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West ‘pushed for Ouko presidency’

Posted by Administrator on December 10, 2010

Kenya's minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Robert Ouko addressing the 37th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on October 6, 1982. Photo/FILE

Kenya's minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Robert Ouko addressing the 37th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on October 6, 1982. Photo/FILE

The clamour by Western countries to have a say in the country’s leadership could have led to the murder of former Foreign Affairs minister Robert Ouko, a parliamentary report indicates.

The findings by a House select committee that inquired into the death of Dr Ouko shows it received evidence that showed that the United States had urged then President Daniel arap Moi to let his Foreign Affairs minister steer the country out of corruption.

Similarly, the report states that the United Kingdom had, in 1988, urged Mr Moi to ensure that the late Ouko was re-elected with a view to succeeding him when he gets out of power.

The select committee was of the opinion that Mr Moi and his inner circle must have been led to believe that his then Foreign Affairs minister was seeking external support to become the President of Kenya.

“The committee is of the considered view that misconstrued perception by the Kenya leadership, that Dr R J Ouko was seeking foreign support to accede to the presidency would be sufficiently supported as a motive to cause his death,” the report stated.

The report, which was released five years after the committee chaired by former Kisumu Town East MP Gor Sungu sat, indicated that the evidence was given by Superintendent John Troon of the Scotland Yard, Mr Barrack Mbajah, a brother to Dr Ouko and Mr James Onyango K’Oyoo.

Dr Ouko was killed in February 1990 and his charred remains were found in Got Alila on February 16, 1990 in circumstances that pointed a finger to those in government at the time.

The three witnesses told the committee that during a meeting in Washington DC in late January 1990, then US President George Bush (Snr) urged Mr Moi to vacate State House and allow Dr Ouko to take over and fight corruption that had reached untold limits at the time.

“The committee, recommends that the government investigates the above (evidence) with a view to ascertaining their being the circumstances leading to the death of Dr R J Ouko,” states the report.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/West%20pushed%20for%20Ouko%20presidency/-/1064/1069380/-/yanrkg/-/index.html

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Beijing ‘using cash to buy influence’

Posted by Administrator on December 10, 2010

A section of Thika road under construction on September 9, 2010. According to a leaked cable, the US embassy linked growing Chinese influence in Kenya to corruption. Photo/FILE

A section of Thika road under construction on September 9, 2010. According to a leaked cable, the US embassy linked growing Chinese influence in Kenya to corruption. Photo/FILE

By ERIC SHIMOLI in Nairobi and ANTONY KARANJA in DALLAS

American embassy officials in Nairobi attribute China’s increasingly dominant role in Kenya to a corruption ring run from the National Security Intelligence Service.

A cable dated February 17 links some NSIS officials to a ring which is pushing the Chinese cause in Kenya in return for monetary favours.

It gives a glimpse of the extent of discomfort China’s rise in Africa is having on the US administration.

But contacted for comment on the leaked cables, US ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Thursday said: “I cannot comment on the WikiLeaks issue”.

The cables claimed NSIS officials accepted cash to, among other things, cover medical expenses.

But the claims were immediately disputed by Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua who dismissed the cables as “perceptions by US embassy officials which could be way off the mark.”

NSIS officials have unlimited local and international medical cover for self and family and it would be unforeseeable for them to seek help from foreign powers.

The Government felt it was unforeseeable for an outfit with a budget of more than Sh8 billion to seek help from outside.

The cable posted on London’s Guardian on Wednesday claimed that China was providing weapons to Kenya “in support of its Somalia policies” and also indicated that the US was keeping a close eye on China’s rising influence in Kenya.

According to the cable, in January, China via CATIC, a military import-export corporation provided the Government of Kenya with “weapons, ammunition, supplies, and textiles for making uniforms” in support Kenya’s Jubaland initiative.

China is also said to be increasing their involvement with Kenyan intelligence community and is providing computers and telecommunications equipment to the Kenyan National Security and Intelligence Service (NSIS).

The cable alleges that the level of cooperation between the NSIS and their Chinese counterparts was causing concern after Chinese technicians whose presence was well known through the NSIS started working on a project in the basement of the NSIS headquarters as early as March 2009.

The cable claims that a corrupt Kenyan intelligence official pressured the Kenyan telecoms company to award a Chinese company a telephone monitoring equipment contract in August last year.

The official is said to have received bribes from the Chinese company while on a trip to China. Another official is said to have received monthly payments of over $5,000 (Sh390,000) that were used for medical payments.

The cables also accuse the Chinese of poaching Kenya’s wild life. Kenya Wildlife Service, they allege, noticed a marked increase in poaching wherever Chinese labour camps were located and in fact set up specific interdiction efforts aimed to address it.

KWS also reports that 90 per cent of the ivory smugglers detained at JKIA are Chinese. The US mission in Kenya wants the Chinese to participate in donor coordination.

Donors have encouraged Nairobi to bring China into the donor coordination process, but no progress has been made to date, the cable says.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Beijing%20using%20cash%20to%20buy%20influence/-/1064/1069500/-/14pl3pxz/-/index.html

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A Kenyan woman in Canada dies after falling down stairs

Posted by Administrator on December 10, 2010

Lucy Wanja Irura-Muchemi who passed away in Toronto, Canada after falling down her stairs at home

Lucy Wanja Irura-Muchemi who passed away in Toronto, Canada after falling down her stairs at home

Sudden death has occurred in Canada of Lucy Wanja Irura-Muchemi after falling and hitting her head on her home stairs. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on December 3rd, 2010 by the attending Physician in Scarborough, Canada.

Lucy moved from Kenya to Canada in the 80s and lived in Winnipeg where she got married. They later relocated to California. Two years ago, the husband got a job in Kenya and the family moved back there. She came back to Canada few months ago and was living in Toronto where she died.

She was the daughter to Stevenson Wachira Irura and Anna Wanjiru Irura and loving sister to Jane Wamuyu Irura, Rose Muthoni Riiba, Virginia Waguthi Wachai, Samuel Wachira Irura, Dadson Kinyua Irura husband to Mercy(mama ivana) of Worcester and Charity Irura Jones,(formerly of Worcester).Aunty to Yvonne Nduta Kabaru of worcester,Stephenson & Ivana kinyua amongst others.

She was married to Muchemi Wambugu and loving mother to Alisha Muchemi Wambugu (16), Alana Muchemi (7) and Wambugu Muchemi (5), all currently living in Kenya.

The family in US are reaching out to friends and the community at large to help raise funds to send her body to Kenya for burial.

A Prayer service and fund raising event will be held on Saturday December 11th 2010 at:

Location: First Assembly of God Church

30 Tyler Prentice Road

Worcester, MA 01605

Time: 5pm

Donations may be made on the below account

Bank of America Routing #011000138 Account # 004620841014.

Account Holder Name: Elizabeth C. Kirui

For further information,contact:

Mercy and kinyua at 508-410-8358

Chebet -508-410-6797.

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