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How to Fix a Photo-Op and a Tweet with Ambassador Joseph Sang in Stockholm

September 3, 2015

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Look for a coat, a tie, a business name and a good script then call the Embassy and request an appointment with “His Excellency”

If you are a Kenya-Stockholmer, you may know ndugu Ben very well. He has been active in the Taxi business in Stockholm and here he is, behind the Kenyan flag with Ambassador Joseph Sang after talks about his “Energy Solutions” business in Kenya! Is the “tweeting Ambassador” taking things too far?

If you are bored, call the Embassy and request to book time with Ambassador Joseph Sang. Even though you live in Stockholm, say that you are a businessman or a businesswoman based in Kenya and that you want to book an appointment with the Ambassador to discuss “bilateral issues” linked to “Business to Business” aka B2B.

The Script: You will be put through to the Ambassador’s Secretary. Once on the line, say that you will be travelling from Kenya to Stockholm via Paris, New York, London then Stockholm on a business trip and that during your stop-over in Stockholm to consult with some Swedish investors, you would like to pass by the Kenyan Embassy to have a brief chit-chat with “His Excellency” (don’t say Ambassador Sang). Make sure you have a good and convincing name for your company.

When asked about the purpose of the meeting, say that it is to explore possibilities of Embassy help in relation to your Swedish business partners. Add that apart from your Energy business line, you just linked up with the biggest Swedish bus manufacturing company and that the company’s CEO is interested in a venture  to provide 50 buses to ply routes in your home town back in Kenya. Then, release the bait.

You want to meet “His Excellency” because you recognize the role he continues to play in promoting “Business to Business” between Scandinavian countries and Kenya. You will then be told to wait on the line as his Excellency is contacted. With this script, you will, most likely, land an appointment. Once this happens, move to the next step.

Red Lip-Stick: Look for a tie and a coat at the minimum. If you can fix a suit, the better. If you are a lady, go for a business skirt (with a slit somewhere) and, possibly, a matching coat. Next, fix a weave or something neat and the day of the appointment, start the make-up with a good foundation. If possible, enhance things with a red lip-stick (mwuaa!) then pick up one of those expensive handbags you’ve always lined up for special occasions. Don’t forget the necklace (make it very visible) and, possibly, nail polish, fake gold bangles et al. That is it. Show up for the appointment!

Of cause, you must have prepared some bizz talk and carried a “business file” donge? As you enter into the Ambassador’s chamber, you will be ushered into the “business lounge” where the Embassy maid will quickly show up to ask you what you swallow (there are only two options, tea and coffee). Choose one of them otherwise you will end up with water.

During the conversation, take breaks to say good things about His Excellency and do mention that you follow each and every tweet he posts then add the following sentence jokingly: “I hope one day I will also appear on the tweets behind the Kenyan flag!” and you are done!

When the meeting is over, His Excellency will gladly walk you out of the office and before you say bwaii!, you will be invited for a photo-op guess where? Behind the Kenyan flag.

As you head for your apartment in Stockholm, you may want to check the Ambassador’s Twitter update. You just fixed a photo with His Excellency, which has been posted on Kenya Embassy’s Twitter account yeah! And the subject is: “just had discussions with xxx of Patco Investments” lol… Have a successful photo-op with “His Excellency”!

Okoth Osewe

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“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba, SugarRay, Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas_ 4/5 Sept

September 3, 2015

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Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

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Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 04-05/Sept/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

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Update: Clay Onyango’s Brother Passes On: Fund Raising/Prayers on Friday 4th September in Rinkeby

September 2, 2015

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It is with great sorrow and sadness that the family of Mr. Clay Onyango announces the passing of Clay’s brother in Kenya. Mr. Gabriel Wamalwa passed away after a 7 year battle with cancer, plunging the entire family into sudden mourning.epiphany

Relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers will meet on Friday, 4th September at a Lokal in Hinderstorps Gränd 37 in Rinkeby to raise funds towards the funeral and to pray for both the departed soul and the bereaved family during this very difficult and trying moment marked with sadness and grief.

A “Family Support Committee” headed by Mr. George Ochieng Dokta has been set up to help coordinate solidarity with the family that has suddenly found itself battling with brokenheartedness following the demise of a loved and caring member.

According to Dokta, the Chairman of the Committee, there will be no “Open House” at Clay’s residence in Tensta because Clay’s family is in Kenya.

At KSB, we take this opportunity to send deep condolences to the bereaved family. A brother is an integral member of a family and such a loss is huge by any stretch of the imagination. For this reason, the passing of a brother is a difficult, painful and excruciating event that, no doubt, devastates and ravages survivors mentally, emotionally and psychologically.

Consequently, we hope that the family will gather the necessary courage and strength to endure these arduous times as funeral plans for the late Gabriel also gets underway.

For further information, contact Chairman Dokta at 0762809436, Terry at 0737044972 or Clay’s wife Lizz at 0736573803.

Ndugu Gabriel has lived a good life and now, the Almighty God has decided that he departs from the midst of his loved ones to be with his maker. As Clay’s family ponders a new life without a brother, we, at KSB, pray that God rest the soul of the departed Gabriel in Eternal Peace.

Okoth Osewe

NB: Initial reports published at KSB emanating from a close contact of the Clay family indicated that it was Clay’s father who had passed on. Through the Committee Chairman, Mr. George Ochieng, the family has since clarified that the wrong information was the product of communication hitches. The family regrets any psychological disturbances that may have been caused by the inadvertent error. The family also wishes to clarify that Clay’s father passed away long time ago.

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Why Ambassador Joseph Sang Has Failed at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm

September 2, 2015

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Twitter image of Ambassador Joseph Sang

Joseph Sang, the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia, has been in Office for more than two and a half years. Sang came to Office at a time when his predecessor, the cute lady Ambassador Purity Muhindi, had literally been bamboozled out of Office by resident Kenya Embassy critics who accused Purity of elitism, unavailability, corruption at the Embassy, pomposity, tribalism, selective contacts with Kenyans (aka Walambaji) and general mediocrity in her dealings.

When Ambassador Sang was posted at the Embassy, a ray of hope lit across the Kenya-Stockholm atmosphere. The thinking was that as a youthful Ambassador, Sang would easily find his way among Wakenya in Stockholm and use his esteemed Office to unite this tiny community that was yet to come to grips with the rigged 2013 elections that had split Kenyans along ethnic lines. Although a Kalenjin, progressive Kenyans in Stockholm believed that Sang would ignore the emergent Kalenjin-Kikuyu URP-TNA braggadocio and rise above ethnicity to fight the backward tradition of Embassy sponsored tribalism that had been planted, watered and natured by Purity.

As the new Ambassador presented his credentials to the King of Sweden, expectations were high that eventually, an Ambassador who could synchronize “with the people” had arrived in Stockholm after many years of disappointments. Just weeks after his arrival, Sang raised hopes of transforming Embassy operations even further by attending the 2013 Nyama Choma Festival at Fittja Beach after which he embarked on a tweeting campaign that earned him the nick-name of “the tweeting Ambassador”.

Going underground
For the first time, a Kenyan Ambassador in Stockholm was exploiting social media to remain in the lime-light, a move that was seen as positive especially by Kenya-Stockholm’s Twitterati which expected regular key updates of happenings at the Embassy especially through twitter. In fact, Sang appeared so convincing that traditional Embassy critics decided “not to spoil the soup” through barbs at the new Ambassador but to give him enough time to transform a rotten institution that was constantly associated with failure since the departure of Ambassador Kinyanjui.

Sometimes, Sang becomes a “Sports Reporter” and tweets about Kenyans winning races around the world.

To spice up things, Ambassador Sang moved quickly to set up the Kenya-Embassy’s Facebook page before he announced (through Twitter) that he would soon call a meeting of Kenyans in Stockholm so that he could introduce himself to the community and chat the way for joint work and collaboration between Wakenya and the Embassy. It was that moment of “Hallelujah” you chant when you believe that you have seen a Messiah descend from the clouds to solve societal problems! Unfortunately, the “I will soon call a meeting” tweet of May 2013 was the last time Kenyans heard about Ambassador Joseph Sang calling a meeting of Kenyans in Stockholm.

After he assumed Office in earnest, the first thing Sang did was to go underground, away from Kenyans in Stockholm. As he prepared his banker, he continued tweeting but only about what his President Uhuru Kenyatta had done during the day thereby duplicating the duties of State House unconsciously. Alternatively, he would wait for a Kenyan to win a marathon then send a congratulatory message on twitter or wait for a diplomatic meeting involving him in Stockholm then tweet after the event. To keep his social media accounts active, Sang makes sure that he takes a photo with every Tom, Dick and Harry who visits the Embassy (with the Kenyan flag in the background) then posts the images on his Twitter account as big events worth international attention. A doubting Thomas has to take a peep at Sang’s Twitter account here to understand the scope of his mediocrity.

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An “ego boost” (in Finland) to be seen with jungus. Spot him looking lost in the background.

The most corrupt Ambassador ever
Sometimes, Sang gets an “ego boost” through an invitation to some peripheral event in Finland or Norway. On such occasions, he rarely misses the opportunity to pose with some NGO mzungu to take a shot for Twitter. Although numerous events take place within the Kenya-Stockholm space almost on a weekly basis, you will be blessed if you bump into an image of these events on Sang’s Twitter because he boycotts all of them as a matter of policy. As I write, all hopes and expectations Kenyans had bestowed on Sang about possibilities of better relations with the Embassy have effectively collapsed. Ask any Kenyan about Sang and the answer is likely to be the same – “worse than Purity”; “a hopeless nincompoop”; “a useless rag who should be herding goats” and other unpublishable expletives.

In Kenya-Stockholm, Sang is seen more as the most corrupt Ambassador ever. Why? During the days of Purity, she used to organize 2 hour celebrations of national days at prestigious Hotels in town or even in Norway (with hotel booking at Ksh 250,000 per hour). After his arrival at the Embassy, Sang abolished celebrations of national days altogether. Last year, Madaraka day, Mashujaa day and shockingly, Jamhuri day were never celebrated by Kenyans in Stockholm yet more than SEK 400,000 (about Ksh 5 million) is usually allocated for these events annually in the Embassy budget under “Entertainment” Vote. Where did the money go?

To cover up corruption around “national days”, Sang routinely gathers (at his residence) a few diplomats and a handful of “Walambaji” aka boot-lickers (he inherited from Purity), feeds them with snacks (sandwiches, sambusas, sausages, stick meat and other crap) then sends the guests home after a glass of wine. He then reports to Nairobi how “Kenyans” in Stockholm celebrated the national day with pomp at a tune of Ksh 2 million. Because these events are fake, he posts nothing on social media – no tweet or FB entry. What is more? The corruption is so rife that the Kenyan Embassy is listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the key Embassies where millions of Kenyan shillings cannot be accounted for.

“Sang must go!”

A photo opportunity with Eugine, away from Walambaji who had been called to meet Eugine

A photo opportunity with Eugene, away from Walambaji who had been called to meet Eugene

We don’t have to go into deeper history of Ambassador Sang at the Embassy to underline his defining modus operandi. Take last week as an example. Eugene Wamalwa, Musikari Kombo and a handful of Kenyan political opportunists were in Stockholm for the annual “Water Week” Conference. Although Sang never Tweeted about the big Kenyan delegation, he gathered a group of Walambaji to a meeting with Wamalwa where the Cabinet Secretary was told that he was meeting “Wakenya” when, in reality, the Secretary was actually in a secret meeting with Sang’s cheap sycophants always happy with a soda and contact with “dignitaries”. Later, Sang made sure he posed with Wamalwa at the Kenya Embassy flag arena before posting the photo on Twitter with no word about the meeting and no word about poor Walambaji.  This is the script Sang has and continues to play with the so called Kenyan dignitaries visiting Stockholm.

In Kenya-Stockholm, chants of “Sang must go” started filling the air last December when the Ambassador “ate Jamhuri cash” and for now, Sang seem to be living on borrowed time. A battle for Sang to be recalled is in the air on grounds that he has failed at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm. Sang’s honey-moon in Stockholm melted away in 2013 and with his failure to deliver on key expectations, it could be time for Sang to begin packing his belongings in a 40 feet container because the future looks bleak.

To be continued…

Okoth Osewe

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Calling on Monica Otieno: Personal Effects Recovered

August 26, 2015

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This is to ask any Kenyan in Stockholm who can be able to get in touch with Monica Otieno (Amoni wa Märsta) to get in touch with KSB asap. Monica’s personal effects 8including her purse and passport) have been recovered by a good Samaritan who is seeking to return them to her. So far, KSB has been unable to reach Monica through available channels and any help will be appreciated.

Okoth Osewe

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“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba, SugarRay, Blanchard Boto & Kabara Congas

August 26, 2015

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Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”


Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 28-29/08/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrumentvägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

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William Ruto’s Third Name on Google is “Mr. Corruption”: He is Unfit for Public Office!

August 24, 2015

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William Ruto is corrupt and cannot hold Office if a responsible government was in power.

William Ruto is corrupt and cannot hold Office if a responsible government was in power.

It is not surprising that Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto’s third name on Google is “Corruption”. He has a stinking trail of corruption scandals dating from the 1990s, when he joined active politics. This article cites entries in the Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) for Parliamentary Debates and other sources to inform this claim, and to question his integrity as a State Executive.

Hansard 13 May, 1999: While debating on the need for reducing the number of Ministries and Assistant Ministers, former Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala said: “In fact the number of Assistant Ministers was increased on tribal basis. Some of the newly appointed Assistant Ministers are already involved in financial scandals to the tune of Kshs350 million. For example, hon. William Ruto, who is among the Assistant Ministers who were appointed recently, has been mentioned in a scandal of Kshs350 million.”

Hansard 08 December, 1999: The then Public Investments Committee (PIC) Chairman Mwangi Githiomo mentioned William Ruto as part of a group of people who were illegally allocated Government land from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) at Kitale Top Station. Ruto was allocated land on Partial Development Plan (PDP) No. KTL 109446. PIC recommended that since no title deeds had been issued, the Commissioner of Lands should “cancel the allocations and transfer the land back to KARI.”

BBC News 14 April, 2004: “William Ruto, a close ally of former President Daniel Moi, was charged with fraudulently obtaining $3.5 million. He was charged along with a former senior civil servant, over the sale of land to the Kenya Pipeline Company. Mr Ruto and former Land Commissioner Sammy Mwaita denied the charges and were released on bail of $64,000 each. The BBC’s Muchiri Kioi in Nairobi says the alleged fraud occurred during a sale of 70 acres of forest land on behalf of the then ruling Kenya African National Union (Kanu) to the state-owned company.”

Daily Nation Newspaper 06 February, 2009: “In early 2009 after parliamentary debate on a maize scandal, William Ruto was accused of illegally selling maize by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale (Public Accounts Committee chairman). All the documents bearing the National Cereals and Produce Board seal that linked Mr Ruto to the illegal sale of maize were accepted by Parliament’s deputy speaker.”

The United Kingdom Parliament Lords Hansard Home Page (05 March, 2009: Column 873): “More recently, during the food crisis, the Agriculture Minister and Kalenjin leader, William Ruto, was suspected of allocating tenders for famine relief to his cronies. Whatever the truth of those accusations, they do not give the Kenyan people confidence in their leadership any more than us. The media are vocal and there have been repeated calls from MPs for Ministers such as Ruto and Kimunya to resign—calls that we might not have seen two years ago. Yet they know that nothing will happen fast: the idea that you help your own people is firmly rooted in African traditions even if Europeans have forgotten it.”

William Ruto, the lord of impunity
Excerpts from a statement published on News24Kenya (14 May, 2015) by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as a response to Ruto’s attempts to blame former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his own corruption allegations indicate: “The DP said he has no apology to make over the scam at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he is accused of hijacking the procurement process and inflating the bill before trying to divert the funds to set up a personal institution. We are not surprised. Ruto has no apologies on very many issues. He has no apology to make on having been involved in:

1. Grabbing land of an elderly neighbor who was also an IDP, Mr Adrian Muteshi’s land in Eldoret. High court ruled on this matter where Ruto was found guilty.
2. Ruto’s name featured in the grabbing of Langata Primary School playground and the adjacent plot belonging to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) where Weston Hotel stands. He had no apologies. Ruto had no apology to make over the tear gassing of school children.
4. Ruto’s was accused of grabbing the Kenya Pipeline land in Nairobi.
5. Ruto’s name featured in the grabbing of Prisons land in upper Hill area.
6. He featured in the grabbing of Processional Way in Nairobi. In all these, he has had no apologies to make.

The story of Kenya Pipeline land, like that of Adrian Muteshi’s, is particularly painful. It is a touching story of heartlessness. Mr Linus Cheruiyot, then the MD, who was forced to sign away the land, had to run away to the US where he lives on the edge today despite his sound education. He could not countenance the idea of going to jail over land that he was forced to sign away.”

Corruption pays
Apart from Adrian Muteshi’s case when Ruto was ordered by a court to pay him Kshs5 million to compensate for loss of income while he occupied his land, Ruto has always walked scot-free from the documented corruption scandals. In August 2015, the Jubilee-dominated Parliament dismissed a report by CORD-led Ababu Namwamba Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) which found that in 2013: “Mr Ruto travelled to Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Nigeria and Gabon between May 16 and 19. The House team established that Sh18.9 million was spent on the trip, but was unable to establish the origin of invoices that showed the Office of the Deputy President paid Sh100 million.”

On 15 May, 2015 the Nation newspaper ran an article titled: “How brokers and MPs conspire to rip off Kenyans” which mentioned that: “In (Kenya) Parliament, business is tied with politics; it is always about making deals. As a result, oversight bodies are compromised from the word go”, according to lawyer Bobby Mkangi. No action can be taken against the likes of William Ruto because of: “Political partisanship, bribery and unethical practice at the hands of oversight MPs, sloppiness and tardiness in the operations of oversight committees, non-implementation of PIC/PAC recommendations, inability of MPs to interrogate and analyse money matters, and frustration at the hands of the Executive. MPs have grabbed every available chance to shield themselves and their corrupt allies from scrutiny, sought bribes, and whitewashed State sleaze.”

Jared Odero

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If You Missed It: How the Afrodance “All White Party” Went Down: 121-140

August 21, 2015

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If You Missed It: How the Afrodance “All White Party” Went Down: 101-120

August 21, 2015

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If You Missed It: How the Afrodance “All White Party” Went Down: 81-100

August 21, 2015

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