Category Archives: Kenya

Kenya: Deputy CJ speaks out on gun drama with guard

From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

Miss Baraza could be right…….Kenya cannot be trusted especially as crooked are the leadership in Kenya is……..Remember, Baraza and Willy Mugunga were not the two principles cup of tes…….

Let us not specualate too much, we need to give a breather and observe certain situation before we come to conclusion.

Baraza’s life could be in danger……..and for now, I hold the back of Deputy Chief Justice………

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

– - – - – - – - – - –

Deputy CJ speaks out on gun drama with guard

By Cyrus Ombati

Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza says a gun drama with a security guard at Village Market on Saturday was unfortunate.

She pointed to fears over her security, saying the confrontation should be viewed in that light.

“In the last few months, a number of security incidents have occurred in and outside my office. As such, threats of violence have been directed at me and I have had to request increased security measures for my office as well as my own personal security,” she said.

“The unfortunate incident at the Village Market should be viewed in light of genuine security apprehension on my part. I certainly had no intention of high-handedness, arrogance or ill-will,” the deputy CJ added. Ms Baraza did not explain in her statement the nature of the threats that had occurred inside and outside her office.

The guard she is accused of having threatened said she is contemplating to resign from her job because of the manner in which Ms Baraza treated her.

“I feel my life is in danger because that is a whole deputy CJ who threatened me. I am contemplating to leave this job anytime. It was humiliating,” Rebecca Morara told The Standard.

When she was informed Ms Baraza had apologised for the incident, she asked to know if she had admitted that she showed her a gun.

“If she is not admitting she directed a pistol at me then let the case go to court. I have a customer who even took a picture of the whole episode,” she said.

Chief Firearms Officer

Ms Morara said she had never seen the deputy CJ and even though she knew her, she would not have let her pass the security desk unchecked.

She was Wednesday at her place of work as usual screening all female customers entering the Village Market Mall. Ms Morara took her time to talk to journalists to explain how the drama started and occasionally went to screen female customers who were entering the mall.

Ms Baraza said police should be left to complete investigations into the matter.

“At this point, it would be inappropriate and prejudicial to make further comment on a matter that is under police investigation. Let us allow for the investigation to be complete without any interference whatsoever,” said Ms Baraza.

She made the remarks as Nairobi Area Provincial CID boss Peter Muinde took over the case.

The officer and his team sought to know if the deputy CJ is a licensed gun holder from the Chief Firearms Officer. Reports said detectives had established Ms Baraza does not own a gun and she is not licensed to carry one.

Mr Muinde later visited the scene of the incident and Gigiri Police Station where it was reported as part of the investigations.

Stood her ground

Ms Morara, the security guard, lodged a complaint with the police alleging Ms Baraza threatened her when she sought to conduct a body search before allowing her into the shopping mall on the Eve of the New Year. The deputy CJ had gone to a pharmacy inside Nakumatt Village Market on Saturday evening to purchase some drugs when the exchange of words occurred.

Witnesses alleged she walked past a female security officer without being screened and the guard followed and informed her that she had to be screened.

The deputy CJ allegedly declined and proceeded to the counter to purchase some drugs.

When she left the pharmacy, she confronted the guard and asked her why she treated her in a disrespectful manner. The guard, according to witnesses, stood her ground saying she was supposed to search her even if she was deputy CJ.

Ms Morara later told police she saw the deputy CJ point “something like a pistol” at her during the confrontation.

GRENADE EXPLOSION IN REMERA ON 3RD JANUARY 2012

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Dear Fellow Kenyan,

We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who died and wish quick recovery to the injured following a grenade attack last evening in Remera.

If you are aware of any Kenyan who might have been affected, urgently contact the Kenya High Commission (252583334) or the AKR Chairman (0788-713619).

Regards,
Carol

CHALLENGES FACING THE YEAR 2012 IN KENYA

From: ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News

BY FR JOACHIM OMOLO OUKO, AJ
NAIROBI-KENYA
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012

The year 2012 has a lot of challenges. I left home yesterday for Nairobi at exactly 1:33pm in a private car-as I left my mother cried because she did not want me come back. I pleaded with her and promised I will come back very soon.

Although she is old and almost loosing memory she can recall that this year is yet another presidential and other elections. She still thinks that elections will be held in December as it has been a tradition-she tells me not to come home during that period because she does not want to see me risk going back to Nairobi as I did in 2008.

This is the year that the countdown to the fate of the Ocampo Six resumes. Head of the Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Mr Francis Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, MPs William Ruto (Eldoret North) and Henry

Kosgey (Tinderet), Postmaster General and former police commissioner Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali and radio executive Joshua Sang are accused by ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of bearing the greatest responsibility for crimes committed during the 2008 post election violence.

Like my mother who now thinks that every election in Kenya must be chaotic, the fact for sure remains that once the charges have been confirmed against the six suspects and the Presidency of the court constitutes a Trial Chamber, the ruling against the six might gear some tensions, particularly this year that Kenyans are going to vote.

We cannot deny the fact that DPM Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto who are also running for the presidency have many followers who might use the event to create chaos. The six are expected to be in Hague for trial before January 21.

There are some Kenyans who believe that Kibaki and Raila should also appear before the ICC because they are the ones who caused the violence. While Kibaki should be charged for allowing State House to be the venue for the meeting in the run-up to the 2007 General Election where it is alleged that plans to kill some ethnic groups were planned, Raila according to some section of Kenyans should be charged because the disputed presidential election was sparked by his claim of poll rigging and the call for mass action.

At least 1,300 people were killed and more than 600,000 displaced in the violence, which is now the subject of the two cases on crimes against humanity. One fact is very clear that the war which was waged in the name of the two principals has come back to haunt them.

The fact that Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang are accused of plotting attacks against perceived PNU supporters in Rift Valley, This has been viewed by their supporters that they were fighting for Raila because his votes were stolen.

Kibaki is being accused because Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former police chief Hussein Ali are alleged to have organised retaliatory attacks against perceived ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru towns on behalf of Kibaki.

The government of Kibaki and Raila has also been blamed for failing to fulfil its promises to resettle the IDPs, teachers’ salaries and allowances and end the corruption which continues to make the lives of ordinary Kenyan too expensive.

According to the UN Human Development Index 2001, poverty levels are rising in Kenya due to corruption and bad governance. The report ranks Kenya at position 143 of 187 countries. Kenya per capita income of $1,492 is lower than that of many countries.

In 2009 for example, when Kazi kwa Vijana was allocated Sh3.4 billion for this programme, and a further Sh6.6 billion previous year, much of it was spent on poorly designed, unsustainable short-term projects with little or no impact on the lives of the youth who constitute almost 30 percent of Kenya population.

This year alone, Kenyans will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets because the high cost of living continues to rise daily-many parents will not be able to take their children to school because school fees has gone up by almost 20 percent. It also means that parents in private schools will pay more.

The sad part is that out of the 10.96 million Kenyans recorded as employed only two million are employed in modern establishments both in the urban and rural areas. This constitutes only 18.2 percent of the working population with the rest in the informal sector.

People for Peace in Africa (PPA)
P O Box 14877
Nairobi
00800, Westlands
Kenya

Tel +254-7350-14559/+254-722-623-578
E-mail- ppa@africaonline.co.ke
omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Website: www.peopleforpeaceafrica.org

KENYA: PRESSURE IS MOUNTING ON WILLIAM RUTO TO ABANDON BOTH G7 AND UDM AND REJOIN ODM OR HAVE HIS PARTY MERGED TO RAILA’S PARTY UNDER ANY KIND OF POLITICAL ALLIANCE.

News Analysis By Kipsiele Arap Sugurut in Kericho Town.

Rumors and speculations making the round in this tea rich region says the pressure is mounting on the Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Kalenjin MPs allied to him to either abandon his UDM and the G7 alliance and rejoin the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM}.

The majority of the inhabitants of the two votes rich Counties of Kericho and Bomet are members of the most populous Kipsigis sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic groups believes and maintains that their community interests would be best served by an DM government.

This particular community has been close to the government for the best of the 48 years ever since Kenya attained its political independence in 1963. At the independence, the community had rallied behind the defunct KADU party which was beaten hand down at the 1963 elections by the former ruling KANU party. But immediately soon after independence, KADU voluntarily dissolved itself and its leaders rejoined KANU and thereafter this community has all along been close to the government.

As far as the current politics of the South Rift region is concern it is pointing to the direction of the community which is heading to the cold due to inconsistencies of its leaders, especially the MPs representing the various constituencies located with the two counties.

This community, however, believes that by rejoining and strengthening of the ODM is the only sensible way which could assure the community of a place in the next government.

“We have been in the cold long enough and we now want to be part of the next government”, said a Kericho businessman Joseph Rono, adding “we do not see any possibility of the G7 or any other amorphous alliances beating the ODM at the next polls,”.

The evidence of the latest move and pressure on Ruto to soft his stance towards the Prime Minister could be mirrored on his reconciliatory public pronouncement, his last week surprise visit to Kisumu City,an area which is the bedrock of the ODM.

Ruto had told thousands of audience both at Nyahera, Kajulu and Kondele suburb that his political differences with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga were persona and as such should not be construed by anyone to fuel animosity between the Kalenjins and the Luos and that the two neighboring communities should continue living and working together harmoniously.. These remarks were well taken by local political pundits and observers as meaning that Ruto is ready and willing to reconsider his working relations with Raila Odinga afresh.

Pundits believe that Ruto seemed to have seen the light on the other side of the tunnel and is just about to make an abrupt about-turn towards the ODM. His name is still registered at the offices of the registrar of political parties as the deputy leader of the ODM.

The majority of Kipsigis people want Ruto back in ODM early enough for the preparation for the impending general election. Alternatively, they say, he should form an alliance with ODM instead of PNU and its allies. “Forming some alliances with politicians from the Mt Kenya region would not augur well for us, because of the expansionist attitudes of the people of that region”, said one civic leader there.

The civic leaders in Kericho have cited the recent move by some of the majority shareholders in the KETAPA to have the tea packing factory move from Kericho to Nairobi, an action which could have had adverse effect on the local community because hundreds of workers at the plant, which is located a few kilometer east of Kericho Town where many works from their rural home in the Kipsigis reserve land as an attempt to marginalize the community economically.

The former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta is among the majority shareholders in the plant, which was established in Keicho in the 1950 by the Brooke family that owns Brooke Bond Tea Company, which later sold it to the public in the 1970′s.

Originally KETEPA was the central tea packing plant handling made teas from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania until it was sold out to a private enterprise owned by shareholders in early 1970s. An attempt to dismantle the plant and move it to Nairobi was blocked by the Kipsigis people who insisted that they would be an alternative plant of the same nature to handle the tea from their region and would not allow their t to be transported all the way from Kericho to Nairobi for the purpose of packaging.

Other factors is that the Kipsigis people get along well with their neighbors, the Luos whose easy going lifestyle make them much more friendly. The Luos are known not to be interested in land grabbing or expansionists making them easy to handle. This particular community has never fought any land related tribal skirmishes and many Luo men and women works for the relatively wealthiest Kipsigis farmers an traders and are the one helping the Kipsigis to maintain their tea bushes scattered I the rural areas of Kericho and Bomet Counties,

A number of secret and behind the scene meeting have been held at the various parts of the South Rift region where issues such as long term political implications in connection with the community move to ditch the ODM were reportedly deliberated upon. At one such meetings and in the presence of Ruto, those in attendance had queried the rationale of ditching the ODM for UDM or other parties with speakers after speaker arguing that such a move would only weaken the community political bargaining power when it come the formation of the next government after the impending general elections.

Furthermore the Kipsigis believes that political hostilities between Raila and Ruto could hurt intra-tribal trades and cross border trades between the Kalenjins and the Luos which is booming all the year round. It has been reported that taking all these into considerations, even the most hardliner ant-ODM MPs in Kipsigis land such as the Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto have toned down their vehement opposition to Raila and have been heard

But when Ruto and his parliamentary colleagues from the region comes hard on Raila Odinga, the Luo workers seemed to be nursing a feeling on insecurity and shy away from the manual jobs in the tea farm, something which hurts the local farmers economically.

The two communities have lived harmoniously fro the immemorial and sharing cross border trades at Sondu, Muhoroni, Fort-Tennan, Soliat ,Koru and Kapsorok border markets and towns.

Moreover, the Luos are the mainstay of labor force in all the large scale tea plantations and factories owned by foreign multinational tea companies in Kericho and Bomet Counties.

The Kipsigis people are said to have refused to buy the Ruto contention that it was the Prime Minister Raila Odinga who instigated his prosecution at the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague.

One civic leader came strong in defense of the Prime Minister by dismissing the claims as far fetched propaganda aimed at slandering the good name of Raila Odinga. The civic leader Councilor Nicholas Tum of the Keicho Municipality reminded the Kipsigis that it was Raila Odinga who made the frantic effort to have those suspect in the cases of post elections violence be tried locally at home. An attempt which was vehemently scuttled by Ruto and his group in preference to the ICC arguing that by trying such cases locally the victim would not be treated to a fair trial. The group even went as far a staging the spirited opposition to the motion sponsored in Parliament by the government to that effect, which the Ruto’s group voted against.

“Raila is not Luis Moreno Ocampo nor has got anything to do with ICC therefore anyone linking him to the ICC cases is underestimating the intelligence of the Kenyan people,”said Coun. Tum.

He further disclosed that the community has already prepared the most credible parliamentary aspirants ready to take on the pro-Ruto MPs across the two counties and in all other elective positions in the entire South Rift regions, and most of them he added, have started feeling insecure not sure whether they will retain their seats or not.

Ends

KENYA: MEGA LAND SCANDAL HAS HIT KISUMU CITY LIKE THUNDERBOLT PROMPTING THE TOWN CLERK TO SEEK POLICE INTERVENTION AND PROTECTION.

Report By Ndira Uradi In Kisumu City

Mega land scandals in the Kisumu Municipality has reached its climax following the disclosure early this week by the Town Clerk that his life was in danger following threats issued by fellow senior chief officers of the Council and other stakeholder.

The Town Clerk Christopher Odhiambo Rosana, a man who is well known for his tough administrative prowess and management expressed fears that his life was in danger and alleged that he had threatened by some senior Council officials.

At the same time two senior officials of the Council were summoned to the district CID offices in Kisumu where they were reported to have recorded statements with the police. There has been some disquiet and complaints to the effect that senior council officials and some unscrupulous civic leaders in the lakeside City were involve in rampant corruption in regards to illegal sells and allocation of land plots.

As the result of this illegal transactions involving public utility land, Council houses and all available land pace in Kisumu, some of the officials and their accomplices have become millionaires overnight.

At first it was thought that the civil leaders and the chief officers wanted to deplete the town of its prime land for the future development and expansion a head of the arrival of the County governance. The have so far left the Lakeside City with no land space for future development, especially industrial expansion and housing development schemes. Almost e every single piece of land in Kisumu has been sold to either individuals or to the rich individuals. And those suspected to be involved in the scam are said to have minted millions of shillings.

The issue has been in the public domain for a couple of years. Insiders now say that Kisumu is a City with no land for both business and industrial expansion. All the land available including the one belonging to Kisumu Municipal Council as well as its house has been sold.

When he arrived in town about three months ago and took over as the new Town Clerk, Mr Odhiambo Rosana had introduced stringent administrative rules that requires all members of the staff to account for their activities and to disassociate them from any kind of land transaction. This has seen many senior official getting cautioning letters while either have been reprimanded to mend their ways, other faces suspension pending investigation to establish their involvement in the “Mega Land Scandal”.

These stringent measures have earned the Town Clerk many enemies within the same institution. And on Monday this week, Mr Rosana reported to the Kisumu CID that he had received several calls threatening his life.

The Town Clerk is reported to have rubbed his working colleagues the wrong way by having revoked some land sales and allocations, which he felt were irregular in terms o hr law governing such allocations and transaction and had instituted investigation or revoked them altogether.

Instead of the wronged plot owners seeking legal redress through the established courts of law, they have resorted to using oblique techniques of issuing threats to the Town’s Chief Administrator. What has so far not been divulged to the public is the stance of the Mayor Coun.Sam Okello whose administration has witnessed one of the worse land scandals in Kisumu ever since independence in 1963.

Mayor Okello is said to be enjoying the patronage of the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga and he is a an ODM nominated Councilor who had contested the election in Muhoroni on a KANU ticket, but after he was beaten hand down by the current Muhoroni MP Prof Patrick Ayiecho Olueny, was later imposed on the elected civic leaders in Kisumu against the amid vehement opposition by the elected civic leaders under the pretext that he was an industrialist and businessman magnate in the Coastal City of Mombasa and would import his experience to to create business opportunities and good investors environment in the City. Raila had to intervene personally in order to have Mayor Okello’s re-elected for the second term last year when civic leader were coerced to vote for him or the second term.

Rosana said that his concerted effort to fight corruption and restore sanity in the Council could be the reason why he he is being threatened.

He added, “It is true I have been getting threats and some of them have gone as telling me to go slow over several issues. I suspect they are unhappy with my management and want to scare me out of the Council, “ said Rosana.

Land Minister James Orengo is being accused of presiding over the most corrupt ridden Ministry. In some outpost’s districts such as Migori, Homa-Bay, Kisumu and Siaya corruption is still thriving. Some of the land officers and district surveyors are acting as if they were magistrates and judges, at time even conspiring with the interested parties in blocking court’s directives.

Ends

Kenya: THE SIXTH WEEK THAT WAS WITH FATHER OMOLO AT HOME

From: ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News

BY FR JOACHIM OMOLO OUKO, AJ
SIGAMA VILLAGE-HOMABAY COUNTY
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012

This week I was honoured and privileged to celebrate mass in honour of Paramount Chief and the first Luo leader, Gor Mahia Kogallo at his grave site in Sigama Village, upper Kayando Sub-location, Kanyame West location, Ndiwa District, Mirogi Catholic Church on December 31, 2011.

Born a famous Luo medicine man in 1797 at Sigama village, Gor Mahia was known to possess mystical powers. According to his grand son mwalimu Joseph Ogada, Gor was baptized Petro Gor three days prior to his death. He died on May 15, 1920 at the age of 126 years old.

To prove that Gor new about God SDA Pastor Isaac Okeyo writes in his book Adventism in Kenya (Africa Herald Publishing House- Kendu-Bay 1989): “In 1912 when we took one of our teachers Mr Samuel Dola to go and teach at Kanyamwa we met a certain old man called Gor. We talked with him.

He was one of those who used magic to foretell some future events. He was sone of Ogalo. He told us that somebody would come whose name is migoyi. Migoyi is one who knows his dwath. We then taught Gor about Jesus. He told us that Jesus was the Migoyi he had informed us about. He confirmed that Jesus knew his death. Among the Luo there were those who were able to perform some magical practices.”

He gave sites where churches could be built- some of them include Rapedhi for SDA and Asumbi for Catholics. When Gor was searching for the true church to embrace he went to Asumbi where he used his magical powers to turn into anti-hills and blocked the door of the church-this according to Fr Skefas who started Asumbi told Fr Gabriel Atieno that this was to attest Gor found true church to embrace. Gor then directed his family to embrace that church. Since then the vast majority of his extended families are Catholics.

Gor had mystical powers which enabled him to change from any form- a bull, old mama, tree, wild animal etc. If he were to be approached by enemies bees would come from nowhere for his defense—during the mass a miracle happened- at his grave site there were swamp of bees-but this time they were very friendly to us-it means that he appreciated the holy mass.

There is a mausoleum proposed to be erected at his grave site at a cost of about Ksh 5 million- it will include hall, office, store, and a wall mat containing his brief life history. Mwalimu Ogada appealed to good wisher to contribute generously towards the building.

The building would also serve as a library and a research centre where some oral literature about Gor’s life would be searched and published. For example there are several elders who have a lot about Gor but are not written down.

Presently there are some tools he used such as spear, animal horns, some clothing, etc, which are just kept within the homes of his extended families. A picture taken by German colonialist is present and was shown during the mass.

Senior ex councillor Akech Chieng seconded the idea and suggested that Gor Mahia club should be involved towards the project, however according to Ker Luo Mzee Meshack Riaga let the Luo elders begin the foundation first.

Some of his sons and daughters remembered during the mass included, ex-chief Joseph Ogutu Gor, Augustinus Nyamunga Gor, ex-chief Christopher Ogada Gor, Patrick Marienyo Gor, David Nybuche Gor, Vincent Asango Gor, Daniel Aroka Gor, Silfanus Oulo Gor, Oloo Gor, ex-chief Oswago Gor, Miyoka Gor and Ologi Gor.

Daughters were mama Omusi, Otuoma, Regina Mwanda, Otete, Mapil, Leonora Ogalo, Abonyo, Katherina Ngadho, Parasia Odhuno, Esther Onyiero and Marcella Oduogi.

The mass was attended by Ker Luo (Luo President) Meshack Riaga Ogallo, Chairman Luo Council of Elders, North and Central Karachunyo Mzee Nyandiko Ongadi, Luo council of elders Secretary, Mzee Adera Osawa, Luo council of elders organising secretary, Mzee Odote Wanga, Homabay governor aspirant, Mr George Opiata Ogada, opinion leaders from Kiancha, Kabondo, Kasipul Kayambo and Senior ex-councillor Akech Chieng.

Luo elders proposed that Ruma National Park, Mirogi University and Moi Stadium in Kisumu to be named after Gor. They also proposed that Gor foundation trust is started which will serve to cater for orphan children.

Luo traditional religious leaders, Bishop Richard Opiyo of Joka Ramogi Ajwang who claims to get his inspirational powers from Gor claimed Gor told to him recently that Luo people should marry many wives like Gor-he also said wife inheritance should continue.

He claims to be having charts with Gor very frequently. He gets his information from Ramogi hills inSiaya County. Also present was Paul Ogada son to Miyoka Gor among others.

Absent was grand son, Mr Silvester Ochieng Ogutu who would have loved to be there but mysteriously disappeared. Mr Silvester Ochieng Ogutu had some magical powers which he inherited from grand father Gor-he was becoming famous and somewhat feared by some prominent Luo politicians who have been yearning to get bit of the mystical power from Gor Mhia. He disappeared around Kisumu- his wife Magdalina Nyakwaka appealed to anyone who could assist her get her husband back, alive or dead.

This is the area where Fr Gabriel Atieno who made it to priesthood in 1940, making him one of the first African priests from Western Kenya. He was ordained at Yala by bishop Stam-he hails from Mirogi Parish where he is buried.

It is also under Mirogi Catholic Church that famous Luo polygamist, Mzee Akuku Danger comes from. Ezekiah Ochuka, the mastermind of the 1982 aborted coup against President Moi studied (Mirigi High School)- he fled to Tanzania when he realised that the coup was failing but was extradited and, together with Pancras Oteyo Okumu, found guilty of treason and hanged in 1987.

Gor Mahia FC opted to steep the name ‘Mahia’ in 1980, when the club was ordered to change its name as part of the disbandment of tribal associations. Abaluhyia FC changed its name to AFC Leopards.

Historically the original club was known as Luo Union FC formed in the 1950s as the brainchild of freedom fighter Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. The club finished second in the first ever Kenyan national league held in 1963 and then won the league in 1964 with players like the legendary keeper James Sianga, Stephen Yongo, Fred Siranga, and Daniel Nicodemus “Arudhi”. In 1965 they finished second to Feisal of Mombasa on goal difference.

Luo Union FC had a major split in 1966 with another faction giving its name to Luo Sports Club (also known as Luo Stars). The split weakened the team and as a result Abaluyhia FC (now AFC Leopards) dominated the league in two years consecutively.

Some players opted to join Kisumu Hot Stars. These included William Ouma “Chege” James Sianga, Joseph Okeyo, Josphat Okello “Smart” and John Otieno “Hatari”.

The club was now unable to retain most of the good players who leave soon after their arrival in search of greener pastures or due to frustrations caused by lack of payment of allowances. Several outstanding players came and went within a year unlike in the past when players stayed on for several years thus building familiarity.

It was one of the reasons why Luo Union FC officials led by Mahallon Danga who had played for the club in the early 60s approached Minister for Economic Planning, Tom Mboya for unification intervention. The two clubs agreed to unite on February 17, 968 with a new name-Luo United FC.

The word ‘Mahia” in Luo describes wonder and mystery and that is why it steeped its name to Gor Mahia to naturally possess these mystical characteristics of the legend it was named after.

The early 1990s saw the departure or retirement of most of the players who featured in the crack squads of the 1980s. David Ochieng, Onyango Fundi, Odembo Nyangi, Ochieng Pierre and many others retired from active football. Austin Oduor and Abass Magongo left for the Middle East while others like Sammy Onyango joined other clubs.

Coach Len Julians returned briefly in 1991 and managed to steer the club to yet another League title. Among the players paraded by the club in the early 90s include goalkeeper Charles Omondi “Korea”, Jared Ochieng Achieng , Sammy Omollo, Allan Odhiambo, Paul Ochieng , Felix Otieno and Mike Otieno.

One of the clubs biggest highlights came in 1992 when they eliminated traditional giants Canon Sport if de Yaounde in the Africa Champions cup. After settling for a barren draw in Nairobi, most pundits had written them off. However they managed to force a 1-1 draw in Cameroun thanks to a stellar defensive effort by among others Otieno Zico, Paul Ochieng, Tobias Ocholla and Allan Odhiambo. This enabled the club to reach the quarter finals.

In 1994 saw a re-match with Egypt’s Zamalek who exactly 10 years earlier had eliminated them under dubious circumstances. In 1995 was a relatively successful year for the club as they won the national league title as well as regaining the Moi Golden cup in grand style. Players like Dan Ogada, Allan Odhiambo, Steve Odiaga and Tom Okaya spearheaded this campaign.

In 1996 was the most disastrous year in the club’s history. They were eliminated in the 1st round of the Africa champion’s league by Zimbabwean outfit, Dynamos, leading to the worst riots ever seen in Nairobi. In the League they finished 8th which was unprecedented in the clubs history.

In 1997, the club recovered and almost won the National League, only losing by goal difference to eventual winners, Utalii. Among the players who were instrumental in that campaign were Victor Onyango in goal, Josiah Ougo and Tillen Oguta in defence, Frazier Ochieng and Dan Ogada in midfield and Bonaventure Maruti, Steve Okumu and Steve Odiaga in attack.

In 2001, when Raj Binder Singh became the first Kenyan of Asian origin to became chairman of Gor Mahia there was a high expectations from the players that he would get sponsorship so that they could earn allowances. When this could not materialize the morale of the players went down.

Raj became the third club chairman in two years. His main brief was to secure sponsorship for the club. The sponsorship never came to fruition. This saw in 2002 the club going down as the worst in the history of the club.

However, in 2009, Gor Mahia sought to star a fresh. Coach James Sianga went about recruiting young players to build a team for the future. In came players like Ibrahim Kitawi, George Odhiambo, Duncan Owiti, Chris Wekesa amongst others.

Fr Patrick Lumumba Nyarombo of the Homa-Bay Catholic Diocese on the other hand recruited Black Berry, Otieno Fardinand, Roy Okal for Gor Mahia and Michael Boro for Thika United.

Ramogi FM senior Radio presenter, Mr Ben Oluoch Okello who was also present during the mass revives the club from failing.

Note: This is to wish all Regional News readers a blessed 2012- I am back to Nairobi tomorrow Jan 3, 2012- God bless you all.

People for Peace in Africa (PPA)
P O Box 14877
Nairobi
00800, Westlands
Kenya

Tel +254-7350-14559/+254-722-623-578
E-mail- ppa@africaonline.co.ke
omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Website: www.peopleforpeaceafrica.org

Kenya: Mega fertilizer scandal reported in Kercho County where unscrupulous trader is minting million by way of cheating farmers

Reports Kipsiele Arap Sugurut

The season of planting in Kericho County has arrived and farmers were expecting subsidised fertilizers to have arrived by now for use this planting season. Farmers have been trooping to Divisional and District offices for fertilizer coupons, which are easy to get, but when they go to National Cereals and Produce Boards stores in Kericho Town, they do not find anything.

On enquiry, the farmers are told that the fertilizers get depleted the same day they are delivered. The most shocking thing is that there is no farmer seen carrying even a single bag of fertilizer. This writer decided to try his luck recently and armed himself with a four bag fertilizer coupon from his local Agricultural Office. On reaching NCPB stores, he was told the fertilizers were depleted by one of the clerks, but fresh consignments were about to be delivered. The writer decided to pitch tent outside the NCPB premises to await the consignments. After a short while a 40 tone lorry belonging to a local transporter arrived and left immediately with the same consignment after the normal paper work had been done.

On inquiry, this writer was told everything had been sold and should come another day. Disappointed, this writer decided to follow the lorry and was surprised to find that the G0K subsidized fertilizers was being offloaded in a private store within the town. This writer later learn that the same fertilizers were being repackaged in commercial 50 kg bags to be sold to local farmers at a slightly lower market rates. One curious farmer decided to buy one bag of repackaged fertilizers and found that it was underweight by about 2 kg.

The farmers of Kericho were expecting fertilizers in December for early planting, but it seems some local cartels are out to frustrate the GOK’s effort in providing this vital input. The local cartels, who are supporters of former Minister for Agriculture, are out to frustrate the current Minister in her effort to secure food security in the Country. No wonder the former Minister is a frequent visitor to this County and mainly have te-te-te meetings with these cartels in undisclosed locations in the town.

The farmers of Kericho County wanted subsidized fertilizers yesterday and the G0K should move with speed to reign in these cartels if we are to avoid further embarrassing situations in this Country of plenty.

ends

1001 Questions revolve around Miguna Miguna’s reinstatement.

from Judy Miriga

Folks,

This is the most wise thinking from Samuel Moturi, Otieno Sungu, Lawyer Nyamogo with others not listed……..and it is because, we need performing leaders who are not going to play Micky Mouse on us. We are the Boss and our Public Interest is first before any Corporate or Special Interests….It is our right to negotiate terms favourable to our Policy needs and Mandate.

PM Raila has miserably failed basic fundamental cause in all ways of his Public discipline and Performance as on Oath…… To add salt to injury…….. PM Raila squandered and misappropriated “Kazi kwa Vijana” fund that was lying in PM’s office for execution to Youth Employment Creation. He was hard hit to explain the whereabouts and missing of the Youth Job Creation Funded by World Bank. This confirmed and proved that Raila is totally and completely incapable of leadership to even do simple things of consulting with Think Tanks and Professionals to urgently create and solve the most critical Job situation in the country and save a sorry catastrophic state-of-affair of endangerment of the Youth from diverting volatile Youth energy to hopeless destructive elements. Instead, Kazi kwa Vijana funds were seen to have been diverted for other insignificant, non-serious or urgent matters. The funds were without thinking, carelessly mismanaged and misappropriated, where Raila was caught with whole hand dipped in a honey jar, with cheeks glaring and with mouth glittering conspicuously smeared unproportionately with honey.

PM Raila could not stand the heat and in the first instinct, he juggled some unacceptable reasoning and could not explain himself satisfactorily to public leaving us wondering what to do next. When the matter heated up and World Bank was about to lay bare tit bits of the matter, PM Raila sneakily returned funds to World Bank to nail the matter to complete silence. This is corruption at best……..He forgot that for his recklessness with lack of supporting and sticking to Public Interest as former Political and Civil Society Activist, he colluded and sold Kenya Public Interest and Wealth which as a result, Kenyans are now paying heavily in ways and means to inclusively cover for “Kazi kwa Vijana” Loan from the World Bank. His return of the same funds was not going to reduce the value of the original loan or lessen the loan in anyway. It is the reason why Kenyans are under pressure paying through high cost of living and other basic survival needs and demands. This returned fund is believed to have gone in private pockets of World Bank Staff……the factor of greasing conspiracy of corruption in PONZI SCHEMES transactions at World Bank, IMF with other International Banking where Kibaki, Raila with Uhuru along with their Special Interest cartels are engaged to facilitate Moi’s unfinished business deals.

This explains why and how PM Raila is not a Change Agent, and would be the most corrupt and lousy leader and a dangerously compromised President of Kenya, controlled by Corporate Special Interest cartels and will not in any way serve Public Interest or improve Kenyan life………..

Signs of time are here with us people, and we don’t need to waste any of our precious time talking about PM Raila now, until when he is behind bars and on the dock to answer serious charges of Violation, Abuse and Crime against Humanity………..PM Raila is guilty in ways, means and form and must prove otherwise before Public interrogation and before Court of Law, why he subserviently enslaved Public Interest and subjudicated his Public Duty he took oath to serve, protect and preserve…….

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

– - – - – - – - – - – -

From: samuel moturi
Subject: Miguna declines job

A new contract is out of question.renewal under the previous terms ok.Why did RAO have to do a meeting with Mig?he is not desperate. Then they said investigations are complete.so there were none. Eh!In this war,RAO is loosing and damaging himself.

MoTuri

— On Sat, 12/31/11, otieno sungu wrote:

Subject: 1001 Questions revolve around Miguna Miguna’s reinstatement.

Kombo my good friend and close confidante,

You know we said many aspirants are corruption baggage, we were vilified and crucified for mentioning the obvious.

Now, an insider, Miguna Miguna is threatening to spill the beans, he alleges corruption in the corridors of the PM’s office.

The same corruption can be found at the Deputy PM and Minister for Finance’s corridors, the reason figure never add up there and computer errors is an annual feature during budgets.

At the other Deputy PM’s office, “grave” corruption ran away with our cemetery, where to bury our dead.Wetangula has his fair share, so has Ruto, Kalonzo, Saitoti etc.

This is why we begun mentioning new and clean people but the status quo adherents would not listen.

I am tempted to arrange a meeting between Miguna Miguna and VVM so that we can, in our steadfast way, document the corruption in which he was part of with the caveat that he will get amnesty when a new government of clean people come to power in exchange for truthfully and honestly laying bare where such things as unga and maize for the poor went.

Some of us are known for straight talk because of the love we have for our motherland and long sightedness, unlike many in these forums.

I am awaiting to hear more from Miguna Miguna.

Otieno Sungu

From: Elijah Kombo

MM should take the job since he is damn broke! He will benefit zero if he doesnt. Otherwise RAO might be the President 2013

Kombo Elijah

— On Sat, 12/31/11, Nyamodi Ochieng Nyamogo wrote:
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 3:32 AM

Nd Sungu,

As my immediate reaction, i had called it an unnecessary practical joke on the part of Raila! In my humble opinion, there’s no love lost and no chemistry left between the duo, so the question of working together is a tall order, if anything! Anyway, Miguna Miguna has just been reported to have rejected the offer! “The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born”!!!

Nyamodi Ochieng-Nyamogo.

On 12/31/11, Mr BENJI wrote:

My reading of the tea leaves is really quite simple. This year 2012 the stakes are high, extremely high. And they are even higher for Raila,..whose father never ascended to power, and who has done much and paid much to get ONE chance to lead this country. All cards are on the table and for him nothing is going to be risked or thwarted by having such an insider (they go way back with Miguna) so bitter on the outside, pouring vitriol, displaying secrets for all and sundry and basically pissing in. He’d rather have Miguna inside pissing out. The calculation and risk assessment was this simple.

Nothing more, nothing less.

— On Fri, 12/30/11, Maurice Oduor wrote:

Sungu,

If Miguna is half as intelligent as I think he is, he should not take this job.

Courage

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:32 AM, otieno sungu wrote:

Is this reinstated as vindication or an appeasement?

Will he work cordially with the PM or uneasily after all the vitriol he poured against his former and now current boss?

Was his conduct ethical in view of the fact that his was/is an advisory role which he cannot shove down the employer’s throat?

Is this reinstatement genuine or just to have a man with potential ammo on the bench rather than the other team?

Is his position tenable now that a new person has taken up the same portfolio?

Should Miguna stick to his principles and reject an offer from a man whose leadership style and ability he has little faith in?

Is Miguna being set up for a man with very little principles;gullible in taking up a position offered by the person whose abilities he has little faith in?

Could this be a political move rather than a vindication of an abrasive, arrogant, cantankerous and boisterous character who will soon be dispensed off with when the right time comes?

Should Miguna take up this appointment in your opinion?

Otieno Sungu

Kenya: G-whatever falling apart….

from odhiambo okecth

First, they held their meetings to plot the usual staff- Raila Amolo Odinga, and some key members were conspicuously absent- without apologies.

Then, Uhuru ran back to Kanu, Kalost revamped his ODM to something new, and, Saitoti maintained that his name will be on the ballot at whatever cost. Eugene has never been a factor and seems like he is not coming to terms with reality.

The big blow to this G-something was one William Samoei Ruto. The chap is smart and having seen that he had no future at this G outfit, he started drifting away slowly and leisurely. He was last seen having some good time at Dunga Beach and the rest as they say is…history. The man bought all the fish in Kisumu…but do we say…

Now, if this outfit that was basically crafted to fight one man can disintegrate, then, that will be the Best Gift from God to Kenyans this coming Year. Even God knows, the team had nothing to offer Kenyans.

Their only gripe was one Raila Amolo Odinga. They had no Vision for Kenya, no Interest in Kenya, no Direction to take Kenya to. They did not even want a new Constitution. And the other good thing is, Kenyans were reading and calling their bluff.

As we bury all these Parties that are formed to fight Raila Amolo Odinga, let us unite as Kenyans to support Parties that have an Ideological Backing, Parties that have some Clear Vision for Kenya, not parties whose leaders come together to stop another deserving Kenyan from the Presidency.

Long Live the People of Kenya and let us Cross the Bridge together as One People under God with The Captain ahead.

Oto

– - – - – - – - – - –

From: john kibet
Subject: Ruto making up to Raila ?

Owuor,

Why don’t we say that William Rutto is fully back in ODM. I mean, if saying that makes you, Omwenga, Maurice and the rest of ODM brigand FEEL HAPPY or makes it a New Years GIFT for you guys, I OBLIGE to that. But the question is this: Rutto asked of Raila two questions and I haven’t heard Raila’s reply yet. This just goes to show that you guys from the Lakeside behave like four year old who doesn’t have an ounce of political sense. My job is not to open your eyes about that.

The Kalenjin’s have moved on for all I know. They can’t be hoodwinked like 2007. They don’t have a problem with the Kibaki administration for all I know. They don’t have a problem with Uhuru Kenyatta or Kalonzo Musyoka for all I know. What I know is that they have a problem with Raila Odinga and they won’t vote for him come 2012.

I hear the likes of Omwenga say that the Kalenjin professinals are behind or support Raila. I haven’t heard any name(s) mentioned at all. Nameless individuals are bandied around and yet nobody can’t name names. What a lie!

Therefore, if Rutto is back in ODM (as you guys desperately WANT IT TO BE ), I wish him luck because his POLITICAL STAR with the rank and file Kalenjins is OVER! The typical Kalenjin mwananchi is so over with ODM that they can’t wait for the elections to come. And if Rutto is willing to dig an “early political grave”, he is WELCOME. Us in KANU are doing just fine. We know that we will be in the next government. Period.

So you guys in ODM can sing until you’re orange, that Rutto is back. Who cares? After all, Rutto won’t be in the final ballot come 2012. And even if he were in ODM, the Kalenjin’s won’t be with him. So I wonder what your excitment in ODM is. But anyway, you guys are so good at manufacturing excitements though. You are the masters of that.

John K
University of Southern California
USA

From: Owuor Willis

Kibet,

The truth be told, Ruto is RAO’s man. You can call/describe RAO’s supporters in all manner of names. Ruto is in ODM damu kabisa.

From: john kibet

Omwenga,

You always say that your views are progressive and yet you actions are no different than what Roger Ailes (the head of Fox News in America), has taught his journalists. Basically what they do at Fox News (Cable), is take a little of the truth and misrepresent it to fit into whatever agenda they have. They have no qualms about doing that on any given day.

You are no different with Fox News (Cable) because you take factual events, slant it and twist it to fit into an agenda you want. You don’t even put a disclaimer that you are slanting the facts because you want to ADVANCE Raila’s and ODM views in this fora.

There is nothing wrong for you to support Raila or ODM. It is your Constitutional and Civil Right to do that. But where you are wrong and intellectually dishonest, is take facts and add or omit some factual truth in what you put forth and call that the truth. That is why I never have respect for you. It is what they call “being unprofessional” in such professions as Law, Journalism ,etc.

This is what you said “…Five, Ruto went on record saying he is ready now to mend fences with Raila via his return to ODM and that says and means more than even the best spinners can spin.” This is not true and just a blatant lie. If anyone can check on the link below that I provided, Rutto never said such a thing. I care less for Rutto, but I care for what one said or what one is attributed to. How would Omwenga feel if something that he didn’t say, is attributed to him? He won’t like it. So why not extend the same courtesy to others or just simply state the facts and appear professional even if he is not or has ever been???? I am truly amazed with this abhorrent CONDUCT from Omwenga.

I have never cared for Rutto that much, but to take or add on something that he said or didn’t say, and ATTRIBUTE THAT TO HIM (Rutto), is VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, and CONDUCT UNBECOMING for someone who says he is a lawyer. That is having NO INTEGRITY on YOUR PERSON Omwenga!!!

For anyone to see what Rutto really said, just go to today’s Daily Nation and read his quotes, reported accurately by the newspaper,–www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Ruto+calls+for+tolerance+between+rival+parties/-/1064/1297012/-/gsqre6/-/index.html

Are you guys that DESPERATE to have Rutto in ODM that you can even go to an extend of patently lying to what he said, when the truth is out there in the public sphere???

Whoever runs this forum needs to have a conversation with you guys in ODM, who twist the truth and LIE OUT RIGHTLY to try to make your points. It seems to me that this forum has become a dent of pimps and truth-twisters. It makes me sad to say that.

John K
University of Southern California
USA

——–

From: Samuel Omwenga

Five simple but pleasing facts about this latest development about Ruto:

One, Ruto did not go to Kisumu to rally support for his presidetial run, if he runs.

Two, its not the absence of trashing Raila on his own turf that matters given it would be moronic for anyone to do that and Ruto is no moron but it’s what he said that people here and elsewhere are predictably brushing aside as no big deal.

Three, it’s a big deal what Ruto said.

Four, it is now an open secret and will be more obvious soon that Ruto’s key allies, including many Kale professionals are themselves urging Ruto to head back to ODM.

Five, Ruto went on record saying he is ready now to mend fences with Raila via his return to ODM and that says and means more than even the best spinners can spin.

In other words, actions speak louder than any spin or words.

I doubt one will ever see Ruto saying, “My friend Raila; I am sorry I wronged you in lying about you and my efforts to derail your run for the presidency” but his actions or inactions will do all the apologizing even if he does not fully return to ODM.

Peace, Unity and Oh Politics, Politics!

Omwenga

On Dec 29, 2011 9:51 AM, “Kuria-Mwangi” wrote:

Roz;

He was in his territory and had to speak the language which can be appreciated there. Even Raila would have to speak well of UK if he visited Gatundu or well of Ruto if he was in Eldoret North. Lets us not read too much in this porojo ya Ruto. It was meant for the audience, telling them what they want to hear.

http://www.kuria-mwangi.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/kjmwangi

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM, roz kahumbu wrote:

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Ruto+calls+for+tolerance+between+rival+parties/-/1064/1297012/-/gsqre6/-/index.html

Ruto calls for tolerance between rival parties
By ABIUD OCHIENG’ aawiti@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Thursday, December 29 2011 at 14:45

Eldoret North MP William Ruto says his differences with Prime Minister Raila Odinga should not result in animosity among their supporters.

“Our political differences should not result in violence. What is important is a Kenya that we are all proud to be part of, a country of peace and progress,” said Mr Ruto.
. . .

Kenya: WATCH LIVE :- Kivuitu blames Kibaki and Moi…..He says chaos and Killings were organized

from Judy Miriga

This is really sad…….but, Kivuitu will bring flavour to ICC Hague over genocide of 2007/2008 in Kenya.

Kivuitu agrees that the election was flawed, but he announced it anyway and precided over Kibaki’s swearing in at State House…..

Sad to say……..

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

– - – - – - – - – - –

Four years on…Samuel Kivuitu’s reflections on 2007 election

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Dec 29, 2011

http://www.ntv.co.ke

He was blamed for the mayhem that rocked the country exactly four years ago, following the announcement of the disputed presidential election. He had to announce the results in a secret room under heavy protection from armed security personnel. But four years on, Samuel Mutua Kivuitu says he has no regrets about how he handled the election. In fact Kivuitu says, he would conduct that election, the exact same way, if he were do it all over again. The former ECK chairman, who is now being treated for throat cancer, spoke to NTV’s Joe Ageyo.

@ogwemigo True, sad that he is so arrogant and unrepentant. God will judge him for all that. Thank God? for the new constitution and the provisions for the creation of strong and independent institutions that will hopefully put Kenyan interests above the elite’s political interests.
sirjonduke 26 minutes ago

This is a COLD BLOODED killer with no remorse. He is? enjoying the blood of his victims. For how long will you enjoy the millions you were given?
nyangi77 29 minutes ago

Enzi Zao: Samuel Kivuitu

Uploaded by kenyacitizentv on Jul 13, 2011
Wako Wapi? Makala ya Enzi Zao inamuangazia Samuel Kivuitu, aliyekuwa mwenyekiti wa tume ya uchaguzi.

Kivuitu: Kibaki and Raila mistreated me

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Aug 5, 2009

http://www.ntv.co.ke

Six months after the electoral commission he headed was unceremoniously disbanded Samuel kivuitu is tonight sharing some of his reflections of the 2007 elections exclusively with NTV. Kivuitu feels badly treated by the president and prime minister but has no regrets. A much-relaxed Samuel Kivuitu spoke to NTVs Emmanuel Juma.

Kivuitu’s Reaction to Kriegler Report

Uploaded by kenyacitizentv on Sep 22, 2008
ECK chairman Samwel Kivuitu reacts to Kriegler Report.

Kivuitu: Vote tallying was grossly flawed.

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Aug 20, 2008
Vote tallying was grossly flawed.

Kivuitu’s turn in the dock

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Aug 18, 2008
Kivuitu’s turn in the dock

Samuel Kivuitu says he did nothing wrong

Uploaded by NTVKenya on May 14, 2008
Samuel Kivuitu

SHOWDOWN – Kivuitu emerges from the woodwork – Feb 13, ’08

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Feb 14, 2008
February 14, 2008 – Electoral Commission chairman Samuel Kivuitu wants an inquiry to establish rigging claims on the presidential poll.

SHOWDOWN – Kivuitu emerges from the woodwork – Feb 13, ’08

Uploaded by NTVKenya on Feb 14, 2008
February 14, 2008 – Electoral Commission chairman Samuel Kivuitu wants an inquiry to establish rigging claims on the presidential poll.

Kivuitu Tries To exonerate Himself

Uploaded by bwanakeino on Jan 4, 2008
Kivuitu

kibaki swearing in

Uploaded by juicethedj on Jan 9, 2008
kibaki swearing in

Kenya ECK put on task on vote tally

Uploaded by juicethedj on Feb 6, 2008
ECK blamed

Kivuitu: “I dont’t Know Where The Reurning Officers Are”

Uploaded by makozewe on Jan 6, 2008
Kivuitu: “I dont’t Know Where The Reurning Officers Are”.

Election Rigging: “A Matter Of Life And Death” – Kwach

Uploaded by makozewe on Jan 6, 2008
Election Rigging: “A Matter Of Life And Death” – Kwach.

ECK Kivuitu gets tribal

Uploaded by juicethedj on Feb 20, 2008
kivuitu gets tribal out of the closet

Kibaki Winner Kenya elections 2007 and sworn in immediately

Uploaded by nmugaya on Dec 30, 2007
Kenya elections final results; Kibaki wins and sworn in immediately

Martha Karua

Uploaded by ruffcast on Dec 30, 2007
PNU,ODM kenya election rigging, Kibaki Raila martha karua vote recount kivuitu ECK nairobi

Election Rigging: “Something Is Wrong” – Kosgey

Uploaded by makozewe on Jan 6, 2008
Election Rigging in Kenya: “Something Is Wrong” – Kosgey.

Kosgey pleads with ECK

Uploaded by ruffcast on Dec 30, 2007
Kosgey’s pleas to ECK PNU,ODM kenya election rigging, Kibaki Raila martha karua vote recount kivuitu ECK nairobi ODM PNU kosgey nairobi kibaki fraud stealing raila kenya elections voting rigging KTN

Kenya: Message from Dr. Barack Abonyo in Kisumu!

From: Dr. Barack Abonyo For Kisumu Governor 2012

Dear Supporters:

We are here in Kisumu! Our grassroots campaign is about alleviating poverty, creating social justice, empowering ordinary people in Kisumu to embrace democracy and vote their voice. Its foundation is not of money distribution for votes, but the mobilization of compassionate committed men and women who together want to change Kisumu once and for all.

We are creating a pathway to democracy, from the bottom up by working with constituencies to identify with their specific issues and developing targeted sustainable strategies.

We will produce messages that are responsive to the concerns of the people in Kisumu County and be mindfully demonstrative in every aspect of our grassroots campaign. We want to be known as the people who care about the issues in Kisumu and come together to create viable solutions.

We will conduct an aggressive campaign to alleviate poverty in Kisumu. For forty years no significant changes to address these issues have been made, these problems can be fixed. Together with my team, I’m stepping forward to offer the voters of Kisumu a choice, Kisumu needs change and the time is now!

Will you stand with me? www.barackforgovernor.com.

We need your continued support, thank you.

Sincerely,

Barack Abonyo
Dr. Barack Abonyo for Kisumu Governor

Kenya: Miguna back as PM’s advisor- WHAT NEXT?

From: Tebiti Oisaboke

We Kenyans are funny and love making news everyday. All hell had broken loose when Miguna-Miguna was “suspended” from his constitutional advisory job to the PM RAO. Lots of things were said and circulated in and around the globe to justify his suspension. Mig sought legal redress to have his suspension quashed aside but the courts overruled him on grounds that he wasn’t legally hired by the PSC. And today much to our consternation as usual, we’re told that he ain’t going anywhere yet and will be paid his full check from the day he was locked out of office even before the judge’s ink has dried up. I know the chap could be celebrating in a big way for this glorious new year’s gift. But, what is going to happen with the chaps who leveled him with all those allegations which have now been proved to hold no sufficient water? They called him all types of words from bullying his co-workers, abusive, arrogant and uncompromising guy. What kind of working relationship will be there between Mig and his “boss” Dr. Mohammed Isahakia? What about Carroll Omondi and others?

If these folks really wanted to fire Mig-Mig, they should have built a very strong case of which they could be confident to win since the days of eliminations which was a common practice during Baba Kenyatta and Nyayo’s regimes are gone. These days its only the poor and voiceless whose life is squeezed out of their bodies by the elite rich drug barons and nothing happens to them. Mig is above the eagle’s claws. These folks who “attempted” to witchhunt Mig-Mig should be ashamed of themselves and need to be fired for causing him pain and suffering, humiliation and above all defamation. I say this simply because they will never comfortably share a conference table with Migs. Or just transfer some of them elsewhere. What about the gentleman who was hired last week to take over Mig’s position, Mr. John Kamau? Is he out of work now or are we going to give him a 72 month pay check for nothing because I presume, he had already signed a three year contract?

Remember these dudes serve on contracts and that is the legal way to still the tax payers’ money. They get paid good with a 24/7 sentries assigned to secure their lives, free accommodation, paid utilities, transportation, house help and many other amenities which come with these massive offices. These folks should be placed under the PSCs salary scale since they work for the state. Its not fair to pay other folks more than others when both of them are on the same salary scales as PSs. These are some of the questions which need to be clarified just before Mig-Mig swings back to his office. Last but not least, remember the old adage, “ONE CANNOT REAR TWO BULLS IN ONE CASTLE”.

TOI

=============

Click here http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000049065&cid=4&ttl=Miguna%20back%20as%20PM%27s%20advisor to read “Miguna back as PM\’s advisor “.

Kenya: Court of Appeal Declines to Quash Bashir Warrant

From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

This was the best gift for the Holiday Seasons and the 2012 best wishes……Keep up the good work good people……

We eagerly await to read report from ICC Hauge with relevant activities from the desk of Fatou Bensouda, as Justice delayed is Justice denied……and so, Justice must be seen to be done……

Cheers everybody…….!!!

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

– - – - – - – - – - –

Kenya: Court of Appeal Declines to Quash Bashir Warrant
George Omondi and Agencies

20 December 2011

The government has suffered a fresh blow in its push for a quick restoration of diplomatic and trade ties with Sudan after the Court of Appeal declined to quash an arrest warrant against President Omar al-Bashir.

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected a supplementary application filed by the State to stay a ruling issued by a High Court Judge last month against the Sudanese president.

The ruling delivered by Mr Justice Nicholas Ombija requires the Attorney-General and Internal Security minister to arrest Mr Bashir and hand him over to International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer to charges of alleged crimes against humanity.

“We are not convinced the reasons given by the deputy solicitor general are sufficient to grant a stay. The application for interim stay is refused,” Appeal Court Justice Emmanuel O’Kubasu told reporters on Tuesday.

This means that Kenya remains a no-go-zone for Mr Bashir up to January 24 when an appeal case that State lodged against Mr Justice Ombija’s ruling is determined. On Tuesday, the Attorney General’s office downplayed the setback, maintaining that it was more of a technicality than a substance issue.

“We are waiting for the ruling to be delivered early next year with a lot of confidence. Although we would have preferred an interim order against the High Court ruling, we appreciate that the Court needed more time given the critical issues involved in this case,” Attorney-General Githu Muigai told the Business Daily in a phone interview.

Mr Justice Ombija’s ruling had earlier raised a storm, sparking a diplomatic row between Khartoum and Nairobi that saw the former expel Kenya’s ambassador and recall its country’s envoy within 12 hours.

Foreign minister Moses Wetangula said Kenya would also have lost a key market for its tea, coffee and other products if the state had not move with speed to appeal the case.

He told Parliament that Mr Bashir had ordered that all flights from Kenya be banned from Sudan’s airspace, jeopardising tea worth $200 million among other goods that it buys from Kenya every year.

Also facing uncertainty in the country are hundreds of students and merchants who have established businesses under past cordial diplomatic relations.

Kenya is a signatory to the Rome Statute which established the ICC in 2002 but has opted, alongside the African Union, not to enforce the ICC’s warrant of arrest against the Sudanese leader.

According to Prof Muigai, however, a sitting head of state enjoys immunity from criminal proceedings under the Rome Statute, a ground that informs an appeal case that the State has lodged against the High Court ruling.

Kenya: Journey to the ICC
23 December 2011

Nairobi — This holiday season Kenyans will be watching the International Criminal Court (ICC), awaiting a decision – expected between 23 December and January 2012 – on confirmation-of-charges hearings against the first three of six high-level suspects who allegedly bear the greatest responsibility for violence that erupted after the disputed 2007 presidential poll, leading to the deaths of at least 1,200 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands.

Below are 12 key events on Kenya’s journey to the ICC:

The Post-Election Violence (PEV): Following the 30 December 2007 presidential election results, then opposition leader Raila Odinga (now prime minister) and his supporters reject the declared victory of incumbent Mwai Kibaki (now president), alleging rigging. Protests degenerate into widespread violence with calm only returning after the formation of a coalition government in February 2008.

23 May 2008: The Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (CIPEV) is set up and mandated to investigate the violence, the conduct of state security agencies in their handling of it and to make recommendations concerning these and other matters.

October 2008: CIPEV, popularly referred to as the “Waki Commission” after the chairman, appeal judge Phillip Waki, releases a report, which concludes that the post-election violence “was more than a mere juxtaposition of citizens-to-citizens opportunistic assaults [but] systematic attacks on Kenyans based on their ethnicity and their political leanings”.

The report calls for the creation of a special tribunal to prosecute the post-election violence crimes. In late 2008/early 2009, attempts to establish a special tribunal fail. Chants such as “Don’t be vague, go to the Hague” became popular, with most citizens expressing a distrust of the local justice system.

16 July 2009: An envelope with a list of persons who could be implicated in the violence and documents compiled by CIPEV is handed over to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, at The Hague. On 5 November 2009, Moreno-Ocampo notifies the ICC president of his intention to submit a request for the start of an investigation into Kenya’s PEV. The ICC presidency issues the “Decision assigning the situation in the Republic of Kenya to Pre-Trial Chamber 11″ on 6 November. This was followed by a 26 November 2009 request by the prosecutor to initiate investigations in Kenya.

31 March 2010: The ICC Chamber, by majority, concurs with the prosecutor that the alleged crimes against humanity occurred in Kenya, paving the way for the PEV investigations for the period between 1 June 2005 (when the Rome Statute ratifying the court entered into force in Kenya) and 26 November 2009 (the date of the filing of the Prosecutor’s Request).

15 December 2010: The list of the “Ocampo six” is released. Moreno-Ocampo then requests the court to issue summonses to Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey, Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura and former education minister William Ruto, as well as former police commissioner Mohamed Hussein Ali and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang, to voluntarily appear before the ICC for their alleged responsibility in the commission of crimes against humanity.

8 March 2011: Pre-Trial Chamber II issues, by majority, summonses for the six suspects to appear before the court.

31 March 2011: Kenya challenges the admissibility of the ICC cases, arguing in a submission to the Court that as a result of the adoption of a new constitution and ongoing judicial reforms, it is now capable of investigating the six suspects itself.

7 and 8 April 2011: Ruto, Kosgey, and Sang – case one; and Muthaura, Kenyatta and Ali – case two – appear voluntarily before the Court.

30 May 2011: Pre-Trial Chamber II rules on the admissibility of the cases against the six.

30 August 2011: The ICC’s Appeals Chamber confirms the Pre-Trial Chamber II 30 May 2011 decision on the admissibility of the cases against the six suspects as no national investigations are ongoing into the same individuals.

1-8 September 2011 and 21 September to 5 October 2011: The confirmation of charges hearing is held for the suspects in cases one and two, respectively.

The ICC, established by the Rome Statute on 1 July 2002, has been conducting investigations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Kenya and Sudan. Moreno-Ocampo is to be replaced by his deputy, Fatou Bensouda, when his term ends in 2012.

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations ]

Kenya & USA: Col. Dr. K’obuoyo a Kenyan professor in the US and a surgeon with the US Air Force is to contest the top seat of the President of the Republic of Kenya

Writes Leo odera Omolo I Kisumuy City.

A top Kenyan scholar who is living in the United States of America has declared his intention to contest the top most job on the Land come the next year polls.

Col. Prof. Rachilo Luo K’Obuoyo who is a top cardiologist and surgeon with the United States Air force said in a message to his writer that he is vehemently opposed to ll sort of malpractices and corruption which has been devilling Kenya for years.

Col.Prof.K’Obuoyo, however, did not disclosed any existing political party of his choice, but he promised that the would be herein Kenya early next year. He said he has consulted widely and he is likely to get the blessing of the two major Western powers namely the US and Great Britain.

K’Obuoyo said none of all those who have shown keen interests in contesting the presidency is capable of effecting the meaningful change and political reform. Most of those presidential aspirants have been part of bad political machinations and corruption and as such cannot genuinely and meaningful make any change.

Col Prof K’Obuoyo strongly condemned the current coalition government headed by President Mwai Kibaki and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying it has failed to deliver to the satisfaction of the electorate. He wanted all those who are involve in the current administration to go home and leave the field open for more energetic and dynamic youthful leaders to be in the forefront.

Col Pof.K’Obuoyo who had earlier announced that he would contest the election for the most powerful and lucrative position of Migori County governor, said he had changed his mind after conducting extensive consultation with his friends both in overseas and here at home who had wished him to go for the top most job {the presidency}.

He hail from Sori-Karungu in Nyatike constituency within Migori County. He said politicians I Kenya have been taking the country citizen for granted and have been running the country like their own fiefdom, but the time has come for these leaders with outmoded ideas to pack up and go.

He sad he was not happy with nearly all the existing political parties which are being run of sycophantic basis with no clear manifesto for proper economic empowerment of Kenyans. The parties, he added, lacked vision with which to improve the living standards of Kenyan, indeed, the leaders have been enriching themselves at the expense of the down trodden Kenyan poor. He strongly abhorred the use of hired political goons to intimidate their perceived opponents or any sort of acts of political thuggery, saying he would conduct gentleman’s campaign in his quest for the presidency of Kenya.’Prof.K’Obuoyois an associate professor of medicine at the Harvard University School of Medicine an Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has reached the military rank of a colonel n the United Air Force

view images, CPP550680.pdf, 948KB

Ends

KENYA: ALTERNATIVE MEDIA FOR UHURU’S CAMPAIGN IS AN IDEAL — BUT

From: ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News

BY FR JOACHIM OMOLO OUKO, AJ
BONDO-SIAYA COUNTY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011

While the idea that Kanu is to take advantage of technology and the digital revolution to open a television station, radio station, run its own newspaper and acquire its own printing press, not only to give the party popularity but also to use it as a vehicle for Deputy Prime Minster and Minister of Finance, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta road to 2012 presidency, this is not going to be an easy task.

Although according to who owns Kenya Uhuru is one of the richest individual Kenyans, owning net worth-$500 Million invested in land alone, using this wealth in media campaign and to regain his lost popularity in Kanu would not give much impact either. This is also to consider that Uhuru’s name has been tinted in 2007/008 post election violence.

Again, given that Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyans will be too slow to elect him for fear that like his father he will take Kenya back to dark ages of his father.

Uhuru is heir to some of the largest land holdings in Kenya. He owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices.

Apart from land, Uhuru and his family also own Brookside Dairies, Kenya’s largest dairy company, as well as stakes in popular television station K24 and a commercial bank in Nairobi, among other interests.

With his wealth Uhuru is also expected to pay the newly created party secretariat- Secretary for Information and Media Relations, Secretary for Environment, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Secretary for Education, Research and Technology, Secretary for Labour and Industrial Relations and Secretary for International Affairs.

In addition to the seven-member advisory council Kanu is also proposing to have a County Assembly Forum, which is an organ of the party grassroots level. It will have members operating from the ward level because county representatives will be elected from the wards.

Although the Daily Nation is the most authoritative of all Kenya’s newspapers, providing comprehensive and balanced coverage of Kenyan news, arguably the most objective, independent, and unbiased in its news coverage, alternative media for Uhuru still remains an ideal for his campaign alright.

The Standard which is Kenya’s oldest daily newspaper (founded in 1902) and the second most widely read, owned by The Standard Group, which also owns the KTN television station, and like the Daily Nation, it offers very comprehensive news coverage, even though it is considered to be more critical of the government and is perceived as leaning more towards the side of the opposition, unlike Daily Nation which is perceived to be in favour of PNU of which Uhuru is affiliated, alternative media is still the right move for Uhuru.

Business Daily is likely to be in Uhuru’s favour, given that it is also published by the Nation Media Group, is East Africa’s premier business newspaper, focusing on business news from the East African region. If you are an investor like Uhuru, the paper is an ideal.

Kenya Times for example, became an ideal paper for Kanu during those early days of Moi because the party owned it. The newspaper used to be one of Kenya’s top three papers, along with Daily Nation and The Standard. The newspaper lost its taste and was eventually closed following the introduction of multiparty politics and the subsequent defeat of Kanu in the 2002 elections.

The 27 year old newspaper suddenly shut down in early June overwhelmed by massive debts, rendering many workers jobless and unpaid salaries. The last issue of the Kenya Times appeared on Friday, June 4 2011.

Other newspapers include the East African, a weekly newspaper published by the Nation Media Group. It offers comprehensive coverage of news from across the entire East African region (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). Like Business Week, the newspaper also covers a lot of business news, even though is engineered with the East African community in mind.

Given that Coast Weekly newspaper focuses on tourism and entertainment news, mostly from Kenya’s coast towns of Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu, which are also the country’s leading tourist destinations, it cannot be on Uhuru’s favour. It mainly targets tourists and players in the tourism industry.

Although the People Daily could work on Uhuru’s favour given that it is owned by veteran politician and businessman Kenneth Matiba, the fact that it commands a very small market share, even though it was initially launched to challenge the Daily Nation on political news coverage, is why alternative media still an ideal for Uhuru.

The Nairobi Star could also be an ideal newspaper for Uhuru, however, given that it mainly carries Kenya’s “juicy” news, mostly focusing on gossip about Kenya’s public figures and celebrities, appealing to a younger audience who may not be interested in mainstream news carried by the other newspapers, and because it is owned by the same company that owns the Classic FM and Kiss 100 FM radio stations, the paper won’t sale on Uhuru very much.

Launched in September 2007, Like the Nairobi Star, The Daily Metro which features mainly on editorial won’t be an ideal paper for Uhuru. This is because, like Nairobi Star the newspaper targets younger readers and those in lower and middle income levels. That is why it sells at a lower price than all of the other papers. It appeals to people looking for a lighter read, and is aimed at younger Kenyan readers who want “easy-to-read” materials.

Even though alternative Print Media plays a major political role in Kenya, and like many other countries, has its fair share of “gutter” or “street” publications whose content is not considered mainstream or newsworthy, among them being the Weekly Citizen and Confidential, the fact that both are less authoritative than their mainstream counterparts, despite the fact that it often carry interesting local news that other newspapers do not find worthwhile to publish, these prints cannot have an impact towards Uhuru’s campaign.

Uhuru is yet to work very hard through his proposed media to convince Kenyans that a Kikuyu cannot be elected president as perceived by some section of Kenyans. He is again to convince Kenyans that he cannot take the country into the dark ages of his father where corruption, nepotism, intimidation, land grabbing was the order of the day.

On June 1, 1964 when Kenyatta became President and successfully had Parliament amend the Constitution to make Kenya a republic with his office becoming executive President: the head of State, head of Government, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, only later that Kenyans realized that this was his trick to control Kenya.

It is against the background that on November 10, 1964, he forced KADU to officially dissolve and its representatives joined KANU, forming a single party. Through this tactic Kenyatta was re-elected un-opposed in 1966, and the next year had the Constitution amended to expand his powers.

Through single party politics Kenyatta consolidated his power greatly, and placed several of his Kikuyu tribesmen in most of the powerful state and security offices and posts. He used state security forces to silence any politician who was suspected to be a threat to his government.

Several murders of prominent personalities such as Pio Gama Pinto, Tom Mboya, and JM Kariuki took place during his tenure. These personalities were deemed as threats to his regime.

To continue controlling Kenya through his security forces is one of the reasons why in the 1969 elections, Kenyatta banned the only other party, KPU (formed and led by his former vice president, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who had been forced to quit KANU along with his left leaning allies), detained its leaders, and called elections in which only KANU was allowed to participate.

On January 29, 1970 he was sworn in as President for a further term. For the remainder of his presidency, Kenya was effectively a one-party state, and Kenyatta made use of detention, appeals to ethnic loyalties, and careful appointment of government jobs to maintain his commanding position in Kenya’s political system.

Through single party system Kenyatta was again re-elected as President in 1974, in elections in which he, again he ran alone. This was because no Kanu member would challenge him. On Nov 5, 1974, he was sworn in as President for a third term.

When Kenyatta died on 22, August 1978 in Mombasa of natural causes attributable to old age, Moi succeeded him and continued with similar tactic of single party system until he was forced to introduce multiparty party system in 1992 which resulted into deadly ethnic clashes to avenge the Kikuyu communities in Rift Valley.

That is why when Moi proposed that he would be succeeded by Uhuru Kenyatta in 2002 the vast majority of Kenyans were afraid that should Uhuru take over he was going to use the same tactic of his father and Moi, so for the fear now.

People for Peace in Africa (PPA)
P O Box 14877
Nairobi
00800, Westlands
Kenya

Tel +254-7350-14559/+254-722-623-578
E-mail- ppa@africaonline.co.ke
omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Website: www.peopleforpeaceafrica.org

Kenya: Peace meeting between Kipsigis and Kisiis rubbished as William Ruto’s political gimmicks and presidential votes shunting

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisii Town.

The much highlighted last Monday peace and reconciliation meeting between the two warring communities of Kipsigis of the South Rift and the Kisiis of Nyanza Province was nothing but simple presidential votes hunting political gimmicks of the Eldoret North MP William Ruto.

A cross section of the Abagusii people interviewed here have faulted the leaders who participated at the so-called peace meeting held at Chebilat border town and reportedly attended by 17 MPs from the two communities.

They accused the participants for having made no mention about who were the aggressors and further more the hundred of Abagusii people who are still languishing in the Internally Displaced Persons {IDP} and living under a very squalid conditions.

The participant made no mention how the Abagusii people who lost millions of shillings in terms of the their torched dwelling homes, farms, properties and domesticated animals in areas like Kuresoi, Olenguruane,Molo,Burny Forest,Uasin Gishu,Trans-Mara, Trans-Nzoia and Kipkellion.

The leaders who took part in bogus and phantom meetings have also been faulted for not having mentioned the fate of the Abagusii people who were forced out of their legally acquired land and property in two previous tribal skirmishes launched by the Kalenjin warriors in 1992/1993, and also in 1996/1997.

The situation is even worsened by the participation of William Ruto, the Eldoret North MP and a man who is currently facing criminal charges at the International Criminal Court of Justice {ICC} at the Hague for his alleged offences of human right violation including forcing people out of their homes making the IDPs to live in a squalid conditions in make shift camps.

Ruto’s participation in the search for lasting peace between the two communities look like not genuine exercise, but pure case of political miscalculation and underestimation of the intelligence of the Abagusii people who have suffered the brunt of communal violence each time there is an elections ever sine 1990s.

One Kisii town resident who requested for his anonymity gave example of close to 200 people who have perished in he recent year as the result of cattle rustling between heavily armed Pokots, the Marakwets, the Tugens and Turkanas of the North Rift, an area which are located next door to William Ruto’s Uasin Gishu district home, but for which the MP has never made any attempt to reconcile the warring communities.

Ruto whose styles of political leadership is shrouded by mysteries and intrigues and miscalculation has made no effort to broker the peace between the warring communities of the North Rift region where he lives

Moreover cattle’s rustling between the Kipsigis and their neighbor is century’s old phenomenon ever since the day’s of the War of the Mogoren and Abbosi areas, these tribal wars pitting the two neighboring communities which inflicted permanent scars and enmities took place long before the arrival of the white men in this country.

The tribal skirmishes between the two communities had continued in earnest even long after the Colonial authorities had established their administration headquarters in Kisii and in Kericho towns in around 1906

The two administrative bridgeheads by the British expedition forces came at the time when the border between Kisiis and the Kipsigis was drawn around the hills near Mokomoni and Mosobeti in North Mugirango and also near Gesima in Kitutu East and around Nyamasibi in Nyaribari Masaba near Keroka.

The colonial authorities forced the Kipsigis people out of these areas and created space to accommodate the white settlers for large scale farming in dairy cattle and later tea and coffee bushes and renamed the area Sotik highlands.

But in 1962, the Colonial Office appointed a British Professor Mackenzie who headed a Boundary Commission in Kenya and whose Commission had come up with the finding that the areas in question belong t the bagusii people. This was due to lack of effective representation by the Kipsigis community. The area member of the Colonial Legislative Council was then the late Dr. taita Araap Toweett who was not bothered and did not appeared before this commissions, whereas theKisii leaders of those days led by the late John Kebaso, James Paul Nyamweya, Lawrence George Sagini, Johnson Keragori, Samson Nyambati, Johnson Nyandigisi and Washington Ondicho with the help of two powerful and influential chiefs Musa Nyandusi {Manwar wuod Ayacko} of Nyaribari and Zakiah Angwenyi {Ogoro}effectively represented Abagusii community in all the Mackenzie Commission’s public hearing meetings held in Kisii an Kericho towns.

Finally the Macknzie Commission handed the areas now called Borabu district in an area previously known as North Mugirango Location back to the Kisii and its rightful original owners, and when the white settlers stated moving out of their farms at the time of independence in 19673 the Abagusii with the help of colonial authorities moved into the area which were created as new settlement scheme covering KIjauri, Nyansiongo, Chebilat and on hilltops areas over looking the Sotik Highland tea estates and factories. And the contentious new boundaries were drawn fresh. It had pushed the Kipsigis miles away beyond Ndanai River and Sotik town. Then the industrious and mostly densely populate Kisii people moved into the new settlement scheme in their thousands. These are the historical crux of the truth about the continued hostilities between the Kipsigis and the Abagusii people and unless the proponent and advocate of the peace looked into these deeply rooted grievances and avoiding cheap populist political gimmicks like the ones spearheaded by the likes of Ruto the solution into the tribal hatred will be far from being brought to an end.

He hostilities between the Kisiis and the Kipsgis ceased only in he late 1920s after the Colonial authorities had appointed two chiefs in Bomet and Buret locations who had the mixed blood of Kisiis and Kipsigis. These were Sgt Kenduiywo Arap Balliach {Sotik / Bomet and Cheborge Arap Tengecha in Buret in an agriculturally rich area hitherto known as Location three while Sotik was known as Location Four. The two chief who were members of the Kapecherek sub-clans meaning people with the mixture blood of Kisiis / Kipsigis meaning the Kisiis who were assimilated and naturalized by the Kipsigis.

The two Chiefs ruled the region with an iron fists and brought cattle rustling and all form of hostilities between the two communities to an immediate end. And thereafter the two communities had lived together in peace and harmony, though were scattered reports of isolated and sporadic incidences of cattle rustling here and there, but not on full scale conflagration as it happened in 2007/2007.

This he added, I because the meager and sparsely of the votes in this particular region where the loss of human lives has been so enormous. But Ruto is cleverly and cunningly showing interests in the votes rich Kipsigis and Abagusii communities. This is purely a cheap and simple political gimmicks and part of Ruto wide scheme hatched mainly for the votes canvassing in this region. It is bound to fail no matter how he deployed the sugar-coated language unless the wronged Kisiis people are adequately compensated, given back their land and property seized by he Kalenjins in the rift Valley, he added.

It was, however, encouraging to note that MPs from across the political divide and inter party who lines participated in the deliberations, but it is also imperative to know that from the presence of Prof Sam K Ongeri, all other MPs like Richard Onyonka, Dr Julius Kones, Joyce Laboso, Monda, Isaac Ruto, and even William Ruto himself, are all of them too young and lacked the sufficient information an knowledge about the historical background of the deeply rooted Kisii-Kipsigis enmities.

These political novices need to carry out proper consultations and research before jumping cheaply onto William Rutoi’s votes catching bandwagon.

Ends

Kenya: Peace and reconciliation initiative rubbished as Ruto’s presidential votes hunting gimmicks

Commentary by Leo Odera Omolo In Kisii Town.

The much highlighted last Monday peace and reconciliation meeting between the two warring communities of Kipsigis of the South Rift and the Kisiis of Nyanza Province was nothing but simple presidential votes hunting political gimmicks of the Eldoret North MP William Ruto.

Across section of h Abagusii people interviewed here have faulted the leaders who participated at the so-called peace meeting held at Chebilat border town and reportedly attended by 17 MPs from the two communities.

They accused the participants for having made no mention about who were the aggressors and further more the hundred of Abagusii people who are still languishing in the Internally Displaced Persons {IDP} and living under a very squalid conditions.

The participant made no mention how the Abagusii people who lost millions of shillings in terms of the their torched dwelling homes, farms, properties and domesticated animals in areas like Kuresoi, Olenguruane,Molo, Burny Forest, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Mara, Trans-Nzoia and Kipkellion.

The leaders who took part in bogus and phantom meetings have also bee faulted for not having mentioned the fate of the Abagusii people who were forced out of their legally acquired land and property in two previous tribal skirmishes launched by the Kalenjin warriors in 1992/1993, and also in 1996/1997.

The situation is even worsened by the participation of William Ruto, the Eldoret North MP and a man who is currently facing criminal charges at the International Criminal Court of Justice {ICC} at the Hague for his alleged offences of human right violation including forcing people out of their homes making the IDPs to live in a squalid conditions in make shift camps.

Ruto’s participation in the search for lasting peace between the two communities look like not genuine exercise, but pure case of political miscalculation and underestimation of the intelligence of the Abagusii people who have suffered the brunt of communal violence each time there is an elections ever sine 1990s.

One Kisii town resident who requested for his anonymity gave example of close to 200 people who have perished in the recent year as the result of cattle rustling between heavily armed Pokots, the Marakwets, the Tugens and Turkanas of the North Rift, an area which are located next door to William Ruto’s Uasin Gishu district home, but for which the MP has never made any attempt to reconcile the warring communities.

Ruto whose styles of political leadership is shrouded by mysteries and intrigues and miscalculation has made no effort to broker the peace between the warring communities of the North Rift region where he lives

Moreover cattle’s rustling between the Kipsigis and their neighbor is century’s old phenomenon ever since the day’s of the War of the Mogoren and Abbosi areas, these tribal wars pitting the two neighboring communities which inflicted permanent scars and enmities took place long before the arrival of the white men in this country.

The tribal skirmishes between the two communities had continued in earnest even long after the Colonial authorities had established their administration headquarters in Kisii and in Kericho towns in around 1906

The two administrative bridgeheads by the British expedition forces came at the time when the border between Kisiis and the Kipsigis was drawn around the hills near Mokomoni an Mosobeti in North Mugirango and also near Gesima in Kitutu East and around Nyamasibi in Nyaribari Masaba near Keroka.

The colonial authorities forced the Kipsigis people out of these areas and created space to accommodate the white settlers for large scale farming in dairy cattle and later tea and coffee bushes and renamed the area Sotik highlands.

But in 1962, the Colonial Office appointed a British Professor Mackenzie who heaed a Boundary Commission in Kenya and whose Commission had come up with the finding that the areas in question belong t the bagusii people. This was due to lack of effective representation by the Kipsigis community. Th area member of the ColonialLegislative Council was then the late Dr. taita Araap Toweett who was not bothered and did not appeared before this commissions, whereas the Kisii leaders of those days led by the late John Kebaso, James Paul Nyamweya, Lawrence George Sagini, Johnson Keragori, Samson Nyambati, Johnson Nyandigisi and Washington Ondicho with the help of two powerful and influential chiefs Musa Nyandusi{Manwar wuod Ayacko} of Nyaribari and Zakiah Angwenyi {Ogoro} effectively represented Abagusii community in all the Mackenzie Commission’s public hearing meetings.held in Kisii an Kericho towns.

Finally the Macknzie Commission handed the areas now called Borabu district in an area previously known as North Mugirango Location back to the Kisii and its rightful original owners, and when the white settlers stated moving out of their farms at the time of independence in 19673 the Abagusii with the help of colonial authorities moved into the area which were created as new settlement scheme covering KIjauri, Nyansiongo, Chebilat and on hilltops areas over looking the Sotik Highland tea estates and factories. And the contentious new boundaries were drawn fresh. It had pushed the Kipsigis miles away beyond Ndanai River and Sotik town. Then the industrious and mostly densely populate Kisii people moved into the new settlement scheme in their thousands. These are the historical crux of the truth about the continued hostilities between the Kipsigis and the Abagusii people and unless the proponent and advocate of the peace looked into these deeply rooted grievances and avoiding cheap populist political gimmicks like the ones spearheaded by the likes of Ruto the solution into the tribal hatred will be far from being brought to an end.

He hostilities between the Kisiis and the Kipsgis ceased only in he late 1920s after the Colonial authorities had appointed two chiefs in Bomet and Buret locations who had the mixed blood of Kisiis and Kipsigis. These were Sgt Kenduiywo Arap Balliach {Sotik / Bomet and Cheborge Arap Tengecha in Buret in an agriculturally rich area hitherto known as Location three while Sotik was known as Location Four. The two chief who were members of the Kapecherek sub-clans meaning people with the mixture blood of Kisiis / Kipsigis meaning the Kisiis who were assimilated and naturalized by the Kipsigis.

The two Chiefs ruled the region with an iron fists and brought cattle rustling and all form of hostilities between the two communities to an immediate end. And thereafter the two communities had lived together in peace and harmony, though were scattered reports of isolated and sporadic incidences of cattle rustling her an there, but not on full scale conflagration as it happened in 2007/2007.

This he added, I because the meager and sparsely of the votes in this particular region where the loss of human lives has been so enormous. But Ruto is cleverly and cunningly showing interests in the votes rich Kipsigis and Abagusii communities. This is purely a cheap and simple political gimmicks and part o Ruto wide scheme hatched mainly for the votes canvassing in this region/ It is bound to fail no matter how he deployed the sugar-coated language unless the wronged Kisiis people are adequately compensated, given back their land and property seized by he Kalenjins in the rift Valley, he added.

It was, however, encouraging to note that MPs from across the political divide and inter party who lines participated in the deliberations, but it is also imperative to know that from the presence of Prof Sam K Ongeri all other MPs like Richard Onyonka,Dr Julius Kones,Joyce Laboso,Monda,Isaac Ruto and even William Ruto himself are all of them too young and lacked the sufficient information an knowledge about the historical background of the deeply rooted Kisii-Kipsigis enmities.

These political novices need to carry out proper consultations and research before jumping cheaply onto William Rutoi’s votes catching bandwagon.

Ends

KENYA: THE BATTLE FOR GOVERNORS WHO WILL BE CONTROLLING THE ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN THE FOUR COUNTIES INSIDE LUO-NYANZA HAS KICKED OFF IN EARNEST

News Analysis By Ndira-Uradi In Kisumu City

WHAT is increasingly taking the center stage in the impending general election slated for next year is the battle for the four lucrative and powerful positions of the County governors under the new constitutional dispensation.

Those aspiring for the four positions of governor in the four counties, namely Migori,Siaya,Homa-Bay and Kisumu have already hit the ground.

The potential aspirants for the four seats have of late been seen criss crossing the full length and width of their respective counties while canvassing for votes, though the election is still twelve months away, an indication that the impending battle for the four slots within the county governance will be the toughest ever seen in this region.

And as the situation stands the battle for the control of the mineral rich Migori County is promising to be the most grueling he judging from the list of the individual personalities who have already shown keen interests in the seat.

Led by the administrative genius Kisumu Town Clerk Christopher Odhiambo Rusana who hails from Suna West location within Migori district, the race also involved other high profile political giants and heavyweights in the region it will also involved much experienced and seasoned politicians.

Rusana, however, has the best and most attractive track record couple with experience gained mostly in the in-service and numerous local; an overseas training in local government administration and management. He has served in the local authorities for close to sixteen years since coming out fresh from the University of Nairobi.

Rusana will face it off with one of the region’s political giant in the name of Prof.Edward Oyugi Akong’along time political associate and confidant of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. His unswerving loyalty to Jaramogi at one time landed him into detention camp and later into voluntary exile to a foreign country in Europe after his failure to secure back his teaching job at the University of Nairobi after upon his release out of the detention camp where he was detained together with another radical politician in the name of George Moseti Anyona, the former Kitutu Masaba MP.

Prof Oyugi Akong’o who also hail from the Osingo Group, but is a resident of Wasweta West in Suba West Division of Migori district like his credible rival Rusana.

The two will face formidable opposition from Sammy Onyango, a chief account with a private firm of accountants and auditing in Nairobi. Onyango hails from Otacho area of Central Sakwa within Awendo district.

Also in the race is the youthful, industrious and populist Eng.Mrk Nyamita who hails from Central Kanyamkago location Rapogi Division within Uriri district. Nyamita is a senior manager with the Airtel Kenya.

Also in the race and busy campaigning is the administrator of Ojele Hospital one of the most flourishing medical faculties in Migori Town Joseph Ngao Ojele. Ojele belonged to Karungu sub-clan of the Jokonyango group in Nyatike constituency.

Migori County is covering five parliamentary constituencies, namely Kuria, Migori, Nyatike, Uriri and Rongo. However, following he recommendation of the disbanded Andraw Ligale Interim Boundaries Commission, the region could see three more electoral constituencies following the sub-division of Kuria, Rongo and Migori constituencies.

The number of aspirants for the governorship could be swelling up in the next few months with the possibility of two new aspirants emerging from the Kuria community.

This an area which is minerals rich, and also full sugarcane and tobacco growing and longest shoreline of Lake Victoria making it rich in fishing an fish trade. Migori Town which is expected to be the headquarters of the new County is only about 20 kilometers from the common Kenya Tanzania borders making the area a fertile ground for intra trade between the two countries.

Migori has minerals such as gold, nickels and copper. Part of the region has the most fertile and arable for all kind of cash crops and domestic food grains.

Reports emerging our of the neighboring Homa-Bay County says a dagger is drawn between the three leading contenders who included the immediate former Rangwe MP Eng Phillip Okoth Okundi who hails from Kochia West in Rangwe, the former Country Director of Marie Stoppie Clinics Cyprian Otieno Awiti from East Karachuonyo in the North Rachuonyo district and an executive with the Microsoft International Computer firm Dr Mark Matunga from Mfangano Island in Mbita district.

Others in the race include Prof Joseph Akeyo Omolo from Wagwe in Central Karachuonyo.The incumbent Rangwe MP Martin Otieno Ogindo. Rumors is a wash in Homa-Bay and its environs that the former Kenya’s High Commissioner to India and Namibia and a one time Trade Assistant Minister Lazarus Ombaye Amayo might join the race for the same position within the county governance. But Amayo who hails from West Karachuoyo is a still a public servant and has yet to make his position clear over these claims and unconfirmed reports.

Homay-Bay County, perhaps the biggest run through six parliamentary constituencies, namely Mbita, Gwassi, Ndhiwa, Rangwe, Karachuonyo an Kasipul-Kabondo.But there is the likelihood that the number of constituencies will be increased to seven with the sub-divisions which were recommended by the defunct Andraw Legale Boundaries Commission for the creation of two more new extra seats one for Homa-Bay and another on in Kasipul-Kabondo.

So far the cut-throat battle is expected to be between Cyprian Awiti and Dr Mark Matunga with Okundi likely to play the third position, perhaps owing to his advanced age. The popular saying is that the position of governor would be the most challenging and Okundi is considered too old and tired and need t take a leave from active politics. It will be a taxing one which requires energetic person ready to serve the public for long hours a day.

It will b an up-hill task for Prof Akeyo to beat Awiti within the vote reach two districts Rachuonyo.Akeyo the professor of mathematics at the Maseno University, however is credited for having handle the volatile Karachuonyo constituency CDF fund to the satisfaction of the electorate as its local CDF chairman responsible for disbursing millions of shillings to the needy socio-economic projects.

The arrival of Amayo for the same race, however, this political scenario would hurt Awiti chances more than anyone else, though the two Rachuonyo districts have registered more voters compared to four other constituencies so if the voting pattern could turn into clans, then a man from the two Rachuonyo districts will have his way through the polls.

Meanwhile another region where the battle for the governor position has elicited a lot of controversies is Kisumu County. Its area of jurisdiction include Nyakach ,Muhoroni, Nyando,Kisumu Town East,Kisumu Town West and Kisumu Rural parliamentary constituencies.

There will be one more extra parliamentary constituency as the result of the recommendation by the Legale Commission or readjustment and realignment of both Kisumu Rural and Kisumu Town West constituencies with the creation of a new Seme or Kombewa constituency or the residents of Seme locations and the Kisumu Town West which has created a new electoral area between the two existing constituencies laying west and north of Kisumu Town.

Those who have already declared their candidature to contest for the governor sea include the abrasive Sales and Marketing Director of Mumias Sugar Company Peter Hongo.He is an indignant man from the Jo-Kisumo group. He is said to be a head of the pack which included Ruth Adhiambo Odinga the sister of the Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is a sales executive with Odinga family business flagship Spectre International, which is managing the Kisumu Molasses plant, Jack Ranguma a former received manager of Muhoroni Sugar Company and the KRA, He hails from West Kano Kbura.And also in the race is Simon Ogendo an insurance executive in Nairobi who is also the son f the former Kisumu Mayor the late Ogendo Von Ponge. He hails from Kolwa Nyamasaria within the Kisumu Town East constituency. Others who are said to be eyeing for the governor position include the one time Minister for Water Development and Kisumu Town Clerk Ojwang’K’ómbudo. He hail from Lower Nyakach

The majority of he rsidents of the sugarcane and rice growing Kisumu County are I favor of the Mumias sugar man who they said as all what it takes to be the best qualification and reputation for the governor’s job. Hongo is poplar with youth and women.

Raila’ sister Ruth Adhiambo is treated as an outsider and being dismissed of being bullies and excessively arrogance to b consider or any elective position within the county governance.

O the Siaya side the ace for the County governor has yet to gain momentum, although the names of Joe Donde the former Gem MP and financial genius is frequently being mentioned as the most suitable person for the job. Other names include that of the immediate former Alego-Usonga MP Sammy Weya, and the Bondo MP and Finance Assistant Minister Dr Oburu Oginga.

Dr Odinga is a trained economist, and although rumors making the round sys he might also opt for the Siaya Senate representative seat. His performance as the MP for Bondo has elevated his personality, especially his handling of the devolving government funds including the CDF has made Oburu to score the highest marks among the current crops of Luo MPs. At the constituency level Dr Oginga has come out of his late father’s shadow and proved himself of a good leader.

Ends

Kenya: News from Dr. Barack Abonyo

from: Dr. Barack Abonyo For Kisumu Governor 2012

Dear Friends:

For some time I have been looking for an appropriate word to be grateful to all those who have chosen selflessly to support our quest to deal with poverty in Kisumu County. However, I have ended up with the same common words I could have said a long time ago. “THANK YOU COMRADES FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART”.

Sincerely,

Dr. Barack Abonyo
Dr. Barack Abonyo For Governor

– - – - – - – - – -

The Fight Is Bigger Than We

What we are fighting against is bigger than what one would describe as running for office. It can simply be defined as fighting a demon that almost stopped me and many of you from gaining our potential. As many now know, I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in a University in the United States.

If only the Save the Children fund did not come for my rescue, I would have never gotten a chance to be recognized by American Physiological Society and International Innovation Magazine among other achievements. Worse still, I may have never had a chance to help any child, educate many students in my field, contribute to the field of science and technology and now work on a variety of philanthropic and social initiatives in my country. Simply put, mine would have been a wasted brain. To tell you the true, this happens every day in Kenya and it is getting worse. Many brains are wasted and not only brains, many lives are lost. The reason for this is senseless poverty. And if one can think through it, poverty is perpetuated, it does not just appear.

It is our responsibility to stop the perpetual life cycle of poverty in Kisumu. No one will do it for us. We together as a people we must decide enough is enough.

Dr. Barack Abonyo Grassroot Campaign

Dr. Barack Abonyo grassroots campaign is about alleviating poverty, creating social justice, empowering ordinary people in Kisumu to embrace democracy and vote their voice. Its foundation is not of money, but one of compassion for the people.

We are creating a pathway to democracy, from the bottom up by working with constituencies to identify with their specific issues and developing targeted sustainable strategies.

We will produce messages that are responsive to the concerns of the people in Kisumu County and be mindfully demonstrative in every aspect of our grassroots campaign. We want to be known as the people who care about the issues in Kisumu and come together to create viable solutions.

Dr. Barack Abonyo For Governor

“Changing Kenya, One Leader At A Time”

Kenya should pull its forces out of Somalia and only protect its borders

Commentary By Leo Odera Omolo.

It is now close to one month ever since the government and military bosses plus strategists made a big blunder and sent our young men and women to fight to perhaps end the menace of the Islamists terrorists members of the al-qaeda backed Al-Shabaab.

The decision was made in hasty way following the terrorists’ raids into Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu where the al-shababs had succeeded in kidnapping two tourists,

Off course I am not trying to play down the importance of tourist industry in this country and its significance contribution to the country’s economy. However such decision should have been taken long ago. But we waited for too long and only came out with half-hearted action when the lives of two eccentric old foreign families came under attack.

May be our government acted at the behest of a third party, which could be one foreign power, but our big men in Nairobi did not foresaw the enormous costs of such military incursion in an ungovernable neighboring territory, its costs in terms of man power and equipments, and see to it that such military operations does not augur well with our permanently ailing national economy cannot sustain military operation in a foreign land.

It has since degenerated into nightmarish, and what other military experts have since described as “Never Win War”, Kenya’s porous frontiers {borders} makes it nearly impossible for our forces to whip out the Al-Shabaab. Already there are signs that members of the Al-Shabaab who have been routed out of their hideout inside Somalia have sneaked back into Kenya and were not operating behind our military lines, planting land mines blasting our military vehicles and killing our policemen inside Kenya.

The Al-Shabaab outfit appeared to have infiltrated deep into Kenya territory perhaps with help and assistance of Kenyan community of Somalis origin living in the North East Province. Some members of Al-Shabaab could even be operating inside Kenya. And the war in Somalia is almost turning nasty and bloody urban guerrilla warfare.

It could have been wise for Kenyan military strategists to launch a massive security dragnet within our borders and ensure that no unidentified foreign infiltrators were allowed into the country and even keep our border close should the need be arise instead of sending our young men to go and fight a phantom war.

Given their ability to infiltrate, the Al-Shabaab could make our country bleed to death. So far our country has already suffered casualties in terms unspecified loss of men, military aircraft and very expensive equipment. It is a war without justified causes and we are not even sure of what our country is aiming at to achieve in this expensive exercise.

The militarily much mightier nation like the United States of America once dispatched a contingent f its military team to Somalia. But quickly pulled out after bloodbath in Mogadishu and left the country in huff. One may be left to wonder if a militarily dwarf country like Kenya could succeed where the American have failed. It is pipe dream t think so.

Kenya has nothing at stake in Somaia. The government should pull our dedicated and patriotic soldiers and only engaged them in massive border patrolling so that they can the terrorist at bay and stop them from infiltrating into our country.

We should learn good lessons from other African nations. Each an every year these countries meet at an annual forum of the African Union{AU} always made pledges to send their troops to be part of the peace-keeping force in Somalia, but none of the promises has ever been fulfilled.

Another issue which I should like to draw the attention of Kenyans about is the rapidly increasing influence of people of Somali origins in key positions decision making within the government and quasi-government organization such as parastatals, public commissions as well as in the military and security system. And yet these people re well known to be of questionable loyalties ever since they waged the bloody Shifta War of the early 1960s and thereafter independence in 1963.he government should think twice before placing the Somalis in position of trust in its system.

The fact that Al-Shabaab could sneak easily into Kenya and plant landmines and bombs in Somalis inhabited towns like Wajir,Garrisa, Lagdera and other places in the North East Province is a clear testimony.

The people of Somalis origins belonged to one tribe and speak the same language, but could not agree on the kin of government they want in their own country, making the Horn of Africa nation become ungovernable state. How do we trust people to be meaning well for Kenya and its people? The Somalis are people of short tempers that is why they butchering each other. Most o their wars re based on clannish disagreement based on petty and insignificant issues.

I have been carefully watching some of the arguments put up on various issues of national importance in this country and I can predict it with much accuracy that the likely wood of Somalis importing their culture of political insanity which is full of temperamental and lousiness agitations, we may not be far away from, joining the kind of political instability we are now witnessing in Somalia.

To crown it all, I say Kenya should free from the influence of Somalis at bay if it want to survive.

”Long Live Kenya”

Ends