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June 22, 2012
This is to notify the general public that application for the 3rd Miss Africa Crown Scandinavia will close down on Sunday, July 1st 2012. According to Duke Philip Gomez, a top official of the Ritz Society which organizes the Miss Africa Crown International, interested applicants who shall not have submitted their applications by July 1st will count themselves out of the competition.
So far, a record 32 applicants have submitted their applications which are currently being processed. An elegant presentation of the contestants will be held on Saturday, 7th September 2012 at Alvik Medborgahuset from 21.00-04.00 hrs followed by a huge boogie that will feature top Africa-Stockholm artists who have consistently been rocking the Africa-Stockholm Entertainment scene without a stop.
Contestants who wish to apply for the 2012 Miss Africa Crown are kindly requested to hurry up and beat the deadline because as opposed to the situation last year, there will be no extension for applications and late applicants will be rejected. Application can be done directly through the Miss Africa Crown website.
Once the application is closed, the next stage will be to begin the process of orientating the contestants on basic routines and regulations of the contest. This includes meeting the Miss Africa Crown International Management Team, a briefing of the event’s structure, signing of contracts, photo-shoots, casting of promotional video clips and meeting the Judges before an intensive training by beauty pageant experts begins in earnest.
During the last two contests, the Management of Miss Africa Crown has learnt a lot of lessons. The experience gained out of past events will help improve this year’s contest whose final will be held aboard Siljaline during a 48hr cruise across the Baltic sea. It is the first time that the event will be held over a 48 hr period across the Baltic.
Experience has shown that the traditional 24 hour Cruise is not enough and, in increasing the amount of hours for the event, the view of Miss Africa Crown’s management team is that there will be more time to mix relaxation and competition during the cruise. Last year, the Judges had very little time to decide on the winner due to shortage of time. This time, the Judges will have no excuse because there will be plenty of time for them to take breaks, drink coffee and consult adequately before a winner can be pronounced.
Sound of Blackness to rock the crowd
An interesting angle is that this time around, a group of contestants will come from London where a Pre-selection of top beauties in the city of London is scheduled this summer. Qualifiers from britain will then clash with their Scandinavian counterparts during the finals at the prestigious Siljaline. With enthusiastic fans coming all the way from London to sample the Stockholm beauties, the event is expected to be the biggest ever. Arrangements are being made to ensure that the whole boat, which has a capacity of 2500 revellers, is fully booked for the event.
Among the top Judges are Ms Mbova N. Lillian, an accomplished Kenyan diplomat, Justina Mutale, founder & CEO of Perryfield Promotions, Shaul Moalem, Make-Up Artist Director of the, Make Up Institute in Stockholm and Mrs. Brawer Madina, an English Teacher in Stockholm. Discussions are underway with the top-most Kenyan artist in Europe, St James, to play a role during the event. For further information about the Judges, vist the Miss Africa Crown website.
On the Entertainment front, Sound of Blackness will be blasting the music until the loud speakers blow up into small pieces while the official MC will be none other than the electrifying Joseph Mbaazira of the re-known online based Ugamuzik Radio fame currently running into its third anniversary. We wish him good luck!
In 2010, the big prize of Miss Africa Crown was scooped by Ms. Michelle Jeng from Tanzania while last year, Jessle from Ugandan beat all contestants to emerge the winner. The winning prize included: a ticket to Africa (any country of choice) which was sponsored by the Ethiopian Airlines; a 500 Euro cash prize, a Louis Vuitton bag (worth SEK 5.000), a photo-shoot by the Make-Up Institute, a make-up kit and a Champaign to boot!
The prizes, which included other prizes like Miss Photogenic, Miss Elegant, Miss Personality just to mention but a few, were all delivered to the winners during a colourful ceremony which was held in Stockholm and which was attended by tens of Miss Africa Crown fans. The same prizes for the winners apply this year.
The Management of Miss Africa Crown International appeals to all fun-lovers to support the event so that it can continue to succeed as the struggle to show-case African beauty globally also continues. It will be a perfect opportunity to combine entertainment, leisure and loads of fun, all in the boat across the Baltic before the Miss Africa Crown International beauty queen for 2012 is finally announced. Further details of the event can be accessed at the Miss Africa Crown website.
Media and Information Desk
The Ritz Society
June 21, 2012
One of the biggest “historical injustices” that fuelled the post-election violence is the question of landlessness and inequalities in land distribution following the end of the Colonial Revolution that was led by the Land and Freedom Army (Mau Mau). After their betrayal and the taking over of the new government by traitors such as Jomo Kenyatta, the new Kikuyu ruling class that seized power embarked on a land-grabbing programme through dubious land-buying companies that left millions of Kenyans without possibilities of acquiring land. Thousands of Kikuyus who were being chased or killed in the Rift Valley following theft of Raila’s Presidency were paying the price of land grabbing in Central Province that forced thousands of Kikuyus to look for alternative and permanent settlements. In the process, these Kikuyus purchased land from the Kalenjin in the Rift Valley but after Raila Odinga’s Presidency was stolen by the Kikuyu ruling class, the question of land ownership, especially among the Kikuyu who had legally purchased land in the Rift Valley, became even more complicated because they were chased out of their property, their houses burned, members of their families killed as survivors were converted into IDPs. It did not matter that many of these Kikuyus had resided in the Rift Valley for decades and the sudden hatred that was witnessed between the Kalenjin and the Kikuyu after December 2007 was not just unprecedented but also out rightly shocking.
After the establishment of a coalition government, many Kikuyu IDPs were suspicious of returning to homes where they were evicted by the Kalenjin. Although the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 provides for the sorting out of “historical injustices” that may have precipitated the rampant execution of thousands of Kikuyu’s, especially in the Rift Valley, a major obstacle to sorting out the land problem lies in how the hatred that was exhibited by the Kalenjin against the Kikuyu will be converted into mutual love that will guarantee security against future attacks regardless of political circumstances. Although some IDPs returned to their homes, thousands refused to return because the government had not built a strong foundation for lasting peace between the two communities in the future. This fear is reinforced by pledges among the Kalenjin that they will never accept the Kikuyu back in the Rift Valley regardless of political developments on the ground. Consequently, this position has posed the question as to how the government will be able to reconcile, in the long term, the two communities whose suspicions continue to linger long after the Grand Coalition government was put into place following the signing of the National Accord.
How will Kenyans be resettled on land owned by foreigners who are not ready to relinquidh land?
Another issue is that to sort out the problem of land redistribution, big land grabbing sharks inside and outside government will have to give up huge tracks if land is to be found to sort out the problem of landlessness in our country. The Kenyatta family, the Moi family, the Kibaki family and the Biwott family are just four family names that can be mentioned here when it comes to huge land ownership in Kenya by real or imaginary land grabbers. The Kenyatta family alone is said to own land equivalent to the size of Nyanza Province, space where more than five million
people could settle. In simpler terms, land owned by the Kenyatta family alone can be used to settle more than five million landless Kenyans across the country. This is before the thousands of acres owned by the settler community and other big landowners are brought into the picture. The unspeakable extent of individual land ownership demonstrates that the capacity to resettle the landless exists. However, the coalition government is not in a position to put in place a radical land policy to effectively sort out the “historical injustice” on the question of land because policy makers such as Uhuru Kenyatta are themselves huge stakeholders while on the other hand, Western imperialism has a duty to protect European land grabbers through a choreographed control of Kenya’s politics and economics.
A key obstacle is how the big shots will accept to give up their land without a fight and how the issue is likely to be addressed because some of the big landowners are in government where they are likely to steer policy away from nationalization as a key plunk of land redistribution. Apart from Uhuru Kenyatta who is a beneficiary of Kenyatta’s land-grabbing operations soon after flag independence in 1963 and who is a Deputy Prime Minister, Kibaki, the President, is another well-known
land grabber with vast parcels across the country. Moi, whose name features on the list of wealth and land grabbers in Kenya — ranging from the Ndungu Report to the Kroll Report, which alleges that Moi stole more than Ksh130 billion — has become a close ally of President Kibaki because they are birds of the same feather: land grabbers. Moi openly campaigned for Kibaki during the 2007 elections, probably expecting protection of his wealth. The Kroll Report is probably the most thorough documentation of what Moi stole from the Kenyan public during his twenty-four years of iron-fisted dictatorship so how does the coalition government begin to tackle the thorny issue of land that Moi may have grabbed during his twenty-four years of misrule when Kibaki, the President who appoints Commissions of Inquiries and who is himself a land grabber, is Moi’s closest buddy? Then, there is the obstacle posed by land owned by descendants of the so-called “white settlers” i.e. grandsons of former colonial masters who stole thousands of acres of land from Kenyans during the so-called “dark ages” of colonialism and who benefited from ninety-nine-year land leases soon after the betrayal of the Colonial Revolution to keep the stolen lands. Descendants of former white colonial masters are in full control of some of the most productive land in Kenya, owning plantations, huge settlement schemes and even game parks. These settlers have privatized vast chunks of national parks where they earn millions in tourist revenues, built five-star tourist hotels and made available multiple parks where game hunting by the world’s millionaires fetch millions of Kenyan shillings annually. Some of the best millionaire play grounds in Kenya are owned by sons and daughters of the settler community.
The so-called settlers have huge plantations where cash crops of choice are tea, coffee, pyrethrum and flowers, all grown for export. Earnings from these farms are routinely repatriated to Europe and America through Western-controlled horticultural industry that, nevertheless, employ Kenyan workers on starvation wages. Tourists pay these settlers directly to visit privatised game parks under settler control and the government has been well aware of this. In fact, part of concerns by British imperialism about chaos in Kenya following the stealing of Raila’s Presidency
and uncertainty about who was to take over power in Kenya hinged on fears that the equilibrium on the land question could be destabilized in a way that Kenya could become another Zimbabwe where white landowners have been chased away from farms grabbed before the outbreak of the Mugabe-led guerrilla war of liberation before the British negotiated a settlement.
Kenya is facing the same problem of foreign landowners so how will the landless be resettled when these foreigners have shown that they are not interested in relinquishing these lands for purposes of addressing the much-touted historical injustices? The question of white landowners in Kenya or big shots with vast pieces of land across the country is almost a taboo subject in Kenya so how will the issue of land redistribution be tackled if the subject itself is too sensitive for public discourse? The British government is known to have control of Kenyan politics. Will Number 10 Downing Street allow the Grand Coalition government to change the rules in the name of fair play on the question of land ownership in Kenya, a change that may affect British landowners and other foreign beneficiaries who have taken over the Coast of Mombasa and converted Malindi into a Mafia city centre? This brings us to the obstacle posed by Raila Odinga who has been trying his best since he became Prime Minister to please the British and the Americans. Initial reactions by the US government after election rigging indicated that the United States was not very interested in a Raila Presidency because his agenda was obscure to the United States. Raila had never led a government while he is one Kenyan who has enough reason to be unpredictable because of the way British and US imperialism treated his father whom the Imperialists regarded as a communist. Now, Raila has to show the British and the Americans that he can lead Kenya without putting imperialist interests at risk.
If the land issue is to be tackled adequately, land owned by white settlers have to be attached, or at least put on the map when a real solution is being drawn. One does not need to study political science to understand that as long as he will be alive, Raila will present himself as a Presidential candidate in 2012 to complete the political cycle of becoming Kenya’s President. For millions of Luos who back Raila, the son of Odinga has a historical responsibility of completing his father’s dream of rising to Kenya’s Presidency. Raila is a tactician and there is no reason to believe that he will not play his cards effectively to position himself as the winning candidate come 2012. Ethnic political blocks and voting patterns, which are unlikely to change dramatically in the next five years, are already in his favour and what he needs to do to seize the Presidency in 2012 is to consolidate the inter-ethnic support base he built in the run up to the Referendum while at the same time calming the fears of Western Imperialism whose concern is that he may be a communist under Liberal camouflage.
Whatever Raila does between the formation of the Grand Coalition and the next polls will be pure election campaigns albeit clothed in implementing government policy, supervising government ministries or coordinating the activities of these Ministries as part of his mandate as Prime Minister.
With this strategy in mind, Raila Odinga is unlikely to pursue a land policy that is hostile to imperialism and local landlords if he wants to clinch the big seat in 2012. He will try to articulate a land policy that will accommodate local and international capitalists and this kind of policy will compromise an effective and permanent solution to the land problem because land is not a commodity that could be imported from abroad to be distributed or created as a new commodity locally to sort out the land problem. It is a fixed asset that could help resettle the landless only if the big landowners are relieved of chunks of land to be distributed to their tillers with or without compensation. There is no short cut.
During the 2007 election campaign, Raila was constantly portrayed in PNU propaganda as the kind of person who will take over land belonging to the Kikuyu if he takes over power in Kenya. If Raila begins to pursue a land policy hostile to the interest of the big land grabbers in Kenya (including Kikuyu land grabbers), he will be playing against his own Presidential ambitions or engaging in partial political suicide. My view is that Raila will try to avoid the real solution to the land issue as long as possible because any radical land policy that questions the legitimacy of the big landowners or that puts huge tracts of land owned by some of his new friends like Kibaki will be incompatible with his future political agenda of rising to Kenya’s Presidency.
There is no shortcut to addressing the question of land without bringing in the element of nationalization of huge tracts of land into the picture — with or without compensation. Doing this will not just mean a shift in government policy but a radical ideological change opposed to the free market system of government that has converted land into a commodity for sale and allowed a few fat cats to own vast pieces of land when millions of Kenyans are landless. Any politician who talks about addressing the issue of land or resettling the landless without talking about nationalizing idle land owned by known land grabbers (be they local or international) is lying to the Kenyan people and should thus have his or her land policy investigated by the public. The question of nationalization of large pieces of land is probably the biggest obstacle standing in the way to a resolution of the land question in our country. Fantastic land policies could be drawn by the Minister for Lands and Settlement but if there is nothing in those policies that will end up resettling the landless at the end of implementation, such policies will remain propagandistic drafts that will postpone the solution to the land problem. The land issue in Kenya is complex and cannot be tackled here exhaustively. The purpose is to point out a few huddles on the road to addressing “historical injustices” that the coalition government that came into existence after election rigging may, in the long term, be unable to surmount under the prevailing and fragile political circumstances.
Book: Raila Odinga’s Stolen Presidency (pges 407-412) published in 2008
June 20, 2012
What we did last year
Once again, our organization is planing the big midsummer party in Gothemburg for this year and, just like the last 3 years, the benefits accruing out of the party will go to support a project in Kenya. You maybe remember that last year, we borrowed a roll-up from KSB and we got a lot of material to promote Kenya during the party. We even got some bags which were very useful and very appreciated. We thank KSB for the support.
We wonder if we could benefit again from a similar roll-up and if we could get some material like posters and other things that we can give away to children and other needy persons. You can see what we did last year in this attached video. This may give you an idea of what is going to happen next week.
We travel to Gothemburg next Thursday. For those who can help with material donations, my number is: 0739-244439. Our bank account is: Plusgiro: 174795 – 5. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Thank you in advance,
June 20, 2012
Being a member of any ethnic group in Kenya carries with it a burden. Whether you are a Luo, a Kikuyu, a Luhya, a Kalenjin, a Kamba, a Mjikenda or a member of any of the forty two ethinc groups that form the Kenyan nation, there is usually a distinct stereotyping of any of the ethnic groups, a situation that can create what I call “a burden”. It is a burden because the stereotyping may not apply for many Kenyans although, in many cases, the victims have to live with them. Under this circumstance, what is the burden of being a Luo? The following points could be true or false depending on how you look at them. This is not a blue-print but a rough guide of what it takes to be a Luo in Kenya.
In politics, you are always accused of supporting or being loyal to the political family of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga whose son, Raila Odinga, is currently the centre of gravity in Kenyan politics.
In football, you are likely to be accused of supporting Gor Mahia Football Club named after the legendry Luo fighter, Gor Mahia. Legend has it that Luanda Magere turned into a stone after his shadow was speared in battle following betrayal by a woman he was given to marry by the enemy. According to the legend, Gor Mahia’s humanity lay on his shadow, a secret that was discovered by the woman.
As a Luo, you are likely to be accused of being boisterous, proud and exhibitionistic especially if you purchase a Benz car, a plasma TV or a leather sofa set. As a Luo, you have to be prepared for accusations of being materialistic and showy even if you are not. The story goes that a Luo would rather secure a bank loan to purchase a comfortable sofa set even if such a move would interfere with the kitchen budget. The saying goes that a Luo would rather sit comfortably on such a sofa set, even on an empty stomach, rather than have plenty of food but sitting on a mat on the floor or a wooden stool.
As a Luo, you have to be prepared for accusations of being lazy especially on work related issues. Even if you break your back daily to earn a living, you will still have to face the accusation of laziness and the justification is that because of this laziness, there is constant shortage of tapped water in Kisumu city despite the city being home to the largest fresh water lake in Africa, Lake Victoria. Interestingly, the explanation behind the apparent laziness of Luos is borne out of the assumption that since all Luos are supposedly borne along the shores of Lake Victoria, they are more used to getting free fish from the lake daily than digging the soil then waiting for months for food to grow so that the harvesting season can come before people can eat. For a Luo (according to this school of thought), if there is no food in the morning, the Luo goes out into the lake and returns with plenty of fish. No planting or weeding or, sometimes, waiting for the rain to fall before planted seeds can begin to grow.
Loving the dead “too much”
Politically, a Luo will always face the accusation of “wanting to be in the opposition”. This accusation was born out of decades of political marginalization by the Kenyatta, the Moi and, now, the Kibaki government. With Luos playing no big role in government, they have always been forced into the opposition. Since February 2008, this accusation has reduced somewhat because Raila Odinga, a Luo, has been the Prime Minister thereby “removing the Luos from the opposition”. Many Luos must have been relieved of this burden as Raila continued to play his game in the Coalition government.
If you are a Luo, you have to be prepared for being accused of always “being power hungry”. The explanation is that Oginga Odinga, the first Vice President of Kenya, was power hungry and that this thirst for power is what drove him to part ways with Uhuru Kenyatta’s father, the late Mzee jomo Kenyatta. In the early 70s, some Kenyans tried to stage a coup against the Kenyatta government and a Luo was said to have led the coup before he was arrested. The reason was because Luos are always “power hungry”.
Then, in 1982, the government of former dictator Daniel arap moi was actually overthrown for some hours and the coup leader happened to have been Hezekia Ochuka, a Luo. For some Kenyans, this confirmed the perception that Luos were actually power hungry for how else could a Luo have led the coup? Ochuka was subsequently executed by Moi. Raila Odinga has had to face a lot of accusations of having been a key member of the 1982 coup plotters and it was not until after the 2007 elections that propaganda that Raila’s participation in the coup was due to thirst for power ended. The late Dr. Robert Ouko was allegedly killed by the Moi government because he was “power hungry”. At the time of his death, the explanation was that Western powers were grooming him to take over the leadership of Kenya and that when Moi heard about the plot, he killed Dr. Ouko.
Any Luo walking in town is usually seen as a fish monger. If you are a Luo born abroad and you have never tasted fish, you only need to say that your name is “Otieno” before you are awarded a “fish-monger’s” certificate.
If you are a Luo, then you just love the dead too much. You have too many rituals for the dead for no apparent reason. Tero buru, a ritual performed after burial, but which is increasingly becoming obsolete, remains a permanent mark of the Luo person even for those who do not know how Tero buru is usually conducted. In Kenya, Luos are routinely accused of turning funerals into feasting camps, in the process, draining the bereaved family which, sometimes, has to slaughter bulls to feed the mourners. I don’t have to go into the burden linked to accusations of Luo men always seeking to inherit the wives of the dead. According to one unproven theory, the sole reason why HIV/Aids is prevalent in Luo Nyanza is because wife inheritance is rampant in the province. This accusation has always been levelled despite lack of research to back it up.
Another burden of being a Luo is that you are always accused of thinking that Luos are the most learned, intelligent, smart and civilized people in Kenya. The saying goes that because of this intelligence, Luo leaders led by Oginga Odinga, decided to negotiate Kenya’s independence with the British colonialists as Kikuyus were being killed in the bush during the Mau Mau war. There is no validity in these accusations but then, if you are a Luo, then you may just have to face them or will, in a matter of time, face them in the future.
Because of these stereotyping, being a Kenyan Luo is not easy. What is the burden of being your tribe? Let us know.
June 19, 2012
A Kenya-Stockholm woman alleged to have deported her step daughter to Kenya following a romantic dispute between the daughter and the woman’s jungu hubby, has said that she is not responsible for her step daughter’s deportation.
Speaking to KSB on telephone, the woman said that she does not know the circumstances under which Adhiambo Sianda was deported. “I was equally surprised to read at KSB that she had been deported”, she said.
“I had disagreed with her and after she brought our disagreement to KSB, many people assumed that I was responsible for her deportation”, the woman told KSB. She sounded calm, relaxed and collected.
When asked whether it is true that Adhiambo had snatched her hubby, the woman said that it is wrong to use the word “snatch”.
“Adhiambo is a grown up girl and I always left her in the house with my husband because being my step daughter, I trusted her”, she said. “I think she was simply tempted to do what she did, probably thinking that such action would solve her problems”, she said. “To say that she snatched my husband is to suggest that we were in a kind of struggle which is not the case”, she added.
The woman disclosed that she had separated with her husband because after the incident, their relationship was untenable. She said that she brought Adhiambo to Sweden “to help her find something to do” but that the girl had let her down.
“She was a good girl but she got bad influence which led her to do bad things”, she told KSB.
When asked about who may have influenced Adhiambo, the woman said that there is a group of friends in Märsta who convinced Adhiambo that she had a bleak future unless she could befriend her jungu step father. “These same friends are now laughing at her after she was deported to Kenya”, the woman told KSB.
She said that after a lot of soul-searching, she had decided to contact KSB to tell her part of the story because her friends have accused her of wrong doing on grounds that she masterminded Adhiambo’s deportation.
“I want to make it known that although I was very disappointed with my girl, I am not the person who could have helped deport her to Kenya”, she said. “After all that she did, I thought about what I should do and forgave her because she did not know what she was doing”, the woman told KSB, adding that she is a devout Christian who does not believe in revenge.
She said that at first, she was bitter that the story had been published at KSB but that with time, she understood the circumstances. “That is why I have decided to use the same media to make Kenyans know that I have nothing to do with Adhiambo’s deportation”, she said. “Those who have been challenging me for having called police to deport Adhiambo should know that I have nothing to do with it”, she said.
June 19, 2012
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.
June 19, 2012
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.
June 18, 2012
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
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)