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US Ambassador to Kenya is a threat to the country: Acting like a small king of Kenya.

Posted by African Press International on November 26, 2008

US envoy visits Raila over land

us-ambassador-and-railaUS ambassador Michale Ranneberger and Prime Minister Raila Odinga addressing a press conference. PHOTO/ FILE

By NATION ReporterPostedMonday, November 242008at20:38

US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Monday held a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, a day after our sister paper, Sunday Nation, reported on a land dispute he was involved in.

The Ambassador arrived at Mr Odingas Parliament office at 3pm but had to wait for 30 minutes as the Premier was in another meeting.

Details of Mr Ranneberger and Mr Odingas meeting, which was also attended by Mrs Deloris Jordan, the mother of a former NBA basketball star, were not made public.

According to the story, the US envoy and Mrs Jordan were reported to be at the centre of a land tussle in which they want the Sh1.2 billion parcel near State House, which was bequeathed to Nairobi City Council by a Lady Northey, allocated to a private organisation for a hospital.

The US Ambassador was reported to have written to President Kibaki on September 12, 2008, requesting that the land, measuring 5.96 acres, be allocated to Nairobi Womens Hospital.

The letter was written a month after Mrs Jordan and Dr Sam Thenya, the hospitals chief executive, had visited the President at his office.

Sources who attended the meeting said the President had asked Dr Thenya and Mrs Jordan to look for alternative land.

The coveted piece of land will reportedly be gazetted soon be as a national monument because of its significance.



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Kenyan MPs will not be taxed, says the MPs in a parliament vote.

Posted by African Press International on November 26, 2008

Parliament votes against taxation

Written By:Daniel Waitere,Posted: Tue, Nov 25, 2008

Parliament Tuesday unanimously passed the finance bill 2008 but minus the clause that would have allowed the taxman to collect money from their fat pay cheques.

Out of the 222 sitting Mps only two Kangundo members, Johnstone Muthama and Ndaragwa Mp Jeremiah Kioni have voluntarily offered to have their allowances taxed.

In one of those rare but predictable moments by the honorable members, the Mps came together to pass the finance bill without the clause that allows for the taxation of their allowances.

Acting Finance Minister John Michuki succeeded in having the Finance bill 2008 passed but not after yielding to members’ persuasion to amend clause 39 of the bill that would have essentially subjected their allowances to taxation.

Michuki tactfully avoided moving the amendment instead letting the chairman of the parliamentary finance committee Chris Okemo to move the controversial amendment that has seen an outpouring of criticisms leveled against Mps for failing to honor their fiscal obligation like the rest of Kenyans.

Earlier during the day members resolved to oppose any move to tax their allowances at a speaker’s Kamukunji held at parliament Old chambers.

Only Kangundo member Johnstone Muthama disowned their resolutions.

Muthama and Ndaragwa legislator Jeremiah Kioni have voluntarily written to the clerk and the speaker of the national assembly directing that their allowances be taxed



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