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China gives CFA14 billion to support water supply in Douala

Posted by African Press International on September 3, 2007

Douala (Cameroon) Cameroons Economy and Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah Thursday said the Chinese government has loaned 13. 8 billion CFA francs to the country for the water supply development and extension project in Douala.

According to the minister, this already available loan is expected to solve the drinking water problems experienced in the economic capital which population is officially estimated at 2.5 million inhabitants.

One part of these funds will be allocated to the construction of a new water collection, pumping and processing plant on the Moungo River, at about 30 kilometres from Douala with a daily capacity of 50, 000 cubic metres, he pointed out.

The remaining funds will be used to rehabilitate the current water supply system of the Massoumbou and Japoma plants, in the outskirts of Douala.

With a daily capacity of 150, 000 cubic metres, Douala will have its drinking water potential increased to 250, 000 cubic metres per day.

Despite a rising population, only 400, 000 people have access to drinking water from Cameroons national water company (SNEC).

With the lack of safe drinking water, residents in Douala are prone to water-borne diseases and epidemics mainly cholera. According to medical sources, the last big cholera epidemic killed more than 500 people out of an overall 10, 000 affected in 2005.

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Presidential hopeful, William Arap Ruto roughly linched in the Kalenjin Rift Valley

Posted by African Press International on September 3, 2007

The man – Ruto who wants to become Kenya’s net president did not manage to get votes during the ODM exercise that took place Saturday in Kasarani grounds.

Ruto who has been seen by many as Raila Odinga’s stooge continues to dream of power. He thinks if he fails to get the presidency himself, that he can take the 3.3 million Rift Valley Kalenjin votes toNyanza to be added to Raila’s in order to enable him to become Kenya’s next president. Ruto’s hopes is that Raila will then appoint him to something.

Ruto has tried to mislead the Kalenjins and now he has got a rude awakening. Rift Valley will reject him now and move forward in support of President Kibaki who is expected to win a second term in office.

The Kibaki government should take Ruto for trial for the evil deeds that he did while minister in Moi’s government. By misjudging the direction the wind is blowing, Ruto supported and still supports Raila and ODM against the will of the Rift Valley people, because he wants protection from trial should ODM get the power.

By API*APN-Norway

Publication Date: 9/3/2007

Langata MP Raila Odinga won in seven out of the eight provinces including those perceived to be his rivals strongholds to bag the ODM presidential ticket.

Langata MP Raila Odinga acknowledges applause from the crowd after being declared the ODM presidential candidate at the Kasarani sports complex in Nairobi on Saturday night. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

It was only in former Vice-President Musalia Mudavadis Western Province that Mr Odinga lost in the presidential nomination conducted by the partys election board headed by Mr Justice (rtd) Richard Otieno Kwach.

In Western, Mr Mudavadi garnered 303 votes against Mr Odingas 128. Eldoret North MP William Ruto got four while Gachoka MP Joseph Nyaga had only one vote. Mvita MP Najib Balala, who stepped down in favour of Mr Odinga before the elections, managed two votes.

Most of Mr Odingas support in Western came from Busia, Mumias, Mt Elgon and Teso districts while Mr Mudavadi maintained a firm grip in all the other areas.

Where Kalonzo hails from

In Eastern Province, where ODM-K presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka hails from, Mr Odinga received 232 votes against Mr Rutos 163. Mr Mudavadi was third with 37 while Mr Nyaga garnered only nine although his Gachoka constituency is in Eastern Province.

In Central, Mr Odinga yet again led with 283 delegates voting for him. Mr Nyaga, who was expected to give Mr Odinga a run for his money in the province, emerged a distant second with 15 votes.

Mr Mudavadi and Ruto got 13 and 12 votes respectively. Mr Odinga, whose pointwoman in the province is Ms Mumbi Ngaru, recently criss-crossed Central Province and was at one time ejected from a hotel owned by President Kibakis in-law.

Mr Mudavadi, Mr Ruto and Mr Nyaga, also performed poorly in Nairobi where they received 15, two and one vote respectively against Mr Odingas 167.

Ruto got a rude shock

And in his Rift Valley backyard, Mr Ruto got a rude shock when he polled only 150 votes against Mr Odingas 304. Mr Mudavadi on the other hand managed 13 votes while Mr Nyaga received only one.

The Rift Valley outcome was a result of the strong support Mr Odinga enjoys in the populous province and the efforts of his allies, including MPs Henry Kosgey and Kipkalya Kones. Mr Odinga has also been working with former Head of Civil Service Sally Kosgei, former powerful permanent secretary Zakayo Cheruiyot, former head of presidential escort Samson Cherambos and registered ODM chairman Said Keitany to market his presidential ambitions in the province with 3.3 million voters.

Nyanza, considered by many to be Mr Odingas stronghold, did not disappoint. Of the 701 votes cast, 627 went to the Langata MP. Mr Ruto got two while and Mr Nyaga and Mr Mudavadi had one each.

In Coast Province where Mr Balala hails from, Mr Odinga received 334 votes, Mr Ruto 14 while Mr Mudavadi received eight votes. Mr Nyaga had only one. Mr Balalas earlier move to step down in favour of Mr Odinga also worked well for the Langata MP.

Delegates from North Eastern Province gave Mr Odinga 186 votes against Mr Rutos three. Mr Mudavadi and Mr Nyaga did not get any votes there.

And when all the votes had been counted, Mr Odinga had garnered 2,656 votes. Mr Mudavadi came a distant second with 391 votes. He was followed by Mr Ruto who got 368 votes. Mr Nyaga received 30 votes with Mr Balala getting four.

Rift Valley with 49 constituencies had the highest number of delegates followed by Eastern (36), Nyanza (32), Central (29), Western (24), Coast (21), North Eastern (11) and Nairobi (8).

In Rift Valley Mr Odingas support came from the Maasai region which has 20 constituencies and Central Rift. Support for Mr Ruto came mainly from the North Rift.

Having bagged the ODM ticket, Mr Odinga will face ODM-Ks Mr Musyoka and President Kibaki in the polls slated for December.

During the ODM-K nomination on Friday, Mr Musyoka beat his only rival nominated MP Julia Ojiambo when he received 2,835 votes against Prof Ojiambos 791. Twenty votes were declared invalid.

The hopefuls who were trounced by Mr Odinga in the ODM nomination have agreed to support the Langata MP to ensure that the party removes the Kibaki administration from power in the next election.

Mr Balala set the tempo when he said he was glad to have backed the right horse.

Everyone thought that he was a kingmaker. Today he is King, said Mr Balala amid cheers from the delegates.

We want to ensure that the country gets a taste of the ODM dream. We shall deliver this dream as a team, having Mr Odinga as our captain. We shall indeed stand by him, said the Mvita MP.

Mr Nyaga also conceded defeat and paid tribute to Mr Odinga saying he was the best-placed candidate to be Kenyas president come January next year.

He also said he would be glad to serve in a government led by Mr Odinga.

Mr Ruto urged Mr Odinga to forget the past and lead ODM to the promised land. The Eldoret North MP criticised the government, saying it had continued to impoverish Kenyans although it pledged to reduce poverty when it took over power five years ago.

Kenya is the third most unequal country in the world. This government should be removed. Under the leadership of our captain, Mr Odinga, this quest is possible.

Mr Mudavadi also conceded defeat saying he respected the decision made by the delegates.

Before the voting kicked off, I pledged to support whoever was chosen on condition that they support me if I get the partys nod. Its now time to honour that pledge, said a disappointed Mudavadi.

But what was on the lips of many was how Mr Odinga came to win the hearts of delegates from areas where he does not traditionally enjoy support.

Central Province, for instance, is thought to be uncomfortable with the prospects of Mr Odinga going to State House.

But there have also been unconfirmed reports that the delegates from Central were chosen carefully so that only those perceived to be friendly got the ticket to Kasarani.

Similarly, it would have only been logical that delegates from Eastern, mainly Ukambani where Mr Musyoka comes from, could have been hostile to Mr Odingas candidature. However, this was not the case.

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Kenyan Muslims declare: Members free to decide who to support, now evident they will not support Raila’s ODM

Posted by African Press International on September 3, 2007

Story by NATION Correspondent
Publication Date: 9/3/2007

Muslims will not support a particular presidential candidate in the General Election, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), and the Chief Kadhi announced yesterday.

The chairman, Prof Abdul Ghafur El Busaidy said SUPKEMs constitution emphasised impartiality as far as political issues were concerned.

At a joint press conference in Nairobi yesterday with Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hammad Kassim, Prof Busaidy said it was upon the electorate at the individual level to scrutinise each presidential candidate before casting their votes.

Any leader therefore, he added, who wanted to direct the Muslim faithful to back a particular candidate, was doing so at an individual level.

Said Prof Busaidy: People should work with knowledge of every politician asking for their votes. We dont want to look after sheep, we want to look after human beings who think and refuse to be swayed.

Guide the faithful

On Saturday, chairman Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Sheikh Idris Mohammed also said Muslims were free to support any presidential candidate of their choice, adding that the role of the clergy was to guide the faithful, who were then to choose at an individual level.

He added that no one should impose any candidate on the followers, as political issues were part of the democratic rights, which were exercised at an individual level.

We are saying this is our stand, but the followers should be left to decide on their own, said Sheikh Mohammed.

The sentiments follow sharp differences which emerged among Muslim officials recently after a section of the CIPK and the Islamic Party of Kenya (IPK) officials declared that Muslims would back presidential hopeful Raila Odinga.

In July, the two Muslim organs also differed over a planned visit to State House, which the SUPKEM had organised, and which CIPK refused to be party to.

It rejected the trip saying it was a government plot to divide the Muslims in order to perpetuate itself in power.

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Posted by African Press International on September 3, 2007

BY SHEM KOSSEAs political realignments and general elections continues to gather speed, riveting a reminder of the 2002 run up to transitional elections, a global movement that consists of major indigenous Churches, have come up with a viable economic and political strategy to drum up support for Raila Odingas led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).Christian Democratic Movement of Kenya (CDMK), Kenyan chapter, under the flagship of Reverend George Okoth Otura-the long term political ally of the late doyen of the Kenyas opposition politics Jaramogi Oginga Odinga-as its president.And Mr. William Odiwuor movements European roving Ambassador, Mr. George Omondi International investment Adviser and Miss Grace Holla in charge of women economic and political empowerment, met at Hague, Netherlands, where they unveiled movements strategy geared towards creation of federal system of government.The quartet who are executive board members of the CDMK, Divulged that the strategy which is broad-based is inching closer to ODM with a bottom aim of forging working relationship.Since, its top cream leadership-through Raila who is one of its leading lights- crusades for majimboism. Something, which the CDMK embraces.

Renowned for his astute politics and oratory skills, Rev Otura said that the strategys wider scheme, in partnership with Christian governments, Coalitions and parties world over, is to move with jet-like speed for realization of majimbo type of government in Kenya and subsequent massive development in the respective jimbos.

Adding that the Western blocs trust in unitary system of government-more so Kenya, has plummeted Since it excels in creating loop holes of high profile corruption. And ODM has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that it can accord Kenyans the much yearned for change thundered the fiery top clergy, who is currently exiled in Canada for political reasons.

Instrumental for the Kenyas struggle for second liberation, Otura fled to Canada close to five years ago claiming that his life was in danger.

The packaged strategy to be rolled down soon in phases will first cover 4 regions Rift Valley, Coast, Western and Nyanza Provinces.And with the latter province-with respect Luo Nyanza-toping in the pack of their long list of priorities. Followed, closely with Kisii and Kuria districts respectively.The said regions he observed have never rightfully benefited out of the central governments share of resources and yet they are the key contributors of the countrys immense resources.For starters, the Clergy, a vastly experienced election strategist spanning to over 2 decades who is prevalently Railas political ally, is a silent Kingmaker.He hinted that the unwrapped strategy, after several months of unbiased opinion polls, identified potential candidates in Luo Nyanza constituencies, to be supported by CDMK in conjunction with worlds major investors-to clinch parliamentary seats in the forth coming elections- in order for the CDMKs development set goals to be archived fully.Ahead in the pack is the development conscious Mombasa based international business magnate Edwin Yinda (Alego Usonga), insurance guru Ochieng Daima (Nyakach), Pragmatic Eng Jack Apollo Owuor (Nyando) and prominent lakeside city lawyer Olga Olago Aluoch (Kisumu town West).Creative and initiaive Peter Odhiambo Odhengo (Kisumu East), Charismatic Orwa Ojode (Ndhiwa), maverick Zadolock Syongo (Gwassi), development oriented prof Ayiecho Olweny (Muhoroni) top clergy Fr John Pesa (Migori), elderly Eng Philip Okundi (Rangwe) and leading University don Dr Akinyi Wenwa Odinga (Kasipul Kabondo).Others are stringent prof Anyang Nyongo (Kisumu Rural), Dr. Oburu Odinga (Bondo) Dr. Adhu Awiti (Karachunyo), youthful lawyer Ochilo Ayacko (Rongo), Ochola Ogur Nyatike) rapidly aging Odhiambo Mamba (Uriri) and out spoken lawyer Gerald Otineo Kajwang (Mbita).Also in the long list of movements preferred candidates are firebrand reformist-cum-legal expert James Aggrey Bob Orengo (Ugenya) high-ranking economist Joe Donde (Gem) and eloquent journalist Raphael Tuju (Rarrieda).Though the trio should consider decamping to ODM and subsequently pledge unswerving loyalty and unwavering support to the party for their bids to be supported.Otura largely seen to be trusted by Raila owing to his accurate political judgments and widely believed by critics to be having a tendency of rigging in, in elections those, whom have identified with him for years, disclosed that reputable researchers in Kenya conducted the opinion polls.

And, subsequently forwarded the findings to potential Diasporas hierarchy-cuminvestors, the would-be donors.

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Kenya’s darkest days have just began! May God save Kenya and the Kenyan people

Posted by African Press International on September 3, 2007

Mr Raila Odinga

Nominating Raila Odinga to represent ODM in the next General Elections in Kenya has thrown Kenya into total chaos!

To save Kenya from destruction, President Kibaki who will now represent Narc-Kenya in the race should unite with ODM-Kenya’s Presidential candidate Mr Kalonzo Musyoka and save Kenya from disaster as witnessed during the attempted coup in 1982.

The Kenyan government must not listen to outsiders be they diplomats or those Western countries that want to install Raila as Kenya’s next president.

Kenyans who understand what is about to happen must rise up and support their president and ensure that Raila Odinga never becomes Kenya’s next president.

If Kenyans have forgotten history – what happened during colonialism and during the cold war when the Odinga’s almosty brought war into the country, then let then choose the Odinga’s and land into total war, tribal cleansing and all that will follow there-after…

The important thing now in Kenya is for Mr William Ruto – the Kalenjin,MrMusalia Mudavadi- the Luhyia, and Nyagah to wake up. They must understand that by attemting to take teh State House to Nyanza, the Kenyan people will never forgive them. It is not easy to undersand how these four leaders have just been blindend into believing that the Kenyan people have forgotten that the attampted coup of 1982 took many lives and mr Raila Odinga has admitted being party to that coup attempt!

My call now is for all Kenyan leaders who know and understand what happened in 1982 to rise up and save the country from disaster, torture and killings that will follow if they do not unite and look forward in a continued stability as President Kibaki has shown the way.

It is easy to dream dreams. It is easy to dream for careless change. It is easy to ask for change from the status quo.

But, let the Kenyans remember that their country is the only one in Eastern African that has enjoyed stability despite any accussations.

If Kenyans want to land into war, let them blindly change their leaders now, just for the sake of pleasing the West.

Look at what the West has done in many third world countries in order to sell weapons. The West has helped countries change leaders and secured arms sales.

May God save Kenya and the Kenyan people and guide them to choose stability instead of tribal cleansing.

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