Fresh Unanswered Questions on Kenya’s First Lady’s London Marathon Gimmick

Jared Odero:  "Beyond Zero" missing on official London's Marathon map of Charity initiatives!

Jared Odero:
“Beyond Zero” missing on official London’s Marathon map of Charity initiatives! That is the truth.

Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made world history by being the first holder of the title to participate in the London Marathon 2014, and finished the race after 7 hours 4 minutes. Her purpose was to raise awareness and funds to improve maternal and child healthcare in Kenya through her ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ initiative which was recently heavily criticized at the Kenya Stockholm Blog for wasting public resources. (See: https://kenyastockholm.com/2014/04/13/kenyas-first-ladys-beyond-zero-campaign-is-a-cheap-publicity-stunt/)

The London Marathon began in 1981 and has since taken place in the spring of each year. “As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. An iconic image of the event is the thousands of runners traipsing the streets to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out as a rhino, football mascot, giant tree, or escaped convict. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations.

The role of charities in the London Marathon hasn’t always been as prominent as it is today. In the early years, it was the runners who took it upon themselves to raise sponsorship money for their causes. In 1984, the London Marathon named its first ‘official charity’ and granted the Sports Aid Foundation some entry places to help their fundraising. The London Marathon has had one or two official charities every year since.

As charity involvement grew, the organisers decided to offer more places to a wider range of charities. In 1993, they introduced the Golden Bond scheme to enable charities to gain places. Under this scheme, hundreds of charities buy guaranteed entries for £300 each, which they then offer to the runners who’ve missed out on a ballot place. Runners who take one of these places commit to raise a four figure sum for their cause, often called a ‘pledge’.

Over the last 15 years, this scheme has grown and now includes more than 750 British charities with a total of 15,000 guaranteed places. Another 550 charities are involved in a Silver Bond scheme which guarantees one entry place every five years. The growth of charity involvement in the London Marathon has been so great the race has entered the record books. In 2007, £46.5 million was raised for good causes by runners, making the London Marathon a Guinness world record breaker as the largest single annual fundraising event in the world. In 2008, that record was broken again when £46.7 million was raised. In total, it is estimated that more than £500 million has been raised for hundreds of charitable causes by London Marathon runners since 1981.” (See: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/marathon-centre/history-london-marathon/charity-history/).

No Fund raising functions after First Lady’s race in London

Tax payer's money her husband embezzles through corruption is more than 100 times the money she is trying to raise in a fake Charity called "Beyond Zero"

Tax payer’s money her husband embezzles through corruption is more than 100 times the money she is trying to raise in a fake Charity called “Beyond Zero”. Wakenya must wake up and see “beyond deception”.

Since 2010, Virgin Money has been the official sponsor of the London Marathon, thus the name “Virgin Money London Marathon”. Its success in fundraising came with the online non-profit launch of “Virgin Money Giving” which assures donors and fundraisers that their money goes to the cause they are passionate about.

A thorough search on the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ gives no hit for ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign. One needs to register a charity here to get sponsorship. Moreover, charities participating in the London Marathon are based in the United Kingdom, although there is an international section on the Virgin Money Giving website. For instance, BBC HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur, raced for the charity “Just a Drop” which is an international water-aid charity registered in the UK, aiming to provide poor communities in the developing world with clean water. Sackur runs a page on the website ‘justgiving’: https://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Sackur which had received £3,435.76 by April 14th from 62 donors.

Why then, did the First Lady choose to participate in the London Marathon? According to information on the Beyond Zero website: http://beyondzero.or.ke/get-involved/2014-london-marathon “To highlight the HIV, Maternal and Child Health challenges facing disadvantaged women and children in Kenya, the First Lady will participate in the 2014 London Marathon. H.E the First Lady seeks to leverage on the global platform provided by the 2014 London Marathon to raise visibility of the issues and, mobilize resources to accelerate access to services.”

Apart from giving a speech in London during a reception by the Standard Chartered Group which donated to her cause, there were no other functions hosted for ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign. The First Lady could have raised more awareness by participating in TV discussions in London if she was serious about the plight of Kenyan mothers and children. However, she also celebrated her 50th birthday by hosting a private cocktail at the posh Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, attended by her team and some family members, including her mother in-law, former First Lady Mama Ngina.

Could the current First Lady not have begun by visiting all the 47 counties to talk and urge private and public stakeholders to sponsor Beyond Zero without wasting taxpayers’ money in London? Even if her goal is to raise Ksh500 million, how will she solve the growing scarcity of midwives, gynaecologists, doctors and other professionals, urgently required to improve maternal-child healthcare? Last year, Kenyans donated KSh 142 million plus change in 10 days, to support those affected by the Westgate terrorist attack. Nobody wasted taxpayers’ money abroad to run a marathon for the purpose.

Jared Odero

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  • only in South Africa
  • only in South Africa

    Child bridegroom: Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman after ‘dead ancestors told him to tie the knot’

    BySam Webb

    Published: 00:02 GMT, 11 March 2013 | Updated: 20:32 GMT, 24 March 2013

    An eight-year-old schoolboy has married a 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestor told him to.

    Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five.

    The boy, from Tshwane, South Africa, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for a wedding.

    They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months.

    Dressed in a bow tie and tiny silver suit, little Sanele, the youngest of five children, exchanged rings in front of 100 guests and even puckered up for a kiss.

    It’s already shocked the community but the family has defended the ceremony, saying it was just a ritual and not legally binding.

    Sanele’s 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: ‘This is the first time this has happened in the family.

    ‘Sanele is named after his grandfather, who never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her.

    ‘By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family.

    ‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.’

    With this ring: The boy’s family say the wedding was simply a ritual and not recognised in law

    The widow, who works at a recycling centre, added: ‘I would say that this is not wrong.

    ‘Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.’

    Sanele and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not have to live together. Both have gone back to their normal lives.

    Sanele today said he hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman his own age when he was older.

    He added: ‘I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to.

    The big day: Mrs Shabangu is already married and has five children with Alfred, a builder

    ‘I’m happy that I married Helen – but I will go to school and study hard.

    ‘When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.’

    Despite being old enough to be his grandmother, bride Helen, whose children are aged between 37 and 27, was happy with the arrangement.

    Helen, who also works at a recycling centre, said: ‘I’m married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted – and now they are happy.

    ‘It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.’

    Her husband of 30 years, Alfred, 65, said: ‘My kids and I are happy.

    ‘We don’t have problems with it but some of the community members were shocked.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2291324/Child-bridegroom-Eight-year-old-boy-marries-61-year-old-woman-dead-ancestors-told-tie-knot.html#ixzz2zAKUj6tL

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  • nurses in Kenya

    Migration of nurses dips by 37 percent
    Updated Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 23:43 GMT +3

    By ALLY JAMAH

    Kenya: The number of nurses leaving the country for greener pastures abroad has significantly reduced in recent years, a new report has revealed.

    The Kenya Nursing Workforce Report released in Nairobi yesterday, shows that between 2008 and 2012, at least 1,149 nurses applied to the National Nursing Council to have their qualification certified so that they can migrate.

    From 2008 to 2012, the average number of annual applications to migrate decreased to approximately 256, representing a 37.4 per cent decrease in annual applications compared to the previous nine years.

    Sixty-two per cent of applications to migrate were to the United States and three per cent to the United Kingdom compared to 33 per cent in the previous nine years.

    Applications to Canada stood at 13 percent and Australia got 10 per cent. In the previous nine years, Canada and Australia recorded two and five per cent respectively. Applications to other African countries remained steady at six per cent. The report also indicated that from 2008-2012, 826 nurses left the public health sector, with causes being retirement (37 per cent), death (28 per cent), dismissal (19 per cent), resignation (10 per cent) and transfer (6 per cent).

    However, the report shows that there are still very few nurses in the country with the ratio being 103.4 nurses per every 100,000 people.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 250 health care workers (doctors, nurses and midwives) per every 100,000 people.

    As of 2012, there were 50,025 nurses aged 60 years or younger registered to practice nursing in Kenya with 5,066 of them being older than 60 years.

    Workforce

    When comparing the ages of nurses employed in the public and faith-based sectors, the latter employs a higher percentage of young nurses aged between 21 and 30 years (26 per cent) compared to the public sector (six per cent). On the other hand, the public sector employs a higher percentage of nurses aged between 51 and 60 years (28 per cent).

    In Kenya, nurse deployment differs with respect to facility type.

    While hospitals only comprise 8.4 per cent of health facilities, 67.9 per cent of the nursing workforce is deployed in hospitals. Dispensaries comprise 72 per cent of health facilities, but only account for 17.7 per cent of nurses’ deployment.

  • Somalis terrorized in Eastleigh

    The Mob Justice of Kenya’s Somali Stop-and-Frisk

    By Jason Patinkin
    Fri Apr 18 2014

    Eastleigh, a bustling business district in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is home to thousands of ethnic Somalis—both Kenyan citizens as well as refugees from Somalia and Ethiopia. Every time I visit Eastleigh, I want to come back for the colorful street scene, the outdoor cafes, the late night shisha bars, and heaping plates of rice and camel meat. But ever since Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 to fight Al Shabaab militants, Eastleigh has become synonymous with terror.

    Kenya’s government and its majority population have long viewed Somalis with suspicion. In recent years, there’s been a trend of underpaid police using anti-terror operations as an excuse to round up and extort innocent Somalis.

    In the middle of March, there was another terror incident in Kenya. Gunmen shot up a church in the port city Mombasa, killing six people. Part of the government’s response was to order all refugees in Nairobi to report to refugee camps in the country’s north, apparently because refugees might harbor terrorists. There are over 500,000 Somali refugees in Kenya—mostly in the camps—but some 50,000 live in Nairobi too.

    After the order, I visited Eastleigh to see the mood. My first stop was a community health clinic, where I met Dr. Abdulkadir Warsame. Dr. Warsame said he was shocked at the directive to send refugees to the camps, and people were nervous that the police would follow through. Already, many of his patients stopped showing up for appointments.

    “People who need drugs are not here,” he said. “We have seen soldiers going around with their guns, so people are staying in their houses.”

    Besides the fear of being sent away, Dr. Warsame said residents were bracing themselves to bribe the police. Corruption among Kenyan police is well known across the country, but residents of economically thriving Eastleigh bear a bigger brunt. Police often take IDs from ethnic Somalis—Kenyan citizens, refugees, or illegal aliens—and refuse to return them until money is paid. Dr. Warsame has seen patrol cars from as far as Loresho, a wealthy suburb on the other side of Nairobi, driving to Eastleigh for a cut of the cake.

    “Eastleigh is the ATM of the police,” Dr. Warsame said.

    Since the police are accustomed to taking bribes, real criminals can easily buy themselves out of trouble. That night, I linked up with “Hassan,” an undercover cop in who works in Eastleigh, as well as other parts of Nairobi.

    Hassan is an ethnic Somali and an anti-terror hardliner. He picked me up at a restaurant and we drove to his latest stakeout, where he was trying to spot a terror suspect. We sat for hours chewing khat and peanuts and sipping Coke, waiting for the suspect to appear.

    Hassan said his informers regularly feed him intelligence about activities in the apartment buildings we were watching, but despite reporting it to his superiors, police hadn’t taken action. Hassan blamed the culture of bribery.

    “Getting intelligence [is] 100 percent,” he said. “The biggest challenge is corruption. If there is no corruption you could do your job.”

    “You investigate a case like a gun runner,” Hassan continued. “To me, it’s a small case to report to my boss… Arrest the guy for two days, then he goes to court, pays the judge, he’s released. He’s [either] given ten years prison, or free for 10,000 shillings ($115).”

    The problem goes beyond crooks, or even terrorists, walking free. It also endangers the lives of straight cops like him.

    “He returns to the same place,” Hassan said. “And you’ve created an enemy. You can’t do your work. We lost a guy in Dadaab [refugee camp]—they had a ceremony for the family, a 21 gun salute—if I follow that case, I’ll be the next person.”

    After a few hours, no one had shown up except for a car of teenagers smoking cigarettes and listening to Lil Wayne, so Hassan decided to do some more basic investigative work. He walked over to the teenage hipsters and they pounded fists.

    “You smoke banghi?” he asked, referring to the local variant of weed. They did, and gave Hassan the number of their dealer.

    “I’m not going for them,” he assured me after getting back in the car. “You go up and up until you get the big fish. Drugs, guns, and terror are all related.”

    We drove back to the center of Eastleigh, down Second Avenue. Even late at night it was full of people, including a line of non-Somali prostitutes on one corner. A police officer pulled a Somali teenager by the wrist past the women and into an alley. Hassan said the boy will pay a bribe and be released soon, but the police won’t bother with the sex workers.

    “The police will pass three or four [non-Somali] Kenyans but he will go straight to Kenyan Somalis,” he said

    On March 31, a few days after my visit with Hassan, three bombs, hurled at some restaurants in Eastleigh, killed six and injured dozens.

    I went to the scene the day after. Holes in the concrete showed where the explosions occurred, peeled back metal and crumbled brick showed their force. There was shattered glass and blood.

    The authorities blamed Al Shabaab or its sympathizers. But a few of the Somali locals, gathering at the scene the next day, quietly took a different view. “These small bombings must be a local business rivalry, or a gang,” they said, “Just please don’t blame us.”

    Already, reports of operations against Somalis had trickled out. I wanted to see for myself. so I linked up with Mohamed Noor Ismail, the chairman of Eastleigh’s volunteer community police. Mohamed described his position as “in-between” police and the community. He helps tip off cops to criminals, but also advocates for wrongly arrested Somalis. He’s the sort of guy who knows everyone, and who loves introducing you to yet another person he knows in Eastleigh.

    We headed to Pangani police station. Trucks of paramilitary police called GSU rumbled past the station, where dozens of women wrapped in dark shawls waited to see relatives locked up inside. Every 20 minutes, police brought a fresh batch of detainees.

    One distraught woman poked her head through our car window. She said she’d been waiting to see her son since 2PM. “If I pay 30,000 shillings ($345) he is going to be released,” she said, with tears on her face. “But they’ll just arrest him tomorrow. What’s the point?”

    And 30,000 shillings is a hefty bribe, but Mohamed said — with complete seriousness — that police accept wire transfers from relatives abroad. “They’ll even give you their phone to call your family,” he told me.

    Mohamed’s phone rang constantly as people called him for help. In other days, he might be able to get their relatives out, but not during an operation like this. He wouldn’t even get out of the car, let alone step into a police station. “They have something called ‘obstruction of justice,’” he said, his voice trailing off.

    Soon the cells filled up, and the police began loading detainees onto trucks to take elsewhere. Seeing some of their relatives, the waiting women rushed the gate, but police chased them away with sticks.

    Nearing midnight, we left Pangani station. We went through three police checkpoints in two blocks, mostly manned by new recruits carrying truncheons instead of guns. We could smell the booze on their breath when they stuck their heads and flashlights into the car to check our IDs.

    Unlike my last visit, Second Avenue was empty except for the police. Even the prostitutes’ corner was deserted. The only Somalis around were pulled into police vans by their shirt collars.

    Mohamed shook his head seeing his neighborhood like that. “This is collective punishment,” he said. “Just because they look like Somalis. It’s mob justice.”

    The operations escalated throughout the week. Police began carrying out daytime raids. I returned with Mohamed and we went to Dr. Warsame’s clinic.

    Abdullahi, an 18-year-old refugee from Somalia, sat in the open-air waiting room. He said police entered his girlfriend’s home earlier in the week, taking her and her two sisters to jail. The family was trying to raise enough money to pay her way out.

    Adullahi said he’d been arrested six times since 2011, despite his papers being in order. Each time he bought his freedom for 5,000 shillings, or about $55. He won’t leave his house after 6PM for fear of cops.

    “They say all Somalis are terrorists,” he says. “They don’t believe in refugees. Even if you have a mandate [the UN-issued document that allows refugees to stay in Nairobi], they don’t respect it.”

    At around 2PM, Mohamed got a call that police were raiding an apartment building. We drove over, passing two checkpoints where truckloads of GSU fanned out into the streets.

    Police streamed up and down the building’s stairwells. They’d been there the day before, but apparently hadn’t finished their work. Seeing our press badges and cameras, they quickly left, slipping IDs back to their rightful owners. One woman named Ubah Bile Omar who had been arguing with an officer didn’t take comfort though. “As soon as you leave they’ll be back,” she said.

    Evidence of mistreatment was everywhere. People flooded onto the stairwell to tell us their stories. We saw big, dusty bootprints on doors and splintered doorframes. In one room, 18-year-old Yasmin pulled aside her long orange headscarf to reveal a massive purple bruise on her shoulder. The police did it, she said, when they tried to arrest her.

    On the top floor, a 20-year-old Kenyan citizen named Farhiya Mohamed Ibrahim said police smashed through the heavy metal lock on her front door with the butts of their gun. She said she was afraid to open when they knocked, because her husband wasn’t home to protect her. Kenyan police have been accused by Human Rights Watch of raping lone Somali women during previous operations.

    “They broke down the door,” Farhiya told me. “They went through our pockets, they checked our bags, they searched everywhere in the home, they broke my makeup kit. Then they see my documents are genuine and they say, ‘Why are you fearing us?’”

    Corruption isn’t unique to Nairobi, and it’s not hard to get a fake ID after crossing the porous Somali border, so it’s understandable that police want to make sure Kenyan IDs are legit. But why did an anti-terror crackdown morph into a sweep for illegal aliens?

    “We’re people who all ran away from Al Shabaab,” says Omar, a refugee from Mogadishu. “All of us [in this building] know each other. We wouldn’t allow Al Shabaab here. We’d report it.”

    There’s no telling when the operation will end. Kenya’s interior minister said they would continue until Nairobi is “clean.”

    So far, over 4,000 people have been arrested nationwide and 82 have been deported to Somalia. But police haven’t announced any charges in connection with the three explosions that killed six people on March 31.
    http://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2014/Apr/54146/the_mob_justice_of_kenya_s_somali_stop_and_frisk.aspx

  • Democracy pages

    New -Nazis in Ukraine threatening minorities and they are Ant-Semitism>(people who hate Jews )

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/ukraine-religious-threats/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • Kiboko la Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto selecting Somali businessmen in Nairobi—http://deepcogitation.com/2014/04/16/farah-maalim-government-ochestrating-terrorism/

  • Poverty in Kenya

    Nearly half of Kenyans live in abject poverty, a new World Bank report reveals
    Updated Friday, April 18th 2014 at 20:56 GMT +3

    By WINSLEY MASESE

    Nearly half of Kenyans live in abject poverty, a new World Bank report reveals. This is second after Burundi, which has 67 per cent of its population poor, followed by Rwanda at 44.9 per cent.

    According to the World Development Indicator (WDI) released last week, Uganda has the lowest poverty levels at 24 per cent with Tanzania’s standing at 28 per cent.

    However, Kenya showed its prowess in generating national income in the region. East Africa’s largest economy created about Sh74 billion ($860 million) as Gross National Income (GNI) in 2012.

    Rwanda, which has enjoyed a favourable ranking by the World Bank in the ease of doing business emerged as Kenya’s closest rival generating about Sh51 billion (600$ million).

    Access to clean water

    Burundi reported the lowest GNI of Sh20 billion ($240 million), half as that of Uganda with Tanzania registering $30 million shy of Rwanda.

    Kenya also performed below par compared to its neighbours, with only 55 per cent of the rural population able to access clean and safe water. Burundi leads the pack at 73 per cent.

    About 68 per cent of the rural population in Rwanda access water while in Tanzania, 44 per cent are able. As an indication of being the most industrialised nation in the region, Kenya had about 0.3 per cent of the carbon dioxide emissions as a percentage of the per capita, the highest in the region.

    Rwanda and Uganda have their emissions at 0.1 per cent with Tanzania’s standing at 0.2 per cent.

    Burundi had no emissions, making it the most environment-friendly country to live in.

    In primary school enrollment, Burundi outsmarted the region registering the highest primary school enrollment, at 137 per cent followed by Rwanda at 134 per cent.

    Kenya emerged third at 112 per cent with Uganda and Tanzania registering 110 and 93 per cent, respectively. The WDI is a compilation of relevant, quality, and internationally comparable statistics about global development and the fight against poverty.

    Â “It intends to help policymakers, students, analysts, professors, program managers, and citizens find and use data related to all aspects of development, including those that help monitor and understand progress toward the two goals of the World Bank Group,” it said.

    shared prosperity

    Some of the global objectives by the bank include ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity targeting to uplift one million people a week from extreme poverty for the next 16 years.

    The highlights present some of the key trends in topics such as poverty, health, education, gender, the environment, the economy, governance, investment, aid, trade, debt and capital flows.

    It also provides an overview of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, the people, the environment, the economy, States and markets, and global links.

  • Ruto witnesses to ICC

    Press Release : 17/04/2014

    Ruto and Sang case: Trial Chamber V(a) summonses eight witnesses to appear and requests the Kenyan Government’s cooperation

    ICC-CPI-20140417-PR996

    ​Situation:​ Situation in the Republic of Kenya
    ​Case:​The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang

    Today, 17 April 2014, Trial Chamber V(A) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted, by majority, the Prosecutor’s request to subpoena eight Kenyan witnesses to appear before the Trial Chamber in the trial of the case against Samoei William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang.

    According to the Prosecution, those eight witnesses are now no longer cooperating or have informed the Prosecution that they are no longer willing to testify. Before rendering the decision, the Chamber received written and oral observations from the Defence counsel, the legal representative of victims, and the Attorney-General of Kenya. In their decision, the Chamber decided, by majority, to grant the request to compel the attendance of the witnesses.

    The Chamber considered that the decision was amply supported by both general international law and the provisions of the Rome Statute, to the effect that the Rome Statute States Parties did not intend to create an ICC that is ‘in terms a substance, in truth a phantom’. Rather, they must be presumed to have created a court with every necessary competence, power, ability and capability to exercise its functions and fulfil its mandate in an effective way. These include the power to subpoena witnesses. In that connection, the Chamber found that there is unity among international law, the Rome Statute, the Constitution of Kenya and the laws of Kenya concerning its dealings with the ICC.

    In the result, the Chamber found that the Government of Kenya has an obligation to cooperate fully with the Court: by serving the subpoenas to the witnesses and by assisting in compelling their attendance before the Chamber, by the use of compulsory measures as necessary.

    Trial Chamber V(a) directed the Registry of the Court to prepare and transmit a cooperation request to the Republic of Kenya for: (i) the service of summonses by the Government of Kenya on these eight witnesses, (ii) assistance in compelling and ensuring the eight witnesses’ appearance before the Chamber by video-link or before the Chamber convened on the territory of Kenya and (iii) the Government of Kenya to make appropriate arrangements for the security of the eight witnesses until they appear before the Court.

    Background: Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. Opening statements were made on 10 September before the ICC Trial Chamber V(a).

    The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

    http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/doc/doc1766909.pdf

  • Ruto witnesses to ICC

    How victims lawyer sealed Ruto’s fate at the ICC
    Updated Friday, April 18th 2014 at 22:26 GMT +3

    By FELIX OLICK

    Nairobi, Kenya: Submissions by the lawyer representing victims of the post-election violence sealed the fate of Deputy President William Ruto as it prompted International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to order the Government to force eight witnesses to testify against him.

    The judges were quick to point out that arguments by High Court advocate Wilfred Nderitu captured the correct interpretation of Kenya’s laws, as opposed to those by Attorney General Githu Muigai.

    The ruling could be a pointer to a looming showdown between the Government and the ICC, which appears to have taken a hard-line position against Kenya especially on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s financial records.

    In their 78-page decision issued on Thursday, the judges gave Nderitu the thumbs up for correctly interpreting the Kenyan law, which they said Attorney General Githu Muigai had deliberately avoided.

    “Mr Nderitu is the counsel for victims in this case. He is a member of the Bar of Kenya,” the three-judge bench said. “The Chamber is persuaded that Mr Nderitu’s position summarises the correct answer to the question addressed in this part of the decision.”

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    The judges said that in the course of oral submissions, Prof Muigai and Ruto’s defence counsel Karim Khan had evaded telling the chamber whether there was any Kenyan law that prohibits Kenya from complying with the prosecution request.

    “The Attorney-General and the Defence avoided giving an answer to that question,” the judges observed.

    They added: “Considering the vigour with which they opposed this application, the Chamber is confident that the Defence and the Attorney-General would have brought any such law to the attention of the Chamber,”

    When he appeared at The Hague on February 15, The Government chief legal advisor told the judges not to contemplate issuing such orders on Kenya insisting that it offends the International Criminal Act.

  • misplaced priority

    Margaret Kenyatta should ask Mama Ngina to sell some of their bigs pieces of land they stole from Kenyans to buy the mobile clinics she dreams about. While busy walking at the London Marathon at least five children died of preventable diseases like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. Kenyans need water more than mobile clinics. She can save millions of lives by drilling boreholes with the 500 million shillings she plans to raise.

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  • Kenyan nurses in UK

    “There are 15,000 Kenyan nurses and allied medical staff working in the NHS. Together with local staff and thousands of other foreign medicos, they work hard to keep the world’s most envied health system ticking.”
    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/lifestyle/article/2000109786/elderly-kenyan-heart-patient-pleasantly-surprised-to-receive-swahili-by-a-nurse?pageNo=1

  • Kenya going West

    Flip-flopping Kenya Needs the West Again

    Professional Journalist: IQ4News Kenya Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 – 11:48

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    Editor’s Choice

    By Joab Apollo

    In a classic case of eating one’s words or biting the finger that feeds you, Kenya finds itself in an unpleasant situation in the eyes of the Western World.

    Other than the International Criminal Court (ICC) case facing President Uhuru Kenyatta over accusations of masterminding the 2008 post-election ethnic violence in Kenya, that claimed the lives of 1300 people and displaced scores, the words of certain leaders in the run up to the March 4, 2013 presidential election have come to haunt the country.

    During and after the campaigns, the leaders unashamedly said that the country is so rich in resources that it would not need western nations in quest for trade and economic ties.

    “We don’t need the west. They need us,” an MP would howl at a political rally amid ululations from fanatical supporters.

    They said Kenya would be better off with China.

    Choices Have Consequences

    This was in response to assertion by former US Assistant Secretary of States in charge of African Affairs, Ambassador Johnny Carson that the US would not work with an individual indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.

    “Choices have consequences.” Carson charged.

    And true to the Kenyan political leaders’ words, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first international visit as the Head of State of Kenya was to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jingping, drawing wider public debate about the country’s foreign policy.

    “As long as we work hand in hand, China-Kenya friendship will become more magnificent than Mount Kenya and the prospect of China-Kenya mutually beneficial corporation will become broader than Maasai Mara.” China’s Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Guanyuan, said of the visit.

    During the visit, President Kenyatta, accompanied by dozens of corporate heads from Kenya, inspected a gourd of honour mounted by the Chinese forces and gave a key note address at an event hosted by industry captains in China.

    “China and Kenya straddle a geography that abounds with opportunity. The Indian Ocean Rim brings together countries having immense comparative advantages. China is a prodigiously endowed superpower. India is an emerging technological and industrial innovation phenomenon.” Kenyatta told the high-profile meeting.

    “Our context is stronger bilateral relationship and more robust business ties. I have come to China so that we can candidly explore opportunities of mutual benefit so that our countries, Governments, businesses and citizens can commence the work of sustaining and accelerating growth.” He added

    His Asian forays was viewed as calling the bluff of US President Barack Obama, who snubbed Kenya in his 2013 visit to Africa that took him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, Kenya’s neighbour.

    While Obama said he would come to Kenya, analysts linked the ICC charges facing Kenyatta as the reason for the snub. His deputy William Ruto is also charged with murder, rape and forceful eviction of population by the Hague-based court.

    Even though China has asserted its authority in Kenya, benefiting from government tenders, its popularity has waned amongst Kenyans.

    Scandals

    It has been mentioned in the Standard Gauge Railway Project Scandal, which whistle-blowers and a section of legislators, claim is robbing Kenya of Ksh. 500 billon. The scandal was first revealed by Alex Keter, MP for Nandi Hills Constituency, and a member of President Kenyatta-led Jubilee Alliance.

    The government has denied dirty dealings in the project, but investigations into the matter have not been presented to the public.

    The Chinese have also refuted allegations of wildlife poaching despite several of them being nabbed by police. Kenya has been losing wild animals at an alarming rate, with activists calling for the government to declare it a national disaster.

    Despite shrugging off the influence of the West, the past one month has painted a different picture. What is now evident is a country ceding ground.

    President Kenyatta has been on a tour to Belgium and Turkey, in what State House sources term as building trade and investment ties with Europe. Besides that, Kenyan First Lady, the affable Margret Kenyatta, camped and took part in the London Marathon, finishing 42 kilometer, albeit after 7 hours.

    This was part of her “Beyond Zero” campaign to raise awareness and funds to improve maternal and child care in Kenya, currently in a worrying state.

    The campaign, launched in January-where he also participated in a Nairobi Women’s Marathon, has been criticized by a section of Kenyans who view it as a publicity stunt disguised as an initiative to save poor mothers but is actually aimed at attracting the attention of the West, particularly Britain.

    “President Kenyatta promised free maternity to women, why run in London, spending tax payer’s money?” posted one Kenyan on face book.

    “It’s disgusting that 50 years after independence, we have to run in London to save expectant women and children from dying in the hospitals.” Posted another one.

    Kenya has also called upon Europe and America to help in the war against the Al-shabaab militants, a group that is killing and maiming Kenyans with gay abandon.

    The country is grappling with an overwhelming public sector wage bill, standing at Ksh. 458 billion, which is 12% of the gross domestic product. Trade unions threaten to keep up with industrial boycotts as thousands in the civil service continue to go without pay.

    It expects the west to cushion it.

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  • Otieno mac Onyango

    Missing Airman from the 1980th military coup in Kenya.32 years yet the govt has not contacted his family>

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    First Lady Margaret should run another Marathon to raise awareness about Al Shabaab bombings in Kenya. #SomeoneTellFirstladyMargaret.

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