Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The Nairobi Leaks

Tuesday, 12 January 2010, 15:13
EO 12958 DECL: 2020/01/12
REF: 09 NAIROBI 1811; 10 NAIROBI 31; 10 NAIROBI 50; 10 NAIROBI 11 09 NAIROBI 2485; 09 NAIROBI 2483; 09 NAIROBI 2475; 09 NAIROBI 2401
CLASSIFIED BY: Michael E. Ranneberger, Ambassador, DOS, EXEC; REASON: 1.4(B), (D)

1. (C) Summary: Our highest priority efforts are focused on advancing implementation of the reform agenda, which is key to the future democratic stability and prosperity of Kenya. While some positive reform steps have been taken, the old guard associated with the culture of impunity continues to resist fundamental change. Most key reforms are yet to be carried out, and the future of the constitutional review process is uncertain. We are employing public and private pressure, engaging broadly with the senior-most levels of the government and other political actors, and reaching out extensively to the Kenyan people, youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, and religious groups. We also laying out incentives for positive action on reforms and supporting significant steps when they are taken. Continued intensive U.S. efforts - using our unique influence in Kenya - is essential to propel implementation of the reform agenda. U.S. efforts are viewed very favorably by the Kenyan people and are helping generate increased domestic-driven pressure for reforms. This message discusses the current state of play, the dynamics affecting the reform agenda, and U.S. policy and actions. End summary.

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U.S. Policy and Central Importance of Reform Agenda

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2. (C) Advancing implementation of the reform agenda is the central objective of U.S. policy in Kenya. Achieving this is key to ensure the future democratic stability and prosperity of Kenya, a strategically important partner of the United States. Failure to implement significant reforms will greatly enhance prospects for a violent crisis in 2012 or before - which might well prove much worse than the last post-election crisis. Bringing about implementation of the reform agenda poses a large challenge because doing so threatens the culture of impunity and the entrenched political class that has existed in Kenya since independence. Most of the political and economic elite (to greater and lesser extents) compose the vested interests that benefit from and support impunity and the lack of accountability with respect to governance, state resources, and the rule of law. This includes President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga, who signed the coalition agreement, as well as most of the members of the Cabinet and leaders of the political parties.

3. (C) That said, there are dynamics at play which create an historic opportunity to achieve progress. First, the unprecedented post-election crisis jolted the Kenyan people and led to a broad appreciation, domestically and internationally, that some changes must be made to avoid such a crisis - or worse - in the future. Second, demographic pressures and generational change are having a marked impact, with youth increasingly assertive about the need for reforms. Third, and very importantly, the United States has enormous, unique leverage with the Kenyan people and government. Fourth, Kofi Annan on behalf of the African Union and group of eminent personalities remains intensively engaged. Fifth, there is more democratic space in Kenya than ever before, with a very active civil society, a vibrant media, a savvy private sector, and active religious groups. Sixth, Kenya's leaders are ultimately practical politicians whose desire for self-preservation means they are responsive to some degree to intense international and domestic pressure.


Some Positive Steps


4. (C) As we have reported, the coalition government has demonstrated some progress on reforms in the past two years due to all of the dynamics delineated above - but particularly as a result of the continuing role being played by Annan and especially U.S. pressure. At a time when most observers were cynically saying that Police Commissioner Ali would never be removed, he was. Following the imposition of our travel ban on Attorney General Wako, he started talking about "retirement" (before the middle of this year, he says). The government has launched police reform. A new Interim

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Independent Electoral Commission is up and running, and the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission will soon begin its work. XXXXXXXXXXXX An anti-money laundering bill (which we have been heavily lobbying for) was recently passed and signed into law. The constitutional review process is underway.

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Culture of Impunity Works to Forestall Fundamental Reform

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5. (C) These are positive achievements, but most are only first steps. Those associated with the culture of impunity are working hard to limit the impact of steps taken so that they do not lead to truly fundamental reform that would threaten vested interests. Removals of key individuals, while in themselves significant, must be followed by real institutional reform. Several examples demonstrate the substantial challenges in bringing about institutional reform. Example 1: XXXXXXXXXXXX who blocks progress on high-level investigations and has ties directly to State House XXXXXXXXXXXX. The committee which considered replacements for XXXXXXXXXXXX picked someone who is a lightning rod to the vested interests and who is unlikely to be approved by Parliament, XXXXXXXXXXXX. Example 2: the process of police reform has been launched with great fanfare, but oversight of the process is questionable. The governmentXXXXXXXXXXXX is allegedly closely associated with the "kwe kwe" death squad responsible for extrajudicial killings. These examples are simply a few of many which demonstrate how the "culture of impunity" is, in effect, an informal system of governance that co-opts and/or forces others to participate or perish. To put it another way, the political elite are planning several chess moves ahead. While we are no mean chess players ourselves, it is very difficult to anticipate their next move or the motives behind "reform" steps.


Key Reforms Not Yet Undertaken


6. (C) Thus, while some initial progress has been made, the reforms needed to bring about fundamental change have not yet been achieved. No significant steps have been taken against high-level corruption, which remains rampant. No significant reform of the judicial or Attorney General's office has been undertaken. No steps have been taken to hold accountable perpetrators of post-election violence. Police reform remains an open question. Little has been done by the coalition government to foster national reconciliation and cohesion. The most important issue on the reform agenda is constitutional review (see ref B and previous reporting), but prospects for success of this are problematic. While constitutional revision must be accompanied by the other reforms, without constitutional revision the other reforms will not be sufficient to ensure future stability.

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Positive Impact of U.S. Policy and Actions

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7. (C) Though daunting, key elements of the reform agenda are achievable. Consistent and intense U.S. pressure and support - privately and publicly - stands a reasonable chance to achieve substantial progress on implementation. Part of this effort involves helping to empower a new generation of leaders and leveraging the old guard to implement at least some key elements of the reform agenda. We are thus engaged in a well-coordinated intensive effort along the following lines: First, we are engaged in intensive private contacts with the full array of key actors, from Kibaki and Odinga on down. Second, we are engaged in

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extensive outreach to civil society, religious groups, the media, and the private sector to urge more concerted efforts to press for implementation of the reform agenda. Third, we are reaching out vigorously to the Kenyan people to encourage dialogue, reconciliation, and peaceful advocacy for implementation of reforms. Fourth, we are engaged in targeted outreach and support for youth to empower them to participate more effectively to press for implementation of reforms and to help escape the cycle of poverty which facilitates their manipulation by the political elite. Fifth, we are supporting reform-minded parliamentarians. Finally, as part of our overall approach, we are laying out incentives, providing concrete support for implementation of reforms, and deploying specific pressure publicly and privately.

8. (C) We are coordinating this intensive push on the reform agenda through an inter-agency Mission Task Force. The Task Force, which I chair twice weekly, ensures that U.S. efforts are coordinated, complementary, and sustained. We are, for example, providing expertise to the constitution revision Committee of Experts, and are working with the Interim Electoral Commission on parameters for providing $1.5 million in technical assistance. We are working closely with the Minister of Security on ways to support real police reform, particularly the establishment of internal and external oversight mechanisms. We are providing technical and expert assistance to the Parliamentary Reform Caucus, which was established with our encouragement. We have just dispatched a delegation of civil society and youth leaders to Washington, and we are coordinating dates for the visit of a Parliamentary Reform Caucus delegation in February. Support from AID's Office of Transition Initiatives, coupled with public outreach, are having a dramatic impact in expanding the role of grassroots youth organizations to promote inter-ethnic dialogue and peaceful pressure for implementation of reforms. We recently launched a $45 million youth empowerment initiative. Actual travel bans and the threat to impose more are key elements of pressure that provide tangible evidence to corrupt anti-reform elites and to the Kenyan people that the USG will not do business as usual absent real change.

9. (C) This multi-faceted approach is having a marked impact among the Kenyan people and politicians. The U.S. push for reform is clearly viewed positively by the Kenyan people. The coalition leadership and Kenyan elite recognize the central importance of the U.S., know that the U.S. stance is viewed positively by the Kenyan people, and realize that they cannot ignore U.S. pressure. The quick impact which the Secretary's recent calls had (see ref B) is one indication of this. Another is that the parliamentary reform caucus, which started with just 20 members, has grown to over 60. Another smaller but very telling indication is that senior politicians have recently starting consulting leaders of the grassroots youth organizations which we are supporting. Members of Parliament have started talking with them and Prime Minister Odinga called one of the youth leaders before he departed with the civil society delegation to Washington.

10. (C) While the culture of impunity and the grip of the old guard political elite on the levers of state power and resources remain largely intact, hairline fractures are developing in their edifice which - if we continue to work them intensively - will develop into broader fractures and open up the potential for a peaceful process of implementation of fundamental reforms. Although being realistic about what is achievable, we should not set our sights too low. With a strong, consistent, and concerted effort, much can be accomplished. By burrowing into the process and using concrete support as leverage, significant police reform can be carried out. Providing support for witness protection will significantly improve the odds that the International Criminal Court will be able to indict several key suspects of post-election violence. Such indictments, particularly if they are public, would be a major blow to the culture of impunity and likely help alter political dynamics in a positive way. Most importantly, intensive U.S. engagement can improve prospects for successful conclusion of the constitutional revision process (the sine qua non of the reform agenda). Much else can be accomplished as well, but taken together these steps would constitute major progress and would greatly enhance prospects for future democratic stability and prosperity.

11. (C) U.S. efforts are also contributing to something less tangible but equally important: a dynamic of change percolating throughout Kenya. We are hearing from many, many sources that our outreach efforts are encouraging and emboldening ordinary Kenyans to speak out in favor of change. The old guard of vested interests knows that we and others within Kenya are fanning the winds of change - always stressing the need to work peacefully within the democratic process -- and feels threatened by that, but they also realize that they must somehow come to grips with it. The old

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guard's strategy is to do just enough to placate the people, Annan, and us, while trying to avoid fundamental change in the system. However, there is a real possibility that, as they seek to walk this fine line, the flood gates of change will open, or that at least the change will end up being more far-reaching than they envisaged. The sharp reaction of the old guard to our efforts and growing domestic pressure indicates that the culture of impunity system is not as strong as it may seem on the surface.

12. (C) In essence, we are on the right track. Obtaining further, decisive progress will require sustained, intensive high-level U.S. engagement and, as we have requested, additional resources in some areas as well. We are proceeding with a realistic appreciation of the challenge of bringing about fundamental change, but also with a cautiously optimistic appreciation that much is possible, and that positive engagement can make it happen. RANNEBERGER

Saturday, 28 August 2010

TheFallen Heroes

Late Hon. J.M Kariuki murdered brutally for his belief that he did not want a Kenya with 10 millioners and 10 million beggars. Unfortunately we now have 40plus millioners and 40 million beggars. Will the new constitution honour our fallen heroes

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Kenya Women Torture

Women and girls in Nairobi’s slums live under the constant threat of sexual violence, leaving them often too scared to leave their houses to use communal toilet and bathroom facilities, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Insecurity and Indignity: Women’s experiences in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya details how the failure of the government to incorporate the slums in urban plans and budgets has resulted in poor access to services like sanitation, which hits women in slums and informal settlements especially hard.

“Women in Nairobi’s settlements become prisoners in their own homes at night and some times well before it is dark,” said Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty Internationals East Africa researcher. “They need more privacy than men when going to the toilet or taking a bath and the inaccessibility of facilities make women vulnerable to rape, leaving them trapped in their own homes.

“The fact that they are unable to access even the limited communal toilet facilities also puts them at risk of illness.”

The situation is compounded by the lack of police presence in the slums and when women fall victim to violence they are unlikely to see justice done. Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum and home to up to a million people, has no police post.

“I always underestimated the threat of violence,” said 19-year-old Amina of Mathare slum. “I would go to the latrine any time provided it was not too late. This was until about two months ago when I almost became a victim of rape.”

Amina was set upon by a group of four men while she walked to the latrine at 7pm. They hit her, undressed her and were about to rape her when her cries were heard and a group of residents came to save her. Although she knew one of the men involved in the assault, Amina did not go to the police as she feared reprisal attacks.

Unable to leave their one-roomed houses after dark, many women in informal settlements resort to ‘flying toilets’ – using plastic bags thrown from the home to dispose of waste.

Women also told Amnesty International how the poor sanitary conditions they live in – which include widespread disposal of human excreta in the open because of lack of adequate access to toilets – directly contribute to cases of poor health and to high health care costs.

Other women describe the humiliation of bathing in front of their relatives and children.

Even by day, public bathroom facilities are few and far between and invariably involve walking long distances. According to official figures, only 24 per cent of residents in Nairobi’s informal settlements have access to toilet facilities at household level.

Despite some positive features, Kenya’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) policies to meet the target on sanitation do not address the specific needs of women who face the threat of violence because they lack adequate sanitation.

They also do not address the lack of enforcement of regulations requiring owners and landlords to provide sanitation.

“There is a huge gap between what the government commits to do, and what is going on in the slums everyday” said Godfrey Odongo.

“Kenya’s national policies recognise the rights to sanitation and there are laws and standards in place. However, because of decades of failure to recognize slums and informal settlements, planning laws and regulations are not enforced in these areas.

“The lack of enforcement of these laws has ensured that landlords and structure owners in the slums can get away without providing any toilets or shower places for their tenants”

Lack of security of tenure also remains a long standing problem for tenants, despite a national land policy in place, removing any incentives that landlords or owners could have to ensure proper sanitation, and measures to increase security.

Amnesty International calls on the Kenyan government to enforce landlords’ obligations to construct toilets and bathrooms in the slums and settlements and provide assistance to structure owners who are unable to meet the costs of constructing toilets and bathrooms.

The government must also take immediate measures to improve security, lighting and policing and ensure that relevant government authorities coordinate their efforts to improve the water and sanitation situation in the settlements.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Kenya Police Abuse Somali Refugees

Kenyan police at the Somali border and in nearby refugee camps are abusing asylum seekers and refugees fleeing war-torn Somalia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Kenya should immediately rein in its abusive police, and the UN refugee agency should step up its monitoring of the situation and press for an end to the abuses, Human Rights Watch said.

Based on interviews with over 100 refugees, the 99-page report, "‘Welcome to Kenya': Police Abuse of Somali Refugees," documents widespread police extortion of asylum seekers trying to reach three camps near the Kenyan town of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee settlement. Police use violence, arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention in inhuman and degrading conditions, threats of deportation, and wrongful prosecution for "unlawful presence" to extort money from the new arrivals - men, women, and children alike. In some cases, police also rape women. In early 2010 alone, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Somalis unable to pay extortion demands were sent back to Somalia, in flagrant violation of Kenyan and international law.

"People fleeing the mayhem in Somalia, the vast majority women and children, are welcomed to Kenya with rape, whippings, beatings, detention, extortion, and summary deportation," said Gerry Simpson, refugee researcher for Human Rights Watch and principal author of the report. "Once in the camps, some refugees face more police violence and the police turn a blind eye to sexual violence by other refugees and local Kenyans."

Dozens of asylum seekers from among the estimated 40,000 Somalis who crossed Kenya's officially closed border near the camps in the first four months of 2010 told Human Rights Watch that police ignored their pleas for free passage from the border. Instead, the police demanded money and deported or detained, beat, and falsely charged them with unlawful presence if they could not pay. A Kenyan refugee aid worker described the police operation between the border and Garissa, the provincial capital, as "one big money-making machine."

"Welcome to Kenya" also documents how the threat of police interception and related abuses forces most asylum seekers to travel toward the camps on small paths away from the main road. There they are also vulnerable to attacks from common criminals, who prey upon them, raping women and stealing the little money they have.

Once in the camps, refugees continue to face police violence, according to the report. Police have failed to prevent, investigate, and prosecute sexual violence against refugee women and girls in the camps by other refugees and Kenyans, creating a culture of impunity and increasing the risk of sexual violence.

The report also examines Kenya's illegal policy of prohibiting the vast majority of refugees registered in the camps from travelling to other parts of Kenya, unless they have special permission for reasons such as medical appointments or education in Nairobi. Under international law, Kenya must justify any such prohibition as the least restrictive measure necessary to protect national security, public order, or public health, which it has failed to do. In 2009, the authorities allowed only 6,000 of Dadaab's almost 300,000 refugees to travel outside the squalid and overcrowded camps.

The report documents how police arrest refugees travelling without - and increasingly those with - government-issued "movement passes," extort money from them, and sometimes take them to court in Garissa, where they are fined or sent to prison.

"Welcome to Kenya" contends that the organized nature of the police's extortion racket and abuses - extending almost 200 kilometers from the border town of Liboi through the town of Dadaab to Garissa - is the direct result of Kenya's three-year-old decision to close the border. Human Rights Watch said that the related closing of a refugee transit center in Liboi, 15 kilometers from the border and 80 kilometers from the camps, has only made matters worse.

Before it closed, the Liboi transit center was a safe place where the vast majority of Somali asylum seekers first sought refuge in Kenya and from which the UN refugee agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), transported them to the camps. Without the center, an estimated 300,000 Somalis fleeing their country to Kenya since January 2007 - half of whom have gone to the camps - have had to use smugglers to cross the border. The police take advantage of the clandestine nature of their journey, falsely accusing them of unlawfully entering Kenya and threatening arrest if they don't pay money the police demand.

Under Kenya's Refugee Act, all asylum seekers have 30 days after entering Kenya to travel to the nearest refugee authorities to register as refugees, regardless of how or where they entered the country. But the police routinely ignore this right. Echoing Human Rights Watch's recommendations to the Kenyan authorities in a March 2009 report, "From Horror to Hopelessness," the new report reiterates its call on the authorities to open a new center in Liboi where newly arrived asylum seekers can be screened and from which they can be safely transported to the camps.

"For more than three years the closed border has benefitted no one except corrupt police officers and has led to untold abuses against hundreds, if not thousands, of asylum seekers," Simpson said. "Kenya needs to guarantee safe passage and protection to Somalia's vulnerable refugees."

The Kenyan government has real security concerns relating to the Somali conflict, but its anti-Somali political rhetoric has only reinforced the abusive police behavior, Human Rights Watch said. Asylum seekers say that police accuse them of belonging to the Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab or to Al Qaeda, or of being "terrorists" before - in some cases - forcing them back to Somalia. Based on eight cases involving the forced return to Somalia of 152 people that Human Rights Watch documented during its research in March 2010, Human Rights Watch believes it is likely that police have returned hundreds, if not thousands, of Somalis to their country in early 2010 alone.

International law prohibits the forcible return of refugees to persecution, torture or situations of generalized violence. Although Kenya has the right to prevent certain people from entering or remaining in Kenya - including those reasonably regarded as a threat to its national security, such as al-Shabaab members - it may not close its borders to asylum seekers. International law also forbids the authorities from deporting asylum seekers back to Somalia without first allowing them to apply for asylum.

"The police say they are protecting Kenya from terrorists and are enforcing immigration laws when they stop refugees," Simpson said. "But the fact that they extort Somalis to pay their way through checkpoints and out of police custody suggests more concern for lining their pockets than protecting their borders."

The report calls on the UN refugee agency to improve its monitoring and advocacy with the authorities and to make more frequent visits to police stations near the border, the town of Dadaab and Garissa.

With regard to sexual violence, victims told Human Rights Watch that the police either ignore their complaints, tell them to produce evidence, or abruptly drop the cases without explanation. In the rare event that police arrest alleged attackers, the suspects are usually released within hours or days, with little hope for further questioning or accountability. Many women believe their alleged attackers successfully bribe the police to drop investigations or to let the suspects go.

Human Rights Watch said that despite some improvements since the early 1990s, the government's response to sexual violence in the camps fails because there are too few police in the camps with skills to investigate these crimes and because there is inadequate supervision of police handling of these cases.

"Nearly two decades into their existence, the camps remain a place where justice for rape victims is the exception and impunity for perpetrators the rule," said Meghan Rhoad, researcher with Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division, who wrote the section of the report on sexual violence. "The refugee women and girls who bravely come forward and report sexual violence to the police deserve better."

Sunday, 13 June 2010

The clamour for constitution

The constitution campaign faces the toughest hurdle in the coming few weeks. The Moi gang are now criss crossing the country with illegally acquired wealth and peddling falsehood about the new constittution. Illegal funds are now exchanging hands in open for the success of no campaign team. Moi has ganged up with few disgruntled cabinet members who are championing their own intrestand cheating the large public on the draft constitution.

Ruto is the main star of the NO campaign and he has been rooming around the country using his oratory skill to win followers. Recently he was quoted telling a public rally in a predominant Muslim voters province that the constitution would allow same sex marriages a taboo to this group of citizens. By time Ruto left the province he wiped people emotion and scored his point that he gathered a large following. Ruto should not be underestimated and any group which does that at its own peril.

The YES campaign team is in disarray they are now more divided than ever. Odinga has been playing the wrong kind of game that has caused mistrust among the cabinet and the YES camp in general. Odinga like he usually does has run away with the YES ball earlier than expected and has turned it into Odinga project. This has caused great discomfort in the Rift Valley who consider Odinga to be a traitor who has let them down despite voting him man to man.

The other group of YES team are secretly funding and supporting No team to downgrade the size Odinga whom they think is strategising for 2012. This team will go at any length to throw dirt at Odinga. Odinga has shown he is no saint and has so far succeeded in appointing his sisters and close relative to posts that were supposed to be shared by ODM. Odinga corruption war is naught if you see the trail that leads to his offices. This blogger has seen highly classified documents linking Odinga and associate to mega deals from Laico Grand Regency to the Maize scandal.

Kenyans would see and hear more of Odinga in the coming few months but the final blow to Odinga's ambition will come just few months before the 2012 election. The dossier which has been compiled is in details to all activities of corrupt deals that end in Odingas trail with photographic evidence. If released now will highly damage and destabilise the coalition. Kibaki courtiers are keeping their fingers on the lid for the moment.

The YES team 2 has now carried first rally in Nyahururu with the tacit blessing of Kalonzo and led by no one other than the youth full Mandera central Mp and chairman of parliamentary committee on constitution. This team is made up of all those who oppose Odinga move towards achieving supremacy. The YES team now need to go to full throttle to stop RUTO/MOI and the Church team who have large tract of lands which was acquired illegally and are not ready to relinquish without fight.

Luo Nyanza has failed to bring out credible leader since the death of Tom Mboya. The Odinga spell has made intellectual like Prof Nyongo and Orengo to toe Odinga line lest they loose the pleasure of their parliamentary seat. Luos have failed to create or produce leadership to take over the mantle ship of Presidency in Kenya.

The Presidency will not be safe in the hands of Odinga and Kenyans are clever enough not to give him another chance for the run.


Friday, 28 May 2010

Somalia’s Divided Islamists

The growing internal schisms and factionalism within Somalia’s Islamist movement risk plunging the country even deeper into violence and bloodshed, with dangerous implications for the wider region and beyond. These divisions are also aggravating the political crisis by polarising groups further along ideological, theological and clan lines. However, a limited opportunity may now exist for Somalia’s political actors and the international community to capitalise on these divisions and re-alignments to reach out to the increasing numbers of domestic militants disenchanted with the growing influence of foreign jihadis and extremist elements bent on pursuing a global agenda.

The divisions have always existed, but remained hidden, largely because of the unifying factor of Ethiopia’s in-country military presence since December 2006. The Ethiopian pullout in early 2009; the formation of a coalition government led by a prominent Islamist, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed; and the adoption of Sharia (Islamic law) caught hard-line insurgents and groups, especially Harakat Al-Shabaab al-Mujahedeen (Al-Shabaab, Mujahidin Youth Movement), off guard. Thereafter, they had to justify their existence and continued armed opposition to the Sharif government. Personality and policy frictions escalated within the movement, and the gulf widened between those amenable to some form of a political settlement and those wedded to al-Qaeda inspired notions of a permanent global jihad.

The failure of the major offensive by a combined Al-Shabaab and Hizb al-Islam (Islamic Party) force against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in May 2009, attributable, in large measure, to the decision by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to mount a robust defence of the government, catalysed internal dissent and fragmentation. The insurgents’ mistakes were their failure to anticipate AMISOM’s reaction and, more crucially, their misjudgement of the international community’s resolve to come to the TFG’s defence. The rise and military gains of a TFG ally, Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ, the Followers of the Prophetic Way and Consensus), composed of groups opposed to Al-Shabaab’s fundamentalism, have put significant pressure on the hard-line insurgency.

Although Al-Shabaab has regained Kismaayo and key towns and villages in the south by routing its rival (and erstwhile ally) Hizb al-Islam, it is now on the defensive and feels beleaguered. The movement is forced to fight on many fronts and to disperse its assets and combatants through broad swathes of hostile territory, far from its Jubba and Shabeelle strongholds in the south. But unless TFG forces perform significantly better, the balance of power will not be much altered.

Al-Shabaab’s military troubles have been compounded by the steady erosion of its popularity and credibility. The attempt to forcefully homogenise Islam and zealously enforce a harsh interpretation of Sharia, as well as the general climate of fear and claustrophobia fostered by an authoritarian administrative style, has deeply alienated large segments of society, even in areas once regarded as solid insurgent territory. Adding to the public disquiet has been the movement’s increasing radicalisation and the internal coup that has consolidated the influence of extremists allied to foreign jihadis. The suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu in December 2009, in which over two dozen civilians and officials were killed, caused an unprecedented public backlash. The widely-held perception that it was ordered by foreign jihadis prompted high-level defections and seriously undermined Al-Shabaab’s standing. Many feel it has irreparably harmed the movement’s political prospects.

However, Al-Shabaab and Hizb al-Islam are far from spent forces. They continue to radicalise Somalis at home, in the region and in the diaspora and remain a threat to the TFG and neighbouring states. Concern especially for their links to al-Qaeda extends to the U.S. and other leading Western states. Consequently, the TFG and its international partners should:

pay more attention to, and try to counter-act, the increasingly extremist ideological evolution of the Islamist movement;
step up the battle for the hearts and minds of the Somali people, including by articulating an argument that the radicalisation is largely driven by a unique set of beliefs that are alien to Somalis and an extremist and literal interpretation of holy texts; and by presenting a strategy to de-radicalise Somalia’s youth; and
place much greater emphasis on reconciliation. The TFG should exploit divisions within Al-Shabaab and Hizb al-Islam by reaching out to less extreme elements in both organizations. Bans of those organisations or
their designation as terrorist should not preclude efforts to talk with and reach understandings with individuals and factions amenable to political settlement; the international community should insist the TFG do more in this endeavour.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Wagalla Massacre silence

The truth of the 5000 dead innocent unarmed civilians must be told before the beginning of reconciliation. In Memory of those mothers who were shot from the back while carrying their babies. The truth will come out one day....................We will begin by being silent for the whole week .no articles will be published here in our blog as respect for those who were massacred by the cowardly soldiers under government orders. Take time to think about the massacre.



Saturday, 15 May 2010

Kenya Corrupt institution

In the outskirts of Nairobi a woman passenger with her husband car are hijacked by thugs who drive them around and rob them valuables including ATM card . The husband is dropped on the way while they speed away with his wife. They rape the woman and drop her on the road a good Samaritans find her rush her to a city hospital where she is admitted and treated. The woman is traumatised and her life is destroyed for good. This is not and isolated stories but the norm of Kenya today.

Yes Nairobi has turned to Nairobbery. The world capital of thugs,rape,kidnapping and gangsterism. Robbers are so daring that they target each and every one.A Brazilian businessman in posh area of Nairobi is raided by gangs terrorised and also left traumatised. This is just the tip of iceberg. The insecurity that is felt by foreigners and Kenyans has become a reality of modern day Kenya. One U.N worker commented that you will be more safer in Mogadishu where there is no government than in Nairobi Kenya where there is government.

Kenya in the last few years has sunk so low that investors are shying away. The communities in Nairobi are now gated and taking their security in their own hand. Members of the public now dare not venture after 6pm outside their homes for fear of being carjacked or killed by this thugs who no no boundary. This is the beginning of total breakdown of law and order. Kenya is clamouring for new Constitution while the large public mass is feeling more insecure than ever.

The rate of kidnapping has hit sky roof. The situation seem not to be abetting. Kenya has the most corrupt police force if not the world but Africa. Let Kitu kidogo has taken the ugly face of lete kila kitu. The number of road blocks have rather gone up than opposite encouraging the police to be more industrious by asking bribery openly. It doesn't matter weather you are wrong or right you have to pay to pass any roadblock in this beautiful country that has been entrusted to unscrupulous politicians who leave in tower of dreams. They are busy lining up there coffers. They are In bed with the evils.

This situation has been exacerbated by ethicist police and security intelligence. Moi ruined the public confidence in every institution that this country aspired to build. He oversaw the collapse of public corporation,security institution and education system . He changed the system from up to bottom and steered institution in producing highly corrupt officials who had no regard for the welfare of their country and citizen. Moi destroyed the fabric of Kenyan society for the last 24 years. After giving up power reluctantly Moi continues with his ambition of destroying Kenya by using proxy's and flimsy public meeting. He is allowed to do this with the present regime as they are in a class of their own right.Moi right place will have been jail where he would have tasted what he inflicted on innocent Kenyans.

When Kibaki took of the mantle ship of Kenya there was a sigh of relief when he declared that corruption will be the thing of past. He embarked on the first few months with policies that tried to reverse the retrogressive policies of Moi. The wananchi started believing that Kenya was on the right path that will not derail again. Kibaki made a quick U turn and perfected the art of Moi. He sought counselling from the man of Kabarak and in few years he surpassed Moi. He managed to change and replace the public service and every institution with Kamau,Njoroge and Wairimu. He did achieve his ambition of ethnicising the face of Kenya with a lightening speed.

This poor and badly thought policies made the common Kenyan more poorer and resentful of the government system that was to benefit a single group.The system favoured Kibaki's ethnic group over the remaining 41 Kenyan ethnic group. It was Kenya against Kikuyu and when the 2007 election was called the ballots produced that picture. When Kenya voters realised that they electoral body had conspired against them they went wild and politicians used them to their advantage leading to death and destruction.Kibaki was hurriedly sworn in middle night in darkness while Kenya butchered one another.

There series of events that are happening in Kenya are very worrying. The coalition government has failed to provide security to its own citizen and have failed in delivering basic services. The death on our roads are comparable to no nation on this earth. We have the highest death on road in the world. The so called leaders are playing Russian roulette on our lives they keep on changing the goals and eyeing 2012 to keep us mesmerised by their never ending fake promises. 2012 Kenya as we know might not be there with the way things are.

The national intelligence agency has been accused of sneaking and changing clause in the draft constitution of Kenya. This is a serious matter which deserves to be treated as treasonable offence. Imagine the constitution that Kenyans have been yearning for the last 20 years only to be tampered while in transit between the attorney general and government printer.This agency which is corrupt and undemocratic should be disbanded and reconstituted with face of Kenya in Mind. This organization which is ethnic based has become so tainted that their capability of gathering information is next to zero. They are so obsessed with ethnic issue that they broken all the norm of professionalism.

The anti-terrorist police which is heavily subscribed by Kikuyu should be also disbanded and Named Anti-kidnapping and thuggery's police force. this police force which is above law has been formed to harass a group of our citizen. They are funded by Western countries to deal with terrorist threat and are not accountable to any authority. They were recently involved in foolish Saga where they detained Royal Abu Dhabi family which forced Kenya to go on its knees and beg for forgiveness. Thanks God that Abu Dhabi forgave us. Imagine 36,000 Kenyans who work in Dubai and support 500,000 Kenyans back home were made jobless and deported back. Who will have catered for the needs of this poor fellows who are bread winners. The Anti-terrorist police are bunch of stupid uneducated ethnic conglomerate who owe their position to tribal chiefs. They have placed Kenya into a disrepute.

Amos WAko is no stranger to controversies for the last 18 years as the AG he oversaw the detention of thousand of Kenyans. He is now accused by the intelligence community that the sneaking of the clause in the draft constitution was done under his supervision. Wako has always been against new constitution as that will pave his ticket to retirement where he will be landed with several suits. He has dismissed every genuine case that has been brought against his competency. No wonder he was described by professor Alston as the face of impunity in Kenya. The American has already placed pressure on him by revoking his visa which has curtailed his international merry go round trips at the expense of tax payers. He should face justice for intentionally planning to derail the draft constitution of Kenya.


Saturday, 8 May 2010

By Miguna Miguna

Many Kenyan media practitioners have, over the years, earned a reputation for courage and integrity. During the struggle for independence, scribes like the late Harry Thuku, Ramogi Achieng’ Oneko and Pio Gama Pinto pioneered “liberation journalism.” They transformed the nibs of their pens into lethal arsenals for liberation. They refrained from pedantic discussions about people and focused on issues. Instead of peddling rumours; they championed and pursued truth, human dignity and equality. They exposed, challenged and fought against injustices. And for doing so, they suffered repression.

That heroic tradition continued during the one-party dictatorship of the 1960s to early 1990s. During that period, many courageous media practitioners either suffered individually for their insightful and incisive reportage and analysis; or they suffered collectively for standing in solidarity with other Kenyans in the struggle for multi-party democracy. They sacrificed their professional careers, security and lives by their gallant actions.

This is a beaten path in liberation history; whether one talks about Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic or Gitobu Imanyara of Kenya. Yet, as a liberation historian, I have never encountered the contributions of one self-declared “Oracle”, Otuma Ongalo. Although his byline declares that he is a “Senior Editor, Production and Quality,” his scatological articles bear no resemblance to quality. Ongalo’s patchy resume does not contain any record of courage or exceptional insight.

In an article: “Raila is a bridge that links us more to the dreaded past than the bright future” (Saturday Standard, May 1st, pg 15), the “Oracle” undermines his journalistic integrity and exposes his limited knowledge of Kenya and/or his biases.

Although he pretends to be a fortuneteller; Ongalo lacks the basic ingredients for such an undertaking. In order to prophesy, one requires an exceptional mind that can filter and retain all past and present events and use the repository of information to predict the future. If the memory is fragile or shallow, the information might be contaminated or lost. When that happens, foretelling the future accurately becomes impossible. And since the accuracy of the historical record determines the legitimacy of the prediction; Ongalo’s purported predictions are nothing but grand illusions conjured up to gloss over his analytical deficiencies.

When Ongalo asserts, as fact, that Raila Odinga is “a bridge to the dreaded past”, one would expect the oracle to explain what that past is in relation to Raila. As a “senior editor,” Ongalo ought to know that Raila has an unrivaled history of fighting against dictatorship, repression, human rights abuses, tribalism and corruption in Kenya. If Ongalo had taken his time and visited the archives of the East African Standard – the precursor to the publication he edits – he would have discovered that Raila was detained without trial for 9 years for challenging the repressive Moi regime when others played it safe.

Ongalo alleges, without foundation, that Raila’s two-year record as a co-principal in the Grand Coalition Government “is a fine blend between Jomo Kenyatta and Nyayo schools of thought.” He then asserts that Raila brooks no dissent and gives the example of what he calls the “demotion” of the “rebellious William Ruto” as an example of “Raila’s intolerance.” Interestingly, Ongalo omits to explain what the “fine blend between Jomo Kenyatta and Nyayo schools of thought” means in governance terms. He completely ignores to indicate what Raila stands for and why that is not good for Kenya.

Ongalo pretends to be smarter than he is. He uses words he does not understand. Why does Ongalo think that “rebellion without a cause” is desirable? Clearly, Ruto is still a minister appointed by Raila. Why does Ongalo imply Ruto was “demoted” for “dissent” when the latter has called his reshuffle a “promotion?” Is Ongalo implying that the agriculture portfolio was made for Ruto? Doesn’t Raila have the prerogative of reshuffling his side of the cabinet without explaining why to Ongalo?

Ongalo accuses Raila of making decisions without the approval of the “Pentagon.” But the “Oracle” has never bothered to read the ODM constitution, which does not provide for the “Pentagon” as a party organ. The “Pentagon” was an ODM campaign organ in 2007. The highest decision making organ in ODM is the National Delegates Convention, followed by the National Governing Council, then the National Executive Committee. Raila is not an organ of decision-making in ODM!

Since entering active politics, Raila has consistently pursued the realization of good governance, the rule of law and constitutionalism in Kenya. He has been involved in the struggle for a people-focused constitution throughout his adult life. Both as the Prime Minister and ODM leader, Raila has been more than tolerant to dissent. For two years running, Ruto remains an ODM deputy leader and cabinet minister despite his unreasonable and unfounded attacks on Raila and his persistent disregard for ODM’s policies, programs and decisions. Ruto has been insubordinate and disrespectful of the party leadership, rank and file. Are these traits to be encouraged in any institutional setting?

For constructively engaging in the political process in order to bring positive changes, Ongalo has called James Orengo and I, “court poets.” He seems to think that “rebellion without a cause” is chic. Is Ongalo equating “rebellion without a cause” to independence of the mind? I have been accused before of failing to sing for the King; now Ongalo says I am a master “praise singer for the King”. Does that make me a quintessential iconoclast?

*The writer is PM’s Adviser, Coalition Affairs and Joint Secretary to the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs. The opinions expressed here are his own.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Church's Dilemma

The clergy in Kenya form a group of citizen who are looked upon for pastoral guidance. Their words are weighed and acted upon by their flocks.They are trusted and relied upon in the whole continent.The 90s brought this group of citizen to the fore front for clamour of Human rights which were being trampled by dictator Moi. They spoke to their congregation and gave them hope and led them to believe in citizenship.

The most striking group of clergy that will come in any Kenyan mind will be the giants clergy like Bishop Alexander Muge,Bishop Henry Okullu,Bishop Timothy Njoya and the rest of the good men. They were bound by the convent with their flock whom they looked after no matter what condition they presented to them.Their doors were open to all who sought guidance and comfort.They did not discriminate and engaged with equally with other faith groups.

During the clamour for multi-party system the clergy were in fore front. They issued pastoral letters which were considered affront to Moi's despotic regime who did not tolerate what they termed as dissident views that was poisoning the mind of Kenyans. Moi using his state apparatus illegally came down heavily on the clergy. Bishop Alexander Muge died in mysterious car crash few days after being threatened by Peter Okondo a cabinet minister in Moi's regime.The minister had warned Bishop Muge that if he ever sets his foot in Busia he will never leave alive. The Bishop defied the order and went to Busia.On his way back from Busia he never made it back home.The death was never investigated despite huge international outcry.

Today the clergy are skeleton of its past. It has been over taken by masqueraders who pretend to represent the flock by day and tribal constituency at night. They will raise their voice to the congregation under estimating their capacity to think and make informed decision. This group of tribal clergy have overtaken the churches pulpit and mesmerise their flock with poisonous tribal rhymes.

The church in Kenya is today facing credibility issues. In 2005 the churches took side during the referendum. The Central province clergy become focal in supporting the Banana group which was led by politician whom they unidentified with. They heavily lost with the orange taking the trophy of home. This polarised the nation which led to the 2007 election violence.

The churches are now repeating the same mistake which led this country to almost total collapse. They have not learnt the lesson from the loss of 1500 lives and displacement of 600,000 Kenyans who are languishing in internal camps. The most vocal of this clergy is Peter Karanja who has again turned on the knob of polarising Kenya once more. Karanja is just satisfying his ethnic ego and the plight of suffering Kenyan is of least concern.

The draft constitution of Kenya is not a perfect document but aspires to bring good governance and end impunity in Kenya. It brings the citizen close to running the affairs of their country as opposed to few men who have been recycled since independence. The issue of abortion and Kadhi court is red hearing. The main issue that scares the No camp group is the large tract of Land that was grabbed by Kenyatta and Moi's operatives which will revert to public use. This few land barons grabbed large fertile tract of land which they fenced and left it idle denying Kenyans to cultivate and grow food to feed this nation of 40 million people.

The Kadhi's court is in the present constitution by virtue of international agreement that was brokered between The Sultan of Zanzibar and Kenya's Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta. The agreement was that the Sultan will cede 10km coastal strip to Kenya in return for Muslims conducting their affairs through the Kadhi court. With or without new constitution the Kadhi court will remain entrenched with Kenya constitution.

The church is challenging the right of Kenyan women to survive in child birth. The issue of abortion has been blown out of proportion by the clergy who did not take time to read the section or have decided that women have no place in this country's leadership. There is no section in the draft Constitution that encourages abortion and it rather entrenches the right of the unborn child. The Churches have joined bandwagon of politicians who who have sensed that they will be exposed by the enactment of the new constitution and about to loose their pprivilage.

The American far right groups are now directly funding the churches in Kenya to scatter the new Constitution. This far right groups have started pouring million of dollars to plant seed of hatred in our beloved nations. The Far right groups are notorious for fighting against civil right campaigners in the U.S and associated with lynching blacks in the South. They have already been disowned by the U.S Embassy in Nairobi. This group have found working relationship with the church to destroy the fabrics of Kenya.

The Churches are now divided into two opposing groups with ethnic factors playing in fore front. The Church in Central province have once again joined together campaigning for the No vote while the group from Nyanza are supporting the Yes Vote. Kenya is once more polarised and divided in the middle. This church leaders have once again failed to read the mood of public and are doomed. They will be held for the death and destruction that will follow if they do not mend their ways and shun away the American far right group agenda.


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Same League

At last we are in the same league. The ball is in our court. We did Laico together and shared everything. The KAA managing director share is on the way. Kenya is place for us.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Kenya's Ethnic Diplomats

The more things change the more they stay the same. It is only in Kenya where politicians who are intellectual dwarf will never match words with action or what comes out of their mouth are not well thought of or articulated. Their though process is disjointed.It is interesting to analyse this politician who think that they can be economical with the truth all the times and take large public for a ride.

The recent appointment of Diplomats has been shrouded with cloud of secrecy as it is ethnic based and full of flaws. The Diplomats we are told have been chosen by President Kibaki,Prime Minister Odinga, Ambassador Muthaura and Hon.Wetangula. The criteria used was ethnic based and chosen from the Gema tribe , Luo Nyanza and a token for Wetangula. No seasoned or career diplomat was chosen to represent this beautiful country. The amount of secrecy in this whole saga is beyond believe.

PM Odinga has turned out to have joined the league of double speak and has now gone back to his ethnic cocoon. He previously appointed his sister Wenwa Akinyi, as Consulate-General in Kenya's mission in Los Angeles and Elkanoh Odembo who is related to him to Kenya Embassy in France.This same Odinga was the one who has been going around shouting on top of his voice and telling us that we need to appoint people based on meritocracy and not from the ethnic background that they hail from. He has been criss crossing Kenya and the world preaching professionalism should be the thing.

PM Odinga wanted the share of loot 50-50 and now since Kibaki has allowed him his first 50-50 appointment he has managed to fill it with his own relatives and tribesmen. We never expected Prime Minister Odinga to stoop so low and act as a tribal chief. It is now clear to Kenyans what Prime Minister Odinga says in public is not what he really means. He is obsessed with power grabbing that he will say anything to achieve his goals.He is economical with truth. Just study the list and put a ethnic label and you will see what we mean. Odinga was given slots to fill with Kenyans who fulfilled the criteria of meritocracy but he ended up filling the posts with his own relatives. We expected this from President Kibaki and not him.He dream of ruling this country in 2012 is now a pipe dream and tall order.

President Kibaki has turned out to be the worst omen Kenya has ever had. Ask former Hon. John Keen who knows him better than anyone living in Kenya today. Kibaki has surpassed Kenyatta and Moi in ethnicising Kenya. Late President Kenyatta played his card by dividing and ruling using all ethnic communities in Kenya while favouring his own House of Mumbi. He set up elaborate scheme to empower his ethnic community by embarking on large scale education ,handing over industries and public institution to be run by House of Mumbi. He set up the largest Kikuyu Inc by ensuring his people dominated the life of Kenyans for the 15 years he was on helm.

When President Moi took over he openly said that he was following 'Nyayo' of the Late President and began empowering his own people and started large scale re-education bringing them to a level that they easily competed with Kenyatta's ethnic group and overtook them in period of 24 years. Moi personally paid private Maths teachers a warping Ksh 300,000[large amount calculated at that period] a month to teach Kalenjin children and airlifted thousand to worldwide universities. He also allowed marginalised tribe to uplift themselves through their leaders.

In 2002 Kenyans overwhelmingly voted for a change to replace this ethnic based politics and way of life to a nationalistic outlook that will lead their country to prosperity. They voted for Kibaki and Odinga team whom they erroneously had pegged their hope and aspiration. Their dream was to be shattered sooner than later as both leaders had ethnic based agenda to uplift their own people. Kibaki oversaw the reversal of all Moi's Nyayo by appointing his own Kikuyu brethren to every single public and private institution within a short period. He achieved this magic in a span of three years what it took 15 years for Kenyatta and another 24 years for Moi.

Kenyans will not accept this corrupt and nepotistic trend to continue . The population of Kenya is now 40 million and well educated. They can tell wheat from the chaff.It is only time as this ethnic based leaders are blind and will not reform. The youth population under 35 is running up to 72% with high unemployment they have nothing to loose and will rather see the house burning down for everybody.

President Kibaki is running a Kikuyu Inc instead of Kenya. He has forgotten there are 41+ tribes in Kenya who expect equitable share of everything. He has now invited Odinga's Tribe which now makes them 2 tribes against 40+. He thinks he will get away by appeasing Odinga who was in the same league with him in the first place. The 40+ tribe with their youth will rise and take over the reign of Kenya soon.Kibaki has made sure that the security,defence,industry,public institution are all populated with Kikuyu Inc. His challenge was quick reversal of Moi's ethnic game and he has achieved it to the detrimental of other Kenyans. Time is up and we know. Is he ready???.

The so called diplomat training are being conducted in secrecy in a Nairobi hotel and when the newsmen had a wind of it they were immediately relocated to Mombasa. Why all this secrecy Mr President and Prime Minister. It is the fear of other Kenyans will know that this group of diplomats are ethnic based and will not represent the interest of Kenya but will represent Kikuyu and Luo interest. Why secrecy we know what is going on and are ashamed to be represented by tribal Ambassadors. We ask all Kenyans who are abroad to boycott this embassies and seek help from neighbouring countries embassies and high commission's abroad.

Here is the list and look at the composition yourself .....


1. Dave Arunga

2. Nancy Barasa

3. Ken Osinde

4. Peter Salim Ndemo

5. Benson Ogutu

6. Josephine Owuor

7. Josephine Ngeisa

8. Anthony Andanje

9. Karimi Mberia

10. Anthony Muchiri

11. Bill Kimaru

So you see what we are seeing ethnic based diplomats. We will not continue to be hoodwinked and forced to keep quite. There are equally highly trained and qualified Kenyans from other ethnic groups. Both so called principles should be painted for what they are ethnic chieftains.


Thursday, 29 April 2010

Kenya Moral Maze

Today we want to talk about few dedicated Kenyans who have strive to make a mark in a small way in their own backyard. They are Kenyan who are morally upright thoughtful and shun corruption. This Kenyans do not pretend they are whiter than White they work toward goals of achieving progress in a small way that make major impact. They speak less but act with magnanimity.

The global village today represent good governance with people looking forward to accountable governments. Accountability represent voters and citizen questioning the government of the day and giving them red card when they are at fault. The relationship is extraordinary in a way it keeps their leaders on toe. The country resources are used equitably and citizen work hard to promote and propel their country forward.

The few Kenyans who in a small way have engaged with their citizen have done wonderful projects to uplift their people and are accountable to their constituent. We are grateful to this few Kenyans who help their fellow human beings by defining their relationship and building a bond which is trickles down line. This few good men and women toil and carry the banner of good human nature. They have never enriched themselves nor involved in corrupt dealing. They had all the opportunity but the said no no no.

Kenya today is controlled by disjointed coalition government who have stalled all the progress that the country could have made. With disputed election which saw the massacre of 1500 and displaced 600,000 this myopic leaders led by poor and bankrupt leadership skills have placed our country in permanent state of electioneering. The poor masses who are fighting HIV AIDS and Malaria and unable to feed their families are mentally poisoned and cheated of goodies to come. They are denied by this few leaders their right to good governance and accountability.

It is time Kenyans to change their mindset and stop clapping hands for people who have enriched themselves from corruption and tax evasion.This people are evil who have snatched food from the mouth of poor babies. They should be judged in that context and not cult worshiped. It is simple and straight forward that they are number one crooks hiding under the banner of failing leadership and ethnic cocoon cover.Kenyans should promote and support fairness,justice and accountability.

Kenya has strive to bring to justice all those who looted its wealth since 1963 and no one should be spared even if you were former President who who helped himself with the wealth of his country must be brought to account on how he accumulated his wealth. No one should be immune or above the law and that is why we need the new constitution to curtail the dishing of land by head of state to his cronies and friends. The leaders of Goldberg,Mamluki,Anglo leasing and all corrupt deals should be brought be brought to book. The days are short and numbered.

There are few dedicated Kenyans who in a small way bring an impact to the arena of moral high standing. They work hard ,they are upright and shun away corrupt deals and promote good governance within their sphere of life. This few men and women make us feel that there is hope in Kenya and one day our country will have leaders with intellectual capacity to make change and guide this nation using parameters of good governance and accountability.

If you look around you will see them shining and make effective contribution to their constituencies,parliament,judiciary and all walks of life. Look for them and encourage them.Forget About Moi,Kibaki,Odinga,Kenyatta,Kalonzo and Saitoti they are morally and intellectually bankrupt. They have failed and their leadership has lead to death and poverty throughout Kenya's history. Kenya needs to stop recycling this leaders who have passed their sale date.They have failed miserably and continue to use tax payers for their personal gains. Not a single has shown leadership skills.

Mandela who was President of South Africa never enriched or helped himself from the state coffers. He is a world statesman who served his country for one term and stepped down when his term expired. President Paul Kagame when he took over Rwanda 85% of its budget was under written by Aid he has reduced that to 50 % and working toward further slashing by to 30%. He has not enriched himself and continues to work toward just society. President Kikwete zero tolerance to corruption has made Tanzania a shining example.

We take this opportunity to pay tribute to the following Kenyans
Hon.Peter Kenneth -Mp for Gatanga
Maina Kiai- Former Chaiman KNHR
John Githongo-Former Ethic PS
Judge Philip Waki
Judge Mohamed Ibrahim
Hon.Abdikadir Mohamed-Mp Mandera Central,Chairman PSC
Ahmed Issack Hassan -Chairman IIEC
Florence Jaoko-Chairwoman KNHR
PLO Lumumba-?Imminent KACA director???.
Hon Kenneth Marende-Speaker
Hon. Kilemi mwiria-Mp Tigania West


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The Banana Republic

Venue: Harambee House in attendance President Kibaki,Muthaura,Michuki and few other Mt Kenya clique. Heated discussion on the ongoing cabinet boycott by Raila Odinga and the out going KAA Managing Director Muhoho and how to diffuse the recent parliamentary rejection of the Appointment of KAA Managing Director. Muthaura quips its not hard to satisfy Raila who loves pomp and glory.Had we given him little carrot during the election we Will not have had Ocampo hoovering around us now. His support of the draft constitution is the belief that he will occupy the state house in 2012 a tall order. So long as we keep him hoping we can hit him hard when and where we want. He is satisfied with small things and we can make him more merrier by increasing his outriders by two more motorcycles. Well done Muthaura you have capture the mood of the man.

The Mount Kenya clique places its cards on the table while the President keep the joker under his sleeve. Okay let the President place a call to PM Odinga who has all along been waiting for face saving situation to restart the cabinet meeting. We will give him what he has been crying for all along to show little bit of power which will mesmerise him and capture moment of his mind. We will offer to transfer Ruto to less glorious ministry of higher Education where he will partner with Hon. Ongweri and replace this Keter with his earth wile supporter Megerer.This in turn will bend him to come running to the cabinet table while we can offer Ruto carrots at some stage and in the process we will ask Hon. Kimunya to appoint our man with a stoke of a pen at the helm of KAA and Raila will be asked to keep mum or the goodies will be withdrawn and elevation of Ruto will happen instantly a veiled threat.

Ambassador Muthaura places a phone call to PM Raila who is advised that the President is about to call in a few minute to discuss important national issues. At the treasury Odinga's advisers are caught unawares and scamper for position within the office. Odinga asks them politely to leave as he will be in private discussion with the President. President Kibaki Picks the phone and the conversation goes on as Hallo Hallo wewe ni huyo Raira now lets finish this thing..you know this thing has been going for few weeks. Oh oh Mr Mr President I have been waiting for you call and I am coming to Harambee house instantly and you are blessed you have saved my face and I will do for you everything. The Mt Kenya clique have had Raila where they wanted. A man of cheap tastes and easily satisfied.

PM Raila rushes to Harambee without his advisers and is ushered straight to a room where the Mt Kenya clique have rehearsed several time and wired all over. The President places his cards on the table. Kibaki goes on to say wewe Raira we will transfer Ruto and appoint Merger and this will mend you image which was recently been battered ,dented and is a sign that we are working as coalition and in return I am asking the Hon. Kimunya as transport minister to immediately appoint Stephen Gichuki as the head of KAA and i don't want to hear you or your lieutenants discussing the issue end of story. PM who feels elated and that his arch rival Hon Ruto has been transferred to lesser ministry will show him who is the boss. Mt Kenya clique all along have advised and prepared Ruto to take it with a pinch of salt.

Kenya is a funny country which as days go start to take shape of a banana republic. Imagine an Indian national flies into its airspace and is arrested on arrival at JKIA with all the glare of press and a week down the line they are unable to identify or ascertain if this is the man who most sought after criminal Devani who with the help of some senior cabinet ministers looted billion of shilling from this poor nation which is painfully being footed by the poor Kenyan tax payers. Devani has vowed that he will never go down alone and will have to come down with several cabinet ministers who ate and dined with him. We know who is covering Devani it none other than the Mt Kenya mafia. The capture of Devani was confirmed by Immigration Minnister Otieno Kajwan'g who is prone to gaffes.

The epitome of a banana republic is reflected by the way communication is conducted among its ministers. The Minister for information Samuel Poghisio appears on national television castigating the Mandera Sheikhs who have banned DSTV viewing in video halls in what they consider to be immoral watching of pornography supported by the Nairobi Secretary General SUPKEM Adan Wachu. In a space of less than 12 hours the PC for North Eastern Mr Ole Seriani thrashes the Minister Pogisio statement claiming it was the government that has closed those pornography dens and not the Sheikhs. It was a decision taken during district security committee meeting .This is contrary to what Pogisio told us yesterday. Two government department not talking to each other.The Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe denied that Devani was not captured and was in London enroute to India.

Tomorrow President Kibaki leaves for China with a begging bowl while away he will be deputised by Kalonzo and affair that Raila regrets. We hope the President comes back safely as we are in the Banana republic where God forbid if anything happens to the President we Will have no clear cut route to follow and we will go down free fall.

Ekwe Edia

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Looting of Kenya

The looting of Kenya continues at high speed unabated while million of its citizen cannot afford basic item needed for survival from day to day. The Kibaki regime has perfected what started as Kenyatta looting game and accelerated by despotic Moi.There shall come a time when this needy Kenyans will say enough is enough and will take to the streets and bring down all those who have lived off their sweats and made this beautiful country poor and unable to rise from ashes.

Moi stole and stashed U.S $ 2billion in foreign countries where he earns colossal interest and will never see this money come back to Kenya. Moi is 86+years and old man who should be retired long time tending to his goats. This cash which Moi will not be lucky to spend even if he wanted as his time span logically tells us is already matured. This cash that he stole from the poor innocent Kenyans will be used by European clever government to feed and educate its own people while we in Kenya die of hunger,malnutrition and HIV AIDS. What Moi has is carrying a useless bank statement showing figures that he commands and his tribesmen will never be able to consume and done with even if they wanted.The money is lying in European financial houses.

Moi's Sons Philip and his Brother Gideon have looted U.S $598 and $675 million dollars which are also stashed abroad in banks and off shore web of companies. They were floored in the last General election as Kenyans wanted to do away with the past and were looking forward to a country that has done away with corrupt and evil way for only the election to be stolen in front of their eyes with the help of Moi and his cronies.Moi who with his sons have grabbed big chunks of land did just perfect the Nyayo of his predecessor Jomo Kenyatta that he was following. Today many Kenyans are poor and landless and are living in the world biggest slums. Thanks to their patience and resilience which running thin and out.

Moi with his cronies are fighting the new draft constitution which will reduce schemes to loot public coffers and to address the issue of land that was grabbed since Independence. Moi who is the biggest tribalism is using tribal instinct to fight and survive. Here are few of Moi looting report that has been recorded by Kroll associate.

The report, commissioned by the Kenyan government, was submitted in 2004, but never acted upon. It details how:

· Mr Moi's sons - Philip and Gideon - were reported to be worth £384m and £550m respectively;

· His associates colluded with Italian drug barons and printed counterfeit money;

· His clique owned a bank in Belgium;

· The threat of losing their wealth prompted threats of violence between Mr Moi's family and his political aides;

· £4m was used to buy a home in Surrey and £2m to buy a flat in Knights bridge.

President Kibaki regime which created the Anglo-leasing and has perfected the looting art is covering for Moi. The Three families Kibaki,Moi and Kenyatta continue to loot Kenya thinking there will be no end in sight. They should take cue and watch what happened To Mobutu,Nguema and the rest of African dictators their properties and funds has been appropriated by European banks and their families left without penny and languishing as asylum seekers in European capitals.

Kenyans are running out of patience and soon will take to the the streets and bring an end to chaos caused by looting.Kenya is ripe for a coup.


Monday, 19 April 2010

The Al-Shabaab Menace

The Al-shabaab terrorist outfit has again dared and attacked Kenya territory in broad daylight showing off their armoury. The ease in which they crossed our border which is manned by our security personnel has raised eyebrows.The Kenya security personnel watched in disbelief and refused to engage this terrorist for fear of being wiped out completely with their superior updated armoury.

The Al-Shabaab which is a foreign controlled outfit by Al-Qaeeda international is now rooming throughout Somalia with ease and imposing their draconian laws in the whole region and have not shied away from Kenya which they have tested and found soft spot that can be hit in a broad daylight without being fired back at. They are now busy plotting to make a substantial attack in near future according to our sources on the ground.

Kenya has been playing cat and mouse games on the Somali issue for quite sometime giving leverage to this terrorist organization who have desecrated graves,murdered children and women. Kenya has no foreign policy on the Somalia and have shown to side openly with the weak transitional government in Mogadishu and this has given ammunition to this terrorist group who are now raiding our borders daily.

The International terrorist organisation are now eyeing Kenya which is a peace loving nation whose army has never been to war. Our Army who are fed with blue band and ugali have been found to be no match when it comes to fighting. This has been proved by our local home made militia like the Sabot army who have been terrorising their own around Mt Elgon and cattle rustlers in Northern Kenya. The ease in which cattle rustlers raid Kenyan cities with the presence of our Kenya army is a proof how weak our army is when it come to engaging in battle.

The Al-shabaab have studied our army mentality and have come to the conclusion that they will face no challenge and are now engaging test runs to see further our military capability and logistic support. The army which has been demoralised since the post election chaos are not in fighting readiness. They spend most of their days drinking in barracks and chasing skirts at night.

The Somali government approached our government who were keen to recruit 2500 Somali Kenyans youth who are unemployed to fight the Al-Shabaab and prevent daily incursion in our territory. The Somali government calculated that this group of Brave Kenyan Somali youth will wipe out the Al-Shabaab and their foreign fighters starting from Mogadishu. Kenya offered full military training in Shimo La Tewa camps with British and American input. The Kenya government had in mind to deploy this youth within its borders to protect Kenya. This did not go well with the regime in Mogadishu who felt that this was a betrayal by Kenya and a diversion from the original agreement.

The President of Somalia Sheikh Sharriff has been Cris crossing East Africa to drum up support for the much delayed and awaited offensive military campaign against the Al-Shabaab terrorist. President Yoweri Museveni has been passing guerrilla tactics to His Somali counterpart and has opened the gate of NRA to Somalis. Museveni has been taking proactive role in the Somali conflict and has sent substantial number of troops to Mogadishu to back the regime which controls few block in the capital city. President Kagame and Ethiopia's Melez Zanawi have promised substantial airlift once the campaign begins.

The Al-Shabaab have threatened to blow buildings in Kampala a tall order as Uganda Intelligence community has substantial number of Somali Ugandans operatives who have infiltrated the Al-Shabaab. Ethiopia equally has used its large Somali population to run down this terror organization. Recently Al-Shabaab has invited Al-Qaeeda chief Osama Bin Laden to relocate to Somalia which has sent cold chill around the region. Fighter from Pakistan,Chechnya,Yemen,Britain and America have been seen in Southern Somalia.

This terror organization is ruthless and busy recruiting in Kenya and the rest of the world to sustain their twisted ideology. They are using Islam as a cover to sustain oppression on the people of Somalia who are now fed up with this group who have caused mayhem in Southern Somalia.

Kenya needs to put its priorities right and should not allow this terrorist outfit to dictate terms and cross its borders at will.The 2500 Somali Kenya youth who were recruited form North Eastern Kenya trained for the purpose of defending Somalia should be re-integrated in our national army to serve thee interest of Kenya and not used by foreign nations to fight their never ending tribal conflict. Kenya should openly declare war with Al-Shabaab and send this Somali Kenyan trained crack troop to fight and finish off this coward bunch of thugs who are in process of terrorising our citizen and crossing our borders at will. We should show them that Kenya is not a soft spot and will challenge and defend its territorial integrity and to be left like Migingo Island which has been occupied by Uganda.

This is the time and no other time or we will find Al-Shabaab drinking tea in our cafes with guns dangling from their bellies. The foreign ministry should issue a harsh warning that we will not tolerate a bunch of criminals crossing our borders and killing,kidnapping and destroying our properties. We will pursue them to their hideouts. They can but cannot hide.


Saturday, 17 April 2010

It's Our Turn to Eat

The book tells it all, and outlines the levels of corruption that exist in Kenya. What is amazing is that the Prevention of Corruption Act has been on the Kenyan statute books since 1956.

Examples are John saying that he had friends in the Narc administration that bought three properties at once, and were giving their wives $100,000 in spending money. The conflicts of interest that exist between donors and the corrupt regime, i.e. the World Bank director who rented his house from Mwai Kibaki. John tells us how tribal rivalry is used by the key players as a cover for theft.

I enjoyed the analysis of John Githongo. The struggles that he comes up against in challenging the system i.e., The Mt Kenya Mafia/Kiama (council of elders)/Big Men. John is not a saint, and the reader is shown how he goes through various stages of denial. He starts off believing that Kibaki is backing him to the hilt and then confronts the reality that Mwai Kibaki is in on the Anglo Leasing scam, and it becomes clear to him that he is investigating the President. He is faced with internal conflict, having to make some difficult decisions which will impact on his family, and friends.

John Githongo has a natural ability to befriend everyone, and we are shown how this enabled him to access information from various sources.

There were several bits of the book that I found hilarious. Wycliffe Muga a journalist saying that John Githongo was a coconut and a mzungu (white person) because of his commitment to transparency, honesty and accountability. Wycliffe Muga's belief system has no room for Kenyans who possess these qualities, and in his view Kenyans who are not dishonest, and corrupt, are Mzungus.Wycliffe Muga revises his opinion, after John has released his findings to the public, and acknowledges that he was wrong, and John Githongo was the right man for the job.A description of Lucy Kibaki first lady and ageing drama queen, never one to wear her privileges lightly. Edward Clay and his vomit one and two speeches, and his attempts to make a difference.

I was alarmed by the position that DFID took, or did not take on the Anglo Leasing scam. Michela Wrong illustrates the role that donors play, and the various agendas they come in with. In 2007 the UN awards Kenya with its public service award, while public servants have conspired to steal $750 million in public funds.

We are then shown how John Githongo is viewed by some of his own. Burning down the house of Mumbi. He is betraying the tribe. Loyalty to the tribe should come first. A Kikuyu woman talks about how if your mother is naked, you cover her with a blanket, and don't call the neighbours in to have a peek. The message to John Githongo is turn a blind eye, and keep your gob shut. Let the millions continue to die of hunger, we must remain billionaires. Power in Kenya must rest in the hands of a narrow ethnic clique. John has a conversation with Lands and Settlement Minister Kimunya before the elections who tells him that uncircumcised people have no right to rule Kenya. This gives you a clear idea of the mindset of some of these Big Men, who are not village idiots, but people who went to university.

Most of John Githongo's critics are Kikuyu. There were death threats against him, and I do not for a minute believe he is a coward for having left the country. We are aware of what happened to people who challenged the system in previous regimes e.g., JM Kariuki, and Robert Ouko, murder.

I can see how one of John Githongo's greatest difficulties, was seeing Mwai Kibaki for what he would have liked him to be, rather than for what he was. He acknowledges that he had difficulty coming to terms with the betrayal of his tribe and class.

Towards the end of the book we are brought to events that took place after the recent elections. Had all Kenyans believed they enjoyed equal access to state resources, there would have been no explosion.

I have the utmost admiration and respect for John Githongo. He walks the talk, and makes it clear that he was not employed by Gikuyu Inc, but employed to serve his country. He has taken some huge risks, and may never be free of the assassin's bullet. However, for those who feel he has betrayed them, I see it the other way. He has done them a favour. He is sorting out his own house first. I believe he speaks for the millions of oppressed Kenyans, and it is important that these issues are spoken about and resolved.

What John Githongo has exposed is just the tip of the iceberg, it would have been easier for him to collude with his own. However he is a man of integrity, and honesty, and this was not an easy task. There are lots of Kenyans who would rather put up and shut up, because the costs are too great. Samuel Kivuitu(the Electoral services commissioner) is a perfect example. He tells us that if it was up to him, he would not have signed off the election results, but he says he is alone and wants to live!

As a Kenyan, the book was informative, gripping, and uncomfortable reading. I thank Michela Wrong, and John Githongo for recording what is going on in Kenya today.

I understand the book was supposed to be on sale in Kenya but read an article in the Guardian that mentioned that bookshops would not risk selling it for fear of being sued. Bookshops that sold the Dr. Iain West's Casebookcasebook,about Robert Ouko were sued to the tune of 10M shillings

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Kenya's Epicentre for Corruption

The President In a stroke of a pen appoints a fellow Kikuyu to the post of Ambassador to Tripoli. This post is used to gain favours and wealth from Col. Gaddafi who has shown great intrest in Kenya and Africa. The President appoints a figure that he will trust who will looks after his financial intrest in this Beautiful Africa desert with huge tract of black gold that will go round. This post which was vacated by Fellow Kikuyu who was posted to the United Kingdom as a High Commissioner. It is only in Kenya where the President heads impunity and encourages corruption. The nepotism that Kibaki practices has surpassed Kenyatta and Moi in the few years he has held the key to State House.

Late president Kenyatta perfected his art of Nepotism and land grabbing for 15 years before the cruel hand of death took him away to the land of candy sugar. Retired president Moi took another 24 years to follow the footsteps of Kenyatta and coining the dreaded word 'Nyayo' for 24 years where he took his team of goat herders to the state house and razed down the economy of Kenya.

President Kibaki who is in his second controversial term has take less than 5 years to change the face of Kenya. Looking at the the composure of the civil service it is dotted with Kamau,Kinuthia and Nyakabi. Central province contributes 5% of the Kenya economy while it takes back 42% . This is obnoxious and will only lead this country to chaos in the coming few years. Kenya of all walk of life resent this wanton misuse of public resources to advance welfare of a single ethnic group.

It is only in Kenya where the President leads the web of elaborate set of corrupt schemes that defraud the nation it's wealth. Kibaki is all that impunity embodies. The man cares only for his family and that is why his wife keep on raiding Newspaper offices,Television newsroom and gate crushes Ambassadors parties and bringing mayhem.When the President stops the investigation of corrupt deals and tells the Anti-graft Czar Githongo to back off then he opened flood of other evil and corrupt schemes. Every body copies the President and sets up a scheme to milk the Treasury.A must read for all Kenyans is a copy of It's Our Turn To Eat by Michaela Wrong which is account of how the President and his Kiama team lead by Kiraitu Muruingu to empty the coffers of the Kenya Treasury for selfish needs.

John Githongo a patriotic Kenyan believed in President Kibaki words when he declared that Corruption will be a thing of the past only to give a U turn. He Kept diaries and tapes which were aired to the world the shameful affairs of Kenya after he went into exile trying to save lost opportunity. Kibaki went on to rig the 2007 election where by 1500 Kenyans were killed and 600,000 displaced. He gives lip service to the fight against graft and impunity. Today Kenya heads the list of countries who promote and encourage corruption and a failed state awaiting some of its leaders to be charged at the ICC in The Hague.

10 million Kenyans face hunger and starvation every night. The hospital system has collapsed. The poor cannot afford simple basic medication as it has been set far beyond their purchasing capacity. The coalition government is pulling in two different directions. One supports corruption and the other is pulling towards good governance and accountability.

The Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been fighting a lone war against graft. He has shown the way forward only to be frustrated by President Kibaki and the Kiama. He Has not been allowed to free hand to run the government he is supposed to supervise. Prime Minister Odinga stands for good governance and corruption free Kenya when he suspended Ruto and Ongeri both who were implicated in corruption in the Ministry of Education and Agriculture. If corruption were stopped today Kenya will be able to build 10 super highways every year, increase youth employment by 10%, increase hospital capacity by 150%, Increase school enrollment by 32% and feeding programme for 2million Kenyans every year. This figures are stunning.

It is only in Kenya where you have the Head of Goldenberg Architect Kamlesh Pattni rehabilitated and now has grabbed a further 4 acres government property and planning to build a seven star hotel. This chap should have been sent to Kamiti Maximum security long time but he bought his way by giving Laico Hotel to the Libyans who gave the KIAMA huge sums of money and were demanding the hotel or their money back and spill beans out the bag.In Kenya is where Businessman Merali is allowed to bring a parastatal supermarket UCHUMI to its Knee with insider trading and allowed to continue doing business as usual. It is only in Kenya that Kiplagat the Head of Truth and Justicve is allowed to hang on his chair despite his tainted past and linking to the Murder of Late Foreign Minister Robert Ouko and the heinous Genocide at Wagalla.

It is only in Kenya where a foreign company which bought Kenya parastatal Telcom Kenya in dubious way are now demanding from the government $385 million the original purchase price and a further $300 million from poor Kenyan tax payers to run its operation in the next five years. Where in the world can a foreign firm doing business in a host country dare threaten the sovereignty of the country and openly defraud tax payers???. This company which is headed by an Iranian French should be shown the door. They have joined the circle of corrupt and impunity laden Kenya. They have learnt the local way.Milk the coffers of treasury and deny milk to poor hungry Kenya babies.

In Kenya it is where a former President Who for 24 years looted and pillaged the country is allowed to enjoy his ill gotten wealth while million of Kenya children go hungry every night. He is allowed to poison the mood of the country in adopting a new constitution as this will affect the huge tract of land he grabbed during his presidency. Unfortunately the church which has a lot to answer on the accusation of paedophilia has now joined the fray of fighting the draft constitution. It is only in Kenya where the Church which is not open to answer charges of paedophilia against its clergy and are now using the clamour for constitution to cover its tract.Before the Churches talk of abortion they should come clean of what their clergy have been doing to our poor children who we have entrusted to them.

Kenya will survive all those who are working to bring it down. It is only time and we call upon all Kenyans to register and use their democratic right to vote the best President in the coming election who will fight graft and bring prosperity. Prime Minister Raila Odinga Agwambo Arap Mibei has show that he is the only leader Capable of bringing change and he has my vote.

Halkano Huka