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March 7, 2014
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 5, 2014
March 4, 2014
March 4, 2014
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
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”.