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KENYA: IT WAS A SHOW OF STRENGTH AND POPULARITY CONTEST BETWEEN RAILA AND RUTO AS THE TWO MADE VOTE HUNTING FORAYS IN THE SOUTH RIFT AND NYANZA.

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo.

Last weekend witnessed one of the biggest political contests between the two warring factions of the ODM who took their campaigns and votes hunting deep into the South Rift and some parts of Nyanza Province.

The Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is the party leader, toured the Kericho County where he addressed a series of meeting and also commissioned the Nakuru-Kericho-Kisumu road now under the construction, before winding up the tour at the Moi Garden, which is located outside the D.C’s Office in Kericho Town. Moi’s Garden is the nerve center of Kipsigis politics.

Raila’s party’s de-facto deputy leader, the Eldoret MP William Ruto and his entourage snaked into the region from Nairobi by road and addressed crowds at the various stops-over before crown it up with a public rally at Chebilat border town.

Chebilat is a border town which is shared between the Kipsigis on the Sotik district within the Rift Valley Province and the Kisiis living in Borabu district of Nyanza Province.

This is the area which felt the heat of the post election violence of 2008 as the Kipsigis supporter of the ODM descended on property worth millions of shillings owned by the industries Abagusii traders including schools buildings were torched and burnt into ashes.

The region has ever since remained the flash-point of seemingly endless cattle rustlings which on occasions have resulted into death of innocent citizens on both sides of the common border. .A platoon of the crack paramilitary police, the General Service Units are station along the borders of the two districts as well as police Anti-Stock Theft Unit.

Interestingly, Ruto was drumming for the two communities, the Abagusii and the Kipsigis to join and vote for the United Democratic Movement {UDM} a party which is still embroiled in legal tussles before the court over its ownership.

The Prime Minister also had a closed door meeting with civic leaders in the Kericho County and the representative of the Mau Forest evictees.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Road Minister and Buret MP Franklin Bett who has, since departure of Ruto, become Raila’s point man in the South Rift region, the Kipkellion MP Magerere Lang’at who is an Assistant Minister for Energy, The Home Affairs Assistant Minister Beatrice Koneswho is also the Bomet MP, the Sotik MP Dr. Joyce Laboso, the former Deputy Chef of the General Staff Lt.Gen [rtd} John Arap Koech.

Gen Koech is still the de-facto leader of the UDM until the court rules otherwise in a court case filed by a group of Rift Valley politicians led by Ruto who staged a bloodless coup against him lat year and claimed to have overturned the UDM party leadership and thereafter Ruto declared himself the party leader.

Ruto had in his entourage the former Mugirango South MP Omingo Magara, Belgut MP Charles Keter, Konoin MP Dr Julius Kones and other leaders most of the new aspirants routing for various parliamentary seats within the Gusii region.

And while Raila flew back to Nairobi on the same day, Ruto continued with his votes hunting deep into Gusii land and later criss-crossed the region into greater Southern Nyanza where he addressed members of the public at the various stops-over in Rongo, Awendo, Uriri, and Migori before addressing another crowd in Kuria. All these areas are considered as Raila’s strong hold and under the ODM unshaken influence.

A check on the ground indicated that contrary to a claim by MP allied to William Ruto that the entire Kalenjin region was safe in the hands of the Eldoret North MP there is a sharp division of loyalties to the two ODM luminaries turned arch-rivals. Raila is the most favorite man for the next presidency, while Ruto’s ambition for the presidency is being treated as a big joke.

Ruto seemed to have made a big blunder by trying to sell to the Kipsigis voters several presidential hopefuls without giving the community a clear direction as to which among the members of the so-called D7 alliance was his favorite.

These inconsistency include his remark that he would work with the Gatund Gatundu South MP Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, and at the same time telling the electorate in Western Province that he was for the Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa while on the other hand he has been quoted as saying he would support the Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka for the presidency.

These inconsistencies have been sending confusing signals to the populous Kipsigis community, a sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin ethnic group, which previously had eight MPs In the tenth Parlament, and this time round would vote for ten MPs following the recent creation of Sigowet constituency slashed out of the existing Belgut and the sub-division of Kipkellion into two parliamentary constituencies. The community has another safe seat in Kuresoi constituency in the neighboring Molo district.

Despite of his relatively successful tour of the Kipsigis region, Raila Odinga is being stabbed at the back in his Nyanza home turf with wide-spread claims and allegation that “Agwambo” is preaching water, but drinking wine in relations to the creation of democratic space.

Raila is being accused of being responsible for the stalled Mayoral election in Kisumu City, which is the nerve center of politics in Luo-Nyanza of allegedly coercing the civic leaders within Kisumu Municipality to re-elect unpopular Mayor Sam Okello as opposed to the wishes of the majority of the City’s residents and Councilors alike.

Claims about lack of democratic space in areas under the ODM influence were echoed at the weekend by the former chairman of the Luo Council of Elders Ker Meshack Riaga Ogalo who locked horns with the Kasipul-Kabondo MP Oyugi Maguwanga during a funeral gathering I the Rachuonyo South district at the weekend.

Raila urged the community to open its door and allow every presidential aspirant to come around and sell his policy to the electorate unhindered.

He said Ruto-led UDM party should be allowed to sell its policies in the Luo-Nyanza region so that the community can have a free choice of political parties to choose from other than th dominant ODM

Raila, however, categorically and vehemently denied having personal links with UDM or Ruto at the same time issuing threat of filling legal suit against those making such claims.

His remarks provoked sharp reaction from the area MP Oyugi Maguwanga who was also present at the gathering. He told Raila in his face to stop interfering with ODM activities in the region, advising him to continue selling the policy of the UDM instead. He accused Riaga of being an agent of the UDM in the region.

The stalled Mayoral election in Kisumu City is causing a lot of jittery by the residents towards the ODM and could cost Raila some substantial votes among his Luo supporters, particularly those with moderate views who feels the civic leaders should be left alone to elect a mayor of their own choice. Even staunch supporters of the Prime Minister were heard expressing sentiments of disapproval of his involvement while political detractors viewed the action as part of Raila’s excessive arrogance and dictatorial tendency.

Other were heard saying that Raila should go out and campaign for his presidential ambition and leave the field free for competitive political among the elected Councilors. Moreover, the embattled and outgoing Mayor Okello was never elected in any ward within Kisumu City, but was brought from Mombasa the other day and nominated by Raila to the Council. He has never been an ODM activist, but a perennial KANU parliamentary election loser in Muhoroni constituency.

Within Kericho County the Prime Minister in his quest to regain popularity among the members of the Kipsigis community appeared to have picked u a team of youthful and energetic men and woman who hell-bent to dismantle Ruto influence in the area.

Ruto’s weaknesses, they claim, is his insistance that he was about to leave the ODM, but cowardly remained in the party for now close to two years. His handing around in ODM without making a bold decision and quitting the party altogether has weakened his case among the residents of the South Rift, an area which is also covering Bomet County and party of the Trans-Mara district.

Legally, Ruto is still the de-facto ODM leader, though he has made it publicly clear that he was in the UDM. “ If he has quit the ODM and join the UDM he did so without consulting us. It is indeed his democratic right to quit the ODM and join any party of his choice a an individual, but he had no right claiming that we are with him in that party because we were not consulted,” said Joseph Chepkwony Belgut politician in Kericho town.

A Kericho Municipal Councilor Nicholas Tum hailed the Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his political dynamism and magnanimity, saying he was pleased that the Kipsigis people have now realized that they were being fed with empty political slogans and propaganda aimed at maligning the Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Tum attended all the Raila’s meeting during his last week’s our of the Kericho County said the committee to over see the settlement of Mau Forest evictee should be chaired by Minister for Roads Franklin Bett. The Committee must be free of politicization and from being used as a propaganda tools to malign those perceived to be allied to Raila.

Among the presidential aspirants who toured most part of Western Kenya at the weekend Ms Martha Karua, was the most successful. Her tour drew a large number of enthusiastic supporters who cheered him widely in Migori and Siaya Towns.

The iron Lady cut across the region with clear message that Kenya was yawning for a genuine change and that anti-reformist politicians should be voted out of leadership in 2012.

Karua instant popularity in Nyanza came about as a result of her consistency in parliamentary debates on issues of national importance as one of the few “Voices of Reasons in the August House”. In some places Karua heard supporter shouting the loudest tat she should disband Narc Kenya and team up with “Agwambo” in the next elections.

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Kenya: the family of the rebel Kenya Air force soldier executed 28 years ago for leading the abortive but bloody military coup demanded the remains be handed to them for decent burial

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

The family of the ringleader of the abortive, but bloody military coup that almost toppled the civilian government of Kenya in 1982 want his body be exhumed from the prison cemetery and handed back to them for proper tribal burial.

Senior Private Hezekiah Rabala Ochuka was tried under the military court martial, fond guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed in 1984 by hangman at the Kamiti maximum Security Prison and buried along with other rebel member of the disbanded Kenya Air-force soldiers who were also found guilty of the same offence.

Kamiti prison is located abut 20 kilometer outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi and it is the same institution where the revered to hero of the Mau Mau uprising and struggle for independence the late Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi was buried.

Kimathi was captured from the Aberdare Forest by the British forces in 1956 and executed in March 1957. The entire previous attempts authorized by independent government of Kenya to his family to retrieve his body for a heroic reburial have hit the snag.

This is because nobody knew his exact burial cite. Most of the prison wardens who served at the institution and who might have the knowledge of his burial cite have since either died of old or retired and too old and their whereabouts could not be located.

A couple of year ago members of the family of the late hero Kimathi were allowed by the government into the institution for the purpose of to excavating or exhuming his remains in vain. Several sites were point out, but the search ended in total failure.

Giving his testimony before the members of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission [TJRC sitting at the Aga Khan Hal in Kisumu City, the nephew of the executed ex-soldier Mr Robert Onyango Akuro said that a lawyer provide by the government to represent the condemned at the Court Martial trials did no involve the family in the proceedings and matters related to the case.

He told the Commission that the lawyer Moses Wetangula who is now the Ford-Kenya party chairman and until his recent suspension from the cabinet was Kenya’s Minister for foreign Affairs and international Cooperation and the MP for Sirisia constituency in Western province did not contact the family and never shared anything the late ex-soldier had told him.

“The lawyer never contacted the family and has shared anything with the family that the executed soldier had told him. We do not know the reason why the lawyer never bothered to consult and inform us about OIchuka,”he told the commission.

Wetangula had stepped aside from the cabinet to facilitate the investigations relation to massive financial scam involving billions of shilling alleged misappropriated by staff t the Kenyan mission in Tokyo, Japan in connection with the selling of the former Embassy mission building at a price suspected to be below the market value, a deal suspected to have some under hand dealings.

Akuro claimed there was a letter written by Ochuka to the family giving the names of the lawyers he wanted to represent him, but the family was poor and could not afford to raise legal fees. He charged that the late Ochuka was not given the opportunity to choose his own lawyer and Wetangula was chosen by the government.

Onyango told the TJRC that attempt by the family to meet with the retired President Daniel Arap Moi to plead for him was thwarted by security officers and the family became ostracized. “Our family has been abandoned and nobody would associate with us for fear of arbitrary arrests.

Onyango said they have not received any official document f the late Ochuka including his death certificate and other personal records.

The late Prvt Ochuka had an account with the Bank of Baroda and owned a City House in Umoja estate in Nairobi, a tailoring business in Gikomba and owned a motor vehicle. But so far we have not been told anything about these assets and others.” he said, adding that the family would like to know where the body of Prvt Ochuka was buried to undertake traditional Luo ritual burial.

The Commission took statement from those who were detained by the Moi regime under the guise that they were members of the underground “Mwakenya”an outlawed movement who sought for compensation.

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A KENYAN DAILY TODAY CAME OUT WITH A SHOCKING STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE VEHICLE IN WHICH THE LATE FATHER OF THE US PRESIDENT MET HIS DEATH.

Reports Leo Odera Omolo in Kisumu City.

A Kenyan popular daily newspaper the morning came out with an exclusive story and illustrations of a motor vehicle in which the father of the US President Barack Obama Jnr met his death in 1982.

The paper had traced the green 1981 make Chevrolet LUV pick-up in Homa-Bay Town about 300 kilometers south west of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The vehicle looks like an ordinary 30-year old workhorse that has seen better days. And yet the pick-up holds stories and secrets tha6t its present owner Joseph Owili Ongei will never know.

In an exclusive page one story the paper narrated that this was the car in which Barrack Hussein Obama Snr met his cold death on a cold night in Nairobi in November 1982.

The exclusive story about this particular vehicle has attracted a large number of readers for this particular paper. And became an instant sales boom.

The late Barrack Obama Snr had returned to Kenya in 1964 from Hawaii where he had married the mother of the future US President Ann Stanley Dunham. Their son, Barack Obama Jnr {Now the US President} was born in 1961 and in 2008 would become the President of the United States of America.

As an economist per excellence Obama Snr immediately changed several jobs before landing one as a top economist in charge of statistics at the ministry of Finance. In his rank and job specification as well as seniority Obama Snr was entitled to a new car at regular intervals.

Among the illustrations accompanying the story is the vehicle at its states during the accident, and thereafter following extensive repair work. The illustrations showing a broken steering wheel, which is believed to have hit Obama Snr side of the chest perhaps rupturing his heart and caused instant death.

It now put to rest the rumor fueled by the Obama Snr family in Kenya that the top economist’s death was an act of government sponsored assassination scheme. The vehicle had hit the tree from the driver’s right side, giving the late Obama no chance of escaping death. The sides appeared to have been smashed.

Also showing is the late Obama Snr’s national identity card, his death certificate. the steering wheel that killed Obama and the photograph of a Mr Patrick Obondo the mechanic who repaired the pick-up, the vehicles logbook and Mr Owili its current owner who purchased it as a junk from the late Obama Snr widow at the price of Kshs 78,000.

The accompanying story says in 1981 Obama became eligible for another vehicle of his choice for the government to buy for him, with the purchase price deducted from his monthly salary until the amount was fully recovered.

The late Obama Snr walked into the General Motors showroom in Nairobi and chose the Chevrolet LUV KB25 model, chassis 9583320,that was given registration number plate KTH 018.

Many of his peers considered it an odd choice. Other senior bureaucrats were go9ng for sleek saloon that suited their status. Obama ’s social life involved driving to drinking joins around Nairobi, where he would park the Chev Luv, as it was known, outside the bar and engage in loud conversation and backslapping.

Prior to this Obama Snr was involved in two major traffic accidents before the third ended his life prematurely.

In 1966 he reportedly killed a young man in an accident, even though details are not forthcoming. Following that crash, he spent almost a year recuperating in hospital but was still left with bad leg.

Upon his discharge in December after another accident Obama Snr made a month long trip to the US and visited Hawaii where he was re-united with his ex-wife Anne Dunham and their 10 year-old son Barack. That was the last time the 10-year old Obama would see his father alive. Obama Snr later lost his legs in another fatal crash.

Shortly after he bought this pick-up in 1981, he was dismissed from the Finance Ministry, either because of his drinking or because he had scathingly criticized the Treasury policy paper. He then sunk into alcoholism and abject poverty.

The report further stated,” He was just like Mr Toad [from Wind In The Willows}, very arrogant on the road, especially, when he had whisky inside.

On the night of November 24,1982, Obama entered his car for the last time. He died minutes later when his car hit a tree on Elgon Road in Nairobi’s posh Upper Hill estate.

He report that followed the postmortem, written by the longtime Nairobi pathologist Dr Ayres Lorenco Ribeiro, said death was caused by “bleeding du to ruptured heart due to a traffic accident.”The impact on his chest was so severe that the steering wheel broke. The wreckage was towed to the Treasury Building in Nairobi.

It was store in the basement for years alongside several other grounded cars until the August 1998 terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Nairobi.

Following the terrorists blast, the government of Kenya issued a directive for all broken vehicle to be towed to a central yard outside the City center. Obama’s beloved Chev Luv lay there out in the open for another eight years until an electrical technician Owili developed an interest in it.

He had seen it at the government yard behind the Finance Office where he worked but never gave it a second glance until his long time friend Benard Raburu urged him to buy it. But by then I was earning no more than Ksh 1,500” recalls Owili who had just quit his job as a technician to join the Ministry of Finance.

“I needed a pick-up in case I was retrenched, which was the norm back then, so that I could use it to do business,” Owili told the NAIROBISTAR

Little did Owili know that the “junk” he had just bought linked him to President of the United States.“ I paid Obama’s widow Kshs 78,000 for the car and took possession of it. I immediately had a mechanic dismantle the engine to overhaul it because it had been dormant for many years. I had the body towed to a garage in Grogan Road {Today Kirinyaga Road, where a different mechanic worked on it.” recalls Owili.

“For impact to break the steering wheel, it must have been great, said the automotive mechanic Patrick Odundo who restored the vehicle. It took a lot of work to make the car roadworthy again,” he said.

After I finished it, it looked very beautiful and everyone congratulated me.”

Due to cash constraints, it took Owili almost a year to get the Chevrolet Luv back on the road. He then looked for the registration documents t transfer it to his name.

“When I bought the car, I had no idea it was the one that the President’s father used to drive, he narrates. “You can imagine my shock when I saw the log book.”

Apart from the registration documents, Obama’s widow also gave him a copy of Obama’s national identity card and death certificate, together with a letter authorizing the transfer of the vehicle’s ownership. Owili said he drove the vehicle round Nairobi for a yea before he drove to his rural home in Homa-Bay about 300 kilometers to the south west of the capital., and about 250 kilometers from Obama Snr rural home in Alego Kogelo in Siaya district 250 kilometer away.

“It is now old and cannot carry heavy loads anymore but I keep it because it was my first car and because I am proud to be associated with President Obama,”said Owili.” If President Obama wants to keep it as part of his family heritage, I can consider parting with it”,said Owili who said he had not considered selling the vehicle..Old cars can sell for tens of thousands of dollars on internet auction site EBay. It is difficult to estimate what the Chev Luv would fetch.

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KENYA: 48YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE – THE GOVT DECLARES HUNGER A NATIONAL DISASTER

from maurice oduor

Winfred,

There’s enough food in Kenya to feed everyone. The country has enough resources to provide for everyone’s basic needs and there’s no excuse as to why anyone should be starving in any part of the country. The County system will address that problem in due course. This national government has refused to effectively deal with hunger. Raila Amolo has tried to do something about it by appealing to the international community to jump in but no one else has joined him to chorus this.

Courage

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from WINFRED NYAMBURA

A government that cannot feed its people, only complaining about population growth. Why Kenyans, why, 48years after independence and still the country cannot feed his people. look at the photo on the nation Newspaper today of a kid, who cannot even stand on his two feet coz of hunger? where is this country headed to?

During Mkoloni time, there was no hunger…

() GOD HELP KENYA

KENYA: THE FOLLY OF KENYA’S NEW CONSTITUTION; DEMOCRACY OR FORCED REPRESENTATION?

From: David ochwangi

Folks,

The recent headline articles in the Daily Nation which called attention to parts of the new constitution that decree, require, compel or whatever description fits your fancy, Kenyans to vote for a certain quota of female representatives to Parliament and local assemblies illuminate a fundamental flaw those of us who opposed the constitution were concerned about.

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Elect+72+women+MPs+or+forget+Parliament+/-/1064/1202296/-/2vrlj/-/index.html

Kenya’s new constitution has been hyped as the BEST in the world by those who campaigned for it and while all that is perfectly OK depending on who you talk to, the truth is, this new constitution was founded on quick sand and the more we now learn the truth, the harder it will be believe anything the state or her stewards try to pass in the future. It clearly has its shortcomings, some of them so severe that absolute care must be taken so that it does not become an avenue upon which the country self-destructs, no constitution on earth is perfect and I am cognizant of this fact but when you have one like Kenya’s with sections which blatantly violate, impugn and contradict itself on the most fundamental provisions of which it purports to protect and frustrates the very purpose for which we sought a new constitution, i.e. self-governance through the sovereignty of “we the people”, then we are losing our existential compass as a nation

It appears that we are finally coming to terms with the fact that the new constitution is wrought with blunders, some of which if not quickly addressed, would do irreparable harm to the democratic advances Kenya has made since independence. It isn’t so much that the document was passed on false promises such as what was told to the Chiefs, District Officers, District Commissioners and Provincial Commissioners that they will keep their jobs in the new Kenya or Members of Parliament who are now disillusioned at the realization that they too, like the rest of us, MUST pay taxes notwithstanding repeated assurances from the powers that be that they will not pay taxes and several other fallacies contained in the document, far from it.

I fully understand the need and desire to advance and empower women in our society and frankly I think they make better leaders, after all they are the majority and if you ask me, male leaders have for the most part let us down. That being said, I don’t think this is the proper way to accomplish that, NO! This provision undercuts the integrity of the constitution; it renders the document gratuitously inconsistent and convoluted. The framers of the constitution made an indelible error in judgment with respect to this provision among others and it will be an even greater tragedy if we don’t fix it now. Admittedly, during the campaign to pass it, Kenya’s leaders conceded to the fact that the document in its current form, then just a draft, was far from perfect and that Kenyans should pass it first and question or amend it later; the argument made at the time was that there wasn’t enough time to correct inherent mistakes before the scheduled vote but now it appears the chicken are coming home to roost and I want to see the same leaders who rushed to pass this document to also be at the forefront of fixing it with equal zeal. The framers didn’t even attempt to mitigate the erosion this idea would have on democracy much less provide for enforcement mechanism; who decides which ward/location, county, constituency must vote for a woman and at what election cycle for example? I say let the people themselves decide.

These sections, along with others yet to be discussed and the contemplated drafts designed to implement local governments’ formation, elections and functions make a complete mockery of the supremacy of “we the people” prominently promised in the new document in so far as it subverts the will of the people to elect their representatives. The principle of the people’s sovereignty as unambiguously spelled in the constitution is supposed to be non-negotiable and yet the same document severely compromises that which it purports to promote. A paradox I am struggling to reconcile- a constitution which at the outset claims to revert power and governance to the people but in reality undermines that very sovereignty by placing unreasonable and unrealistic caveats, demands and prescriptions to the people as to whom they MUST elect based on gender. Which is which? We cannot have it BOTH WAYS folks; it is one or the other- democracy or forced representation-pick one.

As far as I am concerned, there cannot be a better election formula to substitute the will of the people or their right to democratically elect their representatives than the ballot box and to pretend otherwise is not only delusional but also grossly ill advised. These attempts to subvert the people’s will as this constitution surreptitiously does must be rejected otherwise this whole constitution risks being rendered hollow. We must respect that which we have promised the nation, observe common sense, preserve our sensibilities as a nation, be consistent in form, substance and purpose otherwise we are going round in circles and wasting valuable time and resources healing self-inflicted wounds. We need to develop and grow competitive democracy where competent and qualified candidates vie for elective office and win elections on account of their ideas and leadership-not this retrogressive cockamamie notion that a country can only advance by denigrating the people’s sovereignty in the name of a badly crafted constitution. Folks, I say let’s speak up and let’s fix this glaring anomaly in this document now.

Kenya: GTSO Invited to Join Kenya’s Chamber of Mines

from Judy Miriga

Folks,

Policies are only authorized through the Legislative Policy Bill that are made through the Parliament, how are the Business Chamber of Commerce have express authority for such crucial matters that are touching on the Economic Stability and Wealth of the Nation?

Rare Mines are Rare Mines and so they are more lucrative in the Global Business and crucial and extremely important that care must be excercised in their being release freely without Restriction and Regulated Policy that which benefits the Nation with its People’s livelihood………
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We demand for food security first and foremost, GMO are a way to starve people and make them vulnerable to easy death eventually, which cause them to have no food as a result. Public are against GMO, and it has been impossed on the public by force, starting with DOMINION COMPANY that was influenced by PM Raila without being agreed and passed through the Parliament. Today PM Raila and Dominion have stolen people’s community land and the families are Internally Displaced People as Refugees.

They have no food or place to live and Dominion will not compensate those they took their lands. Kibaki and PM Raila’s leadership are pushing people’s lives and security into a quagmire, or which they must be urgently forcefully stopped by all means, before they do more worse damage to the Country’s wealth and security. We do not see why they are rushing to sell-out Auctioning the country before they complete the Devolution Federal Governance Bill for which all the Investment for such National wealth and resource are based.

These are the serious corruption with impunity we are complaining about. These two people must not be allowed to sell Kenya the way Ethiopia was sold to the Soviet Union. They are busy inviting investors into serious deals investment without protective measures for secured investment, preservation and sustainability, and without considering “Give and Take” principle value for gains, sustainability and for progressive factors in prosperity for destiny.
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We cannot afford this sort of Greedy “Provocative Jeopardy of Conspiracy” that is meant to consume and destroy human survival through driving people into excessive point of no return POVERTY. …..These two Principles must be forced out of Public Office, as they are in a hurry to Auction the whole Nationhood to Chinese and Indian Mission of consolidating Soviet Union Asianic power, and equally, before they do more damage in their greediness process to committing grave abuse on humanity.

Ethiopia has been destroyed, Somali has followed, and now these unscrupulous International Special Interest Corporate Business, are after Kenya down the line as they are in their Mission capture East Africa followed by the whole Africa to be under Chinese Mission invasion. This must not be accepted by good people of the world.

The whole world, the United Nation, Leaders of the world, friends and sympathizers must stand with us urgently to stop Kibaki and PM Raila now and not later.
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This is serious crime and abuse against humanity.

Thank you all,

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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GTSO Invited to Join Kenya’s Chamber of Mines
Membership Would Ally GTSO with Driving Force Behind African Nation’s Mineral Development

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– As Green Technology Solutions’ (OTCQB:GTSO) ongoing pursuit of rare earth exploration in Kenya heats up, the company announced today that it has received an invitation to join the Kenya Chamber of Mines, the leading mineral industry representative and lobbying body in that Southern African nation.

As rare earth and gold prices continue to soar worldwide, GTSO has placed a high priority on developing new sources of the sought-after metals throughout Southern Africa. Kenya holds significant potential for mineral resources development, including rare earths, gold and other valuable metals. The Kenya Chamber of Mines is currently working hand-in-hand with the nation’s government to draft a national Mining Policy and revise Kenya’s outdated Mining Act in order to encourage new development of the nation’s mineral industry.

“Membership in the Kenya Chamber of Mines is an invaluable opportunity that we plan to fully pursue,” said GTSO President and CEO John Shearer. “Collaboration with Kenya’s top mining interests will help GTSO not only to successfully implement our business objectives in the region but also to lobby for reformation of the nation’s restrictive mining legislation, as well.”

GTSO will submit its membership application for review this week. Once a member of the Chamber, GTSO will help to facilitate new geophysical studies of Kenya’s mineral deposits that will replace outdated data from the 1960s.

“A new strategic mineral survey is needed in Kenya,” Shearer said. “Our plan is to assist the Chamber of Mines in securing U.S. funding for the survey so we can move forward with mining rights negotiations for any profitable deposits found.”

Green Technology Solutions commercializes clean and renewable mining technology and products in a sector that includes Avalon Rare Metals Inc. (AMEX:AVL – News), MV Rare Earth/Strategic Metals (NYSEArca:REMX – News), Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (AMEX:QRM – News)and China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources, Inc. (AMEX:SHZ – News).

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UNDP Pokes Holes in Kenya’s Efforts to Reduce Poverty

George Ngigi

13 July 2011

Kenya’s huge debt burden, rising fuel prices, and inadequate financial resources are slowing the country’s race to meet the Millennium Development Goals, a UN agency has said.

The UNDP says in a new report that the growing government borrowing coupled with debt repayment were denying Kenya the much-needed impetus to maintain the momentum of progress made so far in the efforts to meet the MDGs by 2015.

“The withholding of external aid in the last decade led to increased government borrowing, which has led to higher servicing costs. As more debt matures, the government will have to pay more money to service it, posing the danger of putting Treasury in a vicious circle of borrowing, thereby reducing the amount available for development” says the report.

To meet the MDGs, Sh411 billion had to be set aside annually in the budget for related sectors which was not the case in 2007/2008 financial year and 2008/2009 year where the minister allocated Sh330 and Sh393 billion respectively. However, in 2009/2010 the allocation rose to Sh521 billion indicating the governments urgency to regain lost ground. UNDP however notes how ironical it is that on one hand there is inadequate funding and on the other a lack of absorption capacity, which it attributes to inefficiency and bureaucracy.

Last year, ministries returned to Treasury Sh142 billion in unspent funds allocated to them for development projects. But the government reiterated it was acting to ensure it remains on course in achieving the goals.

“The post-election violence, successive droughts and global increases in food and energy costs especially after 2010, are likely to set this MDG off track. Interventions are therefore required and have already been initiated,” said the minister of state for planning, national development and vision 2030, Wycliffe Oparanya.

Other challenges facing the country are population increase especially in urban areas, climatic changes which have brought about extremes of flooding and drought occasioning disruptions in livelihoods of the poor and HIV/AIDS whose prevalence has gone down while absolute numbers of those infected remain high.

While overall poverty and unemployment levels fell, UNDP challenges the government to ensure that the growth is sustainable, inclusive and equitable.

“Progress has been uneven. This disparity is visible between and within countries but more pronounced amid urban and rural regions,” said Maria-Threase Keating UNDP country director.

On gender parity and equality, the provisions in the new constitution earned praise. The introduction of free primary education has also seen the education system achieve gender parity at the lower level with net enrolment up to 93 per cent from 68 per cent in 2000, with 83 per cent literacy.

The country has also made strides in the fight against Malaria, tuberculosis and high mortality rates. Immunisation coverage rose to 77 per cent in 2009 from 53 per cent in 2003, while safe births rose to 92 per cent from 40 per cent in 2004 and 55.7 per cent of households had mosquito nets.

Foreigners to Drive Country’s New Trade-Centred Diplomacy

Victor Juma

12 July 2011

Kenya has taken a new trade-centred diplomatic stance that will see the country deploy foreign nationals to head commercial departments of its missions across the globe.

Part of the plan is to hire nationals of the target markets with right skills and networks to head the charm offensive instead of sending Kenyans with little or no connections, said Foreign Affairs minister George Saitoti.

The move not only marks a major shift in the country’s diplomatic positioning but also makes a significant departure from the way Kenya has traditionally staffed its embassies and high commissions abroad.

“The expats should bring on board local knowledge that helps the missions come up with unique trade promotion strategies in countries of accreditation,” Prof. Saitoti said.

The new policy puts Kenya in step with countries such as the UK, India, Columbia, Brazil and Costa Rica that have effectively used diplomacy to champion economic interests and tilt trade balance in their favour across the globe.

Analysts said the shift to economic diplomacy is not unique to Kenya but is a rising global trend informed by the realization that the rise in global peace and stability is relegating politics from the diplomatic stage.

“Trade and investment now take up to 70 per cent of ambassadors’ time and this shift is likely to earn Kenya huge benefits,” said Gerishon Ikiara, a lecturer at University of Nairobi’s Institute of International Relations.

“A number of loans, grants, and big infrastructure projects Kenya has received in recent past have been born out of technical co-operation with selected partners,” he said.

Prof Saitoti said the new diplomatic stance should help Kenya grow its export markets, attract foreign direct investments, tourists, and speed up transfer of technical knowledge that the country needs to realise its development goals.

Though employment of foreign nationals may initially see a few Kenyans lose their jobs, the country is in the long term expected to claw back lost ground as increased investment at home and export growth create more jobs in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors besides driving foreign exchange inflows.

The ministry’s wage bill is also likely to rise faster as the foreign professionals ask for relatively higher compensation though the anticipated economic benefits could offset such expenses.

The ministry has scheduled an investment promotion fair in South Africa in December that will kick off a series of similar activities in Brazil, South Korea, Poland, and Nigeria in the medium term.

Kenya has steadily grown its exports in the past 10 years, a move that the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) attributes to product diversification.

The number of items exported stood at 222 in 2009 compared to 151 in 2000, representing an addition of 71 new items in 10 years, according to the trade agency.

This helped the value of exports grow from Sh121.4 billion in 2001 to Sh409.8 billion in 2010, or an growth average of eight per cent.

Foreign Affairs ministry has identified more than 20 markets it wants to use as hubs to deepen Kenya’s pursuit of economic diplomacy.

The list includes the UK, US, Spain, Dubai, Zambia, China, Brazil, and South Africa. The hubs will act as outposts from where Kenya will pursue its commercial goals in Africa, Asia and Australia, Western Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East.

Asia and Africa are Kenya’s biggest trade partners that business leaders have demanded a concentration of diplomatic efforts.

“The scale of economic diplomacy has to be in the context of the African agenda and must specifically target Africa’s untapped natural resources, high population, green energy and strong and resilient manpower,” said Carole Kariuki, the chief executive of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.

Ms Kariuki gave the example of the newly independent Republic of South Sudan and Ethiopia as markets where Kenya must move with speed to sign bilateral trade agreements faster expansion of its economic interests and for greater impact.

Hiring local economic experts with inside knowledge of their respective cultures, language and business environments should add speed to Kenya’s quest for rapid growth and economic transformation.

“It is important to have people who have thorough knowledge of processes and institutions of decision-making in the big markets,” said Joseph Kieyah, an analyst at the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (Kippra).

In the US, for instance, governments and companies spend billions of dollars annually to lobby the Congress on a number of diplomatic issues, including regulation of foreign donations and investments.

Casting a positive image in such markets is seen as critical to attracting investments and strengthening trade ties.

Attracting foreign direct investments is seen as critical to the creation of new jobs and steady the inflow of forex earnings.

Data from the Kenya Investment Authority (KIA) shows investors pumped Sh155.5 billion into the Kenyan economy in fiscal year 2009/10, down from Sh163.4 billion in 2008/09 the peak year.

Special department

To tap into the billions of shillings sent by Kenyans in the diaspora, the ministry has set up a special department (Directorate of Diaspora and International Jobs) that will provide them with information regarding investment opportunities in the country.

Kenyans in the diaspora send home more than Sh5 billion per month and the remittances have been climbing this year in tandem with the healing economies of Europe and North America the biggest source of the inflows.

Most of the cash is channeled into the booming property market and to support dependants, with analysts saying broader investments options could increase the remittances.

The government has previously announced plans to issue a diaspora bond but has frozen the plan, preferring to raise funds through regular domestic debt instruments.

Kenya: Thank you Prof PLO Lumumba, Dr George Omburo;

From: odhiambo okecth

Friends,

We had a very lively launch of the Clean-up Campaign in Kisumu City yesterday.

The occasion was graced by His Worship the Mayor of Kisumu Cllr Sam Okello, DO 2 Ms Lilian Itubo, Chairman of Environment Department at the Municipal Council of Kisumu Cllr Romanus Odhoch, the Director of Environment at the Municipal Council of Kisumu Mr. Thomas Sweta and many more guests.

Mayor Okello announced that the Municipal Council of Kisumu will start a Monthly Clean-up Campaign and from now on, they will own the process and work with like minded organizations for the betterment of Kisumu City. He also urged the Youth and Women Groups to step forward and take advantage of the Funds that have been earmarked to support environmental activities.

For the clean-up, we were joined by the Kenya Airways Crew from Kisumu led by Mr. Sammy Ndirangu and Mary Nyabuto, Nakumatt Mega Team from Kisumu led by Mr. Joseph Wanyoike, the Kisumu Poly Students led by Mr. Ezekiel Obongo, the Oile Market team led by Henry Obara and many CBOs.

We were also joined us by Dr. George Omburo, a Friend of KCDN from New Jersey in the USA who shared his experiences with the people present. Later, he made a donation of Kshs 5,000.00 to the CEO KCDN to help advance The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.

In the afternoon, we received Kshs 10,000.00 from Prof PLO Lumumba as his personal support to The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.

On behalf of KCDN, I want to sincerely appreciate this support from Dr Omburo and PLO. They have been Friends of KCDN and they have supported us previously. Thank you so much.

We will be in Kakamega tomorrow for a Consultative Meeting with the Town Clerk and his team and we want to invite all our Friends in Kakamega to get in touch and be part of this growing campaign.

Thank you Kisumu and thank you Kenyans for the support you are continuing to give us with this campaign.

We are looking forward to creating a partnership that will add value to this campaign with all willing Kenyans.

We at KCDN -www.kcdnkenya.org firmly believe that we the People of Kenya can help Clean Kenya.

This is a campaign for Kenya by Kenyans. Let us make it big……

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

Disclaimer; The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign is about us Kenyans. It involves all Kenyans from the various regions, religious persuasions, political thinking and we do not discriminate against any Kenyans nor any region.

Peace and blessings,

Odhiambo T Oketch

CEO KCDN Nairobi

Nationwide Coordinator – Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
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KENYA: ARMED POLICE GUARD OFAFA MEMORIAL HALL

OFAFA MEMORIAL HALL IN KISUMU IS UNDER ARMED POLICE GUARD FOLLOWING ITS CONTROVERSIAL RENTING OUT TO THE BATA SHOE COMPANY.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The Ofafa Memorial Hall, which is the nerves center of Luo cultural and at times political activities in Kisumu, is currently under armed policemen for unclear circumstances.

But inquiries by this writer has revealed that one of the warring groups claiming the leadership of the Luo Council of Elders had rented out the main hall to the Bata Shoe Company for a period of one month. The company made a down payment of Kshs 60,000.

Bata Shoe is using the Hall for its annual grand sales for its old and outmoded shoes, which are sold to the public at cheap prices and the sale is a countrywide exercise by the company.

Following the deal entered between the group of Luo Council of Elders led by Ker Opiyo Otondi, the other stakeholders had read a mischief and threatened to storm the Hall and eject the Bata Shoe Company by force.

This is what prompted Ker Opiyo Otondi to seek for police protection. Contacted by this writer, the chairman admitted that it was he who consulted the Kisumu West D.C. and requested for the police protection. And the D.C. in response posted a team of armed Administration Policemen to Ofafa to keep an eye on any group which might be tempted to disrupt the Bata She sales.

Further inquiries revealed that that there is a court injunction, which was obtained by the former Trustees of the defunct Luo Union East Africa which barred all the warring parties from accessing the Hall until the hearing and determination of a case which is pending before the courts regarding the Hall’s ownership.

The court injunction had also barred the previous Luo Council of Elders under its former chairman Ker Meshack Riaga Ogalo and their agents from accessing the Hall on the same condition, and the order is said to be still in force.

According to our source the D.C. visited the Hall last week and when reminded of the existing of court injunction barring all the warring factions from accessing the Hall is reported to have told one of the tenants operating at the Hall that he did not care whether there is court order or not, but his men were to protect the property.

Built in the 1950s, the Ofafa Memorial Hall was constructed with money raised from members of the defunct Luo Union East Africa who working in Cities and towns all over East African region and also at Home in rural locations located inside Luo-Nyanza.

The Hall was named after the slain ex-Nairobi City Councilor Ambrose Ofafa from Alego Ka-Kalkada in Siaya district. Ex Coun Ofafa was shot dead in 1953 near Burma Market after his motor vehicle had stalled on Donholm road as he headed home by the agents of the Mau Mau agent’s in Nairobi who felt he was a collaborator of the colonialists. He was among the highly educated African to be nominated to the City Council. A fellow civic leader the late Tom Mbotela was also shot dead by the Mau Mau secret agents.

The original purpose of the Ofafa Memorial Hall which is standing magnificently on the main Kisumu-Kakamega rod near Kibuye Market was be used for restoration of Luo cultural artifacts, meetings, education hand other activities.

It has been used in the past also as a Hall of fame where dignified Luo personalities, mainly political luminaries, professionals, academician and others have had their departed souls taken there to lie in state over night stay as signs of community’s appreciation and respect before such bodies are taken to their rural homes for burial.

In such exercise members of the public usually piled up for viewing the body f the dead personality and paying homage as their last respect.

However, there has been the subject of heated disagreement between the various groups of stakeholders ever since the banning of the tribal welfare organizations by the retired President Daniel Arap Moi in early 1980.

At one time while serving as the Patron of the Ramogi Institute of Advanced Science and technology {RIAT} the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga unilaterally handed the management of the Ofafa Hall to the management of RIAT which turned it into its City Campus until some years later when the former patron of the defunct Luo Union East Africa moved to court and retrieved it from Riat.

The court ruled that Ofafa Mamorial Hall was an important institution belonging to the entire Luo community therefore Jaramogi Odinga as an individual had no right of deciding about the fate of this property or that power of handing over to Riat and ordered that the status quo be restored.

The reportedly existing court injunction also barred any faction of the disputed leadership of the Luo Council of Elders from receiving cash rent fro the tenants carrying out businesses there, and that all the rental money be deposited to the court for safe custody.

The Hall has been the subject of legal tussle before the courts for close to fifteen years with no group coming out clearly to claim its ownership. Members of the Odinga family are also being blamed for the Hall’s woes tribulations as it is being alleged that the family wants to have a grip over the properties of the defunct Luo Union East Africa using oblique techniques without the approval of the community.

Rumors making the rounds in Kisumu City and its environs have it that some people among them senior Luo politicians had a grand scheme and a plan to grab the Ofafa Hall and construct a five star hotel on the site,but the rumr culd not be confirmed immedtaley.

Luo Union {EA} had several other commercial buildings in Kisumu and Maseno towns The company also sed to own a 430 acres large scale Ramogi Farm near Miwani Sugar Mills where it used to grow sugar cane for sale to the Miwani factory. But some years back it was reported that part of the farm was sold to the former Emuhaya MP the late Weldon Muchilwa for undisclosed amount of money.

It remained unclear as to who had brokered the sales and whose bank account the amount realized from the sales, which was understood to have been n excess of Kshs 10 million was banked.

The company, however, had remained under the management of people closely connected to the Odingas serving as its directors. Most of its directors are hand-picked by the Odingas and their favorite agents. It has never posted any profits or sent our dividends to shareholders for years.

Ends

USA (DC) & Kenya: Invitation to Partner with Fellow Kenyans: Kenyan Embassy in Washington, DC

From: Dan Mbuthia

Dear President/Executive Director, Joluo.com:

On behalf of fellow Kenyans, you are hereby cordially invited to partner with fellow Kenyans in Washington DC at Kenyan Embassy, on Tuesday July 26th, 2011 at 1:00pm.

The main objective of the meeting is to register our protest to the continued refusal by Members of Kenyan Parliament to pay their taxes like all other Kenyan do. It is with great concern that Kenyans have noted the MPs unrelenting stubbornness, arrogance and total disregard of the welfare of fellow citizens. As they continue to allocate themselves from the coffers, it is only fair that they pay all their back taxes to enable the government to provide most needed services to citizens. Other key issues such as corruption and insecurity will be addressed.

We hope that you will encourage your membership to join fellow Kenyans so that together we can speak truth to power in one voice!

Please feel free to contact me for more information and let me know if you would like an opportunity to address fellow Kenyans during this event.

Best Regards,

Dan Mbuthia
Director, Congress of Africa
Email:dmbuthia@rocketmail.com

Kenya: International youth day Activity

from Isaya Omwango

H!

the youth congress is welcoming you to the international youth day Activity.

The bellow data will give you full information on what will take place on that day.

Interest other young people to participate.

Regards,

Isaya.


ufuo creations | 0722 74 84 55 | 0752 74 84 55 | 0734 74 84 55 | po box 21482, nairobi 00500

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The Youth Congress & Koko Band

Presents

International Youth Day 2011

Dialogue and Mutual Understanding

Olympic Mtaani
Kariobangi grounds 12th-13th August 2011

Youth Assembly in Nairobi

Muisic Concert

Koko Band album launch

Sarakasi Dome Ngara
12th August 2011
Entry 500/- from 7:00Pm
Featuring Elani and many more

The Yiouth Congress, www.theyouthcongress.org
International Youth Day 2011
MTU Kawaida
Kokoband (on facebook)

KENYA: DOWRY/BRIDE PRICE , CHULO AYIE IS A MUST….

from: Felix Okatch

PAYMENT OF DOWRY IS A MUST!!

The section of Marriage Bill 2011 which proscribes payment of dowry is inconsistent with Article 44 of the New Constitution. The Article respects people’s cultures and values but this Bill negates that position.

Payment of dowry, dubbed pride price is a cultural practice among African communities and cultures. The Europeans do not have this practice. The Asians have it in a different format. Similarly as Africans have polygamous marriages, the Europeans do not.

Our Laws must be consistent with our cultures not foreign thinking. For example, the Bukusu communities of Western Kenya have annual circumcision ceremonies; the Swazis have annual Reed Dances and many more. These are initiations into adulthood according to various communities and many more.

Payment of dowry is a cultural and matrimonial practice among most African communities. It marks the issues of amatory, that includes entry into adulthood.

As a matter of fact marriage is one of the most important conditions in human life. It is a condition which produces more problems just as it has more joy and satisfaction in life. On a bad note, it does end tragically at times besides causing misery. This can loosely be made attributable to ignorance of both man and woman in matrimony.

Forms and types of marriage are many and have evolved over time. They include marriage of one man to one woman (monogamy), one man to many women (polygamy), many men to one woman (polyandry), man to man (gay) and woman to woman(lesbianism). These are all marriages. It depends on which side of the equation you subscribe to.

Now let us turn to payment of dowry, the bride price. To Africans this practice is as old as life and there are no major complaints about it. Socially, economically and politically the dowry payment has not caused any manifestation of injury to those undertaking this practice.

The purpose of dowry is not money or sale of a bride. You cannot sell human beings. Slave trade was banned in 1884 and cannot happen in this era and time. Dowry payment is essentially a manifestation of commitment and agreement. It has no commercial value but social satisfaction. Among the southern Luos the word is not price but, agreeing. AYIE.

The payment which is a token symbolizes that the bridegroom accepts to take the bride to his home as wife permanently and for good. Dowry payment and agreement is a ghost contract and the payer receives the bride. It is done publicly, in the day time, and in presence of close relatives and in-laws from both sides of the divide.

In absence of such a ceremony, the bride is alleged to have eloped; she is cheap, low value and many more derogatory silent insinuations.

The word bride price does not signify monetary value of substance. If it was of actual monetary value, it could have been construed to mean slavery yet it is not. On the other hand it does not show that it is paid according to economic value of the bride. It is just a way of thanking, appreciation to the parents of bridegroom, acceptance, AYIE.etc

Payment of dowry is usually an occasion of festive nature, not a hidden affair. It is at day light and well publicized ceremony that gives pride to the parents, in-laws, and all other close relatives on both sides of the divide. This occasion can also be rejected by either bridal party if one side is suspected to be sorcerers, witches or close relatives. Note that relatives are not supposed to be married tone another.

This bride payment ceremony would also help parents and close relatives determine whether the bride and bridegroom are related. This calls for vetting on consanguinity, which is, checking on blood relationship. People do not marry their relatives. This must be checked at the point of paying and receiving dowry.

This Marriage Bill 2011 assumes that all people planning to get married stay in town, they know that they are not related and also do not need any parental guidance on marriage. But this is not so. Marriage though seen as a union of the parties in exclusion of the others but the real world is not so. You cannot live alone. Man /woman are social beings and need other just as others need them.

Bride price/Dowry in an African context makes sure that things do not fall apart. From experience due care is taken in advance so that a marriage does not fall apart.

The coming of Christianity in East Africa as from years 1800 by missionaries like Livingston, Krapf, and Rebman etc. brought with it a lot of Christian definitions of marriage. These are in the bible. They include quotations from the Holy Bible like; (1. Cor.6:17), (Eph.5:30, 31), (Deut.22:28, 29), (Mark 10:9) What God has joined together let no man separate’

As for southern Luos of Kenya, marriage is one of the ways in which they fulfill some of their customary rites. These range from pre-marital visits, making of homes, and burial ceremonies among others. The Luos believe in agnatic lineage (naming the dead) for their ancestors and also the principle of primogeniture, the first born starts a journey and others follow in that order etc.

Therefore failing to pay dowry/bride price can raise many cultural issues even after death of either spouse. This means that some aspects of insisting that dowry be paid after death is possible if it was not paid during a life time of married couples in question.

Among these southern Luos, there are instances where it is a taboo for a first born to be married to another first born. Similarly last born are not supposed to marry their fellow last born. This might sound biologically nonsensical but when bad omen or spirits befalls the two, then these are the matters that come up. They would lead to questions as to why did such matters get resolved at the stage of paying dowry. Culturally these issues get handled at premarital stages, hence bride price ceremony.

Therefore this section of the Bill is repugnant to cultural beliefs of some communities. It is in conflict with the Article 44 of the New Constitution. It does not respect cultural beliefs.

Felix Owaga Okatch
Wuod Gem Nyawara, Siaya County
Tel: 254-721-735489 or 0733-735489
E-mail: felixokatch@yahoo.com

Kenya: Should Nation go GMO?

From: Fanuel Olala

Hallo wonderful people in this forum.Its not news that Kenya cannot feed her population and there has been a big debate whether or not the government should give the green light for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foodstuff to be imported.

Its even shocking that the minister for public health Hon.Beth Mugo has clearly stated in black and white that the government has no machinery in place to determine the safety of GMOs.I’m perturbed to say the least.

Are there people here on the know concerning health issues that these foodstuff pose to humans and livestock?

I’m very sure that once they get into this country,they will become very cheap and our traditional foods will in effect become costly and unaffordable to many.

As a concerned citizen,I vow to stay put with our common diet.

Thanks and God bless Kenya!

Kenya: ‘Sonko’ charged with malicious damage and theft

from Tebiti Oisaboke

The lunatic MP for Makadara, Nrb has been aligned in a Nrb court for property damage and theft. Is this the same dude who supporters claim that he “stinks” mangotore? How could he stoop this law for a man with a professional conman’s diploma? How come Sonko was so fast to be bandwagoned to the court house, yet the “suspects” who brutally murdered Mercy C. Keino are still strolling the Nairobi streets like Kings and Lords of England? Is commissioner Iteere still sleeping on his job?

TOI

The following article has been recommended:
‘Sonko’ charged with malicious damage and theft

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Kenya: Blame Siaya Council Elections on Raila – Oduya, Maurice where are you!

From: Judy Miriga

Maurice,

Following what Okinda and others have commented, we look forward that you charge directly on the ODM Officials in defense of Mrs. Elizabeth Owino. She truely and rightly won fairly and squarely ……. and let her not be intimidated and robbed off her victory…….

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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— On Wed, 7/13/11, jt okinda wrote:

I happen to come from siaya and know both the outgoing council chairman and mama Elizabeth. It was a big shame for those of us who profess democracy and are national officials of odm for our party to be associated with such filth! As I have said before, it is the right of the voter to vote for a man/woman of his/her choice no matter the preference of some of us. Voters always have second chances if they vote in a wrong person. What happened in Siaya is of criminal nature. I called the D.C. and expressed the same sentiments that those who broke the law be taken to court without any further delay. Mama Elizabeth is a respected grandmother to be subjected to barbaric action by those who have no respect for free choice. I condemned it in the strongest terms possible.

I demand that ODM leadership come out and state their position on violence against women. It is not time to be indifference when our party members are culprits on matters of violence! It is such image that I intend to erase from ODM once elected party secretary general.

OKINDA JT

From: maurice oduor

Nyamodi,

Give me a brief synopsis of what happened.

From: okil@ . . .

Maurice,

I feel what needs to happen is for party h/q to put their foot down and give the lady a chance, which she deserves! Your MP, Jim Orengo, can be of assistance if you can reach him!

Regards.

Nyamodi Ochieng-Nyamogo.

From: “maurice oduor”

Nyamodi,

Is there anything we can do to ensure a fair result? May be the people on the ground can tell us what kind of help they need. Is it possible to get the contacts of the people on the ground?

Courage

From: Nyamodi Ochieng Nyamogo

Maurice,

I was on the phone, yesterday, with Councillor Oriaro, of Boro West Ward, and i gathered that this was the answer, by the sitting County Council Chairman Aggrey Oduor Onyango and his goons, to his being defeated to the Chair by a lady Councillor from Ugenya! Beats crude sense how we wind up with chaps like that as Chairmen of our civic bodies! Also speaks volumes as to how ready, and willing, we are to embrace the new Constitutional dispensation with respect to women empowerment!!!

Regards.

Nyamodi Ochieng-Nyamogo.

Kenya: Role of Energy Management towards Kenyan Economic Prosperity

From: amenya gibson

Dear people,

As Hon Chris Okemo and former KPLC MD Gichuru battle to avoid jails terms. I want us to recall this scenario that happened a few years ago. Large scale power rationing in 1992 or 93 IMF flew in large generators which some were stationed at Kasarani Kenyan government was slapped with a very huge bill which led to KPLC books of account to nose dive lol. Things became very thick to KPLC there was no further research and expansion of power ,communities who wanted power was slapped with very obscene connection charges.

Another mistake was massive sackings at KPLC to reduce pay costs.

And this mistake we did in 1992/93 has seen Kenya fail to catch up with Singapore tiger nations.

Is time we work hard to ensure Kenya has effecient energy to power our economy.

Over 60 % of this nation is without reliable power. Over 12,000 primary schools don’t have power yet we talk of vision 2030.

So energy if we harness it well ,Kenyan GDP will move north. Jobless rate will reduce and investors will come back so that we don’t keep losing to countries like Egypt.

Am very glad for Ministry of Energy to have begun mini power productions plants or encouraging private investors too.

But more is needed too more so in power selling KPLC is now joking with Kenyans power blackouts are all over.

I wish our leaders will amend energy at so that KPLC whenever there is power blackout customers are paid.


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KENYA: KACC’S LUMUMBA, CUT ACTIVISM AND RHETORIC, BEGIN WORK!!!

from otieno sungu

Dear Patrick,

It is with consternation that I write to you. On your appointment, like for every Kenyan, it was a a moment for me to cherish that you were appointed. Many Kenyans had hope that graft had finally got its match and would be fought vigorously.

It is with dismay that Kenyans watched the top graft fighter join helpless lawyers in demonstrations at the Ministry of Lands over graft. This act was an indication of your inability to fight graft and a beginning of the populism, musical chairs act and rhetorical vigor we have been subjected to over the years with regard to the fight against corruption.

Ordinarily, demonstrations are for those who have no recourse, no powers to tackle a situation or voice their concerns above din of impunity and need to be heard.

With the resources and personnel at your disposal at KACC, you do not fit this category.

When the top graft buster begins to demonstrate like any other helpless Wanjiku, we must have cause to worry about your competence to fight graft beyond words.

Meanwhile, your counterpart whose appointment also brought hope to Kenyans, Chief Justice Willy Mutanga has begun with earnest the reform of the Judiciary.

Could we still have a glimmer of hope that you are up to the job and have not been sucked into the usual game of populism and lip service?

The country is on the edge especially with regards to run away corruption and your role in providing a clear cut therapy in terms of successful investigations and prosecutions is critical.

Do not let this country down like the likes of Samuel Kivuitu, Aaron Ringera, Evan Gicheru,Benard Chunga, Harun Mwau etc, history will be very harsh on you if you allow yourself to fall in this category.

Their holding office greatly disenfranchised Kenyans as they became the very gate keepers for impunity and corruption through their deliberate inaction.

It is almost one year since your appointment and you are dangerously hurtling towards the incompetence of the above characters that has cost Kenya a big deal in terms of good governance.

Best Regards,

Otieno Sungu.
Chairman,
Vugu Vugu Mashinani.
Tel: 0729294743.

Kenya Airways supports the Kisumu Clean-up Campaign

from odhiambo okecth

Friends,

Following our appeal for support for the 7th, 8th and 9th Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaigns in Kisumu on the 16th July and in Kakamega on the 23rd July 2011, Kenya Airways Kisumu have stepped in and informed us that they will be in full attendance at Jubilee Market for the Kisumu Clean-up. On 30th July, we will be at Kileleshwa in Nairobi.

They are also buying for us cleaning equipment worth Kshs 30,000.00. On behalf of the People of Kenya and on behalf of KCDN, I want to extend our sincere appreciation with this positive effort.

The following people have also given to us their support since 1st of July;

Ms Lilian Atho- Kshs 5,000.00
Dr Robert Ayisi- Kshs 3,000.00
Mr. Daniel Masetu- Kshs 4,000.00
Mr. Gabriel Omondi- Kshs 300.00
Mr. Philip Ombwayo- Kshs 500.00
Mr. Luke Ogono= Kshs 2,000.00
Mr. Joseph Kohogo- Kshs 2,500.00
Mr. Elijah Agevi- Kshs 500.00
Kenya Airways- Kshs 30,000.00 worth of equipment

Some of this support helped us during our recent visit to Kisumu for a series of Consultative Meetings with the Stakeholders. Again, on behalf of the people of Kenya and on behalf of KCDN, I want to extend our sincere appreciation to all these Friends of KCDN. It is your support that drives The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign across Kenya.

From Kisumu, we will be in Kakamega on the 23rd July, Kileleshwa on the 30th July, Donholm Nairobi on the 6th August, Nyeri on the 13th August- not 14th, and Muranga on the 27th August- not 28th.

Once more, we are inviting your support and participation all across Kenya. You may get in touch with the undersigned and send your support through Tel; 0724 365 557.

The Hon Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o will be our Guest of Honour and he will be accompanied by the area MP Hon Olago Aluoch, Kisumu Mayor Cllr Sam Okello, Town Clerk Mr Daniel Nkere, Kisumu Town West DC Mr. Mabeya Z Mogaka and many more leaders.

We will also have Susan Owiyo- yes, the Superstar, in Kisumu with us. She did Kisumu proud by her first single release- Kisumu 100 in praise of the Millenium City.

We at KCDN -www.kcdnkenya.org firmly believe that we the People of Kenya can help Clean Kenya.

This is a campaign for Kenya by Kenyans. Let us make it big……

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

Disclaimer; The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign is about us Kenyans. It involves all Kenyans from the various regions, religious persuasions, political thinking and we do not discriminate against any Kenyans nor any region.

Peace and blessings,

Odhiambo T Oketch
CEO KCDN Nairobi
Nationwide Coordinator – Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
National Coordinator- Friends of KNH Maternity Unit
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557, 0735 529 126
Email; oto@kcdnkenya.org, komarockswatch@yahoo.com
www.kcdnkenya.org

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Board at KCDN; Mr. Rashid Juma- Chair, Ms Janet Ongera, Mr. Julius Majuek, Ms Irene Wasike, Mr. Lameck Siage- Nigeria, Ms Brigitte Frey- Switzerland, Mr. Moses Tanui, Ms Shazeen Chatur, Mr. Odhiambo T Oketch- CEO.

Strategic Advisors; Mr. Elijah Agevi, Ms Grace Odhiambo- Australia, Dr. Matunda Nyanchama- Canada, Mr. Oduor Ong’wen, Mr. Peter Ngoge, Ms Dorcus Amondi, Ms Violet Wambua.

Odhiambo T Oketch is the current Chairman to the City Council of Nairobi Stakeholders Evaluation Team on Performance Contracting and Rapid Results Management. He is also Chair to the Nyamonye Catholic Church Development Fund.He was also the Co-Chair and Coordinator of The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption that was held in Nairobi on the 22nd October 2010. He is the Convener of the upcoming 2nd Edition of the Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption to be held on the 21st October 2011 in Nairobi Kenya.
…….Moving From Talking to Tasking……..

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From: odhiambo okecth
Subject: All Roads Lead to Kisumu; 16th July

Kisumu City will be hosting the 7th Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign on the 16th July 2011 around the Jubilee Market as from 7.00am.

This is promising to be the biggest Campaign we have ever organized.

His Worship the Mayor of Kisumu is inviting the Mayors from Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisii and a few more to join us for the event.

The Town Clerk Kisumu is inviting Town Clerks from Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisii and a few more for the event.

The Director of Environment at the Municipal Council of Kisumu is also inviting his colleagues from Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisii and a few more for the event.

The Hon Olago Aluoch, the area Member of Parliament is inviting his colleagues from across the country for the event and he will be inviting a Cabinet Minister to grace the occasion as our Chief Guest.

We also have several NGOs in Kisumu who have talked with us and they are joining us in large numbers for the Clean-up Campaign.

This is promising to be the biggest campaign we have ever hosted and Kisumu is going to live true to being the Millennium City.

All we at KCDN can do is to ask for your continued support and partnership in this drive. All those who are keen on supporting this campaign in any way can reach out to the undersigned.

From Kisumu, we will be in Kakamega on the 23rd July, Kileleshwa on the 30th July, Donholm Nairobi on the 6th August, Nyeri on the 13th August- not 14th, and Muranga on the 27th August- not 28th.

Once more, we are inviting your support and participation all across Kenya.

We at KCDN -www.kcdnkenya.org firmly believe that we the People of Kenya can help Clean Kenya.

This is a campaign for Kenya by Kenyans. Let us make it big……

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

Disclaimer; The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign is about us Kenyans. It involves all Kenyans from the various regions, religious persuasions, political thinking and we do not discriminate against any Kenyans nor any region.

Peace and blessings,

Odhiambo T Oketch
CEO KCDN Nairobi
Nationwide Coordinator – Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
National Coordinator- Friends of KNH Maternity Unit
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557, 0735 529 126
Email; oto@kcdnkenya.org, komarockswatch@yahoo.com
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Kenya: Who We Should Vote For In 2012 – BY NGUNJIRI WAMBUGU

from Lee Makwiny

BY NGUNJIRI WAMBUGU

Nearly everyone I know is eagerly waiting for 2012, so that they can vote out most of the current politicians. A recent poll indicated that 65% of Kenyan voters are dissatisfied with their current MPs. Considering that the poll was conducted before a large section of MPs stated their resistance to paying tax, it is not unimaginable that those disatisfied with their MPs might be 95%! Signs are also that Kenyans could even resort to violence if anyone suggested that general elections be delayed past August 14,2012, no matter how good the reasons for such delay.

What most of us do not realize is that Kenyans have in every general election since 1992 voted out at least 65% of our MPs. The preacher at my local church talked to us about culture, which is basically a way of life of a people. He explained how culture is a combination of six things— religion, ethics, aesthetics, economy, social relations and politics. It became clear why the new faces we elect every five years do not result in the new way of doing politics that we are looking for.

Firstly, religion. All our current politicians claim to be staunch followers of one religion or the other, though their actions are about corruption, violence, negative ethnicity and/or impunity: all vices condemned by every religion practiced in Kenya.

Secondly, ethics. The last time we tried to introduce ethics into politics our politicians literally hounded the guy in charge out of office.Thirdly, aesthetics—there really is nothing beautiful and/or balanced about our politics.

Fourthly, the economy. We know that most politicians overtly buy their way into office. However, how does one explain the fact that right now a packet of maize flour costs more than a litre of petrol in a country that grows maize locally but imports petrol?

Fifth, on social relations, our politicians have completely failed us. Rather than use our diversity as a source of strength, they use it to divide and rule us. That is why they will talk about tribe when they want the tribe’s votes, then stand aside and watch as we kill and maim each other across ethnic lines once they get what they want. Sixth, as regards our internal politics, this ranges from tragic, to comical, to fatal, whether at political party, individual family, business or social level.

That is our political culture and the basis on which we have been generating ‘new’ politicians every five years. It is also the reason why every general election feels like deja vu. If our political culture remains constant it will not matter even if we change 100% of the politicians in 2012, we will still want to change them again in 2017.

We keep missing the ball because we focus on changing the wrong thing. We change the politicians (and we must, again), but do not affect the political culture the new set of politicians will operate in. Before we change the politicians in 2012, we must first define what type of politician we want. Personally I will only vote for a politician who actually lives the religious values they profess.

Ethically I will vote a politician who will call ‘foul’ when something is wrong even if it is done by their party’s national leader, and who will support a position they believe is right even if it is presented by their worst political rival. Aesthetically I am looking for a balanced politician: the kind of person I can invite home for dinner with my wife and children.

I will vote for someone who defines a good economy not so much by the number of people it has made rich but by the quality of life the average Kenyan enjoys. I also want to see economic planning that makes sense such that Kenyans do not die of floods, and then starve because the rains have failed, all in the same year.

But the most important thing for me will be their social relations. The type of politician I will vote for in 2012 is the one who realizes the grave urgency, and utmost importance, of a common Kenyan identity. I am looking for a politician who understands that the Kenya we live today desperately needs a common brand that will unite us; an identity that will supersede rather than replace, all our other identities.

That will be a politician who has a plan on how to create, define, and establish a common identity that every Kenyan citizen can associate themselves with beyond their gender, age, tribe, race, or religion. This kind of person is what I call a Kenyan for Kenya, and I can just imagine what would happen if all of us were to vote for someone like this to replace the 65 to 85% or even 100%, of the current political leadership we will vote out in 2012. Kenya would turn a page in its history in such a way that our next political leadership would be a change that we can live with.

Tana River Qatar, Nyanza Belgium Company HG consulting….etc.,

from Judy Miriga

Folks,

Orengo should let PLO Lumumba smoke out all those found engaged in corruption at the Ministry of Lands……Njoki is also brawled in the Timoin lands in Kwale, how will she be able to take stand while compromised………She has a tale tale to tale first… …poor people are being ripped off…..!….Election Broundary Committee must be free from all those associated with Kibaki, PM Raila, Kalonzo, Uhuru etc.,……Even Oswago has nothing to swago for Kenyans, he too should not come anywhere near the commission team……ata swago nini??? akili zetu au mali ya uma au ya community?

We need fresh start people…I am sick and tired of these folks….PLO should go ahead and smoke them all….!

PM Raila previously at the Court in Mombasa claimed that the Original land he bought, he did not see any neighbours within the surrounding and that the owner of the original land is “GOD”………Surely……!

PLO has all rights to swing into full action and let the heads swing and spiral, we are all set to protect the poor-man land and the disadvantaged by matching through the “Walls of Jericho”……….7 seven times……People …!

Each and everyone get into full gear action……..take charge…..Give the thieves sleepless nights…….YES, join with the 40 MPs who are against the thieves……and the thieves must be exposed and smoke them out people……..!

Unataka nini….??.”Tuna taka UNGA”……No Ethanol when people are dying from hunger…….you cannot sucrifice PETRO-DOLLAR ETHANOL for UNGA…..and this is DANGER…..

Ati Land for Sale…..?????

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Orengo attack personal, replies livid Lumumba

The war of words between Lands minister James Orengo and anti-graft agency boss Patrick Lumumba over corruption at the ministry of Lands escalated on Friday with the latter now accusing the minister of making personal attacks.

The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (Kacc) director wrote to the minister asking him to stop attacking the anti-graft body for raising concern over issues facing his ministry.

In his letter which was copied to the Sunday Nation, Prof Lumumba accused the minister of attacking his character and other lawyers rather than addressing the issues raised.

Last week, LSK and Kacc protested over the “serious rot” in the ministry, and they demanded immediate action against corrupt civil servants who “frustrated efficient services in the lands office”.

Prof Patrick Lumumba and LSK chairman Kenneth Akide led the demonstration. (READ: Lawyers besiege Lands ministry)

“I fail to understand how your involvement in the struggle for multiparty politics is related to the performance of the Ministry of Lands and the protest by the legal fraternity in which I am a member of good standing without any history of impropriety and without any case in its disciplinary committee in my 25 years of practice,” Prof Lumumba said in his letter.

He went on to tell the minister that just because he was “involved in the multi-party politics struggle” it does not mean that any ministry he leads is “immune to public scrutiny”.

“Please do not pooh pooh the message against corruption and poor service delivery at the ministry of Lands because you dislike the messenger, nor should you forget the antelope of corruption in pursuit of the squirrel of ad personam (personalised) attacks,” Prof Lumumba told the minister.

He added that he and Kacc will not be “deterred from using all legal methods to create awareness in the fight against corruption as it is mandated by law”.

On Wednesday, Mr Orengo had launched an attack on Prof Lumumba asking him to “focus on his work” instead of engaging in public theatrics. (READ: Orengo accuses Kacc of incompetence)

He was dismissing claims by Kacc and the Law Society of Kenya that his ministry was not acting tough on corruption.

The minister produced correspondence between him and Prof Lumumba in which the latter asked him to revoke titles of public land that had been grabbed.

He added that the anti-graft body should concentrate more on prosecuting cases on economic crimes instead of “making noise” about it and not acting.

“I take exceptions to the director of Kacc who — forgetting about his mandate and instead of doing his job — he is out there demonstrating; the reports we give get nowhere. If he wants lessons in demonstrating I can organise counter demonstrations effectively,” he said.

“It is therefore amazing that people can now come and say we are not working and yet there is evidence of our cooperation with Kacc.”

The minister also came to the defence of his ministry following a public spat between the lawyers and his PS Dorothy Ongote during the demonstration.

He challenged the Kacc boss to prove that he was committed to his work by investigating and instituting proceedings against officials of the Lands ministry found culpable.

Source: Nation media

Africa: secret land deals fleece Africa 0

Jul9
Kenya risks leasing out huge tracts of land in rushed, one-sided deals that may create new social and environment problems, according to new reports questioning such deals across the continent.

The reports say most contracts are heavily biased in favour of foreign investors. They grant them long-term access to public and community land at very low costs. There is also little to safeguard benefits for local people and the environment.

Foreign companies are currently acquiring large amounts of lands in Kenya and other African countries to grow food crops for export and for biofuels.

In Land deals in Africa: What is in the contracts? author Lorenzo Cotula analysed several contracts and found that most were negotiated in secret “Expected benefits are often in the form of jobs or irrigation and infrastructure development, rather than rental fees,” he says in the report produced by London-based think-tank, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The report analyses 12 recent contracts through which investors have leased millions of hectares of land in East, West, Central and Southern Africa for farming. It found many problems with the contracts but also some signs of positive deals.

In Kenya, multinationals have applied for 500,000-plus hectares of land – more than five times the size of Nairobi – to do large scale farming and mining. The government earlier agreed to lease 40,000 hectares in the Tana River Delta to the Government of Qatar to grow crops to feed the people of Qatar.

Further, an Italian company, Kenya Biofuel Ltd, has been allowed to convert 5,000 acres of Dakatcha woodland at the Coast and plant Jatropha.

The investor had asked for 50,000 acres to plant Jatropha but that was scaled-down to 5,000 for “trial” after protests by conservation groups. “I will use any means to ensure the project begins,” Magarini MP and Fisheries minister Amason Kingi, who is the area MP, said recently.

In Nyanza, Belgium Company HG consulting is expected to put 42,000 hectares of land under sugarcane production while Dominion Farms Ltd has invested in 17,500 hectares around the Yala Swamp. There are other projects in the works, mostly at the Coast.

A second report released in Nairobi last week by Oxfam predicts food riots in East Africa, saying decreasing farmland will severely limit food production in the next 20 years. Oxfam is grouping of 15 international organisations which campaigns against poverty and injustice.

Its report, Growing A Better Future: Food Justice In a Resource-Constrained World, Oxfam advises governments to stop leasing fertile farmland and grazing land to foreign companies for tourism, large-scale agriculture for exports and biofuels. The report says African governments should instead support women and small scale farmers.

Oxfam projects food prices across the world will double in the 20 years and biofuels will increase hunger in Africa. “The grain required to fill the fuel tank of one 4×4 vehicle with ethanol is enough to feed one person for a year,” said Irungu Houghton, Oxfam’s pan Africa director. Oxfam says with the current trends, population will far outstrip food production.

The latest revision of United Nation’s World Population Prospects, for instance, shows that Kenya will be grappling with 71.5 million people in the next 20 years, yet maize production is only expected to rise by a third.

By John Muchangi – Nairobi Star

KENYA RISK LEASING OUT HUGE TRACTS OF LAND IN A RUSHED ONE-SIDED DEALS

Kenya risks leasing out huge tracts of land in rushed, one-sided deals that may create new social and environment problems, according to new reports questioning such deals across the continent.

The reports say most contracts are heavily biased in favour of foreign investors. They grant them long-term access to public and community land at very low costs. There is also little to safeguard benefits for local people and the environment.

Foreign companies are currently acquiring large amounts of lands in Kenya and other African countries to grow food crops for export and for biofuels.

In Land deals in Africa: What is in the contracts? author Lorenzo Cotula analysed several contracts and found that most were negotiated in secret “Expected benefits are often in the form of jobs or irrigation and infrastructure development, rather than rental fees,” he says in the report produced by London-based think-tank, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The report analyses 12 recent contracts through which investors have leased millions of hectares of land in East, West, Central and Southern Africa for farming. It found many problems with the contracts but also some signs of positive deals.

In Kenya, multinationals have applied for 500,000-plus hectares of land – more than five times the size of Nairobi – to do large scale farming and mining. The government earlier agreed to lease 40,000 hectares in the Tana River Delta to the Government of Qatar to grow crops to feed the people of Qatar.

Further, an Italian company, Kenya Biofuel Ltd, has been allowed to convert 5,000 acres of Dakatcha woodland at the Coast and plant Jatropha.

The investor had asked for 50,000 acres to plant Jatropha but that was scaled-down to 5,000 for “trial” after protests by conservation groups. “I will use any means to ensure the project begins,” Magarini MP and Fisheries minister Amason Kingi, who is the area MP, said recently.

In Nyanza, Belgium Company HG consulting is expected to put 42,000 hectares of land under sugarcane production while Dominion Farms Ltd has invested in 17,500 hectares around the Yala Swamp. There are other projects in the works, mostly at the Coast.

A second report released in Nairobi last week by Oxfam predicts food riots in East Africa, saying decreasing farmland will severely limit food production in the next 20 years. Oxfam is grouping of 15 international organisations which campaigns against poverty and injustice.

Its report, Growing A Better Future: Food Justice In a Resource-Constrained World, Oxfam advises governments to stop leasing fertile farmland and grazing land to foreign companies for tourism, large-scale agriculture for exports and biofuels. The report says African governments should instead support women and small scale farmers.
Oxfam projects food prices across the world will double in the 20 years and biofuels will increase hunger in Africa. “The grain required to fill the fuel tank of one 4×4 vehicle with ethanol is enough to feed one person for a year,” said Irungu Houghton, Oxfam’s pan Africa director. Oxfam says with the current trends, population will far outstrip food production….Quote…(Mollasses is producing ETHONAL…..The reason PM Raila is starving Luos through Dominion land thieving/grabbing)

The latest revision of United Nation’s World Population Prospects, for instance, shows that Kenya will be grappling with 71.5 million people in the next 20 years, yet maize production is only expected to rise by a third.

The country is currently unable to feed its 40 million people, and is a major maize importer despite having large tracts of unfarmed arable land. Irungu says African countries can produce enough food if they stop leasing land to other countries and instead empower women and small scale farmers. “Food is about power – those with power and money can eat, those without cannot. Africa is abundant with resources, yet governments fail to invest effectively in its biggest resources – its people and its land,” he says.

Already in the Tana Delta, where different foreign companies are jostling for more than 300,000 hectares land, indigenous communities are feeling the pinch.

About 250,000 villagers in Tana and Lamu, where a Canadian company wants 130,000 hectares to plant sugarcane for ethanol, have already been threatened with eviction notices. “Farmers in Wema and pastoralists in Dida Waride affirmed that they would die first before moving out of their land,” says Nature Kenya’s advocacy officer Serah Munguti, who leads a campaign to protect the Tana Delta. This is an expansive area where Kenya’s biggest river, the Tana River, branches out before emptying into the Indian Ocean.

She says it is one of the most important wetlands in Africa. It supports more than 350 species of birds, including globally threatened birds such as the Basra reed warbler, for which the delta is a critical wintering site, and two threatened primates found nowhere else in the world – Tana red colobus and Tana River mangabey. But some political leaders and locals accuse the NGOs of blocking developments at the Coast.

Magarini MP Kingi says the Italian Jatropha project will, for instance, create 7,000 jobs. Most villagers in this region are poor, jobless and the government has not sponsored any irrigation project there. “It is godsend,” says Mohammed Gule, a jobless father of six in Magarini.

District environment officer Samuel Ng’ang’a told the Star the 5,000-acre Jatropha project has already been licensed but the National Environment Management Authority in Nairobi contradicted this.

Other parties with projects include Bedford Bio fuels Inc, a private multinational company based in Canada, which wanted 90,000 hectares through 45-year lease agreements. They have been licensed a smaller portion to grow Jatropha curcas. Mumias Sugar Company and Tarda will jointly get 20,000 hectares for a Sh24 billion sugarcane project. The fifth, Tiomin Kenya Ltd, a company incorporated in Canada, mines titanium near Kwale.

The report by IIED expresses fears that nearly all farming companies surveyed have not created the jobs they promised. There are no mechanisms to force them to do so, says Cotula, the report author.

He says most contracts reviewed across Africa lack enforceable commitments, or fail to provide detail about how many and what kind of jobs the investment will create. “Some of the contracts analysed by the report are just a few pages long, with scant details on what investors should do to ensure that risks will be properly managed and that expected benefits will materialise,” he says.

Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe, expresses a similar concern. “What happens to the owner of the land where minerals have been discovered? Is he going to benefit in any way?” he asked recently at a meeting to draft legislation on land use and natural resources provisions of the Constitution.

An exception is Liberia where contracts stand out for their shorter duration. They are also specific commitments on jobs and greater attention to local food security. In addition, the Liberian contracts are ratified by Parliament and are available online. Kenyan contracts are not available to the public. Head of Kenya Land Alliance Odede Lumumba says deals shrouded in secrecy cannot be good deals.

KLA is an alliance of 117 civil society organisations and individuals advocating for reform of policies and laws governing land in Kenya. “Mutually beneficial decisions need to be made, and this cannot happen when land agreements continue to take place without involvement of the public,” Lumumba said recently during the meeting on Politics of Food Security in Eastern Africa meeting.“The veil of secrecy that often surrounds these land deals must be lifted so poor people don’t ultimately pay the heavy price of losing their land,” World Bank Managing Director, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said last year when the bank released its report on land deals.

The IIED notes agricultural investment can bring benefits to developing nations, but large land deals carry big risks as local people may lose access to the land and resources they have used for generations.“The more promising investments are those that involve supporting local smallholders, rather than large plantations,” their report says.

Secret Land Deals Fleece Africa
John Muchangi
6 July 2011

Kenya risks leasing out huge tracts of land in rushed, one-sided deals that may create new social and environment problems, according to new reports questioning such deals across the continent.

The reports say most contracts are heavily biased in favour of foreign investors. They grant them long-term access to public and community land at very low costs. There is also little to safeguard benefits for local people and the environment.

Foreign companies are currently acquiring large amounts of lands in Kenya and other African countries to grow food crops for export and for biofuels.

In Land deals in Africa: What is in the contracts? author Lorenzo Cotula analysed several contracts and found that most were negotiated in secret “Expected benefits are often in the form of jobs or irrigation and infrastructure development, rather than rental fees,” he says in the report produced by London-based think-tank, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The report analyses 12 recent contracts through which investors have leased millions of hectares of land in East, West, Central and Southern Africa for farming. It found many problems with the contracts but also some signs of positive deals.

In Kenya, multinationals have applied for 500,000-plus hectares of land – more than five times the size of Nairobi – to do large scale farming and mining. The government earlier agreed to lease 40,000 hectares in the Tana River Delta to the Government of Qatar to grow crops to feed the people of Qatar.

Further, an Italian company, Kenya Biofuel Ltd, has been allowed to convert 5,000 acres of Dakatcha woodland at the Coast and plant Jatropha.

The investor had asked for 50,000 acres to plant Jatropha but that was scaled-down to 5,000 for “trial” after protests by conservation groups. “I will use any means to ensure the project begins,” Magarini MP and Fisheries minister Amason Kingi, who is the area MP, said recently.

In Nyanza, Belgium Company HG consulting is expected to put 42,000 hectares of land under sugarcane production while Dominion Farms Ltd has invested in 17,500 hectares around the Yala Swamp. There are other projects in the works, mostly at the Coast.

A second report released in Nairobi last week by Oxfam predicts food riots in East Africa, saying decreasing farmland will severely limit food production in the next 20 years. Oxfam is grouping of 15 international organisations which campaigns against poverty and injustice.

Its report, Growing A Better Future: Food Justice In a Resource-Constrained World, Oxfam advises governments to stop leasing fertile farmland and grazing land to foreign companies for tourism, large-scale agriculture for exports and biofuels. The report says African governments should instead support women and small scale farmers.

Oxfam projects food prices across the world will double in the 20 years and biofuels will increase hunger in Africa. “The grain required to fill the fuel tank of one 4×4 vehicle with ethanol is enough to feed one person for a year,” said Irungu Houghton, Oxfam’s pan Africa director. Oxfam says with the current trends, population will far outstrip food production.

The latest revision of United Nation’s World Population Prospects, for instance, shows that Kenya will be grappling with 71.5 million people in the next 20 years, yet maize production is only expected to rise by a third.

The country is currently unable to feed its 40 million people, and is a major maize importer despite having large tracts of unfarmed arable land. Irungu says African countries can produce enough food if they stop leasing land to other countries and instead empower women and small scale farmers. “Food is about power – those with power and money can eat, those without cannot. Africa is abundant with resources, yet governments fail to invest effectively in its biggest resources – its people and its land,” he says.

Already in the Tana Delta, where different foreign companies are jostling for more than 300,000 hectares land, indigenous communities are feeling the pinch.

About 250,000 villagers in Tana and Lamu, where a Canadian company wants 130,000 hectares to plant sugarcane for ethanol, have already been threatened with eviction notices. “Farmers in Wema and pastoralists in Dida Waride affirmed that they would die first before moving out of their land,” says Nature Kenya’s advocacy officer Serah Munguti, who leads a campaign to protect the Tana Delta. This is an expansive area where Kenya’s biggest river, the Tana River, branches out before emptying into the Indian Ocean.

She says it is one of the most important wetlands in Africa. It supports more than 350 species of birds, including globally threatened birds such as the Basra reed warbler, for which the delta is a critical wintering site, and two threatened primates found nowhere else in the world – Tana red colobus and Tana River mangabey. But some political leaders and locals accuse the NGOs of blocking developments at the Coast.

Magarini MP Kingi says the Italian Jatropha project will, for instance, create 7,000 jobs. Most villagers in this region are poor, jobless and the government has not sponsored any irrigation project there. “It is godsend,” says Mohammed Gule, a jobless father of six in Magarini.

District environment officer Samuel Ng’ang’a told the Star the 5,000-acre Jatropha project has already been licensed but the National Environment Management Authority in Nairobi contradicted this.

Other parties with projects include Bedford Bio fuels Inc, a private multinational company based in Canada, which wanted 90,000 hectares through 45-year lease agreements. They have been licensed a smaller portion to grow Jatropha curcas. Mumias Sugar Company and Tarda will jointly get 20,000 hectares for a Sh24 billion sugarcane project. The fifth, Tiomin Kenya Ltd, a company incorporated in Canada, mines titanium near Kwale.

The report by IIED expresses fears that nearly all farming companies surveyed have not created the jobs they promised. There are no mechanisms to force them to do so, says Cotula, the report author.

He says most contracts reviewed across Africa lack enforceable commitments, or fail to provide detail about how many and what kind of jobs the investment will create. “Some of the contracts analysed by the report are just a few pages long, with scant details on what investors should do to ensure that risks will be properly managed and that expected benefits will materialise,” he says.

Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe, expresses a similar concern. “What happens to the owner of the land where minerals have been discovered? Is he going to benefit in any way?” he asked recently at a meeting to draft legislation on land use and natural resources provisions of the Constitution.

An exception is Liberia where contracts stand out for their shorter duration. They are also specific commitments on jobs and greater attention to local food security. In addition, the Liberian contracts are ratified by Parliament and are available online. Kenyan contracts are not available to the public. Head of Kenya Land Alliance Odede Lumumba says deals shrouded in secrecy cannot be good deals.

KLA is an alliance of 117 civil society organisations and individuals advocating for reform of policies and laws governing land in Kenya. “Mutually beneficial decisions need to be made, and this cannot happen when land agreements continue to take place without involvement of the public,” Lumumba said recently during the meeting on Politics of Food Security in Eastern Africa meeting.

“The veil of secrecy that often surrounds these land deals must be lifted so poor people don’t ultimately pay the heavy price of losing their land,” World Bank Managing Director, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said last year when the bank released its report on land deals.

The IIED notes agricultural investment can bring benefits to developing nations, but large land deals carry big risks as local people may lose access to the land and resources they have used for generations.”The more promising investments are those that involve supporting local smallholders, rather than large plantations,” their report says.

Large Land Deals Threaten Farmers, World Bank Says
September 08, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

By Sandrine Rastello
(Corrects third paragraph to reflect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a woman.)
Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) — Foreign purchases of agricultural land from Mozambique to Cambodia pose “significant risks” to the livelihoods of farmers in countries with “weak land governance,” the World Bank said in a report.

Large-scale purchases raise “a real concern about the ability of local institutions to protect vulnerable groups from losing land on which they have legitimate, if not formally recognized claims,” according to the report by the Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development department.

“The veil of secrecy that often surrounds these land deals must be lifted so poor people don’t ultimately pay the heavy price of losing their land,” World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance and foreign minister, said in a statement. The acquisitions “can come at a high cost,” she said.

Rising prices of rice, corn and palm oil in 2008 triggered deadly unrest in some parts of the developing world. The report, Rising Global Interest in Farmland, said that over the next year farmland investment spiraled, with 10 times more property bought in developing countries by nations seeking food security.

Nations dependent on food imports, such as Saudi Arabia and South Korea, stepped up efforts to buy land and lock-in overseas resources to ensure food security, the bank said. Foreign investment in Sudanese agricultural land in 2009 was estimated to increase five-fold by 2014, according to a Sudan Investment Ministry estimate last year.

Environmental Impact

Investor deals also have an environmental impact in countries such as Brazil, where deforestation was pursued to enable farmland expansion, the report said. The report reviewed data from 14 countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia between 2004 and 2009.

“The question will be what will the bank be able to do to change these dynamics,” said Vince McElhinny, who is a project manager for The Bank Information Center, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. that advocates for transparency and public accountability within the World Bank. “In practice what we’re seeing is a trend that suggests that it will be able to do very little.”

Foreign agricultural investments have sometimes met with resistance. Protests by local communities in Madagascar caused that country to abandon a $6-billion farming agreement last year with Daewoo Logistics Corp.

Governments were “unprepared” for the increase in such land deals after the food and fuel crisis, the report said.

The report noted that private investors had the potential to increase productivity in less-developed countries with technological help. “In many cases, however, the desired benefits were not achieved,” the report said. The World Bank is trying to develop voluntary principles for responsible agricultural investment, it said.

ARE KENYA MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TOO BROKE TO PAY TAXES?

By Agwanda Jowi

Those who have paid taxes we have used the word: TAX PAID

Those who have refused to pay taxes we have used the word: NO

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Parliamentarian’s name
Representative for:
Belongs to:
TAX Paid

OR

NO?

Benjamin Kipkirui Langat
Ainamoi
ODM
NO

Sally Jemngetich Kosgei
Aldai
ODM
NO

Edwin Ochieng Yinda
Alego/Usonga
ODM
NO

Ojaamongson, Sospeter Odeke
Amagoro
ODM
NO

Benedict Fondo Gunda
Bahari
ODM
NO

Sammy Silas Komen Mwaita
Baringo Central
ODM
NO

Asman Abongotum Kamama
Baringo East
PNU
NO

William C. Kipkiror
Baringo North
ODM
NO

Charles Cheruiyot Keter
Belgut
ODM
NO

Christopher Mogere Obure
Bobasi
ODM
NO

Simon Ogari
Bomachoge
ODM
NO

Beatrice Cherono Kones
Bomet
ODM
NO

Charles Onyancha
Bonchari
ODM
NO

Oginga, Oburu
Bondo
ODM
NO

Namwamba Ababu
Budalangi
ODM
NO

Bifwoli, Wakoli Sylvester
Bumula
PNU
NO

Abdi Nasir Nuh
Bura
ODM-K
NO

Frankilin Bett
Buret
ODM
NO

Oparanya, Wycliffe Ambetsa
Butere
ODM
NO

Alfred Bwire Odhiambo
Butula
ODM
NO

Gitobu Imanyara
Central Imenti
CCU
NO

Kajembe, Ramathan Seif
Changamwe
ODM
NO

Isaac Kiprono Rutto
Chepalungu
ODM
NO

Joshua Serem Kutuny
Cherangany
ODM
NO

Beth Wambui Mugo
Dagoretti
PNU
NO

Bare Aden Duale
Dujis
ODM
NO

Moses K. Lessonet
Eldama Ravine
ODM
NO

Margaret Jepkoech Kamar
Eldoret East
ODM
NO

Ruto, Samoei William K.
Eldoret North
ODM
NO

Peris Chepchumba
Eldoret South
ODM
NO

Assistant Minister

Ferdinand Ndungu Waititu
Embakasi
PNU
PAID

Elijah Kiptarbei Lagat
Emgwen
ODM
NO

Wilber Ottichilo Khasilwa
Emuhaya
ODM
NO

Sugow, Ahmed Aden
Fafi
KANU
NO

Paul Otuoma Nyongesa
Funyula
ODM
NO

Mutava Muyimi
Gachoka
PNU
PAID

Dhadho Gaddae Goghana
Galole
ODM
NO

Francis S. K. Baya
Ganze
KADU-A
NO

Mungatana, Danson Buya
Garsen
NARC-K
NO

Kenneth, Peter
Gatanga
PNU
NO

Clement Kungu Waibara
Gatundu North
PICK
NO

Kenyatta Uhuru
Gatundu South
KANU
NO

Midiwo, Washington Jakoyo
Gem
ODM
NO

Karua, Martha Wangari
Gichugu
PNU
NO

Peter Njoroge Baiya
Githunguri
SAFINA
NO

John Mbadi Ngóngó
Gwasi
ODM
NO

Khaniri, George Munyasa
Hamisi
ODM
NO

Ntoitha M”Mithiaru
Igembe North
PNU
NO

Frankilin Mithika Linturi
Igembe South
KANU
NO

Haji YusufMohammed
Ijara
KANU
NO

Dr Khalwale
Ikolomani
New Ford K
NO

Kuti,Mohammed. Abdi
Isiolo North
NARC-K
NO

Abdul Bahari Ali
Isiolo South
KANU
NO

William Kabogo Gitau
Juja
NARC-KENYA
NO

Poghisio, Samuel Losuron
Kacheliba
ODM-K
NO

Ndambuki, Gideon Musyoka
Kaiti
ODM-K
NO

Nkaisserry, Joseph Kasaine
Kajiado Central
ODM
NO

Saitoti, George
Kajiado North
PNU
NO

Samuel Kazungu Kambi
Kaloleni
PNU
NO

Vacant
Kamukunji
VACANT
NO

James Maina Kamau
Kandara
PNU
NO

Alfred Khan’gati
Kanduyi
ODM
NO

Michuki, John Njoroge
Kangema
PNU
NO

Johnson Nduya Muthama
Kangundo
ODM-K
PAID

Julius Recha Murgor
Kapenguria
ODM
NO

James G. Kwanya Rege
Karachuonyo
ODM
NO

Elizabeth Ongoro
Kasarani
ODM
NO

Joseph Oyugi Magwanga
Kasipul-Kabondo
ODM
NO

Wavinya Ndeti
Kathiani
CCU
NO

Chepkitony, Lucas Kipkosgei
Keiyo North
ODM
NO

Jackson Kiplagat Kiptanui
Keiyo South
ODM
NO

Evans Bulimo Akula
Khwisero
ODM
NO

Stanley Munga Githunguri
Kiambaa
KANU
NO

Philip Kyalo Kaloki
Kibwezi
ODM-K
NO

Nemesyus Warugongo
Kieni
PNU
NO

Jamleck Irungu Kamau
Kigumo
PNU
NO

Barnabas Muturi C. Mwangi
Kiharu
PNU
NO

Lewis Nguyai Nganga
Kikuyu
PNU
NO

Gideon Sitelu Konchela
Kilgoris
PNU
NO

John Harun Mwau
Kilome
PICK
NO

David Eseli Simiyu
Kimilili
FORD-K
NO

Rai, Samuel Gonzi
Kinango
FORD-P
NO

David Mwaniki Ngugi
Kinangop
SISI KWA SISI
NO

Kimunya, Amos Muhinga
Kipipiri
PNU
NO

Kiprono Langat J. Magerer
Kipkelion
ODM
NO

Joseph Gitari
Kirinyaga Central
PNU
NO

Hassan Ali Joho
Kisauni
ODM
NO

Nyong’o, Peter Anyang’
Kisumu Rural
ODM
NO

Shabbir Ahmed Shakeel Ahmed
Kisumu Town East
ODM
NO

John Olago Aluoch
Kisumu Town West
ODM
NO

Ngilu, Charity Kaluki
Kitui Central
NARC
NO

Isaac Mulatya Muoki
Kitui South
ODM-K
NO

Charles Mutisya Nyamai
Kitui West
NARC
NO

Richard Momoima Onyonka
Kitutu Chache
PDP
NO

Walter Enock Nyambati Osebe
Kitutu Masaba
N LP
NO

Julius Kipyegon Kones
Konoin
ODM
NO

Zakayo Kipkemoi Cheruiyot
Kuresoi
ODM
NO

Machage Wilfred Gisuka
Kuria
DP
NO

Wekesa, Noah Muhalangángá
Kwanza
PNU
NO

Maalim Farah
Lagdera
ODM
NO

Kiunjuri, Festus Mwangi
Laikipia East
PNU
NO

Ndiritu Muriithi
Laikipia West
PNU
NO

Joseph Lekuton
Laisamis
KANU
NO

Abu Mohamed Chiaba
Lamu East
PNU
NO

Twaha, Yasin Fahim
Lamu West
NARC-K
NO

Prime Minister

Odinga, Raila Amolo
Langata
ODM
PAID

David Njuguna Kiburi Mwaura
Lari
PPK
NO

Mwalimu Masudi Mwahima
Likoni
ODM
NO

Peter Mungai Mwathi
Limuru
FORD-P
NO

Judah Katoo Metito
Loitokitok
NARC-K
NO

Khwa Shakhalaga Jirogo
Lugari
KADDU
NO

Atanas Manyala Keya
Lurambi
ODM
NO

Victor Kioko Munyaka
Machakos Town
ODM-K
NO

Amason Kingi Jeffah
Magarini
ODM
NO

Gidion Kioko Mbuvi
Makadara
NARC-KENYA
NO

Peter L.N. Kiilu
Makueni
ODM-K
NO

Shitanda, Peter Soita
Malava
NEW FORD-KENYA
NO

Maitha Gideon Mungáro
Malindi
ODM
NO

Hussein Mohamed Abdikadir
Mandera Central
SAFINA
NO

Mohamed Hussein Ali
Mandera East
ODM
NO

Mohamed, Muhamud Maalim
Mandera West
ODM
NO

Emilio Mureithi Kathuri
Manyatta
DP
NO

Mbau, Elias Peter
Maragwa
PNU
NO

Kilimo, Linah Jebi
Marakwet East
KENDA
NO

Boaz Kipchumba Kaino
Marakwet West
ODM
NO

Mbai, Benson Itwiku
Masinga
ODM-K
NO

Clement Muchiri Wambugu
Mathioya
PNU
NO

Empraim Mwangi Maina
Mathira
SAFINA
NO

Chirau Ali Mwakwere
Matuga
PNU
NO

Were, David Aoko
Matungu
ODM
NO

Kajwang’, Gerald Otieno
Mbita
ODM
NO

Mutula Kilonzo
Mbooni
ODM-K
NO

John Pesa Dache
Migori
ODM
NO

Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili
Mogotio
UDM
NO

Joseph Nganga Kiuna
Molo
PNU
NO

David K. Koech
Mosop
ODM
NO

Mohamud Mohamed Ali
Moyale
ODM
NO

Omar Mbwana Zonga
Msambweni
ODM
NO

Fred Chesebe Kapondi
Mt. Elgon
ODM
NO

Olweny, Patrick Ayiecho
Muhoroni
ODM
NO

Kabando Wa Kabando
Mukurweini
SAFINA
NO

Benjamin Jomo Washiali
Mumias
ODM
NO

Kilonzo, Julias Kiema
Mutito
ODM-K
NO

Balala,MohammedNajib
Mvita
ODM
NO

Daniel Mutua Muoki
Mwala
ODM-K
NO

Andrew Calist Mwatela
Mwatate
ODM
NO

Peter Njuguna Gitau
Mwea
PNU
NO

Vice President

Musyoka, Stephen Kalonzo
Mwingi North
ODM-K
PAID

Musila, David
Mwingi South
ODM-K
NO

John Michael Njenga Mututho
Naivasha
KANU
NO

Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui
Nakuru Town
PNU
NO

Okemo, Chrysanthus
Nambale
ODM
NO

Ntimama, William Ronkorua Ole
Narok North
ODM
NO

Nkoidila Ole Lankas
Narok South
ODM
NO

Jeremiah Ngayu Kioni
Ndaragwa
PNU
NO

Joshua Orwa Ojode
Ndhiwa
ODM
NO

Githae Robinson Njeru
Ndia
PNU
NO

Japhet M. Kareke Mbiuki
Nithi
KANU
NO

Francis Chachu Ganya
North Horr
ODM
NO

Silas Muriuki Ruteere
North Imenti
MAZINGIRA
NO

Wilfred Moriasi Ombui
North Mugirango/Borabu
KANU
NO

Pollyins Ochieng Anyango
Nyakach
ODM
NO

Fredrick Otieno Outa
Nyando
ODM
NO

Robert Onsare Monda
Nyaribari Chache
NARC
NO

Samson Kegengo Ongeri
Nyaribari Masaba
KANU
NO

Peter Edick Omondi Anyanga
Nyatike
ODM
NO

Esther Murugi Mathenge
Nyeri Town
PNU
NO

Erastus Kihara Mureithi
Ol’ Kalau
PNU
NO

President Kibaki, Mwai
Othaya
PNU
PAID

Martin Otieno Ogindo
Rangwe
ODM
NO

Nicholas O. Gumbo
Rarieda
ODM
NO

Luka Kipkorir Kigen
Rongai
ODM
NO

Dalmas Angango Otieno
Rongo
ODM
NO

Cecily Mutitu Mbarire
Runyenjes
PNU
NO

Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi
Sabatia
ODM
NO

Eugene Ludovic Wamalwa
Saboti
PNU
NO

Hussein Tarry Sasura
Saku
ODM-K
NO

Raphael Lakalei Letimalo
Samburu East
ODM
NO

Lesirma, Simeon Saimanga
Samburu West
ODM
NO

Justus Kizito Mugali
Shinyalu
ODM
NO

Lenny Maxwell Kivuti
Siakago
SAFINA
NO

Wilson Mwotiny Litole
Sigor
ODM
NO

Wetangula, Moses Makisa
Sirisia
PNU
NO

Joyce Cherono Laboso
Sotik
ODM
NO

Murungi, Kiraitu
South Imenti
PNU
NO

Manson Nyamweya
South Mugirango
FORD-PEOPLE
NO

Margaret Wanjiru Kariuki
Starehe
ODM
NO

Nelson Ributhi Gaichuhie
Subukia
PNU
NO

Shaban, Naomi Namsi
Taveta
KANU
NO

Francis Thombe Nyammo
Tetu
PNU
NO

Alex Muthengi Mburi Mwiru
Tharaka
PNU
NO

Munya Peter Gatirau
Tigania East
PNU
NO

Mwiria, Valerian Kilemi
Tigania West
PNU
NO

Kosgey, Henry Kiprono
Tinderet
ODM
NO

Ethuro, David Ethuro
Turkana Central
PNU
NO

Munyes, John Kiyonga
Turkana North
PNU
NO

Josephat Nanok Koli
Turkana South
ODM
NO

Aggrey James Orengo
Ugenya
ODM
NO

Cyprian Ojwang Omollo
Uriri
ODM
NO

Yusufu Kifuma Chanzu
Vihiga
ODM
NO

Danson Mwazo Mwakulegwa
Voi
ODM
NO

Ibrabim Elmi Mohamed
Wajir East
ODM
NO

Hussein GabbowMohammed
Wajir North
ODM
NO

Mahamud Muhumed Sirat
Wajir South
ODM-K
NO

Adan Keynan Wehliye
Wajir West
KANU
NO

Wekesa B.A. Sambu
Webuye
ODM
NO

James Ondicho Gesami
West Mugirango
ODM
NO

Gumo, Fredrick Omulo
Westlands
ODM
NO

Thomas Luhindi Mwadeghu
Wundanyi
ODM
NO

Kilonzo Charles Mutavi
Yatta
ODM-K
NO

Yakub Mohammad Dor
Nominated
ODM
NO

Nyamweya George Omari
Nominated
PNU
NO

Abdalla Amina Ali
Nominated
KANU
NO

END.