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Wako, spy chief to doctor documents before handing them to Ocampo

By our correspondents, Sept 30 2010
International Criminal Court team has neither been given minutes of high-level security meetings during post-election violence nor interviewed Provincial Commissioners and regional police chiefs. But even before the face-to-face with ICC investigators tracking the givers of the shoot-to-kill orders that claimed 400 lives, the PCs and PPOs have hired lawyers, ostensibly to avoid incriminating themselves or to sit through the sessions as their witnesses. The ICC team, which is in the country trying to tie the loose ends on its upcoming cases against those deemed to hold higher responsibility for the killings, has also not been given the internal regulations of the Administration Police unit as requested since August. Instead, as the Government appeared to drag its feet on satisfying ICC request while pledging unrelenting co-operation for its probe on Kenya, news leaked Attorney General Amos Wako and National Security Intelligence Agency now have a new brief to vet the minutes to be passed on to ICC. More...

Amos Shilitsa Wako
Mysterious Wako: The mysterious hand of Amos Wako and Kenya's spy agency are are out to frustrate Ocampo and his International Criminal Court team. They will hand documents requested by ICC but only in a doctored format - meaning they will erase information that might help catch the perpetuators of the 2008 post election violence that saw 1,600 Kenyans killed and more than 600,000 displaced.

PNU dead as a dodo: "Imagine what will happen when Uhuru and Kalonzo go to Wajir South to campaign for competing PNU affiliate parties candidates. You do not need more proof to know that PNU is as dead as a dodo," says PNU Spokesman, Moses Kuria. More...
Ruto's constituents want CDF account frozen citing massive irregularities

By our correspondents, Sept 30 2010
Residents of Minister William Ruto’s Eldoret North want the Constituency Development Fund account be frozen, alleging irregularities. They have also called for the suspension of the CDF committee and an audit. The residents, who include prominent businessman and politician Jackson Kibor, ODM’s Eldoret North chairman David Songok and Narc-K official Kipkorir arap Menjo threatened to go to court if the account was not frozen. They alleged that funds had been channelled to non-existent projects and people who won tenders were directed to buy goods from specific traders. “Procurement rules have been thrown out of the window,” Mr Menjo said. The residents also accused the CDF committee members of frustrating those who questioned their methods of conducting affairs. The residents said two headteachers had been transferred after they questioned how funds for their schools’ projects were used. More...

Sigalagala to become a polytechnic

By Peter Opiyo, Sept 29 2010
The government will upgrade eight technical training institutes into national polytechnics even as MPs questioned the rationale used. Pollyns Ochieng’ (Nyakach, ODM) and Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West, ODM) complained the criteria used in upgrading technical training institutes into national polytechnics are discriminatory as some of the oldest institutes have been left out. They cited Ramogi Institute in Kisumu as one of the oldest institutions overlooked. Technical Training Institutes to be upgraded are Meru, Machakos, Nyeri, Mombasa, Sigalagala, Kitale, North Eastern Province and Gusii. More...

Sigalagala Technical Training Institute
Established in the 1970s, Sigalagala in Kakamega is one of oldest technical training institutes in the country.
Migori man kills himself after bid to inherit third wife flops

By our correspondent, Sept 29 2010
A man committed suicide in Migori District after his wives thwarted his bid to take a third wife. The man’s wives teamed up and chased away the widow, whom their husband wanted to inherit. They engaged their husband, identified as Mr John Otieno, 44, in a heated argument at their home in Bondo Nyironge and demanded that the “new bride” leaves immediately. But witnesses said Mr Otieno was adamant, saying nothing would part them. “The co-wives then went to the local trading centre where their husband had rented a room for the woman and threw out her belongings,” said a neighbour, Mr Joram Onyango. But on getting news of the new development, Mr Otieno went to a nearby chemist where he bought a pesticide and drank it, on Tuesday. Police said his body was found on the roadside, foaming at the mouth. The body was moved to the local hospital mortuary. Earlier this month, an inheritor, Mr Silvanus Owuor Lwamba, killed his wife and her two children in the same district. However, he was lynched by an angry mob. More...

Moses Wetangula and Silvana Arbia
ICC getting nowhere in Kenya: Cabinet ministers Moses Wetang’ula (left) and George Saitoti when they met International Criminal Court Registrar Silvana Arbia at Harambee House, Nairobi, on September 3.

Kabuyefwe Girls School dormitories catch fire

A fire razed down Kabuyefwe Girls Secondary School dormitories yesterday. Property of unknown value went up in smoke as no fire fighting engines reached the school to put out the fire.

Govt erects new road blocks for Ocampo

By our correspondents, Sept 29 2010
International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators can only interview provincial security team leaders in the presence of a judge or the Registrar of the High Court. This is the latest in a series of conditions spelt out by the Government that are likely to frustrate ICC investigations into the post-election killings of 2007-2008. Citing legal technicalities in the International Crimes Act, 2008 the Government says the ICC detectives cannot interrogate top security leaders who were in charge before, during and after the 2007-2008 post-poll chaos until the conditions are met. Sources told The Standard last evening the Office of the President barred targeted Provincial Police Officers (PPOs) and Provincial Commissioners (PCs) from meeting the ICC officials, until a judge or Registrar of the High Court is appointed to take their evidence. More...

From Malava to Hollywood as CNN hero award nominee for Africa

By Antony Nyongesa, Sept 28 2010
He is little known in towns including Nairobi where he is based. But Evans Wadongo is a hero in the rural areas of Western Province and parts of Rift Valley where his solar-powered lantern lamps have lit hundreds of homes, earning him recognition from many including billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. It is because of this that Evans is a nominee of the CNN World Heroes project whose champions will be selected on November 25 in Hollywood, US. There are 10 finalists from a list of 100 nominees and Evans is representing Kenya and Africa as a whole. Sir Richard was on the panel that assessed Evans’ work. “You don’t have to be rich to support the community. The fact that my efforts have been recognised is a great motivation, bearing in mind there are a number of great people with great ideas out there who did not get a slot,” says the 27-year-old who graduated last year from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a degree in Engineering. More...

Evans Wadongo
CLICK HERE to vote for Wadongo: Evans Wadogo from Malava, Kakamega has been nominated to represent Africa at the CNN Hero of the Year Awards in Hollywood, California. His invention, a solar lantern, was inspired by his upbringing in rural Malava, Kakamega County where he had to fight for the smoke-filled koroboi with his siblings to read and write. Despite that he has just graduated from JKUCAT with a degree in engineering but it seems this young man is headed for more than just a successful career - he is our hero and we salute him. Photo: Phoebe Okal
Mumias Sugar signs financing deal with Nigerian Bank

By James Anyanzwa, Sept 28 2010
Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) has concluded the acquisition of Sh1.6 billion $20 million medium-term debt financing from a consortium of banks led by Ecobank Kenya to fund its Ethanol production plant. Dr Evans Kidero, the firm’s Chief Executive signed the loan agreement with the financiers at the company’s offices in Nairobi on Monday. The other bank participating in the syndicated loan includes Commercial bank of Africa (CBA). Kidero said ethanol production would help boost the firm’s revenue streams ahead of the expiry of the Common Market for East and Sothern Africa (Comesa) safeguard measures on December 31 2011. he plant is projected to produce about 22 million litres of ethanol against an approximated total demand of between 40-50 million litres annually. The Sh3.6 billion ($45 million) Ethanol plant is scheduled for completion by December next year. project implementation MSC is now in the preliminary stages of implementing the project, which is to be financed through a mixture of debt and equity in the ratio of 44 per cent: 56 per cent. More...

Evans Kidero and Tony Okpanachi of Ecobank
Mumias Sugar Company Managing Director Evans Kidero (right)and Ecobank Kenya Managing Director Tony Okpanachi sign a deal to finance a new ethanol plant for the sugar miller yesterday. Photo: Anne Kamoni

Matayos residents protest headteacher's transfer: The transfer of Mabunge ACK primary school head has elicited sharp reactions from parents saying it is counter productive. The Mabunge primary school parents in Matayos, Busia, argued that the new head teacher posted to the school is unfit to accomplish the projects started by his predecessor. More...
Bungoma widow robbed by her brother in law of everything, pleads for help

By Frankline Bwire, Sept 28 2010
A widow whose husband’s brother looted all that she was left with now wants the government to intervene so that she can get her inheritance back. The widow Christine Nasambu alias “queeni” from Ndengelwa village in Bungoma County, alleged that his brother in-law Simon Wamalwa Kanyanya, took everything left behind by her late husband of which included his identity card, the burial permit among other household goods. Moreover, she claims that her brother in law who is a farmer at Milo area sold a one acre piece of land left to her by the late husband. “He sold the piece of land at Sh80,000 never gave any amount to me. I urge the government to help my family from this suffering that my late husband left me in,” Nasambu said. Speaking exclusively to West FM, Nasambu said her four children Nabiswa aged 19, Nasipwoni 17, Kanyanya 14 and Namwenya 12, have known no comfort since the death of their father. More...

Criminals can be elected to Parliament - electoral chief

By David Ochami, Sept 28 2010
The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) was put on its defence over some candidate’s record in the recent by-elections. A candidate in the Makadara by-election has been quoted in the media admitting a past criminal conviction. Another one faced a criminal prosecution whose outcome is not established. Another has admitted escaping from jail and it is not clear if the escape led to a conviction. On Monday, responding to questions on the integrity of the Makadara by-election, IIEC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said one can only be barred from contesting an election for flouting electoral rules. "An election offence is the only thing that can disqualify one from contesting an election," said Mr Hassan, quoting the National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act, Cap 7 of the Laws of Kenya. But some lawyers argue anyone convicted of a criminal offence, including that leading to a jail term of more than six months imprisonment, does not qualify to be elected. The ‘learned friends’ argue some individuals with questionable character should not be put in elective positions. . More...

Linah Chebii Kilimo
Linah Chebii Kilimo, the assistant minister and MP for Marakwet East at a past function. An administration police officer stationed at her home in Karen was shot dead yesterday in a puzzling attack. The minister and her husband were not at home at the time of the attack and nothing was stolen from the homestead.
Minister's bodyguard shot dead in puzzling raid

By Cyrus Ombati, Sept 28 2010
A policeman attached to Assistant Minister Linah Kilimo was shot dead and his gun stolen at her Nairobi residence. The Administration Police officer was alone on sentry duty on Sunday evening, when three gunmen walked in and shot him in a puzzling attack. Workers at the Karen compound said the gunmen found the gate open and walked in before confronting the officer. They said the gunmen did speak to the officer, but one of them drew a pistol and shot him at close range at about 5pm. They then grabbed his MP5 rifle, which had 20 bullets and walked away. Mrs Kilimo and her husband were not at home at the time of the incident. One AP officer usually guards the secluded compound. Police believe the motive of the attack was to get the gun. AP Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua mourned the officer’s death and said they were pursuing the gang. Nairobi Area PPO Anthony Kibuchi said they suspect the gang knew the officer was alone. More...

Maritime body to pump $2.5m in African training institutions - Shiundu

By Business Day, Lagos Sept 27 2010
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) says it has set aside 2.5 million dollars about N375 million, to equip maritime training institutions in Africa. Juvenal Shiundu, the Deputy Director/Head of Programme Management Section, Technical Cooperation Division of IMO who made the disclosure, said it was the high-point of maritime activities this week. Shiundu said in Lagos on the occasion of the World Maritime Day, that the fund was to address the deficiency in maritime training, ``bearing in mind that 2010 is the year of the seafarer’’. He said the IMO placed a lot emphasis on capacity building through training and support to regional and national maritime training institutions. According to him, the IMO is aware that many of the maritime training institutions in developing countries in Africa, South East Asia, the Pacific and the Central American regions are ill-equipped. ``If Africa is to benefit from the opportunities presented by the envisaged worldwide shortage of seafarers, then the first prerequisite is to develop and build capacities of maritime training institutions in line with global standards. More...

Juvenal Shiundu in Lagos
Juvenal Shiundu, the deputy director of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) said in Lagos last week that the UN organisation will facilitate training of African seafarers by releasing $2.5m to 13 training institutions in African member countries. Mr Shiundu was speaking at the World Maritime Day celebrations in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr Shiundu also doubles up as Head of Programme Management Section, Technical Cooperation Division. SEE FURTHER REPORTS
Bungoma residents give govt ultimatum over Panpaper

By Frankline Bwire, Sept 27 2010
Bungoma County residents have given the government two weeks to shed light on the future of the Webuye Mills (Pan paper) or they will paralyze business in the region through demonstrations. This follows an exposé by West fm a fortnight ago that the government played games with residents over the reopening of the paper factory ahead of the referendum vote. West fm revealed that talks about the reopening of the now defunct factory was mere politics used by the government to win votes for the new constitution explaining that it was a hoax when senior government officials lead by President Kibaki graced what was dubbed the grand re-opening of the factory only for it to go dead after hours later. West fm had reported that six days before the August 4, 2010 national referendum, President Mwai Kibaki, with all the trappings of a head of state, re-opened the Webuye Pan Paper Mills. More...

Soteri Emunu
Soteri Emunu, a 55 year old chicken seller from Teso displaying the identity of his barren wife who has gone missing since September 4. Mr Emunu who has tanother wife with nine children, has gone on hunger strike and boycotted discharging his conjugal duties to his first wife until his runaway wife returns. Photo: WestFM
Teso man on hunger strike over runaway barren wife

By Westfm, Sept 27 2010
A 55-year-old embattled man has gone on hunger strike in Teso North District until his runaway wife returns home. Mr. Soteri Emunu from Osajai village said he decided to go without a meal to plead his innocence that he still loves his barren wife of 10 years and was not responsible for her vanishing from their matrimonial home. He said his wife disappeared from home on the night of September 4, 2010 after picking a small quarrel "which is normal in any democratic society." Emunu, a Malaba chicken seller, said he feared for her life since she left while sick and on medication, adding that he had looked for her everywhere but in vain. The woman's family members have pledged to trace her whereabouts to save her starving husband. Emunu has two wives with nine children, but despite that comfort, he said he had also boycotted sleeping with his first wife until his second wife resurfaces. More...

Western endorses Mumias Knut boss to replace Majale

By our correspondents, Sept 27 2010
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has vowed to mobilise teachers to go on strike should the Government compel them to pay for practicing licences. Leading officials of more than 20 branches drawn from Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Meru South and Nairobi counties, the assistant Secretary-General Xavier Nyamu said teachers would no longer allow the Government to take them for granted and that the move was unfair. And speaking separately, Knut Chairman George Wesonga said the union would not allow the plan to be implemented "Teachers are professionals whose accreditation is done by TSC. The issue of renewal is strange and we will reject the move," said Mr Wesonga. Union officials from Western Province proposed Mumias Knut branch Executive Secretary John Wesonga, his Emuhaya and Busia counterparts Wycliffe Omucheyi and Godfrey Odongo for top seats in the union. Mr Wesonga declared his interest to contest the post of the national Secretary-General. Speaking during the Mumias branch annual general meeting at Matungu Primary School, the official urged the locals to support his bid for the seat. "I am ready to replace our outgoing Secretary-General Lawrence Majali," he said. More...

Elkanah Odembo
Kenya's new man in Washington: Elkana Odembo, Kenya's new ambassador to Washington pictured with President Obama at White House when he presented his credentials last month. Elkanah Odembo is taking over as Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States at a time of good feelings between the two countries, enhanced by the easing of tensions that complicated dealings between the Obama administration and Mr Odembo’s predecessor, Peter Ogego. “There’s tremendous goodwill toward Kenya now. I feel it everywhere I go,” Mr Odembo said in an interview on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations sessions in New York. Mr Odembo’s work in the US will be supplemented by the image-building activities being undertaken by CLS & Associates, a Washington PR firm. More...
Corrupt firms to be blacklisted by KACC

By Peter Leftie, Sept 27 2010
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) has been asked to conduct an audit of the private sector to identify and blacklist companies that engage in corruption. The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) said it will work closely with KACC to fight corruption within the private sector. Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between KEPSA and the anti-graft body, the former chairperson Engineer Patrick Obath said that corruption in the private sector was mainly concentrated in the supply chain where businesses come under pressure to pay a “facilitation fee” to obtain a service, get things done or get off the hook after violating tax, standards, license or environmental regulations. The other area where corruption manifests itself in the sector, Engineer Obath, said was in the area of public procurement where business executives pay bribes to win government contracts. Engineer Obath suggested that only private sector firms certified by KACC as corruption-free ought to be given government contracts if the fight against graft in the private sector is to be won. More...

Panpaper went dormant same day Kibaki switched it on

By Robert Wanyonyi, Sept 25 2010
Almost two months after President Kibaki officially re-opened the Pan-African Paper Mills in Webuye, the once-vibrant paper firm is still dormant. The smoke that billowed from the paper factory chimneys to the cheers of locals is no more as the giant machines reportedly fell silent, the same day the Head of State and his powerful entourage, who were then campaigning for the passing of the new Constitution, left. Speaking to The Standard On Saturday on telephone, Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Kanduyi MP, Alfred Khang’ati, expressed disappointment over the delay by the Treasury to release funds meant for the revival of the paper firm, as directed by the President during the July tour of the factory. Mr Khang’ati said the President had initially chaired a Cabinet meeting that approved Sh500 million to revive Pan-Paper Mills. Residents are now asking the Government to come clean on the promise. "Was it a campaign tool because the Government wanted us to vote ‘Yes’ in the August 4 referendum? If not, why did the machines go silent soon after the President left?" asked Luucho Peter Nyongesa, a Webuye resident. Councillor Martin Kaangale appealed to local leaders to back efforts by local MP Alfred Sambu, who has been pushing the Government to re-open the firm. More...

Pan Paper Mills and Alfred Sambu
The troubled Panpaper Mills in Webuye which has been shut for the last two years brought down by massive debts. In July, President Kibaki launched the re-opneing of the Webuye based factory after the Cabinet approved Shs500m to revitalise it. But no sooner did the President switch on the plant than the smoke that billowed from its giant chimneys disappeared. They haven't returned since nor has the government said why!.

200 Kenyans evicted from Tanzania: They were forced out of Nandi Hills and adjacent areas by colonial administrators, who relocated them to a settlement in Tanzania and took over their fertile land. About 40 years later, they were evicted from Tanzania and asked to return home. Since then, finding home has been elusive. Amon Kosgei Chumo, 78, is tired, confused, bitter, angry, and with little hope of ever experiencing a settled life. He has been landless for 60 years, because of other people’s misjudgements. That has drained him. More...
Kalenjin dictionary corrects stereotypes

By Julius Sigei, Sept 25 2010
When Chinua Achebe wrote his ground-breaking novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958 he set out to correct the misrepresentation of his community by the works of such Eurocentric novelists as Joyce Carry and Joseph Conrad. He particularly took issue with Mister Johnson and Heart of Darkness for “depersonalising a human race, reducing a great culture to a handful of threats and grants.” Taking on the same cue last year, Warwick University scholar Kipny’aanko Seroney said he was out correct the “misinterpretation of his Kalenjin language”, albeit belatedly, with the publication of his new dictionary, Samburtaab Ng’alekab Kaleenchin (Kalenjin Dictionary). In the foreword to the compelling 13,703 entry volume, Mr Seroney says Christian missionaries and the colonial administrators did not analyse the Kalenjin language in a broad sense. More...

Student teacher commits suicide at Kibabii college

By Reuben Olita, Sept 24 2010
THE mysterious death of a second year diploma student at Kibabii Diploma Teachers College has sparked off fury with family members blaming the school administration for the death. Godwin Simiyu, 25, was found hanging in his rented room near the college by a fellow student who had gone to borrow him a textbook at about 9pm on Thursday night. Although the deceased student's father, Mr. Fred Simiyu admitted that his son had mental problems, he is bitter that the school management failed to observe the doctor's report on the health of his son. Simiyu, a retired teacher said a psychiatrist from Moi Referral Hospital in Eldoret had written to the school management not to isolate the student from his colleagues since he was under daily medication and suffering from stress related ailments. A week ago, Simiyu said his son was forced to vacate the college hostels and after returning from suspension. More...

Kibabii Diploma Teacher Training College
Kibabii Diploma Teacher Training College in Bungoma where a student hanged himself in his room. Photo: Voices of Africa

FIFA hails South Africa: World football governing body Fifa has hailed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a great success. Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said the tournament has set a benchmark that future World Cups will be judged. The financial benefit to South Africa is still to be revealed but Fifa was impressed after the final board meeting of the organising committee. More...
Bungoma youth alliance formed to spearhead economic development

By Westfm, Sept 24 2010
Bungoma County will realize meaningful development if the region's youth unite and work as a team, a new youth group launched Thursday has said. The group, Bungoma Youth County Alliance (BYCA), argued that with the new constitutional dispensation, there was need for all persons living in the region regardless of their tribes to work towards the same direction in unity. Alliance chairman, Mr. Wafula Wakoli said the youth stand a great chance of benefiting from the new constitutional order as it provides avenues for the accomplishment of developmental projects in every region. While he lauded the youth for the partnership, Wakoli announced that the young people drawn from the county had agreed to change, conform and comply with the provisions of the new constitution.More...

Mudavadi beaten by Kenyatta as Raila's 2012 running mate

By Millicent Awuor, Sept 24 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has emerged as the preferred Presidential candidate in the latest Synovate poll released Friday. He is followed by Mwai Kibaki at 12 percent. Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta takes third position with 10 percent, Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka follows with 8 percent slightly ahead of Higher Education minister William Ruto 6 percent and Martha Karua 5 percent. 29 percent preferred Uhuru Kenyatta running mate of Raila. Musalia Mudavadi was next with 22 percent and Kalonzo Musyoka 18 percent. William Ruto and Martha Karua also featured as suggested Raila Odinga's running mates with 8 percent and 5 percent respectively. If Kalonzo Musyoka was to be president his preferred running mate according to the poll would be Uhuru Kenyatta 45 percent followed by William Ruto with 11 percent. If Uhuru was to be President his preferred running mate would be would be Kalonzo with 39 percent followed by William Ruto at 19 percent. More...

Raila polls ahead of Uhuru
Latest polls released by Synovate indicates that Uhuru Kenyatta is teh favoured running mate of Raila in 2012 ahead of Musalia Mudavadi.

Parting of the Red Sea revisited : New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds. The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers. More...
man marries dog
Man's best friend or wife...only in shocking India
Man marries dog

By Weirdnews, Sept 24 2010
We have all heard the 'man bites dog' stories, but how about a real-life 'man marries dog' tale! This one takes the biscuit, and it could only happen in India, the land of the Kama Sutra. But you won't find this kind of love story between man and beast in the ancient Indian sex manual. It took place for real during a traditional hindu ceremony at a temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The 33-year-old Indian farmer named Selvakumar, was wed to a female dog named Selvi. More...

Strange pact binds PSs to restructure Provincial Administration

By Biketi Kikechi Sept 24 2010
In a rather strange pact, Permanent Secretaries have bound themselves to restructure the Provincial Administration and implement the new laws. Before signing the pact to individually and collectively implement provisions of the new Constitution, the PSs retreated to the tourist town of Mombasa on Kenya’s coastline, where the lapping of waves on the seashore and the cool, salted breeze added an exotic taste to their consultations. But the message is powerful, as PSs are the chief accounting officers of various ministries, and the Head of the Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura, who was present, approved the pact. According to the fine print of the pact, the PSs will act as the Government’s frontline in implementing the new Constitution, by spearheading the formulation of new Bills. The declaration by the PSs, contained in a joint communique on Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua’s website, is bound to increase the controversy over who should take the lead in implementing the new constitution, and deepen divisions over the fate of the Provincial Administration. More...

'Extinct' frog found: Conservationists have turned up live specimens of two West African frogs and a cave-dwelling salamander from Mexico. The salamander was last seen in 1941, and was rediscovered by abseiling into caves deep in the forest.
Kenneth Lusaka and Dorothy Angote
Kenneth Lusaka, the Livestock PS and Dorothy Angote, his lands counterpart pictured in Vihiga during the civil education campaigns to sell the draft constitution that passed by an overwhelming majority. Now they have been reigned in to restructure the controversial provincial administration, a relic of the colonial masters.

Vision 2020
Battle of the visions: From the look of things Vision 2020 will beat the government's Vision 2030 to the finish line. Complete with wings, the motorised scooter is flying its inventor, Icarus Wangechi into the national limelight. Photo: Mbugua Kibera
PNU breaks up as coalition partners go separate ways

By Peter Leftie, Sept 24 2010
The PNU Coalition appeared headed for total collapse yesterday after several member parties announced they would go it alone in future elections. The future of politicians in the coalition was also in doubt following the disclosure that the Progressive Democratic Movement (PDM), formed to take over from PNU, had become a non-starter. Still smarting from a disastrous performance in last Monday’s Starehe, Juja and Makadara by-elections where it lost two seats it previously held, leaders drawn from at least five coalition affiliate parties demanded its disbandment saying it had failed to achieve its mission. Kanu, Ford People, Ford Kenya and New Ford Kenya officials all declared that their parties would go it alone in future elections, joining their counterparts in Narc Kenya, which fielded candidates in previous polls. More...

Witchcraft in tycoon's home: Claims of witchcraft and betrayal emerged on Thursday as the drama facing the family of real estate tycoon Gerishon Kirima took a new twist with a daughter of the ailing former assistant minister accusing her step mother, Teresia Wairimu of consulting a Tanzanian witchdoctor. More...
Two cheat death in Teso after caught stealing road equipment

By Reuben Olita, Sept 23 2010
Two civil servants in Teso North District cheated death by a whisker after they were rescued by police from a mob baying for their blood on allegations of trying to steal from the roads office in Amagoro. Quick action from over 50 boda boda operators foiled the plan hatched by the two government officials who had wanted to take away a rail beam metal used as a resting seat for the opeartors as well as locals in the town. Drama unfolded when five officers including two junior employees of the District Roads Office (DRO) arrived in a canter lorry with registration no. KAV 337X ready to take away the steel beam metal at the Amagoro stage but faced a harsh resistance from the operators. Pandemonium was witnessed immediately the operators demanded for authorising letter from the District Officer Mr. Joseph Khaemba which his officers did not have and who later disowned his two employees and three other people involved in the racket. The suspects took off after realizing that their shoddy deal had been unearthed to the chagrin of the riders who were baying for their blood. More...

Anyang Nyong'o and John Munyes
Nyong'o wins millions: Medical Services Minister Anyang' Nyong'o and his labour counterpart, John Munyes are among politicians set to benefit from over Sh160 Million awarded by court. The High Court has now issued a certificate compelling the State to pay two cabinet ministers and nine others are to receive the money awarded to them by the East African Court of Justice. More...
Shocking figures of UK gay community

By Tom Whitehead, Sept 23 2010
Just one and a half per cent of the UK population is gay or bisexual, far lower than previous estimates suggested, the first official survey on sexual identity has revealed. It is the equivalent of nearly three quarters of a million people and well short of earlier Government estimates that put the proportion as high as seven per cent. It also dispels as a myth the commonly held belief that one in ten men are homosexual, which stems from research in to sexual behaviour by Professor Alfred Kinsey in America during the 1940s and 50s. The true picture comes from a survey of 450,000 people carried out by the Office for National Statistics, the largest pool for social data after the Census. In it's first results, published yesterday, it concluded 480,000 people are gay or lesbian and a further 245,000 are bisexual. More...

Four beheaded as Sungusungu militia reigns terror in Nyamira, Kisii

By Henry Nyarora, Sept 23 2010
Residents of a village in Nyamira District are living in fear following the killing of four people by vigilantes. The killers, numbering about 50 and suspected to be members of the notorious Sungusungu vigilante group, stormed Kegogi village and dragged out people they suspected to be criminals and hacked them to death. Witnesses said the vigilantes, armed with axes, machetes and rungus on Monday night stripped their victims before dragging them from their homes to a deserted area where they tied their hands behind their backs and chopped off their heads. Mr William Meoka, who lives close to where the bodies were found, said the heads were arranged in a line by the roadside and the torsos in a trench. “We found the heads arranged in a neat row as if the murderers were not in a hurry,” he said. Relatives of one of the victims, Mr Pascal Gichana, are in shaken by the turn of events. His brother, Mr Joseph Onyiego, narrated how Mr Gichana was at a neighbour’s funeral when the gang pounced. More...

Yunoke Kegogi
Wailing son's gruesome murder: Ms Yunoke Kwamboka of Kegogi village mourns her son Pascal Gichana Onyiego, 30, who is among the four people beheaded and their bodies dumped by roadside in Nyamira district on Monday. In 2008, 12 people, including a reverend’s wife, were killed and their bodies burnt on suspicion they were practising witchcraft. Photo: Jacob Owiti
Bungoma holds International Peace Day summit

By Westfm, Sept 22 2010
Peaceful coexistence is the backbone of developing Bungoma County, area DC Wilfred Nyagwanga has said. Speaking during the International Peace Day on behalf of Bungoma South DC Wilfred Nyagwanga, the District Officer Mrs. Beatrice Bikeyo challenged parents to take the responsibility of guiding their children into what is expected by the society. Mrs. Bikeyo said it is time the public should take the iniative of ensuring peace prevails in this region without waiting for the security officers to control. “This is the time we should take a quick step to under take what is expected as a way of ensuring everyone lives in an environment that is safe,” said Bikeyo. She further said youths are the determinants in the society hence need to be guided in the correct direction to develop up as mature people who understand the value of peace. The event was attended by herbalists, peace makers and leaders from various sub tribes. More...

Beatrice Bikeyo
Herbalists from Western Region follow proceedings during the International Peace Day at the Bungoma County Council. Photo: Frankline Bwire

Kwanza residents panic after leaflets warning: Kwanza District Commissioner (DC) Hassan Billows has assured locals of their security and urged them not to panic following a recent wave of insecurity threats. Mr. Hassan dismissed rumors being spread within the area through leaflets warning the residents to be ready for bandit attack. He assured the residents of their security insisting that the government had commenced investigations into the allegations. More...
Lazy clinical officers in Western to be fired

By Joan Wesakulia, Sept 22 2010
Lazy medical officers who take for granted malaria patients in Western and Nyanza provinces will be dealt with accordingly. This follows revelation that hospitals from the regions, which are the most prevalent alongside Coast Province, are overcrowded with malaria patients who have not been attended to. Similarly, the government has warned that it will not hesitate to take stern action against medical officers who fail to administer prescribed medication to patients suffering from malaria. More...

Three beheaded in Kisii: Three people were beheaded and several others critically injured Monday night by unknown assailants at Miruka Centre in Kisii Central district. More...
Akinyi, Wanjala lose out to Chinedu in Nairobi property saga

By our correspondent, Sept 22 2010
Nigerian Anthony Chinedu is free to lease or handle the Deep West Restaurant following a ruling that dismissed an application by his former wife seeking to revoke the lease agreement. Ms Joyce Akinyi, who is locked in a property row with her former Nigerian husband, on Tuesday lost her bid to control the multi-million-shilling property. Judge Mbogholi Msagha dismissed Ms Akinyi’s case, saying she lacked the legal authority to ask the court to revoke the lease agreement. The ruling came just days after Ms Akinyi and former Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala relaunched the club and claimed ownership of the property. They renamed it Hot Hauz. Ms Akinyi had told the court that the lease agreement between Mr Chinedu and Mr Joseph Muchina was illegal since she was not consulted. More...

Raphael Wanjala and Akinyi
Former Budalang'i MP Raphael Wanjala and his mistress, Joyce Akinyi. The controversial couple had sought to disinherit Akinyi's former Nigerian husband, Anthony Chinedu of a prime property in Nairobi but the Court did not grant their prayers.
Horror in Kisii village as man kills son then hangs himself

By our correspondents, Sept 22 2010
Two villages are stunned following the heinous murder of a two-year-old boy and a woman. In the first incident, villagers woke up to the chilling news of a man who killed his son before hanging himself. His wife, who survived the attack, is fighting for her life at hospital following the Monday night incident at Okambo Village in Senta Sub-location, Kisii County. Villagers said Paul Kilo Olinda, 37, slashed his wife Josephine Moraa, 30, with a panga and left her for dead inside their house. They suspect he then turned against his son with a mallet believing his mother was dead. Area Assistant Chief Richard Kiako said the man then sneaked into his neighbour’s compound and stole a rope from a cow in the shed, which he used to commit suicide. More...

Ababu Namwamba
Jesus is Alive: Ababu Namwamba (right) and Janet Ongoro (left) join Bishop Margaret Wanjiru in toasting victory at Kamukunji. More
Joseph Manyonyi Masindayi
The late Mzee Joseph Manyonyi Masindayi was born in 1902 and died on August 1 2010 aged 108. More...
They lived past 100 years

Archbishop Joseph Manyonyi (left) was born in 1902 at Iguyio village, Sabane sub-location, Iguhu location, Kakamega County. He died August 1 2010  leaving behind 160 grand children, 40 great grand children and 15 great-great grand children. Mwalimu Matayo Shiundu Mukenya (right) was born on 18 August 1907 and died on October 31 2007 aged 100. At the time of his death, he had 14 children, 37 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. He came from Lureko location, Nabongo sub location, Enyakwaka village, Mumias.

The late Mwalimu Matayo Shiundu Mukenya was born on 18 August 1907 and died on October 31 2007 aged 100. More...
MP warns road contractors in Kanduyi

By Frankline Bwire and Silas Kibet, Sept 21 2010
Serious action will be taken against shoddy road contractors in Kanduyi Constituency, area MP Alfred Khang'ati has warned. Speaking after inspecting 20 roads being renovated in his constituency using Constituency Development Fund (CDF) the legislator warned that no officer would be spared if found misappropriating funds meant for the job. He cautioned Mr. Maurice Chore, the officer in charge of roads in the district against misuse of funds meant for road construction while roads continue spoiling every season. The roads are being repaired in conjunction with the Kenya Roads Authority. Further the MP, who is also an Assistant Minister in the office of the Prime Minister said he will not relent in his guest of ensuring that his constituency is well established in terms of development before 2012 to satisfy the needs of his people. “This constituency should be developed by 2012 to ensure that everyone is happy . We have to fulfill our promises,” said the MP. He added that he will ensure students in this constituency get the expected knowledge in education without any interference following the Free Education Programme (FPE) initiated by the government. More...

Namasanda Dam in Kanduyi
Kanduyi MP Dr. Alfred Khang'ati (digging) when he officially launched the renovation of the Namasanda Dam in his Constituency. Photo: Frankline Bwire
Homes burnt as mourners attack killers of Sirisia chief

By our correspondents, Sept 21 2010
A chief murdered last week was buried amid chaos at Toroso village in Sirisia constituency. Chief Stephen Sangura’s burial turned chaotic after youths and several elderly mourners attacked his alleged killers, and burnt down ten houses. Chanting Bukusu war songs, the youths accused police of freeing the suspected killers. They warned there would be no peace in the village until justice is served. "We want them re-arrested. Why are the police applying double standards in this matter?" asked one youth as he torched a grass-thatched hut. During the skirmishes, 35 people were injured, including a sick elderly woman found in a suspect’s house. However, the marauding youths later apologised to the woman and even ferried her to Sirisia District Hospital. The alleged suspects, some who had shown up at the burial, disappeared Restore calm after sensing tension. More...

Ida Odinga
Ida Odinga, Prime Minister Raila Odinga's wife playing the role of First Lady in New York. Through her initiative, she has managed to rally African first ladies to sign up to the charter to eradicate malnutrition among African children. She is in New York attending the 10th anniversary of UN's Millenium Development Goals, a global push to eradicate poverty across the globe.
Ida Odinga mobilises African first ladies at UN

By our correspondent, Sept 21 2010
The wife of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mrs Ida Odinga, on Monday convened the First Ladies of Africa Roundtable to push for an end to malnutrition among women and children. The event was organised as part of the opening of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit. The invitation-only occasion, hosted by Ms Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation and Ms Jay Naidoo of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, brought together First Ladies of Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Côte d’Ivoire. The African First Ladies signed a declaration with six key goals committing themselves to putting nutrition at the heart of development. “Malnutrition destroys young bodies and minds, harms education and work performance and ultimately damages communities. “Nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa.,” Mrs Odinga said. More...

Teachers reject proposed licencing rules

By our correspondents, Sept 21 2010
Teachers have rejected plans to force them to operate with renewable licences. Unions representing the interest of teachers have also warned of unspecified action if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) introduces the document for their members. Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) welcomed reforms in the education sector, but said they were against the move to licence teachers. They described it as a way of sneaking contracts for teachers "through the back door". The unions were reacting to proposals to transform the TSC into an independent constitutional commission as required by the the Ministry of Education. More...

Lawrence Majali
Lawrence Majali, the Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary general is set to retire from the giant union in December, 2010. A bid by Majali, treasurer Fred Ontere and Benson Kithuku, the deputy secretary general to extend the mandatory retirement age of 60 by five years flopped, after the NEC rejected the proposal.
Majali to quit Knut

By Sam Otieno, Sept 18 2010
Two top national officials of the giant teachers union have agreed to vacate office by December. The decision by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Lawrence Majali and treasurer Fred Ontere to retire has ended anxiety at the union headquarters. According to resolutions at a recent National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Mr Majali and Mr Ontere agreed to take leave in December, but would return to hand over in February, 2011. Four members of the NEC, who spoke to The Standard separately, said the council resolved that Knut chairman George Wesonga should hand over retirement letters to Majali and Ontere. Majali is also expected to hand over retirement letters to his deputy, Benson Kithuku. NEC also mandated Knut’s deputy secretary Okuta Osiany to take over in an acting capacity. More...

Karua teaches Kenyatta a political lesson as novice trounces giants in by election

By our correspondent, Sept 21 2010
A political novice on Monday pulled a major upset by defeating two veteran politicians to claim the Makadara parliamentary seat in Nairobi. Businessman Gideon Mbuvi Kioko - who only joined national politics three months ago- beat former MPs Dick Wathika and Reuben Ndolo by nearly 3,000 votes in Monday’s by-election. The win mirrored a day of surprises and upsets as PNU lost two seats while Narc Kenya won two and ODM retained one. Former MPs William Kabogo and Margaret Wanjiru reclaimed the Juja and Starehe parliamentary seats respectively. Bishop Wanjiru was reclaiming the seat she lost in an election petition, while Mr Kabogo, a successful petitioner, was reclaiming the seat he held before the 2007 poll. He got 45,020 votes, beating the immediate former MP, Mr George Thuo, to third place with 19,366 votes. Kenya National Congress Party’s Alice Wambui was second with 24,326 votes. More...

Reuben Ndolo
Reuben Ndolo who successfully petitioned Dick Wathika's election in Makadara was trounced by a political novice, Gideon Mbuvi Kioko, who only ventured into politics three months ago riding on Martha Karua's Narc Kenya party. It an election in which the Gichugu MP and a presidential aspirant in 2012 taught vital political lessons to his central province nemesis, Uhuru Kenyatta by winning Juja as well.
Twitter fixes porn pop ups

By Jonathan Fildes, Sept 21 2010
Twitter has patched a flaw in its website that was being exploited to pump out pop-up messages and links to porn sites. Initially, users only had to move their mouse over a message containing a link - not click it - to open it in the browser. The code was spread by worms, self-replicating, malicious pieces of code. Thousands of users were caught out by the flaw, including Sarah Brown, the wife of the UK's former Prime Minister. More...

Commonwealth games doubt over Delhi's filth

By our correspondent, Sept 21 2010
The Commonwealth Games Federation head has demanded the Indian government take immediate steps to improve conditions at the athletes' village in Delhi. Team delegates have described the accommodation as filthy, unhygienic and unfit for human habitation. More...

Teso leaders ban political speeches at funerals

By Reuben Olita, Sept 20 2010
TESO opinion leaders have banned political speeches during funerals and urged political leaders to use other avenues instead. The leaders argued that civic and parliamentary aspirants were seizing opportunities at funerals to ridicule elected leaders with impunity. A meeting of all civic leaders convened by area Member of Parliament, Sospeter Ojaamong at Amagoro Social Hall resolved that no political speeches should be made at funerals but only condolence messages and non-political speeches should be encouraged. Ojaamong said it was embarrassing indeed for leaders to use funerals to attack others and advised those who use such functions to achieve their political ambitions to call their own rallies. The leaders also resolved to preach unity and educate the electorates on the need to have a common stand in the fight for the top seats in the Busia County in the 2012 general elections. More...

Zack Mukewa
Unlocking Western's potential: Zack Mukewa, the investment analyst who foresees Western unlocking its potential to become one of the fast rising economic tigers in Kenya. CLICK HERE to read his gripping account of the hidden potential in Bungoma, Kakamega and Western in general. He says once the Luhya realise that to develop they must first start supporting each other, economic take off could come sooner than many realise given the huge pool of intellectual, natural and cultural resources available.
Elgon Salvation Army condemns human parts scam

By Reuben Olita, Sept 20 2010
KENYA needs divine intervention to bring to an end the rampant occurrence of bizarre activities, the Salvation Army Church said Sunday. The church decried the rampant cases of people committing sin in the country noting the recent revelation of people dealing in human organs business. Commissioner William Roberts, the Territorial Commander of Kenya West Territory of the church said sin was everywhere with many people falling victims to the scourge whether genuinely or innocently. Commissioner Roberts was speaking at Kolanya Salvation Army Corps during his farewell meeting that was also attended by Church patron, Wyciffe Osang'ir and Elgon District Officer of the Church , Captain Henry Changalwa. TC Roberts is leaving the Kakamega-based territory of the church after three years to the United States of America in the same capacity. His place will be taken over by former Elgon District Officer, Joash Malabi who was until his appointment the Deputy Commander of the Church in South Africa. More...

Teachers must now be licenced every 3 years under new constitution

By Sam Otieno, Sept 20 2010
It will soon be mandatory for each one of Kenya’s 400,000 teachers to obtain a renewable licence to practise their profession, as happens with lawyers, medical personnel and engineers. The requirement is part of upcoming changes that will overhaul the structure and operations of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), following the enactment of the new Constitution. When implemented, the changes will be contained in a Bill to be drafted by the end of this year, to be presented to Parliament for approval before being effected. They are expected to enhance service delivery to teachers, and improve the quality of the profession in the country. To get the certificate, without which the teachers will not be on the TSC’s payroll, and which is renewable every three years, teachers will be required to pay double the Sh500 they fork out currently for their registration certificates. More...

Bishop Alexander Kipsang Muge
The slain outspoken Bishop Alexander Muge of Eldoret Diocese.
James Lando Khwatenge
James Khwatenge, former intelligence officer reveals how plot to murder Bishop Muge was executed.
How Moi murdered Muge - intelligence officer

By Walter Menya, Sept 20 2010
Had the Kiplagat team, which is supposed to dig out the truth from Kenya’s past, started off on the right footing, Kenyans would already have been treated to shocking details about their political past. And it might just happen if they take up testimony from a former intelligence officer, James Lando Khwatenge, who has stepped out, saying the time has come to speak out on the atrocities committed in the 1980s and early 1990s by agents of the now defunct Directorate of State Intelligence. The dreaded torture machine for the Moi government was commonly referred to as the Special Branch and Mr Khwatenge, who worked with the agency, says he knows the chilling details only too well. He has contacted the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission to give his side of the story and provide highlights of what might turn out to be controversial revelations. Mr Khatwenge, who left the security service as inspector in 1992, is waiting for his chance at the witness stand to tell Kenyans what he knows about the operations of the defunct State agency and the men and women they marked for torture and death. More...

Beautification centres to be set up in Western

By our correspondents, Sept 18 2010
THE National Environmental Authority Management (NEMA) will set up beautification centres in Western Province in a bid to keep the region clean and attractive. The centres will oversee the overall management of the environment and protect it from pollution and encourage potential investors to pitch tent in the region. According to officer in charge of Environment in Western province Mr. Omondi Were, it was now time that individual persons undertook the responsibility of cleaning the environment and ridding it from pollution of either kind. Speaking during the launch of a cleaning exercise in Bungoma town, Omondi said NEMA is going to work with the youth to ensure programs of improving the environment in Western province are achieved. Omondi urged Bungoma locals to come out in big numbers to take the responsibility of cleaning up the environment as a way of signifying “our love for the environment”. “The cleanup exercise should be taken as our own activity to ensure that we live in a clean environment that is good for our health,” said Omondi. More...

Mumias Educational Resource Centre
Benefactors, Mr Roel and Mrs Marianne Meijers of Harambee Holland at the New Mumias Educational and Assesment Resource Centre. The new centre is user friendly to the disabled. Photo: Frankline Bwire

Pope atones for child abuse sins

By our correspondent, Sept 18 2010
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his "deep sorrow" for the "unspeakable crimes" of child abuse within the Catholic Church. The strongest public apology yet over the scandal was offered during a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on the third day of his four-day state visit. He said he was gravely concerned by "the immense suffering" caused by the abuse, especially by Church ministers. But a group for survivors of abuse dismissed his comments as hollow. Speaking to hundreds of members of the Catholic Church, including senior clergy, the Pope acknowledged "the shame and humiliation" caused by "these sins". More...

Mumias gets an educational resource centre

By Frankline Bwire, Sept 18 2010
Mumias District residents have been urged to team up and ensure the disabled people are treated equally as others in the society. Western Provincial Director of Education Kennedy Misoi said the Ministry of education will join hands in ensuring that various educational projects are completed to enhance learning for the disabled persons. Speaking during the official handing over ceremony of Mumias Educational and Assessment Resource centre ( EARC), area MP Ben Washiali hinted that CDF office will fund the cost of the necessary equipments required. Washiali applauded the residents for passing the constitution saying that it is going to ensure that the disabled have a member to represent them fully and ensure their demands are considered. According to Roel Meijiers one of the donors, the task lies ahead for the Mumias people to ensure they secure the future of EARC by aiding in its development to assist persons with disability. More...

Changing fortunes of Kakamega

By our correspondent, Sept 18 2010
It has been billed the “Rainbow” county because of its strategic location in a region endowed with natural resources and enormous potential for agricultural production. Some liken Kakamega County to a giant finally awakening from a long slumber to unlock its potential after years of inertia. The county stands out for two reasons: its expansive size, covering nine constituencies, and a large population of 1.6 million people. The two factors, it is argued, could provide the impetus to stir economic growth and reverse the high poverty levels ravaging communities in the region. Constituencies in the county include Lugari, Malava, Shinyalu, Lurambi and Ikolomani. The rest are Mumias, Matungu, Khwisero and Butere. The unexploited potential for agricultural production and the untapped western tourist circuit are expected to be a major catalyst for economic growth. They set the right climate for investors. More...

Kakamega Town
Main street in Kakamega Town. For many years the town has suffered underdevelopment swallowed by Kisumu in the South and Bungoma to the North. With devolution of power to the counties, Kakamega County with nine constituencies and 1.6m people is set for economic take off.
Kitale couple die upon news their son had died after Chang'aa feast

By Julius Sigei, Sept 18 2010
An elderly couple died in Kitale on Friday after they learnt that their fifth-born son had died.Mr Kamau Macharia, 95, and his wife Margaret Njeri, 85, collapsed and died after they were informed of their son’s death after taking chang’aa. According to Milimani location chief Sylvester Mumanyi, Mr Joseph Munyoro, 45, had been invited by a friend to a brewing den in Kambi Nyasi before he drowned in Naisambu River. The den is 200 metres away from the parents’ home. The chief said that the mother, who first received information about the death of her son, collapsed and was taken to Mt Elgon Hospital, where she died. The husband, who got information about the deaths, also collapsed and died. Mr Mumanyi said the legalisation of traditional brews will result in an increase in crime and deaths. Kitale deputy mayor Hebert Wambaya, who is also the area councillor, sent condolences to the family and appealed to the government and MPs to formulate laws to regulate the consumption of traditional brews. More...

Chang'aa in Kitale
Kill Me Quick: Since chang'aa was legalised, people have taken to drinking the 'kill me quick' stuff with free licence unaware that the law requires the drink to sold in packaged containers after undergoing an approved distillery process. This ignorance has led to many deaths across the country with a Kitale family losing three members in one day and another family, also in Kitale losing both parents on the same day their son died after a chang'aa drinking spreee.

Magara's U-turn on ODM: Former assistant minister Omingo Magara has denied that he is warming up to ODM, the party he ditched just before a by-election in South Mugirango constituency. He also dismissed reports in the media that he and Prime Minister Raila Odinga had buried the hatchet and pledged to work together. Mr Magara, who has been a fierce critic of Mr Odinga, said that he firmly rooted in the People’s Democratic Party. More...
Ministers, govt depts to use leased vehicles - soon

By Wachira Kang'aru, Sept 18 2010
The government is preparing to stop buying motor vehicle for its officials in a move expected to save the taxpayers at least Sh3.5 billion every year. In an ad, the Ministry of Finance on Thursday invited players in the motor vehicle and leasing industry to apply for provision of vehicles and transport services though leasing on trial basis. As a concept, leasing allows one to an uninterrupted service of an asset without owning it but periodically paying for use. Three-day long meeting “There is going to be huge savings for the government with the money saved shifted towards development projects,” said Vehicle & Equipment Leasing Ltd chief executive, Mr Paul Njeru. The government’s call for expression of interest follows a three-day meeting involving State officials, an international consultant retained by the Treasury to help in formulating leasing policy, and industry players, where the latter made a case for leasing. The government will be joining Nakumatt, Kenya Shell, East Africa Breweries, Bamburi Cement and Coca-Cola, which are currently the largest consumers of leased. More...

Three Kitale family members die at once after drinking Chang'aa

By Dorcas Chelangat, Sept 17 2010
A wave of pain, sorrow and grief is sweeping through a Kitale family after three family members met their death at a go. Just days after the government legalized local brew Chang'aa, residents in the town have been consuming the drink excessively in total disregard of the dangers that lied ahead of the. However, residents have been left with their mouths agape after death struck a family claiming three of its members all attributed to the drink. The tragedy engulfed Shimo la Tewa village after a man identified as Joseph Munyoro slipped and fell into a stream as he staggered home from a Chang'aa drinking spree. Munyoro, aged 45, was in company of his colleague Ndung'u Ng'ang'a when he fell and spent overnight before he was found dead the following morning by Ng'ang'as daughter. More...

Kitale Moi University Campus
Kitale town is be home to Moi University's latest expansion plans. A campus is to be established in the Trans Nzoian town to tap into the lucrative market of university education. It will target specifically the southern Sudanese market.

HIV declines in Africa - UN

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said. UNAids said 22 countries in the world's worst affected region had seen a drop in new cases of more than 25%. But UNAids also noted that cases of HIV were increasing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and among gay men in developed countries. More...

Kitale now gets a constituent campus from Moi University

By Dorcas Chelangat, Sept 17 2010
Moi University has now launched its Kitale Campus in a bid to offer quality education to the Northwest frontier communities. The Kitale campus targets students from soputhern Sudan who are in dire need of higher education. The university last year acquired the Bakhita College formerly owned by the Catholic Church of Southern Sudan at the tune of Sh90million. Forestry and Wildlife Minister Dr Noah Wekesa and Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny hailed the establishment of the Campus in the area to stop students from going to pursue education in neighboring countries like Uganda. There are over 7500 Kenyans who have enrolled in Ugandan universities after lacking admissions in local universities. More...

Tough rules to curb body parts theft at Nairobi morgue

By Mike Mwaniki, Sept 17 2010
New rules have been introduced to prevent the theft of body parts in mortuaries. Medical superintendents and those in charge of mortuaries will now be required to ensure proper preservation of bodies from the time they are taken to the mortuary to the time they are released to the next of kin. “All the parties involved - medical superintendents and relatives receiving the bodies - must be satisfied that all body parts are in their true form from the point of admission to when they are released,” a circular signed by the Director of Medical Services, Dr Francis Kimani, said. According to the circular, all parties (medical superintendents and next of kin) will be expected to append their signatures on a newly-introduced body release certification form. On Thursday, the Medical Services minister, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, described the theft of body parts as a “criminal offence”. More...

Africa University
Graduation ceremony at a university in Nairobi. None of Kenya's institutions of higher learning has made it to top 200 in the world.

Scare for Pope in London: Police have arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists, working as street cleaners in London, over an alleged plan assassinate the Pope. More...
Kenyan, African varsities outflanked in world ratings

By Benjamin Muindi, Sept 17 2010
Kenyan universities again fared dismally in the seventh world universities ranking released on Thursday by the British Times Higher Education. Africa only produced the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Alexandria in Egypt in the top 200 slots globally. Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Princeton — all American — scooped the top five slots. Others in the top 10 were Cambridge, Oxford, University of California Berkeley, Imperial College of London and Yale. Five elements of higher education were considered, including the volume of research undertaken and how the institutions were relevant to the job market. Others were the number of students admitted against that of academic staff, diversity on campus - a sign of how global an institution is in its outlook, and the impact of the research conducted. More...

Mt Elgon DC's office to be shut for lack of toilets

By our correspondent, Sept 17 2010
The Mt Elgon District Commissioner’s offices and APs camp risk being closed by the public health department due to lack of toilets. The DC has been give 21 days notice by the public health department to provide toilets and bathrooms within the offices and Administration Police camp. The move comes after six pit latrines were demolished by a contractor as they were built on a road reserve. The letter said sufficient VIP latrines and bathrooms should be provided at the APs camp and compost pit for waste. Health officials said the situation was pathetic and likely to jeopardise the health of the public and government workers. At the APs camp, the DC is expected to provide soak pits for water taps and bathrooms. More...

Mt Elgon toilets
It stinks here in Mt Elgon: Typical outhouse toilets in rural Kenya. The Mt Elgon District office toilets were bulldozed to the ground because they were built on a road reserve leaving staff without any bathrooms. Now health officials want to close the station as it poses a health hazard. The DC is expected to provide soak pits for water taps and bathrooms for staff.
Kenyans warned over killer malaria drug banned in US

By Gatonye Gathura, Sept 17 2010
The lives of thousands of Kenyans could be in danger from an untested and unregistered malaria drug recently exposed as industrial bleach. Reports on Wednesday in the UK’s Guardian newspaper said Kenyans were among about 100,000 malaria patients treated with the Miracle Mineral Supplement in several African countries, including Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Malawi. Some 75,000 are said to have been treated in Kenya and Uganda alone. The treatment, which was banned in the US and Canada this year, was first introduced in Kenya in 2004 by its developer, Jim Humble, through what he claimed to be an international Christian group. The distributors circumvent the ban by marketing the product through the internet and church groups. More...

Lugulu Hospital tottering on closure as funds run out

By Eric Ngobilo, Sept 16 2010
Lugulu Mission Hospital, the largest private referral health centre in Bungoma County, western Kenya, might be shut down due to lack of funds. Donor funding had almost dried up, according to the officer-in-charge, Dr Simon Kisaka. Dr Kisaka said more than 200 people sought treatment at the hospital daily, with 40 per cent being referral cases. He said the hospital did not turn away patients, most of them poor people who cannot afford the fees, despite the strain on resources. “We have been discharging patients with huge bills as they will unable to pay even if we detain them.” Dr Kisaka appealed to the government and other well-wishers to help the 150-bed hospital pay its staff. “We don’t have money to pay doctors and nurses,” he said. “Donor support accounts for only seven per cent of our funding and we are trying to come up with programmes to make us self-sustainable.” Another private institution in the region, Misikhu Mission Hospital, closed down due to mismanagement. Lugulu hospital is popular with residents due to its high quality services. Currently, it is offering free treatment to patients with cataracts. Dr Kisaka, who was speaking at the hospital yesterday during the launch of a self-sustenance programme, said many people in Western Province suffered from the condition, which they confuse with blindness. More...

Lugulu Mission Hospital, Bungoma
A nurse doing what they do best at Lugulu Mission Hospital. Established in 1912 by the Quakers, Lugulu Hospital is now threatened with closure as funding streams have dried up.

Kibera slum dwellers to be moved: The Kenya Railways Corporation has secured $11 million (Sh880 million) funding to move squatters who have encroached on its land in Nairobi. Up to 5,000 households living on the railway reserve land in Kibera will be affected by the World Bank-funded movement, which is expected to start in June next year. Studies along the railway corridor in the expansive slum have also established that 4,500 commercial and institutional structures will be affected by the project. More...
Police block burial of a 15-year old wife

By Otieno Owida, Sept 16 2010
Police have blocked the burial of a 15-year-old girl suspected to have been killed by her estranged husband. Rachuonyo police boss Richard Manguti said the action was taken after the officers were alerted that the girl could have been murdered and the hurried burial was meant to destroy evidence. Her husband is said to have rushed her to Rachuonyo District Hospital, claiming that she had been injured in a motorcycle accident near Mikai trading centre. Mourners were shocked when police stormed Kakelo Kamroth sub-location and stopped the programme. They took the body away awaiting a post-mortem examination. The grave was left open, which is against the Luo culture, sparking a debate among clan members on the possible consequences of the act. More...

An open grave is against Luo culture and villagers fear ritual consequences

Simiyu appointed DC as debate swirls over fate of provincial administration

By Patrick Menya, Sept 16 2010
The Kenya Government has given its strongest indicator that the provincial administration is here to stay by appointing 33 district commissioners. The appointments are contained in a circular addressed to all provincial commissioners by the Internal Security and Provincial Administration Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia. The changes were made on Friday last week. The 33 include two new appointees while the rest have been transferred from other districts. Patrick W Simiyu leaves the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take up his new duties as the DC in Migwani district while Kobia wa Kamau, previously an officer in the East African Community Ministry is the new Machakos DC. The new officers are required to report to their new stations by Friday. Debate over the provincial administration has recently heightened with some MPs plotting to abolish the structures altogether. The new constitution however requires the national government to restructure the provincial administration with respect to the system of devolved government. Internal Security minister George Saitoti has, however, maintained that the structures will not be abolished but restructured in line with the provisions of the new Constitution. More...

Lady Gaga meat dress
Gaga is all meaty: The feisty Lady Gaga at the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. The singer has taken fashion to another level and no one knows what else she is capable of.
Serial rapist cornered as he attacked a 92-year old woman in Khwisero

By Westfm, Sept 16 2010
A man described as a serial rapist was almost lynched by residents after being caught in the act at Mundoli village in Khwisero District. Forty days arrived fast for Andrew Anyanzwa, 36 years, after he was cornered by irate residents as he was laying final plans to rape a 92 year-old grandma. An eye-witness, Peter Kasir said the man had been involved in three other rape incidents in the past three weeks, a move that prompted residents to form a team of youths to keep tabs on his moves. "He had initially raped a woman who had just given birth three days earlier before going ahead to do the act on another woman and her four-year-old daughter," revealed Kasir. Angry villagers beat Anyanzwa unconscious before he was rescued by a civic leader who hired a vehicle to take the suspect to Butere Police Station as the residents bayed for his blood. The incident comes only two days after an Assistant Chief in the area was arrested and locked up at Kilingili Police Station for indecently touching a woman's genitalia. More...

Army recruitment in Bunyala is on Oct 22

By Lucas Barasa, Sept 15 2010
The one month recruitment of more than 1,800 armed forces personnel starts on Tuesday next week. Defence headquarters warned the public to be wary of fraudsters out to lure them with promises of jobs in exchange for cash. Vice Chief of the General Staff Julius Waweru Karangi regretted that Kenyans had lost Sh19.3 million to fraudsters in the pretext that they could get jobs in the armed forces since January last year. In Nyeri, one woman conned 46 individuals Sh10 million while in Mbooni a 76-year old man was sentenced for 25 years for the offence. In total, there were 63 cases, 21 of them involving servicemen and ex-servicemen and the rest civilians. The recruitment will be done in Kieni East, Nyahururu, Embu East, Chapalungu, Nandi East, Samburu North, Londiani, Trans Mara East and Kisumu East on Tuesday. The exercise will also be held in Bunyala, Pokot Central, Msambweni, Tana Delta, Limuru and Mbooni West on Tuesday. Loyangalani will be the last to conduct the recruitment on October 22. More...

Major General Enoch Sasia
Lt General Julius Karangi (right) with Major General Enoch Sasia during a press conference at DoD in Nairobi, September 14, 2010. Gen Karangi said that the annual military recruitment begins next week and warned members of the public against paying any money to anyone claiming to recruit on behalf of the force. Photo: Stephen Mudiari

Internet founder wants it free: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has attacked mobile phone providers who seek to question the idea of net neutrality. Speaking at Nokia World, the manufacturer’s global conference taking place in London this week, Sir Tim said web developers “don’t have to pay money to every cell phone operator to make sure users can get to a website and that is really, really important. More...
Unpopular varsity courses revealed

By Benjamin Muindi, Sept 15 2010
Computer science, education and commerce are the most popular courses taught in public universities, according to the Joint Admissions Board (JAB). Astronomy and astrophysics, coastal and marine management, soil and land use management are some of the least popular courses. Others are control and instrumentation, textile and apparel design and seed science. Kenyatta University leads in the number of courses it teaches, capping at 70, followed by Moi (67) and Nairobi (49). Jab’s 2009/2010 analysis of undergraduate degree programmes shows that art-based courses absorb the highest number of students nationally. Nairobi this year has the highest intake of students enrolled for the arts-based courses followed by Kenyatta, Moi and Egerton. Courses as dentistry and medicine are still the preserve of Nairobi, with the highest number of graduates yearly (300) and Moi (50). More...

Oparanya lauds Rwanda

By John Shilitsa, Sept 15 2010
The successful implementation of the new Constitution is crucial to the realisation of Vision 2030, Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya has said. Mr Oparanya said sideshows likely to derail the implementation process could negate efforts made towards achieving Vision 2030 since economic growth would be slowed. He said unity of purpose among politicians would minimise disagreements and predicted that East African Community member Rwanda could become the region economic tiger in the near future. “Rwanda could be healing from genocide wounds but has made huge development strides because governance and institutions have been streamlined and leaders are focused unlike us who use most of our time quarrelling and politicking,” said Oparanya in Butere, where he is area MP. He said the new Constitution is a stepping stone to attaining social and economic reforms. More...

Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya
Planning minister, Wycliffe Oparanya says Kenya will be by passed by Rwanda as the regional economic hub if politicians don't stop bickering and focus on development matters. He said in Butere that the land locked central African country has put the genocide behind it and built institutional capacity for economic take-off.
Cornered body parts syndicate blames cats for eating corpse's eyes, ears

By Joy Wanja, Sept 15 2010
Relatives of an accident victim were shocked to find his eyes and left ear missing when they went to identify his body at Nairobi’s City mortuary. Eric Kilel was killed instantly when he was hit by a car on Jogoo Road on Friday, and, according to his brothers, the body was intact when it was taken to the mortuary. But on Monday, they were given conflicting explanations on the missing body parts of the 35-year-old Kenya Power and Lighting employee. First, mortuary attendants said the body arrived without the parts and then changed their story and said they had been eaten by cats and rats. On Tuesday, crime detectives moved in to investigate the matter as two people arrested on Monday with body parts were charged in a Kibera court. More...

Bungoma chief murdered in cold blood after sms threats

By Frankline Bwire, Sept 14 2010
A Chief in Bungoma Central District was Sunday night murdered in cold blood a few hours after he had ruled on a theft case. Steven Masika Nyaranga, of Toroso Location, met his fateful death as he drove his motor bike along the Namwela road at around 7.30 pm yesterday when unknown people blocked and attacked him. According to area Councilor Simiyu Machabe, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Chwele District hospital. Bungoma deputy police boss David Kiptanui confirmed two young men who were involved in the last case which the chief ruled have been arrested. However, the ruling did not go down well with the two prompting them to issue threats to the chief through his cell phone claiming the ruling was too harsh on them. Police sources confirmed that the two arrested were brothers and had fresh blood stains during their arrest and are assisting in investigations. The two were identified by Bisunu area chief Mr. Joseph Soita as Robert Wafula and Tony Manyonge who happen to be a neighbor and a local Primary School head teacher. Mr. Soita also said that the main suspect, identified as Armstrong Wafula was still on the run and was being sought by the police. More...

Eugene Wamalwa and Musikari Kombo
Ford Kenya combatants. Current chairman, Musikari Kombo (left) consults with an aspirant Eugene Wamalwa (right) with Moses Wetangula, the foreign affairs minister (inset) eavesdropping on the proceeedings with an envious interest as an interested party.

British singer, George Michael jailed over drugs

Singer George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. The 47-year-old was arrested in July in Hampstead, north London after driving his Range Rover into a shop. The singer shot to fame as part of pop duo Wham! before embarking on a successful career as a solo artist. More...

Kombo ready to go but wrangles in Ford-K must be resolved first

By Westfm, Sept 14 2010
Ford Kenya party chairman Musikari Kombo says he will not relinquish his position as party chairman until after the dispute in the party leadership is resolved. However, Kombo said he wants to oversee a transparent and fair election in which he will not vie for any position. Kombo who was addressing the press in Webuye town said party elections will only be held after the dispute in the party is resolved. He said the registrar of political parties asked the two factions led by Foreign affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula and Saboti Mp Eugene Wamalwa to each appoint a team of 10 people to resolve the wrangles. “No progress towards the resolution has been made since one side is yet to present its names for negotiations to start,” he said. Wrangles between Wetang’ula and Eugene who are both vying for the party's chairmanship led to the calling off, of the elections a couple of months ago. Kombo however said he is ready to relinquish the leadership to conform with the provisions in the new constitution. More...

Body parts syndicate uncovered in Nairobi

By Nicholas Ngolyo, Sept 14 2010
Two mortuary attendants have been charged with harming a dead body by severing its genitals. Eliud Watiri Mwangi, 36, and Paul Kariuki Marunda, 27, were arraigned before Kibera chief magistrate Cecilia Githua on Tuesday morning. They, however, denied the charge and were released on a Sh100,000 bond with a surety of similar amount or Sh50,000 cash bail. The hearing was set for October 21. The court heard that the two committed the offence at the Kenyatta National Hospital on September 13. Police in Nairobi seized the two in Hurlingham on Monday afternoon. One is believed to be an attendant at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary and the other at a private funeral home in the same area. They were arrested at about 12.30pm with a green paper bag containing male genitals suspected to have been chopped off a body at the hospital. Police had been tipped off about the body organ selling syndicate and laid an ambush before arresting the two as they took the genitals to an undisclosed location. More...

Paul Marunda and Eliud Watiri
Eliud Watiri Mwangi (left) and Paul Kariuki Marunda (right) when they appeared before Kibera chief magistrate Cecilia Githua today charged with harming a dead body. They were arrested with male genitalia after a sting police operation. Photo: Paul Waweru

New laws a huge challenge - Marende

By Carol Gakii, Sept 14 2010
Kenya's parliamentary speaker Kenneth Marende says developing nations capacity to cope with change remains a challenge to most parliamentarians. Marende says the Kenyan parliament is also grappling with the same challenge in the implementation of the new constitution. Speaking during the official opening of the 56th Commonwealth Parliamentarians Conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi on Tuesday, Marende called on Members of Parliament to embrace dialogue and consultations so as to speed up the constitution implementation process. The Commonwealth has pledged to support the implementation of Kenya's new Constitution. On Monday Secretary-General Sharma Kamlesh said the new constitution was a milestone in the country's history. More...

Farmers duped into growing bogus exotic crop

By Barnabas Bii, Sept 14 2010
Farmers in the North and South Rift regions have lost huge amounts of money to a firm that duped them into cultivating an exotic plant. The farmers were lured by promises of rich pickings into cultivating Orchid Planfolia B, a plant that produces vanilla oil. The plant does not thrive in high altitudes. The farmers parted with Sh1,000 per seedling in anticipation of earning Sh1 million in three years but most of the seedlings have since died. It took Horticultural Crop Development Authority (HCDA) officials and the police for the farmers to realise they had been conned after employees of the Nairobi-based firm went underground. Two of the firm’s vehicles were, however, seized. Farmers and HCDA officials on Sunday told farmers not to expect any earnings from the venture. The exotic plant can only flourish at 1,500 metres below sea level while North and South Rift regions were over 2,000 metres above sea level. More...

Masinde Muliro University's website caught entangled in misleading cobwebs

By Nyambega Kisesa, Sept 13 2010
A fortnight ago, the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) website informed you that upcoming events included the 84th edition of the Schools and Colleges National Music Festival. The event was held months ago.In the same website, the latest news item was tagged as Mr Robert K. Wanyama Egesa. When you clicked on it, you found his CV. Last week they added three more CVs as news. Welcome to the some-times-cob-webbed Kenyan university website . We are still at MMUST, remember. If you don’t mind high blood pressure, click on ‘publications’ and it informs you “The site is temporarily unavailable. Please notify the System Administrator.” But did they leave the system administrator’s contacts? You guessed right, they did not. No need to say that MMUST online shop has been under maintenance since it was created. If you have anything else you need to know, www.mmust.ac.ke asks you “If you have any inquiries to make please feel free to fill in the form bellow and submit.” A visit to Multimedia University is greeted by a series of grammatical mistakes. Sample this: MMU in collaboration with Koreal Republic. Then there is a news item whose intro reads: “The Dean of FAMECO have strongly warned ….” More...

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega, the centre of academic excellence in Kakamega. A survey of university websites across the country has revealed a shocking discovery of how their portals are not updated regularly and in some cases are offering misleading information thus seriously undermining their credibility and leaving critics wondering if the universities can't set perfect examples on excellence, who, pray, can?.
Census results to be used to allocate sh14bn CDF

By John Shilitsa, Sept 13 2010
Information from the just-released census will be used in sharing out Sh14 billion under the Constituency Development Fund. That means the money given to each constituency will be different from previous years because the sharing will be based on different parameters, according to Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 minister Wycliffe Oparanya. Disbursement is expected as soon as Parliament resumes. MPs took a break on September 2 and are expected back on September 12. “We shall be disbursing the funds very soon once Parliament resumes; not so that they can amend the budget we have already come up with, but as a formality since the law requires the minister in charge to do so,” said Oparanya after he met Butere Muslim community at Buchenya primary school on Sunday. The population of a constituency and the level of poverty, based on the 2005-2006 poverty index, will determine how much the constituency will get. “The poorer you are, the more money you get,” said Mr Oparanya. More...

Kenya army
Military recruitment in Kenya is always fraught with accusations of tribalism and corruption. The new constitution now gives a tribal quarter to reflect the face of the country. Photo: Nation

400 parents in Teso protest transfer of headteacher

By Joan Wesakulia, Sept 13 2010
OVER 400 parents of St. Augustine Kamolo Secondary School in Teso North District have threatened to stage a demonstration if the Teachers Service Commission(TSC) will not revoke the transfer of the school principal. Malaba South Ward Councillor, Fobiano Isogol said the transfer of Mr. David Maase to Father Okodoi Secondary in Teso South District will meet full resistance from parents who are happy with his achievements. More...

Military recruitment on a tribal basis starts today

By Walter Menya, Sept 13 2010
The national military recruitment drive will be launched on Monday, the Ministry of Defence has announced. A statement from the ministry stated that the launch will be presided over by the Vice Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Julius Karangi at the Defence headquarters officers' mess on Monday, September 13, beginning 2pm. “The aim of the exercise is to recruit eligible members of the public to join the constabulary, servicemen and women of the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy,” Bogita Ongeri, the assistant director for public communications in the ministry said in a statement. This is the first recruitment drive under the new constitution which requires the Defence forces to reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of the people of Kenya in Article 241(4). Past recruitment exercises have often been marred by myriad flaws including claims of bribery, political interference, and unequal distribution of slots across districts and favouritism. They have also been marked with huge turnouts of many unemployed Kenyan youths. More...

Raila clashes with Saitoti over provincial administration

By our correspondent, Sept 11 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga Saturday allayed fears that the government is trying to water down certain provisions of the new constitution in an effort to dilute the authority of devolved governments. The Premier assured Kenyans that there would be no such attempts from the government to selectively implement the new law. He noted that the duty of implementing the new constitution rested with the Constitution Implementation Commission which is yet to be formed. The PM was reacting to an outcry from a section of politicians, members of the civil society and lawyers that the government was taking up the roles of the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution and the Parliamentary Oversight Committee. He said that the views advanced by the Ministry of State for Internal Security and provincial administration that have sparked an outrage, were the ministry's' and not the government's official position.The Premier said this at Kibeu Village, Sirisia constituency while addressing mourners during the burial of Mrs Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala wife of the Archbishop Dr.Eliud Wabukala head of the Anglican Church of Kenya. . More...

Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala
RIP Caren: Caren Nakhumicha (inset), wife of archbishop Eliud Wabukala, head of the Anglican Church of Kenya was laid to rest at Kibeu village in Malakisi, Bungoma, today.

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Wabukala's wife buried

By our correspondent, Sept 11 2010
The wife of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Caren Nakhumicha was Saturday laid to rest at Kibeu village near Malakisi in Bungoma. Top government and religious leaders attended the funeral. Nakhumicha, 54 passed on suddenly after falling down the staircase at their Nairobi home on Sunday night. Close relatives said she lost consciousness immediately after the fall and efforts to revive her were futile. She was later rushed to the Nairobi Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The dean of the province Bishop Steve Njehia and Bishop Mechumo is presiding over the burial service. A memorial service was held on Thursday at All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi. President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka attended the requiem mass to celebrate the life of Nakhumicha. In attendance were Deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi,Minister Moses Wetangula, Attorney General Amos Wako, Speaker Kenneth Marende,MPs ,Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli among others. More...

Belief in witchcraft takes a turn for the better in Western

Stella Cherono, Sept 10 2010
Diarrhoea is the second leading cause of death for children in Western Province. Yet a child with diarrhoea is sometimes considered to be bewitched. Many suspect the child has bhikumba (a combination of bones and sand) in his stomach, and that certain people with ‘evil eyes’ had placed them there. Such attitudes might seem laughable, if only the consequences were not so deadly. Nationwide, diarrhoea kills about one million children yearly, and is the third leading cause of death in children under five, after malaria and pneumonia. In western alone, one in every six children under five succumbs to diarrhoeal diseases daily, yet it can be controlled by simple measures. In developing countries like Kenya, most public health resources are prioritised to other diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS. But a proactive policy decision by public health officials has already begun to yield significant health benefits. Guided by the work of PATH (Programme for Appropriate Technologies in Health) and its partners, the Division of Child and Adolescent Health has endorsed a new treatment strategy. More...

witchcraft in Kenya
A child on a drip at Webuye District Hospital where the Oral Rehydration Therapy has been introduced to treat diarrhoea, the second leading cause of death among children in Western Province. Under traditional belief systems, children suffering from diarrhoea would be taken to a witchdoctor as parents believed the condition was the work of a sorcerer. Photo: Tom Otieno
Grief engulfs Bungoma as Nakhumicha's body arrives

By Westfm, Sept 10 2010
Grief hang in the air like a thick cloud on a rainy day on Friday morning when the remains of Caren Nakhumicha arrived in Bungoma town. An outpouring of emotions and the deep pain of losing a loved one, expressed in heaving sobs and running tears, was everywhere at the Kanduyi airstrip following the arrival of Archbishop Caren Nakhumicha's body. The body of ACK Bishop Eliud Wabukala's wife was received by Kanduyi member of parliament Alfred Khang'ati and police officers before being taken to St. Chrispinus ACK church for requiem mass. Bungoma residents, family and friends sobbed throughout and had to be supported as they left the airstrip towards the church. Eliud Wabukala, the widower of Caren Nakhumicha, speaking at the St.Crispins church spoke volumes of praise in honour of his wife. he said she was a great helper to him. she gave him wise decision that has enabled the church to stand firm. More...

Alfred Khang'ati
Kanduyi MP, Alfred Khang'ati led Bungoma residents in receiving the body of Caren Nakhumicha, the wife of Anglican Archbishop, Eliud Wabukala at Kanduyi airstrip yesterday. The late Nakhumicha died suddenly last week in Nairobi and will be buried today.
Western gets new police boss

By our correspondents, Sept 10 2010
Presidential Escort Commandant Benson Kibui is now the new PPO Western Province replacing King'ori Mwangi. Mr Mwangi has been moved to take over as the new Deputy Director Police Reforms. This comes after Police spokesperson Eric Kiraithe sent a statement to media houses on behalf of Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere. The changes have affected 143 officers countrywide and they take effect immediately, according to the statement. In addition, Iteere said a comprehensive reorganisation was on the way once the newly-created 47 counties are operational, to conform with the new constitution. The shakeup comes hot on the heels after the government said it would rather not scrap the Provincial Administration but rename it the National Administration System. The move by the government was so as to accommodate Provincial Commissioners, District Commissioners, District Officers and chiefs in the devolved government under the new Constitution. More...

Appeal for medical help

By Robert Ilukol, Sept 8 2010
JACOB WANJALA, a 23 year old resident of Sikata village in Bungoma County is appealing to well wishers to come to his aid to undergo corrective surgery on his disfigured head due to skin cancer and tumor. In an exclusive interview with West fm, Wanjala revealed that little did he know that a little eruption of the skin that began early 2008 will turn his life into a total nightmare. [Mr. Jacob Wanjala. He needs urgent medical assistance.] Mr. Jacob Wanjala. He needs urgent medical assistance. the early stages of the disease, narrated Wanjala, he visited Bungoma district hospital from where a minor operation was carried out on his head. However, instead he developed numerous swellings on the head forcing the medical team at the Bungoma hospital to refer him to the Eldoret Referral hospital where he was diagnosed from cancer of the skin besides having a tumor. Jacob Wanjala comes from an extended and poor family of 20 children. With tears flowing freely down his cheeks he revealed that he is the only child from his mother Mary Makungu who separated with his father Cleophas Makokha when he was only six years old. More...

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Jacob Wanjala
Pity this man: Jacob Wanjala, the 23-year old whose face is disfigured by a cancerous tumor needs your help to undergo surgery to give him a chance of survival.
Nabongo Mumia goes to Libya

By Kepher Otieno, Sept 8 2010
Ten other Kenyan elders have gone to Tripoli on invitation of the Libyan Government, The Standard has learnt. The elders left Kenya at the weekend for alleged talks convened by Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi. The meeting comes in the wake of leadership woes bedevilling the Luo Council of Elders. On Tuesday, The Standard established that embattled Ker Riaga Ogallo was among the ten elders in the trip. Riaga has been battling factional wrangles pitting him and his deputy Opiyo Otondi. It emerged that one of the major concerns by Gaddafi was to resolve leadership tussles that threaten the noble idea of fusing Kenyan elders under one umbrella. Previous meetings called by the Libyan leader saw the elders receive vans, tractors and money for various development projects. Last year, the elders came back from Tripoli with bagfuls of goodies for development projects that are now being implemented through businessman Kamlesh Pattni. Mr Pattni is the chairman of Kenya Traditional House of Elders while Ogallo deputises him. Among the delegation of elders to Tripoli include the Njuri Ncheke, Luhya, Luo, Kikuyu and Nabongo Mumia elders. More...

Nabongo Peter Mumia II
Nabongo Peter Mumia II during his coronation in April 2010 at Eshiembekho in Matungu. Him and leaders of various tribal councils have been summoned to Libya by Muammar Qadaffi. This is the second trip to Libya.
Bungoma mourns Wabukala's wife

By West FM, Sept 8 2010
BUNGOMA residents are yet to come to terms with the sudden death of mama Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala even as preparations for her burial get in top gear. Residents continue to throng Archbishop Eliud Wabukala's home wailing and weeping as they mourn the death of the wife to the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) leader. Locals within Bungoma town have since the death of mama Caren on Sunday night at her Nairobi home, been in low moods as they are seen in groups trying to catch up with the last times they spent with the departed servant of God. And his former station, St.Chrispin Anglican Church is a hive of activities led by RT. Rev. George Mechumo. More..

Human rights boss sacked

By Jacob Ngetich, Sept 8 2010
The leadership crisis at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) deepened on Monday when commissioners stripped chairperson Florence Jaoko of all her powers. The move follows Ms Jaoko’s refusal to step down after seven of the eight commissioners last week passed a vote of no confidence in her. The commissioners also formed a three-member committee that includes Mr Lawrence Mute to take up the role of chairperson. They will announce the changes on Tuesday. A source who attended the meeting at KNCHR offices on Lenana Road, Nairobi, said Ms Jaoko would now not be required to play her oversight role at the commission. The commission is an independent national human rights institution whose core mandate is to further the protection and promotion of basic rights in Kenya. It comprises Ms Jaoko, Mr Hassan Omar, Ms Wambui Kimathi, Ms Winfred Lichuma, Mr Samuel Tororei, Ms Fatuma Ibrahim, Mr Mute, Ms Fatuma Dullo, Ms Anne Ngugi and Mr Mohamed Hallo. Only Mr Tororei supported Ms Jaoko when the commissioners voted against her. More...

Florence Jaoko
Florence Jaoko, the chair of Kenya Human Rights Commission who has been stripped of her powers by an internal rebellion.

Riots over Mswati's many wives: Police in Swaziland have arrested about 50 people ahead of protests against sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy, activists say. King Mswati III and his 13 wives are accused of living in luxury while most Swazis are poor. More...
Man wins fight against Carnivore over Kamba name

By Sam Kiplagat, Sept 8 2010
The name Boniface Muema Ndangili might not ring a bell to many Kenyans, but one of his trademarks does. Mention Kililimbi and Kamba Night comes to mind. But avoid the name. It exclusively belongs to Mr Ndangili, and is protected under the Trademarks Act. Last week, Mr Ndangili’s ownership found legal backing when a judge stopped Tamarind Group, the owners of Carnivore Restaurant from using Kililimbi Nite for the cultural events they have been holding for five years. Mr Ndangili moved to court in February after the restaurant locked him out of a deal. He told the judge he was issued with a registration certificate in 2006. Mr Ndangili says 10 years ago, after he was involved in a road accident which saw him bed-ridden for two years, something strange happened: he started appreciating Kamba music. He had never danced to any Kamba song, but he suddenly felt like dancing to any beat from the community. More...

US church to burn Koran: A small US church says it will defy international condemnation and go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran on the 9/11 anniversary. More...
Kenya's forgotten tribe

By Kamau Mutunga, Sept 8 2010
My family gatherings are usually like a United Nations conference,” says politician John Keen. “One of my sons is married to a Dutch, another to an American and the third one to a Chinese, while my two daughters are married to a Kikuyu and a Mkamba. My grandchildren are basically ‘tribeless’ since they can only speak English and a bit of Kiswahili,” says Mr Keen. The peculiarity of the Keen Clan concretises the emergence of de-ethnicised Kenyans - Kenyans who have no particular ethnic affiliation by blood, choice or socialisation. (If the word ‘tribe’ didn’t carry with it the negative connotation of backwardness, the term would have been ‘de-tribalised’). It is this de-ethnicised demographic that Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya did not capture when he released the national census figures, complete with the numerical strengths of Kenya’s 42 ethnic communities, last week. And that was a costly omission that now calls to question the validity of the census and its accuracy for ignoring a whole demographic, with the attendant implications on planning and the understanding of our social development. More...

Maurice Cardinal Otunga
The late Maurice Cardinal Otunga, the former head of the Catholic Church in Kenya. He will be anointed a saint once the long process of beatification is over. Although he died seven years ago, it may be another ten years from now before he can be declared a saint.
No easy road to sainthood for Otunga

By Nyabega Gisesa, Sept 8 2010
It will not be based on your sentiments, your love, or the feeling you felt for Servant of God Maurice Cardinal Otunga - he simply has to meet all requisites of sainthood. “Every detail of his life matters,” His Eminence the Apostolic Nuncio Alain Paul Lebeaupin told the Nation on Monday after leading the celebrations to mark the seventh commemoration of Cardinal Otunga. “The working of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is similar to the beatification process,” a smiling Apostolic Nuncio explained. “Evidence will be dug from his past and will be available to any person to cross-examine. Nothing will be left out.” Details will be thoroughly crosschecked before the Devil’s Advocate, the slang word which the Apostolic Nuncio confesses refers to the Defender of Faith, visits the country so that the evidence can be presented to him. Submissions are presented to his team made of three full-time working committees - Historical, Theoretical and Medical committees. More...

DOs, chiefs in Nyanza abandon offices fearing sack

By Elisha Otieno, Sept 8 2010
Most offices of district officers and chiefs in south Nyanza remained deserted as fear of losing jobs gripped the officers. Although those in Migori, Nyatike and Uriri districts were in office, members of the public who sought the services of the provincial administrators were not served due to uncertainty. Most of the administrators were in civilian clothes instead of the official uniform as they discussed their future. “It is true that morale is low and that we are not in the right mood to work. The government is sending conflicting signals regarding our jobs and I feel we are going to be retrenched,” said a DO, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter. There have been reports that the officers will be redeployed in accordance with the new Constitution. More...

PC Waweru
The image from the history pages of Kenya colony that will soon disappear following the promulgation of the new constitution. This much maligned provincial adminstration, a relic of colonial times will be erased permanently from the second republic. PCs, DCs, DOs and chiefs are a worried lot, fearing loss of their jobs and power in the new constitutional dispensation.
Saitoti reassures PCs, DC's, DO's, chiefs of their jobs

By Mutinda Mwanzia, Sept 8 2010
The State will run a renamed administrative system with fresh mandate, through the current provincial administrators parallel to the upcoming county governments. This is because contrary to conflicting pronouncements by Government functionaries, the State insists the new Constitution demands that, "The system commonly known as Provincial Administration be restructured to accord and respect the devolved system of government." Documents given to The Standard by Internal Security and Provincial Administration Minister, George Saitoti, pitches its case on the argument that, "restructuring does not in any way imply scrapping or dissolving the Provincial Administration". More...

Wabukala's wife is dead

By Samuel Tolii, Sept 6 2010
The wife of Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has died in Nairobi. Mama Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala collapsed in her house on Sunday at 8pm. She was rushed to Nairobi Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. A statement from the Anglican church headquarters in Kenya said news of Caren's collapse reached the Archbishop as he checked in at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on a scheduled trip out of the country. "This was happening as the Archbishop checked in at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on his way to London for a Global South meeting scheduled to begin today (Monday). "However, we managed to communicate to him....and he was able to view her body at Nairobi Hospital before movement to the Lee Funeral Home," said the Anglican provincial secretary, the Reverend Canon Rosemary Mbogo in the statement. A memorial service will be held on September 9, 2010 at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi. The body will be laid to rest on Saturday in Butonge Location, Bungoma. More...

Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala
The wife of the head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Mama Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala collpased and died suddenly at the family home in Nairobi. She was rushed to Nairobi Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

KBC MD sacked: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Board has sacked Managing Director, David Waweru and the firm's secretary Hezekiel Oira over impropriety in contract to broadcast FIFA world cup matches.More...
MPs urge Luos to forget family planning and produce more babies

By our correspondents, Sept 6 2010
Nyanza MPs have called on the Luo to discard the idea of family planning to increase their numbers following the newly resleased census figures that showed Luo people declining. However, Raila Odinga, the prime minister disagreed with them and said Vision 2030 was only achievable in an environment where people raised families they were able to support adequately. The views were expressed during the burial of former Uriri MP, Odhiambo Omamba at Kotieno village, Kanyamkago. Said Raila: “And, after all, the new President of Kenya will have to get support from all communities, not just his or her own,” he said. Education assistant minister Prof Ayiecho Olweny and MP Otieno Ogindo (Rangwe) had told the mourners to give birth to as many children as possible following the 2009 population and housing census that ranked the Luo community fourth in the nation. More...

UK vicar jailed for conducting 360 sham marriages

By our correspondent, Set 6 2010
A vicar has been jailed for four years for carrying out hundreds of fake marriages to bypass immigration law. The Reverend Alex Brown conducted 360 sham marriages during a four-year period at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in St Leonards, East Sussex. Co-defendants Vladimir Buchak, 33, and solicitor and pastor Michael Adelasoye, 50, were also jailed for four years. The Crown Prosecution Service said it was thought to be the largest sham marriage case yet brought to court. More...

fake marriages in UK
The reverend Alex Brown, vicar of the Church of St Peter and St Paul in St Leonard's, East Sussex, England conducting a marriage. He has been found guilty of officiating at 360 fake unions mainly involving African men and eastern European women to circumvent immigration rules..
New HIV type hits fishing communties

A new type of HIV has hit Ugandan fishing communities in Wakiso and Masaka districts on the shores of Lake Victoria, according to an ongoing research by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The new virus strain has been defined as “recombinant” because it combines existing strains, the UN News agency IRIN News reported. More...

Kakamega, Bungoma to receive more devolved funds after Nairobi

By Biketi Kikechi, Sept 4 2010
Allocation of resources in a devolved governance system will depend on population figures. Areas that will receive the largest allocations, judging from the census results, include Nairobi with a population of 3,138,369 people, Kakamega (1,650,651) and Bungoma with a population of 1,630,934. Others include Kiambu with 1,623,282, Nakuru, 1,603,325, Meru 1,356,301, Kisii 1,52,282, Kilifi 1,109,735, Machakos 1,098,584 and Mandera 1,025,756. Leaders from most regions are excited by the results. MPs Soita Shitanda and Simiyu Esseli, county council chairmen Julius Bakasa (Bungoma) and John Shimaka (Kakamega) all agreed that the numbers would attract more resources from the Central Government. "The census results have exposed politicians who have been using fictitious numbers of their people for selfish gain," said Shitanda He said the figures would help commissions like Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) and Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission in administrative units. More...

Soita Shitanda
Soita Shitanda, the housing minister and MP for Malava. He is ecstatic that Kakamega will receive more resources in the new governance structure come 2012. Shitanda has already declared an interest to become the governor of the new county.

Kibera's lie: It has been billed as Africa’s biggest slum and even by some accounts, the world’s largest. Some say it is home to two million people, others a million. More...
Cultural taboos made census difficult

By Lillian Aluanga, Sept 4 2010
Myths, livelihoods, and beliefs associated with the counting people and livestock in some parts of the country may have compromised the accuracy of the census results. Results of the national census have been condemned by leaders protesting at cancellation of results of the count in at least eight districts. Most affected are pastoralist communities in North Eastern, Eastern, and Rift Valley. A section of leaders from the Maasai community have rejected the tallies, which put their number at about 800,000, as have minority and indigenous groups from the Rift Valley. But even as debate over numbers continues, there are those who say lack of an intensive civic education to sensitise communities in the affected areas on the significance of the exercise could have affected the accuracy of the results. "It is considered taboo among some of these communities to count children and livestock," says Centre For Minority Rights Development Executive Director Yobo Rutin. More...

Major crackdown on motorcycle taxis in Western

By Silas Kemboi, Sept 3 2010
A MAJOR crackdown to nab untrained and unscrupulous motorcycle drivers in Western province has been set for Monday. Officer in charge of traffic implementation within in the region Mrs. Damaris Kinanu speaking exclusively with West FM, said that she has organized the resources required starting Monday next week so as to curb the deaths that are caused by motorcycles. She ex[presed concern over the high rate of motorcycle related deaths which she said were caused by lack of proper training by motocycle operators. To her, the untrained operators failed to appreciate the sanctity of life of their passengers. Owners and operators, she said, should make sure their motorcycles have valid opeartion licenses, helmets and insurance cover. The crackdown comes in the wake of increased accidents and deaths caused by motorcycles within major tourist town. More...

Boda boda taxis in Bungoma
Police in Bungoma are to launch an onslaught on motorcycle bodaboda taxis that flout the rules of safety such as wearing helmets.

ICC sets up camp in Kenya

By our correspondent, Sept 3 2010
The government has signed an agreement allowing the International Criminal Court to open an office in Kenya. The agreement was signed between the visiting ICC registrar Silvana Arbia and the cabinet sub committee on post election violence. More...

15 children rescued from human trafficking syndicate

By Silas Kemboi, Sept 3 2010
A Children rights group CRADLE Friday rescued 15 children under the age of ten from a human trafficking syndicate. The children including two mothers were rescued at the Kenya railway hideout with the children are believed to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were allegedly lured into the country by an influential businessman, raising questions on the country's alertness at its border points. According to one of victims, they were paid by a rich Congo businessman who took advantage of their poverty to promise heaven in Kenya telling them they would be made rich at the UN offices in Kenya. Their journey kicked off four days ago having used bodaboda to Burundi border, from where they boarded a bus to Tanzania border. The group surprisingly did not raise any suspicion in the entire journey that was facilitated by the businessman identified as Hussein.. More...

Kenya erupts into one big chang'aa party

By our correspondents, Sept 3 2010
One would have thought Kenya had stumbled on a thousand oil basins as chang’aa and busaa parties popped up across the country. Some drunk in the open, relishing the newfound freedom to drink what has been illicit from 1978 until Wednesday evening, when President Kibaki signed the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2009. From Eldoret to Kisumu the wining went on as leaders from Central Province reacted with dismay to the legalisation of traditional liquors - which started in Parliament. In Ugenya, chang’aa drinkers flocked their former secret dens as early as 7am to toast the era - without fear of arrest or having to flee into the maize plantations at the sight of the chief or police. More...

Susan Liyabi
Ms Susan Liyabi of Mulembe Farmers’ Busaa Club at Elwesero village, Lurambi, Kakamega serves her customers after the Bill they mistook to be licence to drink was signed. Photo: Ben Sakwa

Michael Ezra, Ugandan tycoon
Tycoon displays $3m: Broke? Who said am broke. See this is $3m right here. More...
Western reaps chang'aa, busaa benefits right away

By Roselyn Obala, Sept 3 2010
Customers, suppliers and brewers of traditional brews ‘chang’aa’ and ‘busaa’ were in brisk business in parts of Western Province. Residents thanked President Kibaki for legalising the business. "We will no longer be subjected to random raids and harassment by security officers, as has been the case," said a chang’aa brewer in Lurambi, Kakamega Central District. Mr Geoffrey Wanyonyi, a father of four, said he has been in the business for about seven years. "I buy the required materials for the process at Sh1,000 and produce ten litres of chang’aa," he said. Cool profit Wanyonyi said he learnt the trade from his mother who used to sell the drink. He said the sale of the drink earns him Sh3,000 thus making a profit of Sh2,000 a day. "I sell to my customers and supply to others to sell. A five-litre jerrican of chang’aa costs Sh500, while a glass goes for Sh40," he told The Standard at his home in Elweselo, Lurambi. More...

Happy Birthday Mr President

By Alex Kiprotich, Sept 3 2010
African life 86 years ago was in a state of nature. One would walk around in patched up animal hide - no telephone, Internet or vehicle. Those born in that era probably lived through history, seeing the transformation of the society from the brutish basic lifestyle to the modern hi-tech society where by the touch of a button things happen. And yesterday, as former President Moi celebrated his 86th birthday at his Kabarak home, he perhaps reflected the steps he has gone through. He grew up at a time when birthday celebrations were alien as children and parents knew birth dates through seasons. It might have been during a dry spell, rainy season, a year of plenty harvest or even when locusts invaded a region. Moi’s birthday yesterday was the ninth since he retired in 2002 as president. He marked his first year birthday as Head of State at 55, nine days after he was sworn in as the acting president in 1978. And in 2002 as he exited the country’s top job, he had celebrated his 78th birthday. More...

Daniel arap Moi is 86
Retired President Moi and his granddaughter Lulu Chematia during a party to mark his 86th birthday at his Kabarak home, Thursday. Lulu also celebrated her 13th birthday on the same day. Looking on are Gideon Moi, the former President’s son and other family members. Photo: Solomon Tallam
End of an era as PCs, DCs, DOs, Chiefs are scrapped

By our correspondents, Sept 3 2010
The dreaded Provincial Administration, which has been used to administer Government plans and suppress dissent by successive regimes since the colonial era, is on its deathbed. The end for the all-powerful arm of State, signaled yesterday by the Government, means that the all pervasive and no-nonsense PCs, DCs, Dos, and chiefs will be no more. Also gone will be their uniform and other relics such as at the pit helmet-like round caps and ‘power’ canes. This comes barely a week after the promulgation of the new Constitution that ushered in the Second Republic, and which is expected to radically alter the governance and political landscape. The announcement sent panic among serving officers, even as the Government appeared to be negotiating for a soft- landing for the administrators. Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua said the Government would be re-designating the officers to conform to the new Constitution. More...

Musalia Mudavadi constituency schedule

Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi, the deputy prime minister and minister for local government will have a busy schedule starting this Saturday in his Sabatia Constituecy. The following is the full schedule.





Friday September 3, 2010




Address public meetings and issue of CDF Cheques for:

Busali East/West Locations

Wodanga Location

Attend Funeral



Buswetta Primary

Mago Primary

Sabatia Primary


The DPM will give media interviews on topical issues.

Saturday September 4, 2010







Address public meetings and issue of CDF Projects Cheques for:

North Maragoli Location

Izava North Location

Chavakali Location

Izava South Location



Mulundu Primary


Kibara Primary

Havuyiya Primary

Hamadira Primary



Sunday September 5, 2010

Vihiga County Consultative meeting




Wednesday September 8, 2010

Open Maendeleo ya Wanawake/Nacada training workshop



Alarm over North Eastern population's 140% increase

By our correspondents, Sept 2 2010
Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya on Wednesday tried to explain how the Sh8 billion census arrived at results which showed that the number of people in one province had increased by 140 per cent in a decade. The census results for some districts in North Eastern Province have been cancelled and a fresh count ordered after the figures showed its population had risen almost three-fold, from 962,143 in 1999 to 2.3 million last year. Mr Oparanya said the count was badly conducted after enumerators allowed residents to fill the questionnaires themselves. The minister said respondents, especially the elderly, refused to answer census questions asked by young enumerators and filled the results on their own, thus compromising the accuracy of the results. “Most of them refused to be asked questions by our enumerators, saying it was against their culture. They would instead grab the questionnaires and fill them themselves. This led to the inaccuracies,” Mr Oparanya told the Nation. More...

Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya
Wycliffe Oparanya, the planning minister. "We discovered that people in North Eastern were filling forms themselves." Most people refused to answer questions from enumerators saying it was against their culture and instead grabbed the forms and filled themselves. In a district with 80% illieracy rate, the exercise was flawed from the start and has to be repeated.
Migori man lynched after killing his wife, children

By our correspondents, Sept 2 2010
Two men have killed their wives and children in as many weeks in Nyanza. On Wednesday, Migori woke up to the sad news that a man had killed his wife and her two children. But he was seized by villagers and killed near the Kenya-Tanzania border. He was fleeing the country. Last week, a man is said to have killed his wife and her three children in the Nyalenda slums of Kisumu. He fled but was arrested on Wednesday. Both men had inherited their wives and had a history of domestic rows. On Tuesday, Silvanus Owuor Lwamba used a hoe to batter his wife, Esther Akinyi, her nine-year-old daughter, Lilian Akinyi and a one-year-old son, Barack Odhiambo, to death. Before the killing, Esther’s father James Ogolla, had called a meeting in Magoto village to discuss the constant friction between the couple and it was decided that the two should part ways. More...

Chang'aa is legalised

By our correspondents, Sept 2 2010
If you love your chang'aa or busaa you can now sip from your sparkling glass or rusty tin that once contained cooking or engine oil without having to look behind your back. This is because President Kibaki rolled up his sleeve and signed into law the Bill passed by Parliament, bringing to closure the era of police and the chief discreetly patrolling urban and rural dwellings for the daredevils who either sold or imbibed what was until on Wednesday illicit liquor. But before consumers start toasting to their new found freedom of drinking according to the depth of one’s pocket, Naivasha MP John Mututho, who came up with the Bill has a word of counsel. "Even though traditional brews are now legal, I expect Kenyans to drink responsibly," he told The Standard from Ghana. He also said a new law should be passed by Parliament to condemn to life sentence those found guilty of lacing brews with poisonous agents. More...

Governors line up in Western: The battle for the position of governor in Kakamega and Vihiga counties has started taking shape. In the Vihiga County, Hamisi MP George Khaniri has publicly declared he will be in the race for the governorship. Emuhaya MP Wilber Ottichilo, and the vice- chairperson of the Women Umbrella Organisation, Ms Alice Kirambi, are reported to be eyeing the position. More...
Chang'aa in Kibera
Chang'aa brewing in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi. For many years, the drink has been classified as illegal never mind its widespread usage in urban and rural areas. From yesterday, however, that illegality has been removed after President Kibaki signed into law production of the indigenous brew. Nonetheless it is a far cry from Uganda (Waragi) and Tanzania (Konyagi) which legalised their chang'aa brands a few decades ago. Photo: Mwelu Foundation

Call of death: "Killer phone number" is what would best describe the short text messages that have been circulating causing panic among Kenyans. The specific information, being relayed through text messages and e-mail, asks subscribers not to pick calls from the following numbers: 7888308001, 9316048121, 9876266211, 9888854137, 9876715587. More...
Western has highest population density

By Ally Jamah, Sept 2 2010
Although majority of Kenyans (67 per cent) still live in the rural areas, Western Province has the highesr rural density. While the percentage of the rural population is still high, the current figure is a drop from the previous census where rural population was about 75 per cent. This shows that more and more Kenyans are heading to towns to seek employment and educational opportunities. Interestingly, there are more women living in the rural areas (13.2 million) than males (12.9 million), suggesting that women are being left behind to take care of children, farms, and livestock. It is only in North Eastern and Rift Valley provinces where men outnumber women. The census results indicated that Rift Valley has the highest number of people in the rural areas (7.5 million), followed by Eastern (4.4 million), and Nyanza (four million). Coast Province has the least rural population (1.86 million) followed by North Eastern (1.88 million), since people in these areas tend to gather in towns to access basic commodities. Rural Western Province has the highest number of people living within a square kilometre (410), while North Eastern Province has the lowest population density in rurals at 15. More...

Man electrocuted stealing electric cables

By Charles Kakamwa, Sept 1 2010
Theft of electric cables has increased in Mbale, Sironko, Pallisa and Bugiri districts. The Umeme eastern manager, Robert Mubiru, on Friday told New Vision that at least 30 kilometres of conduct cables had been stolen in the region in the recent months. “Pallisa town recently went without power for three weeks after cables had been cut. We replaced them but they were again cut,” he said. Mubiru explained that the thieves also cut electric poles. He noted that replacing the vandalised equipment was costly to the company. Mubiru said a man in Kamuli town, who was trying to cut electric cables, fell down and died. More...

3D coming to your TV: Panasonic will offer access to 2,000 3D movies directly from its TV sets, the company has announced at IFA in Berlin. Europe’s largest technology fair also saw the company unveil a raft of improvements to its TVs and Blu-ray players. More...
Kenyan tribes
Question of tribe, question of numbers as at Aug 2009
Wetangula defiant over Bashir visit

By Peter Orengo, Sept 1 2010
Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula has said Kenya is ready to defend itself in case the International Criminal Court (ICC) decides to take action against it for hosting Sudan President Omar Al Bashir. Last week a UN spokesman Sarhan Haq said the Security Council would determine the fate of Kenya for hosting President Al-Bashir in contravention of its resolutions on the Darfur crisis. On Tuesday Wetangula insisted the government had done nothing wrong in allowing President Bashir to attend the country’s constitution promulgation ceremony. The AU this week urged its members to vote against any UN resolution condemning Kenya, and was categorical that the UN Security Council had no grounds to pass any judgment against Kenya and Chad since some of its members had not ratified the Rome Statute which established the ICC. More...

DDT and Beth Mugo
Beth Mugo, the public health minister has okayed the re-introduction of the controversial DDT pesticide which was banned in 1980s after Europe and America outlawed its use. The drug is used to kill breeding grounds of mosquitos and hence reducing the incidence of malarial infection, Africa's largest killer disease.
Banned DDT pesticide to be re-introduced

By Collins Anampiu, Sept 1 2010
The government through the ministry of public health and sanitation plans to reintroduce the use of DDT in fighting of malaria in the country to completely combat the killer disease. According to minister for Public Health and Sanitation Beth Mugo, the fight against Malaria in Kenya has received a steady increase in annual funding from 120 million in 2002 to nearly 4 billion shillings in 2010, and all of it comes from development partners. The minister further added malaria admissions have declined by 56% in sentinel districts and up to 63% in parts of coast province. Child deaths have reduced by 44% due to use of insecticides treated nets. Currently over 20 million insecticide treated nets have been distributed to children less than 5 years of age and pregnant women. More...

Tribal census divides leaders

By our correspondents, Sept 1 2010
A cross-section of Nyanza leaders has expressed divergent views over clustering the 2009 Census results into tribes and religious affiliations. East African Law Society Secretary James Mwamu said the figures based on tribe will have politicians strategising for the 2012 General Election. "Politicians will immediately start looking for mechanisms to create alliances, based on the size of tribes. They will be seeking potential voters from other tribes," said Mr Mwamu. He said some politicians would insist they are entitled to the Presidency or Deputy Presidency based on the numerical strength of their tribes. "It is a constitutional right to be identified, but I do not think we need to know the tribes’ numerical strength. Identification based on provinces would be ideal," he argued. ACK Bishop Otieno Wasonga said: "The figures on tribe and religious affiliations may not be correct since many people declined to give details on the two categories during last year’s census." More...

Phitalis Masakhwe
Phitalis Masakhwe, Chairman Board of Trustee of the National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities. He said the censu results have not given the true picture of the disabled in Kenya.

UK summons Kenyan envoy over Bashir: Kenya's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has been summoned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over Sudan President Bashir visit to Kenya.
Disabled figures rigged - Masakhwe

By Peter Atsiaya, Sept 1 2010
Disabled persons have dismissed the census results that put their population at 1.3 million. The Chairman Board of Trustee of the National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities Phitalis Masakhwe termed the results as a fraud and demanded for fresh head count of disabled persons. He added that a similar exercise by National Council for Population Development two years ago from 1, 500 families put the disabled persons at 1.5 million, which was 4.5 per cent of the population. "If sampling by the council from 1, 500 families stood at 1.5 million people, how come the national census has less numbers?" he asked. He added that they projected the number of persons with disabilities to stand at between 3.8 to four million. "The results released by the minister are misleading and an insult to people with disabilities," Mr Masakhwe said in a telephone interview with The Standard yesterday. More...

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