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

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Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 05-06/12/2014
Time: 21.00-01.00
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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

November 11, 2014

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Pencil Artist Jaduong Okello Draws Jeff Koinage and Gets Appointment on “The Bench! Wao!!

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November 11, 2014

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After the Dreaded “Mos Maiorum Virus” Alert, Kenya-Stockholm’s U-Boats Are Safe

Human Uboat deep under Stockholm's Waters

Human Uboat deep under Stockholm’s Waters

As the Swedish military was seeking out a Russian Uboat which was allegedly doing the rounds underneath Stockholm’s waters, the Swedish police were on a different mission to flush out the “human Uboats” (aka paperless) operating in Stockholm’s under-world. The Russian Uboat was being sort by sophisticated military boats and helicopters while its human counterparts were mainly being hunted by the Swedish secret police. Just like the Russian submarine, reports reaching KSB indicate that the Swedes failed totally to nab a single Kenya-Stockholm’s Uboat.

If there were any arrests from other parts of the world who were all endangered during the two-weeks of the Swedish operation last month, all concerned will have to wait until next month when an official report (detailing the number of captures) will be released by the Swedish authorities. What is certain is that no Kenyan was nabbed and the explanation is simple.

Intelligence circulated by word of mouth a week before the crack-down appears to have worked in favour of the victims whose right to stay in a country of their choice on planet earth was on the verge of being violated.

According to intel, it was well known that the “search and capture” mission was to take place in town with the entry and exit points of public transport marked as “the most dangerous” zones for victims. What happened is that for the two weeks the operation was in motion, all Kenya-Stockholm’s Uboats simply “disappeared” from public view. The safest strategy was to stay at home, locked indoors in some kind of self-imposed house arrest and it worked like magic.

If you were in danger, even being driven around by some friend was out of question because the cops had announced that the attempt to nab Uboats would be part of routine checks on motor ways as trouble makers on the road were being pursued. A Driving License check on whoever was behind the wheel could prompt an ID check on any suspicious looking passenger (read dark-skinned) in the car and, under the circumstances, a real victim could easily get nabbed. Keeping away from any moving object on the road was therefore part of strategy.

Two weeks is a long time to stay locked in a house and for those in the “vinywaji club”, the situation could easily turn from “boring” to “unbearable” if the stockpile of the holy waters begin to dry up. To put it in the familiar language employed by the American government in its unending search for terrorists, the indicator usually shows a green light when the stock of holy waters in the fridge is good enough. As minutes become hours and hours become days, it is absolutely natural for the stock to go down mid-way, a development which automatically triggers the indicator to flash a pink light in the imagination, meaning the situation is 50-50. When the stock is on the verge of depletion, it’s usually a red light and at this point, the consumer’s hormones responsible for igniting pleasure out of the use of vinywaji related liquids usually informs the brain that it is time to visit the deport (aka System) for purposes of re-stocking. This brings us to the key point.

During the Uboat hunting weeks, the anti-nabbing instruction manual warned suspects against zooming to the liquor store (even if the situation was looking bad in the fridge) because of two reasons. Your youthful outlook could trigger a request for an ID and if the document was not forth-coming, unge kua unanusa ndege, meaning you could be smelling the inside of an aircraft to Kenya, probably Ethiopian Airlines or Kenya Airways.

Another loop-hole at the system is that even if you appear old enough to purchase liquor at the store, you may unknowingly pay for the stuff in hard currency notes and arouse suspicion. Majority of shoppers at the liquor stores (especially in typical Swedish areas like Täby, Mörby, Lidingo etc) are known to pay for their purchases with credit cards or visa cards. If you are a non-white in town, you are already a “suspect” of some undisclosed or unknown crime regardless of your paper status. If you show that you don’t have a credit card, the cashier could pretend that you are “too young” and ask for your ID. If you fail the test, security guards are always loitering around at the store and you can be sure that you won’t be able to leave the store. This is how Josse, a 37 year-old Uboater from Kenya, was nabbed in Stockholm last year. The strategy of not purchasing liquor at the System is useful at all times and could save you from being driven to the airport. Always, send someone.

Police sniffer dog

police dogOn the Kenya-Stockholm front, another reason why the cops ended up empty handed is that majority of Uboaters kept away from pubs and other drinking joints as a matter of routine. These are “danger points” because being asked for an ID by security guards on the door is easy and legally justifiable.

Of cause, you could be a Uboater who has made more enemies with your people than friends. The risk is that if your enemies know your address (you have been going round announcing to friends and enemies alike that you live with Father Krismas), the two weeks of Uboat hunting were the most tricky. To be safe, some Uboaters simply talked to friends to help them change addresses temporarily until the situation normalized and it worked. A Uboater who had snatched the girlfriend of a colleague escaped arrest when the cops visited the girl’s address asking to see the IDs of people who were living in the apartment. After they intimidated the girl with their police IDs, they gained entry with a police dog which sniffed around for any Kenyanoid Paperlessos who may have been hiding under the bed or in some special chamber in the wardrobe. They found nothing and left empty handed. When the boy was informed about the incident, he knew that Tobby, his romantic rival, may have tried to sell him out.

Although a Uboater, you may be hustling around, breaking your back after acquiring some junk job where you earn 40kr an hour. The “two weeks of curfew” were the exact point in time when you needed to become very sick and miss job during the “dark days”. If you have been cleaver enough to cheat the system by working nyeupe with a borrowed kipande, missing work was not a good strategy because no one was going to surface to try and pin you down since you are officially “in the system”.

At least, one Kenyan Uboater got very sick but there was no big problem – thanks to the asylum doctors who treat Uboaters for free and who know how to get any type of medicine “on humanitarian grounds”. They deserve your prayers because they really save lives.

It will be interesting to see how many Uboaters were unlucky and got nabbed. Initially, the operation was supposed to be secret because its efficacy was going to be affected if information about it got out of the bag. The “State Watch” website, which leaked the information before it was picked up by the media, did a good job.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, humans have a right to move and work freely across the globe. With increasing globalization, militarization and crisis of capitalism internationally, the right to free movement by humans across the world is constantly violated by States. These conditions (together with instigated wars, exploitation of the ex-colonial world and unequitable distribution of wealth) will continue to inspire migration and creation of Uboats all over the world. Uboaters will therefore have to change tactics in order to survive.

Okoth Osewe

November 4, 2014

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Bobo Sukari; Kabara and Ben Joe

Dekula Band”Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 07-08/11/2014
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station
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October 30, 2014

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Nairobi Hawker Complains About the Invasion of Kenyan Informal Sector by Chinese Hawkers

A photo that has gone viral online showing a Chinese man roasting maize purportedly in the streets of Nairobi, has ignited anger amongst many Kenyans who feel that the Chinese have ‘invaded’ the informal sector and are taking away jobs meant for poor Kenyans. The feeling is linked to the presence of whites and Indians in Kenya who do not directly hawk their goods on the streets. In 2012, some Kenyan traders protested in Nairobi against what they called: “The Chinese Invasion”.

The Star newspaper reported that the protestors said the Chinese were selling their goods, which mainly included textiles and mobile phones at throw away prices. “When we go to the Embassy to ask for a Visa to go to China, we are only given a two weeks Visa”.

“The Chinese must go. Let them come and build roads. We don’t want them to manufacture goods, export them to Kenya, and engage in wholesale, retail and even hawking the goods,” claimed one protestor.

The hawkers also said the Chinese do not have work permits and that most of them are taking three months wok permits to hawk in Kenya. “The government must protect us. We are not enemies of China, we want them to come as investors and not as hawkers,” said Ben Mutahi, the chairman of the Kenya Worldwide Importers and Traders Association.
“Who gave Chinese hawkers work permits to do business? They can’t speak English. We welcome investors. Hawking is not an investment. We need the law to be applied and the government needs to withdraw wrongly given licenses,” said Evans Kidero, then Nairobi Governor hopeful.

Former President Mwai Kibaki declared in 2003 that Kenya would face East and opened the doors for the Chinese. Unfortunately, they are now major players in the informal market, which is the core of survival for majority Kenyans.

Across Africa, the Chinese have been accused by petty traders of flooding their markets with cheap goods and using unethical trade tactics to throw them out of business. There are now approximately 1 million Chinese living in Africa. IRINNEWS reported that:

“In Malawi, Chinese-owned shops and restaurants have proliferated since the country established diplomatic ties with China in 2007. But the government was recently prompted by bitter complaints from local business owners to introduce legislation preventing foreign traders from operating outside of major cities.”

In Lesotho: “Chinese are now selling makoenya [fat cakes], loose cigarettes, even beer at retail prices, but their business category forbids them from doing so.”

Anti-Chinese sentiment is on the rise in Lesotho, making it the latest site of such ethnic hostilities in Africa. A growing number of Basotho blame Chinese immigrants for the ongoing poverty of the small landlocked country, which has few natural resources and depends heavily on remittances from workers in its giant neighbour, South Africa.

“They are killing Basotho businesses all over! Up in the mountains you find Chinese; they are all over and they’re killing us!”

In Zambia: “Yes, they are giving us jobs, but these are not jobs to help us [improve our lives]. They are jobs to help them make more money. I am paid 350,000 kwacha [US$70] every month, and what can you do with that amount? It is like my salary just goes for transport to come here and go home.”

In Namibia: “Our goods were not allowed to enter China. Only after we complained bitterly and there was a stand-off where we were to withdraw from the mission, were we allowed a temporary permit to export some products into China.” China had earlier refused to accept Namibian meat and fish to be sold or consumed in China, leading to the cancellation of a planned trip to China by a Namibian business delegation.

“The Chinese provide unfair competition by flooding the market with inferior products at lower prices, thereby edging local businesses. Civil work in Namibia, which has predominantly used local labour, is largely carried out through Chinese construction firms bidding below current market prices.”

In Congo Kinshasa: Chinese shops are abundant in the city, most selling counterfeit brands and employing the Congolese to do the peddling. “They pay them monkey-money,” says Billy Mbudi Butshianga, who works as a consultant for Western companies. “How can you pay someone $50 a month when they have a family to feed? So employees steal without them noticing.”

“If we can take the Congo,” Mao said in 1964, “we can have all of Africa.” While Mao had revolution on his mind, today’s party leaders understand that Congo’s soil has every mineral known to man: 10% of the planet’s known copper; 30% of its cobalt; 80% of its coltan (used in everything from PlayStations and iPads to magnets, cutting tools, and jet engines); and untold quantities of bauxite and zinc, cadmium and uranium, gold and diamonds.

The Chinese should concentrate on investments in the formal sector dealing with infrastructural projects and mining, and should not compete with Kenyans whose livelihoods depend on hawking and other petty trade.

Onesmus Mwenje
Affected Hawker
Nairobi, Kenya

October 27, 2014

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Ten Reasons Why Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nyanza Trip May Have Been Cancelled

Last week, Uhuru Kenyatta’s scheduled 3 day tour of Nyanza province was cancelled by the Office of President. Although Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma attended a meeting at the Office of President to discuss details of the meeting and even outlined the development projects Uhuru was set to address, the tour was

Okoth Osewe

Okoth Osewe

unceremoniously cancelled without rescheduling. The cancellation has since generated multiple theories and speculation especially in social media as online propagandists attempt to decipher the code that could explain why kamwana could not show up in the land of fish mongers where Baba is regarded as the President. Jokes aside, what are the probable reasons why Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nyanza tour was cancelled at the eleventh hour?

1. The trip was being organized when Baba was away giving lectures in the United States. Whether you like it or not, the presence of Uhuru Kenyatta in Nyanza province when baba is abroad could automatically have been construed by Baba’s supporters as an “insult” to Baba. This perception could have worked against Uhuru because it could have created the impression that after stealing Baba’s presidency, Uhuru was now seeking to undermine him in his absence at the very center of his political base. The consequence could have been unforeseen security risks posed by Baba’s supporters who were likely to seek chaos of sorts at any political meeting or gathering where Uhuru was the chief guest.

2. The last time Uhuru was in Nyanza, he was in Migori County where he was not just shouted down but also pelted with shoes by rowdy youths. In the glare of cameras, Uhuru miserably failed to calm the group of youths who were heckling him and throwing objects at the main dais. In the end, the President had to be surrounded by his security before being whisked away in what was probably the most shameful public scene Uhuru has ever been exposed to since he was sworn in as President. Compared to Kisumu County, Migori County is remote and is not popular for political hooliganism. It is notable that Baba was not at the meeting. Uhuru’s Nyanza tour may have been cancelled because of fear that if youths in Migori could make life difficult for Uhuru and cause him to be whisked away by security, what can the hard-core and die-hard Baba’s supporters at Baba’s biggest political base do if they were convinced that Uhuru’s trip was designed to undermine Baba in his absence?

3. Within the Republic of Nyanza, 99% of inhabitants believe that Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency represents the second denial of Baba the seat of President through election rigging by Mount Kenya Mafia cartel. Under the circumstances, the wounds of the second stealing of Baba’s Presidency in Nyanza (especially Kisumu) have not healed. If the trip could have continued, it could have amounted to rubbing pilipili into a festering wound that was created by the stealing of Baba’s presidency in 2007. To bring the point home, one has to quote the Baba supporter who wept on TV after Baba’s appeal case on Presidential ballot was thrown out by the compromised Willy Mutunga led Supreme Court of Kenya. As he held a piece of paper which he claimed was “evidence” that election was rigged, this now famous supporter declared that “Nyanza is not Kenya” before giving Uhuru an ultimatum that he should never step foot in Nyanza (Kisumu). Although this man has no possibility of stopping Uhuru from visiting Nyanza, his words quietly resonates with the sentiments of millions of Baba’s supporters who believe that the rule of the Mount Kenya Mafia cartel had killed democracy in Kenya, destroyed elections as a legitimate method of changing governments and replaced elections with the will of the mafia.

4. Since flag independence in 1963, and because it has constantly been perceived as the seat of opposition by every government, Nyanza province has suffered both political and economic marginalization by the three previous regimes of Uhuru’s father Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki. After presidential election was stolen in 2013, the people of Nyanza (just like millions of Kenyans) believed that during this era of devolution, resources would filter back to the counties from the Central government and that the issue of further marginalization on political grounds will not come into play. After Uhuru took over power, his Jubilee government has been spending more time frustrating devolution by starving the counties of the much needed funds for development. For the people of Nyanza, this starvation of funds is just but the continuation of the policy of stagnation, both economically and developmentally. Uhuru’s posture that he is touring Nyanza to “promote development projects” in Nyanza when his government is frustrating devolution is seen in Nyanza as a bluff. For this reason, his safety cannot be guaranteed especially if the trip does not have Baba’s blessing. Could this be why the trip was postponed by Uhuru’s security which advised against it?

5. If Baba has a huge following in Kenya, a fair assessment would place his support in Nyanza as “fanatical” where he is seen as a political messiah whose mission is to liberate Kenya and Baba knows this. Since he came to power, every Jubilee attack dog has been set (politically speaking) to maul baba. In the previous regime, Mwai Kibaki was Baba’s equal and although they had a similar share of “retirement benefits” after leaving Office, Baba is yet to get his share from Uhuru’s government although Kibaki continues to enjoy the red carpet, state security, a half a billion retirement home, an office among other goodies.   On the other hand, Baba has no State security and the seriousness of the situation became apparent when a miscreant made his way close to Baba with a bakora and caned him on the back, an ugly incident which was captured on camera. When Uhuru is coming to Nyanza, he is principally coming to meet Baba’s supporters. How does he expect them to treat him with dignity when he is treating Baba like a cockroach? It is akin to burning the koran then attempting to address Muslims in a mosque! Of cause! Baba cannot be equated with the koran and the analogy is only for example purposes. Can Uhuru survive the “fatwa” that was declared by Raila’s crying supporter?

6. In 1969 soon after Uhuru’s father, Jomo Kenyatta, killed Tom Mboya  (the brilliant Luo politician who was tipped to become President because Uhuru’s dad was aging), Kenyatta travelled to Kisumu to open the “Russian Hospital”. During the ceremony, a verbal altercation ensued between Jaramogi Oginga Odinga (Raila’s father) and Kenyatta. What ensued cannot be detailed here but in summary, Kenyatta ended up hurling dirty insults at both the late Odinga and members of the Luo community. “Nita wasiaga siaga kama unga… kuma mama zenyu” (I will crush you like floor… the vagina of your mothers), he said at which point stones begun to fly. The end result was that Kenyatta was stoned and the paramilitary, which accompanied him, had to open fire on the crowd as Kenyatta was whisked away to safety. A dawn to dusk curfew was then declared in Kisumu. How is this incident relevant to the cancellation of Uhuru’s Nyanza trip?

Sad as it may sound, the fear within Uhuru’s security is that the 1969 drama could replay itself especially if Raila Odinga is not involved in Uhuru’s trip. In the 1969 scenario, Jaramogi felt betrayed by Kenyatta whom he had helped by securing his release from detention so that the old man could become President of Kenya. After he came to power, Kenyatta embarked on a land-grabbing spree and political assassinations before adopting hostile positions which forced Jaramogi to resign from his position as Vice President to form the Kenya People’s Party which Kenyatta banned and then converted Kenya into a one Party dictatorship.

In the case of Raila, Uhuru Kenyatta came to power by stealing Raila’s Presidency after which he denied Raila his legitimate retirement benefits before sending Jubilee attack dogs to try and belittle, pour scorn and humiliate Raila. Now, Uhuru is not only frustrating devolution after failing to deliver on every election promise but is also trying to kill the Raila instigated Referendum which is in the interest of the people of Kenya. Uhuru has denied Raila security, a situation which saw an odiangabuk cane Raila in public. After committing all these crimes against Baba, Uhuru Kenyatta now wants to visit Raila’s strongest political base without involving the son of Odinga? The situation is pregnant with potential for rebellion and chaos from Baba’s supporters. It is this reality that forced the Intelligence services to advice Office of President to cancel the tour until further notice. What is more?

7. The truth is that if he is interested, Raila has both the mobilization and financial capacity to make life difficult for Uhuru Kenyatta if the son of Jomo decides to visit Nyanza against his will.  It may seem ridiculous that the President may need the “blessings” of Raila if he wants to be safe in Nyanza but this is the consequence of tribalism and hero worship. Many Kenyans will remember what happened during the “men in black” incident during ODM elections, an ugly incident which was blamed on Raila without evidence. The point is that if he visits Nyanza with the sole purpose of politically undermining Raila, the son of Odinga has his own underground channels of commanding his soldiers to turn the tables on Uhuru Kenyatta in a way that may remind Kenyans of the 1969 riots. The cancellation of Uhuru’s trip may have been informed by the fact that things could turn ugly depending on how Raila’s supporters viewed the visit.

8. Another problem is that if Uhuru Kenyatta is to defy all odds and visit Nyanza regardless of the circumstances, he will need a massive security operation to ensure his safety. This security cannot be provided by police alone. The paramilitary GSU will have to be brought in to help and, in extreme cases, KDF may have to chip in. The possibility of a massive security operation especially in Kisumu involving the military or paramilitary forces is the last move the Jubilee government would want to make in the name of getting a President in any part of Kenya. Instead of providing security, such a move would increase political temperatures and increase tension in Kisumu in a way that would dampen the very essence of Uhuru visit. If a massive security operation is put underway in the name of protecting Uhuru, it would confirm that the government is afraid of Kisumu residents while at the same time, such a move would keep residents away from Uhuru’s functions. Such an action would be very embarrassing especially if Uhuru has to address a public rally without listeners. To avoid such scenarios, cancelling the Uhuru tour was probably a better option.

9. So far, there are very few credible Luos occupying  key positions in Uhuru’s government. In fact, the level of Uhuru’s tribalism is unsurpassed in the history of Kenya. It is not just Luos complaining. So far, 40 out of the 42 tribes are also complaining. Members of the Kikuyu ethnic group have and continue to occupy every key position in government as Uhuru practices tribalism in government with impunity. The situation is so serious that even members of the Kalenjin community (who are supposed to be on a 50-50 power sharing deal) are crying foul. The question that may have been answered by Uhuru’s security which cancelled the tour is that it will be impossible to fool members of the Luo community that a 3 day tour “to address development projects” will reverse the tribalism the government continues to practice as seen in the non-appointment of Luos and other ethnic groups in government positions.

10. Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma has been deeply involved in trying to get Uhuru to Kisumu. However, it must not be forgotten that Ranguma is an ally of Raila and his activities in the Office of President are seen more as diplomatic rather than serious. Despite his position as governor, Ranguma cannot guarantee Uhuru’s security in Kisumu neither is he in a position to control Kisumu youths if they decide that Uhuru is persona non Grata in Nyanza. Despite Ranguma’s assurances about security and numerous trips to OP, the Uhuru tour was cancelled because the National Security Intelligence has a more clear picture of both the situation and what is possible.

This is not to suggest that Uhuru Kenyatta will never make it to Kisumu on a political mission. Much will depend on whether he can talk to Baba to talk to his people otherwise the situation will continue to remain bleak for kamwana because of the factors mentioned. It is unfortunate that some individuals have so much power even when they are outside government but that is the reality in Kenya today.

Okoth Osewe  

October 24, 2014

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Deep Condolences to Isack Ruto Following the Demise of Dauther Emily

The late Ruth Ruto

The late Ruth Ruto

KSB has just received the news about the demise of Ruth Ruto, the 25 year old daughter of Bomet governor, Isack Ruto. Ruth died on Friday, October 24th 2014 at Aga Khan hospital where she had been admitted. Ruth, who was a leading Kenyan cricket player, will be missed by her family and all those who knew her. We take this opportunity to send deep condolences to the Ruto family following the loss of a young member was was not only ambitious but also charismatic and very progressive in various fields especially sports. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

October 23, 2014

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Pamela Omiti’s Mom Passes on in Kenya: “Open House” Set Up at the Residence

Pamela Omiti, a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, has lost her mother back home. The sad news arrived on Thursday, October 23rd during the evening hours thereby plunging the family into deep mourning.

Consequently, an “Open House” has been set up daily at the residence of Pamela at Flygkarsvägen 13 in Täby. A major Prayer Meeting/Fund raising will be held at Pamela’s residence on Saturday, 25th October 2014 from 16.00 hours.

Relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathisers are cordially invited to condole with the bereaved family during this difficult time of great shock and sorrow. Those unable to attend the funds Prayers/Funds drive can show solidarity and support through account number 326600873978 at Nordea. For further information, call 0762162704.

KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Pamela following the demise of a valuable and loved member. Pamela’s mom had been ailing for some time and it was not until now that the Almighty God decided to retire her from life on earth. She has now gone to be with her creator and has left a huge gap that will never be filled. May God rest her soul in eternal peace.

Okoth Osewe

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