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UK: Chebii addressing members of the Kalenjin Organization (Kokwet) in London

Posted by African Press International on April 9, 2007

ImageFormer Minister of State for Immigration, Mrs. Lina Chebii Kilimo, on a stopover in London, addressed a gathering of Kalenjins in the UK on Saturday.

Mrs. Chebii, the first Kalenjin woman to be a Minister, praised the Kalenjin organisation under the stewardship of Kokwet.

Kokwet is a support organisation that consists of ethnic groups of the wider Kalenjin community which includes Keiyo, Marakwet, Pokot, Nandi, Sabot and Tugen, as well as the Kipsigis and Terik (Nyang’ori). Kokwet caters for the interest of the Kalenjins in UK and Europe.

Mrs. Chebii said that London was “city of inspiration” and expressed her appreciation to Kokwet to invite her to speak to them.

Mrs. Chebii, who voted against the government during the Constitutional Referendum debate and lost her cabinet position in the ensuing reshuffle. She went further to say that

she valued the Kalenjin and the land aspect of the debate was not to their benefit. On corruption, She stressed that “corruption is life in Kenya and KACA has no teeth”.They keep asking for money for your file to disappear.

 In her speech, Mrs. Chebii addressed many issues including Passports issuance – now streamline to 14days, schools quarter system and the Mt. Elgon clashes. She laid on the

Kenyan media for misrepresenting her views and said “even the grandmother lives in that area”. A report in Standard newspaper mentioned a number of parliamentarians as being ‘behind’ the atrocities, and Mrs. Chebii was among those named. Other named were William Ruto, Franklin Bett, and Musa Sirma.

Mrs. Chebii thanked Tabitha Seii for the foundation of Civic education in Rift Valley, and informed the gathering of the Marakwet girls and women project she ha formed to offer sanitary towels and to pay their school fees.

London has become a very popular city. Other events expected to take place includes a Super charged Kenyan Delegation to meet the Tesco Executives about  Carbon Emission Debate on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

.Hon Mutahi Kagwe is expected next week on Thursday to talk about ICT. While in May NARC Kenya is expected to meet Kenyans in London. Venue and date has not been confirmed.

A word is going round that ODM Hon Kalonzo is also making a tour of Europe and will pass London as well subject to confirmation

Posted to APN by Karuga wa Njuguna

Published by African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 

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