Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ruto blocked from coming home by ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected an application by Eldoret North MP William Ruto to be exempted from attending the whole proceedings for the confirmation of charges. Mr Ruto, who wanted to return home to attend to an “important personal matter” would now have to stay at The Hague for 12 days.

ICC spokesman Faadi El-Abdalla said the Pre-Trial Chamber under Lady Justice Ekaterina Trendafilova made the decision. Ruto left on Tuesday for the hearing.
“Only Ruto had made the application. The other two have not filed anything,” he told The Standard.
Ruto wanted the court to waive his right to be present at the whole hearing. The MP’s lawyers will Thursday from 3.30pm Kenyan time begin making submissions at the confirmation of charges hearing.
The lawyers are expected to first give their observations on admissibility, jurisdiction, and procedural matters before the ICC Prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo presents his evidence.
They have been preparing for the last five months to challenge Moreno-Ocampo’s evidence against their client to free them from allegations of crimes against humanity.
It is on this third day that Moreno-Ocampo is expected to tell the court how Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang are liable for the alleged crimes committed in Rift Valley.
The suspects’ evidence will start coming on September 3 at 7.30pm, when Ruto’s first witness takes the stand.
Kenyans will have a chance to hear the witness’s evidence. The witness along with others are expected to use pseudonyms or codes for security purposes.
ICC spokesman said the court session would be open unless ordered otherwise.
“The proceedings can be followed with a 30 minute delay,” he said. The 30 minutes delay is to enable the court to edit confidential information such as a witness’s identity.
From September 6, hearing on confirmation of charges against Kosgey will kick off, as Sang’s team prepares to take the stand from September 9 to 10. Moreno-Ocampo will question the defence witnesses

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Wambui Otieno-Mbugua dies in Nairobi

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi August 30, 2011. FILE
Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi Tuesday.

Mrs Wambui Otieno Mbugua, 75, captured the attention of the entire nation in July 2003 briefly when she married stonemason Peter Mbugua who was then only 25.

She first rose to prominence in 1986 following the death of her husband and prominent criminal lawyer SM Otieno when she waged a court battle against the Umira Kager clan over Mr Otieno’s final resting place.
She claimed that he had wanted to be buried at his farm at Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi but the Umira Kager clan, represented by retired Appeal Court judge Justice Richard Kwach citing longstanding tribal traditions claimed the body.

The case was fought both within the court corridors as well as outside in the political arena. The Umira Kager clan eventually prevailed in court when the Court of Appeal granted their wish to bury SM Otieno.

Six on Forbes’ list of top women set pace for Africa’s technology pursuit

Clockwise: Google Africa’s Olga Arara, Open Quest president June Arunga, Ory Okolloh (Google Africa) Royal Media’s Julie Gichuru,InMobi Africa’s head Isis Nyong’o and Capital Markets Authority boss Stella Kilonzo have been listed among this year’s Forbes’ top 100 most powerful women. File
Clockwise: Google Africa’s Olga Arara, Open Quest president June Arunga, Ory Okolloh (Google Africa) Royal Media’s Julie Gichuru,InMobi Africa’s head Isis Nyong’o and Capital Markets Authority boss Stella Kilonzo have been listed among this year’s Forbes’ top 100 most powerful women. File
There are six Kenyans who are currently in the world’s limelight, and for once, they are not members of the Ocampo Six.
These six Kenyans (and perhaps tellingly) have been listed as Africa’s most powerful women by the prestigious Forbes magazine, sharing a global pedestal with the likes of Michelle Obama and musician Lady Gaga.
According to Forbes, these six women wield enormous influence in African business, technology, policy and media. “They are change makers, trendsetters, visionaries and thinkers, builders, and young global leaders. They are at the vanguard of Africa’s imminent socio-economic revolution and its contemporary renaissance,” said the publication as it announced a global list of the top 100 most powerful women.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zimbabwean ministers to be circumcised

Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers will be circumcised under a programme meant to reduce the spread of HIV and Aids.
Zimbabwean ministers to be circumcised
The programme will also target MPs and councillors.
Since a 2005 study in South Africa found that male circumcision reduces the risk of transmitting HIV by 60 per cent in cases of heterosexual sex, Zimbabwe has stepped up the campaign to have men circumcised.

“Circumcised men are eight times less likely to contract HIV,” deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe said.

She told the Sunday News leaders should lead by example if the country is to achieve zero deaths emanating from the scourge. The target is to reach five million people.


 Another Kenyan woman working in Saudi Arabia has died in unclear circumstances. Mwanamizi Mwitani from  Kwale was allegedly murdered and her  body locked in a freezer for more than 3   months after a quarrel  with her employer.  Family members claim the woman was killed after a child  she was taking care of died after choking. 
Relatives now want the  government to intervene and ensure proper investigation are carried out and  her body is brought home.

Kenyan women growing hard-to-get plant in Minnesota

Sarah Nyakeri worked at the community garden

Sarah Nyakeri worked at the community garden

Some Kenyan women are growing a highly desired but hard-to-get plant from their homeland in community gardens in Burnsville.
Among the cucumbers and tomatoes at two Burnsville community gardens, there are patches of a leafy green unknown to most Americans.
It's called spider plant, and it's tended with care by a group of Kenyan women who cherish the chance to grow greens that are a nutrient-packed and culturally important food in their homeland.
"It's a blessing," said Sarah Nyakeri, a Bloomington woman who tends the crop, which is regularly harvested and sold to others in the Kenyan immigrant community. "It was so hard to get it here."
The spider plants grew out of a wider community gardening initiative launched on the grounds of International Outreach Church in Burnsville that has since spread to another garden at the city's Wolk Park.

Woman kills self and 4 kids over runaway husband

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – A woman and her four children died after she set their house on fire in Homa Bay on Friday morning.
According to police, the incident occurred at 5am at a rented house in Rodi Kopany, Homa Bay district.
Witnesses told police they saw smoke billowing from the rented house and they were unable to put it out.
Homa Bay police chief Francis Kumut said they were informed that the deceased woman had an argument with her former husband after which she retreated to her rented house in the town.
“We have recorded statements from several people. Her former husband will also record a statement with us because we are told they quarrelled last [Thursday] night,” Mr Kumut said. “We want to know what exactly happened.”

Kenyan Man, 27, Charged with Attempted Murder in Domestic

Peabody police arrested a Malden man Tuesday evening on charges of attempted murder and aggravated domestic assault and battery after a nurse at Lahey Clinic reported an assault on a woman who was admitted to the hospital.
Police received a call just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday from a nurse, reporting that a female victim was assaulted by her boyfriend earlier that day.
Police then took Joseph Mwangi Kaba, 27, of 22 Cottage Pl., Malden, into custody on the aforementioned charges. An initial arrest report in the police log was unclear on where Kaba was arrested, although it did first give his address as 6 Essex Pl. #2, in Peabody.
No further details were available.

Barack Obama’s uncle has been arrested and held as illegal immigrant

President Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, at a closed immigration hearing last year. Onyango, half-sister of Obama's late father, moved to the United States in 2000 and she was ordered deported in 2004. Source: AP
President Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, at a closed immigration hearing last year. Onyango, half-sister of Obama's late father, moved to the United States in 2000 and she was ordered deported in 2004. Source: AP
BARACK Obama’s long-lost “Uncle Omar” has been arrested for alleged drink-driving outside Boston and detained as an illegal immigrant, The Times can reveal.
The arrest ends a mystery over the fate of a relative that the US President wrote in his memoir had moved to America from Kenya in the 1960s, although the circumstances of his discovery may now prove to be an embarrassment for the White House.
Official records say Onyango Obama, 67, was picked up outside the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham, Massachusetts, at 7.10pm on August 24. Police say he nearly crashed his Mitsubishi 4×4 into a patrol car, and then insisted that the officer should have given way to him. A report filed with the Framingham District Court said that a breathalyser at the police station registered his blood alcohol at 0.14mg/100ml of blood, above the state limit of 0.08mg.
According to a local newspaper, Mr Obama was charged with driving under the influence and driving to endanger, as well as failing to use a turn signal. He was detained as an illegal immigrant because the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an outstanding warrant for him because he was previously ordered to be deported to Kenya.
This Aug. 24, 2011 black-and-white booking photo provided Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 by the Framingham Police Department shows Onyango Obama, arrested in Framingham, Mass., for several infractions, including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He is the uncle of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Framingham Police Department)
This Aug. 24, 2011 black-and-white booking photo provided Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 by the Framingham Police Department shows Onyango Obama, arrested in Framingham, Mass., for several infractions, including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He is the uncle of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Framingham Police Department)
The Times has established from his birthdate that Mr Obama is the Uncle Omar mentioned in President Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father. In the 1995 book, President Obama writes of “the uncle who had left for America 25 years ago and had never come back”.
In 2008, The Times mounted a search for Uncle Omar. Instead of finding him, we discovered his sister, President Obama’s Auntie Zeituni, who was living as an illegal immigrant on a Boston housing estate. Uncle Omar and Auntie Zeituni are the children of President Obama’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama, by his third wife Sarah, the woman President Obama calls “Granny”, because she raised his father, Barack Sr, who was Hussein Obama’s son by Hussein’s second wife, Akumu.
The 2008 investigation unearthed public records naming an O. Onyango Obama, born on June 3, 1944, living at a house in the Boston suburbs, where he was known as Obama Onyango. Framingham police records list the man arrested last week as Onyango Obama, with the same birth date, June 3, 1944.
According to local reports, Officer Val Krishtal and another driver had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting Mr Obama’s car, which rolled through a stop sign and took a quick left turn. Mr Obama allegedly told the officer he had right of way and said he doubted the officer was forced to brake hard as he did not hear his brakes squeal.
Mr Obama pleaded not guilty at his remand hearing, but was held in custody because of the immigration warrant. He now faces a legal battle. His sister Zeituni eventually won the right to live in America despite an earlier deportation order. Margaret Wong, the Cleveland lawyer who successfully represented Zeituni, confirmed through a representative last night that she has also been retained to defend Mr Obama.
“Before he went to America, we all knew him as Omar. But he dropped that bit, changing it to Obama Onyango, because he said he preferred his African name,” said Nelson Ochieng, a cousin in the Kenyan city of Kisumu.
Mr Obama’s landlady in Boston went to court to evict him in 2000 for non-payment of his dollars 500-a-month rent. He was also a partner in a convenience store that was set up in 1992, and was attacked in a robbery at the shop in 1994 by two men armed with a sawn-off rifle.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kenyans In Top Five of African Immigrants To US

About 87,000 Kenyans now live in the United States as immigrants, a Washington-based research institute calculates.

That’s less than the figures offered by some members of the Kenyan community in the US, who have made estimates of 200,000 or higher.

But the number of Kenyans is more than four times the total of immigrants to the US from either Uganda (21,000) or Tanzania (18,000), according to a study last month by the non-governmental Migration Policy Institute.

Ruto group in prayers ahead of ICC hearing

Pray for us. That was the parting shot of former Industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Sang as they prepared to leave for The Hague.

Mr Sang left on Sunday night, Mr Kosgey leaves on Monday night and Mr Ruto on Tuesday for the confirmation hearings starting on Thursday.

They are among the six Kenyans accused of bearing the greatest responsibility for the post-election violence that left 1,133 people dead and displaced over 650,000 others. (READ: Kenya's big day as Ocampo set to name six suspects in chaos case)

Tulsa priest, seminary student from Kenya, killed in crash

Stanley Kariuki
Stanley Kariuki
A Tulsa priest and a seminary student from Kenya were killed in a three-car collision in north Tulsa early Sunday.
Two men, both 32, died at the scene after a Chevrolet Impala ran a red light and struck the Nissan Altima they were traveling in, said Capt. Karen Tipler with the Tulsa Police Department.
The men were Father Jorge Gomez and Stanley Kariuki, a seminary student from Kenya, said Father Tim Davison of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1436 N. 67th East Ave.
Tipler said the driver of the Impala, a 33-year-old woman, was frightened by gunshots in the area and was speeding northbound through the intersection of 36th Street North and North Cincinnati Avenue when she hit the Altima.
The Altima was proceeding through a green light eastbound at the intersection when it was struck and pushed into a third vehicle.
Police responded to the wreck around 12:35 a.m. Sunday.  Tipler said the driver of the Impala suffered some injuries that were not life-threatening, and people traveling in the third vehicle were shaken up but uninjured.
“Both (Gomez and Kariuki) will be sorely missed,” Davison said.
Gomez had recently completed his seminary training and was Davison’s assistant.“He loved it here. He was very excited and energetic,” Davison said.
He also said many in the parish loved Kariuki, who was eager to serve the church as well.

Kenya’s most beautiful woman is Susan Anyango

She is 6 feet tall, slight in weight, very soft spoken (a little coy even),ever smiling and is the proud owner of not only the most coveted beauty crown (which she probably will keep for a year)in the country but a prestigious title as well. She happens to be only 19 and the Miss Kenya 2011 -2012. Susan Anyango is her name and one thing you should know immediately is that she is not your average 19 year old. Within a few minutes into the interview I learn that this beauty seated right in front of me has been through a lot in her 19 years of life.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mungu Katika Mwili na Roho-Incarnation of Jesus

Neno "maisha"Incarnation" linatokana na maneno ya Kilatini "katika", ambayo ina maana sawa na maneno yetu ya Kiswahili "katika," na "carnis," maana yake "mwili." Mwili ni sehemu imara ya uhai wetu, sehemu ambayo tunaona na kugusa, tofauti na akili zetu, roho nafsi, na.

Mwana wa Mungu kwa kawaida "roho." "Roho" ni wajibu wa sehemu moja kama ni mwili wa nyama. Alikuwa na ulimwengu mzima kwa ajili ya semina wake na uwanja wa michezo. Alikuwa Mwana mpendwa, kama Baba alitangaza wakati wa ubatizo wake, na tena katika transfiguration. Yeye alikuwa Mwana wa pekee, kama Yohana 3:16 inatuambia, na mwandishi wa Waebrania anasema kwamba malaika ni amri ya kumwabudu yeye. Alikuwa mshirika katika uumbaji wa dunia. Alikuwa amemsaidia kujenga malaika ambaye alikuwa tu ni wajibu, kwa ibada na mumuabudu Yeye, na kitu tu kwamba alikuwa bado alitaka companionship ya viumbe kama yeye mwenyewe, na hii, kuulinda na kusaidia kujenga binadamu kwa mfano wake.

Nini madhumuni ya maisha? madhumuni ya msingi (na hatuna nafasi ya kutosha kukabiliana na hayo) ni kwamba Mwana wa Mungu anaweza kutoa haki mwenyewe kama mbadala wetu na kulipa fidia ya dhambi zetu ili tuweze kuwa huru kutokana na adhabu ya mauti ya milele. Lakini lengo sekondari ili apate, na kubadilishana uzoefu wetu, kuwa mtetezi wa huruma na akili.

The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

The word "Incarnation" comes from the Latin words "in," which has the same meaning as our English word "in," and "carnis," which means "flesh." Flesh is the solid part of our being, the part that we can see and touch, in contrast to our mind, soul, and spirit.

The Son of God was normally "spirit." "Spirit" isn't bound to one place as a body of flesh is. He had the entire universe for His workshop and playground. He was the BELOVED Son, as the Father announced at His baptism, and again at the transfiguration. He was the ONLY begotten Son, as John 3:16 tells us, and the writer of Hebrews says that the angels are commanded to worship Him. He was a partner in the creation of the world. He had helped to create angels whose only duty was to worship and serve Him, and the only thing that He still wanted was the companionship of creatures like Himself, and this He secured by helping to create human beings in His own image.

What was the purpose of the Incarnation? The primary purpose (and we do not have space to deal adequately with it) was that the Son of God might justly offer Himself as our substitute and pay the penalty for our sins so that we might be free from the penalty of eternal death. But a secondary purpose was that He might, by sharing our experiences, be a merciful and understanding advocate.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gadaffi's Palace

Rebel fighters and civillians walk near Gadaffi's huge swimming pool and jacuzzi inside the compound.

Rebel fighters examine some clothes on a rail in the Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Rebel fighters and civillians seen inside the house of Aisha Gaddafii the daughter of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli rummaging through personal belongings. Aisha's house is based inside the compound.

Rebel fighters help themselves to clothes and personal belongings in the bedroom of Gaddafi's family member in the Bab al-Aziziya compund.

Rebel fighters seen inside the house of Aisha Gaddafi. Rebel fighters seized weapons, looted valuables and destroyed symbols of a 42-year dictatorship.

Rebel fighters look over personal family photos in the Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Rebel fighters storm a living room looking for valuables and any signs of dictatorship to destroy

A rebel fighter walk inside the house of Al-Saadi Gadhafi the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli

A rebel fighter poses for a photo as he sits on a two-seater couch that is framed by golden mermaid with the face of Aisha Gadhafi, the daughter of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, in her house in Tripoli. A pink baby cot is placed in the grand atrium.

A rebel fighter walks inside the house of Al-Saadi Gaddafi - the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

A Kenyan among Employees suing P.G school for discrimination in MD

Hearings in the cases of 16 employees of Prince George’s County Public Schools who are suing the school board for $5 million each, alleging they faced discrimination and hostile work environments, are slated to begin Oct. 18 and continue into November in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
Eleven of employees work or worked at Largo High School.

Boda Bodas: Kenya’s latest death trap

‘Boda-bodas’ are fast becoming Kenya’s most popular means of transport. But could this cost effective mode of transport be a death trap in disguise?
By Caasi Sagalai, Kenya
Doreen considers herself fortunate to be alive. She survived a near fatal motorcycle accident sustaining serious long term injuries. She injured her legs and developed breathing complications after falling off a speeding motorbike, which had lost control and tumbled over.
At the time of the accident, she was travelling with her 6 year old daughter, who miraculously escaped uninjured. Doreen has been in and out of various hospitals and she now walks with a limp.

I will bring freshness to the presidency, Peter Kenneth tells US forum

Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth addresses a forum in Dallas, Texas over the weekend
Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth addresses a forum in Dallas, Texas over the weekend
Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth promised Kenyans in the Diaspora that he would inject freshness into the presidency should he decide to run for the office in
The MP who is on a fact finding mission in the US made the comments while answering questions in Dallas during his first stop of his tour.
He was answering a question from the audience asking him to differentiate himself from other candidates.
“Some of the names you heard of in 1963 are the same names you that keep being mentioned today,” Kenneth told an appreciative crowd. “This

A Kenyan woman dies in Wichita Kansas

The Late Rose Wanjugu Muteithia 1945-2011
The Late Rose Wanjugu Muteithia 1945-2011
It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on to glory of our beloved mother Mrs. Rose Wanjugu Muteithia of Kijabe Hill, Subukia which occurred in Wichita, Kansas USA on Sunday 21stof August, 2011.
Loving wife to the late Maj (rtd) Ikou wa Muteithia. Beloved mum to Caroline Muthoni Ikou (USA), Cpt. Peterson Muteithia and Lillian Muteithia, Joyce Wairimu (Australia), Jimmy Ikou (USA) and Victor Ikou (USA).
Daughter to the late Karaya wa Kagumba and Joyce Wairimu Karaya of Ichamara, Nyeri. Daughter-in- law to the late Mr. and Mrs. Muteithia wa Kibira of Kianjogu, Nyeri.
Friends and relatives will meet on Thursday at Yates Pub and restaurant on Langata Road. There will be a major fundraising on Friday 26th August, 2011 in Kenya at Ngong Hills Hotel onNgong Road next to Uchumi Hyper from 5pm.
Another fundraising will be held on Friday 26th August, 2011 at 3152 N Longfellow Ct Wichita Kansas 67226 from 6pm. Please make cheques payable to Caroline Ikou or direct deposit at Bank of America account no 002860628154.
Burial date will be announced soon.
For enquiries and M-pesa call Peterson on 0722518865 or Lillian on 0725645642.

Please feel free to call

Victor Ikou             316 516 3272      
Jimmy Ikou             316 253 5264      
Caroline Ikou             316 689 0705      
And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand