April 24, 2015

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Uhuru in Kisumu and Nyeri: Compare the Number of Smart Phones

UHURU IN KISUMU NYERI


April 22, 2015

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

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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

April 4, 2015

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St James Wishes All of Us A Happy Easter Holidays With a Blast from the Past

Wishing all of us a Happy Easter! A blast from the past in these gloomy times (the kids have no idea) – St James

April 2, 2015

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Cell Phone Video Clip of Last Minute Moments Inside German Wings Air Crash Found in Wreckage

French and German papers insist terrifyingcrash video of Germanwings plane’s last moments IS real

 

  • French and German media claim to have seen a video taken inside plane cabin moments before it crashed
  • Clip was reportedly stored on a memory card found amid the wreckage of the Airbus A320 in the French Alps
  • German daily newspaper Bild and France’s Paris Match didn’t post the ‘seconds-long’ video clip online
  • Now Marseilles-based chief investigator Brice Robin has suggested the mobile phone clip never even existed
  • The prosecutor said if any such video has been found, the owner must immediately hand it over to investigators
  • Lufthansa’s chief executive said it will take ‘a long, long time’ to understand what led to a deadly crash
  • Carsten Spohr and head of its low-cost airline Germanwings, Thomas Winkelmann, visited crash site

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March 31, 2015

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Deep Mourning as Christine Gikandi’s Mom Passes On in Kenya

rest in eternal peaceWith great shock and deep sorrow, the family of Chrstine Gikandi announces the passing of their mom who departed yesterday evening after a short illness. Consequently, an “Open House” has been set up at Christine’s residence located at St Göransgatan 98 in Fridhemsplan in Stockholm While the “Christine Family Support Committee in Stockholm” has also been established. The Committee is being chaired by Mr. Martin Ngatia.

As messages of condolences begin to pour in, friends, relatives, well-wishers and sympathizers are congregating daily at Christine’s residence to condole with the bereaved family. When KSB reached Christine, she was still in deep shock and trying to come to grips with the sudden, tragic, new and unexpected development.

The sad news came barely a month after Gikandi returned from Kenya to visit her mom whom, she told KSB, appeared to have been in good health.

The death has plunged the entire family into mourning the passing of a dear mom, a sister, an aunt and a friend to the many people who knew and loved her.

A “Prayer Meeting” is scheduled for Saturday, 4th April 2015 at Christine’s residence from 15.00 hrs. Christine is planning to travel home as soon as possible to be with her family during this difficult moment of grief.

KSB sends deep condolences to Christine’s family and hope that those left behind will find the necessary strength and courage to live through the lonely times occasioned by the departure of a loved member.

Christine’s mom will be greatly missed by all those who knew her as a kind hearted, humble, responsible and religious servant of the Lord whose family donated a piece of land for the building of a Church which grew to become well established in her home area.

In Kenya-Stockholm, her daughter Christine, is well known for her solidarity with Kenyans especially during difficult times of need. As they say, what goes around comes around. The real moment for real friends to show solidarity with Christine’s family has come. To condole with the family and for messages of condolences or emotional support, Christine can be reached at 0730630209.

Information can also be obtained through Mr. Martin Ngatia at 0727897393, Grace Nyambura Ngatia at 0762104032 or Councillor Daniel Mwaura at 0736694039. May the Almighty God rest the soul of Christine’s mother in eternal peace until the day of resurrection Amen.

Okoth Osewe

March 30, 2015

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Late Kenya-Stockholmer, Edward Nganga, Laid to Rest in Eternal Peace in Kenya

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The late Kenya-Stockholmer, Edward Nganga aka “Dirty”, who passed away in Kenya on 15th March 2015 was eventually laid to rest last Tuesday, 24th March 2015.  The Kenyan died abruptly after being taken ill while on holiday in Kenya.

A Prayer Meeting cum funds drive which was held in Stockholm by relatives, friends and sympathizers raised a total of 23,000 kr which went towards the funeral arrangements.

Speaking to KSB, Mr. John Muchiri, the Chairman of the “Edward Nganga Family Support Committee in Stockholm”, thanked everybody who attended the Prayer meeting. “The family is very grateful for the input from friends in Stockholm”, he said.

Mr. Muchiri said that the money was sent to the family on Monday, 23 March 2014 ahead of burial. Edward’s death surprised many Kenyans because he had no history of illness.

Okoth Osewe

March 23, 2015

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Kenyan Hip-Hop Sensation, Vikki Ocean, Returns on Stage with “Hey Girl, After a Short Hiatus

Also known by his former name, Raudy, Vikki Ocean is the Kenyan Hip-Hop sensation millions of Kenyans are yet to discover. After taking a short break from music, Vikki has made an outstanding come back with a seductive and stylish combination vibe that has been warmly received by fans and music lovers alike.

“Hey Girl”, the hit song, is a welcome break after a long time of waiting for something from Vikki. With a quality HD video of “Hey Girl” also steaming from the mixing studio, Vikki’s nascent fan-base can only hope that this is the beginning of the good times after being away from visible creativity for what sounded like eternity.

For starters, Vikki is the dude who produced the hit song “Size 8”, a classic which was borne out of Vikki’s collaboration with Linet who later became known within the Kenyan Social Media as “Size 8”. As he begun to spread his tentacles within Kenya’s music industry, Vikki found reasons to collaborate with both Oby Kanobyz and Laety Laetita to materialize the song, “Siwezi Mind” with his brother Eugine Ducer firmly behind the production line. Just like “Size 8”, “Siwezi Mind” was also well received by the “Vikki fraternity” and the wider community of music Lovers who literally elevated the song to a “National anthem”. But that was not the end of the game.

Vikki soon returned to the studio as his passion for music pushed him even further, deep down the pit of creativity. He teamed up with the famous Calif Records production line to surface with “Beat Ikigonga” and as the new song hit the air waves, Vikki meticulously rewired his connections which saw him link up with Maida in yet another collaboration which crystalized into the song “Siwezi Kuwa Na Wewe”. Then suddenly, and out of the blue, the situation changed.

The now 27 year old Vikki went on Sabbatical leave. Fans missed him as others questioned what had happened to this young talent. It is against this background that Vikki’s return ought to be sweet news to all those who recognize his capacity.

On the whole, “Hey Girl” is a number that will, no doubt, underline Vikki’s authority, not just as an Artist but also as a personality with a clear mission in his music career. With the release of “Hey Girl” (available on all leading online stores including Apple and Amazon), fans should be prepared for the return of the real Vikki, deadlier and smarter after mastering his artwork. His Sabbatical appears to have been well calculated because the result is here and fans can now all enjoy “Hey Girl” as they study Vikki’s next move. Well done Vikki and congratulations!

Okoth Osewe

March 20, 2015

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Ethnic Breakdown of Top Appointments in Uhuru’s Kenya Shows Kikuyus Top The List

Uhuru’s Government is the Most Tribal in the History of Kenya – Boni Khalwale

Appended below, please find Tribal breakdown of Top Officials within the jubilee Government, as at the year 2015. The list includes Parastatals Heads.

No NAME TRIBE POSITION
1 Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta Kikuyu H.E. The President
2 William Samoei Ruto Kalenjin Deputy President
3 Gen. Julius Karangi Kikuyu Chief of KDF
4. Major General Kamueru Kikuyu Dir. General NIS
5. Muhoro Ndegwa Kikuyu Dr. CID
6. Githu Muigai Kikuyu Attorney General
7. Willy Mutunga Kamba Chief Justice
8. Samuel Arachi Meru Ag. Inspector General
9. Joseph Kipchirchir boinet Kalenjini Incoming Insp. General
10. Joseph Kinywa Kikuyu Head of Public service
11. Jackson waweru Kikuyu Commandant National Defence College
12 Njee Muturi Kikuyu Solicitor General
13. Bernice Wanjiku Kikuyu Registrar General
14. Muthoni kimani Kikuyu Senior Deputy Solicitor General
15. Charles Gachohi Kikuyu Managing Director KEBS
16. Karanja Thiong’o Kikuyu KEBS Board Chairman
17. James Macharia Kikuyu Health Minister
18. Fred Segor Kalenjin Principal Secretary Health
19. Henry Rotich Kalenjin Natinal Treasury Minister
20. Ann waiguru Kikuyu Devolution and Planning Minister
21. John Konchella Kalenjin Principal Secretary Dev. & Planning
22. Davis chirchir Kalenjin Principal Secretary Energy
23. Michael Kamau Kikuyu Cabinet Sec. Transport & Infrustructure.
24. John Kipg’etich Kalenjin Principal Sec. Transport & Infrustructure
25. Jacon Kaimenyi Meru Cabinet Secretary Education
26. Bello Kipsang Kalenjin Principal Sec Education
27. Felix Kosgey Kalenjin Cabinet Sec Agriculture
28. Khaija Kassachom Somali Principal Sec Livestock
29 Japheth Ntiba Meru Principal Sec Fisheries
30 Justin Muturi Kikuyu Speaker of National Assembly
31 Loma Laboso Kalenjin Deputy Speaker
32 EkweeEthuro Turkana Senate Speaker Senate
33. James Gitura Kikuyu Deputy Speaker senate
34 Muhoro Kikuyu CID Director
35 Macharia Njeru Kikuyu Independent Police Oversight C/ Man
36 Kinuthia wa Mwangi Kikuyu Transition Authority
37. Jackson Waweru Kikuyu National Defence College
38. Ben Ochumo Kalenjin MD. Kenya power
39. Charles Tanui Kalenjin MD Kenyan Pipeline
40. Samuel Maluki Kamba Kenya Pipeline Chairman
41. Titus Mbathi Kamba KenGEN NON –Executive Director
42 Abel Rotich Kalenjin KenGEN Non – Executive
43 Patrick Kimemia Kikuyu Supply Chain Manager
44 John Karanja Kikuyu Operations Manager, Geothermal.
45 Solomon Kariuki Kikuyu Technical Services Manager
46 Elizabeth Njenga Kikuyu Capital and strategy Manager
47 John Maina Kikuyu Human resource Manager
48 Macharia Gichohi Kikuyu MD Kenay Dairy Board
49 Philip Cherono Kalenjin Technical Service Manager
50 Humphrey Maina Kikuyu Finance manager KDB
51 Marianne Ndegwa Kikuyu CEO Kenya Tourist Dep Corporation
52 Carolyne chebet Kalenjin Head of HR & Administration
53 Abraham Mutogo Meru Head of credit
54 Allan Njoroge Kikuyu Head of Audit
55 Ayub Macharia Kikuyu Director of environmental Education
56 Godffrey Wahugu Kikuyu Dean at KaratinaUni. College
57. Elijah Gichuru Kikuyu Director of research (Coffee Research)
58. Richard Njue Meru Transport & Estate Manager
59. Joseph Mburu Kikuyu Head of chemistry
60. Harrison Mugo Kikuyu Head of Entomology
61 Naomi Kamu Kikuyu CEO (Kenya Sisal Board)
62 John Yegon Kalenjin Inspector Officer (KSB)
63 Benson Naiben Kalenjin Deputy Board Chair (KSB)
64. Njuguna Bett Kalenjin Director Special Protects (CBK)
65 Peter Rotich Kalenjin Director of Finance (CBK)
66 Mark Lesiit Kalenjin Director Banking Services (CBK)
67 ANN WANGARE Kikuyu Cahir of Kenya Invest Authority
68 David Komosop Kalenjin MD Kerio Valley Devp. Authority.
69 Sophia Lepuchirit Kalenjin Board Member (KVDA)
70 Michael Rono Kalenjin Board Member (KVDA)
71 William Kiptum Kalenjin Board Member (KVDA)
72 Wachira Njuguna Kikuyu CEO National Housing Corp.
73 Gerorge Kinyanjui Kikuyu General Manager – Finance (NHC)
74 Rosebella Langat Kalenjin General Manager Business Devp
75 Lydia Ng’ang’a Kikuyu Secretary (NHC)
76 Hassan Athman Mijikenda CEO, National Oil Corporation.
77 Kamau Mugenda Kikuyu General Manager Finance (NOC)
78 Jane Njoroge Kikuyu GM Downstream
79 Martin Mungai Kikuyu Chief Accountant (NOC)
80 Timothy Njoroge Kikuyu ICT Manager (NOC)
81 Cecilia Kalungu Kamba Human Resource Manager (NOC)
82 Paul Muthaura Meru C.E.O Capital Market Authority.
83 Samuel Njoroge Kikuyu Manager Investor Education (CMA)
84 Esther Maiyo Kelenjin Manager internal Audit (CMA)
85 Richard Chirchir Kalenjin Manager ICT (CMA)
86 John Njoroge Kikuyu Manager Finance.
87 Mbatha Mbithi Kamba Chief Manager operations (ICDC)
88 Wilson Kamau Kikuyu Audit Manager (ICDC)
89 Byron Muthune Kikuyu Strategy & risk Manager (ICDC)
90 Peter Kamau Kikuyu ICT Manager
91 Joseph Mwaura Kikuyu Finance Manager (ICDC)
92 Faith nene Kikuyu Human resource manager
93 Nyambura Koigi Kikuyu MD Post Bank
94 Anne Karanja Kikuyu Banking Services Director (Post Bank)
95 Charles Mbithi Kamba Head of finance (Post Bank)
96 Robert Gakubia Meru CEO (Water Services Regulartory Board)
97 Bernadette Njoroge Kikuyu Head of Legal Enforcement (WSRB)
98 Eng. Nyagah Embu Head of services Department (WSRB)
99 Richard Cheruiyot Kalenjini Inpectorate Services Manager (WSRB)
100 David Leleito Kalenjin Finance manager (WSRB)
101 Richard Chepkwong Kalenjin Board Chairman (KeRRA)
102 Festus King’ori Kikuyu Director General (KeRRA)
103 Kevin Kariuki Kikuyu Head of Board Of directors (KeCCA)
104 Hillary Kioko Kamba Director General (KeCCA)
105 Lerronka Tiampati Massai C.E.O (KTDA)
106 Benson Ngari Kikuyu Director Of finance & Strategy (KTDA)
107 Ken Omanga Kisii Group Company Secretary (KTDA)
108 Paul Ndivo Kamba Human Resource Manager (KTDA)
109 Albert Atochi Teso Sales Manager (KTDA)
110 Alfred Njagi Kikuyu Sales manager
111 David Mbugua Kikuyu GM. Operations (KTDA)
112 Samson Mienha Meru GM ICT (KTDA)
113 Lincoln Munyao Kamba Group Head Procurement (KTDA)
114 Charles Kimathi Kikuyu Group head Risk (KTDA)
115 Eliud Kiplimo Kalenjin MD Tea Research Foundation
116 John Kipkoech Kalenjin Deputy MD (TRF)
117 Nicholas Kirui Kalenjin Board Chairman (TRF)
118 David Kamau Kikuyu Soil Chemist (TRF)
119 David Cheruiyot Kalenjin Chief Accountant (TRF)
120 Beatrice Chepkoech Kalenjin Environmentalist (TRF)
121 David Kipsang Kalenjin Farm Manager (TRF)
122 Elijah Gichara Kikluyu Director coffee Research Foundation CRF)
123 Stephen Njue Kikuyu Transport and Estate manager (CRF)
124 Joseph Mburu Embu Principal Kenya Coffee College.
125 Kennedy Gitonga Kikuyu Head Research Liason & Advissor (CRF)
126 Zakayo Magara Kisii MD. Tea Board of Kenya (TBK)
127 Phraisia Mwangi Kikuyu Finance Manager (TBK)
128 James Ngugi Kikuyu Corporate Relations Executive (TBK)
129 Peter Macharia Kikuyu Accountant (TBK)
130 Willy Mutua Kamba Technical Services Officer Western Kenya.
131 Francis Kimemia Kikuyu CS Off of the president.
132 Joseph Ngaiseri Massai C.S Internal security.
133 Rachael Omamo Luo CS Defense
134 Charity Ngilu Kamba CS Lands
134 Judith Wakhungu luhyia CS Environment
136 Ali Wario Somali CS Sports
137 Aden Dwale Somali Leader of Majority National Assembly.
138 Githure Kindiki Embu Leader of Majority Senate
139 Prof. Ndung ‘u Kikuyu Governor Central Bank
140 Grace Kahindi Kamba Deputy Inspector General
141 Fred Matiang’i kisii Cabinet Sec Information.

Top MANAGERS
KPLC
Ben Chumo- MD -Kikuyu
Peter Mwicigi- Reg Operations -Kikuyu
Benson Murithi- Network M – Kikuyu
Stanley Mutwiri- Infrastructure – Kikuyu
Peter Mungai- Bus Strategy – Kikuyu
Kenneth Tarus- Finance – Kikuyu
Lawrence Yego -Kalenjin
Joshua Mutua – Kamba
Beatrice Mwendo- Secretary -Kamba

KAA
Lucy Mbugua- MD – Kikuyu
John Thumbi- Gm Finance – Kikuyu
Ken Kamanda- Gm hr – Kikuyu
Erick Kiraithe- Security – Kikuyu
Kasaino Ole- Gm ICT -Masaai
Samson Kimelu- Gm Risk -Kamba
Catherine Kisila – Sec -Kamba
Mugambi Benard – Gm Business – Kikuyu/Meru
Dominic Ngigi- Head Cop affairs – Kikuyu

KPA
Gichiri Ndua- MD – Kikuyu
Catherine Njoroge- HR – Kikuyu
Charles Kireru- HR Capacity – Kikuyu
Muruiki Martin- Kikuyu
Isaac Boit – Kalenjin
KRA
Njiraini- MD – Kikuyu
Nganga- B secretary – Kikuyu
Joseph Nduati – Kikuyu
Karimi – Kikuyu
Wachira – Kikuyu
Wambui- commissioner customs – Kikuyu
Mrs. Mwangi – Kikuyu
Major Kariuki – Kikuyu
Ms Githinji- Kikuyu

ERC
Joseph Nganga- Director G – Kikuyu
Mweni Mutunga- Com Secretary – Kikuyu
Linus Gitonga- Director Petroleum – Kikuyu
Elizabeth Njau – Hr Admin – Kikuyu
Antoinette Kamu- Com Public affairs – Kikuyu/Meru

NHIF
Winnie Mbugua- Insurance – Kikuyu
Gibon- Manage Operations – Kikuyu
Elizabeth Kimani- Hr – Kikuyu
Geofrey Gitau- Manager Accounting – Kikuyu/Meru
Leonard Mitti- Regional M – Kikuyu/Meru
Sconoiya Ruth- Hr – Kikuyu/Meru
Keriri Kinyanjui- Manager Strategy – Kikuyu
Karimi Mbijiwe- Manager Policy – Kikuyu/Meru
Emanuel Labat- Manager ICT -kalenjin

NSSF
Kenneth Otachi -Kisii
Charles Mbugua – Kikuyu
Milkah Bwondra -Kisii
Carolyne Okul -Luo
Evelyne Leyaliki -Masaai
Martin Gikula – Kikuyu
Victoria Langat -Kalenjin

DPP
Tobiko -Masaai
Elijah Nduati – Kikuyu
Agik Oduor -Luo
Jacob Nyakundi -Kisii
Kamau Kioko -Kamba

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Joseph Kinyua – Kikuyu
Chief of Staff of the President and Head of Public Service
Ms. Connie Gakonyo – Kikuyu

Chief of Staff of the First Lady
Jomo Gecaga – Kikuyu
Private Secretary to the President
Lawrence Lenayapa -Masaai
State House Comptroller
George Kariuki – Kikuyu
Deputy State House Comptroller
Colonel Peter Njiru – Kikuyu
Aide De Camp

ADVISORS
Nancy Gitau – Kikuyu
Senior Political Advisor
Abdikadir Mohammed -Somali
Senior Constitutional and Legislative Advisor

PSCU
Manoah Esipisu -Luhya
Secretary Communications and State House Spokesman
Munyori Buku – Kikuyu
Senior Director Public Communications
James Kinyua – Kikuyu
Senior Director, Events and Branding
Eric Ng’eno – kalenjin
Senior Director Speech Writing and Messaging
Munira Mohammed -Somali
Senior Director, Press
Dennis Itumbi –Kikuyu/Meru
Senior Director, Digital, New Media and Diaspora Affairs
David Nzioka -Kamba
Director Innovations, New Media and Diaspora
Maina Kigaga -Kikuyu
Deputy Director PSCU – In Charge of First Lady Office
Thomas Kwaka -Kuria
Director, Events and Branding

OFFICE OF THE DP
Chief of Staff-Marianne J Kitany-KALENJIN
Principal Administrative Secretary Amb. Daniel Waisiko Wambura
Private Secretary David Mugonyi -Luhya
Communication Secretary Shadrack Mwadime -Mijikenda
Economic Advisor
Advisor, Food & Climate Change James Karanja Nyoro -Kikuyu
Policy Advisor
Legal Advisor Dr. Korir Sing’Oei -Kalenjin

Public Service Commission
Chairman —————— Prof Margaret Kobia –Kikuyu/Meru
Commissioners
Professor Michael N.I. Lokuruka -Masaai
Patrick G. Gichohi -Kikuyu
Lawrence Kitti Nyalle -Mijikenda
Ms. Veronica Birgen -Kalenjin
Catherine Raini Omweno -Luo
Judith E. Bwonya -Luhya
Titus Muthini Ndambuki – Kikuyu/Meru

Kenya Institute of Administration
Director: ——————————————————– Margaret Kobia –Kikuyu/Meru
Water Services Regulatory Board
Chairperson Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote – Kikuyu/Meru
Chief Executive Officer Eng. Robert Gakubia – Kikuyu

NACADA
Chairman: ——————————————————John Mututho – Kikuyu
Secretary: ——————————————————William Okedi -Luo
Kenya Tourist Development Corporation
Chairman: —————————————————— Marieanne Ndegwa –Kikuyu
Public Archives Advisory Council
Director: ——————————————————- Lawrence Mwangi –Kikuyu

Export Promotion Council
Chairman: —————————————————— Ruth Mwaniki – Kikuyu
Kenya Revenue Authority
Commissioner General: —————————————John Njiraini – Kikuyu/Meru
Tea Board of Kenya
Chairman: ——————————————————-Sicily Kariuki – Kikuyu
Retirement Benefit Authority
Director: ——————————————————– Kanyi Gachoka – Kikuyu
Kenya Water Institute
Chairman: —————————————————— ag Dr L.A Sumba -Luo
Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation
Chairman: ——————————————————- Jadiah Mwarania – Kikuyu
CEO: ——————————————————— Charles Kariuki – Kikuyu
Capital Markets Authority
CEO: —————————————————– Mr. Paul Muthaura – Kikuyu/Meru
Consolidated Bank of Kenya
Director ——————————————————– Dr. Benson Ateng -Luo
CEO: ———————————————————— Japheth Kisilu -Kamba
Kenya Post Office Savings Bank
Chairman: —————————————————— Anne Waiyego Karanja – Kikuyu
KASNEB Chairman: ———————————– Professor Margaret K. Kobia – Kikuyu/Meru
CEO: ————————————————— Francis Kibera – Kikuyu
Kenya National Assurance
Chairman: —————————————————– Alexander Kaminchia – Kikuyu
Central Bank of Kenya
Governor: —————————————————– Njuguna Ndungu – Kikuyu
Capital Markets Tribunal
Chairman: ——————————————————Jinaro Kibet –Kalenjin

Kenya Institute of Public Policy and Research
Director: ——————————————————– John Omiti -Luhya
National Irrigation Board
Chairman: ——————————————————–Sammy Latema -Masaai
Kenya National Trading Corporation
Chairman: ——————————————————— Mr. Peter Kinya – Kikuyu
Ag. Managing Director————————– Mrs. Virginia Mwangi – Kikuyu
Kenya Industrial Property Institute
Chairman: ——————————————————– Vacant
East African Portland Company
Chairman: ———————————————————William Lay -Muzungu
Director___________________________________ Mr. Kephar L. Tande -Kalenjin
Industrial Property Tribunal
Chairman: ———————————————————Moses Kurgat – Kalenjin
Kenya Industrial Research and Development
Institute Director: ———————————————— Ms. Nancy Muya – Kikuyu
Numerical Machining Complex
Chairman: ——————————————————– Nick Wanjohi – Kikuyu
Co-operative College of Kenya
Principal: ———————————————————- Esther Gicheru – Kikuyu
Pyrethrum Board of Kenya
Chairman: ——————————————————— Isaac Mwangi – Kikuyu
New Kenya Cooperative Creameries
Chairman: ———————————————————-Matu Wamae- Kikuyu
Managing Director: ———————————————–Francis Mwangi – Kikuyu
Kenya Ordinance Fact Corporation
Chairman: ———————————————————- Julius Karangi – Kikuyu

Anti Female Genital Mutilation Board————- Linah Kilimo –Kalenjin
LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority——— Francis Muthaura – Kikuyu
National Drought Management Authority Board—– Agnes Ndetei -Kamba
Kenya Medical Training College Board. —— Philip Kaloki, -Kamba
National Cereals and Produce Board……………… Col Geoffrey Kingangi -Kikuyu
Kenya National Bureau of Statistic———————- Terry Ryan -Mzungu
Kenya Meat Commission————————— Taraiya ole Kores -Kalenjin
Board of the National Hospital Insurance Fund—— Mohamud Mohamed Ali -Somali
Kerio Valley Development Authority— Sam Kona -Kalenjin
Water Resource Management Authority…….. Peter Kiilu -Kamba
The Lake Basin Development Authority—— Onyango Oloo -Luo
National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation – Julius Kones, respectively.-Kalenjin
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation—————————Joseph Musebe -Luhya
Kenya Maritime Authority———— Kitambi Digore -Mijikenda
Corporation of Kenya————————- Sammy Tangus -Kalenjin
Kenya Information and Communication—— Mr Edwin Yinda -Luo
Kenya National Library Services Board…….. Samwel Nyageso -Kisii
National Sports Fund Board of Trustees——– Sam Njonde – Kikuyu/Meru
Kenya National Trading Corporation—-Peter Kinya – Kikuyu
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company —–Kenneth Sigilai -Kalenjin
Kenya Leather Development Council Board—- Titus Ibui -Masaai
The Geothermal Development Company—–Simon Gicharu, – Kikuyu
Kenya Pipeline Company—— Daniel Kiongo – Kikuyu
Horticultural Corporation Development Authority Chairman_______Joseph Kibe – Kikuyu
Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Director:——————————- Nancy Karimi – Kikuyu
Agricultural Finance Corporation
Chairman: —————————————————— hezbon Mariwa -Meru
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate
Chairman: ——————————————————Prof.Daniel M. Mukunya -Kikuyu
MD————————————————————— Dr. Esther Kimani -Kikuyu
National Housing Corporation
Chairman: ————————————————————– Sammy Chepkwony -Kalenjin
Director ————————————————————– Eng. Henry K. Maina -Kikuyu
Kenya Cultural Centre
Chairman: ————————————————————M. Kaggia -Kikuyu
Kenya National Library
Director: ————————————————————–Irene Muthoni -Kikuyu
Moi University
Chairman: ————————————————————-Evans Mwai -Kikuyu
Kenya Literature Bureau
Chairman ————————————————————– Mrs. Serah K. Ndege -Kikuyu
Director ___________________________________ Mrs. Eve A. Obara -Luo
Kenya Education Staff Institute
Chairman: ———————————————————— Prof. Eunice Mutitu -Kamba
Director: ————————————————————— Wanjiru Kariuki -Kikuyu
Commission for Higher Education
Chairman: ————————————————————-Kihumbu Thairu –Kikuyu

KENYA POWER AND LIGHTING COMPANY
Chairman and MD: ————————————————————— Dr. Ben Chumo
General Manager, -Kalenjin
Beatrice Meso————————–Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary…….
Mr. Kenneth Tarus——————-General Manager, Finance -Kalenjin
Mr. Abubakar Swaleh………….General Manager,Human Resources and Administration -Somali
Mr. Peter Mwichigi—————–General Manager, Regional Operations -Kikuyu
Eng. John Ombui —————–General Manager, Supply Chain -Kisii
Mr. Joshua Mutua …………..General Manager, Customer Service -Kamba
Eng. Benson Muriithi……………General Manager, Network Management -Kikuyu
Eng. Samuel Ndirangu…………General Manager, IT & Telecommunications -Kikuyu
Eng. Peter Mungai Kinuthia………General Manager, Business Strategy -Kikuyu
Eng. Stanley Mutwiri…………….General Manager, Infrastructure Development -Kikuyu
Lawrence Yego ……….Chief Manager, Finance -Kalenjin
Eng. Joseph Masibo ………Chief Manager, Distribution -Luhya
Eng. Raphael Mwaura………Chief Manager, Corporate Strategy – Kikuyu
Eng. Rosemary Gitonga……..Chief Manager, Rural Electrification Coordination – Kikuyu

Regional Managers
Eng. David Mwaniki, Regional Manager, Central Rift – Kikuyu
Eng. Daniel Tare Regional Manager, North Rift – Kikuyu
Eng. Kenneth Chege Regional Manager, Mt. Kenya – Kikuyu
Eng. Haid Yusuf Regional Manager, North Eastern -Masaai
Eng. Jared Othieno Regional Manager, Coast -Luo
Rosemary Oduor Regional Manager, West -Luo
Eng. Charles Mwaura Regional Manager, Nairobi North – Kikuyu
Peter Njenga Ag. Regional Manager, Nairobi West – Kikuyu
Dan Obiero Ag. Regional Manager, Nairobi South -Luo

Higher Education Loans Board
Chairman: ———————————————————— David Wachira – Kikuyu
Water Service Trust Fund
Director: ————————————————————– Mr. Ismail Fahmy -Somali

KENGEN LTD (THE HEIGHT OF TRIBAL HUBRIS)

Non- Executive Director —————————————Joshua Kibet -Kalenjin
Non- Executive Director —————————————Henry Rotich –Kalenjin
Non- Executive Director —————————————Joseph Njoroge – Kikuyu
Non- Executive Director —————————————George Njagi -Kisii
Non- Executive Director —————————————Dorcas kombo -Kikuyu
Non- Executive Director —————————————Humprey Muhiu – Kikuyu
Non- Executive Director —————————————Henry Nyamu -Kikuyu
Non- Executive Director —————————————-Rebecca Miano -Kikuyu
Non- Executive Director ——————————Ziporah Ndegwa – Kikuyu

DIRECTORS
Managing Director & CEO ————————————Albert Mugo -Kikuyu
Operations Director ———————————————-Richard Nderitu -Kikuyu
Business Development & Strategy —————————- Director Albert Mugo – Kikuyu Regulatory Affairs Director ————————————-Simon Ngure – Kikuyu
Company Secretary/ Legal & Corporate Affairs Director — Rebecca Miano -Kikuyu
Finance & Commercial Director ——————————–John Mudany -Kikuyu
Human Resources & Administration Director —————-Beatrice Soy -Kikuyu

MANAGERS
Transformation Monitoring Office Manager ——————David Muthike – Kikuyu
Corporate Affairs Manager ————————————–Mary maalu -Kamba
Supply Chain Manager ——————————————-Philip Yego -Kalenjin
Operations Manager, Eastern Hydro —————————Francis kawa – Kikuyu
Operations Manager, Geothermal ——————————John Karanja – Kikuyu
Operations Manager, Western Hydro ————————–Frank Konuche – Kikuyu
Technical Services Manager ———————————— Solomon Kariuki – Kikuyu
Geothermal Development Manager —————————-Geoffrey Muchemi- Kikuyu
Capital Planning & Strategy Manager. ————————-Elizabeth Njenga – Kikuyu
Regulatory Affairs Manager ————————————-John Ndambiri – Kikuyu
Environment & CDM Manager ———————————Joshua Were -Kamba
Projects Execution Manager ————————————-David Kagiri – Kikuyu
Finance Manager ————————————————–Henry Nyachae (Kikuyu-Kisii)
Human Resources Manager ————————————–John Maina – Kikuyu
Insurance Manager ————————————————Daniel Nzioka – Kikuyu
Technical Services & Quality Manager ———————- Henry Ithiami -Kikuyu
Special Project Manager ——————————————George Muga – Kikuyu

National Oil Corporation
Sumayya Hassan-Athmani, Chief Executive Officer -Somali
Kivuti Nyaga, General Manager Upstream – Kikuyu
Kamau Mugenda, General Manager Finance & Administration – Kikuyu
Jane Njoroge, General Manager Downstream – Kikuyu
Maimuna Kassim, Supply Planning Manager -Somali
Antonette Muema, Procurement Manager -Kamba
Josephine Murengi, Internal Audit Manager – Kikuyu/Meru
Henry Onyango, SHEQ Manager -Luo
Temesi Munyendo, ICT Manager -Luhya
Martin Mungai, Chief Accountant – Kikuyu
Cecilia Kalungu, Ag. Human Resources Manager -Kamba
Benjamin Kipruto, Ag. Operations Manager – Kikuyu

COMMUNICATION AUTHORITY OF KENYA
Mr. Ngene Gituku-Chairman -Kikuyu
Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, -Mijikenda
Grace M. Munjuri – Kikuyu/Meru
Eng. Helen Kinoti – Kikuyu/Meru
Beatrice Opee -Luo
Dr. Kamau Thugge, E.B.S., M.B.S. -Kamba
Mr. Wilbert Kipsang Choge -Kalenjin
Prof. Levi Obonyo -Luo
Peter Mutie Mipra, MPRSK -Kikuyu
Ken M. Nyaundi -Kisii

Horticultural Corporation Development Authority Chairman_________Joseph Kibe – Kikuyu
Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Director:—————————Nancy Karimi -Kikuyu
Agricultural Finance Corporation
Chairman: ———————————————————hezbon Mariwa – Kikuyu
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate
Chairman: ———————————————————Prof.Daniel M. Mukunya – Kikuyu
MD————————————————————— Dr. Esther Kimani – Kikuyu
National Housing Corporation
Chairman: ————————————————————– Sammy Chepkwony -Kalenjin
Director ————————————————————– Eng. Henry K. Maina – Kikuyu
Kenya Cultural Centre
Chairman: ————————————————————M. Kaggia – Kikuyu
Kenya National Library
Director: ————————————————————–Irene Muthoni- Kikuyu
Moi University
Chairman: ————————————————————-Evans Mwai – Kikuyu
Kenya Literature Bureau
Chairman ————————————————————– Mrs. Serah K. Ndege -Kikuyu

Director ___________________________________ Mrs. Eve A. Obara -Luo
Kenya Education Staff Institute
Chairman: ———————————————————— Prof. Eunice Mutitu -Kamba
Director: ————————————————————— Wanjiru Kariuki – Kikuyu

Commission for Higher Education
Chairman: ————————————————————-Kihumbu Thairu – Kikuyu

KENYA POWER AND LIGHTING COMPANY
Chairman and MD: ————————————————————— Dr. Ben Chumo – Kikuyu
General Manager,
Beatrice Meso————————–Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary……. –
Mr. Kenneth Tarus——————-General Manager, Finance –
Mr. Abubakar Swaleh………….General Manager, Human Resources and Administration – Arab
Mr. Peter Mwichigi—————–General Manager, Regional Operations -Meru
Eng. John Ombui —————–General Manager, Supply Chain –
Mr. Joshua Mutua …………..General Manager, Customer Service – Kamba
Eng. Benson Muriithi……………General Manager, Network Management – meru
Eng. Samuel Ndirangu…………General Manager, IT & Telecommunications – kikuyu
Eng. Peter Mungai Kinuthia………General Manager, Business Strategy – kikuyu
Eng. Stanley Mutwiri…………….General Manager, Infrastructure Development – meru
Lawrence Yego ……….Chief Manager, Finance – kalenjin

1. Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
Cabinet Secretary: Nkaissery- Maasai
Principal Secretary: Amb. Dr. Monica Kathina Juma (Interior) -Kamba
Principal Secretary: Ms. Josephta Mukobe (Coordination) -Luhya
2. Ministry of Devolution and Planning
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Anne Waiguru-Kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Ms Mwanamaka Amani Mabruki (Devolution) -Mijikenda
Principal Secretary: Mr. Peter Oganga Magiti (Planning) -Kisii
3. The National Treasury
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Henry Rotich-Kalenjin
Principal Secretary: Dr. Kamau Thugge-Kikuyu
4. Ministry of Defence
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb. Raychelle Awour Omamo-Luo
Principal Secretary: Mr. Mutea Iringo-Kikuyu
5. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb. Amina Mohammed -Somali
Principal Secretary: Eng. Karanja Kibicho-Kikuyu
6. Ministry of Education
Cabinet Secretary: Hon.Professor Jacob Kaimenyi-meru/kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Dr. Belio Kipsang (Education)-Kalenjin
Principal Secretary: Prof. Colleta Akinyi Suda (Science and Technology)-Kuria
7. Ministry of Health
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. James Wainaina-Kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Dr. Khadijah Kassachon -Somali
8. Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Eng. Michael S. Kamau-kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Mr. Nduva Muli (Transport)-Kamba
Principal Secretary: Mr. John Kipngetich (Infrastructure)-Kalenjin
9. Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Dr. Fred Matiang’i Okengo -Kisii
Principal Secretary: Mr. Joseph Musuni Tiampaty-Maasai
10. Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resource
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Prof. Judi W. Wakhungu-luhya/Kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Mr. Richard Lesiyampe (Environment)- Masaai
Principal Secretary: Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum (Water) -Masaai
11. Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Charity Ngilu-Kamba
Principal Secretary: Ms. Mariamu El Maawy – Somali
12. Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Dr. Hassan Wario Arero -Somali
Principal Secretary: Amb. Richard Ekai Titus -Turkana
13. Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Kazungu Kambi -Mijikenda
Principal Secretary: Mr. Ali Noor Ismail -Somali
14. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Davis Chirchir-Kalenjin
Principal Secretary: Mr. Joseph Njoroge-Kikuyu
15. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Felix Koskei -Kalenjin
Principal Secretary: Ms. Sicily Kanini Kariuki (Agriculture) Kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Mr. Micheni Ntiba (Fisheries) -Meru/ Kikuyu
Principal Secretray: Mr. Fred Sigor (Livestock)-Kalenjin
16. Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Adan Abdulla, Mohamed
Principal Secretary: Dr. Wilson Songa
17. Ministry of East Africa Affairs, Commerce, and Tourism
Cabinet Secretary: Hon.Phyllis Kandie-kikuyu
Principal Secretary: Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed (Commerce and Tourism) -Somali
Principal Secretary: Mr. John Konchella (East African Community) -Masaai
18. Ministry of Mining
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Najib Balala -Arab
Principal Secretary: Mr Patrick Omutia – Kisii

Unless Pres Uhuru wakes up and balances this. We are doomed ! Tribalism propagates Massive corruption

Boni Khalwale
Servant Of the People Of Kenya

March 20, 2015

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Late Edward Nganga’s Prayer Meeting Today at Hallunda; Burial on Tuesday, 24th March

Prayer Meeting today

Prayer Meeting today

Plans for the Prayer Meeting in Stockholm for the late Edward Ng’ang’a aka ”Dirty” are complete. According to Mr. John Muchiri, the Chairperson of the Edward Ng’ang’a Family Support Committee in Stockholm, the meeting cum fund raising will take place today, Friday 21st March 2015 at Tomtebergvägen 14 located about 200 meters from Hallunda Centrum (near Botvid Gymnasium) from 18.00 hrs until late.

Mr. Muchiri, who is a leading Kenyan businessman in Stockholm, told KSB that following his latest contacts with Edward’s family back home, the burial date of the late Kenyan has been set for Tuesday, 24th March 2015. Edward passed away at Nairobi West hospital where he had been rushed for treatment after showing signs of illness. Edward was on holiday in Kenya.

Many Kenya-Stockholmers who knew him closely are still in shock and unable to come to terms with the reality that he is gone forever and so abruptly. Following his trip to Kenya, and just like he had done on many occasions, his friends expected him back after enjoying his holidays but this was not to be. His Maker had other plans for him.

A close friend of the departed who called KSB said that he will never forgive Edward for dying at such a tender age of 45. “He was full of life and strength while when I last talked to him, he had a clear vision for the future”, the Kenyan told KSB. He sounded like someone who was sobbing as he spoke on telephone.

Obviously, the gap Edward has left within his family and within the Kenya-Stockholm community as a whole will never be filled. Mr. Muchiri appealed to Kenyans to turn up and join hands in remembering and celebrating the life of Edward Ng’ang’a, a good friend and a good one in deed. Edward is survived by his wife and children in Kenya.

Okoth Osewe

March 18, 2015

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Prayer Meeting For Edward Nganga Kariuki in Stockholm: Friday, March 20th 2015

The late Edward Nganga

The late Edward Nganga

Folowing the passing of Kenya-Stockholmer, Edward Nganga Kariuki, a final Prayer Meeting cum funds drive is scheduled for Friday, 20th Match 2015 at Korn Vägen 18 at Hallunda from 18.00 hrs until late.

Speaking to KSB, Mr. John Muchiri, the Chairperson of the Edward Nganga Family Support Committee said that he is in touch with the Nganga family in Kenya. The late Nganga has a sister in the United States who is expected at the funeral.

In the meantime, an “Open House” continues daily from 19.30-23.00 at the residence of John Muchiri located at Korn Vägen 2 in Hallunda. The burial date of the late Nganga has not yet been established but it is expected to be sometimes next week.

Those who will not be able to make it at the Prayer Meeting can show solidarity through Bank Account number 8327-9924283836-6. All contributions will be highly appreciated. The late Nganga passed away last Sunday after being taken ill in Nairobi, Kenya. He was 45 years old.

Okoth Osewe.

March 18, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Sammy Kasule & Yaya Sella

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 20-21/03/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Address: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra Station
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March 15, 2015

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Breaking News: Edward Nganga Kariuki, Kenya-Stockholmer is Dead

Died in Kenya

Died in Kenya this morning at Nairobi West Hospital

This morning, Sunday the 15th of March 2015, and against all expectations, members of the Kenya-Stockholm community have suddenly been plunged into deep mourning following the sudden passing of a member of the community.

Edward Nganga Kariuki aka “Dirty” (Wagiko) passed away this morning at Nairobi West Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Edward travelled to Kenya for holiday and according to information reaching KSB, be became unwell and was rushed to hospital where he died this morning.

Following the tragic news, relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers are meeting today evening at the residence of John Muchiri aka Duka located at Korn Vägen 2, Hallunda, Stockholm to discuss the tragedy, condole with the bereaved family and to remember ndugu Edward who has left us without notice.

For those who knew Edward, and for those who closely interacted with this departed soul, he was a humble, jovial and social person. He was known for his calm composure, his respect for others with different ideas while he was a friend worth having. As a young man, it was unthinkable that he would leave so soon but here we are, Edward Nganga is gone to be with his creator.

Once again, the cruel hands of death has robbed Kenyans in Stockholm of a valuable member of the community. KSB sends deep condolence to the bereaved family following the shocking and unexpected news. May the family have the strength and courage to go through this very difficult moment.

For further information, contact John Duka at 0736157685 or Edward’s nephew Bena aka Karuruma at 0760849858 or Marto at 0764428592 or Councillor Mwaura at 0736694039.

Okoth Osewe

March 12, 2015

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Suez Canal Investments Website is Currently Down

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Website currently down but will be back on Monday

 This is to inform the general public that the Suez Canal Investment cargo company that specializes in cargo freight to East Africa is currently experiencing problems with its website, suezcanalinvestments.com. This notice has been precipitated by an array of inquiries at KSB (by prospective customers) about the company’s website which has been inaccessible.

We have since taken contact with Mr. Ismael Nagy, the Company’s CEO in Scandinavia, who told KSB that the company is aware about the problem at the site but that the company’s webmaster is working on it. He said that the site will be back on Monday next week and added that in the meantime, Suez Canal Investments continues to do business as usual.

“We continue to collect packages across the Scandinavian region and another container has just left for Mombasa”, he told KSB. He said that customers who would like their packages to be in the next consignment can contact him directly on Tel +46703548345 or send him mail at ismael.nagy@icloud.com.

Since the company was introduced at KSB, Mr. Nagy said that a lot of East Africans have taken contact with the company to dig more about its operations. The company attracted huge attention because of its low freight cost per kilo (50 SEK) and its strategic policy of door to door delivery at an affordable 300kr handling fees.

If it lives up to expectation, Suez Canal Investments may be the next big business to watch within the East African community especially in Scandinavia. Many East Africans seeking to transport huge cargo have been greatly limited by the huge freight costs and lack of an affordable door to door delivery system that works in Africa. The business strategy of Suez Canal appears to be based on tapping on the desire of East Africans to transport huge cargo home while keeping prices low in a niche that has been dominated by big business charging a fortune for cargo transport especially to East Africa.

Okoth Osewe

March 9, 2015

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The Late Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka: Vote of Thanks from the Aroka Family

The late Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka

The late Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka: Funeral went well.

The family of the Arokas would hereby like to thank all Kenyans, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers who supported them morally and financially following the passing of Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka and his sister Isdora Ngere in Kenya. The Mzee passed away barely a week after the burial of his sister, two tragic events which not only traumatized the family but also breezed them abruptly into a lugubrious mood as double-mourning of two departed souls also set in.

Speaking to KSB soon after his return from Kenya, Patrick Odhiambo, the head of the John Odhiambo Aroka family, thanked everybody who showed solidarity with the family following the two bereavements. He said that the overall support the family received from friends was well communicated back home and well appreciated.

Following the bereavements, two solidarity meetings were held in Stockholm and Patrick requested all those who were there for the family to humbly accept this vote of thanks for their support.

The family is grateful to all those who accepted to sit in various Committees at short notice, all friends who worked at the various functions to ensure that guests were well entertained, well-fed and well looked after. Many thanks to Frank Odhiambo for accepting to Chair the two Committees without hesitation despite his busy schedule. The family wishes Frank many blesses for a work well done. “To all of you good people who were with us when we needed your presence the most, the family says Thank you very much” said Patrick.

Secondly, the family would like to thank all those who supported the family economically through their contributions, either at the functions or through bank deposits. “To all of you who took your time and resources to support us, rest assured that your support was well recognized and you will forever remain in our hearts and minds as good family friends”, Patrick told KSB.

Further, the John Odhiambo family would like to send gratitude to all Kenya-Stockholmers who managed to attend the funeral of Mzee John Odhiambo. In this respect, the family would like to thank Ochieng Nyambok, Oyuga Odada, Jane Odada, Faith Arodi, Lilian Orieny, Frank Odhiambo and Easter Rege for their presence. “We thank you all for having been there physically to complete the Kenya-Stockholm representation at the funeral”. Patrick told KSB.

On the whole, the family would like friends to know that the two funerals were well attended and that everything went as planned. As the family begins to pick up the pieces and to live with two huge gaps which will never be filled, Patrick told KSB that the family is at peace and united in prayer.

“May God bless you all for your kindness, support, solidarity and, most importantly, for your lasting friendship, both in times of joy and in times of grief. You made us strong and courageous to face a difficult moment and this is what friendship is all about. Thank you very much!”, said Patrick. May the souls of both Mzee John and Isdora rest in eternal peace Amen!

Okoth Osewe

March 5, 2015

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One Year Later: Remembering the Late Karundi Mathenge

Karundi: More funds in for funeral expenses

Karundi Mathenge: It is a year since he passed on in Kenya

One year ago yesterday, 4/3/2015 Karundi Mathenge was called by his maker at about 3-5 a.m. The exact time of his passing is beyond our knowledge because when the paramedics arrived at 6 a.m. after being summoned to attend to him, they declared that he had already gone after trying desperately to revive him.

His family is sending this message to those he loved to celebrate with us the first anniversary of his untimely death.

As we remember him, we want to thank most sincerely those who stood by and believed in Mathenge while he was alive and those who supported and comforted us during that most trying period when he passed.

Special appreciation goes to his friends in the diaspora in Tanzania and in Sweden which was like Mathenge’s second home, and to his Kenyan friends who were very dear to him.

We thank his friends in Sweden led by the Ngatias (Ngatia and Nyambura) for their support.  Mr and Mrs Ngatia, please pass our appreciation to Mathenge’s friends there. May God bless you all abundantly.

We thank his Kenyan friends led by John Gachie and Willy and other friends who were close to Mathenge.

John, thank you for welcoming Mathenge to your home when he landed in Kenya in May 2005. Thank you for being there for him through thick and thin and holding him by the hand [quite literally] even when his own relatives were not there.

Willy, thank you for giving Mathenge the wings to fly by providing him with the means of survival through Ford Foundation when he was almost at the verge of desperation and frustration as a result of broken promises from some political pundits.

To you, his dear friends and family, and others who played a significant part in his life here on earth and upon his demise, his family says thank you very much and may our Almighty God bless you and shower you with His abundant love and grace.

And now to you our brother, we thank God for the time He gave you to us. You were a blessing to us.  As your family, if there is anything at all that we could have done and did not do to elevate your well-being, if there was any love not given, anything at all that was missed, we do ask for forgiveness. We are not sure if the dead are capable of forgiving, but they say that the dead look down over the living.

Mathenge, we believe you are getting some much needed peace and rest there in heaven.  Rest In Eternal Peace Our Brother Till We Meet Again.  AMEN. [Restore to me the joy of your salvation. And grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.] Psalms 51:12

Karundi Mathenge Family

March 1, 2015

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Afro Dance Part 2 Featuring DJ Starboi Deemax 14th March 2015 at Alvik

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Afro Dance Part 2: Mark Your Calendar

February 24, 2015

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New Cargo Freighting Company in Sweden to Ease Goods Transportation to East Africa

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Suez Canal has surfaced at the exact time when it’s services are most needed by serious East Africans who have been stuck because of expensive, unreliable, slow or non-door to door delivery of goods back in Africa.

For the first time in many years, and after years of research and hard work, Kenyans, Ugandans and Tanzanians resident in Scandinavia will now be able to send any acceptable cargo home, not just at an affordable price but also on a regular basis.

Suez Canal Investments, a UK based company with branches in Sweden, is the new company to watch. Suez Canal has so much simplified the process of sending cargo to East Africa because it has eliminated a lot of huddles and introduced low and encouraging prices. Cargo will be leaving Sweden for East Africa every 2 months while in the UK, cargo leaves for Kenya every Tuesdays and to Tanzania every fortnight. As the Company picks momentum, the goal will be to increase regularity especially in the East African region. The process is as follows:

You have a cargo you want to send home (East Africa) so you get in touch with a Suez Canal Investment employee in Sweden through the phone contact at their website. Next, you describe what is to be freighted and the price depends on the weight. 1 kg of cargo costs 50kr and therefore, if you have a 20kg cargo to be freighted to, say Kenya, you ought to be contemplating a price of 1000kr. Once you are clear on the cargo and the price, the process moves to the next stage.

You pack your cargo neatly. It is recommended that you use inner packaging (paper, cardboard or bubble wrap) to ensure that the cargo content does not move inside. The good news is that once your package is ready, a Suez Canal employee will pick it up from your residence or point of cargo departure at a small fee depending on distance. The employee will then weigh the cargo in your presence and collect the corresponding fee for the weight together with handling charges of 300kr. All documentation will be done at the cargo collection point. At 50 kr per kilo, and compared with other established freighting companies, Suez Canal Investment is offering the cheapest freight charges, not just in Scandinavia but in the whole of Europe. It is worth mentioning that freighting an ordinary car to East Africa through Suez Canal costs 7,000kr, the best deal available in the market. According to current protocol, the car must not be more than 7 years old.

Once the transaction is completed, the cargo is freighted to its destination up to the address stated back in Africa. Transportation to the designated recipient in Africa is done by a local Suez Canal agent and Suez Canal guarantees that the cargo will be delivered unless there are special circumstances beyond the company’s control such as natural disaster.

Among the range of services offered by Suez Canal are Ocean Services such as FCL (Full Container or LCL (Container Section), Air Freight (Door to Door), car shipping and personal effects. In short, a client can hire a full container or just part of it through the company and that includes clearing at the port of entry. Suez Canal has a dedicated and service oriented team of workers committed to ensuring safety of goods, speedy transportation and safe delivery.

As it begins to spread its tentacles across Scandinavia and beyond, and given the competitive freight charges offered by the company, Suez Canal Investments appears to be the next big Company to watch in the freighting business especially in Sweden. For further information, visit the Suez Canal Website and get a first-hand account of the process and dealings about this amazing company that will make it possible for anybody to send cargo to East Africa, conveniently, easily and regularly. Suez Canal has surfaced at the exact time when it’s services are most needed by serious East Africans who have been stuck because of expensive, unreliable, slow or non-door to door delivery of goods back in Africa.

Okoth Osewe

February 22, 2015

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Kabara Congas & Yaya Sella

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”


Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 27-28/02/2015
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg. 20
Pendel: Södra station
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February 7, 2015

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Kabete MP George Muchai, 2 Bodyguards and Driver Shot Dead at Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi

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February 6, 2015

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Have You Eneterd Your “Mugabeing” on the Record?

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