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Outgoing Mt Elgon MP, John Serut

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Mt Elgon case date fixed
A case against Mt Elgon ODM parliamentary aspirant Fred Chesebe Kapondi will be heard on December 6. The politician has been charged with robbery with violence in the clash-torn area. The court, sitting in Webuye, fixed the date after Mr Kapondi’s lawyers asked that the case proceed to hearing or be dismissed. More>>>

Emuhaya attracts largest no. of aspirants

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 30 2007
Emuhaya Constituency in Bunyore, has the second highest number of parliamentary aspirants after Kitutu Masaba, Kisii (33). With 28 names on the ballot, Bunyore has never witnessed such politcal frenzy before. Forget the days when Emuhaya used to be a straight fight between the late political pugilists, Wilson Mukuna and Eric Khasakhala. The parliamentary seat has attracted academics, business executives and journalists; the like of which has never been seen. The man to beat is Kenneth Marende, the incumbent who fought tooth and nail to bag the hotly contested ODM nomination.

Emuhaya ties with Kasarani also at 28 closely followed by Githunguri and Bomachoge constituencies with 27 candidates each. A record 2,548 parliamentary and 15,322 civic hopefuls will have their names on the ballot paper. This has presented Electoral Commission of Kenya with huge logistical challenges which could compromise the huge elections on December 27, writes Alex Ndegwa and Edith Fortunate. More>>>

Dr Anangwe to lead Raila team

Nairobi, Nov 29 2007
Former Cabinet Minister and MP for Butere, Dr Amukowa Anangwe, has been appointed to coordinate 28 campaign teams around the country for the election of ODM Presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga. Dr Anangwe will be assisted by former assistant minister Joseph Misoi and former East African Legislative Assembly MP Ochieng’ Mbeo will coordinate the 28 teams that will hold rallies around the country to woo voters for Mr Odinga.

In Nyanza, former MPs Philip Okundi and Zephania Anyieni, Mr Barnabas Kariga, Mr John Manyangi and Mr J. Okungu will head the campaigns.

Mr Philip Godana and Mr Tony Wambua will be in charge of Eastern, while Rift Valley will be headed by former Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma and Mr Edward Keen. More>>>

Shs907m election bribe

Nairobi, Nov 29 2007
A whopping Sh907 million was spent to bribe voters during the recent party nominations, a new report says. Rift Valley Province led with Sh280 million going to voters as bribes with Nyanza following with Sh224 million. 

Ugenya led all constituencies with Sh11 million, said the National Voter Bribery Survey whose findings were made public on NTV’s weekly Agenda Kenya programme that went on air on Wednesday night. The study was conducted by the Agenda Kenya Production, a civic education programme.

However, only Sh235 million reached the intended voters, with the rest going into pockets of middlemen and campaign activists. More>>>

Dr Praxedes Okutoi suspended

By Susan Anyangu, Nairobi, Nov 29 2007
A doctor who is alleged to have mishandled a patient and caused him brain damage has been suspended. The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board yesterday found Dr Praxedes Okutoi guilty of misconduct and revoked her licence for three years. The board chairman, Dr Julius Kyambi, said the tribunal was of the opinion that the doctor was not remorseful.

Said he: "In mitigation, Okutoi’s lawyer said his client was apologetic and remorseful. However, the board feels that she has not accepted her role in the debacle." Kyambi said Okutoi’s name would be immediately removed from the board’s register and all her licences withdrawn. In a statement released by the board, cardiac arrest occurred when anesthesia was being administered on the 20-year-old patient. The board, however, exonerated Dr Omamo Olende, the surgeon during the operation. Kyambi said: "We find Dr Olende did not fail as a team leader to ensure that the operation was carried out in accordance with known standards." More>>>

Licencing info now online

By Alari Alare, Nov 29 2007
Investors can now conduct Internet searches to obtain information on business licences in the country. Through the launch of Electronic Consolidated Regulatory Registry (e-Registry) yesterday, the Government aims to easily facilitate business registration and acquisition of licences.

Treasury Permanent Secretary Mr Joseph Kinyua said the launch of e-Registry is part of the reforms initiated by the Government to improve the investment climate. The registry will provide easy access to exhaustive information about business licences and necessary formalities.

It will also be responsible for establishing, operating and maintaining the register of business licences. Investors can access the information at a website - www.businesslicense.go.ke - which will be maintained by a special unit at the Ministry of Finance. More>>>

Topi Lyambila, KLN director in action

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KLN wins court case

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 29 2007
Kenya London News, the internet media house, has won a case against a previous employee who had confiscated company equipment and shut down the website over claims he was owed money. A Judge at a Maidstone court, UK, ruled last Wednesday that Mr. Isaac Amke return the camera he was holding in custody back to Ms Agnes Gitau of KLN by 4pm on 28th November 2007. Mr Amke has appealed against the ruling.

This follows a dispute in which Mr. Amke a former part-time employee with Kenya London News confiscated the camera demanding dues (£1400) he claimed he had incurred while working with Kenya London News from June 2006.
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Kibaki's visit turns woman into celebrity

By Barnabas Bii and Luke Kapchanga, Bungoma, Nov 28 2007
When President Mwai Kibaki turned unexpected guest at Mama Rosemary Namalwa Njani’s at Matisi Village, 10-km from Webuye Town, least did she know the visit would earn her such a high status in the society.

“They now call me Mama Kibaki. I have continued to receive unknown numbers of visitors, who come to inquire what made the President to visit my home,” says Mama Namalwa. Although the visit took place two months ago, the widow still recalls the event that has earned her fame as though it occurred yesterday.
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Wangula Khasiani of Friends Church, London making the appeal for funds in aid of Mrs Bwayo

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HIV scientist's wife in major operation

By INGONEWS Reporter, London, Nov 29 2007
The wife of eminent HIV scientist, Prof Joab Bwayo from Bungoma who died in a carjacking incident in Nairobi last February, Mrs Elizabeth Bwayo is to undergo another major surgery in the US in December this year.

If everything goes to plan, Mrs Bwayo could be back in Kenya in August next year. She was shot alongside her husband and another passenger, Carol Briggs but narrowly escaped death. She has been receiving surgical treatment in Oregon, USA where she has made tremendous progress and is now able to write and update her family and well wishers on her progress. In the past, this task was left to her sister, Grace Kuto and Pastor Dan Cammack.

Mr Wangula Khasiani, the chartered accountant, of the Quaker’s Friends Church in London, is appealing to church members to help defray the expenses. More>>>

Playing it dirty; that's politics

Nairobi, Nov 28 2007
Politicians pulled out dirty tricks from their bags in an effort to floor their opponents, as electoral violence continued unabated.Yesterday, shadowy agents were caught red-handed distributing hate fliers in the North Rift, which depicted the ODM Presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, as a ruthless leader.

The four - including two Administration Policemen armed with Ceska pistols and 24 rounds of ammunition — were seized on Wednesday by police officers at a roadblock that was hastily erected in Tambach, Keiyo District. In Kibera, the former Mungiki leader, Mr Ndura Waruinge, was met with violence when he took his campaigns to Lang’ata Constituency.
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Rev Wambunya's phone bill shock

By INGONEWS Reporter, London, Nov 28 2007
The Reverend Tim Wambunya was shell-shocked to receive a telephone bill of £2,600 from Vodafone. Rev Wambunya told INGONEWS that he lost the phone while away in Kenya and did not realise at the time. He only noticed his phone was missing when preparing to return to the UK and informed the phone company accordingly. "But within two weeks, whoever stole the phone must have had a field day," he said. The Reverend, of Emmanuel Church, Hornsey in London is contacting Kenya Police to launch investigations. When abroad, keep all your belongings safe and take out insurance.

Wanjala held over weapons

Nairobi, Nov 27 2007
Detectives held and questioned an Assistant minister in Nairobi over a deadly cache of weapons found in his official car. Assistant Water minister, Mr Raphael Wanjala, walked into Mazingira Buildings, the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 7.30am and by late last night, police were still holding and questioning him over a deadly assortment of weapons police found in his official car last week after it was waved down at a roadblock.

And in Western Province, another vehicle belonging to a former MP found ferrying armed youths was impounded, then released in unclear circumstances. To a large extent, it was yet another eventful day on the political scene as the clock ticked away towards polling day on December 27. Meanwhile, police in Bungoma also impounded a Land Rover belonging to immediate former Bumula MP, Mr Sylvester Wakoli. Police said the vehicle, which was in a convoy of others in a campaign trail, was carrying armed youths. More>>>


Mrs Odinga is half Luhya

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 28 2007
Mrs Ida Odinga is half Luhya. Mrs Odinga confirmed to INGONEWS that her mum, Mrs Rose Ayuya comes from Mulwanda in Khwisero. Her maternal uncles are Wilson Odera and Gibson Eshiraku of Khwisero, Kisa. Mrs Odinga who spoke to me in perfect Luhya over the weekend, said her mum was not ony the first African nurse, but also the first African to open a bank account in Kakamega in 1937. The account and account holder are both still alive.

MoU that never was

By Ben Agina, Nairobi, Nov 27 2007
The lid has finally been lifted on the controversial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Muslim leaders and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga.

With its secrets unveiled at an international press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, the ghost of the six-point document - which has been a subject of intense propaganda, cyber wars and a source of concern for sections of the Christian community - was, hopefully, finally exorcised. More>>>


Mumias turnover drops by 11%

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 28 2007
Mumias Sugar turnover dropped by 11% compared to the previous year. This affected profits as well dividends. The company's annual report shows that turnover dropped from shs11,657,540 last year to shs10,381,190 this year.

The MD, Dr Evans Kidero attributes the huge drop in fortunes to bad weather and criminal actvities by arsonists. Early this year, the government divested about 20% of its interest in the sugar giant through public share offer.

Strong shilling's bad business

Nairobi, Nov 27 2007
Some big hotels in the country could lose as much as Sh30 million if the shilling continues with its relentless gain against the dollar, tourism stakeholders in Mombasa warned Tuesday.

They called on the Central Bank to intervene to stop the slide of the dollar saying it would have serious financial implications on the industry.

And as the shilling rose towards the 60 mark against the dollar Tuesday, the stakeholders said the industry was losing millions of shillings.

The chairman of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast branch, Mr Mohamed Hersi, said the losses which amounted up to 30 per cent for tourist hotels were occasioned by contracts entered into with travel agents when the dollar was going for Sh66. More>>>


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Awori on the verge of history

By Oscar Obonyo, Nairobi, Nov 27 2007
Vice-President, Mr Moody Awori, could write political history on December 27. If he recaptures the Funyula parliamentary seat, he will register an enviable three-decade uninterrupted record as western Kenya’s longest serving MP. But if the PNU politician makes it in Funyula and ODM forms the Government, he will be condemned to the backbench for five years - the first experience for a Kenyan VP.

In the event that he won and PNU formed the Government, it is not clear whether President Kibaki would re-appoint him VP. And if Awori fails in his bid, he would join former Sabatia MP and ODM running mate, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, as a sitting VP to have lost a parliamentary seat. Why a seasoned and respected politician who has risen to the second highest office in the land would want to risk his reputation in an exercise that could hand him defeat or confine him to the backbench is a venture that few, including the VP’s diehard supporters, comprehend. More>>>


Bishop Kirima is dead

By Evelyne Ogutu, Nairobi, Nov 27 2007
NYERI Catholic Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima died at Nairobi Hospital, on Tuesday. Kirima, 71, was born in 1936 in Karatina, Nyeri, and has been ailing for the past five years. He was flown to Nairobi Hospital in a coma on November 4. Kirima served the Catholic Church for more than four decades, having been ordained on December 22, 1962. More>>>

Gang kills 2 in Mt Elgon

By R Wanyonyi & V Bartoo, Kitale, Nov 27 2007
Two people were shot dead in renewed violence in Mt Elgon District, forcing residents to flee. An armed gang attacked Chepkoya, killing the two and terrorising villagers on Monday night. One person was injured and was undergoing treatment at Kapsokwony District Hospital. The bodies were taken to Webuye Hospital mortuary.

The raiders also stole 70 head of cattle during the one-hour raid. District CID Officer, Mr Seif Mbaruk, said police suspect a group of militiamen from a local clan were behind the killings.

"We are following some leads and I believe we will soon know the motive of the attack. However, we cannot rule out the involvement of some clansmen," said the police boss.

Mbaruk said of the 70 cattle stolen, police had recovered 20 and would be returned to their owners. He added that the police were pursuing the perpetrators. The killings came after a week of relative calm attributed to a special force the Government sent to the clash-torn district to combat violence. More>>>

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Blazing campaign trail: President Kibaki with, from left, Cooperatives minister Mr Njeru Ndwiga, Vice-President Mr Moody Awori and Kinangop PNU parliamentary candidate, Ms Ann Kirima, after a luncheon with party candidates in Nairobi on Monday

Wanjala facing arrest

By Cyrus Ombati, Nairobi, Nov 26 2007
Assistant minister, Mr Raphael Wanjala, defied police summons to record a statement over the weapons found in his vehicle, saying he was busy campaigning for the President.Wanjala said he was locked up in a meeting at the PNU headquarters strategising how to win the coming elections and that he had no time to honour the summons."I have been busy the whole day campaigning and I don’t think I will make it because the meeting will end at 7.30pm. I will try to see them tomorrow (on Tuesday)," he said on the phone.

Wanjala said he was aware of the summons and had communicated with the CID director to allow him visit him late last evening but he did not turn up.At least five officers were on Monday waiting to receive him at CID headquarters, Mazingira Building, and by 7pm he had not shown up.Wanjala attended a meeting of PNU parliamentary candidates and later, together with other party members, had lunch with the President at the Hotel Intercontinental." More>>>

Sifuna, Mango hit out at Raila

By David Ohito and Maseme Machuka, Nairobi, Nov 26 2007
Crestfallen ODM nomination losers, among them more than 40 former MPs, engaged the Pentagon in a tense exchange, accusing some of vested interests and demanding the resignation of the chairman of the party National Election Board, Mr Richard Kwach.

Former Bumula MP, Mr Lawrence Sifuna, accused ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, of playing a role in his defeat in 2002 and last week’s nomination. Other bitter losers who spoke on Monday during a party meeting at Bomas of Kenya, were Ms Edna Bore, Bureti and former Butula MP, Prof Christine Mango, who demanded to know why ODM did not give women direct nominations. More>>>

World unites against rape

Nairobi, Nov 26 2007
Kenya joined the rest of the world in launching the yearly campaign against domestic violence and rape. The campaign dubbed “International 16 days of activism against gender violence (2007)” will run from November 25 to December 10.

Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) chairperson Mrs Rukia Subow said her organisation plans to launch and hold a procession to mark the 16 days of activism this week.  More>>>

Vote out all selfish MP's - Kiai

By Cyrus Ombati, Nairobi, Nov 26 2007
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has accused the Ninth Parliament of being selfish and insensitive to public needs. Commission chairman, Mr Maina Kiai, said it was only in Kenya, among the Commonwealth member states, that MPs earned both pension and gratuity at once. "This is the highest order of selfishness," he said.

Speaking on Monday while giving a workshop speech on leadership and human rights in the region, Kiai noted that labour laws demanded that employees, including MPs, either earn a pension or gratuity but not both. Kiai urged Kenyans to elect leaders who will mind about people’s needs.

"Do not be cheated to vote the three-piece way as it has been in the past. Make sure you choose credible leaders," he said. Kiai said many former MPs did not deserve to be re-elected because they had failed to deliver. More>>>

Bosses test for aids

By Elizabeth Mwai, Nairobi, Nov 26 2007
More than 20 company chief executives were on Monday tested for HIV. In a move to boost the weeklong HIV awareness ahead of the World Aids Day on Saturday, the business leaders pledged to stamp out discrimination of infected employees at the workplace.

The Chairman of Mabati Rolling Mills, Dr Manu Chandaria, said the battle against HIV/Aids must be taken seriously from the top management to the junior employees. "Employers should give their workers who are infected all the help they require," Chandaria said. Speaking after he was tested, he said Mabati Rolling Mills was expanding a clinic in Mariakani to offer HIV testing and counselling. More>>>

Mrs Ida Odinga addressing Kenyans in London on Saturday Nov 24 2007

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Ida Odinga addresses Kenyans in UK

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 26 2007
The debacle over the nominations of ODM parliamentary aspirants will be addressed in a special conference to be held in Nairobi this week. Addressing hundreds of Kenyans in London over the weekend, Mrs Ida Odinga, the would-be first lady said ODM had 2,000 candidates vying for 200 seats which means 1,800 candidates knew they would lose.

Mrs Odinga said ODM is a home which accords equality and protection to everyone, young and old, victor and the vanquished. Hence the losers should never see themselves as losers in the first place – they participated in a process in which the outcome could go either way.

Mrs Odinga likened political evolution to a small fish the Japanese keep as a pet called koy which is rather like omena. Most Japanese keep it a small bottle where it grows to a maximum size of one inch. But if you keep it a bigger bowl, it can grow to three inches. Still, if you keep it in a fish tank, it will grow to six inches and further still in a pond, it can grow to up to six feet. What does this mean? The size of the fish is in direct proportion to the space in which it operates. In relation to politics, Mrs Odinga said Kenyans had been bottled up like koy where their political aspirations were limited to the controlled mechanics of the small bottle. An ODM government will free koy to swim and prosper in a larger pond called Kenya where there is enough food for everyone to grow to a size that suits their circumstances.“Growth doesn’t always come from outside. Like koy, Kenyans can grow and prosper economically given the right spatial conditions,” she said.More>>>

From left: Abeingo Community Editor Shad Bulimo, Ida Odinga and Dr Chelule

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From left: Dr Mary Thompson, Aggrey Kikaya, Dr Abdi Greek, Dr Chelule, Charles Bosire, Rose Ochuada, Ida, M Ochuada, George Odumbe, George Muruli, Paul Otieno,?, Sum &Joseph ole Masindet

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IDA MEETS KENYANS IN UK. CLICK HERE TO VIEWS MORE PHOTOS

PS, Mr Gerrishon Ikiara, Nancy Karigithu, the Director General of KMA and Peter Thuo, Director of Shipping in the Ministry of Trasnport celebrating victory

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Kenya wins seat at IMO Council

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 26 2007
Kenya has been re – elected to the decision making organ of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Kenya saw off stiff competition from countries such as Algeria to clinch the coveted position during the 25th General Assembly of the IMO that ended in London over the weekend. This is the third time that Kenya has been elected to the Council. It was first elected in 2001 for tenure of two years but lost in the subsequent elections of 2003-05. It bounced back in the elections of 2005-07 and has been lucky to retain the seat.

So what swung things for Kenya? In June 2007, for the time in its history, a major IMO conference was held in Nairobi to discuss an issue that had been on the agenda for the last 35 years. “The International Conference on Wreckage Removal which adopted the Nairobi International  Wreck Removal Convention may have been the turning point for us,” said an ecstatic Mr Gerrishon Ikiara, the permanent secretary in the ministry of transport who was heading the Kenyan delegation.

Besides sitting on the IMO Council where it has a chance to influence maritime decisions, the country also benefits directly from a technical cooperation fund. The Council has 40 members  tiered in three categories – A, B and C  on account of tonnage and shipping fleet.

Among other things, Kenya has used its position on the Council to advocate successfully for changes in the configuration of the Council. For instance countries like Singapore were sitting in category C rather unfairly because they have one of the largest ports in the world. “ They were competing for resources with less endowed countries like Kenya but we have argued successfully and now Singapore is in category B,”  said Mr Ikiara. More>>>

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LET THE PARTY BEGIN: Mabel Mark can't wait to join the celebration as PS, Gerrishon Ikiara pops up the champagne.

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From left: Ikiara, Nancy Karigithu, Timo Okello, Mabel Mark, Ngaira of Tysons, Peter Thuo, TA Khamis, JJ Ria, JJ Shiundu, Gillian Ndeti, Florence Okello and Rose Shiundu

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Shps in Kilindini harbour-none belongs to Kenya

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Kenya owns no ship - official

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 25 2007
Few may know it but as a country Kenya has no ship of its own. The Kenya National Shipping Line only buys slots at ports. The shocking news was revealed by Mrs Nancy Karigithu, the Director General of Kenya Maritime Authority. Speaking in London over the weekend, Mrs Karigithu urged Kenyans abroad to go a notch higher and think of investing in sea going vessels rather than just vehicles. She said the bulk of world trade is carried out through shipping and it was a shame that Kenyans have not spotted the opportunity to invest in this lucrative area. “We fritter away resources  in freight and insurance yet what a difference this would make to the national economy if all the money was retained in the country,” she said during a victory party to celebrate Kenya’s re-election to IMO Council hosted by Mr Juvenal Shiundu, the IMO’s Head of Africa (Anglophone) Technical Division. More>>>

3000 flee in Mt Elgon

By Bernard Kwalia and George Omoso, Kapsokwony, Nov 25 2007
About 3,000 people have fled their homes after officers from the crack Rapid Deployment Unit were sent to quell violence in Mt Elgon. Western provincial commissioner Abdul Mwasera Sunday said some of those who were fleeing were part of a group sought by police to provide information that could lead to the arrest of criminals behind the clashes.

Mr Mwasera said officers from the unit will remain in the district until peace was restored. The unit comprises of Administration Police officers trained to deal with violence and insecurity. They will be backed by GSU personnel and regular police already in the area.  Many of those fleeing were residents of Kaptama and Kapsokwony, which had been spared the violence that has afflicted other parts of the district. Many were fleeing to the neighbouring districts of Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu.  More>>>

Kibera slum - no person should live like this

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Kibera slum project in doubt

By James Ratemo, Nairobi, Nov 25 2006
The much vaunted Kenya Slum Upgrading Project (Kensup) in Kibera, which was to kick off this month, is ensnared in a web of confusion. Residents say there is no adequate information on a couple of issues. The project involves construction of flats to house more people in less space, thus ensuring room is created for other essential amenities like markets, schools and hospitals.

The project, a collaboration between the Government and UN Habitat, started in 2003 and aims at relocating more than 20,000 residents from Kibera’s Soweto East village to a site in Lang’ata to give room for the construction of decent houses. More>>>

A tribe of 300 graduates

By Stephen Makabila, Kapenguria, Nov 25 2007
The Pokot community has produced only 300 university graduates since independence. Kabarak University Council Chairman, Prof John Lonyangapuo, blamed the dismal number on poor educational infrastructure. "It is unfortunate that I am the only professor from the Pokot community. The past leadership has not been promoting education," he said.

Lonyangapuo, who is contesting the Kapenguria Parliamentary seat in West-Pokot District on a Kanu ticket, said the community needs a more focused leadership to reverse years of underdevelopment. He said Pokot students studying in various universities around the country were facing fees problems and required assistance. More>>>

New poll scores draw

By Jeff Otieno, Nairobi, Nov 22 2007
President Kibaki and ODM’s Raila Odinga are now neck and neck in the race to State House, according to the latest Steadman opinion poll released today. The pollster rates Mr Odinga at 43.6 per cent against the incumbent’s 43.3. The other significant contestant, ODM-Kenya’s Kalonzo Musyoka came third with 11.4 per cent.  The latest figures show that PNU’s President Kibaki has gained two points over the last two weeks, having rated 41 per cent a fortnight ago. Mr Odinga then managed 45 per cent. More>>>  

One Luhya at sh1m-a plate dinner

By Ben Agina and INGONEWS Reporter, Nov 22 2007
Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Industry and Commerce Minister, was the only high profile Luhya to attend the "shs1m-a plate dinner" during the launch of President Kibaki's campaign manifesto and website. Dr Kituyi is defending his Kimilili seat on a New Ford Kenya ticket, one of the affiliate PNU parties that are pitching for President Kibaki's re-election. His political nemesis in Bungoma, Ford Kenya leader, Musikari Kombo, has let it be known that he is out to finish Kituyi politically.

On hand to receive the high net worth guests - who started streaming in shortly after 10.30am amid light showers - was a bevy of beauties resplendent in Party of National Unity colours. Kibaki called for tolerance among competing camps in the run-up to the elections. "We will continue to live side by side after this election and therefore we should never allow ourselves to be snared by the head of political campaigning. More>>>

Lumbasio & Co. urged to quit church

By Amos Kareithi and INGONEWS Reporter, Nov 22 2007
The National Council of Churches of Kenya has asked religious leaders who have abandoned the pulpit for politics to resign their positions first lest they confuse their congregations. Prominent clergy who have entered the political fray include Mike Brawan Lumbasio of Metro Church, Nakuru, Kuna Nuru Gizani Bishop Pius Muiru, Jesus is Alive Ministries’ Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and former NCCK secretary general, Rev Mutava Musyimi.

Besides contesting the Kamukunji parliamentary seat, Muiru is also gunning for the presidency under the Kenya People’s Party. Bishop Wanjiru is running for the Starehe seat on an ODM ticket. Musyimi relinquished his position at NCCK, a few months ago to contest the Gachoka parliamentary seat under the Party of National Unity. More>>>

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Mumias Sugar field staff. The company is seeking to have 12,000 bags of illegally imported sugar destroyed in a case to be heard next week in Mombasa. More>>>

No more treatment abroad

By John Oywa, Kisumu, Nov 22 2007
The AGA Khan Health Services is set to build a $250 million (Sh15.7 billion) hospital and medical training complex in Nairobi. When completed by 2011, the state-of-the-art facility would be the only one of its kind in East and Central Africa and will rival the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Ms Asmita Gillani, said preparations for the construction of the new hospital and medical training institution were complete. "It will be one of the best equipped in the world and East Africans will not need to travel to Europe or the US for specialised treatment. They will get in Nairobi," she said. Speaking in Kisumu, Gillani said the medical complex will include an undergraduate medical training centre and a nursing college. "We have acquired land and work is set to begin," she said. More>>>

Journalists Ochami, Gaya sworn in

By Judy Ogutu, Nairobi, Nov 22 2007
Members of the Media Council of Kenya were sworn in yesterday. Council chairman, Mr Wachira Waruru, the chief executive of the Royal Media Group, was sworn in alongside ten others including David Ochami and Hannington Gaya, the veteran motoring correspondent.

The new High Court Registrar, Mrs Christine Meoli, swore them in the presence of Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch. This was Meoli’s first assignment as Registrar, a day after she was appointed.Other members sworn in are Nation Media Group Managing Editor, Mr Joseph Odindo, Director of Information and Public Communications, Mr Ezekiel Mutua, LSK Chairman, Mr Okong’o Omogeni, Director of the School of Journalism, Ms Wambui Kiai, Nation General Manager, Ms Neema Wamai. Mr Levy Obondo, Mr Peter Mutie and Mr William Oloo. More>>>

KENYA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT RECEPTION PARTY DURING THE 25TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION IN LONDON HOSTED BY PERMANENT SECRETARY, MR GERRISHON IKIARA ; WEDNESDAY 21/11/07

Guests were treated to a night of dance and entertainment

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Thank you for the music: Ikiara and a happy delegate

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Nancy Karigithu and Michael Magesa of Tanzania

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Juvenal Shiundu, head IMO Africa Section (Anglophone), IMO Director of Technical Cooperation, David Edwards and his wife, Christine- all dressed up in full Kenyan dress at the reception. Kenya is seeking a position on the IMO Council.
Top dogs: From left: JJ Ria MD, Kenya Ferry Services, David Ojwang' MD, Kenya National Shipping Line, Nancy Karigitu, DG Kenya Maritime Authority, Capt TA Khamis, Harbour Master, KPA and AH Mwaruwa, MD KPA.
Student meets his teacher: Nancy Karigitu, Gerrishon Ikiara and Shadrack Bulimo, the Editor of Abeingo Community Network. Mr Ikiara was Mr Bulimo's teacher in Economics at the University of Nairobi.

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Dancing Queen: Congolese dancer entertaining guests at the Ministry of Transport Reception at Cumberland Hotel, London during the on going 25th General Assembly of International Maritime Organisation.

Militiamen rule in Mt Elgon

By Peter Ng'etich, Kitale, Nov 21 2007
The killings in Mt Elgon have taken a new dimension as the General Election approaches. More than 300 people have been killed in the one-district constituency. And more than 100,000 have fled to Trans Nzoia, Bungoma North, Uasin Gishu, Nandi North and Teso. Some have crossed into neighbouring Uganda.  There are 59,885 registered voters in the constituency but it remains to be seen how many people will vote on December 27. 

At the moment, various militiamen have threatened some aspirants and a number are said to have pulled out of the race out of fear. Militiamen from different clans are targeting politicians who they perceive as their enemies. Government officers, especially the provincial administration officers, are also targets. 

The targeted politicians say the struggle for leadership in the area is the main cause of the deaths and want the elections to go on as scheduled. However, outgoing MP John Serut wants the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) to postpone the exercise in the district, saying insecurity should be addressed first. More>>>

Found - Shs600m hidden treasures

By Caroline Wafula, Nairobi, Nov 21 2007
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission has traced assets amounting to Sh620 million which are frozen in overseas accounts, its annual report indicates. A lot of the assets are, however, yet to be recovered. According to the commission, institution of constitutional and judicial review applications by parties under investigation and those with criminal cases  has complicated asset tracing and prosecution of cases. The corruption watchdog body also reports that it has arrested 99 suspects through trap operations and completed 53 forensic investigations on numerous cases involving an estimated Sh2.4 billion. More>>>


Mudavadi dismisses Kivuitu's decision

By Bernard Namunane and Susan Kumba, Nairobi, Nov 21 2007
ODM presidential running mate Musalia Mudavadi has described as outrageous the ECK decision that it would legitimise as a candidate he who hands in their certificate first.. “What the Electoral Commission is doing is an attempt to impose candidates on political parties and we will not allow it,” he said. Mr Mudavadi told the ECK to stick to its mandate, stating that nomination of candidates was a function of political parties and that they should be allowed to play their role.

PNU’s Musikari Kombo and ODM-K’s Mutula Kilonzo argued that the commission was within its rights to make the decision that would punish parties that had formed the habit of issuing double certificates in a constituency. Mr Kombo, whose party Ford Kenya is contesting the elections under the PNU umbrella, said the ECK was rectifying the anomalies that had come out of the nominations. More>>>

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Politics takes a back seat for one week as Kenyans celebrate 81 years of culture, dance, poetry, song and dance. Top photo shows bull fighting in Khayega and right, the world famous Isikuti dance.
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Lifeline for Prof Mango

By Ben Agina and Ayub Savula, Nairobi, Nov 20 2007
ODM has reached out to aspirants who lost in the party nominations by incorporating some in the presidential campaign team, among them, Prof Christine Mango from Butula. The Orange party has also admitted that the nomination process fell short of expectations and dented its followers’ confidence. Addressing a Press conference at Orange House, Nairobi, on Tuesday ODM running mate, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, said the nominations were the first attempt by a political party to conduct primaries using the secret ballot.

Mudavadi explained that the party’s first task was to show that it was committed to internal democracy and that the results would be transparent. He said the party election board, chaired by retired Judge Richard Kwach, was composed of professionals. "Unfortunately, the board was overwhelmed by logistical tasks. Many leaders wanted to run on the ODM ticket. More>>>

Kombo moves to finish Kituyi

By Stephen Makabila, Eldoret, Nov 20 2007
FORD-Kenya will sponsor a candidate against Trade minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, in Kimilili, Bungoma. Party chairman, Mr Musikari Kombo, said Kituyi was defending his seat on a New Ford-Kenya ticket and not PNU as earlier reported.

"We are fielding Dr Eseli Simiyu against Kituyi," Kombo told The Standard in Eldoret. "It had been wrongly indicated that Kituyi is the sole PNU candidate in Kimilili, but he does not have a PNU certificate." Former Bumula MP, Mr Sylvester Wakoli, said Ford-Kenya must field a candidate in Kimilili. "It is only in Kimilili where we will field a Ford-Kenya candidate. More>>>

81 years of cultural jamboree

A cultural festival aimed at promoting Kiswahili and other indigenous languages has kicked off at the Kenya National Theatre.

The 81st edition of the Kenya Music and Cultural Festival, which began on Sunday, involves all the Kenyan communities. It is a culmination of the different community cultural festivals that take place in the country throughout the year. The annual festival attracts several tourists. 

This five-day event that is a celebration of Kenya’s rich musical and cultural heritage ends on Friday with a gala concert at the KNT auditorium. Participants are drawn from cultural troupes, choirs and theatre groups from the country’s eight provinces. More>>>

Can Awori survive double swords?

By Evelyn Kwamboka, Nairobi, Nov 20 2007
The Attorney-General has temporarily been stopped from prosecuting an ODM candidate over alleged murder. The High Court yesterday gave Dr Paul Otuoma, the ODM candidate for Funyula, Busia, a 120-day reprieve to participate in the General Election. This means the Vice President, Dr Moody Awori will face a double-sworded ODM; the original featuring Dr Otuoma in the blue corner and the splinter led by the Iron Lady, Prof Julia Ojiambo in the red corner.

Otuoma, who is challenging Dr Awori, has been hiding for fear of arrest. The reprieve will also benefit his co-accused, Mr Francis Ojasi and Mr Henry Okako Obada. Otuoma and his co-accused are charged with the murder of two people who were lynched by a mob in Funyula in 2005. In a landmark ruling, Lady Justice Roselyne Nambuye recognised Otuoma’s right to liberty and to participate in the election. Nambuye took issue with the Attorney-General, Mr Amos Wako, saying he had taken two years to prosecute Otuoma and ordered that he waits for an extra four months. More>>>

Women swell politics

By Lucianne Limo, Nairobi, Nov 20 2007
More than 100 women have been cleared to run for parliamentary seats. The Centre for Multi-party Democracy in Kenya (CMD-K) released a list of women aspirants who won the nominations. Western province has four so far - Dr Julia Ojiambo (Funyula), Ms Alice Nabwire Were (Budalang'i), Prof Ruth Oniang'o (Butere) and Prof Norah Olembo (Emuhaya)

CMD Executive Director, Ms Njeri Kabeberi, however, said the list was inconclusive and predicted that the number could rise since Ford-Asili and Labour Party of Kenya had not forwarded names of their female nominees. "With a huge number of women destined to the ballot, we are confident that in the tenth Parliament, the numbers will increase from 18 in the former House to at least 30," Kabeberi said. More>>>

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Alice Nabwire Were (ODM-K) - Budalang'i is one of only four women from Luhyaland to qualify for the political finals on December 27 2007. Ms Were is campaigning on the issues of women, youth and education

Four Luhya women in the final lap

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 20 2007
Out of the 43 women across Kenya given the green light to contest the December 27 general elections, four are from Western Province - Prof Julia Ojiambo (Funyula - ODM-K), Alice Nabwire Were (Budalang'i - ODM-K), Prof Ruth Oniang'o (Butere - PNU) and Prof Norah Olembo (Emuhaya - ODM-K).

Ms Were, a business executive from London, beat John Ohenjo to the ODM-K ticket by a wide margin polling 977 to Ohenjo's 97. The other contestant, Mr Meshack Musoma was no show. Speaking to INGONEWS from Budalang'i, Busia, Ms Were said her campaign platform involves raising the living standards of the people and creating opportunities especially for women and the youth through education and vocational training programmes.

She said the youth and particularly girls in Budalang'i face so many challenges not least early pregnancies which disrupt their education. She promised to put in place programmes that prevent early pregnancies but when they happen, the girls should be encouraged to return to education rather than condemned to a life of misery and hardship. "Pregnancy is a reality of life and young girls should go back to school and learn vocational skills," she told INGONEWS. Ms Were will face Raphael Wanjala and ODM's Ababu Namwamba in the finals.

Mixed fortunes for Abeingo members

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 20 2007
The so called party primaries produced mixed fortunes for Abeingo Community Network members. So far, it seems only one, Athanas Manyala Keya, has sailed through without controversy. Mr Keya, who until last year was the financial attache at the Kenya High Commission in London, is the ODM candidate in Lurambi where he will square it off with the incumbent, Dr Newton Kulundu in the December 27 general elections.

Other ACN members not so lucky include ex BAT manager in London, Mr Shabanji Opukah (Butere); Publisher, Barrack Muluka (Khwisero); Khwisero incumbent, Mr Julius Arungah and Prof David Kikaya (Saboti).

The hotly contested ODM ticket in the region was not without controversies. Early reports indicated that Mr Muluka had won the Khwisero primaries only for his name to go missing in the final list issued by ODM secretary general, Prof Anyang Nyong'o. In Butere, clanism seems to have worked against Opukah; he's from the minority Abamarechea while the incumbent enjoys the cushy numbers of the Abamarama. In Saboti, the majority Bukusu may not have looked too kindly to Prof Kikaya - a Maragoli.

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Fit for the King: Mumias Sugar has put up a mausoleum for the Kings of Wanga Kingdom who were buried at Mushiembekho in Matungu as part of its corporate social responsibility programmes. Tha last Wanga King to be buried was Nabongo Mumia.

Sweet times for Butere, Mumias

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 20 2007
In a sign that sweet times are back to the people of Mumias and Butere, more and more farmers are now back to gainful employment through sugar cultivation. Tthe number of registered sugar farmers with Mumias Sugar Company increased by 17% over the last one year. From about 54,000 in 2003, the number of farmers delivering sugar to the giant miller now stands at over 77,000.

According to the annual report for the year ended 30th June 2007, farmers earned shs4.2billion, a slight drop from the previous year when the earnings were shs4.5billion. The drop in earnings was caused by unfavourable weather conditions for the crop between Sept 2005 and March 2006 with only 62% of expected rains received, according to the MD, Dr Evans Kidero. Other contributory factors were arson which desttroyed 12,000 hectares of cane.

Killing the hand that feeds you
The only aloe processing factory in Kenya lies dormant at Koriema, Baringo District, due to a dispute over its control.  Baringo Aloe Bio-enterprise project was commissioned by the European Union early last year.  The EU invested Sh10.5 million in the project, which at one time was touted to be a solution to the poverty in the semi-arid region. However, suspicion among interested parties has stalled the project. More>>>

The God of money
“I always believed in myself but more importantly, I thank God for this.” These were the words of 28-year-old Jacqueline Machaka after she was declared the winner of the first ever business plan competition. Ms Machaka, a consultant and the proprietor of the Language Solution and Business Communication Centre in Nairobi, beat 99 other finalists to walk away with the Sh1 million Chora Bizna top prize.

Mr and Mrs or President and 1st Lady? - all ready to go.

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Arrogance costs Ligale: Voters in Vihiga believed that Andrew Ligale was rigid and arrogant. Councillors in his area had rebelled against him for allegedly sidelining them.

Mrs Odinga to address UK Kenyans

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 18 2007
Mrs Ida Odinga, the wife of Presidential front runner, Raila Odinga, will address Kenyans in Europe on Saturday, November 23. A press dispatch from George Muruli, the ODM-UK Publicity Secretary, says although this is an exploratory trip to meet ODM supporters in the UK, Mrs Odinga will talk on the role a First Lady should play.

The event will take place at Sangam Centre 210 Burnt Oak, Broadway Edgware Middlesex HA8 0AP from 2pm. Dinner costs £50. For further details contact George on any of the following numbers: 079 20562954, 07903246048, 07940715093, 07908016531.


Sugar pill for Osundwa: Former Mumias MP, Wycliffe Osundwa lost ODM nomination due to a conflict of interests. His close association with Mumias Sugar Company is said to have claimed his political scalp as voters thought he was far too compromised to fight for their rights against the economic giant. Mr Osundwa owns sugar transport business.

ODM 'winners' lose to losers

By Martin Mutua and Ayub Savula, Nov 17 2007
ODM nominations in Western drew confusion with claims that "winners" had been replaced with losers in the final list announced by ODM secretary general, Prof Anynay Nyong'o. In Hamisi Constituency the returning officer had announced that the immediate former MP, Mr George Khaniri, had been trounced by newcomer Maurice Magomere. But hardly 12 hours later, the ODM Elections Board is said to have overturned the decision and handed Khaniri the ticket, arguing that some votes had not been counted.

A similar situation played out in Emuhaya Constituency, where five aspirants had ganged up against the immediate former MP, Mr Kenneth Marende, who was declared the winner in nominations that were declared as flawed. In Lugari, it had been announced that the immediate former MP, Dr Enock Kibunguchy, had been trounced by Mr Evans Musungu. But the ODM list last night had Kibunguchy as the party’s candidate.

In Khwisero where publisher, Mr Barrack Muluka had emerged the outright winner, his name was missing last night; replaced with that of his rival, Mr Evans Bulimo Akula. In Butula, Mr Moses Mulomi who had been declared the winner at the constituency had his name missing in the final list. Instead, that of his rival, Mr Alfred Bwire Odhiambo, was in the ODM list.

Arungah personalised CDF: Former Khwisero MP, Mr Julius Arunga, also had troubles with his CDF projects, which may have directly resulted in his losing. He was accused of posting his name in all CDF funded projects thus creating an impression that he donated the money from his pocket. Poor road network and shunning of professionals in the area also contributed to his failure, residents said.

Muluka 'wins' but loses: Publisher, Barrack Muluka was reportedly the victor in Khwisero but somehow Evans Bulimo Akula's name was put forward.

Six MPs lose in 1st round

Six former MPs from the province were rejected. Among the big losers were Mr Andrew Ligale (Vihiga), Mr George Khaniri (Hamisi), Mr Wycliffe Osundwa (Mumias), Mr Julius Arunga (Khwisero), Prof Christine Mango (Butula) and Dr Enock Kibunguchy of Lugari.

Ligale’s loss to Mr Yusuf Chanzu did not come as a surprise to many political observers in Western Province. His constituents believed that Ligale was rigid and arrogant. Councillors in his area had rebelled against him for allegedly sidelining them.

For former Mumias MP, Mr Wycliffe Osundwa, the constituents made a statement by rejecting him. They said that his business interests with Mumias Sugar Company in the transportation of cane were conflicting with the interests of the electorate. They added that he could not fight for their rights due to his closeness to the company’s Management. More>>>

Shikanda "robbed" in Makadara

In Nairobi, youthful Makadara parliamentary aspirant, Dr Dan Shikanda, said he had openly been "robbed" victory by the ODM Elections Board after he trounced his sole opponent, immediate former MP, Mr Reuben Ndolo. Shikanda, led hundreds of his supporters Orange House to protest against the move. More>>>

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Others quit politics for good

Former Kisumu Town East MP Mr Gor Sunguh has quit politics. Sunguh made the pronouncement after his defeat in the ODM parliamentary nominations to former Kisumu Mayor, Mr Shakeel Shabbir. "I am leaving politics and will serve the party at any level, if it so wishes," an angry Sunguh told The Standard on Sunday.

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Outgoing Mumias MP, Wyliffe Osundwa is received by ODM K presidential candidate, Kalonzo Musyoka after losing out on ODM nominations to Ben Wasiali

Ligale, Khaniri lose ODM nominations

By INGONEWS Reporter and Benson Amadala, Vihiga, Nov 17 2007
ODM nominations in Western Province claimed big name casualties amid claims that the polls were marred by irregularities in some places. Mr Andrew Ligale, one of the kingpins of ODM in the province, lost to Mr Yusuf Chanzu, a previous MP, in one of the surprise outcomes. Mr Chanzu, bounced back into the political arena with 5,621 votes against Mr Ken Vitisia’s 4,856 and outgoing MP Mr Andrew Ligale’s 4,213. Mr Ernest Kivai got 3,009 votes. 

In Hamisi, the outgoing MP, Mr George Khaniri, lost to Mr Maurice Makomere. Mr Makomere garnered 8,493 votes while Mr Khaniri got 7,922. The polls were shrouded in controversy after ballots from Kapsotik and Kisasi polling stations went missing.  In Malava, the party’s ticket went to Mr Musavini Nambwa, who got 6,516 votes. Mr Charles Lilechi Lugano was the winner in Shinyalu with 9,144 votes. Mr Jos Konzolo got 4,587 votes

Other ODM casualties

Prof Christine Mango - Butula, Dr Enoch Kibunguchy - Lugari, Shabanji Opukah - Butere, Wycliffe Osundwa - Mumias, Julius Arungah - Khwisero.


Shock waves in Nyanza

In Nyanza the changing face of the party emerged with the defeat of household names such as Mr Ochilo Ayacko (Rongo), who lost to former Kanu strongman, and minister Mr Dalmas Otieno. Also floored were Mr Gor Sunguh (Kisumu Town West), and Dr Adhu Awiti (Karachuonyo). More>>>

Moi's waning influence in Rift Valley Shock as voters reject selfish MPs across the country Boom time for small parties as defections begin

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The return of Matiba: Saba Saba-Asili chairman, Mr Kenneth Matiba, has been cleared to run for president. Matiba said he had recovered from a stroke that had kept him off the political scene for a decade. "Forget the past. I am doing a new thing now," Matiba said after presenting his papers to the Electoral Commission yesterday. "I am now fully recovered and able to run throughout the country and seek your votes," he said. More>>>

Okemo challenged by relative

By INGONEWS Reporter and Allan Kisia, Nairobi, Nov 15 2007
They say you cannot afford to have permanent friends or enemies in politics. Now, it seems, relatives either. In Nambale, cousin is pitted against cousin for the high office duel. The incumbent, Mr Chis Okemo is fighting it out with his cousin, Mr John Bunyasi, a former manager with the World Bank for the ODM nomination. Elsewhere in Western Province, focus is on ODM and PNU nominations. Nominations for parliamentary and civic candidates in the two parties are bound to be hotly contested.

Several politicians are reported to have secretly obtained nominations certificates from fringe parties to participate in the December 27 General Election should they lose in the primaries. Aspirants are expected to reject results and decamp even though most have promised to support the winner. Yesterday, ODM parliamentary aspirants in Amagoro constituency, Mr Sospeter Ojamong and Mr Albert Ekirapa clashed in public. Ojamong, the immediate former area MP and Ekirapa accused each other of planning to rig the nominations. Aspirants eying the Mumias constituency seat on an ODM ticket are expected to battle it out today. More>>>

Confusion rules in Kisii

By Beauttah Omanga, Kisii, Nov 15 2007
It will be confusion galore in all the ten constituencies in Kisii over whether PNU affiliates will go it alone or conduct joint nominations. "We cannot agree with other PNU affiliate parties on the way forward. We will now meet at the ballot box, but we will all campaign for Kibaki," said former nominated MP, Ms Catherine Nyamato.

Ford People has granted four outgoing MPs direct nominations while six others have been left to face it off with their opponents and pulled out of PNU joint nominations in Kisii, even as last minute efforts by Mr Sam Nyamweya, the Kibaki campaign co-ordinator in Kisii, to strike a balance between various aspirants failed on Wednesday. Nyamweya had wanted the aspirants to rally behind those who stand a better chance of winning seats for Narc- Kenya. Preliminaries for the party will be held in all constituencies except West Mugirango, North Mugirango and Kitutu Chache. More>>>

Journalist Peter Opiyo was discharged from hospital following yesterday vicious attack by thugs on Wednesday.

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Trust me, am the bridge - Raila

By Alex Ndegwa and Ben Agina, Nairobi, Nov 15 2007
"Trust me, I will deliver" - This was ODM presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga’s solemn promise to Kenyans as he unveiled his party’s manifesto. He figuratively spoke of himself as "the bridge that links the historic moments of the past to the bright future ahead".

Turning biblical, Raila told his elated audience that two years ago, he had symbolically visited Mt Sinai and was now fired up to deliver Kenyans to the promised land. "Behold an orange future now awaits. We only have to negotiate the turbulent waters ahead. I am the bridge — the link between our historic past and bright future," he said. "Trust me, I will deliver."

Raila spent exactly an hour to sketch out the party’s blueprint, witnessed by hundreds of supporters who intermittently interrupted his address with wild cheers. Twice through the riveting address, running mate Mr Musalia Mudavadi and ODM Pentagon member Mr William Ruto separately offered Raila a glass of water. More>>>

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR PRESIDENT
KIBAKI 76

Nairobi, Nov 15 2007: President Mwai Kibaki’s 76th birthday will remain etched forever in his memory. He marked the day in style on Wednesday by walking to Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), where he presented his nomination papers. More>>>

Kisumu railway plots grabbed

By a Correspondent, Kisumu, Nov 15 2007
Kenya Railways Corporation has raised an alert over alleged grabbing of its plots in Kisumu.  In an unsigned press advertisement yesterday, the firm listed over 100 plots in Kisumu which, it claimed, had been illegally excised for private use.  A senior official at the corporation, who spoke to Nation on condition of anonymity, confirmed the authenticity of the advert. More>>>

Kituyi's tough talk pays

Nairobi, Nov 14 2007
Trade and Commerce minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi recent tough talk with the EU over trade seems to have paid off. Africa, Caribbean and Pacific won a major trade battle with the European Union after a deal was brokered to push the stalled negotiations to December, next year. The EU has agreed to establish a framework arrangement that would ensure trade is not interrupted between January and December next year to give a one-year extension before a new pact is reached.

The latest pact deflates growing tension between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries over the trade arrangement, which gives the latter free market access to Europe. Officials from both sides have now agreed to push the deadline to December 31, this year.

Kombo rides high as Jirongo sulks

By Okech Kendo, Nairobi, Nov 14 2007
There is a common thread linking Cyrus Jirongo’s disconcert with the Orange Democratic Movement, Uhuru Kenyatta’s concern with Kanu’s identity, and the disconnect among Party of National Unity affiliates. In each of the cases, the mind is willing but the body is weak. The parties want to hold on to a cake that they also want to eat. Without a party to control and MPs on call, party leaders lack the clout they need to negotiate with the next president.

Musikari Kombo perfected horse-trading skills because Ford-Kenya, which he chairs, had Members of Parliament. Ford-People was crucial to the Government of National Unity because the party had MPs. In PNU these parties fear being swallowed. Jirongo, a former Lugari MP, is sulking because ODM wants Kaddu members to join as individuals. Without a party and MPs, Jirongo will be in the shadows even if he wins the Lugari seat. More>>>


Minister threatens reporter in Mt Elgon

An outgoing MP on Wednesday threatened a Nation journalist over alleged biased coverage of the clashes in Mt Elgon District. Assistant minister John Serut stopped short of assaulting Mr Bernard Kwalia with a walking stick during a public rally at Kibuk Primary School. He asked the police to investigate the reporter, saying he referred to the killers in the district either as the Sabaot Land Defence Forces or the Moorland Forces instead of calling them criminals. The first group claims to be representing the Soy clan, while the other alleges to belong to the Ndorobo clan of the Sabaot community. The two clans have been fighting over the Chebyuk settlement scheme. More>>>

Foreigners buy into Equity Bank

By Benson Kathuri, Nairobi, Nov 14 2007
It is now confirmed that Equity bank has sold 25 per cent shareholding to a group of international development agencies at Sh11 billion. The bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Mwangi, said the group, operating under Helious EB investors, would get 90.5 million new ordinary shares at Sh122 each.

" The proposed investment will result in a substantial increase in the shareholders’ funds of the bank amounting to approximately Sh11 billion," said Mwangi at a Press briefing in his office on Wednesday. "As a result, Helios ER will become the single largest shareholder with holding of 24.99 per cent of the issued share capital," he said. Mwangi said the group would be represented in the board but not in the daily operations of the bank. More>>>

Fake medicines flood Kenya

By Mike Mwaniki, Nov 14 2007
Kenya is still ranked among countries with the highest levels of fake medicines in the world.  A recent World Health Organisation update says that a random survey by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board showed that almost 30 per cent of drugs sold in the country were counterfeits – some of them being no more than just chalk or water marketed as efficacious pharmaceutical products. The report shows counterfeit medicines are worth $130m per annum More>>>

Journalist attacked

By Cyrus Ombati, Nairobi, Nov 14 2007
A journalist with The Standard is hospitalised at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after thugs attacked and seriously injured him. Mr Peter Opiyo, a parliamentary reporter, was attacked a few metres from Kasarani Police Divisional headquarters as he walked home in Roysambu area on Tuesday night. Opiyo had deep cuts on the head during the attack. He also lost his mobile phone to the thugs during the incident. A Good Samaritan found him lying in a pool of blood and rushed him to a medical clinic in Githurai before he was transferred to KNH.

Opiyo said he had alighted from a matatu at the Roysambu roundabout at about 8.30 pm when the thugs attacked him, demanding he hands over all valuables he had. "They did not give me a chance to react and give them what they wanted as one of them started slashing me on the head. I escaped from them after they grabbed my mobile phone," he said from his hospital bed. More>>>

Hope as new hospital pops up in rural region

By Michael Njuguna, Nakuru, Nov 14 2007
A modern 320-bed hospital has popped up in the middle of a cow pasture near the shores of Lake Elmentaita, about 20km from Nakuru Town.

But popping up is probably the wrong phrase to describe the new St Mary’s Rift Valley Mission Hospital, sitting on a portion of 400 acres. More>>>

Diplomat sees rivals clash in Budalang'i

Busia, Nov 13 2007
Supporters of rival parliamentary candidates clashed in front of a diplomat and World bank officials at Budalang’i. Supporters of outgoing MP Raphael Wanjala and those of ODM aspirant Ababu Namwamba fought in front of South African High commissioner Tony Musiringa at Magombe Village.

The two groups confronted each other at the junction of Magombe Catholic Church where Mr Wanjala was hosting World Bank officials. More>>>

Ex-MP loses 2nd brother in Mt Elgon clashes

By Isaiah Lucheli and Robert Wanyonyi, Kitale, Nov 13 2007
Suspected members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force killed four people, including a brother and a niece of former Mt Elgon MP, Mr John Serut. Mr Jeremiah Chepkoy and his daughter, Maliva, were shot dead when more than 30 suspected militia raided Kibuk village, also the home of the former MP, and attacked as he slept.

A political ally of the former MP, Mr Protus Chesebe, and his wife Gertrude Bwibo, were also killed during the attack. "The militia raided the village at midnight. Gunshots rent the air as they shot at everything in sight. Villagers fled their homes and hid in bushes," said a witness.

Serut’s brother and his political associates were suspected to have been the targets of the attack. The killings come barely five months after another brother of Serut, Edward, was abducted near Masaek and hacked to death. More>>>

ODM's top dog nightmare

Nairobi, Nov 13 2007
The bitter-sweet story of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) can now be told. Spoilt for choice from an array of technocrats, academics, former UN staff, former high profile expatriates and seasoned politicians of immense clout, ODM has just woken up to its real nightmare.

While the demand for its nomination certificate has raised its profile and positioned presidential flagbearer, Mr Raila Odinga, as a top contender, the party last night appeared alive to the Catch 22 situation this influx has forced upon it. The Orange party moved to avert the simmering rivalry among parliamentary aspirants by banning them from addressing joint rallies.

Who said it's too old to study? mother daughter sit exams

In Kakamega, mother, daughter sit exams

By Allan Kisia, Kakamega, Nov 13 2007
Mrs Hopula Shammi, 47, and her daughter, Ummih Masuvukhu, 14, described the mathematics paper as fair and said they would study together for today’s papers. "The paper was okay and I hope for the best for my daughter and I," Shammi said. Masuvukhu said she had prepared well for the examinations and her mother had inspired and encouraged her. "I don’t know who will emerge tops, but I wish my mother the best," she said. The two were seated next to each other in a room reserved for private candidates. "That my mother is sitting next to me gives me a lot of confidence," Masuvukhu said.

Shammi, who is a shop attendant, dropped out of school in Standard Six. Kakamega Primary School, the largest centre in Western Province, has 209 candidates. One candidate has eye problems and 15 are mentally handicapped. Agatha Akhwivisa can hardly see and is looking for well-wishers to help her undergo a corneal operation estimated to cost Sh800,000. More>>> | Related article: Eye Bank launched. More>>>

Owayo to be tried for undisclosed wealth

Nairobi Nov 13 2007: Former mines and geology commissioner Colins Owayo will be tried for failing to comply with a wealth declaration notice from Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission after all. This follows Tuesday’s rejection by the High Court of his application for temporary orders blocking the trial at the Makadara magistrate’s court. More>>>


Varsity student killed by jilted lover
Maseno, Nov 13 2007: A tragic end to a love affair returned to haunt Maseno University with the killing of a second student in two years. On Monday, Third Year student Walter Hamisi Shimenga died from knife wounds inflicted on him by a woman from a private university who, family sources said, he had a child with. More>>>

In or out of that door, Samuel Kivuitu after being reappointed ECK chairman kivuitu

Women swop academics for politics

By INGONEWS Reporter and Anderson Ojwang, Nov 12 2007
This coming election has been billed the mother of all elections. And not just for the traditional political rivalry of tribes and super tribes or egocentric versus centrifugal. One notable observation is the entry into the political fray of women academics fed up with theorising at universities who now wish to translate theory into practice. And who said the place of a woman is in the kitchen?

In Western province we already have the nominated Kanu MP, Prof Ruth Oniang'o (Butere). She is joined by the first woman to be appointed in any ministerial capacity, Prof Julia Ojiambo (Funyula), Dr Khavetsa Adagala (Westlands), Prof Christine Mango (Butula), Dr Shanyisa Khasiani (Shinyalu) and Dr Reginalda Wanyonyi (Kimilili). More>>>

Kivuitu's reappointment stirs hornet's nest

Nairobi, Nov 12 2007
Polls boss Mr Samuel Kivuitu reacted strangely to his re-appointment, which was welcomed by a guarded and skeptical Opposition that called for renewed vigilance.

“I am happy but I would not have died. I already had many plans for my retirement. I would have enrolled for theology studies or engaged in writing,’’ he said. More>>>

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African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST) chair, Dr Ndeye-Arame Boye Faye (right) from Senegal with Kenya’s chief science secretary from the National Council for Science and Technology Dr Rispah Oduwo yesterday.

Telkom sale to cost Kenyans £60billion

By James Anyanzwa And Alari Alare, Nairobi, Nov 12 2007
The country’s overburdened taxpayers will dig deeper into their pockets to finance a Sh60 billion Telkom Kenya debt owed to creditors ahead of its privatisation. Ms Esther Koimet, the Investment Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, said the proposed debt write-off was part of the restructuring of the State corporation ahead of its sale to a strategic investor.

The huge debt, she said, would be financed mainly through cash and debt swap arrangements. At the same time, the corporation will lay off 400 workers this week in the third and final phase of the on-going restructuring programme. The exercise, to be completed by next year, is designed to return the corporation to a sound financial footing before its handover to a strategic investor.

The sale of Safaricom has hit snags with ODM going to court to block it on suspicion that it's a money laundering exercise. Although the court threw out ODM case, the management of Safaricom said the proposed Initial Public Offer (IPO) could not go on amidst a poisoned atmosphere this side of the elections. More>>>

Science and technology needs more investment

Mombasa, Nov 12 2007
African countries have been urged to allocate at least one per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to science and technology research. Lack of funding had hampered research in the continent, Science and Technology permanent secretary Crispus Kiamba said.

Prof Kiamba was speaking after opening the third ordinary session of African ministerial conference on science and technology at a Mombasa hotel. The conference is being attended by technology experts from Africa Union member states. More>>>

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Worshipping or campaigning?: Prof Julia Ojiambo at Emakunda Church in Bunyore. Churches are not always what they seem to be.

Bishop Wabukala calls for cap on churches

By INGONEWS Reporter and Mangoa Mosota, Nov 13 2007
The Chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Bishop Eliud Wabukala has urged the government to scrutinise applications for registration of churches in Kenya. The cleric's intervention comes in the wake of revelations from Amos Wako that Attorney General's office is swamped by applications for registration of new churches. Wako said recently that up to 6,000 applications are pending and his office is struggling. So far Kenya has 8,000 registered churches, one of the highest in Africa.

Testimony from worshippers, witnesses and experts indicate that the proliferation of churches satisfies an economic rather than a religious need as most of these churches are conduits for self aggrandisement by so called pastors preying on innocent worshippers. More>>>

Moi varsity starts dentistry school

Moi University has launched the School of Dentistry. In a colourful ceremony at the weekend, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Richard Mibey, also announced the university would consolidate its satellite campuses and halt expansion from next year. More>>>
Slum politics:
Slum residents are now demanding maximum representation and participation in the national, social and economic agenda. Politicians are notorious for drafting slum development plans but with no intention of fulfilling them. More>>>

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Mother and prodigal son: ODM party’s presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga listens to Mama Esther Nekesa, the mother of the late Vice-President Michael Wamalwa, when he paid her a visit at Sichei village in Bungoma.

Masinde family supports Odinga

By Luke Kapchanga and Barnabas Bii, Bungoma, Nov 12 2007
The family of Dini ya Msambwa sect leader Elijah Masinde said they it would support ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the December General Election. The announcement was made by Masinde’s widow, Mama Sarah Nanyama Masinde, 105, after Mr Odinga and his running mate Musalia Mudavadi held a closed door meeting with the family of the sect’s spiritual leader at Maeni in Kimilili constituency in Bungoma North district. After the meeting, the family blessed Mr Odinga and said it would do all it could to ensure that he gets votes from Luhya community.

Masinde is said to have predicted in the 1960s that Luhya leadership would come through the Lake Victoria region. Speaking to more than 200 members of Dini Ya Msambwa from as far as West Pokot, Teso, Mt Elgon and Bungoma districts, Mr Odinga said unlike past governments, ODM’s would take care of heros.  More>>>

Some you've never heard of

By Edith Fortunate, Nairobi, Nov 12 2007
This year’s presidential election could feature eighteen contestants, the highest number since Kenya went multi-party. Besides ODM, ODM-K and PNU, others include Kenya People’s Party, Chama cha Uma, United Democrats, Republican Liberty Party, National Republican Party of Kenya, The Kenya Social Congress, Party Of Independent Candidates of Kenya, the Peoples’ Solidarity Union of Kenya, Chama cha Muafaka na Mwangaza, National Liberation Party, Saba Saba Asili, Republican Party of Kenya, Democracy Assistance Party and Kenya Patriotic Trust Party. More>>>

Sharks close in on Kituyi

Robert Wanyonyi, Bungoma, Nov 9 2007
Kimilili constituency has attracted the highest number of contestants, with 15 of them seeking the Ford Kenya slot. The winner will battle it out with former area MP, Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi.

In Sirisia constituency, Foreign Affairs Assistant minister Moses Wetangula faces sole challenger, Mr Mark Barasa. In the list obtained by The Saturday Standard from Ford-Kenya headquarters, chairman Mr Musikari Kombo is unopposed in Webuye. In Cherengani constituency, Agriculture Minister Kipruto arap Kirwa who recently defected to the party, will face a strong field that include the son of veteran politician and party founder the late Masinde Muliro, Mr Mwambu Muliro and Edward Khamala. More>>>

Mudavadi rules out new districts

By INGONEWS Reporter and Standard, Nov 9 2007
ODM Vice presidential candidate, Musalia Mudavadi has hinted that an ODM government will not bribe Kenyans with meaningless new districts but instead seek to increase democratic representation through more constituencies. At the same time, Mudavadi asked President Mwai Kibaki to supervise a smooth handover without resorting to legal tussles when ODM wins the forthcoming general elections. "ODM will have a convincing majority during the polls and Kibaki should not block the swearing-in of Mr Raila Odinga," Mudavadi said. "Kenyans know what they want and will come out in large numbers to vote. Kibaki should strive to leave Kenya united as he found it," he said.

Mudavadi added the ODM Government will not dish out goodies in the form of districts but will fight for more representation through creation of more constituencies. "We will increase CDF allocation contrary to what Kibaki is doing. Kenyans will get proper representation after we pass the new constitution," he said. He claimed the Government had ignored other regions while disbursing the youth development fund, claiming that only youth from a ‘favoured region’ were the beneficiaries. Former MPs, Mrs Charity Ngilu, Mr William ole Ntimama and Mr Joseph Nkaissery accompanied Mudavadi as he campaigned in Narok District. More>>>

Fine when it suits you; damned if not

Nairobi, Nov 9 2007
The latest Steadman Group opinion poll results that show President Kibaki and main challenger Raila Odinga separated by four points elicited varied reactions from politicians in different camps. The Kibaki Tena Secretariat said in a statement that the poll was still far from a real reflection of the actual situation on the ground.

"The President is leading and has been leading yet this is yet to reflect on this poll," said a faxed statement. ODM presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga, who slipped down five points from 50 two weeks ago, dismissed the Steadman poll results as unrealistic. Raila said: "The results are unrealistic. We are with the people and the people are for change."

"We are not going to relent in our campaigns because we are focused on winning," he said. Raila, who spoke on telephone while at a rally in Kibera, added: "We have been leading, we are leading and we will continue leading." He added that the final verdict would be on December 27 when Kenyans will have spoken. More>>>

Election body loses public trust ODM gets full orange as 111 election symbols are gazetted Gilbert Deya vows to fight against deportation order

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Women's leadership academy in Kisii
President of Fire Africa, Ms Fenna Bacchus, at The Stanley in Nairobi, yesterday. She has established the African Women Leadership Academy of Excellence in Kisii.

No end in sight to Mt Elgon violence

Kitale, November 6 2007
The disruption to education and social life continues unabated in Mt Elgon. Wwomen and children are again fleeing Mt Elgon District as battles between the security officers and Sabaot Land Defence Forces (SLDF) intensify. A village spokesman, Mr Godfrey Ndara, said: "We have lost five people in Cheptonon in the past one week yet police continue terrorising the local people." He said the police had failed to arrest SLDF and had resorted to harassing innocent people. "They have burnt our houses and tractors to ensure that we cannot farm," he said.

Mt Elgon deputy OCPD, Mr Elias Gitonga, denied any wrong doing on the part of the police, while Western PC, Mr Abdul Mwasera, blamed the arson attacks on the SLDF."The police have intensified patrols in the district and we are following crucial information that will lead to the arrest of gang members," he said. The Rev Maritim arap Rirei of the Anglican Church also blamed the police, saying the officers were aggravating insecurity. "If the situation does not improve, many voters will be disenfranchised," he added. More>>>

The land of vice presidents

By Cyrus Kinyungu and Beauttah Omanga, Nov 6 2007
Western province is perhaps the only province where the three presidential candidates have the greatest focus. And this is not for nothing - two running mates and the Vice-President come from the province, making it a hotbed as the election date approaches.

Constituencies where presidential running mates will contest are among the province’s hotspots. The stakes are high not only for the contenders, but also for the presidential candidates. A loss for the running mates and the VP would be devastating to the parties and presidential candidates. Vice-President, Mr Moody Awori, is defending Busia’s Funyula seat on a PNU ticket.

There are dozens of aspirants, including Dr Julia Ojiambo, ODM-Kenya presidential candidate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s running mate. ODM has made inroads in the constituency, putting the party’s parliamentary aspirants in good stead to wrestle with the two giants. Vihiga’s Sabatia constituency, whose former MP is Public Service minister, Mr Moses Akaranga, is another hotspot. More>>>

Pay rise for civil servants

By David Nzioka, Nairobi Nov 6 2007
The Government has awarded unionisable employees in the civil service a 16 per cent salary increase effective this month. The pay increase, backdated to July this year, will benefit about 107,000 employees in job group A to L at a cost of Sh2.6 billion. The lowest paid in job group A – mostly drivers, clerk and telephone operators – will now earn Sh7,466 up from Sh6,450 to a maximum of Sh7,945. More>>>

Deya to be extradited to Kenya

By David Mugonyi, London, Nov 6 2007
Controverisal preacherman, Bishop Gilbert Deya is to be returned to Kenya to face trial for claims that he was involved in baby-trafficking, a London court has ruled. The ruling was been given by Carol S.R. Tubs, a district judge in Westminster magistrate’s court, who heard arguments by the state and Mr Deya’s defence team last week.

But the final decision on whether Mr Deya should be flown back home to face trial now lies with the Secretary of State to whose office the verdict has now been forwarded. More>>>

Mumias cane cutters go on strike

Mumias, Nov 6 2007
Over 300 sugar cane cutters in the Mumias sugar belt on Thursday went on strike, alleging that Mumias Sugar Company had not honoured a promise to provide them with protective working tools and improve the current salary.

Speaking to the Press at Mayoni trading centre where they had converged on Thursday morning, they claimed the company had failed to give them protective garments such as boots, aprons and gloves. “We were also promised increment in payment rates up from the current Sh165 per tonne of sugar harvested but nothing to that effect has been done,” said one of the cane cutters. More>>>

Mr James Gachiri of Kentv with HE Joseph Muchemi during the launching of Kentv

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Kenyan TV launched in Europe

By Shad Bulimo, London, Friday, Nov 7 2007
Kenyans in Europe can now watch Kenyan news on television thanks to a pioneering initiative of one media entrepreneur, Mr James Gachiri. Kentv was officially switched on Wednesday this week in London by Kenya’s High Commissioner, HE Joseph Muchemi.  The channel is a partnership between kentv and Ben TV, a Nigerian TV company based in the UK. The transmission goes live on 19 November 2007 through Sky Channel 194. Speaking during the launch at the High Commission offices in Central London, Mr Muchemi said Kenyans had established an impeccable business presence in Europe but yet maintained strong links with the motherland and as such needed a TV channel that is able to provide regular up to date news on Kenya. He said the launch comes at a particularly opportune time thanks to the forthcoming general elections which have engaged the minds of Kenyans in debate and development agenda.


“A TV service creates a better sense of community and national spirit and becomes a focal point of information and entertainment. It also becomes a rallying point to mobilise a community into action on various noble causes,” said the High Commissioner. Although new on television, kentv has been streaming news online through www.kentv.net for the last two years. “It’s because of our online success that we are now ready to roll out the next face of live TV,” said Mr Gachiri.
The station has put all the necessary framework in place including a strong team in Kenya led by  Mr Kimaita Magiri. The station will carry news of Kenyan events and developments in Kenya, UK, Europe, Middle East, USA, southern Africa and other countries where Kenyans live. Kenyan businesses will find the service  vital in promoting their products and services.
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Media witnesses: From left Makau Niko, David Mugonyi of Nation and Michael Mumo, a director of Capital FM in Nairobi at the Kentv launch

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Potential viewers of Kentv: Kenya High Commission staff, Leonard Boiyo, Jo Crawshaw of Africa Practice and her colleague, Eunice Kenyoru

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Staring into oblivion: Dr Moody Awori addressing Kenyans in London in August 2007 - selling Vision 2030

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VP facing the unthinkable

By Shad Bulimo, London, Nov 6 2007
Elections have a way of humbling even the most arrogant. Remember one, Charles Mugane Njonjo. In Western Province, odds are stuck against the region's most flamboyant, if arrogant incumbents as they contemplate the unthinkable. Vice President, Dr Moody Arthur Awori is a man living on a knife edge. Although wealthy and occupying the 2nd most powerful office in the land, "Uncle Moody" as he is popularly known is a worried man.

The ghosts of the constitutional referendum that consigned him to eat raw rather than ripe bananas last November are lurking in his homestead ready to haunt him out of office come December 27 2007. He is pitted against the "iron lady", Prof Julia Ojiambo, ironically also a potential vice president in his Funyula constituency. The two of them are strong heads with a rich political and family history to boot. However, they both risk being swallowed by the ODM juggernaut that has camped root and branch in Funyula.

The VP is by no means the only one having sleepness nights. The academic, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi is also 50-50 in Kimilili where he has had to change tunes to survive politically; in the process ditching Narc-K and toying with joining ODM. In Sabatia, the reverend, Moses Akaranga knows he is living on borrowed time. He's lucky to have had a chance to warm the seat for Musalia Mudavadi for the last five years. Others like former Kenya Sugar Authority chairman, Francis Chahonyo are standing rather like also- rans.

Mudavadi's bit of bother

ODM Vice presidential red hot, Musalia Mudavadi may be assured of his nomination in Sabatia but his allies in Western are in a bit of bother. Allies of Mudavadi who face an uphill task include Jos Konzolo who is trying to unseat Daniel Khamasi in Shinyalu. In Ikolomani, an ally of Mudavadi lawyer Aggrey Shitsama is in a stiff battle against former MP Dr Bonny Khalwale and eight others. Kwhisero’s Julius Arunga is in the race with 11others.

Recent defector from Ford-Kenya to ODM, who was received by Mudavadi, Dr Enoch Kibuguchy, will face a filed of 10 for the Lugari seat. In Lugari, Mudavadi may be in a dilemma because another of his longtime friends, Mr Charles Werengai, is also in the race. More>>>


Eldoret Airport gets chilled warehouse
The first phase of the over Sh150 million cold-storage warehouse facility at the Eldoret International Airport is complete and ready for commissioning. The facility has been developed by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and a private partner, Canken International, on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) agreement. More>>>

Not in Vihiga: Mother's agony over missing child in Kisumu

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Nzoia Sugar shut indefinitely

Bungoma, Nov 5 2007
Troubled Nzoia Sugar Company was on Wednesday closed indefinitely. The move followed a strike by 200 drivers working for firms contracted to ferry sugar cane to the factory, who were demanding freedom to join a trade union. The strike paralysed operations at the factory after efforts to find a solution failed.

The drivers also threatened to become violent if colleagues employed by the sugar miller failed to support their cause. They camped outside the main weighbridge, blocking movement of tractors to and from the factory yard. As a result, thousands of harvested sugar cane may rot on the ground if a solution is not found immediately.

Mr Macdonald Wamocho, an assistant branch secretary general of the Kenya Sugarcane Planters and Workers Union, said the union was ready to accommodate the striking drivers. More>>>

Bunyala fishermen drown

By Ouma Wanzala and Benson Amadala, Busia, Nov 5 2007
Three fishermen drowned on Tuesday evening after their boat capsized in Lake Victoria.  The fishermen were sailing from Bukoma beach to Sango beach in Bunyala District when their boat was hit by strong waves and capsized. Head of police in Busia Simon Kipkeu said the boat had five fishermen on board. Two fishermen - Joseph Otieno and Kelvin Otieno - were saved by other fishermen as they swam to safety.

In another incident, the body of 76-year-old man was found floating in River Walatsi in Nambale Division, Busia District, yesterday. The man, identified as Kanoti Wafula, left his home in Musokoti to visit relatives in Lupida, about three kilometres away, on Sunday afternoon. In Teso, a 19-year-old woman died after taking poison. More>>>

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Mr Andrew Maruti and his son, Joseph, at the Makindu District Hospital after they survived an accident near Makindu town. Maruti’s wife died in the crash.

Kitale-bound bus kills 20

By Cyrus Ombati and Daniel Nzia, Makindu, Nov 6 2007
At least 20 people died when a bus they were travelling in collided with a trailer on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, near Makindu town signalling the return of road carnage. It was a death trap hurtling through the darkness allegedly at a speed of more than 120km an hour, carrying over 50 helpless passengers, most of whom it crushed to death or caused grievous injury.

A survivor in the Mombasa-Nairobi-Kitale bound bus recollected the horror of the crash in which most victims were burnt to death. More>>>

Randy teachers caught in the act

By Robert Wanyonyi, Kitale, Nov 6 2007
Two teachers supervising KCSE examinations escaped lynching when they were caught in a lodging with two female candidates. The invigilators at Kakateny Secondary School, Mt Elgon District, pleaded for mercy when residents got wind of what they were doing and closed in on them. "Spare us! It was an act of the devil!" one was heard saying. Police officers whisked the teachers from the hotel. The school principal, Mr Sivanus Tindi, condemned the incident and called for disciplinary action. "I will not relent until disciplinary action is taken against them," he vowed. More>>>

Kibaki bribes muslims

Mombasa, Nov 6 2007
President Mwai Kibaki has declared Idd Ul Hajj an annual public holiday. He directed Attorney-General, Mr Amos Wako, to put up all the necessary legal instruments to make the day a national holiday beginning this year.

The Idd Ul Hajj date is yet to be identified but Muslims at the meeting said it was expected to fall on December 20.

Addressing a Muslim delegation at State House, Mombasa, Kibaki said his Government was committed to freedom of worship as guaranteed in the constitution. More>>>

Kituyi's EU tough talk

By Benson Kahuri, Nairobi, Nov 6 2007
Kenya will not sign a new trade agreement with the European Union (EU) next month without the proposed 25-year transition period. Trade and Industry minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, also wants the EU to assure exporters to the world’s largest trading block that trade will not be disrupted with or without the proposed trade agreement.

The EU is the second largest export market after Comesa, but the largest export market for agricultural products mainly horticulture, coffee and tea. Kituyi said the country and 15 others in the East and Southern Africa negotiating (ESA) group want market protection for 25 years before they can allow duty free imports from the European Union.

"We are waiting for political solidarity from the EU that there would not be any trade disruption come January as long as we agree on the key pillars of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations," said Kituyi when opening a three–day trade seminari. More>>>

UK increases school leaving age to 18

London, Nov 6 2007
The United Kingtdom has increased the age at which pupils may quit education and become employed from 16 to 18. The move is part of a raft of bills drafted in the Queen's Speech yesterday to mark the start of a new parliamentary session. The Queen's speech is also Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown's manifesto spelling out his vision for Britain in the post-Blair era. More>>>


Fees or no fees is the question

By Peter Ngare, Nairobi, Nov 6 2007
Secondary school headteachers want the Government to issue official communication on whether parents will pay school fees come January, 2008. The demand comes as sources at the Ministry of Education disclosed that new fees guidelines were ready and could be released any time.  More>>>

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Killing fields of Ngong: The investigation into the suspected execution of 500 people by police should be conducted by an international panel, the government human rights body says. More>>>

5000 families flee in Mt Elgon

By Bernard Kwalia, Kapsokwony, Nov 5 2007
More people continue to flee clash-hit Mt Elgon District for fear of attacks by militia and harassment by  police. An estimated 5,000 families in Kapsokwony, Kaptama and Kopsiro divisions have sought refuge in neighbouring Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Uasin-Gishu, Bungoma districts. 

Others were yesterday crossing into Uganda as police and militia continued to clash. Eleven people have been killed and several injured in the region for the past two weeks. Militiamen beheaded three people, among them a teacher at Kamner, while police officers are said to have accidentally gunned down two students and a farmer in the area.

The learners were identified as Isaac Bennett, a Form One student, and  Hezron Sendera, a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidate at Koshok Primary School. More than 800 houses – including food granaries – were burned in the new violence. The houses were razed at Kamneru, Sambocho, Cheptonon, Toywondet and Kapkatenyi areas. More>>>

Computer hitch paralyses Malaba border

By Ben Amadala, Malaba, Nov 5 2007
Traffic across the Kenya-Uganda border at Malaba has been paralysed for the past three days following a breakdown of the Uganda Customs computer system. The computer hitch has hampered transportation of fuel and other goods to Uganda, with many trucks stuck in a pile-up, stretching back nearly three kilometres into Kenya.

The Western provincial police officer, Mr Peter Kavila, said Ugandan Customs officials had reported failure in their computer system, which had reportedly slowed down clearing of the vehicles. More>>>


Matatu kills five at Makunga Market

Kakamega, Nov 5 2007
Meanwhile, five people were injured yesterday when a matatu and another vehicle collided near Makunga market on the Kakamega-Mumias road. The victims were taken to St Mary’s Mission Hospital in Mumias Town. The matatu, which was travelling to Kakamega Town, rolled several times before crashing into a ditch.

Musalia, Kombo trade Luhya unity punches

Kitale, Nov 5 2007
A war of words has erupted between two key Western Province leaders over which presidential candidate the region should support in the December election. Cabinet minister Musikari Kombo on Sunday described ODM presidential running mate Musalia Mudavadi as a politician who has consistently betrayed the region’s unity and betrayed its course. Mr Kombo, who is leading the Party of National Unity (PNU) campaign in the region as well as in North Rift, said that Mr Mudavadi chose the opposite path in 1992, 1997 and 2002. More>>>

Kombo outfoxes Awori

By Fred Mukinda, Funyula, Nov 5 2007
Vice President Moody Awori faces a daunting task in his bid to recapture the Funyula seat and win votes for President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity in Busia district. Busia has been Orange territory since the 2005 referendum when Mr Awori’s pro-Wako Draft camp lost even in his own constituency.  Assistant minister Raphael Wanjala’s Budalangi is the only area where PNU, through Ford Kenya, is likely to win a seat in the district.

Mr Awori’s battle is not being helped by President Kibaki’s strategists who do not seem keen to involve him fully in his re-election campaigns. When PNU was launched in Nairobi last month, Mr Awori was not even among the speakers. Instead, it was his Western province rival Musikari Kombo, the Ford Kenya chairman, who played the major role. More>>>

Candy for Mumias sugar farmers

Mumias, Nov 5 2007
Kenya Sugar Board director has praised the move by Agriculture minister to reduce the Sugar Development Levy by 3 per cent. Mr Julius Nyarotho said in Mumias Town that Mr Kipruto Kirwa took the decision after meeting all chief executive officers and KSB officials in Nairobi so as to cushion millers from incurring high production costs. Mr Nyarotho, at the same time, said millers have no reason of failing to implement the Sh2,500 cane producer price increment as directed by the President. 

“The 3 per cent drop in SDL would also ensure that millers implement the cane price increment without necessarily increasing the price of sugar,” said Mr Nyarotho on Sunday, adding that sugar firms should, therefore, not delay any further in enacting the new prices. He explained that the decision to reduce SDL would be gazetted soon to avert speculations that it was another government ploy to woo voters. More>>>

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"Am selling my son" - Mchanji

By Cyrus Kinyungu,Kakamega, Nov 4 2007
"I am looking for someone to buy this child," came a booming voice from the reception.Standing at the Standard Group Kakamega Bureau’s reception was a fairly dressed wiry man, towering six feet tall and wearing a black godfather hat. In his arms, the unsmiling man held a chubby boy.

The boy’s innocent eyes wandered inside the office, his tiny hands clutching his father’s shirt unaware that he was "on sale". It sounded like a joke, but Mr Mathews Inziani Mchanji was seriously looking for somebody to buy his three-year-old son. "Yes I am selling the child," he said firmly. He wanted Sh500,000 for the little one.

"I love him and I don’t want him to continue suffering while I watch. I want to sell him to someone who can take good care of him," said the man. After 24 years in prison Inziani was glad to be out but his joy was short lived - life outside was harder . More>>>

Kombo loses Masinde to Mudavadi

By Oscar Obonyo And Anderson Ojwang, Bungoma, Nov 4 2007
The Bungoma Court has thrown out a suit filed by Bukusu leaders seeking to restrain ODM leaders from visiting the shrine of the Dini ya Musambwa founder, Elijah Masinde. The court ruling — a couple of days ago — follows a suit filed by Dini ya Musambwa spiritual leaders Mr Maloba Joseph, Mr Manyasi Situma and Mr Barasa Namasaka who sought to bar ODM leaders from accessing the homestead of the late Masinde.

The plaintiffs are believed to be acting at the behest of Ford-Kenya, whose leaders are openly irked by ODM’s invasion in their political base. In a letter dated September 24 2007, addressed to party National Chairman Mr Musikari Kombo, Mr Maloba, a spiritual leader, requests for the Local Government minister’s intervention. Political tension has been simmering since Mudavadi visited Masinde’s shrine at Maeni village. He was blessed and crowned a leader of the Luhya community. Masinde is said to have prophesied, nearly 40 years ago, that the Luhya leadership will come through the lake (read Raila) More>>>

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem addressing the audience in Nairobi over majimbo

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UN Official supports majimbo

By Peter Opiyo, Nairobi, Nov 4 2007
A highly placed UN official stepped into the raging majimbo debate, saying it is a system where leadership is shared. Mr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, the UN deputy advisor for African Affairs, said it is because of semantics that devolution is perceived differently. Uganda for instance, he said, calls it federo while Nigeria calls it federalism. In Kenya, the local reference is majimbo."It doesn’t matter whatever name you give it, but the people need to determine their destiny," said Tajudeen. He said devolution is regarded as a way of alleviating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More>>>

Scared PNU resorts to lies in Budalang'i

By Ababu Namwamba, Nairobi, Nov 4 2007
It is Ugatuzi, not majimbo! Now that is what they call a propaganda coup. In a single blow, ODM has knocked the wind out of the PNU propaganda sails. The party of many parties was just beginning to enjoy the anti-majimbo blitz of distortions, half-truths and outright lies. And alas! The voter was beginning to wonder.

On several occasions in the past couple of weeks, I have been asked deep in the villages of Budalang’i to clarify if indeed majimbo is not the same thing as balkanisation aka ethnic cleansing of the Bosnia-Herzegovina and Darfur type. When the ordinary mwananchi asks you that kind of question, you sense unease in the air. More>>>

Sorting out omena at Matoso Beach

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'Nation' frees cyberspace
Nation Media Group’s gateway to cyberspace, Nationmedia.com, is now no longer behind a subscription wall. It has been opened up to readers worldwide to freely access our content without having to register. More>>>

Fishing in rocky waters

Migori, Nov 4 2007
Mzee Nelson Kimomo was a nervous man when The Sunday Standard met him at Matoso Beach in Nyatike, Migori District. The 73-year-old fisherman had lost three boats and fishing gear in three weeks. As if that is not enough, the trade he has known since childhood is under serious threat. "Fishing is my life. I do not know what to do," he says staring blankly into space.

A week before The Sunday Standard visited, Tanzanian authorities had impounded two of Kimomo’s boats for allegedly fishing beyond permitted borders. His third boat is grounded because Kenyan authorities impounded the fishing gear two weeks earlier. To get his boats back, Kimomo has to part with Sh150,000. For the community, fishing in Lake Victoria especially at the border with Tanzania, has turned to looking for fortunes in the troubled waters. It comes with a bag of untold misfortunes. Along the beaches running from Muhuru Bay through Matoso, Got Kachola, Karungu Bay and Aneko in Nyatike Division, Migori, fishermen and women find themselves between a rock and a hard place. More>>>

Nine ministers misusing state resources

By Peter Opiyo, Nairobi, Nov 4 2007
Nine Cabinet ministers have been implicated in misuse of State resources, hate speech and electoral violence. Also mentioned in a detailed Report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Right’s (KNCHR) dubbed "Still Behaving Badly" are the Attorney General, Mr Amos Wako and two assistant ministers.

Two immediate former MPs, each from the Government and opposition, have also been cited for hate speech and bribery cases. The report gives graphic accounts of how the ministers used State resources in campaign rallies to drum up support for President Kibaki and ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga.

Through their monitors, the commission spotted Ministers, Mr John Michuki, Mr John Munyao, Mr Mutua Katuku, Mr David Mwiraria, Mr Kiraitu Murungi, Mr Morris Dzoro and former minister Mrs Charity Ngilu, using Government vehicles during campaigns. Mr Simeon Nyachae and Mr Mutahi Kagwe are named for electoral violence and hate speech respectively. More>>>

miss commonwealthThe Beauty and the mayoral beast: Former Nairobi mayor, Joe Akech with Miss Commonwealth, Catherine Wainaina on her way to China to participate in Miss World Beauty Pagent

5000 women suffer birth complications

By Elizabeth Mwai, Nairobi, Nov 2 2007
More than 5,000 women experience complications during delivery leading to a condition referred to as obstetric fistula. The problem occurs when a pregnant woman goes through prolonged labour, causing damage on the birth which then results in a hole either between the birth canal and bladder or between the birth canal and rectum.

A fistula surgeon at Nairobi’s Jamaa Mission Hospital, Dr Julius Kiiru, said the condition causes urine and faeces to pass through the birth canal uncontrollably. "These women are isolated and stigmatised by the society because of their condition and therefore they have to stay at home," Kiiru said. He said for every 1,000 deliveries, two to three women develop the abnormal hole. Speaking during a media workshop at a Nairobi hotel, Kiiru noted that such women might stop menstruating. More>>>

Icipe urges joint war against malaria

By Stephen Makabila, Nairobi, Nov 2 2007
The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) has called for joint efforts to fight malaria. Malaria kills more than one million people in Sub-Saharan Africa a year.

Icipe Director-General, Prof Christian Borgemeister, said the disease was a major problem, which required an integrated approach. "At Icipe, we believe one intervention will not solve the malaria problem, which kills 5,000 children under the age of five every day," he said.

Borgemeister was speaking during a public lecture at Moi University’s Chepkoilel campus on ‘Icipe’s Research and Development Approach on Poverty alleviation in Africa’. Moi University Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research and Extension), Prof Bob Wishitemi, was among who attended the lecture. More>>>

Wako pleads with next govt over constitution

By Abiya Ochola, Nairobi Nov 2 2007
Attorney-General, Mr Amos Wako, has asked political parties to commit themselves to give the country a new constitution. The AG expressed confidence that the next Parliament would give enacting a new constitution priority. "Let all political parties participating in the General Election re-commit themselves to finalising a new constitution," he said. More>>>

Raila alleges plot to rig elections

By Ben Agina and Ayub Savula, Nairobi, Nov 2 2007
Mr Raila Odinga has sensationally claimed that the State has planted six individuals at the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) to doctor voters registers in a bid to rig the elections. The ODM presidential candidate said he had credible information that the Government has planted agents, whose specific brief at Anniversary Towers was to alter voters registers — both electronically and manually. Raila cut short his campaign tour of Isiolo to "lift the lid" on the alleged conspiracy, in which Kibaki-friendly parties are said to have set up a parallel system within the ECK to plot the rigging ahead of the polls. More>>>

Lucy Kibaki heckled in Bunyore

By Roselyne Obala, Luanda, Nov 2 2007
First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s second day tour of Western Province was met with booing and heckling by hundreds of wananchi in Emuhaya constituency, one of ODM’s strongholds. Lucy received a rude shock as locals chanted ODM slogans immediately she left a campaign rally at Emuhaya Divisional headquarters for another one in Khwisero constituency. At Ebusakami Primary School grounds she was met with residents who chanted, "Njaa! Njaa!" (Hunger! Hunger!).

The First Lady, accompanied by Public Service minister, Mr Moses Akaranga and other PNU leaders. More>>>

Mama Muruli continues to make steady progress in London

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Mama Muruli continues to make progress in London

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Nov 3 2007
Mama Clare Tsisika Muruli who suffered a stroke more than one month ago, continues to make steady progress in London. A prayer session, organised by Mr Wangula Khasiani of the Friends' Church three weeks ago was attended by Neccy Kikaya, Abigail Khalakuba, Rachel Mirindo, Moses Khalakuba, Susan Kivayi, Catherine Condren, Elizabeth Iminza, Henry Muhunzu, Catherine Muhunzu, Wilfrida Wandera, George Muruli, son to the indisposed, Janet Muruli , the daughter and carer and Fortunata Muteshi, daughter-in-law.

Friends from Friend's Church who visited Mama Clare Muruli

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Who knows how and why this student died?

ODM primaries in two week's time

Ugandans con Kisumu traders of thousands

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President Moi's teacher
The late Mzee Matayo Shiundu Mukenya was a teacher of the great and mighty sons of Kenya. His students include ex president, Daniel arap Moi, former Butere MP, Mr Martin Shikuku, the late Lawrence Sagini and the late Cardinal Maurice Otunga.

Oldest Luhya man dies

By INGONEWS Reporter, Mumias, Oct 31 2007
Death has occurred of Mwalimu Matayo Shiundu Mukenya who at 100 years, was the oldest known Luhya man. Mwalimu Matayo was the father of Abeingo Community Chairman, Mr Juvenal Shiundu. He died this morning at Eldoret Hospital of cancer of the oesophagus.

Mwalimu Matayo comes from the lineage of  Wanga kings known as nabongos. He retired from teaching in 1965 and counts, among his students, retired president, Daniel arap Moi, the late Cardinal Maurice Otunga and former Butere MP, Mr Martin Shikuku.

He is survived by his second wife, Roselyne Muyaku Shiundu, 14 children from both Roselyne ( Ms Catherine Shiundu, Mr Peter Shiundu, Mr Dennis Shiundu, Mr Swart Shiundu, Mr Thomas Shiundu, Mr Edward Shiundu and Mr Samuel Shiundu) and his late first wife Arnolda Lutomia Shiundu ( Mr Francis Shiundu, Sister Teresa Joseph, Ms Teresa Shiundu, Mrs Jacinta Mondi, Ms Electina Shiundu, Mr Juvenal Muka Shiundu (JJ) and Mrs Margaret Mukhwana). He is also survived by  10 step brothers, 7 step sisters, 37 grandchildren and 28 great grand children.

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He celebrated his 100th birthday last august at a lavish ceremony at his home in Lureko, Mumias. After retirement he became a full time farmer and served as chairman of Kenya National Farmers Union (KNFU) South Wanga branch for 20 years from 1963-1983. He also served as chairman of the Catholic Action for 11 years; Parish Council chairman for 6 years, Treasurer of KNFU Kakamega District and Kenya Teachers Salary Union.. See also obituaries

Abeingo chair bereaved

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 31 2007
Abeingo Community Chairman, Mr Juvenal Shiundu has lost his father. Mwalimu Matayo Shiundu Mukenya was born on 18 August 1907, the first born of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Mukenya, descendants of the nabongo dynasty. He attended Lugulu Friends African Mission School and  Butere AAC between 1922- 25. He was baptised as a Roman Catholic in 1926 before proceeding to St Peter’s Clavers Primary School in Nairobi.

Between 1928-34, Mwalimu Matayo was among the first students of Kabaa High School in Machakos where he volunteered to teach lower classes as he attended senior school. After Kabaa, Mwalimu Matayo was sent for training at the Government Veterinary Centre in Maseno. Between 1934-44, he taught at Sang’alo Veterinary Centre (now Sang’alo Institute) and  Baraton Veterinary Department. Between 1946-48, he had overall supervision of all primary schools in Mumias, Marama, Kisa, Butsotso and Bunyala.

He was headmaster between 1949 until retirement in 1965 of the following primary schools: Bukaya, Matawa, Bumia and  Mwitoti. Mwalimu Matayo will be buried on 10 November 2007 at his home in Lureko location, Nabongo sub location, Enyakwaka village on Mumias-Matawa Road.

Raila best for corruption

Nairobi, Oct 30 2007
Kenyans believe ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, is best placed to fight corruption. A survey released on Tuesday indicates that 50 per cent of those polled believe Raila would adequately spearhead the fight against corruption. Thirty-three per cent said President Kibaki was committed to fight the vice, while 17 per cent felt that ODM-Kenya presidential candidate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, was up to the task. Age played a crucial role in determining the presidential candidate best placed to fight corruption. Most Kenyans between 18 and 54 voted for Raila More>>>

The celebration of a life well lived. Marking 100 years of Mwalimu Matayo's birthday last august at his Lureko home in Mumias

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Few individuals can become centerians

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Kakamega mayor to be challenged

By INGONEWS Reporter, Kakamega, Oct 31 2007
A Kakamega businessman, Mr Peter Kalerwa Lutta will seek to replace Mr John Khakabo as mayor of Kakamega during the forthcoming elections. Mr Lutta, who was born and brought up in the town said that if elected, he will focus his energies in uplifting the living conditions of residents particularly in the areas of education, health, security, transport and business development. Kakamega, with an estimated population of 90,000 is home to the world famous Kakamega Forest which is home to unique flora and fauna.

Mr Lutta will stand on an ODM ticket. "I want to be Mayor so that I can serve the town that I have grown and lived in all my life. I know the problems that the residents face and I have a plan that I know will improve our beloved Town and make it a better place for our youth," he said in a press release. CLICK here to read Mr Lutta's vision for Kakamega.

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Ms Karolina Simmons and John Baraza of Abeingo share a light moment.

Mombasa Moose travels to Western

By Shad Bulimo, London, Oct 30 2007
Sometimes it takes a foreigner to discover the beauty that you have but you either do not know it or take it for nothing. Through the efforts of one brave American lady, Ms Karolina Simmons all the way from Massachussetts, traditional Kenyan artefacts, particularly musical instruments are now on the world map.

Ms Simmons is keen to expand her work through networking with community groups. She was in London last week where she met officials of Abeingo Community Network who welcomed the opportunity to promote Luhya culture through this partnership. Abeingo will work closely with her company, Mombasa Moose, to bring to the world attention the richness of the Luhya culture. To see more of her work visit http://www.mombasamoose.com

Wanjala appointed electoral commissioner

By LUCAS BARASA and ODHIAMBO ORLALE, Nairobi, Oct 29 2007
Ms Rachael Wanjala Kileta is among five new Electoral Commission of Kenya commissioners appointed by President Mwai Kibaki yesterday. A press despatch from the Presidential Service Unit named other commissioners as Mr Samuel Nyanchama Maugo, Mr Shem Sanya Balongo, Mr David Alfred Njeru Ndambiri and Mr Daniel Waisiko Wambura. They will serve for five years.The appointments come with only 57 days remaining until the polls are held on December 27 2007.
Retained: Vice chair, Kihara Muttu and Mr Jack Tumwa.
Replaced: Ms Rachael Mzera, Mr Abuya Abuya, Mr Habel Nyamu, Mr Samwel Manyunza and Mr Stephenson Mageto.
Uncertain: Chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu. His term ends on 02 Dec 2007. More>>>

60% of Kenyans happy with govt record

By Alex Ndegwa, Nairobi, Oct 29 2007
More than 60 per cent of Kenyans are happy with the performance of the Government in the last five years, a new survey says. According to the civil society survey conducted between June and September, 68 per cent of those polled in the nationwide study said the overall Government performance since it took power in 2002 is above average. Efforts to revamp the economy, health and education, and democratic space scored highly. More>>>

All KSCE candidates suspended

By Beauttah Omanga and Samuel Otieno, Homa Bay, Oct 29 2007
Homa Bay High School has suspended all their 151 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates following a riot. The candidates will now sit the examination as day scholars. They rioted on Friday, allegedly protesting against " strict rules" by the KCSE invigilators. They also damaged school property.

In response, the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has ordered the Nyanza Provincial Director of Education to identify the students who organised the strike. Knec secretary, Mr Paul Wasanga, said only the inciters should be victimised. The School Principal, Mr Andrew Buop, said trouble started when some candidates insisted on being allowed to enter examination rooms with notes.- Standard

Couple, son die in Webuye car crash

Kitale, Oct 29 2007
Acouple and their seven-year-old son were killed on Monday in a road accident along the Webuye-Kitale road. They died on the spot after a tree fell on top of a Nissan they were travelling in. Three other people including the driver were injured in the 10am accident near the Kitale airstrip, six kilometres from Kitale town.

The injured were rushed to Kitale District Hospital in critical condition. An eyewitness said the driver of the vehicle refused to stop after being warned of the falling tree. "He had just picked two passengers 50 metres away and was told to stop but he refused," he said. The Nissan matatu was extensively damaged on the front part.Meanwhile, eight people were killed on Monday when a vehicle they were travelling in collided with a lorry along the Nyeri-Nakuru Highway. More>>>

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Beautiful volleys - Kenya women volleyball team off to Japan. Veteran ex captain Dorcas Ndasaba was recalled to boost the team's morale after the public protested at her chop.

Ndasaba reinstated in national team

By Joel Odidi, Nairobi, Oct 29 2007
Former national women’s volleyball team captain, Dorcas Ndasaba, joined the team which jetted to Japan for the World Cup, a day after she was reinstated to the team. Ndasaba, who was dropped from the team last week to spark off a national outrage, was replaced as captain by Catherine Wanjiru.Speaking on Monday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before their departure, the apparently demoralised former captain said she was fit and glad to be back to the team and promised to play well as she had done before. But she ruled out accepting her former position as the team’s captain. "I can’t accept to be back as captain," said Ndasaba, who did not elaborate. More>>>

Police protest at media reports

By Eric Kiraithe, Nairobi, Oct 29 2007
In the last few years, the Kenya Police has sought to update the public regularly through the media on different situations that touch on their safety and security. Providing information to the public is an integral part of the maintenance of law and order. However, it is imperative that information in the media on police work and security matters be accurate and be handled with an eye on the dynamics that go with the investigation of crime.

The rush to fill pages or obtain a scoop by some papers recently has gone beyond the bounds of the kind of journalism that can assist the police fight crime. While we struggle not to complain about every little inaccuracy published, we are unable to let the latest reports linking the police to mysterious killings go unchallenged. More>>>

Raila for Rais tops

By Ben Agina, Nairobi, Oct 28 2007
Orange Democratic Movement’s presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga maintained the 50 per cent endorsement as President Kibaki moved up by two points. The latest Steadman Group’s fortnightly opinion poll shows Raila’s third straight win, suffered a three per cent slide from his last.

The poll came as the Electoral Commission announced December 27 is voting day. It also came as the political combatants stuck to their guns. Of the lost percentage points, Kibaki snatched two to stand at 39. But though still 20 percentage points behind ODM. Kibaki’s Party of National Unity, which is still grappling with modes of nomination and membership, moved one point up to stand at 30 per cent.

With the result of the latest poll the picture of a two-horse race between Raila and Kibaki began to solidify. Both again garnered at least 25 per cent in six provinces - satisying a constitutional requirement. More>>>

Anglican Church supports devolution

...as Awori describes majimbo a monster

By Ngumbao Kithi and Evelyn Ogutu
The Anglican Church (ACK) has added its voice to the raging majimbo debate, declaring its support for a devolved system of government. And separately, the Vice-President, Mr Moody Awori, has described majimbo as a monster, which would divide Kenya into tribal blocks.

Head of the Church Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi said majimbo had a tribal connotation, and appeared to suggest people would be forced back to their ancestral land. "We are asking the proponents of majimbo to come out and explain to Kenyans what kind of majimbo they want. As for now it is not clear what majimbo is all about," Nzimbi said.

Speaking at St Emmanuel Church in Mombasa on Sunday, Nzimbi said a devolved government would ensure equitable distribution of resources. "Even ACK operates in a devolved system and this is acceptable to all, but for majimbo, we need to be told what it is," he said. More>>>

Cultural breakaway

By Ali Abdi, Isiolo, Oct 28 2007
A borana clan has gone ‘out of tradition’ to endorse the candidature of a woman parliamentary aspirant in Isiolo District. Elders from the Dambenono clan ‘cleared’ Mrs Mumina Konso to vie for the Isiolo South Constituency parliamentary seat, whose immediate former MP was Mr Abdul Bahari Ali (Kanu).

The elders, drawn from all the locations of Isiolo South, met at the residence of Mr Haji Kadubo Billa and deliberated on the issue for five days.rs Konso as the same elders had ‘barred’ her from running in 2002, saying Borana women were traditionally ‘not allowed’ to lead.

She defied the elders then and contested against Bahari on a Narc ticket, but lost. Billa said it had dawned on the elders that women too could seek leadership positions and own or inherit property, contrary to their earlier beliefs."Lessons learnt from civic awareness campaigns from NGOs have led to the change in belief and attitude towards women," he said. More>>>

Media Council to grow teeth that can bite

By Amos Kareithi and Omwa Ombara, Nairobi, Oct 28 2007
The media in Kenya could be sitting on the threshold of a revolution when the recently enacted Bill comes into effect in two days’ time. The Media Council of Kenya (MCK), for example, will be a parastatal that will levy statutory fees on the estimated 200 operational media houses.

The chairman of the Ethics committee in the MCK, Mr Mitch Odero, said the enactment of the media law would give the body teeth to rein in on operators and journalists who give the profession a bad name. "From January all journalists, local and international, will have to be accredited by the Media Council. The Council will have powers to withdraw accreditation," explained Odero.More>>>

Banker, Nyamwamu shot dead in Kibera

By Cyrus Ombati, Nairobi, Oct 28 2007
A banker was killed by gunmen in a robbery outside his friend’s house in Nairobi’s Ayany estate. Daudi Nyamwamu of the Standard Chartered Bank was gunned down Sunday at dawn as he dropped a friend in the estate. He allegedly defied his attackers’ instructions. Police and the bank officials said the deceased was involved in the organisation of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2007, which was held on Sunday. Nyamwamu, who worked as a senior officer at the bank’s Industrial Area branch, was driving his personal car when he was shot twice in the head in the 3am incident.

His friend who was not injured told police that they were waiting for the watchman to open the gate when two gunmen appeared. Kilimani OCPD, Mr Herbert Khaemba, and his CID counterpart, Mr Mark Mwara confirmed the shooting. More>>>

600 women raped daily - report

By Edith Fortunate, Nairobi, Oct 28 2007
More than 600 females are raped daily, a new report shows. The report, compiled by Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC), indicates that the youngest rape survivor is five-months-old while the oldest is 86.

The statistics, which have been compiled in hospitals and community-based organisations where the victims go for treatment and counselling, approximate that there are at least 16,482 rape cases every year. Reported cases of assault and battery in the country have also increased from 6,255 to 9,169 while a third of adolescent girls’ first sexual experience is coerced, Health Policy Initiative Kenya adds. More>>>

Miss Kenya UK, Caroline Nyakila with soul diva, Ayesha and below, Kibui and Aisha

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Beauty with a mission for the poor

By Shad Bulimo, London, Oct 29 2007
Guests at a fundraising dinner for Miss Kenya UK were treated to an  evening of fashion, music and bangla dance last Friday. The event, now in its second year running, is a project of Sacoma, the London-based charity group working to relieve poverty among Swahili speaking people of Africa. The reigning Miss Kenya UK, Miss Caroline Nyakila, thanked guests for their generosity and said the money raised would be spent on projects in Kenya that target disadvantaged children.

Nairobi Businessmen, Mr Chris Kirubi who was supposed to be the guest of honour sent his apologies as he had to return to Nairobi urgently. Instead, he sent a representative, Mr Michael Mumo, the Editorial Director of Capital FM, the Nairobi based radio station.

The highlight of the evening at Brilliant Restaurant in Southall, was a charity auction of a designer frock, modelled by Miss Congo Global, Ms Ndaya Mossimi who sashayed the catwalk like a true queen to the delight of guests. After an intense bidding, the auction was won by Ade amid catcalls from other bidders that the auctioneer, Mr Noah Keya should include the model in the auction to fetch more.

Among those present were Messrs Sam Ochieng, a director of Sacoma,  Leonard Boiyo of the Kenya High Commission and Patrick Kola, a partner in Bluestone Partners Solicitors, London. The evening ended with a rendition by Ayesha, a jazz and soul diva while guests danced the night away in a special bangla dance choreographed by Bollywood movie star, Mr Suao Sasurjee.
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Auction winner, Ade receives congrats from Caroline Nyakila while Miss Congo, Ndaya parades the winning frock. Below: a section of the guests

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PNU wrangling to end - VP
Vice-Presdient, Mr Moody Awori, speaks to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ms Dorothy Angote, during the official opening of the fourth joint review meeting of the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector reform programme at Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa on Wednesday. He said wrangling in PNU will end as campaigns kick off. More>>>

World Bank supports ODM on majimbo

By Alex Ndegwa, Nairobi, Oct 24 2007
The World Bank has supported a decentralised system of Government, saying if implemented properly it could broaden participation in political, economic, and social activities in developing countries. A report first published in 1999 and reprinted in 2000, highlights the impact of decentralisation on efficiency, equity, and macro stability. Forms of decentralisation outlined by the Bank include political, administrative, fiscal and economic.

These revelations come in the wake of the raging debate in Kenya on proposals to introduce a majimbo system of government, which analysts say is the one issue most likely to determine the outcome of the December General Election. President Kibaki has vowed that the system would never be introduced in Kenya, saying those proposing majimbo were living in the past. But ODM presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga has accused the Government of trying to scare the public about his party’s proposal on majimbo. More>>>

Meru Kanu officials join ODM

By Patrick Muriungi, Meru, Oct 24 2007
Central Imenti Kanu branch chairman, Mr Samuel Murugu led 500 delegates and supporters in quitting the party to join ODM. The long serving Kanu official, who is also a former Meru County Council chairman, announced his new political move on Wednesday after a meeting with his supporters at Gatimbi market.

Murugu, who contested the Central Imenti Parliamentary seat in 2002 on a Kanu ticket, said he would seek the ODM nomination to contest this year. "I have decided to obey the wishes of my supporters and delegates. They have told me to join ODM, which they say would form the next government," said Murugu, a close ally of Pentagon member Mr Joe Nyagah. He urged the Meru community to read the mood of majority of Kenyans, who he said were backing ODM and its presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga. More>>>

The hand of God seen at work

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Here learning is for lion-hearted

By Walter Menya, Siaya Oct 24 2007
Two schools, about 15-km apart, have similar features of dilapidation. You could easily mistake one for the other by the similarity of their structures. “You are lucky to have come today. This area is normally inaccessible when it rains,” remarked a teacher of Ukela primary schools in Siaya District. 

A similar tale greets one visiting neighbouring Ligose primary school. With every passing day, the fears of the respective headteachers become even more compounded. Mr Ambrose Ochieng’ sits in his office at Ligose, his eyes wandering about the room, the burden ahead of him constantly making him uneasy. More>>>

Unemployed but best paid

By Peter Ngare, Nairobi, Oct 24 2007
Teachers in Kenya are the highest paid in East Africa, a new survey has revealed. The survey conducted this year by Education International in the three countries also shows there are 40,000 unemployed trained teachers in Kenya while Uganda has 10,000.

According to the report titled: “Teacher Supply, Recruitment and Retention,” the average salary for a primary school teacher in Kenya is Sh10,184, Uganda Sh7,705 and Tanzania Sh1,340. A secondary school teacher earns an average monthly salary of Sh20,435 in Kenya, Sh17,420 in Uganda and Sh8,375 in Tanzania. More>>>

More pain for Kenyans as petrol price goes up

The cost of oil products has hit a new high in Nairobi with Total, Kenol and Kobil increasing pump prices by Sh1 per litre. Consequently, the cost of petrol has reached an all-time high of Sh86 per litre in Nairobi’s central business district while diesel has gone up to Sh76. More>>>

People mill around a bus that plunged into River Wuoroya, injuring more than 40 passengers. The bus to Nairobi from Kampala is said to have hit a pot hole, which could have caused the driver to lose control.

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Thank God I am alive

Busia, Oct 24, 2007
Forty-two passengers cheated death when a bus they were travelling in plunged into a river. The bus belonging to Gateway Company, was headed for Nairobi from Kampala on Tuesday night when the driver hit a pothole and plunged into River Wuoroya at Rang’ala. Siaya district police boss Humphrey Wanzala led the rescue operation. Two months ago, 22 passengers died near Muhanda in Yala township in another road crash. More>>>

Samia now a district

Nairobi, Oct 23 2007
Samia has been hived off Busia District to become a fully fledged district benefitting from a season of political goodies. In a Kenya Gazette notice signed by President Kibaki, the Government named the new administrative areas as: Msabweni (Coast) and Tana Delta (Coast), Mbooni (Eastern), Garbatula (Eastern), Laisamis (Eastern), Rarieda (Nyanza), Borabu (Nyanza) and Samia (Western). Ashabito in Mandera Central, Khalalio in Mandera East and Malkameri in Mandera West in North Eastern Province were named as the new sub-districts. More>>>

Arungah ditches Narc, joins ODM

Nairobi, Oct 23 2007
The immediate Khwisero MP, Mr Julius Arungah, has defected to ODM. He told The Standard he had ditched Narc and would be seeking re-election on an ODM ticket. "I have served my constituents on a Narc ticket during my five-year tenure in Parliament, but I have now decided to support ODM’s Raila Odinga’s presidential bid," he said by telephone.

The MP said ODM commanded huge support in his constituency and he did not want to go against the wishes of the electorate by sticking to Narc. On Tuesday, Raila — who jetted out of the country again after officiating at the party’s women convention — praised Ngilu as having been part of the second liberation struggle. More>>>

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AM SORRY KENYANS, I LIED

By Shad Bulimo, London October 23 2007
Look at me. What do you see? A corrupt, lying loony of a president or an accomplished, successful statesman of international repute? Don’t rush to answer. Look again more closely. This time, focus on my eyes. What do you see? Do they reflect one ordained of visionary leadership or someone who has something of the night about him. Again, for sanity’s sake. Don’t answer just yet. Let us now turn to my mouth; not its shape because that is stuff for Madd and co. For the adventurous and discerning lot, try to trace the history of what my mouth has said or not said over the last 15 years.

Quite frankly, you may never discover the really me for I don’t know myself either. I accept that in politics, mugumo tree can after all be uprooted if that accords me survival for another term. I   have sacrificed mama na baba to the point of leading them to the slaughterhouse of the volatile political theatre. Am not in politics to make a name like Mandela or Gandhi. And although I call myself a Christian, am not saintly. I live life to the full; I enjoy my cognac; I play golf. Am quite an ordinary bloke like you really. I have my moments of turmoil in my household especially during the volcanic eruptions of mama watoto. More>>>

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Curtain finally falls on 9th parliament

President Mwai Kibaki dissolved parliament yesterday to pave way for elections which are thought to be slated for 27 December 2007. A new parliament must be in place within 90 days. More>>>

Kulundu clashes with US envoy

By Alex Ndegwa And Edith Fortunate, Nairobi, Oct 22 2007
Labour minister Dr Newton Kulundu exchanged harsh words with US Ambassador Mr Michael Ranneberger at a public forum in Nairobi. Kulundu triggered the diplomatic spat — which saw the US envoy snub him twice — with a scathing attack on the US and the UK for hypocrisy when dealing with African countries.

"I dare take the bull by its horns and declare that the greatest violators of human rights, democracy and transparency are not in Africa but are the UK, US and other European countries," Kulundu said on Monday in the presence of the US envoy. The minister spoke during the launch of a report, Trafficking In Persons From A Labour Perspective: The Kenyan Experience.

Stung by the words, Ranneberger displayed his displeasure when he refused to shake Kulundu’s hand after the address. Participants watched the unfolding drama in dismay. And when he rose to address the meeting, Ranneberger dismissed the minister’s remarks as "ludicrous". At the end of his speech, the US envoy again snubbed Kulundu and hurriedly left the conference hall. More>>>

Death in Nyanza as Busia exam girl goes missing

By Kepher Otieno And Robert Nyasato, Busia, Oct 22 2007
Secondary school exams got underway yesterday with various incidents reported nationwide including one death in Rongo, Nyanza Province. In Busia, a pupil of Our Lady of Mercy School went missing in unexplained circumstances, according to the Busia District DEO, Mr Musilu Kilonzo. "One of the girls was ill but the whereabouts of the other is unknown," he told a local daily.

The exams, which were ferried by speedboats via Lake Victoria, began well in all centres. Candidates of Makunda Mixed Secondary School were relocated to St Ann’s Bunyala Girls’ after their institution was marooned. The Western Provincial Director of Education, Mr Patrick Nyagosia, said a team of education officers was co-ordinating the exercise. A spot check by The Standard at various centres indicated that the papers arrived in time. Education in Budalang'i, Busia has been affected by floods. More>>>

No more defections for losers in party nominations

By Bernard Namunane, Oct 22 2007
President Kibaki has signed into law, 11 Bills, among them, one that will block aspirants from defecting after losing out in party nominations. He signed the Political Parties Bill and 10 other new laws yesterday just hours before he dissolved parliament.

The Bill, which was passed last week to include suggestions made by the President, seeks to provide guidelines for the registration, regulation and funding of political parties. MPs and NGOs have been pushing for the Bill as part of efforts to infuse democracy in parties and improve accountability. More>>>

Western PC peddling lies - ODM

By Kibisu Kabatesi, Nairobi, Oct 22 2007
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is perturbed to learn that the provincial administration is campaigning for President Kibaki. We have recorded evidence of the Provincial Commissioner (PC) for Western Province, Mr Abdul Mwasera, and other provincial administration officers addressing a political rally disguised as a baraza at Wangulu market in Sabatia constituency.

The PC and the local District Officer, Mr George Kamweru, specifically urged residents to vote for Kibaki and the local Member of Parliament, Mr Moses Akaranga.

Mwasera enumerated alleged benefits that have accrued in the area attributing them to the "wise leadership of President Kibaki". He was reading from an official and standard booklet specifically prepared for use by these officers in Kibaki’s re-election campaign.

What is alarming are the inherent lies and misinformation that the PC was peddling at the rally.Mwasera read out a list of presumed prominent local people in the public service but woefully and wrongly said Justice Daniel Aganyanya was from Sabatia. Indeed, most of the names read were not from Sabatia. More>>>

Wanga goes professional in Angola

By Bosco Magare, Nairobi, Oct 22 2007
Angola’s Division One premier league club Atletico Petroleos de Luanda Director General Delcio Ferreira Costa is in the country to sign a professional football contract with Tusker FC striker Allan Wanga. Costa told SportFest at Chemelil Sports Complex at the weekend he is accompanied by Atletico Petroleos de Luanda official Antonio Austino to seal a professional contract deal with Tusker prolific scorer Wanga.

Contacted for comment Tusker chairman, Patrick Naggi, who was present during the Chemelil Sugar match against Tusker, which ended in a barren draw, confirmed the Angolan club officials were keen on signing up the striker. During the interview the Portuguese speaking Austino who doubled up as the club’s interpreter said the duo jetted into the country last Tuesday to conclude negotiations with Tusker on Wanga’s contract. "Negotiations between Tusker and Atletico Petroleos to sign Wanga started last July when I came to the country accompanied by Atletico’s club coach Carlos Queinos," Austino said.- Standard

Kalonzo Musyoka to address UK Kenyans

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 22 2007
Presidential aspirant, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka will address Kenyans in London on Thursday, October 25 2007 over dinner. It is expected that Mr Musyoka will reveal for the first time, a unity pack that may heal whatever rifts he has with ODM flag bearer, Mr Raila Odinga. The function will be held at Rembrandt Hotel; 11 Thurloe Place; Knightsbridge; London; SW7 2RS. The dinner costs £50.00 per person. Those wishing to attend or have a private audience with the MP for Kitui East, should contact: Mrs Esak on 07920562964; Mary on 07920562953 and Mrs Toya on 07920562949.

Majimbo a colonial ploy - Kituyi

By Robert Wanyonyi and Peter Atsiaya, Bungoma, Oct 21 2007
Proponents of a majimbo (federal) system want to introduce divisions through the back door, Cabinet minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, has said. A majimbo system would divide the country along tribal lines, he said.

Addressing rallies at Kamukuywa, Chesamisi and Tongaren centres in his Kimilili constituency on Friday, the New Ford-Kenya leader said his party was focused on uniting Kenyans. The minister said the majimbo debate propagated by ODM had exposed their plans and those of their foreign backers.

Not all foreign countries wanted a peaceful Kenya, which was the reason some were prodding the Opposition to introduce majimbo, he claimed. The Trade and Industry minister said majimbo would cause civil strife. "What they want is a system of fragmentation and it will be wise if Kenyans see that early enough and refuse to give them a chance," he said. Separately, Housing minister, Mr Soita Shitanda, echoed Kituyi’s sentiments, saying majimbo would threaten peace and stability. More>>>

Kibaki abuses provincial administration

By Isaac Ongiri and Joel Okwayo, Nairobi Oct 21 2007
All District Commissioners (DCs) have been ordered to conduct a survey on President Kibaki’s political strength in their areas of jurisdiction. Lately, several opinion polls have shown Kibaki trailing ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga.

A top administration official confirmed to The Standard that they received the orders from the Minister for Internal Security two weeks ago. The DCs have been given two weeks to hand in their reports. Meanwhile, DCs and senior district officers have been moved in a new reshuffle. Deputy Western PC, Mr Joshua Chepchieng is new Kitui DC. He replaces Mr Abdi Hassan who has been transferred to Mombasa District to take over from Mr Raphael Letimalo, who resigned to join politics. Mr Mohamed Saleh, a former North Eastern PC, has also resigned to join politics. The Migori DC, Mr Njoroge Ndirangu, has been transferred to Kisii to take over from Mr Christopher Musumbu. Musumbu has been moved to Turkana District to replace a Mr Ayonga. Ayonga is new Meru Central DC. More>>>

Camel campaign for high office

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VP scoffs at ODM defection rumours

Nairobi, Oct 21 2007
President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) intensified its campaigns across the country with Vice President Moody Awori reassuring supporters of victory. Speaking in Kajiado on Sunday, Awori said nothing would stop Kibaki from recapturing his seat.

He appeared to be reassuring voters over Kibaki’s poor rating in the last opinion polls that showed him trailing Raila, seemingly his main challenger for the top job at the moment. Awori warned Kenyans against falling for opposition propaganda, saying they should evaluate President Kibaki’s record and vote for him.

He dismissed speculations that he was intending to decamp to ODM. "Mimi ni mtu ya Kibaki na nitaendelea na Kibaki,’’ (I’m a Kibaki man and will continue to be)," said Awori. He said it was only President Kibaki who was capable of initiating real change. More>>>

Ngala ditches Kanu, joins ODM

Mombasa, Oct 21 2007
Kanu vice-chairman Mr Katana Ngala has ditched his party for ODM. Announcing his defection on Saturday at the Orange House, Ngala said Kanu represented the past while ODM represents the future.

He said: "Kanu represented the past and today people are very informed and challenges are different from what was experienced many years ago."

The new development now means the former ruling party Kanu has no serving vice-chairman in its national office after Mr Chris Okemo, Mr Dalmas Otieno and Mr Henry Kosgey decamped to ODM. Pentagon member Mr Musalia Mudavadi, national treasurer Mr Omingo Magara, Mr George Khaniri and politician Mr Martin Shikuku received him to the party. Mudavadi welcomed Ngala saying political parties require numbers to remain strong. More>>>

Renowned scholar, Prof Ali Mazrui

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Prof Mazrui predicts Raila victory

By Kevin J Kelley, New York, Oct 21 2007
Prof Ali Mazrui has said he used to joke with friends about which country would be the first to elect a Luo president – Kenya or the US? But he is no longer joking because Mr Raila Odinga leads pre-election opinion polls in Kenya as Senator Barack Obama — who has Kenya roots — trails Senator Hillary Clinton in the race for the US Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Although Prof Mazrui is “slightly sceptical” of the Kenyan opinion poll results, he said it was possible that Mr Odinga, the ODM presidential candidate, could defeat President Kibaki in the December elections.

Prof Mazrui, 74, is now director of a global studies programme at a state university in New York. He is also the chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture (JKUAT) in Kenya. More>>>

Wambani nabs bogus pastor over killing

By WANJIRU MACHARIA and GEOFFREY RONO, Narok, Oct 21 2007
A bogus pastor has been arrested in Narok over the recent killing of five people during a violent robbery. The suspect was associated with the robbery in which five people, who were ferrying money, were carjacked and shot dead on the eve of the Idd ul Fitr holiday. The area police boss, Mr Patrick Wambani, said the suspect was a wanted man and had relocated to Narok after his house was destroyed in Kisii by a mob.

Mr Wambani said the man moved to Narok a year ago and started a church and a garage business. He said the suspect was caught by officers soon after the robbery two weeks ago, but escaped from the cell at the chief’s camp through the roof. Mr Wambani said the suspect fled to Mau forest, but could not go far for fear of being mauled by wild animals. “My officers cordoned the area and smoked him out of the forest,” he said. More>>>

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The chairperson of the NGO Council, Ms Orie Rogo Manduli, joins members of the Kayamba Afrika in a jig during the official launch of the NGO of the Year Award at the Serena Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, on Wednesday night. Picture: Collins Kweyu

Looters earn Shs50b per annum

Laikipia, Oct 18 2007
ODM Presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, claimed the country was losing some Sh50 billion annually through payment of fake bills. He said if elected to office, he would ensure all the loopholes at the Treasury were sealed and the money saved used to provide free secondary education.

"They are saying there is no money to provide free secondary education yet they are stealing from the Exchequer Sh50 billion every year," he said at a public rally, at Rumuruti, in Laikipia West District. " I have been in the government and I know how they are stealing from Kenyans," he added. More>>>

Safaricom CEO agrees with ODM

By Tom Mogusu, Nairobi, Oct 18 2007
Safaricom Limited wants the Government to postpone the sale of its stake at the mobile company until the General Election is concluded. The mobile firm says that the initial public offer (IPO) was being affected by the political shenanigans between the Government and ODM, a political party led by former Cabinet minister Mr Raila Odinga.

Speaking for the first time about the political heat that the firm’s IPO has raised, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Joseph, said the deal should be postponed "to avoid the company being used as a political game-ball by politicians". Treasury hopes to raise Sh35 billion in the sale of the Government’s 25 per cent shareholding in Safaricom. More>>>

Unlucky Dube felled by an assasin's bullet. It seems all Reggae icons shall suffer the same fate. Remember Bob Marley and Peter Tosh?

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Unlucky Dube shot dead

Johannesburg, Oct 18 2007
The South African reggae musician, Lucky Dube, has been shot dead in front of his children in Johannesburg during an attempted car hijacking. He had been dropping his teenage son and daughter off in the suburb of Rosettenville on Thursday evening.

Police say they were already out of the car when three shots were fired through a car window killing their father. Alongside Bob Marley, he was thought of as one of the great reggae artists - singing about social problems. He was also one of the apartheid regime's most outspoken critics. Correspondents say the killing has shocked South Africans who are already accustomed to one of the highest murder rates in the world. More>>>

Beware of postal scam

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 19 2007
The Royal Mail, UK's premier mail company and Trading Standards Office have confirmed the existence of a scam thought to originate from Belize through which a card is delivered to your address inviting you to phone a premium number to claim a prize.

The card is from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at <http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/>

Two police officers shot dead in Mt Elgon clashes

By Bernard Kwalia, Oct 18 2007
Two police officers have been shot dead by people believed to be members of Sabaot Land Defence Forces in Mt Elgon District. The regular police officers identified as Mr James Kosgei and Mr Nixon Kiprop were ambushed by militiamen at Kaimugul area of Chebyuk Settlement Scheme at 3pm on Wednesday and shot dead.

The attackers were said to have taken away the officers’ uniforms and two G3 guns. The officers were said to have earlier escorted their seniors to attend Western provincial commissioner Abdul Mwasera’s meeting at Kapkateny, where the administrator had visited the family of Chief Cleophas Sonit at Kapsambu Village who was killed earlier. More>>>

Uproar as CBK Kisumu strips women staff naked

By John Oywa, Kisumu, Oct 18 2007
An incident where female employees of the Central Bank of Kenya, Kisumu branch were stripped naked during a routine search is now threatening the financial institution. The workers were reportedly asked to strip bare last Friday over fears that one of them had stashed the bank’s money inside her undergarments. The affected employees are now demanding an explanation from the management over the incident. "We were humiliated by the female security officials who touched our private parts while allegedly searching for the money," said one of the workers who asked for anonymity. More>>>


Gun battle scares Kisumu investors:
A GUN battle between seven gangsters and police disrupted a dinner the Government had organised for a group of potential investors in Kisumu. The raid at the exclusive Yatch Club came a few hours after senior Government officials and Kisumu mayor, Ms Prisca Auma, had assured the investors of their safety in the town. More>>>

Poor country, rich managers

By Jeff Otieno, Nairobi, Oct 18 2007
The highest paid employees in Kenya earn an average monthly salary of Sh2.5 million, according to a human resource survey released by PriceWaterHouseCoopers on Thursday. The survey shows the highest paying companies are in finance, insurance, professional services, ICT and multimedia, trade, manufacturing and NGOs.  The top salary figure is 400 times higher than the pay of Kenya’s lowest paid worker.

The chief executive officers, who work in the financial services sector take home an average salary amounting to Sh2,530,697 each, which is Sh2,525,302 more than the country’s lowest minimum wage of Sh5,395.  The minimum wage was raised from Sh4,817 to Sh5,395 last year. More>>>


Asylum seekers tortured:
Dozens of East Africans are reported to have been beaten up by private security officials following failed requests for asylum in the UK, writes Paul Redfern.  The issue was highlighted in a joint report by the UK newspaper, the Independent, and a group co-ordinating the representation and medical care of failed asylum-seekers. More>>>

Women Prisoners happy with tsingokho

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Prisoners to rear 'tsingokho'

Thika Prison inmates display chicken,after Kenchic launched a poultry project at Kamiti and Thika prisons, on Wednesday. Picture by Ann Kamoni - Standard

Chesoni lays down the law - from the grave

By Jibril Adan, Nairobi Oct 17 2007
Electoral Commission Kenya (ECK) chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu’s interpretation of the law on fielding of presidential candidates by political parties differs with a December 1997 ruling by his predecessor. The late Justice Zacchaeus Chesoni gave an interpretation of Constitution of Kenya - Section 5(3)a and judged that it was not mandatory for all parties to have a presidential candidate.

He ruled that the section that says, "each party shall have one presidential candidate" does not mean each party ‘must’ have a candidate. Chesoni made the interpretation at the request of then Safina chairman, Mr Muturi Kigano. Kigano is now an ECK commissioner.

Since Safina was not fielding a presidential candidate, Kigano wanted to know if there was any provision barring it from the parliamentary elections. Chesoni said: "The Electoral Commission confirms that a party taking part at a parliamentary election in a General Election does not mandatorily have to nominate a presidential candidate". More>>>

Njue's second only to Otunga

By Martin Mutua, Nyeri, Oct 17 2007
Hardly a fortnight after he was named Archbishop of Nairobi, the Most Reverend John Njue has been elevated to the position of Cardinal.And he becomes only the second Kenyan to be named Cardinal after Maurice Otunga who passed away four years ago. With this new appointment, the second highest in the Catholic Church after the Pope’s, Njue automatically becomes the head of the church in Kenya.

A Cardinal who happens to be below the age of 75 sits on the College of Cardinals, which is responsible for the election of a Pope. Njue, who is the current Chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, had hardly taken over from Archbishop Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki, whose retirement was accepted by the Pope a fortnight ago. More>>>

Police dog sniffs at illegal sugar

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Mumias Sugar import scam intercepted

By ABDULSAMAD ALI and EDMUND KWENA, Mombasa, Oct 17 2007
Port police in Mombasa intercepted a huge consignment of counterfeit sugar imported into the country in Mumias Sugar Company gunny bags on Wednesday. The sugar with an estimated market value of Sh34 million was imported from United Arab Emirates, a country not known to produce sugar, and packed in 25 containers each with 500 bags of 50 kilogrammes each. A 25 kilogramme bag of sugar from Mumias costs Sh2,700.

Port police said on Wednesday that they have since learnt that the sugar was from Brazil but was repackaged in the Mumias sugar branded bags to enable the smugglers release it into the local market. Port CID chief John Nyanzwii said they got a tip-off about two weeks ago, although Mumias Sugar’s security manager Isaac Sumba Sheunda said they learnt of the consignment in April. More>>>

Kisii village scores success against malaria

By ANGWENYI GICHANA, Kissi, Oct 17 2007
Mrs Esther Keraa Ogeto is a resident of malaria prone Kisii District.  Her family used to experience recurrent malaria attacks, but due measures taken by the Government and its development partners, malaria infections are a thing of the past.

To Mrs Ogeto, 40, the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) has ended her worst nightmare of malaria infections in her family of six. “We used to spend a lot of money on treatment. It was a big relief when the nets were introduced,” she added. More>>>

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Boniface Mghanga defects to ODM

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Kanu loses one more

ODM presidential aspirant, Mr Raila Odinga (right), receives Voi MP, Mr Boniface Mghanga at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, on Tuesday. Picture: Tabitha Otwori.

Cheaper to fly to Kakamega than drive

By Jaindi Kisero, Nairobi, Oct 16 2007
ALL THREE PRESIDENTIAL candidates say that infrastructure, especially roads, will be a priority if they are elected. I agree because most of our major roads are in a pathetic state.  This country will not experience sustainable growth with the type of roads we have. Right now, those to western Kenya connecting to the country’s key Comesa export markets in Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi are in a deplorable state.

Today, it is cheaper to fly to Kisumu, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kericho and Kisii, than to drive a personal car through that treacherous patch between Maai Mahiu and Narok or the gully-riddled road between Timboroa and Eldoret. More>>>

'Stupid' blacks, 'clever' whites

By Cahal Milmo, London, Oct 16 2007
One of the world's most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that "equal powers of reason" were shared across racial groups was a delusion. James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. More>>>

Equity bank cleared

Nairobi, Oct 16 2007
Investors and account holders can continue transacting their business with confidence at the Equity Bank following a clean bill of health Parliament handed the institution. The Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade said it had not found any financial malpractice at the bank, allaying fears that the indigenous institution was transacting illicit and shady dealings with the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

The committee, however, recommended that the bank should be subjected to regular supervision by the regulators, as the law requires.cessary consultations. More>>>

Found alive but dumb

By Beauttah Omanga, Siaya, Oct 16 2007
A senior civil servant, who went missing three weeks ago, has been found abandoned by a riverbank, more than 200km from his working station, dumb and weak. Mr Fredrick Oscar Ochieng’ Owino, who is the Gucha District Agricultural Officer, was found by good Samaritans in Sega, Siaya District, on Monday, sitting alone and too weak to walk.

They took him to a nearby secondary school for assistance. An employee at the school, who is his relative, organised to have him re-united with his family. Owino’s wife, Mrs Rukia Owino, said her husband had difficulties communicating. "He was unable to talk and could not explain what had happened to him," she said.

She, however, thanked God that her husband had been found alive, despite his poor state of health. "Irrespective of his condition, we are all happy that our fears that the worst might have happened to him are over," said added. More>>>

Pointless appointments

By Susan Anyangu, Nairobi, Oct 16 2007
President Kibaki made two appointments to replace ministers who defected to ODM. Kibaki on Tuesday appointed Bureti MP Mr Paul Sang to replace sacked Health minister, Mrs Charity Ngilu. He also named Assistant Health minister, Dr Wilfred Machage to replace Chepalungu MP Mr John Koech as Minister for East African Co-operation (EAC).

A PPS dispatch said the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Ambassador Francis Muthaura swore in the two new ministers immediately at State House in the President’s presence. The ministers will serve for short stints as the General Election is round the corner.

President Kibaki congratulated them on their appointments saying: "Kenyans look up to you for improved services and I have no doubt you will meet their expectations." Koech later handed over office to Machage. More>>>

Politics with fitness: May the best team win -  Shabanji Opukah, patron of Shabanji Opukah Mavuno Cup Football tournament wishes the footballers well.

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Opukah vows to bring glory back to Butere

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 15 2007
Butere is perhaps one of the best known constituencies in Kenya thanks primarily to self-styled people's watchman, Martin Shikuku. However, fame has not translated into development and today, the people of Butere continue to languish in extreme poverty. The most direct development vehicle, the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), has not lived up to expectations due to poor management and ill advised prioritisation of projects by the current leadership. All is not lost for the people as hope returns through the eyes of one man.

The man on a mission to save his people is Shabanji Opukah, an accomplished communicator with impeccable people skills. He quit his lush job with an international company in London to be with the people and put his ideas into action. Through the Butere Development Caucus, Mr Opukah has embarked successfully on a sustainable food security programme. Among the projects accomplished so far include: construction of spring wells, vaccination of 60,000 chickens, introduction of cash crop amarath, bursary fund and provision of reflective gear for boda boda taxi operators.

 “The people of Butere have been short-changed in the last ten years, suffering selfish, poor, arrogant and visionless political leadership. It is time now they elected a leader who will truly be at their disposal and commit to a covenant of service to the people on the basis of inclusivity, transparency and accountability in the management of public resources with the people at the centre of decision making," Opukah told INGONEWS in London yesterday. Click here to read Opukah's Vision for Butere.

Inflation not Raila bedevils stock market

By Benson Oyuke, Nairobi, Oct 15 2007
Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) has said the increasing cost of living in the country has largely caused the falling share prices at the bourse. Chief Executive, Mr Chris Mwebesa, said increased inflation linked to rising costs of fuel and other basic necessities as a key factor that has led to investors selling off shares to increase their disposable income.

He said a recent survey conducted by the bourse shows that investors are disposing their shares to increase their purchasing power in response to rising prices of basic necessities and fuel and an attractive debt market. Last week, Finance Minister, Mr Amos Kimunya blamed Raila for scaring investors at the Nairobi Stock Exchange. More>>>

Tribe is the word in forthcoming polls

By Elizabeth Mwai, Nairobi, October 14 2007
Ethnicity will determine the election of the next president in the December General Election, a new opinion poll shows. The International Republican Institute (IRI) study says 38.4 per cent of voters would consider regional affiliation while casting their ballots. Releasing the report yesterday, IRI East Africa Resident Director, Mr Kenneth Flottman, said ethnicity had overridden other decisive factors.

"We asked the respondents what, in their opinion, is the strongest influencing factor deciding how most Kenyan vote," Flottman said. The candidates’ personality, the study says, is of less importance to voters, with only 14.6 per cent citing it a factor to consider. Of even lesser importance were the issues the candidates were trumpeting (14.3 per cent) and party affiliation (13.1 per cent). More>>>

Freaky Kalonzo thanks hand of God

By Patrick Wachira, Nairobi, Oct 13 2007
The crowd that turned up for the launch of Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s campaign at Uhuru Park was unexpected. By the time the rally proper got under way, there were thousands of people and more were streaming in. Kalonzo and party Secretary General, Mr Samuel Poghisio, described it as “the hand of God”, an indication that they did not expect the turn up. More>>>

The smile of success: George Wajackoyah from California

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Wajackoyah visits editor

California-based international lawyer, Mr George Luchiri Wajackoyah, paid a visit to Abeingo Community Network Editor, Mr Shadrack Bulimo at his home in MIlton Keynes, UK on Sunday, October 13. Mr Wajackoyah who is in London on a private visit was accompanied by his children, Shafique and Marjorie and his auntie, Isabel Orwako. Mr Wajackoyah who attended Baltimore School of Law now works as a senior consultant with Canyon Legal Center in California. Read profile

From left: Lynda Bulimo, Jacqui Bulimo, Shafique Wajackoyah, George Wajackoyah, Sasha Bulimo, Marjorie Wajackoyah and Isabel Orwako. See more photos

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Where Kibaki leads...

By Morton Saulo, Nairobi, Oct 13 2007
President Kibaki and his Party of National Unity (PNU) lead other presidential candidates and parties in terms of attracting media coverage from various channels. A new poll, conducted by the Strategic Public Relations and Research, on behalf of UNDP, puts ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga second, followed by ODM-Kenya’s flag bearer, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka. The poll says in terms of space allocated (centimetres), The Standard gave the President 637, followed by Raila with 431 and Kalonzo with 289.

In Nation, President Kibaki also leads with 741, Raila 532 and Kalonzo 239. The People Daily has Kibaki leading with 733, Raila 645, and Kalonzo 312. The Kenya Times has given Kibaki 772, Raila 416 and Kalonzo 312. The survey shows it is only in the Nairobi Star that Raila leads with 374, Kibaki has 357 and Kalonzo 196.

For radio the stations, the poll was based on airtime accorded in terms of seconds. Capital FM accorded Kibaki 220, Raila 211 and Kalonzo 142. Easy FM has Kibaki leading at 289, Raila 253 and Kalonzo 126. At KBC the President has 335, Raila 149 and Kalonzo 105. Classic FM gave Kibaki 779, Raila 364 and Kalonzo 262. Citizen radio has Kibaki leading with 255, Raila 228 and Kalonzo with 134. More>>>

...but flops where it matters

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ODM presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga continued to lead the other two main candidates in six of eight provinces, and virtually among all the main Kenyan communities, except those in Central and Eastern provinces.

It's old versus the new

By Dennis Onyango, Nairobi Oct 13 2007
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which launched its national campaign last weekend, now wants to fashion a clear divide between itself and its main rival, the Party of National Unity. This sets the stage for a battle for a choice between a change of direction in local politics and governance, and continuity.

Pentagon member Mr William Ruto said the party is going in the hunt for votes with the pledge that it is the only one that stands for change. President Kibaki, he says, is for perpetuation of the status quo. "You cannot run an election on the basis of the past. Kenyans want to know what the future holds for them. So we will offer them the future and let PNU tell them story of the past," Raila said. More>>>

The 1st test tube baby in Western Kenya baby

It's a 1st for Western

By Vincent Bartoo, Eldoret, Oct 13 2007
THE first test tube baby to be born in western Kenya was delivered at an Eldoret hospital. The baby boy, weighing about 2.1kg was delivered on Friday at the Mediheal Fertility Centre at 4.30pm. The baby’s parents, although jubilant, declined to appear before cameras to show their joy. They had waited for this momemnt for 17 years. More>>>

Prayers for Mama Muruli

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 13 2007
Prayers were said last Sunday in Wembley, UK for Mama Clare Tsisika Muruli who suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. They were organised by Wangula Khasiani of the Friend's Church and attended by Neccy Kikaya, Abigail Khalakuba, Rachel Mirindo, Moses Khalakuba, Susan Kivayi, Catherine Condren, Elizabeth Iminza, Henry Muhunzu, Catherine Muhunzu, Wilfrida Wandera, George Muruli, son to the indisposed, Janet Muruli , the daughter and carer and Fortunata Muteshi,daughter-in-law. Mrs Muruli's other daughter, Mabel Mark is away on business travel. The group sang her favourite hymns and wished her quick recovery. Mama Muruli continues to make steady progress.

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Western gets shs6.2b to create wealth

By Roselyne Obala and Renson Buluma, Busia. Oct 11 2007
The Government and the World Bank will fund a Sh6.2 billion wealth creation community project in western Kenya.Western Kenya Community Driven Development and Flood Mitigation Project will cover the nine districts in Western Province, in addition to Bondo and Siaya districts in Nyanza Province for eight years.

The bank’s Country Director, Mr Collins Bruce, said he had witnessed problems affecting residents of Budalang’i. "I have seen that flooding is a major problem in this area. I shall consult the bank’s board to prioritise and give the project more prominence," he said.

Bruce was speaking at Magombe Catholic grounds after touring the marooned site where more than 6,000 people displaced by the floods are camping. Special Programmes minister, Mr John Munyes and Water assistant minister, Mr Raphael Wanjala accompanied Bruce. More>>>

Chahonyo dumps Kanu

By Mutinda Mwanzia, Nairobi Oct 11 2007
Former Post Master-General, Mr Francis Chahonyo, has ditched Kanu for ODM-Kenya and declared his candidature for the Sabatia parliamentary seat. Chahonyo was speaking at ODM-Kenya headquarters, where party presidential candidate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka and chairman Mr Samuel Poghisio received him.

He issued a challenge to ODM pentagon member, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, who is also eyeing the seat, to brace for a major battle come the polls. "Musalia should not expect it easy from me. I have what it takes to take the battle to his door step," he said. More>>>

Anxiety as Mukele goes home

Nairobi, Oct 11 2007
Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) vice chairman, Mr Gabriel Kwoba Mukele, leaves office this on Friday after the expiry of his term. His exit sends strong signals that the Government will not re-appoint other ECK commissioners, including chairman Mr Samuel Kivuitu, despite appeals to President Kibaki. Kivuitu’s contract expires on December 2.

Sources at the Electoral body also said nothing had been communicated about the renewal of Kivuitu’s contract and seven other commissioners whose tenures end soon. The commissioners, whose terms of office end next month, are Mr Stephen Mageto, Mr Abuya Abuya, Mr Habel Nyamu, Mr Kihara Mutu, Mr Jack Tumwa, Mr Samuel Manyunza and Recho Nzera. The ECK has a total of 22 commissioners. More>>>

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Kibaki visits journalist

The President’s son visited a journalist who is in hospital after he was injured in a car crash while returning from covering the Head of State. Mr Jimmy Kibaki turned up at the Nairobi Hospital on Wednesday, where Mr Martin Mukangu, a photojournalist with The Standard, was admitted after he was injured in a road accident in Athi River. More>>>

Ford K rebuffed by Masinde clan

By Robert Wanyonyi, Bungoma, Oct 10 2007
Efforts by Ford K Leadership to regain ground in Bungoma by invoking the spirit of Elijah Masinde of Dini ya Msambwa, have come a cropper after the family rejected their overtures. The chairman of the late Masinde’s Babichachi clan, Mr Patrick Chaka, warned Kanduyi MP, Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi, against "carrying blood into our father’s home".

Chaka said the family’s decision to back ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, was final, adding Raila had recognised Masinde’s role. "Raila has constantly been in touch with us ever since, assisting us both morally and financially. Where was Ford-Kenya all this time?" he posed. Last Sunday, Wamunyinyi said Ford-Kenya MPs led by chairman, Mr Musikari Kombo, would perform a cleansing ceremony at Masinde’s grave, which is considered a holy shrine by the Bukusu, to secure the party’s fortunes ahead of the General Election. More>>>

Kibunguchy warns Kombo

By Stephen Makabila and Peter Atsiaya, Lugari, Oct 10 2007
Lugari MP, Dr Enock Kibunguchy, has told Ford-Kenya MPs in the party’s stronghold of Bungoma they cannot stop the ODM wave sweeping across Western Province. Kibunguchy said the MPs, led by party chairman, Mr Musikari Kombo, should brace for defeat, unless they decamp to ODM.

He also dismissed plans by the Ford-Kenya MPs to cleanse the grave of the late Dini ya Msambwa sect leader, Elijah Masinde, following ODM Pentagon member, Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s visit. Kanduyi MP, Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi had said Ford-Kenya MPs would perform a special ceremony to appease ancestors and seek their blessings ahead of the election.

"About 80 per cent of Western people, Bungoma included, support ODM and Ford-Kenya MPs in Bungoma should stop wasting time in cleansing ceremonies that would not salvage their fortunes in the General Election," said Kibunguchy. More>>>

Poor man's bank rewarded

Nairobi Oct 10 2007
K-Rep Bank, the micro finance institution with a strong presence in Khwisero, received the 2006 Financial Transparency Award, from Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a subsidiary of the World Bank. 

K-Rep is the only bank in Africa to receive the award this year. It was ranked among the best 20 global micro-finance institutions from a pool of 231 outfits. Meanwhile, K- Rep islining itself up for sale to the public within the next two years as it seeks to go regional, the management says. More>>>

Sugarcoated with bitterness

By Joseph Bonyo, Mumias, Oct 10 2007
Sugar millers and Agriculture minister Kipruto Kirwa were yesterday set on a collision course, after he announced higher producer prices for cane. The new prices, if implemented, will see cane farmers get some Sh2,500 a tonne for their raw cane, against an average of Sh2,200 the millers a pay them currently.

“The minister has violated Section 5 of the Sugar Act, which gives clear direction on how the pricing should be done,” said Evans Kidero, chief executive at Mumias Sugar Company adding that putting the price on the millers is also taking the industry back to the days of price controls. The situation, however, remains clouded with end-consumers of sugar likely to bear the extra costs, should the millers decide to pass on the higher production overheads. More>>>

Abeingo Youth Squad Bonding Session in London, Saturday Oct 6. From left: Shad Bulimo. Abeingo Secretary, John Baraza, Moses Mutuli, Youth Committee Chairman, Boniface Weche, Jean Kikaya, Brian Sumba, Andrew Mukolwe, Lucy Maina and Gerald. See more photos

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TRANSITION:
Educationist, Dr Taitta Toweet who died in a road accident on Monday night. Read life and times

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Busia bus kills 12

By Cyrus Kinyungu and Renson Buluma, Busia, Oct 9 2007
Twelve people died when a bus plunged 12-feet into a river in Busia. Four others in the Easy Coach bus from Nairobi survived the accident at Matayos, 10km from Busia town. The vehicle hit rail guards at a bridge on River Sio, before it tumbled into the river. Relatives had by Tuesday identified the bodies of the six of the crash victims.

Among the survivors were the driver, Mr Danson Munyua, and two passengers. Western PC, Mr Abdul Mwassera, Provincial Police Officer, Mr Peter Kavila, and his CID counterpart, Mr Patrick Mugo, led the rescue and recovery operation. Witnesses said they heard a bang at about 4am, followed by screams. More>>>


Livondo accuses reporter of 'murder plot'

By Beauttah Omanga, Kisumu, Oct 9 2007
A Kisumu-based Standard reporter has recorded a statement with police over murder plot accusations the reportedly received from political aspirant, Mr Stanley Livondo. Mr Peter Atsiaya presented himself to Kisumu Police Station moments after a telephone conversation with Livondo. The writer had called the politician for his comments over a pronouncement by a Cabinet minister that he (Livondo) be removed from President Kibaki’s re-election bid over last weekend’s killing of a man in Hamisi District. Atsiaya told police that instead of Livondo responding to the question, he accused him of teaming up with an ODM MP from Hamisi to kill him. Police said they had launched investigations.

The face of death. The ill fated Busia bus that killed 12 passengers

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No more AP drivers

By Walter Mwandoto, Nairobi Oct 9 2007
Civilian drivers are to replace 825 Administration Police officers currently driving district commissioners and district officers in the country. Office of the President assistant minister Joseph Kingi said the APs deployed as drivers in the districts would join their colleagues in normal security duties. More>>>

House dissolution to sink bills

Even as Parliament braces for dissolution any time now, MPs are yet to debate 20 pending Bills, including the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission Bill. Others are the Freedom of Information Bill, which was to be moved by Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu Rural, Narc), Mr G.G. Kariuki’s (Laikipia East, Narc) Squatter Settlement Bill and the Fiscal Management Bill by Mr Oloo Aringo (nominated, Narc). Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua had earlier withdrawn the Constitution of Kenya Review Bill after the Opposition and back benchers on the Government side opposed it. More>>>

Shivera's burial postponed as anger mounts

By Roselyne Obala, Hamisi, Oct 9 2007
THE burial of the man who was killed during the inauguration of the newly created Hamisi District has been postponed to Saturday. Burial was to take place on Tuesday. The body had already spent the night at his home in Nandwa village in Hamisi. Wilson Shivera, 20, died after one of Narc-Kenya activists, Mr Stanley Livondo’s bodyguards allegedly shot him after the ceremony. Area MP, Mr George Khaniri, confirmed to that the body was to be returned to the mortuary to be accorded a decent burial on Saturday. More>>>

Anger mounts: Meanwhile anger continued to mount over Shivera's death, writes Elizabeth Mwai. Police have been on the spot for failing to arrest politician Mr Stanley Livondo in connection with the murder. On Tuesday, the National Community Based Organisation Council (NCBOC) said Livondo must be held solely responsible for the murder and appealed to the police commissioner, Mr Hussein Ali, to order for his arrest. NCBOC chairman, Mr Tom Aosa, said delay in dealing with the murder was highly suspicious. "Why is Mr Stanley Livondo and his security detail still free? We want justice and nothing less," said Aosa. More>>>

Girl, 11, in shs23m suit

By Mark Agutu, Nairobi Oct 9 2007
An 11 year-old school girl is staking a claim to a Sh23 million estate of a former parastatal chief whom she insists was her father. The young girl has moved to court and filed a succession case seeking to revoke the rights over the estate given to the man’s official wife and a daughter in February. 

She says the two would deprive her of her rightful share of the estate. The girl insists the former managing director who died in a road accident last year was her father. More>>>

Charity Ngilu bids bye to staff after her sacking

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Ford-K seeks ancestral intervention

By Robert Wanyonyi and Isaac Ongiri, Bungoma, Oct 8 2007
Stung by the ODM wave sweeping through their home turf, Ford-Kenya MPs now want to perform a cleansing ceremony to salvage the party’s dwindling fortunes. Kanduyi MP, Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi announced on Monday that party’s MPs will converge at the home of Dini ya Musambwa sect founder, the late Elijah Masinde to perform a special ceremony to appease the ancestors and seek their blessings ahead of the General Election.

At a press conference in Bungoma, Wamunyinyi, who was accompanied by Dini ya Musambwa sect members and supporters, claimed that a recent visit by ODM Pentagon member Mr Musalia Mudavadi to Masinde’s home near Maeni in Kimilili was not endorsed by Bukusu elders. More>>>

Ndingi lives for Otunga's sainthood

By Evelyn Ogutu, Nairobi, Oct 8 2007
Outgoing Catholic Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki says his greatest wish is the beatification of Maurice Cardinal Otunga. If his wish is honoured, Cardinal Otunga will become the first Kenyan saint. Ndingi, who just retired as the Nairobi archbishop, will be remembered for pushing for the exhumation of the Cardinal’s remains, which were reburied in a chapel at Resurrection Garden in Karen.

In an interview with The Standard, Ndingi said he is happy for the 38 years he served as a bishop. "I would be happier once Cardinal’s beatification is over. This is one of the things I want to see accomplished," said Ndingi. The process to sainthood takes several years. For Otunga’s case, the church has already sent a report, which includes apparitions (miracles) to be verified in a council that sits in the Vatican. More>>>

Hon Shitanda with Akello who thanks God she's alive

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Tragedy strikes on a triumphant day

By Kenneth Ogosia, Kisumu, Oct 8 2007
Being the wife of a long-serving district commissioner, guns, pistols and bullets were not strange to her. Adhering to the old adage that behind every man’s success, there is a woman, Mrs Pamella Akello ensured her husband’s uniforms were always neat. To complete the dress code, she occasionally reminded him whether the pistol had been tucked inside the official attire.  As soon as the husband retired, she landed a top government job which elicited disquiet at the Kisumu municipality Education office. 

The woman had to do a rare battle with the group revolving around clan syndrome. The fateful day was supposed to be that of triumph because Education permanent secretary Karega Mutahi had visited the town and Mrs Akello’s performance impressed the PS.  As she returned home, the unexpected happened. A lone gun man took cover in the dark and pulled the trigger, then shot at her and left her for dead.  More>>>

ODM hottest ticket in town

By David Ohito and Ayub Savula, Nairobi Oct 8 2007
Three Cabinet ministers are reportedly waiting in the wings to join ODM, as the Orange party’s harvest of aspirants threatened to degenerate into a bitter-sweet nominations affair. Sweet because the party has been laughing all the way to the bank where it has stashed over Sh300 million in nomination application fees alone. Bitter because it could trigger a major fallout if it succumbs to logistical challenges riddled with partisanship.

ODM is clearly staring a nominations nightmare in the face. Already, questions are being raised over the sort of logistical arrangements and rules that would guide the process. The party closes doors for nominations next Monday. Last night, the party secretariat put the number of parliamentary hopefuls who have picked nomination papers and fully paid up at a staggering 1,293. Those seeking civic seats shot to 15,492. Sources at Orange House also intimated that it had entered into what it described as a "silent agreement" with three Cabinet ministers, who were only waiting for Parliament to be dissolved before making their move to the party public. More>>>

Decoration of the 1st Lady. Mrs Lucy Kibaki is adorned by Ms Cheputai Losutani of Chemuringot ACK in Nakuru
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New party still born as founder defects

By Osinde Obare, Kitale, Oct 7 2007
Agriculture minister, Mr Kipruto arap Kirwa, will seek re-election on a Ford-Kenya ticket. The minister, who together with Eldoret North MP, Mr William Ruto, and Mr Cyrus Jirongo of Kaddu founded United Democratic Party, at the weekend, announced he had switched camps. "Political parties are passenger vehicles and nobody will stop me from boarding the Party of National Unity vehicle through Ford-Kenya," said Kirwa. Those familiar with Trans Nzoia politics say the minister has made a calculated move to counter Mr Mwambu Muliro and Mr Moses Buyela.

Rumours are now rife in Cherang’any that Ford-Kenya chairman, Mr Musikari Kombo, had promised Kirwa direct nomination. But Kombo denied. "We welcome Kirwa to the party, but assure everybody that they will be treated equally," he told The Standard. More>>>

Corruption haunts Kibaki

Nairobi, Oct 7 2007
Corruption is the biggest failure of the Kibaki administration, research shows. Seventy-five percent of the 2,400 people interviewed countrywide by Infotrak Research and Consulting on behalf of the Nation Media Group said they considered graft the biggest failure of the Kibaki government. The research firm asked: “What do you consider to be single biggest failure of Kibaki’s government?”

In their findings, Infotrak said 66 percent of Kenyans considered insecurity as the Kibaki government’s biggest failure, unemployment (58 percent), tribalism (54) and selective development (46). The polls indicate that 99 percent of Kenyans were ready to vote in the December General Election. There are 14.2 million registered voters out of the targeted 17 million who are above 18 years. Rift Valley leads in the number of registered voters with more than three million, followed by Eastern, Central, Nyanza, Western, Nairobi, Coast and North Eastern. More>>>

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Sea of orange: ODM Pentagon officials at rally yesterday

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Safari ants march to evict serpent

By INGONEWS Reporter and Standard Team, Oct 6 2007
An estimated crowd of 400,000 thronged Uhuru Park in Nairobi yesterday to listen to the alternative government. ODM flag bearer, Mr Raila Odinga likened the crowd to safari ants. Though small, they move as a ground army, he said, and one time were hired to evict a serpent that had taken over a bird’s nest. None of the members of the animal kingdom wanted to take up the job, but the safari ants did and they succeeded, he said. More>>>

Livondo at the centre of a shooting incident

By Benson Amadala and Walter Menya, Hamisi, Oct 6 2007
Police are investigating reports that Lang’ata parliamentary hopeful Stanley Livondo’s aides shot dead a person in the new Hamisi district yesterday. Yesterday, the Western provincial police officer, Mr Stephen Kavila, said there were a lot of “hanging questions” as to the motive of the attack as witnesses said two people fired at a crowd. Reached by the Sunday Nation on his cellphone last night, Mr Livondo said: “There were people shooting at me,” then the phone went dead. More>>>

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Prof Anabwani scores a first

By Wanja Wene, Gaberone, Oct 6 2007
Prof Gabriel Anabwani has been appointed the first director of Baylor College of Medicine, Africa's first centre devoted to paediatric Aids. The centre is extensively quoted as one of success story in the fight against HIV/Aids. Today, the centre runs as a purely outpatient clinic treating and counselling 100 or more children and their families daily. Some attend the infectious disease clinic and the intensive follow up clinic, where a team of doctors routinely go out to their homes and help them. It has been so successful that plans are under way to replicate it in Kenya, Uganda and Swaziland to help millions of children cope with effects HIV/Aids. "We want to build a similar centre in Kisumu and if all goes well it may be complete by September next year," he says. More>>>

Ndingi retires as Nairobi Archbishop

By Maseme Machuka, Nairobi Oct 6 2007
NDINGI Mwana a’Nzeki has retired as the Archbishop of Nairobi. Consequently, Pope Benedict the XVI has appointed the Archbishop John Njue of Nyeri, his successor. An announcement sent from Rome on Saturday, said Ndingi retired after attaining the retirement age of 75. Ndingi will be remembered for his long service in the Church and speaking for human rights. Born on December 25, 1931, in Mwana, Ndingi was ordained as a priest on January 31, 1961. In 1969, he was appointed Bishop of Machakos. But it is as the Bishop of Nakuru that he made a name where he launched a relentless campaign against injustices. Njue has a Masters degree in Theology from Lateran University. Source: Standard

At the heart of the matter

By INGONEWS Reporter, London Oct 6 2007
Kenyan professionals (doctors, nurses and health carers) living in UK have launched African Heart Foundation, a charity whose aim is to provide open-heart surgery at no or minimal cost to the patient in East Africa. The event which was held on 29th September 2007, at the Jungle Club in Leicester (United Kingdom), was attended by 200 guests from Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and United Kingdom. More>>>

Wekesa criticises Kombo over anti-Raila remarks

By Beauttah Omanga, Kisumu, Oct 5 2007
Cabinet minister Dr Noah Wekesa has criticised his Local Government counterpart, Mr Musikari Kombo for hurling insults against ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga. Dr Wekesa told President Kibaki’s key campaigners to stop a hate crusade against Mr Odinga as this was giving him (Odinga) free publicity.

By criticising Raila at public rallies, he said, the team was campaigning for him."We are doing the President a disservice. When we blast Raila, we subtract the President’s votes and add them onto Raila," cautioned Wekesa. He said he would soon call a PNU meeting to advise his colleagues on coalition politics.

Wekesa was officiating at the Kisumu Polytechnic graduation ceremony on Friday. Some of the Cabinet ministers who hit out at Raila during President Kibaki’s campaign launch at the Nyayo National Stadium last weekend were Mr Musikari Kombo, Mr Simeon Nyachae and Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere. More>>>

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Tears for gospel singer

Nairobi, Oct 5 2007
Emotions filled the Nairobi Pentecostal Church, Valley Road on Thursday during the requiem mass for gospel singer, Angela Chibalonza. The singer died in a road accident on September 22 along Nairobi-Naivasha road. The speakers eulogised the singer to the over 4,000 mourners. "She was worth more than diamonds," said Pastor Elisha Muliri, Chibalonza’s widower. Chibalonza’s body will be flown to her native Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Friday morning. - Source: Standard

Mr 'Moneybags' KO'd from boxing body

By Khadija Yusuf, Nairobi Oct 4 2007
BOXING promoter, Mr Stanley Livondo, who is contesting against ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga in Kibera Constituency, has been suspended as the Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) chairman. Livondo has been replaced by former lightweight champion, George Athman, on acting capacity.

Making the announcement on Thursday, KPBC secretary general, Shaban Ogolla, said Livondo’s suspension was endorsed by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for violating the sports rights when he failed to pay a local boxer for a fight he promoted. Collins Sande Otieno is accusing the promoter of issuing him with a faulty cheque after he won a WBS fight in April. Otieno is still awaiting the Sh210, 000, which he was supposed to have earned after winning the fight but Livondo has insisted he was not going to pay him.

Mr Livondo earned his "Mr Moneybags" fame when he literally showered money to the villagers of Ikolomani in Kakamega from a helicopter early this year. He is to President Kibaki what Mr Silas Jirongo was to retired president, Daniel arap Moi in 1992. - Source: Standard

Wamunyinyi caught in speaker's storm over Moi remarks

By a Correspondent Nairobi, Oct 5 2007
Kanduyi MP, Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi and his boss on the Public Investment Committee, Mr Muturi Kigano, have angered Speaker, Mr Francis Kaparo over remarks against Baringo Central MP, Mr Gideon Moi which Muturi admitted were untrue.

Kaparo showed his dissatisfaction with the conduct of certain MPs, whose names he did not mention, accusing them of literally desecrating the House. Kaparo’s outbursts were inflamed by Wednesday’s incident in the House when Baringo Central MP, Mr Gedion Moi, was accused of attempting to interfere with the operations of the Public Investments Committee (PIC). PIC chairman Mr Justin Muturi (Siakago), and member, Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi), then claimed that Moi had stormed a coastal hotel where they were compiling the final PIC report and attempted to influence their decision over share-holding in Safaricom. More>>>

All change; all change

By Jeff Otieno, Nairobi Oct 5 2007
Kenyans will have to buy new television sets as those currently in use will be rendered obsolete in the next few years, the Government announced on Thursday.

The move follows a decision by the Government to switch from analogue (old technology) to digital (new technology) transmission of signals in the broadcasting sector by 2012. Information and Communication minister Mutahi Kagwe said the process, aimed at improving broadcasting services in the country, will soon be implemented. More>>>

Kenyans active in UK economy

By Paul Redfern, London, Oct 5 2007
Kenyans are among the most economically active and successful of all the immigrant communities in the UK, says a new report. The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that it estimates 123,600 people who were born in Kenya currently live and work in the UK.

The Kenyan expatriate community is the 13th largest in Britain, ahead of Australians, Italians, Canadians and even, surprisingly, the French. But the community, said to be a mixture of African business people, white Kenyans, Kenyan Asians and asylum seekers, is one of the most productive of all immigrant communities to the UK.

Kenyans in the UK earn on average £24,500 (Sh3.3 million) a year, behind seven other countries including Americans, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, the French and Ugandans who have an average per capita income of £27,400 (Sh3.7 million). But Kenyans are also the second biggest home owning immigrants in the UK, behind India, with 82 per cent of the community owning a house. More>>>

Shitanda launches shs884bn slum clearance housing scheme

By a Correspondent, Nairobi, Oct 5 2007
The Government yesterday unveiled a Sh884 billion housing scheme as part of the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (Kensup) under the national housing policy and poverty reduction strategy, which seeks to resettle some 1.6 million households in urban slums.

Housing minister Soita Shitanda said the project will involve development of infrastructure to open up unused land. The minister said that the move was also aimed at stimulating private sector to invest in low-cost housing in order to promote home ownership by increasing stock of serviced land. The programme, which targets to benefit some 5.4 million urban dwellers countrywide, will be complete by 2020. Mr Shitanda was speaking during celebrations to mark the World Habitat Day in Thika. More>>>

Fortunes shift to Tanzania

By Beauttah Omanga, Kisumu, Oct 3 2007
Trade across Lake Victoria is now in favour of Tanzania weighed down by the grounding of MV Uhuru a year ago and the resurgence of the water hyacinth at the Winam gulf. Stakeholders fear the country has lost millions of shillings resulting in a major economic crunch that threatens Kisumu port livelihood.

Outgoing Kisumu Port manager, Mr Edward Talam, says the country used to rake in Sh17million a month, when MV Uhuru, formerly owned by the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), was the dominant force in the lake waters. "Before its services were suspended, the vessel was a key contributor to the country’s economy. We have lost revenue to the tune of Sh204 million in the last one year after the ship stalled," reckons Talam who resigned a week ago. Mr Talam said that Kenyan products notably cement, salt and other general goods have since been affected. More>>>

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Cultural birds

Nairobi, Oct 3 2007
Kenyatta University students entertain guests during the official opening of the annual cultural week at the main campus yesterday. The annual festival showcases the diverse traditions of different communities in Kenya.

Crisis? What crisis?

By Elizabeth Mwai, Nairobi, Oct 3 2007
The Government has dismissed as alarmist, reports of a looming crisis in the fight against malaria. Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Hezron Nyangito, assured Kenyans that there were enough drugs to last three months. He described as unfounded reports that the looming crisis was occasioned by failure by the Government to account for drugs from the Global Fund. "It is ridiculous, we have a list showing where all the drugs have gone and the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency has a list showing the facilities where the doses have been dispatched to," he said.

The alarm was sounded last week by the Kenya NGOs Alliance Against Malaria, warning over an impending stock out of the malaria drug, Artemisinin. The civil society claimed there was a standoff between the Government and the Global Fund for failing to account drug use. Nyangito dismissed the report, saying there was no such stalemate. More>>>

Hope returns to cotton farmers

By Stephen Makabila and Caroline Mango, Eldoret, Oct 3 2007
Moi University will today become the first public university to own and operate a major industry. The university will officially start operating Rift Valley Textile factory (Rivatex) in Eldoret and President Kibaki is expected to open it. Kibaki will open the factory, which collapsed nine years ago during his one-day tour of the North-Rift region. The university will use the giant factory for commercial operations and as a teaching facility for its School of Engineering. Trade and Industry minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi handed over the factory on August 23, after the university paid Sh205 million. The institution emerged as the highest bidder after a six-year search for a buyer to revive the textile mill.

The revival of the firm would create employment; boost the cotton sector in western Kenya and increase exports, especially to the Unites States through Agoa. Before its collapse it owed over Sh300 million and employed over 1,200 workers. More>>>

Some you win others you lose

By Jillo Kadida, Nairobi Oct 3 2007
ODM yesterday lost in its bid to block the Government from selling 25 per cent of its shares in Safaricom to the public. The party had sought to stop the sale until after the Privatisation Act - passed two years ago but which Finance minister Amos Kimunya had not allowed to take effect through a Kenya Gazette announcement - comes into force.

The sale of the shares worth Sh34 billion had been factored in the Budget read by Mr Kimunya in June.  Yesterday, Mr Justice Joseph Nyamu ruled that no illegality on the part of the Government had been proved to warrant cancellation of the sale. More>>>

Just whose orange is it?: Meanwhile, the rivalry between Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga has now shifted to the use of the orange symbol. More>>>

Trees for computers

By Bob Odalo, Machakos, Oct 3 2007
When chemistry teacher Jude Ndambuki relocated to the US in 1995, something puzzled him. As he walked down the streets of his new city, he would always come across dozens of computers that were being discarded and thrown in the dustbins while still in good working conditions. Every time he witnessed this, he could not stop thinking how the computers could change the lives of hundreds of school children in Kenya.

Then an idea struck him. He decided to collect the discarded computers in the hope that a day would come when he would have enough money to ship them home. In 2001 his dream of having them shipped to Kenya was realised. With that effort, began a quite campaign that has today helped introduce computers to many village secondary and primary schools in Machakos region. The project has to date seen 1,000 computers distributed to 61 secondary and primary schools in Kenya. The computers don’t just come for free. All beneficiaries must plant 50 tree seedlings for each computer they receive. More>>>

Baby Jessica Wamboi with proud parents, Pauline Salano and Joe Mwai during the Baby Shower

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Baby Wamboi undergoes rite of passage

By Shad Bulimo, London, Oct 2 2007
Baby Jessica Wamboi Mwai was officially "welcomed" into this world at a Baby Shower ceremony known in Kikuyu as itega over the weekend. Among the Kikuyu, it is customary to hold itega, where family and friends officially come to "greet" the new born and extend a hand of welcome into the community. It has symbolic cultural significance and is treated with reverence as a rite of passage. Wamboi's parents are Joe Mwai from Kiambu and Pauline Vike Salano from Maragoli.

The ceremony involves guests holding the baby with both hands below and crisscrossed in such a way that the right hand then hands over a gift while others sing a traditional Kikuyu song: "mwana ndanyitagwo na njara yo umotho; mwana anyitagwo na njara yo urrio; tonya thiini unyite gakenge". Roughly translated this means, a baby is never held by the left hand; it's held by the right; come in and give the baby your present. It was a learning exprerience for Pauline's relatives and friends as they had to receive special couching to partake in the itega.

A guest holds Baby Wamboi during the Itega. VIEW ALL PHOTOS

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Gumo jabs Livondo


Westlands MP, Mr Fred Gumo, addresses the Press outside the home of Langata parliamentary aspirant, Mr Stanley Livondo, on Monday night. He accused Livondo of buying votes from Westlands and Langata constituencies. Picture by Collins Kweyu

Opanga, boss delink Standard from fake sms

By Patrick Wachira, Nairobi Oct 2 2007
The Standard Group has distanced itself from a short message service (SMS) alert circulating in the city, asking recipients to vote for presidential aspirant Mr Raila Odinga in a fake opinion poll. The alert says the Standard Group is conducting an opinion poll on their favourite (sic) presidential candidate and asks subscribers to "support Raila" by sending the message to ten other people.

The company’s Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO), Mr Paul Wanyagah and Editorial Director, Mr Kwendo Opanga, said the company was not doing any such opinion poll and advised mobile phone subscribers to ignore the alert. "We wish to advise the public to treat anybody out there who says they are polling opinions on behalf of the Standard Group as impostors and mischief-makers," said Wanyagah. More>>>

Mr 'Moneybags' won't pay boxer

Nairobi, Oct 2 2007
Boxer Collins Sande Otieno is yet to be paid more than Sh200, 000 he was entitled to after winning his World Boxing Council (WBC) title fight on March 3 in Nairobi. The boxer is accusing a local politician Stanley Livondo of having issued him with a faulty cheque and efforts to recover the money have failed. Otieno showed us a cheque dated March 3 that was to be cashed at ABC Bank in Westlands, but which the politician apparently stopped before the money could be paid out. "I have called him several times and despite promises that he will pay, this has not materialised," said Otieno. Otieno said he has been suffering ever since the cheque bounced as he has nowhere to turn to.

Contacted the politician denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against the boxer if he continues to claim he owes him money. Livondo, while admitting that he wrote a cheque to the boxer’s manager, claimed without elaborating that Otieno had tried to con him. "It is true I wrote the cheque but stopped it when I suspected that the boxer was planning to con me," he said, but did not elaborate. More>>>

A million children out of school

By Nation Reporters, Nairobi, Oct 2 2007
Nearly a million children of school-going age are still out of class despite the free education programme, Education minister George Saitoti has said. Most classrooms in the 18,000 primary schools countrywide are overcrowded, Prof Saitoti told a meeting of key players in education at the Kenya Institute of Education in Nairobi yesterday. More than 7.5 million children are enrolled under the free primary school programme. More>>>

Manyunza's tenure at ECK expires

By Biketi Kikechi, Nairobi Oct 2 2007
Mr Samuel Manyunza is among seven Electoral Commission of Kenya officials whose tenure is due to expire before December elections with their fate hanging in the balance. The Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) vice-chairman, Mr Gabriel Mukele’s tenure ends on Friday, next week. Mukele will leave office barely two months before Kenyans head to the ballot to elect a new government. "Yes, it is true that I have less than two weeks left before my term at the ECK comes to an end," said Mukele. His impending departure, that of seven others three weeks later and that of the chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu on December 2, have created anxiety ahead of the elections. The others will leave on October 27. Meanwhile, ODM flag bearer, Raila Odinga has appealed to President Kibaki to sort out the mess at ECK to create a level playing field. More>>>

Why Kibaki rejected 'Looters Law'

By Owino Opondo, Oct 2 2007
The reasons why President Kibaki rejected changes to the law limiting the powers of the anti-corruption commission can be revealed today.  In a memo to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the President said ongoing investigations into Goldenberg, Anglo Leasing and corruption cases could be terminated if the proposal to limit the powers of the Justice Aaron Ringera team are reduced.

During debate in Parliament on September 13, MPs passed a Bill which stated that the Ringera team should be barred from investigating cases which occurred before May 2, 2003 when the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Act came into law. More>>>

Some things just won't go away

By Cyrus Ombati, Nairobi Oct 1 2007
The Serious Fraud Office in Britain has begun investigation into British links with one of the biggest corruption inquiries in Africa. UK firms won huge contracts from the Kenyan Government under the Moi and Kibaki regimes, but anti-corruption investigators have discovered that many were fictitious and amounted to State-sponsored looting. According to The Guardian newspaper based in the UK, the SFO inquiry is concentrating on the movement of millions of pounds into accounts in the tax havens of Guernsey and Jersey, controlled by Andrew MacGill, a 64-year-old arms dealer from Fife. The Kenyan High Commissioner, Mr Joseph Muchemi, welcomed the inquiry into the Anglo Leasing scandal last week. More>>>


US denies it's rooting for Raila

By Standard Reporters, Nairobi October 1 2007
The US Government has reacted angrily to an MP’s claim that it is supporting the Opposition in campaigns for the General Election. The ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, said he was outraged by claims by Dr Naomi Shaaban that he was rooting for ODM presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga. "I have said it clearly that my Government is neutral in the electoral process. We are not supporting any candidate and we will continue to do so," he said. More>>>

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Kibaki courts muslim vote

President Kibaki talks to former Mombasa mayor, Mr Ali Taib, and other Muslim leaders when they called on him at State House, Nairobi, on Monday.


In Acholi, villagers turn to herbs to heal political rifts

By Kennedy Ogosia, Kampala, Oct 1 2007
Desperate for peace, Uganda’s Acholi clergymen now believe some tree leaves could heal and cleanse the wounds inflicted on humanity by 20 years of war in the area. They are using matoput, a local name for a tree with leaves said to be able to wash away Kony’s sins and allowing the sinned. More>>>

Retirement age at 60 from next year

By Standard Reporter, Nairobi Oct 1 2007
The retirement age for civil servants could be raised from 55 to 60 years starting next year, the Government says. Finance permanent secretary, Mr Joseph Kinyua, said the proposal, first floated three years ago, is part of pension scheme reforms to be introduced by the Finance minister in next year’s national budget. More>>>


List of govt appointees faulted

By Peter Mutai And Isaac Ongiri, Oct 1 2007
The Government denial to claims that senior appointees serving in President Kibaki’s administration were from one community has drawn mixed reactions. Nominated MP, Mr Franklin Bett, described the move a ploy to hoodwink voters in Rift Valley Province. On Saturday, Government spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, published a list of senior public servants to rebuff claims that the appointments favoured one region. Mutua said the claim was propaganda aimed at dividing the country along tribal lines. But the list shows that former Nairobi PC, Mr Francis Sigei, is still a senior deputy secretary, yet he resigned two months ago to contest the Sotik parliamentary seat. More>>>


Sudanese to sit for Kenya exams
More than 200 Sudanese will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination that starts this month in Juba, southern Sudan. This is the first time the Kenya National Examination Council is administering the Form Four test outside the Kenyan borders. Last year, the examination was taken at Lokichoggio in Kenya. More>>>