Breaking: IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigns

Dr Roselyn Akombe

IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe

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.


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Posted by on October 18, 2017 in General News


READ: The COMPLETE list of 33 people killed by Police as they protested outcome of August 8 General Election

woman cries behind policemen during post August poll clashes.

A woman cries as she stand behind policemen during clashes between supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga and policemen in Kibera slum in Nairobi CREDIT: REUTERS


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.

  1. Francis Njuguna, 31

He was shot dead in Kariobangi, Nairobi, on August 11.

His body was found at the City Mortuary.

  1. Vincent Omondi Okebe, 27

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.

  1. Thomas Odhiambo Okul, 26

He died instantly after being shot by police on August 11 inside his home in Dandora, Nairobi.

  1. Kevin Otieno, 23

He died on his way to hospital after being shot by police outside his gate in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.

  1. Vitalis Otieno, 23

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.

  1. Sammy Amira Loka, 45

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.

  1. Lillian Khavere, 40

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.

  1. Festo Kevogo, 33

He was shot through the head by police on August 9 at Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.

He died on his way to the hospital.

  1. Melvin Mboka Mwangitsi, 19

He was shot dead by police in Satellite/Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 9.

His body was traced to KNH mortuary.

  1. Paul Mungai, 33

He was shot in the abdomen.

He died from internal bleeding at KNH on August 120.

He was from Kawangware No 56 in Nairobi.

  1. Zebedeo Mukhala, 42

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.

  1. Violet Khagai, 43

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.

  1. Erick Kwama, 30

He died at KNH after he was hit by teargas, fired at a close range, and inhaled pepper spray on August 10.

  1. Nelvin Amakove, 30

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.

  1. Suleiman Khatibu, 25

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.

  1. Jeremiah Maranga,50

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.

  1. Benson Wandera, 47

He was shot by police at Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 11t.

He was buried in Busia, western Kenya.

  1. Silas Owiti Lebo, 18

He was beaten by police on August 12 in Mathare 4A-C area, Nairobi.

He died on admission to hospital.

  1. Bernard Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly after he was shot at the back at No.10 on August 9.

He was from Mathare 4A, Nairobi.

  1. Victor Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly at No. 10 after he was shot in the back on August 9.

He was from Mathare 4A,Nairobi.

  1. William Waka, 42

He was shot in the chest on August 9 and his body was traced to City Mortuary.

He is from Mathare North, Nairobi.

  1. Boniface Ochieng Owino, 31

He was shot in the chest in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi, on August 12.

He died instantly.

  1. David Owino,28

He died instantly along Juja Road after he was shot in the chest on August 12.

He lived in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi.

  1. Stephanie Moraa Nyarangi, 9

She hit news headlines after she was shot in the chest while playing on the balcony in Mathare North, Nairobi, on August 12.

  1. Christopher Samwel Mutua, 32

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.

  1. Fanuel Muruka Amule, 30

He was shot on August 12 in Mathare North, Nairobi.

His body was traced to the City Mortuary.

  1. Raphael Ayieko,17

He died instantly after being shot in the back in Babadogo, Kasabuni Area, Nairobi, on August 12.

  1. Privel Ochieng Ameso, 18

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.

  1. Shaddy Omondi Juma, 17

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.

  1. Geoffrey Onacha, 34

He was shot dead in Kibera, Nairobi, on August 10.

His body was traced at City Mortuary.

  1. Sharon Imenza, 10

The daughter of Geoffrey Onacha (above).

On August 11, she collapsed  and died upon seeing her father’s body in Kibera.

  1. Henry Onyango Matete, age unknown.

He was beaten by police on August 12 in Kibera, Olympic area, Nairobi.

He died a day later at the Muthaiga Hospital.

  1. Michael Owino, 28

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.

  1. Persons between 17 to 27 unconfirmed cases from various parts of Nairobi.

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.


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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in General News


Without independent Judiciary, forget economic growth and social harmony

Kenya Supreme Court

Kenya Supreme Court in session during 2017 presidential petition. Photo: Al Jazeera


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.


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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in General News


The Upright Man: 10 Lessons from Thomas Sankara that President Uhuru Kenyatta should Learn

Thomas Sankara

Thomas Isidore Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. Image: Google

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.

  1. Acknowledge your roots and find yourself.

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.

  1. Life is fleeting, stop procrastinating

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.

  1. Frugality is not poverty. Live within your means.

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.




  1. Perseverance requires courage

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”.

  1. When the trees go, man will follow soon after

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.

  1. Behind every successful woman, is a bitching man

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.

  1. To lead is to serve.

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.


  1. Don’t believe the hype.

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.

  1. Cultivate your personal style.

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.

  1. Fitness is for life.

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;

  • “I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity.”
  • “While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.
  • “Women’s fate is bound up with that of an exploited male. However, this solidarity must not blind us in looking at the specific situation faced by womenfolk in our society. It is true that the woman worker and simple man are exploited economically, but the worker wife is also condemned further to silence by her worker husband. This is the same method used by men to dominate other men! The idea was crafted that certain men, by virtue of their family origin and birth, or by ‘divine rights’, were superior to others”.

Oyunga Pala



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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in General News


Moses Kuria wants to Circumcise Raila Odinga, all Luos with Scissors – Video

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. Image: Google Images

Happened , 5th of September in Kiambu. He also called SCOK/Raila a DOG Get a Kikuyu to translate for you. Here’s a rough translation.

4 minutes of the clip

They should go as they do what? As they “dry”! In fact, next time we’ll come with the song’s performer. Let Raila listen keenly: on October 17, we will not use razor blades, we will use scissors. Tell him to stay away from me, because one I am done shaving his head, I’ll stop him from bothering us by circumcising him! He must go home a circumcised man to stop him from taking us for fools. Isn’t that so? Do you love our Uhuru? The king of our land? The king of Kikuyus? Will you vote for him? Thank you and God bless you. Tell everyone to wake up early in the morning. Every one has a vote! Give it to Uhuru. Asanteni sana.


Asante sana Mheshimiwa Mwathi. Actually, our people, let’s do this, instating of fussing about it, let us split this bread. Haiya! You guys don’t want us to do that? Should it not be split? Do you want a full loaf? Do you want it as a half of a loaf? No half loafs! None! Say it louder so that Uhuru can hear you. Say it: no half loafs (repeated ad hominem). We want a full loaf! Asante sana. Now I would to invite a warrior of this tribe. Would you like him to address you? I’d like to invite Moses Kuria, would you like himto address him. Moses Kuria, warrior of the tribe! Round of applause! Asante sana!


Hala! Greetings to the people of Kiambu. [Incorrigible]. Even when you are beaten. I heard that you stole the election. Is it true- did you do it? That’s what I was told. I thought we had agreed that you would wake up early and vote. Did you do so? Did you vote Uhuru Muigai wa Kenyatta? Goddamn, this dog [cheers]…8 million votes, 8 million votes, and those wild animals ruled in just 5 minutes. You mean to tell me 8 million votes were lost in 5 minutes. I swear, he is a dog of a dog! [cheers]. Listen, all we did was give birth to a child, we did not have any miscarriages, the child did not die in the maternity hospital, the child had begun to suckle, until Raila appeared, and he thrust his finger in the child’s anus, [cheers] until the child died.

[cheers]. Can you possibly forgive such a man? Can you forgive him? But the judgment’s been declared, it’s on the 17th, will you come out to vote? Will you wake up early in the morning? Will you spend the night queuing? Let’s do it to him again! Right? If he does not wan to (?) then he might as well stay away, he is not obliged to appear (?). If Raila decides not to come…let him try and visit Nairobi I swear, and we will chase him out (?). I do not want to argue with the President, but on this I must: he urged us to embrace each other and preach peace. I don’t know nor want that “peace.” Tell the person next to you: “Be prepared!” “Be prepared!”

Watch the Moses Kuria video insulting Raila below….


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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in General News


IEBC Vice Chair Consolota Nkatha Maina insubordinates her Boss Chebukati, things go South..

Consolata-Nkatha Bucha Maina

IEBC Vice Chair Consolata-Nkatha Bucha Maina

Dear Consolata
Vice Chairperson, IEBC

No one insubordinates their Boss and survive long. How on earth can you lead fellow Commissioners to hijack the official Twitter handle of IEBC to refer to your Chairman’s Memo as “alleged” Memo?

Let me tell you one truth: By disowning your Chairman, you may get excited with nocturnal cheers from fringe extremist cheerleaders of those that benefitted from fraudulent elections, but the excitement is so temporary.

Heaven and earth frowns on traitors of all shades. You lose all credibility. All doors will close on you.

What stands the test of time is truth, honest and integrity. Deceit, treachery and fraud are so short-lived, no matter the illusion of success and power for now.

Be the gracious Lady that always stood beside the Chairman, lest Chebukati will say: Et tu Consolata? Brutus didn’t last long after stabbing Emperor Julius Caesar!


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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in General News


Kenya Now Ethnically Divided than Ever; Secession is the Only Hope for Marginalized Communities

New Kenya as per the proposed petition to split Kenya into 2 Countries

A petition has gained nationwide attention after calling for splitting of Kenya into 2 countries: Jubilee- and NASA-controlled regions. Image – The Star, Kenya.

I was sitting at home devastated when they announced Odinga’s defeat in the general election earlier this month. But I was soon distracted by the madness that erupted that Friday night in Ruaka Town, where I live, as soon as the results were announced. This is Kiambu County, the heartland of Uhuru Kenyatta’s support. I had to go and check it out for myself. Thousands upon thousands of euphoric townsfolk poured into the main avenue and lit large bonfires to sing and celebrate the results. It was a marvelous learning opportunity. I talked with as many people as possible wanting to know why they were so happy about Kenyatta’s win.

In their heightened emotional state, some were surprisingly honest: Borori uyu ni witu – this country belongs to us – some of them said – meaning we the Kikuyu. But I pressed for more rational answers. One that stood out was that through Kenyatta’s victory, the survival of the Kikuyu tribe had been guaranteed. Odinga would have taken from the Kikuyu to give to the Luo. David Ndii’s words began ringing loudly in my mind: we Kenyans are not a nation. Not even nearly. I clearly saw our nationhood as a pretense we like carrying around, one which we can easily shed at a moment’s notice.

I did not expect to find any reason to smile when I came out into those celebrations that night. But within minutes I was grinning from ear to ear: I had also asked everyone I talked to whether they would be voting for William Ruto for president in 2022 as the Uhuru-Ruto deal had critically stipulated. The most common answer was a categorical no. This is the silver lining in this huge mess folks. Ruto might never get to be president. The response I got is borne out by the evidence: other ethnic groups in Kenya have voted for a candidate outside their own ethnicity in prior elections, except the Kikuyu. Since the advent of multiparty politics in Kenya in 1992 the Kikuyu electorate has voted only for Kikuyu candidates. There is no reason to believe they will behave any differently in the coming election.

This is a reason to rejoice even if we lost at the polls. The Uhuru administration is inept and corrupt. A Ruto administration would be inept, corrupt and brutal. You will remember where Ruto’s political career began: doing Moi’s dirty work. Before 1992 Moi controlled a one-party state. Elections never gave him any jitters because only one party – his own – was in the ballot box. After the fall of the Berlin Wall the US didn’t need the dictator anymore so he faced pressure to democratize. Multiparty politics arrived. Moi was now afraid of elections. He dealt with this situation in two ways. Violence was first: he needed to forcefully remove from his strongholds people belonging to ethnic groups that never voted for him. For instance, Kikuyus were attacked and chased away from Molo in the Rift Valley, where I went to high school. The second strategy was massive voter bribery in regions that could be easily swayed: a hideous plot that saw massive amounts of currency brazenly printed for this purpose, plunging Kenya into an inflation crisis.

A group of young people was brought together to carry out this violence and mass bribery on behalf of Moi. It was called Youth for Kanu ’92. Its leaders? Cyrus Jirongo and William Ruto. That’s how our deputy president got his start in politics. That’s the person who could become our next president. He is a person who has stayed true to his gory origins: it’s not surprising that local journalists and witnesses in the Rift Valley who were reporting candidly to the world about Ruto regarding the 2008 violence and the ICC case all over sudden decided to start visiting their maker. Ruto’s road to power is a canopy dripping with the blood of innocent Kenyans. The police violence against civilians – infants included – and the crackdown against civil society we’ve seen in the past two weeks is horrifying. But it would also be much worse in a Ruto presidency. He is a piece cut right out of Moi’s fabric.

The victory Carnival in Ruaka was broken up by tear gas canisters after a small group of unruly youth verbally taunted police officers standing nearby. Earlier in the night the same group of youth had blocked and hit a long-distance passenger bus making its way through the town. Looking at passengers inside the stationary bus, a group of ladies standing behind me started saying “Ona uria mairite! Ici ni nyamu cia ruguru!” – “Look at how dark they are! These must be animals from the West”. The Kenyan dream of a credible national unity is fast fading away.

It is why I am still mourning Odinga’s loss in this month’s election. Canaan would have meant a much stronger inclusion of marginalized ethnic communities in this country. It would have meant a better shot at building a nation. It is why we must cry for Odinga’s loss. Being on his side throughout the difficult journey makes it an extremely bitter pill to swallow. But we must feel the pain, for we need level heads in the next couple of years. A much graver threat to the dream of freedom and true national unity lurks around the corner.

Article © Kamau Muiga

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in General News

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