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More than 200 people have died in monsoon flooding in South Asia in the last 10 days

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More than 200 people have died in monsoon flooding in South Asia in the last 10 days while more than 10 million remained marooned in their villages or homeless on Friday, with many having no access to health care. The threat of water-borne diseases is rising, with many villages cut off for days. Some people have been bitten by snakes flooded out of their pits, others crushed under the rubble of their houses, and many drowned by rising flood waters.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the floods were causing “havoc” and “chaos” in the region, with around 20 million affected and could be the worst in living memory in some areas.

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Vice President Awori of Kenya gets a lifeline due to ODM-K wrangling

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Nation Story by OUMA WANZALA
Publication Date: 2007/08/05
Wrangling in the Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya is giving Vice-President Moody Awori a life line in Funyula constituency.

The VP has coined a new slogan AK lelo luno muli nafue meaning Awori and Kibaki, today is the day, are you with us?

He is going around holding harambees for schools and churches in a renewed flashy campaign to drum up support for himself and President Kibaki thanks to the on-going confusion in ODM-K.

When the Sunday Nation kicked off this series with Funyula last March, the VPs rating was so low; even his critics had begun celebrating his possible exit. Now, he is in the constituency every weekend.

Then came last weeks shifting of alliances by Dr Julia Ojiambo. By welcoming ODM-K presidential aspirant Mr Kalonzo Musyoka to her Labour Party of Kenya,

Dr Ojiambo, was seen as running away from another Mr Raila Odinga who is the pillar of the Orange group.

She is herself an ODM-K presidential hopeful.

If there is any politician Dr Ojiambo needs to win the Funyula seat, it is Mr Odinga.

Uncle Moody, as Mr Awori is popularly known, has moved fast to capitalise on Dr Ojiambos blunder.

He is back with his lelo luno clarion call whipping up support towards the homestretch.

But the VP should still expect stiff competition from his arch-rival Dr Paul Otuoma.

Others are Mr Edward Mudibo, formerly of Kenya Union of Co-operatives, Mr Levis Majale, who runs a chain of pharmaceutical outlets in Nairobi, Mr Patrick Afande and Mr Mathias Ogama.

Mr Afande and Mr Ogama are seeking the ODM-K party ticket while Dr Ojiambo could choose to vie on her LPK ticket or line up in the ODM-K.

But it is the shifting of alliance in ODM-K that could easily boost Mr Aworis chances of retaining the seat.

In the confusion, party supporters are getting disillusioned. And unless they put their houses in order soon, ODM-K leaders could squander the goodwill they enjoyed on the ground.

Mr Awori has now capitalised on the wrangles and he keeps on telling the electorate that they either choose development or retrogression.

He is pleading with voters to give him another chance to complete development projects that he has initiated.

ODM-K candidates in Funyula started their campaigning on a high note. They presented a united front but later started to fight over the control of the party in the constituency, leading to two parallel offices. One side was led by Dr Ojiambo and another by the Otuoma-Ogama-Majale-Afande axis.

Mr Awori says that he is determined to re-capture the seat he snatched from Dr Ojiambo more than two decades ago and is dismissing those saying he is too old.

He insists that he is still strong and energetic to have another five years.

While voters may warm up to him as an individual, his biggest challenge remains on how to market his party, Narc-K and counter the ODM-K wave. ODM-K still has more supporters than Narc-K in Funyula. The VP is the latters deputy leader.

The VPs close allies are, however, confident that even though Narc-K may not be the party of choice in Funyula constituency the electorate may vote for Mr Awori purely as a person due to his campaign strategies that he has put in place.

Mr Awori has also the task of having to pull youths closer to him. Most of them are jobless and blame him for not assisting them to secure jobs despite his being VP. Mr Awori has changed tact as well. He is using delegations to his Funyula home to send a strong message that the VPs post is a coveted position.

He is telling his constituents to either vote for him or see the motorcade taken elsewhere in case President Kibaki wins a second term.

His Cabinet colleagues who have visited Funyula constituency on many occasions have told the gatherings that if he is re-elected, Mr Awori will remain President Kibakis principal assistant.

The VP hosted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently at his Funyula residence. Mr Musevenis visit to the constituency presented an opportunity for the VP to send a strong message that his is a privileged position and that they will be seeing more of it if they give him another chance.

Mr Awori has also conducted various fund-raisers, which he uses as campaign platforms. He resorted to them when he discovered that political rallies might end up with poor turnout.

But his critics fault him on the use of CDF money. They argue that the cash has been directed to projects which have no direct bearing to the welfare of the people. For instance, they point out that some money has been used to construct an airstrip, and a court building and a stadium at Funyula trading centre.

Dr Ojiambo says she is optimistic that she will get back the seat she lost to Mr Awori in the 1983 snap elections.

She is still assuring her supporters that ODM-K will remain united despite the recent re-alignments.

Mr Ogama, who has a strong presence in the constituency, could also present a strong challenge to the VP. He came second last time when he vied on a Kanu ticket.

Though the ODM-K politicians have parallel offices in the constituency they still insist that they are working together. They are saying that they could back one among them to face off with Mr Awori.

Like Mr Ogama, Mr Afande insists that despite the conflicts in ODM-K the VP should prepare for a bruising battle.

Dr Otuoma is also on the ground campaigning and says this time round he is not ready to lose.

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Kenyan realising the American dream through hard work

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By Dennis Onyango

When James Sang arrived in the US one November morning in 1991, he had one suitcase containing two pairs of trousers, four shirts, an extra pair of shoes, his documents and about $500 (Sh34,000) in cash.

“I had sold everything I owned in Nairobi. This included a 21-inch colour TV, bed, sofa set, an iron box, some shoes, and a suit. Then I threw away or burnt everything else,” Sang says.

As he sat waiting for a friend to pick him up from the airport that cool windy autumn morning, the nervousness of being in the unknown hit him.

But soon, Sang came to learn what it takes to realise the American dream.

He had left Nairobi to escape the sense of “uselessness” that had taken a hold of him at the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, where he had worked for two years as a general support staff.

The $500 he carried did not amount to much. He did not have proper documents either, except the air tariff certification from the Kenya Utalii College.

From those ashes of desperation, he built on his dream slowly, counting on the equalising power of education in Americas corporate world, and finally ending up in his current job with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Here, Sangs main responsibilities are procurement, design, implementation and maintenance of FAAs IT systems.

“I ensure the systems are compliant with the Federal government laws and directives, such as the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. The law imposes mandatory steps to be taken to ensure the security of government information systems,” Sang says.

Success in the US, he says, is about skills and focus.

“You may have all the degrees in the world, but if you do not improve your skills through continuing education, you will be on the streets without a job.

“Your job security in corporate America is not who you know, but your skills and performances. Most companies have budgets for human resource development. This ranges from specific certifications to college degrees,” explains Sang.

Take advantage of opportunities

He says it is up to an individual to take advantage of this. Sang says most Kenyans who have succeeded in their careers in the US took advantage of opportunities offered by their employers or the government.”

For instance, his certificate from Utalii College earned him a job with American Express.

At the height of IT boom in 1999-2000, he changed to a career in IT and for two years worked for a major Internet service provider (ISP). The firm operated an Internet backbone system offering Internet services to companies such as America Online and other ISPs.

He later settled down to his current job as an employee of BAE System, a major defence contractor for the US Department of Defence and other government agencies.

Sangs determination has borne fruit since he won the companys Outstanding Employee Award for 2006.

He attributes this success to his willingness to improve his skills.

“My company is involved in several projects, including manufacture of all kinds of air, ground, and undersea weapons systems. But my specific contract is with the Federal Aviation Administration,” he says.

Start at the bottom of the ladder

Skills also worked for Dr Richard Kaitany, who left Kenya in 1989 and is currently employed as a Senior Plant Pathologist for the State of Michigan.

“The environment here is more appreciative and rewards people with good skills. Besides, one does not have to follow a politician around or come from the “right tribe” to get a job,” Kaitany said

If he were to return to Kenya, and he wants to do so in the next five years, he believes he would fit in Agriculture, and especially in the area of developing export crops and in meeting the requirements of various foreign markets for plant and plant products.

“My work has changed the way Michigans Plant Industry does business and has enabled the States agricultural products to maintain their foreign markets,” Dr Kaitany said.

Clearly, it is not always a story of rags-to-more-rags for Kenyans who go to the US and other developed nations.

Amid the desperation that grips them on landing in the foreign lands, many have had to start life afresh, at the bottom of the ladder, only to rise and tell success stories.

“Sometimes, what makes you fail or succeed abroad boils down to who picked you up at the airport on arrival and whom you perceive to be your competitor, says Dr Kefa Otiso, an assistant professor of urban and economic geography at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, US.

Otiso moved to the US a few years ago to complete graduate studies, and settled to the teaching job.

“A sure way to fail is to compete with Kenyans back home while living in the US. People who plough back all their savings and investments in Kenya while living in the US usually get burned because they under-invest in themselves,” Otiso says.

“There is nothing wrong with investing in Kenya or helping people back home as long as you bear in mind that you may end up staying abroad permanently. This will require you to be prepared for life abroad,” he adds.

Kenyans in the US, the don says, should compete with Americans and aspire to rise to the top.

“Competing with Kenyans back home is “a sure path to failure. It does not take much for a Kenyan in the US to do better than the average Kenyan back home.”

Desperate times

Adds Otiso: “Stories abound of Kenyan factory workers in the US who compare themselves to permanent secretaries back home unaware of the long list of privileges the latter enjoy despite their modest income, by American standards.

“Thus, the real measure of success should be doing well by American economic, business and professional standards.”

The professor adds that success also depends a lot on the person who picks you up from the airport. If he or she is focused or successful, chances are that you would borrow a leaf from them and also succeed.

“Simply put, nobody can lead another beyond where he or she has been,” he says.

Both Otiso and Sang agree on one thing: to make it the so-called land of opportunity, you need constant education and a long-term view of life.

“A good education leads to good jobs that gives one a chance to obtain good professional skills and connections that are invaluable even in private business enterprises,” Otiso says.

Continuous improvement of skills worked wonders for Sang.

Before joining Unep in Nairobi, Sang had worked for a number of airlines and travel agencies as a customer service representative, ticket sales staff and airline tariff specialist.

While at Unep, he realised that he needed further education if he was to ever join the “professional” ranks of the UN.

There are two types of employees at the UN: the general support staff, commonly known as GS, and professionals who drive the notable vehicles with red number plates.

He says during his two-year stint at the Gigiri offices, there was hardly any Kenyan in the professional cadre and most locals were in the GS group. Only foreigners enjoyed high salaries and duty-free import of consumer goods.

“This class-based mode of employment was demoralising, which created a feeling of uselessness. The salary of the top-most GS was still much lower than the lowest-ranked professional,” he says.

When Sang went to the US, he lived with a friend for three weeks.

“But this period proved too long for my friend. Before I knew it, he demanded that I seek my own accommodation. The night he threw me out, I slept on a sofa at the lobby of the apartment building. I had absolutely nowhere to go.

“I knew one or two Kenyan friends, but did not have their contacts. I felt desperate; I had been hardly in the US for a month, and things were turning out this way,” Sang says.

He continues: “But I needed to make a decision quickly on whether to go back to my UN job in Nairobi or stick out my neck.” After hiding his suitcase behind the concierges desk, he set out in the morning to the Kenyan Embassy, just a few blocks from where he had been living.

For lack of money, Sang decided to walk to the embassy rather than take a taxi. It was a good 45-minute walk.

“As I wound my way through the streets of Washington, I felt humiliated and even ashamed that I was going to ask for help from the embassy.”

The embassy usually advises all Kenyans in the US to register with it, so that in case of an emergency, they can contact them.

Sang had never imagined that he would need help from the embassy.

“In any case, I did not want anything to do with the Kenyan government. I had figured that I would survive on my own. But as I approached the imposing building in Washingtons Embassy Row, I could not exactly figure out the kind of help I would ask for,” he says.

Sang did not know whether to ask for accommodation, a job or something else.

“Here I was, eating humble pie. I stood outside for a moment to admire the Coat of Arms, then strode into the lobby.”

As he sat for some time reading old Kenyan newspapers at the lobby without appearing to be in a hurry, one official strode over to him to enquire if he needed help.

“It was then that I decided to pour out my problems. I narrated to the official that I wanted whatever help I could get.”

After a long silence, the official disappeared into his office and returned a few minutes later. In his hand was a little note with a name scribbled on it.

The official told Sang that the person was his friend, and gave him directions to his house.

That friend happened to be a vendor of Kenyan curios in a shopping mall in another part of the city.

“Even better, the man turned out to be an old friend of mine in Nairobi. You can imagine my relief,” says Sang.

His friend did not waste time but invited Sang to stay with him until he could stand on his own two feet.

Suddenly, things were looking up and Sang decided to take his chances in the US.

He did not have a job, but he still had his last pay from Unep carefully tucked away.

Sang had arranged with a friend to wire the money to him on request.

“On receiving the money, I gave my friend my portion of the housing expenses, and used the rest to buy a second-hand car. There was very little you could do without a car,” he says.

Within a few days, a new friend he met at a Kenyan bar introduced him to the world of deliveries.

“He arranged a contract for me to deliver everything, from mail, to blood samples in doctors offices and medical labs,” says Sang.

He did this for three months, and before long, became an expert in map-reading and delivering goods. Unfortunately, the job took a toll on his health and car. Even though he was earning money, it all went into car repairs. Besides, he was not used to the stress of driving the whole day, sometimes on an empty stomach.

“I had no health insurance, and fatigue was setting in. I felt that a steady 9 to 5 job would be a better option,” says Sang.

Using his airline career certifications from Nairobi, that he still had intact, he applied for every travel-related job advertisement he saw in the newspaper. Eventually, his persistence paid off when he landed an interview with American Express. The firm had just won a contract with the World Bank to service its travel needs.

“Since I was IATA-certified, I had no problem going through the interview successfully and getting the job. Within a few months, the company sponsored my work permit and permanent residency (Green Card).”

So, within one year of arrival, Sang had obtained his green card. He later enrolled in college for an Information systems management program.”

For the next five years, Sang worked for the company in various positions airline tariff specialist, marketing, and later in IT.

And one positive factor about America contributed to Sangs success.

“I did not feel less capable than my indigenous American colleagues.

I did not feel that the company treated me any differently from my co-workers.

“In fact, this is where I learnt that corporate America is blind to race, religion, national origins, colour or gender.”

That blindness, Sang says, is reinforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin.

With hard work and common sense, Sang says, one is assured of success.

“If you go to the US to study, ensure you complete your education. That is the first step towards a successful life in America. Even if you are past school age, ensure you upgrade your skills,” he says.

He also advises immigrants to update their immigration papers. “In most cases, letting your immigration status lapse is the surest way of consigning yourself to a life of a fugitive. When you are in this situation, opportunities are hard to come and you live in perpetual fear of deportation.”

Sang continues: “Resist the temptation of unnecessary debt. This is the biggest trap people get themselves into. Most of us come from Kenya without sound personal financial skills. Credit is very easy to obtain here. Most credit card companies send you several offers with sweet introductory terms.”

Car companies, department stores, and other entities entice you with very low rates so you can spend money on their goods, he adds.

Many foreigners easily fall into the trap, given that easy credit in their countries of origin was non-existent. But it does not take long before the credit companies switch on their high rates, which sends the hapless individuals into a permanent life of debt.

With that, all their earnings go into repaying debts. Failing to service debts damages ones records, making it difficult to obtain any other credit facility.

“That vicious circle drives most people into poverty,” Sang says.

On a brighter side, those who avoid such mistakes have higher chances of leading quality life in the US.

Sang says there are many Kenyans who make the right choices, which eventually enhances their living standards.

“They have good jobs, own homes, have children in school and perhaps, some investment portfolio in the stock and bonds markets.

“In my opinion, this is the silent majority of Kenyans who live in the US,” he says.

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Raila has cause confusion in ODM-Kenya, now the flag bearer becomes Kalonzo

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

While he (Raila) has been a strong opposer of government policies, he has given it a clear mandate for another five more years by causing confusion in ODM-K party.

It is important to note that Raila Odinga is the one who started telling the likes of Ruto, Balala, Mudavadi and all others that they are capable of being nominated as presidential candidates. This one alone, seemingly a strategy to spoil for Kalonzo but Raila has turned out to be the biggest problem for himslelf and his political future.

In any case Raila can never beat Kibaki in any election here in Kenya if he actually knows thepolitical landscape of Kenya properly. For him, it would have been easier to climb to power through somebody else other than directly face Kibaki in an election.

It would be easier for him to remove Kalonzo from power than Kibaki and that is where Raila and his handlers got the whole thing wrong. He has a mountain to climb and he may never see thedoorsteps of State house if the advisers are Deyas and Kajwangs

There was a plot by government machinery to wreck ODM-K and Raila was the only powerful tool to do this. This, the Kajwangs ofKenya have never known. If Kibaki goes to State House again, the seat is in Central Kenya to stay and mark you, the constitution(wako) will be sneaked and passed and that will ensure that Saitoti is the next Vice President and a future president followed by Uhuru Kenyatta.

ODM-K guys, wake and Raila open your eyes and see the truth please. You are forever putting us in a deepest pit.

By Martin Ouma
Nakuru – Kenya

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ODM-Kenya politics chaotic – It now seems it will be Kalonzo Tosha

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Luo Nyanza will always be used by central for the later to ascend to power.You know now that Raila has been used to break ODM-K is just like saying Kibaki TOSHA.

A steadman’s friend told me one day that they were out to show our Raila how popular he is, a political move marshalled by clever central Kenya aimed at creating differences between him and Kalonzo.

The seat is going to Central Kenya forever and Kenya will never again have the strong opposition block as it was in ODM-K, thanks to Raila and shall he live long to see the truth of my prophesy happen.

It is a fact that Raila can never be elected in this country called Kenya and let me say, even if Kalonzo stepped down for him, Easten and Coast as block will vote for Kibaki and not to mention Central Kenya.

Now Rift Valley has one million votes from central Kenya. Statistically, Eastern 2million,central 2million, Rift Valley 1 million, Coast 0.8million, Nairobi 0.6 million Nyanza 0.2 million Western 0.3million and North Eastern 0.2 million
The above votes for Kibaki even if he does not campaign much but sleeps and waits for election. Now where do you think Raila will get votes to beat Kibaki from??

After the Mombasa incident which Balala and Raila are happy about, you cannot expect a vote from Eastern at all, sorry to tell Anyang Nyong and Kosgey this but it is the bitter truth, if anybody has doubts, wait for December and you will believe when all is lost. After all, not even Ngilu can persuade Kambas to vote for Raila.Their vote combined with the Merus and Embuans will give Kibaki a solid 2million and plus votes.

If ODM-K has any opportunity to ascend to power, then the one person who can easily do that if supported by other aspirants will be Kalonzo Musyoka. First, he will spoil the Eastern vote for Kibaki which many in the current regime do want to imagine, then if supported, the rest will depend on how the group campaigns.

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Raila group planning to start a new ODM-K. Will Kenya government register it? Registering it will cause chaos in the country?

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

Rivals now plan to register new ODM

Story by BENSON AMADALA and DANIEL OTIENO
Publication Date: 2007/08/05

A battle looms over the ownership of the Orange Democratic movement with some of its presidential aspirants asking the Registrar of Societies to accept new officials or register another one.

Some of the leaders said they would have an alternative which would be stronger.

Five

ODM-K presidential aspirants, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Najib Balala, Joseph Nyagah and William Ruto, and several MPs said yesterday in Kakamega that Tuesday will be the day of reckoning, arguing that they will either have the party or it will cease to exist.

Mr Ruto said they were not about to leave the party. The Eldoret South MP said the Registrar of Societies should go ahead and register another ODM party the same way she had registered the faction allied to Daniel Maanzo because then it was argued that the owners of ODM were known.

The registrar knows that are the real owners of the party. We are this week going to the offices to demand a change of officials, or else they register another Orange party in our name, said Mr Ruto.

Mr Odinga termed the interim officials led by Mr Maanzo as frogs who would not deter the cows from drinking.

Mr Mudavadi said there were many options available, even if the five leaders were not granted the mantle of the party.

We know there are attempts to steal the party, but what the thieves do not know is that the alternative might even be stronger, Mr Mudavadi said.

The ODM-K wing that was in Kakamega yesterday had last Tuesday announced that they would storm the Registrars office on Tuesday if she did not recognise new officials led by Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey.

However, the Registrar said Friday she cannot be cowed by the threats and gave the party 30 days to resolve their differences or she would de-register it.

As they spoke, another aspirant, Kalonzo Musyoka, who shunned the Kakamega rally, told journalists in Nairobi that the officials of the party were well known and they were in control.

Mr Musyoka, who on Monday defected to the Labour Party of Kenya and declared ODM-K a coalition of parties, asked those who felt aggrieved to seek legal redress.

The matter of who is in control of the party is settled. Those registered are properly in office, he said in Umoja, Nairobi, on his way to Mwingi.

The registered party officials are Mr Maanzo (chairman), Mr Abraham Chepkonga (secretary) and Ms Lilian Aluga (treasurer).

Mr Musyoka accused Mr Odinga of seeking to wreck the party because he had already identified an exit route.

It is clear that Railas aim is to tarnish and pour mud on ODM-K and leave. We have information that he has already identified another political outfit that he is headed to, the Mwingi North MP said.

Mr Balala told the rally that the Labour Party of Kenya was technically out of the movement, setting the stage for a fight with other aspirants, the partys chairperson Julia Ojiambo and Mr Musyoka.

The leaders poured vitriol on two presidential aspirants Mr Musyoka and Dr Ojiambo, who did not attend saying the two leaders were out to divide the party.

Mr Balala set the ball rolling when he argued that the Labour Party was technically out of ODM because of an advertisement published on July 23, seeking aspirants for parliamentary and civic seats to pick up nomination forms.

Those in LPK are traitors who are trying to divide us, but let them know that they have no place now. Those who think they have taken control of ODM should go, said Mr Balala.

He continued: There is no way you can claim that the house is on fire then you run to another room. If you are not among the five, then you are out of the orange race.

Mr Balala said ODM was supposed to operate on the same principles as Narc where member-parties were supposed to relinquish their right to field candidates to the umbrella party.

The move by Mr Musyoka to defect to the LPK was perceived to be an attempt to have a larger stake in the Orange party, but yesterday Mr Balala said the 40-40-20 arrangement for positions among the member parties would not be revised.

South Mugirango MP, Omingo Magara said ODM would no longer persuade anybody to remain in the coalition.

If you are not here then you are not with us. It is time to separate the men from the boys, women from girls and in this process there is no persuasion. If you are not content, please leave us, he said.

The leaders said the defection of Mr Musyoka to LPK was part of a wider conspiracy to derail ODM-K.

In reference to the Mr Musyokas recent defection, Mr Magara said there was no room in ODM-K for those who expected to be handed leadership on a silver platter.

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Kalonzo tells Raila and his trumpheters to move on and leave ODM-K alone

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

Story by CAROLINE WAFULA
Publication Date: 2007/08/05

The registered officials of the Orange Democratic Movement Kenya (ODM-K) are in control of the party, a presidential hopeful said yesterday. Mr Kalonzo Musyoka asked those who felt aggrieved to seek legal redress.

T

he matter of who is in control of the party is settled. Those registered are properly in office, he said in Umoja, Nairobi, on his way to Mwingi.

The registered party officials are Mr Daniel Maanzo (chairman), Mr Abraham Chepkonga (secretary and Ms Lilian Aluga (treasurer.

Mr Musyoka accused another hopeful Mr Raila Odinga of seeking to wreck the party because he had already identified an exit route.

It is clear that Railas aim is to tarnish and pour mud on ODM-K and leave. We have information that he has already identified another political outfit that he is headed to, the Mwingi North MP said.

He ruled out the possibility of deregistration of the party following a threat by the Registrar of Societies if the current leadership dispute is not resolved in 30 days.

He said: How can you deregister ODM Kenya? It is the most popular party in Kenya today.

He echoed ODM-K team leader Mr Mutula Kilonzos assertions that the Registrar had no powers to deregister the party.

Mr Musyokas remarks follow accusations by other hopefuls Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr William Ruto, Mr Odinga and designated chairman Mr Henry Kosgey that the Government was using the Registrar of Societies to wreck the party. They accused Mr Musyoka of working with President Kibaki and retired President Moi to implement the scheme.

But Mr Musyoka claimed Mr Odingas camp was forcing the Registrar to irregularly register people who were not bona fide party officials and that her position on the matter was right.

They should move to court if they feel aggrieved or to another outfit, he said.

Mr Musyoka said his recent crossover to the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) was a move to re-position himself for the General Election and declared that he was in ODM Kenya to stay. He said he had been patient but he had to move on.

A time comes when you have to roll up your sleeves, and that is what I am doing. I am not moving, he said.

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Uganda prepares 2007 Commonwealth summit

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

Kampala (Uganda) The campaigns of the Ugandan Commonwealth Heads of Government and Ministers (CHOGM) Summit taskforce is kicking into high gear as the country speeds up its preparations ahead of the Commonwealth 53-member Summit which will be held on 23-25 November.

Intense activity continues to take place around Ugandas capital, Kampala.

While several hotel complexes are being set up in record time, others are being renovated and roads paved around the city of the seven hills.

One historic site is also receiving intense attention, the Clock Tower, a gloomy concrete outcrop built in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth-IIs visit to Uganda just before independence in 1962.

As head of the commonwealth, the Queen is paying a three-day state visit to Uganda, the former British colony, shortly before the Commonwealths heads of state and government arrive for the planned summit.

The Queens Tower, which welcomes visitors hitting the City from South-East, has never been properly renovated since independence and the four clocks on each of the walls of the rectangular block read different times.

The government technical advisor on the Commonwealth Summit, Joel Kibazo said billboards continue to be displayed around the city with the Summit task force promising to take on phase two of their campaign, which is expected to end up with bill boards displaying investment opportunity rich in Uganda.

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Kenya politics of Raila’s Hummer

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

Do you have a better picture of Railas’ Hummer?? I dont think it is worth what people are saying.

By Ray Kavnguha

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Get it to the level of your understanding

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007


From:Wanjuguna <wanjugunak@hotmail.com>
To:wanjugunak@hotmail.com
Subject:[kenya] Kenya High Commission snobs 58 SCOUTS,6 SCOUT LEADERS AND 10 INTERNAT…
Date:Sat, 4 Aug 2007 10:29:18 -0700 (PDT)



Mugithi went on after The Deputy Con. to KHC London refused to turn up and just sent food for over 50 youths.Kenya scouts had invited many scout leaders from other from other countries.There was speech due to lack of Kenyan officials.mmmmm njinjazie huko kwingine but we earned a shameful name even with all the History of The Scout Movement.If you are voting then VOTE WISELY,Wanjuguna says


Posted ByWanjugunato kenya on8/04/2007 05:12:00 PM

Posted by Karuga wa Njuguna

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UN Security Council devotes August month to Africa

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

APA Dakar (Senegal) Peacekeeping, political reconciliation and conflict prevention in Africa will be the key issues the UN Security Council will tackle, under the chairmanship of the Republic of Congo, for the whole month of August, Congolese Ambassador Pascal Gayama told a press conference at the UN headquarters.

The UN/AU-sponsored Arusha talks, which are being held in preparation for a peace agreement with the Sudanese government, are crucial following UNs approval of the hybrid peacekeeping force deployment to the western Sudanese region of Darfur, the source said.

The source added that the Security Council would hold consultations on Wednesday on the outcomes of the Arusha talks, before examining the UN Secretary Generals first periodical report on the modalities of the deployment of the UN mission to Darfur (Sudan).

Concerning Somalia, where the National Reconciliation Congress met in Mogadishu, Gayama announced that talks are billed on 13 August “to consider the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) taking over command in the country”.

As far as the situation in Chad is concerned, Gayama declared that following the governments approval to deploy European Union troops to the east of the country, the UN “is thinking of a way to cooperate with these troops”.

The escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be the major issue for the UN Security Council during the whole month of August, he nevertheless pointed out.

The Council is expecting proposals from the Secretariat in order to give a decision on the modalities of UNs participation in the inquiry into the assassination attempt against Ivorian Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro.

The high level thematic forum is slated for 28 August 2007 and will be devoted to the prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa, Gayama concluded.

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UN Security Council devotes August month to Africa

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) Peacekeeping, political reconciliation and conflict prevention in Africa will be the key issues the UN Security Council will tackle, under the chairmanship of the Republic of Congo, for the whole month of August, Congolese Ambassador Pascal Gayama told a press conference at the UN headquarters.

The UN/AU-sponsored Arusha talks, which are being held in preparation for a peace agreement with the Sudanese government, are crucial following UNs approval of the hybrid peacekeeping force deployment to the western Sudanese region of Darfur, the source said.

The source added that the Security Council would hold consultations on Wednesday on the outcomes of the Arusha talks, before examining the UN Secretary Generals first periodical report on the modalities of the deployment of the UN mission to Darfur (Sudan).

Concerning Somalia, where the National Reconciliation Congress met in Mogadishu, Gayama announced that talks are billed on 13 August “to consider the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) taking over command in the country”.

As far as the situation in Chad is concerned, Gayama declared that following the governments approval to deploy European Union troops to the east of the country, the UN “is thinking of a way to cooperate with these troops”.

The escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be the major issue for the UN Security Council during the whole month of August, he nevertheless pointed out.

The Council is expecting proposals from the Secretariat in order to give a decision on the modalities of UNs participation in the inquiry into the assassination attempt against Ivorian Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro.

The high level thematic forum is slated for 28 August 2007 and will be devoted to the prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa, Gayama concluded.

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