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Baraza faces moment of truth at JSC hearing

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

Bella Dona Pharmacy inside the Village Market where the Deputy chief justice Nancy Baraza had gone to purchase drugs before she exchanged words with a security officer Rebecca Kerubo who later claimed of being threatened the Deputy CJ on January 4, 2012. PHOTO/ JENNIFER MUIRURI

Bella Dona Pharmacy inside the Village Market where the Deputy chief justice Nancy Baraza had gone to purchase drugs before she exchanged words with a security officer Rebecca Kerubo who later claimed of being threatened the Deputy CJ on January 4, 2012. PHOTO/ JENNIFER MUIRURI

Another written statement was taken on Friday from Ms Rebecca Kerubo, the security guard who accuses the Deputy Chief Justice of pointing a gun at her on New Year’s day.

A colleague of Ms Kerubo also recorded a statement on the incident at the Village Market mall which will now be the subject of an emergency Judicial Service Commission (JSC) hearing called by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga

A member of the commission, who did not wish to be named, told the Saturday Nation that Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza was also expected to write a statement of her own ahead of the JSC hearing on Monday.

Ms Baraza will be the first witness to appear before the emergency JSC meeting on Monday from 2.30 pm.

Dr Mutunga summoned the JSC on Thursday saying no person or institution was above the law. “This is the creed that we seek to uphold in the judiciary,’ he said in a statement.

A member of the commission who did not want to be identified by name said the JSC had the powers to recommend sanctions ranging from removal to reprimand depending on the analysis of events by the witnesses.

He said the JSC would also review CCTV footage of the Village Market incident.

Ms Baraza denies threatening the security guard with a gun during the New Year’s Day incident in the northern Nairobi suburb of Gigiri.

Though she admitted that there was a confrontation with the guard, she has denied the gun claim.

Ms Kerubo, a mother of three, said she had only worked at the mall for one month and has occasionally encountered mall goers who resisted screening.

Most businesses have enhanced security following threats of an Al Shabaab attack after Kenya sent its military inside Somalia to end incursions into the country by the militants.

Ms Kerubo claims that Ms Baraza walked past the screening desk and when asked to undergo security checks she pinched her nose and confronted her.

Ms Baraza has also denied pinching her.

Ms Baraza has described the incident as “unfortunate” but insisted that she has never been issued with a gun.

A member of the commission who spoke to Saturday Nation on condition of anonymity cited possible outcomes of the probe and gave insights into what is likely to transpire during the Monday meeting.

Her side of the story

First, the meeting will give Ms Baraza an opportunity to give her side of the story as the commission seeks to establish the truth over the incident.

“If it is established that the she pulled a gun and threatened the security then that could amount to gross misconduct,” said the commissioner.

But if the commission, which has powers to discipline judges, finds that Ms Baraza only pinched the security guard’s nose as claimed, then the options might range from suspension, reprimand, chastisement or even a financial penalty.

Article 168 of the Constitution says a judge of a superior court may be removed from office for gross misconduct or misbehaviour.

The removal may be initiated only by the JSC acting on its own motion, or on the petition of any person to the commission. If the JSC is satisfied that the petition discloses a ground for removal, then it will be sent to the President.

The President shall, within 14 days of receiving the petition, suspend the judge from office and appoint a tribunal to probe the matter.
Meanwhile, a citizen has petitioned the Chief Justice and the JSC to sack Ms Baraza.

Mr Peter Gichira Solomon says in a petition that Ms Baraza failed to uphold the values of leadership expected of a state officer as provided for in the Constitution, during her recent dramatic encounter with a guard at a Nairobi mall.

“My petition for the removal of the Deputy Chief Justice from office is informed by my worry that, on one hand, public dissatisfaction with the way this issue is dealt with may strike a fatal to confidence on the Judiciary and the rule of law at the very inception from the New Constitution,” he says.

“On the other hand, if the law is given the highest priority and justice is done, then a reputation for the Judiciary and the new dispensation will forever have been established.”

Mr Gichira says that the matter is “the real litmus test” for the Judiciary, adding that he had played his role as a citizen by writing the petition.

Civil activists have also warned they will not accept the findings of the Judges’ disciplinary unit looking into the conduct of the besieged judge unless she steps aside to pave way for independent investigations.

“Failure to do that, we hope that the emergency session of the JSC that chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga has called will suspend the DCJ pending investigations,” said Mr Okiya Omtatah, Executive Director of Kenyans for Justice and Development.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Moment+of+truth+for+the+deputy+CJ/-/1056/1301284/-/l1g619/-/index.html

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US can learn a thing or two from Kenyans

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

While the big story in America this week was Mitt Romney’s narrow win in the Republican caucus in Iowa, I was travelling the nation’s skyways and talking to regular citizens about their hopes for the coming year.

There’s a frustration that the economy is not moving forward at a quicker pace. But there’s also a forgetfulness that some of the proposed remedies, particularly those suggested in the past few weeks, have been tried and do not work.

Many like to talk about the outlandish in Iowa. Can you believe Michelle Bachmann loves assault weapons? Did Ron Paul really write the racist pamphlets that have his name on them? And what about Newt Gingrich calling Romney a liar on Election Day?

But the one point that unifies all the candidates is their willingness to cut taxes and reduce the size of the federal government. The thinking is this will attract business and create jobs. Even President Obama has gotten in on this act.

Such an experiment is already underway in Nevada, a western state known for Las Vegas, gambling and prostitution. The state is largely desert and looks like a huge swath of brown carpet from the air.

In Nevada, there is no income tax for individuals or corporations. Yet, the giant ratings house, Moody’s, has downgraded the state’s condition because of the gloomy outlook for the gaming industry. The reality is that the bust may get worse.

During boom years, Las Vegas overbuilt its hotel industry. Even at 80 per cent occupancy, there’s not enough business to support the city’s infrastructure.

Ten years ago, Las Vegas could be counted on to attract tens of thousands of high rollers from Asia. Big name entertainers from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan were imported, particularly in the Christmas season.

Now, Macau is home to one of the world’s biggest gambling paradises in China. The casinos, which are larger and grander than those in America, pulled in record revenues in 2011.

Las Vegas has tried everything. It has even marketed itself as a family destination. But entrepreneurs elsewhere, including Singapore, are showing no mercy.

Gambling destinations have popped up all over America. Americans don’t have to travel to Las Vegas to gamble. They can do it in Mississippi or Ohio or Missouri. Even Indian reservations have gotten into the act.

In Minnesota, a small group of Native Americans owns a massive casino outside Minneapolis, and recruit Hollywood entertainment. Across the street from the casino, many members of the tribe have mansions.

What happens when the zero tax strategy does not work? Services are cut. And that means everything from education to social services to healthcare.

This is happening in Nevada. So the primary election rhetoric in Iowa does not match the reality. The backdrop is that the American economy is slowly recovering.

Republicans are noticing, but they’re claiming that Obama is hindering a quicker recovery. And a quicker recovery, they argue, means reducing taxes in every possible way. We Americans are impatient. We want it our way, and we want it now.

That’s the motto of much of the fast food industry, which Americans have exported throughout the world.

Could we learn something from our Kenyan brothers and sisters?

Absolutely. There’s patience and perseverance in Kenya, especially when dealing with hardship. And there’s a sense of innovation and willingness to try something new. Is America listening?

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/US+can+learn+a+thing+or+two+from+Kenyans+/-/440808/1301256/-/wekuj0z/-/index.html

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Easier Route to Green Card to Be Proposed for Some

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children.

The change that immigration officials are offering would benefit United States citizens who are married to or have children who are illegal immigrants. It would correct a bureaucratic Catch-22 that those Americans now confront when their spouses or children apply to become legal permanent residents.

Although the tweak that officials of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services are proposing appears small, immigration lawyers and advocates for immigrants say it will make a great difference for countless Americans. Thousands will no longer be separated from loved ones, they said, and the change could encourage Americans to come forward to apply to bring illegal immigrant family members into the legal system.

Illegal immigrants who are married to or are children of American citizens are generally allowed under the law to become legal residents with a visa known as a green card. But the law requires most immigrants who are here illegally to return to their home countries in order to receive their legal visas.

The catch is that once the immigrants leave the United States, they are automatically barred from returning to this country for at least three years, and often for a decade, even if they are fully eligible to become legal residents.

The immigration agency can provide a waiver from those tough measures, if the immigrants can show that their absence would cause “extreme hardship” to a United States citizen. But until now, obtaining the waiver was almost as hard and time-consuming as obtaining a green card.

Immigrants had to leave the United States and return to their countries of birth to wait for at least three months and sometimes much longer while the waiver was approved. And sometimes the waivers were not approved, and the immigrants were permanently stranded, separated from their American families.

The journey toward the green card to which they were entitled was so fraught with risks for the illegal immigrants that many families simply decided to live in hiding and not apply.

Now, Citizenship and Immigration Services proposes to allow the immigrants to obtain a provisional waiver in the United States, before they leave for their countries to pick up their visas. Having the waiver in hand will allow them to depart knowing that they will almost certainly be able to return, officials said. The agency is also seeking to sharply streamline the process to cut down the wait times for visas to a few weeks at most.

“The goal is to substantially reduce the time that the U.S. citizen is separated from the spouse or child when that separation would yield an extreme hardship,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the immigration agency.

On Friday, the agency will publish a formal notice in the Federal Register that it is preparing a new regulation governing the waivers. But agency officials, speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday before the proposal was formally announced, stressed that this was only the beginning of a long regulatory process that they hoped to complete by issuing a new rule before the end of this year.

The change on how and where these waivers are issued is one example of a number of measures the Obama administration has taken in recent months that do not require the approval of Congress. The steps are designed to ease the burdens on American and immigrant families stemming from dysfunctional or outmoded immigration statutes.

White House officials are resigned to the fact that there will most likely be no progress before the November elections on immigration legislation that President Obama supports that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. They have been looking for ways to help immigrant communities without going through the partisan dissension in Congress.

“This will open up a huge door to bring a large number of people into the light,” said Charles Kuck, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who is a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “There are hundreds of thousands of people who came to the United States illegally who are married to U.S. citizens who have not taken advantage of the waiver that is currently available. This changes their lives.”

“Yay!” said Nancy Kuznetsov, an American citizen and immigration advocate who was separated for more than four years from her husband, Vitali, from Belarus. Ms. Kuznetsov has battled for years for the waiver fix.

“This is a wonderful humane change that recognizes the importance of American citizens,” said Ms. Kuznetsov, vice president of American Families United, an organization of Americans facing struggles with the immigration system.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/path-to-green-card-for-illegal-immigrant-family-members-of-americans.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

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Kenyan activist launches anti-bribe website

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya—One Kenyan had to pay a $24 bribe to a traffic cop for speeding—but then successfully argued that $8 of it should be returned so he could have something left to pay bribes farther down the road.

Another resident said policemen only released her husband from a traffic stop after she hopped out of the car while breastfeeding her child.

“We wasted about 10 min and i bacame furious as it was already past 9pm at nite.i was breastfeeding and came out with my baby still on the breast and without shoes,” she wrote. “The traffic officer was so embarassed.”

Requests for bribes are so frequent that Kenyans like to trade their favorite tips for dealing with them, and now one man fed up with the country’s pervasive corruption has launched a website where people can share their stories.

Already the site has collected more than 300 stories in less than three weeks, said its founder, Anthony Ragui.

A spokesman for Kenya’s government-funded Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission said officials would welcome the information being gathered online at http://www.ipaidabribe.or.ke.

“The fight against corruption calls for concerted efforts from everyone. This kind of initiative is something that would be most welcomed but it is important the information is carefully analyzed,” said Nicholas Simani. “It is a noble initiative.”

Almost every Kenyan has a bribery story to tell. Some are

punchlines to jokes about the country’s corruption. Others, like officials taking bribes to grant licenses to dangerous drivers, have more serious consequences.

Ragui, the website’s founder, returned to his native Kenya in 2007 after working for the American bank Wells Fargo.

“I saw a system that works, where you pay your taxes and get services in return,” said the 37-year-old, his eyes shining behind his glasses. “I came back and everyone was complaining about corruption here. But no one was doing anything about it. So I decided to take the first step.”

Ragui’s website uses software from an Indian site—also called ipaidabribe—that has collected information on more than 15,000 bribes since it was put up in 2010.

The Kenyan site, which Ragui and some web designers are funding themselves, is the first spin-off from the Indian site. But T.R. Raghunandan, who administers the Indian site, said he had had inquiries from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Russia, Nepal and the Philippines.

The software blocks out the names of payers or receivers of bribes to avoid the service being abused. But Ragui hopes the information he collects will identify where and why bribes are most commonly paid.

The site has three main sections. One part collects details on bribes paid. Another part records ways people have avoided paying bribes. And a final part asks readers to send in positive stories about honest officials or services freely and quickly provided.

“I want to show the good as well as the bad,” Ragui said. “I want to create competition between departments and regions, so that leaders want to be rated in the top five and not the bottom five. Not everyone in the system is corrupt.”

Kenya is ranked 154th out of 182 nations by anti-corruption campaigners Transparency International. Requests for bribes are so frequent that Kenyans like to trade their favorite tips for dealing with them.

Environmentalist Brian Harding, a former Nairobi resident, said he kept a stack of tea bags in the car to give out whenever the inevitable request came to buy police ‘a cup of tea.’

But more frequently, the police get their way. Ben Loyseau was stopped last year for speeding although the police speed gun was broken. When the shirtless Loyseau challenged his fine, he said they fined him $5 instead for driving “naked.”

Stories on Ragui’s website also detail police confiscating driving licenses and demanding payment for their return, or describe police asking for money to blame an innocent party for an accident.

“This traffic cop wanted 300 shillings because I hit the car behind me while reversing so as to charge the other guy with the offense,” one entry read.

Ragui says humorous stories often hide the fact that even petty corruption costs lives. Criminals pay bribes to walk free and drivers pay to get their licenses, then cause fatal accidents.

Kenya’s driving test requires participants to drive a short distance, often just few hundred feet (100 meters) and then push a toy car around on a board with their fingers, calling out ‘checking mirrors or ‘indicating’ to instructors.

When Alice Leslie did her test, she said applicants who went through a driving school passed no matter how badly they did but much better drivers who did their tests independently from a driving school failed.

She paid a driving school to book her test but lost control of the car going around a corner and again by hitting a speed bump.

She passed anyway and was told: “You’ll be a good driver one day.”

Source- http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/06/2576423/kenyan-activist-launches-anti.html

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Video: Nyeri Fire

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

Two people died this morning when fire broke out at a gas cylinder filling station in Nyeri County. Police said the fire was caused when a lorry ferrying liquid petroleum gas hit an electric pole. Three people who sustained serious injuries have been admitted to Kenyatta national hospital for specialized treatment. KTN’s Christine Ndiritu was at the scene and brings us a detailed report.

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Hippo victorious in battle with villagers baying for its meat

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A fuming hippopotamus scares away Kisumu residents who had hopes of slaughtering it after its calf got stuck in the mud near the Nyanza Golf Club on January 5, 2012. Photo/NATION

A fuming hippopotamus scares away Kisumu residents who had hopes of slaughtering it after its calf got stuck in the mud near the Nyanza Golf Club on January 5, 2012. Photo/NATION

Kisumu residents on Thursday missed a rare delicacy when a hippopotamus and its young one they intended to feast on was rescued by Kenya Wildlife Service officials.

They had planned to kill the animals and enjoy their meat after the baby hippo got stuck in a the mud and the mother would not leave her baby.

The hippo and its young one had come out to feed — on Wednesday night near the Nyanza Golf Club at the shores of Lake Victoria — as is the norm with the wildlife.

According to David Amos Owiro, an employee at the club, he saw the animal at about 6am on Thursday, when he reported to work.

“I was surprised to see the animal as it was already past 6am and it should have returned to the water,” said Mr Owiro.

On further inquiry, he found out that the animal was unable to return to the water because its young one was stuck in mud.

Club managers contacted KWS officials who soon arrived to take charge of the situation.

When the Nation arrived at the scene, a huge crowd had already gathered at the place, some armed with knives and pangas, ready to pounce on the animals.

The two KWS officials had a hard time controlling the crowd which grew by the minute. Reinforcement had to be called in.

Residents wanted the officers to kill the animals so that they could enjoy its meat, since their efforts to get near the creatures were thwarted by a hostile mother hippo which scared them away from its child.

“This is a New Year gift for us from above. The prices of food are high because of inflation and no we have free meat here,” said Mr Omondi Oloo, a resident who was armed with a knife.

Control multitudes

The crowds soon grew larger and Administration Police officers were forced to come in to control the multitudes.

Still, the crowds outnumbered the law enforcers and advanced towards the animals, demanding meat.

Mother hippo, now suffering from the effects of both the surging crowd and the scorching sun, grew restless and more hostile after some villagers pelted it with stones.

According to the KWS officials, hippos have an oily skin which when exposed to the sun for long begins to hurt.

Kisumu KWS deputy warden Robert Ouko pleaded with the residents to move back to allow his officers to rescue the baby hippo.

But the crowd would have none of it as their demand for the meat acquired a heightening sense of urgency.

KWS officers fired explosives to scare the mother hippo to the water, but it stood its ground.

The men in uniform feared that sedating the mother hippo would give an opportunity to the restless residents to pounce on the unconscious animal and dismember it.

“Killing the animal is totally out of the question. We are bound by law to conserve the animal,” the deputy warden said, words that fell on deaf ears.

After about five hours of consultation, the KWS, AP and Local Authorities brought in an excavator to rescue the stuck baby hippo.

The excavator dug into the ground and made several failed attempts to rescue the animal.

They finally rescued it and dropped in the lake as the mother followed — to the relief of KWS. But the residents wore forlorn faces.

Mr Ouko was however, not finished with the residents just yet. He urged them to learn how to coexist with animals and said KWS would embark on a campaign to conserve animals.

“In other places like Maasai Mara and Hell’s gate, people coexist with animals. Why can’t our people also do the same,” asked Mr Ouko, but no answers were forthcoming, confirming the widely held suspicion that campaigns rarely work well with empty stomachs.

With disappointment written all over their faces, the residents finally drifted away.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Hippo+victorious+in+battle+with+villagers+baying+for+its+meat/-/1056/1300718/-/item/1/-/t9lx2r/-/index.html

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Doctors puzzled by woman with 29 needles stuck inside her body

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

A mentally challenged patient has baffled doctors after she was diagnosed with more than two dozen sewing needles inside her body.

An X-Ray done on 30-year-old Gladys Koech showed the needles lodged in several parts of her body, including her chest (ribs), both lower and upper limbs — along the lunar bones, pelvis and back.

The woman’s husband, Mr Philip Koech, said his wife fell critically ill on Christmas Eve last year after she complained of pain, and due to a swelling on her left thigh from a septic wound — a condition that would not allow her to walk.

Koech said the mother of seven was rushed to the Kapkatet District Hospital for treatment where a clinical officer who examined her at the outpatient department referred her for an X-Ray to establish why she could not walk.

“When I brought my wife to the hospital for treatment after she failed to walk owing to the swelling around the septic wound on her thigh, I could not believe things would go this way after doctors told me that she has needles lodged in her body,” Koech said.

The husband, a resident of Kaporus village, Buret District, said he could not comprehend the bizarre incident, adding that he does not know what to do next and he has left the matter to God.

According to a radiographer at the hospital, Joshua Marisin, an X-Ray he took of the woman’s left leg showed an image of a sewing needle lodged in her left thigh.

“When I read the X-Ray film, I saw the needle has pierced through the flesh to the bone and I referred her back to the clinical officer who had examined her for further direction,” Marisin said.

He said the officer referred the woman to the theatre where she underwent a minor surgery to remove the needle. But in the process of putting the patient under anaesthesia, they discovered four more needles around her pelvis joint.

While displaying X-Ray films showing the needles inside the woman’s body to the media in his office, Marisin described the bizarre incident as a rare occurrence.

He said the surgeons managed to remove all the five needles and referred the patient for more X-Rays to find out if there were other needles lodged in her body.

“When the patient was brought back for further X-Ray examination on various parts of her body, I was shocked to find that there were 24 needles lodged in her pelvis, chest, both lower and upper limbs and her back,” the radiologist added.

But what baffled many was that the woman could sit up and walk without any difficulties. Medics and other hospital staff could not explain how the needles entered her body.

Wananchi continued to throng the hospital after they got wind of the bizarre story to catch a glimpse of the woman who is admitted in the female general ward.

However, the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Kenneth Sigilai, said he suspected the incident could be the work of traditional healers who may have resorted to crude methods to try and treat the woman, who is of unsound mind.

Dr Sigilai said the hospital lacked special medical facilities to remove the remaining needles still lodged in the patient’s body, adding that they had referred her to Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet District for specialised treatment.

“In my own opinion, I think herbalists are the ones responsible for all these. But all the same, we have referred her to Tenwek for specialised treatment to remove the needles,” the medic said.

The doctor said they were trying to establish the patient’s medical history to ascertain her mental status so as to also refer her to a psychiatrist for treatment.

But the woman’s husband said he was unable to take his wife to the mission hospital because of financial constraints. Koech said he has an outstanding bill of Sh13,600 at Kapkatet Hospital and appealed to the Government and well-wishers to help him clear the amount.

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Is the African Diaspora too American?

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

I got thinking about this question when trying to figure out if I knew any Kenyans in Sweden (long story). Now, there is a Swedish school in Nairobi, but I can’t say that I am on speaking terms with any of its alumni. Ask me to find a Kenyan in just about any US state, however, and I can probably come up with three or four names without trying very hard.

My own shut-in tendencies have limited my exposure to my fellow Africans, but I know they’re around. There’s a very good group for entrepreneurs that has regular meetings in my city, the group Black Women in Europe does some awesome things for networking, and I have had drunken conversations in French with Congolese traders on the night bus home (another long story).

Nevertheless, when one comes to the ‘net to look for stories from the diaspora, it does seem that Africans have gravitated overwhelmingly to the “land of the free.” This is understandable on a number of levels, including historical, but it remains a source of curiosity to me that Africans who have eschewed the “traditional” emigration destinations appear to be so thin on the ground, at least in terms on online presence.

Is it that they don’t blog? Maybe they are too busy hustling in Shanghai or sealing deals in São Paulo to take the time to relate their thoughts and experiences to the rest of us. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough. I’ll admit I have been slack in seeking out new reading material, but I don’t think it’s all my fault. Online, the African diaspora appears, to my eyes at least, to be star-spangled in the majority.

Is this a problem? Well, one wouldn’t think so, but when we talk about the issues and problems that we face as Africans abroad, when the majority relate their experiences from a US-based perspective, it can bury or negate the quirks and idiosyncrasies that diasporans in other countries have to deal with.

This isn’t to say that all those in the USA should shut up and sit down. A plurality of voices is always better than a monolithic megaphone. But it would be nice to see more pluarity, from even more places, to expand our collective experience and terms of reference.

So, who do you know who is in a non-US locale? Anywhere exotic? If there’s an African blogger fighting the good fight in a place that is not a typical emigration destination, promote them in the comments, giving your reasons why.

Source: http://inarimedia.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/is-the-african-diaspora-too-american/

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Flashback: President Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga duel during Kenyatta’s speech in Kisumu

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

Na mimi naanza na msemo wa Kiswahili usemavyo kwamba, asanti ya punda ni mateke.

(Cheers from supporters and boos from crowd)

Asanti ya punda ni mateke.

Tunakuja hapa kuwaletea bahati, kuwaletea hospitali ambayo ni ya kutibu wananchi.

Na kuna vinyangarika, vinyangarika wa KPU wanadhubutu kuja hapa na kusemasema maneno machafu machafu.

Mimi ninafurahiwa sana kuwa na rafiki yangu Odinga ambaye ndiye muongozi wa hawa watu, yuko hapa.

Na mimi ningesema

(Interupter:  ‘sisemi’)

Mimi ningesema, kama si heshima ya urafiki wetu na wewe Odinga, mimi ningesema utiwe nguvuni leo (boos from the crowd).

Tuangalie ni nani anatawala, ni nani anatawala nchi hii, kama ni KANU ama ni vinyangarika wengine wanatawala nchi hii.

Walakini, mimi nasema kwamba, kama hawa watu wako wachafu, kama wakitoa nyokonyoko, sisi tutawaonyesha kwamba Kenya iko na serikali yake

(Cheers from supporters and boos from crowd).

Hatuwezi kuchezewa sisi, na wewe bwana Odinga unajua mimi sina machezo, nimekuacha siku nyingi kwa sababu wewe ni rafiki yangu, kama si hivyo wewe unajua mimi ningefanya nini.

(Interupter ‘tupa yeye ndani’)

Apana kazi yako kuniambia nitupe wapi, mimi najua mwenyewe, mimi najua mwenyewe (laughing). Labda wewe usemae naweza kutupa wewe ndani ya Manyani kuliko rafiki yangu (Manyani was a detention camp, now a jail)

Kwa hivyo mimi nasema hivi ndugu zanguni, ni lazima, ni lazima tujue kwamba hii ni nchi ya Kenya, ambayo, inajitawala yenyewe, ambayo, ina madaraka ya wananchi.

Na hatuwezi kukubali hata kidogo, hatuwezi kukubali hata kidogo, mtu, au vikundi vya watu, kutuchezea.

Kama Odinga ujuavyo wewe, tulikuwa na wewe pale, mimi nilikwambia kwamba, mimi ntaangusha Ngereza, nilisema hivyo, sikusema? Kasema tutawaangusha.

Itakuwaje vinyangarika hapa unawaweka kidogo kidogo tu? Kuja kucheza na serikali hapa.

Na kwa hivyo leo mimi nasema kwa ulkali sana, na nikikuangalia wewe kabisa, nikikwambia maneno ya kweli mbele ya watu hawa wote, wakanye hawa watu wako, kama sivyo wataona cha mtema kuni, na mimi sina mchezo hata kidogo (claps).

Kwa hivyo ndugu zanguni, sisi tunataka usalama katika nchi yetu, sisi tunataka maendeleo katika nchi yetu.

Sisi tunapigana na ukabila, sisi tunapigana na ukabila kabisa, na yeyote atakayeleta ukabila, katika nchi yetu, pahali mngereza atakwenda atamfuata nyuma, akale matako yake. (cheers)

Kwa hivyo sisi tunasema kwamba, nchi ya Kenya haina ukabila, nchi ya Kenya haitatambua mtu yeyote, ambaye anahubiri ukabila.

Sisi tunataka Kenya moja, kutoka pande ya pwani mpaka juu.

Sisi wote ni ndugu moja, sisiI wote ni Wakenya, na nchi yetu ya Kenya itakuwa ni juu yetu kufanya kama tuwezavyo wenyewe kuiendesha.

Part Two.

Kitu gani KPU?! wanasema tume tume kumamazenu! tume.

Wanaleta nini katika Kenya? Wanafanyia nini katika nchi hii ya Wajaluo? Wanafanya nini KPU? twambieni. Kitu gani? Hakuna! Ni mdomo mtupu, kama punda vile analia katika msituni, hakuna kitu kingine.

Lakini serikali yetu tukufu, inafanya mengi kwa wananchi, na itazidi kufanya mengi, kwa wananchi.

Kwa hivyo, mimi nikiwa kiongozi wa serikali hii ya Kenya ninasema, siwezi kukubali, mtu au vikundi vya watu, kuchezea serikali yetu katika ardhi yetu tulioipigania, hapana.

Na kwa hivyo, baada ya kupayuka payuka rafiki yangu nenda fundisha watu wako kulima mashamba yao, wapate faida.

Na wako tayari kama unawafundisha, baada ya kupigapiga kelele huko kelele kule. Kwa hivyo ndugu zanguni, sisi tunataka kuonyesha kwa vitendo.

Uhuru wetu hauwezi kwa midomo mitupu, uhuru wetu ni vitendo, kuonyesha kwa vitendo, tunafanya hii, tunafanya ile, hiyo ndiyo tunataka. Lakini watu wa kupayuka payuka hatutaki Kenya hata kidogo. Tunataka, hii, nchi hii, tulime.

Mimi nilikwenda karibu na kwako wewe bwana Odinga, kule juu, nimekwisha peleka kufyeka misitu huko, kufyeka majani, watu walime.

Na nilipokwenda huko, nilipoangalia angalia, watu wananiambia mzee, watu wanakwisha fyeka, lete majembe ya kulima mashamba haya. Mimi nasema kwa njia mzuri, mimi nitaleta majembe, wanageuka wananiambia mzee, na nani atachimba hii shamba?

Nikawaambia kumamazenu!

Kamahamtumii mikono yenu kuchimba udongo wenu mtoe mali? Basi shauri yenu, msililie serikali.

Kwa hivyo rafiki yangu wafundishe hawa watu wetu, sababu wana akili, wana nguvu ya kuchimba mashamba yao, walime mashamba yao, watoe mali, kuliko kupayuka payuka ovyo ovyo, na wewe uwasaidishe.

Tumefanya na wewe bwana, na hakuna rafiki kuliko wewe, kama ungekuwe wewe ni mtu wa kweli, ujinga? Ungesimama na kusema hiyo mimi nasema ni ukweli.

Sababu hata ndugu yangu mwenyewe, kile nilikupenda wewe, sikumpenda ndugu yangu kama wewe,

(Odinga – ‘lakini mimi iko na chakula cha kutosha’)

Haya, mzuri, kama wewe uko na chakula cha kutosha, vizuri.

(Crowd – ‘sisi iko njaa’)

Ai! Sasa?! Wanakwambia wao wako njaa. Sasa mimi nasema, sababu sikuja hapa tujibiane hivyo, umekubali kama hiyo ni kweli,na kama ni kweli, tufanyie wananchi wetu kazi, baada ya ugomvi ugomvi wa bure.

Baada ya watu yako kutupatupa maneno maneno pale wamepata faida gani?

Wengi watalala ndani ya jela, wengi wamekwisha piga pigwa na askari, walipata faida gani, unafikiri mimi naweza kupenda mambo kama hayo?

(Odinga – wako na njaa)

Kwa nini wewe apana mpe wee chakula?

(Odinga – Eeeh)

Eeh, unashiba, unashibisha tumbo yako na wao unawaacha na njaa, unawaambia kwenda lala! Kwa nini wewe apana wapa chakula? Kama wako na njaa? Baada ya kuja kutupa tupa mawe.

Sasa ndugu zanguni, mimi nasema kwamba, ni lazima, hii nchi yetu ni nchi yetu, na mimi nasema tena hatuwezi kutaka mtu au watu kuharibu nchi yetu.

Hatuwezi kutaka mtu au watu kuharibu uhuru wetu. Umoja wa watu wa Kenya utadumu!

Sababu sisi wote ni ndugu, mbeberu alitaka kututenganisha, akisema huyu ni Mjaluo, huyu ni Mkikuyu, huyu ni Mluhya, huyu ni Mmasai, huyu ni Mkamba, huyu ni…. Sababu katika doctrine yake, katika mipango ya beberu, ni divide and rule, gawanya ndio uweze kutawala.

Labda walikugawia hiyo kitu baba, na wewe unataka kutugawanyagawanya ndio ututawale, hatutakubali hiyo, tunakataa, tunakataa!

(Odinga – wewe ndiye uko na uwezo)

Haya, mimi niko na uwezo, na mimi kama unajua rafiki yangu mimi niko na uwezo, ndio, mimi niko na uwezo, na mimi nitatumia uwezo wangu na njia nzuri, apana kuwaambia kutupatupa mawe pale njiani, njia nzuri, tutafute chakula ya wananchi, tutafute dawa nzuri ya kuwapa watu wetu, kama hospitali hii ambayo wanataka kuiharibu, tutafute dawa nzuri ya kuwatibu.

Tutafute mashule mazuri watu wetu waende wakasome, tufanye mabarabara mazuri watu wetu wapate kwenda katika njia nzuri, na mambo kadhalika.

Tutafute kulima kuzuri ndio wananchi wetu wapate mali kutoka katika udongo wao.

Hiyo ndiyo kazi yetu tukiwa KANU, hiyo ndiyo kazi yetu, na tunawasaidisha wananchi wetu. Na ni lazima tutazidi kuwasaidisha, tutaendelea.

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Kenyan film to feature in NY Film-fest

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2012

A Kenyan short-film has been chosen to feature in the Manhattan International Film Festival later this year.

BROTHER-brother by producer/director Sheila Mulinya will be screened at the Festival in New York.

“It has been selected for screening and master class at the Manhattan International Film Festival that is going down in New York on 27th and 28th June 2012,” says Sheila.

“If it manages the top 3 positions it is supposed to be shown at the United Nations headquarters!” she adds.

The Manhattan Festival prides itself on being dedicated to merging as large a gathering as possible of independent filmmakers from all over the world. Their forums are mainly targeted at developing new ways to fund filmmakers and helping to carving out their careers.

The 10-day event kicks off on June 21 and runs until July 1.

The focus of the festival is Human Dignity stories. Sheila’s production will be used during sessions on Funding and Marketing for independent films.

BROTHER-Brother is the story of sibling rivalry between two brothers who live in Kawangware, Nairobi. It was shot in August 2008. Check out the film below.

SOURCE: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/lifestyle/2012/01/06/kenyan-film-to-feature-in-ny-film-fest/

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