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Embu County Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate with his two sons Mark (left) and Sammy at the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi,
yesterday where he was taken after a truck crew found him at the roadside in Limuru early Friday morning and drove him to
Mystery deepens as dazed Embu Speaker resurfaces
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Effective June 12, State
to allow corporate and
business entities to pay
vacation trips for their
staff and deduct such
expenditures from their
Outstanding income tax
refunds owed to tourism
industry to be paid by KRA
by May 29.
Park fees for local and
international tourists
down by Sh200 and USD10
respectively from June 12.
Rule barring public service
from holding meetings in
private hotels revoked.
Landing charges at Moi
International Airport and
Malindi Airport reduced
by 40 per cent and 10 per
cent respectively.
Effective May 29, no VAT
for air ticketing services
supplied by travel agents.
Air fares expected to drop.
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday announced changes in
the tourism sector in an effort to boost its dwindling revenue.
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 2
The situation
here is extremely
bad Ndioo Wambua, curio seller
On the expansive Diani beach
in Kwale County, Ndioo Wambua,
a curio seller, takes a deep after-
noon nap on a rug spread on the
white sand.
Normally, Wambua and his
colleagues would be busy usher-
ing tourists passing by the beach
to purchase their wares.
But not this time round. When
The Standard on Saturday
checked on him last Tuesday, the
curio seller had not sold a single
item in a week amid a high terror
threat and multiple travel adviso-
ries issued to tourists in the south
The situation here is ex-
tremely bad. I make up to Sh10,
000 on a good day but I have not
sold a single curio for a whole
week, said Wambua, who had
just been awoken from a deep
slumber by his colleagues.
Having operated on this beach
for over 10 years, he hopes the sit-
uation will improve soon. It is
from selling curios that he has
been able to pay school fees for
his rst born who is in university,
the second born who is in Form
Four and fending for his entire
We almost entirely depend-
ed on white tourists in our busi-
ness; domestic tourists account
for one out of every 10 clients and
will always buy the cheapest
item, he explains.
Wambua is among thousands
of Kenyans staring at hard eco-
nomic times as the tourism in-
dustry continues to reel under
the weight of terror threats, and a
low season. Though the Govern-
ment has tried to put on a brave
face following the massive evacu-
ation of European nationals from
among other countries the UK,
France and the US in the wake of
travel warnings to the Kenyan
coast, things are not as rosy as
In the south coast alone, it is
estimated that over 31,500 peo-
ple are going to lose their source
of income.
According to Kwale County
Executive member in charge of
Tourism, Mr Adam Sheikh, 1,500
of these are those directly em-
Facing hard times: Though the government has tried to put on a brave face following recent massive evacuation of
Kenyans feel the pinch as wave
More than 150,000 jobs are on the
ring line as performance in the tour-
ism sector registers a steady decline
over growing insecurity concerns in
the country. With thousands laid off,
this will affect other sectors which de-
pend on the sector to survive.
We are staring at massive job cuts
if the situation will not improve and
this will create a ripple effect in the
economy, warned Albert Njeru, the
Secretary General of the Kenya Union
of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Insti-
tutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers
He says that with unemployment,
many young people declared redun-
dant are likely to engage in crime.
KenolKobil Group managing Direc-
tor David Ohana recently told a media
brieng that a number of seats in the
local ights between Nairobi and
Mombasa were unoccupied, sending
the clearest signal that all are affect-
I left Mombasa recently for Nairo-
bi and the seats were almost empty,
Ohana stated. He feared any continued
insecurity fears will dismally affect the
transport sector and as a consequence
see growth prospects doomed.
Though Kenya Tourism Federation
has called upon France, United States,
UK and Australia to rescind the travel
advisory decisions, the peak period for
Kenyas tourism industry still faces a
bleak future with persistent terrorism
Kenya Tour Operators Association
chairman Fred Kaigwa says that a lot is
at stake here and if necessary, all the
parties need to meet and deliberate on
way forward.
This situation needs adequate -
nancial machinery from the govern-
ment and other stakeholders to reverse
the trend lest the sector goes on its
knees, he warned.
Lead to collapse
The players argued that the decline
in the sector will lead to a collapse in
the entire economy of the country.
Places to be avoided for example
include nightclubs and hotels, conse-
quently leading to a decline in bed oc-
This will have a further conse-
quence on Kenyas agricultural sector
as some of the food products con-
sumed at the hotels come from farms.
Planes had been chartered to y out
the departing tourists with some tour-
ists reducing their stay in the country.
According to the ministry data,
tourist arrivals in Kenya fell by 15.8 per
cent to 1.49 million last year due to in-
security fears.
However, travel agents said they
hoped other destinations in the Great
Rift Valley and around Mount Kenya
would still attract visitors.
Though some feel that this is the
time domestic tourism has to be pro-
moted, the Kenya Tourism Federation
Chief Executive Agatha Juma says that
the country would lose out on foreign
The dollar for example plays a sig-
nicant role in Kenyas transactions
and lack of it will see the cost of pur-
chasing goods increase.
As a consequence, this will see the
foreign currencies appreciate in value
against the local currency.
Amid this fear, the shilling is likely
slump against the major foreign cur-
rencies such as the dollar and the ster-
ling pound.
As a key source of Kenyas foreign
exchange earner, the decline is likely to
see the cost of living increase to the ad-
vantage of the majority of Kenyans
who still live on less than $2 dollars a
This is also likely to erode prospects
of improving Kenyas Foreign Direct In-
vestment (FDI).
Over the last few years, Uganda and
Tanzania have become major destina-
tions for FDI, overshadowing the once
perceived big boy, Kenya.
Not spared either
County governments have not been spared by
the insecurity situation that has affected tour-
Kwale County government for instance planned
to collect Sh100million this nancial year from
the Sh50 bed levy slapped on a single guest per
The County Executive member in charge of Tour-
ism, Adam Sheikh says the government has
waived the bed levy indenitely.
The county Assembly has to go back to the
drawing board after factoring in the Sh100 mil-
lion in this years budget proposal.
ployed in the sector while 30,000
the rest heavily depend on tour-
ism for a livelihood.
Closure inevitable
These include among others
farmers, suppliers, shermen as
well as individuals who provide
transport and housing services to
the sector.
Diani beach best paints the
picture. Of the 36 therapists op-
erating from 14 massage struc-
tures on the sea front, Joakim
Mboha, is the only who had not
Thousands stare at job losses as insecurity hits key sector
sort, which has an annual hotel
apprentice for 30 local trainees,
has shelved the July 2014 appren-
tice scheme.
Baobab Beach Resort on the
other hand lost around Sh26 mil-
lion after around 156 tourists
were evacuated by Friday last
week and has since closed one of
its units.
The remaining units are Bao-
bab with 190 rooms and Marida-
di with 120 rooms and though
slim, the hotel is lucky to have
200 guests.
The advisories are uncalled
for because Diani was mentioned
to be safe and this is killing the in-
dustry, Baobab General Manag-
er Sylvester Mbandi said in a
Photos showing the situation of inactivity at famous beaches and
hotels in coastal region. [PHOTOS: FILE/ STANDARD]
closed down when we visited.
You can just see for yourself,
he retorted.
Within hotels, the impact of
the terror threat during the low
season is being deeply felt.
Harald Kampa, the Diani Sea
Resort Managing Director, noted
that since the evacuation started,
125 tourists, mainly from the UK,
were chartered back to their
We are currently having few-
er than 20 guests and since Satur-
day we only have one booking,
noted Kampa.
The hotel has 350 rooms and
400 employees from its two units
who could also face the chop if
the situation continues. The re-
Situation is blamed on
spate of terror attacks TOURISM HITCH
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 3
of terror hurts tourism
Earnings from tourism are likely to take a ma-
jor hit this year due to a combination of factors.
Private sector players have projected a 30 per
cent decline in earnings and arrivals. State agen-
cies manning tourism are cautiously optimistic
and even with the optimism, they expect earnings
to stagnate, citing a challenging rst half of 2014.
It is a bit too early to give a projection of how
we will perform, if we have a good second half, it
will have given us a good footing to this year. With
the recovery strategy and aggressive marketing,
perhaps by end of year, we might see some rooms
being lled, said Muriithi Ndegwa managing di-
rector Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).
The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF); a private
sector body, last week said it expected earnings to
go down 30 per cent.
Counties that rely on tourism for its revenues
should also take notice that they will not be able to
meet their budgets and should factor in at least a
30 per cent reduction in their projected revenues
and much more in some counties, said KTF.
Signicant reduction
A decline would make it the fourth year in a row
that tourism has posted a drop in earnings and
tourist arrivals.
In 2013, the industry earned Kenya Sh93.97 bil-
lion compared to the previous year (2012) where
the country closed with a total of Sh96.2 billion and
Sh97.9 billion in 2011. In comparison, tea earnings
stood at Sh122 billion in 2013.
KTB this week launched a Sh200 million recov-
ery strategy that is expected to salvage the indus-
try by reassuring key source markets. Insecurity
has resulted in a signicant reduction in the num-
ber of visitors coming to Kenya. This was made
worse a week ago by key tourist source markets re-
vising travel advisories to Kenya, which resulted in
a near mass exodus of tourist especially from the
Kenyan coast.
Ndegwa notes these markets remain essential
for Kenyas tourism: The traditional source mar-
kets account for 47 per cent of tourists that visit Ke-
nya. They are substantial base and we still need to
engage these markets and raise the prole of Ke-
These markets include the UK, US, France, Ita-
ly, Germany and India. Ndegwa said Kenya is eye-
ing the populous country of China, which has the
largest number of outbound tourists in the world.
Chinese visitors to Kenya declined to 37,062 in
2013 from 41,303 in 2012 (which presents a 10 per-
cent decline).
Ndegwa says Kenya could grow the number of
Chinese tourists visiting the country to upwards of
100 000.
Decline in earnings
will affect economy
was totally no business. The agen-
cy mostly deals with tourists from
While admitting that the num-
ber of lay-offs in the tourism sec-
tor has been high, the Kenya As-
sociation of Hotelkeepers and
Caterers attributes this to a chain
of circumstances that have con-
spired against the sector.
Mr Sam Ikwaye, the associa-
tions coast executive ofcer, says
the current situation has its roots
in 2013.
As a result, the low season
came in quite early this year and
the situation has been very bad
since February, when bed occu-
pancy stood at between 30 per-
cent and 40 percent. The travel
advisories have come right in the
middle of a low season, Ikwaye
says adding tourism is a labour-
intensive industry and many peo-
ple have been affected.
The chief executive expresses
foreign tourists from coastal towns, it is clear that all is not well in the sector
fears that the current situation
might eat into the high season
and calls not just for the cancel-
lation of the advisories but also
for the government to up its game
and address insecurity.
We have a product that is still
alive and must do everything to
safeguard it, he says.
Arthur Mahasi, a tourism con-
sultant, says more jobs are likely
to be lost in the coming months.
It speaks volumes when mul-
tiple conferences are being can-
celled during the low season. We
have been hit below the belt and
it might take some time before we
recover, he says.
Mahasi says Kenyas image as
a tourist destination is going
down the drain and it might soon
be a toll order to convince tour-
ists to visit Kenya.
Kenya is currently not the
ideal holiday destination and we
must do something about the se-
curity situation, he states.
A situation in the
past when Coastal
region was full of
activity. INSET: Curio
seller Ndioo Wambua
rests as there are no
customers. [PHOTOS:
phone interview.
At Amani Tiwi already 60
tourists have left but thanks to
domestic tourism, 56 are still
Prior to the advisory, the ho-
tel, which usually operates with
300 staff, had 180 staff which re-
duced to 95. According to Gener-
al Manager Imtyaz Mirza, the ho-
tel has lost over Sh15 million in
the past few days.
Though the total exact gure
of evacuations is yet to be re-
leased, the total number of tour-
ists evacuated from the three ho-
tels is around 341. The total
number of hotels on the South
Coast beach is around 29.
Some Safari (tour) agents like
the TJ Safaris which is among the
biggest in South Coast closed
shop on Friday after getting more
than 80 booking cancellations
that ran to November.
JT Safaris reservation person-
nel Ms Mercy Muchiri said the
closure was inevitable as there
Situation is blamed on
spate of terror attacks TOURISM HITCH
Page 4
Saving the union: The new law came into force on May 20, and has provisions on dissolution of a marriage
marriage. Similar reasons may lead to
dissolution of a civil marriage, but in
this case, parties may not petition the
court for separation unless three
years have lapsed since they got mar-
Grounds for divorce in customary
marriage are similar to those in civil
and Christian marriages, but also in-
cludes any valid ground under the
customary law of the petitioner.
Those married under Hindu rites
may also seek to dissolve their mar-
riages where a spouse has converted
to another religion, or where the par-
ty to a marriage has committed rape,
sodomy, bestiality or adultery.
When can I be ordered to main-
tain my spouse?
The court may order a person to
pay maintenance to a spouse or for-
mer spouse, (this means either a wife
or husband may be a beneciary), if
the person has neglected the spouse,
deserted them, or during the course
of any matrimonial proceedings. The
same also applies if, after making a
decree of presumption of death the
spouse or former spouse is found to
be alive.
An order of maintenance shall,
however, lapse upon the remarriage
of the beneciary of the order.
What happens if my spouse
molests me?
The court may order a party to re-
frain from molesting a spouse or for-
mer spouse.
Divorce grounds
Christian, civil and custom-
ary marriage may be dissolved on
grounds of adultery, cruelty, deser-
tion, exceptional depravity or irre-
trievable breakdown of marriage
But in case of civil marriage, par-
ties may not petition the court for
separation unless three years have
lapsed since they got married
Under Hindu, parties may seek to
dissolve their union on grounds of
rape, sodomy, bestiality or adultery
Securing your union
under the Marriage Act
If you are planning to get married,
you need to familiarise yourself with
provisions in the new Marriage Act.
After all the controversy it attracted,
you do not want to break the law and
ruin your honeymoon. This is what
you need to know:
Im already married. Can I marry
more wives?
The Act is clear that polygamous
unions are only acceptable for mar-
riages conducted under customary
law or according to the Islamic faith.
This is supported by section 6 (3),
which states that A marriage cele-
brated under customary law or Is-
lamic law is presumed to be polyga-
mous or potentially polygamous.
All Christian, Civil, and Hindu
marriages, are, by law, monogamous
Can I convert a potentially po-
lygamous marriage into a monoga-
mous one?
A marriage may be converted
from being a potentially polygamous
to monogamous if each spouse vol-
untarily declares the intent to make
such a conversion. For instance, if a
couple was married customarily, they
could convert it into a Christian, Civ-
il or Hindu marriage (all are monog-
amous unions), provided both par-
ties agree. It is, however, important to
note that a polygamous marriage
may not be converted to a monoga-
mous marriage unless at the time of
the conversion the husband has only
one wife.
Who can I marry?
A person shall not marry their
grandparent, parent, child, sister,
brother, cousin (except for marriages
conducted under Islamic law), neph-
ew, great aunt, or great uncle. The
grandparents, parent, child or grand-
child of someones spouse or former
spouse, as well as a person whom the
person intending to marry has ad-
opted, are also off limits. Any rela-
tionship of half-blood is, by law, a bar
to marriage.
Anyone found guilty of engaging
in prohibited unions faces a jail term
of up to ve years and a ne not ex-
ceeding Sh300,000 or both.
What is the minimum age for
A person shall not marry unless
they have attained 18 years. Anyone
outing this section of the law is
guilty of an offence, and is liable to
imprisonment for a term not exceed-
ing ve years, or a ne not exceeding
Sh1 million or to both.
Who should I notify?
Parties to a customary marriage
shall notify the registrar within three
months of completion of the relevant
ceremonies or steps required to con-
fer the status of marriage to the par-
ties concerned.
Such notication will specify the
customary law applied in the mar-
riage, and a written declaration by
the parties, that the necessary cus-
tomary requirements to prove the
marriage have been undertaken.
Such a declaration shall also contain
signatures of two adult witnesses that
have played a key role in celebrating
the marriage.
Under miscellaneous provisions
of this Act, parties to a customary
marriage are required to register such
unions within three years of coming
into force of the Act.
When can I live apart with my
Parties to a civil marriage may
agree to live apart for one year, and
any such agreement shall be valid
and enforceable, and shall be led in
Whats the procedure for object-
ing to a marriage?
Anyone wishing to object a mar-
riage, conducted under Christian
rites, may give a written notice of
such to the person in charge of a pub-
lic place of worship where notice of
intended marriage has been posted.
Such a notice will include the name
of the person objecting to the mar-
riage and their relationship with ei-
ther of the parties intending to marry,
as well as their reasons for objecting
the marriage.
Such matters, must, by law, be re-
solved within seven days of hearing
the objection. Any appeals on the
outcome must be made within 14
days of the decision. The Act also pro-
vides for objections to intentions to
marry under civil law.
How and when should I
give a notice for civil mar-
Where a couple decides to
marry under civil law, both
parties shall give to the regis-
trar and the person in
charge of the place where
they intend to celebrate the
marriage a written notice of
not less than 21 days, and
not more than three months
of their intention to marry.
Is it an offence to give
phony objections to a mar-
Any person who makes a frivo-
lous, malicious, or fraudulent objec-
tion to a marriage commits an of-
fence, and is liable, upon conviction,
to imprisonment for a term not ex-
ceeding ve years or a ne not ex-
ceeding Sh1 million or to both.
What happens if someone
appeals a decision to permit my
A marriage ceremony may not be
performed until any appeal made
against the decision of the registrar
to permit the marriage is heard and
If I married abroad, can I regis-
ter my marriage locally?
A Kenyan who celebrates a mar-
riage outside the country may apply
to the Registrar of Marriages to have
that union registered, so long as it
complies with provisions of the Act.
When can a marriage become
Being incapable to consummate
a marriage or where a party in the
marriage, has, from the date of the
union, been subject to recurrent at-
tacks of insanity, where there was
failure to give notice of intention to
marry, and where the person ofciat-
ing the marriage is not lawfully enti-
tled to do so, could result in cancel-
lation of a marriage.
What are the legally recognised
grounds for dissolving a marriage?
A Christian marriage may be dis-
solved on grounds of adultery, cruel-
ty, desertion, exceptional depravity
or irretrievable breakdown of the
Page 5
appeared very
weak and
drained when
he was taken
to the hospital
Embu Deputy Speaker
Ibrahim Swaleh
The family of Embu County Assembly
Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate was over-
joyed after he was found alive following
nearly a week of desperate efforts to trace
Yesterday, Mr Mate, who appeared
weak but had no visible injuries, shed
tears of joy as he hugged his two sons
Mark and Sammy. He was overwhelmed
for being able to hold them again after
four days of uncertainty.
His family met him at the Aga Khan
Hospital in Nairobi, where he was being
treated after he was found by the roadside
in Limuru on Thursday night. Police said
Mate appeared dazed when he stopped a
vehicle at night and asked the two occu-
pants to take him to the nearest police sta-
The occupants of the vehicle say he
agged them down while looking drunk
and told them he was the missing Speaker
before they helped him to Gigiri Police
Station, said Nairobi police boss Benson
The Speaker was abducted by un-
known people outside a Nairobi hotel on
Monday. Yesterday, the media could not
be allowed to interview him on his abduc-
Embu Deputy Speaker Ibrahim Swaleh
revealed that Mate was drugged with an
unidentied substance by the abductors
on Monday afternoon.
The Speaker appeared very weak and
drained when he was taken to the hospi-
tal. It is like he hadnt eaten and the ab-
ductors kept him without water. The Aga
Khan Hospital has identied some intoxi-
cation in his body. He has been stabilised,
Mr Swaleh said.
Stopped motorists
He said while the Speaker might not
have been harassed he bore bruises on his
shoulders, legs and arms.
There were celebrations in various
parts of Embu County after residents re-
ceived news that Mate had nally been
His jubilant mother Edith Wamugo
said he called her in the morning to assure
her that he was well and would come back
home once he leaves hospital.
He said he missed the traditional mil-
Harrowing experience: Mates deputy says he was drugged by unidentied substance
Relief as Embu Speaker found alive
let porridge. I will ensure someone deliv-
ers it to him. Even though I have not seen
him, I am very happy to know he is okay,
Ms Wamugo said.
Embu County Assembly staff burst in-
to song and dance on learning of the
Deputy Clerk Roselyn Miano said the
staff said were gloomy for the period the
Speakers whereabouts were unknown.
In a press conference early yesterday
morning at the hospital, Embu Senator
Lenny Kivuti said the Speaker had tried to
stop other motorists before the truck car-
rying farm produce stopped.
Mate, though present at the press con-
ference did not speak to the media. Police
were keen to talk to him to hear his ver-
sion of the story.
Speaking to The Standard on Satur-
day, the speakers sisters Joyce and Lydia
Mate said they were grateful to have him
back safe and sound.
We are just happy that he is un-
harmed and his condition is stable, said
Reports had indicated the Speaker was
picked up by a vehicle that sped off soon
after he got in. A Criminal Investigations
Department ofcer based at the Pangani
Police Station, Nicholas Muriuki Kangan-
gi was arrested in connection to Mates
disappearance. He appeared before the
Chief Magistrates Court at Milimani but
was later released on a Sh100,000 cash
bail after denying abduction charges. His
case will be heard on July 9, 2014.
Kangangi is alleged to have had a
scheduled meeting with the Speaker on
the day he disappeared.
Different leaders present at the press
conference including the National As-
sembly Speaker, Embu County Senator
among others, said they wanted the per-
petrator of his abduction arrested and
Runyenjes Member of Parliament,
Cecily Mbarire said that though they were
happy to have the Speaker back, what had
happened to him remained a mystery and
that such criminal actions will be dealt
Stories by Sophiah Muthoni, Immac-
ulate Akello and Joseph Muchiri
Embu County leaders, Senator Lenny Kivuti (second right), MP Cecily Mbarire (third
right) and others address the media when they visited County Assembly Speaker
Kariuki Mate (sitted third left) at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, yesterday. [PHOTO:
Senate has formed a special com-
mittee to probe allegations of im-
propriety levelled against Kericho
Governor Paul Chepkwony to estab-
lish if there was sufcient ground for
his impeachment.
The fate of the embattled gover-
nor will be largely determined by the
11 member committee, established
yesterday and which is expected to
give a verdict within 10 days.
Speaker Ekwee Ethuro directed
the committee to immediately com-
mence sittings to meet the timelines
set by law. The County Government
Act stipulates that within 10 days af-
ter the constitution of the commit-
tee, they must bring to the House the
report with recommendations on
whether the allegations are substan-
tiated and thus urge the House to
impeach the Governor or if the
threshold is not met, in which case
the county ofcer is cleared.
Exercise fairness
Those in the committee are Sen-
ators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Ste-
phen Sang (Nandi), Daniel Karaba
(Kirinyaga) Fatuma Dullo (Nominat-
ed), Beatrice Elachi (Nominated),
Billow Kerrow (Mandera), Danson
Mwanzo (Taita Taveta), Chris Obure
(Kisii) Abdurahaman Hassan (Wa-
jir), Catherine Mukiite (Nominated)
and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni).
Moving the motion for formation
of the committee, Majority Leader
Kithure Kindiki urged the team to
exercise fairness to ensure the pro-
cess enjoys the condence of the
parties involved.
Their proceedings must make
the accused feel this is a House of
refuge, said Prof Kindiki.
The Tharaka Nithi Senator said
Senate, being the House that is con-
stitutionally mandated to conduct
impeachment proceedings, should
not shy away from undertaking the
mandate whenever the same is
brought up.
Senate to probe
claims against
In 2006, a three-year-old boy was brutally
murdered he was strangled, poisoned and
stoned to death before his little body was
thrown into a thicket. The only suspect,
the boys uncle, was arrested as he ed
the murder scene. But in what would have
been an open and shut case following the
suspects alleged confession, the prosecution
bizarrely omitted to le the post-morterm
results leaving the trial judge with little
recourse but to acquit Mulandi Musyoka.
Now Musyokas family wants reconciliation
but the babys mother (pictured), father and
other family members will hear none of it.
IEBC must go! has for some time now been the
chant of the CORD top leadership. And the latest
claim that the electoral body was secretly
conducting voter registration has only
re-activated their resolve. While IEBC
ofcials explain that voter registration
is a continuous exercise and their
mandate, members of the rival Jubilee
Coalition are vowing to thwart the CORD
disbandment threat.
tomorrow in...
Victims and investigators appear to be bafed by a scam in which teachers salaries are being
deducted to pay for goods they did not buy from hire purchase rms. Some of the victims now
suspect that a syndicate involving fraudsters has inltrated the Teachers Service Commission
and is obtaining their pay slips and other documents to sign contracts with hire purchase rms
then disappear with the purchased goods, leaving the teachers to pay for goods they have not
Page 6
Senior judges have been ordered
to retire in a controversial decision
that has sparked protests against the
Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The row centres around two con-
icting constitutional requirements
over the retirement age that affects
38 judges.
Already, three senior judges have
received letters informing them that
they are to retire after reaching the
age of 70, as required by the new
However, some of them argue
that since they were hired under the
old Constitution, which gave the re-
tirement age as 74, they should be al-
lowed to continue serving as agreed
by the JSC in 2011.
They say ofcials have ignored
JSCs own recommendations and are
now humiliating them. They have
cited what they say is obvious dou-
ble standards on the matter.
At least one judge has protested
at the manner in which the JSC is
handling the matter, saying a junior
worker asked him to provide a copy
of his national identity card and oth-
er sensitive personal documents.
Those who have received the let-
ters asking them to vacate ofce on
their 70th birthday include Supreme
Court judge Philip Tunoi, Appeal
Court judge John Mwera and High
Court judge David Onyancha.
Appeal Court judge Onyango
Otieno, said he received a retirement
notice in September last year, in-
forming him he would retire at 74.
Justice Tunoi told The Standard
on Saturday: I feel I have been mis-
treated, especially when the letter
demanding retirement is brought
by a junior member of the subordi-
nate staff who also demanded a copy
Exit door: Those affected include Supreme Court judge Philip Tonui and deputy CJ Kalpana Rawal
Move to retire
38 judges
sparks storm
seen by The Standard on Saturday,
the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary
Anne Amadi asks him to vacate of-
ce on June 3 this year, a day after he
attains the age of 70.
He is also asked to provide a copy
of his national ID, a clearance certi-
cate, a declaration of income, assets
and liabilities form, his last pay slip
and medical cards.
The JSC deliberated on the judg-
es retirement age and resolved that
all judges shall retire at the age of 70
years. Your honour, ofce records
of my identity card, medical card and
a copy of past pay slip among other
Justices Tunoi and Onyancha have
now threatened to sue JSC, chaired
by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. Their
lawyers, Ngatia & Associates, say in a
letter dated May 14 that the retirement
notices are predicated upon a funda-
mental error of law.
They demanded a response within
three days.
In the event that we do not hear
from you within the stipulated period,
we shall regrettably be constrained to
institute court proceedings, they said.
Also affected by the retirement saga
is Mutungas deputy and Vice-Presi-
dent of the Supreme Court, Justice Kal-
pana Rawal, and fellow Supreme Court
judges Jackton Ojwang and Mohamed
This is an unwelcome distraction
for the Chief Justice, only months af-
ter the JSC faced off with former Chief
Registrar Gladys Shollei after she was
interdicted over claims of corruption.
A court eventually cleared her of any
wrongdoing and ordered her reinstate-
In a memorandum to JSC dated De-
cember 18 last year, judges demanded a
clarication on whether four Supreme
Court judges Rawal, Tunoi, Ojwang
and Ibrahim should serve until they
reach 70 or 74 years according to the
two constitutions.
There were claims that the decision
to retire the judges is driven by a battle
over who will succeed Mutunga when
he retires in 2017.
The affected judges have four or
more years to serve in the Judiciary,
giving them a perfect opportunity to
take over from Willy Mutunga, a High
Court judge who sought anonymity
In Justice Tunois retirement notice
indicate that you will attain
compulsory retirement
age of 70 years on
June 2, 2014, hav-
ing been born
on June 2, 1944,
Amadi writes.
However, a
circular dated
May 24, 2011,
shows that the
then JSC secre-
tary Lydia Achode
wrote to all ap-
pellate judges
informing them
that the com-
mission had
resolved that
all judges who
were in ofce
on the effective
date of the new
Co ns t i t u t i o n
would retain their
retirement age of 74. The judges are
now puzzled by JSCs about-turn.
The Chief Justice did not pick
calls or respond to a text message re-
questing a comment on the matter.
However, a senior ofcial, who asked
not to be named, said: The JSC has
given policy guidance on the retire-
ment age as 70 years, which position
is echoed by various legal opinions
including the Attorney General. This
is an evolving matter and we will keep
Justices Tunoi and Onyancha plan
to le a suit against their employer
any time next week after JSC failed to
respond to a letter they had written.
The letter from Ngatia & Associ-
ates said: It would be prudent,
in a bid to retain the public image of
the Judiciary, for parties to agree to a
mediation of this issue before a panel
of eminent legal scholars whose deci-
sion will be deemed as conclusive.
Alternately, the lawyers offered,
Parties could agree that you seek a
determination of the issue from the
High Court in proceedings where the
affected judicial ofcers would be
at liberty, through counsel, to make
such representations as appropri-
Justice Tunoi, who has served
for the past 27 years, says it is unfair
and inconsiderate to be required to
leave ofce in less than a month in
complete disregard of his rights as a
He faulted the procedure taken by
JSC, adding that JSCs action was dis-
There are judges who are 71, 72
and 73 years yet they have been al-
lowed by the JSC to serve in the Judi-
ciary. The JSC does not, in my view,
have power to determine the retire-
ment age of any judge simply by reso-
lution. Their action against me is un-
constitutional and illegal.
Justice Onyancha could not com-
ment on the matter extensively, say-
ing: My views are similar to those
of Justice Tunoi. We are ling a High
Court suit on Monday or Tuesday, he
The Judiciary is struggling to por-
tray a positive image amid wrangles
from within and a tug of war with the
Executive and Parliament.
Even as 38 judges face retirement
under controversial circumstances,
President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to ap-
point 25 judges whose names were
forwarded to him by the Judicial Ser-
vice Commission chaired by Chief Jus-
tice Willy Mutunga.
According to ofcial records, Kenya
has 112 judges seven in the Supreme
Court, 26 in the Court of Appeal while
79 serve in the High Court. With the
bad blood between the Executive and
JSC, and the delay in the appointment
of new judges, the retirement could
leave a big hole in an institution strug-
gling to deal with case backlogs.
Yesterday, JSC Chief Registrar
Anne Amadi said JSC was aware of
how much the shortage of judicial of-
cers was affecting delivery of justice.
Regarding the issue of 25 judges
recommended for appointment, the
JSC did its part and conversations are
going on regarding their swearing in,
Amadi said in an email message to The
Standard on Saturday.
The issue is important in light
of the Judiciarys commitment to fa-
cilitating access to justice across the
country, which has seen the establish-
ment of several High Court Registries,
which require more capacity.
Corruption allegations
Even then, a succession of internal
disputes and corruption allegations
against the Judiciary continue to dent
the condence and faith of Kenyans in
the crucial arm of government.
Critics have argued that the Ju-
diciary has further tainted its public
image in recent months by failing to
manage its internal affairs.
There have been increased dis-
putes among its members of staff, with
some of them either being dismissed
or interdicted over corruption allega-
In October last year, former Chief
Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shol-
lei was sacked over what JSC termed
abuse of ofce and mismanagement.
The Industrial Court later ruled
that her dismissal was unconstitution-
al, quashing her dismissal letter. This
raised questions on the credibility of
the institution.
Early last month, Deputy Chief
Registrar Kaikai Kissinger, Director of
Human Resource and Management
Dismus Obondo, Director for Supply
Chain Management Martin Okwata
and ICT director Thomas Atak were in-
terdicted over corruption allegations.
A survey carried out by Ipsos Syno-
vate shows that public condence in
the Supreme Court has fallen by 12 per
cent since November last year, while
condence in the High Court and local
magistrate courts across the country
fell by seven per cent.
Policy and Conict Executive Di-
rector Ndungu Wainaina said several
aspects must be addressed in detail.
Judiciary struggling to redeem tainted image
Chief Justice Willy
Mutunga, Wiper
Movement leader
Kalonzo Musyoka,
Cabinet Secretary
for Education Jacob
Kaimenyi and South
Eastern Kenya
University Chancel-
lor Titus Naikuni
during the institu-
tions rst gradua-
tion ceremony in
Kwavonza, Kitui
County, yesterday.
First graduation ceremony
Page 7 May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Na-
tional Lands Commission Chairman Mohamed Swazuri at Ardhi House yester-
President Uhuru Kenyatta has
asked National Land Commission
(NLC) Chairman Mohamed Swa-
zuri and Lands Cabinet Secretary
Charity Ngilu to work together to
speed up land reforms.
Speaking yesterday when he vis-
ited the Lands ministry at Ardhi
House, the President said with the
new systems in place, Kenyans ex-
pect better services in a shorter pe-
riod of time, which will in turn
boost the economy.
All of us are here to serve same
Kenyans, there is no need to quar-
rel, work together and offer quality
services to Kenyans, he urged the
He said the next phase of stream-
lining services will be digitalisation
of the ministrys documents and
services thereby enabling Kenyans
to access information online.
Digitalisation also helps in
achieving transparency, issues of
bribing will be dealt with because
there will be minimal contact of
people to people, he said.
He said even some family feuds
was as a result of land issues ema-
nating from the ministry.
For a long time Kenyans have
suffered while seeking to get their
right. Their right was taken in this
house, someone comes with his
documents on land but when he
gets in this ofce they are dismayed
to hear that the land is not theirs, it
is owned by someone else or the le
is lost, he said.
He noted that with effective ser-
vices in the ministry, institutions
like bank and other nancial ser-
vice organisations will be able to
trust documents offered as surety
for loans by wananchi and thereby
give loans at lower interest rates.
Massive inuence
We should all understand land
is like money, you cannot go to the
bank and be allowed to move ev-
erywhere even near the safe with-
out being noticed, but it was amaz-
ing that people could come here
and move all over and yet there are
important documents equivalent
to money, he said.
Ngilu said the her ministry will
continue making necessary chang-
es to provided efcient services.
Lands Commission Chairman
Mohamed Swazuri said the main
problem facing the ministry is plots
allocated to wrong people with no
available records.
From the President: He urged the two to bury their differences and offer quality services to Kenyans
Work together, Uhuru orders Ngilu, Swazuri
Page 8
Police gun down fve
suspected robbers
Police killed ve suspects in Kilimani
area after a ve-hour siege in what of-
cers termed a botched robbery. The ve
had raided Top Plaza and stolen uni-
forms from security guards, which they
used to disguise themselves as genuine
workers. They reportedly planned to
steal computers and other ofce ac-
According to Kilimani DCIO George
Ojuka, police received information on
Thursday night around midnight that
the alleged thugs had invaded the
building. Unfortunately three thugs
escaped our dragnet with one vehicle
which we believe ed with some sto-
len equipment like computers, said
Ojuka. Elite squad of ofcers from GSU
was called in. They besieged the build-
ing until around 6am when the last of
the intruders was killed. Ojuka said that
the suspected thugs had broken into
the rst oor and the third oor of Top
Plaza. Head of Flying Squad Munga Ny-
ale said the gang had held guards hos-
tage when his ofcers were alerted.
One computer that they had loaded into
a waiting car was also recovered.
We gave our best on Anglo Leasing,
says deputy solicitor as LSK digs in
mediator. She blamed Messrs Wam-
bugu and Company advocates for
the delay in proceeding with the case
accusing them of reluctance to pro-
vide full details of services rendered
to them by Attorney General and
lack of communication with Edwin
Core who insisted communicating
through the same rm.
The rm is alleged to have asked
for Sh17 million and Sh5 million for
Edwin Coe which was contested by
the AG.
Muthoni pointed out that after
several meetings between the Uni-
versal Satspace team and the states
consultants, it emerged that the
equipment had been supplied under
the Space net contract and that Uni-
versal Satspace had provided net-
Pressure is mounting on
Attorney General Githu Muigai to
take responsibility for the Anglo
Leasing mess with some now
alleging that the shady deals have
new patrons in the Jubilee adminis-
Transparency International (TI)
yesterday warned that only
immediate action to punish those
behind the sleaze will save face for
President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The State Law ofce must take
full responsibility, insisted TI
Executive Director Samuel Kimeu.
There is urgency in closing the
oodgates and hold ofcials
accountable for these losses with
the same urgency that the last
payment have been done, he said.
Speaking just a day after it
emerged that Anglo Leasing rms
are still demanding an additional
Sh3.05 billion, Kimeu said that Prof
Muigai must inform Kenyans how
much they have spent on the 18
Anglo Leasing type contracts
including fees and awards.
The Attorney General and
National treasury must present to
the public an assessment of the
status of all Anglo Leasing contracts
and their potential nancial
exposure. He must also make
public all, said the TI boss.
LSK has threatened to le a suit
against the AG, Solicitor General
Njee Muturi and Senior Deputy
Solicitor General Muthoni Kimani
to be declared unsuitable to hold
Githu under fire
over payment
to shady firms
Youth, women demonstrate in
support of besieged Waiguru
Court sets date
for Kidero case
Embattled Devolution Cabinet
Secretary Anne Waiguru yesterday
sustained her ght against her
detractors, with women and youth
demonstrating in the streets of
Nairobi against a looming
impeachment motion.
The demonstrators, waving
placards marched from Uhuru
Park and moved on to Haile
Sellassie Avenue, where they
temporarily interrupted the ow of
They stopped at Waigurus
Harambee House ofces where
they expressed their solidarity with
her and vented their anger toward
Igembe South MP, Mithika Linturi,
who has led a notice of motion in
the National Assembly seeking to
impeach the CS.
We are supporting the CS.
Linturi should stop ghting the
women of Kenya, read some of
the placards. Waiguru (pictured
below) is under siege from a group
of MPs who have vowed to
impeach her over claims she was
behind the removal of Kiplimo
Rugut as National Youth Service
Director and Gor Selemango as
Youth Enterprise Fund chairman.
It was not clear who had
organised yesterdays demonstra-
tions, which appeared well
TNA Nairobi Branch vice
chairman Bill Arocho said the
demonstrations were intended to
send a clear message to the CSs
detractors in the National
Assembly. Those who want to see
the CS go are not acting in the best
interests of the country. She is one
of the best performing cabinet sec-
retaries, Arocho said.
Yesterdays demonstrations
appeared to be a follow up a
statement of Friday by a group of
MPs, among them Florence Kajuju
(Meru) who defended Waiguru
against the impeachment motion.
What is happening is merely a
distraction from the real issues.
She never signed any of the letter
that led to the removal of the two
ofcials, Kajuju said on Thursday.
Along Harambee Avenue, the
demonstrators encountered a car
belonging to Kitutu Chache North
MP, Jimmy Angwenyi. They forced
him to declare his position on the
impeachment motion.
I dont support it, the
legislator declared before his car
was allowed to pass through.
A petition led at the Supreme Court
by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero chal-
lenging the nullication of his election
will be heard on June 9 and 10.
In the meantime, Dr Kidero will con-
tinue occupying the ofce until the case
is heard and determined.
CORD elected leaders turned up out-
side City Hall after court proceedings in
a show of solidarity with the embattled
county boss.
If they decide that we go to the bal-
lot we shall back you, said Kakamega
Senator Bonny Khalwale.
CORD principal Moses Wetangula
claimed there is a wider scheme to rig
elections. IEBC should come out clean
and state under whose instructions they
are registering new voters, Wetangula
Others present were Machakos Sena-
tor Johnstone Muthama and Nominated
Senator Elizabeth Ongoro. The petition
will be heard by all the seven Supreme
Court judges led by Chief Justice Willy
Scandal: Muthoni was reacting to claims that the AG did not do much to defend the case
Deputy Solicitor General Mutho-
ni Kimani says Kenya was prepared
to defend the suit in London using
its best available defence but opted
not to litigate after mediation.
In a response to a case led by the
Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Ms Ki-
mani defended Attorney General
Githu Muigai over allegations he did
not do much to defend the case.
Muthoni, who was replying to the
case led by LSK to bar the Govern-
ment from paying Sh1.4 billion to
Anglo-Leasing architect Anura Perei-
ra, said since the state was in arbitra-
tion with Universal Satspace team,
the argument presented before the
judge was that the Republic would
not continue with the process of liti-
gation as it would amount to an
abuse of court process.
The applicants are trying to por-
tray the behaviour of the AG as being
improper and irregular. The pro-
ceedings in the High Court in Lon-
don were brought when the rst and
second respondents had not con-
cluded administrative issues to na-
lise the agreement reached with uni-
versal Satspace in the mediation,
said Muthoni.
On Monday, the Government
wired the money to an account in
In her afdavit before Justice Da-
vid Majanja, the Deputy Solicitor
General said the decision to proceed
to mediation was done in accor-
dance with the civil procedure rules
of the High Court of England and
All this she says was with the full
Notice of motion claims
Waiguru violated Con-
stitution by intimidat-
ing public servants in
her Ministry
approval of Messe Edwin Coe and
Company advocates, the solicitors
and John Wachira who proposed
Geoff Daniels as the mediator.
However, Geoff is said to have not
taken up the role as he was not avail-
Saved tax payer
Mediation as a form of alternate
dispute resolution is common in the
United Kingdom and achieves the
purposes of reducing legal and other
professional costs for the parties,
the afdavit reads.
According to Muthoni, the Gov-
ernment proposed William Wood
who had been recommended by the
Price WaterhouseCoopers (PWC) af-
ter conrming his qualications as a
working and satellite bandwidth to
the postal Corporation.
Moreover, she said the Postal
Corporation system was fully opera-
tional in 2004 when it was launched
by the late John Michuki who was
then the Information and transport
Minister. Both parties agreed to set-
tle on what fair value of the services
given by Satspace. They also looked
at the potential cost of litigation and
the outcome of the same. Lastly they
focused on the settlement of the
She said with both parties agree-
ing on William wood, mediations
started in Nairobi on 19th and 20th
February 2013 with PWC led by Jack
Ward who is an expert on Bandwidth
and Andrew Middleton from United
Kingdom and the technical advisor
on the nancial aspects and the fair
value of the cost of the Bandwidth
being present.
She added that the mediation
team informed Wood about corrup-
tion issues in the procurement pro-
cess but he reminded them of the
Swiss Court Ruling that the evidence
was insufcient.
They went ahead and protracted
negotiations in which the price of
the bandwidth was reduced to 4.3
million dollars but nally agreed on
7.6 million dollars as a reasonable
price. In 2012, Satspace is alleged to
have demanded more than 20 mil-
lion dollars with an offer to settle at
18 million dollars.
The mediation, Muthoni says
saved the taxpayer more than Sh1
billion and that it was done in pres-
ence of PWC and the National Trea-
sury ofcials.
cants are trying to portray the
behaviour of the AG as being
improper and irregular.
GITHU MUIGAI: Allegations have
been made against him that he did
not do much to defend the case.
Page 9
Retired teachers claim AGs
office blocking release of dues
Mudavadi tells off presidents critics
President Uhuru Kenyatta has an-
nounced far reaching reforms aimed
at promoting the tourism industry in
the country.
Among measures taken by the
government to spur growth within
the tourism sector include allowing
all corporate and business entities to
pay vacation trip expenses for their
staff on annual leave in Kenya and
deduct such expenditures in their
taxes with effect from June 12.
Through this measure, we shall
directly give at least 25,000 Kenyans a
chance to go for a weeks holiday ev-
ery month at the expense of their em-
ployers, bringing to total more than
300,000 additional Kenyan guests in
our hotels throughout the country,
said the president.
Similarly, beginning May 29, all
air ticketing services supplied by
travel agents shall be exempted from
the VAT Act, 2013.
All park fees currently set at
USD90 per non-resident and Sh1,200
per resident guest shall be reduced
to USD.80 and Sh1,000, respectively,
with effect from June 12.
Landing charges
The government equally revoked
with immediate effect the National
Treasury Circular restricting the pub-
lic service from holding conferences
and other meetings in private hotels.
It will now be possible for the
public sector to hold conferences and
meetings in private hotels through-
out the country.
Budgetary resources, at the Na-
tional Government, said President
Kenyatta, earmarked for foreign trav-
el will, in Supplementary II, be real-
located to domestic travel.
We urge Parliament and the
Recovery measures: Government revokes circular restricting
the public service from holding conferences in private hotels
Uhuru cuts park entry
fees to boost tourism
owed to the tourism industry players
will paid out by Kenya Revenue Au-
thority not later than next Thursday,
June 29.
In view of the importance of the
tourism sector in Kenyas economy,
especially its multiplier effect on
various sectors, the Government and
stakeholders have agreed on mea-
sures to get the numbers back into
our hotels, and growing it on a sus-
tained basis to at least ten million
visitors annually in a decade, said
the president.
After growing strongly and steadi-
ly between 2001 and 2007, said the
Head of State, tourism sector was
worst hit when the international ar-
rivals declined by 31 per cent due to,
among others, the election related
challenges and impact of interna-
tional economic and nancial crises.
Judiciary to do the same. The Na-
tional Government urges the County
Governments to reallocate all their
foreign travel budgets to domestic
travels in order to spur growth of do-
mestic tourism and sustain employ-
ment, he said
Among other drastic measures
announced by the president include
reduction of landing charges by 40
per cent in Moi International Airport
and Malindi Airport.
At the same time, Government
has allocated adequate resources to
expand Malindi Airport to interna-
tional standards to allow for larger
commercial aircraft to land.
To improve the sector liquid-
ity and cash ow, the president an-
nounced the governments decision
to the effect that all outstanding in-
come tax related refunds amounting
Retired teachers have accused the
Sate Law Ofce of blocking the release
of Sh3.34 billion owed to them despite
a court order.
They said they were disappointed
after the Attorney Generals ofce
snubbed their meeting last Tuesday.
The genesis of our visit was a re-
sult of directive by the Parliamentary
Committee on Education, which was
attended by senior ofcers from vari-
ous government departments respon-
sible of executing court judgements,
the retired teachers said.
The more than 52,000 retired
teachers won a suit they had led
where the Teachers Service Commis-
sion (TSC) was ordered to release the
money in unpaid pension in the
2011/2012 nancial year.
Addressing a press conference in
Nakuru yesterday, the group claimed
that the AGs ofce is determined to
block payment of their dues.
We believe that it is the AGs ofce
that is hindering the execution of the
decree, the Retired Teachers Associa-
tion Chairman Joseph Mwenja said.
He said they are demanding a total
of Sh42 billion in outstanding allow-
ances, and not Sh150 billion as some
government ofcials are alleging. The
group Secretary Gidraph Kimatta said
they were not seeking any favours
from the government over the settle-
ment of their dues.
No amount of intimidation or the
highest degree of impunity will deter
us from pursuing full settlement of our
claim, Mr Kimatta added.
A week ago, a Nakuru Court or-
dered TSC Secretary Gabriel Lengoibo-
ni to be detained for six months at
Kamiti Prison in Nairobi should he fail
to release the retired teachers dues
within 90 days.
I nd him guilty of contempt of le-
gitimate court orders by failing to pay
the applicants salary and arrears and
consequential pensions based upon
the last salaries accrued under the
Collective Bargaining Agreement of
1997 with the Kenya National Union of
Teachers declared to be due and pay-
able per the court orders and sentence
him to six months detention in Kamiti
Maximum Prison, Justice Anyara
Emukule stated. The TSC was ordered
to pay the teachers who retired after
the 1997 pay hike deal benets based
on the entire salary increment agree-
The High Court ordered that future
pension payments for the retirees be
based on the entire salary increment
of 1997.
United Democratic Party leaders
have asked politicians to respect the
President and desist from attacking
him. UDF party leaders, at the same
time, asked president Kenyattas critics
not to use unconstitutional means to
resolve the challenges facing the coun-
Party leader Musalia Mudavadi said
politicians had a right to criticise the
government but urged them to do this
in a respectful a manner.
Mudavadi made the remarks in La-
mu when he addressed the party of-
cials from the County in Shella.
They are attending a retreat to
analyse the partys performance and
Amani Coalitions ties with the ruling
Jubilee coalition. Key CORD leaders ar-
rived in Lamu for a separate meeting.
Mudavadi was apparently referring
to CORD leaders who, last week,
launched a scathing attack on Presi-
dent Kenyatta and called for mass ac-
tion to protest against the Jubilee ad-
ministration. UDF deputy party leader
Jeremiah Kioni distanced the party
from recent remarks made by Senator
Bonny Khalwale against the president.
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Court stops couple from claiming Saitoti son
The High Court has ruled that a Nakuru couple
cannot claim the son of the late Internal Security
Minister George Saitoti as their lost child.
Justice Isaac Lenaola yesterday stated that Se-
bastian Maina Nguju and his wife had not present-
ed any evidence in court to suggest that Zachary
Musengi is their son.
The court noted that Ngujus lawyer admitted
that his client did not have evidence that Margaret
Saitoti kidnapped his son.
The couple had asked the court to set aside a
consent they entered with Margaret to never make
claims to being Zacharys parents.
But Lenaola yesterday ruled that there is no law
to reinstate a petition to hearing because the pe-
tition led by Nguju is weak and falls outside the
principles for setting aside a consent judgment.
I am aware that this matter is emotive and
both the Saitotis and the Nakuru couple are un-
dergoing deep emotional difculties as a result of
it. However, it is clear to me that to re-open either
the present petition would not heal their emotional
wound, said Lenaola. The judge advised the cou-
ple that their remedy and therapy lies elsewhere
and they must all be candidly told so.
The court also relied on the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) report who investigated al-
legations made by the couple that the evidence
adduced by witnesses proved beyond reasonable
doubt that Zachary is not Stephen Wachira Maina
as claimed.
The DPP also found out that the Subukia fam-
ily had a son namely Stephen Wachira born on
September 21,1985 at Subukia Health Center and
went missing on August 31, 1988 and has not been
traced to date.
The report led in court further stated that
Zacharys parents are the late Saitoti and Margaret
and he was born on September 8, 1983 at Park road
nursing home.
The judge noted that the DPP found out that the
investigating team did not establish any evidence
from Subukia family that justied them to single
out Zachary as their lost son.
In the consent entered by Margarets lawyer
Fred Ngatia and the couples lawyer Hari Gakinya
on July 8 last year, Ngunju and his wife consented
to never make claims to being parents to Zachary.
They also agreed to either by themselves or
through nominees, emissaries or family members
to refrain from contacting Margaret whether di-
rectly or indirectly claiming that Zachary is their
Ngunju also agreed to withdraw a criminal case
seeking permission to institute private prosecution
against Margaret accusing her of kidnapping his
son over two decades.
The International Criminal Court
(ICC) has sentenced a Congolese
warlord to 12 years in prison for aid-
ing and abetting crimes.
The conviction included murder
and pillage in a notorious 2003 at-
tack on a village in which some 200
people were shot or hacked to
Germain Katanga, nicknamed
Simba, showed no emotion as Pre-
siding Judge Bruno Cotte read out
the sentence.
He is the second person to be
convicted by the Netherlands-based
court but he could be free soon as he
has already spent close to seven
years in detention.
The Chamber ordered that the
time spent in detention at the ICC
between 18 September 2007 and 23
May 2014 be deducted from his sen-
In a statement read out to the
court in The Hague, presiding Judge
Cotte said that the more than six
years the 36-year-old former militia
leader had spent in ICC custody
would be taken into account.
Signicant contribution
Katanga was convicted for his
role on the February 24, 2003, attack
on the strategic village of Bogoro in
eastern Congos conict-hit Ituri
He was convicted of accessory to
one crime against humanity; mur-
der and four war crimes; murder, at-
tacking a civilian population, de-
struction of property and pillaging.
He was however acquitted of one
crime against humanity; sexual slav-
ery and three counts of war crimes;
using child soldiers, sexual slavery,
Congolese warlord jailed
12 years at The Hague
EU, Danish govt give
farmers Sh23m grant
Danish government in partnership with
European Union has given a grant worth
Sh23 million to farmers in Ugunja sub-
county to establish sh, horticulture and
poultry farming. Speaking at the launch
of the project at Tingare in Ugunja in Sia-
ya County yesterday, the Danish Ambas-
sador Geert Andersen said that they aim
at empowering community and improve
their livelihoods. Anderson said that the
two year programme is being run in col-
laboration with the Community Develop-
ment Trust Fund (CDTF) and the Govern-
ment of Kenya. County Governor Cornel
Rasanga who was present during the
launch said his government was keen in
supporting projects that directly benet
the community and welcomed potential
investors to the county.
Tension as cattle
raiders strike
Tension is high at a village in Laikipia
County after two communities clashed
over pasture in the last two days. The
move has seen residents of Kamwenje
area ee the area for fear of attacks by
the pastoralists. Heavily armed gang of
around 200 raiders from Baringo East
was on Thursday evening spotted mov-
ing towards the village with an alleged
intention of displacing local residents to
expand their grazing land. Ngarua divi-
sion Assistant Commissioner Rufus Ki-
hara said the raiders had provoked resi-
dents of Kamwenje at dawn yesterday by
stealing four cows. We are not taking
the matter lightly, that is why we have
deployed security ofcers in the region,
he said noting that a contingent of police
ofcers have been deployed to pursue
the raiders.
County mourns its
deputy commissioner
Nandi County is mourning the pass-
ing on of Deputy County Commissioner
Irene Agaye Ondeng. Ondeng was a long
serving Nandi-East District Commission-
er (DC). She passed on at the Kisumu
Aga Khan Hospital after a long ght with
cancer. Nandi County Commissioner
Matilda Sakwa said the county had lost
a dependable ofcer. Nandi County and
the entire public administration has lost
a hardworking, dependable ofcer, she
said. She eulogised Ondeng as a soldier
of peace and security. Those of us from
Nandi East will tell you that she was the
best administrator we ever had, said
George Tarus, the legal advisor at the
Nandi County Government. Ondeng will
be laid to rest on 7th of June 2014 at her
home in Kisumu.
Businessman denies
forgery charges
A businessman was yesterday charged
before a Nairobi court with forgery and
giving false information. Mohan Ga-
lot, a director of London Distillers, was
charged before the Nairobi Chief magis-
trates court with making a notication
of change of directors and secretaries
of a company. He denied nine counts of
charges and was released on cash bail
of Sh500,000. He is accused of making
the false document with intent to de-
fraud on January 18, 2002.
Galot and his wife Santosh Galot have
been in a long running dispute with his
nephews, Pravin and Rajesh over the
ownership of the multi-million Galot
Group of companies.
Former militia leader Germain
Katanga in Hague based court during
the judgement. [PHOTO: COURTESY]
Parliamentary Investment Com-
mittee (PIC) has summoned previ-
ous management of Kenya Seed
Company (KSC) to shed light on the
disputed shareholdings and loss of
nearly Sh4 billion at the company.
The committee chaired by Aden
Keynan said the former managing
directors Nathaniel Tum and Hosea
Sitienei and board of management
will appear before the committee
to explain how 47.2 per cent shares
landed in the hand of individuals.
According to records provided by
the current management led by Wil-
ly Bett, Agricultural Development
Corporation (ADC) owns 52.8 per
cent shares while the rest belongs to
individuals including former senior
managers at KSC.
Irregular acquisition
We have summoned the previ-
ous MDs and board of management
to appear before us to explain how
the irregular acquisition of the
shares by individuals and some of
the past malpractices that cost the
company billion of shillings, said
The committee visited the
corporation after reports from the
Auditor General alleged massive
malpractices and loss of billion
of shilling money by the previous
Members of the committee
Kiminini MP Dr Chris Wamalwa and
his Kwanza counterpart Ferdinand
Wanyonyi accused individuals some
who served senior positions at KSC
of diluting the shareholding and
attempting to take up the company
through the back door.
The committee directed the
management to provide reports on
the probe of the 2004 re attack that
destroyed KSC ofces and ofcial
Former KSC
top directors
over shares
and rape.
Cotte said Katanga, who was 24
at the time, made a signicant con-
tribution to the crimes. But he also
gave Katanga credit for helping de-
mobilise child soldiers in Ituri.
The sentence of Katanga to 12
years imprisonment by the ICC gives
hope to victims and sends a strong
signal to all perpetrators of serious
crimes who now know that they will
be actively pursued and prosecut-
ed, said Joseph Dunia Ruyenzi, a
Congolese activist for the Coalition
for the ICC, a group that promotes
the courts work.
Katanga was convicted in a two-
one majority verdict of playing an
important role in the attack on Bo-
goro by arming rebel ghters, rein-
forcing the strike capability of the
The conviction was controver-
sial, with one of the three judges,
Christine Van den Wyngaert, saying
the courts decision to change the
nature of charges against Katanga
during his prosecution hampered
his ability to defend himself.
Commission of crimes
Katanga originally was charged
as an indirect co-perpetrator in
the crimes, but judges changed the
nature of his involvement to cast
him as an accessory, effectively
downgrading his involvement in the
In the sentence, the Chamber
considered that he had made a sig-
nicant contribution to the com-
mission of the crimes of attacking a
civilian population, murder, pillage
and destruction of property and that
said contribution had been made in
the knowledge of those crimes.
The Chamber did not impose a
Crime of commission: He was convicted for his role on the
February 24, 2003, attack on a village of Bogoro in eastern Congo
I am aware that this matter is emotive
and both the Saitotis and the Nakuru cou-
ple are undergoing deep emotional dif-
culties as a result of it.
Guilty as charged
On 7 March 2014, Trial Chamber II found
Germain Katanga guilty, as an acces-
sory within the meaning of article 25(3)
(d) of the Rome Statute, of one count of
crime against humanity (murder) and
four counts of war crimes (murder, at-
tacking a civilian population, destruc-
tion of property and pillaging) com-
mitted on 24 February 2003 during the
attack on the village of Bogoro, in the
Ituri district of the DRC.
The Chamber however acquitted Ger-
main Katanga of the other charges that
he was facing.
The Prosecutor and the Defence ap-
pealed the judgment. Decisions on pos-
sible reparations to victims will be ren-
dered later.
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for research based
activities should not
be handled as we do
others Dr Allan Liavoga
Scientists want procurement for re-
search based activities exempted from rig-
id approval procedures to fast track deliv-
ery of innovative ideas.
The researchers noted that bureaucra-
cy in the clearance process slows adoption
of technologies that could boost the coun-
trys development agenda.
Procurement for research based ac-
tivities should not be handled as we do
others. Scientists have limited time to de-
velop certain innovations, said Dr Allan
Liavoga while speaking on the sidelines of
a regional experts forum in Nairobi yes-
The event that brought together repre-
sentatives from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,
and Ethiopia, was meant to deliberate on
how fast alternative pest control measures
that are sensitive to the environment can
be adopted.
Scientists are worried that convention-
al pesticides pose harmful health effects
to people besides being cited as a cause
Wheels of knowledge: Experts say release of scientic innovations
hampered by slow clearance of their work by relevant arms of Government
Scientists blame delay in
research on bureaucracy
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission
(IEBC) has barred one candidate from contesting in the June
23 Bonchari by-election.
Prof Charles Okioga was not among the seven cleared by
the commission after he failed to resign from Kisii University
where he has been working in the Faculty of Business Manage-
ment as a Finance lecturer. He had been cleared by Narc-Kenya
to contest the seat.
Okioga was forced to wait for nearly six hours for an ofcial
communication from the IEBC headquarters.
According to the Elections Act 2011, there are stipulated
timelines within which a public ofcer should resign from
public ofce before vying for a political ofce.
Section 43(5)A of the Act states that a public ofcer who
intends to contest in an election under this Act shall resign
from public ofce at least six months before the date of
Reacting to the issue, Okioga said that IEBC should review
the six months resignation period which is not possible in the
case of a by-election.
I promise that I will join hands with the elected leaders in
the development of Bonchari. I look forward to be on the ballot
paper in 2017, he said.
Meanwhile, IEBC has cleared seven candidates to vie in the
June 23 by-election with a erce battle expected among ODM
candidate John Oyioka, Zebedeo Opore (Ford people) and
Wiper partys Charles Onyancha.
Other candidates are Charles Mogaka of National Labour
Party, Paul Matagaro of Kenya National Congress, Geoffrey
Omwando of Kenya Social Congress and Democratic Partys
David Ogega. The candidates are expected to hit the campaign
trail starting today to June 22. Returning ofcer Peter Resa said
preparations for the by-election are complete and called for
peaceful campaigns.
Don barred from Bonchari
polls for not resigning
for rejection of exports. Liavoga, who is
the Acting Programme Manager at the
Bio-resources Innovations Network for
Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Inno-
vate Africa) said speeding up the procure-
ment process does not necessarily imply
compromising quality standards.
He said many technologies that could
have been in use are not yet out because
developers had to contend with delays in
clearance of their work.
Some scientists said they risk missing
out on funding for multi-million shillings
projects that would improve livelihoods
due to stringent procurement and ap-
proval procedures. They also claimed
some Government ofcials demand
bribes before they deliver services.
This is a universal problem ailing Af-
rica. This must change if to move along
with other countries making strides in re-
search and development, said Prof Sam-
uel Kyamanywa of Makerere University.
Prof Esther Kahangi of Jomo Kenyatta
University of Agriculture and Technology
challenged Government ofcials and pol-
icy makers to value research, saying it of-
fers solutions to challenges bedeviling the
Talk of food security and be sure that
research provides the way forward. The
Government should be ready to imple-
ment research ndings besides creating
an enabling environment, she said.
The scholar, who is also the Deputy
Vice Chancellor in-charge of Research
production and Extension, is credited for
her contribution towards introduction of
tissue-cultured bananas in the country.
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distances self
from purchase
of Tokyo
Kirinyaga Governor Joseph
Ndathi has claimed that he was side-
lined in the acquisition of the Tokyo
Chancery and ambassadors resi-
The matter is at the centre of an
ongoing trial of three senior Ministry
of Foreign Affairs ofcials.
Mr Ndathi, who was then the di-
rector of administration in the min-
istry, told Senior Principal Magistrate
Doreen Mulekyo of the Anti-corrup-
tion court that correspondence from
the Tokyo Mission and the Ministry
in Nairobi touching on the planned
purchase of the premises were direct-
ed to his deputy, Anthony Muchiri.
As the director of administration,
I can conrm to this court that some
of the letters that came from the To-
kyo Mission over the planned pur-
chase were never directed to my desk
but to that of my deputy, yet there is
a standard procedure for such corre-
spondence, he said
While being cross-examined by
defence lawyer Paul Muite, the gov-
ernor, who chaired the Ministerial
Tender Committee (MTC) when the
deal was signed, also said that there
was no full disclosure to the team
about the planned purchase.
Critical deliberations on the
planned purchase were not sup-
posed to be made through letters but
via formal sittings of MTC. I was
handed some memos when a deal
had already been sealed, Ndathi told
the court.
The governor said former Foreign
Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi, former
ambassador to Libya Anthony
Muchiri, his deputy at the time, and
the Charge dAffairs at the Tokyo em-
bassy Allan Mburu, proceeded to pay
for the Tokyo property without the in-
volvement of the MTC as required by
the Public Procurement and Dispos-
al Act, 2005.
However, Mr Muite produced in
court the schedule and list of embas-
sies Ndathi visited between January
and April 2009, which he said may
have been the reason why the former
director was not privy to the on-go-
ings of the planned purchase.
However, the governor defended
himself against the accusations, ar-
guing that his busy schedule overseas
was no reason to be denied informa-
Muite, however, sought to know
from the witness how and why Mr
Mwangi was culpable for the offence
yet it was the MTC that approved the
purchase of the Tokyo property.
The governor told the court that
as of April 2009, the MTC had only
approved to undertake the procure-
ment process and not the actual pur-
The case was adjourned until
June 25, when Mburu and Muchiris
lawyers, Kioko Kilukumi and Wilfred
Nderitu, are expected to further
cross-examine the governor.
Swift action by residents of Mona village in Mo-
lo, Nakuru County, helped police rescue a 12-year-
old girl from a middle-aged man who had eloped
with her.
Reports indicate that the girl, a Standard Five pu-
pil, had dropped out of school after the man lured
her with nice things.
Emotions ran high as residents cornered the
man and vowed to teach him a lesson.
Molo OCPD Jacob Leskinwa said the man would
be arraigned in court after investigations were com-
We managed to arrest the culprit following a tip
off from the public. He will be arraigned in court
soon and charged accordingly, Mr Leskinwa told
The Standard on Saturday. The man, a casual la-
bourer, has allegedly been living with the girl for
more than ve months.
Area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Mi-
chael Wangombe faulted parents for allowing such
incidents to happen under their watch after it
emerged that the minors grandmother was privy to
the marriage.
The granny was accused of hatching the plot to
marry off the minor.
Volunteer information
Mr Wangombe said some parents in the area
were largely to blame for the woes children face. He
accused them of failing to volunteer information to
authorities whenever their children were suspected
of engaging in criminal activities.
It is unfortunate that such a thing can happen
while the parents are fully aware; as leaders, we can-
not allow it. We must live up to the expectations of
the law the Childrens Act is clear on childrens
rights. Anybody below the age of 18 is unable to
make informed decisions and so parents should
guide their children, Wangombe said.
Residents urged local leaders to help uplift edu-
cation standards in the area to ensure more pupils
enrolled in school.
It is unfortunate that many young people have
become desperate and hopeless in this area due to
hardship. Leaders should come up with measures
to encourage our children to pursue education be-
yond Standard Eight to help them secure a good fu-
ture, said John Ngumi Mwaura, a small scale farm-
er in the area.
May 24, 2013 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 12
fast track the matter.
My parents struggled to get me
through high school and here some-
body is still conning them. This is very
painful; what I need now is help to res-
cue my future, he says.
But the school principal, David
Kipkemei, claims some students
scored poor results and have refused
to collect their certicates.
He conrms that he received the
money from Kipsang and was in the
process of writing to the Kenya Nation-
al Examinations Council (Knec) to cor-
rect the anomaly on his certicate.
I have written to Knec on the mat-
ter and it will be sorted out. This pro-
cess is hectic and I need some time,
he says.
Interestingly, even as the matter
enters its fth year, he blames Kipsang
for being impatient, saying he was
ready to resolve it but needed more
Baringo North District Education
Ofcer (DEO) Victor Tole denied re-
ceiving any letter from the principal.
He faults Mr Kipkemei for misleading
the boy for four years without offering
alternative advice or a solution.
Mr Tole says in such a case, the
principal is required to write to the re-
spective DEO and forward the proles
and certicates of affected students.
He says his ofce would have taken up
the matter on behalf of the school.
That is regrettable. The principal
failed in his capacity as a school head.
I have never received such a complaint
from him and this is very unfortunate,
says Tole.
Baringo County Director of Educa-
tion Daniel Mosbei also blames the
principal, saying the time he has taken
to resolve the matter has subjected
I have never
received such a
complaint from the
principal DEO Victor Tole
Students agony
over anomaly
on certicate
For four years, Jackson Kipsang has
been watching helplessly as his once
promising future wastes away after his
high school principal allegedly de-
railed his efforts to obtain an authentic
certicate following his Kenya Certi-
cate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
His tribulations began in May 2011
after he received his KCSE certicate
bearing a photo belonging to some-
body else.
The photograph on my certicate
belonged to a female student and after
raising the matter with the principal,
he promised to take it up. I thought he
was a responsible person since I trust-
ed him as my teacher and the head of
the school, says a distraught Kip-
The former student of Kasisit Sec-
ondary School in Kabartonjo, Baringo
County, has lost many opportunities
thanks to the anomaly on his certi-
cate. Kipsangs former colleagues are
now in their nal years in college.
I cannot join college. They (school)
held my certicate and every time I
press the principal, he tells me the pro-
cess is prohibitively expensive. He has
just wasted me, he says.
Tired of waiting, the 25-year-old
has resorted to mending fences for his
neighbours to make ends meet.
I have no fees arrears and owe the
school nothing. The reason why the
principal has denied me an explana-
tion regarding the anomaly on my cer-
ticate is wanting. Why cant he come
out clear and say he is unwilling to help
so I take it up myself? wonders Kip-
To add insult to injury, he says the
principal approached him in 2012 and
demanded Sh3,000 with a promise to
Allegations: Residents claim the minors grandmother was privy to the illegal act
Kipsang to unwarranted trauma.
Mr Mosbei describes the anomaly
on the certicate as a normal techno-
logical error committed by Knec,
which has also provided ways to re-
solve such matters in the shortest time
The education boss accused the
principal of unduly soliciting for funds
from students as there are no charges
for correction of certicates.
No one is supposed to pay for any
correction on their certicates. It is not
a mistake made by the school and
Knec has ways of addressing it prompt-
ly. Soliciting for money amounts to im-
punity, he says.
He called on individuals who have
anomalies on their certicates to come
out so that the matter could be ad-
Knec, however, pointed out that it
provides a 30-day window period im-
mediately the certicates are released
so that any anomalies can be ad-
dressed through the respective DEOs.
Catherine Maina, an examinations
ofcer at Knec, said Kipsangs papers
should be taken to Mtihani House in
Nairobi for correction.
Man in trouble for eloping with 12-year-old girl
Jackson Kipsang who received a
KCSE certicate bearing the wrong
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 13
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Hold it right there, this is
what Marriage Act says
hen Parliament passed
the new Marriage Act,
there was heated debate
on its pros and cons. The
mainstream and social
media too, were abuzz
with Kenyans speaking of
the doors closed or opened by the proposed
law. Indeed, Attorney General Githu Muigai
came out guns blazing and accused the me-
dia of sensationalising the issue and fuelling
several untruths about what was then the
Marriage Bill.
This week, the Marriage Act came into
effect and Kenyans should would be wise to
read it carefully. It has not opened the ood-
gates for men to marry as many wives as they
wish. Neither has it opened oodgates for
women who love to eat where they have not
sowed. Indeed, only those marriages con-
ducted under customary law or according to
the Islamic faith allow polygamy. Even then,
the grounds for ending a marriage have been
laid out. It will not be a walk in the park for
the so-called gold diggers seeking to live off
their spouses hard-earned riches. Similarly,
it will not be easy for anyone to neglect ones
children. Men and women who bring a baby
into this world must bear responsibility of
upkeep and reasonable upbringing.
While matters of the heart, which involve
love or lack of it, are hard to put into law, we
urge Kenyans to exercise due diligence. They
must read the Act carefully and understand
the boundaries. We urge the Attorney Gen-
erals ofce to ensure that Kenyans read this,
and other laws that will be enacted. It is un-
fortunate to let speculation be propagated
on this and other laws. The AG must nd a
way of communicating the exact provisions
of the law. The Marriage Act is out; let Ke-
nyans know it by heart as soon as possible!
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ransitions are not easy to
manage and so it is that
when senior Government
ofcers near the end of
their careers, uncertainty
sets in. And in a country
where a Government job
guarantees not only a steady income,
but also a relatively secure home
and lifestyle, many public servants
fret when retirement age beckons.
Majority will try to hang on using all
manner of tricks or loopholes in the
And with the coming into force of
the 2010 Constitution, some cadre of
State workers have had their retire-
ment age altered. There are also at-
tempts by constitutional bodies to
reduce the retirement age of civil ser-
vants from 60 to 55.
This has been met with stiff re-
sistance from public servant unions.
There are varied arguments for and
against this proposal.
One school of thought posits that
some elderly public servants have
too much valuable experience and
knowledge to be retired at 55. They
feel that experience would be wast-
ed, denying Kenyans valuable service
should the grey-haired staff be sent
home so early.
But the counter-argument is that
by extending the retirement age,
thousands of university graduates
will be denied job opportunities. The
feeling is that considering the high
levels of unemployment, older staff
should be sent home to make room
for educated youths.
Striking a balance between the
two arguments is what the Jubilee
government and other concerned
State institutions, should strive
for. The responsibility to ensure a
smooth transition without affect-
ing quality of service falls on Jubilees
It is, therefore, disheartening to
hear disagreements and conicting
interpretations of the Constitution re-
garding the retirement age for judges.
Under the new Constitution, the
men and women designated as the
custodians of the law should retire
at 70. The old Constitution allowed
them to serve until 74 years. And
there lies the source of simmering
conict at the core of reforming Ju-
diciary. But must a change of guard
in public ofces be adversarial all
the time? Why cant we ever manage
change in an orderly and civil man-
n a report carried elsewhere
in this newspaper, we share
ugly correspondence be-
tween judges and the Judi-
cial Service Commission on
retirement affecting some
38 judges whose age is ap-
proaching 70. In the letters, referred
to as retirement notices, the judges
have been ordered to vacate ofce as
soon as they turn 70.
One judge, on receiving such a let-
ter, says he feels unappreciated. After
serving his country for all those years,
he feels he has been treated badly. He
says a junior ofcer who handed him
the letter even asked to see his na-
tional identication card, as if to con-
rm his age.
As a result, a number of affected
judges are contemplating taking the
matter to court. They argue that they
were employed under the old law,
which allowed them to serve until
they turn 74. Although it is everyones
right to resort to the corridors of jus-
tice when they feel aggrieved, it is em-
barrassing for senior judges to take
their ght for more years at work
to court.
Why antagonise a working judge
with information such as, The Trea-
sury is, by copy of this letter, notied
for purposes of facilitating processing
of retirement benets?
It has also emerged that the suc-
cession of Chief Justice Willy Mutun-
ga is causing discomfort in the Judi-
ciary. This would not only affect the
quality of work, but also demoralise
hardworking judges and magistrates.
The Judicial Service Commission
should have foreseen potential re-
sentment from the affected judges
and called them to a meeting.
The give-and-take meeting would
then have deliberated on the issue
and come up with an agreeable plan.
Ambushing the judges with notices
of retirement was not a wise move.
Instead, it is an action of disrespect
towards a group of Kenyans who have
served their country faithfully.
Giving more than 40 years to ones
country is a huge sacrice, and any-
one would rightly expect to be treated
In the letters
referred to as
notices, the
judges have
been ordered
to vacate offce
as soon as they
turn 70
common stand. We cannot vibrate
from different positions. When we do
that, we only give the terrorists room to
outmaneuver us.
If you want to know where Kenya is
going, look at northern Nigeria. For ten
years, Nigerias political leadership was
unable to nd a common position on
Boko Haram terrorists, due to political
partisanship. Today Boko Haram has
rendered northern Nigeria ungovern-
able. The Kenya Government and the
Opposition have no choice but to close
ranks on terrorism and insecurity
generally. If they dont, they will
someday want to look for each other,
but it will be too little too late. Let me
say it again, you cannot afford to play
politics with terrorism. When America
was hit on September 11, the Republi-
cans and Democrats closed the ranks,
instantly. America was greater than
their partisan political interests and
appetites. Is Kenya greater than CORD
and jubilee? Can we trust the political
class to close their ranks for once, in the
interest of Kenya?
Our people say that a moment
comes when both the eagle and the kite
must perch. If one says no to the other,
he should break his wing. The political
class cannot go on with public displays
of heroics and catcalls while Kenya is
succumbing to terrorism. Citizens are
getting tired of verbal recklessness from
infantile politicians who behave like
children at the marketplace of folly.
Something else, when al-Qaeda hit
America on September 11, President
Bush asked Americans to go out and
shop. He told them to go to the movies
and go about their lives as usual. To do
anything else would be to cave in to the
terrorists wishes. The merchants of
terror wanted to cow the American
spirit. Americans resisted. But
President Bush also invited the world
to join America in ghting the
terrorists. You are either with us, or
with the terrorists, he said.
owever, in Kenyas hour
of need, America is at
the forefront of negat-
ing President Bushs call
of yesteryear. America
and her allies are saying
to their people, Kenya is
dangerous. Dont go there. But is this
a double-edged sword? Yes, the West
is happy at the opportunity to hit back
at the Jubilee government for going
to the East. Rather than be part of the
search for a solution to the mounting
terror problem in Kenya, therefore, the
US and her allies are gleefully issuing
travel advisories against Kenya. Like
the Opposition, the West would seem
to be playing politics with the terror at-
tacks against Kenya. The attacks are the
perfect opportunity to say to the Kenya
Government, If you dont want to work
with us, we will block all cash inows
from our countries. The terrorist at-
tacks are accordingly the excuse rather
than the reason.
The terrorists must be very happy.
Are they not eventually pushing the
West out of Kenya? War is about gaining
territory. Are the terrorists not gaining
territory at the expense of the West? In
any event, the initial target were
Western interests in East Africa. Former
President Moi was fond of quipping,
Who tells you that anybody loves you
out there? East or West, nobody loves
us. We will have to nd our own
solution to the numerous challenges
that confront us today. That is why the
Government may have to reach out to
the Opposition and the Opposition to
place the greater national good ahead
of personal agenda and appetite.
There are times when focusing on
making the other side look bad pays.
However, that is only when life is
normal. When it is not, accosting the
other party while deecting presumed
positive focus upon yourself only
makes you look insensitive and bad. Yet
both the Government and the
Opposition owe it to themselves to look
good all the time. Conversely, they also
have the duty of making the other side
look bad. How they go about it is of the
essence, especially now. Meja Mwangi
has taught us some useful lessons in
this regard. If the Opposition wants to
make the government look bad, it helps
that they do to mutilate the Jubilee
leadership as if it were a carcass for the
hounds. That was what Senator Bony
Khalwale was doing last week, mocking
President Kenyatta to his face. Khalwale
ended up looking worse than Kenyatta.
Khalwale needs to learn something
about carving out his opponent like a
sacrice for the gods.
Then there is this matter of
impeachment. In 2010, Kenyans voted
for decongestion of power from a
dictatorial centre. They gave Parliament
and County Assemblies the power to
impeach errant leaders, as part of this.
But are these ladies and gentleman
abusing this power? We have heard that
some MCAs blackmail governors with
impeachment, to line their pockets.
The biggest threat to devolution may
very well be an avaricious class of
It does not end there, however.
Every so often, some Cabinet Secretary
is dragged before one or another
Parliamentary committee. Again, there
has been talk of possible impropriety.
MPs identify their prey strategically.
Then they issue threats about impeach-
ment. Meanwhile they send emissaries
to ask him or her to talk. We are
hearing that this is how we should
interpret the huge eagerness to
impeach governors and Cabinet
If you are wondering why terrorists
attack us with so much ease, wonder
no more. The people who should be
worrying about your security are busy
making political capital out of
insecurity. When they are not doing
that, they are busy blackmailing
somebody with impeachment, or
alternatively worrying about being
impeached, or looking for the
wherewithal to buy their way out. How
could a peoples leadership possibly
sink so low?
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Government, the Opposition have no
choice but to close ranks on terror war
If you want to know where
Kenya is going, look at
northern Nigeria. For ten
years, Nigerias political
leadership was unable to
fnd a common position on
Boko Haram terrorists, due
to political partisanship.
Today Boko Haram has
rendered northern Nigeria
help bring attention and international
assistance in dealing with these groups,
it also comes with risks. By internation-
alising their security challenges, African
states expose themselves to the possi-
bility of becoming mere theatres of the
ght between the US (and the West) and
transnational terrorist organisations. As
the saying goes, ndovu wanapopigana, ni
nyasi huumia.
Which brings me to the Kenyan
case. Back in October 2011 when the
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) invaded
Somalia, we were told our two main
objectives were to defeat or weaken
al-Shaabab and to protect ourselves
from sporadic attacks and kidnappings
from the terror group and its afliates.
In other words, Kenyas involvement in
Somalia was purely motivated by
domestic security concerns. However,
as the mission progressed the narrative
of a Kenyan mission, driven by Kenyan
interests, began to disintegrate. First we
joined the African Union Mission in
Somalia, (Amisom) most likely for
pecuniary reasons. And second, it
emerged that the US was a major
player in Kenyas Somalia strategy. The
US maintains a Somalia-focused
presence at Camp Simba in Manda Bay,
Lamu County. Washington also
operates the Humanitarian Peace
Support School in Nairobi County,
focusing on training Amisom troops.
Now, there is nothing wrong with
being part of global efforts to ght
transnational terror groups. But as a
sovereign country, such engagements
must always be in the interest of the
Kenyan public. Kenya must be careful
not to allow itself to become a pawn in
a war that serves no immediate
genuinely Kenyan interests.
Rethinking our Somalia strategy will
require crucial adjustments - some
operational, while others political. For
starters, even though the KDF in
Somalia technically operates under
Amisom, we must ensure that the
missions focus remains circumscribed
in order to guard against mission creep.
Back in 2011 reports indicated that we
are in Somalia to neutralise Al-Shaabab
and to potentially establish a buffer
zone territory in Jubaland. Are the KDF
ofcers on the ground sticking to this
mandate? How much civilian oversight
is there to ensure that this happens?
The political reassessment is just as
onerous, if not more. Somalia watchers
know the pernicious effect that its
clannish political culture has had on
political development in the country,
going all the way back to the 1960s. It
goes without saying that in order to
guarantee success in Somalia, KDF
must ensure that it plays its cards right
with regard to establishing alliances
with clan militias. Furthermore, it must
not allow itself to be used as a tool by
either Somali interests within and
without Somalia (including here in
Kenya) or the US military. Lastly, strict
civilian oversight is required to make
sure that indiscipline does not corrode
the integrity of Kenyas inaugural
military adventure abroad. Last year a
UN report indicated that Kenyan troops
were engaged in the illicit trade in
charcoal, an activity that produced
signicant revenues for Al-Shaabab.
One only hopes that the situation has
since changed.
The point of the foregoing account
is to illustrate the complexity of the
matter at hand. Our approach to
Somalia must necessarily be multifac-
eted and exible. As such, any kind of
international arrangements that we get
into must not put us in a straightjacket
with regard to strategy. Kenyan interests
must always be front and centre. The
last thing Kenya needs is to become a
mere host to a conict pitting the US
and Al-Shaabab and its afliates.
As a country we appreciate all the
help we can get from partners like the
US. But we must also play our role and
make sure that cooperation never
comes at our expense. Instead of
engaging in histrionics of faux-nation-
alism against the West, the Kenyan
government should be upfront with the
Kenyan people about the nature of our
security cooperation with the US on the
specic case of Somalia. This is the only
way that the government can generate
political cover for itself whenever our
domestic and regional security interests
with regard to Somalia do not coincide
with those of the US. Just like with the
case of economic cooperation with
China, only transparency will guaran-
tee maximal benet to Kenyans from
the security cooperation with the US.

Whose bidding is the KDF doing in Somalia now?
he merchants of terror
seem to have come to stay.
It appears we have been
inltrated everywhere.
There can be no telling
when and where we will be
hit next. Yet, are we learn-
ing to accept this as normal? Are we
each vaingloriously hoping that when
it happens, it will always affect some-
body else?
Meanwhile the countrys political
kingpins will not rally together against
terror. It also appears that ours is a
lonely ght. The international
community will not tarry with us. The
whole picture negates the best values
in humankind. I have previously said
on this page that when the merchants
of terror spill their wildness in the
streets and in the slum market, the
national leadership must take a
n Wednesday the US an-
nounced it was sending
about 80 troops to Chad to
help in the hunt for about
300 girls kidnapped by
Boko Haram. This adds to
the surveillance assistance
the Nigerian government has been get-
ting from the US government. The US in-
volvement, right on the heels of the Paris
conference on Boko Haram last week,
is yet another reminder of the interna-
tional dimension of the security threats
to African states posed by groups like
Boko Haram, al-Shaabab or al-Qaeda in
the Magreb. But while such a turn might
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Rather than be part of
the search for a solution
to the mounting terror
problem in Kenya,
therefore, the US and her
allies are gleefully issuing
travel advisories against
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The last two weeks have been
sad for Kenya as tens of citizens
died and others went blind after
drinking illicit alcohol. The Cabinet
Secretary for Interior responded
swiftly by sacking provincial ad-
ministrators and police ofcers in
charge of the affected areas.
Chiefs and county commission-
ers were seen raiding breweries
and pouring out large amounts of
illicit brew and arresting revellers in
bars during non-drinking hours.
Right, we are such a disciplined
nation that we have designated
drinking hours!
The media has been awash with
stories and claims about Kenyan
youths having a drinking problem.
But is that the truth? I dont think
so. What we are facing is not an
alcohol but a social-cultural crisis.
Why? The knee-jerk reaction by
authorities to the alcohol-related
deaths misses the point in deal-
ing with this problem. The causes
of alcohol abuse go beyond a few
corrupt police ofcers and Kenya
Bureau of Standards employees,
irresponsible chiefs, uncommit-
ted Nacada ofcers, rapacious
brewers and suicidal revellers. To
avoid deaths and illnesses caused
by illicit brews in future, we need to
appreciate that the root cause is a
dysfunctional social-cultural fabric.
First, alcohol has become an
entertainer in the absence of other
forms of entertainment. Youths
who drink the killer brews do so in
the name of having fun, socialising
and passing time.
What other forms of entertain-
ment are available in Shauri Yako
in Embu and other such slums, for
The name of this slum speaks of
the kind of attitude you would nd
among its residents you are on
your own. Unfortunately, that is the
message the authorities seem to be
sending out to Kenyans we are on
our own.
The situation in slums is such
that they are a mix of diverse
cultures and so pinpointing a
common culture and morality that
could guide the residents becomes
There are no social halls in our
slums, villages and market centres
where young men and women
can engage in entertaining indoor
games such as darts and chess,
listen to music, dance, watch lms
or plays. We do not have cultural
centres where the youth can be
engaged in cultural productions
and therefore keep away from the
streets and drunkenness.
Cultural centres would encour-
age the unemployed youth to form
theatre groups, dancing troupes,
choirs and recital groups all of
which would keep them gainfully
The churches, where the youth
could join religious youth groups
and nd activities to engage them
and maybe aid them in earning an
income, keep their doors closed
during the week.
Interestingly, no religious leader
has been heard speaking about the
killer brews.
Dr Jennifer Muchiri, Nairobi
Alcoholism shows Kenya is
facing social-cultural crisis
The furore following travel advi-
sories would be laughable if it did
not serve to expose this nations
impotence in the face of continued
threats from terrorists.
The US, UK, France and Aus-
tralia issued those advisories for
excellent reasons.
Let Kenyans ask themselves
how many terrorist attacks we have
suffered since 1998. It is true that
terrorism is a global phenomenon
but it is foolish to think that the
incidents and severity of terrorist
attacks experienced in Kenya is on
par with a global average.
Following the deeply embar-
rassing response of the national
command structure to the events
at the Westgate Mall, what choice
did foreign embassies, travel
companies and their associated
insurance companies have in the
face of these very real threats but
to issue those warnings?
And as soon as our President
had completed his statement
condemning the travel advisories,
more bombs went off, killing still
more Kenyan civilians.
This only serves to justify the
decision made by those nations.
James F, via email
That the Government went
ahead and paid the two rms
associated with Anglo leasing
Sh1.4 billion even when the court
of public opinion was against it,
when Parliament was yet to debate
it and when the President had not
authorised it in writing, brings into
question the credibility of the oc-
cupant of the ofce of the Attorney
General. In essence, the holder of
that ofce is the principal advi-
sor of the Government on matters
Going by the horror movie
surrounding the Anglo Leasing
saga, Attorney General Githu Mui-
gai should pay the price for delib-
erately misadvising the President
on the matter.
I have had a lot of respect for
the AG but on this one, he has let
the President down. The AG should
have advised the President to talk
to the British government on the
Anglo Leasing cases in the United
Kingdom instead of throwing in
the towel and subjecting Kenyan
tax payers to more debts.
And remember that the Sri
Lankan Anglo Leasing architect
Anura Pereira is not yet done with
Kenya even after getting paid
Sh1.4 billion by Treasury, he is
demanding to be paid Sh3.05 bil-
lion more!
Kennedy Epalat, Nairobi
Government must promote domestic
tourism after recent cancellations
Tourism is Kenyas second
largest source of foreign exchange
following agriculture and provides
12.5 per cent of the countrys GDP.
In 2011, income from tourism stood
at Sh97.7 billion, falling to Sh96
billion in 2012, while tourist arrivals
were pegged at 1.7 million.
Britain categorically warned
its citizens to avoid the Mombasa
island and parts of the northern
coast that hold the popular north-
ern circuit of Lamu and Malindi.
Such advisories were also issued by
France, Australia and the US, result-
ing in cancellations and reduced
new bookings.
Hotel bookings at the coast
are said to be below 10 per cent,
with tour agencies evacuating
their customers. This is the worst
since the 2007-2008 post-election
violence. More than 20 hotels have
closed shop as a result of the drop
in tourist numbers. The closing and
scaling down by most hotels has
seen more than 4,000 employees
lose their jobs. According to the
Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers
and Caterers, more than 12 top-end
hotels operating in Malindi and
Watamu have closed, with six more
scaling down and sending workers
on leave in Kwale and Lamu as a
result of the low season.
To protect the tourism industry
and the economy as a whole from
uctuations that are caused by
travel advisories and low tourist
seasons, industry players must pro-
mote domestic tourism. The Gov-
ernment should work with tourism
agencies to encourage Kenyans to
utilise the facilities in the off-peak
Alex Mounde, via email
Every young person desires a
future that is not only wealthy but
also healthy. However, sexual and
reproductive health issues stand
between the youth and that world
where their dreams are actualised.
The Google Zeitgeist results of
2012 revealed that how to abort
was the most asked questions by
Kenyans online. What is sex?
was also top on the what is list.
This shows that whereas the youth
are seeking information on health
issues, they lack a credible centre
where all their questions can be
answered correctly.
Another report that raised eye-
brows was the African Population
and Research Centre results on
the incidence of unsafe abortions
in Kenya that revealed that there
are approximately half a million
abortions in Kenya despite it being
illegal. What this reports did was to
show the direct effects of inad-
equate access to health informa-
But it doesnt have to be this
way. The youth can be more than
just statistics contributing heavily
to the negative health indicators
in Kenya. As it stands now, parents
shy away from talking to their
children about issues of sexual-
ity. Members of the clergy too, are
straitlaced when it comes to issues
of sex.
So where should the youth get
Comprehensive sexuality
education in school is one sure
way of ensuring age-specic and
appropriate information regarding
adolescent and youth sexuality.
The Adolescent Reproductive
Health and Development Policy
recognises the grave concerns
affecting the youth and seeks
to introduce Family Life Educa-
tion, which incorporates issues of
teenage pregnancies and unsafe
abortion among other specic
youth challenges in the school
The Ministry of Education has
also recently launched the HIV
Communication Policy in Schools
that proposes education on HIV
and Aids for school children.
Robert Aseda, Media Ofcer, Network
for Adolescents and Youth of Africa
Youth need
access to sex
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More damaging Pattni evidence
Kamlesh Pattni is expected to move into
operations of Goldenberg International from
today and make more explosive revelations.
Somali talks get to crucial stage
The Somali peace talks yesterday entered the
nal and crucial third phase. This signals a
hope that peace may soon return to the war-
ravaged Horn of Africa country.
Bingu wa Mutharika declared
Malawi new leader
Malawis electoral commission declared ruling
partys Bingu wa Mutharika the winner of
the countrys chaotic presidential poll in an
announcement today.
Odumbe tribunal to take 5 days
Former Kenya captain Maurice Odumbes
hearing into allegations of inappropriate
conduct with bookmaker, set to start on July
27 in Nairobi, will last ve days.
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AGs crediblity
tarnished by
Anglo Leasing
First, alcohol has
become an en-
tertainer in the
absence of other
forms of enter-
May 24
Sonkos antics have
gone too far
That Nairobi Senator Mike
Mbuvi (Sonko) could place a
direct phone call to President
Uhuru Kenyatta and so easily ma-
nipulate him against authorised
action by his own government
was shocking and should not have
Worse, the populist senator
placed the President on speaker
phone (without Uhurus knowl-
edge) for all, including media,
to hear. Imagine what damage
this would have caused had the
President tripped in his speech in
the belief that the conversation
was private!
If a policy on calling the Presi-
dent doesnt exist, it is high time
State House came up with one.

Francis Gitahi Njenga, Nakuru
Nations justifed
in issuing travel
The gure is valid and based on the ve projects that were partially performed. Al-
ready t he l etters o f termination have been sent to him for compliance.
Muthoni Kimani, Solicitor General, on Anglo Leasing payments.
We are reforming the management of teaching in a fundamental way by enhancing
integrity and accountablity.
Gabriel Lengoiboni, TSC secretary, on new teaching rules.
The introduction of petty and irresposible politics in weighty national matters is to-
tally unbecoming of the LSK.
Githu Muigai, Attorney General, on claims that he violated the Constitution regarding
Anglo Leasing payments.
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ourists dont grow on trees to be plucked when you
need new ones after old ones have withered. It
takes decades to build their trust and interest. China,
like the USA, is a vast country with millions of its
citizens contented with local tourism; these countries
have deserts, beaches, snow caps, forests, rivers and
animals all within their borders. And by the time
weve convinced the Chinese to visit us in hordes, well
probably have run out of jumbos - thanks to ancient
Asiatic cultural beliefs in the animals aphrodisiac
To avoid mistrust in their coalition, MP Alfred Keter
suggests that Uhuru and Ruto interchange power
every ve years. That may sound silly to Jubilees
opposites, but, going with events of the past two
elections, were the pair to decide so, they can actually
pull it off - if the constitution doesnt bar someone from
running again after taking a break in his 10 year law-
backed limit.
Sonko should stop embarrassing the President.
Uhuru was unaware that the fellow had put him on
speaker phone.
Maddos Beefs!
This mega-highway in Myanmars newly built
capital, Naypyidaw, boasts 20 lanes in some
parts. But theres almost no trafc. Ofcials have
planned for the future where they wont have
to knock down Mlolongo-type buildings when
congestion does come!
Githu Muigai, who believes hes got
the Queens English, was so exas-
perated in his attempt to unload
the Anglo Leasing baggage that he
ended up squealing like a little girl.
Hes AG, why doesnt he pursue
those surgeons or is he waiting
for Wanjiku to do it?
Muigai Aesthetics
ur digital Prezzy who has began
to rant by roadsides - must be
nding it tough trying not be like
his predecessors. Being called by a
comedian and stopping what has been
ordered by a court is a blatant breach
of the Constitution. We hate these
demolitions (kwani where were the
owners when people were putting up
their homes?) - but the law must be
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Schools of different sea creatures tail ships for the garbage thats
tossed overboard and they include the diminutive spiny dogfish
shark. They commonly get lost in the harbour and cant find their
way out. While they dont really target humans, they can bite off
half your limb. In terror, your bleed to death in the salty water.
This member of the squalidae family is actually human food. It is
eaten in Western countries and by the Digos of our coast where it is
known as papa.
that it is absolutely dangerous
to swim in the Likoni Channel
shortly after a large ship docks
at Kilindini in Mombasa?
Did you know...
Dubai and South Africa are
now reaping bigger cash from
tourists who go to ogle at the
marvels theyve built more than
from their oil and gold.
Here are some tourist attraction
possibilities that can be built in
Kenya and move the country
beyond beaches and game
Magadi FunTrain
The soda ash company that owns the rail to Lake
Magadi can be convinced to operate an open decked
train on the line a moving open air restaurant.
Kerio ValleyCableCars
The spectacular views in this
valley go to waste viewed through
muddied windows of speeding
Desert Sin
We can ask the Chinese to build us
casinos in the countrys northern
wastes. Las Vegas grewout of a
desolate desert. We might have to
convince Muslimhardliners, though,
that the ventures will turn round the
regions fortune.
for theNandi
Skiing on the Equator
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Equator Resort
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send wazungus nuts.
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informed discourse to reach a common
ground or synthesis.
Instead, as a country we have
warlike chants and cacophonous
confusion laced with legion narrow
interests. This past week, there has
been a righteous indignation occa-
sioned by Jubilees ethnic appoint-
ments, the Anglo Leasing payments
and the unveiling of the new County
Naturally, the March 4th, 2013
General Election was thrown into the
mix. I must state from the outset that I
am appalled beyond words by some of
Jubilees recent self-destructive moves.
Why not, for instance, convince
MPs to approve Anglo Leasing
payments considering that Jubilee
enjoys majority support in Parliament?
And why, pray, rock the URP-TNA
boat at this point in time? Why
bulldoze unpopular decisions even
before yesterdays storm is over?
Now, some of these decisions call
for hard-hitting criticism.
Yet instead of honourable,
well-reasoned arguments, we have
been inundated with below-the-belt
vituperations that, I daresay, generated
more confusion than conviction.
And I was left wondering, are we
incapable of calmly presenting facts
and counter-facts and letting the
public decide who is right or wrong?
So, today, if you walk up to someone
on Moi Avenue, or in any village in this
country and ask them what the facts
are about Anglo Leasing or County
Commissioners, they will stare at you,
like a cornered cat.
sk them who is to blame
for all the problems in our
lives and the cornered cat
snaps into wild ebullience
and, with arms ailing in
the air, they will froth to
no end advancing what
will turn out to be the propaganda cho-
rus of the Jubilee-CORD divide they
support. On the issue of County Com-
missioners, certain parts of the country
rmly believe Kenyatta simply restruc-
tured the Provincial Administration in
line with the Constitution.
Yet in other parts, the President
exhumed a colonial relic in his
relentless alacrity to kill devolution.
Thanks to our blind support for
regional facts, we are forever talking at
each other, never to each other.
And so, you may ask, what on
cotton-picking earth is wrong with
taking sides with Jubilee or CORD?
The answer is simply that there is
no ideology in any of the two, just
ethnicised, pugnacious indoctrination.
Or do you think the terrorists
wrecking our peace and economy care
who is Jubilee or CORD, yet we behave
as if blame games will spare our side
the consequences?
Again, pangs of hunger will ravage
our children irrespective of which part
of Kenya they come from if we do not
make our country more prosperous for
their sake. It is horrifying that we are
slowly gravitating to a point where the
truth and the way forward are forever
lost in hateful rhetoric that we pass off
as clamour for public interest.
In this brinkmanship, it is mwanan-
chi, the same one calling radio stations
to support his partys stand, who
suffers. CORD politicians, who are paid
from public coffers as senators or
members of the National Assembly, are
duty-bound to put Jubilee on its toes in
a manner that provides solutions to the
problem we face. No, the oppositions
belligerence and Jubilees exclusivism is
not what we pay for.
Call for sobriety and hygiene
in our political discourse
This past week, there
has been a righteous
indignation occasioned
by Jubilees ethnic
appointments and the
Anglo Leasing payout
themselves into conned places where
the police will chance upon them.
When the Inspector General of
Police orders the removal of tints from
public service vehicles in a bid to ght
crime, one cannot help but note the
desperation in one reacting from stress
attendant upon not knowing what to
do to ward off a concerted attack on the
people he swore an oath to protect.
There is no set modus operandi for the
demented. They simply respond to
impulses as they manifest themselves
for whatever causes.
Criminal methodology is never
conventional, which accounts for why
security forces nd it exceedingly
difcult to tame terrorists and hardcore
criminals. By employing the ea
tactics, criminals befuddle the police
and other security forces whose
training entails thinking on an almost
straight line. The ea is an obnoxious
insect whose presence is announced
after it has stung and the chances of
you swatting it are perhaps one out of
ten. This partly explains why it took
eternity for the police to fell criminals
like Rasta.
The IG should turn his search
inwards if he hopes to make any
headway in ghting crime. The
problem is within the Police Service. It
is redolent of corruption. However, we
cannot make a blanket condemnation
of the entire police because there are
honest ofcers hurting inwardly from
the shame and embarrassment that
corrupt colleagues cause them. But as
adage would have it, one rotten egg
spoils the whole pudding.
few ofcers have been
compromised by the un-
derworld into availing
them information on in-
tended police action and
movements. That is how
those who are branded
most wanted criminals evade arrest
with the ease of a knife going through
The activities of the late Osama bin
Laden give credence to this. He
organised, ran and nanced an
international syndicate that ran the
American CIA through loops for years.
He had money and managed to
inltrate the security arms of several
governments. He had connections in
high places that placed him a step
ahead of pursuers for more than 12
years. Many years before, Al Capone, a
maa chieftain in New York, operated
for years under the very noses of the
police because he had bought those
who had no conscience but had a price
to their heads. Sometime back, off duty
policemen were caught on media
cameras pick pocketing. Some are said
to hire out their guns and uniforms to
criminals. The same security ofcers let
aliens into the country through
checkpoints for pecuniary consider-
ations even as Kenyans are maimed
while others die from their activities.
Mr Kimaiyo, with such people standing
behind you, you can be sure they will
stab you in the back and laugh about it.
Small arms will continue coming
into the country because there is laxity
at border entry points. I have observed
people walk into and out of Uganda at
Malaba border and I can attest to the
fact that checks are perfunctory. A few
meters up the river separating Kenya
and Uganda at the bridge into no mans
land, you can observe half naked men
smuggle in merchandise by wading in
the river and crossing over. There is no
knowing what they bring in.
The Kenya Somalia border is porous
and the IG can rest assured ammuni-
tion nd their way into refugee camps
from where they are supplied to
criminals. Plug this and you will be half-
way home.

The writer is a correspondent for The
Police Service must clean
house to win war on crime
A few ofcers have
been compromised by
criminals into availing
them information on
intended police action
Are we incapable of calmly
presenting facts and letting
the public decide who is
right or wrong?
wo years ago, I was casually
strolling around the stands
at the Nairobi Internation-
al Book Fair at Sarit Centre,
Westlands. As I went round
admiring the sleeping
beauty of our literary heri-
tage, I came across and bought a small
book by PLO Lumumba, A Call for
Hygiene in Kenyan Politics. The book
drew my attention to the unhygienic,
morally fraudulent and outrageously
manipulative nature of our politics.
In our Augean stables called
politics, we cannot even have a simple
enlightening argument where a thesis,
basically an intellectual idea, is soberly
and objectively presented for discus-
sion. In an ideal situation, such a thesis
should be countered by an equally
sober and well-considered anti-thesis,
before the nation is engaged in an
he knee jerk reactions we
get from the police when-
ever they are caught nap-
ping, which is becoming a
tad too often, are stop gap
measures that achieve very
little. Let us reason from
the premise that criminals are intelli-
gent. In the parlance of the American
underworld, a Johnny contemplating
to commit a crime would have to case
the joint rst. It involves staking out
the area and studying it for months
or weeks to establish routines and to
discern patterns to know when it is
relatively safe to make the break in.
Serious criminals and the al-Shabaab
do exactly the same. An intelligent
criminal knows there are only two out-
comes, the possibility of getting away
or getting caught. As such, a criminal
will make sure his escape options are
free of impediments. They will not box

enya is one of the
most developed
economies in East
and Central Africa
and has demon-
strated leadership
in overcoming some
major human development chal-
lenges that face Sub-Saharan Af-
rica. As we race towards the Mil-
lennium Development Goals, the
country is set to meet many of the
development targets by 2015.
On the issue of maternal and
child health in Kenya however,
there is much work to be done.
The Health Cabinet Secretary
James Macharia highlighted the
challenge and said that, unfortu-
nately each day 15 women and 290
children die as a result of pregnan-
cy complications--including giving
birth, HIV and several curable and
preventable childhood diseases.
According to the Ministry of
Devolution, 43.8 per cent of births
in Kenya were attended to by
trained health personnel as of 2011
against a 2015 target of 90 per cent.
Only 43 per cent of deliveries take
place in health facilities. Contra-
ceptive prevalence rate is at 46 per
cent up from 39 per cent in 2000
against a 2015 target of 70 per cent.
Universal access to sexual and
reproductive health services
including family planning and
maternal health is a human right
at the core of sustainable
development. This was a key
message that emerged from the
April 24th meeting that brought
together the wives of governors of
the 47 counties. Women and girls
must be at the heart of any future
development policies. This is key
to saving lives, advancing econom-
ic development, promoting
environmental sustainability and
advancing well-being, equity and
social justice.
Aids contributes to almost 15
per cent of deaths in children and
20 per cent of all maternal deaths.
Estimates show that13,000 new
HIV infections among children
were recorded in 2012. In the same
year, over 100,000 children died
before their fth birthday. The
increasing rate of HIV infections
among women aged between 15
and 24 is equally startling, with an
estimated 25,000 cases per year.
Advancing the maternal and
child health agenda in Kenya
requires collective action from the
international community, local
organisations and communities.
Together we must ensure that
mothers survive childbirth and
ensure children have a healthy
start to life. Delivering on this
agenda is within our reach --no
woman should die giving life.
Henry Munene
The writer is Revise Editor at The Standard
Alexander Chagema
Small arms will continue
coming into the country
because there is laxity at
border entry points
Lets tame
Abbas Gullet and
Siddharth Chatterjee
Gullet is KRCS Secretary General and
Chatterjee is UNFPA Representative to Kenya
Page 19
Film Music Books Theatre Events Dance TV Style
May 24, 2014
Arts Culture
When Prof Agnes Wanjiku Kabira
looks at you, her face betrays no
emotion. She ts the Luo saying: Jo-
chame joyue dhogi joling ka matuo
(literally: those who ate it wiped
their mouth and became calm and
innocent like patients). And yet she
did something drastic sometime in
She currently chairs the Univer-
sity of Nairobis Department of Lit-
Well, I found a different calling.
That is the way she describes what
inspired her to take the said deci-
sion, and how she today relates with
Loreto Girls High School, Msongari,
where she did her A-Levels from
1973 1974.
Her journey with literature be-
gan in 1965 when she wrote and re-
cited a poem called Virus. She was
then a Form One student at Loreto
Girls, Limuru, a school then ran by
Irish missionaries. She had just
come from Githirioni Primary
School in Lari.
For the rst time, I felt the mag-
ic of being a creator, and the expe-
rience of performance in the oral lit-
erature sense, she recalls. At the
school, she would later read Shake-
speare, James Joyce, and DH Law-
Taught by Okot pBitek
Yet, her real contact with litera-
ture happened at the University of
Nairobis Department of Literature,
which she joined in 1976, and left in
1978. She was taught by David
Rubadiri, Taban Lo Liyong, Kimani
Gecau, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Micere
Mugo, and Okot pBitek.
I am in oral literature because
Okot made the biggest mark on me,
says the writer of The Oral Artist,
and A Time for Harvest.
Unlike todays academics, Okot
taught us to question everything un-
der the sun. He insisted on your
opinion. He did not want to hear a
student quoting from sources with-
out holding a position as happens
Prof Kabira: Let
writers grow a
spine on ethnic
and other issues
today. He would say: Well, that is
what all those others say; but what
do you say?
She observes that Okot was intel-
lectual to the point of being humor-
ous, and yet he meant it. His knowl-
edge cut across oral literature,
sociology, and law. At one time, after
Kabira and her fellow students n-
ished their oral literature disserta-
tions, Okot stressed the difference
between written literature and oral
literature by refusing to enter the
students marks on the mark sheet.
He simply told the examination
people: Oral Literature cannot be
written; it is oral. So I am telling you
orally that I listened to all the stu-
dents oral dissertations, and they all
passed. But their passing cannot be
recorded on the mark sheet because
it is oral. It is impossible for me to
write it down. You can record what-
ever you want on that mark sheet,
but know I have told you that all the
students passed.
If Kabira wears a calm persona,
then it belies the militant in her,
which may be a carry-over from
Okot. The strain is identiable in her
work as a champion for womens
rights, and in her ght for all Kenyan
literature whether oral or written
Highly driven: Scholar who walked out of a convent to study in the US, shares her thoughts on current state of literature
Art enables us to fnd
ourselves and lose
ourselves at the same
time. Thomas Merton.
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 20
Contemporary Kenyan writers are afraid to criticise their tribes
Ugly stepsister: Oral literature was denigrated in often racist fashion by colonial anthropologists
Orature is here
and everywhere,
healthy, equal
and always alive
to be relevant to the Kenyan society.
In 1979, while teaching at Loreto
Girls, in Kiambu, the Government
banned her play What a World, My
Her work with women saw the
founding of the African Women Stud-
ies Centre at the University of Nairobi
in June, 2011, and in her tireless work
with the Constitution of Kenya Re-
view Commission. Her book, A Time
for Harvest, traces the womens jour-
ney in the struggle for a new consti-
tution in the past 20 years, beginning
from 1992 to 2012. She reminds the 16
women MPs of 290 that their mere
presence in Parliament will be fruit-
less if it is not properly utilised.
She says, It disappoints me that,
with a new constitution in 2014, it is
still possible to read that 7.1 million
Kenyans still often go to bed hungry,
as if these people are mere statistics.
With devolution, how can it be pos-
sible for the Government not to know
these people, each by name, and give
them food? It is unacceptable for peo-
ple to be dying of hunger in Baringo
and Turkana under a new constitu-
tion. Even worse than that is the fact
that pioneer singers like Joseph Ka-
maru live in grinding poverty. If pira-
cy is the problem, then why is it im-
possible for the Government to
subsidise their CDs so they can
Waste of time
At the University of Nairobis De-
partment of Literature, she says there
is a new dimension to women in lit-
erature. It is now possible to do post-
graduate studies in any of four areas:
African Literature of the Global South;
African Literature of the Global North;
European Literature; and Theatre and
Film Studies. The department has al-
so liaised with the Ministry of Educa-
tion to found the Teachers Film Asso-
ciation, which sensitises teachers on
how best to enrich the National Dra-
ma Festival.
This is an attempt to make litera-
ture relevant to the Kenyan society,
she stresses. The people who tried to
kill Kenyan literature by merging it
with English were KIE and the Minis-
try of Education. You can never teach
English through Oral Literature sim-
ply because you will never translate
the two Dholuo words Thu Tinda in-
to English. Even though there is a lot
of writing going on, the so-called
writers waste time on extremely petty
issues, mainly individualistic. It is as
if there is nothing happening in the
wider Kenyan society. Ngugi, Okot,
Taban and the rest were able to cap-
ture the national imagination by
holding opinion on daily national is-
sues; not private ones.
Nothing horries Prof Kabira more
than the contemporary Kenyan writ-
ers inability to criticise his/her own
It is what she calls ethnic self-cen-
sorship, and she says it is an excep-
tional mark of spinelessness and cow-
ardice. That is what she lacked in
1979, when she walked out of the
convent, to pursue further studies at
the University of Wisconsin at Madi-
son, USA.

Recently, the self-serving British
art establishment, as its own litera-
ture suggests, shocked the art world
by nominating a spoken word artist,
Tris Vonna-Michell, for the presti-
gious Turner Prize.
Shocked? I doubt it. True, the
Turner works well to annually ask,
What is Art? This necessary ques-
tion has been posed since time im-
memorial, often being answered with
an open-ended, No-one can say.
But the establishment Turner seems
to exist merely to make art saleable,
and it does this by predictably nomi-
nating a wider, gimmicky clutch of
artists each year. Its annual debate
increasingly seems affected and cyn-
ical, leading us to conclude: Art is
that which makes money for busi-
ness-type investors, and its market is
annually expanded by this very prize,
which forcibly extends the denition
of art as Nakumatt might extend its
Art that truly pushes the boundar-
ies of creativity happens elsewhere,
despite the establishment, with no
desire to be appropriated by this es-
But, perhaps the Turners inclu-
sion of a spoken word artist does do
something a little different. Even if its
just a stunt, perhaps we may never-
theless read it more interestingly than
it deserves, to make a point about oral
and written literature, those suppos-
edly contrasting forms that have fea-
tured as antagonists in postcolonial
African debates from at least the
1960s to today.
Colonised divide
Oral literature, or orature, is old
and indigenous; written or scriptal
literature is imported. Or so we are
told. There is a major problem stem-
ming from the manner in which co-
lonial-era types falsely contrasted
these two forms: written literature as
modern; orature as traditional. The
perceived absence in East Africa of
the former and the prevalence of the
latter suggested to the early settler
that colonised African lands were
primitive. More than any other per-
ceived lack, the absence of written
texts in colonised countries betrayed
their inferiority to a country, Britain,
that was performing imperialism dur-
ing the height of national pride in its
own literature. These invaders con-
structed a binary between the oral
and the literate; then, they tipped it to
form a bigoted hierarchy.
rather that both have existed contem-
poraneously for centuries, with, in
addition, certain African societies
having become literate prior to sev-
eral Western cultures. A few African
scholars had been arguing this for
years, but the ears of the Western
Academy were closed. The falseness
of the Imperialist oral/scriptal hierar-
chy has therefore been revealed; it
was established for reasons of politi-
cal expediency, to help justify the ex-
ploitations of Imperialism.
Profoundly sexist
This recent scholarship demands
a new respect for (African) orature
from the West and a new self-reec-
tion on the part of African commen-
tators. When orature was denigrated
in often racist fashion by colonial an-
thropologists, those early African lib-
erationists who rightly played the an-
ti-colonialism card could do so by
strategically reversing the terms of
the oppressors argument, by calling
orature good, authentic and pure, as
opposed to written literature, which
was supposedly everything opposite.
Things remained antagonistic and
confrontational. But now, orature,
due to this new acceptance of its
equality and coevality with the writ-
ten word, can no longer be set up by
African scholars as only good. Many
African scholars are consequently
studying our orature more critically;
our own brightest, Evan Mwangi, has
pointed out how oral literature can be
profoundly sexist and otherwise
prone to enforcing conformity from
minorities, meaning its as likely to
oppress its own putative community
members as any other form of textu-
ality. Moreover, the Kenyan habit we
still have of publishing works of ora-
ture as ethnically pure (as Kamba
Oral Literature or Kikuyu Oral Litera-
ture, and so on) works not to liberate,
but rather to erect ideological bound-
aries between peoples who are not as
perfectly separate as certain leaders
might have us believe. The dangers
of this neocolonial publishing con-
vention in an ethnically and political-
ly divided region, are obvious.
Oral literature is no better or
worse, and no more authentically Af-
rican, than written literature. To be-
lieve otherwise would be to fall into
the colonial trap of hierarchies and
(racial) purities, which achieves noth-
ing good.
There is resilient orality not only
in new popular song forms from our
region, but also in every written text,
including the Wests own literate po-
etry, the sound devices of which (from
alliteration to vocalic rhyme) echo
those of the ancient bards. Indeed,
orature and scriptal literature are his-
torically, linguistically entwined, like
non-identical twins.
Perhaps the Turners nomination
of a spoken word artist is symbolic of
this previously-suppressed fact of
equality and kinship. Perhaps we can
read it as Britains late, dullard reali-
sation that (our African) orature is,
and always was, something as ne
and admirable as literate poetry. We
always knew this. Britain is catching
up. Of course, those who nominate
folk for the Turner have no idea this is
what they are doing; chauvinistically,
they probably have no awareness of
African orature at all. It is we who can
perceptively read this into their nom-
inations. For the Turner judges, their
move just makes it easier for the art
world to make money. For us, their
move proves weve always been right:
orature is here and everywhere,
healthy and equal. And it always will
Inevitably, the British didnt con-
sider the highly literature cultures of
coastal Kenya to be indigenous,
even though theyd been here for
hundreds of years. Instead, such
problematic cultures were identied
as alien to the region and them-
selves imported, bringing a form of
civilisation that tried but failed to
penetrate the inland. The British
would succeed in spreading their su-
perior Word (in all its written incar-
nations, through the Bible and ex-
ploitative written laws) where the
Arabs failed. Nothing, not even the
Swahili epic Al-Inkisha or other clas-
sics, would shake the xed oral/liter-
ate hierarchy set up by the British, a
hierarchy that reinforced the colonis-
er/colonised divide.
Its only recently that Western
scholarship has accepted that literate
cultures in Africa (say, the Tamazight,
Nubian and Geez) are as indige-
nous as oral cultures, not aberra-
tions. Such studies conclude that
there is no predictable temporal prog-
ress from oral to literate cultures, but
Its only recently
that Western
scholarship has
accepted that
literate cultures in
Africa. S. Partington.
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Book stresses role of clergy in ethnic reconciliation
It is the risky
nature of the city
that some thrive
on Jennifer Muchiri.
Getting into belly of
beast that is Nairobi
Killing dreams: Plays darkly and starkly remind you about precariousness of life in capital
When we begin to compare Kenya
with Europe in regard to the place of
the church during decisive historic
upheavals, then what comes to mind
is our agitation for multi-party de-
mocracy in the early 1990s, and Eu-
ropes Reformation in the 16th centu-
ry. We invoke the names of Bishop
Alexander Muge, Rev. Timothy Njoya,
and Dr. Henry Okullu each time Eu-
rope mentions Martin Luther and Ig-
natius Loyola.
JR Alilas The Milayi Curse (2013)
addresses a similar theme. The alle-
gorical tone of the novel bears the
seething, ethnic undertones which
have dogged Kenyas politics since in-
dependence, and which the country
has never really known how to ex-
punge from her collective, national
memory with a magic wand.
A Kenyan scientist-novelist who
lives and works in the US, Prof Alila
weaves a gripping tale about two sub-
clans with an unresolved curse run-
ning for three hundred years. The two
rival sub-clans are represented by
two families, Jamoko and Milayi.
Bloody history
During the years of Luo settle-
ment on the shores of Lake Victoria,
Raburu Milayi had been the chief
warrior against the Konyango clan,
and Jamoko had been his command-
er. But on the day Milayi was fatally
wounded, his fellow warriors aban-
doned him in enemy territory, and
Jamoko had unfairly benetted from
these wars at the expense of war wid-
ows and Milayi himself.
It is this historical theft that con-
geals into a curse against the Jamokos,
and the potency of the curse tran-
scends the two sub-clans lives deep
into post-independence Kenya. As
Nairobi hosts people from all
walks of life living in different parts
of the city, engaged in different ac-
tivities, harbouring various dreams
and aspirations, each with different
thoughts about all kinds of subjects.
For the different residents of the
city-in-the-sun, living in the capital
city means different things, in dif-
ferent places at different times. For
some the city is the land of opportu-
nity; for others each day is a night-
mare. For some Nairobi is home; for
others it is exile. Some enjoy the Nai-
robi sun; others curse each day the
sun rises in the east of the city.
Living in Nairobi today is the
subject of a recently published book,
Six and the City (Contact Zones and
Goethe-Institut, 2014). Six and the
City is a collection of six short plays:
Billy Kahoras The Committee;
Parselelo Kantais I Just Got Back;
Andia Kisias The 24th Floor; Tony
Mochamas Percys Killer Party; Kev-
in Mwachiros Thrashed; and Valen-
tine Njoroges Modern African Wom-
an. The plays offer different stories
about living in Nairobi and have
characters who represent the vari-
ous traits of Nairobians in different
circumstances, spaces and jobs
politicians, thugs, beggars, univer-
sity students, NGO professionals,
businessmen and women, lawyers,
government ofcers. The writers
show what it really means to live in
present day Nairobi and the kind of
situations one nds oneself in on an
nary day in the city.
Six and the City addresses the vari-
ous issues that Nairobians grapple
with each day and mocks city resi-
dents who pride themselves in liv-
ing in the capital yet the so-called
city-in-the-sun is actually a dark,
rotten and soul-destroying place.
Horror of adulthood
Kahoras The Committee is about
the activities of a sub-committee
selected by the government to over-
see the selection of heroes to be
honoured during the 50th anniver-
sary the republic. Dubbed the com-
mittee of Persons in Production of
Heroes for Kenya Republic in the
Jubilee Year Anniversary, the com-
mittee is a sub-committee of an-
other one called the Intra-County
Reections Committee, Sub-Com-
mittee for the 50th Anniversary of
K e -
nya Republic. What a
name!The committee reects the
greed and corruption that ail Kenya
where public funds are spent on
non-performing and self-serving
committees and commissions
whose members do not have the in-
terest of the country at heart. The
play, in some sense, satirises the
much hyped Kenya@50 celebrations
which had nothing to show for all
the money allocated to the same.
Parselelos I Just Got Back tells a
story of a young woman who has just
got back to Nairobi from Europe and
hopes to settle in and possibly start
a business. She discovers that Nai-
robi is not what she imagined it to be
when she is conned of all her invest-
ments by a friend; her landlord
threatens to evict her over rent ar-
rears; the shopkeeper will not ex-
tend her credit anymore and she
cannot get a reliable supply of water
or electricity. She had hoped to live
the kind of life she had been used to
in Europe but realises painfully that
the life of Bluetooth, Whatsapp,
wine, ipod, is not easy to maintain
in the face of the deceit and preten-
sions of Nairobi. You can take it to
the bank that this city can kill
dreams; it can spit on your strategic
plans and turn them into obituaries
of what-would-have-been. Inhospi-
tality is a modern disease aficting
cities the world over. It is just that it
is an epidemic in Nairobi. For the re-
turnees, better vaccinate yourself
before getting the back-home visa.
Mochamas Percys Killer Party
tells the story of a young female uni-
versity student who dies while at-
tending a party hosted by wealthy
politicians. The play reveals the
dangers young women expose them-
selves to when they allow them-
selves to be lured by promises of fun
and quick riches by unscrupulous
old men. This is the city that will eat
its young, feeding them ambition,
dreams, drugs, alcohol, turning
them into zombies before they can
see the horror of adulthood. And
then bury them, so young.
Mwachiros Thrashed is the story
of a female beggar who explains her
woes trying to make a living in the
city. She is raped, beaten, insulted,
loses her children yet she still has to
provide for her remaining child.
Through her we get to see survival
tactics of one section of the city res-
idents including using dolls as ba-
bies to hoodwink pedestrians into
giving them money. This is the cap-
italistic, morality-shredding Nairo-
bi; one in which you are not sure if
the fellow on the pavement asking
you for kobole is a beggar, a cop in
disguise or your Buruburu land-
Six and the City will show you the
different variations to the theme of
Nairobiness. The language, con-
cerns, places, experiences and char-
acters are Nairobi-like and the plays
leave no doubt that different people
indeed experience different smells,
tastes and sounds of Nairobi. The
plays will darkly and starkly remind
you about the precariousness of life
in Nairobi.
Dr Muchiri teaches literature at
the University of Nairobi. jennifer.
What Kenyans
are reading
this week
Be Careful What You Wish For
by Jeffrey Archer
Published March this year, Be
Careful What You Wish For is the
fourth Jeffrey Archers novel in the
Clifton Chronicles. It has been
moving off the shelves at the Text
Book Centre, Sarit this week. The
book from the acclaimed ction
writer tells the story of the Bar-
rington Clifton family involved in
a shipping business rigged with
conspiracies and sabotage. Archer
had intimated there will be ve
books in the series but now there
is talk they will be seven. Number
ve comes out in 2015
Why Nations Fail: The Ori-
gins of Power, Prosperity, and
Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and
James Robinson
This book popular at the Pres-
tige Bookshop explores why
some nations prosper in wealth
and power while others lag be-
hind using economic insights. A
good example is South Korea and
North Korea, where the former is
prosperous while the latter is
marred in poverty. The authors
are both economists, Acemoglu
from MIT and Robinson from
Harvard University, and the book
is a result of 15 years of re-
The Alchemist by Paulo
Books First, Lifestyle, had a
surprise book. Well, not so sur-
prising as the Alchemist by Paulo
Coelho has been a world bestsell-
er since it was rst translated to
English. It was rst written in
Portuguese in 1988 and it now
holds the Guinness World Record
for the book translated into most
languages, over 50.
tinent. In 2007/08, the ethnic pro-
nouncements of a certain church
made us think that even tribalism
was ordained by God. That same
church today works very hard to
ght the mayhem in the Central Af-
rican Republic (CAR), but most peo-
ple would still need convincing that
such loud work isnt inspired by that
churchs guilt about Rwanda twenty
years ago.
That is the question any reader
will ask The Milayi Curse. Bishop
Muge, Dr. Okullu, and Rev. Njoya
were rare souls and intellect. The
Kenya we today live in is so ethnical-
ly dark that you hardly rule out the
possibility of members of the clergy
separately kneeling before God each
morning, crying to Him to liquidate
all other ethnicities except theirs. If
you met a Bishop Muge somewhere
today, that would be as rare as a
white pot.
Prof JR Alila
has secretly been expressed with ref-
erence to the curse of ethnicity in Ke-
nya, the author suggests that women
are part of the reason why the curse
of Milayi is alive so long after Rabu-
ru Milayis murder those three cen-
turies before.
The church is an institution
whose bloody rubber stamp is very
well documented in the African con-
Particpants and visitors at the
Michael Joseph Centre. [PHOTOS:
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Laugh event raises funds to save children
Audience left
in stitches as
the Captain of
Nakara premiers
The only way
for them to stand out
was to have some
training. Caroline Slot.
talents in
Noble: Two Dutch friends open art school to train youth from citys informal settlements on arts

Laughter is said to be the best
medicine. For Dr David Wasambla, it
is also a way to save the lives of new-
He wore two hats last week, that of
a motivational speaker and comedi-
an, to serve his overall purpose im-
proving healthcare in the country.
A report by the World Health Or-
ganisation shows that 20 babies die
every day in Kenya and 80,000 world-
wide, with hypothermia (low body
temperature) as one of the major
It is for this reason that Dr Wasam-
bla founded Cheka Mtoi Aishi, a char-
itable trust which incorporates com-
edy to help raise funds to equip
hospitals with room heaters.
Through the trust and his other
company, The Kings Own, he has
been able to donate room heaters to
76 hospitals across the country and
one in Tanzania to save babies and
children from death due to cold-relat-
ed causes.
The campaign started last year in
May, bringing together a line-up of
comedians such as Abel Mutua, lm
director, actor and comedian Gerald
Langiri, movie director and casting
director Melvin (Tahidi High) and Ce-
line and Awiti of Mother-In-law,
among others.
This years event held at Ridge-
ways Boys Academy had performanc-
es ranging from stand-up comedy,
skits, songs, spoken word, dances to
The idea behind this is to use tal-
ent to improve pediatric healthcare
in Kenya and Africa as a whole. The
concept combines comedy and med-
icine to save babies from death due to
hypothermia, pneumonia and other
cold related causes and so far we have
saved 20,000 babies. By the end of this
week, we should be able to reach 80
hospitals with heaters, shares Dr
Many have raised questions about
the suitability of Kenyan comedy that
has thrived on slander, ethnic dema-
goguery and sheer profanity, but
there is hope in the comedy genre
when one watches Bob Nyanajas The
Captain of Naigara.
Based on deceit, romance and
sleaze, the story of Muntu (Benard
Safari) is told in easy slapstick rendi-
tion that leaves the audience in
stitches most of the time.
The lm is now showing at Alli-
ance Franaise in the ongoing 23rd
edition of the European Film Festival
at Alliance Francaise and will also be
screened in Baba Dogo Tuesday next
Muntu, a small time criminal has
to feign riches lest he loses his lover
Muna ably performed by Shirleen
So, he lies to her that he owns a
protable groceries shop, just to keep
the embers of a pro- posed
di ng
But with a change of heart Muntu
wants to live an honest life, earning
form the sweat of his brow, and make
attempts to secure a national ID and
a certicate of good conduct but
meets obstacles in the chief regis-
trars ofce when a bribe is defended
of him.
You must buy tea before you
have your papers processed, he is
told in no uncertain terms by the reg-
A disappointed man he lands in
jail for his troubles but with uncanny
wit he nds himself out of prison
dressed in full military commander
He uses this before unsuspecting
civil servants to get his way including
the identity document and a certi-
cate of good conduct after assuming
the command of an equally unsus-
pecting military brigade.
I am enthralled by how a story
laden with poignant social issues can
be so benign leaving us to laugh at
grave matters, observed Dr Fred
Mbogo, a literature don at Moi Uni-
versity after watching the ick.
Director Bob Nyanja has proven
that he is one of the very best that Ke-
nya has and his knack for details and
captivating cinematography is some-
thing that can stand on any world
theatre including Hollywood.
They took the audiences breath
away the moment they took to the
stage. In the dimly lit hall, their g-
ure-hugging dresses and make-up
screamed chutzpah.
And when Beyoncs Dance for
You played, their moves had the
close to 300 people rising in ap-
This was just what the Ghetto
Exposed graduates had in mind.
They wanted to show what immense
talent lies in the neglected slums.
The two girls, Noel Ojiambo and
Davillah Skynnor, are now profes-
sional dancers. They can choreo-
graph and dance to ballet, contem-
porary, jazz, tap dance, African
fusion and more, all thanks to Ghet-
to Exposed.
I was shocked to learn that there
was a dance school I could join.
Many youth think dancehall is the
only interesting dance, and that girls
can only shake it
la Miley Cyrus. We
have been taught
how to create a
dance, not just copy
what we see in mu-
sic videos, says Oji-
The two girls are
among the eight
dancers who gradu-
ated with a diploma
at Ghetto Exposed,
an art school, last
Saturday at the Mi-
chael Joseph Centre
in Nairobi. They join other photog-
raphers from the same school who
also graduate in their respective
eld after three years of training.
Slums have always been linked
with poverty, crime and idleness.
But Ghetto Exposed has painted yet
another picture: that of success
when talents are tapped.
With their motto being Expos-
ing the Positive Side, the school has
seen 12 of their students mostly from
Korogocho, Huruma, and Mukuru
kwa Njenga slums realise their
Another graduant, Francis Mu-
turi, whose choreographed dance,
Explosions, was the rst one to ush-
er the night of many other dances
like Poetry in Motion, which was
choreographed by yet another grad-
uating student David Kinuthia.
Brian Ndegwa, Stephen Ouma,
Joseph Waweru and George Omondi
had their photographs decorate the
walls in the hall.
The photos covered life in the
slums: a cobbler repairing shoes,
children making car toys out of
tyres, children resting next to a
dumpsite, youths playing pool, riots
in the slums with war between the
police and the dwellers, roads led
with thrown stones and burnt
But Stephen Ouma points out
that the idea was not to depict a bad
image of the slum areas or draw
sympathy to those who live in slums.
Instead, he says he always take pic-
tures he feels connected to and ex-
pressing how he feels on what he
The 23-year-old has won in an
IMF Africa Rising youth photo con-
test and has been invited to Maputo,
Mozambique, for a congress to be
held in May 28 and 29 where he will
be the ofcial photographer. The
contest was set to identify the prob-
lems affecting in Africa. One of his
other photos shot in the slum will al-
so be exhibited at the Australian
Embassy in June after it garnered
the top 30 position across the
Having all these at my age is an
achievement. It is something that I
sit back and thank God for. I knew
that this is the path I wanted to take
in life and get more from this
though I never thought I could tell
stories through my photos and do
documentaries and make it until I
joined Ghetto Exposed, recalls
Getting somebody I can work
with when I joined Ghetto Exposed
was a bit tasking, he says.
The founders of Ghetto Exposed,
Caroline Slot, a dancer and Suzie
Geenen, a photographer, explain
that they met coincidentally on their
visit to Kenya and when they went
back to Netherlands we thought of
opening up an art school and we
brainstormed on the idea until we
came back and opened in 2011.
We spotted there was a lot of tal-
ent but the only way for them to
stand out was to have some training.
A number of them had not pursued
further education with poverty as a
restrain, says Slot.
Some students have beneted
already from the classes. There are
those who have moved out of their
parents homes and have grown to
be independent young people, she
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My Husband is a Woman at Alliance Francaise
am told that there is a fortune
to be made from foretelling
the future. What people do not
know is that this is a science
that can be exploited to make life liv-
Members of the fraternity of gifted
brothers (yours truly included) fanta-
sise about the prospect of Ole Jomo ac-
knowledging the urgency with which
this country requires the services of
astrologers, fortune tellers, mystics
and even traditional diviners to set up a
commission to assist in running the af-
fairs of the central government.
But you and I both know that is only
going to happen after the country has
been blown to kingdom come by Al-
Shabaab, which will be too late. So the
idea is to get Ole Jomo and fathers of
the nation to see the benets of gazing
into the future before the opposition,
terrorists and killer brews sink their
long teeth into Kenyas behind.
Plans are underway to launch the
Timbuktu fortunes on all media plat-
forms. I suppose that if I start small,
and do a good job, the country is going
to notice and I will end up as chairman
of the Commission on Prophesy.
Timbuktu Inc. will start with telling
the future of luminaries in the republic
for free. I will book myself some time
on a local FM station and focus on for-
mer president Emilio Kibaki.
The crystal ball before my eyes
reveals some very interesting issues
about a certain pensioner from Otha-
ya, I will tell my listeners.
Since Kenyans totally love gossip,
I am sure that the volume of the radio
will be cranked up so that they can all
catch the juicy bits about the former
Actually, I have good news and bad
news for the man. I do not know which
to begin with, I will announce during
my show.
At which point I will be told that
there is a voter from Othaya on the line
As for Baba Fidel, the one and only husband of Mama Fidel, the Right
Honourable Amolo Tinga, the man will come from Boston, shake some
Aromat onto the head of Kidero and kemea all spirits disturbing the Nai-
robi governor.
Why the words Anglo Leasing may
soon be on our national emblem
Director: Albert Dupontel
Writer: Hctor Cabello Reyes
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Du-
Duration: 82 minutes
If you yearn for a taste of French
comedy, this movie is for you. Trans-
lated to Nine-Month Stretch, it tells the
story of a female judge, Arianne Felder
(Sandrine Kiberlain), who is expecting a
child with Bob Nolan (Albert Dupontel).
Bob is a criminal wanted for assault and
murder. Felder nds herself in a con-
fused state as she has no memory what-
soever of how that came to be. Make
plans to watch this 2013 movie at Alli-
ance Francaise on Sunday at 7.30pm as
part of the ongoing screening for the Eu-
ropean Film Festival.

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Genre: Superhero
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy,
Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence,
Halle Berry
Venue: Century Cinemax Junction
Duration: 131 minutes
A sequel to both X-Men: The Last
Stand and X-Men: First Class, this one
is based on the Marvel Comics book,
Days of Future Past. Sentinels hunt down
mutants who are later killed while some
hide in Mongolia, where Wolverine
(Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry)
and Professor X (James McAvoy) nd
them. To stop the attack, Wolverine is
sent to the past to transform into his
younger self where he must save Bolivar
Trask (Peter Dinklage) from being killed
by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Wolverine gets help from the other
mutants and protects his past as well as
the future of all mutants.
Director: Job Masika
Cast: Derrick Waswa, Jefferson Were,
Kenzi, Zulekha Suchh
Genre: Comedy
Ticket: Sh 500
Man X has an affair with a cow, re-
sulting in a curse upon his entire gen-
eration. He gives birth to ugly daugh-
ters and one homosexual son who goes
through challenges brought about by his
fathers curse. Due to societal pressure
because he is still unmarried, the son
(Derrick Waswa) marries three women.
His wives notice that he behaves more
like a woman than a husband. The nar-
rative is about how homosexuality can
affect a mans life. Dont miss it at Alli-
ance Francaise from June 13 to 15.
Power of a Woman
concert at Alliance
The Drum Caf 2014 presents the
Power of a Woman concert featuring
the Naerika Percussion Orchestra
from Iran and Nairobi National Dance
Ensemble at the Alliance Francaise
Gardens on Friday, May 30, from 7pm.
Remembering lives lost in
post-election violence
The National Museums of Kenya today
hosts an exhibition titled Remember
Lives Lost in events of 2007-2008
PEV. Starting from 10am to 6pm,
the exhibition will showcase diverse
artworks in memory of those lost
during the post-election violence.
Legacy of Joy Adamson at
the museum
Still at the museum, there will be an
exhibition of the work of Joy Adamson
reecting on her contribution to the
conservation of Kenyas natural and
cultural heritage.
It features the work that won Adamson
international acclaim as an illustrator,
conservationist and author. Much of
this work has been immortalised in
books and lms.
Finding Voice exhibition
at the Village Market
The Little Art Gallery is hosting an
exhibition themed Finding Voice, with
the tagline Maisha, Mitush, Music
and other Matters of recent works by
Michael Musyoka and Boniface Maina,
showing until June 4.
Enjoy Ethiopian culture at
the Habesha Restaurant
Ethiopia gives you an opportunity to
learn its culture, art music and food
at the Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant
situated in Gigiri tomorrow from 5pm.
There will also be screening of the
documentary, Sincerely Ethiopia, at
Suzanne Gachukia,
Francis Njoroge for jazz
Ricky na Maraki Band presents an
evening of Afro Jazz, Legends Edition
featuring Kenyan pioneering artists
Suzanne Gachukia and Francis Njoroge
at the Alliance Francaise on Tuesday,
May 27, from 6pm.
Ramogi Night at the
Carnivore Grounds
Ramogi Night showcasing Luo culture
will go down at the Carnivore Grounds
on Friday, May 30, from 6pm. The
show will feature Igwe Bandason, John
Junior Kof Makadori, Osogo Winyo
and Lady Maureen.
Singers of United Lands at
Louis Leakey auditorium
The Conservatoire of Music will from
3pm tomorrow present Singers of
United Lands in concert at the Louis
Leakey auditorium, National Museums
of Kenya. The concert features a
unique quartet of four professionals
from four different countries and
continents. They will later visit various
schools sharing stories and songs from
their native countries.
Compiled by Kiundu Waweru
Weekend Action
and would the fortune teller be kind
enough to pick it. Ghaa bin vu! (which
means the same as punde si punde) a
low deliberate voice will boom into my
Wewe pumbavu, ati unasema ni-
ni, I will be asked on air. Immediately,
I will recognise the voice of Emilio and
start shaking in my boots.
Muthee, my name is The Amazing
Timbuktu and I was just about to tell
your fortune before you interrupted
me. You would be able to hear a pin
drop as all listeners hold their breath,
probably foretelling that this is headed
the wrong way.
Will I win the Nobel prize for Eco-
nomics and the Thika Superhighway?
he will want to know.
Kuwa mpole Obako buda. All I
wanted to tell you is about golf courses
that are beautiful beyond anything
they have constructed in Muthaiga, I
will tell the man.
I am listening, he will say. When
is my rst game booked there?
Unfortunately, you have to wait
until we realise Vision 2030 and the
country starts drilling oil in Turkana.
Seems to me you have enough time to
perfect your follow through, I will as-
sure the man.
Ma ya kuku! he will start, and the
director will immediately disconnect
him. The station does not want the Ke-
nya Film Board revoking our licence for
broadcasting inappropriate content.
My show will, of course, become
popular with Kenyans wondering what
the future holds for some of their fans.
I will peer into the future and an-
nounce what the future holds for our
spirited ght against terror.
Dear Kenyans, unfortunately, we
will lose the ght against terror but
dont worry, we shall win the war. How-
ever, casualties in this ght will include
the careers of our Internal security
minister Yusuf ole Lenku and his col-
league Daudi alias Inspekta Generali, I
will inform my listeners.
At this point, demand will be so
high that I will have to press into ser-
vice Michelle, who will go by the name
of Lady Esmeralda. She will foretell that
after the First Familys term ends, the
First Lady will become the rst woman
chairperson of Athletics Kenya.
Socialites in the republic will enlist
in Kiganjo for police training, she will
tell Kenyans. Of course, it will be in an
effort to compete with Corporal Linda,
she of the police miniskirt.
Once the entire country is hooked
to my broadcasts, I will deliver the coup
de grace.
Ahem, I will cough on air to clear
my throat. Fellow Kenyans, do not
be surprised when the Kenya Na-
tional Emblem has Anglo Leasing
boldly printed where we had the motto
As for Baba Fidel, the one and only
husband of Mama Fidel, the Right Hon-
orable Amolo Tinga; the man will come
from Boston, shake some Aromat onto
the head of Kidero and kemea all spirits
disturbing the Nairobi governor.
Joho will also demand that baba
shakes some Aromat, but there will be
no Aromat. The man from Coast will ask
Baba to procure some more from his
suppliers in Boston.
The predictions will fall right, left
and centre and before you know it, Ke-
nya will be a second world country.
Read your horoscopes, people, our
salvation as a country lies therein.
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His humble mien does not betray his larg-
er-than-life portrait that is his distinguished
past. In his heyday, he dined with former US
President John F Kennedy, sheltered and led
street demos with epoch-making Americas
liberation idols, and shared Africas painful
freedom struggle with independence he-
Mention of Odero Nyimbi draws blank
stares among his compatriots, even as he
stands towering head and shoulders above
better-known players in the arena of freedom
struggle and human rights.
The 80-year-old researcher turned farmer
on the shores of Lake Victoria helped nurture
African leaders who went ahead to play criti-
cal liberation roles in their countries.
As a student leader in America at the
height of the civil rights movement, Odero
was at the thick of things when the likes of
Martin Luther King Jr, Stokely Carmichael,
Malcom X and others took the political stage
by storm. He recalls with amusement perme-
ating his face, how as the powerful Secretary
General of the All-African Students Organisa-
tion in America, he would join diehard black
mobs accompanying Luther King Jr to the
States of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia in
the South for irritant sit-ins at whites only ho-
Police under orders to clear away the
niggers would carry us into jails that we lled
until doors could no longer close, only to
come back to freedom us as sheer nuisance,
he says with a laugh.
He narrates: Those were the days when
Malcom X, then a radical African American
Muslim minister and human rights activist
would seek refuge in my house popularly
christened The Peoples Plaza to escape trou-
ble. We were friends. Once a bomb exploded
at his compound in the wake of a visit by my
colleagues and I. He was inside his house and
ran for his dear life through the window. He
escaped unhurt.
I was at Columbia University at the time.
Malcom X lived in nearby Harlem. We had
walked to his house for a consultative meet-
ing. Little did we know that a bomb had been
planted on his compound. Luckily for us, it
exploded after we had left.
When future legendary boxer Cassius
Clay or Muhammad Ali as he came to be fa-
mously known found himself in the hoops on
refusing to enroll in the army as a conscien-
tious objector, we allowed him a brief safe so-
journ in The Peoples Plaza. Clay, like Mal-
com X, had become our comrade in the
struggle, counting on our support whenever
he sensed trouble.
The man from Seme in Kisumu County is
humble almost to a fault and betrays no pride
even as he belts out his lofty fetes in the land
of opportunities.
Freedom struggle
Our struggle was not conned to the US.
We fought for independence back home in
Africa and organised African freedom day
once a year. From time to time, we invited no-
table African leaders of the time, among them
Dr Kwame Nkrumah of newly independent
Ghana, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dr Milton
Obote, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and others to
come and address us, he says.
Says he: For Kenya, our organisation with
Mboyas big clout collected money in the
United States to help put up Solidarity Build-
ing that became a symbol of freedom struggle
in Nairobi. More, we identied people we
thought were potential leaders and put them
through college studies. Among latter day Af-
rican leaders who studied through our efforts
was Eduardo Mondlane of Mozambique and
Geoffrey Hage Gueingob of South West Africa,
now Namibia.
We persuaded a reluctant Mondlane, im-
mortalised locally on a street in downtown
Nairobi named after him to form Frelimo, the
His house in New York became the students
Centre where African students from all over
USA and The Caribbean trooped for assistance.
Human rights activist Malcom X and renowned
boxer Muhammad Ali sought refuge in this
house to escape trouble.
Barack Obama Sr, father to President Obama
then a student studying at Harvard also slept
in this house.
. Ojwang KOmbudo and Winston Ochoro Ayoki
who later became powerful politicians in Ke-
nya got married here. From this house, he would
arrange for summer jobs for African students.
I would go with Tom
to the Kennedy home in
Hyannis port or Marthas
Vineyard, Massachusetts, to
court money for the second
airlift Odero Nyimbi, researcher
The Peoples Plaza
I saved Malcom X, dined with
Kennedy and nurtured
powerful African leaders
Mozambican freedom movement. Mboya arranged
for Mondlane to operate from Solidarity Building,
but President Kenyatta declined prompting Mond-
lane to shift base to Dar es Salaam where then Pres-
ident Nyerere was more accommodative of African
liberation. He died in a letter bomb blamed on
South Africas apartheid upon which Samora Ma-
chel, Mozambiques founding president took over
the mantle as the leader of Frelimo, Odero says.
Geingob whom we literally pushed to form a
branch of South West Africa Peoples Organisation
in America, matured to become Namibias rst
Prime Minister at independence in 1990 and re-
mained relevant in that countrys political scene for
Odero, an alumnus of St Marys School Yala was
aged 25 and a student of pharmacy at the Medical
Training Centre when he was picked to be part of
the maiden Tom Mboya Airlift of students to the
United States in 1959.
We were eighty one. I remember Pamela
Odede; the future Mrs Mboya, Odinge Odera, Dor-
cas Boit, Adipo Ododa, Ogola Okelo, Adhiambo
Ragwar, Omondi Opuodho, Prof. Ole Moiloi, Otie-
no Otono, Muthoni Likimani, Grace Wagema, Am-
ina Butt, Nyokabi and many others, he recounts.
Odero Nyimbi during the interview. INSET: His
Man of the people: As a students leader representing Africans in America, Odero Nyimbi rubbed shoulders with the
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 25
He went to Manhattan College in New York for a BSc
in Medical Biochemistry and took postgraduate courses
in Fordham, City University, and Columbia University
where he did nuclear medicine in pharmacognosy and
pharmaceutical sciences.
When the British advisor to Commonwealth stu-
dents refused to deal with Kenyans who were deemed
hard headed for daring take up arms against colonial
powers, Mboya asked me to co-ordinate the students
from my New York base, says Odero.
Odero says he many times accompanied Mboya to
meet John F. Kennedy, later President Kennedy for
He recalls: I would go with Tom to the Kennedy home
in Hyannis port or Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, an
Island off Boston Harbour to court money for the second
airlift. He gave us US$100,000, a lot of money at the time.
Courtesy of this effort hundreds came to the US in latter
He continues: I was the students representative on
the board of the African American students foundation
formed after the rst airlift to help facilitate scholarships,
bursaries, placements and the general welfare of our Ke-
nyan students. Members of this board included Jacky
Robinson, the rst Negro basketball champion, musician
Harry Belafonte who later was joined by songbird Miri-
am Makeba, Bill Shineman, a great friend of Tom Mboya
whose remains today lie next to Mboyas mausoleum on
Rusinga Island, singer and trumpeter Lois Armstrong Jr.
Frank Monterro, George Hausa, Peter Weiss and Cora
Odero says: We formed the East African Students Or-
ganisation in America and joined the Pan- African Stu-
dents Organisation in America that transformed into the
over 40,000 member strong All African Students Organi-
sation that struggled hard to liberate Southern Africa
from colonialism and later participated in formation of
OAU in Ethiopia.
With time, my house in New York effectively became
the students Centre where African students from all over
Unique marriage in a day
The marriage between Boniface Odero
Nyimbi and his beautiful bride, Violet Ju-
liet Jones in 1970 no doubt goes down
among the shortest in history.
The two (pictured below) met in the
Ugandan capital, Kampala, both total
strangers to each other. Reminisces Ode-
ro: I was in the Ugandan capital distribut-
ing drugs for an American pharmaceutical
company and she was on transit to Lusaka
Zambia to renew her expatriate teaching
contract there. Coincidentally, we had
booked up at the same hotel.
He continues: When I woke up in the
morning and shufed to the dining hall for
breakfast, a young, attractive girl having
her breakfast and seated alone caught my
eyes. I quickly marshaled courage and ap-
proached to join her for company. She did
not object.
We exchanged introductions. She was
born in the Caribbean twin island nation
of Trinidad and Tobago and was travelling
from London. As fate would have it, we
struck an instant rapport on learning that
we were both single and eligible. She was
ying out the following day.
I offered to drive her to the airport 25
kilometres away in Entebbe and again fate
visited. My vehicle had developed me-
chanical problems, forcing us to drive
slowly. We had agreed to marry by the
time we reached Entebbe.
He recalls: But it required three
months to make marriage arrangements,
we were informed at a registry close to
the Entebbe State House. The alternative
involved paying Sh1,100 for immediate
formalisation. I paid. I quickly called a stu-
dent friend from Makerere University to
be the best man. For the maid of honour, I
looked no further than the typing desk
where a secretary was at work on our doc-
uments. She reluctantly agreed to play
best maid.
The next session was even more
unique: We strode to a nearby restaurant
and ordered four sodas that we drank in a
pseudo reception. It was all over and we
were from that moment, Mr and Mrs Ode-
ro complete with rings hurriedly bought
at Entebbe. The rest as they say, is histo-
ry, he says.
Mrs Odero chips in: It was that fast
and simple. I traveled to Zambia, a mar-
ried woman; I terminated my contract
there and was on the next plane to Nai-
robi where my husband, his relatives and
friends received me at Embakasi Interna-
tional Airport.
She continues: The next day I got a
job as a teacher at St Georges School now
St Georges Girls Secondary School, where
Agnes Murgor, now a High Court judge
was among my students.
Agnes was a bright little girl. I re-
member her coming to me, curiosity
splashed all over her young, innocent face
and asking where I came from because I
was speaking with an accent similar to
her mothers. The following day, her
mother came to see this teacher from
back home in the Caribbean. I got to
know many other people from the Carib-
bean living in Kenya at the time, among
them Cecil Miller.
Besides St Georges, then a primary
school, Mrs Odero taught at Ogande Girls
High School in Homa Bay and Kisumu
Boys and Kisumu Girls High Schools.
Among her students at Kisumu Boys High
school was Prof Larry Gumbe.
After 14 years at the two Kisumu
schools, Mrs Odero detoured into private
schools and had a stint at the elite Rus-
inga School in Nairobi where among her
students was Kenyan Oscar Award winner,
Lupita Nyongo whom she describes as a
girl in a class of her own and simply out
of this world.
I taught her English language. She ex-
celled in it, but it was in drama under the
tutelage of the late Mutegi Njiru where
she was totally unmatched. We all knew
she was a genius in that area. I am not
surprised by her achievements.
USA and The Caribbean with school, social and other
problems trooped for assistance. Among the students
who often visited and slept in my house included
George Sitote and Barack Obama Sr, father to President
Obama then studying at Harvard. He had been facili-
tated by Mboya to come to America ve months earli-
He narrates: Besides students, many African lead-
ers, politicians visiting America and the United Nations
and envoys posted to the United Nations would report
rst at my house for advice and orientation. Those from
East Africa were no exception when they arrived in New
York as Permanent Representatives to the United Na-
tions. We helped them get accommodation and nding
Massive inuence
Activities at my house were galore and varied.
Ojwang KOmbudo and Winston Ochoro Ayoki both
got married there. They later became Nyakach and
Kisumu Rural MPs respectively. From my house, we
would arrange summer jobs for students together with
accommodation and transport back to school. Later we
arranged for their airfares back home on completion of
their studies.
Our inuence was such that Kennedy sought the
support of our organisation in 1960 in his race for the
White House. Having identied with the African course
in many facets including the airlifts, he counted on
blacks and other minorities to enable him become the
rst Catholic and Irish President of the United States,
says he.
Odero grins broadly as he recounts how he rode in
the same limousine with Mrs Hellena Roosevelt, a for-
mer rst lady on a campaign foray for Kennedy. I still
remember that long limousine and the way we passion-
ately urged doubting African Americans to vote for the
liberal Kennedy, he says.
After his studies, Odero worked briey as Research
laboratory specialist in radiotherapy at Mount Sinai
Prof Thomas Odhiambo and myself.
We managed to set up International
Research centres in Duduville in Nairobi
and Mbita Point, now known as Thomas
Odhiambo Campus, he says.
Odero and Dr Nyawanda Onyango
founded the Kisumu Hospice and Cancer
Palliative Care Centre at the Oginga Odinga
Referral and Teaching Hospital in Kisumu
where he is the Secretary to the Board of
Trustees. He is also in the Board of Man-
agement of St. Johns High School, Aduong
Monge in Kisumu County.
Odero and his wife Violet have been
blessed with four children, two boys and
two girls, all of them university graduates.
Odero Nyimbi (fouth left) invited to meet founding President Jomo Kenyatta (in a white Kaunda top) and his
Cabinet team at Harambee House, Nairobi. [PHOTOS: COURTESY]
accompanied him to
meet John F Kennedy,
for funds.
times he gave Odero
money to airlift
Kenyans to America.
MALCOM X: He sought
refuge in Oderos
house in America to
escape trouble.
brief safe sojourn in
Oderos house.
Medical Centre in New York. On his return
to Kenya, he teamed up with the late Dr Hil-
lary Ojiambo and the Glasgow group to set
up the clinical sciences laboratories in Ke-
nyatta National Hospital (KNH) for the
school of medicine at the University of Nai-
robi. He worked as a chemical Lecturer at
Strathmore College and further facilitated
setting up the radiotherapy unit in KNH. He
helped set up The Kenya National Library
Services by donation of books.
Holder of a Masters degree in Clinical
Pharmacology, Odero is particularly proud
of the International Centre for Insect Phys-
iology and Ecology (Icipe) where he served
for 20 years: Icipe owes its existence to
high and mighty, his house offered refuge for any black who was in need as he also helped in struggle for freedom in Africa
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 26 / NOTICE
The constitution under Article 201 (a) requires that there shall
be openness in public fnancial matters Further, section 46(2) of
the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 requires the Cabinet
Secretary to the National Treasury to publish in the Kenya Gazette
revenue collections and exchequer issues by the National Treasury.
n this regard and pursuant to the County Allocation of Revenue
Act, 2013, and in consultation with the Controller of Budget, the
National Treasury has released the 7, 8, 9 & 10th Tranche of the
Equitable Share of Revenue to County Governments. This is based
on the Cash disbursement schedule approved by the Senate. n
this respect, here below is a status report of disbursements and
balances held in various bank accounts of County Governments at
the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK):-
AT 16.05.2014
AT 16.05.2014
NOTE (i)
NOTE (ii)
Note (iii)
a b c d e=b+c+d
301 BARNGO 2,666,664,803.00 858,200,061.70 9,928,763.75 342,229,358.45 1,210,358,183.90
302 BOMET 3,090,868,017.00 441,480,683.55 91,873,468.45 6,224,475.35 539,578,627.35
303 BUNGOMA 4,938,972,131.00 1,533,084,065.55 567,691,264.20 13,317,018.00 2,114,092,347.75
304 BUSA 2,766,937,159.00 551,401,691.20 87,211,343.60 395,561,150.25 1,034,174,185.05
1,964,087,429.00 668,348,008.00 90,325,787.80 235,847,946.60 994,521,742.40
306 EMBU 2,092,970,075.00 80,015,120.00 616,879,802.45 363,952,000.00 1,060,846,922.45
307 GARSSA 3,735,245,855.00 1,746,925,116.00 148,952,254.75 356,542,281.30 2,252,419,652.05
308 HOMA BAY 3,416,190,223.00 794,938,162.00 81,476,022.75 140,723,402.95 1,017,137,587.70
309 SOLO 1,782,721,029.00 646,787,302.75 45,021,558.25 33,903,668.75 725,712,529.75
310 KAJADO 2,724,230,822.00 968,926,756.00 344,708,454.50 221,336,360.25 1,534,971,570.75
311 KAKAMEGA 5,743,459,662.00 1,247,181,094.55 152,677,596.70 212,668,355.55 1,612,527,046.80
312 KERCHO 2,633,107,619.20 482,822,338.50 289,639,437.90 130,932,369.00 903,394,145.40
313 KAMBU 4,841,299,934.40 1,059,200,028.60 7,813,535.00 504,683,252.95 1,571,696,816.55
314 KLF 4,746,559,363.00 1,160,110,297.00 780,650,097.85 818,027,271.30 2,758,787,666.15
315 KRNYAGA 1,912,571,224.15 427,618,165.95 208,862,912.30 293,135,876.80 929,616,955.05
316 KISII 4,580,912,976.00 1,036,455,412.40 167,832,738.25 149,138,111.55 1,353,426,262.20
317 KSUMU 3,514,035,217.45 533,897,954.60 213,861,911.80 665,444,744.00 1,413,204,610.40
318 KTU 4,611,290,155.00 1,784,871,340.20 561,209,655.35 210,144,742.45 2,556,225,738.00
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY NOTICE / Page 27
AT 16.05.2014
AT 16.05.2014
NOTE (i)
NOTE (ii)
Note (iii)
319 KWALE 3,237,878,288.00 945,357,148.20 320,137,934.20 391,641,832.00 1,657,136,914.40
320 LAIKIPIA 1,805,428,000.00 188,397,964.80 117,800,970.70 424,335,683.00 730,534,618.50
321 LAMU 1,265,643,772.00 471,265,312.00 204,149,506.25 195,592,500.00 871,007,318.25
322 MACHAKOS 4,084,656,723.00 345,708,509.75 28,227,613.65 34,029,251.80 407,965,375.20
323 MAKUENI 3,462,587,768.00 1,064,301,350.45 196,381,321.95 708,020,278.00 1,968,702,950.40
324 MANDERA 5,906,648,293.00 3,869,756,127.65 83,524,554.00 225,780,589.40 4,179,061,271.05
325 MARSABIT 3,411,473,343.00 1,296,838,235.90 41,879,407.00 766,563,851.00 2,105,281,493.90
326 MERU 3,907,282,999.00 1,847,021,244.20 260,914,774.35 230,294.80 2,108,166,313.35
327 MIGORI 3,677,959,032.00 875,980,322.00 215,308,942.70 194,621,915.00 1,285,911,179.70
328 MOMBASA 3,050,888,236.00 811,959,707.55 326,026.80 189,684,840.00 1,001,970,574.35
329 MURANGA 3,124,423,321.00 588,806,820.00 29,065,338.55 75,536,945.90 693,409,104.45
330 NAIROBI 6,783,082,563.00 83,746,466.90 27,011,606.85 201,614.35 110,959,688.10
331 NAKURU 4,574,401,133.00 353,079,809.15 26,018,999.10 482,658,739.00 861,757,547.25
332 NANDI 2,762,852,256.00 899,237,545.65 105,731,342.80 181,636,183.45 1,186,605,071.90
333 NAROK 3,337,843,737.00 1,243,408,888.20 19,370,261.70 543,460,016.15 1,806,239,166.05
334 NYAMIRA 2,720,690,521.00 1,019,050,335.00 79,169,541.80 39,833,057.50 1,138,052,934.30
335 NYANDARUA 2,477,884,698.00 779,976,706.00 56,495,153.00 25,071,566.00 861,543,425.00
336 NYERI 2,399,960,625.00 55,603,470.75 463,299,838.75 121,177,109.65 640,080,419.15
337 SAMBURU 2,272,295,431.00 592,610,701.85 314,464,946.50 152,106,275.30 1,059,181,923.65
338 SIAYA 2,965,230,907.00 958,513,535.25 315,099,106.95 505,151,818.20 1,778,764,460.40
339 TAITA TAVETA 1,953,396,739.80 457,481,692.55 168,772,874.90 132,862,388.70 759,116,956.15
340 TANA RIVER 2,542,229,294.00 1,238,504,867.45 17,164,509.70 387,616,741.00 1,643,286,118.15
1,737,965,650.00 231,589,025.05 259,014,015.80 135,549,718.05 626,152,758.90
342 TRANS NZOIA 3,290,519,769.00 842,728,855.10 41,286,510.90 120,069,329.45 1,004,084,695.45
343 TURKANA 6,868,190,990.00 2,651,703,039.05 242,394,948.15 956,477,071.90 3,850,575,059.10
344 UASIN GISHU 3,169,131,294.00 1,116,706,518.95 97,932,115.45 390,002,581.15 1,606,598,410.55
345 VIHIGA 2,403,924,632.00 837,791,116.90 220,249,161.70 92,026,656.95 1,150,066,935.55
346 WAJ IR 4,798,359,183.00 1,843,227,677.70 247,473,573.55 414,843,968.60 2,505,545,219.85
347 WEST POKOT 2,841,903,776.00 933,542,228.10 382,136,576.45 137,751,248.30 1,453,430,052.85
TOTAL 158,596,856,668.00 44,466,158,820.65 9,047,418,079.85 13,118,346,450.10 66,633,880,545.60
(i) The bank balances in the recurrent accounts include salary reimbursements due to the National Government for those counties
that have not reimbursed.
(ii) As indicated in the schedule, the county Government have been facilitated with development funds.
(iii) The bank balances include the equitable share of the revenue raised Nationally and County Governments own revenues collected
and banked in the County Governments bank accounts maintained at the CBK.
Dr. Kamau Thugge
Principal Secretary/National Treasury
For: Cabinet Secretary/National Treasury
Dated: 21
May, 2014
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 28
What happens on UK-based
street famed for miraa trade
Driving past the British Rail sta-
tion in the West London suburb of
Southall, you go past the round-
about entering The Green, a busy
commercial area.
Hundreds of people are milling
around in the street that was once an
extended urban area of white-owned
shops that gradually exchanged
hands, with Indian immigrants turn-
ing it into Little India comprising In-
dian-owned shops.
But Londons growing Somali
community ventured here over two
decades ago and acquired commer-
cial space that today is dotted with
restaurants, foreign exchange bu-
reaux, small grocery shops and a
number of mafrishes or khat cafes.
The area is now called Little Somalia
of London.
A ne crop of young educated
and professional Somalis have been
demanding a ban on khat but a ma-
jority, mainly the elders and their
jobless children, still cling to their
habits brought from their home-
Scores of men of all ages congre-
gate socially every day in Southall
and other parts of London to enjoy
khat, the narcotic drug that has now
been banned by the British Govern-
Mohamed Hassan, who comes
from Mogadishu, says: I come to
this market because here you nd a
very good variety of khat but I am
afraid that many of us will go out of
business if we are not able to buy our
supplies here. I have a very good cus-
tomer base in Coventry where I sup-
Innovative ways
Most of the traders are migrants
mainly from Somalia but a few who
have lived in Kenya have also been
involved in the trade. A good share
of the miraa is imported from Ke-
The prohibition will come into
force from early July, but there is a lot
of fear among the khat users com-
munity and the trade is rapidly going
The Government has now suc-
ceeded in classifying khat as a
class-C drug under the Misuse of
Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) No 2
Order of 2014. Class C drugs are the
least harmful but still illegal, ac-
cording to UK classication.
The ban was approved on May
Implications of directive: There is so much fear among khat users
community and farmers in Kenya that the trade is rapidly going underground
12, affecting not just miraa users in
the UK but also farmers in Kenya.
Khat is now illegal and those in
possession can be sentenced to up
to two years in prison and unlimited
ne. Dealers and suppliers could
face up to 14 years in jail.
With this law now in force, the
multi-million pounds khat trade has
ofcially been snuffed out. Accord-
ing to ofcial gures, 2,560 tonnes of
khat worth 13.8 million were im-
ported ofcially into the UK in 2011-
Britain earned more than 2.5
million in taxes. This is according to
gures by the Home Ofce.
Innovative ways are being used to
sell khat in Britain. Bristol resident
Hussein Ali offers deals on wheels to
a 10,000-strong Somali community,
selling khat from his car and causing
trafc problems.
Young Somalis have been hang-
ing around chewing khat. Ali lives
under the shadow of being arrested
for illegal trading if he continues
with his trade.
LEFT: Somali community leaders
with Home Secretary Theresa
May. ABOVE: Protestors in London
demonstrate against the ban on
miraa. INSET: Miraa packed in suit
cases arrives in the UK. [PHOTOS:
Khat is
everywhere in this
country Mohammed Ismael,
former khat in dealer in UK
Omar is a young Somali who has
been advocating for a ban on khat
which he calls a virus that will kill
our society. He alleges supplies still
come in ights from Kenya and are
cleared out of customs by agents
with insider contacts and paying big
sums of money to them.
Even now they are sold openly
to the community but hidden away
from prying outsiders, he says, add-
ing, Within the community, they are
not afraid of selling khat.
He says the supply chain still ex-
ists in Southall.
You can get it in the small shops,
in the market stalls run by Somalis.
You can also buy it at Number 17,
which is well-known to our commu-
nity in Southall.
To escape detection, a growing
number of khat users in Britain boil
the leaf and drink the hot water or
mix it with a hot beverage.
Users are undeterred. As they
spoke, the United Nations Ofce on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a
report the UK has become a key
smuggling route for miraa into Eu-
rope and North America. Britain
hopes the ban will stop trafckers
from using its ports for trafcking. It
is trafcked from Africa, according
to the report.
But Mohammed Ismael, 66, a re-
tired khat dealer previously known
as the King of Khat, told Reuters
the ban would have little effect.
Khat is everywhere in this coun-
try, said Ismael, who came to Lon-
don in the 1980s from Yemen.
Go to East London and ask
where to buy some. Everyone will
point in every direction, he said.
In the UK, khat has also been
gaining popularity among the ethnic
white and Caribbean communities
in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Bir-
Cultural signicance
Last week, Liberal Democrat peer
Baroness Hamwee warned the Gov-
ernment against banning anything
of cultural signicance.
Khat is used in traditional Yemeni
weddings and banning it, warned
Baroness Hamwee, risked driving a
wedge between the police and the
already marginalised communities.
Somali community leader and
leading anti-khat campaigner Abu-
kar Awalle and a delegation of Soma-
lis met Home Secretary Theresa May
on May 20 seeking to allay the com-
munitys fears. She assured them
that their concerns would be ad-
In the days it was legal, a weekly
khat market was held in an industri-
al area in Merrick Road, Southall, at-
tracting consumers and traders from
all over the country and as far away
as Cardiff in Wales and Glasgow in
Scotland who came to buy supplies
packed in boxes.
Today, however, the presence of
strangers is treated with suspicion as
Somalis are a very close-knit com-
munity and frown upon outsiders
making inquiries about khat.
Go down to the arches near
Southall British Rail Station and you
will see many Somalis sitting in their
cars in the car park or with their
friends merrily munching away on
khat, says Omar.
A local dealer in Brent Road sup-
plies khat to those who have the
cash for it. He refuses to take calls.
In Southalls Scott Road, nick-
named the Swahili Corner, scores
of Kenyan Somalis mostly from
Farmers and consumers
feel the pinch MIRAA BAN
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 29
Ban on miraa a likely recipe
for lucrative black market
Hundreds of tonnes of khat, a leafy plant
chewed as a stimulant in the Horn of Africa
and the Arabian Peninsula, are being smug-
gled through Britain into Europe and North
America, a UN report said on Tuesday.
Up to 300 tonnes of the plant, which will be
an illegal class-C drug in Britain after a ban is
introduced in July this year, are transported to
Britain each year before being trafcked to
countries where it is a controlled substance,
the United Nations Ofce on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC) said in its Global Synthetic Drugs
Assessment report.
The planned government ban on khat aims
to prevent Britain from becoming a hub for its
illegal trade. But Mohammed Ismail, 66, a re-
tired khat dealer previously known as the
King of Khat, said the ban would have little
Market hubs
Khat is everywhere in this country, said
Ismail, who came to London in the 1980s from
Go to east London and ask where to buy
some. Everyone will point in every direction,
he told Reuters.
Khat shipments trafcked through Britain
have been seized as far aeld as the United
States and Canada, as well as numerous coun-
tries in Europe, according to Angela Me, chief
of research and trend analysis at the UN-
What is clearly emerging in the last few
years is that the UK and the Netherlands have
become market hubs for trade to regions in-
cluding North America and Europe, she
Khat, or qat, is grown and sold legally in
much of eastern Africa where chewing the
plant is a social custom dating back thousands
of years. It is widely consumed by Britains Ye-
meni, Somali and Ethiopian communities,
who critics say risk being alienated by the
plans to outlaw it.
The ban also goes against the recommen-
dation of the governments ofcial drug advi-
sory body, which said it was not based on any
evidence of medical or social harm.
Me said khat was one of a number of wide-
ly-trafcked drugs not covered by internation-
al drug laws and that a ban in Britain would
help reduce its circulation.
It would denitely make it more difcult
for people to trafc through the UK, she
But Ismail believes that outlawing the drug
would create a lucrative black market, similar
to that in the United States where a bundle of
khat sells for $50 compared to the six pounds
($10) it would cost in Britain.
When it is illegal, the money goes up and
criminals come in. You can never get rid of
khat, he said.
Farmers and consumers
feel the pinch MIRAA BAN
Mombasa and Nairobi gather to
chew khat.
It is a Maskani Majlis built for
khat chewers and here you will nd
all Kenyans enjoying it, says ex-user
Shariff who gave up the habit a year
I must stress that most Kenyan
Somalis here work and so they only
go to the Swahili Corner in their free
time. For them it is just to pass time
but for those from Somalia, it is an-
other thing. Chewing khat is a cul-
tural indulgence afliated to tribes.
They are the ones who chew this leaf
for three days non-stop.
A similar Majlis Maskani in Rom-
ford Road, Forest Gate, East London
has also opened its doors to local So-
malis to pop into the social hall and
chew khat.
Seriously hit
They pay around 5 a bundle and
some of the chewers go through four
bundles a night, raking in a bill of
They sit in groups with ample
supplies of khat and plates of nyama
choma, enjoying a bubbly chat and
a high.
London factory worker Hassan
says he sees no harm in chewing
khat because it has always helped
me to do night shifts at work. I dont
see it as addictive because I gave it
up for a year and I am an occasional
user. Yes, there is a danger to health
if you chew it daily.
Kenyan farmers have been seri-
ously hit by the loss of the miraa ex-
ports to the UK. In last weeks
House of Lords debate, the opposi-
tion Labour criticised the Govern-
ment for making its decision with-
out what it called sufciently
robust evidence.
A motion calling for review of
the impact of the reclassication of
khat and for the UK Department of
International Development to work
with the Kenyan government to
mitigate the effect on the Kenyan
economy was defeated by 215 votes
to 125.
Back gr ound
The County Government of Kisumu envisions a situation in which every child attains the right to survival,
protection, development and participation. Towards that end, the County Government intends to commission
a study to inform and inuence policy and best practices in addressing the phenomenon that is street
children- and as part of the broader mandate of crafting innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to
education, sports and talent development for children and young people (CYP) in Kisumu County.
The County Government of Kisumu now invites interested and experienced consultancy rms to submit
their expression of interest for consultancy services to conduct a situational analysis of street children
phenomenon within Kisumu County.
Over al l pur pose of t he st udy
The overall purpose of the study is to assess the situation and rights of children living and working on the
streets to facilitate the development of a long-term strategy for promoting, protecting and fullling their
Sc ope of Wor k
The study will look at the situation of street children in Kisumu County (covering all the sub-counties and
satellite towns) and present an assessment of the problem. It will also analyze the causal factors, the effects
of the problem of street children, the interventions and responses currently being offered to street children,
the gaps in service provision and recommend strategies for intervening in the short, medium and long-term.
The study will use gender lens in all the analysis and recommendations.
The Full RFP documents including Terms of Reference (ToR) is available at www.kisumucounty.go.ke, or
alternatively hard copies of the same may be obtained at the County Secretarys ofce.
Requi r ement s
Technical proposal on how the above scope of work will be executed specifying timelines.
Prole of the rm to include company background, CVs of key professionals/experts indicating
educational background and experience in similar assignments.
Company registration certicate, VAT compliance and company PIN.
Demonstration of rms ability to conduct such an assignment.
The assignment may be carried out by one rm or a Consortium (not individual consultant).
A consulting rm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the standard tender
documents for selection of consultants available at www.ppoa.go.ke
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from Monday to Thursday
00800 to 1700 hours and on Friday from 00800 to 1600hrs
Request for proposal (one original plus two copies) must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked
Request for proposal for Consultancy Services for CONDUCTING A SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF STREET
CHILDREN PHENOMENON WITHIN KISUMU COUNTY and must be deposited in the tender box located
at the prosperity building, 2
oor or delivered to the County Secretarys of on or before 10
June 2014 at
12.00pm, Kenyan time, at which time the bid documents will be publicly opened at the Conference hall in
the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend.
N.B: Late tenders shall not be accepted.
Interim County Secretary
County Government of Kisumu,
P O Box 2738, Kisumu
Ti t l e of Assi gnment : Conducting a situational analysis of street
children phenomenon within Kisumu County
Ofce of the County Executive Committee Member for
Educ at i on, Yout h, Cul t ur e and Soc i al Ser vi c es
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Are you my parents?
A case of lost and
found children

On July 14 last year, newspapers
carried a two-page advert with pic-
tures of children and boldly head-
lined, Are you my family? These chil-
dren ask!
It was a Sunday. Mark Likoye, a
mechanic, got a call from a friend.
Check the papers, there is something
that concerns you.
Mr Likoye recalls vividly how on
January 9, he returned to his Shauri
Moyo home in Nairobi at 7pm to be
told his seven-year-old daughter,
Maureen Akwabi, had gone missing
from 1pm. A seven-month nightmare
then began.
She had gone to the shop with
her older sister, and somewhere along
Jogoo Road, the sister asked her to
cross the road and buy bananas. A
trailer passed by and after it was gone,
the girl was nowhere to be seen.
That night, Likoye checked in all
the police stations on any reports of
his missing daughter in vain.
At Buru Buru Police Station, I
found two policemen who said three
children had been booked in as miss-
ing that night. They, however, debat-
ed who would go unlock the door
where they were being held for me to
identify them, before they asked me
to leave and come the following
He never got to identify the chil-
dren and two days later, Margaret
Kwamboka, the Tracing and Integra-
tion Ofcer at the Child Welfare Soci-
ety of Kenya (CWSK) says they re-
ceived a call from the Buru Buru
Police Station. They received a seven
year-old girl who was later identied
as Maureen Akwabi, and took her to
Mama Ngina Childrens Home.
The adverts were already yielding
The society, in line with World
Conventions on the Right of the Chil-
dren, believe that no child should
grow up in an institution. The Hague
Convention on Protection of Children
and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-
country Adoption stipulates that each
State, as a matter of priority, should
put appropriate measures to enable
the child remain in the care of his or
her family of origin.
So many children are getting lost;
reuniting and reintegrating them with
their families is a great headache.
Thus in July last year, the society de-
vised a clever way to trace the families
by publicly appealing through the
newspaper adverts.
Before the advertisements were
placed in the dailies, Likoye struggled
to nd his missing daughter. He vis-
ited media houses, printed a poster,
which he took to Namanga after he
was told it was a child trafcking pa-
nya route, but no luck. Some police
ofcers told his pregnant wife, Esther
Aura, to take it easy, as she was lucky
another child was on the way.
And, three days after Aura gave
birth, the newspaper advertisement
with a picture of their missing daugh-
ter ended the couples agony.
With my ngers trembling, I
needed help to identify my daughter,
says Likoye. There were 140 children
on the advertisement and at the bot-
tom was Maureen.
He called CWSK and was informed
there was a due process to be fol-
Straying from home: Children get lost or are abandoned, and the process of tracing their parents is usually painstaking
lowed before a prospective family is
reunited with their child.
We have to ascertain that indeed
they are the real parents. For Mau-
reens case, we took a picture and she
identied her parents. We also did a
home visit, and our assessment was
that they were the real family, says
Later that week, the family reunit-
ed at the Langata Childrens Ofce. It
was an emotional time for all of us,
says the soft spoken Likoye.
Other 20 children have also been
reunited with their families.
Many lost children do not even
know their names. This lack of ones
bio-data is the biggest bane to police
ofcers and social workers seeking to
reunite them with their parents.
And the numbers are mind-bog-
gling. Every month, the CWSK res-
cues about 30 to 40 children, either
abandoned by their parents, guard-
ians, or lost after accidents and disas-
These children end up in Charita-
ble Childrens Institutions (CCIs) pop-
ularly known as homes, and some on
the streets. In 2009, Unicef estimated
that there are about 200,000 children
scattered in about 1,200 CCIs.
One case from the newspaper ad-
verts is particularly heart rending
that of Victoria Lubanga, a victim of
family disintegration, according to
Irene Mureithi, the Executive Direc-
tor, CWSK.
Nine year-old Victoria has her low-
er legs amputated. She walks in pros-
thesis and lives in Maji Mazuri, Kasa-
rani with her uncle, Richard Aswani,
a father of four.
Aswani says that when Victoria
was three years, her parents separat-
ed. She left with her mother to the
maternal grandmothers home in Kh-
wisero, Kakamega. Soon after, Victo-
rias father stole her. The family did
not report the case to the police.
They came to Nairobi and we lat-
er heard that Victoria had fallen ill.
She was taken to Kenyatta National
Hospital (KNH) and her father warned
us against looking for her, says As-
wani. We heard rumours that Victo-
ria was later abandoned at KNH. We
tried tracing her, but we were not suc-
It was after ve years that Aswani
saw his nieces picture in a newspaper
advertisement listed as a missing
Kwamboka the CWSK ofcer says
they rescued Victoria from KNH on
December 17, 2009, and placed her at
Mama Ngina Childrens Home and
later to Karen A Foster Home. She had
been diagnosed with bilateral gan-
grene, which led to the amputation of
her lower limbs.
End up in the streets
According to a placement letter
from the provincial childrens ofce
acquired from KNH, the mother of
the child is listed as deceased. How-
ever, Aswanis sister, Agnes Adhiambo
and Victorias mother are alive. We
performed a DNA test and it turned
positive, says Kwamboka. Adhiambo
has since remarried and it was decid-
ed the child should stay with the un-
cle. She studies at the Strong Towers
Academy in Kasarani.
As you can see, many cases of the
children ending in the streets with a
risk of abuse and trafcking is due to
family disintegration and poverty,
says Irene Mureithi, adding that fam-
ilies need support like in the Western
countries. Indeed, in most of the cas-
es we reviewed, the parents who have
lost their children are of limited edu-
cation, casual labourers and do not
have much time for their children.
The number of children in 1,200
children homes in the country
Mark Likoye, (right), his wife
Esther Adhiambo and their
daughter Maureen Akwabi peruse
through the advertisement on
missing children that led to the
reunion with the girl, in Shauri
Moyo, Nairobi. [PHOTOS: DAVID
John Gitau, 24,
and his
son Earnest
Wasike, in
Umoja Estate,
Wasike was
abandoned by
his mother in
the streets of
Huruma last
year. Richard Oluosi
his wife Alice and
Lubanga, 9,
(centre) in
Nairobi. Victoria
was abandoned
at Kenyatta
than one daily, either abandoned by their parents, guardians, or lost after ac-
cidents and disasters. At any given time, their 15 places of safety houses about
3,000 children with a daily turn-over as they are rescuing new ones and reinte-
grating old ones daily
Unicef in 2009, estimated that there are approximately 200,000 children
scattered in about 1,200 charitable childrens institutions
Orphans and vulnerable children make the biggest number in the homes.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development estimate there are 2.4
million orphans in Kenya; an increase from 2.4m in 2004. It adds that out of the
46 per cent Kenyans living below the poverty line, 19 per cent are children
Every month,
the Child Welfare
Society of Kenya
rescues about
30 to 40 chil-
dren, or more
Victims stray
from home
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 31
Straying from home: Children get lost or are abandoned, and the process of tracing their parents is usually painstaking

Friday last week was a big day for
John Mwangi, 11, who was separated
from his parents three years ago.
Ruth Wambui, the woman he had
come to love and call mum, was almost
in tears as she bade Mwangi farewell.
He was being reunited with his biolog-
ical family.
Holding Mwangi by the shoulder,
Wambui muttered, Son you are like
my own child, we will miss you.
Mwangi smiled sheepishly, as Wam-
bui took a black backpack bearing his
possession as he left to reunite with his
family. The neighbours at the simple
timber rental houses anked by the
landlords bungalow in Mastima, Elbur-
gon, came out to say goodbye to the
It all started one Friday evening in
July 2011 when David Kariuki, Wam-
buis husband arrived home to his one-
roomed house with a haggard, dirty
boy in tow.
Kariukis second born daughter, Ja-
cinta Waithera then aged 12 years,
fetched her brothers clothes and in a
few minutes, the stranger, Mwangi then
aged eight had taken a bath, changed,
and fed. The man took the boy home
despite not knowing how they would
manage to feed an extra mouth.
So last week, after three years, it was
time for Mwangi to be re-united with
his parents.
Vaguely remembers
Please do visit us occasionally,
one man called out as Mwangi
But shortly, Mwangi would be meet-
ing his biological family. At hand was
the Child Welfare Society of Kenya,
(CWSK) social workers who would of-
cially oversee the reintegration and
who helped trace his family. Founded
in 1955, CWSK is the only national
adoption agency, though it insists
adoptions are a last resort and thus
seeks to trace families of abandoned
children and reunite them.
The social workers drove Mwangi
and his foster mother to the Molo Sub
County Childrens ofce where the of-
cial reunion would take place.
Mwangi vaguely remembers the
events that led to his separation from
his family. He was in Class Two at the
Kimkasa Primary School, and they
lived in Muchorue, in Molo Sub Coun-
ty, Nakuru County. His parents had sep-
arated three years before and one day,
he returned home to nd no one. His
mother had left with his three younger
I went to live with a neighbour and
helped to take care of her livestock.
Shortly after, I decided to go look for my
father who I heard lived in Molo town,
says Mwangi
He searched every nook and cranny
of Molo town, but his father was no-
where to be seen. Tired and hungry, he
had the good mind to visit the District
Ofcers ofce in an administration
block that houses the Police, Education
and the Childrens Ofce.
But neither the police nor the Dis-
trict Children Ofcer assisted the boy.
Incidentally, Kariuki was working at the
block, constructing the District Educa-
tion ofce.
I noticed the boy sleeping under a
tree. He had been there for several days.
He said he wanted the District Ofcer
to take him to school.
Kariuki was touched and took the
boy to the police, but they sent him to
the Childrens Ofce. The children of-
cer sent me back to the police. This
time, they booked Mwangis matter in
the Occurrence Book (OB) as a case of
abandonment and since it was a Friday,
they asked the boy, to nd a place to
sleep until they traced his parents.
While researching for this story, we
realised that most police stations are
not friendly to children who seek ref-
uge. It is only the Buru Buru Police Sta-
tion in Nairobi that has a Child Protec-
tion Centre that was built with donor
funds. It has about 20 beds in two cu-
bicles, and it mostly holds child of-
fenders and also lost chil-
And according to
Molo Sub County Chil-
drens Ofcer, Clem-
ent Gisore, the ofce
was opened soon af-
ter the 2007/08 post-
election vio-
l e n c e
many cas-
es of aban-
d o n e d
Yet the
tutions is often seen as the most
straightforward solution. And its a
way of sweeping out of sight the poor-
est and most discriminated against
children with the most problems,
she says.
The role of poverty in cases of
missing children was evident in Molo,
where we meet John Mwangi, who
got lost after his mother turned to the
bottle. The father, a farm casual la-
bourer ed the home (see separate
And in Ngei 1, Huruma Estate,
Nairobi, two-year-old, Ebrahim Gi-
tau greets us at his grandmothers
house. His 24-year-old father, John
Gichuri says the baby had been aban-
doned by its mother at the Machakos
Bus Stage on July 29, last year. But Gi-
churi was lucky as two days later, he
was informed at the Kamukunji Po-
lice Station that the child had been
placed with CWSK Mama Ngina Chil-
drens Home.
I had separated with his mother,
who was neglecting the baby due to
alcoholism. On that day, I had given
them fare to take the child to her
mother in Ngong. She decided to
abandon him and we have not heard
from her since.
Kwamboka says the case was
unique as mothers are the ones who
search for their missing children. Be-
fore reuniting them, they had to per-
form a DNA test, which turned posi-
The maternal mother said she was
not ready to care for the child and he
was given to his paternal granny,
Grace Wanjiku.
And now, these families are living
the mantra of Genevas Convention
that a family set-up allows for the full
and harmonious development of the
childs personality, as the family envi-
ronment provides an atmosphere of
happiness, love and understanding.
Joy as boy reunites with
family after three years
ofce could not come to the rescue of
Mwangi, and he would have ended up
in the streets were it not for Kariuki.
I thought of my children, almost
the same age, and I sympathised with
him. It is then that I decided to take him
home with me, says Kariuki.
By Monday, the police had not
traced Mwangis family. They asked
him to stay with the boy. The OB num-
ber would stand as a legal note show-
ing he had reported the case. The fol-
lowing day, I went to the district
education ofce and explained the
case. I requested them to waive his
school fees as I would not be able to
pay, but I committed to provide his oth-
er needs.
Mwangi was then enrolled at the El-
burgon PCEA Primary School. Now in
Class Five, he scored 314 marks last
He is an obedient and smart boy,
said the foster mother at the Childrens
ofce even as a CWSK social worker an-
nounced that Mwangis parents had ar-
Mwangi sat up straight, rubbed his
hands together and stood up. At the
door, was his father with his eyes wide
open. His mother cuddled the baby,
they had met earlier during identica-
tion, but the father had not seen him in
many years. Father and son held hands
Naskia raha moyoni (I feel joy),
said Mwangi. Nashukuru mungu, na
hawa watu wenye wamempata kijana
wangu (I thank God and CWSK for
nding my son).
The couple Peter Njuguna and
Penina Wanjiku have since reunited.
When I was told my son was missing,
I searched for him everywhere, even in
the forest where he used to look after a
neighbours livestock. We thought he
had died, we are overjoyed, he said.
Led by social workers, the couple
and the local DCIO signed reintegra-
tion papers before the sub county chil-
drens ofcer Clement Gisore, ofcially
handed over the son to his anxious par-
I hope there will be no next time.
But note that for missing children, you
do not search for them in forests but in
police stations, childrens ofces and
children homes, the social workers
The couple nodded in agreement
and promised to be vigilant on the
whereabouts of their ve children, the
last born being two months. Mwangi
could not hide his joy on seeing the new
member of the family, a boy, and he
kept on uncovering the baby to
steal a peek.
In the long drive home, fa-
ther and son took the passen-
gers seat besides the driver.
They did not stop talking. The
social workers had planned
for a grand entry to their
home, but as soon as the car
came to a halt in the dirt road
leading to their home
in Karirikania,
Mwangi rushed to
their house and
to his three sis-
ters, the eldest
aged eight.
Our families are receiving a beat-
ing. I also think that men are under-
pressure and not appreciated enough.
They abandon their families when
the heat of responsibility becomes
unbearable, she says.
Irenes sentiment is echoed by Ma-
li Nilsson a senior adviser with Child
Protection Save the Children-Swe-
den. In an International perspective
meeting on Institutional Care and
Adoption: Policy, Laws and Regula-
tion held in November 2011 in Nairo-
bi, Nilsson gave a moving presenta-
tion about the rights of the child.
She said the assumption that the
thousands of children who live in
childrens homes are orphans is a
mere myth.
Most are there because their par-
ents simply cant afford to feed, clothe
and educate them. For governments
and donors, placing children in insti-
Ruth Wambui (left), a good samaritan who was living with John Mwangi
(second left) hands him over to his biological parents Peter Njuguna and
Penninah Wanjiku in Molo, Nakuru County. BELOW: Mwangi.
Victims stray
from home
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ital platform. The migration meant it
was necessary to accelerate the depre-
ciation of the analogue transmission
equipment and this, together with addi-
tional provisions arising from several
necessary changes in accounting poli-
cies reduced the nal Group prot to the
extent of some Sh151 million in 2013,
explained Sewell.
In the year ending December 2013,
the media rm registered impressive
growth in all revenue streams despite a
challenging business environment. The
Hoteliers term Uhurus Sh200m kitty too little too late
The Governments decision to al-
locate Sh200 million for tourism re-
covery has been described as too lit-
tle, too late.
This kitty was pledged even be-
fore the recent advisories that saw
evacuation of tourists from the Coast
was effected. It was plainly to hood-
wink the industry to see the govern-
ment to be seen to be doing some-
thing, Kenya Association of
Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Kahc)
Coast branch Executive Ofcer, Sam
Ikwaye said.
He said the countrys top tourism
marketer, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
would have used the funds (then said
to have been Sh500 million) long be-
fore. This, he said, could have man-
aged Kenyas public relations better to
avert the effects of the advisories and
the subsequent impacts it has
Neptune Hotels Regional Director
of Operations, East Africa, Mr Vicram
Korla, made a passionate plea to Pres-
ident Kenyatta to give a personal re-
assurance to the travel world that Ke-
nya remains a safe destination.
Despite what has happened, Ke-
nya remains a popular and iddylic
destination with products of interna-
tional standards on offer, Korla, who
is also the vice-chairman of Kahc
Groups total revenue in 2013 operating
period, increased to Sh4.8 billion from
the previous years Sh3.6 billion, helped
by soaring circulation and advertising
revenues from its agship products. The
Group realised prot before tax of Sh301
million representing a 13 per cent
growth from Sh265 million in 2012.
Circulation revenue grew six per
cent, while print advertising recorded a
41 per cent jump over the previous year.
TV advertising revenue also recorded a
massive 72 per cent growth in the year
under review while shareholders equity
surged 10 per cent to Sh2 billion from
Coast region, said. And in a show of
rare solidarity, Seychelles Minister in
charge of Tourism and Culture, Mr
Alain St Ange, in an interview with
Weekend Business urged Kenyan au-
thorities to put in place an aggressive
public relations related event to mar-
ket Kenya as a safer tourist destina-
I would propose a round table
event in Nairobi chaired by the Presi-
dent himself, and get the Secretary
General of the UNWTO and a couple
of ministers from Africa to discuss
Tourism in Africa and its challenges.
It will need to be very well covered by
the press, both local and internation-
al, St Ange said. KTB Managing Di-
rector, Muriithi Ndegwa announced
that a $2.3 million (Sh200 million) is
to be utilised on a campaign, which
will include online marketing and
global road shows advertisements on
destination Kenya.
Kenyas brand equity, as a desti-
nation, is at stake and is quite eroded
due to these incidents, Ndegwa said.
The KTB boss said that Kenya is open
for business despite the ongoing chal-
lenges. Tourism is Kenyas second-
biggest source of foreign currency af-
ter tea, generating $1.1 billion last
Bread maker
acquires new
fleet in expansion
Kenblest has acquired a eet of 78 Tata
trucks as the Thika-based company
positions itself for expansion. The family
owned bread and our manufacture
aims to use the trucks to venture into
new markets that the company has no
presence. The eet cost the company
Sh190 million nanced by KCB through
the banks Asset Base Finance platform.
Kenblest Managing Director Jinit Shah
said the rm has also recently expanded
into the manufacturing of mineral
water under the brand name Acacia.
The MD said the new trucks will go a
long way in enhancing the marketing
of their products countrywide, which
he said will help them increase market
share in bread and our industry.
With the expansion, the company
has increased bread production from
70,000 to 300,000 loaves of bread per
day. The company is also in the process
of setting up 32 tonnes silo plant for
the storage of maize as it seeks to
venture into massive our production.
Atwoli re-elected to
global trade union
The Central Organisation of Trade
Unions, Cotu (K) Secretary General
Francis Atwoli has been re-elected
unopposed for the second time
running as the Vice-President of the
International Trade Union Confederation
(Ituc). Atwoli was elected by more
than 1,700 delegates during the 3rd
Congress of the Ituc currently taking
place in Berlin, Germany. He was also
elected unopposed as a member of
the Ituc General Council, which is the
supreme decision-making organ of
Ituc. The Ituc represents more than 176
million workers through its 325 National
Afliated Trade union organisations
including Kenyas Cotu (K) within 161
countries and territories. It was formed
on November 1, 2006 out of the merger
of the then International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the
World Confederation of Labour (WCL).
Tanzania current
account decit
widens 17pc
Tanzanias current account decit
widened 17.1 per cent in the year to
March on the back of increased oil
import costs and lower aid receipts,
its Central Bank said on Thursday. The
decit widened to $4.758 billion in the 12
month period. The value of oil imports
rose by 12.7 per cent to $4.226 billion,
due to an increase in volume as oil prices
in the world market declined, the Bank
of Tanzania said in its latest monthly
economic report. The total import bill
for goods and services rose 6.6 per
cent to $13.87 billion, while the value of
goods and services exported fell 1.7 per
cent to $8.709 billion. Aid and grants to
Tanzania, East Africas second largest
economy but still one of the continents
biggest per capita aid recipients, fell
12 per cent to $754.4 million in the 12
months to March. Tourism earnings
continued to outpace gold exports as the
countrys top foreign exchange earner
due to higher visitor arrivals, fetching
$1.93 billion from $1.74 billion a year ago.
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Kenyas leading media rm, Stan-
dard Group, is seeking to grow its region-
al presence through partnerships.
Group Chief Executive Ofcer Sam
Shollei said the company has initiated
talks with media rms in Tanzania and
Uganda, with the view of expanding its
coverage in the East African region.
Speaking during the companys 69th
Annual General Meeting (AGM), Mr
Shollei told shareholders that the rm is
in talks with TVS and Star television sta-
tions of Tanzania. He also said the com-
pany is eyeing the Rwanda market.
Last month, Standard Group signed
a partnership deal with Ugandan media
rm, Nile Broadcasting Services (NBS),
to enter the Ugandan market. In the
current nancial year, the company will
employ efforts to develop more prod-
ucts and ensure they are made available
to customers through existing and new
platforms, Shollei said yesterday during
the AGM held at Standard Group Cen-
tre, Mombasa Road.
He said the partnerships would help
the media group expand viewership and
grow revenue, in a highly competitive
market. Shollei said the rm will also
seek to grow its existing business seg-
ments, The Standard, The Nairobian
and Game Yetu and broadcasting divi-
sion that has KTN and Radio Maisha.
The media giant also runs the Publish-
ers Distribution Services, and the Stan-
dard Digital, which is ranked rst Ke-
nyan news website by trafc.
Chairman Robin Sewell said, Our
expansion strategy has also contributed
to the current growth in the business
and the management intends to take
this initiative to the next level.
Sewell said the companys protabil-
ity would have been more impressive
were it not for the anticipated migration
of television broadcasting from the cur-
rent analogue free to air systems to dig-
Sh1.84 billion in the previous year. The
net nance costs fell 25 per cent to
Sh119.12 million from Sh157.92 million.
During the AGM, the shareholders ap-
proved the dividend payout of Sh0.50
(50 cents).
Shollei commended the govern-
ment for the measures it is employing to
tame rising cases of insecurity among
other threats to business in the country.
We are optimistic that the actions the
government is undertaking to tame in-
security will realise good results, Shollei
Standard Group board of directors at
the rms 69th AGM. LEFT: Sharehold-
er Aloise Chami makes contribution
during the Standard Group AGM
Kepsa backs Sh1.4b
Anglo Leasing payment
The private sector has
thrown its weight behind the
Governments controversial
payment of Sh1.4 billion to the
Anglo Leasing architect Anura
Pereira. This comes even as
the payment met intense re-
sistance from the ofcial op-
position, CORD and the Law
Society of Kenya.
Through their umbrella
body the Kenya Private Sector
Alliance (Kepsa), the members
said the payment was neces-
sary, owing to the difcult
choices the Government had
to make. This, they said, was to
protect the international repu-
tation of the country and to
spur economic activities.
The release of this crucial
facility (Eurobond) is key to
improving our overall econo-
my indeed as we desire to as a
nation. The matter has been
under discussion and we must
now open our market, said
Kepsa Chairman Vimal Shah.
Parliamentary consent
Shah said the payment,
which was effected by the Na-
tional Treasury without the
consent of Parliament, now
paves way for the issuance of
the countrys debut sovereign
bond. Kepsa, however, noted
that the Government is not
obliged to pay the additional
Sh3.05 billion demanded by
Pereira, saying those are mere
claims. Those are just
claims, we cant pay that. We
are not obligated to pay, said
The bonds value is esti-
mated at $2 billion (Sh174 bil-
lion). Shah said the Eurobond
is critical in retiring the $600
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million (Sh52 billion) syndi-
cated loan and providing scal
stimulus to support economic
growth. The Government had
to honour the payment. It is a
necessary evil, but it had to be
done. What we are saying is
that the Eurobond process
should not be stopped, Shah
told a media brieng in Nairo-
bi yesterday.
Acknowledging that the
bond would be more expen-
sive due to volatility in the in-
ternational economic envi-
ronment, Shah said
Government still has room to
negotiate for better rates.
The bond will be slightly
expensive than if it was issued
last year, but we cannot re-
verse the time. There is still
room for the State to negotiate
and get good rates. All is not
lost, he said. Government ex-
pects the economy to grow by
5.8 per cent this year (2014).
This is after a lackluster
performance in 2013, which
saw the countrys GDP in-
crease marginally by 0.1 per-
centage points to 4.7 per cent
from 4.6 per cent in 2012. On
Verdict: Chairman Vimal Shah says the State had pay to
ease foating of the Eurobond aimed at stimulating the economy
Vimal Shah has, however, urged the State not to pay additional
Sh3b demanded by Anura Pereira. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]
The Government has called for better un-
derstanding and cooperation between it
and the media. This is as the reality of the tour-
ism crisis hits home. Addressing a breakfast it
hosted for media owners at the Serena Hotel in
Nairobi recently, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism
and East African Affairs Phyllis Kandie claimed
negative reports by local media was impacting
negatively on the sector.
She cited the recent reporting on the exo-
dus of tourists following the issuing of selective
travel advisories by Western countries based on
intelligence reports of possible terror attacks.
Kandie was especially critical of the advisories
calling them misplaced and exaggerated. Ke-
nya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director
Muriithi Ndegwa similarly appealed to the me-
dia to moderate its reporting. He said even in
Israel and Tanzania, there had been terrorist in-
cidents recently yet the reports were not played
up the countries local media.
The CS and Ndegwa called for a partner-
ship with the media to gain a more balanced
reporting of terror incidents. Ndegwa also
shared current data indicating that tourism re-
ceipts declined last year by three per cent, and
warned that the ongoing crisis in the industry
could worsen the situation. On Thursday, the
Government through KTB unveiled a broad pro-
gramme to try and reverse the losses the indus-
try has suffered since suspected Islamic radicals
began a campaign of bombings. Things have
worsened since 2013 when the number of tour-
ists to Kenya dropped by 11 per cent over fears
of election violence.
State courts media to shore up
tourism numbers amid turbulence
Monday, National Treasury dis-
regarded Parliament and went
ahead to pay the Sh1.4 billion
owed to two controversial Anglo
Leasing contracts.
Acting on an email commu-
nication from the Head of the
Presidential Strategic Commu-
nication Unit, Manoah Esipisu
the National Treasury wired the
money to Anura Pereiras agents
through a NatWest Bank ac-
count in the K under the ac-
count name Traverse Smith LLP,
and number 00859185.
Recently, President Kenyatta
instructed Treasury Cabinet Sec-
retary Henry Rotich, to settle the
payments in order to issue the
According to Kepsa, invest-
ments are the lifeline of the
countrys envisaged economic
We as Kenyans owe our des-
tiny to ourselves. Kepsa stands
with Kenyans at this point to af-
rm our resolve to stand by the
Government in unlocking our
potential as a nation and a peo-
ple, said Shah.
Ofce of the County Executive Committee Member for
Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services
The County Government of Kisumu envisions a future in which every child is accorded a conducive
learning opportunity where they can fully realize their potential. The County Government seeks to develop
a sustainable, cohesive education system that provides relevant formal and non-formal education. This
vision is very much in tune with the constitutionally devolved county education functions relating to Early
Childhood Development Education, Village polytechnics, Home craft centres and childcare facilities.
This terms of reference have been prepared to guide the process of conducting a baseline study to
assess the current status of the institutions and resources under devolved education function, and to
propose innovative mechanisms for developing a robust, responsive and relevant (technologically, socio-
economically, and practically) county education system.
Overall purpose of the study
The purpose of the consultancy is to generate comprehensive baseline information on the current status
of the devolved education sector services across Kisumu County. The information will inform education
programming in the county and support the county government and her implementation partners to
understand and monitor the progress and results of their education interventions
The overall objective of the baseline survey is to generate baseline data, both qualitative and quantitative,
as benchmarks for measuring intervention by the county government and provide an understanding of the
present education services provision by Village/Youth polytechnics, Home Craft centres, Child care centres
and ECDs within Kisumu County.
The specific objectives of the consultancy are to:
Conduct a detailed baseline study to assess, inventory and document all the devolved aspects of 1.
education within the county (numberofinstitutions, location, physical infrastructure, land acreage and
related resources owned by these institutions);
Conduct Institutional Audits on existing Youth/Village polytechnics, Home craft centres, and ECD/ 2.
Childcare facilities to establish their purpose, document their contributions and propose strategies to
make these institutions relevant and responsive to the current needs to the county residents;
Evaluate the existing capacity of these institutions (in terms of man power, student population, 3.
management, skill-sets, and infrastructure) to deliver on their purpose. The baseline data collected
should include but not be limited to access/enrolment rate, quality of education, relevance of
education, internal efciency, equity, status of girls enrolment etc.
Establish the socio economic needs of the county residence with regards to the devolved education. 4.
The baseline data collected should include but not be perception of parents and communities towards
these institutions, community contributions, etc.
Produce contextually relevant framework and a set of education baseline tools for use by the County 5.
government in measuring progress and impacts of interventions implemented in the education
Provide a raft of recommendations on policy actions and possible practice interventions by the County
government of Kisumu.
The Full RFP documents including Terms of Reference (ToR) is available at www.kisumucounty.go.ke,or
alternatively hard copies of the same may be obtained at the County Secretarys ofce.
Technical proposal on how the above scope of work will be executed specifying timelines.
Prole of the rm to include company background, CVs of key professionals/experts indicating
educational background and experience in similar assignments.
Company registration certicate, VAT compliance and company PIN.
Demonstration of rms ability to conduct such an assignment.
The assignment may be carried out by one rm or a Consortium (not individual consultant).
A consulting rm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the standard tender
documents for selection of consultants available at www.ppoa.go.ke
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from Monday to Thursday
00800 to 1700 hours and on Friday from 00800 to 1600hrs
Request for proposal (one original plus two copies) must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked
Request for proposal for Consultancy Services for CONDUCTING A BASELINE SURVEY ON DEVOLVED
EDUCATIONAL FUNCTIONS WITHIN KISUMU COUNTY and must be deposited in the tender box located
at the prosperity building, 2
oor or delivered to the County Secretarys of on or before 10
June 2014 at
12.00pm, Kenyan time, at which time the bid documents will be publicly opened at the Conference hall in
the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend.
N.B: Late tenders shall not be accepted.
Interim County Secretary
County Government of Kisumu,
P O Box 2738,
Title of Assignment: Conducting a baseline survey on devolved
educational functions within Kisumu County
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Kenyan tea gets major
boost in EU market
Kenyan tea is set for a major
boost in the European market if
an initiative by a Dutch imports
agency is implemented.
This follows efforts by the
Centre for Promotion of Im-
ports (CBI) from developing
countries, an arm of the Minis-
try of Foreign Affairs of The
Netherlands, to improve skills of
Kenyan agricultural agencies
and stakeholders in the tea sec-
The CBI event has for the
rst time brought together Ke-
nyan tea growers and exporters
for a three-day training work-
shop in The Hague, aimed at
marketing branded Kenyan tea
in the European Union.
Kenyan participants attend-
ing the workshop at Mercurie
Hotel include Tea Research
Foundation of Kenya, Tea Board
of Kenya, Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Kenya Tea Packers.
Paul Kiprono from Tea Re-
search Foundation of Kenya
said the growing demand for
high value tea products in EU
markets has been due to the
shift from generic tea to tea with
health benets.
Tea Research Foundation of
Kenya recently released purple
cloned tea that offers a good op-
portunity to develop a wide
range of products for the EU
market requirements. Phoebe
Awuor, CBI Kenya representa-
tive, said about 24 participants
from Kenya attended the event,
14 of whom are producers, pro-
cessing and packing companies.
The rest are business develop-
ment support agencies in the
tea sector.
I am happy to be at the
workshop to learn how to add
value to the whole supply chain
so that Kenyan tea can be brand-
ed as teas from Kenya unlike
in the past when it was used to
blend and upgrade other teas,
said Elgeyo/Marakwet County
goodwill ambassador and entre-
preneur in The Netherlands,
Dorcas Jeruto. This programme
will allow tea farmers to add val-
ue to the tea and export it as
branded tea from Kenya, which
we will buy directly from the
shops over here.
The participants also toured
International Exhibition in Am-
sterdam yesterday, led by Pat-
rick Gouka, Kenyas representa-
tive on agriculture, and Peter
van Gilst, the co-ordinator in Af-
rica and Middle East.
The tour was geared towards
seeing and meeting private la-
bel marketing associations for
insights into packaging stan-
dards and product certication
for EU markets.
Gouka said CBI was com-
mitted to supporting small tea
businesses in Kenya to access
European consumers.
Dr Bernard Lagat, an agri-
cultural economist, said sus-
tainability requires the tea in-
dustry to shift from
conventional production tech-
nologies to modern production
methods, adding that the value
addition strategy should be
largely consumer driven.
Organic and bio-dynamic
value addition to ready-made
tea are the current consumer
driven tastes and preferences.
By converting conventional teas
into organic tea, the industry
can value add up to about 100
per cent against the 2.5 per cent
for conventional teas, he said.
AB C 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
EQUITY 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
I & M 87.70 87.90 0.20 119.65 119.93 0.28
DIAMONDTRUST 87.80 87.90 0.10 119.79 119.94 0.15
NI C 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
ECOBANK 87.80 87.90 0.10 119.72 120.00 0.28
1ST COMMUNITY 87.80 87.90 0.10 119.86 120.02 0.16
PRIME 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
MIDDLEEAST 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
CFC STANBIC 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
CITIBANK 87.80 87.90 0.10 119.55 119.85 0.30
C B A 87.80 88.00 0.20 119.74 120.12 0.38
NB K 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
BARCLAYS 87.80 88.00 0.20 119.79 120.08 0.29
STANDARD 87.80 88.00 0.20 119.95 120.25 0.30
KC B 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.79 120.08 0.29
BOA 87.85 87.95 0.10 120.05 120.22 0.17
CO-OP 87.75 87.95 0.20 119.72 120.00 0.28
USDOLLAR 87.8583
STGPOUND 148.2017
EURO 119.8928
SARAND 8.4835
KES/ USHS 28.8078
KES/ TSHS 18.9283
KES/ RWF 7.7284
KES/ BIF 17.6423
AEDIRHAM 23.9204
CAN$ 80.5802
SFRANC 98.1781
JPY(100) 86.3456
SW KRONER 13.4014
NOR KRONER 14.7558
IND RUPEE 1.4996
exchange rates
bank rates
forex bureau
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AMAL EXPRESSFOREX BUREAULTD 87.30 87.90 0.60 116.00 121.00 5.00
AMANAFOREX BUREAULTD 87.00 88.50 1.50 119.00 120.90 1.90
ARCADEFOREX BUREAULTD 87.50 88.50 1.00 119.00 122.00 3.00
ARISTOCRATSFOREX BUREAULTD 86.00 89.00 3.00 118.00 121.00 3.00
BAMBURI FOREX BUREAULTD. 87.00 89.00 2.00 118.00 122.00 4.00
BAYFOREX BUREAU(NBI) LTD. 86.80 88.70 1.90 119.50 121.50 2.00
BOGANI FOREX BUREAULIMITED 85.90 90.00 4.10 117.40 122.60 5.20
CASHLINEFOREX BUREAULTD 87.00 89.50 2.50 118.00 123.00 5.00
CENTRAL FOREX BUREAULTD 87.80 88.80 1.00 119.20 120.50 1.30
CLASSICFOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.20 88.70 1.50 118.30 121.30 3.00
COMMERCIAL FOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.70 88.50 0.80 119.50 122.00 2.50
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COSMOSFOREX BUREAULTD 87.90 88.50 0.60 119.70 120.50 0.80
CRATER FOREX BUREAULTD 86.90 88.90 2.00 119.10 122.10 3.00
CROWNBUREAUDECHANGELTD 86.50 87.00 0.50 118.50 121.00 2.50
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GIANT FOREX BUREAUDECHANGELTD 86.00 88.00 2.00 115.00 122.00 7.00
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GNK FOREX BUREAULTD 86.00 88.00 2.00 120.30 121.50 1.20
HODANGLOBAL FOREX BUREAULTD 87.60 88.50 0.90 120.00 122.00 2.00
HURLINGHAMFOREX BUREAULTD 86.20 88.30 2.10 116.50 122.00 5.50
INDUSTRIAL AREAFOREX BUREAULTD 86.00 90.00 4.00 114.00 122.00 8.00
ISLAND FOREX BUREAULTD 87.50 88.00 0.50 119.60 120.40 0.80
JUNCTIONFOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.00 88.50 1.50 118.00 121.50 3.50
KENZAEXCHANGEBUREAULTD 87.00 89.00 2.00 119.50 122.00 2.50
LACHEFOREX BUREAULTD 87.25 88.50 1.25 118.00 121.50 3.50
LEOFOREX BUREAULTD 87.25 88.50 1.25 119.00 120.50 1.50
LINK FOREX BUREAULTD 87.80 88.80 1.00 119.20 121.00 1.80
MARITIMEFOREX BUREAULTD 87.50 88.40 0.90 118.90 120.80 1.90
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NET FOREX BUREAULTD 87.70 88.30 0.60 119.50 120.50 1.00
OFFSHOREFOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.70 88.30 0.60 119.00 121.00 2.00
PACIFICFOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.80 88.40 0.60 119.60 121.50 1.90
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PRINCESSFOREX BUREAULIMITED 87.70 88.50 0.80 119.00 121.50 2.50
PWANI FOREX BUREAULTD 87.30 88.00 0.70 119.30 121.00 1.70
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unit trusts 22/05/14
MONEY FUNDS Daily Yield E. A. Rate
STANLIB MoneyMarket Fund 7.50% 7.77%
Madison Asset MoneyMarket Fund 9.01% 9.39%
Old Mutual MoneyMarket Fund 6.29% 6.48%
CBA MoneyMarket Fund 6.03% 6.22%
British-American MoneyMarket Fund 9.37% 9.83%
STANLIB Balanced fund 129.36 129.36
STANLIB EquityFund 167.89 167.89
STANLIB Bond Fund B1 105.73 105.73
STANLIB Bond Fund A 105.25 105.25
Old Mutual EquityFund 376.13 403.01
Old Mutual Balanced Fund/Toboa 154.61 164.64
Old Mutual East Africa Fund 149.69 158.42
Old Mutual Bond Fund 102.54 104.97
CBA EquityFund 155.05 164.60
British-American EquityFund 198.70 205.02
British-American Balanced Fund 191.06 196.64
British-American Bond Plus Fund 145.22 148.18
British-American Managed Retirement Fund 133.67 134.81
ICEA BONDFUND 98.80 99.80
ICEA EQUITY FUND 138.61 145.91
ICEA GROWTH FUND 139.55 146.90
Madison Asset Balanced Fund 69.70 73.54
Madison Asset EquityFund 57.70 61.26
Europa Healthcare has been awarded a global trophy. This is
after Global Trade Leaders Club, the promoter of International
Trophy for Quality, identied the rm as the winner of the tro-
phy for 2014. The Europa group was the only Kenyan company
that was selected and awarded alongside 38 other companies
from 30 countries across the globe. Group Managing Director
Ashwin Kotadia noted that quality was a continuous improve-
ment process and attributed the award to his staff.
The ofce of the Kenya High Commission in Paris joined him
in receiving the trophy and celebrating the occasion. Europa
Healthcare was also the rst group of companies to earn ISO
9001:2008 certications in Kenya in the eld of import and mar-
keting of pharmaceutical products.
Europa Healthcare scores another rst in quality
Barclays Bank of Kenya has defended its de-
cision to reduce the dividend payout during the
year nancial year ending December 31, 2013.
Board chairman Francis Okemo-Okello said the
bank had to retain part of the earnings to meet
the new Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) guidelines
on the minimum capital base.
The bank paid an interim dividend of 20 cents
per share last year and will make a nal payout of
50 cents per share, bringing the total to 70 cents
per share, which the shareholders approved.
During the banks annual general meeting
in Nairobi yesterday, Okemo argued that the re-
duced dividend payout was to enable the bank
have a high buffer capital and comply with CBKs
new capital regulations.
To meet the capital ratio, we had to retain
some of the prots to avoid a situation where
we would have to increase the paid up capital
through a rights issue, he argued.
In 2011, the bank made an interim dividend of
20 cents per share, nal dividend of 70 cents per
share and a special dividend of 60 cents per share,
bringing the total earnings per share to Sh1.50.
In 2012, the company paid a nal dividend of Sh1
per share and Sh1.50 in 2012.
The decline in dividend follows the drop in the
companys full-year prot of Sh7.62 billion com-
pared to Sh8.74 billion in 2012.
Okemo told shareholders that it was a prudent
decision as the bank embarks on a strategy to im-
prove protability. We have to plan and invest
in a sustainable future performance by ensuring
that the bank is sufciently capitalised, he stat-
ed. Shareholders were concerned that despite the
market registering good dividends, this was not
reected in the bank.
This is among the largest banks in the coun-
try and the decision to reduce dividends is de-
pressing to the shareholders, argued an investor
referred to as Mzee Wahome.
Managing Director Jeremy Awori however said
the bank had embarked on a new strategy follow-
ing the restructuring last year that saw voluntary
job cuts. This saw the bank register a cost income
ratio of 56 per cent, which shareholders argued
was high compared to other market players.
Besides, we are opening new branches, and
investing in technology and innovations so that
we are not left behind, said Awori. However,
we must give the bank time to register improved
performance following the decision we made in
2013. We are in a growing mode, he added.
During the meeting, Okemo and Rose Ogega
were re-elected to serve on the board for another
Barclays builds cash reserve
to comply with new CBK rule
This programme
will allow the tea
farmers to add value
to the tea and export
it as branded tea from
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The UN Security Council committee
on Al-Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nige-
rias Islamist militant group Boko Haram
on Thursday after the insurgents kid-
napped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplo-
mats said.
Nigeria, which until recently had
been reluctant to seek international
help to combat Boko Haram, requested
earlier this week that the group be sanc-
tioned. As a result, it is now subject to
an international asset freeze, travel ban
and arms embargo.
What will the practical impact of
that be? Hard to say but its an essential
step we had to take, said Australian UN
Ambassador Gary Quinlan, Al-Qaeda
sanctions committee chair, adding that
the aim was to dry up support for the
We will work to try and make sure
that anybody supplying any material as-
sistance to Boko Haram whether fund-
ing or arms will in fact be stopped, will
be deterred by the fact they too will be
eligible for listing on the sanctions list,
he said.
Boko Haram kidnapped more than
250 girls from a secondary school in
Chibok in remote north-eastern Nigeria
on April 14 and has threatened to sell
them into slavery. Eight other girls were
taken from another village earlier this
Boko Haram, which in the Hausa
language means broadly Western edu-
cation is sinful, is loosely modelled on
the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.
Today, the Security Council took an
important step in support of the gov-
ernment of Nigerias efforts to defeat
Boko Haram and hold its murderous
leadership accountable for atrocities,
US Ambassador to the United Nations
Samantha Power said in a statement.
By adding Boko Haram to the UNs
1267 (Al-Qaeda) sanctions list, the Se-
curity Council has helped to close off
important avenues of funding, travel
and weapons to Boko Haram, and
shown global unity against their savage
actions, she said.
Boko Harams ve-year-old insur-
gency is aimed at reviving a medieval Is-
lamic caliphate in modern Nigeria,
whose 170 million people are split
roughly evenly between Christians and
Muslims. The group is becoming, by far,
the biggest security threat to Africas top
oil producer.
The UN listing entry describes Boko
Haram as an afliate of Al-Qaeda and
the Organisation of Al-Qaeda in the Is-
lamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Boko Haram has maintained a rela-
tionship with the Organisation of AQIM
for training and material support pur-
poses, according to the narrative sum-
mary accompanying the listing.
For example, Boko Haram gained
valuable knowledge on the construction
of improvised explosive devices from
AQIM. A number of Boko Haram mem-
bers fought alongside Al-Qaeda afliat-
ed groups in Mali (in) 2012 and 2013 be-
fore returning to Nigeria with terrorist
expertise, it said. BBC
Cold case: Fridge
ordeal gone too far
BUENOS AIRES - An Argentine truck
driver upset that inspectors found
irregularities with his refrigerated
cargo shut the two in the back and
took them on a long, cold ride.
Sanitary control inspector Valeria
Aguirre says during a routine
inspection of a refrigerated truck
they found that the food inside
wasnt being stored at an acceptable
temperature. They told the driver they
were going to retain his cargo, which
was described as desserts. Aguirre told
Todo Noticias channel that she and
another inspector entered the trucks
refrigerated compartment to register
the cargo when the driver became
upset and said, I want to go, they
cant keep me here. She said Thursday
he locked them in the back and drove
off. We grabbed what we could and
the papers ew everywhere. She
said the inspectors called colleagues
who contacted police. The truck was
intercepted after a trip of more than
km (about 2 miles). They were rescued
safe but shivering. The driver was
arrested. AP
statue vandalised
WELLESLEY - An outdoor, lifelike
sculpture of a man sleepwalking
in his underpants that provoked
some concern on a Massachusetts
college campus in February has
been vandalised. The breglass
sculpture at Wellesley College, entitled
Sleepwalker, was defaced Tuesday
night with yellow paint on its face,
left arm, left leg and a foot. It was
one of several properties on campus
vandalised, and campus police are
investigating. Some students at the
womens college had criticised the
statue as threatening and demanded
that it be removed. But the statue is
scheduled to stay up until July. It is
part of a larger exhibit by sculptor
Tony Matelli at a campus museum.
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly
said in a statement that the acts of
vandalism are criminal in nature
and carry potentially serious
consequences AP
Man found with
hundreds of lobsters
MAINE Maine wildlife ofcials
are pressing charges against a local
sherman for possessing hundreds
of undersized or otherwise protected
lobsters, calling it one of the States
most egregious lobstering violations
in a quarter century. Maine Marine
Patrol said on Tuesday that Theodore
Gray, 34, of Stonington had 269
undersized lobsters, and 123 whose
tails were v-notched indicating that
they were protected breeding females
that should have been thrown back.
Maine has strict rules protecting
its iconic lobster industry, a major
summer tourist draw that employs
some 4,500 people and was valued at
over $360 million in 2013. Through
my 28-year career I have only seen a
handful of what I would call extreme
violations like this involving the taking
of short lobsters, said Marine Patrol
Major Jon Cornish in a Press release
announcing the charges. Reuters
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for murder P.37
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20 Malian soldiers killed in
failed assault on rebel town
Islamists back last year.
The MNLA says it controls at least
seven northern towns in addition to
Kidal after it said government troops
either abandoned their positions and
sought refuge at the camps of the UN
peacekeeping mission, Minusma, or
ed south.
While neither the UN nor French
forces in Mali intervened to halt this
weeks clashes, Minusma said it had
protected 62 Malian soldiers in its base
in Kidal and another 290 troops in the
town of Aguelhok.
The mission said it had airlifted a
total of 61 wounded Malian soldiers to
the northern city of Gao and the capi-
tal Bamako on Thursday.
About 20 Malian soldiers were
killed and 30 wounded in a failed at-
tempt by government forces to retake
the Tuareg separatist stronghold of
Kidal this week, the defence minister
The ghting, the worst since the
government and separatist groups
signed a preliminary peace agreement
last year, threatens to sink struggling
negotiations to end a long cycle of Tu-
areg uprisings and plunge Malis des-
ert north back into war.
There were killed and wounded
on both sides. We have around 30
wounded ... and then we have some 20
dead unfortunately, Soumeylou
Boubeye Maiga said in an address
broadcast on State television late on
The army launched Wednesdays
assault on Kidal after clashes erupted
at the weekend during a visit to the
town by recently appointed Prime
Minister Moussa Mara.
Eight civilians, including six gov-
ernment workers, were killed when the
separatists attacked the local gover-
nors ofce.
Another 32 civil servants taken
hostage by the rebels were later re-
The government has accused the
separatists, including the National
Movement for the Liberation of
Azawad (MNLA), of renewing their for-
mer alliances with Al Qaeda-linked Is-
lamist groups.
The MNLA was supported by its
Tuareg uprising: The government has accused the separatists of renewing their former
alliances with Al Qaeda-linked Islamist groups
An helicopter of the French army escorting a vehicle transporting Malis Prime Minister Moussa Mara from Gao to
Kidal on May 17. [PHOTO: AFP]
traditional allies, Maiga said.
Mali was plunged into chaos in
2012 after Tuareg independence ght-
ers teamed up with armed Islamist
groups to seize the north following a
coup in the capital.
When they were sidelined by the
better-equipped Islamists, the sepa-
ratists broke with their allies. A French-
led military operation then drove the
May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY Page 36
Five suicide bombers carried out
the attack that killed 31 people in the
capital of Chinas troubled Xinjiang
region, State media reported a day
after the deadliest terrorist attack to
date in the region.
The incident, which occurred in
Urumqi on Thursday morning, was
the second suicide attack in the capi-
tal in just over three weeks. A bomb
and knife attack at an Urumqi train
station in late April killed one by-
stander and wounded 79.
The government recently
launched a campaign to strike hard
against terrorism in Xinjiang, blam-
ing Islamists and separatists for the
worsening violence in the resource-
rich western region bordering cen-
tral Asia. At least 180 people have
been killed in attacks across China
over the past year.
The attackers ploughed two vehi-
cles into an open market in Urumqi
and hurled explosives. Many of the
94 people wounded were elderly
shoppers, according to witnesses.
Five suspects who participated
in the violent terrorist attack blew
themselves up, the Global Times, a
tabloid run by the Peoples Daily, the
ofcial newspaper of the Chinese
Communist Party, reported on Fri-
The newspaper said authorities
are investigating whether there
were other accomplices.
Judging from the many terrorist
attacks that have taken place and the
relevant perpetrators, they have re-
ceived support from terrorist groups
outside Chinas borders as well as re-
ligious extremist propaganda spread
via the internet, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at
a daily news brieng.
No group has claimed responsi-
bility for Thursdays attack.
Pan Zhiping, a retired expert on
Central Asia at Xinjiangs Academy of
Social Science, said Thursdays at-
tack was the deadliest ever in the re-
He said the terrorists received
training overseas from groups like
the East Turkestan Islamic Move-
ment (Etim) and gained combat ex-
Ousted Thai leader Yingluck Shi-
nawatra has appeared at a military
facility in Bangkok, a day after the
army took power in a coup.
Ms Yingluck is one of more than
100 political gures summoned by
the army.
The army has banned 155 prom-
inent politicians and activists from
leaving the country without permis-
On Thursday the military sus-
pended the constitution, banned
gatherings and detained politicians,
saying order was needed after
months of turmoil.
On Friday afternoon it appeared
Ms Yingluck had left the facility
where she had been summoned and
was going to another military loca-
tion, the BBCs Jonah Fisher reports
from Bangkok.
It was not clear if she was still be-
ing detained, our correspondent
The leaders of both her Pheu Thai
party and the opposition Democrats
were released from military deten-
tion overnight, he adds. BBC
Thailand coup:
Yingluck meets
military leaders
China says fve suicide bombers
carried out Xinjiang attack
Terrorism: It was the second suicide attack in the region in just over three weeks
Fully armed
stand guard
along a
street in
Urumqi, the
capital of
homeland of
Xinjiang yes-
perience in Syria.
They are now denitely or-
ganised and these small organisa-
tions are very tight, Pan said. If its
not possible to crack a small organi-
sation, then I think this kind of thing
will continue to happen.
Exiles and many rights groups say
the real cause of the unrest in Xinjiang
is Chinas heavy-handed policies, in-
cluding curbs on Islam and the cul-
ture and language of ethnic Uighurs,
Turkic speaking Muslim people.
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Liu Han seemed to thrive in the
company of ofcials.
Even a birthday party in 2011 for
Lius primary-school aged son drew
a crowd of bureaucrats in Chengdu,
the capital of Chinas western Sich-
uan province where the amboyant
mining tycoon was based.
There was a mayor of a nearby
city with a population of three or
four million, recalls Australian po-
litical lobbyist John Halden who
helped win approval for Lius min-
ing investments in Western Austra-
lia and was invited to the October
15 celebration. There were senior
people from the provincial treasury
and about seven or eight ofcials
from the city of Chengdu.
But Lius close ties with ofcial-
dom didnt last. When Chinese Pres-
ident Xi Jinping was named Presi-
dent at the end of the annual
parliamentary session in March last
year, the 48-year-old Liu was de-
tained and surrounded by a differ-
ent class of public servants; corrup-
tion investigators and prison
The billionaire head of the pri-
vately-held Sichuan Hanlong group
of companies is the rst high-pro-
le casualty of a power struggle
wrapped in a corruption crackdown
that is convulsing the senior eche-
lons of the ruling Communist Par-
A verdict is expected Friday after
Lius sensational trial on charges of
murder, gun-running, fraud, extor-
tion, illegal gambling and a string of
other offences. He has denied all
the charges.
Lius most serious offence, how-
ever, could well be political: He was
caught up on the wrong side of a ti-
tanic power play, multiple sources
say, because of his business part-
nership with the son of former do-
mestic security chief, Zhou Yong-
kang. In a campaign unprecedented
in modern China, Xi is determined
to bring Zhou down for making a
behind-the-scenes grab for power,
the sources say.
Chinese tycoon Liu Han sentenced to death for murder
Page 37 May 24, 2014 / STANDARD ON SATURDAY
Liu Han, a Chinese tycoon be-
lieved to have links to Chinas former
security chief Zhou Yongkang, has
been sentenced to death.
A Hubei court has found Liu Han
and his brother Liu Wei guilty of orga-
nising and leading maa-style crime
and murder, reports Xinhua.
The two men were among a group
of 36 people charged with similar
Liu Hans sentencing is believed to
be part of a wider corruption crack-
down linked to Zhous network.
The court verdict stated that,
among other things, Liu Han and his
group had in an organised fashion
obtained nancial gains via illegal ac-
They had also on multiple occa-
sions committed murder, harm and
illegal detention.
The verdict stated they relied on
the cover-ups and collusion of gov-
ernment employees to illegally con-
trol gaming machines in Guanghan in
Sichuan province.
Liu, who is the former head of
mining conglomerate Sichuan Han-
long Group, was ranked 148th on
Forbes list of the richest Chinese
business people in 2012.
His former company once tried to
take over Australian miner Sundance
Resources Ltd.
Chinese State media said previ-
ously that the Sichuan-based gang
had had strong political ties that
played a role in Liu Hans appoint-
ment as a delegate in Sichuans politi-
cal advisory body.
In recent months, several top of-
cials from Sichuan province linked
to Zhou Yongkang have come under
Mr Zhou was the party secretary
in Sichuan province before becoming
head of Chinas Public Security Minis-
try in 2003.
In April, China announced it had
removed from ofce Guo Yongxiang,
a former Sichuan vice-governor, and
that Sichuans former deputy party
chief Li Chuncheng was being investi-
gated for bribery.
Speculation has swirled for
months that Zhou is being investi-
gated for corruption, although none
of the rumours have been conrmed

This le picture
taken on January
24, 2010, shows
Liu Han, head of
private company
Hanlong Group,
delivering a
speech during a
meeting in
Chengdu. See
story below.
To get at Zhou, Xi last year began
rolling up the strongmans extensive
network of patronage, assembled
over more than four decades in the
oil industry, Sichuan provincial pol-
itics and the internal security ser-
vices. More than 300 of Zhous rela-
tives, political allies, business
associates, underlings and staff,
have been arrested, detained or
questioned, according to people
briefed on the investigation. Liu
was one of them.
Investigators have targeted the
giant, State-owned China National
Petroleum Corporation where
Zhou was once general manager
and Communist Party Secretary
and its subsidiaries.
First, they detained six senior ex-
ecutives from the oil giant late last
year. Then, late last year, Xi launched
a probe into Zhou himself and peo-
ple around him. Several of Zhous
men have been felled, including Ji-
ang Jiemin, briey the top regulator
of State-owned enterprises, and for-
mer Vice Minister of Public Security
Li Dongsheng.
Authorities seized assets worth
at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 bil-
lion) from Zhous family members
and associates, two sources said.
Lius assets were included in these
seizures. Ahead of his trial, the of-
cial Xinhua news agency reported
that authorities had last year seized
and frozen enormous amounts as-
sets of Liu Han and the Hanlong
Zhou is the most senior leader
targeted in a corruption probe since
the Communists took power in
1949. With the approval of Chinas
two previous leaders, Hu Jintao and
Jiang Zemin, as well as other senior
ofcials, sources close to the lead-
ership say, Xi broke with an unwrit-
ten rule that incumbent and retired
members of the Standing Commit-
tee were immune from corruption
The Communist Partys Central
Commission for Discipline Inspec-
tion, Chinas top anti-corruption
watchdog, and the Ministry of Pub-
lic Security declined to comment
on the investigation when reached
dia have not made any ofcial state-
ment about Zhou or the case against
An announcement is expected
around the fourth plenum of the
partys elite 205-member Central
Committee later this year, two
sources said. Xi and other top lead-
ers have yet to decide whether to
put Zhou on public trial, according
to multiple sources with leadership
Investigators want to make it an
ironclad case, one of the sources
said. If Zhou is charged, the author-
ities may avoid publishing detailed
allegations to minimise any dam-
age to the Partys image, the sources
Zhou was last seen in public at
an alumni event at the China Uni-
versity of Petroleum in Beijing on
October 1. He has been under vir-
tual house arrest since the investi-
gation into his affairs began last
Zhou is believed to have orches-
trated the bugging of senior Chi-
nese leaders. At Zhous behest, Bei-
jings civilian intelligence chief
Liang Ke ordered his most trusted
men to bug the telephones of Pre-
mier Li Keqiang and his immediate
predecessor, Wen Jiabao, their fam-
ilies and aides in the run-up to the
partys 18th congress in 2012, said
one source close to the current
leadership and another who has
been briefed about the surveil-
The eavesdropping was aimed at
looking for evidence of (any) cor-
ruption, one source said. It was un-
clear how the authorities discov-
ered the bugging. Liang was taken
into police custody this year and is
himself undergoing investigation
for corruption.
Further alienating Xi and other
top leaders, Zhou backed the now
disgraced Bo Xilai to join the Polit-
buro Standing Committee in the
run-up to the 2012 Communist Par-
ty conference that would install a
new leadership.
The charismatic Bo, who was the
former Party boss of Chongqing in
Sichuan province, would have been
beholden to Zhou (himself a former
Sichuan Party chief ) and a powerful
rival to Xi had he succeeded in
reaching the top level.
At the peak of his inuence,
Zhou held one of the most powerful
positions in China. As domestic se-
curity chief, he oversaw the police
force, the civilian intelligence appa-
ratus, the paramilitary Peoples
Armed Police, judges and prosecu-
During his ve-year watch, the
budget for maintaining internal sta-
bility exceeded the public gure for
military spending. The position,
deemed too powerful, was down-
graded after he retired.
To ensure his inuence past re-
tirement, Zhou had nominated Bo
Xilai to succeed him as domestic se-
curity chief and tried to orchestrate
the younger mans promotion to the
Standing Committee, the sources
with leadership ties said.
But Bos rise was aborted in 2012
by the attempted defection of his
Chongqing police chief, Wang Li-
jun, to the US Consulate in Sichuan
After apparently abandoning his
bid for asylum, Wang implicated
Bos wife in the 2011 murder of Brit-
ish businessman, Neil Heywood.
Bos wife and his former police chief
have been convicted and jailed. Bo
himself was sentenced to life in
prison last year for corruption and
abuse of power.
View full story at www.reu-
The power struggle
behind Chinas
graft crackdown
by telephone. The ofce of the Com-
munist Party spokesman also de-
clined to comment when reached
by telephone.
Although he retired in late 2012
from the elite Politburo Standing
Committee, the apex of political
power in China, the 71-year-old
Zhou wanted to rule from behind
the scenes and had become a threat
to leadership stability, according to
multiple sources with leadership
One of Xis inuential patrons,
former vice president Zeng Qing-
hong, was the catalyst for the inves-
tigation into Zhou, three sources
with ties to the leadership said.
Zeng proposed to central (au-
thorities) that Zhou Yongkang be in-
vestigated for posing a political risk
to the collective leadership, one of
the sources said.
Neither Zhou nor his represen-
tatives were available for comment.
No evidence has emerged that Zhou
or his relatives have violated any
Chinese laws or used Zhous inu-
ence to clinch deals.
Tigers and ies
As part of his vision for a rejuve-
nated China, Xi is preaching a re-
turn to the austerity of the Partys
early years. An attack on corruption
is at the core of this campaign. Xi
pledges to go after tigers and ies
in rooting out wrongdoing. He
warns that popular disillusionment
with rampant ofcial graft threat-
ens the Partys hold on power.
While there is little risk for Xi
and his supporters in taking down
Liu, a similar move against some-
one as senior as Zhou Yongkang will
take much more political courage.
If the leaders are using the cor-
ruption crackdown just to bring
down their political rivals, there will
be grim consequences, as many of-
cials in China are believed to have
corruption problems, says Zhao
Guangbin, managing director of
Shanghai and Toronto-based con-
sulting rm, Gateway International
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9 To be found in a legal location (7)
10 Olivers turn (5)
11 In Ayr, perhaps, its wet (5)
12 What to wear for a bit of bathing, maybe?
13 Abstain from singing, perhaps (7)
15 What the maharajah had to say? (3)
17 Something to stand in the kitchen (4)
18 More experienced in naval service? (6)
19 Those strangely addressed as Jimmy?
20 A very wet thing to do! (6)
22 Happy occasion in the cafeteria (4)
24 Help at rst? (3)
25 Begged not to be considered guilty? (7)
26 Claud, managing to be noble (5)
27 Vessel successfully raised by a captain
28 Book a Hercules lookalike (5)
29 Everybody, for instance, has the right to
love music (7)
30 Shes out of line, ddling the dole! (5)
31 In plain fact, a letter can possibly hurt (5)
2 N. American Indian being kept by uncle?
3 Declare to be a cert (6)
4 Having come down, its on the left (3)
5 Unpretentiously, the only thing you can be!
6 Steps taken to keep the legs warm, in Oz
7 Woven tape useful to gardeners (4)
8 A cattle place, nothing more (6)
12 Knotty problem? (5)
13 With love in her heart, shes hard to up-
set (5)
14 A deft shufe, to be sure (5)
1 5
15 Tried to be medium to excellent (5)
16 Prepared to dream wildly (5)
18 Seat you could give your last pound for?
19 Doubt or hesitation carries little weight
21 Not all tribal dances are rude (6)
22 Agent in favour of including an act (6)
23 He has both an address and an occupa-
tion (6)
25 Criticise the Spanish group (5)
26 Of the two having a duel, we hear (4)
28 Hes got the knack (3)
ACROSS: 8, Not-able 9, Getting on 13, A-wing 14, Wa-
ver 15, Present 16, Lighten 17, Rosie (rosy) 18, Table
20, D-em-on 22, O-liver 23, Billed (build) 25, F-lashed
27, Bugging 30, D-re-ams 31, S-print 32, Mee-t-s 35,
Suede (swayed) 36, Spoil 37, Nicking 39, A-lad-din 41,
Bra-I-n 42, L-eapt 43, Glowingly 44, Pur-su-es.
DOWN: 1, R-ow-ing 2, Caught on 3, Blowing over 4, De-
pressed 5, S-top-ped 6, Unsettling 7, So-re 10, B-all-ad
11, Overd-Id 12, A-TT-end 19, Balance 21, M-altes-e 24,
Buttoning up 26, Simmer down 28, Spoon-bill 29, M-
isle-ad 30, Disma-L 32, Much less 33, Sights (sites) 34,
As-I-nine 38, Imag(in)es 40, All-(da)y.
Aries (March 21 - April 20)
All the products you see for sale today seem to be
calling your name. This would be a good time to sit
down and make out a list of what you really need so
that you stay focused.
Taurus (April 21 - May 20)
This afternoon you may decide to seek out a new friend
or do some fun activity with a neighbor or relative that
you have not seen in a long time. A new person may un-
expectedly enter your life today.
Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)
This day is rejuvenating, encouraging you to get ac-
complished this morning. You may see gatherings
in restaurants and parks, and being with or among
these groupings of families may warm your heart.
Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19)
You may be determined to change your body and
health. In order to do this you might decide to set
new rules. Diet, exercise and work mean more.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)
Work and bad weather may have prevented the main-
tenance that was needed around your living quarters
this winter. You may want to make those necessary
changes this weekend to make you feel comfortable.
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Your family, as well as friends, may be undergoing
some hard times and could follow a different path,
away from you. Your job is to stay positive and enjoy
the support system that stays within your path.
Cancer (June 22 - July 22)
You may be able to enjoy your own life situation to-
day. A visitor to your home may compliment you on
your choice of decor. You should make every opportu-
nity to be with friends.
Libra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
You are able to bring a group together. You may spend
a great deal of time playing with or teaching young
people. Making a good impression takes on greater
importance, even with these young people.
Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)
There may be a return of a mechanical problem today.
Take your time and make sure all mechanical parts are
serviced properly. A family member may enjoy talking
to you by telephone today.
Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)
Story writing, whether it is a story to be published or
one just developing, will get a big boost today. Ideas
are easy and writing about them will ow.
This morning you wake up with great ideas and will
want to get to pen and paper as quickly as possible.
Creating a focus and a plan may include the involve-
ment of a family member or friend.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 23)
Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)
Your energies are at a high and your best effortsap-
plied to any projectwill be successful. Your communi-
cative abilities are accented, it is an excellent time to
sway others to your way of thinking, and yourself, too.
Using all the letters
of the alphabet, ll in
the grid. To help you,
there are three cryp-
tic crossword-style
Top line: Flavourless
popular drink in had (7)
Middle line: In this part
of a vessel designed for
jam-making? (3, 10)
Bottom line: Letters to
be dropped off. (7)
To start you off, here
is one of the letters.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 Lead (5)
6 Gunpowder ingredi-
ent (5)
9 In name only (7)
10 Woo (5)
11 Having flavour (5)
12 Started (5)
13 Horse (7)
15 Illuminated (3)
17 Unit of land (4)
18 Yachting dock (6)
19 Edible mollusc (5)
20 Pressed (6)
22 Father (4)
24 Vehicle (3)
25 Break (7)
26 Metal fastener (5)
27 Buffalo (5)
28 Medical stand-in
29 Fought (7)
30 Transparent (5)
31 Postpone (5)
2 Sensual (6)
3 Flashing light (6)
4 Strike (3)
5 Stifled (5)
6 Unaffected (7)
7 M East country (4)
8 Keep (6)
12 Mix (5)
13 Sudden terror (5)
14 Mistake (5)
15 Extent (5)
16 Narrow (5)
18 Power (5)
19 Teaching session
21 Enrapture (6)
22 Paced (6)
23 Reprimand (6)
25 Chairs (5)
26 Dress (4)
28 Guided (3)
ACROSS: 8, Fielder 9, Sideboard 13, Attic 14, Chair 15, Rubella 16, Diocese 17, Pagan
18, Exile 20, Midge 22, Saturn 23, Barley 25, Skipper 27, Physics 30, Middle 31, Sha-
lom 32, Satan 35, Tempo 36, Agree 37, Embrace 39, Objects 41, Forum 42, Rebel
43, Plus fours 44, Discuss.
DOWN: 1, Bistro 2, Black eye 3, Teachers pet 4, Disregard 5, Herring 6, Double bass
7, Oral 10, Random 11, Carpets 12, Rarely 19, Illicit 21, Dukedom 24, Chambermaid
26, Pillowcase 28, Therefore 29, Algebra 30, Meteor 32, Subtract 33, Needle 34,
Passion 38, Ambush 40, July
2 7 3 5
8 7 2 4
1 3 8 6
7 6 4 5
1 9 4
6 2 8 3 9
1 2 3 5 7
2 5 6
4 1 9 8
All rows, columns
and 3 by 3 grids (de-
ned by bold lines )
have the numbers 1
to 9 appearing only
Some of the num-
bers have been en-
tered. Complete the
whole table by in-
serting the correct
Courtesy: dailyhoroscopes.com
Solution No. 1837
9 1 8 3 6 7 5 4 2
4 5 7 1 2 9 8 6 3
6 3 2 5 8 4 1 7 9
8 2 1 7 9 5 4 3 6
7 4 3 2 1 6 9 5 8
5 6 9 4 3 8 7 2 1
1 9 5 6 7 3 2 8 4
3 8 4 9 5 2 6 1 7
2 7 6 8 4 1 3 9 5
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1.30 Al Jazeera
6:30 Morning Prayer
6:45 Jesus Winner
7:00 Prophetic Voices
8:00 Neni Litakuweka
8:25 Rehema za Mungu
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07:00 Little People, Big World
07:25 Say Yes To The Dress
09:55 Long Island Medium
11:35 The Sisterhood
12:25 Extreme Couponing
01:15 Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
02:10 Little People, Big World
04:00 Oprahs Next Chapter
04:55 Oprah: Behind the Scenes
05:50 Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
06:45 Cake Boss
09:00 The Fabulous Baker Brothers
09:55 Soul Food Family
10:50 Breaking Amish
11:45 Last Chance Salon
DStv Highlights
1 5 8


B F J C 11
G B E D 24
J A F H 16
15 20 16 25
The letters have a distinct
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tals vertically and horizontally
have been given. Solve all the
9 6 4 7
NO 5198
H D C G 25
NO 5197

6:00 Christ Embassy
6.30 Joyce Meyer
7.00 Cartoons
8:00 Club Kiboko
9.00 Marvels
10.00 Yolo
11:00 Straight Up Live
1.00 Lunch Time News
1.30 Africa Speaks
2:00 Movie: Death Race
4.00 Mbiu ya KTN
4.10 Tendereza Live
6.00 Ideal Space
6:30 KTN LEO
7.30 Guinness Word Record
8:00 Are You My Type
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11.30 Baseline
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Nyeri 105.7 Meru
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2 IN 2D At 2.00pm,
MEN IN 3D At 4.15pm,
RIO 2 IN 3d At 4.45pm,
6.45pm, GODZILLA
IN 3D At 6.45pm,
HEROPANTI At 9.15pm,
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TENNIS: Kenyan trio set
for Wheelchair World Cup
Jane Ndenga, Pheobe Masika and Rahel
Akoth will represent Kenya at the BNP
Paribas Wheelchair World Cup. The event
takes place at the Niewe Sloot Tennis
Center in Alphen, the Netherlands, from
May 26-June 1. The Kenyan girls qualied
for the rst time for the world event by
beating Egypt 2-1 in the qualiers the
country hosted early this year. The trio
have an uphill task as they face 11 other
nations in their quest for the world title.
They will be up against the Netherlands,
Britain, Japan, Germany, Thailand, Korea,
US, Chile, Colombia, Chinese Taipei and
Russia. Elizabeth Hburugu
AFRICA: Final Kenya Youth
team off to Botswana games
The last batch of the Kenya team departed
yesterday for the second Africa Youth
Games in Gaborone, Botswana. Athletics
team chaperone Eunice Sang and head
coach Laban Obachi are optimistic
that Kenya will triumph and bag Youth
Olympic slots at the games. We have
done our best while we were in camp.
We have covered all areas that we were
supposed to very well and are hopeful
that the athletes will translate all that
in the competition, said Obachi, who is
managing a contingent of 15 girls and 15
boys. Karate coach Paul Kimani said his
contingent of eight players was ready for
the games. Erick uchieng'
TOUR: Inter Milan trip to
Kenya postponed FKF
Italian giants Inter Milan have postponed
their scheduled trip to Kenya. Football
Kenya Federation (FKF) announced on
Friday the serie A side have rescheduled
the visit to a later date. We wish to
inform Kenyans that due to unavoidable
circumstances the planned trip by Inter
Milan has been pushed to a later date.
We regret any inconvenience caused by
the postponement and will do our best
to ensure that this trip happens soon,
said FKF Secretary General Michael
Esakwa. Inter Milan was scheduled to
play Harambee Stars tomorrow.
ilbert Wandera
The Kenya team will have their
hopes up for another excellent per-
formance when the inaugural World
Relays Championships starts today
(tomorrow morning Kenya time)
in Nassau, Bahamas.
With a total prize money of Sh3.2
million at stake for the winning
teams, Kenyans will be at their best
attempting to transfer their domi-
nance in the middle distances to the
Kenya is always the rst name to
be mentioned in middle distances
and holds the world record in
4x800m of 7:02.43 from 2006. They
are represented in Nassau by Alfred
Kipketer, Ferguson Cheruiyot, Job
Kinyor, James Magut, Nicholas Kip-
koech and Sammy Kirongo.
But the next-best time in history
is barely half a second behind, a
7:02.82 from the US team in the
same race. Four members of the US
pool here come from those two
teams David Torrence, Duane Sol-
omon, Michael Rutt and Robby An-
drews with Brandon Johnson and
Mark Wieczorek rounding out the
Uganda could also mount a chal-
lenge, and Poland brings both their
aces, Adam Kszczot and Marcin Le-
wandowski, to the fray, although
theyre also entered in the 4x1500m
and will be making this their second
The real middle-distance battle
will be joined in the longest relay,
with three world powers bringing A
teams to the table.
Kenya again has an edge in the
4x1500m with World champion As-
bel Kiprop, but this is the only relay
Ethiopia is contesting, and they also
send a top-grade squad. The spoil-
ers may be Bahrain behind 2009
World champion Yusuf Saad
Kenyas stated goal of a world re-
cord in this distance comes down to
race tactics. The mark already be-
longs to them at 14:36.23, an aver-
age of 3:39 per leg when, as Kiprop
has pointed out, everyone on the
Kenyan team has run 3:32 or fast-
Kiprop will be joined by Collins
Cheboi, James Mugut (who would
be coming back from the 4x800m),
Nixon Chepseba, and Silas Kipla-
Ethiopia brings Aman Wote,
Chalachew Shimels, Mekonnen Ge-
bremedhin, Soresa Fida and Zebene
Alemayehu. Both Wote and Ge-
bremedhin have sub-3:32 times and
world indoor medals.
In the womens event, focus will
be on the 4x800m where a strong
team, including World champions
Eunice Sum and the 2007 World
champion Janeth Jepkosgei, are in
the line-up.
To challenge, the US brings Mos-
cow bronze medallist Brenda Marti-
nez, World Indoor champion
Chanelle Price, World Junior cham-
pion Ajee Wilson, and former 1,500m
Diamond Race winner Morgan Uce-
ny, but even that might not be
enough to challenge the Kenyans.
The real question may be strate-
gy at this rarely-run distance. Will
the Kenyans try to break away early
and build an insurmountable ad-
vantage, or will they be content to
stay in a pack and count on superior
speed on the last leg to win? Neither
strategy is a certainty.
Australia, France, Jamaica, Mex-
ico, Romania, and Trinidad and To-
bago are the other six teams entered
in this straight-nal race, to be held
on Sunday.
If strategy is a question in the
4x800m, it is even more so for the
4x1500m, where a fourth runner
may deliberately give up a lead in
order to position herself better for
the closing sprint.
The world record at this distance,
17:05.72, was put up this April by a
Kenyan quartet including Mercy
Cherono, Irene Jelagat, Ann Karindi
Mwangi and Perin Nengampi. In
their team for Nassau, Nengampi
has been swapped for 2012 World
Indoor champion Hellen Obiri, who
recently set an African 3,000m re-
Kenyas world record mark was
just three seconds under the previ-
ous world record, a ve-year-old
mark run by the University of Ten-
nessee at the 2009 Penn Relays and
if a world record could be forecast
for any event, this one would be rat-
ed most likely as the Kenyans.
Kenya teams favourite to excel
at inaugural world competition
Asbel Kiprop with Nixon Kiplimo
Chepseba and Silas Kiplagat. They make
up the 1,500m Kenya team to the
Sunday Programme
0:30 am Mens 4x200m heats
0:49 am Womens 4x100m heats
1:14 am Mens 4x800m nal
1:38 am Womens 4x400m heats
2:12 am Mens 4x400m heats
2:43 am Womens 4x1500m nal
3:15 am Mens 4x200m nal
3:33 am Womens 4x100m nal B
3:42 am Womens 4x100m nal
Former world half marathon bronze med-
allist John Mwangangi could not take the heat
and nished fth in the mens 10,000m race in
the Kenya Prisons Athletics Championships
yesterday at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.
Mwangangi, the 2011 Africa cross-country
champion who represents Rift Valley, helped his
teammates to win the team title in 28:52.02.
The athlete, who comes from Machakos,
said: The race was too tactical. But I will rec-
tify a few mistakes before the national trials. I
will now focus only on making the team to the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Scotland)
in July. Thereafter, I can decide on other races,
said Mwangangi.
Fireworks are expected in todays mens
5,000m showdown where Olympic 5,000
bronze medallist Thomas Lon-
gosiwa, Africa 5,000m bronze
medallist Timothy Kiptoo and
2006 Commonwealth Games
sensation Jonathan Komen
go head to head in the 12-lap
Eliud Mwangi, the Athlet-
ics Kenya (AK) series winner
in Kisii and Mumias meets and
who runs for Prisons Staff and
Training College (PSTC) won
the 10,000m race in 28:46.01
ahead of Charles Cheruiyot
(28:46.03) and Nairobis Jo-
sephat Kiprop (28:46.06).
The 2010 Africa 400m hur-
dles bronze medallist Maureen
Chelagat of Prisons Headquar-
ters won her speciality race in
59.03 as former national triath-
lon champion and Africa 400m
hurdles silver medallist Florence
Wasike of PST) settled for second
spot in 60.01.
Anastacia Kanini completed
the podium nish in 66.09.
Wasike, who has thrice been
crowned the Prisons Most Valu-
able Athlete, played second
ddle again as she wound up
second in the womens 100m
hurdles in 14.08 behind the win-
ner, Nairobis Caroline Waiganjo
In the mens 110m hurdles,
Nairobis Samuel Korir carried
the title in 15.06 ahead of East-
erns Dennis Kimeu (15.06) as
Geoffrey Mabwi, another Nairo-
bian, clocked 15.08 to settle for bronze.
East Africa discus and javelin champion
Cecilia Kiplagat of Nyanza managed a hurl of
37.87m to retain the discus title and also im-
prove on the 37.66m she posted last year.
Easterns Everline Bosibori settled for the
runner up slot in 34.73, just as she did last year
when she hurled 35.86.
Nyanzas Jacqueline Nyongesa managed
a fourth nish in the womens discus to man-
age a throw of 11.58m and secure the shotput
title, with Centrals Jane Kiptoo (11.55m) being
placed ahead of the third-placed Jane Wanja of
PSTC (10.48m).
Reuben Bett, third at the AK meet in Mumias,
is expected to blaze the trails today in the 800m
as Hosea Cheronyei and Hosea Chirchir com-
pete in the 1,500m.
Commonwealth Games sensation Vincent
Kosgei will light up the 400m race.
Little-known Mwangi upstages Mwangangi in Prisons contest
Africa for the Vodacom Cup ap-
parently gained a lot of experience
and will be ready for those two
The plaudits continue to ood
in for Top Fry Nakuru RFC, who
added the Kenya Cup to their En-
terprise title.
Under coach Dominique Papa
Habimana, the teams mental
strength, blending together and
hard work have made the team
untouchable in the fteens game.
The rugby fraternity will now
concentrate on the Bamburi Super
Series and Chairmans Cup this
weekend in what is an extremely
busy period for the local game,
while the younger generation will
be attending the extremely popu-
lar annual Black Rock schools
rugby festival, which I remember
fondly from my school days!
Well done to Onkar Rai and
his family. After speaking to him
on my radio show this week, I am
very impressed by the investment
his familys group of companies
has put into local sport.
Through their Top Fry brand,
they are sponsoring Kenya Cup
winners Nakuru RFC and Kenyan
Premier League side Nakuru, who
claimed the notable scalp of Gor
Mahia, along with former Kenya
National Rally champion and win-
ner of the KCB Kiambu Rally Carl
Flash Tundo.
Rais sister company Kabras
Sugar sponsors the rally team of
himself and Baldev Chager, the
reigning Kenya National Rally
Champion, 2013 Safari Rally win-
ner and Kenya Motorsports Per-
sonality of The Year.
Im pretty sure the companies
are involved in other grassroots
sports programmes, making them
one of, if not THE biggest inves-
tors in Kenyan sports today.
Rais family is an example for
other Kenyan companies to invest
some of their earnings in sport and
help raise the standards to those of
countries like South Africa, where
private rms heavily invest in vari-
ous sports teams and individuals.
Ive said it before in this column
the Government needs to create a min-
istry of sport. If countries like South Af-
rica can have a minister of sport than
so can Kenya!
This country has so much potential
and other sports teams and personali-
ties bring so much glory internation-
ally that its high time the Government
took this department seriously rather
than hiding it with culture.
Indeed, our local sports associa-
tions can learn one or two things from
associations in other African coun-
I was looking for something on
Ghanaian football during the week
and stumbled on GFA TV, Ghana Foot-
ball Association Television a channel
solely dedicated to Ghanaian football.
Food for thought, Sam Nyamweya and
the Football Kenya Federation!
The writer is a sport journalist
and runs a consulting rm.

AFC Leopards players train ahead of their CAF match against Defence SC of Ethiopia at National Stadium in February. [PHOTOS: BONIFACE OKENDO/ STANDARD]
Its been another eventful week for
local football both on and off the pitch.
Supersport commentator Herbert
Mwachiro, who is the local football ana-
lyst on my Saturday Sport show on Na-
tion FM, has the latest:
The highlight of the week was AFC
Leopards nally conrming Dutch-
man Hendrick Pieter de Jongh as head
coach, although Ingwe have been ned
Sh500,000 and Thika United awarded 3
points by the Independent Disciplinary
and Complaints Committee for fan mis-
The team and their new head coach
are currently in Sudan for the Nile Basin
Meanwhile Gor Mahia received a
boost this week after being presented
with kits by Nairobi Governor Evans Ki-
dero, with the governor promising that
wide-scale renovations of the rundown
City Stadium will start in July.
KOgalo themselves have a massive
match at the new Meru Stadium tomor-
row, when they face Tusker in a Top 8
semi rst leg clash.
Tusker had 5,000 fans attend their
last match in what is proving to be a
very good investment.
Speaking of stadiums, Uasin Gishu
Governor Jackson Mandago visited the
Machakos Stadium this week and con-
rmed that his county would soon be
investing in a stadium of their own.
In selected Kenyan Premier League
games, there were good wins for Gor,
Sofapaka and Tusker, while promoted
KRA continued their amazing form by
beating Thika United 2-1.
Top Frys point against Mathare also
earned them a dubious distinction no
team has had a worse start to the league
since 1999.
Meanwhile, Harambee Stars are back
in camp. They will leave on Wednesday
for their Africa Cup Of Nations pre-
qualier return leg against the Comoros
on Friday.
By the way, congratulations to four
Fifa accredited referees, who will be of-
ciating a Confederations Cup group
stages match in Tunis tomorrow be-
tween hosts Etoile Du Sahel and Egypts
Al Ahly.
Sylvester Kirwa is the centre referee,
Peter Sabatia and Gilbert Cheruiyot are
the rst and second referees, while the
fourth ofcial is Anthony Ogwayo.
For a moment, I was really excited
this week to hear of Willy Ambaka re-
turning to the Kenya fold, as he was
recalled along with a select group of Ke-
nya national sevens players that includ-
ed Collins Injera and Patrice Agunda to
bolster the national fteens team for the
international friendly against Portugal.
However, that happiness turned to
sadness as the Kenya/Portugal match
was cancelled due to the ongoing travel
advisory, which is hitting the Kenya
tourism industry hard.
Ambaka had a great season in
France, propelling his Lyon-based team
Lou into the rst division of the French
Lets hope at some point in the fu-
ture hell be able to play for Kenya, as
the man nicknamed Lomu would de-
nitely bring in the crowds!
As for the national fteens team, ex-
pect some of the national sevens boys
to join the squad as they push to qual-
ify for next years World Cup in England
and Wales. The team that was in South
Caroline Waiganjo races to win
the 100m womens hurdles
uring the current run-
up to Fifa World Cup
time in Brazil, it is in-
triguing to be in Om-
durman; that deeply historic part of
a sprawling metropolis the interna-
tional world refers to as Khartoum.
Apart from Cairo and the pyr-
amids upstream the Nile which -
nally becomes one river after the
merger of the Blue and the White Nile
at Omdurman there is perhaps no
other place in Africa with such amaz-
ing history. Actually, in the very old
days, Sudan and Egypt were one; and
Sudan, down to about Khartoum,
was practically just lower Egypt.
Football wise today, Omdurman is
chiey known for its famous clubs, Al
Merreikh and Al Hilal. They are so
huge in many aspects that the popu-
lation of the entire country gets pas-
sionate about one or the other.
There are many other football
clubs in Sudan, and indeed in differ-
ent states, but even in those areas the
prominent sides are named Al Mer-
reikh or Al Hilal and draw spiritual in-
spiration from the mother sides in
On one hand River Nile divides
Omdurman and Khartoum and on
the other, before a picturesque con-
uence, the Blue and the White Niles
demarcate Omdurman from the third
part of the Metropolis, Khartoum
During the new Cecafa Nile Basin Cup football tournament, GISHINGA NJOROGE is in Omdurman where The
Magdhi wiped out a whole British military expedition in 1865, where African football was born in 1956 and where
Sudan Army troops were deployed to keep peace in a World Cup qualifying match between Algeria and Egypt in 2009.
Al Merreikh FC Players. The team have won the Sudanese Premier League title 18 times. LEFT: Gor and
Al-Merrikh players tussle in a past regional club championship. [PHOTO: FILE / STANDARD]
Cup in France, this increased to six in
the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Af-
rica, to include the hosts. The num-
ber of places returned to ve for this
years event in Brazil.
Of the four founder members of
CAF, Sudan and Ethiopia, prominent
members of the Africa body and for-
midable teams in the beginnings
when they won the Africa Cup of Na-
tions, have not been to the World
Yet, as the countdown to Brazil
lingers, memories of World Cup
quests fought in Omdurman are very
fresh. Sudan, African champions in
1970, have never been lucky in the
quest for a World Cup place, but an
intriguing battle raged on their own
backyard for the last African ght for
a place in the 210 Fifa World Cup.
Algeria and Egypt were set for a
contest in Omdurmans Al Merreikh
Stadium. They were replaying a nal
qualication tie cancelled in Cairo
where Algerian players and support-
ers were violently attacked.
Thousands of Egyptian and Alge-
rian fans owed into Sudan with spe-
cial charter ights for the match. The
attendees included ofcials, minis-
ters, actors and singers from both
sides of the aisle including the per-
sonal representative of the Algerian
president Abdul-Aziz Bouteika, his
Bahri. Omdurman has the largest
population (3 million), Khartoum
2.5 m and Bahri (1.6 million).
Old Omdurman is the grand dad
of them all. Bustling and largely cha-
otic, its pride is always bare no mat-
ter what modernity Khartoum
across the river, with its sky-scraper
projects, tries to throw up.
The homes of Al Merreikh and Al
Hilal lie close in a crowded neigh-
bourhood. El Merreikhs is a 44,000
lovely stadium that is in continuous
upgrading. Al Hilals is smaller, cant
hold their passionate following and
clearly bursts at the seams. They try
to keep up, but Merreikh as miles
Yet, if there is one club that can
claim a slightly larger following it
would be Hilal, champions of Sudan
27 times since the modern league in
1962 and nalists in the African club
championship in 1987 and 1992.
But founded in 1927, Al Merreikh
is one of Africas oldest football clubs
and have won the Sudan title not a
bad 19 times, completely dominat-
ed the domestic Cup competition
winning it a record 24 times com-
pared to seven only of Al Hilal. And
Merreikh, unlike Hilal [founded
1930] have an Africa title, the Cup
Winners Cup in 1989.
Anyway, Al Merreikh/Al Hilal ri-
valry and bragging rights aside,
these Omdurman football clubs
gave birth to African football as it is
known now.
Around the people who ran foot-
ball on the same premises of the two
Omdurman soccer clubs the African
Football Confederation (CAF) was
formed on February 8 1957.
By then there was only one other
continental football confederation
Union of European Football Associ-
ations. UEFA is too far ahead in
most aspects that it is hard to be-
lieve that the African body is a mere
three years younger.
At the hosting of Sudan, Egyp-
tian, Ethiopian and South African
football federation delegates formed
CAF in Khartoum. This was a reali-
sation of the dream of African pio-
neers who mooted the CAF forma-
tion at a meeting in Avendia Hotel,
Lisbon (apparently during a Fifa in-
ternational gathering) on June 7
1956 at which the Somalia FA was al-
so present.
The rst CAF headquarters was
situated in Khartoum, Sudan for
some months until a re outbreak in
the ofces of the Sudan Football As-
sociation when the organisation
moved to Cairo.
Currently CAF, the biggest of Fi-
fas six confederations, has 56 mem-
bers. CAF has ve slots out of the 32
available since the 1998 Fifa World
brother and the two sons of the then
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Non-Algerian and Egyptian fans were
urged to stay well away from El Merreikh
Stadium where, apart from the normal
Police contingent manning soccer match-
es, 15,000 extra troops kept tight control
over 35,000 supporters in the stadium.
But after Egypt capitulated 0-1 to Alge-
ria and trouble broke out after the end of
the match armed security forces red tear
gas to chase away thousands of fans wait-
ing outside.
Most residents of Omdurman relished
the defeat of neighbours Egypt whose na-
tional and club sides traditionally have
the edge over Sudan sides. They were
pleased with the Egyptian disillusion-
The vast majority of Sudanese ap-
peared to rally behind Algerians and when
riots broke out, they were caught up in the
People in Omdurman absolutely love
football, playing and watching being
about the only recreation available to a
conservative society where there is no al-
cohol drinking or elaborate dancing.
Cecafas new Nile Basin Cup tourna-
ment will most certainly be a welcome
mix to the entertainment as Omdurman
residents sit around cool evenings in the
desert climate to discuss among other
things the upcoming World Cup and the
Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, Sudan, is the ofcial home of Sudanese football club
Ingwe appeal to FKF
over IDAC ruling on
abandoned tie at Nyayo
AFC Leopards have ofcially appealed against a deci-
sion to award Thika United an abandoned Kenyan Premier
League (KPL) match two weeks ago.
The club has written to Football Kenya Federation (FKF)
seeking to overturn the decision which also came with a
Sh500,000 ne.
Leopards secretary general George Aladwa wants both
decisions reversed terming them unfair. We feel aggrieved
by Independent and Appeals Committe (IDAC) ruling which
was made less than 24 hours after we had appeared before a
committee to present our case. Our evidence was not taken
seriously and hence we feel the decision was wrong.
The fact on the ground is that Leopards were the away
team and as such were not responsible for the security of
players, match ofcials and fans. Thika United being the
home team was expected to ensure there was maximum
security which they denitely failed to do so even despite
their assurance during pre-match meeting. There were less
than 50 police ofcers yet Thika had promised to avail over
200 security ofcers.
It is also worth noting that even some fans numbering
two scaled perimeter fence and into the pitch, police lay in
watch before later resorting to lobbying teargas canisters
which is against the law of Fifa and FKF.
We are disturbed that no action was taken against Thika
for failing to provide security and also on its coach John Ka-
mau for telling his players not to take to the pitch.
Elsewhere, Sony Sugar hosts KCB today in the only KPL
match this weekend. Sony are the more hungrier for victory.
Despite a good start in the season, the sugar millers have
experienced a major dip in form.
Coach Zedekiah Otieno must nd a way to give the home
fans something to celebrate after a long wait. The bankers
remain among the bottom teams on the log. A win away will
be a major motivation for Rishadi Shedu as he seeks to beat
off looming relegation.
Ulinzi men defeated Armed team 26-19 as the Kenya
Defence Forces (KDF) handball national league entered the
day two yesterday at the Nyayo Stadium handball court.
In another encounter, Artillery struggled to win against
4th Brigade 26-24 in the mens category.
Armed women team was awarded a walk over when
their rivals Moi Airbase failed to honour their xture.
Engineers men handball team rallied from behind to
beat Kahawa club 27-2. Kahawa scored four quick points
thanks to Paul Ondara fast breaks in the rst ve minutes.
After the rst quarter, Kahawa were forced to play less
after Titus Gitonga was send of the pitch for two minutes,
this placed the Benjamin Wanje coached side to score ve
more points to lead 12-10 and were never to look back again
as they comfortably led 17-12, 22-15 before winning 27-21.
Kahawa failed to convert many penalties. Kahawa Team
Manager Yussuf Kipruto said: At the start, we had an upper
hand, but we wasted penalties and we paid for that errors.
Engineer coach Wanje, the former Ulinzi goalkeeper
said a win was a better start. Last season we nished fth,
we aim to nish in the medal bracket , said Wanje.
Omdurman is a place of many historic
battles. You could call the 1985 Cecafa Club
Championship one such; when Kenyas
Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards reached
the Final here for Dr William Obwaka, a
young University of Nairobi student then,
to strike twice for Gor AND hand Ingwe
one of the most painful defeats by their
bitter foes to date.
Without Gor Mahia here for the Nile
Basin Cup tournament, Leopards may
wish to go all the way and lift the new
Cup, bring it to Nairobi and see whether it
could wipe some tears.
The Egyptians had once long lorded
it over the people of Sudan. After com-
ing down the Nile Ibrahim Pasha, the son
of Egypts ruler Muhammad Ali Pasha
usurped Sudan into his realm. He estab-
lished Khartoum in 1821 to be an outpost
for the Egyptian Army but it became a
centre of trade including slave trade.
Then the Egyptians, in cahoots with
the British became too cruel to the Su-
danese and a local leader who enjoyed
spiritual reverence Mahdi Muhammad
Ahman, or simply known as The Mahdi
led a resistance.
Troops loyal to The Magdhi began a
siege of then British controlled Khartoum
on March 13 1884.
The British defenders were under the
famed General Charles George Gordon.
The siege ended in a wholesome massacre
of the Anglo-Egyptian garrison. The heav-
ily damaged city fell to the Magdhists
on January 26 1885 and all its inhabitants
were put to death.
A humiliated Britain sought vengeance
and the peace and self independence of
The Magdhis people lasted only 14 years.
Then on the grounds in Omdurman
where these days several institutions such
as the Sudanese house of Parliament, re-
ligious university and many social ame-
nities such as club football grounds cur-
rently occupy, it was a scene of the bloody
Battle of Omdurman on September 2
1898 during which British forces, under
Herbert Kitchener, defeated the Magdhist
forces defending the familiar spots of to-
days Omdurman City. In 1899, Khartoum
became the capital of an Anglo-Egyptian
Historians take up the narration about
the massacre of the army of Sudanese
people on the at plains of Omdurman
where these days children play football in
dusty and sandy stretches.
The Khalifa Abdullahi, leader of the
Sudanese and religious successor to the
Mahdi, aware of Kitcheners intentions,
had assembled a large army near Om-
durman, since 1885 the Magdhist capital,
across the Nile from Khartoum.
Kitcheners army of 17,600 Egyptian
and Sudanese troops and 8,200 British
regulars, was heavily outnumbered, but
had at its disposal fty pieces of artillery,
ten gunboats and ve auxiliary steamers
on the Nile. It also possessed forty single-
barrelled, water-cooled Maxim machine-
guns, each capable of ring six hundred
rounds a minute. The British infantry was
equipped with Lee Metford ries, or its
successor, the .303 Lee Eneld. They both
had a range of 2,800 yards, and a skilled
rieman could re up to ten rounds a
The Khalifas army in Omdurman con-
sisted of about 60,000 men. They fought
with determination. In terms of weap-
onry, however, the Khalifas army was not
quite as primitive as it looked. They had
some 15,000 captured shoulder arms,
even though they were poorly maintained.
Their riemen were dispersed among the
spearmen and sword bearers in the hopes
of giving the latter a better opportunity of
getting to grips with the enemy. They also
possessed some captured pieces of artil-
lery and machine guns but hardly any ap-
propriate ammunition.
The Omdurman armys frontal assault
on the British position the following day,
September 2nd, was catastrophic with
thousands of men mown down by the
British ries and machine-guns.
The battle lasted a little more than ve
hours. As many as 11,000 Magdhists were
massacred and 16,000 wounded. The An-
glo-Egyptian losses numbered only 500
(dead and wounded).
Perhaps to avenge Gordons death at
the hands of the Magdhists, Kitchener
left the wounded enemy to die on the
plains and later, after triumphantly en-
tering Khartoum, he looted the city and
murdered many of the Khalifas leading
Omdurman is a place of historic battles Mashemeji
contested there in 1985 Cecafa Club championship
Ulinzi arrest Armed in KDF
handball national league
teams and players they will be support-
ing in Brazil.
Half of Sudan, however, are mean-
while at the same time seriously focused
on the (Africa club) Champions League.
That is because Al Hilal of Omdurman
are in the nal Group Stage. Hilal were
serious at training until Thursday when
they left for Cairo for their next Group A
match against Egypts Zamalek.
Al Hilal were on a high when they last
weekend edged recent back-to-back Af-
rica champions TP Mazembe of Lubum-
bashi (DR Congo) 1-0 at the Hilal Stadi-
um, Omdurman.
Al Hilals current good form is a great
source of envy to Al Merreikh supporters
who prefer to turn their focus on the on-
going Nile Basin Cup which many view
as a matter of fact that they will win.
It may not be certain with how much
importance other teams such as Kenyas
AFC Leopards, Ugandas SC Victoria Uni-
versity and Tanzanias Mbeya City , will
be approaching the Nile Basin Cup tour-
nament but if they take any less serious-
ly they may be steamrolled by Al Mer-
Leopards have appeared focused and
enthusiastic about doing well here. Back
at home, the beginning to this years Ke-
nyan Premier League has been awful.
They are 12 points behind leaders Gor
Mahia and time to equal or better their
second placing at the end of last season
could be sleeping away.
A two-week sojourn if they go all
the way to the nal here in Omdurman
could do them a lot of good in correcting
their mistakes and bonding with a new
coach, Dutchman Hendrik De Jong, who
joined them just hours before boarding
the plane to here last Wednesday.
Bungoma schools start well
Two handball teams from Bungoma County, which are
both national champions in the sport, began their title de-
fence on a high, after winning all their matches in the ongo-
ing Nzoia Region Secondary Schools Term 2A games at Bun-
goma High. Moi Girls Kamusinga and St Lukes Kimilili Boys
High matches. Moi Girls whitewashed its Butere Girls(28-10),
St Kelvins Turakana (49-4) and Tartar Girls ( 39-9) to make
semis. Kimilili beat Kolanya Boys 27-15, Chavakali 35-13 and
St Ignatius Mukumu 27-20.
Sunderlands new coach Paolo Di Canio poses for photographs
during a media conference at the football clubs training
academy in Sunderland, northern England April 2, 2013. Di
Canio sought to play down the controversy over his appoint-
ment as Sunderland manager on Tuesday and said he would bet
everything he had on the club staying in the Premier League.
Its do or die for Rwenzori and Ki-
faru franchises as they battle it out for
a spot in the semi-nals of the Bamburi
Rugby Super Series.
The two sides meet today at the Na-
kuru Athletic Club for a Pool B xture
that will determine which team nish
es second in the pool to qualify for the
semis alongside leaders Papa.
Papa have already won both their
rst two games against Rwenzori in
Uganda, and Kifaru in Kakamega, to
claim top spot and a semi-nal spot.
They will rest as they wait to see who
from their group will join them in
Machakos next weekend for the next
round of games.
Kifaru captain Rocky Aguko claimed
they have learned from their loss to Pa-
pa in Kakamega and they are bound to
perform better. Speaking after the loss,
Aguko said they could have beaten Pa-
pa had they not lost concentration in
the dying minutes of the game.
According to Aguko, they will not let
that happen again and Rwenzori will
get their full wrath in Nakuru.
Rwenzori, on the other hand, will be
hoping to y the Ugandan ag high af-
ter their countrymen Victoria team
missed out on the semis.
Victoria lost their two group games
to Ndovu and Chui and are no longer
in contention for the coveted trophy.
Rwenzori will now have to shoulder
that burden and hope emerge with a
good result against Kifaru.
With Ndovu and Chui having each
won one game apiece, in Pool A, they
have both qualied for the semi-nals
and will only be ghting to nish from
in spot from the pool.
Chuis Team Manager Philip Mwen-
esi said the side is aiming for nothing
less than the Main Cup trophy and they
are ready to devour anyone standing in
their way.
The defending champions Ndovu
on the other hand will be no push
overs, given that they are boosted by
the fact that constituent club Nakuru
has just successfully defended the Ke-
nya Cup, just a month after they were
crowned Enterprise Cup winners.
The champions are enjoying a
splendid season and hope to extend
their form to the Bamburi Rugby Super
Series. In what is expected to be a
cracker of a match, both teams will be
at their best with the Cup in mind.
Kifaru battle Rwenzori in Bamburi rugby
Atletico Madrid have a chance in todays
Champions League nal not only to claim
their debut European crown but to deny
their loathed and wealthier neighbours,
Real Madrid a record-extending 10th.
Atletico bid to outwit
wealthy neighbours Real
in Champions League
Manchester Uniteds Wayne Rooney shoots
to score his second goal from a penalty
during their English Premier League match
against Aston Villa at Old Trafford in
Manchester. [PHOTO: REUTERS]
Atletico have already outperformed this
season, securing a remarkable La Liga tri-
umph, shattering the domestic dominance
of Real and Barcelona and becoming the
rst team other than the big two to win the
Spanish title since Valencia in 2004. They
are also back competing with the conti-
nents elite after a lengthy absence and the
rst showpiece between teams from the
same city in the 59-year history of the Eu-
ropean Cup is their second nal after they
lost out to Bayern Munich in 1974.
Real, the worlds richest club by income
who have splashed more than $822 million
on players over the past ve years, are ap-
pearing in their 13th nal, but the rst since
their last success in 2002. Their vast outlay
is proof of Real president Florentino Perezs
obsession with winning what is known in
Spain as la decima (the 10th).
After Reals La Liga campaign faltered in
the nal weeks of the campaign, failure in
Lisbon would be a massive blow to the con-
struction magnates prestige.
From the rst day a player arrives at the
club, he is already saying that he has come
to win the decima, former Real forward
Predrag Mijatovic said. There is too much
pressure being put on the players. The best
way to take the sting out of this obsession
is winning and then we wont be talking
about the 10th anymore.
Atletico, known as the mattress mak-
ers after their red and white-striped shirts,
and Real, who play in all-white and are
nicknamed the meringues, have met only
once before in continental competition, in
the European Cup semi-nals in 1958-59.
Real went through to what was their fourth
consecutive nal after winning a replay in
Zaragoza when Ferenc Puskas scored the
winner in a 2-1 success.
The city neighbours have met four times
this season. In La Liga, Atletico won 1-0 at
Reals Bernabeu stadium and they drew 2-2
at the Calderon in the return, while in the
two-legged Kings Cup semi-nals Atletico
were on the end of a 5-0 aggregate drub-
Those encounters are unlikely to have
much impact on the Champions League -
nal, with Atletico, unbeaten in Europe this
term and on a high after wrapping up the
La Liga title on Saturday and Real under
enormous pressure to avoid what would be
a humiliating reverse.
Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this
seasons competition with a record 16 goals,
believes the expectation weighing on him
and his team mates can be used to their ad-
Since the rst day we came here, weve
felt that positive pressure to win the Cham-
pions League, he said. Real Madrid have
wanted it for a long time. It is a moment
that the whole Madrid family are dreaming
about - the decima.
Atletico, meanwhile, are sweating on the
tness of top scorer Diego Costa, who has
eight Champions League goals this term.
The Brazil-born forward, a Spain interna-
tional, has been suffering with a series of
muscle problems and limped out of Satur-
days title decider at Barcelona. Reuters
Germanys Lars
Bender (left) vies
with Mats Hummels.
In Accra, Ghanas players are realistic
enough to know they have a tougher
World Cup challenge this time, midelder
Michael Essien said Thursday.
Ghana made the quarternals and
barely missed out on the semis in South
Africa four years ago after a last-minute
penalty miss in extra time and a shootout
loss to Uruguay. A place in the last four
would have made Ghana the rst African
team to go that far at a World Cup.
Just making the second round is a huge
task this year. In Brazil, Ghana face Ger-
many, Portugal and USA in Group G.
Anything can happen but we are real-
istic enough to know we cannot aim that
high from the start, Essien said in an in-
terview on the Fifa website. Get the rst
objective of making the second round out
of the way and we will see how far we can
Aware of the expectation on Africas
best-performing team in 2010, the AC Mi-
lan midelder said the Ghana squad is
certainly capable of making history for
the continent and reaching the seminals
in Brazil. But it would be a major surprise
if Ghana makes the knockout round and
progresses ahead of either Germany or
Portugal, the two countries ranked just be-
hind world champion Spain.
Ghanas mideld is its strength, Essien
said, where he could combine with AC Mi-
lan teammate Sulley Muntari, Marseilles
Andre Ayew, Juventus Kwadwo Asamoah
and Schalkes Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Essien will likely be the lynchpin. He
missed the last World Cup with injury and
Essien says Black Stars
strength lies in depth
of their selected squad
Cameroon will play
Moldova as Guatemala
pull out citing insecurity
Ghana team picture.
Germany midelder Lars Bender has
been ruled out of next months World Cup
in Brazil with a thigh injury in another
blow to coach Joachim Loews plans.
Two days after Germany started their
preparations in northern Italy, the Bayer
Leverkusen player became the latest inju-
ry victim and pulled out of the 27-man
German Bender out injured
Cameroon will host Moldova in its nal
friendly before the World Cup after Guate-
mala canceled a trip to the West African
nation citing security fears, the Cameroon
Football Federation said on Thursday.
Guatemala decided not to travel to
Cameroon for the June 7 game in the cap-
ital Yaounde for security reasons, federa-
tion spokesperson Laurence Fotso said.
Local media suggested deadly attacks
this week by Islamic extremist group Boko
Haram in neighbouring Nigeria may have
been the reason for the Guatemala teams
reluctance to visit the region.
Cameroon said it guaranteed the Mol-
dovans a four-day stay in a ve-star hotel
in Yaounde, and paid a Fifa-accredited
match agent company $208,000 to make
the game happen.
Cameroons squad is in Austria for a
training camp and warmup games next
week against Macedonia and Paraguay.
Cameroon also plays Germany in
Monchengladbach on June 1, then returns
home for the farewell friendly against Mol-
dova. Cameroon faces Mexico, Croatia and
host Brazil in group games at the World
Cup next month. AP
hasnt played in a major tournament for his country
for more than four years.
The squad gathered for a training camp in Accra
this week and will play a farewell game on Friday
against a local team before traveling to Europe, the
U.S. and then Brazil. Ghana faces the Netherlands and
South Korea in warm-up matches before opening at
the World Cup against the Americans on June 16. Gha-
na beat the U.S. at the last two World Cups. AP
provisional squad, the team said on Friday.
The 25-year-old, who has scored four times in 17
international appearances, picked up a combined
muscle and tendon injury in his right thigh in training
on Thursday evening and will now leave the camp.
His bad luck follows that of his twin brother Sven,
who failed to make the squad because of injury, and
throws the door open for unexpected call up Christoph
Kramer to claim a World Cup spot.
When a player is ruled out so close before a tour-
nament then it is very disappointing for everyone,
Loew said in a statement.
I feel personally very sorry for Lars because I know
how much he wanted to be in Brazil.
Bender is the latest German to suffer injury with
captain Philipp Lahm and rst choice keeper Manuel
Neuer out for days and still to arrive in Italy because of
Fellow Bayern Munich team mate Bastian Schwein-
steiger is also yet to begin training with the team as he
works on his tness following a knee inammation,
while Real Madrids Sami Khedira is also just back from
a cruciate ligament tear last year.
Top striker Miroslav Klose is racing to get t in time
of the tournament after an injury-plagued season at
Italys Lazio and has also yet to train with the team.
Several other players, including regulars Mario
Gomez and Ilkay Guendogan did not even make the
provisional squad after failing to return to full tness
from long injury absences this season.
The three-time World Cup winners have been
drawn in Group G along with Portugal, United States
and Ghana. Reuters
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My mum hates me, prefers my step brother
Daniel is a trouble young man. He feels that his mother has a
soft spot for his younger brother. Are his fears valid or he is
just paranoid?
Of thirst and dry spells
According to the straight shooting Silas Nyanchwani, a
sexually frustrated male is a walking grenade waiting to
explode. Find out why.
E consultations and how they work
In this era of technological innovations, E-consults by email,
phone or video conference is the way to go.
Youre now the boss, what next?
Your hard work, determination and competence has seen
you join the big boys club. The corner ofce is lonely and
unfamiliar. What to do?
Hellen Miseda
eventeen-year old Omar Juma from Coast is an inspir-
ing boy. The teenager who hails from Kwale County suf-
fers from dwarsm. Standing at 35 inches tall (the aver-
age height of a four-year-old) and in Class Eight, Omar
is amazing. A student at Ukunda Primary School, Omar
made his debut public appearance during the just concluded na-
tional drama festivals, where he staged a thrilling performance.
Born to a poor single mother who abandoned him at birth, and
raised by an equally struggling grandmother; the young boy has
risen above crippling poverty, societal stigma and shame to be
where he is. Though his classmates, who are younger than him;
tower over him, Omar is a giant in many ways.
The energetic teen has the self-condence of a CEO, the ghting
spirit of a lion and is as charming as an eel. In class, he has to sit
in front so that he can have a better view of the teacher and the
blackboard. When he seats, he is so minute, sometimes he has to
literally stand on his chair for a better view of the class. Because of
the obvious physical disabilities that are almost paralysing his life,
he has to work ten times more than his classmates.
Other than being exceptionally short, he is a bit slow when
it comes to grasping some concepts and his body is a bit frail.
But even in the face of such challenges, the boy is still the star in
the school and is determined to make a signicant mark in the
global arena. Our Prole this week exemplies Omars uninch-
ing spirit.Born with no arms and in a poor family, Miriam Wawira
has battled many odds to be where she is. Currently employed at
Safaricom Ltd customer care department, Miriam has attened
many mountains to make it in life.
Read her remarkable story on page 14 and while at it, have a
magnicent weekend. Cheers.
Jones Kariuki: Do cars command respect?
I thought character and personality do? You
people, material things will never command any
respect to a self-respecting person.
Blessed Apostle Harrison: Where is the
car? We need it to command respect here too.
Irene Tuwei: When I grow up, I will drive
a Merc. For now, ni matatu za Kasa! I admire
ladies who drive such posh cars!
Rachael Ndunge Anne: What I am getting
from this story is that a car must not be owned
by a dignitary for it to command respect.
Nicholas Mutisya: Very nice but you mean
this Mercedes C 200 is cheaper to maintain
compared to a Toyota?
Emily Lamara: I am also surprised.
Suzy Odongo: Those Mercs have become so
cheap nowadays. Anyone can afford them. The
fuel consumption is no different from that of a
Toyota. That explains why they are all over.
Neutro Stellah: Wow! Good girl.
Ndch Wa Njinj: Somebody somewhere is
really proud of this story.
Oliver Mujei: My bicycle also commands
respect on the road.
Peter Sambu: I love that car!
Sweeny Mumbi: If you want to be respected,
stop driving a Vitz. Work hard and get a
statement car.
Tito Nyamu: Unless you have money to spare,
a car is a car. As long as it takes me from point
A to B.
Caren Njeri: My dream car! If only I could get
a good man to buy me!
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Your collabo with Christina Shusho Napokea Kwako
was nominated for the Groove Award. What inspired
you to write the song?
Every day, people go through a lot and at times, they dont
have anyone to turn to. One cannot go to each and every one
of them to give them hope. The best way for me to reach out
to such people is through music.
Was this what you desired to venture into while
growing up?
I have always had a passion for music. I have been
singing in a church choir for as long as I can re-
member. I released my rst song in April last
year, but I am still dedicating some time and
support to the choir.
You must have faced challenges in your
music career. What are some of them?
When I did my rst song, I wasnt sure
how people would receive it, even
though I knew many Kenyans loved
gospel music. Balancing family and
music was also hard at rst.
Speaking of family, how do you
juggle it all?
Before I do anything, I plan and
make sure that I cover all areas
that need my attention at home
so that even when I am busy with
other things, everything is up
and running.
What are your greatest
God has brought me this far and I consider it a big achievement.
What do you do when you are not doing music?
I take a vacation. I travel alone for meditation or as family when I want
to have fun.
What kind of a woman are you?
I am a woman who loves herself, but not the sel sh way. I am outgoing
and I love travelling, as it broadens my thinking. I also love cooking and
singing. I am a mother and a wife and that pretty much describes me. I
have been married for 16 years.
How have you made your marriage work this long?
By putting God rst. No one can protect a marriage like Him. My hus-
band and I are born-again. Cheating is among the top causes of mar-
riage break ups. With the fear of the Lord, a couple would think twice
before cheating. Also, knowing each other well our likes and dislikes
and maintaining good communication have helped.
What qualities do you admire in your husband?
I have to say that God gave me a gift for a husband. I feel my marriage
is new everyday. He is very caring, loving, supportive and more than a
husband. I like how sensitive he is to things around him.
Being a mother of three, what do you nd enjoyable about mother-
I nd the whole experience interesting. The love a mother gets from her
children is a blessing. There is nothing quite like it and I can never get
bored with them around the house.
I must say you look fabulous. Whats the secret?
Whatever an image a woman wants for herself, she should go for it.
I used to be very big, but I made up my mind to change and worked
towards it.
What are your plans for the next ve years?
I am trusting God to take me to higher levels.
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Preparing for happily ever
By Pastor M
The power of soul ties
I love weddings! Have you ever noticed
that no one ever looks bad on their wedding
day? In all the years Ive conducted wed-
dings, Ive never seen a bride who didnt
look exceptional on her big day. When I was
younger, I always wondered why people,
especially ladies, cried at weddings. Are they
relieving the hopes they had at their own
weddings? I wondered, or are they feeling
sad for the bride?
With time, I came to realise that it was
more of the former than the latter. Re-
gardless of culture, tradition or religious
background, there is something beautiful
about weddings. Weddings are times of
great hope and faith. Hardly anybody walks
down the aisle thinking about divorce. Most
people have nothing but the best intention
of keeping their vows as they make them.
They sincerely believe or at least hope that
theyll remain married to for the rest of their
lives. Emotions are never higher, passions
are never stronger, and commitments are
never made with such sincerity as on a
wedding day! And yet the reality is that many
marriages today are ending in divorce. To
paraphrase Eric Fromm, a German philoso-
pher and psychoanalyst, there is hardly any
activity, any enterprise, which is started out
with such tremendous hope and expecta-
tions, and yet which fails so regularly, as the
institution of marriage.
Thats why I believe its important for
every couple getting married today to deal
with the critical question: What is it that we
need to do to ensure that our marriage will
last, and that our wedding vows wont just
turn into good wishes?
A false idea that people bring to their
wedding day is the belief that they naturally
have what it takes to be a good husband
or wife. With all the love we feel for each
other, they reason, surely this thing cant be
rocket science! The reality, however, is that
there is a science and art to staying happily
married and none of us naturally has what
it takes. Its interesting that we take years to
prepare ourselves for our careers. And even
after that, we continually take courses to
keep our skills relevant and updated. And
yet few couples take time to prepare for their
marriage, which is supposed to last long
after they retire from their careers. And fewer
still see the need to continually keep learn-
ing and growing in skills so that they can be
the best possible partners to each other.
So, one of the best things you can do is
admit right from the start that you dont have
what it takes to stay married to your spouse!
You must determine to prepare and equip
yourself not just for your wedding day, but
also for your marriage. Over the next couple
of weeks, Ill share some thoughts about how
you can prepare, both individually and as a
couple, for a lifetime of happily ever after.
Pastor M is a leadership coach, author and
the senior pastor at Mavuno Church. Follow him
on twitter @muriithiw or like his Facebook page,
Pastor_ M
A soul tie is the knitting together of two
souls. It can either bring tremendous bless-
ings in a Godly relationship or tremendous
destruction when made with the wrong
A soul tie in the Bible can be described
not only by the word knit, but also by the
word cleave, which means to bring close
together, follow close after, be attached to
someone, or adhere to one another as with
Soul ties are often formed through sexual
relations. Consummation in legal terms
means to complete a marriage by sexual in-
tercourse. The act of sex is marriage through
consummation. Every time an unmarried
person engages in sex, they become married
to that person.
Sex outside marriage rips and tears the
soul when one tries to break away. Remem-
ber you are joined as one and it hurts when
you try to break away.
Emotional intimacy and words can also
form soul ties. When people say, I will love
you forever or I got your back no matter
what, you tend to hold on to those words
when you have a soul tie because a co-de-
pendency has been created.
Sexual abuse is another way soul ties can
be formed. When someone is sexually abused
as a child, the soul tie can greatly affect their
relationship in adulthood. Unhealthy rela-
tionships are another cause of soul ties. We
can dene these relationships as physically
or emotionally abusive and manipulative.
The display victim mentality and high levels
of sexual lust. Soul ties are one of the main
reasons men and women have troubled
Awareness is the heart beat of therapy.
Acknowledge the unhealthy past, avoid
the person and ask God to give you the
strength to move on. If any sins were
committed to cause this soul tie, repent
of them.
Destroy or give away any gifts given to
you by the other person. Items that
symbolise the ungodly practices in past
and present relationships such as rings,
owers, cards and bras can hold a soul
tie in place if not let go.
Renounce any vows or commitments
made that played a part in forming the
soul tie. Even things like I will love you
forever, or I could never love another
man! need to be renounced. They are
spoken commitments that need to be
undone verbally.
Forgive that person if you have anything
against them.
The writer is a relationship coach and
author, Marriage Built to Last
You can reach her on; www.jenniekarina.
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday eveWoman / Page 5
This weeks topic
Your take
My mum hates me, prefers my step brother
I am 19 years and have a step brother
who is 12. We live with mum and step
dad. Even though we all love each
other, I have come to learn that my
mum loves my brother more than
me. In fact, I think she hates me. She
is always nice to him, but many time
mean to me, and ignores me.
My step dad is a good man and he
loves us equally, but I dont under-
stand why she always treats me badly.
I want to tell my dad about this, but
dont know what will happen after
that. Please advise me.
Counsellors take
Daniel, it is somewhat common
and only natural for a woman
who gets married to a man while
already having another mans
child, to show more affection to
the current mans children.
While it may not be the right way
to do things, she is only working
to protect her marriage. Subcon-
sciously, she assumes that by so
doing, she will gain his trust and
favour but this is to your detri-
ment. You are justi ed to feel that
way but sometimes we have to
take nature by its stride.
It will be a big plus if she loved
both of you equally, but owing to
the circumstance, she is forced to
act different.
Sometimes we should just accept
the situations we cannot change.
Talking to her about this will only
get her on the defensive and may
thus not help much. Accept the
situation as it is so that you get
less frustrated by it.
Nature will nd a way to make up
for the love you lost in other ways.
Finally, correction, she does not
hate you, rather, she only shows
more affection to your brother
for obvious reasons. {Taurus}

It is sad when your maternal mother denies you the love and affection you so much
deserve. However, take note that this could be an assumption on your side not really a
reality. This may also call for you to re ect on your past to see if you could have behaved
in a manner likely to drive her to act as such. Parents tend to have a soft spot for children
who are loyal, obedient and well-behaved so check where you went wrong.
{Steven Ouma}

Daniel, you have a right to be happy and to be accepted; more so in the family set up.
Confront her in a soft way and ask why she treats you badly. If she does not respond well,
raise the issue when you are together as a family, especially during meal times and see her

Your mother may be paying more attention to your brother because he is younger than
you. This is natural. Rest assured your mother loves you. However, if you feel that this is
too much to bear, have a one on one with her.
{Mbarak Rajab, Lahore}

This may just be a gment of your imagination. However, try and nd out what your
brother does to win her heart and you may see what you do wrong. Re-examine your past
but also talk to a church minister for counselling. Remain positive about everything.
{Tasma Charles}

This may be just an assumption on your part. Your mother loves both of you equally
but do not expect her to treat you and the young boy the same way. He is only 12 and you
are 19 an adult.
{Gilbert Tangatt}

Your mum is protecting her marriage. Being your mother, she would never hate you,
but may do this to protect her marriage. You are an adult now and you should start think-
ing about living on your own.
{Onyango Outha jauduny}

Your mother is trying to seek the approval of her husband through his son. Dont think
she hates you. Tell her how you feel about this.
{Miriam Muchiri}

Whatever you are facing is tricky. You need some wisdom to handle it. Talk to a pastor
about it and ask him to pray with you for some direction. God is able to convict your mum
and restore her love back.
{Philip Mulandi}
I have been dating this guy for two years and we now plan to formalise our relationship. However, I am worried about his
irtatious nature. He irts with everyone including my girlfriends. He even tried to hit on my sister once and although
she did not give in to his demands, I could not help but wonder what would have happened if she did. This habit annoys
me but I avoid raising it with him because I may come across as insecure. I love him but I am not sure I can trust him
fully. Please help.
In the next issue:
Customary marriages can now get certicates
Dear Lemaloe,
It is now possible to register a customary marriage and
receive a certicate in line with the Marriage Act 2014. The
new law provides that a customary marriage can be celebrated
in accordance with customs of the communities of the bride,
groom or both. The couple should issue a notice to the registrar
within three months of completion of traditional marriage
ceremonies. The notice should specify the customary law
applied, a written declaration by the couple that customary
requirements to prove the marriage have been undertaken
and signatures or thumb prints of two adult witnesses who
played key roles in celebrating the marriage. The notice
should also conrm that the couple was 18 years and above
at the time of the marriage, the union is between people who
are not within prohibited marriage relationship (close blood
relatives) and they both freely consented to the marriage. The
spouses can then apply to the registrar within six months of
their marriage for a certicate. The registrar will register and
issue a certicate of marriage after the spouses have appeared
before him.
Dear Harold,
We intend to get married under Maasai customary law in December.
We are, however, seeking information whether the new Marriage Act
provides for such traditional marriages and whether the registrar of
marriages can register our union, and possibly issue us with a marriage
certicate. We will need the document before we both y abroad to live
and work early next year. I have been informed by my employer abroad
that I will need a marriage certicate to prove my status before my wife
and children are included in the medical cover and other benets.
Lemaloe, Nairobi
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Are you too impatient to wait for a torrent to download?
Maybe you should check out Popcorn time an app
that lets you stream torrents to your computer. Popcorn
time is a simple to use desktop app thats available for
Mac, Windows, and Linux. Once installed, users are
provided with an attractive layout showcasing every
single new hit movie you could imagine. Think of it as
blockbuster on your desktop. The app works by playing
streaming video direct from torrents. While you watch,
you seed and share the torrent data to other users.
The Internet archive is somewhat of a goldmine: It
provides a huge library of books, music and lm, all
of which are available for free. Now, though, you can
download any of its hundreds of feature lms for free as
torrents. This desktop app is free online.
By Faith Nyangi
Show box is an Android TV show streaming and
download application that offers a catalog lled
with tonnes of high-prole content. You can nd
episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The
Walking Dead, South Park, Under the Dome,
Suits, Dexter and more. Pretty much the entire
series of each show is offered, and you can both
stream online and download them for ofine
viewing. You can choose the quality out of three
available options (low, medium and high), which
also determines the le size when downloading.
One of the best things to do when youre on
vacation, on a road trip or just relaxing at home is
to kick back and watch some uninterrupted TV.
This app is free on its website or on Google Play.
I am no damsel in distress
What type of car do you drive?
A grey Volkswagen Bora.
What nickname have you christened it?
Crystal. My previous car a charade was so
delicate that it moved by Gods grace.
What modications have you made to your ride
to give it a personal touch?
My husband installed shocks that he claims will last
20 years, especially on the bad Kenyan roads.
What girly stuff do you carry in your
I always carry CDs that I barely lis-
ten to. I also have jackets, a raincoat
and an umbrella because I fear
catching a cold.
What do you love most
about your car?
The fact that it is comfort-
able and can move me
from point
A to B.
animal are
you on the
road? A
cheetah or
a tortoise?
A chee-
tah. I love
speed. For
reason, when going to work I use routes that do not have
heavy trafc.
What is your dream car?
A Mercedes four-wheel drive. However, before I get
one, I have to plant about 100 trees to compensate for the
immense environmental damage and pollution, through
gas emission that it will cause.
If you were stranded on a highway with a at tyre,
what would you do to get help?
I would change it all by myself. I refuse to be a damsel
in distress, especially given the car lessons taught to me
ages ago by my father.
What is your take on sirens on VIP cars?
Sirens irritate me. I believe they should be reserved for
emergency situations. A VIP being caught in trafc is no
What do you do to kill time while in trafc?
If the trafc is heavy and not moving at all, I play
candy crash. If moving slowly, I listen to loud music.
What song do you get carried away listening to in
your car?
Any song from the 80s or 90s, as long as I know all the
What habit would you not tolerate from people you
carry in your car?
Throwing stuff through the window. This is especially
because I have a habit of taking photos of other motorists
who do so and shaming them on social media.
What advice would you give a lady who wants to
buy a car?
Buy a car for yourself and not to show off to people.
Get a simple car that serves your needs and is com-
fortable. Learn the basics about cars before you
acquire one.
What is the worst driving experience you
have had?
Once while driving in Isinya, I drove
through a narrow path that had trees on
both sides that scratched the paint off my
car. Thank God it was nothing that a good
wax would not repair.
Approximately how much do you
spend on fuel in a month?
Sh5,000 a month will get me to and from
work, if I do not go anywhere else. Otherwise
the cost varies.
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with Dorcas Muga-Odumbe
dmuga@standardmedia.co.ke dmuga@standardmedia.co.ke
Many people have a natural attraction to water; this is the reason why
they love living by beaches, lakes or even visiting sites with waterfalls
and large ponds. Other people, however, do not consider the presence of
water in their homes a good thing; they would rather have it outside as
backyard fountains, swimming pools or ponds.
Water features
for glam indoors
Water, whether moving or still, has a therapeutic effect; that
is why some people will bring its effects right inside their
homes. Water elements in the home bring about elegance and
harmony. Feng Shui (Chinese philosophical rules that determine
arrangement of space in relation to the ow of energy and its
effects on you) dictates that water in the home dcor facilitates
balance and harmonises the energies in the home. It plays a
crucial role through water features. The role may not be on grand
scale in the average home, but can be grand in palatial ones.
Decide where you will place the water feature before you decide
the type that suits your home. So, which water features can you
include in your interior dcor? Each of the features discussed is
attractive in its own way. If space in your home allows, you could
have the three as they complement each other.
Aquarium: People who have aquariums
in their homes do so because they love
the sh, and also to use the aquariums
to add to the aesthetic value of their
homes. The movement and colour
brought about by the sh, and the
water sound from the bubbling of the
lter, makes it an outstanding feature.
The attractive lighting in the tank
also creates a soothing water feature.
Aquariums too, come in ranging
sizes. Their only downside is the high
maintenance since the sh has to be
taken care of.
Waterfalls: Indoor waterfalls bring
the sound of running water to
your home; the sound offers a
relaxing effect. This is not just for
the massive homes; you can also
nd miniature waterfalls for the
ordinary home. They come in varying
designs; making it easy for you to nd
what suits your dcor, whether modern
or traditional. They also come in varying
sizes to suit your space. The bigger the
waterfall, the louder the sound of owing
water, which in essence, is the effect you
are looking for. Modern waterfalls are
made of stainless steel, copper, among
other materials. The traditional ones are
made of natural stone.
Fountains: The materials that are used on water fountains are the same as those used on
waterfalls. In fact, the names waterfall and fountain can be used interchangeably when it comes
to home dcor. However, a water fountain can be found even in tabletop size that can be used on
a table as a centrepiece, or an ornamental piece of dcor on a sideboard. The tabletop fountains
work best in small homes.
Add aesthetic value to
your interior with an
aquarium. [PHOTOS:
The sound of running water
from a fountain or waterfall
creates a relaxing feel.
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According to Aisha, they installed the
camera in the living room, but after several
connections, they thought it was not
working but just decided to leave it there
instead of doing away with it.
We had a house help whom we trusted
so much but after some time, things like
clothes, toiletries and utensils were just
suspiciously missing from the house.
We also noticed weird behaviour from
our baby who is a year and four months. She
had become violent and could say words
like chapa then hit herself as if to show how
it is done, she says.
During the babys meal times, the house
help harassed her and thats when they
thought something was amiss.
As much as she was neat and organised
the home well, we couldnt stand it anymore
and decided to pay her her dues and get rid
of her. She had been our nanny for a year,
she says.
Aisha offers: The interesting bit is that
before she left, she confessed that she was
the one who had been stealing stuff from
the house. After one week, my husband
alerted me that he had noticed something
from the camera. Apparently, the camera
which we thought was not working, had
recorded some events.
It showed that a day before the nanny
left, she had beaten the child who cried
nonstop for about 30 minutes.
When they brought in a new house girl,
Is this the
way to go?
From murders to kidnappings, house helps have
committed all manner of atrocities against their
employers children. What if there was a way to
monitor and record their daily activities? Poses
An international publication recently
ran an eye-opening story for parents. A
young couple, Rowena and Jack Churchland
watched a horrible video footage of their
nanny mishandling and mistreating their
18-month-old son.
In the footage, the toddler is manhandled
several times by his stonily silent nanny. She
picks him up and ings him roughly against
the mobile hanging above his cot and he
bangs his head. She smacks him hard on the
bottom three times, making his body shake.
In recent days, we have heard chilling
stories of house helps who have murdered
or kidnapped their employers children.
Working mothers have no way of
knowing, for sure, how nannies handle their
children, however much they trust them.
The only solution could be installing nanny
cameras (popularly known as nanny cams)
in their homes to stem such evil acts.
We spoke to some women who shared
their experiences with the nanny cam.
Aisha Juma, a mother of one and a
journalist, has come to appreciate the
importance of nanny cams. Together with
her husband, they always thought of nanny
cams from the start.
I have changed house helps due to
many issues, from hygiene to poor work, to
poor handling of the baby. My hubby who
works as an IT specialist told me he had
seen a camera that he thought would help
us monitor our house help, says Aisha.
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they left the camera intact to monitor her
when they were away.
We could see that she was eating more
of the babys food when it was time to feed
her and was glued to the TV most of the
time. But the good thing is that she is so
friendly to my daughter who adores her, and
that gives me peace of mind, she says.
Aisha now says she will continue having
the nanny camera in place.
It helps you to know the kind of person
you have in the house, and at least, have a
rough idea of what happens when you are
away. If I had money to buy more cameras, I
would have wired every room in my house,
even the balcony. I would advise any mother
to install a nanny cam, she says.
Susan Muyale, a mother of one, says she
considers installing cameras in her house
for the safety of her daughter, especially
after she confessed to her that the former
domestic manager used to beat her.
We were having those mum-daughter
talks one evening when she nally opened
up to me about it. I felt disappointed, she
She offers: My daughter is very active
and nothing seemed amiss. Perhaps she
got used to the beatings and saw them as
normal. My current domestic manager
usually raises her voice at her, and I was
concerned and asked her if she beats her.
She denied but told me the former one used
to. Susan now says a hidden camera is the
way to go.
Lucy Azenga thinks its a good idea but
she wouldnt install one.
Once I nd out my children have been
mishandled by the nanny, depending on
the assault, I will take action. I can sack or
report her to the police. But then, that will
be the beginning of my worries and mistrust
for any other nanny I employ, she says.
I will not be at peace whenever am
away from my children. She will either be
spanking or mistreating the children outside
the house.
The biggest benet of nanny cams is the
peace of mind that comes from knowing
that your children and your home are safe.
In spite of the benets, it is important to
weigh between the laws regulating the use
of a nanny cam, and the resultant effects of
spying on your nanny on your relationship.
Donald Rabala, an Advocate of the High
Court of Kenya, says an employer may have
the option of informing the nanny about the
hidden camera. This may, however, ensure
the nanny performs her evil acts as far away
as possible from the glare of the camera.
In this era, it is important to note
that people can cook a video, hence it is
demanded that every video that is to be
presented as evidence in court has to be
from an authority gure, such as the police.
If its private, then you cannot produce it as
Donald Rabala, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Dr Catherine Syengo Mutisya, a Consultant
Psychiatrist and Family coach cameras help you
keep your children safe, but caution is needed.
Although nanny cams are
effective in monitoring your
house help, the video footage
cannot be used as evidence in
court unless it is authorised
by the police. [PHOTOS:
evidence, but it can be used by the police to
form the basis of an investigation, says Rabala.
If you put a camera in your house and your
house girl happens to do something harmful to
your child, you can only produce it to the police
who can use it to form the basis of investigating
the house girl. Thats why other than the private
camera, it is also important to have the police
camera in place because it is the one that can
be used as evidence, he says.
According to Dr Catherine Syengo Mutisya,
a Consultant Psychiatrist and Family coach, the
cameras help you keep your children safe, but
thats not to say that all nannies are a danger
to children. To some people, the potential for
harm outweighs the trust between employer
and nanny.
Maybe its the way to go. I think for those
who can afford it, it would be a good monitor.
However, it is good for an employer to treat
the nanny fairly so that she isnt bitter, says Dr
Nanny cams are tiny hidden cameras to keep an eye
on what happens in ones home. They are normally
installed within a common household object. Nanny
cams run off of battery and electrical wiring.
According to a dealer on Luthuli Avenue in Nairobi
who requested to remain anoymous, there has been a
surge in the number of women who are buying these
Yes we have noticed that many mothers are
purchasing these cameras to monitor their house
helps activities. With Sh6,000, one can get a
reasonable one. There are some that go for Sh30,000.
They have more features, the dealer discloses.
Those disguised as common household objects that
run off of an electrical cord, such as an alarm clock or
clock radio, are powered by the electrical cord. Those
disguised as objects without cords, such as a teddy
bear, are powered by batteries.
Most nanny cams do not record onto themselves, so
a recording medium is required. A nanny cam can be
wired by connecting it to a digital video recorder or
video cassette recording using a cable. Additionally,
some wireless nanny cams transmit a signal to a
receiver that is connected to the DVR or VCR.
Some nanny cams are also able to send the video
feed to the users computer or cell phone, which
allows parents to access the footage the cameras are
The process of installation is easy, provided you have
the right apparatus. The construction or plan of your
house plays a major role in the installation of the spy
camera. A wireless cam can be hidden in all kinds of
items you would nd in your house, including wall
clocks and ower vases. They can be placed almost
anywhere in the house.
Besides nanny cams, one can also do with the
assistance of the neighbour next door who can keep
checking on your household to ensure that everything
is okay.
On the other hand, some mothers nd sneaking
into the home from work once in a while at some
unimaginable hours workable. They, perhaps, get to
catch the house girl red handed in case they are doing
something inappropriate.
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#Bring back our Sonko
#Bring back our Sonko #Bring back our Sonko
Hello? Hellooo? Is that hell? Am I speaking to Satan?
This is Beryl calling. What? No Satan it cant wait, we need
to talk now, its urgent. Five minutes? You give me just ve
minutes? Okay, thats not enough, but I will try and say
everything within the ve minutes.
Satan, what have you done to him? Stop pretending
you dont know who I am talking about. Yes, thats him, our
senator. Nooooo, I am not calling to talk about him throw-
ing stones or ghting a winning wall. That is in the past
and we have moved on.
Did you see what he had on when he went to meet the
Chinese ofcials who came to give us a present? No, no, no
Satan, stick to the discussion here, I am not talking about
the present the Chinese brought us, I am talking about our
senators dressing. Satan, Satan, Satan, how many times
did I call you? Listen Satan, listen, I am telling you what I
am telling you and you are telling me nyoff. I did not say
you are a tailor! I am just reporting to you how bad your
inuence has been.
Satan, it not fair what you made him do the day the
late Tom Mboyas son-in-law lost his seat for hours. Him
together with a relative of those people who brought us
the above present, danced to the Luwere tune in celebra-
tion then posted the clip on social media. I know dancing
has no formula, but all the three in that clip need to go for
some dancing lessons and repent while at it. As if that was
not enough, he went ahead and posted another clip of
him harassing a receptionist at a hotel in the UK when he
went to show his support to our Hague three. Did you see
his head? Yes, at the back, of course, I cant be talking about
his forehead.
At rst, I thought some talented artist had curved a
sculpture and placed it at the Hague, only to see the sculp-
ture moving and saying its the Nairobi senator.
Satan, you are going too far. You cannot put all those
bad qualities in one person, worse of all a leader. Cant
you see you are wearing him down? Did you see how he
photoshoped himself with Mandela and had the guts to
post it on his Facebook page? Satan we know its you, dont
even argue, its you who is doing this to him.
Its you who is making him do things we did when we
were ve years old. Satan shut up I am still talking! Helloo?
Helloo? Sorry please come again? What money? Yes, he
gives us money all the time. Accept and move on? Nooo,
we are not going to accept and move on, we will take the
money when he dishes it out, but we will not allow him to
go mad while in power.
Hahahahaa Satan go away, ati its the same thing the
Chinese are doing to us? Stop pulling my legs, I know you
want to implicate me, I am not going to talk about that
present the Chinese gave us on phone. Where else do you
think Jicho Pevu gets its recorded conversations from?
How many times do you want me to tell you I dont know
about that present? All I know is that the people who
brought the present forgot to carry one of their own who
ended up dancing Luwere with our senator.
Satan, I know you are responsible for this, you are bor-
ing, you are stupiHello? Helloooo? Ooops, he just
hang up on me! He did not even wait for me to get to the
Aromat part! Nkt!
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday eveWoman / Page 11
KSH 1,000
JUNE 2014
9.00AM - 1.00PM
Norah Odwesso Catherine Kasavuli Dorothy Ooko Susan Mwaura
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with Wambui Thimba
With tight deadlines and tar-
gets to reach, its easy to forget the
importance of correctly dressing
for the job. It is, however, impor-
tant to note that you are the most
important part of each presenta-
tion you make.
The must haves in a career wom-
ans wardrobe are a skirt and pant
suit that could easily be broken to
make different outts, a structured
bag and a low heeled shoe. The way
to the top is to look like you belong
there. Look like you mean business
with these simple steps.
- A knee-
dress is a
must have
in a career
closet. Add
a necklace
for that
extra pop.
Colours can
greatly affect
our moods
and the way
other people
respond to us.
Red is closely
associated with
power and con-
Avoid any
more than
two inches
above your
knees. You
want people
focused on your
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Flat ironing the hair is one of the ways to achieve
an appealing look. Here are tips to help you get
it right; always:
Conditioned hair: Ensure your hair is well condi-
tioned and moisturised using the right products
before you switch on the at iron. Applying a
product that prevents heat damage to your hair
before at ironing is not enough. Conditioning it
before the process ensures your hair is not dam-
aged even further. Regularly conditioned and
cared for hair is the best candidate for at iron.
Clean hair: For best results, do it just after a
fresh shampoo and conditioning. Avoid heat
styling dirty hair.
Thermal protection serum: Once you have
shampooed and conditioned the hair, apply
serum while it is still wet to allow it to spread
evenly. Use a wide-toothed comb.
Heat protectant: When your hair dries, section
it then apply a heat protectant. The protectant
only helps to a certain degree. Too much heat on
the at iron will still damage your hair.
Oiling: Avoid applying oil on your hair before
at ironing; do so afterwards. This way, you are
assured of a lightweight bouncy hair at the end
of the process.
Dry hair: Your hair should be completely dry
before you at iron it. You could rst blow dry
it or wet wrap it then sit under a dryer until it
dries. Wet-wrapping smoothes the hair just the
way blow-drying does. If you at iron wet hair,
it will frizz up.
Sectioning: Section your hair so that the iron
can easily pass through it. Press sections that
are thinner than an inch. When the sections are
chunky, you wont achieve the desired results.
Pinning up or clipping the sections will make
your work easier as you press.
Patience: Do not at iron when you are in a
rush. One needs slow and controlled movement
for this process. Start as close to the roots as
possible and pull the iron down smoothly. Dont
hold the iron in any one place for too long as this
could cause undesirable folds and damage the
hair. Run the iron several times over the section
until it is completely straight.
Temperature: The heat level of the iron should
be determined by the thickness of your hair.
The thicker it is, the higher the heat should be.
Every part of your hair, the crown and the sides
require different amounts of heat.
Remember, however, that the lesser the heat,
the better.
Spray: Apply a holding spray to ensure your hair
stays straight the whole day after at ironing.
The right way to at iron
Whiten your teeth
for a dazzling smile
People rst notice ones smile and respond to it instinctively. However,
most of us suffer from tooth discolouration over time. This may be
due to the consumption of tea, coffee, wine and other substances that
gradually stain teeth. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to
restore your youthful, enchanting smile. Here goes:
Tooth-whitening kit. These can be a little pricey but are generally
considered effective. The kit which you can get from a dentist, con-
tains a gel-like solution you insert into a tray, which goes over your
teeth daily for up to 20 minutes. The down side is that although they
work by successfully bleaching your teeth, they may contain harmful
corrosive ingredients as indicated on the label.
Brush with bicarbonate of soda. This cheap, (costs only Sh30) harm-
less food-grade powder is highly effective when used regularly over
a prolonged period. Also known as baking soda, it helps to alkalise
your mouth and get rid of bad breath. A natural exfoliant, it removes
stubborn particles more effectively than toothpaste on its own. Most
natural toothpastes contain this valuable ingredient. It is best used in
conjunction with a diluted hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse for a maxi-
mum antibacterial and deodorising effect.
Activated charcoal. You can buy the powdered form from your local
chemist or health food store. This sterile, natural substance is famous
for removing poisons from your system and is often used in medical
emergency rooms.
You can simply empty the contents of a capsule onto your toothbrush
and gently brush your teeth. Hold it in your mouth for two to three
Rinse well and brush with your usual toothpaste. Within a week you
will see results. The charcoal works by binding to tannin and other
staining substances and drawing them to itself like a magnet.
NOTE: There are a number of other ways to whiten your teeth, but
these are just three of the ones I have tried. Note that these recom-
mendations are not meant to be used in place of the advice of a quali-
ed medical practitioner. Try it for yourself and admire your pearly
Maxwell Agwanda/
Stylist assistant:
Lucy Robi
Model: Tracy
Lavender Adhiambo
Wardrobe: Janielette
Fashions, Utalii
House, Ground oor,
Tel: 0723497982.
Accessories: Laadia
Reliques, Shop A1,
rst oor, Market
Stalls, Nairobi.
Tel: 0723134582 .
For a profes-
sional look,
pants should
be tting
and blouses
shouldnt gap
between but-
A structured bag is
a great replacement
for the briefcase and
shows that you are
organised, armed
and prepared for
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The only disability in
life is a bad attitude. Scott
I have no
hands, but
yes I can
She was born in a poor family, was considered an
outcast and no employer wanted to risk giving her
a job. But now MIRIAM WAWIRA has a fullling
job, a husband who adores her and an able bodied
son. She shares her inspiring story with EVELYNE
However, the rejection did not deter her
mother from ensuring young Miriam went to
My mother enrolled me at Jomo Kenyatta
Childrens Home, which is a home for disabled
children. She was determined to bring me
up like a normal child. I remember being
forced to wash my clothes and do other house
chores, which I did using my feet, she recalls.
After joining the home at the age of six, she
was enrolled at Embu Urban Primary School
where she studied like any other pupil.
Later, a sponsor volunteered to pay for
Listening to Miriam Wawiras story, you
cannot fail to notice the determination and
focus that have enabled her overcome a
myriad of challenges.
Born 27 years ago to peasant farmers in
Kathunguri, Embu, she found herself unlike
other children of her age. She was born with-
out both hands, which made her the village
outcast. No child wanted to play with her.
They all believed she was bewitched, hence, a
bad omen. Others believed her condition was
contagious and that she might infect them.
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday eveWoman / Page 15
her secondary education. After one term, she
was transferred to Joy Town Special School in
Thika, where she found other children who
were physically challenged. She felt at home
at Joy Town Special School, as she was given
the freedom to be herself.
After high school, lady luck was on her side
again and she got a sponsor who paid for her
to study computer packages in Nakuru town.
I learnt computer by typing using my feet
and I am glad I enrolled for this course, she
says. After two months, she had learnt all the
packages and she set off for Nairobi to look for
a job. The rst job that came my way through
an aquintance was a domestic worker posi-
tion in Nairobis South B. Because of my dis-
ability, my employer allowed me to only wash
clothes and baby sit. I choose to start with a
house help job because I did not want to be
a beggar. I wanted to have some money for
survival, she says.
From her savings, Miriam later joined Nai-
robi Industrial Rehabilitation Centre where
she studied electronics. While at the institute,
she planned to commit suicide not only once,
but several times because of stress.
Life was very hard. I did not have a place
to stay while attending school and I had to
beg for a place to sleep until I nished my
course, Miriam recalls.
She later joined Railway Training Institute
in South B where she enrolled for a one year
diploma course in sales and marketing. Part of
her school fees was paid through the Constit-
uency Development Fund and a bursary pro-
gramme. The institute also waived some costs.
After graduating in 2008, no institution would
offer her a job. I attended several interviews
but once they noticed my disability, they lost
condence in me. But this did not dampen
my spirits. I kept trying, says Miriam.
After job-hunting for several months
without success, she met the love of her life
and from there on, life has not been the same
again. Miriam, who is a born again Christian
met her husband, Mathew Samora, at her
hour of need.
I was walking at the Fuata Nyayo slums in
South B, when I tripped and fell in the mud.
As usual, I struggled to get up but couldnt. I
called on a man who was passing by to help
me and he did. He did not know me and I
just thanked him and moved on, she says.
However, they would meet again on the slums
footpath and a friendship blossomed.
I would talk to him about God and salva-
tion and he soon started attending church
with me, she recalls.
In 2009, he proposed to me and I was
shocked that such a handsome man would
fall in love with me, she narrates.
I decided to pursue a different career
after sales and marketing proved difcult. My
husband paid my school fees and I graduated
in 2010 with a diploma in Human Resource
Management. I then joined him in Fuata
Nyayo slums where we lived. We depended on
manual jobs for survival, she recalls.
In 2012, Wawira conceived her rst born,
Baby Baraka. However, the conception was
a challenge as many of her friends asked
her to abort for fears her child would also be
However, my husband encouraged me to
keep the baby and in 2013, we got a bounc-
ing baby boy. They say when it rains, it pours.
The same year, Miriam landed a job at the
Customer Care Department at Safaricom.
I went for the interview and demon-
strated to the panel how I would do my work.
They were impressed with my agility. I was
offered a job.
Her husband, who throughout the
interview was by her side, is still jobless and
does manual jobs to support his family. The
love between the two is evident, as Samora
tenderly wipes the wifes face when he realised
she is sweating.
When he rst met Miriam, it was just a relationship
of a stranger helping a physically challenged girl at
Fuata Nyayo slum. Mathew Samora, 28, says his love
for Miriam was at rst more of pity for a disabled
He says he never imagined that one day he would
fall in love with her and end up marrying her. But
everything is possible with God.
When my wife was schooling at Railway Training
Institute, she had no friends, so I would go and
keep her company and this blossomed to a love
relationship. I was a drug addict then. I used to take
bhang and Khat, but Miriam preached to me about
God, he recalls.
After few months of friendship, Samora stopped
smoking bhang and joined her for a service at Kings
Outreach Church where he got born again.
My love for her grew stronger each day and in 2009,
I proposed to her and she could not believe it, recalls
Samora who hails from Kisii.
To prove that he was serious about their relationship,
Samora opted to sacrice his college education by
using his school fees to educate her. I paid for my
wife her Diploma in Human Resources. I gave her
Sh120,000 which my mother had saved to educate
me, and I do not regret it, she says.
His move, however, brought a lot of tension between
him and his family. The family could not understand
how Samora, who is the last born, could fall in love
with a physically challenged woman and even use his
college fees to sponsor her education.
But ve years down the lIne, the couple is still
His family has accepted his wife, especially his mother
who calls every day to check on her whereabouts.
Miriam with her husband and
son. BELOW: With her colleagues at
Safaricom. She also displays how she
performs various tasks using her feet.
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Who is Pastor Simon Mbevi?
I am a professional pastor, a human rights lawyer, author
and relationship counsellor. I mentor boys and men on leader-
ship. I am also a professional clergyman because I have never
stepped in a theological college like majority of pastors and
priests. I am married to Sophia Mwende and we have three
You have been a champion of men taking their father-
hood role with a lot of seriousness.Why did you choose
to preach the gospel of fatherhood?
I come from a polygamous family. My father had
two wives and 20 children. I was the 18th born with
only three brothers. So, in essence, I grew up among
girls. The situation worsened when I lost my father
at the tender age of eight years. I had no one to
help me transit from boyhood to manhood.
How did this affect you?
I became withdrawn, quiet and I focused
more on my education. I did not know how
boys are meant to behave until I joined
Machakos Boys High School, and found a
father in the name of my music teacher. He
was the rst man to hug me and show me
fatherly love. I passed my examinations
and later joined the University of Nairobi
in 1992 to pursue an undergraduate de-
gree in Law.
Tell us about your life after cam-
After graduating in 1996, I prac-
ticed Law for 18 months but quit
and joined Destiny Worship
Centre in Thika as an assis-
tant pastor. I later moved to
Nairobi and joined the In-
ternational Christian Cen-
tre then Nairobi Chapel. I
was in the team that
founded Mavuno
What made
you quit the
courtroom for the pulpit?
From a tender age, I felt my calling was to serve in the church
to help people be the best that God created them to be. However,
in 2002 at the age of 29, I resigned from my position as a pastor at
Mavuno and joined politics. I vied for a parliamentary position
during the 2002 General Election, but did not win. I am very pas-
sionate about leadership. I later started a mentorship programme
for boys and men after completing my masters in Leadership from
Pan African Christian University. Four years ago, I also established
Transform Kenya Initiative whose role is to equip leaders who
would spearhead societal change in the country at home and na-
tional level.
From a lawyer, to a pastor then to politics, and now a men-
tor; what prompted this shift of careers?
After my childhood experience of being brought up in the ab-
sence of a father, I realised that the family, society and the world
at large suffers in many ways because of the absence of fathers. I
have also authored eight books, most of which are on fatherhood,
family and sexual purity.
Why are you so passionate about fatherhood and the boy
A fathers shadow follows you wherever you go. Whether your
father is (or was) present or absent, abusive or passive, good or
not so good, you owe it to yourself to understand yourself better.
Without responsible fathers in our society, our generation is
doomed. We are bringing up a society full of pink men or mamas
boy. I was a mamas boy until I met my wife and she changed
You talked about pink men; could you expound on that.
Unlike the girl child who has been empowered, the boy child
has been neglected and no one is talking about him or even af-
rming him to be a leader as the society dictates.
Tell us what we do not know about you?
Three years ago, I did a survey among 200 members of the il-
legal Mungiki sect and what I discovered when I asked them about
their fathers was shocking. Only two out of the 200 young men
who had been recruited to the sect, came from a complete fam-
ily of a father and a mother. We did another result in all the pris-
ons in Kenya and the results were shocking too. Seventy eight per
cent of the prisoners (male and female) were brought up in a sin-
gle family set up with no father in the picture.
boys to men
Growing up without a father is a huge blow to a boy. PASTOR SIMON
MBEVI knows this too well and that why he left lucrative ventures to
focus his efforts on empowering the boy-child, writes EVELYNE OGUTU
Pastor Mbevi with
his wife and children.
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday
Men are forgetful, but one thing that their minds are
permanently wired to remember is the last time they slept
with a woman. For those lucky enough to get some pelvic
relief regularly, it is never a big a deal, for they will always know
where to get it, be it with their wife, girlfriend or just outsourc-
ing (read one-night stands or commercial sex workers). But for
those who have to forage due to marital rationing or lack of an
available girlfriend, it is a different story altogether.
The periods upon which individuals dont get to sleep with
members of the opposite sex (gays have their ways as well)
have been labelled as dry spells. Such times, men teem with
palpable lust and pelvic thirst they can sleep with anything
to vent off the steam. In the era of social media, thirsting now
plays out openly. Daily, you see a woman says she wants to be
taken out. Daily, you see a man liking the photos and dropping
saucy comments any time a female friend uploads photos. All
this tells you one thing; the individuals want something.
I dont know how women handle dry spells. Lately though,
one-night-stands have become fairly common. No-strings
attached sex is now a standard practice across Nairobi. Maybe
alcohol and the pill have empowered women to display their
thirst without men necessarily judging them harshly. However,
for men, if a dry spell goes for long, it can lead them to be reck-
Recently, a friend arrived from one of those fundamentalist
Muslim countries, where he had been studying for four years.
That means for four years, he has never felt the warmth of a
womans body next to him. Four years, let that sink in. Neither
has he ever tasted alcohol. I was the rst man he interacted
with and his second sentence after hugging me profusely at the
airport was, I need beer and a woman in that order. He was
It was a 999 moment. He was on re. A venereal disease at
the time was the least of his concerns. He wanted a woman,
regardless of her looks. Rather a shy person, he shocked me by
his brazen demand. When we hit the bar, he could not believe
how easy things are for a secular Kenya. More to the point, I
left him to his devices and I hope by now, he has cooled down.
I have had my fair share of such droughts that needed proper
irrigation and boy, they can make a man do stupid things. Like
calling an ex at 3.02am and giggling sheepishly.
He brought home a vital fact: A man can only go on for so
long without conjugal pleasure. When denied or lacking, they
resort to desperate measures that doubly endanger their lives.
Thus if you are someones wife or girlfriend, of all the things
that you can deny him, it should not be sex. Deny him food, let
him work on his laundry, pick up after himself, but importantly
make his day. A sexually frustrated male is a walking grenade
waiting to explode. It can explode on your best friend or worst
still, your blood relative. Blame it on the circumstances.
Thankfully, in Nairobi, you can have your way without
going through the emotions and expenses that come with rela-
tions if you know where to look. Here is to hope that my friend
got some.
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Of thirst and dry spells
boys to men
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your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There
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limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.
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Career mum tales
There comes a time, a child is on a go-slow
When to
seek family
It can help members understand one another better,
and provide them with skills to cope with challenging
situations in a more effective way, writes JOHN
Like adults, children also have a go-slow
once in a while. These are days they are on
a passive strike.
The reason could be failing to honour a
promise like buying them a present or tak-
ing them out.
My daughter Tasha was on one a few
weeks ago. She was quite passive, unusu-
ally quiet and uncooperative. I had been
ignoring her mood swings, opting to also
give her a cold shoulder.
I did not know how serious the problem
was until her teacher called me. She noti-
ed me that my daughter was on a passive
strike in school.
Apparently, she did not do much in
class; she just stared blankly at the other
pupils and the teacher while they did class
work. She did not do her class work or if she
did it, she put in a shoddy job, which was
completely unlike her.
Mama Tasha, you need to talk to your
daughter. She is not herself, the teacher
complained when she called me. That eve-
ning, I spoke to her. Apparently, she was in
a nasty mood because I promised to buy
her a gift when she emerged number one,
but I had not honoured the promise.
You promised to buy me a play station
last term when I become number one, but
you have not done so and schools have
opened. You always say you are broke.
What made the matter worse was the
fact that she had announced to her friends
in school that her mummy would buy her
this gadget. By failing to honour my word,
I have put her in an awkward position be-
cause her friends in school kept ridiculing
her. Oh my! The Good Book says it is better
to not make a promise than to make one
and break it. I was on the spot!
As a parent, I am learning the value and
importance of being honest and truthful to
a child.
Do not promise her heaven if you can-
not deliver. Kids learn by emulating what
they see us doing, and so if you keep break-
ing your promises, you are unknowingly
instilling this value in them and setting a
bad example to them.
Recently, a signicant number of Kenyans lost
their lives as a result of consuming killer brew. This
tragedy highlighted the extent of addiction in the
country. Many families have a member struggling
with alcohol addiction.
Such a problem causes a lot of conict within
families that can result in break-ups. Before the
problem gets out of hand, the addict needs to be
helped. The rest of the family especially the chil-
dren also need some help. This is where family
therapy comes in.
Through the therapists guidance, youll learn
new ways to interact and triumph over unhealthy
patterns of relating to each other.
You may set individual and family goals and
work on ways to achieve them. In the end, the ad-
dict will be better equipped to cope with his or her
depression, and the entire family may achieve a
sense of understanding and togetherness.
Family therapy is a type of psychological coun-
seling (psychotherapy) to help family members
improve communication and resolve conicts. It
is usually provided by a psychologist, trained so-
cial worker or licensed therapist. It helps improve
troubled relationships with your children, spouse,
or other family members. Specic issues such as
conict between parents and children, or the ef-
fects of substance abuse or a mental illness on the
entire family can be also addressed.
This therapy can be useful in any family situa-
tion that causes stress, grief, anger or conict. It can
help you and your family members understand
one another better and bring you closer together.
The sessions can teach you skills to deepen family
connections and get through stressful times. The
beauty about family therapy is that there is very
little preparation needed.
What happens is that several members of the
family come together for therapy sessions. Howev-
er, a family member can also see a family therapist
individually. For example, if a relative has an ad-
diction, the family can attend family therapy while
the person who has an addiction participates in
residential treatment. Often the family may partici-
pate in therapy even if the addicted member hasnt
sought out his or her own treatment.
The number of sessions will depend on your
familys unique situation and the therapists recom-
mendation. During the sessions, you will examine
your familys ability to solve problems and express
thoughts and emotions.
How do you identify a therapist?
First, you can ask them about their education
and experience, whether they are licensed, length
of each session and the charges.
Before scheduling sessions with one, consider
whether they would be right for the specic prob-
lem in your family.
Remember that even tough family therapy
doesnt automatically solve family conicts or
make an unpleasant situation go away. However, it
can help family members understand one another
better, and provide them with skills to cope with
challenging situations in a more effective way.
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday eveWoman / Page 19
WITH DR OMBEVA MALANDE thepaediatrician
Why your child needs vitamin A supplements
the gynaecologist
Use e-health whenever appro-
Physical health reviews still
have their role.
How they work
Vitamin A is an important nu-
trient for a child. It can be found
in many fruits, vegetables, eggs,
whole milk, butter, fortied mar-
garine, meat and oily saltwater
sh. Vitamin A deciency oc-
curs when the dietary intake of
vitamin A is less than the body
needs or if the body cannot ab-
sorb it properly due to disease or
infection. Vitamin A deciency is
the leading cause of preventable
childhood blindness in develop-
ing countries. Half of them die
within twelve months of going
Vitamin A is required for
skin conditions including acne,
eczema, psoriasis, cold sores,
wounds, and burns, gastrointes-
tinal ulcers, gum disease, diabe-
tes, sinus, urinary tract and nose
infections, loss of sense of smell,
asthma, kidney stones, overactive
thyroid, anaemia and deafness. It
protects the heart and cardiovas-
cular system, and slowing the ag-
ing process. Vitamin A improves
wound healing, reduces wrinkles,
and protects the skin against UV
radiation. It is required for the
proper development and func-
tioning of our eyes, skin, and
immune system. When amounts
greater than those recommended
are taken, side effects can include
irritability, sleepiness, vomiting,
diarrhoea, loss of consciousness,
headache, vision problems and
peeling skin.
Vitamin A deciency is a
direct cause of blindness (Xe-
rophthalmia) with increased risk
of death from infectious causes.
A careful check for infectious
diseases such as diarrhea, acute
lower respiratory tract infections,
measles, and tuberculosis and
urinary tract infections should
always be done in patients with
active xerophthalmia. Children
with measles and malnutrition
are also at very high risk of vita-
min A deciency thus high-dose
supplements are usually part of
their treatment. In vitamin A-de-
cient populations, prophylactic
high-dose supplements should
be given every four to six months
to all infants. All children who at-
tend a clinic should be screened
to determine whether they have
received a dose within the past
four months. If not, this oppor-
tunity should be used to give
them a dose. That means your
child who is above six months
and younger than ve years age
should receive vitamin A supple-
ments every six months.
The ever-increasing capabilities of in-
terconnectivity are making our interactions
more virtual. We hardly nd the need to jus-
tify physical interactions any more; anything
can almost be done remotely, anytime and
Your health has not been left behind ei-
ther. You can no longer blame distance, time
or other physical barriers for your failing
You can take advantage of the increasingly
available e-health platforms to keep yourself
in good health.
In many cases, you will be able to avoid
physical visits to your doctors ofce or to
hospitals for mundane symptoms or screen-
ing tests. Where you are doesnt matter so
much. Your ofce, home or wherever will do
just ne.
E-consults are now routine for minor
symptoms. This can be by email, phone or
videoconference. In most cases, what will be
required is just simple advice on what fur-
ther measures to take.
A virtual exam may sometimes be pos-
sible, but mainly limited to just looking via
a high-resolution webcam. In some cases,
photos of whatever it is can be uploaded and
reviewed by your physician.
If you are due for routine screening tests
or a lab test, simply look out for e-lab servic-
es. Many common tests are now so simplied
that you can take most of your own samples.
The e-lab will send you instructions and
sample collection kits, which you can use at
your convenience and send back to them.
You wont need to go anywhere for your re-
sults either. A simplied interpretation of
the results will come your way electronically,
and further advise on anything that requires
A link to your doctor and pharmacist for
lling an electronic prescription will com-
plete your consultation, all at the comfort of
wherever you choose to be.
The trail of your e-health encounters
doesnt have to go cold.
You can have a virtually stored medical
records folder, encrypted for access to only
you and your healthcare providers.
This way, cross-reference for ongoing
consults is always available. It wont matter
where you are and who you consult, access
to your records remains seamless.
Maintain some level of caution with virtu-
al health. Some symptoms require physical
assessment to exclude serious conditions.
Equally, some treatment options are not pos-
sible to offer electronically.
If your e-gynaecologist advises physical
review with good reasons, its in your interest
to honour this.
What about doctors fees, or is for free?
There are costs associated with e-health at
either end.
You should expect to pay a fee for the ser-
vice, more or less equivalent to what you pay
for physical consults. But you accrue savings
with time and convenience, and get to keep
your health on tiptop.
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recipe with WAMBUI KURIA
Quick bacon pie
Reach Wambui on: chef@ucreations.co.ke www.ucreations.co.ke Tel: 0722 489 419
with Bob Otieno
a perfect
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes
8 slices of bacon
250g shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
cup onion, nely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cups of milk
cup all-purpose our
1.Fry the bacon until cooked but not
crisp. Pat dry with a paper towel
then cut into cubes.
2.Pre-heat oven to 3500F.
3.Lightly grease a nine-inch pie pan.
4.Layer the pan with cheese and
5.In a glass bowl, combine the eggs,
butter, onions, salt, pepper, our
and milk: Whisk together until
smooth then pour into the pie pan.
6.Bake for 30/35mins or until set.
7.This dish can be served hot or cold.
From diet to exercise, to balancing
opposing muscle groups, everything these
days is about balance. Today we will look
at balance in workouts.
Balance is the ability to control your
body as it moves through space. Simply
dened, its the ability to sustain your
equilibrium when youre either stationary
or moving.
For example, when you go for a nature
walk or hike, at rst, youd spend a lot of
time watching the footpath, to avoid trip-
But after a while, you learn to adjust
to the terrain by the feel of your feet,
thereby increasing your balance through
proprioception (your the sensory infor-
mation that contributes to the sense of
position of self and movement).
To test your balance, try standing on
one leg for 30 seconds and then switch
and try it on the other leg. Youll probably
nd that youre better at balancing on one
leg compared to the other.
Then, to recreate the balance required
when you encounter an unstable surface,
like lumpy grass, try standing on one leg
again, but this time use a soft surface such
as a foam pad or balance disc. To further
spice up the challenge, try performing
both of these exercises with your eyes
closed. 0
As this sequence suggests, balance
training is progressive. Once youre able
to maintain stability, new challenges are
needed to further adapt.
Movements that take place on one
leg at a time, like walking and running,
involve constantly losing your balance and
then regaining it.
The quicker you can regain it, the safer
the movement becomes. If you watch
sports like basketball or rugby, youll
notice that the better athletes in these
activities appear as though they never lose
their balance.
It is not that they arent constantly
losing their balance; they just regain it so
quickly that no one notices.
Athletes who appear to have perfected
their art of balance have learned to main-
tain their stability while rapidly respond-
ing to the changes in their environment.
With practice, you can also perfect your
balance while working out.
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday eveWoman / Page 21
gling with the idea that she might have
to adopt a completely new persona to t
better in this new stage of her life. You
would be hard pressed to nd a woman
who does not agonise over how to best
communicate effectively, striking a bal-
ance between being assertive without
being too overbearing. Here are useful
Sponsors are individuals in the
organisation who are senior to you,
support your growth and advocate for
you. They are a bit like mentors, only
that they have the capacity and access
to tools that you need for career growth.
Being able to approach a mentor with
a specic concern, such as the percep-
tion that your contributions or ideas are
not getting the attention they deserve,
can give you invaluable feedback on the
power dynamics that you may not be
aware of and how to tackle them.
Body condence and poise, espe-
cially under re, can make or break your
success in the workplace. More than
ever, true leadership emerges in crisis.
We have all heard stories of women who
burst into tears in the workplace: that
becomes the only thing they are remem-
bered for from that point on. Do not be
that woman.
Always take a rm approach whether
it is in demanding that a task is com-
pleted or negotiating for what you think
you are worth. Listen to the other point
of view but keep your reasoning clear
and concise with facts and gures. Avoid
wafing or lling in silences with words.
Recognise that in whichever
position you are, you have value
to offer and strive to always com-
municate this value.
Identify your power gaps
areas where you feel less than
and work on them, but do not
let them hold you back.
Things may get frustrating, but your best bet is to
keep calm and poised, writes TANIA NGIMA
Youre now
the boss,
what next?
June, in her mid 30s, had a our-
ishing career that she was passionate
about. Having nabbed her biggest
achievement yet a big promotion
with an impressive title to boot she
found herself in a quagmire. While the
congratulatory messages were doing
the rounds, she heard from more than
one quarter that since she was now
playing in the colloquial big boys club,
she needed to walk, talk and act like the
boys. Herein lay her predicament. In her
whole career, June had relied on softer
communication conict diffusion,
and the ability to listen and connect
deeply to get results from her peers
and juniors. Now though, she was strug-
May 24, 2014 / Standard on Saturday
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Juliet: We met through a mutual friend at
the Kenya School of Law in 2007.
Martin: I had seen Juliet a few times at
the Kenya School of Law, but she always
looked so busy.
Plus, she was rarely in the country and
every time I asked our mutual friend
where she was, she would tell me Oh,
Juliet is in Uganda or Juliet is in Mom-
basa or some other place. The few times
I saw her, she was always seated at the
stairs near the classes reading something
or typing away on her laptop.
Even though she ignored me, she
intrigued me. With patience and tact, I
was able to win her trust, condence and
nally her love.
Juliet: Which one? There were three
proposals by my count! And not because
I said no to any of them. I think every
time he proposed, he felt the need to do
it again!
The rst time he proposed, I was lying
on the oor. He knelt down as if to pick
something, and he handed me the box!





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It was such a random day and I never
thought a proposal was on his to-do list.
I said yes.
The second time he proposed was in the
presence of both my family and his. I
remember him kneeling down, slipping
the ring on my nger and making a lot of
promises. I said yes, again. Much of this
was a blur. I probably cant remember
much because I was overwhelmed by the
moment. My mums sister had to narrate
how he proposed.
The third time, he took me to Tipuana
Gardens in Karen for a late afternoon
lunch, or so I thought. I remember there
was a small and private wedding going
on and I kept remarking how wonderful
it must be to have such a cosy wedding.
I dont think I counted more than 25
people at that wedding. And the couple
looked young and very happy. Then after
our lunch, Martin took me for a walk in
the gardens. And when we were out of
sight, he went down on one knee, again!
And this time, he had another box and
another ring! It was the sweetest proposal
ever. And I said yes for the third time.
Martin: Juliet and I had agreed that we
would nance the whole wedding on our
own, and so we did not want any outside
inuence with regard to how we had
pictured it.
As for service providers drama, we con-
tracted a lady who had a venue in Karen
and she gave us a wedding package.
We paid her a deposit but soon started
noticing something was off. We asked to see
samples of her photographers work, but she
didnt give us. We attended one of the wed-
dings she was handling and the food was at.
The meetings we had with her to discuss our
dcor ideas all seemed like battles on whose
ideas were better. She did not want to indulge
any new ideas we had, which were different
from anything she had done before. We got
the feeling that she just wanted to replicate
the dcor that was common in almost all Ke-
nyan weddings. She rejected our cake design
saying it was too complicated!
Meeting her used to be exhausting because
three quarters of the time was spent defend-
ing our ideas.
She actually said she did not want to set the
table with cutlery because our relatives might
steal them! After our last meeting, she sent us
an SMS telling us that she did not want to do
our wedding as it was too labour-intensive.
Thank God she dumped us! We went for a
good plan B.

Martin: I would advise a couple planning to
wed to keep in mind that it is their day. You
only get one take. Try as much as possible to
have no regrets and leave very little room for
shoulda, coulda, wouldas. Lastly, try to be
unique! Dare to be the trendsetter.





Juliet and Martin
were glad their rst
service provider
dumped them be-
cause their plan B
turned out to be
much better.
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