Uhuru’s First ‘Makadara’ Speech!!

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Chief of the Defence Forces General Julius Karangi on arrival for the Madaraka Day celebrations at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi Saturday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech during Madaraka Day celebrations, June 1, 2013

By PPS

Fellow Kenyans,
I am pleased to join you today as we celebrate 50 years since our beloved country attained internal self-rule.  50 years ago, we embarked on an important and irreversible journey towards full independence when we began to run our own internal affairs.

Today, half a century later, we remember and salute the thousands of Kenyans who were involved in the struggle against colonialism.  We salute the men and women who made huge sacrifices so that we could enjoy freedom and liberty today.  We particularly honor those who paid the ultimate price in the liberation of our country.

In recognition of the sacrifices borne by our predecessors, every year, on this date, we have an opportunity to come together to reflect on what we have done with our hard-earned freedom; we have an opportunity to dedicate ourselves afresh to the patriotism; selflessness and diligence that marked the struggle for independence and an opportunity to renew our commitment to the task of building a prosperous nation that is freer, stronger,
richer and fairer than the one we inherited.

Fellow Kenyans,
As we celebrate this year’s Madaraka Day, therefore, we reflect over the journey we have travelled over the last 50 years.  And it is evident we have made tremendous strides over this period.  Kenyans now have better access to food, shelter, education, health and security services and, indeed, enjoy a better standard of living than was possible 50 years ago.

In spite of this progress, much remains to be done.  As we celebrate the past 50 years, therefore, we must now cast our sights over the next 50 years.  We must ask ourselves critical questions: how do we tackle the challenges we now face? What advances will we have made in the next 50 years? What new horizons will we have conquered? What kind of country will we bequeath to our children and future generations?

I cannot tell the future any more than you; but I know for sure that we are blessed with rich natural resources, a strong and growing middle class, improving infrastructure, and a well-educated workforce.  I am confident that through our hard work we can transform our country and take our rightful place among the free and prosperous nations of the world.

Fellow Kenyans,
To achieve this vision of a free and prosperous society, our journey must now gain momentum; and Kenyans across the country must play their respective roles in ensuring that Vision 2030 becomes a reality.

Let me hasten to say that national unity is a key prerequisite for the realisation of the Kenya that we all desire.  Without unity, we shall neither progress nor stand. As we indicated in our Manifesto, the Jubilee Government believes in one Kenya; a Kenya where every citizen, wherever they live, will have the opportunity to succeed and prosper, free of discrimination.  I assure Kenyans that uniting our people is one of my most passionate goals for our country.  I dream of a Kenya where we will not only be proud of our diverse heritage and cultures, but also where we will unite around our common aspirations as Kenyans.

Our shared aim is to end ethnic tensions and rivalry and to unite all our citizens.  I am determined to provide leadership towards the attainment of this noble objective. A united Kenya has tremendous potential for growth and development.  Indeed, Kenya is not a collection of 42 tribes who have to live together.  Kenya is one nation, assembled by divine providence and held together for the last 50 years by our common bond and belief in a brighter future for us and our children.

Hand in hand with the agenda of uniting our country, my Government is determined to ensure the success of the devolved system of government.

Personally, I believe the success of devolution will be the success of the Jubilee agenda for the people of Kenya.  Devolution will not only facilitate the delivery of services and ensure equity but will also lead to the emergence of new centers of economic development.

Through enactment of various legislations, the National Government has continued to realign its functions and the process of transfer of functions to the County Governments has started.  The National Government will continue to give support to the county governments through capacity building.  I pledge to promote and the spirit of cooperation and consultation as provided for in the Constitution in order to enhance synergy and cooperation between the two levels of Government for the benefit of all Kenyans.

I also assure Kenyans that in the coming days, we will ensure the conclusion of the restructuring process of the Provincial Administration as required by the Constitution. In this regard, I have directed that Provincial Commissioners and other provincial Heads of Department in the former Provinces be redeployed for other national duties.

As we roll out the devolved system of government, I call upon governors and other leaders at the county level to focus critically on growing county economies in order for us to create opportunities and wealth for our people.  I also urge leaders to enlighten Kenyans that even as we implement devolution, Kenya remains one indivisible nation.

Fellow Kenyans,
When I took office about two months ago, I promised that we will radically change the way the Government operates so that it is able to deliver efficient and effective services to the people.  That journey has begun with our restructuring of Government ministries and the naming of Cabinet Secretaries.  These secretaries have been tasked with the responsibility of implementing our development agenda across all sectors of our economy.

I have full confidence in them and I call upon Kenyans to support their efforts.

As an immediate step towards making the transformation of the Public Service a reality, I am directing the ministry of Devolution and Planning to move forward with the strategy for implementation of integrated service delivery “one stop shop” Citizen Service Delivery Centers; initiate modalities for rationalization of the public service in order to make it effective and efficient, and, institute measures and standards for improved performance management in service delivery.

As I also indicated during my inauguration, the Government will address those critical challenges which, if unresolved, will greatly hinder our development efforts.  In this regard, our most urgent tasks are to grow our economy, ensure food security, provide quality education and health services, create jobs for our young people; battle insecurity; and firmly crackdown on corruption and impunity.

Improving the economic welfare of our people is our most challenging task.  We have to create ladders of opportunity that will enable our brothers and sisters living in poverty to move to the middle class.  To do this, the Government will work in partnership with the private sector and our development partners to reinvigorate inclusive growth through strategies such as modernizing agriculture, diversifying exports, improving infrastructure, sealing leakages in our revenue collection system and expanding the tax base.

In addition to these measures, I would like to reiterate that my Government is keen on transforming the structure of our economy so as to create sustainable employment opportunities to our growing young population.  This is important because the only sure way to fight poverty is to create wealth and the best way to do that is by rapid industrialisation.

We are committed to sparking an industrial revolution that will ensure we are able to manufacture the necessary tools and equipment for economic activities as well as to carry out value addition of our raw materials and primary commodities.

It is for this reason that I formed the Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development.  This Ministry will be the heartbeat of our industrial revolution and export diversification agenda.

It will ensure the full implementation of the Sessional Paper No. 9 of 2012 on the National Industrialisation Policy Framework for Kenya (2012-2030) which is aimed at transforming Kenya into a globally competitive regional industrial hub in line with Kenya Vision 2030.

The key projects that will drive this process include the development of integrated steel mills, development of SME parks; promotion of the One Village, One Product programme; and productivity improvement for SMEs.  It is our conviction that these initiatives will play a critical role in attaining our objective of creating one million jobs per year for the nextfive years.

To further increase investments and generate employment opportunities, we will continue to strengthen cooperatives to better enable them play the crucial roles of mobilising savings, marketing products and value addition to our products.  The mobilization of savings is particularly key to the realisation of Vision 2030 in respect to increasing national savings from the current 17 percent to 30 percent of national income.  I am encouraged that currently, members’ deposits in SACCOs amount to approximately Kshs.378 billion.  We must strengthen and harness the potential of this sector in order to increase the pool of investible resources.

With respect to value addition, we want to see more cooperatives venture not only into value addition, but also packaging, branding and marketing of high quality products.  I call upon cooperatives to emulate the success stories of co-operatives such as New KCC which through value addition now produces finished products including powdered milk.  This is one of the best ways in which we shall be able to generate employment and create wealth.

Fellow Kenyans,
To further facilitate the growth of our economy, we will continue to expand the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.  Our primary aim is to bring down the cost of electricity and at the same time ensure it is reliably and widely available.  I am aware that a reliance on hydro-generated power makes our power supply unreliable, while thermal electricity is costly and pollutes the environment.  In view of this, my Government will continue to put more emphasis on green energy development with a special focus on geothermal and wind.

Regarding infrastructure, we will prioritize road construction and maintenance in the next five years under the 2nd Medium Term Plan of Vision 2030 which spans from this year to 2017.  Among the key projects earmarked for implementation is the LAPSSET project comprising of a new road, rail and pipeline network connecting Kenya to South Sudan and Ethiopia; the Northern Corridor Transport project and the Kenya Transport Sector Support Project which involves the rehabilitation of targeted regional and national roads connecting Kenya to her East African neighbours as well as enhancing inter-county roads connectivity.  We shall also secure adequate funding to begin immediate construction of the standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu.

With respect to information and telecommunications infrastructure, I am happy our country has been recognised globally as a leading ICT hub and has, indeed, received three global awards for facilitating the development of ICT infrastructure, use of e-applications in public services, and the famous mobile money transaction technology – Mpesa.

In the coming years, the Government will address challenges identified in the Jubilee manifesto concerning ICT through improved ICT education in schools, training of teachers and the progressive rolling out of WI-FI in major towns within the next five years.

To create employment opportunities, my Government plans to position Kenya as a Business Process Outsourcing Hub through establishment of Konza Techno City.  This will provide employment opportunities specifically to the youth who will work in software development, light electronic manufacturing industries and IT-enabled services, among others.  We will also establish incubation hubs for ICT start-ups through the New Biashara Kenya Agency.

Fellow Kenyans,
Turning to the pledges we made in our manifesto, we have made good progress in regard to laying the framework for delivery.  Shortly – in the near term – we shall commence the journey of delivering on these pledges, transforming our economy and improving the living standards of our people.

 We shall achieve this by focusing on a few but high impact strategic areas that will reduce the cost of living, while at the same time unleashing the latent potential of our people and economy.

For this reason, my Government has prioritised, among others:
•       Transport and logistics to reduce cost of transport and make our economy competitive;
•       Agricultural transformation and food security aimed at making food available to Kenyans at affordable prices;
•       Security to ensure the safety of our people and facilitate investment;
•       Affordable, adequate and accessible water and energy for households and investors;
•       Quality and equitable education for all school going children;
•       Free maternal health and free access to quality healthcare throughout the country; and
•       Affordable and accessible credit to our youth, women and persons with disability.

With respect to health, my Government has made adequate budgetary arrangements to enable all pregnant mothers to access free maternity services in all public health facilities, with effect from 1st June, 2013.

Consequently, I direct that no charges of whatever nature shall be imposed by Government health institutions to access maternity services.

In addition, the user fees of Ksh. 10 and Ksh. 20 that have hitherto been charged in dispensaries and health centres respectively will equally cease with effect from 1st June, 2013.  These measures are expected to increase access to required services by all pregnant mothers.  They will also
increase access to primary healthcare services in Government health centers and dispensaries by all Kenyans.

With respect to other priorities, and starting with the next fiscal year’s budget of 2013/14, my Government has made provisions for adequate funding.

 In this regard, we have, for example proposed to set aside Kshs.17.8 billion in FY 2013/14 towards food security.  This allocation will be committed to on-going irrigation projects countrywide as well as initiating the One million acres irrigation programme.

To enable our youth and women access credit for starting or expanding small businesses, Kshs.6 billion is proposed for distribution to all constituencies in the country as a Revolving Fund.  A framework for its delivery has been formulated.  In addition, and in line with my Government’s commitment to the youth and women of this country, we will establish the National Gender and Development Council and further remodel the National Youth Council as institutions that will transform the mainstreaming approach into tangible and practical solutions.

In education, we shall make provision for the purchase of laptops in schools.   We will also set aside resources for; building the capacity of teachers in lower primary schools, for content development, for the deployment of computer labs in ten schools per constituency, and for the connection of power to schools identified for provision of laptops but which do not have power.

I expect the ministries and Government agencies concerned, to implement these programs expeditiously in order to transform our economy into a prosperous middle income country in which our citizens live with pride and dignity.

I wish to assure Kenyans at this point that beyond our efforts to empower the youth through education and provision of affordable loans, my Government is committed to protecting the youth from injurious influences and lifestyles that compromise their health and future.  We must invest in the health and well-being of our youth in whom the future of our country is embodied.

In this regard, I wish to put on notice those who sell drugs, alcohol and other substances to our youth.  We shall not allow you to ruin these young lives and deny our country the bright future we are working for.  We are resolved to deal with these merchants of destruction.

Fellow Kenyans,
My Government recognises that security is a prerequisite to sustainable economic growth.  Security of the individual and of property is embedded in our Vision 2030 as one of the foundations for socio-economic transformation.  We are, therefore, determined to improve security across the country in order to attract investments, lower the cost of doing business, and provide Kenyans with a more secure living and working environment.

Several parts of our country have suffered incidents of insecurity in the recent past.  Criminals have taken innocent lives and stolen or damaged property.  The Government has moved fast to stem this rising tide of criminal activities.  We have deployed more security officers to vulnerable areas and equipped them to deal with emerging threats.

My Government has nominated a Cabinet Secretary and sent the name to Parliament.  I wish to request Parliament to expeditiously deal with his vetting.  In the meantime, my government has taken measures to ensure that there is no vacuum in the management of security institutions.  I have therefore directed all security organs to step-up the operations and to secure the nation.

The ongoing police reforms are also bearing fruit and it is our intention to ensure that we have an efficient, well equipped, motivated and responsive police service that will serve the nation impartially and deal firmly with criminals.  I call upon the general public to partner with the police by providing information that may lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals.

To further enhance security, my Government has set aside Kshs. 4 billion for the procurement of modern security equipment each year for the next five years.  We have also proposed to allocate Kshs.4.5 billion for enhanced security operations; Kshs.1.5 billion for crime research and investigation; and Kshs. 3 billion for financing the leasing of motor vehicles and fuelling them for operations.

I assure all Kenyan that I will not rest until every Kenyan feels safe and secure.  To the students; teachers and parents in Bungoma, to my fellow citizens in Mathare, to Kenyans in Tana-River, and to citizens across the land – we will defend you and ensure your safety and freedom.

Fellow Kenyans,
Corruption and impunity are a major hindrance to our progress.  For many years now, some public servants, business people, professionals, and even average Kenyans, have engaged in corruption on such a regular basis that it seems to have become acceptable.  This must stop.

Corruption not only degrades the moral fabric of our society but it also causes immense suffering to our people. Most importantly, corruption compromises the ability of Government to provide effective and efficient services to its people and jeopardizes our nation’s future.

I call upon all Kenyans to join hands in this fight by obeying the law at all times and practicing integrity in all your endeavours.  This battle will be won only when we all do that which is morally right.  Let us also report corruption when we witness it and hold our leaders accountable in regard to the use of resources.

Fellow Kenyans,
As I conclude, I would like to affirm Kenya’s commitment to regional, continental and international cooperation. When we attained our independence, Kenya embarked on a foreign policy approach that sought to establish its place as an active and responsible member of the international community.  Over the years, our nation has maintained its place as an acknowledged pillar of peace as well as a respected leader in regional development and integration.

In order to build on these achievements, my Government seeks to implement a more proactive and innovative approach in pursuing our political and socio-economic interests globally.  We will be guided by our strategic objectives of securing and growing a vibrant modern economy, promoting regional peace and security, and enhancing Kenya’s role as a respected regional and global leader.

To this end, appropriate legislative and policy frameworks will be put in place to centralise and focus Kenya’s Foreign Service on economic diplomacy and to facilitate further engagement of the Kenyan Diaspora in the social, political, and economic development of our country.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, I call upon us all to rededicate ourselves to the development of our beloved motherland.  Let us also embrace the ideals of patriotism, hard work and selflessness that underpinned the struggle for self-rule; and as we cast our eyes towards the horizon of possibility and promise, let us all believe in ourselves, and let us all have faith that we can make Kenya a prosperous, free, and wealthy country.

Thank you and God bless you all.

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  1. Raila: Jubilee won’t force me to quit politics

    At a hotel in Ivory Coast’s largest city Abidjan 10 days ago, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa bounded across the lobby to greet Cord leader Raila Odinga.

    Mr Mkapa is well known for his bubbly, jovial demeanour but this time he had a concerned look on his face.

    “Raila,” he said. “Ni jambo gani hii nasoma kwa magazeti ati wewe huwezi tumia VIP (lounge) JKIA? (What is this I hear that you cannot use the VIP lounge at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi?).”

    “It is true,” Mr Odinga said. “You and (Frederick) Sumaye (former Prime Minister of Tanzania) can use the VIP lounge in Kenya but I cannot.”

    Mr Odinga told that story with a chuckle in an interview with the Sunday Nation on Friday.

    But he was making a more serious point. The ODM party leader has in the recent past become the target of what appears to be a campaign of intimidation and bullying by elements within the government, including the withdrawal of most security personnel assigned to him and the vehicles they used.

    One of the country’s most senior political figures now travels around without a police escort and his personal security detail has been cut down to the bare minimum. He and his family were also notoriously subjected to humiliation when they were barred from using the VIP lounges at the airport three weeks ago while on trips to Kisumu and a second time before Mr Odinga travelled to the US.

    The disputes Mr Odinga has engaged in with the authorities and the repeated security breaches at his offices have raised questions about the maturity of the nation’s democratic culture.

    In stable democracies on the continent such as Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius and Tanzania, former presidents, vice- presidents and prime ministers are offered state security and reasonable levels of compensation after leaving office.

    Mr Odinga said the Jubilee administration should borrow a leaf from those countries although he was at pains not to blame the treatment to which he has been subjected directly to either President Kenyatta or Deputy President William Ruto.

    “I am ordinarily not the complaining type,” Mr Odinga said. “I recognise that there is another government in power and they are entitled to their attitudes. But I think we should be a civilised country that respects its citizens. Everybody has rights: children, the sick, the disabled, the infirm, the aged, everybody. At every stage of life people should be treated with respect. It’s a culture we should institutionalise.”

    The Cord leader pointed to the almost total withdrawal of the security personnel assigned to him to illustrate his point.

    “In my home (in Karen) there is only one person. When he is asleep, I have nobody there. The guards assigned to my home are not provided with transport. That leaves the question whether they are supposed to carry guns in a matatu. I was a Prime Minister who was an equal partner with the President.

    That’s why I had 20 ministers and Kibaki had 20 ministers. They say I’m not entitled to anything. I am not a VIP. Look what they do for the others. Nyayo (former President Moi) is given six cars. Kibaki has 25 guards. He has been given a budget of Sh250 million for an office. What about me? Don’t I have things to do? I have not been paid even a single cent in pension since I left office. Yet I served as an MP for 20 years, as a minister and prime minister. How am I supposed to survive for the rest of my life?”

    Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia declined to comment and asked that all inquiries be directed to Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo. When Mr Kimaiyo was reached, he said he was in meetings and could not discuss the issue.

    Key leaders in government, including House Majority Leader Aden Duale, have demanded that Mr Odinga retires from politics before he can receive any retirement benefits but the former PM dismissed this out of hand.

    “I am not their subject. I can’t be ordered around by the spokesmen of people. They never brought me into politics and they can’t force me to retire. I will not be held to ransom because of benefits.

    It’s a carrot they are dangling before me but they should be more civilised. I have a mission in politics and it is to serve the people. Only they can tell me to retire and not some government functionaries.”

    The former PM said the notion that his security cannot be catered for because a retirement benefits Act had not been passed rang hollow because top officials in government enjoyed wide discretionary powers and could make those arrangements without the need for a special law.

    He advised the government to concentrate on the task of delivering on the promises they had made to Kenyans and to spend less time attempting to humiliate opposition leaders.

    “I don’t want to speculate on the reasons behind this. Maybe it’s insecurity or some kind of phobia which I cannot explain. As you can see, I have tried to be very quiet and very uncontroversial. I’ve avoided issues which could bring me into conflict with this system. I thought it’s necessary to give them space to implement their programmes. Then they can be judged by what they have been able to deliver.”

    On speculation that some within government have been pushing him to retire so that they can inherit his political base, Mr Odinga said that his best advice to anyone seeking to win over the ODM base would be to deliver on their pledges to Kenyans rather than trying to force Cord leaders to exit the scene.

    “Whoever is doing this is trying to break my spirit. They are spoiling for a fight. I don’t know who is doing it. I can’t accuse the President or Deputy President. I don’t think they would stoop so low. I would want to think they are above that because even I and Kibaki used to have our differences but we would find a way to manage them.”
    The former Prime Minister, who with President Kibaki was one of the principals in charge of the grand coalition government formed in February 2008 to bring to an end the unrest which followed the 2007 elections, offered his assessment of Mr Kenyatta’s first three months in office.

    “We formed a Cabinet within two days of taking office and swore them in and started work. This government is still a work in progress. I would have done things differently. Time is of the essence. 100 days on we still don’t have strategic plans for the ministries to know what they need to do. Within two weeks I and Kibaki had laid down the plans for the government.

    We were a coalition and the first thing we did was to form a taskforce to harmonise our manifestoes. Shortly thereafter we held a workshop at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies and told each ministry what we wanted and they hit the ground running. Some of the leaders of this government were in the Cabinet and I wish they learned from it because they are digital and we were analogue.”
    Mr Odinga said he would continue to work to strengthen the Opposition and ODM, which he said needed to be consolidated and re-energised.

    The former PM said the last election showed that the nation’s reform process was not complete and criticised the electoral commission and the Supreme Court for the way they handled the election.

    He also said the country needed to re-examine the role the National Intelligence Service plays in the electoral process, arguing that the agency played an active part in blocking Cord’s path to power.

    Mr Odinga said he remains optimistic about Kenya’s future and made the case that the grand coalition had laid the grounds for the country’s economic take-off with their large-scale investments in infrastructure, special economic zones and the Lamu port project and added that Kenya was a “plane taxiing. It just needs the right pilot to fly and time will tell if the current leaders will press the right buttons”.

    On the question of his security and benefits, Mr Odinga concluded with a trademark proverb.

    “When Mkapa asked me about this, I told him the story of the tortoise. Somebody met a tortoise on a path and decided to punish it. He picked it up and threw it into a river. He didn’t know that the river was the tortoises’ second home. The tortoise was very happy. It began to swim and enjoy its new environment. They say I am not a VIP and have thrown me to the public. They don’t know that’s where I am happiest.”

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Raila-Jubilee-wont-force-me-to-quit-politics-/-/1064/1899434/-/xn0fb7/-/index.html

    • einstein

      in as much as i know that kimemia, ruto and what not are determined to silence raila, i also think the media is well aware that the jubilee govt is facing crisis that it cannot fully resolve or address and the media is therefore deflecting attention by bringing in raila stories ( a popular punching bag )

      prices of basic commodities are rising gradually. discontent from the various work forces is on the rise. we face an imminent economic implosion but no-one wants to tell the emperor(s) they are naked. insecurity at an all time high and all we get are roadside decrees.

      we have an interesting 3 years ahead. lets keep watching

  2. Thugs break into Raila Odinga’s office, steal valuables

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    Former Prime Minster Raila Odinga at the immigration department to renew his passports June 25, 2013. Thugs broke into Mr Odinga’s office in Nairobi on June 24, 2013 night and stole valuables. JENNIFER MUIRURI

    Thugs broke into former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s office in Nairobi on Monday night and stole valuables.

    Mr Odinga told the Nation the thugs appeared to have used master keys to gain entry to the Raila Odinga Centre in Upper Hill as there was no evidence of forced entry.

    Speaking at Nyayo House, Nairobi where he had gone to renew his passports, Mr Odinga, who looked disturbed by the incident, said police were at the scene.

    “It is hard to tell how they managed to get in as the door is intact. The building is also guarded by Administration Police who had not reported until now,” Mr Odinga, who was accompanied by his spokesman Dennis Onyango, said.

    Among the documents taken away were several files that had information on the Orange Democratic Movement and its political activities.

    Other files carted away contained business and personal documents.

    Police recorded statements from caretakers. The Nation later learnt APs guarding the premises had been recalled.

    Mr Onyango said the cost of stolen goods was yet to be quantified.

    “Police from Capitol Hill are there recording statements. The goods stolen are still being quantified. Valuables were stolen. The caretaker is among those being questioned,” Mr Onyango said.

    “It is hard to tell how they managed to get in as the door is intact. The building is also guarded by Administration Police who had not reported until now,” – Mr Odinga.

    Earlier, Mr Odinga was received by acting director of Immigration Jane Waikenda at her office, where he signed a visitors’ book before his photograph was taken for new passports – an ordinary and diplomatic one.

    “I am very happy with the kind of efficiency as the system is now digitised. My passports had no more pages for stamping and I had to come physically for my photo to be taken,” Mr Odinga said.

    Mr Odinga called for speedy issuance of national identification cards saying many youth did not vote in March polls due to lack of IDs.

    He said the issuance of IDs should be a continuous process as it is right of all Kenyans to get the documents.

    “Without IDs youth cannot get employment or even loans for development,” Mr Odinga said.

    The centre was Mr Odinga’s campaign headquarters in 2007 and was also used in the March polls.

    Mr Odinga has been occasionally using the office.

    In March, a company belonging to Mr Odinga’s family lost gas cylinders and motor vehicle parts worth Sh4 million to gangsters who broke into its premises in Nairobi.

    The thieves stole 266 13-kilogramme cylinders and another 431 6-kilogramme cylinders from East Africa Spectre Limited on Mombasa Road.

    They also vandalised vehicles within the compound and stole various motor vehicle parts.

    However, the cylinders were later found near Daystar University in Athi River, about 30 kilometres from Nairobi.

    Mr Odinga has also complained of frustrations by the Jubilee administration after he was blocked a number of times from accessing the VIP lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    Mr Odinga was also blocked from using the VIP parking lot at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Thugs-break-into-Raila-Nairobi-office/-/1056/1894258/-/fmjit3/-/index.html

  3. Why the Jubilee leadership is afraid of Raila

    In democratic politics, “adversaries” are not “enemies,” but “opponents”. But methinks that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime is treating Cord leader Raila Odinga as an “enemy,” and not an “adversary”.

    Since the ascension of Jomo’s scion to the pinnacle of power, Mr Odinga has been subjected to mean, petty and humiliating slights by state functionaries.

    It hasn’t stopped there. His spouse, Mrs Ida Odinga, hasn’t been spared, either. Nor has Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

    But it’s Mr Odinga who’s the prime target of these “primitive attacks”.

    The question is why. What does Mr Kenyatta, or Deputy President William Ruto, have to gain by rubbing Mr Odinga’s nose in the dirt? What’s the rationale here?

    Let me refresh your memory if you’ve missed the brouhaha over Mr Odinga’s “VIP woes”. But I will spare you the gore details. Bottom line is that Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka, as well as their spouses, are being “jerked around” like common raia, or hoi polloi. Both Mr and Mrs Odinga have been denied the use of Kenya’s VIP lounges.

    So has Mr Musyoka. Those on Jubilee’s side seemed to relish Mr Odinga’s public humiliation. Majority Leader Aden Duale “apologised” to Mr Odinga, but opined that the former Prime Minister was “inferior” to the President, his deputy, and ex-presidents.

    The rambunctious Mr Duale was clearly “carrying water” for State House. His hair-scratching and tortured “explanation” didn’t cut it.

    Isn’t Mr Odinga an ex-prime minister, like Britain’s Tony Blair, or Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi?

    Would Mr Kenyatta’s regime deny them VIP treatment were they to grace Kenyan soil?

    Would Mr Kenyatta deny former President Mwai Kibaki, Mr Odinga’s co-principal in the defunct coalition government, VIP honours?

    Mr Odinga was Mr Kibaki’s “equal” in the last government, and that alone should settle the matter.

    But alas, not in the mind of the Jubilee state. Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have kept completely silent on the matter. They must know the buck stops at their desks. Their silence implies complicity, or worse.

    My crystal ball tells me Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are deathly afraid of Mr Odinga, the veteran of opposition politics.

    Even though they “defeated” him in the March 4 elections, they are looking over their shoulders. That’s why they want to crush and “murder” his spirit to vanquish him for good.

    They must be seeing visions of the Kanu one-party state of which they are the ideological – and biological – children.

    It stretches credulity that a factotum like Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia could, without authorisation “from above”, dare a takedown of Mr Odinga.

    Mr Kenyatta ought to fire Mr Kimemia if he acted alone, and publicly apologise to Mr Odinga.

    It’s not rocket science to connect the dots, and figure out why Jubilee shudders at the mention, or sight, of Mr Odinga.

    Their mobs tend to go into uncontrolled paroxysms.

    Jubilee ideologue Mutahi Ngunyi let the cat out of the bag last week on his Twitter account. He’s usually a good barometer of what the Kenyatta insiders are thinking, and plotting.

    On June 8, he told Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto on Twitter to “stop holding hands and deal with Mr Odinga unapologetically and decisively”.

    He alarmingly warned that Mr Odinga “was regrouping”. He had concluded that the “honeymoon [playing nice with Mr Odinga] is over”.

    Isn’t “regroup” what the opposition does in democratic politics? Or isn’t Kenya a democracy?

    Which begs the question – what does the erudite Mr Ngunyi mean that Mr Odinga must be dealt with “unapologetically and decisively?” I recall that Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka surfaced at State House to congratulate Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto on their “victory” soon after the Supreme Court denied the Cord-Africog petition.

    Mr Kenyatta must have been salivating at the sight of his nemesis falling on his sword.

    I certainly would have advised Mr Odinga against the visit. But I believe it showed Mr Odinga to be a magnanimous statesman. So why is the Kenyatta regime paying him back in such an ugly coin? Methinks it’s because Mr Odinga refused to be Mr Kenyatta’s international “errand boy”.

    Let me warn the Jubilee regime. The Book of Mathew 7:21 teaches us to “do unto others as you would others do unto you”. That’s not idle moral, or religious, advice. It’s an ageless nugget of wisdom common to most cultures. It’s a central civilisational rule. It teaches that “civility” is the pivot of all human relationships.

    Poking Mr Odinga in the eye is synonymous with spitting at half of Kenya – which voted for him – in the face.

    This is my question – what’s to be gained by such spiteful and pitiable behaviour? Why is Jubilee so bitter with Mr Odinga if it, indeed, won the election fair and square?

    Mr Kenyatta needs friends, not more enemies. Why? That’s because he’s not out of the woods. His victory was tenuous and highly contested. He, and Mr Ruto, his deputy, have The Hague noose around their neck.

    No amount of bloviating by Mr Kenyatta’s supporters will make the charges for crimes against humanity go away.

    He will be navigating very tricky legal rapids for the next several years. He could be convicted either in person, or in absentia.

    Why make Mr Odinga one more enemy?

    Makau Mutua is Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School and Chair of the KHRC. Twitter @makaumutua.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Why-the-Jubilee-leadership-is-afraid-of-Raila/-/440808/1884112/-/15bmbtx/-/index.html

  4. And the charade continues…..

    Kalonzo Musyoka faces situation similar to Raila Odinga’s at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

    By Geoffrey Mosoku

    Nairobi, Kenya: Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka faced a similar fate to that of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday night as he flew out of the country.

    Kalonzo was asked by airport staff to follow the normal procedure and be frisked but his aides acted on time to safe him the embarrassment. However his luggage was screened as staff became adamant on checking the contents of the bags.

    The aides spoke to the Emirates Airline officials who gave him an express pass that allows one to access its lounge without passing through the metal detectors and other travel clearance procedure.

    “He (Kalonzo) arrived at 9pm and was directed to follow the normal procedures but we spoke to Emirates who gave us an express pass for his usage. He was later ushered to the Emirates first class lounge to wait for his flight which was due at 10.50pm,” the aide said.

    Kalonzo was headed to China where he will attend a Forum for Chinese Entrepreneurs and he will be in Beijing for four days, one day in Hong Kong before spending a night in Dubai. He is expected back in Kenya by Saturday.

    Ironically, as he landed in Dubai, Kalonzo was accorded a VIP reception as he waited to transit with a similar fate awaiting him in Beijing. Aides who spoke to The Standard on phone from China said that the former VP had landed safely and accorded VIP treatment.

    Last week, there was outrage after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) officials barred Raila from accessing VIP Lounge III as he flew to Kisumu on Monday morning and Johannesburg on Tuesday night.

    Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) later sent a statement clarifying that Raila and other VIPs have unlimited access to the Government lounge normally reserved for Ambassadors and Government VIPs.

    JKIA has three VIP Lounges – the State Pavilion for the President of Kenya and visiting Heads of State, the VIP III Lounge for the Deputy President of Kenya and Retired heads of state, according to KAA.

    Leader of Majority Adan Duale consequently apologized on behalf of Government in parliament over the CORD leader’s agony saying the state recognises and will respect Raila Odinga as the country’s former Prime Minister.

    The CORD leaders’ predicament of being barred from facilities which only three months ago was available to them emanates from a letter written by the Secretary to cabinet Francis Kimemia early last month warning state officers that they will face disciplinary and summary dismissal for nay breach to the memo.

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085579&story_title=kalonzo-faces-situation-like-raila-s-at-jkia

    It is good I copy-pasted the whole saga. The link to the story has been pulled down!

  5. About the man causing Worldwide panic

    By Stephen Makabila

    NAIROBI, KENYA: A letter from Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, a copy of which The Standard On Sunday has seen, warns against entry to Airport VIP lounges by unauthorized individuals. The letter is curiously copied to Deputy President William Ruto.

    Aides of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have pointed an accusing finger at Kimemia following humiliating episodes at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), where he was allegedly denied access to the VIP lounge.

    The letter dated May 9th 2013, which is addressed to Eng Karanja Kibicho, the former Permanent Secretary for Transport, is copied to Ruto, among other recipients. Now Raila’s aides suspect that Ruto may have had a hand in instructing that Raila be barred from accessing the VIP lounges.

    In normal practice, the individual listed as first recipient of the letter copy is the originator of the order to whom the author seeks to confirm execution of the same. We could not, however, independently confirm whether Ruto was indeed the originator of the order or whether he actually received a copy of the Kimemia letter.

    But this is just one of the many impediments and fixes that the Deputy President has had to deal with over time. Most of them are legal tussles that have considerably slowed his political tempo.

    “Going through the legal battles but equally remaining strong politically without losing concentration has depicted him as a strong hearted person who can withstand any kind of storm,” points out Dr Martin Mulwale of Maseno University.

    Currently, Ruto is awaiting a ruling on a land case trial that began in 2010 between him a Mr. Adrian Gilbert Muteshi, to be delivered by Lady Justice Rose Ougo on June 28. Muteshi, who says he fled the land in 2008 following post-election violence, accuses Mr Ruto of grabbing it.

    The case closed in May without Ruto’s court appearance or that of three other “crucial” witnesses.

    Ruto has, however, maintained that he is innocent and denies any role in the fraudulent transfer of Mr Muteshi’s land. In February 2009, while serving as Agriculture Minister he overturned an attempt to censure him by Parliament over the mismanagement of maize stores.

    Ruto got the support of 119 MPs to defeat the motion brought by the then Ikolomani MP Dr Bonny Khalwale, now Senator of Kakamega County.

    But in October 2010, Ruto was suspended as Higher Education minister by then President Mwai Kibaki, days after the High Court ruled Ruto would stand trial for his involvement in a major fraud case.

    Three days to his suspension, Ruto had vowed not to resign, arguing there was “nothing new to make him step aside”. And indeed luck was on his side as on April 12, 2011, Ruto was acquitted of Sh43 million land fraud charges for lack of evidence. His two other co-accused were also set free.

    In his ruling, Nairobi chief magistrate Gilbert Mutembei said the prosecution had failed to prove accusations against the trio. Despite his clearance of fraud charges, Ruto was never to be reinstated to Cabinet. Following the Jubilee win and his swearing in as Deputy President on April 9, 2013, the ICC case remains Ruto’s only major headache when it comes to his future political arrithmetic.

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085555&story_title=about-the-man-causing-global-panic

  6. Now, this is the ‘Makadara speech’/’Makadara president and his deputy’ I alluded to. The omnipotent president and his deputy kicking in the teeth of their already subdued opponent with his back on the ground already! This behaviour is retrogressive even in any form of any supremacy battles anywhere, civilised or uncivilised societies!

    Just wait for the repercussions when the tides turn around. Will the ‘Makadara president’ and his ‘Makadara deputy’ then turn around and cry ‘our tribes are being finished’?

    Time and God are the only holders of the secret!

    President Uhuru, deputy president Ruto, please let Raila be lest you get judged harshly by even some of your very own subjects at the God’s only appointed time!!

    Protests over fresh Raila airport drama

    Cord leader Raila Odinga was again blocked from using VIP lounges at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    Mr Odinga had arrived from Kisumu airport on Tuesday night and was to catch a connecting flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. He drove into a hotel on Mombasa road where he was briefly booked in to prepare for his night flight after Kenya Airports Authority officials vanished, so the former Prime Minister could not use VIP III Lounge.

    “Yes, the PM was humiliated again when he arrived from Kisumu,” said Mr Eliud Owallo an aide to Mr Odinga. “We found the VIP III Lounge closed. Even all the other VIP areas were inaccessible as officials disappeared after they were notified that Mr Odinga was expected.”

    Before the officials disappeared from the VIP area, they had tried without success to eject Mr Odinga’s security team and his aides who had been waiting at the parking lot.

    Mr Odinga checked into Eka Hotel on Mombasa Road to change before being driven to the airport for his 8.30pm flight.

    “After KAA clarified that Mr Odinga is free to use the VIP facilities at the airport we thought this matter was done with. But we were shocked when every VIP lounge was inaccessible for us,” said one of Mr Odinga’s aides. “In fact one of the officials attempted to search Mzee’s briefcase, which contained his personal effects. We thought that was an insult.”

    Mr Odinga’s escort commander is also said to have sought clarification from the officer in charge of the airport, but was referred to another officer who was said to be behind the implementation of the order.

    On Wednesday, Kenya Airports Authority corporate communications manager Dominic Ngigi said the airport regulators were not to blame.

    He said protocol issues that have arisen over Mr Odinga’s airport drama fall within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ protocol section and the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Coordination of National Government.

    “I don’t know whether Mr Odinga was blocked again or not. I have to check whether it was reported in our logs,” Mr Ngigi said. “Kenya Airports Authority does not control the VIP lounges… and there are clearly laid down rules on how to use them. We also have the Kiruki report, which said a lot on the usage of the VIP facilities here.”

    However, government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said the airports authorities should take responsibility for everything that happens within the airport.
    He said there was no order from the Secretary to the Cabinet to block Mr Odinga from accessing the VIP areas of the airport.

    “Mr Kimemia has said that he has not given any orders to block Mr Odinga from any part of the airport. The airport’s authority should explain where that order came from,” Mr Kariuki stated.

    He also said that inspection of luggage, including Mr Odinga’s, is a mandatory security procedure sanctioned by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Air Transport Association rules.

    Comments from the Protocol Office at the Foreign ministry were not forthcoming as the section head was not in the office.

    On Thursday, Parliament is expected to get an explanation on the Monday incident in which the former Prime Minister was unable to use the VIP lounge at the Jomo Kenyatta airport on his way to Kisumu.

    “We are saddened and disappointed by his state of affairs,” Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said on Wednesday.

    Mr Odinga has insisted on using the VIP III Lounge, but according to KAA, this is reserved for the Deputy President, visiting foreign vice-presidents and retired Kenyan presidents.

    He has been advised to use VIP II Lounge, which is also open for use to former vice-presidents, Cabinet secretaries, MPs, principle secretaries and privileged personalities.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Raila-caught-in-fresh-VIP-lounge-drama/-/1056/1873606/-/15eqqio/-/index.html

    • KAA to review rules on VIP lounges after Raila airport drama

      The Kenya Airports Authority is in the process of reviewing the rules on access to the lounges reserved for Very Important Persons, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has told MPs.

      In a year, he said, a lounge for persons considered important to airline business will be set up and a vehicle provided for transporting VIPs to the planes.

      Mr Duale made the statements in the National Assembly Thursday afternoon in response to a question from Rarieda MP Nicolas Gumbo.

      He condemned the alleged mistreatment of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and apologised to him on behalf of Parliament.

      He said Mr Odinga is entitled to use VIP II Lounge, which is reserved for use by ministers, diplomats, MPs, Senators and Governors among others.

      “We respect our leaders, our former Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents and would not humiliate them in any way,” he said.

      Mr Duale said last Monday, the former PM’s aides had tried to have his motorcade access to the airside- the part of the airport closest to the plane- and that had been prevented. (READ: Raila blocked from airport’s VIP lounge)

      A similar attempt was made on Tuesday, said Mr Duale, and both times the Kenya Airports Authority had given Mr Odinga a security officer to ensure his passage through the airport is smooth.

      But he was put on his defence by MPs from the former PM’s Orange Democratic Movement, who said he should be given access to the VIP lounge reserved for retired presidents and vice presidents.

      “Some people in the Jubilee Government are excited and they are behaving as if they are drunk,” Mr Gumbo said, prompting the Speaker to ask him to moderate his statements.

      MPs John Mbadi (Suba) and Dalmas Otieno (Rongo) suggested the alleged humiliation of Mr Odinga is an extension of the infighting that marked the life of the coalition government he partly headed.

      “Sometimes you may not like someone but there is a good number of people who like him, who love him, who adore him,” said Mr Mbadi.

      He asked the President and the Deputy President to “rein in the Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia and ask him to respect the former Prime Minister”.

      Mr Mbadi said it would be wrong to equate the former PM to MPs like him yet he was among those who fought for democracy in Kenya.

      Mr Otieno said given that the former Constitution had to be changed to create the PM’s position for Mr Odinga, he should be recognised as an important person in Kenya.

      The Majority Leader maintained the former PM will only be allowed to use the VIP II Lounge.

      The rules on access to the lounges are in place to protect airports from terrorism and other crimes, he said, and Kenya needs to adhere to international rules and practices.

      Failure to adhere to the rules, he said, and JKIA would be downgraded and blacklisted internationally.

      Mr Duale said the Deputy President and Designated State Officers Bill should be brought back and passed in the National Assembly so the benefits due to the former PM and the former Vice President can be set in the law.
      http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/KAA-to-review-rules-on-VIP-lounges/-/1064/1874224/-/m3t59yz/-/index.html

    • President Uhuru Kenyatta should uphold Raila Odinga’s dignity in defeat

      By Kipkoech Tanui

      I thought after they politically blew up Raila Odinga they wouldn’t need to gather his smithereens and crush them underfoot. I also may have been wrong that after the outcome of both March 4 election and Supreme Court ruling upholding Uhuru Kenyatta’s win, all these phobias about Raila would end.

      I don’t have to be a Raila admirer to be taken aback by the humiliation he has been subjected to at our national airports. I have also taken cognizance of the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t take him as some of us do.

      But my first digression; during one of the pro-reform rallies police violently dispersed in 1997, former President Kibaki sought refuge in All Saints Cathedral. The charged police, unleashed by Kanu’s monolithic security machine stormed in, spewing the spat of anger against Opposition leaders, and generously doling out painful lashes and hard-knocks from their cudgels.

      When the policemen who had desecrated the church reached where Kibaki was, they respectfully asked him to leave. Unfortunately, one of them had shattered the wrist of former Nithi MP Njoka Mutani.

      The bottomline was that on account of age and seniority in Kenya’s politics, plus his gentleman mien, Kibaki was left unscathed.

      Police too, you understand, appreciate the role Kibaki played to make Kenya a better place, not for themselves but for all of us, and didn’t need Kanu mandarins to tell them how to treat him!

      Second digression; as a university student with blood bubbling with idealism of democratic ideals and who would occasionally write in Society Magazine, I attended the burial service of Raila’s late father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. There were three highlights to the service at Uhuru Park. First, the mourners shouted down then Vice President Prof George Saitoti when he rose to speak on behalf of government.

      Second, Kibaki who was then Leader of Official Opposition turned down the government’s offer of military choppers to carry Jaramogi’s body and his family. “They are in a hurry to see Jaramogi reach his grave but those of us who loved and worked with him will drive by road all the way. Even if it takes us three days, we shall stop at every town for wananchi to bid him farewell,’’ declared Kibaki.

      Then came late George Anyona, who in 1982 was detained together with Jaramogi for trying to register an Opposition party. He reminded teary mourners that as the flag of Independent Kenya was first hoisted at the fall of colonialism, Jaramogi was in UN headquarters, hoisting the national flag among those of the global family of nations.

      He also reminded Kenyans Jaramogi helped design the Kenyan flag and refused the colonist’s offer to form government in the absence of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta — or to put it differently, Uhuru’s father.

      “But today as his body lies before us, his coffin has not been draped even with a piece of the national flag and he died without being given a single medal of honour by our Presidents. Land grabbers got Elder of the Burning Spear and Moran of the Burning Spear, but Jaramogi got nothing.”

      He added: “He may never have been President, security agents pulled out this oldman from bed in pyjamas and flew him to detention in the Coast…but today in turning up in thousands, you have garlanded him with the most important medal few in this country will ever get; it is in your hearts and manifests itself in how you have embraced him’’.

      Political irrelevance

      Now let us go back to Raila; it is true the office of Prime Minister was abolished and he lost the elections, and so naturally has no public office. It was also natural given the outcome of the elections that Ruto would take up his former office, and the Deputy President’s wife Rachel, that of Ida Odinga. That is normal and I don’t think Raila and his supporters expected anything different.

      How soon we forget the relief the country got when Raila and Kalonzo Musyoka, a former Vice President, went to State House to meet Uhuru and Ruto just after the petition ruling. Raila and Kalonzo went there despite the cynicism that greeted the Supreme Court ruling and forever devalued the reputation of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

      Uhuru is too busy and likely too dignified to give such orders as to reduce Raila to where he ‘belongs’ — the corner of political irrelevance. But again junior airport officials can’t humiliate Raila the way they have done without blessings from someone high up in his government.

      Uhuru’s is a powerful presidency and VIP lounges aren’t things he and Raila should fight over. It also doesn’t augur well for him to stand aside and see the embers of rivalry between his father and Raila’s rekindled, alongside the attendant bad feelings. Also, it is not in the interest of national reconciliation, which Uhuru promised, to treat Raila the way he has been lately.

      Again, as Intelligence chiefs must have told him, it is in the interest of national security and directly his own, to ensure Raila’s security is uncompromised. Why? If he drops dead, even out of heart attack, you know where the fingers of culpability will point.

      Finally, Raila gave Kenya so much, including nine years in detention, and surely even Uhuru and Ruto can’t argue against that, and therefore, it is gentlemanly to treat him different, say from you and me. In any case, Uhuru and Ruto will soon be canvassing for votes from every Kenyan voter, including those who voted Raila! In short we need no laws to treat Raila and others who have helped change Kenya differently, and with respect and decorum. We just need to be civil.

      Writer is Managing Editor, The County Weekly at The Standard Group.

      ktanui@standardmedia.co.ke

      http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085367&story_title=uhuru-should-uphold-raila-s-dignity-in-defeat

      Meanwhile……..

      Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga jets back, opts for public arrival unit at JKIA

      By Moses Njagih

      NAIROBI, KENYA: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga arrived back in the country last evening and snubbed the use of the VIP lounge 11 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, instead choosing to use the public arrival exit.

      Raila who was on a visit to South Africa appeared keen to avoid the humiliation he suffered when he was denied access of the VIP lounge as he walked, alongside other members of the public, through the public exit area.

      Though he claimed that lounge was closed for him, sources at the international airport indicated to the contrary.

      “I have been informed that the lounge is locked and I can only use it when it is opened. Once it is opened for me I will use it,” claimed Raila.

      Raila said that it was ironical that he was accorded VIP treatment in South Africa, including the use of the VIP lounge at the Oliver Tambo Airport, yet the same facilities were not being granted to him locally.

      Accorded respect

      “While there (in South Africa) I was accorded the respect that I deserve, just as we do here to retired Presidents and Prime ministers when the come visiting. Am not demanding for anything more,” he said.

      However Raila termed the debate over his use of the VIP lounge as mundane, saying he will not get preoccupied with such a “non-issue” when there are more pressing matters for his attention.

      “These are minor issues. I will not waste time debating on who is supposed to be going through which route and who is not,” he said.

      Raila said he would not engage the Government on house-keeping issues, saying it should be upon its members to know how to treat him as a former Prime minister.

      Received by allies

      “I would not want to engage the government on this. They really know their responsibility, much as I know mine,” said Raila, who was received at the airport by a number of MPs allied to his Cord Coalition and a section of ODM supporters.

      Raila said members of the government should not think that they are humiliating him by subjecting him to use of facilities used by other members of the public, saying he likes operating from such areas.

      “If you catch a fish and drop it in water do not think you have punished it. Likewise if you direct Raila to raia (public) you have not hurt him. Our flag will remain up high and our voice will continue being heard all over the world,” he said

      Raila declined to comment on the public apology offered to him by Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Adan Dualle over his humiliation at the airport, saying the same had not been delivered to him.

      http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085481&story_title=raila-jets-back-opts-for-public-arrival-unit-at-jkia

      • Kudos to Raila for being the bigger man that he is. Respect is two way, those that think and play juvenile protocol games will remain juvenile and in so doing demonstrate what cheap shots this govt is made of.

        I totally concur that Raila has always been one with the people. And its pure stupidity that elsewhere he is treated with decorum and dignity whereas locally there is a bunch of idiots who think they can ridicule him

        And then comes the other side of the coin, whereas these same dolts are stepping over each other to prop UhuRuto, other well developed democracies are rather shy to host these two. What a strange twist of fortune

  7. Okay Mr. Makadara speech president, here we go!

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    Mr Allan Otieno Owino (right) and his wife Margaret Munavu in her bed at the Coast General Hospital on June 3, 2013. Photos/GIDEON MAUNDU NATION MEDIA GROUP

    Baby dies after birth in alleged maternity fees apathy

    A baby died after birth on Monday due to excessive bleeding in what its parents allege to be negligence by the Coast General Hospital (CGH) nurses over the scrapping of maternity fees.

    Mrs Margaret Munavu said she lost her child after delivery partly due to negligence by the nurses.

    However, Mr Allan Owino, Munavu’s husband said his wife was discharged on Sunday after undergoing a medical scan without being told if she had developed any complication.

    “My wife’s condition worsened a few hours after we arrived home in Mikindani. Earlier, I begged the nurses to admit her since she was due but I do not know under what circumstance she was discharged,” said Mr Owino.

    “She started bleeding profusely and I brought her again. The baby was delivered through caesarean but I was informed that the child died after being suffocated by the mother’s blood,” he added.

    Mr Owino said he regretted taking his wife to CGH and vowed not to return to such a facility to seek maternity services even though it was free as directed by the government.

    Also, patients at the hospital said they would rather pay a minimum fee to support the programme if the government cannot buy items used in delivery such as cotton wool.

    When contacted for comment, CGH Administrator Benard Mwero said he had not received any complaint of negligence but promised to investigate the matter.

    He also urged patients to report cases of nurses demanding maternity fees.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/Counties/Baby-dies-after-birth-in-alleged-maternity-fees-apathy/-/1107872/1870986/-/qw3k99/-/index.html

  8. I just wonder, was this a ‘Madaraka’ or a ‘Makadara’ occasion? Uhuru is almost literally all alone at the podium and in the huge-capacity Nyayo Stadium waxing lyrical to himself! Where were the rest of Nairobians?

    Picture this:

    “Politicians were few and far between among the dignitaries on the stage, which was heavily populated by the technocrat-dominated Cabinet.”

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    “I am ready to join you so that we can move the country forward,” said Mr Kenyatta. “If we do wrong, we are ready to be criticised but if we do well, we should also be given a pat on the back.”

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Uhurus-Madaraka-gifts/-/1056/1869772/-/1ae285/-/index.html

    And this:

    Raila, Kalonzo team keeps off national event

    Cord leaders Raila Odinga (center), Kalonzo Musyoka (Left) and Moses Wetangula (right) gave Madaraka Day celebrations a wide birth.

    “Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leaders Saturday gave Madaraka Day celebrations a wide birth.

    Retired Presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi did not also attend the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kenya’s self-rule despite playing a major role in Kenya’ growth.

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula skipped the celebrations at Nyayo stadium, Nairobi.

    One of Mr Odinga’s aides who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the Cord leader told the Nation: “My boss could not attend as he was not invited.”

    “We had expected that since this is a major celebration to mark 50 years of self-rule, my boss, other Cord leaders, former President Moi and other regional leaders would be invited just as former President Kibaki graced Uganda’s celebrations recently. I think the current administration is overwhelmed,” the aide said.

    Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who was elected on an ODM ticket was the top most Cord leader who attended the fete. Dr Kidero was the last to speak before inviting Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

    The PM’s aide said “a nation turning 50 is not a small thing both regional and national leaders should have been invited.”

    “The leaders could not just attended celebrations as they could be embarassed with protocol guys, saying they were not expected,” he added.

    Mr Odinga spend his day at his Nairobi home, at times tweeting as the Madaraka Day celebrations continued.

    A number of Cord leaders including governors, sentaors and MPs, however, attended the celebrations in various parts of the country.

    Mr Odinga’s group also missed President Kenyatta’s inauguration ceremony in April and May 1, Labour Day.

    Yesterday was President Kenyatta’s first Madaraka Day since he took office after the March 4 elections. June 1 is the day when Kenya attained self-rule. Fifty years ago today, Kenya ushered in an era of self-rule after decades of colonial self-rule.

    As Mzee Jomo Kenyatta stood up at Uhuru Park to receive instruments power, the country erupted in song and dance.”

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Raila-Kalonzo-team-keeps-off-national-event/-/1064/1869812/-/y92i6x/-/index.html

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