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July 5, 2012
Firstly, I take this opportunity on behalf of the Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) and friends of Algeria in Kenya to convey greetings and best wishes to the President, Leadership and people of The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria as they celebrate 50 years of independence. As Africans and African friends gathered today in Nairobi, we are proud and happy to join you in the celebration. We have enough reasons to do that.
The liberation of Algeria was not a gift from French colonialism but it was won by long, determined, concerted and protracted revolutionary struggle that took place from November 1954 to 5th July 1962. The Algerian people led by National Liberation Front (FLN) won the freedom and independence of their country through armed struggle against the French colonial regime that committed acts of apartheid and fascism against the people of Algeria in order to impose its colonial will in the great country of Africa. More than one and a half million Algerian patriots died in the liberation war. The gross violations of human rights that were in fact crimes against humanity were similar to those committed by British colonialism against the Kenyan people during the armed liberation struggle led by the Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as Mau Mau, and that took place at the same period with that of Algeria. The Mau Mau armed liberation was from 1952 up to around 1959.
The Algerian and Kenyan armed national liberation struggles paved the way for the armed struggles in Africa that ultimately liberated Africa from European colonialism. For the Algerian revolutionary patriots who took over power after defeating French colonialism were determined to see colonialism rooted out of the entire African continent. Liberated Algeria is always counted in offering solidarity to all people struggling against imperialism and all forms of oppression. That is why soon after independence, Algeria became “the Meka of African revolution”, to quote Amilcar Cabral. Algeria supported the national liberation struggle of South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Guinea Bissau and Namibia. Algeria also supported the national liberation struggle of East Timor and Belize. In preparation for armed struggle against apartheid regime in South Africa, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo visited Algeria before Mandela was imprisoned. Samora Machel received military training in Algeria. Che Guevara too visited Algeria. Frantz Fanon, one of the greatest revolutionary intellectuals and pan – Africanist from Martinique – the psychiatrist who at one time worked at Mathare Mental Hospital in Nairobi – joined the Algerian revolutionary war and became a citizen of the country.
Today all Africa has been liberated from colonialism apart from Western Sahara that is colonised by the Kingdom of Morocco. Once more the people of Algeria, their Government and leaders are at the forefront in supporting the struggle of the people of Western Sahara for their inalienable right to national freedom, independence and self – determination. In this regard, as we celebrate 50 years of Algeria’s independence, Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) calls upon all African Governments to join Algeria to play an active and militant role to end the last colony in Africa which is Western Sahara.
It is also important to mention the fact that Algeria that is in the northern part of our Continent continues to play a key role in the African Union and has made major contributions in the search for solutions to challenges facing Africa including the problems of poverty, underdevelopment and the search for democracy, human rights and peace. It is for this reason that the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika together with Former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa in conjunction with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria initiated The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) whose vision and strategic framework was adopted by African leaders to address poverty and underdevelopment throughout the African continent. Algeria played a key role in the conflict resolution between Ethiopia and Eritrea and also between Mali and Niger.
Algeria, like any other country in Africa and the World is still dealing with the challenges of poverty, governance and underdevelopment. Amidst all the challenges Algeria continues pursue the path of development, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Algeria practices a multiparty system of democracy and this year it conducted national elections under the system that international observers concluded were free and fair. It is also important to remember that Algeria has had seven successive Presidents and yet the country the country has remained cohesive.
By addressing the social problems facing its people by creating and implementing concrete policies and solutions for them, Algeria avoided the negative impacts of the recent conflicts, now known as the Arab Spring, that were experienced by several countries in North Africa and the Middle East. This is partly due to the fact that the Government of Algeria is not only practicing democracy but also utilising the rich oil and other mineral resources endowed to the country to fight poverty, underdevelopment and social exclusion in the country. In Algeria today there is free and universal education up to university level and higher institutes of learning. The country assures free health care to its citizens and is also constructing thousands of housing units every year to solve the housing problems of its people. Algeria has liberated itself from the debt bondage imposed against developing countries by neocolonialism. It is developing not by depending on external economic aid but by utilising its own resources and focusing on the needs of the majority of its population.
We thank the Government of the people of Algeria for continuing to support the liberation struggle of the people of Palestine. We congratulate them for their policy of seeking peaceful and just solutions to the problems confronting the destabilised countries of North Africa, the Middle East and Mali. We thank them for the scholarships they have offered and continue to offer Kenyan students. We wish them all the best in safeguarding and consolidating the gains of freedom and independence won 50 years ago, even as they continue to deal with the existing and emerging challenges and as they construct the largest country in Africa which is Algeria.
Long live Algerian independence!
Long live friendship between the people of Algeria and the people of Kenya!
Long live Africa liberation struggle!
Social Democratic Party (SDP)
5th July 2012
July 5, 2012
Dekula Band Ngoma ya Kilo
Place:Lilla Wien “Little Nairobi”
Date: 06-07 July 2012
Pendel: Södra Station
Welcome…new ngoma & sound
July 5, 2012
I am pleased to welcome you to this momentous occasion, the formal launch of the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Website. As you will know, I intend to offer myself as a Presidential Candidate on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket. While I purpose to officially launch the Presidential campaign at a later date, I find it appropriate to expand the opportunity for dialogue with my fellow citizens, ahead of both the Presidential campaign launch and the elections. The launch of this website is accordingly a remarkable contribution to expanded dialogue.
It is critical that we reason together, to define the country that we want and the leadership that will take us to the land of our dreams. My own candidature is on the platform of transformational change. My ticket seeks to harness and secure the democratic and governance gains that Kenyans have made over the past two decades. This website will in the coming days serve as an invaluable platform in the sharing of my thoughts, dreams and aspirations for our nation.
Often, the brevity of memory does not allow us to remember where we have come from. We Kenyans have travelled a long and difficult road to where we are. Patriots have over the past five decades made heavy sacrifice for our country. Some fell by the wayside. They were felled so that the present and future generations may enjoy life in a free, fair and just country. It is too painful to enumerate the sacrifices of reform. Now that we have eventually made the major step of Constitutional reform, it is clearly time to focus on the kind of society we want to give future generations. We want to deliver the promise of the rights and freedoms that the Constitution promises our children.
However, this promise is increasingly coming under assault by those who do not wish to see the nation move forward. In recent times, they have openly come together. Their sole objective is to reverse our national gains. This is their only election agenda. This agenda is often expressed in the words, “We must work together to defeat Raila.” Put differently, they are saying, “We must work together to defeat the Constitutional promise of a free and better country. We must work together to defeat the people.” They want to defeat me because I represent hope. They want to kill our hope, the Kenyan Dream.
My only crime is that I want to give Kenyans a better country. I want to secure Kenya as a land of justice, peace and liberty. I am guilty of trying to make Kenya a united and glorious nation, where people think about their country ahead of their tribes. I am guilty of pushing for creation of wealth, employment opportunities for our youth and a safe, secure and equitable nation. For this, those who fought us before must team up, to seek to defeat my candidature and the dream of the Kenyan people – our people.
But our dream must not die. It should not die, it cannot die. It will not die. This election is our best chance to make a clean break with the past. If we do not, then we must go back to the past. The election will therefore be a two-horse race. The horse of the future will be pitted against the horse of yesterday. The horse of reform will run against the horse of reversal and negation; the race of hope against that of despair.
My candidature is riding the horse of reform, hope and the bright future we yearn for, for our children. To get there, I need the support of every Kenyan patriot, in prayer, cash and kind. I need every patriot. I am counting on you. Your individual support and contribution matters. That is why we have erected this platform of dialogue. I appeal to my fellow citizens to make frequent journeys to this platform and let us reason together.
As we dialogue together, I want to make a passionate plea to my fellow citizens. My dear brothers and sisters, forget the tribe. It is the blindfold they use to cover your eyes. Forget the handouts, they are the poison chalice that corrupt put in your hands. Forget the hate propaganda against me and other patriots. It is the venom they use to poison your own mind against what is good for you.
Let us therefore dialogue on this interactive platform, which will not only give you my thoughts and dreams, but it will also give me the opportunity to know your own thoughts and dreams. Kenyans will find first hand information and news here. They will find deep insight into my thoughts here and they will tell me what they like and do not like. I appeal for mutual respect and tolerance as we dialogue on the platform and in the attendant social media. Let us agree and disagree in dignified fashion that brings honour to our nation. Those who wish to support our campaign effort will also be able to do so through avenues that are provided on this website.
Thank you for joining us today, both here and wherever you may be following us on the word wide web. God bless you, God bless Kenya.
RAILA A. ODINGA
July 4th 2012
July 4, 2012
I think KSB is a great blog and the many readers confirm this. Despite this I think Mr. Osewe could raise the standards a bit because the potential is there. When critized you usually defend your self by saying that it is your personal blog and subjective opions. This is very bad because; You have a lot of readers and your blog holds the potential to be a great gathering point and information resource for the diaspora. Whether you like it or not this means that you have a lot of power. You need to be more aware of this power and use it in a positive way rather than gossiping and going in to personal vendettas.
What you call power in this context is what I call “influence”. I have no power over anybody but what people read here could influence their opinions. When I defend myself, arguing that this is a personal blog, it amounts to retreating into what bloggers call “blogging cocoon”. If it is raining and you have a house somewhere, the natural thing you would do is to get inside your house for shelter. In this context, the criticism you talk about is the “rain” and so what is the problem if I simply dash into the house and close the door? At the end of the day, this is a personal blog regardless of the role it plays as a media outlet. If you study my responses, I usually argue that “this is my blog” when the criticisms are puerile or not worth responding to. If you raise more serious issues (like in this case), I give you what you deserve – a serious answer.
In many of your blog posts you are directly adressing your readers and are begging for feed back, why so if its your personal blog and you dont care about if someone reads it or not?
The funny thing is that you can do anything at a personal blog and get away with it as long as you are operating within the law. For seven years (1998-2004), I used to edit “KUWA Bulletin” (a monthly newsletter of Kenyans in Stockholm). However, the newsletter was not personal and there was an Editorial Board to vet all stories (I contributed 95% of the articles). There is a guy who used to cut down all attacks on the Kenyan Embassy because he was linked to the Ambassador but I could live with that because the Newsletter belonged to an organization and I was just volunteering my writing skills. It is in order to ask readers for feed-back on anything at any time. The fact that this is a personal blog does not mean that I cannot ask for feed-back.
You are claiming that is a news blog which contradicts the personal blog argument
A news blog can also exist within the framework of a personal blog. In other words, you can start a blog which principally focuses on news but it will remain a personal blog if it is not linked to any mainstream news channel which sponsors it. Some news channels (like The Nation in Kenya) have blogs for their own journalists. What these journalists write on their blogs (hosted at the Newspaper’s website) can be classified as personal opinions which do not necessarily reflect the position of the Newspaper but they are personal blogs. The difference is that the Newspaper remains legally responsible for what the journalists publish at their blogs and it is the work of the Editor to ensure that the journalists do not write stuff that could lead to the Newspaper being sued. That is how it works. Some people think that personal blogs are like newspapers especially when the blogs claim to report the news. This is not the case because a newspaper is more structured in its production process while a blog is not. At KSB, I am the writer, the Sub-editor and the editor in Chief. Of course, KSB agents bring storos but it’s me who is legally responsible for what is published here. I can assure you that I know the rules of the game. You are free to sue in case you think that I am breaking the law. In any case, I should not be allowed to get away with crime.
Anyone can blog, but not everyone can have a blog like KSB and if you dont care if people reads it why put it one the web? All bloggers wants to be read claiming anything else is ridiculous.
That is true. Building a blog like KSB did not happen overnight. It started in July 2006 and this month, the blog will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary. I have been building KSB block by block and the reason why it is not easy is because the blogger needs to have something to deliver in order to run an effective blog. I have never mentioned anything about how KSB started but the main reason was that after KUWA Bulletin closed down, I had no outlet through which I could ventilate kama mwandishi. KSB was a response to the folding up of KB. I was very sad that some Kenya-Stockholmers who started blogs had to retreat as fast as they had emerged because they did not know what to do. They were copying me not knowing where my energy was coming from. Anybody with a passion on anything can blog and it is the passion that drives the blog. In my case, I have a passion for writing which started in 1984 so I have come a long way. When I blog, it’s like I am playing football or ice hockey. I hope this answers your question.
Some of your articles are of high standard, but in general it seems like its you and not your readers that have difficulties in understanding what a blog is, and more important what kind of blog KSB is. You can choose whatever subjects to write that is true, but as a reader I believe this blog has such a potential!
The potential is there. The problem is that you can never tell a blogger the exact subjects to blog about. You can be sure that I know what a blog is. No one understands what KSB is more than me. Steve, if you have a child you are bringing up, it’s you who knows that child more than anybody else. KSB is my child and I don’t think that anybody’s knows it better than myself. This is common logic.
If you could write more articles about the life conditions of the diaspora and the situation in Kenya, bring up cultural and political issues, recommend events etc that would be great! You already to this, but sometimes you fall back in to gossip and personal things and defend yourself with the personal blog argument.
I actually laughed when I read this because it’s been raised quite often. May be, I do not just need to explain stuff but I also need to educate some of my readers on this subject. I am talking about “falling back into gossip and personal things part”. There are real newspapers which specialize only in “personal things” while others specialize only on “gossip”. What is your comment? What you (and readers in your school of thought) do not understand is how the media works.
In the world of news, there are different categories – political news, sports news, the weather, technical news and so forth. Some education may be necessary here. The “personal” and “gossip” bit you are referring to is what we call “Human interest stories”. There are very few newspapers which do not have these stories. In Sweden, the best example of a gossip/scandal newspaper is Aftonbladet or Expressen. How comes that the Swedes have not called for the banning of these newspapers despite the fact that they mainly report on personal/gossip storos? In any case, why do the swedes spend money on these newspapers everyday just to read pure gossip?
The answer is that human interest stories are what actually sells. The point is that the personal/gossip stories you are talking about are actually the sugar in the tea or the salt in the si-kuma wiki.
At KSB, there are so many personal/gossip storos that comes in everyday and the reason why everything that comes in never makes it here is because I am too bizzi. Some storos are so personal that at a human level, I just decide not to publish. One example will suffice. A Kenyan woman brings a storo that she is very disappointed with her hubby because the guy is not hanyaring her properly. Eti she is looking for a “vikaria” kuhanya her to climaxticos before returning to the guy, arguing that regardless, she loves him to death! That is when I promise “to see what I can do” before retreating into silence.
Recently, a Kenyan woman was allegedly conned SEK 12k by a Kenyan businessman but when the storo was brought here, I even tried to resolve the crisis instead of rushing with it here. In another case, a paperless Kenyan girl who was hired by another Kenyan woman to clean her house stole a huge amount of cash and gold chains from her employer. Interestingly, the woman thief was later advised by her Kenyan boss (a prominent dude) on how to hide the loot. The guy has been walking around attacking KSB, not knowing that we have his CV on file!
If you are hopping that one day, these personal/gossip storos will melt away, you will hope until Jesus comes back to save you from your hopes. The human interest storos are part and parcel of KSB with one condition: The law has to be followed and the IDs of those mentioned adversely must remain concealed.
If you pick up The Nation newspaper in Kenya, 90% of the news fall within the bracket of “huma interest stories”. You will find a guy who raped a young girl, a woman in Nyeri who sliced the hubby with a panga, the politician who stole money from CDF, Ruto attacking Raira, the guy who beat his wife to death, the thief who was burnt to death through mob justice and so on. The difference with Sweden (and KSB for that matter) is that those named adversely are usually not named in publications. In Kenya, they are sometimes video-filmed or their photos published. In one case, a guy was video filmed naked on bed after he was stuck in the shrine of another man’s wife following a ndumba operation which caught the couple in the act.
Imagine what could happen if, for example, the Kenya-Stockholmer who beat his wife and bit her arm were to have his photo published at KSB! Or this other guy who stole his friend’s wife for a night before being caught were to have a video clip about the argument published here! Have you ever tried to contact The Nation to warn them about publication of personal/gossip stories or are you challenging KSB in isolation? Sadly, these stories are here to stay. As long as the law is being followed, they will role. If you want to put an end to them, first close down Aftonbladet and Expressen (which are more notorious than KSB) and then, I will listen to you. If you cannot do that, you will remain the proverbial frog which continued kunguruma in the water as the cow continued to drink water by the river bank. It is sad but that is how it works in the Media world. Ask anybody who knows for further clarification or just call me.
Osewe KSB has passed that stage long time ago, its a blog for wakenya in Stockholm and Sweden, whether you like it or not! If you dont like it write somewhere else and name the blog differently and stop pretending that is a newsblog for kenyans. Asante sana!
Just as one Kenyan said, KSB will always remain KSB. There will be no renaming. I hope that I have answered your questions. Feel free to post new questions in case there is something I left out or in case you wish to challenge my reply. We could have a healthy debate. I do realize that I need to open up more so that my readers can understand me better. Thanks a lot for your questions.
July 3, 2012
JACKSONVILLE-FL–JULY 2, 2012–In a historic move, a global teleconference by Diaspora Kenyans last Saturday evening ratified the election of a global decision-making body for Kenyans in the Diaspora. The proposed supreme decision making body –to be called Kenya Diaspora Leadership Assembly- will be elected through online voting over a three day period beginning midnight July 7, 2012. Polls will close at 11:59pm on Monday July 9th.
Kenyans in the Diaspora have not been able to participate significantly in Kenya’s development in spite of their economic , intellectual and entrepreneurial strength. This has been caused by lack of a unifying authority that can produce spokespeople and thought leaders.
Self-appointed “leaders” with no authority to speak for the Diaspora have used this leadership vacuum to peddle their personal agendas . An elected representative body is a major step forward in strengthening Diaspora cohesion and empowerment in the development of Kenya.
“An elected member of the DLA would represent a region/country or a sector” the meeting ruled. An elected official shall be known as MDLA–short for Member of ( Kenya) Diaspora Leadership Assembly . The Assembly will consist of three types of representatives: 1. Those representing states/countries 2. Those representing sectors 3. Those representing larger regions/subcontinents to constitute Board of Trustees. The list of contest areas/sectors can be found at http://kenyadiasporadev.org/kenya-diaspora-leadership-assembly .
The elected officials will then meet and elect an Executive Governing Council from among them, also designating Chair, Secretary, Finance Director etc.
Any Kenyan in the Diaspora, aged 18 years or above is free to contest . The deadline for registering as a contestant is 11:59 pm, Thursday July 5th, 2012 at the candidate intake page
Diaspora leaders of organizations, businesses, churches, mosques, media etc are requested to help publicize the election to their members: They may endorse the election and publicly declare their commitment to assist the Diaspora at http://www.causes.com/actions/1664006.
For any questions, please send an email to info@Kenyadiasporadev.org or