November 28, 2014

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Uganda’s Maid From Hell Speaks from Luzira Prison


November 25, 2014

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SEK 25,000 Raised at Saturday’s Milka Solidarity Party/Prayer Meeting in Stockholm

On Saturday, November 22nd, Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers congregated at the residence of Milka Kamau to condole with the family following the passing of Milka’s dad in Kenya. Apart from being close to Milka at a critical time when her family needed support, mourners were also around the family to pray and to raise funds towards the funeral of Milka’s dad.

Immediately after the sad news broke out late last week, a “Family Support Committee” was set up by friends to address the urgent issue of how Milka could be assisted. The Committee, which was headed by Mark Gaya, subsequently called the Prayer cum Fund raising Meeting which was well attended.

Speaking to KSB soon after an evaluation of the event, Mr. Gaya thanked all Kenyans friends and people of good-will who heeded the Committee’s call and turned up to make the event a big success. He said that after the balancing of accounts, a total of 25.000 kr was raised in support of the family. Mr. Gaya said that the success of the event was a result of team work and solidarity by all those who were moved by the tragedy that had struck Milka’s family without notice.

Mr. Gaya thanked all Committee members who took various responsibilities plus all those who delivered on various assignments to make the event a success. He hoped that Kenyans and friends alike will continue to show solidarity with one another especially during times of need. He also thanked KSB for helping spread the message about the event to Kenyans and friends alike through the blog site, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsup, Google+ and other Social Media networks in which KSB is represented.

Mr. Gaya said that according to information from the Milka family, the dad will be laid to rest on Wednesday, 26 November 2014.

Okoth Osewe

November 23, 2014

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Pamela Omiti is Back from Kenya after Mom’s Funeral: Says “Thank You” Very Much

Mrs Pamela Omiti, a Kenyan who lost her mother in Kenya and who had to rush to the funeral abruptly, is back in Stockholm. Speaking to KSB, Pamela said that she would like to thank everybody who condoled with the family following the demise of her mother who passed away after a short illness.

“I am now back in Stockholm and although my family is still trying to cope with the death of my mom, all is well”, she told KSB. She said that the burial went well and that her trip to and from Kenya was also fine.

She said that her family was very much moved by the support they received at a time of tragedy and added that she will soon call a “Thank You” gathering at her residence to show gratitude to friends, sympathizers and well-wishers who supported the family morally and materially at a very difficult time marked with mourning and sadness.

KSB welcomes Pamela back from Kenya as she starts a new life following the demise of her mom. We hope that the family will continue to receive the support of the good people in Stockholm because after the demise of a loved one, the act of healing is usually a long process.

Okoth Osewe

November 21, 2014

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Autopsy Shows Coronary Heart Disease, Broken and Dislocated Ribs; Fractured Sternum Killed Kajwang

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Autopsy results released on Friday afternoon show that the late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ had coronary artery disease which led to his death on Tuesday night.

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said the post-mortem had shown that he had an enlarged heart.

The tests further show that one of his blood vessels was narrow.

Doctors who examined his body also noticed that there was massive erosion of his stomach as well as external injuries that were visible to the naked eye.

Siaya Senator James Orengo has told reporters that an analysis has also shown that Kajwang, who was involved in an accident over a week ago had some broken ribs, a fracture on the sternum and a dislocation of one rib.

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November 21, 2014

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Milka Kamau’s Dad Passes on in Kenya: “Open House” Daily at Milka’s Residence

Milka Kamau, a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, has lost her father in Kenya following a short illness. The dad passed away yesterday in Kenya. An “Open House” has been set up daily at Milka’s residence at Huggingagatan 36 in Märsta by a “Family Support Committee” currently helping Milka’s family to cope with the tragedy. The Open House is active from 14.00 hrs.

Milka will be travelling home to attend her father’s funeral. A Prayer Meeting/Harambee is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday November 22nd at the residence. Family members, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers continue to pour into Milka’s residence to condole with the bereaved family during this difficult time of great shock and sorrow.

For further information or messages of condolences, call 0739134209 or 0765684454. Those who will be unable to attend the Prayer Meeting can show solidarity with the family through account number 3300-7704272348 at Nordea. Milka is related to Mrs. Rosemary Mukundi, a Kenyan also resident in Stockholm. The late baba Milka is Rosemary’s brother.

KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Milka following the tragedy of losing a close and loved member. Specifically, the passing of a father is not an easy experience and we hope that Milka and her family will gather the necessary courage to go through this very difficult moment marked with tears and great grief. May the Almighty God rest the soul of the departed in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

November 19, 2014

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Otieno Kajwang’s Dad Suffers a Heart Attack; Rushed to Aga Khan Hospital

Upon hearing the news about his son’s sudden demise, Kajwang’s dad is reported to have suffered a heart attack early this morning and was rushed to Aga Khan hospital where he is in stable condition.

Okoth Osewe

November 18, 2014

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Breaking News: Otieno Kajwang, Homa Bay Senator, is Dead

HON_KAJWANGAccording to reports reaching KSB, Otieno Kajwang, Homa Bay Senator, is dead. A source told KSB that Kajwang died of “cardiac arrest” at Mater Hospital in Nairobi. Reports say that Kajwang fell ill at his South B home after which he was rushed to Mater Hospital but unfortunately, doctors could not save his life. He passed away in the company of family members who had rushed him to hospital. At the time of going to blog, there was no confirmation from any major Media in Kenya about the sad news although KSB can confirm that Kajwang is dead. Otieno will be remembered for his “Bado mapambano” songs at political rallies.

KSB sends deep condolences to Kajwang’s family during this time of great shock and sorrow. We hope that the family will find the courage to go through this difficult time of great grief that has struck the family without notice. Kajwang will be missed by all those who new him together with members of his ODM Party especially Raila Odinga. Until his death, Kajwang was one of the most loyal supporters of Raila Odinga within ODM and probably one of the most vocal when it came to defending Raila against critics.

Prior to his death, there was no public indication that the late Senator was unwell. News about his death will therefore come as a great surprise to millions of Kenyans who knew him as a charismatic politician and staunch supporter of Raila Odinga. His death will be a big blow to Baba because he has always been part of ODM strategy. The gap he has left will never be filled. May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Further information will be availed as it becomes available.

Okoth Osewe

November 18, 2014

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Stripping: Kenyan in Stockholm on a Lone “Placard Protest” in Underground Train

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A unidentified Kenyan in Stockholm has today taken the dramatic step of staging a one-woman’s “Placard Protest” in an underground train station. The Kenyan woman hanged a placard on her neck as she sat in the train, much to the consternation of commuters. In her message, she sought to dissuade potential tourists from visiting Kenya following what, she wrote, is the stripping of women and sexual abuse “in broad day light”. She was not immediately available for comment.

November 18, 2014

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Another Woman Stripped and Beaten at Mihango Bus Stage in Kayole, Nairobi

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A crowd of on-lookers gather at Mihago Bus stage in Kayole, Nairobi following brutal beating and stripping today of another girl by “Twende Kazi” bandits. The new stripping episode was an answer to “My Dress My Choice” demo in Nairobi organized yesterday by activists to try and put a break to the growing beating, stripping and humiliation of girls especially in Nairobi by marauding thugs.

November 18, 2014

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Has Not Shown Political Will To Fight Corruption

Jared Odero

Jared Odero

This is a follow-up to an article by Cecilia Bäcklander, Swedish independent journalist and film maker posted at here at the Nordic African Institute

The level of impunity in Kenya is beyond description, especially on corruption issues that touch upon senior government officials and politicians. However, it is not surprising in a country that elected former President Kibaki who (during his inaugural speech on December 31, 2002) promised to wipe out corruption, yet in his ten years of leadership, presided over some of the worst financial scandals in the country’s history. The documented losses during his term dwarfed those of his predecessor, retired President Moi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is not different so far, since he has not acted decisively on the promise he made last year, of weeding out the corrupt officials in his office. Some senior Government workers mentioned adversely as having carted away Ksh8 billion from the Central Bank of Kenya towards the end of Kibaki’s tenure, are still working under him. He may not fight corruption effectively because he was part of both Moi’s and Kibaki’s governments, and has maintained such employees for political mileage. It is about tribal affiliation.

At the end of October 2013, Uhuru launched a web portal to encourage users to report incidents of corruption directly to him. However, there has been no public feedback on its contents and a cursory check shows it is out-of-function – “Sorry, the post you are looking for is not available.” Error 404 – page not found: http://www.president.go.ke/en/category/corruption.php
On the other hand, the website http://ipaidabribe.or.ke created in 2011 for a similar purpose by Kenyan Antony Ragui, indicates 7114 bribe reports valued at KES 218,951,440 = USD 2,432,795.724. It is noted that: “Traffic bribes account for the majority of self-reported soliciting on the Kenyan website I Paid a Bribe.”

A report published by the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (Kenya Chapter) on 25th October, 2013 asserted that: “Despite the fact that bribery remains high in Kenya, only seven in 100 Kenyans will report or complain if they encountered bribery according to the East African Bribery Index 2013. Only 7% of respondents who encountered bribery said they would report. When asked why they did not report any of the bribery incidences they encountered, majority of the respondents (27%) said they knew no action would be taken if they reported. Other reasons given included ‘I did not know where to report’ (17%), ‘I was a beneficiary’ (16%), ‘it did not occur to me that I should report’ and ‘fear of intimidation/reprisal’ each at 13%.”

Kenyans are generally losing confidence in President Kenyatta who seems to be more concerned about his image – too much public relations –traveling across the country and abroad, while busy attacking the West, yet he cannot control insecurity. There are no-go zones in the country because Kenyans risk being robbed or fatally attacked. Uhuru’s answer to the recent brutal murders of policemen and some civilians in Kapedo, was to send the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who are reportedly looting property, killing livestock and burning down villages. It has not occurred to him that the murderers can be easily arrested by applying intelligence gathering tactics and other effective forms of interrogation. No suspects have been arrested in the Kapedo clampdown, just as in the earlier Mpeketoni-Lamu killings. Recently, Deputy President William Ruto ordered the arrest of men who stripped naked a woman in Nairobi, then posted her video online. A female activist who participated in the street protest yesterday against the heinous act, told the media that nobody has been arrested. Both Uhuru and Ruto are known to ‘bark’ orders, threats and warnings, yet many are hardly obeyed.

Former anti-corruption tsar John Githongo, who went into self-exile after revealing the Anglo-Leasing corruption scandal, recently mentioned that: “Ever since we started engaging our Chinese colleagues in business, transparency has crashed, and that is causing considerable concern vis-a-vis corruption and its potential implications with regards to governance problems. Corruption is ultimately causing poverty. It’s poisoning our politics. It’s increasing the level of violence in our politics. It’s causing Kenya – despite all our growth, the shiny buildings, all the nice cars – to head towards failure.” See: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/03/john-githongo-kenya-corruption-politics

Findings from various studies reveal that fighting corruption in a country requires political will from the top leadership. Though many supporters of Uhuru keep defending him as corruption-free, by virtue of having been the Finance minister under Kibaki, a lot of money was embezzled through shady deals. For instance, his policy of changing from fuel guzzling vehicles to lower capacity engines (for all senior government officials), was eventually more expensive since they had to be equipped with other accessories, like body armor. A new public accounting report shows many of the luxury cars surrendered by the officers are still in an open yard because they were not sold, and have thus lost their resale value. Under Uhuru’s presidency, his ministers drive fuel guzzlers, to the chagrin of poor Kenyan taxpayers.

A chapter in the 2013 report published by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya, mentioned that some close relatives of Uhuru had over the years, acquired vast pieces of land illegally. Apparently, some State House operatives forced the Commissioners to redact the information so as not embarrass him. Are Uhuru’s relatives above the law? How then, can he implement its recommendations with such bias?

William Ruto has equally no moral grounds to fight corruption since he has a trail of past land theft allegations and illegal activities. Last year, the High Court in Nairobi ordered him (as deputy president), to pay a fine of Ksh5 million to a Kenyan whom he had grabbed his 100-acre farm in Rift Valley, having fled the post-election violence of 2007/08.

Finally, a recent article by Jacob Kushner argued that: “One prominent investment risk consultant,  Daniel Wagner, predicted that unless the country’s leaders change their tune and decide to tackle corruption with the resources and prowess that requires, “Kenya will continue to muddle along as it has for decades, failing to address the corruption issue in any meaningful way, and squandering the opportunity to become a genuine regional economic powerhouse.” In: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/kenya-corruption_n_5995984.html

Jared Odero

November 11, 2014

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

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November 11, 2014

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

Human Uboat deep under Stockholm's Waters

Human Uboat deep under Stockholm’s Waters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okoth Osewe

November 4, 2014

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

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October 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Onesmus Mwenje
Affected Hawker
Nairobi, Kenya

October 27, 2014

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

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

Okoth Osewe

Okoth Osewe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okoth Osewe  

October 24, 2014

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Deep Condolences to Isack Ruto Following the Demise of Dauther Emily

The late Ruth Ruto

The late Ruth Ruto

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

October 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Okoth Osewe

October 16, 2014

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The Bizarre Plight of Homeless Agnes Muthama, Ex-Wife of Senator Jonstone Muthama

The System is in Deep crisis and even Court orders are no longer respected

October 14, 2014

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Download: Kenya Government’s Angry Statement Against ICC Activist’s anti-Uhuru Press Conference at UN

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Kenyan activists Haron Ndubi, Stella Ndirangu and Abdul Noormohamed. The civil society campaigners said at the United Nations on Friday that International Criminal Court member states should consider imposing sanctions on Kenya if ICC judges rule that the government is not cooperating in the case involving President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | KEVIN KELLEY

Kenyan civil society campaigners said at the United Nations on Friday that International Criminal Court member states should consider imposing sanctions on Kenya if ICC judges rule that the government is not cooperating in the case involving President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The three activists speaking at a news conference at UN headquarters suggested that such action may be needed to ensure that justice is done for those victimised in the post-election violence nearly seven years ago. The government has blocked efforts by ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to obtain records that could serve as evidence against President Kenyatta, the activists charged.

They have been presenting that view in meetings in recent days with the UN missions of nations that are parties to the treaty establishing the ICC.

And they have been warning the UN missions that even if the ICC judges conclude that Kenya is not cooperating, the case against President Kenyatta could still languish unless the ICC’s Assembly of State Parties somehow compels the government to provide the records sought by the prosecutor. At present, “there is no mechanism for compelling such cooperation,” noted Haron Ndubi, a member of Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice.

He and the other two Kenyans addressing reporters did not express confidence that the case will even reach the point of being referred to the Assembly of State Parties. “It is highly likely that the case will collapse,” said Abdul Noormohamed, legal officer for the Open Society Initiative for East Africa. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should not be blamed for such an outcome, added Stella Ndirangu, a program manager for the International Commission of Jurists-Kenya.

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Ms Bensouda lacks the ability to force the government to hand over documents she believes may contain evidence against President Kenyatta, Ms Ndirangu said. The prosecutor’s task has been further complicated by the death, disappearance or recanting of testimony of some prosecution witnesses in the case, Ms Ndirangu commented.

She noted that there is another option open to ICC trial judges other than terminating the case or referring it to the Assembly of State Parties. The judges could also dismiss the case “without prejudice,” meaning that the prosecution could be revived if new evidence arises, Ms Ndirangu said. Whatever The Hague court decides, the activists vowed that they will continue working in Kenya to deliver justice for the election violence victims.

Civil society groups have brought two cases to Kenyan courts. One involves a Constitutional issue regarding those displaced by the 2007-2008 violence. The other focuses on eight victims of sexual violence, “both male and female,” Ms Ndirangu said.

In matters involving international criminal law, there is no time limit on liability, Mr Noormohamed noted. He cited the example of cases related to the World War II Nazi Holocaust in which “it can take 50, 60 years, but one day you see justice done.” He pleaded for attention to the plight of the thousands of Kenyans who were killed, raped or displaced during the 2007-2008 mayhem. “They’re poor, they’re indigent, no one gives them a voice,” Mr Noormohamed said.

He noted that more than 100 Kenyan MPs accompanied President Kenyatta to The Hague on Wednesday, “but nobody spoke for those who died.” “Our situation is such that the perpetrators have become the victims,” Mr Noormohamed remarked.

 

October 14, 2014

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Hawker Hacked to Death by Nairobi City Askaris

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Harun Gathece whose images are attached was on Wednesday 8/10/2014 evening hacked to death by City Council Askaris. He was cornered at his place of work at New Ngara Market (Sunami) as he went about his hawking business. Several others were serious injured.

As earlier reported, city council askaris have for the last two years been attacking small scale traders popularly known as hawkers with machetes and other crude weapons. Efforts by victims to register complains at central police station have been unsuccessful since the officers at the station’s report office have instructions not to record  reports from hawkers. Instead whenever they attempt they are intimidated or locked up and charged with illegal hawking.

Within the two years, 9(nine) have lost their lives in similar circumstances while about 50 (fifty) have been attacked and seriously wounded.

26 year Harun Gathece is the latest victim. He died on arrival at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was rushed by colleagues on referral from Guru Nanak Hospital and his body lies at the city mortuary.

According to witnesses the Askaris descended on the market attacking everyone on sight. They caught up with Gathece who tipped as he tried to flee and set upon him with knives and machetes. Before he died, he named one of his attackers as Akasi Abhani aka Wasiwasi a city askari  [pictured in a green sweater holding rocks].

Akasi Abhani aka wasiwasi was also named by Irungu Kamau who was removed from a city hotel and hacked to death  on 23rd Sep. 2013 moments before he passed out.

As good citizens, editors are now requested to put these cases in the court of public opinion since the authorities are unwilling to investigate and bring the heinous acts to a halt by prosecuting the culprits.

Yours
Concerned Citizen,
Tutors Media.

October 13, 2014

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Paperless Immigrants and Refugees in Sweden Living in Fear of “Mos Maiorum” Virus

As long as the Mount Kenya Mafia is charge, the 2017 elections has already been stolen in advance.

The police already have powers to stop suspects under suspicious circumstances and as for identification

From today, Monday, 13th October 2014 until Monday, 27th October 2014 in Sweden, any non-white person can be stopped by police in the streets, inside and outside train stations, inside the train, at shopping centers and at any other public place to be asked for identification.

More scary is that police can knock on any door and claim that they have a tip that an illegal immigrant aka paperless person is living at the address. If you are the owner of the house and you just lost your ID, you will, most certainly, be taken in “for investigations” to establish your status before being released. In fact, if you have a visa that has expired, you will most likely, hit home base with the next flight so pack all your stuff neatly just in case! This is the new Sweden.

The program is called “Mos Maiorum”, an Italian instigated pan-EU project intended to round up “illegal immigrants” and “refugees in the underground” to be caged ahead of deportation to their home countries. As a member of the European Union, Sweden has accepted to participate in the project, a move that has created a major uproar within the immigrant community, refugee groups, radical politicians and human rights activists.

The program comes hot on the heels of another failed program called REVA which empowered police to stop any “suspected illegal immigrant” or refugee to be checked and, if found paperless, locked before deportation. According to Malin Björk, a Parliamentarian of the Left Party, “Mos Maiorum is REVA on steroids”

Although the stated purpose of  Mos Maiorum (which is Latin and means ancient custom or unwritten law) is to “gather information in order to identify illegal immigrant smuggling and to identify and prosecute organized criminals”, Björk has argued that there is already enough mechanism to gather such information. Björk says that such work can be conducted through Frontex, an EU boarder agency that includes the so called “debriefing team” which interviews people in the refugee camps to track their routes and to try and nab human smugglers.

Apart from igniting memories of the ill-fated REVA, Mos Maiorum has rekindled debate about an illegal and secretive racial profiling of the “Roma people” aka Gypsies by Swedish police, a program which saw Roma people categorized in police records under circumstances that fitted racial profiling.

This time round, non-white people are the main targets of Mos Maiorum and it will be impossible for the Swedish police to implement the program without the police being seen as racist.

Patrik Engstrom, Deputy Head of the border police, told Aftonbladet newspaper that people will not be stopped by police for identification based on skin colour. “According to the law, it is not allowed to stop someone based on their appearance”, Engström said, adding that “We must have a valid reason, a tip, conduct or behavior, and so we carry out checks in combination with other police work, like drunk driving controls”.

Linguistically speaking, the Swedish police are well trained in covering up controversial or potentially racist police activities using acceptable phraseology and anonymous citing of the law to add credibility to the explanation. Why?

Rule of engagement
Because it is already the rule of engagement that when a person is stopped for any suspected offence (drunken driving, strange conduct or behaviour etc) the first thing the suspect is usually requested by police to do is to produce an identification document. Consequently, the police does not need to put Mos Maiorum in motion to establish the legal status of a person in Sweden. The main purpose of Mos Maiorum is to enable police to stop anybody (read non-white) to be asked for identification.

Just like any immigrant or refugee in Sweden will testify, the so called undocumented aka paperless immigrants are almost impossible to be caught by police under current circumstances unless police breaks the law. This is because this group rarely engage in petty crimes like drunken driving, shop-lifting, peeing by the road side, creating a disturbance in a public environment, spitting at a public place, consuming alcohol at prohibited places, smoking in public, excessive partying in pubs (where security guards ask for IDs at the door), engaging in a fight, raping women, doing drugs, being present at a crime scene, or running down the train station without a valid ticket.

With or without papers, and with thousands of surveillance cameras mounted at every corner, street, train wagon, shop, toilet environments, ATM machines, public buses and any other public place, anybody engaging in any sort of crime (especially in urban areas) run the risk of being caught to face justice.

The underlying point is that although the number of the “paperless” continues to grow in Sweden, the police are increasingly being unable to catch their prey because of high discipline among the paperless. For this reason, the “unwritten law” in Mos Maiorum is to enable police to stop ANYBODY (an illegal act that does not exist under current Swedish law) and hope that they have their prey.

Racist Policies
It is unfortunate that the implementation of this program is coming at a time when the Swedish Democrats (SD), an open racist Party calling for the expulsion of all immigrants from Sweden, has just made a big electoral advance in the just concluded Swedish national elections. Stopping refugees from coming to Sweden and spot checks of IDs by police (of non whites) was a constantly recurring theme of SD’s anti-immigrant propaganda during campaigns. It is therefore ironical that a Social Democratic government is implementing a policy that was principally being championed by a hard-core Neo-Nazi party whose program is teething with racist policies.

As Mos Maiorum gets into motion, the paperless have cause to worry. Interestingly, the Social Democratic party that has just come to power under a platform of reform, has so far refused to take a stand on the question of Mos Maiorum. According to the Press Secretary of the  Interior Minister, Anders Ygeman who made a written response to Aftonbladet newspaper:

“It is the police who decide whether to participate in operational activities and how participation should look like. Controls are a natural part of police work. Police have regulations of internal immigration controls that will prevent the controls from being conducted in a manner that is ethnically discriminatory”, wrote Yegman.

For now, those concerned can only wait until December 11th 2014, time when the result of Mos Maiorum will be presented. The project is the 7th operation of its kind against undocumented immigrants in EU.

In September last year, operation “Perkunas”, another racist operation that openly discriminated against non-white people, was conducted and when the result was presented, the State was happy to announce that it had netted 10,459 undocumented immigrants who were stopped by police, nabbed and deported to their home countries.

What was never published is the number of victims who were stopped using the so called “valid reasons” or the number of tips that were received by the police ahead of arrests and deportation. As the paperless dig deeper into their fox holes in the deeper underground, it is a wait and see game before the count of the unlucky ones is presented in December. Living in Sweden without papers has just become tougher!

Okoth Osewe

October 13, 2014

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Political Commentator Short Says Ebola is a US-Made Biological Weapon to Exterminate Africans

“The alarm is rising on the spread of the Ebola virus. Statistics, though not clear say at least 3,500 people have died from what they think is Ebola in 2014. The majority of cases have taken place in West Africa, mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leon. However the first fatality has now taken place in the United States of a Liberian national recently arriving in the US. Many questions are being asked from if this disease is man made to whether it is being used as an excuse by the United States to control more African resources? This after US president Barack Obama declared war on Ebola, but instead of ordering health professionals to Africa, he has ordered the deployment of thousands of military troops.”

October 8, 2014

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Soukous Explosion!

Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 10-11/10/2014
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October 7, 2014

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Key Issues Surrounding the Kenyatta Trial at the Status Conference

Uhuru Kenyatta: Working hard to skip date with ICC

Uhuru Kenyatta: Date with ICC

When Kenya’s President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta shows up at The Hague he will become the first sitting head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an accused person (Kenyatta attended his pretrial hearing at the ICC in September, 2011, but at that time he was still deputy prime minister).

Kenyatta has been called to The Hague for a status conference—a private meeting between the judges, the prosecution and the defense to consider the state of the case. In deciding to postpone the trial opening originally scheduled for October 7, and to schedule the status conference instead, Trial Chamber V(b) noted that the case had reached a “critical juncture.” This is also one of the reasons the chamber gave in its September 30 decision for insisting on Kenyatta’s presence, despite a defense request that he be excused from attending court.

The gravity of the moment is reflected in the central question that will be before the judges on Tuesday and Wednesday: should the chamber indefinitely adjourn the trial, as requested by the prosecution, or terminate it, as Kenyatta’s lawyers have asked?

Both the defense and prosecution agree on one thing: the prosecution’s evidence does not meet the “beyond reasonable doubt” threshold necessary to prove the allegations against Kenyatta. Each side, however, has different reasons for reaching this conclusion.

However, judges will not be deciding on whether the evidentiary threshold has been met by the prosecution when they hear submissions between October 7 and October 8. In different decisions Trial Chamber V(b) and its predecessor, Trial Chamber V, have emphasized that judges can only determine the strength or quality of any evidence once a trial has taken place.

Instead, the chamber will be seeking clarity on the progress of implementing its decision of July 29 this year, which ordered the Kenyan government to provide the prosecution with eight categories of records relating to Kenyatta or companies and third parties associated with him. That decision followed an earlier one made in March in which the chamber required the Kenyan government and prosecution to meet and negotiate how to make available those records and then report to the chamber every two months.

In the July 29 decision, the judges did not set any reporting conditions, so the status conference on Tuesday will be the first time since that decision that the chamber will be hearing jointly from both sides. The prosecution has said these records will determine whether the prosecution will persevere with the case or withdraw the charges against Kenyatta.

Before this latest phase of the Kenyatta case, his lawyers had applied three times to have the case terminated or have the proceedings permanently suspended. In March last year, Kenyatta’s defense team asked the chamber to terminate the case. The judges at the time held that terminating the case was not the appropriate remedy to the issues Kenyatta’s lawyers raised. At the time, Kenyatta’s lawyers said that the withdrawal of a key prosecution witness and the prosecution’s delayed disclosure of evidence were grounds for terminating the case. Trial Chamber V disagreed and instead gave Kenyatta’s lawyers more time to prepare their defense.

In January this year, Kenyatta’s lawyers renewed their request for the case against their client to be terminated; at that time they cited a prosecution statement to the court that the current evidence against Kenyatta did not meet the beyond reasonable doubt threshold required by the ICC. Trial Chamber V(b) declined to grant that request. The chamber pointed out that the prosecution had yet to receive records that were requested from the Kenyan government in April 2012; it concluded that this matter needed to be resolved first, before any decision on the request to terminate the case could be taken. In that decision made in March this year, the chamber left open the issue of whether to refer Kenya to the ICC membership for failure to cooperate with the court.

Kenyatta’s lawyers also applied to the chamber to permanently suspend the case or issue a permanent stay of proceedings in October, 2013. They argued then that a witness, Witness 118, and an intermediary for the prosecution had sought to influence a group of 10 prosecution witnesses to make up evidence against Kenyatta. In that application, they also argued that another prosecution witness, Witness 12, had solicited money to change his evidence in favor of Kenyatta. The judges concluded that issuing a permanent stay of proceedings was an extreme measure to be taken to protect the rights of an accused person to a fair trial. The chamber said that was not the situation in the Kenyatta case.

The judges also concluded that a lot of what the defense said about prosecution witnesses could only be tested in a trial process. They gave an example of audio recordings Witness 12 made on the prosecution’s instruction. The judges noted that the defense and prosecution interpreted differently the translation of those recordings, and those interpretations, the judges said, could only be best tested in a trial.

Kenyatta’s trial has been postponed five times now. His lawyers have sought to halt the proceedings at least three times. These factors cumulatively raise the question of an accused person’s right to a fair and expeditious trial, as provided for in the ICC’s fundamental law, the Rome Statute. These considerations will also be on the minds of the judges of Trial Chamber V(b) once they rise at the end of the second status conference next week to go and reach a decision on whether to adjourn or terminate the trial.

The victims of the bloodshed that followed the December 2007 presidential election who are yet to receive justice will also surely be taken into consideration. This is the reason why the Kenyan cases are before the ICC in the first place.

As the chamber said, the case has reached a “critical juncture.”

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October 7, 2014

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Unfinished Business: The Voice of the Real Kikuyus Every Kenyan Must Listen To

Unfinished Business: What it means to be poor in the land of Presidents, is a film made by a team of civil rights activists working in Central Kenya, homeland of three of Kenya’s four presidents. What have these presidents given or taken away from the Kikuyu community? InformAction’s SK Wandimi and cameraman.

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October 7, 2014

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Twenty Reasons Why Uhuru Kenyatta May Be Detained at The Hague

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Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya’s Social Media: Eventually nabbed by Bensouda after “many years” of being at large in Central Province issuing anti-ICC statements and mobilizing supporters to attack ICC.

By accepting to appear at the International Criminal Court, suspect Uhuru Kenyatta has demonstrated that the endless anti-ICC rhetoric (by himself and sycophants alike) since he was indicted by the court has been hot air. After mobilizing African dictators under the auspices of the AU to sign a declaration “barring sitting African heads of State” from attending ICC sessions, AU must have been humbled as Uhuru heads to The Hague to parade himself before the very imperialist powers both Uhuru and AU have been vilifying consistently.  

The decision by Uhuru to appear before the ICC must have been informed by two factors. If he failed to appear before the Court, ICC could have issued an arrest warrant for Uhuru, an action that could have exacerbated Uhuru’s situation because it could have prevented him from travelling anywhere.

Another reason that might have motivated Uhuru to obey ICC is because he is hoping that he will not be detained by the Court. So far, there are at least 20 reasons that ICC could exploit to detain Uhuru at the ICC. These are valid reasons and as Uhuru leaves for the Hague, his supporters should keep their fingers crossed because they may have seen the last of President Uhuru Kenyatta in case ICC decides to flex its muscles. What are the 20 reasons why Uhuru can be detained at The Hague? He has:

1. Threatened witnesses not to testify
2. Intimidated Witnesses to withdraw from case
3. Bought out witnesses to pull out of the case
4. Killed witnesses or made them to disappear
5. Denied ICC his personal financial records
6. Denied ICC key evidence in government’s custody
7. Abused ICC and Western Powers using the strongest terms possible
8. Allowed sycophants to abuse ICC at every opportunity
9. Undermined ICC in public speeches
10. Influenced the Kenyan government not to cooperate with ICC
11. Intimidated the Kenyan Media to tell lies about ICC
12. Mobilized AU to take an anti-ICC position which favored him
13. Mobilized Kenyan Parliament to pass a vote removing Kenya from ICC
14. Maintained consistent arrogance against ICC
15. Used Kenyan AG as personal Lawyer at ICC
16. Intimidated witnesses to recant evidence
17. Used government machinery to fight his ICC case
18. Views ICC as a suppressive tool of Western Imperialism
19. Mobilized African dictators against ICC
20. Constantly seeking to portray ICC as incompetent, illegal and unjust

Just as I said here at KSB, the Africa Union cover of Uhuru Kenyatta through a resolution barring him from appearing before the Court was naïve because AU has no influence over ICC. The sycophantic MPs accompanying Uhuru to The Hague are not only wasting time. They are provoking ICC. These MPs seem to believe that the more they mobilize, the more they will influence ICC to leave Uhuru alone. If ICC feels provoked, the MPs may have to return to Kenya without Uhuru Kenyatta. The best the MPs could have done is to avoid unnecessary theatrics of singing the National anthem outside ICC and remain in Kenya to serve their electorates. For now, Kenyans and the world are in for a wait and see.

Okoth Osewe

October 3, 2014

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Calling Okulo Masala: Get in Touch With Home Immediately

This is to inform Mr. Okulo Masala to get in touch with home as soon as possible. A relative has called KSB to say that your mother has passed on but the family has been unable to get in touch with you. KSB has a number you can call so act asap. Regards.

Okoth Osewe

September 19, 2014

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Susan’s Bereavement: Vote of Thanks from the Mark Gaya Family

The Mark Gaya family would like to thank all Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers who supported the family morally, economically and in any other way after Susan, Gaya’s wife, lost her dear brother in Kenya. Susan is currently in Kenya to attend her brother’s funeral.

Speaking to KSB, Mr. Gaya thanked the “Susan Support Committee” that was headed by Mr. Jared Odero for the great job the Committee rendered in support of the family during a difficult moment marked with great shock and sorrow. Gaya also thanked all those who congregated at the family residence in Märsta immediately and after the sad news was broken to be with them plus all the good people who attended a Prayer/Fund raising meeting that was held on Saturday, 6th September as part of funeral arrangements in Stockholm. Further, Gaya thanked all friends who volunteered to sit in the Committee in support of his family.

According to Jared Odero, Committee Chairman, a total of 11.000kr was realized after all deductions of bank-rolling and other overhead expenses. Mr. Odero thanked everybody who attended the event and all those who helped in realizing the funds at very short notice. According to Mark Gaya, Susan’s brother will be buried tomorrow, Saturday, 20th September 2014 in his home village in Siaya county.

Okoth Osewe

September 17, 2014

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“Wazee Wapewe” Presents: Bobo Sukari and Sammy Kasule: Saturday 20th Sept

This Saturday: Dekula Band”Ngoma Ya Kilo”

Place: Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 20/09/2014
Time: 21.00-01.00
Addr: Swedenborgsg: 20
Pendel: Södra station

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