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God refused Raila entry into Heaven

By our correspondents, July 31 2010
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga held a joint rally in Kisumu for the first time in a month exuding confidence that nothing will stand in the way of the proposed Constitution. The President showered praises on Mr Odinga – in whose political backyard the rally was hosted - for putting up a brave fight for the Yes camp even in his illness. Mr Odinga declared that a tsunami that would sweep aside those opposed to the proposed law, a political euphemism to predict victory for the Yes camp. The Kisumu rally saw leaders Uhuru Kenyatta, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi share the same platform with ten other cabinet ministers and a host of MPs in what underlined the government’s commitment to push for victory at the plebiscite. Veteran politician Martin Shikuku said constitution making had cost lives and left others disabled. More...

Kenyatta Stadium, Kisumu
Prime MInister Raila Odinga (left) and President Kibaki (right) at the referendum rally today at Kenyatta Stadium, Kisumu. It was Raila's first public rally in a month after undergoing brain surgery.
40 more clerics abandon Church's lost crusade

By our correspondent, July 31 2010
Some 40 clergy decamped to the 'Yes' camp on Saturday. The clergy from God's Mercy Ministry drawn from Central, Nairobi, and Rift Valley provinces, decamped during a press conference at Kenol Market, Murang'a South District. Led by the ministry leader, the Reverend Joseph Mahuro, they said they had realised the ‘No’ stand by the churches had created a rift among faithful. "We now disown the Church stand and support the proposed law because it is good for the country," he said. More...

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
Starehe MP loses seat: Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has lost her Starehe parliamentary seat following a successful petition by Maina Kamanda. More...
Cartels drive maize, sugar farmers out of business

By Jackson Okoth, July 31 2010
Stakeholders in the agricultural sector are pushing for the formation of a powerful farmers’ lobby group to break influence of exploitive cartels. Complaints about dominance by a few firms and powerful individuals are getting louder. Protests are also being directed at politicians and powerful merchants controlling the procurement of farm inputs, especially fertilizer, which forms the biggest component of a farmer’s total cost of production. As the 2012 deadline approaches for Kenya to open up its borders to duty free sugar from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) countries, privatisation of State-owned sugar firms has been slow. More...

Chelsea Clinton marries Jewish banker in $3m lavish ceremony

By our correspondent, July 31 2010
The only child of former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to marry her boyfriend at a lavish wedding. Chelsea Clinton is to wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on the exclusive Astor Courts estate in upstate New York. Amid tight secrecy to protect her privacy, few details are known other than that her parents are attending. Media have flooded the area for one of the year's biggest US society events.Chelsea Clinton, 30, is a Methodist Christian while Marc Mezvinsky, 32, is Jewish. Reports say that TV star Oprah Winfrey and film director Steven Spielberg will be among the 500 guests. The wedding is expected to cost between $2m (£1.3m) and $3m (£1.9m), experts told the Associated Press news agency. Former president Clinton and his wife, Hillary arrived Friday at nearby town of Rhinebeck for the wedding. More...

Chelsea Clinton
Power marriage: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker are getting married today in a lavish ceremony in upstate New York estimated to cost $3m.
Godwin Chepkurgor
Jilted Chelsea lover: Godwin Chepkurgor, the rejected Kenyan suitor. Mr Chepkurgor had proposed to Chelsea and lined up 40 cows and 40 sheep to take Chelsea Clinton as his wife. That was in the year 2000 when the Clintons were still in White House. He got his reply almost ten years later when Chelsea's mother, Hillary Clinton, promised to deliver the message to her last year.
Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi, MP for Sabatia being crowned a Luhya elder. Is the crown he inherited from his father under threat? Chris Okemo
Chris Okemo, the Nambale MP: As the seniormost politician from Busia region, he felt scorned when he was locked out of the Cabinet.
Who calls the shots in Luhya politics? Mudavadi or Jirongo?

By our correspondents, July 30 2010
The battle for the new constitution in Western Province has once again rekindled the supremacy war between Mr Musalia Mudavadi and Mr Cyrus Jirongo. The two students of retired President Moi’s Kanu school of politics have been trying to elbow out each other in what seems to be a never ending duel. In 2002, Mr Mudavadi, now a Deputy Prime Minister belatedly quit Narc to join Mr Jirongo in backing Mr Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency. Came 2007 and Mr Jirongo withdrew his support for the ODM candidate Raila Odinga after complaining that the party had dished out all positions if it took over the government. A third player, Mr Chris Okemo, has joined the fray in the battle against the DPM. After the 2007 elections, Mr Okemo had hoped that he would be appointed to the Cabinet by virtue of being the most senior politician from the larger Busia region. The choice of Dr Paul Otuoma did not go well with him and, he perhaps saw it as a ploy to tame him in the region by propping up Mr Mudavadi as the all powerful leader. Although Mr Jirongo has mounted high profile campaigns in the province for ‘No’, Mr Okemo has not come out clearly. This has kept his political rival in Nambale constituency, Mr Sakwa Bunyasi, guessing. Mr Mudavadi seems to have secured a major victory, galvanising the Western Province vote and for the first time rallying support for a cause even among the Bukusu of the province. More...

Cyrus Jirongo
Cyrus Jirongo, the Lugari MP mounting challenge against Mudavadi for Luhya supremacy. Moses Masika Wetangula
Moses Wetangula, Sirisia MP. Can he claim obunabongo (kingship) of Bukusu?
Church's 'No' campaign crumbles as Anglicans take a neutral stand

By our correspondents, July 30 2010
Anglican Church of Kenya leadership freed its faithful to vote on the Proposed Constitution according to their consciences, while the Catholic Church gave its final verdict - an uncompromising ‘No’. The two churches spoke out hours to the national prayer day for the referendum at Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi, beginning 10am today. Archbishop of the Catholic Church Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue who spoke on behalf of bishops from its dioceses, said the only reason faithful should floor the draft was because it opens a door to abortion. "On this ground alone and to reject the imposition of fundamentally anti-life law, we urge Christians to vote ‘No’ to this draft,’’ said a statement he released, prosecuting the church’s case against the proposed laws. But Anglican Archbishop Reverend Eliud Wabukala, on the other hand, issued a statement whose release appeared choreographed with the Catholic’s, saying whereas its opposition to the contentious clauses stand ACK faithful were free to vote according to their individual preferences. More...

Eliud Wabukala and John Njue
Split in the middle: Archbishop of the Catholic Church Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue (left) and Anglican Archbishop Reverend Eliud Wabukala, leaders of the two mainstream churches have now taken two opposing positions to the draft constitution. The Anglicans will vote as per their conscience while Catholics will vote 'No' according to the ecclesiastical edicts from their respective potentates.
Aug 4 declared public holiday so all Kenyans can vote in plebiscite

By our correspondent, July 30 2010
President Kibaki has declared a public holiday on August 4 to allow the full participation of Kenyans at the referendum on the proposed Constitution. "Public Officers, who will need to travel upcountry to cast their vote, will be allowed to travel on the afternoon of August 3rd, 2010. The Government urges the Private Sector to accord similar consideration to their employees," said a statement posted on the government spokesman's website. Kenyans will go to the polls to either approve or reject the proposed Constitution on Wednesday at a referendum, whose campaigns have pitted two rivals- the Yes and No camps. The Yes camp is led by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who are pushing for the passage of the new law at next week's vote. More...


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Jirongo, Gumo, Khalwale, Namwamba accused of dirty campaign tricks

By Peter Leftie, July 29 2010
President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Higher Education minister William Ruto top the list of politicians accused of breaking the law during the referendum campaigns. MPs accused of making inflammatory speeches during campaign rallies include Ferdinand Waititu (Embakasi), Cyrus Jirongo (Lugari), Mr Machage (Kuria), James Rege (Karachuonyo), Cyprian Ojwang (Uriri), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Laikipia East), Fred Gumo (Westlands), Boni Khalwale (Ikolomani), Ababu Namwamba (Budalangi), Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu Town East), Mohammed Mahamud (Mandera East) and Charles Keter (Belgut). The accusations are contained in report released by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). It also cites instances where civic leaders openly called for the eviction of certain communities from regions on the basis of their perceived stand on the referendum. More...

Nairobi women
Bottoms up: Like the padded bra before it, Kenyan women are now going potty over the latest body enhancement accessory - hip padded panties. Due to the high stakes, bogus versions have hit the street of Nairobi.
Who needs a curvy figure when you can buy one?

By Isaiah Esipisu, July 28 2010
If nature did not endow you with a curvaceous bosom, you can now pick one from a supermarket near you. But there is a down side to it. The curves may last for only a day... or be a permanent fixture. It all depends on the herbal chemical components in the compound you will need to use. Either way, experts have warned, this body enhancement method may be dangerous to your health. The African woman is, in most cases, naturally endowed around the hips, but there are those who feel that they could do with more curves. It starts mildly with today’s street uniform - the blue stretch jeans - cut low and tight at the back and designed to make one’s behind look bigger. To make the jeans look fuller, beauty shops are offering silicon-padded panties which give extra emphasis to the desired areas. The silicon (or foam) padded panties are just catching on in Kenyan, closely following the more popular stuffed bra. More...

Akinyi loses Sh17m property dispute case

By Judy Ogutu, July 29 2010
A businessman has secured Sh4.4 million he had paid to businesswoman Joyce Akinyi for a house. The High Court in Nairobi ordered Ms Akinyi, the estranged wife of Anthony Chinedu, to deposit the money with Mr Ahmed Noorani’s lawyers. Noorani had sued Akinyi for attempting to sell the Sh17 million property to a third party despite having entered into a contract to buy it. He said he was apprehensive that if the money already paid to Akinyi is not secured, he was likely to lose the same. He told the court in September 2007, he received an offer from Akinyi for the sale of the house, which was then under construction. Akinyi, he claimed, attempted to sell the villa to a third party in breach of the contract. He says he paid a deposit of Sh4 million on October 1, 2007, for the house, worth Sh17 million. More...

Joyce Akinyi
Joyce Akinyi, always the consummate combatant has fought many battles in her short life. But this time she lost on a property deal.
Webuye's Panpaper re opens

By our correspondent, July 29 2010
President Kibaki has officially reopened the Pan Paper Mills factory, Webuye which was closed in January last year over mismanagement. The President, who toured the plant Thursday, expressed government’s commitment to supporting the factory resume full operation. He said the revival of the factory would create employment for the people of Webuye in western Kenya and spur the economic growth of the area. “I am happy that we are reopening the Pan Paper Mills. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting local investments as vehicles for economic growth,” President Kibaki said. The Pan Paper Mills closed down in January last year when the management abandoned the plant over debts totaling Kshs 8.1 billion. During the tour of the plant, the Head of State was accompanied by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, several Cabinet ministers and MPs from Western Province. More...

Church disintegrates as 300 clerics decamp to 'Yes'

By Munene Kamau, July 28 2010
About 300 clerics from various denominations across the country have ditched the 'No' side in favour of the Proposed Constitution. In a ceremony witnessed by Cabinet ministers Anyang' Nyong’o and James Orengo in Kirinyaga, the clergy pledged to back the document. The clergy were from the Anglican Church of Kenya, Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists Church and several Pentecostal churches. During a ceremony held at the Philadelphia Retreat Centre within the homestead of retired Archbishop David Gitari yesterday, the pastors said they had now seen the contentious clauses their leaders were talking about were non issues. Also present at the ceremony were constitutional lawyer Paul Muite and legislators Gitobu Imanyara and FT Nyamu. More...

William Ruto
Mean Red: Supporters of William Ruto, the face of the 'No' campaign painted in red ochre to drive the message home loud and clear that they will vote 'No' to the draft constitution on August 4 referendum. This was at a rally in Kabarnet yesterday.

150 die in Pakistan plane crash: A Pakistani airliner carrying 150 people crashed Wednesday in a ball of flames in densely wooded hills above Islamabad while coming into land in heavy rain and poor visibility, officials said. More...
Kibaki clashes with Moi

By Jacon Ng'etich, July 28 2010
Kenya's former president Daniel arap Moi has dismissed accusations that he failed to deliver on reforms during his time in power.Mr Moi was responding to criticism from President Kibaki, who succeeded him as president, that he failed to give Kenyans a new constitution despite being in power for 24 years. President Kibaki said, during a Yes rally in Embu, central Kenya on Tuesday, that Mr Moi was misleading Kenyans on the Proposed Constitution, which will be subjected to a referendum on August 4. But in a swift rejoinder, the former president said President Kibaki had no right to criticise him. "Kuna wengine waliahidi katiba kwa siku mia moja, lakini mpaka sasa bado hawajaitimiza (There are those who promised a new constitution within 100 days, but they are yet to deliver)." said Mr Moi during a No rally in Wote, Eastern Province on Wednesday. More...

Cure found for strange male genitalia disease at Coast

By Mazera Ndurya, July 28 2010
Timely intervention has given a new lease of life to thousands of men in Coast Province who have been walking in the shadow of a debilitating disease targeting male sex organs. Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease that causes the scrotum to swell enormously, has been a nightmare for men in Kwale, Mombasa, Malindi, Kilifi, Kaloleni, Tana River and Lamu districts. But even as the disease continues to stalk thousands, a joint initiative by the government, World Health Organisation and MAP International has offered surgical procedures that have eliminated the grotesque condition. For 53-year-old Kadzitu Kambi, of Kinarani village in Kaloleni District, things changed for the worse when a small itchy spot on his scrotum slowly but painfully developed into a gross swelling. More...

Sex in MombasaKwale sex disease
Too big for any man: Lymphatic filariasis causes the swelling of the male scrotum as the picture on the right shows but with operation, the condition can be cured (left). It is a form of elephantiasis which causes the swelling of legs and among its causes is mosquito bites.
Do it yourself approach to clean up Lake Victoria

By Ouma Wanzala, July 28 2010
Lake Victoria basin commission plans to raise its own funds to finance its environmental management and conservation activities in the region without relying on donors. They plan to achieve this by 2012. Under the Lake Victoria Environmental Trust Fund, those using resources in the region and who include industries that discharge industrial waste into the lake, the fish industry and other companies as well as individuals will be expected to contribute to the kitty. “We also expect contribution to the kitty from governments of EAC member states, non- governmental organisations that are keen on environmental conservation, the private sector and individuals keen on sustainable use of resources in the lake basin region,” said regional co-ordinator Dr Raymond Mngodo. More...

They'll drink on come death or blindness

By John Ngirachu, July 27 2010
The poison comes in various names - koroga, naps, mugacha, steam engine. It kills some and blinds others. It creates widows, widowers and orphans. et, they are hooked to it. Every morning, the survivors are back for some more. This is the sad story of Kenya’s wretched of the earth in slums like Kibera. Ms Janet Wanjiku usually has her first drink of the day at 6.30am. She calls it kutoa lock or kuvunja mhead and says it gives her the energy to go about her job as a casual worker at Highrise Estate, where she gets small jobs washing clothes. A glass of her favourite koroga poison goes for Sh30, she says, and one is often shared between two, under an arrangement referred to as “half-time”. “My hands shake, I get dizzy and I feel abnormal. I cannot do anything in the morning if I haven’t had anything to drink,” she told the Nation at Line Saba in Kibera on Monday morning. More...

Samwel Khamati
Blinded by lethal drnk: 38-year old Samwel Khamati lost his sight after taking illicit brew at Nairobi's Kibera slums on Sunday. He was one of the lucky to have survived a lethal drink that left 15 people dead over the weekend in the sprawling slum. Photo: Peterson Githaiga

SA racists forced blacks to eat urinated food: Four white South Africans have pleaded guilty to humiliating five black domestic staff at a university after a video of the incident was posted on the internet. More...
Iteso of Busia now embrace circumcision

By Henry Andanje, July 27 2010
More than 600 boys and men have been circumcised in Teso district in the past three weeks, according to a government official. The Iteso community, which usually doesn’t circumcise, took the initiative after being informed that it reduces chances of getting Aids. Teso district Aids and sexually transmitted infections coordinator Nelson Andanje said those circumcised were between 15 and 30 years old. Mr Andanje, who was speaking yesterday at a hotel in Malaba while closing a five-day workshop for orphans and vulnerable children, said the operations were being conducted at Kocholia District Hospital and Alupe. Meanwhile, Bungoma South district Medical Officer of Health Silas Ayunga has urged parents to take their children for circumcision at hospitals instead of doing it the traditional way. More...

Moi era dirty campaign tricks return to haunt 'No' team

By our correspondents, July 27 2010
The 'No' team against the Proposed Constitution may not hold a final rally in Nairobi after the 'Yes' camp booked all major venues in the city in the final lap to the August 4 referendum. In politics, it seems, lightning strikes the same place twice. The current scenario is a reversal of roles for several politicians in the ‘No’ camp who served the old Kanu government, and face the same dirty trickery the former ruling party used to deny opponents political mileage in the final round of campaigns. Using the tricks that were perfected during President Kibaki’s 2007 campaigns, the ‘Yes’ team even booked the treasured Uhuru Park for two consecutive days. The two sides had been expected to display their might of numbers at rallies in last 48 hours of referendum campaigns in Nairobi, but the ‘Yes’ side employed the cunningness seen in the battle for city venues between 1991 and 1997. More...

Dr Tom Namwamba
Wapende wasipende: Dr Tom Namwamba, the head of the 'No' secretariat. We will ask our suporters to show up at one of the venues with or without a permit. Dr Namwamba predicts a highly charged confrontation between supporters of rival camps which could be bloody. The Red top politburo will meet shortly to decide their fate.
High alert as 'No' threatens to disrupt 'Yes' rallies

By our correspondent, July 27 2010
The ‘No’ secretariat has threatened to disrupt the 'Yes' rallies during the final weekend of campaigns after being locked out of all major venues in Nairobi.. Yesterday a fuming William Ruto, the head of the 'No' brigade demanded that they be allowed to hold rallies in the capital. "We applied to hold a rally at Uhuru Park and Kamukunji Grounds on August 1, and it will be wrong for the police and the Nairobi City Council to clear only one side of the campaign," said ‘No’ Secretariat Director Dr Tom Namwamba. He demanded they be allowed to hold their rallies at either of the two venues. "If they refuse, we will then ask our supporters to show up at one of the venues," he threatened. This would be a worrying scenario, as chances of confrontation between supporters from both sides cannot be ruled out. Dr Namwamba said the ‘Red’s’ top leadership would meet to decide which venue to hold their rally, "with or without permission." More...

Ban tribal schools - official

By Kepher Otieno, July 27 2010
The quota system of admission to secondary schools should be abolished to promote unity. National Cohesion Commission Chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia denounced the system, saying it perpetuated ethnicity. Through the quota system, provincial secondary schools admit 85 per cent of students from their district and 15 per cent from others in the province. "This is what has largely promoted ethnicity in the country and we must do away with it and revert to the old system to bond Kenyans," Mr Kibunjia said. Under the old system, students were admitted to schools away from their homes to enable them mingle at an early age, which in effect reduced negative ethnicity, he said. The official was speaking in Kisumu Town, where he addressed a workshop of opinion leaders, youth, media, and legal experts on the Proposed Constitution. More...

Mzalendo Kibunjia
Fight against tribal schools: Mzalendo Kibunjia, the chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission wants the quota system in provincial schools where the 85% of places is reserved for locals scrapped to allow for more tribal integration.
Raila clashes with Wako over Moi torture victims

By Peter Opiyo, July 27 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has differed with Attorney General Amos Wako on plans to appeal against the award of Sh40 million to Nyayo House torture survivors. The PM, who hosted some of the torture victims at his Karen home, said the Sh40 million awarded as compensation was just a token. "It is unfortunate that the AG, without consultation, made such statements," said the PM. There are similar torture cases in court, but Raila said the Government was keen to settle them out of court. "We will talk to the AG to withdraw some of the cases so that we have out of court settlement," said the PM. Last week, the High Court ordered the Government to pay Sh40 million to 21 victims tortured by State security agents about 20 years ago. More...

Airborne baby a first for Kenya Airways

By Rose Kamau, July 27 2010
Kenya Airways in flight crew found itself being called to extraneous duties as they assisted a woman passenger deliver a baby girl. The woman developed labour pains during the KQ 317 flight from Dubai via Muscat to Nairobi on Thursday and the officers led by KQ Nurse Juliana Maithya had to create a makeshift delivery room in the aisle in the economy class to enable the woman deliver the baby once the plane landed. The officers who also included Flight Purser Josephine Towett, flight attendants Oscar Heho, Mitchell Ongeso, Anthony Kuria and Muriithi, Captain Hamdan and First Officer Muiruri said both the baby and the mother were ‘doing fine'. The Captain and First Officer waited for the baby to be born before disembarking. More...

Kenya Airways Baby
It's a rare occurrence even in the history of Kenyan aviation. Airborne delivery is both logistically challenging and risky but toast three cheers to Baby Zahra who was born safely aboard a KQ flight from Dubai to Nairobi. Tucked away safely in the arms of her proud mother surrounded by flight crew, little Zahra will always cherish this moment when she grows up. Perhaps she will be inspired to take up a career in aviation.
UK ends free health service

By laura Donnelly, July 27 2010
UK's National Health Service (NHS) bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services, with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured. Some of the most common operations - including hip replacements and cataract surgery - will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected. . More...

Brown for Africa: Gordon Brown has used his first major speech since leaving office to say the future growth of the world economy is reliant upon the development of Africa. Speaking in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, the former UK prime minister said he wanted to see the continent achieve its full potential. More...
Minister's chopper stoned at 'Yes' rally in Sirisia

By Robert Wanyonyi, July 27 2010
Three people were injured as running battles erupted ahead of a ‘Yes’ rally in Sirisia constituency. Supporters allied to Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula clashed with those of Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa, before the rally at Chwele market that was to be addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the skirmishes prompted Uhuru to skip the event. Mr Wamalwa, Forestry and Wildlife Minister Noah Wekesa, former minister Mukhisa Kituyi and political activist Tony Gachoka later addressed the rally on Saturday. The group supporting the minister demanded cancellation of the rally on grounds their MP was in Kampala, Uganda on official assignment. More...

Noah Wekesa
Dr Noah Wekesa, minister for forestry and wildlife had a rough time landing at Chwele where angry supporters of foreign minister, Moses Wetangula attacked his helicopter forcing it to abort landing twice.
US to seize Africa's stolen bounty by its corrupt elite

By Angelo Izama, July 27 2010
US President Barack Obama on Sunday announced that Washington would seize money stolen by corrupt African leaders and hidden in the America and the West. The announcement was made in a special message delivered for him by US Attorney General Eric Holder at Speke Resort Munyonyo where African heads of state are meeting. Mr Holder was part of the American delegation to the Kampala summit led by Mr Johnnie Carson - America’s top diplomat in Africa. In a wide-ranging speech which touched on the terror attacks and America’s help to Uganda, Mr Holder -the first black man to hold the position - then delivered a stinger on the touchy issue of corruption. More...

'Yes' clerics invite 'No' counterparts to live debate

By our correspondents, July 27 2010
Two retired clerics who were outspoken critics of Kanu's draconian one-party rule want to face-off in a live television debate with church officials opposed to the Proposed Constitution. Former Anglican Archbishop David Gitari, and retired Presbyterian Church of East Africa Moderator Dr Timothy Njoya, challenged the ‘No’ wing of the Kenyan church to a ‘truth’ contest to be televised live on two twin issues clerics use to campaign against the draft; Kadhi courts and abortion. They said if the Church’s ‘No’ team does not pick up the gauntlet they have thrown at their feet, then they are ‘cowards’. Virtually all Kenya’s top church leaders are in ‘No’ - led by the head of Catholic Church Cardinal John Njue, the Anglican Primate Eliud Wabukala, National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Peter Karanja and ten of the country’s top televangelists, including Margaret Wambui, John Nganga, Wilfred Lai, Pius Muiru, and Mark Kariuki. More...

Timothy Njoya and David Gitari
Retired clerics, Timothy Njoya (left) and David Gitari have thrown the gauntlet at their counterparts opposed to the draft constitution to participate in a live TV debate. If they do not take up the challenge, they warned, they will be adjudged cowards.

PLO fires first salvo: Perpetrators of corruption have been warned that all laws will be used to root out the crime according to teh newly appointed director of KACC, Dr Patrick Lumumba. More...
Chang'aa kills 7 in Kibera

By Cyrus Ombati, July 27 2010
They all drank and later rushed to their respective homes after experiencing stomach pain. Some never woke up. Those who survived lost their sight. They are now totally blind after consuming a lethal drink. The drinking spree turned tragic sums up the drinking spree gone sour that visited the residents of Kibera’s Liaini Saba village. Those who managed to wake up complained of blurred images and writhed in pain saying they experienced unbearable pain in their stomachs. Despite their complaints and shouting, curious onlookers failed to help them. Instead, they chose to laugh at them. More...

Moi told to shut up: Retired President Moi has been asked to stop interfering with the constitutional matters since he failed to provide Kenyans with a new law do during his regime. More...
Panic as landgrabbers rush to sell land fearing 'Yes' win

By Samwel Kumba, July 24 2010
Anxiety over the impending referendum has set off panic among some big landowners, who are rushing to sell idle tracts in various parts of the country. They include a big landowner who recently put up for sale a 97,000-acre ranch in Samburu Division of Kinango District in the Coast Province. However, the transaction was blocked after a protest by squatters, a Nairobi land agent familiar with the failed deal informed the Saturday Nation on Friday. A senior Lands official, who cannot be named as he is not the ministry’s spokesperson, said the transactions were largely on a willing buyer-willing seller basis and had been prompted by a clause in the proposed constitution to tax idle land. Others, he said, were driven by fear they could lose out when Parliament fixes the minimum and maximum acreage an individual can own. More...

Laptop for $35: India has come up with a $35 (Sh2,800) touch-screen “laptop” for students. More...
Eliud Wabukala
Bishop Eliud Wabukala, the head of the Anglican Church of Kenya 'No' and below, Bishop Peter Njenga who is in 'Yes' camp
Bishop Peter Njenga
Cracks in Church as clerics defect to 'Yes' camp

By Peter Leftie, July 24 2010
The Church is facing a major rebellion within its ranks after some senior clergy on Thursday declared they would rally Christians to support the proposed constitution. The clergymen are operating under the banner, Christians for Yes. In their ranks are Bishop Peter Njenga and the Rev John Njenga of the Anglican Church of Kenya and evangelical bishop Patrick Mungai, who accuse the church leadership of intimidating Christians to reject the proposed constitution “by peddling propaganda and lies about the document.” But at a press conference, the Nairobi archbishop of the Catholic Church, John Cardinal Njue and the Anglican head, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, maintained that the Church leadership would not relent in its quest to shoot down the document.They join other prominent church leaders who have openly supported the document, including former Anglican head David Gitari, Anglican bishops Beneah Salala and Mwai Abiero and outspoken Catholic priest Ambrose Kimutai. More...

500 clerics defect from 'No' camp

By James Munyeki, July 24 2010
Five-hundred Church leaders and professionals from Nyandarua and Laikipia districts have defected from the ‘No’ camp to support the Proposed Constitution. The defection follows a meeting with former PCEA moderator and constitution activist Timothy Njoya in Nyahururu town, at a function organised by Partners With Vision, an international non-governmental organisation. The move came a day after President Kibaki held a rally in the town where he urged residents to support the draft. Dr Njoya said the move was aimed at making sure the draft passes by a 70 per cent margin since it was the choice of the majority. Elsewhere, 10 MPs from Western Province have promised to organise transportation for the elderly and sick during the August 4 referendum. More...

William ole Ntimama
William ole Ntimama, the national heritage minister whose daughter, Lydia Masikonde has been charged with incitement.
Ntimama's daughter charged with incitement

By Kipchumba Kemei, July 24 2010
Heritage Minister William ole Ntimama’s daughter Lydia Masikonde appeared in a Narok court charged with incitement to violence. The charge was in connection with heckling of speakers at a ‘No’ rally at Suswa in Narok North District by ‘Yes’ supporters, last Wednesday. Masikonde, who was represented by lawyers Charles Sena and William Kiptoo, appeared before Principal Magistrate Wilkinson Njagi. The prosecution alleged that on July 21, at Suswa market, the minister’s daughter jointly with others not before the court uttered words which were meant to incite people to violence. More...

65% of Kenyans say Yes to new draft laws

By our correspondent, July 23 2010
Majority of Kenyans who would participate in the forthcoming referendum exercise would vote YES if the referendum were held today. According to the latest opinion poll by Infotrack Research in collaboration with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy, 65 per cent of Kenyans will vote YES while 25 per cent are ready to shoot down the Proposed Constitution. The undecided voters constitute 10 per cent of the survey respondents. Eastern and Rift Valley recorded the lowest incidence with regard to voting YES for the proposed new constitution. More...

PLO Lumumba
Face of corruption: PLO Lumumba is new anti corruption czar. He replaces Aaron Ringera. More...
Bogus universities revealed

By Sam Otieno, July 23 2010
Kenyans have been cautioned against enrolling in five international universities purporting to offer degrees and diplomas. Yesterday, the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) said Bircham International University, Dublin Metropolitan University and Dorcas International Theological College are not authorised to offer degree programmes. unaccredited programmes Others that are operating illegally in the country include America World University as well as Nation University US. CHE boss Everret Standa said qualifications from such institutions would not be recognised. More...

Five govt bodies hit out at Kibaki, Raila over use of state machinery on 'Yes' campaigns

By Ally Jamah, July 23 2010
Five independent commissions overseeing the implementation of long-term reform agenda and prevention of recurrence of violence are up in arms against the State. Though they are tasked with the delivery of the Agenda 4 programmes, in whose name President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have deployed top Civil Servants to campaign for ‘Yes’, the commissions have ruled the two principals "out of order". They have also openly disagreed with the President’s act of dishing out districts at ‘Yes’ rallies, and the PM’s green light to PSs to campaign for the Proposed Constitution. This week Raila defended his action thus: "PSs are employees of Government. Why should you deny another Kenyan the right to deliver a new constitution? They are Kenyans just like others." The groups that spoke under one roof are the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), the Committee of Experts (CoE), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC), and Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). More...

Nzamba Kitonga
Crisis in govt: Commissions chairmen: From left, Bethwell Kiplagat (TJRC), Nzamba Kitonga (CoE), Isaak Hassan (IIEC), Andrew Ligale (IIBRC) and Mzalendo Kibunjia (NCIC) at Delta House in Nairobi when they condemned the Government for using State resources to campaign for the Proposed Constitution, Thursday. "It is unfortunate that some utterances from politicinas are a sad reminder they have not learnt any serious lessons from post-election violence that almost tore our country apart in 2007/2008," read a joint statement. Photo: Collins Kweyu
Ligale terms Kibaki's three new districts illegal

By our reporter, July 23 2010
Andrew Ligale, has declared as illegal the three new districts created by President Kibaki while on a 'Yes' campaign in Garissa on Tuesday this week. Ligale, who is the chairman of the Independent Interim Border Review Commssion was speaking at a joint press conference with five other independent government organisations which faulted the use of state resources in campaigning for the draft constitution. "We should be careful not to create new districts haphazardly, he said and asked the State to give it a chance to "systematically" execute its work. Mr Ligale argued the hundreds of districts created by Kibaki since he came to office were unaffordable to Kenyans. In yesterday's report, INGONEWS reported that Kibaki has created over 200 districts since he came to power in 2002 while retired President, Daniel arap Moi only created 30 in his entire 24-year rule. Most of the new districts are a logistical nightmare with some District Commissioners using stores as offices and others boarding matatus to work as there is no budgetary allocation for these new administrative units. More...

Andrew Mondi Ligale
Andrew Mondi Ligale, the chairman of Indepedendent Interim Border Review Commission.

Don rejects legal services: A university lecturer challenging the legality of findings of the Waki Commission declined a court invite to hire a lawyer for representation. Prof Moraa Gesicho told Kisii Resident Judge, Justice Daniel Musinga, no lawyer would represent her interest as she would despite being lay legally. "If the law is for all of us then there is no need for me to hire a lawyer," she argued, much to the chagrin of the court. More...
Kenya ranked third most corrupt country

By Peter Orengo, July 23 2010
Kenya has relinquished its position as East Africa’s most corrupt country to Burundi, according to the latest bribery Index. This year, the Transparency International (TI) study included Rwanda and Burundi. "The index registers the firsthand experiences of the residents of the region with regard to service delivery and corruption," said Samuel Kimeu of TI. Burundi topped with a corruption prevalence rate of 36.7 per cent while Rwanda is the least corrupt country in East Africa at 6.6 per cent. Kenya emerged third with a slight drop in the prevalence of corruption at 31.9 per cent compared to last year’s 45 per cent. More...

Don joins elite club: Professor Shem Oyoo Wandiga, who teaches chemistry at the University of Nairobi, has been enlisted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his outstanding contribution in the field of chemistry. More...
Julius Akeng'a
Planning a wedding in Kenya?: Pastor Julius Akeng'a, the head of Family Transformation Ministries, is a former senior cleric with Valley Road Pentecost Church. I caught up with him in Nairobi during my recent trip and informed me that he has founded Family Transformation Ministries to offer tailor made spiritual and counselling services to a wider and diversified congregation. Anyone planning a wedding, a confirmation or renewal of vows, should contact Pastor Akeng'a through his Church's website.
Ascot House, Kakamega
Kakamega's newest students house: ASCOT HOUSE, Kakamega's newest student hostel is now ready for occupation. The building named after the world famous Ascot in England, is the brainchild of Shabanji Opukah, the public relations consultant and former senior manager with BAT in London. Students of Masinde Muliro University wanting to live in modern accommodation, should CLICK HERE to contact Shabanji. The plum accommodation is affordable and is going fast. Tenancy is on a first come first basis.
Three more districts created yet old ones have no offices

By our correspondents, July 22 2010
Three new districts were created by President Kibaki yesterday taking the total number of districts to 277. That means the president has dished out 201 districts since he came to power in 2002. Last year, a Court ruled these districts illegal. Retired president, Daniel arap Moi created 30 in his 24-year tenure. The three new districts - Tarbaj, Habaswein, and Mbalae have been carved out from Wajir East, Wajir South, and Garissa Central Districts. Yesterday, sources within the Provincial Administration told The Standard 15 districts the President created do not have DCs, while others do not have offices. "About three quarters of the 280 districts are being run by DOs who were promoted to DCs," said the source. Apart from the personnel crisis, there is a standoff between the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Harambee House because the latter has refused to promote the DO IIs to DCs. "The morale is low because the DOs who are enjoying the status of DCs are still earning the salary of DOs because they are not qualified to serve as DCs," said the Harambee House source. But the districts appear to be serving sentimental value rather than aiding the provision of services to the people. More...

Justice Hannah Okwengu
Justice Hannah Okwengu ruled that Moi's torture victims were denied their human rights and awarded them damages.

Obama wins another historic financial major

President Barack Obama promised the American people would never again have to foot the bill for the fall-out from the banking industry as he signed into law the most wide-ranging overhaul of US financial regulations since the 1930's. More...

Moi's torture victims win Sh40m compensation

By Wahome Thuku, July 22 2010
The High Court has ordered the Government to pay Sh40 million to 21 survivors tortured by State security agents more that 20 years ago. High Court judge Hannah Okwengu also awarded them interest to accrue from yesterday, and cost of the suit filed in 2004. The highest figure of Sh3 million was awarded to group leader Haroun Ndung’u Wakaba, while the least was Sh1 million. In the 55-page judgement read at the Nairobi High Court, the judge held that the victims’ rights and freedoms under the Constitution were grossly violated in the hand of State security officers. The 21 victims, among them Florence Nyaguthia Murage, filed the suit through lawyer Rumba Kinuthia after Narc took over from Kanu. More...

Facebook's landmark: On the day Facebook reaches the 500 million user milestone, we compare the most popular social networks' vital statistics. Twitter has over 100 million registered users worldwide. Foursquare has over 2 million registered users. At its peak had more than 100 million global users. Its users have been rapidly declining since the rise of Facebook in 2008. More...
Constitution printing sabotage report blames government printer official

By Cyrus Ombati, July 22 2010
The illegal insertion of the words "national security" into the Proposed Constitution was done at the Government Printer, a probe into the issue has revealed. The investigation indicated unidentified people influenced an officer in charge of studio to insert the words. The Criminal Investigations Department, which investigated the incident, recommended the officer in-charge of the studio be dealt with administratively pending forensic investigation on the computers recovered from the office of another senior officer at the Government Printer. The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko disclosed the findings yesterday on behalf of Attorney General Amos Wako, as he made public parts of the investigation report. More...

Kenya Draft Constitution
The Kiswahili edition of Kenya's draft constitution. An illegal insert of words in teh final copy has been traced to the Government Printer according to an interim report. The Attorney General has been vindicated.
Impunity in diplomatic service as outgoing envoys refuse to hand over

By David Ochami, July 22 2010
Most of Kenya’s new diplomats have not reported to their stations because the outgoing ones have declined to hand over, almost three months after the end of their contracts. About ten outgoing envoys have not returned and are trying to lobby technocrats at the Office of the President and powerful relatives to extend their stay abroad. Some are said to have received ‘verbal extensions’ of their contracts. Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula defended the outgoing diplomats saying some have delayed reporting because they are "still undergoing induction courses". The most famous case of diplomatic impunity concerns the former high commissioner in London, Joseph Muchemi who refused to return or hand over to his successor for more than a year. More...

Post election violence witnesses flown out

By our correspondents, July 21 2010
The International Criminal Court has placed three key post-election violence witnesses under its protection. The disclosure came as it became evident that the government had not set aside funds for a Witness Protection Agency meant to offer security to people with crucial information on the chaos that followed the 2007 elections. The three, sources said, were among nine people who were under the protection of the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights (KNCHR). The ICC took them in following fears they could be targets of the violence masterminds. They are said to have been flown out three weeks ago as The Hague steps up investigations into the planners, financiers and executors of the chaos that killed 1,133 people and displaced 650,000. More...

Oku Kaunya
Former deputy Nyanza PC, Oku Kaunya fled the country in April 2010 after reports his life was in danger. He is said to be living under protection in Germany. Mr Kaunya is one of the key witnesses in the Ocampo radar. The witnesses have been flown out for fear they will be targetted for assassination by the perpetrators of the violence. Attorney General Amos Wako said yesterday the Treasury is yet to release Sh1.2bn allocated to Witness Protection Agency.
Sheila Kwamboka Ominde
Sheila is back in Big Brother: Sheila Kwamboka Ominde, the Kenyan sensation in Big Brother contest in Johannesberg in 2008, is back in the House. Sheila Kwamboka, 25, is Kenya’s representative in the reality TV show Big Brother Africa All Stars edition. In a colourful event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sheila joined 13 other previous contestants from 13 countries. This year’s Big Brother Africa, the fifth edition of the reality show, brought back the most controversial contestants from the previous shows. More...
Chesoni debunks constitution myths

By Dedan Okanga, July 21 2010
The Proposed Constitution will not bind the country to foreign treaties as alleged by those opposed to the document. Committee of Experts (CoE) Vice-Chair Atsango Chesoni has assured that foreign treaties will be subject to a ratification process that will involve Parliament. Speaking in Eldoret yesterday as she led the CoE team on a civic education drive at 64 Stadium, Ms Chesoni clarified: "There is no provision in international law that will force any country to be bound by a law it has not ratified." Chaloka Beyani, an expert, while responding to the same, said international treaties would be subordinate to the supremacy of the constitution. More...

Atsango Chesoni
Atsango Chesoni, the vice chair of the Committee of Experts on constitutional review has told Eldoret residents the draft law is not subordinate to international law or treaties.
Scores feared dead as ferry capsizes in L. Victoria

By our correspondent, July 21 2010
A ferry capsized on Lake Victoria off the Ugandan shore Wednesday, leaving several passengers feared dead as officials struggled to establish how many were missing. Early reports said dozens were missing after the ferry overturned some three nautical miles from the city of Entebbe, but police said survivors' accounts put the number of people onboard at "at least 13". "Based on information coming from the survivors, the figures I have are 13 people on board," deputy national police spokesman Vincent Ssekate told AFP. He said two passengers were confirmed to have been rescued. But another police spokesman earlier said that the boat was believed to be carrying around 60 passengers. More...

PSs used to neutralise cleric's at the grassroots

By our correspondent, July 21 2010
Analysts believe the Government could have decided to use civil servants to neutralise the Church effect at the grassroots. Some of the PSs said they were out to counter "the distorted interpretation" of the new law by the ‘Reds’. PS Kenneth Lusaka led his colleagues, Ludeki Chweya, Beatrice Kituyi, and Andrew Mondo in wooing voters in Western Province for the last one week. "We are not politicians and, therefore, we will be explaining the document issue by issue. We cannot deceive you," Lusaka maintained. Kituyi said they would hold meetings for women to educate them further on what they stand to gain if the Proposed Constitution is endorsed. More...

William Ruto
William Ruto, the higher education minister who is also the face of the 'No' campaign seen here in a pensive mood. The minister and members of his 'No' team fled hostile mobs in Central province yesterday after their opposition to the draft constitution was rejected by crowds..
'No' team receives hostile reception in Central, Western

By our correspondents, July 21 2010
Opponents of the Proposed Constitution got a hostile reception when they returned to Central and Eastern provinces. The team, led by Cabinet Minister William Ruto, had to get police escort out of Kianyaga Market in Martha Karua’s Gichugu constituency after locals declined to listen to them. This is the second time the team encountered hostility after a similar scenario in Kakamega last week. Things took an ugly turn in Kianyaga market when locals started shouting ‘Yes!’ and declaring that they were not ready to listen to ‘No’ leaders. An attempt by Ruto and Assistant Minister Margaret Wanjiru to address a meeting at the local bus park was jeered, with shouts of ‘Yes!’ The group cut short their speeches, jumped into their cars and sped off. Meanwhile the Church has asked Kenyans to boycott paying taxes. More...

Workers' leaders deny receiving US funding

By Sylvester Ruto, July 2010
Labour unions affiliated to the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) have dismissed claims by the No team that COTU and other organizations were being funded by the United States to push for the passing of the proposed constitution. Addressing a press conference in Nairobi Tuesday, union leaders said COTU has over 1.5 million members who have financed the rallies the organization has been holding countrywide in a bid to sensitize Kenyans on the contents of the document. There have been claims that the US government has used over $23m to fund the Yes camp with the US ambassador to Kenya Micheal Ranneberger coming under fire over his alleged involvement in the campaign for the proposed constitution. However on Friday Justice Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo said the US government was only facilitating the ongoing civic education. Three Republican members of the U.S. Congress have also accused the Obama administration of using money meant for civic education in Kenya to back a draft constitution that they fear would increase access to abortion in the country. More...

Samuel Eto'o
Soccer star in Kenya: Samuel Eto'o, the Cameroonian football star is in Kenya to take part in the Laikipia Unity Cup Finals that will take place on Wednesday July 21 at the Nanyuki Municipal Stadium. Eto'o who has won Africa Cup of the Year twice plays for the spanish champions, Barcelona. Eto'o who is the patron of the tournament will be accompanied by Roger Miller, another Cameroon football sensation of a bygone era. The Unity Cup is sponsored by Safaricom and Laikipia Wildlife Forum.
Malaba border post conduit for contraband

By our correpondents, July 2010
Police have quizzed Customs and security officers at the Malaba border point in connection with the entry of contraband cigarettes into Kenya. The Kenya Revenue Authority, which is losing millions of shillings in taxes after the cigarettes and other goods meant for export are diverted to the local market at the border, has also sent its officers to the border. Sources said the investigations were launched after a truckload of export cigarettes was seized. The source said that the lorry was seized when its owners said it was headed for Ethiopia through the Lokichogio border, crossing which is currently closed. But a senior KRA official, who did not want his name mentioned, said its officers were at the border on routine work, but would also look into the contraband cigarettes matter. Independent sources said the lorry was impounded by a junior customs officer but his decision was later over ruled by his seniors. More...

Church leaders fear for their lives after receiving threatening sms

By James Ratemo, July 20 2010
Church leaders campaigning against the Proposed Constitution have claimed they fear for their lives. The clerics want the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and Internal Security Minister George Saitoti to take action against politicians who allegedly issued threats against leaders who have planned a ‘No’ rally in Suswa this week. Speaking to the press in Nairobi, National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Peter Karanja said undisclosed number of clerics have received SMS threats and reported to police for investigation. More...

John Kamau Mbugua
The pastor caught with explosives, John Kamau Mbugua when he appeared before a magistrate at Kibera Court in Nairobi yesterday.
Bomb pastor banged up after failing to raise cash bail

By our correspondents, July 20 2010
John Kamau Mbugua, the 50-year-old pastor allegedly caught with bomb-making material over the weekend, spent the night in the cells after failing to raise a Sh500,000 bond and surety of a similar amount. Police also beefed up security in his rural home amid tension over his safety. Kiambu OCPD Samuel Mukinda said they feared villagers could attack Kamau if and when he arrived home following his release on bail. "We are taking precautions because we are informed there is a problem in his village," said Mukindia on the phone. The Kibera courtroom exploded into life when the "man of God" walked to the dock in handcuffs. On normal days, the courtroom is usually a dull affair, but yesterday was different. More...

Namwamba's No-team sees red over 'Green' ads

By our correspondent, July 19 2010
Opponents of the Proposed Constitution want media adverts by the ‘Yes’ side stopped. ‘No’ team Executive Director Tom Namwamba, on Sunday called Standard offices to say the adverts, which run on two main TV stations, were injurious to their crusade. Dr Namwamba asked the Interim Independent Electoral Commission to stop the airing of the adverts. "The adverts are bordering on depicting our team leader William Ruto and the entire team negatively... Our supporters are getting angrier," he said. Namwamba referred to the adverts as a deliberate campaign to confuse their supporters. They include one where Mr Ruto appears to be contradicting himself on the position Kenyans should take on the Proposed Constitution. More...

Daniel Toroitich arap Moi
Former president, Daniel arap Moi: Me a land grabber! No way; Push me and I'll tell you who is a land grabber in Rift Valley. Masaai leaders have old Moi to apply for a permit if he wishes to hold a rally at Suswa which they consider a shrine. How times have changed!
Moi threatens to reveal all he knows about land grabbing

By Beatrice Obwocha, July 19 2010
Former President Daniel Moi has criticised the Proposed Constitution, saying it will divide Kenyans along ethnic lines. Moi said the document proposes to address land injustices yet it is not specific on the period to be covered. He hit out at those talking about land grabbing in Rift Valley, adding the original inhabitants of the province could not be accused of grabbing their ancestral land. "I know the history of Rift Valley, and if pushed, I am prepared to spill all," he said. Moi said it was reckless to talk about land injustices without specifying the parameters and guidelines to be used to address the issue. "What will they look at; colonial government, Kenyatta or Moi’s administrations?" he posed. Meanwhile Masaai leaders have told Moi to keep off Suswa which they have termed as a cultural shrine. Moi plans to hold a 'No' rally at Suswa on Wednesday. More...

60-year old British paedophile arrested in Kisii

By Robert Nyasato, July 19 2010
Police have arrested a Briton and rescued 45 children from a bogus orphanage where they had allegedly been sexually abused for two years. Detectives stormed the home on Sunday morning after the public raised concerns over the goings-on at the Twiga Children Centre in Kisii South. Area DC Mohammud Mohamed said the Briton had been previously deported reportedly over similar activities at the Coast. "This home is not registered anywhere as a children facility and it is not clear how he sourced the minors," the DC added. Prior to the day of arrest, the 60-year-old Briton had housed three girls at his residence where he reportedly defiled them. More...

Twiga Children's Centre, Kisii
Twiga Children's Centre orphans in Kisii who are allegedly used as sex objects by a 60-year old British paedophile masquerading as a philathropist. The Briton has been arrested by police after reports he was living with three young girls in his house where he reportedly defiled them. Apparently the same Briton had previously been deported for similar offences at the Coast.
Peacemaker killed after trying to separate couple

By Edwin Cheserek, July 19 2010
An irate husband in Marakwet East District killed a man, who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute. Dominic Kuto, 52, is said to have gone to separate the couple that was fighting in their matrimonial home, when he was allegedly killed. The incident took place at 6.30am on Thursday in Kabioswa village, Mokoro location. The suspect is alleged to have been fighting with his wife and had warned neighbours who had gone to intervene but the deceased defied. Luka Cheboi, a witness, said neighbours left after they were warned but the deceased wanted to stop the suspect from beating the wife. More...

Oldest man in the world found in Kenya

By Peter Mutahi, July 19 2010
One of the oldest men in the world could be living in our midst, but international recognition has eluded him due to lack of a birth certificate. Mzee Barnabas Kiptonui arap Rop, whose age is estimated at 120, has seen it all. He says he was born around 1890 in Ngoricha village in Bureti District. To prove his age, Rop says he belongs to the Nyongi age set (Bulu) according to the Kalenjin circumcision order. He was circumcised around 1912. The father of 13 children says he witnessed children being bartered for millet during the Great Famine, which locals remember as "rupet ab Kosopek" (the Kisii famine). Rop recalls witnessing the Kipsigis warriors fight the British soldiers during the Nandi resistance as looked after the goats. He remembers the 1906 peace deal between the Kipsigis and the British, which was held at Lumbwa (now Kipkelion) and involved the cutting of a dog into two and using its blood to administer an oath to signify end of the war. More...

Barnabas Kiptanui arap Rop
One who defies age: Mzee Barnabas Kiptanui arap Rop of Bureti District is reputedly the oldest man alive but his awesome achievement has eluded international recognition in the Guinness Book of Records because he has no birth certificate to prove his age estimated at 120. His first born son is 81 years old.
Pastor abandons God for terrorism

By Cyrus Ombati, July 19 2010
The man said to be a pastor and arrested by police while ferrying key bomb-making materials, was to arrive in Mombasa on the night preceding on Sunday’s ‘No’ rally in the Coastal city, security sources have revealed. Investigators have also established the man, who was carrying a safety pin and detonator for the bomb, and who calls himself Pastor John Kamau of Victory Church, is a nominated Party of National Unity (PNU) Council. Gitau’s fellow civic leaders are, however, unsure if he is in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ side. Members of the church he was said to belong to told The Standard he was excommunicated a while back. The Anti-terrorist Police Unit (ATPU) has taken over the investigations. Kenya’s anti-terror police chief Mr Nicholas Kamwende termed the arrests a ‘breakthrough’ and said their investigations were progressing well. More...

Sauti Sol in Europe

By INGONEWS Reporter, July 17 2010
Sauti Sol, the sensational Kenyan band is touring Europe for three months this summer. The tour which began in June will take the boys to Sweden, Holland, Belgium and France. This is the second trip in a row the band is making to Europe. The band members - Bienaime Alusa Baraza, Willis Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Delvin Mudigi are all university graduates. Their debut album, Mwanzo was a big hit and during the European tour they will release the second album. The group is signed to a local label, Kenya Africa and appeales to fans to keep supporting them. You can buy Sauti Sol's music from iTunes or Amazon.

Sauti Sol
Sauti Sol band members from left: Polycarp Otieno, Willis Austin Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Bienaime Alusa Baraza during a recent interview in Nairobi with INGONEWS reporter. The group plays a genre that appeals to all ages.
Khaniri wants Ruto & Co fired

By our correspondent, July 17 2010
Mr George Khaniri, an Assistant Minister for Information and Communications, has asked President Kibaki to sack ministers opposing the adoption of the constitution. Mr Khaniri was speaking in Eldoret at a rally officiated by President Mwai Kibaki at 64 Stadium. There are only three ministers in the ‘No’ camp - Samuel Poghisio, the information minister, William Ruto, the agriculture minister and Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shaaban. Only nine out of 49 Rift Valley MPs accompanied the President. They included Ministers Henry Kosgey, Sally Kosgei, Franklin Bett, Hellen Sambili, John Munyes, Magerer Lang’at, Beatrice Kones, Joyce Laboso and Asman Kamama. Kosgey, the Industrialisation minister, led the MPs in declaring that they would stand firm in support of the draft constitution and would not be intimidated by the ‘No’ camp. More...

George Khaniri
George Khaniri, the MP for Hamisi and assistant minister for information has asked President Kibaki to sack ministers William Ruto, Naomi Shaban and Samuel Poghisio.
'Yes' team wins by 62%

By Alex Ndegwa, July 17 2010
With 19 days to the referendum vote, the latest opinion poll shows the ‘Yes’ camp has surged by five points, but the 'No' continues to stagnate. The survey by Strategic Research indicates 62 per cent of registered voters would vote for the Proposed Constitution, 20 per cent ‘No’, and 18 per cent are still undecided. A month ago another pollster, Synovate Research, formerly Steadman, found 57 per cent of voters preferred ‘Yes’, 20 per cent ‘No’, while 19 per cent had not made up their minds. It was the first time the Greens had fallen below the 60-per cent mark – a development blamed on unwieldy ‘Yes’ campaigns pitted against an aggressive ‘No’ camp. More...

Arlene Wandera in major art exhibition

By our reporter, July 16 2010
Arlene Wandera, the artist will be among top notch artists taking part in a major art exhibition in London, UK today. Miss Wandera is teh daughter of Abeingo Community Network vice chairman, Patricia Akinyi Wandera. The exhibition which kicks off at 6pm is at Omega Works, an emerging creative Mecca of artists with diverse backgrounds and practices. "Our unit is an open plan converted warehouse, consisting of eight artists specialising in drawing, installation, painting and sculpture," said Miss Wandera. "Please come along and enjoy our showcase of affordable Art, drinks, food and live music." The nearest underground station is Manor House and the full address is: Open Studios, Unit 2, Omega Works, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LS. To see more of Arlene's work or for further information, please visit her website: http://www.arlenewandera.com/

Arlene Wandera
Some of the art that Arlene Wandera will be showcasing today.
'Spinach lady' takes on Kenya's meat eaters

By our correspondent, July 15 2010
A campaigner wearing a dress made of spinach has paraded through Nairobi urging Kenyans to give up meat. Dubbed "the Lettuce Lady", Michelle Odhiambo from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, admitted her campaign was provocative on two fronts. Firstly because of her dress and secondly by trying to convince Kenyans to give up popular dishes such as roast meat, known as "nyama choma". The organisers of the event said meat-eating contributed to hunger in Africa. Ms Odhiambo, who became a vegetarian eight years ago, said this was because the amount of food consumed by animals reared for slaughter could be used to feed more people. Holding up a sign saying: "Let Vegetarianism Grow On You", she told curious onlookers that she was also concerned about the treatment of farm animals. More...

Michelle Odhiambo, Lettuce Lady
Michelle Odhiambo, the animal rights campaigner, dressed up in Spinach tries to convince Kenyans to abandon meat for vegetables. Onlookers seem bedazzled by her antics but in a Nyama Choma loving nation, is anything likely to change?.
Minister to be sued over Sh110m house demolition

By O'Brien Kimani, July 15 2010
Lawyers representing the owner of a house that was demolished in Nairobi on Wednesday by the ministry of roads official are now threatening to sue the minister. The lawyers say they will institute legal proceedings against roads minister Franklin Bett personally and not the government for destruction of property worth more than a hundred and ten million shillings and contempt of court. Bett claimed the palatial home in Spring Valley stood on a road reserve earmarked for the Northern bypass. The site was a flurry of activities Thursday as the owners tried to salvage what they could from the rubbles. The house is said to have belonged to a businessman Mike Maina Kamau who claimed to have acquired the land legally and that the building was endorsed by the ministry of lands and the City Council of Nairobi. More...

Western PSs traverse province for 'Yes' vote

By Renson Buluma, July 15 2010
Five Permanent Secretaries from Western Province are traversing the region to drum up support for the Proposed Constitution. Led by Labour PS Beatrice Naliaka Kituyi, the PSs said the document, if passed, would enable the country to realise the Vision 2030. The PSs said they had the permission to move around the province to educate locals on the contents of the Proposed Constitution before the August 4 referendum. Speaking at County Council of Busia Hall, the five said they were on a mission to dispel any fears that locals might have towards the draft. Others were permanent secretaries David Stower (Water), Kenneth Lusaka (Livestock Development), Andrew Mondoh (Special Programmes) and Ludwick Chweya, a PS in the Office of the Vice President. More...

Kenneth Lusaka
Kenneth Lusaka, the permanent secretary for livestock development. He is one of five PSs from western province who have embarked on a province wide campaign to win votes for the Yes team during the August 4 referendum.
Judge orders Cherangany MP's car seized

By Evelyn Kwamboka, July 15 2010
The court has ordered police to detain MP Joshua Kutuny’s car until a criminal case involving it is determined. Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei issued the orders moments after the legislator testified in the case. The Cherangany MP told the court he bought the vehicle, a Toyota Prado, in 2008 at Sh2.3 million from a company on Ngong Road, Nairobi. "This is my first car. I did not do a search to verify under whose name it was registered, but the company that sold it to me, gave me a receipt," he told the court. He paid Sh500,000 as the first instalment and the vehicle was released to him after he cleared the balance in two months. All the money was paid in cash. More...

Nyanza pupils abandon education for fishing

By Nicholas Anyour, July 15 2010
Truancy is largely blamed on factors such as indiscipline and peer pressure, but in Nyanza Province, it is the pull of the lake, and the runaway poverty, that is turning many pupils into fishermen. Grace Akinyi Yinda, a mother of seven who lives in Kanyad Location in Homa Bay District, tells one such story. She has been unwell for the past seven years, since her husband, Peter Olang’ died. When health permits, Yinda works as a fishmonger. But her eldest son, 14-year-old Rogers Ochieng’ Olang’ had other ideas. Early this year, he left Shauri Yako Primary School in Homa Bay, where he was a Class Five pupil to eke out a living on Lake Victoria. Fishermen in Nyanza Province have formed an association to curb the menace. More...

Grace Akinyi Yinda
Grace Akinyi Yinda and her 14-year old son, Rogers Ochieng who has abandoned school to eke out survival as a fisherman on the Lake Victoria islands. The Suba, Karachuonyo, Uyoma, Homa Bay Boat Transporters Association says the boys earn about Sh100 per day and has has recorded 300 cases. Photo: Nichola Anyuor
Nakuru Hospital rots at the hands of corrupt officials

By our correspondent, July 15 2010
Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o has blamed the status of Nakuru Provincial General Hospital on corrupt officials who had been replaced. However, the minister said the cartels covered their tracks as they fleeced the hospital and that the Government did not have evidence to arrest them. As a result, millions of shillings belonging to the hospital cannot be recovered. The corrupt health officials have been merely redeployed. Prof Nyong’o announced that the takeover of the hospital’s management had encountered resistance from previous perpetrators of corruption who were replaced early this year. Prof Nyong'o was addressing a press conference in his office.More...

This man is a walking Bible

By Kiundu Waweru, July 10 2010
Walking in the streets dressed in faded blue jeans, a white T-shirt splashed with designer labels and a bag over his shoulders, Gideon Mbusu looks like any 25-year-old. But Mbusu is no ordinary man. His early life as an outcast drew him closer to God. A loner, his best friend was the Bible and it came as a shock to him to realise he could recall verses of the scriptures he had read. Soon, the verses grew to chapters, and then a book, to books. Today, Mbusu has memorised 21 books of the New Testament and says in two and a half months he will be through with the remaining six books, before memorising the Old Testament. "I want to be a walking Bible," he says before reciting his favourite scriptures, Romans chapter eight, in King James Bible. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit..." he recites the entire chapter in refined Queens accent. As he embarks on the next chapter, we stop him. We ask him to read Ephesians chapter two. He smiles, before saying Ephesians was his first book to memorise. The six chapters took him six days. That was in 2006 and he still recalls every word. Mr Mbusu says that he will now embark on the Old Testament and hopes to complete the gargantuan task in two and half year's time. More...

Gideon Mbusu
Amazing memory: Gideon Mbusu who has memorised the New Testament one by word is now starting on the Old Testament, a feat he hopes to accomplish in two and a half years. Amazing...

3 bishops defy ACK stand: Three Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) bishops have broken ranks with the church’s top organ over suggestions to postpone the August 4 referendum. One of the clergymen also admitted the Proposed Constitution has caused deep division in the ACK. Bishops Mwayi Abiero (Maseno South), Otieno Wasonga (Maseno West) and Beneah Salala (Mumias) said it will be ill-advised to postpone the poll. More...
Ruto makes bribery claims against US envoy

By Robert Wanyonyi, July 10 2010
Higher Education Minister William Ruto took ‘No’ campaigns on the Proposed Constitution to Webuye where he criticised US ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger for alleged meddling in the law review. Mr Ruto accused the US diplomat of trying to force a new constitution on Kenyans. The minister said Ranneberger, like any other diplomat, should let Kenyans choose whether to adopt or reject the Proposed Constitution. Addressing a rally at Muliro Gardens, Ruto further accused Ranneberger of bribing voters to support the draft laws. But Ruto gave no evidence to support the claim, and instead said: "The ambassador recently met a section of MPs and each legislator was given Sh200, 000 to market the ‘Yes’ side," he claimed. Ruto, however, did not name the MPs. More...

Atwoli challenges Moi, Ruto to public debate: Central Organisation of Trade Unions secretary general Francis Atwoli has challenged former President Moi and Higher Education minister William Ruto to a public debate on the proposed constitution. Mr Atwoli said the two leaders have been engaging in a deliberate campaign to derail the attainment of a new constitutional order by misinterpreting the facts in their campaign rallies. More...
Millions stolen in Matungu, Budalang'i & Amagoro

By Joel Okwayo, July 9 2010
Millions of shillings allocated to constituencies in Western Province are finding their way into pockets of individuals without the knowledge of wananchi. A report by National Taxpayers Association (NTA) disclosed millions of shillings in Amagoro, Mumias, Budalang’i and Matungu could not be accounted for. In Matungu, more than Sh1 million is reported to have gone missing, as there was no records to indicate how the money was spent. The report further shows there are over five ghost projects in the constituency. NTA co-ordinator Kizito Wangalwa and Regional Manager Martin Nabiswa said in the report released in Matungu showed the projects do not exist on the ground despite the money having been spent. In Budalang’i constituency, a contractor who had completed a project alleged he had not been paid more than Sh360,000 because he declined to bribe CDF officials. More...

John Mwera
Justice John Mwera reduced Kenyatta's asking price of Sh200m to a paltry Sh6m against the Nation Media for publishing a defamatory article about him. The judge also ordered the media house never to publish the offensive article again.
'Nation' fined Sh6m for defaming Kenyatta

By Judy Ogutu, July 9 2010
Nation Media Group has been ordered to pay Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta Sh6 million for defamation. However, this is just a fraction of the Sh200 million the Deputy Prime Minister had sought. High Court Judge Justice John Mwera issued the directive yesterday after concluding that, indeed, an article the media house had published injured the minister’s reputation, which Uhuru, who gave evidence in court, had termed false and insulting. "These accusations were damaging not only to me and my family but to the IDP settlement programme. Accordingly, we will donate all the damages recoverable in these proceedings to the IDPs through the relevant authorities," he said. He maintained the allegations in the article were based on falsehoods. Yesterday, the judge permanently barred the media house from writing and publishing the article he had complained about. More...

Ex Kenya Ports Authority boss charged with corruption

By our correspondent, July 9 2010
Former Kenya Ports Authority managing director James Mulewa will be arraigned in court Friday to answer graft charges. Mr Mulewa was arrested by officials from the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (Kacc) Thursday evening in Mombasa. Kacc spokesman Nicholas Simani said Mr Mulewa will face two charges of corruption in a Mombasa court at 10 a.m. But, by midday he was still being held at the Kacc offices and was expected in court in the afternoon. Mr Mulewa was removed from office after allegations of impropriety were levelled against him. Former Transport minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere wrote a letter to PS Cyrus Njiru on February 12 demanding that he either suspends or sacks Mr Mulewa for alleged corruption. The letter stated that Mr Mulewa had allegedly "presented false information on KPA's financial position". More...

James Mulewa
James Mulewa, the sacked Kenya Ports Authority managing director has denied charges of corruption levelled against him by the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission. He was released on a cash bail of Sh600,000. The case if scheduled for hearing on 24 August 2010 in Mombasa.
Sacked ghost city council workers to be vetted

By our correspondent, July 9 2010
The Nairobi City Council has set up a team to vet employees whose names were struck off the payroll. The move follows complaints by some workers that their names were included on the list of “ghost workers” unfairly. An audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recommended that more than 500 employees be struck off the register. Staff committee chairman Simba Arati blamed departmental heads for submitting lists full of errors. “This is a small matter and the genuine employees have no reason to worry,” he said, adding: “The report by PwC was a good job but the information they were fed with by the various departmental heads were full of errors.” This comes a day after the Kenya Local Government Workers Union told the council to reinstate all the workers. More...

World Bank launches African Diaspora skills database

By our correspondent, July 8 2010
The World Bank’s African Diaspora Program is launching its Database of Professional Skills in the African Diaspora. This database will capture the diverse talents, skills and experiences of professionals throughout the global African Diaspora, so that they may be utilized to further Africa’s development agenda. Every year, innumerable young, educated Africans leave home to seek their fortunes abroad. Most of these immigrants never return home, though their abilities and knowledge are a priceless commodity that, if leveraged correctly, could contribute significantly to the development of their home countries. In addition to this group, millions of people of African descent, located in communities around the world, are actively seeking ways to re-engage with their ancestral homes in Africa. More....

Kenya police
It's you, stupid!: A protestor in heated argument with Kenya police as NGOs protested the move by MPs to award themselves higher perks at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, yesterday. The MPs have revenged by holding the government at Ransom by paralysing parliamentary proceedings. The protestors demanded police, teachers and doctors be awarded better pay instead. Photo: Govedi Asutsa.
MPs paralyse govt operations over pay

By our correspondents, July 9 2010
Members of Parliament have thrown the House calendar into disarray leaving the Treasury in a dilemma and the Speaker boxed in a corner. This is because the MPs shot down an adjournment Motion as part of their war against taxation of their salaries before implementation of the salary and allowance increases proposed by Justice Akilano Akiwumi Commission. In literal terms, the members who met earlier at an informal gathering dubbed Speaker’s Kamukunji, are telling Kenyans for them to pay tax, unlike the ordinary folk, their salaries must first be increased. More...

City council has 4,000 ghost workers - auditor

By Mutinda Mwanzia, July 8 2010
City Hall has struck off 500 workers from its payroll, three weeks after an audit report indicated the largest local authority in the country had 4,000 ghost workers. Their names were removed from the June payroll of the Nairobi City Council (NCC) sparking a row between the council’s chief officers and the Kenya Local Government Workers Union (KLGWU). On Thursday, KLGWU officials Benson Olianga and Festus Ngari said the union had rejected the findings of the audit report, which they termed inconclusive. The council commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers early this year to determine the number of employees and their qualifications. The World Bank funded the audit to the tune of Sh44 million. Mr Kisia said the council will save Sh60 million monthly once the "ghost workers" are weeded out of the payroll. He said the council spends Sh340 million monthly on salaries for 12,000 employees on its payroll. More...

Philip Kisia
Philip Kisia, the Nairobi Town Clerk: Council will save Sh44m every month after removing 500 names from payroll.
Fight over 'Queen's' body: The burial of popular musician Queen Jane at her parents’ home has been stopped. Queen Jane’s husband, Mr James Kariuki, obtained a restraining order from a Thika court on Wednesday. The burial was to take place on Thursday at Mugoiri, in Murang’a District. Mr Kariuki wants a permanent order to prevent his in-laws from interring her remains at her maternal home. More...
First solar-powered plane lands successfully

By our correspondent, July 8 2010
An experimental solar-powered aircraft launched on Wednesday has landed safely in Switzerland after successfully flying through the night. The feat is a step toward the makers' aim of circling the globe using the power of the Sun to fuel the plane. The aircraft used super-efficient solar cells and batteries to stay in the air after the Sun's rays had faded. The plane touched down at an airfield about 30 miles (50 km) from the Swiss capital Bern at 0900 (0700 GMT). The plane landed at Payerne airport after a total flight time of 26 hours. During the flight it reached a height of 8,700 m (28,543 ft). More...

Gay men win asylum in UK: Two gay men who said they faced persecution in their home countries have the right to asylum in the UK, the Supreme Court has ruled. The panel of judges said it had agreed "unanimously" to allow the appeals from the men, from Cameroon and Iran. They had earlier been refused asylum on the grounds they could hide their sexuality by behaving discreetly. More...
Saba Saba heroes to vote 'Yes' for new constitution

By David Ohito, July 8 2010
They cast the picture of Kenya’s rogue past, complete with blood spilt by police bullets, whips, and cudgels. They retold the dream of their lives, which was to see a new constitution, but which for some painfully ended up in an early grave, hospital bed, or solitary wing of razor-wired prison facility. They told of how they planted the first beacon in the search for a new constitution on July 7, 1990 - which in reform corridors is referred to as Saba Saba Day - exactly 20 years ago, yesterday. Their host, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, put it candidly: "’Saba Saba’ signalled the beginning of reforms and today we are on the eve of a new constitution, but repressive forces have ganged up against us. I am confident we will bring to fruition the new constitution on August 4. We must come together and put ‘No’ brigade to shame’. He added: "Saba Saba is incomplete without (Mr Kenneth) Matiba and (Mr Charles) Rubia who were visited with cruelty that ruined their political careers and condemned them to frail health. They suffered in the hands of oppressors". More...

Saba Saba
Saba Saba heroes join hands for new constitution. Retired ACK Archbishop David Gitari, Central Imenti MP Gitobu Imanyara, Lawyer Gibson Kamau Kuria, Rtd Rev Timothy Njoya, former Kabete MP Paul Muite, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and human rights lawyer John Khaminwa celebrating the 20th anniversary of Saba Saba at Raila’s residence in Karen,Wednesday. Photo: Govedi Asutsa

Busia weigh-bridge suspended

THE Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) yesterday suspended the weigh-bridge operations at Busitema in Tororo district to ease the traffic hold-up. The one-week suspension, follows a story in The New Vision that reported on hundreds of cargo trucks from the Malaba and Busia border posts were stranded at Busitema. The hold-up was caused by the slow weight verification exercise reintroduced by the works ministry on July 1. The UNRA spokesperson, Dan Alinange, attributed the slow pace to lack of adequate equipment. He said the roads authority was moving new equipment from Kampala to weigh the vehicles faster. More...

Communal toilets expose women to rape

By Lucianne Limo, July 8 2010
Amnesty International (AI) report raises a red flag on how women and girls in Nairobi slums are sexually assaulted while using communal toilet and bathroom facilities. The report shows inadequate and inaccessible toilets and bathrooms and lack of policing and insecurity make women more vulnerable to rape and other forms of gender violence. For fear of attack while using these facilities after dark, women either stay for days without a shower or bath in the house and use ‘flying toilets’ to relieve themselves. According to the report, only 24 per cent of slum residents have access to toilet facilities. More...

ODM, Ford Kenya rivalry paralyses Nzoia sugar firm

By Eric Ngobilo, July 7 2010
The wrangles threatening production at the Nzoia Sugar Company have been blamed on the rivalry in both Ford Kenya and ODM parties. Some party factions are opposed to the appointment of Mr Julius Nyarotso as chairman of the board in place of Mr Burudi Nabwera, whose term has expired. A section of farmers, their leaders and politicians say Mr Nyarotso, a former chairman of the Kenya Sugar Board (KSB), is not a suitable candidate for the position because of a alleged conflict of interest. They say Mr Nyarotso, an engineer, has previously worked as a consultant for the factory and is also a contractor and supplier. Mr Nyarotso has held a series of public meetings with farmers in the Nzoia sugarbelt in a bid to reduce tensions and address other issues raised by the growers. The factory, which crushes 3,000 tonnes of cane a day, is fed by nearly 50,000 farmers in the larger Bungoma District. Mr Nyarotso, accompanied by Mr Saulo Busolo, a director of the Kenya Sugar Board who represents the Nzoia sugarbelt, and top managers at the factory, held meetings at Bukembe and Bokoli on Monday. On Tuesday, they were at Mukhe and on Thursday, the team will be at Lukusi and Sitikho in Webuye before heading to Mwibale (Kanduyi) on Friday and Nalondo in Sirisia on Saturday. More...

Nzoia Sugar Company
Nzoia Sugar Company's MD Saul Wasilwa during a past function. Trouble is brewing in the succession battles between Moses Wetangula's candidate, Julius Nyarotso and Eugene Wamalwa's Raphael Wanjala.
Police can't solve Uhuru Park grenade attack

By Cyrus Ombati, July 7 2010
False leads and lack of credible evidence may deny justice for victims of the Uhuru Park blast that claimed six lives, and injured over 100 at a prayer meeting called by church and political leaders opposed to the Proposed Constitution. Investigations have so far failed to yield results. Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said that all leads on the incident they have so far received have turned out to be false. After the attack, police faced mounting criticism for taking too long to respond, and failing to secure the crime scene. The police boss said investigating detectives were yet to receive useful information since the probe on the June 13 twin blasts began. He said the five people arrested over the same were found to be innocent. False leads led police to Kinoo and Isiolo where they arrested a Somali alien. More...

Mathew Iteere
Police Commissioner, Mathew Iteere.
Marende says MPs should not be villified over salaries

By David Ochami, July 7 2010
Speaker Kenneth Marende has said Kenyans should not criticise Members of Parliament over salary increments since the legislative process required to effect the changes is not complete. "It is premature at this point to talk about legislators having increased their salaries," he said. He said the process of increasing MPs' earnings is complicated than portrayed so far. He said ongoing public discourse on last week's adoption by Parliament of Akiwumi report recommending higher earnings for MPs has sparked a needless outcry. He spoke at Parliament Buildings when he met visiting members of US congress. The Americans declined to comment on the matter. The delegation includes Keith Elison, the first Muslim congressman in US history and David Dreier, a Republican. More...

Retirement package for top three encourages polygamy

By our correspondents, July 6 2010
The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) has prepared a bill to implement rosy retirement packages for the Prime Minister, Vice President and Speaker of the National Assembly. Coming on top of the controversial pay hike for MPs, the draft bill, seen by The Standard, seeks granting of a generous pension and other retirement benefits to the three upon retirement. Dubbed the Retirement Benefits (Prime Minister, Vice-President, and Speaker of the National Assembly) Bill 2010, the proposed law creates a soft landing for the three office bearers. Juicier benefits are extended to their spouses as well. Even for officers who are polygamous, the package will be spread to all spouses as long as they are ‘lawfully married according to their religion or custom. More...

Kenneth Otiato Marende
Kenneth Otiato Marende, the speaker of national assembly is among the top four VIPs to get a generous retirement package which includes 80 percent of the their final salary.
Eldoret cleric on the run after defiling 9-year old girl

By our correspondents, July 6 2010
Police are looking for a cleric alleged to have gone underground after defiling a nine-year old girl in Uasin Gishu district. The suspect, said to be a pastor at a local church at Maili Nne in the outskirts of Eldoret town, fled after committing the offence about a week ago. Uasin Gishu OCPD Muinde Kiko said that the man was well known and that efforts had been stepped up to have him arrested. "We have received good leads and are closing in on the suspect who is said to be a pastor at Maili Nne," said Kioko. Residents claimed that the pastor had gone to the home of the girl’s mother, who is a widow, where he met the girl who had just reported back from school. After the girl reportedly told the pastor that her mother was away, he defiled her in the house, said the police. More...

Nairobi to get a Sh24bn modern rail system by 2012

By Justus Ondarti, July 6 2010
When Nduva Muli talks these days, he gets dreamy. And so the Kenya Railways Corporation managing director spent two hours on Thursday explaining Kenya’s next wonder: a modern rail system that promises to revolutionise commuter life and cargo transport. Picture this: the Nairobi commuter train will be leaving the station at intervals of 30 minutes and less than 20 minutes between the city centre and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, down from the average 90 minutes it takes to navigate jammed city roads. The trains will pick and drop passengers at trendy stations between 5am and 9pm. The three phase project will cut commuting time by more than half. For instance, it will 45-50 minutes from the city centre to Thika, 50 minutes to Limuru and 35-40 minutes to Athi River/Lukenya compared to the present unpredictable travel, which takes an hour for the shortest distance in the best case scenario. More...

Nduva Muli, Kenya Railways Corporation
The Nairobi train commuter service is an exercise of desperate and risky proportions as this picture shows. All this seems headed to the annals of history as a modern rail system is scheduled to be functioning by 2012 acording to the managing director of the Kenya Railway Corporation, Mr Nduva Muli.

Jose Mourinho in Kenya: Jose Mourinho, the enigmatic manager of Spanish football giants Real Madrid, is in town. Mourinho, who signed Kenya’s McDonald Mariga at reigning European champions Inter Milan, has been on holiday with his family for nearly two weeks. More...
'No' campaigns in Matungu

By Ouma Wanzala, July 5 2010
The 2012 presidential election dominated the ‘No’ team’s campaign rally in Emuhaya at the weekend. Three Rift Valley MPs said voters in the vast province would support a presidential candidate from Western if the latter helped to shoot down the proposed constitution. “You have been number two for many years in leadership and once you assist in defeating this draft be assured that we will be ready to extend our support for your presidential candidate when 2012 comes,” said Mosop MP David Koech. He was supported by Mr Isaac Ruto (Chepalungu) and Mr Elija Langat (Emgwen), who asked the residents not to be “misled” by politicians championing the ‘Yes’ campaign in the region. Mr Cyrus Jirongo, the only Western MP who is openly in the ‘No’ camp, and the perceived beneficiary of the 2012 vote, said he was ready to go for the State House job. More...

Eugene Ludovic Wamalwa
Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa is one of the few MPs opposed to the massive increase in the legislators wages that makes them the highest paid in the world. They earn twice as much as MPs in UK, Sweden, Australia, among other developed countries.
Raila, Wamalwa say MPs pay increase immoral

By our correspondent, July 5 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday said it was unfair for the MPs to increase their pay at a time when Kenya's economy had not yet recovered. “I am totally against the idea of MPs increasing their salaries arbitrarily,” said the PM in his first news conference after being discharged from the hospital.MPs Kabando wa Kabando and Eugene Wamalwa on Sunday led the opposition to the pay rise, terming it “ill-timed and insensitive to the mood of the country”. The MPs said they would lead a campaign to shoot down the proposals in the House on Tuesday. And speaking in Runyenjes, Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta said he awaited an epic battle in Parliament from his colleagues but maintained that there was no cash to fund the mammoth pay increases. More...

Ikolomani petition hearing resumes

By Joel Okwayo, July 5 2010
The inspection of election materials in a petition challenging the election of Ikolomani MP, Dr Bonny Khalwale has kicked off again after a two-week break. The exercise is being supervised by the Kakamega Chief Magistrate Hedwig Ong’udi where forms 17 A and 16A are being availed for inspection. Kakamega High Court judge, Justice Isaac Lenaola, who is hearing the case, had directed Ongu’di to oversee the inspection of the documents and report to the court. The court has inspected forms from 65 polling stations out of the 78 that were used as poling centres in the 2007 General Elections. Bernard Shinali, who is challenging Khalwale’s re-election through lawyer Stephen Mwenesi, had asked the court to order an inspection of forms 16A and 17 A. More...

Isaac Lenaola
Justice Isaac Lenaola is hearing the case in which Dr Bonny Khalwale's election as MP for Ikolomani is being challenged by a voter, Bernard Shinali.
Cleric killed in cold blood

By our correspondents, July 5 2010
Gangsters killed a cleric in cold blood in his church compound in Ongata Rongai township. Gunmen shot Bishop Joseph Segel, 57, who was in charge of the Redeemed Church, Kajiado, three times at close range as he tried to wrestle with them. A sombre mood engulfed the church when worshipers arrived on Sunday for service nly to be informed their bishop had been killed. A worshiper mourns Segel, the head of Ongata Rongai Redeemed Church, who was shot dead at the prayer house compound on Saturday night. Photo: Jonah Onyango/Standard Segel, a father of three, had just arrived at the church compound on Saturday at midnight when four suspected thugs who were in a vehicle struck. His widow Miriam and three other workers were not hurt. More...

MP alleges rigging in new pay

By our correspondent, July 2 2010
Just a day after awarding themselves hefty pay increases, Members of Parliament are already up in arms against each other over the amount of sitting allowances. Some MPs demanded that the sitting allowances of Parliamentary Service Commissioners (PSC) be reduced and be set at Sh10,000, at par with what other MPs will earn. Sources at the Speaker’s Kamukunji, chaired by House Speaker Kenneth Marende told The Standard MPs were unhappy the commissioners increased their sitting allowances to Sh20,000, contrary to recommendations in the Akiwumi report. The MPs demanded that the allowances be harmonised because they are all members of the same House. "It seems PSC members doctored the report and increased their allowances, contrary to the original report that all members be awarded a uniform) Sh10,000 sitting allowance," added an MP who attended the meeting but preferred anonymity. More...

Naomi Campbell
Bloody diamond beauty: Super model Naomi Campbell has been summoned to appear in court to give evidence in a case involving former Liberian president, Charles Taylor who reportedly gave her 'blood' diamonds.
Naomi subpoenaed over African 'blood' diamonds

By our correspondent, July 2 2010
British supermodel Naomi Campbell has been ordered to give evidence on 29 July in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone issued a subpoena forcing her to appear and said law enforcement agencies should ensure she did so. Prosecutors say Ms Campbell was given a "blood diamond" by Mr Taylor in 1997 at Nelson Mandela's house in South Africa. Mr Taylor is accused of using such diamonds to fuel a war in Sierra Leone. Ms Campbell had previously refused to provide testimony in the case. More...

Soccer kings bundled out: Football kings of Brazil have been dethroned from the World Cup in South Africa by Holland.
Atwoli elected deputy of world workers union

By Martin Mutua, July 2 2010
Kenyans are eager to know whom they can trust to implement the Proposed Constitution once it is passed, Central Organisation of Trade Union Francis Atwoli has said. "Kenya deserves a leadership that understands, works and stops at nothing to create opportunities for all. That is the great promise, a fair deal for all and a free ride for none," he added. Atwoli was addressing Kenyans in US where he is on a visit. "Whom do we trust for the management and implementation of this important document amongst our current crop of leaders? the Cotu boss asked during the meeting. Atwoli who was also recently elected the Vice President of the International Trade Unions told the Kenyans in Diaspora to support change. More...

Francis Atwoli
Francis Atwoli, the COTU secretary general has been elected vice president of International Workers Union. Mr Atwoli is currently visiting the US where he addressed Kenyans on the challenges facing constitutional reforms. He said Kenyan workers are fully behind the draft constitution.
Wako declares Kisumu murder case a mistrial

By our correspondent, July 2 2010
Attorney-General Amos Wako wants the acquittal of Corporal Edward Kirui over the murder of two demonstrators in Kisumu in 2008 declared a mistrial. Mr Wako says the judge misdirected himself to reach that conclusion. Wako said evidence pointed sufficiently to the guilt of the accused and he could not understand Justice Fred Ochieng’s logic in setting the murder suspect free. He said in Parliament yesterday families of the victims are entitled to compensation if they applied and subject to evaluation of certain factors. But MPs demanded disciplinary action against Justice Ochieng, compensation for the families of the deceased and declaration that Kenya’s judges and courts are incompetent to handle serious crimes like murder in the wake of the 2007/208 post-election violence. More...

Ayuma Muhanji
First Emuhaya woman MP?: Ayuma Muhanji,daughter of the late MP for Emuhaya Sammy Muhanji. She quit her job with Cooperative Bank to follow her father's footsteps in the trade union movement (commercial and allied workers union). Watch out, she could be eyeing Emuhaya Constituency as the first woman MP.
Ronald Watsiera
Footballer turns international businessman: Ronald Watsiera, the former footballer with AFC Leopards. I caught up with him in Nairobi recently and informed me that he has subsituted dribbling the ball into the net with dribbling money into his pocket. He works for SGS and regularly travels to Rwanda.
Raila, Briton, squatters involved in Lamu land dispute

By our correspondent, July 1 2010
A Watamu plot at the centre of a dispute between a British national and five squatters belongs to the Prime Minister, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Mr Stephen Ligunya, the lawyer for Kang’o Enterprises Ltd, a company owned by Mr Raila Odinga, disputed the authenticity of the title deed held by a Briton, Mr John Frazer Unsworth, and his claim of ownership of the plot. Mr Ligunya also told Malindi High Court judge Hellen Omondi that Mr Odinga has a title deed for the plot while the squatters do not. The five squatters, who are also claiming ownership of the plot, went to court seeking to restrict Mr Unsworth from developing it. More...

Obama movie out: A film about US President Barack Obama’s childhood days in Indonesia debuts in Jakarta on Wednesday, promising a very different perspective on the man in the White House. More...
Musalia Mudavadi and Tessy
Musalia Mudavadi and his wife Tessy step out to attend a national day celebrations. Councils will be viable under the new constitution, he says.
Councils to get 15% of national revenue - Musalia

By our reporter, July 1 2010
The government is implementing solid waste management projects in Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu in partnership with a French development agency (AFD). Addressing a workshop in Nairobi, deputy prime minister and minister for local government, Moses Mudavadi said that local authorities are at the heart of service delivery in their respective jurisdictions. “However, present Local authorities are not adequately financed, and it is therefore important so as to create local authorities that are financially viable,” he said. Mr Mudavadi, who is also the MP for Sabatia in Western Province, said that he is supporting the constitution draft because, among other things, it provides for adequate funding of local authorities to the extent of 15% of national revenue. The workshop debated a comparative study on devolution and decentralization in four countries – Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

From today Kenyans can live and work in five countries freely

By John Oyuke, July 1 2010
It is now official. The East African Community (EAC) Common Market is finally here, ushering in a seamless regional market and four key freedoms to the estimated 130 million citizens of the region. The treaty that comes into force today, sets the stage for free movement of persons, labour, services and the right of establishment and residence across the five partner States - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It also marks the entry of the critical phase, when the EAC partner States, must begin to determine how free movement and establishment of companies and businesses should be effected. More...

Bukusu circumcision
An initiate (omusinde) being circumcised in Bukusu standing straight without flinching to demonstrate his courage to earn respectable passage into manhood..
Now Kenya exports circumcisors to Swaziland

By Kepher Otieno, July 1 2010
Six Kenyan nurses have been nominated to conduct male circumcision in Swaziland. The women from Nyanza Reproductive Health Society will spend 25 days in Swaziland helping provide medical male circumcision for HIV prevention to 406 clients at three major hospitals. The Hospitals are, Mankayane, Raleigh Fitkin Memorial and Piggs Peak hospitals. The Kenyan nurses, along with three medical doctors from Ethiopia, have travelled to Swaziland. On Thursday, a co-coordinating team member Beaforn Mosoti, confirmed the nurses will be there for 20 days. The nurses will support Swaziland’s efforts to step up male circumcision programmes in the country. HIV prevalence among women attending antenatal clinics in Swaziland exceed 39 percent while the number of orphans has reached 100, 000. More...

No, Yes dons clash over draft laws

By Beauttah Omanga, July 1 2010
Five law lecturers clashed when they engaged in a public debate on the myths and facts of the Proposed Constitution. Yash Pal Ghai, Peter Wanyande, Mutakha Kangu, Jesse Mugambi and Tom Namwamba debated the contents of the Proposed Constitution, each animatedly defending his position. While Prof Ghai, Prof Wanyande and Prof Kangu described the document as better than the current, Dr Namwamba and lawyer Hassan Kinyanjui describing it as a recipe for chaos. Ghai, who was the moderator, cautioned both sides against deliberately misinterpreting sections of the draft, and was at some point, forced to cut short some of the speakers. Kangu and Wanyande accused the ‘No’ team of misleading Kenyans. "The Proposed Constitution gives citizens immense powers on how to be governed, taking away the executive authority from the governors. But Namwamba said the document is laced with poison and leaders are telling Kenyans to take it then seek treatment later. More...

Mutakha Kangu and Tom Namwamba
Mutakha Kangu (left) of the 'Yes" secretariat and Dr Tom Namwamba of the 'No" wing clashed over the adoption of the draft constitution during a public debate moderated by Prof Pal Yash Ghai in Nairobi yesterday. Prof Ghai has been at the centre of a new constitutional dispensation in Kenya since his appointment by ex president, Dnaiel arap Moi in 1990s. However, his recommendations were rejected by anti powerful reformists.
World Bank questions MPs capacity to probe excesses of the Executive

By David Ochami, July 1 2010
A World Bank report has poked holes in Parliament’s investigative and oversight committees, questioning MPs impartiality and technical competencies. And the Bank raises questions about Parliament’s ability to conduct complex and technical investigation. However, the report hails the rising strength of departmental committees and their ability to hold the Executive to account on various fronts. The report comes days after Prime Minister Raila Odinga and MPs clashed over the committees’ roles, particularly over procurement. Raila had faulted the teams, saying they should not come in the way of the Executive. Though he was not categorical, the PM said he had been told of instances where MPs were paid to ask specific questions on tendering processes in "a cash-for-question" deal. More...

Kenneth Otiato Marende
Clash of titans: Kenneth Otiato Marende, the speaker of the national assembly has ordered Amos Wako, the Attorney General to table a report into the maize scam that rocked the country early last year before parliament. Apparently Wako has forwarded the report to the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission for investigations. At the height of the scnadal, agriculture minister, William Ruto narrowly survived a censor motion.
Marende orders Wako to table maize fraud report

By our correspondent, July 1 2010
House Speaker Kenneth Marende has ordered Attorney General Amos Wako to table the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission report on the maize scandal. This follows revelations the anti-graft agency has forwarded the report on the multi-billion-shilling scandal to the AG. The Speaker last week ordered Internal Security Minister George Saitoti to table the report yesterday, but Prof Saitoti informed the House he received a letter from KACC indicating the report has been forwarded to the AG. The report would shed some light on the maize importation and subsidy scheme that has implicated some Government officials in shady deals. The matter came to the fore when The Standard on Sunday exclusively reported how President Kibaki reinstated some suspended Permanent Secretaries despite the KACC report implicating them in the scandal. More...

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