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Martin Lutta whose journeys around the world and working in the care industry inspired his writing

From care worker to author

By Martin Lutta, Jan 31 2008
I was born in Kakamega, Kenya in 1963. I was the second of nine children my parents had together. I went to St Patrick’s High School, Iten, in Kenya. I studied Accounting at Strathmore College in Nairobi, Kenya. I studied German at the Goethe Institute in Nairobi. I did Sociology at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas after I moved to the U.S.A. from Germany. I love traveling a lot. I have visited and stayed in the U.K, France, Belgium, Spain, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Some of these visits were for business and some were vacations, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I worked as an Accountant and as an Auditor in Kenya. When I moved to the USA I worked in the Human Services sector, both as a Direct Care Staff and as an Accountant. It is while working direct care at a Treatment facility for teens that I decided to become a writer. I saw and heard so many things that I thought people needed to know about. It took me four long years to finally put out Krazy House “Doing the Dirty”.

Today I still work as an Accountant in the Human service company in Houston, Texas. My wife Judy is originally from Wisconsin. I met her while working for a Human Service company in Houston. I have a lot of influences in my life and they will be reflected in my writing style. I speak two European and five African languages. My traveling has taken me to different cultures, thus helping me understand their ways of life.

 
BOKO INYUNDO, Board member and director of African Centre talks to CNN about the situation in Kenya . CLICK HERE to watch full interview
 
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Slain Ainamoi MP, David Kimutai Too, the second ODM MP to be butchered in two days.

Too: Another 'Ouko' cover up

By Shad Bulimo and correspondents, Jan 31 2008
When Robert Ouko was found dead at Got Alila on February 16, 1990, the government quickly explained the cause of death as suicide. That theory did not fool anyone and the ensuing riots by university students quickly forced the bungling Moi government to rescind that cover up theory. Eighteen years later, the Kibaki government is following the same Nyayo. Police Commissioner, Major Hussein Ali has described the assassination of Ainabkoi MP, David Kimutai Too as a sex and pistol affair; a theory the family has denied. If anything, says the family, the late MP was a relative to the female police officer, slain alongside Mr Too. The MP’s family denied Too was a victim of a love triangle. A family spokesman, Mr Julius Langat said a policewoman who was with him, Eunice Chepkwony, was his neighbour. More>>>

Kibaki ministers barred from Canada

By our correspondent, Jan 31 2008
In a sign of increasing international isolation, Canada and Australia have said they will not work directly with Kenya government until the current political standoff is sorted. At the same time, indications have emerged that international leaders might isolate allies of the Kibaki Government to force them to resolve the crisis. Australia said it would limit contact with Cabinet ministers. Canada has also said that with the absence of progress in resolving the crisis, "it will be very difficult to contemplate the maintenance of prior methods of direct government-to-government cooperation".

The Canadian Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Ross Hynes, said Canada would not work directly with the Government in the absence of concrete progress toward resolving the crisis and "restoring the confidence of the Kenyan people and the international community in the institutions of the Kenyan government. "With respect to official contact and visits, Canadian law precludes the admissibility to Canada of foreign nationals responsible for subverting democratic institutions and processes," he said in a statement sent to The Standard. More>>>

KQ flies into economic turbulence

By James Anyanzwa, Jan 31 2008
The Kenya Airways has announced plans to send home part of its workforce in the next two months. The move is part of the national flag carrier’s strategy to stay afloat in the midst of misfortunes that has seen its passenger numbers in major routes plunge by over 15 per cent in the last four weeks.

Mr Titus Naikuni, the airline’s chief executive, blaming its dismal performance on post-poll violence also disclosed a decline in cargo business by four per cent. "There are some employees who are not required," Naikuni told journalists at the company’s offices on Thursday. Against a backdrop of waning customer loyalty and declining profits, Naikuni said the company had been forced to review its forecast for the current financial year.

He said the company will send some of its non-critical staff on paid leave and "also control its expenditure where it is absolutely not necessary in the short term". More>>>

Student, gangsters shot dead

By our correspondents, Jan 31 2008
Police shot dead a student alleged to be part of a 50-man gang that attempted to raid a local police station. The Form Two student at Athinai Secondary School in Mogotio died on the spot during the incident that occurred on Wednesday night.

The police said the student was part of the gang that was armed with bows and arrows and attempted to raid Mogotio Police Station at around mid-night. "That student was part of the gang that shot police with arrows as they attempted to raid our station," said Mr James Mugera, the Koibatek police boss. But local residents led by area councillor, Mr Charles Koskei, dismissed the police version and said the student was dragged out of a house before he was killed in cold blood. More>>>

Meanwhile four gangsters were shot dead in a Nairobi building after a six-hour hunt. Police said the robbers had raided the eight-storey Summit House on University Way, opposite Central Police Station, at midnight and taken the guards hostage.Armed with two pistols, the gang broke into several offices on the second, third, fourth and sixth floors. But one guard alerted the police through a mobile phone. Officers then cordoned off the building, forcing the thugs to retreat to the upper floors. The police officers stayed put until the tenants arrived for duty on Thursday. It was then that more officers arrived and mounted a room-to-room search. More>>>

Even Annan can't take this

By agencies, Jan 31 2008
The Kofi Annan-led mediation talks got under way on Thursday, but had to be suspended following the killing of another MP.

Members of the two negotiating teams representing their leaders - President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga — are said to have endorsed a document detailing the rules of engagement.

The endorsement of the documents is seen as an acceptance of the name of another mediator who will sit in for the mediation talks should Annan and any member of his team be away. More>>>

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Mr Sean Moroney, chairman AITEC Africa, Mr John Mwangi AITEC regional manager, Mr Bernard Matthewman of Pesapoint and Mr Jason Maingi of Simba Technology Ltd at the press conference at KICC, Thursday.

Travel advisory puts major conference in doubt

By Justus Ondari, Jan 31 2008
Travel advisories issued by various Western governments following the post-election violence that has affected various parts of the country have begun to bite, with an international conference scheduled for Nairobi being the first casualty. The African Banking Technology Conference, which was originally scheduled for February 15 to 22, 2008, has been postponed to April 1 this year after key speakers failed to secure travel insurance with their insurers because of the advisories. More>>>

Kenya excluded from AU Council

By Abiya Ochola, Jan 31 2008
Kenya has been excluded from a new Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union. Kenya has traditionally championed peace and security matters in the continent, but was not elected to the prestigious council.

The country was earlier expected to lead the council in its formative stages because of its record in peace missions in Sierra Leone, Yugoslavia and East Timor. The Standard could not independently confirm if Kenya had been proposed for a slot on the council.

But sources said Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Moses Wetangula, put a strong case on Kenya. A source at the summit was quoted saying that on Monday, Wetangula tried to block plans to have the crisis discussed. But countries such as South Africa demanded that the Kenyan conflict be treated like others in the continent. Rwanda and Uganda were picked to represent eastern Africa, dealing a major diplomatic blow to the Kenyan delegation in Addis Ababa. More>>>

Nyangweso's life in danger

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 31 2008
The family of Mr Reuben Sechele Nyangweso, an ODM parliamentary aspirant in Lurambi constituency, has issued a Mayday regarding his safety. The family said in a statement that Mr Nyangweso was flushed out of his rural home on 28 January by PNU operatives in Kakamega led by Lang'ata parliamentary loser, Mr Stanley Livondo.

Mr Nyangweso was an ODM contender but lost to Mr Athanas Manyala Keya in Lurambi. He was subsequently picked as Raila Odinga's presidential coordinator in the constituency. "We the family of Reuben Sechele Nyangweso in Delaware, Kansas (US) and Ottawa (Canada) would like the world to know that we hold PNU operatives in Kakamega, Nairobi and Kibaki government responsible for the safety and good health of Reuben Nyangweso and other ODM members," the family said a statement issued by David Amakobe.

They said Mr Nyangweso is in hiding fearing for his life and cannot be reached by telephone as that would give away his hideout.

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Warlords or peacemakers?
Kofi Annan inching closer to bring these two former lovers into bed again to avert the looming humanitarian disaster following discredited presidential elections in which one lover is said to have jilted the other in stolen polls

Editors receive threats

By our correspondent, Jan 30 2008
The Standard Group has drawn the attention of the Government, the public and its clientele to a worrying string of threats and hate mail targeting its editorial crew. The mail, whose contents include threat to life, warn the reporting teams and editors that they will face dire consequences "unless they stop reporting in a certain manner".

The mail also target members of the Nation Media Group. The contents of the mail are in two forms: One is a package targeting journalists perceived to be ‘unfriendly’ to the Government. The other purportedly comes from a proscribed sect warning journalists of grave danger allegedly because they betrayed the interests of their communities. More>>>

Economy takes a direct hit

By Kimathi Njoka, Jan 30 2008
The economy is unlikely to achieve the targeted eight per cent growth this year, a respected Hong Kong based think-tank has said. In its latest report, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), downgraded its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for this year by 0.5 percentage points due to the political crisis. But, it still expects the economy to expand at a fairly 5.1 per cent if the crisis is resolved quickly.

But, a leading economic consultant, Mr Terry Ryan, painted a grimmer picture of the economy at 4.1 per cent. Key growth sectors have suffered huge losses with tourism being the worst hit. Finance minister, Mr Amos Kimunya, estimates the total loss to date to be about three to four per cent of GDP. Mr Kimunya has been in self denial over the long term effects on bungled elections. More>>>

2nd MP killed in two days

By agencies, Jan 31 2008
Ainamoi MP David Kimutai has been shot dead. sources at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital said the body of the late MP is lying at the hospital’s mortuary. The late MP is said to have been killed by a police officer in Eldoret. Also shot was a female companion who is currently in ICU in at the hospital. The legislator was shot outside an Eldoret hotel. Reports from Eldoret indicate that members of public have jammed the Moi Teaching and Referral mortuary following the incident.

The late Kimutai was elected on an ODM ticket in the December 27 general election. Before plunging into politics he was a former Boywek Secondary School principal.

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Uneasy calm returns to Kisumu's boda boda economy after two days of rioting following reports of ethnic cleansing against non Kikuyu tribesmen in Nakuru and Naivasha over the weekend

Western, Nyanza leaders call for peace

By our correspondent, Jan 30 2008
Political and religious leaders in Nyanza and Western Provinces have appealed to residents in the region to avoid destroying property. The leaders were united in their call for a stop to the wanton looting and destruction of property witnessed in the region over the last three days in a mission they said was to avenge the killings of communities from the region in Naivasha and Nakuru. Leaders from Busia, Teso and Samia district have called on residents to embrace peace and shun violence that was leading to the destruction of properties and loss of innocent lives.

Mr George Ochokolo, who is the prime minister of Iteso Cultural Union and chairman of the Kenya chapter, said the loss of lives was unwarranted and asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to forego the presidency for the sake of peace. In Samia Funyula MP Dr Paul Otuoma called on western Kenya residents to remain calm and avoid any form of hooliganism, saying the massive destruction of properties was unacceptable. Former Labour Minister Philip Masinde, who is the patron of Bukhayo association, asked youths to stop destroying properties as they were the backbone of the economy. More>>>

Donors suspend aid

By Jeff Otieno, Jan 30 2008
Donors have suspended funding worth millions of dollars to one of the most important government programmes. The affected programme is the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform Programme. State agencies benefiting from the programme dating back to 2005 will lose funds to the tune of Sh2.9 billion.

The decision follows the post-election crisis sparked by the disputed vote tallying of the December 27 General Election, in which the Electoral Commission is perceived to have favoured Mr Mwai Kibaki for President against Mr Raila Odinga. More>>>

100 MPs shun constituencies

By Ayub Savula, Jan 30 2008
More than 100 MPs say they will not go back to their constituencies to preach peace unless a resolution is reached to end the crisis. The MPs, who met at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday for the second time under the Amani Forum of Inter parties Parliamentary Group, resolved to go back home only after the Annan-led team reaches a resolution to the crisis.

Despite having buried their political differences over the post-election violence, which has left more than 800 people dead, the MPs vowed not to step in their constituencies without a tangible message for their people. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Franklin Bett and Mr Mutava Musyimi."How do we go back to the constituency without a message to the electorate indicating that a resolution has been arrived at over the current crisis?," posed Matungu MP, Mr David Were. More>>>

UK advises against travel to Kenya

By Edith Fortunate, Jan 30 2008
The British High Commission has advised its nationals against travelling to Nakuru and Naivasha following escalation of violence. The Commission has also re-opened its emergency lines and asked those in the said areas to remain indoors. In a statement posted on its website, the Commission said: "We are working closely with the Kenyan authorities and are doing what we can to ensure that as many British nationals as possible are aware of our travel advice and British High Commission contact details."

It further noted that: "We advise against all travel to Nakuru (including the National Park) and Naivasha (including Lake Naivasha) region due to the escalation of violence there." The Commission noted that a number of areas in Kenya are experiencing violent unrest following the disputed presidential election results and may be prone to further outbreaks. The security and political situation in the country remains unpredictable. A curfew has been imposed in Nakuru town and its environs between 1900 and 0700 (local time). More>>>

Kisumu paralysed

By Mangoa Mosutu, Jan 30 2008
Many Government offices remained deserted in Kisumu, as relative calm returned to the town after two days of chaos that left three people dead. The grim situation of schools in Nyanza Province not re-opening continued, with the Provincial Director of Education, Mr Geoffrey Cherongis, saying many institutions were yet to re-open, three weeks after the start of first term.

Public service was crippled as only a handful of Government employees reported for work. Nyanza PC, Mr Paul Olando, said the state of affairs was similar in other Government offices in the region.

Olando said threats to civil servants warning them not to report to work had aggravated the situation. "Legal action will be taken against those found issuing threats to public servants," the PC told The Standard, on Wednesday.Schools remained hard-hit by the violence. Only Maseno School is operational. Ms Mary Akunja, the principal of Kisumu Girls High School, said students did not report to the institution on Wednesday. More>>>

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Mellitus Mugabe Were, MP for Embakasi killed in an alleged political motive

Were's blood to water tree of liberation

By our reporter and agencies, Jan 30 2008
Two people have been held in connection with the murder of Embakasi MP, Mellitus Mugabe Were. The youthful ODM MP was executed in cold blood early hours of Tuesday outside his Nairobi home by unknown assailants who had been trailing him. President Mwai Kibaki has sent condolences to his family but ODM leader, Raila Odinag has termed the murder an elaborate plot to reduce ODM's majority in parliament.

After visiting and consoling the family, Raila said: "It was an assassination targeted at reducing the party’s majority in Parliament. We ask our supporters to mourn Were peacefully. The message from the ODM Parliamentary Group is that of peace and orderliness. Everyone must desist from acts of thuggery."

He added: "This is the best description of the state of affairs in Kenya today. No Kenyan is safe, but the death will not cow us from our quest for justice. Raila, who was flanked by Pentagon members, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr Najib Balala, Mr William Ruto and Mr Joseph Nyagah and more than 40 MPs, demanded the truth and motive of the murder.

An emotional Raila eulogised the slain MP, saying his life and blood would not go in vain. "His blood will water the tree of liberation… we will walk tall and stronger, we shall plant a flag on top of the mountain to remember him … Were shall be remembered … we will remember you brother," a teary-eyed Raila said to colleagues and family members. More>>>

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Widow's grief:
Agnes Wairimu, Were's widow mourns her slain husband at their home in Woodley Estate, Nairobi. Were becomes the first "big-fish" casualty of the post election violence that has rocked Kenya since the discredited presidential election last month in which more than 1000 people have been butchered..

Nakuru, epicentre of ethnic tsunami

By Mark Doyle, Jan 28 2008
The Rift Valley is a geographical fault line that runs through Kenya. But it is also the centre of a political and ethnic divide. So it is no coincidence, historians and academics say, that Rift Valley towns like Nakuru and Naivasha have exploded in the wake of Kenya's disputed elections. They say that while the dispute over the elections is clearly political - with the opposition and some independent observers accusing the government of having rigged the polls - the root cause of some of the violence is hunger for fertile land. And they add that land hunger is inevitably expressed, in poor communities, through ethnicity or tribe. More>>>


US Congress to discuss freezing aid to Kenya: A Bill has been tabled in the Congress concerning the suspension of aid to Kenya in the wake of the rigged elections and the attendant ethnic violence. More>>>

Were: casualty of Mungiki?

By James Ratemo, Jan 29 2008
Nairobi's Kibera estate erupted into chaos as reports of the murder of Embakasi MP, Mr Melitus Mugabe Were reached residents. This came just hours after the Orange Democratic Movement's MP was shot dead at his Nairobi home at 12:30 am on Tuesday.

His supporters took to the streets, lit born fires and engaged police in running battles. Angry mourners assembled at the MP's Woodley home but were at one point dispersed when anti-riot police launched tear gas canisters in the compound.

According to a witness, Mr Were was alone in his car when he was shot dead by unknown people. He was waiting for the watchman to open the gate when two people pulled him from his car and shot him.He was pronounced dead at the Nairobi hospital where his family had rushed him. More>>>

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Mellitus Were as a councillor. The MP is the first big name casualty of the post election violence
ETHNIC VIOLENCE RWANDA-STYLE ROCKS KENYA
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Violence rocks Western

By our correspondents, Jan 28 2008
Five houses were set ablaze and businesses closed as renewed violence rocked Western Province.

Youths barricaded roads, raising tension in most towns. In Kakamega, police and wananchi watched as raiders burnt houses in Maraba and Scheme.

Some of the buildings destroyed accommodated students of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Other affected towns were Luanda, Majengo, Mbale, Chavakali, Busia and Bungoma. Butere MP, Mr Wycliffe Oparanya, and Western Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary, Mr John Wesonga, demanded that the Government closes schools until security was restored. More>>>

Riddle of UK recognition of Kibaki

By our reporter and agencies, Jan 28 2008
The issue of whether Britain recognises the Kibaki government or not has taken on a new dimension. After a meeting between President Mwai Kibaki and the UK minister for Africa, Mr Mark Malloch-Brown, a press statement from the Presidential Press Service said that the British Government has denied claims that it does not recognise President Kibaki and his Government. The statement attributed to Mr Malloch-Brown said the British government respects Kenya and has never at any one time said it does not recognise Kibaki and his Government. But in a quick rejoinder, the British High Commission Head of Press and Public Affairs, Ms Charley William, said: "The issue of recognition was not discussed by either side during Malloch-Brown’s visit to State House on Monday. The British Government’s stand on the election is very clear". Williams said Britain recognises states, not governments. Is PPS putting words in Mr Malloch-Brown's mouth?. More>>>

Moi admitted to hospital

By Caroline Mango, Jan 28 2008
Former President Moi was on Monday admitted to Nairobi Hospital. His doctor, Dr David Silverstein, said the former president had been suffering from severe back pains since Saturday. Silverstein said the former President woke up on Monday with severe lower back pains prompting his admission to hospital.

The physician, however, said Moi was upbeat and in high spirits and that they expected he would be discharged by on Wednesday. "He has received medication and we will need to conduct an investigation and also carry out intensive physiotherapy. Otherwise, his general health is superb," said Silverstein. Moi’s Press Secretary, Mr Lee Njiru, told The Standard that a strain the former President suffered earlier triggered the back pains. "Mzee Moi was admitted for investigation, observation and treatment. He will be in hospital for at least two days," added Njiru. More>>>

Western Kenya cut off

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 28 2008
Western Kenya is now cut off from the rest of the country following the destruction of a major bridge and blockading of feeder and aeterial routes by gangs of youths reacting to the slaughter of members of their communities in Nakuru and Naivasha over the weekend. At Luanda, the busy Kisumu-Busia highway was barricaded and traders chased away by angry protesters.

Violence in Luanda began at 9am. The protesters also attacked two men in a car with Ugandan registration numbers before setting ablaze a petrol station, in which the two men had sought refuge. Violence in Luanda spread to Majengo, Mbale and Chavakali. Streets in these trading centres were deserted as riot police patrolled them.

Protesters had put up roadblocks on the Kisumu-Kakamega highway, and for some time, disrupted traffic on the busy road. In Bungoma, streets were deserted and businesses closed the entire morning with only a few re-opening in the evening, while in Kakamega, police dispersed crowds that were building up. Demonstrators had earlier burnt five houses. Meanwhile, tension gripped Busia and Nambale towns as news that lorryloads of armed youths had been dropped there on Monday morning. More>>>

Kenya grinding to a halt

By a correspondent, Jan 2008
Most parts of the country were on the verge of paralysis last night as another 32 people were killed in a new wave of bloodletting. Signs that Kenya was slowly grinding to a halt were evident all the way from Mombasa to the Uganda border at Busia and Malaba and in Southern Sudan. A new wave of violence that early yesterday quickly cut off several major towns and urban centres in the North Rift, South Rift, Western and Nyanza provinces illustrated just how fragile the situation has become.

A cargo build-up in Mombasa, the long queues of long-distance trucks at virtually all major stops all the way from the port of Kilindini to the Ugandan frontier, the dwindling supply of milk and other food to the capital, Nairobi, and the increasingly unreliable public transport captured the magnitude of the gradual slide into the doldrums. More>>>

German tourists killed

By our reporter and agencies, Jan 28 2008
Two german tourists were among 32 people killed yesterday in a fresh wave of ethnic violence that has spread across the country. Fresh killings in Naivasha (14), Nakuru (12), Kisumu (2), Mombasa (2) Kericho (1) and Eldoret (1) added to the already very grim situation.

In Mombasa, the dead were two German tourists, killed in their villa, by people police described as gangsters. At Kapsoit trading centre, eight kilometres from Kericho town, police gunned down a man after a group of youths barricaded the Kericho-Kisumu highway. They were looking for members of another community as from 10am before police intervened. The death of the Germans adds to the looming metdown of the tourism sector. More>>>

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Ethnic war breaks out in Kenya

By INGONEWS Reporter and correspondent, Jan 28 2008
Call it any other name, but what we have witnessed over the weekend in the Rift Valley amounts to nothing but an ethnic war where Kikuyu tribesmen have organised lynching mobs to hack to death tribes that are perceieved to be their enemies. Meanwhile in Kisumu, similar scenario is emerging with Luo gangs flashing out Kikuyu tribesmen in revenge attacks. And in Eldoret, scene of some of the worst violence three weeks ago, marauding gangs are reportedly out on the streets again baying for blood of enemy tribes.

Thirty more people were feared dead, bringing the toll of the weekend bloodletting to almost 90 as the epicentre of the violence shifted to Naivasha, 70km from the capital, Nairobi. And in a chilling episode, at least 16 people - most of them women and children - were burnt to death in a house torched by attackers in Naivasha.

Meanwhile, the Kofi Annan-led team intensified efforts to find a solution to the crisis that is dangerously pushing the country towards civil war. Last night, the mediation team was expected to release the terms of engagement for the talks. After meeting with the team of African Union eminent persons yesterday, ODM said it was hopeful of progress. More>>>

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Evidence of lawlessness and anarchy in Kenya's Rift Valley

Wetangula petitioned

By Evelyn Kwamboka, Jan 27 2008
Mr Moses Wetangula, the foreign affairs minister, is being challenged in court as MP for Sirisia. Mr John Koyi Waluke the ODM candidate, wants Wetangula’s election nullified and the ballots be recounted.

Mr Waluke accuses the ECK of failing to prepare accurate, complete and signed election returns. Through his lawyer, Mr James Orengo, the petitioner says Wetangula’s agents and supporters invaded Busakala Secondary School, where vote tallying was being done. Wetangula is named the first respondent while the ECK and the returning officer, Mr James Kulubi Omwangwe, are second and third.

Countrywide, 24 other petitions have been finally notably against, Prof George Saitoti, the internal security minister, Dr Wilfred Machage, the East African Cooperation minister and two former assistant ministers, Danson Mungatana and Mrs Beth Mugo. More>>>

Case of 'illegal' MPs: Wanjala, Okemo

By our correspondent, Jan 27 2008
Election petitions are a long drawn out process that often outlive their currency and validity. Once the election courts start business, judges will be faced with the challenge of juggling between other cases and petitions. This has often caused delays and rendered some cases useless when Parliament dissolved last year.

MPs who benefited from these delays included former Limuru MP, Mr Kuria Kanyingi, Nambale MP Mr Chris Okemo and former Budalangi legislator, Mr Raphael Wanjala. The MPs continued to earn about Sh800,000 every month for five years, as petitioners tried to convince the courts that the legislators were in Parliament illegally. A classic case of justice delayed, justice denied. EA Law Society boss, Tom Ojienda, has called for a time frame to be instituted for the hearing and determining of such cases.

18 schools shut

By our correspondent, Jan 27 2008
Eighteen schools have been closed down in Trans Mara District due to post-election violence. As a result, 6,450 pupils and 117 teachers have deserted the learning institutions at Birar and Kirindoni divisions due to insecurity.

The most affected is Ainamoi Primary School in Kirindoni which has become a refugee camp for 28 displaced families. On Sunday, The Standard found at least 200 people taking refuge in the classrooms. More>>>

Tourist haven no more

A giant hotel chain, African Safari Club, has closed six of its 10 branches at the Coast. This follows massive cancellations over the post-election violence. The company Managing Director, Mr Frank Neugebeaurer, told the Sunday Standard that due to low tourist arrivals, they had closed down some hotels and sent home 700 employees. "It is a very sad scenario. This is the peak season when hotels are fully booked. We hope peace will be restored soon and leaders agree on the best way forward," he said.

The chain’s closed resorts are Watamu Beach, Sea Horse in Kilifi, Kasr El Bahr, Vasco Da Gama, Palm Beach Hotel and Coral Beach Hotel. But the hotel’s African Safari Air, the only registered international charter airline out of Mombasa, will continue operating. Neugebeaure said they currently have 600 guests at their other hotels, namely Paradise Beach, Shanzu, Dolphin and Flamingo Beach hotels. More>>>

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The main street in Nakuru, normally buzzing with activity is now a ghost town thanks to the post election violence that has brought the Rift Valley headquarters to its knees. Here tribe is against tribe as more than 35 people are killed in two days

Kibaki cheats again

By our correspondent, Jan 26 2008
Oops! he did it again. President Kibaki, true to his "fraudulent character" has cheated on Kofi Annan, the mediator in whom the world has invested all hope to bring a lasting settlement to Kenya's political impasse. By the time the two leaders, accompanied by Annan and his team of Eminent African Persons retreated to closed-door discussions, tempers and distrust were already high.

Outside, Kibaki had read a statement in which he described himself as "the duly elected President of Kenya" and that the current crisis can be resolved internally. That, sources say, was contrary to a condition the former UN Secretary General had set that his office would ensure the statements coming out of the meeting would be promoting peace and mediation.

Before the meeting, Annan’s team had asked Raila to prepare "a two-paragraph statement" that was to be approved by Annan’s office before the ODM leader could read it to the public. According to sources, Annan was to do the same with President Kibaki’s statement. The President’s statement, sources say, turned out to be different from what the mediators had seen. It forced ODM to issue another statement and hold another meeting with Annan that same evening. Kibaki's cheating started with not honouring the MoU of 2002 and appointing ECK officials single handedly, against the spirit of IPPG. More>>>

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Bungling ECK commissioners:
George Kegoro, executive director of Kenya Chapter of International Commission of Jurists addressing the public in Nairobi. He called ECK's bluff that they don't have power to nullify presidential results; power which he says is clearly vested in the constitution.

ECK can nullify presidential results

By Oliver Mathenge and INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 26 2008
The Electoral Commission of Kenya has the constitutional power to nullify the presidential election results contrary to ECK's claims that only courts have the power to do so.. This was revealed in Nairobi on Friday night by the Kenyan chapter of the International Commission of Jurists which also called for the formation of an interim government to negotiate a settlement out of the current political standoff.. 

The ICJ proposal, however, notes that any political settlement reached must attend to what brought about the current crisis. The ICJ further argues that the Electoral Commission of Kenya can actually cancel the presidential poll results, saying that section 123 (11) of the Constitution confers holders of public office in Kenya with the powers to invalidate their actions. 

The section of the constitution indicated by the ICJ states: “Where a power is conferred by this Constitution to make an order, regulation or rule, or pass a resolution or give a direction or make a declaration or designation, the power shall be construed as including the power, exercisable in the same manner and subject to the same conditions, if any, to amend or revoke the order, regulation, rule, resolution, direction, declaration or designation.”  More>>>

Bush shuns Kenya, again!

By Kevin J Kelley, Jan 26 2008
President George W Bush will once again skip Kenya in his planned visit to Africa next month.  But this time around, the likely reason for the side-step is the raging violence triggered by results of last month’s presidential election.

The White House announced on Friday that the American leader will travel to Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia and Benin between February 15 and 21.  Prior to Kenya’s December 27 election, there had been hope that Mr Bush might become the first sitting US president to visit Kenya. 

A successful round of voting and a peaceful aftermath might well have led the Bush administration to showcase Kenya as a beacon of African democracy.Mr Bush also sidestepped Kenya during a five-nation tour of Africa in 2003 that included a stop in Uganda.  President Bill Clinton likewise paid a visit to Uganda but not to Kenya during a six-country visit in 1998. Three former US presidents have visited Kenya, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt nearly a century ago. More>>>

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Raila won't become prime minister

By Bernard Namunane, Jan 25 2008
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has ruled out the option of taking up the post of prime minister in President Kibaki’s government as a way of ending the current political crisis. Speaking a day after the first meeting with the President since the disputed elections, Mr Odinga said the only options on the table for discussion were the resignation of President Kibaki and a re-run of the presidential elections, possibly with formation of a transitional government to take charge pending new elections.

“I have never said I was considering taking up a position of prime minister under Kibaki,” he said and promised to meet the President again for talks on equal terms. “I would meet Kibaki again but he should stop making embarrassing remarks like being ‘duly elected’. He should not call himself, the duly-elected and sworn-in president. That is the bone of contention,” Mr Odinga said. More>>>

Curfew imposed in Nakuru

By our correspondent, Jan 25 2008
The Kenyan police have imposed a curfew after at least 10 people were killed in clashes in the central town of Nakuru. Rival gangs of young men battled with machetes, metal bars, bows and arrows, while thick smoke billowed up from burning buildings.

"Nakuru town has been shut down... hundreds are injured in hospital," Kenya Red Cross head Abbas Gullet said. Some 700 people have been killed in clashes between rival ethnic and political groups since disputed polls.

The violence comes despite hopes of progress after President Mwai Kibaki met opposition leader Raila Odinga for the first time on Thursday since December's disputed polls. Some of the latest violence seems to be revenge by members of President Kibaki's Kikuyu community on groups seen as pro-opposition, such as the Kalenjins and Luos. More>>>

Ethnic violence leaves 32 dead

By Peter Mutai, Jan 25 2008
Thirty-Two people were killed in fresh flare-up in Nakuru and Molo. And Rift Valley’s capital was put on 7pm-6am curfew. Military officers in fatigues, and armed to the teeth, were brought out of the barracks to enforce law and order. Another 5,000 people were displaced in Nakuru and adjoining areas.In Molo 20 people were killed and two guns recovered when rival groups engaged in fierce battle in By-Gum area in Sirikwa on Thursday night.

That was the sordid picture of gloom and desperation, the nasty game of guns, pangas and arrows that took shape as international mediation effort widened its scope. Nakuru, which had been spared the turmoil, sparked by the disputed outcome of the December 27 presidential elections, erupted on Friday.

The Government deployed military personnel from Lanet barracks to contain the violence that sent terror across Nakuru, turning it into a ghost town. Businesses closed and residents fled the streets. More>>>

Police boss disputes police figures

By our reporter, Jan 25 2008
The Molo OCPD, Mr Litabalia Achesa has contradicted his officers over the number of dead in Molo in the continuing ethnic violence in the Rift Valley. In Nakuru town alone, 12 people were hacked to death or shot with bows and arrows in the Thursday night terror. This followed a serious fighting in Githima and Kwa Rhonda estates next to the sprawling Kaptembwo slums.

Of the 20 killed in Molo, 18 were shot with poisoned arrows during the 10pm incident. But Mr Acheza disputed the figures, saying he had only counted three bodies. "I counted three bodies but if there is some other information we shall let you know later in the day," he said contradicting a police officer, who took part in collecting the bodies. The officer was categorical 18 youths had died from arrow wounds. The slain youths had run into the trap from rival groups after they crossed over to Sirikwa area from Molo town. More>>>

Flowers rotting at airport

By Brian Adero and Benson Kathuri, Jan 25 2008
Tonnes of flowers worth millions of shillings destined for export are lying at the Eldoret Airport for lack of cargo flights to airlift them to the international markets. The crisis follows the discontinuation of international cargo flights to the town because of the post-election violence that rocked the region.

Transport Permanent Secretary, Mr Gerrishon Ikiara said the airport, which had recorded an increased number of flights before last year’s General Election, has been adversely hit due to the crisis.He said although there was a big demand for flowers from Eldoret, most airlines had shunned the route due to insecurity. He added that importers were now relying on flowers from Naivasha. More>>>

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Homes burnt, several people killed

By our correspondent, Jan 24 2008
Dozens of homes have been set on fire in central Kenya, police say, with reports of several deaths as post-election violence continues. The latest clashes were in the Rift Valley capital, Nakuru, where eight people have reportedly been killed.

The violence comes despite hopes of progress after President Mwai Kibaki met opposition leader Raila Odinga for the first time since disputed polls. The BBC's Adam Mynott in Nairobi says the symbolism and significance of the two leaders' meeting was enormous, but there is still a great deal of work to be done and compromise required for them to resolve their differences and reach an agreed way forward. More>>>

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Kibaki's 'duly-elected' jibe angers ODM

By our correspondent, Jan 24 2008
Although Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga shook hands, the opposition were angered by the president's statement that he had had been "duly elected", saying he was not committed to meaningful talks.

But Kenya's Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula appealed to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to give the discussions "a chance". "We don't want to conduct negotiations from the rooftops," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.On Thursday, Human Rights Watch issued a report accusing opposition officials of helping to organise ethnic violence in the Rift Valley region, in which hundreds of Mr Kibaki's Kikuyu community were deliberately targeted and killed. More>>>

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Power meeting between Kibaki and Raila brokered by Koffi Annan, the former UN Secretary General.

Army deployed in Nakuru

By Michael Njuguna and INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 24 2008
As the political musclemen met yesterday in a photo opportunity broked by Koffi Anan, the former UN Secretary General, bloodlettying continued to Nakuru and other parts of Rift Valley. Yesterday, the army was called in to beef up security in Nakuru town after rival militia blocked key roads and destroyed property in fresh escalation of violence.

Screaming and wailing rent the air at Kisima and Kaptembwa Estates in the western part of Nakuru Town all night on Thursday as armed gangs torched houses. The houses were still burning when residents of other parts of the town reported for work only to be greeted by smoke and violence.

A Nation reporter in the town reported seeing two trucks and three landrovers full of Kenya Army soldiers being deployed in the trouble-spots around the town. More>>>

ODM suspends victory parties

By our reporter, Jan 24 2008
Hamisi MP, George Khaniri has said that ODM has suspended victory parties following violence that has rocked several parts of Kenya. "You elected ODM leaders overwhelmingly and we urge you to maintain peace since we had plans of celebrating victory, but it has been affected by violence," said Khaniri who was in a delegation that skipped the ODM meeting in Nairobi to address insecurity issues along the border of their constituencies in Nandi South. With Khaniri were MPs, Dr Sally Kosgei (Aldai) and Mr Elijah Lagat (Emgwen).

The MPs joined Nandi North DC, Mr Mabeya Mogaka, who convened four public barazas in Bonjoge Location to reconcile the warring communities. Kosgei and Lagat said they would be fair leaders and not discriminate against the electorate. In Tinderet constituency, an 80-year-old man was burnt to death after arsonists raided his homestead on Tuesday evening. A retired teacher, Mr John Obure, said his father in-law, Onkoba Ombati’s died when his home was attacked at Kamulet village. More>>>

US envoy defies media ban

By Vincent Bartoo, Jan 24 2008
United States Ambassador Michael Ranneberger participated in a live radio interview in spite of a Government ban on live media broadcasts. Ranneberger said on Thursday he used the interview to reiterate his criticism of the ban.

He maintained that there should be no restrictions to media freedom. "I’m even happy that this is a live show. I hope I’m violating the ban because I do not agree with it," said the Ambassador during a live morning show broadcast by Kass FM.

The station hosted the live interview a day after editors gave the Government 24 hours to lift the ban, failure to which they would resort to, among others, legal redress and silent protests.

Ranneberger cited media freedom as among the best ways of restoring peace. "Letting the media broadcast freely and allowing people to demonstrate peacefully are among the best ways of bringing peace," he said. More>>>

Violence costs manufacturers shs260b

By James Anyanzwa and INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 24 2008
The total cost to the Kenyan economy of the post election violence may never be sufficiently computed but manufacturing alone is projected to lose Sh260 billion in the next six months due to post-election turmoil. Industry players are concerned about an almost irreversible economic downturn as the impact of post-election violence deepens.

"As a sector, initial analysis by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) confirms that we stand to lose more than Sh260 billion in the next six months," said Mr Mugo Kibati, the managing director of East African Cables Group, in a statement after a fact finding tour at the Nakuru Show Ground on Thursday. Kibati, who is also a KAM board member, said the losses are inevitable unless a solution to the current political impasse is found.

He said an economic loss of that magnitude represents a significant portion of the gross domestic product (GDP) and would translate to loss of jobs and declining living standards for locals. Kibati said the manufacturing sector had been hard hit by the resulting post-election violence and related economic breakdowns. He estimated that more than 500,000 jobs are at stake as manufacturers attempt to come to terms with the political situation. More>>>

Devil at home, saint abroad

By Evelyn Ogutu, Jan 24 2008
Former Tetu MP, Prof Wangari Maathai, has protested at the withdrawal of her bodyguard, terming it political. The aide was withdrawn on Monday. Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, yesterday said on the telephone: "I have done nothing wrong. I am being persecuted for my stand." She added: "I will not be cowed. I will always speak the truth."

This week, Maathia criticised the Government over its handling of post-election chaos that erupted after President Kibaki was declared winner. She said she had written to the Police Commissioner, Major-General Hussein Ali, on Wednesday, seeking an explanation for the withdrawal. She has not received a response.

She said she was being persecuted for speaking the truth, adding that she lost the Tetu seat in last month’s elections after local leaders ganged up against her. Maathai is regarded as a rebel for her criticism of the Government despite hailing from Kibaki’s Nyeri home turf. On Tuesday, she blamed the Government for failing to stop deaths and destruction of property. More>>>

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Ugandan army uniforms intercepted

By Robert Wanyonyi, Jan 23 2008
Tension remained high at Malaba border after residents impounded a lorry full of Ugandan military uniforms. The residents stopped the lorry, registration number KAV 018T, headed to the customs department and demanded to view its contents.

The besieged driver pleaded with the residents to let him pass as rowdy youths threatened to lynch him. The angry mob was in the process of setting the lorry ablaze when riot police arrived. Amid shouts of, "Open it, open it!" the residents almost overpowered the police, prompting Teso OCPD, Mr Joseph Kiget, to order the driver to open up the cargo.

Councillor Chrisantus Kipala, of Malaba Central Ward, and a few other people boarded the lorry to verify the items as residents cheered and broke into songs. Pairs of Ugandan military uniforms and caps with State emblems were fished out of the boxes. More>>>

Youth enterprise gets off the ground

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 24 2008
A new micro-finance initiative meant at removing people out of poverty has been launched in Western Kenya. Necessity Initiative Solutions aims to assist youth and women to start business. The charity is the brainchild of two girls in the Diaspora who believe that the culture of dependency by able-bodied young people in Kenya is unsustainable. Hand-outs from individuals in authority, parents, family and friends, perpetuate poverty, idleness and exploitation amongst youth and women.  The essence is to assist the youth and women focus through imparting values such as responsibility, accountability and honouring commitments.

The girls began seed-finance (casually) by availing part of their many years saved Child Benefit to their Kenyan cousins who, despite finishing formal education, had either no employment or were underemployed but showed some recognizable talents, skills and/or initiatives to try and better their own lives. For more details about this charity send an email to necessitysolutions@yahoo.co.uk

ECK denies rigging elections

By Muchemi Wachira, Jan 23 2008
Electoral Commission of Kenya Wednesday defended itself against accusations of  rigging the December 27 presidential election.

In a  statement delivered to newsrooms by  ECK secretary J. Tsola, the elections body denied having rigged the elections and responded to all allegations made by the Orange Democratic Movement  in advertisements that appeared in Sunday newspapers. ECK said it wanted to set the record straight in the public interest.

In the advert, ODM  said that even the chairman of the ECK Samuel Kivuitu was on record saying that he is not sure who won the elections in which President Kibaki was declared the winner. More>>>

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ODM leader, Raila Odinga (left) showing the way forward to Koffi Annan Mrs Gracia Machel accompanied by (back row from left) - ODM stalwarts, Najib Balala, Joe Nyagah and Henry Kosgey

Marende predicts Annan victory

By Martin Mutua, Jan 23 2008
National Assembly Speaker, Mr Kenneth Marende, has expressed confidence in former United Nations Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan’s team to end the political crisis. Marende said the approach taken by Annan and his team was promising and as a reconciliatory; he would persuade both sides of the political divide to end the impasse.

Marende made the remarks after a closed-door meeting with Annan and his team at the Serena Hotel, on Wednesday. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and Mrs Graca Machel, the wife to former South African President Nelson Mandela, accompanied Annan. "The discussions with Annan and his team were useful and friendly as we discussed pertinent issues facing our country," he said.

Marende said he was optimistic that an agreeable solution was in the offing between President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. More>>>

Editors give govt 24-hr ultimatum

By Maseme Machuka, Jan 23 2008
Editors have given the Government a 24-hour ultimatum to lift the ban on live TV and radio coverage. The Kenya Editors’ Guild warned that it would mobilise media practitioners if the directive were not rescinded.

The editors said they had many options, including court action and silent protest, to pressurise Government to withdraw the ban. On December 30, the Government suspended live broadcasts, a day after President Kibaki was declared the winner of last month’s disputed and so far discredited presidential election and sworn-in.

The Editors’ Guild said the ban on live coverage had badly affected media houses’ core business of informing society. Reading the statement in turns, the editors said the former Minister for Internal Security, Mr John Michuki, now Roads minister, exceeded his powers by prohibiting live broadcasting on radio and television. More>>>

Kisii economy goes bananas

By Robert Nyasato, Jan 23 2008
Banana growers in Kisii are complaining of heavy loses since transporters into other towns stopped their operations. A survey by The Standard established that growers were now selling bananas at throw-away prices at shopping centres.

A bunch, which previously sold at Sh200 is now selling at between Sh60 and Sh80. Traders are in search of new markets in Kisii, Ogembo, Keroka and Nyamira towns.

Mrs Mary Nyang’au who sells the fruit in Kisii town said though growers had opted to sell the produce at throw away prices, alot was going to waste. More>>>

Ten Malindi hotels shut

By Paul Gitau, Jan 23 2008
At least ten hotels have been closed down and more than 5,000 workers laid off in Malindi. The chairman of the Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, Malindi, Watamu and Mambrui branch, Mr Issac Rodrot, said there were less than 200 guests still staying in hotels by yesterday.

This, he said, represented only five per cent of the total bed capacity in the entire region. "This has been occasioned by the fact that most European countries, except Germany, have issued travel advisory notices to their residents wishing to visit Kenya and those who want to come are required to sign a disclaimer before departing for Kenya. More>>>

Education apartheid halted

By Bancy Wangui and Harold Ayodo, Jan 23 2008
The Ministry of Education has halted the transfer of students and teachers displaced by post-election violence. There has been a flurry of transfer requests by teachers and students seeking to be moved to perceived safer areas.

But the directive now means the teachers and students, mainly from teacher training colleges, must return to their institutions. On Wednesday, the Central Provincial Director of Education (PDE), Mr Kenneth Misoi, said the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had directed that teachers seeking transfers report at its headquarters for instructions. More>>>

Police break prayer meeting

By a correspondent, Jan 23 2008
Skirmishes between police and youths have broken up an opposition prayer meeting for victims of the post-poll violence in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Tear gas was fired at Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) supporters who stoned police vehicles and torched a nearby government building.

Meanwhile, former UN chief Kofi Annan is beginning a fresh attempt to end the chaos arising from the disputed poll. The ODM says it will consider calling off protests if Mr Annan asks them to. Opposition protest rallies were due to resume on Thursday. More>>>


Death in Nandi: Six people were killed in Nandi South District Tuesday and a shopping centre was razed in Trans Nzoia East as a new wave of violence hit the North Rift. More>>>
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Equity bank defies boycott calls
By Justus Ondari, Jan 22 2008
Equity Bank has announced plans to open two new branches in Nyanza Province in two weeks time despite the Orange Democratic Movementís call for economic boycott on firms associated with the government. The bank will open the branches at Mbita Point in Suba District and Bondo in Bondo District after the Kitengela branch, which was opened Tuesday. More>>>
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Countdown to election deception

By Amos Kareithi, Jan 22 2008
A damning new report by 50 civil society organisations details how the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) bungled the presidential poll. The report dubbed, ‘Countdown to Deception: 30 hours that destroyed Kenya’, further shows there were discrepancies in 130 out of 210 constituencies.

The report was released on Friday, amid tight security, by Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) Executive Director, Mr Maina Kiai, at Panafric Hotel. The report says 130 constituencies had a higher presidential tally than parliamentary tallies. This was contrary to what happened in 2002 when the parliamentary voter turnout was higher than the presidential.

"The evidence shows it is impossible to know who won the elections," Kiai said. He argued: "The whole world cannot be wrong about the presidential results." He was referring to assertions by the European Union, African Union, the United States and international observers. More>>>

Annan arrives with an olive branch

By David Ohito, Jan 22 2008
Former UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan pleaded for good faith, and genuine dialogue in search of reconciliation and a lasting solution to Kenya’s political crisis. Annan, who arrived in Kenya on Tuesday night, appealed for co-operation during the talks and asked both the Government and ODM to maintain respect for the rule of law and human rights.

Annan addressed the media at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, moments after arrival to spearhead the talks, warned of political disaster for the country that has been a beacon of peace and stability in Africa if the dialogue flops. The former UN boss said innocent people are the losers during crisis and promised to reach out to the warring parties to find a lasting solution. More>>>

ODM sues Kibaki at the Hague

By our correspondent, Jan 22 2008
ODM has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague against President Kibaki and several key Government officials. The complaint states that crimes against humanity and State-sponsored terrorism were being committed to selected population.

Party Secretary-General, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, alleged that more than 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands injured. Nyong’o added that most of them were victims of excessive force used by security forces.

Those named as respondents include all Cabinet ministers, Commissioner of Police, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, Administration Police Commandant, Mr Kinuthia Mbugua, and his GSU colleague, Mr Mathew Iteere. The party has now asked the court’s Chief Prosecutor, Mr Luis Moreno–Ocampo, to respond urgently to their complaint since the crimes are continuing. More>>>

Maathai dismisses Kalonzo team

By Evelyn Ogutu, Jan 22 2008
Nobel Peace Laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai, has dismissed the mediation team led by Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, saying it will not solve the political impasse. Maathai said unless President Kibaki and the ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, came together and dialogued, the current political turmoil would continue to rock the nation.

"Kalonzo was a competitor with Raila. I do not think the ODM leader will listen to him. What will Kalonzo tell Raila or his lieutenants when they perceive him as the person who undermined their journey to leadership?" asked Maathai.

The former Tetu MP said Kibaki should take the negotiations seriously. "It is important for the President to come out and meet Raila. Kenya is bleeding and people are suffering," said Maathai. "Why is Kibaki not ready to meet Raila? After all Raila campaigned for him in 2002 and I believe they can still sit down and talk. What is too difficult for the two to talk about?" posed Wangari. More>>>

Kivuitu mourns at being sacked

By Maureen Mudi, Jan 22 2008
The Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) Chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu, has protested at the Law Society of Kenya’s striking him off the Roll of Honour of Advocates.

The election chief said he was surprised at the action the LSK Chairman, Mr Okongo Omogeni, had taken.

"I believe I won the award for my past contribution to society and Kenya in general," Kivuitu said in a letter to Omogeni.

He said it was "amazing" that Omogeni linked the award he received in 2006 to his role in the discredited General Election.

Kivuitu, who has been silent since LSK took the action for allegedly bungling the elections, said the reasons for the award were spelt out and no lawyer protested then.

He insisted he was not to blame for election malpractices, adding this "would be established in due time".

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World financial shocker

By a correspondent, Jan 22 2008
America took the axe to interest rates today, cutting its key federal funds rate by a drastic 0.75 per cent - the biggest cut in 26 years - in a desperate attempt to prevent recession and restore calm to panicky financial markets. However the reduction to 3.5 per cent - the fourth cut since the credit crunch hit last summer - did little to placate nervous traders. In the first half hour of trading this afternoon, Wall Street's closely watched Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index of blue chip companies, plunged by 356 points to 11,743. It was the first opportunity for US investors to react to the massive shares sell-off in the rest of the world yesterday because Wall Street was closed for a public holiday. The US Federal Reserve said today that it was reducing its rate to 3.5 per cent "in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth". The Bank of England said this afternoon that it had no plans to bring forward its interest rate decision due at the beginning of February. More>>>

THE PHONE THAT KILLED

Don't charge your mobile the whole night and don't keep it near by! Never, ever answer a cell phone while it is being RECHARGED!! A few days ago, a person was recharging his cell phone at home. Just at that time a call came in and he answered it with the instrument still connected to the outlet.After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the young man was thrown to the ground with a heavy thud. His parents rushed to the room only to find him unconscious, with a weak heartbeat and burnt fingers. He was rushed to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Cell phones are a very useful modern invention. However, we must be aware that it can also be an instrument of death. Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the electrical outlet!


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Brother kills brother over Kibaki, Raila

By our correspondent, Jan 21 2008
A teenager hacked his elder brother to death in Kisumu after they differed over whether President Kibaki was rightfully in office. Police said the 17-year-old boy killed his brother, 26, after a heated argument over last month’s presidential election results. Nyanza PPO, Mrs Grace Kaindi, said: "The two had taken different views on who won the polls. One insisted that Kibaki had won a second term, while the other insisted that Mr Raila Odinga had won but robbed." In the heat of the moment, police said, the younger brother rushed out of the house, took a machete and attacked his brother, killing him instantly. He then fled. More>>>

10 houses burnt in Nandi

By Titus Too and Beauttah Omanga, Jan 21 2008
More than ten houses were set ablaze when arsonists raided a village in Aldai, Nandi South District. Hell broke loose when residents of Kabwareng’ and Mokoywo villages accused other residents of failing to support them in last week’s ODM mass protests. Sources said the arsonists razed houses and granaries on Sunday night, while others stole livestock during the dawn attack.

Local DO, Mr Wilfred Sigei, said: "Some residents stormed the villages, stole livestock and set houses on fire. Several people suffered arrow injuries."

Several schools in the district re-opened last week, but in many, including Kapsabet Boys, Kapsabet Girls and St Joseph Chepterit, the number of students who turned up were few. More>>>

US envoy demolishes Mutua

By Michael Ranneberger, Jan 21 2008
I noted with concern the recent print and broadcast advertisements placed by the Office of Public Communications. The advertisements accused the United States and others of contributing to violence. Knowing and respecting the President as a man of honour, I am certain that these advertisements were placed without his approval.First, I want to state categorically that there is compelling evidence of serious irregularities in the vote tallying process from a wide variety of non-partisan sources. We have made clear to the officials of PNU and ODM that there is ample evidence of vote tallying irregularities (by both sides) at the constituency level in their respective strongholds and, at the national level, in Electoral Commission of Kenya’s KICC office.

ECK, a vital national institution, collapsed under the pressure of the "win at any cost" attitude of both major parties. More>>>

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The coffins of political martyrs are carried to the public requiem mass in Kisumu's Kenyatta Stadium. Overwhelmed by the presence of church leaders and the victims’ relatives, Raila stared into the sky for seconds then declared: "Our people are being killed like dogs, but no amount of bullets and intimidation will stop us from getting back the seat we won during the elections."

Kibaki faces suit for crimes against humanity at the Hague

By our correpondent, Jan 21 2008
Presidential "winner", Raila Odinga has said ODM would file a case of crimes against humanity against President Kibaki at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. The killings by police across, he claimed, had been well planned by the Government. He told the crowd that filled the 30,000-capacity stadium to keep up the fight until Kibaki vacated State House "for its rightful owners". At one stage, silence fell on the stadium when Raila broke into a song: "Sitarudi nyuma milele". And the crowd roared back in support.

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Govt desperate for recognition

By James Ratemo and INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 21 2008
With only Uganda having formally recognised the President Mwai Kibaki, the government is desperate for more recognition. The Government is enraged by reports that UK does not recognise President Kibaki as legitimately elected. The Government is now seeking clarification over a remark made in the House of Commons by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Ms Meg Munn.

Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Moses Wetangula, on Monday summoned British High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Adam Wood, to express the Government’s displeasure over the matter. Said he: "Kenya is a sovereign state, it cherishes relationships with all countries and will not be tied down by unsolicited and unwarranted comments by foreign states."

He added: "The UK Government can comment on our affairs, but the Assistant Minister has no business saying the things that she said in the House of Commons." Terming the remarks unhealthful, he said Wood had agreed to seek redress from his Government and would get back to the Government. Kenya’s political crisis was a subject of House of Commons debate on Thursday where it emerged that the UK did not formally recognise the Kibaki Government. More>>>

Luhya dead were shot

By our correspondent, Jan 21 2008
More than 50 people died in Kakamega, Butere, Mumias and Lugari districts during the election violence. Kakamega Provincial General Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Godrick Onyango, told the Pentagon members that most of the victims brought to the hospital had gun wounds. "We have established that a 53 people died from bullet wounds," said Onyango.

He said the number could be higher since other bodies had been buried and not reported, especially in Mumias, Webuye and Butere. In Vihiga District, Mudavadi heard that 36 cases had been reported at Mbale District Hospital.

Mudavadi, who met the Medical Officer of Health, Dr D Ong’ong’a, said it was unfair for Government security organs to use excessive force against innocent people exercising their democratic rights. Ong’ong’a said of the 36, 18 people had died, 15 from gunshot wounds. A 15-year-old boy was among those shot in the back. "The boy died," said Ong’ong’a. Another victim, Mr Arthur Kidiga, told the ODM leaders that he had lost his legs. More>>>

Raila weeps for martyrs

By our Correspondent, Jan 21 2008
An emotional Mr Raila Odinga flew to his violence-battered hometown of Kisumu and declared that nothing would deter Kenyans from their quest for justice.

Making his first visit to the lakeside town since the post-election violence broke out across the country after President Kibaki’s disputed re-election, Raila ran into thousands of equally emotional supporters, many of who broke down and wept. The Lang’ata MP, who was accompanied by ODM Pentagon members, Mr Musalia Mudavadi and Mr William Ruto, fought back tears as he viewed bodies of some of the more than 100 people killed in the town.

He then addressed an ecumenical prayer service at the Moi Stadium for those killed in the region. "These people killed by (State) agents are the heroes of this country. They died while demanding justice," said Raila as he wiped tears with a white handkerchief. More>>>

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Section of the crowd in attendance
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MC, Peter Karanja popularly known as Misterseed extracting money from Sam Ochieng
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Concerned Kenyans listening to sad tales about Kenya and coming together to help

Pastor abhors divisions within country and church

By Shad Bulimo, Jan 20 2008
A UK based Kenyan pastor has blamed the Church for not standing united against the political injustices being witnessed in Kenya. Pastor Peter Wangaruro of the Jubilee Family Ministries said the Church in Kenya should have been in the forefront, foreseen and forestalled the kind of senseless violence in Kenya's history. "But when the Church itself is disunited and taking sides, who will help the downtrodden?," he posed.

Pastor Wangaruro was speaking yesterday during a fundraiser in London for the victims of post election violence in Kenya. The function was organised by the newly formed Kenya Diaspora Organisation headed by Mr James Maina Gatangi. A capacity crowd estimated at 200 attended the event, held at Cavalry Charismatic Church in East London.

"The Church should be the last refuge for the people but when the Church itself is divided even here in the UK, the centre cannot hold and things fall apart," he said. Prayers were said for all elected leaders irrespective of their part affiliations. The guest of honour was Cllr Marriane Alapini of Kensington and Chelseas assisted by Mrs Mabel Muruli Mark, a renowned London business personality. A total of £12,000.00 was raised.

Mr Gatangi said the money will be disbursed after a fact finding mission has reported its findings on exactly what is needed on the ground in Kenya. He said the organisation will seek registration as a charity within six months.

Other committee members include Canisius Kirugara (secretary), Gibson Onchwati (treasurer), Duncan Ngari (Vice chairman) and committee members: Cllr Marianne Alapini, Pastor Loise, Pastor Peter Wangaruro, Ms Shiru Mwangi, Lucy Maina, Amos Kamau, Duncan Kamau, John Watik, Pastor Michael Wanyoki, Rev Karanja Kereinya, Pastor Patrick Thuku, Sam Ochieng, Lucy Mbugua, Bishop Joseph Warui, Pastor Joseph Odima and Maina Kanyora.

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Pastor Peter Wangaruro of Jubilee Family Ministries
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Zimbabwe's 10 million dollar madness. A new 10 million dollar note is worth just $4 US dollars

Pinch them where it hurts

By INGONEWS Reporter and Odhiambo Orlale, Jan 19 2008
The Orange Democratic Party has retreated from a promise made only hours before and announced a new round of mass action to protest against the disputed presidential election results.

This time the protests would also include economic sabotage of companies whose directors are perceived to be close allies of President Kibaki. These include Equity Bank, Family Finance, City Hopper (public transport), among others.

The announcement came on a day when youths armed with spears, bows, arrows and machetes went on the rampage in areas surrounding Eldoret town and burnt houses in broad daylight.  More>>>

Zimbabwe's 10m dollar madness

By our correspondent, Jan 19 2008
If you want to become an instant billionaire, go to Zimbabwe. The country's central bank is to introduce new higher-denomination banknotes in an effort to ease the critical shortage of cash in the country. Zimbabwe has been in economic decline for the past eight years, with annual inflation widely thought to be in excess of 50,000%.

The highest value note that will go into circulation on Friday is worth 10m Zimbabwean dollars. But that is worth less than US$3.90 (£2; 2.60 euros) on the black market. There have been long queues every day at banks as people have struggled to withdraw cash.

The government's only response is to print more money - and that is seen as the main reason for the hyperinflation. There have been no official inflation figures published for the past three or four months. Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank governor, Gideon Gono, has called on the business community not to increase prices every time new measures are taken to adjust the currency. The new higher denomination bank notes are certain to cause more confusion and they may only bring short term relief. More>>>

Kibaki agrees to meet Raila

By INGONEWS Reporter and agencies, Jan 19 2008
A ray of hope that may resolve the current political impasse in Kenya is emerging after President Mwai Kibaki allegedly said yesterday that he was willing to meet Raila Odinga over disputed presidential elections. This emerged on Saturday after President Kibaki met a high level European Union delegation and said he is willing to meet ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga soon.

The delegation also announced that it would await the outcome of dialogue between President Kibaki and the ODM leader before taking any action. EU Commissioner, Mr Louis Michel said that the organisation had not taken any decision yet on what action to take regarding the political crisis. More>>>

No congrats Mr President

By Ernest Mpinganjira, Jan 19 2008
Kenya’s neighbours are prodding its current political impasse with a big stick. They are hesitant to be involved. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, have not publicly acknowledged Kibaki’s victory.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Kikwete summed the mood in the region as humbling. "It is they (Kenyans) fighting one another. They are best placed to look for solutions to their own problems. We can only intervene when our interests are at stake or if they ask for our assistance." The remarks are a silent diplomatic blow to Kenya. Simply put, Kikwete and other leaders do not want to share in the embarrassment of a suspect victory. More>>>

Thugs take over Kisumu

By Mangoa Mosota, Jan 19 2008
Gangs took control of several roads in Kisumu and attacked residents during the three-days of mass action. Police said thugs masquerading as demonstrators have been robbing residents. Nyanza PPO, Ms Grace Kaindi, said thugs who man many illegal roadblocks and rob their victims.

"There were barely any demonstrations in this town. Police were battling with thugs," Kaindi said. Among the victims were staff of The Standard Group.

Mr George Owana, a sales representative and Mr Kenneth Omenda, a transporter with the company, were robbed of cash and other valuables at Gesoko area. Owana said a gang of more than ten men armed with machetes attacked them on Wednesday afternoon. More>>>

Kibaki appoints team to spearhead dialogue

By PPS, Jan 18 2008
President Mwai Kibaki has formed a top-level political committee to spearhead national political dialogue, national reconciliation and to promote international understanding and good relations on the political problems facing the country following the recently concluded elections. The Members of the Committee are as follows:

  1. H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs, Team Leader
  2. Hon. Prof. George Saitoti, Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security
  3. Hon. Moses Wetangula, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  4. Hon. Amos Kimunya, Minister for Finance
  5. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, Minister for Local Government
  6. Hon. Chirau Mwakwere, Minister for Transport
  7. Hon. Martha Karua, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs
  8. Hon. Amos Wako, Attorney General
  9. Hon. Mutula Kilonzo, MP                 

Any other person co-opted by the Committee as appropriate

Joint Secretaries

1. Mr. Ludiko Chweya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Nairobi, Joint Secretary

2. Mr. Geoffrey Gichira Kibaara, Director of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

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Mugabe must thank Kibaki
One African who must be chuckling in glee and can't believe his luck is Zimbabwe dictator, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has Kibaki to thank for deflecting attention from his brutal regime as the world camera's zoom into Kenya to capture an illegal government massacre its own citizens. Scenes of vicious police action were evident in Nairobi, Kisumu, Narok, Homa Bay and Eldoret towns. Other places rocked by demonstrations included Voi, Mwatate, Taveta, Nakuru, Molo, Keringet and Litein

Patients choke as hospitals are tear-gassed by foreign forces

By Our correspondent, Jan 17 2008
Day two of nationwide protests saw desperate police forces tear gas hospitals choking patients into early death. In Homa Bay, police chasing protesters threw teargas canisters into the district hospital while in Eldoret, a similar police attack was mounted against Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Thick teargas smoke wafted through wards and offices at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, choking patients. A contingent of the GSU also opened fire from G3 rifles, sending over 500 patients, nurses, doctors and members of staff into panic. Nurses and security staff also said the invading force was in GSU uniform but they did not communicate in Kiswahili and were also asking staff to identify their tribes.

Nairobi: Violent drama similar to that of Wednesday was re-enacted in Nairobi as anti-riot police teargassed some members of the ODM Pentagon and chased them out of town.

Kiai gathers evidence: The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) chairman, Mr Maina Kiai, said the Commission was gathering more evidence on Wednesday’s shootings in Kisumu.

"We are viewing and reviewing the clips of the shootings as we gather more evidence before taking our next step," Kiai said. More>>>

10 Kenyans shot dead by Kibaki's police

Death in Kisumu: Police shot dead another youth in Kisumu in a fresh flare-up, bringing the death toll in the battered lakeside town to six in under 24 hours and ten countrywide. Master Bernard Ochieng was shot dead next to the Kisumu Molasses Plant, where protesters used tyres and electricity poles to light bonfires barricading the road.

Mombasa: A human rights umbrella group said it would move to court within seven days to institute private prosecutions against the police for brutality and violence. Speaking to the press in Mombasa, the Kenya Movement for Peace and Justice, Coast Chapter, condemned the police killings and called for an immediate inquiry into the shootings.

Narok: A daughter of Narok North MP, Mr William ole Ntimama, Ms Lydia Ntimama, was among 15 people who sustained injuries when pro-ODM protesters clashed with police.

Taita and Taveta: Tension ran high as police lobbed teargas canisters to disperse two ODM MPs and party supporters from holding peaceful demonstration to press for justice over the alleged flawed Presidential elections.

Nairobi, the murder capital: The driver of Kasarani MP, Ms Elizabeth Ongoro was murdered in mysterious circumstances on Thursday. And Police barred journalists from entering Kibera where more than 100 GSU officers descended into the slum’s alleys, firing bullets and teargas. Journalists saw police officers beating up protesters with gun butts, kicking down doors and hurling teargas into houses. Witnesses said they saw four bodies lying in the slum’s alleys. In Mathare slums, two more people were shot dead.

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Mumias sugar farmers are in for some sweet news following the acquisition of a shs77million machinery that will boost production of cane.

Sweet news for Mumias sugar farmers

By our correspondent, Jan 17 2008
An out-grower’s company has procured machinery worth Sh77 million to boost its operations in the Mumias sugar zone. Mumias Outgrowers Company (Moco) chief executive officer, Mr Charles Omega, said the company had received a fleet of 10 tractors costing Sh21 million and 15 trailers for transporting harvested cane at Sh48 million, in a bid to boost its field operations in the sugar zone. The money used to purchase these implements was part of a loan that had been extended to the company by the Kenya Sugar Board last year. Mr Omega said the farmers who number over 70,000 deliver to Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) Limited about 1.9 million tonnes of sugar cane per year for crushing and therefore need facilitation to improve their productivity. More>>>

Do you need 50 officers to deal with one protester?

By Masese Machuka and Kristine Oloo, Jan 17 2008
A civil rights’ activist was arrested when he went to police headquarters to protest at the shooting and killing of two youths in Kisumu. Mr Okoiti Omtata tied himself with a chain at the gates of Vigilance House, Nairobi, in what he termed a "protest of justice" to end the merciless killings of innocent people by security agents. He shouted and called for justice and an end to the political impasse. Police had a rough time controlling a surging crowd that gathered.

At one point, the crowd cheered the activist as he narrated to onlookers the plight of many people "chained by police brutality". Police then turned on the crowd as six police officers forcefully unchained Omtata. They manhandled him as he tried to resist. More than 50 GSU officers then took charge and frogmarched the activist to the basement of Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The busy Harambee Avenue was cleared of passersby as riot police took charge.

Omtata, who was armed with a statement prepared with other rights’ activists, Mr J Simekha, Mr Stephen Musau and Mr Maurice Odhiambo, said the killing of harmless people was deplorable. More>>>

C'weath report indicts Kibaki's presidency

By Judy Ogutu, Jan 17 2008
The final report by the Commonwealth Observer Group has again faulted the outcome of the presidential vote, saying its validity was in doubt. The report says ECK has so far not succeeded in establishing the integrity of the tallying process. "The Commonwealth Observer Group has concluded that the process after the close of polling did not meet international standards," said Commonwealth secretary general, Mr Don McKinnon.

Consequently, McKinnon has urged President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, to come together to find a lasting solution to the impasse. McKinnon also said Commonwealth was ready to work with the country "to look at ways of reconstituting ECK along lines of Commonwealth best practice". He said it was necessary to have a national election management body that was transparent, accountable and enjoys the full confidence of all political contestants.

McKinnon stressed the importance of ensuring the integrity of the election process was beyond question as there were consequences in circumstances where confidence was perceived to be lacking. More>>>

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Kisumu's economy will take years to recover

500,000 jobs lost to violence

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has sought appointment with top two political leaders to discuss current crisis. They warned that a third force might emerge. Cotu Secretary General, Mr Francis Atwoli, said over 500,000 workers would lose their jobs following the post-election skirmishes as the fighting was spilling over to industries.

The revelations follow a crisis meeting by 36 general secretaries of Cotu affiliates on Wednesday. They demanded for an immediate meeting with embattled President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. "Finlay Kenya has laid off 10,000 workers, Unilever is now closed, putting jobs of 20,000 people in the balance. In Mombasa 30,000 workers are not working and many more are not reporting to their stations due to fear," said Atwoli.More>>>

News in numbers

500,000 jobs to go

10,000 workers sacked by Finlay

20,000 lost after Unilever closed shop

30,000 workers in Mombasa jobless after tourists dried out

100 workers killed in Kisumu while 20 died in Kericho

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Kenya burns as government becomes paranoid. All peaceful demos are banned, live media coverage is banned. All symptoms of a paranoid statecraft

Donors warn of sanctions

By Ben Agina, Jan 17 2008
Fourteen development partners have warned that future funding will depend on the achievement of "a political situation that reflects the will of the people". Under the Development Co-operation Group, the donors said it was clear that Kenyans were "deeply divided politically and it remains incumbent on the leadership of all political parties to agree on a lasting political settlement".

The Danish Ambassador, Mr Bo Jensen, the acting chair of the Development Co-operation Group, who issued the statement said: "We urge all parties to refrain from actions that undermine these attempts and call for efforts at dialogue to reach a settlement, the outcome of which meets the will of the Kenyan people." The Group includes the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, the European Commission Delegation to Kenya, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Denmark. More>>>

US pollster chickens on Kenyan exit polls

By Kevin Kelly, Jan 17 2008
A US organisation that monitored Kenya’s December 27 elections has said it will not release results of the exit polls they conducted during the voting.

The head of the Washington-based International Republican Institute (IRI) that monitored the General election said on Tuesday that his non-governmental organisation will not be releasing the poll results of voters’ candidate preferences because the data is incomplete.

IRI president Lorne Craner further explained that publishing exit-poll figures that are “incomplete and very likely inaccurate would have been irresponsible and dangerous given the situation in Kenya.” More>>>

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Police brutality now an everyday activity in Kenya. Police officers confront a man suspected to be a demonstrator in Eldoret town, on Wednesday. Security officers battled with ODM supporters protesting against discredited presidential election results.

Country celebrates govt defeat

By a correspondent, Jan 17 2008
A carnival engulfed most towns in Nyanza, Western, Coast and Rift Valley provinces, as ODM supporters braved heavy rains to celebrate the election of Mr Kenneth Marende as Speaker of the National Assembly. Dancing and singing victory songs, hundreds of residents disregarded the downpour, which came after a dry spell, as news that President Kibaki’s PNU had lost. In Migori, Siaya and Bondo, jubilant ODM supporters packed the towns’ streets. Kakamega: Residents jammed the streets, singing in praise of Marende and ODM. There was jubilation in Eldoret town after ODM’s double win in Parliament. In the past two weeks, the town has been robbed of nightlife after post-election violence, which forced many businesses to close down. But this changed on Tuesday when residents poured into clubs, drinking the night away. More>>>

Buke arrested as Bungoma implodes

By John Muganda, Jan 17 2008
Five people were injured and hospitalised in Bungoma town while transport and business was paralysed in Kapsabet town as mass protests kicked off. In Bungoma, ODM activist and former University of Nairobi student leader, Mr Wafula Buke, was arrested while three women and two children were injured in the chaos and admitted at the Bungoma District Hospital.

Kapsabet: Protesters blocked roads and staged demonstrations along the town’s streets as they made their way to the Kipkeino Stadium for a rally.

Homa Bay: OCPD, Mr James Munene, became the hero of the day after he allowed demonstrators to march through the town. Local church and civic leaders praised the police, saying their maturity in handling the demonstrations was commendable.

Oyugis: Thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests after police allowed them to march through the town. The officers escorted the protestors who sang anti-Kibaki songs and waved twigs in a peaceful demonstration. More>>>

SHOCKING VIDEO OF POLICE BRUTALITY

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 17 2008
Lifeless and hopeless, Kibaki's police shot and kicked dead a young boy in Kisumu. CLICK here to watch live footage of this horror that surely must make the president a war criminal. Journalists watched as a lone policeman pursued and shot two youths in the chest and shoulder at close range in the volatile Kondele area of Kisumu. The 10-year-old boy was shot dead at Arina Estate in Kisumu. One of the two victims died moments after being taken to the Nyanza Provincial Hospital, where his colleague was also admitted in critical condition.

The officer kicked one of his prostrate victims thrice on the ribs before casually walking away. TV footage captured the events. More>>>

'No Raila no peace' as police kill four

By a Correspondent, Jan 17 2008
The mass protests called by ODM to protest against their stolen presidency were largely successful in various parts of the country despite heavy police presence. Members of the ODM Pentagon were tear-gassed in central Nairobi, riot police killed four people including a 10-year-old boy in Kisumu, and several others were seriously injured as the three-day countrywide mass protests began on Wednesday.

In Nairobi, Bungoma, Kisumu, Migori and Eldoret, police used live bullets to break up crowds protesting against the declaration of President Kibaki as the winner of December 27 presidential elections, in rallies banned by the Government. The full force of yesterday’s protests were felt in Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kakamega, Bungoma, Nakuru, Kapsabet, Mumias, Homa-Bay and Busia. In Eldoret, protesters carried placards, some of which read: "We voted Raila and you stole our vote. We demand justice and our rights. No Raila, no peace". More>>>

Constitutional reforms a priority - Marende

By Odhiambo Orlale, Jan 15 2008
New Speaker Kenneth Marende has promised to introduce major reforms in Parliament which will include review of the rules and provision for live coverage. Mr Marende also announced he would give Constitutional reforms priority during his five-year tenure. Said the new Speaker in his acceptance speech: “The Tenth Parliament will have progressive reforms which will see the standing orders reviewed and modernised.”

Mr Marende, who is the Emuhaya MP-elect on an ODM ticket, disclosed he would also ensure electronic voting was introduced in the august House. The former member of the parliamentary committee on justice and legal affairs in the Ninth Parliament that was chaired by former Kabete MP Paul Muite said he will also ensure Kenyans get a new Constitution as soon as possible.

Turning to the 207 MPs who voted both for him and his major opponent Francis ole Kaparo, Mr Marende challenged them to ensure they hold the House in dignity at all times. The new Speaker described the polls as most competitive. Mr Kaparo was the former Speaker and was backed by President Kibaki and his Party of National unity MPs and their colleagues in affiliate parties. Marende got 105 votes while Mr Kaparo garnered 101. On his vision, Mr Marende said “I will be dynamic, competent and an  honest Speaker. I will also make sure that Parliament remains alert to the needs of the people. And I will ask you not to look at my lips but at my heart.” More>>>

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New Speaker of Parliament, Kenneth Marende takes oath from Cleark to National Assembly, Samuel Ndindiri

Kisumu traders close shops ahead of rallies

By Correspondents, Jan 15 2008
A contigent of para-military police was in Kisumu and neighbouring towns ahead of countrywide protests called by ODM starting Wednesday. The General Service Unit personnel backed by regular and Administration Police officers, patrolled Kisumu town streets as residents prepared for the mass protests.

Most traders closed their business premises and indicated they would return on Monday. But as the town prepared for the demonstrations, a group of professionals - the Kisumu Professional Caucus - urged the residents to be peaceful. The group, comprising Maseno University lecturers and other professionals, met various youth groups to campaign against violence on Wednesday. "The President is illegally in office. However, we want tell our people that we can force him out of office through peaceful protests," said the group’s chairman, Mr Charles Nyambuga. More>>>

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Celebrity spotting: Shem Luchiri on the trail of Essex glamour model, Jodie Marsh

Quakers urge Kibaki to resign

By Our Reporter, Jan 15 2008
The Quakers Church in Western Kenya has urged President Kibaki to step down, form an interim government and have a presidential re run in three months.

In a Pastoral Letter issued on 8th January, the religious group says in the interim, Hon. Mwai Kibaki should step down from the seat of the presidency to pave way for meaningful and peaceful resolution of the current political crisis in the country. It urges ODM and the PNU affiliated parties to enter into meaningful dialogue for the sake of national interest. More>>>

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Violent nation. Peace no more in a land that has never known scenes such as this in Kisumu

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Protection fee demanded in Mt Elgon

By Robert Wanyonyi, Jan 15 2008
Members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) are allegedly demanding Sh2,000 a month from each teacher as "protection fee" in Mt Elgon District. The local Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) branch Executive-Secretary, Mr Willy Songi Maasai, claimed militiamen demanded the money from teachers on Monday, leading to the failure of many schools to re-open.

Maasai claimed the rank of the teacher determined the amount demanded. Secondary school heads are supposed to pay Sh3,000, their primary colleagues Sh2,500 while ordinary teachers are to part with Sh2,000 a month before being allowed to work in the region. "The scenario that started last term has impacted negatively on the education sector in this region and as stakeholders we see no reason to keep silent about it any more. The Government should intervene and assist us," said Maasai.

The Knut official said he had advised teachers to keep away from their stations until the Government assures them of their security. "Many teachers have received death threats should they report to their stations. Almost all teachers want to leave Mt Elgon now," he said. More>>>

Kisumu hospital overstretched

By Harold Ayodo, Jan 15 2008
The New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital is overwhelmed by the number of post-election violence patients. The hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Juliana Otieno, on Monday said half of the staff had not resumed duties.

"We have 15 doctors instead of 22. We had 270 nurses, but we are struggling with less than 50 per cent of the number," she said. The medical superintendent, however, disclosed that families had collected 32 bodies from the mortuary. "But 15 bodies lie uncollected and seven are still unidentified because they had been badly burnt," Otieno added.

She said a Government pathologist had done post-mortem examination on 36 bodies and was working on the remaining ones. "Our mortuary was overwhelmed with bodies, but families have turned up to collect them for burial or identify their kin," Otieno explained. More>>>

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Mvita MP, Najib Balala runs for his life after police lobbed tear gas to break up protest rally in Nairobi. Similar scenes are reported countrywide as people respond to ODM's call of three days of mass protests.

Riots and tension grip Kenyan towns

By a Correspondent, Jan 16 2008
Police have broken demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu and Migori as various other towns across the country remained tense following protest rallies called by the Orange Democratic Movement. Riot police used teargas to disperse protestors in Mombasa who responded to ODM’s calls for three days of demonstrations against President Kibaki's disputed re-election. In Migori, a man was seriously injured after riot police allegedly shot him during the demonstrations. More>>>

EU warns of sanctions

By Jibril Adan and Edith Forunate, Jan 15 2008
The European Union (EU) has threatened to reduce aid to Kenya if a solution is not found over the disputed presidential elections. EU Development Commissioner, Mr Louis Michel, told a meeting of the European Parliament’s Development Committee: "It is difficult to continue on the same level of budgetary support if we see that the election has not been fully respected." EU election observers have cited flaws in the tallying of the presidential vote. Local observers have raised similar concerns. The EU’s threat is so far the most tangible from the West. Locally, the EU, UK, US and Canadian envoys are expected to announce their position tomorrow.

The EU threat comes as efforts to negotiate a settlement between the Government and ODM was set to resume under former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Koffi Annan. It also comes in the wake of a US warning that it would not conduct "business as usual" in Kenya in the absence of a negotiated settlement between the two protagonists. More>>>

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New Speaker, Mr Kenneth O. Marende

THE RISE OF KENNETH MARENDE

EMUHAYA MP, KENNETH OTIATO MARENDE HAS BEEN ELECTED THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. MR MARENDE GARNERED 105 VOTES AGAINST HIS CLOSEST CHALLENGER, FRANCIS XAVIER OLE KAPARO'S 102. MR MARENDE'S VICTORY IS A COUP FOR THE OPPOSITION AND SOMEWHAT VINDICATES THE PAIN HIS PARTY HAS SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF AN INEPT ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF KENYA. IT MEANS, THE OPPOSITION CONTROLS THE AGENDA AND BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE; SOMETHING THAT MAY PARALYSE PRESIDENT MWAI KIBAKI'S CONTROVERSIAL 2ND TERM IN OFFICE. MR MARENDE, A LAWYER, HAILS FROM EBUSIKHALE SUB LOCATION, BUNYORE DISTRICT.

Bunyore orphan appeals for help

I am an orphan and a Form Two student at Ebubayi Secondary School in Emuhaya. I have two siblings but with no land to call our own. Our only piece of land was sold  by some relatives, who we once lived with. Immediately I finished my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in 2005 and passed, our relationship with our host became sour.

I was forced to go and live with yet another relative. I am performing well in school and I am eager to complete my studies. I have reported my case to my assistant chief and the chief. My appeal is for the Government to protect me and my siblings and for well-wishers to help me compete my studies. For further details, please contact the principal of the above school.

MTANGE ALLAN,
Magada via Maragoli.

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Who can resist this game?: Basketball lover, Shem Luchiri pictured with a bevy of cheer leader beauties from USA during the exhibition of basketball skills in London recently

It pinches violently

By James Anyanzwa, Jan 14 2008
Borrowing is likely to slow down in the first quarter as banks raise lending rates to recoup losses incurred in the post-election unrest. Confirmed reports indicate the move is part of the most likely options under consideration as bankers, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Finance ministry technocrats deliberate on the way forward for a sector crucial for the country’s economic stability.

"Banks may have to adjust their lending rates to cushion losses," said Mr Samuel Gichohi, an investment analyst at Francis Drummond and Company Ltd. "Bond yields may not change significantly," he said

The move, could put Finance minister, Mr Amos Kimunya, in a intricate position as he seeks to approve interest rates increment by banks, as required by section 44 of the Banking Act. More>>>

ODM nominates 3 women to Parliament

By Kenneth Ogosia, Jan 14 2008
ODM has presented six names to the Electoral Commission of Kenya for nomination as MPs. This will in effect raise their numbers in the House to 105.

The proposed nominees include Sheikh Ahmed Dor, former Gachoka MP Joseph Nyaga, who is a member of the Pentagon, and former Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma. The other nominees are women. ODM executive director and lawyer Janet Ongera, who was among those who formed ODM Kenya. Later she moved to ODM. The others are gender activists  Rachel Shebesh and Ms Sofia Abdi. Ms Shebesh has been active in community mobilisation programmes and women empowerment advocacy in Kasarani constituency. She lost in the nominations. Ms Abdi is active in ODM Women Democrats movement. More>>>

Marende goes for Speaker

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 14 2008
Emuhaya MP-elect, Kenneth Marende is ODM's candidate for the coveted post of speaker of the National Assembly. Mr Marende, a banker-turned-advocate and a vocal member of the Ninth Parliament, has served as a member of the vibrant Parliamentary Committee on Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs, which played a key role in the legislative agenda by sponsoring crucial amendments, and Standing Orders Committee, constituted to review archaic House rules.

Both parties have an uphill task of garnering a simple majority of 138 MPs-elect — assuming the nominated lot will not be available for business today — to clinch the Speakership.

Even though ODM and its ally, Narc, start off with a combined 102 MPs-elect, the Orange party and its chief affiliate will still have to engage in extensive deep sea fishing from other fringe parties to tilt the scale in its favour. More>>>

Western lawyers divided

By Harold Ayodo, Jan 14 2008
The West Kenya Law Society (WKLS) has cautioned a section of lawyers against putting their interests above that of the country. The WKLS chairman, Mr James Mwamu, said a section of legal practitioners who benefited from State appointments had failed to uphold truth and transparency.

"Lawyers who benefited from lucrative contracts during President Kibaki’s first tenure at State House are putting commercial interests before their professional calling," he said. He was reacting to statements by a section of lawyers objecting a resolution by the Law Society of Kenya that called for the resignation of Chief Justice Evan Gicheru.

Last week, the LSK chairman, Mr Okong’o Omogeni, together with other lawyers, said the Society had no confidence in High Court Registrar, Ms Christine Meoli. "We (WKLS) insist that Gicheru resigns to restore the confidence of the public in the courts and judiciary system," said Mwamu. More>>>

In search of Ugandan troops

By Peter Atsiaya and Karanja Njoroge , Jan 15 2008
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) officials visited two beaches in Western Kenya where Ugandan soldiers are alleged to be hiding. KNHCR Principal Human Rights Officer, Ms Linda Ochiel, led journalists on a fact-finding mission at Malenga Beach in Budalang’i and Usenge in Bondo.

At Malenga, fishermen said they had seen armed security men landing at the beach. "I was at work around 1am when I spotted security men arrive at the beach in three boats," said Jack Nanga.

He said the men patrolled the beach for some time. They were them picked up by two trucks and taken to an unknown destination. "I thought of calling the OCS to inform him about the foreigners, but stopped because I thought the move would put me in danger," he added.

At Usenge Beach, residents said they had not seen the soldiers. "We heard that they arrived here at midnight, but we have not seen them," said a fisherman. Some MPs from Western and Nyanza provinces have accused the Government of importing Ugandan soldiers. More>>>

It can't be business as usual - EU, US

By Peter Murigi, Jan 13 2008
The European Union (EU) presidency joined the United States in cautioning Kenya that it won’t be business as usual, on a week that the country expects to haul itself out of a crippling post-election impasse. "All political parties in Kenya should recognise that it cannot be business as usual in Kenya until there is political compromise which leads to a lasting solution that reflects the will of the Kenyan people, wins their confidence, and helps return Kenya to stability," a declaration by the Presidency, on behalf of the European Union concerning the African Union mediation efforts in Kenya, read.

This came a day after the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Dr Jendayi Frazer, said in a statement: "The United States cannot conduct business as usual in Kenya. The Kenyan people recognise that the post-electoral crisis has revealed longstanding problems that cannot be ignored." More>>>

Politics of disease and death

By By Obote Akoko, Jan 13 2008
Events of the past two weeks have brought into focus the question of homelessness and what it portends for the thousands of internally displaced people. Since the orgy of post-election violence began, the death toll has surpassed 500, and more than 300,000 displaced. An unknown number have sought refuge in Uganda.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, Kenya Medical Association, World Vision, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other humanitarian organisations, the internally displaced face a number of health risks, chief among them cholera. Concerns have been raised on the threat of malnutrition and pneumonia among children, the old and those with weak disease immunity such as people living with HIV/Aids (PLWA) those suffering from diabetes, tuberculosis or have had organ transplants. More>>>

Ugandan troops in Kenya

By Wandera Ojanji and Cyrus Ombati, Jan 13 2008
MPs-elect from Western and Nyanza provinces have accused the Government of importing Ugandan soldiers to cause mayhem during their peaceful mass rallies this week. The MPs claimed they had evidence that the Ugandan troops are in Kenya with the consent of Kibaki’s Government.

The ODM leaders have demanded that all Ugandan troops in Kenya be withdrawn immediately to protect the sovereignty of the country. "These troops have been seen landing by boat along the shores of Lake Victoria at various points from Sori to Port Victoria," stated the MPs in a statement read by Mr Chris Okemo, the Nambale MP-elect at a news conference at Orange House, Nairobi on Sunday. They have made crossings at Malaba and Busia border posts," they added. More>>>

Mystery over Ugandan troops in Kenya

By a Correspondent, Jan 12 2008
Armed Ugandan soldiers are allegedly crossing into Kenya. Busia residents told The Sunday Standard that some Ugandan troops have been sighted in town and in Port Victoria along River Suo. "They are scattered all over along the borders with some patrolling along Lake Victoria," said a secondary school teacher in Budalang’i District.

According to Nambale MP-elect, Mr Chris Okemo, some of the soldiers have reportedly crossed "no-man’s-land" borderline to Busia town on the Kenyan side. "We have received reports that a number of strangers, whose mission is unknown, have been spotted in groups. We are still investigating the claims," he said.

Bondo MP-elect Dr Oburu Oginga also claimed that people in Ugandan military gear docked at Mageta Island last evening in batches. "The first batch of 12 soldiers who spoke strange Kiswahili arrived at Mageta Island past 5pm on Friday and asked for directions to Usenge and Uhanya beach," Oburu said. More>>>

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African doctors flee continent to work abroad

NO. OF DOCTORS ABROAD
Mozambique - 75%
Angola - 70%
Ghana - 56%
Kenya - 51%
Rwanda - 43%
Sudan - 13%
Niger - 9%

51% of Kenyan doctors work abroad

By a Correspondent, Jan 12 2008
More than half of Kenyan doctors work abroad, an authoritative study has revealed. The study covering the African continent indicates some countries like Angola and Mozambique have more of their doctors working in Portugal than back home.

At the same time countries with greater stability and prosperity, such as Botswana managed to keep many of their doctors, but so did very poor countries such as Niger. The study, carried out by the Center for Global Development in Washington, looked at census records collected between 1999 and 2001. It examined nine receiving countries: The UK, the US, France, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and South Africa

The UK is one of the few countries to have introduced a code preventing it from actively recruiting from sub-Saharan Africa. But despite this, Home Office figures show that 17,620 African doctors and nurses joined the NHS last year. The charity ActionAid said the brain drain was "a huge threat" to Africa. More>>>

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Who needs hands-free?
Only in Kenya would you find such ingenuity horned thanks largely to Jua Kali technical skills. Here we see technological juxtaposed with the cultural reminiscent of the Turkana and other pastoralist ancient tribal art.

Rigging whistleblower flees Kenya

By a Correspondent, Jan 12 2008
The civil servant who alleged vote tallying irregularities at the Electoral Commission of Kenya has fled the country, the Nation has learnt. Mr Kipkemoi arap Kirui, an employee of the National Assembly who had been seconded to the ECK to help tally last December’s General Election votes, claimed he left the country for fear of being harmed.

It has been impossible to reach him on his phone since he spoke of the alleged tallying anomalies. Mr Kirui sent e-mail to some of his friends, including our staffer, informing them that he had left the country. He said: “This is to officially inform you that I am in Europe on some special status after some people threatened my life.” More>>>

Post election chaos cost tourism sh4b

By Kimathi Njoka and Brian Adero, Jan 12 2008
The political crisis has cost the tourism industry Sh4 billion, it was said. Kenya Tourism foundation (KTF) chief executive, Ms Margaret Otieno now warns that the industry earnings this year would fall below last year’s Sh60 billion. "There has been massive cancellations and that the resultant travel adversaries have affected new bookings", Ms Otieno told The Saturday Standard on Friday.

Hotel occupancy in the coast region and Nairobi has dropped by over 50 per cent and cancellations are still being received, says Mr Peter Karanja, the chairman of the federation. "Post-election week of violence and anarchy has caused untold damage to the tourism industry, laying waste years of planning and concerted marketing," said Karanja. Karanja said that, in Malindi, there is talk of imminent hotel closures due to the low tourists’ arrival. More>>>

ODM pushes for mass action

By a Correspondent, Jan 11 2008
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) plans countrywide three-day rallies beginning Wednesday as part of its mass action programme to push up its claim President Kibaki stole their victory. The prospect of a confrontation immediately sprung up as Police Commissioner Hussein Ali once again decreed all rallies, no matter the profile of the organisers, will not be allowed.

"The ban on public protests and rallies is still on. The ODM protests are thus illegal and outlawed," said Ali. But ODM maintained its rallies would be peaceful. More>>>

Return of rule of the gun

By a Correspondent, Jan 11 2008
Parliament is the next theatre of the absurd. It is where the Party of National Unity (PNU) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will fight the next battle. Alongside the spectacle of confrontation, which is bound to paralyse the Tenth Parliament, is the possibility that as the situation degenerates, we may for the first time see security personnel club MPs in the chamber.

Given the Government’s intransigence and ODM’s unrelenting demand for justice, the days ahead are bound to be the most difficult. More>>>

Kiai's life in danger

By Susan Anyangu, Jan 11 2008
Human rights activists have said the life of Mr Maina Kiai, the chairman of Kenya National Human Rights Commission, is in danger. The human rights activists, under the auspices of Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, on Friday issued a statement saying that they have reliable information that Kiai’s life is in danger. But Police Commissioner Maj-Gen Hussein Ali dismissed the claim as ‘rumours’. More>>

Keya sues Kibaki, Raila

Mr Eliphaz Wesangula Keya sued President Kibaki, ODM leader Mr Raila Odinga and the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) seeking to have the election nullified should it be found that the President was not duly elected. More>>>

Kuffuor leaves empty handed

Talks between the Government and ODM to hammer out a solution to the crisis that has crippled the country collapsed, putting in jeopardy a process that had returned calm to the country. More>>>

UN disowns election memo

By Amos Kareithi, Jan 11 2007
The United Nations has refuted claims that it supported President Kibaki’s victory as alleged by a leaked memo said to have been written by World Bank. In a press conference, the UN denied that it had data that the World Bank used to determine that "Kibaki win was correct". More>>>

More bloodletting after talks deadlock

By a Correspondent, Jan 11 2008
The Orange Democratic Movement will today march to police headquarters to give notice of planned countrywide protests over the disputed presidential election, after crisis talks spearheaded by the African Union head, John Kufour, failed. The party will today release a mass action programme, following the collapse of mediation talks on Thursday.

In a statement to the media, ODM leaders will address a press conference at Pentagon House, "to announce the immediate resumption of countrywide protests." Further, the party has urged the international community to impose sanctions on Kenya since "the government cannot be trusted with a cent." More>>>

Kisumu reduced to a shell

By John Oywa, Jan 11 2008 "
Kisumu ber Kisumo, itera adhi a ne Kisumo! Boda boda suoya Kondele, itera adhi ane dala. Ngege mit Manyatta yawa, itera adhi ane Kisumo!
(Kisumu is such a beautiful city. Kindly take me to see Kisumu. Take me to Kisumu my home. I’m leisurely riding on a boda boda to Kondele! Tilapia is sweeter in Manyatta slums, ooh, take me to Kisumu!).

Singer Suzana Owiyo was probably in high spirits when she composed this chart busting song, popularly known as Kisumu 100. But Owiyo was last week in tears. Her beautiful home city had been defiled by hundreds of looters, protesting discredited presidential election results and consequent swearing-in Mwai Kibaki’s for a second term. Like other Kisumu residents, the singer can hardly recognise Oginga Odinga Street. The opulence and beauty has turned into misery. Tons of filth left behind by fleeing looters bears testimony to the pillage. More>>>

HUMAN FACE OF THE POST ELECTION VIOLENCE IN KENYA. REAL PEOPLE REAL ISSUES...
ODM ELECTION REPORT

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Esther Khaviywa
, 63, says she wants to go home. "My child was killed and is lying at the mortuary. Now I am taking care of my grandchild but we have been starving for the past three days. "I think we will die here by the road, we need help. "I don't know if my house is fine but am sure that if I do not die I can always rebuild my life."

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Cosmas Auka
was forced to flee after a group of men came demanding his head. "My wife was terrified. I jumped out of the window and fled. Luckily I met some armed policemen who guarded me. "Now I do not know what to do. Some of them were my neighbours, they really scared me. "I do not think I can return and live with them again."

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Monica Atieno
fled her home in Mathare slum, east of Nairobi, after Kikuyu youths started hunting for Luo men and women. "I am lucky to be alive. "I think even when peace returns, more should be done to heal the differences that now exist among us after the elections. "People are so divided along ethnic lines at the moment."

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Musyoki Nzuve
left Mathare on Sunday. "A group of Kikuyu men started attacking Luos - I thought I would be spared because I am a Kamba. "But then, no-one was being spared so I fled. We got food which wasn't enough but I slaughtered my goats and chickens and shared."

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Survival for the fittest comes truly alive for these people but pitty the weak, women and children... Kenyans will never forget the day the country was plunged into darkness by fraudulent presidential elections.

'Shoot-to-kill' kills 10 police officers

By Cyrus Ombati and Vitalis Kimutai, Jan 09 2008
Ten police officers, including an OCS, have been killed in post-election violence. Three other officers are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Nairobi’s Muthangari OCS, Chief Inspector Daniel Njuguna Mbugua, succumbed to bullet wounds on Monday at a Nairobi hospital.

Mbugua was shot in Kawangware during a confrontation with protesters opposed to the presidential election results. Witnesses and police said Mbugua was shot in the stomach as he led an anti-riot squad.

Kilimani OCPD, Mr Herbert Khaemba, described the slain officer as hardworking and added that a suspect was being interrogated following the shooting. "It is unfortunate he died while in the line of duty. He was one of my best and most dependable officer," said Khaemba.

Three other officers were killed in different parts of the city during the skirmishes. Two others were stoned to death in Bomet after their vehicle rolled into a ditch as they escaped from rowdy youths.

In western Kenya, two officers died in the post-election clashes. Three police vehicles were burnt in Burnt Forest. Fourteen officers in the vehicles escaped unhurt. The team was headed for Eldoret when they were attacked at an illegal roadblock. More>>>

US Kenyans plan demo

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 10 2008
Further demonstrations in the diaspora against the legitimisation of flawed elections in Kenya are planned. In Washington DC, a group calling itself Kenyans for Justice and Democracy (KJD) are holding a demonstration on Capitol Hill, Washington DC Friday, January 11 starting at 11am to be followed by prayers at Bethwell World Outreach Church, 8252 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 588-8099.

In London, another demonstration starts at Embankment Station at 11 am. Both demos will pitch camp at Kenyan missions to denounce the electoral injustice visited on Kenyans by a corrupt cabal of so called leaders.

Uganda link in Kenyan violence

By Rodney Muhumuza, Emojong Osere & Risdel Kasasira, Jan 09 2008
KENYAN opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday that he had called President Yoweri Museveni to protest what he called the presence of Ugandan gunmen in the lakeside city of Kisumu, where riots erupted in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election. 

The gunmen "have killed quite a number of civilians in Kisumu", Mr Odinga said during an interview on KFM's Hot Seat show on Tuesday evening.

The opposition leader, who claims to have won the disputed  December 27 presidential election, said Kisumu residents had variously reported seeing armed men driven in vehicles with Ugandan registration numbers. But the men were dressed in civilian attire, the Orange Democratic Movement party leader said. Mr Odinga revealed that President Museveni had denied knowledge of the Ugandan military's presence in post-election Kenya. More>>>

Burnt just yards from Kibaki

By Stephen Makabila, Jan 09 2008
President Kibaki came face to face with the post-poll violence when houses were burnt barely 200m from where he was addressing a peace meeting. Addressing victims at Burnt Forest, Kibaki cut short his speech for about five minutes when the arson attack was brought to his attention.

"Angalia, wanachoma nyumba zetu nyuma yako… (Look! They are burning houses behind you)," the crowd shouted. The President turned around to look at the thick smoke billowing in the sky, but appeared not to immediately realise what the crowd was beckoning him to see. He asked, "Ni nini? Wachana na hao wachome, tutaonana nao. (What is it? Let them (arsonists) continue. We will deal with them," he said, when he finally saw the source of the smoke. More>>>

Four presidents and several funerals

By Stephen Makabila, Jan 08 2008
As the dead were being burried across the land, four former African Presidents visited displaced victims of post-election violence in Eldoret, on Tuesday, and appealed to Kenyans to stop fighting and unite to save the country from collapse. The four retired Presidents also said they were ready and willing to offer some counsel on how to enable the country come out of its current political crisis, if leaders from the two political divides asked them to do so.

The four, who were accorded heavy security during their tour, were Mr Joaquim Chisano (Mozambique), Mr Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Mr Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania) and Mr Festus Mogae, (Botswana). "We were shocked to hear what was happening and we have come to witness and console you. We will meet the leadership from the two opposing sides to reflect on our findings," said Chisano, who was the chairman of the team. More>>>

Kivuitu's blunder costs Kenya shs60b

By Shad Bulimo, Jan 08 2008
The cost to the economy of the flawed elections whose result was announced by Samuel Kivuitu, the Electoral Commission of Kenya chairman, has been estimated at shs60billion. Finance Minister, Amos Kimunya said the economy would not be adversely affected as the government has machinery in place to contain the shortfall.

He pointed to the impeding sale of Safaricom shares which will net the Treasury about shs20billion as one such safety net and the fact that neither the stock market nor the foreign exchange market have expereienced any undue shocks. Mr Kimunya said all the sectors - agricultural, tourism, construction and manufacturing - are robust and will shortly regain their levels and ensure the economy continued to grow at an average of 7% . Mr Kumunya was addressing the press in Nairobi yesterday.

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Islamic curse pricks looters:
Looters laden with their illicit bounty in Mombasa. Most have been returning the loot after the owner of a timber shop threatened to issue halibadiri, an Islamic prayer that apparently causes pain. However, Chief Kadhi, Hammad Kassim has adviced people to fear God rather than spiritual invocations. Hecompared the prayer to an illegal Islamic practice known as shirk.

If I don't steal, someone else will...

By a correspondent, Jan 08 2008
Looters have descended on property left behind by those who fled the violence in Kiambaa village of Uasin Gishu District. Armed with machetes and clubs, the looters have been breaking into abandoned houses and seizing valuables left behind.  They sweep anything on their way including beds, clothes, food and utensils. House roofs are being brought down and iron sheets carried away.

“Why shouldn’t I take them?” asked one of the looters who refused to give his name or be photographed. “If I don’t take them, somebody else will. These goats will be eaten by wild animals and that is not good either,” he said. More>>>


UK team in Western Kenya
The British foreign secretary, Mr David Miliband has told the House of Commons that the Department for International Development is monitoring the situation in Kenya closely and has had a team on the ground in Western Kenya. A £1 million contribution to the Red Cross has helped provide shelter for those displaced and to facilitate the major food shipments from Mombasa.. More>>>

Armed militia kill man

Mt Elgon: A villager who was walking to his farm to harvest tomatoes was shot dead by two men suspected to be members of an armed militia group in Mt Elgon District.

Webuye: A woman aged 33, narrowly escaped death after she plunged into a 30-foot pit after stabbing two children. The woman, armed with a knife, attacked the children and injured them seriously after a row with a neighbour.

Samburu: Two herdsmen were shot dead and three others seriously injured during a raid where an estimated 1,000 head of cattle was driven away.

Kuria: Panic hit the residents of Kehancha after a 45-year-old woman, Beatrice Mwango, was burnt beyond recognition on Monday by suspected arsonists. 

Homa Bay: A woman was stabbed to death by someone she suspected of having an affair with her husband. More>>>

Oops! He did it again - Kibaki names cabinet despite scheduled consultations

By Mwai Kibaki, Jan 08 2008

I am pleased to announce part of my Cabinet.  In forming the Cabinet, I have considered the importance of keeping the country united, peaceful and prosperous under a strong, broad-based leadership.  I am accordingly, naming the first half of my Cabinet as follows:

(1) Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs
   
   Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, MP


(2) Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security, Office of the President

   Hon. Professor George Saitoti, MP


(3) Minister of State for Defence, Office of the President
   
   Hon. Yussuf Mohamed Haji, MP
   
   
(4) Minister of State for Special Programmes, Office of the President
   
   Hon. Dr. Naomi Namsi Shaban, MP

 
(5) Minister for Public Service, Office of the President
   
   Hon. Asman Abongotum Kamama, MP
   
   
(6) Minister for Finance

  Hon. Amos Muhinga Kimunya, MP
 
(7) Minister for Education
 
  Hon. Professor Sam Ongeri, MP
 
 
(8) Minister for Foreign Affairs

  Hon. Moses Wetangula, MP
 

(9) Minister for Local Government

   Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, MP
   
   
(10) Minister for Information and Communications
   
   Hon. Samuel Lesuron Poghisio, MP
   
   
(11) Minister for Water and Irrigation

  Hon. John Munyes, MP
 
 
(12) Minister for Energy
 
  Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, MP 


(13) Minister for Roads and Public Works
 
  Hon. John Njoroge Michuki, MP
                  

(14) Minister for Science and Technology
   
   Hon. Noah M. Wekesa, MP
   
   
(15) Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs

   Hon. Martha Karua, MP


(16) Minister for East African Community

   Hon. Dr. Wilfred Machage, MP
   

(17) Minister for Transport

Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, MP
   
   
The remaining ministerial portfolios will be announced in due course. Thank you.

MWAI KIBAKI, C.G.H., MP. President and Commander -In-Chief of the armed forces of the Republic of Kenya. Nairobi 8th January, 2008

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If it was not burnt already, Burnt Forest is now truly burnt - reduced to ashes by post election violence that has claimed over 600 lives as this aerial view shows. RIGHT: An aerial view of displaced persons with what little they could salvage in Eldoret - the worst hit area. Lack of sanitation has caused cholera outbreak in most camps and humanitarian organisations fear that the worst is yet to come.
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Rachael Arungah, chair of the humanitarian committee

Western counts its dead

By Shad Bulimo, Jeff Otieno and Sheila Narutinda, Jan 07 2008
Officially, 63 persons have lost lost their lives in Western Province in the post election violence, according to government estimates. This figure is thought to be extremely conservative as it is only restricted to records from hospitals. Countrywide, the figure given is 486 dead and 255,686 displaced. International agencies have put the figure of the displaced at more than 500,000.

Rift Valley Province, which has witnessed the worst violence, tops with 233 deaths, followed by Nyanza with 91, Nairobi 65, Western 63 and Coast 34. Special Programmes permanent secretary Rachel Arungah, who heads the humanitarian service committee, said of the displaced persons that 203,202 are from the vast Rift Valley Province. The committee also comprises officials from the ministries of Health, Agriculture, Cooperatives and Water. Giving an update on the humanitarian efforts, Ms Arungah said that the Government has so far spent Sh100,985,000 on food and non-food items and Sh3.4 million on medical supplies. More>>>

Witchcraft haunts looters in Mombasa

Youths who had reportedly looted goods from business premises in Mombasa returned them to evade a curse. To avoid arrest, some youths were reported to have returned the goods at night. For the past four days since rowdy youths looted shops to protest against President Kibaki’s second term, reports in Mombasa indicated that those who had participated in looting were allegedly being haunted. More>>>

Eldoret bears brunt of violence

By David Macharia, Jan 07 2008
Post-election violence is threatening to sink Eldoret Town’s development after 30 years of steady growth.  According to Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, businesses have incurred innumerable losses due to the chaos being experienced in the town. 

“The town was enjoying eight per cent economic growth but what has happened has negated the progress,” said the chamber’s Uasin Gishu chairman Charles Mose. His remarks come a day after district commissioner Bernard Kinyua said those displaced by the clashes in the town were more than 150,000. 

A report in yesterday’s Daily Nation said the fast-growing town is facing an unprecedented exodus of traders and investors following the worst form of post-election violence in the country. For unexplained reasons, the town has been the worst hit by the chaos sparked by election rigging claims. More>>>

Kitale mortuary overstretched

By INGONEWS Reporter and agencies, Jan 07 2008
The Kitale Hospital mortuary is overflowing with dead bodies, medical authorities have admitted. Medical Superintendent, Dr Martin Wakwabi said that only six out of 35 bodies had so far been collected and the facility is struggling to cope. Meanwhile evacuation of displaced post-election violence victims began in Kitale yesterday under tight security. At the same time, 20,000 displaced people at a temporary camp in Kachibora complained of poor living conditions. 

Removal of victims began even as the local district hospital’s mortuary was overstretched to capacity with bodies.  The mortuary, which is supposed to hold only nine bodies, had 82 bodies out of which 35 were deemed to be from post-election related violence.  The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Martin Wakwabubi, said only six bodies out of the 35 had been collected.  Dr Wakwabubi said that the bodies had been received from various parts of the expansive Trans Nzoia District.  More>>>

Cholera in Nandi

By a correspondent, Jan 07 2008
Cholera has broken out at a centre hosting victims of post-election violence in Nandi. Three doctors were tackling the disease at Kapsabet police station, Nandi North district commissioner Mabeya Mogaka said.

Mr Mogaka added that the outbreak was occasioned by congestion, leading to poor sanitation at the station.  He said  the Government had evacuated more than 1,000 people who had been displaced.   They were among the 2,100 who had been camping at the police station. They were evacuated under tight military security to safer places in Nakuru and Kisii. More>>>

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Raila calls off rallies

By Shad Bulimo and agencies, Jan 07 2008
Raila Odinga, dubbed the people's president has called off rallies planned for tommorow amid intensified diplomatic activity to solve the crisis. He says he was cheated of victory by President Mwai Kibaki. The police now say that 486 people have died in violence following the polls - up from the previous figure of 350.

Seven people were killed in a shoot-out at a police station on Sunday and there have been further clashes in Mombasa. Some 250,000 people have fled their homes in clashes between rival political supporters, ethnic groups and the police.

"We are now assured that the mediation process is about to start," Mr Odinga said after meeting Washington's top Africa official, Jendayi Frazer. "We are therefore informing our supporters countrywide that there will be no public rallies [on Tuesday]." More>>>

Fear of lynching traps thousands in western

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 07 2008
Abeingo Community Treasurer, Mrs Neccy Kikaya is among thousands of people trapped in western Kenya; unable to travel to Nairobi for fear of being lynched. Mrs Kikaya says that people have been warned that non Kikuyus are being flashed out at Nakuru and Kijabe. "There are no vehicles to ferry people to Nairobi. There is no petrol even to help me get to Eldoret.   So I am stuck up in Western Kenya like many," she wrote.

Disruption spreads to Uganda

By Abraham Odeke, Jan 07 2008
In the Ugandan town of Malaba, not even the sex trade has escaped the shockwaves from the political violence just over the border in Kenya.

"We have lost our customers to these Kenyan girls who have decided to reduce the sex charges," says Claire, who operates a brothel near Dombolo Executive pub.

"Until they return to Kenya we shall continue incurring heavy losses. Every man has focused their attention on the cheaper Kenyans." More>>>

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Kenya United Front's Kareem hands over petition to Kiboi Waituru of the Kenya High Commission in London protesting against the flawed presidential elections

Police kill 7 in Kitale

By George Omonso, Jan 06 2008
Seven people were killed Sunday when gangsters stormed a police station housing displaced people at Cherangany in Trans Nzoia East District.  The estimated 100 raiders armed with AK47 rifles, struck at 5am killing two people. Police returned fire shooting dead five of the raiders. The attackers surrounded Kachibora Police Station and Noigam primary school, which are housing about 3,000 people that have been displaced from their farms in Geta area.

The raiders opened fire on the officers manning the two places before they were overpowered as they tried to drive away an estimated 150 animals.  The livestock belonging to members of a local community had been moved to the police station after their houses were torched in the post-election violence that hit Geta. On Sunday, local district commissioner Seif Matata said security personnel had recovered all the animals. More>>>

4 killed as 300 market stalls are torched in Kisumu

By Walter Menya, Jan 06 2008
Four people sustained gunshot wounds and at least 300 stalls were burnt to ashes in Kibuye Market Sunday, disrupting the calm that was slowly returning to Kisumu after a week of violent protests.  Several businesspeople lost property worth millions in the fire said to have started shortly after midnight. 

Business owners claimed their stalls were set ablaze in a revenge mission after the suspected arsonist’s business premises was allegedly looted about a week ago. “He vowed to destroy our stalls and he has kept his word,” said Mr Thomas Odhiambo, a carpenter who lost his machines in the inferno.  The angry traders set out to avenge the destruction of their property, torching the house of the suspected arsonist a short distance away from where their businesses had stood. More>>>

UK Kenyans denounce flawed elections

By Shad Bulimo, London, Jan 05 2008
Kenyans across the UK braved the winter chill to turn out in large numbers to demonstrate against the flawed presidential elections in Kenya last week. A capacity crowd estimated at 200 marched from the Houses of Parliament (Westminster) in London to Number 10 Downing Street (the prime minister’s official residence) to hand over a petition. The protesters then moved on to the Kenyan High Commission in London where they pitched camp and for four hours denounced Mwai Kibaki’s occupancy of the presidency as illegitimate. Chants of “Kenyans want justice” rent the air and when asked when they want the justice, they answered in unison “We want it now”. The crowd was representative of the rainbow nation that is Kenya. I saw Kikuyus, Luhyas, Luos, Asians, Arabs, Somalis, Whites, Luhyas, among other Kenyan communities.

The protesters petitioned the UK government to intervene so that Mwai Kibaki agrees to international mediation and forms an interim government of national unity to oversee a re-run of presidential elections. The petition highlighted the election irregularities that it said was part of an elaborate scheme to rig elections. Before starting the demonstration, ODM UK Chapter chairman, Charles Bosire, asked the protesters to observe a one minute silence in honour of those who have lost their lives in the on-going skirmishes across Kenya.

Raila agrees to talks with Kibaki

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 06 2007
Opposition leader, Raila Odinga has agreed to talk to Mwai Kibaki, the disputed president, to chart a way out of teh current impasse that is tearing Kenya asunder. Mr Odinga has urged that such talks should be under the auspices of an international mediator but Preident Kibaki does not appear comfortable with a mediator.

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President Mwai Kibaki and Archbishop Desmond Tutu after meeting this morning in Nairobi. Kibaki has rejected a transitional government suggested by ODM as a solution.

Election rerun a possibility

By a correspondent, Jan 04 2008
The opposition in Kenya has called for a re-run of the presidential election last week, which it says was rigged. An opposition spokesman said President Mwai Kibaki should step aside, and a transitional administration should hold elections within three months.

A government spokesman indicated that Mr Kibaki might accept fresh elections, under certain conditions. More than 300 people died in violence following the election. The UN says another 180,000 have been displaced. The head of the UN office for humanitarian affairs in Nairobi says that around half-a-million people are in acute need of assistance. More>>>

US deploys top diplomat

America’s top most official for Africa is due in Kenya today to help set up talks between President Kibaki and his rival Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). At the same time, ODM have insisted their protest rally today will go on at Uhuru Park, and that the rallies will continue until President Kibaki concedes defeat.

US assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Frazer is expected to arrive in Nairobi later this afternoon to help bring the two parties to a negotiation table. The US and the European Union are understood to be pushing the ODM and President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) to settle for a form of a coalition government as a way of settling the presidential election impasse. More>>>

VIOLENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Universities and schools postpone opening

30 state offices burnt down

Five killed by police yesterday

Two Kisumu MP's - Olago Aluoch and Shakeel Shabbir - arrested

George Bush calls for end to violence

MISSING PERSON: GOOD NEWS

DIANA AMBEYI-SIMS HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE AND WELL. SHE ARRIVED BACK IN THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY AND THANKS EVERYONE FOR SHOWING CONCERN. PRAY FOR PEACE IN KENYA, SHE SAYS.

HAVE YOU SEEN DIANA AMBEYI-SIMS FROM THE USA?

My name is Ivette C. Garcia and I am a friend and co-worker of Diana Ambeyi-Sims. Has anyone heard from her in the last five days? She contacted me from Kenya on December 29th and said she was in Nairobi with her husband and would be arriving in the USA on January 1, 2008. I have not been able to contact her since. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact the editor urgently or Ivette Garcia urgenly on cg12@aol.com

UK Kenyans to hold demo on Saturday

Arrangements have been finalised for demonstration on Saturday, January 05 2008. The procession assembles at Westminister Station at 11 am. A press release from ODM UK chapter chairman, Charles Bosire, said London police have already issued the necessary permits. All Kenyans and friends of Kenya are urged to attend the peaceful rally to protest against the death of democratic governance in Kenya.

KUF demo date

Kenya United Front (KUF) is organising a demo on Friday 4th January outside Kenya High Commission in London - 45 Portland Place, London W1. A press release from KUF secretary, Bwantumu Swaleh said the demo is in protest against ballot rigging during the general election.

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European tour operators cancel trips to Kenya

By INGONEWS Reporter and agencies, Jan 03 2008
Tour operators across Europe have cancelled all trips to Kenya with immediate effect. The suspension of all non essential travel to Kenya comes in the wake of the violence that has engulfed the East African nation since the disputed presidential elections on Dec 28, 2007.

Following a meeting of major operators, the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) announced the suspension until Saturday, adding that a decision on holidays after that date would be made in the next few days. "Following advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (tour operators are) suspending holidays to Kenya with departures due up to and including Saturday 5 January due to the current political unrest," it said. More>>>

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Wako calls for inquiry

By Shad Bulimo, Jan 03 2007
The debacle over the controversial elections in Kenya assumed a new dimension today with the call by the attorney general, Mr Amos Wako for an independent inquiry into the disputed elections. Mr Wako is the government's chief legal advisor and his intervention may be read as a script sanctioned by President Mwai Kibaki. Meanwhile, the Nobel Laureate, Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, arrived in Nairobi this morning to try and broker peace between ODM leader, Raila Odinga and Kibaki.

Airlines hit by election violence

By Peter Opiyo, Jan 02 2008
Pre-election anxiety and post-election violence have hit the airline business hard. An Immigration officer at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, told The Standard that the number of passengers jetting into the country started dwindling a day before the elections and had significantly gone down.

Flights from various cities around the world have a few passengers due to the uncertainty and insecurity the ongoing violence portends.

An airline official who sought anonymity said: "Some of the planes land with as few as ten people. Though some airlines cite other factors, they concede that violence has largely affected flights." More>>>

9 ministers clash with journalists

By Samuel Otieno and Morton Saulo, Jan 02 2008
A press conference by nine Cabinet ministers called over violence ended in disarray after they clashed with journalists. The ministers, who spoke at the office of Internal Security minister, Mr John Michuki, almost came to blows with journalists after they were pressed to substantiate claims that the Opposition was fanning post-election violence.

The ministers were Prof George Saitoti (Education), Prof Kivutha Kibwana (Lands), Mr Morris Dzoro (Tourism and Wildlife), and Mr Henry Obwocha (Planning). Others were Assistant ministers, Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mr Peter Munya, Mr Joseph Kingi, Ms Betty Tett and Mrs Beth Mugo. More>>>

Lawyers to contest flawed poll results

By Standard Reporters, jan 02 2008
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) will move to court to challenge President Kibaki’s re-election. LSK Chairman, Mr Okong’o O’Mogeni, said this was in accordance with the LSK Act that gives the lawyers’ organisation the mandate to help the public on legal issues. "LSK has concluded that the electoral process was flawed," said O’Mogeni on the telephone. More>>>

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Raila drops preconditions for talks

By Standard Team, Jan 02 2008
ODM leader, Raila Odinga has dropped the preconditions he had earlier set for talks, and declared that he was agreeing to international mediation, through which he would negotiate with Kibaki. Raila also said he was willing to participate in an interim government whose only purpose would be to prepare for a re-run of the presidential election.

"The interim government should last no more than three months," he said, adding that such a poll should be conducted by an independent body and not the ECK, which has been discredited as partisan and whose members are President Kibaki’s appointees. Raila’s roadmap to get the country out of the abyss it is slowly sinking into came even as suspicion, mistrust, and arrogance were evident in the PNU and his own party. More>>>

Brute force cancels 1-million-man march

By Shad Bulimo, Jan 03 2008
The much-vaunted one million-man peace rally in Nairobi was cancelled after riot police took siege of the venue and blocked all roads leading to Uhuru Park. The draconian measures ensured that no one was able to break the police cordon leading to its cancellation by the ODM High Command. Instead, police engaged all day in skirmishes with Raila's supporters who attempted to come to Uhuru Park. The sight of thousands of armed police parading their instruments of state terror was reminescent of the early 1990's when retired president, Daniel arap Moi used brutal force to crash any attempt at seeking democratisation of political institutions in Kenya. President Kibaki is a beneficiary of the sacrifice brave Kenyans made during those dark days and it is amazing why he now wishes to be buried next to Robert Mugabe, Mobutu Sese Seko, Idi Amin, to name but a few of Africa's dictators.

THE HUMAN COST OF ELECTION VIOLENCE
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The only thing we are good at is killing each other. The human cost of stupid decisions that is is the bane of African politicians, however highly "educated" . The people whose lives have been cut shot and property destroyed as captured in these images may have nothing at all to do with politics. They may not even have voted for this or that candidate. But that did not matter when silly decisions by Samuel Kivuitu are made. Whaever else he says, is too little too late....

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Lib Dems call for sanctions

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The Liberal Democrats in the UK have called for the imposition of sanctions on Kenya and its suspension from the Commonwealth if the government does not allow a recount in public of all the votes within two weeks. Lib Dems leader, Nick Clegg said the situation in Kenya is so serious that the only solution would be a recount of all the votes in open. However, Foreign Secretary, David Miliband is not warming up to the idea just yet preferring to push for a diplomatic solution. Yesterday, Miliband and Condoleezza Rice, US Foreign Secretary, appealed for the two sides to sit and talk peace.

AU head in Nairobi over violence talks with Kibaki, Raila

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By Shad Bulimo and agencies, Jan 02 2008
As post election violence in Kenya continues to destroy the country and plant ethnic animosities, diplomatic efforts have been stepped at the international level. Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister has again made phone calls to President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, and offered to broker a solution such as forming a government of national unity. Mr Brown is also working with the Ghanaian President, John Kuffuor, the current African Union President who is leading a joint AU-Commonwealth mission to Nairobi. Mr Kuffuor will meet Raila, Kibaki and Kalonzo Musyoka to try and broker a solution to the current impasse. More>>>

The human cost of the Kenyan violence

° 11 members of one family killed in Mombasa

° 50 people burnt alive in a church in Eldoret

° 100,000 displaced countrywide

° 350 killed in three days

° Affected areas include: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret, Homa Bay, Molo, Kisii, Burnt Forest, Kuresoi, Mumias, Busia, Bungoma, Kericho, Kapsabet, etc

° Food and fuel shortages across the country

° Six people hacked to death in 30 minutes at Huruma, Nairobi

° 19 women raped and several men sodomised

° Epidemic looming in Kisumu

° Uganda reports fuel shortages and so is Central Kenya

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Kivuitu confesses election fraud

By a correspondent, Jan 01 2008
"I do not know whether Kibaki won the election." These shocking words from Electoral Commission of Kenya chairman, Samwel Kivuitu, dispel any doubts that lingered over the extent of electoral fraud by Kibaki's agents and makes his occupation of State House illegal. More>>>

Kenyans in UK hold demo

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 01 2008
Kenyans across the UK marched to Number 10 Downing Street to hand a petition to Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister in protest against the fraudulent elections that saw Kibaki sworn in for second term despite huge discrepancies in the vote tally.

Kibaki calls for urgent meeting of all parties

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 01 2007
President Kibaki has called on all parties to meet immediately to resolve the impasse over the legitimacy of his re-election. It has emerged that Mr Kalonzo Musyoka has spoken to both Kibaki and Odinga and could play a pivotal role in brokering any deal. Meanwhile Britain has adviced its citizens in Kenya to avoid Nairobi and Kisumu except for essential travel. Some tourists have cut shot their stay in Kenya fearing the worst.

Kenyans in UK to hold demo

Kenyans in the UK will hold a demostration in London on Saturday over the flawed electoral process and hand a petition to 10 Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister's official residence. A press statement from Hillary, Rono, the coordinator, called on all Kenyans to meet at Westminster tube station at 11 am on Saturday, January 5, 2008 where the procession will start, stopping at 10 Downing Street and ending at the Kenya High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W1. For info: Hillary Rono (02083619033), Lilian Awuor (07958568817) and C. Onyiego 07960908037

Raila okays presidential re-run

By INGONEWS Reporter, Jan 01 2008
Mr Raila Odinga has said he is willing to meet President Kibaki on condition he resigns. In an interview with Aljazeera he said he was also willing to accept a re run of the presidential elections but not parliamentary but only if the Electoal Commission of Kenya is independent. Raila has called on Kenyans to assemble at Uhuru Park on Thursday, Jan 3 2008 for what he calls a peaceful rally. However, Commissioner of Police, Maj Gen Mohammed Hussein Ali has warned that he would not allow any political rallies thus heigthening tensions. Meanwhile, uneasy calm returned to the streets of Nairobi amid reports of food shortages and humanitarian tragedy. Red Cross reported it is unable to cope with the scale of the services required.

EU Observers giving their verdict on elections

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EU calls Kibaki's re-election fraudulent

By a Correspondent, Jan 01 2007
The European Union Election observers have judged the Kenyan presidential elections fraudulent. In a press conference in Nairobi today, Mr Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, the spokesman, said they were far from convinced from the legitimacy of President Kibaki after witnessing glaring discrepancies in the tallying process by the Electoral Commission of Kenya. In one example, Mr Lambsdorff said, he was present in Molo when the returning officer made the announcement of presidential votes but the figure released by ECK was 20,000 votes higher. Mr Lambsdorff, said though Kenyans had high expectations about the election, the exercise fell short of the UN Charter on Civil and Political Rights which Kenya had subscribed to. "There must be a full audit of the presidential results and the results published in the press and internet," he demanded. More>>>

Election commissioners own up to vote rigging

By a Correspondent, Jan 01 2008
Four Electoral Commission of Kenya officials have spilled further beans on the dirty tricks they employed to rig elections. Pricked by their consciences, the four - Messrs Jack Tumwa from Bungoma, Mr D.A. Ndamburi, Mr Samuel arap Ngeny and Mr Jeremiah Matagaro - called for an independent inquiry to establish the truth at which they'll appear as witnesses. More>>>

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40 burnt alive in Eldoret church

By a Correspondent, Jan 01 2008
A church sheltering refugees from the post-election violence has been set ablaze in Eldoret, killing at least 40 people believed to be Kikuyu, news agencies have reported. Most of the dead are women and children. The congregation, mostly of women and children, had sought refuge at the Kenya Assemblies of God church, before their aggressors set it on fire. The women and children were fleeing from their homes which had been burnt in earlier attacks. More>>>

Brown urges Kibaki, Raila to form joint govt

By Shad Bulimo, Jan 01 2008
Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister has spoken to President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga and urged them to find a way in which both could form a government of national unity and avert the sprawling violence. Mr Brown said the violence currently engulfing the country must stop and the two leaders should come up with a solution. He said he was in constant touch with both combatants. Meanwhile, The US and Canada have also joined the chorus condemning the elections.

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Jack Tumwa and DA Ndamburi of ECK giving their side of the dirty rigging story
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