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KENYA: KISUMU POLICE BLAMED FOR RELEASING POLITICIAN’S VEHICLE.

By Chak Rachar

Former Lamu Town Council Clerk and Nyando Parliamentary aspirant Patrick Lumumba Ouya has questioned the motive of the area police releasing a land rover belonging to one of his opponents which was arrested with crude weapons and released under mysterious circumstances at the Kisumu Central Police Station.

Speaking in Kisumu Ouya vowed to pursue the issue with the relevant police authorities saying the vice might catapult to massive violence during the forthcoming ODM nominations.

“If a land rover caught carrying pangas,simis ,bows and arrows is released ostensibly under the order of a senior police officer based at the division level, surely what are we talking about?” he wondered.

One of his campaign managers Dr.Sammy Oron lamented that the police might be held responsible incase chaos broke out during the forthcoming party elections as terror weapons were released by the police.

“Let senior police officers at the Provincial level investigate the incident or we petition their headquarters” Oron added

KENYA: MUHORONI VOTERS CALLED ON TO MAKE SURE THAT RAILA WINS.

By Chak Rachar.

Nairobi based businessman and Muhoroni Parliamentary aspirant James Mathew Onyango Koyoo has declared that he will be ready to forego his parliamentary ambitions if he looses fairly and ODM CORD Presidential nominee wins the Country’s top seat.

Speaking in his Muhoroni Constituency while meeting various leaders who endorsed him for the seat, K’oyoo called on peaceful elections and called on the ODM elections board to discipline any aspirant him included who will be found to be orchestrating violence.

“I better loose fairly and Raila wins the Presidency rather than I win and Raila looses the Presidency, also there is a need for us to conduct a very peaceful and an all inclusive party nominations” he added.

K’oyoo also asked the area police concerned to adequately provide for security saying ODM nominations within luoland usually is like the general elections.

“Our party’s nominations is like a general election, so they should not leave any extra strength, they should fully provide security for this nominations” he added

KENYA: KISUMU COUNTY RESIDENTS BACK RANGUMA.

By Chak Rachar.

Hawkers, Traders, Mechanics, Proffesionals, Political Activists and University Students in Kisumu County have vowed to support ODM party Governor Aspirant Jack Ranguma for governor position.

Led by Kisumu County University Students Chairamn Moses Ogolla who is pursing electrical engineering at the Kisumu Polytechnic, the students say Ranguma is best suited for the position.

Ogolla who read the declaration to endorse Ranguma at a Kisumu hotel says the aspirant has positive policies for the growth of the county.

He says Ranguma has elaborate plans to ensure education standards are raised and those graduating absorbed in the market.

A group of cane farmers also endorsed Ranguma saying that sugarcane farming which remains the backbone of the county economy will be revitalized.

Ogolla says farmers have been hoodwinked and Ranguma will now ensure that all that is extracted from cane is paid to the farmers.

He says that it is unfortunate that farmers are not being paid for the bio gas, ethanol and other products derived from cane.

They called on all their members and supporters to back Ranguma saying he stands for the growth and development of the County.

Ends.

Kenya: Judiciary reshuffle list-courtesy- The standard

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

HIGH COURT/ INDUSTRIAL COURT/ LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT

COURT OF APPEAL

I Malindi

1. Justice Alnashir Visram

2. Justice Asike Makhandia

3. Justice Prof Otieno Odek

II. Kisumu

4. Justice Daniel Maraga

5. Justice Fatuma Sichale

6. Justice Sankale Ole Kantai

7. Justice Festus Azangalala

III. Nyeri

8. Justice Martha Koome

9. Justice John Mwera

10. Justice Patrick Kiage

11. Justice Mohammed Warsame

IV. Nairobi

12. Justice Erastus Githinji – Ag. President

13. Justice Onyango Otieno

14. Justice Kihara Kariuki

15. Justice Wanjiru Karanja

16. Justice Roselyne Nambuye

17. Justice Kalpana Rawal

18. Justice GBM Kariuki

19. Justice Daniel Musinga

20. Justice Philomena Mwilu

21. Justice William Ouko

22. Justice Agnes Murgor

23. Justice Kathurima M’inoti

24. Justice Stephen Kairu

25. Justice Jamila Mohammed

26. Justice Hannah Okwengu – On Study Leave

27. Justice Philip Waki – On Sabbatical Leave

I Criminal Division

1. Justice Msagha Mbogholi – Principal Judge of the High Court

2. Justice Fred Ochieng

3. Justice Florence Muchemi

4. Justice Lydia Achode

5. Justice Roseline Korir

II. Family Division

1. Justice Luka Kimaru – Head

2. Justice Musyoka William Musya

III. Land & Environment Division

1. Justice Pauline Nyamweya – Head

2. Justice Lucy Nyambura Gacheru

3. Justice John Mutungi

4. Justice Mary Muthoni Gichumbi

IV. Judicial Review Division

1. Justice Weldon Korir — Head

2. Justice George Odunga

V. Civil Division

1. Justice Hatari Waweru – Head

2. Justice David Onyancha

3. Justice Rose Ougo

VI. Commercial & Admiralty Division

1. Justice George Kanyi Kimondo – Head

2. Justice Eric Ogolla

3. Justice Jonathan Havelock

4. Justice Alfred Mabeya

5. Justice Jacqueline Kamau

VII. Constitutional Division

1. Justice Isaac Lenaola – Head

2. Justice Mumbi Ngugi

3. Justice David Majanja

VIII. Industrial Court

1. Justice Mathews Nderi Nduma – Principal Judge

2. Justice Monica Mbaru

3. Justice Marete Njagi

4. Justice Maurine Onyango

5. Justice James Rika

6. Justice Linet Ndolo

7. Justice Nzioki wa Makau

IX. Mombasa

1. Justice Maureen Odero – Resident Judge

2. Justice Mary Kasango (On study leave)

3. Justice Richard Mwongo

4. Justice Grace Nzioka

5. Justice Martin Muya Mati

6. Justice Francis Tuiyot

7. Justice Edward Muriithi

8. Justice Samwel Mukunya – Land & Environment

9. Justice Stephen Radido — Industrial

10. Justice Onesmus Ndumbuthi Makau – Industrial

X. Nakuru

1. Justice Mathew Emukule – Resident judge

2. Justice Abigail Mshila

3. Justice Lucy Waithaka – Land & Environment

XI. Eldoret

1. Justice Hellen Omondi – Resident Judge

2. Justice Grace Ngenye

3. Justice Silas Munyao – Land & Environment

XII. Kisumu

1. Justice Abida Ali-Aroni – Resident Judge

2. Justice Hilary Chemitei

3. Justice Anthony Kaniaru– Land & Environment

4. Justice Hellen Wasilwa – Industrial

XIII. Kisii

1. Justice Ruth Sitati – Resident Judge

2. Justice Aggrey Muchelule

3. Justice Samson Okong’o – Land & Environment

XIV. Kitale

1. Justice Joseph Karanja – Resident Judge

2. Justice Elija Obaga – Land & Environment

XV. Machakos

1. Justice Lilian Mutende – Resident Judge

2. Justice Beatrice Jaden

XVI. Busia

1. Justice Roselyn Wendo – Resident Judge

2. Justice Stephen Kibunja – Land & Environment

XVII. Kakamega

1. Justice Said Chitembwe – Resident Judge

2. Justice George Dulu

XVIII. Kerugoya

1. Justice Cecilia Githua – Resident Judge

2. Justice Boaz Olao – Land & Environment

XIX. Meru

1. Justice Muga Apondi – Resident Judge

2. Justice Jessie Lesiit

3. Justice Aaron Makau

4. Justice Peter Muchoki Njoroge – Land & Environment

XX. Homa Bay

1. Justice Esther Nyambura Maina – Resident Judge

XXI. Bungoma

1. Justice Francis Gikonyo – Resident Judge

2. Justice Anne Omollo – Land & Environment

XXII. Malindi

1. Justice Christine Meoli – Resident Judge

2. Justice Oscar Angote – Land & Environment

XXIII. Nyeri

1. Justice James Wakiaga – Resident Judge

2. Justice Byram Ongaya – Industrial

3. Justice Jorum Abuodha — Industrial

4. Justice Anthony Obwayo – Land & Environment

XXIV. Garissa

Justice Stella Mutuku – Resident Judge

XXV. Embu

Justice Hedwig Ong’undi – Resident Judge

XXVI. Murang’a

Justice Jairus Ngaah – Resident Judge

XXVII. Kericho

Justice James Mutava – Resident Judge

XXVIII. Head, Judiciary Transformation Secretariat/ Ag. Director, Judiciary Training Institute

Justice Joel Ngugi

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

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

KENYA: MINISTER DALMAS OTIENO”S MOTORCADE CAME UNDER HALE OF STONES AMID ACCUSATIONS BY ODM ASPIRANTS IN MIGORI COUNTRY THAT HE HAD HATCHED A DICTATORIAL PLAN OF DISHING OUT DIRECT NOMINATIONS CERTIFICATES TO THE PREFERRED CANDIDATES.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Migori Town

The on going electioneering campaign by people who are vying for various elective position in ODM tickets had become the sources of discontent in many parts of Luo-Nyanza with aspirants vying for the various elective positions within Migori County have accused Dalmas Otieno the Minister for Public Service of gross interference in what could otherwise be a smooth and peaceful elections campaigns in the region ahead of next week’s ODM nomination exercise.

Earlier this week Minister Otieno ‘s convoy of several sleek campaign vehicles had come under halls of stones, a clear indication that things are not moving smoothly in favor of the Minister who is also the incumbent Rongo MP, and who is defending his parliamentary seat.

The Minister was driving back to his Rongo rural home after addressing a series of campaign rallies at Kamgundho, Cham-Gi-Wadu when rowdy and drunken youths hurled stones to his motorcade.

The symptoms that the Minister is not all that a comfortable man even at his family level is the fact that his elder son Jared Oteno aged 46 is among the aspirants who have signed a statement requesting the ODM headquarters at the Orange House to instill some amount of discipline to the Minister.

The aspirants want the ODM to stop his plan of dishing out nominations certificates to certain preferred candidates a head of the ODM nomination exercise schedule for January 17, 2013.

The protest by ODM aspirants came about after Dalmas Otieno had released a press statement detailing how all elective positions will be dished out in Miori County. The statement has it that the position of Miogori governor would go to Prof. Edward Akong’o Oyugi, while the deputy governor positions will go to Zachary Okoth Obado, and the Senator seat will go to Dr Walter Machage the current MP for Kuria.

The aspirants have said that Dalmas Oteno ha no constitutional mandate of giving direct nomination to any aspirants and they insisted that all the aspirants irrespective of their status within the society should be subjected to open, fair and just nomination. They termed Dalmas Otieno’s action “dictatorial and mockery to the democratic principles.

The Minister’s own son Jared Otieno is among those contesting for the Migori governor seat and he is in a different and parallel election campaign camp.Jared Otieno launched his campaign last Sunday with pop and pageantry in Migori town.

He has since been tearing into his father’s private life and questioning the Minister’s integrity as a leader. While the Minister is reported to have disowned his son in private, but never uttered any tired vitriols against his son publicly, and the campaign by the two against each other is drawing a lot of interests in the region and could weaken the ODM voting strength unless the party acted with speed and have the sanity restored.

The Senate seat has also attracted the former Mathare MP Ochieng’Mbeo who has twice served as a member of the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha, John Magaiwa,the ODM Migori County branch chairman,Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti. One of the aspirants who got disgusted Phrares Oluoch Kanindo a one time two terms MP for the large Homa-Bay constituency has since pulled out in anger and declared that he would contest the Senate seat as an independent candidate.

Many other aspirants on ODM tickets in Migori County said they would consider ditching the party unless Dalmas Otieno is disciplined by the ODM head office.They are arguing that the Minister is contradicting the party’s declared policy that nobody would be given a direct nomination,a stand which the Prime Minister RailaOdinga has persistently reiterated many times make it quite clear that no such a thing will happen and that all must go to the ballot boxes to determine the winner.

The protest note was signed by one Paul Abuor who is perceived to be a Dalmas Otieno’s protégé and who is an aspirant in Rongo parliamentary seatand Jared OtIeno the Minister’s own sons.

The stoning of the Minister’s vehicles came in the wake and after only a week after another aspirant for the governor position Mrs Anne Omodho Anyanga had her cart windscreen smashed by rowdy youths suspected to be supporters of Dalmas Oteno I Rongo Town. The youth roughed up Mrs Anyanganga who is the wife of the Nyatike MP Edick Omondi Anyanga,who has mounted the most elaborate campaign using a hired chopper.

Mrs Anyanga, who was traversing the entire Rongo constituency, had landed at Rongo Primary School, which is allocated inside main Rongo market.

Market and a crowd rushed to the scene where she was addressing a huge crowd which had formed itself instantly at the places .
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The youth were shouting “Gonywa Gonywa” and menacingly demanding that she give the money, but sensing the danger of her persona l safety Mrs Anyanga jumped into her vehicle which drove to the Choper.The chopper took off amid hails of stones thrown to it in the air by the youth.

Looking shaken Mrs Anyanga flew out of Rongo and landed in some other places within the constituency like Opapo, Ranen, Kodero Bara, BUT SCATHINGLY CONDEMNED THE INCIDENT , WHICH SHE SAW AS AN ATTEMPT TO DISCRIMINATE THE GENDER AND WOMEN FROM CONTESTING PUBLIC OFFICES.

ENDS

Kenya: 7 Dead In Fresh Tana Clashes

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News just reaching us is that people are feared dead in fresh clashes in Nduru Village, Tana River County. When shall we get an end to this bloodletting? Join us in petitioning Kenyans to embrace peace and tolerance.

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KENYA: MPS NOT FIT FOR GOVERNOR AND SENATE SEATS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

Homa Bay Governor aspirant Cyprian Awiti took an opportunity during the burial of Chief Paul Omol on Saturday to warn electorates that they should not vote for Member of Parliaments who vie for Governor or Senate seats in Luo Nyanza, particularly in Homa Bay.

He said politician like Eng Philip Okundi should not be elected Governor because when he was Rangwe MP there was no development he did, wondering how he could vie for County seat when his constituency defeated him.

Eng. Okundi can be remembered with a court case in 2002/2003 when the High Court stopped an alleged bid to transfer Sh26.5 million to South Africa. The money is said to have been a “donation” by the then Kanu government to Afrispace Kenya Limited to bridge finance a broadcast to schools project in North Eastern province.

Okundi was the chairman of Afrispace Kenya limited, a subsidiary of US based Worldspace Corporation. The money was value added tax refund to Afrispace Kenya limited after it convinced the Government that the refund would be used to bridge finance a Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) broadcast to schools.

Part of the money had been earmarked for the purchase of 5,400 receivers to be supplied to schools in North Eastern. The court heard that a radio education project to assist primary schools in Kenya risked being ground to a halt if the Sh26.5 million was transferred to South Africa.

Those who worked with him at KBC when he was the Boss knew him as a dictator and Moi’s crony. He was one of the politically correct and Moi’s favorable allies in Luo-Nyanza.

Most of theses politicians have been accused of failing to deliver the goods, poor management of the government devolved development funds, vandalizing the CDF money and poor disbursement of the same.

As Luo veteran journalist and investigative reporter, Leo Odero Omolo reports, in some areas the MPs are facing allegations of having formed or established their own construction companies with their spouses as the directors and managers of the firms specifically for the purpose of tapping all the CDF money through biased awarding tender and construction contracts involving CDF money to the phantom companies in which they had the economic interest in.

Other allegations goes that some of the MPs vandalized the CDF money by ensuring that their crones, most of them semi-illiterate and oldest people with no knowledge or experience in the government accounting system to mange the CDF.

Other MPs are suspected to have spent colossal amount of CDF monies in buying trucks and Lorries, which in the names of either their wives or companies which were later contracted for ferrying building materials for the construction of CDF funded projects at a higher prices above the market prices.

As reported, it is only the Karachuonyo MP Eng. James K. Rege, in Luo-Nyanza who had allowed the local CDF disbursing committee to have the intellectuals and professionals to be members.

The CDF committee is headed by Prof Akeyo Omolo of Maseno University as its chairman and all members are people of colorful academic background and experience, making it the only constituency in the region which has had no complaints from the public about the misuse of vandalizing of the CDF funds.

Even though the immigration and Registration of Person Minister Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ will now contest the Homa-Bay County Senate seat, he has never been a high performing MP. People wonder how he is going to manage the county when his small constituency defeated him to develop.

Even in Kisumu County where all the six MPs are expect to be sent home for their lukewarm performance, Prof Peter Anyang Nyongo’ is vying for Senate seat. In one of the schools in his constituency classroom is almost collapsing as shown in the attachment.

Other MPs who have been accused for non performance include Nyakach MP Polyns Ochieng’ Daima, Muhoroni MP Patrick Ayiecho Olueny, Fred Ota [Nyando, Shakeel Ahmed Shabbir [Kisumu Town East, and John Olago Aluoch {Kisumu Town West}. In Siaye Couty Dr Oburu who is vying for Governor Seat is also a non performance.

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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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By Mangoa Mosota

“Do not touch that wall!” barks Norah Angienda, the Standard Three teacher at Rachilo Primary School. “It will crumble.”

She seems genuinely alarmed, even as her pupils sit obediently inside the mud-walled classroom.

students study inside crumbling room
Pupils study inside one of the crumbling classrooms. Photos: Titus Munala

Dressed in their tiny blue and white uniforms, they scribble away at their thin notebooks, unaware of the danger their teacher is so conscious about.

Their little feet are grey and red with dust as the floor is covered in layers of earth. Huge cracks have formed in the dry earth, and small avalanches of soil often roll down the walls.

Tumbled Down

Nearby are the ruins of another classroom whose walls tumbled down a month ago.
As the wind blows, howling eerily against the roof, it sweeps up books and items.

There’s no way to stop it as the classroom lacks doors. The children have learnt to stay indoors without touching the walls.

Several other classrooms are in this sorry state, and teachers, pupils as well as parents have lived with the situation for years.

Situated just 30Km outside one of the country’s biggest cities, Kisumu, the school is a study in neglect. It is a parable of the shambolic state of the education system that Kenyan children go through.

Five of the classrooms in use today were condemned more than five years ago. The Government, through officers of Public Health and Ministry of Education, have in the past warned that the shaky structures pose a danger to pupils.

Sitting on several acres in Ogwal Village, it contrasts sharply with Kit Mikayi, the world-famous rock that pulls tourists to the area.

Kit Mikayi is Dholuo for “rock of the first wife”. It stands robustly less than 500 metres away.

This is the heart of Kisumu Rural Constituency, represented in Parliament by Medical Services Minister Prof Anyang Nyong’o.

“The current mud-walled classrooms were constructed soon after the El Nino rains destroyed almost the entire school,” reminisces Dismas Ojwang, the head teacher, standing outside another crumbling classroom.

The rains, which soaked the country in the ‘90s, caused damage to infrastructure worth billions of shillings.

concrete steps

He says a number of Government officials have visited the school, but no concrete steps have been taken to repair it.

National examination results recorded last year lucidly portray the sorry state of the school. Out of the 22 candidates, only six managed to score more than 250 marks out of a possible 500. In fact, the trailing candidate scored less than 100 marks.

With slightly over 200 pupils, the school was started in the early 1980s. Some permanent buildings put in the 90’s are in a state of disrepair.

Due to the poor state of the school, many parents have withdrawn their children from the institution and transferred them to neighbouring ones.

The lower classes paradoxically have an average of six pupils each, a far cry of many rural schools in the country that have an upward of 50 pupils.

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Work on classrooms built by the local Constituency Development Fund stalled for lack of funds.

Parents have contributed money for construction of two pit latrines, shared by the 200 pupils. They have also undertaken some repairs to the mud-walled classrooms.

The school’s Parents Teachers Association chairperson Rose Nyawara says they have made several pleas for assistance by the Government and a number of corporations.
“We fear for the safety of these young ones,” Mrs Nyawara tells The Standard.

Kenya: Politically Correct with Collaborators are the Cancer needing Urgent Medical Fix from Ch. 6.

From: Judy Miriga

Dear People of Good Conscious,

Politically Correct with Cohorts, Networks and Collaborators are the Cancer needing Urgent Fix so Reform Change can begin to take shape in Kenya, Africa and the greater region of the world.

Politically Correct Engineered Corruption Created Poverty and destroyed conventional job creation in Kenya that Poisoned the Rest of Africa and Ultimately Spread the Cancer to the whole World Affecting the Greater Global Region with Human Sufferings and Economic Collapse

Millions of people today live in extreme engineered poverty in Kenya and the same have spread to the whole of Africa.

There is need for urgency to call for order to seriously discuss political and economic fix, which in my opinion, was carefully crafted to fail Kenya/Africa but instead enriched the Corporate Special Business Interest selfish greed and without considering or weighing consequences of poverty in the long run. This trend has caused disparity gap between the poor and the rich.

This silent and lethal engineered poverty got escalated when politically correct in partnership agree to steal from public wealth and resources and by all means plunder, kill and exploit public finances, livelihood and survival without caring. It does not matter the level of crime, abuse or violation they commit against humanity; what is crucially unfair is that, they profit from pushing people into extreme poverty, disorganizing naturally established communities by engineering organized gang attacks with trivial land conflicts and causing legal confusions from dragging and making land cases go on in the court indefinitely while rewarding wrong doers including spurring of injustices and crimes thus opening doors to unsustained and unfavorable illicit jobs that are full of crimes and disorders; where they engage in injustices and avoid paying Tax Revenues thus threatening peace, unity, Government system collapse and consequently these actions put together, disorients economic stability and breaks the backbone of a Nationhood to an extend it fuels extra-judicial killings with systematic organized assassinations as well as slow deaths of people in this politically influenced and engineered silent and lethal corruption. If peace, love and unity are our aim for improved survival and cornerstone for stability for better livelihood future, then this trend of business imposed on us by the selfish and greedy, is not feasible or sustainable and it must be rejected by all responsible and sensible good people of the world; it is destructive and a death knell aimed at destroying environmental nature and shortening human survival and livelihood into extinction. We will have allowed events that destroy life instead of nurturing for purposes of sharing, caring and making it better; so when we leave this world, we leave it better than we found it.

This quiet engineered corruption involves two ways exchange,…….the local politicians collude in a conspiracy with the unscrupulous International Corporate Special Business Interest who are after making easy quick money for their selfish greed and instead of following Government regulatory system that are for checks and balances, they evade paying taxes. The target is to fail the Government from public service delivery at which the Government operators and political leadership took oath to protect and preserve. They utilize public facilities in the Government and bribe their way through to accomplish their thieving mission. The repercussion is the Global Economic Crisis and Collapse, which subsequently have seriously undermined and eroded fundamental fabric sustenance of Kenya with the rest of Africa to fail in their Development Efforts from achieving meaningful economic progress and be partners in the Global Market Region to bargain for fair value, yet Africa’s wealth is the backbone of the World’s Economic progress and stability.

Petty Corruption Under The Table

Petty corruption under the table in extension permeates the whole Government system and it is the order of the day for the Executives and public personnel workers in Kenya. Passing through the hands of Political Leaders, it gave birth to drug trafficking; illegal arm-sale; child sex trade with child pornography; organized gangs that goes around to intimidate and terrorize unsuspecting innocent citizens; Pirating as terrorists in the high seas doing illicit business of stealing and trafficking illegal goods; trading on foreign exchange and from evading paying taxes for goods; organizing gang groups as mercenaries and private armed guards who equally raid and steal from local banks huge sums of money to maintain and keep their business afloat; going wild into the streets involving small money transactions and exchanges by agents and facilitators of the network and at every stage, public servants employees involving the local Chiefs, engage in full blown corruption, letting the cancer spread deeper into the community’s local villages where the poor have their cows, cattle’s, chickens and farm produce stolen from them and sometimes taken at throw away price……..what is left is extreme poverty and hunger………and to be precise, Government system collapsed in Kenya long ago…..

Corruption is deeply rooted in the economy of Kenya including the whole of Africa. Something drastic must be done, and without serious transformation, nothing good will be realized from Kenya’s Reform Accord Agenda……..but if something must be done, the tendrils and roots of corruption must be uprooted.

In Kenya, we had put corruption on notice and Reform Accord established; it is time to put it on checks, and there is no wishy-washy about this…….

Progressive development can be successful when there is a balance amongst the people and the balance can only be regulated by a functioning Government. The process of regulations are formulated by Legislative Policies in the Constitution to provide a balance in a fair-play for public service delivery, which is why people vote to chose leaders who are Responsible and are with Integrity to manage Public Affairs in rendering Public Mandate according to Oath of Office. Any Injustices, irregularities or mis-trust are ironed and streamlined at the Court of Law in the Judiciary’s Code of Rules for Governance.

The Elected Political Leaders and the Executives are mandated to orderly organize sound accessibility of Government facilities and utilities to provide opportunity for progress and to use and utilize skills, talents of people for new ideas and innovation to spur technology in a diversity away from monopoly……….so to benefit public in an open competition faced with progressive challenges to perform and produce quality goods and services.

In Kenya, we were on the process of reforming the political process from the serious Corruption that almost destroyed Kenya during the election fall out in 2007/8 and where the election was stolen and the Country turned bloody.

The Progressives who want Change saw the unchecked corruption of big International Corporate businesses terrorize and exploit workers, children and women, drive health situation into disgrace, frustrate the local land owners and basically the local community became the target and primary enemy who must be forcefully be driven out of their land to the streets by force and the politicians and government workers turn a blind eye. This behavior made life totally unbearable and we cannot continue to maintain corrupt political leaders without going through a process of checks and balances during this period of Reform Change we have struggled for this far.

The Unscrupulous International Corporate Special Business Interest Scramble to Africa

It cannot therefore be denied that the reason for scramble to Africa by the International Corporate Special Business Interest network and collaborators are meant to engage in business acts that are unfavorable, irregular, unfair, illicit and unjustified job creation for our youth, children with the larger community through the pretence of Business investments to Africa, yet they basically engineered to invade Africa through schemed quiet attacks then take ownership and control of Africa’s wealth, land, water towers and resources including human organs harvesting and decay for their gainful end. If logics make sense, this must stop and it must stop instantaneously. Things must change for better, things that unite, brings peace and generate love. We must engage in things that make sense and are meaningful to a larger population of the world; so in sharing we are fair and are able to care for each other in love. It is because we were created to love and care for one another, and not to destroy each other. What did the poor of Africa do to deserve such a destructive prejudiced conspiracy in their livelihood and survival and ultimately are driven away from their homes and land to a meaningless life on the streets for which they are expected to die hopelessly without dignity or value like wild animals, is this what the conspirators of corporate special business interest target for their wealth creation and is it fair ?????

Proposed Solutions

Where there is Law and Order, discipline becomes the Rule where all play by the same sets of rule. It is the determination of the people to instill the Rule of Law and it cannot be set at a distant future when the Reform Change we want is now.

Reform Change in Kenya is a Must and chapter 6 of the Constitution must be applied by the Judiciary to comply as it is the law. There is no short-cut to this and no lawyer is an angel who think they can twist and cook common sense according to their delicacy.

It is about time good people of the world unite and speak with one voice that Change cannot wait; it must be now.

There are a range of opinion and ideas that could be put to work in order to tackle the eminent corruption and poverty problem so life can be of meaning again:

a) A well meaning Government in Kenya with the rest of Africa to enact proper facilitating regulations and the Government system must be made feasible and functional by responsible and committed elected politicians of integrity. This means, the Reform Accord Agenda must play their part in the vetting of the political aspirants as mandated.

b) Overhauling of personnel must be replaced and transfers of the same in order for the change to take roots putting New Responsible Leadership with integrity to perform public service delivery with checks and balances and where Transparency and accountability becomes the order of the day.

c) Reform Educational programs and upgrade training in a devolved system.

d) International Treaty to monitor that Rights of Land owners and users are respected and business is fairly shared favorably e.g. under Private-Public Partnership or Cooperative undertaking

e) World Bank, IMF with other United Nations Financial Institutions must recognize their pivotal role as advisors in reforming laws favorable to all, where in the past they have failed because they supported corruption, favored the rich against the poor and they are the reason for Global economic crisis and collapse. The rich without shame continue to demand the lion share while the poor are dying.

Things must begin to change for better. The Corruption has spread like bush fire…..it is humongous. This corruption mess is not for Kenya or Africa alone. We must join hands and all people of the world are in this mess irrespectively and we cannot ran away from it but we must agree to fix it once and for all.

f) Government Administration services to public, support and development programs must clearly be accessible with ease providing details and time frame for processes, tools used and report results in a timely manner conforming to actual activities as is on the ground.

g) Census Report for population count must be publicized before election is done and if IEBC is un-informed about this, the public know their rights. If election is done without it, that election will not be legitimate.

h) The unscrupulous International Corporate Special Business Interest must pay their share of Remedy to repair the damage they inflicted to victims of circumstances and they too must be answerable to the United Nations for charges of crime, violation and abuse of Human Rights.

If good people of the world will remain united working in partnership and in Allies team up to do the above, the world will be too small for the unscrupulous International Corporate selfish and greedy to continue in their corrupt ways and corruption will not have room to survive. We will have found remedy to the worlds cancerous corruption ailment and begun to apply remedial medicine to secure healthy livelihood and survival fair to all and will be on the right road to our destination where pain and sufferings will be no more and Peace, Unity and Love will be found in abundance from any corner of the world under shared sacrifice common to all. Unity is strength people!!!……Unity for good cause is worth the while and we must not wait but get going……but, one thing we must not do, we must not sit and let the world be destroyed and be unmanageable. We are better than this and it is the reason God gave us brain and reward us with wisdom to do good to one another and not engage in evil……

It Must Be Deal or No Deal

MPs have no powers or authority to suspend Integrity and Responsibility test. They cannot have their cake and eat it too………Are we the people the Politicians’ bosses (we the people are their employers) or are the Politicians our bosses (we the people their employees) ???? ….. The Line Must Be Drawn……..People have powers and we must use it for our advantages, to make the world a better place to live on at peace with each other. There is no reason for war or engage in conflicts if we have brains to negotiate and be fair to everyone.

In Kenya, the Reform Accord automatically formed part of Kenya’s constitution and consequently became Ch. 6 in the Constitutional policy. Political Leadership of the Coalition Government took oath and swore to uphold the constitution and it was not in any way their preserve to demolish, restructure nor was the Reform Accord Agenda to be doctored in ways or form to suit Politicians’ special interest. It stands as a Legislated policy as it automatically become part of the Constitution the Coalition Government was based and it must take precedence to apply Legal Jurisdiction appropriately to feature the purpose for which it was formulated……….Deal or No Deal………

It does not matter what IEBC specification frame-work will do for listing for electioneering of candidates and IEBC cannot be the mouth of the Judiciary. The Judiciary is supreme and it has its fundamental obligation to have the Court Panel to vet and certify giving politicians a Clean Bill of record allowing them to stand or not to stand and whether the Independent Electoral Commission will oblige and comply with the Judiciary is totally irrelevant. We must play by the rule people………again it was not for parliament to set mechanism for vetting political aspirants it is the Judiciary to set the Court Panel to do that……..

Public Finances

1) What must be done by the start of February, public demands that Budget Report be released for public to view Monitory Transactions Expenditure Report to show how funds were used and ascertain how public funds, loans, utilities, facilities and public resources were dished out comparatively against the returns……

2) Police Report Explain why there are too much extra-judicial and thuggery

3) Land Reform Report …….What happened to people who were forcefully migrated and driven out of their lands to pave ways for investors…….were they compensated, if yes, where is the report……

The result which will provide gateway authorization to issuance of the Certificate for clean bill of records to prospective vying candidates. To those who fail the Integrity and Responsibility test, the law is clear and it must show why they should not be prosecuted in a broader range of misconducts which will have been unearthed.

Politicians who were mandated responsibility over Public Wealth and Resources must give account under transparency and accountability and for checks and balances must prove worthy and people must be satisfied before they can be re-considered to continue working in public office rendering public service delivery. It is and it must be…..Deal or No Deal people……!!!

It is Deal or No Deal and the Law Must Prevail people……..Cheers !!!

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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MPs suspend integrity and academic laws in March poll

Updated Tuesday, January 08 2013 at 08:43 GMT+3

By Geoffrey Mosoku and Peter Opiyo

NAIROBI, KENYA: Enforcement of strident integrity laws and academic qualification as a precondition for running in elections will not apply for the March 4 exercise as had been expected.

This is because it now turns out that Members of Parliament connived to suspend parts of the Elections Act that provided for the academic qualification, and watered down legislation meant to operationalise Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.

The changes MPs made were buried in the raft of alterations they passed as a package under what in parliamentary parlance is called an ‘Omnibus Bill’.

Consequently, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will not vet aspirants on integrity issues as Kenyans had demanded in the current Constitution, including delving into their past.

The commission will also not ask nominees gunning to be MPs, senators and women and county representatives for their academic qualifications. The demand that you must be armed with a university degree now only applies to those seeking to be governors.

Political parties were informed on Monday that persons seeking positions in the National and County Assemblies would not be required to provide any academic papers before being cleared to contest in the elections.

Section 22 (1) (b) of the Act stated that a person may be nominated as a candidate in an election if he or she holds a post-secondary school qualification recognised in Kenya.

The requirement has been put on hold until the next elections under the Miscellaneous Amendment Act of 2012, with the exception of the candidates for the presidency, governors and their running mates who must have degrees from local universities recognized by the Government.

Attach papers

“No one will be asked to provide post-secondary school education and consequently, IEBC is in the process of receiving the nomination rules once these amendments are gazetted,” Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u told the parties.

National Commission on Gender and Equality chairperson Ms Winnie Lichuma said by suspending the law, the IEBC will not require any person to attach academic papers while presenting his or her nomination papers.

The two were speaking on Monday at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi while addressing representatives of various political parties at a forum organised by the Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) to explain how it will monitor their nominations to be held before January18th.

Ndung’u also revealed that IEBC would have a limited role, if any, in vetting the aspirants to ascertain if they meet the integrity test as set out under Chapter Six.

Integrity queries

According to the Registrar, individual candidates and their parties will fill and sign a form from the IEBC and must state that they are not disqualified under any law to contest.

“Once IEBC has received all nominations, then it shall publish all the names of contestants for various seats and it is at this stage that any Kenyan who has integrity queries on a person nominated may petition the commission,” she explained.

It is only when a complaint has been lodged that IEBC would move to investigate the claims made against a candidate. Unlike in past elections the integrity bar for those seeking elective posts in March had been raised, thanks to the provisions in the new Constitution.

Consequently, hundreds of aspirants have been flocking various bodies to seek clearance to vie in the elections.

The bodies are digging into the aspirants’ past to see whether they have criminal records, non-serviced university loans or have been involved in some form of professional misconduct.

But even as the bodies continue with the exercise, concerns are being raised over the ambiguity in law regarding the vetting process.

This follows the watering down of key legislation meant to implement Chapter Six of the Constitution by MPs in the last two years.

Though Chapter Six requires that public officers be people of high integrity, a detailed mechanism that was enacted by Parliament failed to confer legal mandate to relevant bodies to vet aspirants.

Legal backing

This, experts argue, presents a grey area that can be challenged in court, and whose application has been continuously blocked by Parliament.

Already IEBC has asked political parties to ensure their candidates get clearance from relevant bodies. These include the Police, Kenya Revenue Authority, Credit Reference Bureau, Higher Education Loans Board and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

An initial provision in the leadership and integrity law gave the bodies the legal backing to clear the aspirants, but was removed by the Cabinet.

Parliament also failed to reinstate the requirement when the law came before it for enactment.

The Law Society of Kenya says this ambiguity may open up legal challenges because IEBC, for instance, would lack the legal authority to bar a candidate because he or she lacks a clearance certificate from HELB.

LSK Chairman Eric Mutua argues that political parties are asking their candidates to get clearance from these bodies out of fear, because other bodies that interviewed public officers set a precedent, and the electoral body might use this to block them.

Messed up

He, however, says there is no clear legal framework to vet the candidates after the Cabinet and Parliament shredded such provisions from the Leadership and Integrity Act.

There is no clear legal framework on vetting because the Cabinet and Parliament messed up the integrity law,’’ he explained.

Parliament failed to outline a framework to guide the public and the candidates on how to conduct vetting, so the specific legal framework is wanting,” adds Mutua.

He says parties were relying on precedents set by bodies such as the Judicial Service Commission when interviewing judges, and various panels that have interviewed various commissioners.

“Political parties are just being guided by certain trends set by some institutions that vetted candidates for public office such as JSC.

So political parties just borrow from these panels because they fear IEBC may use this to block them,” says the lawyer.

LSK chief executive Apollo Mboya says should any aspirant be blocked, any one could go to court and seek interpretation, and that IEBC might ask for information on candidates from any institution, including professional bodies.

Legal teeth

But he concurs there is no clear framework for vetting.

“Everybody is looking at Chapter Six of the Constitution, but there is no way you are going to get a clear way to do it,” says Mboya.

The chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, Njoroge Baiya says the Committee’s attempt to give legal teeth to these bodies were thwarted when Parliament rejected the move, opening up room for ambiguity.

“There is an ambiguity because one can say there is no law giving IEBC powers to bar an individual from vying because he or she has not been cleared by another body,” argues the Githunguri MP.

Last October three constitutional bodies said they would jointly vet those seeking elective positions. The Commission on Administrative Justice, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption, the Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions were to carry out the exercise.

Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution filed a case in Court challenging the Leadership and Integrity Act as passed by Parliament.

CRA accuses Treasury of frustrating devolution

By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU ashiundu@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 16:03

The Treasury is out to scuttle the devolution of power and resources to county governments, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has said.

Speaking at a meeting with the House Budget Committee, which was also attended by Finance minister Njeru Githae and his technocrats, CRA chairman Micah Cheserem said the Treasury had failed to take on board a formula approved by Parliament in making allocations to each of the 47 counties.

“If the Treasury behaves the way it is behaving now, we’ll not have county governments,” Mr Cheserem told the MPs on Tuesday.

He said Mr Githae “was not an accountant” and was therefore at the mercy of the mandarins at the Treasury who had often “misled him” on the devolution of resources. Mr Cheserem added that the Treasury often “lectures” the CRA on how to do its job.

Mr Cheserem told Mr Githae to his face that he had not used the formula on revenue sharing to allocate money to the specific counties. He said all the counties should be allocated Sh30 billion to do their jobs. The Sh6.8 billion that the Treasury had allocated, Mr Cheserem said, and MPs agreed, had no basis in law.

“The danger is that if we don’t do this well, we’ll have lots of contestations when the governors come into office,” said Mr Cheserem.

“It is not true that the minister has used the formula. He has not! We told the Treasury that they have to apply the formula, and allocate Sh30 billion to the counties as a minimum for the last four months of the financial year. If that doesn’t happen, wait for a crisis,” the CRA chairman said.

Mr Githae said the Treasury had settled on the Sh6.8 billion “on the advice of the Transitional Authority”.

But an officer from the Transitional Authority, who had attended the meeting, later said the authority had not given the Treasury any figures. The committee, however, refused to accommodate the sentiments of the officer, because the Transitional Authority had not been invited to the meeting.

Skip meetings

The told the minister that he had skipped three meetings to discuss the Bills on devolution a week ago.

“We’ve got a feeling that if you had your way, you’d not have had a meeting with us to discuss these Bills,” said Elias Mbau, the chairman of the Budget Committee.

The legislators said they saw mischief in the way the Treasury had handled the issue on devolution.

“Those of us with a political background know that devolution was killed at independence, when the Senate was killed. So we look at any move by the Treasury that is likely to scuttle the process, as suspect,” said Ekwee Ethuro (Turkana Central).

But Mr Githae defended the Treasury. He said he was committed to making sure that the devolution succeeds as envisaged in the Constitution.

“Sometimes, we may not do what is ideal because of other considerations, such as inadequate time,” said the Finance minister.

“We’ve not short changed any county.”

MPs approve Sh58b supplementary budget

By Peter Opiyo

Parliament finally approved Sh58.8 billion Supplementary Budget to enable the government fund its operations until the end of the financial year.

MPs endorsed the mini-budget even after they frustrated the move last week on account that Finance Minister Njeru Githae had not presented to the House County Bills that would determine revenue allocation and division to the devolved units.

Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim had warned that failure to endorse the motion would shut down government operations and put the country into ‘a fiscal cliff’, an American situation that is characterized by increased tax among workers and a cut in public spending.

“By shooting down the motion, we would shut down the operations of the government…we would experience some sort of ‘fiscal cliff’ and we don’t need to use unorthodox means to frustrate the motion,” Farah had warned MPs.

Factored in the supplementary budget is the additional allocation to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to help it conduct upcoming polls. Salaries for nurses, police officers and increased spending in other government projects are also factored in the mini budget. The money would also go towards administrative costs and operationalization of county offices.

Other expenditure are for security and other operational expenses related to the elections as well as funding for implementation of constitutional reforms.

The budget includes Sh50.7 billion as recurrent expenditure and Sh7.9 billion as development expenditure.

The Bills that the MPs demanded that the minister present were the Transition County Allocation of Revenue Bill, the Division of Revenue Bill, the County Allocation of Revenue Bill and The Transition County Appropriation Bill.

Githae tabled the Bills last week and they have now been set for debate but MPs again protested at the contents of the Bill saying they do not factor in the formula for allocation of revenue to the counties as passed by Parliament.

Dujis MP, Aden Duale argued the Bills were unconstitutional as they did not depict the 15 percent that should be allocated to the counties. The Constitution requires that at least 15 percent of the national budget should go to the counties.

He said instead of providing Sh30.4 billion to cover for four months the minister only factored in Sh6.8 billion, representing 3.3 per cent of the national revenue.

“The Bills presented by the minister do not provide money to cover the next four months. This House should not rubberstamp them because the minister is contravening the Constitution,” said Duale.

MPs amend CDF bill, grant themselves more powers

By PETER OPIYO

Members of Parliament would have more control in the management of the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF).

This is after the law makers amended the CDF Bill at the Committee of the Whole House to allow MPs to sit in the Constituency Fund Development Committees as ex-officio members.

The amendment to the Bill was floated by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and was supported by the legislators. But Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo warned against the move saying the presence of the MPs in the Committees would intimidate other Committee members.

“It is very difficult when an MP sits in these committees because their presence intimidates other committee members, so please think twice,” Kilonzo warned.

CDF Committees play a critical role in prioritising the projects to be funded by the Fund and MPs have not been members but just patrons. Having MPs as patrons was meant to minimise their influence in the management of the kitty.

Projects funded by the Constituency Development Fund would also be cautioned from any expenses arising from its administration.

Another amendment by Gumbo would see five per cent of the total allocation for a project go towards catering for the administration expenses of the project. The Project Management Committee shall set aside this sum.

The MPs also edged out the Senate from oversight of the Fund by giving a Committee of the National Assembly to check the management of the Fund. There had been a proposal to have a joint Committee, which constitutes members of the Senate and from the National Assembly to oversight the Fund. But they voted against this provision saying the function should fall within the National Assembly.

“This is a Constituency Fund and I don’t see where the Senate is coming in,” said Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba.

School children would ,however, have a reason to smile for the Bill now recognises education bursary scheme, mocks and continuous assessment tests as development projects so long as they shall not exceed 15 per cent of the total funds allocated to the kitty each financial year.

An attempt to have the Fund used to fund religious activities and religious bodies was shot down by the MPs during the verbal vote at the Committee. The amendment had been introduced by nominated MP Millie Odhiambo-Mabona.

“We are criminalising religious activities… I want to take CDF and use it to support my church, “said Ms Odhiambo Mabona.

But Turkana Central MP Ekwee Ethuro, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on CDF, said such a provision would undermine the purpose of the Fund.

“We’ll be undermining the purpose of CDF. The Fund is meant for poverty alleviation not for evangelisation,” said Mr Ethuro. His view was supported by Mr Gumbo.

A provision to have at least 30 per cent of the development projects funded by the kitty be reserved for the youth also failed to sail through as MPs said it was tricky to implement. The proposal was floated by Mr Gumbo.

But Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya said there is already a government circular that gives the youth ten per cent in business opportunities and it would not be necessary to legislate on the matter.

Ekwee, Migori MP, John Pesa, Mosop MP, David Koech and Education Assistant Minister Ayiecho Olweny warned that implementing the requirement would not be practicable. But Ndhiwa MP Augustino Neto said the provision was good for affirmative action.

Police link impostor to Baragoi killings

By Moses Michira

KENYA: An internal secret investigation by high-ranking officers picked by retired Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has concluded that the bungled Baragoi mission could have backfired following leakage by the impostor now in custody.

Pointing fingers at Joshua Waiganjo who infiltrated police force with claims he was an Assistant Commissioner of police when he was in fact just a Standard Eight dropout, the team also questioned why a Nakuru bank manager was incorporated in a police flight to Baragoi before the bungled raid.

Led by a Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of reforms, Mr Jonathan Kosgei, The Standard the team found out that the operation that led to killings of police officers and reservists was carried out against the advice of the police officers on the ground.

It also revealed how badly planned the doomed mission was, with no records kept either of the officers deployed or the manouvres they were required to engage in, and lacked even basic things like water, and when they were attacked, even the available helicopter wasn’t sent to their rescue.

Interestingly, the 132 officers and reservists had been forced to walk for 10 kilometres in a single-file, and having been told they were pursuing only 35 bandits when they were, in fact, 1000, they were ambushed inside a valley where the enemy had shooting advantage and massacred.

All that time, as they fought for dear life in Suguta Valley, with the new police officers having not been paid their September and October pay while almost all had no competence in field combat, their commander was killing time in his hotel room in Baragoi, the report says.

Initial draft by the committee appointed by Iteere, sources reveal, was initially edited to keep Waiganjo’s name off on what insiders called ‘orders from above’.

However, when the new Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo reported to office, he asked for full disclosure on the investigations and that is when the cover was reportedly blown off the faces of Waiganjo and a Nakuru bank manager who we cannot name at this stage for legal reasons.

Security meetings

“The conduct and the role of the alleged KPR (Kenya Police Reservist) commander – Mr Waiganjo “ACP” and…Nakuru Branch Manager to be thoroughly investigated particularly on suspicion of having betrayed the operation as they are reported to have attended various security meetings,” reads part of the report by Koskei’s team.

The committee found out Mr Waiganjo and the banker had attended several planning meetings in the build-up to the failed operation, raising the possibility that they were moles for the raiders planted to leak sensitive information that could help in the recovery of the stolen animals.

The possibility that Mr Waiganjo betrayed the security operation adds a new dimension to the web of cattle rustling which has led to thousands of fatalities among the security personel, and members of the Turkana and Samburu communities.

In the unfolding saga surrounding Waiganjo who is pictured variously in senior police uniform and rank, which was first exclusively reported by The Standard, last Friday, President Kibaki has ordered a ten-day probe even as local police officials deny colluding with or overlooking this gross violation of national security and professional code of conduct.

A more worrying link to possible betrayal contained in the report is that the Provincial Police Officer John M’mbijiwe ignored counsel of his juniors, who are based in the hostile Baragoi District, about the launching the operation without sufficient preparation and arming.

Recent claims have been made that Waiganjo could have been a dangerous criminal involved in robberies and extortion in several places, possible crimes for which he is now facing charges in court. The latest claims further reinforce the fears that he may have been an informer promoting the fraudulent cattle trade.

The damaging report points out loopholes in the planning of the operation to recover over 500 cattle stolen by the warriors from the Samburu, including relying on a Turkana moran in execution, and was likely to have misinformed the police.

“Planning of the operation was dependant on a Turkana tribesman whom under normal circumstances cannot divulge any information concerning his fellow Turkanas,” the report read further.

Bad terrain

The district police bosses were opposed to the operation, saying the officers involved were too few, considering that the raiders were ‘over 1,000’ and that they had the advantage of knowing the terrain better.

The senior officers at Baragoi said they knew about the number of raiders and their firepower because two operations they had led in trying to recover the lost animals had failed as the officers were overpowered and repulsed.

It was puzzling for the committee that the operation commander, who was opposed the operation from the start, did not go to the battleground even when he was mandated to lead the recovery mission.

The report cites the opposition from the commander and the Samburu County intelligence officers had contributed to the poor planning of the operation, as there was no prior study of the terrain to determine the scope of the duty.

“The operation commander appears to have had no role as he remained in his hotel room in Baragoi town as the four sectors proceeded to the battle ground.”

In what seems to confirm his involvement as a mole, Mr Waiganjo who had introduced himself as the commander for the Anti-Stock theft Unit in the Rift Valley did not attend the early morning recovery mission that ended horribly.

About 107 police officers were sent on the mission that started at about 1am, but were dropped more than 10 kilometres from the battlefront in Lomelok village, owing to poor road network. It is also regrettable that several security meetings were held in Baragoi, but no minutes were taken, Kosgei’s team added.

“It also appears that the Provincial Security Intelligence Committee left the entire problem solving to the PPO and the Provincial Criminal Investigations Officers as no mention has been sighted on the Provincial Commissioner and the regional National Intelligence Service Coordinator having attended any meeting in Baragoi even after the incident,’’ the report went on.

Kenya: Did you know?

From: odhiambo okecth

Friends,

On the 4th March 2013, the 14.3 million Registered Voters are going to make their choice of political leadership for Kenya for the next 5 years.
These are the people we are going to vote for;

Presidency; The President and his/her running mate as one ticket

Member of the National Assembly

Member of the Senate

Governor; The Governor and his/her running mate as one ticket

Women County Representative

County Ward Representative

All you need to do is to analyze all those people who have offered themselves for these positions and make a wise but Nation Friendly choice. We have been with some of these people for 50 years of our Independence and sadly, Kenya has NOTHING to be proud of.

I want to sincerely challenge the politicians to tell us what we are going to celebrate on 1st June 2013 as our National Achievement. And it would be fair if all of us, the 14.3 Million Registered Voters also made our mark. The future of Kenya lies in our hands. Let us make sure but firm decisions, for the love of Mother Kenya and for Posterity.

Let us not be guided by tribe, money, impunity and corruption as we choose our leaders.

Between today and the 2nd of March 2013, we will re-run the Constitution of Kenya Chapter by Chapter to help jog your minds on what the Constitution expects of us as a people.

Here we go;

PREAMBLE

We, the people of Kenya—

ACKNOWLEDGING the supremacy of the Almighty God of all creation––

HONOURING those who heroically struggled to bring freedom and justice to our land––

PROUD of our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and determined to live in peace and unity as one indivisible sovereign nation––

RESPECTFUL of the environment, which is our heritage, and determined to sustain it for the benefit of future generations––

COMMITTED to nurturing and protecting the well-being of the individual, the family, communities and the nation––

RECOGNISING the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law––

EXERCISING our sovereign and inalienable right to determine the form of governance of our country and having participated fully in the making of this Constitution––

ADOPT, enact and give this Constitution to ourselves and to our future generations.

GOD BLESS KENYA


If it is to be, it is up to me. A Clean Kenya Starts With me. A Peaceful Kenya is my Responsibility.

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Kenya: Nairobi based business magnate has joined the race for Awendo seat causing great panic among other aspirants

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Awendo Town.

The latest entry into the contest, for the newly created Awendo parliamentary constituency, of a Nairobi based business magnate, Walter John Owino Sirawa, has sent a half a dozen or so parliamentary hopefuls into great panic.

Owinoi Sirawa entry into the Awendo race has hit the ground with thud forcing his rivals into resorting to unorthodox means including character assassination

Sirawa is the managing director of Gillies Security Guards. His entry into the race has drastically changed the contest while his popularity has hit the region like Tsunami. His candidature has attracted a large following by the youths and women folks within Awendo Town and its environs.

Walter Owino photophotograph of Walter John Owino Sirawa

Within only a week or so Mr.Sirawa’s campaign trail has hit the sugar cane growing region like thunderstorm attracting the attention of the usually marginalized and manipulate sugar cane growers in the area.

Sirawa told this writer by phone that his vision for the Awendo residents is to thrive for the unity of purpose of all the stakeholders without discrimination based on clanism.

His other visions include youth empowerment through training for self sustenance and fighting for the rights of cane farmers.

Also to be given priorities under his leadership is women economic, empowerment – strengthening women groups. Poverty eradication, better educational facilities, good feeder and access roads and the stamping out of the menace of cattle rustling in the region.

Other priorities included economic infrastructure such rural electrification. He will thrive to ensure that the residents get good and clean water for health in their homes.

Other priorities include taking care of the old and aged people and ensure that they enjoyed the government funds, To protect and assist the boda-boda motorbike and bicycle riders.

His other priority will be to ensure that Awendo has a well equipped technical school and village polytechnics in all the five administrative locations that makes the constituency. And to facilitate funds for the assistance of both primary and secondary school teachers to pursue their further academic ambition and to work close with the teachers to ensure their welfare.

Insecurity in Awendo and its environs will get top priority so that the residents of the agricultural rich rural constituency could go about their daily business without being molested by criminal thugs. On CDF projects, he said there will be zero corruption.

During his tenure as the MP for Awendo, Sirawa said he would work hard in collaboration with the NGOs, all registered farmers’ primary co-operative societies, and civil servants, in order to expedite development activities in the region.

He challenged his rivals to get prepared for a bruising election contest, to stop panicking or getting involved in unorthodox and cowardly crude methods of undercutting through character assassination.

He an ODM stalwart and life member who had been dong everything in promoting the party in the region and appealed to the residents to vote as a bloc for the Prime minister Raila Odinga to realize his presidential ambition come March 2013.

Sirawa is facing five other aspirant who included the former KRA top official Jude Ayieko, a former Gamba High School Principal Jared Kopiyo, and executive with the NGO Eric Oyoo, Joseph Owuor who is the PA to Dalmas Otieno the Minister for Public Services.

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from: ” . . . gillyssecurity . . . ”
Sent: Monday, 7 January 2013, 17:02
Subject: Fwd: Picture for Walter Owino

Mr Leo,

Trust you are well, we spoke earlier. Please find attached my photo.

My vision for Awendo people are outlined below,

1 Unity of purpose for Awendo people (no clan discrimination)

2. Youth empowerment through training for self sustenance

3. Fighting for the rights of farmers

4. Women empowerment – strengthening women groups.

5. Infrastructure – roads/electricity.

6. Clean water for all homes

7. Good health care for all

8. Care for the old – funds for the aging elders

9. Road safety – Boda boda riders welfare

10. Equitable college, high schooland primary school bursary for students

11. improve school infrustructure

12. Have a technical institution in Awendo

13. Have a university college in Awendo

14. Assist teachers pursue further studies

15. Improve teachers morale.

16. Empower widows,orphans, people with disabilities & special interest groups.

17. CDF projects for all – ZERO discrimination.

18. Improve security for all.

19. Collaborating with NGOs/civil societies to improve livelihood for the people of Awendo.

regards
Walter.

Kenya: Karachuonyo ODM aspirant is under probe in land and government house grabbing

Writes Our Staff Reporter

A parliamentary aspirant in Karachuonyo constituency within Homa-Bay County could face court action before the next March 4, 2013 genera election.

Tom Dolla who is vying for Karachuonyo constituency in Rachuonyo North district is currently under probe for allegedly having grabbed a government house in Kisumu City.

The House which belongs to the Lake Basin Development Authority is located in the posh milimani estate in Kisumu City. Dolla was once an employee of the LBDA, a government parastatal organization.

Sources at the Kisumu based LBDA have hinted that the authority is contemplating suing Mr Dolla for illegal occupation of its house for close to a decade, and that the matter could land the aspirant before a court of law within the net few weeks.

The LBDA want to reclaim and retrieve its property, in which it had no tenancy agreement with the politician despite the latter having occupied it for close to a decade.

Dolla, who is wearing two hats and at one time acting as the ODM REGIONAL OORDINATOR IN Nyanza is among half a dozen of parliamentary aspirants vying the Karachuonyo seat. The incumbent MP is Eng. James K Rege.

Other contestants include the perennial election loser in Karachuonyo Adipo Okuome, a Kisumu dentist Dr.Ofafa Adede, and others.

Information making the round on the ground says the immediate former MP Dr. Paul Adhu has also been campaigning mostly in West Kareachuonyo. However, a check with the ODM headquarters indicated that the former cabinet Minister for Planning during the brief KANU/LDP brief merger under the retired President Daniel Arap Moi Awitihas yet to deposit his nomination fees, though his campaign is said to have already hit the ground.

Karachuonyo is one of the most populous rural constituencies within the Homa-Bay County and residents interviewed were in full praise of eng. Rege the current MP for having restored political sanity in area previously prone to political violence.

Eng. Rege is also being credited for having made use of the CDF and other government devolving funds such as school bursary and road maintenance. The area has realized other development in infrastructure, and this is being attributed by the residents that it is due to the MP’s political magnanimity and dynamism, which has witnesses all the local committee charged with the task of distributing government development funds being handled with credible individual personalities, most of the intellectual and university lecturers. As opposed to the common practice in many constituencies in Luo-Nyanza where CDF steering and disbursement committees are full of semi-illiterate people with no experience in government accounting system .Other committees are filled with MP’s relatives, political cronies.

All the indications are that Eng Rege is on his way to retain his Karachuonyo seat come the March 4, 2013 election. Several other possible contestants who had already declared their interest in the seat appeared to have pulled out one by one living only a handful of aspirants, some of who lacked the track record of development in the area.

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Obstacles between Tanzanian organic spice farmers and the European market

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Most of the population in Tanzania, ca 80%, live in a reality of farming. In practice this means farming by hand, using a hoe, and depending on the rains to water the crops. Farmers typically use some of their crop for their own food and sell some in the local market, or sell to middlemen who pay very low prices and take the profits themselves. Cash crops for exports tend to be grown on large farms, benefiting only a few. Many crops that small farmers can grow and that could be exported are bulky or perishable and cheap, so that the prices can’t cover the cost of transport. But there is a crop that is easy to grow on marginal soil, light, valuable and in increasing demand in Europe: organic spices.

Tanzania grows enough spices for the entire East African region: they are sold on as far as Comoros, the DRC and Zambia. Zanzibar is known as ‘the Spice Island’ and its cuisine reflects the Tanzanian spice harvest: cardamon, cinnamon, chili, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, cloves and black pepper are delicious to eat and valuable to sell. However, African and Asian traders and consumers are looking for cheap spices without necessarily caring about high quality. European consumers, on the other hand, are conscious of the effects of their purchases on the environment, their health and the living standards of producers, and are willing to pay more for organic and fair trade products. Most spices don’t grow in Europe, so they have to be imported. Europeans are changing their eating habits and cooking with more spices. So wouldn’t it be great for African small-scale spice farmers to sell organic spices to Europe?

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Condolences: The Late Fred Osodo

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Fellow Kenyan,

Happy New Year.

It is with sorrow and grief that I notify you of the demise of Fred Osodo.

Fred passed on, on the 30th December 2012 at his rural home in Rusinga after he was stabbed to death by a neighbour when he intervened in a quarrel between his brother and the neighbour’s son. Peacemaker turned victim.

Until his death, Fred worked in Kigali with Karisimbi Business Partners as a Financial Analyst and was a member of AKR.

He will be laid to rest on Sunday January 13th 2013 at his rural home in Rusinga.

Friends are meeting daily starting today 7th January 2013 from 6.00 pm at Foeyes Premier Hotel for funeral arrangements. There will be a fundraising on Wednesday 9th January 2013 at Foeyes from 6 pm.

Find attached the photo of our departed brother Fred.
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May his soul rest in eternal Peace.

Kind regards,
Carol

Kenya & World: Western envoys do have a major stake in the contest for Kenya’s State House

From: maina ndiritu

In the recent past, debate has raged on the role of Western diplomats accredited to Kenya in the March 4 elections. This prompted some of the envoys to openly declare they have no interest on who will be the next president.

It is hard to believe foreign forces have no interest in the polls. There are a myriad reasons why they would want to play a role in determining who will be our next Head of State. And a good number of these reasons are scarcely about Kenyans’ well-being.

One of the reasons envoys would love to have a say in the polls is that Kenya has for a long time remained stable, save for the 2007/08 imbroglio. The country has, therefore, been a vantage point from which the West has been watching over its interests in the region.

Americans, in particular, use Kenya as an outpost in the war against terror. Besides, Kenya is a regional economic giant and hence an ideal gateway for foreign investors eyeing the ever-expanding opportunities in the region. It, therefore, rings hollow when diplomats say they have no stake in the next election.

Western envoys are posted here, first and foremost, to protect the interests of their home countries. These interests have not radically changed from the era of imperialism. They are still looking for resources to fuel their economies just as they did during colonialism.

However, since envoys are as good as spin-doctors in sending mixed signals, you will not easily know their agenda as it is deliberately concealed deep in semantics. Every diplomat will say he or she has been posted here as a partner in development, helping in building and nurturing institutional capacities.

Yes, we welcome aid and investments here – in fact truckloads of them. However, we must realise that these development packages are just nicely wrapped sweeteners that mask the real intention.

It is in African countries blessed with minerals that the West’s hypocrisy has been graphically illustrated. Most of these countries endowed with oil, gold and diamonds and other important minerals have been held hostage by foreign forces, turning them into lands of a compelling oxymoron – unspeakable poverty ravages the masses, yet resources abound.

Because they want to maintain a stranglehold in the minerals trade in these countries, the West manipulates the democratic process so that those who are malleable to their designs are elevated to power.

We have seen them cavort with the worst dictators as they turn a blind eye and a dumb ear to the appalling human rights violations by such despots. Because these tyrants do not owe allegiance to the citizens, the country goes to the dogs.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a classic example. Before he fell from grace, Mobutu Sese Seko would tell all and sundry that he was a close ally of the West. And, indeed, he was because he had allowed them unfettered access to his country’s minerals.

With the blessings of his benefactors, Mobutu turned Zaire into a private coffer, pillaging and plundering with abandon. He suppressed dissidence with an iron hand as the West, the supposed paragon of civil liberties, watched speechless.

Before his ignominious death, Libya’s strongman Muammar Gaddafi was being ‘rehabilitated’ by foreign forces after a long sour relationship. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was tolerated for a long time for geopolitical reasons.

While the West was still cosily in bed with these dictators, the Arab Spring exploded, starkly revealing the extent of their hypocrisy regarding democracy.

It is thus clear Western diplomats always make politically correct noises about liberty, democracy, human rights and that kind of stuff. However, that is not their real business around here.

Thus, if we want real democracy in Kenya, we better nurture it ourselves. If we want good leaders, it is our business to elect them. And make no mistake, there are foreign forces yearning to influence the way we vote. They want leaders who will be their lackeys, giving them unbridled access to our resources.

Kenyans need to be even more careful now that there are good signs we may soon join the league of mineral-rich countries. Certain foreign elements are salivating at the prospect of having a president who will sway to their demands like a marionette.

Mr Kipngetich runs a bookshop in Rift Valley (kipngetichlance@gmail.com)

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KENYA: UDF IS A TRUE REPLICA OF THE DEFUNCT kadu AND IS OUT TO CAUSE CHAOS AND POLITICAL MAYHEM

Commentary By Leo Odera Omolo

READING about who is who among the leading political personalities and UDF supporters who converged at the party’s delegates conference in Nairobi and endorsed the Hon. W Musalia Mudavadi as the party’s flag-bearers in the 2013 presidential race, I am not amused in saying that this purely a Neo-KADU.

Those who have lived in this country long enough like myself, especially during the colonial area and the pre-independence days politics of the late 1950s and early 1960s will agree with me in principles that the UDF is a replica of the defunct Kenya African Democratic Union {KADU].

The UDF has truly balkanized all the Kenya tribes and communities which had supported KADU and collaborated well with the white settlers in a conspiracy to cause the delays in the attainment of Kenya’s political independence, which eventually was ushered in by KANU in 1963.

In the forefront of KADU were the late Ronald Gideon Ngala a Griama from the Coast Province, Henry Masinde Muliro a Bukusu from Western Province, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi a from Tugen sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic groups and Taaitta Araap Towett, a diminutive Kipsigis politician from the South Rift.

The UDF is therefore a true replica of the defunct KADU because it has amalgamated of Kenya’s tribes and communities which had a very negative attitudes toward the politics of true nationalism and patriotism. These communities have gone down in the history of Kenya as those who had collaborated well with the die-hard white settlers and colonialists, which were vehemently opposed to the country’s liberation and the struggle for independence.

The communities which I mentioned above had ganged up with the white settlers who were heavily funding KADU with intention, aims and objectives of delaying the Kenya’s political independence under the pretext that they were representing the marginalized minority groups.

They were the blue-eyed boy of the white settlers and colonialists who had hatched a secret plan to make Kenya a dominion country under the British Empire like Southern Rhodesia, New Zealand,Canada,Australia, and the defunct Central African Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland then under the white settlers Prime Minister Sir Roy Welensky.

Kenya was then viewed as a Whiteman’s country and its fertile highlands christened The White-Highland. The collaborating KADU politicians dined and whined in high places and five star hotels in Nairobi with the white supremacists, led by the late Group Captain L.R. Briggs of the whites only United Kenya party, the late Sir Michael Blundell of the multiracial Kenya National Party, which was later late transformed into the New Kenya Party.

The conspiracy against nationalism began in earnest immediately after the British Colonial Office in London lifted the state of emergency and lifted the restriction on the formation of the countrywide Africans political movement. Hitherto Africans were only allowed to form district political associations. But immediately after the first round table constitutional conference, which was held in the Lancaster House in London from Fabruary 1960 to April the same year.

This saw the birth of the Kenya African National Union [KANU} AT Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu on June 30th 1960. Ngala, Moi, Muliro were conspicuously missing at the meeting that witnessed the formation of KANU in Kiambu. However, Taaita Arrap Towett was present, though he was roughed by KANU youths.

But within two weeks thereafter, the three Ngala Muliro, Moi and Towett with the help of the colonial administration and white settlers brought together the Maasai United Front then led by David Lemomo, The Towettled Kalenjin political Alliance led by Taaitta Toweett, Mombasa African Democratic Union [MADU] led by F.J.Khamisi, Coast African People Union [CAPU] led by one D.N.Korokoro and Msanifu Kombo and other Coastal politicians like Apollo Kilelu, S.Roggers Msechu

And that came the birth of KADU.Ngala Muliro and Moi declined the position offered them in KANU during the party’s inception at Kiambu.But readily accepted the positions allocated to them in KADU.

This is exactly how Mudavadi, Eugene Wamalwa, Gideon Moi,Nick Salat and others have been behaving since the clamor for the formation of political alliances

The only Rift Valley politicians who stood firm and remained steadfastly with other early nationalists were Danile Moss of the Mount Elgon District Congress and John Marie Seroney.

The late James Samuel Gichuru was made the first President of KANU on interim capacity while awaiting for the release of the late Jomo Kenyatta from the colonial detention and restriction camps in the northern

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was made the vice president of KANU while Tom Mboya was named the party’s secretary general. The trio had the backing of other true nationalists like Julius Gikonyo, Kiano,

Dr Mungai Njoroge,Josef Stanley Mathenge, Eric Edward Khasakhala, J.D.Otiende,Mohinga Chokwe, Eliud Ngala Mwendwa, Mister Mister Arap Korir, Christopher Kiprotich Arap Murei,William Mbolu Malu,George Nthenge F.J Mukeka and others.John Kebaso, Washington Ondicho, Lawrence George Sagini,James Nyamweya and others who stood firm and steadfast with KANU and flatly refused to be manipulated by the colonialists and white settlers.

The coming weeks will certainly rove the like of Wamalwa, Mudavadi, Khalwalewrong when Kenyans would be deciding as to which group is best suited tor the Amani Group, Jubilee or CORD. However, all the indications are that CORD would overcome the two other groups which are full of masters of political deceits. I am really sorry and sympathized with Musalia Muadavadi and wondered why should the son of my old friend the King of MululuMoses Sabstian Budamba Mudavadi should be prone to political conmen and miss the boat once again as he missed in 2002.

In this context, I am not ashamed to say that politics of tribal balkanization has no room in the modern day Kenya. Therefore the time for reflection will come soon and those who are there simply to protect their status quo and stood on the way of political reforms in this country will be taught a good lesson that they will live to regret for the rest of their lifetime.

I also beg to request the Hon Najib Balala the Mviuta Mp to correct a statement which he uttered during the TNA/URP alliance rally at the Tononoka ground in Mombasa recently touching on the horny issue of land redistribution at the coast and redress against the injustices committed against the coastal communities over their ancestral land.

Could Hon Balala be more specific and honest to tell us who owns the Taita Concessions Limited, the TaitaSisal Estate,at Mwatate which is measuring close to 36,000 hectares of land. How about rhe Ziwani Sisal Estate in the neighborhood near Mwakitau,

How about the ownership of \Jipe Sisal Estate, Taveta Sisal Estate and 0ther prime land at the coast. It is high time those defending impunity be told in a clear cut-sort of terms that Kenyans are tired of leaders whose families are associated with land grabbing.

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KENYA: NEW MISSION AT KIPCHIMCHIM CATHOLIC PARISH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

TYPE OF PRESIDENT KENYANS WANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Is revolution coming to Kenya?

From: Ajus Cirilus

article in The Nation

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

Regardless of whether Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are innocent, and notwithstanding their support in their ethnic strongholds, we as a nation have to soberly and rationally consider what an Uhuru or Ruto presidency will mean for Kenya.
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KENYA: THE ATTACK AND STONING OF MIGORI WOMAN ASPIRANT HAS SPARKED OFF WHOLESALE CONDEMNATION BY THE REGIONAL LEADERS WHO CALLED FOR PEACEFUL CAMPAIGN AND GENDER RESPECT.

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Awendo Town.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KENYA: NEW YEAR 2013 IN BONDO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002