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Policeman who arrested Obama’s uncle being checked out

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

Onyango Obama, the uncle of US president Barack Obama, is facing drink-driving charges (AP)

Onyango Obama, the uncle of US president Barack Obama, is facing drink-driving charges (AP)

Lawyers defending US president Barack Obama’s uncle against drink-driving charges are reviewing the motoring records of the police officer who arrested him.

Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant, appeared briefly at Framingham District Court in Massachusetts as his lawyer told a judge he has obtained the driving history of the officer who stopped Mr Obama in Framingham in August.

Officer Val Krishtal said in a written police report that he stopped Mr Obama after he failed to come to a complete halt at a stop sign, causing his police cruiser to nearly strike Obama’s SUV.

Mr Krishtal said Obama failed several field sobriety tests and registered 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test, higher than the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

Mr Obama’s attorney, P Scott Bratton, said he is reviewing Mr Krishtal’s driving records to see whether the officer has a history of accidents. Mr Bratton has said previously that Mr Obama was not committing any traffic violations and police had no right to pull him over.

He is seeking to suppress the traffic stop and the results of the blood-alcohol test. A judge will hear arguments on those motions on March 1.

“We want to review the record to see if there is a pattern of conduct of bad driving behaviour on the part of the arresting officer,” Mr Bratton said.

Mr Krishtal wrote off his police cruiser in November while responding to reports of gunshots. Framingham police declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said prosecutors were not opposed to turning over the records. Mr Bratton said a lawyer for the town of Framingham provided the records.

Mr Obama, 67, was initially held without bail on a detainer from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on allegations that he violated an order to return to Kenya 20 years ago. He was later released and has been ordered to regularly check in with immigration officials. The White House has said it expects Mr Obama’s arrest to be handled like any other case.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i76g3ZibgaiBNLs5anXDVpg0JSxA?docId=N0955041326395177235A

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Kenyan military spokesperson caught out on twitter over execution photos

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

Kenya’s military spokesman, Major Emmanuel Chirchir has taken responsibility for posting old photographs which allegedly showed the stoning of a Kenyan by al-Shabaab militants in Somalia on Tuesday.

He however insisted that an execution did take place on Tuesday and hinted that another two executions were likely to take place on Friday afternoon.

“I hear you, I take responsibility,” Chirchir wrote on Twitter. “But hey let’s condemn [sic] such acts past, present or future.”

An American journalist exposed that photos posted by the spokesperson on the social site Twitter were actually taken in 2009.

The four graphic photos, which were posted by Chirchir, showed a man buried to his chest in the ground. The photos then show masked men hurling stones at the ma-n, after which they removed his dead body from the ground.

Chirchir stated that the man was a Kenyan from Nairobi, and was stoned to death in the port city of Kismayo in southern Somalia on Tuesday.

“Dead after being stoned… Recruit Kenyan kill them if you differ on opinion,” Chirchir wrote on his Twitter account.

However, Mukhtar Ibrahim, a Somali-American freelance journalist based in Minnesota, revealed that the photos were not taken in Kismayo, Somalia, but were instead taken in 2009 on his Twitter handle. “This photo is simply for propaganda purpose, major,” Ibrahim wrote on Twitter. “This guy was stoned in 2009, not in 2012.”

The story went viral on the social site after Ibrahim posted the comment, and was picked up by major news organisations.

The photo story was actually published by the Britain’s Daily Mail on Dec. 15, 2009, while the photos were attributed to the Associated Press. The group responsible for the stoning was reported as Hizbul Islam and not al-Shabaab, way before the two militant groups merged in December 2010.

The story also reported that the stoning took place in Afgoye, which is 30 kilometres outside the capital Mogadishu, and not Kismayo, which is located over 500 kilometres southwest of the capital.

The story also showed a second man being shot dead by a relative of the man he was convicted of murdering.

“I saw these photos back in 2009, when I was reading the news coverage about the stoning,” Ibrahim told Africa Review from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota “Verify, verify, verify. We shouldn’t be spoon-fed what people in power tell us.”

Though media in Kenya reported on Tuesday that the man in the photo was a “Kenyan spy,” and that he was stoned to death on Tuesday after a militia court found him guilty of spying for the Kenyan army, al-Shabaab denied that any executions were carried out.

Ibrahim asked the group on Twitter whether they “publicly executed an al-Shabaab member yesterday for allegedly spying for the Kenyan army?” to which the group replied: “no executions were carried out in Kismayo.”

The al-Qaida affiliated militant group, al-Shabaab, also responded to Chirchir’s tweets.

“They seem unsophisticated, even in their propaganda campaign. A simple Google search would have saved them such an embarrassment,” al-Shabaab wrote on Twitter.

A war of words has existed between al-Shabaab and Chirchir on the social site since the group joined Twitter in early December. The Kenyan army has been engaged in a fierce battle with the militant group in Somalia since October.

Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/World/-/688340/1304182/-/1208bsk/-/

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Teacher canes pupil to death for skipping page in book

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

A nine-year-old pupil died after a teacher allegedly caned him for not using his exercise book properly.

 

Steven Kuria, a Standard Four pupil at Kangoya Primary School in Kiambu was allegedly beaten because he skipped a page while doing mathematics assignment.

The pupil’s father, Mr Daniel Ndung’u, said his son left home last Friday in good health, but returned in pain.

“The teacher had given the class an assignment. So when she asked them to show their books, she realised my son had skipped a page,” he said.

He said the teacher made the pupil bend on the desk and beat him with a cane. “She beat him on the back until he could not walk well. We took him to Kiambu District Hospital, but they could not do much,” he said.

On Thursday parents and the public demonstrated in the town to demand the teacher’s arrest.

Mr Paul Mwangi, another parent, said the teacher presented herself to Muthaiga Police Station to report the matter. The incident comes after Education Minister Sam Ongeri banned caning in schools and demanded that teachers who do the same be punished.

The minister instructed District and Provincial Education Officers to take stern action against any teacher who violates rights of children through caning.

Source- http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000049922&cid=4&

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Kenya Airways Statement on Schedule Disruption on 13th January 2012

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

Kenya airways passengers will be experiencing some delays

Kenya airways passengers will be experiencing some delays

Kenya Airways Statement on Schedule Disruption on 13th January 2012

by Kenya Airways on Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 14:18
Kenya Airways would like to inform its passengers, customers, investors and the public that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Runway 06/24 will be temporarily closed on Friday 13th January from 0100hrs upto 0100hrs on 14th January, for planned maintenance on the threshold lights and cabling works.

As a result of the temporary closure, Kenya Airways regrets to announce that the following flights scheduled for 13th January, have been rescheduled to operate as below.

• KQ102 to London will be delayed by 1hr15mins, departing Nairobi at 0100hrs/14th January and expected to arrive in London at 0700hrs/14th January local time London.

• KQ112 to Paris is delayed by 1hr35mins and rescheduled to depart Nairobi at 0115hrs/14th January arriving Paris at 0755hrs/14th January local time Paris.

• KQ116 to Amsterdam is scheduled to depart on time 0820hrs/13th January, however it will fly via Cairo for a fuel refill as the B777 operating the flight cannot be fueled fully in Nairobi due to the temporary shorter runway at JKIA; as a result of the stopover in Cairo, the expected time of arrival in Amsterdam 1640hr local time Amsterdam.

• KQ860 to Bangkok and Hong Kong will be delayed by 1hr50mins, departing Nairobi at 0110hrs/14th January arriving Bangkok at 1450hrs local time Bangkok and Hong Kong at 1925hrs.

Kenya Airways station offices in London, Paris, Bangkok and Hong Kong have arranged for special handling of passengers affected by the disruptions.

We may also experience resultant delays as a result this disruption and appeal to our affected passengers for understanding and patience during this period.

All passengers booked to travel on these routes on Friday 13th January are asked to re-confirm their bookings with the airline before the date of travel and before reporting to the airport.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For further details please contact any Kenya Airways sales office, travel agents or call our 24hr call center on 327 4747

Source: Kenya Airways

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Missouri Immigration Bill Copies Alabama, Would Require Schools To Check Student Immigration Status

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

In a move similar to ones chided by federal courts in Alabama and Arizona, one Kansas City area lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require Missouri schools to check the immigration status of its students.

Republican state Sen. Will Kraus’ bill would also allow police to question a person’s citizenship at traffic stops and makes it a state misdemeanor not to carry proper citizenship documentation.

The U.S. Department of Justice last October blocked portions of an immigration law in Alabama that drove Hispanics away from the state and their children out of schools. While federal judges let stand part of the law that allows police to check a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop, the courtbarred a provision mandating schools to check students’ citizenship status and overrode the allowance of misdemeanor filings for those who don’t carry federal registration papers. The federal decision sparked a heated spat between the Justice Department and the Alabama Attorney General.

Kraus’ copycat bill aims to “track noncitizens in public schools in order to get an accurate set of data,” the Kansas City Star reports. Schools would be required to ask new students for a birth certificate or proof of legal immigration, but would still be able to attend school if they or their parents are undocumented. All information collected will be kept confidential. From the Star:

Kraus’ bill would require that schools turn data collected over to the state Board of Education, which would compile and submit an annual report to the General Assembly. The report would contain information regarding immigration classifications of enrolled students and numbers of participants in English as a second language programs, as well as the cost to the state of their education.The report also would attempt to analyze the impact of educating noncitizens on the quality of education provided to students who are citizens.

 

Kraus says that the bill is part of an effort to pressure Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster to sue the federal government to recoup costs of enforcing federal immigration laws.

“I asked my office to reach out to state agencies to find out who actually tracked the cost of illegal immigration on Missouri taxpayers. The results were underwhelming as we found most agencies have no idea of the true cost to taxpayers,” Kraus said in a statement Tuesday. “Immigration is ultimately a federal issue and the solution will be a federal solution. But until a solution is reached, the impact of the federal government’s lack of enforcement is being felt at the state level. As fiscal stewards of our residents’ tax dollars, we have a responsibility to determine that impact.”

Still, St. Louis Attorney Ken Schmitt told KMOX that the bill would spook families, inciting many to pull their children out of school or flee the state.

The intent of the statutes is to have happen exactly what has happened in Alabama,” Schmitt, chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Missouri/Kansas Chapter, told KMOX.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/missouri-immigration-bill_n_1202363.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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Tough times ahead for housing sector in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

A housing development in Nairobi. A recent report indicates that the real estate sector is finally cooling off after almost a decade of sustained expansion. The report shows the first ever reversal in prices since the bubble started blowing up in the year 2000. In the last quarter of 2011, prices fell across the board. Photo/FILE

A housing development in Nairobi. A recent report indicates that the real estate sector is finally cooling off after almost a decade of sustained expansion. The report shows the first ever reversal in prices since the bubble started blowing up in the year 2000. In the last quarter of 2011, prices fell across the board. Photo/FILE

Anthony Mwangi had been in America for 13 years when he finally decided to visit home last December.

While he had been hearing stories that Nairobi had expanded far beyond the boundaries of the late ’90s when he had last been here, nothing had prepared him for the brick and mortar explosion he witnessed.

Mombasa Road on the way to the airport was a lonely stretch of road when he drove down to begin his American adventure only three months before Osama bin Laden bombed Nairobi. Fast forward to December 2011 and Tony counted one landmark after another.

“Panari, Parkside, Sameer Business Park… it was like I had missed my way home and landed in Australia or South Africa,” he said. “The brand new three-lane highway was not helping me solve my confusion either.”

His incredulity deepened when he hit Kiambu and Thika roads days later.

“I attended St Joseph’s High School, Githunguri up to 1997 and then left for America straight afterwards. The expansive coffee estates that dotted the area back in the day have almost entirely been converted into impressive mansions as far as the eye can see.”

And so has Thika Road, which leads to Tony’s home in Gatundu. When he left, it was just another potholed, gridlocked highway with sparse shops along it.

Real estate has had its best years around the same time that Tony has been away. A vastly growing population, helped by the 2002 transfer of power to a more economically friendly administration, has helped fuel an almost insatiable demand for quality housing.

According to a UN report, Kenya had the largest shift of population from low to middle class of any nation in the period spanning 2004 and 2009, a factor that led to new housing developments falling behind demand at some point.

Real estate businesses thrived — and new millionaires emerged — as thousands of Kenyans started buying land for speculation.

In 2011, however, the industry received a direct hit. After what economists had warned as runaway consumption on debt, mostly of imported goods, the shilling came under great pressure and sharply lost its value against the hard currencies.

What followed was a painful increase of the Central Bank Rate to rein in inflation and stabilise the currency.

The measures have worked so far; the shilling has stabilised at 86 after touching 107 to the dollar in October/ November. But that has come at a huge cost to capital.

Ruffus Nakitare had one big plan for 2012 — to buy a home in anticipation for marriage to his long-term girlfriend Elsie Waswa.

In August, his plan got a big boost when he landed a dream job with an international airline in Nairobi.

Now settled and stable, he chalked 2012 as the year when he would finally settle down and start a family.

First, though, was the purchase of a family home. In the months leading to 2012, Ruffus saw his big dream first get a challenge before it collapsed.

“Previously, I was able to set aside Sh80,000 every month and I was on course to having enough money pooled for the mortgage downpayment. But from September 2011, living costs started a spiral that, in the end, made my plan infeasible,” says Ruffus, adding that he also has to support his parents and pay school fees for his younger sister, added expenses that have become more costly of late.

“While a home was always my biggest dream, I have decided that is the one thing that will have to wait,” he says. “With interest rates where they are, I don’t have a choice.”

A recent Hass Consult Index that tracks trends in the housing sector confirms that, indeed, the real estate sector is finally cooling after almost a decade of sustained expansion.

The report shows the first ever reversal in prices since the bubble started blowing up in the year 2000.

In the last quarter of 2011, prices fell across the board, with the exception of small apartments, whose rates accelerated.

Developers are now biting the bullet and looking at significantly reduced margins to still move units at a time when consumer spending has become more squeezed.

And after an 11-year rally during which the average rent for a property hit a high of Sh95,000, up from Sh39,000, asking rates have now fallen and tenants are being seduced with lower asking rents.

While real estate remains a prime investment option which still outperforms inflation, according to the Hass Consult report, analysts expect more challenging times ahead for the sector as financing options become more constrained.

John Muthua of Q-Pavillion, a real estate firm based in Kahawa, Nairobi, says smart entrepreneurs will still see off the tide by taking the challenges on the chin and becoming more innovative.

“Already,” says Muthua, “I have witnessed a significant drop in the purchasing ability of people.”

Prospects who were previously shopping for property the exclusive areas of Kiambu Road, Kahawa and Thika have now degraded their preferences to such areas like Mwihoko, Ruai and Mwiki, he says.

“The choice of such exclusive locations as Riverside Drive, Kileleshwa and the like has a romantic element to it. But when the money is not there in plenty, people get real, and that is the situation presently.”

Muthua has also started witnessing a rush by developers to cut costs on new properties with a more careful sourcing of materials.

The pricey machine-cut stones are being bypassed for the hand-mined ones which are much cheaper, while interlocking blocks, made of soil, are increasingly becoming the choice for new homes.

But, at the top end of the scale, Muthua is seeing a shift of the opposite magnitude.

“There is still a section of this country that will never be affected by such pressures as inflation and a failing shilling, and the challenge for developers is to make their homes even more appealing than ever. Already, some developers I know are importing rare tiles from Europe, art from Turkey and Iran and co-opting architectural and engineering technologies that make their developments marvels,” he says.

“The trick is to have a better product than the competitor as the middle market, forever the cash cow of real estate, contracts and more investors go for the top-end customer.”

Professor Joseph Kieya of Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis foresees a rough period for the sector as tough choices keep people away from investing.

Prof Kieya also expects mass defaults as people who had acquired their capital in low interest regimes struggle to cope.

“What do you expect of a person earning a fixed income who had budgeted for interest repayments of 13 per cent and then he is saddled with interests in excess of 25 per cent?” he poses.

And with the economy reporting bleak prospects, Prof Kieya feels the sector may have exited from its glory years already.

“Most people are now not thinking of buying homes, but maintaining their present lifestyles in the face of rising economic challenges. The government is keen to protect the economy from the difficulties that a high inflation and a weak shilling cause, and I expect that to be the case for as long as is necessary. But the government should be wary of dissuading borrowing as every thriving economy needs cheap capital.”

Prof Kieya sees the upcoming elections as one more factor that may still throw a spanner into the economic works, and expects normal economic activity to pick up in 2013.

For the real estate industry, that could be a bit far away, meaning the next one year will be a make-or-break affair for most investors in this sector.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/Tough+times+ahead+for+housing+sector/-/957860/1303754/-/44y83oz/-/index.html

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Somali militants say they captured Kenyan hostages

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Al-Shabab has vowed to take revenge for Kenya's incursion into Somalia

Al-Shabab has vowed to take revenge for Kenya's incursion into Somalia

Gunmen have killed six people and abducted three others in the latest attack in the north-eastern border region with Somalia, police say.

A local police chief told the BBC that Somali militants were to blame for the raid in Wajir district, in which two local officials were seized.

There have been several attacks since Nairobi sent troops into Somalia to fight the al-Shabab Islamist group.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

North-Eastern Province police head Leo Nyongesa would not confirm to the BBC if any police officers were killed – despite earlier reports that at least three had died.

He said two government administrative officials – the district officer and the registrar of persons – were among the three people seized in Wednesday night’s raid.

Mr Nyongesa told the BBC the Kenyan authorities believed members of the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group were responsible.

He added that the attackers threw explosives and shot their way into the police post in the small town of Gerille, approximately 200km (125 miles) north of the Dadaab refugee camp, which is close to the scene of previous attacks.

The latest attack comes as Human Rights Watch warns that Kenyan security forces were “beating and and arbitrarily detaining citizens and Somali refugees” in the Kenya-Somalia border area.

Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir told HRW that he did not have knowledge of any abuses, but the military would investigate the claims.

In October, Kenya sent troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab, blaming it for a wave of abductions.

The militant group has denied involvement in raids on Kenya’s coast last year, which targeted foreign tourists and threatened a valuable industry for the country.

It said the Kenyan incursion was an act of war and it would take revenge.

There have been a series of explosions targeting police officers since October.

In December, two explosions near Dadaab killed at least two police officers and wounded several others.

After two decades of violence of Somalia, al-Shabab controls many southern and central areas of the country.

But Kenyan forces have pushed it back from the south, while Ethiopia and local militias have also gained ground in the west.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16526212

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Group: Security forces abusing Somalis in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan security forces are responsible for a growing number of rights abuses — including beatings, rape and arbitrary detention — since Kenyan troops moved into Somalia late last year, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

The rights group said one of its researchers witnessed security forces on Wednesday rounding up and beating residents in Garissa, a city near the Somali border, in an open field within the enclosure of a military camp.

“When military officers can beat civilians in broad daylight without fearing repercussions, it’s clear that impunity has become the norm,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Repeated promises by both the police and the military to stop these abuses and investigate have amounted to nothing.”

Kenya’s military spokesman, Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, told the group that he did not have knowledge of any abuses but that the military would investigate the allegations. The national police spokesman did not answer a call seeking comment.

Kenya has a sizable ethnically Somali population, particularly near the border with Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabab operates. Kenyan forces moved into Somalia in October in order to fight al-Shabab. Since then, Somali citizens in Kenya have come under increased scrutiny by authorities.

Human Rights Watch said that security forces have been behind rapes, beatings, lootings and arbitrary arrests of civilians, largely targeting Somali refugees and ethnic Somali Kenyan citizens.

The worst abuses, the group said, have taken place at Dadaab, which is home to nearly a half million Somali refugees. After a police officers were targeted and killed by explosive devices in December, police beat refugees and in several cases raped women, Human Rights Watch said.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjUAoX4G6OS0BwVnfas2SLu4CXgg?docId=e66d38782c9741c79cec2ec13547ea44

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Q&A with Immigration Attorney Uhuru Ndirangu: Can USCIS grant a green card which was previously denied?

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

Question:

Mr Uhuru, This prosecutorial discretion issue, can your case be dismissed before it is placed on an immigration court docket and be granted a green card even if it had been denied?

Answer:

Prosecutorial discretion is very broad.  This discretion includes whether to charge a person, what types of charges to bring, whether to drop charges, among others.  The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has no authority to review prosecutorial discretion, Matter of Bahta, 22 I&N Dec. 1381 (BIA 2000).  In general, the government (through Department of Homeland Security –DHS- decides if and when to charge a person.  Yes a case may be dismissed by the government and the government may even grant a green card even if it had been denied before.  If a Notice to Appear (NTA) has already been issued and filed, then ICE prosecutor can move to dismiss the proceedings without prejudice and USCIS has the authority to grant a green card.

Question.

I was denied a Marriage Based Green Card due to insufficient evidence. Now what?

Here it depends on what DHS decide to do.  If DHS deny the petition and makes what is called a 204( C) finding, (marriage fraud finding),the alien will be put in removal proceeding.  Marriage fraud is a serious crime and penalties include up to five years in jail and a fine of $250,000.  Additionally such an alien is precluded from any other immigration benefit.  There are very few ways of overcoming this finding, please consult your attorney on this.   If no finding of marriage fraud, DHS may still put the alien in removal proceedings but the alien is not precluded from other immigration benefits.

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Hon. Peter Kenneth Diaspora Campaign Moves into High Gear

Posted by Administrator on January 12, 2012

For several months now, the PK2012 Diaspora team has been engaged in organizing and coordinating the campaign activities for Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Hon. Peter Kenneth (or PK as we all know him).

Last August, PK made a successful trip to the United States where he held 10 town hall meetings across 9 states in 7 days. All his gatherings were energized and highly interactive with the audience. A bulk of the time was spent in lively conversations about critical issues affecting Kenyans. We have since built strong networks of PK supporters across the Globe.

Over the years, PK has continued to lead from the front. He paid his taxes as an MP when it was not fashionable or popular with his peers in Parliament. His management of the famed Gatanga CDF has been voted the best managed for several years.

His leadership as chairman of KFF in late 1990s was a success and Harambee Stars almost qualified to World cup in 1998 in France. He campaigned vigorously for adoption of the new Constitution. He recently led in opposing the proposal to amend the Constitution to among others, change the election date and to do away with the Senate.

True too type, Hon. Peter Kenneth was the first Presidential candidate to launch his campaign manifesto in December, 2011. The Manifesto is freely accessible on his 2012 Presidential Campaign website www.peterkenneth.com.

Hon. Kenneth has impressed many with his vision of a brighter Kenya devoid of corruption, food insecurity, tribalism, health problems and underdevelopment and other malaise that afflict our beloved country. He has not been in any of the numerous scandals that have contributed to impoverishing Kenyans. His non-tribal politics resonates with Kenyans across the country as well as those in the Diaspora.

By electing PK, Kenyans would have decisively rejected ethnically-motivated politics, political dynasties, regionalism and negative ethnicity. A vote for PK is a move to issues-based politics where candidates compete on ideas to improve the lives of wananchi. The Diaspora is an undeniably critical constituency as Kenya prepares for the 2012 general elections.

It is estimated there are three million Kenyans abroad. These Kenyans have contributed immensely to the development of our beloved Kenya especially in tough economic times.

For months now, the PK2012 Diaspora Team has been working to reach and engage with these voters. It is unfortunate that IEBC team appears to be trying to suppress the Diaspora voters turn out by insisting they travel to the Embassies and High Commissions to register and vote.

We in the PK2012 Diaspora Team join our candidate in rejecting attempts to frustrate participation by Diaspora voters in the forthcoming elections. These include the notion of traveling for days to register and vote and also IEBC employing Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consul Generals as returning officers.

We PK2012 Diaspora team in various countries are excited to work for a truly transformative candidate. PK is changing the political discourse in Kenya by demanding even-handed scrutiny of every candidate’s development record.

We invite all Kenyans of goodwill to help usher in a new era in Kenya under a proven, tested, corruption-free, tribal-free and development-minded leadership of Peter Kenneth.

We look forward to a peaceful, vibrant and exciting contest of ideas for a brighter Kenya.

Thank you. Henry M. Ongeri

Chairman PK2012 Diaspora Team

www.peterkenneth.com

Mr. Ongeri is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is licensed to practice in the States of Minnesota and New York in the United States.

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