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In Loving Memory of Eddah Chepkung Tawarar

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

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Edah Cheptung Tawarar

July 31, 1976–October 31, 2009

The Kenyan Community in Topeka Ks, is mourning the loss of one of their own, Edah Chepkung Tawarar. Eddah was found dead in her apartment on 10/30/09. According to a close friend of the deceased, Edward Wanjohi, Edah had been suffering from bleeding ulcers. Autopsy results however were inconclusive though a hole was discovered on her throat, Wanjohi told Jambonewspot.

According to another close friend to the deceased, Salome Ngure, Edah had gone to hospital on the previous night and released. However, she was asked to report to work the following day by her employer. She worked on the 7am to 3pm shift on Friday and she was later found dead in the early hours of Saturday 10/31/2009. Edah occasionally served as Salome’s back up baby sitter. Ms Tawarar did not seem to know too many people and the few that she knew are doing everything possible to raise the required $10,000 to send her body home for burial. Edah first came to the US in 1998 where she was attending the University of Wisconsin before moving to Topeka in 1999. A fundraiser was held on Sunday 11/08/2009 and an amount of $3,000 was raised which is far short of the amount required. Mr Wanjohi said their wish is to transport Edah’s body home this coming weekendHer body  has been moved to Brennan Mathena funeral home in Topeka.

Edah was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Chemwey originally from Toroso locaton, Cheptais Division in Mt. Elgon District. Sister of Levi, Joshua, Emmanuel and Michael. Niece of Isaac, Bineah, Patrick, Vincent, Josephine, Violet, Rodgers, Evans and Peter Cheroti. Also of Rose, late Jamin, Henry, Florence, Christine and Diphus Chemorion, among many others.
If you would like to help in efforts to help facilitate her repatriation home, you can make contributions to-:

Bank of America (opened in Irving Texas)

Account name: Comfort Holding

Routing no: 111000025

Account Number: 4810327092.  

For further information, contact the following :

Edward Wanjohi: ( 785) 969-2807   

Sally Ngure : (785) 845-7980

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Ocampo confident on Kenya case

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Saturday that he has a strong case against the masterminds behind last years post election violence.

He said he would rely on the Justice Phillip Waki report and other investigations conducted by other agencies to convince the judges at ICC to approve that he commences investigations into the Kenya case.

“I think I have a strong case because the Waki commission is a very good report, it’s full of information and there are other reports; the UN report, different other human rights groups reports, I think I have a very strong case,” he said.

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday declined to refer the Kenyan case to the ICC prompting Mr Ocampo to indicate he would seek for approval from the ICC pre-trial Chamber to commence investigations next month.

The ICC Chief Prosecutor told a media conference in Nairobi on Saturday that it was now up to the judges at The Hague to decide if he would proceed with investigations.

“I believe we have a very strong case but its true judges could say no,” he said.

Mr Ocampo also denied snubbing victims of the violence saying he would arrange a meeting at an appropriate time.

“I would like to go and meet the victims where they suffered, I plan to do this as soon the judges open investigations,” he said.

Mr Ocampo had flown into the country early Thursday morning specifically to secure a formal referral from the government so that the ICC can officially initiate investigations and pursue prosecution for key planners of the post-election violence.

The ICC Chief Prosecutor left Kenya immediately after the press briefing for South Africa.

Capital FM

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Pilot killed as small plane crashes in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

BY MICHAEL KARANJA
NAKURU, Kenya, Nov 7 – One person died and three others injured when a Cessna plane they were flying in crashed on a tree as it was taking off in Mau Narok area on Saturday.
 

The pilot who was a large scale wheat farmer died on the spot.
 
“One of the survivor sustained injuries on the leg while two children escaped with minor bruises on their faces,” said
Njoro District Commissioner Jim Njoka.

He said the small plane developed fuel related engine problems and came down moments after take off.
 
“We believe the accident was caused by a mechanical problem but investigations have been launched,” he said.

Mr Njoka said the survivors were flown to a Nairobi hospital by African Medical and Research Foundation doctors following the early afternoon accident.

“Those wounded have been flown to Nairobi for specialized treatment,” he said.

Mr Njoka could not immediately disclose the name of the deceased farmer until the next of kin were notified.
 
Most large-scale farmers in Narok, Nakuru and Laikipia use small planes for transport.
 
The small planes are also used to spray the vast farms.

-CAPITAL FM

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In Fight Against AIDS, Kenya Confronts Gay Taboo

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

By Nick Wadhams-Time.com/Nairobi

Confronted by growing evidence that sex between men is a significant driver of new HIV infections, the Kenyan government has shed a long-time refusal to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality and will launch a survey of gay attitudes and behaviors in its three biggest cities next year.

The project is considered a landmark because the government and the vast majority of Kenyan people have long refused to address homosexuality in the fight against AIDS. Sex between men is illegal in Kenya — punishable by up to 14 years in prison — and is seen by many as a Western-imported, morally wrong behavior that is limited to areas visited by tourists. (See TIME’s photos of Africa’s AIDS crisis)

But officials say the country is in the middle of a full-blown HIV/AIDS epidemic, with about 7 percent of the population now infected and only 15 percent of those people even aware that they are HIV positive. While the vast majority of HIV transmissions are through heterosexual sex or intravenous drug use, research conducted in 2007 suggests that the spread of the disease through gay sex is far more common than skeptics believe. Fifteen percent of all new HIV infections each year are thought to be among men who have sex with men. And because some men who engage in gay sex are married and do not identify themselves as gay, it is seen as one way in which the virus crosses from “at-risk” categories to the general population.

“It will be a tricky issue that is likely to polarize everybody,” Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, director of the National AIDS/STI Control Program, tells TIME. “But what we are saying is that we cannot as a country socially exclude these groups and hope that we will win the war against HIV at the same time.” (See TIME’s photos of the crisis in Kenya)

Initial media reports said the project, which was announced last week, would be a gay census — raising fears that gays could be exposed against their will and questions about whether such a count could possibly be accurate. But Muraguri says all information collected by the government will be kept confidential and officials will not seek to contact all men who have sex with men in Kenya. The government will also seek to interview both male and female sex workers and intravenous-drug users.

While Kenyan attitudes toward homosexuality are considered more liberal than the rest of sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa, gays say they still face overwhelming hostility in the country. The law banning sex between men is a holdover from colonial times but won’t be repealed soon; one member of parliament, asked if a draft constitution in the works would enshrine gay rights, said recently that doing so would destroy the document’s chances of passing.

Anti-gay attitudes have been on full display in recent weeks as the Kenyan media have breathlessly reported on the civil ceremony of two Kenyan men in Britain. They were dubbed a shame to Kenya, their parents were harassed and The Nation newspaper’s website has been inundated with comments, most of them condemnatory.

Because of the stigma they face, gays rarely seek information about the dangers of having unprotected sex. One commonly held myth in Kenya is that HIV cannot be contracted via anal sex, when in fact that is one of the easiest ways to get it. Gays have trouble receiving treatment at hospitals, particularly if they show symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases that might lead doctors to suspect they had engaged in sex with other men.

“Some of us have gone to a public health facility and if the doctor realizes we are gay, they will draw attention to us, even from the reception, calling people, ‘Come and see a gay person, come and see a gay person,'” says Peter Njane, director of the Ishtar MSM gay health rights group in Nairobi. Muraguri’s NASCOP group, which will lead the survey with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, says those beliefs must not be allowed to impede the country’s efforts to fight HIV.

The researchers will ask a series of behavioral questions to men who have sex with men starting next year in Nairobi, the western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mombasa. They will also try to estimate the number of men who are HIV-positive or have sexually transmitted diseases. Such a widespread survey has never been attempted in Kenya before. In a 2004 study in Nairobi, 500 men who have sex with other men were interviewed about their health practices, and in Mombasa in 2006 and 2008, 400 male prostitutes were questioned as part of two different sex surveys.

“What we’ve primarily been slowed by is just not having the clear sense of where those populations are centered in the country and where socially and otherwise we can most effectively reach them,” Warren Buckingham, Kenya coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, tells TIME.

Much of the gay community has largely decided to abandon the fight for gay rights for now because the hostility they face is too intense. But they hope that initiatives such as the NASCOP research will help reshape Kenyan opinions about AIDS. “As a country and as an African culture, we live in full denial of the existence of homosexuality,” says James Kamau, national coordinator of the Kenya Treatment Access Movement, which aims to increase the availability of all essential medicines to Kenyans. “Because of the cultural background, we shut our eyes, our minds and everything, yet it is happening every single day.”

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New Kenyan envoy sent to London

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

Kenya has posted a new high commissioner to the United Kingdom. Ephraim Waweru Ngare, 60, was transferred from Libya, where he was the ambassador. Mr Ngare arrived in London on Friday morning on a flight from Nairobi accompanied by his wife.

His arrival comes a week after the Sunday Nation highlighted the confusion at the London mission over the recall of high commissioner Joseph Muchemi. But the government remained mum over Mr Ngare’s appointment.

Information posted on the official commission website says he is the new high commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland and Switzerland.

Knowledgeable sources said Mr Ngare was appointed to the prestigious diplomatic job in early October. It is unclear as to why the government has not made the appointment public.

“Announcing the appointment is a formality at the discretion of the appointing authority,” said a well-placed diplomatic source at the mission.

Normally, a despatch from the Presidential Press Service (PPS) or a press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would announce such a high-profile appointment.

The appointment of high commissioners and ambassadors is a prerogative of the President. Addison Chebukaka, who has been the acting high commissioner, said he had handed over to the new envoy.

Born in Nyeri in 1949, Mr Ngare graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government from Makerere University, Uganda, in 1973.

He also holds a post-graduate diploma in labour and public administration from the University of Oxford and a similar qualification in industrial relations from Australia.

By Gitau Wa Njenga-Daily Nation

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Deya living in UK on borrowed time

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2009

By GITAU wa NJENGA in LONDON Posted Saturday, November 7 2009 at 22:30

 

The long-awaited extradition of controversial London-based Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya may happen soon, the Sunday Nation has learnt.

 

 

Impeccable sources confirmed that the preacher, who is wanted in Kenya on child-trafficking charges, is now a failed asylum seeker currently ordered to report weekly to Deptford police station in South London.

 

 

The new details of Mr Deya’s complex and costly legal tussle emerged on November 2, after it became apparent that he had exhausted all avenues of appeal in the United Kingdom. It is believed legal costs amounted to more than £1 million (Sh124 million).

 

 

“Deya’s extradition is not a question of if but when. He’s living on borrowed time; the net is finally closing in; he could be extradited from London before Christmas,” said a well-placed source.

 

 

He may be extradited to Nairobi under the Extradition Act 2003 on the request of the Kenya Government. The televangelist, who runs his Gilbert Deya Ministries from Ormside Road, Peckham, South London, with 34,000 followers, is now subjected to the Immigration Act 1971 – legislation that gives immigration officers power to detain a person who has been served notice of administrative removal from the UK.

 

 

He applied for political asylum in the UK in September 2004 claiming his life was in danger following reports that Kenyan authorities wanted to question him over child-trafficking allegations. The British Home Office turned down the application in 2006 although Mr Deya appealed the decision, forcing him to maintain a low profile until his dramatic arrest at a Sheriff’s Court in Scotland in June 2006.

 

 

In January 2008, the then British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith ordered Mr Deya to be extradited to Kenya over the alleged “miracle babies” scandal, but he moved to the High Court to challenge the extradition order. After the High Court in London dismissed his appeal, Mr Deya took his case to the Court of Appeal.

 

 

On November 27, 2008, two Court of Appeal judges sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London refused to grant him permission to appeal to the House of Lords against the order to extradite him to Kenya. House of the Lords served as the court of last resort in most instances of UK law until October 1, 2009, when this role was assumed by the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

 

 

At the hearing of Case No CO/11637/2007 of Deya vs Government of Kenya (2008) at the Administrative Court of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, the Kenyan’s lawyers argued that his case should be certified as one raising issues of general public importance that should be considered by the Law Lords, but this was rejected by Lord Justices John Dyson and Griffith Williams who heard the appeal.

 

 

The Kenyan preacher said he would take the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), but it emerged on November 3 that Deya’s legal team in London did not make the move as previously believed.

 

 

Extensive enquiries at ECHR offices in Strasbourg, France, confirmed that Mr Deya didn’t lodge an application to challenge the UK’s extradition order. “We don’t have an application in respect of Mr Deya at the ECHR,” said Celine Menu-Lange, an ECHR official in an email to the Sunday Nation on Tuesday.

 

 

Mr Deya is wanted in Kenya on five counts of abducting children aged between 22 months and four-and-a-half years between 1999 and 2004. His wife Mary Deya and two other women – Miriam Nyeko and Rose Kiserem – were jailed for two years in May 2007 by a Nairobi court for stealing a child.

 

 

The decision whether to extradite Mr Deya’s will be made by the UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson. A Home Office spokeswoman told the Sunday Nation: “We don’t comment on extradition matters because of legal and security reasons.”

 

 

In fighting extradition, Mr Deya has argued that he is the victim of a political vendetta in Kenya and said his human rights would be compromised by the poor conditions in Kenyan prisons. He said that before he came to Britain in 1996, he had publicly condemned the then Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi. “Speak against him and you will be killed,” he said, adding that “if I return, I will not receive a fair trial and I will be punished.”

 

 

His powers

 

 

The former stonemason, who has posted pictures of himself meeting the Queen and Prince Philip on his website, Mr Deya claims his powers have enabled 22 infertile women to have children. He claims that he has the power to give “miracle babies” to infertile and post-menopausal women members of his evangelical church.

Police in Nairobi say their investigations revolve around the disappearance of babies from Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital and involve suspects in Britain, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. When the Sunday Nation called the Kenyan’s South London offices, a woman demanded a donation before connecting this writer to Mr Deya.

“We need a donation to Gilbert Deya Ministries. Do you need a prayer?’’ asked the woman. “The archbishop is here in the studio recording a broadcast. You will speak to him shortly after I take your donation,” she said. But she hung up when hearing the reason for the call.

Source: Daily Nation

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