Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mbunge John Mnyika aelezea hatua alizochukua kuhusu barabara ya Kibagu-Makoka


Mbunge wa jimbo la Ubungo Chadema, John Mnyika.
Nilichukua hatua kuhusu barabara Kibangu-Makoka na Januari nilikwenda Makuburi kuchangia matengenezo ya barabara husika , leo nimemweleza diwani kazi iharakishwe na kuhusu fidia ya wananchi wa Riverside Manispaa imenihakikishia kuwa italipwa mwezi Machi 2012; kesho nitakuwepo tena Makuburi kwa ajili ya kufuatilia masuala ya maji.
Kazi ya mbunge ni kuwakilisha wananchi na kuisimamia serikali. Kama sehemu ya wajibu huo nilitumiwa SMS na baadhi ya wananchi wa Kibangu na Makoka katika kata ya Makuburi kuhusu ubovu wa barabara ulioongezeka mara baada ya mafuriko ya mkoa wa Dar es salaam. Pamoja na kuwa barabara hii ni ya ngazi ya mitaa kwa maana ya halmashauri ya Manispaa ya Kinondoni, nilichukua hatua ya kuunganisha nguvu pamoja na diwani na wananchi kwa ujumla.
Izingatiwe kwamba kuhusu barabara hii nilitimiza wajibu wa uwakilishi baada ya kukutana na wananchi wa eneo husika mwaka 2010 na kunitaka niipe kipaumbele katika bajeti, kwa kushirikiana na diwani tulifanya hivyo na hatimaye barabara hii imetengewa fedha takribani milioni 100 kwa ajili ya kufanyiwa matengenezo na Manispaa ya Kinondoni katika mwaka huu wa fedha 2011/2012.

Watanzania wamlilia Vengu


Na Waandishi Wetu
TAARIFA zilizotua kwenye dawati la gazeti hili kutoka nchini India juu ya hali ya mchekeshaji maarufu wa Kundi la Orijino Komedi, Joseph Shamba ‘Vengu’ zinatoa machozi kufuatia maelezo kwamba hali yake bado ni tete.
Mtanzania mmoja aishiye nchini humo anapotibiwa Vengu katika Hospitali ya Apollo, aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Japhet Kris alilitumia gazeti hili barua-pepe akieleza kuwa, msanii huyo bado hali yake si shwari licha ya kwamba jitihada zinafanywa na madaktari kuokoa uhai wake.
“Nilipata fursa ya kwenda kumuona Vengu kwenye Hospitali ya Apollo, kwa kweli hali yake bado siyo nzuri ingawa kuna mabadiliko kidogo ya afya yake.
“Nilipomuona kwa kweli niliumia sana, nilikuwa na marafiki zangu Watanzania…tuliumia sana, hali yake inatia huruma sana kwa kweli. 
“Nilijaribu kuzungumza na mmoja wa madaktari pale hospitalini akasema wanafanya wanavyoweza kuhakikisha anapona lakini kikubwa nawaomba Watanzania wenzangu walio huko nyumbani wazidishe maombi kwa Mungu hakuna linaloshindikana, atapona tu,” ilieleza sehemu ya ujumbe huo. 

JK launching the Presidential Award on the Extractive Industry Corporate Social Responsibility and Empowerment Programme (CSRE)


President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete arrives last night at the launching ceremony of the Presidential Award on the Extractive Industry Corporate Social Responsibility and Empowerment held at the Kilimanjaro Hyatt Regency hotel in Dar es salaam. Right is the Minister for minerals and Energy Mr William Ngeleja and left is the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Mr Meck Sadik.

President Jakaya Mrisho kikwete greets the chairman of Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI), Judge Mark Bomani (rtd) last night at the launching ceremony of the Presidential Award on the Extractive Industry…

Surprise biblical discovery in Jerusalem



          
Investigators using a robotic arm equipped with a remote-controlled camera have discovered what is being called the earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem.
The newly discovered ossuary carries a Greek inscription calling on God to "raise up" someone, which is being interpreted as an early reference to the biblical resurrection of Jesus.
A second limestone box appears to show the carved image of a fish, which may be a reference to the biblical prophet Jonah. This would be a historical first, as references to the resurrection had not previously been discovered before the 2nd century.

All Muslim should hear these true stories of Muslims

Creative Lying Advocated in Islam

"Meet tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances - including to fellow Muslims and by swearing to Allah - provided the liar is creative enough to articulate his deceit in a way that is 'technically' true."


Now meet tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances.

Michuki Burial with a Difference

Michuki Funeral Service

Ambassador Odembo pays a courtesy visit to Beth Mugo in US hospital


Ambassador Elkanah Odembo and Cabinet Minister Beth Mugo chat after the US envoy paid her a courtesy call at a Pennsylvania hospital
Ambassador Elkanah Odembo and Cabinet Minister Beth Mugo chat after the US envoy paid her a courtesy call at a Pennsylvania hospital
On Friday 23rd February, Ambassador Elkanah Odembo visited Hon. Beth Mugo; the Minister for Public Health & Sanitation who has just completed the first phase of preventive treatment for breast cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Ambassador found the Minister looking well and in remarkably good spirits in the company of her husband Ambassador Nicholas Mugo.
Hon. Mugo shared with the Ambassador that she had held discussions with Senior Vice President of thePerelmanCenterfor Advanced Medicine at the University of Pennsylvaniaon a proposal where the University would support a cancer program in Kenya.

Kisumu to have its First Large food festival in April 2012


“Taste of Kisumu”- A 3 day Festival will give attendees a taste of Kisumu’s culinary expertise and culture, showcasing the diversity of Kisumu’s dining community and promoting Kisumu as an emerging tourist hub.
Taste of Kisumu will feature restaurants &food, musical acts and family fun. Taste of Kisumu will be organized on a larger scale than most festivals & at a more competitive scale with regards to international standards. In the years to come, the organizers intend for this festival to be the LARGEST Food Festival In East Africa.
The expected results from the festival include improving Tourism prospects in the region. Festivals are just as much a tourist attraction, both locally and internationally as monuments or geographical wonders. The taste of Chicagofor example, brings in over 3.5 million attendees in a span of one week.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunnis Massacre 18 Shias...


18 victims, most of them Shia pilgrims, were returning home when attack took place. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE
PESHAWAR / DI KHAN: 
Outlawed terrorist group Jundallah has claimed responsibility for an attack a bus on Karakoram Highway in the Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which killed 18 people on Tuesday.

Jundallah’s commander Ahmed Marwat, who contacted media persons soon after the attack, claimed responsibility for the assault.
The attack took place when gunmen opened fire on the bus which was en route to Gilgit from Rawalpindi with 39 passengers on board. The bus was owned by Mashaburum private bus service.
Seven armed men stopped two buses and a coaster. The armed men were reported to be in Army uniform. They asked the passengers to get off the bus and shot them after checking their CNICs.
Most of the victims were pilgrims who were going back to their native areas after visiting holy shrines in Iran.

Iran Arrests 78-Year-Old Woman for Leaving Islam...


Although it is two months since the New Year, as predicted, security forces of the Intelligence system of the Islamic Republic have increased their pressure against Christian converts. They do this every year at the same time as Christmas celebrations in Churches in Iran, especially among Farsi-speaking Christians.
According to Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, security authorities of the Islamic Republic have started a broad systematic series of arrests in different parts of Iran, especially in Esfahan in an attempt to counter the growth of Christianity and the house church movement. The arrests in Esfahan which began with the arrest of Hekmat Salimi, pastor of the official church of St. Paul, are a continuation of the series of arrests of Christians in Ahwaz and Shiraz. On the morning of February 22, 2012, security authorities attacked his home in Fooladshahr, arrested him without providing a reason and transferred him to an unknown location.
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(Esfahan, 439 KMs south of Tehran, the capital)
Based on a published report, following that raid, a 78 year old Christian lady, Ms. Giti Hakimpour, a member and minister of St. Luke's church of Esfahan, was arrested in her flat that same day. Eyewitnesses said that there were both police and private cars parking down below her flat from 6 in the morning.

Converts to Christianity Under Attack in Uganda


With only a 12% Muslim minority, and an 84% Christian majority, Uganda may not seem a hotspot of Islamic activity. Yet, in recent weeks and months, story after story of attacks on Muslim converts to Christianity have emerged, with troubling implications beyond the intrinsic level. Consider the following anecdotes:
Tortured Daughter
Susan Ithungu, slowly regaining her health after her apostasy-ordeal at the hands of her father.
A Muslim father, in accordance with Sharia lawimprisoned and starved his teenage daughter, Susan Ithungu, because she converted to Christianity. He had warned her and her brother "not to attend church or listen to the gospel message. He even threatened us with a sharp knife that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity." When she refused to recant, "he locked her up in a room of the semi-permanent house for six months without seeing sunlight. The younger brother was warned not to tell anyone that Susan was locked up in a room and was not given any food." Still young and un-indoctrinated, Susan's brother smuggled scraps of food to his sister, though "most days she could only feed on mud"; he also dug a hole under the door, pouring water through it, which she was forced to lap "using her tongue."

Eight Kenyans arrested in Comoros


The families of eight Kenyans who are said to have been arrested in Comoros have appealed to the government to assist in negotiating for their release. This comes after the government through Coast Provincial police officer Aggrey  Adoli reported that the eight had already been released and were on their way back to the country.
The eight detainees included six police officers and two seamen. They were arrested in Comoros territorial waters as they allegedly escorted a foreign vessel that was transporting an oil exploration equipment.
The families, which have been awaiting news of their loved ones’ after authorities informed them of their release claim that the owner of the ship is not co-operating to secure the release of the people arrested.Seafarer’s assistant programme coordinator Andrew Mwangura questioned the circumstances under which Kenyan police officers were allowed to escort a ship past the Kenyan exclusive economic zone. Meanwhile, the eight are said to be still in the custody of Comoran authorities, despite the police assurance that they had been released and were expected before court today to answer to charges of trespassing.
Source:http://www.citizennews.co.ke/news/2012/local/item/896-families-plea-over-arrested-policemen

SA-Kenya film receive international acclaim in Berlin


SA-Kenya film receive international acclaim in Berlin
A film project that debuted in pitch form at last year’s Durban FilmMart has received international acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) Talent Campus for its innovative and distinctive African storyline.

The Boda Boda Thieves, a collaboration between South African producer James Tayler and Kenyan producer Sarah Muhoho, won the Highlight Pitch Award courtesy of the VFF (the German licensing agency for film and television producers) during the festival’s Talent Project Market, a three-day summit for emerging filmmakers.

Taylor and Muhoho were Talents at the festival’s Talent Campus which offersyoung producers and director’s hands-on training and the opportunity to present their film projects to experienced co-producers and financiers through various programmes. 

Banned by Kenya, controversial Canadian preacher delivers speech via Skype


ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images files
ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images files
“[I] reminded the community that malpractices and unwarranted violence on the part of Muslims have also contributed to the global stigmatizing of Muslims and Islam," Bilal Philips, left, told the National Post Sunday.
    TORONTO — Deported from Kenya last week due to security concerns, controversial Canadian Muslim preacher Bilal Philips nonetheless delivered his planned speech to Nairobi’s biggest mosque on Saturday via Skype.
“I advised against any violent demonstrations which may cost the loss of lives over this minor issue,” Mr. Philips told the National Post on Sunday. “I further advised the Muslim community to take the necessary steps to combat ‘Islamophobia.’ ”
A Jamaican-born Muslim convert, Mr. Philips was expelled from Germany last year for allegedly advocating the killing of homosexuals. Britain and Australia have also barred him from their countries and the U.S. has named him as a suspected terrorist co-conspirator.

University of North Texas Alumni finds her footing on NTV


University of Texas Alumni Nancy Kihenia who returned home and hosts the popular Crossover101 gospel show on NTV
University of Texas Alumni Nancy Kihenia who returned home and hosts the popular Crossover101 gospel show on NTV
How long were you in the US?
Eight years. I left for college when I was still a teenager. I attended the University of North Texas and studied Journalism.
Did the recession hit you hard?
No. I was still working and unlike many people, I had a chance to resign from my job at a uniform rental company. Many others were laid off when the recession hit. I just saw the future and it looked gloom and it was then that I decided to come back home and explore my options. I was to come for just three months but within those three months, I realised there were many opportunities and decided to stay.
Lucky girl.
I thank God for that because the recession really hit the US hard and people suffered.

Nigeria ‘wants to buy Kenya navy ships’


The Nigerian government has reportedly included Sh5.2 billion (Naira 10 billion) for the purchase of a naval ship for which Kenya paid Sh4.1 billion in 2003 and which has not been delivered. Nigeria’s 2012 budget proposal has listed the purchase of the naval ship to be approved by Parliament. And sources at Kenya’s Department of Defence said the ship is scheduled to be delivered this year.
According to Pointblanknews.com, a Nigerian internet newsletter, the Nigerian National Assembly is scheduled to approve the the purchase of the navy vessel valued at about $30 million for the Nigerian Navy, although it already has Kenyan military insignia. The Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2012 budget allocations indicated that Naira 6.7 billion has been set aside under code 0116004 for the acquisition of two offshore patrol vessels labelled as “Kenyan OPV” that will be based in Calabar/Lagos. Six patrol boats and six X17m inshore boats are included in the Naira 10 billion Nigerian naval purchases.

Obama’s half sister helps in promoting sports for social change in Kenya

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rules and levies nightmare at Kenya Tanzania border

Photo/LABAN WALLOGA  Trucks blocked at Taveta border point after Tanzanian authorities closed the border trade with Kenya businessmen on February 19, 2012.
Photo/LABAN WALLOGA Trucks blocked at Taveta border point after Tanzanian authorities closed the border trade with Kenya businessmen on February 19, 2012.  
By AGGREY MUTAMBO amutambo@ke.nationmedia.com
Mr Suleiman Mohammed and his colleague Ali are Tanzanian drivers whose business has been to ferry goods across the border between Kenya and Tanzania for the Tanzanian firm, Elias Transporters. This evening, they sit on the collapsible engine compartment cover of one trucks, chatting about football.
But they are a worried lot. It is Wednesday of the second week since they arrived here at the Namanga border post, headed to Dar es Salaam from Nairobi. They were drivingTanzanian trucks whose trailers had been moulded in Nairobi.
Having cleared with the Kenyan authorities, the Tanzania border side placed a freezer on their journey: it had to verify that indeed the trucks were Tanzanian, otherwise how else would trucks carry trailers from Kenya?
That verification has taken two weeks. “We took two days to be cleared by Kenyan authorities. But the Tanzania Revenue Authority told us our lorries had a problem which must be fixed from Dar es Salaam,” claims Suleiman.
“We showed them documents to prove the vehicles were bought and registered in Tanzania. We then produced documents to prove the trailers were modelled in Nairobi, but the officials insist that they have to get proof of the chassis number from Dar.”

Nigeria ex-governor 'stole millions'


James Ibori in police hand-out
James Ibori, a former governor of one of Nigeria's oil-producing states, has pleaded guilty in a UK court to 10 counts of money-laundering and conspiracy to defraud.
British police accuse him of stealing $250m (£160m) over eight years.
The prosecutor called him a "thief in government house".
Ibori, once seen as one of Nigeria's wealthiest and most influential politicians, was arrested in 2010 in Dubai and then extradited to London.
Some $35m of his alleged UK assets were frozen in 2007.
As his trial at London's Southwark Crown Court was about to begin, Mr Ibori changed his plea to guilty and admitted stealing money from Delta state and laundering it in London through a number of offshore companies.

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We will now be actively seeking the confiscation of all of his stolen assets so they can be repatriated for the benefit of the people of Delta state”
Paul WhatmoreMetropolitan Police
The BBC's Chris Summers says between 20 and 30 of Mr Ibori's supporters turned up to court - some wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Free Ibori". There was not enough room for them all in the public gallery.

Anchor cuts East Africa web cable


East Africa's high-speed internet access has been severely disrupted after a ship dropped its anchor onto fibre-optic cables off Kenya's coast.
Workers haul part of a fibre optic cable onto the shore at the Kenyan port town of Mombasa on 12 June 2009. An undersea fibre optic cable bringing broadband Internet connectivity to east Africa.
The ship was waiting to enter Mombasa - one of Africa's busiest ports - when it anchored in a restricted area.
It could take up to 14 days to repair, cable owners The East African Marine Systems (Teams) told the BBC.
This is one of three undersea cables to have arrived in the region since 2009, delivering faster internet access.
Dropped anchor
Cables run by Teams, which is partly owned by the Kenyan government, and Eassy - a consortium of telecoms companies - were damaged at the weekend.
Internet service providers and mobile phone operators have re-routed to the Seacom link - which was not damaged by the dropped anchor.
But the companies have only bought a small amount of bandwidth because of cost.

Somali Documentary - FGM - 1988

The Day I will Never Forget.avi

90-year-old pupil still going strong


This is the story of a 90-year-old grandmother who is just in standard three. Priscillah Sitienei or ‘gogo’ as her she is popularly known, can now read and write. And she has even picked up a few popular English phrases. NTV’s Rita Tinina who had visited her early last year, went back to see how she is doing.

Kenyan man who grew up hungry devotes career to famine relief



Peter Kimeu
Peter Kimeu
There were many days when Peter Kimeu, growing up in Kenya, sat on a small hill above a path waiting for passers-by to spit out chewed-up sugar cane or toss a banana peel. He’d race down the hill and collect the garbage, then chew it. It gave him the energy to go back to class.
At night, at the family’s mud hut, he kept a pot of water boiling in the hope that his parents would somehow bring home food that could be cooked. Often they came home empty-handed, and said to Peter and his three sisters, “Tough luck.”
“I would not even go to the market area because I am afraid of seeing or even smelling food,” said Kimeu, “It was very challenging, because I knew I can’t have it. I have no food and I can’t afford it.”

Obama’s Uncle Due In Court This Week For Drunk Driving Case



FRAMINGHAM (AP) — President Barack Obama’s uncle will be back in court on drunken driving charges this week, when his lawyer is expected to ask a judge to toss out the results of a blood-alcohol test and statements he made to police.

Onyango Obama, the half-brother of the president’s late father, was arrested in Framingham in August. A police officer said Obama made a rolling stop at a stop sign and nearly caused his cruiser to crash into Obama’s sport utility vehicle.
Police said Obama registered 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test. The state’s legal limit is 0.08.
A judge is expected to hear arguments Thursday on a motion to suppress statements he made to police and the test results.
Immigration officials allege that Obama, originally from Kenya, violated a 1992 order to return to Kenya.

Kenyan man killed in a fatal crash in Omaha, Nebraska



The Late Elly Aora Mijungu who died after he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle that blew through a red light
The Late Elly Aora Mijungu who died after he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a vehicle that blew through a red light
An Omaha family is having to deal with the unexpected loss of their loved one after a fatal crash Friday afternoon.
Thirty-three-year-old Elly Aora Mijungu of Kenya was killed and another was injured in the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a third car that left the scene.Click here to find out more!
Deputies say two cars collided head-on in the westbound lanes in the area of 115th and Harrison.  Witnesses said a burgundy Ford Taurus went through a stop sign, forcing the driver of a Honda to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Buick head-on.
Elly Mijungu was driving the Honda.
Arnold Oduwo, Mijungu’s cousin says he’s speechless and upset about the driver who fled the scene.
“I just have so much anger towards that person, I don’t even know what to do with myself.”

Kenyan Diaspora-Owned Firm to Invest $830 Million in Electricity Generation in Kenya



Photo/File An aerial view of wind generating turbines in Japan. Gitson Energy Ltd plans to harness wind for electricity generation and be operational by 2013 in Kenya.
Photo/File An aerial view of wind generating turbines in Japan. Gitson Energy Ltd plans to harness wind for electricity generation and be operational by 2013 in Kenya.
Kenyan owned firms have lined up $930 million for the generation of 457 Megawatts of electricity from wind and solar as the country seeks to reduce reliance on the expensive hydro power.
Gitson Energy Ltd backed by Kenyans in the diaspora has a capital expenditure of $830 million and Bluesea Energy Ltd is investing over $100 million to avail affordable electricity upon completion of various projects.
Gitson plans to build a 300MW wind farm and 50MW solar plant at Bubisa in Marsabit while Bluesea Energy Ltd has projects for 40 MW in Isiolo, sevenMW in Belgut and 60 MW at Lambwe Valley to utilise wind.