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Daktari carefully ducked my question on Kimunya

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Daktari, Jairus and Judy,
The case is steadily being built for why the coalition government is a pipe-dream. Last week I stated my reasons for thinking these are two separate and unequal governments. What’s going on now is a classic example of that. You see theOdinga government trying to do the right thing. You see the Kibaki government going all out to retain a corrupt official. It’s despicable. That said, I’m still of the opinion that building this case is a sound way to proceed. We have to raise the temperature in Kenya in a calibrated way, push it toward a boiling point in a manner that seems logical and thoroughly considered.
It’s important to remember that when the Prime Minister came into a coalition with Kibaki, it was to pull Kenya back from the brink of a disaster. Some people disagreed with that approach…andI understand why they did. But I also believe that the Hon Odinga acted in good faith. As we move forward, going toward the one year mark, he is well aware that Kenyans will look back at the closing year and ask questions. At that point the good people of our country will have ample evidence to build a solid case against the continuance of this sham of a coalition, and indeed a case to pass a vote of no confidence in Kibaki.
I must sound a warning, however, that if we acted in haste and seemed like we were eager to walk out of this coalition, the PNU will be the side to build a case against us. Because when all is said and done, we are playing to the audience in Kenya on the one hand, and the international community, on the other. So while we keep the pressure on the actors on the ground, let’s be mindful of the pace of events.
Judy, I loved the exhibits. I also noted that Daktari carefullyducked my question on Kimunya. Bwana K’Onyiego, I think you and I will get our answer to this question when we visit the good doctor in Europe.
Sam O. Okello
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Locals amused by Gingrich’s ‘misguided’ praise

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Norwegian government leaders and environmentalists alike are all but scoffing over some unexpected — and unjustified — praise doled out to them by American arch-conservative Newt Gingrich.

Environmental activist Frederic Hauge said he really wondered who Newt Gingrich had been talking to in Norway. “Certainly not the fishermen,” Hauge said, noting their longstanding opposition to oil drilling and sonar exploration.

PHOTO: OLE MAGNUS RAPP


Norway’s environmental minister, Erik Solheim, was also quick to rebut many of Gingrich’s conclusions about Norwegian oil drilling.

PHOTO: STIAN LYSBERG SOLUM/SCANPIX


Newt and Callista Gingrich while in Norway last month.

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Gingrich, the former Republican leader of the US House of Representatives, recently spent six days with his wife on board one of the coastal voyage vessels known as Hurtigruten. He then concluded that Norway is a “case study” of what he calls “green conservatism.”

Gingrich extolled the beauty of Norway’s scenery and wildlife, while exclaiming over Norway’s role as one of the world’s largest oil and gas exporters. He claimed on a blog last month that Norway had “struck a remarkable balance between respect for the environment and energy independence,” while becoming a “leader” in offshore drilling for oil and gas. He wrote that the US has “a lot to learn” from Norway.

Gingrich didn’t mention that most all the drilling takes place far from the coast, mostly in the middle of the North Sea, and is strictly regulated if not prohibited in scenic areas or close to shore. It’s also highly restricted in environmentally sensitive areas like the Barents Sea.

Nor did he mention any of the ongoing conflicts between the oil and gas industry and the country’s fishing industry. Norwegian seafood interests have been battling not only drilling but most recently, the sonic testing being carried out by oil exploration vessels, because fishermen claim the sonic disturbance underwater is scaring off fishing stocks.

The tourism industry, meanwhile, is quick to protest any attempts of drilling close to shore, not least in the area around the scenic archipelago of Lofoten.

Gingrich, notes Norway’s environmental minister Erik Solheim, is simply trying to pull Norway into the American election campaign on the side of Republican candidate John McCain.

“Oil drilling at sea is very controversial in the US, and this is just a strategy to make drilling more palatable along the US coast,” Solheim told newspaper Aftenposten.

‘Gingrich is making a mistake…’
Solheim, a member of Norway’s Socialist Left party, says the US “absolutely has a lot to learn” about basing policies on mutual confidence between the various sides of an issue. “But Gingrich is making a mistake if he thinks oil exploration in Norway takes place without regulation,” Solheim said. “It’s precisely the regulation we have that’s contributed to the Norwegian offshore activity being as clean as it is.”

Frederic Hauge, the high-profile leader of environmental group Bellona, also took issue with Gingrich’s misguided claim that Norway “has relatively few laws, regulations and government agencies that govern offshore drilling.”

“I really wonder who Gingrich has been talking to up north,” Hauge said, chuckling over the American Republican’s claims. “If (Gingrich’s blog) makes any impression in the US, we’ll need to get a hearing in the US Congress to inform them about the realities here.”

It was in part the oil spills off the coast of Santa Barbara, California several decades ago that led to US prohibitions on offshore drilling. Given the bans on drilling off California and Alaska, “maybe it’s us who needs to learn from the US,” mused Hauge.

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Knives out in kitchen cabinet – Kibaki’s agony has started because Kimunya has decided not to resign

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

When President Mwai Kibaki summoned embattled Finance Minister Amos Kimunya to State House, Nairobi on Saturday afternoon, there was widespread anticipation that he was going to be asked to step aside to pave away for investigations into the raging Grand Regency Hotel saga.

Justice, Constitutional Affairs and National Cohesion minister Martha Karua gets a hand while dressing in Maasai gear during Kajiado South MP Katoo Ole Metitos home coming ceremony at Oloitokitok on Saturday. The minister was among those who maintained that Finance Minister Kimunya should resign. Photo/PETERSON GITHAIGA

The fury of secret media briefings as the meeting went on was a clear indication that Mr Kimunya has more implacable and powerful rivals than the ones who humiliated him on the floor of the House earlier in the week and that those rivals are inside President Mwai Kibakis Kitchen Cabinet an informal grouping of presidential cronies from Central Kenya.

As it turned, Mr Kimunya walked out of State House at about 4 p.m. a relieved man, having survived another day, to face more battles in which his integrity has been questioned and his presence in parliament declared unwanted.

The infighting amongst the Presidents inner circle, described by one senior government official as bad blood and by a powerful Cabinet minister as sibling rivalry has left Mr Kimunya and his allies believing that he has been stabbed in the back, the Sunday Nation has learnt.

The war in the kitchen cabinet played itself out on Tuesday night when his presumed allies did not lift a finger in his assistance when the motion of censure came up for discussion before the House Business Committee, that day chaired by Deputy Leader of Government Business and Justice minister, Ms Martha Karua.

The revelations about infighting in the Kibaki circle came as Cabinet colleagues and members of parliament piled pressure on Mr Kimunya to step aside or be sacked pending investigations into Grand Regency saga that has gripped the country.

Such was the desertion of the Kimunya camp in the House that Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka could not get the votes to have the motion of censure moved to Wednesday. The VP could not even get the support of 15 MPs to demand a physical count of the votes on his motion of adjournment.

A source with good knowledge of Mr Kibakis closest associates told the Sunday Nation that political rivalries are about political supremacy in the Kikuyu tribe and the overall leadership of the so-called Mt Kenya region, which also includes Embu and Meru.

Mr Kibaki, who is not eligible for re-election, will be stepping down not only from the presidency but also from his presumed leadership of his region.

Those believed to be lining up to inherit his mantle, and possibly run for president, are Ms Karua, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Kimunya.

Ms Karua has some goodwill because of her spirited defence of Mr Kibaki during the post-election crisis and the subsequent negotiations during which she played a prominent role. She has made no secret about her ambitions and is now the chairperson of Narc-Kenya.

Mr Kenyatta, son of founding President Jomo Kenyatta, was the handpicked successor of retired President Moi and lost the presidency to Mr Kibaki in 2002. He did not oppose Mr Kibaki in 2007 and broke off from the Orange Democratic Movement to support him, possibly in the hope that he will run in 2012.

Mr Kimunya enjoys a close relationship with the President and his family, going back many years. He is also, in the view of some observers, the blue-eyed boy of the Muthaiga Group, an informal set of the Presidents wealthy friends. Mr Kimunya was once chairman of the Muthaiga Golf Club, the Presidents golf club, a useful networking position and something of an asset in the social pecking order.

Prof George Saitoti, believed to be a calculating and inscrutable politician, is also waiting in the wings for his chance to run.

On Saturday, a Cabinet minister recounted to the Sunday Nation how Mr Kimunya was set up by his presumed allies a day before the crucial debate.

The previous day, we held a meeting in the Vice Presidents office in which it was agreed that Kimunya was to sit back and let others come to his defence. They would respond on his behalf especially if the debate on the motion assumed political overtones, a source who attended the Jogoo House meeting said.

Mr Kimunya, the Sunday Nation learnt, was shocked to see that it was only the VP who stood with him arguing that debate on the motion be postponed to the following day to allow the government side more time to prepare.

Even as Mr Musyoka argued for more time, a number of ministers watched the show from the comfort of their seats, never once choosing to catch the Speakers eye and support the VP.

It is instructive, observers say, that the House Business Committee, in which senior members of government sit, approved the Kimunya motion even though the same government needed more time to prepare a defence.

The meeting was chaired by Ms Karua, who is the deputy leader of government business in the House. A committee member who did not wish to be named said that the business of prioritising the censure motion was not opposed by anyone at the Tuesday evening meeting.

Cabinet ministers Uhuru Kenyatta, George Saitoti, Beth Mugo, Chirau Mwakwere and Ms Karua remained glued to their seats as the debate raged.

It was only on Friday that Mr Kenyatta issued a belated defence of Mr Kimunya. I have not seen Kimunyas name in the report and we should not conduct Cabinet affairs in the media, Mr Kenyatta said.

But Narc Kenya, the party chaired by Ms Karua, has instead demanded a full disclosure over the saga.

As Ms Karua kept to her seat on Wednesday, another Narc Kenya stalwart, Danson Mungatana, rose and confounded observers when he supported the motion.

Kimunya sat there expecting that there would be someone to start off his defence but there was none, the Cabinet minister who did not wish to be named said. Thats when he realised that there was a political battle going on and his opponents had found another opportunity to get at him.

On Saturday, Ms Karua , the acting Narc Kenya boss, said her party stood for transparency and accountability. She also became the first member of the Kibaki inner circle to call for Mr Kimunyas resignation.

Our position still remains and we shall continue to be vigilant whenever the law is flouted. Since Kimunya has been mentioned in the sale of the Grand Regency, which is said not to have been above board, he should step aside pending investigations, said Ms Karua.

There are others pointing an accusing finger at the beleaguered minister or shouting to protect him yet they too have cases pending in court. Let them be warned that their cases are very much on course, said Ms Karua who is also the minister for Justice, Constitutional Affairs and National Cohesion.

The minister was addressing residents of Loitokitok during the homecoming ceremony of Kajiado South MP Katoo Ole Metito. Others present were Security Minister Saitoti, assistant ministers Joseph Nkaissery, Mungatana, Peter Kenneth and Asman Kamama. The others were MPs Walter Nyambati, Njeru Githae, Gideon Konchella, Jamlek Kamau and former Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara.

Prof Saitoti, who typically shuns controversy, steered clear of the Grand Regency saga. Instead he concentrated on mending fences with Mr Nkaissery, with whom he shared a chopper.

It was Mr Nkaissery who set the stage for the call for Mr Kimunyas resignation when he said: If Kimunya has been implicated in corruption, the honourable thing for him to do is to step aside to pave way for investigations or else he be sacked. We have nothing personal against him but for the sake and integrity of the coalition government and the country at large, Mr Kimunya must go, he said.

Mr Mungatana said that as a party, Narc Kenya had, during its recent retreat in Naivasha, resolved that Mr Kimunya be investigated. He said the party has nothing personal against Mr Kimunya.

He then turned his guns on Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta for defending the Finance minister.

Let the minister be informed that what Parliament has passed cannot be reversed. If anything, Mr Kenyatta was in Parliament when Kimunya was being censured. With all the time allocated why didnt he utter a word? It is the country, through Parliament, that spoke, said Mr Mungatana.

Safina leader Paul Muite is, however, of the view that Kenyans should not read politics in the saga and Mr Kimunya should carry his own cross.

There can never be collective responsibility or community interests where plundering of public resources is concerned, Mr Muite said. He said the President should no longer procrastinate in sacking Mr Kimunya because it would suggest there is something to hide.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi downplayed claims that the grand coalition government was under threat due to the Grand Regency saga.

Mr Mudavadi said the government could not be immediately threatened by issues affecting an individual.

Co-operatives minister Joe Nyaga also asked Mr Kimunya to step aside to facilitate investigations into the matter.

If I was in the same position as the minister, I would step aside to facilitate investigations, he said.

The minister, who spoke in Nairobi during the Ushirika Day celebrations on Saturday, said the government should not be seen to be tolerating corruption. He said the grand coalition government would not fail just because there were disagreements among cabinet ministers over certain issues of national interest.

Water and Irrigation minister Charity Ngilu called for the dissolution of the grand coalition government to make way for fresh elections if President Kibaki does not sack the Finance minister. The terms of engagement of this grand coalition were not to condone corruption, the minister said.

Cabinet minister Otieno Kajwang demanded Mr Kimunyas resignation and criticised the statement by Mr Kenyatta that MPs acted like a lynch mob during the censure motion. The Immigration and Registration of Persons minister told his cabinet colleague to respect MPs and desist from imputing improper motives on his parliamentary colleagues.

At the same time, Mr Kajwang challenged Mr Kenyatta to explain to the public why he did not defend Mr Kimunya and make the wild claims on the floor of Parliament during the debate.

It matters not whether the President or the Prime Minister or the Attorney General were aware about the secret sale, what is most important to us is: did Mr Kimunya follow the law or not? Mr Kajwang said.

Mr Mungatana also criticised Mr Kenyatta and said: Let Uhuru be told that what Parliament has passed cannot be reversed.

Siakago MP Lenny Kivuti, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade chaired by Mr Chris Okemo, said: Although Mr Kimunya is my friend, he should step aside to allow Kenyans to know the truth.

NGO council chairperson Orie Rogo Manduli said Mr Kimunya should step aside and save President Kibaki the agony of sacking him.

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Graft claims: Eyes turn to Kibaki

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Three battles President Kibaki and his team fought between 2003 and last year could hold the answer to the strings of graft claims that have dogged him to the final term. Elected on the platform of change and anti-corruption in 2002, nearly six years later and his administration having inherited Kanus master of white collar crime Mr Kamlesh Pattni, eyes are today firmly on Kibaki.

Mr Kamlesh Pattni at the handing over of the Grand Regency Hotel, Nairobi, to the Government on April 9.

PICTURE: FILE

The questions begging for answers revolve around what he possibly knew about the Anglo Leasing and the Grand Regency scandals, and if at all they were linked to his tussle with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Sources familiar with the Presidents circle and the Grand Regency saga say it might have been conceived during a trip Kibakis nephew the late Alex Muriithi made to Libya in 2003.

That trip is said to have marked the beginning of a clash between official and private functions, which dovetailed into scandals like what has put Finance Minister Amos Kimunya in a spot.

Discreet interviews within his circle, those familiar with his troubles with Raila on being elected President in December 2002, reveal the dalliance with suspect deals by some of his key backers could have a direct bearing with a scheme to slow down the Langata MP.

The second reason for which some of his key advisers walked right into the jaws of the corruption monster, many of whom have been edged out to save the President further embarrassment, is a decision Kibaki and his team reached in 2003 a second term in office.

Sources familiar with the decision reveal in Kibakis circle it was not a question of if we win but when we win.

The strongest indicator of how resolute the decision was came from Mr John Githongo, Kibakis first and last official adviser on the graft war, who fled to exile saying he was a hunted man, being asked to slow down on anti-graft war. He blew the lid on the resolve to organise resources for the 2007 General Election “the Kanu way”.

Thirdly, and for which the constant factor was the unrelenting desire to contain Raila after purging Kanu and retired President Moi with his help, the thirst for victory in the November 2005 referendum on the proposed constitution, which Kibaki lost badly.

The three political programmes, whose common denominator was retention of State Houses tenancy, is reported to have triggered the thirst for slush fund to oil the victory machine. “If Moi had 24 years in office, we surely must fight for 10,” is reported to have been the line spurn inside his circles in as far as the election last year was concerned.

The question that will persist right into the post-Kibaki era, is his place in the weighty schemes that shook his Cabinet and for which he kept silent until his lieutenants started falling.

Today the nation waits either embattled Finance Minister Amos Kimunyas resignation, to pave way for investigation into the controversial sale of the Grand Regency Hotel, or the sight of Kibakis hand pushing him to the sideline. But Kimunya, who had first said the deal not only had Kibakis seal of approval, but also the Head of State negotiated it with President Muammar Gaddaffi on a visit to Libya.

Already the Presidents inner circle, through Deputy Prime Minister, Kanu chairman Uhuru Kenyatta, and Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti, have fought the graft claims so much on the composition of the Cabinet sub-committee Raila appointed to look at the sale, than on the fact that there was no competitive tendering at all.

Uhuru and Saitoti watched silently as Kimunya was humiliated during the successful Motion of no confidence against him in Parliament on Wednesday.

For Kibaki first was the Sh7 billion twin Anglo Leasing scandals that brought to ruin the political career of Dr Chris Murungaru and his friend and Permanent Secretary from the Makerere days, Mr Joseph Magari.

It also gave pushed to the precipice two Cabinet members and friends from the Democratic Party days Mr David Mwiraria and Mr Kiraitu Murungi and his second Vice-President Moody Awori.

Today, apart from Kimunya, the axe is on the necks of four senior public servants who enjoy security of tenure. They include Attorney General Amos Wako, who Kimunya claimed was briefed on the sale, but denied knowledge of it.

There is also Kenya Anti-Corruption Commissions director Justice Aaron Ringera, considered close to some of the Presidents men, and who traded amnesty for Pattni for the hotel built on unpaid Central Bank loan.

There is also CBK Governor Njuguna Ndungu whose institution was the vendor in the Grand Regency deal, and who conceded before the committee it was triggered by external influence.

Presidents Libya visit

Finally, there is the Director-General of National Intelligence Security Service Maj-Gen Michael Gichangi, who Njuguna is reported to have told the Cabinet sub-committee, linked CBK to Pattni on possible sale.

Given the sensitivity of their roles in government and frequent interaction with the President, to the personal level, questions abound whether they could have pushed such a big government programme without telling the President.

Behind the veneer of an independent and apolitical Public Service, several senior civil servants, including Gichangi, who gave the President intelligence briefs all through, are claimed to have made their institutions extension of the Party of National Unitys campaign tool. That is why on the sidewalk the Grand Regency sale is being whimsically dismissed as campaign fundraiser for Kibaki. The claim, however, remains unsubstantiated.

The pursuit of the three programmes of containing Raila, winning the referendum, and securing Kibaki a second term at all costs, saw the Presidents associates hit the road, and one of the destinations was Libya. Tripoli, Kibakis associates reasoned, would support Raila because of his shared revolutionary streak with Gaddaffi. The first overture therefore came from the Kibaki circle (through Muriithi) and the bait is reported to be Gaddaffis secret desire to own hotels, albeit discreetly in African capitals.

After Anglo Leasing, which was conceived by Kanu (after Goldenberg), but nurtured and milked by some well-connected individuals in Kibaki administration, the Libyan connection further yanked open doors for impunity in the Kibaki administration.

Those familiar with the Grand Regency saga claim it began way back in 2003, but was sealed last September when the President visited Libya.

The escapade and search for funds are coming together, in Kibakis second and final term. How he handles them will determine the Presidents legacy.

His first term created sharp national divisions; with claims his administration sanctioned tribalism and nepotism. But he was sustained by a contested notion the economy was growing and life was getting better.

President Kibakis second term began with streams of blood and thousands of lives lost as his re-election was being contested. The economic growth was slowed down by post-election violence.

Should the scandal take political dimension as it is beginning to, the President will be in for another turbulent five years which may only worsen when succession battles take off in earnest.

Indications are that like in his first term, Kibakis Cabinet is getting split between those seen to be fighting corruption and those abetting it.

It emerged in 2003 that Muriithi visited several countries, approaching governments to solicit investment and business opportunities for Kenya outside established channels.

Another man, a Mr Joe Kamau, whose name was listed alongside the late Muriithis in the 2003 trip to Libya, has resurfaced in the Grand Regency saga, but the bearer of the name remains unknown.

Muriithi, who invariably introduced himself as Alex Kibaki, styled himself as an official emissary of the Kenya Government, although relevant ministries remained in the dark about his quasi-official activities.

In mid-2003, Muriithi traveled to Libya, armed with an official letter from State House, introducing him to Gaddaffi, which authorised him to “make serious contacts” with Libyan investors.

The letter to President Gaddaffi said Kenya had appointed Mr Joe Kamau and Mr Alex Muriithi who was also referred to as a nephew of the President and head of the then Narc secretariat “to spearhead efforts aimed at attracting Libyan investments”.

Rwanda connection

The two businessmen were also said to have visited Rwanda and Uganda. Muriithi and Kamau were in Rwanda in October 2003 where they announced an unspecified group of local investors were planning to sink USD$60 million (Sh4.6 billion) in Rwanda in 2004.

The first and probably the only attempt to unravel what was going on in the Grand Regency saga came in April, when the PM wrote to the KACC, seeking answers.

In the letter dated April 25, just a week after being sworn-in, the PM, saying he was concerned over media reports that Pattni and his company, Uhuru Highway Development Ltd, had surrendered the hotel. The PM wanted to know the status of the receivership accounts relating to the hotel, status of pending civil suits against Pattni, surrender and transfer documents, among others.

Former MP Paul Muite, a lawyer, yesterday said that in asking for the status of receivership accounts, the PM, in ordinary language, wanted to know what the receivers had been doing at the hotel.

He also wanted to know what they had been paid, how much they had collected and how much they submitted to CBK. “Today, no one is explaining what has happened to the money the receivers have been collecting from the hotel. There is even no evidence the Sh2.9 billion the Finance Minister is quoting to have been the price has been submitted to the Government accounts,” Muite said.

In asking for terms of settlement, Muite said, the PM was seeking to know “what precisely Pattni, CBK and KACC had agreed on”.” KACCs response to the PMs letter came more than a month later and was scarce on details.

On June 6 Mrs Fatuma Sichale, KACC deputy director, wrote to the PM saying KACC was, “initially minded not to respond” to his letter, because “the same was copied or availed to the media”.

The letter only confirmed that Grand Regency was “recovered” from Uhuru Highway Development Ltd, and handed over to the CBK. She also enclosed a copy of the settlement.

In the KACC letter, there was no mention of how much the receiver- managers had collected, where it went and that the hotel was being sold.

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Discussing politics

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

To Sam Okello,

While I appreciate your comments, there is one point I dispute

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“I must sound a warning, however, that if we acted in haste and seemed like we were eager to walk out of this coalition, the PNU will be the side to build a case against us. Because when all is said and done, we are playing to the audience in Kenya on the one hand, and the international community, on the other. So while we keep the pressure on the actors on the ground, let’s be mindful of the pace of events.”

Any Politics must be timely withcorresponding speed. If you slack you will slake and will getconsumed and be destroyed. For this Kimunyacase at hand, and in this circumstance, the story is overdue. It is about time for action.

Kenyan political wrangle story started way back from Tom Mboya (read on here under) –

it is an ongoing strategy by the Gema Mafia. We now know from reliable evidence

that many of our young generation have been bought by the Kikuyu to sing a different

song without knowing they have been crafted on the scheme of Gema Mafia designed

plan. Some of our young got drunk with the money dished out to them in pretense

they should team fornew youngleadership. These are their listed strategy

we knew about before election. Theyhave the youthfinanced or sponsored for

leadership yet they are clueless of the past history and have not engraved to study

the wisdom of the older generation group, so they can journey in a fortified security

details knowing where we are coming and where we are goingas well aswhat hurdles

are on the way. They cannot go it alone without blessingsfrom the older folks. The

young therefore will be an easy catch.Here is where our young will unknowingly fit with

and become victims of the GEMA Mafia machination and game plan. They will be

used to destroy their older generation folks and term them old fashioned.

Having said that, I urge you to love and care for your older folks, dont be in a hurry for

leadership, step by step reinforce your knowledge and understanding and join the

older folks as interns, pick it from there. Share your thoughts and trade in with those of

your own, be open to them, otherwise you will destroy your community. Dont became Judases, avoid it if you can.

Many will not want to hear my story and will dismiss it immediately, but many will

take a moment to digest what I shared with you today to recline to a fortified strategy,

and yet there are those who have eaten, have a bone stuck on their neck will have to execute their mission come rain come sunshine -will, with an instant, start to throw tantrums at me a turbulent I am familiar with – a case in point is Kabila some rumours

say was compromised to kill his father so the young can take leadership. Again its all

playing in the masters tune. The mission still unaccomplished.

Ladies and Gentlement, young and old, money is not everything. Don’t get drunk. Stay

sober and learn from past experiences. Wisdom is calling give it your ears and you

will be blessed even to your generation to come.

By Judy Miriga, USA

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API

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Vs: RE: Raila will go down with Kibaki & Kimunya if he does not go public and denounce Amos Kimunya now

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

K`Onyiego & Sam, Okello

PLEASE MARK ME RIGHT, DOCTORS TREAT CIVILIANS, PRIESTS, ROBBERS, THIEVES, MURDERERS, CHILDREN, RAPERS, SOLDIERS, ARMY, ENEMIES ETC. EQUALY AND GIVE THEM THE BEST TREATMENT WHICH IS AVAILABLE NO MATTER WHAT THEIR OFFENCES ARE, INNOCENT OR GUILTY. BUT THE POINT IS THIS, MURDERS, THIEVES; ROBBERS, RAPERS (CRIMINALS) ARE ACCOMPANIED BY POLICEMEN or PRISON POLICE WHEN THEY ARE SICK AND ARE BEING TAKEN TO THE DOCTOR, FURTHER MORE IN HOSPITAL BEDS THEY ARE TIED, AND WHAT IS GOOD IS SOME GET THEIR TREATMENT IN PRISONS, or PRISON HOSPITALS, INCASE THE COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE PRISON HOSPITAL. THEN AFTER TREATMENT THEY ARE TAKEN BACK TO WHERE THEY BELONG TO SERVE THEIR TIME, PAY BACK FOR THEIR MISTAKES. WELL WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT!!!!!?.

OR YOU THINK WHEN A ROBBER; OR A THIEVE IS BEING TREATED BY A DOCTOR, THEN IT IS THE SAME AS FREEDOM MR. AMOS KIMUNYA IS NOW ENJOYING. I HAVE COMPLETELY FAILED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR LOGICS OR POINT AT ALL GUYS. CAN YOU ELABORATE FURTHER AND TELL ME HOW A SICK THIEVE TREATED BY A DOCTOR IS CONNECTED TO MR. AMOS KIMUNYA WHO IS FREE LIKE A BIRD AND MIGHT LEAVE THE COUNTRY ANY TIME OR HAS ALREADY LEFT WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY OR WHEN BECOME SICK WILL GET THE BEST MEDICAL ATTENTION IN THE WORLD WITHOUT SERVING HIS PRISON SENTENCE.

BY PAUL NYANDOTO

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There are now Kenyans claiming that the team appointed by Raila to investigate Kimunya was not just in conducting their function and are just a group of ODM who are trying to undermine Kibaki

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Thanks Judy,

Did any of you guys read the Kenyans news papers (05.07.2008) about, Kibaki, Uhuru, Kimunya and some PNU lots. I am completely beaten up about our Kenyan politics. There are now Kenyans claiming that the team appointed by Raila to investigate Kimunya was not just in conducting their function and are just a group of ODM who are trying to undermine Kibaki. Some do say the team was appointed without Kibaki`s knowledge. Why should Raila contact Kibaki when conducting such an investigation. The other turn is this: there were kenyans who were demonstrating in support of Kimunya. The worst thing is that the giants who robbed Raila of the presidential seat (michuki, Uhuru, Kalonzo, Saitoti, Kibaki) are again now supporting Kimunya , God where is Africa heading to….is it heading to hell or what?. Is this the type of reconcilliation Raila is telling us to do?

The west are already becoming tired with the type of politics some Kenyans are trying to play . A lot of kenyans lives depend on donors and investors and at the moment the country can not conduct proper government businesses unless Kimunya`s case is finished. Some western countries have already started even doubting the opposition leadership in Africa. A practical example is Museveni, who cheated them, got power, used western money to irradicate AIDS, talked good words about democracy and has now made himself A LIFE PRESIDENT OF UGANDA JUST AS MUGABE HAS DONE IN ZIMBABWE, SO GUYS WHO TO TRUST in Africa if the guys who want to lead are not ready to prove themselves?. Some of African public (people) are directly or indirectly connected with creating monsters dictators in Africa, this is already clear to the western world, and the western countries are directly saying these words today: BE CAREFULL OF WHAT YOU DO WISH FOR, AFRICANS WISHED FOR INDEPENDENCE and THEY GOT DEPENDENCY ON THE WEST FOR HELP SINCE THEY CAN NOT LEAD THEMSELVES TO ANY PROPER PROGRESS etc…….

Paul Nyandoto.

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Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Four persons who arrived in Oslo without any identity papers were mighty surprised when police later confronted them with the remnants of their passports found after sifting through the contents of their flight’s toilets.

Here’s one of the reconstructed passports, remnants of which were found in an aircraft toilet.

PHOTO: POLITIET

“It was a real dirty job,” remarked one of the police officers assigned to the case.

The four would-be refugees, all from India, had claimed they had no passports or other identification documents. They applied for asylum in Norway upon landing at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen.

Police were suspicious, however, and searched the cabin of the flight they’d landed on, looking for the missing documents. When they weren’t found, they ordered that the aircraft’s septic tank be emptied.

It was, and the contents were delivered to police. A police officer handed the messy job of sorting out the contents quickly found remnants of four passports that had been ripped up and thrown down the toilet.

After a few hours, the police officer managed to fit the pieces together, complete with photos of the all four, their passport numbers and the names of each. The names matched those on the airline’s passenger list.

“They were very surprised when confronted with the remnants of their passports when they tried to register for asylum,” said Farhad Lotfzadpak of the police unit at Gardermoen.

All four later disappeared, however, from the asylum center where they’d been sent, before their cases came up for interviews.

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President meets Kimunya as PNU plots fight back

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

By Gakuu Mathenge

Besieged Finance Minister Amos Kimunya on Thursday afternoon met President Kibaki, whom the nation is expecting to shove him aside if he does not budge to pressure to resign.

Censured by Parliament, disgraced by political critics and accused of corruption in the manner in which he handled the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel, Kimunya has refused to resign or step aside to allow for investigation into the saga.

He has stood his ground he is innocent and challenged his critics to produce evidence there was something sinister in the deal with a company registered in Kenya, but which the minister claimed the Libyan Government owned.

Kibaki met Kimunya as it emerged the storm which has split the Cabinet, with only one member defending him, as Parliament dressed down, has begun following the predictable fault line of Party of National Unity (PNU) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Beneath the veneer of the raging storm, over which ODM leader and Prime minister Raila Odinga appointed a committee to investigate and report to the Cabinet, is claim within the Kibaki circle it is a scheme against the President and PNU ministers. A handful of demonstrators, who staged street protest in Kimunyas name in Nairobi on Friday said as much.

The news unfolded as another tricky matter cropped up in relation to how to deal with senior public servants mentioned adversely in the deal but who enjoy security of tenure in office. They include the Director General of the National Security Intelligence Service Maj-Gen Michael Gichangi.

Reports claim Central Bank officials named him as the one who introduced the Kamlesh Pattni dimension in the controversial sale.

There is also the Kenya Anti-Corruption chief Justice Aaron Ringera who traded amnesty for Pattni in exchange for the hotel built with public funds, and whose ownership he had fought in court for 15 years.

Then there is the Governor of the Central Bank Prof Njuguna Ndungu who as the vendor once the hotel was restored in CBKs hand, negotiated and witnessed the sale agreement. Finally, there is Attorney General Amos Wako, whom Kimunya has claimed was in the know, but who has denied involvement, and gone ahead to chair the Cabinet sub-committee on the suspect deal.

After Thursdays Cabinet meeting that was to discuss the sale and the storm in has caused from within its circle, it became clear the controversial sale presented peculiar challenges for Kibaki and Raila. Their sackings or suspensions would take lengthy and convoluted processes of investigations and tribunals.

On the other hand if Kibaki lets Kimunya go, the backlash in his backyard could be that he is a fence sitter who does not defend his own. On the other hand, if Raila does not succeed he could be accused within ODM of being a lame-duck PM. Both have to navigate tricky waters, without appearing to condone graft, especially one swirling around Pattni of the Goldenberg notoriety.

At the same time, the common denominator in the labyrinth that is the Goldenberg and its related projects, Pattni has to be dealt with somehow.

Kimunya is said to have put up his case before Kibaki only a day after Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in him and the committee appointed by Raila on Wednesday, and headed by Wako, recommended his resignation.

Propaganda and misinformation

Sources say Kimunyas argument to the Head of State was that the accusations against him were based on propaganda and misinformation by ODM wing of the Grand Coalition Cabinet.

Under great pressure from Cabinet colleagues, Parliament and civil society to step aside, Kimunya said his Cabinet colleague James Orengo, misled the country when he claimed Grand Regency Hotel had been sold to Kenyans, and not a Libyan company. He added Libyan Arab African Investment Company was an old company with diverse interests in 25 African countries.

Kimunya also accused his ODM-Kenya Cabinet colleague Mutula Kilonzo of lying by claiming the hotel was sold to Pattni for Sh4 billion in 1993.

“The sale agreement between the administrators of the late Aslam family and Pattni, and which is certified by Kilonzo, show Grand Regency and another property in Naivasha were sold for Sh730 million in 1993. Kimunya has since challenged Kilonzo to substantiate his Sh4 billion claim, a source reported.

Kimunya is also said to have claimed Kilonzo had bones to grind with him over differences over the sacking of former Central Bank governor Dr Andrew Mullei, who was his client.

Kimunya further claims the due process was not followed because he was not given a chance by the Wako committee to give his side of the story.

Kimunya is also said to have faulted the Prime Ministers inclusion of Orengo in the Wako committee, saying as the complainant, it was against the rules of natural justice to expect Orengo to be fair to him.

Besides Orengo, Kimunya has since challenged Raila, Wako and Ringera to deny they were not in the know, “before I can make further comment”.

Senior members of PNU and ODM-Kenya by the Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, which included Cabinet ministers Prof George Saitoti, Mr John Michuki, and Kilonzo, met the President on Thursday in State House Nairobi between 10am and lunch hour. It is understood they decided to back Kimunya and disregard the Wako committees recommendations and the vote of no confidence. Kimunya went to State House after 2pm.

According to sources, their argument was the Wako committee was appointed without proper consultation, “because the President was away”.

“They also felt the committee met for only one afternoon, recommended a Cabinet minister should resign, leaked their recommendations to the media before reporting back to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. They did not give the minister a chance to defend himself. They interviewed the head of the National Security Intelligence Service after they had written and made their recommendations public,” a source said

It was only after the State House meetings that Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, issued a press statement on Friday, dismissing the calls for Kimunyas resignation as lynch-mob tactics.

“I have to be honest and ask, what has been stolen, by whom, and from where? I have perused the documents and I cannot see Kimunyas name anywhere,” Uhuru said, in an apparent turn, after watching silently as Kimunya was taken through a humiliating vote of no confidence in parliament.

Uhuru was in Parliament on Wednesday, but he did not speak to oppose the censure Motion.

Kimunyas mother party, Narc-Kenya, disowned him, when organising secretary and Assistant minister Danson Mungatana, supported the censure Motion.

Mungatana was seen to have followed the partys line as announced by interim Chairperson and Cabinet minister, Martha Karua last Saturday that, “the party supported transparency and accountability in the handling of public affairs and property.

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Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

By Douglas Okwatch The isolate and crush tactics Americas Criminal Intelligence Agency used to alienate Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in favour of Tom Mboya (TJ) and then tame Jaramogi Oginga Odinga have been deployed against Prime minister Raila Odinga.

Founding president Kenyatta and Tom Mboya at Lancaster House, London in 1962.

Today, 39 years after a lone gunman shot Mboya dead in Nairobi, evidence of CIAs role in TJs meteoric rise and how this later planted the seeds for his assassination is almost incontrovertible, The Saturday Standard can reveal.

How this ideology was effectively used to consign Jaramogi and later his son Raila to a near perpetual life in the Opposition has also come out.

Fresh details show that the fate of Raila and that of his father, the doyen of opposition politics, may have been sealed as early as June 1965. A heavily bankrolled CIA spy machine, initially deployed to prop up TJ, while keeping Kenyatta in check, spurned the plot.

By labelling him demagogue, a tag that would follow him through his entire political career, a large chunk of which he spent in the Opposition, the isolation of Jaramogi had begun. The Readers Digest Illustrated Oxford Dictionary defines demagogue as a political agitator appealing to the basest instincts of a mob. This portrayed Jaramogi as primitive and violent. “Odinga and the demagogues are out of the office. The men moving up are unemotional, hardworking and practical minded,” is how an excerpt from an undated issue of the Ramparts, which forms part of an assortment of previously top secret materials now declassified, refers to Odinga.

This was soon after Jaramogis powers, as the Presidents principal assistant, were clipped through a constitutional amendment forced through by Kenyatta. It is believed the move was touched off by CIA, which had laid the ground for successive governments to cast Odinga as a pariah.

The stage for future selective profiling of his son by successive governments had also been set.

It can be recalled that Raila, now PM following a power sharing deal brokered by former UN secretary general Dr Kofi Annan to stop post-election crisis, was also labelled dangerous by President Kibakis Party of National Unity. The Ford-Kenya chairman Mr Musikari Kombo, who claimed the initials of Railas Orange Democratic Movement, stood for One Dangerous Man, also bandied around this tag.

The Langata MP is also said to attract mania (extreme enthusiasm and admiration) and phobia (intense fear) in equal measure, at least according to former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa.

Americans ideology

But his detractors have equated this near cult following that he enjoys to demagoguery. Over the years, scaremongers seeking to curtail his ascendancy have created the impression that he appeals to mobs.

The 2007 smear campaign script may as well have been pulled out of the bag of Mr William Attwoods, the US ambassador to Kenya at the height of the CIAs isolate and crush policy.

It seems a paradox the US should have been responsible for the dissemination of this ideology. Its enduring legacy is that it sowed the very first seeds of intolerance and dictatorship in Kenya.

Mboya at his wedding with Pamela.

Today, the CIA may no longer be the vanguard agency. But the momentum in the ideology that was set in motion continues. The Ramparts, an American political and literary magazine published in the 1960s and 1970s but was shut in 1975, adds that there is even continuity in the personnel that fostered it. Ramparts forms part of previously top secret materials on the assassination of Mboya stored at the Kenya National Archives. The materials have since been declassified.

The real plot against Mboya and Odinga began in June 1964, when Attwood met with Kenyatta, according to Ramparts. It was agreed that Western labour groups stop funding Mboya and his Kenya Federation of Labour (KFL) movement.

“For balance, Kenyatta assured him that Russian and Chinese aid to the leftist leader, Vice President Oginga Odinga would also end,” Ramparts reports indicate.

Simultaneously, the CIA was making appropriate shifts in its operations, throwing its resources into a new kind of vehicle, which would embrace the Kenyan political mainstream, while isolating the left and setting it up for destruction by Kenyatta.

In one of its most revealing excerpts, Ramparts reveals how Attwood, at the instigation of the CIA, encouraged Kenyatta to move against Odinga, cementing the deal he had negotiated with the Americans. “The Constitution was revised to strip Jaramogis vice presidential office of its powers; his post in Kenyattas political party was eliminated, his trade union base (competitive with KFL) reorganised out of existence.”

When he resigned in protest, he had just signed his own passport to political limbo. Odinga had successfully been shut out. Inadvertently, the script for future presidents and how to deal with their opponents had been written.

It may, therefore, begin to become clearer why Thomas Joseph Mboya had to die, why Jaramogi Oginga Odinga would spend the rest of his life in the Opposition even after Kenyattas demise, and why Raila is where he is today. In a word, successive independence governments quickly adopted this ideology.

In the book Raila Odinga: An Enigma in Kenyan Politics, Dr Babafemi Adesina Badejo, Railas profiler, traced the journey of the PM as he negotiated the treacherous political terrain of post-independence Kenya.

In a review of the book, Dr Jeremy Matam Farrall of University of Tasmania, Australia, appreciates that Kenyas recent history read like a Shakespearian tale, full of dramatic intrigue, intricate conspiracies and king-making plots. He only fails to add thanks to the CIA

The book reveals how the political scene came to be dominated by two figures in particular Jomo Kenyatta, the countrys inaugural President, and Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, who was Kenyattas successor.

Tyrannical era

Kenyatta and Moi held sway for four decades, from Independence in 1963 till 2002.

When political pluralism knocked on the door, Kenyatta and Moi used all the tools at their disposal to consolidate power and marginalise political opponents, Farrall states in his review. He says that Kenyatta pursued policies that turned Kenya into a de facto one-party state under the control of the Kenya African National Union (Kanu), while Moi went a step further, by passing a law that made Kenya a de jure (by law) one-party state.

Political rivals therefore had to join Kanu or risk being imprisoned for dissent. But throughout these tumultuous times, brave individuals and groups continued to struggle, at considerable personal cost.

Like Mboya and his father, Raila had to fight various damaging and isolationist political labels like dangerous and communist, battles whose foundations had been laid by the CIA. Raila has been branded communist because he was drawn to socialist activism during the Cold War.

Under Kanu Raila was repeatedly subjected to this isolate and crush policy, which persisted throughout the 1980s, making him one of the harshest critics of the Moi regime. He was detained over his role in the abortive 1982 coup and was no stranger at the notorious Nyati House torture chambers.

Later as Kanus reign edged to a close, Raila first embraced Kanu before a bitter fallout forced him into an alliance with President Kibaki under the National Rainbow Coalition.

Systematically, sidelined by yet another President, Raila campaigned against Kibakis proposals for constitutional reform, securing a resounding No! vote in the November 2005 referendum.

Badejo explored Jaramogis and Railas Luo heritage, describing the manner in which their ethnic origins both furthered and restricted their nationalist political ambitions. In so doing, the book illustrates how ethnicity has often been employed as tool of fear and divisiveness to prevent challenges to the power of the dominant Kenyan political elite.

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Now Orengo puts Kibaki on the spot, but Deputy PM Mr Kenyatta has a different opinion

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Kenyas chief executive was on Friday shoved to the centre of the irregular sale of Grand Regency Hotel. Lands Minister James Orengo and a government-owned human rights watchdog asked President Kibaki to act on the matter arguing that the buck stops with him.

Demonstrators wave placards in Nairobi on Friday in support of Finance minister Amos Kimunya. Photo/JAMES NJUGUNA

Mr Orengo asked the President to sack Finance Minister Amos Kimunya, who is at the centre of the scandal.

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Orengo said President Kibaki should act if Mr Kimunya does not resign.

Heads in sand

The Executive and we, as members of the Cabinet, cannot bury our heads in the sand when there is constitutional crisis. The buck stops with the President, he said.

His call came as police dispersed a demonstration in support of Mr Kimunya in Nairobi.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta also defended the Finance Minister saying that he was being subjected to a lynching mob.

Police used tear gas to break up pro-Kimunya demonstrators led by politician Stanley Livondo.

They accused the MPs baying for the ministers blood of not being in a position to cast a stone on the issue of corruption.

But speaking in Mombasa, Anglican Bishop Julius Kalu said the only way thorough investigations could be conducted into the affair was for Mr Kimunya to leave office.

There is no way conclusive investigations can be carried out when he is in office and that is why we are calling upon him to step aside, the bishop said.

If he knows that he is clean, then he should not fear stepping aside … others have done that before and have returned to office once they were cleared, he said.

The bishop was speaking at the Mombasa Memorial Cathedral soon after the funeral service of retired bishop Crispus Nzano.

Mr Kimunya has been steeped in controversy for the past two weeks after Mr Orengo blew the whistle on the sale of the five-star hotel to Libyan Arab African Investment Company Kenya Ltd for Sh2.9 billion.

The pressure for Mr Kimunyas resignation culminated in Wednesdays passing of a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

In another development on Friday, a Malaysian firm, Westmont Holdings SND.BHD, which had offered to buy the hotel 10 years ago for Sh2.2 billion went to court to reinstate a case that was dismissed to pave way for the sale of the hotel to the Libyans.

Stopped the sale

On Friday, Mr Kimunya reported to his office in Treasury Building and insisted that Prime Minister Raila Odinga should have stopped the sale the moment he learnt of it.

The Prime Minister should say what he did with the information he was given unless that office is toothless, he said.

He told the Saturday Nation on phone that there was no evidence against him and the Cabinet sub-committee formed by Mr Odinga did not summon him before making recommendations that he should resign.

The recommendations are just in the Press. They have not reached the Cabinet and I wonder who is fooling who, he said.

He accused past Finance ministers who were calling for his resignation of having done nothing during their tenure at the Treasury to resolve the Grand Regency saga that has haunted the government for the past 15 years.

At his news conference, Mr Orengo said the no-confidence vote in Parliament cannot be wished away.

The ministry is nearly equal to the Presidency, it cannot remain vacant. Now that the minister cannot transact business on behalf of the Government in Parliament and even with donors, I appeal to him to step aside or the executive should crack the whip, said Mr Orengo.

He said the PM acted by seeking the intervention of KACC and the Cabinet committee on Finance and Economic Administration, which indicted Mr Kimunya.

And the vice-chair of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Ms Florence Jaoko-Simbiri, said President Kibaki had promised that none of his ministers would be spared if allegations of graft were levelled against them.

We remind the President that he said that this would happen whenever allegations of corruption arose, she said.

Mr Kimunyas conduct in the transfer of the Grand Regency Hotel is in clear breach of the Public Officers Ethics Act and the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, she added.

Others who were recommended to step aside include the Governor of Central Bank, Prof Njuguna Ndungu, the Director of National Security Intelligence Services, Major Gen Michael Gichangi and the secretary of the CBK board, Mr Kennedy Kaunda Abuga.

Mr Orengo said there will be no collective responsibility on matters of corruption. The minister produced letters showing he acted right from the day he was informed the hotel was sold to Libyans up to the time he ordered for the caveat to be imposed on the title blocking any further transfers or use of the title to secure a loan.

The minister promised to ensure that the transfer of the title is cancelled.

Speaking separately on Friday, Mr Kenyatta said no one has tabled evidence on the wrongdoings Mr Kimunya committed over the sale of the hotel.

The Trade minister said due process should be followed to gather evidence against Mr Kimunya to establish whether he was guilty or not before he is accused of any impropriety.

If money has been stolen, where is the evidence? Mr Kenyatta asked at a news conference at his Nairobi office.

It is wrong to accuse and lynch someone without evidence. What if facts come out and he is found innocent?

Reports by Kenneth Ogosia, Kaburu Mugambi, Mathias Ringa and Sam Kiplagat

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Why “the blue eyed boy of Zimbabwe” Tsvangirai chose the Dutch embassy for refuge

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

President Jammeh of The Gambia has given a new name to Tsvangirai. He calls him “the blue eyed boy.” He told journalist on arrival from AU summit that Africa should support Mugabe.(API)

Story by PETER MWAURA
On Monday, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai left the Dutch embassy after an eight-day sojourn. Announcing his departure, the Dutch government said he was always welcome back.

Mr Tsvangirai had sought protection at a diplomatic mission because, he said, he felt unsafe at the hands of President Robert Mugabes security forces.

But why the Dutch embassy? There are 28 foreign missions in Harare, 11 of them African. And under international law, any diplomatic mission is regarded as inviolate foreign territory. The host country has no legal reach to any of them.

However, Mr Tsvangirai knew that while all embassies are inviolate, some are more inviolate than others, depending on power relations.

The Dutch embassy was not the nearest mission from his house, and fear for his life was not the only consideration. He had no qualms about moving out of the embassy temporarily on the fourth day of his asylum to hold a press conference to appeal to African leaders to guide talks to end the Zimbabwe crisis.

Seeking refuge at the Dutch embassy was clever and calculated propaganda. His Movement for Democratic Change party first made a request for refuge.

It was only after Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said it was all right that he moved in.

Asked why he chose to hide in the Dutch embassy, Mr Tsvangirai told the Saturday Nation: I would have gone to any other. He was being economical with the truth.

He knew, in his heart of hearts, that he had to take refuge in the mission of a power willing and capable of making President Mugabe sing small. The Dutch mission was an excellent choice in the circumstances.

The Dutch embassy was representative of the European Community. As a mission, it was doubly inviolate; EU member states consider all acts perpetrated against one or more among them as committed against all.

Mr Tsvangirai also knew that his hideout had to be politically correct. Though all Western missions were capable of calling Mr Mugabes bluff, not all were politically correct. Britain, the United States and Australia, in particular, were not.

These are the Western powers that President Mugabe accuses of being Mr Tsvangirais handlers and paymasters.

These powers and their uncompromising dislike of President Mugabe and support for Mr Tsvangirai, are what President Mugabe uses to dazzle fellow African leaders and to fill his supporters with admiration for his political stand.

So Mr Tsvangirai chose to hide at the Dutch embassy as much for its protection as for its less damaging propaganda connotations.

He could not have chosen the British, the American or the Australian mission without vindicating Mr Mugabes claims. Winning minds and hearts, both at home and abroad, is part of Zimbabwe political game.

Mr Tsvangirais spokesperson, George Sibotshiwe, milked Mr Tsvangirais act of hiding in the Dutch embassy for all it was worth. Yes, he said, Mr Tsvangirai was fleeing from soldiers who wanted to kill him.

His boss, he said, had received a tip that soldiers were on the way to his home on the Sunday of June 22, after he had announced he was pulling out of the June 27 presidential run-off poll against President Mugabe.

The moment you have soldiers coming your way, you just run for your life, he said rather matter-of-factly. The only way he can protect himself is to go to an embassy.

But, propagandawise, that was not a clear win. Some of his supporters thought he was hiding when he should have been leading his troops.

On the other hand, the government-controlled Herald newspaper quoted the commissioner-general of police, Augustine Chihuri, as saying that Mr Tsvangirais appeal to the Dutch for protection was a desperate attempt to besmirch the election of June 27.

We believe the latest development is an exhibitionist antic intended to provoke international anger and mustering of sympathy from his handlers, he said.

We therefore declare that Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is under no threat at all, he added, urging him to go home and enjoy his sleep and nothing will happen to him. Zimbabwe is a peaceful place.

Earlier, ruling Zanu-PF party spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira denied the existence of any plan to kill Mr Tsvangirai, saying that the allegation had no foundation whatsoever, except in his own dreams.

The Tsvangirai disappearing trick, apart from disheartening some of his supporters, also laid bare media bias and manipulation.

On June 25, for example, the British newspaper, the Guardian, published a commentary by Mr Tsvangirai, which called for international troops to intervene.

But Mr Tsvangirai disowned it, saying that it did not reflect his opinions regarding solutions to the Zimbabwean crisis. The newspaper later removed the article from its online version. So who placed the article in the Guardian?

Perhaps only historians will be able to put the Zimbabwe crisis in its proper perspective.

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Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Story by KENNETH OGOSIA

Retired President Daniel arap Moi took advantage of the 1982 coup attempt to introduce the one party rule with dictatorial tendencies, a former permanent secretary said on Friday.

Ms Margaret Chemengich told a workshop organised by the African Research and Resource Forum at a Nairobi hotel; The coup attempt disrupted the countrys economic and political affairs but strengthened Mois authority.

The former PS, who is the executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said Mr Moi concentrated power in the executive and used the constitutional amendment that made Kenya a one-party state to further his dictatorial principles.

The government then muzzled civil society and closely monitored such bodies by the State agents, Ms Chemengich said, adding that the Moi regime demobilised civil society organisations where even self-help groups were made part of government sycophancy.

She said that dictatorship during the Moi regime was counterproductive as it made international donors replace the state with non-government organisations.

Ms Chemengich said the failure by government to implement donor funded projects led to NGOs technically replacing the government.

The NGOs became more vocal as they occupied the development space and aggressively tackled the issues of governance. The civil society activities led to the repeal of section 2A in 1991 and heralded the birth of multi-party era, Ms Chemengich said.

Civil society

She delivered a hard hitting lecture that got her a standing ovation by the top African scholars at the conference. She said the State was opposed to activities of religious organisations and strengthened its power by co-opting labour unions and self-help groups into the ruling party.

However, the Narc government pushed many NGOs out of their jobs because democracy and human right abuses improved tremendously.

Civil society organisations suffered a big blow as donors recognised the new regime more than the NGOs.

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Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Mugabe was elected president legally, says Gambian leader

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Wednesday that Robert Mugabes re-election was legitimate since there is nothing in the Zimbabwe constitution to make the election of a president illegal if the contending opposition party withdraws.

Speaking upon his return from the African Union summit in Egypt, Jammeh told journalists on arrival at Banjul airport that it is clear that the re-election of Mugabe to a sixth term \”is valid.\”

He said the AU summit showed African leaders working for the continent\s interests and those who are for the West.

He said those representing Western interests came to the summit with \”the pronouncements of major Western mediabut they have regretted it.\”

He had harsh words for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whom he called the blue eyed boy and puppet of the West, stressing that Zimbabwe shall never be colonized again. He said he agreed with Uganda President Yoweri Musevenis point that an election cannot be free and fair when the opposition is backed by external forces to destabilize a country by launching attacks on ruling party supporters and using NGOs to influence the election.

Jammeh said Mugabe can only accommodate nationalists and patriots in a unity government who have their country\s interest at heart.

However, the decision for that lies with the government and people of Zimbabwe, he said.

He also pointed to contradictions in Western policy condemning the situation in Zimbabwe and keeping mute over violently conducted elections in two African countries, which he did not name because the governments involved were pro-West.

He blamed the west for the sufferings of the people of Zimbabwe, not Mugabe, just because of their desire to effect a regime change to have their own puppet in power.

Calling on Africans to learn a lesson from this, Jammeh said the West simply think that they can dictate to Africans \”and this is not acceptable.

He went on to say, Africans should stand for Zimbabwe. After all, what did the West do for Africa?”

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Botswana will not sever relations with Zimbabwe, says foreign minister

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2008

Despite being at the forefront of the condemnation of the Zimbabwe elections and criticisms of President Robert Mugabe, the Botswana minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani said here Thursday that his government has no intentions of severing ties with its troubled neighbour.

Speaking in Gaborone, Skelemani said Botswana has more in common with Zimbabwe than distant nations such as Italy, which recently recalled its ambassador from Zimbabwe.

Skelemani said even though Botswana did not recognize the results of the June 27 presidential run off but he said the minimum dispensation that could rescue Zimbabwe from its current turmoil was a government of national unity.

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