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National holiday declared on Obama victory

Posted by African Press International on November 7, 2008

Written By:PPSPosted: Wed, Nov 05, 2008

President Mwai Kibaki has sent a congratulatory message to President-elect Barrack Obama upon his election as the 44th President of the United States of America.

At the same time President Kibaki has declared Thursday 6th November 2008 a public holiday to enable Kenyans celebrate the historic achievement by Senator Obama and our country.

President Kibaki said, “This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya. The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success.”

In his message President Kibaki noted that President Obama’s and Democratic Party unassailable victory was a clear testimony of the confidence the American people have not only in his leadership and vision for his country but for the world at large.

President Kibaki said in the message, “On behalf of the Government and people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I join the rest of the world in celebrating and congratulating you on your election as the 44th President of the United States of America.”

The Head of State noted that President Obama’s victory was a true testimony of the faith and trust the American people have in the policies, values and ideals that he has devotedly advocated for.

President Kibaki termed President Obama’s victory a culmination of a grueling campaign and highly competitive election which proved beyond doubts his determination and courage to overcome tough challenges.

He said, “I am confident that your Presidency shall herald a new chapter of dialogue between the American people and the world at large.”

The President also expressed readiness of his government to work with the new American administration to further promote and strengthen the warm and cordial relations that exist between the two countries.

“We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots. Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us her in Kenya,” said President Kibaki.

Elsewhere, hundreds of villagers in Kogelo,erupted into song and dance at the news that the nation’s favourite son had won the US presidential election.

Swinging twigs and chairs in the air, men cheered and clapped while women ululated and shouted “Obama! Obama!” in the village where his grandmother lives and where his late Kenyan father was born.

“Senator Obama is our new president. God has answered our prayer,” said pastor Washington Obonyo, who had prayed for an Obama victory on Tuesday and through much of the night.

“I am very happy, I have not slept the whole night, even my wife slept alone as I waited for the results,” said Joseph Otieno, a jubilant Kogelo resident.

“Because Obama has won, we will have a change in the whole world. And for that I will slaughter a cockrel to celebrate with my family.”

Wild celebrations woke the sleepy village, people hugged each other as others ran aimlessly in the muddy streets after spending a chilly night glued to a giant screen watching results unfold on the US networks.

“God bless all Americans and Kenyans,” said Kevin Amollo. “I am very happy.

“We feel really good about the victory,” added Roselyne Ayaro, another reveller, waving a placard bearing Obama’s picture.

The residents had braved a heavy downpour and deafening thunderbolts overnight, dancing and singing to choruses belted out by a live band at a local dispensary.

Children and youths gyrated to the songs, the lights of an army of international TV crews casting shadows on the tarpaulin tents.

School children danced around the tents before heading to school as police officers kept watch.

I the city of Kisumu, the regional provincial capital, huge screens were also mounted at a city park where hundreds turned out Wednesday morning after catching a few hours’ sleep.

Others crowded restaurants and shops to witness the first accession of a black man to the White House.

“It’s sweet victory for us. He should look into helping us, the people of Kenya,” said Walter Oyoo, holding his bicycle above his head.

“At least our dream of free and fair elections has finally come true. We were painfully robbed here in Kenya, but Obama and America have shown the world what true democracy is all about,” said Tom Nyanjong, a primary school teacher.

Kisumu had on Tuesday declared Obama the winner of the presidential contest in mock polls held by two local comedians.

Small groups gathered in a handful of Nairobi bars exceptionally open all night, as well as at the US embassy and the capital’s main conference centre, erupted into cheers.

Strong opinion poll forecasts throughout the past week and early projections from some key states had however prompted many to head back to sleep before Obama’s win was confirmed, confident the homeboy would become “the first Kenyan in the White House”.



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Zambia: Mealie meal prices up

Posted by African Press International on November 7, 2008

Lusaka (Zambia) – The prices of mealie meal and other foodstuff have continued to skyrocket despite the reduction in fuel prices.

But the Government has accused millers of unjustifiably inflating prices. In Lusaka, the price of mealie meal has shot up from about K56, 000 to K61, 900 per 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast while roller meal has been pegged at K51,000 from K49, 000 for the similar quantity.

Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) executive director Harrison Banda attributed the mealie meal price increases to the high maize prices. In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Banda said the millers were getting maize at $410 per tonne, which translated into about K82,000 per 50 kilogramme bag using the prevailing foreign exchange rate. He explained that the price of maize and its sources were a major factor in the price of mealie meal and it could not be mitigated by the reduction in fuel prices.

But Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Sarah Sayifwanda said that the millers should explain why they were increasing the price of the staple food when they procured the maize cheaply. Ms Sayifwanda said there was no justification in the claim by the millers because they had been encouraged to buy the crop directly from the farmers around the country. She said millers were supposed to be Government partners and what they were doing was tantamount to sabotage and wondered if they wanted to bring the Government down.

The millers had caused the Food Reserve Agency to increase the maize prices from K45,000 to K55,000 because the millers were offering better prices, Ms Sayifwanda said.

All the milling companies, apart from National Milling, which was waiting for instructions from the companys headquarters in Lusaka, have increased the price of mealie meal.

A 25 kilogramme of breakfast from Simba No. 1 and GBM Superior Milling was being sold between K60,000 and K61,900 in most of the shops at Northmead Shopping Centre. Roller meal was being sold for between K49,500 and K52,500 for the same quantity while a 10 kilogramme of Gold Star and Choma Milling breakfast was pegged at K29,000 from K25, 000 in the townships.

At BP Express Shop in Longacres, a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast was being sold for K61,000 while bread has also been increased to K4,300 from K3,900 at the same shop. A 25 kilogramme GBM breakfast bag of mealie meal is selling at K61,900 while a 12-and-half kilogramme is going for K33, 800 at Melissa Supermarket in Northmead and Longacres Rendezvous Supermarket.

The price of a two kilogramme sugar has been increased from K8,000 to K10,000 while a one kilogramme packet is fetching between K5,500 and K6,000 from the initial K5,000.

In Ndola, various milling companies, bakeries and retailers in various residential areas showed that the price of mealie-meal has been raised between K5,000 and K9,000 while the price of bread has been increased by between K500 and K700.

A survey yesterday showed a number of major retail shops including Shoprite had run out of mealie meal while a few that had the commodity were selling between K62,000 and K63,000 for a 25 kilogramme breakfast bag.


API/Source.The Times of Zambia (Zambia) – November 5, 2008.

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Kenya: Borders to be drawn on Lake Victoria

Posted by African Press International on November 7, 2008

Nairobi (Kenya) – Cross-border fishing conflicts on Lake Victoria are set to end now that Kenya and Uganda have agreed to draw their boundaries.

The two countries will demarcate the lake using bright beacons so that fishermen can tell their countrys borders.

The matter was resolved during a meeting attended by fisheries ministers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Kenya and Uganda will be the first to draw their boundaries following recent conflicts over the ownership of Migingo Island, which have led to arrests and harassment of Kenyans.

Surveyors from the two countries will also put to an end the row over who between them owns the island.

Ugandan security officers evicted more than 400 Kenyan fishermen from the one-acre rocky island, claiming non-payment of Sh50,000 annual operation fees.

Uganda seized the island in 2004 and has hoisted its flag there.

Migori county council workers who were sent to the island to collect fish cess were also kicked out, making the county hall to incur heavy losses.

The council Finance committee chairman Tobias Warentho said workers would only return to the island when the Ugandan police are removed from Migingo.

A few weeks later, 15 Kenyan fishermen were arrested for trespass into Ugandan territory.

Uganda police had claimed that the Kenyans entered their territory and started fishing without authorisation.

Ugandas fisheries minister Fred Mukisa dismissed reports of a cross-border crisis, saying it was an issue of fisheries irregularities.

Fisheries minister Paul Otuoma, Nyanza Provincial Commissioner Paul Olando and Migori District Commissioner Julius Mutula represented Kenya at the conference in Kampala.

The meeting was called to discuss sustainable resource management in Lake Victoria.

We were discussing how to properly use the fisheries resources, roles of the beach management units and illegal fishing practices. How to protect the endangered species also featured prominently, said Mr Mutula.

Attended by experts from England and Ireland, the meeting also discussed ways of standardising products from the lake for improved marketing.


API/Source.The Nation (Kenya) – November 5, 2008.

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Notice to readers: Server problem for email only

Posted by African Press International on November 7, 2008

I could not get any emails from yesterday 23.55. All those who may have sedn me email be informed therefore.

The ëmail server – from the Norwegian company was down. Five minutes ago 15.15 is when the old mail started ticking in.

There are 430 of them. I will get my people go through them now and will reply them.

Please exercise pateince if you expect me to get back to you, I will do so in time shortly.

Chief editor Korir

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