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Mumias sugar farmers to riot if a local is not named as CEO

By our correspondent, 30 Jan 2012
Evans Kidero’s exit from Mumias Sugar where he has been chief executive to go into politics has been received with relief by canegrowers who have always wanted a local MD.  Sugarcane growers vowed that they will paralyse operations of the firm if someone from outside the area is named to take over from Kidero. Led by a Mumias parliamentary hopeful Justine Mutobera, the farmers said Mumias Sugar zone boasts of many qualified people who can effectively manage the sugarfirm when Kidero’s term expires this year. “We urge the government to intervene and have a local succeed Kidero whose long tenure at the helm of Mumias Sugar has left farmers counting huge losses due to high costs of production and exorbitant farm inputs charges,”said Mutobera. They said a local person will improve the firm’sufficiency “because such a person understands the area and locals and even the dynamics in the sugar sector". More...

Evans Kidero
Evans Kidero, the outgoing CEO of Mumias Sugar Company. Mr Kidero from Luoland is quitting to vie for governorship of Nairobi County. Local Abawanga tribesmen insist his replacement must be a local man or woman or they will paralyse operations of Kenya's largest sugar miller.
Shock as snake 'attends' burial of its victim in Teso

By Reuben Olita, Jan 31 2012
Drama unfolded in Teso North district on Saturday when a snake, which is believed to have bitten a man appeared during his burial. Patrick Barasa, 51, was beaten by a snake in his Kiriko village home as he returned to his house after answering a call of nature in the nearby bush. He was rushed to Kocholia district hospital where he died seven hours later owing to lack of anti-snake venom serum, which is not available in most hospitals in Busia county. There was a pandemonium as Father Joseph Dome of Kocholia Parish delivered a sermon when mourners abandoned him and dashed towards the grave where the snake had been spotted. The mourners killed the seven-inch snake and carried it to the astonished priest who looked perplexed by the bizarre incident. Villagers believe that the snake is the one that killed Barasa since it had no teeth. More...

Can you write?

Call For Papers: The Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies

Citizenship Studies is at a crucial moment of globalizing as a field. Professors Engin Isin and Peter Nyers are editing a Handbook that will take account of this moment and set a new agenda for the field. The Handbook will provide state-of-the art analyses of the practices and enactments of citizenship across broad continental regions (Africas, Americas, Asias, Europes) as well as deterritorialized forms of citizenship (Diasporicity, Indigeniety).
The Handbook will be published in 2014. Chapters of up to 5,000 words in length will be arranged under the following parts:

1.      Approaching Citizenship
2.      Africas
3.      Americas
4.      Asias
5.      Europes
6.      Diasporicity
7.      Indigeneity

If you would like to submit a chapter proposal to the editors, please visit our website: http://www.oecumene.eu/publications/global-citizenship-studies

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Ivy Muchuma short putting her way to victory.
Niva's grandchild excels at US college sports

By our correspondent, Jan 26 2012
Ivy Muchuma, a grandchild of the legendary soccer star, Jonathan Niva, continues to uphold the sporting tradition of her talented family. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she is a student, the sophomore led the women's team in a series of stupendous victories at the Wesleyan indoor track and field invitational on January 21.  She won the shot put with a distance of 11.23 meters and also placed fourth in the 20-lb weight throw (14.47m) and fifth in the triple jump (10.02m).  Leading the way for RPI was senior Christopher Chang (Troy, NY/Tamarac), who picked up his second straight victory in the pole vault with a height of 4.60 meters at Wesleyan.  The men's and women's indoor track & field teams saw a number of strong performances dominate at Saturday's non-team scoring Wesleyan Invitational.  The Engineers, who were one of 19 teams in this year's field, saw four first-place finishes and a number of top-five performances.  More...

Ex Lugari MP to be buried in February

By Joseph Otieno, Jan 26 2012
The body of former Lugari legislator, Mr. Apili Sifuna Waomba Wawire will be laid to rest on 4th February, 2012 at his home in Lunyito village of Lugari location, Lugari district in Kakamega County. This was revealed by the late Wawire’s cousin Moses Ekina Makokha who is in-charge of the burial arrangements at their home. According to Mr. Ekina, relatives, friends and well-wishers are meeting at their home in Lunyito and Gardens Square in Nairobi for burial ceremony preparations. He disclosed that the body of the deceased will be removed from Kenyatta National Hospital morgue on 2nd February before being transported to his home in Western Province for the burial ceremony. The late Apili Sifuna Waomba was born at Sivilie village of Bunyala location, Navakholo in the year 1955. He joined Sivilie primary school the year 1963 – 1967 where he left at standard three and transferred to Jericho primary school in Nairobi and later on joined St. Patrick primary in Eldoret between 1968 – 1971 where he sat his CPE examination and performed well. He joined form one at Uasin Gishu secondary school in 1972 and did his O-level exams in 1975 before joining Upper Hill secondary school in 1976 – 1977 in form five and form six where he did his A – level and passed well. He later joined Moscow University in Russia 1979 – 1985 where he graduated with masters in economics. More...

Apili Sifuna Waomba Wawire
Apili Sifuna Waomba Wawire (1955-2012), the ex MP for Lugari (1992-1997) will be buried on February 4 at his Lugari farm.
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Lady Justice Nancy Baraza: Suspended from office pending tribunal hearing.

Baraza's court action flops: The High Court has declined a request by suspended Deputy CJ Nancy Baraza's to issue temporary orders to stop the tribunal appointed by President Kibaki from investigating her conduct. The suspension got a dramatic twist on Thursday after an inmate at the Malindi GK Prison also filed a petition against the decision of the JSC to petition President Kibaki to form the tribunal. The inmate, Emmanuel Boki Kibagendi, filed the petition at the High Court in Malindi challenging the decision by JSC to petition the President to suspend the embattled Deputy Chief Justice. More...

Baraza suspended, to face tribunal

By Patrick Mayoyo, Jan 26 2012
President Kibaki on Wednesday suspended Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza and appointed a seven-member tribunal to investigate her conduct. The team will be chaired by former Tanzanian Chief Justice Augustino Stephen Lawrence Ramdhan. The members are Prof Judith Mbula Behemuka, Justice (Rtd) Philip Ransley, Surinder Kapila, Beauttah Alukhava Siganga, Grace Barbara Ngele Madoka and Prof Mugambi Jesse Ndwiga Kanyua. The President also appointed Ms Valeria Onyango as lead counsel and Gideon Solonka Kilakoi assisting counsel to assist the tribunal. The Head of State said the mandate of the tribunal shall be to investigate the conduct of the DCJ on the basis of Articles 168 (I)(e), 73(I)(a) and (b), and 75(I) and (2) of the Constitution and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Code of Conduct and Ethics, Legal Notice No 50 and other relevant laws and matters. Accused of assaulting guard The President said he suspended the DCJ from exercising the functions of her office with immediate effect according to Article 168(5) of the Constitution. Ms Baraza was accused of assaulting and threatening to shoot Ms Rebecca Kerubo, a guard at the Village Market shopping mall, on the New Year eve. More...

Funeral program for the late John Otieno Magero 'JD'

London, Tuesday January 24 2012
Friends of the late John Denis Otieno (JD) will meet on 29th January 2012 at the  YE OLD SWISS Pub at 14:00 Swiss Cottage.
The pub is right above the Swiss Cottage Tube Station.
The funeral service takes place at St.Wilfreds Church, Lorrimore Road SE17 and Burial at  Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, Camberwell, London, SE23 3RD.
You are welcome to celebrate the life and contribute to the funeral arrangements of the late JD at the above address.
Those unable to attend may contribute through the account below:

Paul Otieno (Bob)
National Westminster Bank
Sort Code: 60-22-27
Account Number: 34698817

For further details, contact Vitalis Ndeda 07838112974
or Lily Gumo on 07931235652

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Bernard Watsulu: Abeingo Chairman
Marsha Jones
Marsha Jones: Treasurer and Project Coordinator
alice were
Alice Were: International Coordinator
Watsulu is Abeingo's new chairman

London, Saturday, January 21 2012
Abeingo Community Network held its 4th Annual General Meeting in London, UK and elected the following officials:

Chairman - Bernard Watsulu

Treasurer cum Projects Coordinator - Marsha Jones

Organising Secretary - Amos Omerri

International Coordinator - Alice Were

Assistant Secretary - Aggrey Kikaya

Ex - 0ffiicio - Juvenal Shiundu (ex chair), Frida Wandera (Ex Asst Chair) and John Baraza.

Amos Omerri
Amos Omerri: Organising Secretary
Aggrey Kikaya
Aggrey Kikaya: Assistant Secretary General
John Magero
John Otieno Magero (1930 - 2012)
Death of oldest Kenyan in London

By our reporter, Jan 22 2012
Death has occurred in London of Mzee John Otieno Magero (1930 – 2012) on 20 January 2012, a Kenyan with the longest residency in UK.  Mzee Magero from Bunyala first came to England in 1958 for further studies and remained for permanent settlement.  He was one of the earliest brilliant mathematics teachers in pre-independence Kenya, a feat that won him a scholarship to the UK.   INGONEWS understands that the late octogenarian will be buried in London this Saturday, January 28 2012.  His nephew, Fred Gumo, minister for regional development flew to London on news of his uncle`s death. Mr Otieno has four wives and 11 children. He told INGONEWS in July 2008 that he sought permission from his first wife, Agnes from Ukwala, Siaya District, before marrying his second wife, Beatrice from Bunyala Busia, third wife, Ruth from Bunyala Busia and fourth wife, Leocadia from Morogoro, Tanzania. Further news will be posted as we receive it.

300-year schism rages in divided Wanga kingdom

By Titus Too, Jan 20 2012
Controversy has emerged in the Wanga kingdom after council of elders and the current king dismissed late former senior chief William Rapando Wambani as King of Wanga. His Royal Highness Nabongo Peter Mumia II said he is the traditional king of Wanga Kingdom – Luhya. "I am alive and exercising my royal duties as a king," he said. "My attention has been drawn to media reports emanating from the funeral of Wambani. I and the council are not aware of any other kingdom in Wanga other than this one that is 1,000 years old currently under my leadership," added Mumia II. Addressing the Press in Eldoret town On Thursday, he said the Wanga Kingdom is the only one known in the republic and dates back to the 11th century. The burial of Wambani in Mumias at the weekend, which was attended by dignitaries including Prime Minister Raila Odinga, received publicity locally and internationally. Wambani’s eldest son was installed as the next king to succeed his father, a move termed as unprocedural by Mumia II. On Thursday, Mumia II who is also Chairman of Nabongo Cultural Centre and national coordinator of the house of traditional elders said he convened the news conference to correct misleading reports on the Wanga Kingdom. He added that the Wanga Kingdom has a rich chronological profile of organised civil administration and governance that respects reigns of Nabongo Wanga, the kingdom’s founder. More...

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His Highness Nabongo Peter Mumias II (left) addresses the Press on the controversy over the Wanga Kingdom in Eldoret on Wednesday. Wanga has two kingdoms following a secession in 1710 by Nabongo Sakwa of Wanga Mukulu and Nabongo Wamukoya of Wanga Elureko. Photo: Peter Ochieng
Sabaot Bukusu fight
RC Wilson Wanyanga (Right) and IEBC vice chair (3rd Right) try to intervene councilor Kutitila after the meeting turned rowdy as he was speaking. The two communities have lived as uneasy neighbours for hundreds of years; their rivalry fed by misanthropic activities like cattle raids. Photo: Leonard Wamalwa
Bukusu Sabaot rivalry comes alive

By Leonard Wamalwa, Jan 19 2012
Long time rivalry between the people of the Bukusu of the Luhya community and the Sabaot of the Kalenjin came out in public during the Interim electoral and Boundaries Commission - IEBC public hearings for Trans Nzoia county at the Kitale Museum after speakers from the two communities bitterly differed over the proposed electoral units. The speakers led by councilors Andrew Kutitila of Sikhendu ward and Kitale deputy mayor Pius Arap Kauka differed over the new wards of Sikhendu and Nabiswa that were proposed in the Ligale report to be within the proposed Saboti co9nstituency. Supporters of the two speakers caused a halt in the hearings several times as they shouted and caused scuffles forcing security officers to intervene and calm the situation before the meeting continues. Councilor Kutitila in his speech proposed that the Nabiswa and Sikhendu wards remain in Saboti constituency as proposed in the Ligale report but proposed that Tuwani ward within Kitale town be taken to Kiminini constituency a move that people from the Sabaot community disputed through shouts. More...

Webuye's Panpaper shut again over power bills

By Eric Ngobilo, Jan 19 2012
The Webuye Pan Paper Mills was closed on Wednesday after its electricity supply was disconnected. More than 1,000 workers were sent home until further notice, according to managing director Muliaro Wafula. Dr Muliaro said the company had a power bill of Sh73 million that was due for payment last month. “The bill was supposed to be settled any time this week but this has not been done due to government bureaucracy,” he said. “All operations have been stopped but we will resume as soon as power is restored,” said Dr Muliaro. Speaking to the Nation by phone, Industrialisation permanent secretary Karanja Kibicho blamed the situation at the factory on lack of market for its products. Dr Muliaro, however, said the demand for paper was high but the challenge was that money generated from sales was deposited at the Central Bank because of the receivership status. “There is need to graduate the company from a revival mode to a business one,” he said. The bureaucracy in government, according to Dr Muliaro, did not favour business operations. “We have three active production lines but we cannot open all of them because we will produce more than we can sell under the revival mode.” The MD said the only way to make the company profitable and sustainable was to lift the receivership to operate independently. More...

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Frustrated: Wafula Muliaro, the managing director of Pan Paper Mills, Webuye.
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Nancy Baraza caricutured aiming a gun at... (Kerubo). Credit: Patrick Gathara
Police insist Baraza must face charges

By our correspondent, Jan 19 2012
Police have handed a revised report on the case against Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza to the Director of Public Prosecutions and maintain she should face the three charges they had initially suggested. Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told the Nation on Wednesday that while the corrections had been made to the file initially handed over to Mr Keriako Tobiko last week, they did not change the recommendations on Judge Baraza and her driver. “The file went back to him yesterday (Tuesday). He had said we should cover some points and it was done. We are awaiting further advice from him,” said Mr Iteere said. The report to the DPP contains Ms Baraza’s statement as well as those of witnesses at the Village Market shopping mall in Nairobi on the eve of the New Year. The vice-president of the Supreme Court is alleged to have pulled a gun on security guard Rebecca Kerubo and threatened to shoot her in addition to pinching her nose and admonishing her. If the recommendations by the police are upheld by the DPP, the deputy CJ will be charged with assault, threatening to kill and causing disturbance likely to cause a breach of peace. The DPP confirmed having received the file on Wednesday morning. More...

Tobiko wants Chahonyo jailed

By our correspondent, Jan 18 2012
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has criticised a fine imposed on former Postal Master General Francis Chahonyo by a Nairobi Court. Mr Tobiko said the fine of Sh400, 000 was too lenient considering the colossal amount of Sh50 million lost by the tax payers, and his abuse of public office. “The circumstances of this case warrants a more severe and deterrent sentence. In my view, a jail term would be a more appropriate sentence,” Mr Tobiko said. Was found guilty Mr Chahonyo was on Monday found guilty of abuse of office by anti-corruption magistrate Elijah Obaga who fined him Sh400,000 or 36 months jail term in default. (READ: Ex-posta boss found guilty) The defence lawyers in the case successfully pleaded with the court to give a non–custodial sentence. But the DPP said he was dissatisfied with the ruling and he would be moving to the High Court to seek an enhancement of the sentence. Mr Tobiko said he had already applied for copies of the proceedings and that he would be lodging the appeal soon. More...

Francis Chahonyo and Keriako Tobiko
HAWK-EYED: Convicted former parastatal boss, Francis Chahonyo and Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko. Mr Tobiko has vowed to appeal against the shs400,000 imposed on Mr Chahonyo following his conviction of shs50m fraud as postmaster general. The DPP said he will be moving to the High Court to seek an enhancement of the sentence. He particularly wants Mr Chahonyo jailed to serve as a detterent to other looters and abusers of public funds.
Juvenal Shiundu and Fred Muketi
Abeingo Chairman (left), Juvenal Shiundu condoling Engineer Fred Muketi, Stella's widower as other mourners look on.
Stella Muketi grave
Lady Justice Stella Muketi's grave with kitchen paraphernalia which are traditionally placed on the grave of Luhya women. These range from pots and pans to gourds. For the graves of Luhya men, sitting stools, tools of his trade or weapons are normally placed according to Luhya culture.
Death of Justice Stella Munai Muketi

By Westfm, Jan 17 2012
The Honourable Lady Justice Stella Munai Muketi passed on 08/01/2012 at the prime age of 50 years and after only serving less than four months since her elevation to the High Court after a competitive recruitment interview undertaken by Judicial Service Commission in 2011 leading to her being sworn as a Judge on 23/09/2011. The late Hon. Justice Stella Munai Muketi was born in 1962 to the late Johnstone Mahiva Jimakati and Mama Ida Nasiche Mahiva. She went to Bomu Primary School in Mombasa, Eregi Girls High School and Mukumu Girls before joining the University of Nairobi in 1984 to study for a Bachelor of Laws Degree. She graduated in 1987 and proceeded to the Kenya School of Law for a Diploma in Law leading to her admission as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. In 1989 Justice Stella Munai Muketi joined the Judiciary of Kenya as a District Magistrate and was posted to Mombasa. Between 1999 and 2004 she served as a Resident Magistrate in Nakuru. She served as a Senior Principal Magistrate at Kibera Law Courts, Milimani Commercial Courts and the Nairobi Central Courts between 2004 to 2009 and as a Chief Magistrate at Nyeri Law Courts between 2009 to 2011. Justice Stella Munai Muketi is survived by her husband Eng. Fredrick Muketi and a daughter Ida Nasiche Muketi, a student at Liverpool University in the United Kingdom. Lady Justice Stella Muketi was interred at her matrimonial home at Ejinja, Busia County on 14th January, 2012. More...

Stella Munai Muketi
Lady Justice Stella Munai Muketi was buried on Jan 14 2012 at her matrimonial home in Ejinja, Busia County. She became a judge in September 2011 and was only 50 when she met death. The late Justice Stella Munai Muketi’s life story is a testimony and a role model to young girls that humility, hard work and determination can take one to the pinnacle of one’s chosen profession and service to humanity. Photo: Westfm
Bungoma residents demo in support of Nancy Baraza

By Protus Simiyu, Jan 17 2012
Over 200 residents of Bungoma town today (Tuesday) held a peaceful protest in defence of the embattled Deputy Chief Justice Nacy Baraza demanding that the president to look at the issue as “petty, ill fated and malicious”. The residents led by the Bungoma KNUT secretary Kellan Wambomba, claimed that the DCJ issue was being used to derail the implementation of the one third proportion in appointing civil servants in public office. “We are not pleased with this issue, Nancy Baraza was not found at fault in her office, we may understand she might have had a quarrel with the Village Market guard and that is not a matter that would have gone to the courts, she was not even beaten,” she said adding that: “If there is an issue that they are at a conflict within the office, we do not want to be affected in the one third representations, in all positions; if we are implementing that and they want to eliminate us, where is Kenya taking us? She inquired. Wambomba, said if the DCJ was to be charged, she was to be but reports emanating justify that she does not have a case to answer citing the Keriako Tobiko the Chief Prosecutor who had disclosed that “I have completed review of the file and sent it back to the police. In view of the evidence submitted by the police, we have found gaps, inconsistencies and contradictions to be addressed.” More...

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Bungoma KNUT secretary Kellan Wambomba who led the Bungoma residents in protest defending the DCJ Nancy Baraza. Photo: Protus Simiyu
Ex Lugari MP is dead

By Joseph Otieno, Jan 17 2012
Former Lugari MP Apil Wawire Waomba Sifuna is dead. Wawire was elected Lugari MP on a Ford Asili ticket in 1992 after the introduction of Multi- party system defeating the then MP Burudi Nabwera. In 1994 he, defecated to KANU forcing a by election to be held and managed to recapture the seat. He lost the seat to the current MP Cyrus Jirongo in the 1997 elections. In 2002 and 2007 Wawire unsuccessfully failed to have a comeback after being defeated on nominations at grass root level. The late died at the Kenyatta hospital where he was undergoing treatment after a long illness that had put him down for the last three years. The current area MP Cyrus Jirongo has sent a message of condolence to the bereaved family. More...

Francis Chahonyo
Francis Chahonyo, the former postmaster general has been found guilty of financial improrieties. He has been fined Shs400,000 or three years in prison. Chahonyo is from Sabatia in Maragoli and served for many years as CEO of Kenya Sugar Authority. Photo: Courtesy of NATION
Chahonyo convicted of fraud

By Pamella Chepkemei, Jan 17 2012
Former Postmaster General Francis Chahonyo was on Monday fined Sh400,000 for unlawfully depositing the parastatal’s money in a collapsed private bank. Chahonyo will serve 36 months in jail if he fails to pay the fine. Anti-corruption magistrate Elijah Obaga found Chahonyo guilty of two counts of abuse of office. He unlawfully authorised the transfer of Sh50 million from Postal Corporation to the collapsed Euro Bank and unprocedurally sanctioned the opening of a bank account in the name of the company. His actions were in breach of the regulations of the corporation. Chahonyo was convicted alongside former assistant general manager of the firm Joseph Edward Musumba. He was fined Sh200,000 for directing the release of the cash from the corporation’s bank account at Kenya Commercial Bank. The magistrate said Chahonyo had been appointed to the position so he could act in the interest of the public but he failed to do so. More...


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Mrs Neccy Kikaya mandated by Luhya Council of Elders to popularise West End Bank

By Neccy Kikaya, Jan 17 2012
During a recent travel to Kenya, I visited most of Western Kenya Counties, to acquaint myself with ‘development’ and the results of the ‘New Constitution’.  Specifically, my visit took me to Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma Counties, including that of Trans-Nzoia in Kitale.  The highlight of my stay was marked by the Annual Event – the well known - Vihiga Cultural Festival, held at Mbale, Maragoli on 26th December 2011. 

Amongst them visits, I was very privileged to meet the Luhya Elders via “The Luhya Elders Forum / Board” and its Management that met in Kitale Town in Trans Nzoia County.  The Luhya Elders specifically invited me to attend one of their meetings that took place on New Year’s Day, i.e. Sunday, 1st January 2012 at Hon. Ambassador Burudi Nabwera’s Farm in Kiminini, Kitale.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring to public’s attention that through the great efforts of the Luhya Elders and the Forum, a new Bank had been incorporated in Western Kenya.  It will operate from Western Kenya.  It is called The “WEST END BANK”.   

At this meeting, the Luhya Elders then charged me with the responsibility to sensitise by sounding out to all those in Diaspora of the existence of this West End Bank” and that it is time for all those in Diaspora and eager to develop our counties, to commit, support and investment into and through our bank  -  The “West End Bank”.

If you are interested in knowing more about this bank, “our Bank”, of western Kenyan, and can invest or give construction comments / suggestions, please contact me. 

Neccy Florence (Flossy) Kikaya (Mrs)
BA (Hons) International Development

Email: necessity7777@yahoo.co.uk
Email: neccykikaya@hotmail.com
Facebook: Neccy (Flossy) Kikaya - (inbox me)
Tel No: (+44) 7949 115470 United Kingdom
Tel No: (+44) 7553 226900 United Kingdom

On Behalf of
West End Bank
& the Luhya Elders Forum

Defiant Baraza ready to face tribunal

By Patrick Mayoyo, Jan 16 2012
Embattled Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza on Sunday broke her silence and said she was ready to face the tribunal that will be set up to investigate her conduct. Speaking for the first time since she was accused of assaulting and threatening a Village Market security guard, Ms Rebecca Kerubo, Lady Justice Baraza said she welcomes and respects the decision of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). On Friday, the JSC recommended her suspension over the allegations levelled against her. The commission asked President Kibaki to appoint a tribunal to investigate her conduct in line with Article 168 (4) of the Constitution. On Sunday, in a telephone interview with the Nation, Ms Baraza said she had not misbehaved. “I want to go through the due process so that my side of the story can come out,” she said. The Deputy CJ said she needed to be left alone so that she can prepare for the tribunal. She has retained lawyers George Oraro, Chacha Odera and Cyprian Wekesa to act for her on the matter. “My case is in the able hands of lawyers and people should leave me alone,” she said. After receiving a report from the JSC committee established to investigate the matter, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga announced that the commission will send a petition to the President with a view of suspending Ms Baraza as judge and deputy president of the Supreme Court and to appoint a tribunal to investigate her conduct. More...

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Nancy Baraza, the embattled deputy chief justice.

Tribute to Nabongo Japheth Rapando Wambani of Wanga Mukulu
By Juvenal J. M. Shiundu,
Chairman, Abeingo Community Network (Diaspora Representative)

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Juvenal Shiundu, Chairman, Abeingo Community Network

Mumias, Saturday 14 January 2012
The family of Nabongo Japheth Rapando Wambani, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, distinguished mourners, ladies and gentlemen. The passing of Nabongo Wambani has robbed the Luhya Community in general and Wanga in particular of an indomitable leader who held his kingdom together despite several trying moments.  Although he officially ruled for only three years since his investiture in 2009, Wambani was always a leader from a very early age.  His leadership qualities were recognised while he studied at Kakamega High School when he was appointed not only as a class and dormitory prefect but also as captain of the hockey team.  A key part of his leadership involved great regard for the welfare and wellbeing of others often putting his own interests on the line for the betterment of his kinsmen. 

A striking example of his selflessness was when he decided to suspend with his secondary education in Kenya on account of prohibitive fees and instead used the family resources to educate his many siblings.  Although he eventually went to Kings College in Busoga to complete his secondary education, that act of selflessness won him admiration and respect from the clan community as someone who was ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of others.  When the colonial government wanted to appoint a chief of Wanga Mukulu, it had no trouble locating a man oozing dignity and moral rectitude.  He was unanimously appointed Chief of Wanga Mukulu, a position he served diligently for nearly two decades.

His veritable leadership skills were not just restricted to people management.  He was also an ambitious entrepreneur and farmer winning the coveted prize of Best Sugarcane Farmer in 1988, a position that attracted a high profile visit to his home by former prime minister of UK, Mrs Margaret Thatcher accompanied by retired Kenyan president, Daniel arap Moi.  This is what Margaret Thatcher said on 6 January 1988 before she departed from Kenya:
“As we went up to Western Kenya today, one saw a combination of things:
First, how the smaller farmer has been encouraged himself, which we saw yesterday! how they have taken the small family unit as the core of the strength of Kenya. They have educated people for the technicalities required, for the techniques required; they have educated them in the need for the best kind of results from agriculture, the best technique in carpentry, in metalwork, in maintenance and so on, believing that if you keep a family farm going well, the next generation will be equally keen on farming and you will keep a large part of your population in your rural areas. That has been vital.
That is the core of what they have been practising, but at same time they have recognised that you must encourage the larger company in order to get results, so we have seen people also growing tea, coffee, sugar, to go for the larger company and I was most impressed this morning when I enquired from that very impressive sugar factory we went to, how many people are really dependent upon refining in this factory, and the answer was about 400,000. Only about 4,000 work there, but they keep a lot of growers going, they keep a lot of companies who are then engaged in cutting the cane and delivering it to the factory; that keeps going a lot of subsidiary industries and there are a lot of people dependent upon them.”

Although he was born into royalty, Nabongo Wambani comported himself with humility and dignity that earned him admirers from all over his kingdom and beyond.  As a great grandson of Nabongo Sakwa, he knew the weight of history flowing through his royal blood but even without the formal emblems of obunabongo, he still carried out corporate as well community service without complaining.  It did not matter to him that he should be crowned king; for his was king already and a 73-year hiatus to formally accede to kingship in Wanga Mukulu did not seem to bother him much.  He was busy building the community through several positions he held in corporate, education and cultural sectors. If it was not for his vision and negotiation skills, Mumias Sugar Company would probably have been built elsewhere.  He used the aura of his immense personality to convince the people of Mumias to vacate the land under which Mumias Sugar stands today convinced of the economic spinoffs that have converted a largely peasant economy to one powered by large scale agri-business.

His wise counsel was always sought after by his subjects as well as dignitaries from the church, ambassadors of foreign countries, government ministers, permanent secretaries and provincial administration.  Nabongo Wambani has left this world a true king; we must not let his spirit down but up the tempo of his visionary work in order to empower ourselves politically, socially and economically.  Equally we must strive as much as possible to live life through his example of selflessness, dignity and peacemaking.  His legacy is a shining torch that will light the dark areas of our lives, giving hope to the community at a time of despair, restoring faith in our abilities to micro-manage our socio-economic affairs and stretch a helping hand to the needy.  It is notable that the king went to rest on the first day of a critical year in the history of our nation.

His passing must provide us with the enthusiasim to manage our political affairs without resorting to violence such as we witnessed four years ago.  Like biblical Moses, his legacy must truly be that he has delivered us from suffering and bondage although he shall not reach The Promised Land himself.  As we prepare to elect new leadership this year, let there be peace and smooth transition.  That will be a fitting tribute to Nabongo Rapando Wambani.  For the king is not dead; he is watching over us. May the Almighty God grant him his wish, and may He rest his soul in everlasting peace. Thank you.

Maurice Rapando
The New King of Wanga Mukulu, Maurice Rapando carrying the symbolic spear his eyes transfixed onto the future of his kingdom as mourners jostle by during the burial of the fallen king, Nabongo Japheth Rapando Wambani on Saturday, Jan 14 2012 in Mumias. Photo: Isaac Wale

Drama as wonder casket is burned

By John Shilitsa and our reporter, Jan 16 2012
There was drama at the royal burial of Nabongo Japheth Wambani Rapando when his specially made casket was burned by an irate mob of elders furious at the idea of burying their king in a casket rather than the traditional animal skin. And the burial ceremony was just as dramatic as the succession rituals. Many were shocked when the elders refused to bury the king in a specially designed chair-like casket. It was thrown out of the hut and later burnt. “We shall burn it because we are not supposed to bury the king in it and we cannot keep it here,” said Mr Dominic Omumia Sakwa, an elder. According to the Wanga customs, kings are buried while seated, wrapped in animal skin with a stool, the symbol power, placed on their head. The coffin had been designed to ensure conformity to the tradition. But the elders would hear none of this. The new Nabongo maintained a firm grip on the spear as he was escorted, together with his brother Stanely, to Eshiembekho - the hut where their late father would be buried.Mr Omumia took the pair through the rigorous rituals. To enter the hut, the heir to the throne had to remove his shoes, belt and socks “because he is the heir apparent and must show respect when approaching the sacred place,” said Mr Omumia. But before this, he had to spear a bull brought to the entrance of the hut. Stanley later joined the elders inside the hut to skin the animal beside the grave. He later emerged from the hut holding a blood stained rope and stood next to the new king. Moments later, four men emerged from the hut carrying chunks of meat and running towards a sugarcane plantation. “Usually, those who skin the animal run away with the meat but people outside are expected to snatch the meat and whoever wins takes it,” explained Mr Omumia. Grandsons are expected to scramble for the intestines. More bulls were lined up for slaughter. “We have 45 bulls already that need to be slaughtered,” said Mr Lutomia. Two of the bulls were given out Prime Minister Raila Odinga donated two bulls while MPs Wycliffe Oparanya, Benjamin Washiali, Boni Khalwale and Cyrus Jirongo gave out one each. More...

Eshiembekho king's burial chamber
Workers putting finishing touches on Eshiembekho as the king's burial hut is called in Wanga. Photo: John Kabaka

Teacher is new king of Wanga Mukulu

By John Shilitsa, Jan 16 2012
Prince Maurice Rapando, 54, will be the new king of the Wanga after a council of elders endorsed him shortly before the burial of his father, Japheth Wambani Rapando, on Saturday. While ordinarily the eldest son would have taken over the reigns, the elders settled on the teacher and fourth born of Nabongo Wambani’s 11 sons. The decision to pick the former teacher as Nabongo Wambani’s successor is a closely-guarded secret. All the elders could offer was that they settled on him after two weeks of deliberations. “It was not easy choosing among the sons who would fill the gap left by our beloved king but we managed to accomplish it in the best way we could,” said the elders’ interim chairman Johua Aura Lutomia. Mr Lutomia explains that being a king comes with huge responsibilities that only a sober, shrewd and far-sighted person can handle. “We did not pick the prince without observing all the qualities required,” he says. Rapando’s endorsement ends days of speculation of who would become the next king. The elders explained that he would officially become king after exhuming the bones of his father for reburial at Eshimuli shrine “where all our departed kings are interred”. To seal the endorsement, prince Rapando was handed a spear to symbolise he was the chosen heir. His brother Stanley Rapando, who accompanied him, was given a rope, meaning he would play second fiddle to the new Nabongo. More...

Rapando casket
Nabongo Rapando Wambani lying (seated) in his specially made royal casket. Elders threatened to burn it as Wanga kings must be buried in animal skin. Photo: Arnolda Shiundu

Wanga elders vow to bury king in skin shroud or nothing

By John Kabaka, Jan 15 2012
The king of one of the Wanga kingdoms who passed on last week Wambani Rapando will be laid to rest this Saturday while seated as per the tradition of his community. According to the elders of the community led by chairman Mzee Aura Lutomia the king will be buried in a casket made of a cow skin inside a grass thatched house. However the family has insisted the body will be buried in the specially designed coffin citing health risks. More...

Burial of kings and royals is often suave and seamless; what with the meticulous planning and attention to detail that goes into the process. But not so with the divided Wanga kingdom.
nabongo Wambani's coffin
A coffin fit for a king. the late Nabongo Japheth Wambani Rapando will be buried in this coffin shaped like a chair on Saturday. Wanga kings are traditionally buried in a sitting position. Photo: Isaac Wale

Jirongo alleges political plot to hang Baraza

By Isura Christopher, Jan 11 2012
The Lugari legislator Cyrus Jirongo, has termed investigations being carried out against the Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza as being “being fueled to force her out of office before the Judicial Service Commission assesses all the facts.” He says evidence from within the Kenya Police to leak the Judge’s CID statement to the media before handing it over to the JSC is obviously meant to inflame public emotions and suggest guilt. This does not augur well for a fair process which was meant to be handled and determined professionally. Jirongo thus, calls for fairness in the investigations into the conduct of Lady Justice Baraza of what transpired at the Village Market because “the media spectacle we have witnessed, the mood has become clouded.” In a statement sent to West Fm, Jirongo says, “However, before this process is complete, several things have happened to suggest a suspicious agenda at play other than merely an inquest into the events of December 31st at the Village Market.” More...

Late Wanga king to be buried in a legged coffin

By Brain Yonga, Jan 11 2012
When Nabongo Japheth Wambani Rapando, the departed king of the Wanga, is laid to rest on Saturday, he will have made history not because of his short reign but because he will be the first to break the community’s traditional burial rites. According to Wanga customs, kings are buried while seated, wrapped in animal skin with a stool, the symbol power, placed on their head. Wambani’s burial will be done in the modern way but still uphold the tradition. The coffin that will be used to bury the king has been built like a chair to comply with the tradition. Its design was drawn even before the king died. One of the royal’s sons, Mr James Wambani, says he gave instructions on the design last November when he realised his father’s health was deteriorating. “I knew the old man was not going to live long and started the preparations of having his coffin made,” explains Mr Wambani. He went on: “I constantly kept checking the progress and reminded the designer that he had to make something unique.” Share This Story Share Mr Wambani, who is the fifth of Nabongo Rapando’s 11 sons, says his father left a will spelling out how he wanted to be buried. According to the coffin designer, Mr Christopher Omondi, it is one of a kind. “I was amazed at the design since I have never made such a coffin before,” says Mr Omondi. Mr Wambani says it took him time to think of a design. “I had a picture in mind and this is it,” he says. The coffin is 6.3 feet and comes with a trolley. The coffin cost Sh40,000 and the trolley Sh5,000, bringing the total price tag to Sh45,000. “I am impressed with the work and I think it is good value for money. It is a coffin befitting a king,” says Mr Wambani. More...

Passing of a Wanga King

William Wambani Rapando
Nabongo Japheth Wambani Rapando (left) during his coronation as king of Wanga Mukulu in 2009. He died on January 1 2012.


The late Nabongo William Wambani Rapando (1921 – 2012)

Mumias, January 9 2012
Born 1921 to the late Nabongo Rapando Lutomia and the late Loise Munyanya of East Wanga Malaha village. Nabongo Rapando passed on in 1936 when William was 15 years old.

1939 – 1941:  He attended Butere sector school where he sat for his common entrance examination (CEE).
1942 – 1944:  He attended government African School Kakamega (now Kakamega High School). While at Kakamega he was a senior prefect, dormitory prefect and hockey captain. He played football for the school, participated in athletics becoming a champion in 1944. He could not proceed with secondary education here in Kenya due to prohibitive school fees since he was also paying fees for his younger brothers Peter Waswa and Mathew Wamalwa by way of selling cattle left behind by his late father.
He left for Kings College Mwiri in Busoga Uganda from where he completed his secondary education.

He was employed in DC’s office as a clerk Kisumu central Nyanza in 1947.  In 1948 he was appointed Chief Wanga Mukulu and served until 1964 when he was retired upon Kenya attaining independence.

Private Life:
His life was dominated by agricultural activities which enabled him educate all his children most of whom are successful in their individual lives.

Member of district education board, Kakamega
Member, Kenya Sugar Authority
Founder member, Lubinu Harambee Secondary School
Board member, Shitoto Girls Secondary School
Board member, Eluche Day Mixed Secondary School
Founder member and Chairman, Mumias Sacco Society
Member, Mumias Land Control Board for 30 years
Member, Kakamega District Agricultural Committee
Member, Makunga Sub-district Hospital
Member, Luhya Council of Elders
Lastly, he played a key role in convincing the locals to vacate land on which Mumias sugar factory and nucleus estate stands today.

High profile visits:
William’s home is known for high profile visits. In 1880’s when his great grandfather Sakwa was then the Nabongo of Eastern region of Wanga kingdom he received visits from Joseph Thomson and Carl Peters, a Germany explorer.
He hosted ex British Prime minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher accompanied by the retired President of the Republic of Kenya, Daniel Toroitich arap Moi upon being declared the best sugar cane farmer in Mumias sugar zone.
He continued hosting dignitaries from the church, ambassadors of foreign countries, government ministers, permanent secretaries and provincial administration.

After the second and last burial of his father, Nabongo Rapando Lutomia in June 2009, William was crowned Nabongo of Wanga Eastern Kingdom as it is called traditionally.

He married his first wife Mary Amboko in 1946, his second wife Julia Nanzala in 1952 and finally his 3rd wife Maria Adipo in 1954. They were blessed with 11 sons and 12 daughters. Unfortunately two of his daughters died in their adult life.  He leaves behind several grand and great grandchildren.

William had a long history of high blood pressure dating back to 1978.  He visited several hospitals among them Kenyatta National Hospital, Coast General Hospital, Kakamega Provincial Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital  Kisumu, Nairobi Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Mumias, St. Elizabeth Hospital Mukumu and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret.  He succumbed to his death at his home on 1st January 2012 at 4.30pm.

The day has finally come for William and we thank God for it because he was no longer enjoying his life. As a family, we are grateful he came this far despite the twists and turns, trials and tribulations of a great man like him. Our gathering here is of great significance in our history. They are those who have come to mourn while others have come to confirm. Let all good and bad things he did while in active service delivery rest upon him in that casket. For friends, they have lost a great and visionary self-made man and for his foes, they have lost a fighter. Let us all join hands and bury him because this is his day. God bless Nabongo William. Amen.

New Year’s Greetings
A message from the Chairman of the
Abeingo Community Network (ACN), Mr. Juvenal J. M. Shiundu 

juvenal muka shiundu
Abeingo Chairman: Juvenal Shiundu


Mirembe Mwesi Abeingo!

As we come to the end of 2011, I wish to take this opportunity to wish all Abeingo Community Network (ACN) Members, their families, relations and ACN potential members in Kenya and in the Diaspora “A Happy and Prosperous New Year”. 

It is now five years since ACN was established with the objective to first, address welfare and issues of social exclusion in the UK through programs that target health, education, employment, skills training, information, guidance and advice; and secondly, to set up a cooperative movement to target business startups and investments in the UK and in Kenya with a view to inviting member to buy shares.  We have gone through the normal start-up teething problems and a lot has been achieved since despite the circumstances. The vehicles are now there and it is up to the membership to take action individually and collectively. Do not wait to ask the officials what they have done, but ask yourself what action you have taken to enhance ACN’s objectives.

Our ACN portal and content website www.abeingo.org has become very popular and continues to get millions of hits worldwide and is now regarded as an important single source of reference material on Luhya matters. Abeingo Community Network, Kenyan Chapter and Abeingo Holdings limited have been established in Kenya, although more needs to be done by way of marketing and recruiting new members there.  In pursuance of ACN’s objectives, the UK Big Lottery funded, through a grant, the conduct of six workshops (five in London and one in Leeds) during 2010 and 2011. The aim of these workshops, which generated intense interest and were oversubscribed, was to offer trainings to various African communities who are resident in the United Kingdom to develop strategies of financial stability and economic empowerment.  A total of 169 participants from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda attended these workshops.

Annual General Meeting on Jan 21 2012

Looking ahead, we plan to hold our fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21 January 2012 in London and the Notice has already gone out. This will be my last AGM as the Chairman as I will not be seeking re-election. We all know that 2012 will be a very important and challenging year in the history of our beloved country Kenya and, we should all continue to pray for the country and for the leadership to preach and maintain peace. It is the year that we shall have our first elections under the new Constitution. In this regard, a voter will be electing a President, Governor, Senator, Member of Parliament and a Member of the local Assembly. Administratively, Western Province has now been divided into four counties: – Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma and we hope and trust that voters will elect leaders with a vision to develop the counties and to economically empower the community.

Like the rest of Kenya, the community (constituting 14% of Kenya’s total population of 38.6 million, according to the 2009 National Population Census) faces many challenges such as poverty, food security, clean water, catastrophic climate change, jobs for the youth, dependence on fragile agricultural methods, limited access to energy and low economic diversification. The Government has been very pragmatic in coming up with Kenya’s Vision 2030 and in addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Both provide useful frameworks and road maps through which we all have responsibilities to see how we can come up with regional policies to implement Vision 2030 and to see that Western Province is not left behind in meeting the MDGs targets. Those of us in the Diaspora should try and harness resources that can be channelled to assist the community at grass root levels without waiting for politicians or the Government to do so.

A year of economic empowerment

We all have a role to play in refocusing and helping shape policies and attract investments that target sectors and areas including tourism, renewable energy, agriculture, forestry and enhanced ecosystem services that can lead to economic empowerment of low income groups. This will be more conducive to inclusive growth and jobs and will make a significant contribution towards achieving the MDGs.

According to an article in the UK Financial Times of 27 December 2011 titled “Africans sow seeds of a green revolution”, Fifty years ago, at the start of the independence era, average crop yields in Africa were as good as, if not better than, across Asia. But in recent decades, as Asian yields have soared, Africa’s have plunged. Last year, sub-Saharan Africa spent about $150bn importing staple foods. “On average, yields in sub-Saharan Africa are about a quarter of other developing regions and have barely changed in 30 years,” said Mr. Kofi Annan. “Yet Africa used to feed itself. It used to export food and it can do so again.” This is where I would strongly encourage the adaptation of the programs of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) - http://www.agra-alliance.org/ in all regions of Kenya.

As I have  often said if the ACN’s objectives and aspirations are to be achieved, we will all need vision, foresight, co-operation, “obulala”, patience, purpose and strength of will. It can be done; but it will not happen unless we all take up the challenge and act together, pro-actively, positively and with due sense of responsibility towards our community and the children of our children. On behalf of the Management Committee, I thank you all for your support during 2011 and wish you a happy and Prosperous New Year.

Kenya Airways

Regent Properties
Uganda Airways
American University in Nairobi


Ligales' new constituencies

VCT centres in Western

Hospitals in Western

Constitution- published draft

KCPE Results 09

KCSE Results 09

KCSE 2010 Top 100 candidates

KCSE 2010 Top 100 Schools



African Air Rescue

Japanese Cars

People of Africa Magazine

Mobile crushers

Sosa Cottages, Vihiga

Bata Shoes

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