Onyango Oloo – Gone Too Soon RIP

Its a very sad day. One of the great heroes of human rights is gone to rest with our Lord.
My he rest in peace.

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By Mzee Posted in kenya

How About The African Premier League in England

I am football fanatic, forget being a fan. My son is a fan and a pretty good player.

He is more normal than me when it comes to football. Then today after the last games of the EPL he asks me if I know anything special about the best scorers in Englan Football League.

I told him may be they are all from Manchester City, that little monster in the EPL today.

The young man told me I was wrong. He told me the special thing about the best scorers in the EPL is that they are all Africans.

And here they are:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48243725

I am not saying anything about the captain, Victor Wanyama who is going to play in the UEFA championship final this year with the spurs  and later he will take the Jamhuri team to Egypt for the African Cup of Nations.

I am not saying anything about Divock Origi who single handedly took Liverpool to the finals of UEFA Champions cap in that dramatic win against Messi and Barcelona a week ago.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/live/liverpool-vs-barcelona-watch-goal-video-divick-origi-champions-league-ucl-a8903846.html

Neither am I talking about all the African players playing for Europe because they were born there.

In any event no word about Romalu Lukaki. Nothing about Vincent Kompany. None on N’golo Kante. I am not even going to talk about Mpappe or Zinidane. Nope. Nothing from me.

But I will say one thing. Africa won the world cup in 1998 when France won it. That team was 95% African. Don’t even try to ask me for the names of those African French players who brought that cup to France. Don’t.

The current generation coming of these African European players is frightening. Even England could very soon be African. No kidding.

So I will keep quiet for now but may not be for very long.

By adongoogony Posted in kenya

Stop the Rot in ODM – Wafula Buke

Oduor Ongwen, Judy Pareno, Ogla Karan I appeal to the three of you to step aside from responsibilities that seek to stop the free fall of our party.

ODM was founded on selflessness and sacrifice, by accepting to be drafters of what may be compared to the prosecutor”s final submissions when you are the accused, you have demolished the people’s faith in our justice systems.

Leave the task force report to credible members. We have kept silent as the 3 of you murder people’s political careers in favor of your unqualified relatives and partners in crime.

As Ed, oduor ignored the party leader’s order that we hold director’s meetings in 2017 for a whole year so as to monopolize decision making. The 3 of you were again ordered to remove your people from the list of nominees to various positions.

You again ignored and said, and I quote “let’s agree to disagree with Raila.” You submitted the report at the last minute leaving the party without a chance to make changes.

We now know that Pareno was your kipsigis girls high sch. Student, but how the hell do you get your wife and her nephew nominated MCAs and still have the courage to face party members and then do recommendations on how to resolve the problems you have caused?

Its good for the 3 of you to know that renewed faith in the party begins with your being at least sidelined in the ongoing healing process. I know that the entire Secretariat agrees with that but is simply blackmailed by the fear of losing their jobs. Party members have severally threatened to even beat U people up.

I recall when Masinde Muliro voted in support of the JM Kariuki assassination inquiry report in 1975 he said “there is no collective responsibility in murder” He was sacked by Uhuru’s father. I similarly refuse to take collective responsibility for murders of people’s careers. Your cartel may continue earning from the party, but please step aside from projects that seek to rehabilitate the party.

By Mzee Posted in kenya

CPK Declaration On Kenyan Workers Day May 1, 2019.

COMMUNIST PARTY OF KENYA (CPK) MAY DAY MESSAGE

The CPK salutes you the workers and working classes of Kenya as you celebrate May Day. Workers and your class allies, who include the peasants, have always been in the forefront in the production of material wealth in Kenya as elsewhere in the World.

Here is Comrade Mwandawiro.

May Day was brought about by the bloody struggle and sacrifices of the exploited and oppressed workers against the capitalists.

The day therefore reminds you that all the gains that the workers and oppressed have achieved hitherto in bettering their wages and working conditions have been brought about not by the sympathies of the employers and their governments but by consistent united struggle of the forces of change and progress – the workers and their class allies.

No capitalist anywhere in the world has ever bettered the condition of his or her workers without being forced to do so by the united struggle of his/her employees.

So as we celebrate May Day, we join Karl Marx, the founder of scientific communism to reiterate the message: Kenyan workers wherever you are, unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains! Refuse to be divided along ethnic, race, sex or age lines! Come together in the common struggle of demanding better living wages and better working conditions.

Join trade unions and strengthen them by ensuring that they are led by true, honest and accountable leaders who do not betray workers’ interests through conspiring with employees for selfish interests!

Remove traitors out of your trade unions even while you strengthen unity within them! Trade union leaders demand that no employer should violate the constitutional right of all workers of Kenya to form, join and belong to a trade union of his/her trade or choice!

Politically, you workers have always been in the frontline of the struggle for progressive change in Kenya. Workers and your allies the peasants, led the struggle for Kenya’s national liberation from British colonialism.

You were also in the forefront in struggle for multiparty democracy, the Kenyan Constitution and progressive political reforms. However, your lives and living conditions have hardly changed for the better.

You are still paid slave wages and work under slave like conditions. Your rights are trampled underfoot by your employers and the State with impunity.

You and your families live in poor dwellings or slums in both urban and rural areas. You live a hard life of poverty, ignorance, hunger and want.

When you and your families fall sick, you die of curable diseases as you cannot afford medicine or adequate health care. Your children are made to inherit the cycle of poverty, suffering and underdevelopment as you cannot afford to offer them the good education which has been made inaccessible to the children of the classes of the poor.

Yet you work hard every day. The country has also enough resources and wealth to ensure that all Kenyans realise the economic and social rights outlined in article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya.

The problem is that the ruling class together with their national and county parliaments, political parties and State institutions continue to contradict, with impunity, the Constitution of Kenya, particularly article 10 by imposing the capitalist system upon the workers, the working class and the majority of Kenyans

Capitalism is the system whose ideology and economic arrangements are based on private property and exploitation of person by person.

That is why the capitalist regime is privatizing everything public – water ports, airports, sugar companies and industries and other government parastatals and giving them to the rich.

The best social services too, schools, universities, colleges, health and recreational facilities, etc. are private and therefore are inaccessible to most workers.

The capitalist class and ideologues in power do not care that privatisation causes you workers to lose jobs, increase poverty and widen the gap between the majority poor and the few rich.

Capitalism is the system that always favours the few against the majority. It is the mother of social inequality, exploitation and corruption.

It breeds poverty, unemployment, greed, violence, crime, landlessness and many social evils and problems. It also creates the conditions of recolonization of our country through unfavourable and unsustainable foreign debts and investments.

It is for these reasons that in the struggle for the Kenyan Constitution, you the workers, and the majority of Kenyans wanted to remove the capitalist system and to replace it with the socialist system based on class equality and social justice and progress.

In fact – read it – the spirit of the Kenyan Constitution is that of creating the socialist system that creates conditions of ensuring that all Kenyans participate in the political, economic, social and cultural life and accrue and share benefits thereof in order to nurture a just, progressive and humane society.

Yes, moving towards socialism is the desire of the majority of Kenyans which they put in the Constitution but that has been betrayed by the ruling class.

In summary, CPK’s message to the Kenyan workers and working class in this May of 2019 is:
Continue strengthening your trade unions and fighting for better and better wages and working conditions for workers. But never forget that you workers are part and parcel of Kenyan society.

Furthermore, you will never achieve freedom and liberation under the capitalist system but utmost only reforms that makes your suffering under the system less painful. True freedom and liberation of the workers, working class and the masses of Kenyans will follow after the removal of the capitalist system and the establishment of the socialist system.

You Kenyan workers must be in the forefront of the political struggle of liberating the whole of Kenyan society from capitalism. In this political struggle you workers must search for and find your true allies.

Throughout the World the true political allies of the political struggle of workers and progressive trade unions are communist parties. In Kenya your true ally in the struggle for true freedom and liberation – socialism – is the Communist Party of Kenya (CPK). In this May Day of 2019 we urge all the Kenya workers to join and support CPK for it is the workers political party.

Long live May Day!
Long live trade unions in Kenya!
Long live Kenyan worker’s political struggles!
Long live socialism and communism!
Long live CPK!

Mwandawiro Mghanga, National Chairperson of CPK

By adongoogony Posted in kenya

Uhuru’s Kshs 10 billion Reconciliation Pot Of Money Is An Insult To Kenyans.

I expect all sorts of mischief and foolishness from Uhuru and his government but this was just absurd and truly insulting to all Kenyans.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-04-04-pass-sh10b-fund-for-historical-injustices-uhuru-tells-mps/

Uhuru is asking parliament to pass a Kshs. 10 billion pot of money to address historical injustices. Uhuru intends to use this money to promote their “Building Bridges” initiative to reconcile communities.

According to Uhuru this money will be used to build some structures to bring communities together. I don’t know what these structures will be but may be some “parks for peace” and nonsense like that.

Uhuru says he will use the money to build “Heritage Sites”.  Oh dear.

Apparently people will visit these places to be reminded that we all need to live as one community of many communities.

This move according to Uhuru will help Kenyans reconcile with the electoral violence that has been part of the Kenyan political landscape for decades.

It will help us deal with the horrors of Moi tortures and murders. May be it will help with healing the wounds of those whose lands has been robbed by those in power.

This will be a one cure all slum dunk against historical injustices in Kenya.

So why is this insulting?

For one thing it is plain dumb and stupid. It is embarrassing to anybody’s common sense about our country.

Now for starters there are actually hundreds if not thousands of Kenyans who have successfully filed cases against the Kenyan government for abuse of their fundamental rights as human beings including torture and the Nyayo House Torture Chambers, unlawful detention and imprisonment up to and including murder in police hands.

Just a month ago. Two good friends of mine, Prof. Edward Oyugi and Prof. Kamoji Waachira were awarded Kshs 34 million each for the abuse and torture they suffered in the hands on Kenyan government officials.

I talked with Prof. Kamoji who now lives in the US and he told me they are now fighting to get the money paid.

I told him it will take something between 5-10 years to get paid if ever. In fact the general thinking is that once you get awarded any compensation the government basically waits hoping you die sooner than later. Those who refuse to do so must wait. And then wait some more.

I got my compensation for the same abuses in 2013 when Justice Isaac Lenaola ruled that the government of Kenya violated my fundamental rights and thus owed me a compensation.

I am still fighting to get full payment. We forced our way to get some payment in  May 2018 and my lawyer was in court again this week on April 2, 2019 still fighting to get the balance paid.

We were told the ministry of Interior which is supposed to pay us is waiting for the money. It was supposed to have been there by end of March 2019.

Now they have until June 15, 2019 to come back to court. And this simple battle for payment (forget the real battles) started in December 2013 when the High Court ruled I was entitled to compensation for torture and abuse by my government.

I will know next about this on June 15, 2019.

Just a few days ago Koigi Wamwere probably one of the most frequently detained and jailed political activist in our country put his case to the public saying that himself and some of his colleagues were owed Kshs 154 million. He asked Uhuru to pay them.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/columnists/2019-01-19-koigi-state-should-pay-torture-victims-retirees-their-compensation-now/

Prof. Githu Muigai before leaving office, told Kenyans that the total amount of money owed to victims of torture based on cases already decided was more than Kshs 1 billion.

If Uhuru really wants the country to deal with our history of abuse of human rights, for the love of god, please pay the victims of torture who have already gone to court and won their cases.

Their names are at the Register’s Office and with the PS of Interior and National Government Mr. Karanja Kibichio.

Pay these citizens what they are owed by the government that tortured them and so many other citizens of our country and then we can start further talks on National Reconciliation and building a healthy social fabric for an inclusive nation called Kenya.

In fact the better would be if Uhuru and his government would address the whole issue directly with the victims and survivors of this horror show without waiting for them to go to court.

A whole population of these victims and survivors have never gone to court. They are trying to survive the best way they can now. They have no time for the long court drama.

Uhuru is doing everything in his power holding court rulings in contempt by refusing to pay victims of abuse by the state who have gone to court and obtained rulings for compensation and now he wants to come up with some fake reconciliation plot to collect Kshs 10 billion to do some imaginary structures.

Kenyans have to say NO to this. And we still support the Handshake.

Of course they are going to spend the money on their own things and build a toilet of reconciliation for us in Uhuru park. So we can cry for reconciliation in there. We can’t wait. Or can we?

Then we have the much hyped Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) which produced its report dealing with historical injustices and recommended ways to address them. Uhuru has refused even to send that report to parliament as required by law so it can be discussed and acted on. That report is rotting somewhere in the State House.

Here is the Nyayo House Story as we wrote it.

https://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/kenia/01828.pdf

Secondly, how can Uhuru even utter the words reconciliation and historical injustices when he is hiding the TJRC report from Kenyans precisely because he and his friends in power are afraid of the revelations of those very historical abuses and injustices of which his family is a big part.

If Uhuru really wants us to deal with historical injustices, he should first and foremost release the TJRC report to Parliament and to the Kenyan public. Let us discuss it come with strategies to address the recommendations. If that is not going to happen don’t talk to us about historical injustices.

More urgently and even more pronounced are the victims of 2007/8 post election violence and the victims and survivors of the 2017 electoral violence.

I was in Kenya in the last election and it was just horrifying to see everyday images of people being brutalized in Nairobi and Kisumu particularly. We show little kids shot and killed right in their homes.

We had kids in kindergartens being tear gassed and brutalized. This is public information known to the Uhuru government. Is President Uhuru ready and willing to address these specific issues? When?

The nation is waiting. On a daily basis. We all love our country. Always.

On the issue of forgiveness what happened to Baby Pendo? What about her? Nothing? This is how the violent 2017 elections went down.

Who is responsible for this, Mr. President.

https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/kisumu/Baby-Pendo-death-inquest-/1954182-4981582-119gl3i/index.html

Of course the generalized violence committed by the Kenyan police and security agents during the last election was horrific. It was a shoot to kill operation and the police were given full immunity by Uhuru and his government. Matiang’i was Uhuru gunman at that time.

By the way does anybody remember Chris Msando, the IEBC ICT Chief murdered in cold blood just before the elections in 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/kenyan-election-official-christopher-msando-dead-before-national-voteBaby

What happened to the frenzy of investigations about his murder. Now he is all forgotten by both handshakers. Talk about injustice and reconciliation.

Now Uhuru is telling all those victims of two cycles of mass violence against Kenyans by the Kenyan police and security agents sent by Kibaki and then Uhuru himself to just forget that and go visit whatever structures and they will be healed.

Please Mr. President get real for once.

And Raila of all people with his handshake business will have to face us and tell us if he supports this convoluted piece of confusion.

Yes Kenyans need and are already investing and undertaking significant steps into national harmony of the citizenry even when some political leaders and parasites are rolling out bad pages of the past like the tribal violence in 2007/8.

That thing just must never happen again in our country. Ever. There are no other options. To that extent I am very supportive of the Handshake and Bridge Building Initiatives.

I fully support to effort to build our roots as Kenyans first regardless of anything else. I mean we only have only one country. Right?

But this Heritage Site fund is just a bad idea.

 

 

 

By adongoogony Posted in kenya

Governor Lenolkulal slapped with a cash bail of 100M KES

Probably judges having started taking note of the peoples cry on low bail amounts.

People having been stealing billions but being slapped with fines of hundreds of thousands.

But this judge has done the right thing and slapped this governor with 100M cash bail or two sureties of 150M each.

 


amburu Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal was yesterday slapped with a cash bail of Sh100 million — the highest ever in the country — after denying Sh84 million corruption charges before a Nairobi court.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti raised the bar in the war on graft by ordering Mr Lenolkulal to deposit the hefty amount to secure his release. The court gave him an option of depositing a bond of Sh150 million plus one surety of the same amount.

BLOCKED

In addition to the bail terms, Mr Lenolkulal was ordered not to access the Samburu County government offices in Maralal pending the hearing and determination of an application to be filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DPP, through senior assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, pleaded with the court to bar Mr Lenolkulal from accessing his offices for 24 months. He argued that the governor can interfere with witnesses, saying he can execute his duties from elsewhere.

The application was opposed by Mr Paul Nyamodi, who represented the governor, who argued that the DPP should make a formal application and give them time to respond.

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The governor’s lawyers said they will file an application before the High Court for bail consideration.

The court also ruled that the director of Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis) should deny Mr Lenolkulal and 12 other county officials access to the system. He said this would safeguard public funds.

“Since the Samburu County offices is the alleged crime scene, the accused person is prohibited from accessing them until the formal application by the prosecution is heard and determined,” Mr Ogoti said.

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Some 13 other accused persons, who face similar charges, were not in court and were ordered to present themselves before the magistrate on April 4, for plea-taking.

They include Deputy Governor Julius Leseeto, Mr Stephen Letinina (County Secretary), Mr Daniel Nakuo, Ms Josephine Lenasalia, Mr Reuben Marumben, Mr Milton Lenolngenje, Mr Paul Lolmingani, Mr Bernard Lesurmat, Ms Lilian Balanga, Mr Andrew Lopilo, Mr David Loosenge, (county chief officers) and head of Supply Chain Geoffrey Kitewan. Also facing charges is Mr Hesbon Wachira.

It is alleged that they committed the offences between March 27, 2013 and March 25, 2019 at Maralal town.

The court heard that they conspired to commit the offence of corruption, which led to unlawful payment of Sh84,695,996 to Mr Lenolkulal through a petrol station known as Oryx Service Station.

Mr Lenolkulal and Mr Wachira face another count of unlawful acquisition of the Sh84.6 million from the county government.

The governor faced an additional charge of abuse office by allegedly conferring a benefit to himself by paying his company the said amount.

He is further accused of conflict of interest where he is alleged to have knowingly acquired a direct private interest by supplying fuel to the county government through his petrol station.

The pre-trial of the case will be held on April 29.

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Governor-Kasaine-denies-graft-charges/1056-5053342-2o2nxw/index.html

By Mzee Posted in kenya