June 28, 2015

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Update: Lawie Shipping Cargo Collection Deadline to Kenya Extended Due to Great Customer Demand

lawi updateDue to great customer demand, Lawie Shipping International (which ships cargo from Stockholm to Kenya) has extended the collection deadline of latest cargo destined for Kenya. The new deadline when all cargo must either be collected or delivered to the Lawie deport at Hagsätra is Tuesday, 2nd July at 18.00 sharp. For contact with Lawie to facilitate further arrangements, call the Lawie Shipping International pick-up center at 0700474138.

There is no change in pricing, the cheapest known shipping prices in Stockholm. Charges are as follows: Flyt Katong (moving box): 400kr (more than 5 boxes 300kr each); TV set 700kr no matter what size while if you want to book space, 1 Cube costs 2000kr. In case you need further clarifications on our offers, call Lawie or send mail to: Lawie110@hotmail.com. Once the cargo arrives in Kenya, the recipient is contacted and delivery arrangements made. Delivery to Kenya is 6 weeks.

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June 23, 2015

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Jubilee Government’s ‘Iron Lady’ Anne Waiguru is Not Corruption-Free After All

Ann Waiguru: Corrupt to the bone

Ann Waiguru: Corrupt to the bone

Whenever the Jubilee Government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta is rocked by a financial scandal, his supporters claim no money has been lost. Deputy President William Ruto is often the loudest, especially once the matter is picked up by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He would then politicize and shift its focus onto Raila, whom he sees as the enemy out to ‘derail’ or ‘destroy’ the ‘development agenda’ of the Jubilee Government. Ruto often goes gaga over how they are on track with development matters compared to Raila.

Of particular interest is Ruto’s latest reaction after Raila mentioned that Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru, be suspended over the latest scandal concerning questionable payments amounting to over Sh665 million, to suppliers and consultants since November 2014, through the National Youth Service (NYS). However, it was the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) that raised the red flag on the payments, and not Raila. Ruto is very good at running away from such reality and time and again would use public platforms to hit back on Raila, who as a key Opposition leader, has the right to criticize the Jubilee government.

Why did Waiguru write to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations more than one month after she found out that there were attempts to steal Sh826 million from NYS? According to the Sunday Nation newspaper of June 21st, the NYS Deputy Director Adan Gedow Harakhe, tried to correct the situation by calling on the Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS) Director Jerome Ocheing’, to delete the irregular payments. These are the questions Ruto should be asking, instead of barking at Raila.

Ironically, the Sunday Nation revealed that youths deployed to work for the NYS project in Kibera have not been paid for the past three months. “The more than 3,000 youth who are working for the project are supposed to earn Sh470 per day with Sh140 going to their saccos. Their pay is supposed to be consolidated for six days and paid on Saturday through National Bank of Kenya to their mobile money accounts.”

In April, around 675 NYS officers who were supervising the youth were withdrawn by the government, while the much-hyped road which was being constructed between the Kibera DC’s office and Highrise Estate has not been completed nine months after its construction began, because of lack of materials. Further, the posho mills promised by Uhuru Kenyatta for the Kibera youth which would sell maize flour at a subsidized cost of Sh60 per 2kg, are not working. The wi-fi project meant to provide free Internet access to Kibera residents has not been implemented either. The Sunday Nation noted that just before the national budget was read in June 2015, Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti had asked the Treasury to release Sh162 million for the Kenya Youth Empowerment Program, yet the program is fully funded by the World Bank to the tune of Sh1.4 billion.

Iron Lady Anne Waiguru should step aside to pave way for a thorough forensic audit of her ministry, since she is a reflection of the kleptocratic Jubilee government. While at it, congratulations to the Kenya national women’s volleyball team on winning the Women’s Africa Nations Volleyball championship for the ninth time on June 20, 2015. Sadly, the Jubilee government did not throw them a celebratory party after the match against Algeria, and many of them had to rush to fetch matatus to retreat to their slums, instead of being offered better means of transportation to appreciate their efforts. That is how much Uhuru’s Government values the youth.

Truth be told, Uhuru government is not only ravaging Kenya through mismanagement and corruption. The rotten Jubilee government is destroying the country. After coming to power through a rigged election, the looting agenda of top government officials under the supervision of President Uhuru Kenyatta should not surprise Kenyans. What should be of concern is what it will take to rectify the mess. Under the current circumstances, the country is sinking into a deep abyss.

Jared Odero

June 23, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Kababa Nkomba & Yaya Sella: 26-27/June

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 26-27/06/2015
From: 21.00-01.00
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station
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June 19, 2015

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“Lawie Shipping International” Picks Your Cargo Anywhere In Stockholm: It’s Cheap and Reliable!

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Lawie Shipping International Ships cargo from Stockholm to Kenya. Packing for next consignment in progress and ends on Sunday, 28th June 2015 at midnight sharp. Cargo is either dropped at Högdalen for onward shipping or you can arrange to have it picked up at your residence any time. Call our pick-up center at 0700474138 for bookings.

Charges are as follows: Flyt Katong (moving box): 400kr (more than 5 boxes 300kr each); TV set 700kr no matter what size while if you want to book space, 1 Cube costs 2000kr. In case you need further clarifications on our offers, call us or send mail to: Lawie110@hotmail.com. Once the cargo arrives in Kenya, the recipient is contacted and delivery arrangements made. Delivery to Kenya is 6 weeks.

In Stockholm, Lawie Shipping International is the most reliable, professional, most experienced and on time with unbeatable prices. We carter for everything – collection, handling, customs, delivery and feed-back, all wrapped in one package price, affordable and convenient. Try us today and you will never get disappointed.

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June 15, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Soukous Explosion! Kababa Nkomba and Yaya Sella: 19-20/June

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 19-20/06/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Address: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station
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June 9, 2015

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Kenya Embassy Invitation to Swahili Day: Saturday 13th June at Bergshamra

Once again, the “Swahili Day” is here and on Saturday, 13th June, East Africans together with  Swahili speaking people (including Swahili lovers) will congregate at Hjortstigen 1 in Bergshamra, Solna to celebrate the day.

The event, which will run between 14.00-18.00 hrs, has been organized by the Embassies of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique while its Secretariat is at the Kenyan Embassy.

The theme of the 2015 Swahili Day is: ‘Women in Swahili Culture’.   The organizers believe that promoting interaction and exchanges between different cultures creates an added avenue for enriching diversity and understanding.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate and showcase Swahili culture. Activities will include brief speeches, poetry, live music and dance, display of Swahili food, fashion and literature.

On the line-up for entertainment is Kababa Nkomba Gaby, Kabara Congas & Yaya Sella featuring Maestro Vumbi Dekula with his Ngoma ya Kilo Band which will thrill the crowd. Optional dress code is Khanga, Kitenge, Kikoi or Kanzu.

It is against this background that the Heads of Missions of the organizing Embassies extend their invitation to this special occasion.

For further information, get in touch with the Secretariat through Mr. Sebastian M. Ileli (Second Secretary) at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm or the Tanzanian Embassy in Stockholm.

EMBASSY OF REPUBLIC OF KENYA
Birger Jarlsgatan 37, 2tr
Box 7694,
103 95 STOCKHOLM

Telephone  +46 8 218300
Fax: +46 8 209261
kenyaembassystockholm.com

June 3, 2015

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Reader Request: Ann Kioko Urges Critics to Stop Focusing on Her Environment

ANN KIOKOAnn Kioko, the Kenyan lady who has offered to compete with Mali Ya Obama to capture the attention of the 27 year old Lawyer Kiprono, has urged critics to focus on her and not her environment. Kiprono has been in the news for going public with a request to ask President omaba for Mali-Ya Obama when the US President visits next month. In a letter circulated to the media, Ann said that she was ready for Kiprono. She wrote:

I write this letter with a lot of expectations and prayers for a positive response. It has been long since I visited my Facebook account, I have been up and down with life hassles. I live in a simple house in the outskirts of Nairobi and have to wake up very early to go to work to avoid traffic jam, but I am not always lucky in the evenings.

Of late I think Kenyans have really grown rich, they have bought so many cars, I am yet to though. So today I decided to spare a little airtime for bundles and accessed Facebook only to find this headline that you have offered all those herds of livestock to Malia.

If I were in Nigeria, I would use Tufyakwa or Chineke (Oh my God), because I am not amused at all. Since I saw you going to court to urge the Chief Justice to swear in Deputy President , Hon. Ruto as president sometimes ago, I got interested in you!

I have always been fascinated in you since then and have followed you on twitter. I also friended you on Facebook but you have not accepted my friend request yet. All the same I took time to go through your pictures, I got smitten by this picture you have some good looking, seemingly designer lipstick on your lips. I have been looking for that shade to no avail.  The more the reason I am very unhappy that all that expertise is going to Malia.

I am a 27 year old (turned 27 on 2nd May) beautiful single Kamba lady but have been raised in Nyahururu. I am well educated and cultured, with an almost same complexion as Malia and a beautiful smile.

One of my bffs is Kalenjin and has taught me how to prepare Mursik and cook brown Ugali. I have also interacted with Lawyers in my job , they are very nice people. In my village in Weru, Nyandarua District, we have a big shamba where all the livestock can be grazed sufficiently. We are located near Lake Ol poloisat, so they will never lack in water and just a few meters down, there’s a cattle dip. Look, they will be very well taken care of.

Actually we could start some business of exporting milk to other counties, I am a very hardworking woman and within no time we will build our own white house. Kiprono, please recall the offer to President Obama and consider my application, we can explain to him when he comes to Kenya.

With love,
Ann Kioko.

June 3, 2015

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Uhuru Recommends Another Kikuyu for Central Bank Governor’s Post

Clockwise: Mr. Duncan Ndegwa: May 1967 - December 1982; Mr. Philip Ndegwa December 1982 - January 1988; Mr. Nahashon Nyagah April 2001 - March 2003; Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u March 2007 - March 2015.

Clockwise: Mr. Duncan Ndegwa: May 1967 – December 1982; Mr. Philip Ndegwa December 1982 – January 1988; Prof Njuguna Ndung’u March 2007 – March 2015; Mr. Nahashon Nyagah April 2001 – March 2003;

After the departure of former Central Bank Governor Professor Njuguna Ndungu (a Kikuyu) last month,  Uhuru Kenyatta may not have surprised Kenyans with his new choice of governor – another Kikuyu. He has forwarded to Parliament the name of Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, an IMF advisor, as the proposed next Governor of The Central Bank.

The move is yet another clear indication that the President is determined to continue perpetuating the “House of Mumbi doctrine” in government appointments which dictates that in any key government institution that matter in the wielding of power, the policy must remain “Kikuyu come Kikuyu go”.

If the proposal is approved by Parliament, Njoroge is likely to continue with the corrupt policies of Ndungu and, by extension, protect and cover up his predecessor’s economic crimes at the Central Bank of Kenya. These crimes have been well documented in Reports gathering dust on the shelves.

For Uhuru, there is no one in Kenya outside the Kikuyu community who can run the Central Bank. The president continues to maintain this position despite having campaigned on a platform of fighting tribalism. That was before the very Kikuyu ruling class that was running the government under Mwai Kibaki rigged elections in 2013 to install Uhuru as President.

Most likely, the appointment will add even more anger within members of the 41 tribes who continue to put up with political marginalization, corruption in government and looting of the economy following one election rigging after another.

The lamentable aspect of this latest move by Uhuru is that even after having entered into a Coalition government with URP headed by ICC suspect William Ruto, the President does not think that there is a Kalenjin fit enough to run the Central Bank. Despite a 50-50 power sharing deal between Ruto’s URP and Uhuru’s TNA, the Kalenjin have been short-changed since day one. In fact, the best Uhuru could have done to hood-wink the Kalenjin and to reduce URP grumbles could have been to appoint a Kalenjin to head the Bank following the departure of the scandal ridden Professor Ndungu.

Kalenjins looking back in Nostalgia
For now, the Kalenjin will have to continue playing the role of political spectators on the sidelines and may be, learn one key lesson from the bitter experience – that the Kikuyu ruling class will never share real power with members of any other ethnic ruling class even after joint campaigns, joint election rigging and pompous signing of political deals.

Kalenjins can only look back with nostalgia at the days when the Central Bank was being looted under the governorship of Eric Kotut, a Kalenjin (1988-1993) before Micah Cheserem, another Kalenjin, took over (1993-2001) to perpetuate “eating” by the “Kabarak Syndicate”. These were the good days when the Kalenjins were “eating” under former dictator Daniel arap Moi’s tutelage but as soon as the Kikuyu returned after rigging two consecutive elections in 2007 and 2013, the Kikuyu ruling class is back on the “eating table” as millions of starving Kikuyus cheer them from the rural villages and city slums.

In terms of  “eating”, the Central Bank is “the mouth” through which Kenya’s resources enter the “national digestive system”. By installing a Kikuyu at the gate of the Bank, Uhuru Kenyatta and the cackle of blood-thirsty hyenas surrounding the high table, can be sure that their pot-belies will not be losing weight even with an impending change of guard at the Central Bank.

The only known alternative to tribalism (in government or society) is class politics. However, the capitalist ruling class cannot take up this alternative because this thieving class of wealth grabbers uses tribalism to divide the oppressed classes in society in order to rule them.

Although it is the Kikuyu ruling class wielding real power with Uhuru as the figure head, the poor Kikuyu worker or pauper has been made to believe (through organized media propaganda) that every Kikuyu is in power and that Kenya belongs to the Kikuyu. This is the twisted logic that informs the impending appointment of another Kikuyu to head the Central Bank.

Okoth Osewe

June 1, 2015

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Reasons Why Kenyans Should Be Mourning on Madaraka Day

Fifty two years after

Fifty two years after “self rule” our engineers cannot manufacture a needle

Today, 1st June, Kenyans are supposed to be celebrating Madaraka day, the day when Kenya attained “self-rule” in 1963 ahead of 12th December (Jamhuri day) when the country attained “full independence” from British colonialists. However, for Kenyans who have keenly been watching the country being ravaged by different ethnic ruling classes in the last 52 years, the mention of a “celebration” (be it Madaraka or Jamhuri) can be repugnant.

Truly, conscious Kenyans have every reason to suffer psychological set-backs on Madaraka day, a period when the Nation ought to be in a somber and not a celebratory mood. This is because the country is bleeding and blood is being sucked by well-known political vampires. On the day when the country attained “self-rule”, the following is a summary of reasons why 40 million Kenyans ought to be shedding tears and not popping Champaign.

Perpetual landlessness
Any Kenyan who understands the country’s history knows that the sole reason why the struggle for independence was ignited was because the British colonialists had grabbed land in Kenya and converted citizens into slaves to work on plantations. Fifty two years after self-rule, more than 15 million Kenyans are landless. At the same time, siblings of British colonial masters hold vast pieces of land still called “the white highlands” while land grabbing by members of the thieving ruling class reached “epidemic proportions” decades ago. It is an open secret that great grand-children of British colonialists own vast game reserves together with Five Star hotels erected “deep inside the jungle” from where they control the tourist industry without taxation – thanks to high level corruption! With the prospect of remaining landless from birth to death, millions of Kenyans are more on the side of “self-damnation” than “self-rule” and this is one big reason why Madaraka day should be welcomed with lugubrious faces.

Record 10 million Kenyans unemployed
Kenya has a Labour force of approximately 20 million (2009). At the arrival of the 52nd Madaraka day, more than 10 million able-bodied Kenyans are out of work with millions of frustrated youths permanently languishing in absolute poverty. The ravaged and jobless youths have witnessed every promise of “half a million jobs per year” at every electioneering period evaporate to be replaced with fresh but re-packaged promised of the “Kazi kwa Vijana” type. For these youths, whose lives are constantly being wasted before their very eyes, crime has become a way of life. Under the circumstances, the whole idea of celebrating Madaraka day is anathema especially for those who have understood that the current rotten political system presided over by political vultures is a system that only works for the wealthy thieves and their allies.

Homelessness
Kenya has a population of 42 million out of which 8 million have nowhere they call “home”. Another 6 million live in dilapidated structures both in the rural and urban areas. In the cities, millions of Kenyans have been condemned to life in the slums because the “government” has been unable to invest in housing across the country due to misplaced priorities. For the millions of homeless Kenyans, celebrating Madaraka could just as well go missing on the menu.

Tribalism in government
When Kenya attained “self-rule” on 1st June 1963, the assumption was that the “divide and rule” tactic employed by British colonialists would be replaced by a new concept of “National unity”. Fifty two years after “self-rule”, the Jomo Kenyatta, arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta’s misrule of the country have cumulatively succeeded in dividing Kenyans along ethnic lines more than the British. Today, very few Kenyans believe that “National unity” is attainable under the current circumstances because the ideological bankruptcy of existing political parties has welded them to both tribalism and nepotism. The consequence is that top positions in every new government that comes to power is dominated by members of the President’s ethnic group. Fifty two years after “self-rule”, Kenya could be heading for civil war instead of greater civilization because the level of tribalism in government has risen to a proportion that has become unacceptable to the marginalized groups. Should Kenyans be celebrating or preparing to get even?

Election rigging
Jomo Kenyatta ruled Kenya for 15 years before former Dictator Moi took over and ran down the country with a corrupt and murderous clique for 24 years. After a New Constitution was constructed to limit Presidential term to 10 years, Kenyans woke up in 2007 to a new style of election rigging by the Kikuyu ruling class seeking to protect vested political interests and stolen wealth. The country bled and 1,500 lives were lost. In 2013, election rigging was further extended to enable the Kikuyu ruling class to seize power and maintain the “status quo”. Fifty two years after “self-rule”, and even with the promulgation of a New Constitution, the thieving ruling class is incapable of conducting a free and fair election so what is it that Kenyans are celebrating under the banner of “self-rule”?

Rampant corruption
In every democratic country, the appreciation of the rulers by the ruled is seldom pegged on the level at which the “National cake” is divided and accessed among the population. Kenya is in a very precarious situation because from experience, it is obvious that the capitalist ruling class will never be able to fight corruption among its members. The problem is that as the National cake continues to be stolen and eaten in private repeatedly by a blood-sucking ruling class in the face of mass starvation, poverty and suffering of the population, the idea of revolution is slowly beginning to take shape in the minds of the exploited majority.

Corruption in past and present governments has put Kenya in an “explosive mode” and the only reason why a revolution has not broken out (aka Kenyan spring) is because there is still no revolutionary Movement or Party to explain what is to be done and to lead the revolution from within. Kenyans should therefore, not be celebrating but contemplating a “revolutionary solution” that will send the capitalist ruling class packing for good. Corruption is part of the capitalist system and blood suckers running the system will never end corruption. This explains why from Jomo to Moi, Kibaki to Uhuru, corruption is still with us. It is time to enter into deep mourning and any Kenyan celebrating Madaraka day under the current state of affairs is either benefiting from the system, naïve or confused.

Terrorism and political assassinations
If Kenyans were to celebrate on June 1st, it should be because millions are now conscious enough to understand that the country is fighting a proxy war “against terrorism” in Somalia with the United States stocking the fires from behind. In this useless war, the country has had to pay heavily on two fronts – massacres by Al Shabbab and political assassinations by the government. Al Shabbab has attacked us, not once or twice but as a matter of routine. Baragoi (40 policemen dead and bodies left to rot in the valleys), Westgate (67 dead), Mpeketoni (65 dead), Kwale (60 dead), Garissa University (148 dead) among other insecurity related deaths especially in Rift Valley and North Eastern provinces.

Fifty two years after “self-rule”, Kenyans cannot defend themselves against a rag tag militia called Al Shabbab. Instead of training idle unemployed youths in the counties and arming them to keep Al Shabbab at bay, the government has consistently been using the excuse of terrorism to clandestinely implement an Israeli-American agenda of using political assassination to eliminate Islamic clerics as a way of curbing Islamic fundamentalism in Kenya. Has any Kenyan ever wondered why no single Commission has ever been set up to investigate the more than 20 assassinations in Mombasa alone? Should Kenyans be celebrating or asking serious questions?

Foreign control of national economy
To establish who is in control of a country’s economy, one has to examine the ownership of both companies active in the country’s Stock Exchange and top Banks. Total Kenya, American Tobacco, Crown Paints, Nation Media Group, Limuru Tea, Marshal East Africa, Williamson Tea, Pan African Insurance, Barclays Bank, CFC Stanbic, British American Investments, Standard Chattered Bank, Diamond Trust Bank and Kenya Airways (owned by the Dutch) are just a few names that could help underline the point at the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

The manufacturing industry, Import and Export industry, Tourism industry, Construction industry, Mining, Telecommunication, Horticulture (including Flower industry), Banking, Domestic Trade, Distribution Networks and other key industries/sectors are all on the hands of foreign companies/allies milking Kenya dry.

Fifty two years after “self-rule”, Kenya is economically being ruled by foreigners under an arrangement called neo-colonialism with profits realized ending up in western capitals. The country’s engineers cannot manufacture a needle while we import pencils from the United States. Surely, should Kenyans be celebrating or trying to manufacture our first needle? There is no single Kenyan who can effectively advice the President so former British Prime Minister, Tonny Blair, has been brought in to do the job and the President smiled happily as he shook hands with his advisor before the Media! That is where we are, 52 years after “self-rule!”

Collapsed social services
Whether it is the health care system or the education system, the language is the same. Government institutions together with social services have collapsed in Kenya making life much more difficult compared to the days of colonialism. The principle is the same – nothing works!

Fifty two years after “self-rule”, the best hospitals in Kenya include the Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan, Mater Misericordiae, MP Shah, Bangla Wash, Chodhri Manji dispensary and a host of other health institutions, clinics, medical labs and X-Ray centers on private hands. These private health institutions are for the rich only.

Likewise, some of the best performing schools are private owned. Public transport is firmly on private hands, just like the oil industry which is controlled by mafia cartels. Even supply of basic consumer commodities such as maize and sugar are on private hands. The government has allowed illegal import of sugar to kill the sugar industry. Mitumba (second hand clothes) trade has totally liquidated the local textile industry.  In 1963, Kenya was drug free but fifty two years later, the country is one of the key drug trafficking centers in the world. Some of our politicians (who are known drug traffickers) sit in The Senate where they remain untouchables!

The politics of privatization under capitalism has destroyed the country with the government having no significant role to play in the running and management of social services. Under the circumstances, where is the “self-rule” we ought to be celebrating on Madaraka day?

Should we not be mourning?
It is true that Kenya attained self-rule but we can’t finance the National budget! The government has to ask the West for help to finance the deficit! We promulgated a new Constitution but after being starved of cash for the ruling class to eat, devolution, a key component of the Constitution, is flopping. MCAs are constantly at war in a perpetual struggle for power. County governments have become the new centers of corruption because while the Constitution is new, the system on which it rests on is rotten.

We have top engineers with PhDs at our universities but when we want to construct a bridge, a road or a railway line, we have to go to China to seek “experts”. Despite the high unemployment, we allow the Chinese to come with their manual workers who fornicate with our women to leave behind Kenyans with Chinese eyes, broken virginities and collapsed marriages. We attained self-rule but 50 years later, we have never learnt how to print our money. Should we not be mourning on Madaraka Day instead of celebrating?

Okoth Osewe
Secretary General
Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)

May 27, 2015

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Moody Awori Says He Is Still Alive and Kicking

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Earlier today, rumours spread online that Moody Awori had passed on. In a quick rebuttal, Moody has surfaced in a group photo to say that he is alive and kicking.

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May 27, 2015

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Update: Kenya-Stockholm Woman Is Fine and Safe

A Kenyan woman who was reported by KSB to have allegedly been thrown out of the balcony by her Swedish hubby is fine and doing well. The woman has personally taken contact with KSB to say that she is fine. She said that she is a Swedish citizen and not “paperless”. Although KSB did not report that she is “paperless”, KSB hinted to Swedes who lure paperless women into Sweden before exposing them to domestic violence or killing them.

A friend of the woman has also communicated and said that the woman is fine while the woman’s sister has also been in touch to underline the fact that her sissie is doing well. With this update, fears by Kenyans about the woman’s well-being should now calm down.

KSB picked up the story from a Kenya-Stockholm What’s up Network where the woman’s photo was doing the rounds. Apparently, no one seemed to recognize the woman and with memories of Kavinga still alive, concerns were raised by the community that KSB ought to make an appeal. Luckily, all is well that ends well.

Okoth Osewe

May 27, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Kababa Nkomba and Yaya Sella: 29-30/May

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 29-30/05/2015
From: 21.00-01.00
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station
New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
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May 27, 2015

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Kenyan Woman Allegedly Thrown Out of Balcony by Raging White Swedish Hubby

A Kenyan woman was allegedly thrown out of her apartment block through the balcony by her Swedish hubby following a domestic tiff which turned ugly. The woman’s photo is doing the rounds on “Whatsup” although very little details are springing out. So far. It is not known whether the woman survived the balcony cast-out or whether she was injured and currently admitted in a hospital.

According to a KSB source, the woman may have been thrown out from the second or third floor apartment block after what neighbors said, was “loud noise” of people quarreling in the apartment. A source told KSB that the woman hails from Kisumu city in Nyanza province. It is not clear whether the woman’s immediate relatives are aware about her tragedy.

Kenya-Stockholmers on KSB’s Whatsup Network are unable to recognize the woman and the only hope now is that someone will recognize the nameless woman from the photo and probably alert her relatives or friends to follow up the matter. In case the woman survived, she may be in a comma while in case she died, she may be buried secretly after 30 days if the body is not claimed. KSB appeals to anybody who may recognize the woman to raise the alarm with friends or relatives. In case the woman is fine and reading this, please, get in touch with KSB.

A Kenyan told KSB that she believes she saw a woman who resembles the Whatsup photo at Danderyd hospital yesterday afternoon and that she did not appear to be in critical condition. The witness said that the woman still had her braided hair on the photo. The witness added that at the time she saw the woman, she had not seen the Whatsup photo and only came to link the images after accessing her Whatsup.

It is also not known whether the woman had residence status or not. Rogue Swedish men are known to persecute their paperless women who often end up as victims of domestic violence or being killed and buried secretly.

KSB readers will remember the case of the seven month pregnant Juliet Kavinga, a Kenyan woman, who was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend who reportedly, did not want the baby and tried in vain to get Kavinga to abort. When the case came up in court, the suspect was freed. Police investigations revealed that Kavinga was shot in the head from the back before her body was wrapped up and thrown in Lake Melaren in Stockholm. The body surfaced a year later.

Okoth Osewe

May 21, 2015

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Orkarinte Opens Brand New Second Hand Shop at Hässelby: Buy or Sell Anything at Under SEK 1000

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Buy or sell goods at Orkarinte Fynd, the newest second hand shop in Stockholm that has just been set up by Mr. Clay Onyango, the proprietor of Orkarinte.se Moving company. At 300 meters square, the shop is quite big and should be home to a huge collection of goods. Speaking to KSB, Clay said that majority of goods at his new shop are under SEK 1000. He welcomed everybody looking for good quality second goods for start-up homes or for shipping back home.

With the opening of the new shop, Orkarinte business line has entered into the league of Myrona and UFF, some of the big names in the industry in Sweden. It is a positive step and an inspiration for upcoming business boys especially those in Stockholm who are still at the bottom. In a FB entry, Clay said that he started from humble beginnings “at the bottom” but he is “now here!”, not just with Orkarinte but with Orkarinte Fynd to boot!

The address of Orkarinte Fynd is Åkermyntan at Hässelby Villa Stad. For further info, send mail to: info@orkarinte.com or call 0762103117.

Okoth Osewe

May 19, 2015

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Update on Joshua Oyugi Bereavenet: Open House on Saturday, 23rd May in Uppsala

Mr. Joshua Oyugi, whose family was suddenly plunged into deep mourning following the demise of Mr. Oyugi’s mother, will have an ”Open House” cum “Prayer Meeting” on Saturday, 23rd May 2015 at Mr. Oyugi’s residence in Uppsala (Bergslagsresan 26, Sävja in Uppsala) from 14.00 Hrs.

To get to the residence from Uppsala’s Central station, take bus number 5 bound for Sälva and alight at Laplandsresan bus stop. Those who might not make it due to commitments can show solidarity with the bereaved family through account number 32192088566 at Nordea. All forms of support are welcome.

Okoth Osewe

May 17, 2015

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Breaking News: Joshua Oyugi’s Mom Passes On…

This is to inform friends and the general public that Joshua Oyugi, a Kenyan based in Uppsala, has lost his mom back in Kenya, plunging the whole family into deep mourning. Although he resides in Uppsala, Joshua is a very common face in Stockholm and many Kenya-Stockholmers are familiar with him.

Speaking to KSB through a close family friend in Stockholm, Joshua said that he will release further details about his plans as soon as he finishes consultations with relatives and friends. For condolences, please, contact Mr. Joshua Oyugi directly on 0768728191.

KSB sends deep condolences to the family of the bereaved Joshua during this time of great shock and sorrow. We hope that the family will find strength and support to go through this very difficult and trying moment. May the Almighty God rest the soul of Joshua’s mother in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

May 13, 2015

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Lupita Sends Greetings During “Feast of Ascension” Holidays

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May 12, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Kababa Nkomba & Yaya Sella: 15-29-30/May 2015

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 15-29-30/05/2015…
From: 21.00-01.00 Hrs
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station

New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
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May 1, 2015

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Stockholm’s Vibetrixx Rap Group’s New Video Release with Hit Song “Rumble”

“Moving the Center” of East African Rap in Stockholm

April 22, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Kabara Congas & Yaya Sella: 24-25/April

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 24-25/04/2015…
From: 21.00-01.00
Add: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station

New CD Shujaa Mamadou Ndala
Buy it from iTunes, amazon, qabuz…

April 20, 2015

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Invitation to Memorial Service in Stockholm for Garissa Attack Victims at St Klara Church: 22nd April

Vigils have been held in Kenya, Croatia, Japan and Germany

Vigils have been held in Kenya, Croatia, Japan and Germany

As many Kenyan observers, locally and internationally will admit, and in terms of causalities, the Garissa Terorrist attack on 2nd April 2015 in which 148 students were butchered mercilessly by Al Shabaab terrorists was worse that the Westgate terrorist attack in which 67 people murdered in cold blood.

Following the Garissa attacks, prayers and memorial services have been organized in Kenya and in certain countries around the world like Germany and Japan.

In memory of the departed souls, the Kenya Christian community in Stockholm is inviting all Kenyans, friends, sympathizers, well-wishers and people of good will to a Memorial Prayer session on Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 at St Klara Church from 19.00 hrs sharp.

The event is being coordinated by Pastor Beatrice Kamau and Sister in Christ, Sheila. The two women of God (who have devoted their services to the Church) have, in the past, been in the fore-front in condoling with bereaved families, coordinating solidarity Prayer meetings with those in need and helping the helpless. Following the Westgate attacks, a similar Prayer session was held for the victims at St Klara with Pastor Beatrice and Sister Sheila in the Engine room.

Speaking to KSB, an Embassy official said that the Embassy was aware about the event and that Ambassador Joseph Sang will attend in solidarity. “We have been informed about the event officially and the Kenyan Embassy supports it”, an Embassy official told KSB.

For further information, contact Pastor Beatrice at 0739259234 or Sister Sheila at 0736667875. At KSB, we continue to pray for the families and hope that God will rest the souls of the departed in eternal peace.

Okoth Osewe

April 17, 2015

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Death and Funeral Announcement of Mzee Walter Osome Omino

The Standard April 17th 2015

The Standard April 17th 2015

April 16, 2015

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South Africa: Xenophobia Is a Product of Apartheid

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Zimbaweans: Packing for home

On 21st May 2008, I posted an article on the now defunct ‘African Path’ website about the then xenophobic attacks by black South Africans on other blacks in South Africa, which ended in around 62 fatalities and massive property destruction. Many believe that the latest violence in Durban erupted after the influential Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini recently said that foreigners should “pack their bags” and leave. Xenophobia means “intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.” This morning, my good friend from Uganda, Mr. Godfrey Onen Omony who lives in Stockholm, shared the following thoughts on WhatsApp, concerning the violence: “After the downfall of apartheid, all the black presidents (up to Zuma) who ruled SA did not address the apartheid-enforced issues of poverty, unemployment, education and healthcare among the poor blacks, coloured and Indians. They are all big headed corrupt thugs and idiots.” What is your take on the violence? Below is a verbatim copy of my 2008 piece.

We currently see ghastly pictures and read disturbing stories about the raw brutality unleashed by Black South Africans on foreign Black Africans. Why? Is it because of fear, hatred, wrong names and languages or perceived physical differences between them? Are the foreigners bearing the brunt of anger because it is assumed they enjoy the wealth that remains elusive to majority South Africans? Will the violence make the government improve its wealth distribution strategies?

I agree with Sokari Ekine that the present government has failed miserably in its post-apartheid economic reforms. I was in South Africa when Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered the 2004 Nelson Mandela Lecture which described South Africa’s rising poverty as a powder keg waiting to explode, if no immediate solutions were found. He also criticized the Black Economic Empowerment program for favoring a small section of the emerging black elites thereby shutting out many blacks from sharing wealth. Some black ANC politicians defended the program saying many South Africans were better off today than during the apartheid era. When I discussed Tutu’s speech with some blacks, they told me that South Africans were doing just fine compared to the Palestinians who were then being confronted by the Israelis.

My take on xenophobia

Open lynching of "foreigners"

Open lynching of “foreigners”

In my opinion, xenophobia in South Africa (SA) is a product of the former Apartheid system that segregated races and communities thereby raising suspicions towards ‘outsiders’. Before I got started on this article, I thought of one song called Chileshe by South Africa’s great singer, Hugh Masekela. I looked at the CD cover which I have at home then googled to see if I could use its words and Voilà! Koluki had already done this last January. The song was originally sang in 1968 and urged black South Africans not to mistreat or call other blacks dirty names as done to them by whites during apartheid.

I cite a few lines from the cover: “With the influx today of peoples from all over the African Diaspora into South Africa, the level of xenophobia has risen to disgusting heights. Most paradoxically, the song is even more popular amongst black South Africans today and is deeply loved by the new immigrants which helped the ‘Black To The Future’ album to platinum heights.” It is important to note that the song focuses on the period when Africans from the neighboring countries used to flock the mines of Johannesburg to work. Already then, the Johannesburg people viewed themselves as more ‘advanced and civilized’ than those outsiders. Did black South Africans develop the current animosity when they refused to work in the mines but saw outsiders doing so, thereby earning income at their expense? Is it by coincidence that the present violence is centered in Johannesburg?

There are so many experiences that could add up to the current animosity targeted on non-South African blacks. A term that best defines how black foreigners are described by SA blacks is Makwerekwere. Henk Rossouw (a white South African) has penned experiences from his Zimbabwean wife about this: “I remember the guard called us dogs. And when I worked in the clothing factory they called us makwerekwere because South Africans say that the voices of black immigrants scrape against their ears, like insects.” From her experience, it does not matter that a black South African is physically darker than an outsider; he/she will ‘sniff’ you out directly because they know foreigners.

I recall reading another makwerekwere experience by Alois Rwiyegura in 2005 who was shocked when he was first called so. Even the police use this term when they stop non-SA blacks to check their papers (identification cards or passports). This is reminiscent of the PASS days when the apartheid police dealt ruthlessly with blacks who did not carry the right identification papers.

Lack of exposure and suspicious minds
xenophobia2(R)During my first visit to Johannesburg in 2002, a colored policeman beckoned me with a gun out of a group of two other African colleagues as we went to meet a friend at the main train station. When I came closer, he asked whether I was from “Niger”, possibly Nigeria. I answered “NO” and asked to see my passport. I answered that I did not know there was a rule to walk with one. I showed him my Swedish national ID card which he could not understand its contents. One of my colleagues then produced his South African work ID card and said that I was a guest from Europe. That was when the policeman eased up and told me to be careful with my money and to enjoy my stay.

I also spent a lot of time talking to various people, watching TV and traveling to understand the social disparities especially among blacks. There was once a violent clash in a Johannesburg slum between black refugees and black South Africans, which ended in fatalities and fires that gutted a large number of shacks. The foreigners were then blamed for robberies, ‘stealing’ South African women and taking local jobs. When Ms. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela visited the slum to console the victims, she shed tears for the poor conditions they lived in. They showed her bags of rotten maize meal which were provided to them by authorities as part of the feeding program. She begged the South Africans to treat foreign Africans with dignity because they had accepted them in their countries during the anti-apartheid struggle.

Whenever I had an opportunity to socialize with black students at my host university, I realized that many were quite naïve and ignorant about other Africans outside their country. Quite a few had traveled within SA, let alone Africa. For instance, when they asked whether I was born in Sweden and I answered “No, I was born in Kenya”, they did not know the geographical location of Kenya. One breathed a sigh of relief when I explained that Kenya was in Africa. He then told me: “But we are feeding your people; we have so much food”; meaning that any African who was not South African depended on them. This period was also when Swaziland was going through a very bad drought and had to import maize from South Africa. They equally believed that their country was the largest in Africa.

The same students kept telling me how blessed SA was to be leading Africa from the bottom (geographically). Her position dominates the whole continent in terms of wealth and military prowess. When I told them about my objection to their government’s huge investment in the Swedish jet fighters called JAS-39 Gripen instead of improving the wellbeing of the poor, they were categorical that they needed the jets so that no African country could attack them, etc.

It was interesting to see the reaction of some black students when they visited my room at the guest house outside the university that hosted me. They were shocked to learn that I paid 150 rand per day for accommodation. It was unaffordable for the majority and they immediately asked if the South African government was paying for this. I told them it was part of my research funding from Sweden. I then reminded them that they had said they fed other Africans, so why were they shocked at the cost of my accommodation?

Another very interesting observation was when people greeted me in the local language (Setswana) yet I could not reply. One afternoon I was walking with the lady who owned the guest house to take a helicopter ride offered by one of her guests (a white man), who was a pilot. Two black men said hello at the entrance of the venue. Naturally, I did not understand but the landlady did (she is white but was brought up on a farm where they had black workers so had learnt Setswana). After walking a few meters ahead, she told me that those people said bad things about me because I had refused to return their greetings.

I had a similar experience in 2004 while in Durban and wore a shirt decorated with pictures of African wildlife. A man then began speaking to me in the Zulu language. I politely asked him to speak in English because I could not understand him. He replied that so many black South Africans were acquiring a bad habit of running away from their traditions by pretending not to understand their mother-tongue. I insisted I was not even South African, but he refused until I had to move away from him.

Who is a South African?
I conclude with a quote from Michael Bleby’s latest op-ed on the violence: “South Africa will only free itself from the sort of violence it faces right now when its practical policies of redress and affirmative action are informed by a level of thought that does not seek to define what it means to be South African, but permits an evolving definition. This is the only way to resolve the inherent contradiction of a society trying to alter the imbalances of the past 350 years while fostering a sense of national identity that embraces all people and that all people embrace. The alternative is too horrific to contemplate: Today it’s South Africans versus Zimbabweans. Tomorrow it’s white South Africans versus black South Africans and the following day it will be Zulus and Xhosas fighting each other. This is a downward spiral.”

Jared Odero

April 15, 2015

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Three Kenya-Stockholm Sistsers: Jackie, Caro and Mary Have Lost Their Dad in Kenya

It is with great sadness that the family of Jackie Omino, Caro Omino and Mary Omino, Kenya-Stockholmers, announce the passing of their dad in Kenya after a long illness. Since the three sisters are either in Kenya or on their way, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers are requested to get in touch with Lenza Odhiambo at 0739355553 for messages of condolences and solidarity. The departed dad is a brother to Job Omino, former Kisumu MP.

KSB sends deep condolences to the bereaved family following the passing of a loved member and pillar of the family. We hope that the family will father the necessary strength to go through this difficult moment of grief and mourning. May God rest the departed soul in Eternal Peace.

 Okoth Osewe

April 8, 2015

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Uhuru Kenyatta Has Failed to Tame Insecurity in Kenya Part 3

Mandera attacksAs Kenyans come to terms with the painful outcome of the terrorist attack at Garissa University College on 02 April 2015, many wonder why the Government of Uhuru Kenyatta did not deploy the elite Recce Squad of the General Service Unit (GSU) immediately, since they are trained for close-quarters fighting. The Squad has now been allocated two helicopters for future operations: too little too late. President Uhuru Kenyatta should have taken political responsibility and resigned for all the lives that have been lost due to terrorism, since the Westgate attack in 2013.

As noted in Part II of this series, Uhuru Kenyatta has never been to Mandera or Mpeketoni to show compassion for the brutal murders by al-Shabaab in 2014. Even if the victims were non-residents, he should have by now met the local community leaders to reassure them of better security and cohesion with other tribes. For two days on June 15-17, the Shabaab members went on a killing spree for hours in Mpeketoni-Lamu, and mainly targeted the helpless members of Uhuru’s ethnic Kikuyu community. It is important to note that the North-Eastern and Coastal regions of Kenya which are dominated by the Somali and Muslim communities have been marginalized historically, and harbor bitterness due to socio-economic disparities. They feel that over the years, each ruling government has treated them like second class citizens. Mandera County for instance, began constructing its first tarmac road in 2014.

It is a fact that al-Shabaab is composed of indigenous Kenyan members and sympathizers who may not necessarily be from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, a Kenyan man of Somali ethnicity identified as Abdirahim Abdullahi who graduated with a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 2013, was one of the killers in the Garissa massacre. His father, a chief in Mandera County, reported that Abdirahim had disappeared for one year to possibly join al-Shabaab in Somalia.

In October 2011, the then 28-year old Elgiva Bwire Oliacha alias Mohamed Seif, was jailed for life by a Nairobi court, for being involved in a grenade attack at the OTC bus stage, which caused serious harm to two Kenyan men. The state prosecutor handling his case mentioned that Bwire had supervised and directed the attack. He converted from Christianity to Islam in 2005, then went to Somalia in 2010, where according to court records, he received training by al-Shabaab on how to attack using firearms and ammunition. He returned to Kenya in August 2011, and recruited at least two men to join terrorist activities. Bwire hails from Budalang’i constituency in Busia County, which is part of the Luhya community. The Jubilee government is therefore aware of Kenyans who are members of al-Shabaab, but due to corruption (bribery for freedom when arrested), poor intelligence and evidence gathering, many terror suspects are never brought to book.

Jubilee government lies and propaganda

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Ms. Tabitha Mutuku, a Kenyan woman interviewed recently by the BBC, said her late son who studied at Garissa University College, told her in 2014 that al-Shabaab had sworn to destroy the institution. Additionally, media reports indicate that the principal of Garissa Teachers Training College had asked the students to go home on March 31, 2015 because some strangers suspected to be terrorists, had been spotted in Garissa town. If such information was already floating around, why did the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery lie that they had been caught unawares?

Since October 2011, Kenyan military troops have been in Somalia to “push back” al-Shabaab that had been attacking and kidnapping tourists along the Coastal region of the country. Elgiva Bwire whose case has been mentioned above, threw grenades at the OTC bus stage in Nairobi just two weeks after the Kenyan troops had invaded Somalia. He told investigators: “If they killed some of our members in Somalia, I had to kill some civilians here. It was tit for tat.” The Kenyan Government must go back to his case and ask why he, who is not a Somali by origin, had committed that act.

According to Reverend Wellington Mutiso, the head of Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, “It is the recent coverts who [are] being used to bomb churches. It is not members of the Somali, Boran, or Swahili communities, which have many Muslims, but the other tribes which have been known to follow Christianity, like the Luo, Kikuyu, or Luhya.” In 2012, Fredrick Nzwili wrote in the Christian Science Monitor that: “Al Shabab, a militant Islamist group with ties to Al Qaeda, is no longer relying on its traditional base of Somali or Swahili Muslims. Instead, the group is recruiting a new multi-ethnic band of recruits, many of whom are former Christians, making it more difficult to identify would be attackers.”

On April 06, 2015 the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed was interviewed about the Garissa massacre by Ms. Christiane Amanpour on CNN. To the utter shock of world viewers, she fumbled with words and became irrelevant, veering off the reality faced by survivors concerning the slow security response in Garissa. Accounts from the survivors and family members who are undergoing trauma do not match her stupid damage control on TV that was full of lies. Kenyans are doomed with such leaders.

Proxy war and charcoal trade

Mpeketoni attacksThe United Nations (UN) has investigated various sources of financing al-Shabaab and a lucrative one was found to be in the export of charcoal from Somalia to the Gulf region. Although the UN banned charcoal exports in 2012, al-Shabaab still makes around USD 25 million from the overall sale of USD 384 million from ‘taxing’ transporters and ‘shareholders’. A piece titled “A charred harvest” in the Economist Oct 11th 2014 noted that: “The UN investigators claim, in a report presented to the UN Security Council, that profits from Kismayo’s exports are divided between rebels, the region’s government and members of the Kenyan army—which has guarded the port since its capture from the Shabab in 2012.” The bounty is part of what pays for the import of weapons from Yemen into Somalia, and eventually into Kenya to kill innocent citizens.

In July 2014, the Gem Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Jakoyo Midiwo, who belongs to the CORD Opposition alliance, claimed in Parliament that it was public knowledge Majority Leader in the National Assembly of Kenya, Aden Duale, was part of the charcoal trade in Somalia. Duale is also the MP for Garissa Township Constituency in Garissa County, and comes from the Audaq of the Talamooge sub-clan, which is part of the larger Ogaden clan. Kenya’s most wanted man, (with a bounty of KES 20 million on his head), Dulyadin Gamadhere alias Mohammed Kuno who is an al-Shabaab leader, is a Kenyan national also from Duale’s Ogaden clan. Uhuru’s Government has never commented on Midiwo’s allegation.

In July 1993, two Kenyans working with Reuters television, Hosea Maina a photographer, and Anthony Macharia, a soundman, were beaten, stoned and stabbed to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu, Somalia, alongside two Western photographers when they had been invited to inspect the damage caused by an aerial attack by the UN, on a rebel command post which had killed more than 70 Somalis. Does Uhuru Kenyatta know whom he is fighting in the name of al-Shabaab? Is Kenya fighting a proxy war? Does Uhuru have an exit strategy from Somalia?

As long as Uhuru and his extremely rich and corrupt cronies continue to marginalize the North-Eastern and Coastal regions economically, Kenya will remain a breeding ground for al-Shabaab extremists. The Recce Squad members were paid KES 500 (around USD 5) only per person for lunch, to undertake the risky job of eliminating the militants in Garissa. Further, the squad members have been reduced to guarding the big-bellied politicians and other good-for-nothing Kenyan VIPs, instead of being put into good use to protect Kenyans who pay heavy taxes to maintain Kenyatta’s corrupt government that does not care for their lives. Meanwhile, the Kenyan Members of Parliament earn more than USD 15,000 per month and Cabinet Secretaries have a monthly house allowance of KES 200,000 per month, beside their almost KES 1 million monthly salary. On average, a Kenyan worker earns around USD 1,500 per year. In Kenya, the rich get richer at the expense of the poor taxpayer. Uhuru Kenyatta should ask himself, why then, would a Kenyan youth not become radicalized? TUMECHOKA!

Jared Odero

April 5, 2015

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Uhuru Kenyatta Has Failed to Tame Insecurity in Kenya (Part II)

terror attacks uhuru kenyatta has failedFirst and foremost, I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their loved ones on April 2, 2015 during the horrible attack by al-Shabaab terrorists at Garissa University College in Kenya. There were at least 142 students from the total number of 148 people who were killed. Secondly, I strongly condemn the callous actions of the killers who cut short the lives of those young and hopeful Kenyans, who had nothing to do with their evil minds.

Apart from the above, I am angered that President Uhuru Kenyatta rubbished the travel advisory issued particularly by the United Kingdom government on March 27, 2015 which warned about an impending terror attack in Garissa. “There is a high threat of kidnapping in the areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somalia border, in Garissa County and in coastal areas north of Pate Island”, according to a section of the dispatch. Uhuru was cited in the media on April 01, saying: “As much as they say they don’t want their taxi drivers to come, President Obama has said he is coming.” The Interior Ministry Cabinet Secretary (CS) Joseph Nkaissery, equally acted with disdain to the warning by mentioning: “As government, we strongly believe that these advisories are driven by considerations, other than insecurity.” A day later when Garissa University College was attacked, Nkaissery responded that: “We were taken by surprise.”

Uhuru has been reckless with his words in the past, such as when he asked where the parents of a three year-old girl were, when she was raped by her uncles last November. Which normal parent would knowingly let their child be raped? Travel advisories by the European, Australian and American foreign offices should be taken seriously by sharing information across the security arms of the government to prevent unnecessary deaths. If Uhuru has a personal problem with the British because of refusal by the UK government to support Uhuru’s anti-ICC rhetoric since the son of Kenyatta came to power, he should solve it instead of sacrificing the security of millions of Kenyans.

Ironically, in 2013 Uhuru hired the London-based British PR firm, BTP Advisers, to run his presidential campaigns which reportedly cost 100 million euros (KES 10 billion). He has now added former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to his list of advisers. Uhuru’s family and a small group of Europeans, mainly of British descent, own some four million acres of land in Kenya. In 1943, Englishwoman Edna Clarke bore a son for his late father President Jomo Kenyatta, named Peter Magana Kenyatta. Moreover, the mother of Margaret, Uhuru’s wife, is German. He should therefore stop fooling Kenyans that he has a problem with white people, yet he is filthy rich and is much closer to them, than his poor sycophants.

Ineptitude and misplaced priorities

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They came to attain University education but ended up being sent to Rest in Eternal Peace by terrorists because Uhuru Kenyatta’s government failed to protect them.

The Kenyatta regime has not learnt much since the Westgate Mall attack by al-Shabaab in September 2013. The group continues to kill knowing that the response by Kenyan security is often slow and ineffective. Harrowing narratives are gradually coming from some of the Garissa massacre survivors, who will remain scarred for life, because they either saw or heard their colleagues dying painfully from gunshot or machete wounds. Media reports indicate that it took seven hours for the Recce Squad of the General Service Unit (GSU) to get orders to fly to Garissa, after being alerted at 6 a.m. The first responders who were regular police, were overwhelmed at the scene and received support from the military personnel based at the Garissa barracks. However, they could also not do much since they are not trained for close combat like the GSU. Meanwhile, the four Shabaab members had a field day taunting and laughing at the terrified students, whom they slaughtered without fear.

Once again, Kenyans died mainly because they could not be saved on time due to logistical and decision-making weaknesses that saw the Interior CS Nkaissery and the Inspector General (IG) of Police Boinnet, board a plane to Garissa instead of flying the Recce Squad there immediately. The April 5, 2015 Sunday Nation newspaper has revealed that 18 members of the GSU were eventually deployed to Garissa and within 30 minutes, they had killed the Shabaab militants. It is claimed that the delay in flying the squad members was due to their heavy equipment which could not fit into the available police airplanes. The Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka has been quoted in the Sunday Nation saying that the nine hours taken by GSU to respond was normal, since they had many moving parts. Really?

When former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was preparing to bury his late son Fidel Odinga in January 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta personally offered four military helicopters to ease transportation to his rural home. Since he is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, why did he not order the military to provide choppers to deploy the Recce Squad members immediately to Garissa? Talk about misplaced priorities. Most of those students endured pain and psychological torture while trapped in their hostels waiting to be butchered, yet Uhuru was sitting in Nairobi knowing so well that he could have reduced the casualty by ordering a faster response. Has he ever learnt from the past? Apparently not, since he has never bothered to visit Mandera after the brutal killings of 28 teachers on a Nairobi-bound bus in November 2014, and soon after, 36 quarry workers, by the Shabaab. When more than 60 people were killed by al-Shabaab in Mpeketoni, Lamu County for two days in June 2014, Uhuru was quick to blame local politicians, especially CORD, the Opposition alliance. Later in early 2015, the Shabaab released a blood-chilling video showing how they entered Mpeketoni and slaughtered innocent Kenyans. Uhuru has never commented on the video and has no guts to call the killers by their name, al-Shabaab, and always refers to them as “our enemy.”

Uhuru the non-caring president

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Innocent students paying the ultimate price of a failed State which comes packaged with a failed security system. No Kenyan is safe. Either you die from hunger, treatable diseases, road accident due corrupt police and if you survive, you are killed by the terrorists with State House connections.

When Garissa University was attacked, Kenyatta went against a court ruling which had stopped the intake of police recruits in 2014, by ordering that they be taken for training immediately, at the police college in Kiganjo. According to him, the country does not have enough security personnel. However, the process had been stopped because of the bribes those potential recruits had paid to the recruiting officers. Uhuru issued an executive order on the matter, yet he could not exercise the same to reduce the brutal murders of those innocent students in Garissa. It is beyond imagination that four terrorists had a standoff with military troops for more than ten hours.

Beyond the Shabaab attacks, Kenyans are generally not secure and feel that the president does not care about them and only reacts with threats when killings have already taken place. Uhuru mentioned in 2014 that Kenyans should be responsible for their own security. Maybe the government’s slow response in Garissa was an example of what he meant. He should be aware that the immediate former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria ran out of luck because Nigerians felt he had failed to stop the perpetual killings by Boko Haram, and could not control corruption. As millions of Kenyans remain disillusioned with Uhuru’s failure to keep security in Kenya, and with the latest attacks at the University, there is every indication that the situation will only get worse. Kenyans should anticipate more attacks because the corrupt Uhuru government in incapable of governing, let alone keep security. Kenya needs a regime change.

Jared Odero

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