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The Kenya CORD Governors visit to Memphis did not leave the best Image of Kenya

Posted by African Press International on August 11, 2013

American Anthony Elmore from Memphis in his complaint about the Kenyan CORD governors who went to the US recently led by their Party leader former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, writes;

—–Original message—–

From: Anthony Elmore [mailto:anthony at]
Sent: 11. august 2013 19:13
To: ‘G. A. State Rep. Hardaway’

Topic: The Kenya Governors visit to Memphis did not leave the best Image of Kenya

“Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway got “Punked out.”   The Fox 13 News Cast starts with Africa being a “Dark Country Shrouded in Mystery.”  The News Casters start their story portraying Kenya as some far away mystical place.   What happened was that the State Representative G.A. Hardaway allowed a narrative about Kenya to be Shrouded in Mystery.  Recently a few Governors from Kenya visited Memphis, Tennessee on the contingency of our introducing a plan to them called the “Safari Initiative.”  This  group of Kenyans who stole our ideas are called the “Ramogi Economic Forum.”   Their Goal was to use the Governors visit to Memphis to  secure possible investment in Kenya.  The group went about things now only the wrong way, but they caused an embarrassment to the Kenyan National Government.

The group has no knowledge of the Memphis Market or how to market development in Western Kenya. It is amazing that Western Kenya is sitting on a potential Goldmine, but they have no idea how to tap America for resources and development.  We showed them how to get Investment via our “Safari Initiative Plan.”  Education and culture is the Kenya to develop for American investment.  They should learn from Tom Mboya.

In November of 2008 a phenomenon happen in America where a White Woman from Kansas married a man from Western Kenya.  The man’s name was “Barack Obama Sr.”   The Newly elected Governor of the town where the family of Barack Obama still lives is Cornel Rasanga, who spoke on the Memphis news.  Instead of associating with President Obama, the news story did not mention that Siaya County was the Ancestral Home of the Father of our American President.  He mistakenly never mention President Obama visits his county.    I am not sure if Tennessee State Representative had this history.  This is very important to Americans. People are interested in President Obama.  There have a beautiful new resort hotel in the town and it is being fixed up wonderfully.

The other Governor Cyprian Awiti comes from a place called “Homer Bay” where the great Kenyan Legend “Tom Mboya” is buried.  Tom Mboya is one of the greatest African heroes in the 20th Century.  Tom Mboya is the man responsible for getting Barack Obama to America. The Safari Initiative use the history of Tom Mboya as a must see “Historical Visit to Kenya.”   We asked Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway to write a letter to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta as a way of encouraging the “Safari Initiative” trade deal.  We sent letters and emails to Representative Hardaway that the Governors visit to Memphis is an embarrassment to the Kenyan President.  How could Representative Hardaway arrange a Trade Deal with Kenya and he not being careful of Kenyan Governors who are thumbing their nose at the newly elected President who are purposefully in opposition to the Kenya President.  Please read our letter to Tennessee State Representative Hardaway.  We have documentation where we asked our State Representative Hardaway to write a letter on our behalf.  While he refused to write a letter Tennessee State Senator Reginald Tate did write letters.

We are asking our 9th Congressional District Congressman Steve Cohen to arrange us an appointment with the new Kenyan Ambassador and to help us to arrange a trade Deal with Kenya.  Please read our letter to Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway.”


  1. – Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway got punked out


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Kenya: Chaos slowly uprooting peace in Kisumu

Posted by African Press International on November 4, 2012

  • By  Dickens Wasonga,
Relative calm has  returned to Kisumu City after days of  violent riots by angry protesters who trooped to the streets demonstrating against  the killing of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party  chairman Shem Onyango Kwega by armed assailants  on Monday.
But even as uneasy calm  was restored, Raila Odinga‘s ODM party which still enjoys  huge following in the country  was calling on the government  to conclusively investigate the motive of the killings and immediately bring to book those who are suspected to have gunned down Kwega, who was a prominent businessman and an influential Nyanza politician.
The party’s Secretary General Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyongo‘ while addressing a press conference in Nairobi after the Monday incident  described the slain politician as a hard-working official whose invaluable contributions as the ODM chairman for  Kisumu Town West constituency  will be greatly missed.
The Monday morning shooting  sparked off violent  protests throughout the town paralyzing business and transport activities as his supporters and angry residents stormed Kisumu Central police division demanding immediate transfer of police chiefs in the City accusing them of laxity.
However  the two-day protests ended tragically with three people amongst them two women being  burnt to death. The deceased persons reportedly sheltered at the shop   to escape the wrath of anti riot policemen  who descended on the demonstrators with batons and lobbying teargas canisters to quell the violent riots.
The fire at the shop which left the three dead was said to have been started by the police teargas but the authorities were quick to dismiss this assertion claiming it could have been as a result of an electrical fault.
Several people believed to have been shot by the police during the riots were said to be  receiving treatment  in various hospitals within the town where they were admitted.
The slain  politician and his wife Rose Onyango were accosted by two-gun men in their youths who blocked their  car  just moments after a breakfast meeting at a Kisumu hotel along Nyerere road at around 10 am.
The daring gangsters used a motorbike to lay the ambush but later  took  off in an escape car which they hijacked from a nearby car wash after the attack.
According to the police, Kwega was fatally shot twice on the head from close range and another bullet fired by his attackers pierced through his chest. His wife was also shot in the chest while trying to shield her husband and is currently fighting for her life at Aga khan hospital in Kisumu.
While those protesting the killing termed it an assassination, the police has dismissed the theory claiming it was purely a criminal attack.
Nyanza police boss Joseph Oletito yesterday  dispelled the rumors of a possible assassination attack saying the two gangsters made away with sh 1.2 million from the victims.
He said  the police were pursuing the assailants and promised that  soon they would be arrested . But new wave of attacks and violent crime has left every Kisumu resident worried stiff.
In a span of less than a month, over five people have  reportedly been  killed by armed criminals who appears to have taken over control of the city literally with most people wondering whether the police are overwhelmed.
A security guard was found dead at the Kisumu’s SDA Victory church last week. The police said an estimated sh 200,000 offertory and other church valuables was stolen.
The same day , a pupil was found murdered and a headless  body dumped at one of the estates in the City a few meters away from the church where the guard was killed in cold blood.
Reports of yet another chilling attack was made in the City when  a top HIV and AIDS researcher at  Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) was hacked to death as he tried to gain access to his  Tom Mboya residence.
And Kisumu continued to record deaths occasioned by criminals when a director of a security firm was reportedly waylaid and killed last night near  Uzima University College.
It is shocking that despite the increased attacks by armed criminals, the police who appears to have been caught napping are yet to nab any of the suspects reigning terror on the lives of innocent tax payers of the beautiful lake side City.

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Why Uhuru Doesn’t Want To Look Back

Posted by African Press International on October 27, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012 – 00:00 — BY NGUNJIRI WAMBUGU

I have been asked on several occasions to clarify why I seem to have an issue with Hon Uhuru Kenyatta‘s politics, and whether it is all about ‘party-line’.

Now that we are on the home stretch and it is clear that he is one of the two final ‘horses’ in this race, let me share and you can decide whether it is wall about the ‘party line’.

Its all about disappointment. My first disappointment is when I look at how proud I was 10 years ago as this man made national history by becoming the first politician in Kenya’s history to publicly concede defeat in a general election.

He did not say he had been rigged out, or that his supporters had been compromised, or that the election body was biased, etc; he admitted he had lost to a better man, fair and square and that Kenyans had spoken different from his expectations. He wished the new president well and zealously took over the new role of official leader of the opposition.

Unfortunately less than five years later he rubbished that concession speech and made history, again—this time in the negative. He became the first Opposition Leader anywhere in the world to abdicate his office and ‘defect’ in support of the same government Kenyans had been paying him generously to oppose for close to five years; presumably because of ethnic considerations.

Another major disappointment was how he dealt with Kenya’s oldest, largest and most organized political party (and only national party at the time), after taking it over from Kenya’s longest serving President in a ceremony full of pomp and glamour.

A party that literally influenced who he is today; and which he took over from the former President despite great resistance from powerful forces around Moi. KANU literally starved to clinical death under his watch.

My third major disappointment goes back again; to what he did 10 years ago. At that point, like Kibaki against Matiba another 10 years earlier, he was nationalistic enough to go against ethnic considerations for what he believed in; even when it meant contesting against a friend and more popular fellow tribesman.

Today I see a man who cannot fill a hall with political aspirants without over 70% of them being from only one of the more than 42 Kenyan communities.

I also see a dictator who has forced those who do not agree with him in the Mt Kenya region to get into one party; not by the ballot, or perish politically.

It was really sad to see Hon Konchellah fold up PNU, then go to URP. I see a man who has turned a community previously recognized internationally for their capacity to resist political dictatorship during both colonial and post independence Kenya, into one where established political leaders are falling over themselves to proclaim their loyalty to him. In a country where this region suffered in pursuit of multi-party politics he has forced it back to the single-party era!

I now understand why he uses the analogy that Kenyans should not to look in the rear view mirror when driving. He might not have driven himself for decades, but he must know that the easiest way to cause a serious accident, especially in Kenya, is not to look at your rear-view mirror when driving!

His message that Kenyans should ignore history as we make crucial decisions on where Kenya should go after the next general election might be about us not looking at his history, but it will hurt our country.

If we do not look back, we will not only fail to see his past, but we also will not remember the sacrifice of the Mau Mau; the Kenya Land and Freedom Army that fought for land taken away from them but which they never got even after the colonialists left.

We might not be able to ask why it took 50 years to file a case against the British Government after well documented gross atrocities committed against what we now all celebrate us Kenya’s resistance fighters.

We will not be able to ask what happened after independence, to over 600 African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa schools that had earlier been nationalized by the colonial government.

Uhuru does not want us to look back and ask what happened to JM Kariuki; Pio Gama Pinto: Tom Mboya; Argwings Kodhek; Haki Wako Taro; Sande Barre; Kitili Mwendwa; etc. He does not want us to celebrate the sacrifices of Kenneth Matiba; Raila Odinga; Njeru Kathangu; Wanyiri Kihoro; Ngugi wa Thiongo; Charles Rubia; etc.

By asking us not to look at the rear-mirror now maybe he also does not want us to recognize how the attempts to undermine the new constitution todaymirror what happened with the Lancaster Constitution.

Or, maybe he just does not want us to look backwards lest we realize how far we have come; and understand how far we will fall if we get it wrong in March 2013.


The writer is the head of Change Associations

————– The Star of Kenya ———–


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