March 10, 2014
This is to inform the public and other interested parties that friends of the late Karundi Mathenge raised Ksh 64,346 (SEK 5,150) towards Karundi’s funeral fund. The harambee took place on Friday, 7th March 2014 at Hallunda in Stockholm. Karundi passed away last week in Kenya where he had been ailing for some time.
On Saturday, 8th March, the cash was sent to the family through Karundi’s brother, Mr. Ngini Gathekia who said that the contribution will be transmitted to the Mathenge Karundi Funeral Committee in Kenya. Gathekia thanked all friends of Karundi and added that the Committee will be meeting on Friday this week to finalize plans for Karundi’s funeral. The cash was sent through Moneygram Cash Transfer Services in Stockholm. The initiative takers would like to thank all those who attended the function.
Specifically, the initiative takers would like to thanked Njeri Wagikandi, Mr. and Mrs. Gitau, Jacinter Njoroge, Sofia Njoroge, Daniel Mwaura, Jared Odero, Okoth Osewe, Mark Gaya, Philip Pool, Munala wa Munala, Mrs. Hellen Opwapo, Gerry Changa Midenyo, Peter Mukundi, Albinus Odada, Christine Chambay, Geophrey Kamau together with all the good people who sent messages of condolences or helped in any way in making the impromptu harambee a success.
Speaking to KSB, Mr. Martin Ngatia, one of the initiative takers, thanked friends who congregated at Hallunda at very short notice to show solidarity with the late Karundi’s family at a time of great shock and sorrow. “It was the best solidarity friends in Stockholm could show towards the bereaved family of a fallen Comrade”, Mr. Ngatia told KSB.
Throughout the function, members took time to extol the good virtues of the late Karundi who was known in Stockholm to have been a very principled freedom fighter who believed in the liberation of Kenya from neo-colonialism and imperialist domination.
Although Karundi has passed on, left Kenya with a muli-party state and a new Constitution, the general mood at the fund raising was that a lot of work still needs to be done to liberate Kenya from capitalist class rule that is ravaging the country and promoting poverty, mass unemployment, starvation (especially in North Eastern province), political opportunism, tribalism, personality cult and emperor worship.
Mr. Karundi will, no doubt, be missed by all those who knew him as a Kenyan freedom fighter who had a clear ideological vision for Kenya. Karundi will be buried on Saturday, 22nd March 2014 in his home village in Nyeri.
Karundi Funeral Task Force in Stockholm
March 6, 2014
Following the passing of former Stockholmer, friends of the late Karundi Mathenge will fund raise in support of his funeral that will take place on Saturday 22nd March 2014. The funds drive will take place at Hallunda Bar on Friday, March 7th from 17.00 hrs.
Speaking to KSB, Mr. Martin Ngatia said that the late Karundi was foced to flee to exile to continue with the anti-Moi struggle because he loved Kenya. Mr. Ngatia said that one way of honoring Karundi following his departure is for friends to show solidarity with his bereaved family by meeting and being part of his funeral arrangements.
Mr. Karundi returned to Kenya a few years ago to settle back home following the ascension to power of former President Mwai Kibaki. At the time he left Sweden to resettle in Kenya, Mr. Karundi was the Chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) that was being headed by Kibaki. At one time, Karundi hosted president Kibaki at his residence in Alby when Kibaki came to Stockholm to campaign in the run up to the 2002 General elections.
The departure of Mr. Karundi will, most likely, be felt by many Kenyans who knew him since his days of student activism at the University of Nairobi before he fled Kenya to Tanzania from where he made his way to Sweden during the early 80s. The initiative takers appeal to Karundi’s friends, well-wishers and sympathizers to turn up at Hallunda to celebrate the life of a Kenyan who gave majority of his time on earth to the liberation of Kenya.
March 5, 2014
Mr. Karundi Mathenge, a former Kenya-Stockholmer who moved to Kenya about six years ago, is dead. According to a family source, Karundi has been ailing for some time before he succumbed yesterday morning, plunging the entire family into deep mourning.
The news has shocked many Kenyans and friends in Stockholm who knew Karundi as a revolutionary Kenyan who spent more than two decades in exile in Sweden after fleeing from the then dictatorship of Daniel arap Moi.
KSB sends deep condolences to Karundi’s family following the sad news about his sudden departure. We hope that the famly will gather the strength and courage to go through this very difficult moment marked by deep sorrow and mourning.
According to the family, friends, relatives, sympathizers and well wishers are meeting daily in Kenya to prepare for Karundi’s interrment. The late Kenyan will be burried on Saturday, March 22nd 2014 in his ancestral home in Nyeri, Kenya. May the All Mighty rest Karundi’s soul in Eternal Peace.
March 5, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Mbugua would hereby like to announce the sudden death of Mr. John Kabue, father to Regina, Cate and Ann. Friends will meet today, Wednesday, 5th March 2014 for Prayers at Lillåkersvägen 22 in Lidingo from 18.00 hrs. For further information, contact Mr. Muritu on 0736592556 or Mr. Moses Kangogo on 0739235475.
KSB sends deep condolences to the bereaved family following the untimely death of a loved member. We hope that the family will gather the strength and courage to go through this very difficult moment marked with grief and deep sorrow. May the Almighty God rest the late John Kabue’s soul in Eternal Peace.
March 3, 2014
A 64 year old Kenya-Stockholmer is suspected to have committed suicide last Wednesday, February 26th 2014, plunging his entire family into deep mourning. The Kenyan’s lifeless body was allegedly found by police hanging on a tree in the woods a little distance from the Kenyan’s residence in Jordbrå, Stockholm. The police were alerted by a passersby who discovered the body dangling on a tree branch.
According to a source close to the bereaved family, the late Kenyan travelled home to Ukambani last September where he stayed for six months before returning to Sweden last month. KSB has learnt that for many years, the Kenyan has been living on early pension which he was awarded by the Swedish authorities due to illness. It is understood that the late had been suffering from neck and back pains prompting Swedish doctors to recommend him for early pension. The KSB source said that eight days after the Kenyan returned from his home trip, his body was found after which the family was alerted.
On Tuesday last week, a source said that the Kenyan left his flat at Västerhanninge in Stockholm but never returned. The source said that at first, the family thought that the late Kenyan was chilling at a nearby drinking hole and that he would soon return. The family knew that it was the Kenyan’s habit to take a stride to relax with friends before returning home, sometimes late in the night. The source said that what was strange was that on the day he vanished from home, the Kenyan left behind his wallet which contained all his cards including his ID card.
On Wednesday last week, the source said that police called the Kenyan’s wife to report to the station to show her a photo. When the wife admitted that the image was that of her hubby who had gone missing the previous day, the police disclosed that the Kenyan appears to have taken his life and that the body had been recovered. The police said that the body was being preserved at a local morgue. The police did not however say how the Kenyan may have died although a source told KSB that his body was found hanging on a tree in the woods. The police has so far not released any further information to the family regarding circumstances of death, probably because “investigations are still continuing”.
Currently, the family is still in a state of shock and is unable to come to grips with the fact that barely eight days after he returned from Kenya, the head of the family had decided to take his life.
Kenyans, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers have been pouring into the residence of the bereaved family to condole with them during this time of great shock and sorrow. A Committee is in the process of being established to help the family cope with this great loss of a loved member. The Committee will update Kenyans about any further arrangements.
KSB sends deep condolences to the bereaved family and hopes that it will find strength and courage to go through this very difficult moment. The late Kenyan leaves behind a widow and three children aged between 13 and 16 years. It is God who giveth life and God who taketh away life. May the All Mighty God rest the Kenyan’s soul in Eternal Peace.
February 26, 2014
As late as 1979, homosexuality was classified as an illness in Sweden. President Yoweri Museveni has just signed a Law banning homosexuality in Uganda, a practice which is already banned in Zimbabwe where President Robert Mugabe signed a Museveni-like Law many years ago. In Kenya, attempts to include clauses that supported homosexuality in the country’s New Constitution were all thwarted due to strong opposition by the Kenyan population which apparently argued that homosexuality is un-African, un-natural, if not, a product of Western moral decadence. So far, Museveni and Mugabe have been the leading lights in the illegalization of homosexuality in Africa, a move that has attracted the ire of Western leaders and pro-homosexuality activists.
This article does not seek to support or condemn homosexuality but to highlight the “strangeness” of homosexuality as a practice readily accepted and defended by white people. The article is part of a series of KSB articles about “Strange white stuff” as seen from the point of view of non-white people especially within the African aka black community. Under the “Strange white stuff” series, articles which have so far been published here at KSB include “the flower culture, “kissing in public” and “monitoring spouses”.
Despite attacks on Museveni and similar attacks that were directed at Mugabe following the stand of the two presidents on homosexuality, my bet is that on this issue, the two dictators have millions of secret supporters, both in Africa and in the African Diaspora. The fact that millions of Kenyans opposed pro-homosexuality clauses in their New Constitution that was promulgated in August 2010 can be cited as evidence to argue that majority of Kenyans are both with President Museveni and Mugabe on the question of banning homosexuality in society. In fact, the issue was so hot in Kenya that propaganda against homosexuality took center stage during campaigns as protagonists on both sides of the Referendum debate feasted on anti-gay and anti-lesbian fodder to try and gain political mileage.
In the end, any words, phrases or clauses that could remotely be construed to be pro-homosexuality were effectively kept out of the New Kenyan Constitution. In retrospect, it can be safe to conclude that by consciously keeping the New Constitution “clean from homosexuality”, millions of Kenyans passed an unwritten law “Museveni style” banning homosexuality in the country. Interestingly, no one has been talking about this dramatic development (including Western leaders backed by their gay and lesbian activists) as Museveni is cast on the frying pan. Why? Because it is easier to condemn an individual’s action than the resolve of millions of people. In paraphrase, the world is faced with an awkward situation in which millions of Kenyans were right while one Museveni is wrong even though both parties are opposed to the same practice that is the subject of controversy.
In Africa (and other Third World countries) opposition to homosexuality has mainly been based on both cultural and religious grounds. While Museveni and Mugabe have both exploited arguments based on African culture to push their cases, almost 90% of populations in Africa where Christianity and Islam are rooted can be assumed to be automatically opposed to the legalization of homosexuality across the continent or its practice. Since the two religions are the dominant religions in Africa, and given that “African culture” is the leading reason usually cited by anti-homosexuality operatives, it can safely be assumed that majority of Africans are opposed to homosexuality. For this reason, millions of Africans (and non-whites close to the African position) find support for homosexuality among white people very strange and this is the crux of this article.
Same sex marriages
For opponents of homosexuality, the tired questions are innumerable: how can two males or two females have sex? Biologically, the ass-hole is designed to be the final exit point for shit and since any shit stinks, the ass-hole is deemed to be the dirtiest hole on the human body. Under the circumstances, and for many non-white people, what is strange is how millions of white people can openly support the act of a man knowingly or willingly forcing his manhood in another man’s shit-hole in the name of sexual rights! Worse still, imagine a man putting his tongue on another man’s ass-hole “to stimulate him” in readiness for action then such an action is supported by white people! If it does not sound strange to you as a reader, may be you are white!
What about lesbians? There is no question that whatever two women perform in a room privately ought to be their business. For example, if they decide to use their fingers to imitate the male organ so that they can derive pleasure by dipping into their vajeyjeys during the so called “gal-to-gal articulation”, the act should be nobody’s business. Just like gays, the lesbians may be black, white or even non-white. Regardless of the justification, millions of non-white people (especially Africans) find it strange that apart from the need to leave lesbians alone to do their thing, many white people are likely to support them. This article does not seek to suggest that homosexuality is strange per se. It seeks to underline the huge support homosexuals enjoy among white people. On the subject of “strange white stuff”, it is this support that looks strange. In fact, the massive support for homosexuality among white people has always led Africans to pose the question as to what is wrong with white people.
Alternatively, supporting a man kissing another man in the name of love may sound very strange to an African. Then of course, there is the place where homosexuals get married to live like husband and wife! In Europe today and the United States, it is an accepted practice that the marriages take place in designated churches! This may be very strange when such actions are supported by white people.
This is not to suggest that homosexuality is not practiced in Africa by Africans or that it is not practiced by other non-whites. In Africa, the practice is as old as the universe. The difference is that it has no mass support because it is deemed “unnatural”. There are many strange white stuff which seem very normal to white people but support for homosexuality seem to be one of the most extreme when compared to other stuff which have been named here like the love for flowers, kissing in public and monitoring spouses. It needs to be mentioned that there are white people who do not support homosexuality. The point with this article is that majority of them do support the practice and this is what constitutes “strange white stuff”.
February 24, 2014
One fundamental reason why the Keegan Committee has decided to publish the uncanny behind-the-scenes theatrics in the run up to the Keegan harambee is not to undermine or attack Keegan’s ex or Keegan’s family. It is to check the notorious and unwelcome interventions of Kenyan “exes” in Stockholm whenever a former spouse passes on and a Committee is set up to address the critical issue of body transportation to Kenya.
In writing this report, the stated position of the Committee is that when history has converted you into an “ex” (whether man or woman) following the collapse of a matrimonial relationship, you ought to stick to the role of an “ex” when your former lover passes on. While you may have a right to look into the interests of your children in such situations, you have no right to interfere with the funeral process unless there are very special circumstances. We are recommending this arrangement because the role Keegan’s ex played during the harambee process was retrogressive to say the least.
Because of the tolerance and maturity of Committee members, a rather hostile situation looked very calm and cool. However, behind the scenes, there were constant and unwarranted battles between Keegan’s family, Keegan’s mother and the Committee. In many circumstances, the Committee sympathized with Keegan’s mom because she was in a more helpless situation, given her advanced age and the tragedy of having lost a dear son. Certain realities reported here are bitter but the Committee believes that future Committee’s will learn from the Keegan Committee’s experiences because Kenyans will continue to die, there will always be “exes” in Kenya-Stockholm while children will continue to remain part and parcel of the Kenyan society.
The battle between Mama Keegan and the Keegan family
At Keegan’s residence, the battle lines were drawn when the family raised the issue of inheritance of Keegan’s property. Although the Committee had no powers to arbitrate over the issue, daggers were drawn when the family insisted on seizing Keegan’s 42 inch plasma TV despite opposition from Keegan’s mother. At an “inheritance meeting” held at Keegan’s residence after the harambee, the Committee had to watch helplessly as Mama Keegan pleaded with the family to take anything else apart from the TV. According to Mama Keegan, the TV was the only source of entertainment at the residence and since she is not computer-savvy, her view was that the family could make do with the lap-top or “anything else” (including the leather sofa set and kitchen ware) but leave the TV alone.
The expectation of the Committee was that the family could have waited with the issue of inheritance until Keegan’s burial because strictly speaking, Keegan did not leave behind any substantial property apart from house wares. After intervention by Committee members, Keegan’s mom retained the TV. At that point, the Committee thought that the battle between Mama Keegan and the family would end there but it didn’t.
In a fresh surprise led by Keegan’s ex, the family started questioning the Committee as to why it had prioritized the purchase of Mama Keegan’s ticket, leaving the daughters with SEK 10,000 “which could not purchase two tickets”. That was after the family had tried to capture the SEK 5,000 which had been advanced to Mama Keegan to help her with funeral expenses in Kenya.
In short, the Keegan family did not want Mama Keegan to benefit in any way from the harambee money and at this point, the relationship between the Committee and the family disintegrated because the Committee took the view that the Keegan family was becoming more of a nuisance than a partner in the mission to transport Keegan’s body to Kenya.
Keegan family-Committee cut-link
As matters grew from bad to worse, Keegan’s eldest daughter called KSB to announce that the family had broken with the Committee and that henceforth, the family would take charge of the funeral arrangements. The daughter directed KSB to only publish information which was coming from the family and not the Committee. When KSB interrogated the daughter to establish what may have led to such a serious impasse after Kenyans raised SEK 75.000, the daughter had ready answers.
First, she said that the family had been disconnected from Committee activities making it difficult for the family to follow what the Committee was doing. She said that out of the SEK 75k, the family had only been given SEK 10k and that this amount was not enough for two tickets. She also said that the Committee seemed to have been prioritizing the personal interests of Mama Keegan (who had been sorted) leaving the family to seek other ways of fundraising to fill the gaping financial hole that had reportedly prevented the purchase of two tickets. Another borne of contention was that the Committee was dealing with the Funeral Agency that was to transport Keegan’s body to Kenya without consulting with the daughter who was officially, Keegan’s next of kin. According to the daughter, the Committee was rushing arrangements for the transportation of Keegan’s body without looking into the difficulties the daughters were experiencing with the ticket issue and that this situation had convinced the family that the Committee was not acting in the interest of the family.
Under the circumstances the daughter said that the family had come to the conclusion that it needed to take control of the situation by cutting links with the Committee. Legally, Keegan’s eldest daughter is the person who mattered in the situation and the daughter knew this very well.
By virtue of being the information conduit of the Committee, KSB was aware that SEK 75k had been raised and KSB informed the daughter that it did not make a lot of sense for the Committee to have given the daughters SEK 10k because even after sorting out Mama Keegan’s ticket, there was still more than SEK 20k in the kitty. After doing much of the listening, KSB promised to take up the matter with the Committee to hear their side of the story. KSB also advised the daughter that even though the family had a right to get its view across, the Committee’s side of the story also needed to be heard. As KSB sought the whereabouts of Sofia Njoroge, the Treasurer, to put her on the carpet on how the daughters had ended up with SEK 10k, Keegan’s ex called KSB and added more petrol to the fire. In fact, developments were taking place so fast that the scenario reflected a fast-paced movie packed with thrills, unexpected twists and wild turnarounds.
Additional issues raised by Keegan’s ex
One characteristic feature of Keegan’s ex is that she speaks very slowly while she also sounds like a very calm woman. When she called KSB, she emphasized on what the daughter had said while at the same time adding fresh reasons why the family was not happy with the way the Committee was running the Keegan project.
According to her, the family had scrutinized the contribution book and found “a lot of irregularities”. When pressed to name the irregularities, she did not have anything concrete although she did mention that some names “had been cancelled” in the book. Specifically, she could not answer whether the overall mathematics in the book did not tally with the final figure the Committee had worked out.
Another issue she brought up was that at the final meeting where cash was split up between the family and Mama Keegan, some Committee members walked away with crates of beer which had been left behind after the Keegan harambee. From her point of view, the crates could have been returned to the liquor store to be converted into cash which could go into the tickets for the daughters. She also said that during the “Open Houses” at Mama Keegan, there are some guests who gave Mama Keegan cash without the contributions being registered in the contribution book or being accounted for in the final figure. She emphasized that she was raising the issues in the interest of the kids.
In conclusion, she restated the daughter’s position that the family had broken with the Committee and warned that if the issues were not resolved, Keegan would be buried in Sweden. By then, the Committee had moved on and set the date for the transportation of Keegan’s body at 25th December 2013. Upon hanging up, KSB began hunting down Committee members to address the issues the family was raising. The first to come on the line was Sofia Njoroge, the Treasurer.
Reaction from the Committee
On behalf of the Committee, Sofia narrated developments at the meeting where cash was split between the family and Mama Keegan, leaving SEK 45k to sort out body transport. She explained how the daughters ended up with SEK 10k, pointing out that although SEK 75k had been raised, the family was failing to mention that SEK 9k had been deducted to carter for bankrolling. She also said that the family was not mentioning that it was also involved in the decision to sort out Mama Keegan at a meeting held at Keegan’s residence.
On the question of sidelining the family, Sofia said that as the Treasurer, she was personally in contact with the Funeral Agency for purposes of payment. She said that Keegan’s eldest daughter had already signed all necessary papers to facilitate transport and that there was nothing much that was left for her to do. She did not therefore understand what the family meant by being sidelined. She said that Keegan’s ex had produced Keegan’s old passport that triggered the paper-work by the Kenyan Embassy, leaving her with nothing else to do. She said that the family had participated in the final meeting where they were given the contribution book to scrutinize and report to the Committee in case of any anomalies.
According to Sofia, the family had not reported anything back to the Committee on the book scrutiny. On the question of “cancelled names” on the contribution book, Sofia said that those are “normal lines drawn across names” to cancel repetitions or correct errors and which, she said, were immaterial from the point of view of the final tally. On the question of the crates of beer that were allegedly scooped by some Committee members, Sofia said that the beers in question were four crates and that while one crate was left at Keegan’s residence, the Committee had agreed that three Committee members would each take one crate to compensate for the overhead expenses they had incurred. In this way, she said that the Committee did not have to dig into the kitty as this could have reduced the final figure with almost SEK 600. She said that all these decisions were taken in the presence of the family at Keegan’s residence during the winding up meeting.
On the question of Mama Keegan having been given cash that was never accounted for, Sofia said that she was not aware about such contributions although she averred that it is possible that some people may have given Mama Keegan cash without writing the contribution book. She however added that nobody could prevent guests from giving Mama Keegan cash directly although she mentioned that in such cases, it was highly unlikely that such contributors did not know about the existence of the contribution book. She said that Mama Keegan was never alone at her son’s residence throughout the harambee process and that anybody who may have given her cash may have done so with the intention of remaining anonymous. She dismissed the claims as “petty” and told KSB that Keegan’s ex ought to stop misleading her children and concentrate on helping transport the body to Kenya.
Kenya-Stockholm’s gossip channels “pick up the news”
As the KSB investigations were continuing, anti-Committee propaganda was taking root in Kenya-Stockholm’s underground news channels and gossip Networks which had gathered wind that the Committee “had eaten harambee money”. According to the “Breaking News” headlines, despite Wakenya having raised SEK 75k, there was no cash for tickets for Keegan’s daughters because money had disappeared. Like wild bushfire out of control, the rumours were spreading so fast that in a span of a few hours, the saturation of the “news” about “eaten cash” had provoked a series of phone calls to Committee members with Wakenya seeking to understand how cash melted from the harambee pot right inside the pockets of Committee members.
The ensuing excitement about “the pathogenesis of corruption” within the Keegan Committee sent shock waves down the spines of Committee members, prompting them to call an emergency meeting at Hallunda at 21.00 hrs in Stockholm to discuss the rapid development of events and to develop a counter strategy to put the records straight. KSB was invited to this meeting and it is here that a decision was taken that a full Report detailing a breakdown of finances would be released to the public as soon as possible so that the Keegan family could explain “how cash had been eaten”.
Fresh fundraising initiative hit the rocks
Although the Keegan family was never named as the source of the rumours, expert Kenya-Stockholm’s rumour mongers continued to quote “reliable sources”, “sources close to the Committee”, “watu wengine”, “some people”, “inasemekana” and other invisible propaganda stations operating illegally in the underground. When the financial break down was eventually published at KSB soon after the meeting, the situation appeared to calm down. KSB then contacted the Keegan family and offered to mediate in order to prevent the family from applying the breaks that could stop the transportation of Keegan’s body to Kenya.
The KSB strategy was based on an internal fund raising within the Committee and friends so that Keegan’s daughters could be able to purchase tickets. However, when Committee was contacted about the idea, most of the members said that they had exhausted their financial resources during the Keegan harambee and that they were not interested in any further fund raising. Some Committee members had also become tired with the antics of Keegan’s ex and the last thing they wanted to hear was fresh ideas about fund raising. Without any support from an exhausted Committee, the KSB initiative hit the rocks. This opened the way for a fresh crisis.
When KSB informed the family about the sad news, Keegan’s ex sent a text message to all Committee members (including KSB) that the family had decided to stop the transportation of Keegan’s body to Kenya. By then, Keegan’s body was chilling at Arlanda International Airport waiting for a scheduled flight to Kenya on 25th December. The flight was to take off in just 24 hours time. As the next of kin, Keegan’s daughter called the Funeral Agency and terminated all arrangements. The family said that Keegan would be buried in Sweden.
When news reached the Committee, a decision was taken to the effect that in case the family decided to bury the body in Sweden, the Committee would call a meeting and refund all cash that Wakenya contributed. Keegan’s mother was scheduled to travel at about the time the body was to leave for Kenya but when the transportation was stopped, the mother travelled as scheduled without the body. In the meantime, the Funeral Agency rebooked the body to be transported on 30th, December 2013 hoping that the postponement would create room for fund raising that would resolve the crisis. At this point, KSB attempted a fresh intervention.
Final deal on Christmas day
Using its Networks of good friends, KSB took contact with a Travel Agent in Stockholm to negotiate a deal that would enable the daughters to obtain tickets to Kenya. Although details of this deal will remain secret for reasons of confidentiality, the Agency accepted to help and on Christmas day (25th December), an official of the Agency accepted to meet the family to arrange for three tickets for two daughters and their mother.
The verbal deal with the family was that if the tickets could be worked out, Keegan’s body would be transported to Kenya on the 30th December 2013 for him to be buried on 3rd January 2014. The deal went through and Keegan’s body was transported to Kenya. The family travelled the same day that the body left Stockholm. Any questions about this Report should be directed to the Keegan Committee.
Keegan Funeral Committee in Stockholm
RELATED: Part one
February 22, 2014
Now that the late Keegan Kagwe is effectively resting in peace, the Keegan Funeral Committee would like to release this final Report to the public. The Report is long and has to be released in two parts. The mandate of the Committee was three-fold namely: to raise enough money for Keegan’s body to be transported to Kenya; to raise money for tickets of Keegan’s two daughters to enable them travel to Kenya to attend their father’s funeral and to raise money for a ticket for Keegan’s mother to travel to Kenya to bury her dear son. Following the burial of Keegan in Kenya on January 3rd 2014, the Keegan Committee can report that it duly fulfilled its mandate.
Consequently, the Committee would like to thanks all Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers who contributed generously at the Keegan harambee to enable the Committee fulfil its mandate. The Committee would like to thank everybody who attended the “Open Houses” plus anybody who contributed in any way to the success of the Committee’s mission. In this respect, the Committee would like to Report that the total amount of cash that was raised during the whole exercise was SEK 75.000 and for this achievement, everybody who was involved takes credit.
Just like with any Committee, there were positive vibes during the fund raising process and negative vibes. Since this is the final Report, the Committee has come to the conclusion that in this final Report, it needs to come to a closure by updating the public about certain key developments which could not be reported as they were happening because of strategic reasons.
The positive side has already been reported – that the Committee’s mandate was fulfilled. The Committee regrets to announce that as the fund raising continued, several set-backs were also playing themselves out in the background, set-backs that the Committee decided to sit on for the sake of transporting Keegan’s body to Kenya. Although some details here may shock Kenyans who contributed generously, the Committee believes that it is time to let Kenyans know the difficulties the Committee experienced at the hands of the Keegan family, namely Keegan’s ex-wife and his eldest daughter.
Immediately after the fund raising, many Kenya-Stockholmers may have been unaware that despite enough cash having been raised to transport Keegan’s body to Kenya, the late Keegan may have been buried in Sweden because of family interference.
Immediately after the harambee on 7th December, a meeting was called at Keegan’s residence between the Committee and Keegan’s family to establish how the SEK 75.000 cash that had been raised would be spent. The meeting was attended by Keegan’s ex-wife, his eldest daughter and Committee members namely Chairman Sandy, Sofia Njoroge, Githuku wa Muirani, Steve Khadir and Keegan’s mother. At the meeting, the bankrolling of SEK 9.000 was deducted from the total amount, leaving a balance of SEK 66.000. Out of this amount, SEK 45.000 was deducted for body transportation cost leaving a balance of SEK 21.000. The ticket for Keegan’s mother was then deducted at SEK 6,000 leaving a balance of SEK 15.000.
At this point, the Committee recommended that Keegan’s family and Keegan’s mother retreat to the kitchen to decide how the balance of SEK 15,000 could be spent. The families never retreated to the kitchen but decided that Keegan’s mother be advanced SEK 5,000 to help with funeral expenses while the daughters could get the balance of SEK 10,000 for two tickets. At that time, tickets were going for SEK 4.800 each and when the meeting ended, the Committee members were happy that the meeting had ended amicably. Prayers were then held to seal the meeting after which Keegan’s family was given the contribution book to scrutinize and Report on any anomalies. It is after this meeting that the situation began to change dramatically, much to the chagrin of Committee members.
Tension between Committee and Keegan’s family
Keegan’s family started spreading propaganda among members of the Kenyan community in Stockholm to the effect that the Committee “had eaten money”. The family’s argument was that a total of SEK 75.000 had been raised but that the SEK 10.000 that had been advanced to the family could not buy two tickets. As far as the Committee is concerned, the spreading of the propaganda was being engineered by Keegan’s ex whom, the Committee believes, was pumping her daughter to make life difficult for the Committee and to try and tarnish the good names of Committee members.
According to the propaganda, the Committee had “eaten” SEK 9,000 while as they gave their version of the story, the family alleged that the Committee had advanced SEK 5.000 to Keegan’s mother knowing well that the SEK 10,000 the daughters had been given could not buy two tickets. The view of the family was that at the minimum, the Committee needed to recover cash that had been given to Keegan’s mother so that it could be added to the SEK 10,000 to enable the daughters purchase tickets to Kenya. The view of the Committee was that at the time cash was distributed, tickets were going for SEK 4.800 but after the family delayed with bookings for almost one week, the price of tickets also shot up thereby complicating the situation.
The position of the Committee was that cash that had been advanced to Keegan’s mother to help with funeral expenses in Kenya had been advanced through mutual consent at a meeting and could not therefore be recovered. Besides, the Committee’s view was that Mama Keegan needed cash while in Kenya and that it was immature for the family to have demanded that the cash be recovered because then, Mama Keegan could not have been able to sort out funeral expenses in Kenya. Although the Keegan family went full throttle on the propaganda front, the Keegan Committee could not hit back publicly because such a move could have hurt the process of transporting Keegan’s body to Kenya.
In fact, tension between the Committee and Keegan’s family began much earlier when Keegan’s ex allegedly refused to attend the inaugural meeting to plan Keegan’s harambee at Keegan’s residence. Secondly, the Committee was extremely disappointed with Keegan’s eldest daughter because when Keegan was on his death bed, the daughter was alerted and advised to rush to hospital because her father wanted to talk to her but she refused, allegedly arguing that she had an appointment at the salon which she could not miss. The dad passed away moments later although sources say that Keegan’s younger daughter did make it to hospital just before her dad passed away.
The Committee believes that the failure of Keegan’s ex to attend the inaugural Keegan harambee meeting contributed to the chaos that erupted at the meeting, leading to the unceremonious exit of two Kenyans, namely Jared Odero and Gerry Midenyo from the meeting. The main problem was that the Committee found it bizarre to begin a meeting to discuss Keegan’s funeral without the presence of a single family member. The expectation of Keegan’s Committee was that with the attendance of Keegan’s ex (who had indicated to the Committee that she was interested in joining the Committee as the mother of Keegan’s children), the family would be represented. This did not happen and the meeting proceeded without a single family member because Keegan’s mother was still in Kenya. The Committee believes that the exit of Jared and Gerry from the meeting following rants by an alcoholic Kenyan woman could have been contained if there was a family member at the meeting.
Bogus Club 1000 member and Keegan family debts
In view of the adverse, dirty and negative propaganda that the Keegan family (especially Keegan’s ex) has been spreading across Kenya-Stockholm, the Keegan Committee believes that it needs to update the public about the full development of events before, during and after Keegan’s death.
Although she continues to seek sympathy from Wakenya with one-sided stories crafted to put her at an advantageous position in relation to the Committee, the Keegan family did not play any key role before, during and after the fund raising. Keegan’s ex is known to have questioned the refund of bank rolling cash but the reality is that she never contributed a coin towards the bankrolling in the first place. The Committee would like to state that it has no quarrel with Keegan’s two daughters because it believes that whatever the daughters did to cast aspersions on the integrity of the Committee or to undermine it was as a result of their mother’s influence.
The experience the Committee had with the family was that of disruption, negative propaganda, shocking distortion of facts and sheer sabotage. It is worth mentioning that although she was a member of the Keegan Club 100 (having signed her name), Keegan’s ex never contributed a coin towards the harambee. Instead, records show that the family has an outstanding debt of SEK 600 incurred out of the beer account which, to date, has never been sorted. At first, the Committee thought that these issues could be resolved privately “family style” but with the family having embarked on an onslaught against the Committee, the public needs to know every minute detail of events. The Committee has to be transparent and accountable. This mission is impossible without full disclosure. Any questions should be directed to Committee.
Keegan funeral Committee in Stockholm
In the next installment on Monday, February 24th 2014, find out how Keegan’s body was almost buried in Sweden after enough cash was raised to transport the body to Kenya. It is an intriguing tale packed with tension, drama and wild surprise!
February 21, 2014
This is to inform Kenyans and friends alike that Mildred, the wife of Okulo Masala, a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, lost his brother in Kenya yesterday morning following a short illness thereby plunging the family into deep mourning. According to Mr. Okulo, the brother in Law, will be buried on Saturday, 1st March 2014 and he will travel to Kenya to attend the funeral.
Speaking to KSB, Mr. Okulo said that he needs at least Ksh 300.000 to sort out all expenses including burial. Consequently, the family appeals to friends, sympathizers and well-wishers to show solidarity with the family by making any contribution to help off-set the huge bill that the family has to deal with. The contributions can be made through SEB account number 523600044117.
KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Mr. Okulo during this time of great shock and sorrow. The tragedy of death knows no boundaries and this time it has struck the humble Okulo family. We hope that the family will find strength and courage to go through this very difficult and trying moment.
Mr. Okulo is a progressive Kenyan in Stockholm who has been of tremendous help to many Kenyans especially during times of bereavement. Just as many Kenyans will testify, Mr. Okulo has been offering a venue located near his residence for free to Kenyans and friends during harambees although this time round, it is the family that has been struck by the cruel hands of death which has suddenly taken away a loved one.
Those who wish to send messages of condolences can reach the bereaved family through 0764453852. Any further information will be transmitted as it becomes available.
NB: In the first Report, we erroneously reported that it is Okulo’s wife in Kenya who had passed away. Mr. Okulo has since corrected the error and stated that it is his brother in Law. We regret any inconveniences to the Okulo family which may have been caused by the inadvertent error.
February 20, 2014
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February 20, 2014
On March 12, 2009, I attended a presentation by Dr. Henning Melber at the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm. Dr. Melber is Senior Advisor and Director Emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala, Sweden. He revisited the Sino-African relations debate by looking at the implications of the global financial crisis and how it could affect Africa. “What’s in it for the African people and not just their governments?” asked Dr. Melber. He felt that securing a common platform on such issues was very important.
Dr. Melber, who considers himself “a free speaker”, expressed his thoughts openly and even lodged a scathing attack on the West which for many years, has seen Africa as its own backyard. He gave an overview of the Sino-African relations, stressing that historically, the Chinese have been for the emancipation of Africans: supporting the losers in various political struggles, and not the winners. Western Europeans on the other hand, have a record of suppression, slavery, and scrambling for Africa’s resources, which they continue to exploit heavily. To emphasize the level of exploitation, Dr. Melber referred the audience to Walter Rodney’s book titled: ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’.
The speaker felt that suspicions, aversions and other negative responses had initially dominated the discourse on Sino-African relations for a period, but currently, there is more calm. The fear of the unknown is common at the beginning of bilateral cooperation, but since China changed its policy and became familiar with issues pertaining to the collaboration, it has become significantly good. China slightly improved its policy after being criticized for supporting the Sudanese government during the war in Darfur.
The Chinese have had an indirect presence in Africa through building sports arenas and the well-known Tazara Railway, which they built to connect Tanzania and Zambia for the copper trade. This is a great infrastructural landmark. The Chinese approach is through friendship, politeness and respect. During the past few years, their top leaders have traveled to Africa to acknowledge their friendship; something that very few Western leaders have done, despite having dominated bilateral issues for years with the Africans.
Chinese leaders do not wag their fingers at African leaders and do implement the policy of non-interference. China is therefore becoming a preferable partner in bilateral relations. There was an increase in capital investments from the West to China in the 1990s. In Africa, this increase was notable through Chinese companies contracted by companies in the West. By 2009, there were around 800 Chinese private companies in 49 African countries. They had minimum rules and regulations which should not violate the Chinese government rules and were given government security just like those from the Western countries.
Double-standards are quite visible in the way Westerners regard Sino-African relations. They criticize them yet do the same. The West was not very strict when the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre took place and continued trading with China as usual. Sweden also follows a “value-oriented” policy which is a Nordic model, yet is unethical in some instances, like the suspected bribes during the sale of Swedish jets to South Africa over a decade ago. Economic interest seems to be heavier than other values and they still trade with rogue governments.
Former President Mobutu of then-Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), committed atrocities yet the Belgians, French and the USA traded with him for many years, at the expense of the Congolese people. Nothing has been said openly by the West about the conduct of King Mswati III of Swaziland. Further, Somalia and Somaliland got onto the world map when Somali pirates began hijacking ships with expensive cargo owned by the West, being transported across the Indian Ocean. There lacks a coherent perspective on human rights and the West should be criticized as much as China. “Who is the West to lecture China on moral conduct yet they do the same?” wondered Dr. Melber.
Rapid industrialization in China
In 1997, China’s trade turnover in Africa was between 5 to 55.5 billion US dollars, making it the third biggest trade partner after USA and Britain. In 2005, the turnover was USD 105 billion, a volume that was expected in 2010. Moreover, India and China controlled the highest dollar reserves outside USA, amounting to three trillion US dollars. A high dollar value is good for their exports. Africa’s economy means a lot for China to boost its rising demand for oil, gas and other minerals.
During their recent entry on the continent, the Chinese invested immensely in Southern Africa, thus reviving the Zambian copper mining industry and Namibia’s diamond industry, which used to have a lucrative market in China. However, since the beginning of the current financial crisis, the mining industry has plummeted and many mines have closed in Zambia and Namibia. Half of Namibia’s economy is fuelled by diamonds. In the diamond-rich country of Botswana, things are just as bad because the global demand for diamonds has reduced drastically due to the deteriorating economy. Diamond owners might instead sell them for cash, which would affect the country badly, since 80-90% of its economy depends on it. Growth rates in Africa projected at 7-10% per annum are likely to be halved.
During the March 2009 “Changes Conference” in Dar-es-Salaam, organized jointly by the government of Tanzania and the International Monetary Fund, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said this about the financial crisis: “We could be facing the economic equivalent of a tsunami.” In Angola, profits generated from vast oil and gas resources are not ploughed back to elevate the majority of citizens from poverty. Poverty has been reduced in China, while it is on the rise in Africa. Therefore, Sino-African relations might not have a “trickle down effect” on many Africans after all.
Dr. Melber recalled that during the 2007 World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, a Chinese civil society delegation attempted to ‘lecture’ Africans on human rights and met the wrath of some seasoned Africans, who were quite aware of the Chinese penetration into petty trade in Africa. They were informed of how they had entered into competition with hawkers by flooding many African markets with their cheap goods. They were told that their trade methods were worse than the Europeans’ because they even brought cheap labor from China, and did not employ local laborers.
The Chinese have a monolithic policy which is not modeled to deal with outside matters. On the other hand, the Westerners have a policy of enhancing democracy. For instance, there are common interactions among social movements in America, Europe and Africa, while the Chinese do not interact with the local people when they come to Africa. The unknown is always threatening and this is why the degree of racism towards the Chinese in some parts of Africa is extreme. Dr. Melber referred to the textile industry in Togo which is almost collapsing, since the Chinese entered to compete by selling their cheap clothes. The Togolese refer to them as: “The Chinese Devils”. The Chinese have forged friendly relations with many African countries, but not the ordinary Africans. Although many aspects of life in China are still strictly regulated, more Chinese are now able to travel abroad as tourists, and might gradually understand other cultures.
China has big plans for Africa and in the recent past has been offering massive soft loans and grants. Is this sustainable amidst the current financial crisis? Will these loans harm Africa? There is an upward spiral in mineral and oil-rich countries like Angola because of China’s demands, yet there is an imbalance of trade which involves the exploitation of natural resources like oil and gas at 62% and other minerals at 13%. However, African governments must also share the profits widely by improving the infrastructure and the people’s wellbeing.
China is among the top three exporters of arms to Africa and in 2008 was forced, after worldwide pressure, to recall its “Ship of Shame” – a term coined for the ship that had exported massive weapons to Zimbabwe after the botched presidential elections.
Remarkable policy change has been noted from China in the case of Darfur. However, more is required. Economic development needs to go hand in hand with democracy, accountability and human rights. Democracy and participation in societal values are required in Africa for prosperity.
The European-Chinese-African discourse seeks to reconcile issues and shape policy even at the European Union level. Is the Chinese presence in Africa an alternative? So far, China offers more options for Africa but might still bring “more of the same interest” like the West.
February 19, 2014
February 16, 2014
The Tonny Odera Funeral Committee would like to inform all contributors and the public that following the last update, there were new developments that precipitated changes in the final accounting. The following is the final update of the accounts.
After the publication of the last Report, the Committee received contributions from four Kenyans namely: Nelly Musira, Martin Ngatia, Teresa Mawa and Nancy Osumba. The new contributions totaled 1500kr and together with the initial amount of 12.315, the final figure is 13.815kr. From this amount, SEK 5.400 was used in the purchase of a ticket for Tonny who travelled to Kenya on Monday, February 10th 2014 leaving a balance of SEK 8.415.
From this amount, there were certain overhead expenses incurred before Tonny left for Kenya. Telephone communication to Kenya cost SEK 200, transport to Arlanda cost SEK 220 while parking fees at Arlanda cost SEK 80 bringing total costs to SEK 500. The final amount given to Tonny to help with funeral expenses was therefore SEK 7.915.
From this amount, SEK 915 was converted into Kenyan shillings and given to Tonny as he left for Kenya while the balance of SEK 7.000 was sent to him through Ria Money Transfer Services. The Committee’s strategy was to reduce risks by reducing the volume of cash carried by Tonny during his transit to Kenya. This strategy was endorsed at the fund raising on Saturday, 8th February 2014 and was announced by Marine Engineer, Okulo Masala.
Following the announcement of Tonny’s bereavement, a bank account was advertised and contributors were encouraged to deposit funds in that account. The Committee was later updated that the account in question did not belong to Tonny but to a friend of Tonny. The Committee would like to state that the funds that have so far been accounted for do not include any funds that may have been deposited in that account.
This is because the account holder turned hostile when contacted by the Committee for an update of the flow of harambee funds in the account. The account holder never attended the fund raising on 8th February and there was no report while after he turned hostile, the Committee cut off communication with him because he wanted to be left in peace.
Before consultations broke down, the account holder told the Committee that he was in touch with Tonny and that he would only take instructions from him. The Committee had contacted him with a view to including any funds that may have been deposited in the account in the final totals. The last word between the account holder and the Committee was that the account holder would account for any funds deposited in the account while the Committee would account for funds raised at the Harambee on Saturday 8th February after which the account holder banged the phone. That was after the account holder admitted that some Tonny cash had been deposited in his account.
The account holder is known to be a cool guy and it was impossible to understand why he went berserk when asked to report about harambee developments in his account. In a very emotional tone akin to someone bracing for real battle, he not only accused the Committee of not trusting him but reiterated that he was a mature and transparent person who had no problem with accountability. In fact, he sounded like someone who could pull punches if the conversation was taking place live and under the circumstances, the Committee decided to leave him alone so that he could deal with the matter in his own way.
Since Tonny left for Kenya, the Committee has been in touch with him and he has reported that the burial proceeded well on Saturday 15th February 2014. Tonny is expected back in Stockholm on February 23rd. Once again, the Committee would like to thank everybody who made the harambee exercise a big success.
Tonny Odera Funeral Committee
February 14, 2014
February 13, 2014
The Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) has always reiterated that from a Socialist perspective, what is called “The Constitution” is a piece of paper which will always be violated by the capitalist ruling thugs whenever their interests are threatened. In other words, The Constitution can only be implemented effectively if the process of implementation is on the hands and controlled by the working people of Kenya together with the oppressed majority. The rich owners of capital will never implement the Constitution in the interest of the oppressed.
Millions of Kenyans who have not even waded through the Constitution will quickly agree that one fundamental right that is enshrined in that Constitution is the right to free Assembly and the Right to Free Speech.
Today, a group of Kenyans gathered at the Freedom corner in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park to exercise their right to Free Assembly, a right protected by the Constitution. According to a Statement released by Boniface Mwangi, a leading member of the group who was also attacked:
“Slightly over 50 percent of Kenyans still live below the poverty line; the health sector is on its knees – thanks to underfunding and corruption, as a result of which most Kenyans can no longer access basic healthcare; although illiteracy levels have risen over the years, education sector faces numerous challenges, including underfunding and lack of infrastructural development that has stunted the sector”.
“The protest will highlight the above mentioned issues and many others. It is the responsibility of every citizen to play their role and hold their government accountable if our country is to become a middle income economy in the foreseeable future”.
Yesterday, the idle National security Advisory Committee (NSAC) released a poorly written statement stating that “The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urgently summon the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials with IMMEDIATE EFFECT to give more information over its plans to topple the Government using activists”.
The NSAC’s Statement was designed to send warning signals to Kenyans that USAID was planning to topple the government by sponsoring youths to demonstrate in the streets. With the promulgation of a New Constitution in August 2010, many Kenyans believed that situations where security organs intervene to contravene or subvert the Constitution were long gone with the Moi era. Is the Jubilee government so weak that it fears overthrow by a demo in Nairobi organized by a small group of Kenyans seeking to exercise their democratic rights?
For now, it is a small demo at a corner being attacked by police but does the government know that a revolution is unstoppable when it comes? Is the government aware that by banning harmless demonstrations, it is, in reality, sending signals to millions of unemployed youths that time for revolution is here? Where in the world has a government managed to stop a revolution using riot police when the revolution breaks out? For today, these will remain rhetorical questions.
Attack by Police
When the demonstrators showed up, they were not only chased away from the Freedom Corner and tear-gassed but also brutalized ruthlessly by a reckless riot police acting on orders. The conditions which encourage citizens to take to the streets to protest include high unemployment especially among the youth, lack of medical care, starvation of millions of citizens when the rich have more than their share of the cake, rampant tribalism in government, political thuggery, violation of human rights, corruption, nepotism, cronyism just to mention but a few.
All these vices are present in Kenya today and now, an illegal government that was installed in power by the military after a rigged election and led by suspected war criminals who deserve to be caged is sending its police thugs to violate the rights of the very people they oppress.
The illegal government of Uhuru Kenyatta and his suspected criminal ally, William Ruto, are using various arms of the Kenyan state to unleash violence against its own people. The Kenyan Red Alliance would like to warn the Jubilee government that it is playing with fire by subjecting a population which cannot feed itself to even more oppression by a government which ought to be protecting them.
For now, government apparatchiks can continue joking with the word “revolution” but as the struggle continues and the real revolution gains momentum, every single individual in government responsible for every violation currently being documented by revolutionary forces will be captured and brought to face justice at a revolutionary court of law.
In this regard, the National Intelligence Security Services, the entire leadership of the National Police Force, the entire leadership of the General Service Unit (GSU) including any identifiable person or persons currently responsible for violating the rights and freedoms of Kenyan citizens will have to take responsibility after the capture of thieving Jubilee leadership led by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.
While KRA condemns today’s attacks on innocent civilians in the streets of Nairobi, the Alliance takes this early opportunity to warn the Jubilee government that there exists citizens of the Republic of Kenya who will no longer accept oppression and subjugation by an irresponsible government whose leaders deserve to be locked in The Hague due to their rolls in the 2008 post-election massacres that resulted in the deaths of more than 1500 civilians.
Kenyans have come a long way with the struggle for democracy and human rights. To be exact, it has been more than 50 years of struggle, time when thousands of Kenyans have lost their lives in the process of struggle. It should therefore be unthinkable that any sane Kenyan should passively accept a roll-back of the democratic gains of the last 50 years by an illegal regime whose agents rigged the 2013 elections to install them to power. The situation is even more serious when basic rights such as Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech are among the Rights and Freedoms being taken away in broad day light. After 50 years in power, the capitalist ruling class consistently failed Kenyans and even the promulgation of a New Constitution is of no help. Who says that Kenya is not ripe for a Socialist revolution?
Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)
February 13, 2014
NSAC STATEMENT ON PLANS TO DESTABILIZE GOVERNMENT:
The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urgently summon the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials with IMMEDIATE EFFECT to give more information over its plans to topple the Government using activists.
NSAC is in possession of credible intelligent documents and information detailing how the US donor agency has consistently funded the demonstrations by activists ,including demos clandestinely planned, funded and led by two identified initially as Boniface M and John G. (completion of investigations will reveal their full identities) on February 13, 2014 . A defrocked pastor has also been funded to pour vitriol on parliament concurrently.
NSAC noted that the planned youth revolution of 2012 sponsored by US foreign agency but cuttle by Kenyans is fresh in Kenyans’ mind.
The consistent plans to destabilize the current Government will not be tolerated at any costs, especially where activists are sustainably bribed to tarnish the country’s and Leaders’ reputation regionally and internationally.
Nsac is of the view that It is in the national interest that USAID urgently warns and debriefs would be demos and responds to these reports, in tandem with international protocols that regulate tolerance or expulsion of Agencies that undermine sovereignity of a legitimate and democratic Govt. and interfere with internal matters of countries.
NSAC wants a strong Kenya’s displeasure communicated to the metropoles’ leaders regarding impunity, notoriety, & high handed of distraught diplomats who have no respect on incubent leadership following the recent general elections.
Francis T Kimemia, EGH
Chairman NSAC/ Secretary to the Cabinet
12th Feb 2014
February 12, 2014
Fraud And Vote Patterns In Kenya’s 2013 Election Evidence From An Exit Poll
February 12, 2014
In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of celebration in the Jubilee camp following the perceived collapse of Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC case. In the Kenyan media, Jubilee minions have flooded every pro-Jubilee news channel with both twisted facts and unrelenting propaganda to the effect that eventually, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta “has been found innocent” because the withdrawal of witnesses has rendered the Kenyatta case untenable.
In the midst of the celebrations, certain key questions have evaded requisite publicity or mention in the commentaries. In fact, the hoopla has somehow seen the pro-ICC enthusiasts almost subdued by the “Uhuru has no case to answer” fanatics crawling online. It is in this context that the key questions alluded to could help widen the current and narrow perspective being aggressively peddled by Jubilee supporters.
To begin with, Jubilee supporters have effectively converted a postponement of the Kenyatta case into a “collapse” of the case for propaganda reasons. When ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, made the dramatic announcement that led to an outbreak of celebrations in the Jubilee camp following withdrawal of two ICC witnesses, she stated that “Having carefully considered my evidence and the impact of the two withdrawals, I have come to the conclusion that currently the case against Mr Kenyatta does not satisfy the high evidentiary standards required at trial.” While this statement obviously suggested that Bensouda’s case was weakening, it was in no way an explicit admission that the case against Kenyatta had collapsed. In celebrating this statement, what the Jubilee fanatics left out of the equation is the connection between the witness withdrawal and alleged bribery of witnesses by government agents to entice them to withdraw from the case.
When Bensouda further moved to postpone Uhuru Kenyatta’s case from 5th February 2014 to “indefinitely”, many keen observers must have been surprised when instead of the case crumbling into pieces, it was the Nigerian born ICC Judge, Chile Eboe-Osuji who threw in the towel by tendering his resignation without notice. Although this important development was largely given lurkwarm treatment by the pro-Jubilee media in Kenya, the resignation of Eboe-Osuji (hot on the heels of the Bensouda announcements) suggested that something must have been terribly wrong at the ICC headquarters.
Judge Eboe-Osuji resigned without any credible explanation although it is highly probable that his resignation may have been prompted by pressure from imperialist quarters. Why? In an article entitled “Kenya: Who is fixing the Ocampo Six” published here at KSB on March 13th 2011, I argued that it was not Raila Odinga but western imperialism that wanted Uhuruto locked in at the ICC. Almost two years later, it is official that Raila had nothing to do with the “ICC fixes” while western imperialism continues to be a key suspect. After his resignation without any good explanation, it is possible that Western powers (who are the real forces behind ICC) may have forced Eboe-Osuji’s resignation because of probable fears that he may have been compromised by Uhuruto to kill the cases. While Bensouda was constantly complaining of witness bribery, witness intimidation and lack of cooperation by the Kenyan government on the collection of evidence, Eboe-Osuji was very reluctant in taking any drastic action against the Uhuruto government. Could he have been compromised?
Although the indefinite adjournment of Uhuru’s case by Bensouda precipitated celebration in the Uhuru camp, my evolving hypothesis is that Bensouda may have been buying time to allow ICC to get rid of Judge Eboe-Osui ahead of a major regroupment by anti-Uhuru forces to nail the son of Jomo once and for all. With the appointment of Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson to handle the case, celebration by Jubilee sycophants may be short lived.
Imperialism never forgives or forgets
At first, the perception after the Bensouda announcements was that imperialist powers (especially Britain and the United States) had eventually decided to work with Uhuru Kenyatta. It is notable that this perception has eventually waned because since the Bensouda announcements, there has been no major political development that could suggest that Imperialism is warming up to Kenyatta or his government while the cold war between Jubilee and the West continues.
Western powers are not interested in letting Kenyatta win the ICC battle because then, the institution known as ICC will be dead and buried, a ceremony the West does not want to witness at a time when they have just provoked fresh strife in North Africa (Egypt and Libya) and sparked new wars in the Middle East especially in Syria.
Secondly, Imperialism never forgives or forgets while they are also known to abandon or conveniently kill old friends who become politically useless. They cheated Mohammed Ghaddafi with fake friendship then sent bombs to weaken his government before he was killed by Western supported bandits. They befriended Saddam Hussein, fixed him to fight a protracted proxy war with Iran, supplied him with chemical weapons, overthrew his government (at the pretext of having chemical weapons) then released him to be hanged by his own people. They built and used Osama Bin Laden during the Afghan-Soviet war, started hunting him down after Bin Laden accomplished the mission then later tracked him down and allegedly assassinated him. After using Manuel Noriega, former Panamanian dictator, they invaded his country in 1989 Iraq-style, captured him then later locked him behind bars for years. In fact, Imperialism abandoned Hosni Mubarak (one of their best friends in Africa) to be overthrown, arrested and jailed when Mubarak became politically useless during the so called Arab spring. What has Uhuru done to warrant revenge by Western powers who are in charge of ICC?
Kenyatta is leading an unpopular government rigged to power by the military and the Intelligence to help him fight his ICC case. Kenyatta is a suspected war criminal whom no Western leader is comfortable with and this is why he has not been invited to any Western capital almost a year after coming to office. Because of the “suspected criminal” status of Uhuruto, the West is maintaining its Embassies in Kenya only for strategic reasons. Late last year at public platforms, and as part of his anti-ICC campaign, Kenyatta went on an empty anti-imperialist rhetoric only akin to the jingoistic outbursts of the late dictator Idi Amin Dada during his heydays in Uganda. If he outmaneuvers the West at the ICC (which they own), Uhuru will qualify to be crowned the “Mugabe of East Africa”, a coronation the West does not want to witness in their very playground called Kenya. For these reasons, and in the eyes of western imperialism, Uhuru must go, an analysis which Uhuru’s advisors, Intelligence and sycophants around him are not giving him. Instead, the Bensouda announcements are being used by his cohorts to create illusions that he is finally wriggling his way out of the ICC.
Since it is an open secret that the West controls ICC, the indefinite postponement of the Uhuru case (in juxtaposition to Eboe-Osujie’s resignation) together with the failure of Uhuru to get any State visit invitation to any Western capital should be a pointer that the owners of ICC may have retreated to the drawing board. Be that as it may, Uhuru may be facing insurmountable challenges in the coming days and this is why despite the “victories” being peddled in the media, Uhuru Kenyatta continues to be a physically worried man.
ICC and past imprisonments without evidence
While Uhuru’s supporters are harping on the lack of evidence as the basis of arguments that Uhuru has no case to answer, the situation might be completely different if the West is interested in getting him nailed. This is because the West does not need any evidence to nail anybody at the ICC. Charles Taylor, former Liberian President, has been locked in for 50 years without any credible evidence to prove his involvement in war crimes. Likewise, the late Slobodan Milosovic was rounded up and locked in The Hague without a shred of evidence before he died in custody. Laurent Gbagbo, former President of Ivory Coast, was carted away to ICC without a single evidence on war crimes and is currently awaiting trial. What the West needs to lock Uhuru Kenyatta at The ICC is a political motive which already exists in various forms. This is the key point many Uhuru’s supporters are missing.
Since he was rigged by the military to assume the Presidency (this is why Western powers have refused to recognize him), Uhuru has basically been anti-Western in his newly found radical anti-ICC posture. While the son of Jomo has been employing the whole government machinery to openly frustrate the ICC process through witness intimidation, witness bribery, refusal to allow ICC investigations in Kenya and using State funds to campaign against ICC at the African Union headquarters, he has also been selling Kenya to the Chinese who have scooped numerous lucrative government contracts through corruption, much to the chagrin of the West.
Under the circumstances, the Uhuru Presidency is not in the interest of Western imperialism which has been controlling Kenya since flag independence. The West views Uhuru’s Presidency as benefitting their Chinese rivals and this is worrying the West because Nairobi has been the center of imperialist operations in East and Central Africa through to the Horn of Africa. Moreno Ocampo (who said that the Uhuruto cases will serve as an example to the whole world) has openly said that the main Western agenda with the ICC project was to lock Uhuruto at the ICC. While the strategy may have faultered, the focus of this agenda may still be in place and the more the Kenyatta supporters celebrate, the more the Kenyatta enemies may be fine-tuning their new strategy. This is not to suggest that Kenya ought to be under imperialist control. It is to underline the oblivious forces that may cut Uhuru’s Presidency at short notice and to alert shibboleths celebrating Uhuru’s victory that kamwana may not yet be out of the woods.
Apart from Uhuru’s tribulations, William Ruto, the Deputy President, is in an even worse position because no one is celebrating the imminent dropping of his case. No high caliber witnesses are withdrawing while the Jubilee government is not saying anything about his fate. What this means theoretically is that Ruto will definitely be locked in even if Uhuru escapes.
Despite the silence on Ruto’s tribulations, what is known is that Ruto has, of late, been complaining that Uhuru’s men currently occupying top positions in government are the very people who “fixed” him at the ICC. Together with the crisis facing the Jubilee government (which is another story), Kenyans are in for hard times ahead while the country’s fragile leadership has reason to complain about constant headache. In the meantime, Kenyans will continue to pay the real price as the country lurches from one crisis to another.
February 9, 2014
Tonny to travel to Kenya tomorrow via Ethiopian Airlines
The Tonny Odera Funeral Committee in Stockholm would like to thank everybody who participated in the Tonny harambee to make the function a success. The Committee would like to announce that the final figure after all tabulation stands at SEK 12,315. The harambee was necessitated by the demise of Tonny’s father in Kenya about a week ago. The task of the Committee was to raise money for Tonny’s ticket and any extra funds for funeral expenses.
The Committee would like to inform contributors and the public alike that Tonny will travel to Kenya on Monday, February 10th 2014 via Ethiopian Airlines with a brief stop-over at Adis-Ababa. Tonny will arrive in Kenya on Tuesday February 11th at 12.15 (noon) upon which arrangements have been made for him to be picked up for an onward trip to Kisumu. Tonny is expected home by Thursday, February 13th ahead of his father’s burial on Saturday, February 15th 2014.
The Committee would like to report that out of the SEK 12,315 raised, SEK 5,400 has been used in ticket purchase while the balance was given to Tonny to help him cope with funeral expenses while in Kenya. With the purchase of the ticket and balance transferred to Tonny, the Committee would like to consider the Tonny mission accomplished.
Consequently, the Committee would like to thank all Kenyans, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers who turned up for the harambee to show solidarity with Tonny during a difficult and trying moment marked by great sadness and sorrow. Specifically, the Committee would like to thank various persons for their great in-put before, during and after the harambee.
In this respect, the Committee would like to thank Mr. Okulo Masala aka John Holiday, the only Kenyan Marine Engineer in Stockholm, for availing the venue at short notice. Many thanks to Prisca Försman for the huge input in food supply, a contribution which ensured that the mourners’ stomachs were kept full deep into the night. The mourners will remember the delicious Samosas that kept jaws smashing up and down continuously until the last man standing left the hall. It was all because of the good work of Prisca.
The Committee would also like to thank sister Malko for the wonderful work she has done since the sad news was broken by Tonny while many thanks also goes to Pastor Githuku wa Muirani who was one of the first to arrive at the venue and whose practical help at the function until close down in the morning requires no further elaboration. Likewise, the Committee would like to thank IT Expert Jasper Orieny who wired music and surprised the mourners with his D-jeying skills which kept sending guests back on the floor to shake beef. Apart from supplying the music, Jasper was also the Treasurer throughout the night and the Committee would like to send a big “Thank You” to him for accounts well kept.
This vote of thanks session would be incomplete without thanking Jacob Opande who was in charge of transport. It was great team-work of good hearted people that enabled the Committee to accomplish its mission.
In further acknowledging critical contributions, the Committee would like to thank Joseph Goga for chipping in early enough with great in-put together with brother Emperor Gor whose fantastic help somehow set the ball rolling at the Party during the initial stages. To those who made contributions which have not been explicitly mentioned here, please bear with us. Every contribution will forever be weaved into the eventual success of the function.
Just in passing, the Committee would like to thank Peter Ongolo, Hassan Ongaro, Gideon Nyakwar Oyundi, Jane Owili, Hulda Adhiambo, Alice Adhiambo, Alfred Omondi, Jack Weke, Idah Arodi, Opee Family (Odhiambo), Clay Onyango, Fredie, Lillian Akoth, Lenza Odhiambo, Mrs Hellen Opwapo, George Junior, Mike Gunjiro, Ruth Nielsen, Okoth Osewe, Queen Johansson, Monica wa Märsta, Sera Nielsen, Patrik Odhiambo, Milton Obote, Lillian Mbova and Charles Otieno Owiyo.
We thank you all for the wonderful speeches, rib-tickling jokes which kept the house jovial, messages of encouragement to the bereaved Tonny, snippets of convivial conversations on almost every topic and, most importantly, your priceless company throughout the night that brought real life at the function. For those who could not be with us but sent contributions, thank you very much!
Despite the heavy emotions that surreptitiously clouded the room due to the ever constant cognizance of the lugubrious circumstances under which events were unfolding as the function progressed, there was equally a strong, unspoken and invisible will that permeated the atmosphere that Tonny would eventually be able to travel and be part of his family as his loving dad is finally accorded his last rights in that mysterious resting place. To all of you, the Committee says “Thank you very much” for your love, compassion and solidarity.
Tonny Odera Funeral Committee in Stockholm
February 5, 2014
As all Kenyans and friends in Stockholm will remember, Tonny Odera, a Kenya-Stockholmer, lost his dad in Kenya and needs to travel home to attend the funeral. A Fundraising meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, 8th February 2014 at Hörnsgatan 139 at Hornstull from 18.00 Hrs.
Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers are requested to turn up at the Harambee to show solidarity with the bereaved Tonny whose family is undergoing a very difficult time following the departure of the late Mzee.
Tonny continues to receive condolences as he gathers courage and strength to cope with the great shock and sorrow following the demise of his father. Many friends also continue to pray for the family.
Those who will not be able to make it at the Harambee can deposit funds at Nordea, account number 5007036410. Further information can be obtained through 0729197588.
February 4, 2014
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February 1, 2014
January 29, 2014
Tonny Odera, a Kenya-Stockholmer, has lost his father in Kenya thereby plunging the family into deep mourning. Tonny’s father died in hospital after a long illness. Friends, sympathizers and well-wishers will meet on Saturday, February 1st to condole with the bereaved family. Tonny will travel to Kenya to attend his father’s funeral. The venue for the meeting will announced in due cause.
At KSB, we send deep condolences to Tonny’s family during this time of great shock and sorrow. Losing a father is not easy and we hope that Tonny’s family will find the strength and courage to go through this very difficult moment of grief and sadness.
Tonny’s dad had once been in Stockholm for a visit and many Kenyans who met him will remember the humble Mzee who also managed to grace one of the Grand nyama chomas at Fitja beach. There are no words to describe the loss that Tonny’s family has experienced following the departure of the very head of the entire household. May the Almighty God rest the soul of Tonny’s dad in eternal peace.
January 26, 2014
Mobile telephones, also known as cellular/cell phones, have revolutionized global telecommunications by making it easier to communicate while moving, contrary to landline telephones which are fixed. With additional functions such as Short Message Service (SMS) for sending text messages and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) for sending pictures and videos, mobile phones have become necessary both in the corporate world and among ordinary users. However, there are conflicting reports about possible health risks for those who use them to talk for many hours.
Various studies conducted in the past have indicated that there is a health risk among heavy mobile phone users because they are exposed to radiofrequency (RF) emissions or radiation. But other reports indicate otherwise. For instance, a major study sponsored by the UK government in 1999 published a report titled the ‘Stewart Report’ in May 2000, which had no evidence that mobile phones caused any health risk. Instead, users were cautioned to limit their usage to short calls. It was recommended that children should be kept away from using them, unless during emergencies. Children have less developed skulls which might be penetrated by radio waves compared to adults, who have more developed ones. These results were reiterated by Sir Stewart, the research leader, in a follow-up report in 2005.
Nevertheless, Sir Stewart’s clean bill of health is not shared by the results of other studies which warn that those who have used mobile phones consistently for 10 years run the risk of developing brain tumor, various cancers, stroke, headaches and memory loss. Interestingly, the results of these studies also depend upon the sponsors/funders, the group studied and location. Certain laboratory tests on mice exposed to RF waves have revealed disease links, but it is not known whether human beings would be similarly affected.
According to a November 25, 2003 report by CBC News titled ‘Can cellphone use lead to cancer?’ in a six-year research sponsored by the American cell phone industry amounting to $28 million, scientist George Carlo concluded that there were no adverse side effects in using mobile phones. In 1997, Dr. Carlo headed the Washington-based Wireless Technology Research group, which carried out the study. His findings were dismissed by other scientists as skewed in favor of the industry.
Ironically, his research on rats found that mobile phones could cause genetic damage, leading to tumors which may develop into cancer. In addition, the findings of a smaller study on humans conducted during the six-year research period indicated increased tendency of tumors among users. Dr. Carlo then recommended that the industry caution users about possible health risks, but they were not amused. He said: “When they found that we had findings of genetic damage and increasing risk of cancer they cut off our money completely.”
Dr. Carlo’s recommendations were put aside and the industry began lobbying for studies by respectable world health bodies within the United Nations, to allay the cellphone fears. Meanwhile, the American cellphone industry made booming business by selling add-ons like hands-free gadgets to enable users keep the handsets away from their heads. It is claimed that the further away one’s head is from the handset, the lesser the exposure. Years later, Dr. Carlo has turned out to be a critic of the industry; he writes and speaks openly about his findings.
RF safety guidelines
The World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet updated in 2000, on the adverse effects of exposure to RF by mobile phone users, identified certain areas of research to improve risk assessment. This was informed by the results from its own findings in November (1999); and those of the Royal Society of Canada (1999) and the Stewart Report (IEGMP, 2000). The following were related to health factors:
* Cancer: Current scientific evidence indicates that exposure to RF fields, such as those emitted by mobile phones and their base stations, is unlikely to induce or promote cancers. Several studies of animals exposed to RF fields similar to those emitted by mobile phones found no evidence that RF causes or promotes brain cancer. While one 1997 study found that RF fields increased the rate at which genetically engineered mice developed lymphoma, the health implications of this result is unclear. Several studies are underway to confirm this finding and determine any relevance of these results to cancer in human beings. Three recent epidemiological studies found no convincing evidence of increase in risk of cancer or any other disease with use of mobile phones.
* Other health risks: Scientists have reported other effects of using mobile phones including changes in brain activity, reaction times, and sleep patterns. These effects are small and have no apparent health significance. More studies are in progress to try to confirm these findings.
* Driving: Research has clearly shown an increased risk of traffic accidents when mobile phones (either handheld or with a “hands-free” kit) are used while driving.
* Electromagnetic interference: When mobile phones are used close to some medical devices (including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and certain hearing aids) there is the possibility of causing interference. There is also the potential of interference between mobile phones and aircraft electronics.
RF safety guidelines are also recommended at country levels, depending on research findings and improved levels of radiation on newer models of mobile phones. For instance, Canada has the following recommendations:
* When you see only one or two bars on your phone’s display, it means the signal is weak and your phone is trying harder to connect with the tower. That’s when radiation is highest. Wait until all the bars are there for less radiation.
* Radiation is also higher when you first place a call, as your phone seeks a connection. If you wait until the call has connected, your exposure will be lower.
* Keep your calls short — shorter calls means less exposure.
New findings, more confusion, more fear
On October 24, 2006 the Guardian newspaper (UK) reported that chatting too long on the mobile phone may reduce male sperm count. This was based on the results of a study on 361 men who attended a fertility clinic in the US. Those that spent over four hours a day on the phones had a steady decline of sperm quality and ability to swim. Probably the radiation from cellphones damage human DNA and interfere with cells producing testosterone. However, another scientist outside this group disputed the findings because the handset is normally on the ear, which is far from the groin. If users held them closer to the groin in cases where they had sedentary jobs, or while traveling, then heat could impact sperm quality. The study was not conclusive and called for further research, but urged men to remain cautious.
The results of another study reported on October 7, 2007 by The Independent newspaper (UK), asserted that talking on a mobile for one hour each working day increased the risk of getting a malignant tumor on the side of the brain mostly used. The study, carried out by two Swedish Professors, analyzed the results of 11 studies that had investigated the prevalence of tumors among people who have used mobile phones for more that 10 years. The results showed that all had increased risk. Similar risks were found in the long-term use of cordless phones. Users were cautioned to limit their talking period and use landlines for long calls. Various cancers develop within a minimum of 10 years, although some may develop later, raising fears of a global epidemic, especially among current young users. It may take many years to know if this group will be affected because of their prolonged usage.
Despite these results, the British Health Protection Agency and the Mobile Operators Association cautioned that they were not conclusive and posed no health risks according to phones that comply with international guidelines. Radiation from mobile phones, their masts and Wi-Fi installations was indicative of a risk, but not harmful.
Other studies using various cohorts and methods concluded that there were no increased risks of brain tumor or cancer among users. See for instance: the BBC (November 6, 1999); Powerwatch (December 7, 2006); the BBC (January 20, 2006); The Independent (September 13, 2007); Newsweek (December 17, 2007) and The Guardian (February 6, 2008). The Mobile Operators Association website has a collection of reports on mobile phone research since 1996. (http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/independent-health-reports/
A study conducted in Israel and reported by the BBC on February 18, 2008 concluded that heavy cell phone users were likely to develop a salivary gland tumor on the side of the head exposed to handsets. A control group of 500 Israelis was compared to 1,300 healthy ones. Another key finding indicated that rural users were exposed to higher risk, compared to urban users because of the weak transmission signals due to the distances to base stations. Therefore, strong signals were required to work effectively, which increased radiation. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7250372.stm)
Regardless of all the contradicting study outcomes which indicate no increased risks in using mobile phones, it is important for manufacturers and users to abide by the safety guidelines by WHO and other relevant authorities. “The electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.” (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/) Further, results of the Interphone study which had the largest number of participants to control cellphone use and brain tumors, were published in 2010: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2010/pdfs/pr200_E.pdf
Mobile phone users in developing countries need to be informed of their potential risks because signals there are relatively weak even in urban areas, since base stations are not as many, compared to those in developed countries.
In Africa for instance, there are no known studies assessing the risks of prolonged exposure to mobile phones, yet it is a lucrative market for key players from the Western world and Asia. If it turns out that mobile phones are really dangerous, then a global public health catastrophe could occur. Therefore, more research is required.
January 25, 2014
I was in a conversation with a Kenyan back home and he really wanted to get some stuff to Kenyans in Diaspora but he was honest enough and told me that his writing is just too bad. I encouraged him to talk so that I could convert the conversation into an article for KSB. If he were to be able to write (he is literate and by writing, I mean representing his ideas in written form), I do think that he could have produced an article along the following lines.
In Kenya, mobile telephones have changed people’s lives dramatically. The miniaturization of the mobile phone, constantly changing programming and technology and an ever increasing population hungry for information are features that have all combined to elevate the phone into both an organizer and a centralized multimedia platform.
Apart from everyday communication, multimedia phones embedded with cameras are promoting casual photography like never before. Listening to the radio is no longer an exclusive indoor activity because key local radio stations are available online from where listeners can tap them through their mobile phones. Consequently, several outlets specializing in selling of mobile phones have sprouted both on the ground and online. At OLX Kenya and other mushrooming sites, anybody can buy or sell a mobile phone at an affordable price. The ready availability of mobile phones continues to promote quick communication in all sectors and this is good for the economy.
It is for this reason that I decided to raise some key issues with Kenyans in Diaspora. Instead of routinely travelling home with a baggage of low quality, second hand goods, clothes, cameras, shoes, ma-chupi (aka athoch) and an assortment of worn-out gadgets to be given out as “presents” every krismasi to deprived relatives, you need to carry a load of mobile phones instead.
If it is second hand clothes, Kenyans have an overdose of mitumba so when you surface from abroad with another load of the same stuff, you are not bringing any development. Carry a second hand iPhone 4 instead or a Samsung galaxy then proceed to give it out as a present. A used and worn out pair of winter shoes or a heavy winter jacket is of no use to a relative because the weather is ever warm. Kenyans don’t need second hand leather jackets and for those who need them, there are enough at Gikomba market so next time, carry an Xperia tablet or any Nokia left-over instead and you will change the life of your poor relatives.
It is always good to have you home but please, do not always make it a habit of showing relatives and friends how much you can spend in three weeks. The tones of cash you flush around to buy booze to friends at expensive hotels while riding around in a hired Taxi or in a fuel-guzzling Prado could pay school fees for that deprived child of your uncle’s daughter up to University. Just be simple because regardless of the amount of effort you try to put into painting the image of “conqueror of the British empire”, many Kenyans now understand that you may not be having it as rosy as you want everybody to believe.
Diaspora Kenyan, travelling abroad used to be a big deal when the purpose used to be “further education”. In these modern days of the mobile phone, it is an open secret that thousands of Kenyans who make it abroad are escaping from poverty, unemployment, falling living standards, general insecurity, idleness and other maladies affecting the Nation. You may not have landed abroad because of Mwakenya but majority of your lot may be refugees of some sort – economic refugees, “greener pastures” refugees, insecurity refugees, escapees of idleness, or, in the case of those who simply wanted romance with wazungu, “romantic asylum seekers”.
In the case of romantic refugees, you may have obtained your Permanent Marriage Permit and Kenyans at home appreciate this. Now, what you need to do is to buy that brother of yours tuktuk or just a bycicle so that he can have something to do because frustrations are driving millions of youths into alcoholism. There is no need of telling your relatives that your watch costs 50,000 Kenyan shillings when your dear mom continues to fetch water far away from the river. Dig a well for her because your 50k watch is just a bling bling. If Wakenya want to see the real blings, they look for Sonko so be informed.
Instead of spending 60.000 Kenyan shillings on booze, transport and moving around with every pretty girl when you are in town, this money is enough to set up a small scale business that could sustain yoyr suffering relaz for ages. You shall have given your cousin a job to do instead of just leaving him to drink alcohol.
The worst part is that when you arrive with your flight at JKIA, the next day you are the same person boozing your alcoholic bro then when you leave, he is more deeper into his stuff than before you arrived. He was in a bad state when you arrived but as you leave, he is in a worse state, almost in a comma! This is not good Wakenya wenzangu. Next time you travel home, make sure you have at least 10 cell phones for a start and secondly, just be simple.
January 24, 2014
Benta Wanjiru, a Kenyan woman resident in Stockholm, has said that she did not betray her former boyfriend Basoli to police as had been reported in KSB last week. Speaking on telephone from her residence, Wanjiru said that since the story was published, she has been experiencing difficulties associating with friends who were apparently surprised that after breaking up with the young Kenyan boy, she gave him away to be deported.
“Let me say this. I am not responsible for the deportation of Basoli and I can never do such a thing in my life”, she told KSB categorically. She said that Basoli was not arrested at the residence where she lived but as he returned from work. “Police were waiting for him outside the residence and as soon as he arrived, they took him”, Wanjiru told KSB. According to the Kenyan woman, whoever brought the story to KSB may not have known exactly that Basoli was arrested outside the house. She said that the story had been changed to imply that Basoli was arrested in her presence and that it was her who sold him out.
According to Wanjiru, Basoli was already a “U-boat” (living underground) at the time of his arrest and that police had been looking for him for a long time. “We did not move from my residence because of financial problems as reported by KSB. We moved to protect Basoli after police came for him one day and missed him. She said that she did not know how police came to discover Basoli’s new hiding place before laying a trap. She also said that she had not split up with Basoli in favour of their new landlord.
“It is all common sense. You don’t split up with a guy, take up a new guy immediately all in one apartment”, she said. “Those spreading rumours that I split up with Basoli are the very people who may have sold him out before heaping blames on me”, she said.
She said that she had decided to speak to KSB after making very difficult decisions. “I have come to understand that if I don’t clear my name, Kenyans and those who know me will continue to hold me responsible for something I did not do”, she said.
Was Basoli a criminal?
Sounding very upset, Wanjiru said that it is very difficult to live with the stigma of having sold out a fellow Kenyan to police, more so, a lover. “Since this story was published, I have been experiencing a lot of nightmares because suddenly, everybody hates me for something I did not do”, she said.
On the question of refusing to deliver Basoli’s belongings to police, Wanjiru said that she tried to do so but police refused to give her an appointment, arguing that Basoli was a criminal who was not allowed by law to have contact with anybody.
The police apparently told Wanjiru that Basoli was a criminal because he has been residing in Sweden illegally. “They said that he refused to report to police after his case was dismissed and after he was made aware that he was supposed to leave the country”, Wanjiru said.
When asked whether she had divorced Basoli, Wanjiru said that anybody claiming that she had done so should produce evidence.
“I did not divorce Basoli. He still remains my husband. The problem is that police insisted that he had to return home to apply for a Residence Permit from the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi” and that under the circumstances, their marriage was shaky because it had not been recognized by the Swedish government. “Talk that I had divorced Basoli is propaganda”, she said.
When reminded that Basoli had said that she had divorced him, Wanjiru said that Basoli may have said so because he was in police custody where he had no information about the truth. “When you are in police custody and you don’t know how you got there, you can blame anybody”, Wanjiru said. She promised to travel to Kenya to reunite with her husband and to submit an application for Residence Permit together with Basoli. “We will then return to Sweden to shame the liars and haters of Kenya-Stockholm who are spoiling my name for selfish ends”.
Asked why anyone should be interested in spoiling her name, she said that after living in Sweden for 13 years, she had many enemies. “If possible, there are people who may want to eat me alive but to them I only have one message. “haters hate me because I am a reflection of what they want to be”, she said philosophically.