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3May/130

KENYA & WORLD: PRESS DAY MARKED AS TWO JOURNALISTS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Although the day gives people the chance to pay tribute to media professionals who risked or lost their lives in the line of duty, in Kenya as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports-Kenya: 2013 - Committee to Protect Journalists, the day is marked at the time two investigative journalists have received death threats.

Mohammed Ali and John-Allan Namu, investigative journalists from the private KTN television network received threats from anonymous callers and via social networking sites on Wednesday, according to Namu and Willis Angira, associate producer for KTN.

David Ohito, news editor of The Standard, which is also affiliated with KTN, told CPJ that the threats were linked to an investigative story aired on KTN two weeks ago, called "Inside Story: Death in Ten Minutes" that suggested foul play in a helicopter crash that killed former Interior Minister George Saitoti.

It is also being celebrated at the time police were also implicated in the January 2009 murder of Weekly Citizen journalist Francis Nyaruri, shortly after he investigated corruption within the police department.

Nyaruri was brutally murdered in western Kenya in January 2009 while investigating suspected corruption in a police construction project. The investigation has not yielded arrests to date.

Just recently a correspondent for The Star daily newspaper was found dead Sunday morning in his house in the coastal city of Mombasa. A housemate found reporter Bernard Wesonga with blood on his nose and mouth at around 11:30 a.m. according to Star Deputy Editor Charles Kerich.

Local journalists said Wesonga, 27, was with friends at a local pub in Mombasa Saturday night, leaving around 10 p.m. Wesonga had told friends he recently received anonymous threats via text message in connection with a story that described allegations of unlawful shipment and sale of fertilizer that had exceeded its expiration date. Authorities have not established a cause of death.

Against the background that on Saturday, March 9, 2013, US President Barack Obama made a statement in a gala for journalists in Washington that appeared to suggest that Kenya is not a safe destination for foreign correspondents.

"They've risked everything to bring us stories from places like Syria and Kenya, stories that need to be told," he said. Syria is currently in the midst of a bloody civil war that was started on the pretext of removing its dictatorial ruler Assad from power. The conflict in Syria has killed more than 70,000 people.

The period following the Kenya's last presidential elections in 2007 was marred by widespread ethnic violence. Over a thousand people were killed. Kenya's journalists, especially those working independently, found themselves the targets of public anger, police intolerance and political fury. Many were threatened, injured, attacked and had equipment damaged or taken.

In Nairobi the day will be marked with two key celebrations:

1)The regional journalists convention - Second Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) Gala, an event that seeks to acknowledge, identify and promote excellence in media in Kenya

2) The Executive Council meeting of World Association of Press Councils (WAPC, which will draw participants of press councils from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia Burundi, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Nepal, the United States of America, Pakistan, India, Malawi, and North Cyprus among others.

These events will focus on safety and protection of journalists and encourage Development Journalism in Kenya in respect to Vision 2030.

Each year since 1997, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is awarded to honor the work of an individual or an organization defending or promoting freedom of expression, especially if it puts the individual’s life at risk.

The award is named after a journalist murdered in 1986 after denouncing drug barons. Last year it was awarded posthumously to a Russian investigative reporter who was murdered in a contract-style killing in 2006.

Established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1993 as an outgrowth of the Seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press, World Press Freedom Day has only been celebrated since 1993. This seminar took place in Namibia in 1991 and led to the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media.

It has much deeper roots in the United Nations, Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights which states that everyone “has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".

The Windhoek Declaration called to establish, maintain and foster an independent, pluralistic and free press. It emphasized the importance of a free press for developing and maintaining democracy in a nation, and for economic development. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on May 3, the date on which the Windhoek Declaration was adopted.

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

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

3May/130

USA: Shut down Guantanamo

From: Manuel de Lizarriturri

Below is an email from Manuel de Lizarriturri, a MoveOn member who started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.

President Obama: Deliver on your campaign promise and shut down Guantanamo.

Sign the Petition!

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=289657&id=67060-21095459-cBVl2Yx&t=4

Dear MoveOn member,

President Obama promised during his campaign that one of his top priorities would be closing the prison at Guantanamo. The New York Times reported on April 25 that the treatment of detainees is inhumane. It's time for the president to deliver on his promise, and for Congress to allow him do so.

That's why I started a petition to the United States Congress and President Barack Obama, which says:

Mr. President, when detainees with no hope of release go on a permanent hunger strike and are force-fed through nasal tubes, America can no longer claim to be the worldwide champion of human rights. How can you sleep at night knowing you have reneged on your campaign promise? Please close the Guantanamo Bay prison now!

visit the address here below to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=289657&id=67060-21095459-cBVl2Yx&t=5

Thanks!

–Manuel de Lizarriturri

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19Apr/131

Kenya: Uhuru Offers Raila Special Envoy Post

From: Judy Miriga

Good People!

Is it true that Raila was offered special envoy post to do dirty job trading on deals of "Land Grabbing" to Canadian, Chinese, South Africa and US unscrupulous Special Business Interests who want Kenya's land for free and giving bribery hand-out for the goodies instead of paying taxes to boost Kenyas economy and provide sustainable development programs to improve the situation of employment and economic progress in Kenya???

Whose interest, gain and profit was this idea going to serve ?? Is public mandate in the New Constitution going to be followed by the 11th Parliament ??? Are the people watching for reality of governance, transparency and accountability???? Will the people let go their land to "Land Grabbers" for free ???

Wake up people and stand up to protect your rights with those of public mandate so that your honor, dignity, value and virtue shall be guaranteed. You must fight harder than ever before to save the face of African.........Africans were never created with a begging bowl, but God blessed us with brains that we must use to better the whole world.

It is only from Africa that the world will know Peace, Unity and True Love. Africa is the answer to Happiness......Exercise the Wisdom God gave us all for free........We are the custodians of Wealth and Resources that World Economy needs to excel in the Global Emerging Markets. It is only from Africa that the world need its raw material to meet competition and challenges every business in the world need for its economic supremacy, excellence and power.

We must stop being stupid to rely on those leaders who time and again dont get it........

I love you people.....lets meet and chat through facebook... or chat on blog click......... http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com and follow link to see whats new

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenya: Uhuru Offers Raila Special Envoy Post

13 April 2013

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has asked former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to become a special envoy for Kenya.

The initial offer was made on Easter Monday at a private evening meeting at the home of a city businessman in Muthaiga. The meeting was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto.

On Thursday morning Ruto called Raila to repeat the offer and spoke to him for more than ten minutes. He reportedly told Raila that it was important that he worked with Uhuru's administration to unite the country.

The Deputy President emphasized that he and Uhuru were keen to have Raila play the role of an eminent Kenyan locally, in Africa, and around the world.

"He appealed to Raila to consider the role because the Kenyatta administration did not want his experience and international connections to go to waste," said an associate of the Deputy President.

Raila reportedly wished Ruto and the President success as they start their term in office and promised to do whatever he could to help them succeed.

Ruto and Raila agreed to speak again on Thursday evening together with President Kenyatta and agree on a possible second meeting with a clear agenda. It is not known if they did in fact speak again on Thursday evening.

Raila's spokesman Dennis Onyango has confirmed that the two spoke and said the discussion on the issue was ongoing.

"The Deputy President thanked the former PM for his statement on arrival from South Africa to the effect that he and the CORD team were ready to engage constructively. He told Raila that he personally has no hard feelings against the former PM and neither does Uhuru," said Onyango.

Yesterday Raila's aides were in meetings ahead of the Cord retreat this weekend at Great Rift Valley lodge.

The retreat will discuss how CORD will conduct itself inside and outside of Parliament as the official opposition, as well as the role of Raila for the next five years.

At the Easter Monday meeting, the President reportedly wanted to hold a joint press conference with Raila to assure their supporters that they would work together to unite the country.

Uhuru and Ruto were concerned about an interview by Raila broadcast by the BBC shortly after the Supreme Court ruling on Easter Saturday.

Raila told the BBC that Uhuru's victory on March 4 was "predetermined and manipulated by a few technocrats".

"It is a replica of what exactly happened in 2007. What is the point of going to polls if results are going to be pre-determined? Voter apathy will be high in the next five years and Kenyans may look for other ways. We want to avoid people looking for other means," Raila told the BBC.

Uhuru and Ruto won the election with 50.07 percent, just 8,000 votes more than needed for a simple majorit, but a considerable 800,000 votes ahead of Raila who received 43.7 percent.

How Rev Jesse Jackson sealed
Raila meeting with Uhuru

Posted by admin on Sunday, April 14, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Saturday’s meeting with Mr Raila Odinga at State House was the culmination of two hush-hush meetings, both in homes of influential personalities close to the two leaders.

The Saturday meeting was the second directly between the two fiercest rivals in the March 4 elections, and also the first to be acknowledged by the two sides, complete with television footage.

But inquiries within the President’s and Raila’s side revealed that the influential force bringing the two hitherto bitter rivals together was America’s civil rights and towering religious figure, the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

April 1 was characterized by two key events; it was Easter Monday as well as April Fools Day, when people the World over get half-a-day to pull pranks on each other. In Kenya, it was no different as families got out to enjoy the fun-day together, either in church, friend’s homes or even entertainment joints.

But behind the scenes, something else was taking off, and as it turned out, it wasn’t a prank at all. That Easter Monday ended with Uhuru, whose victory the Supreme Court upheld the previous Saturday (March 30), sharing a dinner table with Raila at the home of a mutual friend.

This first meeting took place at the home of the youthful wealthy businessman in the Muthaiga Estate.

Second meeting

The businessman, whose name we withhold for legal reasons because he usually doesn’t brook any linkage to politics, was close to the late Prof George Saitoti, and when the former Internal Security minister died in a chopper crash, he shifted camp to Uhuru.

Both Uhuru and the businessman had been close and the youthful billionaire’s business and political ties to Saitoti had not strained this relationship.

The second meeting wasn’t Uhuru’s, but was a shared dinner table between Raila and Jackson at the home of Dr Evans Kidero, the new Nairobi Governor, and close ally of the former PM. Again as with the first meeting between the leader of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and Uhuru, this too was in Muthaiga where Kidero lives.

It took place the day following Uhuru’s inauguration on April 9, and confidants of the former PM told The Standard that Raila headed straight to Kidero’s home on arrival from South Africa that Wednesday.

Raila had gone to South Africa for ‘holidaying’ with his running mate in the March 4 race — former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka — and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

It is believed that Jackson sought out Raila after meeting Uhuru on the day of his inauguration with the message that it was in his (Uhuru’s), Raila’s and Kenya’s interest for them to build a rapport and demonstrate mutual respect for each other.

Civil rights

Jackson, thought not a member of President Barack Obama’s administration, was the most familiar American public figure at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, when Uhuru was sworn-in.

It was not clear if at all he could have had a message from Obama to Uhuru and Raila, even though it is not very much unlike American tradition for a private message of their leader to be delivered by a senior and respected citizen.

But even without Obama’s prodding, Jackson’s role as a civil rights activist has given him immense contacts and good rapport with many African leaders, and he could have put these at play.

Having been close to the presidency, polling 5.3 million against Uhuru’s 6.1 million, the American cleric exhorted Uhuru to appreciate the fact that he needed to send out a message of goodwill and reconciliation to the considerably big constituency that did not vote for him.

Raila’s aides, on condition of confidentiality so as not to be seen to be spilling the beans on secret talks between their boss and the new President, said of the ex-PM’s meeting with Jackson: “He went there (Kidero’s home) alone and expressed his willingness to work with Uhuru for the good of the country.”

The sources explained that after the Supreme Court ruling, the youthful businessman, who is also a son of a former influential minister in retired President Daniel Arap Moi’s Cabinet, tried reaching out to Raila using one of his long-serving personal assistants.

It wasn’t clear at this stage whether he is the one who initiated the meeting, or was acting on Uhuru’s behalf. However, the businessman also happens to be close to Uhuru’s deputy, Mr William Ruto, who would later tell the country after assuming office, that he had had lengthy meetings with Raila.

“This was the first attempt towards arranging for a meeting between Uhuru and Raila. The meeting took place on April 1at the businessman’s residence in Muthaiga,’’ confirmed the PM’s aide. Another of the PM’s advisors also confirmed both meetings that the former PM attended in the two Muthaiga homes.

“Mr Odinga denied the first meeting took place and that is his position. But the truth is that the meeting did take place at the home of the businessman,’’ he said.

In a Facebook posting earlier in the day another of Raila’s advisors had revealed to his string of online friends that Reverend Jackson, who like the late Martin Luther King is a renown black American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, was the key player in the Uhuru-Raila talks.

The advisor played down media reports that the Uhuru-Raila meeting, where both Kalonzo and Ruto featured, discussed the number of security guards the CORD leaders should be left with and the amount the State would pay them as retirement benefits.

Real issues

“…You can safely laugh at reports in sections of our media that Raila went see (sic) Uhuru about security detail and chase cars and retirement benefits,’’ Raila’s advisor who is also former top UN media personality, Mr Salim Lone. Lone then threw in the revelation: “The meeting was actually negotiated by the Rev Jesse Jackson and focused on real issues facing Kenya.” He then referred his friends to the Sunday Standard story yesterday quoting Raila saying he had turned down the offer of a UN envoy role because his “plate was full’’.

Speaking in Khwisero constituency on Saturday after meeting with Uhuru, Raila explained his focus would be to strengthen CORD and urged those still sympathising with him for losing the presidency to stop because it was unnecessary.

Tell me sorry

“Do not tell me sorry for what happened. I do not wish to hear this. When a cooking stick breaks, do you stop preparing your meal? Certainly not! And that is why we want to state that we have enough work to do,” said Raila.

“Raila when invited for dinner by the businessman, sought to know what it was all about. He was assured there was nothing underhand, and all the cards would be on the table.

Because he was also keen to be part of healing the country (after the divisive elections), he accepted the invitation,’’ said another of Odinga’s aides.

When Lone was contacted, he confirmed Jackson did meet Raila at Kidero’s home.

“I can only confirm the meeting took place between Raila and Reverend Jackson at Kidero’s home and that they discussed a possible meeting between him and the President (Uhuru)’’ was Lone’s response to our questions. Source:standardmedia.co.ke

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Siaya Governor warns public on land deals

Siaya County Cornel Rasanga. Mr Rasanga has warned officers of defunct local authorities against engaging in unscrupulous land deals. Photo/FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP
By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Posted Thursday, April 18 2013 at 15:54

Residents of Siaya County have been warned against engaging in land transactions with former local authorities without consulting the office of the governor.

It is fraudulent for anybody to buy or sell government land through the former local authorities, said Governor Cornel Rasanga.

He said land transactions should have stopped when the county government came into force.

The governor warned officers of defunct local authorities against engaging in such deals.

He said he had established that such transactions were still being carried out and appealed to relevant government agencies to take stern action.

“Those transactions are null and void. We are warning those involved that the long arm of the law will catch up with both the sellers and buyers,” Mr Rasanga said.

He told the public that the plots were now under the county government and nobody should purport to sell them on behalf of the local authorities.

According to the Transition to Devolved Government Act, 2012, anybody who transfers assets without obtaining the approval of the county government or contrary to the mechanism provided by the Transition Authority commits an offence.

Kidero interdicts officers over Sh180m graft claims

Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero inspects a parade by City Council workers. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group

By EMMANUEL TOILI etoili@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Wednesday, April 17 2013 at 13:15

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has interdicted four senior City Council officers over the loss of Sh180 million and ordered investigation of 25 firms involved in graft claims.

The officers have been accused of misappropriating Sh180m in the infamous 'air supplies' at the City Hall.

10 more officers from the departments of Procurement, City Engineering, Treasury and Inspection and Acceptance Committee are also being investigated.

Also, 25 firms allegedly involved in the 'air supply' together with their directors are being investigated over the misappropriation.

“Am in the process of initiating necessary legislation on governance with special focus on tackling corruption within the county. Within three months, I will have sealed all revenue leakages and all financial malpractices," he said.
“I also intend to set up the County Ombudsman’s Office with a clear mandate to handle all aspects of integrity and corruption within the rank and file in the County,” Kidero added.

MPs wait for the address by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament on April 16, 2013. Photo/JOHN NGIRACHU
By JOHN NGIRACHU jngirachu@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Thursday, April 18 2013 at 16:57

The House Committee that will vet the nominees to the Cabinet will be unveiled on Tuesday, Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has told MPs.

Mr Duale said MPs would also be asked to approve the membership of the Committee on Appointment.

The 28-member committee will be chaired by Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and will have the Deputy Speaker with the leaders and deputy leaders of the majority and minority parties.

Its sole mandate will be the vetting of the people President Uhuru Kenyatta will nominate as members of the Cabinet.

Its quorum shall include 14 members, excluding the Speaker, who shall also not be entitled to vote.

Members to this committee shall be nominated by the House Business Committee on the basis of proportional party membership in the House while also considering the interests of

independent members.

There are four independent MPs in the National Assembly, with three reported to be allied to the Jubilee Coalition, which forms the majority in both the Senate and the National Assembly.

Mr Duale said the members of the various other committees would be named on Wednesday.

MPs have been quietly lobbying for membership in the 26 committees that are yet to be formed and Mr Duale’s announcement is likely to lead to an intensification of this.

The Garissa Township MP encouraged his colleagues to start proposing motions they would want the House to discuss and to start preparing to seek statements from committee heads.

Under the new House rules, MPs will have Wednesday morning to discuss the issues they originate. The day is reserved for business not sponsored by either the Majority or Minority Leaders and the committees.

EU envoy wants open tender for Karuma dam

Journalists take pictures of Karuma Falls recently. Construction of a 600-Megawatt dam at the site has stalled over allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
By TABU BUTAGIRA

Posted Thursday, April 18 2013 at 01:00

In Summary

Top EU envoy says unlike a grant, Ugandan tax payers will have to repay the loan for the project and its intended works must offer the best value-for-money.

Kampala

The government should re-open up the tender for construction of the 600-megawatt Karuma hydro-dam to all interested “competent” firms irrespective of which country finances the project, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Uganda has said.

Ambassador Roberto Ridolfi told the Daily Monitor on Tuesday that handpicking a firm from a country offering a $2.2 billion loan for the construction works, would amount to “breach of the public procurement rules”.

“Public procurement rules are very simple and are at the core of good governance: transparency, free and open access to everybody to the tendering and no discrimination,” he said.

Government urged

“I hope the government will abide by the court ruling and the (Inspectorate of Government’s) recommendations without breaching the public procurement laws because a loan, even if it’s a very soft loan or concession loan, will have to be paid back by Ugandans.”

The considerations, he said, would however be different if Uganda received a grant. The envoy’s comments come weeks after the largely state-owned New Vision reported that China has agreed to deploy resources and firms to build Karuma dam.

President Museveni and his new Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping reportedly sealed the deal during the recent BRICS summit in South Africa, the newspaper reported, quoting unnamed sources.

In the Tuesday interview, Mr Ridolfi made no mention of China but said it would be unfair for the Ugandan government to exclude other “competent” companies and only favour firms from country bankrolling the project.

Call for respect of the law

“The laws of public procurement must be respected. If we are talking about loans, Ugandan tax payers have to pay it back, which means ultimately that the infrastructure will be paid for by Ugandans tax payers, he said, “Therefore, Uganda has the right to get the best value for money. The laws of public procurement were not invented to delay projects, they were invented to give value-for-money to the tax payers, avoid corruption and collusion.”

The process of procuring a contractor for the already delayed Karuma dam has been rife with allegations of corruption, bidders falsifying work records and violation of procurement rules, prompting a plethora of lawsuits and investigations by police, the statutory public procurement entity and Ombudsman.

The Inspectorate of Government cancelled the initial process that placed China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE) in pole position to win the $2.2 billion tender, and advised government to restart the process but through restricted international bidding.

Salini, an Italian company, has fought hardest, including through the courts, over the Karuma dam deal.

tbutagira@ug.nationmedia.com

KTN editors threatened over Saitoti expose

KTN investigative reporters Mohammed Ali (left) and John-Allan Namu.
By Standard Reporter

Celebrated KTN journalists John Allan Namu and Mohammed Ali have received death threats over George Saitoti death exposé that aired on the station two weeks ago.

Yesterday, the Standard Group management expressed concern over the threats that appeared aimed at intimidating its journalists.

Group Chief Executive Sam Shollei said the Group supports Press freedom and will not allow its journalists to be intimidated in the course of their duties. The exclusive stories dubbed Ghururi ya Saitoti and Death in Ten Minutes by Ali and Namu respectively showed that there could have been foul play in the death of then Internal Security minister George Saitoti.

The threats are coming from Internal security. We have been informed that there is a police squad out to teach us a lesson. We were also informed to watch our backs, where we go and the routes we take because of the story,â the journalists said.

Threats

Mr Shollei said the Group was informing the authorities of the threats for investigation and to assure its journalists of their security.

He said Standard Group will stand by its journalists, and will remain steadfast in discharging its duties as a media house, without fear or favour.

On June 10, a police helicopter carrying Saitoti, who had declared interest in vying for the presidency in the March 4 General Election, crashed in Kibiko area, Ngong.

Saitoti, together with his deputy Orwa Ojode, had been scheduled to preside over a harambee in Ndhiwa Constituency, Nyanza, on the fateful day. Two bodyguards and two pilots also died in the early morning crash.

According to the story, the commission set up to investigate the crash failed to address gaps that emerged during the proceedings, among them that Saitoti and Ojode could have been killed.

According to a post-mortem report, there were cherry-pink discolourations on their bodies, which could have suggested cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is the fourth time that the journalists have received threats due to the stories they have meticulously researched aired in the past.

Rogue importers

They were first threatened in 2009 when they aired the Rogue Tracker, which ran on KTN Leo as Wizi wa Ngawira. They again received threats from rogue importers who felt threatened by the story, Port of Impunity or Zengwezengwe Baharini.

Namu also received threats after airing an exposé on Felicien Kabuga, In the Footsteps of Kabuga.

Similarly, Ali and his colleague Dennis Onsarigo were threatened after running Paruwanja ya Mihadarati or Untouchables in 2011.

12Apr/130

KENYA: THE SAITOTI REPORT MUST BE RELEASED TO THE WORLD NOW

From: Nyambok, Thomas

THE SAITOTI REPORT MUST BE RELEASED BEFORE THE WORLD.SAITOTI WAS KILLED SO THAT UHURU KENYATTA COULD HAVE A WAY TO BE THE FOURTH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AFTER MWAI KIBAKI

There is a brighter prospect of Barack Obama visiting his father’s home Land during his presidency and touting the gains of democracy in Africa.

No doubt the post election politics in Kenya are of interest to the International community for a number of reasons. It will determine the countries relationship with the United States where Barack Obama, a Kenya-American, is the president.

It is clear that elections, corruption, transparency and political participation are perennial challenges facing nearly 1.2billion African Citizens.

The United Nations has one of its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya’s Capital and therefore they have a stake in the future stability of the East African Country.

The forces of nationalism and patriotism among Kenyans have also been responsible for the elections’ outcome, surely an unintended consequence of prosecuting a nationalist of Kenyatta’s stature at International Criminal Court.

The rigged electoral votes for Kenyatta was made to look like votes were cast for Kenyatta by Kenyans in protest of his Indictment by the International Criminal Court, and other western collaborators for crimes against humanity that Kenyatta allegedly committed after the 2007/08 election.

The retired presidents are culprits for killing Kenyans, the genocide that have been executed by this thugs, mafia and mungiki should bee addressed by Kenyans and by the International Community before this retired presidents dies, they have to be taken to court some where not in Kenya because they are corrupt as they buy Kenyan’s Judiciary from Chief Justice, Attorney General and parliament, 80%Congress are in their hands, once red briefcase is lifted up they gung to gather to oppose the International Criminal Courts.

There is nothing like ICC, ICC is in their hands so Kenyans’ you will be forced to enter into the cord of 6666 other wise you will bee left behind time this is true and watch.

Since 1963 have you ever seen or having knowledge of knowing any prominent Kenyan that have been prosecuted for any wrong doing? No, Why’ because they are protected by the 6666 cord system from the masters using the powers from the devil to make sure that Judiciary is only for the middle class and for the poor see the Kenyan’s jails and prisons statistic.

KENYANS’ WAKE UP CALL FOR TOMORROW WILL BE FAMILLIES THAT WILL BE KILLED AS HAS BEEN DONE TO OTHERS IN THE PAST.

Dear Kenyans and the world at large, it is pathetic to have Kenyans being killed just like dogs by a few individuals around the presidency. I have been mentioning about the system and the methods that the State House does it’s poaching among tribal lines - the house of the people, the state house, is being misused for every execution exercise. They plan how some innocent or notorious Kenyans can be executed and the government goes free. The system of killings is really working from State House Nairobi successfully.

The killings are done in order to elect those who are the members of the evil clubs. Kenyans are competent with my reports as I have been reporting about the reach Kenyans and the money. I have been giving reports including the time when Jomo Kenyatta took over the leadership. It becomes a usual system as Arap Moi took over the presidency from J. Kenyatta in 1978.

Watch, the leadership of Mwai Kibaki is all about killing innocent Kenyans especially during the 2007/08 Genocide. He is getting away with the two reports from the two commissions. Why can’t former presidents reveal the secrets in the numerous commission’s findings – are the reports kept secret to protect those who were mentioned in these reports.

And now the three presidents have shown Uhuru all the methods to use for killing innocent people. Killing will still continue in Kenya till Jesus comes back, or till some wise Kenyan will have away to set Kenyans free from the bondage of evil.

Kasarani stadium was used to commemorate the day wrangles and fighting professor Saitoti started so that Uhuru Kenyatta would take over from Arap Moi for Kanu to be in power for one hundred years as Moi promised.

Raila Odinga and Professor Saitoti left Kanu party to start new collisions to succeed the Moi Uhuru project. Kasarani stadium was used for Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration day to burry Professor Saitoti’s ghost. Kenyans must demand the recorded video’s on the day Moi and Saitoti fell apart for Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed Moi. That’s why Raila Odinga and Saitoti decided to leave Kanu party.

Kenyan’s, it is time to wake up and to work together before this former presidents die. Kenyans must stand straight and demand to know why Saitoti was killed by the presidency’s mafia machinery from State house Nairobi. Killing plans got executed by Moi, Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta. Professor Saitoti was killed because he was more powerful than Uhuru.

Kenyans must demand the tapes that were recorded on the first day Moi, Saitoti and Raila Odinga’s relationship fell apart at Kasarani stadium when Moi declared Uhuru Kenyatta as his project.

Kenyans, remember that after they had executed the late professor Saitoti, Moi took his Crocodile tears to Saitoti’s family house as he did to Dr. Robert Ouko?

Remember, Uhuru Kenyatta and Kibaki contested the presidency one time - both of them are from Kikuyu Land and what happened between Raila and Kibaki was that Raila got in between Kibaki and Uhuru and used the words of only Kibaki is enough (Kibaki tosha). This happened because Raila knew that Uhuru was Moi’s project and by all means, Uhuru was to be rigged in just the same way they succeeded this time round.

Kenyans should know that they are at risk of living with Moi’s Kanu party under Uhuru’s ambrella. Kanu is ruling now, not Jubilee. That’s why Biwott is at a higher smiling point. They used mafia machinery for the successful execution to make rigging as the norm.

The rituals are done by executing prominent Kenyans and Intellectuals while rich people receive red briefcases from Kabarak. Those who got the red briefcase will have to pay back by sacrificing themselves or their family members soon.

Remember, you could be smiling with these mafia people today, and tomorrow, you’ll never know, you may find that you’re in the execution list for the next kill as a sacrifice for riches – blood money.

Kenyans, let’s use the wisdom and the commonsense we were given by God. God wants us to be very careful about things that are not done in his way, hold your Bible with your right hands higher up if you are a true Christian don’t copy the former presidents who never held Bible for the truth but for the evil motives don’t love money too much brothers and sisters you will find your self at sine.

Kenya is still at stake of 6666.

Yours faithfully Tom Nyambok and all be blessed. 4/12/2013.

3Apr/130

KENYA: THE MUGO REPORT: March 2013

From: Mugo Muchiri
Los Angeles, CA
April 1, 2013

THE MUGO REPORT – March 2013

Q: Habari ndugu Mugo? How’ve you been?

Mugo: Njema kabisa. Hope wewe pia?

Q: Been very well, asante. I’m glad we get another chance to look at Kenya, and to review the events of this past month. Of course foremost are the elections that occurred slightly over 3 weeks ago, on March 4, 2013. I’d also like to talk about CORD alliance’s dispute of the presidential election as well as the ensuing judical process which culminated in a unanimous ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court, in favor of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mugo: Yep, quite a bit these past few weeks!

Q: Before we go into that, let’s start with a small, buried piece of news about water which is a pointer, in part, to why societies have elections in the first place. There was a recent commissioning of a new water borehole in the town of Ol Makau, Kajiado County. Ol Makau is near Namanga town, right at the Kenya-Tanzania border. The area experiences some pretty rough dry spells being a semi-arid area. What really struck me about this KSh 10 million World Vision sponsored development were two things: first, they didn’t announce great plans for a water project in the glare of cameras; they just did it! And second, this was completely off the grid, that is, it’s powered by solar.

Mugo: Yes, quite exciting indeed. Talk about making life more livable and less dangerous. Prior to the borehole coming on line, these pastoral residents had to walk long distances to lead their flock to water. As if that’s not enough, they’d still have to contend with predatory dangers when they finally got to a water source. It’s a hardscrubble living. So your point is spot on. Elections matter and with an 86% turnout, Kenyans showed the world what the word ‘emphatic’ is all about. For its own longevity, Government must provide basic services to all Kenyan communities, big and small.

Q: What’s the social impact of this, how many families does this provide a lifeline to?

Mugo: World Vision expects 1500 families to benefit as well as 700 animals. That’s made possible thanks to the 1 million liter holding tank. It’s quite laudable……a little step forward for the world, a large step forward for this Maasai community.

Q: Do you think we’ll see more of these developments in the near future?

Mugo: I hope so. The incoming team raised its ire against NGOs and their influence during the campaigns. So let’s see how vigorously they prosecute this notion of ‘Kenyans taking care of Kenyans.’ Service to the people is the raison d’être of any government. Hopefully, through their efforts Kenya becomes a water-secure nation soon. And by the way, these solar powered boreholes can have a regenerative impact on wildlife, not to mention the possibility of reducing human-wildlife conflicts.

Q: How so?

Mugo: Well one such illuminating example can be found at the MWABVI GAME RESERVE in Southern Malawi. What they’ve done there is to construct a borehole which, like the Ol Makau one, is solar powered and feeds about 24V directly to the pump. But instead of the water get pumped into a storage tank, it is instead directed to three or so large ponds, with each succeeding pond being at a slightly lower elevation. In other words, the first pond is higher than the second, and the second higher and so forth.

This way, when the first pond fills up, the overflow goes to the second pond and then on to the third. Now these ponds are where the wildlife comes to drink water either early in the morning or late into the evening. What I like about this model is that the weaker animals have choices; seeing an enemy at the first pond would naturally drive them to drink at the farthest one away.

The warden there says that this new situation has helped keep the animals from migrating in search of water during the dry season. He credits this more sedentary pattern to a significantly diminished human-wildlife contact.

Q: Sounds interesting. What are we looking at in terms of good old cash, how much does it cost to put this all up?

Mugo: Roughly 67,000 pounds back in 2009 when they implemented this project. The pump output is 8000 liters/day. Incidentally the rhino – both black and white – are being successfully bred at Mwabvi.

Q: Sounds like something KWS need to look at. Southern Africa is really a leader in the area of wildlife management and conservation and we can learn a lot from them, I’m sure. By the way, a buddy of mine Alex Njuguna from Long Beach, CA (via Kiambu) told me how amazing his trip to Krueger National Park in South Africa was.

Mugo: Yes, he’s one of our readers………..what’s up Alex? I haven’t been, but would love to go.

Q: Sawa. This was a real hot potato, bwana. But it appears to be cooled some, so let’s talk about the Kenyan election. WOW!!!!! Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is in. He da man! Folks now have to get used to not calling him ‘Kamwana’(young lad in Gikuyu language) and start practicing ‘His Excellency’.

Mugo: A phenomenal achievement which all Kenyans need to heartily congratulate him and his running mate for. You have to hand it to them. Their sweat equity paid off big time. They traversed the country, pleaded with wananchi, extolled the virtues of their plans and so forth. At the end of the day, Uhuru’s side carried the day.

That said, I’d caution about the tenor of your remark about title and deference. Why we seem to want to rush to glorify leaders is baffling to me especially when you consider that leadership is about service. It’s about humility and a deep sense of responsibility. It’s not about being worshipped. I love Martha Karua for repeatedly coming back to the point that these folks are just like you and me. Respect them, yes…..but please do deify them, she said. After all power is relative - both in measure and duration. Kwani is Oloo Aringo in former President Moi’s will?

Q: Sawa. Let’s talk about the Supreme Court for a minute. Is there a stone they left unturned? This was quite the impressive bench, was it not?

Mugo: Yes kabisa. The ruling was a stroke of genius and the bench’s unanimity highly commendable. Any divisions on the bench would have opened the flood gates of conjecture and all manner of suppositions. This would have been quite unhealthy for what’s most important for Kenyans: the unity of the country, the cohesion of her people. Think about the fractured bench that decided the ‘Bush vs. Gore’ case. That decision contributed to a rocky first term for the President. Only in his second term, after his decisive win, was Bush really able to earn the respect of the side that didn’t vote for him in either cycle.

The togetherness of the Mutunga bench put a full stop to what you might call ‘Orengo talk.’ Notice how he’s been quite lately? Smidgens of negativity might still be here and there, but the direction of the national conversation is decidedly forward looking - it’s about the swearing-in ceremony; it’s about saying goodbye to the ‘zero tolerance’; it’s about the immediate task of putting together a Cabinet that signals freshness, regional balance and merit; it’s about the expectations of reaping the fruits of Kenya’s first ever truly free, fair, transparent and therefore credible presidential election . This is what happens when the rule of law is in effect.

Q: Prime Minister Raila Odinga has finally conceded defeat and sent goodwill wishes to President-elect Uhuru. Does the nation owe him a debt of gratitude for being gracious in his exit?

Mugo: Yes, but I don’t know that I’d use the word ‘gracious.’ If you listened to his statement after the court ruling, there was a lingering feeling of justice denied. It was the fully-throttled concession that one would expect from a statesman; rather it was a ‘nusu-mkate’ acknowledgement. Think about Romney saying that Barack Obama was “his president now” and asking his supporters to pray for him for wisdom. With Raila, you got the feeling that he hasn’t reached a destination called Finality.

Q: And I take it that your feelings of discomfort weren’t necessarily softened by his remarks on his most recent BBC interview?

Mugo: As I said, I would have loved it if he urged all his followers to give their unqualified support to the new government. Hilary Clinton comes to mind – her unequivocal support for Obama after her loss to him was critical in unifying a somewhat splintered Democratic party. Because of her, the Democrats approached the 2008 general election as a formidable force that ultimately delivered a victory for Obama and his agenda.

Q: I just can’t get my mind around how Raila lost this election. I mean it was his for the taking. How in your view did it happen?

Mugo: It’s an excellent question and one that I think historians will grapple with for a number of years to come. The biggest blow to his ambition to succeed Kibaki, in my view, was the news of mega corruption at the PM’s office. From a personal standpoint, I know that’s where my support for Raila started withering. Vilified as he certainly was, I think Miguna Miguna will come to be regarded as a singular force that unraveled Raila’s presidential ambitions.

There seems to have been a realization in ODM that to achieve equilibrium in government, they needed to begin to ‘eat’ and partake of the benefits of their‘nusu mkate’ or half loaf. The Maize scandal, the Kazi kwa Vijana scandal, the 800million hotel, the South African, Korean, Zambia and Malibu, California connections, $5000 suits, $250 belts…..all these just deflated my support. The fact that he chose not to address these issues brazenly and thoroughly; that he instead went on a name-calling spree to discredit Miguna, that really sealed the deal for me and many Kenyans I believe. "Qui tacet consentit" is a Latin phrase which means
silence implies consent.

Q: So you don’t think that his alienation of Ruto on both the Mau and ICC issues were mainly responsible for his deflation?

Mugo: These were important aspects, yes but they could have been overcome. The 800-lb gorilla was the perceived corruption, the opaqueness and temperament of the PM’s office. In particular, the Prime Minister got distracted, or at least appeared to so.

Q: How do you mean?

Mugo: Leadership is about service to the people. Only through effective leadership can the Kingmaker in this case finally get to be crowned. The PM and his team got distracted. He became a jet-setting Executive who rather preferred being seen in Davos than in Dago’s (Dagoretti Corner). He seemed to take pleasure in hobnobbing with world personalities and forgot that Kenyans wanted to see him leading in uprooting hyacinth in Lake Victoria so that the fishermen’s activities are unhindered. How could he finish a 5-year term and not even have a fish factory in Nyanza to show for it? We wanted to see him finally settle the Nubians in Kibera rather than give excuses for why the status quo remains; we wanted to see him settle IDPs rather than explain away bottlenecks in the bureaucracy that he’s supposed to supervise.

The wananchi didn’t see the benefit of all that travel which raked up millions upon millions of shillings. The PM’s team forgot that it’s not about which league Raila plays in, but rather about whether the ordinary wananchi are getting into a better league that THEY can play in. So this distraction, in my opinion, was another dagger into the heart of Raila’s presidential ambition. An excellent communicator but alas an ineffective leader!

Q: So he wasn’t being effective, he wasn’t hitting the home runs you expected?

Mugo: That’s right, he wasn’t. And ‘liberation, reform’ rhetoric can only take you so far. The vigor, vitality and creativity needed to propel the nation forward………did Kenyans see it in the Octogenarians around Raila? Maybe if kina Ntimama, Kosgey and Gumo could get past a 30-minute briefing without dozing off, then you might be convinced. But these are some of the lessons that I hope the Uhuru-Ruto team will be mindful of and avoid as they put their team together. You want the Mugo Kibatis, the Kokubos, the Martin Oduors, etc………. you need a spirited team.

Q: Haya, let’s wrap this up now. What are your wishes for President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto?

Mugo: You know I didn’t personally support them during the campaign and my reasons were quite clear. He who has lifted or cause to be lifted a machette against ANY human being didn’t deserve leadership, let alone the top two slots in the nation. But clearly a majority of Kenyans didn’t share that sentiment.

However now that the elections and petitions are over, the least we can do is offer our support to the new government and wish the President-elect luck. I hope Kenyans of all stripes align themselves with the Jubilee Alliance manifesto.

Q: Asante Bwana Mugo. It was refreshing talking with you, and I look forward to our next conversation next month.

Mugo: Thank you too, it was joy.

29Mar/130

KENYA: POLICE BAN DEMOS A HEAD OF RULING

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

My worse fears is, in 2007/8 the police were found to have been in the offense and a big number of those murdered, were innocent people who were killed from their houses.

This kind of statement is worrisome and it causes lots of fears. Without police reform, and with this kind of public warning, police cannot be trusted where police is suppose to provide security of all..........

The world, more specifically President Obama with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, should keep a closer watchful eye from any provocation and make sure that Kenyans stay safe from any attacks in the eventualities of Supreme Court Rueling and that, there is no repeat of 2007/8 casualties.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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--- On Fri, 3/29/13, Fred Osewe wrote:

From: Fred Osewe
Subject: POLICE BAN DEMOS A HEAD OF RULING
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:28 AM

"Calmness" is a word that has over and over been misused in Kenya, in the recent past, by both that meant well- and- evil for the nation. Least of all top in the list, of those that should not use this word are, Kibaki and Uhuru. For one, Kibaki started the lawlessness path, Kenya, happen to find itself in today- in 2007/08 by working with the now disbanded ECK to manipulate elections results, thereby stealing Kenyans their Sovereign right, only for later, to in an extremely lawless way, swear himself to power at the statehouse at midnight, an act which for external intervention, to restore back peace in Kenya, Uhuru has not only with the help of IEBC repeated the same, this time round, but has moved even a step further to assume the role and powers, of the presidency, in an even more disputed election, in total disregard of the law. What now remains, to be addressed, is whether or not the law, will come out in full force to protect Kenyans. Or Kenyans to restore law in the best way they know how! And looking around, Kenyans taking care of the forces personnel that violate their rights is not just a common thing, but is as well on the increase. And reaching, Kibaki, Uhuru, Kimaiyo and the rest, will be the easy part!

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man- if you want anything done ask a woman.

From: Maurice Oduor
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 8:37 AM
Subject: POLICE BAN DEMOS A HEAD OF RULING

I would advise all Luos who live in heavily Kikuyu areas to not stay home on Saturday. The Kikuyu anger on Saturday will be unbearable.

Courage

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM, fred O aboge wrote:

old habits die hard! The new constitution protects the right to demonstration! This is just as illegal! As long as demonstrations are peaceful orderly and no one is rioting, they have no business "banning" demos!

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM, Samuel Omwenga wrote:

People are starting to lose it even before the Supreme Court makes it official March 4th elections were rigged.

Let's just hope they confine their anger to these forums and not on the ground.

Peace, Unity and Truth
Omwenga

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM, Timothy Kihara wrote:

I totally agree they know as :

They know the idiots who think other proples property to be polling station to burn!

They also know the kings and queens of demonstration

They also know the tin gods of lies and distorters of truth who will cry the decision was hacked and changed before reading!

They also are privy to the foreign master's warning who have realised their stooges might go no where come Saturday's ruling despite insisting rejected votes be part of tallying!!!

Take kidero's miserable advise - buy helmet if you intend to go near SC kesho.

Ukivaa ile ya mkeka kama unaenda city stadium ama nyayo usilaumu mtu more so yours truly.

Enjoy your Friday.

On Mar 29, 2013 3:42 PM, "Joseph Lister Nyaringo"

wrote:

What is behind the banning of demos by police a head of Supreme Court ruling where they have cited hot spots in the Country? Is this a reflection of being privy to the likely court ruling? Just a thought.

Joseph Lister Nyaringo - North America
www.listernyaringo.org

http://listernyaringo.blogspot.com/

In prosperity our friends knows us; in adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins

Lawyers: Vote re-tallying revealed discrepancies

Updated 3 hrs 21 mins ago
By Standard Digital Reporter
Nairobi, Kenya: The re-tallying of votes from 22 polling stations and an audit of all Forms 36 used in the March 4 election revealed errors that were disclosed to the Supreme Court on Friday.

Lawyers representing electoral officials immediately dismissed these "clerical errors" as insignificant to the final outcome.

Lawyers representing petitioners said the scrutiny revealed there were ten missing Forms 34 out of the 18,000 looked at in the re-tally. There were also errors in some of the Forms 36 used to declare results at the national tallying centre.

Form 34 is the statutory Declaration of Results at Polling Station in respect of the Presidential Election. Form 36 is the Declaration of aggregated tally of Results in a Constituency/county in respect of Presidential, National Assembly, County Women Representative, Senator, Governor and County Assembly Representative elections.

Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo, representing Africog, singled out Laikipia West constituency where the team said they got two Forms 36 hence "were not able to verify the votes cast". Uhuru got 70,760 votes in the area.

She took issue with the fact that ten Forms 34, all for polling streams in different constituencies, were not provided to the scrutinising team.

“Under article 138 (4) a candidate must meet two thresholds of getting more than 25 per cent of votes cast in more than half of the counties and 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast,” she added. “The IEBC were under responsibility to tally and verify all 33,400 polling stations. The formula is mathematical and the constant is 'all votes cast'. If there are Forms 34 missing, where are they and what are the results of those?"

She pointed out that the results were compiled by March 5 adding: “Even if returning officers were walking to Nairobi they would have reached by now,”

She said the IEBC made a decision to announce the winner without completing tallying from all polling stations.

“Even if it was one polling station, the chairman could not announce the results without that form in his hand,” she added, “In the 10 constituencies can the court state with certainty what the results were?”

She said with the results of the scrutiny ordered by the court, the judges should ask if the constant formula of tallying all votes cast had been used.

She asked the court to decide if the IEBC carried out its mandate as required by law and whether its declaration of winner should be upheld.

Lawyer George Oraro representing Prime Minister Raila Odinga said there were grave errors in Forms 36 from seven constituencies. He said in some instances, there were two Forms 36.

He said there were "huge discrepancies" in the Forms 36 used in the final tally of presidential results and added Uhuru Kenyatta could not have garnered the 50 per cent plus one vote based on the errors.

But the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission through lawyer Nani Mungai said the discrepancies in Forms 34 and Forms 36 were explained by Returning Officers in affidavits filed in the case.

Lawyer Fred Ngatia for Uhuru Kenyatta said there were clerical errors across the country but added they were not substantial.

“Voting, counting and tallying of the presidential election was done to a substantial degree of accuracy,” he said.

Lawyer Katwa Kigen representing Deputy-president elect William Ruto said the elections were conducted fairly.

“The elections were conducted by humans and humans commit errors, mistakes and oversight but in this case they are insignificant and do not suggest malice or collusion,” he said.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said they have retreated to write the judgment and will deliver the ruling on Saturday

Police ban demos ahead of court's ruling

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo addresses a press conference in Nairobi on March 29, 2013. He is flanked by Samuel Arachi. PHOTO / ANN KAMONI

By JOHN NJAGI jnjagi@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Friday, March 29 2013 at 13:44

Police have vowed to crackdown on planned demonstrations across the country ahead of Saturday's ruling by the Supreme Court ruling on an presidential petition filed by Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said they are aware of people who plan to hold demonstrations regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the petition.

The police have consequently banned any assembly outside the premises of the Supreme Court on Saturday and instead urged the public to follow the proceedings on television.

“This should not be construed as denial of right to association, but a precaution to ensure criminal elements do not hijack such demonstrations to engage in lawlessness,” he said.

Mr Kimaiyo, in a security briefing at his office, cited Nairobi where supporters of both the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) and Jubilee Coalition plan to converge outside the Supreme Court when the judges will be reading out their ruling.

According to the Inspector General, the planned demonstrations are being co-ordinated by non-governmental organisations.

Mr Kimaiyo advised NGOs seeking to engage in demonstrations to first seek police security.

Katiba La Mwananchi is one such organisation that has been warned not to engage in demonstrations, because it lacks the capacity to ensure security of its members and ward off criminals who may take advantage of the occasion.

At the same time, the police boss said they have gathered evidence on some people who are distributing pangas, simis, machetes and clubs in parts of Kibera, Mathare, Dandora, Kariobangi and some parts of the Coastal region.

“We also wish to advice leaders issuing statements that are tantamount to incitement, hate speech and negative stereotyping to desist from doing so. We have noticed increased polarization of the country emanating from such statements and some are done through social media and those perpetuating this know themselves,” the police boss said.

Poll was a fraud on voters, argues lawyer

"They (IEBC) conducted the elections in total contravention of the constitution and their own regulations” Kethi Kilonzo, AfriCog lawyer. Photo/BILLY MUTAI NATION MEDIA GROUP
By PAUL OGEMBA pogemba@ke.nationmedia.com AND JOHN NGIRACHU jngirachu@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Wednesday, March 27 2013 at 22:30

Videos were among the evidence presented at the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a petition challenging the election of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth President.

Two petitioners, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the African Centre for Open Governance (Africog) laid out what they said was evidence that Mr Kenyatta was not validly elected as the hearing of the petition proper began.

Africog was the first to present its case. It alleged massive irregularities, contravention of the Constitution and violation of electoral laws by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Through its lawyer, Ms Kethi Kilonzo, the civil society group showed videos of results announcement at Nyeri and Bomet counties tallying centres which Ms Kilonzo claimed were different from the final results announced by the IEBC and captured in Form 36.

“What the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced as the final presidential tally was a complete fraud since the effects of the irregularities were that what candidates got was not what they ought to have got,” she said.

For Nyeri, the organisation played a video in court in which the county tallying officer read the final results showing Mr Uhuru Kenyatta having 317,881 votes with his closest challenger, Mr Raila Odinga, getting 6,075 votes.

According to Ms Kilonzo, the final tally by IEBC showed Mr Kenyatta’s votes as 318,880 while Mr Odinga’s votes were given as 5,638. The rejected votes went down from 3,030 to 2,465.

“Form 36 presented by IEBC is filled by fraud against every individual who queued for hours to vote for their preferred candidate and the only logical solution would be to invalidate the results of the entire county,” Ms Kethi said.

“Every man or woman is entitled to one vote but the end of the IEBC conduct did not justify the means. They conducted the elections in total contravention of the Constitution and their own regulations which cannot lead to a legitimate government,” she said.

Ms Kethi gave another example of Machakos Town constituency where she alleged that the IEBC register had only 125 voters registered without biometric information but the final results showed a total of 3,182.

The court was also shown another video from Bomet County, which Ms Kilonzo claimed, showed the final presidential votes tally pinned on the wall at a tallying centre differing from the one announced by IEBC and indicated on Form 36.

Said Ms Kilonzo of another centre, Charity Primary School in Kieni constituency: “The principle register... had only one registered voter, but the result shows Mr Kenyatta got 310 votes. Even the returning officer did not indicate how many registered to vote or the results of other candidates”.

She added that the IEBC cannot say it did not break the law since it went against its own promise to deliver results within 48 hours, adding that the electronic transmission failure was IEBC’s own making to enable stealing of votes.

“We cannot understand the mischief behind the system failure since it was not for the benefit of the commission but for the people of Kenya to ensure a free, fair and transparent election,” Ms Kilonzo said.

Should the Supreme Court find the election was bungled, Ms Kilonzo argued that the judges should order the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate and prosecute those involved in committing electoral offences.

The formal hearings begun with the judges announcing that they had distilled all the issues presented by the lawyers, who couldn’t agree on what the judges should decide, and condensed them into four.

The first Issue is whether Mr Kenyatta and William Ruto were validly elected in the presidential election.

Second is whether the presidential election was free, fair and transparent and in compliance with the law.

Third is whether the rejected votes ought to have been considered in calculating the final percentages.

The final one is what orders the court should make after determining the three issues.

Oraro: Report confirms elections results doubtful

Updated 1 hrs 53 mins ago
By Wahome Thuku
Nairobi, Kenya: Prime Minister Raila Odinga says the scrutiny of results initiated by the judiciary has confirmed his cases that there were massive discrepancies in the tallying of presidential elections.

His lawyer George Oraro asked the Supreme Court to use the report to find that the elections results were not credible.

“You can’t rely on results as provided by the IEBC because even from exam of 25 polling stations you have variation of 3,347 additions between form 34 and 36,” Oraro told the court.

Oraro pointed out that the report did not throw a lot of light in this scrutiny since not all forms 36 had been scrutinized.

Raila asked the judges to consider the scrutiny as override all other submissions in the cases since it had been initiated by the court itself.

There were grave errors in documents from several constituencies.

Some had two forms 36 and others had varying number of voters yet others had incomplete numbers, Raila argued.

The PM said no re-tallying had been done on report of the 22 polling stations which they had raised issues with.

The scrutiny was based on the registered voters in the principle register provided by the IEBC.

“Even after the registers were closed there were still registrations of voters. No green book or special register was produced in court,” Oraro claimed.

He noted that according to the report forms 34 were missing from 10 polling stations.

“Neither ourselves nor this court have been provided with these form 34,”

He added, “You have remarks of more voters than those registered irrespective of where you are looking at.”

He said if the variances were considered the results would be that the winning candidate would not get 50 per cent plus one votes.

28Mar/130

Confronting China: US Boosts Military Presence in Africa

From: Yona Maro
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By Andrei Akulov

President Obama has instructed the Defense Establishment to pivot its forces and reorient its efforts toward Asia. Instead, the U.S. armed forces step by step get drawn into the quagmire of messy conflicts in Africa. Recently, the United States has become embroiled in conflicts in Somalia, Libya, Mali and central Africa. The presence is about 5,000 U.S. troops strong. The forces are scattered across the continent in the places like Djibouti, the Central African Republic and now – Niger.

The official reason is fighting al – Qaeda affiliates and other extremists. In a written statement provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army General David M. Rodriguez, who is expected to become the next commander of the Africa Command (AFRICOM), estimated that the military needs to increase its intelligence-gathering missions in Africa by nearly 15-fold. «I believe additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities are necessary to protect American interests and assist our close allies and partners», the General wrote in the statement, which during his confirmation hearing in Congress. «The recent crises in North Africa demonstrate the volatility of the African security environment», Rodriguez is cited by the Washington Post (1).According to the newspaper, «Rodriguez said the Africa Command needs additional drones, other surveillance aircraft and more satellite imagery adding that it currently receives only half of its «stated need» for North Africa and only 7 percent of its total «requirements» for the entire continent».

When AFRICOM was created there were no plans to establish bases or have boots on the ground. In reality a network of small staging bases gradually comes into existence along with a forward base for special operations forces in Kenya. The US Congress has criticized the administration for not being able to rapidly respond to the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, when the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans lost their lives. Since then, the Defense Department has intensified the steps to boost military capabilities to react on short notice in case there is a contingency in Africa. «That is a fight we have a dog in», Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said during a Jan. 24 2013 taping of «This Week in Defense News».

AFRICOM – military tool of US expansion in Africa

The Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative (TSCTI) was begun by the Pentagon in 2005 to strengthen US presence in Africa. Mali, Chad, Mauritania, and Niger were now joined by Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, and Tunisia in a ring of military cooperation with the Pentagon. The Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative was transferred to the command of AFRICOM.

On 1 October 2008, AFRICOM was separated from USEUCOM and began operating on its own as a full-fledged Unified Combatant Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. It is responsible for U.S. military operations and military relations with 53 African nations – an area of responsibility (AOR) covering all of Africa except Egypt (the responsibility of Central Command). The command has defense attaché offices in 38 African nations, as well as numerous subordinate commands located in Germany, Italy and the Horn of Africa. The Sixth fleet is responsible for providing naval forces in case of contingency. The Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa is ready for emergency actions. AFRICOM numbers around 2,000 assigned personnel, which includes military, civilian, contractor, and host nation employees. About 1,500 work at the command’s main headquarters. Others are assigned to the command’s units in England and Florida along with security cooperation officers posted at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions in Africa to coordinate Defense Department programs within the host nation. AFRICOM has limited assigned forces and relies on the Department of Defense for resources necessary to support its missions.

The command defines its mission as follows:

“Africa Command has administrative responsibility for US military support to US government policy in Africa, to include military-to-military relationships with 53 African nations». Speaking to the International Peace Operations Association in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27, 2008 General Kip Ward, then Commander of AFRICOM defined the command’s mission as, «in concert with other US government agencies and international partners, to conduct sustained security engagements through military-to-military programs, military-sponsored activities, and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and secure African environment in support of US foreign policy.”

Dr. J. Peter Pham, a leading Washington insider and an advisor of the US State and Defense Departments, states that one AFRICOM prime objectives is «protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources which Africa has in abundance … a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment».

Military activities

While joint military exercises between the US and South Korea hit the radar screen of global media this March, there have been two major military operations conducted by the US armed forces with the participation of the UK, France, Canada and several African states. The drills are an element of annual maneuvers targeted against terrorism in Africa.

In February Exercise Obangame Express 2013, an at-sea naval exercise focused on counter-piracy and maritime security operations, was conducted in the Gulf of Guinea. The event brought together African, European and Atlantic partner maritime services to work together, share information and hone skills to better monitor and enforce their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. The exercise included a wide variety of training for all participating forces including at-sea ship boarding and queries, air operations, communication drills and regional information sharing. Participating countries were Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Spain, Togo and the United States.

In March AFRICOM conducted Operation Flintlock, an annual exercise that has been conducted since 2005. This time it involved over 1,100 troops from twenty African, European and North American countries honing their skills in Mauritania (the village of Weizen).

Another military exercise led by the command in March was the Saharan Express 2013. The mission was to enhance maritime interaction between the US, European and African states. It involved naval forces from the U.S., France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Morocco. The project featured numerous training drills including ship boarding, air operations, medical familiarization, communications and regional information sharing. The training event has been organized annually since 2011. It is one of four African regional maritime exercises taking place within the framework of the «African Partnership Station (APS)», a global maritime initiative developed by the US to boost cooperation with of the armed forces of African states.

Last December the US Stars and Stripes newspaper reported on plans to create an AFRICOM rapid reaction force (2).

Speaking at George Washington University, AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham said his command is now outfitted with a new capability. «With regard to a response force, when the command was initially formed there was a sharing arrangement with what’s called the Commander’s in-Extremis Force with European Command. That was a good relationship that up until the 1st of October of this year was a shared arrangement», Ham said. «And now we have our own». The force will be permanently stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado, home to the 10th Special Forces Group. According to the Stars and Stripes, AFRICOM declined to comment further about the placement of its elite Special Forces team, whose movements are generally shrouded in secrecy. Jim Gavrilis, a security consultant, said, given the U.S. military’s small footprint in Africa, it is likely that the rapid response force will deploy on rotational missions.

On March 6 Gen. Carter Ham told a Senate Committee «A new Africa-focused Marine crisis response unit could soon be in place as part of a broader effort to beef up Africa Command’s ability to confront emerging terrorism threats on the continent». AFRICOM is also looking to place other special operation forces in three strategic locations in southern Europe and West Africa to bolster the command’s response capabilities, according to Ham. The General pointed out that AFRICOM’s response capacity is gradually improving. In October, AFRICOM received its own Commander’s in-Extremis Force, which is comprised of Green Berets from the Army’s 10th Special Forces Group that maintains a forward presence in Europe along with the unit, headquartered in Fort Carson, Colorado (3).

In January The United States dispatched about 100 military trainers to six nations that will contribute troops to a pan-African force being prepared for deployment to Mali. The training mission in Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana is the largest U.S. involvement to date in preparations for the African force, which is being assembled by the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. The United States also has promised to help fly equipment and troops for the force into Mali. That effort may involve U.S. aircraft but could also be done with Nigerian, South African or outside commercial aircraft paid for by the United States.

On Jan 28, 2013 the US signed a Status-of-Forces (SOFA) Agreement with Niger. The U.S. already has twenty-four such agreements with other African states. The U.S. Army, for instance, is launching a pilot program to deploy small Army elements to about 30 places in Africa to conduct partner-building missions and support American embassy outreach activities(4). On January 28, 2013 the government of Niger made public its consent to allow the deployment of US drone base on its territory. The facility is located in Agadez province bordering Mali, Algiers and Libya. President Obama announced the base was operational on February 21. The force is added to the US drones unit deployed in Djibouti. Mr. Obama said the 100 strong contingent armed for self-protection would support the French-led operation in neighboring Mali. Interestingly, this move comes just one month after the U.S. agreed to fly French troops and supplies into the country. According to the New York Times, «The new drone base will join a constellation of small airstrips in recent years on the continent, including one in Ethiopia, for surveillance missions flown by drones or turboprop planes designed to look like civilian aircraft». (5) The Pentagon has also expanded operations and construction at the only permanent U.S. base on the continent, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, which serves as a hub for counterterrorism missions in Somalia and Yemen.

China in Africa

It’s an open secret AFRICOM was created to counter the growing presence of China in Africa. The Chinese African performance is a story of success. China’s dynamic economy has great need for oil and other natural resources to sustain it. The country currently imports approximately 2.6 million barrels of crude per day, or about half of its total consumption. Approximately a third of its imports come from African states.

China secures long-term economic agreements for raw materials from Africa in exchange for Chinese aid and production sharing agreements and royalties. In comparison with IMF-dictated austerity measures, China offers large credits, soft loans to build roads and schools, something greatly appreciated by African countries.

In terms of development lending, as opposed to conditional lending by the World Bank, Chinese aid is rendered with no strings attached and usually spent on infrastructure projects that raise grass roots living standards. The most frequently cited example is Sinopec, a China’s state oil company. It has acquired oil concessions in Angola and is rebuilding the country’s transport infrastructure, hospitals and state buildings. China is viewed by African countries as a more attractive economic partner, compared to what the West has to offer.

Just a few months before the US decision to establish AFRICOM, China hosted an historic Beijing summit, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which brought nearly fifty African heads of state and ministers to Beijing in October 2006. In 2008 then Chinese President Hu Jintao announced a three-year, $3 billion program in preferential loans and expanded aid for the African continent. The funds came on top of the $3 billion in loans and $2 billion in export credits announced by the Chinese government earlier. In the ensuing four years China’s trade with Africa reached $166 billion in 2011, according to Chinese statistics. African exports to China rose to $93 billion from $5.6 billion over the past decade. In July 2012 China offered African countries $20 billion in loans over the next three years, double the amount pledged in the previous three-year period…

The trend is clear – Africa is becoming a theater for strategic competition between the United States and China, as both countries seek to expand their clout and secure access to resources.

Stiff competition for strategic resources like oil, gas, uranium, gold or iron is the specific feature of the situation in Africa. It’s not only about fighting extremists. The mission of AFRICOM is to push China and other rivals, like Russia, for instance, out of the continent or at least to cripple their access to the resources. The war on terror is a good disguise.

Talking about the Mali and other flashpoints. These are the follow-ups of the recent mistakes. In a television interview last month, Mr. Lavrov said, «France is fighting against those in Mali whom it had once armed in Libya against Qaddafi».

Russia has pointed repeatedly that the ongoing unrest in North Africa testifies to the fact that the Western-supported Arab Spring has created turmoil and instability, the breeding grounds for terrorists. The US and NATO went beyond the UN resolution 1973 in Libya against Russia’s and China’s warnings not to do so. The NATO’s intervention spurred a domino-like effect across Africa’s Sahel region. Now we all face the implications. While supporting the efforts to combat terrorism in Africa, Russia has simultaneously criticized Western nations, including the USA and France, for arming the opposition in Libya. Now military skills and weapons spread across the region. The US presence in Niger may provoke further entanglement in case the facility is attacked, for instance. Like the very presence of Iraqi troops provoked attacks against the servicemen.

Military force, even when used for peacekeeping missions solely, is not the only thing the region needs. On March 1 Russia also announced the beginning of its involvement in the conflict by delivering 36 tons of aid to the country, including canned food, 45 tents, 2,000 blankets, cereals, and rice. Russia’s action comes just one day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the U.N. Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi about the ongoing conflict in Mali. It is expected the situation in Africa will be addressed during the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa 26 – 27 March 2013. There is a hope the members will discuss the situation in wide perspective, perhaps coming up with proposals to positively tackle the issue of Africa’s instability.

Notes
(1) http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-14/world/37100512_1_africa-command-djibouti-west-africa
(2) http://www.stripes.com/news/africom-announces-it-will-have-rapid-reaction-force-1.201162
(3) http://www.stripes.com/news/more-crisis-response-headed-to-africom-amid-terrorism-concerns-1.210891
(4) http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130130/DEFREG04/301300017/Pentagon-Increases-Focus-AFRICOM
(5)http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/world/africa/in-niger-us-troops-set-up-drone-base.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

25Mar/131

Kenya: Celebrating Mediocrity of the Kenyan Media

from: odhiambo okecth

Hahahah Jonah,

This Photo was actually taken on the 13th December 2013 when we hosted a joint Press Conference with Chairman Hassan, the PC Nairobi and several IEBC Commissioners inviting Kenyans to Register as Voters.

You will remember IEBC did a lot of work with several groups and we all hoped that we were working for a Clean Process.

I was hence also taken aback to see this Photo in The Standard of today. It might give the false impression that I am party to what Chairman Hassan is saying. It might also give the impression that I conform to how IEBC has conducted itself.

I do not and I remain a firm believer in a Clean, Clear, Fair and Transparent ways of managing elections.

We are asking The Standard Group to make that correction.

Peace and blessings,

Oto

--- On Mon, 3/25/13, Jonah Ogaro wrote:

From: Jonah Ogaro
Subject: Celebrating Mediocrity of the Kenyan Media
Date: Monday, March 25, 2013, 1:52 AM

Ndugu Odhiambo

On Page 7 of Standard, I saw a true copy of yourself seated besides Mr. Issack Hassan of IEBC. What is cooking? Are you now an employee of IEBC?

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:40:22 -0700
From: komarockswatch@ . . ,
Subject: [PK] Celebrating Mediocrity of the Kenyan Media

Friends,

We have come full circle and today, after some thorough soul searching, I want to ask: of what value is the Kenyan Media to Kenyans and the World?

As I was posing this question to colleagues at the office this morning, Wex pointed out to me an article by Clay Muganda, an article which escaped me but one worth reading- An inspiring article worth reading by Clay Muganda...

Now, in the US, sorry to give this reference again, I was so impressed by the CNN Journalists who were able to give us clear projections as Americans went to the ballot in November 2012. Through the Exit Polls, they were able to call the Elections in favour of President Barrack Obama, and they did this in real time. Within minutes of the last man casting his votes, their equivalent of our Dependent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced Barrack Obama as having won back his seat and with a landslide. The Elections were never as projected by Opinion Polls- too close to call. It was a clear Usain Bolt win, where one can never dispute.

In Kenya, our Journalists were glued to returns as posted by the IEBC at a time when they had the capacity to report on results as recorded from Form 34s across all the polling stations in the Country. As Journalist, it was their responsibility to inform Kenyans on what was going on and on who was getting what where.

That the IEBC could gag the Media on releasing results is something that calls to question the independence of our Journalists and the Media Houses. How can we trust the Media if they can be this easily compromised and restricted?

[image]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BZ5M27cbQqo/UVAEXg5pN0I/AAAAAAAADWs/Xsvjh6dspS4/s1600/313876_10200479885665806_1801707901_n.jpgThe Kenyan Media is rapidly also becoming part of our Dirty Environment that we must all join hands in Cleaning

Was there a Conspiracy of Silence between the Media, the IEBC and the Dark Forces that were hell-bent on turning the wheels of change and reforms backwards? Can we find the Media complicit in the mass electoral fraud that Kenyans witnessed?

I am convinced that our Media Houses need to apologize to Kenyans and the World on their incompetence and sloppy handling of the Kenyan General Elections of 4th March 2013. I am also taking offense that The Standars Newspaper can have the audacity to use my Photo with Chairman Isaac Hassan in todays issue of The Standard at page 7 on a matter that I have no idea about. This is simply professional incompetence which I want to condemn.

That photo was taken on the 13th December 2012 when we as The Clean Africa Campaign joined in helping to mobilize Kenyans to Register as Voters and it has no relevance to the current situation in which Chairman Hassan has found himself in. To use the same photo now would create the impression that I am also enjoined in the electoral deceit that the whole World is witnessing. I am not party to that and I am having my Lawyers write to The Standard about this.

Lastly, even as the IEBC was releasing what they called Final Results, they read results from all the 290 Constituencies across Kenya. How come no Journalist interrogated this? The best a smart Journalist could have done was simply to play the tapes again and tally the results as they were announced and match this to the phantoms that IEBC posted as their last results.

I accuse the Kenyan Media and our Journalists for taking Kenyans and the whole World for fools.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Executive Director,
The Clean Africa Campaign-TCAC,
Tel; 0724 365 557,

http://kcdnkomarockswatch.blogspot.com

Nairobi Kenya.

The Clean Africa Campaign is an Initiative of KCDN Kenya.

19Mar/131

Letter to Dr Willy Mutunga- Chief Justice Republic of Kenya

From: odhiambo okecth

Dr Willy Mutunga,
Chief Justice- the High Courts of Kenya,
President- Supreme Court of Kenya,
Republic of Kenya.

Dear Sir,
We have come full circle and now, the ball has been placed in your court. You will either inflate her or deflate her.

Before I address you Sir, we had a galaxy of Election Observers both Local and International in Kenya for the March 4th General Elections. What did they observe? Were they happy with the state of unpreparedness of the IEBC? Were they satisfied that the process of Tallying where declared results were at variance with the posted results was credible? Or they were just on holiday in Kenya and observed non of the above?

But then, I must start by congratulating you, though belated, for your appointment to head the Judiciary in Kenya. Yours was a true Journey of Hope for our Motherland. I remember you in the liberation struggle when you were amongst the few gallant sons of Kenya who were detained for their thoughts and agitation for change and reform. I do not remember any women having been detained, but a few were with us in the trenches in the liberation struggle as well.

You taught Law at the University of Nairobi and many of the current crop of brilliant lawyers went through your class. And truly they honour and respect you for your credentials.

Your entry to the Corridors of Justice has rekindled immense hope on Kenyans that after all, our Courts of Law can uphold the rule of Law and respect the same. You came in at a time when many charlatans and miscreants were confident of running roughshod on the Judiciary. The joke was- why hire a lawyer when you can rent a Judge. And in those days, Judgements were never pronounced with absolute gravity. Judgement was dispensed on a need to know basis and on the wight of ones pocket, never the weight of evidence adduced and corroborated in Court.

This is why I started by saying that we have gone full circle.

We now have absolute confidence in our Judiciary and we have absolute confidence in our sons and daughters dispensing justice to the down trodden. Justice is truly becoming of shield and defender.

The fight for democracy and reforms has also come a full circle. Many of those who fought for reforms and democracy in Kenya have gone different ways. Those who fought for our Independence and bled for our freedom have been languishing in abject poverty ever since, while the Home Guards, those who never believed in the sovereignty of an African took over the reigns of power in many states in Africa. Their rule, or rather, mis-rule bled Africa for many years, in the process, killing some very brilliant names that would have taken Africa forward- The Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Pio Gama Pinto, Joseph Tom Mboya, Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Ronald Ngala, to mention but a few. These men never died in vain, and their blood is still restless.

A new breed of Africans had to step forward to start fighting for our Second Liberation, now from our own Brothers and Sisters who had amassed all power and affluence, in the process becoming blind to the daily norms of civilization and democracy.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uJhUuDiSzz4/UUhBZ7LFmrI/AAAAAAAADWE/jsD2bGzKNRI/s1600/534849_10200590372267902_554734921_n.jpg
we clean Garbage from our midst, we must clean our Electoral Process to start respecting the wishes of Kenyans, not the wishes of some hidden faces of impunity in the next room

Kenyans went for an election on the 4th March 2013, and I want to believe that you and your fellow Judges also voted- for that is our joint democratic right. We came out in large numbers and lined up patiently and peacefully as One People under God. We were determined to elect a Leader of our choice- by voting.

Then the drama started, and I was reminded of Truth Meter- where a young Kenyans says- I witnessed the whole episode, it was like drama, like vindio- video. The supposedly Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission started treating Kenyans to Provisional Results that quickly assumed a life of its own. We were seeing figures that defied any logic and many eyebrows were raised. I bet you sat upright, for arithmetic was not adding up.

And we all witnessed when the Chair of the IEBC came on screen and told us that a Bug had been detected that was adding the Rejected Votes by 8. For at that time, the Rejected Votes were rapidly becoming the Third Force and Kenyans were being treated to this drama from our own IEBC- an Investment of upwards of Kshs 100Billion. The IEBC had spent colossal sums of Money to invest in the Planning and Hosting of the 2013 General Elections. I bet the Bug did not intervene to again give us the Tallying Process that was rapidly also assuming a life of its own. The Results that were being read by the Commissioners were not Tallying with the Results that were being posted as overall.

The IEBC Chair and his Team visited several Countries earlier to learn and witness how elections were conducted. They were even in the US in November 2012 to witness the largest democracy at work. And the US Results, true to form, came out in real time. And within minutes of the last man casting his vote, Barrack Obama was pronounced the President of the USA. It did not take Five- 5 days of tallying. For there is no science involved in adding up figures from 290 Constituencies.

They were also in Ghana for the same learning process. What lessons did they learn, or, were these the normal freebies and high life that comes with State Office in Kenya? Where results are never realized?

Mr President, Elections in Kenya must be won at the Ballot Box, not at the Tallying Centre and not in the Board Rooms. If the US, with a very large population of voters could post their results in real time, what was the problem with ours?

In the confines of my house, I had my own Tallying Centre where I posted on Excel ALL the results as they were being announced by the tired and in some cases confused Commissioners and I realized that the figures were not adding up. At some point, Commissioner Nzibo gave Mzee Uhuru Kenyatta 57,000 votes as cast from Tiaty Constituency to the chagrins of all. He had said the Constituency had only 18,000 Registered Voters, and I do not want to believe that he was being misquoted. He was reading the results and all the World was listening. And I want to believe that this is what they posted in their end results.

Such was the Tallying Mess that within one hour of Commissioner Nzibo asking us to go to bed, rest and come back fresh at 6.00am, new results were being posted declaring Mzee Uhuru Kenyatta as our new President-Elect. I was shocked. And I marveled at how Kenya had invested Billion of Shillings down the drain like this.

Elections Results were being cooked and Maths was not adding up. The Commission was struggling with facts and figures and down the drain was their credibility going as well. And facts and figures are very stubborn entities. They NEVER lie. You can only manipulate them, and this, I want to believe is what our IEBC Team was doing as the whole World watched in shock.

We had invested heavily in gadgets that NEVER worked for us. Did someone take us for a ride? Were Elections Results pre-meditated? Why could the IEBC not give us results in Real Time like they had done with all the by-elections they had conducted? Were they coooking figures to force a clear winner in Round One?

These are disturbing questions that Kenyans must get to know. And it is only you and your Team that can help us unravel this.

In 2007, we did one major mistake; were never punished those who connived against Kenyans in that botched exercise of an Election. We let them go scot free and even paid them off. It is only God who has been dealing with them one by one. They caused massive pain, misery, death and destruction on Kenyans and our loving God will not let them rest easy. How I wish we were living during the times of Hamurabi the Law Giver- we would have acted appropriately.

As the protagonists come before you to seek redress, you and your able Bench must take the higher ground. You are Kenyans and you must help Kenyans regain confidence in the Electoral Process. As you look at what the Protagonists have presented before you, you must uphold the trust we have all bestowed upon you and walk down the history lane to come up with sound and secure judgement. The man hours we all spent patiently in long queues must never go in vain, and must never be manipulated.

The Hon Chief Justice, if Elections must be won, they must be won in the Ballot. And not at the Tallying Centres where Resluts are programmed to come in a pre-determined fashion. And if the IEBC Team Members are found to have fiddled with the Tallying Process like they definitely did, judgement must be passed on them and each one of the Commissioners must be hanged separately in a Public Square for all to see. And they must re-pay all the Billions Kenyans invested in their comfort.

Kenyans are watching and the whole World is watching as Democracy goes on Trial in Kenya.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Executive Director,
The Clean Africa Campaign- TCAC
Nairobi Kenya.
The Clean Africa Campaign is an initiative of KCDN Kenya

14Mar/130

Help Our President

From: Eli El

Hello Friends, Family, and Neighbors,

I hope that you and yours are all doing well. Great...thanks for your feedback. Based on some feedback, I slightly modified the tone of the previous letter and resending. A lot of my friends, relatives, and other teachers did not get the previous letter. So, if you know someone who does not get this one, please feel free to forward them this email.

If you are actually someone who did get my previous e-mail...Our President needs your help. I encourage you to write your own letter to him. The links directs you to my letter to President Obama. Making the right moves elevates an ordinary moment to a moment that matters...siege "your" moment.

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February 24, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Congratulations on your re-election. I am proud that I was able to help and be a part of Obama For America. It was an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. The first time you won, most of us {including myself}, couldn't contain our happiness and found ourselves in tears of joy.

As I navigate the Plumbook of your administration, which is located at

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/content-detail.html

and

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/pdf/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012.pdf, I see that your administration establishes public policy that impacts every single aspect of humanity in America. In a world full of persistent contradiction, we are losing the good fight to secure the substance of what defines us as empathic and moral beings. Not only are there cultural practices that threatens our sense of humanity, but also there exist institutional and systematic policy that have negative effects on the socio-economic well-beings of many of "us". Within the Plumbook, I see that there are tens of thousands of hardworking people implementing the policies of your administration. Before I humbly make my requests for you to openly acknowledge and/or change policy, I would like to make to argument of why protecting humanity from wrong public policy is vital...not tomorrow, but right now -

EMPATHY

Empathy is our greatest deterrent to crime and violence against people. There is current public policy that emotionally, systemically, and institutionally de-humanize(s) and demonize(s) good people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehumanization

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonize

A contradiction consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other. If contradiction is delineated by results, I ask that before the end of your second term that you transform policy “contradiction” to equality” thereby resulting in true “freedom”. One of God's greatest gifts to mankind is Empathy. In order for us to have empathy towards each other, God took off His shoes and walked in "ours" for 33 years. In respect to this letter, I ask that you do the same.

The “current” legislative process continually proves itself inadequate as a systemic solution to our problems. I further ask that you unconditionally think through all the things going on in our lives:

Ambitions: Give wings to your soul, by nourishing your mind. If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.

Career Aspirations: When I examine charts of upper echelon leadership of companies, I seldom see men who look like me. However, janitors, security guards, service workers, etc...Yes.

Debt: Policy needs to adopt to generational poverty and we need to act right now to abolish interest rates on federal student loans.

Education: Education which at its basic level, still results in displacement Also, we need to restructure our education system overcome poverty and provide free job training.

Faith: Reward those churches that are effective in deterring and/or decreasing violent crime.

Family Issues and Sustainment: It's getting ridiculous on all fronts - http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1209/10/ddhln.01.html

Fears: Since most states are “at-will”, most folks are scared to take a stand for fear of being fired from their jobs.

Foreign Affairs: We have to prepare for any possible future Cyber Wars - http://friendsofeli.com/live/video_popup.php/Eli8570.pdf?filename=dl_file&gallery=true&id=55&download=1&start_dl=1

Healthcare: WOW! GOOD JOB! SINGLE PAYER / PUBLIC OPTION - CONTINUE THE FIGHT!

Passions: Through pain, there comes passion. Policy should remedy what pains us.

Security & Gun Control: Policy needs to reward intelligent law enforcement and folks need to stop playing the “political games”.

Vulnerabilities: Public policy must provide hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice.

Workplace Pressures: If federal government had not intervened, some states would likely be practicing variations of Jim Crow. We have to end the states' practices of “at-will”. It's being used as modern-day oppressive measures.

DEMONIZING

Movies, music, our judicial system, and media outlets cause us to believe that social failures of our nation are caused by the marginalized race, a certain demographic, or class. During the era when the African-American culture was protected, the pride, struggles, and dignity of our culture was pronounced through our music, television, and print. Due to the lack of responsible public policy and commercialism, the paradigm has shifted. Demonizing is the reason why we can travel to any major city in the United States, turn to any radio station that plays rap and hip-hop {some R&B} music and continually hear degradation of women, reference to drugs, the praise tumultuous behavior, conspicuous consumption, and the glorification of money. I propose that we provide tax breaks to radio stations do not play this form of music. I am no psychologist, but it is really funny to me how most of us don't even acknowledge healthy dialog on social issues unless YOU validate the issue.

Gun do not kill people; People kill people. It has become typical for "us" to be demonized. As a result, there is an objectification and conditioning process that causes us to lack empathy towards each other and not think critically about systemic and social failures. Again, please consider the grave implications of you leaving office without making “Wrongs” into “Right”. Most folks do not think critically and politicians take full advantage of that vulnerability. Our children have been getting killed for many years...Why is Gun Control is just now being addressed??? It is typical for the Chris Matthews and Chris Hayes types to asks critical, hardline, and smart questions on issues that impact their culture. However, it is a crying shame that it is also typical for the Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey types NOT to asks hardline questions on "our" issues. The few allies that we have actually contribute to the marginalization of their own people.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/prince-georges-county-jolted-by-killings-of-six-teenage-students-in-six-months/2013/02/23/0800d2f6-7d09-11e2-a044-676856536b40_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/health/trauma-centers-guns/index.html

We should use the power of social intelligence to promote social good. I pray that during your second term that you maximize your positive impact on the world by making Wrongs into Right. I'm writing this letter to encourage you to examine and me to provide recommendations to public policy that undermines the common-good.

There exist many federal incentives that tax payers provide to states for social service efforts. When the federal incentives involve the well-beings of "our" children and families, the decision is largely based on the money that it provides the state. There are governors who are preparing to run for President in 2016. The most effective way of garnering votes is to lower the state's deficit.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/0420/Martin-O-Malley-for-president-in-2016-He-drops-a-few-hints

Since there are federal incentives to states based on the number of participants in the system, these governors are pressuring states lawmakers, courts, and agency directors to put more people in the system. This has led "us" being pulled into the system unjustifiably. This leads to harmful effects on the marginalized. Here are just a few of hundreds of examples:

http://fathersandfamiliescoalition.org/news-and-events

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141662357/incentives-and-cultural-bias-fuel-foster-system

http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/enews/cv/enews-20130215.html

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/27/354306/south-dakota-removes-native-american-children/?mobile=nc

http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2005/may05/05-05-11.html

http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/2012/07/27/feds-spend-499-in-child-support-enforcement-for-every-1-for-access-and-visitation/

Most Americans don't have the time to critically recognize what policies within our current administration that pays states to harm the marginalized. I will be honored to assist you in this manner. Historically, African-American have been a little more compassionate and empathic to the plight of the lesser classes. Unlike Justice Thomas {http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clarence-thomas-breaks-long-silence-during-supreme-court-oral-arguments/2013/01/14/a7c6023c-5e7a-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html}, I hope that you validate that belief by ending these forms of state incentives. As you have found out...Our political system is driven by competition among voters. As long as there exist federally incentivized programs that monetize the act of conferring legality, sanction, or formal warrant that culturally, financially, and socially disenfranchise "our" people, it would never be acknowledged by the media nor professional politicians.

As a 13-year-old boy, I remember how some of us would get excited and that excitement often lead to a "bump" in the pants. Now it is jovial to tell about it, but most guys have been there. An unfortunate case occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland several years ago. A 13-year-old boy...LOL...had a little bump in the pants. With nothing exposed and acting silly, he brushed his "bump" against a girl. To make a long-story short, at only 13-years-old, he was classified, by the court, as a sex-offender. Since governors are pandering for votes and public policy provides financial incentives for placing more folks into the system, we going to have more and more jaw-dropping ridiculous cases like this one. The worst part is that our judicial system has also incentivized custodial parenting without the traditional family structure. It has become public knowledge that some women who want are targeting financially secure men {Athletes, professionals, etc.} and leverage courts to also get paid tax-free money...sometimes 10, 20, 30 thousand or more per month. The social steering of our current policy on family issues has caused a cultural debacle that will have a generational impact comparable to the American slave trade. When unjustifiably labeled, financially deprived, and/or sanctioned by public policy, history shows that we believe that we are being treated less than human. Cultural Anthropology and hundreds of clinical studies prove that when public policy treats people less than low dignity, that's how they act out.

President Obama...Sir, “African-Americans” can't even think about generational wealth, stocks, retirement investing, think tanks, etc.; simply because even after we have elected an “African-American” president, we “African-Americans” in 2013 continue to be victimized by public policy that promotes, monetizes, and incentivizes modern-day injustice. We don't need a Clarence Thomas type Brother as President. We need a Barack Obama type. As you know, we didn't elect for simply because you are “Black”. When God's children have innocent fathers and mothers in jail, we don't give a damn about the political game, we need for you to do fix public policy. We need for you to right wrongs:

https://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&site=&source=hp&q=false+allegations+of+domestic+violence&oq=False+allegations&gs_l=hp.1.1.0l10.2068.475164.0.477799.21.15.0.6.6.0.176.1600.8j7.15.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.5.hp.wwq1U2Qx824

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/13/17292929-innocent-man-cleared-after-14-years-behind-bars-for-attempted-rape-of-girl

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/question/nov04/man.jpg

http://media.commercialappeal.com/media/img/photos/2010/02/22/Copley-horiz_t607.jpg

From a historical perspective, African-Americans have only recently been granted the right to vote in America. I ask that you correct public policy to end harmful Redistricting: http://www.thernstrom.com/pdf/Thernstrom_23-Stan.-L.-Poly-Rev.-373.pdf

http://www.governor.maryland.gov/blog/?p=3422

http://amarillo.com/opinion/opinion-columnist/weekly-opinion-columnist/2013-02-17/rangel-redistricting-battle-rages

Our generation is the first to have the right to run for political office without the threat of harm. Brave and innocent people have been imprisoned and/or died for us to simply have the right to vote. In today's world of contradiction, not only was it my right to run for public office, it was my duty {http://www.friendsofeli.com/html/downloads.php?dl=5&psi=32&page=2}. I am a member of TWO fraternal organizations. For most of us, membership within fraternal organizations are not simply for fun, but a chosen way-of-life. Both organizations have adopted aspects of the “political game”. Throughout the years, I have gained an understanding of how important it is for "our" culture to build and protect our Social Capital. Social Capital is the value of a group above the sum of the human capital of its members. Through my participation in these organizations, I have seen both successes and detriments to the health of our Social Capital. This is why Martin Luther King, Jr would have NEVER been a political...There is absolutely no "politically correct" way to get this done; Through some of those good people listed in your Plumbook and changes in your policy, you have got to end these federal incentivized programs that de-humanize(s), demonize(s), and lessen the Social Capital of marginalized groups in America.

Most Respectfully Yours,

Elihu Eli El
Phone: 301-906-1292

http://www.friendsofeli.com/live/video_popup.php/House_of_Cards.pdf?id=72&download=1&bipass=1&start_dl=1

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13Mar/130

FLIGHT OF INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

From: Nyambok, Thomas

PLEASE KENYANS IT IS VERY EARLY TO CELEBRATE THE WIN OF THE PRESIDENCY NO SWERING IN AT STATE HOUSE.

WE CAN HELP TO RECOVER THE INTERFERED VOTE DATA FROM THE CARREOR DATA CENTER THROUGH HDZ SATELITTE SOFTWARE GIVE SERIAL # AND THE PRODUCT NAME ONLY.THE PEOPLE PAID SHOUL COME ON NOW.

Intellectual capital converts money capital into products and services.

Surprisingly, the United States leaders and Kenya leaders court foreign investors (financial capital) with regard to courting the expertise (human capital) that would develop and manage the investments and resources.

The flight of intellectual capital results in the flight of money capital. When Kenya or the United States borrows billions of dollars for investment, the money either disappears or gets squandered or mismanaged, causing the national debt to increase the United States or Kenya then makes Loan repayments for nonoperational projects and these repayments become money capital flight.

In other words, the flight of money capital is caused by the lack of intellectual capital, causing the average American or Kenyan to suffer by repaying external debt. This is why there is an increase in the level of poverty in the United States and in Kenya.

Corruption increases in all levels of operations due to Capital flight. Flight of capital means Police officers in Kenya can’t be adequately compensated and are forced to extract bribes from the public.

The some goes for other sectors too. Government vehicles that are supposed to be used to provide urgent basic services have no gas (petrol) to run them no parts.

It is very sad to learn that when a Kenyan Citizen calls Police hotline for urgent life saving help, they are told that available Police vehicles do not have gas (petrol).

Intellectual capital is more important for sustainability. Kenyans in diaspora are holding respectable decision making positions of authority in Finance, Economics, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, Education, Project Management, Security, Customer Service, Asset Management, Entrepreneurship and others.

First, their money cannot be used to develop Kenyan investments. Second, money outside Kenya cannot be taxed in Kenya. Third, it is the poor citizens of Kenya that service external debts. Therefore, it is evidently impossible for Kenya to convert Money Capital into Products and Services without Intellectual Capital.

How do we reverse this problem? We reverse it by Accepting, respecting, protecting, and rewarding our Intellectual Capital for good of the country. Many having tried to come back to Kenya but the environment have been found to be either hostile or not accepting to professional standards.

They have also been viewed as potential threat to the existing corrupt ways of operation in Kenya. A few examples of the people who have been frustrated and have lost their lives are Dr. Obama Senior, Dr. Robert Ouko Seda, J.M.Kariuki, Dr.Ongili, and who killed the former Police Commissioner Mr. Kilonzo and many others.

For the existing intellectual capital to trust that Kenya environment would accept them back, the deaths of these people need to be fully investigated and the culprits brought to book.

It is a number of years since the late Hon: Former Minister for foreign Affairs was found murdered and at that point he was still in the payroll of the Kenya Government, ( as you are today) as those who have severed or serving in the highest ranking official of the some government.

Would you kindly let Kenyans know of what has been done or having any plans in place to resolve this matter, because it is a serious concerned to the world, live alone the way the world at large viewed Kenya during his madder. Also our children and our Grand children need an answer to this situation.

By the some words can the siting President of the Republic of Kenya tell Kenyans of the steps that are being taken or have been taken towards resolving the misery that is surrounding the death of Dr. Obama Senior?

Dr. Obama Senior worked under the former Minister of finance when Hon: Mwai Kibaki was the Minister for Finance and Jomo Kenyatta was the President of Kenya. I sent a letter to the siting President regarding the killings that have been there before or after he took over.

In his second term I send a letter to the siting President Mwai Kibaki early in the year 2012 before Hilary Clinton went to Kenya to meet with siting President and with senior Government officers because of the problems Kenya had cost by the siting president rigged him self to State House.

I gave Hilary Clinton the some copy’s of the some letters I sent to the Kenyan siting president Mr. Mwai Kibaki a letter demanding about the findings of the reports from the commissioners’ that International criminal courts were awaiting for all this years.

I gave the siting vice president a package of some documents when he comes to United States to take them the siting president. I gave a package of the some documents to the vice president to take it to the siting Prime Minister Raila Odinga with the some contents. I gave the siting vice president his package too in hand and more than 2000 Kenyans were watching at the hotel in DC.

Kibaki is hiding the reports about the findings of the killers and the appropriators this is why he had to make sure Kenyatta junior is rigged in to save him a situation, it is late now it will not work that way.

President never replied as he refused to give Kenyans the findings of the rigged votes and the killers found by the commission. I would love to see President Kibaki’s legacy and I would love see President Kibaki calling names because he have everything on his desk.

When he took over the Presidency he assured Kenyans that he will do every thing possible to bring the killers to book, what kind of this word that always miss used by Kenyan Presidents, Kenyatta used the some words to bring the Tom Mboya, Argweng’s Kodhek, Gambo Pinto killers to book.

President Arap Moi told the world that those who killed Dr. Robert Ouko, Ongili, J.M. Kariuki, will be brought to book till to day, can this people be taken to Hague?

President Kibaki has every thing on his desk and what is he waiting for. I hope he should not retire before he moves to the right other wise he will remained the supreme suspect among other former Presidents.

Dr. Obama Senior was the best economist in the country Kenya had; Kenyans do remember when his son the former U.S.Senator Barak Obama of Illinois come to visit Kenya and the government become hostile by receiving the former senator from Illinois by then.

The reactions from the Government side was bad it was in deed bad signs and any body without wisdom would see that there is some thing going wrong especially from the government spokes person Dr. Alfred Mutwa?

Do you remember the remarks and the name calling from the Government officials? President also participated in a manor that the world becomes suspicious; as the government spokes man Dr. Alfred Mutwa was arrogantly used bitter words on Obama as a Jaluo.

I new about the problem Kibaki didn’t like Obama to follow up about his father because they knew what they did to Dr. Obama the father to the United States of America President and this is why Kenyatta and Ruto were rigged in to keep the findings out of the context and to cover up as Jomo Kenyatta did, as Arap Moi did.

As Mwai Kibaki did and he is doing it now for Kenyatta Junior and Ruto to cover up it will not work swallow razorblade (meza wembe)

I thought Mwai Kibaki as the siting President of the Republic of Kenya would have cheeped in to let the appropriators use better language with welcoming words remember’’ Obama was called names and names more as JaLuo tribe what did Jaluo did for you guys? Why do you hate Jaluos and we are all human beings, this time Jaluo is to be your President before August 2013.

Dear Kenyans, how would you have taken it, if it were for you? That your father was frustrated to death killed by greedy officials what would you do?

As now what would Kenyans recommend for the United States of America President to do? Can you help him find the culprits who frustrated his father to death? Every child would like to know the course of the death and the killers of their father.

Do you all see there is something missing here? But Kenyans shall not let it go scorch these killers are becoming too much killing innocent Kenyans Intellectual Kenyans since 1963 no killer has ever been found and people are being killed every day, every kill is in the hands of the sitting President after kill they hide the documents and cover up.

If I become the Virginia Governor, Kenya Police Vehicles will be donated by my friends all over the United States of America and the United States government will be willing to help Kenya Police through Virginia under my request to sustain each province in Kenya and parts will be avail for maintenance because of their make and model to bring peace to our mother Land Police will be trained well and the salary will be discoursed accordingly.

Every Kenyan, every human being living needs a protection from God and from the government as a tax payer, Kenyan need peace of mind, have a right to live well and in a harmony way in life all Kenyans needs a better life and be friendly to one another.

Very soon we shall be travelling to Kenya since we left our beautiful Land on hurry that God gave us to live in for ever but the big boys sent me off to exile, as I always do send my prayers to those who were killed by the powerful personalities as some appropriators have been recalled back home a waiting for judgment as some will face International Criminal Court before they are called back to the judgment home.

We the people will get them through our true loving God. As you the people get them through deep prayers too before they are recalled back home remember where is Saitoti?

And where is Kenyatta Junior, where is Arap Moi many have died because of the dirty politics first crafted by the first former President and others are on the way too I mean as they did to others. We shall get them even if it means using HDZ satellite or Drone satellite it will happen one day God willing.

We are ready to help by providing equipment that will give all the data that were interfered with, and recover the Microsoft through satellite injester-Hp-hg15 I need to know the serial # and the make of the machine.

As the catholic cardinals are working hard to vote for the Pope and I thought of calling them to use the Kenyan’s voting methods, new Equipment’s, new machines and have the data base in three different places with new batteries un charged then you let the white smoke come up through the chimney’s then you will be received after the voting then you will be declared the winner.

Kenyans’ have a true prayers all the time not only when you want to become President or Vice President God is watching on us, truly God is watching you very well let us be diligent to bring in the investors to each and every new States.

Kenyans be vigilant, you have your rights and you are the government the tax payers and now it is too early to celebrate the Presidency wine not yet UHURU KENYA.

Yours Faithfully Ton Nyambok 3/15/2013

6Mar/130

Kenya: IEBC must explain why Presidential results slowed down with 59% still not reported

From: Judy Miriga

Folks,

Up till now, only 41% votes casted have been reported and 59% are still pending with the slow trickling coming to an end. We cannot be convinced that 59% of votes are spoilt. If so, Presidential election between Raila and Uhuru must be repeated to give a proper perspective.

We are concerned of mysterious deathings as voting results begun to trickle in and we are concerned that a proper explanation be made and that they must be properly investigated.

We thank Kenyans for being peaceful and we want to know full report of the voter casted and the rightful winner.

There are great fears that rigging could be in top gear why 59% of votes casted are still being held. It is the voters right that NO winner should be announced before all votes counted with credible report given over what happened to 59% to wind-off any speculations of IEBC rigging or playing faul. IEBC must give satisfying explaination why there is a delay of voter inflow returns with expectation time the delay is expected to be resolved. Any flaws witnessed must be reported and the matter taken to court. We expect IEBC had set a manual back-up just incase machine fails so all machine votes must tally against all odds. If that was not done, for peace to prevail in Kenya, a repeat of the two Presidential candidates must be made as a fundamental crucial concern.

Even after Diasporas being blocked from voting, this election is very emportant to all Kenyans irrespectively and the world.

We would like to know from IEBC how the anomalies that were detected well in advance before elections will be rectified.

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenneth asks IEBC to clear presidential results
Updated 3 hrs 20 mins ago

Kenya: Eagle Alliance presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has asked IEBC to explain the delays in the tallying of the presidential results.

Kenneth urged the electoral body to clear presidential results saying results they were getting from their field agents were different from what IEBC has.

“The country cannot get out of anxiety mood we are heading to. We are getting real time results that differ with IEBC”, said Kenneth.

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IEBC Releases Final Voter Registration Tally
By Mwakilishi | Thu, 12/20/2012 11:53AM -0500

The Indeppendent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has released a report of the Kenyans who registered as voters during the registration period that ended on Tuesday, December 18th. The report indicates that a total of 14,337,399 Kenyans registered as voters for the 2013 general elections, representing 79.7% of the 18 million Kenyans IEBC had targeted to register.

The top five counties in turnout were: Nairobi (121.6%), Kiambu (113.7%), Nyeri (110.4%), Lamu (109.5%), and Kirinyaga (106.7%).

The bottom five counties in turnout were: West Pokot (45.1%), Garissa (40%), Wajir (35.7%), Turkana (30.2%), and Mandera (25.3%).

In terms of actual numbers of registered voters, Nairobi County led with a total of 1,778,903 registered voters.

Bett faults IEBC's provisional results

By Nation Reporter ( email the author)

Posted Tuesday, March 5 2013 at 03:10

ODM National Election Board chairman Franklin Bett has faulted the authenticity of provisional results being issued by IEBC.

Mr Bett claimed IEBC was issuing results from Kajiado County despite voting still proceeding in some polling stations in the region.

He cited Ongata Rongai area where voting was extended beyond the 5pm deadline after logistical failures had led to a late start of the voting process.

“Where are these figures coming from? In Ongata Rongai there are people who are still voting. These are just figures floating on a screen,” said Mr Bett at a press conference held at the Bomas of Kenya tallying centre.

Mr Bett also issued a raft of concerns on the conduct of the elections. These included instances of multiple voting in Kitale, voters being allowed to vote without identification cards in Nakuru and voting process extending to March 5.

“March 05 is not designated as a voting day. We have heard of continued voting in Kimilili, Kitale, Uasin Gishu and Kitale. This is placing the credibility of the process in jeopardy,” said Mr Bett.

Lands Minister James Orengo faulted the use of manual voter registers in some polling stations.

New rules could lead to run-off

By EMMAN OMARI eommari@gmail.com ( email the author)

Posted Tuesday, March 5 2013 at 00:30

If no presidential candidate garners more than half of all votes cast countrywide, a fresh election could be held as early as April 5.

But if there will be a winner declared after yesterday’s poll, the new president-elect will be sworn in on March 26.

In addition to more than half, the Constitution also provides that the candidate must also score 25 per cent in more than half of all counties, meaning in 24 out of the 47 counties.

Sleepless nights

These rules have been giving all the eight presidential candidates sleepless nights including the two front-runners Raila Odinga of Cord and Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee.

Although winning presidential candidates used to satisfy the 25 per cent rule in five out of eight provinces under the old Constitution, none ever mustered more than half of votes cast since the re-introduction of multi-party in 1992.

The provisions under Article 138 in the new Constitution means that if by end of vote count last night the IEBC found all the 14.3 million registered voters turned up, the winner must have received more than 7.15 million and the 25 per cent to be declared president-elect.

This is a herculean task, given the stiff competition in the run-up to yesterday’s poll. Similarly, if only 60 per cent turned up ­— as is the trend in elections worldwide — it means only 8.58 million voted, meaning the winner should have got more than 4.29 million.

Still, these are difficult figures to achieve, though feasible.

Where there is no winner, Article 138 (5) provides that fresh election be held within 30 days after the previous one — which would leave April 5 as an indicative date.

At the second round, only the first and the second presidential candidates are allowed to vie.

However, if the results show that two candidates tied in votes, only the two will go to the ballot excluding the candidate who came second.

Though it has never happened in Kenya’s presidential elections, a precedent was set in the 2007 elections when two candidates vying for Wajir North Parliamentary seat tied after two recounts forcing a by-election to decide the winner.

Yet, again it is possible in yesterday’s elections given the close run shown in opinion polls pitting Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta.

Every scenario remains a possibility as eyes of all Kenyans are set on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Yes, we have problems with vote tallying, says IEBC boss

By JOHN NGIRACHU jngirachu@ke.nationmedia.com and ISAAC ONGIRI iongiri@ke.nationmedia.com ( email the author)
Posted Wednesday, March 6 2013 at 00:30

In Summary

Poll team will also adjust percentage of tallies to include spoilt votes, a move likely to cut Cord, Jubilee numbers

Commission changes gear and prepares to release final official tallies after computer hitch slows provisional numbers

The electoral team on Tuesday admitted experiencing challenges with its electronic system for transmitting and releasing presidential results.

The commission said it will start releasing official results using the manual forms submitted by constituency returning officers who were on their way to Nairobi by Tuesday.

Mr Isaack Hassan, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, also announced that his team would adjust percentages displayed on its screens at the Bomas of Kenya to reflect percentages of all votes cast and not just valid votes.

This could lead to a reduction of Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his Cord flagbearer Raila Odinga’s percentages with possibility that none of them will attain the constitutional threshold probably leading to a run off.

The move immediately triggered protests from Jubilee.

Last night, the Jubilee Coalition said it was surprised by what it said was a demand by Cord for the inclusion of invalid votes to be counted along with the valid as part of the overall tally that would define whether a winning presidential candidate gets the 50 per cent + 1 vote threshold.

“There is no precedent in Kenya or internationally for invalid votes to be counted because, by their very nature, they are invalid. They have never been counted in Kenyan elections before and the IEBC has set strict legal boundaries in place that ensure invalid votes should not be included,” Jubilee said in statement.

The coalition said it had sought clarification on the matter from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa which concluded that “recounting rejected or invalid votes had no precedent in Africa.’’

Jubilee leaders also asked the electoral commission to urgently rectify “the technical issues” that were affecting the tallying of votes.

“We are especially concerned by the slow progress in collecting votes in Nairobi and Nakuru, but are also aware of problems across the country,’’ the team said.

Political parties were thrown into confusion last night after the electoral commission said it would start announcing official results this morning, hours after the system for making provisional results available malfunctioned.

With the screens showing the provisional results frozen since 5.30pm, Mr Hassan acknowledged at 8.30pm that the system was experiencing difficulties.

“We had aimed for 100 per cent perfection but we have experienced problems on the last day,” Mr Hassan said.

“What is true is that there has been a delay in transmission of results from polling stations,” he said. He also sought to dismiss rumours that the commission did not have a back-up of the data or that its systems had crashed.

He said the commission has been in constant communication with the chief agents of the presidential candidates and had briefed them on the problems the system was encountering.

“What brought us here are the official results and they are coming. The official results will be announced starting tomorrow (Wednesday),” Mr Hassan said.

He said the four screens would be adjusted as the figures come in.

But asked by human rights activist Maina Kiai whether the commission had abandoned the electronic tallying of provisional results and opted for the final tally, Mr Hassan said the electronic system would continue.

“You remember there was a big turnout. The counting and tabulation of the results at the polling stations and then also at the tallying centres has taken long and that’s why we are beginning to see for the first time returning officers arriving late in the night or tomorrow morning,” Mr Hassan said.

Don’t panic, CORD tells supporters
Updated 2 hrs 25 mins ago

By GEOFFREY MOSOKU

Nairobi, Kenya: The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy ( Cord) has appealed to its supporters not to panic following preliminary results which show Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta taking a lead.

At 6PM, Uhuru had garnered 2,726,266 against Cord’s Raila Odinga 2,139, 951 leading to anxiety among the coalition supporters.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said there was no cause for worry saying the preliminary results were just from about a third of the polling centres across the country.

“It is important that we await the outcome of the remaining two thirds of the polling stations in order to make any conclusion about the results of this election,” Kalonzo said.

While urging for calm, the VP said in any case, results from Cord strongholds were yet to trickle in adding that results from their stronghold stood at about 10 percent while those of Jubilee were average of 40 percent.

Kalonzo taunted the jubilee rivals for what he termed as premature celebrations while exuding confidence that their coalition will pull a comeback and stage their rivals lead once results from their strongholds are recorded.

“We note with worry that there are those amongst our competitors who have not resisted the temptation to engage in premature celebrations that are neither based on data nor fact,” the VP said.

“Consequently, we appeal for calm and call on our supporters to relax because we are confident that after all the votes are in, Cord will carry the day. Results from our strongholds are yet to be made public and once they are, things will change dramatically,” Kalonzo told reporters at the Serena hotel Tuesday evening.

He was accompanied by Cord leaders Franklin Bett, Anyang Nyong’o and James Orengo.

Cord also announced that they had raised concerns over delays in the process of releasing the poll results by the electoral commission especially in areas as close as Nairobi County.

“We have raised the matter with the electoral commission and Safaricom, the service provider who have explained to us their capacity to relay results from areas closer to the city like Kiambu is much faster than far flung areas like Garissa,” said the VP.

Kalonzo said they had written to IEBC to express their concerns and were seeking assurance that the system will be up and running.

“We have forwarded our concerns and hope that they will deal with them expeditiously and transparently,” he said.

Cord has also said they are ready to concede defeat if they lose in a fair and free contest.

“I think we have said severally and our presidential candidate Raila Odinga has reiterated his willingness to concede defeat if beaten ina fair contest. Our competitors have also said the same,” Kalonzo said.

Nairobi, KENYA: About 41 per cent (13,252) of the country's 31,982 polling stations have reported provisional results for the presidential race as at 4.45pm EAT.

Please note the numbers below are PROVISIONAL or INTERIM TALLIES from results submitted electronically directly from polling stations to the IEBC national tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya.

Figures that show the presidential vote by constituency and county will be available later. Official results will be announced by IEBC later upon receipt and confirmation of forms signed by party agents and election officials at voting/tallying centres.

9:10: Uhuru Kenyatta (JUBILEE) 2,772,286
Raila Odinga (CORD) 2,182, 408

9.00: Uhuru Kenyatta (JUBILEE) 2,721,097
Raila Odinga (CORD) 2,179,833

5.44:Uhuru Kenyatta (JUBILEE) 2,723,625 (53.49%)
Raila Odinga (CORD) 2,138,206 (41.99)

5.30: Uhuru Kenyatta (JUBILEE) 2,718,445
Raila Odinga (CORD) 2,133,573

One injured in Eastleigh blast
Updated 42 mins ago

By Cyrus Ombati

Nairobi, Kenya: At least one person has been injured in an explosion in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.

The Tuesday night blast occured along Muratina road near a church where other explosions had occured last year.

Police say preliminary findings show that a grenade was hurled into a shop injuring a woman.

The injured woman has been rushed to Guru Nanak hospital for treatment.

Bomb experts are at the scene.

IEBC: There is delay in results transmission
Updated 34 mins ago

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) has refuted claims of a server crash at the tallying centre.

In a press conference, IEBC chair Isaack Hassan said there were delays in transmission of results from polling centres by returning ofiicers.

He added that they will resort to manual tallying due to the challenges they were experiencing.

The electoral body chair also appealed to all aspirants especially presidential candidates to remain calm and allow the commission to announce results.

“We would like to request Kenyans and mostly the presidential candidates to remain calm as we await the final announcement of results”, said Hassan.

He further said they will start announcing official results from tomorrow after electronic transmitters experienced delays.

OCS collapses and dies in tallying centre
Updated 2 hrs 52 mins ago

By Patrick Kibet

Kuresoi, Kenya: Sombre mood engulfed Kuresoi North tallying centre after a senior officer from Kuresoi collapsed and died.

Kuresoi OCPD David Wambui confirmed the incident saying that the officer died at Mau Summit tallying centre.

He did not identify the officer since his family had not been informed about the sudden death.

“Am saddened by the death of the officer while on duty. The officer did not inform us of any health problem,”said OCPD.

Party agents and election observers joined police in grieving the death of the Kuresoi OCS.

The OCS collapsed at the tallying centre as ballot boxes were being offloaded and was taken to St Joseph nursing home in Molo where he was pronounced death on arrival.

Officer shoots dead poll official
Updated 8 hrs 28 mins ago
By Boniface Gikandi

Murang’a, Kenya: A policeman accidentally shot dead a Presiding Officer while they were transporting ballot boxes to Kangema tallying centre in Murang’a County.

The two were in the same vehicle when the officer’s gun went off killing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officer on the spot.

Murang’a North OCPD Chris Mushimba said the deceased was one of the Presiding Officers at Ichichi Polling Station.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the incident was an accident,” he said.

Policeman commits suicide at tallying centre
Updated 5 hrs 13 mins ago
By Robert Nyasato

Kisii, Kenya: Panic gripped Masimba Social Hall after an Administration Policeman shot himself dead while tallying for the Nyaribari Masaba constituency, Kisii County was underway on Monday.

There was anxiety when residents and election officials at the centre heard gunshots at around noon.

Karua faults IEBC on defective BVR kits
Updated Tuesday, March 05 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Munene Kamau

KENYA: Narc-Kenya presidential candidate Martha Karua has criticised the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) for providing malfunctioning Biometric Voter Registers (BVR) in Kirinyaga County.

Ms Karua wondered why the commission had provided faulty machines, which forced election officials at her Mugumo Primary School polling station to resort to use of manual registers.

Speaking to the Press moments after casting her ballot outside the station, Karua noted voting was delayed for more than half an hour. “After waiting for half an hour due to the technical hitch the BVR machines have experienced, I have finally cast my vote,” she said. The presidential candidate also reiterated that whatever the outcome of the results, she will still remain a Kenyan.

Human rights body alleges anomalies, calls for repeat polls
Updated Tuesday, March 05 2013 at 01:05 GMT+3

KNCHR has raised concern that there were irregularities in some places and security threats
By Ally Jamah

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights wants repeat elections in three constituencies, Kilifi North, Kesses, and Changamwe saying polling was chaotic in those areas.

Speaking yesterday evening as voting closed, the commission recommended that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) take the drastic step to ensure that the will of the people is accurately reflected at the ballot.

In Kesses, there were no lids for the presidential ballot boxes and the boxes for the member of the National Assembly were missing, said KNCHR’s Deputy Commission Secretary Evelyn Samba. She said the lids were later improvised.

KNCHR has raised concern about the secure mobile phones provided by the IEBC to relay election results, saying some are not working, leaving returning officers to use ordinary SIM cards for the exercise and raising doubts on the security of the critical data.

The commission cited Kesses and Ainabkoi constituencies in Uasin Gishu County as the most affected, saying that the phones were giving error messages such as: “Username and password do not match” or “You have been suspended from the nerwtork.”

Similar cases were also said to have been noted by KNCHR election monitors at St Theresa’s Tallying Centre in Mathare, Nairobi.

“KNHRC is concerned about the safety and security of the data relayed in this method. It opens up the system for possible abuse,” said Mr Kamanda Mucheke, KNCHR’s senior human rights officer.

Vote counting

“The IEBC has to firmly take charge and correct the anomalies at this crucial stage. This includes conducting counting and tallying professionally and in a secure will-lit environment.”

The Commission expressed its disappointment over the IEBC letting some candidates get away with displaying campaign banners in areas near polling stations, or turning up to vote wearing party items, including former Juja MP William Kabogo.

KNCHR also raised concerns about lamps not working in some constituencies, including Kisumu Central, and said that this could have a negative effect on the counting of votes because it might result in anomalies such as vote stealing.

At the Manyata Car Wash and Kosawa Primary School centres in the constituency, voting was delayed until daybreak yesterday for this reason. However, the human rights body urged voters to remain calm during the counting and tallying period and maximise tolerance and peace despite the anomalies noted in some areas.

Human rights officer Lucas Kimathi said that there was general unpreparedness on the part of the electoral commission in terms of missing materials such as rubber stamps, ink, lids and ballot boxes as well security lapses, unprocedural plucking of ballot papers from booklets by IEBC clerks, name mix ups and late training of IEBC officials.

Siaya County goes ODM six piece
Updated 6 hrs 52 mins ago
By Lawrence Aluru

Siaya: Kenya: Voters in Siaya are returned a largely six piece voting style in favour of ODM and Cord presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Results trickling in showed that even in the hotly contested gubernatorial seat ODM’s Okoth Rasanga was favoured against William Oduol whose nomination was cancelled by the Orange Party. Malick Obama had a platry 235 votes from Alego Usonga constituency votes for governor. Oduol lost to Rsanga in Gem, Ugenya and Ugunja constituencies but won in Alego Usonga by a margin of 6,000 votes.

Oduol started facing challenges when he was stripped of the ODM party ticket at nominations and consequently disqualified alongside Raila’s elder brother Oburu Oginga.

Lands minister James Orengo has attained unassailable lead in the senatorial seat and will win with a landslide estimated to be over 95 percent of the total votes cast. Orengo had 23,433 and Agnes Awuor had 1,414 of votes cast in

The County, which doubles up as the backyard of Raila has, votes being tallied at Siaya Institute of technology.

The only stiff contest so far reported in Alego-Usonga constituency where outgoing MP Edwin Yinda was facing stiff challenge from George Mulwan who decamped from the Orange party but ran on Wiper Democratic ticket. Milwan 13,828 and Yinda 9,173 of votes counted, and Sammy Weya of National Agenda Party 2,518.

Former Maseno University lecturer Mrs Christine Ombaka who is the ODM ticket bearer for Women’s representative in the County has been polling favourable results and is tipped to win with a landslide. She had polled 20,097 votes. She was trailed by Concelia Muga Ondiek od National Agenda party who had 2,828 and Esther Okanga with a patry 429 and Prof Phoebe Nyawalo 403, and Violet omwamba of TNA with 303.

Out-going Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo is set to recapture his seat on an ODM ticket after he was handed the orange ticket in the acrimonius nominations. The latest provisional results showed he was ahead with over 15,000 votes.

In Rarieda Constituency outgoing MP Eng Nicholas Gumbo was enjoying a confortbale leadw while is Ugunja James Opiyo Wandayi was way ahaed on ODM ticket as well as David Ochieng' in Ugenya constituency on ODM ticket.

In Bondo Constituency Gideon Ochanda was cruising to victory on ODM ticket and had attained unassailable lead by the time of filing this report.

Kimunya sent packing
Updated 3 hrs 1 mins ago

Kenya: Transport Minister Amos Kimunya will be packing his bags and taking transport home after Kipipiri voters showed him the door.

The Jubilee strongman licked his wounds inflicted by newcomer Samuel Gichigi of Alliance Party of Kenya associated with Energy Minister and Meru Senator elect Kiraitu Murungi.

Gichigi polled 18, 958 against Kimunya’s 16, 693 votes.

Kimunya joins Henry Kosgey, Ayiecho Olweny and Sally Kosgey in the list of serving ministers whose political careers have taken a new turn.

EABL workers fail to vote, their IDs mysteriously missing
Updated Monday, March 04 2013 at 16:24 GMT+3

By Cyrus Ombati

Nairobi, Kenya: Eighteen workers of East African Breweries, Nairobi failed to vote Monday after their Identification Documents mysteriously went missing from the main sentry of the factory.

The workers had reported their duties in Ruaraka based factory on Sunday evening and left the IDs at the reception area.

However when they were leaving Monday morning ready for the exercise they realised their IDs were missing out of tens of others.

They reported the matter to Kasarani police station in Nairobi and police moved in and arrested four guards who were on duty.

Nairobi Area police boss Ben Kibue said the four guards were on duty when the documents went missing.

“The workers realised the documents were missing when they were signing out of the factory and we are investigating to know what happened,” said Kibue.

He said the affected workers told them they planned to vote in the exercise but they did not do so because the documents were missing.

Kibue said part of their investigations will spread to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission where they will seek to know if the documents were used to vote.

“If the IDs were used it will be a serious issue because it means there is a lot fraud.’

Kasarani head of CID Valerian Obore said the four guards are expected in court this morning to face various charges.

Obore said they are interrogating the guards to know the whereabouts of the documents. He added the factory management is co-operating well with investigations.

“Some of the victims say they are ashamed going home without the ink on the finger to indicate one has voted,” said police.

A senior manager at the factory said they are taking the issue serious and were also investigating it.

Authorities had asked employers to release their employees to be able to vote in the exercise.

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Kenya: The New Dawn, A Second Chance

From: peter okelo

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The New Dawn, A Second Chance

(By Peter Okelo, dedicate to Wole Soyinka and Mwalimu Julius Nyere)

As Kenyans approach the next elections the question you are asking, the question oneveryone’s mind, on many a lips is: who shall Kenyans elect the next president after PresidentMwai Kibaki gracefully retires?

Before answering this question though, in this moment of restless composure, in this urgentmoment of great national expectation, a few things need to be said, and said unambiguously.

It must be first and foremost acknowledged, that Kenya has come a long way since gainingindependence from the British colonialist after a long struggle during the that colonial momentof official primitive discrimination based, but only ostentatiously, on race, skin colour, on beingBlack or White, African or European/British. It must also be acknowledged, that in spite ofwriters like Ngugi wa Thiongo and the first vice president of Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga,lamenting, quite rightly, that in the immediate years following this self-liberation in 1963 it wasnot yet Uhuru [freedom] in Kenya; much has been realized in terms of self-rule, self-determination, and self-definition. So much so has the Kenyan society made progress thatfurther positive outcome in the coming elections will only make Kenya continue on this path ofself-improvement, particularly through the safeguarding of the much died-for and much fought-for all-embracing constitution that some elite power-hungry individuals and interest groupsamidst Kenyans might not want to see reach its conclusion and finalrealization/implementation.

In this regard, in the context of movement from the colonial moment to post-independence[not necessarily ‘post-colonial’—a terminology frequently applied in academic papers but here avoided for a measure of optimism] Kenya, like many African countries like Mozambique, SouthAfrica and Ghana, Tanzania [to name but a few] have made so much progress that the countryis exemplary and worth emulating unlike any country [not worthy of a mention in this article]that still clings to a colonial primitive constitution that essentially upholds the democraticsuppression of a group or community by the majority, on the basis of absurd freckledessentially racist philosophy that deliberately refuse to recognize the existence of thesuppressed minority or majority community. Most of the times the group imposed upon, terror-nullified to be precise, is the rightful owners of the land upon which much claim is laid. Suchprimitive pathological essentially colonial constitution might as well call upon the unrecognizedminority or majority to prove its existence… Imagine being called upon to prove that youactually do exist as a person or a people… and that you were actually born, and by so beingborn your existence occupies space, land, time, and has a history…sick. Absolute collectiveconstitutional national sickness. Such a country [shall we name obvious names?] does not sleep

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well, and God knows it shouldn’t sleep well until it has collectively solved the roots of itscollective socio-psychoses that eats away its national soul day and night, in tortured silence orguilty ruptures of righteous hysterical shouting in parliament and wherever else constitutiondiscussions might take place. Ever visited such a tormented country?

Never mind, that will be a topic for another time, in the meantime we shall come back to Kenya, come back home.

There is a revolution underway here, in Kenya. Reading from the lips of the common Mwanachiin matatus, in kiosks, in pubs, market stalls, barazas and places of social meeting and worship;Kenya is on the verge of a revolution. An eclipse moment of progressive change that will befollowed by further illumination of the national psyche, renewed to its very core.

But it will be a revolution without violence, a most peaceful revolution, as it should be. Yes,there will be no violence involving a Kenyan raising a fist against another Kenyan as waswitnessed in that sad-insane moment of stolen elections and mayhem, 2007. There might bedisgruntled rustle here and there, but that is normal theatre, drama, fanfare.

This is not a prophesy—that is the territory of the evangelical, nor is this some wishfulpremonition-hallucination. I believe that to write about grave matters affecting people youneed to walk among the people, listen, learn, look, sleep, and live among them even for a shortwhile—not write from the hills of Paris and New York, removed. Then the pen is informed as itshould be anyway.Thus gazing from the ground, from the crystal ball of actual experience of Kenyans’ ownutterances, words, sentiments; the vote shall surprise many, the trend of voting and the resultshall surprise even the winner who will not be so much of a winner but collective trusteeentrusted with the heavy responsibility, a loaded burden, of seeing that the vision of Kenyans iscarried forward—a vision that was desperately hijacked in 2007 by clique of power-hungry elite sadistically bent on the continued concentration of power in the hands of a few, a minorityprivileged cohort that fences its interest within the walls of brute force, coercion, and anillusion of ethnic protection. That ethnic wall is crumbling, piece by piece, and so it should. Youonly have to listen to young people talking, old people wishing, people discussing, the massesof people calculating in dialogue, to realize that the days of that wall are numbered.

The wishful firewall of ethnic-pawns-protection is not assured in the coming illuminatingrevolutionary elections. The majority of once used pawns are restlessly looking elsewhere forreassurance and their eyes are searching, opening to the fact that lasting collective security andnational progress cannot be granted by a privileged minority elite living in the isolated hills andluxurious heavenly hives of barbed wires and electric fences. It’s dawning on Kenyans that

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security and national socio-economic progress is and shall always be found in the goodwill ofKenyans, all Kenyan tribes and peoples holding hands and moving forward as one.

As one slips, all fall, and as all rise, all remain afloat, buoyant in national victory and continuity.So gleaning from the sentiments of Kenyans, if a privileged individual or group thinks that it willmobilize some ethnic group against another, such group or individual has much awakeningsurprise coming its way. Kenyans are tired, tired of being used, abused, treadmill-trodden upon.Kenyans will not hurl stones at each other but instead turn scrutinizing critical indignant eyeupon the elite masters pulling shadowy not-so disguised strings of historically misplacedviolence of self-preservation of a few, a handful.

Kenyans are realizing that the average person in Nyeri who is afflicted by poverty-induced-alcoholism suffers the same fate as the average Dorobo unable to find water when water-harvesting technology is not really part of rocket science studies at universities; it’s simplehydrodynamics and accessible mechanics that only needs national free will and thedetermination to tap into the vast economic and human resources to realize this needy thirstydream.

Therefore, reading from the not so distant stars of Kenya’s electoral fortunes and outcome—there will be no run off. It will be a convincing majority vote for one presidential candidate. Allthe polling predictions that rely on a few, a selected sample, do less justice to the complexity ofthe majority left un-polled on the ground. You would recall that the soothsayer polls in the UShad Obama and Romney ‘neck-to-neck’ yet when the secret moment of solitary decision came,the majority voted for their candidate of choice behind closed curtains, not a candidate ofmuch hyperbolic polling predictions and at times wishful faulty academic forecast.

Having said all that though, I here do recognize quite calmly with Dr. Franz Fanon [in his brilliantmasterpiece writing called Black Skin White Masks—a book that you should buy and read inyour free time] that there are numerous idiots in this world, and having calmly said that, I doconfirm too that Kenya has its share of such idiots who might want or try to derail the vote,derail the crucial moment, or try to turn a Kenyan against another Kenyan, a Dorobo against aTeso, a Mjikenda against a Luya, a Kisii against a Kuria.

But reading from the sentiments of Kenyans, god help any political elite, or some power-obsessed group or individual, that might try to turn a Kenyans against themselves or steal theelections, a second time. No, Kenyans will not raise a hand against other Kenyans, they learntfrom the blinding white-lie darkness of a still birth in 2007.

Listening to the silent whispers un-shouted, and reading from the graffiti like the one close tothe fish market on Muindu Mbigu Road in Nairobi, god help any political elite tries to derail the

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moment, while hoping to avert the avalanche of mass indignation and control it with TNT,gunpowder, police boots, or threats of death. So just as well that the Chief Justice Dr Mutungacame out in public on Wednesday the 20th of February 2013 and spoke about the alleged threatof death received in a letter.

Listening to the whispers of Kenyans, the nation will be voting against discriminatory impunity, voting against any a socio-political elite that tries to maintain illegal control on the way thenation wants determine its destiny, determine its being [being as a continuous everlastingactivity and reality], telling people what they are and what they are not, what they could be orcouldn’t be.

Thus going by the currency of words spoken, ideas expressed, any power-hunting elite whotries to instigate senseless violence against Kenyans would be better off leaving the country andgoing into exile, self-exile. That might turn out to be the best favour that such power-hungryperson would have done himself, s/he might just find himself or herself amidst the brokenpieces of self-integration that s/he will certainly experience in exile and, if s/he does come backto Kenya, s/he might so do a changed self, reconstituted in the psyche and attitude.

So who shall be the president I hear you ask; well, all matters held constant, given that no idiottries to hijack the jet of electoral justice mid-air, then these are the like outcome as oneconcludes from listening to the silent will of people.

The next president will be a person who has good intentions but the fellow Kenyan will gonowhere with mere intentions and no substantial following, clout. Some of our candidates arepeople of good intentions but he still needs feet to stand on.

Gazing at the crystal-ball prism of Kenyan sentiments, and sad as it might be; a woman will notbe the new president of Kenya, not now, not yet, not just yet. And not because the currentcandidate is a woman either. Even the women who would have boosted Mama Martha’schances of winning the presidency will not vote her in just because she is a woman. There aremany ways that she is not seen as trustworthy as she comes across. Those sad moments of2007 would have help set her apart as a person of resolute resolve, but many would recall thatshe had nothing to say about the stolen vote. If she had the blessing of Mwai, and Uhuru, andthe house of Mumbi, then she might have had a chance, a slight chance though.

The next president will not be an opportunist either, with less or no principles that Kenyansneed to move over the hurdles that will come with the new dawn of new the government. Hewill not be a candidate considered soft, resolving issues prematurely before a credibleresolution has been reached. Such candidate would do well in times of ease, when there’s nourgency, as a figure-head president with less to do but to maintain a semblance of presence

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with no actual duties, more like the shadow of the real president, having nothing to influencebut still being there anyway, for national integrity, to be seen, just in case. Such softness makesany such a candidate a perfect target of a hoodwinking project of influencing a change ofleadership that would otherwise only be a maintenance of the stability and continuity ofprevious powers that had been, or the powers that be for that matter.

In short, given that the new era is allowed to dawn with fairness and transparency, withoutidiotic hijacking interventions of repeated fatal nationhood-rupturing conspiracy, the newpresident shall be one Kenyans have always perceived [‘have perceived’ is present perfect tenseexpressing a state of nationally widespread perception that started in a distant past to thepresent moment, not a perception or impression shaped in recent times and in the heat ofcampaigning and scheming] as a nationalist, a person with the whole country at heart and notinclined to some indispensable stone of illusory ethnic firewall enclave.

So need I underestimate the collective intelligence of Kenyans and tell you who that person, thenext president of Kenya is? No, you won’t have to wait for too long, just go out there and votefor Kenya and watch for anyone, any elite who retreats back into darkness of divisive politicsand pitfalls of aimless retrogressive violence.

Peter Okelo is Language and Communication / Applied Linguistics academic who has worked in Mozambique, southern Africa, Kenya and Australia.

You may contact author at tekta01@hotmail.com

1Mar/130

Kenya: Online fury over CNN’s story on unnamed militia group

From: Judy Miriga

Good People,

I have received unsubstantiated information that some of the election officials are planning to staff balot boxes for TNA Presidential candidates and sneak them in. To dispense such rumours, we want to know and be told what security plan the IEBC with election monitoring team have put in place to safeguard such incidents?

Thank you all and my Peace prevail.....

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

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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Kenya invites US leader Obama for president's swearing in

By EDITH FORTUNATE ( email the author)

Posted Friday, March 1 2013 at 08:47

United States President Barack Obama is among world leaders invited for the swearing in ceremony of Kenya’s fourth president.

Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said Friday the government has invited the British Prime Minister David Cameron, and European Union Head of States.

Also invited are presidents of regional body, the East African Community (EAC). They include Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza.

“You can be sure that we will invite the American President. If he cannot come then he can delegate. If you go to the European Union we have the various countries," said Mr Kimemia during a media briefing on the assumption of office for a new president at the Hotel InterContinental, Nairobi.

"If you go to the continent of Africa, we have key representatives since we cannot invite everybody to come and witness this historic occasion,” he stated.

Mr Kimemia urged Kenyans to maintain peace before, during and after the elections.

"We urge Kenyans to maintain peace. We have put in place everything necessary to ensure this process is successful. We have mobilised all our internal security organs to ensure that Kenyans are fully secure round the clock,” he said.
The new president is expected to take the oath of office on March 26, three weeks after Kenyans go to the polls.

However, this will only happen if there is a clear winner in the March 4 General Election.

A candidate is required to garner 50 per cent plus one of the total votes cast in the elections and at least 25 per cent in half of the 47 Counties countrywide to be declared as duly elected president.

At the briefing, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said 290 CID officers will be deployed to the 47 Counties to monitor hate and violence and gather evidence leading to the successful prosecution of electoral violence cases.

If there is no clear winner on March 4, a run off pitting the two top candidates will be held within 30 days after the first vote.

Online fury over CNN's story on unnamed militia group

Kenyans online have reacted angrily at a CNN story about an unnamed militia group preparing to cause mayhem in the Rift Valley in the election period.

The story, uploaded late Thursday on the CNN website and broadcast on the CNN as a curtain-raiser to Kenya’s elections scheduled for Monday, shows four people whose faces are obscured carrying, what the reporter Nima Elbagir, describes as “guns fashioned from iron piping, home-made swords and bullets bought from the blackmarket”.

The story is titled “Kenyans armed and ready to vote”.

The bile from the online community was that the story ran on the day that there was a rally at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park about peaceful elections, yet the story did not even mention the rally, or the preparations by the police to ensure acts of crime and violence do not happen at election time.

There was also no mention of the unprecedented move earlier in the week where all presidential candidates met and made a public vow that they will concede defeat, and if they felt aggrieved, they will go to the courts.

The peace messages being aired in mainstream Kenyan media and the deployment of 99,000 police officers to maintain order, are indications the country is keen to avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 chaos.

On Friday, Kenya’s online community revived the popular hashtag (keywords used to follow conversations on the Twitter) #SomeoneTellCNN and poked holes in the CNN story.

“A story needs to be balanced, where is the side of the coin showing people who are going around preaching peace?” posed Michelle Anekeya in her tweet to the reporter, Nima Elbagir, whose handle is @NimaCNN.

In a separate tweet, Ms Anekeya added: “Reporting like this is what makes them lose rating both in the States and soon here in Kenya @NimaCNN we want peace!”

Also Grant Brooke posed: “Where was CNN when all the candidates stood together and told their followers to commit no acts of violence?”

In a follow-up tweet Grant added: “Parachute-in journalists in search of disaster completely miss the great story of peace and reform b4 their eyes”.

Gideon Serem too had queries for the global, American-based broadcaster: “Don't your journalists have anything positive to report about the Kenyan election”.

“Isn't there just something else to anticipate apart from your WAR & ARMS, it just sounds twisted,” noted a person whose twitter handle is @AverageKenyan.

"#SomeoneTellCNN that (there’ll be) no war and Kenya will vote peacefully, no running battles, only Kenyans running home to celebrate a new president,” @AverageKenyan added in a separate tweet.

The CNN reporter concentrated on the four men in a forest, whom she said, were “local Kikuyu militia” armed and ready to fight, because, in the 2007 post-election chaos, they were caught off-guard.

The men in jeans, t-shirts and one in a singlet, rolled around in the grass, with one of them acting as the commander carrying a knobkerrie and looking at the trio in front of him as if conducting a choir.

The alleged militia are shown in the CNN clip carrying pangas, arrows, swords and metal bars. The reporter said they were training and went ahead to pick a sound bite of one of the men, with his back to the camera, saying, “ if you need peace, you have to prepare for war”.

Nima also interviewed a farmer, named James Maina, who she said was displaced from his farm.

“Some of the people we’ve been speaking to say that they are going to start fighting back, do you ever think of doing that?” Nima, the CNN reporter asked.

“Sioni kama nitabaki nipigane…” Maina’s response in Kiswahili fades off, and the reporter translates that to mean “I have got nothing left worth fighting for”.

She quoted an undated report of the Human Rights Watch which she said spoke of Kenyans arming, and also makes passing reference to the response of government spokesperson who said the police were on top of things.

Though the violence was severe in 2007-2008, the CNN reporter had this to say: “In a country that has for decades known violence following elections, tribal leaders say preparing for the worst, is their mission.”

She did not mention the tribal leaders that she spoke to.

Crispus Mahea agrees with the CNN story: “The question is, why are we preaching peace so hard? CNN's story is credible, the threat of violence is very real people”.

Most Kenyans are quite sensitive to depictions of violence and strife in Kenya, when the country is just calm. The experience of 2007-2008 when tourists fled the country and Western nations issued travel advisories against Kenya did not go down well with the ordinary citizens.

28Feb/130

Kenya: President Obama’s controversial half-brother in Kenya in tussles with the authorities over the American and Kenyan flags which he had hoisted on top of his business premises.

From: Arrum Tidi
Writes Leo Odera Omolo

The US president Barrack Obama’s half brother in Kenya, Malik Abong’o Obama, has defiantly and flagrantly refused to lower the American and Kenyan national flags which are currently flying side by side on top of his private business premises in Siaya County.

Several attempts by government officials failed to convince Malik Obama to remove the two flags which he had hoisted on the roof of his private business. The matter has baffled many security personnel and local in the region.

A police source has hinted that the matter is being referred to the Public Prosecution department of the judiciary department for further action..

The officials and police were baffled when Obama hoisted the two flags at the entrance of his tourist class guest house which he had established in the memory of his father Barrack Obama Snr.

Malik Obama is currently embroiled I n a cut-throat election campaign battle for the Siaya County governorship. He is contesting the election as an independent candidate. Local pundits, however, maintained that Obama stand in chance of clinching the guberimental seat due to his lone ranger character.

The trouble started when the Siaya region police Chief Stephen Cheteka checked at the Guest House and ordered the two flags to be lowered on argument that the place was not a state institution. Instead he drafted a harsh letter to President Mwai Kibaki. Was loaded with numerous complaints on why a junior state officer would visit his premises unannounced and interfere with his constitutional rights.

“The step to hoist both flags show patriotism. I am very proud of both American and Kenyan national flags..I feel anyone has the right to hoist follow my footsteps,” Malik said.

observers, keen on the development of the flags dispute pitting Malik Obama and the police and members of the Provincial Administration on the other hand have been left guessing after the move compelling him to do away the two flags flying on the top of his business premises.

It was also learnt at the weekend that Malik Obama recently sacked the entire staff at his Obama Guest House four months ago.

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26Feb/130

An American who fell in love with Kenya and its people is planning for a big international forum in Nairobi in the year 2016

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

Please find attached is our official News Release in a PDF format. Please note that we live in the 21st Century and News Releases are no longer written words, we now use both Multi-Media and Social Media to promote change and ideas in the world. We created this document in format that goes not only to the Kenyan Media, this document should go directly to the people of Kenya. We both know what happen in the “Middle East” with the “Arab Spring.” Social media can bring change in the world. In order for Africa to move into a 21st Century paradigm we must use “Social Media.”

Let me explain a very important concept to you. We are asking the “Republic of Kenya” to honor its “African/American Family” with a “Formal State Reception.” State Receptions are only given to Heads of State.

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In the history of Africa and African/Americans being taken as “slaves to America” not African country has ever offered “African/Americans a Formal State Reception.” A formal State Reception has to come from and be agreed upon by both the U.S. and Kenya State Departments. It is one thing to give a “Head of State” a Formal State Reception but how do you give African/American people a “Formal State Reception.?” This means that the total Republic of Kenya government and people must format a way to honor its “African/American Family.”

Please note that I have taken groups to Kenya for over a decade and I understand both Kenya and America and I am an expert in this area. I have an above average background regarding Kenya’s culture and history. Please understand that travel to Kenya will be long and grueling and beyond the usual travel time that most Americans have experienced. We have to look at “Jet Lag” and a way to promote such an event. We must develop a comprehensive “marketing strategy” that will attract 1000’s of African/Americans to Kenya.

For the record we have created a “Brand Name” for the event. The most noted African word in the English Language is “SAFARI.” It was American writer Earnest Hemingway that introduced the word Safari into the English language. The Kenyan Government must officially expand the meaning of the word “SAFARI” We give its many acronyms.

We have 5 major components as a way to promote the event. We must make the event a spiritual movement.

1. The Safari Home Coming Celebration is the story of the Prodigal Son. Preachers worldwide will relate Africa’s Children coming home to the “Prodigal Son” in the Bible

2. The event will start in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is important because Memphis was once the “Slave Capital of the World.” Symbolically the Children of Africa come from Memphis, Tennessee to Kenya.

3. Dr. Martin Luther King was Killed in Memphis and this event honors Dr. King’s Legacy by us bringing the gauntlet of Dr. King to Kenya

4. This event connects and completes the Legacy of Tom Mboya. Tom Mboya went to America to help Kenya students. That connects started by Mboya brings African/Americans home to Kenya.

5. Kenya is the home of Barack Obama Sr. and all African/Americans must travel to the Ancestry home of America’s President Barack Obama Sr.

Rev. Otura it is urgent that the Kenyan Government and the Kenyan people officially agree to honor its African/American family. Once the agreement is agreed upon we will take 3 years to plan and promote the celebration. We will have so many jobs to do to promote the event. When it comes to the area of the “Christian Faith” we expect you to tell the story that only such a celebration is from “God.” Rev. Otura since you and I connected you and other Kenyan ministers will visits 100’s of churches in America to tell them to come home to Africa. We must develop our website so that anyone in America can simple look on their Cell phone and see videos of the event. Since the event will take place in Kenya’s “High Season” Kenya will not have enough Hotel Rooms.

Such an event will be like the Olympics and it takes a lot of planning and infrastructure. South Africa has better “infrastructure” for such an event. Outside of Nairobi many areas cannot accommodate many African/Americans. Such an event will change the culture of Kenya.

Rev. Otura I would like to thank you for you help. Prior to our going to Kenya we can do a lot of the preliminary work out of the way. We must meet with every Airline that travels from America to Kenya to work out “Budget Travel packages.” We must make the trip affordable to 1000’s of people who could not otherwise travel to Africa.

The most Important Factor

The most important element to the “Safari Homecoming Celebration” is the Barack Obama factor. We must get the date and agreement signed so that President Barack Obama Jr. can officially put the event on his calendar. Because the Kenya State Department and American State Department will sign an official Historic Agreement this will allow President Obama to officially come to Kenya and be the Key note speaker. Please note that in July of 2016 the President will only have 6 months left in office. Hillary Clinton will be running for President. Since this event will be on the “World Stage” Hilleary Clinton may attend the event. Many American legislators will come from America. Because some many American legislators will be in Kenya all African leaders will be at the event.

When you add up African leaders, Church leaders, The President Kenya will not have enough hotel rooms. We will need tents and need camps to support this event. President Obama will come to Kenya. President Obama loves Kenya and he will come to Kisumu.

I think that I have written enough. I think you understand how urgent and important the work we are doing. Now is the time for you to return home to assist in promoting this event. You must stand on stage with President Obama.

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20Feb/130

USA: Helping Ohio Workers Compete in a Global Economy

From: Senator Sherrod Brown

At the President’s State of the Union address, I was joined by Cookie Hall, a second-generation Cleveland steelworker who knows from experience that American workers are the most productive in the world. Cookie works at Cleveland Works, a steel plant owned by ArcelorMittal North America. Workers at this plant produce one ton of steel per each man hour of work – making it the most efficient steel plant in the world. There is no disputing that our workers are the most productive in the world, but there are steps we must take to make them the most innovative.

In his speech, President Obama echoed my call for the creation of a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Using Youngstown’s first-of-its-kind manufacturing innovation institute as a model, the President announced the launch of three more manufacturing hubs and called on Congress to help him create a network of 15 additional centers. Every region and every state has a role to play in helping maintain our innovative edge and these new hubs will help.

I’ve been working with small businesses, industry leaders, universities, and research institutions on legislation to create these important NNMI institutes. This network will retain U.S. leadership in a range of next-generation technologies, capitalize on our investment in basic research, and create thousands of high pay, high tech manufacturing jobs. By leveraging existing infrastructure and pockets of innovation across the country, NNMI provides small businesses with access to the tools and expertise needed to compete in the global economy. This will create regional magnets for cutting-edge research, talented students, and additional investments.

And we’ve already started to bring people and organizations together to spur 21st century innovation. Last year, we were able to bring the first-of-its-kind National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) to the Mahoning Valley – to the “Tech Belt” that extends from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. NAMII is a $70 million public-private partnership that can make Youngstown a world leader in new manufacturing technology – like 3-D printing. As the President mentioned in his address, “A once shuttered warehouse [in Youngstown] is now a state of the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

Collaboration is critical for our success – and an NNMI would provide small businesses and research institutions access to the tools and expertise needed to compete in the global economy. And it can also spur the creation of regional hubs of advanced manufacturing throughout the U.S.

American workers have the drive, the creative thinking, and the determination to out-innovate the rest of the world. We just need to make certain that they have the opportunity to do so.

Sincerely,

Sherrod Brown
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12Feb/130

Kenya & EU: The NCIC is sleeping on the jobs while Minister Ongeribri’s reaction to EU and US statements was a big diplomatic goof.

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The casual way and manner with which the Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Ongeri had handled the sensitive diplomatic exchanges between Kenyan leaders and the EU countries ambassadors to Kenya on the need to have fair and free elections was a big diplomatic goof.

And the said could be said of the recent brotherly caution and advice by the US President Barrack Obama was a big diplomatic blunder if not an act of miscalculation and underestimation of facts.

Ongeri’s reaction had reduced the sensitive diplomatic issue to be of a simple and petty local political party affair between the competing Jubilee and Cord alliances.

The Minister’s utterances did not measure up to the international diplomatic standards. He down played the important role the EU envoys are playing to Kenya and the important part their countries contributions to or national budgetary system and development activities.

The Minister further displayed his total ignorance about the pivotal role the EU member states are playing as key development and economic partners of Kenya. He ought to have been well briefed and knew that the EU states are state parties to the Rome Statue and are its members bound by its legal obligation as much as is Kenya.

In the same context I am tempted to ask a question about the cardinal role played by the NCIC, which appeared to be ineffective and looked like a simple talking shop. The NCIC is like a toothless bull-dog, therefore its members and the executive director Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja were simply milking the public coffers. The commission should be dissolved with immediate effect, because it has failed to live to the expectation of the peace –loving Kenyans.

Kenyans from all walks of life are increasingly getting worried about the casual manner with which, the politicians, particularly those vying for the presidency have defiantly ignored NCIC repeated warning about the hate speeches.

In this context, I have in mind the speeches made by the Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and his running –mate William Samoei Ruto during the letters recent tour of the Nandi County.

Many people were shocked and taken aback when the two made reckless statements at their campaign rally in Nandi County. Without any provocation fro any quarters the two principals leaders of the Jubilee Alliance, made unfounded allegations attacking the EU countries and the United States of America saying the two institutions were issuing threats and intimidation to scare their Kenyan supporters.

‘These nations must stop playing about issues they should come out openly and tell Kenyans that they are supporting the Prime Minister Raila Odinga.”We will not have a problem with that,” said Ruto.What an unfortunate statement?

Ruto was further quoted by all the dailies as saying that a number of Western nations including the US and Great Britain have already warned Kenyans of the consequences should they the elect the two ICC suspect

Ruto further alleged that what America and the UK had done was tantamount to violence tom intimidate KENYA VOTERS. Perhaps Kenyatta an Ruto were playing local politic s of provoking tribal emotions

Ruto’s frequent mentioning of Raila Odinga’s name in a derogatory manner and negatively whenever he opens up his public addresses, an action that carries risk wiping out the emotions of Raila supporters.

What were the NCIC agents doing. Did such remarks not amounting to hate speeches? Or the NCIC would like to wait until the supporters of the two camps get embroiled into physical confrontation.

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8Feb/130

KENYA: THE MUGO REPORT – December 2012 – January 2013

From: Mugo Muchiri
Los Angeles, CA
Febuary 3, 2013

Q: Happy belated New Year, Bwana Mugo! I know we’re well into 2013 but tell us how you sum up the year 2012? What for you were some of its highlights?

Mugo: Asante sana and Happy New Year to you too. 2012 was a good but tough year. I’m sure the continuing challenging economy has made a more resilient lot of us Kenyans in the US. But the thankfulness has also been there, at least on my part, for the good things that we mustn’t take for granted: additions to the family, good health and meaningful work.

The icing on the cake has got to be my recent visit to Kenya which provided a rare opportunity to be with my Mom, brothers, sisters and in-laws, and to be introduced and fall in love with a whole bunch of hitherto unknown nephews and nieces. That, plus connecting with long-lost friends……..could you ask for a sweeter Christmas gift? I don’t think so.

Q: So how’s Mom doing? You always sign out as the son of Ndunge….so tell me how the mother of ‘the son of Ndunge’ is fairing?

Mugo: Asante for asking. Mom is doing reasonably well for an 81-year woman. She’s still her old jovial self. Her gait is obviously a tad bit slower. She occasionally has to use a walking stick, but in her eyes, you still see the joyfulness of life. It was a warm presence to be around with so many beautiful memories shared.

When you see your mother live (rather than through Skype), you feel like blessing all the mothers of the world. In your Mom, you see the center that nourishes everything around, that’s at the basis of all family relationships and values. So for two weeks, every day was a joyful ‘Mother’s Day.’

Q: So when was the last time you were in Kenya, if I may ask?

Mugo: Slightly over 24 years! I see your jaw dropping, bwana. This was the first time I went to visit Kenya since coming to the United States in August of 1988. It was a long absence.

Q: MUNGU WANGU! You mean you had chuchuma’d here for 24 years! I think you’ve set a record among Kenyans in the US. I thought Ngugi wa Thiong’o had the ‘gold’ but you’ve outdone even the Great African Bard!

Mugo: Well life is interesting, isn’t it? However, I only recently found out that our family friend from Miami, Bwana Paul….. well he’s at 27 years and still counting. So I’ll have to settle for ‘silver.’

Q: So how was Kenya, especially after all those years? You must have been overwhelmed by the changes.

Mugo: Overwhelmed yes. Actually I was floored. The changes are simply amazing. Nairobi is just teeming with people. So is Nakuru, Thika, Makutano and other places I visited. You feel this raw energy in the air. Kenyans are just everywhere. And they’re mostly young. I rarely saw wananchi with gray hair like me in the city center. Perhaps most had retreated to the countryside for the holidays. It was a sea of mostly under-30-somethings.

One of the things that impressed me was attire. This was especially true among the ladies. When I remarked this to my brother Kamande, he told me that Mitumba (second-hand clothing) had been a savior. To my eyes, there was minimal difference between dress codes here in US and back in Kenya. And perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising; most clothing is actually sourced from the US.

Q: Did you get a chance to travel around some. Were folks in rural areas equally presentable?

Mugo: Yes I did, and yes they were. Now two weeks is a very short time especially since most of the things I intended to accomplish needed my presence in Nairobi. Still I managed to go to Murang’a from where I hail. It was critical for me to visit some of the 2007-8 hotspots and this led me to Nakuru, Naivasha and Nandi Hills. And yes, everywhere I went, people including small children seemed to be well-fed. They were certainly decently clad.

Now 24 years ago, it was common in my hometown of Saba Saba to see kids with long shirts (no undergarments) with makamasi dripping from their noses, and flies mulling around their faces. In fact kids didn’t even bother to swipe at the flies. You don’t like washing dirty laundry in public, but this was the reality. Today, it's a 360 degree turnaround: children are clean and well dressed. I didn’t see a soul without shoes. So this was gratifying. You saw before your very own eyes the benefits of cross-border trade. And I think this mustn’t be lost to Kenyans, especially during this electioneering season, where it’s common to hear isolationist hues and cries.

Q: So would you say that living standards have improved since you were last there?

Mugo: With respect to what my eyes saw, I’d say yes. But it’s a qualified ‘yes.’ Time didn’t allow me to go areas like Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru where the bulk of our population resides. Now take Kibera as an example. It’s one of the biggest slums in Africa. In fact, according to Ngugi, an in-law of mine who lives in Karen, there’s only a forest of about a mile - the time of a brisk 20-minute walk – that separates Kibera from Karen. So the sprawl is alive and well, and will increasingly put the squeeze on high-cost, up market areas. Standards of living cannot be gauged without taking this significant portion of Kenyans into consideration. That’s why you have to ringfence my answer.

Q: Tell me more about Nairobi. Has it physically grown? And what’s the state of traffic in and around Nairobi?

Mugo: I didn’t care much for Nairobi. Its livability index is very suspect in my eyes. The area encompassing the City Center is nothing short of hazardous to your health. The main reason for this is the pollution from the seemingly numberless matatus and City Hoppers that rule the roadways. They all run on diesel for the most part.

You remember how President Obama described the first-ever US debt downgrade as “a self-inflicted wound?” Well, the hike in sickness rates in the coming years will have been a self-inflicted wound in a similar vein. We’re just doing it to ourselves, we’re acting in a manner to precipitate higher asthma and cancer rates among Nairobi urbanites. The only entities to benefit will be Big Pharma and all who come under its umbrella. In my mind, the government really has to get going on regulating the matatu industry. Not tomorrow, but NOW. Otherwise a rapidly gathering health threat is sure to morph into a fully-fledged crisis.

Q: Haven’t they partly done it though? In our last encounter, we talked about the inauguration of the new Syokimau railway station by President Kibaki as a step in the right direction.

Mugo: This is true. I continue to laud the investment efforts of Kenya Railways. They’re well-reasoned and appropriate to the need. But when you’re actually on the ground, you’re confronted with the issue of immediacy, the urgency of speeding things up. Let me give you an example. I was staying at the Transcendental Meditation ™ center in Valley Arcade in Nairobi. One day, I decided to take the 30-minute walk to Hurlingham. I then hopped onto a matatu which proceeded to head to downtown Nairobi. My brother Ng’ang’a was waiting for me in his office.

Q: Yes, I recall Hurlingham being on the tonier side of Nairobi.

Mugo: It took me another 30 minutes of waiting at the Hurlingham terminal before I boarded the matatu. While waiting at the bus stop, matatus would come, slow down, then leave. Each vehicle would belch diesel fumes into our faces. You cannot avoid ingesting the poison. By the time I got to my brother’s office, I was actually ‘high’ on diesel. And I thought, ‘What about these folks who have to endure this every single day of their lives.’ A Maasai friend I met in Namanga told me that folks from his community enjoy almost perfect health until they go to Nairobi. Then all hell breaks loose on them.

Q: What about the physical aspect of Nairobi?

Mugo: This is definitely an economy on the march. If you asked me, we’ve stolen Uganda’s national symbol - the crane is now our ‘bird’ – and lately it’s been busy in the service of building, building, building. As a point of fact, cement manufacturers aren’t able to keep up with demand. I don’t understand where all this credit is coming from, but it’s flowing like booze at a sailor’s party. What we need to watch out for is planning. The planning function is weak. Towns I visited like Kitengela, Juja, Thika and Makutano (or Kenol) to pick a few all exhibited deplorable planning.

Unlike what we’re used to in the States, there’s a dearth of park areas, broad streets, walking pavements, biker lanes, etc. These are important elements that contribute to a more superior quality of living. The multi-use functionality that newer buildings in LA have incorporated is a lesson that needs to be imported. This way, lofts, studios and apartments on higher floors co-exist with the ground floor service functionality of restaurants, dry cleaners, salons and what have you. In Kenya, outside the higher cost areas like Westlands (very admirable developments), it’s a jungle. Planning is haphazard.

Q: But I don’t imagine the LA of today is the LA of, say, 100 years ago.

Mugo: This is true. But must we wait for such a long time to achieve parity? Let’s appeal to, reach out and grasp ‘best practices.’ The LAs of the world may have had to develop it by themselves. This was an awfully slow roast. The advantage for today’s younger economies is the wealth of knowledge that exists out there and the relative ease of securing cooperation across seas. New city design and planning in China continue to benefit significantly from infusions of American expertise and ingenuity. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.

Q: Would you say that Kenya is the land of opportunity?

Mugo: There is no doubt that Kenya today is the land of opportunity. The amount of wealth generation is simply staggering. As Hillary Clinton said at her going-away speech at the State Department last week, 7 of the 10 most rapidly growing economies are in Africa. Return on invested capital in Kenya towers over their comparables here in the US. What I’m saying is that the Carnegie Mellons, the Rockerfellows, the Huntingtons of Kenya are being created as you read this. It’s a hugely exciting and inviting time for investments in Kenya, and by extension in Africa. This there can be no doubt about.

Q: Where specifically are opportunities rife?

Mugo: The most obvious is land. About 6 years ago, an 1/8 of an acre in Kitengela was going for KSh 350,000. Today, it easily fetches KSh 1.5 million. In the last 6-7 years, Kenya has seen an explosion in land prices. Populations are moving further out for more spacious, better quality living. Now future increases in land may not be as dramatic as what I’ve just described. Even so, I think land especially in farther-out areas like Kitengela, Konza, Utawala can be good holding investments.

Residential construction is another area that can provide home-run returns. The demand –especially in the lower cost market segment – continues to far outstrip supply. I visited several home and apartment developments, notably Bahati Ridge in Gatanga, the Chania development in Thika and so forth.

Bahati Ridge is pioneered by the Kibe family. The family patriach was a Permanent Secretary in the Water ministry many years ago. In any case, he’s hived off half of his 180-plus acre farm and is developing so very beautiful homes whose quality is nothing short of outstanding. The contractor is Epco Builders of Industrial Area. The development is definitely a thumbs-up and I’d invite readers to check out bahatiridge.co.ke. Despite the hefty prices, they’re going, going and going.

I hope that my next visit will allow me more time to scout investment opportunities that I can share with my fellow Kenyans in Diaspora. But take it from me, this is NOT a time to whine about trust issues. Just find a good partner and jump in there. Opportunities stare you in the face.

Q: OK Bwana Mugo, asante for your insights. It’s been a joy to share and tuonane next time.

Mugo: Poa. Tumesmake. GOOD LUCK PETER KENNETH, GOOD LUCK MARTHA KARUA!!!!!!!!!! AMKENI KENYANS, GOOD LEADERSHIP IS STARING YOU RIGHT IN THE FACE. RISHI

6Feb/130

KENYA & USA: US PRESIDENT OBAMA GOODWILL MESSAGE TO KENYAN VOTERS MOST WELCOME BY ALL PLAYERS WITHIN THE COUNTRY’S POLITICAL DIVIDES

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The US President Barrack Obama’s goodwill message to Kenyans people urging them to conduct peaceful election and at the same appealing to the electorate to reject intimidation and violence to allow free and fair general election was well received last night.

President Obama ‘s message which was beamed over the country via all the television stations appeared to be neutral and impartial and did not favor any particular party of individual presidential aspirant.

The message conveyed in a video posted on the US Embassy website opened up with the President Obama speaking in Kiswahili “Habari” a local dialect which is the joint official language with the English. In the message President Obama urged the candidates to resolved disputes through the courts, rather that on the streets.

While not speaking directly on how the US government would interpret the choice of Kenyan

Make on March 4, 2013, Obama said if the election were credible” you Kenyans will continue to have a strong partners in the US.”.

“Above all the people of Kenya must come together before and after the election to carry on work of building your country,”he said.

President Obama made explicitly clear that the United States of America had not endorsed any candidate and would instead support free and fair elections work of building your country,’ he said, adding,” you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens and great and proud people nation.

“I cannot imagine a better way to mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence.”

President Obama message is viewed by the local political pundits and observers as representing positive neutrality and impartiality on the part of the US administration, and a country which has maintained economic and military ties with Kenya ever since it achieved its political independence in 1963.

Obama cited his personal commitment to Kenya saying, he was grateful; for the welcome Kenyans had given him and his family in their beautiful country.”

President Barrack Obama has a family root in Western Kenya where his late father Barrack Hussein Obama hails from. His elder step brother Malik Abong’o Obana is in the race contesting the elective position of regional governor for Siaya County as an independent candidate.

The US President family and relatives lives in Nyang’oma village, Alego Kogelo in Siaya County, about 80 kilometer northwest of Kisumu City.

Many Kenyan had expected President Obama to throw his weight behind the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, who is one of the leading contenders for the presidency, and who had a blood relationships with the Obama family family, but the perception did not materialize. The US President steered clear of the local politics, and this is viewed as a diplomatic coup and score.

Perhaps this was in realization that the slightest mentioning of Mr Odinga’s name could have given the Prime Minister undeserved political mileage over his seven other rivals.

Meanwhile both the US and the UK, the two principal economic partners of Kenya have separately assured the Kenyan voters for the impartiality and non commitment..

Kenyans will to the polls to elect the 4th President on March 4, 2013, and eleventh parliament, This time round there will be a tri-cameral legislative bodies which include the Senate and regional assemblies in all 47 counties governance.

The two Western powers have stressed their neutrality ahead of the historic general election and allayed fears of endorsing any of the eight presidential candidates.

They have also assured the Kenyans that the outcome of the presidential votes will not affect trades ties with Kenya and sanction would not be imposed no matter who become the next President.

President Obama’s message come in the background of some European countries hgave recently said it would not be business as usual if Kenyans elected the candidates with criminal, tugs on their heads, particularly the ICC suspects Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and the former Eldoret North M William Ruto.

Kenyatta is the Deputy Prime Minister and the son of the post-Independence President the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.Ruto is Kenyatta’s presidential running-mate. Both the two men had criminal cases of committing crimes against humanity. Their cases are pending before the Hague based International Court of Criminal Justices {ICC}.The candidature of the two has elicited a lot of discontents and criticism by many Kenyans who felt there was no need electing the pair while they have serious criminal cases hanging on their heads before an international court.

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