The sitting Judge Justice Sam Rumanyika on Monday, November 13, 2017 morning found Lulu guilty of unintentionally killing Kanumba which contravenes Section 195 of the Tanzania Penal Code and sentenced her to 2 years in jail.
The sitting Judge Justice Sam Rumanyika on Monday, November 13, 2017 morning found Lulu guilty of unintentionally killing Kanumba which contravenes Section 195 of the Tanzania Penal Code and sentenced her to 2 years in jail.
It seems the Hollywood exposure-craze on sexual assaulters has reached Kenya where today 2 Kenyan have come forward through their Social Media accounts to narrate how they were assaulted by known celebrities. One of the accused is Nick Mutuma where a Tweeter Koome Gitobu accuses him of sexually harassing his girlfriend.
Check his Tweets below.
Now the other one is one Joe Muchiri who has been accused by a female Tweeter who goes by the handle @BintiM of groping her on her private parts.
Below are her Tweets.
These sexual offenders need to be prosecuted ASAP!!
Safaricom – aiding in August/8 poll rigging
Brookside Dairies – belongs to Kenyatta family
Bidco Products – oligarchy
Centum – belongs to Chris Kirubi, Uhuru Kenyatta’s close ally
UAP insurance – belongs to William Ruto
Weston hotel – belongs to William Ruto
Equity Bank Limited (Banking services, investments, scholarship, etc)
Haco Tiger brands, associated with Chris Kirubi
All Shell Kenya Limited business (as well as Vivo Energy Kenya)
All Total Petrol Stations
All OiLibya petrol stations (including affiliated restaurants – Pizza Inn, Chicken Inn, Creamy Inn, Galitos, My Shop, etc)
All Gulf Oil petrol stations
Britam Holdings Limited (Britam Kenya)
IEBC communication commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned saying the 26th October repeat election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election.
After fleeing to United States, she sent a statement saying “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity,” she said.
Below is her FULL statement.
For many months now, I have questioned my role as a commissioner at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. But I have soldiered on hoping that we could collectively find a way of addressing the crisis our country faces today.
I have agonized over the decision to leave my committed IEBC FIELD staff and my country. My decision to leave the IEBC will disappoint some of you, but it is not for lack of trying.
I have tried the best I could do given the circumstances.
Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege.
It has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary meetings where commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines and not to discuss the merit of issues before them.
It has become increasingly difficult to appear on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of collective responsibility.
I have concluded that I am no longer making any significant contribution to the commission and to my country as a commissioner.
It broke my heart in the last few days to listen to my staff in the field, majority of whom truly want to do the right thing, express to me their safety and security concerns.
I shared detailed reports from staff in four of the Counties most hit by the ongoing protests – Nairobi, Siaya, Kisumu, and Homa Bay – with the hope that this will bring sobriety to our decision making.
Instead this was met with more extremist responses from most commissioners, who are keen to have an election even if it is at the cost of the lives of our staff and voters.
It is unacceptable for any party to disrupt, attack and injure our staff in Mumias, Bungoma, Homabay, Siaya, and Kisumu as they did today (Tuesday).
These acts must be condemned by all and action taken against the perpetrators.
I acknowledge that the Supreme Court gave us orders to organise the presidential election within 60 days.
The current political conditions did not exist on the first of September when the order was issued.
It would therefore have been logical for the Commission to be frank with the Kenyan people and clearly state the challenges we face in organising a free, fair, and credible election.
It is critical that all political actors and the commission take a pause to review where we are leading this country. It is not too late to save our country from this crisis.
We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we cannot proceed with the election on 26 October 2017 as currently planned.
We need the commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a CREDIBLE election.
Not when the staff are getting last minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results. Not when in parts of country, the training of presiding officers is being rushed for fear of attacks from protesters.
Not when Commissioners and staff are intimidated by political actors and protesters and fear for their lives.
Not when senior Secretariat staff and Commissioners are serving partisan political interests. Not when the commission is saddled with endless legal cases in the courts, and losing most of them.
Not when legal advice is skewed to fit partisan political interests. The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26.
I do no want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.
Our people are resilient. Our people are patient. What we are faced today is a political crisis that cannot be solved by the Commission alone.
Let us solve the political crisis we have at hand and then chart the way forward towards a credible presidential election. The lessons from 2007/8 are too fresh, lest we forget.
God Bless Kenya.
Roselyn Akombe (PhD) Commissioner, IEBC.
A Report released by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Monday 16th October 2017 reveal the Police killed at least 33 people as they protested the outcome of August 8 General Election.
The two Human Rights Organizations accused Kenya police of using excessive force on pro-Opposition protestors.
Below is a comprehensive list released by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch researchers detailing the names of Kenyans who were killed by police and how they met their deaths.
He was shot dead in Kariobangi, Nairobi, on August 11.
His body was found at the City Mortuary.
He he was shot on August 11 in Dandora during protests by Nasa supporters.
He later succumbed to his injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
He died instantly after being shot by police on August 11 inside his home in Dandora, Nairobi.
He died on his way to hospital after being shot by police outside his gate in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.
He died in his house out of shock in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.
He developed shock after being caught up in clashes between police and Nasa supporters.
He was hit by a teargas canister where he inhaled tear gas at Kawangware Stage Two, Nairobi.
He died at the KNH on August 9.
She was eight months pregnant when she met her death.
She fell after police fired teargas and she was trampled by a crowd at Kawangware No.56 on August 9.
She later died at KNH.
He was shot through the head by police on August 9 at Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.
He died on his way to the hospital.
He was shot dead by police in Satellite/Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 9.
His body was traced to KNH mortuary.
He was shot in the abdomen.
He died from internal bleeding at KNH on August 120.
He was from Kawangware No 56 in Nairobi.
He was shot on his leg where he fell down and was trampled by crowd on August 12.
Mr Mukhala died on August 14 at Mbagathi Hospital while undergoing treatment.
She is from Kawangware Stage Two.
She was hit by teargas and inhaled pepper spray on August 12.
She died on her way to hospital.
He died at KNH after he was hit by teargas, fired at a close range, and inhaled pepper spray on August 10.
On August 11, he was caught up in riots.
He was shot in the back while running away from the police in Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.
He died instantly and his body was traced to KNH.
The Tanzanian national and was an employee of San Valencia restaurant in Karen.
On August 11, he was hit in his chest by teargas fired at close range range.
He bled through nose and mouth and died at KNH on August 18.
He was from Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi.
He was an employee of G4S.
He was beaten by police and left for the dead on August 11 at Kawangware No. 56 in Nairobi.
His body was soaked in blood.
He died of internal bleeding and severe organ damage while awaiting treatment at KNH.
He was shot by police at Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 11t.
He was buried in Busia, western Kenya.
He was beaten by police on August 12 in Mathare 4A-C area, Nairobi.
He died on admission to hospital.
He died instantly after he was shot at the back at No.10 on August 9.
He was from Mathare 4A, Nairobi.
He died instantly at No. 10 after he was shot in the back on August 9.
He was from Mathare 4A,Nairobi.
He was shot in the chest on August 9 and his body was traced to City Mortuary.
He is from Mathare North, Nairobi.
He was shot in the chest in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi, on August 12.
He died instantly.
He died instantly along Juja Road after he was shot in the chest on August 12.
He lived in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi.
She hit news headlines after she was shot in the chest while playing on the balcony in Mathare North, Nairobi, on August 12.
Another victim from Mathare North, Nairobi, who was shot in the chest at a close range on August 13.
He died instantly near his house.
He was shot on August 12 in Mathare North, Nairobi.
His body was traced to the City Mortuary.
He died instantly after being shot in the back in Babadogo, Kasabuni Area, Nairobi, on August 12.
He died instantly after being shot shot in the neck and in the hip while on his knees on August 12.
He was from Babadogo, Kasabuni area, in Nairobi.
He was shot dead while on his knees in Babadogo, Kasabuni area, on August 12.
His body was traced to the City Mortuary with five bullet wounds.
He was shot dead in Kibera, Nairobi, on August 10.
His body was traced at City Mortuary.
The daughter of Geoffrey Onacha (above).
On August 11, she collapsed and died upon seeing her father’s body in Kibera.
He was beaten by police on August 12 in Kibera, Olympic area, Nairobi.
He died a day later at the Muthaiga Hospital.
He was shot dead at Kibera Olympic area in Nairobi.
His body was taken away in a body bag on August 12.
The body yet to be found by his relatives.
The areas include Kawangware, Kibera, Mathare and Dandora on dates between August 9 to 13.
Did not document for various reasons— families and witness not willing to speak.
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), is considered the Father of modern philosophy. He is famously known for his treatise, Leviathan. He posited that before we came together to live in societies and states under laws, society was in “… continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” The threat by Jubilee leaders to “FIX” the Judiciary will take us back to pre-States era. Kenya will then spiral to chaos, madness and darkness.
Judiciary is meaningless and useless if it is a dancing marionette to the Executive. If Judiciary is only good if it makes favorable decisions for the Executive and useless for converse decisions, then we don’t need it.
When we enacted our current Constitution, we clearly understood the value of independent Judiciary. The Constitution makes clear that the Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament are representative of the sovereign will of the people. Each is separate. None is more powerful than the other. The argument that one arm is more powerful because it is elected by the people is legal balderdash. If being elected by the people makes that arm more powerful, the Constitution could have said so. More fundamental, members of the Executive can be removed by recall or impeachment and have no security of tenure.
Judiciary on the other hand cannot have its powers varied or reduced or derogated other than by referendum. The Judges have security of tenure. Magistrates can’t be removed willy-nilly. The political rally calls to tame the Judiciary is empty wind. It is like the whistling of a mad man in the market.
Independent Judiciary arbitrates commercial disputes. Our Judges resolves probate matters. Judges preside over divorces. Magistrates deal with adoptions. Courts handle criminals and make us safe. Courts protect our inventions. Courts protect our title deeds. Independent Judiciary attracts international investors. It is why New York, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Singapore are the world’s financial capitals. In Africa, only Johannesburg is considered safe financial city for its independent Judiciary.
So, Kenya can decide what it wants: to have a truly independent Judiciary and protect its investments and families, or an impotent Judiciary and remain a tribal, poor and primitive society. We may cheer politicians now when they denigrate and abuse CJ David Maraga, but the day or night will come, when we will regret. And it will be too late. Burn Kenya, but know you are inside the house. You would have burnt the fire-brigade that is the independent Judiciary. The devil must be dancing in hell.
Where did all the genuine African revolutionaries go? They were either assassinated; Patrice Lumumba, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, John Garang, Muammar Gadaffi or under siege from their own legacies. I am thinking of Nelson Mandela here. It has been decades since we saw a visionary leader that inspired the Pan African idealism of the revolutionary 60s. Look around. Africa is facing a leadership crisis. From South Africa to Egypt, Kenya to Senegal, there is a clear sense of ‘we deserve better’.
As African men, stifling under the stereotype of rogue males in power, there are not many examples around to deliver a much needed inspirational wake up call. The only standard for leadership presently is wealth and influence. Simple men with solid characters, sincere intentions and grand visions are consigned to the pages of African history.
Therefore, it is with deep nostalgia that I remember an iconic African revolutionary, a pragmatic visionary and an upright man, Thomas Isidore Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. We marked the 25th anniversary, since his brutal assassination on October 15 1987. As far as African leadership goes, Thomas Sankara was cut from a different piece of cloth. In his short life, the charismatic military leader set about creating an enduring legacy for conscious African citizens that is more relevant today than ever before. Progressive forces fighting economic domination and ideological slavery of Africa can draw inspiration from Sankara’s life journey.
Sankara came to power on August 4th 1983 through a popular revolution at the age of 33. In the four years that ensured, he embarked on a revolutionary paradigm shift, bringing real power down to the people, advocating for policies on African self-reliance, food security, gender parity and the dismantling of the neo-colonial development structure that continues to render African states beholden to foreign masters for survival. His solidarity and sincere commitment to the plight of all suffering people, irrespective of their location in the world is why Sankara is fondly referred to as Africa’s “Che Gueverra”. The Burkinabe revolution remains a relevant ideological model in Africa for raising mass consciousness and battling poverty.
I have attached a series of links at the end of this article for those interested in delving further into Thomas Sankara’s political legacy. That said, there is plenty that Sankara has to offer for men who are interested in improving the self. I managed to compile ten lessons from Sankara’s life that would be relevant to those seeking the simple pursuit of a balanced life of an upright man.
When Sankara came to power he changed the country’s name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, “The land of Upright Men”. He stressed Burkinabe culture and pride. During a famous OAU assembly address, he made a powerful statement on African self reliance by proudly showing off his traditional tunic, woven from Burkinabe cotton and sewn by Burkinabe craftsmen.
Until one’s acknowledges their roots, they can be no true understanding of who they are. Identity is a nagging issue for many African men. Who am I? Where do I belong? Many of us are disconnected from the ethnic origins and cultures of our parents and view the ethnic pride as retrogressive. We oscillate between the notion of modern liberal men touting grafted western principles and the old cherished ideals of African manhood as organized by our patriarchal structures. So class identity is often used to fill the gap of tribal disconnect and patriotism is reduced to a slogan. Only by looking deeply into our past can we evolve new insight to help define ourselves.
Sankara was one of Africa’s youngest leaders at only 33 years old when he seized power in a popular coup. In four years his contribution to African consciousness was enormous. Sankara was assassinated at the age of 38 but by then he had lived like a man on borrowed time and the impact of his life still reverberates through out the world today.
We keep on waiting for outside forces to intervene in our personal circumstances yet the solutions to a large part our problems are within ourselves. We require tenacity to face failure and fear many times because success is all about getting up one more time than you fall. For, if we do not take these calculated risks, our lives will be very small.
Too many men try to keep pace with peer expectations. Manhood is defined by the value of our possessions and frugal living is associated with poverty. Our consumer culture has sanitized greed by creating a heightened sense of lack. This thinking motivates unchecked consumption for the better part of our lives as willing prisoners of addiction or envy never knowing the peace of mind that contentment offers. Sankara was different. He did not amass wealth or create a cult of personality around him. His life was marked by frugality. At the time of his death he was earning a salary of $450 (approx kshs 38, 250) a month; he did not own much in terms of personal possessions. The most prized item was a car and 4 motorbikes. By Kenyan Mpigs standards, he was dirt broke but at the end of his life he continues to be remembered as a man of substance whose time on earth left millions enriched.
It is easy to shout in a crowd. But to hold a different opinion that goes against the sanctioned grain takes courage. To stay true to your conviction until your vision comes to fruition requires perseverance. Sankara’s achievements on the battle front and his personal charisma earned him the popular support required to become president of Burkina Faso. But he was soon to realize that not everyone wanted change. The intellectual petty bourgeoisie had interests to protect and they hit back but Sankara’s commitment to change rooted in solid personal values were unshakeable. In the end he paid for his values with his life but his ideas lived on. In the same regard, in our different engagements of livelihood, it sometimes seems like no progress is made. Work becomes mechanical, distractions are frequent and our goals look unattainable. That is the time to cultivate patience and remember perseverance as we work diligently towards our goals. The old African hunter said, “Don’t lose sight of the antelope when a squirrel darts across your path”.
Burkina Faso continues to be under threat from the advancing Sahara desert. During his tenure, Sankara introduced a reforestation initiative that saw 10 million trees planted. His legacy survived and tree planting is now a Burkinabe custom in times of celebrations to commemorate birthdays, weddings and graduations.
Our natural environment is getting systematically destroyed to make room for the aspirations of modern life. As individuals we have to be a little more conscious of how our lives are entwined with the natural world and the consequences that will be visited upon the lives of our children in the near future as a direct result of our present day mindless mass destruction of trees.
Sankara understood women’s place in Africa’s empowerment long before gender activism came into vogue. He was not reactionary, and he understood that the disempowerment of women was linked to male economic dominance by other men who lashed out to compensate for their inadequacies. He started a campaign to restore the dignity of women and return them to their rightful place in society. He studied the roots of patriarchal dominance, tracing it to the advent of private property where women were consigned to a man’s possessions. During Sankara’s reign, several women where appointed to government positions and his most powerful gesture was the day of solidarity with women. On that day, roles were reversed and men walked a day in women’s shoes, going to the market and taking care of household chores.
Too often men blame their state of emasculation on the advancement of women. Male disempowerment in Africa can be traced back to the slave trade and colonialism. The effects of centuries of degradation are real. The disempowerment plays out as violence towards women and children, delinquent habits and recklessness. But with awareness, change is possible. African men must be more proactive in creating safer communities for women and children. It starts with self examination to determine the triggers behind our insecurities and why we overreact when our position is threatened as the first step towards healing and self empowerment.
Sankara’s was a perfect example of servant leadership. The symbols of opulence all but disappeared under his watch. His down-to-earth attitude was baffling. He got rid of the presidential fleet of Mercedes and opted for the boxy fuel efficient Renault 5. He refused to use the air conditioning in his office because he did not feel he earned the privilege. These small gestures were necessary for fiscal discipline. Burkina Faso was one of Africa’s poorest nations and he understood the injustice of the one percent living off the fat of the land while the great masses wallowed in poverty. Sankara’s brand of leadership was about elevating the collective through organizing and example which he used as a reflection of his individual worth.
I read somewhere that leadership is the ability to motivate and inspire others to take positive and sustainable action. This principle is not pegged to the number of followers. It can just as easily apply to a household or a relationship. The underlying objective is not merely to lead but how well we lead that counts. At the most basic level, a true leader must live by example. All talk and no action won’t cut it.
Thomas Sankara decreed that his portrait should not be displayed all over the country in official buildings as is the norm in Africa. He saw no need to develop a cult of personality around him. Despite his high station he identified with commoners. He was secure enough in his position to be humble.
Success can be overwhelming. It takes a steady hand to ride the waves without sinking into the depths of self delusion. No matter how great the accomplishment, one must not get too attached to the noise it generates. Sooner or later, the hype will pass and it is important to remember the man you were before success came knocking.
Sankara’s style was rugged. He preferred tailored military fatigues drawing inspiration from Fidel Castro and like Che’ he wore a beret. He loved motorcycles and dressed appropriately for the bike. He promoted Burkinabe traditional as an expression of belonging. (Reference the attempt to find a Kenyan national dress)
Style essentially is about knowing who you are and how to express your individuality. It is also about comfort in your own skin. Fashion fades. Do not be a slave to trends or you will end with suitcases of clothes you detest.
Sankara’s commitment to personal fitness was total. He was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied in the streets of Ouagadougou so it’s no surprise that he was never overweight. He initiated fitness programs around the country and always seemed energized. These days as soon as man makes a little money, it is reflected on his waistline. The more prosperous one gets, the bigger the bellies grow. By the time fortune descends, he will have arrived at full term pregnancy. Physical fitness is not a priority and all about vanity with the advent of surgical short cuts. But an unhealthy lifestyle is expensive because medical cover is not getting cheaper. Most of ailments plaguing society are attributed to careless lifestyle choices and are preventable. The human body was not designed to be sedentary, so get off your butt and make exercise a regular activity.
Inspiring Thomas Sankara quotes;
Source: MODERN AFRICAN GUY