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Leave Kenya alone, Principals tell US envoy

Posted by Administrator on December 12, 2010

US envoy to Kenya Michael Ranneberger warned to leave Kenya alone

US envoy to Kenya Michael Ranneberger warned to leave Kenya alone

Kenya’s coalition principals Sunday took on US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger during Jamhuri day celebrations for interfering in the country’s affairs.

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga told the envoy to respect Kenya and its citizens. The two were reacting to leaked diplomatic cables that have soared relations between the two countries.

Ranneberger, in his cable to the State Department at the beginning of the year in January described President Kibaki and the Prime Minister as part of a political and economic elite resisting reform.

The coalition partners must have been angered by the latest dossier by Wikileaks which brands Kenya’s Cabinet as the most corrupt in Africa.

Newly-released cables say US diplomats believe nearly all government ministers are tainted. Mr Odinga described Rannerberger as a colonial governor and told him to keep off Kenyan affairs.

“We do not want visitors who come act as if he is a governor…the last governor left in 1964. The responsibility of running Kenya is now ours. We welcome visitors , but we also want them to respect us,” said PM Odinga.

On his part President Kibaki urged Kenyans not to worry about the leaked cables. ” Kenya is a sovereign state and no one should scare us with things that they write. Those trying to scare us should go elsewhere.” said the President.

The President at the same time stated that a foreign power was funding the youth to cause instability and confusion in the country. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka also hit out at the US envoy for disrespecting Kenya’s leadership.

This is not the first time the two leaders are reacting to the released cables on Kenya. On Friday, President Kibaki dismissed as empty talk, the perception by United States, saying that those who seem to have much time engaging in writing falsehoods about the country will not succeed in diverting Kenyans from their core business of developing the country.

The Prime Minister also dismissed as gossip reports contained the in the leaked diplomatic cables.

ICC process

On the ICC, President Kibaki urged Kenyans to demonstrate “political maturity” during the course of the ICC process.

“As the ICC process gets underway, I urge Kenyans to demonstrate patience and political maturity. As a nation, we must also fully embrace the process of national healing and reconciliation. We are one indivisible nation. Let us not engage in utterances that compromise our national unity,”” Kibaki said.

The President’s appeal to Kenyans comes barely two days before Kenyans know the masterminds of the 2007 post election violence.

The PM said Kenyans should now let the ICC do its work  since we are the ones who chose The Hague. 

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will on Wednesday 5 o’clock in the evening announce six politicians and businessmen suspected to have masterminded the post-election violence.

The announcement will be streamed live via the internet.

 Source: http://www.kbc.co.ke/news.asp?nid=67999


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Men too, are raped in marriages

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By Harold Ayodo

While statistics indicate that more women are reporting being raped by their husbands, and as more women speak out against forced marital sex, Maendeleo ya Wanaume Organisation (MYWO) is also claiming husbands are victims, too.

According to MYWO, husbands are also victims, but majority remain silent in fear of social stigma. Gender champion Dr Regina Mwatha and Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro agree, but say their number is fewer compared to women.

“Some wives have been accused of raping their husbands, but women are more prone to rape as men are often more powerful and tend to wrestle their partners down,” Elizabeth says.

MYWO champions the rights of men and in a report, claimed that more than 1.5 million men were victims of domestic violence daily. The report stated that husbands were raped, physically assaulted, forced to cook, wash clothes, baby-sit, clean the house and the utensils.

MYWO chairman Ndiritu Njoka says the affected husbands found it difficult to report to the authorities for fear of social ridicule.

“Men who are victims of domestic violence are physically abused in their bedrooms at night and kicked out of the house,” Ndiritu said when releasing the report.

The husbands surveyed claimed they had little say on issues concerning conjugal rights as their wives determined how and when they should make love.

Ndiritu insists that, just like women, husbands stay in the abusive relationships in order to protect their children.

“At the time of research, we found out that 39 per cent of current and former male politicians are also victims of domestic abuse and violence,” Ndiritu says.

More than 60 per cent of the women interviewed in 40 districts nationally admitted to having physically abused their husbands, according to MYWO. Consequently, the organisation dismisses the widely held assumption that women were the only victims of domestic violence, arguing they had become the perpetrators of spousal abuse.

Bedroom matters

In Central Province, for instance, 72 per cent of men interviewed claimed they were victims of domestic and physical abuse, according to the report. Other areas that reported high instances of domestic violence on men include Nairobi, Nyanza, Rift Valley and North Eastern — in that order.

Nonetheless, men generally do not agree there can be rape in marriage, saying such matters should end in the bedroom. Some argue that wives, as per tradition, become the ‘property’ of men the moment dowry is paid, which gives them the upper hand over conjugal rights.

Anthony Mutiso, a businessman, is one such man. He believes the debate over marital rape is an argument from West.

“I find it un-African to think that rape can exist in marriage. These are thoughts that have been influenced by Western media,” Anthony argues.

Recently, human rights activists steered a campaign to jolt Parliament to create a law to criminalise forced sex in marriages. In its latest report titled Marital Rape and Its Impact: A Policy Brief for the Kenyan Members of Parliament, 2010, the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), roots for consensual sex in marriage and says that forced sex in marriage is a criminal offence that amounts to rape.

Not surprisingly, marital rape is one of the under-reported violent crimes in Kenya because it is socially tolerated.

“Some abused women are afraid to report the rape because they rely financially on their husbands for upkeep, maintenance of children or fear the humiliation,” the report says.

Paradoxically, the Sexual Offences Act of 2006 does not recognise marital rape as a form of sexual violence. However, lawyers may argue that the new Constitution advocates for equality in marriage and an Act of Parliament cannot override a Constitution.

According to the Act, sexual offenders are liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than 10 years, which may be enhanced to life. However, it would be difficult to sustain a case of marital rape due to lack of witnesses or evidence of a physical struggle.

Interestingly, family law considers rape, physical violence, constant abuse and adultery as the major grounds of divorce.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/InsidePage.php?id=2000024494&cid=620

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Kenya’s Daddy Owen scoops MTV award

Posted by Administrator on December 12, 2010

Daddy Owen

Daddy Owen

Kenyan gospel singer Daddy Owen has scooped the best anglophone award at the 3rd MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel (MAMA) gala event held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The win Saturday night by the king of Kapungala marks the first time that a gospel artiste has won a MAMA accolade.

Owen’s song, tobina, emerged tops in the category ahead of Nigeria’s Big Nuz.

Speaking in Nairobi moments after receiveing the news, Airtel Kenya Managing Director Rene Meza described Daddy Owen’s achievement as an affirmation of Kenya’s prowess in the Entertainment scene.

“For Airtel Kenya, this is a most auspicious moment as we are celebrating Jamhuri day with a deserved win by Daddy Owen confirming Kenya’s prowess in the entertainment world continentaly and beyond,” Meza said.

Other Kenyan nominees in the awards were Muthoni (best new act) and P-unit (best group).

Others who won at the 3rd MAMA gala event included South Africa’s legendary singer Miriam Makeba who was posthumously awarded the “Mama Legend” prize after a career at the pinnacle of the continent’s musical scene.

Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, and Nigeria’s 2Face led the winners at the third edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel (MAMA), each taking home two trophies at the music awards ceremony .

Song of the Year was won by South African pop/R&B outfit Liquideep for their hauntingly lovely ‘Fairytale’.

New MAMA award category Best Performance was won by Big Nuz, the South African house trio making waves all over the continent.

Nigerian vocalist Sasha scored Nigeria’s first ever win in the Best Female category after Kenyan dominance over the last two years.

Nigerian R&B duo P-Square (Nigeria) added yet another MAMA trophy to their awards cabinet – taking home Best Group for the third year running! Rising Nigerian star Mo Cheddah notched up her first win in the hotly contested Brand New category which recognises rising stars tipped by MTV for success.

The prestigious Best International act was received by Eminem who accepted the award via satellite from the USA.

The MAMA Legend award, won by the late, great Miriam Makeba, was presented by Public Enemy founder and hip hop pioneer Chuck D.

Source: KBC

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