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Kenyan members of parliament are greedy

Posted by African Press International on July 31, 2007

Kenyans have every right to March on Parliament on Tuesday afternoon (July 31st 2007) to express their disgust and displeasure at the question of the proposed payment of gratuity to current Members of the Parliament of Kenya. It is their constitutional right to object to this greedy action by people who already live the glamorous life at our collective expense.

Our view is that it is criminal for 222 MPs in the 9th Parliament to conspire against over-burdened Kenyan taxpayers by plotting to award each other Ksh 1.4 billion – an amount equivalent to the annual disbursement under the famous Youth Fund; which was intended to raise 79.1% of the population of Kenya who are youth out of poverty. 222 MPS want to award themselves an amount equivalent to what they gave to 21,248,984 Kenyan youth. A shocking example of raw greed!

The payment of gratuities to MPs in the 9th Parliament is unwarranted first and foremost because they are under-performers who are already paid much more than almost all parliamentarians in the world. This Parliament has distinguished itself by being the only Parliament since Independence which has had no constitutional input neither adding nor taking away a single comma or full stop to our Constitution. It has done this despite having the people’s explicit mandate given on December 27th 2002 when Kenyans voted for them to change our Constitution to enhance freedoms of the individual and to entrench equity and good governance.

The 9th Parliament has failed to provide leadership in constitutional reform and has actually served to obstruct whatever progressive acts have emanated from outside the House. It has suffered from lack of quorum to the extent that it has been hard to find 30 of them willing to attend the chamber to debate matters of national importance. Just recently, Kenyans saw the national budget for 2007/8 being debated by less than 10 MPs and billions of shillings passed completely unscrutinised by our so called representatives. This is taxation without representation.

MPs in the 9th Parliament seem to think they are above the law and have attempted to steal public funds before. Though they are recidivist repeat offenders, perhaps they actually are above the law! Only last October the Attorney General said that 65 MPs (one out of every four) could have been charged for mileage fraud, and decided to “temper justice with mercy and forbear prosecution.”

The 9th Parliament has also failed to check Government corruption and has done nothing to resolve such corruption cases as:

Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing which sucked up over 200 billion combined and their predecessor scandals such as

Ken Ren Fertiliser which cost Ksh 4.4 billion with over 265 million passed by this same 9th Parliament in the Budget for the Consolidated Fund Services (Vote No. R 50 External Debt Redemption Vote Head 164)

If they are passed these payments will further deplete public coffers even as more urgent national priorities for parliamentary attention go unattended. We call on Parliament and the Government of Kenya to first address matters of national importance, interest and value to Kenyans such as the fact that 46% of Kenyans live in absolute poverty earning less than Ksh 70 per day according to the Government of Kenya’s own poverty estimates. This means that over 20 million Kenyans live in unacceptable poverty which manifests itself in the form of No employment or employment as wage slaves.

Homelessness, Landlessness, and Hopelessness

Kenyans recall that the MPs of this 9th Parliament have already disregarded the views of Kenyans and shamelessly ignored the poverty of Kenyans and enhanced their salaries to about Ksh 1 million per month. This is over 2 times what was paid to MPS during the entire 8th Parliament five year term (1997-2002). Further most MPs have abandoned the political parties on which they were elected and thereby betrayed both voters and the spirit of pluralism.

Parliament is currently engaged in a fraudulent act, namely the unconstitutional abuse of its legislative power for the direct personal benefit of 222 MPs. Among the intended beneficiaries of this fraudulent and unconstitutional abuse of office are the President and his cabinet, and the Leader of the Official Opposition.

It is clear that there is a conspiracy by MPs against the people of Kenya whose taxes are being illegally voted for a very private purpose. MPs are in a situation of conflict of interest and are unable to exercise objectivity on the matter of their personal financial interests. Despite public outrage at three previous attempts to tax Kenyans for selfish reasons, it appears that the 9th Parliament is hell bent on voting on Tuesday July 31st 2007, as a bloc against the national interest.

The evidence of conspiracy and fraud is obvious. For instance, the budget which was only read last month did not provide for any gratuity for MPS. Rather the amount MPs intend to vote themselves on Tuesday afternoon, were disguised as salaries and benefits for an additional 70 MPs.

We are concerned that the current crop of MPs are engaged in a blatant attempt to appropriate to themselves millions of shillings each in campaign funds ahead of the general election that is less than 4 months away.

We would recommend that any legal provision for gratuity should be applied to the 10th Parliament. At this stage Kenyans attention is also drawn to the miserable situation of many decent and honest Kenyans who have served in the past 8 Parliaments since 1963. That some exist on pensions amounting to Ksh 3,000 per month is a national disgrace. We are sure that Kenyans would prefer that Parliament focus on addressing the plight of these forgotten heroes before taking care of an already pampered and ungrateful lot.

We call on all Kenyans of goodwill to support former parliamentarians and civil society as they peacefully protest this national scandal. We also make a final appeal to each individual MP to vote with his or her own conscience. We will watch and tally the vote.

There is a case to be made for a campaign to vote out all 210 elected MPs should they commit this crime. But for the moment, the Parliament of Kenya, each and every single member therein, should take notice that Kenyans ultimately reserve their democratic rights which are not limited to the vote.

SAY NO TO THE ROGUE PARLIAMENT.

STOP THIS STEALING!

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Posted by African Press International on July 31, 2007

NDjamena (Chad) President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad on Monday met a delegation of about 20 exiled opposition leaders, led by the former head of state Goukouni Weddeye, APA has learnt.

As Gabon mediated this move, its vice-premier Jean Ping accompanied the delegation of opposition leaders to Ndjamena, the Chadian capital.

The Ndjamena meeting is an important step in the search for the restoration and strengthening of peace in Chad, the Gabonese mediator said.

“I urge all Chadian citizens to adhere to this initiative, notwithstanding their political affiliation, to enable the country achieve its socio-economic progress,” President Deby said.

According to him, this move is a great gift for the Chadian war-stricken people.

“We will from now on do everything possible to contribute in the search for peace in our country,” former Chadian head of state Goukouni stressed after his meeting with President Deby.

Goukouni, who in April discussed for a few hours with President Deby in Libreville, expressed his readiness to return home. He also announced his initiative to bring together the opposition leaders and the government.

He ran the country as president of the broad-based government of the Chadian transition (GUNT) from 1980 to 1982 before Hissen Habre toppled him.

Goukouni and the other delegates also expressed their intention to return to their home country after their three-hour discussions with President Deby.

The NDjamena meeting has enabled the two delegations (exiled opposition leaders and government officials) to brainstorm on a global peace plan to be submitted to the political and military groups, according to corroborating sources.

The Chadian stalwart rebel leaders immediately rejected the proposal made then by Goukouni in Libreville .

Since then, the government had triggered negotiations with the leaders of the main rebel movements in Tripoli, Libya under the aegis of the Libyan guide, Mouhammar Khadafi. These planned negotiations failed because of certain prerequisites imposed by the rebels.

The Goukouni-led delegation comprised Adoum Togo, Antoine Bangui, Fidel Moungar (Debys former premier), and Ahmat Yacoub. They returned to Libreville Monday afternoon.

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Prime Minister Guillaume Soro confirmed Monday, in a broadcast interview, his determination to get to peace

Posted by African Press International on July 31, 2007

Abidjan (Cote dIvoire) Some 130 days after heading the Ivorian government office within the implementation of the Ouagadougou peace agreement signed on March 4, 2007, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro confirmed Monday, in a broadcast interview, his determination to get to peace, refusing however to fall into a “quarrel of dates”.

“I do not want to be involved in a quarrel of dates. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. I am not in a speed race. The calendar was only information. We are progressing. The Prime Minister has a direction, he wants to get to peace,” he had said on TV, the eve of the “Peace Flame” event.

By thus saying this, the Prime Minister of the Cote dIvoire wants to avoid past errors or the pressure of a calendar with activities confined on precise dates which he would have to respect despite possible difficulties.

He reassured his compatriots, so as not to “discredit” his mission, by urging them to be patient.

After the symbolic ceremony of weapon incineration Monday in Bouake, the Prime Minister will be working on the signing of the appointment decree of the sub-prefects for their redeployment.

Thus, the public hearings, an important stage of the process, will resume, he added in substance.

The identification of the people, the establishment of electoral rolls and the holding of the elections proper, are amongst others the main files which await Guillaume Soro and his team.

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Tanzanians to be educated on the benefits to visit South Africa

Posted by African Press International on July 31, 2007

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) South African Tourism Board (SATB) said Tuesday that it had launched a campaign to market South Africa as a preferred tourist destination for Tanzanians.

Speaking at a press conference held in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, SATB trade relations manager Hulisani Thabela said deliberate efforts will be made to educate Tanzanians about the benefits of visiting South Africa as traders and consumers.

Thabela said SATB would continue to invest in its country\s tourism market, which is believed to hold a great deal of potential as a tourism and business destination.

Deliberate efforts are in process to educate traders about the benefits that South Africa can offer Tanzanian traders and consumers in terms of tourism packages, products and business opportunities, she said.

According to Thabela, Cape Town and the Western Cape Province has experienced 13.1 percent growth in tourist arrivals from Africa, mostly from East Africa.

East Africa is a fairly new market for us and we are still establishing our presence in the region to strengthen trade borders.

We are glad last year we had 70 tourist and travelling agents from Tanzania who showed interest with SATB, she added.

According to Thabela, last year South Africa received 12,738 visitors from Tanzania, many of whom showed interest in business activities, although the popular activity remains shopping and leisure.

She said that the tourism industry in Western Cape regards the African market as an important tactical market, especially in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

She said that in preparation for the 2010 World Cup, the Western Cape tourism industry is expecting to bring 400,000 visitors to the country.

This focus is also in line with New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD\s) drive to give tourism priority in order to diversify economic opportunities and generate income and foreign exchange earnings for African countries, she added.

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United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) extended

Posted by African Press International on July 31, 2007

Washington DC (USA) The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for six months to say 31 January, 2008.

Under a resolution that was unanimously adopted by 15 members, the United Nations Security Council urged both countries to respect the peace agreement that they signed, and to diffuse the situation by bringing the number of their troops to its level on 16 December, 2004, and refraining from any threat of use of force against each other.

The resolution by the United Nations again urged Eritrea to immediately withdraw its troops and its heavy military kits from the temporary security area, and lift all the restrictions imposed on the UNMEEs freedom of movement and operations.

For its part, Ethiopia has been urged to reduce the additional military forces it recently introduced in some regions next to the temporary security zone.

While urging both parties to respect their commitment not to violate the temporary areas integrity, the Council also stressed that the restoration of a sustainable peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea is a precondition to fully achieve common border demarcation.

The council further urged them to fully implement the commissions decision to limit the border and consider further appropriate measures so as to resume and achieve the delineation operation.

The United Nations also called Eritrea and Ethiopia to fully cooperate with the UNMEE in a bid to enable the coordinating military commission, the leading body, to consider the “most urgent” military or safety issues and to “immediately” resume its works.

The United Nations Security Council further hailed both the pursuit of efforts by the Secretary-General and the international community to help Eritrea and Ethiopia to restore their good relationship, to promote stability between both parties and set up the basis towards a sustainable peace in the region.

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Creating employment for 20,000 young Mauritanians

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2007

Nouakchott (Mauritania) The Spanish Labour and Social Affairs Minister, Jesus Caldera Sanchez, at a press conference Thursday emphasised the positive impact of the agreement signed with his Mauritanian counterpart Cheikh El Kebir Ould Chbih, particularly the possibility of creating employment for 20,000 young Mauritanians.

The bilateral agreement will also support a technology transfer and the possible creation by Spain of a vocational training centre in Mauritania.

The Spanish minister reaffirmed his countrys intention to consolidate and strengthen its co-operation with Nouakchott mainly on the fight against unemployment and illegal migration.

He described the Mauritanian community living in Spain as “honest and correct”.

On his part, Ould Chbin said the agreement just signed with Spain on the regulation and the management of labour migratory influxes between the two countries, will allow the Mauritanian nationals living in Spain to enjoy all their rights recognised by the legislations of both contracting sides.

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Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2007

Monrovia (Liberia) Liberias Information Minister Dr. Lawrence Bropleh has challenged his countrymen, especially those contemplating subversion, to eschew such activity and close ranks for the rebuilding of their nation.

In a statement syndicated to all media institutions on Saturday, Dr. Bropleh said the government was determined to restore Liberia to its past glory, and called on Liberians to prop up the government as it strives to bring about the much needed development.

The statement was ostensibly to help diffuse the clouds of subversion that have been looming over the country since a couple of months, culminating in the arrest and trial of several former military officials from Grand Gedeh country.

He made the statement as the country climax celebrations of the nations 160th independence anniversary with a fireworks display to be executed by four Chinese experts from the Simba Fireworks Company of China.

Dr. Bropleh said the fireworks display was intended to bring back memories of the good old days, and called on residents of the capital Monrovia who are traumatized by years mayhem, not to panic upon hearing the loud explosions.

Hundreds of traumatized residents of the port city of Buchanan, the venue of this years independence anniversary, had taken to their heels upon hearing loud explosions from the fireworks display executed there Thursday on Independence Day.

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Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has pledged to support the Moroccan peacekeeping forces deployed in Bouake

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2007

Bouake (Cote dIvoire) Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has pledged to support the Moroccan peacekeeping forces deployed in Bouake, the former rebels stronghold, following the suspension of their operations since Saturday by the UN to allow “internal investigations over alleged cases of exploitation and sexual abuse”, sources close to the former rebels told APA Thursday.

Meeting about 10 Moroccan officers in his Bouake residence on Wednesday, Soro expressed his “great regrets facing the allegations brought against the Moroccan peacekeeping contingent”.

“I have heard about the matter from the media and I was surprised for not being briefed (before this suspension) as Prime Minister. I am so surprised to see these incidents break out just a few days before our “Peace flame” ceremony,” the sources said, quoting Soro.

“I believe we still have special relations with the Moroccan soldiers with whom we have always worked in a good atmosphere”, the Ivorian Premier added.

Keeping the Moroccan contingent is reassuring to us, for the achievement of the peace process. We are supporting you and this meeting falls within our readiness to encourage you to keep your spirits up. We also hope that these incidents will in no way affect the moral status of your overall staff, Soro said.

Reacting to the Ivorian Premiers words, the Commandant of the Moroccan officials, Chief Colonel Hamzaz hailed Soro for the warm welcome.

“We reassert that the Moroccan contingent will continue to operate serenely and continuously for the return of peace in Cote dIvoire under the aegis of the United Nations,” Col. Hamaz said.

Col. Hamaz had already met General Soumaila Bakayoko, the chief of staff of the former rebels.

The sixth Moroccan contingent was deployed in Bouake (379km north of Abidjan) since December 2006 within the UN peacekeeping operations in Cote dIvoire (UNOCI).

After Bangladesh, Morocco is the second country that provides the largest contingent for UNOCI with 732 soldiers.

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Swedes invade Norway

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2007

The number of Swedes working and living in Oslo alone has more than doubled in the past 10 years, and more are on the way. They’re attracted mostly by job opportunities and higher wages.

Benita Pettersson is among the many Swedes working in Oslo cafes and restaurants. She comes from a small town outside Karlstad.

PHOTO: JON-ARE BERG-JACOBSEN


Erik Tomasson from Kristinehamn, age 23, works at a Carlings clothing shop in Oslo and says he’s thriving in the city.

PHOTO: JON-ARE BERG-JACOBSEN

Nearly 9,000 Swedes were registered as living in Oslo at the start of this year, but officials at the Swedish embassy think the number is much higher.

“We think around 12,000 live in and around Oslo,” Lena Blombergsson of the embassy told newspaper Aften. There are so many Swedes that they’ve formed their own employment agency, frequent their “own” bars and many share dwellings in apartment buildings that have exclusively Swedish tenants.

“And now comes the big influx,” said Anders Eliasson, who runs the Swedish association Svenska Freningen in Oslo. August is a popular month to move and “get back to business” after July summer holidays, and Eliasson said he already has 1,200 Swedes on a waiting list to rent rooms in a residential co-op.

The Swedes are popular among employers. When 20-year-old Tobias Matsson called to inquire about a job at a warehouse in Oslo, he said the boss told him, “Yes, just come, we need lots of people.”

Norwegian customers have grown used to Swedish waiters and clerks, and some have started using the Swedish phrase for goodbye that sounds a bit like “hey doe,” instead of the Norwegian “ha deh” when they leave a shop or caf.

Many young Swedes who moved to Oslo for what they thought would be a short stint, are ending up staying longer than expected. “I came here to work for a year, but then I got a Norwegian sweetheart,” said Monica Richardsson from Dalarna.

Elina Vinberg of Falun, a 23-year-old worker at an hlns store in Oslo, told Aften that she loves Oslo. “We have everything, the sea and the public transit right to the forest,” she said. Asked where she thought she’d be in 10 years, she replied:

“A little bit outside Oslo, maybe, in a big house with lots of children.”

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Norway: Tourists from Germany blocked all traffic on E6 – Refused to move their car

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

All traffic on the main E6 highway through the scenic valley of Gudbrandsdalen came to a standstill Thursday afternoon, when a German couple refused to move their car and trailer after a minor traffic accident.

Traffic stood still for more than a half-hour.

PHOTO: Tor Jostein Srlie/Gudbrandsdlen Dagningen

Traffic was backed up several hundred meters for at least a half-hour because the tourists’ trailer blocked the road.

They’d had a minor collision with a Swedish truck near the entrance to a gas station at Hundorp, in Sr-Fron township. No one was injured, and witnesses said the damage to the German’s trailer was hardly visible.

Nonetheless, the woman marched into the station and demanded that workers there call police. She was told it wasn’t necessary to call police because no one was injured, and that the couple should simply drive into the station’s parking area and complete an accident claim form with the driver of the truck.

The couple wouldn’t budge, however, saying that in Germany, drivers aren’t supposed to move vehicles involved in accidents until police arrive.

The German woman also ordered the Swedish truck driver to stay where he was. Rather than fight with her, the Swede simply sat in the cab of his truck to await developments.

Police finally arrived, only because the traffic situation got worse and worse and they feared altercation as tempers grew short. The police officer herself had to park the patrol car several hundred meters away, because of the traffic back-up.

“The couple stood out in the road when I came walking up,” Constable Ingeborg Skirbekk told Aftenposten.no.

She confirmed that damage to the trailer was minimal. The Germans moved their car and trailer as soon as the police told them to, and traffic started moving again.

By Anders Nordstoga and Nina Berglund

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STOP KILLING MUNGIKI MEMBERS!! PROSECUTE THEM BEFORE THE LAW!

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

The petition

Presumption of guilt is unfair and even immoral because it allows the strategic targeting of any individual, since it’s often difficult to firmly establish proof of innocence

Why is it so easy to speak the language of cruelty? According to the report by standard, 200 people, mostly innocent youth have been slaughtered by police without any whatsoever justice applied. Who is giving orders for Kenyans to murdered without trial?
Why is Kenya so cruel? Violence can never win apart from putting a stop to some lives on earth and not necessarily terminating ideas of those people.
If The kenyan homeland security thinks that Mungiki is a group of primitive extortioners,who in some barbaric ways kills innocent people why don’t they try to teach them the language of a civilized society owing to the fact that this people are kenyans and Kenya for that matter has done very little to teach it’s people about fundamental human rights,like for instance freedom of Expressive Associations and religion.
why allow the killing of your own citizens?At home and Internationally, the act of the Kenyan police is as equally primitive or even more than than that of those poor un educated Mungiki fellows.
The kenyan Police is supposed to keep law and order and not create chaos and and bloodshed.
Kenyans in Diaspora are demanding that the president intervene and stop these unnecessary bloodshed.
All Kenyans have the right to express themselves but if anyone breaks any law of Kenya, then that particular person should be presented before the court of law of Kenya and not to be tortured of killed at site.

Our country is no longer a colonial protectorate where some people who were perceived to be dangerous were systematically killed at site.
STOP KILLING MUNGIKI MEMBERS!! PROSECUTE THEM BEFORE THE LAW! HOW CAN YOU SENTENCE PEOPLE TO DEATH TO BE SHOT IN PUBLIC BEFORE THEY ARE PROVEN GUILTY IN THE 2007?
Please Kenya, stop making yourself so primitive.

How can a civilized sovereign country accept the killing of suspected Mungiki members if at all they are members without having them tried before the court of Kenya?

We are faced with a calamity of no measure. The morals of our society have diminished tremendously. Human rights are violated in broad day light
This must be stopped.! Mungiki members have the rights of human beings like any other person. If they have been involved in terror activities, the long hand of Kenya must put them to jail and administer legal punishment according to the laws of Kenya.
We cannot go on killing our fellow countrymen in such barbaric manner. Where are all the moral values of the old African spirit? Why do you accept to be turned into a beast?

The police involved in this shooting, despite the usual explanation of being under orders from “above” must really stop and think first before they trigger next time. Ask yourself why you must terminate another persons life without any reason.
Even if you had all reason to kill some one, which in real sense NO one has apart from God, will you just do it they way you kill those who are perceived to be Mungiki members? If you think Mungiki members are primitive, think twice and look at your hand next time you pull that trigger!!
STOP KILLING MUNGIKI MEMBERS!! PROSECUTE THEM BEFORE THE LAW! HOW CAN YOU SENTENCE PEOPLE TO DEATH TO BE SHOT IN PUBLIC BEFORE THEY ARE PROVEN GUILTY IN THE 2007?

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Readers’ talking corner

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

Readers’ talk!

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Ngugu Banza,

Tafadhali, usi ni ite Otura, mimi ni Achuth Oracha, Ja-Nyando kamili. Kwani Otura mpia ame simama Nyando. Wakati ingine wana ni ita Jakanyadhiang’ alias Odhiambo, sasa wana ni ita Otura. Kwani wewe ni mfwazi wake ?

Achuth Oracha,

Nyando District.

Edward Bansa <eddybansa@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Okoth Otura allias “Achuth Oracha”

You are confusing us about your location, how do you talk of “hapa ulaya” and then sign off with Nyando District? Are you always this confused? It will be very difficult to tell the difference between you and Miguna Miguna. Looks like two disoriented minds fight each other.

Edward Bansa

Achuth Oracha <achuthoracha@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Wadugu na wadada !Ina onekanahawa viogosi wame tupa Raila007 pamoja na ODMK-USA ?Kwani huyuWakili ame ishiwa mapema sana hasibwi paka ame rudi kuombacharge yale Raila ali wacha hapa ulaya ?

Nyando iko moto sana, tena wanaume wana senti nyingi, wakati u,EngJack Apollo Owuor na Eng Nyamuga wako mbele, jusi uyu wakili ali fukuswa Ahero “ONGE YWAYO”

Kwanini aja aomba fedha Canadamahali anapohisi ?Kwani wana windana na Mkasisi Otura bado, hama yule mkisii Matunda Nyachama wame fukusa yeye uko Toronto ?

Tafadhi muse aribi fadha yenu, uyu wakili alise sindwa jana, afadhali mudhurie Bana-Kadori-Masanga ya mwanyekiti Mweshemiwa Ben Odotte,agalau mutachiaza benga.

Who has ditch who ?Did Raila ditched these group or they have ditch Raila for Miguna for Nyando instead of Raila for President ?

Achuth Oracha,

Nyando District.

stephen ochola <ocholasteve@msn.com> wrote:


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Subject:[Jambo] AN EVENING WITH MIGUNA MIGUNA
Date:Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:54:31 -0400

An Evening with Miguna Miguna

NYANDO PEOPLE IN THE DIASPORA TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS OF MIGUNA MIGUNA, CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO AN EVENING WITH MIGUNA MIGUNA IN MONROE, NEW YORK ON SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 2007 AT 6.00PM.


Miguna Miguna is a Barrister & Solicitor; Mediator & ADR Consultant; political analyst; prolific commentator on social, cultural and political issues; and a published author.

MIGUNA IS CURRENTLYACANDIDATE FOR THE NYANDO PARLIAMENTARY SEAT AND AN IMPORTANT PLAYER IN THE ODM-K CAMPAIGN TO UNSEAT KIBAKI.


MIGUNA CAME TO THE NATIONAL LIME LIGHT DURING THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR KENYA’S 2ND LIBERATION WHEN HE WAS ABDUCTED AND DETAINED INCOMMUNICADO WITHOUT TRIAL BY THE MOI/KANU REGIME. HE WAS THEN A STUDENT LEADERAT THE NAIROBI UNIVERSITY.

MIGUNA CHAIRED THE COMMITTEE FOR DEMOCRACY IN KENYA (CDK) – AN INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRACY GROUP – AT THE HEIGHT OF THE MOI/KANU DICTATORSHIP. HE WAS PART AND PARCEL OF THE STRUGGLES THAT CULMINATED IN THE REPEAL OF SECTION 2A OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE “SECOND LIBERATION.”


TODAY, MIGUNA ISSTILL A LEADER, ASTRONG VOICE FOR CHANGE AND AN ACTIVIST INTHE MOVEMENT FOR THE 3RD LIBERATION OF KENYA.


MIGUNA WILL BE GIVING US AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE MOVEMENTFOR CHANGE IN KENYA ANDPROVIDING ANINSIGHTAS TO HOWTHE ODM-K NOMINEEFOR PRESIDENT OF KENYA IN 2008 WILL BE DETERMINED.

MIGUNA WILL ALSO BE SEEKING OUR FINANCIAL AND MORAL SUPPORT IN HIS BID TOCAPTURE THE NYANDO SEAT.

THE PEOPLE OF NYANDO AND FRIENDS OF MIGUNA BELIEVE THAT KENYA NEED HIS STRONGAND UNCOMPROMISED VOICE IN THE PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT TOADDRESSBOTH NATIONAL ISSUES AND ISSUES THAT AFFECT NYANDO CONSTITUENCY IN PARTICULAR.


PLEASE BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SO THAT YOU CAN HEAR MIGUNA’S LEGENDARYSPEECHES, ASK QUESTIONS, ANDDONATE TOWARDS HIS CAMPAIGN.

FOR MORE ON MIGUNAMIGUNA, PLEASE VISIT www.migunamiguna.com


Guests will include community leaders,members of ODMK-USA, Friends of Raila and Raila for President campaignoperators.To address the audience will be:

1. The former Ugandan Ambassador to the United Nations, DR.Olara Otunnu;

2. Mr Titus Magara;

3. Dr Odeyo Ayaga;

4.Ms. Anne Agengo;

5.Mr John Achoka;

6. Dr Okumu Walter;

7. Mr Obell Nyanja;

8. Dr Sam Oyugi;

9. Dr George Omburo;

10.The Chair ofYouth Movement ( Young Turks) Mr Tabu Addikah.



The function willbe at Grace Episcopal Church at 1 Forest Avenue, Monroe NY 10950.


DIRECTION TO THE HALL WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
(A) FROM: Both North/South of NY Thruways take exit 16(Harriman Exit) after the toll stay on 17W to Exit 130, take RT208 S. Go thru 3 traffic lights, you will see two Mobil Gas stations on your right (the lights maybe off on one of the gas stations) and that road is called North Main street, go 1/4 mile and look for Grace Episcopal Church on your left. The address is 1 Forrester Ave Monroe, NY 10950, off North Main street, close to North Main street Elementary school! .

FROM: Both Garden Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike North, take exits 163 and 64A respectively to RT 17N, then follow the direction as given in direction (A) above

FROM: Interstate 287N take 87N, then follow as indicated in direction (A).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL THE FOLLOWING:

Joab Okello 845-386-1110(H);914-772-4971;718-923-3382.

Joseph Nyaware 914-736-9454: Cell 914-525-1328

Odemba Ochola: 914-299-2999, 516-589-1016

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Ethiopia and France on a joint commission to enhance bilateral relations

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopia and France have agreed to establish a joint commission to enhance bilateral relations, APA learnt on Friday.

The agreement was made by the visiting French Foreign and European Affairs Minister Bernand Kouchner and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who held talks late on Thursday.

The Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs said the commission will help the two countries to further cement existing bilateral relations.

The two countries also expressed their commitment to scale up existing relations.

Ethiopia and France, which are closely working in education, trade and other sectors, vowed to enhance their ties so that French investors can work in Ethiopia.

The joint commission will discuss annually ways of improving bilateral relations.

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CIA accused by the Sudanese government for supplying arms to Darfur fighters

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

Khartoum (Sudan) Sudan Interior Minister Zubair Bashir Taha on Friday accused the American Central Intelligence Agency of smuggling weapons into the troubled region of Darfur.

Addressing youth organizations in Khartoum, Taha said the CIA is seeking to disrupt the demographics of Darfur.

Taha accused the US of being responsible for prolonging the war in Darfur and the death of thousands of people after the Abuja peace agreement just like they did in Iraq.

US special envoy to Darfur Andrew Natsios told reporters in Khartoum last week that Arab groups from neighboring countries were resettling in West Darfur and other lands traditionally belonging to local African tribes.

The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when an ethnic minority rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which then enlisted the Janjaweed militia group to help crush the rebellion.

According to UN estimates, at least 200,000 people have died from the combined effect of war and famine since the conflict started.

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LRA negotiators not paid alowances – peace in jeopardy

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2007

Kampala (Uganda) The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels negotiating with the Uganda government for a peace deal have not been paid their allowance for the last one month and according to the LRAs technical advisor on the International Criminal Court (ICC) this would jeorpadise the peace negotiations.

David Matsanga, LRAs technical advisor on ICC was on Friday quoted by the Ugandan press saying that although LRA is not in the peace process for monetary gains, their allowances and consultation fees have not been, blaming the accounting office of the United Nations mission in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

He said non-payment of allowances would jeopardize the peace negotiations.

Matsanga said the LRA is not using the issue of allowances to stall the peace process and dismissed speculations that the peace process has been postponed.

He denied reports that the rebels are undermining the peace process because the ICC issued warrants against the LRAs top leadership.

He said the rebels are grateful for the international communitys contribution towards the peace negotiations, but blamed the UNs mission for being the cause of the controversy surrounding the peace process.

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