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Kenya starts carbon trading as climate change hits Africa

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Climate change is a particularly harsh punishment for Africa: the continent has contributed very little to global warming and yet it is suffering the most from climate change.

As most people in Africa live off the land, the livelihoods of many are at risk when the rainy and dry seasons are delayed. Drought and floods exacerbate the poverty of the poorest. The number of so-called climate refugees has been growing for years.

Africa has until now hardly taken part in the fight against climate change, but a British company has taken the first step in Kenya: some villages near the world-famous Maasai Mara nature reserve are to be integrated into the international carbon-trading scheme.

The move could bring added income to the pastoralist tribe.

Since the villages are not connected to the national electricity grid, their inhabitants use diesel generators to obtain power. The generators produce climate-damaging carbon dioxide.

The company, CO2 Balance, is now trying to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the villagers, for example by replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient lamps.

The effect has been enormous, CO2 Balance spokesman Paul Chiplen says.

“Diesel use can be reduced by up to four fifths in this way,” Chiplen says. “The less diesel used, the less carbon dioxide that gets into the atmosphere.”

On the other side of the scheme are firms and individuals who want to compensate for their personal carbon-dioxide excesses by financing projects like this.

On the CO2 Balance website, anyone can calculate how many tons of carbon dioxide his house, car or long-distance flight causes.

An individual flying from Europe to Kenya for example pollutes the atmosphere with 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide. To avoid the pollution, one could just not make the flight. Or one could take the plane and pay for the carbon emissions to be reduced by exactly the same amount somewhere else – either through reforestation projects or even the introduction of energy-saving lamps in the Maasai villages.

“We believe in our business idea as people in Europe are becoming more conscious of environmental dangers,” Chiplen says. “Europeans are developing an environmental conscience.”

It would cost some 20 euros – or 27 dollars – to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions somewhere else by exactly the same amount as a flight to Kenya. The company also plants forests with its clients’ money, as trees absorb a lot of carbon dioxide.

The projected social and economic effects of climate change are due to be presented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on April 6 in Brussels.

The panel presented the first part of the current cycle of reports in February, which established with more certainty than ever since 1991 that human activity is the main contributor to accelerating global warming.

It predicted the Earth would heat up between 1.8 and 4 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, and up to 6.4 degrees Celsius at the poles, which heat up twice as fast as around the equator. Melting ice has led sea levels to climb 17 centimetres in the 20th century, and at a rate of 3.1 millimetres per year since 1993.

“The more people realize the changes, the more customers we will have,” Chiplen says.

Europe’s warm winter has seen a massive increase in the number of hits on his company’s website.

One of his first customers is a German rental firm that hires out high-end Ferraris.

The director of the company now advertises to his customers that they can speed up and down the autobahns “CO2-neutral” guaranteed.


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Bolstad Tunnel in Sande in Norway closed

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*”Norway’s Public Roads Administration closed the northbound side of the Bolstad Tunnel on the E18 highway in Sande in Vestfold County, citing a danger of roof collapse.

Geologists have found serious cracks in the tunnel’s northbound course, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports.

“Bolting is necessary in this tunnel,” Vestfold district road chief Roar Gärtner told NRK. Gärtner called the situation on the E18 “dramatic”.

The Bolstad Tunnel is the first tunnel north of the Hanekleiv Tunnel. On Christmas Day 2006 the roof of the southbound side of the Hanekleiv Tunnel collapsed and later investigations led the Public Roads Administration to close the tunnel in both directions.

Now a comprehensive investigation is underway of all tunnels on the E18 from Bergsenga in Sande to Helland south of Holmestrand, the area of Vestfold County along the Oslo fjord south of Oslo.”*

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SADC countries focus on Zimbabwe

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Dar es Salam (Tanzania) The leaders of the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) meeting in an extra-ordinary summit in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam on Thursday, has set up three ad hoc committees that will travel to Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Lesotho in a bid to resolve the socio-political and economic crisis in those countries, APA learnt here.

During the one-day and just-ended extra-ordinary summit which replaced a planned foreign ministers’ meeting, the summiteers under the chairmanship of Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, charged the special SADC committee to Zimbabwe, to thoroughly examine the political and economic situation in the country and report back findings that will assist the leaders to chart a positive solution to the crisis.

Zimbabwe has over the last three years been facing crucial economic hardship characterised by galloping inflation while social and political unrest continue unabated.

In the DR Congo, the SADC leaders requested the ad hoc committee to hold talks with the leaders of the renegade Congolese senator, Jean-Pierre Mbemba with the view to persuade them to work out modalities of incorporating their militia into the regular government army.

The committee was also charge with the responsibility of encouraging the members of Jean-Pierre Mbemba’s ‘Movement de Liberation du Congo’ (MLC) party to respect the laws as set down by the country’s constitution as the only way to break the political stalemate in the community’s largest country.

Nearly a week ago, Jean-Pierre Mbemba’s militia and government forces opened fire in the capital, Kinshasa over the refusal of the MLC leader’s one thousand man-strong bodyguards to be incorporated into the mainstream army.

Concerning Lesotho, the SADC leaders urged the special committee to hold discussions with the various opposition political parties that are requesting that the leader of the National Independent Party (NIP), Mr Anthony Manyeli be given a parliamentary seat under the proportional representation system, as well as for the government to address some of their other grievances.

A national strike that was organised by the opposition parties proved success since it brought the activities in the country to a halt for several hours.

The ad committees are expected to report soon to the regional body which is Africa’s third largest subregional bloc after the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that groups 15 countries in the region.

Meanwhile, political analysts have lashed out against the deliberations of the just-ended extra-ordinary summit, referring to it as a “a quiet diplomacy” for ostensibly failing to come down hard on the Zimbabwean leader to force him to announce his resignation after his present mandate that ends in 2008.

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SADC countries convene extraordinary summit in Tanzania

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are Thursday meeting in an extraordinary summit in Dar es Salaam to discuss volatile political issues in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), two members of the 14-state grouping.

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry sources said the leaders held informal meetings Wednesday night before Thursday morning’s summit.

A joint statement on the way forward is expected to be issued at the end of the summit later on Thursday, the sources added.

The leaders are expected to deliberate on the security situation in the region, particularly developments in Zimbabwe and the DRC, where opposition leaders in both cases ran into trouble with the established authorities.

In Zimbabwe it was President Robert Mugabe’s crackdown on main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s attempts to hold a prayer meeting on 11 March that garnered international headlines when television images showed the latter with a bruised head after police beatings while in custody.

An international outcry ensued, demanding that SADC leaders approach Mugabe to explain his police’s actions and to restrain him from further action against the opposition.

But an unrepentant Mugabe dismissed the criticism, saying those who were making noise over Tsvangirai’s beatings could go hang.

In the DRC, street fighting between the military and militia forces loyal to former DRC rebel leader and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba claimed more than 500 lives.

The fighting led Bemba to take refuge in the South African embassy, where now it is reported that arrangements were being made to fly him to Portugal for medical assistance for a fall he took before the incident.

Mugabe is said to have held initial talks with host President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House before Thursday’s summit.

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ODM-K Presidential aspirant, Guess who?

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A common situation in Kenya

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A reaction by Wuod Asembo to earlier article posted by Pauline Onyango titled:

Disrimination: When will it end in our society?


Very sad story and unfortunately a common situation in Kenya and other “developing countries”. This is even found in countries like the U.S.

So, how can we change this? I see only one solution: We should all try to help in situations like this. If we can’t deal with it alone (since there’s too much and too big misery out there…), we need to spread the word. We need to found small organizations, with a trusted contact person in the place where we want to send our help.

I’m stressing that the organizations needs to be small and preferrably kept within a group of friends. Otherwise, the funds seems to get legs and disappear on the way to the receiver.

Once there are some people moving up the social ladder, who comes from poor conditions, there can be a chance for an improvement within Kenya.

The people that has once been in the same situation, are more likely to discover a miserable living situation and also more motivated to help “their own kind”. The ones that are born rich or well off, does not really have the same motivation.


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Getting organised and serious in life instead getting tribal

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Yes, while we still are here quarrelling about who’s going to “lead” or “organize” getting tribal and stuff other Kenyans around the world are getting serious and enjoying …very well!

When will we wake up! ill thru a challenge who’s with me for a summer “Mbuzi treff” some place around Oslo na watoto…

let’s start somewhere…

Otherwise wishing all a “good Easter”……

Ira Ndunda

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Who cares where they come from, if they dont do their job get rid of them

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

I came across this and ask are these Kenyans?

a) TRIBALISM (ethnic favoritism & nepotism),

(b) ETHNOCENTRIC RESOURCE ACCUMULATION by all means (i.e. systematic corruption and irregular public assets acquisitions) and

(c) a SYCOPHANCY-BASED system of unbounded politics which ensures that party loyalty is transient. The bitter truth – Kibaki is perpetrating extreme tribalism with a bid to promote an ethnic agenda most uninhibited strategically in: FINANCE, EDUCATION and INTERNAL SECURITY, favoring the Mt. Kenya Region—Gikuyu, Meru, Embu (GEMA now called MEGA).

FINANCE MINISTRY (Controls Finance, Banking, & Economy in general): Minister – Amos Kimunya – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister- Peter Kenneth – Kikuyu; Permanent Secretary – Joseph Kinyua – Kikuyu; Economic Secretary – Kamau Thuge – Kikuyu; Pensions Secretary – Anne Mugo – Kikuyu; Budgetary Director -P.B. Ngugi -Kikuyu; ERD Director – Kenneth Mwangi -Kikuyu; D/Finance Secretary – Mwirichia -Meru

CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA: Governor- Prof. Ndung’u – Kikuyu (newly appointed); Dep. Governor – John Gikonyo -Kikuyu

CONSOLIDATED BANK OF KENYA: Chairman – Phillip Njuki – Kikuyu; Chief Executive Officer – David Wachira – Kikuyu.


1. Commisssioner General: Michael Waweru – Kikuyu
2. Board Secretary: Mrs Ng’ang’a – Kikuyu
3. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr. Joseph Nduati -Kikuyu
4. Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr. Namu Nguru – (GEMA)
5. Deputy Commissioner, Administration: Mr. Karimi – Meru
6. Deputy Commissioner Procurement: Ms. Murichu – Kikuyu
7. Commissioner Customs: Mrs. Wambui Namu – Kikuyu
8. Senior Deputy Commissioner (Customs): Ms. Githinji – Kikuyu
9. Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement (Customs): Mr Maina – Kikuyu
10. Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Ms Wachira-Kikuyu
11. Commissioner Domestic Taxes (LTO)- Mr Njiraini – Kikuyu
12. Deputy Commissioner: Mrs. Mwangi – Kikuyu
13. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Mrs. King’ori – Kikuyu
14. Senior Assistant Commissioner, Security: Major Kariuki – Kikuyu
15. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Southern Region: Wagachira – Kikuyu

Non-GEMA top employees were sacked in 2006. Search in archives (5/8/2006) or

CAPITAL MARKETS AUTHORITY: Board Chair – Chege Waruingi -Kikuyu; CEO – Edward N’talami – Meru; DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: Chief Procurement Officers – 23 out of 36 first appointees are all from GEMA. The rest of Kenya = the remaining 13 (out of the 36).

KENYA RE-INSURANCE CO.: Chairman of Board – Nelius Kariuki – Kikuyu; Chief Executive Officer – Johnson Githaka – Kikuyu; Financial controller – John Kinyua – Kikuyu (The latter two were just recently sacked for grand corruption.)

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: Minister – Prof George Saitoti – Kikuyu
Asst. Minister(s) – Beth Mugo – Kikuyu
Kilemi Mwiria – Meru
Permanent Secretary – Karega Mutahi – Kikuyu
Director Basic Education – Mary Njoroge -Kikuyu
Director City Education – Margaret Thiong’o- Kikuyu

Kenya Institute of Education (KIE): Director – Gabriel Muita -Kikuyu; Higher Education Loans Board (HELB): Chairman – H.M. Kimura -Kikuyu. Commission for Higher Education (CHE): Head of scholarships/credentialing: Snr. Asst. Commissioner- George Njine -Kikuyu; Head of Administration (Asst. Comm) – Margaret Kobia – Meru

MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY & PROV. ADM: Minister- John Michuki – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister – Peter Munya – Meru; Permanent Secretary – Cyrus Gituai – Kikuyu; the Director of National Security Intelligence Service – Brig. Michael Gichangi – Kikuyu; CID Director – Simon Gatiba Karanja- Kikuyu; AP Commandant – K. Mbugua – Kikuyu; GSU Commandant – Mathew Iteere –Gema; Deputy & Asst. Commissioners of Police – majority – Kikuyu. Note: Munya replaced the late Asst. Minister Mirugi Kariuki and Mirugi’s son replaced his father as the MP of Nakuru Town. President Kibaki campaigned for Mirugi’s son to win the seat.

Provincial Commissioners (PCs) 3 out of 8: Nairobi – J. Waweru – Kikuyu; Coast – Earnest Munyi – Kikuyu; NEP – Kiritu Wamae – Kikuyu. District Commisssioners: 38 out of 71 are GEMA with most concentrated in: Rift Valley (19); Eastern (8); Coast & Western (3 each).

MINISTRY OF DEFENSE: Commander-in-Chief (All Armed Forces) -President Mwai Kibaki – Kikuyu; Minister – Njenga Karume – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister – none; Permanent Secretary – Zachary Mwaura – Kikuyu; Army Commandant – Lt. Gen. Augustine Njoroge – Kikuyu; Dep. Air Force Commandant – Maj. Gen. Jackson Waweru – Kikuyu.

During recent visits to Nyayo House and Jogoo House in Nairobi, Job was left literally speechless. The corridors brazenly expressed this explicit ethnic favoritism through the names displayed on door exteriors. As he entered some offices, he was ushered in with greetings in deep vernacular lyrics. According to him, Kibaki has taken us decades back into the dark ages and we must all fight to build a better and inclusive nation for all our children’s future.

Edited by Jared Odero

Source: Kenya News In kiswahili.

Who cares where they come from ,if they dont do their job get rid of them….lakini this is too much!we cant speak one language of only one trobe in public offices even if they are doing the jobb. It just doesnt reflect what a wonderfull country we actually can be…..he sio maendeleo!!!

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How many Kenyans own plantations in Europe?

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 A reaction by Esther to earlier article posted by Clay Onyango titled:

Who is a Kenyan and who is not?


A lot of harm Mr Clay, No in fact a lot of damage. How many Kenyans own plantations in Europe? Maybe zero point many zeros.

As Kenyans benefited from the farms? How? by earning less than a dollar when the Kaburus are making millions from Kenyan land? And even if they benefit,its Kenyan property for Kenyans.

I wonder why these people stayed after colonizing my mother land. In fact the  land should be divided to the homeless Kenyans. You may think I’m crazy,but you are damn right i am. If only i had powers…If only wishes were horses….. Yes i know I’m not living in Kenya,but i cant do what these heartless morons did to our ancestors.

I cant forgive nor can i forget Mr Clay. I think you should research about the facts on how these people became Kenyans becouse I believe I have done my homework.

By the way,owning plantations as a Kaburu in Kenya and shooting Kenyans mistaking them with animals makes me sick.

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Africans generally have a way of avoiding debates on sensitive issues like female circumcision and other taboo-laden matters

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

A reaction by Muthoni Kabara to earlier article posted by Ira Ndunda titled:

Female Clitoral Circumcision



I fail to see the connection between your earlier thread on female circumcision and the Friends of Cricket posting. Maybe Korir can answer this better, being the moderator, I suppose.

Africans generally have a way of avoiding debates on sensitive issues like female circumcision and other taboo-laden matters. I can see this from the lack of response to your article. Now termed female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision (in all its forms) is still widely practised in many African countries, cutting across religious and non-religious communities. There is complete awareness of the inherent dangers of FGM, yet it prevails. I once watched a TV documentary showing the “chop” being carried out on an Ethiopian girl, and believe me that was horrendous. I literally screamed as if I was the one undergoing it.

Many NGOs and international agencies like the UN, DANIDA and Sida etc. are working hard to promote awareness and various incentives to families, in order NOT to put their daughters through this physical and psychological torture. Many influential people are championing an “FGM free” Africa through talks in schools and other fora. Ms. Lena Jebii, a former minister in Kibaki’s government, walks among her folk and other Kenyans talking proudly that despite the cultural stigma associated with women who did not undergo FGM, she managed to go to the university, is married with children, and was the first female minister in her area. This message needs to reach most rural areas in Kenya, where the habit is strongly-rooted.

I agree with you that being open and allowing a revision of taboos, customs and traditions, will help us chart the way forward and offload some of these cultural baggages, which are not necessary any longer.

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Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

NEWS RELEASE**NEWS RELEASE**NEWS RELEASE**NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release dated 23rd March 2007 Local MPs Bill Rammell and Mark Prisk and MEP Richard Howitt are gearing up to welcome 18 young volunteers for the launch of an exciting new Global Xchange programme in the Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow area. Global Xchange is an exciting international exchange programme run in partnership by VSO, the British Council, CSV (Community Service Volunteers), and supported by BAA Communities Trust and v, the young people’s volunteering charity. The programme aims to bring young people together to make a valuable contribution to local communities both in the UK and the developing world. In the third year of its partnership with Global Xchange, the BAA Communities Trust is investing more than £150,000 towards four exchanges, matched pound by pound by v with the joint aim of inspiring more young people to get engaged in volunteering and community action.The young people, nine from across the UK and nine from Kenya will give over 6000 hours of their time voluntary service to the local community over 10 weeks on various projects including Rainbow services, Mencap and the St. Elizabeth’s centre. Valda Edmunds, Community Relations Manager, for BAA Stansted said:“We are looking forward to welcoming all the volunteers taking part in the Global Exchange programme, especially those arriving from Kenya. I’m sure they will all have a fantastic time here in the UK and will find the whole experience invaluable.“The BAA Communities Trust works in partnership with the VSO on the Global Exchange programme helping support overseas development initiatives. At the same time, the programme creates development opportunities for young people both in the UK and abroad, with air travel creating a vital bridge between different cultures”.The volunteers will be welcomed by the MPs and MEP on Friday 30th March at the Hilton Hotel, Stansted.  

Harlow MP, Bill Rammell had this to say about the programme, “This is an excellent exchange programme which will benefit a number of Harlow community projects over the coming months. I’m looking forward to welcoming the volunteers from Kenya and hope their visit will act as a spur to     encourage even more volunteering in our own community. Projects like this which help encourage cultural links between young people in   different parts of the world can only break down barriers and build a greater understanding between countries and the challenges that they face for the future.” 

Stortford MP, Mark Prisk had this to say about the programme, “I am delighted to support this initiative.  It is a unique and exciting opportunity for those involved to learn about a different culture whilst working for the benefit of the community.  I very much hope such initiatives continue to happen and thrive.”The evening promises to be a huge success with speeches from the MPs, performances from the volunteers and local African dance and drumming troop Efua Sey Cultural Academy. There will even be a local Kenyan DJ playing late into the night. Peter Ngugi, a key member of the Kenyan community in Harlow, has been greatly involved in the programme and had this to say about it, “I am amazed at the interest this venture has generated both from Kenyans and the wider community in and around Harlow. I am optimistic that the Kenyan community in Harlow, the participants from Mombasa, Kenya, and those of the UK will exchange socio-cultural riches. I am sure the impact of this programme will transform the life of the UK and Kenyan communities as well as the individual participants. We of the Harlow Kenyan community cannot wait to open up to this fantastic opportunity and urge others to get involved.”After completing their voluntary work in Essex and Hertfordshire the team will travel to Mombasa, Kenya to assist local community groups and organisations for three months before returning home to support their own communities with their newly developed skills. If you are interested in getting involved with the programme please contact Ruth Talbot, programme supervisor on 07968 506 145 or For more information see ENDSFor more information or photographs please contact Ruth Talbot, Programme Supervisor on 07968 506 145 or to Editor:The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our purpose is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements. We operate in 110 countries and territories around the world. CSV (Community Service Volunteers) creates opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their communities through volunteering, training and community action. Each year 195, 000 people give 4.9 million hours of their time as volunteers through CSV.

VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) is an international development charity that works through volunteers.  VSO volunteers live and work with some of the poorest community in the world to share their skills and leave lasting impact.

BAA Communities Trust was established 10 years ago by BAA. Since then it has made grants of nearly £4 million for projects in the communities local to the company’s seven UK airports, including Stansted, to support charitable initiatives by staff and to global projects linked to youth development.

Efua Sey Cultural Academy is a voluntary organisation based in Harlow, Essex. It was established two years ago and provides various cultural opportunities to young people and adults of all backgrounds. They regularly perform dance and drumming events across the UK

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Raila’s arrival in a Hummer at the 9th Parliament opening session has stirred a debate among Kenyans

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

A reaction by Muthoni Kabara to earlier article posted by Njuguna titled:

ODM’s Raila Odinga: Already Presidential? 



William Kabogo (MP), Oliech (international football player) and a tycoon at the coast all own the Hummer. These people have never been featured in public because of their ownership.

However, Raila’s arrival in a Hummer at the 9th Parliament opening session has stirred a debate among Kenyans and even many of our good-for-nothing MPs are debating it, instead of the presidential address.

Macharia Gaitho of the Nation Newspaper said that Raila’s parliamentary colleagues do own and use personal helicopters to go for nyama choma sessions. So what is the big deal with Raila’s Hummer? He had already expressed his wish to vie for the presidency long before we even linked him with a Humvi.

This guy remains an enigma and no wonder the late Wamalwa said there are those who fear Raila and those who worhip him.

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Kanu has never gone away since Kibaki retained so many of its sycophants in plum jobs and even now sits with them in the cabinet

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Commentary: A reaction Muthoni Kabara to earlier article posted by Mchambuzi titled:

ODM-K is actually KANU



Maybe it is you who does not know Kenyan politics. Kibaki brought Kanu back into the government by creating his GNU (Government of National Unity) for political survival.

Njenga Karume, and a string of other ministers and assistant ministers were voted in as Kanu MPs in 2002.

Let us not argue for the sake of arguing or throwing words around just because it is always fashionable to talk negatively about LDP. I would be more worried about Kanu in government NOW and former president Moi’s cosy meetings with President Kibaki, than the LDP wing of ODM.

Kanu has never gone away since Kibaki retained so many of its sycophants in plum jobs and even now sits with them in the cabinet.

I feel completely short-changed that some Kanu members plus Ford People members are enjoying the “fruits” which they never fought for in 2002, because Kibaki has to survive politically.

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Muthoni Kabara’s reaction to minister Kimunya’s courtship directed to investors

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

Commentary by Muthoni Kabara on earlier article by Njuguna titled:

Kenyan minister courting investors



Thanks for posting this well-articulated article on Kenya’s Finance Minister’s recent mission to woo Kenyans to invest back home. This is an election year and quite clearly Kimunya and company had more of a political than an economic success agenda to present. They had to spend millions of Kenyans’ hard-earned money to sell the government’s successes, but tactfully avoided discussing the grinding poverty levels that are well documented in recent reports. The Kibaki administration caters to the rich elite, and is never bothered about the poor Kenyans. I believe the trip cost so much, yet the same sweet words could have been spoken cheaply using new technologies like videoconferencing from Nairobi.
Kenyans in the Diaspora remit billions of their hard-earned money to their relatives in Kenya annually, and many can confess that they have uplifted their standards of living through this and not directly from the government. Kenyans abroad will never invest heavily at home unless the government is serious about addressing the pertinent issues posted in this article.

Kibaki and company should continue burying their heads in the sand, thinking that statistical figures on PowerPoint will translate into voting them back. The common mwananchi is still suffering and even if CDF has brought feeder roads, many areas are still not productive enough for these Kenyans to utilize those roads, because they have nothing to transport or sell.

Talking of poor salesmanship, I read that Martha Karua, the Justice Minister, nowadays acts as a die-hard-defender-cum-spokesperson for the Kibaki administration on local TV. I also understand that she was recently on BBC’s HardTalk, denying the obvious–corruption, crime and even dismissing the recent UNDP figures on the increased rich-poor gaps. It is the arrogance and over-confidence of Kibaki’s handlers that add to the poor image of this government. They should reach out for the poor and economically-deprived masses, instead of spending time selling only one side of their story to Kenyans abroad.

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Emergency plan by the US?

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2007

“It’s been reported that in the event of an emergency situation with North Korea the U.S. is prepared to send 70% of the Marine Corps to the region.

According to President Bush this will still allow us to send another 70% to Iran and keep our other 70% in Iraq.”

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