Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ooops: China to help fund anti-poaching war towards Re-colonization of Kenya with East Africa

Good People,

Foreign Contract to Chinese Government to Stop Poaching is another way to spread Chinese Policing into the village country-side to hijack (take-over) Kenya and deny Kenyan Youths Jobs. It is another way to directly control over Kenya and the Great Lakes of East Africa. It is a system applied for quite transitioning of Uhuru-Ruto Administration handing-over power to Chinese Government to Rule and take Kenya by storm, in the process of RE-LONIZATION; which is going the Mozambique style and it must be stopped instantaneously.

Kenya with the rest of Great Lakes of East Africa are a Democratic Nation and No amount of invasion will be accepted as long as the International and UN Treaty have not been revoked. This calls for an urgent investigation of the World Bank, IMF and United Nations’ Secretary General Ban-Ki-moonby the FBI for fueling Corruption and Impunity through being part of this great conspiracy trigger. It is because, the manner at which they recommended funding for AIDs Funding to remove poverty, provide health-care, provide security, initiate job opportunities and Education in the Great Lakes of East Africa is questionable and suspicious. They instead purposely fueled extreme corruption and impunity in the Greater Region of East Africa.

Funds have been channeled through corrupt means with unclear Agreements in Partnership with the operating International NGOs on the ground who work along the Government side, where they don’t seem to transmit those funding directly to do what they were initiated for. Consequently, there are no follow-ups to determine positive effectiveness where if there is no good results from those funding, what immediate action were taken to avoid its failure???……… It was then found that, drivers of the funding disbursement have instead created and financed take-over of East Africa which is why, Migingo and Goma was taken with annexing of Port of Kismayu. We found that, the insecurity is spreading fast with fueling of thuggery, proliferation of Arms through Kismayu, Migingo and Lake Victoria. This is zeroed-in with active participation and funding of Rebel Groups thus:

Al-Qaeda, Al-shabaab, Mungiki, Pirating, drug peddling with foreign exchange money trafficking, Child Prostitution and trafficking; with more problems to include environmental pollutions, sicknesses, careless killings, forceful Land Grabbing and theft………Therefore, all these numerous accounts of injustices are unacceptable and justice must prevail……..They are all as a result of funds being channeled the wrong way without transparency and accountability, through Foreign NGOs on the Ground supposed to be providing AIDs to the Great Lakes of Africa to remove poverty, sickness and provide security and education.

Having realized that these NGOs are not doing much fast enough to aid quick killings and take-over, the UN Agencies with the Corrupt African Leaders with their network of the International Corporate Special Business Interest resolved to forcefully take-over Great Lakes of East Africa through Chinese Private Army in Kenya that was sensored by Kalonzo Musyoka and supervised by Raila and Kibaki in the Coalition Government.

This is the unfinished business Raila, Kagame with Museveni are fighting for while their paymasters standing akimbo watching them to fulfill their mission urgently……….and which is why, there is this struggle between Raila and Uhuru Government and why Museveni is the Chairman and Kagame the Secretary in this Great Lakes of East Africa who are both entrusted with the mission by heir pay masters who are the International Corporate of Special Business Interest in the Great Region of East Africa.

This is not right, it is not fair and it is not morally justified. It is a serious crime against humanity and it cannot be left to happen that way.

Therefore, Contracting Poaching Unit by Chinese must be stopped, it is not economical viable for Kenya or to any other Sovereign Nationality of Africa. It will be the beginning of World War and, Kenya with the Great Lakes of East Africa will be the battle-ground.

These concerns must not be taken lightly by the International Community Leaders; as they provide fodder for the Third World War meant to wipe out Africans from Africa like what happened to Mozambique. It is immorally unjust to kill Africans and replace them with Chinese. It is all along known in world records that Chinese Government is the worst in Human Rights Crime, Violation and Abuse records including environment pollution. They must not be left to destroy Kenya with the rest of East Africa. I therefore petition US President Obama to lead good leaders Allys of USA to save a situation in Kenya with the rest of Great Lakes of East Africa.

Africa needs sustainable functioning development Agenda and not those of wiping out Africans through Chinese Private Army that are posing as policing poacher………..This is not what they are going for………they are going for human beings…….which is why Raila is calling the Youth Lizards (Raila led the onslaught comparing Obura to a lizard. He said according to a Nigerian parable, there was a lizard that craved recognititon. He said the lizard climbed a tree hoping people would see him). That in their cry for justified demands as per public mandate, the Youth have no rights........They are going to exterminate human beings not Lizards in reality, and more or so, they are more interested in poaching themselves that to protect and save ……. They are interested in the big money not to preserve Africas interest………..

Wake up people, wake up and join forces to reject this mission in totallity………Let the world help to save Africans, let Africans not perish in the hands of these selfish and greedy businessmen !!!

Extremely very sad indeed.........but the Truth with Justice ill set us all free..........and Peace and Liberty in pursuit for Hapiness shall prevail............

May God Protect and Bless Africa with its people !!!

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

Uhuru set for China visit


President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret during a past trip to Tanzania. Photo/FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret during a past trip to Tanzania. Photo/FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP
Posted Tuesday, August 13 2013 at 17:06
In Summary
  • China’s forage into Kenya and Africa at large has increased over the past decade, pumping more than $60 billion in loans through the China Export-Import Bank since 2001, according to the IMF.
  • In 2012, China had at least 260 active construction projects around Africa and Kenya was a beneficiary.
  • However, the trip comes at a time when China has had to defend itself against claims that it has a hand in poaching.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to travel to Beijing for bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart on Sunday.

The meeting with China’s Xi Jingping is to “discuss ways of improving Kenya’s infrastructure and interconnectivity, tourism, deepen trade and economic relations, peace and security in the region.”

In a statement to newsrooms, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said: “Various agreements to support development initiatives and implementation of Vision 2030 flagship projects are expected to be concluded during the visit.

“These include enhancement of diplomatic contacts, deepening cooperation in financial, agricultural and environmental sectors.”

Mr Kenyatta, accompanied by various government officials, politicians and businessmen is expected to tour China, after his trip to Russia.

In China, the two-day visit would coincide with the 50th anniversary since the two countries established diplomatic relations.
“They will also explore how Kenya and China could cooperate more closely in international issues of mutual interest.

“The two leaders will take the opportunity to further advance the gains realised under the Forum on Africa –China Cooperation (FOCAC),” Ms Mohammed added.

China’s forage into Kenya and Africa at large has increased over the past decade, pumping more than $60 billion in loans through the China Export-Import Bank since 2001, according to the IMF.

In 2012, China had at least 260 active construction projects around Africa and Kenya was a beneficiary.

However, the trip comes at a time when China has had to defend itself against claims that it has a hand in poaching. (READ: Report links rise in poaching to Chinese workers)

A report by the Elephant Trade Information System pointed a finger at China as among the major destinations of illicit ivory and rhino horn from Africa.

Mr Wu Shifan, the embassy spokesman in Nairobi, said China had taken a “strong action” against illicit transportation of ivory into its territory.

The Foreign Secretary said: “The two governments recognize that they have a unique opportunity to provide fresh momentum and new strategies to meet the demands of a new era in their bilateral relations.

“The very satisfactory outcomes of the 50 years of partnership and friendship between Kenya and China are self-evident.”

But China’s relationship was recently criticised by US President Barack Obama as that based on exploitation.
On his recent tour of Africa, Mr Obama said most Chinese firms contracted to work in the continent do not employ Africans and therefore do not benefit locals.

Kenya: State to Implement CORD Manifesto, Says Kuttuny

THE government is analysing other coalition parties' manifestos in a bid to harmonise and implement them. President Uhuru's adviser on political affairs Joshua Kuttuny yesterday said his office has been tasked to ensure good manifestos of leading coalition parties are coordinated.
He said they have started reviewing the Cord and Amani manifestos so that their promises to wananchi are achieved. "This will ensure Kenyans benefit from the promises made to them during the election campaigns," Kuttuny said.
He said Uhuru's administration is committed to reconciliation. Kuttuny was speaking at Ombasa Catholic Church in Awendo, Migori county at the weekend when he launched a countrywide reconciliation programme to be carried out by his office. He was accompanied by Awendo politicians Walter Owino, Agnes Awinja, Edward Abwao and former Sony Sugar MD Paul Odola.
Kuttuny said a Nyanza leaders' caucus will meet Uhuru to discuss development in the region. He said the government is committed to devolution. The President's advisor asked Kenyans to reject calls for a referendum by some leaders.
Owino appealed to Nyanza leaders to cooperate with the government to develop the region. He asked Uhuru to ensure regional balance in the civil service and in government jobs.

Kenya a ‘major route for ivory smugglers’


PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | FILE A police officer catalogues illegal ivory ornaments and tusks seized from four Chinese nationals in Nairobi on January 29, 2013.
PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | FILE A police officer catalogues illegal ivory ornaments and tusks seized from four Chinese nationals in Nairobi on January 29, 2013. AFP
Posted Monday, August 12 2013 at 23:30
In Summary
  • Report shows Kenya and Tanzania accounted for most of the ivory seized between 2009 and 2011
Kenya has been named as one of the major exit points in Africa for illicit ivory trade, which has been on an upward trend for the last six years.

A new report says other countries favoured by ivory smugglers are Tanzania and South Africa.

The study shows that transit locations along the way to the destination countries are Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Statistics by the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) indicate that Kenya and Tanzania together accounted for 16 of the 34 large-scale ivory seizure cases recorded from 2009 through 2011.

The total volume of ivory seized was 35 tonnes and accounts for 58 per cent of the consignment impounded during this period.

According to the report, elephants face the worst conservation crisis since the 1989 trade ban was imposed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The findings revealed in the report, Elephants in the Dust; The African Elephant Crisis, notes that the weight of ivory, whose main destination points are China and Thailand, is now roughly three times greater than it was in 1998.

ETIS cites an additional 10 countries and territories as areas of concern because they are also sources of ivory, transit points or domestic markets for the illicit trade.

These include Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and Taiwan.
The report says more ivory is moving through these countries currently than in other parts of Africa.

It adds that all along the trade chains, organised criminal syndicates are an active force undermining international and national regulations that prevent trade in ivory.

In March, ETIS official Tom Milliken told the annual Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) conference in Bangkok that Kenya and seven other nations risked being slapped with sanctions after an international lobby group accused them of condoning the sale of elephant tusks.

He said the nations at the heart of an unprecedented rise in African elephant killings must be hit with heavy trade sanctions.

According to the report, corruption and weak governance structures in the mentioned countries had worsened the situation.

In January, a Nairobi court said lack of stiff penalties “fuels ivory trade” and blamed the increase in poaching on the absence of stringent punishment for offenders.

Makadara senior principal magistrate Tom Okello made the remarks as he fined four Chinese traders Sh120,000 each for being in illegal possession of ivory ornaments worth Sh4.9 million.

Since its introduction, ETIS has initiated the use of law enforcement data to track illegal trade in ivory. “The ETIS data represents the largest collection of elephant product seizure records in the world, with over 19,000 cases as of January 2013,” the reports reads in part.
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New report links sharp rise in elephant

poaching to influx of Chinese workers

Chinese workers accused of fuelling poaching 
Published on Aug 11, 2013
Reports from some conservation agencies are now linking the growing number of Chinese employed in the construction sector to the rising cases of poaching in the country. An allegation the Chinese ambassador refutes claiming no one from China has been arrested in the country in connection with poaching.
Posted Sunday, August 11 2013 at 23:30
In Summary
  • Study says plunder is spreading due to rising demand for illegal ivory in the rapidly growing economies of Asia

The large number of Chinese workers employed in the construction industry in Kenya could be fuelling poaching and ivory smuggling, a report by four international conservation agencies has revealed.
The study says poaching is spreading primarily due to the rising demand for illegal ivory in the rapidly growing economies of Asia, particularly China and Thailand, which are the two major markets globally.
“The prevalence of unregulated domestic ivory markets in many African cities, coupled with the large number of potential Asian buyers residing in Africa associated with infrastructure projects and resource extraction operations, also fuel the demand for ivory,” the report adds.
The findings are from reports compiled by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Programme, Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG), African and Asian Elephant Database, International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), expert consultations and a range of other sources.

Since China started investing in mega-construction projects in Kenya, the number of its citizens in the country has gone up significantly, and so has been the cases of poaching and ivory smuggling. (READ: Ministry urges MPs to prioritise Wildlife Bill)
However, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Nairobi, Mr Shifan Wu, said the findings of the international conversation agencies linking Asians or Chinese to poaching were not true.
“No Chinese company has been linked to poaching or any Asian people arrested in Kenya over poaching,” he said.
Mr Wu blamed rampant poaching and ivory smuggling to corruption within State agencies tasked with stopping the illegal business.
On Friday, Chinese ambassador to Kenya, Mr Liu Guanyuan, said the two countries would strengthen cooperation in wildlife conservation.
Mr Guanyuan, who met Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Prof Judy Wakhungu, said China attached great importance to wildlife conservation and its regulations were some of the stringent in the world.
The release of the latest report, ‘Elephants in the Dust, The African Elephant Crisis’, comes at a time poaching and ivory smuggling has reached unprecedented levels in Africa.
Kenya Wildlife Service director William Kiprono says poachers have killed at least 137 elephants and 24 rhinos in the last seven months.

Mr Kiprono said half of the endangered species were killed in the Tsavo conservancy, where poachers masquerade as herders. (READ: Special force set up to deal with poachers)
According to Cites secretary-general John Scanlon, results from monitoring and systematic surveys conducted under the Unep-hosted CITES treaty reveal that poaching levels have tripled in recent years, with several elephants killed every single hour of the day.
“Organised syndicates ship several tonnes of ivory at a time to markets in Asia, and hundreds of elephants are killed for every container sent,” he said.
Mr Scanlon said systematic surveys document a tripling in both poaching levels and the number of large-scale seizures of ivory intended for Asian markets over the last five years.
“At the Africa MIKE monitoring sites alone, an estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011 — a figure likely to be over 25,000 continent wide,” he said.
The alarming rate elephants and rhinos are being killed in Kenya has forced the government and other stakeholders to come up with measures to curb the menace.
In Laikipia, the fight against poaching is set to go hi-tech with the introduction of drones at Ol-Pejeta Sanctuary.

The government is also training an elite unit comprising of officers from GSU, regular police and KWS to help fight poaching.

ETIS statistics indicate that Kenya and Tanzania together accounted for 16 of the 34 large-scale ivory seizure cases recorded from 2009 through 2011. The total volume of ivory seized was 35 tonnes and accounts for 58 per cent of the ivory impounded during this period.
China and Thailand are the most implicated as destinations for illicit trade in ivory.

In terms of trade routes and transit countries or territories through which large quantities of ivory are flowing from Africa to Asian consumers, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam are the paramount countries and territories of concern.

Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are presently the countries of greatest concern when it comes to the source and exit points for large amounts of ivory leaving the continent.

All along the trade chains in these countries and territories, organised criminal syndicates are an active force undermining international and national regulations that prevent trade in ivory.

In sum, these nine countries and territories are the players most heavily implicated in the illegal
trade in ivory currently, according to the ETIS report.

China to help fund anti-poaching war

PHOTO | COURTESY Kenya Wildlife Service rangers on patrol.
PHOTO | COURTESY Kenya Wildlife Service rangers on patrol. China has pledged to fund Kenya’s efforts to curb wildlife poaching. NATION MEDIA GROUP | KWS
Posted Friday, August 9 2013 at 23:30


China has pledged to fund Kenya’s efforts to curb wildlife poaching.
Speaking at a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu, Chinese ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan said his country would give Kenya a grant, which he did not specify, to protect the elephant, rhino and other endangered species.
The pledge comes in the wake of renewed efforts by the Kenyan authorities to totally eradicate poaching.
The government has already formed a special unit to fight the menace, with China, the United States and UK among the countries funding it.
Last week, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launched the “Hands off Elephants” campaign to spearhead the protection of elephants.
Speaking during the meeting with Prof Wakhungu, the Chinese envoy urged Kenya to strengthen wildlife conservation measures and severely punish poachers.

China’s anti-poaching laws are some of the most stringent in the world, with offenders often getting life imprisonment.
Expressing Kenya’s wish to join hands with other nations in combating illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, Prof Wakhungu praised China for its consistent measures and actions towards the enforcement of wildlife conservation laws.
The Kenya Wildlife Service says Kenya lost 384 elephants and 29 rhino to poachers last year alone. This year, 190 elephants and 34 rhinos have been killed.
Last month, a huge consignment of ivory was impounded in Mombasa.
The ivory, weighing 3.3 metric tonnes and valued at Sh65 million, was concealed in gunny sacks and declared as groundnuts bound for Malaysia.
The consignment comprised 382 whole pieces and 62 cut pieces of ivory.
The seizure came barely two months after customs officials in the United Arab Emirates seized 259 pieces of ivory shipped from Mombasa.

Ministry urges MPs to prioritise

Wildlife Bill

Environment Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe flags off one of the vehicles that will be used by Inter Security Agency Anti-Poaching  Unit  at KWS headquarters in Nairobi August  8, 2013. The Ministry urged MPs to move with speed and pass the Wildlife Bill that seeks to tighten penalties for poachers.  ANTHONY OMUYA
Environment Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe flags off one of the vehicles that will be used by Inter Security Agency Anti-Poaching Unit at KWS headquarters in Nairobi August 8, 2013. The Ministry urged MPs to move with speed and pass the Wildlife Bill that seeks to tighten penalties for poachers. ANTHONY OMUYA
Posted Saturday, August 10 2013 at 09:57
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Environment Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu has urged MPs to move with speed and pass the Wildlife Bill that seeks to tighten penalties for poachers.
Prof Wakhungu said poaching had shot up since the beginning of the year hence the need for the fast enactment of the proposed law, which she said is expected to play a bigger role in preventing the vice.

“We are keen on the speedy enactment of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill, 2013 that proposes stiffer and deterrent penalties. It has been published and tabled in Parliament but expect faster enactment,” she said Thursday in a speech read on her behalf by the ministry’s Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe during the launch of a special unit of security officers to tackle poachers.
The Bill will be read for the first time when the lawmakers return from their recess on September 17. It is expected that the proposed law will impose heftier penalties when it is enacted.
Last June, the Cabinet approved the Bill that is set to, among others, increase the fine to up to one million shillings for those found engaging in poaching.

Enhanced sentences
Mr Lesiyampe said the Ministry was lobbying for enhanced sentences for those found guilty of poaching.
“These are not ordinary criminals. They are economic saboteurs who should not be treated softly anymore. We are thinking of 15 years imprisonment or even life sentences,” he said.
The special unit comprises 121 officers drawn from Kenya Wildlife Service, Administration Police and General Service Unit. They will undergo training at the KWS centre in Manyani before being deployed to the three poaching hotspots in the country.

The hotspots are Narok, Tsavo and Isiolo.
KWS director William Kiprono said the unit will boost the fight against poaching, a menace he said, could not be addressed alone by the wildlife department.
“It is now a serious issue that KWS cannot address it alone. It is a national problem. We need everybody on board to tackle it,” Mr Kiprono said.
The formation of the unit comes a week following the launch of another campaign, Hands Off Elephants, by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
The campaign aims at pushing for tighter measures to guard against elephant poaching.


a day ago •2 upvotes

Rot in government ministries. I'm just sick of news I'm hearing from
home these days.
There is nothing good. JKIA burnt, no one knows why.
Balala is demanding corruption from investors, no one is gonna stop him.
If police and other first responders loot victims properties, who shall we trust? If the ministry entrusted with wildlife is smuggling out wild animal parts, who should protect Kenya's natural beauties?
Poor Kenyans have always been on the losing end!
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a day ago •0 upvotes

Life sentence to poachers and the confiscation of all their wealth is the only solution.
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a day ago•3 upvotes

It's not new laws that we need, we need to let people who love & value
this great heritage look after it. We, indigenous Africans have no time for wildlife. Traditionally, we've always seen animals as a source of our basic needs (food clothing, shelter) period. This is my argument.... KWS under the Leakeys, was so efficient that poaching had almost completely been eradicated, & in fact the population of the 'big five' had increased to an extent of them starting to be a menace, & there was talk of culling elephants in Kenya. KWS is still here, now managed by us indigenous Africans, why has it become a joke? SA still have their wildlife protection intact!!!! Same reason perhaps???

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CORD leader Raila Odinga tells off

Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura over


Updated Friday, August 9th 2013 at 23:19 GMT +3

KENYA: CORD leader Raila Odinga has told off the young Turks over their plans to take over leadership in ODM.

The former PM alongside other CORD leaders, who spoke during the homecoming for Kisumu County Assembly majority leader, Samuel Ong’ou, aimed their blows at Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura who had showed his interest in the ODM Secretary General’s post.

Obura’s onslaught was brought forth using parables and straight attacks.

Raila led the onslaught comparing Obura to a lizard. He said according to a Nigerian parable, there was a lizard that craved recognititon. He said the lizard climbed a tree hoping people would see him.

“You can be old in body but young in mind and similarly you can be old in mind and young in body,” said Raila, advising the young leaders.

Funyula MP Paul Otuoma said Obura was like a young bull trying to overthrow the oldest bull in the house.

Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama also dismissed the young leaders.

“Obura does not know what he is saying and he should stop all these theatrics,” said Muthama, adding that Raila wants unity yet some people are set to destabilise ODM.

National Assembly Deputy Chief Whip, Jakoyo Midiwo told Obura to respect the older leaders.

Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ said ODMis like a church and there is no way a small priest could sit on the bishop’s seat simply because he is old.

Fears over new split as ODM bigwigs

cling on ‘one-man’
Updated Friday, August 9th 2013 at 23:50 GMT +3

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Dogeretti North MP Simba Arati (LEFT) are welcomed by ODM supporters in Dagoretti for presentation of bursaries in the constituency. [PHOTO: FILE]
KENYA: A fresh storm is simmering in the Orange Democratic Movement after the party’s top hierarchy failed to provide a definite roadmap to the eagerly anticipated National Delegates Convention.

The meeting is expected to result in radical decisions about the future of the party following a push from the rank and file for change at the top. ODM MPs demanded party leader Raila Odinga to cut lose certain officials at a meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday.

So sensitive is the issue that some of the party officials contacted either flatly declined to comment or referred all questions to newly appointed executive director Joseph Magerer Lang’at, himself facing a revolt as some members question his appointment.

At least 10 MPs are contemplating ‘technically’ defecting from ODM to underline their unhappiness. Former Roads Minister Franklin Bett says the party faces serious integrity questions in the manner it handles its affairs. In a tell-all interview with The Standard on Saturday, Bett took a swipe at the opacity in party operations that excludes majority of its members.

“I am aware they have tried to set meetings after the last Parliamentary Group meeting in June,” says Bett, who was in charge of the party’s presidential election team. “However, meeting and sharing with members is critical to the survival of this party. A clique around the party leader makes decisions. If a party avoids its members, it is doomed to fail. If they cannot find a way of accommodating all members, then the party risks being a one-man show.”

The brickbat that was clearly aimed at the party’s top brass left no doubt he shares the sentiments and frustrations younger MPs and senators have been expressing.

Jubilee is reportedly preparing a war chest to pounce on the dissenters. There have been reports of an effort to woo Western Kenya among other areas.

The latest developments represent the many twists and turns ODM has had to navigate to remain vibrant in the bicameral Parliament, despite its relatively weaker numerical strength. Some of the MPs met Raila on Wednesday evening during which they were categorical the bad eggs have to be dispensed with soon or the party risks another mass exodus as witnessed in the countdown to the March elections.

Kakamega meeting

The meeting was an attempt by Raila to calm the storm that has been building up involving mainly first-time MPs who have been calling for radical surgery to rid the party of senior officials they accuse of being responsible for the debacle suffered in the elections. The former PM’s responses to specific questions allegedly left some “frustrated”.

Raila, party secretary-general, treasurer and minority leader come from the same community, a reality those calling for disaggregation of seats to reflect the face of Kenya want changed.

The frustration of MPs from ODM political base in Nyanza coincides with a planned meeting in Kakamega this weekend to be addressed by, among others, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende. Marende is positioning himself for chairmanship.

The realignment takes place against a backdrop of reports that pressure is piling on Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chair Ababu Namwamba and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma “to work with” the Jubilee government. Namwamba would not respond to our phone calls or text messages.

Hot topic

One of the MPs who attended the 5-9pm “dinner” meeting told The Standard on Saturday that the former PM remained vague on when the party would hold elections to rejuvenate it. The MP says it is unlikely the much-talked about polls will take place this year, as it had become hot topic that would split the party further.

The Serena Hotel dinner talks were attended by Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Opondo Kaluma (Homa Bay), David Ochieng’ (Ugenya), Ken Obura (Kisumu Central), Jared Opiyo (Awendo), Ken Okoth (Kibra), Sylvance Osele (Kabondo Kasipul) and George Oner Ogalo (Rangwe).

We have also learned that some MPs at the meeting said a senior official in Deputy President William Ruto’s office has been tasked with recruitment of disgruntled MPs from Nyanza and Western.

Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura referred to the meeting as routine “coffee meeting” with the party leader. “There is nothing extra-ordinary. We always meet with party leader for tea,” Mr Obura explained. The first-time MP, however, acknowledged the need to rebuild and re-brand the party.

“The National Governing Council will meet soon to set a date for elections. Once the NGC sets a date for a National Delegates Convention, we shall have enough reasons to speak on the direction we want the party to take,” he says.

Another first time MP from South Nyanza, who requested anonymity, says the session at Serena was stormy, with the MPs insisting demagogues responsible for the chaotic primaries be kicked out.

In a text message after the meeting, the MP described as “hot” the debate on the role played by chairman Henry Kosgey, Secretary-General Anyang Nyong’o, Eliud Owalo and Deputy National Assembly Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo in the March 4 elections.

The MPs questioned the recruitment of Magerer. The latter could not be reached by phone. Leaders from the former Western Province are pushing for either chairmanship or secretary-general’s post. Coast too is eying one of the positions, which are currently held by Kosgey and Nyong’o.

Other than Marende, Otuoma is said to be interested in Kosgey’s post while Namwamba and party assistant executive director Nabii Namwera are lining up to replace Nyong’o. Some MPs from Western are accused of either not propagating their party’s agenda or are quietly “working” with Jubilee.


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Categories: Ethiopia, Somalia

Should Ethiopia annex Somalia?

File Photo: Ethiopian Troops in Somalia

Should Ethiopia annex Somalia?
Writer Donald Kipkorir argues it is time for Ethiopia and Kenya to annex Somalia, in an opinion piece published in Kenya's, The Daily Nation, titled, "Why Kenya and Ethiopia ought to annex and divide Somalia".
Described by the Economist magazine as 'The world's most utterly failed state', Somalia is a lawless state with no functioning central government since 1991. The writer argues the country is a 'haven for terrorists and pirates'. He goes on to say,
"Annexing Somalia is thus in our strategic interest and we must do it now as the financial meltdown continues to take away the attention of the world.
Somalia as a state exists only in world maps. It is a classic case of a failed state. It is a state dismembered into as many independent units as there are sub-clans. Its 90-strong cabinet is emblematic of the actual number of units. Somalia neighbours Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Of these, it is only Ethiopia and Kenya that have strategic interest in Somalia. Kenya and Ethiopia must and ought to dismember Somalia and divide it between themselves along the 4 degrees latitude, each taking all the land below and above the line."
You can read the full article from Kenya's Daily Nation.
Should Ethiopia annex Somalia? Have Your Say


Comment from: tola [Visitor]
I think that was the plan all along i say Hell yea we should take over Somaliland and Puntland and give the rest of Somalia to Kenya and also take Eritrea back and have Djibouti join us :D
10/03/08 @ 15:49
Comment from: KOKEB [Visitor]
ETHIOPIA never annex somalia. It is a dirty trick of MELATAW ZOMBIE and the TPLF TEGRE morans for all this un-wanted war.

Long live the people of ETHIOPIA & SOMALIA!

DEATH to MELESE and HIS bloodY family SHABIA!
10/03/08 @ 15:49
Comment from: dereje [Visitor]
it is sad the Somalis can't put their house in order, relatively speaking. but Ethiopia never took other people's land in its history and should keep it that way.
10/03/08 @ 15:53
Comment from: Emperor Menelik II [Visitor]
Perfect discussion:!: We have to do this! Somaliland and Puntland join Ethiopia. The southern Somalians (Mogadishu)are the Shertam' Somali dirt bag illiterate donkeys, they must join Kenya.
10/03/08 @ 15:53
Comment from: Ogadenian [Visitor]
Ethiopia is not even capable of feeding itself let alone annex Somalia. Ethiopia is in Somalia with the help of Christian Nations who have a deep hatred for all Somali Muslims,beside with all the finance,weapon,air and sea support for those Christians nations still it can not control one single city.
For goodness sake lets fight each other one to one,i meant Ethiopia against Somalia only no outside help and i swear to you Ethiopia will not last a week with us Somalis.


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