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From: Kuria-Mwangi

Wanachungwa wenzetu

Kwa jina la baba (Raila), na mama (Ida) na mwana (Fidel), namusalimia. This is the Chungwa trinity but kaswari. Is true all this noise is over Raila succession and that some knucklheads wants Fidel to succeed his father? Hao vichwa vya ni sawa sawa kweli? Fidel yule yule kichwa maji with an arrest warrant in my state Maryland? Tafadharini wacheni kio kichwa maji ipumzike. Rao is okay but his son is a big no no. Afadhali we take Maurice Oduor as Raila’s successor or even Jagem instead. It is a question taking the better devil.

Now read all this will see why Warsama got it last time. Mwaura (why the hell did Khaguli call Mwaura yule mzungu Mkikuyu? Shame on Khaguli for calling Mwaura mzungu wa Central).

Mwaura is on your side, yani team Kajuang/Raila used him to disrupt the elections in order to stop Ababu from taking over from Nyongo.

So Khaguli, Mwaura ni wenu wacha huu ujinga na matusi. Jaribuni matusi tuonane kama wanaume.


The Kenyan DAILY POST Editor’s Choice 03:21

Many people are wondering what happened at Kasarani. I gathered the following information from Be Ombima – the ODM youth leader.

1.) On Wednesday, Raila met a team of ODM at Oginga Odinga House in upper hill. The youth comprised of Luo youth from Kibra and eastlands to plan the chaos in Kasarani. The key linkman was George Aladwa the former mayor of Nairobi. This prompted Ababu to go to the media and announce that some people were planning to cause chaos.

2.) On Thursday evening, Raila met Ababu team and assured them that the elections will be free and fair. He told them that adequate security will be provided and no one will be allowed in unless he/she is a genuine delegate. At the meeting, Raila questioned Ababu team why they thought that Rosa Obuyu was the best they could get from Nyanza. This implied that Ababu team have given Luo Nyanza a pheripheral role in the party.

3.) On Thursday night, Raila accompanied by Aladwa and Ndolo secretly met the youth who had been accommodated in Kamukunji. The youth were to provide security and cause chaos if things did not go Raila’s way.

4.) A team at Orange house doctored the delegate list on Thursday night. The targeted regions were Central, Rift Valley, Eastern and North Eastern. These are places where ODM has minimal support and one would not easily notice the changes.

5.) On Friday morning the doctored list was used to clear delegates into hall with some delegates protesting that their names had been omitted. One notable delegate was Mpuri Aburi the MP from Meru. This explains why the process was very slow and the meeting had to start late in the day.

6.) When the Raila team realised that their preferred mode of elections – acclamation was rejected, they quickly re-grouped and started planning for the onslaught. They planned to have Mwaura (who was a member of Ababu team) raise the issue of missing registers to trigger the chaos. Mwaura was chosen because he is a Kikuyu and they could later blame him for the chaos and link it to Jubilee.

7.) Raila accompanied by Oparanya and Kajwang left the hall and immediately thereafter the chaos started. The chaos were triggered by the same youth who had been hired to provide security. Aladwa was seen given instructions to the team using signals.

8.) Apparently, Raila team sensing defeat used violence so that they can postpone the elections and buy time to deal with the Ababu group.

9.) After the incident, Raila cleverly convened a press conference for damage control purposes. The unsuspecting Ababu was brought into the press conference to fix him and to make it look like ODM is united despite the incident. However, Ababu was shocked when he was made to speak before Agnes Zani clearly showing Raila’s preference. Ababu again was shocked to learn that ODM will have a governing council meeting on monday to declare the way forward among other things. This has prompted Ababu team to organise a meeting today at Serena hotel to discuss the way forward.

10.) Raila team is planning to target Ababu team and brand it as jubilee moles out to divide the party. They would then organise makeshift elections to elect officials who are Raila’s puppets.

1 March 2014 03:12
Source .. Ombima


From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Martin from Nyamira writes: “Fr Beste what can you say about ODM elections chaos. Is it true that Raila Odinga had preferred line-up in the party elections and that is why there was chaos? Don’t you think this is spoiling Raila’s chance to win 2017 presidential election?

Thank you for asking the question Martin. Although some ODM members maintain that after Luo Nyanza MPs quit ODM elections race en-masse, details emerged on what has been described as Raila Odinga’s preferred line-up in the party elections, Raila has denied the claim.

What is very clear and cannot be denied is that some of the Luo Nyanza MPs have publicly complained that the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the defacto party leader coerced them out of the race in order to clear the way for certain candidates.

They argue that Raila is interested in ensuring those who take ODM leadership present a national and gender balanced face as he prepares for his fourth bid for presidency come 2017.

According to insiders, that is why the position of ODM party leader will automatically be retained by Raila and his deputy will be Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho in order to retain the coastal region in the party.

The preferred candidate for the party chairman according to claimed Raila’s list is that Funyula MP Paul Otuoma ostensibly to boost ODM in Western region. Other candidates are Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya and his Tigania East counterpart Mpuri Aburi.

It is also claimed that Raila prefers his long time ally and Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang to take the position of party vice chairman and not Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and nominated senator Janet Ong’era who were also eying the position. They were forced to pull out when it emerged that Raila did not want them.

Nominated Senator Agnes Zani is touted to be Raila’s choice for the position of the Secretary General, the position the Luo Nyanza MPs were initially fighting to retain arguing that present holder, Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o should be replaced by someone from their region.

Raila is also said not to have been in favor of Elizabeth Ongoro, but instead would prefer Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba. Insiders say he did not also prefer Ken Obura and John Mbadi who have since pulled out in protest.

Raila is said to prefer Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire (Nyamira County) as the party’s treasurer while Kakamega Woman Representative Rachael Ameso as the preferred Deputy Treasurer.

Over the weekend, several leaders who attended the 20th anniversary of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga at his Kang’o home in Bondo dared the Luo Nyanza MPs to form a new party if they were not comfortable with ODM doctrines.

Raila is said to have not in favor of Dalmas Otieno for the ODM race for Secretary General. He quit the race and now he is close ally to President Uhuru Kenyatta, a move that may signal that Luo Nyanza may form a new party that could merge with Uhuru’s Jubilee’s coalition.

Since then Raila is slowly losing popularity in Luo Nyanza. Recently he was heckled for the first time in Kisumu where he had gone to quell tension that followed erection of an Indian Sculpture (Sikh Statute) in the town. He was forced to cut short his speech.

Your second question as to whether this preferred list may spoil for Raila to win 2017 presidential election, my take is that even if his preferred candidates would be elected for Raila to win 2017 presidential election is very slim.

This is given the fact that TNA completely outmaneuvered ODM in registering voters in their strongholds. Tyranny of numbers is still a force to Uhuru’s re-election. Many youth in Raila’s strongholds did not register for lack of national identification cards, despite the fact that Mr. Odinga controlled the ministry in charge of issuance of IDs through Otieno Kajwang’.

Money also matters. Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the wealthiest people in Africa (probably worth hundreds of millions of dollars). He is therefore able to pour money into his campaign once again without reserve.

Recent polls also showed that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA is the most popular political party beating Raila Odinga’s ODM to second place. Deputy President William Ruto’s URP comes in third according to a survey by Strategic PR firm released recently. Fifty four per cent of the respondents said they would vote for Mr Kenyatta.

A section of youthful Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs have also come out and boldly warning that Raila Odinga may lose the 2017 elections because he is surrounded by deceitful advisors.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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from: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Dennis from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste I know the topic here is different but I am getting concerned about this feeling politicians have about themselves being superior, look at the parliament threatening to vet activist judges. I am concerned because they themselves are never vetted and the purpose for which they want to vet the judges is purely revenge as to why they dare challenge their decisions.

Parliamentarians have never declared their wealth and that every time just before elections they always cripple whichever ant-corruption and ethics body in existence so that they are not vetted. And any such thing happens they would run to very courts they are now threatening to challenge such decisions reasons being the body was not fully constituted as provided for by law.

I don’t want to judge them but I feel they should know that they are not the ultimate and that Kenyans are watching their moves, and that they have no moral authority over others and that the rule of law is not about threats of use of hidden powers or legal amendments to suit your own selfish ends.

How many of the same politicians have gone to court to stop cases against them especially around corruption. Let them not behave as though it is only what suits them is important, they are servants not masters and the sooner they realized this the better. Let them all re-examine themselves, remember the standard railway gauge was recently passed by one of the committees of the house as having been above board, what a shame”.

Thank you for raising this concern Dennis. Although the rule of law is above everyone, in Kenya we are still very far from that fact. The rule of law according to the new constitution is to apply to everyone, including politicians. No one is above the law. No one is exempted from the law, and no one can grant exemption to the application of the law.

Currently the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo says he has no power to arrest Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo. He says he doesn’t want to avoid embarrass him. Kimaiyo cannot arrest him because Iringo is a close ally to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Iringo is accused of sitting on a Sh31 million damage claim that was awarded to Tanzanian for wrongful detention and torture.

He has three pending arrest warrants emanating from a Sh780,000 compensation awarded to a police officer who sued for malicious prosecution after he was shot, arrested and charged with robbery but later acquitted for lack of evidence.

Justice George Odunga on Monday ordered the Inspector General of Police to arrest the PS and bring him to court to “show why he should not be tried for contempt.” This is despite the fact that a basic hallmark of civilised society is a justice, law, and order system that treats all persons equally.

If Kenya were to be a civilised society where the president doesn’t interfere with the rule of law, then Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo would have been arrested immediately for gross violation of his oath of office when he wilfully ignores or defies an order by a High Court judge to arrest and produce in court Mutea Iringo, who himself risks jail for contempt of court.

Recently President Uhuru Kenyatta violated court order when he defended the Senate over its decision to impeach Embu Governor Martin Wambora and summon others.

Uhuru was reacting after Judges Hedwig Ong’udi, Boaz Olao and Cecilia Githua sitting at the High Court in Kerugoya stopped the gazette notice, which had been printed, declaring the impeachment of Wambora.

The court stopped the swearing in of Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi as governor. The Senate exonerated Nditi of the charges of violating procurement regulations and financial management rules.

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Writes Leo Odera Omolo

Kenya and Tanzania have finally agreed to allow the visiting tourists freely access each to each others tourists sites in border crossings into each other territory.

This follows an agreement signed between the two countries last week during a crucial meeting held in the Northern Tanzanian town of Arusha.

From now onwards tour operator firms in Kenya will be allowed to drop tourists into specific towns inside Tanzania.

Under the new agreement Kenyan registered vehicles will now drop tourists at Namanga border post and then proceeds to other towns further interior parts of Tanzania and also to other towns like Dodoma, Arusha, Musoma ,Moshi and Lungfa Lunga.

In the past, Kenya Tour firms have been voicing vehement opposition against the existing rule for them to be picked up by Tanzanian tour operators companies for onward trip to the interior parts of the country and also to the tourist attraction sites and national game park in Tanzania.

In the new agreement signed between Kenya’ s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and East African Community affairs Ms Phyllis Kandie and her Tanzanian counterpart Lazaro Nyalandu; tourist vehicles from from the neighboring country will continue dropping tourists in all towns in Kenya except in airports and tourist sites,

Ms Kandie described the new agreement as a win-win for the two countries. “It will allow Tanzaniians involved in tour operator to have business partners in Kenya and vice-versa and thus promote regional integration.” She added.

She explained that the new agreement would also help in marketing the region as a single tourists destination; adding that she hopes the new found relationship with Tanzania would continue to flourish.

ThE TWO COUNTRIES Kenya and Tanzania also urged the three other EAC member states of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to develop bilateral agreements to grow regional tourism.

Tour associations tour guides, wildlife agencies, tourist boards from K

The EAC partner states were also asked to consider regional cooperation on conservations of fauna and flora, to review legislation to ensure the region’s endangered wildlife resources are protected by December and that there should be cross-border efforts to fight poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and forest products.


A new and neutral government is the only solution to South Sudan’s problems

From: South Sudan Press

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), the widely renowned physicist and humanist said “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Sounds like a simple proposition but it is a powerful truth. If one is part of a problem, one can not see his/her role in it. In other words it is an issue of the blind spot.

This is why when doctors are sick they do not self prescribe but consult other doctors for treatment. Similarly, lawyers typically do not represent themselves in courts when accused, even though they are able to.

However, SPLM wants to be an exception and does not believe in the concept of blind spot. Destructive as it is, it can not see its role in the crisis that has sadly engulfed the country. Ridiculously, SPLM wants to remain in power as if nothing has happened in the country as a result of its brutal actions in mid December 2013. Remorselessly and with poor judgement of the situation SPLM expects to continue with business as usual. Is this not lunacy?

Akol Paul Kordit, the chairman of the SPLM Youth League in an article on Sudan Tribune ‘SPLM youth Leader warns against forming interim government’

rejected the idea of a new and neutral government in South Sudan as a solution to the current crisis. He argues that the SPLM convincingly won the last election in 2010 and therefore it should not entertain any ideas of an interim administration because that would be tantamount to rewarding rebellion.

Such views are not helpful in the current situation because they are regressive and would not lead to any desirable solutions in the country.

Kordit would do better to familiarise himself with the election of April 2010. First of all, that election was thoroughly rigged by his beloved party. Secondly, that election was held in the then Sudan under president Omer Bashir and its mandate expired on the day South Sudan became a separate country on 9th July 2011. Note that given this view the SPLM assumed power illegally. The truth of the matter is that the 6 month interim period between the referendum in January 2011 and the independence in July 2011 was designed to enable South Sudan to prepare a legitimate government to take power on Independence Day. SPLM under president Kiir deliberately neglected this process to install himself as the president of independent South Sudan with the SPLM as the governing party regardless of what South Sudanese had wanted. In the said 6 month period South Sudan represented by the various political parties had agreed a way forward which president Kiir contemptuously violated to advance his hold on the people of South Sudan.

The sad thing is that SPLM claims that the election of 2010 gave it a mandate for 5 years and therefore it had the right to continue governing South Sudan after independence. This is not only misleading but a load of trash. The 5 years mandate referred to would have been applicable only in the event that South Sudanese voted for unity of the Sudan and remained in a united country. But this is not the case. South Sudanese voted for secession. As South Sudan broke away from Khartoum, that mandate became null and void in relation to South Sudan. SPLM could only claim to be democratic and legitimate if it had been voted into power in the now independent South Sudan. Without such election SPLM has no shred of any democratic legitimacy. Therefore, SPLM is not democratically elected by the people of South Sudan. Any such assertion amounts to fraudulent claim.

In fact it is arguable that president Kiir and the SPLM carried out a kind of a coup d’etat in South Sudan on 9th July 2011 when it assumed power without consent of the people. SPLM simply imposed itself on the people and the country.

Kordit’s argument that an interim administration amounts to rewarding rebellion is baseless. South Sudanese want an interim government as a solution to the unhealthy blood letting situation in the country. It is clear that the Nuer can not and rightly so feel safe under Jieng leadership because of the ethnic cleansing that president Kiir conducted on them. Equally, the Jieng will not feel secure under a Nuer leadership because of fears of revenge. So the solution lies in the leadership going to a neutral person respected by both groups and the country at large. Such a leader can only come through an interim government of national unity.

A new and neutral government as a solution to the problems facing the country is therefore the most reasonable thing to do. Any sensible and reasonable person with the country at heart must support this proposition. As Onyoti Adigo of South Sudan parliament recommended, a new government is needed to “make the political climate more inclusive and encourage reconciliation.” President Kiir can not just continue in power as usual. He and his beloved party have ruined the country. With the latest incident of ethnic cleansing there is just no reason whatsoever for president Kiir to continue ruling the country. His government has forfeited its right to rule.

Kordit argues “we believed in this government. We have elected this government. The youth of South Sudan love this government because it is their government. We trust this government and we must have collective effort to protect it and encourage good wish for this government.” This is empty rhetoric. What does Kordit mean by “we”? Who are the “we”? Does it include the people this government victimised? Does it include the Nuer? Does it include the Fertit? Does it include the Chollo people? Does it include the subjugated people of Equatoria? Does it include the broad masses of South Sudan? Or, who is this “we” referring to? Kordit as a beneficiary of the crooked system is doubly blind to the heinous crimes his party is committing in the country. Anybody in their normal faculties can not shower president Kiir’s government with rosy words like he did. Only sycophants do. It is clear the current government has served its purpose and it is time for it to go.

Thus the proposal for a new and neutral government is the right thing to do in South Sudan in order and not limited to: 1) rectify the usurpation of power by the SPLM on 9th July 2011. 2) mitigate the abominable ethnic cleansing president Kiir and his militia unleashed on the country. 3) assure the general public of their security. 4) allow for a proper preparation for the coming election. 5) enable return of peace all over the country.

Kordit must understand that this is the wish of South Sudanese and it will have to be implemented whether SPLM likes it or not. South Sudan is larger than all the political parties combined and so SPLM as a tribal organisation will not stop the wishes of the people. South Sudanese people now know that keeping quiet is not an option. They have to now speak out loud and clear for a democratic change with a demand for a new and neutral government. Please wind down by listening to the panel in the YouTube video ‘South Sudan: Is Peace Possible’

[Truth hurts but it is also liberating]

The author lives in the Republic of South Sudan. He can be reached at


.Writes Leo Odera Omolo

TENSION is brewing in various parts of LUO-NYANZA over the classification of the categories of aged, poor people who should benefit from the billions of shillings recently set aside by president Uhuru Kenyatta to benefit old and poor people.

The scheme is causing ripples and discontent that some of the local administrators were deliberately misinterpreting the scheme to suit their own selfish interests. Other unconfirmed allegations are that the Chiefs and their assistants were favoring their friends and relatives making it nightmarish for those who wanted to be registered as the beneficiaries of the scheme.

In many districts, the registration went on smoothly the whole of last week with hundreds of aged and poor running up to be registered.

Things did not work well, however. The exercise did not go well in Awendo and Uriri districts, Migori County. Hundreds of elderly people who turned up at Ayego Chiefs camp in North Kanyamkago location, Migori County encountered a lot of difficulties in having their names registered as the beneficiaries of the government stipend money.

The elders who gathered there were told that before they could dream of getting paid any money, officials from the Ministry of Social Services based in MIGORI D.C.’s office would visit their homesteads on very special missions to assess their poverty status. And that those found to be in extremely poor and having no houses and farms would automatically be the beneficiaries of the scheme.

However, from the looks of things on the ground, the government, particularly the Office of the President in Nairobib should come out with a comprehensive statement clarifying the details of the scheme explaining the categories of those old people who qualified for the stipend.

At the Rinya Chiefs Camp in Sakwa East Location also in Migori County a heated argument and exchange of harsh words ensued between Chief Ezra Odondi and his assistant Poul Ogweno and an enlightened elder called Henry Oguta Ouma, aged 80 and retired former police office who inquired as to why the names of only 65 people have been registered in the whole location with the population in excess of 15,000 people.

The exercise, Mzee Ouma said, locks out over 3,0000 older people who would miss the chances of enjoying the government stipend money. The two administrators were accompanied by an official from the social services department stationed at the Rongo D>C’s office who appeared not to be conversant with the government policy and rule governing the scheme for the aged people, people with disability and orphans

Failure by the official to give the proper and satisfactory explanation sparked off discontent and tension among the elders who left the venue while cursing corruption as the source of problem.

Mzee Ouma appealed to the area MP to convene an urgent meeting and explain to the public about the classic qualification for anyone to benefit to benefit from the government stipend for old people.

In other regions, old people were simply required to hand the photocopies of their national identity cards and leave everything to be sorted out by the officials.

Mzee Ouma later told the administrators that he would personally lead a delegation to petition President Kenyatta and sought for proper interpretation of the scheme.

Other unconfirmed reports reaching us say some officials were asking for bribe money form the poor old people so that they could have their names included in the scheme, while in other areas other were favoring their relatives and friends.

Reached on phone Uriri D.C George Kibet Lagat assured members of the public that who qualified for the stipend would get their money without any hunch or discrimination



From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Kosmas from Kisumu writes: “Fr Beste I read your Lenten campaign 2014 review. I also managed to get the website link of the Kenya Conference of Bishops and read the whole book. I was particularly interested on the theme of Good Governance.

I liked the situation analysis in Tswani community on a journey to reform their laws, systems and practices owing to their experiences of bad governance often characterised by excessively powerful institutions, human rights abuses, poor infrastructure, brutal police, unfair courts, skewed development priorities, ineffective service delivery, corruption, impunity, run-away poverty and exclusion and discrimination.

In your own opinion do you think Kenya has made any efforts towards reform as required by the new constitution, especially on constitutional implementations, land reform and police?”

Thank you for this important and crucial question Kosmas. Before I answer your question let us list eight minimum criteria of ensuring good national governance highlighted in the analysis. This will help us argue effectively and professionally whether Kenyan leaders have political will to reforms. They are:

1. Participation, equity, and inclusiveness,

2. Rule of law,

3. Separation of power

4. Free, independent, and responsible media,

5. Government legitimacy,

6. Accountability,

7. Transparency,

8. Limiting the distorting effect of money in politics.

I have outlined these criteria because as mentioned in the analysis in Tswani community, the Constitution of Kenya provides for principles and values of good governance. The national values and principles of governance in Article 10, bind all State organs, State officers, public officers and all persons whenever any of them –

a) Applies or interprets this Constitution; b) Enacts, applies or interprets any law; or

c) Makes or implements public policy decisions.

The national values and principles of governance according to the situation analysis include:

a) Patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people;

b) Human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalised;

c) Good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and

d) Sustainable development.

To answer your question now, the fact remains that despite the Constitutional provision on the principles and values as the guide for public engagement according to the analysis, it is notable that as a country there are limited efforts to mainstream these principles and values in governance both at County and National governments.

In other words, good governance requires a competent executive that respects the Constitution and the rule of law and that exercises sound leadership. It also requires institutions that counter-balance power and hold the executive accountable.

We must admit that Kenya has indeed embarked on extensive judicial reforms. This began with the exit of the former Chief Justice six months after the passing of the country’s new constitution in 2010. This was followed by a rigorous appointment process which – for the first time – saw applicants for the position of Chief Justice interviewed by a revamped Judicial Service Commission in the presence of the media.

Similarly, applicants for the posts of Deputy Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court were advertised and interviews carried out publicly. Subsequently, Parliament also passed the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act in 2011 to facilitate the vetting of serving judges and magistrates – and, if necessary, terminate their employment.

Grounds for termination include delayed judgments, lack of integrity and lack of professionalism, among others. The vetting process, which began in 2012, has already led to the termination of the terms of four Court of Appeal judges.

Another progress of reform is on the vetting of the police that saw Mr Philip Tuimur who has been based at police headquarters in Nairobi and Eusebius Laibuta who was charge of senior Administration Police training college in Emali discontinued from service after being found unsuitable.

On land reform, although the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to issue title deeds to residents of the Coast should be commended as an act of magnanimity that aims to stem a problem that has lived with us for half a century now, the fact that the law establishing the National Land Commission (NLC) was based on the premise that the Executive should not, in any way, meddle in the administration of land leaves a lot of question marks.

Since land-related grievances were among the underlying causes of electoral violence in Kenya, with immediate one that followed Kenya’s disputed presidential election results in 2007, land reform must be taken seriously.

While some communities, such as those in the worst-affected Rift Valley Province, invaded land that did not legally belong to them but which they perceived to be their birthright, the fact that conflict in regions in the north and near the coast have been driven in part by land-related interests calls for urgent attention.

The story and analysis in Tswani community challenge greedy and corrupt leaders who after the polls put their own interests before those of the community and the villages. They mismanaged funds allocated to the communities, moved into big expensive houses, bought themselves big cars that cost millions of shillings, furnished their offices with expensive furniture and spent huge sums on entertainment and trips abroad.

The village governments were facing challenges in handling village workers who were demanding higher wages. One strike after the other became the norm; teachers, doctors and nurses all went to the streets, demanding for what they believed was rightfully theirs. Out of frustration, the leaders at the village government level responded by threatening to lay off the striking worker. But this did not stop the strikes.

The villages of Lesedi, and Ulundi were well informed about their rights and understood the responsibilities their leaders were to play as provided in the Tswani Constitution. They did not sit back to watch as the community leaders misuse their power and resources. They formed village forums to monitor and audit the performance of their leaders. In the villages, people were involved in decision-making and project prioritisation, resulting in optimum use of resources.

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Explosion in Attack on Church in Kenya Injures 15

From: frank patrick materu

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

NAIROBI, KENYA (ANS) — Assailants on a motorbike threw an explosive device into a church compound in southeastern Kenya on June 9, injuring 15 people.

According to a story by Morning Star News, two pastors were among the wounded from the explosion at an evangelistic service of Earthquake Miracle Ministry Church in Mrima village, near the coastal town of Likoni, Mombasa District.

That according to David Njoroge, pastor of the Worldwide Gospel Church.

Assistant Pastor Collins Maseno had both legs broken in the blast, and is in critical condition.

Senior Pastor Dominic Osano suffered serious injuries to his hand and the back of his neck, Njoroge told Morning Star News.

“The Christians living around the scene of the incident are still in shock and are wondering as to the mission behind the attack, while several pastors looked demoralized,” Njoroge said. “But others said prayers will help them stand strong in sharing the Christian faith.”

The blast occurred at 7 p.m., he said, adding that the weapon appeared to be a home-made fuel bomb, though area press quoted police as saying it was a hand grenade. A 10-year-old boy, Dominic Maseno, was reportedly among the injured.

Morning Star News said Islamic extremists from Somalia’s rebel Al Shabaab group have been suspected in previous attacks in the coastal areas of Kenya, and 45 pastors have met with government officials to discuss security. The provincial police commissioner, the officer in charge of police, the district commissioner and a county commissioner attended.

The officials accepted the pastors’ request that the government provide security during such Christian gatherings, Njoroge said.

At the same time, Morning Star News reported, the parties agreed that Christian meetings are to end before 6 p.m., he said. The commissioner told the pastors they must keep watch for extremists and report suspected militia groups.

Mombasa police said they were searching for the assailants.

In Nairobi, suspected Al Shabaab members reportedly tossed a grenade into a crowd in the Majengo area of the capital’s largely Somali-immigrant area of Eastleigh, injuring four.

Morning Star

News said Kenyan churches and other facilities have been the target of several bombings and shootings. That’s since Kenya sent troops into southern Somalia in Oct. 2011 in response to kidnappings and other attacks by Al Shabaab rebels from Somalia.

African Union Mission in Somalia forces have been battling the insurgents in Somalia, and northern and coastal areas of Kenya have become places of refuge for retreating rebels.

Morning Star News reported that many Al Shabaab rebels, said to have ties with Al Qaeda, have taken refuge in Garissa in northern Kenya.

Chaplain Julius Mukonzi was killed and 11 others were injured on Nov. 4, when suspected Islamic extremists tossed an explosive device at a church in the Administrative Police compound in Garissa.

At the same time, Morning Star News said, a separatist group known as the Mombasa Republic Council has also been accused of mounting attacks in Kenya’s coastal regions, according to Agence France-Presse.

On Sept. 30, 2012, suspected Al Shabaab militants threw a grenade into an Anglican church in Nairobi that killed 9-year-old Ian John Maina. Several other children attending a Sunday school class were seriously injured in the attack on the Anglican Church of Kenya St. Polycarp in the Pagani area, next to Eastleigh.

Morning Star News said Al Shabaab, which has been designated a terrorist organization by several Western governments, wants to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) on Somalia.

Kenya is nearly 83 percent Christian and 8.32 percent Muslim, according to Operation World.

Morning Star News is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to inform those in the free world, and in countries violating religious freedom, about Christians worldwide who are persecuted for their faith
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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Carolyn from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste thank you for the review of Lenten campaign 2014 booklet. I have a question which has been bothering me very much. My daughter Stacy is 11 years old and has been asking me why Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays during lent.

In my house I don’t cook meat on Fridays even though sometimes Stacy would like to eat meat on that day. What age is forbidden to eat meat?”

Maurice from Lodwar writes: Fr Omolo I always read your articles you post on your Jaluo.Kom. You must be very courageous Father because some of them are direct to the point and you call a spade a spade. Now my question is, do you think President Uhuru and his deputy Ruto can end corruption in Kenya given that the mafia cartels of corruption operate from their offices? Thank you and continue doing this good apostolate.”

Thank you for the question Carolyn. Abstaining from meat on Fridays during lent is the precept number 4 of the Catholic Church (You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church”) in accordance to Canon Law 1252.

It states that only on Fridays in Lent are Catholics, aged 14 and older, bound to abstain from meat. It means your daughter Stacy can just eat meat. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

Can. 1253 further states that it is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.

Thank you for your encouraging compliments Maurice. There are several reasons why Uhuru and Ruto won’t succeed on ending corruption in Kenya. Firstly, the mafia cartels of corruption are powerful individual Kenyans in the Office of the President (OP), under which the Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM) has been domiciled for decades.

This is the most corrupt institution in the country, a fact that the President has admitted. The most corrupt institution in the Office of the President is the internal security docket followed by the Defence docket that has also been under the OP for long and has often been cited as a den of corruption.

The Provincial Administration is no exception, with even funds for IDPs and relief food not being spared. These are powerful cartels that have looted this country and have used the OP as their entry point.

Office of the President is the office that directs who gets what mega contracts in which ministry or department, including the standard railway gauge contract. It is the office where the network of cartels built around the Head of Public Service continues to haunt ministries to date.

Secondly, Uhuru and Ruto cannot end corruption in Kenya because it is the very office, where the same cartels have created the web of cartels that have fleeced this nation continue to be retained in high places in government.

These are untouchable powerful cartels, and so are the senior managers who do their bidding in Deputy President’s Office. These are the cartels who systematically plan for ghost workers’ salaries and various employment sectors.

If Uhuru and Ruto make a mistake of rooting them out, it means they risk being re-elected in office. These are the financers of leaders who promise would work with them if elected.

In fact cartels of corruption in Kenya are many like weed and have spread in all the government sectors. It means if you weed them out other weeds will grow. This is because cartels create themselves as a business system based on global business, special interests, corruption, greed, organized crime and other interests.

Just as Uhuru and Ruto promise to end corruption, Government tenders worth Sh461.8 billion are currently embroiled in controversy, with questions being asked about the procedures followed in awarding them.

They include the Sh425 billion standard gauge railway, the Sh22 billion school laptops project, the Sh13 billion National Social Security Fund tender involving Tassia scheme and Hazina Towers and the estimated Sh1.8 billion paid annually to ghost workers on the government’s payroll.

Given their powerful system is why since 1989 the government has not been able to arrest and charge cartels behind Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station project. The dam was built at three times the estimated cost, twice the allocated amount and producing energy significantly below capacity.

It is also why the longest-running scandal in the Goldenberg, where the Kenyan government subsidised exports of gold, paying exporters in Kenyan Shillings (Sh) 35 percent over their foreign currency earnings have not been arraigned in court of law.

In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo. The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10 percent of the country’s annual GDP.

The next is to do with a Sh360 million helicopter servicing contract in South Africa in 1998. Despite the military officers argument that the contract was too extravagant and servicing the helicopters could be done locally the government at that time had no power to stop the tender.

Kenya Air Force (KAF) went ahead to spend Sh108 million as a down payment for servicing the Puma helicopters, whose tail number is logged as 418 at Denel Aviation, a South African firm.

Another one was in 2003 when military was split over plans to buy new Czech fighter jets. The plan to buy the jet fighters would have cost taxpayers Sh12.3 billion.

Then it came 2005 plans to buy a sophisticated £20 million passport equipment system from France, as government wanted to replace its passport printing system, created conditions for corruption scandal.

The transaction was originally quoted at 6 million euros from François Charles Oberthur of Paris (a supplier of Visa and MasterCards) but was awarded to a British firm, the Anglo-Leasing and Finance Company Limited, at 30 million euros, who would have sub-contracted the same French firm to do the work.

Despite the lack of competitive tendering Anglo Leasing was paid a “commitment fee” of more than £600,000.

In November 2006, when the government was accused of failing to act on a banking fraud scam worth $1.5bn involving money laundering and tax evasion, nothing could be done to stop the scandal.

The same year, when British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells warned, that corruption in Kenya is increasing the UK’s exposure to drug trafficking and terrorism, nothing was done.

In September 2007, when documents exposing a 500 million Kenyan shilling payroll fraud at Egerton University and subsequent cover up were released, the subject of ongoing legal dispute in the High Court just ended prematurely.

And in June 2008 when the Grand Regency Scandal broke, wherein the Central Bank of Kenya was alleged to have secretly sold a luxury hotel in Nairobi to an unidentified group of Libyan investors for more than 4 billion Kenyan Shillings (approx US $60 million) below the appraised market value, nothing the government of Kibaki could do.

Finance Minister Amos Kimunya negotiated the sale, and was censured in a near-unanimous motion by the Kenyan Parliament, he was briefly suspended. He was re-instated with no expiation.

This followed on the heels of the Safaricom IPO, overseen by Kimunya, which had been alternatively praised and questioned for possible corruption in the execution of the sale. Safaricom is the largest mobile phone service provider in Kenya, having operated with a near-government monopoly for many years. The government of Kenya sold its 50 percent stake in Safaricom in the IPO.

Then there was a scandal became public over the sale of imported maize in 2009, the Triton Oil Scandal regarding the unauthorised releasing of oil by Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) without informing financiers and in October 2012 Japanese land by Foreign Affairs ministry officials that could have saved the country loss of Sh1.1 billion. Moses Wetengular was the minister then.

The litany is so long that you cannot finish in a day. This is just to demonstrate how cartels of corruption surrounding State House are untouchable.

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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Rose from Kericho writes: “Fr Beste I was so happy when I saw Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu in an exclusive interview with Waumini Communications Limited at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) General Secretariat, saying Catholic Bishops in Kenya have contributed 2.5 Million, equivalent to 30,000 US Dollars to alleviate hunger in Turkana County.

I was so excited when I saw His Excellency Charles Daniel Balvo, the Popes representative to Kenya extending a cheque of one million shillings to the Bishop of Lodwar, Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich, towards general food distribution to households and school feeding program on February 3, 2014.

Now Fr Beste, my worry is that, do you think the Government of Kenya is going to heed to the call by Zacchaeus Okoth to find a way of utilizing the discovered large volume of water in Turkana that geologists say can feed Kenya for 70 year to eradicate poverty in the region through irrigation?”

This was a good concern by the Kenya Catholic Conference of Bishops Rose. The bishops had asked each diocese to contribute Ksh 100,000 towards that. Turkana falls under Lodwa Diocese that is why His Excellency Charles Daniel Balvo presented the cheque to the bishop of Lodwa.

Your worry whether Kenya Government will heed to Archbishop Okoth’s call for irrigation is a worry of the majority of Kenyans, Turkana and Pokot included. There are several reasons why Kenya Government won’t bother implementing irrigation schemes in Turkan and elsewhere in semi-arid areas.

One major reason is to do with bad leadership and governance in Kenya. Poor governance as a result of leaders not implementing reform agendas, not ensuring the citizens have access to basic needs, non accountability, passing of policies and laws that oppress people, not fighting impunity providing an environment where citizens don’t enjoy their rights.

This includes the manipulation of electoral process to remain in power, failure to uphold independence, failure of police and other security to keep law and order, misuse of public funds by government officials for their personal benefit, and voluntary or forced bribery by citizens to obtain services which they should be entitled to.

It explains why in Kenya, corruption in public institutions has been a telling indicator of wider governance-related problems, such as lack of democratic space for Kenyan citizens and insufficient government interest in political reform.

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Uhuru’s Std gauge railway will bring economic suffering to Kenyans

From: Abdalah Hamis

By Dr David Ndii

So far, the raging debate on the proposed standard gauge railway is focusing on dodgy procurement.

There are also questions about the cost although, on the whole, it is not evident that it is grossly overpriced. Many people seem to be under the impression that it is otherwise a good investment. It is not.

Three hundred billion shillings is not loose change. If it proceeds, it will be the biggest loan that we have borrowed to date. It will increase our external debt by close to one third, our debt to GDP ratio by nine percentage points and our interest payments on external debt by 50 per cent.

The annual repayment of the principal amount translates to over Sh600 million per county – you may want to think what your county could do with an extra Sh600 million every year for the next 10 years.

If we are going to put ourselves in debt to this extent, we need to be sure we are getting value for money. Are we?

I have a simple back-of-the-envelope method I use to check whether a project makes commercial sense.

At the very minimum, a commercial project should pay the cost of capital. Let us put the cost of capital at 7.5 per cent per year, about the rate that we can expect to pay on the sovereign bond we are about to float. This means that the project needs to generate a surplus of Sh22.5 to pay for capital.

To generate this kind of surplus, the railway would have to have a turnover of at least Sh120 billion. Assuming that it charges the prevailing tariff of US$1,000 per container, it would need to carry 1.4 million 20-foot containers a year, 4,000 a day. That would take about 48 very long trains every 24 hours. The busiest single line railways in the US, for instance, run 20 trains a day.

What about cargo? The Mombasa port is now handling containers about one million TeUs (twenty feet unit equivalent). That means the new rail would have to enjoy a monopoly of Mombasa port cargo to pay its way. This is probably why the Chinese financiers are asking for guaranteed cargo. But what they do not seem to appreciate is that the Kenya State does not have the same command and control power that the Chinese State has.

One can argue that the cargo volume will grow. That is true. But we are not demolishing the old line. And the new one comes only to Nairobi at first.

It does not make sense to load cargo going beyond Nairobi on the new line only to transship it to the old line that could have carried it from Mombasa in the first place.


More importantly, the region is building competing transit corridors not least our very own LAPSSET. But the most immediate competition is Tanzania’s central line. This line goes from Dar-es-Salaam to Isaka, about 100 km south of Mwanza. It is being extended to Kigali, with a branch line to Musongati in Burundi. At 1,400 km, the distance from Dar to Kigali is 25 per cent shorter than Mombasa to Kigali.

If our Chinese friends make good their pledge to build the mother of all ports at Bagamoyo, Mombasa will have a hard time competing for transit cargo to and from Rwanda and beyond.

The Lamu port, if completed, will also take a chunk of domestic and northbound cargo. And Djibouti is also angling for South Sudan and Ethiopian business as well. No massaging of data, or growling at critics, will make this railway make commercial sense.

The long and short of it is that the railway will be paid for by taxpayers’ money. Our constitution has set out five principles that public finance must fulfill. Two of these are pertinent.

Article 201(c) requires inter-generational equity that is fairness between current and future generations. Article 201(d) requires that public money be used in a prudent and responsible manner. Let us take 201 (d) first.

The fact that the railway cannot pay its way does not mean it is imprudent. It may be that it has huge indirect public benefits which are not captured by the revenues — what we call in economics positive externalities, are very high.

A good example of this was JF Kennedy’s mission to put man on the moon. Its direct economic returns were zero, but the technological advances it engendered are said to far exceed its cost.

But it is hard to see what the public benefits beyond those that accrue to the owners of the cargo that is carried are. And the fact that alternative modes of carrying cargo on the same route, including modernising the existing one, means that even the additional economic benefits to those are not that significant.


If we must build a railway, it is doubtful that this particular one is the best value we can get for our money. It seems to me that a new line from Lamu to Thika represents better value for money. Three reasons.

First, it is a cheaper and faster alternative to the proposed LAPSSET route, as there is already a line from Thika to Nanyuki that only needs rehabilitation. All it would require to make LAPSSET a reality is a container terminal in Nanyuki and a good road from Nanyuki to Juba, as the road to Ethiopia is already under construction. The economic rationale for replicating the Mombasa-Nairobi line when we are struggling to secure funding for the LAPSSET infrastructure has totally escaped me.

Second, it would connect both the Northern Corridor and the proposed LAPSSET corridor to both Mombasa and the new Lamu port. Choice for the customer, and competition between the two ports, can only be a good thing.

Third, it will stimulate development of the historically marginalised regions along its route. It will carry livestock and livestock products to the ports for export, coal and cement from Kitui, and food from the million acres of the lower Tana that we are about to irrigate.

Let us now consider 201(c), the inter-generational equity provision. This provision requires that we do not burden future generations unnecessarily, and vice-versa. It would be unjust to borrow money to consume today, for example, to throw the Golden Jubilee party, which would be repaid in 20 years.

That is obvious enough. What is less obvious is that it is equally unjust to tax poor people today for an investment that will benefit future generations who, in all likelihood, will be wealthier than we are today.

It should be readily apparent that taxing people who don’t have enough to eat to finance a project whose benefits will be realised in 50 years is as unconscionable as burdening our children and future generations with debt whose benefits they will not enjoy.


So, how else then can we finance such a long-term investment as a good railway project? There are various ways, but the most obvious is to borrow as long term as possible. As it happens, we do have access to long term cheap loans from the World Bank — 40-year maturity, 10-year grace period at 0.5 per cent interest.

If it were World Bank IDA or the African Development Bank’s (ADF) money, the repayment works out to a third of the Chinese loan, and we will not start paying until 2024, by which time the economy will be much bigger, there will be a lot more cargo to carry, and in effect, the public financial burden less onerous.

But this funding will not be available for long, as it is only available to the poorest countries, a status that we will soon graduate from. What a smart government would do is take advantage of this to finance as many long term capital projects as the World Bank and AfDB are willing to finance.

There is no shortage of commercially viable infrastructure projects, energy ones notably, for the Chinese to finance. At any rate, the Chinese are likely to win most of the construction work even when it is competitively tendered.

It’s hard to see what is smart about getting into the kind of murk they now find themselves in on this project. All it does is to reinforce the negative perceptions that many people have about the way they are doing business with African governments.

It is a lose, lose, lose project. We lose, the President loses, the Chinese lose. It is not worth it.


Reports Leo Odera Omolo in Sondu market.

It was as if the hell broke loose on Tuesday night when a band of 80 Kipsigis youth descended on 14 villages with crude weapons during the wee hours of the night and started spearing, slashing and hitting everybody on sight before torching dwelling houses in ten homesteads.

The raid left one man dead with several others injured. a young girl was stabbed in the stomach with what looked like a Somali or maasai swords.

The attacks who an eye witness estimated to have been between 70 and 80 youths were armed with crude weapons like bows and arrows, spears, rungus and swords. The night raid came at between 1. am and and caught the villagers unaware and apparently in deep sleep.

The unprovoked bloody night raid occurred in the village close to the Luo – Kipsigis border around Holo Trading center almost nest to the main Kisumu –Sondo road. These villages are lying only 2 Kilometers northwest of Sondu borer town where there is full fledged Police station.

The villages which had come under the bloody attack were Ramogi, Kisai, Onyuongo, Koguta, Kandaria, Jimo and Kasai. All the residents of the above villages are members of the various sub- clans of the larger Nyakach. The attack was similar to the one staged by the defunct Kalenjin warriors who carried out politically motivated bloody attack on the same villages during the tribal clashes of 1992.

The attack came only a week after the Kericho County governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony and his Kisumu County counterpart Jack Ranguma had held a peace meeting and urged the border communities to live in peace and harmony and advised them against the outmoded culture like cattle rustling..

The attackers seemed to have been well drilled and both the police and the members of the provincial Administration were at a loss and could not figure out the motive behind it.

Elders in Nyakach said they suspected the attack to be an act of revenge following the recent killing of a Kipsigis man who was in a group of cattle rustlers. He was speared to death and his accomplices fled and disappeared in the darkness. The incident took place a couple of weeks ago.

Communal relations between the Luo-s and the Kipsigis in the area has always been very cordial and warm as members of the two communities mingled easily in Sondu and flourishing border town while carrying out butter trades.

The attackers took away unspecified herds of cattle, sheep and goats. The attackers also stole all valuable house hold goods, utensils, and destroyed cooking sufurias, or anything of value they set their eyes on, in the house whose owners had led the deadly night orgies.

The raiders turned the villages up and down and forced some families to flee their homes leaving their clothes behind as most of the fled naked to save their skin from being lynched by the merciless attackers. Although the situation is relatively calm there is tension and the Nyakach resident have called upon the government to arrest the situation, restore peace and apprehend the trouble makers from both side of the border before it goes out of hand.

It was reported that both the regional commissioners for Kericho County and its Kisumu County were having a series of crucial security meeting while exploring the possibility the lasting solution.



News Analysis By a special correspondent

This announcement made this week by the chairman of the troubled Luo Council of Elders, Mzee Meshack Riaga Ogalo, that plans are underway of launching a new political party, whose name is still being kept secret, appeared to have hit Raila Odinga and his loyalists troop soldiers below the belt.

The hot news appeared to have been most welcomed by many people, especially the frustrated and oppressed ODM members in all of the Luo-Nyanza region.

Ogalo hinted that the name of the new party will be unveiled on February 28, 2014. This meant it will coincide with the forthcoming ODM”s for the safaricom Kasarani stadium on February 28 to March 1st 2014.

The announcement did not come as surprise due to the on-going alleged fallout between the ODM Raia Odinga and a good number of the youthful MPS from Luo-Nyanza who seemed to have detested Odinga style of leadership.

The rumors making the round in both Kisumu and Nairobi is that people suspected be associated with the panned party includes Luo business magnets, professionals, youthful legislators from Luo-Nyanza, who claim they were unfairly out and out coerced from contesting for the various top positions.

The sitting MPs whose names are being mentioned as having a hand in the planned formation of a new political party included Dalmas Otieno {Rongo}, Neto Oyugi {Ndhiwa}, Milie Odhiambo {Mbita}, David Ochieng,(Ugenya), Olago Aluoch {Kisumu Town West}, Ken Obura {Kismu Central}, George Oner {Rangwe} John Mbadi {Gwassi} Joseph Ndiege {Suna West} and a good number of women representatives in Parliament from Nyanza. and dozens of Ward Representatives fro various constituencies in the region and and dozens of insignificant political activists in the region.

Making the announcement Mzee Ogalo said that the new party would open its door for membership of people from outside Nyanza who may wish join it & will be devoid of malicious rumors, witch-hunting insinuations which have riddled to the ODM; rumors, insinuation and witch hunting lie the ODM, which he said is riddled with malicious rumors, undercutting and politics of sycophancy.

He said that the main intention of forming a new political party was based on the past political experience in the region.

Mzee Ogalo has been at loggerhead with the ODM and its leader Raila for the past six years ever since he was kicked out the Luo Council of Elders at the behest of some Luo MPs in the 10th parliament who had accused him of having grown the horns and was drumming support for those intending to challenge them in the 2007 general election. He moved to the High Court, which ruled in his favor, although the same position is also claimed by Mzee Eli Opiyo OtondI

Launching scathing criticism of the ODM leader Raila Odings, Ogalo said ”there has not been any democracy in Luo-Nyanza and as elders we feel that we should break away from the past and let our people have another popular political vehicle to enable them effectively engage in political Participation,”

However, the main fear being expressed by many moderately thinking Luos is the new political party emerging in this region will definitely rekindle the bloody violence experienced in the region in the early 1960s when the followers of the late Jaramogi Going Odinga and his KPU party and the supporters of the late Tm Mboya went for the throats of each other.

The news about the new party came only three days after Raila Odinga was heckled and booed by angrily and rowdy hundred of youths who had gathered in he middle of Kisumu city where they staged near violence protests against a statue which had been erected in the Central Business District Kisumu by members of the Sikh community to commemorate the 100 years of their fore fathers’ arrival in the town.

The youth had mistaken the statue to be an idol and felt it was against the Christianity. Odinga had attempted to address the youth and told them to leave the statue alone as it represented no religion, but the youth responded with accusation that he was favoring the Indians who had erected the statue and told him in the face that they want the statue pulled down

Raila has been having a hard time with the younger generation of Luos ever since the new year gathering by a section of Luo MPS at his country opoda Bar Opuk home n Bondo during which some MPs severely criticized the Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero and questioned the source of the governor’s money, which he has been donating hefty in his series of Harambee tour of Nyanza.

The Homa-Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang” was reported as having kicked and spearheaded the debate on Dr Kdero who as the result of his series of Harambee fund raising has of late became the darling of many luo people.


World & Kenya: ICC to terminate President UHURU KENYATTA’s case

From: maina ndiritu

Tuesday February 11, 2014 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) will terminate cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta before the end of this month, a senior official of the ICC has exclusively said According to the official, the judges at the ICC held a brainstorming meeting on Saturday where they resolved to terminate the case facing Uhuru Kenyatta on technical grounds.

The judges argued that the Office of the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, did not convince the judges on why Uhuru’s case at the ICC should be adjourned indefinitely until the Kenyan Government agrees to give the, his financial details.

They said they cannot hold Uhuru Kenyatta hostage because the Kenyan Government and Uhuru Kenyatta are two different parties in the case.

“Uhuru is sued by the ICC as an individual and the Kenyan Government is another entity,” one of the ICC judges said.

The session was a closed door affair and only Bensouda and victim’s lawyers were allowed to enter.

The ICC judges are now waiting for Kenya’s Attorney General, Prof Githu Muigai, who will brief them on the Government position regarding the ICC cases facing Uhuru and his Deputy, William Ruto.

After Githu Muigai’s briefing, the judges will wait for another 14 days where they will officially terminate Uhuru’s case under the Procedures and Rules of the Rome Statute.


From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Vivian from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste what do you say about the members of the Jubilee Coalition who are drafting a motion for the National Assembly seeking to summon Justice Philip Waki to disclose the full contents of an envelope he handed over to the former International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, containing names of key individuals implicated in post-election violence?

Don’t you think this is going to spark yet another clashes among ethnic communities. For God’s sake I pray that Adan Duale should not try this. In Kenya we are just trying to heal from the clashes of 2007/08 and now they want to take us back again surely”.

Vivian you are absolutely right, by bringing Waki to open the other secret envelopes is to spark fire. This comes days after immediate former ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo admitted in a radio interview last week that he had been under pressure then from some Western diplomats in Nairobi to pressure judges to declare President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto unfit to run in the General Election.

National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale insists Waki must be brought to the Parliament to reveal other names which were not given to Ocampo. By revealing the secret names in the list according to Duale will help confirm widely held contentions that the cases were part of a nefarious design by the West to fix Uhuru and Ruto.

According to Duale, it was clear Koffi Annan was working with envoys from United States, Britain, France and Germany to have Uhuru and Ruto locked out in order to ensure Raila Amolo Odinga ascended to power.

By revealing secret names Duale wants to demonstrate that Uhuru Kenyatta never supported President Mwai Kibaki as alleged to have planned, financed, and coordinated the violence perpetrated against the perceived supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement, the political party of the President’s rival, during post-election violence from 27 December 2007 to 29 February 2008.

According to Duale Uhuru had no control over the Mungiki organization and as such never directed it to conduct murders, deportations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, persecutions, and other inhumane acts against civilians in the towns of Kibera, Kisumu, Naivasha, and Nakuru.

Kenyatta was summoned to appear before the Court on 8 April 2011 and the confirmation of charges hearing was held from 21 September 2011 to 5 October 2011, in conjunction with the cases against Mohammed Ali and Francis Muthaura. All the charges against Kenyatta were confirmed by Pre-Trial Chamber II on 23 January 2012.

Francis Muthaura was indicted on 8 March 2011 with five counts of crimes against humanity with regard to the situation in the Republic of Kenya. As the Head of the Public Service, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Chairman of the National Security and Advisory Committee of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, he is alleged to have planned, financed, and coordinated the violent response against the perceived supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the political party of the President’s rival, during post-election violence from 27 December 2007 to 29 February 2008.

Specifically, Muthaura was alleged to have directed and paid Mungiki forces loyal to the President to attack civilians and instructed Mohammed Ali, the Commissioner of the Kenya Police, not to intervene against Mungiki forces.

Muthaura was allegedly criminally responsible for murders, deportations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, persecutions, and other inhumane acts perpetrated by Mungiki forces against civilians who were perceived to be loyal to the ODM in the towns of Kibera, Kisumu, Naivasha, and Nakuru.

Muthaura was summoned to appear before the Court on 8 April 2011 and the confirmation of charges hearing was held from 21 September 2011 to 5 October 2011, in conjunction with the cases against Mohammed Ali and Uhuru Kenyatta. All the charges against Muthaura were confirmed by Pre-Trial Chamber II on 23 January 2012. He was later left free for lack of evidence.

William Ruto was indicted on 8 March 2011 on four counts of crimes against humanity with regard to the situation in the Republic of Kenya. He is alleged to be the leader of an ad hoc organization created by members of the Kalenjin ethnic group which was created to perpetrate violence on behalf of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the political party of presidential candidate Raila Odinga, during post-election violence in December 2007 and January 2008.

On 1 August 2011, the charges were reduced to three counts. Ruto, as the a top leader in the ad hoc Kalenjin organization, directed Kalenjin youths to target civilians of the Kikuyu, Kamba, and Kisii ethnic groups, which were perceived to be supporters of the Party of National Unity, the political party of Odinga’s opponent during the election.

Ruto is alleged to be criminally responsible for the murder, deportation, torture, and persecution of civilians in the towns of Kapsabet, Nandi Hills, Turbo, the greater Eldoret area. Ruto first appeared before the Court, voluntarily, on 7 April 2011 and through the confirmation of charges hearing, which was held in conjunction with the cases against Henry Kosgey and Joshua Sang. All the charges against Ruto were confirmed by Pre-Trial Chamber II on 23 January 2012.

Joshua Sang was indicted on 8 March 2011 on four counts of crimes against humanity with regard to the situation in the Republic of Kenya. He is alleged to a top leader of an ad hoc organization created by members of the Kalenjin ethnic group which was created to perpetrate violence on behalf of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the political party of presidential candidate Raila Odinga, during post-election violence in December 2007 and January 2008.

On 1 August 2011, the charges were reduced to three counts. As a broadcaster for the Kass FM radio station, Sang incited Kalenjin youths to target civilians of the Kikuyu, Kamba, and Kisii ethnic groups, which were perceived to be supporters of the Party of National Unity, the political party of Odinga’s opponent during the election.

He is alleged to be indirectly responsible for indirectly for the murder, deportation, torture, and persecution of civilians in the towns of Kapsabet, Nandi Hills, Turbo, the greater Eldoret area. Sang first appeared before the Court, voluntarily, on 7 April 2011 and through the confirmation of charges hearing, which was held in conjunction with the cases against William Ruto and Joshua Sang. All the charges against Sang were confirmed by Pre-Trial Chamber II on 23 January 2012.

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Sugar industry feature By Leo Oder5a Omolo in Kisumu City

Sugar millers in West Kenyan have huge stockpile of unsold produce in their warehouses.

The millers have reported that they are unable to sell the commodities as the local market is currently flooded with cheap sugar imported from Brazil and Egypt finding its way into Kenyan market via unscrupulous folk working in cohort with sugar barons who are reportedly importing cheap sugar from foreign sources. The sugar barons are said to be having connections with the powerful government officials in high places.

The traders in question are the same people responsible for poor cane prices but the Kenya Board, which is the industry regulating body is unable to intervene.

Farmers and millers have appealed to the KSB to come out of its slumber and rescue the sugar industry from totally collapsing.

Frustrated Millers are now said to be in the process of declaring thousands at their workers redundant because of sugar worth millions which the companies were unable to sell in the local market which is currently flooded with imparities sugar. The situation is so pathetic as it threatens to drive Kenyan workers in the sugar industry out of their jobs while we are exporting our money to benefit came farmers and workers in Brazil, Egypt and other sugar producing foreign countries.

Perhaps the Jubilee government headed by the hard working President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is kept in the dark about multiple arts of economic sabotage through the malfeance the dumping from regions outside COMESA .

A structure deficit exists in COMESA with their surplus from domestic sources and weak compliance for that portion destined to Kenya.

There is urgent need for Kenya key players in the industry to lobby for the exclusion of sugar from rules of origin teamwork and only all our COMESA FTA countries with surplus trafrom domestic production to expert to Kenya.

SNC of Egypt, a government corporation, imparts on government authorization from Brazil over one million metric tones annually for local market supply stabilization and the export the sugarcane into COMESA FTA under rules origin; a glaring loophole must transfer economic welfare to Brazil and producers at the expense

Kenyan sugar cane farmers in the Lake region and western Kenya SIIC of Egypt, a government corporation, imports an government authorization to aim Brazil over one million metric tones annually for it local market supply stabilization and le-export the same quantity into COMESA FTA under rule of origin, a glaring loophole that transfers economic welfare to the Brazilians producers at the expense of the Kenyan sugar cane farmers in the Lake region and in Western province.

It is worth to be remembered that. Egypt is pursuing a mixed economic model of country and free market approaches.

Tax evasion, which is so rampant among private millers who under declare production and sell sugar-un-invoiced. Immigration breaches on work permits through the use of low skilled migrant labor from India and Paikstan…is prevalent in some privately owned sugar mills………some process sugar millers who under dealer production and sell sugar uninvoiced immigration measures on work per unit through the use of low skilled migrant labour train Pakistan and India is prevalent in privately owned sugar mills.

These breaches of fair labour practices allow transfer across traction mixing through inflated repatriated remuneration and contribute to you unemployment in the country

Transfer prices for imported parts and materials act through our country’s own incorporated supplies companies in the UK and India.

Dumped sugar from UAE and Somalia, India, Brazil is fueling crime through financing it. Contraband dumped sugar is used to under through “duty money.”

Incorporate businessmen from Somalia community posing as large sugar traders are the one funding crime from sugar trade, which 15 million Kenyans who depends on locally produced sugar supply chain both directly and indirect arein danger of t of further impoverishment if order is not restored.

Sugarcane farmers / producers have suffered a deadline in farm produce prices from Kshs. 4,300 to Kshs. 3,200 per t0n of produces in the last 18 months and is in danger of further declare to Kshs. 2,500

Unprecedented counterfeiting of packaging for leading sugar brands of Mumias Sugar Company and Sony Sugar is blatantly being carried out by contrabands and sugar traders dumping the non-COMESA sugar in local market.

The produce packed in counterfeit packaging of these two leading companies are openly sold in the coastal towns, North Eastern and part of Eastern, Rift valley and Mount Kenya regions of Kenya. The government therefore should out a thorough investigation about the source of repacked and trended sugar calling in the main supermarket outlets and tact for wholesomeness.

The government should also address public health concerning that radioactive waste and harmful heavy metal could be released to un-susceptive consumer public in Kenya.

Surplus production stocks from prior years, kept in open shortage in countries such as Brazil, India one reproduce of choice for dumping to countries with weak regulatory regimes. The open manner of handling could expose Kenyan Public Health concerns since such sugar is meant for further KRA and KEB’s are powerless in contending the vice involving trip money in Kick back.



Date: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Reports leo Odera Omolo

The police in Kisumu city fought a running battle with hundreds of rowdy ODM youths who had staged near violence demonstration in Kisumu city central Business District (CBD) demanding that a statue erected by members of the Sikh Community be removed.

The monument is meant to commemorate 100 yeas since pioneer members of the community settled in the town 100 years ago.

The statue made of bronze metal is erected on the round about on Mosque road right behind the Siri Guru Sabha Mosque.

It has attracted hundreds of youth who are usually idling themselves at Kondele, Nyalenda, pandpieri and the main Kisumu Bus Terminal, boda boda motorbike and bicycle riders.

Business was paralyzed in severeal streets as the shop owners hurriedly closed doors fearing the possibility of looting

The demonstrators, some of the armed with and bottles filled with petrol in readiness to set the monument a blaze. It forced the police to lob tear gas canisters on the demonstrators who fled in on directions, but immediately regrouped at a distant spots.

The ODM leader Raila Odinga visited the scene, on late Friday afternoon and pleaded with the protesters to disperse in vain. The former Prime Minister returned to the scene on Saturday morning and pleaded with the youth to disperse, but none could hear him. The youth heckled him and shouted obscene words. The youth and mistaken the statue to be an idol God erected by Devil worshipers and vowed to bring it down even at night. Some had brought the old tires and fuel ready to set the monument ablaze. Aiaoleft quietly after his pleas landed on the rock.

Sensing the danger that some of the demonstrators had ulterior motives of looting Indian shops the police have kept vigil at the scene.since Thursday when the project was started.

The youths according to some of the eye witness were incited by a woman who claimed that she represents the church Ministry of the Prophet Dr. Owuor and had insisted that the monument would symbolize devil worshiping – - Something, which they claim was an insult to the mainly Christian Kisumu residents.

Curious onlookers milling around the statue fled in disarray after the police fired teargas at the protestors. The youth vowed that they would not rest until the statue is pulled down.

Two religious leaders in Kisumu commented they had objected the construction of the monument when their opinion were sought by the county Governor Jack Ranguma whose office is believed to have concerted to the by members of the Sikh community

Bishop Dr. Washington Ogonyo Ngede of the Power of Jesus Around the World and Bishop Mwai Abiero of the Anglican of Kenya said they had voiced their objection that the statue was a sign of idolatry.

However, head of the Sikh Community in KisumuMr C S Hayerin vehemently denied that the statue was offensive to any religion. The monument was erected for the single purpose of commemorating 100 years of the Community arrival and presence in the town. It has nothing to do with religion



From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Fred from Kayole writes: “Fr Omolo Beste what is your take on TNA Secretary General, Onyango Oloo’s claim that TNA was closely monitoring ODM elections with an aim of conducting a massive recruitment exercise within CORD zones.

According to Oloo President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA has set out plans to cash in the ongoing leadership wrangles in the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and the highly likely botched party’s election scheduled for February 28th and March 1st.

Oloo says ODM’s election would tear the party apart following tough stance held by the community over top seats and that it would be the right time to strike Raila Odinga and weaken his support base by recruiting his own disgruntled supporters mainly from Nyanza and Western, saying it was the only way to finish Raila Odinga’s political future and for TNA to perform better in 2017. Do you think this is possible?”

Thank you for the question Fred. I think Onyango Oloo is right, given that President Uhuru owns TNA and has the money to buy people.

If the claim that the ODM National Elections Board has produced the final list of candidates the party wants to contest for various seats in the upcoming party elections, then Oloo is right that this line up would tear party apart and TNA will definitely find its way to botch.

According to the claimed list of people ODM wants, out of the 93 candidates, only 86 were cleared to vie with the list generating heat from the disgruntled Young Turks, who have vowed to embarrass former Prime Minister Raila Odinga by failing his so called “preferred candidates”.

Here is the preferred final list of ODM contestants for all positions.

Party Leader- Raila Oding aacording to the claim is to capture the leadership and not Simba Arati. This is because Raila owns the party

Deputy Party Leader- Wycliffe Oparanya, Hassan Joho, David Songok Langat.

National Chairman- Manson Nyamwaya pulled out claiming that ODM prefer Paul Otuoma and not Nyamweya, Mpuri Aburi, Josphat Nanok and Isaac Musau Mwilu.

Deputy Chairperson-is contested by Adan Keynan and Otieno Kajwang, Kajwang has expressed fear that ODM has preferred Keynan.

Secretary General is contested by Elizabeth Ongoro, Ababu Namwamba, Agnes Zani, and Nicholas Gumbo. Ongoro has claimed that either Agnes Zani or Ababu Namwamba is to be rigged in.

Deputy Secretary General- James Wandayi, Peter Ntoiyan Ole Musei, Simon Lilian, Issac Mwaura, Paul Kaika, Lawrence Gumbe

Treasurer-Simon Ogari, Ibrahim Mpohammed Omar, Timothy Bosire.

Deputy Treasurer- Omondi Anyanga, Stephen Ringera, Rachel Amolo, Diriye Mohammed Abdullahi, Rahab Robi.

Organising Secretary- Gitonga Wathanga, George Aladwa, Reuben Ndolo, Mohammed Sumra, Julius Okinda, Rozah Akinyi Buyu, Abdikadir Omar Aden, Samson Angienda, Stella Chepkurui Koech.

Deputy Organising Secretary-Seth Kakusye, Kikete Mung’ahu, Florence Mutua, Bob Njagi, Nicholas Zani, Suleiman Ramathan, John Waluke, Lukulu Sianga, Samuel Kihara Ndiba

Four MPs who plan to contest for top positions who have rejected the composition of the National Elections Board (NEB) include MPs Elizabeth Ongoro, Abdullahi Dirje (Wajir South) and Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango).

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The Budalangi MP Ababu is the man tipped to clinch the coveted position of the Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM}, according to a good number of the would be delegates to the forthcoming party’s national elections schedule to form more than 2500 delegates to the NDC.

It will, however, be an up-hill task for the ODM leadership to pick up the right delegates owing to the fact that there are several branches in Luo-Nyanza with two parallel sets of leadership. Efforts made previously to have proper election in the branches where there is disputed leadership became difficult after the grass root election held three years ago was marred with complaints of rigging and favoritism.

Branches with several set of leadership included Rongo, Nyakach. Migori. Mdhiwa, Homa-Bay, Kasipul, Kabondo Kasipul, Muhoroni and other places where the grass root election were held In haphazardly or faulty manner.

Meanwhile claims by the ODM leader Raila Odinga that the election will be free and fair without interference from any quarters is taken by man delegates as a big joke and his usual political gimmicks.

A clear evidence that there are certain favored and She went to Migori in the company of the Kisumu Kaloleni Ward County representative Ms Prisca Auma Misachi who is the former Kisumu City Mayor. Both ladies addressed a section of Migori delegates in favor of Dr. Zani to win the forthcoming elections.

Other evidence of favoritism is the active participation of the seemingly unpopular Homa-Bay Senator Gerald Otieno Kajwang´and the unkindest utterances made by several speakers against the so-called rebel Luo MP during the memorial of the 20th anniversary of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga at the Odinga family home at Kang’o Kajaramogi in Nyamira Bondo.

The most lethal speeches against the rebel youthful Luo position were delivered by Otieno Kajwang’, Dr Oburu Oginga, John Mbadi and Raila Odinga himself.

The man most targeted for vilification and scathing criticism was the Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno who was allegedly accused of being the Jubilee mole in the ODM with ulterior plan to rock the party’s boat from within.

What has emerged as the result of the heated campaign for the party positions is that the DOME’S invisibility is much exposed, and what is likely to emerge is the party which is divided than ever before.

It has been confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that those who have polled out of the race did not do so voluntarily, but were coerced, The coerced which has been fiercely denied by Raila is on the card, and the ODM supporters in Luo-Nyanza be of Luo MPs or the so called “Green Horns”

There is clear evidence that the position of the ODM Secretary General will go to Ababu Namwambsa. Party leaders consider him as being witty, brave, eloquent, experience and has all is take for one to be the Secretary General of a mass political movement like the ODM.

Many believe Namwamba is mature, and has a wealth of experience in addition to his unswerving loyalty to the partly leadership. Namwamba”s victory will, however, depends on the attitude of the party’s delegates from Western Province.


Kenya: Of Polygamy & Healthy Talk

To: jaluo jaluo
From: Joram Ragem

It’s early Sunday morning, and I am lying awake very satisfied next to my beautiful and flexible wife Cheruto Nyar Got. I mean she is flexible literally and metaphorically.

She has welcomed the idea of a second wife, not necessarily for purposes of satisfying my sexual needs, I mean that too, but primarily for our building a large family as God commanded us through Adam and Eve, to multiply and fill the earth. Remember never to bring forth a child you cannot care for though. May I also add that it’s for political reasons I say I need to have a large family.

Luos are being assassinated and cheated in elections and we need to change the scale in the Tyranny of Numbers equation choke! Now, let me speak to the men or women who think that the issue of a second wife is about sex. Indeed, as we age, the human male and female tend to relax a little and lose that spark that arouse the opposite sex. However, never get a second wife for that reason. She too could lose it, and you too have corrected nothing, then what? You get a 3rd, 4th….wife? The key to retaining the spark in your marriage is to be flexible literally and metaphorically.

Look, when I noticed I was not getting strong erections, I talked to Cheruto Ragem and my doctor too. The Dr thought I should try Viagra or Cialis which I did, but these medicine didn’t work for me cause my problem was psychological. Hawi Odingo helped a lot with tips on foods that work in that department. But in truth it was my brain, and you know contrary to popular opinion, the largest sex organ in the human male and female body ain’t your dick nor your breast, it’s the brain stupid! So it needs stimulation and I tell you, that’s where Cheruto for me or your partner can help a great deal.

Remember, our ancestors did not craft the word ‘Chiega’ or ‘Chuora’ for nothing. Men, there are a few things you can do though to avoid Erectile Dysfunction so you can meet Chiegi’s expectations as Chuore. Exercise your abdomen, back, pelvic and thigh muscles really good to increase blood flow to your groin and dick. Kata Otieno Aloka osewachonu maber ni ‘Kanumgo E Teko’ donge? Women, remember that God created you with a body which us guys love to see. So do all you need to do, let us see it and no sex in the dark please!

Remember the days women did not shave their armpits? Well nowadays it’s a normal thing to remove hair in the armpit for ladies. The progressive woman of today will also remove hair down there. There is really no need to spot and groom a ‘Karura Forrest’ down there anymore jowa. After all, the temperatures in Kenya stays too high for it! Well shave down there really good and see how your partner will love it. And don’t use a razor please. Otherwise you will breakout with what in Lundha my village we called ‘bundu bundu’ in South Nyanza they call ‘Okuodo’ in Nairobi they call pimples, and in Central they call ‘Boiros’! These actually are boils which in medical terms are inflammation of the hair follicles due to ingrown hair which was not removed correctly! Use hair remover lotions tho.

So as I lie here besides Cherry my wife, who is very flexible in body and mind, I let you know that I am very satisfied because of the flexibility in our relationship. We talk and do all we can to stay active. In addition to exercise and improving your looks to stimulate the brain through vision, eat the right kind of food to avoid obesity. In all, let me assure you my good people, I am up early cause I am happy, Cheruto is happy, Mr Victor is happy and so is Ms Victoria. Notice I never mentioned love anywhere, because love really has nothing to do with what I am talking about.

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