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Never Forget- The Timeline

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

By Caroline Mutoko

I have a strange fatigue in my bones and a heaviness in my heart. Filing this column has taken me the better part of two days. Somehow, every January and February since 2008 finds me in the same place, praying and wondering. A certain churning in my belly makes me recall the time-line that got us to this day, where once again we will be glued to an instrument of information that will deliver the news from The Hague.

In case you have forgotten (I don’t know how, unless you had a serious knock on the head) I wish to remind you why we will be glued to our radios and television screens later on today.

Dec 27 2007 – We went to the polling station to elect our various MPs, councilors and of course cast the all important vote for President. The mood was upbeat, as we waited in line to cast our votes. We left the polling stations proudly displaying our finger smeared with ink showing that we had spoken.

Dec 28 2007 – We’re at work to release election results to the public after conferring with ECK who were sat at KICC. The day ends without a clear outcome of the elections.

Dec 29 2007 10:00am – We’re back at work. The sms screen is alive. Texts confirm what we had heard before. We can’t air those details, so on the news updates, we go with the words “heightened tension” in parts of Nairobi and Kisumu.

11:00am – Looks like the “heightened tension” is getting out of hand. By mid-day, the reports that come into the newsroom are imaginable. There’s talk of gangs and killings and burning homes – but we stick to the script – “heightened tension”.

12:30pm – Reality begins to dawn. There’s concern that soon the international news networks will start to show the footage from the “tension” areas – Kenyans will find out. All the while Kivuitu is acting like a court jester at KICC.

01:00pm – The reports are coming in faster; the “tension” seems to be have taken on a new dimension. We’re told NTV will begin airing footage of the “tension” and we watch our screens and wait. Kivuitu still doing slap-stick comedy.

02:00pm –The images of a Kenya I don’t know and can’t recognise are on most TV channels (not all). We are still hoping it will die-down and we will all come back to our senses. Election results from ECK are barely coming through. Paul Ilado is at KICC and seems shocked and even a little bemused that Kivuitu doesn’t either know or care that the country is in flames – literally.

Later that afternoon, Kivuitu says no more results will be released that day and tells everyone to go home.

Dec 30 2007:11am – We have been at work and in studio for about two hours now, still nothing promising from ECK. Nothing coming from KICC makes sense. The rumours of “stealing” the election are rife and the heightened tension mutates into something else.

11:15am- Raila Odinga addresses the press and asks ECK to release the verdict of the presidential election. He also asks Kenyans to follow the rule of law and maintain peace across the country.

11:30am- According to KTN, security has been beefed up in Kisumu town in reaction to yesterday’s violence. Footage shows a ghost town.

01:51 pm -(from Ramah Nyang’s updates to studio, that I have to this very day)

Raila has asked that the entire presidential vote count is repeated nationwide. He also says that he does not trust the ECK audit conducted last night, and urged ECK to display everything to the whole country via the media. Transparency, Raila says, will ensure that Kenya does not end up in chaos. He accused ECK of being influenced by the Kibaki government.

02:23 pm -Ruto addresses the press in reaction to last night’s agreement with ECK. He says that there has been no documentation for a number of constituencies (48) to establish that the computer generated reports are real numbers. Ruto goes on to demonstrate that the constituency numbers (on the 16a form) are different from those reported by ECK. It’s the first time in my life that I had ever heard of form 16a.

03:23pm- Reports come in on the drama in Juja. Juja– total votes 85,000 for parliamentary votes, however, there are 100,000 votes for the presidential. Ruto says, “it is difficult to believe that 15,000 people walked away without voting for their member of parliament.”

ODM presidential numbers: Raila 4,215,437, Kibaki 3,748,261

03:30pm – More noise from politicians from both PNU and ODM. Radull’s news flash to me says “Kibwana has asked ODM to take it to court”.

04:21pm -Kivuitu finally shows up to the press conference at KICC. He begins by saying that he has received the results of four constituencies: Molo, Turkana Central, Kajiado North… . As he reads the results, there is lot of noise from the audience (the camera moves to the ODM section.) As we watch, security is brought in and people are kicked out. It is quite chaotic in there.

04:30pm – Unable to speak, get a word in between arguments and counter-arguments from Karua, Kombo, Kivutha, Kimunya and Ruto …eventually, Kivuitu and the rest of the commissioners walk out amid tight security.

Report from Paul Ilado at KICC says it looks like he has gone into another room where he will continue the meeting.

04:48pm – My hands are shaking, stomach is turning, can’t leave the studio.

05:00pm- Raila addresses the nation and international community. The people of Kenya have spoken. Do not cheat Kenyans. The figures that the commission has given are fraudulent.

Ruto: It is important for all to realise that we are not joking. We made a statement about doctored results. Here is a document signed by the returning officer, who is in the room and is willing to testify. The commission is unwilling to listen to its own people.

05:06pm – Soon after the ODM press conference, there is a power blackout at the KICC. The shock is almost too much to bear. I can’t find Ilado for a few minutes. Then he calls. Tells me that Kivuitu will announce the winner, but only KBC will screen it. We switch channels in studio…

05:22pm- Cardinal Njue: calls for peace and asks Kenyans not to lose hope. He especially appealed to the youth (he keeps referring to the violence in Kisumu) to refrain from violence and looting.

05:37pm – The GSU is seen escorting members of the press and observers out of KICC. According to KTN, preparations are underway to announce the presidential results. There is no indication if the press or observers will be present for this announcement.

05:55pm- Or there about. Live On Citizen TV from Statehouse. Kibaki is sworn in as President and Kenya Burns. Kenya bleeds.

What unfolded that night and for the next two months is the reason we will be glued to our TV screens and radio all of today. That’s what we need to focus on – this time-line. We can’t for a minute lose sight of why we are here today.

Kenya burnt, children were killed, women were raped, hundreds of thousands lost everything and another similar number remain homeless – today. My prayer and my plea is that we focus on the real events and the real outcomes and not get drawn into the stupidity, selfishness and myopia of a few greedy, self important, clearly panicky politicians.

Yes, I appreciate that misery loves company, but let they who are miserable from today’s pronouncements huddle together, we shouldn’t let ourselves get drawn into their madness. After all, we didn’t benefit from the spoils either. Looking back over the last few years, they have had a fabulous life and a jolly good ride complete with parties and new rides and helicopters to boot. The healing must begin and if it takes some very bitter medicine, then so be it. God be with each and everyone of us and God Bless Kenya.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/lifestyle/mutoko-monday-/59309-never-forget-the-timeline

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Living Hope For Kenyan Woman with HIV/AIDS

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

“A feeling of death ran through my body, as though the soil underneath me was split.”  In these dramatic words, Elizabeth describes her reaction to her HIV diagnosis in 1990.

Like most Kenyans, Elizabeth was raised in a Christian family. Her family could not afford basic needs, and there were frequent quarrels among her seven siblings. Desperately seeking peace and prosperity, Elizabeth and her family, including her parents and grandparents, became involved in witchcraft. They spent the little that they had in paying the witch doctors who kept on deceiving them. Not surprisingly, they didn’t find the peace they sought!

In fact, at the time of her diagnosis Elizabeth was already in the full-blown AIDS. After a hospital stay she was discharged and was staying with her aged parents, who were struggling to provide her with food and other necessities.

One day a friend invited Elizabeth to their church in Kangemi for a Sunday service, and after the sermon she received Christ as her personal savior.  At the church she met some brothers and sisters in Christ who encouraged her to pray and read God’s word. They also introduced her to a HIV/AIDS support group, which happened to be part of the CARE for AIDS ministry. Elizabeth found peace in God’s word. Since receiving the Lord, “I often sense His presence, His guidance and protection for me wherever I go.”

God had another gift for Elizabeth – having joined the CARE for AIDS center, Elizabeth’s physical condition continued to improve.  “At the time I came to God, my physical body was very weak since I was in the last stages of HIV/AIDS – I could hardly walk”, she remembers. “But praise God… a miracle just happened. My CD-4 count improved, I started gaining weight, and my health came back to me.  Nowadays, she even goes with the group to visit people affected by HIV/AIDS in hospitals to offer encouragement and share the Good news of Jesus Christ.

Jesus provides strength and uses us as a channel of blessings to others, to show people the way to God and expand His Kingdom.

Moving Forward, Elizabeth is filled with new life in Christ, and the ground is firm and steady beneath her feet. “I know the coming years of my life will not be easy,” she admits, “but the Lord will never leave me. He will provide for my needs and strengthens me.”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  –Philippians 4:13

Source: http://careforaids.org/blog/

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Socialite Talia Oyando falls victim of “racism” in Diani

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

Talis Oyando

Talis Oyando

Singer and former radio presenter Talia Oyando almost had her holiday at the coast ruined on Tuesday afternoon. The former Emmy award winner together with a friend fell victims of what they branded “racism in their own country” after they were asked by a manager of a hotel in Diani “not to swim at the beach” as it was reserved for white people only.

Angered by this incidence Talia took to Twitter, to express her anger and disappointment. “Oh wait and there’s also a place in Diani where Africans are not allowed to swim, ” she wrote. “Just experienced racism on Kenyan soil. In 2012 apparently we are not in Kenya. Breathes in and out,” read another one of her tweets.
As if being told off was not enough the German manager who could not be identified went on to insult them. “He really abused us, things I cannot repeat and told us we are not in Kenya but German Park and to F*** off.”
When she reported the matter to Diani police station the manager was still arrogant and refused to get out of the premises telling the police that he was eating and claimed to not speak English. He however apologised to Talia and her posse after spending some time at the police station writing a statement with the help of a translator.

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Kenyans Tourists Raise Discrimination Concerns in Kenyan Hotels

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

IMAGINE saving up for your dream holiday only to be told that you cannot be allowed in a hotel of your choice because of your skin colour or nationality.

Some local hotels have lately come under criticism for selectively picking clients on basis of colour thus hampering efforts to grow domestic tourism. Several Kenyans encountered racism over the festive season and thanks to social media, highlighted the experiences on twitter and facebook to express their outrage of being discriminated on in their own country. “Oh wait and there’s also a place in Diani where Africans are not allowed to swim,’’tweeted singer Talia Oyando last month.

Kenya Tourism Board, the organization responsible for marketing the destination notes that such incidents negate its efforts and thus urged people to report such happenings to them. “We have a complaints unit which handles problems that tourists may face and since January last year the domestic tourism department was moved from the Ministry to be under KTB so local tourists can come to us if they have problems,” commented KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa.

Tourism Minister Najib Balala was more tough talking. “The minister has the powers to revoke a license of any establishment if its found to be operating or infringing on people’s constitutional rights or if it is found that the operations of the establishment are not good for the industry,” said Balala in an email response.

However not everyone is convinced on the ability of government to act on these cases noting that very many government officials turn a blind eye to such incidents. “I was ejected from the Billionaires Club in Malindi by a police officer who is part of the security team of the billionaire who owns that hotel. Even the highest provincial security office in that region is in on this and supports these people (the discriminating hoteliers) because they are ‘well looked after’,” complained Mpuri Aburi.

Aburi claims he had gone to the Billionaire Club in Malindi to have a meal with his wife and it did not take long before the owner of the hotel walked to his table and started shouting at him to leave. “He is the one who called the police, armed police mark you, to come remove me yet I had money to spend. It is not like I would enter such a place without enough money but they only allow Italians,” added Aburi.

On its part, the Billionaire Club in Malindi denied the claims and explained that it closes off the place to other visitors when they have celebrities booked into their premises. “Last week we had a group of people from Nairobi so it is impossible that someone accuses us of discrimination yet we have even African workers here and we intend to employ 400 more soon,” commented Sabina Vivaldi of the Billionaire Club.

Domestic tourism by basis of bed nights in hotels accounts for 20 per cent of all the profits made by the industry. Following the post election violence that crippled the tourism industry, the ministry embarked on growth of domestic tourism niche which is a resilient market in times of travel advisories or political instability.

Under the new Tourism Act, a tourism regulatory authority will be launched in July to streamline operations in the industry said Balala. “Things such as criteria for licencing, data bases for industry players , code of conduct for membership and associations within the industry will be streamlined with the new regulatory body,” Balala said.

Consumer Federation of Kenya reveals that most of the racism incidents are reported in Malindi and Diani. “We have received numerous complaints but we have not documented any evidence. The discrimination complaints are not just about being African but sometimes take the shape of barring some nationalities to enter specific hotels,” explained Secretary General Stephen Mutoro.

For instance in Malindi which is known to have many Italian tourists, there are some hotels that even if you are white, Mutoro adds, you will not be allowed in unless you are Italian. He notes that such establishments are usually the ones notorious for dubious activities like under age sex cases. Italy is one of the top five tourism source markets for Kenya. Between Jan and October last year, the number of Italian tourists into Kenya grew by 16.8 per cent representing 77,990 visitors. It was the third highest in terms of arrivals after the UK and US.

It is however not clear what Kenya Association of Tour Operators knows or does about this issue as they did not respond to the Star’s requests for comment. Tour operators are the ones that handle hotel bookings for most tourists. However, some of these operators have been accused of being rogue to the extent of conning clients money or switching them to hotels they did not desire.

KATO at the moment can only discipline rogue tour operators who are on its member list. But it is impossible for the organization to reign in on non members as it has no legal power to do so. “Currently , once a rogue tour operator has been identified, he is arrested and charged in a court of law. Operating licenses for such people are also withdrawn hence removed from the industry henceforth,” commented Minister Balala.

Though the issue of discrimination is threatening to derail plans to diversify tourism source markets and growth of domestic tourism, some local tourists are determined not to let such incidents dampen their travel and leisure plans. “It is our country and we have a right to respect and to travel wherever in this country we want.

The new constitution emphasises these rights and the same way a rich man can spend maybe Sh100 for a cup of tea at a high end hotel is the same way I will also spend my Sh100. Its not like they pay more for services rendered by these hotels,” remarked Aburi. His parting shot; “I will still go back to Malindi and to that same hotel where I was ejected because Kenya is not anyone’s colony anymore so these apartheid like behaviour must end. In fact this time round I will not only go with my wife, but with my kids too!”

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/business/features/58633-domestic-tourists-raise-discrimination-concerns

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Social media exposes racist attitudes in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

The tourism industry in Kenya, both private and public sector, are investigating claims made over the Christmas and New Year period, when African Kenyans went public on Twitter and Facebook, narrating experiences of being denied access to hotels and resorts and in one case being asked to leave from Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Resort in Malindi.

At the time, Mohamed Hersi, General Manager of the Sarova Whitesands Resort, made a few visits to the places mentioned, in his capacity as an elected representative of the tourism industry, and found to his disdain that he, too, was denied access to some resorts for not being booked or having come without making prior arrangements with management.

While most resorts, hotels, safari lodges, and camps in Kenya and East Africa as a whole, treat any guest as a valued guest, there seems to be exceptions to this rule, and the now-closed African Safari Club was most notorious for discriminating against local Kenyan visitors attempting to come into their maximum security facilities – as one stakeholder from Mombasa put it at the time – trying to spend their money on drinks and food.

It is Kenya’s declared policy to achieve a 50:50 ratio in a few years between domestic and foreign tourists, something which will hopefully compel a few errant hotels and resorts to open their doors to any and all visitors coming in, as incidentally mandated by their terms and conditions of business, licensed by government, unless they are operating as a private members club, which was not the case in any of the incidents reported.

Most disturbing at the time when the tweets and Facebook posts were flying around en masse, were reports that African kids had been ushered to other pools, leaving the main pools for the “wagenis” (foreign tourists), which if found correct – investigations are still ongoing – would amount to a clear case of racism, based on the color of one’s skin and not the color of the money in their wallets. Such management has no place in today’s East Africa and should be told to pack and go, while the owners ought to be taken to court to face charges for violating license conditions and for racism.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/27590/social-media-exposes-racist-attitudes-kenya

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Should the Right of Africa’s Diaspora to Vote Come With the Responsibility to Pay Taxes?

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

African countries are increasingly including provisions in their constitutions that extend the right to members of the Diaspora to vote in national elections while living in foreign countries ­the result of an emerging consensus that they hold great potential to contribute to the development of those nations. As is evident from emerging economies, with appropriate policy frameworks the Diaspora can be an effective force in the development process. Beyond remittances to support relatives, the African citizens abroad contribute through investment in productive activities that support economic growth and job creation and can be tapped to contribute to policy dialogue as well as the transfer of knowledge and skills. Additionally, beyond simple economic support, some countries include the Diaspora in commissions and management boards of state institutions.

Given the immense contribution to their home countries, it is quite justified that members of the Diaspora have the right to participate in electoral processes. For a number of countries, the debate has progressed beyond whether this community should vote but to the logistics of implementing voting. For some countries the Diaspora vote could tip electoral outcomes. At any rate, the right to vote essentially means that Africans abroad has a voice in how their home countries are governed.
What appears to be missing in discussions is the responsibility of the Diaspora in supporting the operations of the governments they would help elect. In all African countries, there are no requirements for citizens living abroad to pay taxes on incomes earned abroad. Although sending remittances and investing in their home countries is a significant contribution, citizens living in Africa do the same. The citizens dwelling on the continent have the right to vote and determine how they are governed, but they also have a responsibility to pay for the operation of their governments. Considering that members of the Diaspora have incomes higher than the median incomes of their home countries, giving them the right to vote without requiring tax payments is a luxury that African countries cannot afford. Rights must come with responsibilities. The debate then should progress beyond implementing voting to logistics of taxing the Diaspora such as allowing for deductions for taxes paid in other jurisdictions.

Source: http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2012/0125_africa_diaspora_taxes_kimenyi.aspx

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Giving Kenyans in the UK a feel home experience

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

IT is one of the worst times currently to be a foreigner in the United Kingdom. With the UK’s economy facing threat of plunging into recession with each passing day, jobs are hard to come by these days.

 

It is even harder to operate a business as an African in the UK. But Milka Rusk, a Kenyan citizen is perfectly doing it, and making a kill out of it.

 

“My job is ensure that Kenyans in the UK are at home away from home,” says Rusk who migrated to the UK in 1980s to pursue higher education but who is now running three bars and restaurants in three different towns in Britain.

 

Out of the three pubs, one is fully dedicated to serving Kenyans’ and Africans’ needs. The pub, known as The Rocket, in Midland area of Britain, serves Kenyan foods and beers and also plays local Kenyan and music from other African countries.

 

“We play all the African songs but we do more of Kenyan music,” says Rusk. She adds it is always a tight balancing act to satisfy all the different kinds of clients who patronise the pub.

Popular Kikuyu musician Kamaru who plys his trade in Kenya will be entertaining patrons at the bar in April this year.

 

Milka took over the Grand Rocket pub which was a football boozer frequented by a few white customers in April last year. She has now blended the football fans with African cuisine and music in the pub which can accommodate up to 700 people at one time.

 

It has a newly refurbished conference facility upstairs, a pool table and two large plasma TV screens perched on the wall. The bar area has three teller spaces.They receive between 150-200 customers each weekend attracted by the disco and the buffet menu of ‘Nyama Choma’, ‘Irio’ and ‘Githeri’, she says.

 

Kenyan demography in the UK, though understudied, has recently changed exercebated by the deep economic stagnation cutting through the UK for the last two years. Kenyans have moved in large numbers out of London to other cities but large numbers are now in the Midlands. That is not to say that London has no substantial population. That recent change has seen Kenyans regrouping to support each other due to severe consequences of the economic slow down.

 

These enterprising groups converge around business areas like pubs and institutions like churches. There are many social meetings going on during weekends. It is these social groupings that are building blocks in the UK diaspora. Presidential contestants will need to reach out to them in the diaspora through such social places.

 

As the 2012 election campaigns start and with Kenyans in the diaspora now allowed to vote, Rusk is planning to use her pub as a meeting point.

 

Already she has been meeting Kenyan presidential hopefuls to convince them to use the pub as a free campaign venue for the 2012 election campaigns.

 

“All one needs to do is to tell me when they want to visit the venue and I shall mobilise Kenyans to come,” says Rusk in an interview conducted during her visit to Kenya. “The response has been very positive,” she adds.

 

She has already met three of the presidential aspirants while in Kenya and is hoping to meet more including Prime Minister Raila Odinga before she flies back to the UK.

 

Rusk asserts that to run a successful business in the hospitality industry, one must be an employee at the same time the employer. “Many people think I am an employee and not the owner of the pub but I like it that way since I am able to know what my customers want,” she says.

 

Pub business also requires strong management skills and a lot of personal discipline as well as adequate capital base. “If you don’t have enough money, you can’t make it and you have to be credit worthy,” she says.

 

Rusk adds that in pub business, one must be very kind to the customers because they have many choices to pick from. “You can’t be arrogant in this business,” she advices.

 

As far as discipline is concerned, in the UK, one cannot be licensed to run a pub business if he or she  has been convicted of even a simple offense such as drank driving.

 

“You also have to have good communication skills because you are dealing with drunkards and sometimes drug addicts,” she adds.

 

Rusk, a mother of two and married, is also a practicing magistrate. She is the first Kenyan and second black magistrate in the UK. For Milka, hard work and more hard work and taking risks are the only avenues to survival in a foreign land such as the UK.

 

“I don’t call myself lucky, it’s out of hard work that one can make a living,” she affirms. “Like now I am in holiday but I have not rested.”

 

But most Kenyans living there, afraid to take risks, have accepted that they can only work as domestic servants in elderly peoples’ homes and as supermarket attendants.

 

To young people, Rusk advices that they should not just sit there and wait for white-collar jobs. “If you have a hobby, expand it…try to be creative and see what has not been done,” she says adding that those already in employment must have some business on the sideline of their formal jobs as a fall back mechanism. “That is why I am a waiter as well as a magistrate,” she concludes.

 


Milka thoughts

 

1. Though I have achieved much, I will not sit and relax, I am not born like that.

 

2. I have no fear, I will face anything in this world.

 

3. Life in Britain is quite difficult at the moment…it’s not  a bed of roses.

 

4. I have been conned millions by dishonest people but well, they did not cut my hands or brains.

 

5. Young people sit and say there are no jobs but there are many things that people can do.

 

6. Go ahead and take a risk…everything in life is a risk.

 

7. The hardships and challenges are always there but you will always find a way to overcome them.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/business/features/59460-giving-kenyans-in-the-uk-a-feel-home-experience-

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Kibaki suspends Baraza, names probe tribunal

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

President Kibaki has suspended Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza and formed a seven man tribunal to probe allegations of misconduct levelled against her.

Lady Justice Baraza, the country’s most senior female judge, was accused of assaulting Ms Rebecca Kerubo and threatening to shoot her on New Year’s eve.

The tribunal is composed of Augustine Ramadhan (Chairman), Prof Judith Behemuka, Philip Ransley, Surinder Kapila, Beuttah Siganga, Grace Madoka and Prof Mugambi Kanyua.

“In the discharge of its functions, the Tribunal shall: 1) Prepare and submit a report and its recommendations thereon to me expeditiously. 2) Exercise all the powers conferred upon it by law for the proper execution of its mandate,” President Kibaki stated in a Gazette Notice.

He added: “In the meantime, Honourable Lady Justice Nancy Makokha Baraza, the Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Kenya stands suspended from exercising the
functions of her office with immediate effect according to Article 168(5) of the Constitution.”

Justice Baraza’s, in the period of her suspension, will be on half salary until she is removed from office or reinstated.

The establishment of the tribunal follows a petition by the Judicial Service Commission asking him to suspend the judge and establish a tribunal to investigate her conduct. (READ: JSC wants Baraza out)

The commission asked President Kibaki to appoint a tribunal to investigate her conduct in line with Article 168 (4) of the Constitutiong a Village Market security guard, Ms Rebecca Kerubo.

The Deputy CJ has already indicated her willingness to face the tribunal. (READ: Baraza: No retreat, no surrender)

“I want to go through the due process so that my side of the story can come out,” she said in an interview with The Nation.

She has retained lawyers George Oraro, Chacha Odera and Cyprian Wekesa to act for her on the matter.

Ms Kerubo alleges that the judge pinched her nose when confronted after ignoring security screening, admonished her, asked her bodyguard to shoot her and then brandished a pistol when the male officer refused to do as ordered.

Ms Baraza has since denied the claims.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kibaki+suspends+Baraza+forms+tribunal+/-/1056/1313950/-/kndan8/-/index.html

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EAST AFRICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Members Reception Friday 27th 2012

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

We are delighted to invite you for our first 2012 event, a members only reception this Friday 27th 2012 at 6:30PM.

The venue is 425 Love Bird Lane, Murphy TX 75094 (Richardson/Plano border). Among other agenda items, the leadership will lay out key goals and pursuits of 2012, introduce new leadership (Chairman representing Tanzania) in line with the East Africa Community rotational leadership model, and promote camaraderie and networking among the membership.

East African food and drinks will be provided by the Chamber and our valued member host. Members spouses are welcome. A special guest from Central Bank of Kenya will brief members on the Diaspora Bond Project. Come meet fellow members, exchange ideas and learn about opportunities. We encourage you bring your business cards. Please confirm attendance by replying to this email so we can plan accordingly.

Thank you and see you Friday. For membership information,  http://eachamber.com/html/membership.php

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Neema Gospel Church Praisefest- Sunday January 29, 2012

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

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