Why I will vote for CORD

Reasons I will not vote for Jubilee, based on significance;-

1. ICC and the potential consequences for me : the threat of economic hardships.

2. Status quo with it’s impunity

3. Further entrenchment of corruption and solidifying of the Narco state ( remember WIKI-leaks and compare that with some leading Jubilee Members)

4. Increment of tribal animosity

5. Worsening of the economical inequality between the Wanjiku’s and the 100 Billionaires and between Central ( Center ) and the rest of Kenya.

Reasons I will not vote for Amani Coalition;

1. Status Quo ; Impunity Agents

2. Weak leadership; will not be ready to deal with the decay in society

3. Mudavadi is a project of prevoius regimes
Reason why I will not vote for PK, Kiyapia, Martha

Although I have alot of passion for their ideologies and although I would vote for one of them in a fair democratic environment, a vote for them in this coming elections is a wasted vote. Being the pragmatist that I am, there remains only 3 Options;
( Cord, Jubilee and Amani)

But Jubilee = Amani and since I totally reject Jubilee, I shall consequently have to reject Amani.

That leaves me with CORD despite the many reservations that I may have.

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54 comments on “Why I will vote for CORD

  1. Maina Kia chips in

    NCIC chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia has joined the ranks of those spouting baloney during this campaign season.

    His view that talking about historical injustices is tantamount to incitement portrays an ignorance that is worrying, or worse, suggests that he is unlawfully partisan. For his statement echoes Uhuru Kenyatta on Al Jazeerah, that history is irrelevant.

    And not to be outdone, our new Inspector General of Police has also joined the fray, warning against discussing land issues on the basis that they are emotive!

    Am I missing something? Did we not pass a new Constitution that protects the freedom of speech to international standards? Are these guys still in the old Nyayo era?

    History is crucial to Kenya, and we need to know it all: The good, the bad and the ugly. For as Confucius said: “Study the past if you would define the future.”

    From the Rift, Central, Coast, Western, to North Eastern provinces, the history of land is vital; how it was acquired, how it was distributed, and who got what, where, and how.

    All the political players understand the centrality of land and historical injustices. Where they differ is on whether and how they will deal with these issues if they are elected.

    And it is here that their personal histories — as beneficiaries, status quo believers, or agents of change­ — are crucial for us to ascertain their ability to deliver these promises.

    But it’s not just land and historical injustices that have fallen victim to electoral baloney. Many politicians are telling barefaced lies. They think and take us for fools, and we must challenge them. Here are a few choice ones:

    “We will bring back ICC cases to Kenya,” by Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi:

    They can’t. Until we have a police force capable of doing proper, professional, and independent investigations — which in the best of circumstances; given the rot in the force is at least five years away — this is a pipe-dream.

    And if the utterances by the new police boss are any indicator, we have perhaps longer to wait. It is not even clear what law would apply for these cases if they were to be brought back here, as the International Crimes Act came into force in 2009, and does not cover the post-election violence. This means the accused can’t be charged here with the same crimes as they face at The Hague, which is necessary.

    “Winning the election means that Kenyans question the ICC process, which should be taken into account,” by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto:

    Popularity has nothing to do with justice or judicial processes. Might is not right. Hitler was elected in a landslide in 1933 even as he planned genocide.

    Juvenal Habyrimana was popular even as his regime plotted genocide in Rwanda. And let’s not forget that Daniel Moi was declared the winner of elections in 1992 and 1997 despite credible reports that his regime was behind the “ethnic clashes” in the Rift Valley.

    “We will provide free university education,” by Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka:

    Only if they mean like the “free education” where new fees like cleaning fees, staffing fees, sitting fees, food fees, breathing fees etc emerge! Let’s first improve the quality of our public primary education by pumping resources so that public schools can compete with private academies and give poor ordinary Kenyan children a chance at life.

    And then focus on making secondary education really free, and of such quality that even if students do not get into universities they are able to make a middle class life for themselves.

    “We will not be affected if we become a pariah nation because we can always turn to China,” by TNA activists:

    It is good that China has become an important partner, balancing the different political and economic interests internationally. So why would we want to have only one major partner — creating a new dependency and oppression­ — when we could have more?

    The trade imbalance with China is massive as it does not import our coffee, miraa, tea, beef, or flowers. Nor do Chinese visit Kenya in significant numbers.

    Remember Robert Mugabe tried this idea, but came to such grief that to rectify things, Zimbabwe had to give up its currency for the US dollar.

    And recently Myanmar — for decades a pariah and closed state with China its only ally — decided to expand its international allies to include the West.

    This would be a painful option. Do we need to try it to see if it really burns?

    mkiai2000@yahoo.com
    http://elections.nation.co.ke/Blogs/-/1632026/1688714/-/10t6vlo/-/index.html

  2. We told them, did we not?

    Nyachae warns against gagging debate on land

    Presidential candidates cannot be gagged from discussing land issues during their campaigns, Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) chairman Charles Nyachae has said.

    Quoting Press reports attributed to National Cohesion and Integration Commision (NCIC) chairman Mzalendo Kibunja and Inspector General of Police David Kimayio asking presidential aspirants to avoid land matters in their campaigns, Mr Nyachae said the caveats were unconstitutional.

    Addressing a press conference in Kisii Wednesday, Nyachae said politicians were free to make land issues their subject matter in their campaigns.

    It is a legitimate political right of those campaigning to discuss issues touching on the Constitution – land included,” he said.

    He warned against outlawing talk on land matters on grounds of being sensitive or emotive, adding that unemployment and integrity were equally critical matters but politicians were yet to be barred from highlighting them in the campaigns.

    The chair said what should be of concern to the authorities is the manner in which the discussions are made, but so far nobody had violated the law.

    It is completely unacceptable for anybody to seek to delegitimise land issues during this electioneering period,” he warned.

    Nyachae said the utterances by NCIC and IGP were tantamount to creating problems where there was none. “This would greatly undermine the democratic process and fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution.”

    In recent days, presidential campaigns have been charged with Cord presidential candidate, Prime Minister Raila Odinga hitting at his Jubilee competitor, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta over land reforms.

    Raila and his partners in CORD including his running mate, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula have maintained Uhuru cannot be entrusted with initiating and implementing land reforms in the country due to perceived personal conflict.

    But in response, Uhuru has challenged Raila to table evidence that he owns large chunks of land in the country.

    Kimaiyo had warned that land ownership is a highly emotive issue and was linked to the 2008 post-eelction violence.

    http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076744&story_title=Kenya-Nyachae-warns-against-gagging-debate-on-land

    • Yeah, the stakes are getting up there:

      All polls are toss up. Raila and CORD maximizes at 46-47%. Uhuru and Jubilee hit the roof at 43-46%. Run off it is.

      But I like this strategy by CORD. Kicking it in Nairobi was good enough but they have a plan. If they push it and get the numbers out it is done in round one or not we go to the second round.

      Nairobi with its 1.7 million votes is not listed in the tribal columns. But here it is itt.

      http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/Cord-set-to-wrap-up-vote-hunt-on-March-2-/-/1631868/1698102/-/j2c2vx/-/index.html

      • Adongo,
        CORD has been campaigning vigorously in the last few weeks. I love their forays in the former RVP where they pleaded with the residents to to vote them in. Clearly explaining their reasons. Raila explained and rebutted the land issue, Mau evictions and ICC propaganda. With that out out of the way CORD explained its policies and I do believe they will get a good chunk of votes from the good people of kalenjinland.

        Then they marched into Nairobi and did a major road show. Great stuff.

        My belief is that CORD may rap this thing up in round one. Between CORD and Jubilee, the alliance that gets most votes in Nairobi and Western province wins the elections. See our internal DC statistics to appreciate this fact.

        CORD has gained a momentum that will be impossible for Jubilee to surmount. It will take something very drastic for Jubilee to surpass CORD. And I don’t see the drastic thing coming.

  3. Justice Majanja is the man!

    High Court directs Kibaki to gazette land commissioners

    The High Court on Monday directed President Mwai Kibaki to gazette members of the National Land Commission within the next seven days.

    Justice David Majanja ruled that the grounds raised by the Attorney General to justify the delay in gazetting the commissioners was of no basis and upheld arguments by the Kenya Land Alliance that the president’s failure to gazette the nine members is causing unnecessary panic and public anxiety.

    The judge ruled that the Constitution requires the president to appoint commissioners in accordance with legislation and since the National Assembly had done its part in passing the National Land Commission Act and what remained was for the president to exercise his mandate.

    “The president be and is hereby directed to comply with the provisions of paragraph 8 to the First Schedule of the National Land Commission Act and officially appoint the chairperson and members of the commission within seven days of this judgment,” ruled Majanja.

    He ruled that the delay in setting in motion the operation of such a key institution in land reforms cannot be allowed to go on given the common history of Kenya where the emotive issue of land has caused sufferings leading to loss of lives.

    The ruling gives way for Dr Mohammed Swazuri to take charge of the land commission.

    Other commissioners are Dr Tomiik Konyimbi, Dr Rose Musyoka, Dr Samuel Tororei, Silas Kinoti, Abigael Mbagaya, Muthoni Njogu, Clement Lenanchuru and Adan Khalif.

    The civil society group sought to compel the president to gazette the commissioners arguing that the delay had caused unnecessary panic and public anxiety among stakeholders interested on land issues.

    They argued that the land commission had already been constitutionally appointed and legal cases challenging their nominations dismissed by court so it was illegal for the president to delay their formal appointment.

    A suit challenging the commissioners’ appointment was in October last year dismissed giving the president the go ahead to gazette them.

    The lobby argued that since then, the president had failed to perform his statutory duty and that the delay had caused loss of time needed to tackle land reforms and address injustices occasioned by previous land grabbing.

    They accused the president of breaching the constitutional time limit allowing him to make the formal appointment adding that the continued delay is preventing the members from carrying out their mandate as outlined in the Constitution.

    Justice Majanja agreed with their submissions, ruling that the appointment of the chairperson and the commissioners is imperative and no cause had been shown as to why the president cannot implement as per the provisions of Article 67 and 250 of the Constitution.

    He ruled that failure to complete the appointment of the commissioners undermines the value of good governance since the body mandated to carry out land reforms remained in limbo for indeterminate period.

    He said that all state officers including the president are required to abide by the law and dismissed arguments that the president was waiting for the establishment of County Land Management Boards before gazetting the commissioners.

    He ruled that the argument was not tenable since the National Land Commission was a creation of the Constitution and cannot be equated to those created through legislation and that the Lands Act is clear in its provision that county land management boards does not in any way interfere with the commission.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/High-Court-directs-Kibaki-to-gazette-land-commissioners/-/1056/1684326/-/mjopkv/-/index.html

    • `
      The Jubilee coalition never fails to expose the burden, bloodshed, suffering, losses and pain of IDPs on which its very formation is premised against. Jubilee is nothing but a coalition formed on the backs of Kikuyu PEV victims of Ruto; and Kalenjin, Luhya, and Luo PEV victims of Uhuru Kenyatta.

      That Jubilee can have a pompous launch while a land grabbing (& fraud) case — involving a helpless IDP robbed his land by Jubilee’s Deputy President — is ongoing…depicts the very moral direction of the blood-tainted coalition. Not even blinking an eye! Giving a damn about integrity! Presenting robbers and mass murderers for Presidency and Deputy Presidency!

      As the inconsequential Jubilee pomp, shangwe na vigelegele ensued, terrified IDP Gilbert Muteshi was still doing his painful tour of justice in court. Muteshi must be wondering what his fate would be under Deputy President Ruto…If kusema na kutenda means hustling for Muteshi’s land, the latter would probably become past tense sooner than anticipated.

      http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Title-deed-in-Ruto-land-deal-fake-says-official/-/1056/1684428/-/11ar2knz/-/index.html

      • Job, Victorizo, Adongo and all,

        May I add a voice on what you have pointed out already, namely messaging in the CORD campaigns. It is good enough that the land question is firmly on the agenda. The challenge is how to frame it in such away that the Jubilee team is placed on the defensive. How, for instance dos the forging of Muteshi’s land documents become a vehicle a talking point about Ruto’s integrity at every campaign stop? It should not just be mentioned, but spun in such a way as to demand answers?

        I believe that the next rounds of Campaigns in RV must raise some din over the land question. I dor instance would remind the Nandi’s about the tribulations of Marie Seroney as he struggled to raise the question of Land when Moi was all bu submissive to the forays made by the then president into RV land..

        The other things I would want to see henceforth are a careful but witty use of the following:
        1. The land video mentioned by Victorizo.
        2. The video where Ruto sates that the ICC cases will take 100 or so years. I find this video useful as a point of anchorage for the question of Ruto’s fidelity to the rule of law.
        3.The clip where Uhuru is shown banging the table in chagrin just because Raila and concerned Kenyan dared ask the president to follow the law in respect of the appointment of the CJ, AG and FC. This clip could be useful in anchoring a campaign question as to whether or not Uhuru can be trusted to implement and defend reform laws.
        With well worded voice-overs, these are a gem that CORD must begin using.

        As has been pointed out the point is to make these issues, the talking point of rallies,wherever they are while pinning the Jubilee duo on the defensive wall.
        I still don not know why the scenario of the President and his deputy being absent due to ICC has no t been made a compelling discussion point.

        I trust that Adongo may as well share these with his buddies at CORD. These clips and many others, carefully selected should be the basis of TV advertisements. There is no more time left. (unedited for now)

  4. Was expecting to hear more from jubilee regarding the issue of land reform. All i have read from one of the dailies is a pledge to work toward a property owning democracy – whatever that means.

      • I want to thank Oduor Ong’wen for something.

        He raised this issue.

        ” Land was the basis on which the war of independence was waged — it is too serious a matter to become a political football; too much blood has been shed in this country for that.”

        No, that is not Oduor Ong’wen speaking. That is Uhuru Kenyatta as he launched the Jubilee manifesto.

        Finally the nation is talking about land from some historical perspective. Many of the thousands of Kenyans who fought for our national freedom in the Mau Mau War For Land And Freedom, were actually Agikuyu folks. Many of them are still landless while some managed to buy 500,000 acres in the market. Oh please. Let’s talk. That is what Ong’wen said.

        But it is good to have this discussion. Right now is a good time. Isn’t it?

      • as stated in the manifesto on the issue of land reforms:

        Millions of Kenyans today have no property to call their own, yet remarkably, only 20% of Kenya’s land is privately owned. Public land is 13% of the land in the country with 67% being community land which has been tradionally managed by local authorities, with communities who actually live on it having little beneft. A signifcant portion of private land is untitled, with poor records of ownership which in some areas is made worse by absentee landlords.

        (hey y’all keep away from the kenyatta property. it’s ALL private and trespassers will be prosecuted)

        then it continues….As it is now community land has little or no commercial beneft for the individuals and communities that live on it. This has been made worse by poor basic infrastructure and unclear land rights which have fuelled inter-community confict. By adjudicating and issuing titles for community land,we will unlock it’s potential as a commercial asset in additon to providing communities a secure place to live.

        ( they go on to give kibera as an example – how cheeky.)

        …..a jubilee Government will repossess illegally occupied public land without compensation, prosecute land grabbers, especially government officials blah blah fishcakes…. really?

      • If Uhuru Kenyatta wants to reposes grabbed land and prosecute those that grabbed it then he must start by locking himself up in kamiti maximum prison. We know that he cannot do that and it follows, therefore, that he cannot tackle land issue.

        Issuing title deeds is also a joke because that will only legalize illegal land grab in the Rift Valley, Coast and other places.

        Another thing that we must bust Uhuru about is that he owns almost all of the 20% of private land (this is perhaps the most fertile and strategically located only leaving deserts and mountains to other kenyans). Apart from that, he has laid claim to large parcels of communal land in both the RVP and Central province. Thats why he has land the size of Nyanza in his name. Basically this is where the problem is not his so called private land, bought by force. The Kalenjins are crying because Uhuru occupies a large chunk of their communal land. Hello!!!!!!!!!!! Thats the matter the man is avoiding.

        As Akinyi has stated above Uhuru is giving the people of Rift Valley and Coast the middle finger. He is saying go #%¤#” yourselves I bought the land I own. Mta do?

        I WONDER WHAT MAKES IT RIGHT TO OWN A WHOLE PROVINCE EVEN IF YOU BOUGHT IT WHEN YOUR NEIGHBOR HAS ZERO SQUARE INCH OF LAND.

        Its such questions we need to pose to Uhuru Kenyatta.For he is too arrogant to understand and thinks that he will bring everybody that he has disenfranchised of land to settle in Kibera, where he will provide them with solar powered laptops. Are you kidding me?

        People are not that foolish Mr. Kenyatta

  5. In a crucial debate regarding land CORD is losing the air war – its imperative that CORD gets back to this issue for a thorough re-examination. I would have thought that the starting point in this debate would have been to stress the fight for the new constitution and then talk about clamor to implement it and then pivot to the blocked land commission – the message, there is still a lot to be done regardless and CORD is better positioned in spirit to implement it. There is this propaganda – an answer to everything – “it’s in the constitution, there is nothing you can do about it” as if the constitution will implement itself. The raging inferno regarding the CID director is a case in point, a commission playing games with the security of the nation. I expected Oduor Ong’wen to remark that chapter six is also in the constitution. This would have opened a whole new discussion regarding interpretations and that’s where we should take the discussion.

    Can a person who owns thousands upon thousand of acres interpret the constitution the same as an evictee from his ancestral land. I would have come back firing that it’s wrong for the land commission to be used as a bargaining chip for private wars The land commission act and commission will eventually be thrown back to parliament and mutilated. Next time Oduor appears on TV he should have a banner reading. CORD – PROTECTING YOUR GAINS.

    This was a golden opportunity to articulate the difference between representations for the disenfranchised landless majority verses the oligarchs. I hope this was not the last and CORD should brace themselves for the next opportunity which will definitely come after TNA releases their manifesto. There will never be a better chance to discus this issue than when the Land Supremo and Hustler are holding court. Cord has to get this one right the first time … or should I say the second time moving forward.
    They better take this seriously – no more shambolics please

    CORD has to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate and overhaul their media face – its not enough to raise issues on the campaign trail – the message has to reverberate in the media to elicit further discussion. CORD has to realize TNA has an effective ECHO chamber that “sonkonizes” very important national issues the sooner they get to grips with this the easier will it be for CORD to move the remaining swing votes that CORD needs to close in round one.

    QUOTE OF THE DAY
    “If the inspector general of police is found above reproach when police vehicles under his tenure are repainted and turned to unspecified civilian use you have not seen nothing yet”

    • Good People:

      At 9.00 or may 9.15 pm Kenya time tonight Thursday Jan 31, 2013 there is a discussion on the explosive land issue and it is a good panel.

      There will be Mr. Lumumba Odenda ( Prominent land rights activist in Kenya going 30 yrs)

      Next is Moses Kuria representing the Juibilee side

      Finally Oduor Ong’wen will represent the CORD side.

      The interview is on NTV but if I got it worng check KTN just to be sure.

      • Akinyi,

        Yes it is. Thanks. Moses Kuria was pulled off by Jubilee and replaced by Rachel Shebesh. Lumumba could not be there in person because of travelling logistics. We will discuss this tomorrow.

      • From the few debates I’ve seen so far, CORD is struggling with messaging in these TV shows. It may be a sign of unpreparedness, and taking things too much for granted.I recently watched the campaign secretariat fellow, Owallo present a rather mediocre presentation in another clip. I hope it is not the likes of Karoli Omondi running these things.

        I was surprised a brilliant fellow like Ong’wen was unable to articulate Land reform issues in a simple, straight-forward manner. Probably he needed to have refreshed himself with the manifesto…I didn’t hear anything about tax policies on idle land — the kind that Kenyatta’s family sits on. He should have run home articulating Kibaki’s concerted effort in blocking the formation of the National Land Commission. He should have outlined the role of political will at the Presidency level in effecting land reforms…then unleashed a few tangible benefits a CORD government would produce that Jubilee can’t.

        At least Ababu Namwamba convinced me the other day he’s worth representing CORD in these shows. Which means…these folks have to clearly vet who appears for them in these shows. Must be articulate and well prepared, period!

      • Job,
        Oduor is a brilliant technocrat but not a good debater.

        I don’t understand why he could not counter the useless and cheeky comments by Abdinassir.

      • Folks,

        I will pass your feed back to the chaps. Here are some of the key issues.

        I have been involved in TV stuff with a good Canadian Broadcast powerhouse called Avi Lewis who run the CBC counter Spin Programme for years. My job in the panel whose job often was to counter mainstream nonsense on issues that affect working people and people of colour in this country. I learnt a few tricks and I saw my good friend Ong’wen make some mistakes.

        1. It starts with how you sit. Kenyans love to lie back on those studio sofa sets as if they are watching TV in the homes. Never do that. Sit straight and be ready anytime.

        2. Start with bread and butter issues so that you get the attention of the listeners right off the bat. Ong.wen would simply started by saying that there is a school of thought particularly among our rivals that the issue of land should not be discussed because it is too emotive and will divide the country. That is like having a festering infectious wound in your back and saying I don’t want to talk about it because it scares me to death and hoping it will go away by itself. That would be national suicide on the the issue of dealing with land ownership and utilization in our country and it is irresponsible. Land is one of the biggest problems in our country and it has to be addressed and we have to so now. Leaders who want to ascend to the highest office in the land can not so they love to own land but they hate to talk about it and in fact want it considered hate speech when others talk about land grabbing. That is a luxury Kenyans cannot afford.

        Secondly if people who are campaigning for the top office today want to bar Kenyans from talking about landing grabbed land, stolen land as well as huge tracks of land held for speculative purposes even before they get to office, what will they do when they get into office. Will they make any talk of land illegal?

        2. As Shebesh and Jubilee are concerned the land issue is just a propaganda from the other side and they are prepared to deal with it as such. That was a gimme for Ong’wen and if it was me I would have asked if the squatters in Kikuyu county (the oldest squatter camp in Kenya) is just propaganda for Jubilee, are the people in Taita Taveta where half the land belongs to one family and folks have been squatters all their lives, is that propaganda or are these real problems that Kenyans have to deal with and the leadership has to find a solution for. That is how you deal with these people, when they bring their bling bling sound bites just bring them back to the real issues. And always you have to think on your feet.

        3. Ong’wen should also have told the interviewer not to interrupt him all the time because that means you end up answering different questions at once. What you do in that situation is to just politely tell the questioner ” Sir you asked me a question let me answer that question for the sake of your listeners” Be firm and nice. They won’t interrupt you again.

        4. Shebesh made another gimme to Ong’wen which he did not whack out of the park. Shebesh said as far as Jubilee is concerned the main problem about land is that Kenyans are not using the land they have. So they will build more roads to encourage farmers to use their land, irrigation etc. That is the worst escapism about land I have ever had. There Ong’wen needed to have come with figures and numbers. How many Kenyans are homeless today and wher they live. Irrigation and cheap fertilizers are great but if you don’t have land what do you irrigate and where do use the fertiliser, on your head to plant some hair crops?

        5. Coming to Abdinassir whose job was to play the cynical status quo chap waiting for the son of a peasant to one day be the president and solve the land issue. I agree with Mzee that Ong’wen should have politely blasted Abdinassir out of there. Ongw’en needed to tell him that he may have the time but Kenyans do not have the luxury of waiting for some messiah born in a manger to come sold their land problem. They need their problems solved now and have to demand that those who are seeking office now and not some imaginery messiah coming in future.

        Secondly Abdinassir kept saying the NLC is in the constitution and it will solve all our land problems. That is total rubbish and Ong’wen addressed it towards the end when he said just because something is in the constitution means nothing because vested interests not bot only sabotage the process but can tear the national land act into a thousand pieces over the years if those landed aristocrats keep control of state power like they have done in the last 50 years and are still dying to keep.

        This nonsense that if something is in the constitution we don’t need to worry about it is a naked lie and Ong’wen should have gone over all the crazy fights we have to go through over the last two years when the powers that be tried to sabotage the constitution that was overwhemingly passed by Kenyans. The battle over CJ appointments of which Abdinassir is very much aware in one of them. Ask Abdinassir how come the constitution did not implement itself that time? What went wrong? That is how you deflate this ego-maniacs who think they have the solution to all problems when they don’t know a damn thing.

        How about the fact three months and counting Kibaki has refused to gazette the NLC and its commissioners. Why is that not implementing itself. If it was me I would him pin him down with facts and make him look like the fool he was while trying to be the smart alec. People like Abdinassir are more dangerous than the shebesh type who just mouth off the party line. Do’t fool around with these people. Be confident. Have fun and use humour and be focused on your message.

        There are so many other issues. But this land debate is just staring and CORD need to get it right. So give me all feedback. And job feel free to some right up which you can inbox to me or give it to the admin to pass it over. The work is on.

      • Adongo,
        I really don’t know Oduor, just seen him on TV and all that. But he comes out as a very polite guy who does not want to hurt anyone’s feelings. That’s why everybody including the interviewer ganged up against him

        This issue should be left to a tough person, the Ababu Namwamba and Anyang Nyongo type who are willing to go bare knuckle if necessary. People like Shebesh and Abdinassir who are just but “yes” people do not understand the very civil language Oduor was using. CORD should first look at the capacity of people to debate certain issues before sending them.

        Abdinassir had only one agenda, that’s to say that Raila cannot carry out land reforms plus claiming that he knew a lot about the constitution. He kept on repeating the same to the point of boredom.

        Oduor even let Shebesh get away with telling stories about questions that were raised in parliament about Uhurus land. Oduor should have told Shebesh that even if Uhuru is number ten or forty in terms of land ownership, he is still game because those other people are not running for president.

        Adongo you covered everything but my message to CORD is to send people who can debate in such forums. The land issue must be put on the table however painful to Uhuru. I even saw Ruto struggling to answer questions on land on another interview.

      • mzee,

        The one thing I forgot about that interview is how to handle the specific proposals on land reforms from CORD startig with land tax on idle land. I will address that very soon.

        But yes we need to give these guys feedback on how to sell their massage. They have the message but it useless if you don’t sell it well. I am will be back.

      • `
        Adongo,

        I will send you an email. As Mzee has stated, CORD is sending inarticulate, inexperienced (or unprepared) debators to the cameras and it is painful to watch. Probably there is an element of the people being sent having misguided over confidence or under-estimation of both the interviewers and opponents.

        Just up this thread is poor Owallo. Wasn’t it painful watching that interviewer begging Owallo to outline solutions, all in vain. The unpreparedness cannot be mistaken. It doesn’t mean if you’re secretariat head you must show up on TV. Absolutely not! A good leader identifies the best (or experienced) communicator and sends them to sell their manifesto. In the U.S. people hire professional consultants to do just that.

        Then comes Ong’wen sitting like he is in a stage coach bus, yet still uncomfortable. Helloo!!!

        Here is the deal. At this stage in the game, CORD needs to pull up its socks. It is not the time for describing and explaining problems. It is a time for quickly articulating solutions! In the 2 minutes given in an interview, the only thing to talk should be solutions.

        It should go something like this:

        1) We will put up structure X at locations {1-10} at a cost of Kshs Y for the purpose of Z

        2) To solve problem R, we will install P and Q, using funds from J, to benefit the {a-z} set of people.

        Seeing CORD pundits struggling in broadcast TV tells me they are poorly prepared to handle this crucial aspect of communication. It is unmistaken that I am seeing a lot of Karoli Omondi’s friends assuming key positions during these campaigns. The results seem to speak for itself – exhibition of the fecklessness that was unfortunately associated with the PM’s office.

        When talking of disappointing interviews, the PM himself has not been spared. I saw him give a rather unsatisfactory interview with James Smart on NTV where he couldn’t answer in 2 minutes his outline for jobs…why? because he kept going back to describe the problem.

        For pete’s sake, Kenyans already know there is chronic unemployment of youth, just tell us in 2 minutes how you will create the jobs! 2 minutes allowed in interviews is too short a time to waste attempting to explain the problem afresh. That is classic exhibition of poor debating skills.

        As we approach the presidential debate in a few weeks, where articulate folks like Uhuru, Musalia, Karua and Peter Kenneth will show up, Raila needs serious debate coaching. I mean it. Even the gifted speaker President Obama had to lock himself up for 2 and a half days with Sen. John Kerry practicing in coached debate preparation.

        This idea of casually walking unprepared into TV interviews and debates must be put to a complete stop. The PM must stop listening to the empty platitudes of the likes of Karoli. He needs to update his interviweing and debating skills. Fact: They are rusty at the moment. I have a feeling the Prime Minister is treating such interviews a bit casually…which can be quite dangerous. President Obama almost lost the Presidency in his poor show in the first debate.

        It was a tough lesson learnt when his poll numbers dropped dramatically. That is when he took these things seriously…even going for debate practice. For someone not gifted in articulation or eloquence, I strongly urge the PM to go for a debate prep, and also brush his interviewing skills…even by simply studying his manifesto thoroughly…and picking out a few soundbites regarding each topic. By the next time he speaks in front of any TV camera, he should be having a better answer on how he intends to create the jobs, jobs, jobs!! This is very serious business.

        CORD leaders must not try to squeeze what is talked in rallies into interviews…2 minutes should be efficiently utilized outlining solutions described in the manifestoand a lot of work must be put into advance preparation (coaching) in anticipation of follow-up questions. This must apply to all topics – jobs, land, security, etc.

        Kenyans are too bright to tell who is taking them casually, and who really has solutions they intend to implement. It really shows up in interviews and debates. Can someone tell Kidero he is suffering from the same problem. He has wasted two debate opportunities displaying total inefficiency of the 2 minutes allowed in debate. He has missed opportunity to outline what he will do. By outlining, I don’t mean quickly reading through a list.

        In the Kidero debate for instance, he was asked about insecurity.

        Rather than saying:

        i) Streeet Lights – I will light up all the 800 villages of Nairobi at a cost of Shs X by the end of my Z year in office.
        ii) CCTVs – I will install an amount of P CCTV cameras in the CBD at strategic points
        iii) More policing – From the existing City Council askaris, I will hire and train an extra Q metropolitan city police officers to be used in patrols
        iv) National Government – I plan to collaborate with the national government to ensure every village has a 24 hour operational police post with mandatory night patrols
        v) Youth Employment – …
        etc etc

        Kidero went on an inefficient hike re-describing the problem asked without articulating a single tangible solution (such as the ones above) that touch the heart of the people. The impression therefore is that either he has no plan, or he doesn’t see insecurity as a real problem (being out of touch with the common man – by living in a fortified suburb).

        Is Kidero seriously going to sit in the next debate spending a full minute describing how difficult it is for FDI investors to register companies in Kenya…What the heck is his solution, period!!!!! In the first debate where Kidero kept chiding Waititu as Clifford, the latter floored him on simple populist messaging to the poor majority. Waititu was disciplined in using his 2 minutes to talk about removing licensing fees for hawkers, guaranteeing slum dwellers they won’t be evicted by land grabbers, and promising all manner of things from primary and secondary schools (not even a Governor’s mandate), even taking credit for bringing the Lucy Kibaki hospital to Embakasi. That is how elections are won! Not talking about city master-plans, bottlenecks of FDI, and corporate matters…what is the simple plan for mama mboga and the slum dwellers?

        In the last debate featuring Mbaru, Kidero, and Kisia…in my view, Mbaru won the debate outright, and make no mistake, Kisia was second. This is how serious the problem of communication is killing CORD.

      • Adongo,
        This issue needs to be discussed by CORD. CORD must own it and not shy away from it. But to be successful they need a strategy of tackling and deliberately breaking it down to the public in a fashion that is understandable. They must not contradict themselves in this matter. No more sending the likes of Oduor to ashame the whole country by his poor grasp of such an important issue. If not Jubilee will start playing victim and earn sympathy from the wanainchi.

      • Mzee,

        The land issue has finally planted itself squarely in the national debate. Even those who wanted to avoid it are now screaming about it daily. CORD should be very proud that they have forced the land debate in the limelight. Like I said elsewhere this is a big wound festering on our collective backs (of course some flies are feasting on it) but as a nation it is time to put the land issue in focus. In my take on this and I will ask all DC folks to chip in, we have to start by breaking down the National Land Commission and its mandate and dissect all aspects of legislations on land in our present constitution then break this down to the doables and time lines. That is the task before us.

        Remember in the KTN debate yesterday Lumumba Odenda asked a straight foward question to both CORD and Jubiliee. He asked each one of them to state wether they will fully support the new provisions on land and give full support to the National Land Commission. Ong’wen said FORD will do so without any doubt. Shebesh declined to give Jubileee’s position saying people should read their manifesto to be launched on Sunday. Here is the low down. There is a provision the new land law which declares there is no legal protection for any land in anybody’s position which was obtained by unlawful means. I will get the exact words.

        That is what is causing so much problems and that is why Kibaki is getting cold feet about the NLC. In the past only the High Court and no other entity could resolve land disputes not even the minister of land as some people think.

        The new constituion gives the NLC the powers to reposses any land or properties obtained by unlawful means which include irregular land allocations by the president. This is a honest nest. Moi for example illegally allocated forest reserves, communal land, public property etc to his cronies like William Ruto. In the past the battle was these folks simply waving their title deeds and saying they own the land have the title deed and the kangaroo courts would let them off the hook. Remember the KPC land in Karen with Ruto and then all witnesses were made to disappear. With the NLC nobody is going to pull such dirty tricks and in fact that same case can be brought to the NLC.

        It is funny that the two things Uhuru and Ruto do not want to talk about are the ones all over the map namely ICC cases and land grabbing. Have people noticed how many times Uhuru has to go on and on about the ICC cases and try lying all the time. Talk about the elephants in the tent. We got two and they are not moving anytime soon. No problem.

      • Adongo,
        This issue needs to be discussed by CORD. CORD must own it and not shy away from it. But to be successful they need a strategy of tackling and deliberately breaking it down to the public in a fashion that is understandable. They must not contradict themselves in this matter. No more sending the likes of Oduor to ashame the whole country by his poor grasp of such an important issue. If not Jubilee will start playing victim and earn sympathy from the wanainchi.

      • hehehehehe. If Uhuru wants to be sued for land he got a case right here.

        http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-88646/kenyatta-kin-sues-mama-ngina-over-grabbed-land

        The case was filed 34 years ago and of course no judge dared touch it with Mr. Fuato Nyayo in charge followed by the great Satan.

        On the other matter I will do some work this weekend and I am looking foward to Job’s input then I will let the chefs know we need a new menu and I will lay it on the table without mincing words. Joke time is over. “Consider it done” hehehehe that one too is back in own mbus, forget the electoral laws. Anyways all your input is extremely valuable. It will be delivered.

      • adongo

        amazing, this is kenyatta’s brother saying this his brother as president grabbed his land (inherited from their father) and further went ahead to allocate him government land, as well as threw him into prison for demanding his rights

        i see a lot of courage in this old man eventually coming out to the open. unbelievable just how land hungry this j.kenyatta family is

      • It’s been a blitz of informal debates since the hanging of Kidero by Waititu in what I could call the first debate. Waititu ‘won’ by wit and simplicity in relating to the voters, a great majority of whom have little desire (or ability) in understanding manifestos and the life changing policies therein. Waititu did not pronounce anything intelligible. I bet none of you can remember anything of value he said. All he had to do was dress down, show up, crack some jokes and glow in his infectious laughter.

        And we all agree he won… or in the very least, that Kidero performed very poorly.

        With 29 days to go, CORD must quickly realize that policy articulation on TV will not win this election. Let’s leave that in the manifestos, websites, blogs and newspaper articles where the middle class and above can source, indulge and appreciate that information.

        TV, in the Kenyan context, belongs to the populist juggernaut. It’s all about outdoing and outshining the opposing camp in matters far away from the real issues. A Kenyan standard discussion on land, from a CORD perspective on TV, should be a repetition of Uhuru’s 500,000 acres of land and Ruto stealing land from IDPs. Over and over again. Period.

        That’s how one takes control of bar talk and saloon talk and shamba talk and construction work talk and industrial area work talk and watchman talk and matatu talk. You get the point. Statements on land taxation should really be, in my opinion, obscure one liners.

      • victorizo,

        You make some great points. A friend of mine who lives in Maimuto in the outskirts of Nairobi told me today that this is the most important election in Kenya since 1963 and she was born 10 years after independence and considers this the most important election in her lifetime. She gave me some insight as to what has to be done. She has been an activist all her adult life is now a professional development expert working with various organisations. Your views are very similar to what she told me.

        Let’s compare some notes over the weekend when I give DC folks some feed back.

      • `
        Victorizo,

        I hear you and largely agree with your ideas. I will be sending Adongo some input this weekend.

        Coming to the taxation policy I mentioned – I specifically intend it to be articulated in the common man’s language…not in abstract terms.

        The idea is to tell the masses how taxing the huge land holdings – like the one the Kenyattas are sitting on – will benefit the common man.

        Here is a sample of how it goes – in simplified version without nitty gritty details:

        – The CORD government will tax idle land like the huge idle parcels held by the Kenyattas in Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Naivasha, Eldoret and Nakuru.

        – If we charge just Shs 10,000 per acre of idle land annually, since they are holding 500,000 acres…their annual tax bill will be Kshs 5,000,000,000 ( 5 billion /=).

        – They will be forced to dispose the land

        – The CORD government will acquire it and settle the local landless and squatters.

        – A Jubilee government cannot enact or enforce such LAND REFORMS guaranteed in the Constitution because it will deprive some of its honchos of historically grabbed land

        – Vote for CORD if you want access to your historically grabbed land

        FULL STOP!

        Takes exactly ONE MINUTE to articulate!

        The same script applies for setting the National Land Commission (NLC).

        – The CORD government will set up the NLC stipulated in the new Constitution.

        – This Commission will examine all acquisitions of land in areas dogged by historic land injustices – including the Kenyatta holdings.

        – Illegally grabbed land will be returned as stipulated by the Constitution.

        – The CORD government will use it settle local landless and squatters.

        – A Jubilee government cannot enact or enforce such LAND REFORMS guaranteed in the Constitution because it will deprive some of its honchos of historically grabbed land

        – Vote for CORD if you want access to your historically grabbed land

      • And now Kibunja wants to ban any talk about land. Surely there has to be easier ways to win an election than this madness and paranoia from the Uhuru boys. Elections are about issues that are important to the voters. It is not the business of the Kibunjas to tell Kenyans which issues they can talk about. Why hold the elections in the first place?

        How Kibunja thinks anybody can listen to this crap of his defies all logic.

        Yes Mr. Kibunja we are going to talk about land and land grabbing upende usipende.

        Here is Kibunja.

        http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/Candidates-warned-against-land-remarks-/-/1631868/1684802/-/13ri9nw/-/index.html

      • Ngunjiri Wambugu lays it as is…

        http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-105730/uhuru-kenyatta-has-no-moral-authority-solve-kenyas-land-problems

        On October 1, 2004 the Standard’s lead story was on how the Kenyatta family is reputed to own 24,000 acres in Taveta, 50,000 acres in Taita, 29,000 acres in Kahawa Sukari, 10,000 acres in Gatundu, 5,000 acres in Thika, 9,000 acres in Kasarani, and 10,000 acres in Naivasha.

        The newspaper also quoted another 52,000 acres in Nakuru, 20,000 acres in Bahati, 10,000 acres in Rumuruti, and 40,000 acres in Endebbes.

        There was also mention of 100 acres in Karen and 1,000 acres in Dagorreti. The paper explained that this land was acquired during the 15-year reign of Uhuru’s father, Jomo Kenyatta.

        Ironically, Uhuru claims his greatest political support from Kiambu, a county with at least eight colonial-era villages — Kamuguga, Karecheni, Kiambaa, Kihara, Karura, Ichaweri and Kirathimo — that were established by the colonial government as concentration camps for Mau Mau sympathisers.

        However, the thousands of young men who inhabit these villages are the ones behind the Kenya National Land Accord, and they insist Uhuru must restore their grandfathers’ lands back to them before they can vote him into any position.

      • No Sir Kibunja! Kenyans are going to talk about land till the cows come back home! What other historical injustices do you propose are more worth talking about at this time?

        Talking about land does not amount to hate speech! Do you still know the mandate of your useless office or should we remind you?

        What a waste of tax payers’ money your office has become!! Do you still remember the Mwakere et al cases in which your useless office got compromised?

        Kenyans are supreme as per the constitution and hence are free to talk about what they want!

        Do you want to carry out a nationwide referendum to determine whether Kenyans consider land a political issue worth debating or not? Try that route Sir before you start sounding like a well fed tinpot little dictator!!

        Get lost Mr. Kibunja!!

      • well well well

        so kibunja and (lately the IG kimaiyo) thinks people should not talk about land

        well

        ok i am going to abide by that crazy roadside decree

        ===

        i will however hope that someone will explain to me the following

        a) “clifford” waititu is quite popular in eastlands, he has been shown on national TV stoning even members of his constituency. apparently its because of “developers” grabbing …er….er…. space and putting up buildings while forcibly evicting “illegal” squatters in that ….space…. for his firm stance for standing up for squatters on ……er ….er certain spaces…. he is the people’s champion. question.. is talking about this “space” grabbed by developers” and displacing a sizeable chunk of urban dwellers more politically correct? should we talk about grabbed space and squatters dwelling in that space? i agree because “land” is “emotive” grabbed space is not as emotive. dumbo, dumber and dumberer

        b) when innocent kenyans legitimately buy property and then their investments go up in smoke, we need to igone this because its not a real issue but emotive one. no of course not. this is not about land but er ….. space issues

        and this is just one of more than 60 video’s on syokimau issues

        this clip below is for demolitions on Feb 3/4 2013

        ==

        does kibunja understand the term cohesion. does he understand the term integration

        does kimaiyo understand the term justice and the true rule of law enforcement and peace keepers

      • too bad for uhuruto, mashetani, kibunja etc. the genie is out of the bottle and skirting around the land issue will only embolden Kenyans to firmly hold their feet to the fire. washindwe!

      • And here is the new Fifth Column after Kibunja and the CCK useless con games. Now they want to use the officially illegal County Commissioners to do “Peace Talks” in the former Rift Valley Province. The county commissioners positions have been ruled illegal by Kenyan courts. But the powers that be don’t care about the laws of the land. They abuse them at will.

        But we must ask one question about these so called “peace talks”. Why only in Rift Valley? Why not in Gusiiland where there are so many IDPs? Why not in the Coast? Well we know why. This is a project to try to get muthamaki votes in Rift Valley where things are not going according to plan. This is the Kibaki rob and con on Kenyan voters at its best for their only hope now, after Uhuru messed the shetani project. This is the new ECK 2007 project on steroids. It will be defeated. Again.

        This is what I am talking about:

        http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000075653&story_title=Kenya-Region-to-hold-peace-forums-ahead-of-polls

  6. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged Kenyans to vote for the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) to safeguard their future.

    Mr Musyoka said Cord leaders who believe in change are committed to fighting negative ethnicity and uniting the country.

    Speaking at Garissa grounds during a Cord rally, the VP said it is time Kenyans elect a leader who is recognised internationally.

    The VP said Kenyans have decided to end tribalism and negative ethnicity by electing leaders who are keen on development and peace.

    He said Cord will fight against poverty and ensure peace is restored in all parts of the country.

    The VP condemned the recent attacks in Garissa and its environs on innocent Kenyans, saying the government has moved swiftly to contain the situation.

    He said the Kenyan Government will not rest until normalcy is restored in Somalia adding that peace in Mogadishu was crucial for the development of Kenya.

    Mr Musyoka praised the move by Christians and Muslims in the region to work together in the fight against terror.

    The VP assured aspirants of various political parties affiliated to Cord of free and fair nominations during Thursday’s nomination across the country.

    He said the recent opinion polls reflected the true situation ahead of the March 4 General Election.

    The VP later opened the Wiper Democratic Movement office in Garissa town.

    Mr Musyoka was accompanied by nominated MP Mohammed Affey and aspirants for various seats.
    http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/-/1631868/1666378/-/p9fav7z/-/index.html

    • This is an interesting discussion. But I think there are two or three ideas running parallel here and we need to separate them. First there is the whol idea of bringing an important, basic and emotive national issue lik land to the table. Here cord did well to inject this into the national discourse. Purely s electoral strategy, it puts Jubilee on the extreme defensive. Uhuru and Ruto went ballistic and were distracted from whatever they were doing to respond. More importantly, both Uhuru and Ruto carry immense baggage on Land – in fact they epitomize th problem. They are th problem. On strategy it was an A-.

      But I think the bigger Idea revolves around messaging and propaganda. Job is talking about the US system and I think it is apt. Winning a news cycle requires a concerted effort. Where is the team of effective surrogates? What about ‘talking points’? Some of the things we are discussing here would be in the talking points that TV and Radio surrogates repeat adamantly. But you know what? TV is not about winning against Rachel Shebesh or dealing with Ahmednassir overblown sense of self importance. It is about targeting specific segments who are watching.

      Who do I think are good surrogates? Depending on media outlet and audiences – Kalembe Ndile (he would beat Waititu nd Sonko at their game because he is ordinary, folksy and eloquent without being thuggish like those two). Mutula Kilonzo (he would take Nassir to school while projecting ideas to the audience beyond). I also do not think cord should necessarily end popular people to TV stations. This could be opportunities to show case some younger women, the disabled etc.

      I said messaging requires concerted effort. After the PM hd unleashed his political broadside on land; aides should have been busy behind stage providing background material for the press to shape the expected headlines. Surrogate should have been briefed on talking points. Needless to say, this means Raila himself would not be talking about land unless it had been carefully pre planned to exact maximum results. A layer of sophistication would be that lines would have been pre-tested with focus groups.

      I guess all this requires high level organization and planning at campaign headquarters. Is Owallo listening?

      • Speaking of land, I found this to be fairly interesting; from the mavulture folks. It is a tale of greed and malfeasance.

        Kenyatta University’s low-cadre staff, who are servicing loans for land, are gridlocked by directors’ tussle over Sh1 billion profits looted from them. In the meantime, Equity Bank continues to enjoy steady interest fees

        Three years after Kenya’s independence in 1963, its iconic leader, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, invoked the powers of his office to award himself a “small” farm in Juja, on the fringes of his Gatundu homeland, an hour north of Nairobi.

        The “small” farm was 509 acres. In this spirit of fairness, the grand old man also gave his son, Peter Magana Kenyatta, 200 acres next to his land. Now the two could be neighbours.

        At the time, the president was telling millions of landless squatters that the new Government did not have free land to give out. Majority of the squatters had been disinherited and displaced by the colonial government as punishment for supporting the Mau mau.

        Leading by example, Kenyatta paid for the two parcels of land he had obtained for himself and his son. The amount he paid was a princely sum of Sh5,472. That’s for some 709 acres! Essentially, he was buying each acre for Sh7.70. At least it wasn’t free.

        On July 9, 1966, while executing the powers vested in his office, Kenyatta officially transferred the land to himself. The title deed reads in part: ”The President of the Republic of Kenya on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kenya grant unto His Excellency Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, President of Kenya (Post Office Box 125 Ruiru) the piece of land situated in Nairobi, containing 509 acres Land Reference Number 11493…”

        The only condition the “Government” gave to Kenyatta was that the land be used for agricultural purposes only.

        Kenyatta would repeat the script on November 14, 1966, and sign off some 200 acres to his beloved son Magana. Documents relating to Magana’s land indicate that the title was freehold. He shared the postal address with his father.

        After lying fallow for 45 years – which means the land acquisition was actuated by greed, not need – the two pieces of land were discreetly sold by the Kenyatta family for about Sh1.4 billion. One piece was sold through a front company, Edge Worth Properties Limited, on August 23, 2010, to Eastern By-Pass Estate Company Limited, with each acre fetching Sh2 million.

        Eastern By-Pass Estate Company Limited, which was registered on May 17, 2010, had been formed by senior lecturers at Kenyatta University. The lecturers hoped to buy land and later sell it to their 1,017 middle- and lower-cadre employees for profit.

        The company was spearheaded by Dr Muthumbi Waweru, who was then Dean of School of Engineering and acted as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Other directors included Prof Muasya, Gitahi J I, Aaron Tanui, N Karagu, Ruth Ndung’u and C Ombuki. The directors were all working at Kenyatta University at the time.

        A Memorandum of Understanding between Kenyatta University, Equity Bank and Eastern By-Pass Estate Company Limited indicated that interested staff would be granted secured individual loans (with the group title as collateral) to purchase the plot. The money would be recovered through the check-off system.

        The plan by the company was simple. The directors bought and subdivided the 509-acre parcel into three blocks. Some 100 acres, which had earlier been used for quarrying, was designated as a low-prime area suitable for apartments. The company intended to sell an acre for Sh3 million and realise Sh300 million.

        Another 50 acres was designated as prime area. Here, a commercial centre would be situated in each plot, measuring 0.028ha. This translated to Sh10 million per acre. In this area, the company would realise a total of Sh500 million.

        The third block was meant for residential, single-dwelling houses. This was a total of 1,775 quarter-acre plots, sold at Sh388,000 each, and netting Sh688,700,000. In total, the company expected to realise Sh1.4 billion.

        The proceeds, according to the directors’ projections, were enough to cater for the initial cost of buying the 509 acres from the Kenyatta family, and leave them with a “small” profit of about Sh300 million.

        To maximise on their profits, the directors used the estimated Sh700 million paid by about 900 plot buyers to secure the second plot (Magana’s parcel) measuring 200 acres. Out of this, some 117 acres was to be sold as residential quarter-acre plots.

        The initial price per plot was fixed at Sh900,000. This was later adjusted to Sh1.1 million. The company aimed at generating a whopping Sh1 billion after selling 1,060 plots. This was considered profit, to be shared among the directors.

        Investigations reveal that although Eastern By-Pass Estate Company Limited was originally meant for Kenyatta University staff, its membership was expanded to include employees of Equity Bank and other interested buyers not affiliated with the two institutions.

        Although the buyers were given allotment letters and share certificates as proof of having purchased land from Eastern By-Pass Estate Company, they later realised that it was unclear which parcel of land they had invested in.

        When money began trickling in, things went wrong at the Eastern By-Pass Estate Company Limited, occasioned by major fallout among directors over the sharing of the Sh1 billion spoils expected at the conclusion of the deal.

        Trouble started after the chairman, Muthumbi Waweru, claimed that some of his colleagues had secretly manipulated the company file at the Registrar of Companies, tampering with the shareholding. He had been issued 334 shares while Joseph Irumbi Gitahi had 333 shares. The remaining 333 shares had not been allocated.

        In the original script, the shareholding formula was as follows: The chairman of board was supposed to get 40 percent, while the other two directors, one of whom was standing in for a senior university official, would get a 30 percent shareholding each.

        In effect, each of the major shareholders would get about Sh400 million. The other two would rake in Sh300 million from the Sh1 billion profit realised from the two Kenyatta parcels of land.

        In an affidavit filed in court on August 15, 2011, Muthumbi averred that he had received calls from Olive Mwihaki Mugenda, the Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University, demanding that she be allocated 40 shareholding of the company.

        In his application against the Registrar of Companies, Eastern By-Pass Estate Limited, Equity Bank, Olive Mugenda and Joseph Irumbi, Muthumbi sought judicial review to have alterations made in the company shareholding to be quashed.

        He claimed that after he refused to comply, Mugenda vowed to kill the company by getting Equity Bank to recall its loan. Later, Muthumbi alleged his lawyer discovered that non-company members had tried to change the shareholding of the directors.

        The application opened a floodgate of suits, which saw the 809 buyers also join the fray, apprehensive that squabbling among the directors would lead to loss of their investments.

        What started as an investment scheme has turned into a convoluted scam where some senior university lecturers linked to the company have been sacked by Kenyatta University, as junior varsity and Equity Bank employees wait with baited breath, fearful that they might lose their lifetime savings.

        The only benefactor in the whole saga is Equity Bank, which continues to receive monthly payments from plot owners it had granted loans as it also holds onto the ownership documents of the land the workers were meant to buy.

        In the meantime, relatives of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who sold the pieces of land at the centre of the controversy for nearly Sh1.5 billion, continue to enjoy the fruits reaped from the scheme.

      • RR,
        CORD MUST REPEAT THE ISSUE OF LAND AT EVERY RALLY.
        Having said that I don’t think that all is lost even with the debacle they have had in presenting this issue in simple terms.

        Remember that the issue of land is being talked about at every Jubilee rally. The fact that Uhuru is talking about land is very good for CORD. It does not matter what he is saying, whether its the fact the he got the land legally or he does not own any. The people of Kenya know that he owns large parcels of land and his denials are just comical and puts even more doubt in peoples minds.

        He has asked Raila to take him to court. While this is good for his ego it really resonates negatively with the people of RVP, Central and Coast. Mungiki was formed because of land issues among other things and I don’t think that these youth (mungiki) will take Uhurus denials very kindly.

        Secondly, the PEV revolved around land issues. Don’t tell me that the kalenjins have all a sudden forgotten about the fact that their land was grabbed.

        Lastly, coastarians eg the Taita are squatters in their own land. More than 1/2 of their land is owned by Kenyatta. I dont think that Uhuru will convince them.

        Even though Oduor Ongwen made a fool of himself last time on TV by not articulating the land issue as expected, CORD has enough time to damage control.

        RR, I agree with you that Kilembe Ndile or Hassan Omar would perhaps do a better job talking about land than the likes of Oduor.

        The land issue is biting Uhuru´s ass like never before. While in the past he could arrogantly refuse to talk about it, he has to now and he is very defenseless. His only defense is that he obtained the land legally. shiish.

        Obtaining land the size of Nyanza province “legally” does not make it right when millions of people in Central, RV and Coast province don’t even have a square meter of land.

        The more Ruto tries to defend Uhuru on the land issue the more he is pushing those undecided voters into CORDS arms. This is a guy who knows how the kalenjins are bitter about land,but goes out telling them to chill out and relax.

        CORD must repeat this issue at every rally. Such an issue needs to repeated a million times. Remember how the democrats in the US used Mr. Romney 47% utterance? They made sure that everyone became aware of it.

        Finally people such Abdinassir saying that Raila cannot deal with the issue of land does not help Uhuru in anyway. In my opinion it compounds the fact that there is a land issue which is what CORD wants to put out there.

      • i think this attempt at gagging by kibunja and kimaiyo is juvenile and idiotic

        we cannot solve our problems by pretending that they do not exist. these two jamaz and ruto and uhuru are collectively asking kenyans to bury their heads in the sand, so as to expose our behinds to be booted into oblivion. nice try!

        on top of the thorny and perenial land issues, we also have in our face the ICC issue. this is something that will impact kenyans. the impact will of course be less if jubilee do not win, but should they win, the impact will escalate. so this is therefore another hot topic that must be addressed fully. no stepping around egg-shells for that either

        and if these kibunja, kimaiyo have problems with that let me remind them of the saying that if the kitchen is getting too hot, they need to get out and chose another career. ditto uhuruto

      • AO,
        Since OO made the bold predictions, some are now sh** bricks. Especially those who had come to believe Mutahi Ngunyis predictions.

        For the most part OO has always made the right predictions are far as the elections are concerned. I do believe that he is right and the opinion polls are also suggesting the same.

        Apart from the above our own internal polls at DC are also pointing in that very direction.

        Tribal arithmeticians will have to find some other thing to do after these elections because the myth that Mutahi Ngunyi has been chosen to carefully plant into people’s minds will come to not. Mutahi has a right to earn money from Uhuru Kenyatta but he can only fool Uhuru.

        The overtone window shifted long time ago and there is no chance on earth for it to shift back.

        In the last US elections I watched in dismay as Dick Morris predicted a landslide victory for Barack Obama claiming all manner of “tribal arithmetic”.

        Infact this was an interpretation of polls that said that Obama would win. He thought Barack was deluding himself.

        He even brought in the fact that more Romney supporters were likely to vote than Obamas and that the undecided would go Romenys way.

        His math failed miserably and that’s what going to happen to Mutahis so called predictions.

      • hehehe mzee

        the problem with mutahi is that he likes to gloss over some key data that can turn the interpretation of the overall data

        for instance why did former central province and parts of nairobi have such high voter turnout? is it really that these voters purposed to register en masse to support the ICC suspects? you wish!. of course these guys love their candidates, but i doubt they’d make such sacrifice for them

        the reason is a lot more pragmatic

        in 2007 people voted peacefully, after results, certain communities were targetted in specific areas

        once bitten twice shy

        the survivors of that mayhem have no assurance that this will not repeat itself therefore, all those guys in diaspora decided to register in “safer” zones. include also those displaced and have not found their way back.

        can you blame them? of course not. anyway the point is, i think there is a spill over from “unsafe” zones and not necessarily support of the muthamaki that pushed the numbers above 95%.

        if that is the case, then it is very unlikely that they will all vote blind, because they do have interest in living in those other communities and riding rough-shod over the communities is counter productive despite the horrors of the PEV.

        anyway here is some twitter guy with an interesting projection

        CORD Wins

      • tnk,
        The twitter guys has very interesting numbers. We have always been saying that Jubilee cannot win this thing. CORD will is winning this thing come rain or shine. Seems that they are now putting even greater effort in campaigns.

        While the worst case scenario for Jubilee would be a run off (which I think wont happen because CORD will get this thing round one) that very scenario would be the best for CORD. Jubilee has almost exhausted its votes basket while CORD has a lot to bring. With Eagle, Amani and independents out of the way CORD will have a walkover.

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