesterday confirmed that he is in the race, but insisted that he would be running for the post as an independent candidate, but not Uhuru Kenyatta’s party ticket.

“I have never registered myself as a member of TNA nor do I belong to any political party, you are the one now informing me that my name is there, Malik Abong’o told an interviewer.

Malik Obama had made an application to run for the election on a TNA ticket, but his application is still under scrutiny and consideration, a Nairobi publication, the STAR quote senior official of the TNA as saying.

Mali claimed he does not know who who had registered him with TNA, adding that he had many friends everywhere who might have enlisted him .

He added, “ Obviouly I am Obama and people may tend to use my name for their own selfish reason.He told the interviewer. “you can check for my name with the Interim Election Board of Kenya [IEBC] which show that I have never registered in any political party. I also wrote to the registrar’s office saying I a m an independent person,’ he added.

Malik Abongo’ Obama the first born of the late Barrack Hussein Obama was born In 1958 in the Kenya . He studied at the University of Nairobi and graduated with an accountancy degree.

The controversial Malik Obama met his half-brother President Barrack Obama for the first time in 1985 when he flew fro Chicago to Washington DC to see him. The two were best men during each other’s wedding.

He has since then taken more wives and become a polygamous in according to the Muslim belief and doctrine.

He is a frequent visitor to the UD, but runs a small electronic shop at Nyang’oma Trading Cent and also the famous Barrack Obama Guest House I an area adjacent to the same centre on whose roof he has defiantly hoisted the two national flags of Kenya and the US despite the vehement opposition by the local provincial administration and police authorities., which is located next to the Kogelo home of the Obamas.

During the election campaign of president Obama’s second tenure of office, Malik was the principal spokesman of the extended Obama family in Kenya. He said he is willing to work with any other parties if shares its visions, ideals and agenda.

Asked if TNA was such an ideal party, Malik Obama said,” it will depend on the TNA vision for the Country and Siaya County.

He went on,’ I am a public figure and I decide to join any party, I will do so in daylight and invite everyone to witness,”’he said.

None of the TNA top national officials could be reached to confirm or deny that Malik Obama had made an application to contest the Siaya governor position on their party ticket.

But political pundits in Siaya were quick in pointing out that, Malik Abong’o Obama stand very little chance of clinching the pot unless a miracle work

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27Nov/120

Kenya & Rwanda: JAMHURI DAY AND END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Dear Fellow Kenyan,

Compliments of the season.

AKR, in conjunction with the Kenya High Commission, is planning to host Jamhuri day celebrations and end of year party. Watch this space for further details in due course of next week.

During the event, we shall have a leading property agent from Kenya present on the opportunities available back home, to prepare you to scout for investments as you join your family and friends back in Kenya for the xmas holiday.

Carol

26Nov/122

KENYA: SUBA LEADERS IN BOYCOTT OF RAILA ODINGA’S FUNCTION AT THE MAKE-SHIFT NEWLY ESTABLISHED HOME OF MILLIE ODHIAMBO IN LAMBWE VALLEY.

Writes Arrum-Tidi Ogonglo in Mbita Town.

A cross section of leaders in Suba region of Homa-Bay County on Monday stayed away from a function which was attended by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the make-shift newly established home of the nominated MP Millie Odhiambo in Lambwe Valley .

An account by an eye witness indicated that even the area MP Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ was nowhere to be seen at the function despite of the fat that the Prime Minister was visiting his constituency.

Instead Kajwang’and other local dignitaries had assembled at Magunga district headquarters in Gwassi where they were all waiting to received the PM. Also nowhere to be seen at the function were members of the powerful Suba Council of Elders and Luo Council of Elders whose vice chairman Ex-Senior Chief Omolo-Anditi hails from Mbita constituency.

The nominated MP Millie Odhiambo’s home is in Rusinga Island, but she is married to a Zimbabwean man. And for the purpose of winning the Mbita parliamentary seat during the impending general election she had decided to establish a home within the localty for the purpose of attracting votes.

According to Luo tradition and culture a woman who is married into another community outside her home region is called “Migogo” therefore a woman who is classified as ‘Migogo” has no right to come back to her home of origin and claim political leadership once she is already married into another community. She and her siblings are considered as outsiders and foreigners

For such a woman to come back home and demand the right to contest the election for political leadership is viewed as an insult and total disrespect to her people, particularly her cousins in Waware sub-clan in Rusinga Island Therefore Milie Odhiambo has a daunting task to convince the voters in Mbita to vote for her parliamentary bid. This would be an up-hill task, hence the reason for her hurriedly invitation to Raila Odinga into her make-shift home.

The idea of her building a new home in Lambwe Valley within Mbita constituency so as to dupe the electorate did not go down well with the local politicians who are competing with her for the same seat. He is being treated as foreigners with many claims that even in Zimbabwe there is a parliament there, and that the place where she should go and contest for a parliamentary the election there. It is Zimbabwe where she belongs to and not Mibita, said a civic leader in Mbita town.

Raila flew to Lambwe on Monday morning, and according to some account given by sources presence at the venue, the Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife Mrs Ida Odinga, but she is said to have refused to disembark and remained inside the chopper.

After a brief stop-over the PM resumed his flight to Magunga in Gwassi where he was given n arousing welcome by all the Sub region leaders. But Raila arrived there when the word had already reached the local Suba leader’s of the refusal of his wife Mrs Ida Odinga refusal to into a make-shift home of Millie Odhiambo.

A number of the elders interviewed heaped a lot of praise to Mrs Ida Odinga saying that by the Prime Minister visiting the make-shift home of the nomination MP he had stooped low and that in according to the norms, tradition and cultural virtues of the Luos the Prime Minister should have only gone thereto open a new house and not to grace the empty ground for political mileage.

Ms Odhiambo earned an accusation of misusing Raila to intimidate and bull-dose her opponents in the Mbita contest.

Such a make-shift home is called “Ligala” in the Luo vernacular and it is not a place worth a visit by a person of Raila Odinga caliber and status.

Milllie Odhiambo is a staunch supporter of the Prime Minister, but the visit to her still a bush site where she intended to put up her permanent home in the future world not augur well with the four other ODM members who are locked up in the stiffest election battle with Millie Odhiambo.

The ODM boss who has repeatedly said that this time around nobody would enjoy his political patronage during the forthcoming general election an each and every aspirant must get prepared to sort out his or her problems with the voters is viewed as having gone to Lambwe to offer the biased support toms Odhiambo. In the opposite Millie Odhiambo might have have hatched an idea of inviting the Prime Minister into the site of her still bush home for the purpose of intimidating her opponents in the Mbita seat contest.

The issue is likely to impact negatively and adversely during her election campaign because her rivals have said they will use the visit as an attempt to intimidate and scare them away that she is too powerful and invisible.

“Whoever had invited the Prime Minister to that function had the ulterior motive to reduce his status.’,said one Suba elder who scathingly criticized the PM’s handlers for the incident.

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