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Letter to the Editor

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

CBK APPOINTMENTS NOT ON MERIT

Kenyans,
In my opinion the problem is that CBK appointments are not meritbased. Mr. Nyangito is an agricultural economists with no priorexperience in monetary and fiscal affairs, why should he be at the CBK? There are so many capable Kenyan Economists with Fiscal amd
monetary expertise to manage the institution.

Competence of those folks at the helm of CBK is highlyquestionable.Any serious economist can detect this, the researchdepartment is quite dormant. Globally central banks are knowledge
factories in country specific macroeconomic and financial marketsissues and do have have active and relevant knowledge creatingresearch departments. At the CBK, they value desk officers!

John Onyango
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Seychelles Tourism Industrys

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Editorial by Mr Alain St Ange

It is important for the Seychelles Tourism Industrys E-News to spend time in this issue to mention the new developments in the country in the move to redress the economy of our Country. The Tourism Industrys Association was privileged to have a meeting with the IMF Delegation who are in Seychelles to assist with the restructuring efforts. We can confirm that the meeting was interesting and frank. The Chairman of the Association and his delegation commented, after leaving that the meeting, that he had a feeling that the will to solve persistent issues was today present. The Tourism Industry supports the efforts being made to get our economy back on track. This commitment was echoed to President James Michel when Representatives of the Tourism Industrys Association and the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industries met with the President at State House on the 28th August. Read more on this meeting. Another meeting that saw the participation of the Tourism Industrys Association was one called by the Ministry of Environment to discuss the increases in Garbage Collection. The Association appreciates that no such services should be subsidized, but continue to echo our feeling that fairness and transparency must exist when increases of 300% is being imposed as will happen effective 1st October this year. Read more on this meeting and on the Industrys call for the phasing out of a monopoly on such a service and for the tendering of such a service to ensure the country is obtaining the best service for the best price.

This issue carries an interview with the CEO of Air Seychelles. It was important for us to meet with Air Seychelles and understand their difficulties at the same time as we updated ourselves on their strategies in place. We want to thank Dr Rajiv Bissessur, the CEO of Air Seychelles for taking the time to answer our questions. We all appreciate that Air Seychelles remains a critical player for the countrys Tourism Industry and we needed to echo this feeling to all the Industry Players through the words of Air Seychelles in an interview. Read more on this interview. Our Interview with Air Seychelles follows the Seychelles Tourism Marketing Meeting held at Labriz Resort on the island of Silhouette this last August. The Seychelles Tourist Board must be congratulated for having again called on the Trade to play a part in the planning of the Marketing Strategy for Seychelles for 2009. The Country will benefit from this feeling of togetherness and unity for purpose. Read more on this meeting and on the different meetings held at the Associations Secretariat with the Seychelles Overseas Representatives.

This marketing meeting ended just before the Conde Nast writing that but nowhere in the world can beat Seychelles for scenery (a picture-perfect 100) in its Readers Survey for Favourite Island and for having two Seychelles Resorts in their list of top 20 Resorts in Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean. North Island came out as 5th in the ranking and Denis Island at 19 in the Top-20 hotels of the world in CNTraveller 2008 Readers’ Survey. Congratulations to these to private islands for making us proud. Read more on this Conde Nast Report.

In this issue we are also taking time to present three of our Members who have undertaken major upgrades of who have been completely rebuilt, or who has a New General Manager creating a difference for his property. Read more on Labriz Silhouette, Allamanda T-Club Resort and on Beachcomber Sainte Anne Resort.

Ms Jenifer Sinon, the Industrys Association new CEO has started publishing as from this issue an analysis of the statistic figures for visitor arrivals. She brings out a short brief of our figures. This will be developed further as Ms Sinon settles in. Read Ms Sinons notes.

Face-a-Face programs on our National Television Station are enlightening and we support this initiative. The couple of Programs on the economy was to the point and reflected the new approach that will reorganize the economic structure of our country. We nevertheless want to echo our disappointment with the program on Tourism Policy. The Industrys Association was not asked to be represented and views aired did not reflect the whole industrys concerns and aspirations.

Again in this issue let me thank you all for your encouragement and for all your support. You continue to reconfirm to us that our resolve to be the mouthpiece for our industry is right. We also again thank all those advertising in the industrys publication. You continue to make it possible for us to continue to publish the Tourism Industrys E-News. For your information previous issues of our E-News can always be viewed on http://www.seychelles.net/sha/ . This issue, we can confirm to you, will be sent to 10,350 subscribers directly from Tourism Industrys Secretariat.

As we have said before, the Tourism Industrys E-News remains a publication of our Countrys Tourism Industry for our Countrys Tourism Industry. Use it and make it work for you by forwarding it to all you know.

Sincerely,

Alain St.Ange

Editor

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Letters to the Editor on Luo circumscision in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

To Jairus K’Onyiego

You are not making sense. Are you cut? And the fact that you worship a white God who demands more tithes that ministry to the soul doesnt amaze me. We are not stupid and the fact that only 25% of the world population is circumcised seems not make sense to you.

If circumcision was the panacea you know that swaziland could be having the lowest HIV figures. Tanzania could not be having more Waha, Kuria and Nyamwezi infected more than anybody else. Lets not argue like some semi literate buffoons. If you feel ashamed that your tribe is being chided with circumcision, kill yourself.

From Alai

On 9/17/08, Jairus K’Onyiego <jairuschurch@yahoo.com> wrote:

To Ya All,
There is no science involved in cutting out the foreskin of a Penis. Neither is there science that Kenyans are dying en mass out of ignorance on failingto face the issue of primary cause of the spread of the HIV virus, which isSEX.

In this modern day world where people still hide behind ignorance and end up finding a thousand and one excuses as to what is ailing them, other than theHIV virus, and while they still engage in sex with multiple sex partners,trying to prove the “African Manhood” (the stronger or the powerful one is he who can sleep with as many beautiful women as his money can afford him) we are still in for a very long journey. We already know damn too well thatin every five women or men one must be carrying a “MDUDU” or has developedit. So why would an individual still be engaged in this “Sports Sex”, knowing damned too well that, by the time he /she runs through the fifthwoman/Man he/she will have been exposed to MDUDU.

As long as we do not change our mindset, then MDUDU is still going to keep sending our men/women to the grave just as propshesied in the book. Deuteronomy 28:20. You shall be rebuked by the father and he shall curse youwith desease to ravage you to the grave. Luke 18:20 tells you that you knowthe commandments. Follow them. It is what wil save you from the wrath of Yah-weh.My take is that the most important thing that we need, is education and orawareness of these circumstances. Stupid habits must go.Secondly Culture is not stagnant and those Jaluo “Kers” must be amendingsome of these cultures to be in tandem with the present day life.

As for those who are ignorant and still do not understand the Genesis of Circumcision and “TERO MON”, I would urge you to turn to the Holy Book, which is the History of the Black Man for thousands of Years. I also askthem to tell me Why a JALUO would still practise TERO MON as was commanded
> in the Bible, but yet refuse to Circumsise as the laws given to Moshe ourforefather by Nyasaye otherwords called Yah-weh at got Sinai?

If you are in doubt, then right to me so that I can quote to you the Books and phrases where these are written in the Bible.

From K’Onyiego

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Minister scoffs at press reports

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<By Jeff Otieno, Kisumu-Kenya

Ndhiwa member of parliament who is also an assistant minister for internal security Joshua Orwa Ojode has dismissed claims in a section of the press that his political graph was fast diminishing ahead of the forthcoming Orange Democratic Movement partys (ODM) grassroots elections.

I have no time exchanging in the press with political novices operating on the streets of Nairobi, whoever wants to gauge my political might should wait until 2012, he thundered on telephone.

A group which he described as amorphous has been engaging the MP in endless press battles at the expense of his Ndhiwa voters.

Mr Ojode caused laughter during a recent colourful fundraiser in aid of three churches where a staggering Kshs 4 million was raised with his personal donation of Ksh1.2 million.

Where are these paper tigers now that we are fundraising, he gloated amid laughter from the crowd.

In an interesting turn of events Ojodes rival Mr Ted Odero who unsuccessfully contested for the Ndhiwa seat in the last elections threw his weight behind the minister.

The people of Ndhiwa are tired of political rhetorics let us rally behind Ojode for development during his tenure, Mr Odero said during a separate telephone interview.

Meanwhile, a Nairobi based communication expert Eng Job Ndege over the weekend helped to raise Ksh100,000 in aid of Manyatta Baptist Church.

Ndege who is the General Manger of ALSAT Company Limited gave a personal donation of Ksh25,000. During the occasion the Eng appealed to the local MP Shakeel Shabir to fulfill his last general election pledges if he is a gentleman

On education, he urged the community to shun girl child abuse which is rampant in the area adding that he will team with other development partners to facilitate on sensitization to eradicate the negative trend.

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Kenyan avocados banned – Trade war between Kenya and South Africa

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Commodity News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo

A trade row between Kenya and South Africa is reportedly simmering following the failure to resolve an administrative barrier that has seen Kenyan exports to the regional powerhouse shrink drastically over the last week.

The Business Daily a Kenyan businesses journal has reported in its Tuesday edition.

At issue is what Kenyan exporters consider a non administrative trade barrier that has virtually blocked avocados from accessing the Kshs 150 million a year market in the Republic of South Africa. That country has instituted the measure saying the product posed a fruit fly threat to the country.

Since the ban was imposed in April last year Kenya has lost 80 percent of its fresh avocado exports going down the to South.

The South Africas imports inspection body raised the phytosanitary issues which Kenya exporters see as a form of protectionism.

Although the partial ban was attributed to a fruit fly threat, the CEO of the Fresh Products Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Dr.Stephen Mbithi said fruit flies affect avocados from all African countries and did not warrant such punitive action.

Avocado export are big business fro Kenya accounting for Kshs 2.2 billion in direct export annually pwerte is the leading export variety followed by Hass

South Africa alone imports fresh avocados worth Kshs 150 million annually which are mainly used in the foods and cosmetics industry 80 per cent of exports to South Africa represent Kshs 120 million in earnings which have been lost due to trade barriers.

The ban, according to Business daily, a publication of the Nation Group of Newspapers is now raising eyebrows as some players in the trade see it as an illegal way of protecting the South Africa avocado industry.

Exports say that the South Africa government has been known to resort to non-tariff trade barriers as a way of protecting the industries from external competition

They are breaking into agreement because they are trying to protect their industry by banning imports, said Dr.M.Mbithi.

However, the South African government may be legally using a provision in international l trade laws that allows countries to institute trade barriers in certain circumstances international laws allow countries to protect themselves from hazardous imports that threaten their crops and this is what the south Africans government has used, said Mr. Edward Maina of the Horticultural crop Development Authority marketing Manager. South Africa is also a major producer of avocado with most of its exports going to Europe.

However the avocado industry in South Africa is said to be seasonal due to the pressure of very cold winters, leading to very low production. The production season for the country avocados is only yielding between March and October.

Kenya on the other hand enjoys the equatorial climate and avocado trees in the country produce all year round accounting fro a big percentage of horticultural exports.

Main production areas around Mt.Kenya and the North Rift. The country exporters are now working with the Agricultural and Trade Ministries to resolve the issue.

Kenya phytosanitary institution ,the Kenya plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) has been working to have avocados exports to South Africa have been affected since some exporters have started adding value for their avocado exports by extracting oils from them and exporting it.

we have been affected by the ban since we export extracted avocado oil only a Mr.J.Patel from Sunny processors Ltd.

Value addition fro avocados have been catching on the export industry for the last five years since it started.

After the EU the USA is the second most important importing market for avocados with a local consumption is 700g/capita and rising.

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Letters to the Editor: Circumscision of the Luo community is vital says PM Raila

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Re: PM acts on thorny ‘cut’ issue – Financial Support to Marshall attendees

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In as much as I would want to agree with you, the Luo must look at this thing with some keenness,

Culture has never been static, and the many communities in the world have ways of doing their things. The people of Moses and Joshua had a way of doing their things as opposed to Ramogi and his people.

Before the white man came to Africa with the Bible on the left hand and the gun, yes, the gun on the right side, we had our own ways of reaching out to our Gods. The white man brain washed us to only believe that their God was the only true God to be worshiped by all.

We became converted into their ways and with that, get engrossed also into their mess. The purity with which we lived with each other got eroded and we assumed some sorts of behaviour that was alien to our fore fathers.

It is then that we started missing the track.

We discarded the Luo culture of removal of the 6 lower teeth as modern science came up with better means of managing the lock jaw disease. Other modern ways came into being. I do not contest all the modern ways that came to our advantage. But I do contest modern science that has been proved ineffective.

Examples abound, and figures do not lie, that only a small percentage of the people whose things have been cut are immune to the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

In Kenya, we have proof that having your thing cut is no panacea to HIV/AIDS. What is, is your behaviour and conduct. If you are as randy as a bull, your days on earth are as numbered, whether your thing is cut or not.

Allocation of AIDS money in Kenya also tend to be over concentrated in other regions other than Nyanza. And yet, the reverse should be the case. Why do we give bigger votes to those whose things have been cut, if the argument for the cut is that it reduces the rate of infections?

We must not engage in double standards with our lives. Being cut does not minimize HIV/AIDS. What does is faithfulness to your spouse, or remain celibate.

Odhiambo T Oketch
Komarock Nairobi

— On Tue, 9/16/08, Jairus K’Onyiego <jairuschurch@yahoo.com> wrote:

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 8:43 PM

To Ya All,
There is no science involved in cutting out the foreskin of a Penis. Neither is there science that Kenyans are dying en mass out of ignorance on failing to face the issue of primary cause of the spread of the HIV virus, which is SEX.
In this modern day world where people still hide behind ignorance and end up finding a thousand and one excuses as to what is ailing them, other than the HIV virus, and while they still engage in sex with multiple sex partners, trying to prove the “African Manhood” (the stronger or the powerful one is he who can sleep with as many beautiful women as his money can afford him) we are still in for a very long journey. We already know damn too well that in every five women or men one must be carrying a “MDUDU” or has developed it. So why would an individual still be engaged in this “Sports Sex”, knowing damned too well that, by the time he /sheruns through the fifth woman/Man he/she will have been exposed to MDUDU.
As long as we do not change our mindset, then MDUDU is still going to keep sending our men/women to the grave just as propshesied in the book. Deuteronomy 28:20. You shall be rebuked by the father and he shall curse you with desease to ravage you to the grave. Luke 18:20 tells you that you know the commandments. Follow them. It is what wil save you from the wrath of Yah-weh
My take is that the most important thing that we need, is education and or awareness of these circumstances. Stupid habits must go.
Secondly Culture is not stagnant and those Jaluo “Kers” must be amending some of these cultures to be in tandem with the present day life.
As for those who are ignorant and still do not understand the Genesis of Circumcision and “TERO MON”, I would urge you to turn to the Holy Book, which is the History of the Black Man for thousands of Years. I also ask them to tell me Why a JALUO would still practise TERO MON as was commanded in the Bible, but yet refuse to Circumscise as the laws given toMoshe our forefather by Nyasaye otherwords called Yah-weh at got Sinai?
If you are in doubt, then write to me so that I can quote to you the Books and phrases where these are written in the Bible.
By K’Onyiego
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Kenya: Agreeing to disagree in politics while looking at the Moi era

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

With the benefit of hind sight, I can now effectively respond to the article by George Nyongesa on President [Rtd] Moi.

In so responding, I want to play the devils advocate and praise Moi for having led Kenya in those 24 good old days. George says that Moi ran down our economy, I beg to differ. Under Moi, people had money. The social places were active and Kenyans were alot more friendly because they could spend.

In the 24 years that Mzee Moi was President in Kenya, he kept the prices of all, yes, all essential commodities at affordable prices. Not once did even Bunge La Mwananchi members have any reason to demonstrate on account of high and unaffordable prices of food items.

Between 1978 and 2002 when we ejected Mzee and replaced him with the current one, the price of Unga went up by only Ksh 22.00. In 1978, Unga was selling at Kshs 2.40, while in 2002 as Mzee was leaving office, Unga was retailing at Kshs 25.00.

Compare that to what Unga is retailing at now; Kshs 85.00, a price that made George and other colleagues demonstrate on account of high food prices. If I were to be asked who between the two I would vote for now, readily, most people, I included, would vote overwhelmingly for Mzee Moi.

If Moi could manage to maintain such prices of basic items at that low price, what do you have to say of his economic management? Who between him abd Kibaki has brought down the economy of the country down?

If in 24 years, the prices of essential items increased at less than a shilling per year under Mzee Moi, then what do you say of astronomical increases of basic items under our current economic genius? I bet Kibaki has got it all wrong on the economic front. Or is it just strategic?

George talks about tribalism. I bet in 1975 he might not have been around to see what tribalism was. All spheres of the Kenyan body politics and state corporations were headed by mandarins from the same region. But when Mzee Moi came to the scene in 1978, he came up with regional balancing. He made all his appointments based on regional balance. His regional balance in most cases did not come in with corresponding merit. But all the same, most regions were well represented in his administration.

Then Kibaki came in in 2002, and immediately took Kenya back to the pre-Moi times. Public service became the immediate preserve of the chosen few from the one tribe. I really doubt if George is able to see what goes on now, even under the presumed Government of National Unity.

On the corruption front, Mzee Moi fared on modestly. The kind of scums Kenya witnessed under Moi in 24 years are child play compared to what we have gone through as a country under Mzee Kibaki. Kenya is yet to come to full terms with the truth behind Anglo Leasing.

As we marvel at this, the current ongoings at Central Bank of Kenya are such massive issues that Mwatela had to be removed. If there is one administration that know how to play Public Relations as it loots the countries coffers, then this is it.

The country has been such massively looted that the cost of leaving has become unbearable. When you think about the children who are exposed to this kind of life, you shudder with rage at how they will cope up.

The Kibaki adminstration is making Kenyans to resort to crime for survival. The Kibaki adminstration does not care at all about the plight of the ordinary mwananchi. Our children are growing staring at crime and prostitution as the best option in life.

Look at the level of phornography that the country has seen under Mzee Kibaki. We have to be truthful. Life is absolutely bad under Mzee Kibaki. Our kids are such exposed to bad ways that in their role models, they see thieves, pimps and charlatans; people who thrive in disobeying the law, and nothing happens to them. They are instead lofted to higher office.

Is this the kind of society we want for our children? A society where role models are lacking? A society where thieves thrive in their ways? A society where the high and the mighty are a law unto themselves? A society where the police engage in blatant crime? A society where justice is denied to the deserving?

No.

Come to the prices of fuel. What did Moi get right for all those 24 years that Kibaki has failed on completely. When Mzee Moi left the scene, super was retailing at Kshs 38.00. 6 years down the line, the same super is retailing at Kshs 108.00.

I cannot, with the benefit of this history, blame Moi on the economy, tribalism and corruption. He was by far the better manager.

Kenyans have been killed in circumstances that defy logic. Pio Pinto, TJ Mboya, JM Kariuki, Bruce McKenzie, Kitili Mwendwa and others under Mzee Kenyatta. Then more Kenyans were killed; Robert Ouko, Horrace Ongili, and others under Mzee Moi. And yet more Kenyans have been killed; Odhiambo Mbai, Mugabe Were, David Too and others under Mzee Kibaki.

Between the three of them, who is a saint. Kenyatta has his fair share of explanations to do. So does Moi and Kibaki.

In the final day of judgement, God the Almighty will ask them; I gave you my sheep to shepherd, and on sunset, this number were missing under your watch. Can you account?

Repenting for some of these things is another thing. We have Bishops who have left the ways of God, yet every Sunday, they are the first ones in church.

What would you say about John Cardinal Njue who is running down the once vibrant and respected Catholic Church?

By Odhiambo T Oketch
Komarock Nairobi

— On Mon, 9/8/08, George Nyongesa <grnyongesa@yahoo.com> wrote:

Moi should repent for inhumanities Kenyans suffered under his rule!

I take great exception to the article by Mr. Nathaniel Otum from Migori, titled Moi ageing graciously in one of our dailies dated September 7, 2008 praising Mois enviable public charity in relinquishing power, his wise counsel to the public and even going further to associate him with icon leaders like Nelson Mandela. These assertions, especially comparing Moi to Mandela, exemplify lack of understanding and disrespect to historical facts and are highly misplaced.

I would like to inform Mr. Otum that for 24 years, former President Mois government besides running our economy down and preaching tribalism in reverse; he presided over massive human indignities and loss of life. The precursor to 2007 election related violence were experimented during Mois rule as evidenced with 1992 Rift Valley tribal clashes, Likoni clashes and Wagalla massacres.

Extra judicial killings were perfected under Mois reign where security personnel spelled insecurity to their innocent citizens. Remember how many Kenyans died in the clamor for multi-partyism? It was during Mois watch that the country lost progressive leaders like Foreign Minister, Robert ouko, Archibishop Alexander Muge and Father Kaiser simply they had dissenting voice.

During Mois rule discussions on social injustices was punishable by Kidnapping and enforced disappearance or life sentences. How many journalists were tortured, maimed or killed for practicing truth telling?

Moi has never repented over the Nyayo house torture chambers and the crimes against humanity perpetrated under his government orders. That Moi celebrated his 85th birthday only makes me wonder how many of those who died or those they left behind would have equally wanted a long life. During his rule Kenyans were oppressed, kidnapped, tortured and detained without trial. Does Mr. Otum have any idea how many became widows, orphans or mentally ill during Mois rule? Mois sporadic appearance and public commentaries are actions of a man who is in the cold and misses the public limelight.

There is a lot that Mandela loses if he is compared to Moi. Moi rightly belongs to the company of former presidents Kamuzu Banda, Mobutu Sesseko or Idi Amin. I am of the opinion if Mois claim that he is a Christian be true, he should publicly confess to and repent for the inhumanities he put this country especially to families who lost their loved ones and spend his retirement reciting rosary for Gods forgiveness over having misused his power.

By George Nyongesa

Bunge la Mwananchi

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TANZANIA NOW SAYS UGANDA IS FREE TO ENTER NILE WATER AGREEMENTS AS KALENJIN MPs DISOWN RAILA’S TASK FORCE ON MAU FOREST.

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo

Two ODM MPs from the South Rift have asked the Prime Minister Raila Odinga to disband the Mau Forest task force.

The legislator wants the PM to appoint an independent commission to scrutinize the intended evictions of the Mau Forest Complex

The two Mps,Zakayo Cheruiyot (Kuresoi) and Isaac Ruto (Chepalungu) said last weekend that they had no confidence in the taskforce which was recently appointed by Mr.Odinga since its members were mainly civil servants.

At least 100,000 people are expected to be evicted from the forest a head of its planned rehabilitation.

The legislators said the task force was unlikely to come out with any useful recommendations since their appointing authority has already declared that evictions must be carried out in Mau

The mps said they were not opposed to the relocations of Mau squatters, but called for awareness from government that those evicted would be given alternative settlement area.

They also appealed for settlers with title deeds to be compensated Kenya has a tradition of respecting title deeds including those issued many years ago by the British colonialists government and the Mau Forest complex case should not be exception, :said Isaac Ruto

The MP said the Mau farmers should not be evicted until all due process were followed and they were consulted on the impending evictions exercise.

The destruction of Mau Forest threatens livelihoods of millions of people who depend on the rivers which originate from there.

Many of those rivers have dried up reducing the amount of waters that flowed into Lake Victoria. The impact of the forest destruction threatens millions of people who depend on the Nile River waters.

Meanwhile Tanzania has clarified that it will not interfere in nay bilateral agreement entered into by Uganda and another country on the waters of River Nile,as long as it was notified of such agreement.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Patrick Rutahanzibwa was quoted at the weekend by Newspaper reports as saying this barely a week after it was widely reported but Tanzania was furious with Uganda over the alleged secret pact it had entered into with Egypt.

The Ps said in a statement issued in Dar the Tanzania government recognizes Ugandas right to engage in bilateral discussions with other countries regarding any matter of interest to Uganda.

The statement further added it is our expectation that any issues arising from bilateral discussions that one relevant to our interests will be communicated through the channels of communication that have been established within the existing cooperative organs such as the Nile Basin Initiative of the East African Community (EAC)

It had been suggested in media reports that the Tanzania government was opposed to bilateral discussions on matters relating to the Nile Basins water resources that have been reportedly held between Uganda and Egypt

Almost a fortnight ago it was reported that Tanzania was angry over an agreement entered into by Uganda and Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak made unscheduled stop over in Uganda.

It was intimated in the report that Tanzania officials believe that Uganda and Egypt made an exclusive bilateral deal during a recent visit Egyptian President.

President Mubarak made a brief stopover in Kampala on his way home from South Africa where he had gone to lobby or solicit support for Sudanese President Omar El Bashir against indictment by the indictment by the UN prosecutor over war crimes.

But PS Rutahanzibwa further said that negotiations fro new agreement on co-operation among Nile Basin countries including Tanzania were at an advanced stage.

He said the negotiations started as part of the consultative process early this year an dthat the Tanzanian Minister for Water and Irrigation Prof Monk Mwandosya recently met his Ugandan counterpart,maria Mutagamba in Dar Es Salaam.

According to the Ps Mutagamba had led adelegation which included among others Andace Mudagizaye,the then excecutive director of the Nile Basin and Sortie bankamong the director of Uganda Developemnt Department

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On Mwatela, the AG should have gone by the public wish

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

In Summary

  • AG should have provided evidence to show that Mwatela’s ouster was not motivated by malice.
  • What the ordinary citizen on the streets wants to know is why she is being moved to a job she has not asked for.
  • When the Constitution says that a public official shall hold office at the pleasure of the President, it does not mean the whim and fancy of the President.

The question is this: Can we, really, implement an effective performance contracting system before overhauling this arbitrary hiring and firing regime, which the Government practices?

Had the matter of replacing Mrs Mwatela been left to her employers, namely, the board of the CBK, it would not have raised so much dust.

I have heard people accuse Mrs Mwatela of making a mistake by taking her grievances to the Press, and argue that she should have humbled herself and taken the permanent secretary job that as a public servant, she should have demonstrated more discipline and decorum. How can she hope to fight the Government and win, her critics ask?

In my view, to argue like this is to engage in the art of blaming the victim. Mrs Mwatelas critics prefer fudge responsibility. In the first place, who is the offended party in this whole saga?

The saga is not an ordinary dispute between an employer and an employee. She has not been accused of incompetence by the board of the CBK.

Those who have been following goings-on at the CBK will tell you that her ouster is the culmination of a build-up of clashes and disagreements between her and a clique of powerful individuals within the Treasury and the Bank over issues of probity.

Has the controversy been over-politicised? May be. But it is because Mrs Mwatelas replacement from the CBK is being seen as a test on how this society treats whistle blowers.

The saga also raises questions about the Governments commitment to the principle of Central Banks independence.

The question is this: Can we, really, implement an effective performance contracting system before overhauling this arbitrary hiring and firing regime, which the Government practices?

Had the matter of replacing Mrs Mwatela been left to her employers, namely, the board of the CBK, it would not have raised so much dust.

I have heard people accuse Mrs Mwatela of making a mistake by taking her grievances to the Press, and argue that she should have humbled herself and taken the permanent secretary job that as a public servant, she should have demonstrated more discipline and decorum. How can she hope to fight the Government and win, her critics ask?

In my view, to argue like this is to engage in the art of blaming the victim. Mrs Mwatelas critics prefer fudge responsibility. In the first place, who is the offended party in this whole saga?

The saga is not an ordinary dispute between an employer and an employee. She has not been accused of incompetence by the board of the CBK.

Those who have been following goings-on at the CBK will tell you that her ouster is the culmination of a build-up of clashes and disagreements between her and a clique of powerful individuals within the Treasury and the Bank over issues of probity.

Has the controversy been over-politicised? May be. But it is because Mrs Mwatelas replacement from the CBK is being seen as a test on how this society treats whistle blowers.

The saga also raises questions about the Governments commitment to the principle of Central Banks independence.

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My position on the cut for the Luo has been very clear.

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We have lived all along with insults, insults that made The Right Hon Raila be a subject of political insults that the Luo, being un cut, cannot lead Kenya.

We destroyed this mith last year when Kenya voted in Hon Raila as our next president only for those people to steal our victory.

It was hence an insult to the Luo for Hon Raila to propose the same issue that has been a subject of public ridicule to the Luo. As much as we know the culture is never static, the question of circumcission should remain a medical concern to each and every person.

By making it a Luo concern, we are opening ourselves to more public ridicule.

Scientific eveidence in Kenya on the death toll related to HIV/AIDS proves that many more people in Central Kenya have died of the virus than the Luo on Nyanza. When it comes to allocation of financial resources to combat the dreaded desease, Central Kenya has always been allocated the biggest share.

Why could this be so if AIDS only kils thos not cut?

I am prepared to attend and present a petition on behalf of all those progressive forces that will present the case of circumsission being an optional individual initiative rather than an issue being brought upon the Luo as a mater of new culture.

Odhiambo T Oketch
Tel; 0735 529 126, 0724 365 557

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Laura writes, Here is what I know about Barack Obama

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Here’s What I Know


Barack Obama’s paternal grandfather converted from Christianity to Islam while schooling in England and changed his given Kenyan Luo tribal name to Hussein Onyango Obama. Barack Obama’s father married his first Kenyan wife and fathered four children. They were never divorced. Obama Sr. moved to Hawaii for university schooling and although he was still married to his Kenyan wife, he fathered the son of Ann Dunham, Barack Hussein Obama II. Barack Obama Jr attended an Indonesian Islamic school from age 6 to 10 where he recited Islamic prayer and was taught how to read by using the Koran.

Barack Obama’s father is from the Luo tribe, the same Kenyan tribe as Raila Odinga, the current Prime Minister of Kenya. Odinga was appointed to office due to a violent uprising after unfounded accusations of corruption in the Presidential election in December 2007. There is some evidence the slaying of 1500 Kenyan Christians (who supported incumbent President Mwai Kibaki) was sanctioned by Odinga himself. While it does not appear Senator Obama is a blood relative of PM Odinga, Senator Obama’s campaign association with Odinga should not be viewed as a positive element to his campaign for US President.

Barack Obama gained access to the US Senate seat for Illinois due to the release of sealed divorce documents of his Republican opposer Jack Ryan. Mr Ryan withdrew from the race to fill the senate seat previously occupied by two term Republican Peter Fitzgerald when the divorce documents revealed Mr Ryan had a sexual addiction that led to the divorce. For several months, Mr Obama ran for senator unopposed and worked to persuade Republican voters to elect him to office. Senator Obama was elected by 70% majority to the US Senate where he has served a scant 3 years.

Although America was star-struck by Senator Obama’s dynamic speech delivery early in the race for President, the winds of “change” have swept in and Americans are becoming educated about this man who appeared out of nowhere to claim the Democratic nomination for President.

For those who will hear, be warned this man is not who is presented to be. He is a charlatan and a puppet, but for what purpose has yet to be seen.

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Sonysugar company in deep crisis

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

Business News Analysis By Leo Odera Omolo

The Awendo-based multibillion shillings sugar complex, the South Nyanza Sugar Company is in deep crisis following the abrupt resignation of its board of directors chairman Herbert Ojwang.

Ojwangs resignation in huff citing gross political interferences and frustrations did not come as a surprise because the newspaper had earlier on reported that the pressure was mounting on Ojwang to quit so as to pave the way for a cabinet members who hails from the area to recruit his own kith. The man perceived as being fronted by the Minister for Public Services Dalmas Otieno is a Mr Charles |Ogalo who hails from the Ministers home turf, but reportedly doing business with the SONY sugar via his company which is known as Genetic , which is reportedly handling the workers pension scheme.

The sugar cane farmers within Awendo and its environs have, however, appealed to the Minister for Agriculture William Ruto to shop for a neutral chairman, perhaps someone who hails from outside greater Southern Nyanza region, and even outside Luo-Nyanza, but such a person must be someone with proper CV in which his previous successes in managing a large manufacturing organization of SONY sugar size is cited.

The resignation of Ojwang came only within four days after the management had sent the Public Relations Manager Mr. Okongo on a compulsory leave. He was actually suspended following numerous allegation that he was peddling rumours via phone SMS thereby causing despondency among the staff , the workers and the farmers.

The suspension could not be immediately confirmed, but a source at the Awendo based factory told this writer that the PR man is actually not in his office, and he has never been there for the last five days or so.

The Awendo based company which is wholly owned by the government had just resumed its production after three weeks stoppage for its annual mechanical maintenance.

SONY is currently experiencing acute shortage of tractors for both ploughing and transportation of the harvested cane. The company, according to insiders could not purchase new fleet of tractors owing to political interference. An amorphous company called Kinda Group is reportedly wanted the company to guarantee a multimillion shillings bank loans so that they could join the firm as partners in the transport sector.

But the management see is the scheme as unrealistic, and insisting that this Kinda company should just seek for loans from the commercial banks, purchase its own tractors and join the company like other transporters. Kinda Group, according to information made available to us is being fronted and favoured by a senior politician in the region. But the pressure is vehemently being resisted by the management of the sugar manufacturing company who are reported to be readily willing to work with any transporters who can raise his own tractors and bring them to SONY without any pre-conditions and string attached, but that such a company must not be linked to any politicians of all ranks

At the same time, sugar cane in Awendo and in all other cane growing zones have heaped a lot of praise to the Managing Director of ASONY Sugar company, Mr Paul Odola for having made a concerted efforts which have resulted in the company paying cane farmers nearly all the outstanding payment in arrears of their cane delivered many months ago.

The farmers said they were grateful, because the majority of them being parents were able to dispatched their children back to school after receiving their arrears for March, April and part of May this year. The company said it was making other arrangement to clear the areas for May, June and July within the coming weeks…

The General Secretary of the Kenya National Sugar Cane Farmers Union |Mr Ezra Olodi Okoth told this writer in Kisumu that his members were very happy with the Sony sugar management team for good job.

Mr. Okoth, however, faulted the companys harvesting system, which he said his members wanted streamlined. There is still what the farmer called Helicopter Harvesting, which he said is prone to corruption. It gives the harvesting team free hands of jumping other farms after they received Kick-backs The system has left a lot of mature and even over grown cane rooting in the field unharvested and must come to an end.. There must be transparency and accountability in the company harvesting system or else we can move to court, and have this embarrassing system stopped, said Mr. Okoth angrily.

Sugar cane is a very expensive crops and it takes a long time in the field, therefore it is very unfair for someone in the harvesting department to programme the targeted farms for harvesting selectively. We have heard that some hard pressed farmers have auctioned their cows, got the money and bribed the harvesting team so that the could help in expediting the harvesting of their cane crops. In this respect, the harvest have kept jumping from farm, to farm, leaving behind a lot of mature cane unattended simply because the farmers cannot afford the bribe money.

Okoth appealed to the government to come to the assistance of by extending credit facilities to enable the firm to purchase tractors. This is the biggest headache for SONY, otherwise the company is doing extremely well. It need more tractors to hasten its cane transportation. At the moment the company is operating at half its production capacity owing to acute shortage of tractors..

The Secretary General also appealed to all sugar factories to refund millions of shilling they deducted from the farmers earning as directed by the government The amount, he said is now amounting to close to Kshs 28 million and the arrears should be paid out in full to the farmers.

The acute shortage of tractors, is not only being experienced by SONY Sugar, but also by other factories like Muhoroni, Chemelil, Kibos, Mumias and Nzxoia therefore the government should work out a system whereby sufficient funds is made available to the sugar company for the purchase of tractors

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leooderaomolo@yahoo.com

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New Cabinet to show if Zimbabwe can be saved

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe (right) laughs with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai after signing a power-sharing deal at Rainbow Towers hotel in Harare on Monday. Photo/REUTERS

ByKITSEPILE NYATHI, NATION Correspondent

In Summary

  • Deal emphasises urgent need to institute economic reforms to forestall the unfolding humanitarian crisis
  • The international community has taken a cautious approach in welcoming the deal
  • Parties have already won the confidence of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

After signing a land mark agreement to form a unity government, Zimbabwes political protagonists are now set to get down to the real business of rehabilitating what used to be one of Africas most promising economies.

Allocation of Cabinet posts will be a key indicator of the direction Zimbabwe is to take after the historic deal.

On Monday, President Robert Mugabe reached a political settlement with his main foes from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after a decade of economic ruin blamed on political instability.

Central to the agreement is the acknowledgement that Mr Mugabes chaotic land reform, Western sponsored sanctions and the polarised political environment were the root cause for the economic malaise that has driven millions of people to exile and left close to five million on the brink of starvation.

The deal brokered by South African President Thabo Mbeki, emphasises the urgent need to institute economic reforms to forestall the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the resource rich country.

The 84 year-old Mr Mugabe blamed for the countrys unprecedented economic destruction, stays on as head of state and government but he will now share most of his executive powers with the Prime Minister designate, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

Their first major assignment, before they begin the Herculean task to haul the economy from the doldrums, is to agree on the allocation of ministries, which analysts say will help donors decide whether its worthwhile to support the new order.

The international community has taken a cautious approach in welcoming the deal, with key donors waiting to see if Mr Tsvangirai will be given the ministries seen crucial to the revival of the economy.

Under the agreement, Zanu PF will have 15 ministers while Mr Tsvangirais MDC will have 13 and three will go to the Professor Arthur Mutambara led MDC.

From the small faction

There shall be 15 deputies, eight nominated by Zanu PF, six from the main MDC and one from the small faction of the opposition party.
There has been speculation that the parties have already agreed to allocate some of the security and economic ministries to the opposition as a way of rebuilding investor confidence.

But pronouncements by President Mugabe who stuck to his old anti-imperialist rhetoric at the signing ceremony showed that it would not be smooth sailing.

The principals are going to meet to decide which ministries are going to be run by Zanu-PF, which ministries are going to be run by the MDC-T and which by the MDC-M, Mr Patrick Chinamasa, the Zanu PF chief negotiator told national television.

The discussions to allocate who will head which ministry … that process will in earnest start after the signing ceremony.

The other immediate matter is the issue of the amendment of the constitution.

In August, the parties failed to sign the proposed agreement after Mr Tsvangirai insisted on more powers that would enable him to push for economic reforms.

By reaching an agreement, the parties have already won the confidence of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which now wants the wider international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe.

We call on the international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and provide all possible financial support for the rebuilding of Zimbabwe, said King Mswati of Swaziland, who was part of African leaders who gathered in Harare to witness the signing of the power-sharing pact.

SADC executive secretary Mr Tomaz Salamao said the agreement between Mr Mugabe and MDC leaders, Mr Tsvangirai and Prof Mutambara provided a platform for the bloc to also chip in with help to revive the comatose economy.

There is no doubt that the signing of this deal will provide that much needed momentum for us to help kick start the economy of Zimbabwe, he said.

We have done studies on the Zimbabwean economy and have put in place a fund to help finance its recovery.

Reacting to the signing of the deal, the European Union (EU) said it would put on hold its sanctions on Zimbabwe in order to first assess the power sharing agreement.

Western countries in 2002 imposed an economic embargo on Zimbabwe, as a way of punishing Mr Mugabe for embarking on the controversial land reform programme that saw the distribution of white owned farms to landless blacks.

Mr Mugabe had maintained that the land reform was a bilateral issue between Zimbabwe and its former colonial ruler, Britain. Britain announced that it was prepared to support the new dispensation in Zimbabwe if it is implemented according to expectations. In principle we stand ready to support Zimbabwes new administration, to bring about much-needed change, but the extent and nature of our support will be determined by the actions that the new administration takes on the ground, Prime Minister Gordon Browns spokesperson said on Monday
Announcing the blocs decision to hold on widening sanctions, EU foreign policy commissioner Mr Javier Solana said: We have to analyse, its still not clear what is going to be the outcome of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Mr Mugabe says he wants to make peace with Botswana following the signing of agreement with the opposition. Botswana became one of the ageing leaders most vocal critics after he declared himself the winner of the June 27 presidential election where he ran alone after Mr Tsvangirai, the main contender was forced to pull out because of systematic violence.

No hard feelings

Speaking after appending his signature to the land mark political settlement, Mr Mugabe said he had no hard feelings against Botswana President Seretse Ian Khama.

Khama is here and we are pleased to have him, he said. Yes, lots of things have been said about Khama but I never responded.

I vowed that I will never speak. I never said anything. I will never, ever attack an African leader in public.

President Khama boycotted a regional summit last month to protest against, Mr Mugabes presence.

Zimbabwes official media immediately launched a vicious vilification campaign against the former army general accusing him of taking instructions from the West.

His government was also labelled a military junta masquerading as a democracy. Anyway, what has happened is now history and we want to go forward, Mr Mugabe said.

Let us chart the way forward, the way of the Frontline States. Botswana hosts thousands of Zimbabwean economic and political refugees and has provided a lifeline for desperate people from the neighbouring country seeking basic commodities and petroleum.

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Her stubborn behaviour did not pay: The Mwatela saga comes to an end

Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2008

Mwatela rejects PS appointment

Written By:Collins Anampiu

Jacinta Mwatela’s prolonged fight to hang on to Central Bank of Kenya’s deputy governor’s position has come to an end.

Mwatela decided to quit altogether and rejected her new appointment as a permanent secretary.

Mwatela, 54 was appointed as the deputy governor by President Kibaki on May 12, 2005, and her tenure was to end on May 12, 2009.

But she now says she will instead pursue other interests that are of benefit to the society

mwatela had insisited that her appointment as PS contravened Section 11 (2) of the CBK Act, which says a deputy governor should serve for an period of four years.

Her stand was however preempted on Monday by Attorney General Amos Wako Who said she did not enjoy security of tenure and could be moved from her position at the bank.

Mwatela has remained resolute that her transfer had to do with the new currency printing tender that was awarded to De La Rue, a transfer that she has indicated is illegal, promting nationwide outcry from human rigts bodies.

Her successor Dr Hezron Nyangito took up office on Tuesday.

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