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Vote by MPs to withdraw from ICC not binding - Wako

By our correspondent, Dec 23 2010
Attorney General Amos Wako has warned that the passing of a Motion by MPs calling Kenya to withdraw from the Rome Statute does not necessarily bind the Government to withdraw from the ICC. "Parliament was merely expressing its feelings on the matter. They don’t necessary bind the Government," Wako told The Standard. The Attorney General further noted that even if the Government agrees with the decision made by Parliament, they have to give a one-year notice to the United Nations. This means that withdrawal from the ICC at this stage would not stop the case against the six individuals from proceeding. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raila Odinga runs the risk of being seen to be playing to both sides of the political gallery. While members of his ODM party supported the Motion and earlier expressed its willingness to raise funds to pay legal fees for party chairman Henry Kosgey, one of the ‘Ocampo Six’, Raila told a local television station the Government does not wish to pull out of ICC. Condemnation of the MPs’ action has also come from a US-based Kenyan law expert who told Voice of America (VOA) the decision was ridiculous and would make Kenya a pariah State if Kibaki followed through with writing to UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon. Joab Okello, administrative judge for the US State of New York, also asked Kenyans to protest the decision by the legislators. "I was outraged by that move because Kenya cannot afford to be a pariah state. We are one of the most important countries in Africa, and we’ve maintained that for years. And, for Parliament to pass this Motion, just because six people have been indicted, is outrageous," he said. More...

Alfred Khang'ati
Kanduyi MP, Alfred Khang'ati. Ocampo Six should carry their own cross.

More than half of MPs to be dumped at poll - survey

More than half of Kenyans would not re-elect their current members of parliament if elections were to be held today. An opinion poll released by Infotrak a research group show that only 56 percent of Kenyans were unhappy with their Mps performance. Infotrak poll reveals that more than half of Kenyans are categorical that they would not re-elect their current members or parliament while a further 16 per cent are undecided. Previous statistics have shown that 70 per cent of the sitting Mps are not re-elected to parliament. While releasing the poll results in Nairobi Thursday, Infotrak Director Angela Ambitho said that Prime Minister Raila Odinga, MPs Martha Karua and William Ruto were the top three politicians who have impressed Kenyans most in the tenth parliament. More...

Kanduyi MP asks Ocampo Six to carry own cross

By Wanyonyi wa Wasike, Dec 23 2010
Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime-Minister Alfred Khang'ati has told the six Kenyans on the ICC Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo's list to carry their own cross. Khang'ati said it's wrong for people mentioned in Ocampo's list to begin waging a propaganda war against the ICC adding that justice has to be meted out equally. Addressing a youth forum in Bungoma, the Kanduyi MP questioned whether those mentioned in the post-election violence report are more important than the lives lost and thousands of Kenyans displaced during the skirmishes. "Let our leaders also take precautions while trying to defend the six. Let us ask ourselves, are they more important than the 1,300 killed and the more than 600,000 displaced during the post-election violence. Let us allow justice to take its cause," said Khang'ati. The five-day workshop, being held at Bungoma Boys High School has drawn over 3000 youths from Bungoma County and is being sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme {UNDP} in association with the Office of the Prime-Minister. More...


Wamalwa shock at drugs link: Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa has said he was shocked his name was banded among leading international drug traffickers. “I thought my ears were not hearing right,” said the Saboti MP, responding to Juja MP, William Kabogo who outed him in Parliament. He asked that he be allowed to read the document and give a personal statement at the next sitting. More.
Western Kenya human rights body defends US envoy

By Wanyonyi wa Wasike, Dec 22 2010
As parliament debated on a motion censuring and seeking the recall of US Ambassador to Kenya, the Western Kenya Human Rights Watch {WKHRW} group has come to the defence of US ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannenberger  and told off Mps pushing for the recalling of the envoy. In a strongly-worded statement, the rights group defended the embattled envoy over the heat generated from from the Wikileaks cables that exposed grand corruption in the high levels of the grand coalition government. The group's Executive-Director Job Bwonya said that Rannenberger exposed the truth and told president Mwai Kibaki and Prime-Minister Raila Odinga to deal with the matter instead of trying to hide the facts. "The two principals are under an obligation to fight corruption and defend our institutions against the vice.Let them advise Mps in their ranks to desist from unneccessarily attacking the ambassador who's only a servant," said Bwonya. More...

Michael Rannenberger
Michael Rannenberger, the US ambassador to Kenya. MPs are calling for his expulsion but Western Kenya Human Rights Watchdog has come to his defence in the wake of WikiLeaks cables scandals.

Pastor charged with Sodomy: A pastor has been charged before a Kibera court with sodomy. However, Nicholas Kitungu Mwendwa denied the charge of committing unnatural offence with another male before Senior Principal Magistrate Grace Nzioka. More...
Two robbers lynched in Mt Elgon by angry mob

By our correspondent, Dec 22 2010
Two suspected robbers have been beaten up and lynched by an angry mob at a village in Mt Elgon District. The two were allegedly part of a gang of six that attacked Kamasielo Village and stole Sh5,000 from a woman. They also allegedly chopped off the ear of a young child. Villagers responded to the women’s cries for help and attacked the six men with stones and whips, killing the two on Wednesday. The other four gang members escaped and are being pursued by police. Residents have been complaining about increased insecurity in the area and have called for improved police patrols. In Marakwet, two people were arrested after they robbed a matatu driver of Sh200 at the weekend. More...

Villagers responded and cornered the two robbers and killed them by mob justice

Minister, 3 MPs named as high profile drug lords sought by US

By David Ochami, Dec 22 2010
Four MPs and a businessman have been named as the high profile Kenyans whose alleged involvement in narcotics trade was under probe following a secret US dossier. Trade Assistant Minister Harun Mwau, Kisauni MP Hassan Joho, Makadara MP Gidion ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi, and Juja MP William Kabogo were named as the MPs who are being investigated over links to drug trafficking. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, who made the sensational announcement on the floor of Parliament yesterday, also said Mombasa businessman Ali Punjani was also being probed over trade in narcotics. Rising on a point of order, Kisauni MP Joho defended himself and demanded that his name be expunged from the list because investigations were incomplete. Punjani is remembered for making a personal contribution of Sh6 million at a fundraising organised by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, last year, for residents of Faza Island in the Lamu Archipelago whose houses were burnt. At the fundraising Joho also gave Sh1 million in cash, as his personal contribution. More...

Harun Mwau, Hassan Joho, William Kabogo and Mike Mbuvi
In an unprecedented move, the government has named the four MPs above as being under investigation for suspected international drug trafficking. Below, Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa, was also named by Juja MP.
Eugene Wamalwa
Shock as Saboti MP is linked to global drug trafficking

By our correspondent, Dec 22 2010
Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa has sensationally been named by embattled Juja MP, William Kabogo as being in the list of high profile drug traffickers compiled by US ambassador, Michael Ranneberger. Mr Kabogu, who was one of four MPs named by Prof George Saitoti, the internal security minister in Parliamaent yesterday, also named Kamukunji legislator Simon Mbugua as also in the dossier the US envoy handed over to KACC. The MPs claimed they were innocent, saying they are victims of political conspiracies and smear campaign. The Kisauni MP, who was among those calling for the names of the alleged drug lords be disclosed, claimed he was a victim of a smear campaign. Powerful forces With tears welling in his eyes, he said, "I have never dealt in drugs. I support the rule of law. If the Americans have evidence against us they have the right to come and pick us," Joho said angrily. Wamalwa claimed that, "as a presidential aspirant" he believes he is a victim of "powerful forces out there" that he claims have fixed him. Kabogo had claimed the Saboti MP is accused of assisting "a suspect waive Sh2 million duty on containers". Meanwhile, Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale was also expelled from the chamber of Parliament for engaging in a "shouting match" with Speaker Kenneth Marende. More...

Kenyans fall prey to credit card ticketing scam in US

By Chris Wamalwa, Dec 22 2010
Some Kenyans living abroad planning to travel home for Christmas are the latest victims of a credit card fraudsters. The scandal, which involves the purchase of air tickets from a ‘travel agent’ in Kenya apparently paid for by credit cards stolen in the US, could reinforce the perception Kenya is a hub of international crimes. It also comes at a time several Kenyans are serving prison sentences in the US over tax evasions and credit card frauds. A Mr Eric Omollo, whose mobile phone contact is shown by some of those he has conned, is advertised abroad as offering the cheapest airline tickets. Even though he has no physical contacts, it is believed that thousands of people have used his services. More...

MPs vote to pull Kenya out of ICC

By Njeri Rugene, Dec 22 2010
Kenyan MPs on Wednesday night rallied behind a motion seeking to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute. The MPs fully supported the motion by Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto for Kenya to cease being a signatory to the statute which creates the International Criminal Court. Only Gichugu MP Martha Karua disagreed. And during the debate on Wednesday night, MPs poured vitriol on the ICC and its chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. The motion had been thrown out on Tuesday by Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim for violating the constitution but Ruto amended it to suit constitutional requirements. More...

Saitoti reveals attempts on his life as Ouko report is trashed

By Alex Ndegwa, Dec 22 2010
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti spoke for the first time about attempts on his life two decades ago when he served as Vice-President in the Kanu regime. Saitoti broke his silence yesterday in Parliament when he tore into a report by a select committee, which investigated the murder of then Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko. Parliament eventually trashed the report arising from a 2004 probe into Dr Ouko’s murder, questioning its credibility. MPs concluded that the report, which named top officials in the Kanu regime, is based on hearsay and named individuals without corroborating the evidence. MPs cited the divisions within the committee over the recommendations to push for its rejection. Only six of 10 members signed the report More...

AFTER FOUR MONTHS LIVING AT A CIRCUMCISION HUT (MWIKOMBE), GRADUATION TIME FOR CIRCUMCISION INITIATES OF THE BAKOBOLO CLAN IN BUKUSU IS ONE OF THE MOST COLOURFUL. KNOWN AS KULICHA, THE CEREMONY IS A FESTIVE AFFAIR CHARACTERISED BY SONG, DANCE, BUSAA DRINKING AND UNFETTERED LIBERTIES. Photos by Westfm
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Initiates are led from the circumcision hut (mwikombe) to the dancing grounds during Kulicha ritual in Bukusu. More...
Bakobolo
Free for all, men and women of Bakobolo clan gyrate to the rhythm of litungu lyre) during Kulicha (circumicsion graduation) ceremony.
busaa drinking in Bukusu
Kulicha ritual is not complete without Busaa (traditional Luhya brew) but no one is supposed to drink silly. More...
kulicha graduates
The Kulicha dance where initiates dance naked to show off their manhood and demonstrate the successful rite of passage. More...
Church supports Ocampo, opens new battle ground with politicians over ICC

By our correspondents, Dec 21 2010
Leaders of the Church are finding their voice as the storm kicked off by the naming of the "Ocampo Six" reaches a crescendo. The churches have accused politicians of trivialising the International Criminal Court (ICC) process and warned that the debate over the naming of the ‘Ocampo Six’ could lead the country down the familiar road of tribal animosity. By describing the approach a majority politicians have adopted towards the ICC process as "misguided", the church leaders appeared to be drawing new battle lines pitting them against politicians. In what appeared to be a synchronised move, church organisations, including the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Kenya Episcopal Conference released statements yesterday dwelling on the ICC process on Kenya. The church leaders said ICC investigations must run their course as part of a co-ordinated effort to bring justice to victims of the 2007-08 violence that followed a disputed presidential election. he church leaders were addressing a news conference at Jumuia Place, Nairobi, which was also attended by Evangelical Alliance of Kenya General Secretary, Willy Mutiso and the presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Stephen Kaniaru. More...

Eliud Wabukala
Church Leaders led by the head of teh Anglican Church in Kenya, Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala (centre) and secretary general of National Churches of Kenya, Rev Canon Peter Karanja (right), addressing the press on the ICC process at Jumuia Place, Nairobi, Tuesday. Photo: Moses Omusula

Lasting solution for Busia tanker congestion: Track drivers in Busia town will soon have a reason to smile after the Busia Municipal council purchased a five acre piece of land to be used as a parking yard for the trucks opposite Korinda prison's gate. Busia Mayor Mr. John Ojiolloh disclosed that the Municipal Council had identified three investors who up to now are still doing a feasibility study and will come very soon. "We have given three investors time to do their estimate to determine if we can sign an agreement for public private partnership," he said. More...
House adopts Ligale report despite PNU protests

By David Ochami, Dec 21 2010
Amid sharp divisions, Parliament Tuesday evening adopted findings of the defunct boundaries commission in a report recommending they would form the basis of future review of electoral units. Cabinet ministers Robinson Njeru Githae (Nairobi Metropolitan) and Mutula Kilonzo of Justice opposed the report arguing the House could not debate it because the matter is in court and that the report was unconstitutional. Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, headed by Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, prepared the report and tabled it in Parliament. In a departure from tradition, the committee vice-chairman Njoroge Baiya (Githunguri) tore into the IIBRC’s findings despite claiming to support his team’s recommendations. Moving the Motion to adopt the report Namwamba said the committee adopted the report unanimously, but Baiya baffled the House by launching tirades into the report and the Interim Independent Boundaries Review’s report. More...

Githunguri MP supports the report then tears into it with a silly tirade

Kenyan mayor in Canada to vie for top political office

By Walter Menya, Dec 21 2010
By successfully running for the White House, President Barack Obama not only made history, but also inspired many who have since followed in his footsteps. One such person is James Atebe who in 2008 was re-elected mayor of Mission in the province of British Columbia in western Canada for a second time. He is much like President Obama who started from a humble background at the Illinois State Senate before having a shot at the White House. “If a do a good job my citizens will tell me to move up the (political) ladder,” he said at the offices of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Tuesday. If this comes to pass, he would be eyeing a seat in the Provincial legislature. Mr Atebe is in the country for holidays and will be visiting Ekerenyo Village in North Mugirango, the place where he was born and brought up. No matter how many miles he stays away from his ancestral home, Mr Atebe has fond memories of Kenya and the weather. “When I arrive home, I would want to take off my shoes and walk bare feet in my mum’s farm,” he joked on Tuesday. Mr Atebe went to Canada after his A-levels at Homa Bay School, to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary in 1984. Here, Mr Atebe studied with Stephen Harper the man who is now the Prime Minister of Canada. More...

Mr James Atebe was a classmate of Stephen Harper the man who is now the Prime Minister of Canada.
James Atebe Marita
James Atebe, the Kisii-born mayor of Mission, a town in British Colombia, Canada now wants to view for premier. He says his dream is inspired by President Barrack Obama of USA.

100 girls saved from circumcision in Mt Elgon

By Eric Ngobilo, Dec 21 2010
More than 100 teenage girls who had been identified for circumcision in Mt Elgon have been saved by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake officials. The girls, who were set to face the knife in Kamuneru location are now being counselled at a secondary school. Mt Elgon District Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson Jennifer Mbatian said some of the girls were traumatised as they had undergone preparations for the rite. “Some were threatened with death if they tried to escape,” she said. She said some of the rescued girls had been disowned by their parents. More...

Gangsters hack pastor to death in Nyamira, Kisii

By our correspondent, Dec 21 2010
A Seventh Day Adventist pastor was killed by gangsters in Nyamira County at the weekend. Mr Edward Orina Momanyi was slashed several times by armed men who raided his home in Gesore Village, Nyamira Township. His wife was critically injured during the attack. The injured woman was taken to the district hospital where she was admitted while unconscious. Police said she sustained a deep cut on the head when she tried to rescue her husband from the gang. Police said on Monday they have not established the motive of the attack on the elderly couple. Neighbours said that the attackers, who allegedly posed as uniformed security officers, attacked the home at 8pm and killed Mr Orina. More...


Mumias CEO to run football: Sports Minister Paul Otuoma formed a seven-man team to run the national football team for the next two years. Apart from the Commissioner for Sport Gordon Oluoch, all the other members are drawn from the private sector. They include: Multichoice Kenya general manager Stephen Isaboke, Vision 2030 boss Mugo Kibati, Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda, Bidco CEO Vimal Shah and Richard Omwela, the Kenya Rugby Football Union chairman and managing partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews. More...
Abitakho form a council of elders

By John Kabaka, Dec 15 2010
The Luhya communities have finally decided that unity is the surest way of achieving socio-economic goals. The 18 houses of the community have formed their council of elders with each house having a representative, under the umbrella of luhtheya council of elders forum. The Bidakho community have come out and formed its council of elders in a bid to foster unity and improve the living standards of its people, so as to be able to push a similar agenda as that of the rest of the 18 houses. It’s a launch that was attended by a number of other house leaders with over 250 bidakho attending. The UASU Chairman, Prof. Sammy Kubasu was chosen by the luhya council of elders as the Chairman of the Bidakho Council of Elders, Mr. Paul Swinnwerstone was chosen as the council’s Secretary General, Mr. Fred Munzala was chose as the Vice-Chairman, with Mr. Andrew Lumula as the treasurer. Speaking at the launch of the council, the chosen Chairman Prof. Kubasu said unity was the way to go and and a divided luhya community will just remain in its comfortable zones without any developments. Kubasu implored for the unity of Western province leaders and urged members of parliament to come on board and help promote Lluhya unity. More...

Each of the 18 houses of Luhya community will have its own Council of Elders in an effort to drive Luhya unity

Sammy Kubasu
Prof Sammy Kubasu, the sacked Masinde Muliro University lecturer has been elected the chairman of Abitakho Council of Elders.
James Omondi drowned at Busia Dam
Curious onlookers stare at the body of James Omondi, the 19 year old student who drowned at a dam belonging to Busia Agricultural Institute yesterday. Photo: Frankline Bwire
19 year old drowns in a Busia dam

By Frankline Bwire, Dec 15 2010
A 19 year old boy died after drowning at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre dam in Busia County after efforts from friends fail. James Omondi who was a student at St.Mathias High School had gone to the dam with friends to swim before the tragedy occurred. According to the step mother Mrs. Rose Auma, the boy moved out to play with his friends after their 3pm lunch before one of his friends came back with information that Omondi had died. "I never knew he had gone to the dam to swim, from the way they moved out," she said. Some of the residents who were at the scene disclosed that the boys were swimming at the dam before one of them was carried away by the water. More...

The deceased was a student at St Mathias

ODM to stand by Ocampo six

By Walter Menya, Dec 15 2010
The Orange Democratic Movement will stand by its chairman Henry Kosgey and the other five people named as the suspected masterminds of the 2007/2008 post election violence. A joint national executive council and parliamentary group meeting of the party Thursday resolved to support the six only a day after Chief prosecutor of the International Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo made public his intention to charge the suspects. Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, who read the statement at the end of the meeting also appealed for calm and unity “on the face of this new challenge". Mr Kosgey is the ODM national chairman and William Ruto co-deputy. “ODM ishes to express its solidarity with all the six persons named by the Prosecutor in the belief that each and every one of them is entitled to the secure protection of the law including the right to fair hearing,” said Mr Mudavadi. The others named by the prosecutor on Wednesday are Kass FM radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, head of civil service Francis Muthaura and former police commissioner Hussein Ali. More...

Hassan Joho and Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi, the deputy prime minister and Hassan Joho, Kisauni MP addressing the press to express solidarity with Henry Kosgey, the ODM chairman and five others named by ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo yesterday as bearing the most culpability in Kenya's post election violence of 2008 that left over 1,500 people dead and 600,000 displaced. Photo: Stephen Mudiari
Plague kills 35 in Uganda, Kenya on high alert

By our correspondent, Dec 16 2010
The epidemic that hit northern Uganda causing panic across the border has been identified as plague. The epidemic, which is spread from rodents to humans by fleas, killed 35 people in Kitgum, Uganda. Kitgum borders Turkana district where health officials were on the alert after the epidemic was reported in Uganda. The Director for Public Health and Sanitation, Dr Shahnaaz Sharif, told the Nation Ugandan health authorities had identified the disease. He said experts had been sent to contain the disease. “Kenya is safe and there is no cause for alarm,” Dr Sharif said, adding that the disease was not highly contagious. The World Health Organisation says plague kills between 30 and 60 per cent of those infected, if left untreated. Its symptoms could easily be confused for another infections such as common flu. The diseases manifests itself in many forms, though the bubonic plague is the most common. More...

Turkana, Kitale face the highest risk of infection

Ocampo SixDubbed the Ocampo Six, the above individuals were yesterday named as bearing the most culpabability in the murder of over 1,500 Kenyans following the disputed presidential elections of 2007. They include finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, the suspended higher education minister, Henry Kosgey, the industrialisation minister, Francis Mutahura, Head of Civil Service, Major General Hussein Ali, the then Police Commissioner and KASS FM journalist, Joshua Sang.
Ocampo strikes at the heart of Kenyatta royalty

By our correspondents, Dec 15 2010
Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo's push for six prominent Kenyans, among them, two senior ministers to be tried for crimes against humanity struck like thunderbolt. But as Kenya shook in shock with reality sinking in, Parliament rallied itself behind what it said was defence of Kenya’s sovereignty while the outer world led by US President Barack Obama called for co-operation with ICC. But those named swiftly declared their innocence and readiness to voluntarily appear at The Hague if needed to clear their names. Though the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor had made it obvious he would name his suspects yesterday, the reaction of Kenyans, including those named and the President, was one of consternation, shock and awe. Why? Ocampo struck at the heart of the Cabinet, naming Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who doubles up as the Finance Minister, Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey, who is the Orange Democratic Movement’s chairman, and Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura, who reports to the President daily. More...

Abeingo Community Network held 4th UK Lottery-sponsored workshop on Sunday, December 12 2010 in London


Economic Empowerment Opportunities and Incentives Available to the Diaspora as a result of Kenya's New Constitution

By our reporter, Dec 14 2010
The workshop held at the Churchill Gardens Residence Club in Pimlico was a resounding success with a full-house attendance.  The workshop organised by the Abeingo Community Network (ACN), with financial sponsorship of the Big Lottery Fund, UK.

Overall the workshop aimed to enable the participants take advantage of the investment opportunities and incentives that the new Kenya Constitution and the East African Community common market offer to the East African people.

Participants were representative of the entire East African Community region.

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The workshop facilitator was Bernard Watsulu, while presentations were made by among others;-

  1. Sam Ochieng – Chairman, SACOMA UK
  2. Martin Koyabe – Founder Member of Kenya Overseas Business Alliance (KOBA)
  3. Juvenal Shiundu – Chairman, Abeingo Community Network (ACN).

CLICK HERE to view photos from the workshop

Bernard Watsulu
Bernard Watsulu, workshop facilitator
Martin Koyabe
Martin Koyabe, Director, Kenya Overseas Business Alliance
Sam Ochieng
Sam Ochieng, director of Sacoma.
ABEINGO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 12 2010 IN LONDON. THE WORKSHOP EXPLORED NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA IN THE WAKE OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION IN KENYA AND THE COMMISSIONING OF THE EAST AFRICAN COMMON MARKET. IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE BIG LOTTERY FUND, UK. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS
Luhya economic gathering
A section of the participants at the workshop listen keenly to resource persons and experts on East African economy.
Topi Lyambila and Doreen Khayanga Wasike
Journalist Topi Lyambila and newly crowned Miss Commonwealth 2010 Doreen Khayanga Wasike
Martin Koyabe
From left: Abeingo chairman, Juvenal Shiundu, Miss Commonwealth 2010 , Doreen Wasike, Pastor James Gitau and Martin Koyabe of KOBA.
Patricia Wandera and Awinja
Grace Awinja (left) and Abeingo vice chair, Patricia Wandera are hardworking ladies.
Revolutionary technology allows men to have children without female eggs

By Gatonye Gatura, Dec 14 2010
Now men may be able to make babies without women, through a technology that could for the first time allow same sex couples to have their own genetic children. In a technology developed to help in preserving endangered species and improving livestock breeds, scientists have, for the first time, developed an offspring from two males. In a way, this renders null and void, the arguments by anti-gay activists that only opposite sexes lead to procreation. But not all will be lost to potential mothers as a female will be required to carry the pregnancy to term. Using cell technology, scientists in the US say it is also possible to develop an offspring from one male, though this will need some time to refine. A statement from the Society for the Study of Reproduction cites the report posted online last Wednesday in the Journal Biology of Reproduction says the development is a major step in advancing human assisted reproductive technology or test tube babies. Currently same sex couples depend on adopting children or donated eggs from a female, but this could dramatically change the equation. The technology could be important for beef breeders as it could upgrade or retain high quality genetic strains without investing much in high maintenance females. More...

Dr Henry Mutembei
Scientists have developed a new biotechnology that will allow men to produce babies without need for female eggs. The technology has already been used on cows. In the above photo Dr Henry Mutembei shows off IVF-Kapiti 1, a test-tube calf produced by the University of Nairobi and the International Livestock Research Institute last year.

KACC to prosecute 4 ministers

Kenya Anti- corruption Commission (KACC) Director Patrick Lumumba says he will in the next one week present files with recommendations for prosecution of four cabinet ministers linked to corruption to the Attorney General. Speaking Tuesday during the launch of the 2009/2010 Annual Report at their offices, Lumumba said 45 heads of parastatals will be audited to establish how they acquired their wealth. More...

Ruto, Biwott property repossessed in Eldoret

By Kennedy Lumwamu, Dec 14 2010
Forty-three parcels of prime plots said to have been illegally allocated to influential people in Eldoret have been repossessed. They include Eldoret North MP William Ruto’s town house on plot number Block 8/574, Keiyo North MP Lukas Chepkitony’s plot believed to belong to Kipchoge Keino Stadium and former Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott’s plots registered in the name of Lima Ltd. Also repossessed are plots belonging to Mrs Alice Chesire - the wife of former Eldoret North MP Reuben Chesire - who has since died. On November 17, lawyer Paul Gicheru for Eldoret council accused Mr Ruto’s lawyer, Kitwa Kigen, of trying to delay ruling in a case involving the suspended Higher Education minister’s plot. The council mayor’s house, that of his deputy and of the municipal engineer were repossessed after Mr Gicheru successfully represented the council before the High Court. Other parcels of land whose titles were cancelled include the Eldoret Administration Police Lines, the fire station, Uasin Gishu High School staff houses and the former DC’s offices that now houses the district hospital. More...

PC, MP dismiss talk of a resurgent Mt Elgon militia

By our correspondents, Dec 14 2010
Western PC Samuel Kilele and Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi say the Sabaot Land Defence Force militia has no chances of launching attacks. Mr Kilele says residents should ignore claims the group was secretly regrouping. "Mt Elgon has become a place of gossip until people have forgotten to work. SLDF was completely dismantled," added the PC. He said individuals making the allegations were targetting to scuttle resettlement at Chebyuk scheme. "Surveyors are on the ground doing their job but there are those who want to scare them away. They don’t want the survey to be completed," he added. Speaking separately, Kapondi refuted reports that SLDF members were regrouping to cause anarchy. Kapondi accused some human rights organisations of sending shock waves to satisfy selfish interests. Residents reportedly panicked recently after 50 people in jungle uniform were allegedly spotted by a herder in Mt Elgon Forest. The Western Kenya Human Rights Watch director Job Bwonya claimed most SLDF remnants were roaming freely and were threatening residents. More...

Fred Kapondi
Fred Kapondi, the Mt Elgon MP has dismissed claims that the Sabaot Land Defence Force is regrouping to cause mayhem in the region.

Ocampo six to be named today

Today Dec 15 2010 at noon at The Hague and 2pm in East Africa, Luis Moreno-Ocampo names the six or so Kenyans he wants charged with crimes against humanity. The clock will stop for Kenya, and the ground will shift beneath her, as the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor makes the announcement that could redefine the political landscape. More...

Kenyan student jailed for 45 years for murdering his lover in Uganda

By Osinde Obare, Dec 14 2010
The High Court in Kampala has sentenced a Kenyan student at Makerere University to 45 years imprisonment for the murder of his lover. Duke Mabeya was found guilty of murdering Ruth Nyarangi, also a Kenyan student at Bugema University. Mabeya, who was residing at Douglas Villa Hostel near Makerere, is said to have committed the offence on November 5, 2008, at Umka Guest House in Kawaala Zone B, Rubaga Division. Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi found Mabeya, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student, guilty of the murder. The court was told on the fateful day, Mabeya booked a room at the guesthouse under the names of Jackson Tumu. And the deceased was later found lying in a pool of blood in the guesthouse’s bathroom. She was a first-year Bachelor of Education degree student. According to the prosecution, the deceased gave Mabeya her tuition fees of Sh40,000 and requested him to deposit it for her in the Bugema University account in the Bank of Africa. More...

False start to Bukusu unity talks

By Isura Christopher, Dec 13 2010
Leaders from the Bukusu tribe of the Abaluhya community on Saturday came to a consensus and held hands as a sign of unity in a meeting that was organized by the Bukusu community leaders at Nzoia sugar company Guests House. IN an effort to end bickering among political leaders, elders from the Luhya community convened a meeting in which the leaders vowed to bury the hatchet, but amid some reservations. Speaking at the function, former Kimilili Member of Parliament Hon. Mukhisa Kitui who presented the memorandum said that the Members of Parliament had agreed to work closely so as to bring the Bukusu community together and they would choose the right candidate for presidency after consultation with one another. In minutes read by Mukhisa, the leaders resolved to desist from public utterances attacking each other and use funerals as a platform to console the deceased unlike in the past where they clashed. “I have been one of those who always retaliated after being verbally attacked but today I promise you here that you will never hear such things from me,” said Mukhisa amid cheers. More...

Wangamati
Bukusu leaders (from left): The Chairman Luhya Council of Elders Mr. Patrick Wangamati, MP for Kimilili Dr. Eseli Simiyu, MP for Sirisia Hon. Moses Wetang'ula, MP for Kanduyi Hon. Alfred Khang'ati, MP for Bumula and Assistant Minister for Lands Wakoli Bifwoli and Nominated MP Musikari Kombo, holding hands as a sign of unity among them during the Bukusu Leaders meeeting held at Nzoia Sugar Company. Photo: Isura Christopher

Wetang'ula throws spanner in Bukusu unity talks

However, Wetang’ula appeared to deviate from the new-found resolve, when , as he rose to speak, poured scorn on the much-talked alliance between Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa and former Mungiki sect leader Njenga Maina. Speaking in Bukusu dialect, the Sirisia MP advised some leaders from the community to choose their friends carefully warning that some of those they are calling friends were behind the killing of former University of Nairobi lecturer Professor Job Bwayo in Nairobi. Wetang’ula said he was annoyed by the murder of Bwayo by suspected Mungiki adherents when the professor was leading research on the killer disease, Aids. “Baleebe, bali kumutambo kwakila Wafula asaaka chikhu ebukhwee!” (My kinsmen, they say that poverty led Wafula to split firewood at his mother in-law’s place!}, said Wetang’ula in reference to the duo’s friendship. However, the sentiments didn’t go down well with Kombo who stormed out the meeting shortly after Mukhisa had also left the venue. Speaking at his home in Webuye town, Kombo castigated Wetang’ula over the remarks saying that they were uncalled for at such a forum. “How can we say that we have attained our unity when one of us ends attacking another leader who wasn’t present at the meeting? To me, I think it’s another false start!” said an angry Kombo. Youth leaders led by Simiyu Mutaki complained of being left out of the deliberations of the meeting and promised the old-guard a run for their money in the 2012 elections. More...

HIV positive Lugari man in custody for defiling minors

By Joseph Otieno, Dec 13 2010
Police in Lugari, Kakamega County, are holding in custody a 35 year old man for allegedly defiling five minors at Kaburengo village of Matete District and infecting them with the deadly HIV virus. The children aged between 8 and 10 years have on several occasion fallen prey to the pedophile who has been luring them in the bed by promising them goodies and after the ordeal threatened to kill them if they dared to tell anybody, especially their guardians. The children were later rescued by Mr. John Kariuki the Director of a Non- governmental organization [Nuclear Children Trust] situated at Kaburengo market. Mr.Kariuki said that the children have been suffering in silence for fear of being killed by their assailant. However he said that the whole story was unearthed after his own 8 year old daughter fell prey to the man where she sustained serious injuries. After moving in with a quick response, it’s when the other four minors revealed their story. The matter was reported to police who then arrested the suspect. Both the suspects and victims were taken to Lugari District Hospital where an HIV test was carried out and the suspect tested positive. More...

The children aged between 8 and 10 years have on several occasions fallen prey to the pedophile who has been luring them into bed by promising them goodies.

Kamukuywa Market, Bungoma
Kamukuywa Market in Bungoma. Buyers have reported a 50% rise in most commodities ahead of Christmas.

Man banished after impregnating stepdaughter

By Joan Wesakulila, Dec 13 2010
There was drama in Hututu location Sibanga area in Trans-Nzoia County after angry residents demolished Mzee Etyang's house after impregnating his step daughter, a standard eight pupil in Masielo primary. Speaking with West FM, the villagers disclosed that Etyang who  has always been chasing visitors from his compound and never entertains anyone,  commits the act when the mother leaves for the market and this time round  came into the limelight  when the girl declared herself pregnant. The angry villagers demolished the house and chased him away as such acts are taboo. Under Luhya customs, the family must undergo cleansing rites. More...

Commodity prices skyrocket in Western

By Westfm reporters, Dec 13 2010
Prices of major commodities in Western Kenya have sky rocketed ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities. Business persons are using the festivities to make a kill as residents scramble for major commodities like clothes, food stuffs with the most notable markets being Kamukuywa within Bungoma County. At the Kamukuywa market, the price of second hand clothes have increased by over 50 per cent with an item that was retailing at Sh150 now retails at Sh300. “It is crazy at how much we have to pay for a piece of second hand cloth and the traders have no polite words for us. They say there is nothing they can do about it so we have to bear with it. It is Christmas time and we can understand," observed a Kamukuywa resident . Groceries at the Market, in this case a bag of onions and sweet potatoes is retailing between Sh1,500 and Sh1,800 as a sack of cabbages retails at Sh850. More...

'It is crazy at how much we have to pay for a piece of second hand cloth and the traders have no polite words for us.'

Kifo's, Remmy Ongala is dead

By Amos Ngaira, Dec 13 2010
One of Tanzania’s most colourful musicians, “Dr” Remmy Ongala, has left a legacy that will probably never be matched. Ongala, who, in his very characteristic style, gave himself the nickname “Sura Mbaya” (the ugly one) in his heyday, was a burly guitarist, composer and singer - a man who struggled against many odds to make a name in Tanzania and beyond. Ongala, in his 60s, succumbed to a long bout of diabetes and kidney failure on Sunday night, but will remain the “champion of the poor”, inspired by the songs he composed. At the time of his death, though, he had switched to gospel music and occasionally preached in Dar es Salaam. When the music studios in this part of Africa excelled in nurturing talent, we had Kenyans, Ugandans, Zambians and some Congolese playing and recording music together and influencing Congolese music. Names that readily come to mind include Nashil Pichen, Jean Bosco Mwenda (from Katanga), Daudi Kabaka, George Ramogi, Charles Sonko (from Uganda). But Ongala was among the musicians from Eastern Congo, who journeyed east in search of greener pastures from the early 1970s. More...


Wetangula warns Busolo over cane poachers: KENYA Sugar Board {KSB} Chairman Saulo Busolo came under a scathing attack from MPs from Bungoma County for his support to cane poachers out to cripple the operations of Nzoia Sugar Company. More...

Remmy Ongala, Sura Mbaya
Remmy Ongala aka Sura Mbaya, famous for the hit song, Kifo (death) has taken his final bow to ogre of death he humanised in his lyrics. He died in Dar es Salaam yesterday after a fight with diabetes. In his sundown years, the former Ochestra Matimila leader had abandoned pop songs in favour fo gospel.

Ivory Coast elections stalemate: Ivory Coast troops have surrounded a hotel in the main city Abidjan housing Alassane Ouattara, the UN-backed winner of disputed presidential elections. Both Mr Ouattara and Mr Gbagbo had declared themselves the winner of last month's election. More...
Kibaki, Raila rift looms over local tribunal

By Biketi Kikechi, Dec 13 2010
Kenya could become a pariah state after one-half of Government effectively set the stage for ending co-operation with the International Criminal Court over the prosecution of 2007-08 post-election violence suspects. President Kibaki and his Party of National Unity (PNU) now want suspects identified locally and by the International Criminal Court to be tried by a local tribunal. The move has left Prime Minister Raila Odinga and ODM in a quandary just a day after the PM and Kibaki appeared united in condemning US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger. The PNU plan is banking on support from rebel ODM legislators from the Rift Valley opposed to Raila, but allied to Eldoret North MP William Ruto, to drum up support for the plan in and outside Parliament. Raila and MPs allied to him are opposed to the plan, noting that the same MPs voted against a local tribunal to try the suspects in February, 2009, but have lately been outspoken in condemning International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, claiming his investigation is one-sided and targets certain communities. More...

Wamalwa writhes in pain as police dump him into sewage

By Cyrus Ombati, Dec 13 2010
A crackdown on groups and politicians seen to be too close to besieged US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger appears to be in full motion, following claims by President Kibaki on Sunday that certain diplomats are keen on undermining the Government. In scenes that brought back painful memories of the aftermath of the 2007 General Election, regular police backed by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) cordoned off a section of Uhuru Park, and violently stopped a political rally over allegations it was a security risk because of the expected presence of Ranneberger. The rally, organised by Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa and former leader of the proscribed Mungiki sect Maina Njenga, was attacked with tear gas canisters as the legislator and his supporters arrived at the historic Kamukunji Grounds. The scenes at the famous grounds also mirrored battles that were fought by pro-democracy forces and multi-party proponents at the same venue between 1990 and 1992 and created the image of an autocratic Government under siege. Wamalwa stumbled and fell into what looked like raw sewage as he tried to escape a teargas canister lobbed at his feet as police in riot gear charged at him and a group that included Maina Njenga. The latter was, however, whisked away by his bodyguards, leaving Wamalwa on his knees, face twisted in agony from the teargas. More...

Eugene Ludovic Wamalwa
Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa was teargassed into a sewer and suffered unspecified injuries while former Mungiki leader, Maina Njenga (below) escaped.
Maina Njenga, Mungiki
Czech asylum gay arousal test hits EU roadblock

By our correspondent, Dec 13 2010
The European Union's leading human rights agency has sharply criticised the Czech authorities for using a controversial method of testing whether homosexual asylum seekers are genuinely gay. The Fundamental Rights Agency said the Czech Republic was the only EU country still using a "sexual arousal" test. Gay asylum seekers are hooked up to a machine that monitors blood-flow to the penis and are then shown straight pornography. Those applicants who become aroused are denied asylum. The agency said in a report that "it is dubious whether (the test) reaches sufficiently clear conclusions". It said the practice could violate the European Convention on Human Rights "since this procedure touches upon a most intimate part of an individual’s private life". The Interior ministry reacted angrily to the claims, saying that the "phallometric tests" had been used in fewer than 10 asylum cases. The tests were conducted under the supervision of experts and always with the asylum seeker’s full written consent. More...

If you claim asylum as gay, you 'll be sexually aroused ...

Isaac Juma
Isaac Juma receiving the trophy from Mathare United Chairman, Bob Munro.

INGWE NAMBARI MOJA

'I have been a soccer fan since 1980 and nobody has ever recognised my efforts,' said Juma who is a father of 10 - four boys and six girls.

Soccer fan Number One honoured with lifetime award

By Francis Mureithi, Dec 11 2010
As they dined during the Kenya Premier League (KPL) footballer of the year gala night held at the Safari Park hotel recently, one participant who followed the proceedings was dedicated football fan Isaac Juma Onyango. Juma popularly known as ‘Ingwe’ or ‘AFC Leopards’ is one of the most consistent soccer fans that this country has had in recent times. As he mingled freely in his characteristic jovial mood with the who is who in the soccer fraternity at the Sh10 million bash, Juma was unaware that he was among the nominees for the awards at the gala night. He was seated next to top scorer John Baraza and as master of ceremonies Bernard Onyango called winners, it did not occur to him that he would form part of the roll of honour. “My name was called three times and I could not believe my ears until Baraza, who was seated next to me, pinched me and told me they were actually calling me to go an pick an award,” recalls 42-year-old Juma. As he received the chairman’s lifetime award from Mathare United chairman Bob Munro, what followed next saw him almost miss a step as he climbed down the podium. he said. More...

Isaac Juma Ingwe
Truly patriotic, Isaac Juma draped in national Kenyan colours at a past Harambee Stars derby.

FATHER OF TEN

Isaac Juma will be dedicating the Shs100,000 prize to his second-born daughter, Caroline Auma, who has just sat her KCPE at Emukhuwa Primary School in Mumias, Kakamega County

Sugar board dilemma over two conflicting Butali court orders

By our correspondents, Dec 10 2010
Kenya Sugar Board chairman Saulo Busolo has expressed dilemma over two court orders to the board in connection to the unlicensed factory. He said despite Kisumu High Court directing it to license the factory to start crushing, the Kilimani court had ordered them not to issue the document. West Kenya obtained injunction barring KSB from issuing the licence to Butali pending the determination of the case before the Nairobi court. Conflicting orders "We are at crossroads, we have two conflicting court orders to comply with. What do we do?" asked Mr Busolo. "As a board, we would like to honour the orders, but we are not sure which one first." He called for harmonisation of the orders. He urged Attorney General Amos Wako to offer direction before the board is faced with charges of contempt of court. But farmers vowed to protest until Butali gets the licence, which they said was easier if West Kenya withdrew the case. Otherwise, the farmers have vowed to ensure the two mills remain closed until the dispute is over. President Kibaki presided over ground breaking for Butali in 2007 after it got lincense to construct the factory. More...

Butali Sugar Factory
Butali Sugar Factory in Malava, Kakamega. Kenya Sugar Board has received two court order - one directing the factory be licenced another saying it shouldn't. Which is is which?

14-year old Bungoma boy impregnates girlfriend: The residents of Mjini Estate in Bungoma South were astonished when a 14 year old boy impregnated his fellow age mate. The girl who is a pupil at Muslim primary in Bungoma was expelled out of school after the administration knew about her pregnancy only to find out that the person who fathered her was her fellow classmate. However no disciplinary action was taken upon the boy leading to a lot of tension between the girl’s parents and the boy's parents. More...
Riddle of Ruto's case against Ocampo as ICC denies receiving suit

By Oliver Mathenge, Dec 10 2010
Mystery surrounds two applications seeking to stop the International Criminal Court from issuing summonses against six post-election violence suspects. While lawyers pursuing the matter on behalf their clients at The Hague insisted that they had filed the applications, an official at the court’s Public Information and Documentation Section, Dr Fadi El Abdallah, an associate legal outreach officer at the ICC told the Saturday Nation that the submissions would have been uploaded on their website immediately. “With regard to the mentioned request by the lawyers of Mr (William) Ruto, we are not aware of any public filing about this issue for the time being. Any public submission that might be filed is uploaded on our website with no delay,” Dr Abdallah said in an email. But one of Mr Ruto’s lawyers insisted that they had filed their case on Wednesday at the court’s registry. “On Wednesday, we filed our application at the registry of the ICC as per section 103 of the Rules of Procedures and Evidence,” lawyer Kindiki Kithure said on phone. More...

Kindiki Kithure
William Ruto and one of his lawyers, Dr Kindike Kithure (inset) are in a bit of a bother over a case they allege to have filed against Moreno Ocampo at the ICC in the Hague but which officials have denied ever receiving.

Prince Charles attacked: Heir to the British throne, Prince Charles's limo, was attacked in London by students protesting the trebling of tuition fees proposed by the Cameron government. The prince who was with his wife, Camila Parker Bowles were unhurt.
Malava farmers to boycott cane delivery over Butali

By our correspondents, Dec 10 2010
Cane farmers in Kakamega have urged West Kenya Sugar Company to withdraw a case before the Kilimani Industrial Court barring licensing of the rival Butali factory. The farmers said if the company fails to comply, they would stop cane deliveries from Sunday, according to resolutions by a meeting between West Kenya management and Kakamega North DC Gideon Ombongi. The farmers have been protesting the delayed licensing of Butali Sugar Mills Ltd to start crushing and on Wednesday had demanded closing of West Kenya until Butali is issued with the important document. The Stalemate They accuse the rival company of instituting legal action to prevent Butali from starting milling. "West Kenya will only ferry already cut cane in the farms. It asked for two days (up to Saturday) to do that," said William Kopi, chairman Butali Out-Growers Company Limited. More...

West Kenya Sugar Company accused of blocking the licencing of Butali through frivolous and vexatious legal suits

Sacked Prof Kubasu to be reinstated at Masinde Muliro University - govt

By David Indeje, Dec 9 2010
The government has prevailed upon the University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) to be patient as the brawl between their embattled Chairman Prof Sammy Kubasu and the management of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) is being solved. Assistant Minister for Higher Education, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria confirmed the strike threat of the UASU members in response to a question by Lari Mp David Njuguna who had inquired if the ministry was aware and the strategies formulated t avert it. Dr. Mwiria called for patience saying "Kubasu has a case.” The minister noted that it was ridiculous for him (Kubasu) not to accept the new post he had been given by the Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Barasa Wangila. “He refused the promotion which was ridiculous. He was given an opportunity to accept or to reject the appointment. He chose one of the options, which is ridiculous,” said Dr. Mwiria. However, the Lari MP defended the Kubasu saying that he had just moved from Kenyatta University and was forcefully given a post which he had not thought about. “He was forcefully given a post just after leaving Kenyatta University without being given a chance to look at the pros and cons that is the bone of contention, was he really consulted for the new appointment,? questioned Mwiria. Mwiria disclosed that his ministry was not frustrating calls for him to be reinstated and Kubasu still has an option to voice out his cry to the industrial court. More...

Sammy Kubasu
Prof Sammy Kubasu, the sacked university don will be reinstated at Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega, according to the government. Photo: David Indeje

Busia has no fire fighting equipment

By Frankline Bwire, Dec 9 2010
Trunk drivers in Busia town are appealing to the government to intervene to curb congestion of heavy commercial vehicles along the Busia-Uganda border as it is a threat to the people and property around should a fire out break occur. According to Mr. Ishmael Abdallah a truck driver, they have to wait for hours at the highway, which has so many activities being undertaken by the people within and very few recognize this tankers around them are dangerous. Mr. Abdallah disclosed that some tankers leak their commodities like petrol, a situation to which certain people who smoke and pass around might cause the content to cause fire given that Busia Municipal Council does not have firefighting equipment. More...

Housewife lynched for stealing meat at Shianda Market, Mumias

By Reagan Kukuni, Dec 9 2010
Residents of Shianda in Butere Mumias witnessed a bizarre scenario when a smartly dressed lady committed an implausible act at the shopping centre. Magdalene Wanjohi, a house wife and a mother of three was lynched to death by an angry mob after she stole a quarter kg of meat from a local butchery. Due to the crowding at the butchery, she was able to steal the quarter kg of meat at the counter and hide it in a confidential and secure place, that is her purse. However, she planned it scantily, unfortunately, she left a piece of beef hanging out of the purse and was followed by swam of flies hence arousing the attention of the passersby who later became curious on what was in the bag. After confirming their suspicion, they opted to lynch her despite the cries of her fellow women who sympathized with her. It was later established that the cause behind her action was her husband, who was never tired of complaining about the diet which comprised of pumpkin leaves and ugali. Police arrived at the scene few minutes after her death and took the body to Butere Mumias District Hospital. More...

Husband blamed for driving his wife to steal after complaining everyday of being tired of a diet of pumpkin leaves (lisebebe)

Ouko killed by Moi, Biwott in Nakuru - House report

By our correspondent, Dec 9 2010
A report tabled in Parliament says sl
ain Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko was killed in Nakuru and not Got Alila near Kisumu. The report says Dr Ouko was picked up from his home by a group of Government officials who came in a convoy of cars to Nakuru where he was killed. The report says the body was later transported and dumped at Got Alila. It further says there was bad blood between Ouko and other Cabinet ministers. Former powerful Cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott is singled out as having hated Ouko. "The perceived foreign support of Dr Ouko to ascend to the presidency to weed out corruption and human rights abuses was perceived by the leadership as a threat to the presidency and that this could be linked to his death," says the report. Linked to murder The Parliamentary Select Committee that in 2003 investigated the circumstances that led to the death of the minister points out that evidence presented against Mr Biwott showed he was linked to the murder. More...

Ouko killed at State House Nakuru then his body dumped at Got Alila
Robert Ouko
Slain foreign affairs minister, Robert Ouko and (below) Nicholas Biwott named in a House report as a key suspect in his death.
Nicholas Biwott
Parliament adopts 'Artur Report', wants Michuki fired

By Martin Mutua, Dec 9 2010
Parliament adopted a report on the Artur brothers' scandal, calling for the sacking of Environment Minister John Michuki. Mr Michuki was the Minister for Internal Security when the Armenian thugs raided The Standard Group. The report by two parliamentary committees accuses Michuki and a clique of powerful people close to President Kibaki of being behind the Artur scandal and the raid on the media house in March 2006. The report of the probe conducted by the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs and the Committee on National and Local Authorities, calls for further investigation of Michuki, who is described as unfit to hold public office, tary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura. Following the adoption of the report, the Government now has 30 days within which it should implement the recommendations of the parliamentary teams. According to Parliament’s Standing Order No 196, the Committee on Implementation will monitor whether the report adopted by MPs is implemented. "The committee may propose sanctions to the House on any minister who fails to implement resolutions of the House," say the Standing Orders. More...

Raila wanted Wetangula axed - WikiLeaks

By Cyrus Ombati, Dec 8 2010
Cables released by whistle-blower Julian Assange revealed the names of people Prime Minister Raila Odinga wanted appointed in top Government positions after the 2007 General Election.Details of the top secret plan christened Ngoa (remove) Project/Civil Service are in a bundle of leaked embassy cables from the Wikileaks website that are yet to be released. Also in the cable was a plan by ODM to demand the removal of some of Kibaki’s key allies from Government. Among those mentioned are ministers Mutula Kilonzo (Justice), John Michuki (Environment), and former Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula, the Wikileaks site indicates. The dossier is contained in cables in the possession of diplomats in Kenya, but which have not yet been published on the WikiLeaks site. By Wednesday, WikiLeaks had released 1,060 of 251,287 US diplomatic cables, but none have come directly from the US embassy in Nairobi. More...

WikiLeaks has released less than 1% of explosive secret dossier

Moses Masika Wetangula
Moses Wetangula, former foreign affairs minister. ODM wanted him axed according to WikiLeaks.


Kenya on high alert as strange disease kills 35 in Uganda

By Lilian Onyango, Dec 9 2010
Kenya is on high alert after a yet-to-be identified disease killed 35 people in Uganda. Reports indicate that 86 people had contracted the disease. The Director for Public Health and Sanitation, Dr Shahnaaz Sharif, on Wednesday said his office was in constant communication with Ugandan officials to monitor the outbreak. More...

RUTO, BIWOTT TITLES REVOKED
Govt recovers stolen land in Kakamega, Kitale

By Athman Amran, Dec 9 2010
Suspended Cabinet minister William Ruto is among politicians and private companies whose land the Government has repossessed. Lands Minister James Orengo yesterday said 345 title deeds issued illegally have been revoked. Others who have lost their land include Lamu West MP Fahim Twaha. Companies affected include Lima Limited (associated with Nicholas Biwott), Somog Limited, Sote Flowers Limited, Hass Petrol Station and Leisure Lodge in Diani, Kwale. The Government has also recovered 13 parcels of land reserved for Kakamega County Council and 58 parcels of land registered under Kisii Municipality, which had been reserved for Gusii Community Centre. In Kisumu 37 tiles reserved for the High Court and Municipal houses have also been recovered. In Kitale five titles reserved for the Kenya National Library Services have been recovered while 14 others for land reserved for Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in Tigoni, Limuru, have also been recovered. More...

Nationwide crackdown recovers 345 plots grabbed from government

Last seen in 1948, world's rare fly rediscovered in Kenya

By our correspondents, Dec 9 2010
Scientists have located one of the world's rarest and oddest-looking flies in Kenya after a long hunt, experts have said. Scientists first stumbled across the yellow-haired fly in 1933 and then again in 1948. Since then, at least half a dozen expeditions have visited a site between the towns of Thika and Garissa to find the insect dubbed the ‘terrible hairy fly’ again. At about a centimetre long and so far found on a 20m high rock, the Mormotomyia hirsuta looks more like a spider with its hairy legs, scientists said yesterday. Unable to fly and partial to breeding in bat faeces, the fly is thought to live only in the dank, bat-filled cleft of an isolated rock in the Ukasi hills. It also has non-functional wings that resemble miniature belt-straps, and tiny eyes. Dr Robert Copeland of the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology said the fly’s physical appearance had left scientists bamboozled about where exactly it belonged in the entire order of Diptera, or ‘true flies’. More...

Terrible Hairy Fly, Ukasi Hills
Mormotomyia hirsuta, commonly known as the Terrible Hairy Fly, is rare and only found in Kenya's Ukusa Hills between Thika and Garissa.


1,000 NGOs to be deregistered

By Athman Amran, Dec 9 2010
More than 1,000 of the 4,000 registered Non-Governmental Organsations (NGOs) in Kenya are facing deregistration. According to the Non-Governmental Organisations Council Co-ordination Board the registration certificates of 1,252 NGOs will be cancelled by December 17. According to the notice the NGOs, which include several Christian and Islamic organisations, have breached provisions of the Non-Governmental Organisations Act of 1990. The NGOs have also violated the terms and conditions attached to their certificates. More...

Majali shouted down, deposed by teachers

By Mazera Ndurya, Dec 9 2010
Teachers on Wednesday appointed an acting secretary-general for their union. Mr David Okuta Osiany was endorsed to take over from Mr Lawrence Majali at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut). The delegates also elected Mr Albanus Mutisya as acting treasurer in place of Mr Fred Ontere. They will be in office until elections in April. However, the post of deputy treasurer, formerly held by Mr Benson Kithuku, which had also been declared vacant by the registrar of trade unions, was not filled after delegates resolved it remains so until the April elections. But Mr Majali told a press conference that he was still the secretary-general until the end of March. A letter from the registrar and signed by Mr W. K. Langat, indicated that the posts of secretary-general, national treasurer and vice treasurer were vacant after the occupants attained the mandatory retirement age of 60. During the chaotic meeting at the Lohana Hall in Mombasa, Mr Majali tried to address delegates, but they shouted him down and demanded that he leaves the premises. More...

Panic grips Bungoma civil servants as KACC sleuths launch investigations

By Wanyonyi Mukhwana, Dec 7 2010
Panic has gripped civil servants in Bungoma as an expected probe into use of funds in various Government departments by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission {KACC} gets under way. Most government offices remained deserted as departmental heads and their juniors kept off for fear of coming into contact with the KACC sleuths, reportedly putting up in several hotels in town. The officers are said to have arrived in the town after receiving several complaint letters from residents about poor service provision, nepotism and corruption in some government offices. "We are happy that the officers have finally arrived to look at service provision by civil servants here. This portrays the graft body in positive light because it appears it has changed the way in which it handles its affairs," said Andrew Maniafu, a resident in Bungoma town, Bungoma County. He claimed that some civil servants working in the area have abdicated their responsibilities to engage in business at the expense of service provision and appealed to the graft officers to rein such culprits. More...

Busaa drinking
Residents of Suam in Uganda relax with Busaa drink after a hard day's work. In Uganda local brews are legalised and the people say this makes them drink responsibly without neglecting work and domestic duties. Photo: Leonard Wamalwa

WikiLeaks founder arrested

The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by police in London. The 39-year-old Australian, who was the subject of a European arrest warrant, denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden. More...

In Uganda they drink busaa and chang'aa responsibly

By Leonard Wamalwa, Dec 17 2010
As Kenyans who love taking traditional and other homemade brews continue to wait for clear guidelines on the new laws legalizing their consumption, their counterparts in Uganda freely take the brew without much restrictions and feel there is no harm in letting Kenyans do the same. Speaking to West Fm on the Ugandan side of Suam boarder along the Trans Nzoia County, the men and women found at local designated drinking joints said that free taking of alcohol enhances responsibility. They said that for the many years they have been taking the brew, it has never hindered them from performing their social, economic and political duties saying that productivity in their country has been stable all through. They affirmed that educational standards in Uganda are good, agriculture production among other sectors are doing well despite the large number of people drowning themselves in drinking as a result of freedom of taking local beer. Banning or restricting beer alone is not enough for a country to perform well in many aspects if other pertinent laws are not enforced,' they told West Fm. More...

Early poll looms as MPs fail to agree on Ligale report

By Peter Opiyo, Dec 7 2010
Early dissolution of Parliament is now a very real threat as MPs dig in and refuse to compromise over the fate of 80 new constituencies. Even after a day-long meeting at the Kenya Institute of Administration , Nairobi yesterday, the legislators were unable to abandon their deeply entrenched positions, as divisions along party lines deepened. At one point, Trade Minister Chirau Mwakwere engaged in heckling of his Public Service counterpart Dalmas Otieno resulting in an ugly exchange with Nyando MP Fred Outa that saw the two ejected from the meeting to cool off. Before the discussions, House Speaker Kenneth Marende reminded the MPs that unless they resolved the stalemate, they faced the possibility of going home early to pave way for fresh legislators in tune with the mood of the country. But his advice was largely ignored as the MPs discussed whether or not to adopt the list of 80 new constituencies prepared by the Andrew Ligale led Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC). While Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba who is the chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee told journalists that an agreement has been struck to table the report of the IIBRC’s report in Parliament, his deputy Githunguri MP Njoroge Baiya said nothing of the sort was agreed upon. More...

Kenneth Marende
House Speaker, Kenneth Marende has warned MPs that they risk going home early if they continue blocking new laws to operationalise the new constitution.

ICC statement taking halted

By our correspondents, Dec 7 2010
The recording of statements of security chiefs by International Criminal Court-ICC investigators Tuesday failed to take off again with the exercise now postponed to the 20th of this month. Lawyer Evans Monari said the exercise has been postponed pending the ruling on the 19th of next month of their petition to the pre-trial chambers determining whether Kenya has a case to answer on mass killings. Monari also maintained that they should be given visas to the Netherlands to present petitions on behalf of their clients, security chiefs who served in the post election violence hit areas of the country. More...

32 girls rescued from circumcision in Pokot

By our correspondents, Dec 7 2010
Thirty schoolgirls have been rescued from undergoing circumcision and planned early marriage in Pokot County. This comes as reports indicate more than 350 girls have been circumcised in Marakwet since schools closed despite the Government warning to prosecute perpetrators. Another 200 schoolgirls are reportedly lined up for the cut in Tot and Tunyo divisions of Marakwet East. In Pokot, the 30 girls were rescued as they were being prepared for the rite of passage. An NGO has stepped up measures to combat the vice in which some parents are forcing girls to undergo the ritual during this festive season. Yang’at Girl Child Potential Sensitisation Group, based in Kapenguria, is also educating 30,000 other girls on the importance of education. The founder, Deborah Katina appealed to the Government to take tough measures against those promoting the practices. "There is high risk of losing girls to forced marriages during this festive season unless the Government reinforces the ban on female circumcision, which is carried out in remote areas of the county." And in Marakwet East, DC Joseph Kisang’au said hundreds of girls had been lined up for the cut. Elsewhere in Kuria West, Migori County, a chief rescued two girls who had been taken to the circumciser. Police are now looking for the parents of the nine and 11-year old girls. More...

Akuku Danger finally buried

By Nick Odera and Maurice Kaluoch, Dec 7 2010
One of the world’s most prolific polygamists has finally been laid to rest, two months after he breathed his last. And the products of Akuku Danger’s charm and hard labour were there for all to see during his final farewell in the scorching sun over the weekend. Akuku Danger married more than 100 wives, divorced more than 30, had 210 known children, died at 94 years and it took 62 days to organize for his burial, the culmination of which saw more than 40 bulls and 30 goats being slaughtered to feed the mourners, who police estimated to be around 7,000. Of this, about 1,100 were his grandchildren. Christians and traditionalists joined hands to give Akuku, whose fame as a ladies’ man, spread beyond borders, a fitting send off. The children wore T-shirts; the grandchildren had tags; while wives were in white full dresses and scarves that made the whole clan stand out from the multitude at the funeral. At one point there was near confusion when Akuku’s body could not fit in the coffin that had been initially bought, forcing the family to get another one. And even this one could not be carried with the handles for fear that it may fall apart. Instead, it was placed on pieces of wood which the pall bearers used to lift Akuku to his final resting place. His sister, Roselina Atieno Lego, said always got what he wanted. “My parents were against his love for women. They objected when he wanted to marry a second wife but due to his persistence and determination, they let him marry his wives,” said Roselina. More...

Akuku Danger
Youths give the final salute to Asentus Akuku Danger (inset), Africa's serial polygynist, during his burial at Aora Chuodho home in Ndhiwa district on Saturday, 62 days after he died.

Akuku Danger number's snapshot:

100 wives and 30 divorces

210 children; 1,100 grandchildren. Died aged 94

Took 62 days to bury him; 40 bulls and 30 goats to feed mourners estimated at 7000

Wako attacked over his views that ICC has no case against Kenyan suspects

By Beauttah Omanga, Dec 6 2010
Attorney General Amos Wako's public view that the International Criminal Court (ICC) might find it rough to establish a case against the six Kenyans who are likely to face charges before the end of the year in relation to the post election violence has elicited mixed reactions from politicians and lawyers. However, majority of the leaders advised Mr Wako to leave the ICC process run its full course, but others said being the Government’s legal advisor, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo his should take AG’s seriously to avoid plunging the country into endless anxiety and confusion over the handling of the cases. On Sunday, former Justice Minister Martha Karua and the LSK Secretary Apollo Mboya dismissed Wako’s remarks. Karua said: "The AG sounds like he is giving comfort to impunity." Konoin MP Julius Kones and his Cherangany counterpart Joshua Kuttuny supported the AG saying the ICC should not politicise the handling of the Kenyan case simply "to please some politicians scared already of the 2012 contest". More...

The AG sounds like is giving comfort to impunity

Amos Wako
Amos Wako, the attorney general has come under heavy artillery following his weekend remarks that ICC prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo may have only weak cases that won't stand judicial scrutiny.

Ngilu causes commotion in Bungoma: Water Minister Charity Ngilu stirred controversy in Bungoma when she urged women to go for leadership and avoid over-reliance on men. Speaking during a women’s workshop that brought together hundreds of participants from Kanduyi constituency, Ngilu who was accompanied by area MP and Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime-Minister Alfred Khang’ati called on women to take up leadership roles as provided for in the new Constitution. More...
Trans Nzoia Luhya elders' council chairman installed

By Osinde Obare, Dec 6 2010
Mr Enock Imbuye has been installed as the Luhya Council of Elders Chairman for Trans-Nzoia County. Former Cabinet minister Burudi Nabwera, former PS Patrick Khaemba and the council’s national chairman Patrick Wangamati attended the low-key ceremony in Molem Village, Kwanza District. Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Wildlife Minister Noah Wekesa and Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa sent their apologies. But the absence of the MPs attracted the ire of youthful politicians led by former Kitale Mayor Joshua Werunga and Patrick Walubengo. "This is a big event and it is a shame to them (leaders) for skipping the ceremony," said Werunga. He accused Luhya politicians of letting the community down and failing to unify the people towards a common political goal. The national chairman conducted the ceremony with the help of council chairmen from across Western Province who attended. Wangamati said cultural meetings were an important cornerstone for the community’s dream to realise elusive unity. Nzoia Sugar Company Board Chairman Julius Nyarotso urged members of the Luhya Community Mulembe Trust Fund to boost the economic base of the community. More...

Mumias sugar makes sweet profits but farmers mourn

By Kepher Otieno, Dec 6 2010
The country's leading sugar miller beat the turbulence in the sugar sector to post an impressive 83 per cent in pretax profits. Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) hit a pre-tax profit of Sh2.1 billion this year, up from Sh1.2 billion last year. Speaking during the 39th Annual General Meeting held at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu on Friday, the company chairman, John Bosse, said the miller had processed 2, 318,080 tonnes of sugar up from 2,161,031 processed last year. The firms Managing Director, Evans Kidero, attributed the strong showing to prudent cost control measures, favourable prices in the local market, and futuristic product diversification. MSC, which controls about 60 per cent of the local market, has diversified into power production. The sugar miller currently produces 38 mega watts of electricity with 26MW being fed into the national grid. More...

Pan African Paper Mills, Webuye
Once the beacon of economic hope in Bungoma, Webuye's Panpaper Mills is a pale shadow of its former self rotting away like a disused quarry.

Lawyers denied visas to The Hague: Lawyers representing security chiefs who served during the post election violence period, claim they have been denied visas to travel to The Hague to represent their clients. The lawyers now want the Kenyan case that the International Criminal Court is investigating be moved to a friendlier country where access is easy and fast. More...
Leaders mourn over Bungoma's lost fortunes

By Robert Wanyonyi, Dec 6 2010
Bungoma County, the third largest, faces myriad challenges, including collapse of factories. The fortunes of the county, which was among the richest districts at independence, have dwindled, with residents blaming bad politics for the regression. Leaders still boast of a time in 1964 when Bungoma County lent money to the Queen of England. Coffee and tobacco trade thrived in the early 1970s at Chepkube, Lwakhakha and Malakisi markets, but has since collapsed following economic hardships that saw major firms fold up. Collapsed Pan-Paper Mills was a major source of income for residents of Webuye. President Kibaki led a team of Government officials in the reopening of the paper firm a few days to the August 4 referendum. But the factory went back to sleep only a few days after the Head of State left. Workers at Webuye’s Pan Paper Mills have since petitioned the Government to come out clear on the fate of the factory. More...

Gumo's brother shot in Mombasa

By our correspondent, Dec 6 2010
A brother to Regional Development minister Fred Gumo is recovering in a Mombasa hospital after he was shot at the weekend. Mr Oscar Gumo, who works at the Kenya Ports Authority was shot in the abdomen in what police yesterday said was “a planned attack”. Kisauni police commandant Julius Wanjohi said investigations had been launched to determine the motive of the gunmen. Mr Gumo was accosted by the gang at the Nyali Cinemax where they sprayed his vehicle with bullets before escaping. The attack comes few days after Westland’s Constituency Development Offices were broken into and vital documents stolen. Police have, however, not established if the attack is connected to the raid. More...


Western flouting alcohol laws: Most bars in Western Kenya are yet to adhere to the new alcohol laws recently passed by parliament. A survey by West Fm in most towns including Bungoma, Kakamega and Busia established that bars were selling beer and other alcoholic drinks from as early as seven in the morning in total disregard of the new laws. At one popular bar in Bungoma town, reporters found a group of youth already drunk as early as 9.30 in the morning. The owner of the business is said to be a well-connected individual within the police department. More...
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Busia Town is slowly waking up from a deep slumnber to cash in on its strategic border location.

Akuku Danger
Akuku Danger buried: The serial polygamist who died two months ago, was buried Saturday.
Busia, watch the sleeping giant is waking up

By our correspondents, Dec 6 2010
Busia County has two border crossing points into Uganda – Busia Town and Malaba – which are important sources for revenue but the cash streams have not been optimised. Although Uganda is among the key importers of Kenyan products, not a single manufacturer has set shop in Busia Town. In the recent past, banking institutions have set base in the town to tap the local potential, especially among the unbanked in the informal sector. By and large, trade still originates from Nairobi and Mombasa, making Busia County as a transit point only. Insecurity and poor infrastructure are among the problems that still dog the region. Although the flooding in Budalang’i has not been experienced this year, it is one of the major disasters that destabilises the economy of the area. The county boasts of five constituencies namely Nambale, Amagoro, Budalang’i, Funyula and Butula. Courtesy of the Interim Independent Boundaries Commission, Busia got two more electoral zones – Teso and Matayos. Crop farming The county has a rich potential of crop farming including sugar cane, tobacco, cotton, finger-millet, rice among others. Other economic activities such fishing in Lake Victoria near the flood-prone Budalang’i constituency, tourism at the famous Funyula hills and revenue from cross-border business add to already many opportunities at the disposal of close to 500,000 people living there. More...

Webuye beauty crowned Miss Commonwealth in London

By Topi Lyambila, Dec 3 2010
Khayanga Doreen Wasike 28 was on 30th October 2010 crowned Miss Commonwealth International – Africa, at a pompous Commonwealth International Cultural and Charity Evening TV-Special Showcase (CICCETSS) ceremony held at the Milton Keynes’ Stantonbury Campus Theatre beating a bevy of beauties drawn from various countries to the title. Khayanga, an ICT student in London is from Webuye and started her modelling interest in Kenya making the finals of the Ford Supermodel in 2002, in a show put together by Lindsey Macintyre who launched the aborted Elite Models-Kenya. The Commonwealth International beauty pageant is a unique and prestigious title that one holds for life. The Title holders never fade into oblivion after their year of reign.  The titles remain perpetually recognised and are as important any day as at conferment.  Holders can continue to use their tiles, authoritatively, to promote good causes, through life. More...

Doreen Khayanga Wasike
Khayanga Doreen Wasike, the newly crowned Miss Commonwealth is keen to use her position to promote charitable activities within communities in Africa which are in hardship areas without water and basic necessities. The Kenya High Commission in Kenya which facilitated her registration in the Commonwealth Pageant is keen on supporting the Kenyan beauty Queen to achieve her desired goals and also utilise her newly acquired status in promoting the image of the country in line with the Vision 20-30
Busia residents urged to grow sweet potatoes

By Frankline Bwire, Dec 3 2010
Busia County residents have been urged to make proper use of resources available to them locally to improve their living standards. Speaking to West FM exclusively after the end of a five day workshop held at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre (A.T.C), the Programme Coordinator for Songa Mbele Community Development Initiative based in Thika, Sister Veronica Thiga said that their main aim was to empower the farmers economically. “We intend to aid in poverty reduction by ensuring we teach our people on how to make proper use of whatever resources are near them,” she said. Sister Thiga added that the government funded the workshop through the Ministry of Agriculture as a way of ensuring that farmers realize the importance of local crops. More...

Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi, the deputy prime minister will officiate the inauguration of Mzee Zablon Imbuye as the chairman of Luhya Council of Elders Trans Nzoia branch today, Saturday, December 4 2010 in Kitale. In his speech, Mudavadi said the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has established an elders committee which in April 2010 the Commission organized an Elders Conference which was co-opened by the President and the Prime Minister.
Mudavadi officiates at inauguration of Luhya Council of Elders chairman

By our reporter, Dec 4 2010
Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi has commended the Luhya Elders Forum for creating sub-councils of Elders and Diaspora Councils of Elders as vital vehicles for uniting the Luhya and as a bridge for ensuring peaceful co-existence with other Kenyan communities. Mudavadi will make these remarks today in Kitale during the inauguration of Mzee Enoch Imbuye as chairman of the Trans-Nzoia branch of Luhya Council of Elders.  Mr Mudavadi said the Government recognizes community elders as key pillars in national cohesion.  Because of their legitimacy and respect as peacemakers, community elders will remain central in the creation and maintenance of peace among and across communities. More...

Raila now denies he ordered crackdown on gays

By Oliver Mathenge, Dec 3 2010
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has denied that he ordered the arrest of gay couples but maintained that such unions were unlawful.The PM said that he was quoted out of context after he warned Kenyans against having intimate relations with persons of the same gender on Sunday. Speaking as he made his opening speech at the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Conference in Nairobi Thursday, the PM said that he respected gay rights but was cautioning young people on what the new Constitution says. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I explained the propaganda that was being used to fight the draft constitution that the new law would allow every hospital to have abortion wards and that gay marriages would be allowed,” said Mr Odinga. “I did not say that police should arrest the gays. I just told the youth that they will be committing a crime by marrying persons of the same sex.” The PM has come under fire over comments he made on Sunday in Kibera to the effect that gay couples should be arrested. Addressing a rally at Kamukunji grounds in his Langata Constituency, the PM said their behaviour was unnatural. More...


Teenager dumps baby in latrine: Matunda Police in Trans Nzoia County are holding a teenager for allegedly dumping her baby into a pit latrine after giving birth. The family of the teenager got curious when they noticed her pregnancy had disappeared but they could not see any baby. When questioned, she onfessed to have dumped the baby into a neighbour's pit latrine. More...

Njuri Ncheke
Lawyer Mbogo Kirimi and the dreaded Njuri Ncheke Meru elders in happier times.


Man attempts suicide after his wife is circumcised

By our correspondent, Dec 3 2010
A man who tried to commit suicide after learning that his wife had secretly undergone female circumcision without his consent has been arrested. Mr Josiah Kirui, the assistant chief for Kapolecho sub location in Trans Mara East District said the 20-year-old man jumped into a dam moments after learning that his wife was among five women who had been circumcised earlier in the week. Villagers dragged him out of the water and handed him over to the police. The young man and his spouse are said to have been Form Three students at a school in Chepalungu District before they customarily tied the knot early last month after the girl reportedly became pregnant. More than 100 women, some of them married, were circumcised in the region in the past two weeks. Among them was a mother of five and her daughter. More...

Scared lawyer seeks court orders against ritual oath

By Charles Wanyoro, Dec 3 2010
The age-old contest between African beliefs and Western culture will be played out at the High Court to decide whether or not an errant advocate should face a dreaded traditional oath. A judge will decide who between Meru Town lawyer Kirimi Mbogo and the Igembe chairperson of the Njuri Ncheke, the traditional court of elders - and its members - will have their way. Mr Mbogo has moved to the High Court to stop Njuri Ncheke elders in Igembe district from administering the dreaded Ameru traditional oath known as ‘Kithiri’, against him. He obtained an injunction prohibiting Mzee Zacharia Mwereria, the Igembe Njuri Ncheke chairperson and his officials from convening or participating in any forum, designed to administer ‘Kithiri’ oath against the advocate. Mzee Mwereria approached other Njuri Ncheke officials seeking their assistance to administer the oath to the lawyer over allegations that the lawyer owes him money. Multiple deaths Njuri Ncheke chairperson Paul M’Ethingia says he had authorised the oathing ceremony after listening to both parties. He says the oath entails slaughtering of a goat for feasting by the elders and curse an offender. Mzee M’Ethingia says the cursed person could die. He says the oath was used by the Ameru as a means of resolving land disputes or where a person had lent out money without any witnesses. “The oath has been used by the community since time immemorial. More...

Licensing of Butali sugar firm behind Mkok's sacking - PS

By our correspondent, Dec 2 2010
The sacking of Rosemary Mkok, the former chair of Kenya Sugar Board over the licensing of Butali Sugar Factory in Malava has been blamed on the Prime Minister's office. Finance PS, Joseph Kinyua criticised the Efficiency Monitoring Unit (EMU), formerly under the Office of the President, but now under the Prime Minister’s office, alleging it has neither a legal basis nor capacity to audit Government departments. An audit by EMU on the licensing of a sugar factory in western Kenya is believed to have been behind the sacking of former Kenya Sugar Authority chief executive Rosemary Mkok, and chairman Okoth Obado. Official policy. More...

Treasury PS, Joseph Kinyua wants Efficiency Monitoring Unit in Prime Minister's Office disbanded

Butali Sugar Factory,  Malava
Butali Sugar factory in Malava and below, Treasury PS, Joseph Kinyua
Joseph Kinyua
Economics of corruption cost Kenyans Sh270bn

By our correspondents, Dec 2 2010
Every year, corruption and mismanagement of public funds rob Kenyans of Sh270 billion enough to fund free primary and secondary education for 18 years. This is taking into account the annual budget for free primary education is Sh5 billion, and subsidised secondary education Sh10 billion. The money can also cater for the budgets of the ministries of Education (Sh139 billion), Roads (Sh67 billion), Medical Services (Sh32 billion), Public Health (Sh16 billion), and Energy (Sh19 billion). Finance PS Joseph Kinyua released the shocking statistics on the cost of graft, when he appeared before a parliamentary committee. He said most of the money is lost through flawed procurement procedures. More...

Groundswell of corruption ...

Mentally-challenged woman murdered after giving birth

By Reagan Kukuni, Dec 2 2010
It was agony to the residents of Luuya in Bungoma County after a noble man raped a mad woman, impregnated her and later killed her after giving birth. Hezbon Khaosa who resides in Luuya sub-location Bungoma South is claimed to have raped this mad woman in sugarcane plantation located in the area and kept it on a low profile late last year. The residents were shocked to see her with the pregnancy but there was little they could do concerning it. She was later found on a road due to deliver and was fortunate to successfully deliver a normal bouncing baby boy after being assisted to the hospital. On hearing the news, Hezbon came back to her and requested for his child thus provoking the lady who attacked him but he overpowered and killed her. Hezbon fled after committing the crime and since then, there are no clues as to where he ran to or his hideout. It was later confirmed that he had once been reported to have impregnated a mad woman before. More...

Sex and chicken
Shamed that he will be lynched, a Samia man found having sex with hens committed suicide over the weekend.

Ocampo to name names Dec 17

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said the names of suspected masterminds of post election violence will be known in two weeks. He said he will file two cases involving six individuals at The Hague before December 17. More...

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Busia man kills himself after he was found raping a hen

By Reagan Kukuni, Dec 2 2010
It was an unusual scene to the residents of Mundulusia village in Busia town when a 26 year old man killed himself after raping a hen. Protus Ojiambo a single man from Mundulusia village in Busia town was found red-handed by his neighbor raping one of his chicken's in his home. It was said that he never releases his poultry outside during the day and instead he lives together with them in his house. His neighbor Eunice Wefwafwa heard a lot of noise made by the hen coming from Protus's house and she decided to check on him before finding him, with his pants down and the hen in his hands, full of blood. Due to the shame he had brought on himself, he decided to take his life by cutting his throat to save himself mob confrontation which he feared could course more harm on him. His body is lying at Busia district mortuary awaiting a night burial according to Samia tradition. More...

Kenyan gays hold protest demo against Raila's arrest order

By Ashley Lime, Dec 1 2010
Gays and lesbians on Wednesday held a silent march asking Prime Minister Raila Odinga to withdraw orders to arrest them. They described the statement as ‘dangerous’ and could instigate violence. On Sunday, Mr Odinga called for the arrest of gays, saying same-sex relations were unnatural and those found should be arrested. “What Raila said on Sunday we think may have been a slip of the tongue. We ask him to see the consequences and take back his words before violence erupts,” said an activist, who sought anonymity saying he feared being victimised. The group said the Prime Minister’s remarks primed them for attack. The march was part of events marking World Aids Day celebrations in Nairobi. National Aids Control Council chair Mary Getui urged more caution, despite the declining infection rate. “New infections are the fuel of the menace and we need to have our eyes focused,” Prof Getui said. Medical Services ministry assistant minister Samuel Kambi said 415,000 people were on antiretroviral drugs. US ambassador Michael Ranneberger said that his country would continue to fund Kenya’s drive to curb the HIV menace, adding that the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief would give over Sh40 billion in funds. More...

Kenyan gays and lesbians
Gay and lesbian activists protest in front of the Prime Minister’s stand at KICC grounds, Nairobi, during World Aids Day, on Wednesday. They petitioned him to retract the directive to police to arrest homosexuals. Photo: Jeniffer Muiruri

MADD & Co launch book on Aids: Kenya's leading cartoonists have launched a book on Aids based on real life stories of those living with teh stigma in Busia County. The cartoonists, who include Frank Odoi (FRAN), James Kamawira (KHAM), Paul Kelemba (MADDO) and Godfrey Mwapembwa, in collaboration with international medical aid organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) show optimism the book would help demystify HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Titled ‘The Heroes, Us!’ the book is based on real life stories, struggles and successes of adults and two children living with the disease in Busia district in western Kenya. More...
Court orders board to licence Butali sugar factory in Malava

By Kepher Otieno, Dec 1 2010
The High Court has ordered Kenya Sugar Board (KSB) to issue Butali Sugar Factory in Western with a license, ending a row over its operationalisation. This follows a successful application filed by the miller’s management to challenge attempts by the sugar regulator to rescind the decision to issue an operational license. Yesterday, after examining evidence adduced in court by both plaintiffs and defendants, Kisumu Resident Judge Justice Josphat Karanja gave Butali Sugar Factory the go-ahead to start operations. Consequently, it dismissed a defence suit filed by KSB and National Environment Management Authority (Nema) that sought orders to revoke the license. Investment Lead counsel AB Shah, PJ Otieno and Geoffrey Yego convinced the court that if the setting up of the factory was illegal then it would not have been licensed. They put up a spirited defence claiming that if the licence was revoked the factory risked losing up to Sh3 billion worth of investments that had been spent to build it. More...

Musokoto, Nambale
Western marks World Aids Day: As the world united today to mark the World Aids Day, Western Kenya was not left behind as locals in all the four counties marked the day in style. In Bungoma County, hundreds of residents converged at the Bungoma County Council compound where apart from being entertained, were treated to free testing and counseling by medical experts. Photo: Westfm More...
Defunct Ligale body may yet get new life

By Alex Ndegwa, Dec 1 2010
MPs propose the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIBRC) completes the contentious constituency boundaries review or await the formation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to undertake the task. They are also said to be toying with the idea of amending the Constitution to ‘breath life’ to the defunct commission headed by Andrew Ligale to extend its mandate or adopt the report the commission has submitted to a parliamentary committee paving way for its implementation. These are reportedly the "four clear options" that the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairperson Ababu Namwamba was referring to in a Press briefing after a closed-door meeting of MPs called to unlock the boundaries stalemate. The four options evenly represent differing positions held by the rival camps in the row sparked by the disputed distribution of 80 additional constituencies by the defunct Interim Independent Electoral Commission. In attendance at yesterday’s meeting were members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee headed by Abdikadir Mohammed and the MPs caucus led by Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto and Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni. More...

Four options proposed to resolve the stalemate over new constituencies

Ababu Namwamba
Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee Chairman Abdikadir Mohammed (left) and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Ababu Namwamba address the Press over MPs’ efforts to end the boundaries stalemate. With them is nominated MP Millie Odhiambo-Mabona. Photo: Martin Mukangu
Andrew Ligale
Embattled former IIBRC chair, Andrew Ligale
Influential cartels blocking financial reforms in Kenya

By Stephen Makabila, Dec 1 2010
Influential personalities in and outside the Government are seeking to block reforms in financial sector to ensure they preserve entrenched interests, a report on closed Charterhouse Bank says. The report, which US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger handed the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) last week, also urges for more political backing to act on the bank scandal. "This propensity to block the financial reform process is clearly evident in the recent developments related to Charterhouse Bank," reads part of the report. It indicates KACC Director PLO Lumumba has limited ability to "do the right thing" so long as certain key KACC officials remain in place. "Contacts agreed that Prof Lumumba should step forward on the Charterhouse issue to demonstrate that KACC cannot be manipulated and that in a new Kenya, impunity will not be tolerated. The Government must provide political backing for this to occur." Between 1999 and 2006, the bank reportedly helped influential traders to avoid paying at least Sh20.2 billion ($250 million) in taxes and may have been involved in other irregular and illegal transactions totalling Sh40.6 billion ($500 million). More...

Charterhouse Bank helped influential businessmen defraud the government Shs41bn and are still so powerful PLO Lumumba can't touch them

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