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Kenya elections 2017: Let us have peaceful campaigns

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2017

By Jonathan Korir

Let us have peaceful campaigns and vote in good leaders. When vying for elective position political science dictates that one should be Charismatic, adorable and appealing to the electorates, otherwise life can be very difficult and frustrating.

You need to find out whether you have those qualities before venturing into politics. It would be important to know that vacancy is one at a time and for those who will get one or even zero in certain polling stations then you better surrender and support a winning candidate to avoid the humiliation by wananchi (voters), then you will be a frustrated person in life.

Being a political failure can be very haunting and especially if you are among those branded as projects, God forbid, or those who vie because it is an electioneering period and you must be there because people are vying.

It is a pity for the spoilers if they are there, but for genuine contestants I wish you the best.

For level headed persons it is easy to know whether you are appealing to wananchi (voters), or you are forcing yourself on them.

They will listen to you but come 8th August they sink it into your head and you hate yourself for the next five years before you cheat yourself that they are likely to vote you in which may not be the case. It is better to soul search and stay away when you know you will get 1 or zero in certain polling centres.

In Soliat, Kericho county we have 15 candidates and I can see many getting those figures and be a political failure which haunts.

On 9th August we will get to know them. In politics people make decisions even before elections are called. God be with us to see that day.

For our chosen leaders "tuombee adui wetu ili unapo barikiwa wajionee kwa macho na wawe" (we pray for our enemies so that they open their eyes and be patient"), to fool themselves again.

God bless you God bless Soliat.

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The funny corner of life: You think you have family problems?

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2017

By Irene Cheruto

This actually caught my interest….

Two men met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation.
One of them kept complaining about family problems. Finally the other man said, "You think you have family problems? Listen to my situation.

A few years ago I met a young widow with a grown up daughter and we got married.

Later my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson.

Also my wife became mother in law of her father in law. Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother had a son. This boy was my half brother because he was my father’s son but he was also the son of my wife’s daughter, which made him my wife’s grandson. That made me the grandfather of my half brother.

This was nothing until my wife and I had a son. Now the half sister of my son, my stepmother is also the grandmother. This makes my father the brother in law of my child, whose stepsister is my fathers wife, I am my stepmothers brother in law, my wife is her own child’s aunt, my son is my fathers nephew and I’m my own grandfather.

And you think you have family problems???"

Not the end of the happenings…..

So don’t highlight your problems all the time….

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Kenya: Uhuru government has done fairly well in some areas.

Posted by African Press International on June 27, 2017

By Ng’etich Kipkoech Bernhard

No doubt jubilee has done fairly well in some sectors like Huduma, road network and the railway system. I do not know what percentage to award.

I don’t think matters employment whether direct or indirect have been impressive. Tea farmers for example remain an oppressed and exploited lot. Land ownership and usage remains waterloo.

Remarkable in jubilee govt in my view was a united government, simple presidency with an easy president, respectable DP especially to the president and some robust and focused Cabinet secretaries.

Again, Kenyans are not numbskulls, they will appraise them with a toothcomb appraisal and hopefully their decision will be informed by issues.

What we need now is one Kenya, one people.

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Who are the strategists?

Posted by African Press International on June 19, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol

For the uninitiated, Presidential elections are won or lost at the strategic boiler rooms where the best brains brood over data and strategies 24/7.

Sample these:
#Donald Trump campaign was in a free fall until he brought in respected data cruncher Kellyann Conway. Conway, the first female manager to spearhead a winning presidential campaign in American history, went on to instill discipline in Trumps campaign.

#David Axelrod, a respected communication guru, is credited with the success of Obamas 2008 winning presidential campaign. He is the one who came up with the slogan, YES WE CAN!

#George Bush Jr won the US presidency twice on the strength of the brilliance of renowned political strategist Karl Rove.

#Bill Clinton’s improbable win in the 1992 US presidential elections is credited to two greatest political strategists of their time: Paul Begela and James Caville.

And the question that begs for answers is this: Who are the strategists for Raila Amolo Odinga and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta?

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Stay STRONG and TRUST Him.

Posted by African Press International on June 18, 2017

By Joseph Kipkorir Kirui

1 SAMUEL‬ ‭1:5-7, 20‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “…Hannah’s rival provoked her bitterly, to irritate and embarrass her, because the Lord had left her childless. So it happened year after year, whenever she went up to the house of the Lord, Peninah provoked her; so Hannah wept and would not eat. 20, It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; she named him Samuel, saying,

“Because I have asked for him from the Lord."

My dear friends, Let them mock you, laugh at you, point fingers at you, provoke and even tease you because you have not gotten married, gotten a job, your marriage failed, or you have been married for years without a child….let them do that but in no time the Lord your God is going to give you a mighty testimony that will blow their minds just like Hannah.

Your lifetime Samuel miracle is coming. Your desired miracle which you have asked from the Lord is coming in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. GOD is going to turn every mockery and blasphemy of men into your lifetime testimony. Stay STRONG and TRUST Him.

The End

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Facing the cut – Does it make one more of a man?

Posted by African Press International on June 18, 2017

By Maina Wa Muchiri

When I went for circumcision as a teenager, I found some other Kikuyu boys at the hospital where most of the circumcision in my town took place. I remember the fear on most of the faces, despite the fact that each was to be anaesthetized, for a painless ritual.

The process was painlessly quick and uneventful save for the quick sharp prick that got me an infinitesmal flinch.
I didnt learn until after some years that some communities like the Bukusu face the knife naturally without getting numbed up.

Thinking about circumcision today, it appears totally meaningless to me. It has absolutely no value whatsover in modern societies and if I had my way I would have opted to forego the ritual…..and if I had to, I would have preferred the Bukusu’s real circumcision.

Which leaves me wondering why we Kikuyus are the loudest in using circumcision as a political tool against leaders from communities that do not practice the archaic ritual.

If there are people who should tout their ‘manhood’ (circumcision can never make one more of a man), it is the Bukusu.

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SATURDAY SERMON

Posted by African Press International on June 18, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol

In Luke 19:1-10, the Bible states that Zacheus, the chief tax collector who was also the shortest man in Jerusalem was determined to see Jesus at whatever cost. This prompted him to climb a sycamore tree, an act which was both humiliating and beneath his dignity.

In spite of the embarrassment he went through, he ended up not only succeeding in having a vantage view of Jesus(saw Jesus better than all the tall people Jerusalem) but Jesus recognised his sacrifice and offered to dine at his house.

In the same vein, success of whatever form requires that we think outside the box. We should should discard our timidity and an act in a bold and courageous way. We should seek to do things in extraordinary ways so that we reap extraordinary results.

And even if you are short in whatever form ( I. e. due to business failure, unemployment, failure in exam etc) I prophesize that you that will see success more than anybody in your locality. You may be poor but with Zacheus attitude you will be a billionaire. Some may have dismissed you as a nobody, a failure who will amount to nothing in life, but if you decide to climb you own sycamore tree, the extent of your transformation will astound your enemies far and wide.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION!

Posted by African Press International on June 18, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol

SUNDAY INSPIRATION!
In Mark 10:46-52, the Bible states that as Jesus was passing through Jericho, a blind man named Barthmaeus was sitting by the roadside begging, but when he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he shouted at the top of his voice, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me"

The large crowd present rebuked him, telling him to be quiet but he shouted the more. When Jesus heard his pleas, He called him and then asked a very important question, "what do you want me to do for you? "

The blind man responded, "I want to see" and immediately he regained his eyesight. From the motivation perspective, I wish to draw three vital lessons from this miracle:

1. Success or breakthroughs in your life begins with making a definite decision of what you want in life(i.e. I want to see).

2. Take a leap of faith: The moment you decide to change your circumstances, the opposition will be intense. Most people close to you may break their vocal cords as they shout against your idea, providing a thousand and one reasons why it will not work. But the saving grace is to trust your instincts and proceed boldly with your plan

3. Your life is in your hands: The state of your life will only change if you decide that it must change. If the blind man had continued sitting down and not taken the opportunity to shout, his status (read blindness) would not have changed.

Likewise, we need to be alive to opportunities that we have, shout at them,grasp them and use them to create a miracle of deliverance and prosperity in our lives.

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15th June 2017, A day to remember: President Uhuru and DP Ruto visits Belgut constituency in Kericho county

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2017

By Nelson Koech Sonko (incoming Member of Parliament, Belgut Constituency)

Quite an involving day it has been. Just like the other 5 constituencies in our county, Belgut Constituency was today a proud co- host of President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto.

For the much they have done to us as a constituency over their 4 and a half year stint ,we are grateful.

Nobody in their wildest of imaginations some years back would have thought that in June of 2017, a tarmac would run from Taplotin through Chepnyogaa to Premium.

Nobody 5 years ago would have imagined that Sosiot and Kapkelek would be having street lights this year.

In my honest opinion, as a constituency we have something to write home about under Jubilee’s first term.

I have a wish-list that I will also present to Uhuruto when they commence their 2nd term God willing. My mission now is to reach out to the 60,000 or so voters to mark the Uhuruto ballot paper space on 8th August.

Thank you for the hundreds who turned up especially at Sosiot and Taplotin and more so for showing the jubilee duo in unanimity that you are firmly Pro-Sonko.

Good night Everyone. God bless you abundantly.
#Sonko Raa

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HOW MPESA CRIMINALS OPERATE IN KENYA

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2017

SALOME (not her real name) was woken up by an incoming call in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The caller identified herself as Patricia of safaricom care centre. Patricia told her that her name was randomly sampled to be among the customers to answer a series of questions on their satisfaction with safaricom’s value added services. The caller had polished English and was very polite typical of Safaricom customer care agents. Meanwhile, the caller took her through several advises when using safaricom services, particularly on the need to keep secret all your Mpesa pin. When the conversation got deeper, the caller requested for Salome’s SIM CARD PIN to assist her(the caller) demonstrate a point. Note that the caller did not ask for MPESA pin and so it appeared completely safe.

The moment she finished giving the 4 digit SIM card PIN, the caller disconnected the call immediately. It was a few minutes past 6.00am and she could no longer use her phone. She then realized there was no safaricom network on her phone and thought her phone was faulty. She couldn’t do much as no shops were open at that time. At 8.20am after taking breakfast she went to a mobile phone repair shop just outside her house. She gave out her phone for repair, only for the technician to realize the phone was ok as it was working with other SIM cards. She was advised to replace her SIM card and did exactly that. The replaced SIM card was now working but she had to activate her MPESA afresh so that she could pay for the replacement service. To her dismay, a whole Ksh 70,000.00 was missing from her MPESA. The balance as per the previous night was Ksh. 73,578.00. The new balance was Slightly over Ksh3000.00 YES, she gave the wrong information to a clever CRIMINAL. NB; THE CRIMINAL DID NOT NEED TO GET MPESA PIN TO STEAL THE MONEY

THIS IS HOW THE CRIMINAL TRANSFERRED THE KSH. 70,000.00;

Patricia(the criminal) was savvy enough to know that Salome wouldn’t have much problem giving her SIM PIN as the sim pin is NEVER used for MPESA. The criminal had bought a new inactivated sim to use for a SIM SWAP. As she communicated to Salome with one phone, the other hand held a handset with the inactivated sim, ready to do a SIM SWAP. Immediately Salome disclosed her sim pin, the criminal did a sim swap; remember a sim swap only requires you enter the pin you originally used before losing the previous sim. The deal was done. He then activated MPESA using the same PIN as the START KEY and then proceeded to do the worst; Transferring a cool 70,000.00 from Salome’s line. All this time, Salome was waiting for shops to open to take her phone for "repair". That’s how MPESA CRIMINALS OPERATE. BE WARNED!

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I think she still believes Iam Japanese

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT:

By Mukurima X. Muriuki

I have been exchanging communication via email with a contact and it came to be that we had to meet to get some work related stuff expedited.

We choose the meeting location and I arrive 15 minutes earlier and like is my routine, I scan my environment for Exit signs and the shape and size of the windows.

I am certain my contact hasn’t arrived yet, because in the room there are 4 other gentlemen, all of Caucasian extraction. I had bet on my loins that my contact was a female-well I had done my due research before hand.

A few minutes later, and right on the money, a curvaceous brunette with the neck of a crested crane walks in. I can deduce from her body language that she is feeling the weight, not of the world, but of being a few minutes late.

From where I am seated, I watch her scan the room and her gaze betrayed the fact that she wasn’t getting what she was looking for. She gives me quick look, and I guess she realizes that I am not even close-dark as soot strands or if you may "chemsha kunde umwage maji utapata rangi yangu."

She gives the room another look, just to be sure and she gets the same result.

At that point, I decide enough!! I walk towards her and say: "Hello, Ms. Joan Doe. I am Mukurima. Mukurima Muriuki.

She gets thrown into the greatest confusion, maybe of the hour. But she quickly recovers and is honest with the truth:

"I thought I was coming to meet a Japanese. I was scanning the room for a Japanese…..Your name sounds Japanese "

I smile. She smiles. I then decide to take one for the team:

"Gucina jeci ni kama kawaida," I let her know, looking her straight in the eye.

"What does that mean", she asks.

"it’s my Japanese version of inquiring how you are doing this afternoon."

She laughs and thanks me for "asking."

I think she still believes I am Japanese.

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Deputy President Ruto in Kericho today found it hard to campaign for Jubilee nominees.

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol,

What message was the DP sending to the electorate in Kericho county? Will his actions hurt the Jubilee nominees and strengthen those vying as independent candidates?

From Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu to Kericho counties, outsider populism seems to be ruling the roost.

Events in Kericho today where the deputy president found it hard to campaign for Jubilee nominees is a precursor for a complete whitewash of establishment nominees by independent candidates.

And in the meantime, I will be drumming support for UhuRuto at the top but will be free to choose who to support at the middle tier positions. The so called six piece suit is an archaic edifice that has been overtaken by events.

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The power of children: Charles Feagan was pardoned and released on the strength of the words of his children

Posted by African Press International on June 15, 2017

Filed by Kiama Kaara,

On April 23rd 1932 a jobless struggling man, Charles R. Feagan was arrested in Detroit, charged with unlawful possession of an automobile. Feagan, a father of seven had not actually stolen the car but was transporting it to its owner in Detroit. The authorities would hear none of it and he was jailed, taking him away from the wife and children he so dearly loved.

Convinced that their daddy was not and had never been a thief, three children, Bernice (13), Irene (11) and Clifford (10) decided in their young minds to take what seemed an improbable decision to rescue their father.

Armed only with their innocence, strength of purpose, $1.32 and love for Daddy, the children begged bus drivers to take them to Washington, 1000 miles away where well-wishers gave them free accommodation as they plotted their mission the next day.

In one of the serious breaches to White House security recorded in history Bernice, Irene and Clifford walked unnoticed into the compounds of the White House, slowly making their way inside the rooms of the US seat of power until it was too late to stop them.

Within the corridors, they met the 31st President of the United States Herbert Hoover. A painfully shy man who always wore the face of a condemned man not a confident leader, President Hoover was many times defensive to the point of bewilderment. He was President during the great depression and once when told people were starving, true to his character he defended the indefensible telling his advisers ‘people are not starving. I know somebody who has managed to beg 10 meals a single day’.

Bernice, only 13 years old and acting as his father’s chief advocate, tearfully addressed the president in the oval office for one hour, extolling the virtues of his father, their life in Detroit and their mission in Washington before issuing an ultimatum to the President, ‘My father did not steal that car. I want my father home in time for Christmas. Release him’

Dumbfounded, the president said ‘A man whose children showed such loyalty to him, must have much good in him.’

Charles Feagan was pardoned and released on the strength of the words of his children and their moving story was later screened in a movie called ‘The Angels of Pennsylvania’ immortalizing how children can teach us about overcoming obstacles.

As a result of their bold act, the security of the President of the United States and that of the White house was beefed up and the White house fence taken further afield. The visit had a merciful and structural impact.

So ladies and gentlemen, raise your children in love and responsibility, for one day they may stand with you in the lowest moment of your life and raise their voice above the madding crowd to claim you and say ‘That is my father, my mother, do not joke with him’.

The power of children.

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Political predictions is my speciality

Posted by African Press International on June 14, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol

Those getting shocked by the popularity of independent candidates in Uasin Gishu county ought to understand the changing trends in voter behavior across the world.

It started with the just concluded American elections where an outsider with zero political experience won the presidency. Donald Trump won because American voters were tired of fawning, sycophantic politicians who were long on platitudes and short on substance.

The same outsider populism was reinforced in the just concluded French presidential elections where a 39 year old independent candidate cruised to an improbable victory.

These developments should provide a ray of hope to the thousands of independent candidates competing in various parts of the country.

If there is something I am very good at, then it is political predictions. I predicted Obama will be president four years before he even announced that he was running. And when everybody was shouting that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 US presidential elections, I was one of the very few Kenyans who was rooting for Donald Trump.

And for the record, my predictions for Kenyan presidential elections have been spot on since 2002! So bearing in mind my previous history of success in predicting elections, I have a strong feeling that all the three top seats in Uasin Gishu County (Governor, Senator and Women) will go independent.

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The Power of Kindness

Posted by African Press International on June 14, 2017

By Abraham Mutwol

After an intense five hours of backbreaking labour putting out a huge fire in a nearby slum, two American firefighters sat in a hotel chatting while taking a snack. Their conversation revolved around their success in saving the lives of those trapped in the inferno.

When they went to the counter to pay their bill, they were pleasantly surprised when the waitress gave them a hand written letter instead of the bill. The letter read, "Thank you for your sacrifice in saving lives. I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation and I am touched. I have decided to pay your bill as a gesture of appreciation".

The two firefighters were touched by that unusual act of generosity and decided to do an investigation to find out more information about the waitress

What they found out shocked them. The waitress was living with a paraplegic father who had been bedridden for over five years because she could not raise 17000 US dollars required for medication and a wheelchair

Touched by her plight, the two firefighters secretly organised an online fundraising. Within three days, they had raised over 70,000 US dollars, far more than what the family required.

The waitress and her bedridden father broke down in tears when the duo presented them with the money.

This goes along way to demonstrate that the little kindness we demonstrate to others will never pass unrewarded.

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