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Kenya: KLIP DIRECTOR URGES SPEEDY GROWTH

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (KLIP) Programme Director Prof Stephen Agong has urged both local and International investors,and entire stake holders to join hands for the aims of KLIP to be achieved as envisaged.Speaking during a colourful dinner party held in Dunga Beach Kisumu in honour of the local populace who have so far exhibited consistent cooperation with the body,

Prof Agong who is also the Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University  stressed the need for unity and cooperation among key stake holders in the region in order to achieve the said goals.During the party all the traditional luo dishes were availed ranging from dried fish of tilapia(Obambo), Osuga, mito, omena, busaa,brown ugali, among other delicacies. Local traditional dancers were also not left out to flavour the attentive audience.

Kisumu Governor who is in a foreign trip in the United States was represented by his Deputy Ruth Odinga. Executives of the county like Eng Vincent Kodera of Roads and infrastructure, Tourism Rose Kisia and Education docket were also in attendance. Ruth Odinga vowed to tarmac the dilapidated Dunga route in order to open the area for development and sports tourism.

Dunga Beach is one of the tourism attractive sites of Kisumu.Rose Kisia urged other partners to join hands to ensure that within two years Kisumu is ranked together with Mombasa tourism wise. KLIP was launched in Nov 28th last year by acting Swedish head of Embassy in Nairobi Bjorn haggmark.Sweden has strong engagement for urban development in Kenya through urban cooperation and it also supports cooperation around Lake Victoria.The participation of  Kisumu in the work of Misra Urban Futures another link has been established between Kenya and Sweden.

At present research institutions in Shanghai China,Cape Town South Africa,Greater Manchester in addition to  Kisumu and Gothenburg take part in the global network.Activities in Kisumu will be spear-headed by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, Maseno University among other key stake holders.

The research will be conducted on the basis of KLIP.Environmental degradation,poverty are still the challenges Kisumu  share with other rapidly growing urbanization.The infrastructure development and service expansion has not matched the rapid population growth thus proving great challenges to city authorities. KLIP concluded its busy week by a mammoth symposium which all the stake holders attended and fully participated in Kisumu museum.

 

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Marrying a white man to elevate status is risky: Swedish man wants his Kenyan ex-wife deported from Sweden without their baby

Posted by African Press International on May 20, 2013

Many Kenyan woman, and women from other African countries seem to think marrying a white man is heaven. Most of them end up in misery when the white men take them  to their European countries.

He insists that the baby must remain in Sweden and the baby’s Kenyan mother should be deported. He will take good care of the baby in Sweden, adding that the woman has been very cruel to him during their short-term relationship. He now blames the woman of being a gold digger who only wanted to use him to elevate her life by tricking him by getting pregnant.

A Kenyan women who left her village, and moved to theMombasa where most money-seeking women trick white men who are on holiday into sexual acts in their efforts to enrich themselves. While in Mombasa, she met a Swedish man and courtship  began. On discovering she was pregnant they decided to get married. After marriage, the two moved to Sweden because the white man’s permit to stay in Kenya was no longer valid.

While in Sweden, it did not take long before their new-found relationship was cut short. They started fighting one another and their relationship has now broken down. The woman, together with the child, is now being  housed at the Swedish crisis center for battered women. The man has now used his connections and wants the woman deported without the baby.

The woman’s father in Kenya who gave them the go ahead to have the relationship and also the go ahead to leave Kenya for supposed greener pastures in Sweden is now a very worried man.

He says he wants the daughter to be accorded her rights. This is, however, difficult if the marriage has not lasted for 3 years. It is a well-known fact that some women, on arriving in western capitals with their white men from Africa, they begin to be stubborn and want out to enjoy the freedom they see being enjoyed by the white women. This causes problems in the relationship. Some of the women do this intentionally because they want to leave the white man and enjoy the social welfare from the state alone as a single mother.

Those without any child have a hard time to leave the man, so most of them do the best they can to get pregnant with the white man as soon as possible trapping him well, so that if not deported with or without the child, they are accorded the social rights that will enable them to live on state welfare – tax-payers hard-earned money for free while they masquerade around at night looking for rich men who want sex with loose African women. Some choose to go into prostitution in order to supplement their income and to retain the status they had before the marriage broke down.

This is a shame for Africa!

In Norway, the same happens to many African women who are married to whites. They are later dropped if they question the white men on how they are treated, sometimes equal to slavery, and especially if the women want the liberties enjoyed by the Norwegian white women. They also get problems if the white men do not want them to meet other Africans living in the country.

If the break-up in the relationship takes place before it has not lasted over 3 years deportation will easily take place and the white men know this very well. There is also a rule that the woman can be allowed to stay in the country if proven that the man has been mishandling the woman. This, however, is always not easy to prove and the men get their ex-spouses deported easily.

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Kenya: ”We have the potential and the capacity to perform exceedingly well; School head proclaims

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

Seated on a black swivel chair behind a maiden table with trophies and files neatly stacked at all corners of his office, Mr.Edward Namasaka is the man in charge. But underneath the tranquil exterior he radiates lurks and understandable task to perform daily.

Mr Edward Namasaka is the Principal of Bungoma High School, in Bungoma south district, Kanduyi constituency,one of the giant provincial schools in Bungoma County.

As the Principal, it is not the task of heading a populated school which to Mr.Namasaka considers it as a rare privilege, but the monumental expectations that come from a top provincial school beating national schools in just recent concluded national drama festivals speaks volumes about the school.

When the school proved to be national champions in drama (choral verse) where educationists in region are still elated by its sterling performance.

And there exist little doubt that with his long experience as educationists, the school boss  Mr.Edward Namasaka is nursing ambitions of steering his school competently.

The school which recently made a dramatic comeback by winning the top honor in the Kenya Schools and Colleges National Drama Festival Choral Verse.The two week event held at Agha Khan High School in Mombasa saw the school restore its lost glory.In the recent years the school had always ended at provincial level or as first runner-up losing out to new entrants.

In his leadership, the school has risen into a dominant both academic and co-curriculum force in Bungoma County  but the modest  on the achievements the institution has attained under his watch. The staff is dedicated and emphasise on  discipline. Dedication and determination that has made the school appear on the national map.

Through this,the school has proved to be among the giants in co-curriculum and curriculum activities ranging from zonal level to National level.

The vibrant High School has produced its greatest share of prominent including Pro Henry Mutoro the Principal University of Nairobi Kikuyu Campus, Peter Munya Governor for Tharaka,B ungoma County Speaker Mr.John Makali and Bishop Wilfred Lai of Jesus Celebration centre Mombasa among others.

This scribe has also learnt that the performance in national examinations has been impressive with more than average candidates attaining a university entry point’s year in, year out.

Founded in 1961 on a self-help foundation through a joint effort of the Elgon Nyanza Country council and District Education Board, the school boasts of high population and a large experienced teaching staff establishment. The school broad curriculum has created a multitude of opportunities for all students for both academic and co-curriculum activities. The principal says the school has been long overdue. ”We have all the hallmarks of performing better in academics and co-curriculum activities”stated Mr.Namasaka.

Regardless of being a regional school, students from all walks of life has been admitted there thus enhancing cultural diversity and cohesion among the students. Bungoma High has been also one of the fiercest academic rivals to St Mary’s Kibabii,Friends School Kamusinga and Lugulu Girls’ High School.The academic battle between the four schools have been epic and decades old.With almost an equal number of students, Bungoma High has been fighting Friends School Kamusinga for top slots in the provincial academic ladder as well as other co-curriculum activities. However, it is expected that their rivalry will intensify given the fact that Bungoma High ousted its rivalries in drama.

The school head is determined that his school will compete on equal footing with other two elevated school which is Friends School Kamusinga and Luguli Girls both academically and other co-curriculum activities.”We have the potential and the capacity to perform exceedingly well.We are able to deliver just as other national schools”he says.

Timothy Simiyu,former student at the school who is now practicing law in Nairobi says the school has undergone various dynamics and soon County Government may develop a headache in deciding its future.

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A cross section of Administration block of Bungoma High School

 

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By Godfrey Wamalwa,Bungoma,14/5/2013

Take your children to school,urges officer

Bungoma  East Education office has urged parents to take their children to institutions that are fully registered by Ministry of Education.

The district education boss Mrs. Emmaculate  Obari has also warned the parents of dire consequences after taking their studies in unregistered schools.

The officer was speaking at Ndivisi Girls ’High School during the Education day.The officer also underscored the need for parents to take their children to school to eliminate illiteracy in the society.”I urge parents to play their role effectively by making sure their sons and daughters go to school” said the officer. She further took the opportunity to  appeal  to teachers in the district to work extra hard to ensure that area posts good results than they posted in the past.

In a rejoinder, Bungoma County Private schools Association Chairman Mr.Brown Wanjala concurred with the officer adding that only health education can be obtained from registered schools approved by the ministry of Education. Mr Wanjala also applauded the ministry of Education for its efforts of making sure that bogus institution in the district is out of existence.

However, Kenya National Union of Teachers Bungoma East Branch has assured the ministry of Education that it is going an extra mile of encouraging teachers to cooperate with school heads as one way of beating the education curriculum.

Bungoma  East (KNUT)Secretary General Mr.Agrrey Namisi said the recent general election disrupted classes and he added that the union will continue encouraging its members to field the syllabus on time.”KCPE and KCSE students education cycle was disrupted by the general election” said the unionists.

 

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Kenya: Brothels of Kisumu breeds prostitution

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

It is ten in the morning. Along a street down town Kisumu, a few cars zoom past.
Apart from the Mpesa shops dotting the place, not much activity is going on along the lonely street near Kamas area.
Being a Monday morning, the street could be deserted probably because most people are at their places of work.
But curiously, a rowdy group of young and skimpily dressed ladies emerge from an old and desolate building adjacent to the street. This gang immediately grabs my attention.
They appear drunk. Very drunk and one of them is shouting and gesturing wildly. She is on top of her voice.
Apparently, two of them have disagreed. From their heated argument, it’s clear the dispute is about a man.
It turns out these women are prostitutes fighting over a male client. The man, I learn has vanished, may be out of fear of a possible backlash.
If you thought sex peddlers are only found in Mombasa – going by the recent sex scandal story doing the rounds in the media, then you are wrong.
Dear reader, welcome to the world of brothels of Kisumu.
Just by the roadside and a few meters away from the two ladies, there is a bar. Here, all manner of alcohol is served.
I am told, as early as 7am, one can partake of the drinks although the place is not even a restaurant.
The pub is already full as I make my way in to piece together my story .Customers here are of diverse ages; after all what matters most in this place is money and not age.
The music playing inside the pub is so loud you can’t hear yourself speak. Never mind there is a law that prohibits selling of beer to patrons this early in the day.
Mututho law which expected people to engage in nation building at this particular hour does not apply here.
Inside the noisy bar one cannot escape noticing the swelling number of these skimpily dressed women.
Almost every male customer here is sharing a table with at least one of them.
At the face of it, what goes on here appears so harmless but soon, things begin looking a little strange as the new-found ‘’ love birds’’ begin to walk in and out of the pub in turns.
Believe me; you haven’t seen anything yet out there. Behind the bar, there are over 30 rooms that can each accommodate at least a bed.
Strangely, they all have their windows wide open and as one makes his way to the washroom meant for the bar patrons, you are able to see clearly through the windows what happens inside the rooms.
Here, in a broad daylight sex trade is thriving. The women parading their naked bodies outside these rooms located in the dingy corridors of the down town building are not afraid of anyone or anything.
One cannot help but wonder whether this trade has been legalized by the authorities in this lake side city.
So daring they are that approaching any man they see within the vicinity for sex isn’t a bid deal.
I gather from one of the waiters in the pub that each day, all the women operating from this brothel hire a room at sh 600 which they must pay for by midnight.
According to the waiter who requests to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal , sometimes the hookers agree to split the bill and use the room in turns , each time they get a client for what they call here ‘’short time’’
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She tells me that the place is so famous it attracts both men and ladies from far and wide. Some of the ladies servicing men here, she says are from the neighboring countries.
And if you thought there could be shortages, then think otherwise for she adds “as some goes away, new faces keeps trooping in each day”.
May be as a sign of improved business the owner of the bar has just thought it wise to give the building a face lift. The paint is still very fresh.
I try to find out who owns the bar and the brothel but no one, including the waiters and the bar man would dare talk to me about that subject.
To satisfy my curiosity about the existence of sex trade and more brothels within Kisumu City, I decide to investigate further.
Away from this bar, I take a ride on a motorbike and after about 15 minutes, am dropped next to the Kisumu main bus terminus, at a place popularly known as beer belt.
The place is abuzz with activities. Most of the traders here sell their wares in kiosks. Most of them are selling khat and cigarettes. Eateries also dot the place which remains noisy and chaotic.
Several Boda boda operators can be seen waiting for passengers at one side of the road that leads towards the united mall as you leave the Bus Park.
Everything appears normal at least from the open air market. But one thing still stands out- the unusual high number of lodging and boarding houses surrounding the vicinity.
The lodgings, most of which are cheap and dirty offer a perfect hideout for these hookers and their clients.
Unlike the first place I visited earlier, here the ladies are not so young and trendy. They appear low-class judging from how they dress.
Most of them can be seen milling around the bars and the lucky ones leads their catch away into the ‘’service’’ rooms.
After about 20 minutes or so, they emerge from the rooms and the trend repeat itself again and again.
But it is while under the cover of darkness that this operation is moved a notch higher in this part of the city, as I discovered.
Dressed in clothes that are more revealing than to cover their bodies, you spot many of them standing in strategic places behind the lodgings or parked vehicles, mostly Lorries whose drivers are also probably here to hunt.
Tucked safely behind these hide outs, the ladies can be heard giving catcalls to men passing by, even dropping in the ears of the strangers how much it would cost to sleep with them.
Occasionally they disappear into the brothels to escape being noticed by the police on patrol or simply slip into a bar to avoid being arrested by the cops.
This is the same story in Kondle area which is more vibrant at night given the high number of bars there some of which even have live band playing throughout the night.
While most of these ladies operate from brothels, majority hop from pub to pub seeking clients.
Along the Kisumu-Busia road, more brothels are to be found at Otonglo. Here the truck drivers are the main clients. It is not unusual to see several trucks parked there
Back to the CBD, along the Oginga Street and just before the central Square, twilight girls here lay in wait. This group of mostly young and trendy prostitutes targets the high-end clients, mostly with cars.
Usually they can be spotted pacing up and down the pavement and once in a while stepping on the road as cars approach to grab the attention of the motorists.
Along the same street also exists a brothel where those who are lucky to get a client can take them. In fact most of the twilight girls operating along this street reside at the brothel.
Kisumu, like the other urban centers all over the world has been bitten by the bug which is prostitution, a trade as old as man itself.
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Kenya: A Swiss National arrested while making a pornographic movie – girls were having sex with a dog in Mombasa

Posted by African Press International on May 11, 2013

  • BY JACK MARWA 

Twelve women among them a foreigner have been arrested in Nyali, Mombasa after they were found shooting a pornographic movie with a dog.

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The women and the foreigner who police identified as a Swiss national were arrested at an apartment in Nyali and cameras used in the shoot were also confiscated from the scene.

Kisauni DCIO Shadrack Juma said the apartment operates as a brothel and police raided the place last night following a tip-off.

He added that the Swiss national arrived in the country as a tourist two days ago and is believed to have been engaging in the pornography business.

He said the eleven women and the foreigner arraigned in court where they will be charged with engaging in unnatural acts.

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Kenya: Marginalized and radicalized

Posted by African Press International on May 9, 2013

Countering the radicalization of Kenya’s youth

Radicalized, marginalized, poverty-stricken young people are saying, “We don’t belong to Kenya”

NAIROBI,  – Unemployment, poverty and political marginalization are contributing to the Islamic radicalization of Kenya’s youth, a situation experts say must be addressed through economic empowerment and inclusive policies.

Youth unemployment is extremely high, as are levels of political disenchantment. An estimated 75 percent of out-of-school youths are unemployed, according to the US Agency for International Development(USAID).

“The unemployment crisis is a ticking bomb. Over 60 percent of the population is under 25. You cannot ignore that,” said Yusuf Hassan, the Member of Parliament for Nairobi’s Kamukunji Constituency, which has a large Muslim population. “A huge and significant population is restless. And the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider.”

“When access to resources is based on ethnic, cultural or religious characteristics or there is a growing divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in countries and communities, economic conditions further contribute to instability,” says a new report by the Institute for Security Studies in Africa(ISS). “Countries confronted by large differences between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ are additionally vulnerable to conflict, which may include resorting to acts of terrorism.”

Marginalized and radicalized

A string of grenade attacks – some allegedly by Somali Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabab or their sympathizers – have occurred in the Kenyan towns of Garissa, Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, since Kenya began its military incursion in Somalia in October 2011.

But Islamic radicalization is not new to Kenya. Kenyans were involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and the Tanzania city of Dar es Salaam; the coordinated attacks, which killed more than 220 people, were Africa’s first suicide bombings by Al-Qaeda’s East Africa cell. In a 2002 dual car-bomb and suicide attack on a hotel and plane in Mombasa, at least one of the suspects was Kenyan.

Muslims make up an estimated 11 percent of Kenya’s population; large Muslim communities can be found in the country’s northeast and in the coastal region. Traditionally, Kenya’s Muslims are moderate, with the community peacefully seeking participation in politics. But ISS pointed to the historical political marginalization of Muslims – right from negotiations for Kenya’s independence, in which ethnic Somalis, who are overwhelmingly Muslim, were not represented – as a contributor to the radicalization of young people.

“Although Kenya is a secular state, it is essentially a Christian country because of the dominant Christian population… There is the perception that Islam is ‘alien’, despite the fact that it came to Kenya before Christianity,” the report notes.

The report also found that some young Kenyan Muslims have been influenced by radical preaching, which leads them to believe that wars being fought against Muslims abroad – for example, in Afghanistan and Iraq – are part of “a global campaign against Islam”.

According to a 2011 report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, non-Somali Kenyan nationals constituted the largest and most organized non-Somali group within Al-Shabab.

Taking advantage of vulnerable youth 

“We’ve already seen the rumblings of ‘Pwani si Kenya‘ [Coast is not Kenya, the slogan of a separatist group in Kenya’s Coast Province] – radicalized, marginalized, poverty-stricken young people are saying, ‘we don’t belong to Kenya’,” said Hassan, who was seriously injured in a 2012 grenade attack in his constituency.

The ISS report found that Islamist militants were exploiting sub-standard socioeconomic conditions, and the government’s inability to provide basic services, by positioning themselves as providers of assistance. “Creating or infiltrating bona fide charity organizations… is a sure way to win the general support of ordinary people,” the report said.

The report points to the growing influence of the Muslim Youth Centre (MYC), a Kenyan group whose objectives include promoting community health and social welfare, but which also advocates “an extreme interpretation of Islam and prepares members to travel to Somalia for ‘jihad’ [holy war], thus attracting the attention of security agencies in Kenya and abroad.” According to the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, Al-Shabab announced a merger with MYC in 2012.

Hassan Sheikh, a cleric in the northeastern town of Garissa, said extremist groups have taken control of many mosques and Islamic schools, setup orphanages, and employed teachers and imams.

“North Kenya is a hub for mercenaries. You can easily get [attract] them – it’s out of poverty,” said Khalif Aabdulla, a civil rights activist from Wajir, also northeastern Kenya.

NGOs and government officials in Kenya acknowledge an urgent need to develop a counter-radicalization policy to prevent young people from turning to violent groups, and some say Kenya’s newly elected government may be an opportunity to tackle the issue. NGOs say the government must do more than promote economic empowerment among marginalized communities; it must also foster a sense of belonging.

“There are some efforts to use the Council of Imams or Islamic Preachers’ Association to talk to the youths,” said Mwalimu Mati, CEO of governance watchdog Mars Group Kenya. “The moderates are trying to assist the government, but I can’t say it’s a complete success.”

Counter-productive counter-terrorism

“The problem is exacerbated by counter-terrorism programmes by the Kenya police who carry out mass raids rather than targeted arrests. It keeps the youths feeling repressed generally. They then identify that as oppression based on religion,” Mati said. He says the problem is primarily in North Eastern District, Eastleigh and Coast Province.

The ISS report describes the current approach as “collective punishment based on perceptions”.

Separatist groups like the Mombasa Republican Council attract disenfranchised youth

“Most perceptions are completely wrong, especially that Somali nationals are responsible for attacks in Kenya or that Kenya is an innocent bystander when acts of terrorism are committed on its soil,” it stated.

Following attacks in Nairobi, ethnic Somalis – both Kenyan and foreign nationals – said they experienced xenophobia and lived in constant fear of arrest.

Under the government of former president Mwai Kibaki, both the Ministry for Peace-building and Conflict Management and the Ministry for Education told IRIN that they had no programmes to address radicalization.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport said they ran “empowerment programmes” in conjunction with the formal education system. But as Leah Rotitch, a director in the education ministry, said, “The people Al-Shabab target are normally young people who are out of school.”

The persecution felt by ethnic Somalis and other Muslim communities has only increased in recent years, with police allegedly engaging in extrajudicial use of force and even killings of terror suspects; the police deny these claims.

“Since the passing of the new anti-terror bill, we have seen a huge spike in extrajudicial killings. And terrorism has become an easy label,” said Horn of Africa analyst Abdullahi Halakhe. “Such efforts only succeed in alienating the local population, who usually have critical human intelligence. They are turning the Islamic radicalization of young people into a matter of national security, making those young people their enemies, thus making it worse.”

The ISS report calls for “introspection on the part of the police officer stopping and searching a person because he looks Somali”.

Reaching the young

Tom Mboya, who established the Inuka Kenya Trust in response to the role young people played in perpetrating the post-election violence of 2007-2008, says now is an opportunity to engage the youth. “They’re what should be the engine of this country,” he told IRIN.

“Devolution is positive,” he says, referring to the process of decentralizing power from Nairobi, which was set in motion by Kenya’s new constitution. Mboya believes this process will create opportunities for young people. But, he says, “in parts of the country more prone to violent extremism, there needs to be policy in place. The leadership will have to be more alive to that problem”.

A focus on young people formed a key part of new President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election campaign – his government will now have to work out an acceptable and effective approach in tackling the issue of violent extremism.

Mars Group’s Mati says using moderate imams to neutralize potentially radical youths does not work because young people no longer regard them as credible. “It’s a generation gap – control over youths has somehow become difficult. In the old days, what an imam said went. The radical preachers are young,” he said.

Hadley Muchela, programmes manager for Kenyan rights group Independent Medico-legal Unit, says targeting violent extremism will require sensitivity because, thanks to the way the issue has been handled in the past, it is often seen as an indictment against all of Islam. “You find very few Kenyans willing to go into it,” he said.

Abdikadir Sheikh, who works with the Sustainable Support and Advocacy Programme, a local NGO, said the group has set up a pilot project to dissuade youth in the northeastern towns of Dadaab and Garissa from joining extremist groups.

“We are very careful or [we could] lose our lives; you can’t confront radicalization directly – you need different approaches,” he told IRIN. “We have established a strong team of more than 600 youths… some have so far joined colleges. We plan to work with the county governments.”
The ISS report warns that “there is no quick fix for the level of radicalization seen in Kenya”.

“The biggest threat to stability in Kenya will be if extremists succeed in dividing Kenya between Muslim and non-Muslim,” the report said.

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Kenya: Former Justice and education minister who was elected Senator Mutula Kilonzo on 4th of March died Saturday

Posted by African Press International on April 29, 2013

Mutula Kilonzo who was the Makueni senator is dead. Reports say he died in his sleep. He was found by his workers after 10.00 am in the morning lying in bed with foam filling the mouth and his nose. In the room, the investigators say they found vomit on the floor and the sink, meaning, he woke up to vomit before he went to bed where he later died without alerting any of his family members.

He was alone in his room after he went to sleep having arrived to his ranch from Nairobi. The rest of his family is said to have remained behind in Nairobi.

He died in his farm bordering Maanzoni lodge on Mombasa road. Teams of experts (policemen and pathologists) rushed to the area immediately his death was known.

It is not known what killed him. There are speculations that he may have been poisoned.

Investigations are now ongoing in order to establish the cause of death

Mr Kilonzo was a brilliant lawyer who always spoke his mind. Earlier this year, he decided to forgive a young woman who had been charged in court for threatening to kill him. The woman who was his house help had sent him a sms saying she had been instructed to do so by her underground bosses who wanted Kilonzo dead. Kilonzo appeared in court and instead of testifying against the woman, he told the court that he did not want the case continued but instead should be discontinued because he had decided to forgive the woman.

The judge discontinued the case.

Our condolences goes to the family members and friends during this trial moment and may his soul be blessed to rest in peace.

 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret enjoying themsleves at the Drama Festivals in State House Mombasa

Posted by African Press International on April 28, 2013

Finalists in 2013 Kenya drama festivals entertaining President Kenyatta and the first lady Margaret Kenyatta in Mombasa State House yesterday Saturday the 27th.April

Meet the narrator himself and listen to his personal story.

The young form two secondary school students impressed the President with his narrative as it touched on devolution message that the Jubilee manifesto has given priority.
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Kenya: KCA Calls for Swift and thorough probe into journalist’s death

Posted by African Press International on April 3, 2013

  • BY DICKENS WASONGA.

Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) is shocked by the sudden death of Star Newspaper Reporter Bernard Ochieng Wesonga, who was found dead in his house in the Coastal City of Mombasa on Sunday.

KCA calls on the police to swiftly investigate the death of the journalist and to bring those who may be culpable to death, given the suspicious circumstances of his death.

Wesonga’s body was reportedly discovered by his room –mate, Eric Onyango, with blood oozing from his nose and mouth in their Kachonjo Estate in Tudor in Mombasa around 10.am on Sunday.

Wesonga, a young journalist, was a committed member of KCA and has been one of 20 journalists currently under the association’s journalists’ mentorship project in the Coast Region on capacity building for investigative reporting.

It would be important for the police to investigate claims that he recently received threats in relation to a story he wrote on corruption.

Many journalists have recently faced threats, both related to the just conclude Elections and on corruption and it would be important that the investigations re-assure journalists of their safety and security.

 

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Why Kenyans Should Be Mad, Very Mad Indeed

Posted by African Press International on October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 00:00 — BY MWENDA NJOKA

Kenyans have some very good reasons to be mad. Very, very mad indeed. Why, you ask? Well, let us put it this way: if our leaders are not safe to travel the land and address rallies in any part of the country, who then is safe?

About a fortnight ago, Fisheries minister and MP for Magarini, Amason Jeffah Kingi was addressing a rally in Mtwapa area in the outskirts of the generally peaceful coastal city of Mombasa when machete-wielding youth stormed and started slashing everyone at the dais.

This was a completely new phenomenon in the spate of violence that has rocked some parts of the country in recent times. No wonder then that the minister and his bodyguards were caught completely unawares by the specter of violence.

Several people, including the minister’s loyal bodyguard were killed in the machete mayhem. The matter of Amason Kingi attack caught public attention for a few days and then we moved on to other “more interesting” news and issues.

And then a few days later our slumber was interrupted by yet another VIP attack. This time around it was the self-styled Boss, the Makueni MP John Harun Mwau who found himself on the receiving end.

Mwau had gone to attend a political rally in Makueni when, ostensibly out of the blues, a group of hostile youth descended on him baying for his blood.

Mwau was saved by quick action by his bodyguard-cum-aide John Ngugi who jumped in front of the irate youth to shield Mwau from their physical attacks.

So, why should Kenyans be livid, you ask?  Because attacks on political leaders in broad daylight by some crazed youth is something alien to our socio-political culture.

It is something that should make us very concerned and very scared. Something that should get us thinking long and deep, more so when such attacks happen at a time when we are just about to go into what is billed to be a most competitive general election in eons.

My grouse here is that we, as a country, don’t seem to be as concerned over these two incidents as we ought to be. Is it that we are treating these two incidents as isolated happenings that have no bearing to future insecurity? If that is the case, then we are in a state of self-denial.

And that is exactly where the problem lies. Any assumption that the attacks on Cabinet minister Amason Jeffah Kingi and legislator John Harun Mwau were mere isolated incidents of random acts violence is the national equivalent of an ostrich that buries its head in the sand when it sees danger approaching on the assumption that if it does not see the danger, then the danger will not see it too.

Such an ostrich often finds itself becoming dinner for a hungry lioness and her cubs. But on the other hand, had the ostrich clearly recognised the danger ahead and defined ways and means  of dealing with it—whether flight or flight approach—then chances are that the ostrich would have lived to see another day.

As a country, we find ourselves in the ostrich situation in regard to the recent attacks on political leaders. The danger here is that when a security threat incident of such magnitude takes place and the culprits appear to have been let scot-free, whether by design or default, it sends the wrong kind of message.

It is tantamount to telling people with grievances against political leaders (and such people are myriad) in all parts of the country that they should feel free to engage in self-help (Swahili equivalent in this regard is kuchukulia sheria mkononi mwako) against the leaders they dislike and nothing will happen to you!

That is not the kind of message a country, or a government for that matter, wants to send to her citizens more so just a few months before a critical general election.

That is why Kenyans ought to be outraged by the attacks on political leaders and demand quick and decisive action by the government.

It does not matter that you do not like a certain leader, but at the end of the day he or she has as much right to security as your favourite leader.

If we make lethargy and indecisiveness the hallmark reactions to attacks on our leaders perhaps because those to whom the attacks were directed at are not our favourite politicians or do not belong to our political parties, then we are setting a very dangerous precedent.

Yesterday the target may have been Fisheries minister Amason Kingi; today it is former assistant minister John Harun Mwau, who will be the target of violence tomorrow?

There is no knowing when and where such violence will end if given a chance to take root. There is a very dangerous genie in the bottle of violence. If we fail to completely place back the cork on the bottle by decisively dealing with proponents and financiers of violence—no matter what positions they hold in society—then we will have only ourselves as a country to blame when we are unable to put the genie back in the bottle.

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———————— The Star of Kenya ————–

 

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