Sunday, July 31, 2011

WHO OWNS KENYA

Kenyatta family alone owns an estimated 500,000 acres

Most of the power brokers in the Kenyatta regime who formed land-buying companies established huge farms in the Rift Valley either jointly or on their own. They included Njenga Karume, the then Chairman of Gema Holdings, who acquired 20,000 acres in Molo where he is growing tea, coffee, pyrethrum and potatoes and 16,000 acres in Naivasha and sleeping comfortably in his mansion in central province. 

GG Kariuki acquired his 5,000 acres at Rumuruti, Laikipia Division, while former Attoney-General Charles Njonjo bought into the 100,000 acre Solio Ranch. Don't forget, grabbing of settler land in Central by many colonial collaborators, at the expense of the Mau Mau fighters, was part of the scheme. Senior Chief Munyinge from Muiga took 400 acres. Initially, senior chief Munyinge was allocated only 70 acres but with time he managed to acquire 330 more acres. 

Mwai Kibaki acquired 20,000 acres in Nanyuki, Former MP Munene Kairu has 32,000 acres at Rumuruti. Mr Isaiah Mathenge, the former powerful Provincial Commissioner under Kenyatta and an MP under Moi, is arguably the largest land owner in Nyeri municipality. 

He owns Seremwai Estate, which is 10,000 acres. Kibaki's friend, Kim Ngatende, a former government engineer, has 500 acres too. Mathenge also owns 'jointly with former Provincial Commissioner Lukas Daudi Galgalo" the 10, 000-acre Manyagalo Ranch in Meru. 

I knew thee

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5.


Knowing that it was Almighty God who knew us (you and me), and formed us, and called us into life, is the bedrock and/or underpin of our existence. When everything else around us is not making sense, this verity and/or veracity can give us the grounding that we desperately need to go on. We are all looking for a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. Many people have not received this impeccable affirmation from their parents, but it was not their parents who knew them before they were conceived, but God as conspicuously exhibited in the Bible. It was God who formed each one of us in our mother's womb and called us to life. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life. It was God who set us apart for His divine purposes and plans.


By Max Shimba

Man is made or unmade by himself

7For as he athinketh in his bheart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs Chapter 23 Verse 7


This verse is usually used to teach that you are a product of your thinking; you become what you think. 


For us to start to consciously create the life of our dreams, we must take total responsibility for our lives. And as we take full responsibility for what happens to us we discover that we create our lives by our thoughts. Everything on the outside is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. So many of the great teachers and writing of the past have told us that (Proverbs 23:7 in the Bible) 


Thoughts become things. Our thoughts create our lives. 


So what does this have to do with becoming what you think?



Compiled by Max Shimba

Nairobi's Eastleigh is hub for Al-Shabaab militants says UN report




STEPHEN MUDIARI | NATION  A general view of Eastleigh shopping centre in Nairobi. There are booming retail and wholesale businesses in the area.
STEPHEN MUDIARI | NATION A general view of Eastleigh shopping centre in Nairobi. There are booming retail and wholesale businesses in the area. A United Nation’s report identifies Eastleigh as the hub for Somali-based Al-Shabaab millitants.
A United Nation’s report identifies Eastleigh in Nairobi as the hub for Somali-based Al-Shabaab millitants.
The centre in the outskirts of Kenya's capital is allegedly used to distribute Al-Shabab militants.
An suspected smuggler, Abdirahman Abdi alias Salawat, - a Somali national who allegedly obtained Kenyan citizenship falsely leads the trade.
He possesses two Kenyan passports (numbers A739601 and A183790) under the names of “Abdi Warsame Dirie”, which he uses for international travel.
The UN Monitoring Group report says Salawat works with Abdullahi Abdinur Mohamed alias Topolino in the trade which started in October 2004.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Snow yamwagika Kenya




Children play with hailstones after a heavy down pour in Kijabe on July 25, 2011. The rain caused a rare spectacle in the area, but farmers complained that it was wrecking havoc on their crops. The northern part of the country is experiencing drought that the United Nations on Sunday declared as the worst ever in 60 years. An estimated 400,000 people face starvation in Wajir and thousands of malnourished men, women and children have moved to camps to get relief food. PHOTO/STEPHEN MUDIARI
Children play with hailstones after a heavy down pour in Kijabe on July 25, 2011. The rain caused a rare spectacle in the area, but farmers complained that it was wrecking havoc on their crops. The northern part of the country is experiencing drought that the United Nations on Sunday declared as the worst ever in 60 years. An estimated 400,000 people face starvation in Wajir and thousands of malnourished men, women and children have moved to camps to get relief food. PHOTO/STEPHEN MUDIARI
Deep sparkling sheet of hailstones that covered a large swathe along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway on July 24, 2011. Photo/COURTESY
Deep sparkling sheet of hailstones that covered a large swathe along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway on July 24, 2011.
 

6-6-3 proposed to replace 8-4-4




Maseno National school students celebrate after their school produced the top six KCSE students in Nyanza province. Kenya’s education system could be changed from 8-4-4 to 6-6-3 if proposals by a government team are adopted. PHOTO/ FILE
Maseno National school students celebrate after their school produced the top six KCSE students in Nyanza province. Kenya’s education system could be changed from 8-4-4 to 6-6-3 if proposals by a government team are adopted. PHOTO/ FILE
Kenya’s education system could be changed from 8-4-4 to 6-6-3 if proposals by a government team are adopted.
Under the envisaged structure, pupils will spend six years in primary schools and sit a national examination at the end before joining secondary schools for another six years.
Students will then proceed to universities where they will spend three years pursuing degree programmes, having specialised in particular courses at the secondary school level.
The Task Force on the Re-alignment of Education Sector to the Constitution says the “6-6-3 (system) has provided quality education and training in countries ranked highly and have accelerated development”.
According to the report of the taskforce, the 6-6-3 system of education will allow learners to choose areas of specialisation and develop them early enough unlike the current 8-4-4.

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants ban samosas




Somalia's al-Shabaab militants ban samosas
Samosas, usually filled with spicy meat or vegetables, have been served for centuries in the East African country

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Somalia's al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after ruling the popular snacks are too Christian, it was reported on Tuesday.

But the newspaper said locals believed al-Shabaab leaders had decided the triangular shape was not compatible with their strict version of Islam.

The unexpected move means Somalis could now expect to be punished if caught cooking, buying or eating samosas, known locally as sambusas.

The ban is the latest in a string of authoritarian rulings introduced by al-Shabaab, a violent Islamist organisation linked to al-Qaeda and classified by several countries as a terrorist group.

The extremist army has taken command of several provinces of Somalia and is fighting the country's official government for total control.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Minister and MP gave cash to terrorist group



Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organised by the islamist Al-Shabaab group which is fighting the Somali government in Suqa Holaha neighbourhood of Mogadishu, on July 5.
Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organised by the islamist Al-Shabaab group which is fighting the Somali government in Suqa Holaha neighbourhood of Mogadishu, on July 5. A Kenya cabinet minister and a nominated MP are among prominent Kenyans funding the activities of the Al Shabaab terror group, a new United Nations report cliams. Photo/FILE 
By PETER LEFTIE, pmutibo@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Thursday, July 28  2011 at  22:23


A Cabinet minister and a nominated MP are among prominent Kenyans funding the activities of the Al Shabaab terror group, claims a new United Nations report.
The Cabinet minister is said to have donated Sh200,000 for the construction of a mosque in 2009, but the funds were wired to an account operated by the terrorist outfit which controls huge parts of Somalia.
The report also accuses the Nominated MP of donating Sh500,000 to an account operated by a leading Al Shabaab financier on February 17 this year.
The report however says that it has no evidence that the minister was aware that his donation would be used to finance the terror group’s activities.
The report also says the Nominated MP confirmed being a close friend of a leading Al Shabaab financier during an interview with the UN Monitoring Group.
Rebuilding mosque

How TCL rose from ‘chama’ to a big investor




TransCentury Chairman Zephania Mbugua (right) with the CEO, Gachao Kiuna, after addressing a press conference at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, where he announced the listing of the company at the Nairobi Stock Exchange, last week. Fredrick Onyango
TransCentury Chairman Zephania Mbugua (right) with the CEO, Gachao Kiuna, after addressing a press conference at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, where he announced the listing of the company at the Nairobi Stock Exchange, last week. Fredrick Onyango
Once, they were a preserve of old rural women who periodically met and collected money for one of the members in what was known as merry-go-round.
Investment groups — also known as chamas in Kenya — have since the 1980s changed and attracted membership of  younger people irrespective of their work or profession.
However, the challenge of their informal nature has remained even for a group of known names including Jimnah Mbaru, Joe Kamau, James Kahiu and the late James Gachui.
According to TransCentury’s chairman Zephaniah Mbugua, the four and others — after coining the idea to start an investment group on one of the golf courses in Nairobi around 1995 — also faced the same hurdles as the thousands of informal investment groups, especially during the company’s early years.
“Initially there were about four gentlemen on one of the golf courses playing and discussing what we could do with our investments,” Mr Mbugua recently told a forum organised for investment groups. “We were among a group of seven who started TransCentury.”
Origins Investment Group Advisers and Chase Bank Limited organised the event.
“We felt we could have a greater impact if we came together and put our money together,” he went on. “As discussions continued, we had similar challenges of what time and where to meet, for example, and decided that with or without golf those who were serious must meet.”
Mr Mbugua said that after meeting times were set, the group of friends set a target to raise Sh50 million through their own funds and by recruiting friends in one and a half years.
“We ended up at about Sh14.3 million and it got to a point where we said we must start a company,” he  said, explaining that the recruiting formula was such that each person was only allowed to bring in one of their friends — to avoid a situation where a member brought all their friends.

Expulsion of ODM rebel MPs to cost Sh1.8 billion – IIEC




UDM-BOUND: William Ruto
UDM-BOUND: William Ruto
The Interim Independent Electoral Commission is in a position to organise a mini-election to replace Eldoret North MP William Ruto and the 10 or so rebel MPs if they are stripped of their ODM party membership.
Suspended Higher Education Minister William Ruto and 30 of his allies in ODM risk losing their seats if the party succeeds in stripping them of their party membership.
Last week ODM filed a constitutional application at the High Court seeking to strip Ruto, Charles Keter, Isaac Rutto, Aden Duale and Joshua Kuttuny of both their party membership and their parliamentary seats.
The petition by two party members was filed by lawyer Cecil Miller, of Miller & Company Advocates, and the success of the suit could result in a mini general election.
Strategists for the Ruto group say at least 10 other ODM MPs will resign if Ruto and his allies are stripped of their membership and therefore their parliamentary seats.
The strategists say the mass resignations would deny ODM the slight majority it currently enjoys over its coalition partner PNU in the House. They hope to eventually force out Prime Minister Raila Odinga. “If ODM has decided that we have to go, we shall go. But I want to warn my brother Raila that he will live to regret this,” Ruto said.
He said every resource will be mobilised to ensure that all the 10 MPs who are dismissed from the party defend and retain their seats but on the UDM ticket. “We will wait for the court decision. But if ten of us go for by-elections on the UDM ticket, we shall all win,” Ruto said.

Kenyans dying of hunger, where? Dr Mutua asks




NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 28 – The government said on Thursday that it was not aware of any Kenyan who had died as a result of the biting famine that is affecting four million citizens in northern parts of the country.
Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua said Kenya had enough food to feed those starving in Turkana and other parts of the country, but was only facing the challenge of distributing relief supplies.
“So far the government does not have an official report of a Kenyan that has died as a result of the hunger,” Dr Mutua told a news conference in Nairobi.
“We are asking anybody who has information of a confirmed death due to starvation to let us know; the government needs that information because it is very wrong for a Kenyan to die or starve whereas there is food in the country,” he asserted.
Dr Mutua confirmed that the government was in the process of changing its approach to relief operations that have failed to yield favourable results in the past.
“Currently, the government does not lack food to feed the hungry; we have set aside Sh10.5 billion to feed Kenyans.”
Dr Mutua also reiterated that the government would feed Somali refugees, but it would not create new refugee camps in Kenya
Dr Alfred Mutua also hit out at foreign journalists and non-governmental organisations, which he said were exaggerating the drought situation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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New law permits Kenyan Diaspora to vote




NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – For the first time in Kenya’s history, citizens living in the Diaspora are set to vote in the presidential elections next year. This move has been made possible due to a new constitution which was largely endorsed by the majority of Kenyans last August.
A draft bill of the proposed legislation, the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Bill was released in the past week, and is expected to be tabled in parliament for debate before being passed as a law. The new law will allow Kenyans, including those holding dual citizenship to seek elective positions during the Kenyan elections.
An estimated 3 million Kenyans live abroad; they participate in the country’s affairs largely by proxy. They send cash remittances to relatives in Kenya. Infact, in the recent past, the money sent has earned them the distinction of being ranked as the fourth highest foreign exchange earner for the country’s economy, rivalled only by horticulture, tea and tourism.
These Kenyans in the Diaspora had in the past expressed disenfranchisement when it came to having a say in national issues and elections, owing to their inability to vote. These reservations constantly surface whenever government delegations meet them in their countries of residence.
Upbeat and ecstatic

Kenya Plans $500 Million Passenger Terminal at Main Airport


July 27 (Bloomberg) –  Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport plans to begin construction of a  $500 million terminal early next year to meet a forecast increase in passenger  numbers.

The terminal, the  first expansion at the airport since 1978, will have the capacity to handle 20  million passengers, the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority, Martin  Wambora, told reporters today in the capital, Nairobi.
The tender for the  project will be advertized on June 23, with bids expected in September, the  authority said in a statement handed to reporters. The project, which will  include a railway terminal, 60 check-in counters and 40 boarding gates, will  take about 24 months to complete, according to the statement.
The airport is  forecast to handle 6.03 million passengers this year, up from 5.5 million in  2010. That number is expected to rise to 38 million by 2030, Lucy Mbugua, the  general manager for marketing and business development at the airports  authority, told reporters.
Revenue generated by  the airport in the 12 months through June rose to 5.97 billion shillings ($66.1  million) from 5.05 billion shillings a year earlier, Mbugua said.
The new terminal is  expected to generate revenue of $111 million in the first year of operation,  with an annual growth estimated at 10 percent, general manager for projects and  engineering services, Philemon Chamwada, told reporters.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Kenya's Unclaimed Assets Authority


Financial industry alarmed by new Bill on unclaimed assets


CBK governor, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u. Photo/FILE
CBK governor, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u. Parliament is about to pass a Bill that will create a new government agency, the Unclaimed Assets Authority, with powers to take over all unclaimed assets sitting in dormant accounts with either commercial banks or insurance companies or unpaid dividends sitting on the books of quoted companies. Photo/FILE 
By JAINDI KISERO, jkisero@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Sunday, July 24  2011 at  10:23
If you migrated from Kenya and left a fixed deposit account in a bank you have not transacted for a long time — dividends you have not claimed for years or a life insurance policy that matured while you were way — move quickly and claim your money before a new law now pending in Parliament catches up with you.
Parliament is about to pass a Bill that will create a new government agency, the Unclaimed Assets Authority, with powers to take over all unclaimed assets sitting in dormant accounts with either commercial banks or insurance companies or unpaid dividends sitting on the books of quoted companies.
If you migrated overseas a long time ago and left behind a deposit with a utility company such as Kenya Power or Nairobi Water Company Ltd, the monies will be deemed as abandoned assets under the new law and handed over to the new government agency.
Monies kept for long periods in safe deposits boxes with commercial banks will also be declared abandoned and remitted to the new government agency.
The list of assets to be treated as unclaimed assets and handed over to the government agency include mature life insurance policies, travellers cheques, money orders, and bankers cheques which have not been cashed for long periods.

California "Dream Act" approved for illegal immigrants



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships to attend the state's public colleges and universities.
The bill, dubbed the California Dream Act, passed the state Legislature earlier this month and aims at helping illegal immigrants who earned a diploma after attending at least three years of high school in the state.
Enactment of the California measure came three days after opponents of a similar law in Maryland collected enough signatures to force a state referendum seeking its repeal.
"At the end of the day, if we're going to continue as a powerful, equal-opportunity society, we're going to have to invest in our people," Brown, a Democrat, said at the signing ceremony in the library of a Los Angeles community college.

Norway killer’s diary entry sarcastic of Kenyan singer




A diary compiled by confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik includes comments critical of a Norway based Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi Mwangi (pictured), who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. The man has admitted carrying out Friday's twin terror attacks in Norway and was to make his first appearance in court, Monday. PHOTO | AFP
A diary compiled by confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik includes comments critical of a Norway based Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi Mwangi (pictured), who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. The man has admitted carrying out Friday's twin terror attacks in Norway and was to make his first appearance in court, Monday. PHOTO | AFP
A diary compiled by confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik includes comments critical of a Kenyan singer who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In an entry dated May 14, Mr Breivik writes that in choosing Stella Mwangi’s song “Haba Haba” as its Eurovision nominee, Norway has made “a crap, politically correct contribution” to the contest.