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ABEINGO GENERAL MEETING ON 8th of MAY 2010

In accordance with Article 3 of the Articles of Association of Abeingo Community Network, TAKE NOTICE that a General Meeting of Members of the Company will be held at the Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, London WC1H 8JU (3 minutes walk from Kings Cross St Pancras Station) on Saturday, 8 May 2010 at 2.00 pm. for the purposes considering changes in membership. CLICK HERE for full details.

CREATING WEALTH THROUGH MODEST SAVINGS AND PRUDENT INVESTMENTS WORKSHOP


Organized by the Abeingo Community Network (ACN), with the financial sponsorship of Big Lottery Fund, UK.
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Date: Saturday 1st May 2010.
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Room 4, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (Opposite Euston Train Station)
Objectives of the workshop:
Overall, the workshop aims to inform East Africans living in the United Kingdom, their friends and investors about the investment opportunities in East Africa, and benefits of the existing trade/business relations   between East Africa and the United Kingdom.
Specifically, the workshop will:

  1. Inform the participants of the wide ranging opportunities for business/trade between the United Kingdom and East Africa, and the investment opportunities in East Africa.
  2. Inform the participants about the Capital Markets in East Africa and how to make a start with modest financial resources, and possible sources of business financing for small and medium businesses.
  3. Inform the participants about the different models of cooperative savings and investing.
  4. Develop an investment strategy that will supplement existing initiatives on encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in the East African Community countries.
  5. Create an electronic forum through which participants and the UK – East Africa public will continue to share and exchange business/trade/investment information in the East African Community countries, and the possible partnerships with the UK business community.

Expected Outcomes:
The workshop is expected to produce the following outcomes:

  1. An informed cadre of business people who will champion increased investments in the East African Community countries.
  2. A body of knowledge about the available investment and trade/business/investment opportunities between the East African Community and the United Kingdom as well as the available possible private sector and government support for in this endeavour.
  3. A Business strategy that will motivate and encourage investment in UK – East Africa businesses,
  4. An active information “e-sharing and exchange forum “that continuously stimulates business discussions between entrepreneurs interested in the East African community market.

Deliverables:

  1. A workshop report.
  2. A business strategy to guide the “Way Forward”

Topics that will be covered:

  1. Investment opportunities in the East African Community countries.
  2. Possible business financing opportunities.
  3. Government support to investors in the East African community countries.
  4.  Private sector support for business ventures in the UK and the East African community countries.
  5. Models for cooperative savings and investing.
  6. The workings of the Capital Markets with particular reference to the East African Capital Markets.

A detailed workshop programme will be e-mailed to registered participants prior to the workshop.
Speakers:
The workshop will benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of:

  • Investment bankers from some of the leading banks in London,
  • Leading individual business persons who are already investing in the East African market.
  • The trade representatives of Embassies and High Commissions of the Eat African community countries,
  • Business promotion consultants and charities based in London.

Booking places.
The maximum number of participants to the workshop is limited to 20. It is open to any person of any nationality who may wish to know about, or participate in investing in Eat Africa, or take advantage of the existing lucrative UK- East African business opportunities. Spaces on the workshop will be given on a “first come first served” basis, and electronic registration to participate should reach the Secretary Abeingo Community Network at secretary@abeingo.org not later than the 24th April 2010. To apply for participation, please DOWNLOAD and complete the attached form.
Participation is free of charge. Snacks and light refreshments will be served during the workshop.

Mumias Sugar, outgrowers Sh4bn feud goes for arbitration

By our correspondents, April 9 2010
The law Society of Kenya (LSK) has appointed a Nairobi lawyer Ahmednasir Maalim Abdullahi to arbitrate a financial dispute between Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) and its outgrowers firm, Mumias Outgrowers Company (Moco). The disagreement involves Sh4 billion allegedly owed to Moco by the sugar miller for cane development, and other money managed by MSC - as an accountant of Moco. Moco officials claim the miller owed it money deducted from farmers’ earnings, but Mumias denies the claims, saying it was the outgrower that owed it money. More...

Mumias Outgrowers Company
Mumias Outgrowers Company claims it is owed Sh4bn by Mumias Sugar Company but the sugar firm says it is actually the other way round. .
Chang'aa kills 7 in Nairobi

By our correspondent, April 9 2010
At least seven people are feared dead after drinking chang’aa at Shauri Moyo Estate in Nairobi. Police officers are currently at the scene to assist the affected people. It is not immediately clear how many people drunk the killer brew. At least 10 people are also reported to have lost sight from the effects of the lethal drink. Two have been admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital while others are receiving treatment in clinics in the estate. When asked whether anybody has been arrested for selling the illegal brew, the area OCPD declined to comment saying he is waiting for a report from the OCS. We will give you more details as we get. More...

Arunga, Timberlake bare their hearts but questions linger...

By our correspondents, April 9 2010
When Esther Arunga faded off TV screens at the start of this year, Kenya went amok with a mixture of remorse and relief. Remorse because she had styled herself as the Kenya’s screen queen, and relief because of the cloud of controversy she managed to stir on her way out. The nation watched in disbelief as the beauty turned her back on her fiancé just weeks to their wedding, found comfort in the arms of another (rather controversial) man, got entangled in a web of accusations and counter-accusations over the (equally controversial) Finger of God Ministries, and, to crown it all, declared on national TV that she would vie for the country’s vice-presidency, aided through it all by her pastor, saxophonist Joseph Hellon (president) and Quincy Timberlake (prime minister). Then everything went quiet … until last Tuesday evening, when the newly married Esther, her husband Quincy, her pastor and friend Hellon and his wife Vineyard walked into the Nation Centre - uninvited and unapologetic. More...

Esther Arunga
Esther Arunga and her husband, Quincy Zuma Timberlake aka Fizz Dogg during their interview at Nation Centre, Nairobi. Photo: Nation

Woman fights to bury her daughter in Butere: Her desire to bury her daughter has caused agony and frustration but her quest to abide by her culture, she says, will not be deterred. Ms Margaret Obura’s 37-year old daughter, Victoria Adhiambo, left for Dubai in 2005 to work as a hairdresser but fell ill and passed away a fortnight ago. According to Ms Obura, her daughter deserves to be buried in her Butere home according to Luo cultural rites, come what may. She terms the directive to have her daughter buried abroad as unfair, adding she will not be at peace. More...
 
MMUST lifts top prize in national drama festival

By George Orido, April 8 2010
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology lifted the Best Play trophy at the just concluded Secondary Schools and Colleges Drama festival in Kisumu. Catholic University of East Africa’s Masks and Mirrors followed and Blood Vendetta of Kisii University College was next. In secondary schools category, Kakamega High’s The Storm won the best play award, Menengai High’s The Modem came second and Lenana High School’s The Cabinet Punishment followed next. Best actor, actress and director in the French plays received air tickets and fully paid for a one-month vacation in Paris from French Embassy officials. The winners in this special language category are Horace Wesa of Kakamega High School, Virah Majiwa of Nyakach Girls and Alex Wakhungu from Kakamega High. The Album from Eregi Teachers College, Golden Elite School from Kisumu and The Storm from Kakamega High School received these coveted trophies. More...

Silas Jirongo
Band of renegades: These are the Kenyan MPs who will campaign for the rejection of the constitution. Lugari MP, Silas Jirongo (centre) and Eugene Wamalwa are the only ones from Luhyaland so far opposed to the draft.

Jirongo, Wamalwa join Ruto in 'No' camp

By Caroline Wafula, April 8 2010
At least thirty MPs have said they will mobilise voters to reject the draft constitution as it falls short of their expectations. Hardly a week after Parliament unanimously passed the draft without amendments, the MPs convened a press conference where they announced they will campaign for a vote against the draft when it goes to the referendum. "The final product is under serious credibility question as manifested by the proposed 300 amendments. We therefore ask Kenyans to reject this draft since all avenues for consensus building have been closed," the MPs said at Parliament Buildings Thursday. More...

EU bans 100 African carriers

By Paul Juma, April 8 2010
The European Union has blacklisted more than 100 African airlines on safety grounds, sparking an outcry from African airlines. Last Tuesday, the EU published a list of airlines from 17 countries that it banned from the European airspace due to safety concerns. While the EU completely banned some airlines, it also slapped operational conditions on others, affecting a total of 111 African airlines from 13 African countries. Affected by the ban are airlines from Angola, Rwanda, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia. More...

Mudavadi asks clergy to reconsider their position on constitution

By our correspondent, April 7 2010
ODM deputy party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Public Works Minister Chris Obure have said the party supports the draft and urged Church leaders to consider their opposition. "I am asking the clergy to re-read the clauses they feel are offensive and they will realise their interpretation is wrong," said Mr Mudavadi. Mudavadi, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, said there was no way legislators and experts would blindly legalise abortion, since many of them are Christians. He said MPs and the Committee of Experts also valued human life. More...

Edward Alusa
Western's lion haul: Edward Alusa and Bernard Ouma of East Africa School of Media Studies present a play ‘Makurubundi’ during the gala at the National Drama Festival in Kisumu on Tuesday. Westerm Province is expected to grab a lion's share of trophies with 10 slots out of 40 nationwide. Among the favourites includes Kakamega High, Eregi Tecahers College and Booker Academy of Mumias. Photo: Titus Munala
Kakamega, Eregi return to national drama festival with a bang

By George Orido, April 7 2010
The prestigious gala performance at the National Drama Festival has opened its gates to the public. This is after selected schools and colleges earned their places with outstanding renditions, on Tuesday. Western Province is likely to take home most trophies going by the many items, which got slots in the gala performance. The province has 10 of 40 places, with Kakamega High School making a powerful comeback to the national stage with a dance Biunjuli, play, The Storm and French play, ‘La Pentagone in the gala. Eregi Teachers College has Ibendrera, on the Migingo Island saga and a play. More...

78 year old charged with sodomising 7 boys in Thika

By Wairimu Kamande, April 7 2010
A man arrested last week for allegedly sodomising seven schoolboys was arraigned before a Thika court. Joseph Irungu Kamau, 78, denied assaulting the Juja Farm Primary School pupils aged between eight and 12 years. The prosecutor Nancy Muthuri urged Senior Principal Magistrate Margaret Gitonga not to grant the suspect bail, claiming he was a threat to children who are on holiday."Granting bail to the accused at this time could be dangerous since the children, who he is accused of molesting are on vacation. More...


Gordon Brown's last days: The UK goes into a general election on May 6 in an election Gordon Brown, the Labour Prime Minister is expected to lose to David Cameron, the youthfuil Conservative leader. It will mark the three- term reign of Labour in British politics.
Kenya High Commission London
Overstaffed: Kenya High Commission in London has 44 staff and yet should have only 22 according to a parliamentary select committee report.
Death of a white supremacist: The white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche of South Africa was murdered over the weekend. His death has reopened many old wounds in South Africa. He was born in 1941 in Transvaal and founded AWB to protect Boer interests. More...
Kenya missions overstaffed by 472 idlers

By Caroline Wafula, April 7 2010
Kenyan diplomatic missions abroad are heavily overstaffed with some carrying twice their capacity, according to findings by a parliamentary committee. According to a report tabled before the House by the parliamentary committee on Defence and Foreign Relations, the total authorised staff capacity in Kenya’s 52 missions abroad should be 355. But current figures indicate that the current situation in these missions is to the tune of 827 staff. Favourite destination missions are London, New York, Washington and Moscow, which are said to fetch attractive salary packages. The London mission has 44 staff against a capacity of 22, New York 28 against a capacity of 9, Moscow 22 against an authorised capacity of 15, and Washington 35 against 23. More...

Sh445m CDF money lost to ghost projects, thieves

By our correspondents, April 7 2010
Taxpayers have lost Sh445 million through theft and mismanagement of constituency funds. According to a report released on Tuesday by the lobby group, National Taxpayers Association, the cash that could not be accounted for, is feared to have either been pocketed by individuals or mismanaged by various Constituency Development Funds (CDF) boards in the financial years 2006/07 and 2007/08. Treasury initially released Sh1.26 billion to the CDF, which was established in 2003, and has been touted as the cornerstone for devolution. The amount was gradually raised to about Sh18 billion in the current financial year. It comprises an annual budgetary allocation, equivalent to 2.5 per cent of the government’s ordinary revenue, and is managed through four committees. More...

Ababu Namwamba
Catch CDF thieves: Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba launches the Citizen’s CDF Report card documenting misuse of constituency development funds at The Stanley hotel on Tuesday. The report shows that most members of Parliament built single blocks and claimed more than 1.5 million without completing them. Photo: Frederick Onyango
Mt Elgon victims won't get justice from Ocampo

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is likely to face an uphill task when he starts investigating the activities of soldiers and policemen involved in disarmament of Sabaot militia in Mt Elgon two years ago. Retired generals interviewed on Tuesday said the prosecutor would “face considerable difficulties because for a long time issues of the military have been “closed” to the public. More...

Western's intellectual stock declines with only 25% eligible to join varsity

By our correspondents, April 5 2010
A quarter of the 39,855 candidates who sat last year’s Form Four exams in Western Province obtained the minimum university entry points.The 10,489 students obtained C+ and above. Of these, 3,434 had a mean grade of B and above. Provincial examination officer Omar Masimba said there was a drop in the number of candidates who obtained top mean grades in Western. He said only 58 candidates managed to get mean grades of A plain compared to 78 in 2008. He said the provincial mean score rose from 5.16 in 2008 to 5.25 last year. About 29,269 candidates obtained below C+ mean grades. Of these, 165 obtained a mean grade of E. Mr Masimba said 2,878 students obtained a B- while in 2008, 2,339 managed to score the grade. This time, he added, 1,922 candidates scored B plain compared to last year’s 1,627. There were 1,056 candidates with B+ and 398 with a mean grade of A-. More...

Okiya Omtatah
Omtatah on constitution: Okiya Omtatah, the civil rights activist has proposed that the Church and MPs sign a Memorandum of Understanding to pass the constitution and guarantee the contentious issues are amended once passed. But remember the infamous MoU between Kibaki and Raila? On Sunday, Reverend Timothy Njoya led a consortium of NGOs in condemning the stand taken by the National Council of Churches of Kenya and the Catholic Church
Omtatah proposes Church, MPs pact to guarantee constitutional amendments

By John Ngirachu, April 5 2010
Kenyan MPs and the Church have been asked to have a formal agreement to help pass the proposed constitution and then amend the contentious clauses immediately after the referendum. The civil society group, Kenyans for Justice and Development (KEJUDE), said the formulation of a Memorandum of Understanding between the churches and MPs would persuade Kenyans to vote to pass the draft. Activist Okiya Omtatah also defended the position taken by the churches but said they should emulate the Christian God and “not destroy the righteous along with the wicked” by rejecting the draft. The tide has turned on a section of church leaders who have vowed to rally their flock against the draft laws because of their opposition to clauses on abortion and kadhi’s courts for the Muslim community. More...

Luhya MPs hold secret meeting over constitution

By Stephen Makabila, April 5 2010
MPs from Western Province have been holed up in Kilaguni Lodge since Sunday with one of their agendas being the constitution, their Rift Valley counterparts are also set to meet and chart the way forward on the proposed law. In Coast Province where majimbo has been the rallying call, MPs are also set to meet this week amid pressure from the electorate who are insisting on majimbo. Coast Parliamentary Group Chairman Fondo Gunda claims a conspiracy by MPs from other provinces defeated Coast MPs’ campaign to have the majimbo clause retained in the draft. More...

Kilaguni Serena Lodge
Luhya leaders hold omuse: They came for Easter break but there were more serious matters on their mind. Amid watching zebras herds, Luhya MPs held omuse (meeting) to discuss the implications of the draft constitution passed by parliament. Some Rift Valley MPs like Chepalungu MP, Isaac Ruto have vowed to vote 'NO' during the referendum.
Two-year old girl raped by ex convict in Bunyore

By our correspondents, April 5 2010
A two year old girl was raped by an ex-convict, who was released from prison a week ago in Esong'olo, Emuhaya District. Area assistant chief Paul Opiayo said the 27-year-old man had been jailed at Kodiaga Prison in Kisumu for a similar offence. Mr Opiayo said the suspect attacked the girl who had visited her grandmother for the Easter holidays. He said an irate crowd that rushed to the scene almost lynched the suspect. And in Eluyeka village in the same district, a woman drowned after she fell in a fishpond. Area assistant chief Catherine Musieka said the circumstances surrounding the death were unclear as the fishpond is not deep. More...

Ruto nursing sharp pain of PNU's political knives

By our correspondent, April 3 2010
Before the Wednesday walkout in Parliament that killed the push for a three-tier Government, a PNU MP had alluded to a planned betrayal. He said: "We will leave our Rift Valley colleagues ‘high and dry…" and that is exactly what happened during the hour of reckoning. Rift Valley MPs had agreed with their colleagues from Central Province to marshal a 65 per cent majority to pass a three-tier government with 25 regions. And true the marriage of convenience between central Kenya and Rift Valley legislators eventually crumbled after the former rejected the proposal to introduce provincial governments, saying it was a scheme to introduce a three-tier government through the backdoor. More...

Eliud Wabukala
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the head of the Church of Kenya has gone against the mainstream churches and supported the draft constitution. He is up against John Cardinal Njue, Cornelius Korir, Peter Karanja, Stephen Kewasis, Patrice Chimba and Geofrey Songok.
Wabukala clashes with church leaders on draft constitution

By our correspondents, April 3 2010
A day after Parliament passed the Proposed Constitution amid intrigues and acrimony, Church leaders maintained their opposition. MPs failed to make 356 amendments they had proposed in Parliament. Prelates from mainstream churches vowed to fight the draft to ensure the country overwhelmingly votes against it at the referendum. Clergymen opposed to the draft included John Cardinal Njue (Catholic Church), Bishop Cornelius Korir (Catholic Church), the Reverend Peter Karanja (National Council of Churches of Kenya), Bishop Stephen Kewasis (ACK), the Reverend Patrice Chumba (AIC, North Rift), and Geofrey Songok (Reformed Church of East Africa). The Anglican Church of Kenya leader, the Reverend Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, however, went against the grain and asked Kenyans to join Kibaki and Raila and support the Proposed Constitution. More...

Eric Amulaku
Outgoing KCE chairman, Eric Amulaku
Beatrice Ghettuba
KCE Vice chair Beatrice Ghettuba
Brian Karisa
KCE Secretary, Brian Karisa.
Fresh start for Kenya community in Edmonton

By INGONEWS Reporter, April 2 2010
The Kenya Community in Edmonton has elected new officials to revive the organisation that has lain dormant for the last two years, a victim of the balkanisation that bedevilled Kenya following the disputed 2007 presidential elections. The elections took place on Sunday, March 28 at the Africa Centre, Edmonton. The new chairman is Robert Kamau, vice chair Beatrice Ghettuba, Secretary Brian Karisa and Treasurer, Peter Kabatha. Other board members elected include: Caroline Ng'eno (Youth), George Otieno, Oliver Kamau, David Wanyungu, Vincent Serem, Dr Kandie, Mrs Maina and Julius Musandu. The previous board included Chairman: Eric Amulaku; Vice Chair: Moseti Mokono; Secretary: Nellie Muchiri; Asst-Sec: Muasya Musau; Treasurer: Eunice Njoroge; Member: Saulo Oduor; Member: Elijah Motende; Member: Irene Kimani; Member: Tony Njenga; Member: Shem Momanyi At a general meeting on January 31, members resolved to revive the organisation rather than ‘invent a wheel’ and an interim committee elected to come up with concrete proposals on the way forward. On Sunday, chair of the committee, Robert Kamau said they had discussed and agreed that the new look KCE have a minimum of nine officials and a maximum of 12 with the bulk of the programs undertaken by the following committees: Students, Youth, Family and Economic Development. Before the elections, a member, Ms Nyambura opposed the election of new officials saying the organisation already had a board in place and any matters arising should be referred to an arbitrator. A gentleman who was sitting next to her introduced himself as the arbitrator but members felt that her agenda was not in the interest of the wider Kenyan community. After her dissention, she left the hall before elections took place. The meeting passed a resolution that all those present be deemed to be members and given 6o days in which to pay up their subscriptions. See photo gallery

Robert Kamau
In coming KCE chairman, Robert Kamau
David Wanyungu
KCE committee member, David Wanyungu
Peter Kabatha
KCE Treasurer, Peter Kabatha.
Kenya community in Edmonton
Officials of the newly revamped Kenya Community in Edmonton. From left: Jeniffer, Beatrice Ghettuba (vice chair), Caroline Ng'eno (Youth), Ben Odongo, Brian Karisa (Secretary), Peter Kabatha (Treasurer), Oliver Kamau, David Wanyungu, Robert Kamau (Chair) and Vincent Serem. Not in the picture are Dr Kandie and Julius Musandu. SEE MORE PHOTOS
Uganda finally gives up on Migingo

By our correspondent, April 2 2010
Uganda on Wednesday gave up its claim on Migingo Island and apologised for what it said was an inaccurate decision based on wrong interpretation of a 1962 map. In compensation, it announced that it would allow Kenyan fishermen access to 400 nautical miles of its territorial waters in Lake Victoria. “Our surveyors were wrong in their interpretation of the 1962 map. “It is an old map and not as accurate as modern maps,” said presidential spokesman Loofapril Kabalagala. Mr Kabalagala said President Yoweri Museveni had spoken to President Kibaki on the matter. Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria said they were unaware that they were now allowed to fish deep in Ugandan waters. They said they would wait for official communication from the provincial administration. In Nairobi, MPs representing fishing communities were ecstatic, saying Uganda had finally lived up to the spirit of regional integration. Do you believe? More...

Migingo island
Territorial dispute over a one acre island known as Migingo is now over after Uganda admitted it was wrong to claim it if you believe it....
Arunga's Timberlake arrested over suspected immigration scam

By Cyrus Ombati, April 2 2010
Controversial member of the Finger of God Church Quincy Zuma Timberlake was on Thursday arrested by the Immigration officials in fresh investigation into his nationality. Timberlake was picked up from their Runda home and driven to Nyayo House, the Immigration Department headquarters, for questioning. Members of the church who followed him there said the officials later drove out of Nyayo House with Timberlake to an unconfirmed destination. The arrest came two days after he was released from remand on Tuesday following a successful bail application. Based on the terms which former TV anchor Esther Arunga, Jazz maestro Nimrod Hellon Onyango and others were released, Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei ordered him to pay a cash bail of Sh20, 000. More...

Quincy Zuma Timberlake
Esther Arunga's husband, Quincy Zuma Timberlake was arrested yesterday over suspicion he faked his Kenyan identity.

Apple's ipad has them scared: Amazon is gearing up to do battle for supremacy in the electronic books market as Apple prepares to launch its iPad tablet computer in the US on Saturday and in Britain this month. More...
Wetangula, Wako take over Mau Mau case in UK

By Peter Orengo, April 2 2010
The Government has taken over a case instituted by freedom fighters against the British Government for torture committed during Kenyan’s struggle for independence. Attorney General Amos Wako has been in touch with the Solicitors and Barristers acting for the Mau Mau Veterans and will identify a suitable Queen’s Counsel to help in the case. The British moved to strike out the case on grounds of State succession. It said the Kenya Government was legally liable for colonial era tortures. But on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula refuted the claims, saying Kenya would not accept any liability as it inherited sins of the British colony and government. Last week Prime Minister Raila Odinga instructed the AG to follow the case in the UK. Wetang’ula said the first two governments after Independence disregarded Mau Mau until the Narc Government took over in 2003.More...

300 amendments that came to nothing as constitution sails through intact

By Biketi Kikechi, April 2 2010
Parliament gave up trying to make changes to the proposed constitution and approved it by acclamation at 9:05pm, after a protracted tussle that lasted the whole day. This raises the chances it will come to voters as was written by Committee of Experts and set the stage for a new rallying call for the nation; Let the People Decide. This is because it now goes to Attorney General for publishing, then handover to Interim Independent Electoral Commission, which takes it to the referendum where Kenyans will vote either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Confronted by hostility to amendments and by the goodwill the country has shown the CoE document, members went into a chorus of withdrawals for the over 300 amendments on the Order Paper on Day II. More...

Katiba ya Kenya
This is it folks: The abiding moment in the 20 year search for a new constitution symbolised by these MPs locking hands. They are from left Lewis Nguyai (Kabete), Sheikh Dor (Nominated) and Ali Hussein (Mandera East) outside Parliament Buildings on Thursday. Photo: Boniface Okendo
Ocampo to prosecute ministers in 2012

By Mutinda Mwanzia, April 2 2010
Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s roadmap for the ‘Kenya 20’ under investigations for crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court is out. He spoke as perusal of the 163-page verdict against Kenya by ICC Pre-Trial Chamber revealed the documents the judges assigned Kenya case relied upon, and which will have a bearing on who may be indicted and what Moreno-Ocampo may raise against them. In his teleconference from The Hague, Moreno-Ocampo announced he will be in Kenya next month, to meet the victims of post-election violence, trials should start in early 2012, and President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are being asked to co-operate with ICC. More...

Opportunities in Africa for Diaspora graduates

By our reporter, April 1 2010
"Let’s Talk Africa’ event will be held at the University of Cambridge on the 1st May 2010 to showcase opportunities that are emerging on the continent. The event is geared towards showcasing the opportunities available in Africa to encourage Graduates and students in diaspora from Africa to add value to the continent by returning back home. I have attached a tentative programmme of events and a flyer which contains the profile of two confirmed speakers as well as more on this programme. Confimed speakers include Mr. Martin Woolnough (Managing Director and CEO Nestle Nigeria) and Ms Pratibha Thaker, Regional Director, Africa, Economist Intelligence Unit. Please contact Alim Abubakre on email: aaa60@leicester.ac.uk if you wish to attend. More...

Luhya poverty
The grinding poverty in Buluhya is something that only Luhya people and their leaders can bring to an end. Don't just seek their vote, show them how to fish...
85% of Luhya say economic liberation must come from Luhyaland

By our reporter, April 1 2010
In our last month's survey, we asked: "In a Marshall Plan for Western, how much should each individual contribute?" The results were as follows: 85% said Sh500, 10% said Sh100 while only 5% thought people should contribute Sh50. This shows that overwhelming majority of Luhya people feel strongly that economic development of Luhyaland cannot be expected to come from without. It is incumbent upon every individual to dig deeper and contribute to the common pot. In other words sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

14 Bungoma worshippers killed on way to Mombasa for Easter

By our correspondents, April 1 2010
Fourteen worshippers were killed on Wednesday on their way to a gospel crusade at the Coast. The group from Bungoma, was headed to the Miracle Revival Fellowship Pentecostal Church in Mariakani, Mombasa. heir vehicle collided head-on with a truck at Katunguma Bridge between Kibwezi and Kinyambu on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. The crusade was part of the church’s Easter celebrations. Ms Caroline Baraza, 20, the lone survivor in the van, said she was visiting Coast Province for the first time. She sustained a fractured left leg, deep cuts on the face and back. The driver and loader of the truck also survived. Among the dead was the church pastor who was driving the van. Police could not, however, release the names of the victims until their next of kin were informed. More...

Bungoma Christians die
Christian Easter death: Bungoma worshippers perish in Makindu on their way to an Easter crusade in Mombasa. The matatu collided with a truck, killing 14 people. The only survivor, Ms Caroline Baraza said before leaving on Tuesday, the worshippers had received blessings from other church members back home in KCC village, Bungoma. They were expected to return on Saturday. Ms Baraza said she joined the Miracle Revival Fellowship Pentecostal Church in 1999. Photo: Phoebe Okall
Namachanja appointed TJRC vice chair to replace Murungi

By Athman Amran, April 1 2010
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has elected Commissioner Tecla Namachanja Wanjala as vice chairperson. Ms Wanjala replaces Betty Murungi, who resigned as vice-chair on Monday. The replacement was made after a meeting, which lasted more than five hours on Wednesday at the TJRC Delta House offices in Westlands, Nairobi. The meeting also resolved that the commissioners should go on a retreat in two weeks to try to solve internal problems that have been bedevilling it. "We will have a retreat to deal with the issues," TJRC Chairman Bethuel Kiplagat told a press conference. More than 12,000 candidates have applied for various positions in the commission’s secretariat. Mr Kiplagat said they were in the process of short-listing the candidates who would join the commission by July 2010. More...

Tecla Namachanja Wanjala
Tecla Namachanja Wanjala, the new vice chair of the troubled Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. She replaces Betty Murungi who resigned over the weekend after calling on TJRC chair, Bethwel Kiplagat to quit over his alleged involvement in Ouko murder, land scandals and Wagalla massacre.
Jos Konzolo freed from Sh40m fraud case

By Dzuya Walter, April 1 2010
Former NSSF Managing Trustee Josphat Konzolo is now a free man after the court withdrew a fraud case against him. Konzolo had been charged with stealing over 40 million shillings from Barclays Bank. The Attorney General through the deputy director of public prosecutions Oriri Onyango told the court that after the perusal of the case file, it was found that there was no substantial evidence to sustain the charges against Konzolo. Konzolo and four others had been charged with conspiracy to defraud Barclays Bank of over 100 thousand shillings. He faced a second count of stealing 49.7 million shillings from the bank. Konzolo is from Isukha and is a director of Kenya's third phone company. More...

No April Fool's Day, top ministers will be prosecuted by Ocampo

By Ben Agina, April 1 2010
The road to The Hague opened up for 20 prominent Kenyans linked to post-election violence following the green light given to Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to pursue them for crimes against humanity. The outcome vindicates Moreno-Ocampo’s optimism last week he would get the judges’ nod, and takes him closer to his declared dream he would make Kenya an example to the world on the price of impunity. The country will also be left mulling over the ruling’s possible ramification on Kenya’s high-octane politics and the 2012 presidential election. Those facing the prospect of indictment, and, therefore, resignation from Cabinet until cleared, include those who have declared interest in succeeding Kibaki such as William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta. More...

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No to majimbo: George Khaniri, the Hamisi MP and assistant minister for information teamed up with Fred Gumo, minister for regional development and Moses Wetangula, foreign affairs minister to defeat James Orengo's motion to amend the draft constitution to introduce majimbo.
Western, Central MPs gang up to defeat majimbo

By Alex Ndegwa, April 1 2010
MPs rejected an amendment to the Proposed Constitution designed to introduce provincial governments, saying it was a scheme to introduce majimbo through the backdoor. Debate on the controversial proposal was marred by outbursts that rekindled the bitter exchanges at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, in 2007, when PNU and ODM traded accusations over the presidential election vote. On Wednesday, MPs from Central and Western provinces walked out of the chamber and denied the proposal by Lands Minister James Orengo the mandatory 145 members to allow a vote to proceed. Among those who stormed out - fearing the proposal could divide the country into ethnic enclaves - were Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo, Assistant minister George Khaniri and Kaloleni MP Kambi Kazungu. More...

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