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Batsotso elders petition Parliament over new constituency

By John Kabaka, Feb 22 2012
Elders from Batsotso clan in Lurambi constituency have presented their petition to the parliamentary Justice committee over the proposed split of Lurambi constituency by the IEBC. Addressing a press conference in Kakamega, the elders said they chose to go through parliament after their earlier efforts to stop the electoral commission from hiving off parts of the community to the newly created Navakholo constituency failed. “We presented it our views to the defunct Ligale commission and later to the newly formed IEBC but surprisingly the commission ended up with the same report we were opposed to forcing us to seek an alternative avenue,” said Dr. Jore Watindi, the Batsotso elders council chairman. Noting that tension is rising in the constituency, Watindi said that such tension could compromise peace in the constituency ahead of the next elections. They said they would pursue the matter to the bitter end should parliament fail to correct the anomaly. The elders presented their petition to the committee on Monday last week. Last Friday was the deadline for the public to make presentations to the committee. The clan is opposed to the hiving off Butsotso North location from Lurambi which is inhabited by the Batsotso to the proposed Navakholo constituency to be created from the current Lurambi. The differences emerged during public hearings by the now defunct Ligale commission when the community asked that the constituency be split in to two while area MP Manyala Keya wanted the area divided into three constituencies namely Municipality, Lurambi and Navakholo. More...

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Jore Watindi, Chairman of Batsotso Council of Elders. Batsotso clansmen living in northern part of the polity are opposed to being lumped with Banyala in Navakholo constituency.

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Michuki is dead: John Michuki, the environment minister largely associated with cleaning up the unruly matatu industry and the raod on Standard media house died today aged 80. Mr Michuki was taken ill on Sunday morning two days after returning from a London Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment since December. Hospital sources at the time said he had been admitted in critical condition. More...

Samia prelate cautions on male battery

By Gilbert Ochieng, Feb 22 2012
Catholic priest at the Kisoko Parish in Nambale district has expressed concern over the rising cases of men being assaulted by their wives. Addressing mourners during a burial ceremony at Musoma village, Fr James Martin Otaga said man and wife should live in harmony, adding that husband battering is against Christianity. ''Men are also to blame. They have failed to spare adequate time to be with their wives hence denying them love,'' he said. The priest, however, cautioned women against beating their husbands, saying ''men are also human being with the right to live''. He called on couples to solve their problems through dialogue. The counsel came in the wake of revelations that scores of men from Central Province are being beaten by the their wives. More...

Give way to Mudavadi, Shitanda tells Luhya presidential aspirants

By Shabaan Makhoka, Feb 21 2012
Presidential aspirants from Western province have been asked to relinquish their ambitions should Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi emerge as ODM's flag bearer. Housing Minister Soita Shitanda has asked leaders from Western province to support the DPM's presidential ambitions. Shitanda said the bold move taken by Musalia will unite Western region under one political camp should he be nominated as ODM's flag bearer. Shitanda was speaking in Mumias yesterday during the burial of former councillor Sheban Mola in Lumino village. The Malava MP urged ODM delegates from Western region to support Mudavadi. More...

Bunyala girl drop out rate worrying: Department of children in Bunyala District is worried over the increased rate of reports that the number of girls dropping out of school are on the increase despite the measures in place to ensure that a child is empowered through education, right to parental care extra and collaboration with other stake holders. More....

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Sang'alo institute faces closure

By Protus Simiyu, Feb 21 2012
Operations at the Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology in Bungoma South District could be halted following a colossal school fees balance amounting to Sh.10 Million now. Speaking during the Annual General Meeting, the Chief Principal of the institution Mr. Alfred Machuki blamed lack of willingness among parents to pay school fees as the course of the back lock of school fees balance. Mr. Machuki told parents to change their trend and pay schools fees on time saying there are a number of programs lined up for this term with funding expected to come from parents and the institution management  board. He said the school student population now stands at 1,600 and the institute is also geared towards introducing other courses -especially engineering and business -courses to attract more students. In addition, he pointed out that out of the 1,600 students only 600 are housed by the institution due to lack of boarding facility. He cited that the new girls’ hostel funded by parents is now 97 per cent complete and that when ready, it will host another 120 student only. More...

Bungoma computer theft an inside job, say councillors

By John Nalianya, Feb 21 2012
Coucillors at the Bungoma County Council want the theft of computers at the weekend probed. Milo ward councillor Patroba Soita led other councillors in demanding that officers in the council be investigated as they suspect it was an inside job. Soita said the theft is suspicious because it came at a time when the council had just received Sh15 million from Nzoia sugar company as land rates. He said although the full council meeting had resolved to use the money to pay the contractors who the council owes more than Sh20 million this had not been done. Soita said the computers had crucial information on money owed to contractors and how much they had been paid. Council clerk Samuel Kibaara has, however, maintained that no information got lost as the two main servers were not tempered with. Council chairman Meshack Museveni called for calm and promised to leave no stone unturned. More...

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Dr Reginalda Wanyonyi wants to be the Bungoma County women representative in the forthcoming elections. In 2007 she unsuccessfully vied for Kimilili parliamentary seat. She is a lecturer at Moi University in Eldoret.
Varsity don joins race for Bungoma women rep

By John Nalianya, Feb 21 2012
Moi University lecturer Reginalda Wanyonyi has declared her interest in the Bungoma women representative seat. Speaking to the Star yesterday Wanyonyi said she had reached the decision after wide consultations and pressure from the electorate. Wanyonyi who has been active in women and children activism said she is experienced to lead the women of Bungoma county having worked with several organisations in fighting for women rights. “Look at the availability of Chepkitale Game Reserve in Mt Elgon, great caves and Sikele sia Mulia in Sang'alo which are only  some of the great sights that if well utilised will bring great income to the county,” Wanyonyi said. Wanyonyi called on women to registerin large numbers, as voters, if they have to make any impact in the new county dispensation. More...

Former PC, Paul Olando joins race for Kakamega governor

By John Kabaka, Feb 20 2012
Former Nyanza provincial commissioner Paul Olando has now joined the race for governorship of the second largest county in Kenya, Kakamega County. Olando who at the moment is a director in the ministry of environment announced this over the weekend. “I have been under pressure to do this, I have been hesitant but through the media I want to bring to you that I will be seeking to be the Kakamega County governor,” said Olando. He said he has been patiently waiting for the Devolution Bill to be out to gauge if indeed he qualifies to contest for the seat. “As it has been written here the governor’s job is the one I was recruited for, trained and executed for in the position that has not been named in the bill and that means am fit for this job”, he remarked. He urged the residents to read and understand the bill saying it will be cornerstone in developing the county. Olando makes the race of those eyeing the seat to four others being planning and vision 2030 minister Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, who also doubles as Butere MP, Malava MP and Housing Minister Soita Peter Shitanda and Businessman Simbauni Ndombi. More...

New Kenya-Uganda bridge: The government at the weekend ordered for the immediate construction of a new bridge linking Kenya and Uganda at the Malaba border. Roads minister Franklin Bett made the order following appeals by the Teso North DC Josephine Onunga who said the current bridge is on the verge of collapse. More...
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Paul Olando, former Nyanza PC now wants to be Kakamega governor.

Chavakali gets sh200m resource centre

By Cotron Alumasa, Feb 20 2012
Residents of Vihiga County and the surrounding Counties in Western region will soon have a new information hub with the opening of Community Resource Centre at Chavakali supported by the European Union and Oxfam Novib. Besides, the resource Centre will also serve as resource repository for Communities’ Cultural artifacts and practices. It will also offer counseling and testing services. The Centre has an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) area, Thematic Units for governance, Agriculture and Community Health. More...

Teso church bans funerals on Saturdays and Mondays

By Carren Papai, Feb 20 2012
An Anglican church in Teso district has banned its bishops from presiding over funeral services being held on Saturday and Mondays to give them a break to rest. Speaking during the confirmation of six pastors at St Thomas ACK church in Amagoro, Bishop Zakayo Epusi disclosed that Monday is a resting day for all their bishops and pastors and Saturdays is meant for them to prepare the Sunday sermons for their congregation. Epusi therefore, implored the residents to hold their burial ceremonies on Tuesdays and Fridays so that they can have ample time to rest. He further informed that those meant to speak during the burial ceremony from the family side; they should not exceed six people claiming the family too needed time to be consoled. More...

Sodomist jailed for 15 years

By our correspondents, Feb 20 2012
A 31 years old man was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Bungoma court after being found guilty on four charges of indecent act. The accused was apprehended and found guilty by senior resident magistrate Pamela Achieng, and according to prosecution the act was of serious nature. Martin Wambilianga Sasaka was arraigned in court that, on diverse dates between 25 December 2011 and January 2012 at Mjini village in Bungoma south district, he indecently assaulted 4 boys aged between 9 to 12 years old. More...

Bungoma County paralysed as 20 computers with sensitive data are stolen

By John Nalianya, Feb 20 2012
At least 20 computers worth about Sh2 million were stolen from the Bungoma County Council over the weekend. The computers mainly from the treasury department are said to have contained crucial information and police suspect those behind the robbery wanted to destroy the information Council clerk Samuel Kibaara however said yesterday that no information has been lost as the two main servers were not tempered with. “We have lost in terms of monetary value but no information was lost as our two main servers are intact and we still consider it as a normal robbery,”he said Controversy however surrounded the motive of the theft as most of the senior staff were present at the council compound when the thugs made away with the computers at 7.00pm. A staff who sought anonymity questioned how thugs could have made away with such a large number of computers as at 7pm while some employees were still at the council's offices. “If some members of staff of council are said to have been present at the council and are saying they saw a group of strangers hovering in the corridors and communicating via their cellphones,why aren't they being arrested as the first suspects,?”he questioned Milo ward councillor Patroba Soita led other councillors in calling for the police to investigate a senior chief officer at the council who is said to have been seen around the council compound with a group of people a few minutes before the ordeal. "We are calling on the police to investigate both the chief officers if at all they want to come with anything meaningful,"he said. More...

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Bungoma County Council offices where 20 computers holding vital information for the polity were stolen yesterday.

10 students injured in Likuyani road crash

By KNA, Feb 20 2012
Ten students from Kogo secondary school have been admitted at Likuyani district hospital after sustaining serious injuries when a canter they were traveling in was involved in an accident near Ivugwi trading centre in Likuyani district. The students were heading to Ivugwi secondary school for sports. Witnesses said the canter veered off the raod after the driver lost control. The injured, who sustained deep cuts all over their bodies, were rushed to the nearby district hospital where they are currently receiving medical attention. Area residents led by former Lugari legislator and assistant minister for health, Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy, decried the poor state of most roads within the larger Lugari district. More...

Busia cane farmers go to court over controversial weighbridge

By Allan Kisia, Feb 17 2012
Sugarcane farmers from Busia are up in arms over a court ruling on a controversial cane weighing bridge in the area. The farmers had gone to court to stop the construction of the weighbridge by Kakamega-based West Kenya Sugar Company at Tanga Kona area in Busia. The court withdrew itself from the case arguing that it had no jurisdiction over the matter. It advised the aggrieved cane farmers to seek help from the Kenya Sugar Arbitration Tribunal. The farmers further said the court failed to take action against West Kenya for defying an order barring the company from proceeding with the construction. Speaking after the court ruling in Busia, the farmers led by Venswa Okwara Mutoka from Bukhayo North, Emmanuel Ombworo from Matayos and Alfred Okiring Juma from Bukhayo Central said West Kenya ought to be punished for defying a court injunction. They claimed that West Kenya had resumed work on the bridge. Senior Principal Magistrate Evans Kiago had issued a temporary injunction stopping the construction, operation or commissioning of the weighbridge along Busia-Mumias Road. More...

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Eric Mutua Kyalo, the new LSK boss
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Kenneth Akide, outgoing LSK chairman.
Nairobi lawyer wins LSK elections to replace Akide

By our correspondent, Feb 17 2012
Nairobi Lawyer Eric Mutua Kyalo Thursday trounced his rival John Mburu to clinch the chairmanship of the Law Society of Kenya. Kyalo gannered 1975 votes against Mburufs 603 in LSKfs first secret ballot. The post of vice-chairperson was clinched by Lilian Renee Omondi trouncing the incumbent Florence Kajuju. Since it was established in 1948 LSK elections have been conducted through postal ballots sent to the secretariat over a period of time. There were 25 polling centres in all the High Court stations across the country. Voters were issued with six ballot papers bearing the names and pictures of the candidates. They were to elect a chairman and a vice, seven LSK Council members, two upcountry representatives, one Coast representative and two members of the disciplinary committee. There were 31 candidates for the council seats, five for upcountry, two for the Coast representative and nine for the disciplinary committee. The LSK membership is about 8,000 lawyers. More...

Tobiko tells Ombudsman off over Baraza

By our correspondents, Feb 16 2012
Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has told the Ombudsman, Otiende Amolo, and security guard Rebecca Kerubo Morara to go to court if they are unhappy with his decision to withhold prosecuting Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza. In a letter dated February 10, Tobiko says that his office is not subject to anyone when it comes to prosecutions and that the issue at stake is outside the mandate of Amolo's Commission on the Administration of Justice. "We therefore stand by our said decision. However, if you or Mrs Kerubo are still dissatisfied with our said decision, then you are free to move to High Court for an authoritative and binding decision on the matter ... We are glad that you appreciate that in making prosecutorial decisions the ODPP does not require the consent nor is it subject to the direction or control of any person or authority. That, we should hasten to add, would include the Commission on Administration of Justice," says Tobiko. In his letter to the DPP dated January 20, Amolo accused Tobiko of frustrating Kerubo by failing to prosecute Baraza. Kerubo had filed a complaint with the commission over the DPP's decision to withhold prosecution against Baraza. More...

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Otiende Amolo, the Ombudsman.
Man's body dumped in river: The body of an un-identified man was found in river Khalaba in Khalaba village by street children who had gone swimming. The street children raised alarm at around 10.00am on Thursday. The residents explained that the body was found dumped in the deep waters of the river and they suspect the man was killed by unknown people elsewhere and dumped in the river.. Residents complained of the slow response by police to reach the scene, hours after being informed by the members of the public. More...
Doctor dies on his way to new station in Busia

By Reuben Olita, Feb 16 2012
A surgeon, Dr Joseph Wawiye, who was officially moving to his new station at Busia District Hospital collapsed and died near Mundika trading centre on Tuesday. Busia district medical officer Janerose Ambuchi said her colleague was driving to his new station when he met his untimely death. She said the fallen medic parked his vehicle along the road when he started feeling unwell. Dr Ambuchi said before the medic succumbed to his ailment he tried to call his brother-in-law. This, she said, was revealed by the latest call he made before passing on. It is believed Dr Wawiye died from heart failure. Good Samaritans who found his body alerted the police who took it to Busia District Hospital mortuary. The body was yesterday moved to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu to await postmortem examination. Dr Ambuchi said pathologists from Kakamega and Kisumu will carry out the postmortem to establish what could have killed the medic. Dr Wawiye was posted to Busia District Hospital from Kisumu early this year but he only reported and asked for time off to sort himself out. More...

Death of Bukhayo paramount chief

By our correspondent, Feb 16 2012
Emmanuel Odaba, Paramount Chief (previously Senior Chief, Nambale location), HSC, active member of the Bukhayo Council of Elders, coordinator for Bukhayo cultural festival, former teacher at Lwanya Primary School passed away on 29-01-2012 and was laid to rest on 11-02-2012 at his home in Matayos location. Service was held at Lwanya Girls High School whose land he donated for the construction of the school. His service was graced by former A.G. Amos Wako, Minister for Youth and Sports, Paul Otuoma, permanent secretaries Andrew Mondo and David Stower, among many others.

Western MPs defend Kilonzo over censure motion

By Justus Ochieng, Feb 15 2012
Western Kenya MP’s have vowed to oppose the proposed censure motion against Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo. Some MP’s allied to DPM Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto have been plotting to introduce a motion in Parliament to censure Mutula over his stand that ICC suspects should not contest the presidency. On Monday Roads assistant minister Lee Kinyanjui who is Uhuru ally said they were scheming how to kick the outspoken minister out of his docket for insisting that suspects of crimes against humanity are not fit to lead the country. Speaking to the Star yesterday, legislators from Nyanza and Western region vowed to shoot down the motion once it is introduced in Parliament. The MP’s who included Foreign Affairs assistant minister Richard Onyonka, Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), Edwin Yinda (Alego Usonga), Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda) and Fred Outa (Nyando) said they will join like-minded individuals to support the Justice minister. “We will stick with Mutula since the decision to introduce that motion to the house is ill timed and based on personal vendetta,” Onyonka said. Onyonka said Mutula has been defending the constitution and the plot to reprimand him is “merely based on succession politics”. He said some MP’s wanted to take advantage of Mutula’s problems with Kenya Revenue Authority to kick him out. More...

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Yusuf Chanzu, Vihiga MP: We'll shoot down censure motion against Kilonzo.
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Enock Mulama: Kidneys for sale
Kidney-for-sale boy finally goes to school; thanks to Mumias Sugar Company

By Jescah Anyanje, Feb 15 2012
This was the determination of a young boy who was ready to defy all odds and change the shape of his life, a boy determined to get what would change and make him a better person- education. He was ready to pay the price, even to sacrifice his kidney if that is what it takes. We walked through the narrow roads leading us to Namulungu village of Matungu district and that is where we met Enock Mulama Lanya seated outside the shackles of their home, looking frustrated and holding his admission letter to Nairobi school. Enock Mulama Lanya is a 14-year old boy and a second born in a family of ten. His first-born sister sat for her KCPE in 2009 scored 359 marks and was admitted at Keveye girls but her father failed to raise fees for her admission. She joined Koyonzo secondary school through donations from well-wishers. Lanya sat for his KCPE exams in 2011 at Kadima primary school and secured 398 out of the possible 500 marks. His joy was short lived when he realized that his father Protus Mulama who has a mental disorder could not be able to send him to Nairobi school not even after he sells their one-acre piece of land from where they feed. Mulama whose ambition is to become a doctor or lawyer, discloses that, the only alternative for him to raise fees for his education was to sell one of his kidneys. More...

Fire destroys Kakamega forest

By Grace Wekesa, Feb 14 2012
Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has put its staff on full alert after fire destroyed trees and other vegetation on the highest view point of Kakamega Forest. The officer in charge of Kakamega Forest Mwai Muraguri said 15 hectares of land on Lirhanda viewpoint have been destroyed. The fire is believed to have been started by arsonists who took advantage of the dry weather. Muraguri asserted that following the incident his department has recalled all its staff on leave and instructed them to be on standby for any fire outbreak. KFS is also educating the public on the dangers of lighting fire near the forest. He added that his department was happy with the corporation it has received so far from other agents. Muraguri applauded media and the general public in guarding the forest against destruction. The Forest, which is the only remaining tropical rain forest that runs from West Africa has been under threat from human encroachment leading to a large chunk of its land being converted for human settlement and farming. More...

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Rondo Retreat set in serene surroundings deep inside Kakamega rainforest. Fire destroyed up to 15 hectares of the tropical rainforest, the easternmost parch of the equatorial rainforest that once stretched from Guinea in West Africa..
Snake kills student in Teso

By Reuben Olita, Feb 14 2012
A 16-year-old Form Three student at St John Alupe Secondary School in Teso South district died on Sunday night after she was bitten by a snake. Dorothy Auma died at the Busia District Hospital moments after she was transferred there from a private clinic. Amerikwai ward councillor Eric Adome said the girl had gone to draw water from a borehole outside their house at 7pm when she was attacked by the snake. Busia district medical officer, Dr Janerose Ambuchi, said: ''The girl could have survived had she been brought moments after she was bitten by the snake.'' She denied the local residents' claims that the hospital lacks anti-venom drugs. She advised the residents to beware of snakes, especially during dry weather. Last June, a standard four girl at Ojamii Primary School, Diana Etyang, died after she was bitten by a snake. More...

Origin of Valentine Day: The modern St. Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. As per one legend, the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays being renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14. He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. More...
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Paul Otuoma, the Youth Affairs and Sports Minister.

Otuoma cautions politicians: Youth affairs and sports minister Dr Paul Otuoma has cautioned politicians against using the high rate of unemployment among the youth in the country as their campaign tool to incite them especially during this electioneering year. Speaking during the commissioning of a twin workshop at Kitale Youth polytechnic in Trans Nzoia County the minister said that it was unfortunate to witness some politicians inciting the youth against certain government officers claiming that there is a disparity in job opportunities based on tribal or regional imbalance. “I am warning politicians not to use unemployment among the youth to incite them by saying that they are unemployed because some leaders have preferred to give jobs to their tribesmen or kinsmen yet they know the problem is realized nationally,” Otwoma told stakeholders during the function. More...

Budalang'i residents give new poly a wide berth

By Cajetan Okondo, Feb 14 2012
Youth in Budalangi have something to smile about since the establishment of the Busagwa polytechnic in Bunyala Central. The institution was established in 1978 by Magombe catholic mission which offer various courses to empower youth after clearing their O’ level as stipulated under Vision 2030. District Training Officer Mr. Douglas Ogutu said that over 400 students register with the institution every term which most of them are funded by bursary funds through CDF which leads to government spending of 6.5 millions. The institution offers various courses like building technology, motor vehicle technology, re-fashion & design and garment making technology, hair dressing and beauty therapy, electronic technology, metal processing technology, food processing technology and ICT. “Beside that the institution still faces some of the challenges like perennial flooding which is so common in the area during rainy season but there is a technical team that is working on the problem to come up with a lasting solution,” said Ogutu. “Moreover, the institution also faces internal issues like parents giving the institution a last priority to students, youth not appreciating the institution in the area, Lack of adequate staff and attitude from the local seeing the students as the failures,” said Ogutu. More...

Bukusu dump Kikuyu for Luo ahead of 2012 general elections

By Eric Ngobilo, Feb 13 2012
Ford Kenya party leaders over the weekend announced their intent to withdraw from the PNU alliance and forge a new one with ODM ahead of the General election. Party leader Moses Wetang’ula, Secretary General Dr. Eseli Simiyu and Cabinet Minister Noah Wekesa said the party will be in the coalition that will form the next government. They made the remarks at a rally in Bungoma that was attended by ODM MPs Ababu Namwamba and Fred Outa. Their remarks comes in the wake of a tour by Prime Minster Raila Odinga in the County. “We are strategizing on the formation of a coalition which will produce the next president of Kenya,” said Wekesa. “We have nothing to show our people for working with PNU. They have instead fought us and divided our leaders,” said Dr Eseli. “ODM and Ford Kenya are like conjoined twins who stand for the same principles. We are natural partners,” added Namwamba. The specifics of the alliance remain fuzzy however, with the Ford Kenya leaders insisting that the party will field contestants in all levels of the elections. Dr Eseli said the party had lost popularity over the years after failing to field candidates because of entering into coalitions and losing its identity. “We as Ford Kenya will be on the ballot whether we go into a collation or we go it alone,” said Dr Eseli. Assistant Minister Bifwoli Wakoli said he is comfortable working with ODM, although such an alliance must be in Ford Kenya's terms.

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Moses Wetangula, the FORD-Kenya leader, Ababu Namwamba of ODM and Bifwoli Wakoli, MP for Kanduyi in a show of unity in Bungoma yesterday. Ford-K leaders said their support for PNU had not yielded development for the Bukusu. Photo: Protus Simiyu

Webuye's Panpaper in limbo: The opening date of the troubled Pan Paper Mills in Webuye remains unclear after the government and receiver managers failed to arrive at an agreement. The paper company may not reopen again and its more than 1,000 employees are now worried that their jobs are at stake unless the government finds a way forward. More...
Bungoma school girls get free sanitary pads

By Rosemary Wachiye, Feb 13 2012
Pupils aged above 13 years at Khachonge area, in Bungoma Central District are all smiles after bidding goodbye to a long term problem they were facing of lack of funds to purchase sanitary towels every month whenever they had to undergo menstruation. Thanks to ‘Help Khachonge’ an initiative that was launched in 2004 by Switzerland sponsors headed by Ms. Everlyn Wamalwa, the children in primary schools and secondary school from around the region get free re-usable sanitary towels to serve them through the essential times. The package commonly known to them as ‘Uhuru kits’ that comprises of eight reusable sanitary towels, three panties and a piece of soap was handed to more than 80 pupils in the region, 40 in Khachonge primary school, 20 in Khachonge Girls high school and another 20 in Bwake primary on August 2011 and now six months later they told the story of how the assistance had changed their lives. The reusable sanitary towels are made out of washable readily available cotton clothes and a towel material inserted inside for purposes of absorbing and keeping the user comfortable all through the time they are then sewn round to make it up. In an exclusive interview with West Fm, a sampled group of 5 girls from Khachonge R.C Primary school expressed their happiness over the assistance they got that according to all of them brought happiness and confidence to help them through their studies well. More...

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Pupils of Khachonge area in Bungoma Central being taught how to use the re-usable sanitary pads. Photo: Rosemary Wachiye

Woman arrested for marrying an underage pupil: A chief in Kitale at the weekend rescued a class eight boy who had been married to a mother of five at Mitume estate. Chief Charles Namunyu and administration police officers officers traced the boy using a mobile phone after arresting the woman at a bar in Kitale where she works. Namunyu said Loyce Sambula, 28, married the pupil two weeks ago causing him to drop out of school. The boy's mother, Divinah Mungeresa, who has been staying with him in Liyavo village, said the boy's father died in 2001 and has been struggling to provide for her ten children. “I am disappointed with my son because I paid Sh3000 for the boy as exam registration fee two weeks ago. He has been missing until over the weekend when I was called by the chief who informed me about the bad news,'' she said. More...
Low turnout frustrates US doctors at Kakamega hospital offering free surgery

By John Kabaka, Feb 10 2012
There was a low turnout at the five-day pediatrics surgical medical company American doctors at the Western provincial general hospital as it started a day ago. Only 21 people brought in their children for screening, which fell below the expectation by the American doctors of about 80 patients a day. ‘We need at least 83 patients to be screened a day so that the work can continue because some of them may be clients for operations,” said Colleen H. Kemian, the director of ISMS operation Kids. The camp that is to last until Friday aims to offer free unlimited plastic surgery for cleft lips, cleft palates, burn reconstruction for contracture among children between one day and two years,’ said Colleen. The camp is also to give free orthopedic surgery, fractures, club feet, dislocated hips and other varied orthopedic repair. Colleen said that the experts were ready to do any surgery and encouraged more parents and guardians to bring out their children with the targeted deformities. She added that the doctors will be leaving on Friday. More...

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Nancy Baraza has finally stopped going to 'work' after receiving a letter from Judicial Service Commission.

Sabaot militia terror alert: Teachers in the Mt Elgon region have raised a red flag over threats from the regrouping Sabaot Land Defense Force militia. Speaking to the Star yesterday in Kapsokwony, KNUT executive secretary Stephen Chemonges said several of his members had received fresh threats from people alleging to be members of the militia group. More...
Baraza defies suspension, continues to go to office

By Sam Kiplagat, Feb 10 2012
Nancy Baraza has continued going to the office despite being suspended on January 25 as Deputy Chief Justice. President Kibaki announced her suspension on January 25 to allow a tribunal to investigate allegations that she threatened to shoot a security guard at Village Market on New Year's Eve. Despite the suspension, Baraza has continued to come to work in the morning and leave in the evening for the last two weeks. Eventually the Judicial Service Commission was forced to write to her "clarifying" her terms of suspension, a move that made her finally stay away from the Supreme Court offices yesterday. "The JSC had been grappling with the issue for the better part of the week but eventually they decided to write to her to clear issue which has now been sorted," said a source familiar with the proceedings. Baraza did not do any official work from the day she was suspended. The atmosphere around the case has become poisoned with Baraza supporters claiming that it is an ethnic conspiracy so that "a Mount Kenya person can get the position". More...

Ruto seeks out of court settlement in land dispute with Muteshi

By Evelyn Kwamboka, Feb 9 2012
Eldoret North MP William Ruto now wants an out-of-court settlement for a case in which he is accused of illegally acquiring land after post-election violence. The MP’s lawyer Katwa Kigen Wednesday told the court that he had agreed with parties in the matter to meet and explore possibilities to settle the issue. High Court judge Rose Ougo ordered that the case be mentioned on March 5 and asked parties to comply with what they will agree on. The Attorney General’s office asked the court to allow it file witness statements received from Lands Ministry in relation to the suit property. Mr Adrian Muteshi claims Ruto illegally acquired his piece of land, Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu after the 2008 post-election violence. Muteshi told the court in his evidence-in-chief last year that six workers at his 100-acre farm in Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu, were kicked out of the property in 2008 and have been unable to return. "I went near the farm after post-election violence and was informed that Ruto had taken over the land," he told the court. Muteshi’s efforts to conduct a search on whether ownership of the property had changed were unsuccessful and he wrote to the Commissioner of Lands, asking him to intervene. "Ruto is feared in Eldoret and nobody was willing to give me information, fearing for their lives," he told the court. On June 8, 2010, the district lands registrar wrote to the commissioner explaining that the land was under Ms Dorothy Yator. More...

Oliver Litondo
Oliver Musila Litondo, the Kakamega-born movie actor who was named Best Actor in Hollywood for his role in First Grader. See profile

Child labour in Bunyala alert: Those practising child labour in Bunyala district will be prosecuted if continue to do so. Addressing stakeholders during a one-day workshop at the district's headquarters yesterday, the Director of Children Services Ahmed Hussein said the practice is rampant on the beaches where children are engaged in fishing at the expense of their education. Hussein asked children advisory councils in the district to make a list of orphaned and vulnerable children and hand over to the local children's officers for action. More...
Oliver Litondo named best actor in Hollywood

By Grace Kerongo, Feb 9 2012
On Monday night Oliver Litondo was named the Best Actor for The First Grader at the 11th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala, in Hollywood, California. AARP The Magazine hosted it. When a clip of the movie was shown shown, depicting Oliver’s character in the movie as octogenarian Kimani Maruge who was in search of education, the Hollywood elite all gave him a standing ovation as he accepted the award. According to the Awards’ blog: “Litondo was gracious and humble–his strongest words were a plea for filmmakers to come make movies in Kenya, where ‘our young people are educated but unemployed’.” Other winners of the night included guest of honor Sharon Stone who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Glenn Close won Best Actress for her role in Albert Nobbs and Martin Scorcese won Breakthrough Achievement for Hugo. The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne, was named the Best Movie for Grownups by AARP The Magazine, while The Help, starring Octavia Spencer was awarded with Reader’s Choice. AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups was started in 2002 to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances, and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the over 50 audience. Litondo was born in Kakamega and worked as a news anchor with KBC and KTN before branching out into full time acting. He is married to Beldina Auma and they have four children. More...

Clever Busia girl stranded for lack of fees

By Frankline Bwire, Feb 8 2012
The overall seventh best girl from Busia County in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education with 390 marks, is appealing to well wishers and the government to help her raise fees for joining Bishop Gatimu Ngandu girls high school where she was called. Irene Nasirumbi, a 13 year old girl who was a pupil at Mabale primary school in Busia district scooped three A’s and two B’s in the five subjects in which she scored an A in English, A in Kiswahili, A in Mathematics, B in science and B in SST/RE respectively. Nasirumbi a fifth born among a family of six children says her father who is a bicycle operator and the mother a house wife cannot afford to raise the fee which is estimated to KShs 120,000 a year. “Their monthly earnings are too low for them to pay the required fees at the national school which I was called,” she said. She says her four brothers in local secondary schools in the County continue to undergo several challenges among them fee payment to which she does not wish to go through after having gone through the same before completing her class eight exams. Nasirumbi who her ambitions are to become a lawyer in future informed West FM that she is worried as time for her admission date has elapsed, adding that things have continued to remain hard on her side despite hoping that joining form one will be her starting point to continue with her education. More...

Raila to support Mudavadi: Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the ODM party leader, has said there is no rift in his party and that he will support his Deputy Musalia Mudavadi if he beats him in the party’s presidential candidate nominations. He said the public notion that he is at war with his Deputy Musalia Mudavadi is an issue that has been blown out of proportion stating that what is being witnessed is mature democracy within the party. More...
Irene Nasirumbi
Irene Nasirumbi, the 7th best student in Busia County who is stranded for lack of school fees.
Marende bows to pressure, orders MPs back to Parliament

By Peter Opiyo, Feb 8 2012
Members of Parliament will cut their break short after House Speaker Kenneth Marende bowed to pressure from President Kibaki and ordered the National Assembly to reconvene next Tuesday. President Kibaki is said to have been concerned that delay in passing key Bills within the timelines required by law might open the door for Parliament to be dissolved through the High Court. Under the Constitution, should Parliament fail to enact the Bills as required by the Constitution, anyone can petition the High Court to issue a declaratory order instructing Parliament to act as prescribed by the Court, failure to which the Chief Justice shall advise the President to dissolve Parliament as prescribed in Article 261 of the Constitution. The early reconvening of Parliament is to give MPs time to clear their heavy legislative diary before the General Election expected in December. Although the High Court had ruled that the MPs’ terms ends in March, it is widely believed that both President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga may dissolve the National Accord that created the Coalition Government and send MPs home to allow for elections this year. More...

Kenneth Marende
House Speaker, Kenneth Marende has ordered MPs back to Parliament on Tuesday.

Winning war FGM war: With clear political goodwill, the war on Female Genital Mutilation can be won, Dennitah Ghati, the founder and chairperson of Education Centre for the Advancement of Women in Kuria has said. Speaking as the World celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International Day on Zero tolerance against FGM, Ghat said the war on the vice is being frustrated by lack of political goodwill. More...
Numbers won't take you anywhere without unity, Shitanda warns the Luhya

By Hilton Otenyo, Feb 8 2012
Housing Minister Soita Shitanda has asked politicians in Western province to educate area residents on the importance of registering as voters and turning out to cast their votes. Shitanda who is Malava MP said the large population will not be of help to the Luhya community in the race for presidency if the numbers cannot be converted into votes. “We now have about five presidential candidates and it is upon the politicians to educate our people on not only registering as voters but also to turn out in large numbers to cast their votes during elections,” Shitanda said. He said politicians must also sensitise residents on the dangers of accepting cash handouts as the elections draw close. More...

Am not Uhuru/Ruto project - fumes Mudavadi

By Patrick Beja, Feb 7 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi will not abandon the Orange Democratic Party even if he fails to become its presidential candidate. Surrounded by leading ODM MPs from Mombasa County, Mudavadi dismissed as "dreamers" those claiming he is sponsored by Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s rivals to challenge the Langata MP for the party’s presidential ticket. Speaking in Mombasa where he continued with his campaigns for the ODM ticket, Mudavadi, who is also Sabatia MP and Minister for Local Government, castigated those trying to label him a "project" of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto. Said Mudavadi: "This is nonsense. I am trying to consolidate democracy in democracy in ODM and I cannot leave the party even after losing in the nominations. Those claiming that I am working for other political forces are living in a dream world." The DPM made the remarks when he met 240 delegates from Changamwe, Likoni, Mvita and Kisauni at Sai Rock Hotel in Mombasa county. Mudavadi has been in the media shoring up his campaign strategy and rolling up his sleeves to compete against Prime Minister Raila Odinga who has also declared interest in the top seat. His latest campaign onslaught has generated heat within ODM ranks and attracted the interest in the party’s rivals who view him as a possible compromise candidate in the General Election. More...

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IDPs from 5 districts in Bungoma demonstrate outside DC's office.

500 IDPs camp at Bungoma DC's office

By Protus Simiiyu, Feb 7 2012
Over 500 hundred Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) drawn from five districts in Bungoma County held peaceful demonstrations today (Tuesday) and are camping at the Deputy Provincial Commissioner office’s Upper Western region vowing not to go back until their grievances are taken into account. Led by the Secretary General Bernard Wakhungu the IDPs accused the government for selective resettlement while neglecting their plight in Bungoma County. Wakhungu said that Bungoma County has over 5000 IDPs with Kimilili alone being a home to 1600 IDPs who are still located on market places as the government through the ministry of special programs remain aloof. More...

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Luhya leaders in unity talks during the burial of former Lugari MP, Apili Waomba Wawire at Lunyito village, Lugari on Saturday. From left: Ikolomani MP, Dr Bonny Khalwale; Lugari MP, Cyrus Jirongo; Housing Minister and MP for Malava, Soita Shitanda and Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Sabatia, Musalia Mudavadi.
Late Lugari MP unites Luhya leaders

By our reporter, Feb 7 2012
Luhya leaders who have been perennial enemies have vowed to unite behind Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi if he wins the ODM presidential nominations. The leaders were speaking on Saturday during the burial of former Lugari MP, Apili Waomba Wawire at Lunyito village, Lugari. First off the blocks was Lugari MP, Cyrus Jirongo who promised to support Mr Mudavadi if he won ODM nominations. Mr Jirongo, who is also vying for presidential nominations in United Republican Party associated with Eldoret North MP, William Ruto, also appealed to Mr Mudavadi to support him if he too won URP nominations. Meanwhile, Ikolomani MP, Dr Bonny Khalwale poured cold water on Mudavadi's chances in ODM citing the 1992 FORD elections in Thika in which Raila Odinga walked out of the party folowing defeat by late Vice President, Kijana Wamalwa.

Busia cane farmers win case against Mumias

By Wanyonyi wa Wasike, Feb 6 2012
Sugar cane farmers in Busia County won round one of a court case against Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) after the High Court in Bungoma issued temporary orders stopping any sale of the controversial Nasewa land. Farmers who were represented in the case by Nairobi lawyer Charles Kanjama had a reason to celebrate after the high court ruling that now effectively stops MSC and its partners from disposing off the piece of land at Nasewa measuring 843 hectares. Led by civil rights activist Okiya Omtatah, the farmers had moved to court to stop the sale of land, a move that was being undertaken by MSC to offset a loan amounting to Ksh.111 million that was said to have been loaned out to the directors of Busia Sugar Company, then the sole proprietors of the Nasewa land, when the farmers’ company was on the brink of collapse as a result of heavy debts. In the case, Omtatah was named as the first petitioner on behalf of the Kenyans For Justice and Development (KEJUDE) Trust and 29 other petitioners. The defendants in the suit include former Attorney-General Amos Wako, the Commissioner of Lands, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Kenya Sugar Board (KSB), Mumias Sugar Company (MSC), Busia Sugar Company (BOCO) and Kaplony Company Limited. Others listed are MSC Managing Director Dr. Evans Kidero and Wetang’ula Adan and Makokha Advocates, a law firm based in Bungoma town.

nasewa sugar factory, busia
The controversial Nasewa Sugar Factory in Busia which is in dispute between local farmers and the giant Mumias Sugar Company. The High Court has ruled that the transfer of land be stopped pending the determination of a legal suit challenging Mumias Sugar Co. The respondents were ordered to be served within a period of seven days and to file and serve their response within 14 days of service. The matter comes up for hearing on the 24th of this month.
Lugari to get a magistrate court

By Joseph Amunya, Feb 3 2012
Plans to have a local magistrate court established in Lugari district received a boost when the District Development Committee (DDC) approved it and appealed to the office of the Chief Justice to expedite the process. In a special DDC meeting convened at Lumakanda TAC hall, members of the committee led by Lugari senior district officer, Mr. Richard Ajwang, unanimously supported the move saying it was long overdue. Supporting the proposal, area police boss, Mr. John Leshimpiro, said that with a human population estimated at about 400,000, Lugari district urgently requires a magistrate court in order to help reduce the ever increasing cases of crime in the area. Mr. Leshimpiro added that the need to have a court in the area has also been necessitated by calls to the Judiciary to help decongest a bulk of criminal cases at the magistrate courts in Eldoret, where all criminal suspects from Lugari district are usually taken for hearing and judgment. The police boss further observed that by putting up a court in the district the government would have drastically cut down its daily expenditure in terms of fuel and car maintenance that is spent on ferrying suspects to and from Eldoret. More...

noah wekesa
Noah Wekesa, MP for Kwanza and minister for wildlife services. He wants to run as governor of Trans Nzoia County but critics say he should retire from politics as he has nothing new to offer.

Watch out for counterfeits: The Kenya Revenue Authority has stepped up patrol of theporous Busia border point to curb the entry of counterfeit goods from neighbouring countries. The said counterfeit products, which comprise alcohol packedin plastic sachets, will be seized upon reaching the customs area and handedover to the Kenya Bureau of Standards for destruction. More...
Wekesa's bid for governorship angers Trans Nzoia residents

By John Nalianya, Feb 3 2012
A recent endorsement of Forestry minister Noah Wekesa to runfor Trans Nzoia county governor has elicited harsh reactions, with a section of local leaders opposing the move. Elders from the Saboti and Bukusu communities in the county yesterday said they were angered by Kitale deputy mayor Pius Kauka's endorsing of Wekesa . Wekesa, the Forestry and Wildlife and Kwanza MP, has declared interest in the seat. Led by the Saboti Supreme Council chairman and members LawranceKipsoi, Gregory Ngeywo, Martin Ngomat and Miachealo Ndiwa, the elders said: ''It is wrong for anybody to endorse Wekesa as governor as he has a poordevelopment record in this constituency.'' The elders urged the resident to vote for fresh leadership, saying poor leadership is the cause of underdevelopmentin the region. More...

In celebration of the life and times of John Otieno Magero

John Otieno Magero
John Otieno Magero (1930-2012)

Date: Saturday, Feb 4, 2012





DATE: Saturday, Feb 4, 2012

TIME: FROM 3:00PM TO 11:00PM.

Michael and Naliaka Malomba,
Kanduyi, Bungoma

Kerubo seeks to fry Baraza with new oil

By Evelyn Kwamboka, Feb 2 2012
A security guard allegedly assaulted by Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza has requested to provide additional crucial facts to the High Court. Ms Rebecca Kerubo said the details touching on the New Year Eve saga at Nairobi’s Village Market would help a three-judge bench appointed by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in making its decision. "In my absence, the court may make findings that may prejudice other intended legal processes, including but not limited to, the pending criminal complaint," she said. Meanwhile, Kerubo has petitioned the Commission on Administrative Justice (Ombudsman) to investigate Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and establish whether the decision by the DPP to withhold making a decision on allegations against Baraza is maladministration and unfair. This comes barely 24 hours after Tobiko announced that he has to wait for the verdict of the seven-member tribunal appointed by President Kibaki to investigate her. In the petition, her lawyer stated that police found his client’s complaint as being hinged on good evidence and proposed prosecution. More...

Rebecca Kerubo
Rebecca Kerubo, the security guard who has accused Nancy Baraza, the deputy chief justice of attcking her at the Village Market complex in Nairobi.
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Kisumu International Airport was commissioned today by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. The refurbished airport build at a cost of shs3.3 billion can now handle 600 passengers an hour and accommodate large aircraft from around the world. Photo: Jacob Owiti
Basonge clan head is dead

By Westfm, Feb 2 2012
The Basonge Clan chairman of Abanyala community Aaron Makokha is dead. Mr Makokha passed on Thursday morning at 5am while receiving treatment at the Lumino hospital in Kakamega. Makokha formerly worked at the Kenya Revenue Authority hails from the Maongoera village in Budonga sub Parish of Bunyala West Location. He was a husband to Bibiana Makokha. A father to, Lucy Makokha and the late Godfrey Makokha. He was the son to the late Nicodemus Makokha and the late Lucia Makokha. A brother to Augustine Makokha, the late Hellen Muyoti, Virginia Bwire, Theresa Wamukoya, the late Damascene Olukwo, Faiustina Wambani and Andrew Makokha. His body has been moved to St Mary's hospital mortuary Mumias. More...

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