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President Kibaki will soon announce snap elections!

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki<President Mwai Kibaki

Kenya’s president Mwai Kibaki will soon call snap elections instead of waiting until December this year, reliable sources have confirmed to APN.

This will get many unprepared, because most of those who would like to vie for the presidency are still getting their machinery ready.

Narc-Kenya knows that if snap elections came immediately after June or July, ODM-K will not be ready, because they have not agreed on a unifying candidate as the party’s flag bearer.

ODM-K presidential hopefuls have agreed that they will wait until June before they choose their flag bearer. This is the same time the President is planning to call the elections. The date will get ODM-K off-guard.

ODM-K presidential hopefuls, Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi have already started pre-campaigning. They are, however, yet to agree on one candidate.

Many observers are saying that the ODM-K unity will be tested when a choice as to who becomes the flag bearer is reached.

Raila has already embarked on his familiarisation tour of the country earlier than the others. In so doing he is testing the waters in order to find out which parts of the country are his strongholds.

It is expected that Ruto and Kalonzo will soon do the same. Mudavadi is said to have announced his move today in his home area and will soon visit other regions in the country.

On the ODM-K side, the candidates to watch who have a good chance are Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and William Ruto.

President Kibaki is ready, because he will use the government machinery already orchestrated by Mr. John Michuki, his Internal Security Minister. It is not expected that Narc-K will nominate anyone to challenge Kibaki.

There are other smaller parties with their agenda. These parties will also field candidates hoping to be asked by the bigger parties to join them, and if asked to do so, they will turn such a request to a bargaining spoon in an effort to get ministerial!

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN,


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I am concerned about the obvious apparent bias in Kenya Stockholm Blog, Says Randa

Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

  •  Commentary by Randa:
  • Randa Says:
    January 16th, 2007 at 9:11 am e
  • My sincere condolonces to the Maggero´s. 
  • Whoever appointed Kenya Stockholm Blog as the spokesman, Judge and Jury for Kenyans in Stockholm!

    I am concerned about the obvious apparent bias in Kenya Stockholm Blog recent publications when “reporting” the “issues” surrounding The Late Wuod Maggero´s final resting place. Let it be clear and known to Kenya Stockholm Blog that matters pertaining to the Late Mr. Maggero are the sole responsibility and wishes of his wife, children and the family unit, irrespective of whether he left a will or not.

    Additionally, I want to encourage “our” Kenya Stockholm Blog to write facts and not fabricate stories. I personally think that Kenyans in Stockholm should hold Kenya Stockholm Blog responsbile for any lies or irresponsible articles that are printed and course of serious action taken. Until this is done the blog shall continue with its unprofessional habit. Kenyans let us all stand up and put a stop to this “shame”!

    I believe that in this particular situation, the Kenya Stockholm Blog has gone too far. With all fairness, we are urging you to
    to be senstive.

    Once again, my prayers are with the family of the Late Maggero at this very difficult time. May the Lord rest his soul in peace. AMEN


    Randa is reacting in support of the story below by concerned Kenyans in Sweden:


    By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN,

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    Another scam?

    Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

    APN received this mail today and we bring it to our readers!






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    APN got this mail today. 

    To our readers: Be aware of this kind of scam!

    By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN,


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    The new UN Deputy Secretary General has experience and expertise in socio-economic affairs and development issues!

    Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

    Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, who was recently appointed as Deputy Secretary-General has served previously as Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania for five years. In her academic career, she rose to the rank of a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Dar-es-Salaam.

    She is a highly respected leader who has championed the cause of developing countries over the years. Through her distinguished service in diverse areas, she has displayed outstanding management skills with wide experience and expertise in socio-economic affairs and development issues.

    The post:
    The post of Deputy Secretary-General was established by the General Assembly at the end of 1997 as part of the reform of the United Nations, to help manage Secretariat operations and to ensure coherence of activities and programmes. The purpose was also to elevate the Organization’s profile and leadership in the economic and social spheres.

    The General Assembly, decided to establish the post of Deputy Secretary-General as an integral part of the Office of the Secretary-General. The details were set out in Addendum 1 to the report of the Secretary-General and in the statement made by the Secretary-General on 4 November 1997 to the open-ended informal consultations of the General Assembly on United Nations reform. The item was entitled: measures and proposals, without prejudice to the mandate of the Secretary-General as provided by the Charter of the United Nations and, in accordance with the existing system of decision-making. Responsibilities delegated by the Secretary-General, to the Deputy Secretary-General included the following:

    (a) To assist the Secretary-General in managing the operations of the Secretariat;

    (b) To act for the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters in the absence of the Secretary- General and in other cases as may be decided by the Secretary-General;

    (c) To support the Secretary-General in ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to support the Secretary-General in elevating the profile and leadership of the United Nations in the economic and social spheres, including further efforts to strengthen the United Nations as a leading centre for development policy and development assistance;

    (d) To represent the Secretary-General at conferences, official functions and ceremonial and other occasions as may be decided by the Secretary-General;

    (e) To undertake such assignments as may be determined by the Secretary-General;

    Louise Fréchette was the first Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. A national of Canada, she assumed her duties on 2 March 1998, after having been appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She remained at her post until 31 March 2006.

    On 3 March 2006, Mark Malloch Brown was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General. He assumed his new functions on 1 April following the departure of his predecessor Louise Fréchette. He remained in his post until the end of December 2006.

    By Longstory/Cutshort, For African Press in Norway, APN _Lifted

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    Somalia: Broadcasters negotiate with government for the lifting of a ban to broadcast!

    Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

     Somali woman listening to a radioBBC reports that Somalia’s broadcasters are holding talks with the government in an effort to have a ban on them to broadcast lifted.

    According to the media, “Three top Somali radio stations and al-Jazeera TV were ordered to close to end “chao”s in the capital. Insecurity has been on the rise in Mogadishu since the president returned last week, after Islamists were routed.”

    The present president, “Abdullahi Yusuf was elected at peace talks two years ago but has been powerless until Ethiopian forces helped drive out Islamist militia. Somalia has not had an effective national government for 16 years.”

    Somalia is now under martial rule. 

    By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN,

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    Former Burundi president freed!

    Posted by African Press International on January 16, 2007

    Ex-President Domitien Ndayizeye being arrested < Former President Domitien Ndayizeye -left

    Former Burundi president Domitien Ndayizeye and four others were released after charges were quashed.

    He had been accused of plotting to kill the president. Two others were handed 15 and 20 years sentences respectively.

    BBC reports that, “Mr Ndayizeye was leader under a power-sharing agreement intended to end years of ethnic conflict, before stepping down in 2005 after elections. Diplomats criticised Mr Ndayizeye’s arrest.”

    One of the men convicted of, “organising the plot had alleged he was tortured. Ex-rebel leader Alain Mugabarabona was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. Last August, he told local radio stations by phone from his prison cell that he was threatened with death.”

    He was quoted saying, “This coup story has been invented by the Documentation Nationale.”  “He was referring to Burundi’s powerful presidential police and intelligence service.”

    While withdrawing his earlier statement he said, “Everything I accused former President Domitien Ndayizeye, former Vice-President Alphonse-Marie Kadege and the others of was extorted by torture and threats,” said the official of the rebel National Liberation Forces (FNL).”

    Former rebel leader Pierre Nkurunzia succeeded Mr Ndayizeye after getting elected by majority vote.

    By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN,

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