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Friends and foe troop to Raila's sick bed

By Cyrus Ombati, June 30 2010
President Kibaki today visited Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi Hospital where he is admitted after undergoing brain surgery. Former President Moi sent goodwill message to Odinga and his family while ambassadors and ministers trooped to the ward to wish him quick recovery. Those who visited Raila included ministers Musalia Mudavadi, George Saitoti, William Ntimama, Moses Wetangula and Esther Murugi. Others include John Cardinal Njue, ambassadors and members of Parliament. Raila is admitted in the North Wing, which is an exclusive area for VIPs. Insiders said among the patients who have been admitted there include President Kibaki, retired president Moi and a number of foreign diplomats. More...

George Saitoti visits Raila
Former vice presidents, Moody Awori (left) and George Saitoti (right) visiting the indisposed Raila Odinga who has undergone brain surgery at Nairobi Hospital.

King of tennis stunned: The tennis king, Roger Federer has been knocked out of Wimbledon championships after a six year reign by Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych. More...
22 Nyanza teachers defraud Equity Bank of Sh12m

By Nicholas Anyour, June 30 2010
Police are looking for 22 teachers after arresting two others for securing more than Sh12 million in loans from a local bank fraudulently. The primary and secondary school teachers in Homa Bay District are allegedly forged payslips to secure the loans. Homa Bay OCPD Daniel Kimeu said the teachers used the fake slips to obtain between Sh 3000 and Sh 1 million loans from local Equity Bank branch. The police chief said the loans secured by the 24 teachers have added up to Sh12,205,000 since last September. "The slips look very genuine and you can’t know if it is not a real payslip. The bank detected the fraud after they were take to the headquarters for verification and later reported to us for action," he said. More...

Yet more money for MPs while Kenyans starve

By Alphonce Shiundu, June 30 2010
A report to review Kenya MPs salaries has been tabled in Parliament and recommends a pay increase for the legislators. The tribunal appointed by the Parliamentary Service Commission to Review and Make Recommendations on the Terms and Conditions of Service for Members and Staff of the National Assembly pegs the consolidated pay of an MP at Sh1.09m. According to the report, the Prime Minister will earn Sh2.9m, the Vice President will take home Sh2.19m, while the Speaker is set to get Sh2.1m The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to earn Sh1.6m while the deputy Speaker will be entitled to Sh1.4m a month. The remuneration includes salary and allowances. More...

Queen Jane
Queen Jane, the popular singer who passed on yesterday while undergoing treatment.
Job loses in UK: Some 600,000 jobs are expected to be lost in the public sector over the next five years, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said. More...
Popular music star dead

By our correspondent, June 30 2010
Popular musician Queen Jane has died while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital. She passed on Tuesday evening at the St Mary's Hospital, Nairobi. Queen Jane hit stardom following the release of the hit song Mwendwa KK in the 1990s. She was born Jane Nyambura 45 years ago in Gatanga, Central Kenya. Her two siblings Ejidiah Wanja, who also goes by the stage name Lady Wanja, and Agnes Wangui aka Princess Aggie are also involved in the music industry. More...


500 council ghost workers axed: More than 500 Nairobi City Council employees have lost their jobs. The affected workers will, “with immediate effect, not receive a coin from City Hall” as their names have been taken off the payroll following a head count. More...
Murang'a women complain their men aren't men enough

By Joy Wanja, June 29 2010
An unspoken battle of the sexes is rife in this quiet town. The women in Murang’a are deeply saddened by the harm cheap liquors has caused to their sons and husbands. But the men disagree that the brews are the cause of the region’s social problems. At Gatunyu market, which is surrounded by bars, patrons are freely imbibing and others are staggering home. Gender minister Esther Murugi said in Parliament recently that women were complaining their men were weak. “The men from Central Province cannot sire children,” said the Nyeri Town MP. Unemployment was cited as the major hindrance by the men while the women tell another tale: laziness. Money earned by the young men hardly reaches home because they spend their wages on alcohol, leaving their children and wives in hunger and desperation. More...

Paul Otuoma
Dr Paul Otuoma, fisheries development minister. Fish has been declining over the years while illegal fishing has been rampant in some areas such as Osieko Beach in Bondo District, Bukoma and Marenga Beach, both in Bunyala District. However, the launch of the research vessel RV Uvumbuzi in June has once again raised hopes that the lake could be on the way to recovery.
Fish prices raised as catch from Lake Victoria dwindles

By Abiud Ochieng, June 29 2010
Fish has long been a delicacy for many Kenyans. And Lake Victoria was the never-depleted granary where fishermen would cast their nets and land a bumper catch. Not any more. The increased human population along with pollution have conspired to gradually pull fish out of the menus and the prices continue to rise. The factories that once churned out fillets destined for Europe and the US have slowed down, while others have closed their doors all together. According to a report by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) in May this year, prices of the three commercial fish species in the lake have been gradually increasing for the last eight months. According to fisheries development minister, Dr Paul Otuoma, in the eight months between July 2009 and April 2010, prices rose by an average of 21%. More...

Raila Odinga undergoes brain surgery

By our correspondent, June 29 2010
Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga has had brain surgery, doctors say, after initial reports he had been hospitalised for exhaustion. Neurosurgeon Oluoch Olunya, who carried out the operation, said he was recovering well. The prime minister's spokesman had earlier said Mr Odinga, 65, was fit to work but had been advised to rest. The BBC's Peter Greste in Nairobi says Mr Odinga has been one of Kenya's most energetic politicians. In recent months, he has been campaigning particularly hard to win support for a new constitution, with no questions about his physical fitness. Mr Olunya said there had been a build-up of pressure, which was relieved when some fluid was removed through a small opening in the skull. More...

Raila Amolo Odinga
Raila Odinga has been adviced to take a complete rest by doctors at Nairobi Hospital after he was admitted complaining of feeling unwell..

Fifa may allow videos: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has apologised to the Football Association over Frank Lampard's disallowed goal in England's World Cup defeat by Germany. More...
Awori backtracks on his Tokyo fraud story

By Stephen Makabila, June 29 2010
Former envoy to Japan Dennis Awori has clarified what he presented to the Parliamentary Defence and Foreign Relations Committee on the controversial purchase of the embassy plot in Tokyo. Mr Awori says he had not indicated the country lost Sh1 billion in the deal. "My statement was based on the sequence of events that transpired up to the time I left Tokyo and it did not include reference to any conspiracy by the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Lands," he said. He was last week quoted as saying the deal was done behind his back between officials at the mission, the Treasury and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He said the transactions were done while he was away from Japan. More...

Wetangula to answer Awori over Tokyo fraud allegations

By Alphonce Shiundu, June 27 2010
Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula has vowed to deal with the scores of queries over Kenya’s foreign policy when a committee report indicting him makes its way to Parliament. The minister said he would be meeting the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations to respond to all issues raised by witnesses about the Japan embassy deal and international agreements on piracy. However, Mr Wetang’ula declined to respond to the allegations by then ambassador Dennis Awori that the country lost Sh1 billion in the Tokyo deal. “I will be going before that committee again. I stand by what I told them,” Mr Wetang’ula told journalists in his office at the weekend. The government bought the property on June 30, 2009, for Sh1.5 billion, raising questions as to why officials in Tokyo turned down an offer to buy land from the Japanese government, opting to buy from an individual at double the cost. More...


Germany robs England

England's World Cup ended in a mixture of humiliation and controversy as they were thrashed by Germany in Bloemfontein. Germany's deserved win and convincing victory margin will be overshadowed forever in the minds of Fabio Capello and his squad by a moment they believe robbed them of the hope of reaching the last eight. More...

James Kanyotu
Deceased spy agent James Kanyotu: Hidden assets

Banks holding Sh200bn in unclaimed assets
There are no official figures on the amount of unclaimed assets in the country but, according to a survey by the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) in conjunction with the Unclaimed Property Asset Register (Upar), the figure could be anything between Sh40 billion and Sh200 billion. This amount mainly includes cash deposits in banks, insurance premiums, retirement benefits and dividends. A task force appointed by the ministry of Finance in 2008 found that banks were holding the largest amount of unclaimed assets and found one bank with a whopping Sh1 billion. More...

Kisii family pursues priest who 'raped' their daughter

By Ouma Wanzala, June 27 2010
A Catholic priest has been accused of raping a schoolgirl only minutes after giving her bananas and oranges for her sick mother in hospital and praying for her. The priest, who was serving at Gekano Parish in Kisii Diocese in November last year when the incident reportedly occurred, then tried to swear the 16-year-old girl to secrecy with a promise of education. A senior administrator in the diocese, also a priest, confirmed that a complaint had reached the bishop’s office over the matter, and said investigations were ongoing. But the girl’s family suspects a cover-up plot, citing the fact that the accused priest has since been moved from the diocese and the conduct of another priest who later visited their home to collect the clothes worn by the girl at the time she was allegedly raped. More...


G20 agree to cut deficits by 2013

Leaders at the G20 summit in Canada have reached agreement on a deal to cut national budget deficits without stunting economic growth. Summit host Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the group's richest members should halve their deficits within three years.Proposals for a global levy on banks have been dropped, Mr Harper said. More...

Widow on a mercy trip to Kenya in memory of Dr Watson Ingosi

By our reporter, June 25 2010
Dr Watson K. Ingosi from Shirumba Sub-location, Malinya Location, Ikolomani South Division, Kakamega South District may have passed on 15 years ago but his philosophy in life lives on.  Kept alive by his widow, Pauline Ingosi who lives in London, UK, Dr Ingosi used to tell his people: “Whatever difficulty you are facing today, a thousand others out there are facing worse. So carry on, tomorrow will be better”.  It was in memory of the great man that Pauline set out to visit the disadvantaged in Kenya and donate what little gifts she could master.  With her family in tow, her trip took her to Kakamega and Nairobi where she visited, among other projects, Ematsayi Windows of Hope Children’s Home based at Amalemba Estate in Kakamega Town and Dagoretti Children’s Home in Nairobi. The project is the brainchild of former Lurambi MP, Reverend Javan Ommani.   The Home currently has 20 children but hundreds more are on the waiting list awaiting admission and sponsorship.  If you can help, please contact the Reverend Javan Ommani directly or Pauline Ingosi at: khayalip@yahoo.com.  “Mine was to appreciate what Kenyans are doing to improve the lives of the less fortunate. I took time to visit various projects with my family to let them see for themselves why it is necessary to pray for others and appreciate what one has, “ said Mrs Ingosi.

Pauline Ingosi
Pauline Ingosi (left) from London, UK presenting gifts to Mr and Mrs Okwako, the caretakers of Ematsayi Windows of Hope Children's Home of Amalemba Estate on the outskirts of Kakamega. Pauline was born at Ebusubi Mundichiri, Bunyore.

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Kenyatta blamed for Ruto's inroads into Gema territory

By Alex Ndegwa, June 26 2010
Facing accusations of lukewarm support for the Proposed Constitution and lack of a clear Kibaki succession strategy, Central Kenya leaders united under Gema to chart a way forward. Top on the agenda of caucus - dubbed Central Kenya Referendum Forum - was charting a new political course for the electorate during the August 4 referendum and subsequently the 2012 presidential elections. Majority MPs from the the Mt Kenya region attended the Limuru meeting, which was chaired by the meeting’s co-conveners, retired Arch-bishop David Gitari and the Gikuyu, Embu, Meru Association (Gema) chairman Lawi Imathiu. Also in attendance were Rift Valley and Nairobi MPs who trace their roots to the region. More...

East African Community
EAC Presidents Amani Karume (Zanzibar), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) and Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi).

Ruto, Kalonzo clash over Yes-No

Politicians opposed to the proposed constitution have insisted that most of their rivals in the Yes camp are silently backing its rejection at the referendum.Higher Education minister William Ruto, who led 14 MPs in criss-crossing various constituencies in lower Eastern Province Friday, reiterated his claim that although Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and 80 percent of other leaders were in the Yes team, they were in his group. But in a swift rejoinder, the VP’s spokesman, Mr Kaplich Barsito, denied there was any such agreement. “Only today the VP was busy campaigning for Yes in Changamwe. How can anyone claim he is in No?” More...

Milestone as EAC comes into effect

By our correspondents, June 25 2010
The question on most people’s lips when the East African Community Common market protocol comes into effect on next week (July 1), is what next? Some people expect to get jobs immediately when they cross the borders, but others are not aware of the milestone. "People should not expect that when they cross over to Tanzania for instance, they will automatically get jobs," David Nalo, PS Ministry of EAC cautioned. The implementation of the Common Market Protocol (CMP) means there is now a legal document endorsing the free movement of people within the EAC. The partner states will operate as a single market with free movement of goods, services, labour and capital, common taxes and similar trade laws. More...

Raila takes Yes campaign to Bungoma

By our correspondent, June 25 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has assured Kenyans that the Provincial Administration will not be disbanded. The PM, however, told a “Yes” rally in Bungoma that some changes were likely to be made for the department to conform to the new order. Urging thousands of Bungoma residents who attended the rally to endorse the new constitution at the August 4th referendum, Mr Odinga said they should be wary of the numerous falsehoods that were being peddled by the “No” campaigners about devolution. At least 30 MPs, including Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and ministers James Orengo, Fred Gumo, Sally Kosgei and Soita Shitanda attended the rally. More...

Bungoma Posta Grounds
Prime Minister Raila Odinga addresses a ‘Yes’ rally at Posta grounds in Bungoma town on Friday. He was accompanied by his deputy Musalia Mudavadi and more than 30 MPs
PLO Lumumba to replace Ringera as KACC director

By our correspondents, June 25 2010
Renowned lawyer PLO Lumumba moved a step closer to being the next Kenya anti-corruption head after Parliament approved his nomination to the position. Dr Lumumba's fate now lies with President Kibaki, who is expected to formally appoint him as the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission director. Parliament on Thursday unanimously approved his nomination alongside those of lawyer Pravin Bowry and university lecturer Jane Kerubo Onsongo as deputy directors of Kacc. Wednesday’s attempt by nominated MP George Nyamweya to block Dr Lumumba from getting the job was dismissed as “flimsy” and “lacking evidence”. Dr Boni Khalwale (Ikolomani, New Ford Kenya) said the advisory board was “competent” and Parliament could not just throw the nominees out without proof. Mr Nyamweya had accused Dr Lumumba of scuttling the Bomas constitutional conference, but Dr Khalwale told him: “Inside a bus, you’ll always have a very faithful turnboy and a very competent driver…Dr Lumumba was merely a turnboy, don’t blame the failings of Prof (Yash Pal) Ghai on him.” More...

PLO Lumumba
PLO Lumumba, the fiery lawyer whom Parliament has approved as a replacement of Justice Aaron Ringera. His appointment to the plum job only now awaits President Kibaki's assent.

Sex dot sex approved

Official approval has been given for the creation of an internet domain dedicated to pornography. The board of net overseer Icann gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels. More...

Let children fill the earth like sand - Eseli Simiyu

By Alphonce Shiundu, June 25 2010
Calls for reduced birth rates have divided members of Parliament with some fearing that low fertility could cut their political base.At a meeting on Thursday with population experts attended by 30 MPs at Nairobi’s Inter-Continental, Kimilili’s Eseli Simiyu said unless there was a complete overhaul of the political system, it would be impossible to reduce birth rates. He said much as he was “careful” in his utterances, mostly when dealing with family planning, most people “believe that the bigger the tribe, the better their chances at leadership.” Mr Josephat Nanok (Turkana South) noted: “Our current policies operate on the principle of numbers. The more numbers you have, the more resources you get.” More...


Crocs kill two: Two fishermen were killed by crocodiles on Lake Victoria on Tuesday. Police spokesperson, Samson Lubega, identified the men as Vincent Olupot, 30, of Nango village in Malongo sub-county, and Richard Kasodde, 38, of Masolya island in Masolya sub-county. More...
Serial Bible thief lucky to escape from a lynch mob

By James Munyeki, June 25 2010
A suspected shoplifter missed death by a whisker after she was found stealing at a Nyahururu supermarket. The woman was found picking Bibles at Spear Supermarket worth Sh14,500. According to witnesses, the woman was in the company of two men in suits, but they escaped unnoticed. It is then that the supervisors noticed the goods stashed in her handbag and arrested her. Wananchi threatened to lynch her. "How can one steal the word of God if the world is not coming to an end? This woman should be killed instead," an angry resident was heard saying. After hours of interrogation by residents, the woman confessed that this was her routine job, which she carried out in various towns. "We are a group of two women and three men who shoplift in Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nyahururu. This is as a result of abject poverty and I beg for forgiveness," she said yesterday. More...

Martin Sifuna Shikuku
Man bites table: Martin Sifuna Shikuku would not tell us how this coffee table had wronged him, but he clearly had a bone to pick with it. He waited till this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru where he was assured the public would witness his retribution. Circling his prey, he pounced and sunk his teeth into the table. Despite struggling briefly, he lifted it off the ground (with a little help from his ribs) to hearty applause from amazed spectators. Photo: Boniface Thuku
Man sues Church for excommunicating him

By Stella Mwangi, June 25 2010
A teacher has been granted leave by the High Court to sue a church for allegedly excommunicating him. Mr Josephat Kabutiei, 44, accuses African Inland Church (AIC)’s Bishop Silas Yego and the Reverend John Chirchir of frustrating his efforts to have his name cleared of allegations made against him by a woman 14 years ago. He vows to remain a bachelor until the church clears him of the allegations. Kabutiei alleges that in 1994 a fellow female church member accused him of intending to break her marriage and spread rumours that he had requested her for a relationship. More...


1st for Italy and Slovakia: Italy suffered its first exit in the world cup preliminary rounds courtesy of Slovakia's first world cup victory. More...
EDITOR'S INGO TRIP: THE PEOPLE I MET, THE PLACES I WENT. Click here to watch a slideshow
Solomon Omolo Mugera
Media personality: Solomon Omolo Mugera, the Head of Swahili Service at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. I caught up with him in Nairobi while on one of his many tours of duty in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.
Wambui Kiai
Media trainer: Dr Wambui Kiai, the director School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi. Thanks to her innovative acumen, the school now offers bachelors degree in addition to post graduate diploma in mass communications.
Serial killer devil-worships, believes in witchcraft

By Winsley Masese, June 24 2010
Residents of Kipsitet Market in Muhoroni have claimed the self-confessed serial killer, George Okoth Otieno, had an interest in devil worship. And his family is now living in fear after the public attempted to evict them from the market centre. A resident who did want to be named told The Standard Otieno had approached him wanting to know where he could find devil worshippers. However, the motive of the inquiry has not been established. In another incident, Otieno is said to have wanted to offer assistance to a man who lost his motorcycle in the market. "George offered to take the man who lost his motorcycle to Kisumu where they were to see a witchdoctor," the source said. And as Otieno’s mother, Josephine Achieng, made frantic efforts to trace her son, police are yet to disclose his whereabouts. More...

Okiya Okoiti Omtatah
Okiya Okoiti Omtatah, the perennial activist best known for taking extreme measures eg. chaining himself to the gates at Vigilante House, the police headquarters now wants the IIEC restrained from conducting the Aug 4 referendum unless Kenyans abroad can vote.
Court petitioned to allow Diaspora vote on Aug 4

By Jilo Kadida, June 24 2010
The dispute resolution court has been asked to stop the referendum and compel the Interim Independent Electoral Commission to register Kenyan’s living abroad as voters. This request comes a day after a five-judge bench from the Interim Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court directed that prisoners be registered as voters in the next 21 days. The new case filed by six people, among them activist Okiya Okoiti Omtatah, is also seeking orders to bar the Attorney-General, IIEC and the Committee of Experts on constitution from conducting partisan civic education. However, Judge Violet Mavisi who presided over the case declined to grant the order to stop the three institutions saying the they have to be present and give their side of the story. She, however, certified the case as urgent saying it raises weighty issues which need to be resolved before the August 4 referendum. More...

Historic vote for prisoners

By Evelyn Kwamboka, June 24 2010
The ruling by the special dispute resolution court that prisoners must vote in the referendum punctured Interim Independent Electoral Commission’s confidence everything was on course, 41 days to D-Day. In the landmark judgement, IIEC is expected to gazette prisons as polling stations and register inmates within 21 days. The court, whose decisions cannot be appealed against, also ordered Attorney General Amos Wako to facilitate the inmates with identification documents for them to register. IIEC Chairman Isaak Hassan was yesterday apprehensive his team’s well-laid out plans for the August 4 showdown between the ‘Greens’ and the ‘Reds’ could have suffered a setback because of the order on short notice to incorporate prisoners in the voter register. More...

Scholastica Omondi, Sankale ole Kantai and Samuel Mukunga
Historic ruling for prisoners: Interim Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court judges, from left, Justices Samuel Mukunga, Sankale ole Kantai, and Lady Justice Scholastica Omondi after they ruled on Wednesday, prisoners vote at the August 4 referendum.
KBC boss suspended over loss of Sh110m

By James Ratemo, June 24 2010
The Government has lost an opportunity to recover Sh75 million it spent to buy broadcasting rights of the ongoing Fifa World Cup tournament. This is due to alleged impropriety by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) officials. As a result, KBC Managing Director David Waweru and Company Secretary Hezekiel Oira have been suspended with the Inspectorate of State Corporations called in to investigate. Editor-in-Chief Waithaka Waihenya has taken over as acting MD. Board Chairman Charles Muoki said yesterday in a statement the two had been suspended to allow independent investigation. More...

Wetangula lied over Sh1bn Tokyo property fraud - Awori

By David Ochami, June 23 2010
The controversy of how land for Kenya’s embassy in Tokyo was bought took a new twist when a former diplomat said that close to Sh1 billion was lost in the deal. Kenya’s former High Commissioner to Japan, Mr Dennis Awori, Tuesday told Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee that a cheaper deal that was being arranged by the Government of Japan was ignored and the expensive alternative rushed through while he was away from Japan. The Government ended paying Sh1.54 billion even though there was an option to buy a more suitable plot for only Sh600 million, he said. Awori said the choice to buy the property at an ‘inflated price’ defied economic and mathematical logic. The former diplomat said Wetang’ula misled the Committee two weeks ago for saying he (Wetang’ula) has never visited Japan. He also contested Wetang’ula’s claims that the purchase was cost effective and that Kenya’s mission in Tokyo sits on a suitable part of the Japanese capital. This has not been the first twist in the controversy over the embassy land deal. Last month, Wetang’ula claimed that a member of the parliamentary committee investigating the deal had tried to extort Sh100 million from the ministry in order to go soft on them. Wajir West MP Adan Keynan heads the committee. More...

Dennis Awori
Dennis Awori, the former ambassador to Japan has contradicted foreign affairs minister, Moses Wetangula (below) over controversial property deal in Tokyo in which Sh1bn was looted by a cartel involving officials from Wetangula's office, Treasury and Tokyo Embassy..
Moses Masika Wetangula
Moses Wetangula has also claimed an MP tried to extort Sh100m from him to keep the fraud hashhash.
Price controls are back

By Peter Opiyo, Jan 23 2010
It is now just a matter of time before the public is cushioned from arbitrary increase of food prices by unscrupulous traders. Parliament today passed the Price Control (Essential Goods) Bill, 2009 giving the Government power to fix retail and wholesale prices of maize flour, wheat flour, cooking fat and fuel among others. The Bill now goes to the Attorney General for editing before President Kibaki signs it into law. And the urgency of the matter was evident when MPs called Ministry of Finance to ensure the President signs it as soon as possible so that those who exploit Kenyans face the law. More...


Were's report on airport MD's job thrashed

By Alex Ndegwa, June 23 2010
Members of Parliament rejected a report by the House Transport Committee that had recommended the revocation of appointment of managing director, Kenya Airport Authority (KAA). They disowned the report, which had questioned the appointment Mr Stephen Gichuki after the exit of George Muhoho. Ministers and backbenchers were unanimous the report had no basis since neither the law was flouted in the recruitment nor were the qualifications of the MD in doubt. MAtungu MP, David Were chairs the committtee. More...

'No' camp MP grabbed 5000 acres in Nairobi

By James Ratemo, June 23 2010
An MP in the ‘No’ camp grabbed 5,000 acres of public land in Nairobi’s Embakasi constituency, Prime Minister Raila has claimed. Raila yesterday said such leaders were fighting hard to defeat the Proposed Constitution to protect stolen property. "Parliament will have to state what shall be maximum size of public land an individual can own…some people in the ‘No’ camp have huge chunks and are already panicking… communal and private land will not be affected by this clause," said Raila. Speaking during the handing over of 400 three-bedroomed units of National Housing Corporation houses in Lang’ata, Raila warned land grabbers on the southern by-pass, saying illegal structures on the route would be demolished once construction starts. More...

Kibaki, Raila go West, Yes

By Peter Leftie, June 23 2010
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have shifted focus to Western province in spirited efforts to reverse inroads made by the No camp.MPs from Western province met Tuesday to map out strategies of popularising the proposed constitution ahead of two Yes campaign rallies to be led by the two principals in Bungoma and Kakamega on Friday and Saturday. More...


Kenyan fraudster jailed in US

By Anthony Karanja, June 23 2010
A Kenyan has been jailed for six years by a Massachusetts court for a Sh46.8 million fraud. Peter Mwangi, 35, was convicted of mail and passport fraud and aggravated identity theft. Between March 2006 and June 2008, Mwangi registered 11 non-existent businesses with the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance using the identities of living and dead people. More...

Grabbed land stalls major potato project

By Gatonye Gatura, June 23 2010
Grabbed research land has stalled a Sh318 million potato revitalisation programme that would have seen the sector become a major employer and contributor to food security. A five-year potato sector master plan developed at an estimated Sh50 million since 2003 has been turned down just before reaching the Cabinet for what the planners call flimsy reasons. The plan, which is part of a greater government strategy to revitalise agriculture, is primarily based on producing adequate clean and high quality seeds for farmers. However, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) cannot do so because of lack of land for both research and seed multiplication. More...


Food security sabotaged
NYAMIRA KILLER CONFESSION
Ritual killing cult has branches in Kisumu, Kericho, Nairobi

By our correspondent, June 22 2010
The latest man to claim that he is a killer has told police that he belongs to a cult that specialises in ritual killings. The man, who is said to come from Uyoma in Rarieda District, was arrested after claiming that he killed Ms Devina Amenya in a lodging in Keroka town. He has told police that the cult has branches in Kisumu, Kericho, and Nairobi. “He said they kill their victims and shave off the hair, which they present to their leader every last Friday of the month as proof that they have accomplished a mission,” said local police boss Shadrack Maithya. Mr Maithya said the man was found with human hair suspected to have been shaved from Ms Amenya, his last victim. The suspect’s confession could give Rachuonyo police leads in solving the mysterious murder of a woman in a Kendu Bay lodging two months ago. More...

Mumias Sugar Company
Signboard at the entrance to Mumias Sugar Complex at Shibale Market, Mumias.
Mumias Sugar accuses Ugandan firm of forgery

By our correpondent, June 20 2010
The controversy surrounding 25 sugar containers impounded by police resurfaced in court on Tuesday, with a local miller accusing a foreign company of deception. Mumias Sugar Company said Arua Mercantile, a Uganda-registered firm, illegally obtained orders to have the consignment attached before calling for its sale. This is despite an injunction issued in 2008 against the sale, disposal, clearance, distribution, or any interference. The orders in favour of the miller were granted in Mombasa by Mr Justice Joseph Sergon. He had complained of infringement on the company’s brand name and trade mark by labelling the gunny bags in the firm’s name. The 12,460 bags of sugar, estimated to be worth about ShSh34 million, were imported by Semliki Mineral Resources, which is also registered in Uganda. More...

Kenyatta on the spot over missing Sh900m CDF funds

By our correspondents, June 22 2010
Members of Parliament are accusing Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta of slashing Sh900 million from the Constituency Development Fund kitty. According to the claim by MPs, which Parliament’s own committee on CDF will discuss within the week, each constituency would miss out on at least Sh4 million. This is based on the assumption the balance would be shared out equally among Kenya’s 210 constituencies. According to the Constituencies Development Fund Act (2003), at least 2.5 per cent of the Government’s ordinary revenue is supposed to be allocated to the kitty. The Act says: "an amount of money equal to not less than 2.5 per cent (two and-a-half per centum) of all the Government ordinary revenue collected in every financial year should be allocated to the kitty." This year’s budget has projected ordinary revenue collection of Sh609 billion and legally, Sh15.2 billion should have gone to the CDF, but Uhuru only gave it Sh14.3 billion. The shortfall of Sh900 million means every constituency will have been denied at least Sh4 million. More...

Davy Koech
In the dock: Dr Davy Koech, the former director of Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) has sued Dr Koech seeking to recover Sh500 he allegedly defrauded from the institute.
Ex Kemri boss sued over Sh500m fraud

By Judy Ogutu, June 22 2010
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) is seeking more than Sh500 million from former chief executive Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), Davy Koech and a Mr Dunstan Magu Ngumo. The anti-graft agency has filed a civil case at the High Court in Nairobi seeking to recover millions from Koech and Ngumo who is a former trustee and signatory of Kemri’s Retirement Benefit Scheme bank accounts. KACC claims the two used their positions fraudulently misappropriate Sh509,002,643 belonging to the retirement scheme. More...


Circumcision kills 20 in SA: Twenty South African boys have died following botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape Province. "The deaths occurred over the past 12 days, with nine of them occurring over the past 24 hours," said a provincial health spokesperson. Some 60 boys have been rescued from 11 initiation schools which have since been closed. More...
Fed up with your spouse? Divorce her with a public send off - only in Japan

By Laurel Moorhead, June 22 2010
TOKYO - With divorce on the rise in Japan, some couples are choosing to celebrate the end of an unhappy marriage by saying “I do” for a final time at a divorce ceremony before friends and family. Divorce ceremonies were pioneered about a year ago by a former salesman, Hiroki Terai, who set up a “divorce mansion“ in a small undercover space in Tokyo. Since then about 25 couples have each paid 55,000 yen ($606) to hold a ceremony with all the pomp and grandeur of a wedding that publicly ends their relationship before they officially file for divorce. Terai said he had received more than 900 inquiries. The latest couple, Mr and Mrs Fujii, met near Sensoji Temple in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa area on Sunday and rode in separate rickshaws to the “divorce mansion.” More...

Japan public divorce ceremony
Riding to a public divorce court: A husband and wife ride on separate rickshaws as they head towards a "divorce mansion" to conduct a "divorce ceremony" in Tokyo. This bizzare way of dissolving a marriage is catching up in Japan like wildfire and before you know it, the wind could be blowing towards other parts of teh world Photo: REUTERS
Hannington Awori laid to rest in Funyula, Samia

By our correspondent, June 21 2010
President Mwai Kibaki Monday joined the family, relatives and friends of the late Hannington Awori who was laid to rest in his Funyula home, Samia district. During the occasion, President Kibaki noted that the set up of the Awori family across the Kenya/Uganda border had captured the aspirations of residents of East African Community who wished to live harmoniously and undertake unhindered close border trade. In his message Prime Minister Raila Odinga eulogised the late Awori as a humble, hard working and excellent professional who excelled in every sphere of life. The Rt Hon Odinga said that the Jaramogi family and that of the Aworis enjoyed long-standing relations dating back to pre-independence times. Others who condoled the mourners included his brothers, former Vice-President Moody Awori, the Ugandan Minister for Information, Communications and Technology, Hon Aggrey Awori and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government Musalia Mudavadi. The burial service was conducted by Bishop Josiah Were of Nambale Diocese. He was also the brother of the founder of Makini School, Dr Mary Okelo and Joshua Awori. In attendance were Cabinet Ministers James Orengo, Fred Gumo, Paul Otuoma, several members of parliament, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura, Attorney General Amos Wako among other senior public and private sector officials. More...

Hannington Awori
Last respects to Awori: President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi pay their last respects to the late Hannington Habakkuk Ochwada Awori during the deceased’s burial at his home in Funyula, yesterday. The late Awori excelled in the corporate world. He served as chairman of Nation Media Group besides directorships at Standard Chartered Bank, Sygenta etc.
'No' camp takes its campaign to Western

By our correspondent, June 21 2010
The ‘No’ side of the Proposed Constitution took their campaigns to Bungoma where they said Western Province stood to lose the most if the document is passed. Led by Cabinet minister William Ruto, the leaders said the province would get only four counties yet it has a population of more than five million people. "Some regions will get the same number of counties yet they have half a million people. This means Western should be more ‘No’ than Rift Valley," Mr Ruto said. peaking at Posta Grounds, the Higher Education minister said Kakamega County would comprise nine constituencies with a population of two million. "Some counties like Lamu and Laikipia have much more less populations compared to Kakamega," he added. Others in the rally were Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio and MPs Cyrus Jirongo, Wilfred Machage, Linah Kilimo, Joshua Kuttuny, David Koech, Elijah Lagat, Peris Simam and Kiema Kilonzo. More...


Nyanza's alarming pupil pregnancy: Head teachers from Nyanza are grappling with the increasing number of pregnancies among pupils. More...
William Ruto
William Ruto addressing the 'No' campaign rally in Kakamega yesterday.
Kisumu killings officer saved by missing digit 2: The High Court on Monday set free a policeman accused of cold blooded shootings in Kisumu during post election chaos. The judge, Justice Fred Ochieng' said despite all other evidence having pointed to former police constable Edward Kirui, he was not linked to the killer weapon. Kirui's had serial number 23008378 but the killer bullet was fired from a rifle with serial number 3008378. More...
DEVICES MADE IN RUSSIA
Uhuru Park explosion - five arrested

By Cyrus Ombati, June 21 2010
Police are "talking" to five men in connection with the Uhuru Park explosions that claimed six lives and injured more than 100 people. Insiders branded the men as "people of interest" to them as they progress with the investigation. Without elaborating, the officers in the team say they are making a little progress on the case. Three men had been arrested in Kinoo last week and two others days later, sources said. As part of their efforts to know the origin of the explosions, officials at the Government Chemists had requested for at least ten days to analyse samples of the three grenades collected from the scene. But those in the know believe the grenades were manufactured in Russia. They are yet to establish how they got to Kenya. More...


No more anonymous calls: Mobile phone subscribers in Kenya have until end of July to register their numbers or risk losing them. That was the chilling message the government had for the country’s 20 million mobile phone subscribers on Monday. More...
UK prelate visits Kenya's election violence areas

By Titus Too, June 21 2010
The Anglican Archbishop of York, UK, John Sentamu has begun a three-day tour of the country to preach reconciliation in areas hit by post-election unrest. Dr Sentamu, who is the second highest ranking archbishop in the Anglican Communion, visited Chagaya near Burnt Forest where peace initiatives and reconstruction have been going on following the violence that also saw destruction of property and displacement of families. "I was in the country in 2008, but could not access this region due to violence after the General Election. I am happy reconciliation efforts have yielded fruit and communities now co-exist," said the Ugandan-born Archbishop. He hailed efforts by the Church, Provincial Administration and peace groups that assisted in mediating peace. "Before God, we are all equal and no community is superior than the other. There is need to forgive one another to have a cohesive society for better development," he said. More...

John Sentamu, Archibishop of York
Dr John Sentamu, the Ugandan-born archbishop of York in UK is visiting Kenya to promote tolerance among communities to avoid ethnic cleansing such as occurred following disputed presidential polls in 2007..

Second serial killer arrested: Another man has come forward, claiming to be a killer who has taken the lives of four women in various towns in Nyanza and Rift Valley provinces. He was arrested in Kaplong town, Sotik after killing a woman in a lodging in Keroka town, Nyamira District, some 45 kilometres away. More...
Kibaki lashes out at Kenyatta over his lacklustre support for 'Yes'

By our correspondents, June 21 2010
President Kibaki has moved to heal apparent rifts in the ‘Yes’ campaign as he seeks to ensure that the team wins the August 4 referendum with a landslide. Sources in government said the President had directed senior Cabinet ministers who appear unenthusiastic about popularising the proposed constitution to show commitment to the push for the new laws. The highlight of the efforts was a meeting at State House last week which was attended by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, and Internal Security minister George Saitoti. At the meeting, the President is said to have questioned the formation of the Green Alliance, said to be associated with Mr Kenyatta, to coordinate parallel activities to those of the ‘Yes’ secretariat, which has representatives from PNU and ODM. The President asked Mr Kenyatta to release any funds required for the constitution review process. More...

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Kibisu Kabatesi
Mudavadi's man: Kibisu Kabatesi, the private secretary and director of public communication office of the deputy prime minister and minister for local government.
Edmund Kwena
Mombasa based: Edmund Kwena, managing director, Beachfront Media Services and branch manager, Oriflame (EA) Ltd, the Swedish beauty products firm.
Tribal government officers to be fired - Muthaura

By Athman Amran, June 18 2010
The Government will sack heads of State corporations if their cronies are found to dominate some departments. "We are going to get you out of the job just because of that. We will see your line-up and we are going to sack you," Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura warned, Friday. "This is a warning," Muthaura said arguing that putting cronies in strategic positions in the accounting, human resources, and procurement departments meant there would be no checks and balances and was a recipe for corruption. More...

Paul Melley
Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Strategist Paul Melly (second right) exchange documents with KNCHR chief executive Mohammed Hallo after signing the deal, yesterday. Looking on is Commissioner Hassan Omar Hassan. The partnership seeks to bring sobriety in a debate ravaged by hate speech and war mongering. Photo: Henry Kilonzi
Media House teams up with rights body to offer sobriety to heated constitutional debate

By John Oywa, June 18 2010
The debate on the Proposed Constitution is set for new heights. Kenyans will from next week have a chance to own the process that has raised political heat. In a breakaway from tradition where politicians have dominated the constitution making, The Standard Media Group has partnered with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to take the debate closer to the people, through live discussions on TV and radio. The partners yesterday signed an agreement that will see KTN and Radio Maisha transmit live discussion forums in ten towns throughout the country for six weeks from June 24. More...

MP faces 3 years in jail if convicted of hate campaign

By Wahome Thuku, June 17 2010
Looking lost, stunned, and fatigued three MPs stood in the dock as charges that could break their parliamentary careers, if found guilty, were read out. Hanging on the necks of the three – Assistant Minister Wilfred Machage, Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi, and Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny – are charges whose penalty in a court of law is scary and unimaginable to a politician. They were hauled in court alongside the widow of former Chief Justice Christine Nyagitha Miller, after spending the night in police cells following their arrests on Tuesday. The case against Kutuny appeared the most serious, as he was charged with distribution of leaflets targeting certain communities. The crime has no provision for a fine if one is found guilty, and carries a maximum jail sentence of five years. To be freed on cash bail Kutuny had to pay Sh200,000, which is twice what his colleagues were asked to. More...

Oliver Kisaka
Church leaders Oliver Kisaka, NCCK deputy secretary general and members, Bob Kabugi and Connie Kivuti addressing the media.

Male menopause: The male menopause does exist - but it is rare, researchers have concluded. Just days after it was dismissed as a myth, the European team said the male menopause did exist - but that it affects only 2% of middle-aged men. More...
Church denied permit to hold prayers at Uhuru Park

By Beauttah Omanga, June 17 2010
The clergy has been denied a permit to hold a memorial service for the victims of last Sunday grenade attack at Uhuru Park today. Organisers of the cancelled gathering addressed the media yesterday and cried foul, saying the Nairobi City Council, which denied them the permit, was being used to intimidate and frustrate them. They said they were concerned that a response to their applications handed to the City Council two days ago was communicated to them a day to the requested date. "We are seeing a conspiracy to deny the churches an opportunity to meet and condole with the bereaved families, but we will pass our message from elsewhere," said Bob Kabugi. Accompanied by Oliver Kisaka, the NCCK Deputy Secretary General and member Connie Kivuti, the organisers said prayers for those who died, the injured and traumatised Christians would be conducted at the All Saints Cathedral starting 10am. More...

Wako blames US, UK for shielding Anglo Leasing scam suspects

By Martin Mutua, June 17 2010
Details of why journalists were thrown out of a parliamentary committee meeting investigating the multi-billion shilling Anglo Leasing scandal can now be revealed. Impeccable sources who attended the meeting told The Standard Attorney General Amos Wako accused US and UK governments of blocking investigations into the scandals. Wako, who was accompanied by Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura, told the Public Accounts Committee the two governments declined to allow Kenyan investigators to interrogate the key architects, a Dr Meryln Kettering and a Mr Bradley Birkenfeld. "With the new found relations between Kenya and the US, it seems Muthaura did not want the media to know it is the US which had stalled the investigations," a source said. More...


In Kitale avoid these places: In Trans Nzoia District, Laini Saba, Matisi, Nyayo estate, and other areas in the outskirts of Kitale town are prone to crime, with motorists and business premises being the main targets. Trans Nzoia deputy police boss Karisa Mwajefa said scores of suspected robbers have been arrested. More...
Wilfred Machage
Dr Wilfred Machage, assistant minister for transport and MP for Kuria has been suspended a day after he was charged with hate speech alongside Cherengany MP, Joshua Kutuny and Mt Elgon MP, Fred Kapondi.

Study identifies crime hotspots

Violent criminals are becoming more ruthless and spreading their spheres of operation, police and medical reports indicate. In many towns, areas that were considered safe only a few years ago are now in the grip of violent criminal gangs. A study by University of Nairobi lecturer Walter Odhiambo on the distribution of gun crime injuries received at the Kenyatta National Hospital revealed that most victims were from Eastlands, followed by Kasarani, Kangemi and Kawangware, Kibera, and Golf Course. More...

Minister suspended over hate speech court case

By Anthony Kariuki, June 17 2010
A Kenyan minister has been suspended from government, a day after he was charged with incitement to violence. Dr Wilfred Machage, the assistant minister for Roads, was suspended by President Kibaki on Thursday. "His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, CGH, MP, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has today suspended Hon. Dr. Wilfred Machage from the office of Assistant Minister pending determination of the hate speech case in court against the Assistant Minister," said a statement from the President's office. The Kuria MP is out on a Sh100,000 bail following charges on four counts of incitement to violence on Wednesday. He, however, denied the charge before Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei and will appear in court on June 21 for the mention of his case together with three others. More...


Boda boda not good for sex: Boda boda cyclists are among the healthiest men in Kenya, easily shrugging off most illnesses, showing good muscle development and well toned bodies. But now research shows that most of them may not be in good sexual health. More...
World Cup in Luhyaland: Busia mourners abandon burial to support Ghana

By Egessa Hajusu, June 15 2010
THERE was chaos in Busia on Sunday when mourners abandoned a burial to watch the World Cup football match between Ghana and Serbia. The incident happened in Mugungu ‘B’ village in Busia town during the burial of Moses Wafula, a casual labourer, who died of kidney cancer on Saturday. Mourners, including the dead man’s brother, Bwire Ojusi, blamed Pastor Moses Barasa of the Calvary Church for prolonging the sermon yet the match was about to kick off. Frustrated, Ojusi organised his friends, who stealthily carried the body from the make-shift shelter, where it had been placed during prayers, to the grave, before the end of the prayers. On realising that the body was missing, the Pastor rushed to the grave to stop the burial. The mourners almost pounced on Barasa, accusing him of making them miss the match. “If we cannot bury now, we are leaving you with the body. We have to go and support Ghana,” said Ojusi. However, Barasa stood his grounds and ordered that the body be returned to the shelter so that he could complete his sermon. The mourners abandoned the burial. Only the father of the late, Wilson Ojusi and a handful of Barasa’s church members remained behind to carry out the burial. The World Cup fever swept across the nation on Friday when the tournament kicked off in South Africa. In Munyonyo, International Criminal Court delegates abandoned the meeting to watch the host country take on Mexico, which match ended 1:1. More...

Hannington Awori dies at 80

Hannington Awori
Hannington Awori (right) at a NEPAD meeting in 2004. He was an astute business entrepreneur and brother to former vice president, Moody Awori.

By Jaindi Kisero, June 15 2010
Mr Hannington Awori, one of the icons of Kenya’s corporate sector, died on Monday in Nairobi at the age of 80. Mr Awori retired three years ago as chairman of the board of the Nation Media Group and a year earlier from the leadership of Standard Chartered Bank, among various companies he served as a director. He had been undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital. Mr Awori, who shot to prominence as an executive director of Unilever, was one of the first Kenyans to undergo university training as an engineer. After completing his first degree at Witwatersrand University in South Africa in 1952, at the height of apartheid, he moved to London University to study civil engineering. Mr Awori returned to Kenya in 1965 and joined Unilever, for many years a consumer goods market leader, where he rose to the post of technical director and retired in 1990. The seventh child in the family of the late Canon Jeremiah Awori and Mariamu Awori, he attended the African Government School, Kakamega and Maseno School. But it was in the corporate world where he made the greatest contribution and came to be revered by shareholders for his wit and exceptional ability to explain complex issues in simple terms. Besides NMG and Standard Bank, he also served as a director of Mabati Rolling Mills, Sygenta, Block Hotels, Phoenix Assurance and several others. Mr Awori was also the first chair of the Centre for Corporate Governance, a non-profit organisation which promotes modern and transparent corporate leadership. In 2000, when the country was facing with a severe electricity crisis, the government asked him to chair a committee to spearhead a World Bank-backed emergency operation to restore the country’s energy supply. He was the brother of former vice-President Moody Awori, Ugandan Cabinet Minister Aggrey Awori and the founder and Director of Makini School, Dr Mary Okelo, Joshua Awori. He is survived by a widow, Pamela, whom he married in 1969. They had three children, Jeremy, Timothy and Mary-Anne. More...

Varsity conned millions in fake payment slips scam

By Dennis Odunga, June 15 2010
Students could be losing millions of shillings through fraudulently obtained bank pay-in slips. Fraudsters are on the loose in Eldoret Town, where they mostly target students in universities and middle-level colleges. Unlike their primary and secondary school counterparts, whose parents deposit the fees in the institutions’ accounts, college students are often given cash to make the payments. Investigations conducted by the Daily Nation showed that the con artists operate in crowded banking halls, where they pose as students who have already paid the fees and offer to help their “counterparts” to jump the queues. Others pose as bank employees. To sweeten the deal, some students are offered discounts of about Sh5,000 for every Sh20,000 they pay. More...


Teenager beaten to death for marrying without consent

By our correspondent, June 15 2010
A teenage girl has been beaten to death by her relatives for allegedly getting married against their wishes. According to neighbours in Eldoret’s Langas Estate, 16-year-old Christine Nanjala was taken away from the house of her “husband” by her relatives. On reaching home, she was beaten for four hours, leading to her death. The relatives were said to have been opposed to the marriage of the girl, whom they said was a Standard Seven dropout. “The girl got married two months ago in the neighbourhood. On Friday, her close relatives in the company of three other people took her home and gave her a brutal beating,” said a neighbour, Ms Anne Waithera. When neighbours learnt of the girl’s death, the relatives allegedly told them to keep it a secret. But some relatives opposed to the beating reported the incident to the police. More...


Vuvuzela survives noisy ban campaign vuvuzela
A giant vuvuzela, the wind instrument that has come to symbolise the World Cup in South Africa has survived a campaign by some footballers to have it banned. FIFA has ruled that it is part of the character of Africa's 'World Cup'.

By our correspondent, June 15 2010
World Cup organisers say they will not ban vuvuzelas from stadiums in South Africa, despite numerous complaints. The sound of the plastic horn has been likened to the drone of a thousand bees or a herd of stampeding elephants. Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo says the noise affects player concentration, while some fans watching on television claim they cannot hear the commentary. But a World Cup spokesman insisted vuvuzelas are "ingrained in the history of South Africa" and will remain. Rich Mkhondo also said vuvuzelas had worldwide appeal. "Let us not make this a South Africa instrument alone," he said. "A vuvuzela is now an international instrument. People buy them and stuff them in their suitcase to go home. Fifa president Sepp Blatter also weighed into the debate and believes vuvuzelas are part and parcel of football in South Africa. "I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound," he commented on social networking site Twitter. "I don't see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?" Backing for the under-fire vuvuzela has come from the England Supporters' Band, which has not missed an England game - home or away - since 1996. More...

Yes-No-Yes politicians targeted as suspects in the Nairobi explosion

By our correspondents, June 15 2010
Three and not two grenades exploded at Uhuru Park triggering the question whose missiles were they were, particularly because they resemble those routinely used by Kenya’s security forces. The national outrage was palpable, calls for unbridled investigations resonated across the country as political and religious leaders, including Christians and Muslims, called for calm and sobriety but condemned the mayhem. President Kibaki convened a top-level Government security meeting on the morning after, where it emerged the plotters of the atrocities used two models of stun and hand grenades - GL36 used mostly in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Sources revealed Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told the meeting his sleuths were concentrating their exploration on four areas, the first and second being within the ranks of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps, the third being possibility it was the work of the so-called ‘Yes-No-Yes’ group, which is a syndicate of politicians and influential personalities who are undecided on taking one or other position and for strategic reasons and prefer to conveniently project themselves as friendly to both the ‘Greens’ and the ‘Reds’. The fourth group the security teams are looking into for possible leads is categorised as ‘extremists’ and include some religious extremists and a vicious underground ring made up of members of a proscribed cultic and extortionist sect. More...

Cyrus Jirongo
Cyrus Jirongo, the Lugari MP and KADDU leader. Jirongo has denied his driver was responsible for the death of the plaintiff's husband eight years ago in a road accident.

Jackson's doctor escapes: The doctor accused of giving Michael Jackson a lethal dose of anaesthetic will be allowed to work in California as he awaits trial, a court has ruled. During a brief procedural hearing, a Los Angeles judge said he did not have the authority to ban Dr Conrad Murray. More...
Widow sues Jirongo over husband's death

By Evelyn Kwamboka, June 15 2010
A widow has sued Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo for the death of her husband in a road accident. Tessie Margaret Kariuki wants the MP to compensate her over what she termed as negligence by his driver. Her husband Daniel Kariuki Gitau succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident that involved his car with that of the MP in January 2002, at Kipkaren on the Eldoret-Webuye Road. She claimed the MP’s driver Saul Lumbasi drove the vehicle recklessly under his instruction, causing it to collide with that of her husband. The man, who died at the age of 45, left behind two sons and a daughter. He was earning a net profit of Sh967, 071 per month and supported his family. She is seeking special damages worth Sh275,100 and general damages under the Law Reforms Act and the Fatal Accident Act. More...

Outrage as media is banned from Anglo Leasing hearings

By David Ochami, June15 2010
Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura successfully petitioned the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to bar the public and the Press from investigations into the Anglo Leasing scandal. The parliamentary committee members yesterday caved into a demand by Mr Muthaura for what they called "sensitive" security issues. Only Mwala MP Isaac Muoki expressed reservations to eject the media. "There will be a feeling that there is something we are trying to hide," he said. Before Muthaura’s sudden demand PAC chairman Bonny Khalwale held a separate meeting with Attorney General Amos Wako. More...

Jimmy Kibaki
I quit: Jimmy Kibaki has quit Simama Kenya a day after he was sacked by chairman, Dr Tom Namwamba.
Kibaki quits Simama Kenya

By our correspondent, June 15 2010
Mr Jimmy Kibaki has resigned as the patron of a high profile youth organisation he helped found last year. Jimmy, President Kibaki’s son, announced his resignation from Simama Kenya, amidst a row sparked by his recent call to chairman Tom Namwamba to leave the outfit over conflict of interest. Mr Namwamba is the chairman of the No secretariat - The Red Card Centre. In a brief statement on Monday, the younger Kibaki said the position of patron was honorary and not executive. His resignation comes a day after Dr Namwamba suspended him saying he had the powers to do so as founder and chairman. More...

Five dead as two explosions rock 'No" rally in Nairobi

By our correspondents, June 14 2010
Five people died and more than 70 others were on Sunday hurt after two explosions caused a stampede at a ‘No’ rally in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park. The explosions took place as a Nairobi preacher was conducting prayers after the main rally, which was otherwise peaceful. The well-attended rally-cum religious crusade was addressed by religious leaders and politicians who are leading the campaign to have the draft constitution rejected. The rally had ended and people had left, but one of the pastors had continued with prayers well beyond the 6pm permitted in law. It was not clear what caused the explosions that occurred 30 minutes apart as pastor James Ng’ang’a was conducting prayers after the end of the rally. More...

The Church led "NO" rally ended in tragedy yesterday at Uhuru Park, Nairobi when two devices believed to be home-made bombs exploded killing five people and injuring more than 70. The co-convener of the ‘Yes’ campaign Secretariat, Prof Peter Anyang Nyong’o said the incident was unfortunate but wondered whether it could be a ploy by the No team to get public sympathy.

Mt Elgon MP hunted by police over hate remarks

Police were at the weekend looking for two MPs in connection with inflammatory remarks they made over the Proposed Constitution. Detectives who had been detailed to look for Assistant minister Wilfred Machage and Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi for questioning said they were yet to locate them after they allegedly went underground since Friday. Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere ordered the CID to interrogate the two over inciting remarks they made last week at the launch of the ‘No’ secretariat in Nairobi. Mr Iteere told The Standard police were looking for the two legislators to record statements before further action is taken on them. More...

Residents scamper as earth tremor hits Western Kenya

By our correspondents, June 14 2010
An earth tremor that lasted for seconds and which occurred at around 3pm hit western Kenya threw the residents into shock and panic. In Kisumu town, people fled from buildings to areas that they considered secure. In Busia, the earth tremor was felt and lasted for several seconds. Ms Valentine Mirao said that she felt her house shaking and had to flee to an open ground. In Kakamega residents were sent into panic after the tremor occurred. The tremor lasting seconds was accompanied by a loud rumble at about 3.15 pm People who called the Nation from different parts of western province reported that they noticed furniture shaking and some said they were jolted in their seats during the incident In Kakamega town, patrons gathered in bars and other social spots to follow the world cup match between Algeria and Slovania jumped from their sets and ran in different directions unaware of what was happening. More...

Ambwere Plaza in Kakamega
A street in Kakamega Town with Ambwere Plaza in the background. Residents scampered to safety following an earth tremor that rocked Western Kenya yesterday.

Ghana's goal uplifts African spirits: An 85th-minute penalty from Asamoah Gyan ensured Ghana began their Group D campaign with victory against 10-man Serbia. The striker converted emphatically from the spot when Serbia substitute Zdravko Kuzmanovic was penalised for handball attempting to clear a dangerous cross. That goal has uplifted African spirits after South Africa managed a draw against Mexico in the opener. More...
Cane farmers in Mumias looking for a sweet year

By our correspondent, June 14 2010
Sugarcane growers were on Thursday optimistic that this year’s Budget would address their grievances following their shattered hopes last year. In an interview with Nation in Mumias on Thursday, farmers said they expected Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta to allocate adequate funding for farm inputs and the Sugar Development Fund kitty. The Mumias Sugar Cane Farmers Association chief executive, Mr Simon Wesechere, said that growers were unhappy that the Sh1 billion allocated to the Sugar Development Fund in the last financial year never got to them. “We met Kenya Sugar Board officials last week and they claimed that they never received the money,” he said. More...

KENYANS IN CANADA CELEBRATED JAMHURI DAY ON SUNDAY JUNE 6 2010 IN EDMONTON. Click here fora Slideshow
Robert Kamau
Cutting Jamhuri Cake: Robert Kamau, the chairman of Kenyan Community in Edmonton and his wife, Judy cut the cake as the highlight of the celebrations marking Kenya's 47th Jamhuri (independence) Anniversary. Click here for more Photos
Rhoda Owouth
No longer lonely: Although thousands of miles away from home, Kenyans living in Edmonton, Canada put on a show just like their compatriots did in Kenya. The Jamhuri Day party was a harambee affair with various people donating food and drinks. more
Trouble brews in Simama Kenya as Namwamba nows suspends Kibaki

By Beauttah Omanga, June 14 2010
Trouble in Jimmy Kibaki’s outfit of Simama Kenya deepened with the organisation’s founder announcing he had suspended President Kibaki’s son as patron. Dr Tom Namwamba, who had been suspended, emerged on Sunday to turn the heat on Jimmy. "Given the powers conferred on me as a founder of Simama Kenya, I hereby announce the suspension of Jimmy Kibaki as a patron of Simama Kenya with immediate effect," said Namwamba. He said he had appointed Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo as the acting patron. Efforts to get Jimmy and Kiema’s comments were fruitless, as they could not be reached. And the battle could get nastier as Namwamba demanded that Jimmy makes public the total amount raised during a funds drive in aid of the organisation at which the media was barred. "A lot of money was raised but as a founder, I don’t know how much. Can Jimmy be transparent and tell Kenyan youth for whom the money was meant for, how much we got and how it has been spent," said Namwamba. More...

Devil worship in Kenya
Serial killer influenced in school: This is how the Nation published parts of the findings by a probe commission chaired by Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima on devil worship in Kenya.

Soldier sentenced to death

By Joseph Wanjusi, June 14 2010
A UPDF officer was sentenced to death on Friday for killing a Police officer in Mbale town in March. According to prosecution, 2nd Lt. Ambrose Ogwang, 23, held a family hostage on Kumi Road after allegedly robbing a stationery shop on Republic Street. When George Koire attempted to rescue the family, Ogwang shot him in the head, killing him instantly. More...

Devil worship rampant in Kenyan schools

By Gakiha Weru, June 14 2010
When Philip Onyancha was a Form One student at Kenyatta Mahiga High School in Nyeri, then President Daniel arap Moi appointed a commission to inquire into devil worship in Kenya. At that time, the country was throbbing with claims of widespread devil worship with some reports linking the practice to people in high places. The commission headed by Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima, was appointed in March 1995 when Onyancha was in his first term in secondary school. For his efforts in trying to literally unearth the devil, Archbishop Kirima and his commissioners were derided by critics who disparaged their report when it was published in 1999. Onyancha, who has sensationally claimed to have killed 17 people, has claimed his actions are a result of a cult into which he was inducted while in high school. In the context of the findings and recommendations of the Kirima Commission, perhaps the inquiry had merit. The commission reported that it had found evidence of students who were occultists. More...

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Kwendo Opanga and Reuben Indiatsi Nasibi
Kwendo Opanga, the media personality (left) and Dr Reuben Indiatsi Nasibi, a university lecturer sharing a light moment at a Nairobi joint. Kwendo, the ex editorial director of Standard Media Group now publishes Diplomat, a quality monthly news magazine.
Tom Alwaka
Tom Alwaka, the publisher of The Weekly Citizen. Besides publishing, Alwaka, from Emmutete in Bunyore has other business and political interests. He was a candidate for Emuhaya constituency during the 2007 elections.
Prof David Kikaya bereaved

By our reporter, June 11 2010
Death has occurred of Regina Edesa Munialo of Agricultural Research, Kakamega on May 31 2010 at Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu after a short illness. She was the wife of Justus Munialo Webala and daughter of the late Javan Adaka and Mama Respa Kenda Adaka. She was the mother of Carolyn Nasimiyu Lavatsa of Kanyangi & Co Advocates, Benson Webala Munialo of LEMA, Nairobi, Andrew Mukhwana, Stanley Nyongesa (LEMA), Philip Mulongo of Dial Up Associates Ltd and Paul Khisa of Oyatta & Co. Advocates. She was sister to Prof David Kikaya of United States International University (USIU), Harun Adaka, Francis Adaka (PKLC), George Azimale, Feda Alividza, Prisca Chembiru, Rebecca Usaji and the late Jacob Adaka. The body left Kakamega General Hospital Mortuary for a requiem mass at Anglican Church of Kenya yesterday. Funeral service will be held tomorrow, Saturday 12 June at the All Souls Church, Kakamega before she is laid to rest at her home in Murram just off Kakamega-Mumias Road.

Regina Edesa Munialo
Big guns lose in South Mugirango

By Dan Otieno, June 11 2010
Ford People's Manson Nyamweya has been elected the new Member of Parliament for South Mugirango after garnering 14,099 votes in a by-election held on Thursday. Mr Nyamweya beat former assistant minister Omingo Magara of People's Democratic Party (PDP) who managed 8,885. The poll was occasioned after Mr Magara lost an election petition. He had been declared the winner during the 2007 general election. The Orange Democratic Party's Ibrahim Ochoi came third with 7,638 votes. Mr Nyamweya's win will be seen as a triumph over Kenya's big political parties, the ODM and the Party of National Unity (PNU). ODM's big names led by the party leader Raila Odinga pitched camp in the constituency. On the other hand, the PNU national leadership led by VP Kalonzo Musyoka came out strong to campaign for Mr Magara. The PNU campaign was joined by William Ruto of the ODM after he fell out with his party leader. More...

Manson Nyamweya Oyongo
Manson Nyamweya Oyongo, the new MP for South Mugirango in Kisii. The Ford People candidate fell former area MP, Omingo Magara formerly of ODM but who ditched the party in favour of little known PDP. Magara lost despite support from PNU big hitters in an election that was billed to be a pointer to 2012. In th end, the big guns lost by a huge margin despite their heavy pockets. Mr Nyamweya's victory vindicates Simeon Nyachae who had been written off as a force in Kisii politics.
Kenyatta loses bid to rid himself of poll chaos ghosts

By Sam Kiplagat, June 11 2010
The High Court has dismissed an application by Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta to expunge his name from a report linking him to Kenya's post election violence. The court ruled Friday that public interest in the matter overrode his interest saying that the report was already in the public domain. Mr Kenyatta had moved the court to have his name struck out of a Kenya National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) report that had implicated him of complicity in the chaos that rocked the country after a disputed presidential election in 2007. The violence left 1, 133 people dead and a further 650,000 others uprooted from their homes. Justices Roselyne Wendoh and Abida Ali Aroni said that Mr Kenyatta was not given a fair hearing by the commission, but his rights do not override those of the public. The Judges said that the Deputy Prime Minister still has options to defend himself if any of the organisations, which were handed the report seek to investigate him. More...

Mandela's family tragedy mars World Cup opening

By our correspondent, June 11 2010
Nelson Mandela is to miss the World Cup opening ceremony after the death of his great-granddaughter, Zenani, in a car crash, his office says. The 13-year-old died when the car taking her home from a Soweto concert on the eve of the World Cup overturned. The car's driver has been arrested and charged with drink-driving, police say. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the tragedy made it inappropriate for the former president, who is 91, to attend the opening ceremony in Johannesburg. "We are sure that South Africans and people all over the world will stand in solidarity with Mr Mandela and his family in the aftermath of this tragedy," said a statement. "Madiba will be there with you in spirit today." More...

Zenani Mandela
Mandela loses great grandchild: Nelson Mandela and one of his great grandchildren. In a letter of condolence to Mr Mandela, Fifa President Sepp Blatter described the young girl's death as "unspeakably tragic". Zenani had celebrated her 13th birthday on 9 June.
Shakira waka waka
Columbian songbird Shakira Shakira was one of the headline acts at the World Cup concert in Soweto, South Africa. Other acts included Will i am, Angelique Kidjo of Benin, Alicia Keys, among a host of big name artists. Desmond Tutu abandoned his clerical attire to don South African football uniform to welcome the world to South Africa.
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Folly of a historic Sh1trillion budget of which 65% is wages

By our correspondents, June 10 2010
Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta will Thursday afternoon read a Sh997 billion budget, setting a new spending record in the country’s history. Budget estimates for the 2010/2011 financial year released on Wednesday show the government will spend Sh110 billion above last year’s Sh867 billion, representing an increase of 12.5 per cent. This puts pressure to raise more revenues from either borrowing, selling its stakes in businesses and, most probably, increasing taxes. According to the documents, Sh675 billion will go into recurrent expenditure, up Sh68 billion from the previous year, mainly to pay salaries for government workers. At a time when economic recovery has slowed down, growing only 2.6 per cent in 2009 even as the budget kisses the one-trillion-shilling mark, the government will come under critical focus over its spending priorities. More...

Philip Ondora Onyancha
Face of a serial killer: Philip Onyancha has killed 19 women so far but says his target is 100. He confessed to having murdered several prostitutes in Thika.
Serial killer murders 19 women, says 81 to go

By Cyrus Ombati, June 10 2010
Philip Ondara Onyancha may not strike one as wicked but he confesses to be a depraved man who has killed 19 people, and intended to snuff the life out of many more. The 30-year-old former security guard, who becomes Kenya’s most prolific serial killer by his confessions, says he intended to kill 100 people, "but I have so far far killed 19". Nothing says ‘dangerous’ when you see Onyancha who speaks with a soft tone and appears to be shy but if his confessions are accurate, then the usual assumption that the most dangerous criminals wear grim faces is way off the mark. Onyancha claimed evil spirits ‘instructed’ him to kill his victims. He claimed the evil spirits dictated to him where and when to commit murder, as a sacrifice. More...

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Lecturer sacked for supporting 'Yes' campaign

By George Orido, June 10 2010
A lectuter at the Catholic University of East Africa has been sacked for supporting the 'Yes" campaign. He is the first academic casualty in a process that will reach a crescendo in under two months when the referendum is held on August 4.. Mr Joseph Omole, 46, had taught philosophy, ethics and social justice at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) for nine years until last month when his services were terminated. This was preceded by a meeting at which CUEA officials specifically sought to know why Omole had contradicted the Church through articles published in the local dailies, including The Standard.The dismissal letter, dated May 21, and signed by CUEA Vice Chancellor, the Reverend Prof John C Maviiri, said Omole’s sacking "is directly and solely the result of a specific and consistent pattern of misconduct." No specific instances of misconduct are enumerated in the letter, although it spells out the formal guidelines that the lecturer had violated, and refers to verbal warnings that had been communicated to him earlier.
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Joseph Omole
Constitutional casualty: Joseph Omole, a lecturer at Catholic University of East Africa who has been sacked for questioning the Church's position on the draft constitution.

Mugirango votes ahead of 2012: Constituents of South Mugirango vote to elect a new MP, what could herald a major political realignment ahead of the 2012 General Election. Campaigns for the by-election candidates witnessed high profile political opponents allied to ODM and PNU last week. More than 41,281 voters are expected to vote, with the IIEC prepared to relay results electronically. More...
Pastor attacks journalists at a 'tribal No' function in Eldoret

By Vitalis Kimutai, June 10 2010
A pastor assaulted two journalists who had gone to cover a civic education forum for the Proposed Constitution in Eldoret town. The forum was presided over by former Subukia MP Koigi Wamwere and National Council of Churches of Kenya General-Secretary Canon Peter Karanja. The two interns attached to the Kenya News Agency in Eldoret, Dennis Barare and Isaac Waliaula, were beaten up when they sought to enter the venue of the function at the county council hall. "A man blocked us as we entered the hall, demanded to know who we were but when we identified ourselves he slapped each of us and pushed us out," said Barare. He claimed the man also confiscated their cell phones and a notebook saying it was a closed-door function for members of one community and that the Press was not welcome. More...


Historic miss: President Kibaki has skipped the historic shs1trillion budget in favour of attending the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. Kenya's head of state flew out hours after after hosting US vice president, Joe Biden who also headed south.
Mutuli featured in top London paper

By Brian Oliver, London, June 6 2010
His football dreams died early, but his involvement in the game has helped former goalkeeper Moses Mutuli to make the most of his gifts in other fields. While others who played in the same leagues in the Nairobi slums have gone on to fame and fortune in European football, Mutuli is about to join a very select group of financial risk experts. Later this year a great deal will be written about his homeland when two Kenyans take part in the Champions League. McDonald Mariga, who won a medal when Inter beat Bayern Munich in last month's final, will be joined by Dennis Oliech of Auxerre. .More...

Moses Mutuli
Oxford-educated Moses Mutuli from Lunza in Butere has overcome a difficult childhood to become one of a select few Kenyans to qualify in actuarial science. He currently works for Deloitte Touche in London. More...
Two Catholic nuns caught with bhang

By Ali Mambule, June 9 2010
THE Police in Masaka have arrested two nuns for allegedly participating in growing marijuana. The two nuns, who had declined to reveal their identities to the Police, were picked from Bwanda Convent in Masaka district, where the Police found a banana plantation full of the illegal crop. The New Vision later learnt that one of the nuns is Nanteza, while the other is Sister Rita. The Masaka district Police commander, Titus Byaruhanga, also arrested two other men Joseph Rwakasore and Raymond Muwanga who were found attending to the plantation. More...

Sh16bn is peanuts - minister

By David Ochami, June 9 2010
The Government has admitted it borrowed Sh16 billion from the International Monetary Fund without Parliament approval. The loan was borrowed on May 29 last year to enhance Kenya’s foreign reserves and strengthen the shilling according to an assistant minister. Local Government Assistant Minister Lewis Nguyai released a report on behalf of Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta in which he alleged the amount was not big enough to require House approval as Garsen MP Danson Mungatana accused the Government of unilaterally and clandestinely, expanding Kenya’s foreign debt. More...

Lewis Nguyai
Lewis Nguyai, assistant minister for local government and Kikuyu MP: Sh16 billlion is not a lot of money.
MP sent death threats to reporters

By our correspondent, June 9 2010
Three Kitale-based journalists have recorded statements with police over claims they had been threatened by Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny. Mr Bernard Kwalia of the Nation, Standard’s Osinde Obare and Fredrick Waruhi (KBC) said the MP threatened them via phone calls and text messages. Mr Kutuny is said to have told Mr Kwalia that he will personally incite his supporters to deal with him ruthlessly. “I am warning you in advance if you dare attend my rallies you will be ferried back in a coffin,” he said. Contacted on Tuesday, the MP accused the journalists of writing false and malicious stories about him. One of the stories, he said, claimed he threatened Yes supporters during the Madaraka Day celebrations at Chebarus in his constituency after he was booed. More...

Here's one doing something good for the community

By Dedanb Okanga, June 9 2010
A week after he was born, his mother dumped Francis Bukenya in a dustbin with a note tied to his clothing. The scene was in the backstreets of Entebbe, Uganda, and the note read: "Someone please take care of this boy, he is only seven days old." He has never known the full details of how he was taken care of but this man from Uganda did grow up to dedicate his life to taking care of people he believes are in more difficult circumstances than he was in. Aged just 25, the ‘rural industrialist’ as the North Rift official of the National Council of Churches of Kenya is fondly referred to, grew up in the household of a merciful woman who rescued him from a cold dumpsite. More...

Francis Bukenya
Francis Bukenya teaching villagers in Pokot how to utilise local resources to make products for daily use. Bukenya is a Makerere University graduate of Social and Philosophical Studies and Education and works under the auspices of NCCK’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan Africa Photo: Dedan Okanga
Minister, MPs funded Mt Elgon militia to reign terror

By Robert Wanyonyi, June 9 2010
A Cabinet minister and two MPs funded the Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF) in Mt Elgon, the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) was told. A former commander with the rag-tag militia, now in custody at the Bungoma Prison, narrated how the three politicians, and four councillors raised money for their activities. "We got support from them to sustain our activities. While got money through extortion of civil servants, but it was little compared to what we received from the politicians," said the inmate who requested anonymity. He recalled how the militia group launched its first attack by raiding a police station and took away 14 guns which he said they used for other attacks and train new members. More...

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Ephraim Amboye
Ephraim Matanguta Amboye, Managing Director, Ultimate Communications Ltd (specialising in Safaricom products)
Bethuel Oduo
Bethuel Oduo, the Sales and Marketing Manager, The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (educational publishers), Nairobi
Cassava farming goes commercial in EA

By IRIN, June 7 2010
Perishable, poisonous if mishandled and reputedly fit only for the plates of the poor, the cassava plant is set for an east African makeover by agronomists who hope to unlock its potential as a cash crop with a host of industrial uses. The key, they say, is to add value locally. A programme led by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Farm Concern International (FCI), and various partners aims to improve the food security of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The hope is also to capitalise on cassava’s utility as a source of products such as animal feed, glue, bio-fuel, and glucose syrup. New varieties with higher yields, less cyanide and better resistance to drought and disease are part of the project. Farmers will be encouraged to switch from growing maize to cassava, with up to half the tuber crop going to industrial use. More...

cassava in luhya
Cassava tubers: Farmers told to abdandon maize for cassava.
Biden holds Raila, Kibaki by the neck

By Dave Opiyo, June 8 2010
United States Vice President Joe Biden has said he is optimistic that Kenya's reform process will be successfully concluded. Mr Biden said the US wants to see Kenya conduct a peaceful referendum that will leave the country united. "We encourage the reform process. We want to see the country grow. Kenya's best days are yet to come," he said during a press briefing at State House, Nairobi Tuesday after holding talks with President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The US VP said he was impressed by the relationship between the two principals saying if they kept the reform agenda burning Kenya would definitely prosper. Mr Biden restated the US Government’s commitment to working closely with Kenya on security and democratic issues. More...

Joe Biden with Raila and Kibaki
Whose hand is it?: US vice president Joe Biden holds PM Raila Odinga by the neck as he delivers a salvo to President Mwai Kibaki. Barrack Obama's deputy is in Kenya to cajole the constitutional reform process and address issues of international security, especially those posed by Somali pirates. After the three-day visit, Biden will fly to South Africa to witness the opening of FIFA World Cup, the first on the continent.
Trouble brews in Luo cultural pot

By our correspondent, June 8 2010
Embattled Luo cultural leader Meshack Riaga Ogalo has scoffed at his alleged ouster as Ker (chairman) and vowed to fight “to the bitter end.” He blamed his predicament on political interference. Mr Ogalo was allegedly removed from office by members of a splinter group that installed his former vice-chairman, Mr Willis Edwin Opiyo Otondi, as the new Ker during a weekend meeting, in defiance of a court order. Two elders - Isaya Ongadi and Silas Abong’ - had obtained a court injunction, barring Prof Gilbert Ogutu and three others or their agents from convening, participating in, and proceeding with a delegates meeting that had been scheduled for June 4, at Ofafa Memorial Hill in Kisumu. More...

Kisii youth attack Ruto's chopper

By our correspondents, June 8 2010
There was drama at Nyamarambe Grounds when a chopper carrying Higher Education Minister William Ruto, MPs Mithika Linturi, Charles Keter and PDP candidate Omingo Magara were blocked from landing moments after Prime Minister Raila Odinga had left the venue. The politicians arrived 30 ministers after the Prime Minister and his ODM entourage had left for another rally. Residents forced the chopper to stay aloft for more than 20 minutes as anti-riots police were quickly called in to disperse the crowd. Attempts by the pilot at one point to land even as the crowd stayed put were futile with some locals throwing stones and crude weapons forcing it to take off. It then hovered around for over 10 minutes and made a detour and attempted to land but the hostile crowd repulsed it once again by throwing stones at it. More...


The return of MPs: Members of Parliament return to the House today with the referendum and National Budget top on the agenda. More...

Joshua Kutuny
Joshua Kutuny, the combative Cherengany MP and William Ruto's chief lieutenant, addresses the media to deny that he has issued threats to the 'Yes" camp individuals.

Witchcraft and African football

By Joseph Opiyo, June 8 2010
IN the past, African football and superstition have proven just about as inseparable as Siamese twins. And with the World Cup visiting Africa for the first time ever, superstitious natives here in South Africa and all over this vast continent are hell-bent on ensuring its stay on these shores isn’t short-lived. On-pitch, the players are fully expected to execute their assignments. But off it, certain external forces are eager to lend a helping hand. Umthakathi Inhlwathi, a South African shaman, is one among many determined to help African teams register success. Based in Sebokeng, Umthakathi’s full title loosely translates into “Python Wizard.” He remains convinced that despite the wealth of talent among African teams, he must influence proceedings on the pitch. More...

Minister summoned over hate speech

By our correspondents, June 8 2010
A Cabinet Minister in the ‘No’ camp is among politicians the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has summoned over hate speech. Commissioner Ahmed Yassin confirmed that a minister in the camp had been summoned over his recent remarks but declined to name him. "We have summoned several leaders over hate speech to explain to us why action should not be taken against them," said Dr Yassin. Three Cabinet ministers William Ruto (Education), Naomi Shabaan (Special Programmes) and Samwel Poghisio (Information) have declared their opposition to the Proposed Constitution. More...


Green investor talks power

By Macharia Kamau, June 8 2010
Kenya’s energy sector is set get a boost following the entry of an independent power producer that will produce upto 200MW (mega watts) over the next two years. Blue Sea Energy Ltd will generate power from wind and solar in a push to move away from heavy reliance on hydro and fossil fuels as energy sources. More...

New water company set to revolutionise Kakamega

By Shabanji Opukah, June 7 2010
By August or September this year, Kakamega will be home of a ground breaking investment and employer West of the Rift Valley. A state of the art water purification and bottling plant will commence operations. The water brand is called Pure Po and is part of the Great Po stable of businesses based in Kakamega town. Pure Po will be a natural mineral drinking water coming out of the Pure Po Aquifer which is part of the Kakamega Tropical Forest, home of the famous Kakamega Crying Stone. Now into its near-one-year of hard work, Pure Po is a dream come true made so by its intrepid marketing whiz kid Dickson Mutoka who is also the sole owner and CEO of the Great Po Company. Talking to this writer at the Pure Po plant located along Kakamega Kisumu highway in Shirere Kakamega town, Dickson as he always prefers to be called said, Pure Po was truly a product of necessity and historically challenging circumstances. He had for more than one year been a distributor of Keringet water in Western Province. Then came the 2007/2008 post election violence and things literally fell apart. The Keringet Company was unable to deliver products to the market despite the strong marketing and sales channels Dickson had developed. At the same time Dickson was on the verge of retiring from his well paying job as head of sales and marketing at Mumias Sugar Company. More...

Dickson Mutoka
Dickson Mutoka, the owner of Pure Po water company in Kakamega which is set to revolutionise industrial culture in Western Province. Mutoka formerly worked as a marketing manager with Mumias Sugar Company.

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South Africa prepares for the largest carnival in the world

By Pumza Pihlani, June 7 2010
South Africa has erupted into football frenzy on the last "football Friday" - the day when everyone has been encouraged to wear the green and gold colours of the national team in the countdown to Africa's first World Cup. With a week to go till kick-off, Johannesburg's city centre ground to a halt as hundreds of people celebrated at a street party in honour of Bafana Bafana (The Boys). South African flags could be seen for miles, adding a splash of colour to Johannesburg's streets, while vuvuzelas and car hooters testified to the excitement of the day. Speaking to the crowds, African National Congress stalwart Winnie Mandela - the former wife of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela - said all South Africa should rally behind the team as they prepared for "battle". Bafana bafana

Shinyalu MP threatens to storm Treasury over Webuye Mills registration

By Allan Kisia, June 7 2010
An MP has said delay by the Government to register the revived Pan Paper Mills afresh is hindering delivery of services at the factory. Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito said he is mobilising legislators from the region to storm the Ministry of Finance to protest against delays to register the factory as Webuye Mills. "The factory is working, but it cannot write cheques or vouchers because it is not registered," claimed the MP. Mr Kizito said Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his PS Joseph Kinyua should know that the people of Western are unhappy with the delays. The MP was speaking in Ileho in his Shinyalu constituency during the burial of former civic leader Pius Lwoyelo. More...

Justus Kizito
Justus Kizito, the Shinyalu MP has said he will mobilise Luhya legislators and storm Treasury if Webuye Mills factory is not registered.
Kenyan man charged with killing his US wife

By Henry Gekonde, June 7 2010
A Kenyan-born man with US citizenship is being held in a New Hampshire jail awaiting trial for first-degree murder in the June 1 stabbing death of his former girlfriend, an American. The two shared custody of their four-year-old son, who, authorities believe, witnessed the attack. Local news media, quoting police sources, reported 28-year-old Jackson Mwangi, of Manchester, N.H., stabbed Randi Ann Huntley, 25, on June 1, which happened to be Mwangi's birthday. Prosecutors said Mwangi also drove his car over her. She died at a hospital, where she was rushed after officers found her bleeding near her home in Danville, N.H., a small town of 5,000 people 50 miles north of Boston, Massachussetts. More...

Judges differ on Kadhi court ruling

By Harold Ayodo, June 7 2010
A judge has said the Judiciary must uphold the Constitution, terming as arrogance for judges to question the legality of the Constitution. In a ruling issued in Mombasa last week, Justice Mohamed Ibrahim made statements that appear to counter arguments put forth by three judges who declared a section of the Constitution that established Kadhi courts illegal. Justice Ibrahim spoke when he dismissed a case challenging inclusion of Kadhi courts in the proposed Constitution. The case was filed by three officials from Mombasa Pastors Fellowship, Bishop Joseph Kimani, Rev Musyoka Nzui and Agnes Mbinya, who wanted the review stopped because they alleged that their rights would be infringed on by among other things the inclusion of Kadhi Courts in the new law. In the ruling, he explains why it is wrong for judges to question the constitutionality of the Constitution. More...

Justice Mohamed Ibrahim
Whose judgement is justified: Justice Mohamed Ibrahim has questioned the recent ruling by three judges outlawing Kadhi courts. He ruled that judges Joseph Nyamu, Anyara Emukule and Roselyn Wendoh was arrogant and fictitious.
Masaai herdsmen sue Nyachae, Koinange over 30,000 acres land grab

By Vincent Mabatuk, June 7 2910
Justice Anyara Emukule has disqualified himself†from hearing a land case filed by a group of Maasai herdsmen against former Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae and late Mbiyu Koinange’s estate administrator. On Monday, Justice Emukule sitting in Nakuru, referred back the case to the Chief Justice Evan Gicheru for constitution of bench to hear and determine the matter. The judge did not give the reason for his withdrawal but termed the matter as of a serious nature and touches on grave issues. Through lawyer Thomas Letangule, the community has sued former Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae, the administration of the late Mbiyu Koinange’s estate, the Attorney General and the registered settlement Fund Trustees. The herdsmen also claims the defendants, who were powerful civil servants in previous governments, illegally acquired more than 30,000 acres of their grazing land. More...

Mudavadi's plans for Wakulima Market

By our correspondent, June 7 2010
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government, Musalia Mudavadi today called on Spanish investors to visit Kenya and explore the potential of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment opportunities. The DPM was speaking after a tour of the Mercamadrid market complex in the Spanish capital Madrid Saturday on his way from the World Summit on Haiti at Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic. The market, a public-private partneship facility, has storage that feed the Spanish capital for two months. This is a concept that can work very well for Wakulima Market in Nairobi, he said.

Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi, the DPM confers with Guatemala Foreign Affaires Minister, Haroldo Rodas at the closing session of the World Summit on Haiti in the Dominica Republic which ended on Friday.
72 Butere women, youth groups get Shs4m from poverty fund

By our correspondent, June 5 2010
Beneficiaries of a government kitty have been told to speed up their repayments in order for the project spread out. More than Sh100 million meant for poverty eradication was distributed to 25 districts across the country. Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya gave out Sh4 million to 72 women and youth groups in his Butere constituency Wednesday. He said districts were carefully chosen after considering the poverty level index. He said Thika and Gatundu districts had already received their allocation of funds. Mr Oparanya said other government funds meant for women and youth would only benefit banks, and not the targeted beneficiaries. More...


Maths crunch: Sh4m for 72 groups equals what?... a pittance!
Butere
A street in Butere Town where 72 groups have received Sh4m from the poverty eradication fund.
Interracial marriages rise

By our correspondent, June 5 2010
Asian. White. Black. Hispanic. Do race and ethnicity matter when it comes to marriage? Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race. More...

Kenya won't hand over suspects to ICC - official

By Patrick Mathangani, June 5 2010
Kenya’s commitment to assist in investigations has been questioned at the International Criminal Court review conference in Uganda, only a day after the Government was accused of attempting to frustrate the court. Doubts were cast over whether the Government would provide crucial information to help ICC investigators amass evidence against State operatives who are on Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s list. A commissioner in the Waki Commission that investigated the postelection violence, Mr Pascal Kambale, told delegates his team faced serious hurdles because Government officials refused to co-operate. He doubted that matters would be any different now that Moreno-Ocampo’s team has started investigating those with the greatest responsibility in the violence in which 1,300 people died. More...

Yes ahead but down 7 points

By Alex Ndegwa, June 5 2010
With two months to the referendum vote, the latest opinion poll still puts the ‘Yes’ camp in the lead, but shows the Greens have lost some ground and fallen below the 60-per cent mark. The survey by Synovate Research, formerly Steadman, indicates 57 per cent of registered voters would vote ‘Yes’ in the August 4 referendum, 20 would vote ‘No’, while 19 per cent were undecided. And in a sign of imminent voter apathy, another four per cent – double the number of North Eastern’s 223,485 registered voters – said they would not cast their ballots. The latest poll suggests support for the Proposed Constitution has dipped by seven points in slightly more than a month, while opposition has increased by two. More...

Tononoka Grounds Mombasa
Yes, it's All Green: President Kibaki (extreme right), Prime Minister Raila Odinga , Kisauni MP Ali Hassan Joho and Internal Security minister George Saitoti arrive at Tononoka grounds for a Yes rally June 5, 2010. Photo:Laban Walloga
Dr Yonah Otsyula
Remembering Dr Yonah Otsyula: Twentienth Anniversary Rememberance was held in Kitale on April 2 2010 for the late Dr Yonah Otsyula, the founder of Alupe Leprosy Research Hospital in Busia. Dr Otsyula was from the abatura clan in Bukhayo, Busia but had settled most of his family in Kitale. Above are some of his sons and brothers and below, his widows. Click here to view more photos.
Priscillah Otsyula
Priscillah Otsyula, the widow of the late Dr Yonah Otsyula.
Leonida and Rasoa Otsyula
From left: Dr Otsyula's widows: Leonida and Rasoa.
AFC Leopards lifts Madaraka Day Cup

By Ben Ahenda, June 4 2010
AFC Leopards won their first silverware edging out Congo United 1-0 during a match to mark Madaraka Day at Nyayo National Stadium, Tuesday. Itubu Imbem scored the lone goal in the 64th minute at a poorly-attended and dull match only spiced up by the arrival of Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was widely cheered after greeting the players. The PM donated Sh100,000 each to the two teams apart from giving out the winning trophy to Leopards. The match also marked the end of an era for midfielder Francis Xavier who played his last tie for a club he has featured for in the last 10 years. More...

Francis Xavier of AFC Leopards
Francis Xavier, AFC Leopards lead scorer (left) capped his last game on Madaraka Day with a win agains Congo United to lift the Madaraka Day Cup at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday.

Healing clothes: Smart clothes could soon be helping their wearers cope with the stresses of modern life. The prototype garments monitor physiological states including temperature and heart rate. The clothes are connected to a database that analyses the data to work out a person's emotional state. Media, including songs, words and images, are then piped to the display and speakers in the clothes to calm a wearer or offer support. More...
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Gold digging poisons 100 children in Nigeria

By BBC, June 4 2010
More than 100 children have died of lead poisoning in Nigeria in recent weeks, health officials say. The number has been rising since March, when residents started digging illegally for gold in areas with high concentrations of lead. The victims were from several remote villages in the northern state of Zamfara. A total of 163 out of 355 cases of poisoning have proved fatal, a Nigerian health ministry official told Reuters. More...

EDITOR'S INGO TRIP: THE PEOPLE I MET, THE PLACES I WENT. Click here for a slide show
Jack Matanguta
Warrant Officer, Jack Matanguta of Kenya Army, Lanet. Matanguta who works in the payroll office is also the Team Manager of Ulinzi Football Club, the national league team.
Titus Khamala
Bishop Titus Khamala, the head of Cornerstone group of churches in Butsotso and Chicago. I caught up with him at his home village of Shibuli, just off Kakamega-Mumias Road.
Wako, Miguna draw swords at Kampala ICC conference

By Patrick Mathangani, June 4 2010
Kenya shamed itself at the ongoing conference reviewing operations of International Criminal Court in Kampala following a public spat in its official delegation. Two wings of the Grand Coalition’s official delegation called separate news conferences to claw at each other after differing on what took them to the conference. The delegation exported its coalition wrangles, he latest being over what one side interpreted as a new push by the Government to scuttle investigations into post-election violence, to the neighbouring State which has a bloodier history marked by civil war. The spat was mainly between Attorney General Amos Wako, whom Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s side of the coalition perceives as leaning towards President Kibaki’s party, and the PM’s special advisor on coalition matters Miguna Miguna. The day was characterised by the odd drama, and Mr Miguna was at one point shouted out of a session when he objected to Wako’s presentation in front of international delegates. More...

Miguna Miguna
Wako, Miguna at war: Amos Wako, the government's legal spokesman and Miguna Miguna, PM Raila Odinga's adviser of coalition affairs tore into each other during the ICC conference in Kampala over whether or not Kenya should hand over post election violence suspects sought by ICC.

Rise of Christian Talibans: The hard-line position of, especially, the evangelical churches in Africa has led to murmurs about the rise of Christian Talibans. This socially conservative movement might be the one grabbing the headlines, but it is fairly new. More...
Post election warlords will never be arrested

By our correspondents, June 4 2010
Huge stumbling blocks stand in the way of the International Criminal Court’s efforts to pursue justice. The hurdles may dampen victim’s hopes of swift justice in post-election violence case. Delegates at the ongoing ICC review conference in Kampala have expressed frustrations at the inadequacies of the court, which cannot arrest suspects. It also emerged that the court’s Trust Fund for Victims, whose size depends on philanthropy of nations, is too small to assist victims waiting for compensation and rehabilitation. Kenyans may be discouraged by events in neighbouring Uganda, where efforts to capture Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army have failed. Kony’s victims in northern Uganda sighed with relief when ICC indicted him in 2005. But to date, he roams free. As a signatory to the Rome Statue, Kenya would have been expected to shun Bashir as a symbol of solidarity with ICC. More...

Where did Raila get Sh553m when Kenyatta couldn't afford Sh200m for CoE civic education?

By our correspondent, June 4 2010
After Treasury taunted Committee of Experts it was not going to get a single coin more for civic education, Prime Minister Raila Odinga stepped forward saying, here is Sh553 million more for you. The anti-climax on the protracted battle between Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta’s docket and CoE over how much money the experts received and what was left, sent Kenyans wondering what the fuzz was about if there was so much cash lying somewhere. It also raised questions on whether the Government may have chosen to slip the Proposed Constitution project’ funds into CoE kitty because both share the aspiration to see it passed in the August 4 referendum. Curiously, Raila announced the release of the funds while chairing a special Cabinet committee meeting in his office, which Uhuru attended. More...

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga
From left, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo after a press conference at the PM’s Treasury Building offices, Thursday. Photo: Boniface Okendo

Liverpool manager quits: Liverpool have announced manager Rafael Benitez has left the club by mutual consent after six years in charge. Benitez, 50, replaced Gerard Houllier as Liverpool manager in June 2004 and guided them to Champions League and FA Cup success the following two seasons. More....
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Wetangula defends Sh1.5bn Tokyo property deal

By Caroline Wafula, June 4 2010
The much-awaited meeting between Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula and a parliamentary team investigating the acquisition of foreign missions took place on Thursday with the minister defending the purchase of the property in Japan. The minister told the committee on Defence and Foreign Relations that millions of taxpayers’ cash was saved by buying the Tokyo property. He said the acquisition was a priority as the government was spending Sh48 million in rent every year. “It was too costly for taxpayers,” the minister said. Buying new land, he said, would have cost more as it would need to be developed while rent still needed to be paid during construction. The proposal to acquire the property, which includes a chancery and a residential building, was mooted in 1989. But it was not until 2006 that then ambassador Dennis Awori revived the idea of buying the property. More...

Obama to visit Kenya

By Rachel Nakitare, June 3 2010
US President Barack Obama has urged Kenyans to take advantage of the constitutional review process to ensure sound governance and robust institutions in the country. In the first ever exclusive interview with KBC the US President said Kenya has immense potential to grow into an African powerhouse but blamed corruption and bad politics for the wanting state of affairs in the country. President Obama also talked of his plans to visit Kenya and the scheduled visit by vice president Joe Biden next week. More...


Al Gore tips wife over the cliff: Former US vice president, Al Gore and his wife Tipper are splitting after 40 years in a divorce that has shocked the world even by American standards. The couple, who once flaunted their adoration for each other on national TV, shocked the country with an unexpected announcement this week: They are splitting up.
Rachel Nakitare
Exclusive: Rachel Nakitare, the first Kenyan journalist to get an exclusive interview with President Obama at the White House.
Facebook founder goes personal

By Mike Harvey, June 3 2010
Personalised websites will be the future of the internet as people willingly share more of their information, Mark Zuckerberg predicted as he was grilled over Facebook’s approach to privacy. The 26-year-old Facebook co-founder and chief executive had sweat running down his face as he faced questioning on stage at the ‘All Things D’ conference over a tide of protests about the service’s complex privacy controls and usage of its users’ private information. “There’s some serendipity that can only happen if you are sharing,” he said. More...

Shame of idle dispensaries as politicians bicker

By our correspondent, June 3 2010
Dispensaries put up by billions of shillings from devolved funds in constituencies are barely functional due to inadequate staff and equipment. Although large amounts of money from the CDF has been spent on the programme, political differences among former and current MPs, lack of nurses, clinical officers and medical supplies has meant that the facilities in most areas are inert. The government is in the process of recruiting 4,200 nurses for constituencies, but the number is unlikely to satisfy the appetite for medical staff who also should include physiotherapists and doctors. More...

Javan Ombasa
Former Laikipia West DC, Javan Ombasa is among 22 District commissioners who are alleged to have stolen internal refugee settlement funds to buy posh properties in Nairobi and other Kenyan towns.
PC, 22 DCs face theft charges over IDP funds

By Dominic Wabala, June 3 2010
A former provincial commissioner and 22 district commissioners are among officials expected to be charged in court over the loss of Sh500 million meant for the resettlement of internally displaced persons. The former PC, a serving PC, the 22 DCs, and a large number of district officers, accountants, and other government officials have recorded statements with a special squad of detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department. The officer in charge of the bureau, Mr Gideon Kimilu, Wednesday told the Nation that a team of detectives was investigating the fraud. More...

Church leaders on 'No' campaign in Mt Elgon

By Titus Too, June 3 2010
Church leaders are distributing pamphlets highlighting contentious issues to their faithful in Mt Elgon and its environs as referendum campaigns intensify. The pamphlets cautions Christians against voting for the Proposed Constitution, citing the contentious articles as ungodly. The ten-point literature printed in red claims the Proposed Constitution will allow interference of religion and also favour other religions. The materials titled, ‘Ten Reasons Why I Will Vote ‘No’ at the Referendum’ is attributed to Kenya Christian Church Leaders. A copy obtained in Eldoret also says once the law passes in the referendum, it would be difficult to amend. More...

Top 20 kenyan constituencies
A question of numbers. Who has the most votes to win Yes or No?
Kwanza in top 20 largest constituencies

By Martin Mutua, June 3 2010
The electoral body will today announce the final regional and constituency voter registration count, adding momentum to referendum race and August 4 ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ showdown. The tallies broken down into regional blocks and constituencies will be a minefield for ‘Greens’ and ‘Reds’ in their battle for numbers to approve or defeat the Proposed Constitution. It will give the captains of the two teams the signpost to where the rich vote-baskets are and what may give them the swing vote. The number ot registered voters stands at 14.5 million beating the 2007 figures by 300,000 voters.
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Francis Chahonyo's theft case starts seven years later

By Wahome Thuku, June 3 2010
The trial of a former State corporation chief began yesterday, seven years after he was charged with abuse of office. The first witnesses testified in the Sh55 million-corruption case against the former Kenya Sugar Authority (now Kenya Sugar Board) CEO Francis Chahonyo. And the charges against Mr Chahonyo relate to offences he allegedly committed in 2001. Chahonyo is facing four counts of abusing his office by deposition of Sh35 million and another Sh20 million into the collapsed Euro Bank. He is also accused of having authorised the reinvestment of the money through the same bank. The funds were drawn from the Sugar Development Fund, which is under the board. The State claims he acted in breach of the State Corporations Act, the Exchequer Act and contrary to relevant financial circulars. Euro Bank collapsed in February 2003, owing several parastatals more than Sh1.8 billion in deposits. More...


Former Kenya Sugar MD, Francis Chahonyo joining Kalonzo's party in an attempt to defeat Mudavadi in Sabatia in 2007. He is now facing theft charges.
Donald Mariga Wanyama
Mariga parades his girlfriend and brothers: Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga (left), his girlfriend Alline Umutoni and brothers Victor Mugabe (dreadlocked) and Harry Wanyama (right) at the Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali where they watched the final of the Cecafa Kagame Cup final on Saturday night.
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Why Kenya is a football flop

By Peter Musembi, June 2 2010
Football fans in East Africa will be watching from the sidelines as World Cup kicks off for the first time on Africa soil. No country from the east of the continent qualified for South Africa - not that there is anything unusual in that. West African countries dominate African football, and the last time any country even near the east played at the World Cup was Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1974. And it is certainly no surprise that Kenya will not to be at the World Cup. A feud has been raging there for over six years between two bodies claiming to be the legitimate administrators of the game in the country. As a result, football standards have plummeted, and there has been a growing passion for the English Premier League. In Kibera slum just outside the capital, Nairobi, people pay 20 Kenya shillings (25 cents) to watch Premiership matches in TV halls. More...

Uganda king causes a stir at Malaba

By our correspondent, June 2 2010
Business came to a halt at the Malaba border on Tuesday when the King of Buganda drove into Kenya in a convoy. No details were given about the trip, but sources said that it was a private visit that would last a week. Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s convoy was welcomed by cheering residents amid tight security. Curious onlookers were on the roadside to catch a glimpse of the Buganda king. Kabaka Mutebi was met at the border by security chiefs led by acting Teso police boss Joseph Omijah. Police escort The convoy was escorted by two police vehicles from the border. Kabaka Mutebi waved at the wananchi, but did not stop to address them. At Kanduyi in Bungoma, wananchi rushed to the road to greet the rare visitor. Motorists were cleared from the road to pave the way for the Buganda king’s convoy. The Kabaka only lowered the tinted windows of his vehicle, waved and smiled at the crowd. The Kingdom of Buganda is a small and consists of the counties of Busiro, Busujju, Kyaddondo and Mawokota as well as parts of Ssingo and Bulemeezi counties. Kabaka Ronald Mutebi was born on April 13, 1955. He is the 36th Kabaka of Buganda. His father, Frederick Muteesa II, reigned between 1939 and 1969.

Kabaka Ronald Mutebi
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, the reigning monarch of Buganda Kingdom. His equivalent in Kenya is Nabongo Peter Mumia II of Wanga Kingdom.
How 'lunatic express' created Kenya

By Kiundu Waweru, June 2 2010
President Kibaki’s promise on Tuesday that the railway infrastructure is to be upgraded to modern standards echoed the excitement expressed by a colonial administrator in 1903 when the railway reached Kisumu. British colonial administrator, Sir Charles Elliot, is recorded to have said in excitement: "It is not uncommon for a country to create a railway, but it is uncommon for a railway to create a country." Many towns, including Mombasa, Nairobi, Kikuyu, Naivasha, Nakuru and Nanyuki developed along the railway line. Mombasa had been in existence since the Arab and Portuguese eras but it was further developed by the onset of the railway construction, with the first operational line in East Africa being a two foot gauge trolley line at the port, operated by hand-propelled wagons. More...

Luanda Railway Station
Luanda Station a grazing ground: Luanda Railway Station on the Kisumu-Butere mainline is now a derelict shade and a far cry from its glory days. Nowadays the station is a grazing ground and the brisk trade in bananas and groundnuts that used to sustain the local economy is all but gone. Luanda's story typifies the current dilemma of the Kenya railway service or lack of it across the country. Hopefully President Kibaki's announcement that railway system will be revamped during yesterday's Madaraka Day celebration will change things and return the glory days of the railway back. The Kisumu-Butere line was an extension of the Uganda Railway that was constructed between 1932-36.
Wako under fire for his ICC speech

By Patrick Mathangani, June 2 2010
Attorney General Amos Wako took the podium to state Kenya’s position on the International Criminal Court. His speech immediately sparked off sharp criticism and was described as "too many words without action". Mr Wako praised the Government and enumerated measures it had taken to pursue justice for post-election violence victims, protect witnesses and co-operation with the ICC. The AG sought to assure the international community that Kenya would work with the ICC to investigate, arrest and try those responsible for the 2008 skirmishes. But civil society officials attending the conference, yesterday said the speech was hollow and laced with words more than action. More...

ABEINGO WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP

Saturday 12th June, 2010 in London


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Organized by the Abeingo Community Network (ACN), with the financial sponsorship of Big Lottery Fund, UK.

Date: Saturday 12th June, 2010.
Time: 11:00am
Venue:
Churchill Gardens Residence Club,
224 Churchill Gardens
London, SW1V 3HS.
 
Objectives of the workshop:
Overall, the workshop aims to enable women and women’s groups to participate in their own economic empowerment discussions and stimulate the efforts to start business and employment creation projects for girls and women in the UK and East Africa.
Specifically, the workshop will:

  1. Examine ways of accessing financing sources for women’s economic empowerment projects
  2. Develop strategies for expanding membership to ACN with a view to enhancing the efforts to mobilize collective resources for their economic empowerment
  3. Discuss the strategies for building viable networks with other women groups in the UK with similar objectives, and sharing business development information
  4. Identify ways of strengthening the financial stability of families among the black and ethnic minorities in the UK.
  5. Inform the participants of the wide ranging opportunities for business/trade between the United Kingdom and East Africa, and the investment opportunities in East Africa.

Expected Outcomes:
1. An informed cadre of businesswomen who will champion increased economic empowerment activities as role models.
2. A business plan for guiding women’s efforts to create self-employment and businesses. .

Deliverables:

  1. A workshop report.
  2. A mailing list of individual women and groups for the purpose of sharing economic empowerment information.

Topics that will be covered:

  1. Health and wealth.
  2. Possible business financing opportunities.
  3. Government support to businesswomen in East Africa.
  4.  Private sector support for women in business.

A detailed workshop programme will be e-mailed to registered participants prior to the workshop.
Speakers:

Speakers at the workshop will include:

  • Leading businesswomen who are already leading examples of women in enterprise in the UK.
  • The trade representatives of Embassies and High Commissions of the Eat African community countries,
  • Business promotion consultants and charities based in London.

Booking places.

The number of participants to the workshop is unlimited. It is open to any person of any nationality, women and men, who wish to obtain information about getting into business, and/or participate in information sharing forums about creating wealth through enterprise. However, for planning purposes, please confirm your participation to Susan Kivayi at kivayi@live.co.uk before the 5th June 2010.
Participation is free of charge.
The programme will start at 11:00am. There will be a lunch break at 1:30pm, and the event will end at 4:00pm. This will be followed by an informal networking session in the Pub adjoining the meeting hall until late. This informal session will be a forum for creating useful contacts for the future.

Church loses Kadhi court case in Mombasa

By Linah Benyawa, June 1 2010
A petition in which three Church leaders have sued over alleged contravention of their fundamental rights has been struck out. The Church leaders had sued Attorney General Amos Wako, Commission of Experts Chairman Nzamba Kitonga and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitution Review Chairman Abdikadir Mohammed. Justice Mohammed Ibrahim of Mombasa said he had no jurisdiction to rule on matters that arose from the constitution review process, arguing: "such matters should be referred to the Interim Independent Dispute Resolution court." More...

Raila Odinga bribes
Nice one: Prime Minister Raila Odinga is received by France Minister of Co-operation Alain Joyandet at the 25th Africa - France summit in Nice, France. Photo:PMPS
Raila: I've never taken a bribe

Alex Ritson: You came to power on an anti-corruption ticket. Can I be really bold? Have you ever, in your whole political career, taken a bribe…ever?

Raila Odinga: First, I can say that I have never… because of the background… the way I was brought up… my family. My father used to work for every penny he earned… that is how we were brought up.

AR: You’re looking me in the eye as you say this...

RO: Exactly…I’m looking you straight in the eye and we have been determined to deal with this issue of corruption, but you need to know that we are running a coalition government and sometimes discipline is compromised. More...

Arunga, Hellon evicted from their Runda house-church over rent arrears

By our correspondent, June 1 2010
Controversial jazz musician and Finger of God Ministries leader Joseph Hellon, his wife and friends were on Friday morning evicted from a Runda house after allegedly failing to pay Sh600,000 in rent arrears. Auctioneers in three trucks reportedly stormed the compound at around 10 a.m. and loaded household goods into the lorries and then drove off. Only the watchman and the gardener were in the compound when the Sunday Nation visited on Saturday. But contacted, Hellon denied they had been evicted, saying they decided to move to a more private area. “We felt that our home had become too public and we needed to be less accessible,” he said. “We bought property in Kitisuru and Nyari and that is why we moved.” Asked why he wants to be less accessible when he recently said, if elected president, he would offer sleepovers at State House, Hellon said he was working on their first baby and wanted the child raised away from the media. More...

Esther Arunga and Joseph Hellon
Whose finger is it?: Joseph Hellon, the self styled pastor of the Finger of God church and former KTN screen queen, Esther Arunga. Hellon and his wife were evicted from the Runda house which also doubled up as their church allegedly for non payment of rent.
Draft constitution printing costs inflated by 600%

By our correspondents, June 1 2010
Confusion continues to mar the review exercise as row between Treasury and Committee of Experts over funding for civic education refuses to let up. Aggravating the situation is a revelation Treasury cut off CoE and directly paid the Government Printer, which is a State body, Sh400million but on the experts’ name. CoE complaints in the process the government spent Sh180 printing a copy of the Proposed Constitution instead of the Sh27 CoE would have spent per piece. Fanning the perplexity is the source of Sh90 million CoE maintains was a donation from Prime Minister’s office. Yesterday, CoE Director Dr Ekuru Aukot said they had not received any money from Ministry of Finance for civic education contrary to a statement by the Permanent Secretary Joseph Kinyua who insists Treasury paid out all monies approved for the exercise. More...

Ekuru Aukot
Dr Ekuru Aukot, a director of CoE claims Sh90m came as a donation from Raila Odinga's office but Treasury insists it paid the money. Who is lying?

Reaped where he sowed: Kenya Seed Company lost more than Sh13.2 million after it was allegedly used to buy building material for the former MD Nathaniel Tum’s private residence between 1997 and 2002. More...
Minutes show CoE is 'lying'

By our correspondent, June 1 2010
The controversy surrounding the source of Sh90m said by the Committee of Experts to have come from the Prime Minister's office continued to be muddled up. Minutes between CoE and Treasury seen by The Standard reveal that Treasury has released Sh100m which Aukot argued on Saturday was actually a donation from PM’s office and the Justice Ministry.
He said Sh90 million was from PM’s office while Sh10 million was from the Justice Ministry. "CoE confirmed to have received Sh90 million from Treasury, Sh10 million from Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs and Sh150 million from UNDP. They were informed that additional Sh100 million will be released by donors," read the minutes signed by officials from Treasury and CoE. Mr Peter Oyugi represented CoE at the meeting chaired by Mr Mutua Kilaka, the Financial Secretary. Mr J Oswago, the chief executive of IIEC also attended the meeting. More...

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