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Racist Korean Air Advert Sparks Uproar Among Kenyans Globally

June 19, 2012

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Racist advert from Korean Airlines

Kenyans fury over ‘primitive energy’ ad
Posted by LAURA WALUBENGO on June 18, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – Korean Air on Monday faced a barrage of criticism over a promotion gaffe that described Kenyan people as having primitive energy, three days before the airline started direct flights to Nairobi.

“Korean Air will launch 3 non-stop flight services per week from Incheon Korea to Nairobi, Kenya on June 21. Korean Air will become the first air carrier in Northeast Asia to extend flight services to Nairobi. Fly to Korean Air and enjoy the grand African Savanna, the safari tour, and the indigenous people full of primitive energy,” read the promotion, which has since been removed.

Kenyans on Twitter, also known as #KOT were furious with the promotion, which they termed ‘offensive.’

“@KoreanAir_KE just called us primitive people? I await an apology,” tweeted @coldtusker.

“Maybe when these Koreans arrive we should have two gorillas at the run-way for them! That’s some good primitive energy!,“ @KalimaniThaMc twitted.

#KOT (Kenyans on Twitter) have proceeded to ridicule the description by laughing at it and launching a trend #PrimitiveEnergy

“Thinking of lion hunting today and maybe some elephant baiting to deal with my #PrimitiveEnergy,” said @wairimugk.

Kenyans are describing what they think are examples of ‘primitive energy’ in the day to day lives of the country’s 40 million plus population.

Hilarious examples like uprooting rail tracks and putting a spoon of juice in the freezer to make it cold, are among the hundreds of tweets that have been coming in every few minutes.

As we look for comment from officials at Korean Air, here’s a small sample of the tweets accompanied by a video showcasing monkeys, beautiful scenery, lions and the ever engaging Maasai.

Korean Air will on June 21 become the first airline that operates direct flights from Northeast Asia to Nairobi, the gateway to East Africa as well as the hottest destination in Central and South Africa.

Korean Air’s new service to Nairobi will be operated by A330-200 aircraft with a total capacity of 226 seats.

KE959 will depart from Seoul Incheon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 22:15 and will arrive in Nairobi at 05:30 on the next day. As for the return flight, KE960 will depart from Nairobi at 10:30 every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will arrive in Seoul Incheon at 04:50 on the next day.

“The launch of Korean Air’s nonstop service between Seoul Incheon and Nairobi is not only an exciting addition to the airline’s global network, but also serves as a catalyst in facilitating travel between Northeast Asia and Africa. With only 13 hours of flying time, it will offer passengers the ultimate convenience in travelling between the two cities. The launch of this new route also means that both business and leisure travelers will be able to enjoy utmost comfort and ease during the journey travelling with Korean Air,” said Korean Air’s Managing VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jaeho Kim.

Kenya is the center of East Africa where hundreds of renowned international companies and organizations are based in, including 120 foreign embassies, United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), the United Nations Office and UN-Habitat.

Kenya is home to an array of tourist attractions. Nicknamed as the ‘Safari Capital of the World’, it has several national parks where visitors can experience an intimate and authentic wildlife and nature in broad grasslands such as Maasai Mara National Reserve..

Korean Air has been serving major destinations in Africa through code sharing with Kenya Airways, one of the SkyTeam alliance members.

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/06/kenyans-full-of-primitive-energy/

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Kenya-Stockholmer Michael Osumba is Doing Well

June 19, 2012

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 Michael Osumba, a Kenya-Stockholmer who returned from Kenya about two years ago, is doing well. Mr. Osumba, who was a close friend of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and who studied in the former Soviet Union, returned to Sweden abruptly after he fell ill in Kenya where he had relocated after many years in Sweden. Upon arrival at Arlanda International Airport, Osumba was driven to hospital for treatment. He later left hospital and continues to lead a private life in Stockholm. Osumba is currently doing well and had a lot of stories for KSB. His intellect is good and he follows Kenyan politics very keenly. He sent his greetings to all Kenyans of good-will and thanked everybody who has been giving him company since his return from Kenya.

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Okoth Osewe’s “Prophesy” on a New Constititon for Kenya

June 18, 2012

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In this age of prophesizing events in Kenya, I will be offering my own “prophecies” made in 2008. Some of them have been “fulfilled”. In the book, “Raila Odinga’s Stolen Presidency”, I put forward several short perspectives on “The Future of Kenya” during the life of the Coalition government that was hastily cobbled because of political expediency. The following is an excerpt on the Constitution with the title “A New Constitution will be Delivered”.

A New Constitution will be Delivered

A new Constitution will be delivered by the Coalition government.

This is the easy part. NARC fell out with ODM because of its failure to deliver a new Constitution. ODM was set up because of the Referendum on a new Constitution and ODM won because they convinced Kenyans that the Bomas Draft of the Constitution was the “Constitution in waiting” that would deliver the Kenyan people from whatever they are suffering from. The reason why NARC and other members of the Mount Kenya Mafia frustrated the delivery of a new Constitution was because they were afraid of the creation of post of an Executive Prime Minister, which has already been created under the National Accord. Under the circumstances, there is nothing more to fear in delivering a new Constitution, which will be a plus to the coalition government. In fact, the delivery of a new Constitution is one of the leading election promises the Coalition is in a position to deliver at any time because a draft is already in existence.

Secondly, Kibaki’s kitchen Cabinet feared that once the post of Prime Minister was created, it would be given to Raila Odinga, a politician whom, they believed, was unpredictable and could try to manoeuvre them out of power once he became Prime Minister. Raila is currently in place as Prime Minister so what is there for the Mount Kenya Mafia members still in the coalition to fear about the delivery of a new Constitution? The answer is nothing. Lastly, the Kiraitus were afraid that once the Bomas draft of the Constitution is delivered with the post of Prime Minister, which was slated for Raila Odinga, there would be “two centres of power.” All of these have already happened and, most likely, the Grand Coalition government will deliver a new Constitution to the Kenyan people, possibly before the end of 2009.

The critical and more pertinent issue with the delivery of a new Constitution is that it is a piece of paper that will not put food on the table, create jobs or led to construction of houses for the homeless. Rather, a new Constitution will advance the struggle for democracy but the document alone will not be able to transform Kenya. In any case, the capitalist ruling class the world over has a notorious habit of violating the Constitution once their interests are at stake. For example, the colonial Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly but after the PNU rigged election through ECK and free assemblies threatened their very existence, they sent police to kill people.

Recently, when Bunge La Mwananchi organized peaceful demonstrations in Nairobi to protest against rising food prices, riot police were called to clobber them despite the fact that the Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly. This happened after Raila Odinga became Prime Minister and after the coalition had already formed the government so even though it will be delivered, the Constitution remains a piece of paper that must not hoodwink Kenyans into thinking that it is a solution to the social, economic and political crisis facing the country.

Raila Odinga’s Stolen Presidency: Consequences and the Future of Kenya (p421)

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Saitoti’s Funeral Service…

June 18, 2012

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VIP’s Arrival at Ojode Funeral in Dhiwa

June 18, 2012

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The Big Day: African Dressing Party is Here: Saturday 23rd June

June 17, 2012

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Ochieng Nyambok’s Sister Passes On…

June 17, 2012

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Mrs. Herin Ogindo, the sister of Mr. Ochieng Nyamnbok, a Kenya-Stockholmer, has passed away in Kenya after a long illness. Herin was the wife of Mr. George Ogindo, a former Kenya-Stockholmer who relocated to Kenya about a decade ago. The whole family has been plunged into deep mourning. Mr. Nyambok is also related to the late John Peter Omiti (husband to Mrs. Pamela Omiti) who passed away in Kenya a few years ago.

An “Open House” has been set up daily at the residence of Mrs. Pamela Omiti at Flygkörvägen 13 in Täby. A Prayer meeting will be held at the residence on Saturday, 23rd June 2012 from 14.00hrs. Friends, relatives, sympathizers and well-wishers are invited to the open House and Prayer meeting to condole with the bereaved family which is currently in deep shock and sorrow. Herin passed away yesterday in Kenya.

To get to the residence, take bus number 629 from Mörby or Dandryd then alight at Flygkörsvägen station. Walk to the residence or call the numbers listed below for further direction.

The bereavement comes hot on the heels of another bereavement that struck the family in which Mrs. Pamela Omiti lost ten relatives in a horrible road accident in Kenya.

Mr. George Ogindo, the husband of the late Harin, was a well known Kenyan journalist who arrived in Sweden in mid 70s before relocating to Kenya ten years ago. In Stockholm, Mr. Ogindo was known for his sharp intellect and informed analysis of socio-politco-historical subjects and his contributions enriched many debates in Kenya-Stockholm.

KSB sends deep condolences to the family of the late Herin who will greatly be missed by everybody who knew her. We hope that the family will find the strength to go through this very difficult moment following the passing of a loved member of the family.

Death has robed the family of a loving mother, wife and good friend who will, for ever, be remembered for her good deeds during her life on this planet. May the Almighty rest the soul of the departed in eternal peace. For further information, call: 0700299650 or 0720376723.

Okoth Osewe

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Autobiography of Professor George Saitoti

June 16, 2012

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Crisis at Ojode Burial as Youths Demand to View Body

June 15, 2012

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Saitoti/Ojode Crash Site: First Videos Capture Burning Fire

June 15, 2012

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