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Zimbabwe deal and Mwatela saga put Raila on the spot

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

ByFRED OLUOCH

The power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe and the transfer of Central Bank deputy governor Jacinta Mwatela have conspired to rekindle the big debate of whether or not ODM is at the centre of power.

A close look at the Zimbabwe accord shows that Morgan Tsvangirai of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change might have negotiated a better deal than ODM leader Raila Odinga, although it is no guarantee that President Robert Mugabe will honour his part of the bargain.

But it is the removal of Mrs Mwatela from CBK that has once again put the Prime Minster in focus. Investigations by the Saturday Nation reveal that Mr Odinga might have been ambushed, contrary to his public utterances that he is in constant consultation with President Kibaki.

Coming soon soon after he flexed his muscles by making some changes in government, most of Mr Odingas supporters expected him to take up the Mwatela case.

Before her transfer, Mr Odinga had directly intervened in the Kenya Ports Authority saga, relieving managing director Abdallah Mwaruwa of his duties, and installedMr Brown Ondego as the executive chairman of the troubled Rift Valley Railways.

Performance contracts

He had also signed the performance contracts of Cabinet ministers, parastatal heads and permanent secretaries, which in essence means that he will be responsible for their appraisal, thereby debunking the earlier feeling within ODM that he was given a post without powers.

Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, who is a leading proponent of the proposed so-called grand opposition, says the Mwatela sagaraises questions as to exactly how much leeway the Raila party has and if the Prime Minster has executive powers or presumptive ones.

Sometimes you get alarmed when certain things happen, he says.

Although those in government believe that the partners can check each other and there is no need for opposition, etiquette and universal standards of collective responsibility cannot allow them to challenge each other on issues without appearing to rock the boat.

According to Mr Namwamba, themanner in which the Mwatela issue is being handled and the way the Government is making changes in the civil service, shows that impunity is still the order of the day and that the Kibaki administration is yet to come to terms with the power-sharing accord.

But ODM chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo says the mediashould not read too much in the Mwatela affair, arguing that it has no bearing on the power-sharing deal.

As he puts it, the Constitution is clear that it is the President who appointsthe (CBK) governor and his deputy, and has the power to fire. Unless we change the Constitution, the Prime Minster cannot just interfere in the powers of the President.

But ODM insiders say Mr Odinga must have decided to take a low profile after realising that if he put his hand on everything, the situation might become murky.

A case in point is the saga of former National Security Social Fund managing trustee Rachel Lumbasyo, in which the PM found himself caught in a tricky situation between the parastatals board and Labour minster John Munyes.

The next line of battle for the PM could be between him and the head of the civil service, Mr Francis Muthaura,whom the formers supportersaccuse of behaving like a parallel prime minster undermining the rapport the PM and the President are trying to build.

The Zimbabwe deal has reopened the old debate that Kenyas power-sharing accord, signed last February 29, gave little meat to thePrime Minsters office and that whatever powers Mr Odinga is enjoying is only courtesy of his personality.

The irony is that Mr Tsvangirai visited Nairobi and consulted Mr Odinga before signing the deal.

He might have learnt to avoid grey areas thatbedevilled the Kenyan coalition over issues such as portfolio balancing and the pecking order between Mr Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

The Kenyan deal gave the PM the role of supervising ministries and chairing sub-committees, while the President would remain head of state and government.

In the Zimbabwe deal, however, the PM is to run the country on a day-to-day basis and chair the council of ministers. He is also a member of National Security Council and controls the police.

But it is still not clear if Mr Tsvangiraiwill get the key ministry of finance to get the chance to revive the economy, a post that eluded ODM here.

One key area in which the Zimbabwe accord is better than Kenyas is the provisionthat there will be no by-elections and defections, or moving from one party to the other.

And in case of an MPs death, the seat will be filled by the aggrieved party through internal nomination.

In Kenya, PNU and ODMhave been striving to outnumber eachother in Parliament in case a by-election presents itself. The Embakasi and Kilgoris seats were fiercely fought for despite the parties being partners in government.

Analysts argue that the Zimbabwe accord looks better because President Mugabe had little room for manoeuvre, having clearly lost the main elections.

In Kenya, even South African retired judge Johann Kriegler, who headed the inquiry in to the elections, confesses that it is not possible to tell who actually won the presidential race.

The Mwatela saga

Following the Mwatela saga and the Zimbabwe deal in which the opposition got more Cabinet posts than the ruling Zanu-PF party Mr Odinga is likely to come under fresh pressure to prove that he is not operating in the periphery.

People in the ODMstrongholds have been grousing that they were short-changed in the distribution of Cabinet, parastatals and permanent secretary posts.

But the PM has been parrying such accusations from people who feel he has been put ina fix in as far as placingthose who did the donkey work in various capacities during the campaigns is concerned.

He always argues that the Government is small and that the party was given the rightful half of the cake and there are not enough positions to go round.

But not many of his lieutenants are satisfied with his explanation that the situation could have been better had the ODM formed the government on its own.

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Kenya: Unpopular receiver managers under siege

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

<By Jeff Otieno

Muhoroni and Miwani joint receiver managers Martin Owiti and Kipngetich K Bett are under siege from enraged farmers and workers who are alleging that their tenure has worsened the fortunes of the two ailing sugar millers instead of resuscitating them as earlier envisaged.

The furious farmers and workers are further accusing the area MP Prof Ayiecho Olweny for siding and lobbying for the retention of the two managers whom they described as under performing and hefty in expenditure.

During last weeks visit by directors from the Kenya Sugar Board it emerged that intense lobbying to retain the duo was the hallmark of everything.

It is interesting and imperative to note that the moribund Muhoroni Sugar Company posted a staggering Ksh338 million in profits last year yet this year there is a dramatic turn around of a whopping loose totaling to Ksh67 million. Was it a deliberate mechanism by the two receiver managers to hoodwink the government so as to maintain the status quo, the farmers wondered in a terse statement to the press.

For starters Kipngetich K Bett is a member of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC ) advisory board thus adding speculation as to the level of conflict of interest to scrutinize the corruption plagued outfit, to the chagrin of farmers who have not been paid their dues totaling to millions and with nobody in sight to lean on.

Some time last year, a tractor belonging to Muhoroni Sugar Company was auctioned in dubious circumstances and later sold to a Kisumu-based lawyer who runs their errands. The tractor in question is currently contracted to Kibos Sugar Factory to transport sugarcane. The alleged sale was done under the pretext of settling an imaginary legal fee the company owed attorneys on court battle in Nyando.

Impeccable sources in the sugar fraternity confided to this journalist that the privatization of the moribund Muhoroni Sugar now hangs in the balance owing to what many stakeholders in the industry attribute to inept management mechanism and lack of goodwill for the two managers whom they accuse of high-handedness and inaccessible.

Stakeholders from the sugar industry are also casting doubts on the future of the two ailing sugar firms which they say would remain on the deathbed unless the current managers are shown the door.

Sources within the Kenya Sugar Board who spoke to this writer on condition of anonymity intimated that the board was sharply divided over the maneuvers by a clique some members who are said to have been compromised by the receiver managers.

Majority of the board is of the view that the receiver managers should pack and go but a final decision will be made in due course in liaison with the ministry of Agriculture, said the source.

ENDS

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Jay Taylor finds value that pays dividends

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

On September 4, 2008, Endeavour Financial Corporation (TSX:EDV), formerly Endeavour Mining Capital Corporation, reported annual net income of US$56.5 million ($1.67/share) for the year ended June 30 and increased their dividend by 100%.

We reported the companys acquisition of Endeavour Financial Advisory Services Ltd. in our last update report in June. Other highlights for the year included:

Revenues of US$108 million (including US$60 million investment income and US$48 million financial advisory fees);
Adjusted EBITDA of US$72.9 million;
Net income of US$56.5 million, or US$1.90/share;
Paid US$4.1 million in dividends;
Repurchased 520,200 common shares at an average price of C$7.39 (C$3.8 million);
Shareholders equity increased from US$255 million (C$11.57/share) to US$370 million (C$12.38 per share);
Book value per share was US$11.41 compared to US$10.86 on June 30, 2007.

Total revenues for this year were comparable to last years $109 million, but all of last years revenue was attributable to investment income. With the addition of the advisory services, Endeavour proved that this acquisition was a wise step in diversification of their revenue. During a strong correction in the precious metals markets that has hit companies stock prices across the board, Endeavour kept their revenue stream stable with the US$48 million in advisory fees, which, with the inclusion of advisory income, reduces the risk of this company significantly. When the bull market resumes, the investment income revenue should resume as well. If investment income simply goes back to the level of last year (no guarantees in this business), revenue would increase by 40% next year.

The board of directors increased the monthly dividend to three cents per share, payable on Sept. 30, 2008, to shareholders of record on Sept. 23, 2008. The total annual dividend of C$0.36 would yield 6.2%, based on the closing share price on Sept. 2.

At the closing price of US$5.66 for Endeavour on Sept. 4, the stock is trading at just under 50% of the book value as of June 30. Of course, since the lions share of EDVs book value is based on the market value of the shares it owns, we imagine the September 4 book value of Endeavour is much closer to its price than its June 30 book value.

But dont forget Endeavour pays what amounts to a 6% dividend now, so at least while you wait for the bull market to resume you are getting something out of your investment. We think Endeavour is an excellent way to play the bull market in the more advanced junior mining markets. It provides you with diversification and a management team that knows this sector very well.

By Jay Taylor
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Grievances regarding malpractices and bias in the Kenyan media

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

By George Mungai

Thank you very much indeed for according us the opportunity to air our grievances regarding malpractices and bias in the Kenyan media

I in the first instance, direct my rage and dissatisfaction at the overrated Nation Media Group

I have for a long time now, made numerous fruitless story submissions with the Daily Nations Friday magazine Weekend. I however sadly note that the Friday Weekend magazine, continuously publishes the works of one Paresh Morjaria, as if he is the only Kenyan capable of writing and submitting stories to the said Weekend magazine.

The Daily Nations Weekend magazine has on numerous occasions published lengthy manuscripts of Paresh Morjarias works, and on at least three occasions, in different installments, meaning that they appear on two or three different consecutive Friday editions of the Weekend magazine. In total, at least nine different short stories belonging to Paresh Morjaria, have been published by the Daily Nations Weekend magazine.

Is this fair? Are Asian-Kenyans better than Native-Kenyans? I thought we were all the same. How can we all love our country in such circumstances?

My conclusion is that the editor of the Weekend magazine is on the payroll of Mr. Paresh Morjaria, and receives generous regular kickbacks.

This kind of acts are replicated all across the Nation Media Group. I for instance note the regular publication of articles by renowned civil society activist, Okoiti Omtatah. Is Okoiti Omtatah the only Kenyan with strong views on a number of issues afflicting the Kenyan public?

My below story of 4th September 2008 (My Life with the Maid), was contemptuously dismissed, and it beats me why! Its based on my experience, and that of many Kenyans of my time and indeed, of today.. Why was it rejected? Was it considered too explicit? Doesnt it address an important social issue?

I humbly ask you to read through My Life with the Maid below, Dr. Mutua, and tell me if it deserved to be contemptuously dismissed. Doesnt it delve into a face of Kenya little addressed or little discussed?

Kenyan media in general is being overtaken by events, because of its insensitivity, its inability to read the mood, its inability to adopt, and its inability to revolutionize its way of doing things.

How do you for instance explain the inactivity of the Nation and Standard blogs, when other Kenyan blogs such as www.kenyanlist.wanderi.com are thriving? Take a look at www.kenyanlist.wanderi.com for yourself, to see if I am exaggerating. Take a specific look at the high volumes of traffic to the site at their link http://www.kenyanlist.wanderi.com/klist-most-viewed.php

There is something drawing numerous Kenyans around the world to sites like www.kenyanlist.wanderi.com and the Kenyan Media needs to establish what this is.

This was also the case at WWW Kenya Newsgroup (http://kenya.rcbowen.com/) in the 1990s, before WWW Kenya Newsgroup (http://kenya.rcbowen.com/) fizzled out in the early years of this decade. I for instance thought that WWW Kenya Newsgroup (http://kenya.rcbowen.com/) would crash during the 2002 elections (not that shenzi, upuzi election of last year), the 2002 election I have never seen that kind of intense activity on any website. Kwanza when the results started rolling in? It was like the whole of Kenya was either behind a PC or a laptop, and specifically logged onto WWW Kenya Newsgroup (http://kenya.rcbowen.com/)!

I have never seen anything close to that on any other website, Kenyan or otherwise, including www.kenyanlist.wanderi.com, www.nation.co.ke, or www.eastandard.net

Please therefore address the issues that I have raised above Dr. Mutua, including the contemptuous dismissal of my below submission, My Life with the Maid.

My life with the maid

Yeah, that same old pet subject of sex with the maid… I just love it!

Allow me to share my own rather long, interesting, inter-linked personal story with you… it goes back to the 1979. Yes indeed the 1970s; Kuguru Noodles, Cinzano Bianco, Viva magazine, Pussy cat chewing gum, Peregina Peremende, Starlight Club, Ronald Ngala Street’s notorious Imani Day & Night Club, the equally notorious Club Somberero, Lady Gay beauty lotion, Susana pomade, Abaluhyia Football Club, Luo Union, GEMA United, Orchestra Les Mangelepa, Ilunga wa Ilunga (Baba Gaston), Mercedes Benz 450 SLC, Renault 12, Tusker Export beer in stout green bottles, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Voice of Kenya (VOK), Comedians Mama Tofi & Baba Zero, the first rap song ever, the Sugar Hill Gang’s Rappers Delight, and it’s memorable phrases such as Casanova fly and Guess what America… We love you!, and of-course, some of the hottest VOK disc jockies of the time, such as Mick Ndichu, Leonard Mwashegwa, Fred Obachi Machoka, Abdul
Haq, and the Sunday morning duo of Mahanja Mike (Mike Andrews) & Easy Lizzie (Elizabeth Omolo, mother of leading Citizen TV anchor, Louis Otieno). The year, as mentioned, is 1979, the month November, and the setting, Nairobi’s Jamhuri Estate, where we stayed in those days. I had just cleared my primary level Standard 7 CPE examinations (Standard 8 ya nyakati hizo yani!)

I was thoroughly excited at clearing primary school, had time, had energy, and had a somewhat eager desire to break my virginity! We used to have a maid in those days called Mama ZZZZZ and I have to admit that she wasn’t exactly attractive by the standards of either yesterday or today! She had one of those typical figures that Kikuyu women had in those days… big boobs, an equally big bust, and legs like hockey sticks! Halafu she was crude and uncouth…! Bwana, when I think back, it beats me where I even got the courage to make a sexual pass at her! It must have been the base animal instinct in all of us.

Like I say, I wasn’t attracted to Mama ZZZZZ and the two of us went about our business without getting into each other’s way. What drew us to each other was a Kikuyu record called Murata (i.e. Friend) by the MJ of Kikuyu musicians then, D.K. Kamau. Like many middle clas families in those days, we had a Grundig record player cum radio, the equivalent in later years of owning say an Aiwa, a JVC, a Sony, a National, a Hitachi or a Telefunken.

So it was the Grundig and Murata record that initially drew my attention to Mama ZZZZZ. It did not catch my initial notice, but after what must have been a week, I realised that she used to blast the record player every week-day morning at about 11.00 a.m., after she had completed with morning work. It was a combination of the volume, plus her loud, crude excited frenzied shrills during the chorus i.e. …Woi, woi murata, nigwendete… (i.e. …Woi woi my friend, I love you…), that first drew my attention.

This ritual took place in the sitting room, and I observed it for about three days from a vantage point at the back of the house, without getting noticed. Apart from Murata, she also liked playing two other records i.e. Fadhili Williams’ legendary Maliaka and one of the lesser known Kool and the Gang hits of those years called Jungle Boogie, a semi-instrumental jam with an African theme and African beats. She traumatised Maliaka lakini, with her heavy Kikuyu accent, mpaka one of my own personal nicknames for her, still remains MaRaika!

So after kitu three days of me observing her gyrate crudely to Murata, with semi-unbuttoned blouses that revealed her boobs, I somehow gathered the courage to make a move on her, join in the crude motions and possibly get laid! I had heard one or two of my primary school classmates discuss the thrill of sex, and like I say, I had a semi-eagerness to experience this thing called sex. I never however dared make a sexual pass at girls my age then, imagining that I would end up in big, big trouble! I never hit it off with girls throughout primary school, I must admit.

Her big gyrating ass must have given me the courage to make a move on Mama ZZZZZ. A gut boyish feeling in me must have interpreted this as an invitation.

So on the fourth day, I believe it was, I in my own crude way, zeroed in on Mama ZZZZZ from the back entrance of our then place. The timing though, wasn’t bad, I must say! I timed one of the choruses i.e. …Woi, woi murata, nigwendete… (…Woi woi my friend, I love you…), to grip her from behind. It must have been really clumsy, when I think back!

Mama ZZZZZ didn’t stop grooving, though I could tell she was somewhat surprised and taken aback, by this unexpected intrusion… she stopped singing, but continued dancing, as I lustily rubbed my crotch on her ass. We must have looked like two baboons in a bizzare and clumsy mating ritual…!

After what must have been about 30 seconds, she began repeatedly asking me in Kikuyu, Ahhh, now what are you doing?, Have you gone mad?, Do you have a good head? She kept asking the three questions like a broken record, as she continued to dance and hum to the song.

At that point, I considered myself somewhat in between big, big trouble, and the point of getting laid for the first time in my life. The fact that she didn’t stop dancing, turn round, and given me the slap of my life, or something similar to that, certainly encouraged me on. I was in Cloud 9 lakini, bwana… the rubbing of my boyish inexperienced prick on her big fat ass, was so pleasurable! I still remember it like it was yesterday.

After the song ended, she still continued lustily rubbing her ass on my prick, as she asked the three said questions i.e. Ahhh, now what are you doing?, Have you gone mad?, Do you have a good head? At this point, I realised No, I am not in big, big, trouble, though I didn’t know what to do next.

Mama ZZZZZ did though! She began moving to the servants quarter, as we as I say, continued with our bizzare and clumsy mating ritual. We must have looked like two baboons honestly! We even forgot to switch off the record player.

When we got to her room, she shut the door behind us, as she continued asking me, yes, you guessed right… Ahhh, now what are you doing?, Have you gone mad?, Do you have a good head? All this must have taken not more than 5 minutes.

I then saw her slyly unzip her skirt, and I knew, something’s going down today, I don’t know what, but something! I’m getting laid to-morning! When her skirt fell to the ground, she stopped the three sentence delight i.e. Ahhh, now what are you doing?, Have you gone mad?, Do you have a good head?, and instead grabbed my hand as she gently pulled me to her bed. She was now moaning rather heavily, as she looked at me with desire. As for me, I was just excited, horny and eager i.e. those ones of What next?!, What do we now?! Where does it go from here?!, my own three sentence delight!

The first shot was as clumsy as our bizzare baboon-like mating ritual… I suppose the same applies to all guys, actually. It was arkward. I had heard that sex is sweet, so I expected the kind of sweet sensation that one gets from eating chocolate or sucking on sweets. I’d sort of describe it as a short-circuit of expectations and sensations. I thought to myself, You mean that’s it…?! It was much more fun rubbing my prick on her ass, I further thought.

Mama ZZZZZ wasn’t surprised though… she must have fully known what to expect! She used her underwear to rub her juices off my now limb dick. She then began blowing into my ears, as she rubbed my balls and my prick, and as she gently told me in Kikuyu, It’s not done like that… it is supposed to be slow and nice. Actually that lady had finesse in bed… it came as a big surprise to me, given the crude brash behaviour, we knew her for. I couldn’t reconcile this, with for instance, the wild gyrating and dancing to Murata and the violation of Fadhili Williams’ Maliaka! I’ve had sex many times over the years, but made love very few times. One of those very few times ironically, was with Mama ZZZZZ.

Yeah the second round was good. That I think, was when I got the feeling/sensation of both sex and an orgasm. It must have lasted about five minutes. She guided me along, periodically telling me to stop and just lie there, periodically telling me to blow into her ears, and periodically telling me to rub and massage her on certain parts of her anatomy. She was enjoying it as much as I was, as she gently whispered into my ears, Yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be done… yes, now you are getting it. Her moans made it all the more pleasurable. After the second round, she once again rubbed her juices off my dick with her underwear, and politely dismissed me, telling me that that was enough for today.

We did it several times after that for a period of about two weeks. She was very naughty. She would clear her morning chores, sometimes by as early as 8.00 a.m. in the morning, to enable us have ample time for the forbidden fruit! I remember us going four rounds on at least two occasions. She was a good teacher, and I suppose I must have been a good student.

I reported to Form 1 (boarding), in mid January 1980… in those days, student populations were much smaller, so things like selection and admission were much briefer affairs. Three months is a lifetime to schoolboys and schoolgirls, and I looked forward eagerly to the school holidays after my first school lifetime!

I was however somewhat disappointed to find that Mama ZZZZZ had been fired for petty theft and rudeness to my mum. This I got to know from my younger sister, after discreetly enquiring about her whereabouts. Infact for many years after this, we didn’t have a maid on a full time basis, with my mum preferring maids that reported in the morning when guys were leaving home, and left in the evening, when guys were coming back from shuguli za mchana.

The story doesn’t end there… no, not by half a mile!

I didn’t realise the superb & worthy role that Mama ZZZZZ played in initiating me to sex, until many years passed.

The first somewhat mild realisation was after Form six, and just before reporting for pre-University National Youth Service (NYS). In those days, it was compulsory for all State Univesity students, to undergo three months of pre-University training at the NYS college in Gilgil.

Our neighbours at the time were Kisiis, who had this plump, horny and rowdy maid, whose nickname was Borabu. The partition between their place and ours was pretty much see-through at the time, so we could quite easily see what went on in each other’s compounds. Yeah, Borabu was naughty… We had a small time gym at the back of our compound those days. So I would wake up at about 7.00 a.m. in the morning, jog to Dagoretti corner and back, then pump weights kidogo in our small time home gym. At the time kwanza, we had a house boy who would come asubuhi, and leave jioni!

Borabu noted this, and would at the opportune moment, emerge with the morning laundry, singing loudly, and then proceed to lavishly bend over and do the laundry. Yes, she made sure that she wore short skirts, and yes, she had great thighs and a nice big round ass!

By day four, the punishment had become overbearing, and I succumbed to the allure of the forbidden fruit. I squeezed myself through a gap in the fence, like it was the natural thing to do, and re-enacted a more refined version of the baboon-like mating ritual! There was no resistance (though I wasn’t surprised, I must say), just a lot of giggling and mild protestations of Ahhh kwenda… rudi kwenu.

The strokes were not bad when they lasted yenyewe. She on three or four different occasions also remarked Sija wahi pata Kikuyu ana jua game ka wewe, but I didn’t think much of them… I thought she was just flattering me.

Halafu in those days in Jamhuri Estate, there used to be a open space near an electricity transformer, that was nicknamed Stima Club… Stima Club was a joint where guys would hang out over weekends beating story, as they played e.g. draughts, chess or poker. During weekdays of the school term, it was maids, houseboys or guys like me on a break of one kind or another, who would normally hang out during afternoons at Stima Club.

When I passed Stima Club on a number of occasions back then, when it was occupied by maids, there were loud giggles and knowing glances in my direction. Women talk. I don’t know why I didn’t get it, why it didn’t register that Borabu had told her colleagues about our escapades, and that they were desirable for a piece of the action too! Not even the friendly greetings I got from maids at e.g. kiosk za mtaa, made me realise what this was about. I must have naively been thinking to myself… What a friendly neighbourhood?!

That there was something right that I was doing in bed, however dramtically dawned on me in my second and third years at campus. It was infact at this point that I made the connection between Borabu and the friendliness of maids towards me in Jamhuri Estate.

There was this lady lecturer of ours at the time, called Miss ZZZZZ (she is Prof. ZZZZZ nowadays), who took us for ZZZZZ ZZZ in semester one of second year.

She took a liking for me, and used the pretext of wanting my assistance in firming her body muscles through weight-training. There was quite a nice campus fitness centre at the time, with both weights and aerobics (aerobics was then known as keep-fit!). It was not segregated, and students, lecturers & other campus staff, worked out together, mainly in the evenings. Miss ZZZZZ was a regular at the fitness centre. She took her aerobics workouts seriously, hence her great figure, complexion, and general health. I did both weights and aerobics, so we regularly bumped into each other, both in the gym and in class!

One thing led to another, and soon we were munching each other in bed! The sex was initially vigorous (I enjoyed that, actually), but with time, she just lay there, enjoying the motions and the ma-lovings and ma-touchings shown to me years earlier by Mama ZZZZZ.

The extent to which she enjoyed it however, did not occur to me until about one and a half months before attachment. Attachment in those days was very convenient… the University organised everything. All we were required to do, was submit our towns of preference, at least one month before attachment was due to commence. Conflict was rare, with students deciding amongst themselves on which towns to go to. Halafu, there was always someone to welcome you, wherever it is that one had been posted for attachment. Prior arrangements for accomodation and payment points for our allowances, was all done by campus administration. It was very convenient yenyewe.

I had really wanted to go to Naivasha for second year attachment. I fell in love with the town and lake in primary school… we went for frequent trips there then. What’s more, no one else in class was interested in Naivasha, so it was a done deal.

Two weeks before the deadline for submitting our names for attachment , I confidently strode into the Registar’s office (i.e. Registrar, Faculty of ZZZZZ). I didn’t expect to be in the Registrar’s office for more than five minutes, actually… shock of shocks! The friendly office clerk, a regular at the University fitness centre, looked at me with a cheeky bewildered smile on his face as he said Lakini chief, si rafiki yako alikuwa hapa juzi na aka kujaziya ZZZZZ. You can imagine how surprised I was…! Rafiki yupi…?, I asked, taking every care to conceal my surprise and equal bewilderment. Si yule wa gym… Miss ZZZZZ. He then went and opened a filing cabinet at the corner of the office, and pulled out a green file. He perused through it for about 15 seconds, before turning to me with a smile on his face, and showing me… Si hapa.

Like I say, I didn’t want to reveal both my surprise (and now rage), at what I had just been told, so I just continued with my little show… Ohhh kweli, na kumbuka tuki panga akuje hapa on my behalf. I could however tell that he hadn’t bought one bit of my little charade. He infact gave me a look of Kwenda huko! Who doesn’t know that the two of you are screwing!

I was livid, infuriated, and extremely insulted. It didn’t show lakini, ’cause I’ve always been pretty good at controlling my temper and emotions. Whatever feelings or emotions I had for Miss ZZZZZ, were at that moment, dealt a very devastating blow. I didn’t want to see her anymore, let alone sleep with her. There is nothing for free kweli… there’s a price for everything.

I brought up the subject with her two days later, being careful though, to both control my temper and conceal my rage. She didn’t treat it as anything big, all along acting like a young excited damsel in love… Sweetie, we need to spend quality time together, I remember her saying, I can’t bear the thought of you being away from me for three long months, she further went on.

I couldn’t believe it. It was my first experience of how manipulative women could be. I knew that I wanted out, though… how is what I didn’t know. I also knew that I was in a dangerous situation, where I needed to tread carefully. I mean, if she was capable of determining where I would go for attachment, then she was also equally capable of getting me either suspended or expelled from campus. In those days kwanza, unlike today, once you were expelled, that was it, kaput, finito… Nowadays I regularly read of expelled University students at local State Universities, being re-admitted after appealing to the Senate, ama after a Court directive.

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to bust my brains day & night, figuring how I was going to get myself out of the situation I now found myself in. Miss ZZZZZ was very ambitous, enterprising and manipulative of-course, and it’s no wonder that she is today Prof. ZZZZZ. After one month of attachment, and one month of involuntary sex on my part (actually I personally consider it one month of emotional, mental and physical rape, because I no longer felt anything for her, and was only doing it to buy time), Miss ZZZZZ told me that she would soon be leaving for Canada, after securing a scholarship to do her Phd. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to hear this… I didn’t show it though. I feigned sadness and shed crocodile tears.

She left about a month and a half after she broke the news to me. I am extremely relieved that there were no cell phones in those days, otherwise she would have had a tighter and longer manipulative grip on me… control freak!

The story doesn’t end there though… no, not by a quarter of a mile.

Miss ZZZZZ gave me an A in her unit. I must admit that I didn’t at all deserve an A. The unit that she took us in has never been a strong point of mine… infact, I could even have missed going to campus on account of this particular subject, were it not for some good intense revision that I did on it in second and third term of Form six… When I got to Campus, I became lax again, and didn’t pay much attention in the subject. I got a C in first year… kwanza nili hata D na kitu kidogo sana. So I knew very well that I did not deserve the A that I got in her unit. At best, I should have gotten a C, kama hile tu ya first year, kwanza!

Our first semester, second year results were available to us towards the end of attachment, as I recall. Miss ZZZZZ had just landed in Canada, at the time. I think the first thing I noticed on my first semester, second year result slip, when we began receiving them, was Miss ZZZZZ’s A. I was still deeply angered with what she had done and relieved with her departure for Canada, so my immediate and dismissive reaction was Good riddance…. I only came to appreciate the heavy significance of that A during graduation, one year later… there is nothing for free yenyewe, and there’s a price for everything, but there are also two sides to a coin, two sides in every situation.

We didn’t know (and by we I mean our class at campus), that there was an ongoing project to start a Masters degree programme in our field at our campus. It was an ambitious and expensive undertaking that was being funded 70% by the Canadian Government, and 30% by the Kenya Government. The Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya at the time, even paid us a visit in semester one of third year, and gave staff and students of our Faculty, a short talk on the strong cordial relations between Kenya and Canada. I don’t however think that any one of us knew that this was a prelude to the commencement of our Faculty’s Masters programme, that was to be funded by both the Canadian and Kenyan Governments. The University administration was very excited about the whole venture, and was eager to use it as flagship to showcase our campus in the East African region and beyond. A certain number of us would form be the pioneer class of the Masters programme.

The news was broken to us about a month and a half before the completion of our undergraduate degree programmes. We were told that selection would be on merit, and that the top eight of us would be selected for the Masters programme. The eight would be on full academic and boarding scholarship, complete with an allowance paid every semester (boom!). Yeah, there was quite a bit of excitement after the announcement!

My mind wasn’t quite on the Masters programme though, as I had made other prior plans. The attachment move that Miss ZZZZZ pulled on me one year earlier, had sharpened me and made me street wise, without me even realising it, just like I hadn’t made the connection between Borabu and the Jamhuri Estate maids, years earlier.

During attachment at ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa, I forged friendships with guys in personnel, with the future in mind. It was by then clear in my mind that there is nothing for free, that there’s a price for everything. ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa was a very prestigious outfit to work for in those days, unlike today. The pay and opportunities were good. So I let guys of personnel use & misuse me, with the knowledge that it would pay off at a later date in the near future. I was not snobbish and aloff like others of my kind at ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa. Those guys even used to send me for nyama choma, beef burgers and chips! Me I used to go without a problem.

Before the end of attachment, and before leaving ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa, a number of guys in personnel told me to prepare a letter of application for employment and leave it with them. They liked me sana yenyewe. They used to call me Mr. ZZZZZ, because of my muscular frame!

What I didn’t know was that ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa had secretly sought a recommendation on me from the University administration, and that the University administration had secretly sent back a positive encouraging recommendation. All this was happening in the course of our final year at campus. Every now and then, I passed through ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa to say hello to guys, without the slightest hint that things were in progress. It was around this time, and around the time that the news of the inception of the Masters’ programme was broken to us, that two guys of personnel at ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa, discreetly told me that my stuff was in order, and that I was just about certain of being employed at ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa, on completion of our studies.

I was so thrilled and excited…! This was worth skipping attachment in Naivasha! My anger towards Miss ZZZZZ mellowed at this very point. I had her to thank for this! Little did I know that my anger towards her would mellow even further, and that I would have to thank her for even more!

We did our final undergraduate campus exams on schedule, and got our results about a month after this. Wonder of wonders…! I was ranked eighth in the classs on account of those results, plus the other exams we had sat in our three year programme. I couldn’t believe it! It was that A that Miss ZZZZZ gave me in semester one of second year… that A! It was a border line Upper Second Class Honours kwanza.

I did my computations, and realised that had I got a B in Miss ZZZZZ’s unit, I would have dropped to Lower Second Class Honours, and would have been neck-and-neck, with the guy who was ninth. I don’t know what criteria would have been used then. Had I got a C in Miss ZZZZZ’s unit, then I would have been ninth or even tenth. Like I say above, I feel I rightfully deserved either a C or a D in her unit. I couldn’t believe it, but was nevertheless pleasantly surprised. From being my No. 1 enemy, Miss ZZZZZ was quickly becoming my No. 1 star, in absentia tena! In my own private & personal jubilation, I also remembered Mama ZZZZZ… she also had a hand in this.

I had however made up my mind to join ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa, and immediately took them provisional copies of my transcripts/final award.

I got my employment letter from ZZZZZ & ZZZZZ East Africa and my admission letter for the Masters programme at about the same time. I politely and formally declined the invitation to join the Masters programme, much to the shock and disbelief of Faculty staff, and much of the University administration. A meeting was hurriedly arranged between myself, and both the Dean of Faculty and the Academic Registrar. I explained my decision to them and they seemed convinced. But no it didn’t end there…

A further meeting between myself and both the Academic Registrar and the Deputy Vice Chanchellor, Administration and Academic Affairs, was scheduled for a week after this! I really felt like a star…! I think these guys wanted to be completely sure about my decision and were avoiding any incident of any kind that would have in any way upset the venture, and by extension, the Canadian Government. There was a lot of sensitivity and caution in those early days of the programme.

The then Deputy Vice Chanchellor, Administration and Academic Affairs, had a reputation of being a man of few words, and he fully lived up to that reputation when we met! But he was also a pleasant warm guy, with a sharp sense of humuor, much to my surprise! When our meeting concluded, I could tell that he was convinced there were no side issues. He concluded by saying that he only hoped that I would not regret my decision in future. I haven’t… so far, anyway. My place was therefore given to the guy ranked ninth. He was so thrilled… he is an Associate Professor these days, and still has quite a liking for me to this day (understandably).

Miss ZZZZZ was however not the least bit impressed. Yani the lady was monitoring my movements all the way from far off Canada. She wrote me a viciously hostile and insultive letter from Canada dated 17th January 1990, in which she called me all sorts of names for turning down the schorlarship to do a Masters. I didn’t destroy the letter, and still have it. I didn’t reply to it though, despite her renewed celebrity status in my life. She wrote me another less hostile letter in the mid-90s, which I also ignored, and which I still keep. She was then based in Italy. That was the last contact we had with each other. I later heard that she moved back to Canada, and is now married to a Canadian.

I have never known what became of Mama ZZZZZ however, but i’ll never forget her, for sure. The introduction she gave me to the murky world of sex and love making, has been quite useful to me.

Yep, that’s my rather long, interesting and intertwined story regarding My life with maid. Interesting, huh…?

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What About the Security Forces in Zimbabwe?

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

<by Scott A Morgan

After Years of Wrangling, Violence, Electoral Fraud and other factors a Government of National Unity is set to take power in Zimbabwe. Despite the Optimism of having the accord signed skepticism regarding the Implementation remains high.

The Document that will create a new Government has reaching goals but the basic details are as follows: President Mugabe will have reduced Powers as President. Morgan Tsvangiari will assume the Office of Prime Minister and have direct control over the day to day operations of the Zimbabwe Government. Of the 31 Government Ministries 16 will be run by the MDC the others by ZANU-PF.

The Accord addresses one of the main problems that plagued Zimbabwe in recent years. The Government of Zimbabwe had used Legislation and Intimidation to control the free flow of Information. The Efforts against the Daily News an Independent Newspaper with the largest circulation in the country drew massive International Criticsm when it finally had to cease publication. Other Journalists fled overseas in order to practice their profession safely. The agreement calls upon those in the Diaspora to return home and practice their craft.

But what of the Security Forces? Section 13 of the Document covers State Organs and Institutions. In the Past Members of the Police and the Intelligence Services have been used not only to silence critical voices in the Media but the Political Opposition as well. Subsection 1 states that ” State Organs and Institutions do not belong to any Political Party and should be impartial in the discharge of their duties.”

When Zimbabwe Prepared for the Runoff to the Highly Controversial March Elections there were serious concerns about the climate that the runoff would be held under. After all it was the Senior Leaders of the Military, Police and Intelligence Services that planned and coordinated the second round of Elections. The Leader of the Zimbabwe Army said that if Mr. Tsvangiari did win the election then he would not salute him.

When the Election was finally held and the negotiations for this GNU accord began all concerns regarding the role of the security forces vanished. It could simply be that they felt the winds of change that were blowing in the country. They may have had other concerns as well. But there is one image that Television Cameras caught that may leave a sign of things to come. Supporters of both ZANU-PF and the MDC were outside the signing ceremony. The Police chased away the MDC Supporters. Was anyone suprised?

The Author Publishes Confused Eagle on the Internet and comments on US Policy towards Africa. Confused Eagle can be found at morganrights.tripod.com

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3 killed in LRA attacks: Several others Kidnapped

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

<by Scott A Morgan

Despite the fact that a Peace Accord is Ready to be signed it appears that Joseph Kony has no intentions of signing it in the immediate future. In fact the attacks by his cadre of hardcore followers threaten to destablize several regional Governments.

The activities of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) during the week of September 15th is indictative of how elusive and frustrating that he can be. During the week the LRA attacked three villages along the remote Sudanese-DRC Border. At least one South Sudan Soldier was killed along with a local chieftain. In this attack 40 children and others were kidnapped by the Force.

As this item was being prepared an attack on a barracks belonging to the Armed Forces of South Sudan Took Place. At least two Government Soldiers perished in the assault. It is estimated that at least 100 Members of the LRA took part in the assault. This attack comes after a similar attack on the town of Namanga killed 23 People. There have also been reports of attacks in the Central African Republic as well.

What is a reason for concern are the clashes with GOSS (Government of South Sudan) Forces. GOSS was the facilitator of the Peace Talks between Kony and the Ugandan Government. After two years of talks a treaty was supposed to have been signed earlier this year in the bush. The Ugandan Government showed up at the meeting. Joseph Kony was nowhere to be seen when it came time to sign the document.

The senior leadership of the LRA is angry that Kony and several other leader of the group have been Indicted by the International Criminal Court. This may be a very thinly disguised attempt to place pressure on Kampala to urge that these Indictments to be quashed. If this effort along with the efforts to hold Sudanese President Al-Bashir Accountable for his actions in Darfur go unchallenged it may lead to further Western Apathy towards Africa when it comes to Humanitarian Crises in the Future.

The Inability of Regional Governments and the United Nations to rein in the LRA is reason for concern. At one point the Sudanese Government was assisting the LRA with Tactical support and equipment. There have been calls for the United States to do more to assist in the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda. Maybe the US can use its intelligence gathering apparatus to locate and even take into custody Joseph Kony

Until he is captured or signs the Peace Treaty Joseph Kony will be a problem that affects more than just Uganda. The porous border along the East of the DRC does allow for Militia Groups to flourish. Recent Attempts by MONUC and the Congolese Army to restore Government Control have been hit and miss. Add what Kony is doing in both the CAR and Sudan and the whole region faces a potential crisis.

The Author Publishes Confused Eagle on the Internet. It can be found at morganrights.tripod.com

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Once bitten, twice shy

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Posed by models.

ByDAMARIS IRUNGU

We have all heard of the adage about being shy once bitten.

With the unpredictable nature of relationships today and the supposed death of romance, more and more women are shying away from love.

Women who have been disappointed or are unhappy with the brothers are giving love a wide berth.

A chat with some of the sisters who have decided to stay away from love was an eye opener. I also had a chat with some who gambled with their hearts again and were lucky to hit the jackpot. Read on and find out what they had to say.

Georgina Njeri, a 29-year-old make-up artist, does not believe in love.

I once loved a man and thought he loved me too. I did everything to make the relationship work. I thought I was the perfect girl for him. I never asked him for money, treated him out once in a while, cooked him meals and tidied up his place whenever I was there, so you can imagine my shock when he dumped me for another girl. I just dont trust men anymore! I am just not ready to gamble with my heart again, she says.

Janet Kamau, also underwent a heartbreak, which left her devastated for two years. The 31-year-old lawyer went into a depression and almost lost her job and friends after being dumped by Michael, her longtime boyfriend.

I had dated Michael since our university days and we were the perfect couple.

We were so close, we were practically married. I knew his family and he knew mine. Then one day it was over, just like that. He told me he had received a job offer in South Africa and would be leaving in two months time.

Interestingly, Michael did not ask her to accompany him. He only told her he didnt want her to sacrifice her career for him. When she suggested that they marry before his departure, he said they should wait for a while.

I knew at that moment that our five-year relationship was over. I couldnt stop him from leaving. My heart was crushed into many tiny pieces and for weeks, I couldnt function. I took leave and locked myself in the house, crying the whole day and brooding.

“My world had suddenly come to an end and the worst thing was that I did not see it coming because there were no warning signs. Were it not for my girlfriends, who were always there for me, trying to cheer me up, I would have gone into as more serious depression, she says.

At the time of the interview, Michael had been in South Africa for nine months.

I havent looked at any man since he left and it really hurts whenever I remember how he treated me. I am taking a long break from love, she says.

But it is not only women who suffer heartbreak, as Jonathan Ogolla will tell you. He had a good, two-year relationship with a woman, when she suddenly became too busy. for him.

I would call her up on a Friday evening or Saturday and she would tell me she was working, says the 32-year-old.

“One Saturday evening, I bumped into her with her girlfriends at the club. I asked her what she was doing there when she had said she would be staying indoors.

“She told me her friends had made her change her mind. I was hurt that she preferred her friends to me.

“I had sensed that things were not right between us and when I asked her what the problem was, she bluntly told me that our relationship was not going anywhere, and that we should take a break from each other.

“I had given her two years of my life and here she was, leaving me without a plausible reason. I havent been able to love anyone else yet, I think she left with a big piece of my heart, it has been almost one and a half years since the break-up and at the moment I have decided to focus my career.

Meanwhile, Irene Wanjiru 33*, an accounts executive with an advertising agency, has just about had it with men who want a no-strings attached relationship. Why string a woman along when all they want is some fun? she asks.

Irene thought her relationship with a man she loved was serious, although they could not meet daily because they were both very busy. Then, all of a sudden, he went quite.

I couldnt reach him for weeks and was even worried something bad might have happened to him so you can imagine my shock and pain when I bumped into him one time at a club and he acted like things were normal.

“I asked why he had suddenly gone quiet and he said he had been busy. When I asked how he could be too busy to communicate with his girlfriend, he told me bluntly that we were only having a good time.

A shocked Irene walked away and has never looked back. From that time I havent been able to trust any man, she says.

But not all people who suffer heartbreak react this way. Some bounce back and have it even better.

You just have to gamble if you ever hope to hit the jackpot! There are no two ways about it says 34-year-old Peninah Ogutu, a cateress, whose former boyfriend hurt her so badly that it took her almost four years to heal.

And when she did, she gave love a second chance. I told myself that if he if no longer found me attractive, someone else would. After all, one mans meat is another mans poison.

I went all out and searched for love and found it. I have been married for two years now to a man who adores me and our daughter. My advice to women out there is not to give up, there are still some good men out there willing to love and waiting to be loved.

Dina Muthusi, 32, has also found love a second time.

After my affair ended abruptly, I stopped taking men seriously but one day I met a wonderful man who swept me off my feet. I was scared of loving again and at first didnt trust him, but with time, I realised that he was not the one who had broken my heart, and that it was wrong for me to lump all men together.

“I decided to give him a chance, and as we speak, we are planning to get married on Valentines day next year. No matter how painful the breakup might have been, you should be able to love again or else a great chance will pass you by.”

So how exactly does one heal from a bad break-up?

Cry if you have to, then move on. But get move into another relationship immediately because you might bump into another bad man and only make things worse for youself. Give yourself time to heal because if you dont, it will come back to haunt you.

Get a new hobby to keep yourself busy or take up new challenges at work when going through a heartbreak. It is only time that can heal the pain and keeping busy helps you get over the break-up faster than when you have a lot of free time on your hands. Take up a hobby or sport in the evening, get into acting or any other activity you enjoy doing and that will be amazed at just how fast you recover.

Socialise but dont specialise. After a bad break-up, it is easy to lock yourself up in the house listening to sad music and brood from morning to evening. The kind of music you should be singing along to are jazzy empowering tunes, because believe it or not, it works.

Dont lose your sense of fashion. Always look good because you never know who you will bump into out there. Most women who have been heart broken and have given up on relationships tend to get sloppy.

Accept change, which is inevitable in life. Dont sweat it if he left you for a hot model, dont go starving yourself and blaming God for not giving you that type of body. Change what can be changed and move on confidently.

Once you learn to love yourself and know that you did your best for the relationship, work on your strong points and sooner rather than later, someone else will notice just what a wonderful person you are.

Dont let a heartbreaker leave with your self-esteem. He is not worth it.

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Why Central Bank should be independent of President

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

ByDONALD KIPKORIR

When she refused to be demoted from the Central Bank deputy governor post and made a permanent secretary, Mrs Jacinta Mwatela brought to the fore the persistent question of the banks role and independence.

Always playing it safe, Attorney-General Amos Wako told a press conference that only the governor had security of tenure. And as usual, the AG did not leave paper trail that would allow Kenyans to critique his advice to the Government.

The offices of the CBK board of directors, which comprises the governor, the deputy governor and five non-executive members, are established by the Central Bank of Kenya Act, Cap 491.

The law says that the President shall make the appointments and that each qualifies for a term of four years, which is renewable once. The offices shall fall vacant only as set out in the Act.

A board member may be removed or replaced only in the case of any of the following instances: being employed or engaging in business elsewhere, being adjudged bankrupt, a criminal conviction, insanity, missing three consecutive board meetings without leave and incompetence or inability to carry out the work.

The governor is the only one who, even after the occurrence of any of the scenarios, may be removed with the advice of a tribunal set up for this specific purpose.

The tribunal cannot set aside the governors bankruptcy, criminal conviction or insanity, but can merely confirm that indeed it is true.

This additional step in the governors removal does not make his position different from those of the other members. Out of respect, the governor is given two levels of exit.

Supporters of Mrs Mwatelas removal have fallen back on sections 24 and 25 of the Constitution, which say that all public officers hold their offices at the Presidents pleasure, but this is not absolute.

The Constitution framers were wise enough to put it that such pleasure is to the extent that it does not conflict with the Constitution or the law establishing that office. Some public offices are outside the Presidents control once he makes the appointments.

Such offices are those whose tenure is spelt out and include, but are not limited to, judges, electoral commissioners, the AG as well as heads of such organisations as the Central Bank, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Capital Markets Authority, Communications Commission of Kenya and the National Security Intelligence Service.

These government agencies are self-sufficient on their tenures and their holders enjoy security of tenure. For peculiar reasons, they operate outside the Executives normal ambits and departments.

The holders are expected to, on appointment and thereafter, be of high moral and intellectual integrity. But if they meet this expectation, the jury is out.

The CBK is and ought to be independent of the President and politics as its role is beyond partisanship. Central banks the world over have near-similar mandates, take charge and control of the monetary policy, print money and maintain a stable financial system.

The governors and their boards are shielded from interference to allow them to give efficacy to their mandate. Without such security of tenure, central banks such as Zimbabwes will print money as though they are party membership cards.

The Federal Reserve of America and the Bank of England are created by ordinary Acts of Parliament such as ours. The governors and the boards are appointed by the President and the Queen respectively.

They are then insulated from arbitrary removal. In fact, their removal is like in our case, but without separate treatment for the governor.

Legal scholars argue that the governors and the boards of the US and British central banks are independent of the Executive, yet the President and the Queen hold ultimate authorities in their realms.

So why does Mr Wako and other people say that only the CBK governor, and not the deputy or other directors, enjoys security of tenure? Where is the statutory and legal basis for the argument?

The absence of the independence of the CBK and its entire board means that Kenya is returning to the dark days when the bank engaged in businesses outside its mandate.

The bank built and once owned Times Tower in downtown Nairobi, engaged in business with Goldenberg, owned Grand Regency Hotel and was involved with Anglo Leasing and its affiliates when the law prohibits it from doing so.

For long, the CBK thought it was a money-printing press for State House. Past governors since independence, probably except Mr Nahashon Nyagah, have left it richer than when they joined it.

When the governor and the rest of the board know that their employment is for the service of the country and that their tenures are secure, they will serve Kenyans without one hand in the till.

How Kenyans long for the day when the CBK will grow up to be a small brother of its US, British and Singaporean counterparts at least in independence and integrity!

Mrs Mwatela showed us the way; we will never forget her.

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A Kenyan star who hails from the Kalenjin community returned home from Beijing a millionaire

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Lavish welcome for Jelimo

By Standard Team

It was virtually a public holiday at Pamela Jelimos homecoming ceremony that climaxed with a huge feast at her Kaptamok Village, Koyo in Kaptumo Division, home.

From Eldoret Airport, through Mosoriot, Chepterit and finally Kapsabet Town, everything came to a standstill as thousands lined up the entire route to give Jelimos party entourage that stretched in a convoy of three kilometres, the most rousing of receptions.

The Olympic champion, resplendent in a flowing pink dress, acknowledged greetings from thousands of cheering residents and students atop a four-wheel guzzler as her progress home made seven stops.

At Kapsabet, she cut the tape to a street named after her, linking the town to the historic Kipchoge Keino Stadium to become the second runner to be honoured after the legendary two-time Olympic gold medallist. Kipchoge received similar honours after the Mexico 1968 Olympics.

Pamela Jelimo acknowledges cheers from crowds that lined up the roads to welcome her home. Photos: Robert Gicheru And Peter Ochieng /Standard

“I am happy to receive such recognition. I hope to keep doing well and being a role model,” Jelimo told ecstatic crowds.

From Kapsabet, her procession snaked through Namkoi, Kipsigak, Kaptumo and finally Koyo as plans to fly her by helicopter from the town to her village were shelved to avoid disappointing hundreds who gathered along the road to celebrate their star.

There was no doubt she had returned to her kingdom.

Primary and secondary school students, enjoying a sturdy break to receive their teenage idol, sang songs in her praise.

With Sports Minister, Prof Helen Sambili and her Industrialisation counterpart, Henry Kosgei playing chaperones, Jelimo was garlanded at every stop, with the crowds surging to catch a glimpse at the World junior record holder.

“Kongoi lakwenyo” (Thank you, our pride) was chanted endlessly as political and administrative leaders in Uasin Gishu, Nandi North, Central and finally her home District, Nandi South fell over themselves in lavish praise.

Huge security presence was felt all along the way. Dozens of police officers on foot, vehicles and an outrider kept cheering fans that mobbed their heroine at respectable distance.

“I have done my best and I would like others to do the same. It comes through hard work,” Jelimo exalted when she addressed a mammoth gathering at Kapsabet town.

Songs in her tributes belted from public address systems, pictures bearing her image sold like hot cakes and no one could remember ever witnessing such an occasion in the region.

Courtesy calls

The Kenya Police chopper that brought the millionaire Golden League jackpot winner was flown to Koyo Primary School grounds to ferry her back once festivities ended.

After various courtesy calls to Nandi County and Kapsabet Municipal councils, Jelimo was then ushered into Nandi South District Commissioner, Evans Achoki, before the two-lap princess entered her home for the grand reception.

A battery of local and international Press descended on the sleepy location that still bears remnants of Januarys post-election chaos. This time, it was to celebrate a girl who has forged national unity like no other by dominating her sport.

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“She is the ambassador of all ambassadors for this country. We are all happy to receive you,” Kosgey said.

At her home, where large hired tents and a half complete maisonette masked the humble beginnings she rose from, a smiling Jelimo sat to absorb the glowing tributes from every speaker.

Her family was introduced and Jelimo cut a five tier cake before politicians gathered gave speeches and when she rose to speak, the Africa champion, humbled by what had unfolded said.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the home ceremony. Jelimo was awarded a cow and was due to fly back to Nairobi on a chopper. Song dance and merriment concluded the occasion.

Reported by Joseph Ngure, Titus Too and Mutwiri Mutuota

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Kenya: A father who fathered a world class star is proud of his daughter

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

I didnt abandon Jelimo, says father

By Standard Team

Retired secondary school teacher, Charles Kibiwott, the alleged father of Olympic champion and World junior womens 800m record holder, Pamela Jelimo, finally broke his silence at the icons homecoming.

“I am very happy for what she has achieved. She is a daughter of fortune,” Kibiwott, 62, told reporters.

He denied claims of abandoning the global phenomenon as she dropped out of secondary school insisting that delayed pension after his retirement led to lack of fees.

“Yes, it is true that I failed to raise her school fees since I was not given money after retirement. We tried everything possible to get back to school,” he said inches away from the vehicle where her daughter was addressing thousands at Eldoret.

Kibiwott, who taught at Menengai, Kemeloi, Kaptumo, Moi Sirgoi and Koyo Secondary Schools before retiring in 2002, said that he spoke to Jelimo last shortly before she left to Beijing.

“I have not met her since then. She deserves celebrations of the highest standard by the masses,” the father of six explained.

Throughout the festivities, Kibiwott was not introduced to the crowds and seemed quite content to sit in the background.

Traditional dictates in her Nandi community do not allow the last born in a family of only daughters to get married but she can beget children with a man of her choice.

In another development, Jelimos fianc, Percy Murei, a budding two-lap athlete, was visibly present at the homecoming ceremony, but was not also formally introduced.

Joseph Ngure, Titus Too and Mutwiri Mutuotaa

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A Kenya court stops Akinyi who wants to double roll businessmen

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Akinyi blocked from selling Sh17m house

By Judy Ogutu

A woman at the centre of a property tussle with her Nigerian-cum-Ivorian husband, Mr Anthony Chinedu, has to contend with yet another suit.

On Thursday, a businessman obtained orders stopping Ms Joyce Akinyi Ochieng from disposing of or transferring a Sh17million house in Lavington.

High Court Judge, Justice Alnashir Visram extended interim orders stopping Akinyi from disposing of or transferring the property pending determination of the suit by Mr Ahmed Noorani.

Noorani has expressed fears of losing the property following the case between Akinyi and Chinedu over ownership of properties, including the house he intends to buy. He says if Chinedus application succeeds, he will suffer irreversible damage.

Breach of contract

The businessman says in September last year, he received an offer from Akinyi for the sale of the house, which was, then under construction.

He claims Akinyi has attempted to sell the villa to a third party, which is in breach of the contract.

He alleges he has already paid Sh4.4 million as part of the purchase price.

According to Noorani, the agreement stipulated that six villas were to be constructed on the said property.

The houses were then to be purchased by Noorani at a cost of Sh17million. On October 1 last year, he accepted the offer and paid an initial deposit of Sh4.4 million.

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Kibaki shows leadership: Makes report on election violence public only a day after it was handed over to him

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Kreigler report made public

Written By:Daniel Waitere/Lilian Mwendo

The Kriegler report on the 2007 presidential elections was made public Friday by the commission team led by the chairman Johann Kriegler and former UN boss Kofi Annan at a Nairobi hotel.

Annan once again called upon the coalition government to implement the recommendations terming the report as wise and comprehensive.

The report compiled by the commission probing last years general elections has exposed fundamental flaws in the countrys entire electoral system and made far-reaching recommendations.

Though the blame appears to lie heavily with the Electoral Commission of Kenya-ECK-, politicians, members of the public, political parties and the media have also been accused of electoral malpractices that undermined free and fair election.

Specifically the report came up with a 10-point list of findings that concluded the whole exercise was a sham.

The constitutional and legal framework relating to elections was found to be weak and inconsistent and that the electoral management requires revision.

ECK was found wanting in its independence and capacity which impacted negatively on the commissioners legitimacy and public confidence to deliver impartial results.

The report found that the electoral process and environment were disrupted by the public, political parties and the media besides widespread bribery, intimidation and ballot box stuffing.

It was the opinion of the commission that the entire exercise right from the polling stations was so gravely impaired that it is irrelevant whether or not there was actual rigging at the national tally center.

The report makes far-reaching recommendations including the disbandment of the ECK to be replaced by an electoral management body with a new name and image.

It also proposes that executive, legislative and political measures be undertaken to enable the reconstituted electoral body to inject electoral integrity to the citizens.

The recommendations also include adoption of a new voters register and an agreement of a new electoral system through the constitutional review process.

The report has so far created mixed reaction across borders with some citing dissatisfaction on the teams work.

Kriegler on the other hand took issue with those already criticizing the teams work noting that the team accomplished its mandate as per the terms of reference.

He took the opportunity to give a clarification on the reports finding that no rigging took place at KICC where tallying of the results took place despite widespread rumours that it really happened.

Kriegler accused those criticisizing the report of skepticism saying it was difficult to change misconceptions and pre-conceived ideas on the election by a majority of the people.

He urged everyone to carefully study the report before either agreeing or disagreeing with its findings and recommendations.

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KRIEGLERS REPORT

  1. Kenyas constitutional and legal framework on elections flawed
  2. Electoral management process should be revised
  3. ECK capacity, independence, composition and management compromised
  4. ECK legitimacy and confidence irreversibly impaired
  5. Electoral process hampered and environment disrupted by public, political parties and media
  6. Serious defects in the voter register
  7. Abuse of polling coupled by voter bribery, vote buying, intimidation and ballot stuffing
  8. Defective data collation, transmission and tallying

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RECOMMENDATIONS

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  1. Reform ECK or replace it with an Electoral Management Body-EMB
  2. Implement measures to inject electoral integrity
  3. Empower the EMB to carry out its constitutional functions
  4. Adopt a new voter registration system
  5. New constitution to address a new electoral system

At the same time, Chief Mediator Kofi Annan wants all stakeholders to be involved in the implementation of the just released Krieglers Commission report.

Annan urged the coalition Government, civil society leaders, private sector and the media to take heed of the recommendations and incorporate them into the upcoming electoral reform process.

He said the current political atmosphere was conducive for immediate implementation of the report warning that its recommendations were too important to be brushed aside.

He described the report as bold, constructive, comprehensive and wise and thanked the commission for its six months good work.

The remarks were contained in a speech he read at the Nairobi Serena Hotel during a press conference Friday attended by the eight Independent Review Commission led by Kriegler.

The former UN Secretary General regretted the devastation wrought on the country following the violent protests over the disputed 2007 General Election.

He observed that the situation was too grave to escape the attention of any Kenyan if the country is to be spared a replica of the same in the future elections.

Annan said the report was made public and referred the interested persons to the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committees website, http://www.dialoguekenya.org

He applauded the statesman-ship and the leadership of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying he looked upon them to steer the difficult process of the nation building under the coalition to a successful conclusion.

In reaction to media analysis of his commissions report, Kriegler sought to clarify what he termed as a misconception that the commission had been mandated to establish who won the election.

This, he said, was only part of the mandate explaining that its core duty was to investigate the integrity of the electoral process of which they established that the electoral commission was not dishonest but incompetent in the management of the poll.
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Oselu Nyalik is dead

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Veteran politician dies in Kisumu, aged 91

Forwarded By Leo Odera Omolo

Former Assistant Minister and MP for Winam constituency Oselu Nyalik is dead.

Mr Nyalik, 91, died on Thursday at his Buoye home after a long battle with diabetes. He was one of the surviving veteran Luo politicians who worked with founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

Nyalik also served in the East African Army Education Corps during World War II. In 1956, he was elected First Clerk to the African District Council (the then county council) and later became the first Assistant Minister for Labour.

He leaves behind four wives, 34 children and more than 100 grand children.

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Kenya ‘the cradle of mankind’ and ‘home of the safari’

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2008

Posted by Stephen Waiguru

Kenya ‘the cradle of mankind’ and ‘home of the safari’ is a country rich in wildlife, stunning landscapes, a rich blend of people and cultures and perfect climate all year round, making it a perfect tourism destination.

Kenya abounds with various attractions – from its national parks teeming with wildlife, scenic landscapes, towns and cities to its like able people known for their hospitality. Visit Kenya today for a unique and unforgettable experience.

For a glimpse of what Kenya has to offer, log onto:
www.youtube.com/mysticalafrica

PS:Forward this message to all your relatives, friends, workmates, clients and everyone, locally and abroad; let the world see, learn and know all about Kenya.

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