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Group seeks 1 million signatures calling for the Ocampo 4 to vacate office

Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2012

A group calling itself “Wanjiku Revolution Kenya” on Jan 23, 2012 started an online petition targeting to collect 1 million signatures from Kenyans. It is calling for Amb. Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto to Vacate Public Office.

The petition is targeting the President of the Republic of Kenya, The AG, The CJ, IEBC, Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to put pressure on them to force the three to resign.

The Petition states that:-

On the basis of the President’s statement that he would act once the charges are confirmed, and notwithstanding the said individual’s right to appeal and presumption of innocence until proven guilty, we the undersigned people of Kenya exercising our sovereignty as expressed below under Chapter One and Chapter Four (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Kenya 2012 call upon the President to move with speed and honor his word and pledge to Kenyans by compelling Amb. Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto to step down from the public offices they currently occupy. The President should also state categorically that the said individuals are not fit to hold public office in Kenya unless and if when the very serious charges against them are dismissed. We feel that the three individuals can no longer inspire confidence from the majority of Kenyans in exercise of their official duties and that their personal activities will indeed interfere with the discharge of their duties in service of the people of Kenya. CHAPTER ONE––SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE AND SUPREMACY OF THIS CONSTITUTION 1. (1) All sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and shall be exercised only in accordance with this Constitution. (2) The people may exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives. CHAPTER FOUR––THE BILL OF RIGHTS 22. (1) Every person has the right to institute court proceedings claiming that a right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of Rights has been denied, violated or infringed, or is threatened. We wish to bring to your attention that our petition is informed by the following sections of our Constitution that make it untenable for the three individuals to discharge their duties to the Kenyan public diligently and thus to continue holding public office; Article 10. (1) The national values and principles of governance in this Article bind all State organs, State officers, public officers and all persons whenever any of them–– (a) applies or interprets this Constitution; (b) enacts, applies or interprets any law; or (c) makes or implements public policy decisions. (2) The national values and principles of governance include–– (a) patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people; (b) human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalized; (c) good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and (d) sustainable development. CHAPTER SIX––LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY 73. (1) Authority assigned to a State officer— (a) is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that— (i) is consistent with the purposes and objects of this Constitution; (ii) demonstrates respect for the people; (iii) brings honor to the nation and dignity to the office; and (iv) promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office; and (2) The guiding principles of leadership and integrity include— (a) selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections; 75. (1) A State officer shall behave, whether in public and official life, in private life, or in association with other persons, in a manner that avoids— (a) any conflict between personal interests and public or official duties; (b) compromising any public or official interest in favor of a personal interest; or (c) demeaning the office the officer holds.

To learn more go to;- http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/1-million-kenyan-signatures-calling-for-amb-francis-ki.html?fb_ref=title_inline&fb_source=home_oneline

 

Source: http://www.kimmediagroup.com/component/content/article/8-community-news/544-wanjiku-revolution-petition-for-uhuru-ruto-and-muthaura-resignation.html

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Another Kenyan to be honoured by the White House and State Department

Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2012

Christine Martey Ocholla

Christine Martey Ocholla

Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola, Co-Founder and President of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce, is being honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change at a ceremony in the White House on Monday, January 30th, 2012.

President Barack Obama’s Administration is honoring Dr. Martey-Ochola for her achievements as a leader, a changemaker, an innovator and a trailblazer in the Diaspora Community and for addressing global challenges and building stronger communities.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce commends Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola for her outstanding leadership, selfless dedication, exemplary public service, creativity and strategic genius. “She is a leader who has mobilized her enormous intellectual acumen and integrity in service to citizens from all walks of life,” said the Chamber’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr Vuyo T. Dunjwa. “From academe to health to accelerating private sector development, she is a Champion of Change who is leaving indelible footprints of progress in the lives of families—from the Horn of Africa to the streets of Philadelphia. We congratulate Dr. Martey-Ochola and thank her for her outstanding service in the sphere of economic development and international trade promotion facing Africa.”

For more details, visit the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/champions and tune-in to a Live Stream of the ceremony at www.whitehouse.gov/live on Monday, January 30th at 3:00pm EST.

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White House to honor Kenyan national as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities on January 30th

Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2012

Wanjiru N. Kamau-Rutenberg

Wanjiru N. Kamau-Rutenberg

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa.

These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.

Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

“These men and women are American leaders we want to celebrate,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. “We commend the innovative practices, achievements and leadership these change makers bring not only to their communities around this country—but also to the development of and diplomacy with their countries of origin.”

To watch this event live, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/live at 3:00 pm ET January 30th.

Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds with a demonstrated passion for social change.

Holding a Ph.D. in Political Science, Wanjiru is also an Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco, where her work centers on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism.

Source: http://www.akilidada.org/2012/01/29/white-house-highlights-dr-wanjiru-kamau-rutenberg-as-a-champion-of-change-and-trailblazer-in-american-diaspora-communities/

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