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Kenyan woman sentenced to 21 years in roommate’s 2010 stabbing death

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

Nancy Kimuthia who was sentenced to 21 years in jail for the 2010 stabbing death of Ruth Munene

Nancy Kimuthia who was sentenced to 21 years in jail for the 2010 stabbing death of Ruth Munene

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A 42-year-old Birmingham woman accused of killing her roommate in 2010 by stabbing the woman more than 100 times today pleaded guilty to murder.

Nancy Kinuthia was sentenced to 21 years in prison, minus the the time she spent in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting trial, according to court records.

Kinuthia was charged with the death of 51-year-old Ruth Wawira Munene.

Officers forced their way into the apartment in the 200 block of 21st Avenue South on June 11, 2010, after friends called police when they were unable to reach Munene.

Kinuthia was arrested about a week later in Colbert County.

Munene cleaned houses and sent her money home to her family, including a 14-year-old daughter in Kenya.

Kinuthia cared for children as nanny or baby-sitter, police said. Both women attended Laborers in Christ Church, where there is a large Kenyan population.

In a hearing about a month after Kinuthia’s arrest, a Birmingham homicide detective testified Kinuthia told police she stabbed Munene with a large steak knife. That stabbing happened when Kithunia flew into a rage while talking about having being diagnosed HIV-positive, testimony showed.

Source: AL.COM

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Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize in San Fransisco

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Ikal Angelei is a dynamic young activist from Kenya, and passionate defender of Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, will be honored in San Franscisco

Ikal Angelei is a dynamic young activist from Kenya, and passionate defender of Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, will be honored in San Franscisco

Ikal Angelei, the founder of Friends of Lake Turkana in Kenya, receives the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco today. The award honors an activist who is defending the interests of 500,000 poor indigenous people against a destructive hydropower dam, and has successfully taken on many of the world’s biggest dam builders and financiers.

Ikal Angelei grew up on the shores of Lake Turkana, the world’s biggest desert lake. This lifeline of Northwestern Kenya is under threat from the giant Gibe III Dam, currently under construction on the lake’s main water source, the Omo River in Ethiopia. When she learned about this threat, Ikal founded Friends of Lake Turkana with a few friends in 2007. Working together with partners around the world, she started an international campaign to stop the mega-dam which threatens her people’s livelihoods.

Ikal and her friends carried out research on the $1.7 billion project, educated the local communities and mobilized them for creative protests. They informed international civil society groups, journalists and scientists about their struggle. They issued a complaint with the African Development Bank, which considered funding the Gibe III Dam, and the World Heritage Center, which is charged with safeguarding Lake Turkana’s universal ecological value. They mobilized national parliamentarians, and took the Kenyan government to court for failing to defend local people’s interests. (The case is still pending.)

During the past five years, no obstacle was too big and no place too far for Ikal Angelei’s determined campaign. The young activist, who had never left Kenya before launching her campaign, traveled to Dakar, Prague and Washington to crash the meetings of international financiers. She knocked at the doors of government agencies and banks from Rome to Beijing. She drummed up support for her cause at international civil society meetings from Istanbul to the small Mexican town of Temacapulin.

Ikal and her friends did not lose the ground under their feet during their high-profile campaign. In between meetings and travels, they frequently visit local communities, where they support basic needs with a school and a small maternity clinic. They educate villagers about the threat they face and the campaign they have waged. And they try to mediate the bitter conflicts between different indigenous groups over dwindling resources. These conflicts have already claimed hundreds of lives, and will escalate if the Omo River’s flow is dammed for power generation and diverted for sugar plantations.

I have had the privilege of working with Ikal Angelei throughout her campaign. Ikal has the authority of an activist who speaks from her heart, is rooted in her local community, and has put her own life on the line. Her opponents had to learn that she cannot be silenced by threats and bribe offers. So far, Ikal’s determination has only been matched by the ruthlessness of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, for whom the livelihoods of 500,000 poor people are small change. I am convinced that if she had the chance to meet him personally, Ikal would also stare down the Ethiopian strongman.

Thanks to Friends of Lake Turkana’s campaign, the African Development Bank did not fund the Gibe III Dam in spite of strong Ethiopian pressure. The World Bank and the European Investment Bank had to recognize that the scheme would violate their social and environmental safeguard policies. An Italian government financier and a big Wall Street bank also stayed out of the project. Construction of the Gibe III Project has been delayed by several years, and the dam is currently about half-completed.

So far only ICBC, a large commercial bank from China, has approved a $500 million loan for the dam’s equipment in July 2010. Ikal has held the bank to account for its destructive project in the international media, and will continue to do so. Even in China, ICBC’s decision is now being considered a case of lacking corporate social responsibility. A few weeks ago, the Chinese government directed its banks to align overseas projects with “international best practices” on social and environmental risks.

In May the World Bank, which stayed out of the Gibe III Dam the first time around, will decide whether to fund a transmission line that would export the project’s electricity with a credit of $676 million. If a project is too destructive for direct support, the Bank should not fund it through the backdoor of a transmission line either. The Goldman Prize, which is awarded today, will give Ikal Angelei another platform from which she can defend her people’s livelihoods against such destructive practices. Please join me in congratulating Ikal, and in telling funders to stay out of the Gibe III Project.

Source: Huffington Post

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The Kenya Diaspora Summit in Massachusetts and its Achievements-A colorful event

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

The Kenya Diaspora Summit held over the weekend, organized and managed by Mrs. Comfort Munoru Mwangi of Florida, USA and Mr. Tegi Obanda of Ontario Canada, was a total success for all Kenyans in the Diaspora, it is a pride and an achievement for all Kenyans living abroad.

The wonderful and colorful meeting was attended by among others, Hon. Dr. Richard Onyonka the assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Chairlady IEBC Ms. Lillian Mahiri Zaja, Constitutional Lawyer Njonjo Mue and Dr. Richard Leakey.

For the first time since the adoption of the new constitution, the Deputy Chairlady of the IEBC Ms. Lillian Mahiri Zaja, confirmed to audience who came from all the corners of the USA, that there were no more doubts that Kenyans in the Diaspora will vote during the next elections. She said that the Kenya Government was now working on the modalities to ensure that those goals were achieved. It was a relief to many Kenyans living abroad who were worried they would not participate in the next elections. When she was asked which candidates Kenyans in the Diaspora will be legible to vote for, she said that only the Presidential position will be available for vote in the Diaspora.

In answer to where the voting will take place and who will be involved with the tallying
and counting of the votes, she amused the audience when she said that the Kenya Government will make sure that there will be enough polling stations in the Diaspora for all the Kenyans willing to vote and at the same time the Kenya Government will request all the registered political parties willing to participate in the Diaspora Voting, to send their agents on time to different polling stations in the Diaspora to make sure they witness the voting and the counting of votes during the voting process.

Dr. Richard Onyonka surprised the audience with information that the Kenya Government was contemplating to introduce a new Ministry for Kenyans living abroad. He said that the current remittances of Kenyans in the Diaspora to Kenya, superseded that of three or more ministries combined, and therefore necessitating the formation of the new Ministry. All Kenyans in attended were in agreement and in total support of the new idea.

Dr. Leakey emphasized on the urgent need for the Kenyans in the Diaspora, to shun tribalism so that the Nation of Kenya can benefit politically and economically from the intellect and skills they have already acquired abroad.

What made the meeting even more lively, was the transparency depicted by the team from Kenya. Everyone in the meeting looked jovial and confident. Kenyans had come from as far as Florida, Canada, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Europe and many other areas.

But what disappointed everyone who attended the meeting was the absence of the Kenya Ambassador to the USA or a representative from the Embassy at the summit. Those in attendance challenged the organizers of the Summit to provide an explanation to the audience why the Ambassador was not in the meeting or why there was no representative from the Kenyan Embassy present at the meeting. The organizers explained to the audience that they had written a letter to the Ambassador two months earlier and had also called the office of the Ambassador to inform the office that important Kenyans who included the Assistant Minister and the deputy Chairlady of the IEBC had confirmed their attendance. Unless the Ambassador provides to Kenyans in the Diaspora a convincing reason, why he would not attend the Summit and why he would not send a representative from the Embassy to such an important Summit intended to discuss important issues concerning our Nation, those who attended the Summit will seek for an explanation from the Kenya Government back home why we warrant such a behavior from the Kenya Ambassador. Such behavior may be construed to mean an insult to both the offices of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the IEBC and lack of concern of what affects Kenyans in the Diaspora.

Isaac Kinnity

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Obama Pledges Immigration Reform Early in Second Term

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

In his most specific pledge yet to U.S. Hispanics, President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek to tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term. But he cautioned that he would need an amenable Congress to succeed.

“This is something I care deeply about,” he told Univision. “It’s personal to me.”

Obama said in the television interview that he would work on immigration this year, but said he can’t get support from Republicans in Congress. Obama also tried to paint his Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, as an extremist on immigration, saying that Romney supports laws that would potentially allow for people to be stopped and asked for citizenship papers based on an assumption that they are illegal.

“So what we need is a change either of Congress or we need Republicans to change their mind, and I think this has to be an important debate during — throughout the country,” Obama said.

Romney aides have said that the former Massachusetts governor supports laws that would require employers to verify the legal status of workers they employ.

“President Obama only talks about immigration reform when he’s seeking votes,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “Then-candidate Obama promised to tackle immigration reform in his first year. More than three years into his term, America is still waiting for his immigration plan.”

Hispanics are an increasingly important voting bloc in presidential elections. Obama won a sizable majority of the Hispanic vote in the 2008 election and his campaign is hoping for similar results this November.

Obama spoke to Univision, a network widely watched by Latinos in the United States, while in Colombia for the Summit of the Americas.

– Associated Press

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Kenyan man crushed to death in accident at auto repair shop in Delaware

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

A Kenyan man is dead and State Police are investigating after an accident at a repair shop in Newark.

Troopers say around 9:30 Friday night, 31-year-old Nicholas Njenga of Middletown and another employee at Savanna Auto Care were working on the hydraulic lift gate of a company truck.

Troopers say Njenga was on the lift gate when the other employee went under the truck to do some troubleshooting. That’s when the lift gate started to operate, and Njenga was pinned between the gate and the truck. He died from his injuries at Christiana Hospital.

He was subsequently removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The accident is still under investigation by State Police.

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Hip-Hop In The Kenyan Countryside: The Birth Of A Genre

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

January may be the hottest month in Kisumu, Kenya’s city by the lake. It’s certainly the driest, meteorologically and otherwise. Any money saved throughout the year has been spent during the December holidays, and when January comes around it seems like this bustling port town goes into sunlit hibernation. The crowds at the clubs thin out, the flow of drinks ends and the sun bakes dirt into dust.

I was in Kenya to record the pilot episode of “Raw Music International,” a new TV show about underground music around the world. I was living with Ozzy, the Rastafarian director of the Yawa Dance Company, and his girlfriend, Emma. We’d spent the last month conducting heavy “research” at studios, bars, and clubs of ill repute. Together, we’d recorded three generations of Kenyan music — from an 83-year-old blind guitar legend to teenage rappers raised on 50 Cent and New York swagger. Our goal was to present a more nuanced, human side of a part of the world normally overlooked between natural and social disasters. And to drink.

But when January rolled around, the music in Kisumu dried up with the booze. Things looked dire. Forced financial responsibility does not make for a bustling music scene.

Ozzy had a solution. Music in Kisumu city is centered around clubs and studios with all their attendant costs — electricity, speakers, cover charges, angry bouncers. But only a few miles outside the city limits, music takes on a different form. In the villages, all you need for a concert is a calabash gourd, fishing wire and a highly talented old man to put it all together and play.  These elements exist in abundance out in “the bush,” so Ozzy and I gathered our gear and headed for the countryside.

We had one more problem to overcome. We had no soundman. The stoned Rastas we’d been using thus far had really failed at their task — great guys, but they often turned off the audio recorder when they meant to push record. In their semi-blissed state, they refused to acknowledge the gravity of this issue.

So we grabbed LaFam, a local rapper and producer, to give us a hand. One of the few Kisumu rappers who was able to afford university, LaFam has a degree in sociology and a keen global outlook inspired by pirated American documentaries, Internet news, and the musical wisdom of Tupac Shakur. And like most sociology grads worldwide, he was effectively unemployed and available for musical adventures.

So it was that on a scorching day in January, a Rasta, a rapper, an Iranian guy from Iowa and a camerawoman fresh from Louisville arrived in the farming village of Nyawara in western Kenya looking for musical enlightenment.

LaFam was unusually quiet as we approached the center of the village, a cluster of leaning tin shops jutting from a dirt path. “You know, I’m kind of out of place here,” LaFam told me by way of explanation. I looked over at my friend. In his baggy jeans and Texas t-shirt, his long hair picked out and pulled into a ponytail, he could look at home in New York. In Nyawara, I realized, not so much. I looked over at the usual gang of gawking village kids. For once, they weren’t staring at me.

Hip-hop, and its attendant dress, haven’t made the same inroads in the country as they have in Kisumu city. The reasons are practical — jeans are expensive, electricity and radios scarce. The level of English required to understand rap is not easily attained at village schools. Standing in the middle of that village, LaFam seemed closer to me than to these kids who grew up 15 miles from him.

We had come to the countryside to find traditional sounds, but we had inadvertently brought a major part of the city with us. While we filmed a legendary 80-year-old nyatiti (traditional harp) player named Orono, a group of young people gathered to scope out our impromptu soundman LaFam. The kids in the village wanted to hear the young rapper’s music, and eventually I proposed a duet. Would Orono be willing to provide some backing tracks for a LaFam freestyle?

Orono spoke no English, so LaFam asked on my behalf.  When the laughter died down LaFam translated for the old man.  “I don’t do that ndombolo shit,” he said, referring to a vigorous Congolese dance that, if there were justice in this world, would become the next Midwestern health club craze.

Eventually, Orono relented, and the resulting cypher was one of the highlights of our trip. Keep in mind the man is spitting improvised wisdom in his third language:

WATCH: Orono and LaFam freestyle:

Kenya is a country of massive diversity — socially, economically, musically. 42 tribes, each with their own language and music, share an area the size of Texas. Urban Kenyans have widespread Internet access and speak on average three languages. Snoop Dogg gets more radio play here than in the states.

While urbanites watch the cities grow at astonishing speed, their brothers (often literally) in the countryside live much as they did 49 years ago when Kenya finally gained independence from Britain. In the countryside, traditional lifestyles, music and even languages that are quickly disappearing from the cities live on in varying degrees.

These worlds combine on a regular basis. Bankers from Nairobi go home to the village and pull on work clothes. DJs bring mix CDs to the countryside. And sometimes guys like LaFam find themselves rapping along to a nyatiti in the middle of a subsistence farming village.

Cultural traffic often flows one-way — Western-inspired styles from the cities spreading slowly to places like Orono’s village. Increasingly, however, people are returning from the countryside with new inspiration as well. Young people like LaFam are savvy cultural consumers, but they’re not just absorbing western music. They’re reciprocating — combining international pop with thousands of years of musical tradition to create something truly unique. While the village kids were learning from LaFam, LaFam was learning from Orono.

This is a relatively new trend, but LaFam is not alone — dozens of young people are beginning to appreciate the sounds of Kenya’s past again, and new genres and mashups appear weekly. This rabid synthesis of the world’s music is part of what makes Kenya’s one of the most vibrant and exciting modern music scenes today.

On that blazing day in January, the Raw Music International crew had the privilege to see this cross-generational, cross-cultural collaboration in its most primal form. Through music, we learned about technology, class and the creep of modernity in one of the oldest cultures in the world. And we saw the beginnings of a funky new genre LaFam is still working to perfect. These are the stories (and songs) we’ll continue to search out around the world.

More Media:

LaFam took a sample of Orono playing nyatiti and flipped it to create the theme song for Raw Music International: http://youtu.be/C-xNV1dZNyE

Learn more about Orono, the nyatiti legend, here: http://youtu.be/DC56f-HlPVA

Hear LaFam’s newest song, Aduwa, from his upcoming mixtape, here. The chorus of the track is part of an ancient Luo victory song, and the track is done in three languages.

Hear tracks by Orono, LaFam, and many other underground Kisumu artists on the Raw Music International mixtape, free for download here: http://rawmusicinternational.bandcamp.com/



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Zambian man slices own genitals

Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012

A 30-year-old man in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province is fighting for his in Kitwe Central Hospital after chopping off his private parts, state-owned newspaper The Times of Zambia reported Friday.

It reported that the man also ripped off part of his stomach in a suicide bid.

The Times reported that the incident happened on Wednesday morning in Ipusukilo Township when Chris Shapi, in a rage, chopped off his penis before ripping open his stomach, leaving the intestines dangling out.

Neighbours then mobilised themselves and stopped the man from harming himself further as he bled profusely before becoming unconscious.

Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo confirmed the bizarre incident.

Kitwe Central Hospital spokesperson Grey Chishimba told the Times Mr Shapi was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

The Times quoted eyewitnesses in the neighbourhood saying the victim had complained just before the incident that he was disappointed with his wife who he claimed left him after became cash-strapped.

“We found him trying to pull out his intestines two metres away from where he chopped off his manhood,” said a neighbour who declined to be named.

“He did that himself and as family we don’t know what led him to do that as he is not talking,” a relative found at the hospital bedside, who only identified himself as his uncle, was quoted as saying.


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