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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Impunity or Sacrificial Lambs?





One narrow question is defining the reform agenda in Kenya. "What's in this for our tribe?" or "How does our tribe stand to benefit from the political reform?" Honestly, these type of questions are hardly reflective of that critical agenda. Instead, Kibaki, Raila & all foreigners interested in the development of Kenya must explain to Kenyans not what's in it for their tribes but what's in it for all Kenyans. In short, these principals must demand of the Kenyan people that they be willing participants in realizing the change they believe the country needs. Any heads that role MUST ONLY do so if expediency, professionalism, efficiency, and, above all, national-interest will be realized. Otherwise we can sacrifice as many innocent and "weak" professionals as we want but as long as our political leaders continue calling the shots on how and when and where justice should be dispensed but that will not bring about the democratic and structural change that we all crave for in Kenya!
Osudi Mukhone Wa Nakhayo

Friday, August 07, 2009

We Endorse Cyprian Nyamwamu for Bomachoge!


Cyprian Orina Nyamwamu is a comrade, friend and my immediate predecessor as the Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party of Kenya.

He has thrown his hat in the ring to be the next Member of Parliament for the Bomachoge constituency in Nyanza Province. The by-election is taking place on August 27, 2009.

Even though he is running on a different party ticket, I am convinced that he is the best candidate in the field and if I had not registered in Makadara constituency in Nairobi, I would have certainly traveled to Ogembo to vote for him.
- Onyango Oloo

Below is his announcement making it official:

Communiqué from Mtumishi Cyprian Orina Nyamwamu to all our people in Bomachoge Constituency

This by election is for us to form a strong Bomachoge partnership for change!

We need a change from the way we have been doing things in the past.

We shall stop electing passengers to Parliament and elect a wise, humble, courageous and visionary leader for change.

We shall elect a leader who restates our Bill of Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the great Republic of Kenya.

We shall elect a Patriotic Kenyan who believes that all Kenyans are born equal and that all Kenyans deserve a chance.

This is why I, Mtumishi Cyprian Orina Nyamwamu

Seek your vote to represent and serve the people of Bomachoge in Parliament.

Today, 4th August 2009, I have presented my nomination papers to vie for the Bomachoge by elections on a Safina ticket.

I now humbly, tender this application to all the men, women, children and Voters of Bomachoge constituency to elect Me, Mtumishi Cyprian Orina Nyamwamu for as Member of Parliament for Bomachoge.

1. This is my application to all the voters of Bomachoge constituency:

I shall be running to become your Member of Parliament for Bomachoge on August 27, 2009. Your vote is not only for you but also for your children, your family and the whole constituency. It is a vote to end poverty in Bomachoge; Family after Family, Village after Village.

My Campaign has established committees in all the 130 polling stations. Each Polling station Committee has 20 leaders. Each polling Station Committee leader is responsible for coordinating the door to door campaigns being carried out by volunteers for my campaign. My Campaign is working to deliver for change at every polling station. This will be the opportunity for all of us Bomachoge citizens to elect wisely.

2. Kenyans, Kofi Annan, Barrack Obama and the world shall be watching.

I have a right to lead this constituency. I am a serious candidate. I am a true, courageous, proud, visionary and competent. I am a son of this constituency. I am Leader not a follower.

This by- election is at the right time, when history is on the move and Africans are taking charge of their destiny.

The whole of Kenya shall be in Bomachoge.

This is the time to put Bomachoge in the Kenyan Map by electing a tested and tried visionary leader.

3. Elect a leader with an Agenda.

We shall not allow our people to get lost again. We do not want people to regret once again after casting their ballot on August 27; we must become clear that the time for electing PASSENGERS is over. This is the time to elect a leader:

Who shall unite our people! We want the end of the DIVIDE and RULE.

Who shall wisely and courageously fight for our youth to get employment and skills.

Who shall fight for our farmers to get better incomes for their tea.

Who shall fight for our business people to access credit and markets

Who shall be trusted with our CDF and resources such as LATF

Who understands how government works.

Who understands how parliament works.

Who understands how the judiciary works.

Who understands how the provincial administration works

Who understands how Kenya works as a members of EAC, IGADD, the AU, the UN.

Who understands the National Accord and Agenda Number 4 so that we can work to end poverty, inequalities, devolve resources, strength our institutions and end the 800,000 cases piling in the courts; so that we shall punish those who sponsor killings of others like we saw in 2007/8.

We want to elect a leader not a passenger in Parliament.

We want a leader who shall Market Bomachoge in Kenya and Africa and increase investments through forming and strengthening new cooperatives, new Companies, new Business Associations, new NGOs, new Trusts and New Foundations.

We want a leader who shall fight for the Bomachoge and the Kenya we Want by fighting corruption and holding government to be account and ensuring that Goldenberg, Anglo leasing and other corruption cases are resolved and never repeated again. There are many cases of corruption in the budget such as the Kenren fertilizer company that we keep paying hundreds of millions for every year yet the fertilizer factory is NON EXISTENT! We want this corruption to stop so that people can get medicines in hospitals and roads can be built..

We want a leader who shall deliver better hospitals, better education, better roads, and better services in offices, electricity and a better environment; water and security for all of us.

We want a leader who shall fight crime.

These are the issues of this election. I know that I can deliver on this Agenda.

4. No violence no Voter bribery and vote buying.

We shall ensure that there is NO VIOLENCE and there is ZERO TOLERACE to voter buying and voter bribery. This by-election is not for people to be given money.

We must vote with our brains. This By election is for us to write the exam properly NOT to be given money. All of us must wake up on August 27 and vote wisely. We want this election to be peaceful, free and fair. We want EVERY registered voter to turn up and vote wisely.

5. My first 100 Days in office as Bomachoge MP:

5.1 Bomachoge Foundation
1) Samwel Onuko
2) Dismas Oyieko
3) Dr. Naftali Oirere
4) Eucabeth Obara
5) Joram Makori
6) Gideon Achwoga
7) Onyancha Ombongi
8) Morris Mbegera
9) Lumumba Onderi

5.2 Bomachoge Constituency Convention Assembly

3 represntatives from each polling station Shall meet every six months and its Steering committee shall meet every three months. It shall have the following working committees that shall be serving every two years:-

A. Public Administration and Security public administration chiefs, Dos, DC, DDC, Provincial administration.
• the police and police service
• Policy and legislation
• Land boards
• County, Town and municipal council administration
• security strategy
• performance monitoring and evaluation
• population policy
• family and social issues
• Culture and cultural policies
• council of elders
• arbitration and traditional conflict resolution system

B Infrastructure, And Urbanization Committee
• Communications and IT
• Transport
• Electricity and energy sources
• Special Programmes and disaster management
• Roads and bridges
• Sports stadia
• Social halls
• Markets and trading centers

C. Education, Training and Placement Committee
• Performance of public and private primary and secondary Schools
• Village polytechnics and artisan skills
• Career advice and counseling
• Colleges and university education Programme
• Human resource, personnel and career development
• Link with university students
• Job placements
• Entrepreneurship training

D. Health And Human Services Committee
• Sanitation and preventive health
• Medical services, staffing, facilities and financing
• Alcohol and drugs control and treatment services
• Maternal health
• First aid services
• Public health education
• Planned parenthood/ family planning services
• HIV AIDS control and treatment
• Social protection for the poor and vulnerable
• Persons with disabilities

E. Environmental Conservation And Renewal Committee
• Community conservation committees (CCC)in each of the sub locations
• Rivers
• Wetlands – ebirubo
• Water catchments areas
• Soil conservation
• Agro-forestry
• Environmental assessments

F. Agriculture, Livestock And Food Security Committee
• Tea sector reforms and capacity building
• Banana sector income building strategy
• Cash crops development Programme
• Nutrition farming and food security strategy
• Land use policy and incentives framework
• Livestock expansion and modernization Programme
• Agro processing

G. Investments, Commerce And Resource Mobilization Committee
• Banking services and insurance
• Cooperative sector development ( the Partnership Cooperative Development
SACCO – PACODES)
• The Bomachoge Business Council
• Markets administration and development
• Trade insurance
• Investment support and services

H. CDF and Projects Committee
• We want this committee to be elected by the people’s delegates. If we had each polling station electing 5 delegates to the meet at each location, then each location can elect 20 delegates to the Constituency Electoral College for purposes of electing the 15 members of the CDF committees
• The Committee’s functions and roles are clearly outlined under the Act but what we now must do is to make this process more consultative, open and transparent.

I. Liaison, Policy And Dialogue Committee
• Serve as the Development Policy Think Tank or coordinate policy think
tanks
• Liaison with the KNUT , workers,
• Civil society
• Liaison with the National debates and policy processes
• Liaison with the Gusii Development forums

I will be recommending for your approval Jesse Onsando to head this committee since he has already taken up the responsibilities of representing Bomachoge constituency in the Gusii Professionals Development Forum.

J. The Bomachoge Constituency Convention Assembly Steering Committee
• Shall constitute each of the conveners and secretaries of the 9 committees, the convener of the women Convention, convener of the youth convention and convener of the Teachers and workers' representative.
• Shall meet every six months
• Shall receive reports from the MP on his performance
• Shall receive reports from each town council and county council on the
application of funds and the performance of each elected civic leader.
• Shall convene ward convention assemblies which shall receive reports of
performance of each elected and nominated councilor every four months as
outlined here in.

5.3 Elect CDF committee

Each of the 7 locations shall nominate 30 leaders making it a total of 210 leaders meeting to elect the 15 members of CDF

5.4 The Gucha Community Progress Complex
Bomachoge should urgent build a complex that shall be the engine of transformation in Bomachoge. The Complex shall house
1) The Gucha Cultural and Multi-Purpose Hall
2) School for special needs children
3) Offer High quality Civic and Conference centre and hostels
4) Diploma and certificates courses in liaison with KIM and Kenyatta
University
5) Farmers Training college
6) Offer Banking Halls for several banks to take advantage of the business
potential in Gucha
7) House the Bomachoge SACCO

5.5 Within 200 Days,
Institute the Adopt-a-school-Programme in all the primary and secondary schools in Bomachoge Constituency.

5.6 Hold a walk
To raise the first 5 Million shillings for a Widows and orphans programme

6. United we stand, divided we shall fall!

This by election is a blessing. It is our time to unite and stop the divide and rule tactic that has been used to fragment us and keep us poor. The way forward is for each and every one of us; kera omosweta; to be a Partner for Change.

Join the Partnership for Change and together we shall form a strong movement for change in Bomachoge and work with the rest of the nation to change our lives. When united we shall work for a better future. We shall end poverty family by family, village by village! This election is therefore about you and not about Mtumishi Nyamwamu or this politician or that. This election is the by-election of HOPE in Bomachoge.

HOPE for employment for our youth
HOPE for unity
HOPE for visionary, selfless and Courageous Leadership
HOPE for better use of CDF
HOPE for the protection and promotion of the rights of each and everyone in
Bomachoge
HOPE for a better education for every child
HOPE for farmers to earn better incomes for their tea and other produce
HOPE for better medication
HOPE for better roads and infrastructure
HOPE for security in our homes and business premises
HOPE for electricity and water for our constituency
HOPE for a united, peaceful and prosperous Kenyan nation

So vote wisely. Make sure you vote for your life and the life of your children.


God bless you.

Your friend

Cyprian Orina Nyamwamu, Mtumishi

Partnership for Change.


To Support the Cyprian Nyamwamu Campaign:

M-PESA - 0710 412 236


To read profile and issues of the Bomachoge campaign:
http://blog.marsgroupkenya.org/?p=1096

Monday, August 03, 2009

KENYA SAYS NO TO OLD AND OBSOLETE RIVER NILE WATER PACT WITH EGYPT AND SUDAN

KENYA HAS TAKEN A FIRM STAND IN REJECTING OLD AND ABSOLETE COLONIAL AGREEMENTS SIGNED BETWEEN BRITAIN, EGYPT AND SUDAN ON THE LAKE VICTORIA AND RIVER NILE WATERS.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

KENYA has taken a bold and firm stance in rejecting as” old and obsolete” all colonial agreements signed many years ago between her former colonial power, the Great Britain, Egypt and Sudan on the use of shared waters of both Lake Victoria and River Nile.

This was one of the ten points resolution contained in the draft statement issued to the press at the end of a one day workshop held at the lakeside City of Kisumu.

The workshop dubbed, ”awareness and creation of sensitivities on the proposed Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement [CFA}”, was held at the posh Imperial Hotel, and was attended by five cabinet Ministers of the Kenya government and more than 20 members of Parliament and senior government officials and experts from the East African Community.

The attending ministers were, Water Development Minister Mrs Charity K. Ngilu, the Minister for Public Services Dalmas Otieno, the Minister for Lands James Aggrey Orengo, the Minister for Fisheries Dr. Paul Nyongesa Otuoma and the Minister for East African Affairs Jefferson Amason Kingi.

MPs present were Hon Peter Njuguna Gitau,Hon Ababu Namwamba,Hon John Olago Aluoch, Hon Fred Outa, Hon Prof Patrick Ayirecho Olueny,Hon David Koech,Hon,Silas Washiali,Hon.Shakeel Ahmed Shabir,Hon Elijah Lagat,Hon Oyugi Magwanga, and Hon. Yusuf Chanzu.

The draft resolution was read to newsmen by the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Rev Mutava Musyimi. It said in part, “The importance of the Lake Victoria Basin water resources and the on-going negotiations on the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework {CFA} were some of the major issues discussed”.

It went on to state that during the consultations on the above issues, the Kenyan Mps noted with great concern that Lake Victoria is a national and natural asset that is very key to the survival and development of Kenya within the lake basin and the nation as a whole.’.

The more details of facts and figures regarding Lake Victoria water resources is required as different riparian countries appeared to hold unreconciled data. In other words the riparian countries appear not to be reading from the same script.

The Ministers and MPs resolved that the downstream riparian countries, specifically, the Sudan and Egypt, which contributes very little water into the basin and yet are the largest users of the waters do not contribute to investments and management of the water catchments in the upper riparian countries which sustain the Lake Victoria and the River Nile.

They resolved that all the previous legal instruments on which they {Sudan and Egypt] seem to rely on are now moribund and therefore have no current validity.

The Ministers and MPs further noted with great concern that the water level in Lake Victor attributed to the unregulated release of water from Lake Victoria through the Owen Falls and Bujagali hydro power stations in Jinja, Uganda. “This has seriously undetermined development projects in Kenya and must be brought under control”, the statement said, adding that Kenya must assess the net benefits of being party to the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework agreements before the same is adopted and endorsed by the National Assembly.

The participants defiantly declared that meanwhile, and before the conclusion and ratification of the cooperative framework, Kenya will continue to invest in projects within its side of the basin that will impact positively and advance its interests without regard to the old and obsolete agreements.

The workshop further resolved that the article of the framework confer obligations to riparian member countries who otherwise do not benefit equally from implementation of the agreement. A fund will be established to be applied in the management of water catchment areas and the same be entrenched in the agreement.

It was further noted that the two downstream riparian states namely Sudan and Egypt have an obligation to make substantial contributions towards environmental conservation and sustainable development of the water catchment areas, specifically in the Kenya’s highlands.

The Ministers and the legislators resolved that more consultations should be undertaken to create consensus and awareness amongst stakeholders before ratification.

At the workshop, speaker after speaker severely criticized Ugandan of being dishonest with its partner states in the EAC and for recklessness in releasing Lake Victoria waters to the downstream riparian.

It was also disclosed during the deliberations at the workshop that Tanzania has unilaterally taken the bold steps of using Lake Victoria waters for irrigating its rice fields with remarkable success and in total disregard to the existing agreements signed many years ago, while that country was still known as Tanganyika under the British Colonies. The speakers urged Kenya to follow suit.

In her opening remarks, the Kenyan Water Development Minister Mrs Charity K. Ngilu said the workshop’s main objective was meant to create awareness among Members of Parliament on the Nile Basin Initiative. It was deliberately organized by her Ministry to enhance awareness to MPs and seek their support in discussing and rallying the Cooperative Framework Agreement once it is brought before Parliament.

The Minister told the participants that Lake Victoria is a very important water resource to the people of Kenya and hence indispensable to the nation.

The Lake Victoria Basin alone harbors 54 percent of the Kenya’s surface water resources and about 50 per cent of the country’s population entirely rely on the waters of the Lake Victoria Basin on the Kenyan side.

She went on, ”The efficient and effective utilization of the waters of Lake Vitoria and the rivers feeding into the lake is crucial to our country, and plays a great role in the development of various sectors, especially in the field of agricultural activities, hydro power, domestic use and environmental balance. “In order to effectively develop and use the shared water resources of the Nile River Basin, there is need to have a level playing field that allows mobilization of the required resources for such development”, she added.

Ngilu said that it is regrettable that today there is no Nile River Agreement that is in force and which is acceptable to the ten Nile Basin States. This, she said, is because the existing agreements were not negotiated by the independent Nile Basin riparian states, and were based on rights and not equitable and reasonable utilization of the shared water resources as they ought to have benefits.

It is indeed on this understanding, she said, that Kenya as a riparian state of the Nile Basin had agreed to go to the negotiation table with other states.

The Minister said that it is against this background that Kenya’s position, with regards to these existing colonial agreements has been very clear and equivocal, that such colonial agreements, that were never negotiated by the independent Kenya are not binding her.

It is on the same note that the Draft Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement that has been negotiated for more than ten years be signed and ratified.

The Minister said that in order to achieve a peaceful and sustainable utilization of any shared resources, the states must cooperate, which requires an agreement that provides clearly the rights and obligation of each state that are regulated by an established River Nile Basin Commission, as the proposed Nile River Basin Commission..

Since its inception in 1997, Kenya has benefited from some tangible projects initiated through the Nile Basin Initiative. “The contribution of these projects to socio-economic development, poverty alleviation, and enhancement of food security among the basin communities cannot be overemphasized”, said added.

She also talked about part of article 14 [b] on water security that is provided to replace the article on existing agreements on water security. The Council of Ministers met in DRC Congo during the month of May this year, where the negotiated Cooperative Framework Agreement was adopted, and further agreed to annex article 14[b] that will be resolved through consultation within six months.

Again, she explained, from 2006-2007, the Nile Council of Ministers held discussions on the Draft Cooperative Framework Agreement and concluded by agreeing on all articles except 14[b]

Ends

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Difference Between Living in Kenya and the USA!

All,
I have been thinking of Kenya with great nostalgia even though I do make frequent trips to that place (Kenya). Previously I was even thinking, seriously, of relocating to Kenya within the next 12 months (for good) as I have investments that would "ordinarily" allow me to live there without ever working for anybody...

Investments aside, I have done some serious thinking and since I live in the United States of America I have concluded that, and in comparison to Kenya:

a) There may be "wealthy" people in Kenya but they still cannot compare to the middle-class in the USA. Being wealthy in Kenya means driving a Range Rover, living in Runda, taking your kids to good (expensive schools), et cetera. It does not mean that you are not a target for carjacking and your kids being targets of kidnapping...

Being middle-class in the United States means that you own your home and you live in a neighborhood with security and peace. It means that your children have a realistic chance at either becoming "middle class" or achieving the "highest level of excellence" they can given equal opportunities (in most cases).

b) Being "upper middle class" in Kenya means that "you can fly from Nairobi to Kisumu regularly" while in the US flying from point A to point B is the cheapest and most convenient way of traveling within the United States.

c) Being wealthy in Kenya means that occasionally, you can go on vacation abroad (mostly Dubai or sometimes Europe) while most of Americans going to Kenya as tourists are not even considered middle-class in the US. The wealthy Americans buy homes in their desired exotic destinations (using legally generated money.. not stolen money).

d) Living in Kenya as an ordinary Kenyan means that you are doomed for life as there is no realistic chance of upward mobility (save for the lucky 0.1% who manage to move upwards due to their professions e.g doctors, lawyers, etc). Living in America, whether you are starting from the ghetto, means that there is still hope for a better life. You just have to dream big, work hard, and "go get yours". MAJORITY of Kenyans doing well in the United States would probably be tarmacking in Kenya even with their university degrees...

e) Living in Kenya means that mediocre but well-connected people e.g sons and daughters of political class will be your "bosses for life" while in the United States most of the time, corporate titans and political bigwigs are ordinary people with ordinary family backgrounds. Also, in the US, your boss (employer) could easily be your college friend who started his/her company e.g google, facebook, twitter, etc. If you get a job in Kenya you will most likely be working for either a dinosaur boss (over 60 yrs of age) who knows nothing about social-networking technologies.. ***They still have secretaries type their emails..*

f) Tribalism vs Racism: Kenya is becoming a MORE tribalist society where your tribe MATTERS in almost all aspects of productive life while the United States is becoming "less and less" racist-- meaning that the trend towards equal opportunity for all is becoming practical in the United States...

g) The Average Life Expectancy in Kenya is about 55-yrs while in the United States is about 79 yrs.

h) The US Passport is the mother of all Passports you can go anywhere without problems. In fact, you can rent and drive a car in most countries in the world with just your US Passport. The Kenyan passport can get you killed in some places e.g Migingo Island.. smile Kidding here.. but you get the point, ama?

i) When Kenyan parents force their kids to study sciences/medicine/engineering because those are the only fields that offer "a promising future", Americans generally have a lot of options in life-- everything pays in the US provided that one is good at what they are doing.... even writing "self-help books" can net you millions of dollars. Art (artists) and athletes are very appreciated in the US so if you have those talents, you will be ok.

j) Entrepreneurship: America is the best place in the entire world to start a business and succeed.. this is because of a combination of large qualified consumer market, business networks & incubators, and fabulous business schools and engineering schools.. Americans CAN DO attitude is also awesome.

In other words my dear friends, in this interconnected world of internet, VoIP phone service, Video-conferencing, etc communications, I do think that America offers the best of both worlds... whenever you miss home/Kenya, you can easily connect via video technology and communicate with the people you miss in real time....airfare to Kenya from the US is also very affordable (compared to back in the day when people had to budget and save for years before they can fly)...

Kind regards,

Respectfully,

Last edited by Doctor Masinde (Yesterday 20:47:00)
Dr. Fred Shamalla Masinde, MB; ChB, DDS
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES!!!!



Dee Lee, CFP
Harvard Financial Educators

For those of you who heard it, this is the article Dee Lee was reading this morning on a New York radio station. For those of you who didn't hear it, this is very deep. This is a heavy piece and a Caucasian wrote it.

Dee Lee

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES
We can continue to reap profits from the Blacks without the effort of physical slavery. Look at the current methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED, and SELFISHNESS..

Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once said, 'The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.' We now live in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes &Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that prov ide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along), but few read consistently, if at all..

GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal. Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their 450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).

Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it.. Being primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.

They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, And they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them 'Status' or that they have achieved their Dream.

They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty because their greed holds them back from collectively making better communities.

With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he doesn't want their money, and look at how the fools spend more with him than ever before!). They'll continue to show off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from our businesses that we market to them.

SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois said that there was an innate division in their culture. A 'Talented Tenth' he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are segments of their culture that has achieved some 'form' of success.

However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn't read that the 'Talented Tenth' was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented Ninety Percent in achieving a better life.. Instead, that segment has created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people or aids them in a condescending manner. They will never achieve what we have.. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together on any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get together, their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their community.

They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels, and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness? They steadfastly refuse to see that Together Each Achieves More (TEAM)..

They do not understand that they are no better than each other because of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.


Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read, continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are 'helping' their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don't worry about any of them reading this letter, remember, 'THEY DON'T READ!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What is Africa International University?


Dear friends of NEGST,

Many of you have heard about Africa International University (AIU). You are aware that we are vigorously pursuing a university charter, and that we want the impact of NEGST to widen and deepen through AIU. But you’ve been asking for more details.

We propose to form Africa International University as a private Christian university composed of several constituent schools, of which NEGST is the first. The Vision of AIU is Christ centered leaders in Africa educated to transform God’s people and world.

We believe students will come to AIU for several features that set AIU apart. Because AIU is committed to partnering in God’s mission in all of life, we will appeal to prospective students in a variety of fields who want an education that takes biblical perspectives seriously. AIU places students at the centre of the learning experience and provides educational opportunities and experiences that facilitate self-discovery, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, and professional development. With our passionate commitment to scholarship as mission, we will focus on academic excellence, innovative and relevant research, and life-long learning.

The Three Schools
The university will initially comprise three schools. The first is NEGST, which shall continue to function with its purpose, mission and values as the school of theology, but integrated into those of the university. Some consolidating of departments and shifting of other departments may be useful in light of the initiation of new schools.

The second is the Institute for the Study of African Realities (ISAR) with its focus on the interface between church and society. Originally an entity within NEGST, ISAR will now exist as a sister school beside NEGST. We envision a focus on peace and reconciliation studies, possibly up to the doctoral level; law, ethics and governance; research; and continuing education.

The third is the School of Professional Studies (SPS). The focus of this school will be on professions for the market-place and civic arena in the context of formal learning experiences. This will be the home of programmes in psychology, education, leadership and business, among others. Its curriculum will be integrative, interdisciplinary, and holistic, with a pedagogy that provides for adult interactive learning.

The university will have a vice chancellor and a deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs over all the schools. Each entity will have its own dean (SPS, NEGST) or director (ISAR) who will carry responsibility for the development, implementation, administration, and management of the programmes and academic life of the school or institute.

Interaction and Cooperation

The three schools of the university will cooperate with each other on several levels. NEGST offers core courses foundational to all degree programmes offered in the three schools. ISAR’s research should help sensitize and shape the programmes offered in the other schools. Faculty from each school will be used in the other schools as needed. For example, the education department, though located in the SPS, will continue to offer church-based education programmes for NEGST.

All students will take a common core of integrative courses that include foundations of Christian life and mission, hermeneutics, Bible & moral issues, leadership, and research. Such a core is vital for engaging all branches of knowledge in a way that is biblical and missional. Critical to this pursuit then is a core of University teaching staff that strives to integrate the evangelical faith with their disciplines.

Thank you for your interest in the future of NEGST and AIU. Please pray with us that God will bring the university to fruition.

Blessings,

M. Douglas Carew, Ph.D

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama's Speech in Cairo!



The fault finders of this speech, are either not good English students or deliberately deaf. The speech sets a bench mark for reassessment of the relationship West and Islamic states and argues for the necessity of genuine dialogue.
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It isn't that they don't hear, they are simply tone deaf...all they can respond to is fear and hate mongering. To them the voice of reason is akin to nails scraping a chalkboard, it simply isn't tolerable in their world.
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I am proud of my President !
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i'm proud of your president too! lol
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My heart soars for the 'heartsong' our President had the courage and the compassion he so beautifully expressed. After so many years of self serving Presidents from Reagan on.........to the stupidest bully of the last 8 years that almost brought this Country down. The principals of self examination, contempt prior to investigation and to be true to thy self brought me to tears. To learn to accept differences of other Countries and other peoples is behavior of a secure, God fearing human being and truly a spiritual path that will heal our World.

I am so proud of this man. He listens. He demonstrates he can be trusted. I will stay informed and I write to him often my opinion. Why? Because one person matters....when we join together, not because we are alike but because we have a common goal: World peace, acceptance of all peoples and to practice principals over personalities.

I am so very proud and it is the first time since I was 16 and protested the
Vietnam War. Peoples of America? Let's follow this great man's suggestions; embrace differences, learn about those who are different, learn to walk in acceptance instead of fear. Our Creator represents all peoples. All races.

Lost_souls_rembered? It's whomever comes to you mind and fills your heart. Reach out to someone different today. Take just one baby step. "You will come to know a new freedom and happiness. Fear of economic insecurity will leave us." ~BB
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When's the last time you remember citizens of a Muslim country giving an American president a standing ovation and cheering USA! USA! USA! following a speech?

Blessed are the peacemakers, God bless you President Obama!

This can be a historic moment for all three great religions to come together in hopes of peace.

God Bless the United States of America for having the courage in electing Barack Obama!
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I can't ever recall such a time, what does come to mind is a shoe being thrown when the previous "ruler" had control of the U.S.A and went to a predominant Muslim country. This is truly change the world can believe in, and it couldn't have come sooner.
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Greaaaaat speech. Obama brings people together, in America and around the world.
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A wonderous blend. Always a happy surprise.
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For the first time in a very long time, more than the shameful 8 years of Bush; Clintons too, have I felt pride, encouraged and safe with our President Obama. We were truly blessed to have collectively as a Nation elected this man. Throughout his message, you could feel the compassion, the all including of all peoples, the admonishment to stop holding others w/o inward reflection. I wept .........I truly wept for this moment I feel hope. I felt the Creator of mankind in my spirit move....God bless this planet, it's people and I pray we truly start practicing accepting differences in others, learning about those differences and respecting peoples of all races, religions and countries. God bless us all. I forgive you President Bush. You are just ignorant and stupid but I forgive you for the destruction you have brought upon this world. lost_souls_rembered? It's whomever comes to your mind and lives in your heart. peace
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Polished butt kissin`
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and could you find just ONE positive thing to say Michele? Just one or are you in need of the compassion that our President expressed? I accept you and our differences. Be safe and blessed. I pray for your enlightenment.
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We Love 'em too :)
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Wow!
One of the best speeches I've ever heard from a president.
The beauty of Obama is that he doesn't tell us we should be good people, he reminds us that we already are inherently good.
With a little bit of effort, we can make the world what we want it to be.
I appreciate the fact that he honestly lays blame for our ills where it should be.
On all of us.
Because it will take all of us to fix it.
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Not the most earth-shattering speech, but that's a GOOD thing in my book. It was assertive yet humble, and exactly the tone I'd like to hear from a diplomatic world leader. Let us make sure that our deeds reflect our words.
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Not earth shattering!?!
Think for a minute where he was and who he was addressing.
This man has a very large pair to get up there like that.
I can't name another person on this planet that could get up there under the circumstances and deliver that kind of speech.
Sorry, I just really disagree.
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I agree that it was a beautiful and important speech. Perhaps I didn't express myself well -- what I meant was that this address *alone* isn't a panacea. The words must be backed with complimentary actions in order for it to make any lasting impact. I also meant to convey that it wasn't "earth-shattering" in the hyperbolic sense; in other words, I thought that it was humble and not inflammatory in any way.
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There is another person in this planet's history who could make such a speech. His name was...

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
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I'm so proud that we finally have an intelligent, articulate President of the United States after enduring that last trainwreck.
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President Obama did 200 times more to promote world peace in that 55 minutes than Bush/Cheney did in 8 years.
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200 is a bit low.
How do measure it starting in negative numbers?
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We are indeed fortunate to have elected an extremely intelligent, eloquent, and brave person to be our leader.

I believe President Obama's words will echo in history if his ideas are allowed to blossom in the minds and hearts of the international community.
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proud to be an American...thank you Mr. President.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

REQUEST FROM UGANDA!

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy towards African Dictators is not succeeding, and that the natives may soon face a threat in Africa more serious than any we have known since the Mugabe war. We are requesting you to chart a clear and determined course for meeting the threat of undemocratic leaders in Africa like His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Dictator of the Republic of Uganda. We urge you to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and your friends and allies around the world in Africa. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Dictatorship regimes from power in Africa namely in Libya, Zimbabwe, Congo, Sudan and Uganda. We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.

The strategy of “suppression” of African Dictators like Robert Mugabe has been steadily eroding over the past several regimes. As recent events have demonstrated, your country can no longer depend on her partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to espouse the sanctions or to punish African Dictators when they evade U.S.A and its policies in Africa. Your ability to ensure that African famous dictators are not producing the various terrorist organizations like the East African Terrorist group groomed by Museveni to disturb the neighboring countries namely Rwanda and Congo, therefore, has substantially shrieked. Even if full follow-up was eventually to start as you promised in your inauguration speech, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to deal with such bad regimes since they are supported financially by the People’s Republic of China. As a result, in the not-too-distant future U.S.A will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether in Africa such leaders can be dealt with for their terrorist movements and crimes committed against humanity.
Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Africa. It hardly needs to be added that if Africa dictators are left alone and oppress their people when powerful countries that can help are standing indifferent to the crimes committed, then the safety of American foreign policy in the region, of U.S.A friends and allies like Liberia and the moderate African states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of mineral products will all be put at peril. As we have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the second part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how U.S.A handles this threat.

Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the cooperation of the Africa Dictators, is dangerously laughable. The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Africa will with the help of China eliminate the policies of U.S.A and therefore continues with the crimes against humanity like in Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Eastern Congo et al. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake strong action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing these Dictators especially President Museveni of the Republic of Uganda and President Bashir of Islamic Republic of Sudan and their regimes from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy in Africa.

We urge you to articulate this aim, and to turn your Administration's attention to implementing a strategy for removing these regimes from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. Although we are fully aware of the opposition and difficulties in implementing this policy, we believe the dangers of failing to do so are far greater.

We push for you to act decisively. If you act now to end this threat against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If you accept a course of weakness and gist, you put your interests and the lives of the people who are helpless at risk.
Sincerely,
Katto Amons R. James
Mafigiri Davids T. Ireen
Eric Turyamureeba N. Phionah
Jerry Hastings Turwomwe Betty
Paul Frank Kiiza Francis
Nabwire Francis Abubaker Hussain
Abraham Nkasheeka Kamuntu Michael

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

RENOWNED LAW DON, PROF.OKOTH-OGENDO DIES!


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 - Constitutional expert Professor Hastings Winston Opinya Okoth-Ogendo went to Addis Ababa last week on invitation from the United Nations to deliver a paper on Land Policy and evidently hoped to return home. But this was not to be.

He left the country on April 18, on assignment of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa but fell ill soon after delivering the paper at the Ethiopian Capital. His condition got worse on Thursday and he eventually died on Friday 24 April, while undergoing treatment at an Intensive Care Unit.

His body was flown back to Kenya on Tuesday with all flight expenses and mortuary transportation costs met by the UN, according to the Funeral Committee Chairman Sam Ogutha.

“The UN has met all the expenses from Addis Ababa to the Lee Funeral Home. We have now embarked on burial arrangements,” said Mr Ogutha of PPD Consultants Limited.

“We are awaiting the results of the post-mortem,” he added.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was among those who received the body said it is unfortunate that Prof Ogendo “died even before his work could be acknowledged in Kenya.”

Mr Odinga said: “Prof Ogendo has played a great role in constitution-making. It is unfortunate that he died before his work could be appreciated,” he told reporters at the Lee Funeral Home soon after viewing the late Prof Ogendo’s body.

The late Prof Ogendo is well remembered for his contribution to the country’s law review process as vice chairman of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC).

Mr Odinga described him as “the best legal expert in land law and constitution in the country” having helped write one for Kenya and other African countries.

“He has written land policies for many countries in Africa like Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, in fact that is what he went to do in Addis Ababa where he handed in a new land policy for the Ethiopian government,” the PM said.

Medical Services Minister Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o recalled his hey days with the late Professor, saying has been in constant touch with him even when he was in Ethiopia.

“We have had a lifetime relationship as friends and colleagues. In fact, about three weeks ago he called me and told me that there was a brother of his who had done lab technology that he wanted to get a job for. I still have an SMS from him to that effect,” he said.

Prof Ogendo’s wife Ruth was overcome by emotion and could not speak to journalists.

Two of his sons and a daughter were also present at the mortuary but were equally unable to speak. Another of his son and a daughter are out of the country but were expected for the funeral.

The late Prof Ogendo was born in 1944, and attended Maseno and Alliance High schools before proceeding to the University of East Africa in Dar-es Salaam.

He later went to the Oxford University for a Bachelors Degree in Civil Law before joining the University of Yale for a Doctorate of Science in Law between 1973 and 1978.

He has taught at the University of Nairobi, Boston University and New York University Law Schools.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LEADER OF THE MONTH!


The Kenyan Diaspora Pro-democracy Movement honors the Hon. Mrs. Lydiah A. Achode for her exemplary work at the Judiciary this month.Mrs. Lydia Awino Achode is the Registrar of the High Court of Kenya and an Advocate. She was confirmed as the Registrar after having competently acted in that capacity for three months. Prior to this she had been the Chief Court Administrator having been appointed to that position in the year 2004.

She is experienced in the areas of Civil and Criminal Law and Procedure, Commercial Litigation, Taxation Law, as well as Gender and Family Law having routinely adjudicated on these areas of law as magistrate for a period spanning over twenty years. Her key competencies include; integrity, ethics, leadership, teamwork, training, recognition, communication and continuous improvement.

She begun her career on the bench as a District Magistrate II (Prof.) at the Kericho Law Courts in 1986 and was promoted two years later to the post of Resident Magistrate. She was posted at Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi where she served in this capacity from 1988 to 1994.

In 1994 she was transferred to Mombasa Law Court as a Senior Resident Magistrate having been promoted. While there, her hard work and due diligence were again recognized when she was promoted to Principle Magistrate in the year 2000 and to Senior Principle Magistrate 2004.

Her impeccable record also got her appointed as the Anti-Corruption Magistrate in respect of the Coast Region and North-Eastern Province in the year 2004, a position she held until she got appointed as the Chief Court Administrator.
Ms. Achode was born on the 25th of June 1962 and is married with four children.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

13th ANNUAL WEGE FOUNDATION LECTURE AT AQUINAS COLLEGE!


The Wege Foundation and Aquinas College are pleased to announce the 13th Annual Wege Foundation Speaker, Dr. Thomas J. Lovejoy, biodiversity chair and past president (2002-2008) of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Lovejoy's lecture, Climate Change: Prospects for Nature, will be in the Aquinas Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road SE on Friday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. with a reception immediately to follow.

Thomas Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity”. He currently holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment based in Washington, DC. He served as President of the Heinz Center from 2002-2008. Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Spanning the political spectrum, Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. At the core of this many influential positions are Lovejoy’s seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Lovejoy holds B.S. and Ph.D. (biology) degrees from Yale University.

The lecture and the reception are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
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Studying Psychology? Interested in Graduate School? Clubs and Organizations
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The Aquinas College Psychology Club will be hosting a speaker Tuesday April 7th at 5:15 PM in the Wege Ballroom. Prof.Lois Owens from GVSU will be speaking about the MSW program that the school offers. This is a great opportunity to learn about graduate schools and will be a good first step in one's search! You can even bring your dinner up if you need to!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

KENYA: SEVEN NEW JUDGES SWORN-IN!


Seven new judges sworn-in
Written By:PPS , Posted: Thu, Apr 02, 2009

President Mwai Kibaki has asked Court of Appeal and High Court judges to strictly adhere to the rule of law when discharging their duties.

Speaking after witnessing the swearing-in of two appellate and five puisne judges at State House Nairobi Thursday, President Kibaki expressed confidence that they will uphold the rule of law and serve Kenyans without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

The newly sworn-in judges were Hon. Mr. Justice Alnashir Ramazanali Magan Visram and Hon. Mr. Justice Joseph Gregory Nyamu of the Court of Appeal.

Others were High Court judges Justice Mr. Aggrey Otsyula Muchelule, Lady Justice Florence Nyaguthi Muchemi, Lady Justice Maureen Akinyi Odero, Lady Justice Abida Ali-Aroni and Justice Mr. Said Chitembwe.

"I am sure you are capable and will perform your duties well and set a good example for the rest," the Head of State told the judges.

The swearing-in ceremony, which was also witnessed by Chief Justice Evan Gicheru and Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura was conducted by High Court Registrar Mrs. Lydiah Achode.

Elsewhere, the high court broke for its first vacation this year; however the lower courts-chief magistrate's court will continue with its normal business.

There will be a duty judge who will be conducting the matters that have been certified as urgent.

The vacation is expected to end on the 21st of this month.

MICHIGAN'S MATH MEAP SCORES RISE FOR THE 4TH YEAR IN A ROW!


Jennifer Granholm: So glad to report some good news for Michigan's future: just released - Michigan's math MEAP scores rose for the 4th YEAR IN A ROW! Great news for those kids; many, many thanks to Michigan teachers. Let's keep up the terrific progress --

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Free Methodist Church of Kenya Elects Its First Bishop!

On March 30-31, Kenyan Free Methodist pastors and delegates met to establish the Kenya Jurisdictional General Conference and two Annual Conferences. Rev. Nixon Azere Dingili was elected first Bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Kenya.Rev. Dingili did his undergraduate studies at Kenya Highlands Bible College and graduate studies at Hope Africa University. He is married to Rev. Neddy Dingili, an alumni of the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology and the Lord has blessed them with two beautiful children- Leslie and Keslie. Last year Rev. Nixon Dingili represented the Free Methodist Church of Kenya at the meetings of the Free Methodist World Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Kenyan Diaspora Pro-Democracy Movement joins Christians all over the world in congratulating Bishop Nixon Azere Dingili on this new spiritual responsibility as the 1st Bishop of Kenya. The FMCK has chosen a gifted, hardworking and faithful minister for this shepherding role to the Free Methodists and all people in Kenya. May the Lord bless you all.

(File picture- Rev. Nixon Dingili, center- in glasses, after he was ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church of Kenya)

http://www.fmwm.org/cms_media/files/Reynen.Nov08.pdf

Monday, March 30, 2009

I Am thinking of Quitting the USA.--By Unbwogable

This has nothing to do with my pending court case. I can wait until that is over and still make this move. I am getting disillusioned with the USA. I miss home daily. Nothing seems to be able to give me joy here. I have tried sex, liqor, nice cars, nice homes, etc but I still feel like only being in Kisumu can make me happy. I guess I was not wired to exist in the first world.

I miss waking up in the village to heavenly sounds of chirping birds, not ambulance sirens as is here in the USA. I miss the fresh smell of cow dung. I miss the social life that exists in Africa, the suffering not withstanding. I miss the crowded Matatus and the rude manambas as opposed to my air-conditioned car here. I miss ugali and Tilapia from Lake Victoria, not from some pool in the midwest or from China.

I miss riding on the Boda Boda. I miss the night spots of Kondele and the live Benga hits. I miss being arrested by cops and bribing my way out. I miss the sweet sex from LUO women. I open air market of KIBUYE on Sundays.

WILL I MAKE A STUPID MISTAKE BY DECIDING TO TOUCH BASE WITH MY PAST? I HAVE NOT INVESTED ANYTHING BACK THERE, SO I AM READY FOR THE GLARING POVERTY. I GREW UP IN IT SO IT SCARES ME NOT.


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These Kenyan University Students Are Good!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE HALTED PENDING APPEAL


ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE HALTED PENDING APPEAL

Reported By Monica Achode - Advocate
February 2009

Republic v The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) and 2 Others [2009] ] eKLR (www.kenyalaw.org)
Court of Appeal at Nairobi
P. K. Tunoi E. M. Githinji P. N. Waki (JJA)
February 27th 2009

The Court of Appeal has allowed an order stopping criminal proceedings instituted by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission against a Civil Servant charged with the office of abuse of office. The Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate’s court and The Attorney General were ordered to halt the proceedings pending the hearing and determination of an appeal in which the accused is challenging an order of the High Court refusing to stop the proceedings.

The order was made in an application filed under rule 5(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules seeking an order for a stay of proceedings in a criminal prosecution against the applicant, one George Wambua, in the Senior Magistrate’s Court at Kibera, Nairobi pending the hearing and determination of the appeal from the judgment of the High Court. The High Court had dismissed a judicial review application by Mr. Wambua for orders of certiorari, seeking to remove into the court and quash the decision of the respondents purporting to charge him with the offence of abuse of office contrary to section 46 of the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act. Mr. Wambua also sought an order prohibiting the Resident Magistrate’s court at Kibera from hearing the criminal case against him and from taking evidence or in any other manner conducting proceedings on the matters of that criminal case.

Prior to the proceedings, Mr. Wambua had been an employee of the Public Service Commission but had been posted to serve as City Treasurer, Nairobi in 2003. Towards the end of that year, a group of Councilors and Officers of the Council intended to travel to Italy on a fact finding tour in relation to a proposed waste management project. Apparently, Mr. Wambua authorized payment of per diem allowances to them without first seeking and obtaining the approval of the Permanente Secretary, Minister of Local Government. It was alleged that as a result of this, Mr. Wambua was sent on compulsory leave and in late 2004 he was summoned by the KACC to record a statement over the said payments.

In August 2006, Mr. Wambua was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate in Kibera on a charge of abuse of office. In the charges it was alleged that, while in his capacity as the City Treasurer, together with the Deputy Town Clerk of the Council of Nairobi, being persons employed in the Public Service respectively, jointly used their said offices to improperly confer benefit to officers and councilors of the City Council of Nairobi by irregularly authorizing payment of full per diem instead of quarter per diem to cover expenses of the aforementioned officers while traveling to Italy and Egypt on official duties. It was apparent that the charges were framed on the basis that the allowances paid contravened the Local Government Act and the applicable Government financial regulations.

Mr. Wambua filed an application for judicial review seeking for orders of prohibition and certiorari for which he had sough leave and been had been allowed to apply. However, on 7th March 2008, Justice Nyamu dismissed that application stating in part that the offence Mr. Wambua had been charged with was an offence defined by law. The judge further stated that whether the applicant was immune from criminal proceedings in the light of the provisions of Section 87 of the Local Government Act was a matter for determination by the trial Court and not the superior Court. It was his opinion that there was no public policy or interest being contravened or threatened in the prosecution of Mr. Wambua, and that there had been no evidence of oppression or malice in the undertaking of the prosecution of the applicant. Finally, he stated that threatened or actual contravention of the applicant’s guaranteed constitutional right had not been shown. It was that decision that prompted the appeal.

Mr. Wambua’s advocate, in his submission before the Appellate Court argued that the appeal was arguable, mainly, first, on the ground that the decision to charge the applicant with the offence of abuse of office under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act violated the personal immunity guaranteed to him under the Local Government Act. He claimed that the decision to prosecute his client had been actuated by malice and that it had been oppressive and unreasonable in the circumstances. He submitted further that the learned Judge had failed to pronounce a decision on these issues and on others that were canvassed before him. The advocate further stressed that if the Appellate Court failed to intervene before the appeal was heard and determined the trial in the magistrate’s court would commence and that the applicant might be convicted in which case he would start serving a jail term and thereby be deprived of his liberty. Thus, the success of his appeal would be rendered nugatory. The respondents through their advocates, opposed the application stating that the applicant had not demonstrated that his appeal was arguable.

The Appellate Court in weighing its decision looked to the settled principles in applications brought pursuant to rule 5(2) (b) of the Rules. They stated that the Court had unfettered discretion which was to be exercised judicially. The applicant had to satisfy the Court, first, that his appeal, or intended appeal was not frivolous. Second, the Court was also to be persuaded that were it to dismiss the application for stay and later the appeal or intended appeal succeeded, the results or the success would be rendered nugatory. In order that the applicant may succeed, he further had to demonstrate both limbs and demonstrating only one limb would not avail him the order sought if he failed to demonstrate the other limb. In supporting this decision it cited the cases of Reliance Bank Ltd vs Norlake Investments Ltd. (2002) IEA 227 and Githunguri vs Jimba Credit Corporation Ltd. & Others (No.2) [1988] KLR 838.

Bearing the above in mind Justice Tunoi and Justice Waki assented to the application stating that the intended appeal was indeed arguable and further that if the order for stay was not granted and the appeal were to succeed the applicant would have undergone an expensive trial which could result in his being sent to prison and thus denying him his liberty. Justice Githinji, on the other hand, did not think that there was merit in the application and he dissented from the decisions of his fellow judges.. In his view, the nugatory test was not appropriate in the circumstances of this case where the applicant in effect sought a stay of prosecution. He noted that it would be against public policy or public interest to halt or paralyze the prosecution of a person suspected to have committed a crime unless there were good reasons for doing so.

He further observed that the Attorney General had a duty to prosecute people suspected of having committed crimes speedily in the public interest. Further the suspect had the protection of law in the event of such a prosecution as enshrined in section 77 of the Constitution to ensure that he got a fair trial.

Justice Githinji felt that the appropriate consideration was whether the applicant would suffer injustice unless an order of stay of prosecution or proceedings was granted. It was his view that were the trial to proceed the applicant would be afforded an opportunity of advancing the matters he intended to raise in the appeal. Lastly, he found that there was no certainty that if the criminal trial proceeded the applicant would be convicted. If however, he was ultimately convicted he could resort to appeal mechanism to ensure that justice was done.
In those circumstances Justice Githinji felt that it would be a blot in criminal justice system to stay the criminal proceedings in the Magistrate’s court. Ultimately, however, the final decision was that of the majority of the court comprising of Justice Tunoi and Justice Waki who were of the opinion that the application had merit and that it should be allowed.
http://www.kenyalaw.org/newsletter/feb_2409.html

Sunday, March 08, 2009

MEETING OF THE OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY OF NAIROBI METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT AND KENYAN DIASPORA IN WASHINGTON DC

The officials of the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development led by the Honourable Assistant Minister, Elizabeth Ongoro Masha and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Philip O. Sika are in town and would like to meet with the Kenyan Diaspora community resident in Metropolitan Washington as follows:

Date: March 10th 2009

Time: 6.00 P.M.


Venue: Embassy of Kenya

2249 R Street, NW

Washington D.C. 20008



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Thursday, March 05, 2009

URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN TO RECONSIDER DECISION!


The Government of Sudan yesterday ordered the closure of humanitarian
aid programs in Darfur as well as North and East Sudan.

This decision puts the lives of millions of men, women, and
children who depend on humanitarian aid for survival at risk.

Join me and call on the international community to urge the
Government of Sudan to reconsider this deplorable decision and
ensure the delivery of lifesaving aid to vulnerable Sudanese
people. Visit www.theIRC.org/aidsudan and make your voice heard
now.

After you take action, please help spread the word.

Thank you.

Monday, March 02, 2009

WHY ARE AMERICANS BUYING GUNS IN BIG NUMBERS?


Why Are Americans Buying Guns?

I recently read a thread where one American says "I bought a new gun because the economy was tanking. With the economy goes security. Cops are having to make drastic cuts right now. If people are out of jobs and get hungry, what's to stop crime from going up? I bought a gun to protect my home and my things in this scary economy we're heading into."

Are these the only reasons why Americans are buying guns in droves? Isnt there a hidden reason that only one section of Americans know and they are not willing to share with the "other" people?

Word is rife in some communities that a certain community fears that a "Martin Luther King Jr" may happen again and if it does there will be HUGE repercussions so they are arming themselves and getting ready for any eventuality!

Many questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Fundamental Rights Of All Kenyans As Guaranteed By The Constitution Of Kenya And The National Accord Must Be Respected By The Grand Coalition Govt

The Fundamental Rights Of All Kenyans As Guaranteed By The Constitution Of Kenya And The National Accord Must Be Respected By The Grand Coalition Government!
Monica Achode..attorney at law.

Feb 14th, 2009 by Mars Group

Partner for Change Rosemary Otieno arrested by the City Council police, held at Central Police Station for sharing information on Grand Corruption with fellow Kenyans.

Barely a week after the Grand Coalition Government held a tax payers funded “Kenya We Want” conference where Government Ministers admitted failure to deliver on promises to Kenyans, and where the Government requested all Kenyans to do their bit to fight Corruption in Kenya, the Grand Coalition Government is arresting Kenyans who innocently are responding to this call against Impunity.

On Friday 13th 2009, the Partnership for Change distributed anti-corruption flyers to members of the public in Nairobi. Under section 79 of the Constitution of Kenya Kenyans’ freedom of expression is protected, so Partnership for Change volunteers assembled around Nairobi went to work to inform Kenyans of an ongoing fraud. Incredibly, Nairobi City Council askari officers, claiming that Kenyans require permission from City Hall to express themselves in writing, arrested Rosemary and two other Partners for Change for distributing flyers to draw public attention to an ongoing corruption scandal by which Kenyan taxpayers funds are to be paid to a company called Midland Finance & Securities for one of the Anglo Leasing type projects. On February 28th 2009, the anniversary of the signing of the political settlement between Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, over Ksh 275 million will be payable to a Swiss bank account in the name of Midland Finance & Securities Limited.

Kenyans do not owe this company any money at all according to the Controller and Auditor General, and there is no law Rosemary or her colleagues have broken in saying so to merit harassment, arrest or detention. This scandal is the epitome of the “Kenya We Don’t Want” and it is sad that public servants can muzzle patriots who point out crime rather than pursuing Midland Finance and its corrupt counterparts in the Government of Kenya. Kenyans want to know who Midland Finance & Securities Limited is so that they can recover the billions of shillings this company has been paid on the strength of a legal opinion by the Attorney General and a credit contract signed in May 2003. Kenyans want to know why on February 28th 2009 over a quarter of a billion shillings (Ksh 275 million) will be paid to this company. Kenyans want to know why the Attorney General is refusing to cooperate with the Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom.

At the end of the day, the Partnership for Change has had to spend dear resources in paying Ksh 15,000 cash bail to the Nairobi Central Police Station and Rosemary has to waste her time, and that of her volunteer lawyers Harun Ndubi and Mugure Gituto, in attending court on Monday February 16th 2009 to answer bogus and unconstitutional charges. Agenda One of the National Accord demanded the immediate restoration of the civil and political liberties of Kenyans, and Rosemary’s arrest shows how the Government has failed to communicate to its officers the fact that Kenyans rights are sacred.

It doesn’t appear that the Grand Coalition will ever respect the rights of citizens to protest the misappropriation of the precious resources of Kenya. As we approach the first anniversary of the signing of the National Accord, isn’t it time that Kenyans had the opportunity to elect a Government that will respect their rights and implement the National Accord? And a Government that won’t steal taxpayers money or condone theft. There is a case for prioritizing the implementation of the Kriegler Commission Report so that the infrastructure for a democratic election is immediately put in place. The country cannot wait indefinitely. The truth is that Kenyans have had ENOUGH of the Grand Coalition Government.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Plans for grand opposition on course, says Namwamba!


Plans to form a Grand Opposition in Parliament are still on course, Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has said.

Mr Namwamba said that the adoption of new standing orders by Parliament allows legislators in the backbench to form a caucus that plays the role of the official opposition.

Speaking at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha on Friday, he said the two-day retreat sponsored by the National Assembly was geared at starting preparations to constitute an official opposition in the 10th Parliament. He said that the retreat had the blessings of the Speaker.

Work out

“We are here to work out on the structures and logistical details of how this caucus will be formalised and will rise to play the role of parliament’s official opposition,” he said.

The lawmaker said the MPs were also strategising on how the Official Opposition Bill will be passed in Parliament when the issue comes up for debate. He said the absence of an official opposition has affected the fight against corruption.

“The lack of an official opposition has made it very difficult for legislators to take the government head on,” he said.

Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said corruption in the Grand Coalition had now become “grand corruption”, and urged the two principals to take charge.
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/525814/-/ygtqcxz/-/

Monday, January 26, 2009

Is Kibaki’s succession plan viable?


By Mutahi Ngunyi
Today I will beg leave from reason and push a conspiracy theory. I call it a conspiracy because I read a pattern in President Kibaki’s actions. A pattern that suggests a possible manipulation of the 2012 election.

But before I make my argument, allow me to mention Mr Raila Odinga in passing. To repeat myself, I believe Mr Odinga has been set up for failure by the President.

I say so because the Prime Minister can organise people ‘‘against’’ an idea. However, he is weak at organising people in ‘‘support’’ of an idea. This imbalance makes him look like a ‘‘deconstructionist’’.

With the cameras on him consistently, he is bound to reveal his true nature. He actually did so this week. He told reporters to focus on the ‘‘goodies’’ he brought from India instead of asking ‘‘useless’’ questions about the maize and oil scandals.

This comment was ill-conceived and in bad taste. And this is why whenever Mr Odinga gets an opportunity to shut up, he must grab it with dear life. This way, he will have enough time to study President Kibaki’s silent schemes.

Now I must plead temporary insanity and advance my conspiracy theory. For starters, the 2012 election will be rigged. And I say so because nothing has changed.

The players are the same and their motives are intact. In other words, an orange tree cannot bear oranges one year, and bananas the following year.

If nothing has changed, we should not expect them to rig in 2007 and be of good behaviour in 2012. And although both principals are guilty of manipulation in 2007, the man to rig the election in 2012 is the President. Consider my hypotheses.

One, President Kibaki has motive. In fact, his motive is two-fold. During the Moi era, he led the GEMA community for 27 years. They languished in the cold, and their businesses had to fold. Now that they are back, they will protect their turf.

The Kibaki motive, therefore, is to craft a succession that will protect GEMA – at least at face value. And this brings me to his second and real motive. His interest is not GEMA; it is the protection of property.

In fact when Mr Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed Finance Minister, I exclaimed aloud “…what a joke!” But when I cooled down, it dawned on me that his appointment had only one purpose. The man will not create new wealth; he is there to protect old wealth. Period!

My second hypothesis regards the Kibaki choices and actors. If his motive is to protect wealth, who will execute the brief? Which crony will succeed him? Is it Mr Kenyatta? My submission is that the propertied are shameless.

If Mr Kenyatta is the man to protect their turf, they will install him and swear him in at night if they have to.

However, I doubt that he is their choice. More so because Mr Kenyatta himself told us that: “… some people claim that I am in the Waki List”.

If he is indeed on this list, he will have to climb down from his new high. He will have to resign pending investigations as required by the Waki process. What about Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, the Vice-President?

This man is not wealthy; he is just rich. Riches can be squandered in one generation, but wealth takes generations to exhaust.

And because Mr Musyoka does not understand wealth, he cannot be on the Kibaki short list. The same applies to M/s Martha Karua. She is just a peasant from Gichugu; not sufficiently pedigree.

Although she has promise, they view her as nothing but a clever ‘‘chatterbox’’. This leaves us with only one man – Prof George Saitoti. He is Kikuyu and not Kikuyu.

http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/-/440808/519248/-/42c8wl/-/index.html

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Go Mutava Go!!!!!



Gachoka MP Rev Mutava Musyimi says President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are responsible for recurrent problems bedevilling the country. Musyimi accused the two principals driving the Grand Coalition Government of failing to give proper direction to national issues. He cited the current food crisis which has been declared a national disaster and corruption scandals facing the government that need proper guidance.

The Gachoka legislator urged the two principals to deal severely with those mentions in various scandals in order to restore dignity and respect into key institutions charged with critical services to the people.

He said it was time heads start rolling for the sake of majority of Kenyans who still have faith in the leadership of Kibaki and Raila. "Any one at the centre of scam should be relieved of his duties and prosecuted for the public to regain confidence in elected leaders" he lamented.

Mutava claimed that the government had lost moral authority in governing as it was unable to guarantee security and life of it citizens. The MP said that it was immoral for the government to stick to power without giving Kenyans quality leadership promised in the national accord.

Speaking in his constituency yesterday, Mutava noted that the two principals promised Kenyans rule of law but bad governance has continued to dog the current government. Mutava asked the two principals to spearhead reforms to address a myriad of problems bedevilling Kenyans today.

The legislature said that with proper governance, Kenyans should not die of or suffer from food related problems. Meanwhile, a family in Mwingi has buried its 13-year-old, standard two son who died from a famine related complication. This comes in the wake of governments move to invite humanitarian assistance of up to Sh37 billion to alleviate hunger across the country.

With the poor family unable to put food on the table for three days in a row, Kilonzo Kyule had no choice but to devour wild fruits that made him ill with constipation. "Once he ate the Mbu tree fruits, he was unable to answer calls of nature for three days and he developed stomach complications resulting in his death on last Thursday," said the deceased boy father Kyule Mulingwa. Meanwhile National Vision Party (NVP) has condemned political grandstanding in the Grand Coalition, saying the ever ending squabbles is to blame for the current problems.

The party cited the famine that has been declared a national disaster and the high cost of living in urban areas as indicators that the government is not addressing the real problems facing our people.
http://www.kenyatimesonline.com/content.asp?catid=2&articleId=1518

What is Communication?

Communication is the process to impart information from a sender to a receiver with the use of a medium. Communication requires that all parties have an area of communicative commonality. There are auditory means, such as speaking, singing and sometimes tone of voice, and nonverbal, physical means, such as body language, sign language, paralanguage, touch, eye contact, or the use of writing. Communication is defined as a process by which we assign and convey meaning in an attempt to create shared understanding. This process requires a vast repertoire of skills in intrapersonal and interpersonal processing, listening, observing, speaking, questioning, analyzing, and evaluating. Use of these processes is developmental and transfers to all areas of life: home, school, community, work, and beyond. It is through communication that collaboration and cooperation occur.[1]
Communication is the articulation of sending a message through different media,[2] whether it be verbal or nonverbal, so long as a being transmits a thought provoking idea, gesture, action, etc. Communication is a learned skill. Most babies are born with the physical ability to make sounds, but must learn to speak and communicate effectively. Speaking, listening, and our ability to understand verbal and nonverbal meanings are skills we develop in various ways. We learn basic communication skills by observing other people and modeling our behaviors based on what we see. We also are taught some communication skills directly through education, and by practicing those skills and having them evaluated.
Communication as an academic discipline relates to all the ways we communicate, so it embraces a large body of study and knowledge. The communication discipline includes both verbal and nonverbal messages. A body of scholarship all about communication is presented and explained in textbooks, electronic publications, and academic journals. In the journals, researchers report the results of studies that are the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate. Communication happens at many levels (even for one single action), in many different ways, and for most beings, as well as certain machines. Several, if not all, fields of study dedicate a portion of attention to communication, so when speaking about communication it is very important to be sure about what aspects of communication one is speaking about. Definitions of communication range widely, some recognizing that animals can communicate with each other as well as human beings, and some are more narrow, only including human beings within the parameters of human symbolic interaction.
Nonetheless, communication is usually described along a few major dimensions: Content (what type of things are communicated), source, emisor, sender or encoder (by whom), form (in which form), channel (through which medium), destination, receiver, target or decoder (to whom), and the purpose or pragmatic aspect. Between parties, communication includes acts that confer knowledge and experiences, give advice and commands, and ask questions. These acts may take many forms, in one of the various manners of communication. The form depends on the abilities of the group communicating. Together, communication content and form make messages that are sent towards a destination. The target can be oneself, another person or being, another entity (such as a corporation or group of beings).
Communication can be seen as processes of information transmission governed by three levels of semiotic rules:
1. Syntactic (formal properties of signs and symbols),
2. pragmatic (concerned with the relations between signs/expressions and their users) and
3. semantic (study of relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent).
Therefore, communication is social interaction where at least two interacting agents share a common set of signs and a common set of semiotic rules. This commonly held rule in some sense ignores autocommunication, including intrapersonal communication via diaries or self-talk.


In a simple model, information or content (e.g. a message in natural language) is sent in some form (as spoken language) from an emisor/ sender/ encoder to a destination/ receiver/ decoder. In a slightly more complex form a sender and a receiver are linked reciprocally. A particular instance of communication is called a speech act. In the presence of "communication noise" on the transmission channel (air, in this case), reception and decoding of content may be faulty, and thus the speech act may not achieve the desired effect. One problem with this encode-transmit-receive-decode model is that the processes of encoding and decoding imply that the sender and receiver each possess something that functions as a code book, and that these two code books are, at the very least, similar if not identical. Although something like code books is implied by the model, they are nowhere represented in the model, which creates many conceptual difficulties.
Theories of coregulation describe communication as a creative and dynamic continuous process, rather than a discrete exchange of information. Canadian media scholar Harold Innis had the theory that people use different types of media to communicate and which one they choose to use will offer different possibilities for the shape and durability of society (Wark, McKenzie 1997). His famous example of this is using ancient Egypt and looking at the ways they built themselves out of media with very different properties stone and papyrus. Papyrus is what he called 'Space Binding'. it made possible the transmission of written orders across space, empires and enables the waging of distant military campaigns and colonial administration. The other is stone and 'Time Binding', through the construction of temples and the pyramids can sustain their authority generation to generation, through this media they can change and shape communication in their society (Wark, McKenzie 1997).
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication
Am studying communication right now and I found this piece to be valuable
GB