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Archive for September 29th, 2007

Raila reported injured – this might put a stop to political change in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Sadly, the presidential aspirant in Kenya, Raila Odinga is reported to have been injured in a car accident while travelling in the remotest areas of Kenya.

If hesurvives the accident, that will be good for his supporters who would like to see him in State House next year. However, for his enemies , those who would like to see Kibaki getting the second term, this is seen as a God given gift now that the man they see as a headache may be thrown off the race due to health reasons.

In all thecountries of the world, one who is not having good health cannot assume the high office.

Kibaki has now hinted that the elections should be donesoon and in the eyes of observers, Raila will not have managed to get well by then.

By John Mungai – USA

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Kibaki attends Ford People conference – Nyachae drumming support

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Story by NATION Correspondents
Publication Date: 9/29/2007

President Kibaki yesterday attended the Ford People National Delegates Conference (NDC) to drum up support for his re-election.

As a stranger in Ford-Ps NDC, President Kibaki attended the meeting to amplify the partnership in the umbrella Party of National Unity (PNU) ahead of his campaign launch tomorrow.

The meeting held at Bomas of Kenya was to decide who to support for PNU ticket.

Five other parties under the umbrella PNU are due to hold their NDC today, with the same agenda.

More than 1,000 Ford-P delegates led by party leader Simeon Nyachae received President Kibaki shortly after 5pm.

Mr Nyachae had earlier received 15 defectors from other parties.

Shirikisho Party of Kenya is expected to hold its NDC in Mombasa today.

Secretary-general Yusuf Abubakar yesterday said plans for the conference, set be held at Khumbar Hall, Mwembe Tayari, had been finalised.

Top on the agenda will be endorsement of partys participation in PNU coalition on whose ticket President Kibaki is set contest.

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When there is no choice, Ministers find new ways to survive in politics

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Story by SIMBI KUSIMBA
Publication Date: 9/29/2007

Trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi has quit Narc Kenya and joined New Ford Kenya.

Minister of Trade Mukhisa Kituyi.

The former Narc-K secretary-general said his action followed two meetings with his supporters one at Friends School Kamusinga and the other at Naitiri Friends church in his constituency.

The Kimilili MP moved along with all other Narc-K delegates from the constituency to the party chaired by Housing minister Soita Shitanda.

Im now in New Ford Kenya, and we are having our partys delegates conference at the Bishop Scam Conference Centre tomorrow (today) to make several resolutions and decide who to endorse for the presidential race, Dr Kituyi said yesterday.

The ministers move comes a year after he abandoned Ford-K to join Narc-K where he served briefly as interim chairman before being made interim secretary-general.

Narc-K was then widely believed to be the one on whose ticket President Kibaki would seek re-election.

But the President has now identified his base the National Party of Unity.

ODM wave

He is due to launch his campaigns at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, tomorrow.

The launch is seen by political observers as intended to counter an ODM wave sweeping across Western Province following the naming last month of former vice-president Musalia Mudavadi as party presidential candidate Raila Odingas running mate.

Today, Kanu, Ford-K and Narc-K all PNU affiliate parties are scheduled to hold their national delegates conferences before endorsing President Kibaki as the coalitions presidential candidate tomorrow.

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What Raila needs is some sane and realistic advisors

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Isn’t it amazing that Raila Odinga never tells Kenyans
where he intends to take Kenyans when he becomes
president?

Can somebody ask him where he see’s Kenya in the next
20 years? Why is it that he has to reach out to the
Kenyans abroad who of course will not travel back
(80%) to vote for him?

What Raila needs is some sane and realistic advisors
who can advice him wisely and more so let him know
that Kenyans have mutured beyond politics of just mere
talk and false promises, what we need to see is
action.

By Catherine Wahome

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Liberian President lauds donor support for electricity project

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Monrovia (Liberia) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the European Union (EU), USAID, the Volta River Authority of Ghana, and the Government of Norway for their support to her governments efforts in making the electricity project a reality.

A presidential release here Friday said the president made the statement Thursday night during the dedication of the Paynesville Electrical Power plant, in the suburb of Monrovia.

The dedication marks the launch of phase II of the National Emergency Power Project.

President Sirleaf promised to continue encouraging international partners to help provide electricity throughout the country by revamping the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant which she said, will provide a long term solution to the countrys energy needs.

Electricity was restored to a number of communities last year under the first phase of the countrys Emergency Power Program.

Most of the countrys power infrastructure including the hydro-plant, were destroyed during the countrys civil conflict.

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Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) Modibo Sidib, the principal private secretary at the state-house in Mali, was Friday nominated Prime Minister by the President Toumani Tour to take over Ousmane Issoufi Maiga.

The nomination of the Malian new Prime Minister comes two weeks after the legislative elections that were largely dominated by the ruling party.

Known to be a close friend of the Malian President, the 55 year-old lawyer, famous for not having a particular political stance, is a former criminology lecturer at the Malian National School of Administration.

Modibo Sidib has been the private secretary of President Amadou Toumani Toure during the transition (1991 1992) and member of President Alpha Omar Konars cabinet as a Minister of Health and Social Affairs.

He later on served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation until the end of Konars second term of office.

But he returned to the government when ATT took over the reins of the country and was nominated principal private secretary at the state house, where he served before his nomination as Prime Minister

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Today the 30th September 2007: Congratulations to API*APN

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2007

API*APN is one year old today and we congratulate ourselves! This give us an opportunity to join the list of those entitled to Government/Public funding as a media in Norway, the country where we have our headquarters.

We thank our readers – article contributors and those who have supported us in the last 12 months.

We will now stand stronger. Let us continue ….

Chief Editor, Korir greets al of you.

API*APN

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