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The Ten Things To Look For, To Know That Kenya Has Changed

From: Joram Ragem

#10. When elections results will not be counted in the dark and the media given a blackout.

#9. When the presumed winner is not sworn in at night like a thief.

#8. When a senior government official will heed a watchman’s order of “Panga line” and if they don’t, the watchman will pinch their nose and say, “You should know people.”

#7. When an IDP will offer accommodation to a government official and the official does and does not expense it.

#6. When Miguna Miguna offers legal advise to Mwai Kibaki and he takes it, considering that the latter does not listen to Mutula Kilonzo, his Justice Minister.

#5. When the name of the man from Mwingi and Scavenger are no longer synonymous, realizing that a man should eat, but only their sweat.

#4. When the president does not form any other tribunal or commission or task force, but acts decisively like the CEO, Commander in Chief and realizes he took the oath of presidency and cannot abdicate it nor use it discriminately on Justice Nancy Baraza because she is not Gema, but not on Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura because they are Gema.

#3. When the AG appoints Justice Nancy Baraza to play a role in advising the government whether Muthaura & Uhuru should resign, considering that the president has not suspended her yet.

#2. When the president will realize that the Legacy we are talking about is not a Subaru.

& the number one sign to see and know that this is not the Kenya we knew is:

#1. When parents in Kenyans will gladly name their children Ekaterina Trendafilova, Moreno Ocampo and Cuno Tarfusser for changing Kenya from the way we knew it, without evoking any emotions.

I am Joram Ragem
You are not.

Is the trade in human body parts thriving in Kenya?

Commentary By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The time is ripe for the government to launch a full scale investigations with the view to establish the truth about the widely spread rumors that trade in human body parts has of late become a booming trade in some parts of Kenya.

The alarming reports, about missing persons had their dead bodies being discovered in the thickets by relatives with vital body parts missing, now gives credence that there existed cartels of unscrupulous racketeers involved in human body trades in Kenya.

Previously such incidents were simply dismissed as “ritual killings” or connected to religious fanaticism, but until recent years when the government in the neighboring Tanzania made it public that there existed in that country a cartel of people involved in human body parts, particularly of those people with albinism blood {Albinos} such reports were treated like hot-air phantom.

However, the latest reports of incidence of dead bodies being found with private parts now gives credence that the incidences of this magnitude do not involved vampire or the movies like Dracula’s, but the threat is real and increasingly becoming a real menace to the Kenyan society.

A couple of years, the Tanzanian government investigated the cases of Albinos who were being butchered for human body parts trade and prosecuted a number of culprits earning deterrent prison sentences or death sentences nobody here in Kenya or elsewhere could believes that such kid of business is thriving in this region of Africa. But Tanzania swung into action to protect the Albinos came late after close to 60 or more people with albinism blood have perished.

This followed hue and cries by the public, which forced some Albinos people in Tanzania to fled the country to seek security protection in Kenya and in other countries, Rwanda and Burundi followed suit by declaring publicly that Albinos were endangered species of human being. This action prompted Albinos in Kenya to sensitize their plight and sought for maximum security protection by the Kenyan government citing the Tanzanian incidences and saying that they safety in Kenya could not be assured.

A case in point is that of a Kenyan who had successfully lured a young Kenyan man with albinism into Tanzania with the promise of securing a lucrative job in the Tanzanian lakeside City of Mwanza only to be caught in a trap set by the Tanzanian police when the man was just about to sell the Albino man from Kitale in the Rift Valley for hundreds of thousands of shillings to a phantom pseudo witch doctor who later turned out to be a senior police officer. And the Kenya dealer earned many years of imprisonment in Tanzanian jail, and the would be the potential victim of the heinous trade returned home in Kenya and the would victim after escaping death by a whisker.

The ritual killings were previously reported to common in big Cities and towns like Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and other smaller towns like Naivasha, Kiambu, Kericho, Eldoret, Kitale, Busia, but such incidences were aliens in most parts of rural areas In Western Kenya.

However, such incidents have of late became so common I regions like Nyamira, Kisii, Rongo,Migori,Namanga,Taveta and so rampant in rural locations in areas close to Kenya-Tanzania common borders pointing t the direction that witches and witchdoctors in neighboring Tanzania who had sent their agents out to hunt Albinos are still in booming trade.

The latest reported incident is that of a tax-driver in Kisii who was hired by smartly dressed men who wanted to be driven to some places. The taxi man was later reported missing for about four days, but decomposing body was later discovered by his relatives in a thicket in Migori about 100 kilometers away is pointing finders to the direction that such trade still thrives on. The man is said to have discovered minus his private parts as well as his eyes gorged out. And his vehicle also went missing.

This particular incident cannot be simply dismissed as the case of car-jacking, but a clear case that trading in human body parts is still thriving in some parts of Kenya. The racketeers in this trade are said to be working in cohort with mortuary attendance workers working in government hospitals and in some privately owned morgues.

These racketeers are said to target the bodies of both male and female and there was unconfirmed rumor of the body of a woman which was sent for preservation in one of the privately owned morgues. The next time when her relatives, mainly women went to the mortuary to have the body washed and properly dressed for its final journey home for burial, they were shocked to see some blood oozing out from the corpse’s private part and upon checking, the relatives got a shock of their life time when they discovered that her private part was missing and only the cotton goose were filled in its place.

According to sources in Migori and Awendo towns the matter was left to rest due to Luo traditional and cultural fear of bringing ‘possible bad omen and shame to the deceased family” if it was made public nor was there any report made to the police for their investigations

The cartel of racketeers involved in this kind of bloody-money trade are said to have posted their agents in most of hospitals mortuaries in the region, and the bodies of the road accident victims, especially those which are badly mutilated in grisly road mishaps are said to be the easiest and best prey for the racketeers because they usually takes the bodies home thinking that perhaps the private parts could have been smashed in the accident or interfered with during the post-mortem exercises, which are usually performed as legal mandatory by government pathologists on the road accident victim bodies and the bodies of those who died as murder victims.

The rumors says what Is facilitating this kind of business in some case, involved relatives ho buy expensive coffins, hand them to the mortuary attendances with instructions t have the bodes of their relatives and properly dressed for the burial. And it said some unpatriotic mortuary attendances are the ones who are working in collaboration with traders in human body parts.

Indeed it is now a common belief that some families might unknowingly been taking the bodies of their dead relatives home from hospital mortuaries for burial minus private parts after such corpses had already been safely placed inside the coffins and only glass windows showing the faces of the deceased left open for the mourners for viewing.

However, when the business of selling the human parts is declining and not flourishing well, the big money not forthcoming, these racketeers resort to unorthodox sending their agents to hunt for human beings like wild antelopes resulting in grisly murder of innocent Kenyans.

And like the money earned by drugs traffickers, the colossal of money raked from the sales of the human body trade could as well be used in financing national and regional elections during the impending general elections slated to be held later this year.

The money suspected to have been earned from this kind of trade or the money earned from drug trafficking, particularly bhang could have been perfectly used during the recently concluded, but controversy ridden ODM grass root elections, which turned to be life threatening in some parts of Luo-Nyanza.

It the duty of the Provincial Administration and police authorities to investigate thee issues to their logical conclusion, and save the sanctity of lives of many Kenyans who are dying and loosing their precious lives at the whims of these money maniacs.


Kenya: Noted Mr. Agevi; Kenyans making a difference- The Zimmerman Clean-up Campaign

from odhiambo okecth

Dear Mr. Agevi,

I want to believe that our Partners are taking note of the same.

Thanks and let us work for a Clean, Green and Litter Less Kenya.


— On Sat, 1/21/12, Research Triangle Africa – Elijah Agevi wrote:

Dear Mr. Odhiambo,

Asante sana for sharing the photographic evidence of the great work done in Zimmerman.

I can clearly see representatives from City Hall, provincial administration and the community. This is good. I have however noted that most participants are without gloves!

Yes the struggle for keeping our cities and neighbourhood clean and peaceful continues. Let’s remain good ambassadors of peace and keep our beloved country United and Peaceful even at this hour of Ocampo six and Operation Linda Inchi.

Elijah Agevi

From: odhiambo okecth


We have posted The Zimmerman Clean-up Campaign on our Blog- and tomorrow, it will be in our website;

For the photos, we have posted the same in our Facebook; Monthly Nationwide Clean up Campaign.

A Clean, Green and Litter Less Kenya at 50 is possible and achievable.

Odhiambo T Oketch
National Coordinator- The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
Tel; 0724 365 557
Facebook; Monthly Nationwide Clean up Campaign
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Kenya: Court allows case blocking Njiraini appointment

from Tebiti Oisaboke

Much and sincere thanks goes to the Consumer’s Federation of Kenya (Cofek) to successfully petition the HC to suspend the “illegal” hiring of Mr. John Njiraini as Kenya’s next Chief tax Collector. The impunity act by Kenyatta Jr who holds the Finance docket to hire the tax man through the back doors, was very “irresponsible” and an out right abuse to Kenyan community at large. Jr the son of Jomo should know better that this is a new Kenya whereby, no cabinet minister has authority to directly hire anybody as they so wish. I am amazed even the new AG he “installed” in office a couple of months ago, cannot interpret the law for him. Instead he was in court illegally pushing for this ill fated appointment. Let the rule of law PREVAIL in a fair and just way to ALL Kenyans.

Bravo Cofek and keep up the good job as our voice for the voiceless. You have my insurmountable support irrespective of whichever way the case goes!!


The following article has been recommended:
Court allows case blocking Njiraini appointment

Kenya: Uhuru Team Believes ICC Will Dismiss Charges

From: Judy Miriga


ICC Hague rulling is make or brake, save or throw Kenya into a pit-bull quagmire of Civil destruction and collapse targeted by unscrupulous Corporate Special Interest.

Majority 99% of Kenyans want a fresh start from master-minders of corruption, impunity and graft…..without which Kenya, Africa and the world will never be the same again.

Quote …..”December 30, 2007, is a date which will live in infamy, as former American President Franklin D Roosevelt would put it. On this day, the results of the ill-fated presidential election pushed the nation to the fringes of hell. In the ensuing mayhem, 1,300 lives were lost, thousands of people displaced and maimed, and property worth billions of shillings destroyed. The rest is history. On Monday, the fate of top suspects of post-election violence will be determined. To confirm or not to confirm the full trial of Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Henry Kosgey, Hussein Ali, Francis Muthaura and Joshua arap Sang will depend on evidence adduced by International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. ……. The victims of post-election violence deserve justice just like the prime suspects. It is the prospects of bungled prosecution that diminishes hopes that justice and the truth on post-election violence shall finally prevail.

If the ICC Hague ruling will be in favor of the Ocampo six, then majority’s lamentation is that this will have benefited the Special Interest who have deeply rooted interest in the illegally and unconstitutionally hijacking and owning Kenya’s Wealth and Resources selfishly and greedily, but which will have a catastrophic result thus eventually spilling over to affect people of the whole Global Region of the world, whose lives face serious economic survival collapse because of the same Special Interest jointly shared illegally and unconstitutional transfers of Global TaxPayers money through Ponzi Scheme and Hedge Funding under dubious “Free Trading Enterprising”……to benefit the unscrupulous Corporate network cartels.

People of the world must join together to stop these unscrupulous marauding Corporate Special Interests who formed Global cartel network by using Chinese and Indian Mission Agents to destroy lives for selfish and greedy gains.

The Special Interests are behind Kenyans losing out against the Ocampo six, and this is unacceptable…….Where is the Human Rights….???

The International Criminal Court says the “deportation or forcible transfer of population” is a crime against humanity. The ICC has indicated a verdict on whether its prosecutors have provided adequate evidence to link the suspects to the crimes, including forceful population displacements, murder and rape, is due anytime before January 23.

Wisdom is calling, shall we let the whole 99% perish under scum of the greed of 1% Corporate Selfish Self-Interest who illegally and unconstitutionally decide to block all avenue to allow fair balance for economic development progress for common mutual gain in a shared interest for good for human survival (United in Love under Peace) or shall Justice prevail to protect lives of disadvantaged from perishing in the hands of the unjust, or will Justice side with the corrupt, the wealthy and powerful and let them loose to destroy the world…..???

The National Reform Accord Agenda which carried the majority Kenyan voices, moved all our hopes to the International Legal Justice where we all expect fair an peaceful resolution, a beginning that which will provide hope for way-forward for Kenya including Greater Global Region of the world to move successfully with Economic Development in the right direction, and it is the reason we hope for the best outcome from ICC Hague on Monday……..

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

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Kenya: Uhuru Team Believes ICC Will Dismiss Charges
Nzau Musau

18 January 2012

JUST days before the ICC delivers its ruling on the charges facing the Ocampo Six, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his legal team are convinced that the judges will exonerate him.

Uhuru’s confidence has been boosted by a legal opinion drafted by his lawyers based on their evaluation of a decision made by the ICC when it refused to confirm the case against Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana. The Rwandese had been accused of five counts of crime against humanity and eight counts of war crimes but the judges expressed disappointment with chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo’s weak legal reasoning.

Yesterday, an upbeat Uhuru said he will continue with his campaigns for the presidency independently of the ruling on the confirmation of charges due to be delivered next Monday. Speaking to journalists in Nairobi after he opened the public budget hearings, the Finance Minister seemed upbeat about his chances of acquittal. “My campaign is not built around the ICC,” Uhuru said in response to a question that his popularity could wane if he was acquitted by the ICC.

Uhuru is facing charges of crimes against humanity relating to post-election violence in Nakuru and Naivasha in January and February 2008. He is jointly charged with Public service chief Francis Muthaura and former police boss Gen Hussein Ali. Uhuru said he would be focusing on issues that unite the country in his campaign.


Post-election violence (file photo).

According to the opinion prepared by his lawyers, a copy of which was obtained by the Star, it analyses the “relevance and impact” of the Mbarushimana case against Uhuru’s case and says the standards set by the judges are too high to be met by the kind of evidence adduced against Uhuru by Ocampo. “This decision generally strengthens our submission by providing legal reasoning and standards that the prosecutor did not and will never attain in his quest for pressing charges against UK (Uhuru Kenyatta),” the opinion states. “This leaves us with more confidence ahead of the forthcoming decision in our case,” the opinion concludes.

Uhuru’s lawyers believe it is almost certain that the prosecutor will not be able to convince the judges of the existence of an organised policy by Uhuru and his co-suspects to commit crimes against humanity. Uhuru’s lawyers say that Ocampo’s witnesses failed to corroborate the existence of such a policy in the Mbarushimana case. “The lesson from this decision is that the threshold for proving the existence of an organizational policy is set much higher and the prosecutor is precluded from relying on hearsay, inconsistent and uncorroborated witness statements or circumstantial evidence as substantial grounds to believe that a policy exists,” the lawyers say in their opinion.

In the Rwandese case, the judges concluded that organizational policy could not be inferred but must be proved in a concrete sense and beyond mere records such as Mbarushimana’s rebel group stating they will target civilians. The lawyers point out that Ocampo used terms such as “include but not limited to” in his document which the judges condemned as “untenable and meaningless.” They say the judges were very clear that the material facts must be stated “to the greatest degree of specificity possible” and devoid of any suggestions of future additions and vagueness.

“This standard was completely failed in the Kenya situation. For example, a mere failure to distinguish Nairobi Safari Club and where it is located, from Nairobi Members Club. The confusion over location, time and events that UK attended etc. Similarly, another example of lack of material facts underlying the allegations are that UK participated in fundraising for Mungiki as the meetings cited were in fact meant for support to victims,” Uhuru’s lawyers argue.

And based on the Mbarushimana ruling, the lawyers assured Uhuru that the reports of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, National Security and Intelligence Service and the testimony of the two witnesses called by Ocampo would not significantly affect the court’s decision. The judges in the Mbarushimana case ruled that information from reports, though admissible, had low probative value and was only helpful when corroborated by actual investigations conducted by the prosecution. They held similar views about hearsay evidence.

The Mbarushimana judges admonished Ocampo for not equally investigating both incriminating and exonerating evidence. The judges also chided the investigators for asking the witnesses leading questions. “This is an important part of the defence submission in the UK et al case. Now that the submission by our team on this element is strongly supported by the PTC (pre-trial chamber) interpretation of Article 54 (1) (a) of the statute and therefore binding, we shall make it a ground for appeal in case the PTC finds this in our favor,” the opinion reads. The opinion expressed happiness that one of the three Mbarushimana judges, Cuno Tarfusser, will also be sitting in judgment on the Uhuru case.

Earlier this month, the defence team representing Eldoret North MP William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang said they were confident that the charges against their clients would be dismissed. Lawyers Katwa Kigen and Kimutai Bosek cited the Mbarushimana case decision as a reason why the judges will find their clients had no case to answer.

Raila, Uhuru differ over IDPs resettlement

Published on 12/03/2011

By Peter Mutai

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has blamed the Ministry of Finance for delay in releasing money for resettlement of the internally displaced.

He said the Ministry of Finance, which is headed by political rival Uhuru Kenyatta, had prioritised the resettlement of IDPs from one community, leaving out other landless Kenyans.

“I wonder why Mau settlers have been left out of the resettlement programme yet IDPs and other landless people from one community are being resettled,” said the PM.

The PM said if he had enough money for resettlement of landless people he would do it across the board to avoid discrimination.

But when he was sought for comment, Uhuru instead blamed the Prime Minister for evicting people from Mau Forest water tower, and the Ministry of Lands for not resettling all IDPs.

Shifting blame

“The PM should not forget he opposed the resettlement of the Mau people. It was President Kibaki who eventually acceded to their resettlement,” said Uhuru.

He said it is the Ministry of Lands headed by James Orengo that is responsible for the resettlement and asked the PM to let the Ministry of Finance do its business.

He said Raila should ask Orengo why his ministry was sitting on billions of shillings for resettling IDPs.

He, however, clarified that Sh1 billion had been budgeted for in the supplementary budget for the resettlement of Mau IDPs, which Parliament is yet to approve.

But Raila, who was speaking at Kapkatet in Kericho, said the evictees have continued to suffer in makeshift camps due to failure by the Treasury to release money meant for their resettlement as the Government promised.

He absolved Orengo from the blame that he was withholding money for the purchase of land to resettle the evictees.

“I want to set the record straight that money meant for the resettlement of Mau evictees is being held at the Treasury and those pointing accusing fingers at Orengo or the Ministry of Lands were looking for a scapegoat,’ he said.

Roads Minister Franklin Bett set the ball rolling when he hit at some politicians who he did not name for using the Mau issue to fight Raila.

“If the money has not been released from the Treasury we want to know why the money is being withheld and by whom and for what motive,” he added.

The minister said he would write to the Treasury formally to complain and to know if the money had been released.

Raila said the eviction of families from their farms in Mau Forest two years ago was a set up by his political enemies.

He claimed on Saturday in Kericho County that the plot was hatched to lock him out of the 2012 presidential race. Speaking during a funds drive in Kapkatet Trading Centre in Buret District, Raila wondered why some of his political rivals were criss-crossing the country misleading Kenyans that Raila spearheaded the eviction.

Playing politics with Mau

He said it was unfortunate that a clique of politicians was peddling falsehoods about him and yet the same leaders endorsed the eviction of the Mau families in the Cabinet. The same ministers also voted to ratify the decision in Parliament, citing reclamation of the water tower as a national priority.

Raila was the chief guest during the funds drive in aid of businessmen based at Kapkatet trading centre, who lost property worth millions of shillings during a fire.

The fire gutted down their business premises and residential houses three weeks ago. The funds drive raised Sh1.6million.

The PM was accompanied by Bett, Assistant Ministers Beatrice Kones (Home Affairs) and Magerer Langat (Energy), Sotik MP, Joyce Laboso, and Kipsigis Council of Elders chairman, Josiah Sang.

Others were former Sotik MP, Anthony Kimetto, Western Rift Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai, chairman of Poverty Eradication Commission General (rtd) John Koech, and several councillors from Bomet and Kericho counties led by Litein Town Council chairman, Julius Tonui among others.

Raila arrived in a helicopter at Tengecha Boys High School at 10am, and toured the school to assess the damage caused by another fire incident two weeks.

The fire destroyed 11 classrooms and other school property worth Sh5 million.

The PM donated 565 corrugated iron sheets worth more than Sh1.5 millions for the reconstruction of the school.


By Dickens Wasonga

A total of 32,000 men got circumcised during the 2011 Rapid Results Initiative for voluntary medical male circumcision between November and December.

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These results, announced last week by the officials undertaking the program in Nyanza now brings the total number of clients reached by the national VMMC programme from October 2008 to December of 2011 to more than 380,000.

The 2011 RRI was the third annual campaign mounted by the government and its partners to expand access to VMMC services and promote their use.

In Nyanza, where the campaign was most extensive, 32,764 men received VMMC services , 80 percent of whom were aged between 15 to 49 years.

“This is an impressive number of clients to reach in such a short time,” said Dr. Jackson Kioko, provincial director of public health and sanitation.

He noted, however, that the goal of the 2011 RRI was to reach 52,000 men in Nyanza and 70,000 men overall.

Heavy rains in November and December made many roads impassable, cutting off key sites for service delivery, Dr. Kioko explained.

“The rains made it difficult—and sometimes impossible—for the teams to take VMMC services to the people and likely discouraged many clients from seeking services,” he said.

The VMMC programme will assess whether other factors contributed to the lower-than-expected service statistics.

One possibility, Dr. Kioko suggested, is that “after serving so many men in such a short time, it is likely that we need new strategies to reach those who have been slower to adopt male circumcision for HIV prevention.”

Among those are men older than 25, who will benefit most immediately from male circumcision for HIV prevention because they are most likely to be sexually active.

Some of the innovative strategies that the VMMC programme has used to reach these men include workplace interventions, weekend VMMC camps, and “moonlight services” offered at night.

Operational research is underway to identify additional strategies to improve access to services and promote uptake of VMMC.

“The results will guide us as we work to extend the reach and impact of VMMC services,” Dr. Kioko said.

The VMMC programme aims to provide VMMC as part of a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services to about 426,500 clients in Nyanza Province by 2013.

The annual RRI campaigns have been instrumental in the progress that has been made so far.

Through the first three campaigns, the VMMC programme reached more than 124,000 men.

Innovations such as the RRI have made Kenya the leader among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are working to scale up VMMC services for HIV prevention. In fact, Kenya is considered the only one of these 14 countries that is on track to reach the goal of circumcising 80 percent of uncircumcised men ages 15 to 49 years in five years.

Dr. Kioko urged government officials, implementing partners, health care providers, representatives of the media and community leaders to work together to raise awareness of VMMC.

“Let us continue to support the programme and to educate others about the tremendous benefits of VMMC services,” he said. “Together, we can save many lives.”

The campaign was supported by several U.S. government agencies — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Defense — as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other partners that collaborated with the ministries of health and the National AIDS Control Council to implement the 2011 RRI in Nyanza included the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, IMPACT Research and Development Organization, APHIAplus Western and Family AIDS Care and Education Services.


Caption 1(2011RRIPRESSBRIEFING014and016): Dr. Jackson Kioko, Nyanza provincial director of public health and sanitation addresses the media at a briefing to release the preliminary results of 2011 Rapid Results Initiative for voluntary medical male circumcision. More than 32,000 men were circumcised over 30 working days in November and December during the 2011 Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

Caption 2 (2011RRIPRESSBRIEFING028): Dr. Charles Okal, provincial AIDS and STI Co-ordinator, Nyanza (fore ground), flanked by George Ogutu Nyawalo, ministry of public health and sanitation and a representative from the National AIDS Control Council listen to proceedings at the briefing.

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KISUMU, 18 January – More than 32,000 men were circumcised over 30 working days in November and December during the 2011 Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

These preliminary results, announced at an 18 January briefing in Kisumu, bring the total number of clients reached by the national VMMC programme from October 2008 to December of 2011 to more than 380,000.

The 2011 RRI was the third annual campaign mounted by the government and its partners to expand access to VMMC services and promote their use. In Nyanza, where the campaign was most extensive, 32,764 men received VMMC services in Nyanza, 80 percent of whom were ages 15 to 49.

“This is an impressive number of clients to reach in such a short time,” said Dr. Jackson Kioko, provincial director of public health and sanitation, in a speech at the briefing. He noted, however, that the goal of the 2011 RRI was to reach 52,000 men in Nyanza and 70,000 men overall.

Heavy rains in November and December 2011 made many roads impassable, cutting off key sites for service delivery, Dr. Kioko explained. “The rains made it difficult—and sometimes impossible—for the teams to take VMMC services to the people and likely discouraged many clients from seeking services,” he said.

The VMMC programme will assess whether other factors contributed to the lower-than-expected service statistics. One possibility, Dr. Kioko suggested, is that “after serving so many men in such a short time, it is likely that we need new strategies to reach those who have been slower to adopt male circumcision for HIV prevention.”

Among those are men older than 25, who will benefit most immediately from male circumcision for HIV prevention because they are most likely to be sexually active. Some of the innovative strategies that the VMMC programme has used to reach these men include workplace interventions, weekend VMMC camps, and “moonlight services” offered at night.

Operational research is underway to identify additional strategies to improve access to services and promote uptake of VMMC. “The results will guide us as we work to extend the reach and impact of VMMC services,” Dr. Kioko said.

The VMMC programme aims to provide VMMC as part of a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services to about 426,500 clients in Nyanza Province by 2013.

The annual RRI campaigns have been instrumental in the progress that has been made so far. Through the first three campaigns, the VMMC programme reached more than 124,000 men.

Innovations such as the RRI have made Kenya the leader among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are working to scale up VMMC services for HIV prevention. In fact, Kenya is considered the only one of these 14 countries that is on track to reach the goal of circumcising 80 percent of uncircumcised men ages 15 to 49 years in five years.

Dr. Kioko urged government officials, implementing partners, health care providers, representatives of the media and community leaders to work together to raise awareness of VMMC.

“Let us continue to support the programme and to educate others about the tremendous benefits of VMMC services,” he said. “Together, we can save many lives.”

Dr. Kioko also thanked the funders and implementers of the 2011 RRI. The campaign was supported by several U.S. government agencies — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Defense — as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The partners that collaborated with the ministries of health and the National AIDS Control Council to implement the 2011 RRI in Nyanza are the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, IMPACT Research and Development Organization, APHIAplus Western and Family AIDS Care and Education Services.

Gulf Energy- The most corrupt organization in Kenya

from Judy Miriga


Good reporting. Please publish what you have in the forum so we can push and the matter can take the right direction speedily……

This is off-shore business pirating which engages also in Ponzi Scheme. They rip off the economic value of the country in large sums and the looted profit is shared amongst the dealers. Nothing goes on record for public information, for appropriation bill or is included in budgeting. The off-shore dealers pay no taxes and the monies go into private accounts through their special controlling banks………

So we must demand to know, how Kenya is gaining from these off-shore business deals? Is this how we want our Government to do business under Reformed New Constitution? Do we have a choice?? Where is accountability and transparency???…..Dont we have a right to sue and investigate???…….

People, dont be blinded at “free trading enterprising call”……., if it is against the spirit of fair mutual agreement for common good of all, then it is illegal and unconstitutional…….and it should face the legal justice squarely…….This is why life is getting more difficult to Kenyans. Affording basic needs is becoming a nightmare…….

Look at it this way, although it is a National resource potential, its operation is in darkness to the rest of the country, and no profit fizzles back into the Country’s income account and yes, it is corruption and theft. It is stealing from the country big time……Who do we blame? It is exactly what is going on with the rest like KenGen and others.

If we must save ourselves from destruction, future and destiny, we all must act decisively and remove all those corrupt ideological elements from leadership. We cannot just sit and watch. Things must change for better people, or else we are all doomed……

We must choose for better or for worse…..The choice is for us to make……We live or die.

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

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— On Thu, 1/19/12, jack otieno wrote:

Attached here in is a copy of an internal email of Gulfenergy approving “facilitation” A.K.A bribing the following;

-Kenya Shell: to manipulate product prices in the country

-MOE( Ministry of energy) for favors to win oil supply tenders, this is ussually collected by a Mr Wafula on behalf of the PS and minister(Whose son works in the company)et

-PIPECOR( Pipeline cordinator) to get preference for ship berthing and loading

I have the same Emali for several months and also the bank statements for the company showing that the cash was withdrawn to pay the bribes.

Further i have photos of the MOE official(Mr Wafula) collecting the cash

Documents showing how Gulf energy evaded tax and further paid KRA commisioners 2M Kshs when the KRA audit was done and irregularities were found

Many more documents showing the corrupt dealings of the company

Any one interested in the docs to send email directly to me

Yours Truly


from ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News


On Thursday December 30, 2011, it is reported that Mercy Chebet, a 14-year-old girl from Ketitui village in Kericho District committed suicide for scoring 145 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). Chebet was in the state of despair, hopelessness-in other words, she had no hope in life.

According to Chebet’s fellow pupils, she had been warned by her parents that if she did not perform very well then she was unworthy being their child. Chebet had kept this in her mind all along, which is why according to villagers when she went to the school at around 11pm on Thursday December 30, 2011 accompanied by a friend to collect her results she was shocked to learn she had performed dismally.

Chebet was terribly depressed- she was in a state low mood and aversion. She was indeed very sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, and restless. She thought she was worthless and did not see the reason for life. Her parents and teachers considered her stupid.

Chebet was not alone. On Monday Jan 2 it is reported that in Kiamunyeki village in Nakuru County a 14-year-old boy Tony Muiya had to commit suicide, not only for scoring 218 marks but because he was forced to go back to Standard six for better marks. He was a pupil at Rurii Primary school.

Despite the fact that Tony refused to go back to Standard Six, his parents and teachers insisted he must do so. When he was finally forced to report to school on Thursday Jan 5, Tony never reached the school. He killed himself.

On Sunday January 8, it is reported that a 17-year-old pupil Stella Limo killed herself at home in Uswo village in Uasin Gishu County. Limo had wanted to be admitted to a local school because she said she suffered from nausea during long travels to Nairobi but her parents refused to listen to her plea.

Limo had expressed preference for Sing’ore Girls High in Keiyo North constituency but her parents did not want to listen to her, arguing Limo had no say in their house, therefore must adhere to what she is directed to do. In her suicide note Limo emphasised that no students from her former school should attend her funeral.

On Thursday January 19, East Africa Standard reports that two students committed suicide after they were told to repeat classes. George Chelagat, a Form Two student refused to be transferred from Rabondo Secondary, where teachers wanted him to repeat.

His parents had advised him to move to Kangeso Secondary School in Rongo but refused. He committed suicide by hanging himself.

For Robert Ochieng from Rachuonyo South District, at Kakelo Primary School in Kasipul division killed himself after being compelled to repeat Class Seven. The incident occurred at Kakelo village, Kakelo Kamroth location. The boy consumed an acaricide, which his mother uses for treating livestock.

Previously a head teacher of Kalyet Primary School in Narok, Mulot Division Mr Geoffrey Kiplang’at Sigei had to commit suicide after the school’s results were cancelled by the Kenya National Examinations Council over irregularities.

Before he committed suicide, Sigei had gone into hiding after learning that all his 38 candidates had failed to obtain their results since their English and Kiswahili scores were cancelled.

Some times the education system in Kenya is to blame for the problem. The problem began around 1997 – 1998 when the start of large scale cheating and exam leakage became a big concern. The leakage came as a result of high competition for the higher grades among Academy private schools.

This trend introduced the extra tuition where parents were forced to pay extra fee if they wanted their children to perform very well. This has made many teachers to do their own businesses and can no longer teach at school regularly.

The government is also to blame to some extent. One reason why teachers have opted for extra tuition is because the government does not pay them well. In such a scenario students from poor families become the victims.

This has created an opportunity for business in education system where exam papers are sold to students through the collaboration of their parents and the cartel’s agents some of whom are believed to belong to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) employs.

The stealing has also gotten its way in colleges and universities where some incidences have been reported that some ladies write the answers to the questions on their thighs. They write on their thighs because it is very difficult for an invigilator, especially for men to check a woman’s thigh.

Knec boss Paul Wasanga recently told the Sunday Nation that private schools were involved in cheating and erecting “walls” that made it difficult for authorities to eradicate the vice.

In Uganda the story is the same. National Examinations Board yesterday withheld results of 1,040 candidates in the 2011 Primary Leaving Examinations because of cheating.

Kampala’s Godwin’s Primary School had the biggest number of pupils affected, totalling to 202, followed by Ntinkalu Primary School in Mayuge District with 46 pupils and Kako P/S in Masaka with 73 candidates.

Nyantongo P/S in Kyenjojo District had all its students affected even though Uneb did not indicate the number of pupils who sat at the school. The Uneb threw the blame on the district local leaders, school heads and invigilators.

The problem is not only in Africa. In India, an engineering student of Institute of Technology, Banaras, Hindu University (IT-BHU), committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling of his room in Dhanraj Giri Hostel on varsity campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Satyendra Singh, a student of MTech (VI semester) according to reports, on Tuesday morning, he and some other hostel inmates had gone to see the Technex-2012, an annual exhibition organised on the university campus, only not to come back to the hostel.

Though the reason behind the suicide could not become clear, hostel inmates were heard saying that Satyendra had become disturbed after January 13 incident in which a BSc-III year student, Monika Verma, had committed suicide in a similar way in her room of a private hostel in Nariya area. They said that on seeing Monika’s body, Satyendra had fainted after which he was also taken for medical counseling.

Suicide (Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, “to kill oneself”) is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. It is often committed out of despair. Pressures or misfortunes such as financial difficulties, unemployment, divorce or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a significant role.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that suicide is the thirteenth leading cause of death worldwide. National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States and a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35.

The rate of suicide is far higher in men than in women, with males worldwide three to four times more likely to kill themselves than females. This is because men are believed to be the providers and when the source for providing is not forthcoming is why the suicide.

Females often commit suicide when they feel they are not accepted, loved and respected by others and by her or his self. She feels she is worthless in the society. She believes she is a bad person, and feels bad about herself in general.

Psychologically all human beings are oriented towards being loved, the need for respect from others and the need for self-respect, or inner self-esteem.

Respect from others entails recognition, acceptance, status, and appreciation. By virtue of this reason, even the most evil human beings deserve respect and considered treatment.

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Kenya: President Kibaki is petitioned not to suspend the DCJ Nancy Baraza from her duties

Commentary By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

ALTHOUGH I do not wish to underrate the works of the Judiciary Service Commission, which was recently hastily constituted by our Honorable Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to investigate the conduct of the Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza,I am of the opinion that the issue was grossly exaggerated and overblown out of proportion by interested parties.

The committee in its seemingly harsh verdict had recommended to President Mwai Kibaki that the DCJ be suspended from her duties within the next 14 days followed by the appointment of a tribunal to investigate the conduct of the DCJ for further disciplinary action.

If the Kenyan society is made of close to 80 per cent Christians who well versed in Christianity doctrines of forgiveness this should not have been the case. This is because the incident was a minor one and the DCJ has sincerely and genuinely tendered her apology to the young lady security guard Mrs Rebecca Kerubo Morara,who in turn has already expressed her willingness to forgive Baraza and not to pursue the matter any further then why can’t we Kenyan forgive DCJ and let the matter rest there?

Furthermore, this otherwise minor incident has already drawn in both political and tribal angles with some communities seeing the possibility having Baraza kicked out of that coveted office would pave the way for their own wives and daughters chances of moving up the ladder. This is not the very best way of good governance but tantamount to witch-hunting.

I may be a layman, and not widely versed with legal matters, but as a father I am making my personal and passionate appeal to President Mwai Kibaki to exercise his fatherly heart by ignoring the committee’s radical and sugar-coated request for Baraza’s suspension fro office. The DCJ should be spared and given a chance to continue with noble task of reform agenda within our hitherto rotten and corruption ridden judiciary system.

As parents we shall also talk to Baraza to usher in some elements of reform into her own temperamental attitude and reaction to issues in relations to her high office and also to avoid carrying her office with her to wherever she goes. She will need to humble herself to the society that she is serving so that she can earn respect in reciprocation. She should be mesmerized by her accession to the highest office in our judiciary system.

As parents, and one of those Kenyans who believes in gender equality I am very proud of the DCJ for being the first indignant Kenyan female to achieve the highest status within our judiciary system I an are which for many years remained the exclusively the preserve of the males. Nancy has been discharging her official duties diligently and with the seal that her high office requires therefore should not crucify her at the whims of the tribalists and sectionalist minded people might be secretly hatching the plot to replace her with their own, the Kenyan style of dong things the wrong way.

Given the prevailing insecurity situation countrywide and constant threats against law abiding Kenya citizens by terrorists group anyone could have reacted in the way and the manner the DCJ Baraza had reacted when she was about to cross the security checking table at the shop. May be the approach by the guards was not well coordinated making her to feel her personal safety was under threat. It is also imperative for the security providing firms to educate and enlightened their guards on how to approach their duties, especially when handling customer and the security checkpoints, I have personally came cross some of the security guards posted at the gates of most posh hotels in Kisumu City shoving the customers around in uncouth manners.

There are many contentious issues including the allegations drug trafficking by people suspect to be close to the corridor of power, mega financial scandals involving millions of lost taxpayers money, unresolved killing of innocent Kenyans and politically motivated assassinations of the most promising leaders, naked vandalizing of funds meant to improve the quality of our children’s education standards, massive corruption in lands offices countrywide as well as shameless corruption being practiced by traffic police on our highways with impunity.

These and many other are the issues which should be given top priority and adequately addressed instead our leaders and officials wasting valuable times on petty hullabaloos and fuss on minor issues like the one related to the DCJ Baraza.

Baraza is a true reformist and she should be allow to continue with her good work at the Supreme Court of Kenya.



From: fred wagah

Reference is made from Kadibo Division on the electoral and boundaries review of Nyando Constituency and its states as follows:

Following a meeting of all leaders of Kadibo Division held on the 17/01/2012 the following were resolved.

1. Kadibo Division be separated from Nyando Constituency and be made part of Kisumu East Constituency because that is where Kadibo’s historical background lies. The reasons for this resolution kadibo is currently part of Kisumu East District Administratively, separation of Kadibo Division from Nyando Division was not peaceful. People found and many died and we would not like a repeat of the same. The people of nyando Dision have a historical hatred for people of Kadibo and the two cannot live together peacefully. Kadibo current population stand at 114,100 and projected to be 120,800 people by 2015. The historical events that culminated into separation of West Kano from East are still fresh in memory.

From the time of independence the administration of Nyando (East Kano) and West Kano ( formerly Winam Constituency) was never one after the colonial government at Lancaster house had recognized the same, then commissioned the boundary and created Winam and nNando constituency separately.Scrapping or deletion of Winam Constituency in 1987 and amalgamating it to Nyando was done in bad taste for Kadibo residents. The reason for our quitness was because we are abiding society and now that the twenty and above yrs have elapsed and constituency review had come, we asked the government of Kenya through the IIEC to help us out of the problem we had suffered due to political expediency of that time. It should be noted that the people Kadibo in 1998 requested for return of Winam Constituency since it was lost. However, when report came out from IEBC that Kadibo was not removed from Nyando , it did not augur well with the residents of kadibo.

Now we are requesting the IEBC sitting on 23/1/2012 to have kadibo amalgated to kisumu East constituency while waiting for future creation of Kadibo Constancy in another 10 yrs to come by moving two wards can be removed from kisumu East Constancy to kisumu Central and 2 wards from Muhoroni Constituency to even it out. Therefore the entire Kadibo are against to be part of Nyando Constituency and they categorically assert that if they are forced to be part of Nyando Constancy, then they will would not better be registered as voters for the next general election and any member of the community who advocates for them to remain in Nyando Constituency should forget their support,or appeal to any party which may come for their rescue would be assured of their votes come next general election since they have been left orphan including one of their own and the ODM party in which they voted for 2007.

Writer Otieno Wagah.

NB. All residents of Kadibo you’re requested wherever you’re voice your opinion, come to Kisumu on 23/1/2012 so that your voices can be heard, by doing so we will live behind a legacy for our children!

Kenya: Sister to Kenyan PM faces fraud charges

from Judy Miriga


Theft over pension scheme is a serious offense. It is the theft over public securities for retirement which denies public rights to retire honorably in a justified and dignified mutual value-based state of mind, for which the purpose of the scheme was made. This kind of action is contrary and is meant to robs people their dignified trusted scheme for their retirement plan for future. This behavior must be thoroughly condemned as it is not acceptable, more or so, in the current Constitutional Reform Change.

Corruption, Impunity and Graft is our enemy number one. We must stand tall to fight it in all angle, shape and design for which it may show up……..

Notwithstanding, Prime Ministers’ Office must equally be investigated.

Considering turn of events on the Blame Game taking place in the fora, Raila too must face the threshold of corruption free before he can be considered as a Presidential Candidate for Kenya. The New Constitution is the yard-stick and it cannot be wishy washed away or side-tracked.

People, we lookforward to the legal justification of the matter and hope for a corruption free Governance. It is a price we have paid in this struggle…..

Cheers everybody……!!!

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

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Sister to Kenyan PM faces fraud charges
Posted by LORDRICK MAYABI on January 17, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17 – A sister to Prime Minister Raila Odinga is facing charges of fraudulently acquiring property worth millions of shillings with funds drawn from the Board of Trustees of the Kenya Railways Staff Retirements Benefits Scheme between March 2009 and January 2011.

Beryl Lillian Okumu who is the chairperson of the scheme however failed to appear in court on Tuesday to answer to the charges of acquiring property worth Sh1.5 million and is now required to present herself on January 24.

The prosecution says the Sh1.5 million was drawn from the fund between March 2009 and January 2011.

Suspended CEO Mathews Kipchumba Tuikong, Ephantus Muriithi Githui (Finance Manager) and Caroline Nkirote Nyororo (Ag Chief Executive) however appeared in court to answer to charges of aiding Okumu to illegally acquire a further Sh2.7 million from the scheme.

They denied the charges and were released on a Sh1 million bond with a surety of a similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh400,000.

The three are accused of allegedly approving the payment of Sh2.1 million for the personal expenses incurred by the chairperson in ‘utter contravention of the law relating to the management of scheme funds.’

Githui together with Nyororo also face a separate count of approving Sh598,875 from the scheme to settle the personal expenses of the PM’s sister between October 2010 and January 2011.

Okumu has been chairperson of Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme since 2008. The Railways retirement scheme owns prime property across Kenya and in Nairobi worth an estimated Sh19 billion.

The scheme was established in 2006 after the concessioning of the Rift Valley Railways as a pension scheme for former Kenya Railways employees.

In October 2010 the chief executive Tuikong was sent on leave and was replaced in an acting capacity by Nyororo, the then pension scheme’s estate manager.

The scheme was also sued over the irregular sale of property owned by Kenya Railways retired staff in October 2010.

Three pensioners sued the board of trustees for mismanaging the scheme; failing to prepare and file annual financial statements; failing to pay monthly dues to the pensioners and failing to convene an annual general meeting.


From ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News



Our ICC Take 2 today will continue from the fear expressed by Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia that a phased out elections, separating the presidential contest from other county elections, could cause chaos in the country.

Mr Kimemia says if the President is elected at an earlier date, he or she could negatively influence the election of governors and senators and members of parliament which may lead to chaos.

“Having elections done in two phases is a recipe of chaos. All elections should be held on the same day. The outgoing President should hand over to a full cabinet, Parliament and county government,” Mr Kimemia said on Sunday in function at Ikinu village in Githunguri.

If a Presidential contest is first held before other elections, he reasoned, the eventual winner may negatively influence subsequent polls in order to have his/ her favourite candidates win at the county level.

In a similar fear, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Monday signalled out that post election violence comes as a result of favouratism and negative ethnicity where elected president refuses to realise equitable distribution of resources, instead distribute it to his or her own elite ethnic communities, region or friends.

Mudavadi who was speaking in a function in Mombasa said the only way forward to overcome such chaos is through the devolved government. In other words, Kenya does not need a unitary state to develop. What Kenya needs is economic integration and free trade where local revenue taxation would be used for regional planning for infrastructure-roads, rail, water supply, telecommunications, urban and regional planning, transport and environment, schools, hospitals, policing and administration.

This is because Kenyan politics have long been among the most “ethnic” in Africa. It is why ethnically marked electoral violence, largely instigated by the ruling regime. Jomo Kenyatta for example, presided over a growing economy that allowed him to distribute patronage with relative ease.

When Moi took over from Kenyatta on the latter’s death in 1978 he quickly set out to replace systematically the existing Kikuyu political elite with his own followers from his own Kalenjin ethnic group.

When his former vice president, Mwai Kibaki announced the formation of the Democratic Party (DP) as a second opposition force, it only attracted majority from his Kikuyu ethnic group and Mount Kenya region. This was because the aim of the party was to take back the leadership to his region.

That explains why within FORD, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Kenneth Matiba could not agree on who would carry the banner as the presidential candidate, resulting in a split. Like Kibaki Matiba also wanted leadership to go back to his ethnic community and region.

Every party since then went ethnic- Odinga’s FORD-Kenya came to represent primarily the Luo, even though with allies in one section of the Luhya and on the coast from the banned Islamic Party of Kenya in solidarity, to form a voting bloc to ensure that power does not go back to Central Kenya.

While Kibaki’s DP and Matiba FORD- Asili came to represent the Kikuyu as well as in the cities of Nairobi and Nakuru, and a section of Luhya as well through Martin Shikuku, Odinga’s FORD-Kenya represented Luo.

While voting patterns became very heavily marked by ethnicity as the result of ethnic formed parties, overwhelmingly dominant in their respective “zones”, with the powerful machinery Moi had ensured KANU zones became literal “no go” zones for the opposition, thus resulting to 1992 ethnic clashes, mainly in Rift Valley where Kibaki’s Kikuyu communities were the target.

With the help of Youth for Kanu 92 (YK92) headed by William Ruto and Cyrus Jirongo, the local security apparatus used all means neces­sary to silence any opposition in the region. Moi was re-elected because many votes were divided among ethnic based presidential candi­dates, making Moi to win with minority of 36 percent votes.

The opposition continued to fragment during the next five years leading to the 1997 election. This time though, most Luo followed Odinga’s son, Raila, into the National Democratic Party (NDP) with hope that he could make it to presidency, not realizing that Luo alone and few Luyha and other marginalized ethnic communities who wanted change could not have enough votes to take him to State House. The votes were divided between Kibaki and Raila against Moi.

Note that there were also some ethnically based parties that emerged, the most significant of which came to be the Social Democratic Party (SDP), led by several university intellectuals and Charity Ngilu, a Kamba leader from the political battleground of Eastern province.

This enabled Moi to win again, increasing his vote from 36 to 40 percent. This is because of the many ethnic based parties that emerged. This time again Moi made sure the violence served to drive opposition voters “up-country” (Kikuyu, Luo, Kamba) out of a potential Rift Valley KANU zone.

As revenge, some politicians used outlawed militia groups, most controversial of these being the Kikuyu Mungiki sect and Kisii Chinkororo to retaliate. The Mungiki sect proclaimed the “Kirinyaga Kingdom”, an administrative district in Kikuyu Central province. Mungiki represents a radical alternative to main­stream Kikuyu politicians’ definition of the community’s interest.

While outlawed militias were used for defence, ethnic based parties went along with the blessing of elders, whom politicians believed could use their influence to endorse or support a particular candidate.

In Meru, the njuri ncheke, a council of elders that was virtually completely eliminated in the colonial era, had gained significant strength in 1990s. The local administration had used it to help resolve several major land disputes within the Meru community and between it and neighboring communities.

Similar councils have emerged among the Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kalenjin. Among Luo when Raila alleged that Luo Council of Elders, Mr Meshack Riaga Ogalo was relating with Raila’s political enemies he had to be dropped for another.

In Ukambani they were to anoint Charity Ngilu as a warrior for 1997 preferable presidential, even though it raised significant gender questions in the local community because a woman had never been anointed leader.

Some political scientists and experts argue that the ethnic based parties or movements goes back to colonial era when for instance, Kikuyu formed the Kikuyu Central Association (KCA), the Akamba, Ukambani Members Association (UMA), the Luhya, the Luhya Union (LU), the Luo, the Young Kavirondo Association (YKA), the Kalenjin, the Kalenjin Political Alliance (KPA), the Coastal, the Mwambao Union Front (MUF), and Taita, the Taita Hills Association (THA) in that order.

The aim for these movements was the scramble for the scarce national resources and facilities. Ethnicity therefore, became the main vehicle through which the dominance and preservation of power as well as resources could be achieved.

Mau Mau which was predominantly Kikuyu for example, was fighting to acquire the land from the British colonial. It explain why after independence when Kenyatta took over as the president he awarded his Kikuyu elite communities the fertile land formerly occupied by the British, mainly in the Rift Valley Province.

To dominate other ethnic groups Kenyatta formed a political force comprising of Gekuyu, Embu, Meru- Alliance (GEMA) which often stated that the membership of these land buying companies and cooperatives was strictly ethnical-contrary to constitutional and company law provisions.

It is to be noted here very clearly that this movement did not benefit ordinary and poor Kikuyu who remain to be poor just as poor as other Kenyan ethnic groups. In other words, even if Uhuru becomes the president it will not benefit majority of Kikuyu people, just like whether Raila or Ruto becomes the president it will never benefit poor Luo and Kalenjin communities.

Since then Kenya has often relied heavily on ethnicity to remain in leadership. It can explain why Uhuru Kenyatta is using PNU-Alliance as a vehicle to succeed President Mwai Kibaki. The aim of course, being that for a long time in the history of this country, land has remained a thorny economic and political issue, with Uhuru himself owning chunk of land in almost every region in Kenya.

It is against the background that when the Eldoret MP, Mr William Ruto, Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Internal Security Minister, Prof George Saboti and MP Eugene Wamalwa came together to form what is now known as the G7 Alliance with the sole intention of preventing Mr Odinga from winning the next elections it could not work.

This is because every community wants their own to be the president. Kalenjin community for instance, would not prefer Uhuru as the president except Ruto, and likewise the Kikuyu would not do the same, so it is for the reason why Uhuru is to use PNU-Alliance, whereas Ruto the United Republican Party (URP) as vehicles to State House.

Trade minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Dujis MP Aden Duale and former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara among other MPs were to join Ruto given their political orphanage. They need sympathy and where they can be absorbed.

That is why cabinet ministers Franklin Bett and Sally Kosgei, who had earlier appeared to warm towards Mr Ruto, and nominated MP Musa Sirma remained in the PM’s camp because they only see Raila and his ODM as the only movement that will secure their ministries and at the same time serve as their security.

Although Kalonzo has joined the PNU Alliance, which is working out a way to ensure Raila does not get 50-plus percent as required by the new constitution, he is calculating that if Uhuru stands with Raila he will not get the 50-plus percent-for that reason if there is re-run Uhuru will win with simple majority-or if Uhuru is charged by the ICC Kalonzo would have the chance of becoming the victor.

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from: Bishop Dr. Washington Ogonyo Ngede

January 17, 2012


WE as the Nyanza Council of Church Leaders representing 200 Churches are appealing to Kenyans to pray for our Nation and to be patience during this time of election mood.

We are also appealing to the two principals in the Grand Coalition Government to allow the next General Elections to be held in December this Year. This is because Kenyans are normally familiar with December as General Election Period.

By December this Year, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) shall have put all the necessary preparations for the General Elections hence making the elections to be held at that time.

December is a Holiday where all schools across the Country are closed and if elections are held in March next year as recently ruled by the three High Court Judges then learning activities maybe disrupted because most of the schools are normally used as Poling and counting Stations.

The International Community has also said they are comfortable with December this year General Elections and can finance it.

At the same time, we the Church Leaders in Nyanza condemn in the strongest term possible the utterances made against the Prime Minister Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga especially by his former advisor on Coalition Affairs Mr. Miguna Miguna.

We are kindly asking Mr. Miguna Miguna that should he have a personal grudge against the Prime Minister’s Leadership, then he should settle it in an amicable way but not wash his dirty linen in public.

The office of the Prime Minister is not the first office to suspend or fire Government Officials, this has even been done at the Office of the President but Kenyans have never heard anything like name calling from those officers who have since been suspended or fired from the office of the President attacking the Head of State through the Media. The Prime Minister should be respected by all loving citizens of this country.

We are also asking Mr. Miguna Miguna to stop out dated and mischievous Politics that cannot be accommodated in a New Kenya especially at this time of new Constitution Dispensation.

The Prime Minster is a Reformist who has suffered for the change that Kenyans have been yearning for thus smearing his name with dirt Politics should not happen.

We the Church Leaders cannot sit back and watch Politicians smearing other colleague’s names with dirt.




Kenya: The Zimmerman Clean-up Campaign- 21st Jan 2012

from: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends,

The 1st edition of The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign starts this weekend at Zimmerman Estate on the 21st Jan 2012 as from 7.00am until 9.00am.

The Clean-up Campaign will take place across the country and Zimmerman will only be our National Focal Point.

As you all know, we are trying to craft partnerships that will help drive this campaign this year and as such, we want to invite all the support you may give to the organizing team to ensure that this campaign runs well across Kenya.

We have also launched The Litter Bins Programme and we are inviting willing partners to come on board and work with us on the Fabrication, Branding, Installation and Maintenance of the said Bins across Kenya.

Lastly, we are launching 3 Lobby Groups to work with us to ensure that we achieve a Clean and Litter Less Kenya at 50,

The Litter Less Kenya at 50 Lobby Group
The Parliamentarians for a Clean Kenya Lobby Group, and
Journalists for a Clean Kenya Lobby Group.
You are all invited to join in any of the Lobby Groups and help us drive The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign in this Journey of Hope across Kenya. These are purely voluntary.

Peace and Blessings,


Kenya: The interim boundaries and electoral commission is to face tough question over the disappearance of the 50 year old Winam parliamentary constituency in Kisumu

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The Interim Electoral and Boundaries Commission will face the toughest questions when it visited Kisumu to collect the public views of the realignment of new County Wards and Parliamentary constituencies.

Top on the agenda among the dozens of issues to be resolved is the question of the administrative and political representation at both parliamentary level of the residents of Kadibo Division, which for many years was part of the larger West Kano Location.

Administratively, the entire Kadibo Division is currently being falling under Kisumu district, while in political representation, the area I included in Nyando constituency causing a lot of inconveniences to he residents.

The political history of this region is the most intriguing. A whole Winam parliamentary constituency, which has been in existence ever since independence in 1963 was scrapped under a very suspicious and controversial circumstances in the 1980s under the Boundaries Review Commission headed by the former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs James Paul Nyamweya who was also first MP for Nyaribari constituency in Kisii.

The residents had staked their hopes that the Ligale led Boundary Commission which had created close to 80 new additional parliamentary constituencies would have taken a keen look into the issue and the historical background the matter, and perhaps revived or restored the lost Winam constituency, which had disappeared in controversial circumstance during he representation of the late Dr Robert John Ouko and the former Kisumu Rural MP Wilson Ndolo-Ayah, but the Ligale Commission failed to readjust and restore the lost Winam Constituency to the chagrins of the residents.

In1962, shortly before Kenya attained its political independence, the Colonial Office in London had appointed the high profile Boundaries Commission, which was headed by one Prof.Mackenzie. This was the Commission which created most of the current parliamentary electoral constituencies in Kenya. It crated Winam Constituency in Kisumu district. The constituency then covered the entire Kolwa Locations, Miwani and Kibos sugar cane farming Locations, Kajulu Location and a number of Peri-Urban areas of Kisumu Municipality such as Dunga, Pand-Pieri, Nyamasaria, and Manyatta.

In the first general elections, which ushered the independence and which a held in June 1963, the first Winam Constituency was the late Mr Otieno Oyoo {Rayier} who had a seat on a KANU ticket and became the first MP for the area. However, Otieno Oyoo perished in a grisly road accident which occurred when his car rolled several times while he was driving home from Kisumu Town in the late evening hours. The mishap occurred between Nyamasaria and his rural home in Kobura village near Rabuor on the main Kisumu-Ahero-Kericho highway shortly and within only two months after taking his parliamentary oath.

In the consequent by-election that followed, the former Market Mater at the Kisumu Jubilee Market

L.W.Oselu-Nyalick, a resident of Kolwa, was voted in on a KANU ticket as Oyoo replacement. Nyalick successfully defended his seat in 1969, but was later dethroned by the former General Secretary of the Kenya Civil Servant Union, Geoffrey Onyulo, from Kajulu in 1974. Nyalich bounced back and recaptured the seat in 1979. He had also served as an Assistant Minister for Local Government and at one time acted as the Mayor of Mombasa Municipality when its Council was dissolved by the government an replaced by a Commission.

The three decades old parliamentary constituency was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped when the boundaries of Kisumu Mincipality were expanded to ten miles radius during the reign of he late Robert John Ouko as the MP for Kisumu Town sparking off a series of protests by other MPs like Ojwang’ K’Ombudo {Nyakach} Peter Anyumba {Nyando} and Onyango Ayoki {Kisumu Rurak}. The three MPs were rounded up and briefly locked in at the various police stations. The three MPs were later released from the police custody without any criminal charges being preferred against them an that how the Winam Parliamentary constituency evaporated and disappeared from the Kenya map and political landscape and history without trace.

Ouko who was then a senior member of the cabinet in the Moi’s authoritatarian KANU regime was hell-bent to ensure that the resident of Kolwa location, who were his uncles were included in Kisumu Town Constituency by hook and crock for the purpose of securing the safety of his uncles votes. To perpetuate of his continued influence in the local political derby Ouko was the one who I blamed for having killed the Winam Constituency.

It has now placed the residents of Nyando and Kisumu Toown East constituencies in a political dilemma where the residents of the populous Kadibo Division are politically in Nyando but administratively being administered by Kisumu district.

According to the US based Orieno Wagah who is an aspirant for Nyando parliamentary contest the impending general election, the residents are experiencing a lot of difficulties, especially the youths looking for the new generation national identity cards and those who seeking government employment. They are being made to shuttle around between Awasi the Nyando district headquarters and Kisumu D.C’s offices without successes.

The situation was even made worse during the reign of Peter Otieno Raburu as the Nyanza P.C. Raburu himself is a resident of Kadibo Division but for unknown reasons he had engineered the transfer of the entire Kadibo Division from Nyando to Kisumu district and separated its residents politically from their kith and kin in Nyando district. This new arrangement has had serious political and administrative repercussions to the residents, especially in connections to the disbursement of the government devolving funds such as CDF, Road Maintenance and Bursary Funds.

Otieno Wagah has called upon the government to urgently move with speed to harmonize the burning issue and ensure that the current IEBC restore and revive the Winam constituency ad that the resident of Kadibo rejoin their fellow Kano people in Nyando both administratively and politically .And so did Ouko himself followed the suit!!


Kenya: Unless the government harmonize their operations cut-throat competition could curtail sugar production in Southern Nyanza

Reports Bob Ndira-Uradi In Awendo Town.

The recent commissioning of the two newly established white sugar processing mills in Southern Nyanza is expected to improve the economy of the region, especially the money circulation and creation of job opportunities for the youths.

The two new sugar Mills include the Sukari Industries, which Is located near Oria Market in Kanyikela Location, Ndhiwa Constituency within the Homa-Bay County. The new Mill, which is situated right on the common borderline between the two administrative of Ndhiwa and Uriri districts and the second Mill, the Trans-Mara Sugar Company, which is located about twenty kilometers south east of Awendo have already gone into full blast producing double refined sugar.

The two Mills will supplement the production of sugar at the long established and Awendo-based Son Sugar Company Limited. The two new mills are expected to improve the economy of the greater Southern Nyanza region as well as in the neighboring Trans-Mara district in the South Rift.

The establishments of the two new Mills now bring the total number of sugar processing factories in the region, which is only thirty miles in radius into three, with the good prospect of creating employment opportunities to close to ten thousands strong labor force. The new multi-billion shillings ventures are lo expected to improve the money circulation in the two regions.

Previously, he Awendo-based SonySugar had contracted close to 27,000 out-grower cane famers in several districts, which include Kuria West, Kuria East,Migori,Ndhiwa, Homa-Bay, Gucha, Rongo, Awendo, Uriri and Trans-Mara. It had similar number of non-contracted making its harvesting programmes nightmarish with persistent claims and accusation of laxity and massive corruption.

Other allegations included delayed payment of cane bills, which took too long for the farmer to get their money after the delivery of their crops. These complaints and many other lapses almost paralyzed the production of sugar at SonySugar, which atone times almost went burst forcing the government to pump into to it more finances for its survival.

The arrival of the two new mills has rejuvenated the operations at the SonySugar and tremendously improved its efficiency in sugar production and in handling its contracted farmers. The SonySugar which has hitherto never experienced the kind of the cut-throat competition in business it is now facing is struggling to remain afloat in cane crushing business, though its cane growing zone has been reduced drastically by the presence of the two new plants.

SonySugar, however, is advantaged due to its close to 5,000 hectares nucleus estates, whereas its two competitors have nothing of the sort, but depended entirely o he small scale contracted and non-contracted cane out-growers for the supplies of row materials. This has made the going for the two ventures rather difficult at the beginning, but industry’s players maintain that these are just “the teething problems.”The competition has all of sudden caused the tremendously improvement of payment to the cane growers.

SonySugar recently increased its cane prices for 3,500 per ton to 4,500 per ton, but still levying charges on transport and harvesting on the farmer whereas the Sugari Industry Limited is paying out top price of Shs.5,095 per ton with no deduction for transportation an harvesting costs.

What is obvious I that the to new mills are going eat deep on flesh of SonySugar on its cane growing zones as many farmer seemed to be changing their allegiance too fast with the aim of enjoying the new prize cane prices and business in general. Another likely scenario is for the three mills may soon run out of mature cane supplies for their mills unless they take radical steps in assisting more farmers to grow more cane fields. Alternatively, the government through the Ministry of Agriculture and harmonize the operations of the three mills with newly defined cane growing zones for each mills.

The three mills, however, have the capacity of contributing significantly toward the government declared policy on poverty eradication an improvement of quality of life among the communities living with the cane growing zones. It is therefore up to the government to move with speed to instill sanity and disciplined in cane harvesting system that which is devoid of the near violence competition recently witnessed around Awendoi town.


Building bridges for a Better Kenya

from odhiambo okecth


Today was one hectic and fruitful day for us at KCDN.

First, in the company of Mr. Lameck Siage and Peter Mbol, we met Mr. Henry Ndede- the Coorinator, Unep-Kenya Country Programme at his offices at the UN Complex to discuss about how we can work together in The Litter Bin Programme and The Litter Less Kenya at 50 Campaign.

We will be following this conversations forward and in our resilient determination, we are sure of achieving a Clean Kenya as we celebrate our 50 Years of our Independence next Year.

Secondly, I attended the Steering Committee Meeting at the UN Habitat to help plan for the upcoming African Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development. This conference is coming at an opportune time since we at KCDN have been the foremost drivers of a process that has been very successful yet purely voluntary- The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.

We have been pushing Friends of KCDN to the wall to help make our Programmes a reality, and now, we are happy that the Organizing Team for this Conference have made recognition of our potential and invited us to join in the Steering Committee.

We promise to be of real help and support and we will avail our expertise on various fields to the good of this Committee and to the eventual successful hosting of this Conference in June.

We want to sincerely thank Dr Manu Chandaria, Dr Markandey Rai, Mr. David Caprare, Mr. Vincent Rapando, Mr. Daniel Juma, Mr. Insu Choi, Ms Karena Cronin, Mr. George Oloo, Mr. Fred Rangala and all the colleagues in the Steering Committee for this great initiative.

The time is now and we can move Africa to the next level. Let us join hands and work for a Clean and Litter Less Kenya at 50 by joining in the Clean-up Campaigns across Kenya every 3rd Saturday of the Month between 7.00am and 9.00am.

Peace and blessings.

A Clean Kenya Starts With Me. And a Peaceful Kenya is my Responsibility.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
National Coordinator- The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
Tel; 0724 365 557,


From: ouko joachim omolo
Colleagues Home & Abroad Regional News



Last week the talks in Kenya were about Eldoret North MP, Mr William Ruto launching a new party that he believes will take him to State House and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta with PNU-Alliance, a bus he believes will also taking him to State House.

This week however, the talks are on The Hague, whether the charges against the duo would be dropped come January 23. The school of thought is that should the charges be dropped it would mean that the history of impunity that stretches back to the colonial days will continue.

That is why Kenyans opted for the International Criminal Court (ICC) because Kenya does not have leadership that can deal with them fairly and justly. For example, those who perpetrated ethnic clashes in 1991, 1992 and 1997 have never been punished, including those responsible for extrajudicial killings of hundreds of youths, or those associated with the infamous “Goldenberg” and “Anglo-leasing” corruption scandals.

The ICC will determined whether post election violence was planned as contained in the evidence tendered by the Commission of Inquiry into the Post Election Violence (CIPEV) chaired by Justice Philip Waki.

The evidence is also contained in the Kenya National Commission on the Human Right (KNCHR). According to the report former Agriculture Minister William Ruto held a meeting in August 2007 with other senior Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders in Kipkelion near Kericho to out mass evictions of non-Kalenjins from their homes in the Rift Valley, particularly the Kikuyu and Abagusii.

Uhuru Kenyatta with other Party of National Unity (PNU) on diverse dates during January, February and March 2008 attended meetings to plan for retaliatory violence. The report states that local politicians received support from Kikuyu elite from outside Naivasha to mobilize local jobless youth who were bolstered by Mungiki followers from Nairobi and Central Province.

The KNCHR’s list of ‘alleged perpetrators’ includes six cabinet ministers: Uhuru Kenyatta from President Mwai Kibaki’s PNU, Sally Kosgei, Henry Kosgey, William Ruto, Najib Balala and the late Kipkalya Kones from Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM.

It also included allegations against a bishop and several preachers, Christian and Muslim, some of whom include Rev. Kosgey, a preacher who sometimes preaches on Kass FM, Mr Benjamin Murei, a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church elder. He offered prayers and read a verse from the Bible to the youth attackers in support of the violence and Pastor Isaya Nyongesa in Likuyani for saying that Kikuyus must go back to ‘their’ Central Province.

MP William Ole Ntimama, for warning non-Maasais that they would be evicted from Enoosupukia, according to the 1990s Akiwumi Commission’s investigation into tribal clashes which also accused government administrators of being untruthful and attempting cover-ups. The report argues that the police and security agencies adopted a shoot-to-kill policy, mainly in Kisumu and parts of Nairobi.

According to the report, the late Lorna Laboso M.P, Sotik Constituency would be tried for planning and incitement to violence. She was accused that on the third week of January 2008 that she attended a purported peace meeting at Manaret Society, where she incited local community against the Kisiis.

Franklin Bett, M.P for Bureti Constituency is accused that during a public meeting in Kiptororo in Kuresoi in December 2007, he reportedly urged the Kalenjins to fight the Kikuyus until they leave Molo area.

He is also accused that together with the late Kipkalia Kones and the late Kimutai Too they financed the Kalenjin youths who attacked the Kikuyus and Kisiis in Kericho. He gave them transport, fuel and food and held meetings at Kericho Tea Hotel and other places.

Again, together with the late Kipkalia Kones and the late David Too, they organized and facilitated the youths to be transported from Trasmara and Bomet by Lorries through Silibwet to go and chase Kikuyus from Kuresoi.

It is reported that on the 23rd November 2009 he went to Stagemart in Kericho and addressed a crowd asking residents to remove all the stains/spots (madoadoa) from the region.

In January 2008 while addressing youths Too is reported to have told the youths :”When we tell you to block, make sure you block the road, and when we tell you to remove, make sure you remove them.”

Other inciters include Boaz Kaino MP Marakwet West constituency and Fred Kapondi MP, Mt. Elgon constituency. Kapondi said that Luhyas should be expelled from Trans Nzoia.

Omondi Anyanga MP for Nyatike constituency for participating and funding of violence, hiring of Lorries to loot cereals depot, funding the violence, John Pesa MP, Migori constituency-he is reported to have said at a campaign rally that ‘visitors’ had taken away the businesses of local people). He named the said ‘visitors’ as ‘Oriah’ (understood to mean Somalis, Kikuyus and Kisiis).

Ramadhan Kajembe MP, Changamwe Constituency for hosting a number of people at his home on the day violence erupted. He “commanded” the youth that was looting in Changamwe area.

Chris Okemo, MP, Nambale Constituency- he told the public that he does not want the Kikuyu votes and also intimated that it is the Kikuyu who are barring them from developing themselves. Elizabeth Ongoro MP for Kasarani-supplied money for petrol used to burn down houses and property in Kijiji cha Chewa.

Maj..G en Hussein Ali Police Commissioner-Some police officers under his command as the Commissioner of Police were involved in use of excessive force leading to deaths and injury, some officers were partisans, and others neglected their duties.

Peter Kavila, Wainaina and Njoki and Peter Matu, PPO, Western Province, OCS Malava and two other Officers respectively for excessive use of force shooting and killing peaceful demonstrators, Mr Ngugi, OCS Langas Police Station and officers under his command, Mr Alfred Chepkwony Assistant chief, Chemamul Sub-location in Tinderet, Nandi South for participating in the violence-he was among the attackers on the morning of 31st December 2007.

Mr William Sang, the Chief of Chepkoilel Location near Eldoret for participating and organising the violence-He was seen directing the attackers on 31st of January 2008 at Kimumu. OCS Endebess Police Station for leading a group of police officers and Kikuyu attackers to Turbo area in Endebess on 6th January 2008 at around 11.00 am, shooting and injuring people in the area.

Dr. Jacob Bitok A lecturer at Moi University for organising, planning, funding and participation in the violence- He ferried Marakwet warriors to attack and drive Kikuyu out of Rock Centre in Eldoret and in Kipkaren areas. He was the custodian of the funds collected to finance the violence within Mosop area.

Thomas Cheruiyot Sirikwa Agricultural/ Veterinary Officer in Sirikwa- He threatened the headmaster of Sirikwa Primary School (a kikuyu) and asked him to leave arguing that the school deserved a Kalenjin headmaster. This was during a public meeting convened by the Kamara District Officer held on 27/11/07.

Cheruiyot further reportedly incited the Kalenjin parents to withdraw their children from Sirikwa Primary and Secondary Schools. As a result the Secondary school was reportedly closed down.

Sammy Ng’etich Acting chief for Chemaner Location- he told the Kisiis and the Kikuyus that they must vacate the area whether they like it or not. Sometimes in September 2007, he reportedly held a meeting which was attended exclusively by Kalenjins and the night after the meetings, a group of youths attacked Kamwaura shopping center whereby two people were killed and several houses burnt.

Inooro FM Radio station which broadcasts in the Kikuyu language for incitement via calling programmes, aired highly emotional and distraught victims of the violence- Kameme FM Radio station, broadcasting in the Kikuyu language for perpetration of hate speech, engaging in ethnic propaganda campaign against ODM and the Kalenjins.

Kass FM Radio station broadcasting mainly in Kalenjin languate for incitement and hate speech in its programmes -KASS FM broadcast hate speech and materials meant to incite communities against each others.

Radio Injili station for incitement and hate speech in its programmes- The station broadcast on several occasions material that amounted to incitement. Coro FM Radio station which broadcasts in the Kikuyu language for incitement through its programmes.

Councillor Ochola-Utalii Ward in Kasarani Consitutency and lives in Kijiji cha Chewa, for financing local youth to purchase petrol between 29th December 2007 and the first week of Jan 2008 to make petrol bombs and paying arsonists Ksh 400/day. He also provided food, shelter weapons and transport to attackers.

General (Retired) Koech who contested for the Ainamoi Parliamentary seat in 2007 General Election organised the Kalenjin attackers in South Rift. David Njuguna alias “Zebra”, Councilor for Londiani town ward organized retaliatory attacks against the Kipsigis. He organized youths of the Kikuyu Community to burn down the shops and businesses of the Kipsigis community.

Martin Odhiambo Insurance Broker, Kericho Town, alleged to have financed the violence and supplied youths with petrol to burn homes of members of the non Kalenjin communities, Nyabuti Moseti Businessman provided Matatu to ferry the chinkororo attackers to “defend” Kisiis.

Jack Sokouhuru, a businessman and owns butchery was one of the attackers who were involved in the burning of kipsigis shops, Zebra (alias David Githunguri or Njoroge), Councilor Chepkongoni Ward participated in torching of houses belonging to the Kipsigis Community on 20th of January 2008.

Other inciters include Faruk Kibet, Enoch Sugut, Mr Thomas Koech and Solomon Tilawen, former nominated councilor for Wareng County Council in Eldoret, ODM youth leader and headmaster of Kaptebee Secondary school, CDF Treasurer Eldoret North Constituency, and another ODM activist in Turbo, respectively.

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News Analysis by Leo Odera Omolo In Kericho Town.

The newly launched United Republican Party is nothing new, but a replica of the dreaded infamous KANU Y92 outfit which the retired President Daniel Arap Moi used to perpetuate falsified election victory during the first multi-party elections I 1992.

It has regrouped all the top of leadership of the defunct KANU Y92 which was
famed for having inflicted injuries to many Kenyans in its effort to restore the presidency of the retired President Daniel Arap Moi by way of hook and crocks means, which included the alleged dishing out of millions of fake currency notes to the voters and event torturing the perceived opponents of KANU regime either real or imagined.

The URP does not reflect to be a party with the national outlook, but a regional and tribal outfit whose leadership is perhaps armed with fictitious imagination that it could use the three million votes in the votes rich Rift Valley Province for power bargain after losing out to other parties during the impending general elections. And of course its failure could be inevitably projected in advance.

The URP has brought on board a highly respected individual personality, like the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Francis Ole Kaparo. It dumped the retired former KNUT National chairman and perennial parliamentary election loser in Buret constituency, Joseph Arap Chirchir, who it has used to destabilize the UDM in a vain attempt to gain a foothold in the party through the backdoor.

The URP might have succeeded temporarily in using and dumping Chirchir, but its entry as an acceptance in the vote’s rich Kipsigis region in the South Rift would be an uphill task, which would require a lot of political magnanimity and acumen.

Asked if the UDM would accept Chirchir back in its hierarchy, a top official of the party told this writer at the weekend that it is up to Chirchir to decide as to which party he would wish to join. He should either to remain an ordinary UDM member and forfeit his claims to the party leadership or move out and stay put in the URP. The choice is for him to decide.

Speaking to this writer by phone the UDM leader Lt. Gen {rtd} John Arap Koech dismissed as mischievous those claiming that without the support of the Eldoret North MP William Ruto the party is doomed to fail and would soon be on the verge of total collapse.

Koech reiterated that UDM, which is allied to the ODM, is here to stay and would soon launch its own programme of membership recruitment countrywide. The party has one MP in the tenth parliament in the name of Prof Hellen Simbili and elected civic leaders in several Urban, County and Town Councils throughout the country. It has been performing extremely well at the recent parliamentary by-elections until an attempt to grab its leadership was made by a group of disgruntled ODM rebel MPs. They had grand design to make the UDM their soft landing political party after breaking ranks with the ODM.

“This move by the MPs landed the otherwise vibrant UDM party into a series of legal tussles through courts and tribunals thereby temporarily interrupting and interfering with the party’s programmes and schedules. The intruders have finally seen the lights on the other side of the tunnel and moved to their newly found party and the UDM wished them well.” Said Koech.

A good number of political personalities among the Kipsigis elites insist that the Kalenjin MPs who are allied to William Ruto are thriving in politics of riding on the back of other people and as such are not leaders worth trusting. They are thriving on persistently calling the name of the Prime Minister Rala Odinga whenever they opened their venomous mouths and wherever they go. They lacked visionary kind of politics an the policy to sell to the voters apart from bashing the the hope of cutting Raila to size, and yet by doing so they are unknowingly making the PM a hero in this country.

Uncoordinated and recklessly designed attacks and unfair criticism of Mr Odinga, which some of the politicians are in the habit of using in this country to popularize themselves, is actually working in favor of the ODM leader, and those doubting this political scenario should wait and see the outcome of the next general election. This is because many Kenyans believe that Raila Odinga is the genuine and true reformist.

Agwambo is also being credited for having fought a long battle and won by making the Kenya citizens to realize the new and modernized Republican Constitution, whereas those who have since ganged up with the aims and objectives of thwarting his presidential bid have done nothing Kenyans.

So many political parties have sprung up in the recent years and months with short sighted leaders who thrives on gaining political mileage by way of incessant attacks on Raila Odinga for the cheap aims of whipping out tribal support, but according to a civic leader in Kericho County all the uncalled and unwarranted attacks by Raila’s critics appeared to have boomerang and worked in the opposite direction in his favor instead.

Councilor Nicholas Tum of Kericho Municipality says Raila is the darling of thousand of Kipsigis people who for many years were marginalized by their cousins from the North Rift who took the lion’s share during the long reign of the retired President Daniel Arap Moi. “The people of this region want to be right inside the next government and not in the periphery and the only short route to that dream is through Raila’s ODM party, and strictly not via any amorphous and unrealistic political alliances,” said Coun Tum.


Kenya, Judge: Uhuru broke law and he must face Investigation and be punished

from: Judy Miriga


I am saddened to note such irresponsible behavior of carelessness, neglect, Abuse and of impunity, and that Uhuru refused to table Appropriation Bill before adjournment for the Christmas holidays but took it upon himself to run the Finance Department as personal and private business and without following the legislative proceedure.

For Transparency and Accountability, it is a legal legislative requirement that a Legislative Act proposes for the Financial Expenditures, where they set apart funds for specific use at intervals of a given period of time. In most cases it is set on yearly, six monthly or every quarter of a year, depending on the standing agreement set by the Legislative body.

These funds are collected from financial Government pool of Revenues Collection and are distributed to meet Government expenses and expenditures.

Typically all expenditures must be put before parliament to authorize and facilitate its spending. The same must certify and confirm the balance and control of financial standing that cannot go beyond the yearly Budget. Incase of any adjustments for any reason, the same must be brought back to Parliament for Discussion and Authorization over the use of money before the spending of such Public Finances can be utilized. It is important to prioritize, asses and justify needs for the expenditure, balanced spending to avoid imbalances and give legal effect to the Budget……

The Appropriation bill also validate taxation, all bills, promissory notes and Government Bonds also relates to revenue, which are balanced yearly over income tax, collectibles and expenditure.

Tabling of appropriation bill authorizes the Government to spend public taxpayer money for a certain programe.

A financial bill sets aside money to be spent by the Government, and states how money is to be used for specific spending. An approval by Parliamentary Legislatures must consented spending of such money in a transparent and accountable manner. The Appropriation Bill must face threshold of voting to agree or not to agree.

Incase there are misappropriation, embezzlement or misuse, Members of Parliament can vote a “No Confidence” on the Minister for Finance and equally, the General Public have a right to recal or ask for removal of the Minister for Finance from his irresponsibility from carefully overseeing Public Finances.

In this case, I feel, Uhuru have gone overboard by illegally and unconstitutionally by-passing the Legislative procedure and taking advantage of running the Ministry of Finance as private household personal business.

We demand an explanation and an appeal to Supreme Court to have Uhuru refund Sh368 billion (Taxpayer money) back to the Consolidated Fund. Meanwhile, Uhuru should be removed from Ministry of Finance while investigations are being made.

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

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Judge: Uhuru broke law

The Treasury has been spared further embarrassment after a judge dismissed a petition seeking to have it refund Sh368 billion to the Consolidated Fund, which is the Government’s main bank account.

But High Court judge Justice David Majanja was highly critical of Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta for breaching the Constitution through his selective application of its various articles.

The ruling also brings into focus Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, who is the State’s chief legal advisor and the first respondent in the petition, with Uhuru listed as the second respondent.

Justice Majanja was explicit that Uhuru, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, should have tabled an Appropriations Bill as required by Article 221 of the Constitution, before seeking Parliament’s consent to withdraw money from the Consolidated Fund to finance Government operations.

“Every failure to follow the letter of the Constitution harms the Constitution itself, breeds cynicism and encourages impunity particularly when such failure stems from a deliberate effort to undermine the Constitution,” said Justice Majanja.

In contrast, he only had kind words for National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende.

Majanja said the Speaker displayed a healthy and welcome respect for the rule of law, and the principle of separation of powers, despite giving Uhuru a window to escape the wrath of Parliament on June 7 last year.

The last word

However, said Justice Majanja “the Judiciary has the last word in the event of dispute on the interpretation and application of the Constitution.”

He noted: “… the Constitution has ushered in a new era, not of Parliamentary supremacy, but one of supremacy of the Constitution. The superintendents of the Constitution are the courts of law which recognise that each organ in its own sphere working in accordance with law not only strengthens the Constitution, but ensures that the aspirations of Kenyans are met.”

The judge was clear that his decision to dismiss the petition was not a vindication of Uhuru’s actions, but said he was unable to grant the petitioners their wish, as this would endanger the process of implementing the Constitution given that six months had passed since the incident.

“Preparations should now be made to comply with the provisions of the Constitution in the next financial year,” ruled Justice Majanja.

Justice Majanja said annulling Parliament’s decision of June 14 would have set in motion “a chain reaction whose effects would be grave and more harmful to the implementation of the Constitution.”

He quoted Articles 3, 10(1) and 20(4) of the Constitution which he said emphasises that everyone, including State officials like Uhuru, have an obligation to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution

He defended Speaker Marende saying that he acknowledged that the law had been broken by the Finance minister, but gave proper guidance “as is required by any officer of State acting in accordance with the Constitution.”

On Sunday, political and civil society leaders challenged President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ensure the Constitution is not broken.

Those who spoke to The Standard said the ruling delivered three weeks ago, but which escaped media scrutiny, brings to the fore questions about the commitment of the Executive to uphold the rule of the law and respect for the Constitution Kenyans endorsed in August 2010, hoping to end a culture of impunity.

“I therefore hold that for there to be compliance with Article 222, there must be an Appropriation Act or Bill in place and it was in breach of the Constitution to proceed to withdraw money from the Consolidated Fund without the existence of an Appropriation Act or Bill,” said Majanja in the ruling delivered on December 23 two days before Christmas.

Defended treasury

The State defended the Treasury’s actions and sought a dismissal of the petition arguing it lacked merit, was frivolous and incompetent and that it was a transition period and no law was broken.

The State denied claims it violated the public’s right to participate in budget making process and the judge agreed. The next Budget cycle for the financial year 2012-2013 begins with a tabling by March 21 this year of the expenditure estimates for various ministries as well as the Parliamentary Service Commission and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary under Standing Orders of Parliament.

Justice Majanja said that while the Appropriations Act as allows the Finance minister to seek Parliamentary approval to dip into the Consolidated Fund, he can only do so after tabling an Appropriations Bill, which Uhuru failed to do.

Two members of the civil society Jayne Mati of Mars Group and Dennis Adieno of the National Taxpayer’s Association moved to court to seeking orders to ensure the Executive complies with the Constitution.

Maragwa MP, Elias Mbau who chairs the Parliamentary Budget Committee agreed with the judge, saying that even though a mistake was made, it is not a licence for violation of the Constitution in future. Such mistakes, he said, were only tolerable because the country is transition.

“In this crucial and critical moment every institution is bending backwards a lit bit to accommodate others so as not to have the country crumble. But it is a warning to future ministers that the same leeway will not be granted in future,” said Mbau.

Public scrutiny

The Executive Director of International Centre for Policy and Conflict, Mr Ndung’u Wainaina, dismissed the argument regarding the transition period, pointing out that it has been used by Government to evade public scrutiny.

“The argument about transition period doesn’t hold water. It is being used as an excuse to avoid public scrutiny, but the ruling is a statement to the Government that it must toe the line,” said Wainaina.

The withdrawal of Sh368 billion from the Consolidated Fund represented one-half of the total net estimates of the Government’s recurrent and development expenditure.

Wainaina said MPs who legalised the appropriation of Sh368 billion championed their own interests and ignored the Constitution.

“They are doing everything in their own interest. These people have no regard for the law at all. They are used to shortcuts because they fear to be put under scrutiny,” said Wainaina.

In his earlier memo to the Budget Committee in June, Mars Group Chairman Malibu Mati said the move was unconstitutional and asked it to intervene.

Nominated MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Equal Opportunities, Mr Mohammed Affey hailed the court’s ruling pointing out that the culture of impunity must stop.

“No money should be used without following the law. It was wrong to allow this. The law is the law and it must be followed. I support the ruling,” said Affey.

Another member of the Budget Committee, Subukia MP, Mr Nelson Gaichuhie, said the ruling reflected the reality given that Kenya is still transiting from the old order, but pointed out that it should not be allowed in future.

“Until we form the next Government, we are still in some form of mishap. We have to transform gradually even if we are to follow the law. The good thing is that the future will have a clear cut line of doing things,” said Gaichuhie. click here to read the high court ruling

Uhuru seeks new weapon against inflation with change in tax law

By George Omondi (email the author)

Posted Sunday, December 18 2011 at 16:04

The law, however, gives Treasury a free hand to lower import duty on maize, wheat, beans, milk or rice by any amount during periods of civil strife, national disaster or calamity.

Treasury is seeking new powers to vary excise duty chargeable on goods according to the rate of inflation in yet another signal of the unease that the spiralling cost of living is causing policy makers.

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Through amendments to be introduced in the Finance Bill 2011, Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking powers to vary excise duty beyond the current limit of not more than 30 per cent of the applicable (official) rate.

“The minister may, by a notice in the Gazette, adjust the specific rate of excise duty to take account of inflation,” reads one of the new clauses that Mr Kenyatta will introduce in the Customs and Excise Act.

The tool would be particularly useful in the event of widespread social unrest caused by a steep rise in the price of consumer goods as has happened in recent months.

Section 119 of the Customs and Excise Act that Mr Kenyatta is seeking to amend allows him to increase or decrease excise duty by up to 30 per cent of the statutory rate without consulting Parliament.

The Act imposes excise duty on a range of goods, among them petroleum products, shampoos, deodorants, alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, wrapping materials, juices and bottled water.

Tax experts said the proposed changes imply that in future, the level of the government’s intervention may go beyond the current statutory limits if required.

“I presume the minister wants a legal backing for his past actions because he has all along been changing the specific excise rates to cater for inflation,” said Mr Nikhil Hira, a tax partner at Deloitte.

In April, Mr Kenyatta suspended the 30 per cent excise duty on kerosene and reduced that on diesel by 20 per cent to ease pump prices as high international crude oil prices hit key segments of the economy.

Sudden increases

Steve Okello, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers said giving the minister a free hand to vary excise duty with inflation will help cushion the consumer from sudden increases in costs such as transport.

Mr Okello said that apart from petroleum products, most goods that attract excise duty are luxuries whose pricing is irrelevant to low income earners currently bearing the brunt of high inflation

“Consumers would see huge impact on retail prices of essential commodities if the state had a free hand to tie rate of import duty on basic commodities to inflation,” Mr Okello told the Business Daily on Friday.

Under the East African Customs Management Act, Kenya has to consult her integration partners before adjusting customs (import and export) taxes.

But even as the government moves to influence national pricing, analysts are divided on the effectiveness of such regulatory measures.

“Whether or not the taxes are pegged to rate of inflation, prices are rising because of the inability by government to play its supervisory role, allowing traders to hoard basic commodities,” said Mr Otieno Odhiambo, an investments lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

In recent months, failure to supervise import licences has been blamed for the excessive increases in the price of flour and sugar, which are among the highest in the world.

“Kenyans pay about twice as much for sugar as Europeans, even though the drought did not affect sugar-producing areas.” says the World Bank’s latest report.

Kenyan consumers are paying up to $530 (Sh47, 700) per tonne of maize or more due to additional policy distortions that have disrupted the domestic food market.

This has translated to a higher price of Sh 112 per two kilogramme packet of maize flour. Kenyans paid a record $45 (Sh4, 000) per bag of maize in July 2011, which was more than double the price at the beginning of the year and about 70 per cent above the already high world market prices.

A breakdown of Kenya’s inflation by income groups shows that low income households have been hit hardest by inflation in 2011.

For instance, in October 2011, the inflation experienced by low income households was 19.6 per cent, compared to the previous year, in contrast to 14.5 per cent for high income households.

Mr Kenyatta is expected to introduce the amendments in the Finance Bill 2011 on Tuesday at the Committee Stage after having failed to do so on Thursday as Parliament adjourned early following emotive debate on Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission nominees.

Apart from pegging excise duty to inflation, the changes are also seeking to end the current stand-off between the Kenya Revenue Authority and local manufacturers of wines and beers.

While the 2011/12 Budget Speech had changed the excise duty on beer from a specific rate to a hybrid of both the specific and ad valorem rate – in favour of the higher rate, this is captured in the Finance Bill 2011 as Sh70 per litre or Sh40 of the Retail Selling Price (RSP).

“The changes do not expressly define RSP and therefore still leaves room for different interpretations between manufacturers and KRA officials,” said Mr Hira.

Mr Kenyatta is proposing to amend the Customs and Excise Act to include RSP as the basis for computing excise on locally manufactured beer and wine.

Mr Hira, however, says the amendment still fails to define what RSP is, presenting a problem to the alcohol manufacturers since they do not have direct control of the price that the product is eventually sold at the marketplace.