October 6, 2015


The Absurdity of Jubilee Politicians’ “Prayer Rallies” for William Ruto

Jared Odero

The ongoing prayer rallies by the Jubilee politicians for William Ruto who is accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of murder, persecution and organizing attacks during the 2007-08 post-election violence (PEV) in Kenya, are sheer acts of absurdity. On February 21, 2009 an article in the Daily Nation titled “Ruto: Why I Prefer The Hague Route” specifically quoted William Ruto saying: “Kofi Annan should hand over the envelope that contains names of suspects to the International Criminal Court at The Hague so that proper investigations can start. Mr. Annan should allow us to move forward. We cannot just get stuck in one place addressing the same thing.” The statement confirmed that Ruto preferred to have his case taken to The Hague. Why then, are the Jubilee clowns praying for his acquittal?

Although the ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has already closed Ruto’s case and awaits his defense team to begin defending him, Jubilee sycophants believe that political theatrics in the name of prayers will rescue him. The prayers include speeches that insult former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, calling him the real cause of the PEV, and that he should be the one facing trial. Recently, their proverbial wag Moses Kuria claimed he had earlier teamed up with former Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua to solicit ICC witnesses against Ruto. Karua quickly got the High Court to slap a gag order on him not to issue statements connecting her to such allegations.

The article mentioned above further states: “Mr Ruto’s latest stand contradicts the position of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, leader of his ODM party, who prefers a local tribunal. A government motion to set up a special local tribunal was defeated in Parliament earlier this month, raising the possibility that suspects whose names were given to Mr Annan in a sealed envelope by the Waki Commission could be taken to The Hague for trial.”

If Raila Odinga preferred a Kenyan tribunal for the PEV cases, why are the Jubilee clowns fooling Kenyans that he took Ruto’s case to the ICC? There is a lot of foolishness in these politicians who believe the ICC is like the Supreme Court of Kenya whose recent ruling in favor of the teachers’ salary increments was ignored by Uhuru Kenyatta. They often refer to the ICC as a political court which in their twisted minds, can be bribed in favor of their corrupt wishes. Meanwhile, many must sing Raila’s name to remain relevant, since they have nothing to offer their constituents.

Prayers for what?
Jubilee politicians normally herd poor Kalenjin and Kikuyu folks like cattle at the prayer rallies whose selfish agenda is for Ruto to be freed. These politicians should know that the ICC “is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The ICC is an independent international organisation, and is not part of the United Nations system.”

Within Kenya, Ruto has been linked to numerous corruption scandals, yet the prevailing impunity in Government protects him from prosecution. Ironically, this prince of impunity troops to church every Sunday to worship God, which renders prayers a mere joke. Dictator Daniel arap Moi also worshipped in Church every Sunday, yet Kenyans suffered immensely under his corrupt leadership, and the country declined socio-economically.

Fatou Bensouda has now been allowed by the ICC trial judges to use recanted statements from five witnesses as evidence against William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang. On the matter of Raila Odinga having ‘fixed’ Ruto at the ICC, the July 20, 2014 Daily Nation article titled “ICC: How Mutea Iringo Plotted to Fix Ruto” noted that: “Deputy President William Ruto’s defence Friday claimed Interior PS Mutea Iringo and the President’s advisor on political affairs Nancy Gitau recruited ICC witnesses to fix the DP. The two were alleged to have funded the witness protection programme, and coordinated recruitment of witnesses to provide evidence to the Waki Commission to implicate Mr Ruto and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.” William Ruto was fixed at the ICC mainly by former President Kibaki’s Mount Kenya allies, among whom are current senior government employees in Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, yet Moses Kuria and his Jubilee sycophants have refused to accept it.

By demonizing Raila Odinga, Jubilee is hoodwinking Kenyans that there is a Kikuyu-Kalenjin political unity, yet sadly, many surviving Kikuyu PEV victims in Rift Valley are neglected, live in pain and poverty, and are not being prayed for publicly.

The Prayer meetings are bogus and intended to massage Ruto psychologically after reality sunk in to the effect that with Bensouda having been permitted to use recanted evidence by witnesses who had been intimidated or corrupted by Jubilee, Ruto may be facing prison at the ICC. Jubilee is ignoring all proven facts and circumstances that landed Ruto at the ICC because they are bidding farewell to Ruto through the fake prayers, having understood that he may be locked in at the ICC. They keep blaming Raila Odinga for Ruto’s ICC problems because without embedding Raila’s name in the narrative, the propaganda value of the dumb political exercises across the country are reduced to zero.

Jared Odero

September 28, 2015

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“Wazungu Wapewe” Presents: Kababa Nkomba, Bobo Sukari and Yaya Sella: 2-3 October


raila at vumbi dekula

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga chilling on the arms of a “Stockholm Babe” surrounded by massive Swedish security on the dance floor.

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”
Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 02-03/Oct/2015
Add: Swedenborgsg.20
Pendel: Södra station

September 25, 2015

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Aljazeera’s New and Shocking Evidence of Kenyatta’s Killing Squads: Killing Kenya

Watch Documentary below

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Last December, an Al Jazeera network investigation examined shocking claims that the government of Kenya has been running secret police death squads, tasked with assassinating suspected terrorists and criminals.  At the time the Kenyan government strongly refuted the allegations but reports and rumours in Kenya about extra judicial killings have continued to proliferate.

Ten months on, People and Power asked Mohammed Ali, one of Kenya’s top independent investigative journalists, to find out why.   In Killing Kenya, last night’s deeply worrying film, Ali discovers that mysterious killings are indeed continuing, amid an apparent culture of impunity that has left the Kenyan security forces open to suspicions that they are unaccountable and seemingly out of control.

In the capital Nairobi alone last year, the police killed 127 Kenyans. That’s a fatal shooting every three days. Over 1,500 Kenyan citizens have been killed by the police since 2009 and statistically Kenyans are currently five times more likely to be shot by a policeman than a criminal.

In the aftermath of almost every one of these episodes, the police account has been the same: the dead men were armed, dangerous and in the process of attacking the public or officers of the law. In other words, the use of lethal force by the police is routinely justified either as self-defence or as having been necessary to protect the Kenyan public from grievous harm.

But Ali hears from the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, a group of leading Kenyan pathologists dedicated to investigating human rights abuses. It has found that the evidence held in medical records, witness statements and even the police’s own accounts show that only 10 percent of these shootings actually came in a bid to preserve life. As many as three quarters of police shootings in Kenya, say critics, could instead be classified as something more sinister; as possible summary executions, where a person accused of a crime is killed on apprehension or instead of arrest without benefit of a full and fair trial.

Even the Kenyan Army, seen by most Kenyans as less corrupt and more trustworthy than the police, is now allegedly implicated in the torture and forced disappearance of terror suspects in the country’s north Eastern region.

That Kenya faces serious challenges from crime and terrorism is without question. The Kenyan public, shocked and appalled by these various threats to their peace and stability, have demanded action; the government has repeatedly expressed its willingness to stand firm in the face of those threats and forcibly respond. But can that ever justify abandoning the rule of law, setting aside due process and meeting violence with more extreme violence?

“It’s not as though the strategy is especially effective –except perhaps in encouraging more violence in return,” says Ali. “From the Muslim community in Mombasa to the marginalised youths of the sprawling Nairobi slums such as Korogocho or Kibera, we heard time and time again that government actions are creating a them and us culture; a breeding ground for endemic violence between economically or politically or religiously disenfranchised communities, who feel they are outside the law and therefore have no path left open other than to pick up a gun against a hostile state which seems set on engaging them in battle.”

Al Jazeera took the claims in the documentary to the highest levels of the Kenyan police in Nairobi seeking a response. “We asked repeatedly in person and in writing for an interview with the Inspector General of the Kenyan National Police,” says Ali. “We set out all our allegations and offered the organisation a chance to give us a statement. We said we wished ‘in the interests of fairness and accuracy’ to hear the police’s side of the story, to incorporate any official reply into our film. Our requests went unanswered.  And maybe that’s the problem with a culture of impunity; those who have no reason to fear legal sanction or discipline feel no real compunction to explain their actions.  But the questions for Kenya’s police forces won’t go away. They will merely become more pressing as the death toll mounts.”

Watch and embed the full 26-minute documentary here:

September 21, 2015


Why Anne Waiguru’s Kibera Slum Upgrade Initiative is a Fake Jubilee Propaganda Ploy

how jubilee rolls in governmentMembers of The National Party (TNA) under Jubilee coalition think it is politically sexy to continually attack former Prime Minister Raila Odinga whenever he opposes them on politically-incorrect decisions, such as refusing to pay teachers their new salary increase awarded by the Supreme Court, and not suspending the embattled Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS) Anne Waiguru, for the loss of Ksh791 million through fraudulent deals. President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier this year suspended five CSs whose dockets were linked to corrupt deals.

Anne Waiguru is perceived as Uhuru’s favorite CS and the rumor mills allegedly link them romantically. Besides that, Waiguru is spearheading the Kibera Slum Upgrade Initiative with the National Youth Service (NYS), which includes “construction of toilets, showers and gabions as well as cleaning up sewers” according to the NYS website. Jubilee has therefore seen it fit to use this initiative to attack Raila for not improving the livelihoods of his former constituents in Kibera (now Kibra) which is the largest informal settlement in Kenya, when he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Langata Constituency.

Not to be seen as holding brief for Raila, he first became MP for Langata under the Ford-Kenya Party in 1992 after Kenya’s first multiparty elections. In 1997 he was re-elected under the National Democratic Party (NDP), while in 2002, he was in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was elected again in 2007 until 2013, when he opted for the presidency. However, under the current constitution, a presidential candidate cannot be a parliamentarian. Raila Odinga was an Opposition MP from 1997-2001 when he got into a political agreement with then-Dictator Moi. NDP was therefore merged with Moi’s Kenya African National Union (KANU) party. Moi then appointed Raila as Energy Minister in June 2001. Under Moi’s dictatorship, Opposition MPs had no access to government resources and could therefore not improve the wellbeing of their constituents.

A 2014 report by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) on a survey of slums in Nairobi indicates that around 60-70% of Nairobi residents live in slums (p. xvii). Senator Beth Mugo (Uhuru’s cousin) was MP for Dagoretti Constituency in Nairobi from 1997 to 2007, and was also an Assistant Minister and Minister. Ironically, many of the Kawangware slum residents who gave her votes still live in extreme poverty, yet she is now very vocal against Raila in defense of Waiguru. Further, there are other slums in Nairobi yet nobody talks about them. In Kiambu County, which is home to tycoons like the Kenyattas, Koinanges, Njonjos and Karumes, thousands of Kikuyu people live in Githogoro slums. A survey by the Kiambu County Red Cross found that 53% live below the poverty line. (Standard newspaper July 9, 2013)

Slum upgrading program
In her book, Civil Society in Africa: The Role of Catholic Parish in a Kenyan Slum, Christine Bodewes (2013) dedicates Chapter Five to SLUM UPGRADING, which provides a very sound background to the process which did not feature Waiguru. “In January 2003 the Kenyan government and UN-Habitat announced their decision to implement a joint slum upgrading project in the village of Soweto in Kibera” (p. 135). “In November 2000, just months after being appointed the new executive director of UN-Habitat, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka offered to spearhead a slum upgrading program in Kenya as a gesture of good will to President Moi for hosting the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi. Officials at UN-Habitat created a committee that short-listed and ranked nine slum settlements for the upgrade; the top-ranked slum was Huruma, a small settlement of 6,500 where Pamoja Trust had already started an upgrading project. The next ranked slum was the village of Soweto located in Kibera, home to approximately 60,000 people. Even though Soweto was ranked lower, President Moi insisted that the upgrade take place there. In Kibera, it was widely believed that the upgrade was a political reward for Raila Odinga, the area MP and recent defector to the KANU party, who had promised Moi political support from his large Luo voting bloc in the upcoming 2002 elections” (p. 136). “On January 15, 2003, Raila Odinga and Anna Tibaijuka signed a memorandum of understanding that created the Kenya Slum Upgrading Program (KENSUP) to implement the Soweto upgrade” (p. 137).

Court injunctions
Unfortunately, due to personal interest from people who have for many years exploited the poor Kibera residents by charging them rent, court injunctions (stopping all demolitions) have stalled the initial Kibera slum upgrading program since 2009. What Waiguru is doing is just a scratch on the surface because there are powerful people in Kenya (mostly the Kikuyu), who for political and monetary interest, must keep the slum residents poor. Members of the Nubian community who were initially settled in the area by the British colonists, fear they will not get title deeds to own community land which they have fought for since 1997. “The Nubian community is now afraid that the government has shelved plans to issue them a title for “their land” as it has already gained considerable political mileage in the opposition stronghold.” (Nation newspaper June 13, 2015).

In February 2003 when Raila announced that Soweto residents would be moved temporarily to Athi River during the planned upgrade, there was panic among the owners of structures and small businesses, who felt they would lose their livelihoods when they returned. “Raila’s announcement sent shockwaves of fea and anxiety among the structure owners and confirmed suspicions among many Kikuyu that the upgrade was a political maneuver to permanently remove them from Kibera. Athi River was a financially depressed town where job opportunities were scarce. Structure owners complained that if they were forced to move far away to a place with very few customers, it would be nearly impossible to raise sufficient funds to finance their move back to Kibera. Even if they were able to return, their houses and businesses would already be occupied by Luo tenants brought by Raila.” (Bodewes, 2013, p. 140)

Many slum dwellers in Kibra do not have steady sources of income to pay the required rent of US$10 per month in the new flats. According to journalist Abby Higgins: “Nairobi’s middle class swooped in, searching for affordable housing in a city with skyrocketing rents. Many secured apartments in the new buildings through the informal systems of bribery that dictates a great deal of life in Kenya. And many Kibera residents who were given apartments through the programme saw a business opportunity and rented their flats to middle class tenants at four and five times the subsidised rate. Then they moved back to the slum with extra money in their pocket.” (one.org, 2013). Waiguru and her team are in this for political mileage since the high rate of corruption in her Devolution ministry and the NYS cannot sustain the Kibera slum upgrading initiative.

Jared Odero

September 14, 2015


“Wazungu Wapewe” Presents: Bobo Sukari, SugarRay, Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas: 18-19/Sept


Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 18-19-25-26/Sept/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station

September 13, 2015


Uhuru Kenyatta Must Obey the Court and Pay Teachers their Salary Increments

kenyatta must pay teachersIn August 2015, the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal to have primary and secondary school teachers awarded a 50-60 per cent salary increase, totaling Ksh17 billion. The Labor Court had similarly ruled in their favor in June. However, Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Government has refused to honor the Supreme Court’s judgment and has lodged an appeal against it. Kenyatta is categorical that his government will not honor the court order since there is no money for the pay rise. “That was a court error. I can’t pay, I won’t pay”, he told journalists.

The current dispute between the teachers and their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) dates back to 1997 when the teachers went on strike for two weeks demanding a 150-200% salary increase. Since it was an election year, then-Dictator Daniel arap Moi’s government agreed to pay them to avert a political crisis. The increment was to be implemented in phases during a period of five years. But 18 years later, this has not been honored and every sitting government’s excuse has been they cannot manage to pay the agreed salary. As a consequence, the teachers in public schools are currently on strike, and the pupils have not been taught since they reported back to school after the August holidays. This is a crucial school term for pupils in Class Eight and Form Four, who expect to sit their final year examinations.

Uhuru is not new to the salary crisis which he faced as Finance Minister under former President Kibaki’s government. What angers many Kenyans is the fact that the Jubilee government has refused to obey the Supreme Court which awarded Uhuru the presidency in 2013, against a petition by former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. Uhuru has mentioned that he will not let Kenya go the Greek-way by borrowing more money to pay teachers. He also claims that by giving in to their demand, the public wage bill will be unsustainable, and other civil servants would also demand a raise. Uhuru Kenyatta’s corrupt government has repeatedly misused taxpayers’ money on unnecessary expenses, yet cannot pay the teachers’ salary increase which has been a pending issue for many years.

Corruption and high wage bill
Critics and Jubilee sycophants alike feel the government can adjust its national budget to fit in the new pay by scaling down on recurrent expenditure. Uhuru, for instance, can lead the way by cutting down on his numerous foreign trips, which are mainly for marketing his image as a “come-back kid” after his trial was dropped by the International Criminal Court (ICC). On June 15, 2015 the Business Daily newspaper published an article titled: “Uhuru’s frequent flier diary strains State House budget” which detailed the cost of Uhuru’s foreign trips. “Mr. Kenyatta’s foreign trips have particularly come under scrutiny because the majority have been made to countries Kenya trades the least with, bringing into question what value the taxpayer is getting for the money spent. During his travels, Mr. Kenyatta is usually accompanied by large delegations, including the security detail and senior government officials who draw hefty sums in travelling allowances.

Senior members of a presidential delegation reportedly receive a daily out-of-pocket allowance of up to $400 (Sh40,000) while the government directly pays for their food and accommodation. The Controller of Budget’s (COB) half-year report for the period ending December 2014 indicated that the Presidency consumed Sh75 million in foreign travels — Sh15 million more than what was spent during a similar period the previous year. The Presidency consists of the offices of the President and the Deputy President. But the budget-bursting impact of Mr. Kenyatta’s frequent-flier lifestyle lies in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which in the corresponding period spent Sh604 million on foreign travel, a huge growth over the previous year’s Sh416 million.”

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (who is Uhuru’s favorite) has just revealed the names of 21 officers at her ministry and the National Youth Service (NYS) who made fraudulent payments amounting to Ksh791 million “to four suppliers for road construction and delivery of building materials between December 2014 and April 2015”, as reported in the Daily Nation newspaper on September 11, 2015. Further, “there was conspiracy to defraud the NYS Sh695 million in respect of committed disputed transactions.” Waiguru has now accepted there is extreme corruption in her ministry yet she had earlier denied that no money had been lost fraudulently.

Uhuru Kenyatta has not shown political-will to fight corruption and even the suspension of five Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) earlier this year, was stage-managed to show President Barack Obama that things were in order, just before he traveled to Kenya. The CSs are gradually being exculpated from the corruption charges and will soon be back to loot public coffers. The latest perception poll ranking by the research firm IPSOS Synovate on the most corrupt officials in the Jubilee government and opposition CORD, has “named suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu as the most corrupt official with 50 per cent due to her alleged links to the Karen land saga. Deputy President William Ruto was named second (31 per cent) for his alleged connections to Langata Road Primary School land case, the ‘hustler’s jet’ and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital sagas.” If Uhuru’s deputy Ruto is seen as very corrupt, what then, do people think of Uhuru’s leadership?

Uhuru Kenyatta should pay the striking teachers because money is available to pay for the corrupt lavish lifestyles of his cronies and William Ruto’s ICC expenses. Teachers deserve the pay instead of Uhuru’s political thieving sycophants. Uhuru recently bloated his government by offering public jobs to the sons and daughters of Michuki, Nyachae and Kibaki who are from extremely wealthy families and do no merit such jobs. Uhuru’s children and those of his political class do not attend public schools, so he cannot empathize with the poor teachers among whom he got a lot of presidential votes in 2013. Teachers should not vote for him in 2017. “Uhuru awalipe Walimu!”

Jared Odero

September 8, 2015


“Wazungu Wapewe” Presents: Bobo Sukari; SugarRay; Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas: 11-12/Sept

“Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 11-12/Sept/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station

September 6, 2015


William Ruto Should Carry His Own Cross at the ICC

William Ruto should carry his own cross at the ICC because Kenya is not on trial

William Ruto should carry his own cross at the ICC because Kenya is not on trial

The Jubilee government in Kenya has begun a new round of protests against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, after the recent ruling that it would use recanted witness statements as evidence in the case of accused Kenyan Deputy President, William Ruto. The Kenyan mission to the United Nations has written a protest note to the ICC and the Assembly of States Parties, to express its disappointment in this new twist.

Meanwhile, members of Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) which is dominated by his Kalenjin ethnic group, have begun their seasonal circus shows aka “prayer meetings”, calling for the freedom of their political kingpin from the yokes of the ICC. They have claimed too that since Uhuru Kenyatta’s case was dropped by the Court in December 2014, their main Jubilee coalition partner The National Alliance (TNA), dominated by Uhuru’s Kikuyu ethnic group, is not providing the necessary support to have Ruto released.

It is important to note that Uhuru Kenyatta’s case was not terminated because of his government’s earlier campaigns and protests against the ICC, which comprised “prayers, shuttle diplomacy, protest notes, appeals to the African Union to terminate it, and so forth. It was because the ICC Office of the Prosecutor was asked by the Court’s judges to produce evidence demonstrating that his “alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt” or withdraw the case. The ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had to withdraw it since the Kenyan government had refused to avail vital documents showing Uhuru’s phone and bank records from the post-election (PEV) period in 2007-08. Although the Jubilee government claimed it had cooperated with the ICC as required, the Court accused Kenyatta (in February 2014) of “pure obstructionism” . According to the Prosecutor’s office, “The Kenyan Government’s non-compliance has not only compromised the Prosecution’s ability to thoroughly investigate the charges, but has ultimately impinged upon the Chamber’s ability to fulfill its mandate.”

Extra judicial killings, bribes and disappearance of witnesses
The Prosecutor’s Office had requested for more time to build Uhuru’s case when it suspected witnesses were being killed, intimidated or bribed to recant their evidence against him. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) research and numerous media reports, since the ICC cases began, witnesses have been killed and some journalists have disappeared or fled the country. On April 30, 2015 John Kituyi, editor and publisher of the privately-owned Mirror Weekly newspaper based in Eldoret, was murdered by unknown assailants. His death came just a week after the newspaper ran a story titled: “Now ICC Plot to Lockup Ruto”. The CPJ claimed that three journalists and a family member believed Kituyi was murdered because of the story. See: “Kenyan editor murdered by unknown assailants in Eldoret town”

Eldoret-based Catholic Priest Gabriel Dolan’s piece in the Daily Nation newspaper on August 28, 2015 titled: “Extrajudicial Killings Cause for Concern”, clearly revealed the danger faced by ICC witnesses in Kenya. “The failure of state machinery to investigate the cases of John Kituyi, Jonah Bureti, Meshack Yebei and many others tells its own story of complicity and cover up.”

URP politicians are still peddling the passé lie that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had “sold” Ruto to the ICC, yet last year, Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan, claimed (to the shock of the Kalenjin community) that some of those who “fixed” him, were senior government officers in Uhuru’s government. They include former Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo, and the President’s advisor on political affairs, Nancy Gitau. A section of the media reported that: “The two were alleged to have funded the witness protection programme, and coordinated recruitment of witnesses to provide evidence to the Waki Commission to implicate Mr Ruto and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.”

Some URP members also falsely believe that if Ruto runs as president in 2017 with Uhuru as his deputy, he will be safe because Kenyan presidents have immunity against prosecution. However, they have not considered that this is not applicable in international law, and especially within the Rome Statute of the ICC. William Ruto should carry his own cross at the ICC instead of his crybaby attitude, which might stoke  political tensions. He is accused as an individual and he should stop seeking sympathy by posing as though Kenya as a country is on trial at the ICC.

Jared Odero

September 3, 2015


How to Fix a Photo-Op and a Tweet with Ambassador Joseph Sang in Stockholm

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Look for a coat, a tie, a business name and a good script then call the Embassy and request an appointment with “His Excellency”

If you are a Kenya-Stockholmer, you may know ndugu Ben very well. He has been active in the Taxi business in Stockholm and here he is, behind the Kenyan flag with Ambassador Joseph Sang after talks about his “Energy Solutions” business in Kenya! Is the “tweeting Ambassador” taking things too far?

If you are bored, call the Embassy and request to book time with Ambassador Joseph Sang. Even though you live in Stockholm, say that you are a businessman or a businesswoman based in Kenya and that you want to book an appointment with the Ambassador to discuss “bilateral issues” linked to “Business to Business” aka B2B.

The Script: You will be put through to the Ambassador’s Secretary. Once on the line, say that you will be travelling from Kenya to Stockholm via Paris, New York, London then Stockholm on a business trip and that during your stop-over in Stockholm to consult with some Swedish investors, you would like to pass by the Kenyan Embassy to have a brief chit-chat with “His Excellency” (don’t say Ambassador Sang). Make sure you have a good and convincing name for your company.

When asked about the purpose of the meeting, say that it is to explore possibilities of Embassy help in relation to your Swedish business partners. Add that apart from your Energy business line, you just linked up with the biggest Swedish bus manufacturing company and that the company’s CEO is interested in a venture  to provide 50 buses to ply routes in your home town back in Kenya. Then, release the bait.

You want to meet “His Excellency” because you recognize the role he continues to play in promoting “Business to Business” between Scandinavian countries and Kenya. You will then be told to wait on the line as his Excellency is contacted. With this script, you will, most likely, land an appointment. Once this happens, move to the next step.

Red Lip-Stick: Look for a tie and a coat at the minimum. If you can fix a suit, the better. If you are a lady, go for a business skirt (with a slit somewhere) and, possibly, a matching coat. Next, fix a weave or something neat and the day of the appointment, start the make-up with a good foundation. If possible, enhance things with a red lip-stick (mwuaa!) then pick up one of those expensive handbags you’ve always lined up for special occasions. Don’t forget the necklace (make it very visible) and, possibly, nail polish, fake gold bangles et al. That is it. Show up for the appointment!

Of cause, you must have prepared some bizz talk and carried a “business file” donge? As you enter into the Ambassador’s chamber, you will be ushered into the “business lounge” where the Embassy maid will quickly show up to ask you what you swallow (there are only two options, tea and coffee). Choose one of them otherwise you will end up with water.

During the conversation, take breaks to say good things about His Excellency and do mention that you follow each and every tweet he posts then add the following sentence jokingly: “I hope one day I will also appear on the tweets behind the Kenyan flag!” and you are done!

When the meeting is over, His Excellency will gladly walk you out of the office and before you say bwaii!, you will be invited for a photo-op guess where? Behind the Kenyan flag.

As you head for your apartment in Stockholm, you may want to check the Ambassador’s Twitter update. You just fixed a photo with His Excellency, which has been posted on Kenya Embassy’s Twitter account yeah! And the subject is: “just had discussions with xxx of Patco Investments” lol… Have a successful photo-op with “His Excellency”!

Okoth Osewe

September 3, 2015


“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba, SugarRay, Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas_ 4/5 Sept

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 04-05/Sept/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

September 2, 2015

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Update: Clay Onyango’s Brother Passes On: Fund Raising/Prayers on Friday 4th September in Rinkeby

It is with great sorrow and sadness that the family of Mr. Clay Onyango announces the passing of Clay’s brother in Kenya. Mr. Gabriel Wamalwa passed away after a 7 year battle with cancer, plunging the entire family into sudden mourning.epiphany

Relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers will meet on Friday, 4th September at a Lokal in Hinderstorps Gränd 37 in Rinkeby to raise funds towards the funeral and to pray for both the departed soul and the bereaved family during this very difficult and trying moment marked with sadness and grief.

A “Family Support Committee” headed by Mr. George Ochieng Dokta has been set up to help coordinate solidarity with the family that has suddenly found itself battling with brokenheartedness following the demise of a loved and caring member.

According to Dokta, the Chairman of the Committee, there will be no “Open House” at Clay’s residence in Tensta because Clay’s family is in Kenya.

At KSB, we take this opportunity to send deep condolences to the bereaved family. A brother is an integral member of a family and such a loss is huge by any stretch of the imagination. For this reason, the passing of a brother is a difficult, painful and excruciating event that, no doubt, devastates and ravages survivors mentally, emotionally and psychologically.

Consequently, we hope that the family will gather the necessary courage and strength to endure these arduous times as funeral plans for the late Gabriel also gets underway.

For further information, contact Chairman Dokta at 0762809436, Terry at 0737044972 or Clay’s wife Lizz at 0736573803.

Ndugu Gabriel has lived a good life and now, the Almighty God has decided that he departs from the midst of his loved ones to be with his maker. As Clay’s family ponders a new life without a brother, we, at KSB, pray that God rest the soul of the departed Gabriel in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

NB: Initial reports published at KSB emanating from a close contact of the Clay family indicated that it was Clay’s father who had passed on. Through the Committee Chairman, Mr. George Ochieng, the family has since clarified that the wrong information was the product of communication hitches. The family regrets any psychological disturbances that may have been caused by the inadvertent error. The family also wishes to clarify that Clay’s father passed away long time ago.

September 2, 2015


Why Ambassador Joseph Sang Has Failed at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm


Twitter image of Ambassador Joseph Sang

Joseph Sang, the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia, has been in Office for more than two and a half years. Sang came to Office at a time when his predecessor, the cute lady Ambassador Purity Muhindi, had literally been bamboozled out of Office by resident Kenya Embassy critics who accused Purity of elitism, unavailability, corruption at the Embassy, pomposity, tribalism, selective contacts with Kenyans (aka Walambaji) and general mediocrity in her dealings.

When Ambassador Sang was posted at the Embassy, a ray of hope lit across the Kenya-Stockholm atmosphere. The thinking was that as a youthful Ambassador, Sang would easily find his way among Wakenya in Stockholm and use his esteemed Office to unite this tiny community that was yet to come to grips with the rigged 2013 elections that had split Kenyans along ethnic lines. Although a Kalenjin, progressive Kenyans in Stockholm believed that Sang would ignore the emergent Kalenjin-Kikuyu URP-TNA braggadocio and rise above ethnicity to fight the backward tradition of Embassy sponsored tribalism that had been planted, watered and natured by Purity.

As the new Ambassador presented his credentials to the King of Sweden, expectations were high that eventually, an Ambassador who could synchronize “with the people” had arrived in Stockholm after many years of disappointments. Just weeks after his arrival, Sang raised hopes of transforming Embassy operations even further by attending the 2013 Nyama Choma Festival at Fittja Beach after which he embarked on a tweeting campaign that earned him the nick-name of “the tweeting Ambassador”.

Going underground
For the first time, a Kenyan Ambassador in Stockholm was exploiting social media to remain in the lime-light, a move that was seen as positive especially by Kenya-Stockholm’s Twitterati which expected regular key updates of happenings at the Embassy especially through twitter. In fact, Sang appeared so convincing that traditional Embassy critics decided “not to spoil the soup” through barbs at the new Ambassador but to give him enough time to transform a rotten institution that was constantly associated with failure since the departure of Ambassador Kinyanjui.

Sometimes, Sang becomes a “Sports Reporter” and tweets about Kenyans winning races around the world.

To spice up things, Ambassador Sang moved quickly to set up the Kenya-Embassy’s Facebook page before he announced (through Twitter) that he would soon call a meeting of Kenyans in Stockholm so that he could introduce himself to the community and chat the way for joint work and collaboration between Wakenya and the Embassy. It was that moment of “Hallelujah” you chant when you believe that you have seen a Messiah descend from the clouds to solve societal problems! Unfortunately, the “I will soon call a meeting” tweet of May 2013 was the last time Kenyans heard about Ambassador Joseph Sang calling a meeting of Kenyans in Stockholm.

After he assumed Office in earnest, the first thing Sang did was to go underground, away from Kenyans in Stockholm. As he prepared his banker, he continued tweeting but only about what his President Uhuru Kenyatta had done during the day thereby duplicating the duties of State House unconsciously. Alternatively, he would wait for a Kenyan to win a marathon then send a congratulatory message on twitter or wait for a diplomatic meeting involving him in Stockholm then tweet after the event. To keep his social media accounts active, Sang makes sure that he takes a photo with every Tom, Dick and Harry who visits the Embassy (with the Kenyan flag in the background) then posts the images on his Twitter account as big events worth international attention. A doubting Thomas has to take a peep at Sang’s Twitter account here to understand the scope of his mediocrity.


An “ego boost” (in Finland) to be seen with jungus. Spot him looking lost in the background.

The most corrupt Ambassador ever
Sometimes, Sang gets an “ego boost” through an invitation to some peripheral event in Finland or Norway. On such occasions, he rarely misses the opportunity to pose with some NGO mzungu to take a shot for Twitter. Although numerous events take place within the Kenya-Stockholm space almost on a weekly basis, you will be blessed if you bump into an image of these events on Sang’s Twitter because he boycotts all of them as a matter of policy. As I write, all hopes and expectations Kenyans had bestowed on Sang about possibilities of better relations with the Embassy have effectively collapsed. Ask any Kenyan about Sang and the answer is likely to be the same – “worse than Purity”; “a hopeless nincompoop”; “a useless rag who should be herding goats” and other unpublishable expletives.

In Kenya-Stockholm, Sang is seen more as the most corrupt Ambassador ever. Why? During the days of Purity, she used to organize 2 hour celebrations of national days at prestigious Hotels in town or even in Norway (with hotel booking at Ksh 250,000 per hour). After his arrival at the Embassy, Sang abolished celebrations of national days altogether. Last year, Madaraka day, Mashujaa day and shockingly, Jamhuri day were never celebrated by Kenyans in Stockholm yet more than SEK 400,000 (about Ksh 5 million) is usually allocated for these events annually in the Embassy budget under “Entertainment” Vote. Where did the money go?

To cover up corruption around “national days”, Sang routinely gathers (at his residence) a few diplomats and a handful of “Walambaji” aka boot-lickers (he inherited from Purity), feeds them with snacks (sandwiches, sambusas, sausages, stick meat and other crap) then sends the guests home after a glass of wine. He then reports to Nairobi how “Kenyans” in Stockholm celebrated the national day with pomp at a tune of Ksh 2 million. Because these events are fake, he posts nothing on social media – no tweet or FB entry. What is more? The corruption is so rife that the Kenyan Embassy is listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the key Embassies where millions of Kenyan shillings cannot be accounted for.

“Sang must go!”

A photo opportunity with Eugine, away from Walambaji who had been called to meet Eugine

A photo opportunity with Eugene, away from Walambaji who had been called to meet Eugene

We don’t have to go into deeper history of Ambassador Sang at the Embassy to underline his defining modus operandi. Take last week as an example. Eugene Wamalwa, Musikari Kombo and a handful of Kenyan political opportunists were in Stockholm for the annual “Water Week” Conference. Although Sang never Tweeted about the big Kenyan delegation, he gathered a group of Walambaji to a meeting with Wamalwa where the Cabinet Secretary was told that he was meeting “Wakenya” when, in reality, the Secretary was actually in a secret meeting with Sang’s cheap sycophants always happy with a soda and contact with “dignitaries”. Later, Sang made sure he posed with Wamalwa at the Kenya Embassy flag arena before posting the photo on Twitter with no word about the meeting and no word about poor Walambaji.  This is the script Sang has and continues to play with the so called Kenyan dignitaries visiting Stockholm.

In Kenya-Stockholm, chants of “Sang must go” started filling the air last December when the Ambassador “ate Jamhuri cash” and for now, Sang seem to be living on borrowed time. A battle for Sang to be recalled is in the air on grounds that he has failed at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm. Sang’s honey-moon in Stockholm melted away in 2013 and with his failure to deliver on key expectations, it could be time for Sang to begin packing his belongings in a 40 feet container because the future looks bleak.

To be continued…

Okoth Osewe

August 26, 2015

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Calling on Monica Otieno: Personal Effects Recovered

This is to ask any Kenyan in Stockholm who can be able to get in touch with Monica Otieno (Amoni wa Märsta) to get in touch with KSB asap. Monica’s personal effects 8including her purse and passport) have been recovered by a good Samaritan who is seeking to return them to her. So far, KSB has been unable to reach Monica through available channels and any help will be appreciated.

Okoth Osewe

August 26, 2015


“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba, SugarRay, Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 28-29/08/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrumentvägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

August 24, 2015


William Ruto’s Third Name on Google is “Mr. Corruption”: He is Unfit for Public Office!

William Ruto is corrupt and cannot hold Office if a responsible government was in power.

William Ruto is corrupt and cannot hold Office if a responsible government was in power.

It is not surprising that Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto’s third name on Google is “Corruption”. He has a stinking trail of corruption scandals dating from the 1990s, when he joined active politics. This article cites entries in the Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) for Parliamentary Debates and other sources to inform this claim, and to question his integrity as a State Executive.

Hansard 13 May, 1999: While debating on the need for reducing the number of Ministries and Assistant Ministers, former Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala said: “In fact the number of Assistant Ministers was increased on tribal basis. Some of the newly appointed Assistant Ministers are already involved in financial scandals to the tune of Kshs350 million. For example, hon. William Ruto, who is among the Assistant Ministers who were appointed recently, has been mentioned in a scandal of Kshs350 million.”

Hansard 08 December, 1999: The then Public Investments Committee (PIC) Chairman Mwangi Githiomo mentioned William Ruto as part of a group of people who were illegally allocated Government land from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) at Kitale Top Station. Ruto was allocated land on Partial Development Plan (PDP) No. KTL 109446. PIC recommended that since no title deeds had been issued, the Commissioner of Lands should “cancel the allocations and transfer the land back to KARI.”

BBC News 14 April, 2004: “William Ruto, a close ally of former President Daniel Moi, was charged with fraudulently obtaining $3.5 million. He was charged along with a former senior civil servant, over the sale of land to the Kenya Pipeline Company. Mr Ruto and former Land Commissioner Sammy Mwaita denied the charges and were released on bail of $64,000 each. The BBC’s Muchiri Kioi in Nairobi says the alleged fraud occurred during a sale of 70 acres of forest land on behalf of the then ruling Kenya African National Union (Kanu) to the state-owned company.”

Daily Nation Newspaper 06 February, 2009: “In early 2009 after parliamentary debate on a maize scandal, William Ruto was accused of illegally selling maize by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale (Public Accounts Committee chairman). All the documents bearing the National Cereals and Produce Board seal that linked Mr Ruto to the illegal sale of maize were accepted by Parliament’s deputy speaker.”

The United Kingdom Parliament Lords Hansard Home Page (05 March, 2009: Column 873): “More recently, during the food crisis, the Agriculture Minister and Kalenjin leader, William Ruto, was suspected of allocating tenders for famine relief to his cronies. Whatever the truth of those accusations, they do not give the Kenyan people confidence in their leadership any more than us. The media are vocal and there have been repeated calls from MPs for Ministers such as Ruto and Kimunya to resign—calls that we might not have seen two years ago. Yet they know that nothing will happen fast: the idea that you help your own people is firmly rooted in African traditions even if Europeans have forgotten it.”

William Ruto, the lord of impunity
Excerpts from a statement published on News24Kenya (14 May, 2015) by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as a response to Ruto’s attempts to blame former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his own corruption allegations indicate: “The DP said he has no apology to make over the scam at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he is accused of hijacking the procurement process and inflating the bill before trying to divert the funds to set up a personal institution. We are not surprised. Ruto has no apologies on very many issues. He has no apology to make on having been involved in:

1. Grabbing land of an elderly neighbor who was also an IDP, Mr Adrian Muteshi’s land in Eldoret. High court ruled on this matter where Ruto was found guilty.
2. Ruto’s name featured in the grabbing of Langata Primary School playground and the adjacent plot belonging to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) where Weston Hotel stands. He had no apologies. Ruto had no apology to make over the tear gassing of school children.
4. Ruto’s was accused of grabbing the Kenya Pipeline land in Nairobi.
5. Ruto’s name featured in the grabbing of Prisons land in upper Hill area.
6. He featured in the grabbing of Processional Way in Nairobi. In all these, he has had no apologies to make.

The story of Kenya Pipeline land, like that of Adrian Muteshi’s, is particularly painful. It is a touching story of heartlessness. Mr Linus Cheruiyot, then the MD, who was forced to sign away the land, had to run away to the US where he lives on the edge today despite his sound education. He could not countenance the idea of going to jail over land that he was forced to sign away.”

Corruption pays
Apart from Adrian Muteshi’s case when Ruto was ordered by a court to pay him Kshs5 million to compensate for loss of income while he occupied his land, Ruto has always walked scot-free from the documented corruption scandals. In August 2015, the Jubilee-dominated Parliament dismissed a report by CORD-led Ababu Namwamba Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) which found that in 2013: “Mr Ruto travelled to Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Nigeria and Gabon between May 16 and 19. The House team established that Sh18.9 million was spent on the trip, but was unable to establish the origin of invoices that showed the Office of the Deputy President paid Sh100 million.”

On 15 May, 2015 the Nation newspaper ran an article titled: “How brokers and MPs conspire to rip off Kenyans” which mentioned that: “In (Kenya) Parliament, business is tied with politics; it is always about making deals. As a result, oversight bodies are compromised from the word go”, according to lawyer Bobby Mkangi. No action can be taken against the likes of William Ruto because of: “Political partisanship, bribery and unethical practice at the hands of oversight MPs, sloppiness and tardiness in the operations of oversight committees, non-implementation of PIC/PAC recommendations, inability of MPs to interrogate and analyse money matters, and frustration at the hands of the Executive. MPs have grabbed every available chance to shield themselves and their corrupt allies from scrutiny, sought bribes, and whitewashed State sleaze.”

Jared Odero

August 20, 2015


“Club Mombasa” Presents: Blanchard Boto, SugarRay: 21-28-29/August

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”
T-bana: Önsberg

Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”…
Date: 21-28-29/August/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4


August 17, 2015


Uhuru Kenyatta’s Ballistic Attack on Raila Odinga over “Sour Sugar Deal” with Uganda was Propagandistic – Jared Odero

Capitalist interests have chained Kenya to worthless leaders who should be in prison, not State House

Vested capitalist interests have chained Kenya to blood sucking vampires and worthless leaders who should be in prison, not State House

President Uhuru Kenyatta went ballistic during a recent meeting with international delegates in Nairobi and hit back on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who termed his “sour sugar deal” signed with the Ugandan government last week, as one which will disenfranchise Kenyan cane farmers, while benefiting sugar barons. Uhuru should learn to control his anger in public as it casts him in bad light, and shows he is a man who thinks having been brought up as pedigree using taxpayers money allegedly stolen by his parents, he should get everything his way.  

To answer Uhuru’s tantrums, renowned author Barack Muluka penned a piece in the August 15th Standard newspaper titled: “Mr President, please get your act together, speak to us with decorum” which chided him for not using the occasion to explain to Kenyans the essence of the sugar deal. “The occasion was an astute moment for the President to justify some of the pacts under consideration between Kenya and Uganda, in the wake of his three days visit to Entebbe. A measured, methodical and reflective explanation of his position is likely to have gained him more mileage and empathy than this frenzied act”, wrote Muluka.

Jubilee noisemakers William Ruto (once accused of grabbing Adrian Muteshi’s farm) and Aden Duale (once mentioned in Parliament as dealing in illegal charcoal trade with Al Shabaab terrorists), picked the cue from Uhuru and went to Busia on August 15th for damage control, knowing so well that the Luhya community had caught them pants down lying about the Uganda sugar agreement. The Luhyas were “lured” last month with KSH1 billion by Jubilee to bail out the ailing Mumias Sugar Factory, which is based in Western Kenya. A section of the politically gullible Luhya politicians saw it as an opportunity to quit Raila’s CORD Coalition and went singing “Jubilee is the answer” to their economic progress, not knowing that the interest of Uhuru Kenyatta and his cronies is to maximize investments for personal gains, through public institutions.

For instance, part of the secretive Uganda trade deal includes exporting milk from Kenya. It is a fact that the publicly-funded Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) which was killed by former President Moi’s Rift Valley cartel and was later revived by former President Kibaki, has no capacity to produce enough milk for export, let alone meeting the local demand. How then, will it supply milk to Uganda? The answer is simple. Uhuru Kenyatta’s private Brookside Diary Limited (Brookside Diaries) will supply the milk since it has the capacity, having bought out rival milk processing plants in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. Online information indicates that: “In May 2015, Brookside Dairies paid Ksh3.5 billion (about US$40 million) for 51 percent shareholding in Sameer Agriculture & Livestock Limited, a diary processing company in neighboring Uganda, in which the Ugandan government maintains 49 percent shareholding.” Brookside is already established in Uganda, yet Jubilee sycophants are heralding the recent deal as good for the country, while it will only benefit the Kenyatta family.

Same forest, same monkeys, different eating positions
The Sunday Nation newspaper on August 16, 2015 has the headline: “Revealed: How sugar barons pushed Kenya to sign deal” with a section stating, “Mr. Museveni blamed Kenyan officials who did not understand the need for faster regional integration. “Some of the Kenyan officials are narrow-minded. They are trying to block sugar, milk and now chicken. If I said no to Kenyan products here, they would not like it,” Mr Museveni said. He vowed to take up the issue with his friend, President Uhuru Kenyatta.” How then, does Raila come into the picture yet Jubilee sycophants have rendered him “politically useless”? Ironically, no one else in Kenya gives them sleepless nights more than him, and that is why they go offensive at public rallies and on social media, when Raila reveals their rot. Jubilee should concentrate on delivering services instead of wasting taxpayers’ money traveling all over the country talking about Raila whom they deem “a non-issue.” Raila is a key Opposition leader and will talk against Jubilee at any time, since that is his work. As the Official Opposition Leader and chairman of KANU, Uhuru set a world record by crossing over to work with Mwai Kibaki’s government. He now wants Raila to work with his government so that when they squander public money, he does not mention it publicly.

During the post-election violence in 2007-08 when William Ruto was in the ODM, quite a number of Kikuyus in Stockholm were baying for his blood and demanded his head on a plate, since they blamed him for the alleged links to the Kiambaa Church massacre in Eldoret, which saw over 30 helpless Kikuyu women and children being burnt alive simply because they were Kikuyus, living among the Kalenjin. Today, that is forgotten because Ruto delivered the Kalenjin vote to Uhuru in 2013. His alleged sins have been washed away by the Kikuyus and he is now an accepted and respectable leader, whom they see as an astute businessman (despite all the nasty corruption scandals he is related with). It does not matter that some of the Kikuyus William Ruto is facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for, are still languishing in tattered camps as internally displaced persons (ICC). Ruto can now lecture Kenyans about human rights, justice for the girl-child, fair land distribution, etc., and is enthusiastic about being the next president of Kenya in 2022.

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal by Matina Stevis, “Bad News Dims Kenya’s Star Power” is a tell-all about the deeply-rooted corruption in Kenya. See http://www.wsj.com/articles/bad-news-dims-kenyas-star-power-1439161933

The Kenyan presidency may have to wait another century before it produces a candidate for the Mo Ibrahim Prize which “celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee.” The goal of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is “to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development. Governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.” These indicators should be taken seriously by the executive leadership in Kenya. So far, the clowns leading the country have no iota of leadership excellence.

Jared Odero

August 17, 2015


Uhuru-Museveni Sugar-Milk Deal Was Private to Benefit Uhuru, Duale, Amina’s Husband etal

Agreement document shows Uhuru-Museveni’s sugar deal was not part of the agenda therefore it was discussed privately to benefit known people in Uhuru’s government.


On 10th August 2015, at 1806hrs, The following Communique between Kenya and Uganda was sent to Media Houses. Most MPS have asked for it. Here it is:

1. At the invitation of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta paid a State Visit to Uganda from 8th-10th August 2015.

2. The two Heads of State and their delegations held fruitful discussions on a number of issues of common interest at bilateral, regional and international levels. They expressed satisfaction at the strong bilateral relations existing between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to enhance further these relations.

3. President Museveni noted that Kenya exports to Uganda are estimated at $700 million compared to imports worth $180 million, and commended President Kenyatta for implementing initiatives that would contribute to bridging the trade gap. The two Heads of State observed that bilateral trade has potential to grow further and reaffirmed their commitment to the free movement of goods, Labour and services, including the elimination of all trade barriers.

4. The two Heads of State welcomed the establishment of the Uganda-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission as an important framework for deepening and expanding bilateral cooperation to a higher and more comprehensive level.

5. At the instruction of the two Heads of State, the delegations met at Ministerial level and discussed a range of bilateral issues. They decided to concretize agreed areas within the framework of the Joint Ministerial Commission.

6. President Museveni reiterated Uganda’s position to develop her oil refinery, noting that protracted engagement with the industry on the importance of an oil refinery for Uganda had delayed commercialization of the country’s petroleum resources.

7. On development of a crude oil export pipeline, the two Heads of State noted that oil in Uganda was discovered 9 years ago and therefore development of a crude oil export pipeline needed to be implemented expeditiously to avoid any further delay in commercializing the petroleum resources. On the refined products pipeline from Mombasa via Eldoret to Kampala, the Heads of State agreed to develop a reverse flow petroleum product pipeline capable of transporting imported petroleum products to Uganda and also from the refinery in Uganda to Kenya.

8. The two Heads of State agreed that regional integration is key to shared prosperity, expressed their deep commitment to integration of the East African Community and reaffirmed their support towards realization of the East African Political Federation.

9. The two Heads of State exchanged views on the political and security developments in the region. In this regard, they reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together with the respective Governments and other stakeholders in resolving outstanding challenges in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi.

10. The two Heads of State expressed their concern on the continuing peace and security challenges in the region, particularly the emergence of extremism and terrorism. They agreed to intensify joint efforts to counter terrorism.

11. During his visit, President Uhuru Kenyatta toured CIPLA Quality Chemical Industries, a Pharmaceutical plant located in Kampala manufacturing Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs) and Anti-Malarial drugs. He applauded the state of the art facility being run by Ugandan professionals and reiterated the desire to support important industries such as CIPLA which are located in the region and to be treated as domestic industries for purposes of procurement.

12. President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed a Business Forum which was attended by the private sector from the two countries. He encouraged the use of Forums to strengthen economic cooperation through establishing networks and partnerships to stimulate innovation and competitiveness in businesses. President Kenyatta witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) to promote common interests

13. On the third day of his visit His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the Parliament of Uganda on regional integration, peace and unity in the continent.

14. President Museveni expressed his appreciation particularly to Kenya and other nations that supported Uganda to overcome her past challenges.

15. His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta, expressed his appreciation to the Government and the People of the Republic of Uganda for the warm welcome and hospitality which was accorded to him and his delegation.

16. His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended an invitation to His Excellency, President Yoweri Museveni to visit Kenya on a date to be mutually determined through diplomatic channels.
Done on 10th August 2015 at Entebbe, Uganda

August 11, 2015

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“Club Mombasa” Presents: Soukous Explosion!

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 14-15/August/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Address: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg
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August 6, 2015


“Club Mombasa” Presents: Blanchard Boto, Kabara Congas: Friday 7/8 at Whistle Club

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

vumbi dekula

Place: The Whistle”Club Mombasa”
Date: 07-08.08.2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4,
T-bana Önsberg

August 3, 2015


Kenyan Woman Stabbed to Death in Germany by Husband After Domestic Quarrel


A 29 year old Kenyan woman and mother of two was on Thursday morning stabbed to death by her 28 year old Kenyan lover in their home in Wiesenhügel, in the city of Erfurt located in central Germany.

The lady identified as Belinda A. and the man identified as Nelson N. had been living together as a couple and even working together as business partners.

Police were called in at around 8am on Thursday morning by neighbours who heard the screams of the Kenyan lady, coming from the fifth floor of the apartment building. On arrival, the police found the lady lying lifeless in the living room with her body full of stab wounds and her blood spread all over the living room and the balcony.

When the police and the ambulance arrived, the lady had lost too much blood and had already passed on. The medics could only pronounce her dead. An autopsy was to be done on Friday to confirm the exact cause of death.


August 3, 2015


Obama Gave Uhuru 29 Tough, Almost Impossible Conditions for Joint Cooperation

uhuru obama conditionObama: Fight corruption, money laundering; open the government for accountability and transparency and allow United States to provide software that runs your e-government or else, expect no deal

WELCOMING His Excellency President Kenyatta’s stated commitment to reinvigorating a national campaign on good governance and anti-corruption, and his call to action in his State of the Nation Address on 26th March 2015.

Therefore commit as follows:

1.The two Governments reaffirm their shared objectives to improve governance by increasing transparency and accountability in Government, and commit to work together to combat corruption in Kenya.  The two Governments plan to meet quarterly to review progress in implementing these commitments.

2.  The two Governments intend to deepen our partnership to reduce corruption by focusing on four action areas:

I.  Entrenching Good Governance and Combating Corruption
a.  Deepening Partnerships for Good Governance

3. The Government of Kenya commits to continue with the momentum to combat corruption and advance good governance.  The Government of Kenya commits to use its annual national engagement on anti-corruption to engage with all stakeholders to further a national agenda on governance and integrity, and to identify clear, workable, and measurable targets to reduce corruption, and review progress made on these targets.

4. The U.S. Government intends to work with like-minded partners to coordinate and maintain momentum in support of Kenya’s anti-corruption efforts, and to promote the incorporation of anti-corruption efforts in existing donor coordination mechanisms focused on governance.  The United States plans to work with the local American Chamber of Commerce to encourage them to establish a similar group for U.S. businesses investing in Kenya and domestic Kenyan businesses.

b.  Institutionalizing Integrity and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in all Facets of Government

5.  The Government of Kenya commits to reinvigorate and expand as well as launch new national civic awareness and education programs for schools across the country by incorporating civic education and ethics in school curricula, and develop national public awareness campaigns.

6. The Government of Kenya commits to introduce compulsory ethics training for all public officials across all levels of government, and the National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee is to commence execution of this program within three months.  This Committee, with support from accountability bodies, intends to create synergies among service delivery agencies and professional regulatory bodies to develop professional cadres within the civil service.  The Committee also commits to support the development of a Code, or Codes, of Conduct for the civil service, with clear disciplinary penalties, to complement civil or criminal anti-corruption laws; delivering effective mandated ethics training as well as providing on-demand ethics advice and counseling through an ethics office or offices; and creating a system to gather lessons learned across agencies in order to enhance these programs.  The Government of Kenya intends to fully enforce the recently launched Code of Governance (Mwongozo) for State Corporations to institutionalize good governance, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the discharge of state corporations’ mandates.  The Government of Kenya plans to encourage county governments to adopt these same best practices.

7. To support Kenya’s new compulsory ethics training program, the U.S. Government is prepared to assist the Government of Kenya in the development of ethics training curriculum, including through a series of consultations and mentorship opportunities.

8. The Government of Kenya, in consultation with all stakeholders, commits to review the financial and asset disclosure filings currently required by law, and to share them as necessary with the anti-economic-crime enforcement agencies, and to enable appropriate public access while taking into account constitutional and legal requirements for confidentiality and privacy.  The Government of Kenya also seeks to review and strengthen the mechanisms and structures it employs to compensate public officials with the goal of reducing corruption and abuse of the government pay system, while also prioritizing recognition and support for exemplary public service in order to ensure that an enabling environment that recognizes effort, hard work and dedication is established.

9. The Government of Kenya plans to work toward joining the Egmont Group, a network of financial intelligence units (FIUs) that regularly meets to promote the development of FIUs and to cooperate, especially in the areas of information exchange, training and the sharing of expertise on money laundering and terrorist financing cases.  The U.S. Government commits to support Kenya’s efforts to join the Egmont Group and to work with the Government of Kenya in meeting the requirements for membership.

10. The Government of Kenya also commits to work with the World Bank to conduct a full risk assessment for money laundering and terrorism finance and to work with development partners to facilitate the full implementation of its new anti-money laundering rules and regulations within the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) framework and to enforce the Act among all risk sectors and actors as appropriate.

11. The U.S. Government commits to provide best practices and advice on Kenya’s anti-corruption legislation, including supporting the Kenyan Attorney General’s interagency taskforce review of anti-corruption laws and policies for possible revisions to strengthen them.

II.  Implementing and Reinforcing International Anti-corruption Initiatives and Standards

12. The Government of Kenya intends to join the Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF) announced at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, and the commitments included in this pledge constitute elements of its action plan under the PIF.

13. The two Governments believe that civil society should play a significant role in the review mechanism for the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), as well as UNCAC’s mechanisms on asset recovery and prevention of transfers of proceeds of crime.  The two Governments also commit to fully implementing the UNCAC, to conducting a transparent evaluation process under the UNCAC that includes all stakeholders, especially civil society, and to publish our UNCAC reviews.

14. The two Governments share a commitment to transparency in decision-making and financial flows related to the extractive industries, and intend to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to make this information publicly accessible and usable.  The Government of Kenya commits to implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) domestically and to identifying and enabling an EITI implementation focal point within the government within six months.  The Government of Kenya also commits to adopt and implement a progressive and transparent policy and legislative framework for upstream, mid-stream, and downstream extractive activities, including transparency in licensing procedures, publication of contracts, and environmental and conservation and labor requirements in line with international standards.

15. The United States is an EITI implementing country, and pledges to share its EITI experience with stakeholders in Kenya, including through exchanges of information between the United States and Kenyan governments and reciprocal visits to Washington and Nairobi, and via support to help local governments and civil society strengthen their understanding of EITI.

16.The Government of Kenya commits to release its second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan within six months and to fully implement the commitments made in it.  The Government of Kenya plans to link the OGP framework to its established multi-stakeholder governance working group mechanism to widen ownership, enhance drive, and ensure a participatory and inclusive OGP process.

17. The Government of Kenya is planning to complete a new African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) review based on a round of wide public consultation and a public self-assessment report.

III.  Expanding the Use of Technology to Reduce Opportunities for Corruption

18. The Government of Kenya commits to leveraging technology to reduce or eradicate opportunities for corruption.  The Government commits to finalizing the Government’s complaints and corruption reporting web portal for citizen use by December 2015, and to publishing the data regarding the complaints it receives on this and other corruption-reporting websites, broken down by sector and geographic area, along with its response.  The Government of Kenya commits to deepen ongoing interventions, such as progressively moving all in-bound government payments onto the Government Digital ePayments Platform, and widening the use of the i-Tax and Single Window platforms.  At the same time, the Government of Kenya plans to fast track the rollout of digitization of government services under eGovernment to complement the ongoing ePayment program.  The Government of Kenya commits to complete the digitization of lands, births, and death records by July 2016, and prioritize business registration records together with other high demanded public records starting August 2016.  The Government commits to further enhance its efforts under the Integrated Financial Management Information System program towards full integration of all government financial systems, and to augment the audit and security components to guarantee the system’s integrity.  The Government commits to consult widely on the development of these various digital programs.

19. The Government of Kenya has committed to expanding its program to transparently utilize eProcurement systems to eliminate corruption in the awarding of contracts and licenses, and commits to finalizing its transition to eProcurement by June 2016.  The Government of Kenya also commits to overhaul its whistleblower legislation.

20. The U.S. Government pledges, by the end of 2015, to undertake a scoping mission to evaluate the potential to provide assistance in Kenya under the Global Procurement Initiative, and to explore providing grant assistance to support the implementation of eGovernment systems.  The U.S. Government plans to work with the Government of Kenya to seek suitable partnerships with international institutions to support this agenda.

21. In order to target corruption in the transportation sector, Kenya is rolling out an enhanced coordinated port operations program under the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee to coordinate efforts that will lead to increased efficiency and transparency in customs and clearance procedures.

22. The U.S. Government plans to host a senior Kenyan delegation in Washington to discuss best practices in port management, and pledges to provide assistance to help improve port procedures, building on existing efforts.  The U.S. Government also plans to incorporate anti-corruption modules into upcoming Reverse Trade Missions and other U.S. visits.  In addition, the United States commits to work with the Government of Kenya to explore the possibility of developing a Cargo Targeting System (CTS) in order to receive electronic cargo manifest data from shipping lines to target high-risk shipments based on risk profiles.

IV.  Ensuring Accountability for Corruption and Mismanagement

23. The Government of Kenya will sustain its commitment to conduct thorough investigations into corruption cases and, where investigations adduce sufficient evidence, to professionally prosecute such corruption cases, including cases recommended by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

24. The Government of Kenya recognizes and affirms the value of independent oversight bodies such as the EACC, the Public Procurement Oversight Authority, and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.  The Government of Kenya commits to comprehensively and progressively build the capacity of, and increasingly resource, these and all frontline agencies in the fight against corruption.  This includes strengthening the capacity for forensic investigation and analysis.

25. The U.S. Government commits to aid in strengthening the capacity of a designated agency within the Government of Kenya to fight transnational crimes and to enable the agency to partner effectively with the U.S. Government to investigate corruption associated with wildlife trafficking, drug smuggling, money laundering, and other cross-border criminal activities.  By late 2015, the U.S. Government also plans to provide technical assistance to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, the National Police Service Commission, and the National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit to help them enhance police accountability.

26. The Government of Kenya commits to accelerate work to strengthen the capacity of the Financial Reporting Centre (FRC) and Central Bank of Kenya to track illicit financial flows, including outfitting the FRC with the requisite platform to run anti-money laundering software, and welcomes U.S. Government assistance to do so.  The U.S. Government pledges to provide best practices and advice to Kenya’s FRC, including by conducting an Analyst Exchange workshop in Nairobi in late 2015 to augment the knowledge of the FRC’s cadre of analysis experts, and to evaluate possible additional engagement.  The United States also pledges to procure software for the FRC to improve the analysis of suspicious transactions and better communicate with other countries’ FRCs once the requisite platform is in place.  At the request of the FRC for a comprehensive Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism technical assistance program, the U. S. Government commits to conduct an in-country assessment to determine the feasibility of such an engagement.

27. The respective Central Authorities for the Government of Kenya (the Office of the Attorney General) and the U.S. Government (the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs) pledge to meet to discuss best practices and to improve bilateral cooperation in criminal cases, with a focus on mutual legal assistance and extradition.  The Government of Kenya pledges to review and expand its mutual legal assistance framework and partnership with key strategic countries.  This work would especially target enabling asset seizures and recovery, detection and investigations, and arrests and prosecutions.

28. The U.S. Government pledges to continue to work with the Government of Kenya on individual criminal cases of mutual interest and to share available information on illicit finance and individuals and entities involved in money laundering and terror financing with appropriate Kenyan ministries and agencies, as appropriate.  The two Governments recognize that taking these steps can enhance the ability of both countries to investigate, apprehend and successfully prosecute persons suspected of corruption-related crimes.

29. The activities in this commitment are to be implemented consistent with our respective constitutions and laws.


August 1, 2015


Tonite: “Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba Gaby, Kabara Congas: 1/August

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

ngoma ya kilo
Place: Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 01/08/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

August 1, 2015


Is Uhuru Kenyatta Fit for The Presidency?

uhurus kenya“Treasury dismisses Auditor-General (A-G) over missing funds” was the headline carried in the Daily Nation (DN) newspaper on July 30, 2015 as the official answer to the recent A-G’s report on the alleged misuse of Ksh450 billion during the financial year 2013-14. A signed statement by National Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said: “We have since established that though most ministries, departments and state agencies provided the necessary documents to office of the Auditor General during the final stages of audit review, these were not taken into account before the report was submitted to the National Assembly.”

In my KSB article “Massive Plunder of National Treasury Indicates Bad Governance Under Uhuru Kenyatta”, I noted that the A-G reports have never been taken seriously by sitting governments. Apart from a few Kenyans interviewed by mainstream media houses and some angry online comments, the new report has already been archived and forgotten in the minds of the political class.

On October 13, 2013 the DN headline for the 2011-12 A-G’s report was: “Third of govt’s 2011/12 expenditure unaccounted for: audit.” I quote from the newspaper: “Edward Ouko told the National Assembly at a specially organised session last evening that of the Sh920 billion spent by government in that financial year, Sh303 billion “can be regarded as not having been properly accounted for.” In a presentation like that of the Budget Statement by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Mr Ouko said that of the 252 financial statements examined, only 15 (six per cent) could be deemed clean. This was however an improvement from the previous year, where there were no clean accounts.” The A-G mentioned that there were no “clean accounts” from the previous year – meaning that for the financial year 2010-11, the situation had been worse.

For the 2009-10 financial year, the DN headline read: “Auditor-General shows Sh16bn bills not settled.” I cite a section: “About 60 ministries and departments did not settle bills amounting to Sh16 billion in the financial year 2009/10, the Auditor-General has said. The money, part of which was Sh5 billion relating to recurrent expenditure and Sh11 billion to development, was carried forward to 2010/2011, according to a report. Some of them are Internal Security (Sh953 million), State House (Sh10 million), Foreign Affairs (Sh80 million), Home Affairs (Sh349 million) and Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 (Sh10 million). Others are Finance (Sh121 million), Defence (Sh197 million), Agriculture (Sh768 million), Local Government (Sh2 billion), Roads (Sh9 billion), Education (Sh319 million) and he Interim Independent Electoral Commission (Sh280 million).”

Uhuru as a leader
Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki as Kenya’s Finance Minister in January 2009 and resigned in January 2012, (due to mounted pressure for his alleged links to the post-election violence in 2007-8). He is therefore fully aware of the operations at the National Treasury, considering some of the steps he took to implement failed austerity measures, stimulus packages, and so forth. However, as president, he has not revisited those failed policies to make sure that grand corruption is reduced, to streamline the National Treasury. His Treasury Cabinet Secretary has already dismissed the latest audit report from the A-G, yet the current unaccounted sum of Ksh450 billion, is just an escalation of the Ksh303 billion reported by that office for the fiscal year 2011-12, while Uhuru was Finance Minister.

When he became president in 2013, Uhuru promised to curb public spending yet the public wage bill has not only risen, but he has created employment for his “politically correct” cronies for political expediency. Uhuru thinks that hand-outs and playing the populist card is what will advance Kenya economically. He is not short of personal wealth, having been brought up in immense wealth acquired dubiously by his parents, according to available documentation. Therefore, he should use that privilege to transform Kenya into an economically inclusive society by shedding off those who are hell-bent to acquire wealth behind his back using taxpayers’ money. He should atone the documented economic blunders made by his father, first President Jomo Kenyatta, which marginalized many parts of the country socio-economically.

Uhuru should take seriously the impact of global initiatives for development such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA), to know where Kenya is heading, since we are signatories. The world is soon moving towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Where do we stand? He needs to be surrounded by intelligent advisors and not noisemaking sycophants whom he often takes selfies with. He should be grounded in the country and not be traveling all over to every inauguration and birthday for dictators around the African continent. He should also stop the habit of being seen off and welcomed back repeatedly by a coterie of politicians and military bosses at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, since that amounts to wastage of public money by driving back and forth. It also disrupts the smooth flow of traffic which costs taxpayers who are hindered from meeting their obligations in time, in the name of Uhuru’s security.

Wastage of taxpayer’s money
The Business Daily on June 3, 2015 reported that: “Uhuru’s frequent flier diary strains State House budget”. A section read: “Official data shows that the Presidency has already exceeded its recurrent budget allocation for the fiscal year ending June 30 by Sh300 million with travel spending as the main driver. Concerns over the cost of the President’s foreign trips mounted last week after it emerged that 84 people would be accompanying him to the inauguration of Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari.” How much can Ksh300 million do for hungry schoolchildren who walk many miles to school wearing tattered school uniform? Paying school fees as Uhuru does to a few pupils and students, or bailing out a patient in hospital due to accrued bills is not the answer. It is being populist. He should see to it that public institutions deliver. It does not matter that county governments exist and claim separation of power. He can influence their productivity and quality of service.

When Kibaki’s henchmen plundered the National Treasury for 10 years, he never uttered a word and his sycophants said he was too old to control them. Many blamed his advisors. However, Kibaki knew the game and let them ‘eat’ as much as they could. He is the one who, in his December 2002 presidential campaigns, had promised to stump out corruption after the 24-years of looting by the Rift Valley cabal of Dictator Moi. His supporters always squeeze in Raila Odinga’s name (who shared the Grand Coalition Government as Prime Minister), to make Kibaki look good. However, records show that as Roads and Housing Minister in 2003-05, Kibaki’s political allies fought Raila’s efforts to eradicate “Cowboy Contractors” who billed the Government for fake road construction deals and were paid, despite his protests. Therefore, assuming that Raila later let loose his grip on fighting corruption, it was because he did not get support from Kibaki’s side of government.

The so-called ‘old and senile’ Kibaki must have laughed at the Kenyan taxpayers after he signed for himself a fat pension package. “The amended presidential retirement benefits law gave Mr Kibaki a lump sum of Sh25.2 million, a monthly pension of Sh560,000, entertainment allowance of Sh280,000, fuel allowance of Sh195,000 and a house allowance of Sh299,000. The former president also enjoys an annual in-patient medical cover of up to Sh21.2 million. Mr Kibaki’s upkeep in retirement will set the taxpayer back Sh82.86 million in the financial year ending June while Mr Moi’s total pay stands at Sh66.85 million. The Treasury’s estimates for 2015/16 year show that Mr Kenyatta and his deputy’s combined salaries and allowances increased by Sh4.29 million despite the duo’s announcement last year that they had taken a 20 per cent pay cut to contain the bloated wage bill” (Business Daily, May 13, 2015). Wake up, you foolish Kenyan Taxpayer.

Jared Odero

July 30, 2015


“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba Gaby, Kabara Congas.

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Club Mombasa
Date: 31/07/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

July 30, 2015


Massive Plunder of National Treasury Indicates Bad Governance Under Uhuru Kenyatta

Jared Odero

Jared Odero: The presidency is led by two men whose tenure in Kibaki’s government for instance, was riddled with incompetence and suspicious misuse of public funds

The newly released Auditor General’s damning report on Kenya’s “suspected expenditure” totaling KSh450 bllion within Government for the fiscal year 2013-14, has shocked Kenyans a few days after President Obama’s tough-talk on corruption, while visiting the country. Specific Ministries, Departments and Commissions, have accumulated a total loss of KSh66 billion. The Auditor General, Mr. Edward Ouko, has also noted that only 1.2% out of the country’s KSh1 trillion budget can be accounted for. The report shows how far the roots of corruption have permeated the fabric of Kenyan society.

The World Bank’s Report “Decision Time: Spend More or Spend Smart? Kenya Public Expenditure Review [PER] Volume 1 December 2014” raised a red flag on the rising public expenditure and increased public debt. “The reasons are varied and weighty: rising costs of rolling out devolution; costs of financing national security; huge infrastructure investments; funding of flagship projects to fulfill pre-election pledges; and, a hefty public wage bill, among others” (p. ii). The report further states that though Kenya has a robust tax system, the rising budgetary pressure undermines the revenue base whose sustainability is at risk, since the County governments have constrained capacity to generate adequate revenue.

“Kenya’s tax system is heavily dependent on income taxes which account for 50 percent of tax revenue (9 percent of GDP) as consumption taxes underperform at 5.7 percent of GDP generating 25.5 percent of revenues. VAT contributes about a quarter (4.6 percent of GDP) and the balance is from excise and import duty (Figure 4.2). In 2013/14, Kenya revenue/GDP ratio improved by one percentage points to about 19.2 percent. The growth was mainly from PAYE (0.3 percent), corporation tax (0.2 percent) and VAT (0.5 percent). Growth also emanated from non-tax agency revenue which grew by 0.4 percent mainly due to introduction of the railway development levy” (p. 43).

The above paragraph indicates that a high percentage of government revenue is generated from personal income tax, i.e. pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) squeezed from a workforce of some 22 million Kenyans, according to the PER. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) met its revised revenue collection target of Sh963.7 billion at the end of the fiscal year in June 2015. Treasury’s set target for the taxman is KSh1.18 trillion for 2015-16, while the national budget is KSh1.7 trillion.

Where then, is the incentive to pay taxes if KSh450 billion has been suspiciously used to finance personal interest yet development is neglected? When Kenya turned to face East (read China) during Kibaki’s leadership, massive borrowing became the norm since his Government had escaped the scrutiny and conditionalities that come with borrowing from the West. Kenya’s debt burden is unsustainable at this rate, because recurrent expenditure almost surpasses the collected income. Continuous borrowing is thus the only solution. However, plundering State coffers to the tune of billions of Shillings, is the biggest factor leading to massive losses of revenue in Kenya. From time immemorial, sitting governments have never taken the Auditor General’s reports seriously. If such reports are that damning and reveal the deep rot in Government, why bother to have the incompetent, politically-influenced Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission? The Auditor General’s reports should lead to prosecution.

Massive plunder and poor governance
Kenya’s macro-economic growth barely trickles to the micro level because the political class must keep the voters poor. This enables them to go back and manipulate them with goodies and bogus stories of how the national government has refused to provide money for development at the county and constituency levels. For many years during Kibaki’s presidency, Members of Parliament had full control of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), yet very few managed to transform their constituents’ livelihoods.

The documentary film “Unfinished Business: What it means to be poor in the land of Presidents” by Maina Kiai, currently the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom, questions what the ordinary Kikuyu have gained from having three presidents from the Mount Kenya region since independence in 1963. Kibaki’s 10-year presidency did not leave any special impact economically in his home area of Nyeri, nor did the late Jomo Kenyatta, in Kiambu. The same can be said of Rift Valley, under Dictator Moi. The presidency wields a lot of power and money, and can be used by wise leaders to transform Kenya into a vibrant and inclusive economy, but that has never been the case. The PER by the World Bank shows that curative health budget allocation favors the rich, while the poor are left with a lower budget for preventive healthcare. Surely, how can a sick nation grow economically? There has to be an equitable budgetary allocation for healthcare to bring inclusive growth.

The presidency is led by two men whose tenure in Kibaki’s government for instance, was riddled with incompetence and suspicious misuse of public funds. Uhuru Kenyatta as Finance Minister encountered a “Computer Error” (discrepancies) amounting to Ksh10.7 billion in the revised Supplementary Budget in May 2009. Although he was let off the hook by Kibaki’s side of Government, this was a sign of incompetence since by the time a budget is being presented in public, it must have passed through serious scrutiny. Other questionable actions by Uhuru at that time include the single-sourced purchase of Passat vehicles for Ministers and top Government officials, in the name of cutting back on public expenditure. Ironically as President, his Cabinet Secretaries drive some of the biggest fuel guzzlers in the country. Is he a principled leader?

Deputy President Ruto is not new to big financial scandals which can be traced back to when he was Organizing Secretary of the infamous Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92). According to a blog, “Before 1992, Ruto used to idle around the Hilton Hotel, jobless. The Youth for Kanu ‘92 gave him a lifeline. With Cyrus Jirongo, they devoured on millions of stolen money to campaign for Kanu. And when he got a chance to join the government, Ruto went on a looting spree, almost bankrupting the Kenya Pipeline.” (http://www.kenyanentrepreneur.com/is-william-ruto-a-dead-man-walking)

Ruto was later linked to the illegal acquisition of 100 acres of land during the post-election violence in 2007/08, belonging to Eldoret farmer Adrian Muteshi, In 2013, he was ordered by the High Court to vacate the land and pay Ksh5 million to compensate Mr. Muteshi for the loss of earnings during his illegal occupation. William Ruto claimed ignorance in the process of purchasing the land, yet he owns massive property worth billions of shillings, and is smart enough to search for ownership before signing a land deal.

Uhuru and Ruto’s followers have invested so much emotion in supporting them politically, they have become blind to their well-oiled machinery of looting the national Treasury. The two leaders have compressed so much hope into their sycophants by marketing and talking big about economic growth in the service sector and through information and communications technology (ICT), yet the massive plunder of KSH 66 billion indicates that the country is surviving on the basis of robbing the taxpayer to finance their rock star lifestyles. William Ruto does not occupy his official home though it is maintained by the poor taxpayer. Similarly, Kibaki does not occupy his official retirement home in Mweiga, yet it is fully funded by poor Kenyans. This is Kenya gone to the dogs under the leadership of Uhuru, the son of Jomo Kenyatta.

Jared Odero

July 28, 2015


New Report Says More Than Ksh 66 Billion Looted by Jubilee As Obama’s Air Force One Left JKIA

66 billion stolenJust as President Barack Obama’s Air Force One was taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Ethiopia on Sunday evening, Mr. Edward Ouko, the Auditor General, was releasing a damning Report which indicated that during the 2013/2014 financial year, members of the Jubilee government looted over Ksh 66 billion from the Treasury.

This latest Report further underlines the extent to which Jubilee government is looting the Kenyan economy.  After coming to power through a rigged election, The administration of Uhuru Kenyatta has specialized in stealing taxpayer’s money.

Using the principle of “It’s our turn to eat”, there appears to be no limit to corruption. The anti-corruption bodies in place to check corruption (past and present) appears to be toothless. Regardless of propaganda from State House, the agenda of Jubilee government is to steal from Kenyans because those in charge know that they are responsible to nobody but themselves.

The Report by the Auditor General is just the latest evidence in a series of multiple exposures which could have ignited any responsible government to take immediate action by rounding up all suspects, hand-cuffing them, dumping them in custody, trying them in a Court of law and either jailing them for life or hanging them with a guitar wire at Uhuru Park if found guilty.

In the case of Jubilee, no action can be taken against the thieves because the President of the Republic is not just a documented thief of public resources but also sanctions stealing of public funds by his officers. The best action the President is known to take in the face of corruption is to send his corrupt officials on a brief luxurious vacation (aka stepping aside) before they are reinstated after being given a new “clean bill of health” to continue looting the economy.

Take it or leave it: The “House of Mumbi” is leading Kenya astray and the faster Kenyans begun a serious re-thinking of how to recover their country, the more it will be possible to reconstruct the country. For now, thieves and robbers are in charge at State House, Central Bank, Treasury, Parliament, Kenya Revenue Authority, Office of President, Office of Vice President, Judiciary and any key government institution imaginable. It is time for a democratic socialist revolution to abolish the rotten capitalist system of government the thieves have been using to steal from Kenyans since the days of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as Kenyans suffer in their millions.

The Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) is ready to lead this revolution. Let us all join hands under the wise leadership of KRA to rid the country of the blood-sucking Mafia cartels that have been milking the country dry as millions of Kenyans die of starvation, treatable diseases and a host of preventable causes. For further info about the Revolution, keep an eye on kenyaredalliance.com.

Okoth Osewe
Secretary General
Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)

July 28, 2015


Challenging Nancy Mungai’s Views on Swedish TV on Obama’s Visit to Kenya

nancy interviewNow that President Barack Obama’s long awaited visit to Kenya is effectively part of history, it is perhaps time to tackle some of the side issues that surrounded his visit.  Just hours before Obama landed in Kenya, Nancy Mungai, a Kenya-Stockholmer, suddenly surfaced on Swedish national TV 1 to present a plethora of lop-sided views about the political and economic situation in Kenya.

Nancy, who conveniently positioned herself as an “Advisor” of Swedish companies seeking to invest in Kenya, did not just present a distorted picture of Kenya but also veered haphazardly into a ludicrous pontification on the impact of Obama’s visit to Kenya. In view of the incongruent nature of Nancy’s views, and given the warped perception these views might impinge on ignorant layers of the national white Swedish population who may have bought her analysis, it is paramount that the record be set straight.

According to Nancy, Kenya is doing well economically through investment in IT and other services. Nancy told viewers that Kenya’s economic boom has led to a rise in the middle class. She advised that the US can help boost Kenya’s economy by investing more in trade and industry.

Unfortunately, in her IT-driven Kenya’s economic growth theory, Nancy did not give any statistics to support her assertion. In retrospect, Nancy may have been alluding to the propagandistic World Bank Group’s economic analysis update (April 2015) which placed Kenya’s economic growth at 5.4% in 2014. From a scientific stand-point, a country’s economic growth is tied to its GDP growth per capita, inflation rate, employment indices and living standards. The World Bank group’s analysis of Kenya’s growth rate was propagandistic because it failed to provide data on key indicators of the very economic growth it was referring to.

External debt
The Kenyan economy cannot be said to have grown when the reality on the ground indictates a steady decline in living standards of huge sections of the population. Currently, 13 million able-bodied Kenyans are out of work while every year, half a million unemployed youths pour into the job market from various learning institutions. There is no indication that the country’s GDP per capita is growing. Evidence on the ground indicates that the rate of inflation is so high that millions of Kenyans are unable to afford a square meal.

Instead of creating jobs, the government has actually been retrenching workers while civil servants are constantly on strike or threatening strike actions because of starvation wages. How can the economy be growing when the Uhuru regime continues to maintain a ban on Civil servant employment that was instituted by former dictator Daniel arap Moi? If the economy is growing, why is the government complaining about the national wage bill?

When a country’s economy is on the rise, its external debt should be on the decline. In the case of Kenya, the country’s external debt increased from Ksh 1.326 trillion in April 2015 to Ksh 1.381 trillion in May 2015 (Central Bank statistics). At the national level, the implication is that the average Kenyan is sliding deeper into debt and poverty. Currently, 43% of Kenya’s GDP (almost half) goes into servicing the country’s external debt. According to a modest World Bank’s analysis (April 2015), talk about Kenya’s economic growth could be immature because “External demand for exports is also sluggish and low growth of production for exports is widening the current account deficit. Also, the share of the manufacturing sector to GDP has remained stagnant in recent years, with low overall productivity and large productivity differences in firms across subsectors due to lack of competition”. With rising poverty, high unemployment, declining living standards, a growing external debt and a big chunk of the country’s GDP being swallowed by external debt serving, where did Nancy Mungai peg her economic growth theory?

A Middle class sliding into underclass
It is fashionable to talk about a “rising middle class” in Kenya. What usually goes missing during such analysis is the corresponding rise in the rural and urban underclass unable to fend for itself after the crisis of capitalism reduced large swaths of the population to unofficial beggars. On the contrary, with stagnant wages occasioned by a declining economy and a freeze on employment by the government, the so called middle class in Kenya is basically struggling to prevent itself from sliding into underclass by constantly trying to “go into business” with serious capital constraints. Nancy’s view that the Kenyan middle class is on the rise is pure fiction and based on a mantra created by Jubilee propagandists to prop up a regime in crisis.

In her attempt to theorize on the issue of terrorism, Nancy said that the issue of terror is global and not just a Kenyan problem. She actually hoped that Obama would assist in fighting terrorism. It is unfortunate that at the level of “Advisor” of Swedish companies seeking to invest in Kenya, Nancy does not understand that the Shabbab terror activities in Kenya are linked to the government’s unsolicited and aggressive war in Somalia. Kenya does not need Obama to help fight terrorism across the country. What the government needs to do is to withdraw KDF forces from Somalia, stop ethnic profiling of Kenyans of Somali origin and accord every Kenyan all rights as citizens of the Republic.

Nancy: An extension of Jubilee propaganda machine
Instead of rendering a balanced analysis of the Kenyan situation and painting the correct picture of the Jubilee government, Nancy emerged more as a well-oiled Jubilee mouth-piece than an impartial commentator on Kenyan politics. What is more?

She totally ignored commenting on: rampant corruption of the Jubilee government; massive tribalism on the appointment of public servants; failure by the Jubilee government to honor its most basic election promises; violation of the Constitution by the government; frustration of devolution; political assassinations especially of Muslim clerics; failure of the Jubilee government to create jobs for the youth; human rights violations while she also failed to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta’s inability to govern. Nancy even failed to point out the issue of insecurity across the country and dramatic rise in crime rate by idle youths after promises of jobs failed to materialize. In fact, Johan, a Swedish journalist based in Nairobi, appeared to have been more knowledgeable about Kenya than Nancy.

After being accorded a significant opportunity by a Swedish mainstream media outlet to throw light ahead of Obama’s visit to Kenya, and as a Kenyan in diaspora, it is regrettable that Nancy wasted the grand opportunity. Instead of using it to educate the Swedish population about the real situation in Kenya, she converted herself into an extension of the vicious Jubilee propaganda machine desperately trying to paint Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime as the best regime Kenya has ever had when evidence shows that Jubilee is not just a total flop but a living catastrophe for the Kenyan people after this government came to power through a rigged election.

Okoth Osewe
Secretary General
Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)

July 23, 2015


New Cargo Freight Service from Stockholm to Kenya Launched


Seeking to change the game through reliability, affordable costs and door to door picking oc cargo across Sweden.

In Scandinavia, cargo transport is one of the most sought after services by members of the Kenyan community. In response to this demand, a new cargo transportation service has been set up by a group of Kenyans.

The “Miracle Freight Services” is a brand new venture that will be transporting cargo to Kenya quarterly. The fist consignment leaves Stockholm during the last week of September and anybody interested in the service is free to contact the Freight Company for further details.

In a nut-shell, Miracle Freight Services collects your cargo from your door-step at a small fee depending on distance. A plasma TV costs 500kr, a “flytt karting” 400kr (300kr if more than 3) while other items not within the “flytt karting” bracket will have a price tag after inspection. Basically, anything legal can be transported. Pricing is pretty negotiable.

Miracle Freight Services operates throughout Sweden and cargo is delivered anywhere in Kenya. Miracle Freight’s business model is based on cheap pricing while ensuring collection and safe delivery of cargo to their destinations. The Freight will be leaving Sweden every three months and regularity is a key pillar of the Miracle Freight business strategy.

Miracle Freight Services is seeking to instill seriousness and reliability in the Kenya-Scandinavia cargo business, a niche that is still at its nascent stages. From a cursory research, it is obvious that almost every Kenyan has a cargo to send home on a regular basis. However, a frustrating constraint has been high cargo transportation costs and “busy bodies” in the industry who hype Kenyans about prospects of cheap and reliable cargo transport before disappearing into thin air after one or two cargo drops.

Miracle Freight Services is seeking to change the game to give customers what they deserve. The Company has full time personnel who will be working round the clock to ensure quality services for all clients.

For further information, get in touch with the company as soon as possible. With the next cargo freight leaving for Kenya in September, there is no time to waste. Pack your goods and get in touch to ensure that your cargo catches the September consignment. Miracle Freight Services is at your service and space is the limit! For enquiries, contact Mrs Pamela Omiti at Tel: 0720376723

Okoth Osewe


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