August 17, 2015
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Ballistic Attack on Raila Odinga over “Sour Sugar Deal” with Uganda was Propagandistic – Jared Odero
President Uhuru Kenyatta went ballistic during a recent meeting with international delegates in Nairobi and hit back on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who termed his “sour sugar deal” signed with the Ugandan government last week, as one which will disenfranchise Kenyan cane farmers, while benefiting sugar barons. Uhuru should learn to control his anger in public as it casts him in bad light, and shows he is a man who thinks having been brought up as pedigree using taxpayers money allegedly stolen by his parents, he should get everything his way.
To answer Uhuru’s tantrums, renowned author Barack Muluka penned a piece in the August 15th Standard newspaper titled: “Mr President, please get your act together, speak to us with decorum” which chided him for not using the occasion to explain to Kenyans the essence of the sugar deal. “The occasion was an astute moment for the President to justify some of the pacts under consideration between Kenya and Uganda, in the wake of his three days visit to Entebbe. A measured, methodical and reflective explanation of his position is likely to have gained him more mileage and empathy than this frenzied act”, wrote Muluka.
Jubilee noisemakers William Ruto (once accused of grabbing Adrian Muteshi’s farm) and Aden Duale (once mentioned in Parliament as dealing in illegal charcoal trade with Al Shabaab terrorists), picked the cue from Uhuru and went to Busia on August 15th for damage control, knowing so well that the Luhya community had caught them pants down lying about the Uganda sugar agreement. The Luhyas were “lured” last month with KSH1 billion by Jubilee to bail out the ailing Mumias Sugar Factory, which is based in Western Kenya. A section of the politically gullible Luhya politicians saw it as an opportunity to quit Raila’s CORD Coalition and went singing “Jubilee is the answer” to their economic progress, not knowing that the interest of Uhuru Kenyatta and his cronies is to maximize investments for personal gains, through public institutions.
For instance, part of the secretive Uganda trade deal includes exporting milk from Kenya. It is a fact that the publicly-funded Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) which was killed by former President Moi’s Rift Valley cartel and was later revived by former President Kibaki, has no capacity to produce enough milk for export, let alone meeting the local demand. How then, will it supply milk to Uganda? The answer is simple. Uhuru Kenyatta’s private Brookside Diary Limited (Brookside Diaries) will supply the milk since it has the capacity, having bought out rival milk processing plants in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. Online information indicates that: “In May 2015, Brookside Dairies paid Ksh3.5 billion (about US$40 million) for 51 percent shareholding in Sameer Agriculture & Livestock Limited, a diary processing company in neighboring Uganda, in which the Ugandan government maintains 49 percent shareholding.” Brookside is already established in Uganda, yet Jubilee sycophants are heralding the recent deal as good for the country, while it will only benefit the Kenyatta family.
Same forest, same monkeys, different eating positions
The Sunday Nation newspaper on August 16, 2015 has the headline: “Revealed: How sugar barons pushed Kenya to sign deal” with a section stating, “Mr. Museveni blamed Kenyan officials who did not understand the need for faster regional integration. “Some of the Kenyan officials are narrow-minded. They are trying to block sugar, milk and now chicken. If I said no to Kenyan products here, they would not like it,” Mr Museveni said. He vowed to take up the issue with his friend, President Uhuru Kenyatta.” How then, does Raila come into the picture yet Jubilee sycophants have rendered him “politically useless”? Ironically, no one else in Kenya gives them sleepless nights more than him, and that is why they go offensive at public rallies and on social media, when Raila reveals their rot. Jubilee should concentrate on delivering services instead of wasting taxpayers’ money traveling all over the country talking about Raila whom they deem “a non-issue.” Raila is a key Opposition leader and will talk against Jubilee at any time, since that is his work. As the Official Opposition Leader and chairman of KANU, Uhuru set a world record by crossing over to work with Mwai Kibaki’s government. He now wants Raila to work with his government so that when they squander public money, he does not mention it publicly.
During the post-election violence in 2007-08 when William Ruto was in the ODM, quite a number of Kikuyus in Stockholm were baying for his blood and demanded his head on a plate, since they blamed him for the alleged links to the Kiambaa Church massacre in Eldoret, which saw over 30 helpless Kikuyu women and children being burnt alive simply because they were Kikuyus, living among the Kalenjin. Today, that is forgotten because Ruto delivered the Kalenjin vote to Uhuru in 2013. His alleged sins have been washed away by the Kikuyus and he is now an accepted and respectable leader, whom they see as an astute businessman (despite all the nasty corruption scandals he is related with). It does not matter that some of the Kikuyus William Ruto is facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for, are still languishing in tattered camps as internally displaced persons (ICC). Ruto can now lecture Kenyans about human rights, justice for the girl-child, fair land distribution, etc., and is enthusiastic about being the next president of Kenya in 2022.
A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal by Matina Stevis, “Bad News Dims Kenya’s Star Power” is a tell-all about the deeply-rooted corruption in Kenya. See http://www.wsj.com/articles/bad-news-dims-kenyas-star-power-1439161933
The Kenyan presidency may have to wait another century before it produces a candidate for the Mo Ibrahim Prize which “celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee.” The goal of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is “to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development. Governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.” These indicators should be taken seriously by the executive leadership in Kenya. So far, the clowns leading the country have no iota of leadership excellence.
August 17, 2015
Agreement document shows Uhuru-Museveni’s sugar deal was not part of the agenda therefore it was discussed privately to benefit known people in Uhuru’s government.
On 10th August 2015, at 1806hrs, The following Communique between Kenya and Uganda was sent to Media Houses. Most MPS have asked for it. Here it is:
JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED DURING THE STATE VISIT BY H. E. UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
1. At the invitation of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta paid a State Visit to Uganda from 8th-10th August 2015.
2. The two Heads of State and their delegations held fruitful discussions on a number of issues of common interest at bilateral, regional and international levels. They expressed satisfaction at the strong bilateral relations existing between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to enhance further these relations.
3. President Museveni noted that Kenya exports to Uganda are estimated at $700 million compared to imports worth $180 million, and commended President Kenyatta for implementing initiatives that would contribute to bridging the trade gap. The two Heads of State observed that bilateral trade has potential to grow further and reaffirmed their commitment to the free movement of goods, Labour and services, including the elimination of all trade barriers.
4. The two Heads of State welcomed the establishment of the Uganda-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission as an important framework for deepening and expanding bilateral cooperation to a higher and more comprehensive level.
5. At the instruction of the two Heads of State, the delegations met at Ministerial level and discussed a range of bilateral issues. They decided to concretize agreed areas within the framework of the Joint Ministerial Commission.
6. President Museveni reiterated Uganda’s position to develop her oil refinery, noting that protracted engagement with the industry on the importance of an oil refinery for Uganda had delayed commercialization of the country’s petroleum resources.
7. On development of a crude oil export pipeline, the two Heads of State noted that oil in Uganda was discovered 9 years ago and therefore development of a crude oil export pipeline needed to be implemented expeditiously to avoid any further delay in commercializing the petroleum resources. On the refined products pipeline from Mombasa via Eldoret to Kampala, the Heads of State agreed to develop a reverse flow petroleum product pipeline capable of transporting imported petroleum products to Uganda and also from the refinery in Uganda to Kenya.
8. The two Heads of State agreed that regional integration is key to shared prosperity, expressed their deep commitment to integration of the East African Community and reaffirmed their support towards realization of the East African Political Federation.
9. The two Heads of State exchanged views on the political and security developments in the region. In this regard, they reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together with the respective Governments and other stakeholders in resolving outstanding challenges in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi.
10. The two Heads of State expressed their concern on the continuing peace and security challenges in the region, particularly the emergence of extremism and terrorism. They agreed to intensify joint efforts to counter terrorism.
11. During his visit, President Uhuru Kenyatta toured CIPLA Quality Chemical Industries, a Pharmaceutical plant located in Kampala manufacturing Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs) and Anti-Malarial drugs. He applauded the state of the art facility being run by Ugandan professionals and reiterated the desire to support important industries such as CIPLA which are located in the region and to be treated as domestic industries for purposes of procurement.
12. President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed a Business Forum which was attended by the private sector from the two countries. He encouraged the use of Forums to strengthen economic cooperation through establishing networks and partnerships to stimulate innovation and competitiveness in businesses. President Kenyatta witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) to promote common interests
13. On the third day of his visit His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the Parliament of Uganda on regional integration, peace and unity in the continent.
14. President Museveni expressed his appreciation particularly to Kenya and other nations that supported Uganda to overcome her past challenges.
15. His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta, expressed his appreciation to the Government and the People of the Republic of Uganda for the warm welcome and hospitality which was accorded to him and his delegation.
16. His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended an invitation to His Excellency, President Yoweri Museveni to visit Kenya on a date to be mutually determined through diplomatic channels.
Done on 10th August 2015 at Entebbe, Uganda
August 11, 2015
Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”
Place: The Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Address: Instrument Vägen 4
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August 6, 2015
Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”
Place: The Whistle”Club Mombasa”
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