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Obama Camp Sets New Money Guidelines

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

Barack Obama - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times BlogSenator Barack Obama, as he becomes his partys presumptive presidential nominee, is starting to exert his authority over the Democratic National Committee. A first step? New fund-raising guidelines.

Mr. Obama announced today that the D.N.C. will no longer accept contributions from federal lobbyists or political action committees, which follows the rules he established for his own campaign last year.

Ive sent a strong signal in this campaign by refusing the contributions of registered federal lobbyists and PACs and today, Mr. Obama told an audience in Bristol, Va. Im announcing that going forward, the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard and wont take another dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. They do not fund my campaign. They will not fund our party.

He added: Were here today because we know that if were going to make real progress, this time must be different.

We want the Democratic Party to conform to his standards of openness to reduce the influence of special interests, Linda Douglass, a campaign spokeswoman, told reporters today before Mr. Obama flew from New York City for a campaign stop in Virginia.

The announcement comes the morning after Mr. Obama helped raise about $2.5 million for the D.N.C. at a Manhattan fund-raiser. Aides said the rules would take effect going forward, but would not be retroactive. (Translation: Last nights haul likely included money from federal lobbyists or PACs.)

The decision underscores what Mr. Obama intends to make a central theme of the general election campaign with Senator John McCain: reducing the influence of Washington lobbyists and special interest money.

But Mr. Obama has yet to answer another looming question governing money and politics: Will he be the first presidential candidate to decline public financing about $84 million this year and the accompanying spending limits?

For months, Mr. Obama has sidestepped that question, backing away from a pledge he made last year to accept public financing if the Republican nominee did the same. He said he would make a decision at the conclusion of the primary campaign, but argued that his record-setting fund-raising operation has created a parallel public financing system because of the large amount of small donors.

No major-party candidate has turned down public financing for the general election since the system took effect in 1976. And Senator John McCain has indicated that he intends to accept the infusion of public financing.

While $84.1 million for the two-month fall campaign is a sizable amount of money, Mr. Obamas fund-raising machine has shown an ability to eclipse the figure easily, raising half of that or more in several recent months. Advisers concede he could take a public relations hit if he decides to bypass the public financing, so they are working on a series of new proposals including todays announcement about the D.N.C. in an attempt to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the influence of money and special interests.

Aides have not said when Mr. Obama intends to make his decision.

The Obama campaign also announced that Howard Dean will remain chairman of the Democratic National Committee. M. Dean issued a statement on the new fund-raising guidelines:

The DNC and the Obama Campaign are unified and working together to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. Our presumptive nominee has pledged not to take donations from Washington lobbyists and from today going forward the D.N.C. makes that pledge as well. Senator Obama has promised to change the way things are done in Washington and this step is a sure sign of his commitment. The American peoples priorities will set the agenda in an Obama Administration, not the special interests.

Last night, before he attended two Park Avenue fund-raising events, Mr. Obama spoke to Mr. McCain for the first time.

Senator McCain called Senator Obama last night at 7 p.m. to congratulate him, Ms. Douglass told reporters today. They had a short, cordial conversation and said they looked forward to having a civil discussion in the campaign going forward.

An early test of that cordiality could be over the role of money and special interests in the campaign.

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Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

By Adam Nagourney

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton disavowed a campaign by some of her supporters to pressure Senator Barack Obama into choosing her as a running-mate, saying they were acting on their own and the decision on who to pick was Senator Obamas and his alone.

The statement from Mrs. Clinton campaign came after two days in which a number of her key supporters had pressed the idea of picking her as a running-mate, saying that such a match-up was key to salving wounds in the Democratic Party and to assuring a Democratic victory in the fall. And Mrs. Clinton had made no obvious effort to discourage it, telling New York lawmakers, in a private conference call earlier this week, that she was open to serving as Mr. Obamas running-mate.

The apparent campaign to push Mrs. Clinton onto the ticket was, in its directness, unusual and several Democrats said arguably counterproductive. Aides to Mr. Obama said they were unhappy with the effort and some Democrats outside the campaign said that Mr. Obama could be portrayed to bowing to pressure should he choose Mrs. Clinton to run with him.

The statement from the Clinton camp on Thursday was, in many ways, a more typical statement put out by a vanquished candidate seeking consideration for the No. 2 spot. Mrs. Clinton did not rule out accepting the position if offered, even as she made clear she was not authorizing the activities on her behalf.

While Senator Clinton has made clear throughout this process that she will do whatever she can to elect a Democrat to the White House, she is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her, Howard Wolfson, one of the campaigns chief strategists, said in a statement provided to The New York Times. The choice here is Senator Obamas and his alone.

On Wednesday, Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and one of Mrs. Clinton top contributors, called on the Congressional Black Caucus to make Mrs. Clintons case with Mr. Obama. Earlier this week, Lanny Davis, an aide in Bill Clintons White House, joined an effort calling on Mr. Obama to choose Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Obamas campaign responded in a polite if opaque manner.

We appreciate Senator Clintons statement, she has a unique recognition that a nominee must go about this important process in an orderly and rigorous way, said David Plouffe, Mr. Obamas campaign manager. And as for that process, we will not be speaking about it until Senator Obama has made his selection.

No word on when that might be.

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Clinton to Suspend Campaign, Endorse Obama

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By Adam Nagourney

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama. (Full article by Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny here.)

Mrs. Clintons aides said she would express her support for Senator Obama and party unity at an event in Washington, D.C., that day. One adviser said that Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the partys nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory.

Her decision came after a day of conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about her future now that Mr. Obama had clinched the nomination. Mrs. Clinton had, in a speech after Tuesday nights primaries, suggested she wanted to wait before deciding about her future, but in conversations throughout the day Wednesday, her aides said, she was urged to step aside.

The news that Mrs. Clinton was ending her campaign was first reported by ABCNEWS.com.

We pledged to support her to the end, Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate, said in an interview Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.

Mrs. Clintons decision came as some of her most prominent supporters including former Vice President Walter F. Mondale announced they were now backing Mr. Obama.
I was for Hillary I wasnt against Obama, who I think is very talented, Mr. Mondale said. Im glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.

One of Mrs. Clintons aides said they were told that except for her senior advisers, there was no reason to report to work after Friday, and that they were invited to Mrs. Clintons house for a farewell celebration that afternoon.

Jeff Zeleny, Carl Hulse, Michael Luo and David E. Sanger contributed reporting.

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Comoran Ulemas fear a Shia Islam breakthrough

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Comoran Ulemas on Thursday said they were up against “any attempt to divert the country” from its initial leaning, accusing the government of “favouring the spread of Shiism” while the Comorans are traditionally Sunni.

At a meeting held here Thursday, the Muslim leaders recalled they had “always supported the president (Ahmed Abdallah Sambi) but his election has turned out to be a national disaster”.

Religious dignitary Soidik Mpapandza spelt out the protesters message expressing fears that the settlement of many Iranians in Moroni could give rise to a Shiite “a breakthrough” in the islands.

“While a Shiite leaning was perceptible under the regime of President Azali, it is obvious that the threat has become increasingly serious since President Sambi assumed power,” Mbapandza said.

The Ulemas are planning to tour the country “to overtly denounce” what they termed the Shia breakthrough in Comoro.

Iran has funded a private clinic in Moroni and is involved in youth training, offering 50 scholarships to study in Teheran.

The Khomeiny Foundation has already a seat here, helping Comorian orphans and disabled people with food and clothes.

Sections of the Comorian society accused President Abdallah Sambi, also one of the countrys religious leaders, of being a Shiite, but he has always denied the allegations.

His strong ties with Iran where he pursued part of his graduate studies have gone a long way in fuelling speculations on his alleged links with Shiism, which is practiced in Ayatollah Khomeinys country.

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Zimbabwe Finally on UNSC Agenda

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by Scott A Morgan

We all have been tought that Patience is a Virtue. But in Zimbabwe it seems that having patience can also be fatal. This has been true during past election cycles and expecting Neighboring States or the World to intervene in the many crises plaguing the country.

Southern Africa has watched with baited breath the Aftermath of the latest Election Cycle. First the Results of the Parilamentary Elections were Delayed until the Opposition Victory could not be held back any longer. Then the Presidential Poll Results were released in such a manner that onc could reasonably assume that it was more important to have President Mugabe remain in Office that listen to the wishes of the Zimbabwe People. Let us not forget the many attempts to import Million of Tons of Weapons as well during the Vote Count as well.

Currently the violence continues around the country. Over 20 People have been killed since the end of the First Round of the Elections. Several Aid Groups have been forced to cease operations in the Country by President Mugabe. So now in some instances the people have lost their main source of Food and Medical Assistance. Several Countries including the US, Britain, Japan and Tanzania have sent their Diplomats out into the field to assess the claims of violence.

In recent weeks there has been an effort to intimidate these Diplomats as they have been conducting their investigations. They have been routinely harassed by the Police at roadblocks including being manhandled, They have had Satellite Phones and other items confiscated by either the Police or Militias and in one instance the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe was grazed by a Zimbabwe Police Vehicle.

As this item was being prepared there was a report of American and British Diplomats being manhandled by Militiamen and the Police in a township North of Harare. The Police Position has been that some of these Diplomats have been conducting “Criminal Behavior” while out doing their work.

But there have been some changes that may have the World take a more firm stance against the Lawlessness that has plagued Zimbabwe.

Earlier this year the Presidency of the UN Security Council rested in the hands of South Africa. Various Attempts to have Zimbabwe placed on the Agenda while the Security Council was under the stewardship of South Africa failed. However this is June and the Presidency resides with a New Country. The Power that currently has the leadership position is the United States. And already it has called for a meeting of the Security Council regarding Zimbabwe.

How will such a meeting pan out? President Mugabe and Zimbabwe has two allies on the Security Council right now they are South Africa and China. The US will no doubt be backed by the UK and Europe when it comes to addressing the Situation. Russia could end up being a Swing Vote as well as most of the rest of the Non-Permanent Third World Bloc of Countries. What ever happens before the runoff occurs and afterwords will be crucial to the Stability of that whole region.

The Author is the Editor of Confused Eagle. It is located at morganrights.tripod.com

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EAST AFRICAN LAWYERS BODY UP IN ARMS AGAINST KENYA GOVERNMENT FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF MAU FOREST

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<By Leo Odera Omolo

THE environmental degradation and destruction of Mau forest , which is located in Narok district in the highland south west of Rift Valley has taken a new turn with team of prominent lawyers now threatening the government of Kenya with a legal action.

Mau Forest and important life-saving complex consisting of 420,000 hectares of virgin forest land is serving the tire East African region as the main water catchment. Many rivers from the region are known to be emptying their waters in the Lake Victoria

The lawyers says that they will next, contemplate the idea of instituting legal suit against the government of Kenya over the destruction of the Mau forest.

The East African lawyers said they are currently drafting papers for the planned case, which they will file at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha The case , if filed, would be a milestone, and the first of its kind against a member state of the East African Community, a regional; economic bloc grouping five nations of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burindi.

Lake Victoria plays a pivotal role the economy of all the five countries, though its waters is only shared between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda its economic significanbce goes being the three states and beyond.

Members of the Arusha-based Association of East African Lawyers have accused the government of Kenya of contravening the East African Community Treatys provisions on environment. The lawyers want the Nairobi government to be compelled to conserve the delicate ecosystem to speed up the eviction of settlers out of the gazetted forest and resettle them elsewhere.

The group chairman Mr. Tom Ojienda said that in the treaty establishing the EAC , the Government of Kenya is under obligation to conserve the environment of the Mau forest and all its resources.

Under the article 111 and 112of the EACs treaty states that Kenya is under the obligation to conserve the environment. Any member that undermined the treaty was liable for legal action. In this respect, the EAST African lawyer will seek the court order to declare that Kenya had acted against the treaty. The lawyers said they will also plead for Kenya to be compelled to conserve the resources of Mau Forest through fresh aforestation and pay for the restoration of its former.

Mr. Ojienda was recently quoted as saying that the aim of the planned suit was to support the environmental protection of the Mau Forest.

The East African lawyers threat to institute legal action against the government of Kenya in the backdrop of another suit filed by 3,000 new settlers in western part of the Mau Forest who have moved to court to stop the government from evicting them.

A lawyer who represented the new settlers Mr Fred Athuok said the settlers want the court to quash an eviction notice issued to them recebntly requiring them to vacate the area. The resident claimed in their suit that they had lived in the area for the time immemorbleand therefore they had nowhere or ny other alternative place to go.

The seemingly defiance settlers argued that the controversial ground is a trust land, which is protected by the constitution of Kenya under the crown land Ordinance.

The suit was filed at th4 High Court by three settlers on behalf of the 3,000 others. They are Mr. John Mibei, Mr Richard Chepkwony , David Milgo and Paul Beleel.

The High Court Judge Mr. Justice John Osiemo ordered thqt the case be heard in the Nakuru High Court in a later date to be agreed upon by the two parties.

Meanwhile a recent specialreport published by the UNEP has painted a very gloomy picture of the Mau Complex. It says Kenyas economy is agriculture based, and that its activity in turn dependent on the five water towers spread through arable prts of the country.

They are in the form of forests. But these natural reserves are threatened by unsustainable exploitation.

Whereas the march towards this ecological oblivion has been checked in the aberdares and Mount Kenya, Cherangani Hills,Mount Elgon and the Mau Complex a sticking out sore

The UNEP report went on.of course. Poor conservation politics has been the culprit.The report published last week detailed how the government has been losing up to Kshs 20 billion every year due to the wanton destruction of the Mau Complex.

As a result, it adds, the energy sector has been hard hit. Agriculture has been plagued by erratic weather patterns, not o mention tourism in the Maasai Mara ecosystem, which bears the brunt of drying rivers and migrating wild animls.

The merging of the forestry and wildlife sectors to make a ministry by President Mwai Kibaki, the report adds, has been a step in the right direction. There is sound reason for this. The forest department simply did not have the capacity to protect the five water towers, which re the lifeline of the region.

The Forest Action Network lists the Aberdares model as the most. Successful conservation in Kenya. The reason mainly is because the Aberdares has always enjoyed double gazettement as both a forest area under the forest department and a national game park under he Kenya Wildlife Services{KWS}.

The report further explains tht similar fortunes were witnessed when Mt Kenya forest was gazetted for the second time in the year 2000, this time as a national game reserve under the KWS.

Mount Kenya national game park only covers areas from 12,000 feet above the sea level upward. This area is well out of the forest. Making the forest a national reserve effectively put under the mandate of both the forest department and the KWS,the latter of which has proved its competence in handing conservation challenges.

This, he report says, is a model that should be tried on the Mau Complex before it is too late.

It further suggested the de-linking politics from conservation as something which should be an action necessity. By putting many forests in the country under the mandate of the County Councils, the former colonial administration thought it was bringing conservation close to the people. But as experience has proved again and again, the last thing civic leaders and their chairmen have in their agenda is conservation. Indeed ,in matters conservation, many of them are quite ignorant about.

[Even after the Aberdares and the Mount Kenya forests became national gme reserves many auxiliary forests surrounding them, especially those on hills, remain under the fore thumbs the local councillors. While the forest department has the duty to plant trees on these auxiliary forests, only the councilors have the powers to harvest. Most of them tody have seen human resettlement through dubious means.

In the absence of a professional outfit like the KWS to protect the large biodiversity that is the Mau complex, politicians have taken over. Often, debate on restoration of this biomass has often gained political overtones where the object has always been subject to party and ethnic passions.

Mau despite of all the shortcomings has remained the largest forest in East Africa.

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Kenya: Teachers’s immorality kills girls education in Luo-land

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<By Leo Odera Omolo,Migori

Immorality in secondary schools is killing girls education in Nyanza Province where male teachers are reportedly marrying their students left right and centre, hence the source of conflicts between the head teachers and their staff.

Immorality involving male teachers who are falling in love with students under their pupilage in the classes is said to be on the alarming increase.

In one girls secondary school, the Headmistress, it is being alleged is madly involved in love affairs with the resident priest. The school in question is reported to be performing poorly in the national exams. This is because the head teacher who is supposed due to her love affairs escapades with the priest is now consider herself as an untouchable and cannot be transferred because she is under the twenty four protection by the resident priest..

And because is under technical sponsorship by the church, the disgusted Board of Governors cannot afford to discipline her. The BoG chairman who is reported to be a strictly religious person instead of reporting the matter to the education authority is said to have abandoned the school because he does not wish to be seen that he is fighting with the priest.

The flourishing love affair between the priest and the headmistress is a common talks of the surrounding village and locality.

At the St. Mary’s Mabera Girls Secondary School in the newly created Kuria West district, two male teachers are reported to have married their students with impunity.

And when the Headmistress Mrs Diana Oboro contacted the education authority to protest against such immorality, one of the teachers who hails from within the locality together with resident priest who is also a man from within the locality immediately ganged up with their clansman. They immediately mobilized a band of heavily drugged and drunken youths, who in turn invaded the school for the purpose of ejecting the headteacher. Her only mistake is having reported the immorality to the authority. The gang made sure that the school’s BoG meeting did not take part within the school compound. The youth had threaten to beat up the BoG members should they turn up for the meeting which was meant to deliberate on teacher/student marriage affairs.

The rule and regulations set up by the Ministry requires the girl to stay out of school for two years before she could enter into marriage contract with her former class teacher. Mr. Christopher Otaigo, a male school teacher at Mabera got married to MISS Janet Konare immediately after she had just sat for the KCSE. This was against the schools rule.

In another specific case, a male teacher in the same St. Mary’s Mabera Girls was discovered to be dating a student under his pupilage. But before the matter could be tackled by the BOG the student Miss Lucy Abdi was hurriedly transferred to Nyaroa Girls Secondary in the neighbouring Kuria East district. In her new school, the girl was immediately discovered to have already been pregnant for a couple of months and was dispatched home.

Her parents later invaded her former school at ST Mary’s Maber and forced her former classmaster Mr. Tobias Omolo who married pregnant girl under duress. The couple are now living in a rented house in Migori town, while the teacher is still working at St. Mary’s Mabera School as a teacher. These are some of the many reason why Mrs Oboro an experienced and hardworkiung teacher who had turned the hitherto run-down school to a vibrant institute to abandon her place of work and seek for transfer.

She walked out of school despite of heavy protest by 400 plus students parents and BoG members and flatly refused to go back under the police escort. She was last week transferred to ST. Gorretti Secondary school In Malder Division, Nyatike Constituency in Migori district. The teacher in question Mr. Otaigo has since resorted to sending nasty SMS messages to Mrs Oboro and other interested parties asking her why she had just published the story in respectable daily newspapers instead of the “Weekly Citizen”, which top him as a gutter press.

This writer received such a message. But the gist of the matter is that the two school teachers have entered into marriage contract with their former class room students against the laid down rules.

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A balanced appraisal – Obama win gets mixed reception

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Like everything else in Kenya these days, the victory of Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee has split public opinion into two even as the rest of Africa celebrates.

Obamas victory in the United States is being interpreted in Kenya for its possible implications on the political landscape. The Luo feel that an Obama presidency will help develop their area and provide jobs to the youth. They also believe that an Obama presidency will boost the chances for Prime Minister Raila to ascend to the presidency in the near future. Indeed, Raila himself has alluded that he and Obama are distant cousins.

Because of these hopes, the Kikuyu fear that should Obama win the US presidency, the Luo and Prime Minister Raila will gain a significant edge in influencing American policy towards Kenya. The US has veto power in the United Nations and controls the policies of the World Bank and IMF. The US provides Kenya with millions of dollars in military aid. Thus, a US president that identifies with Prime Minister Raila Odinga could portend declining fortunes for Kibaki and his Kikuyu tribe.

Senator Obama was in Kenya in 2006 where he criticized President Kibakis government for corruption. President Kibaki and his supporters viewed the criticism as an endorsement of Raila. Since then, Obama has kept mum over Kenyas political developments.

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As Jefferson Struggles, Rainier Turns the Tide

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Outside pressures, such as economics, federal rules, impact a troubled schools future

Part two of a two-part series
080605seaprincipalrainier_300_02When word came last November that Seattles Rainier Beach High School was off the needs improvement list, Principal Robert Gary Jr. at the goading of jubilant students walked right down to the waterfront and jumped into Lake Washington wearing his suit and tie.
In Portland, Jefferson High School is, in many ways, a mirror image of Rainier Beach High: comparable student under-enrollment in a large, expensive facility;

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TO THE EDITOR: On education in Norway

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

DEAR EDITOR,

LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING YOU OVER YOUR EFFORTS TO HELP AFRICANS GET EDUCATION IN ORDER TO HELP THEIR CONTINENT.
I DID NOT KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU EXISTED ONLY UNTIL THIS WEEK WHEN I VISITED YOUR WEBSITE – THANK GOD.

FOR SO MANY YEARS I HAVE REALLY HAD A QUEST FOR FURTHER STUDIES BUT SCHOOL FEES HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE OBSTACLE AS YOU KNOW WITH AFRICAN YOUTHS.

I’M A UGANDAN STRUGGLING FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND I HOLD A DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE IN JOURNALISM WHICH I ACQUIRED IN 2004 AND SINCE THEM I HAVE TRIED ALL MY BEST TO ADVANCE MY STUDIES BUT IN VAIN.

I HAVE PRAYED DAYS AND NIGHTS TO GET SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY BUT MAY BE THIS IS THE ONE THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR ME.

PLEASE, HELP GET ME ANY INSTITUTION WHERE I CAN DO MY FURTHER STUDIES IN JOURNALISM, DEVELOP COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC RELATIONS OR HUMAN RESOURCE AND ANY RELATED FIELDS IN NORWAY.

SIR PLEASE ASSIST ME BECAUSE I ALWAYS BELIEVE JOURNALISM PLAYS A GREAT ROLE IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY THROUGH THE STORIES AND PICTURES WE BRING TO THE PUBLIC.

I REALLY NEED TO HELP MY CONTINENT AND MY HOPE RIGHT NOW AS I WRITE SHALL BE UPON YOU TO HELP ME ACCOMPLISH MY STUDIES.

By MOSES OKILE EBOKORAIT

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Letters to the editor

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

A journey for a 100 miles starts with a step,

Of course we know that Raila is a ceremonial prime and there is nothing he can do, he reports to the president just like the other ministers the only ministers who report to him are the ordinary wanainchi, his fanatics but who also at the same time are in the mercy of the police.

Until the constitution is changed which, we remain to be caged in the hands of the thieves. Who can tell me that they will agree to alter the constitution to there down fall?

Have a bright day,

Victor Simwa

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To my tribesmen instead of us focusing on Raila and Kibaki why don’t we focus on how the rich luos can develop Nyanza

James

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Partly agree with you.

It is time we focus on that but the question is are they willing to go the extra mile or are they puppets of the elite group, we should know that to develop there must be equal distribution of resources and how do we get ourselves to this level, changes first, to give us the autonomy.

Please not that this is not a luo affair only, I am not a luo, I am a Kenyan yearning for good life, the Raila, Kibaki factor comes in since they are the two principals holding Kenyans in there palm, they can determine if you are going to eat today or not

Give us the ideas in developing, when the elite are the determining factor.

Regards,

Victor Simwa

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TO THE EDITOR: A difference is a difference if it makes a difference

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

The so called coalition government can be compared to an iceberg on
the verge of disintergration, what is holding that eventuality is the
Kshs One million plus that MPS and ministers pocket everymonth. I
would be glad to be reminded of any tangible gains achieved so far in
the post Annan peace deal. May be we can talk of political salvos in
the “homecoming” festivals.

Some Kenyans seem to have a very short memory indeed! Barley four
months have elapsed since went through very trying moments,
nevertheles we continue to arrogantly squable over matters that could
have been solved with signing of Annan Accord.

Are these politicians really keen to see the country move forward? Do
they want not to push the country back to the path of bloodshed? My
judgement could be contested but all the indications justifies a
negative response to above questions.

Our politicians have failed us, they represents a huge national and
international liability. The damage they have done and keen to repeat
has been very costly and will remain costly for decades.

May God bless our country!

John Onyango

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Letters to the Editor

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

Bwana Nyadoto et all,

Nisemeje wandugu wapenze, ndio lipo kwa karatasi, yafaa litumiwe mapema – ngoja ngoja huumiza matumbo!!!!!

To suppress Democracy is to Delay Justice, Security and Peace. Kibaki and his GEMA Mafia have chosen to kill the hope of Kenyans by forceeven as the world try to intervene under humanity grounds to bring peace accord under burgain. President Kibaki and Team robbed Kenyans off their Democratic rights through the iron fist of DICTATORSHIP. They have decided to treat every Kenyans as their SLAVES whose survival is determined under their breath and as they will. The tactics played here is ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE which is punishable by all standards of judicial institutions of the world. He Kibaki and cronies denied Kenyan people off their rightful Godly annointed blessings to live and survive at peace, loving and caring for one another in the land He God gave them.

Take my word people, it is just a little while. Saddam Hussein, Taylor and them all, would have served them a good lesson. They have eyes but have decided not to see, have ears and have decided not to hear. Their eyes will be forced to see “kilicho mtoa nyoka pangoni”. WaKenya jamani msilale bado mapambano msichoke, Mungu jalali atawajalia.

Judy Miriga

USA

Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:55:40 PM
Subject: A DIFFERENCE IS A DIFFERENCE IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE: what is this ODM/PNU marriage?

Fellow Kenyans,

Anybody who went through education will agree with me that `a difference is only a difference if it makes a difference`. I have been following this marriage ODM/PNU is having with great interest, but I have not seen any difference this PNU/ODM marriage has brought to Kenyans. This marriage is full of mistrust and these people are not delivering anything concrete to the public apart from words. Ministers like Orengo or Ka jwang can not function well and freely without the president bullying them. Didn`t I hear that all the ministers are answerable to the prime minister? or those are just WORDS or propaganda for popularism or in luo `OWUORA`?. The other day Mrs. Karua had the courage to tell the ODM in their strong hold that NO AMNESTY TO YOUTHS DETAINED in Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western etc. Between Raila and Karua who is the boss?. I have been told and read that Karua is under Raila in rank, so how comes it that a junior goes as far as telling his boss in his ODM strong hold that what you are telling your supporters about the youths about freedom is rubbish they will face the law?. Or why are these coalition not sitting down to make up their mind and come out with one voice to tell us what they are doing with the detained youths instead of every minister, prime minister or president telling us their own stories .

Did we luos MISINTERPRET Raila`s role or function in this ODM/PNU marriage or not.

When I saw Kibaki signing the coalition agreement documents, he seemed almost human, but now the man looks that he needs a few drinks in him to behave like a human being.

The functions of the Kenyan government up to today has now showed us that there is number one/Kibaki/ and number two /Raila/. In the history of all man kind we do know that just a step or two a head of somebody in any race will always bring first place and second place. The first to reach the finish line is number one and second man is number two. My point is this in a race for anything, 100m, post etc. The person who takes second place is just the first LOSER. If some of us have not learned that then I am sorry for them. The present function of Kenyan government it looks as if Raila is functioning as a loser. PNU is only using him where there are difficulties otherwise they are doing almost everthing without ODM ministers. Kalonzo who was the third loser is even enjoying his position than Raila. He Raila SOLD his soul to the devils the day he agreed on over 40 ministers and over 40 assistant ministers, and soul is something you can not just buy back very easily that is the problem. The only thing Hon. Raila should do now is that he should STOP telling people that the coalition will work up to 2012, let him see the real truth and nothing but the truth so…..GOD help Kenyans. How can PNU function like this, they are already now talking about who will be who after Kibaki, are these people realy delivering. Well they will blame Raila again in 4 years time that the cabinet had a prime minister who delivered nothing so people do not need a prime minister. I do hope ODM do have plan B this time otherwise they are going nowhere.

Paul Nyandoto.

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Letter to the editor

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

Hello African Press, I enjoyed your article about the Obama-Odinga islamic political connection, so I write you saying that thequestions about the ancient meansused to determine the length of the egyptian royal cubit, and therewith, the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza,are now answered, as I have determined how they did it, according to the rate of the slow wobble of the earth’s axis, manifesting as the apparent movement of the constellations relative to the horizon (see article #2 under http://IceAgeCivilizations.com).

This explains how in factthe ancient Africans were master navigators, and why there is good reason to acknowledge the other evidences that “bronze age” humans werepreciselynavigating the globein search of mineral wealth, during the Ice Age,as the archaeological evidence clearly indicates. Read more about it all under the various categories at http://DancingFromGenesis.com, and I would be pleased and honoredtoconduct an email or phone interview with you to report at your fine blogsite. I look forward to your response, and keep up the good work.

Sincerely, James I. Nienhuis

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ODM AND PNU MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE

Posted by African Press International on June 6, 2008

Fellow Kenyans,

Anybody who went through education will agree with me that `a difference is only a difference if it makes a difference`. I have been following this marriage ODM/PNU is having with great interest, but I have not seen any difference this PNU/ODM marriage has brought to Kenyans. This marriage is full of mistrust and these people are not delivering anything concrete to the public apart from words. Ministers like Orengo or Ka jwang can not function well and freely without the president bullying them. Didn`t I hear that all the ministers are answerable to the prime minister? or those are just WORDS or propaganda for popularism or in luo `OWUORA`?. The other day Mrs. Karua had the courage to tell the ODM in their strong hold that NO AMNESTY TO YOUTHS DETAINED in Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western etc. Between Raila and Karua who is the boss?. I have been told and read that Karua is under Raila in rank, so how comes it that a junior goes as far as telling his boss in his ODM strong hold that what you are telling your supporters about the youths about freedom is rubbish they will face the law?. Or why are these coalition not sitting down to make up their mind and come out with one voice to tell us what they are doing with the detained youths instead of every minister, prime minister or president telling us their own stories .

Did we luos MISINTERPRET Raila`s role or function in this ODM/PNU marriage or not.

When I saw Kibaki signing the coalition agreement documents, he seemed almost human, but now the man looks that he needs a few drinks in him to behave like a human being.

The functions of the Kenyan government up to today has now showed us that there is number one/Kibaki/ and number two /Raila/. In the history of all man kind we do know that just a step or two a head of somebody in any race will always bring first place and second place. The first to reach the finish line is number one and second man is number two. My point is this in a race for anything, 100m, post etc. The person who takes second place is just the first LOSER. If some of us have not learned that then I am sorry for them. The present function of Kenyan government it looks as if Raila is functioning as a loser. PNU is only using him where there are difficulties otherwise they are doing almost everthing without ODM ministers. Kalonzo who was the third loser is even enjoying his position than Raila. He Raila SOLD his soul to the devils the day he agreed on over 40 ministers and over 40 assistant ministers, and soul is something you can not just buy back very easily that is the problem. The only thing Hon. Raila should do now is that he should STOP telling people that the coalition will work up to 2012, let him see the real truth and nothing but the truth so…..GOD help Kenyans. How can PNU function like this, they are already now talking about who will be who after Kibaki, are these people realy delivering. Well they will blame Raila again in 4 years time that the cabinet had a prime minister who delivered nothing so people do not need a prime minister. I do hope ODM do have plan B this time otherwise they are going nowhere.

Paul Nyandoto.

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