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Luos shouldn’t think that because Kikuyus are quiet and not confrontational, ( like them ) that we are cowards

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Author : Stevo

Commentary
Luos should stop abusing kikuyus for nothing. Kikuyus have no debt owied to them and if they think that there is anywhere they can take us even if Raila becomes the president let them forget. If they try what they think to harm any son of mumbi, all will be circumcised with the stones they like throwing. We don’t owe them anything; their failure in life is due to they laziness, lack of enterprising skills and business ecumenism.

Luos shouldn’t think that because Kikuyus are quiet and not confrontational ( like them ) that we are cowards , it is only that we cherish a peaceful country where we can make money and leave poverty .

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A GOVERMMENT THAT CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THE WELFARE OF ITS OWN CITIZENS HAS lOST IT’S SEVERIGNITY

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Author : Lucia

Comment:
This Obiero story is the indication that the people who have been looting Kenya’s natural resources will stop at nothing to hold on to power. These people are even turning poor healthy Kenyan’s into guinea pigs by allowing international NGOs to carry out studies where healthy Kenyans between ages 18-45 are being exposed to HIV/AIDS by foreign HIV/AIDS scientists.

These poor people could be Kikuyus, Luos, Kalenjin, Masais, Wakamba, Kisiis, Turkans, Griama, Embus, Merua,…,Luhias, Bukusus,…, There are no governments officials monitoring what these foreign healthrelated NGOs are doing in Kenya because they have been paid to keep quiet.

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070921/aids_vaccine_fails.html?.v=2

Obiero, there is a claim here that African guinea pigs would have been at risk of getting HIV/AIDS anyway. I do not believe any parent would advise a son/daughter at University of Nairobi to risk getting infected with HIV/AIDS so that International Pharmaceutical corporations and their investors can make billions of dollars should the cure be found.

Why do it on poor people backs while government officials are taking bribes and are not interested in protecting their own citizens.

If you do not like RAILA, make sure the right people get elected so that the looting of Kenya’s vast natural resources stops so that they directed towards providing health, education, passible roads, running water and sewage treatments. The other day I read NAIROBI infrastructure has be sold to a foreign entitity which will own it for 40+ years. That is more than a generarion. These companies say “A GOVERMMENT THAT CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THE WELFARE OF ITS OWN CITIZENS HAS lOST IT’S SEVERIGNITY”.

Kenya has lost it’s sovereignty and whoever has filled in the power vaccum does not give a damn about the Africans population becasue they are dying of curable diseases! Obiero neither you nor Raila mean anything to these multinational corporations. Unless young Kenyans think hard about how they can work togather to save Kenya, taking bribes will not help you!
You and people in your school of thought have nothing to offer Kenya or its survival. Moi and Kibaki are too old compete with the young well educated foreingers who knows how demean brainless people like you who do not think ahead.

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There is so much chest thumping by ODM supporters (I didn’t say Luos!) about how Raila will win

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Author : Paul
Comment:

Folks,
That you come from a particular tribe doesn’t mean that you have to read tribalism in everything you read, hear or see. The responses on this forum indicate how badly the country needs sobriety and maturity especially in how we handle this election. Whether this interview happened or it didnt, cant we just read beyond the propaganda/motive or whatever we choose to call it?

I am just so shocked to get a confirmation of my worst fears: A very close Luo friend (literally a brother and a very sober guy) has always reminded me that Luos hate Kikuyus, mainly for being ahead of them. Just because Kikuyus have had two presidents in Kenyan history doesn’t mean they are greedy. Question is were they elected or did they just “assume” power? That Kikuyus have yellow yellows doesn’t mean you hate them ……after all, skin colour is God-given.

There is so much chest thumping by ODM supporters (i didnt say Luos!) about how Raila will win “wapende wasipende”. Is that democracy? Why don’t you care about what happens to the rest of us as long as you and your party rides to power? Power is so important to you that you will ride on us piggyback if you get a chance, right?

Even worse is to see that people who ascribe to the notion of “living abroad” can still think so cheaply among tribal lines. Many of us on this forum know so many Luo guys who have married Kikuyu women and vice versa (Raila’s son Fidel married from where?). My point is simple - this blind hatred will not lead Kenya to any “change”.

The last thing I have been hearing from my ODM friends is the line that “Kibaki as a person is okay, but he is sorrounded by bad guys”. Well, that will make Mudavadi and Ruto angels, aren’t they? Again, if that is only a few ‘bad guys’ then why the blanket hatred and representation of the Kikuyus as diabolically evil?

My friends, I just urge soberity and honesty. Lets stop hiding behind political veils to unleash all tribal venom that we feel we should spit. Kenya is one country and whether Raila or Kibaki wins, we will still need each other just like we always have.
I come from the Rift Valley and I have witnessed tribal clashes. Maybe most of you guys on this forum haven’t. It is not funny. Under the current government, the country had started some reconciliation but all is not well now. Some of the comments on this forum border along the thin Tutsi/Hutu quandary and we need to be really careful.

We must rise above petty tribalism and consider what is good for Kenya. I would vote for Raila, anytime, anyday. But, with the little he has had (read Kibera constituency) what has he done to indicate that he can be entrusted with the whole Kenyan economy? If Kibaki isn’t bad, why will you not vote for him? Just because he is Kikuyu?. Change is good, yes, but what change are we seeking here?

Fellows, let us walk the sure waythat we aren’t jumping from the frying pan, into the fire.

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The Raila Interview by Obiero

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Letter to the Editor

In the modern world we expect decency. When your Joseph Obiero talks to himself and wants the world to believe hes talking to Raila, we wonder where we are going. This monologue serves no purpose but to discredit the sites onto which it has been posted. Accept reasonable write-ups but delete anything obnoxious.like this one of Obiero!Nonkwe Nyaima Manyanki

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I urge the Kipsigis, Nandi, Turgen, Keiyo, Markwet and all Rift Valley people to vote against Raila

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Author : Chebet

Comment:
The whole story is just unbelievable – my clan was for Agwambo, but we are rethinking about it, after he publicly said that he will take land given to Kalenjin squatters by Moi. We fear he will actually do these things to avenge injustices against Luos since independence. Kikiyus and Kalenjins will most likely suffer for mistakes not caused by them.

I think it is safer for Kenyans to elect the harmless Kibaki. We can then have Kirwa, Kalonzo or Mudavadi in 2012. We don’t want Kenya to take the Somalia, DRC or Rwanda way.

I am afraid! Very afraid of Raila’s vengeance and wrath against Moi and Kibaki. Moi castrated him during his detention and Kibaki fired him, even after campaining for him! He is a very bitter man.

I urge the Kipsigis, Nandi, Turgen, Keiyo, Markwet and all Rift Valley people to vote against Raila. He is pure sugar coated poison! I regret why I sang and danced for him a few weeks ago when he toured our area. May God forbid that this dictator is elected as president of Kenya!

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By Chebet

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When I read through the comments of readers on the column, I am saddened by the state of Hatred,…….

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Author : Munjuni

Comment:
When I read through the comments of readers on the column, I am saddened by the state of Hatred, Mistrust, Animosity and Tribalism our Kenyan have towards each other. Most of all, we have lost even the basic intellectual thoughts and have resulted to mare tribal instincts.

The issue here is not even about Raila and what he said. It is about us and what we are saying. Read what we are writing on this blog and you will see that Raila is just another politician using our trivial tribal hatred and mistrust for each other for his own gains.

What we need to be writing and raising as issues is what is good for Kenya. Let Raila say what he will do different than Kibaki is doing. What is his record? Will he be a president for ALL 42 tribes in Kenya or will he be a president just for the Luos? If Raila was president, how will he treat the other leaders from other tribes? Will the other Luos respect people from other tribes as equal citizens or will they treat them as lesser citizens?

The point is, it does not matter who the president is. What we should not allow is for politicians to use us as pawn to fight against each other. Remember, if there was war in Kenya, all the politicians would be on the first flight out of Kenya. It is you and I who would be left to suffer the consequences. (Remember the Land Clashes in Rift Valley?)

So guys, please have Kenya in mind and not your own tribal self interests. For now, it is a no brainer that Kibaki has done a great job. He may not have done as much as we would have loved him to do but part of it was because we did not give him the support he needed (through the politicians we elected).

For sure we know that he is not tribalistic and treats all Kenyans equally. Some people may argue that only a certain community benefits. This is not true. He (by He I mean Kibaki and his administration) has created great opportunities for those willing to work hard and fend for their families.

He has introduced free primary education and subsidized secondary education. The economy is growing, social services are improving, and so many other things. All this has created opportunities for everyone equally.

For those lazy ones waiting for the government to give them welfare, I think you are in the wrong country.
As for Raila, I do not trust him, not because he is Luo, but because of his past record.

He is a divider and not a uniter, and a uniter is what we need in Kenya and Africa in general, with all the differences we have. We need a leader who capitalizes on our positive and common goals and not on our differences, and Raila is NOT that leader.

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Ali Mazrui Lecture in Oslo: How can African Art and Culture survive Globalisation?

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

We hereby alert our readers about the lecture bu\y Ali Mazrui scheduled for the 8th of October in Oslo. horisont invites all who are able to attend: Read here-below:

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Dear Editor
We hereby invite you to Dr. Ali Mazrui`s talk here in Oslo, Monday 8. Oktober, we hope you do find the oppourtunity to come.
The seminar starts at 5.pm

With best regards

Ashley Shiri

Horisont presents

How can African Art and Culture survive Globalisation?

Ali Mazrui
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Mandag 8. Oktober kl. 1700 – 1900
Horisont
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Presentation by Dr. Professor Ali Mazrui on How can African Art and Culture survive Globalisation?

This time Horisonts seminar series Food & Thoughts presents Dr. Professor Ali Mazrui from Kenya.
The title for the seminar is How can African Art and Culture survive Globalisation.

Dr. Mazrui’s research interests include African politics, international political culture, political Islam and North-South relations. He is author or co-author of more than twenty books. Dr. Mazrui has also published hundreds of articles in major scholastic journals and for public media. He has also served on the editorial boards of more than twenty international scholarly journals.

In addition to his written work, Dr. Mazrui was also the creator of the much acclaimed and widely discussed television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by the BBC and the Public Broadcasting Service (WETA, Washington) in association with the Nigerian Television Authority.

A book by the same title was jointly published by BBC Publications and Little, Brown and Company. The book was a best seller in Great Britain and was adopted or recommended by various book clubs in the United States, including the Book of the Month Club. Dr. Mazrui has also been recognised among world’s top 100 public intellectuals.

Prof. Ali Mazrui is Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghampton University, USA.

Monday 8. Oktober, 5pm to 7pm
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What a sad day for Kenya

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Dear Kenyans,

What a sad day for Kenya when we label somebody an enemy merely because he seeks to exercise his democratic right to persuade fellow Kenyans to elect him to lead them for the next five years.

What a sad day for Kenya when we intellectuals fail to respond to the issues this candidate raises and instead resort to manufacturing fake interviews under assumed names of unknown journalists to monger fear in order to scare us into voting not based on what we think and know but on what we are terrified into believing.

It is quite clear to anyone who chooses to interrogate the so-called interview that it is manufactured.

I do not hold brief for Raila Odinga or any other politician for that matter. I hold brief for Kenya. And when some people want to persuade me to vote for certain candidates and against others based on fear, my red, black, green and white flag goes up.

Kenya belongs to all who live in Kenya and every Kenyan citizen has a God given right to lead Kenya and a right to seek to pursuade the rest of us to that he is the best placed person to do so. My parents sacrificially made sure that I got an education so that when there was a crucial decision to make, I would be able to use my mind to make it. I refuse to be cowed by ghosts of Taliban and shadows of Mungiki.

To expect me to make a decision based on fear of what a President Raila would do is to insult me. After all, the only people who have to fear are those who have looted our resources and murdered our people, no matter where in the country they might be from. And to me, it does not matter, even if Raila and a new government doesn’t get them, we shall get them. We shall get our money back and no scare-mongering tactics shall dissuade us.


Njonjo Mue
Advocate.

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Oil wealth found onshore war-torn Cabinda – Hopes high that the wealth will benefit the locals

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Angolan authorities hold that a recent oil discovery onshore the enclave Cabinda is even five times greater than announced by the Australian oil company Roc Oil in August. The gigantic oil reserve could lead to onshore production on the disputed territory.

In late August, Roc Oil emitted an optimistic press release, saying the Australian company had made an oil discovery enabling it to extract 33 million barrels of oil from the onshore Massambala oil field in Cabinda. Roc Oil’s share immediately rose by 16 percent.

Following the Massambalala strike, Roc Oil said it planned to explore four wells of “high potential impact,” for which it is simultaneously using two platforms. Roc Oil owns 60 percent of the bloc, and has operator status, and its partners are Angola’s Sonangol (20 percent) and Force Petroleum (20 percent).

This weekend, the Angolan state agency promoting private investments in the country, ANIP, however announced that the Massambalala strike in Cabinda had been even more impressive. “The Massambala-1 oil field has a total reserve of 170 million barrels of oil, which is five times the initial forecast of 33 million barrels,” ANIP stated.

The Angolan state agency is looking for more investors to join the promising Cabindan oil field. “Exploration of onshore Cabinda requires investments of US$ 54 million,” according to ANIP.

While the enclave province of Cabinda already accounts for over half of Angolan oil production, this is until now mainly made offshore. Cabindan offshore blocks are by now well explored and producing massively, but onshore, even exploration has been limited.

The lack of investments onshore in Cabinda has nothing to do with the lack of potential oil resources – analysts generally agree that the enclave is rich on onshore oil. Since independence in 1975, Cabindans have demanded their own state and fought for it in an armed struggle. The demand for independence is based on the fact that Angola and Cabinda were two separate Portuguese colonies until short before independence.

Oil production offshore Cabinda has not contributed to the economic development of the enclave, but rather pumped up the war machinery of the Luanda government, which is famed for it poor transparency when it comes to oil revenues. But also the armed operations of Cabindan separatists have contributed to an unwillingness to invest on the territory.

It remains unsure whether investments in onshore oil production in Cabinda are secure. The Angolan army maintains it has won the war in Cabinda, with several Cabindan factions having agreed to a peace agreement.

But Cabindan separatists claim they still control great parts of the territory outside the capital. The so-called exiled government of Cabinda – whose influence on the territory is disputed – claims its unique right to extend oil exploration and exploitation permits to companies wanting to operate in Cabinda.

While the Angolan army currently seems to be in control of most of Cabinda and normal life is returning to the capital, onshore investments here still are seen as being insecure. Cabindan separatists have made it clear that they will not accept such installations onshore without resistance.

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Changes in Sierra Leone – Good for the country

Posted by African Press International on October 3, 2007

Historic opposition takeover in Sierra Leone

Opposition candidate Ernest Bai Koroma has won the second poll round of Sierra Leone’s presidential elections and taken over power. This represents the first-ever opposition victory in the country’s history and the tenth in post-colonial Africa.

Mr Koroma represented the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party in the close two-round presidential polls held in August and September in Sierra Leone. The APC frontrunner stood against Solomon Berewa, Sierra Leone’s Vice President and candidate of the hitherto ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

According to the official results where today announced by the national electoral commissioner, Christiana Thorpe. Ms Thorpe revealed that opposition leader Koroma had won 54.6 percent of the vote, while the ruling party’s contester had polled 45.4 percent. Mr Koroma was thus declared the next President of Sierra Leone.

The opposition victory, following a free, transparent and mostly peaceful election process, somewhat came as a surprise to observers. Sierra Leone is still a reconstructing post-war country experiencing utmost poverty, and the SLPP regime under outgoing President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah was showing increasing signs of not respecting basic democratic rules.

Despite the growing corruption, political violence and disrespect of press freedom, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) however managed the almost impossible task of organising a free and transparent election, with a minimum of political violence. NEC leader Ms Thorpe has been praised for the agency’s great success by national and international observers.

The NEC however is not completely satisfied with its own record. Ms Thorpe Thorpe has announced investigations into 14 suspected cases of electoral fraud. The state agency finds it highly suspicious that several strongholds of the ruling SLPP had reported a voters’ turnout of hundred percent. Despite the opposition victory, there are thus indications that the ruling party indeed tried to manipulate the results in its favour.

But the opposition’s victory also surprised observers on the basis on political realities. Given the fragile position Sierra Leone still experiences – regarding security and economy – voters were not expected to turn against a government that has been able to guarantee increasing security and stability after decades of war and destruction.

Also, Mr Koroma’s APC party still is remembered by many Sierra Leoneans as the party ruling before the civil war, drifting the country into chaos corruption and instability.

But President Kabbah, and the relatively unknown Vice President Berewa, has grown increasingly unpopular. Despite massive foreign aid, reconstruction has been slow. Corruption has become pervasive and is seen as the main obstacle to economic development. Also, security before the law has become more and more dependent on bribes or contacts.

Most Sierra Leoneans seem to have voted for change and looked at the Kabbah government as a prolongation of the conflicts of the past. While the country mostly has experienced peace since Mr Kabbah won the 2002 elections, he still is seen by many as party to the wars. Many opposition voters therefore saw Mr Koroma as a “clean paper” uncorrupted by the war and following poor progress. His main election appeal was also a call for “change”.

Mr Koroma this evening was sworn in as Sierra Leone’s new President. After the ceremony, he told his cheering supporters: “My government will spare no effort to deal with zero tolerance with corruption and mismanagement of state resources.” The promise was hailed with a big applause, as Mr Koroma flowed on a wave of support and high expectations.

During the inauguration, outgoing President Kabbah said he had turned Sierra Leone from a “failing state” into a “fully stable and functional state” during his post-war rule. Mr Kabbah, who was forced to step down by the constitution allowing only two terms, congratulated the country’s new leader as he went into a historic role of having accepted Sierra Leone’s first democratic change of power.

Also in an African perspective, the Sierra Leonean opposition’s election victory is outstanding. The first time ever in post-colonial Africa when a ruling president and party was replaced by the opposition candidate was in Benin in 1991, when thus-dictator Mathieu Krkou handed over power to Nicephore Soglo.

Since then, only a few African countries have experienced power transitions to the opposition through election victories. These include Mauritius, Cape Verde, So Tom, Zambia, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Guinea-Bissau. Most other countries respect democratic guidelines in national elections, but Sierra Leone nevertheless is among the first fifth of African nations to see the opposition win power through elections.

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