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KIBAKI STRATEGY A WINNER BUT MP’S IN SERIOUS TROUBLE AT THE CONSTITUENCIES!

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

kibaki_0709073.jpg<President Mwai Kibaki.

President Kibaki has finally chosen the Party of National Unity (PNU), a conglomeration of parties as the vehicle to run for presidency. His announcement on Sunday 16th September 17, 2007is a culmination of intense activities in the political realm and out of a realization that the days to elections are just numbered.

It is the first time a sitting president in independent Kenya has not sought re-election on the party which brought him to office.
Nonetheless this must also have come after a period of soul-searching.

The experience of the ruling coalition going by the name NARC must have taught the president some hard lessons. Yet still it is apparent that there is no single party which can muster enough votes to win the presidency and sufficient seats in parliament. Yet still no single tribe can win without coalescing with others. This is what has seen the birth of the ODM’s and the PNU.

Kibaki strategy of PNU looks very informed. First, the experience with trying to market NARC Kenya has not been nice. Other parties like FORD Kenya and FORD People were not willing to play ball. Secondly, research shows that there is a highly likelihood of high turnover of MP’s in the current parliament. This means many of them may not make it back to the 10th parliament. Yet still MP’s had re-aligned themselves to ensure almost automatic nomination in strong parties which included NARC Kenya.

The strategy of the MP’s especially those bidding through NARC Kenya would have easily caused the president a loss of a huge constituency especially the one dissatisfied with the sitting MP’s. The PNU strategy will ensure candidates both sitting MP’s and non MP’s will each fight their own battles but ensure the vote to the president.

Thirdly the emergence of many regional say tribal parties, must have wrought a strategy re-think. These parties have and will continue to give various regions a strong bargaining ground. It is then apparent rather than fight them, work with them.

All said Kibaki’s strategy may win him a second term. But a caution though, the going between now and elections will be very tough. This more so coming from the Raila led ODM. Raila’s resource and voters mobilization skills plus the regional (pentagon) strategy is something to keenly watch. The probability of ODM capturing a good number of parliamentary seats can also not be under-estimated.

ikunda1.jpgBy API*APN correspondent,

Harrison Mwirigi Ikunda,
P.O. Box 51806,
NAIROBI.
KENYA.

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A BUSY STREET IN NAIROBI

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

AnInternet site has provided space for visitors to discuss their nocturnal excursions in Nairobi.Koinange Street features prominently. “Drive along Koinange Street and you will see a parade of all sizes,” recommends a commentator.

Another appears to be excited about the possibility of finding underage girls on the same street, and goes on to announce that some are not desperate girls exploiting the last means of survival, but college students who are simply looking for a ‘good time,” “Dont be surprised to meet girls with college degrees from USA or Britain..” concludes the commentator.

And on the online encyclopeadia, Wikipedia, the place is described as “a busy street in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. It is the red-light district in Kenya.” There’s only a brief mention of the genuine daytime business, before the discussion reverts to the red -light district aspects of the street.

It is this unsavoury nocturnal image that has caused some business people and professionals into action.

They want the daytime activities of the area to also be brought to prominence because to them, the street has an equally bustling commercial activity during “honourable hours,” and stands out as a “one-stop shop.”

The organisers of the Koinage Street Carnival say their aim is not to confront prostitution per se but to let people know that there is another side to the street.

pauline1.jpgBy Pauline Onyango, API*APN correspondent.

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Kisumu – Kenya: Fire puts Jua-Kali artisans out of business

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

BY SHEM KOSSE

Kisumus juakali artisans and other small traders woke up to a shocking news following the fire outbreak that swept across their sheds and food kiosks, leaving in its wake a trail of properties worth millions of shilling destroyed.

The inferno which took place along Kamas road off kisumu-Busia road rendered tens and thousands of businessmen jobless as they could not operate normally.

Not even the consecutive efforts of the Kisumu based fire brigade could stop the raging fire.

The massively vandalized properties was highly attributed to poor planning of the structures, hindering the bids of the contingents of fire brigade team to access the fire area which was spreading at an alarming speed, as the onlookers and the affected lot watched helplessly.

Police sources said that the cause of the fire is yet to be established. Though strong rumours were swirling over that food that was left overnight by one of the restaurants owner to boil, might be the course.

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Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

Posted/Post by SHEM KOSSE

 

 

A wife of the former Member of Parliament, Kisumu rural constituency, is allegedly embroiled in a fraudulent land deal.

 

Mrs. Millicent Ochoro Ayoki, who is the wife to Ochoro Ayoki, obtained close to one million shillings by false pretence from one Mr. Magaga Agola Alot, in a land purchase deal that turned out to be dubious.

 

According to documentary evidences availed to this investigative journalist, chronicled that Magaga, as a purchaser, bought the land parcel No. Kisumu/Nyalenda B/1657 from Mrs. Ayoki to the tune of 0.85 million shillings.

 

And 0.7 million shillings was paid on the spot by bankers cheque No. 89939 dated 27.107,drawn from Standard Chartered bank, in favour of the vendor Mrs.Ayoki, states the sale agreement dated 27.1.07. With, the balance being footed using a personal cheque.

 

The questionable transaction was sealed after Mrs. Ayoki misrepresenting has the bonafide owner of the said parcel of land, armed with search certificate alongside valid and genuine title deed whisked the would-be proprietor, Magaga, to the plot and pointed it out.

 

It later emerged that it was fraud when the buyer hired the services of the qualified surveyor to go assist his workmen on site to identify exact boundaries, to fence it off.

 

The surveyors findings unearthed that the land parcel No. 1657 had been subdivided into two namely Kisumu/Nyalenda B 1721 and Kisumu/Nyalenda B 1722.

 

The former registered in the name of Samuel J. Munene and the latter in the name of Muhidin Ebrahim Doka.And the Sub-division took place in 1997, courtesy of Mrs. Millicent Ochoro Ayoki, the owner.

 

And therefore by 27th January 2007 when Mrs. Ayoki was purportedly disposing off the whole parcel of land in question, she either knew or ought to have known that the land was neither here nor there, thus giving credence to the allegation that it was a fraud.

 

It saw some arrests being made with Mrs.Ayoki and the key witness spending in the police cells,said the police sources..

 

Sources privy to this land deal gone sour, averred that its not a first occurrence for a client to be duped with this non existence sale of this land some have or almost fallen prey to this phantom endless deal.

 

Though, the short changed client Magaga, who is also the public relations officer of the East African Community, was ultimately refunded his hard-won money, after relentless battle with the relevant agencies, there is more than a meet the eye.

 

It appears there is a possible collusion or complicity in the fraud by officials of the lands office.

 

Because, even though, it was crystal clear that land parcel No. 1657 was subdivided and ceased to exist before 1997, the lands office went full throttle to sign certificates of official search.

 

Also signed were certified copies of the register indicating that the controversial land was registered in the name of Millicent Ochoro Ayoki, the woman at the centre stage of the fraud allegation, which she was at pain to explain when reached for verification.

 

At the disposal of this investigate writer are the copies of title deed for Kisumu/Nyalenda B/1657 issued to Millicent Ochoro Ayoki on 18th March1997, the sale agreement dated 27th January 2007 and three certificates of official search dated 12th January.2007, 23rd January.2007 and 1st.Feb.2007 showing Millicent Ochoro Ayoki as registered owner of land parcel No.1657 measuring 0.05 ha as at 18th March1997.

 

Further, certificate of official search for land parcel No. 1721 which was created as a result of subdivision of land parcel No. 1657, a certificate of official search for land parcel No. Kisumu/Nyalenda B/1722 showing that it was created from parcel No. 1657.

 

And a map showing the location of land parcel No. 1721 and 1722.The said map does not reflect the existence of the parcel No.1657.

 

Also, the green cards for the three parcels of land showing all transactions affecting the same up, by the time of hammering the deal.

 

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Tribes and tribalism in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

Commentary

There is absolutely nothing primitive in one trying to seek solace in social capital. Social capital is taken for granted in this country despite the central role it plays in holding the society in place. It is therefore not prudent to vilify any particular community for naturally seeking their own before resorting to embraces the entire broad-based Kenyan community. This is why I will always insist that the tribes are not the problem in our country.

It is insular to equate tribe with tribalism; tribalism is a trait which can be acquired and the same applies to cronyism and nepotism, whilst tribe as I have pointed out is the fabric through which our countrys rich tradition is interwoven.

The raging debate as to whether so and so from a particular community hates a particular community only helps to advance tribalism and its associated revolting tendencies. These arguments totally pour scorn on the spirit of nationality which was realised at the time of independence. Politics dictates that we agree to disagree, it does not call us to turn to chauvinist and start tearing each other into pieces. If the country is enfolded in the spirit of equity; does it real matter who is at the helm? Strive towards normality should not be misconstrued as animosity towards one particular community.

I do want to believe that honourable Raila has learned to equate himself with the mass. Raila together with likeminded individuals have come together to reaffirm the need to reposition or introduce equity back to the centre of all our deliberations. They are simply trying to target legitimate and constructive ways in which the existing inequalities can be dealt with in order to narrow the gap in the geopolitical terrain.

The ODM wave intends to cultivate the spirit of civil liberty in our society which has hitherto been denigrated in the past and current curators. To reiterate, I do hope this will not be misconstrued as an act of hatred for any particular community.

By Nyatigi

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Study warns HIV+ women on births

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Ham Mukasa
www.hammukasafoundation.com
By Kakaire A. Kirunda

KAMPALA
HIV positive women determined to have children should be informed about the potential negative effects of pregnancy on their body’s ability to fight diseases and should be offered contraception.

“Such women should be informed that it is likely to be safer to have a pregnancy in the early clinical stage of HIV infection, when CD4 counts are still relatively high, so that the steeper CD4 decline after pregnancy is less likely to result in progression to clinically manifest disease and death,” the study says.

The study that was done in South Western Uganda investigated the effect of pregnancy on HIV progression and survival among infected women in rural Uganda, prior to the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

HIV progression is measured using a CD4 count, which tells the strength of one’s immune system, how far the disease has advanced, and helps predict the risk of complications and debilitating infections. The procedure is most useful when it is compared with the count obtained from an earlier test.

“In resource poor settings with restricted availability of ART, women who are pregnant and eligible for ART should be offered such treatment as a priority group since they are at high risk for fast progression and as ART will at the same time protect the baby from HIV infection,” says the study.

It was done by the Entebbe based Medical Research Council and the Uganda Virus Research Institute. The findings are published in the August edition of the Tropical Medicine and International Health journal. The researchers also suggest that it might be advisable for women on ART with low CD4 counts and are determined to have children, to postpone a pregnancy until CD4 counts have increased.

Led by Mr Lieve Van der Paal, the scientists selected records of 139 HIV-infected women of reproductive age from a clinical group established in 1990. Women who subsequently became pregnant had higher CD4 counts at enrolment and had a slower CD4 decline than those who didn’t become pregnant. In those who became pregnant, CD4 decline was faster after pregnancy than before. But the researchers concluded, “The initial comparative immunological advantage possessed by fertile women before they become pregnant is subsequently lost as a result of their pregnancy.”

Another significant finding of the study was that since the introduction of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme in the South Western region in 2002, only very few HIV-positive women (less than 5 per cent in the study area) have opted not to breastfeed their newborn babies.

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For sure, the saying that power corrupts and corrupts absolutely……

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

Commentary

For sure, the saying that power corrupts and corrupts absolutely cannot go without mention here.

Kenyans in 2002 gave Kibaki absolute power to correct all the economic, social, judicial, executive, triabal, individual and cultural wrongs and get the country back to its rightful path. Kibaki did not need any protection from Kikuyu, Luo, MijiKenda, Orma, Borana, Somali, Luhya, Kamba, Dorobo etc or from sycophants, kitchen cabinets or even Moi. This made some vocal and sincere politicians like the late Karisa Maitha to say that the 2002 was the last a Kikuyu president Kenya will ever have since it is hard to trust.

In 2002 Kibaki had a clean mandate and his presidency was extremely secure and even would have had a very easy second term at pleasure. However, no sooner than he received 21 gun salutes, he allowed himself to be moved and be convinced by selfish individuals that Raila was his greatest enemy and then nasty politics which our people wished were a thing of the past in our dear republic, resurfaced with a magnitude that never existed before!!! I have never been that bored before!!

The fact that I, all Kenyans and the entire world saw how diligently Raila, Kalonzo, Nyong, Kituyi, late Wamalwa and others burn midnight oil campaighning for Kibaki who by then was down from a road accident was a guarantee that Kibaki judged by all standards should not have even even tolerated even an iota of idea or imagination of ever kicking any these KEY FIGURES from the GOVERNMENT THEY FABRICATED TOGETHER!!!

The fact that Kibaki failed to honour an MOU that he signed at will before the Camera and that even Kenyan’s who were conceived on that day were witnesses, makes him loose his face in totality before the electorate and more so people who share principles of trust, truthfulness and those who abhor lies.

The fact that he had the guts to purnish more than 5 million voters of Kenyan origin who exercised their constitutional right of rejecting draft constitution that he adulterated by kicking them out of their righfully elected government and further endorsing the minority to run the government against Kenyans will is a serious breach of leadership etiquette.

This is enough evidence to tell anyone in the republic of Kenya that he is not the kind of leader Kenya has been yearning for. Especially after painful experiences with the previous two regimes. In 2002, the smaller parties united to kick the big parties. In 2007, the smaller tribes and the marginalised tribes seemingly are going to coarlesce to teach the bigger tribes a lesson.

I saw how hard honourable Raila Amollo Odinga sustained positive energy to ensure that NARC remains together, but the more he worked hard to keep the positive image the nastier the political game became to an extent that the mafia from our beloved Mt. Kenya area deepened their frustration on Raila and the rest is history.

Please whoever is reading this piece of information I am sharing should not think O factor is at play, I stand corrected if all I have started above is not a fact, or if there is any reason available to counter the above facts. I am very objective in my observation and analysis. In 1997 I voted for Madam Cahirity Kaluki Ngilu yet Raila contested but I did not support his canditure otherwise, I would have voted him on tribal lines. But this time round, I am voting Raila in unconditionally because I believe he has remained on the right path for a very long time. Its time we all joined him on the right path. I belive that supporting him on these 2007 elections will make all tirbes (Kikuyus, Luos, Luhyas, Kambas, Boranas, Burjis, Somalias, Turgens, Taita’s, Tavetas, Giriamas, Kaumas, Kambes, Digos, Embus, Meru, Tiganias, Tharakas, Turkanas and all honourable tribes and subtribes in Kenya) loose nothing, but the unjust allocation of resources, social injustices, corruption and insecurity
among other societal vices.

I would ask the team who did the above research to inform this site, who are the preferred ODM candidates outside the Luo Nyanza. Because, Raila winning presidential votes to become Kenyan fourth president depends on all the eight provinces of Kenya. We need information here showing what it would be like in all the other parts of country.

Only Nyanza will not take this very able leader to statehouse. But whatever it takes, we all of us living in Kenya and in diaspora must ensure that this leader is given a chance to prove himself, Kibaki has already squandered his Golden opportunity, tribal politics must be kept out of this discussion please.

By Silvanos,
Nairobi, Kenya

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New Moroccan Premier urged to form government

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2007

Rabat (Morocco) King Mohammed VI of Morocco has requested the new Prime Minister, Abbas El Fassi, to hold “open, extensive and consensual consultations” with political parties and recommend ministers for the various posts, sources has confirmed.

Out of the 33 parties that contested the parliamentary elections on 7 September in Morocco , the Istiqlal party led by Fassi, came first with 52 seats and was followed by PJD with 46 seats, while MP came third with 41 seats.

Fassi appointment stems from his “firm attachment” to “democratic traditions” the King said when he named the Premier to the post.

The King said he expects a cabinet” that would “meet the major priorities and challenges of the nation, and to consolidate the democratic process and stimulate the countrys overall development”.

El Fassi succeeds technocrat Driss Jettou as prime minister, who held the post since November 2002.

It is the first time since late 1958 that the Istiqlal Party (created in 1943 under French Protectorate) has ascended to the post of Prime Ministry of the country.

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