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.
raila is a gd leader hehe crazy people point of correction Uhuru is a gd leader ever nd we dont care if u owese continue to shit on him coz of yr tribe in our language kikuyu we say luos those who hate government of Uhuru mukuigua uguo coz he wil continue to lead whether u guys like it or nt lol yr hate wil nt change wat he is doing in the government shidweni milele!!! So take it or leave it Uhuru pap 2017!!
MARTHA KARUA leaves RUTO naked after his lies – If he reads this, he will cry again
by Ainra Afaafa
Wednesday August 19, 2015 – Narc Chairperson, Martha Karua, has told Deputy President William Ruto to stop lying to Kenyans that he was sacked from the Cabinet in 2008 by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for cancelling sugar deals.
On Tuesday, Ruto said he was sacked by the former PM for degazetting 16 firms, found to have dumped cheap sugar from Non-COMESA countries in the country.
But addressing a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday, Karua who was the Justice and Constitutional Minister during that time said Ruto was not sacked over the sugar deals but for stealing Sh 272 million from Kenya Pipeline Company.
“William Ruto was sacked as Agriculture Minister for fraudulently selling nonexistent land to the Kenya Pipeline Company,” Martha Karua said.
The ‘Iron Lady” also opposed the Kenya/ Uganda sugar deal saying the importation of cheap sugar into Kenya will kill the economy of Western Kenya.
Meanwhile, Homa Bay Women Representative, Gladys Wanga, has revealed that the swearing in of Water and Irrigation Minister, Eugene Wamalwa, was delayed by William Ruto last month for fear that some irrigation deals from the Agriculture Ministry will be taken over by the Irrigation Ministry.
Wanga said that one of the irrigation projects Ruto is alleged to have pocketed billions of shillings from is the multi-billion Galana Kulalu Irrigation Project.
Read more: http://www.kenyan-post.com/2015/08/martha-karua-leaves-ruto-naked-after.html#ixzz3jL6ns8lz
Cabinet shake-up in Kenya as William Ruto is sacked
Kenya’s president Mwai Kibaki in an unusual but not surprising move has sacked Higher Education Minister, William Ruto. The decision to remove Ruto from the cabinet seems to have stemmed from the disparity between him and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Ruto is deputy leader of Oding’a Orange party but hailing from a different tribe. Ruto is also currently facing corruption charges, and a constitutional Court ruling on a six-year-old corruption case accusing him of illegally selling land to a state corporation, may have been effected, and that has seen his removal from office.
William Ruto is the tentative leader of the Kalenjin community in the volatile Rift Valley region. He is also looked upon as a prospective presidential candidate for the 2012 elections. The rift between Ruto and Odinga seems to have emanated from differences between the two men over the handling of jailed youths from the Rift Valley who were implicated in the post-election violence. Ruto also opposed Odinga’s stand regarding encroachment of the Mau Forest Complex, the region’s biggest forest block, which had been invaded by members of Ruto’s Kalenjin community. Prime Minister had favoured their eviction but William Ruto had demanded that they should be compensated before they were moved out.
The relationship between Odinga and Ruto is now beyond salvation, especially after Ruto led the campaign against the passing of the new constitution, a stance that was seriously opposed by Odinga. In the process, Ruto was able to muster well over two million votes, which firmly established him as an independent political force. According to Ruto, if he could garner such a following in a such a short time, what would he be able to do between now and election time in 2012? William Ruto’s departure from the cabinet is seen by many as a confirmation that Raila Odinga has become a potent force working hard as an ally of Kibaki, something unthinkable just a few months back.
A lot of people have also interpreted Odinga’s move as being partly motivated by the fact had Ruto had led a rebel faction composed mainly of Kalenjin MPs in opposing Odinga within the Orange party. Whether the corruption charges hanging over the head of Ruto wil stop him from solidifying his political base, only time will tell. But he is a force to be reckon with and might potentially ruin the chances of Odinga ever becoming president of Kenya, a dream the Prime Minister had held for a very long time.
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Ruto transferred, Keter sacked in Cabinet reshuffle
William Ruto has been moved to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in a Cabinet reshuffle April 21, 2010. Photo/FILE.
William Ruto has been moved to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in a Cabinet reshuffle April 21, 2010. Photo/FILE.
President Kibaki on Wednesday made changes in the Cabinet in a mini-reshuffle that saw Eldoret North MP William Ruto moved from Agriculture to the less glamorous Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology.
Mr Kibaki also sacked Charles Keter (Belgut MP) as assistant minister for Energy, in a move that analysts said sent a clear message against dissenting voices in the constitution review campaign.
Sally Kosgey, who was in charge of the Higher Education docket, took over at Agriculture minister while Kipkelion MP Mergerer Langat, a key ally of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, replaced Mr Keter.
A statement from the Presidential Press Service said Mr Kibaki made the changes after consultations with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Analysts said Wednesday’s changes largely affected the ODM side of the coalition which has been rocked by disagreements between Mr Ruto and Mr Odinga over policy and political issues.
Mr Ruto, a deputy leader in ODM, is the only Cabinet minister who has rejected the draft constitution and has openly disagreed with Mr Odinga over various issues including reclaiming of Mau forest, the fight against corruption and lately the draft constitution.
Mr Ruto has led about 20 MPs from the Rift Valley in campaigning against the draft constitution and denouncing the government’s efforts to restore the Mau forest by evicting illegal settlers.
In February, Mr Odinga suspended Mr Ruto and Education minister Sam Ongeri from the Cabinet for three months so that they could be investigated for alleged corruption amid growing international pressure to deal with rampant graft in government.
But Mr Kibaki overturned the suspension, saying that the PM did not have powers to remove ministers from office.
Mr Ruto had been implicated in the subsidised maize scam, but survived a vote of no confidence in parliament, while Prof Ongeri’s name was mentioned in the disappearance of funds intended for free primary education.
Other changes included the appointment of Trade minister Amos Kimunya as acting Minister for Transport to replace Chirau Mwakwere whose election was nullified recently by the High Court.
Samuel Kazungu Kambi (Kaloleni MP) was appointed assistant minister for Medical Services to replace Danson Mungatana who resigned in April last year.
North Mugirango MP Wilfred Ombui, who won a by-election against PNU’s Joel Onyancha, was appointed Assistant Minister for State for National Heritage and Culture.
The development is a blow to Mr Ruto and a group of MPs mainly from the Rift Valley who are seen as standing in the way of Kenya crafting a new constitution as they lead the “No” campaign.
Ruto was sacked for failing integrity test, not sugar – Martha Karua
August 20, 2015 BY RAMADHAN RAJAB
Deputy President William Ruto was “insincere” about his sacking in 2011, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has said. Karua said Ruto was fired for failing the integrity test, which all public servants were to undergo as outlined in Chapter Six of the Constitution, and not because he cancelled sugar barons’ licences.
“Back then I was a member of the backbench in parliament we raised the issues of integrity against Ruto as he was facing a fraud case regarding Ngong forest land. He had taken cash from Kenya Pipeline in exchange of that land that was non-existent,” she said on Wednesday. Speaking at her party headquarters in Nairobi, Karua said the DP should give the list of all companies and individuals whose sugar licences were revoked, backed up by information on how they had been approved.
“Following our agitation in Parliament and the Hansard can bear me witnesses him and other minister whom I can’t mention here because isn’t part of the debate now were removed from Cabinet.” The Courts later dismissed the land case against Ruto after a key witness failed to testify. She faulted the government for withholding information concerning the Uganda-Kenya deal, saying this escalated the sugar debate, which is a disservice to government itself and the people of Kenya.
“There is nothing strange by importing commodities from our neighbour countries, however the Constitution demands that before such decisions are made the public must get full disclosure of the details so as they can interrogate it to avoid scenarios of flooding Kenya with cheap sugar that might make our farmers more,” she said. – See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/ruto-was-sacked-failing-integrity-test-not-sugar-martha-karua#sthash.fJNXC5L7.dpuf
Ruto triumphs in Kenya fraud case
By Rob Jillo | April 12, 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – A Nairobi Court has thrown out a fraud case against Eldoret North MP William Ruto, his Baringo Central counterpart Sammy Mwaita and businessman Joshua Kulei involving the sale of land to the Kenya Pipeline Company 10 years ago.
It was the case that led to the suspension of Mr Ruto from the Higher Education docket.
The ruling comes barely a day after Mr Ruto returned from The Hague where he and five other Kenyans appeared before the International criminal Court over the 2008 post-election violence.
The prosecution had called 20 witnesses to the stand but the court ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to place the three on their defence.
“The evidence adduced by the prosecution does not support the particulars of the charges facing the accused persons,” Nairobi Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei ruled.
“The prosecution has not proved any prima facie (on the face of it) case against all the accused and I hereby acquit them for lack of evidence.”
Mr Ruto, Mr Mwaita and Mr Kulei – who was an aide to retired President Daniel arap Moi – had been accused of fraudulently selling forest land to the Kenya Pipeline Company but the court did not feel there was proof beyond reasonable doubt that they received money from KPC.
In his ruling, Mr Mutembei said there was no evidence that Mr Ruto, Mr Kulei and Mr Mwaita and five companies associated with them received any money from the company. The magistrate also said the prosecution failed to call Hellen Njue, KPC\’s Finance Officer who allegedly released the money to the accused persons.
“The prosecution didn\’t call its star witness Hellen Njue – who purportedly released the money to the accused persons. Therefore the court finds that there is no evidence that Ms Njue released money to the accused,” Mr Mutembei ruled.
Through his lawyers, Mr Ruto had asked the court to acquit him without calling him to the witness stand to defend himself.
Immediately after the court\’s pronouncement Mr Ruto addressed the media and said the case was politically motivated and that they shouldn\’t have been dragged to court in the first place. He said it was politically expedient for him to be brought to court but it has taken him close to 10 years for the truth to come out.
“It is absolutely clear to all and sundry that this case was bound to fail from the word go because it was not about criminal justice. It was about political persecution,” he said. “It has been clear in my mind all along that this case would fail. And the truth has come out.”
He said that all previous attempts to link him to scandals had failed citing the maize scandal in which, he said; he was cleared by all government bodies including the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission.
He said all other cases ahead of him, in an apparent reference to The Hague trial would also fail.
“I am an innocent man. Yet again this ruling has vindicated me. And I am sure all the others ahead of me will face the same fate because I am an innocent man.”
He said he believed that the truth would emerge.
“I thank God that you cannot hire truth or rent or sell the truth. I am happy that this truth has finally come out,” he said.
During investigations, the court heard that various companies involved in the sale of Ngong forest were Berke Commercial Agencies and Celtic Multisystems Companies associated with the Eldoret North MP.
The Chief Conservator at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is said to have confirmed to the investigating team that 33 plots passed to KPC were forest land and could not be sold to anybody.
He told the court that the parcels of land were not part of the 82 hectares that were degazetted from Ngong forest in 1996.
Mr Ruto had denied receiving Sh9.9 million from Ms Njue after saying he was in a position to sell 1.745 hectares of land which belonged to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at Ngong Forest.
He is alleged to have further received Sh57.8 million for the sale of two parcels and another Sh28 million for a parcel of land in the same forest.
Berke Commercial Agencies has been accused of falsely obtaining the monies from KPC in 2001.
Mr Kulei faced charges of obtaining Sh58 million from KPC between August 6 and September 6, 2001 while Sammy Mwaita has denied three counts of abuse of office for allegedly consenting the transfer of the parcels of land before they were degazetted.
Kenya lifts ban on Uganda sugar
The Fourth Estate
Published on: April 1, 2015 at 3:25 am
Kenya has lifted the ban on import of Uganda’s sugar; a move set to give local manufacturers more opportunities in East Africa’s largest economy.
The decision to lift the ban was made at a regional meeting of leaders from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda last week in Kigali.
“The two states signed a protocol that waived off the ban on export of Uganda’s sugar to Kenya that had affected trade in the last two and half years ,”Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs told Afrika Reporter.
Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem
“That matter has now been resolved, Kenya now allows Ugandan sugar to go there. In fact Kenya has given us a quota of 97,000 metric tonnes that Uganda can export to Kenya per year. ,” Oryem noted.
The three countries plus South Sudan form the northern corridor. Uganda had been locked in trade dispute with Kenya since 2011 when claims emerged that traders from Uganda were simply repacking cheap sugar from COMESA countries for resale in other regional markets.
This saw Kenya slap a ban on Uganda sugar in October 2012, which was later replaced by stringent vetting of consignment that takes up to three months before shipment permits are issued.
This decision coincides with that of COMESA to give Kenya a one year extension on sugar safeguards from regional states thereby limiting the entry of sweetener into the East African nation.
The news of lifting the ban on export of Uganda’s sugar to Kenya has excited both traders and manufacturers of Sugar in Uganda. Everesto Kayondo chairperson of Kampala City Traders Association says this will improve trade in sugar.
Ballan Hassan, one of the managers at Kakira Sugar Works Ltd,the leading sugar producing company welcomed the decision taken by Kenya. He says the company would increase production volume since they had reduced production after the ban was imposed.
Annually, six established Uganda sugar manufacturers have a capacity of 373,000 metric tonnes of Sugar of which, 70,000 metric tonnes is consumed locally and the rest is exported to South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania.
The manufacturers are Kakira Sugar Works Ltd, Kinyara Sugar Works Limited, Sugar & Allied Industries Limited, Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited, Sango Bay Estates Limited and Mayuge Sugar Industries Limited.
Data from Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association show that Uganda exported 31,767 metric tonnes of sugar to Kenya in 2012, about 7000 metric tonnes to South Sudan and 11,954 to Rwanda. As of last month, the companies had slightly more than 60,000 metric tonnes of sugar in stock and this figure is expected to grow as the companies increase their production capacity.
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Raila Odinga Oginga hapa baya sana !!!
Uhuru Kenyatta ballistic attack on Raila Odinga over Sugar deals with Uganda.