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CEO on a visit to Liberia – says he will strengthen Coca Cola business aimed at boosting workers moral in the country

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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Story by J. Cholo Brooks, Liberia

The Chairman of the Board of Director of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coca Cola Company has assured employees and Liberians in general that he would continue to ensure support for Coca Cola Liberia so as to make its business grow in the Country.
Mr. Edward Neville (right photo), who paid a one day visit to the country yesterday said he would strive to work in helping to improve the Companys facilities in Liberia; by making it a first class factory in Africa.
Speaking yesterday when he addressed employees of the company before departing the country, the Coca Cola executive said as someone who started his career in Africa, he understands the day-to-day problems faced in the country by workforce in getting the companys product ready for the market.
Mr. Neville who headed a special team of the company also praised Mr. Alex Cummings, head of Coca Cola Africa who is also a Liberian for his professional services over the years, and described him as a great leader.
At the well attended meetings with the Coca Cola CEO, a beautiful placard bearing the companys logo was presented to him by the General Manager of Coca Cola Liberia, Mr. Rocky Findley. The Coca Cola boss has since left the country.
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Kenya Members of Parliament – elected December 2007

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Member Constituency Party
The Late David Kumutai Too
Ainamoi ODM
Sally Jemngetich Kosgei
Aldai ODM
Edwin Ochieng Yinda
Alego/Usonga ODM
Ojaamongson, Sospeter Odeke
Amagoro ODM
Benedict Fondo Gunda
Bahari ODM
Sammy Silas Komen Mwaita
Baringo Central ODM
Asman Abongotum Kamama
Baringo East PNU
William C. Kipkiror
Baringo North ODM
Charles Cheruiyot Keter
Belgut ODM
Christopher Mogere Obure
Bobasi ODM
Joel Onyancha Omagwa
Bomachoge FORD-P
Kipkalya Kiprono Kones
Bomet ODM
Charles Onyancha
Bonchari ODM
Oginga, Oburu
Bondo ODM
Pius Tawfig Namwamba Ababu
Budalangi ODM
Bifwoli, Wakoli Sylvester
Bumula PNU
Abdi Nasir Nuh
Bura ODM-K
Frankilin Bett
Buret ODM
Oparanya, Wycliffe Ambetsa
Butere ODM
Alfred Bwire Odhiambo
Butula ODM
Gitobu Imanyara
Central Imenti CCU
Kajembe, Ramathan Seif
Changamwe ODM
Isaac Kiprono Rutto
Chepalungu ODM
Joshua Serem Kutuny
Cherangany ODM
Beth Wambui Mugo
Dagoretti PNU
Bare Aden Duale
Dujis ODM
Moses K. Lessonet
Eldama Ravine ODM
Margaret Jepkoech Kamar
Eldoret East ODM
Ruto, Samoei William K.
Eldoret North ODM
Peris Chepchumba
Eldoret South ODM
The Late Melitus Were
Embakasi ODM
Elijah Kiptarbei Lagat
Emgwen ODM
Marende, Kenneth Otiato
Emuhaya ODM
Sugow, Ahmed Aden
Fafi KANU
Paul Otuoma Nyongesa
Funyula ODM
Mutava Muyimi
Gachoka PNU
Dhadho Gaddae Goghana
Galole ODM
Francis S. K. Baya
Ganze KADU-A
Mungatana, Danson Buya
Garsen NARC-K
Kenneth, Peter
Gatanga PNU
Clement Kungu Waibara
Gatundu North PICK
Kenyatta Uhuru
Gatundu South KANU
Midiwo, Washington Jakoyo
Gem ODM
Karua, Martha Wangari
Gichugu PNU
Peter Njoroge Baiya
Githunguri SAFINA
John Mbadi Ngng
Gwasi ODM
Khaniri, George Munyasa
Hamisi ODM
Ntoitha M”Mithiaru
Igembe North PNU
Frankilin Mithika Linturi
Igembe South KANU
Haji Yusuf Mohammed
Ijara KANU
Boni Khalwale
Ikolomani NEW FORD-KENYA
Kuti, Mohammed. Abdi
Isiolo North NARC-K
Abdul Bahari Ali
Isiolo South KANU
George Thuo
Juja PNU
Poghisio, Samuel Losuron
Kacheliba ODM-K
Ndambuki, Gideon Musyoka
Kaiti ODM-K
Nkaisserry, Joseph Kasaine
Kajiado Central ODM
Saitoti, George
Kajiado North PNU
Metito, Katoo
Kajiado South
Samuel Kazungu Kambi
Kaloleni PNU
Kamukunji
James Maina Kamau
Kandara PNU
Alfred Khan’gati
Kanduyi ODM
Michuki, John Njoroge
Kangema PNU
Johnson Nduya Muthama
Kangundo ODM-K
Julius Recha Murgor
Kapenguria ODM
James G. Kwanya Rege
Karachuonyo ODM
Elizabeth Ongoro
Kasarani ODM
Joseph Oyugi Magwanga
Kasipul-Kabondo ODM
Wavinya Ndeti
Kathiani CCU
Chepkitony, Lucas Kipkosgei
Keiyo North ODM
Jackson Kiplagat Kiptanui
Keiyo South ODM
Evans Bulimo Akula
Khwisero ODM
Stanley Munga Githunguri
Kiambaa KANU
Philip Kyalo Kaloki
Kibwezi ODM-K
Nemesyus Warugongo
Kieni PNU
Mwangi, Onesmus
Kigumo PNU
Jamleck Irungu Kamau
Kiharu SISI KWA SISI
Lewis Nguyai Nganga
Kikuyu PNU
Kilgoris
John Harun Mwau
Kilome PICK
David Eseli Simiyu
Kimilili FORD-K
Rai, Samuel Gonzi
Kinango FORD-P
David Mwaniki Ngugi
Kinangop SISI KWA SISI
Kimunya, Amos Muhinga
Kipipiri PNU
Kiprono Langat J. Magerer
Kipkelion ODM
John Ngata Kariuki
Kirinyanga Central FORD-ASILI
Hassan Ali Joho
Kisauni ODM
Nyong’o, Peter Anyang’
Kisumu Rural ODM
Shabbir Ahmed Shakeel Ahmed
Kisumu Town East ODM
John Olago Aluoch
Kisumu Town West ODM
Ngilu, Charity Kaluki
Kitui Central NARC
IsaacMulatya Muoki
Kitui South ODM-K
Charles Mutisya Nyamai
Kitui West NARC
Richard Momoima Onyonka
Kitutu Chache PDP
Walter Enock Nyambati Osebe
Kitutu Masaba N LP
Julius Kipyegon Kones
Konoin ODM
Zakayo Kipkemoi Cheruiyot
Kuresoi ODM
Machage Wilfred Gisuka
Kuria DP
Wekesa, Noah Muhalangng
Kwanza PNU
Maalim Farah
Lagdera ODM
Kiunjuri, Festus Mwangi
Laikipia East PNU
Ndiritu Muriithi
Laikipia West PNU
Joseph Lekuton
Laisamis KANU
Mohamed Abu Abuchiaba
Lamu East PNU
Twaha, Yasin Fahim
Lamu West NARC-K
Odinga, Raila Amolo
Langata ODM
David Njuguna Kiburi Mwaura
Lari PPK
Mwalimu Masudi Mwahima
Likoni ODM
Peter Mungai Mwathi
Limuru FORD-P
Judah Katoo Metito
Loitokitok NARC-K
Khwa Shakhalaga Jirogo
Lugari KADDU
Atanas Manyala Keya
Lurambi ODM
Victor Kioko Munyaka
Machakos Town ODM-K
Amason Kingi Jeffah
Magarini ODM
Dickson Wathika Mwangi
Makadara PNU
Peter L.N. Kiilu
Makueni ODM-K
Shitanda, Peter Soita
Malava NEW FORD-KENYA
Maitha Gideon Mungro
Malindi ODM
Hussein Mohamed Abdikadir
Mandera Central SAFINA
Mohamed Hussein Ali
Mandera East ODM
Mohamed, A.H.M
Mandera West ODM
Emilio Mureithi Kathuri
Manyatta DP
Mbau, Elias Peter
Maragwa PNU
Kilimo, Linah Jebi
Marakwet East KENDA
Boaz Kipchumba Kaino
Marakwet West ODM
Mbai, Benson Itwiku
Masinga ODM-K
Clement Muchiri Wambugu
Mathioya PNU
Empraim Mwangi Maina
Mathira SAFINA
Mwakwere, Chirau Ali
Matuga PNU
Were, David Aoko
Matungu ODM
Kajwang’, Gerald Otieno
Mbita ODM
Mutula Kilonzo
Mbooni ODM-K
John Pesa Dache
Migori ODM
Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili
Mogotio UDM
Joseph Nganga Kiuna
Molo PNU
David K. Koech
Mosop ODM
Mohamud Mohamed Ali
Moyale ODM
Omar Mbwana Zonga
Msambweni ODM
Fred Chesebe Kapondi
Mt. Elgon ODM
Olweny, Patrick Ayiecho
Muhoroni ODM
Kabando Wa Kabando
Mukurweini SAFINA
Benjamin Jomo Washiali
Mumias ODM
Kilonzo, Julias Kiema
Mutito ODM-K
Balala, Mohammed Najib
Mvita ODM
Daniel Mutua Muoki
Mwala ODM-K
Andrew Calist Mwatela
Mwatate ODM
Peter Njuguna Gitau
Mwea PNU
Musyoka, Stephen Kalonzo
Mwingi North ODM-K
Musila, David
Mwingi South ODM-K
John Michael Njenga Mututho
Naivasha KANU
Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui
Nakuru Town PNU
Okemo, Chrysanthus
Nambale ODM
Ntimama, William Ronkorua Ole
Narok North ODM
Nkoidila Ole Lankas
Narok South ODM
Jeremiah Ngayu Kioni
Ndaragwa PNU
Joshua Orwa Ojode
Ndhiwa ODM
Githae Robinson Njeru
Ndia PNU
Japhet M. Kareke Mbiuki
Nithi KANU
Francis Chachu Ganya
North Horr ODM
Silas Muriuki Ruteere
North Imenti MAZINGIRA
Wilfred Moriasi Ombui
North Mugirango/Borabu KANU
Pollyins Ochieng Anyango
Nyakach ODM
Fredrick Otieno Outa
Nyando ODM
Robert Onsare Monda
Nyaribari Chache NARC
Samson Kegengo Ongeri
Nyaribari Masaba KANU
Peter Edick Omondi Anyanga
Nyatike ODM
Esther Murugi Mathenge
Nyeri Town PNU
Erastus Kihara Mureithi
Ol’ Kalau PNU
Kibaki, Mwai
Othaya PNU
Martin Otieno Ogindo
Rangwe ODM
Nicholas O. Gumbo
Rarieda ODM
Luka Kipkorir Kigen
Rongai ODM
Dalmas Angango Otieno
Rongo ODM
Cecily Mutitu Mbarire
Runyenjes PNU
Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi
Sabatia ODM
Eugene Ludovic Wamalwa
Saboti PNU
Hussein Tarry Sasura
Saku ODM-K
Raphael Lakalei Letimalo
Samburu East ODM
Lesirma, Simeon Saimanga
Samburu West ODM
Charles Lilechi Ligano
Shinyalu ODM
Lenny Maxwell Kivuti
Siakago SAFINA
Wilson Mwotiny Litole
Sigor ODM
Wetangula, Moses Makisa
Sirisia PNU
Lorna Chepkemoi Laboso
Sotik ODM
Murungi, Kiraitu
South Imenti PNU
Magara, James Omingo
South Mugirango ODM
Margaret Wanjiru Kariuki
Starehe ODM
Nelson Ributhi Gaichuhie
Subukia PNU
Shaban, Naomi Namsi
Taveta KANU
Francis Thombe Nyammo
Tetu PNU
Alex Muthengi Mburi Mwiru
Tharaka PNU
Munya Peter Gatirau
Tigania East PNU
Mwiria, Valerian Kilemi
Tigania West PNU
Kosgey, Henry Kiprono
Tinderet ODM
Ethuro, David Ethuro
Turkana Central PNU
Munyes, John Kiyonga
Turkana North PNU
Josephat Nanok Koli
Turkana South ODM
Aggrey James Orengo
Ugenya ODM
Cyprian Ojwang Omollo
Uriri ODM
Yusufu Kifuma Chanzu
Vihiga ODM
Danson Mwazo Mwakulegwa
Voi ODM
Ibrabim Elmi Mohamed
Wajir East ODM
Wajir North
Abdirahman, H.Ali
Wajir South KANU
Adan Keynan Wehliye
Wajir West KANU
Wekesa B.A. Sambu
Webuye ODM
James Ondicho Gesami
West Mugirango ODM
Gumo, Fredrick Omulo
Westlands ODM
Thomas Luhindi Mwadeghu
Wundanyi ODM
Kilonzo Charles Mutavi
Yatta ODM-K

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What is Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga suffering from? The government is tight-lipped while he is undergoing treatment in Germany

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no

The Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been out of the country for almost a week for treatment. When he left the country on Sunday, it was reported that he was being flown to Germany for treatment.

The Kenyan people have the right to know what sickness he is suffering from and how he is reacting to treatment since he is their PM.

In many countries, when a prime minister is ill, the public is briefed almost on a daily basis and yet here, nobody is saying anything to the country.

Such top secrecy scares the people. The last time Kenyans were kept in the dark was when their then vice President Wamalwa Kijana got sick and was flown to London. The government kept what his illness was a guarded secret, only to face the public later and explain that the VP was dead in a London hospital.

The governments should not keep a secret if a leader’s health is failing. There is no shame being ill and when one is a politician, they must understand that they are public property. Being open on the sickness that befall our leaders is the best thing to do and an achievement in transparency.

We hope that the government will see it necessary and a correct measure, to come out with information on the Prime Minister’s health in order to cool his follows.

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Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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Story by ODHIAMBO ORLALE

The Grand Coalition Government is united, contrary to claims by its critics, President Kibaki said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House. Photo/FILE

The President accused those claiming that he and Prime Minister Raila Odinga were not united of spreading fitina (malice).

Mr Kibaki, who was addressing over 5,000 workers at this years Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park, appealed to Kenyans to reconcile and work together for the development of the country.

We agreed with Raila to form one Government, and we are working together in one Government. Those saying we have two Governments are spreading fitina (malice), said the President.

Reinstate

The Prime Minister did not attend the fete as he has been out of the country on a medical trip. (Raila is undergoing treatment in Germany. The government has not told the public what the PM is suffering from) Mr Odinga was represented by Deputy PM, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, and Agriculture minister, William Ruto.

The President told the workers to promote messages of peace and reconciliation.

He ordered employers who retrenched staff due to post-election violence to reinstate them.

Speaking in Swahili, President Kibaki said: We had problems because of the post-election violence, which was caused by us and not by outsiders. So what is now important is for us to accept it and start living and working together as friends.

Turning to his recent tour of Rift Valley together with the PM and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, last week, President Kibaki said he was happy with the feedback he had received.

We must be free to live and work anywhere in the country and also to help those people whose houses were torched to resettle, he said.

At the same time, the President, who is the PNU leader, defended his 42-member Cabinet, saying, he would have also wished to have a leaner one, but was forced by circumstances beyond his control.

The civil society and religious bodies were calling for a 25-member Cabinet, saying, the countrys economy could not sustain a bloated cabinet.

But, in his off-the-cuff remarks, President Kibaki expressed confidence that the 42 ministers would not only deliver services to the public, but would also unite the country.

On the recently enacted welfare labour laws, the President announced that they would not be done away with despite protests and court action by the Federation of Kenya Employers and by the Law Society of Kenya.

Mr Kibaki said more new labour laws were also on the way for the good of workers.

Legislation

He named them as the Labour Institutions Act, the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Act passed by Parliament last year.

Said the President: These labour laws are further augmented by new legislation to provide for safety at the work place, namely the occupational Safety and Health Care Act, 2007, and the Work Injury Benefits Act, 2007.

He asked Labour minister, John Munyes, who was present, to ensure that the new labour laws were implemented fully so that workers remain healthy and productive.

On retired workers, the President said the Government would undertake reforms to revitalise the National Social Security Fund to make it more responsive to the needs of workers in their old age.

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Kenya: Protest over salaries during Labour Day celebrations

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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The celebrations went fine when one thinks of the protocol fights last week between VP Kalonzo and PM Raila. This time, Raila was absent due to illness. He is undergoing treatment abroad. That left the VP to prove his closeness to the President because there was nobody trying to compete with him for the president’s attention.

Story by JEFF OTIENO
Labour Day celebrations ended in disappointment for thousands of workers after President Kibaki failed to announce an increase in the minimum wage.

The President is welcomed to the celebrations by Mr Atwoli (second right). The minister for Labour, Mr John Munyes, later called a press conference to announce that a committee to look into minimum wages would be formed today. Earlier in the day, workers had protested after the President failed to announce a new minimum wage. Photos/ PETERSON GITHAIGA

The celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, which had started on a high note, ended in an anti-climax when a section the crowd walked out on the President to protest over his failure to set new guidelines on minimum wages.

The minimum wage for workers in the industrial sector was last raised in 2006 when it went up from Sh4,817 to Sh5,395. The amount for agriculture workers is Sh5,346.

In recent months, the cost of basic commodities has gone up significantly partly due to inflation, the effects of post-election violence and the rise in the price of fuel globally.

The President ruled out a pay increase and said: Shida tuliyo nayo ni kubwa (the challenge we are facing is immense). He also said that many countries in Africa were also experiencing hard times. Food riots have been reported in Cameroon and Senegal.

The Presidents explanation did not go down well with the workers. So disappointed were they that some, who had been expecting good news, started walking away before the national anthem was played.

Their hopes for a salary increase had been raised by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions secretary general, Mr Francis Atwoli, who had asked the President to consider workers conditions in view of the rising food prices.

Trouble started when the President, who was the chief guest at the celebrations, finished his 30-minute speech without a word on salaries. No sooner had he started thanking the crowd for attending the celebrations, than they started chanting: Mshahara! mshahara! (salary, salary). At first, the President did not understand what the crowd was chanting about. He inquired from the podium.

Ni kitu gani mnataka (What do you want)?, the President asked.

After his aides told him, he explained why he had skipped the issue. According to him, the country was facing a major challenge due to post-election violence and this had made it difficult for him to announce an increase in the minimum wage. But his explanation did not go down well with the workers who protested even more.

If you dont want me to tell you the truth I will still tell it anyway, the President said.

It was then that the crowd started walking away as the President was saying: Asanteni sana (Thank you very much). Soon after, the military band began to play the national anthem.

After the President left the venue, the workers complained bitterly, accusing the Government of short-changing them.

Labourer

We came here with the hope that Government increases the minimum wage. Any other agenda was not important for us, said Mr Peter Ligale, a casual labourer in the city.

His sentiments were supported by Mr Francis Muthusi and Fredrick Omondi who argued that the cost of living had gone beyond the reach of the common man.

Mr Omondi said that though the Presidents message of reconciliation was important, he should have raised the minimum wage even if it was by 10 per cent.

The crowd later surged forward after the President, left making it difficult for ministers and assistant ministers and other invited guests to leave the venue.

Police on horseback had to be called in to control the mob and create space for the guests to leave.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Agriculture Minister William Ruto had difficulties going to their vehicles as the crowd mobbed them demanding that they should address them.

Among those who attended the function were Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Labour Minister John Munyes and Public Health Minister Beth Mugo.

And in a speech that lasted one hour and 20 minutes, Mr Atwoli made a case for workers rights saying they were being exploited by employers.

Mr President, these workers are your people who have been exploited. They are hungry and with the high cost of living, the government needs to intervene, he said amid applause.

He criticised some companies owned by foreigners for paying their workers low wages, while making millions in profit. He also promised to name the companies in question. Some of them have even prevented workers from joining trade unions yet it is the workers right to do so, Mr Atwoli added.

However his proposal that the constitutional review consider the proposal that the public only elects MP and councillors while Parliament elects the President and the Prime Minister was not received well by the crowd.

Mr Atwoli said the country was blessed with qualified top ranking leaders among them Economist Kibaki, lawyer Kalonzo Musyoka and Engineer Raila Odinga.

However, the mention of Mr Musyokas name was greeted with jeers by a section of the crowd, who had earlier welcomed apologies sent by Prime Minister Raila Odinga which was conveyed by Mr Atwoli.

Though Thursday’s function was free of protocol hitches with the absence of Mr Odinga, a section of the crowd heckled when the VP stood to welcome the President.

He however received applause when he appealed to different ethnic groups to live in peace and harmony, adding that Kenya must remain united.

The Vice President immediately got into trouble when he said the country was now peaceful and hakuna matata (there was no problem).

Commodities

He was greeted with chants of njaa, njaa, bei za bidhaa zimepanda (hunger, hunger. The prices of commodities have gone up).

The Vice President, who kept his cool, said the Government would ensure that internal refugees return to their farms to help increase food production in the face of a looming food shortage.

The President also urged Kenyans to live in harmony. He urged wananchi to love one another and desist from acts of revenge.

There was drama when a man who had tried to dodge the heavy security detail tried to deliver a message to the President.

He was immediately whisked away to a waiting police Land Rover.

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Raila undergoing treatment in Germany fails to attend May Day celebrations: Angry workers mob and threaten ODM men, Ruto and Mudavadi. The two saved by security

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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Workers fury over pay

By Abiya Ochola And Patrick Wachira

President Kibaki addressing workers at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, during Labour Day celebrations on Thursday. Picture by Tabitha Otwori

This years Labour Day celebrations ended dramatically when a hostile crowd openly protested and walked out on President Kibaki after he failed to announce a much-awaited pay raise.

Trouble started when the President ended his address, but failed to touch on the sensitive issue of wages, forcing a section of the agitated crowd to protest.

The crowd demanded that President Kibaki address
“Shida ilioko sasa ni kubwa na kwa sababu shilingi za kuongeza mshaara sasa hivi mimi siwezi kusema (The country is currently facing an economic crunch and let me tell you it is not possible to come up with a salary increase now,” the President tried to explain to the angry crowd.
“Tafadhali mnisikilize. Hata kama hamtaki kusikia, huo ndio ukweli wa mambo ilivyo na hatuwezi kuyaepuka. (Please listen. But even if you do not want to listen, that is the position and there is no way you can avoid it),” Kibaki pleaded even as the crowd defied him.

But as if moving in tandem with the mood of the Labour Day celebrations, weather patterns at Uhuru Park kept changing. The erratic weather pattern ensured that temperatures fluctuated from a mild chill early in the morning to sunny, then cold and sunny spells again.

By mid-afternoon, temperatures were still low. Perhaps the weather pattern was indicative of the political and economic wellbeing of wananchi, whose fortunes have continued to change from peace to gloom and doom, death and destruction, then to hope and reconciliation.

From as early as 9am in Nairobi, hundreds of workers began trooping to Uhuru Park to listen to their leaders. They arrived in twos and threes, filling the grounds from the lower terraces.

By 10.30am, the grounds resembled a mosaic and collage rendition of a Scotland Annual Boot Fair colourful, vibrant and expectant, all at once.

Celebrations end in disarray
Part of the crowd, mostly hard hit by inflation and most of who had found their way to Uhuru Park from Kibera, Mathare, Kariobangi, Dagoretti and Kangemi expecting the President to announce a salary raise to cushion them from the economic crunch and rising food prices.
Amid the loud protests from the disappointed crowd, President Kibaki cut short his speech and the Prisons Band led in singing the National Anthem and guests on their feet.

This quick action effectively nipped in the bud the effect of the walkout, which was being aired live on national television and beamed to homesteads across the country.

The celebrations ended in disarray as workers started chanting opposition songs to show their displeasure.

“How can this Government fail to address our wage increase yet it has the audacity to take billions of shillings from the Treasury to run a bloated Cabinet?” one employee asked and threw his hands in the air in desperation.

A section of chanting workers then mobbed Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Musalia Mudavadi (right), and Agriculture minister, Mr William Ruto (left), forcing their security detail to whisk them to the safety of their official limousines.

Unlike before, President Kibaki did not read the written English speech. He instead addressed them in Kiswahili.
“Hayo maneno mengi ambayo mmeongea juu yake yako katika hotuba hii ambayo sitasoma kwa leo (the issues you have raised are in this official speech which I will not read today),” said Kibaki as he went directly to off-the-cuff remarks.

This is the second time in many years that the Government did not announce an increase in minimum wages. Workers have demanded an increase due to high inflation that stands at 20 per cent.

They say the price of fuel and basic food had increased dramatically in the past three years, while wages had stagnated even as fears of a looming food shortage globally unfolded.

Need for wage policy
Reacting after the workers walkout at Uhuru Park, Cotu executive member, Mr Francis Wangara, said the President could save himself from future embarrassment by setting an income and wages policy.
“That way, the increment will be addressed by the policy instead of waiting for the President to drop “manna” on Labour Day. We cannot entrust our daily bread to presidential decrees and if he fails to announce an increase for 10 years, Kenyans will die of stagnated salaries,” Wangara said.
The celebrations debacle comes against the backdrop of an economy battered by post-election violence and a Government that needs at least Sh21 billion to run a bloated 42-member Cabinet in the next two months.

But earlier, Kibaki had defended the size of the coalition Cabinet, saying it was crafted in the interest of national cohesion.

“It is not that we did not want to have a lean Government, but what is important is that it will unite Kenya. That is what matters now because after the Grand Cabinet was formed, I can see Kenya headed in the right direction,” he said.

Kibaki warned against those he accused of engaging in actions that would undermine the newfound unity among leaders, saying there was no room for skirmishes.

“It is up to us to make a firm decision that Kenya shall not slide back to anarchy. It is not the duty of civilians to investigate perpetrators of the violence. It will not resolve the crisis,” he said.

He said the Government would implement all the five Acts passed by Parliament to improve the welfare of workers.

“I appeal to employers to sympathise with workers affected by post-election violence and allow them to report back to their work stations,” he said

This was the first time for Kibaki to come back to Uhuru Park since the elections in December. Dignitaries and senior Government officials started trooping to the park at 10.30am.

Just before the Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, arrived at 11.55am, the Twanga Pepeta African International Stars artistes thrilled the crowd with female dancers erotic jigs ensuring rapt attention from the gathering.

Shortly after, as the Presidential standard flag fluttered in the wind to the right of the dais and the national flag to the left, the first outriders of the Presidents motorcade emerged in view. Police officers had turned up in their ceremonial dress.

Seconds later, the Presidents limousine, flanked by the escort cars, drew to a neat stop, just next to the red carpet. The Head of States Aide de Camp jumped from his seat to open the door for his boss.

Cotu’s Secretary General Mr Atwoli.

After President Kibaki greeted Cotu Secretary-General, Mr Francis Atwoli, and Labour minister, Mr John Munyes, he was ushered to the dais and it was time for the National Anthem. The ceremony had begun.
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Kenyan top officials

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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some updates made.: 1.nov 2010 (Apologies for some inaccuracy due to sackings and ——. We thank one of the readers who alerted us today the 1.nov2010.

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Kenya, a developing country has the largest government list of top officials in the world, officials that earn millions – chewing the tax payers money without care.

The president, Mwai Kibaki is nr 1 in the list, followed by his deputy Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka listed as the most senior after the President. The Prime Minister and deputies get nr 3 and 4ht places in seniority respectively.

This is the hiarachy:

The President of the Republic of KenyaMwai Kibaki, the president of the republic of Kenya, was born on 15 November, 1931 in Gatuyaini Village, Othaya Division, Nyeri, in the Central Province.
Vice President of the Republic of KenyaHon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, EG.H., MP ,What he stands for: 

“I am keenly aware that each time, a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice; he sends forth a ripple of hope to those involved. This commitment inspires my contribution to the cause of peace in Sudan, Somalia and the Great Lakes region as a whole. I therefore pledge my continued engagement in the pursuit of peace and stability in the region. I was dearly humbled by the Somali peaceful election and the peace at large.”
Prime Minister
Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga ,E.G.H., MPWhat he stands for:PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE 

“I SUPPORT political and economic reforms that are in line with liberal democracy tinged with social market economics;
I BELIEVE that we all owe a duty to each other as well as to ourselves, for human life is a network of social relations. I believe human beings must avoid destructive competition which leads to greed and deception;
I am commtted to building strong communities as cornerstones of Kenya’s national unity “
Deputy Prime Ministers
Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta ,MP
Hon. Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi ,MP
Ministers
Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyongo E.G.H., MP
Hon. Najib Balala E.G.H., MP
Hon. Fred Gumo, MP
Hon. Yussuf Mohamed Haji , MP
Hon. Aggrey James Orengo ,MP
Hon. Amason Kingi Jeffah ,MP
Hon. Otieno Kajwang ,MP
Hon. Martha Wangari Karua, E.G.H., MP ( updated 1.nov.2010: Out of Cabinet) resigned.
Hon. Mutula Kilonzo ,MP
Hon. Amos Muhinga Kimunya, E.G.H, M.P
Hon. Kipkalia Kones MP (Updated 1.nov 2010. Died in plane crash)
Hon. Henry Kiprono Kosgey , MP (stepped aside, under corruption investigation)
Hon. Dr. Sally Jepngetich Kosgey ,MP
Hon. Dr. Mohammed Abdi Kuti , MP
Hon. Esther Murugi Mathenge ,MP
Hon. John Michuki, E.G.H., MP
Hon. Ibrahim Elmi Mohamed , MP
Hon. Beth Wambui Mugo MP
Hon. John Munyes, MP
Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, E.G.H., MP
Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere , E.G.H., MP
Hon. Charity Kaluki Ngilu, E.G.H., MP
Hon. William Ole Ntimama,E.G.H, MP
Hon. Joseph Nyagah ,MP
Hon. Chris Obure ,MP
Hon. Prof. Samson Kegeo Ongeri ,MP
Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya ,MP
Hon. Dalmas Anyango Otieno ,MP
Hon. Paul Nyongesa Otuoma , MP
Hon. Samuel Lesuron Poghisio ,MP
Hon. William Samoei Ruto , MP (Updated. 1.nov.2010. suspended due to corruption allegations)
Hon. Prof. George Saitoti E.G.H., MP
Hon. Dr. Helen Jepkemoi Sambili ,MP
Hon. Dr. Naomi Namsi Shaban ,MP
Hon. Soita Shitanda,MP
Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa MP
Hon. Moses Wetangula , MP (Updated 1.nov.2010. Stepped aside due corruption allegations)

 

Assistant Cabinet Ministers
Hon. Francis Baya ,MP
Hon. Silvester Wakoli Bifwoli ,MP
Hon. Andrew Calist Mwatela ,MP
Hon. Abu Chiaba , MP
Hon. Bare Aden Duale , MP
Hon. Dr. James Ondicho Gesami ,MP
Hon. Robinson Njeru Githae ,MP Updated 1.nov. now full minister
Hon. Dhadho Godhana MP
Hon. Ramadhan Seif Kajembe ,MP
Hon. Asman Abogotum Kamama ,MP
Hon. Margaret Wanjiru Kariuki MP
Hon. Peter Kenneth, , MP
Hon. Charles Keter ,MP out – sacked
Hon. Atanas Manyala Keya ,MP
Hon. Alfred Khang’ati ,MP
Hon. George Khaniri MP
Hon. Linah Jebii Kilimo,E.G.H., MP
Hon. Lee Kinyanjui ,MP
Hon. William Cheptumo Kipkorir ,MP
Hon. Jackson Kiplangat Kiptanui ,MP
Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri , MP
Hon. Josphat Koli Nanok ,MP
Hon. Lorna Laboso ,MP
Hon. Simon Lesirma ,MP
Hon. Dr. Wilfred Machage ,MP (Updated 1.nov. 2010)suspended due to hate speech, charged in court.
Hon. James Omingo Magara ,MP (Updated 1.nov 2010. Out
Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro Masha ,MP
Hon. Ms. Cecily Mtito Mbarire , MP
Hon. Japhet Kareke Mbiuki , MP
Hon. Maalim Mohamud Mohamed ,MP
Hon. Mohamed Muhamud Ali ,MP
Hon. Danson B. Mungatana, MP (Updated 1.nov 2010. resigned
Hon. Peter G. Munya ,MP
Hon. Ndiritu Murithi ,MP
Hon. David Musila ,MP
Hon. Gideon Musyoka Ndambuki , MP
Hon. Dickson Wathika Mwangi ,MP
Hon. John Harun Mwau ,MP (out suspended due to drugs accussation
Hon. Kilemi Mweria MP
Josephat Koli Nanok Hon
Hon. Wavinya Ndeti ,MP
Hon. Joseph Nkaisserry ,MP
Hon. Dr. Oburu Odinga
Hon. Sospeter Ojamaa Ojamong ,MP
Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode ,MP
Hon. Judah Katoo Ole Metito, MP
Hon. Prof. Patrick Ayiecho Olweny ,MP
Hon. Joel Onyancha Omagwa ,MP
Hon. Richard Momoima Onyonka , MP
Hon. Samwel Gonzi Rai ,MP
Hon. Hussein Tarry Sasura, MP
Hon. (Major) Aden A. Sugow, OGW, MP
Hon. Kabando wa Kabando ,MP

Permanent Secretaries
Prof. Karega Mutahi , CBS
Mr. Patrick Khaemba , CBS
Ms. Dorothy N. Angote , CBS
Eng. Abdulrazak Aden Ali
Mr. Mark Bor EBS
Dr. Ludeki Chweya
Mr. Ali Dawood
Dr. Mohammed Isahakia
Eng. Michael Kamau
Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba
Mr. Francis Kimemia
Mr. Joseph K. Kinyua , C.B.S.
Dr. Romano Kiome , MBS, SS
Mr. Samuel Kirui
Amb. Nancy C. Kirui , CBS
Mr. Emmanuel M. Kisombe , EBS
Prof James Ole Kiyiapi
Mr. Tirop Kosgey
Prof. John Krop Lonyangapuo
Dr. Jacob Ole Miaron
Amb Amina Mohammed
Kinuthia N. Murugu (H.S.C) , Major (Rtd)
Amb . Francis K. Muthaura, E.G.H, M.B.S
Mr. Thuita Mwangi, CBS
Mr. Kombo Mwero
Mrs. Rebecca M. Nabutola, M.B.S., CBS
Mr. David S.O. Nalo , C.B.S.
Mr. Titus Ndambuki
Dr. Bitange Ndemo
Mr. Richard Ndubai
Dr. Silas Njiru ,Eng
Prof. Micheni Ntiba
Mr. Seno Nyakenyanya
Dr. Hezron Nyangito, CBS
Dr. James Nyikal
Mr. Patrick M. Nyoike , C.B.S.
Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi
Eng. Carey Orege
Dr. Edward Sambili
Mr. Philip Onyango Sika
Eng. David N. Stower , CBS
Amb. Dr. Hukka Wario , M.B.S.
Ms. Beatrice Naliaka Wasike

 

Government Spokesperson and Public Communications Secretary
Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, E.B.S
Key Secretaries and Directors in Ministries
Dr. Juma Aketch
Mr. Said Athman
Prof. George Godia
Mr. Hyslop Ipu
Mr. Isaiah Kabira
Mr. Mutua Kilaka
Dr. Francis Kimani
Dr. Kithure Kindiki
Ms. Esther Koimett
Mr. Kenneth M. Lusaka
Mr. Daniel K. Maanzo
Eng. John Ndirangu Maina
Dr. Julius Monzi Muia
Mr. Gideon Mulyungi
Dr. John Musonic
Mr. Sam Mwale
Mr. Simon Chacha Nyangi
Prof. Jacqueline Oduol
Mr. Caroli Omondi
Prof. Abdirazak Shaukat
Dr. Kamau Thuge
Solicitor General
Mr. Wanjuki Muchemi , CBS

Some ministers, ass.ministers, PS are out due to sackings, suspension etc some on corruption charges, so the list may not be accurate now as per 1.nov.2010. the list was accurate when the government was set up in 2008.

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Tanzania cement firm contracts Chinese company

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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By Leo Odera Omolo.
A Tanzania basedcement company has awarded a USD 46 million contract to CBMs construction company of the Peoples Republic of CHINA to expand its production capacity.
The Chinese firm will built a new 15-tonne clinker plant and a packer a capacity to produce 80 toumer of cement per heavy. It is expected to be completed by the year 2009.
Juarg Fluehman, the managing Director of Tanga Cement base in the Coastal town of Tanga was recently quoted in the local media as saying that the new Clinker plant will produce an additional 500,000 tonnes of cement, bringing the company total out-put to 1, 25 million tones a year.
Mr. Fluehman said the current erratic power supply is hampering the cement factorys expression as is the unreliable transportation infrastructure, especially after Tanzania Railways Ltd closed the Tanga Railway line for repairs.
This is the first phase of the companys expansion Project and any further investment will depend on the improvement of the correct electricity supply situation being improved in the region.
Expansion of the factory was necessitated by the rising demand for cement in the country when last year prompted the Government to waive importantly on cement imported from countries outside East African Community reducing total tax paid from 45 percent to 25 percent.
Before the waiver, such cement was subject to a 25 per cent import duty and a 20 percent surcharge tax.
Tanzania also booted importation of Cement from East African Countries by waiving the 15 percent import duty for fixed period of six months from October 2007 to April 2008.
Last year, the combined production of the three cement manufacturing companies in Tanzania, namely, Tanzania Portland Cement Company, Mbeya Cement Company Ltd and Tanga Cement reached 1.6 Million tones against an installed capacity of 1.2 million tones.
Tanzanias Cement Consumption per capital is star lons starting at 40kg compared with South Africas per capital tissue of 500kg.
Meanwhile the railway line that transverses North Eastern of the country originally
linking the Tanzania capital;, Dar Es Salaam to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa to Moshi-Arusha and then passes through ,Imo Korogwe to Tanga is now a disused and abandoned facility.
Built by colonialists under the management and supervision of the defunct East African Railways and Harbours,. The railway line is still intact in allsections. But there are signs showing that it has never been in use for close to ten years.
This is also the real line thatgoes fromLake Tanga to Dar Es Salaam. It is constructed to the approximately over 1000km. It use to carry quote and cargo to Moshi, Arusha, Korogwe Tanga and Dar Es Salam via Mombo in Chaliza District. In the early 1940s and the late 1950s this line was one of the busiest rail line in the management of East African Railway and Harbours Corporations, when it collapsed along with the first East African Community in 1977
Some parts of the line is visibly vendalised ,but its revival would cost less if the EAC partner states wishes to have it in use again. What is needed is the rehabilitation and erecting of new stations and sidings along the route. It would also boost the Tanga port as an alternative route to the Indian Ocean.
This line is Potential, especially to the landlocked countries like Uganda. A plan had previously envisaged
by the former EAC to reactivate the Tanga port as alternative route Uganda destined cargo of import and export Via Tanga Port to be routed to Mwanza port or Musoma in the Eastern shore of Lake Victoria.
The conservationists, however, had vehenmently opposed the proposal, arguing that the proposed new rail line would endanger the environment of wild animals inside the famous Serengeti National game Park saying the sound of moving locomotives would seriously affect the wild animals as it.would be compelled to pass through the world Game Park, which starts from Lake Manyara wounding in Lake Victoria near Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria. They argue that this route would disturb the game animals in the park and interfere with its ecological system.
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Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

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By Leo Odera Omolo.

A NON governmental organisation (Ngo),and several Community Based Organizations have raised serious concern over the wanton destruction of Mau Forest,which is locatedin Narok and also in the new Molo Disrict.
Experts are also raising concern over the future of the multibillions dollar Sondu Miriu Hydroelectric power projects based in Odino near Sondu town downstream as its major sources of water supply, which is the Mau water catchment areas upstream is likely to dry up as a result of indiscriminate felling of forest trees.
The organizations are said to be in the process of petitioning the government to move in with speed and reverse the effects of illegal logging, charcoal burning and other unchecked human activities in this important life saving forest, located in the South West Highland of the Rift Valley.
Forest action Network ( FAN) progress officer Mr. Jackson Kiplangat was recently quoted by a newspaper entitled Scent Rift Times as saying that here was the need for government community participation in the forest conservation.
The wanton destruction of trees in the forest had for several years been done with the full knowledge and participation of the foresters who should be held accountable says Dr. Barnabas Ngeno of the Kenya Nile Discourse Focal Point Five.
He added that the community living along the forest need to be sacrificed on the need to conserve the forest when itis a regional water source.
The law enforcers were also to blame for laxity and complicity in the enforcement of the existing laws which had seen a marked rise in depletion of the forest in the recent past.
Most of reparian upstream rivers feeding Lake Victoria with Water Oriented from Mau Forest that include River Mora which traverses and then runs through the Maasai land crosses into the neighbouring Tanzania where it is empting its water into Lake Victoria near Musoma Town.
Others are River Miruu, Nyando,, Migori, Kuja, Oyani and other smaller streams originates from Mau forest as their major sources of water supply..
The issue of the wanton destruction of Mai forest came up during the workshop held at Kericho Emmanuel African Gospel Church, which was organized by FAN officials.
During the meeting, speaker after speaker accused foresters working in the region for colluding with timber merchants to cause destruction. A participant, Mr. Kimeto said it was futile to fund environmental conservation issues in the region when those charged with the responsibility were colluding and causing destruction.
Some NGOs were also accused of failing to conduct environmental conservation programmes despite of their having been been funded adequately my international donor agencies.
Local authorities in the South Rift Region were also blamed of failing to collect garbage refuse and unblock sewerage drainage in urban centres.
It takes several weeks for the local institution to collect garbage and repair the burst sewages despite the fact that they are prompt and collecting levies from the residents.
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Raila is being accused by Luo colleagues of practising nepotism by appointing relatives and friends

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

By Leo Odera Omolo

 
Discontentment is brewing up inside Luo-Nyanza following the disclosure that� Kenya�s Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga is being accused for having allegedly favoured his relatives and friends as well as the financial heavyweight Luos in the recent cabinet appointment to the grand coalition government.
 
 
The ODM supreme leader is therefore being accused of practicing nepotism and sectarianism in his recent role in the appointment of the bloated cabinet.
 
People who deserves such appointments were sidelined and their positions taken over by relatives and those Luos whose pockets are heavily lined up with bank notes,” remarked an MP from the larger southern Nyanza who preferred to maintain his anonymity.
 
The good example of the wealthy individuals securing plum jobs and getting favouritism from Raila is the case of Mr. Caroli Omondi a former banker and a lawyer from gwassi constituency in Suba district. The latter had contested the election in gwassi constituency, but was trounced during the ODM preliminaries. He had performed poorly and dismally at the polls.
 
 
Mr Omondi was appointed the administration permanent secretary in the office of the prime minister to the chagrins of other election loser in Gwassi. The secret behind Mr. Omondi’s appointment is that he is the landlord who owns the building in the posh Kilimani surburbs of Nairobi, which is housing Raila’s Pentagon Office.
 
 
Another good example of nepotism is the naming of Prof. Jacquiline Oduol who was unsuccessful candidate in Alego-Usonga constituency in Siaya district and lost to a Mombasa business tycoon Edwin Ochieng Yinda during the party,s preliminaries. Prof. Oduol according to an impeccable source hails from Alego Mur, but she is married to Raila odinga’s uncle in Kaka sub-clan, the home of Raila’s late mother mama Mary Odinga. This particular appointment has also attracted severest criticism. But although the people involved in these appointments were highly qualified for the jobs as far as their academic background are concern, but the criteria in which they were chosen leaves a lot to be desired..
 
 
The ministerial appointment of Raila’s elder brother Dr. Oburu Oginga did not attract any criticism as many people thought the bondo legislator deserves the job of being an Assistant Minister to the Treasury.
 
 
Another appointment which has raised eyebrows is that of Eng. Carey Orege, who hails from Raila Odinga own sub-clan of Kowak in the larger Sakwa clan this particular appointment is considered as part of Raila’s nepotism, and has elicited scathing criticism from Luo intellectuals and politician alike..
 
 
The other centre of controversy is the appointmentr of Mr. phillip Onyango Sika as the PS in the Ministry of Metropolitan development. The new PS hails from gem constituency also in Siaya and is the relative of the Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo whose mother is the younger sister of Raila Odinga’s mother.
 
 
The only popular appointment by Raila according to political pundits inside Luo-Nyanza is those of james Aggrey Orengo, the new Mino\ister for Land and Settlement and that of the veteran rongo politician Dalmas Otieno. The two men, according to the popular saying making the round deserves their ministerial positions owing to their wealth of experience and consistency plus total loyality to Agwambo and the ODM party.
 
 
Many people had expected Raila to pick up for covenanted appointment his principal assistamnt for many years Prof. Larry Gumbe who has all along headed ther thin-a-tank group of intellectuals-cum-politicians ast the ODM headquarters.
 
 
The common saying that now goes around is that because prof Gumbe hails from Karachuonyo in Rachuonyo district in the greater south Nyanza, and that his late father a former Mayor of Kisumu had some kind of disagreement with Raila’s late father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the disagreement is said to have come as a result of the old dark days when the late Jaramogi was placed under house arrest and therafter the government restrictions that he should only leave his Milimani House and drive straight to his Bondo rural home, but not to drive within Kisumu streets without prior permission from the Nyanza provincial Administrastion. The late Gumbe and the late jaramogi are said to have bumped on each other at a round-about in Kisumu streets and had exchanged harsh words in connection with his restriction requirements.
 
 
Prof Gumbe, says Raila’s critics had served ODM deligently from the days of NDP and LDP and eventually Narc and now ODM and therefore should have been considered for any of the PSs appointments.
 
 
Another appoinmtmentr which has stunned many people is the relegation of the Ndhiwa outspoken MP and long time closed political associate of Raila, Joshua Orwa Ojodeh, the man who had turned down a Ministerial appointment offered by president Kibaki in early 2006 following the dessolution of the Narc Cabinet by the president as the result oif devastative defeat of the government during the referendum voting against the rejected Wako Constitutional Draft in November 2005.
 
 
Ojodeh who was then serving as an assistant minister was the only Luo MP offered the cabinet position following the restructuring of the new cabinet by president Kibaki after he had dismissed the rebel ODM Ministers, Raila Odinga included. But ojodeh declined the appointment in solidarity with his friend Raila and other ODM luminaries. People had high expectation that Raila Odinga would have rewarded him with a plum ministerial posts. But instead he was made an assistant minister in the Minister of internal Securiuty and Provincial Administration, which he reluctantlty accepted after heavy pressure and persuasions from his friends and relatives.. The common saying is that Otieno Kajwang should have been appointed an assistant Minister while Ojodeh get the full ministerial� position
 
 
Ojodeh’s wooes is said to have culminated from his disagreement with Raila’s elder brother Dr. Oburu Oginga, the MP for Bondo, who at one time attacked Ojodeh publicly during a funeral gathering in Kanjita village West Karachuonyo in Rachuonyo district. It was during the burial of the late Mama Phoebe Rege, the step mother of the Karachuonyo MP Eng James Rege, when Oburu from the blue moon burst into scatching criticism of Ojodeh before a large crown of mourners who also included his brother Raila., and Raila did not utter a word.
 
 
The funeral was tension charged due to the prevailing local politics in karachuonyo, which had pittied the former area MP Dr Adhu witi and eng. Rege.
 
 
Also the appointment of Dr. Nyikal a former director of medical services in Kenya who hails from Seme in the Kisumu rural constituency, was seen as a reward to the ODM Secretary general Prof Peter Anyang Nyongo. The MP for the area Dr Nyikal and Prof Nyong;o are said to be related.
 
 
Critics blame Raila for having ignored Migori, Rachuonyo, Kisumu and Nandio districts only concentrating with appointment of people from Siaya and Bondo districts something which could have serious repercussions as far as Raila’s popularity in Luo Nyanza is concern with the next general elections the year 2012.
 
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US missile strike in Somalia kills Alshabab commander, 8 other militants

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Eight people died and four others were wounded when suspected United States warplanes bombed the central Somali town of Dusamareb, early on Thursday morning, eyewitnesses and Islamist officials confirmed to APA stringer in Mogadishu.
The bombardment occurred at early morning of Thursday around 4.30 am local time which targeted a specific home in Dusamareb which residents say was occupied by Aden Ayro, a commander of the Alshabab militia.

“I heard a huge explosion that convulsed the town. You could never imagine that a house was ever located in that area because the bombarded house was totally destroyed,” said Elmi Arab, a local elder in Dusamareb who saw the bombarded home. He added; “we found eight dead bodies and we are still digging inside the home if we can find more casualties. He said two of the dead bodies were shattered to pieces. An Alshabab spokesman confirmed the death in the explosion of Aden Hashi Ayro, a militia leader said to be in his mid-30s, who was trained in Afghanistan, and commander of Alshabab who was on the list of the US terrorist group.

“Aden Hashi Farah Ayro and Sheikh Muhidin Mohamoud Omar, two top important members for Alshabab, had passed away last night as they were fighting for the liberation of their homeland and the supremacy of Allah but if Ayro has died, his trained students; his ideology and his colleagues are still alive,” Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu-manshor, Alshabab spokesman told APA.

This is the fourth time that US warplanes have bombaed in Somalia while targeting Islamist hideouts, beginning from the end of 2006 when US warplanes assisted the US-backed Ethiopian forces and the Somali Transitional Federal Government who were both chasing the Islamic Courts Union at that time.

Southern and central Somalia towns have been hardest-hit with insurgent attacks, including roadside bombings, assassinations and guerilla attacks targeting government forces and the Ethiopians. But in recent months, more attacks have been reported in the countryside, including in the Bay region, which was awash on Wednesday night with militants of the Islamic Courts Union who shot a police commander in Bur-hakaba district.

The Islamists in the capital Mogadishu are also increasing their hit and run tactics after the government forces and their Ethiopian allies virtually destroyed all their hideouts.

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Senegal, South Africa launch joint commission for bilateral co-operation

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Senegal and South Africa launched the Joint Commission for Bilateral Co-operation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday, which is meant to chart the way for co-operation between the two countries in a number of sectors.

This first session of the South Africa-Senegal JCBC identified possible areas of co-operation between the two countries, with particular focus on, among others, agriculture, defence, environment and tourism, minerals and energy, transport, trade and industry, education, and health.

South Africa and Senegal already share close ties. They are both on the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) steering committee and are involved with efforts in their regions and on the continent to further the African developmental agenda.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma co-chaired the inaugural session of the JCBC with her Senegalese counterpart Cheick Tidiane Gadio.

The commission will now chart the way for co-operation between the two countries in a number of sectors, they said.

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Britain hails new developments on Zimbabwe presidential results

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Britain on Thursday described the latest developments in Zimbabwe as a head-way to breaking through weeks of political impasse following the March 2008 presidential elections.

“For once, evidence has emerged that Mugabe has lost his grip on power”, said UK officials, following Zimbabwe official pronouncement Wednesday evening which showed that Zimbabwes opposition presidential candidate beat Robert Mugabe in the presidential election.

Official documents in the southern African state shows the Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47% of the vote compared with Mr Mugabes 43%.

A senior official in the governing Zanu-PF party said: “These figures are in line with the official figures.”

The result, being hotly discussed among political pundits across Britain, means a run-off would now take place, as neither man secured 50%.

“This development, British politicians said, means a lot for Zimbabweans, racked with food shortages and inflation of 165,000%, who went to the polls on March 29.

Tsvangirai had earlier declared victory shortly afterwards, claiming results posted at polling stations showed he won 50.3%.

But the Zimbabwe Election Commission appointed by Mr Mugabe has refused to publish the results, bringing accusations of vote rigging from the MDC.

The ZEC later announced the MDC won parliamentary elections but has remained tight-lipped on the presidential vote, claiming it was still being verified.

Zanu-PF claims the MDC are puppets of the West while the MDC says Mr Mugabe is stealing the election. Political violence has mushroomed since the vote, with both sides accusing the other of killing activists.

A UN Security Council session on Tuesday, which was split on whether to send an envoy to the country, was dismissed as sinister, racist and colonial by Zanu-PF.

Mr Tsvangirai has refused to confirm if he would take part in a run-off.

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Niamey summit adopts plan to save River Niger

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The summit of the heads of state and governments of the Niger Basin Authority (ABN) has decided to reinforce the integration and co-operation mechanisms in order to save the River Niger which is threatened from disappearance, APA noted in Niamey.

The Niamey Summit, which ended late Wednesday afternoon, adopted a major over 20-year programme worth 5.5 billion euros.

A round table of ABN backers will be held on 23 June in Niamey, in order to mobilise the contributions of financial and technical partners of the regional body.

“Shared vision and sustainable development of the basin of the River Niger” is the theme of this years summit which also adopted the 2008-2027 Investment Plan and the ABN Water Charter.

These two documents were presented as reference for the future of the river. According to the heads of state, the documents will support the development of socio-economic infrastructure as well as a “peaceful management of the resources,” while aiming to boost up food production and sustainable development.

In order to consolidate the setting in motion of these two plans, the Niamey Summit required the acceleration of the building of the Taoussa (Mali) and Kandaji (Niger) dams, as well as the studying of the autonomous and sustainable financing of the ABN.

On Wednesday morning, the current ABN chairman and Niger president, Mamadou Tandja, spoke of the “reduction from 20% to 55 %” of the flow of the River, worsened by a fall in rainfall of about 20% to 35 %, in the last few years.

According to President Tandja, this situation degrades the arable lands and favours the silting-up of the river with, as a consequence, the appearance of water hyacinths.

As the third largest river in Africa and 9th in the world, the River Niger is 4200km long and covers about 2.1 million sq km, which represents one-third of the West African sub region. 110 million people live on the banks of the Niger.

President Yayi Boni of Benin, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali and Idriss Deby of Chad, attended the summit.

The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Tertius Zongo, the French Secretary of State in charge of co-operation and francophonie Alain Joyandet as well as the ministers of the other member states participated in the summit.

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Sharif vows to restore judges – His demand may split the coalition

Posted by African Press International on May 2, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.aljazeera

Zardari, the husband of the late Bhutto seems to be keeping his cards close to his chest. He is still bitter towards the dismissed Chief Justice for having let him suffer in jail on currutions accussation. Now that the former Chief Justice is the one in need of a job, Zardari is thinking twice. He want the laws changed before reinstating any of th judges dismissed by President Musharaf. For Nawaz who got back to power in the house, it is sad not to get waht he has promised the voters. He got the vote for promising to reinstate all the judges. It is not an easy taks. Each party has its own interest to attend to. API

The coalition had disagreed on judicial reform in Pakistan [AFP]
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s former prime minister and head of the Pakistani Muslim League-N (PML-N), has vowed to reinstate the country’s judges sacked last year by Pervez Musharraf, the president.

The structure of the country’s judiciary had threatened the future of his party’s alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), headed by Asif Ali Zardari.
Sharif made the announcement on Thursday during talks in Dubai with Zardari.
He said: “It has been decided and reiterated that the restoration of thejudges will take place as per the Murree declaration.”
“There is no ambiguity, there is no doubt about it. You willsoon see the results of the discussions.”
Zardari and Sharif met in Dubai for the second consecutive day in a bid
to resolve differences over reinstating judges removed when Musharraf imposed emergency rule in November last year.
“We will not sit with peace until the judges are restored. We are trying our level bestto stay together in the coalition andreturn all the judges back to their offices with honour and dignity,” Sharif said.

“I am trying my level best to make sure we fulfil the commitment we made to the nation on the restoration of judges.”
The committment refers to the March agreement between the PML-N and the PPP.
‘Divided coalition
Sharif had said the future of the coalition with the PPP would come under review if they failed to agree on the judges issue.
ThePPP wants to link the restoration of judges to a proposed package of judicial reforms that couldlimit the powers of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the chief justice of the supremem court, and prevent judges from getting involved in politics.
Zardari accused Chaudhry and other judges of “playing politics” and failing to deliver justice to him during the years he spent in jail on alleged corruption charges.“Our parliamentary party and the central working committee will meet to decide about it,” Sharif said when asked about the future of the coalition if the judges were not restored.

Musharraf removed Chaudhry when the supreme court was preparing to rule on the legality of his October election by the previous parliament to a new five-year presidential term.
Musharraf accused Chaudhry of corruption and conspiring against him and political plans.

Chaudhryis considered by many asan “independent-minded” judge, who has blocked numerous government privatisation deals and investigated complaints that the country’sspy agencies were holding opposition activists secretly under the pretext of the so-called “war on terror”.

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