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Dan Omuka Ong'anyi
Dan Omuka Ng'anyi from Emuhaya dug a big grave to bury all his family after being fed up with discrmination as an HIV sufferer.His mission is to transform the community so that others do not go through the same trauma he and his family suffered after his HIV diagnosis. "What I realize is that people have the desire to seek services about HIV but stigma and discrimination hold them back," he said. "People tell you they know they have HIV but fear going to line up for drugs because somebody they know will see them." When he is not scribbling his messages on rocks, he tends to a small flower garden that provides him with the income to buy paint for his rocks. "These flowers also symbolize the bloom of life and the need to care for others," he said. "When they bloom I know life blooms not only for me but for others also."
Fed up with HIV stigma, Bunyore man digs grave to bury all his family alive

EMUHAYA, 24 November 2009 (PlusNews) - Fifteen years ago, Dan On'gayi was the first person in the western Kenyan village of Emuhaya to go public with his HIV status; at the time, the reaction from his community was so vitriolic he considered taking his own life. "In church I used to sit on my own bench and nobody dared greet me; my children were traumatised and my wife led a life of seclusion due to my HIV status," he said. "I thought I'd be better off dead than alive." Six years later, in protest at his family's continued ill-treatment, On'gayi dug a grave and invited the community to witness him burying his family alive. "I made a coffin and dug a large grave to bury all my family inside it because I felt the kind of discrimination they were facing from the community was too much to bear," he said. Local government administrators got wind of his plans and stepped in, sending him for counselling. "After counselling I burnt the coffin and placed a big stone on the grave, where I wrote messages about HIV and how people can live positively with the disease," he said. Today, On'gayi's rocks can be found all over Emuhaya, with messages in both the local Luhya language and in English. "Discrimination and stigma kill faster than HIV,” reads one. "Exclusive breast-feeding is good for your baby when you have HIV,” reads another. "I realized I could only end the stigma I faced by fighting it myself; by writing on the stones, people get to read the messages about HIV and learn more," he said. "Today, those who feared me see me as a teacher and a source of information to others."

Sande Mukhwana is dead

By our reporter, Nov 26 2009
Sande Mukhwana who left London last month ailing has passed away. Mr Mukhwana died yesterday at his home in Kamukuywa, Bungoma. His mother Mary Mukhwana said Sande suffered a lot before passing on. The body is lying at Mount Elgon Mortuary in Kitale. Abeingo community in the UK may remember him as the man who always took charge in roasting meat during our annual get-togethers. Details of his funeral arrangements will be announced as we get them but anyone willing to condole or offer help to the family can do so by contacting his mother directly. Her cell phone is +254 722 297 020.

Mr Mukhwana left London late last month terminally ill having been diagnosed with advaced liver cancer. He was unable to eat solid foods and had to rely on food supplements and liquids. He has left behind a family.

Contacts for help:

Kitale: His mother, Mary Mukhwana: +254 722 297 020.

London: Neccy Kikaya: +44 (0) 7949 115 470
Email: necessity7777@hotmail.com

Sande Mukhwana
The late Sande Mukhwana: Died yesterday in Bungoma.
Oparanya furious over leaking of census data

By our correspondent, Nov 26 2009
Provisional results for the 2009 population census will be released on December 31. Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya said the purported results published in a section of the media recently were untrue and based on the 1999 census and other surveys. “The government has not released the official results. These will be published after vigorous scrutiny,” he said. The results indicated that Kenya’s population has grown by an average of one million per year in the past 10 years. Mr Oparanya also revealed that 5,900 census officials have not yet been paid for various reasons including conflicting information on bank accounts, lack of identity card and failure to indicate workstations. More...

Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya
Furious over numbers: Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, minister for planning and national development has disowned census results released by the Nation Media House last week.
Deya's son arrested in UK over murder of his 3-yr old baby

By Gitau wa Njenga, Nov 26 2009
UK police on Tuesday arrested a son of embattled London-based Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya on suspicion of murder. Paul Deya, 31, was arrested after his three-year-old son, Wilson, was found stabbed to death on Monday. Paul was suspected of having killed Wilson and stabbing the boy’s mother, Jacqueline Otieno, 28, in a ferocious knife attack at their home in Southwark, South East London before turning the knife on himself. The couple’s 17-month-old baby girl was not harmed in the incident. More...

Kibaki jets off to TT: President Mwai Kibaki is off to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Commonwealth heads of state and government meeting. More...
With only three weeks left, draft constitution yet to reach Luhyaland

By Roselyn Obala, Nov 26 2009
Most Western Province residents have not seen the Harmonised Draft Constitution, with about three weeks for debate left. The residents fear they might not have time to scrutinise the vital document. Yesterday, the residents we spoke to say they are yet to get a copy of the Harmonised Draft Constitution. "It would be very sad if the Government gives us the document for scrutiny with only a few week left to the deadline," said Mr Moses Weswa, from Kakamega. Bishop Benaeh Salala of ACK Mumias Diocese said further delay in the distribution of the document would be disastrous. More...

Samuel Kisaka Mwawasi
Samuel Kisaka Mwawasa died in the US following a road accident in Georgia, Atlanta. He was the son of pastor Donald Mwawasi of Believers Celebration Church in Georgia, Atlanta, US.
Kenyan student dies in Atlanta

By our correspondents, Nov 24 2009
Barely a month after a young Kenyan student collapsed and died at Kennesaw State University, the Kenyan community in Atlanta is grieving once again after another young man lost his life following a head-on collision accident which occured a few miles from Hartsfield International Airport, South of the City of Atlanta. Samuel Kisaka Mwawasi passed away on Saturday afternoon at Grady Memorial Hospital where he had been taken after the early Saturday morning grisly accident. He is the son of pastor Donald Mwawasi of Believers Celebration Church in Marietta, Georgia. Kisaka, 28, was driving home from meeting his friends when the accident happened on Old National Highway in college park, Georgia at around 4am. He was taken to Grady Memorial hospital in a critical condition after sustaining serious internal and external injuries. More...

Musyoka held hostage by Kibaki over Mau fundraiser

By our correspondents, Nov 26 2009
President Kibaki made a hotline phone call to Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to ask them not to attend a funds drive in aid of Mau Forest evictees. But Uhuru defied the President’s request and went on to attend the controversial fund raising, at KICC, Nairobi on Wednesday. The President intervened following Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s request during their meeting at Harambee House on Tuesday. The meeting came as the Head of State was preparing to fly out to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting. More...

Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli
Brothers in arms: Left: Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli, assistant minister for lands and MO for Bumula and right: Silas Jirongo of Kaddu and MP for Lugari. Last time they were pictures boasting about their many women; now they have trooped to William Ruto's camp inreadiness for 2012 elections.
Jirongo, Bifwoli troop to Ruto ahead of 2012

By our reporter, Nov 26 2009
Silas Jirongo, the Kaddu leader and Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli, the MP for Bumula are among the Luhya leaders to take an early position in the political realignment shaping out for 2012. The two were the only high profile Luhya leaders to attend the controversial fundraising event, ostensibly to raise funds for the Mau Forest evictees but in reality, as Kareke Mbiuki, assistant minister for agricculture put it, an assembly of William Ruto's dream team to State House in 2012. Cabinet ministers who were in attendance were Najib Balala, Mohammed Elmi, Mohammed Kuti, Franklin Bett, William Ruto and Dr Naomi Shaban. More...

Shitanda cries foul over grabbed prime land by ghosts

By Ally Jamah, Nov 25 2009
The Ministry of Housing has raised alarm over widespread grabbing of its prime parcels of land by well-connected individuals. Housing Minister Soita Shitanda said the development of new houses is difficult since much time is spent battling grabbers in court. "According to our records, we have many prime plots but whenever we move in to develop them, we find that some private individuals already have title deeds. It is very frustrating," he said. The minister was speaking on Tuesday after laying the foundation stone for a Sh816 million housing project in Kileleshwa, Nairobi, by the National Housing Corporation in partnership with a Chinese company. More...

Soita Shitanda
Frustrated man: ousing minister, Soita Shitanda says unidentified people have grabbed land earmarked for government housing schemes. The prime plots in the minister's inventory somehow turn out to be already grabbed land by connected individuals whom he has now put on notice.
Clerics uneasy about devolved government

By Beauttah Omanga, Nov 25 2009
Issues related to devolution were at the centre of debate as the Ufungamano Initiative discussed the draft constitution. While some religious leaders felt a devolved government would be too expensive, others cautioned that creation of regional assemblies would cause ethnic tension. "It will be disastrous for the economy to pass the draft as it is. What will be the source of the funds to sustain the many sectors of devolved government and segments of the same?" posed Bishop Michael Michuki. More...

Human side of Mau evictions is chilling

By our correspondents, Nov 24 2009
Twenty-five evictees from the Mau Forest were on Monday treated at Kiptagich dispensary of chest-related complications. According to the nurse-in-charge of the dispensary Naomi Koskei many of the patients displayed symptoms that resulted from harsh conditions in the tents they were living in. Most of the patients were old women and men who also complained of hunger. And a middle-aged woman was admitted at Olenguruone sub-district hospital after she miscarried. The nurse said the woman suffered from shock and anxiety that might have led to the miscarriage. More...

Mau Forest
A 48-year old woman collapsed and died on Saturday after learning that her house in Mau Forest was demolished.
Maseno Polytechnic robbed of expensive IT equipment

By our correspondent, Nov 24 2009
Electronic equipment released by the government for Maseno Youth Polytechnic has been stolen. A vehicle hired from Nairobi to transport the equipment, which included a monitor, computer, printer and air compressor, was hijacked near Kisian Town in Kisumu District at 1am on Thursday. An instructor at the polytechnic, Mr Victor Oketch, said he had gone to the offices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs with a list of equipment for the institution but found that most of it had been issued to other polytechnics. The driver of the hired van, Mr Erick Angoya, said eight armed men dressed as police officers stopped him near Kisian. More...

100,000 palm oil trees to be planted in Western

By our correspondent, Nov 24 2009
The Government has launched a Sh10 million campaign to plant over 100,000 palm oil trees in Western Province. This is aimed at diversifying cash-crop farming since most residents have been over-relying on sugarcane production for their livelihood. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) in Kakamega and Alupe in Teso, is distributing the seedlings. "The seedlings are being collected by MPs for distribution to farmers in their respective constituencies," said Provincial Director of Agriculture John Cheruiyot. He said MPs Ben Washiali (Mumias), David Were (Matungu), Evans Akula (Khwisero) and Assistant Minister Manyala Keya (Lurambi) have already collected the seedlings. More...

palm oil trees in Luhyaland
Palm oil trees are coming to Western Province to be cultivated on a commercial basis.
Kosgey panics, breaks rank with Raila over Mau

By our correspondent, Nov 24 2009
Prime Minister Raila Odinga wants leaders to stop politicising Mau Forest evictions even as his closest ally in Rift Valley broke ranks with him. Raila spoke at a conference on ‘green electricity’ in Nairobi as the humanitarian crisis arising out of the evictions continued to worsen. It was also a day when evicted families living on the edge of the forest defied a Government order to leave their makeshift camps and board lorries to their districts of origin. Raila’s erstwhile ally in the Rift Valley Henry Kosgey, who is also Orange Democratic Movement chairman, rallied behind those in the province calling for compensation and the humane treatment of the families ordered to leave the forest. More...

Cholera kills 11 prisoners in filthy Kamiti

By our correspondent, Nov 24 2009
The number of cholera patients admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital rose to 31 on Monday, causing fears of an epidemic in Nairobi. While 16 were inmates from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, 15 others had been brought from Kayole and Dandora slums, according to Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka. And Public Health minister Beth Mugo said 59 other inmates were being treated for diarrhoea. On Monday, Mr Musyoka said the outbreak should be considered a national epidemic since the disease had also killed some people in Lodwar. More...

Kamiti Prison
Kamiti prisoners of cholera. Eleven inmates have died so far while seveal are hospitalised. Vice president, Kalonzo Musyoka wants the cholera outbreak to be declared a national emergence as cases have been reported as far as Lodwar. Photo: Phoebe Okall
UK police arrests purely for DNA

By Richard Ford, Nov 24 09
Police are routinely arresting people simply to record their DNA profiles on the national database, according to a report published today. More.

Google's free cellphones: Google is gearing up for an all-out assault on the mobile-phone market that will include a new, Google-branded handset and the first comprehensive Google phone service with unlimited free calls. More...
Abeingo chairman bereaved

By our reporter, Nov 23 2009
Abeingo Chairman is bereaved. Mr Juvenal Shiundu has lost his brother in law, Alex Musumba on Thursday, November 19 2009 after a long illness. Until his death, Mr Musumba, 47, was an employee of the Kenya Ports Authority in Mombasa. He was a very popular personality on the social scene in the coastal town. Funeral arrangements are underway details of which will be announced shortly. The thoughts of Abeingo Community membership are with the family; in the chairman's wife, Rose Shiundu in London and her brother, Patrick Musumba in Montreal, Canada.

Shad Bulimo, Secretary, Abeingo Community Network

Envoy who died in Brazil buried in Bungoma

By our reporter, Nov 23 2009
Kenya's ambassador to Brazil, Pius Barasa Namachanja who suddenly collapsed and died in rural Brazil last month was buried at his Bungoma home yesterday. He is survived by widow Eunice and three children. He died at 43. His funeral was attended by among others: Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula, Wildlife and Forestry Minister, Dr Noah Wekesa, assistant minister for lands, Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli, Assistant Minister Alfred Khang’ati, MPs Eugene Wamalwa (Saboti) and Simiyu Eseli (Kimilili) also attended the burial.

Pius Barasa Namachanja and Eunice Namachanja
Envoy laid to rest: Pius Barasa Namachanja (left), the Kenyan ambassador to Brazil who collapsed and died in rural Brazil last month. He is survived by his wife, Eunice (right) and three children. He was buried in Bungoma yesterday.
Fish stock in L.Victoria declines by 75%

By Anderson Ojwang', Nov 23 2009
The Sh9.4 billion fish industry faces collapse due to dwindling stock of Nile perch. A major export to the international markets, the Nile perch stock has thinned from 1.2 million tonnes in 2003 to 331,000. Fisheries Minister Paul Otuoma said fishing illegalities in Lake Victoria has hastened the decline in the fish stock. "The council of Ministers of Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation met in Nairobi early this month and were concerned with the decline," he said. The minister was speaking at Usenge in Bondo District during this year’s World Fisheries Day. More...

Raila, Ruto read from separate scripts over Mau

By our correspondents, Nov 23 2009
Prime minister Raila Odinga and his rival in Orange Democratic Movement, Agriculture minister William Ruto, were in the vast Rift Valley Province. The PM was in the South while Ruto was in the North. Between them, little was said about the health of ODM or their outlandish differences, especially after the recent Cabinet retreat in Mombasa. But the Mau Forest evictions and the unfolding humanitarian crisis were covered in their speeches. Raila said Parliament and Cabinet had sanctioned the evictions but Ruto said this was not the case. More...

Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli
Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli, lands assistant minister said Mau Forest evictees are being mistreated which Wildlife Minister, Noah Wekesa dismissed as cheap politics.
Wekesa, Wakoli clash over Mau Forest evictions

By Allan Kisia, Nov 23 2009
A Cabinet minister and an assistant minister have clashed over the ongoing evictions of families from the Mau Complex. Forestry Minister Noah Wekesa and Lands Assistant Minister Sylvester Wakoli differed over the manner the exercise is being conducted at a funeral in Bungoma West District, on Saturday. Wakoli told Wekesa his officers were conducting the eviction inhumanely yet he promised a civilised exercise. But Wekesa defended the eviction, saying it was not any different from those conducted in other water towers. More...

Ministers to get Sh75,000 per day travel allowance

By Ken Ogosia, Nov 23 2009
Cabinet ministers, assistant ministers and permanent secretaries are the biggest beneficiaries in the latest increase in allowances for local and foreign trips. The new rates of allowances which will affect more than 600,000 civil servants and teachers, have been pegged at lucrative levels enjoyed by United Nations employees. A circular from the Ministry of Public Service dated November 12 and signed by PS Titus Ndambuki says the new rates are the outcome of a rise in the cost of living. The allowances are rated differently in each country with the highest attracting between Sh52,500 ($700) to more than Sh75,000 ($1,000) a day. More...

Kakamega Forest
Kakamega Forest: Pristine and almost primordial, the forest that was once part of the vastly dense Congo forest is under threat from human encroachment through illegal timber trade.
Nation Media plants 1,000 trees in Kakamega Forest

By our correspondent, Nov 23 2009
The Nation Media Group took its tree-planting campaign to Kakamega Forest at the weekend. Its workers planted more than 1,000 indigenous tree seedlings on two hectares of land in the forest with the help of Provincial Administration officials, students and wananchi from Virembe village. Nation’s corporate communications officer Sammy Mbau and the Nyanza and Western provincial news editor Patrick Mayoyo led the staff in the drive. Provinces The campaign seeks to plant tree seedlings in eight forests in eight provinces in eight weeks. Nyanza, Eastern, Central, Coast, North Eastern and Western provinces have been covered. More...

Census results puts Luhya population at 4.7 million and Kenya at 40m

By Oliver Mathenge, Nov 21 2009
Provisional results from the national census conducted last August indicate that Western province has a population of 4.68 million up from the 3,358,776 reported in 1999, an increase of more than 25%. The region with most people in the province is Bungoma said to be home to 1.2 million Kenyans, mainly Bukusu. Mt. Elgon area has the lowest population which is reported at 187,322 people. Nyanza Province is reported to have a population of 5,725,744 a massive increase of 1.3 million people from the 1999 figures. Nationwide, Kenya’s population has grown by an average of one million people per year in the past 10 years, provisional data obtained by the Saturday Nation shows. The data, based on the national census in August, shows that the number of people in the country grew by 37.43 per cent, from 28,686,607 at the 1999 census to 39,423,264 this year. More...

Crowded and almost bursting at the seams are these Kenyans who have multiplied as per God's edit to Abraham.
England's worst rain in a 1000 years: The full and devastating impact of England’s worst recorded day of rain was still emerging last night as tributes were paid to a policeman swept away by floodwaters while trying to save others. More
Raila dares Ruto & Co to quit government

By our correspondents, Nov 21 2009
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked ministers dissatisfied with Cabinet decisions to quit Government. In an apparent reference to ministers from a section of the Rift Valley, Raila accused them of being disrespectful of Government decisions. "We must have discipline in Government and those who feel dissatisfied are free to quit," he said. He also announced ODM would seek another mandate in the 2012 General Election to fulfill its promises to Kenyans. "I can read the signs of great things ahead even though we are experiencing a storm (in ODM)," he said in West Pokot, on Friday. More...

Raila Odinga installed  Pokot elder
Prime Minister Raila Odinga is installed as a Pokot elder when he inspected development projects in Pokot. He was accompanied by among others, Fred Gumo, minister for regional development, Henry Kosgey, minister for industry, nominated MP, Musa Sirma, Julius Murgor, Kapenguria MP, Ayiecho Olwenyi, assistant minister.
Kenya govt to hire 4,000 nurses this December

By Titus Too, Nov 21 2009
The Government will hire 4,220 nurses on contract to promote preventive healthcare at district levels. The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation will recruit 2,960 enrolled community nurses and 1,260 registered community health nurses next month. The ministry advertised the vacancies in the media on Friday, stating every constituency will be allocated 20 slots. The nurses will hired on a three-year contract under the Government Economic Stimulus Package. More...

Ruto goes to court over report linking him to violence

By Judy Ogutu, Nov 21 2009
Agriculture Minister William Ruto now wants a report linking him to post-election violence squashed. The minister moved to court to challenge the authenticity of the report, saying he was not given a chance to defend himself before the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) report was published. Ruto says there is no evidence linking him to the violence, and that the allegations against him "are a result of an illegality, irrationality, breach of the rule of law, and disregard of constitutionality and denial of legitimate expectations". More...

Dorothy Angote
Dorothy Angote, Lands PS has urged MPs to adopt the sessional paper on land, the first comprehensive land policy document since independence. The colonial land system suited political powers since Kenyatta through Moi and now Kibaki who found it a convenient tool to wield power and reward cronies while.
Angote urges MPs to adopt land policy paper

By Gakuu Mathenge, Nov 21 2009
Lands PS Dorothy Angote has urged MPs to support Sessional Paper on Draft National Land Policy tabled in Parliament by Lands Minister James Orengo on Wednesday. Angote said land policies handed down to Africa by colonial powers are responsible for perpetual food insecurity. She said Africa spends $19 billion annually in food imports due to shortage. "The fact that Africa spends this kind of money on food imports despite possession of vast tracks of arable land is evident policies we inherited from colonial powers have not served us well. They’re long over due for review," she said in interview with The Standard on Saturday. More...

MP's accused of defrauding internally displaced persons

By our correspondent, Nov 20 2009
A Cabinet Minister accused politicians and MPs with ulterior motives of generating fake lists of displaced people for compensation. Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shaban stood her ground amid protests from MPs that lists emerging two years since post-election violence were fake. She accused the MPs of cooking the lists, which had names of their campaigners, as IDPs. "I maintain that the lists emerging now are fake. The names flouted around are those of the MPs’ campaigners in the last elections," said Dr Shaban. More...

Naomi Shaban
Naomi Shaban, special programs minister: "MPs are producing fake lists of internally displaced persons. They are cooking lists which has names of their cmpaigners posing as IDPs. Where are they getting those names from?"
No more shouting in Nairobi

By Abuid Ochieng, Nov 20 2009
Street preachers, touts and those who promote or sell anything by shouting are some of the people put on notice by a new environmental regulation set to come into force on Sunday. Intended to control noise pollution, the Noise and Excessive Vibration Pollution (Control) Regulations, 2009, will ensure that no one makes any loud and unreasonable noise that disturbs or endangers the comfort and safety of others and the environment. The rule applies to individuals, firms and organisations carrying out activities that produce noise and excessive vibration within a town’s central business district, a residential area, a silent zone, or any other area declared a silent zone. More...

Parents in Pokot bribe chiefs to allow their daughters to be circumcised

By Osinde Obare, Nov 20 2009
Thousands of girls in Pokot are set to undergo FGM during December holidays unless the Provincial Administration makes good its warning of dire consequences. Parents in West Pokot, Pokot North and Pokot Central have engaged circumcisers to operate their daughters when schools close. Sources said some parents have bribed local chiefs to allow the outlawed rite. But Pokot North DC Joseph Motari said he has stepped up anti-FGM and child marriage campaigns. More...

boda boda
Best picture today: This is is one man who perhaps should win boda boda competition of carrying the largest cargo on his two wheeled mechanical friend. I nominate him hands up.
Five Kenyans indicted in US over $3.3m international scam

By James Walsh, Nov 20 2009
Five Minnesotans of Kenyan descent have been indicted in connection with a wire fraud scam in which they created bogus bank accounts -- with names similar to actual state vendors -- to steal more than $3.3 million from West Virginia, Massachusetts, Kansas and Ohio. Federal officials say the alleged thieves then wired a significant portion of that money to bank accounts in Kenya. In an indictment unsealed this week after the five were arrested in Minnesota, investigators allege Michael M. Ochenge, 33, of Minneapolis; Robert M. Otiso, 36, of Elk River; and Paramena J. Shikanda, 35, of Minneapolis, used fraudulent bank accounts, phony companies and bogus direct deposit paperwork to have money that was intended for legitimate vendors deposited with them instead. More...

Gay unions outlawed in new constitution

By Dave Opiyo, Nov 19 2009
Those wishing to marry partners of the same sex still have to seek countries where such marriages are allowed, before they can tie the knot. Same sex marriages will not be allowed if proposals in the harmonised draft constitution become law. Only marriages between opposite sex will be recognised despite spirited attempts by the gay community to have their relationships legalised. More...

Jonathan Wanjala Onimu
True Ingwe: KCPE candidate Wanjala Jonathan Wanimu of St. Joseph’s Academy writes exams days after an operation at the Kakamega Provincial Hospital.
Kakamega candidate sits exams in hospital

By Benson Amadala, Nov 19 2009
The stomach pains got worse as 13-year-old Jonathan Wanjala - a candidate in this year’s Kenya certificate of primary education (KCPE) exam - prepared to sit the first paper. For five months, the pupil at St Joseph's Academy in Kakamega was in and out of hospital. Each time he visited the hospital he was given medication which took away the pains that would recur. More...

First land policy document since independence tabled

By our correspondent, Nov 19 2009
The Government tabled a sessional paper with radical proposals on land in Parliament. Lands Minister James Orengo on Wednesday tabled the Draft National Land Policy, which, if enacted and implemented, will be Kenya’s first comprehensive document governing land reform since Independence. It contains recommendations such as reducing the colonial 999-year leases to 99 years and also seeks to address historical land dispossession in Coast and Rift Valley provinces by restoring the claims of indigenous communities. More...

James Orengo
James Orengo, the minister for lands has tabled a sessional paper in Parliament that if approved forms the most comprehensive review of land policy in Kenya since independence.
World still sees Kenya as corrupt as Zimbabwe

By Alex Ndegwa, Nov 19 2009
Kenya is ranked among nations seen as most corrupt in a new global report. The country is placed 146th out of 180 countries surveyed, according to Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The report is a measure of domestic and public sector corruption. Kenya recorded a CPI score of 2.2 indicating high perception of bribery. Countries are measured on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 ( low levels of corruption). The country ties with crisis-laden Zimbabwe and performs poorer than her East African neighbours. More...

Chaos erupt in Bungoma as petition against Wetangula is thrown out

By our correspondent, Nov 19 2009
A petition challenging the election of Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula as Sirisia MP has been thrown out. Chaos erupted in Bungoma town after the ruling was made. Fighting broke out between supporters of the petitioner, Maj (rtd) John Waluke and Wetang’ula’s. Delivering the ruling, Lady Justice Florence Muchemi said the process server, Tom Nduku, was not permissible when he served the minister. She recommended that action be taken against Mr Nduku, saying the mistake had made the petitioner incur huge costs. More...

bungoma riots
Chaos erupted in Bungoma town after the petition of John Waluke against Moses Wetangula was thrown out.
Kenyans to make laws MPs can't or won't like their wages

By Jibril Adan, Nov 19 2009
Kenyans will amend the constitution even when MPs are opposed to their wishes, if the proposed draft is adopted. Besides the normal methods of amending the Constitution called amendment by parliamentary initiative, the draft provides for ‘amendment by popular initiative’. Issues for which this kind of provision might be of immediate use to the public include the taxation of MPs. If adopted, the new law will end the reign of MPs who make laws, but are exempt from some of the legislations they make. More...

Wako unhappy with teachers negotiating deals with Raila

By Wahome Thuku, Nov 19 2009
The Attorney General has taken issue with the way a teachers’ union is negotiating hiring of 12,000 teachers with the Prime Minister. Senior State Counsel Anthony Obwayo said last Tuesday’s talks between Knut and Prime Minister Raila Odinga were conducted without informing the AG’s office yet a suit arising from the dispute was pending in court. Mr Obwayo told Nairobi judge Jean Gacheche he learned of the meeting through the media on Wednesday morning. But Knut’s lawyer Evans Ondieki said he had mentioned to Obwayo that the parties intended to discuss some issues. More...

kakamega town violence
Violence victims in kakamega load all their belongings on boda boda bicycle taxis to flee to safety. A report says police encouraged looting.
Police supervised and encouraged looting - report

By our correspondent, Nov 19 2009
Crucial evidence to be adduced by witnesses on post-election violence might be tampered with, a minister has warned. Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo said some victims of the violence have been threatened with dire consequences if they co-perate with institutions fighting impunity. Mutula also revealed the Government had received a report of how police supervised and encouraged looters to vandalise businesses. More...

First woman in Parliament dies

By our reporter, Nov 18 2009
Kenya's first woman to sit in Parliament has died. Priscilla Agufwana Abwavo represented Maragoli in the then Legislative Assembly (Legco) in 1962 shortly before independence. She has been living in Kitale with her family. The news was broken yesterday by Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the public launch of the harmonised draft constitution at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. He told the gathering that Priscilla Abwavo, the only woman delegate at the Legislative council (Legco) at Lancaster House in 1962, died on Tuesday morning. A minute of silence was observed in her honour. “It is time to bite the bullet and provide Kenya with this much-awaited constitution. Let us remember the heroes of the second liberation. Let us not disappoint them. Let us continue with the journey to the mountain top and plant the flag of liberation,” he said. More...

Priscilla Agufwana Abwavo
Priscilla Agufwana Abwavo, the first woman in Legislative Assembly in 1962 died yesterday in Kitale. She hailed from Maragoli, Western Province.
Google to create world's biggest online book library

By our correspondents, Nov 18 2009
Controversial plans by Google to digitise millions of out-of-print books to create the world’s biggest online library have been approved by British publishing groups and authors. The landmark deal between Google and authors’ associations in America is a watered-down version of the original plans. The new deal will still enable tens of thousands of British writers to profit, as readers can search millions of works, read extracts online and buy full copies. Works from the US, Britain, Canada and Australia will be used, but under the proposals about 95 per cent of non-US books from the original deal will not be covered.Although the service will be available only in the US, Google said that it would expand to other countries including Britain. More...

Newest Kenyan mobile firm lowers tariffs by 40%

By Morris Aron, Nov 18 2009
Competition in the telecommunication sector went a notch higher yesterday following a move by the fourth mobile operator to go after market share held by the giants by unveiling the cheapest call rates in the market. Under the new plan by Essar Telecom Kenya Yu branded mobile service, consumers will now be able to call for a flat tariff rate of Sh6 a minute to any network. More...

Twitter scraps list: Twitter has decided to drop its hand-picked “suggested user” list following controversy about how it is selected. More...
Yu telecommunications
Who said law of the jungle? At least now you can call in help even if it means climbing the tree
Woman bites co-wife's lips over business rivalry

By our correspondent, Nov 18 2009
A woman will serve 24 months community service for biting her co-wife’s lips over business rivalry. Zipporah Nyang’acha appeared before Ogembo Senior Resident Magistrate Lily Nafula for assaulting Joyce Kerubo Osoro. She committed the offence on June 14, at Isena village, Gucha. She denied the charges and the prosecution called six witnesses. The court heard that at around 7 am that fateful day, the complainant was preparing breakfast when the accused confronted her. "She demanded to know why I called a customer who was going to her shop. Before I could explain, she pulled me and bit my lower lip." More...

Girl bites mother's breast to protest against mum's sexual escapades

By our correspondent, Nov 18 2009
A teenager told a Nakuru court that she bit her mother’s breast to protest her sexual escapades with her boyfriend in front of her. The 15-year old girl told Senior Principal Magistrate John King’ori that she felt that the two were disrespecting her by carrying out their affair in her presence."I live with my mother in a one roomed house. We have only one bed and when my mum’s boyfriend comes to visit, I sleep on the couch as they go on with their business," she said. She had been charged that on November 1, at Bondeni Estate, Mau Narok she assaulted Rosemary Wahu. More...

UK's T-Mobile sold customer data illegally: The private details of millions of mobile phone customers, including their numbers and addresses, have been sold illegally. Staff at T-Mobile passed the information to brokers who then sold it to rival phone companies. The companies then called customers as their contracts were due to expire to offer a better mobile phone deal. More...

Kenyan constitution draft
Harmonised constitution which marks a nation's effort spanning 20 years. Kenyans will debate it for 30 days before being subjected to a referendum. Yes or No? You choose. CLICK HERE to download it.
Sh183m for new Nairobi cemetery looted

By our correspondents, Nov 18 2009
Controversy over the purchase of a Sh283m cemetery land by the Nairobi City Council deepened after the director of planning, Mr Peter Kibinda, said the technical committee had rejected the property. Kibinda told the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Authorities on Tuesday that the land did not meet the standards for a cemetery. He also claimed that the chief valuer was not involved in the transaction. Committee chairman Shakeel Shabir said the ministry released Sh283 million but only Sh110 million was paid to the landowner and the rest could not be accounted for. Nairobi Mayor Godfrey Majiwa, who was to be grilled, did not show up. More...

Draft katiba released, Kenyans to debate it for one month

By Antony Kariuki, Nov 17 2009
Kenyans’ quest for a new constitution edged closer to reality after the harmonised draft constitution was published on Tuesday.The public will now have one month to debate the draft and make their views known to the Committee of Experts, who drew up the document. Committee chairman Nzamba Kitonga said it was “a working draft to facilitate dialogue among Kenyans.” He was speaking during the launch of the harmonised draft constitution at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. More...

Thorny 20 year journey to new constitution. Click here to download the harmonised draft
New constitution: There shall be 290 constituencies, 74 reserved for women

By David Ohito, Nov 17 2009
Tuesday could be the defining moment in Kenya’s 20-year-old struggle for a new constitution. The Committee of Experts into constitutional review (CoE) releases its harmonised draft for public debate. All eyes will be riveted on Kenyatta International Conference Centre from 10am as the proposed draft, which has seen more bold amendments in the last few days, rolls out into the hands of the public. The draft has been dubbed ‘harmonised’ as it borrows heavily from past drafts, including the Bomas, Kilifi and Wako documents. Sources familiar with the amendments introduced into the draft to be circulated to Kenyans through the media from tomorrow say it will propose the number of constituencies being increased to 290 with 74 of them reserved for women. More...

Atsango Chesoni
Vice-Chairperson of Committee of Experts Ms Atsango Chesoni (right) and team members after a meeting with House committee on constitutional review at County Hall in Nairobi, on Monday. Photo: Jonah Onyango

Marende prepares MPs to adopt new constitution

By our correspondents, Nov 17 2009
Parliament has moved to prepare for the adoption of the new constitution. Speaker Kenneth Marende convened an informal meeting of MPs (Kamukunji) this morning to discuss enactment of a referendum law. There is no law governing a referendum. The Speaker’s Kamukunji is an informal gathering of MPs, which seeks to build consensus on issues among members before they are taken to the House for formal ratification. The meetings are a brainchild of former Speaker Francis ole Kaparo. More...

Phone scam in UK: The UK's Information Commissioner today blew the whistle on a major scam involving the sale of the personal details of thousands - and perhaps millions - of mobile phone customers. More...
Goldenberg cases revived

By our correspondent, Nov 17 2009
The Sh5.8 billion Goldenberg scandal case against three former top civil servants will start afresh on February 3 next year. Chief magistrate Gilbert Mutembei made the order after hearing both the prosecution and defence. State counsel Warui Mungai and defence lawyers Kioko Kilukumi, Kirathe Wandugi and Muinde Kaluu told the court that they had “unanimously agreed that the case begin afresh due to the nature of evidence”. The cases are being prosecuted privately. More...

Kamlesh Pattni
Goldenberg architect, Kamlesh Pattni now baptised as Paul. He can be anything but Goldenberg won't go away.
Woman charged with sending vulgar sms

By our correspondent, Nov 17 2009
A woman has been charged with sending vulgar text messages to a Nairobi lawyer. Ms Magdaline Ncabira Nkando was arraigned before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei facing five counts of sending offensive messages to lawyer Charles Mwongela’s mobile phone number. The unprintable messages were allegedly sent to Mwongela on May 15. On Monday, she denied the charges and was released on Sh20,000 cash bail. More...

Khalwale answers Raila over House watchdogs

By our correspondents, Nov 16 2009
Public Accounts Committee Chairman Bonny Khalwale has said his team will continue to exert more pressure on the Cabinet over expenditure of public funds. Dr Khalwale said failure to do this would make House committees unsuccessful in their roles as public watchdogs and there would be no need to have them. "We shall continue to exert more pressure on ministers. Otherwise it will be tantamount to abrogating our mandate and can well be accused of collusion," he added. Khalwale was reacting to a story carried in The Standard last week where Prime Minister Raila Odinga reportedly told the House Business Committee that civil servants were running scared because of the vigour by parliamentary committees in carrying out audits. More...

Bonny Khalwale
Dr Bonny Khalwale, the traditionalist MP for Ikolomani wants Maseno and Kitale returned to Luhya land as a precondition for supporting new constitution..
Khalwale wants lost Luhya territories returned

By our correspondent, Nov 16 2009
Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale said he would oppose the new laws if it does not return the so-called "lost" Luyia territories in Rift Valley and Nyanza Provinces to Western. Large parts of Luhya land were expropriated and added to the giant Rift Valley province particularly Kitale while Maseno is strictly speaking in Bunyore territory. More...

Climate treaty unlikely: A key element of the international plan to address climate change is in jeopardy after several of the most powerful nations failed to confirm a previous commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. More...
Atwoli supports imperial presidency

By our correspondent, Nov 16 2009
Cotu is opposed to the idea of having a person go round the country to seek for votes only to come back and become a ceremonial president at State House. ODM supports executive prime minister while PNU wants presidentail powers intact. "The government must be ruled from State House because it is better to have one dictator than be ruled through parliamentary dictatorship," said Cotu secretary general, Francis Atwoli.

Francis Atwoli
Francis Atwoli, Cotu secretary general: "It is better to be ruled by one dictator than through parliamentary dictatorship. The government must be ruled from State House."
Marende tells MPs to shut it

By our correspondent, Nov 16 2009
House Speaker Kenneth Marende on Sunday told Members of Parliament that they should not complain over a Cabinet retreat in Mombasa that was to iron out issues of the draft law. He said MPs have a responsibility to provide leadership and they should look for a way to correct any faults in the draft constitution rather than complain. “The MPs can’t complain that the constitution-making process has stalled since they are part of the three arms of the government,” Mr Marende said, before presiding over a harambee (fundraiser) in aid of Kiamabara dispensary in Mathira. More...

Kalenjin MPs abandon Raila, won't support him in 2012

By our correspondents, Nov 16 2009
Fireworks have erupted yet again between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Agriculture Minister William Ruto. The political rivals continued shadowboxing over the Mau Forest evictions, which Ruto sees as betrayal of his community in Rift Valley Province despite voting overwhelmingly for Raila in the last election. Their rivalry is also spiced up by the fact that Ruto, like Raila, wants to succeed President Kibaki in 2012. In the 2007 General Election, Ruto viciously supported the older man. More...

Bradley Birkenfield
Bradley Birkenfield, an Anglo Leasing suspect and whistleblower has been jailed in US for fraud.
Anglo Leasing suspect jailed in US

By Ben Agina, Nov 16 2009
Kenyans can forget about Mr Bradley Birkenfeld testifying about Anglo-Leasing-type deals. This includes crimes he and others committed in a phoney Sh5 billion project for the Kenya Police. The American whistle-blower will soon be sitting in a US federal prison wishing he had kept his mouth shut. Despite helping the US Department of Justice unravel a multibillion-dollar tax fraud conspiracy, he was recently sentenced to 40 months in jail for conspiring to defraud the US. More...

Gumo, 21 others cling on Mercs

By our correspondents, Nov 14 2009
Twenty two senior officials are yet to surrender their high capacity vehicles for smaller official cars even after months of Treasury pressure to attack spending. The ministers listed as having flatly refused to return their limos are Mr Amason Kingi (East African Community), Mr Michuki (Environment), Mr Fred Gumo (Regional Development Authorities) and Dr Naomi Shaban (Special Programmes). More...

African apology for slavery urged

Traditional African rulers should apologise for the role they played in the slave trade, a Nigerian rights group has said in a letter to chiefs. "We cannot continue to blame the white men, as Africans particularly the traditional rulers, are not blameless," said the Civil Rights Congress. The letter said some collaborated or actively sold off their subjects. More...

Nakuru town garbage
Nakuru 's rubbish where humans and beasts scavenge to survive.
Nakuru fights dirty to reclaim lost sheen

By Victor Mukele, Nov 14 2009
Back in the 1970s, Nakuru was one of the cleanest towns in East and Central Africa.Its clean streets, well-maintained flowerbeds and the relaxing atmosphere not only attracted visitors but also made it a preferred holiday and weekend destination for former presidents Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi. Due to its beauty and pleasant atmosphere, the two former presidents built homes in Nakuru - Kenyatta in Rongai and Moi in Kabarak. Kenyatta was a frequent visitor to Lake Nakuru National Park while Moi rarely missed a weekend in Nakuru. More...

Kazi kwa Vijana a white elephant - Shebesh

By Philip Ruto, Nov 14 2009
Nominated MP Rachel Shebesh has accused the Government of sinking billions of shillings in a white elephant projects in the name of Kazi Kwa Vijana. She said the Government should put the resources into good use to create jobs for the thousands of unemployed educated youth. The MP also said the killing of youth suspected to be members of the outlawed Mungiki sect would not have happened if political leaders cared for the youth. Shebesh accused young leaders in Parliament of betraying the youth. She was Speaking during a youth conference in Nakuru. More...

Rachel Shebesh
Rachel Shebesh, the Nominated MP from Khwisero says Kazi kwa Vijana project in which billions have been sunk is a big scam. She condemned leaders who promise youth jobs during campaigns only to turn conformist once in power and don't have time to listen to youth problems..
Uganda creates new districts

By our correspondents, Nov 14 2009
Uganda Government is to create eight more districts, bringing the total number of new ones to 22. Uganda currently has 80 districts. The additional districts named on Wednesday by local government minister Adolph Mwesige are Gomba from Mpigi, Kalungu from Masaka, Buvuma from Mukono, Butambala from Mpigi, and Kyankwanzi from Kiboga district, all in Buganda. More...

"Thatcher has died": There will only ever be one Iron Lady, but confusion between Maggie and a moggy led to the Canadian Government preparing its condolences for the death of Baroness Thatcher. More...
MPs to pay tax

By our correspondent, Nov 13 2009
MPs will start paying taxes on their allowances if proposals by a commission reviewing the lawmakers’ pay is implemented. The report by the tribunal, chaired by retired judge Akilano Akiwumi, was handed over to National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende on Thursday at a brief ceremony. The commission’s findings were not made public, but those who have seen the report say one of the team’s recommendations is that MPs should pay taxes on their hefty allowances. The MPs have previously refused to pay. More...

Gideon Moi
Gideon Moi annointed Kalenjin elder.
Where politicians kneel at the power of ancestral cult

Bikechi Kiketi, Non 13 2009
It is one of the most enduring legends that have stood the test of time in one community’s culture. Such is the power of the ancient legend that local political leaders and others from afar still travel to a small village in Nandi and other parts of the North Rift to draw from its perceived power and benefits. The Orkoiyot, revered leaders among the Kalenjin communities, believed to have divine powers and inherited qualities from a special lineage, are still sought after by political leaders to confer blessings and offer guidance. More...

Raila stuns Kenyans by criticising watchdogs investigating public funds

By Martin Mutua, Nov 13 2009
Close scrutiny from parliamentary watchdog committees is interfering with Government business, the Prime Minister has said. Top civil servants are working slower because of House teams breathing down their necks. It has also emerged there was an effort to prevent a committee from questioning Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday. The developments reflect a continuing power struggle between the Legislature and the Executive. More...

Action on crucifix ban: The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy. More...
Cayman Island's chicken
Chicken story: We do chicken RIGHT but turn LEFT to catch it first.
Debate rages on why a Kenyan boss should earn 440 times more than his junior

By Luke Anami, Nov 13 2009
Debate is raging on why a chief executive officer (CEO) should earn 440 times more than the lowest paid worker. Questions are also being raised why CEOs should earn millions in a low-income economy. When an international consultancy, PricewaterCoopers (PwC), launched the 2009 National Human Resources Survey, the report indicated that the highest paid CEO takes home a cool Sh3.9 million a month. In the survey, the lowest paid worker, who is a room steward earns Sh9,450 a month. According to the head of management and consultancy at the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Jacob Onkunya, CEOs earn more than others because of the organisational structure. More...

170 govt houses in Kisumu grabbed - Shitanda

By our correspondents, Nov 13 2009
Housing Minister Soita Shitanda has admitted that people he did not name have grabbed 170 Government houses in Kisumu. He also disclosed that the ministry collected Sh1.2 billion from the recent sale of its houses. Kisumu Town East MP Shakeel Shabbir and Olago Aluoch of Kisumu Town West demanded the seizure of the houses from the unnamed grabbers, but the minister said he was trying to "use due process of law" to nullify their titles. He asked civil servants staying in the houses "to stay put" during litigation. He said houses occupied by hospital staff were "strategic housing" and were not targeted for sale. More...

Kenya High Commission in London
Demonstrators outside the Kenya High Commission in London. Creditors have reportedly moved to auction property at the mission after the government defaulted on Anglo Leasing related repayments. A UK court early this week ordred 11 accounts worth over Sh750m in the UK frozen.

37 BBC staff earn than Gordon Brown: At least 37 BBC executives earn more than the Prime Minister, it was revealed yesterday, as the corporation disclosed the scale of its senior salaries for the first time. More...
Bailliffs attempt to attach property at the Kenya's London mission

By our correspondents, Nov 13 2009
Parliament has demanded a disclosure of the October 23 freeze of Kenya’s 11 accounts in a British bank following a court order. Nominated MP Mohamed Affey rose on a Point of Order after Question Time on Thursday to demand a ministerial statement from Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenya over the saga exclusively reported by The Standard on Tuesday. Mr Affey wants the minister to disclose the amount of money and its purpose. On Thursday Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi said none of the accounts belongs to Kenya’s foreign mission in London amid reports creditors were plotting to auction assets (at the mission). More...

Hunger for raw power now the only divisive issue in new constitution

By our correspondents, Nov 13 2009
A caucus of the Grand Coalition Government ended a retreat in Mombasa with agreement on a raft of divisive issues on the constitutional review, but deadlocked on sharing of Executive power. The Grand Coalition Permanent Management Committee, which met ahead of Cabinet and Assistant Ministers’ retreat, beginning today will now refer the touchy issue of President and Prime Minister’s powers to the Committee of Experts (CoE). CoE announced on Thursday it would release the proposed draft constitution on Tuesday, at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. More...

Canada's new citizens guidebook: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney unveiled a new and larger version of the citizenship guidebook for prospective immigrants on Thursday. More...
Akilano Akiwumi and Kenneth Marende
House Speaker Kenneth Marende (right) receiving the dossier on MPs wages by retired judge, Akilano Akiwumi which recommends that MPs pay taxes on their allowances.

Saved by facebook: For 19-year-old Rodney Bradford, a simple Facebook status update turned into much more: a rock-solid alibi after he was accused of a crime. Confirmation of the time stamp on the update and the location from which it was entered showed he could not have been at the scene of a robbery in another part of New York City. More...
More media freedom in new constitution

By Jibril Adan, Nov 13 2009
The media will have more freedom if the draft constitution proposed by the Committee of Experts is adopted. It states: "Freedom and independence of electronic, print and other media of all types are guaranteed." It makes it clear the State shall not control or interfere with any person engaged in the circulation of any publication and broadcasting of information. More...

Kenyan refugees return: Nearly 150 refugees who fled to Uganda at the height of post-election violence have returned. However, more than 1,100 families are still held up at Kiriandong refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Their spokesman Peter Karamja lamented that the Government was not committed to bring back refugees who are in Uganda. More...
Illegal Mau Forest settlers begin to leave

By our correspondents, Nov 12 2009
The flow of illegal settlers out of Mau Forest started on Wednesday, a day after the government deployed security officers ready to evict them. The settlers, frightened by the show of force and a history of brutal evictions, appealed to the government to give them alternative land even as they packed their belongings, ready to leave. Though there was panic in some of the villages, a full scale migration had not started. However, some settlers were already moving out. More...

To nurse in UK, you must be a graduate

Anyone who wishes to become a nurse will need to have a degree within four years, in one of the biggest shake-ups of medical education in the history of the NHS. More...

Mau ForestThe great trek: Armed with all their earthly belongings of sufurias, chickens, dogs and assorted furniture, illegal Mau Forest settlers begin to troop out a day after a government's quit notice expired. The controversial eviction of settlers out of the largest water catchment area in Kenya is to pave the way for its Sh38 billion rehabilitation. The eviction is hot politcal flashpoint which has split ODM right in the centre. Photo: Joseph Kiheri

Man gives his only land to IDPs: It is a compassionate act that continues to baffle both friend and foe. Few in his shoes could imagine, let alone attempt, surrendering their valued assets to the less fortunate in society. Many are questioning the rationale behind his decision, but David Mbau Ndirangu does not appear bothered by the criticism. Mr Ndirangu, 56, who recently gave his only parcel of land to a group of internally displaced persons, says the decision was not long in coming. More...
Woman rejects Sh40,000 from Shitanda

By Maureen Onyango, 12 Nov 09
Ms Agnes Nduku, a former girlfriend of Housing minister Soita Shitanda, with whom she had twins, feels shortchanged after a court drastically reduced the maintenance she had sought. She was asking for about Sh200,000 a month to cater for the needs of the eight-year-old twins. The amount includes Sh35,000 monthly rent, Sh20,000 in food expenses, Sh4,000 for a househelp and Sh10,000 entertainment allowance. But the court ordered the Malava MP to pay Sh40,000 a month which Ms Nduku has rejected. The minister is however expected to cater for expenses such as books, uniform, transport, school fees and medical costs for the twins. More...

MPs boycott Imanyara's local tribunal Bill

By our correspondents, Nov 12 2009
Members of Parliament boycotted the latest effort to establish a special tribunal locally. All but 18 MPs stayed away from House during debate on a crucial Bill, confirming suspicions opposition to the special courts is still strong in Parliament. Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara on Wednesday moved a private member’s Bill seeking to set up a court to try post-election violence suspects. Garsen MP Danson Mungatana then seconded it. But as Roads Assistant Minister Wilfred Machage was on the floor contributing to debate barely an hour later, Gwasi MP John Mbadi alerted the Speaker to lack of quorum. The House cannot transact any business once the Chair has been informed there are less than 30 MPs in attendance. More...

Gitobu Imanyara
Imenti Central MP, Gitobu Imanyara's Bill to establish local tribunal to try post election violence suspects got off to a shaky start as MPs stayed away.
Ruto, Kulei sold public land fraudulently - Wako

By Judy Ogutu, Nov 12 2009
The Attorney General says Agriculture Minister, William Ruto and seven others were charged following the alleged sale of public land. Through Senior State Counsel Vincent Wohoro, the AG said on Tuesday that the land in question was public land. "The purported alienation of land was not pursuant to laid down procedures. The status is that it is a forest reserve land. Those titles are not legitimate," he said. More...

Stinging attack on X Factor: The X Factor humiliates contestants whose sole ability is to mimic stars with genuine talent, Sting has claimed in an attack on the series. Other stars are believed to share Sting’s concerns but are fearful of criticising the show, which attracts 16 million viewers. More...
How Kenyatta acquired all that land in Nairobi, Ruiru

By John Kamau, Nov 11 2009
Failure by the British government and World Bank to provide enough money to buy all the land in the Scheduled Areas, also known as White Highlands, kick-started a private treaty land buying spree that tilted the balance in favour of the political elite, senior civil servants and business people. Land Records indicate that by December 1966, Mr Kenyatta bought more than 3895 acres in Nairobi and Ruiru at a total cost of Sh472,740. The land was registered in either Mr Kenyatta’s or his wife Mama Ngina’s names, or in his two eldest sons Peter Magana, and Peter Muigai. More...

Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi
Going for the jugular: Musalia Mudavadi has announced he will bid for presidency.
Mudavadi to vie for presidency in 2012

By our correspondent, Nov 11 2009
Contentious issues in the draft constitution should be ironed out before the referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said on Sunday. He also said that only by having a new constitution before the next elections would Kenyans trust in the polls. “We cannot afford to go to the next general elections without a new constitution,” he said. The Deputy PM was speaking at Tongaren Primary School where he declared that he would vie for the presidency come 2012. More...

Shitanda ordered to pay child upkeep costs for twins

By our correspondents, Nov 11 2009
Housing Minister Soita Shitanda has been ordered to pay for the upkeep of a set of twins he sired out of wedlock. Mr Shitanda, who was given joint custody with the mother of the twins, is to pay Sh40,000 for the monthly upkeep and cater for their school fees and medical expenses. Trial magistrate EW Mgugua also ordered the minister and the woman to bear the cost of expenses they incurred in the case. The twins’ mother said she was dissatisfied with the order and would appeal. The minister was accused of providing for his children on an on-off basis. More...

Soita Shitanda
Pay up: Housing minister Soita Shitanda.
Key witness exams delay justice for Nabutola

By our correspondents, Nov 11 2009
The trial of former Tourism PS Rebecca Nabutola was adjourned to next month as the prime witness was sitting examinations. The Kenya Tourism Board’s Administration Head Tabitha Topirian was expected to continue testifying from where she stopped in July. Nabutola is facing five counts of conspiring to defraud the Tourism ministry of more than Sh8 million and violating procurement law. Also in the dock is former KTB Chief Executive Officer Ong’ong’a Achieng. More...

Raila furious as another Sh60b Anglo Leasing scam billows

By David Ohito, Nov 11 2009
Government risks losing over Sh60 billion to firms claiming payment for Anglo Leasing-related contracts. This emerged as officials went into a crisis meeting a day after The Standard reported a British court has frozen 11 Government accounts. This is not the first time a European court has tried to attach state property over Anglo-Leasing-type debts. Representatives from the State Law Office and the Finance and Foreign Affairs ministries met at Treasury on Tuesday to decide on a course of action. Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s office is seeking to know why it was left in the dark over the development. More...

Prof Hellen Sambili
Youth Affairs Minister, Hellen Sambili is involved in a tug of war over the management of a youth programme. The Canadian sponsors have threatened to pull out of the project.
Canadian firm threatens to pull out of youth program

By James Ratemo, Nov 11 2009
A Canadian firm is threatening to pull out of a Sh100 million project with the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, after to the Fund’s internal wrangling put the project in jeopardy. Youth Affairs Minister, Hellen Sambili and the Youth Fund Board both support different CEO’s, and both have vowed not to budge. The board’s affair with a Canadian NGO, Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, which has been the bone of contention between the board and the re-instated CEO, Mr Umuro Wario, is now headed to the rocks. More...

Committee formed to spearhead investments in Western

By Titus Maero, Nov 10 2009
A Seven-Man technical committee has been constituted under the Western Provincial Investment Conference (WEPIC) frame work to encourage economic growth in Western Province. The Community Partners Alliance Work Group (CPAWG) chairman Joseph Amunga, who would act as the chairman, said the technical committee seeks to come up with a framework paper to guide activities of WEPIC. Members of the committee include Patrick Kasuku, Fred Chitechi, Silvanus Ambungu, Julius Odongo, Dickson Shamalla, Zebede Muliza and Monicah Isilo. The committee was picked following a one day follow up seminar at Shieywe Guest House, Kakamega. It was a follow up of WEPIC which concluded in Kakamega early last month. More...

kakamega gold
Gold prospecting in Kakamega. Once a gold producing zone, Kakamega now symbolises a province blighted by abject poverty despite its natural resource richness.

20 years ago Berlin Wall came down: World leaders marking the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall have said the battle against injustice around the world must continue. More...

Britons now the leading shoplifters in Europe

By our correspondent, Nov 10 2009
Shoplifting has surged to record levels in the UK, fuelled by the recession, according to a study. The value of retail goods stolen rose 20% to £4.88bn in the year to June, the Centre for Retail Research said. The UK had the highest amount in value of shoplifted goods in Europe and was third behind the US and Japan globally, data from 1,069 retailers suggests. Tthere had been a rise in "middle-class" shoplifters. More...

Githae attacks Michuki

By James Ratemo, Nov 10 2009
Nairobi residents could go back to standing in buses, a minister has said. They may also no longer have to fasten seatbelts in public transport. This follows an observation the measures, introduced as part of regulations to reduce chaos in public transport, are a burden on the economy. Kenya loses Sh29 billion a year due to traffic jams, Nairobi Metropolitan Development Minister Njeru Githae says. The billions are lost through wasted vehicle fuel, time, environmental degradation and economic opportunity costs. More...

Robinson Njeru Githae
Njeru Githae, the Nairobi Metropolitan Minister says Michuki rules cost the economy Sh29bn per year in lost earnings.
Eight referral hospitals to be built to ease pressure on KNH

By our correspondent, Nov 10 2009
Plans are underway to build eight referral hospitals to ease pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital and other referral centres, President Kibaki said on Monday. The 23 provincial and district hospitals will also be rehabilitated to improve access to health care for poor Kenyans. President Kibaki made the announcement when he opened the first ever eye bank in East Africa, whose construction was sponsored by Mr Khanubai Babla of the Lions Club International. The Nation has learnt that Medical Services minister Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o has already prepared a brief on construction of the referral hospitals. More...

House Committee accuses Uhuru of fraud over Passats

By our correspondent, Nov 10 2009
A parliamentary committee accused Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta of authorising inflated expenditure by key ministries without the authority of Parliament. The Budget Committee claimed the minister flouted the Fiscal Management Act for disbursing additional money to Planning, Local Government and Agriculture ministries beyond their development budgets for the first quarter of the current financial year without the authority of Parliament. Uhuru defended Passats as being cheaper. More...

William Ruto
In the dock: William Ruto.

Ruto accused of defrauding parastatal of Sh96m

By Judy Ogutu, Nov 10 2009
Agriculture Minister William Ruto says the charges against him and seven others for allegedly cheating a parastatal of Sh96 million were motivated by ulterior motives. Mr Ruto told a Nairobi court that the charges "are motivated by interests other than to pursue criminal justice" as they had been filed after 10 years. Further, he said there was a member of the Executive who was quoted in the media saying he must be convicted. Consequently, he said on Monday he would not get a fair trial before the magistrate’s court. More...

Crisis as UK court orders Kenyan accounts frozen

By our correspondents, Nov 10 2009
Eleven UK-based bank accounts through which donor funds are funnelled into the country have been frozen through a court decree. Several others set up by donors are at risk as the bank involved argues they are not covered by the court order. A British judge gave orders for the freezing and inspection of the accounts to a company demanding Sh778 million in a deal related to Anglo-Leasing payments. The Government had agreed to pay the money in a settlement reached last year but failed to do so. Kenya may suffer serious damage with High Commission property and other critical assets impounded in London as claimants press for payment of their dues. More...

Kenyan bank accounts frozen
Splash news: Kenyan accounts abroad frozen by a UK court over Anglo Leasing.
70 inmates in Western to sit KCPE exams

By our correspondent, Nov 10 2009
A grandfather serving a six-year jail term for defilement is among Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidates in Rift Valley Province. Mr Lazarus Kundu, 67, was among the 170,000 Kenya candidates in Rift Valley who rehearsed for KCPE on Monday. In Western Province, about 70 inmates would sit the examination. Most of the candidates are from Shikusa Borstal Prison, which caters for offenders between 15 and17. Superintendent in charge Joseph Saitoti said preparation for Tuesday’s examination was complete. At the Kakamega Prison, teachers Mark Nangoye and Carol Munialo said their candidates were ready. More...

Two killed as miraa plane crashes in Nairobi

By our correspondents, Nov 9 2009
A cargo plane on Monday killed two crew members when it crashed at Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The pilot died as he was being taken to Kenyatta National Hospital, while his co-pilot later died at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted in critical condition. They were transporting miraa to Quarrel airport in Mogadishu, when their plane developed a problem at around 8am on Monday. More...

Miraa plane crash
Two people were killed early today as a cargo plane carrying miraa (khat) crashed at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. The cargo was headed to Mogadishu, Somalia.
New US visa rules for students

Students applying for American visas must now get a consent from their financial sponsors, according to the US embassy. The US embassy in Nairobi the new measures, which require sponsors to obtain and fill a consent form for the students under their sponsorship. More...

Chebukaka overlooked as Kibaki picks another buddy for London

By Gitau wa Njenga, Nov 9 2009
Kenya has posted a new high commissioner to the United Kingdom. Ephraim Waweru Ngare, 60, was transferred from Libya, where he was the ambassador. Mr Ngare arrived in London on Friday morning on a flight from Nairobi accompanied by his wife. Last week confusion reigned at the London mission over the recall of high commissioner Joseph Muchemi and the alleged appointment of Addison Chebukaka as the new High Commissioner. More...

Gilbert Deya
Controversial cleric, Gilbert Deya to be deported to Kenya to face child trafficking charges. He has spend Sh124m fighting deportation orders. His wife is in jail.
Deya to be deported to Kenya to face child trafficking charges

By Gitau wa Njenga, Nov 8 09
The long-awaited extradition of controversial London-based Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya may happen soon, the Sunday Nation has learnt. Impeccable sources confirmed that the preacher, who is wanted in Kenya on child-trafficking charges, is now a failed asylum seeker currently ordered to report weekly to Deptford police station in South London. Mr Deya has exhausted all legal avenues to remain in UK after spending Sh124m fighting deportation orders. More...

Teso ritual of exhuming dead under Christian attack

By our correspondents, Nov 9 2009
An eerie silence hangs over an overgrown bush in one corner of a farm where four family members bend to look for the bones of a woman exhumed a few years ago. Mzee John Epatala, 89, emerges holding what look like leg bones and says solemnly: "These are the bones of my mother. We exhumed them to end a curse of sickness in our family." Epatala says his mother’s remains were among few exhumed in the recent past in Teso North District, a region where a few cases of an old tradition of disturbing the dead to appease the living are still reported. "It’s a tradition we have carried out for years and I hope it will be carried on. Unfortunately, it is threatened by religion and I have fears for its future," says Epatala of Okuleu village in Teso North District. More...

Ekutet: The dead whose spirits are troubling the living are exhumed after 15 years
Mzee John Epatala shows a double-mouthed pot used for brewing beer in Teso exhumation rituals. Photos: Benjamin Sakwa
MPs smell a rat in Uhuru's Passat

Fatuma Fugicha, Nov 9 2009
Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to appear before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday over procurement of VW Passats. Nyatike MP Edick Omondi (ODM), a member of PAC, said Uhuru was expected to shed light on how the Government would benefit from the deal. Uhuru’s summon follows the alarm raised by Dr Bonny Khalwale (Ikolomani, New Ford-K), Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’ (Mbita, ODM) and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi (Sabatia, ODM) who questioned the basis of buying the new cars. More...

Marende hints at solution on leader of government business

By our correspondents, Nov 9 2009
The controversy over leader of Government Business will be solved soon, House Speaker Kenneth Marende has said. Marende said progress had been made over the issue, which threatened to paralyse parliamentary proceedings earlier this year. More...

Ringera's lucrative job attracts a top European chief justice

By our correspondents, Nov 7 2009
The chief justice of a European country is among candidates eyeing the post of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission director, the Saturday Nation has learnt. A source familiar with the recruitment on Friday said the number of applicants for the three positions had been narrowed from 197 to 20. The seat fell vacant after Mr Justice Aaron Ringera and his two deputies -Ms Fatuma Sichale and Dr Smokin Wanjala - resigned. Ms Sichale was in charge of legal services while Dr Wanjala was the head of research, education, policy and preventive services. Also on the shortlist is a retired and two current permanent secretaries as well as a former lady commissioner with the Yash Pal Ghai-led Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. More...

Somali stoned to death
When an angry mob wanted to stone a prostitute to death in Biblical times, Jesus admonished: "Let him who is free of sin throw the first stone" which saved the woman. Not so lucky was a Somali man accused of adultery. His female accomplice will be stoned to death after giving birth.
Somali adulterer stoned to death, woman to follow after giving birth

By our correspondent, Nov 7 2009
Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery but spared his pregnant girlfriend until she gives birth. Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, was killed in front of a crowd of some 300 people in the port town of Merka. An official from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby. Islamist groups run much of southern Somalia, while the UN-backed government only control parts of the capital. This is the third time Islamists have stoned a person to death for adultery in the past year. More...

Biwott wants Mt Elgon removed from Western

By our correspondents, Nov 7 2009
Former powerful Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott has suggested that Mt Elgon District in Western Province should be brought under the jurisdiction of Rift Valley Province. Mr Biwott who was presenting the views of his party, The New Vision Party to the Interim Independent Boundary Review Commission in Nakuru yesterday said the current provincial boundaries should be maintained for stability. Mt Elgon is primarily inhabited by the Sabaot and other Kalenjin tribes while majority of inhabitants in Western Province are of Luhya stock. Meanwhile, former president Daniel arap Moi is against teh sub division of Rift Valley. More...

Nicholas Kipyator Biwott
Totally out of step: Nicholas Biwott, the former self-styled Total Man and Moi's confidante, has told Andrew Ligale that he wants Mt Elgon moved from Western to Rift Valley Province..
Pressure mounts on Wako to resign over US visa ban

By Dave Opiyo, Nov 7 2009
Kenya Attorney General Amos Wako should resign following the move by the United States to revoke his visa, a human rights official said Friday. Mr Hassan Omar, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights vice chair said the AG was no longer fit to hold office since public confidence in him had already waned. More...

Muslim US GI kills 12: Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who allegedly opened fire on dozens of people at Fort Hood Army Post, cleaned out his apartment the morning of the shootings, his neighbors said Friday. More...
Kibaki, Raila escape trial

By our correspondents, Nov 7 2009
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga could be off the hook as the International Criminal Court (ICC) takes over post-election violence trials. ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Kibaki and Raila during the Thursday meeting he is not pursuing political responsibility, an aspect widely believed could nail the two leaders. "ICC proceedings are about individual criminal responsibility, and not political responsibility," said a communique released by the ICC, a day after the crucial talks in which the Government declined to refer the case to The Hague. The statement reinforces remarks made by Ocampo in the past that he is not interested in conducting "political analysis" but punishing "criminal responsibility". More...

Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki
Raila and Kibaki escape Ocampo's noose.
Bare facts about Kenya's man eat man society

By Morris Aron, Nov 7 2009
The highest paid chief executive is from the financial sector and earns Sh3.9 million a month, over Sh100,000 a day and 400 times the salary of the least paid staff. A room steward in the hospitality industry, earns Sh9,450 per month. Two years ago, the highest paid employee was from the same sector, and earned an average monthly salary of Sh2.5 million, 300 times the least paid permanent staff. The least paid employee at the time was a janitor in the manufacturing and processing industry, earning a meagre Sh8,001. More...

Iteso patriach laid to rest

By Alfred Oduya, Amukura, Nov 6 2009
Mr George Ochokolo, the cultural leader of Kenya’s Iteso community, was buried on Sunday October 31 at his rural home in Amukura, Western Kenya. The paramount leader of the Iteso, His Highness Emorimor Augustine Osuban, led a delegation of prominent Iteso cultural and political leaders from both Uganda and Kenya to join Mr Ochokolo’s family in mourning their deceased patriarch, who was also the Deputy Prime Minister of the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU). The ICU is one of the community associations recognized by the Ugandan government alongside the traditional kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Toro and Busoga. Mr Ochokolo died of cancer on October 22. A prominent businessman in Busia, Kenya, Mr Ochokolo was born in 1936 and has been one of the two deputy leaders of the ICU since 2001. He is credited with working to renew cultural identity among Kenya’s estimated 300,000 Iteso.

George Ochokolo
The late George Ochokolo, the patriach of the Iteso community in Kenya and Uganda.
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Mercy appeal for dad

Mercy Sayo, the young girl looking for her dad whom she has never met. His name is Dismas Amboye from Ebusakami sub location, Bunyore. Are you Dismas or do you know him?. If you have any information that can help a young girl get to see how her dad looks like, please contact editor@abeingo.org

Lawyers differ over merits of Wako threat to sue US

By Dave Opiyo, Nov 6 2009
Attorney-general Amos Wako’s threat to sue the United States government for defamation has elicited sharp reactions, with lawyers differing on whether he has a case. While lawyer Kibe Mungai insisted that the AG had a “serious case”, which should be pursued to its conclusion, Law Society of Kenya vice-chairman James Aggrey Mwamu differs. “He does not have a case... if I were him, I would lie low like an envelope,” Mr Mwamu told the Nation on Thursday. “They have already revoked his visa. How then will he file his case in the US or even testify? More...

Kibe Mungai
Lawyer Kibe Mungai (right) with his clients Okiya Omtatah (left) and Benjamin Ndolo (centre). Mungai believes the AG, Amos Wako has a strong case against America while James Mwamu, vice chair of Law Society of Kenya disgrees and advises the AG to "lie low like an envelop" to avoid embarrassing himself further.
Mungiki militia spokesman killed

By our correspondents, Nov 6 09
spokesman Njuguna Gitau Njuguna was on Thursday shot dead in Nairobi. He was gunned down by an unknown assailant inside a mobile phone shop in the city’s Luthuli Avenue at 4.15pm. A sales girl said there was a heated argument between four men. “They walked in side by side and I thought it was the normal harassment by city council askaris," she said. More...

Orphanage in Kuria implicated in sex scam

By our correspondents, Nov 6 2009
An orphanage in Gucha risks closure over allegations that girls at the centre are exposed to sexual abuse. This week, Gucha Children’s Officer Caleb Makatiani accompanied by officials from the ministries of Education and Public Health conducted an impromptu inspection of Glory Children Centre a few kilometres from Ogembo town. During the visit, it emerged a Standard Eight pupil had a four-month-old baby while two others were pregnant. Mr Makatiani said the centre was operating without a licence contrary to regulations. More...

Compulsory sex: Sex education is to be made compulsory for all pupils, prompting fury from faith groups which said that the move would contravene the right for children to be educated in accordance with their parents’ beliefs. All 15-year-olds must receive at least one year of sex and relationship lessons, Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said yesterday. More...
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Ligale may seek more time to finish boundaries review

By our correspondent, Nov 6 2009
The boundary review team says it may seek an extension of its mandate due to the scope of work. But Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC) chairman Andrew Ligale said that the delimitation of constituencies could be ready as early as next year if all goes according to plan. "We are foreseeing a situation where we will have to seek an extension of time from Parliament because our mandate states that we shall look at all boundaries," he said. Mr Ligale said the work by his team could go beyond the 24 months it was given. Speaking in Nyeri ahead of its sittings in Central Province, Ligale said they were not behind schedule. More...

Air Zimbabwe crashes into pigs: One of the Zimbabwean national airline’s planes collided with five wild pigs on the runway in the capital Harare during takeoff. Transport Minister Nicholas Goche said in a statement issued today that the Air Zimbabwe plane was headed from Harare to Bulawayo when the crash occurred Tuesday. All 34 people on board were evacuated safely. More...
Khalwale wants Ocampo suspects to resign

By our correspondent, Nov 6 2009
Parliamentary Accounts Committee chairman Bonny Khalwale has urged ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to make public names of high-profile suspects linked to post-election violence. He said suspects holding public office should resign. "Some are well connected and can use the powers of their offices to derail investigations. They must step aside and resume office once cleared by the ICC," said Dr Khalwale. He said having met President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mr Moreno-Ocampo had no reason to keep the names secret. It is thought that the suspects include top ranking ministers allied to both Kibaki and Raila. More...

Elvuna Keseko
From left, Kenya Rural Roads Authority chairman Protas Murunga is joined by Mwangi Maingi and Western Regional Manager Elvuna Keseko during the tour of Kakamega, on Thursday. Photo: Benjamin Sakwa
Rural roads in Western to be rehabilitated

By our correspondents, Nov 6 2009
The Government will spend more than Sh45 million to rehabilitate rural roads in Western Province. Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KRRA) chairman Protas Murunga and Director General Mwangi Maingi said the Government would spend Sh5 million in each of five constituencies identified. These are Malava, Lugari, Butere, Khwisero, Matungu and Mumias. He said the selection of the constituencies was based on an assessment of roads done by Ministry of Roads officials. They were speaking in Kakamega during a tour of the rural roads in the province. More...

Kibaki, Raila abandon their troops to face Ocampo

By our correspondents, Nov 6 2009
It was the day Kenya’s options ran out, the interest of the international community triumphed, and the nation left in the hands of the International Criminal Court. On Thursday marked a turning point in the upcoming trials of post-election offenders, as ICC got the entry card to Kenya because of its refusal to refer the case to The Hague. It also marked a turning point as President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, by the default of inaction on ICC’s direct request for referral of Kenya’s case to The Hague, automatically left those who may have committed crimes in their names to ICC, and so sparing themselves accusations of betrayal. More...

Luis Moreno-Ocampo
The dreaded ICC presecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo meets President Kibaki (centre) and PM Raila Odinga in Nairobi yesterday as AG, Amos Wako looks on. Ocampo will prosecute top ranking cabinet ministers suspected to have masterminded the post election violence in 2008 in which 1,500 Kenyans died.
Coast leaders clash over Wako US visa ban

By Renson Mnyamwezi, Nov 6 2009
The decision by the US to slap a visa ban on Attorney General Amos Wako was received with mixed feelings in Coast Province. Bahari MP Ben Gunda said the move would not harm the AG since he had no intention to visit the US. "The AG is not planning to travel to the US. Therefore, the ban will be of no consequences," he said. But former Kinango MP Simon Mkalla said Wako should resign to pave way for reforms. "We have enough young qualified lawyers who can bring reforms," said Mr Mkalla. More...

Western Investment Conference follow up scheduled for Saturday

By our reporter, Nov 5 2009
A follow up to the just concluded Western Kenya Investment Conference (WEPIC) is scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 7 2009 at Shieywe Guest House, Kakamega from 10.00 am. The round table meeting aims at incorporating the delegates from the WEPIC conference in the constitution of the proposed Community Partners Alliance board of trustees in anticipation of the conference official report due to be published by the WEPIC secretariat. A statement from Community Partners Alliance secretariat signed by Joseph Amunga Ochieng said transport reimbursements shall not apply to this meeting and only a snack shall be served due to the expected large number of participants. Members of the WEPIC secretariat are welcome to participate at the round table proceedings. A participation fee of Kshs 250 is applicable to all participants. CLICK HERE for interim report.

Kenya to become a welfare state like European countries

By Muchemi Wachira, Nov 5 2009
Needy Kenyans will soon get a monthly income to meet their basic needs in a programme similar to those carried out in welfare states.However, before the programme dubbed Saidia Jamii (help the family) is rolled out, the government will first disburse Sh600 million to a group of vulnerable people living in the slums as a test project. “The outcome of the pilot programme will inform the roll-out of Saidia Jamii programme in July 2010, Prime Minister Raila Odinga told journalists Wednesday at his Treasury office after receiving an interim report of a task force formed to come up with a food subsidy scheme to cushion the poor from increasing food prices and effects of famine. More...

Starving Kenyan
Starving Kenyans to be banished.
Britons targeted in internet scam

By Murad Muhamed, Nov 5 2009
Britons selling goods on internet sites such as eBay are being targeted by scammers who try to dupe people into sending their items abroad before they ever receive payment. Security experts said that African countries are one of the main sources of the scam, as fraudsters move on from traditional e-mail schemes designed to trick people into handing over cash or credit card details. It is believed that criminals are turning their attention to tracking people on the web who are selling high-value products such as laptops and digital cameras. More...

Woman cuts husband's testicles: Police in Bugiri are holding a 32-year-old woman who reportedly chopped off her husband’s testicles after a quarrel. Ms Stella Auma, a resident of Hama village, reportedly attacked her husband identified as Johnson Wafula, for denying her sex. More...
PNU supporters plan demo against Moreno-Ocampo

By our correspondents, Nov 5 2009
A major split rocked the Government ahead of the meeting between President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo tomorrow. President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity and Raila’s Orange Democratic Movement adopted hard positions, which threatened to scuttle Moreno-Ocampo’s visit, as blame games, and counter-accusations dominated. The political theatrics played on the day at whose close Ocampo was expected to arrive in Nairobi, and as donor states ganged up to once again pile pressure on Kenya to embrace ICC. The 27-member European Union countries and the Obama Administration asked Kenya to co-operate with the ICC, stressing the importance of ending impunity. The move arises after it emerged a section of top officials around President Kibaki have been pushing to have the prosecutor stopped from coming More...

cow adopts goat
Cow adopts goat: Wonders will never cease. A cow adopted a goat kid after its mother died soon after giving birth to twins in Isiolo, recently. Although the cow had a calf to care for, it nevertheless allowed the kid to suckle. Photo: Willy Mutunga
Kamiti hangman dies a shunned, lonely man

By Francis Ngige, Nov 5 2009
The man who was Kenya’s last and longest serving hangman at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison finally bowed to the ‘call of the beckon’ in a manner most unlike the procedure he followed to execute condemned convicts. Kirugumi wa Wanjuki, 86, died on Monday in a small village tucked in the slopes of the cold Aberdare Ranges after what was suspected to be a pneumonia attack. In grim irony, the appointment with his creator came at 2.30am on Monday, which would have been the same time he started preparing those he would execute. But unlike many rural homes where relatives and friends turn up to mourn a departed neighbour, his homestead was deserted and deathly quiet on Wednesday. More...

Wako banned from the US, vows to sue for defamation

By Alex Ndegwa, Nov 4 2009
Attorney General Amos Wako launched a massive defence of his tenure at Sheria House. He pleaded his innocence as it emerged the United States travel ban against him was issued under a law meant to lock out looters of public resources. Wako, who confirmed he had received a letter from the US banning him from the country, dismissed claims that he has been standing in the path of reforms, for which the American government revoked his travel visa. In a seven-page statement that took a half an hour to read, Wako prosecuted his case, defending his record as a "reformist" and attacking the revocation of his visa as serving American interests. For that action, he vowed to sue the US. More...

Amos Wako, Kenya attorney general
Amos Sitswila Wako, Kenya's Attorney General has been banned from the US
US envoy confirms Wako visa ban

By Cyrus Ombati, Nov 4 2009
US Government has confirmed Attorney General Amos Wako has been banned from setting foot to the US for allegedly blocking reforms. US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger confirmed Mr Wako is the man that has in the past weeks been referred to as a senior Government official. Mr Ranneberger’s confirmation ended long speculations and doubts on whom the senior official the US Deputy Secretary of State Johnnie Carson said could no longer enter the country. Washington has on several occasions criticised the AG for not cracking down on corruption and impunity. More...

Kenyan women no longer fertile - report

By Morton Saulo, Nov 5 2009
Fertility rate of women is declining, according to a Kenya Demographic and Health Survey preliminary report. The study found the total fertility rate declined from 8.1 births a woman during 1977/8 to 4.7 in 1998, 4.9 in 2003 and 4.3 last year. Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya (right), who released the report, said the decline could be attributed to an increase contraceptives use among married women. Contraceptive use by women increased from seven per cent in 1978 to 46 per cent, the report shows. Oparanya said most of the health indicators measured have improved leading to improvement in survival status of children. "It shows improvement in levels of vaccination of children and use of mosquito nets," he said. More...

Who let the dogs out?: British diplomats moved swiftly last night to distance themselves from Simon Mann’s prison release. More...
Fatcat Kenya police
Fat Kenyan policeman at work - for the nation or supervising his matatu businesses?

Police banned from matatu business: Kenyan police have been banned from engaging in businesses without express permission, according to a report. Any police officer willing to engage in business will apply to the police authority for permission, the report recommends. The banned businesses include matatus and taxis, vehicle breakdown and towing services, private security related services. More...
Kenyan scholar wins Bill Gates award

By our correspondent, Nov 5 2009
A local scholar is among 76 recipients of a global Sh547.2 million grants for research to eradicate killer diseases. Baraton University scientist Jackie Obey has received Sh7.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to test the efficacy of a test tube kit for detecting malaria in the human blood. Malaria kills 34,000 infants under five annually in Kenya. More...

No more luxury for UK MPs: MPs are to be forced into one-bedroomed flats in less expensive areas of London as a major new report made clear that the next generation of Parliamentarians must atone for the sins of current members. More...
Obama's reclusive brother published book in China

By Reuters, Nov 5 2009
US President Barack Obama's half-brother made a rare appearance on Wednesday in southern China, his home for seven years, to launch a novel he says draws on his painful childhood under an abusive father. Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo - who had the same, late, father as the US President - has kept a low public profile since reports surfaced last year that he was living and working in the southern Chinese haven of Shenzhen. After repeatedly shunning media attention, Ndesandjo's first major public appearance to launch his debut novel comes less than two weeks before the US president travels to China for the first time. More...

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Obama's brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo introducing his book at a press conference in Shenzhen, China.

Fake SA degree factory busted: Mpumalanga police have bust a business producing fake university, matric, driving academy and artisan qualifications. More...
25-hour hell ride on Kisumu tourist train

By Paul Juma, Nov 5 2009
No wonder they called it The Lunatic Express. What was meant to be a promotion fun trip for the development of local tourism in the western Kenya circuit turned out to be a nightmare. The first leg of the tour by train for a group of journalists from various media houses was a delight. The return trip was a nightmare; as a six-hour journey stretched to 26 hours. Hundreds of passengers had to endure a hellish ride when the Rift Valley Railways train from Kisumu to Nairobi broke down twice - once in the middle of a forest. A journey that started at 4am on Sunday in Kisumu only ended on Tuesday. More...

Witchcraft: Tanzanian albinos killed for body parts

By Reuters, Nov 3 2009
Tanzania’s high court has sentenced four men to death by hanging for killing a 50-year-old Albino man. Television footage showed the men, who killed Lyaku Willy and removed his head and legs, leaving the courtroom in Shinyanga region under heavy police escort. Willy’s killing was one of a spate of attacks on the country’s estimated 200,000 albinos - who lack pigment in their skin, eyes and hair - in the past two years, mostly in the remote northwest of the country near Lake Victoria, where superstition runs deep. Their body parts are prized in some regions of Tanzania - where witchdoctors say Albinos bring luck in love, life and business. More...

UK loses to Europe

Britain was last night frogmarched into a miserable new era of meddling Brussels rule after the final remaining resistance to the hated Lisbon Treaty collapsed. With a stroke of a pen, Czech president Vaclav Klaus ensured a tidal wave of new EU regulations. More...

Tanzanian albino killing
Albino people in Tanzania are hunted like animals and their parts harvested in ritual killing.
Vatican shocked as Court bans crucifixes in Italian schools

By our correspondent, Nov 3 2009
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy. It said the practice violated the right of parents to educate their children as they saw fit, and ran counter to the child's right to freedom of religion. The case was brought by an Italian mother, Soile Lautsi, who wants to give her children a secular education. The Vatican said it was shocked by the ruling, calling it "wrong and myopic" to exclude the crucifix from education. The ruling has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country, with one politician calling the move "shameful". More...

Ghana's health tourism

Most of us go on holiday to soak up the sun and relax. How about having a colonic irrigation or even a nose job thrown into the bargain? Ghana is one African country targeting the boom in so-called "health tourism". More...

Tears as American meets Kenyan father after 28 years

By Casper Waithaka, Nov 3 2009
The reunion of a Kenyan father and his American daughter after 28 years of separation began with an advert in the newspaper. It ended on Tuesday with the long-estranged pair hugging and sobbing on Moi Avenue, Nairobi. Passers-by couldn’t help but stare. American Tramaine Chelang’at Hugie said she has always dreamed of meeting her father, Mr Anderson Obare Atuya. She knew him only from a photograph of him holding her when she was born. She had to find him. So when it was time for Ms Chelang’at, who is 28, to find an internship in her field of study - integrated media for international development - she chose to take an assignment in Kenya. More...

Obare Atuya Chelang'at
Father and daughter in elated embrace. Mr Anderson Obare Atuya meets his daughter, American Tramaine Chelang’at Hugie, for the first time in 28 years at Nation Centre on Tuesday.  Mr Obare is of mixed parentage, his mother being of Kalenjin descent and his father a Kisii. Photo: Stephen Mudiari.

Not so lucky: Mercy Sayo contacted Abeingo Community Network to help her locate her father whose name she says is Dismas Amboye. Mr Amboye hails from Ebusakami in Bunyore. Any leads? Contact editor@abeingo.org.
Ocampo's men have been in Eldoret for four months

By Bernard Namunane, Nov 3 2009
Foreign investigators are camping in Eldoret ahead of the arrival of International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday. The investigators have been in Eldoret for the last four months. They have been taking pictures and seeking information about Eldoret and its environs. Of special interest to them has been the burnt down Kenya Assemblies of God Church in Kiambaa Village where 35 people were burnt alive during last year’s post-election violence. Each group of detectives leaves the town after completing its tasks with others taking over after a few days. More...

30 projects in L. Victoria basin get Sh1.4bn

By Mangoa Mosota, Nov 3 2009
A funding organisation will support research in East Africa to the tune of Sh1.4 billion.The funding will cover researches along the Lake Basin in the next three years. The Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes) will fund 30 research projects starting January, next year. "We will increase our annual funding per project from $50,000 (more than 3.5 million) to $200,000 (about Sh15 million)," said Sylvance Okoth, VicRes’ deputy regional co-ordinator. More...

Raila Odinga as Legio Maria sect leader
Jesus Christ! Is this Raila Amolo Odinga? Yes at the Legio Maria sect's headquarters in Got Kwer, Migori.
Presidency to become a ceremonial post

By Oliver Mathenge, Nov 3 2009
Kenyans will no longer directly elect the country’s chief executive if the proposed new constitution is adopted. This role will belong to members of Parliament, who will elect a Prime Minister with executive authority from among themselves. The President will still be elected directly by the people, but will remain head of State exercising only ceremonial functions. This is one of the key highlights in the final draft of a new constitution. More...

Railway travel to Western starts again

By Kepher Otieno, Nov 3 2009
Rift Valley Railways has re-launched its train service to Kisumu starting this month. The train was launched yesterday amid song and dance as it docked at the Kisumu Railway Station with more than 50 tourists from Nairobi. Starting this week, the train will depart from Nairobi on Fridays and arrive back on Sunday. East Africa Karibu Safaris Paradise, Managing Director Anastacia Wakesho said the aim was to popularise rail travel to Western Kenya. More...

Luanda Railway Station
Petty traders at Luanda Railway Station on the Kisumu-Butere Railway line. The rural economy of western suffered when the railway service ground to a halt. News that the service has resumed, at least to Kisumu, will warm spirits of locals.
Tension returns to Rift Valley as returnees are found butchered

By our correspondents, Nov 3 2009
Tension is high in Kuresoi following the killing of two people on Monday night. Residents of Kamwaura discovered mutilated bodies of the two men in their house. The murder sparked fear in the highly volatile area, with some recently resettled displaced families fleeing their homes. The victims, identified as David Wachira and Amos Maina were living together after they returned from an IDP camp in Molo a month ago. More...

New State House comptroller named

By Alex Ndegwa, Nov 3 2009
President Kibaki has named Nelson Githinji the new State House Comptroller. Dr Githinji, a private sector professional, takes over the State House job that has seen two of his predecessors leave under a cloud of controversy. He also becomes the first official occupant of the position whose influence was substantially whittled down in April when President Kibaki split the roles of State House Comptroller into two. As Comptroller, Githinji will be responsible for Finance and Administration at the House on the Hill. The Private Secretary - a post held currently by former Vice-Chancellor at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Nick Wanjohi - handles the President’s diary and official programmes. More...

Nelson Githinji
Dr Nelson Githinji, the new State House Comptroller. He was previously heady of policy and government relations at Coca Cola and replaces Hislop Ipu who vacated the post under a cloudy of controversy.
30,000 Luo men to be circumcised

By Kenan Miruka, Nov 3 2009
Thirty thousand men in Nyanza are set to undergo circumcision next week. The initiative, under the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision programme, starts next Monday. It will run for 30 days in health facilities and selected outreach centres like schools. Speaking at a Kisumu hotel during the launch the programme, Provincial Director of Health Jackson Kioko said plans for the initiative were still underway and a complete schedule on where residents would access the services will be made public. More...

Rift Valley split between Raila, Ruto: The battle for political supremacy between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Cabinet Minister William Ruto in vote-rich Rift Valley Province has gone a notch higher. A section of civic leaders in South Rift held a meeting to strategise on how to popularise Mr Ruto at the grassroots ahead of the 2012 General Election. More...
Shocking figures of teachers preying on school girls

By Samuel Siringi, Nov 2 2009
Shocking details have emerged on the extent to which school girls fall prey to sexual predators - their own teachers. Up to 12,660 girls were sexually abused by teachers over a five-year period, reveals a government report to be launched on Monday. The report by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) says that in some cases, teachers abused as many as 20 girls in a single school before they were reported. The report found that only 633 teachers were charged with sexual abuse in the five years covered by the study, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. More...

Musikari Kombo
Musikari Kombo, the Ford Kenya leadernow wants marriage with Raila Odinga, ODM.
Kombo's party ditches PNU

By our correspondents, Nov 2 2009
PNU affiliate Ford Kenya now says it will be working with the ODM to push for a new constitution. Party leader Musikari Kombo announced in Bondo during a visit to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s home that the current political dispensation had been riddled by insecurity, corruption and impunity. He said: “We have reached a point where we have to be frank and work with like minded Kenyans”. The announcement is likely to cause ripples within the PNU internal order, with Narc Kenya the other affiliate, already operating on its own. Mr Kombo, Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa and Raphael Wanjala attended a church service in Bondo after which the visited the mausoleum of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. More...

Panic as darkness envelops whole of Kenya

By James Waindi, Nov 2 2009
A series of power blackouts hit the country last night, causing panic and confusion in some areas. The outages, which began around 6pm in some areas, affected Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Meru, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kakamega. Busia, Malaba and Sirare among other towns. Other areas affected included Kisii, Kisumu, Kericho, Kitale and Nyahururu. Power supply to most of the country was down at 6.34pm. Activities in urban centres were paralysed following the outage. It affected operations at Nairobi’s major hospitals, including the busy Kenyatta National Hospital, Pumwani maternity hospital and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. More...

Karzai wins in Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai was declared winner in disputed Afghan polls after his rival boycotted electionsl. More...
UK admits it got it wrong on immigration

By Richard Ford, Nov 2 2009
The Home Secretary admitted yesterday that the Government had made mistakes in its handling of immigration and had overreacted to the 7/7 bombings in London. In his first speech on the subject, Alan Johnson said that ministers had ignored immigration problems and the growing pressure on jobs and services in parts of Britain. More...

Sahara desert to light Europe: A sustainable energy initiative that will start with a huge solar project in the Sahara desert has been announced by a consortium of 12 European businesses. It aims to supply 15% by 2050. More...
Radio station incites community against reporters

Kass FM

By our correspondents, Nov 2 2009
Journalists in Eldoret are up in arms over a vernacular radio station they accuse of criticising reporters working in Rift Valley. The journalists have written a protest letter to the Media Council accusing Kass FM of inciting Rift Valley residents against reporters in the region. They cited the station’s morning talk show host, Joshua arap Sang, who on two different occasions allegedly castigated two journalists on air for writing ‘negative’ stories against the recently formed Kalenjin Council of Elders. More...

Violence victims want Kibaki, Raila jailed

By Beauttah Omanga, Nov 2 2009
All victims of post-election mayhem will be mobilised to meet International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when he comes to Kenya. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) would seek to meet Moreno-Ocampo to press for the prosecution of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over the chaos. The civil society that organised a meeting to discuss the IDPs’ message to Moreno-Ocampo said they would reach out to all IDPs and other victims to prepare them to meet the ICC. Prof Yash Pal Ghai, the former chairman of Bomas Constitutional Review Conference, was among those who addressed participants at a Nairobi hotel. More...

Raphael Wanjala's controversial concubine, Joyce Akinyi, is now saved from sin and says she has forgiven her Nigerian husband, Chinedu with whom they had several run ins over control of their property empire in Nairobi. Akinyi who looks pregnant hopes the ex-MP for Budalang'i can marry her. The couple spent six months in a tough Indian jail after they were caught with millions of shillings in cash which they had failed to declare to customs authorities.
Hope as peace returns to Mt Elgon district

By Eric Ngobilo, Nov 2 2009
More than 1,200 guns and 1,500 rounds of ammunition have been recovered in Mt Elgon District since the start of a campaign to restore peace and stability. More than 600 former Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) youths and women have also come out to seek forgiveness and reconciliation from the community and the local administration. Kopsiro district officer Silvester Mwangulu attributed this to the peace seminars being held in the region. More...

Pastor Barasa deported from Botswana over dubious dealings

GABORONE, Sunday - A Kenyan pastor and his family have been reportedly deported from Botswana for misappropriating church funds and property and dubious business dealings. The private weekly, Botswana Guardian reports in its current edition that Pastor Chris Barasa attempted to illegally transfer a plot belonging to City Bible Ministries to his name and operating unregistered businesses under the aegis of the church to avoid paying tax. It is reported that the little known pastor often wrote false reports and submissions which included audited accounts on behalf of the church to the government. Pastor Barasa of the obscure Gaborone-based City Bible Ministries was reportedly declared a Prohibited Immigrant (PI) early this year but he escaped from Botswana before he could be served with a deportation order. More...

Amos Wako
The mystical figure of Amos Wako. His smile belies his tenacity and calculated gerrymanderings to become Kenya's longest serving Attorney General..

Budalang'i gets tents: United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has erected tents in Budalang’i to be used by national examination candidates whose schools may be affected by the expected flooding. More...
Mysterious Wako confounds friend, foe

By Paul Mwangi, Nov 1 2009
The commonest error made by almost all critics of Mr Amos Wako is to underrate him. Yet Mr Amos Shitswila Wako is one of the most intelligent people and a very smart lawyer indeed. And because people judge him by his deceptively baby-faced smile and affected moronic demeanour, he outwits them all the time. It comes as a shock to many when they read his curriculum vitae. I doubt any lawyer in Kenya has a better resume. A student of Alliance Boys High School, Mr Wako, 64, holds three degrees - two in law, a Bachelor and a Masters degree, and one in economics. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He managed, at a very young age, to clinch a partnership at the prestigious law firm of Kaplan & Stratton. More...

Finland to spend Sh3bn to eradicate poverty in Western

By our correspondents, Nov 1 2009
Finland will spend Sh3 billion to fund poverty eradication programmes in Western Province. Another Sh1.7 billion from Netherlands will fund water projects in rural areas. The first initiative will be implemented under the Western Rural Development Programme coordinated by the Ministry of Planning. The poverty eradication projects will be implemented in Busia and Teso districts. Director of Rural Development at the Embassy of Finland Klaus Talvela and Western PC Samuel Kilele said the projects are to be implemented over five years. More...

Luhya home
Finland is to invest in programmes that seek to eradicate poverty in Western Kenya especially in Busia and Teso. Poverty levels in Busia are wanting and the people centred projects are expected to make poverty history.
Kenyan scientists on the brink of discovering malaria vaccine

By Peter Orengo, Nov 1 2009
Scientists are on the brink of a major breakthrough in discovering a vaccine for malaria. After more than 20 years of research and development of a vaccine, experts in Kenya say they are on the threshold of the most advanced malaria trial vaccine in the world. If the trial vaccine is successful, it will stop the death of 90 children who die of malaria every day and stem the loss of 170 million working days lost to malaria annually in Kenya. More...

Mudavadi refuses to hand over mercedes

By Kenneth Ogosia, Nov 1 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Friday questioned the directive by Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta requiring ministers and permanent secretaries to surrender their fuel-guzzling vehicles. By Friday evening, the deadline for surrendering the fuel-guzzling vehicles, 24 ministers out of 42, 22 assistant ministers and 27 permanent secretaries had returned their vehicles. Only two ministers from Western have obeyed the order - Soita Shitanda (Housing) and Moses Wetang’ula (Foreign Affairs). More...

Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi: It doesn't make sense to hand over mercedes benz back to the government. Others holding tight from INGO include Fred Gumo, Amos Wako, Wycliffe Oparanya, Paul Otwoma and Noah Wekesa.
Diplomats fight over London office

By Gitau wa Njenga, Nov 1 2009
There was confusion at the Kenya High Commission in London last week after Joseph Kirugumi Muchemi insisted he was the official Kenyan envoy to the United Kingdom despite having been recalled. But, even as Mr Muchemi maintained he was still the boss, his deputy Addison Chebukaka told the Sunday Nation that Mr Muchemi was now retired and out of the diplomatic service. More...

Young girl seeks her dad

By our reporter, Nov 1 2009
A young girl who has never seen her father since she was born has made an emotional appeal for her estranged father to come forward so that she can at least see how he looks like. Mercy Sayo contacted Abeingo Community Network to help her locate her father whose name she says is Dismas Amboye. According to her mother, Mr Amboye hails from Ebusakami in Bunyore. If you are Mr Amboye please contact the editor@abeingo.org to make contact with your daughter. Alternatively, if you are a friend or you happen to know him, please contact us.

Google hits TomTom: Shares in sat-nav device manufacturers slumped yesterday after Google introduced turn-by-turn driving directions technology into new versions of its smartphone software.
Boko Inyundo
High powered: Panellists at the high powered international c&binet forum included Boko Inyundo (centre) who is a Trustee of Khwisero Water Development Project, Director of the Africa Centre and Global Sector Manager at Linklaters LLP in London. The three day forum ran from Oct 26-28, 2009 at The Grove in Hertfordshire, Greater London. CLICK HERE for details and live streaming of the proceedings.

Sudan to split: Southern Sudan leader Salva Kiir has made his strongest call for full independence when the region's status is decided at a referendum due in 2011. More...
UK to outlaw internet piracy

By our reporter, Nov 1 2009
At the just concluded c&binet forum of leading global financial and creative industries in London, a major announcement in relation to the legal backdrop governing the use of the internet in the UK was made; the ultimate aim of which is to clamp down on illegal peer2peer filesharing. The c&binet forum ran from 26 to 28 October at The Grove in Hertfordshire where business leaders from across the creative and finance industries debated access to finance for creative industries, new business models for online content, developing talent and securing creative rights.

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