January 26, 2015

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William Ruto and Corruption in VP’s Office on Sub-Contracting Deals:Tumechoka!

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January 23, 2015

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Ambassador Joseph Sang Questioned Over 2014 Missing Jamhuri Bash in Stockholm

Where is 2014 Jamhuri cash?

Where is 2014 Jamhuri cash?

Jamhuri Day, the Kiswahili term for Independence Day, is one of the most important national holidays in Kenya, marking the country’s membership into the Commonwealth of Nations as a Republic, in 1964. Kenya gained her independence from the British colonialists on December 12, 1963.

From time immemorial, Kenyans in Stockholm have celebrated Jamhuri day on December 12th, hosted by the Ambassador of the day. However, in 2014, this was not the case under the current leadership of Ambassador Dr. Joseph Sang. Speaking separately, veteran Kenya-Stockholmers Messrs. Sospeter Otieno Opee and Gerry Midenyo expressed their profound disappointment, when the annual celebration did not take place. It is an occasion that symbolizes the end of the year and unites Kenyans from all walks of life. It is claimed that the Jamhuri event is normally allocated around SEK 400,000 taken from the poor taxpayers in Kenya. In Stockholm, it is usually marked by a two-hour session of binging and imbibing, at a location of choice by the Embassy.

Ambassdaor Sang seemed quite likeable when he came to Stockholm in 2013, but from observations, he has chosen to follow the path of his predecessor, former Ambassador Purity Wakiuru Muhindi, by selectively hosting or attending Kenyan events. From the Embassy’s official website, there is nothing mentioning in advance that last year’s Jamhuri Day would not take place.

Purity must be credited for not ever having cut out Jamhuri Day for the larger Kenyan community, as Sang did last year. Many are asking: “What happened to the money allocated for the event?” Sang’s premier Jamhuri Day in 2013 was met with anger when he hosted it in Husby, a suburban area of Stockholm City, yet past events had always been held within the central business district. As they await to see how Sang is planning to deal with future events, Kenyans need answers as to why Jamhuri 2014 went missing from the menu.

Jared Odero

January 21, 2015

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Update: Isdora Prayer Meeting/Harambee on Friday 23rd January at Högdalen

Following the untimely demise of Isdora Ngere, a Kenya-Stockholmer, the Isdora Funeral Committee in Stockholm chaired by Mr. Patrick Odhiambo, would like to inform the general public that a Prayer Meeting/Funds-drive will be held in Stockholm on Friday, 23rd January 2015. The event will take place at Harpsundsvägen 19 (2tr) in Högdalen (Tube Högdalen Centrum). The event starts at 14.00 hrs.

Family members, relatives, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers are all invited to join the Prayer Meeting and to condole with the bereaved family following a big loss that the family is struggling to come to terms with. Those who will not be able to attend the function due to some reason can show solidarity with the family through Bank account number: 14025138689 at Nordea. All contributions will be acknowledged and appreciated.

In the meantime, funeral arrangements for the late Isdora continue in Kenya where a Funeral Committee has also been set up. The Aroka family is very grateful for the messages of condolences which continue to pour from all parts of the world during this time of tragedy. For further information, contact Lenzah at 0739355553, Dan at 0739775556, Patrick 0708856925.

Okoth Osewe

January 20, 2015

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Kenya-Stockholmer, Isdora Ngere Passes On During Holiday in Kenya

The Aroka Family in Sweden hereby sadly announces the sudden demise of Isdora Ngere Aroka. Isdora travelled to Kenya around 16th of December last year for a 6 week holiday. Unfortunately, she fell ill abruptly and was then rushed to Matta Hospital in Nairobi where she passed away while undergoing treatment.

Isdora was married to Niels Linderholm and had 3 children. She was Aunty to Patrick Odhiambo, Lenzah Odhiambo, Dianna, Victorne, Jared Aroka, Hulda Palm, Alice, Rukia and many others.

Once again, the cruel hands of death has robbed the Kenyan community of a compassionate, loving and adorable member who was well known for her generosity, patience, love and, above all, a powerful urge to help others around her.

All prayers to members of the Aroka family during this time of great shock and sorrow. We, at KSB, hope that the family will find courage and strength to go through this trying and very challenging moments following the passing of a valuable family member whose shoes will never be filled.

Further funeral arrangements in Stockholm will be announced later. For messages of condolences and prayers, please contact Lenzah at 0739355553, Dan at 0739775556, Patrick or 0708856925. May God rest Isdora’s soul in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

January 19, 2015

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Unspeakable Barbarism Against Little School Children by Emerging Uhuruto’s Dictatorship

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January 16, 2015

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Who Killed JM Kariuki 6 Part Series

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January 4, 2015

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Fidel Odinga is Dead

Unconfirmed reports indicate Fidel Odinga, elder son to CORD leader Raila Odinga is dead. Fidel died at Nairobi Hospital where he was rushed by his wife last night. It is not yet known what killed hill.

Fidel had lunch with his dad on Sunday at Raila’s his Karen home. Raila told The Star this morning he was fine. He then went out in the evening with some friends and came home at around 1am, he is said to have had breathing problems and was rushed in an ambulance to Nairobi Hospital where he died. Raila confirmed the death of his son, he is at the scene.

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January 2, 2015

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Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Happy New Year 2015: 2/3 January

Yaya Sella & Joe Semafumu – Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 02-03/01/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station
New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
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December 24, 2014

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Yaya Sella and Joe Semafumu 26/27 Dec

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 26-27/12/2014
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station
New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
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December 17, 2014

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JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2014

Over the past two years, Kenya has faced extraordinary security challenges. As international partners and long-time friends, we stand with Kenya in the fight to defeat al-Shabaab and terrorism.

In light of al-Shabaab’s attacks and ongoing threats, we welcome the effort by the Government of Kenya to revise and update the country’s security legislation.  We encourage Kenya’s elected officials to take the time to review carefully the bill now before the National Assembly and to consult broadly to build consensus.  It is important that the legislation, while strengthening security, respects human rights and international obligations.  Protecting Kenya’s Constitution and upholding civil liberties and democracy are among the most effective ways to bolster security.

We also urge Kenya to continue implementing broader reforms to strengthen its security services, including their ability to collaborate across agency lines and carry out operations with full respect for human rights and the rule of law.  Building trust between communities and the security services is also critical.

As Kenya’s international partners, we underscore again our commitment to work with the Government and people of Kenya to meet this country’s challenges, including those related to security.  We are committed to our friendship and to assisting Kenya as it works to build a more secure and prosperous nation.

Signed:

Ambassador of the United States to Kenya Robert F. Godec
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner
High Commissioner of Australia to Kenya Geoff Tooth
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya Joost Reintjes
Ambassador of Germany to Kenya Andreas Peschke
Ambassador of Denmark to Kenya Geert Andersen
Ambassador of France to Kenya Rémi Maréchaux
Ambassador of Sweden to Kenya Johan Borgstam
High Commissioner of Canada to Kenya David Angell

December 17, 2014

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Full List of NGOs Deregistered by Government

 

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December 15, 2014

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Men in Black Disrupt ODM’s Homa Bay Senatorial Nomination: Ballot Boxes Destroyed

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A security officer guards the venue for the nomination of the ODM candidate for the Homa Bay senatorial by-election. Protesting youths who were among delegates were on Monday morning arrested after they turned rowdy and destroyed ballot boxes.

Several youths were Monday morning arrested after they tried to disrupt ODM’s senatorial nominations at the Homa Bay County Assembly grounds. At around 11:30am, the angry youths kicked down ballot boxes that had been set up for the exercise. The youths, who were among ODM delegates about to cast their votes, destroyed the ballot boxes, saying that some of their fellow delegates had been either excluded from the voters’ list or replaced. More here

December 15, 2014

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UN Experts Urge Sweden to Intensify Fight Against Discrimination of People of African Descent

The Government of Sweden must do more to end discrimination against people of African descent and increase integration as part of a wider effort in combating racism and hate speech, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged today following their visit to the European nation.

The appeal, launched by the Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent, comes amid a heightened prevalence of xenophobic and racist attitudes against migrants and refugee communities despite the Government’s best efforts to counter racial hate.

“Afro-Swedes and Africans with whom we met expressed their experiences of multiple forms of discrimination based on their skin colour, race, religion and sex,” the Working Group declared in a press release.

“Racial discrimination is also manifested in lack of equal access to justice, racial profiling and the failure to effectively investigate, prosecute and deter ‘Afrophobic’ hate crimes,” the experts continued.

“We are concerned that this creates feelings of mistrust in law enforcement bodies among communities and discourages them from accessing help when they themselves are victims of crime or rights abuses.”

The Working Group – which travelled to Sweden from 1-5 December, visiting the cities of Stockholm, Malmö, and Lund – commended the Government’s plan to develop a Human Rights Strategy as well as a policy to accord priority to addressing “Afrophobia” and awareness raising programmes on combating xenophobia and racism.

At the same time, however, it voiced concerned about what they described as the “invisibility and lack of recognition of people of African descent as a specific vulnerable group in the country.”

“For a country that has been perceived as having a long tradition of tolerance and openness, the relative silence around racism and racial discrimination is surprising and worrying,” the experts pointed out.

The Working Group – headed by Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France – will present a final report containing its findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2015.

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December 13, 2014

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Response to statement by Government of Kenya

Al Jazeera Media Network is deeply concerned by the Government of Kenya’s threat to bring charges against those involved in the making of “Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, broadcast on December 8.

Al Jazeera urges the Government of Kenya (GoK) not to attack journalists or to curtail freedom of speech, but instead to confront the serious allegations that its agents commit extra-judicial killings.

“Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, produced by the network’s Investigative Unit, features the testimony of a number of members of Kenya’s counter terrorism units. Each states that the police assassinate suspects on government orders. They claim orders come from the National Security Council, a body chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The documentary was neither “malicious” nor “unethical”. Each point made by the GoK is erroneous and misinformed.

• The promotional material for the documentary never claimed death squads had killed 500 clerics.

• The programme gave the GoK ample opportunity to reply to the accusations and included its denials.

• The identities of all persons interviewed and documents released were checked and verified.

The investigation was the confirmation of an allegation that has been widespread in Kenya for many years:

• The International Criminal Court has spent more than four years examining evidence of extra-judicial killings said to have been committed by the President and his deputy. The case collapsed after the Prosecutor accused the GoK of “an unprecedented effort to intimidate and interfere with witnesses”.

• In 2009, Wikileaks published a document that provided evidence that over 500 young men were killed or made to disappear in a police campaign.

• The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, declared in 2010: “I have received overwhelming testimony that there exists in Kenya a systematic, widespread and well-planned strategy to execute individuals.”

• In August 2014, Human Rights Watch issued a report that concluded: “There is strong evidence that Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.”

• Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on December 9 in response to our investigation: “I have been in the National Security Council and I am aware that the government has a hit squad.”

The GoK accuses those involved in the production of violating “the democratic space which every Kenyan must protect to prevent our democracy from being appropriated by agents and/ or sympathizers of extremists and terrorist agenda.”

Al Jazeera rejects this claim.

While the team that conducted the investigation is based outside Kenya, the statement appears directed at journalists within the country who examine and report on government abuses.

We note that the GoK is proposing new legislation seeking to punish journalists who are found guilty of “undermining security operations”. According to reports, the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 seeks to jail such persons for up to three years or fine them five million Kenyan Shilling (55,000 USD) or both.

Al Jazeera defends the right of journalists to freedom of expression and condemns attempts to restrict the work of professional journalism. It stands by colleagues in the profession facing acts of aggression and harassment.

December 10th 2014

December 8, 2014

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Karl Marx of Kenya list Says God Had Nothing to do With Dropping of Uhuru’s Case at ICC

Uhuru Kenyatta: Should stop empty anti-imperialist rhetoric

Uhuru Kenyatta: Witness intimidation and other strategies led to dropping of cases

Below is an article by a guy called, Karl Max, claiming that Kenyans should stop dragging God’s name into the withdrawal of Uhuru’s case at ICC. Do you think it makes any sense; Just read.

So, Kenyan ‘Christians’ are blaring all over, claiming that it’s their consistent prayers that ‘touched’ God who, in turn, ‘touched’ Bensouda to drop the charges. It would be so comical, if it weren’t so blasphemous.

Get this into your skull: its witness intimidation, bribery of witnesses, reckless investigations and government non-cooperation that radically weakened the case against Uhuru. I frankly don’t know whether Uhuru was guilty or not and it doesn’t matter now; what I know is that the court of conscience rarely forgives and the celestial throne is nothing like the farces staged in this world under the name of ‘justice’.

Whether its Uhuru, Ruto, Raila or whoever it was who orchestrated the violence, the sword of conscience will haunt the culprits up to their graves and even beyond. The poor lunatics who actually raped women, hacked people to death and burned innocent people in a church will have to account for each and every single crime that they committed come the judgement day.
That’s certain.

Now, back to Christians: Stop adding the sin of blasphemy into your already spilling sins. Once the rulers of this world manage to stage their intrigues courtesy of their bottomless pits of wealth and their power, stopping claiming it was God who helped them.

Stop dragging God into your dirty cesspits hallmarked with serpentine schemes and political con games.

Once a millionaire thug bribes voters into electing him as a governor, stop the ‘Leadership is from God’ nonsense. You damn well know the dark ruler of this world.  You damn well know that the god of Kenyans hearts is wealth not God. You damn well know that its this god called mammon that creates leaders in Kenya, not God.

Even the devil with all his daredevil spirit, has never attempted to drag the name of God into the dirty affairs of men. You are exceeding the wickedness of the devil. And the horrible price for this will last up to eternity.

- Karl Max/Kenyanlist.com

December 2, 2014

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Lady Neema & Sammy Kasule

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 05-06/12/2014
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station
New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
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December 2, 2014

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Robert Omuga’s Mom Passes On: Open House; Prayer Meeting on Saturday 6th December

mamaIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Omuga’s mother, Sara Gesare. Omuga, who is a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, has been plunged into deep mourning together with members of his family.

Kenyans, friends, well-wishers, sympathizers and people of good will are currently congregating at Omuga’s residence to condole with the bereaved family and to provide comfort during this difficult time of mourning and sadness.

The passing of Sara is the second tragedy to have struck Omuga’s family in the recent past, the first having been the tragic loss of Omuga’s father early this year, a loss which prompted the Kenyan to travel home to attend his dad’s funeral.

An “Open House” is scheduled for today, Tuesday 2nd December and Friday, 5th December 2014 from 18.00 hrs while Prayers/Funds Drive has been set for Saturday December 6th at Omuga’s residence at Björnstigen 30 Bergshamra Solna. Those who will be unable to attend the Funds Drive can show solidarity through Omuga’s account number 7012308677 at Nordea.

As is expected, Robert is planning to travel home this week (latest Monday) to attend his mom’s funeral. Those wishing to send messages of support, show solidarity with the bereaved family or send messages of condolences can contact Omuga at 0735443561. For further information please contact: Pamela  Sakajja on  0739367810.

KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Omuga following the demise of a mother and loved member of the family. It is God who giveth and God who taketh away. Sara has lived her life, kept the faith and now gone to be with her Maker. May Sara Gesare’s soul rest in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

November 25, 2014

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SEK 25,000 Raised at Saturday’s Milka Solidarity Party/Prayer Meeting in Stockholm

On Saturday, November 22nd, Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers congregated at the residence of Milka Kamau to condole with the family following the passing of Milka’s dad in Kenya. Apart from being close to Milka at a critical time when her family needed support, mourners were also around the family to pray and to raise funds towards the funeral of Milka’s dad.

Immediately after the sad news broke out late last week, a “Family Support Committee” was set up by friends to address the urgent issue of how Milka could be assisted. The Committee, which was headed by Mark Gaya, subsequently called the Prayer cum Fund raising Meeting which was well attended.

Speaking to KSB soon after an evaluation of the event, Mr. Gaya thanked all Kenyans friends and people of good-will who heeded the Committee’s call and turned up to make the event a big success. He said that after the balancing of accounts, a total of 25.000 kr was raised in support of the family. Mr. Gaya said that the success of the event was a result of team work and solidarity by all those who were moved by the tragedy that had struck Milka’s family without notice.

Mr. Gaya thanked all Committee members who took various responsibilities plus all those who delivered on various assignments to make the event a success. He hoped that Kenyans and friends alike will continue to show solidarity with one another especially during times of need. He also thanked KSB for helping spread the message about the event to Kenyans and friends alike through the blog site, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsup, Google+ and other Social Media networks in which KSB is represented.

Mr. Gaya said that according to information from the Milka family, the dad will be laid to rest on Wednesday, 26 November 2014.

Okoth Osewe

November 23, 2014

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Pamela Omiti is Back from Kenya after Mom’s Funeral: Says “Thank You” Very Much

Mrs Pamela Omiti, a Kenyan who lost her mother in Kenya and who had to rush to the funeral abruptly, is back in Stockholm. Speaking to KSB, Pamela said that she would like to thank everybody who condoled with the family following the demise of her mother who passed away after a short illness.

“I am now back in Stockholm and although my family is still trying to cope with the death of my mom, all is well”, she told KSB. She said that the burial went well and that her trip to and from Kenya was also fine.

She said that her family was very much moved by the support they received at a time of tragedy and added that she will soon call a “Thank You” gathering at her residence to show gratitude to friends, sympathizers and well-wishers who supported the family morally and materially at a very difficult time marked with mourning and sadness.

KSB welcomes Pamela back from Kenya as she starts a new life following the demise of her mom. We hope that the family will continue to receive the support of the good people in Stockholm because after the demise of a loved one, the act of healing is usually a long process.

Okoth Osewe

November 21, 2014

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Autopsy Shows Coronary Heart Disease, Broken and Dislocated Ribs; Fractured Sternum Killed Kajwang

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Autopsy results released on Friday afternoon show that the late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ had coronary artery disease which led to his death on Tuesday night.

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the post-mortem had shown that he had an enlarged heart.

The tests further show that one of his blood vessels was narrow.

Doctors who examined his body also noticed that there was massive erosion of his stomach as well as external injuries that were visible to the naked eye.

Siaya Senator James Orengo has told reporters that an analysis has also shown that Kajwang, who was involved in an accident over a week ago had some broken ribs, a fracture on the sternum and a dislocation of one rib.

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November 21, 2014

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Milka Kamau’s Dad Passes on in Kenya: “Open House” Daily at Milka’s Residence

Milka Kamau, a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, has lost her father in Kenya following a short illness. The dad passed away yesterday in Kenya. An “Open House” has been set up daily at Milka’s residence at Huggingagatan 36 in Märsta by a “Family Support Committee” currently helping Milka’s family to cope with the tragedy. The Open House is active from 14.00 hrs.

Milka will be travelling home to attend her father’s funeral. A Prayer Meeting/Harambee is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday November 22nd at the residence. Family members, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers continue to pour into Milka’s residence to condole with the bereaved family during this difficult time of great shock and sorrow.

For further information or messages of condolences, call 0739134209 or 0765684454. Those who will be unable to attend the Prayer Meeting can show solidarity with the family through account number 3300-7704272348 at Nordea. Milka is related to Mrs. Rosemary Mukundi, a Kenyan also resident in Stockholm. The late baba Milka is Rosemary’s brother.

KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Milka following the tragedy of losing a close and loved member. Specifically, the passing of a father is not an easy experience and we hope that Milka and her family will gather the necessary courage to go through this very difficult moment marked with tears and great grief. May the Almighty God rest the soul of the departed in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

November 19, 2014

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Otieno Kajwang’s Dad Suffers a Heart Attack; Rushed to Aga Khan Hospital

Upon hearing the news about his son’s sudden demise, Kajwang’s dad is reported to have suffered a heart attack early this morning and was rushed to Aga Khan hospital where he is in stable condition.

Okoth Osewe

November 18, 2014

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Breaking News: Otieno Kajwang, Homa Bay Senator, is Dead

HON_KAJWANGAccording to reports reaching KSB, Otieno Kajwang, Homa Bay Senator, is dead. A source told KSB that Kajwang died of “cardiac arrest” at Mater Hospital in Nairobi. Reports say that Kajwang fell ill at his South B home after which he was rushed to Mater Hospital but unfortunately, doctors could not save his life. He passed away in the company of family members who had rushed him to hospital. At the time of going to blog, there was no confirmation from any major Media in Kenya about the sad news although KSB can confirm that Kajwang is dead. Otieno will be remembered for his “Bado mapambano” songs at political rallies.

KSB sends deep condolences to Kajwang’s family during this time of great shock and sorrow. We hope that the family will find the courage to go through this difficult time of great grief that has struck the family without notice. Kajwang will be missed by all those who new him together with members of his ODM Party especially Raila Odinga. Until his death, Kajwang was one of the most loyal supporters of Raila Odinga within ODM and probably one of the most vocal when it came to defending Raila against critics.

Prior to his death, there was no public indication that the late Senator was unwell. News about his death will therefore come as a great surprise to millions of Kenyans who knew him as a charismatic politician and staunch supporter of Raila Odinga. His death will be a big blow to Baba because he has always been part of ODM strategy. The gap he has left will never be filled. May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Further information will be availed as it becomes available.

Okoth Osewe

November 18, 2014

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Stripping: Kenyan in Stockholm on a Lone “Placard Protest” in Underground Train

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A unidentified Kenyan in Stockholm has today taken the dramatic step of staging a one-woman’s “Placard Protest” in an underground train station. The Kenyan woman hanged a placard on her neck as she sat in the train, much to the consternation of commuters. In her message, she sought to dissuade potential tourists from visiting Kenya following what, she wrote, is the stripping of women and sexual abuse “in broad day light”. She was not immediately available for comment.

November 18, 2014

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Another Woman Stripped and Beaten at Mihango Bus Stage in Kayole, Nairobi

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A crowd of on-lookers gather at Mihago Bus stage in Kayole, Nairobi following brutal beating and stripping today of another girl by “Twende Kazi” bandits. The new stripping episode was an answer to “My Dress My Choice” demo in Nairobi organized yesterday by activists to try and put a break to the growing beating, stripping and humiliation of girls especially in Nairobi by marauding thugs.

November 18, 2014

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Has Not Shown Political Will To Fight Corruption

Jared Odero

Jared Odero

This is a follow-up to an article by Cecilia Bäcklander, Swedish independent journalist and film maker posted at here at the Nordic African Institute

The level of impunity in Kenya is beyond description, especially on corruption issues that touch upon senior government officials and politicians. However, it is not surprising in a country that elected former President Kibaki who (during his inaugural speech on December 31, 2002) promised to wipe out corruption, yet in his ten years of leadership, presided over some of the worst financial scandals in the country’s history. The documented losses during his term dwarfed those of his predecessor, retired President Moi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is not different so far, since he has not acted decisively on the promise he made last year, of weeding out the corrupt officials in his office. Some senior Government workers mentioned adversely as having carted away Ksh8 billion from the Central Bank of Kenya towards the end of Kibaki’s tenure, are still working under him. He may not fight corruption effectively because he was part of both Moi’s and Kibaki’s governments, and has maintained such employees for political mileage. It is about tribal affiliation.

At the end of October 2013, Uhuru launched a web portal to encourage users to report incidents of corruption directly to him. However, there has been no public feedback on its contents and a cursory check shows it is out-of-function – “Sorry, the post you are looking for is not available.” Error 404 – page not found: http://www.president.go.ke/en/category/corruption.php
On the other hand, the website http://ipaidabribe.or.ke created in 2011 for a similar purpose by Kenyan Antony Ragui, indicates 7114 bribe reports valued at KES 218,951,440 = USD 2,432,795.724. It is noted that: “Traffic bribes account for the majority of self-reported soliciting on the Kenyan website I Paid a Bribe.”

A report published by the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (Kenya Chapter) on 25th October, 2013 asserted that: “Despite the fact that bribery remains high in Kenya, only seven in 100 Kenyans will report or complain if they encountered bribery according to the East African Bribery Index 2013. Only 7% of respondents who encountered bribery said they would report. When asked why they did not report any of the bribery incidences they encountered, majority of the respondents (27%) said they knew no action would be taken if they reported. Other reasons given included ‘I did not know where to report’ (17%), ‘I was a beneficiary’ (16%), ‘it did not occur to me that I should report’ and ‘fear of intimidation/reprisal’ each at 13%.”

Kenyans are generally losing confidence in President Kenyatta who seems to be more concerned about his image – too much public relations –traveling across the country and abroad, while busy attacking the West, yet he cannot control insecurity. There are no-go zones in the country because Kenyans risk being robbed or fatally attacked. Uhuru’s answer to the recent brutal murders of policemen and some civilians in Kapedo, was to send the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who are reportedly looting property, killing livestock and burning down villages. It has not occurred to him that the murderers can be easily arrested by applying intelligence gathering tactics and other effective forms of interrogation. No suspects have been arrested in the Kapedo clampdown, just as in the earlier Mpeketoni-Lamu killings. Recently, Deputy President William Ruto ordered the arrest of men who stripped naked a woman in Nairobi, then posted her video online. A female activist who participated in the street protest yesterday against the heinous act, told the media that nobody has been arrested. Both Uhuru and Ruto are known to ‘bark’ orders, threats and warnings, yet many are hardly obeyed.

Former anti-corruption tsar John Githongo, who went into self-exile after revealing the Anglo-Leasing corruption scandal, recently mentioned that: “Ever since we started engaging our Chinese colleagues in business, transparency has crashed, and that is causing considerable concern vis-a-vis corruption and its potential implications with regards to governance problems. Corruption is ultimately causing poverty. It’s poisoning our politics. It’s increasing the level of violence in our politics. It’s causing Kenya – despite all our growth, the shiny buildings, all the nice cars – to head towards failure.” See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/03/john-githongo-kenya-corruption-politics

Findings from various studies reveal that fighting corruption in a country requires political will from the top leadership. Though many supporters of Uhuru keep defending him as corruption-free, by virtue of having been the Finance minister under Kibaki, a lot of money was embezzled through shady deals. For instance, his policy of changing from fuel guzzling vehicles to lower capacity engines (for all senior government officials), was eventually more expensive since they had to be equipped with other accessories, like body armor. A new public accounting report shows many of the luxury cars surrendered by the officers are still in an open yard because they were not sold, and have thus lost their resale value. Under Uhuru’s presidency, his ministers drive fuel guzzlers, to the chagrin of poor Kenyan taxpayers.

A chapter in the 2013 report published by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya, mentioned that some close relatives of Uhuru had over the years, acquired vast pieces of land illegally. Apparently, some State House operatives forced the Commissioners to redact the information so as not embarrass him. Are Uhuru’s relatives above the law? How then, can he implement its recommendations with such bias?

William Ruto has equally no moral grounds to fight corruption since he has a trail of past land theft allegations and illegal activities. Last year, the High Court in Nairobi ordered him (as deputy president), to pay a fine of Ksh5 million to a Kenyan whom he had grabbed his 100-acre farm in Rift Valley, having fled the post-election violence of 2007/08.

Finally, a recent article by Jacob Kushner argued that: “One prominent investment risk consultant,  Daniel Wagner, predicted that unless the country’s leaders change their tune and decide to tackle corruption with the resources and prowess that requires, “Kenya will continue to muddle along as it has for decades, failing to address the corruption issue in any meaningful way, and squandering the opportunity to become a genuine regional economic powerhouse.” In: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/kenya-corruption_n_5995984.html

Jared Odero

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