African Press International (API)

"Daily Online News Channel".

Archive for January 22nd, 2008

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

By Standard TeamThe Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and bitter rival Party of National Unity (PNU) will on Wednesday be presented with another important chance to take steps that could help return the country to sanity.

Expectations that former UN chief, Mr Kofi Annan, who jetted into the country on Tuesday night, will bring together the two warring groups and chart a path out of a crippling post-election impasse which has touched off an economic meltdown and threatens a complete social breakdown were quite high last night.

But the bloodletting continued unabated.

The country also remained in the cross-hairs of the donor community. The World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) were the latest to join in the fray with a chilling proclamation.

“The current situation could drive two million Kenyans into poverty, reversing the gains made over the last few years,” the two institutions said in a joint statement. “Business confidence is being undermined.”

The statement added: “We wish to continue working with the people of Kenya … but it is difficult to do so effectively in an environment of instability”.

It further said that both the WB and AfDB will, accordingly, continue to monitor developments closely and keep programmes under review, while making necessary adjustments as the situation evolved.

But this did not dim the optimism.

The crisis has been occasioned by a stand-off between PNU and ODM over the outcome of the presidential vote. Orange party leader, Mr Raila Odinga, says he won the election and it was stolen from him. But PNU maintains President Kibaki, who was quickly sworn-in after the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) chairman Mr Samuel Kivuitu controversially declared the results, won fair and square.

“The ultimate objective is to have a solution that would bring peace and reconciliation,” Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi said ahead of the talks.

Former South African First Lady Mrs Graca Machel and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni the only foreign leader to congratulate President Kibaki over his disputed re-election arrived on Tuesday afternoon.

President Kibaki, Vice-President Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Foreign minister Mr Moses Wetangula and his Internal Security counterpart, Prof George Saitoti, were at hand to receive the dignitaries

ODM mass protest

Machel, who gave her husband Nelson Mandelas message of hope to Kenyans, said: “When I left home, he wished me all the best in the negotiation. He wishes all the best for Kenya and Africa as a whole”.

She added: “Im positive the crisis will be sorted out amicably and an end will be brought to the violence in which over 600 lives have been lost”.

On Tuesday, ODM emerged from a day-long consultation session to announce it would pick its negotiation team once Annan establishes the rules of engagement.

Annan will head the team comprising former Tanzanian President Mr Benjamin Mkapa and Graca. The team will be working with the former African Presidents Mr Joachim Chissano (Mozambique), Sir Ketumile Masire (Botswana) and Mr Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia).

Prof Anyang Nyongo, ODM secretary-general, also said they would put their case to Ugandan leader Museveni as the chairman of the East African Community (EAC).

But the Orange party ruled out calling off mass protests.

“We dont want to pretend that things look good here by calling off mass protests simply because mediators are around. Its our right to enjoy peaceful assembly. So the mass protests will continue,” Nyongo said.

The Party of National Unity also assumed a new hardline position.

Kalonzo, who heads PNUs 10-member talks team, ruled out any negotiations with ODM, saying the talks constituted a forum to dialogue on ways to bring down political tension.

The party also dismissed the possibility of power-sharing, throwing a spanner in the works ahead of the talks.

“Our friends on the other side are talking about forming a negotiating committee. There are no negotiations. This is dialogue in the spirit of Kenya, Kalonzo, who spoke after chairing a Parliamentary Group meeting of the coalition government and which was attended by more than 40 legislators at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, said.

“It is not about powersharing. Our Constitution does not allow for losers to share power with winners. We beat them during the elections, Makadara MP, Mr Dick Wathika, said.

The party also said it would not sit at the same table with Pentagon member Mr William Ruto and party chairman Mr Henry Kosgey.

Their reason was that the two are pursuing a different agenda.

But even as politicians sat in conference rooms, precious lives continued to be lost.

Youths suspected to be members of the outlawed Mungiki sect overran and took over Elburgon town. Sniffing tobacco and chanting war cries, they attacked a motorist and burnt him to death in his car. They barricaded all roads leading in and out of Molo town.

More killings continue

In Kipkelion, seven more people were killed, bringing the death toll of those who have died in the district to 29. Four bodies were discovered by villagers in the bush at Mutaragon village in Kipkelion division on Tuesday morning.

“The bodies, which have been taken away by the police, had deep cuts while others seem to have been hit with blunt objects,” said a provincial administrator, who declined to be named.

Rival groups battled it out most of the day in Nairobis Korogocho, Huruma and Mathare slums. Four people were killed in the skirmishes.

In the border of the North Rift and Western Province, the violence took a new twist when erstwhile political allies turned on one another.

Fighting raged even as MPs Mr George Khaniri (Hamisi), Dr Sally Kosgei (Aldai) and Mr Elijah Lagat (Emgwen) tried to broker peace.

And another internationally renowned marathoner, Wesley Ngetich, 34, was shot in the chest with an arrow during fighting in his hometown of Trans Mara, not far from the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Three weeks ago, former Olympian Lucas Sang met his death in the hands of a marauding crowd on a night that another top athlete, world marathon champion Luke Kibet, narrowly escaped death.

Official Government figures released on Tuesday put the number of those killed so far at 685, but the Opposition said it could be over 1,000.

Special Programmes minister Dr Naomi Shaban also said the number of those displaced had reduced from 258,836 to 222,177.

But Nobel Peace laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai, regretted that as the current political crisis persisted, President Kibaki continued to remain aloof and unreachable.

“Internationally, the conflict is presented as ethnic cleansing and another “Rwanda in the making since Kibaki and Raila are from two communities,” she said.

Kenyans, she noted, bury their heads in shame, anger and frustrations as they continue to plead with the President, but State House appeared out of reach.

“Why is it difficult for Kibaki to personally pick a phone, as they sometimes do, and ask Raila to talk? He is unreachable. He is near yet so far,” she said.

She called for the beginning of a healing and reconciliation process among Kenyans.

She said the current political impasse would be resolved by understanding the root cause of tribal clashes.

“This time round, let Kenyans not sweep tribal clashes, demonstrations, murders, rapes and destruction of property under the carpet as they have always done. Only when the truth is known and justice is received can anxiety be reduced and wounds heal,” she said.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.standard.ke

Advertisements

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

 

By Maureen MudiThe Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) Chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu, has protested at the Law Society of Kenyas striking him off the Roll of Honour of Advocates.

The election chief said he was surprised at the action the LSK Chairman, Mr Okongo Omogeni, had taken.

“I believe I won the award for my past contribution to society and Kenya in general,” Kivuitu said in a letter to Omogeni.

He said it was “amazing” that Omogeni linked the award he received in 2006 to his role in the discredited General Election.

Kivuitu, who has been silent since LSK took the action for allegedly bungling the elections, said the reasons for the award were spelt out and no lawyer protested then.

He insisted he was not to blame for election malpractices, adding this “would be established in due time”.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.standard.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

ODM sues Kibaki in The Hague

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

 

By Standard ReporterODM has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague against President Kibaki and several key Government officials.

The complaint states that crimes against humanity and State-sponsored terrorism were being committed to selected population.

Party Secretary-General, Prof Anyang Nyongo, alleged that more than 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands injured.

Nyongo added that most of them were victims of excessive force used by security forces.

Those named as respondents include all Cabinet ministers, Commissioner of Police, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, Administration Police Commandant, Mr Kinuthia Mbugua, and his GSU colleague, Mr Mathew Iteere.

The party has now asked the courts Chief Prosecutor, Mr Luis MorenoOcampo, to respond urgently to their complaint since the crimes are continuing.

“Kenya is party to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, and we have therefore today (Tuesday) filed a complaint with the court,” said Nyongo. Accompanied by the party Communication Director Mr Salim Lone, Nyongo said the repercussions from the fraudulent election continued, as Kenyans grapple with the severest crisis since Independence.

Nyongo said claims by the Government that police were reacting to ethnic violence by ODM supporters were untrue.

He said the ongoing security crackdown in western Kenya and Nairobi was pre-planned.

Nyongo claimed the State agents were continuing the so-called ethnic clashes.

Nyongo named the areas most affected as Kisii, Aldai, Emgwen, Endebess, Kipsigis, Kipkelion, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Kasarani and Langata.

ODM also condemned the police, who it said allowed armed gangs to attack other communities and then arrested the victims.

Nyongo warned that unless checked, the situation would get out of control.

“We believe a quick response by the court will deter individuals and the State from continuing with their crimes,” he said.

The party also launched an appeal for contributions to foot medical and funeral bills incurred by families of the post-poll skirmishes.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.standard.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

What are Kenyans fighting for?

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

The one major reason why Kenya is at war is the stolen election. We elected Raila Amolo Odinga to bring democratic change that would ensure equality, justice, accountability and fairness. The man won big because we turned out to vote in big numbers.The incumbent, Mr Mwai Kibaki decided to manipulate figures using the Electoral Commission of Kenya whose members are his appointees. Now, that is why we are at war in Kenya.
Retrospectively, the current situation is a product of over forty years of corruption, nepotism, favoritism and partiality in hiring, allocating of resources and land, firing and promoting civil servants abuse of human rights and ostracizing of the politically incorrect people.
When Kibaki got overwhelming support in 2002, Kenyans expected him to prosecute architects of Goldenberg rip off but corrupters and corruptees in his own government made their own corruption and money siphoning machine called Anglo-Leasing.Kenyans further expectedKibaki to improve efficiency in the civil service and put in place a working impartial government.He began by firing senior civil servants from Kalenjin tribe replacing them with men and women from his tribe, the Kikuyu. By so doing doing, Kibaki was not fighting corruption as mandated by Kenyans but replacing Kalenjins with Kikuyus who were well known as corrupt.
Kibaki did not only fire Kalenjins replacing them with Kikuyus, he made sure that judiciary, civil service, parastatals, army, police and virtually every governmental organization was run and controlled by his tribesmen. On top of this, Kibaki made sure that his tribe controlled businesses by availing to them low interest loans. The same was not extended to the other tribes.
On the other hand, any cabinet member who comes from outside Mt Kenya, Kibaki’s home region, heads low key ministry.
In view of this, Kenyans chose to use one lethal weapon they possessed: The vote. Kenyans chose to use democratic means to usher in change and they did it overwhelmingly on December 27, 2007. Kibaki on his side decided to steal the election through his hand picked electoral commission.The voters defeated Kibaki and the electoral commissionmanipulated the votes to appear as ifhe won.
As I have said, the current situation has been over forty years in the making. WhenJomo Kenyatta became president in 1963, he acquired and donated former settler farms to his tribe the Kikuyu in disregard of the people the white settlers forcefully took the land from. Kenyatta used two means to acquire settler farms. Hetook them forcefully orgave money to his tribesmen to buy thefarms from the settlers. Soon after independence, Kikuyus were all over Kenya occupying lands they acquired from white settlers who had earlier own forcefully dispossessed the indigenous people. This affected Rift Valley Province in particular where the Maasai and Kalenjin lost most of their ancestral land to Kikuyus.
Most people who are not Kikuyus can not be hired in government, let alone be promoted. Businessand civil service positions are mainly reserved for Kibaki’s tribe.This is why the whole country turned against Kikuyus.
Likewise scholarships, best schools,best infrastructure,best hospitals and efficient government services are only found in Mt Kenya Region where Kibaki comes from.
We are living in a country where one tribe is colonizing us.
When Kibaki appointed Kalonzo Musyoka as Vice President, he did what everyone expected.He appointed him because he is from Kamba tribe,the Kikuyu cousins. The message he is passing across is simple and clear. He is saying “I have a new weapon in my arsenal. I am not interested in dialogue. I’m ready to fight
Tribe defines everything in Kibaki’s government.He treasures tribal dominance and would rather hang on to power as long as his people reap profit in business and key positions in government.While remaining aloof, the man effectively uses his hardline sidekicks such as Karua, Saitoti, Michuki and Kimunya who are his tribesmen.
If Kibaki hangs on regardless of anything, How is he going to rule when 6/8 of the country is against him? Where is he going to generate revenue when the regions that generate big money from agriculture, tourism and fishing is on fire? Kibaki’s ministers have often said that Kenya can survive external financial freeze but have failed to know that regions that generate much revenues are now opposed to government. The regions in question seem to say they are fed up with paying taxes to a government that has ignored them.
We are yet to see where the government will get money to pay the police who are now killing people indiscriminately. The police thatare unleashed on peacefully demonstrators today may turn against the government in future.
By using police to kill, the government has worsened tribal relationship and future leadership will have to spend much time and money to reconcile tribes. Kibaki and his home boys will never unite Kenya and the injection of a concoction called Kalonzo is of no benefit to the current chaos. God help Kenya!
THE CURRENT STRUGGLE IS FOR THE SURVIVAL OF NON KIKUYUS IN KENYA AS OPPOSED TO TRIBAL CLASHES.
By J.K. LELEITTO SANG
Published by African Press International (API) africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Ghanaian legislator slams CAN local committee poor handling of situation

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

Accra (Ghana) The Ghanaian Member of Parliament for Paga Chinapio in the Northern Region and a high ranking member of the parliamentary select committee on sports, Abuga Pele on Tuesday slammed the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of CAN 2008 in Ghana for neglecting the press in the planning of the continental soccer fiesta.

Pele also lambasted the LOC for not doing enough to prevent any possible power outage during the tournament.

Speaking on the floor of the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra on Tuesday, Pele said it was very sad to see journalists moving up and down to secure accreditations to cover the CAN 2008 which he noted should not have occurred at all.

He added that the power outage that occurred on Monday during the opening of the Group C match between Mali and Benin for about 20 minutes was a dint on the LOC and he urged them to put proper mechanisms in place to prevent future occurrence of such embarrassment.

Since last week, some journalists from both the local and international media houses have been hustling and bustling for accreditations to cover the CAN 2008 tournament, but to no avail and the situation has attracted severe public criticisms in Ghana.

Published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Playing a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins

THE TRAGEDY of Liberia, the only country in Africa founded on the American ideal and whose capital city Monrovia is actually named after a US President James Monroe is a powerful cautionary tale for both the worlds only superpower and Kenyans on the eve of their 10th consecutive General Election.No country in Africa has ever lent itself to the US agenda like Liberia did for decades in the 1930s, 40s, 60s, 70s and 80s and no country on this long suffering continent has suffered like Liberia has, with the possible exception of Somalia.

During World War II Liberia served as the base of US operations in the North African theatre and supplied much of the rubber for the war effort in that region.In the 1960s and 70s it hosted the Central Intelligence Agencys (CIA) biggest outpost on the continent, an operation with continental outreach. But by the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s and early 90s, Liberia had outlived its usefulness to the US and Washington merely moved on at precisely the point at which the people of Liberia needed the Americans most the descent into civil war and anarchy.The Liberian civil war spilled over into Sierra Leone, precipitating a war there too and destabilizing the entire West African region as warlord Charles Taylor went for blood diamonds with a vengeance.

An entire generation of young adults died in the Liberian conflict, which was actually largely concluded by feral child soldiers, many of them murderous pre-teens who nonetheless participated in one of historys largest sustained mass rapes of a national female population.It is already being largely forgotten that in its very final throes, when the traumatized Liberian nation was literally praying for the departure into exile of the warlord Taylor, it took one of the goriest acts of desperation to bring Liberians plight to the attention of international media and on to the world stage. This was the dragging of 17 corpses to the gates of the US Embassy in Monrovia by howling and weeping mobs of child soldiers and women.

The dumping of the human cadavers at the US mission appeared to do the trick.Suddenly, Washington was ready to send in the Marines. Within weeks Taylor was persuaded to leave for his Nigerian exile and three US warships escorted by helicopters appeared in Liberian harbours to an ecstatic welcome from a war-weary population. In Sierra Leone a 17,000-strong AU and UN peacekeeping force polices the aftermath of the civil war.US policy in Africa, which in recent years has closely been reflected in UK policy, has never been enlightened or consistently benign. Again and again in Africa, as in Latin America and Southeast Asia, Washingtons policy in Africa has been driven by the most uncaring and ignorant of nuance, complexity and cultural norms and practices blundering, miscalculation and inimical intent.

Finally, it would appear to be Kenyans turn to suffer the tender loving care of Uncle Sams calamitous intervention in other nations internal affairs. The Bush Administration, already up to its eyebrows in the intractable Iraqi insurgency and war on terror, is taking sides in the Kenyan General Election campaign in a manner that has for one thing alarmed not only the Kenyan establishment but the Ugandan one too.President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, the liberator of his country from a period of Liberia-like anarchy, is one of the eastern, Central and Horn of Africas most accurate bellwethers of the prospect of instability.

And he is reliably reported to be very uneasy indeed about American and British support for one side of the Kenyan General Election campaign, a faction that has all the makings of inserting instability into both the country and the region, with far-reaching consequences.On the ground in Kenya, there is consternation at Washington and Londons attitude and also a deep-seated and gathering fury among the most enlightened and enterprising sections of the population and the electorate. Thinking Kenyans are incredulous at the fact that the most successful Presidential administration in decades is being treated like a pariah in the chancelleries of the West.

The US and UK are headlong into mad rush to appease a faction that seems hell-bent on taking the country on a path of experimental radical-change reforms that have no guarantee of success and have great potential to backfire in such a polarizing and divisive manner as to result in a conflict that would engulf the region.What is Washington/Londons beef with the Kibaki Administration? Part of President Mwai Kibakis Original Sin would appear to be the China policy he has pursued in office over the past four-and-three-quarter years. Kibakis leaning towards China as a major development and commercial partner has gone down rather badly in London.Certain British interests have also been angry with the Nairobi regime that finally decriminalized Mau Mau, for half-a-century a proscribed organization, and went so far as to unveil a statue of Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi Waciuri in the capital citys central business district right next to the Hilton Hotel.

The British hanged Kimathi in February 1957, the same month they granted Ghana its Independence under Kwame Nkrumah, a man who, nine years later, London contributed directly to the overthrow of by the military and police and a resultant generation of tyranny in which Ghanians were shorn of the rule of law.China has taken to partnering with Kenya and investing in this country with aplomb, with major engagement in gigantic infrastructural projects, including the JKIA-Gigiri road and the Lanet-Molo highway. China is also funding construction of major road bypass projects.Perhaps the most drastic re-think and re-direction in Kenya-UK relations was this administrations early decision to diversify its sources of military procurement and other security-related contracts, for instance dropping the British Land Rover for the Japanese Toyota Land Cruiser.Worst of all from the point of view of many Africa-last policymakers in both Washington and London, the Kibaki Administration has largely weaned Kenya from the abusive dependency on so-called development and international aid that has locked so many Third World nations into a vicious cycle of plunder and poverty.According to a masterly insider analysis of the worldwide con known as globalization, entitled A Game as Old as Empire, subtitled Global Empire: The Web of Control, by Steve Hiatt, Third World countries pay more than US$375 billion a year in debt service, which is 20 times more than the amount of foreign aid that they receive.

There has not been a more unequal relationship in human affairs across the seas since the Trans-Atlantic slave trade that was abolished 200 years ago.Considering the fact that half the worlds population of 6 billion people lives on less than $2 a day, this is an unconscionably and unacceptably unjust system. But it is also a system in which the victims try to get out only at their own very real peril.The story of the Kibaki Administrations first five years has been just such an attempt – a spirited go at breaking out of the prison of the global plunder and poverty trap that is the thoroughly corrupt foreign aid and international development con. The risk the Kibaki regime has taken in breaking the cycle of plunder, poverty, manipulation and alien control has come with clear and present dangers, not the least of which is a well-funded Opposition in which the forces of reaction, tribalism and economic backwardness have been equipped to take over and to keep Kenya firmly in the sphere of Western influence.The Kibaki Administrations other Original Sin was the decision to break the aid dependency syndrome and finance the economy almost entirely on the basis of efficient, accountable and transparent tax collections. This move has been highly beneficial for Kenya and Kenyans, but this is precisely what our erstwhile Western masters never want to hear about, much less see happen.

The book from which the masthead quote for this analysis is drawn, John Perkinss first-person account of his own life as an Economic Hit Man, is a story of corruption at the global level that has many an object lesson for Kenyans as they prepare themselves to make an informed choice at the 10th General Election. It is a deeply disturbing story of the most mind-boggling greed and international corruption, a worldwide web of control, corruption, and plunder.Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is the most compelling book of its genre insider investigative expose and whistle-blowing since the late 1980s The Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business by Graham Hancock. It is essential reading for thinking Kenyans who are sworn enemies of herd mentalities and opposition for oppositions sake.

By John Mugambi and Lilian Nekesa

Published by API africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

ODM will not cool off their tempers to enable peaceful solutions

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

No retreat, says ODM at service

By Standard Team An emotional Mr Raila Odinga flew to his violence-battered hometown of Kisumu and declared that nothing would deter Kenyans from their quest for justice.

Making his first visit to the lakeside town since the post-election violence broke out across the country after President Kibakis disputed re-election, Raila ran into thousands of equally emotional supporters, many of who broke down and wept.

pallbearerskisumu.jpg
Pall-bearers carry caskets bearing bodies at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu, during a funeral service for victims of police brutality. Picture by James Keyi

The Langata MP, who was accompanied by ODM Pentagon members, Mr Musalia Mudavadi and Mr William Ruto, fought back tears as he viewed bodies of some of the more than 100 people killed in the town.He then addressed an ecumenical prayer service at the Moi Stadium for those killed in the region.

“These people killed by (State) agents are the heroes of this country. They died while demanding justice,” said Raila as he wiped tears with a white handkerchief.

He said ODM would file a case of crimes against humanity against President Kibaki at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

The killings by police across, he claimed, had been well planned by the Government.

Overwhelmed by the presence of church leaders and the victims relatives, Raila stared into the sky for seconds then declared: “Our people are being killed like dogs, but no amount of bullets and intimidation will stop us from getting back the seat we won during the elections.”

He told the crowd that filled the 30,000-capacity stadium to keep up the fight until Kibaki vacated State House “for its rightful owners”.

At one stage, silence fell on the stadium when Raila broke into a song: “Sitarudi nyuma milele”. And the crowd roared back in support.

kisumufuneral.jpg
A crowd at the funeral service for the people killed in post-election violence, on Monday. Mr Raila Odinga and other ODM leaders attended the prayers at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

As the cries reached a crescendo, Raila appeared overwhelmed by the demands and asked to be given one of the placards that had a touching message.He temporarily held the placard aloft before passing it over to Kisumu Town West MP, Mr John Olago Aluoch.

Raila told ODM supporters in Nyanza to return to the streets on Thursday to press for Kibakis resignation.

“We are resuming mass action on Thursday. The fight continues,” he thundered.

The thousands of people who braved the afternoon sweltering heat and swirling dust had been waiting for Raila since 8am.

When the Langata MP arrived shortly after noon, they rushed to meet him, causing a security scare.

Many could be heard crying that Raila had grown thin. “Ma ekak jogi chando wuodwa. Ose mana dhero kod juma achiel yawa! (This is how these people are persecuting our son. He is already thin).

Then they began to sing freedom songs. “Baba Yetu Raila Odinga, Tawala Kenya, Tawala! “No Raila, No Peace! No Raila, No schooling! We Dont Want Peace! We Want Justice! And Kibaki Must Go!”

They also turned their anger at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, whom they accused of sending soldiers to Kenya to kill ODM supporters.

“Musevenis soldiers are killing our people!” they chanted.

Raila asked the Luo to live peacefully with their Kisii neighbours, saying the Abagusii community had overwhelmingly voted for him, but their votes “had been stolen by President Kibaki”.

“We should have seven of the 10 parliamentary seats in Kisii, but Kibaki men stole the votes and we only got four. The Kisii are our people. We must not touch them,” he said.

Raila said he was ready to talk to Kibaki, but only in the presence of an international mediator.

“Kibaki lost the elections and must vacate State House now. He is illegally sitting there,” he said.

Earlier, Ruto and Mudavadi had worked up the crowds when they said they had prepared two questions for the former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, who is set to chair mediation talks.

“We will ask Mr Annan why Kibaki has not gone back to Othaya after losing the presidential elections. We will also ask why Railas swearing-in ceremony as the Fourth President of the Republic of Kenya has been delayed.”

Ruto said: “We shall also ask Mr Annan why we cannot go for repeat elections if some people are doubting that Raila did, indeed, win.”

Said he: “Our position is clear. Kibaki cannot be president by force because no amount of guns will keep him in power.”

Ruto accused Kibaki and his Cabinet of playing politics as the country burned.

“They are behaving as if nothing is happening, yet thousands of people have been killed, injured or lost their homes,” he said.

Mudavadi said Kibakis team had started to fan tribal clashes in various parts of the country to create fear among ODM supporters.

“We have evidence that the Government has sensed that there could be a re-run of the presidential election and are causing panic in ODM strongholds,” said Mudavadi.

He added: “They are inciting our people to fight so that they will not vote when a re-run is called.”

The prayers were organised by more than 20 denominations. Catholic Archbishop Zaccheus Okoth and Bishop Mwai Abiero of the Anglican Church led the Mass.

MPs present were Mr Aluoch (Kisumu Town West), Mr Ochieng Daima (Nyakach), Mr Shakeel Shabbir (Kisumu Town East), Mr Charles Lilechi (Shinyalu) and Mr Manyala Keya (Lurambi).

There were light moments when the crowd demanded that a Legio Maria priest who had been left out of the programme be allowed to pray.

Cries of Legio! Legio” forced the organisers to usher in the Rev Ouma Janabi, who was dressed in sacks, to offer a winding up prayer.

Earlier in Kakamega, ODM vowed not to relent in its drive to have Kibaki step down following last years disputed elections, saying he did not win the presidential elections.

Raila said Government officials had misused police officers “by instructing them to act adversely against those who rejected the presidential results”.

“I know you are very angry and you have every right to feel so. Your victory was stolen by the same people who are now killing you,” he said.

He urged Kenyans not to give up, saying ODM was still determined to get what was rightfully theirs.

“Like the River Nile, we have come all the way from Cherangani Hills in Kenya to Lake Victoria then Sudan and Egypt. We are now near the delta,” said Raila.

The team held inter-denominational prayers for people killed by police during the mass protests.

On landing at the Kakamega Airstrip, the team proceeded to the Kakamega Provincial General Hospital to visit victims of violence.

Raila claimed that the Electoral Commission of Kenya Chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu, was forced to announce the flawed results or face dire consequences.

He said Kibaki would not succeed in using the police force to remain in office illegitimately.

“Kibaki has about 100,000 security officers against over 30 million Kenyans,” he said.

Ruto said ODM would continue to put pressure until justice was done and Kenyans got the president of their choice.

“You become president by winning, not by being defeated. Our victory has been delayed, but we will eventually get it,” said Ruto.

More than 50 people died in Kakamega, Butere, Mumias and Lugari districts during the election violence.

Kakamega Provincial General Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Godrick Onyango, told the Pentagon members that most of the victims brought to the hospital had gun wounds.

“We have established that a 53 people died from bullet wounds,” said Onyango.

He said the number could be higher since other bodies had been buried and not reported, especially in Mumias, Webuye and Butere.

In Vihiga District, Mudavadi heard that 36 cases had been reported at Mbale District Hospital.

Mudavadi, who met the Medical Officer of Health, Dr D Ongonga, said it was unfair for Government security organs to use excessive force against innocent people exercising their democratic rights.

Ongonga said of the 36, 18 people had died, 15 from gunshot wounds.

A 15-year-old boy was among those shot in the back.

“The boy died,” said Ongonga.

Another victim, Mr Arthur Kidiga, told the ODM leaders that he had lost his legs.

Reports by John Oywa, Peter Atsiaya, Allan Kisia and Joel Okwayo

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source. standard.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Raila and his ODM Pentagon to be taken to UN War Crimes Tribunal International Criminal Court in the Hauge by PNU,ODM-Kenya, Mungatana has said

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

Written By:Naisula Lesuuda

Members of parliament aligned to the PNU and ODM-K coalitionTuesday held their second parliamentary group meeting and announced that they will be taking ODM to the UN War Crimes Tribunal International Criminal Court-ICC- in the Hague over the killings that have been witnessed in parts of the country following the December 2007 elections.

Parliamentary secretary Danson Mungatana says the government has embarked on investigations over the killings witnessed in parts of the country.

The members of the parliamentary group said people should not take advantage of the political stalemate to engage in criminal activities.

Mungatana said the government is ready for dialogue but without unattainable conditions from their opponents ODM.

Juja MP George Thuo was elected chief whip in parliament. Johnson Muthama is the Deputy Chief whip and Danson Mungatana the parliamentary secretary.

Political, Legal, Humanitarian and Communications committees were also formed by the Parliamentary group to tackle the situation affecting the country.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.kbc.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The country may build as many as nine hydropower plants over the next 10 years, making electricity rather than coffee the Horn of Africa nations biggest export.

“There is a deficit around our neighbors,” Mekuria Lemma, head of the programmeplanning department at the stateowned Ethiopian Electric Power Co., says “If we are successful in doing this, power will be our biggest export.” Ethiopia is building five hydropower dams by 2011 with a total generating capacity of 3,150 megawatts and is considering spending 3,2 billion euros (US$4,7 billion) on four more, Lemma said.

The aim is an 11fold increase in capacity to 9,000 megawatts by 2018 with surplus power exported to neighboring Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan. Gibe IV, the largest of the four new projects, would cost about 1,9 billion euros and generate 2 000 megawatts. A feasibility study for Gibe River dam in southern Ethiopia should be finished by the middle of the year, Lemma said.

Ethiopia is seeking finance for three of the four proposed projects while the UK and Irelandbased FairFund Foundation will help fund the 470 millioneuro Halele Worabese dam on a tributary of the Gibe. FairFund declined to disclose the size of the notforprofit organisations investment. Italys Salini Costruttori SpA is building three of the five dams currently under construction, including the US$1,7 billion Gibe III, which will generate 1,870 megawatts, Lemma said.

Ethiopia has initial agreements to export 200 megawatts to Djibouti, 500 megawatts to Kenya and 200 megawatts to Sudan when the five dams under construction are completed. It will also consider a 26-kilometre undersea transmission line for exporting electricity to Yemen via Djibouti.

A feasibility study on theUS$196 million project to connect Ethiopia and Kenya with transmission lines should be finished within the next two months. Those lines may eventually link Ethiopias hydropower plants to the 12-nation Southern Africa Power Pool via Tanzania.

 

Lifted and Published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.SudanTribune

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Wood summoned over remarks.

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

Wood summoned over remarks.
adamwood_britishcom071.jpgCaption: UK high Commissioner to Kenya Adam Wood.

The government is demanding a comprehensive response from the United Kingdom on remarks made by a Deputy Secretary of State in the House of Commons Ms Meg Munn on the Kenyan presidency.

Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula says the remarks by Munn were unwarranted and do not help in enhancing bilateral relations between the UK and Kenya.

Briefing the press on Monday Wetangula said he had summoned the UK high Commissioner to Kenya Adam Wood on the matter.

Wetangula says president Kibaki won the elections genuinely and fairly but the issue on whether the elections were free and fair is being debated.

On disputed presidential elections Wetangula said dialogue between the two sides would begin this week.

He said no side has a right to choose who will be in the mediation team.

He said Raila Odinga of ODM and President Kibaki do not have to appear in person on the negotiating table but only need to show commitment to the dialogue.

He said the government has not received any formal report on the disputed election results either from the EU observer team or any other.

In connection to the matter, Information Minister, Samwel Poghisio earlier said he was still waiting for official communication from the country’s House of Commons, where the statement was made.

Mr Poghisio said as a seasoned parliamentarian, he had never heard of a situation where a foreign parliament passed a resolution on whether or not to recognize a president of a sovereign state.

“I have to understand in what context the House of Commons came to that decision,” the minister added.

While addressing Parliament last week, deputy minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Ms Meg Munn said Britain does not recognize the Kibaki Government.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Kenya: Rival groups’ terms for talks

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

 

The Government and ODM have given hints on what they would put on the table when talks aimed at ending the current political stalemate start in Nairobi.

The Government will first ask ODM to name its negotiating team to promote national reconciliation and also push to have any disputes arbitrated in court, according to a statement from the Vice Presidents Press Service. ODM leaders, on the other hand, said they would seek President Kibakis resignation and a rerun of the presidential vote. Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka who heads the government mediation team said: Let us not disown our courts. It is crucial that we uphold the independence of the Judiciary and follow due process; it is our responsibility as a regional bloc to respect the rule of law.

But speaking in Kisumu, ODM secretary-general Anyang Nyongo said the party will push for a new UN- sanctioned electoral body, serialised and independently printed Form 16A, and independently recruited electoral officers. Form 16A is the document on which returning officers record presidential votes garnered at constituency level for tallying by ECK. Prof Nyongo said they would also seek an acceptable time frame of preparation, campaigns and fresh elections.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to arrive in Nairobi this morning as part of efforts to encourage dialogue between the Government and the Opposition. President Museveni is the chairman of the East African Community. Kenyans have rested their hopes on the arrival of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis sparked by the outcome of the December 27 General Election. Mr Annan is expected to arrive in the country tonight.

According to a statement from the ministry of Foreign affairs, Mr Annan, will arrive in the country a few minutes past 8pm aboard a KLM flight. Also expected in the country is former South African First Lady Graca Machel, whose plane is expected to land a few minutes to 3pm. Another member of the peace panel, former Tanzanian President Mr Benjamin Mkapa is already in the country.
Mr Musyoka who leads a 10-member team named by President Kibaki expressed optimism that President Kibaki and Mr Odinga will meet soon to reduce political temperatures.

He said his team expected to meet the one named by ODM in talks under the auspices of eminent persons of the AU. Mr Odinga and ODM Pentagon members William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi said they will be calling for President Kibakis resignation to allow a fresh presidential vote. Mr Ruto said the party will be seeking to know why President Kibaki has not handed power to the rightful winner of the seat despite the fact that majority of the voters voted against him. Mr Odinga asked supporters to remain firm but peaceful as they seek justice through the international mediators.

Meanwhile, 14 more people were reported to have died in the post-election violence on Sunday night and yesterday. Five of them died in when raiders struck at Endebess, in Kwanza constituency, six in Molo and Kuresoi, two at Huruma in Nairobi and one in Kipkelion.

 

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.Nation.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Museveni visits Kenya for talks with Kibaki

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

President Museveni, Marcel arrive for talks.

Written By:pps

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrived in the country Tuesday afternoon for an official visit at the invitation of President Mwai Kibaki.

The plane carrying President Museveni and his entourage touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 12.00 noon.

The Ugandan President who was warmly received at the airport by his host President Kibaki, inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Kenya Airforce and was entertained by choirs and groups of traditional dancers.

President Museveni is in the country in his capacity as Chairman of the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community.

Soon after his arrival, President Museveni accompanied his host President Mwai Kibaki to State House Nairobi for official talks.

During the talks, President Kibaki updated his counterpart on developments in the country and steps his Government has taken to normalize the situation in the country and restore peace in some parts of the country that had experienced some violence.

President Kibaki outlined measures so far taken to resume operations along the critical Northern Corridor transit route.

President Kibaki also briefed the visiting Head of State on steps so far taken to open political dialogue and ensure national reconciliation.

The two heads of state are set to meet again on Wednesday.

Also present at the airport were Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Internal Security Minister Prof. George Saitoti and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Moses Wetangula among other senior Government officials.

Graca Machel, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela,is also in in the country.

The team is expected to give new impetus to the talks between President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga over a stalemate arising from disputed election results.

Lifted and published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.kbc.ke

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

KENYAN POLITICAL CRISIS DEEPENS.

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

jeff-aguko.jpg<BY JEFF OTIENO
Schools (Primary and Secondary). Colleges and Universities have been perpetually shut in Kenyas three main provinces Nyanza, Rift Valley and Coast following post election violence occasioned by what the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) described as election fraud by President Mwai Kibakis led Party of National Unity (P.N.U.).
Officially all the schools were supposed to open a fortnight ago but the skirmishes and brutality that flavoured it couldnt allow learning to continue.
A Primary School Head teacher of Manyatta in Kisumu Municipality in Kisumu Town East Constituency met the wrath of protesters when they stormed the Precincts of the School baying for his blood as to why he decided to open the institution yet they were still bitterly protesting.
He immediately sounded the alarm to pupils summoning an impromptu assembly which sent the pupils home indefinitely.
Investigations by this journalist also reveal that heads of other neighbouring districts were also caught up in the same barbaric scenario.
Interestingly other provinces like Central, Nairobi, North Eastern, Eastern and Parts of western Provinces are continuing with their Education undeterred yet the syllabus is one.
Prices of commodities have sky rocketed, supermarkets and major firms have been looted and torched by arsonists thus rendering many people jobless. There is also total lawlessness where after every half a Km toll stations have been erected by extorting cartels who demands not less that 400 dollars from motorists as protection fee, failure to which your vehicle can be smashed or burnt.
Doctors have equally not been spared by these enraged youths, one medic name withheld was on Friday accosted at the entrance of a private hospital (star) and robbed of cash and cell phones.
Many Political pundits opine that for the ice to be broken, its only President Mwai Kibaki and O.D.M. leader Raila Odinga to swallow their pride and salvage our beloved country from the brink of war or extinction.
My Personal fear is that as much as the duo have got the stick to tilt everything, both seems to be associated with hardliners whose main pre-occupation is pure egocentric interests and chest thumping, thundered Maurice Odhiambo a Kisumu Business Man.
Published by API africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

KISUMU CITY ASIAN TRADERS ARE FLEEING THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING RIOTING AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

odera-omolo.jpg<By Leo Odera Omolo

As the Kisumu business community account for their losses, which is running into billions of shillings due to post-election violence, massive looting and destruction of property by rioters the future of this beautiful lakeside town looked bleak and uncertain.

A survey carried by this writer revealed that a good number of business people as well as Dukawallas of Indian and Pakistan origins have left the town quietly or are in the process of leaving Kenyans third largest City after Nairobi and Mombasa

Rumours and speculations making the round here, is that some of the Asia traders who are arguably the one who controls the economy of the city had sneaked out of town quietly before the controversial December 27,2007 polls in anticipation of troubles in advance.

But the few remaining hard-core business people now estimates the big loss they incurred at approximately Kshs 3 Billion following a week long rioting.

The traders under the umbrella of the Kisumu City Business Association (KCBDA) said they may take up to between 10 and 15 years to sort out the losses and recovery.

Two highly enterprising supermarkets, two petrol stations and close to 40 business premises were destroyed on December 30,2007 soon after president Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the highly disputed elections.

1. It would take sometimes before the exact losses incurred by the business people to be established. But KCBDA official said the precise loss would be known only after members of the organization make tax returns to the Kenya revenue Authority (KRA).

Kisumu City is located at the eastern shore tip of the Lake Victoria was a few years ago declared the Millennium City But its recent destruction by the opposition supporters protesting against the flawed presidential election results left behind the trails of destruction and ruins.

Kisumu is the bedrock of the opposition party the ODM which claimed its presidential canndidate Raila Amolo Odinga had won the polls in the presidential race against the incumbent president Mwai Kibaki of the ruling Party of National Unity (PNU)

Immediately after president Kibaki was declared the winner the ODM youths swarmed into action, raided the Central Business District (CDB) and all Kisumu streets apparently venting their anger on every shop, eating houses, hotels, hardware shops, cell phone dealers, electronic chops, computer dealers, motor vehicles spare parts shops and on every business enterprises they could lay their hands. The looters also set some of the business premises ablaze after empting their cargos.

Sources have confirmed that the fleeing members of Indian and Pakistan Asian traders took refuge with their kings in the neighboring countries like Tanzania and Uganda,

some of them were contemplating relocating their business in the near by town of Musoma and Mwanza in Tanzania, while others may be forced to seek for green pusture in the Ugandan capital, Kampala and its sister town Jinja.

Kisumu is the birth place of the apposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga and the stronghold of the ODM party. It serves as the gateway to other towns in Western Kenya and the neighboring land-locked. African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Northern Tanzania Towns like Musoma, Mwanza and Bukoba are also getting supplies via the Kisumu.

The City has a medium size airport, rail line linking it to the capital Nairobi. It has a container deport linking the Kenya oil Pipe line supply route from Mombasa oil refining facilities. The Kenya oil pipeline company (KPC) has its pipeline deport terminal at Kisumu. Petroleum companies based in the neighboring countries get their regular suppliers through the Kisumu terminal.

The city is also linked to both Uganda and Tanzania by way of reliable and cheap transportation via Lake Victoria waters.

The citys current population is estimated as between one million and 1.3 million people, majority of them categorized in the low-income bracket owing to be recent economic recession of the 1990s which resulted in most of the manufacturing industries based locally were grounded to a halt. These include the multimillion shillings Kisumu Cotton Mills Ltd (KICOMI) Kenya Brewery Ltd brewing plant and several medium size industries also collapsed thereby spilling hundreds of workers to the state of joblessness.

The current political upheaval, however came at the time when Kisumu was making slow and steady economic recovery with some potential investors making inquiries about opportunist and potentiality on towns growth. A local firm has recently completed the construction of a medium size white sugar factory at Kibos is the outskirt of Kisumu city center. The factory went into production two months ago. Plan are also a foot to resuscitate Miwani Sugar Mills Ltd, one of the oldest sugar factory in Kenya, which were bust ten years ago, but has now been acquired by the Sudan based Kenana Sugar Works. LTD and there is a hope that the renovated Miwani Sugar will contribute immensely towards to alleviation of unemployment in the region.

Residents of Kisumu-following the massive destruction of property and looking of business facilities following by the industries which collapsed several years ago, the mass actions and followed by violent committed by disparate, jobless youths who were under the guise of mass action were venting their anger on perceived and imagined enemies has now cost the city a total ruin.

Children have not been going to school, most business are at stand still, essential services like Hospital and health facilities both private and public are no longer functioning as expected by normal standards. Mass actions is expected to be a measure that can bring positive changes to a political cause. And in future political leaders should take this into a count in order to avoid the massive distraction of property with the negative impact. This action have cost injuries to individual and even staunch supporters of the opposition ODM party whose properties also went up in flames. It is time for reflection and leadership should take the stock of the actions.

Ends

Leo Odera Omolo @yahoo.com

Published by API africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

Kisumu Asian traders fleeing the country

Posted by African Press International on January 22, 2008

odera-omolo.jpg<By Leo Odera Omolo
As the Kisumu business community account for their losses, which is running into billions of shillings due to post-election violence, massive looting and destruction of property by rioters the future of this beautiful lakeside town looked bleak and uncertain.
A survey carried by this writer revealed that a good number of business people as well as Dukawallas of Indian and Pakistan origins have left the town quietly or are in the process of leaving Kenyans third largest City after Nairobi and Mombasa
Rumours and speculations making the round here, is that some of the Asia traders who are arguably the one who controls the economy of the city had sneaked out of town quietly before the controversial December 27,2007 polls in anticipation of troubles in advance.
But the few remaining hard-core business people now estimates the big loss they incurred at approximately Kshs 3 Billion following a week long rioting.
The traders under the umbrella of the Kisumu City Business Association (KCBDA) said they may take up to between 10 and 15 years to sort out the losses and recovery.
Two highly enterprising supermarkets, two petrol stations and close to 40 business premises were destroyed on December 30,2007 soon after president Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the highly disputed elections.
1. It would take sometimes before the exact losses incurred by the business people to be established. But KCBDA official said the precise loss would be known only after members of the organization make tax returns to the Kenya revenue Authority (KRA).
Kisumu City is located at the eastern shore tip of the Lake Victoria was a few years ago declared the Millennium City But its recent destruction by the opposition supporters protesting against the flawed presidential election results left behind the trails of destruction and ruins.
Kisumu is the bedrock of the opposition party the ODM which claimed its presidential canndidate Raila Amolo Odinga had won the polls in the presidential race against the incumbent president Mwai Kibaki of the ruling Party of National Unity (PNU)
Immediately after president Kibaki was declared the winner the ODM youths swarmed into action, raided the Central Business District (CDB) and all Kisumu streets apparently venting their anger on every shop, eating houses, hotels, hardware shops, cell phone dealers, electronic chops, computer dealers, motor vehicles spare parts shops and on every business enterprises they could lay their hands. The looters also set some of the business premises ablaze after empting their cargos.
Sources have confirmed that the fleeing members of Indian and Pakistan Asian traders took refuge with their kings in the neighboring countries like Tanzania and Uganda,
some of them were contemplating relocating their business in the near by town of Musoma and Mwanza in Tanzania, while others may be forced to seek for green pusture in the Ugandan capital, Kampala and its sister town Jinja.
Kisumu is the birth place of the apposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga and the stronghold of the ODM party. It serves as the gateway to other towns in Western Kenya and the neighboring land-locked. African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Northern Tanzania Towns like Musoma, Mwanza and Bukoba are also getting supplies via the Kisumu.
The City has a medium size airport, rail line linking it to the capital Nairobi. It has a container deport linking the Kenya oil Pipe line supply route from Mombasa oil refining facilities. The Kenya oil pipeline company (KPC) has its pipeline deport terminal at Kisumu. Petroleum companies based in the neighboring countries get their regular suppliers through the Kisumu terminal.
The city is also linked to both Uganda and Tanzania by way of reliable and cheap transportation via Lake Victoria waters.
The citys current population is estimated as between one million and 1.3 million people, majority of them categorized in the low-income bracket owing to be recent economic recession of the 1990s which resulted in most of the manufacturing industries based locally were grounded to a halt. These include the multimillion shillings Kisumu Cotton Mills Ltd (KICOMI) Kenya Brewery Ltd brewing plant and several medium size industries also collapsed thereby spilling hundreds of workers to the state of joblessness.
The current political upheaval, however came at the time when Kisumu was making slow and steady economic recovery with some potential investors making inquiries about opportunist and potentiality on towns growth. A local firm has recently completed the construction of a medium size white sugar factory at Kibos is the outskirt of Kisumu city center. The factory went into production two months ago. Plan are also a foot to resuscitate Miwani Sugar Mills Ltd, one of the oldest sugar factory in Kenya, which were bust ten years ago, but has now been acquired by the Sudan based Kenana Sugar Works. LTD and there is a hope that the renovated Miwani Sugar will contribute immensely towards to alleviation of unemployment in the region.
Residents of Kisumu-following the massive destruction of property and looking of business facilities following by the industries which collapsed several years ago, the mass actions and followed by violent committed by disparate, jobless youths who were under the guise of mass action were venting their anger on perceived and imagined enemies has now cost the city a total ruin.
Children have not been going to school, most business are at stand still, essential services like Hospital and health facilities both private and public are no longer functioning as expected by normal standards. Mass actions is expected to be a measure that can bring positive changes to a political cause. And in future political leaders should take this into a count in order to avoid the massive distraction of property with the negative impact. This action have cost injuries to individual and even staunch supporters of the opposition ODM party whose properties also went up in flames. It is time for reflection and leadership should take the stock of the actions.
Ends
Leo Odera Omolo @yahoo.com
Published by API africanpress@getmail.no

Posted in AA > News and News analysis | Leave a Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: