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A murderer's in UK plot to escape from jail by helicopter
A murderer's in UK plot to escape from jail by helicopter has been foiled by prison guards and the police. Brian Lawrence, 67, from Berkshire, planned to escape from Parkhurst last week using helicopter flights at the Isle of Wight Festival as cover. He communicated with his accomplices using lemon juice as invisible ink and codes hidden in sudoku puzzles, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed. Lawrence is serving life for murder and for plotting two further killings. The MoJ said he drew maps and gave encrypted instructions for his plan to bring a helicopter into part of the prison grounds not protected by nets. It is believed Lawrence targeted the festival as members of the public would be less suspicious of a helicopter due to the air movements associated with the music event. He intended to fund the escape using the sale of a quarry in Newbury, Berkshire, then flee to Spain. The plot was uncovered when prison guards spotted the phrase "more heat, less light" in one of his letters. They then found the invisible messages, which can be seen when the paper is heated from underneath. Lawrence, who was jailed in 2005 with a minimum tariff of 21 years, has been transferred to another prison. Barry Greenberry, governor of HMP Isle of Wight, which is an amalgamation of Parkhurst, Albany and Camp Hill prisons, said: "I am delighted at the way our security team and Hampshire Constabulary have foiled a possible escape attempt. "I am very proud of the operations team at HMP Isle of Wight who diligently pieced together intelligence to stop a security breach. "This is exactly the sort of excellent public service that the police and prison service provide to protect the public and reduce reoffending." Lawrence, a retired schoolteacher, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court of battering a friend of his ex-lover to death. He killed Deryk Cox, 69, before setting fire to his house in Caversham, Berkshire, in 2003. He then set out to hire someone to kill two other people, but was caught when an undercover policeman posed as the hitman. The trial heard that Lawrence had become "insanely jealous" of other men close to his married ex-lover after their three-year affair ended. Parkhurst lost its maximum security status after three inmates escaped in 1995.
"All other human beings are just like us in that they want happiness and dislike suffering." - The Little Book of Wisdom
Police in Kenya recovers a cache of firearms
Nairobi, Friday 18th June, 2010. Police in Yatta district, Eastern Province have recovered a cache of firearms that police suspect were being transported to Nairobi. The firearms included three revolvers, four pistols and 26 rounds of ammunition. The weapons suspected to have entered into the country from war torn Somali were discovered from a Nairobi bound bus which was coming from Garissa. A suspect whom the police identified as Hussein Mohammed Dube, 29, was arrested and was helping the police with investigations. Police led by Matuu Deputy Officer Commanding Station William Kaptich said they swung into action after being tipped-off by members of the public that a bus from Garissa heading to Nairobi was ferrying illegal firearms. The security officers mounted two road blocks along the Mwingi - Garissa highway and conducted thorough checks on the vehicles plying the route. The guns had been dismantled and stashed in 20 litre-jerricans of water which were then placed at the back seat of the bus. ''The suspect was promptly arrested from the back seat after the bus crew identified him as the owner of the container,'' Mr. Kaptich said. Police said the accused who hails from Madogo division in Tana River district will be arraigned in court once the investigations were complete.
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Gîthaka gîtigunaga muni, kîgunaga mûki
The land enriches not people who clear it, but people who come (when it is already cleared)
One beats the bush, and another catches the bird.
"When they hear my foreign accent, they wonder how am able to drop Kikuyu lyrics. But the thing is, my country (Kenya) runs through my veins. I’ve got to represent it," - UK -born Kenyan singer Kanja Muchoki aka Afrikan King.
Given a second chance, three in every 10 people would not marry their current spouse again, a nationwide survey on the status of the institution of marriage in Kenya has revealed. The survey, done by Infotrak for the Saturday Nation reveals that only 40 per cent of Kenyans are happily married, the rest are either unhappy or not sure how to describe their unions. Some 29 per cent of married Kenyans admit their marriages are headed for the rocks, while 31 per cent say they are not certain whether they are in a happy or unhappy union. More than a half of the respondents reported serious conflicts in their marriages at least once a month. Love — that traditional bond that leads couples to the altar, has taken a backseat in many Kenyan marriages, its place usurped by money and children. Only four in 10 married people said they were in it for love. “Love comes last in marriage,” said a respondent in his 30s. Six out of every 10 married Kenyans say the only bond keeping their marriage together are the children, while 45 per cent say they are hanging on because of the money and property. And, in quite an interesting twist in marriage and separation trends, money and overly nosy in-laws have overtaken infidelity as the leading cause of broken marriages. - FULL STORY
Who is this Kenya Artist in UK?
UK -born Kenyan singer Kanja Muchoki aka Afrikan King
Step aside Akon; there is a new kid on the block ready for stardom. The fast rising UK-born Kenyan singer Kanja Muchoki aka Afrikan King is now ready to join the big league and follow in the Senegalese-born singer’s footsteps after scooping the coveted Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T’s) 106 and Park Win on Wild Out. "I was shocked when my name was called out as the winner of B.E.T’s 106 and Park Win on Wild Out. Back then, I was still unknown to many," says Kanja. The singer won the prestigious honour last year in October defeating many contestants. Kanja is now doing well musically and is expected to grace the awards again this year. "I will be performing on B.E.T in August with a record label backing me for more international exposure. Around the same time my debut album will be released," says the singer who has also appeared in major college plays including Grease, Smokey Joe’s CafÈ and One Independent film besides appearing in films that will be coming out in Hollywood. - FULL STORY
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Time to Wake Up
Those depending on Social Services in the UK should wake up and start looking for a way to survive. Things are no longer the same. How do you expect a country with a Net Debt of £903 billion to keep the house running. Jipange - otherwise you will be caught an aware. Further your education, learn a skill, work part-time etc. Hata kwetu hatupatiwi hella mbure.
How Libya became a dead end for migrants
Libya, once the gateway for African immigrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, is increasingly putting up its shutters. The latest sign of this is the government's decision to close the offices of the UN High Commission for Refugees in Tripoli, saying it was illegal, and thus denying migrants and asylum seekers a lifeline if they run into trouble in their efforts to make the treacherous coastal journey to Europe. Although the closure sparked protests from rights groups, the European Union's response was more muted, saying it was regrettable but understandable. "There's a certain fear in the country that with the presence of the UNHCR, more refugees are being attracted to Libya," Adrianus Koetsenruijter, the EU ambassador accredited to Libya, told the BBC on a recent visit to Tripoli. "And [this is] thereby causing a bigger problem inside the country," he said, adding he hoped the refugee agency would be able to operate there again. Just days after the closure, the EU signed a $60m (£40.5m) financial and technical co-operation pact with Libya, as a prelude to a wider deal expected to be sealed by the end of the year. This shows the current thinking in European capitals: that Col Muammar Gaddafi's Libya - once a pariah state accused of promoting terrorism to threaten Western interests - is now a key ally in efforts to tackle illegal immigration from Africa. It is also a vital source of oil and gas resources with a plethora of investment opportunities in this "virgin" market. And Libya, with trade links and Western know-how as an incentive to open up its economy to foreign investors after decades of isolation, has taken far-reaching measures to help European governments achieve their objective. It is now fighting illegal immigration on land and at sea.
This has led to a crackdown on human-trafficking syndicates, the detention and deportation of illegal migrants, and joint sea patrols with the former colonial power, Italy - something that was once unthinkable as Libya promoted a pan-African vision free of Western influence. Expressing his satisfaction with Libya's actions, Mr Koetsenruijter said illegal immigrant landings on Italian and Maltese shores are "almost zero now". The recent financial deal signed with the EU will partly continue to finance tighter border controls. The head of the International Organization for Migration in Libya, Lawrence Hart, believes that Libya is becoming a dead end for migrants hoping to reach Europe. "As it stands, it is a dead end - not down to zero but down by 95% of landings in Italy and Malta," he says. "This is also thanks to the country actually exercising the restrictions." But he believes that the best way to curb illegal immigration is by tackling head-on the dire economic situation in many African countries. "Until the root causes are addressed, migration flows are likely to continue for many reasons, not least because there are work opportunities in Libya that remain attractive." Tripoli's sporadic policy of rounding up foreigners who fail to produce a work permit also means many illegal immigrants are nervous about staying long-term. The execution of several African nationals accused of premeditated murder - though not a new development - made headlines this month. It sparked condemnation from human rights organisations who voiced concern that the trials did not meet international standards, while the Ghanaian government appealed to Tripoli to give clemency to its citizens facing the death penalty. The mood among European diplomats, however, is different: A far cry from the days when they sniped at Libya for failing to curb immigration, or denounced it for its failure to adopt Western-styled democracy and human rights values. It shows how the political tide is changing in Libya, as it seeks to strengthen relations with European countries that it once accused of undermining African sovereignty and trying to re-colonise the continent.
METHALI YA KISWAHILI
Mungu hamfichi mnafiki.
God does not concell a (hypocrite) liar.
Killer Executed By Firing Squad In Utah
A firing squad has shot a convicted killer in Utah in only the third US execution by that means since 1976. Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for killing a lawyer in 1985 while trying to flee a court, where he was facing charges over a barman's murder. He chose to be executed by firing squad before the method was banned by Utah and replaced by lethal injections. Gardner's last hope for a reprieve was dashed when the US Supreme Court denied his 11th-hour appeal. As the execution neared, the condemned man was strapped to a black metal chair and hooded, before a target was placed on his chest. Five executioners fired .30 calibre rifles at him, although one of the weapons carried a blank bullet, allowing members of the firing squad to retain some doubt over whether or not they fired a fatal round. The killer had eaten his last meal of steak, lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream and 7UP lemonade on Thursday, having chosen to fast for his remaining time. Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff announced that he had approved the execution on micro-blogging site Twitter. "I just gave the go ahead to corrections director to proceed with Gardner's execution," Mr Shurtleff tweeted shortly before Gardner was shot. "May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims." About two dozen members of Gardner's family held a vigil outside the prison as he was shot. Like all other US states where the death penalty is in use, Utah now uses lethal injection as its primary means of putting a condemned man to death. Only Oklahoma still offers the firing squad as an alternative. Salt Lake City bishop John Wester said: "I find it barbaric. If you're going to do the death penalty, lethal injection would be the more humane way. "(A firing squad) emblazons in our consciousness the violence that guns wreak on our lives." - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
"It is no use waiting for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.." - Belgian Proverb
Nigerian fishing community
Two women scrape and clean a basket of fish that has been purchased by a customer, who is sitting in the shade behind them and on right here, the women play with two Nile monitor lizards they had caught in the forest that morning to entertain themselves
London, Friday 18th June, 2010. More than two million middle-class families will lose their entitlement to child tax credits worth hundreds of pounds a year after Nick Clegg said they did not "need" the benefit. The Deputy Prime Minister signalled that the move would form part of next week's emergency Budget, insisting it was not "unreasonable" to expect the middle classes to make sacrifices. Currently, parents can claim child tax credit if they earn up to £58,000, or £66,000 if the child is under the age of one. The less they earn, the more they can claim, with payments potentially worth up to £2,850 a year for just one child. However The Daily Telegraph understands that the Government is considering restricting the benefit to parents with a combined income of no more than £30,000, or possibly as low as £25,000. Lowering the income limit to £30,000 would mean that 2.1 million families currently entitled to claim credits would no longer be able to do so. The benefit was one of Gordon Brown's principal policies as Chancellor, and 90 per cent of families currently have some entitlement at a cost of £20.7 billion a year. With the Coalition under pressure to cut billions of pounds from public spending to reduce the £155 billion budget deficit, Mr Clegg made clear that middle earners should not expect this to continue. The Government has already announced that it will axe child trust funds of more than £500 per child, to which all families had been entitled. "Surely, everyone agrees that having tax credits extended – which is basically a means-tested benefit – to nine out of 10 of every family in this country which has got children means you are giving a lot of money – taxpayers' money, other people's money – to people who don't really need it," Mr Clegg told GMTV yesterday.
Where at thou Mariam Kimani?
Anyone who knows a lady by the name MARIAM KIMANI the last time she was heard was 2005 .That time her address was in Forest Gate. If any one knows her she should contact CORBIN AND HASAN SOLICTORS, LONDON in White chapel as there is good news there.
A Kenyan passed away in Virginia
The late John Theuri
John Theuri passed away on June 12, after a short illness and subsequently succumbing to complications caused by pancreatic cancer. John worked for the Department of State as a Swahili language instructor in the state of Virginia. He will be buried on Saturday June 26, 2010, in Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, in the state of Virginia. Funeral Service will be in St. Louis Catholic Church near the cemetery (2907 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306) at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Theuri is survived by his wife Cecilia Theuri, five children: James Theuri (Chicago), Migwi Theuri, Esther Theuri (Nairobi), Agatha Theuri (London), and Perpetua Theuri (Meru). He had 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The family appreciates all forms of support from family and friends. May God rest his soul in peace, and be with him till we meet again. The late is the father to: Dr. Theuri, James of University of Illinois, and father in law to Dr. Emma Theuri of University of Illinois. Both can be reached at 708-705-7701 and 708-781-6421. - Diasporamessenger
Kenyan pleads guilty to pistol possession in USA
Lancaster in Pennesylvania, USA - June 17th, 2010 - A Kenyan man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court, Downtown, to illegally possessing a pistol. Leo Nyangoko Chacha, 37, has been in the country illegally since his student visa expired in 2001, prosecutors say. He was living in Pittsburgh in 2008 when he obtained a stolen 9 mm pistol and brandished it while searching a girlfriend's home in northcentral Pennsylvania, then threatened to kill her, prosecutors say. He also has an active warrant for his arrest from a 2000 Arizona drug case, prosecutors say. Chacha is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster on October 22 this year.
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Royal Ascot on Ladies Day
The hats and frocks of Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth dressed in lilac during the Royal precession on Ladies Day and on right Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice ride in the Royal precession on Ladies Day
The five days of the ROYAL MEETING at ASCOT provide one of the most unique and colourful occasions on the sporting calendar. Queen Ann founded Ascot Races in 1711 and members of the Royal family still lead the procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot each day. The GOLD CUP meeting, or 'LADIES DAY' as it is famously known, is a great day at the races and one not to be missed. Focus switches from racing to fashion, in particular ladies and their hats! for the second year running we are also heading out for the ROYAL ASCOT FINALE on the Saturday for more exciting racing action and even better – no time off work!
As part of your day package you will be transferred by charter coach from London, be served lunchtime refreshments with lots of sparkling wine, receive entry to the Silver Ring enclosure, and then upon return to London enjoy a post race party to celebrate your winnings (or to commiserate your losses!).
The Royal Meeting: Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th June, 2010
Royal Ascot is the world's most famous race meeting and is steeped in history that dates back to 1711. Always a superb sporting and social occasion, combining tradition and pageantry with unrivalled horse racing action, it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With no less than fifteen group races and over £3 million prize money on offer over the five days, the quality of the horse racing remains simply outstanding. This magnificent event is steeped in centuries of history, tradition and style, for which it is still renowned for today. The action on the track is matched only by the fashions off it with a spectacular array of colourful outfits and hats on display, ranging from catwalk chic to interesting and obscure. Always a superb sporting and social occasion Royal Ascot is much more than just a race meeting. It represents the epitome of prestige, luxury and style, all in the perfect setting of the beautiful Berkshire countryside.
The Silver Ring Enclosure:
The Silver Ring Enclosure provides a great relaxed and informal environment, offering a good range of facilities and the chance to enjoy all of the excitement that Royal Ascot has to offer. 2000 free seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively you can stand by the rails to cheer on your horse as they sweep round the bend into the final straight. There is a massive lawned area with a variety of places to eat, drink, and bet and be able to soak up the wonderful experience. Big screen TV's bring you full live coverage of all of the racing action, although you cannot access the Parade Ring or main Grandstand. There is also live music entertainment. There are no formal dress restrictions in the Silver Ring although we do encourage race-goers to make the most of the day and come in smart casual attire.
An oasis of the rest at the coast
For those in diaspora who want to enjoy their holiday in Mombasa in family friendly and affordable paradise, Danpark Hotel and apartment is the place to be. Situated on Mombasa – Malindi Highway in leafy green suburbs of Mtwapa, Just 200 meters behind Caltex petrol station and its only 25 minutes drive from Mombasa town and 31 kilometres from Moi international airport. Lots of visitors from UK who have visited this place courtesy of Wachira (formerly of Luton) have vowed to make this place their destination whenever they visit the coast. Its friendly atmosphere that accommodates all especially family makes all the difference and the charges are reasonable to the services you will get. Its proprietors are the famous Baba and Mama Karo (Carlo) mostly featured in local music by artist like Queen Jane, Salim Junior Githingithia and the rest. Wachira commonly known as Wachira wa pub by many in London and Luton area is doing its promotion. Please contact them on Tel:+254715 366082, Mob:+254722410316/723261635. Email email@example.com. Website: danparkhotel.com
Welcome to Dan Park Hotel Mombasa ....The place to be
Dan Park Hotel is located 18 km (25 minutes' drive) away from Mombasa town and about 31 from the Moi International Airport on Mombasa - Malindi highway in the leafy suburbs of Mtwapa 200 meters behind the Caltex Petrol Station. From the moment you walk through the door ,Dan Park Hotel treats you like family, you are welcomed home, you are treated with hospitality that can only be found at you home. We pride ourselves of providing unmatched hospitality characteristically African, where everything comes to a standstill to welcome a long lost friend, uncle, brother, sister,....a family member.
Our facilities and service measures up to our welcoming charm, here we let you Experience a moment of exhalation and relaxation, We serve all kinds of meal from local cuisine to international cuisine. The hotel boast of total of 40 rooms both single and double, fully self contained with a sitting rooms with private verandahs, fully serviced kitchens, tiled floors, rooms with mosquito net, Television set where you can watch channels available DSTV, G-TV and from local media house. Taxi services for collection and drop off at the airport are available at cheap rates on request (see our reservation page). We are an apt choice for those who are on Holiday and pleasure, for those on business trips, for honeymooners, etc. Our close proximity to beach hotels and safari destinations makes us a reliable partner in planning and executing a safari or an excursion for you on prior arrangement.
The Power of Lemon Water
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn, constipation and parasites. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.
Field Marshal Mwariama in a symbolic final inspection of Mau Mau fighters in Meru on 20th December 1963, eight days after Kenya attained political independence from the British.
Coalition government axes £2bn of projects
Danny Alexander: 'The last government committed to spend money it simply did not have' The coalition government has cancelled 12 projects totalling £2bn agreed to by the previous Labour government since the start of 2010. These include an £80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters and new programmes for the young unemployed, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander told MPs. Mr Alexander said the cuts were necessary to tackle the budget deficit and would be done in a "fair" way. Labour accused him of an "attack on jobs" and industries of the future. But Mr Alexander said the previous government had gone on a "pre-election spending spree in the full knowledge that the government had long since run out of money". He told MPs they wanted to tackle the budget deficit and what he called "bad financial management" in a way that was "fair and responsible". "As a result of the poor decisions made by the previous government, I have taken the decision to cancel certain projects that do not represent good value for money, and suspend others pending full consideration in the spending review. "We have also found another spending black-hole in the previous government's plans - projects had been approved with no money in place to pay for them.
"I am determined to deal with this problem head-on and ensure we never see this kind of irresponsible financial planning in government again." The 12 projects were axed - and a further 12 suspended - after a review of 217 projects worth £34bn was ordered, amid claims the previous Labour government had embarked on a pre-election "scorched earth" spending policy. In an angry response, shadow chief secretary Liam Byrne accused the Lib Dem minister of a U-turn over public spending and asked how many jobs would be lost as a result. He told Mr Alexander: "Both the country and the Liberal Democrat party beyond will be aghast this afternoon at your attack on jobs, your attack on construction workers, your attack on the industries of the future and the cancellation of a hospital. "Let me ask you: what could be more front line than this? In five minutes this afternoon you have reversed three years of Liberal Democratic policy of which you were the principal author. What a moment of abject humiliation." He also said the spending projects being axed amounted to just 0.05% of government spending, "nailing the myth" that Labour had operated a "scorched earth" policy.
- Stonehenge Visitor Centre: £25m
- Local Authority Leader Boards: £16m
- Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited: £80m
- Roll-out of the Future Jobs Fund: £290m
- Six month offer recruitment subsidies: £30m
- Extension of Young Person's Guarantee to 2011/12: £450m
- Two year Jobseeker's Guarantee: £515m
- Active Challenge Routes - Walk England: £2m
- Dept of Health funding for County Sports Partnerships: £6m
- North Tees and Hartlepool hospital: £450m
- Local Authority Business Growth Initiative: £50m
- Outukumpu: £13m
Leona Lewis concert at the O2 Arena
Leona Lewis performing at the O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
Kenyan president reinstates and appoints PSs
President Mwai Kibaki Thursday reinstated four Permanent Secretaries suspended over graft allegations in their ministries. The President at the same time announced a reshuffle affecting other Permanent Secretaries. In a statement the President said he had reinstated Permanent Secretaries Karega Mutahi, Romano Kiome, Mohamed Isahakia and Ali Mohamed after completion of investigations by the anti-graft body. Former Education PS Karega moves to Local Government in the same capacity replacing Sammy Kirui who was suspended over the Nairobi City Council cemetery scandal and whose fate is yet to be known. Mohammed who was the PS for Special Programmes moves to the Ministry of Environment and his place taken by Andrew Mondoh who has been the acting PS in the Office of the Prime Minister. Isahakia and Kiome retain their positions at the office of the Prime Minister and Agriculture ministry respectively. PM's private Secretary Caroli Omondi was also reinstated. Other PSs affected are Prof James Ole Kiyiapi who is the new Education PS while his position at the Medical Services Ministry will be taken up by Ms Mary Ngari who was previously the PS for Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. Dr Kibicho Karanja has been appointed PS in the Ministry of Industrialization. He was previously chairman department of mechanical engineering, at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Prof John Lonyangapuo takes over from Ms Leah Gwiyo as Public works PS. Gwiyo is the new Tourism PS replacing Rebecca Nabutola who is on suspension over graft.
Kenyan world- class athletes shine in Bedford!
Catherine Ndereba & Sammy Wanjiru at a masterclass with athletes in Bedford Athletic Stadium
It was a tightly packed week of fantastic activities with Kenyan top athletes visiting Bedford to inspire the young people and the local community to excel in sports especially athletics. This fabulous event was organized by Kenya Community Bedford, in partnership with Bedford borough partnerships and Athletic Kenya.
The six star athletes present for this historical event were Paul Tergat – multiple world cross-country champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist. Catherine Ndereba – two-time world marathon champions, ex world record holder for marathon. Duncan Kibet – second fastest ever over marathon distance for men. Benjamin Limo – world champion over 5000m. Wilfred Bungei – reigning Olympic 800m champion. Sammy Wanjiru, reigning Olympic marathon champion and London marathon winner 2009. Present was Mr Isaiah Kiplagat, the chairman of Athletic Kenya and Mr David Okeyo, the secretary General Athletic Kenya and Lt. Col Kariuki Gitau, who is the program coordinator in Kenya.
The Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson and Athletics Kenya chairman Mr Isaiah Kiplagat signing a memorandum of understanding and a dinner in Bedford.
The stars were given an initial welcome by the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, each wearing gowns to mark the mayoral support for the partnership. They visited special need schools, high schools and hospitals. Each place they went was flooded with emotional welcome, activities and running sessions.
Bedford international Stadium was busy the whole week with event ranging from children training with the stars, aspiring master class athletes sharing tips with our top stars and the Community at large running with the stars. This is the Stadium that could likely become the training ground for our athletes 2012 Olympics participants.
The ‘Run With The Stars’ was a taster of what’s to come, as the build up to the Olympics 2012 starts to gain momentum. Partnership with Athletic Kenya have left doors open for bigger things. Already many schools in Bedford are twinning with schools in Kenya, and hospitals as well. In terms of proffessional athletics, the event has opened bigger and better posibilities in the pipeline. The Mayor and the chairman of Athletic Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding, while each talked of how the parnership is symbiotic and necessary.
Kenya Community Bedford Class
Kenyans in Bedford schould be proud, for for those who saw Jack Waiyaki go helter skelter, they know he is the star in community work. Athletic Kenya Chairman was so overhelmed with the success of the event that he has promised to give accreditation to Jack Waiyaki for his effort in promoting Kenyan athletes in UK. Surely this is true patriotism.
I was challenged by how our athletes were celebrated in Bedford. This kind of star treatment should always be given to them, for the pride they bring to our country through their talent! And the Gold of course!
Story By Janet Wainaina
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Nairobi, Kenya, Jun 17 - President Mwai Kibaki has suspended Dr Wilfred Machage as an assistant minister for Roads, pending determination of the hate speech case he is facing in court. The president announced the decision in a statement issued by the Presidential Press Service at 5pm on Thursday 17th June, 2010. Dr Machage was charged on Wednesday with five counts of hate speech alongside two other MPs - Fred Kapondi of Mt Elgon, Cherangany’s Joshua Kutuny and political activist Christine Miller. The Assistant Minister, Ms Miller and Mr Kapondi were each released on a cash bail of Sh100,000 by Nairobi Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei. Mr Kutuny, who was separately charged with incitement to violence was freed on a Sh200,000 cash bail. The four denied the incitement charges. Mr Kutuny was accused of committing the offence last month in Trans Nzoia, while the rest were accused of hate speech on June 10 in Upper Hill. The four have been directed to report to CID Headquarters when required until June 21 when their case is due back in court. In rejecting a request by the police to detain the accused for three more days, Mr Mutembei said that he didn’t find sufficient reason to hold them in custody any longer.
City Hall has sacked 182 workers who failed to show up for a staff headcount conducted in February by PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to the audit report released Thursday, the council has 4215 questionable employees who risk losing their jobs. It was also discovered that City Hall was paying salaries to 15 dead people. The Council picked the consultancy firm to audit its roll of staff in order to develop a new structure for the organization. Town Clerk Philip Kisia has consequently directed the Human Resource department to verify the status of the said workers in two weeks time or be struck off the pay roll. The figure also includes 3026 members of staff who refused to take up the free medical cover provided for the staff. Kisia said 307 members had suspect appointment letters, while 46 had suspect university degrees. Kisia said after the Human resource verifies the status of the affected workers, the council will save up to 60 million shillings. The PwC audit was expected to help weed out ghost workers and to identify top talent, especially engineers, planners and financial experts, who will fit in the lean but efficient organizational structure of City Hall. Employees were required to produce identification documents, letter of employment and academic and professional qualification certificates to confirm their contractual relationship with City Hall. They were also required to present their latest pay slips, birth certificates, NSSF and NHIF cards and two passport sized photos. The council has also regularly featured in the list of Kenya's most corrupt institutions. City Hall has been in the spotlight for maintaining a bloated workforce and corruption. Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa has in the past said the council loses more than Sh150 million monthly to ghost workers.
4,215 workers at Nairobi City Council face the sack after an audit report showed they did not have the requisite documents
Three arrested over Kenyan blasts
Police have arrested three suspects over blasts that killed six and wounded dozens during Sunday's No rally at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. A police official was quoted by the French news agency AFP saying the three were arrested on Wednesday. "Three suspects have been arrested and are being interrogated over the blast that occurred on Sunday 13th June, 2010. They are being questioned to establish if they were involved," a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "They were tracked via a text message one had sent to another, that is how he led officers to where the two others were. They are now in custody and we are trying to establish if they are culpable," he added. The blasts ripped through a large gathering convened by religious leaders for a 'mega prayer meeting' which however turned into a campaign rally against the proposed constitution. 131 other people were injured, 112 treated and discharged while 21 are still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital and another one at Nairobi Hospital. A memorial service for the blast victims is being held Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi after the City Council declined to issue a permit to church leaders to hold the service at the venue of the attack. On Wednesday the minister for internal security George Saitoti told parliament that police were yet to establish whether the attack was locally or foreign instigated.
Four lose sight after drinking spree
Omar Ali was among four people who lost their eyesights after a drinking spree in Malindi
At least four people have gone blind in Muyeye village, Malindi in Coast Province after imbibing an unidentified alcoholic drink. 22 year old Omar Ali and his three friends took the alcoholic drink at a burial ceremony about a week ago and have not been able to see ever since. Speaking to journalists at his Muyeye home Thursday Ali said he and the others were taking palm wine (mnazi) at the funeral when a man appeared and told them he had better alcohol. "The man told us that what he had was a better intoxicant and we decided to test it. It was indeed better than mnazi and I bought four glasses to quench my thirst," he said Things however changed for the worst the following day when his eyes started itching as his sight became dimmer and dimmer. "At first I thought it was a joke, but two days later, I asked my relatives to take me to hospital where we also found my friends suffering the same fate," he said. All the four were admitted in hospital but were discharged two days later. Two of them are said to be slowly recovering their sight but Ali and 60 year old Salim Hamza are still totally blind. Consumption of illicit brews in the country have oftentimes had grave consequences. In April 13 people died and several others lost their eyesights after they consumed illicit liquor at Shauri Moyo estate in Eastlands, Nairobi. Earlier this year parliament passed a bill which among other measures legalizes production, sale and consumption of changaa which though illegal is consumed copiously by a huge number of Kenyans from the low income group. Unscrupulous traders often add harmful chemicals to the brew, sometimes making it fatal.
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A Kenyan man has passed away in USA. Mr Jimmy Musyimi Somba passed away on Monday the 14th of June 2010 in North Carolina, USA. He comes from Kalandini, Tala. He collapsed and had a heart attack whilst exercising and paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate him but died shortly after. He was residing in North Carolina, USA with his beloved wife Grace Mwikali Somba. He was father to Nick Somba, Luke Kithua, Chris Musyimi, Rita Musyimi (Oxford, UK) and Alex Musyimi. Father-in-law to Beatrice Kavindu, Faith Kakuvi, Sarah Kayombya and Joseph Mwangi (Jose, Oxford). Grandfather to Elvis, Steve, Joe, Courtney, Jolene and Renita. Friends and family are meeting at Didcot, Oxford (Jose’s place), Durham, North Carolina and Buruburu, Kenya to raise funds to help take the body back to Kenya. For contact Jose: 07933506435 or Rita: 07974866597. Friends and well wishers who might not be able to make for the meetings and wish to contribute can do so through the following account Barclays bank, Rita Musyimi, A/C NO: 10151106, SORT CODE: 206518.
The late Jimmy Musyimi passed away of a heart attack while exercising
Spain: the new crisis in Euroland
European leaders meet in Brussels today amid growing fears that Spain, Europe's fifth-largest economy, is preparing to ask for a bailout which would dwarf the €110bn (£90bn) rescue plan for Greece. The Spanish government yesterday dismissed reports that it was already in discussions with the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the US Treasury for a rescue package worth up to €250bn. Officials in Madrid, Brussels and Paris were forced to deny that a Spanish bailout – which would take the European debt and euro crisis into a potentially dangerous new phase – was on the Brussels summit agenda. "Spain is a country that is solvent, solid and strong, with international credibility," said its Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The European Commission spokesman said: "I can firmly deny [that a Spanish rescue is under discussion]. I can say that that story is rubbish." Brussels diplomats have been at pains to send out feel-good signals ahead of a summit in which Europe's leaders are supposed to take the first steps towards more disciplined and co-ordinated, control of national finances. Those reforms are meant to restore confidence in the euro and underpin the €750m EU and IMF safety-net, created last month for euroland countries that lose the confidence of the financial markets. However, it is proving hard to shake off persistent market fears about Spain, which, if it needed a lifeline, would swallow up a large part of the emergency fund. Worryingly for the EU, the doubts about Spain – whether real or driven by speculation – are eerily similar to the gradual seeping away of confidence that sent Greece into a financial death spiral in March and April. The Spanish government's cost of borrowing hit a new record yesterday. The interest rate gap, or spread, between 10-year Spanish bonds and their German equivalents, rose by more than 0.10 of a point to 2.23 percentage points. A senior Spanish banker, Francisco Gonzalez, chairman of the BBVA financial services group, confirmed that foreign private banks were now refusing to provide liquidity to their Spanish counterparts. "Financial markets have withdrawn their confidence in our country," he said. "For most Spanish companies and entities, international capital markets are closed." As a result, the European Central Bank is said to have provided record amounts of liquidity to Spanish banks in recent days. The closure of bank-to-bank credit to Spanish institutions recalls to some market commentators the ripple of crisis through the global financial system after the fall of Lehman Brothers in the Autumn of 2008.
Kenya church leaders denied meeting permit
The Nairobi City Council has declined to issue a permit for the planned meeting by church leaders at Uhuru Park set for Thursday. In a statement, the church leaders said they had planned to hold a memorial service for the victims of Sunday's attacks at the park on Sunday. Six people died during the attacks that occurred as a group of church leaders led a prayer meeting which turned into a campaign rally for the No team at the Park on Sunday. 131 other people were injured, 112 treated and discharged while 21 are still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital and another one at Nairobi Hospital. "This denial of a permit is grossly insensitive to the pain that the families of the departed ones, those who were maimed and injured, and the Christian community who were traumatised by the attack," the church leaders say. "We find no reason whatsoever why the City Council of Nairobi would justify blocking a memorial service at Uhuru Park. All meetings organised by Christian churches at Uhuru Park in the past have been peaceful," they said. Following the City Council move the memorial service will now be held at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi on Thursday. Earlier Wednesday, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti issued a statement in parliament saying police are yet to establish whether Sunday's attack was locally or foreign instigated.
Sebastian Mburu’s Fundraising on Saturday 17th July 2010 in London
The organising committee cordially invites you to a fundraising in aid of Sebastian Mburu’s (Karen Njenga’s Uncle) Medical bill on Saturday 17th July 2010. These event will be Held at Rainbow Centre The Mall Dagenham Heathway RM10 8RE from 5pm till 11pm. RSVP or For further information please contact Sebastian Mburu 07502 486 561 or Mark Njenga 07984 796 376 or Karen Njenga 07545 333 230. Thank you for your support.
DROUGHT SOON AS BRITAIN DRIES UP
Britain's driest start to a year for almost half a century has led to the country’s first drought warning being issued amid fears of an imminent hosepipe ban. The lack of rain across the UK in 2010 has already forced one water company to activate its drought plan after revealing it needs at least three months of rainfall to restock its dwindling reservoirs. Other suppliers are now monitoring levels closely and urging their customers to use water wisely. The Government’s environment watchdog last night said that reservoir levels in the driest areas of the country were “declining at a rate similar to the 1995-96 drought”. The Met Office said UK rainfall totals in the first five months of the year were the lowest since 1964. And it offered little hope of relief, with June “on course to be another dry month”. Between January and May this year, average UK rainfall was 318.9mm, compared with a long-term average of 424.1mm. Another forecaster, Positive Weather Solutions, predicted a dry end to June and said there would also be “less than average rainfall” across much of the UK in July. The worst hit region is the North-west, which is normally one of the UK’s wettest areas and the source of water supplies for millions. It has had its driest first five months of the year since before the Second World War. Some reservoirs in the Lake District are only half full and water company United Utilities, which supplies Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, has been forced to put its drought plan into action. It comes only months after Cumbrian towns such as Penrith and Workington were devastated by floods caused by torrential rain last November The Environment Agency said the problem of low water levels extended across Britain. In its current water status report, it said: “In north-west England, without substantial rainfall, there is a risk of drought this summer that could impact on both the environment and water supplies.
Couple jailed for having sex in church
A couple that was allegedly caught having sex in church has been charged with insulting religion and remanded to Kigo Prison. Mr Abbasi Kigongo and Ms Aisha Namazzi appeared before Entebbe Grade One Magistrate Duncan Sunday and denied the charges. Prosecution alleges that the couple was found having sex near the altar of Kigungu Miracle Centre Church on May 14. Neither of the suspects is a Christian. “The duo willfully decided to have sex in the church with intentions of insulting a religion. That is unlawful,” the charge sheet reads in part. They will re-appear in court on June 22. Prosecution alleges that a worshipper who was passing by heard strange noise in the church and after taking a closer, look, found the couple having sex. Once convicted, insulting a religion attracts a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment. Recently a couple was caught having sex in a Kenyan mosque during the holy month of Ramadan and they were sentenced to 18 months in jail for what the judge called an “abominable” affront to religion. Early this year, a German police officer was terminated from work after he was caught having sex with his girl friend in a church tower above a congregation that was attending New Year’s Day Mass in Germany. Local media in Germany reported that the officer and his girl friend were ‘overcome with lust’ and were unaware that Mass was about to start when they ducked into the church to have sex.
Thomas Cook Airlines to charge for in-flight entertainment
Thomas Cook Airlines is to remove existing in-flight entertainment systems from the majority of its aircraft, in favour of charging passengers £7.50 for the use of hand-held Playstation Portables, or PSPs. Passengers on all short- and medium-haul flights will be given the option of hiring the devices, which will come pre-loaded with eight feature films and a selection of television programmes and video games. Ian Derbyshire, Thomas Cook's chief executive officer, claimed that just one in 10 passengers watch the airline’s existing in-flight entertainment. Thomas Cook's decision to replace rented headphones, for which they charge a small fee, with PSPs, follows similar moves by other airlines, including US-based Frontier Airlines and easyJet, which introduced optional PSP hire in April, also costing £7.50. It also continues the recent trend of airlines attempting to increase their ancillary revenues, rather than raising the price of headline fares. Research conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics last month revealed that US carriers’ extra charges have increased by at least 42 per cent since 2008. Ryanair has increased its extra charges by up to 700 per cent since 2006. It launched the trial of a hand-held entertainment system in November 2004, charging passengers £5 to use the devices, but scrapped the project just five months later, due to a lack of interest from passengers. A spokesman for Ryanair said it had no plans to revisit such a scheme, although other carriers may decide to follow the lead of Thomas Cook and easyJet, following a deal signed last month between Sony and IFE Services, the in-flight entertainment firm. Meanwhile, Jetstar Airways, the Australian low-cost carrier, has announced plans to charge passengers AUD$10 (£5.85) to hire Apple iPads – containing pre-loaded ebooks and feature films – on its aircraft.
Police in Naivasha have launched a hunt for a 70-year-old grandfather who eloped with a neighbour’s daughter aged 14. Angry villagers in Mai Mahiu stormed the man’s homestead in search of the girl, but were shocked to learn the ‘love birds’ had fled. A relative of the old man, who is a father of eight, told the villagers the two said they were going to a place where "they will live in peace". The elderly man owns a herd of cattle and is said to be wealthy by local standards. The relative, who declined to give his name, said the two were "madly in love" and had vowed to stick together. The Class Seven pupil in a local primary school was reported missing last week by her parents. Chief Zacharia Egeria told The Standard that investigation, which included questioning the girl’s classmates indicated she was involved in a relationship with the old man. - The Standard.
"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well." - Mahatma Gandhi
A Kenya lady charged with murder of another Kenya in USA
A suspect in the heinous stabbing death of a Southside woman was taken into custody Monday night in Colbert County. Nancy Kinuthia, 40, was captured by police and U.S. Marshals about 8 p.m. on Monroe Avenue in Muscle Shoals, authorities said. Kinuthia is the roommate of Ruth Wawira Munene, 51, who was found dead in her apartment Friday night, stabbed more than 100 times. Officers forced their way into the apartment in the 200 block of 21st Avenue South about 11 p.m. after friends called police when they were unable to reach Munene. Birmingham police on Monday obtained the murder warrant against Kinuthia. She is being held in the Lauderdale County Jail awaiting transfer back to Birmingham.
Charged of killing 19 people
Philip Onyancha was charged with the murder of Anthony Njirwa at the Nairobi Law Courts Tuesday, alongside two of his alleged accomplices. They were not allowed to plead until June 29.
Busia burial abandoned over Ghana game
There was chaos in Busia on Sunday when mourners abandoned a burial to watch the World Cup football match between Ghana and Serbia. The incident happened in Mugungu ‘B’ village in Busia town during the burial of Moses Wafula, a casual labourer, who died of kidney cancer on Saturday. Mourners, including the dead man’s brother, Bwire Ojusi, blamed Pastor Moses Barasa of the Calvary Church for prolonging the sermon yet the match was about to kick off. Frustrated, Ojusi organised his friends, who stealthily carried the body from the make-shift shelter, where it had been placed during prayers, to the grave, before the end of the prayers. On realising that the body was missing, the Pastor rushed to the grave to stop the burial. The mourners almost pounced on Barasa, accusing him of making them miss the match. “If we cannot bury now, we are leaving you with the body. We have to go and support Ghana,” said Ojusi. However, Barasa stood his grounds and ordered that the body be returned to the shelter so that he could complete his sermon. The mourners abandoned the burial. Only the father of the late, Wilson Ojusi and a handful of Barasa’s church members remained behind to carry out the burial. The World Cup fever swept across the nation on Friday when the tournament kicked off in South Africa. In Munyonyo, International Criminal Court delegates abandoned the meeting to watch the host country take on Mexico, which match ended 1:1.
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A 30-year-old Nigerian man has been caught in Terminal 5 with 1kg of cocaine, which had been swallowed in 95 packages after officers became suspicious of his story and behaviour.
A Kenyan caught with a goat on car boot in USA
Bedford, Virgnia, USA. – Authorities said a regional drunken-driving checkpoint led to the discovery of a goat, bound and shoved in the trunk of a car. The Bedford Sheriff's Office said the car, driven by 32-year-old woman, pulled up to the checkpoint on Friday night 11th June 2010 when deputies heard noises from the trunk. When asked what was in the trunk, the driver said she bought a goat from a farmer to give to the four passengers in her car, who are from Kenya but reside in Lynchburg. The goat was panting heavily and animal control officers said the temperature in the trunk was 94 degrees. The woman told deputies she is from the United Kingdom and transporting goats in this manner was acceptable there. She was charged with cruelty to an animal and released.
“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.” ~ Ethel Barrymore
Home Secretary visits Britain's busiest airport
Home Office, 14 June 2010
Anti-forgery equipment, drug detection scanners and border control checks were seen first-hand today by the new Home Secretary, Theresa May, when she visited Heathrow airport. The new Home Secretary was given a tour of Terminal 5, where she met our frontline officers and was given a chance to see the latest detection technology in action. During her airport visit, the Home Secretary saw our staff at the border as they checked passports and quizzed passengers. She was also given a demonstration by detection dogs, saw forgery detection equipment and watched as officers used the latest technology to search bags for hidden, smuggled substances. The Home Secretary was also briefed by the operation paladin unit, a joint UK Border Agency and Metropolitan Police team working at the border and in-country to identify child victims of trafficking and prosecute facilitators. Home Secretary Theresa May said:
This was a valuable opportunity to meet frontline officers and see first hand the challenging work they carry out every day.
'Keeping Britain's border secure is a priority for this government - which is why it is crucial that we have vigilant border staff utilising the latest technology in our fight against the people traffickers, drug smugglers and illegal immigrants determined to come here and cause harm.
'The new government is committed to introducing a limit on the number of non-EEA migrants who come here to work, contributing to a reduction in net migration back to the levels of the early 1990s - tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands. If this is to happen successfully, our border must be stronger than ever before.'
UK Border Agency successes at Heathrow include:
- a 30-year-old Nigerian man who was caught in Terminal 5 with 1kg of cocaine, which had been swallowed in 95 packages after officers became suspicious of his story and behaviour;
- three passengers attempting to smuggle over 50,000 cigarettes into the country in their suitcases in a single day;
- officers stopping more than 14 attempts to use forged or stolen documents to enter the UK illegally in a week. These comprised five cases of impersonation of the rightful holder of the document, four cases of substituted passport photographs, three cases of substituted passport photograph pages, one case of a falsified UK visa and one case of a fraudulently obtained UK passport.
The latter case involved a 54-year-old Bangladeshi man found with a fraudulently obtained UK passport of a 73-year-old. He had originally entered the UK 10 years earlier using a passport in the same false identity. This had been obtained for him by an agent. He had no family in the UK, and was refused and removed to Bangladesh the next day.
Kenya MPs held for hate speech in constitution campaign
Police in Kenya have arrested an assistant minister and two MPs for hate speech in the campaign for a new constitution, after violence on Sunday. Assistant Roads Minister Wilfred Machage was among six MPs accused of hate speech on Monday. Six people died on Sunday after a grenade attack at a prayer meeting in the capital, Nairobi, organised by the "No" campaign. The three arrested MPs were interrogated for several hours at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters and are expected to be charged in court in Wednesday. During their campaign against the draft constitution, they were widely quoted as saying that some communities in the volatile Rift Valley could be evicted if it is passed in a referendum on 4 August. Another of the six, Higher Education Minister William Ruto, appeared before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Tuesday. Mr Ruto is alleged to have asked Muslims to reject the proposed constitution if they do not want a war with Christians. The NCIC was set up after post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 left some 1,300 people dead and 300,000 homeless. Some fear that the referendum campaign could lead to renewed violence. The commission has also written to President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, asking for the suspension of all campaigning. NCIC chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia said he wanted the politicians to be prosecuted quickly after the experience of 2008. But some "No" campaigners say the prosecutions are politically motivated, as most members of the government want a "Yes" vote. Church leaders who organised Sunday's rally have also accused the government of being behind the grenade attack which led to a stampede. Many Kenyans doubt the Church leaders' claim that the government could be behind the blasts, especially as it seems most people are already backing the "Yes" campaign, says the BBC's Will Ross in Nairobi. Prime Minister Odinga on Monday said the attack was being investigated and called for an end to speculation about who is responsible until the inquiry is concluded. Much of the post-election violence was over land disputes between rival ethnic groups and the draft constitution would set up a land commission to manage public and community land, which is opposed by some. The violence ended when election rivals Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga agreed to share power - and write a new constitution. The coalition remains shaky but supporters of both men generally support the draft constitution. The document provides for greater checks on presidential powers and more regional devolution. It also recognises the UN human rights charter and creates a second parliamentary chamber - the senate. Sunday's rally was organised by Christian groups opposed to a draft constitution because it retains recognition of existing Islamic courts and includes a clause on abortion. The Islamic Kadhi courts - set up under British colonial rule - mainly deal with matters of marriage and inheritance for Kenya's Muslim minority.
Ronaldo denied in Ivory Coast draw
Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by the woodwork as Portugal and Ivory Coast had to make do with a point apiece from a goalless draw in Port Elizabeth. The Portuguese skipper, who has not scored an international goal in 16 months, rattled a post with a blistering early strike, but that was as close as his side came to snatching victory on a frustrating afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Even Didier Drogba's arrival as a second-half substitute, to the delight of a crowd of 37,034, could not separate the sides as each attempted to gain the upper hand in Group G ahead of their respective encounters with Brazil. Ivory Coast boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was boosted ahead of kick-off when he was able to name captain Drogba among his substitutes just 10 days after he had broken a bone in his arm. The Swede could not have failed to be satisfied too by the time he welcomed his players back to the dressing room at half-time with an opening 45 minutes in which they had more than matched their opponents. But, for all that, they could have been behind after Ronaldo saw his spectacular 30-yard strike come back off the upright with keeper Boubacar Barry beaten just 11 minutes in. In a frustrating first half for the European side, Ronaldo was booked along with defender Guy Demel as they went nose to nose after the winger had gone to ground all too easily, with Demel and Didier Zokora - who had himself earlier been cautioned for unceremoniously upending the Real Madrid star - leaving him in little doubt as to their thoughts on the matter. But where he was Portugal's only real outlet with Danny and Liedson largely anonymous in a three-man frontline, Ivory Coast showed real enterprise before the break.
BP shares slide again after rivals trash safety record
Oil company chiefs this afternoon queued up to tell American politicians they were safer and more responsible operators than beleaguered BP as they fought to persuade Washington to allow deep-sea exploration to continue off its shores. Their testimony sent BP shares plunging again. Exxon Mobil chief executive and chairman Rex Tillerson moved to distance himself and his firm from BP, hinting that other players were far more diligent in their operations. “This incident represents a dramatic departure from the industry norm in deepwater drilling,” he told the powerful US house subcommittee on energy and environment in a prepared statement. His words echoed those of his opposite number at Chevron, John Watson, who told the committee: I believe the independent investigation will show that this tragedy was preventable.” Chevron says if BP had used best practice in the design of the well, the accident would not have happened. Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum argued that Shell follows strict safety standards and reminded the politicians that offshore drilling is hugely important to US energy needs and as an employer of Americans. Lamar McKay, head of BP America, is to be grilled later. His chief executive Tony Hayward will testify on Thursday in what most observers expect to be a savaging at the hands of politicians desperate to be seen by their constituencies to be tough on the company behind the oil spill. BP has lost nearly half its stock market value since the blast in April which killed 11 workers. Shares in BP were today down a further 12.7p at 342.35p. BP suffered another blow when ratings agency Fitch cut its debt to near junk status. It is the second time the firm has been downgraded in less than two weeks, leaving the blue-chip stock at BBB, the agency's lowest investment grade. Fitch said BP's estimate of clean-up and claims had soared to up to $6 billion (£4.1 billion), while the agency said fines could be as high as $8 billion (£5.4 billion). Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf, devastating 120 miles of coastline and making BP chief executive Tony Hayward public enemy number one in the US. The Congressional hearings, seen as a political stunt by investors, follow weeks of anti-BP rhetoric led by President Barack Obama before key elections in November. US politicians have called on BP to scrap its dividend and set up an emergency fund to cover the cost of the clean-up and compensation payments. Fitch analyst Jeffery Woodruff said he would be "surprised" if the firm did not suspend payments until the impact of the spill became clearer.
London, Tuesday 15th June, 2010. The health risks of using mobile phones are far higher than previously thought, scientists warned on Monday 14th June, 2010. They claim that using a mobile for just half an hour a day raises the risk of developing brain cancer by more than 40 per cent. With 70 million mobile phones in use in Britain – more than one per person – the findings, if proved correct, could have a huge impact on the nation’s health. But last night other cancer researchers urged caution, insisting that the scientists’ claims were “overblown”. Those behind the new claims criticised as flawed a £15million landmark study, saying it posed “more questions than answers” over cancer dangers to mobile phone users. Lloyd Morgan, of campaign group International EMF Collaborative, said: “People should hear the message that cell phones should be kept away from one’s head and body at all times.” The findings came after Mr Morgan and other experts reviewed the World Health Organisation’s Interphone report, one of the most comprehensive studies of the link between mobile phone use and brain cancer. Research by Mr Morgan, endorsed by 40 scientists, found flaws in the Interphone report, which claimed the heaviest mobile users were in greater danger of developing malignant glioma tumours, which account for half of all brain tumours in the UK. The Interphone report said the cancer risk was raised by a third. But Mr Morgan’s team claim that the increased risk was at least 41 per cent. They also criticised the report for defining “heavy use” as just 30 minutes a day and “regular use” as at least one call a week over a six-month period. Other flaws included the fact that the study only looked at users under 30, with the researchers admitting many young people use mobiles for an hour or more every day.
Cordless phones – which may have the same effect on the brain – were not taken into account either. But Ed Young, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information, said the Collaborative’s figures were “overblown”. He said: “The majority of studies in people have found no link between mobile phones and cancer, national brain cancer rates have not increased in proportion to skyrocketing phone use and there are still no good explanations for how mobile phones could cause cancer. “Even after the minor adjustments reported in this new analysis, the results from the Interphone study are still either not statistically significant or on the borderline.” Cancer Research UK figures show that eight people per 100,000 develop brain cancer every year. Charity WiredChild last night said not enough was being done to deter mobile phone use. A Department of Health spokesman said: “We welcomes Interphone’s findings that there is no association between mobile phone use (up to 12 years) and cancers of the brain and nervous system and that the overall study supports the UK’s 2006 findings. “Some uncertainties remain amongst the highest users and we are pleased to see this research will continue. “Our guidance remains the same; children should only use mobile phones for essential purposes and keep all calls short.”
GLOBAL PRAYER DAY
Global Prayer Day was celebrated in London on Sunday 13th June, 2010 at West Ham Football ground in East London. Thousands of Christian joined hands together to prayer for the nation and for the peace of the world as well as expanding of the New Gospel to the world. Photo above is a section of the worshippers at the the stadium where Pastor Patrick Thuku (front) of CCBC Swahili Service was in attendance with his son Jason, Mark and his sister Comfort son and daughter of Mr. Ngare.
METHALI YA KISWAHILI
Mchovya asali hachovi mara moja.
He who dips his finger into honey does not dip it once.
Back to Dallas, USA after failing to push her days in London
Mrs. Noel Mugo from Dallas USA left London for Dallas on Monday 14th June, 2010. After her days were pushed to the end, she tried to push the stone outside the Mayor of London offices to see whether she would get an extra days but it was not possible. While leaving at Heathrow Airport, Mrs. Mugo sent her gratitude Bishop Joseph Warui and his wife, her sister Lilian Ngure for her hospitality, Mr. Seed and family for accompanying her to her niece's wedding and lastly but not least to Pastor Tim Babu of Enlightment Church, Swindon where she preached on Sunday. She concluded by saying this to all "I shall revenge".
LESSONS OF LIFE: "Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about." - Regina Brett, 90 years old
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." - Pauline Kariuki, Alaska, USA
New road threatens Africa's 'wonder of the world' wildebeest migration in Kenya
It is one of the wonders of the natural world – the perpetual movement of more than a million large mammals across Africa's savannahs in search of fresh rain-fed grass. The migration of vast herds of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania into Kenya has for decades attracted conservationists armed with clipboards and tourists wielding cameras. But a new commercial highway is to be built which will cut through key migration routes and could permanently change this marvel of nature. Tanzania's government this month approved a new road linking two key towns – Arusha, near Kilimanjaro, and Musoma on Lake Victoria. Conservationists contend it is a threat to wildlife, but traders and travellers from the heavily populated area complain they have to loop more than 260 miles to the south to skirt the 5,700 square mile Serengeti National Park. Advocates claim the project will enhance the standard of living in the region. "This new road will bring a great benefit to the economy of this cut-off part of the country," said Pascal Shelutete, of the Tanzanian National Parks Authority. He also said a feasibility study had shown there would be no impact on the migration and only 40 miles of the 300-mile highway will pass through the Serengeti. But Grant Hopcraft, an expert in wildebeest movements from the University of Groningen in Holland, said he was concerned about the prospect of cutting off one side of the migration from the other. "There is the obvious concern of creating a physical barrier. Wildebeest have no problem crossing roads, but there is nothing elsewhere in the Serengeti with this high capacity for traffic," he added. An online petition started on Tuesday had by Friday gathered 1,567 signatures from around the world. The Masai Mara in southern Kenya, which borders the Serengeti, could also be affected as 1.8 million wildebeest and 500,000 zebra – and the lions, hyenas, cheetahs and wild dogs that stalk them – are constantly moving between the two areas. More than 100,000 tourists visit the Masai Mara during the peak migration months between July and October. "We're very concerned about this road, and are waiting for details while hoping the authorities have thoroughly investigated all possible alternatives," said Jake Grieves-Cook, the head of the Kenya Tourist Board. Tanzania's authorities are finalising design options, and it is expected that construction could start within 12 months.
KIKUYU AGE GROUP
1897 - Rika ria ndutu - Jiggers.
A policewoman subjected to sexist taunts by male colleagues who called her a ‘whoopsy’ and a ‘lipstick’ is set to receive almost £600,000 in damages. -
"I remember a couple who visited me and as we wee talking, they were quick to remind me that, I'm a single mother and should not pretend that I did not need a man in my life and asked me to come out straight and say that he had refused me. All these accusations brought me to a conclusion that there could be incidents where girls marry the wrong people because of fear, and that is why we have so many broken marriages." - The Dream Came True, Dr./Rev. Wahome book
Man forced to marry cow faints at wedding
A teenager collapsed during his marriage to a cow he had earlier been caught having sex with after claiming it had flirted with him. Unemployed Ngurah Alit, 18, was seen in a Bali paddy field standing naked behind the animal. He claimed he believed the cow was a young and beautiful woman, and it had seduced him with flattering compliments. He was then forced to marry the cow to cleanse the coastal village of Yeh Embang of the bestiality. But during the ritual Alit passed out as locals and police – drafted in to keep journalists at bay – looked on and his mother began screaming, according to Detik.com. One villager said: ‘Poor kid. He’s actually a quiet kid.’ Alit quickly then became a widower when his new bride was drowned in the sea as part of the Pecaruan ritual. Alit was only symbolically drowned and bathed on the beach. Chief Ida Bagus Legawa declared that the village had then been ‘cleansed’ from the ‘defilement from the incident.’
A Kenyan has passed away in USA. The late Ruth Munene who was found murdered at her home in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday 11th June 2010. She was found murdered with knife stabs in her house. She was residing in Euless, TX before moving to Alabama about two years ago. After receiving the sad news, a fund raising committee was formed to raise funds and meet the burial expenses. We are meeting on June 13, 16 and 20 at 603 Amy Way, Euless, Texas 76039. We are appealing to all members of our community and well wishers to join us raise the funds for transporting the body back to Kenya. Ruth left a 14 years old daughter. Other information can be found in Alabama news and will be on local news sites. For further information and donations please contact : Francis Githuku 817-6966633, Jane Makura 817-8993132 or Peter Mathenge 817-8816796. - Jambonewspot.com
The late Ruth Munene
"TUWASAMEHE LAKINI TUSISAHAU" - JOMO KENYATTA
Members of the British colonial establishment's King's African Rifles (KAR), charge an area believed to be occupied by Mau Mau fighters during Kenya's fight for independence from British colonial rule.
Blast: Kenyan President meets security chiefs
President Mwai Kibaki has instructed all relevant security and other government agencies to move with speed and establish the circumstances that led to Sunday's stampede at Uhuru Park and subsequent deaths and injuries. Speaking Monday at a National Security Committee meeting at State House, Nairobi, the president condemned those behind the crime against innocent Kenyans. During the meeting President Kibaki was briefed on Sunday's tragedy at Uhuru Park when a stampede led to several deaths and injuries. The President sent his condolences to families and friends of those who lost their loved ones and wished those who suffered injuries quick recovery. He appealed for calm as the government seeks to get to the bottom of the heinous crime against the Kenyan people. The meeting was also attended by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Meanwhile, VP Kalonzo Musyoka who visited victims at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Sunday night said the President had convened an early morning security committee meeting to discuss the matter. "We want to get to the bottom of this matter. We are appealing for calm from all Kenyans as police investigate the matter," he added. Mr. Musyoka said Kenyans should be tolerant to each others views during this campaign period ahead of August 4 referendum.
He called for calm as the Government tries to unearth those behind the ghastly incident. The VP who was accompanied by Permanent Secretary Dr . Ludeki Chweya among other senior officials sent message of condolence to the bereaved families and wished those still hospitalized a quick recovery. Prime Minister Raila Odinga was sheduled to visit Uhuru Park where he will issue a statement. Paramilitary police are combing through the park for clues. Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has responded and opened a Tracing Desk where relatives and friends have recorded names of missing persons. KRCS Communications Manager Titus Mung'ou said in a statement that some cases were closed by Sunday midnight after those recorded as missing were positively identified. He however said they were handling six pending cases of persons reported as missing. Mung'ou said relatives and friends can visit the KRCS Tracing Desk at Kenyatta National Hospital to confirm or report any missing persons. Five people died and more than 70 others injured after two explosions caused a stampede at a ‘No' rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. Hospitals sources said they received 112 patients, 91 were treated and discharged while 21 others are admitted at the health facility in stable condition. The blasts went off within minutes of each other as a Nairobi preacher was conducting prayers at 6.30 pm local time. Initial police reports suggested that a grenade could have been hurled into the crowd. The scene of the tragedy has been cordonned off for further investigations. The well attended rally was attended by religious leaders and politicians including Higher Education Minister William Ruto opposed to the draft law.
Lemon are a small yellow fruit with powerful healing properties
Although lemons are acidic, they are alkalizing in your body. Most of the foods we eat are very acidic and too much acid can bring about a barrage of health problems. That's because your body actually prefers to be alkaline. Instead, most people bombard their systems with too many acidic foods and drinks, which have long lasting detrimental effects. That's why lemons are so important to consume. They help alkalize your blood and your body thanks you! Lemons have been a staple food since early times. Although they are a food product, they have a wide variety of uses. They are typically used for lemonade, mixed drinks, cleaning products, cooking, garnishes, and air fresheners. Lemons can also stimulate and aid elimination in the digestive system and help purify the liver by eliminating toxins and waste products. It has been said that when the world gives you a bunch of lemons, you should make some lemonade! Why not make lemon water instead! (lemonade without added calories via sugar...). Lemons are not just for lemonade anymore! They are a small yellow fruit with powerful healing properties.
The Power of Lemon Water
Lemon water helps clean the toxins out of your body. Your skin can't look healthy if your body is holding onto toxins! When you get rid of toxic waste in your system, your skin will show it first! Your skin will be the first thing you notice cause it looks clear and not sallow and full of acne. However, that's not all the benefits that lemons provide for us! (Another healthy way to get rid of toxins that hold onto your fat and cause visceral fat, is by doing a health cleanse!)
Kenyan leaders on Monday strongly condemned Sunday
Nairobi, Monday 14th June, 2010. Kenyan leaders on Monday strongly condemned Sunday twin explosions that rocked Uhuru Park 'No' rally organized by various churches. Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka joined various political and religious leaders in calling for speedy investigations into the incident. Public Health Minister Beth Mugo who visited patients who are receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital said the attack was absolutely unnecessary. "The constitution should unite us and not divide us. We want the culprits taken to court immediately" she said She said eight patients who underwent surgery Sunday night were out of danger adding that six others were being prepared to go to theatre. She thanked the hospital management for their quick response to the crisis. Meanwhile, the Yes Team has distanced itself from claims that it was involved in the twin explosions. In a press briefing the National Team Leader Kiraitu Murungi condemned the incident saying the matter should not be politicized and used as empathy to the NO team. He further called on government security agencies to investigate the matter quickly and bring those involved to book. The Energy Minister appealed for calm, sobriety and peace during the campaign period ahead of the referendum. The civil society has also added its voice to those condemning the attack on the No rally. Kenya for Justice and Development, Director, Okiya Omtatah, has challenged security agencies to be more vigilant in their work in order to prevent such incidences. He at the same time called on Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere and the Minister for Internal Security George Saitoti to upgrade their security equipment to ensure security for all Kenyans. Omtatah also urged all Kenyans to reject any form of violence by accomodating divergent views on the draft law. Elsewhere, muslim leaders in Mombasa also condemned the incident and called for speedy investigations into the heinous act. At a press conference in Mombasa, the Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council (Kenmac) National chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao demanded that the government issues a statement over the incident. "The incident was a major draw back to the democratic progress we as a country are currently enjoying. It takes us steps backwards into the dark old days," Sheikh Ngao said. And Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) national Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Kiptanui termed the act as cowardly. He called on Kenyans to remain calm as investigations were being done. And a across section of Kenyans now want the referendum to be shelved first until all Kenyans are in agreement to avert further mayhem. The rally was organized by Christian groups opposed to a draft constitution because it retains recognition of existing Islamic courts and includes a clause on abortion. A section of church leaders who convened the rally said they will not be intimidated by the attack. Kenyans are due to vote on the new constitution in a referendum in August. Police are investigating the possibility that a home-made device was detonated.
Prepare for £2bn increase in taxes as Britain’s growth forecasts slashed
An extra £2.4 billion tax rise is set to be unveiled in next week's emergency Budget after a shocking downgrading of growth forecasts. The first official report from the new independent watchdog of the nation's public finances slashed forecasts for growth by more than half a point. It left George Osborne looking to fill a £12 billion gap next year from a blend of tougher spending cuts and higher tax rises when he stands up as the first Conservative Chancellor in 13 years next Tuesday. Sources told the Standard Mr Osborne is determined to stick to his ambition for 80 per cent of deficit reduction to come from cuts to public spending, with the rest from higher taxation. On that basis, he will have to raise an extra £2.4 billion next year and many see an increase in VAT as the most likely option. Today's new forecasts are from the Office for Budget Responsibility, the body set up by Mr Osborne to stop politicians massaging the economic figures to suit themselves. It came with a welter of hitherto unseen data explaining how the various growth trends were brought together into one set of official numbers.
It is forecasting growth of 2.6 per cent next year, below the 3.25 per cent predicted in the last Budget unveiled by Alistair Darling in March. Much of its report was surprisingly optimistic about borrowing. It predicts borrowing of £155 billion in the current financial year — below the £163 billion forecast in the Budget. That means a fall in the deficit from 11.1 per cent of gross domestic product this year to 10.5 per cent without any cuts or tax rises at all. And over the next five years, it says total net borrowing will be around £23 billion lower than expected, at £544 billion rather than £567 billion. But the apparent good news on borrowing was offset by its conclusion that the structural deficit — the part of the borrowing that will not be eradicated by higher economic growth — is higher than believed because of the gloomier outlook for trend growth. The structural deficit was £9 billion higher this year than previously believed, and £12 billion higher next year. Former chancellor Mr Darling said Mr Osborne had no excuse to increase tax because the report found his own plans to reduce the deficit were on track. “They show that borrowing will be less than I forecast, so the government doesn't have the excuse to raise VAT, which it is planning,” he said. Jonathan Loynes, chief UK economist at research consultancy Capital Economics, said the new forecasts were “surprisingly optimistic” but expected a tough Budget anyway. He said: “We suspect that the Government will still want to err on the side of caution, if only for political reasons.” Sir Alan said his report did not suggest there was “permanent damage” to the UK's growth rate. Government sources said the report justified David Cameron's claim that the Treasury books were in worse shape than previously believed. But the bitter-sweet conclusions prompted a fierce debate over the Budget. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “Deep cuts now appear increasingly unnecessary and dangerous.” But the British Chambers of Commerce said growth expectations were “still overly optimistic”.
Nairobi, Sunday 13th June, 2010. Five people were killed in the Kenyan capital on Sunday evening after two explosions ripped through a campaign rally organised by Churches to drum up support for rejection of the proposed Constitution. Doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) confirmed the fatalities and said 75 more victims were undergoing treatment at the health facility. Initial police reports suggested that petrol bombs or a grenade had been hurled into the crowd. The rally at Nairobi's Uhuru Park was drawing to a close when two explosions rang out around 7pm. The rally had been addressed by several Members of Parliament (MP's) among them William Ruto and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru. Several church leaders opposed to the new law were also present. They immediately condemned the incident and vowed that they would not be shaken in their quest to reject the proposed Constitution at the August 4 referendum. Prime Minister Raila Odinga and police chief Mathew Iteere were among high ranking government officials who visited KNH following the incident. Mr Odinga immediately played down allegations that those in the Yes camp may have had a hand in the blasts and said investigations were underway. But church leaders immediately pointed fingers at the Yes camp. "We cannot say that it's No people who have organized this incident, it's definitely someone in the Yes camp and I don't know who," said Bishop Mark Kariuki of Deliverance Church after visiting patients at KNH. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka sent a statement to newsrooms and urged Kenyans to remain calm as the government works to establish the motive and those behind the incident.
photo by Daly nation
Earlier, the Christian and political leaders at the Uhuru Park prayer rally urged Kenyans to vote against the proposed constitution during the August 4th referendum. "We are being asked to pass this constitution hurriedly, but take time and ask yourself why they are pushing us to speedily pass the new law," posed Bishop Kariuki. They also took issue with the endorsement of the new law by US Vice President Joe Biden during his recent tour in Kenya. "What is it in this new constitution that has attracted Americans until their VP says, pass this law and we will give you money for investment," asked Bishop Kariuki Said Christ is the Answer Ministries Bishop David Oginde; "I think it's very unfortunate that we can sell our country so that we can get a constitution based on some very shaky foundation." Political leaders present also told the gathering that the envisaged law was likely to divide Kenyans, though they did not elaborate. We want a constitution that's going to unite us and to do so is to vote No on August 4th," said Higher Educations Minister William Ruto. He said the No camp was optimistic that they would emerge victorious in the plebiscite. "If god is for us, who can be against us," asked Mr Ruto to wild cheers from the crowd. - CapitalFM
KILLINGS IN KENYA -REFURENDUM PRAYERS
Four of those killed at Uhuru Park on Sunday 13th June 2010 are from Bishop Margaret Wanjiru's church
OVERHEARD BY MR. SEED: "You missed football practice on Saturday Mr. Seed, you should have come and help the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper of the day on Saturday was Mr. Duncan Ngare... Oh my.... he was worse than the England goalkeeper in South Africa, imagine Mr. Seed, he asked for a chair to sit on while waiting for the ball." - A CCBC Swahili Church Lady, London
Migrants 'make Germany dumb' says central banker in astonishing outburst
Controversial: Thilo Sarrazin warned 'less educated' immigrants are making Germany 'dumber' Immigrants are making Germany 'dumber', according to a board member of the country's central bank. Thilo Sarrazin claimed the 'limited education' of immigrants - coupled with their high birth rate - meant Germans 'are becoming dumber in a simple way'. He said: 'There's a difference in the reproduction of population groups with varying intelligence.' It is not the first time the 65-year-old member of the Bundesbank has caused controversy since he joined last year. In October he described Muslim children as 'underclass' citizens. 'I don't have to accept someone who lives off a state they reject, doesn't properly take care of the education of his children-and keeps producing more little girls in headscarves,' Mr Sarrazin said. 'That goes for 70 percent of the Turkish and 90 percent of the Arabic population of Berlin.' He added that they were not fit for much other than 'fruit and vegetable selling'. In his latest speech this week he said there were 'ample statistics' proving he was correct about German intelligence. He went on to say that in particular immigrants from 'Turkey, the Middle East and Africa' were less educated. Because immigrants tend to have more children than Germans - who have the lowest birth rate in Europe - this caused 'a different propagation of population groups with different intelligence because parents pass their intelligence on to their children'. Mr Sarrazin, who was previously Germany's finance minister, has not yet apologised. It is thought his position at the Bundesbank may now be untenable. A spokesman for a Muslim group in Berlin said: 'He is a tired old white Christian male full of prejudice and few ideas.' But among conservatives in Germany his comments have struck a chord. They have voiced concern that the country's three million Turks tend to live in their own communities, socialise among each other and have little in common with their German neighbours.
"Loneliness is a serious disease" - Rt. Rev. David Riitho Gathanju the moderator of the PCEA
"OUR VOTE IS NO" SAYS PCEA MODERATOR
Rt. Rev. David Riitho Gathanju the moderator of the PCEA 19th General Assembly left London for Nairobi on Sunday 13th June 2010 after a week visit in the UK. During his visit in UK the moderator who had come for a two-day course also visited several places in UK. He visited the offices of the Kenya High Commissioner on Friday 11th June 2010. Later on Friday afternoon he addressed Kenyans in Reading, UK as from 2.00 p.m. On Saturday 12th June, 2010 he addressed Kenyans at the PCEA Church in Stratford, London, Brickfields Christian Centre, Welfare Road, Stratford, London. While addressing Kenyans, the moderator advised them that there is power in unity. Quoting the Bible from the book of Genesis 11: 1-9, the moderator explained that coming together, working together and staying together woud enable Kenyans to wonders whenever they are in the world. More later
Close-Up: Voodoo in Florida's Little Haiti
What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not. Voodoo is a word that can conjure up all sorts of images in people's minds. If Hollywood had its way then we would think of spirits rising from the dead, pins in dolls and perhaps even zombies wondering through graveyards. But to those more familiar with its real roots, Voodoo is a religion that predates Christianity and for millions is an important part of everyday life. Our Miami correspondent Andy Gallacher takes a look at its role among the large Haitian community of Florida. - VIDEO
'Diski' goal celebration craze hits World Cup
Forget famous goal celebrations such as "The Robot" by Peter Crouch and "The Dive" by Juergen Klinsmann, here comes the South African "Diski dance". The Diski dance, which is performed through heading and kicking an imaginary ball, may be a goal celebration to watch in this World Cup. South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala and his team mates displayed this distinctive dance when they celebrated his goal against Mexico in the opening World Cup game on Friday - and the dance is already sweeping the globe. Even South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has learnt the Diski dance, which could surpass Cameroon Roger Milla's iconic corner flag dance celebration in the 1990 World Cup. Hollywood superstar John Travolta performed the dance shortly after landing his Boeing 707 at Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning. Goal celebrations are now part of the biggest sporting event and players plan them in advance just in case they find the back of the net. The Robot goal celebration was so popular that England fans were dismayed when Crouch declared he "wouldn't be doing it any more unless England won the World Cup." Another popular celebration is "The Snort" by Robbie Fowler reacting to claims that he was a cocaine addict by sniffing imaginary cocaine off the lines on the pitch. The word Diski is a township slang for football and may also describe the local style of football which focuses on dribbling and other tricks.
Harriet the hen lays 'world's largest egg'
An eggs-straordinary hen named Harriet has laid the 'world's largest egg', measuring an amazing 9.1 inches in diameter. The astonishing specimen easily beats the previous record holder, which measured a paltry 8.6 inches diameter. Hen's eggs are typically 5.5 inches in diameter and 2.3 inches long. 64-year-old owner Tony Barbouti told the Daily Mail 'My hens have laid big eggs before but when I saw this one I was gobsmacked. 'Harriet is only a young hen, she's about six months old, and has only just started laying eggs. 'She was limping a bit but she was all right. I'm really proud of her. She doesn't seem to have been putting off laying as she's still producing eggs.' Barbouti, a taxi driver from Eastwood, Essex, keeps Harriet along with 16 other hens in a coop in his garden. He added: 'They are not special hens. I feed them ordinary hen food and they give me a good supply of fresh eggs. But I think we may need bigger egg cups if they keep this up.'hoot.
Global Day of Prayer
Come and join thousands of Christians for a national day of prayer at West Ham United Football Club, Green Street in London (nearest tube: Upton Park on the District Line) to day Sunday, 13 June from 3pm to 6pm. Confirmed lead worshippers include Noel Robinson, Godfrey Birtill, Graham Kendrick, Dave Bilborough, Mark Beswick, Muyiwa and Lara Martin. There will be a special guest performance by X-Factor Finalist Beverley Trotman.There will also be music by the All Souls Orchestra, the GDOP Choir and the Kingdom Worship Movement Singers and Band. MORE
Had the police heeded the desperate pleas of the relatives of a 34-year-old woman when she went missing on November 23, 2008, perhaps the lives of 16 women and children would have been saved. More than 18 months after Catherine Chelagat, disappeared, the oversight has returned to haunt the police. Her decomposed remains were recovered on Wednesday, opposite the Karen Police station. The police unwittingly let the serial killer slip through their fingers after he snatched Catherine, killed her and tormented her family for months, demanding ransom. The family’s nightmare started when Catherine’s brother, Peter Kipkemoi, a night guard, went to Karen Police Station on November 30, 2008, to report his sister had gone missing. Some of the police officers chided him, saying there was no way a college graduate could disappear. They suggested she had eloped with a lover. Nevertheless, the report was booked vide OB12/30/11/2008 and the family given permission to appeal for assistance to trace their lost kin through a vernacular radio, Kass FM. As soon as the advertisement was aired on January 25, last year, the family received telephone calls with demands of Sh30,000 in exchange for Catherine. The caller threatened to harm Catherine and discard her body parts outside Kipkemoi’s house near Karen Police Station if the money was not sent immediately. On receiving the call, Kipkemoi rushed to Karen Police Station where the abductor called again, stressing the need for maximum co-operation if the family wanted to see Catherine alive. "When we went to the police station, the officers advised us to co-operate. They told us to send the money so they could track the criminals," Mathew Korir, another of Catherine’s brothers told The Standard on Saturday in an earlier interview. But Wanjala was too quick for the police and Catherine’s family. In less than ten minutes after the Sh10,300 ransom money was sent to 0716695582, which was registered by Faustin Wanjala, it was withdrawn on February 1, at 12.25pm.
Korir recalls how they waited for Catherine and were rudely shocked when five days later, the abductors made fresh demands, forcing the family to hold an impromptu fundraiser, which collected Sh5,000. Again Wanjala withdrew the money through the same number, after tormenting the family with demands for more money, threatening to unleash violence if nothing was forthcoming. Strangely, Kipkemoi was directed by a police officer at Karen to delete all the phone records detailing money transactions and calls made by the abductors. "I did it out of ignorance. I had no idea I was deleting vital information after the police told me to copy the messages on a piece of paper. I had to obtain copies of the transaction from Safaricom later," says Kipkemoi. During our investigations last year, a Criminal Investigations officer investigating the case, told us that the police had traced Wanjala to Kibera, Dandora, Karen and Kenyatta National Hospital using signals emitted by his phone. The travails of the family, and its quest for justice were highlighted by Crime, Courts and Investigations (CCI) on October 14, last year, more than a year after Catherine’s disappearance. Last Tuesday, the family was shocked when the self-confessed serial killer Phillip Onyancha led the police to the offices of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Karen, where Catherine’s remains were recovered. "I have seen the skeletal remains. Right now we are headed to the mortuary. I have identified her dress and have no doubt this is my long lost sister. Our hopes of ever seeing her alive have been dashed," said Korir. The family is bitter that the police did nothing to arrest the suspect who withdrew the ransom, even after promises he would be apprehended if they paid the money. Police spokesman, Eric Kiraithe on learning of these developments, said, "It is regrettable that some officers did not take the matter seriously. This is serious because the killer may have been arrested earlier." Kiraithe described the serial killer as a very dangerous man as he had camouflaged his crimes with relative ease and fooled the police for years. "We are calling on psychologists to study this man. It is possible there could be very many other murders out there, which are yet to be detected." Kiraithe added. - The Standard.
Kama umejilipua nya nchi njirani, usikimbirie kwenda nyumbani. Kumethuka na hii mambo ya vidole. Wiki mbili zimepita zaidi ya wananchi ishirini wameshikwa. Hapa na nyumbani. Jana usiku (11th June) mzee mmoja alikatazwa kupanda ndege na akachukuliwa vidole baadaye akambiwa anatakikana mbarua kutoka ofisi yao huko Nairobi. Jumatano mtoto alitoa siri kwa kiwanja ati ni wa jamu na mama anasema ni wa njirani. Fundisha watoto kufunga mdomo. Chunga marima.
Tarantula cocktail - the worst cocktail ever?
The thought of drinking from a glass containing a huge spider is enough to make most people feel a bit shaken - up but this Cambodian tuk-tuk driver seems to be enjoying his favourite cocktail. A tuk-tuk driver sips his brew of rice wine, tarantulas and jack fruit in eastern Cambodia. The arachnophobe’s nightmare is made using rice wine, jack fruit and a tarantula – which many Cambodians believe can help your heart and work as an aphrodisiac. Photographer Tim Whitby, who took the pictures, said the tarantulas are added live to the mixture to preserve their freshness. They are also fried and sold at roadside kiosks. The trade for spiders as food has been in effect since the 1970's in Cambodia - but only very recently have tourists been finding a way to see where the spiders are hunted in the nearby countryside. This particular tuk-tuk driver has even started offering spider-hunting tours. Mr Whitby said: ‘I bought a spider from a particularly greasy looking tray and pulled off a couple of legs. They tasted sweet and a little crunchy.’ The tuk-tuk driver with a tarantula in his mouth, shortly after is was dug from the ground in Skuon, Kampong Cham Province.
"Male species in Kenya is an endangered species. This is because of most of them are becoming alcoholic." Rev. Kibathi, PCEA Outreach London
Nutshell itinerary of Bishop Samuel Muya in USA
JUNE 13Th...........Temple Christian Center ( Temple TX )
20Th............Highland Park Presbyterian (Dallas TX)
27Th............Empowerment Cristian Center (Dallas TX)
JULY 4 Th..............Christ Covenant Church ( St Louis MO)
10Th,11Th........Trinity Tree of Life (www.trinitytreeoflife.org)......(Seattle WA)
17Th,18Th.........St Stephen's Church (Lowell MA)
25Th.................Christ is the Answer Church (Lowell MA)
8Th................Tumaini Church ( Springfield MA).
A WEDDING NEAR HEATHROW AIRPORT
A group photo of the family of Mr. Samuel Mwangi Maina and Miss Virginia Njeri. The ceremony took place at Holy Angels church, Cranford, near Heathrow Airport. The photo session took place at Richmond Park where many were surprise to see hundreds of deers at the park which were friendly to the guests (see below).
Deers at the Richmond Park in South West London taken on Saturday 5th June 2010
"Am sure you will be happier with a better you." - Rev. Wangaruro
Queen marks birthday at Trooping the Colour parade
The Queen marked her 84th official birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London and on right thousands of well-wishers lined the route as the Queen travelled to the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.
The Queen has marked her 84th official birthday at the Trooping the Colour parade in central London. More than 1,400 soldiers took part in the annual display of military pomp and pageantry on London's Horse Guards Parade. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, her grandson Prince William and other members of the royal family. The 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards were parading their flag colour this year. Many of the battalion's soldiers returned from Afghanistan two months ago. After the Queen took the salute on Horse Guards, the royal family headed back to Buckingham Palace where they watched a 30-aircraft strong RAF flypast. Royal salutes had also been simultaneously fired at Edinburgh and Stirling castles. Trooping the colour has marked the official birthday of the sovereign since the 18th century but no monarch has attended as many birthday parades as Queen Elizabeth. On Horse Guards the colour being trooped this year was that of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards - the senior regiment of infantry in the British Army. Two months ago they were serving in Afghanistan. During the six month tour of duty they lost five members of the regiment, including their Regimental Sergeant Major Darren Chant. So amid all the ceremony on Horse Guards today, there was also an element of remembrance for comrades who gave their lives on the battlefield. The flypast was led by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - one of the events staged to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle. A Hurricane and Spitfire were the first aircraft to fly over the members of the Royal Family as they gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony. They were followed by Typhoons, Tornadoes, a Nimrod R1 and the Red Arrows - the RAF's aerobatic display team. Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were among those who watched the trooping ceremony at Horse Guards. The Colonel of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, the Duke of Edinburgh, paid tribute to the armed forces.
The event included more than 1,400 soldiers in the traditional uniforms of the Household Cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery and Foot Guards. On right Members of the Royal Family were treated to a fly-past over Buckingham Palace following the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.
He said: "One of the great things that the services can do is that they take ordinary people and turn them into extraordinary people. "I think that's what happens, and once they're given the proper training and motivation that interests them, that really turns them around completely and they become very remarkable people." He took part in the parade a few days after undergoing minor surgery to his left hand. His son, the Prince of Wales also took part, despite being advised by doctors to rest because of his chest infection. The prince, who is also the Colonel of the Welsh Guards is set to take three days away from official duties next week. The Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guard, and the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, also took part in the parade. The Duke of York, his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were among thousands of spectators who watched the trooping ceremony at Horse Guards. The Queen the presented the new regimental colours to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace last month. The parade was commanded by Commanding Officer Lt Col Roly Walker while the Colour was escorted by a guard from Queen's Company. Second Lt James Brown was the Ensign tasked with carrying the Colour. Soldiers wearing the uniforms of the Household Cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery and the Foot Guards were joined by more than 200 horses at the event. Four hundred musicians from 10 bands and corps of drums also took part, with drum horse Spartacus, of The Blues and Royals, appearing for the 12th time. The Queen's actual birthday was on 21 April. The tradition of two birthdays dates back to the time when, if monarchs were born in winter, the weather was deemed unsuitable for outdoor events. Traditionally before battle, colours - or flags - were carried, or "trooped", along the rank of soldiers so they could be seen and recognised. In 1748, it was decided the trooping would also be used to honour the sovereign's birthday. The Queen first took the royal salute in 1951 when she deputised for her father King George VI when he was sick. She has attended every ceremony bar one in 1955 when there was a national rail strike. Earlier the Queen's Birthday Honours were announced, with actress Catherine Zeta Jones, cookery writer Prue Leith and Jimmy Choo brand founder Tamara Mellon among those receiving awards.
Phase IV of Mau recovery to start soon
Nairobi, Kenya, Jun 12 - The Interim Coordinating Secretariat of the Mau Complex plans to embark on phase IV of the Mau rehabilitation in January 2011. The fourth phase which targets small scale legal land owners who were beneficiaries of the 2001 land excision is scheduled to recover 61,000 hectares of the Mau forest. Chief Coordinator of the Secretariat Hassan Noor Hassan who described the stage as an ‘enormous challenge’ also said that profiling of the small scale land owners would begin before the end of this year. “Phase IV will be all that land which was allocated in 2001 to farmers and it involves a lot of substantial land and therefore this will be adequately addressed by the beginning of the 2011. However the data collection and analysis for phase IV will start before December,” he said. He explained that the profiling would help the Secretariat advice the government on the real position of the phase IV restoration plans. Mr Noor added that Phase III was well on course and would also be completed by the end of the year after which the land compensation plans would be announced. The payment plans which will target those with legal title deeds will require about Sh17 billion and will see 20,000 hectares of Maasai Mau restored. “This is what we are now addressing where profiling has been concluded and survey works have been concluded. We are now analyzing data using the legal committee from the Attorney General’s chambers and they are going to give us advice on the question of compensation for people in that forest,” he said.
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Kenya marks a first with electronic vote tallying
As Africa welcomed the 2010 Fifa World Cup on her soil, Kenya marked the maiden use of an electronic tallying system for elections. The South Mugirango by-election was the first time e-tallying was being used in a bid to restore confidence and ensure transparency. The new system, known as Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT), is an election observation method. “The system marks yet another milestone in speeding up the electoral process and making it more transparent,” Interim Independent Electoral Commission deputy chief executive Gladys Boss Shollei told Saturday Nation. Dressed in warm clothing, IIEC officials, political party representatives and journalists sipped hot beverages to keep the cold at bay as they witnessed the system in action at Nairobi Safari Club at Lilian Towers at 6.30pm on Thursday night. The system involves observation of the voting and counting of ballots at polling stations, collection of results and independent tabulation. IIEC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan and his commissioners wore big grins as the results streamed in, proving the system was a success on its pilot run. The system uses a computer or a GSM-enabled mobile phone. As the votes are being counted at the polling stations, the presiding officer is able to transmit the results simultaneously to the returning officer at the constituency level, South Mugirango in this case, and to the headquarters in Nairobi. “Each laptop has an electronic Form 16A that is relayed to the returning officer and to us, making it harder to falsify results,” Ms Boss Shollei said. She said in case of disputed results at the constituency level, the new system makes it easier to monitor changes made on Form 16A at the constituency level. The returning officer is allowed to make necessary adjustments on Form 16A in case of disputed votes although he will have to give reasons for doing so. “The returning officer is the only person who can audit Form 16A though he or she is expected to give reasons for the difference in figures between the form he has and the electronic one,” she said. The results are filled in at the same time and the party representatives asked to sign the physical Form 16A before the electronic one is sent to Nairobi, she said. The main polling station was at Duru Secondary School where the returning officer was stationed and would later receive the hard copy Form 16A from presiding officers. According to Ms Boss Shollei, the use of computers was adopted in South Mugirango because all the 110 polling stations are well covered by GSM network. Ms Boss Shollei said she was optimistic that with the success of the system in the by-elections, it could be adopted for the August referendum in the 21,668 polling stations countrywide.
Woman caught having sex in park, charged with adultery - in New York
A woman arrested for public lewdness for allegedly having sex in a park is facing a surprising additional charge: cheating on her husband. No, this wasn't in a Muslim country far away, it is happening in New York. Suzanne Corona, a 41-year-old woman from Batavia, N.Y., just east of Buffalo, was busted along with 29-year-old Justin Amend last week, police said. The pair allegedly were having sex on a picnic table near a playground in Farrall Park just after 5 p.m. on Friday, according to WHAM 13. Police report several parents and children were nearby. "[The police officer] asked them what they were doing, and they said, 'Just talking,' and obviously they weren't just talking," said Officer Eric Hill, of the Batavia Police Department. Both have been charged with public lewdness. When it was discovered that Corona was married, the adultery charge was added. She faces up to 90 days in jail or a $500 fine. In court on Tuesday, Corona did not enter a plea, but vowed to fight the constitutionality of the charge.
"One of the reasons you don't see this charge more often is that the law in New York State requires that there must be corroboration," Genesee County District Attorney Larry Friedman told the Daily News. Because the alleged act took place in a public park, in full view of several witnesses as well as the cops who responded, there was "no basis not the file the charge," Friedman said. According to court papers obtained by WHAM 13, Corona told police at the time of her arrest, "I know what I did was inappropriate and I apologize, but you'd understand if you knew what my life was like." She told officers her husband is "transgender," and that the two "never had sex.. "The police are not out conducting investigations looking for people committing adultery," Friedman said. "At this point, the charge is still pending," he added, noting that it was the police who chose to charge Corona with adultery. Although he was not sure how old the law was, the district attorney said one other person had faced similar charges in Batavia 13 years ago. Records indicate nearly a dozen others have been similarly charged statewide, according to ABC News.
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Unidentified and undated photograph of a British Mau Mau concentration camp.
South Africa, Friday 11th June, 2010. The World Cup kicked off in front of 90,000 fans and a global audience of more than one billion as the biggest sporting event on earth came to Africa for the first time today. Spectators inside Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, where the final will be held in four weeks, produced a deafening noise by blowing their vuvuzela horns. But the celebrations were clouded by the death last night of Zenani Mandela, 13, the great-granddaughter of former president Nelson Mandela, in a Johannesburg road crash. Mr Mandela cancelled his appearance at the opening ceremony and went into mourning as South Africa decided to carry on with the event and hope for victory in the first game with Mexico.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter today spoke of his sadness at the Mandela family tragedy and wrote to the nation's ex-leader: “The entire football family mourns with you and your family and today we stand by your side.” He said he fully understood Mr Mandela's reasons for not attending the opening ceremony. Inside the stadium, African dancers in tribal costumes swayed to the beat of drums as Soweto showed the world a dazzling mix of colour and music. The terraces were adorned in the team's yellow and the crowd were driven into a frenzy when a beetle creation, carried by eight people, came onto the pitch and kicked the Jabulani World Cup ball with its back legs. But tight security and road closures outside the stadium meant many fans were unable to take up their seats in time for the beginning of the party. Also lining up to perform were Grammy award-winner R Kelly, the Soweto Spiritual Singers and trumpeter Hugh Masekela among others. More than 1,000 dancers also took part. A traditional South African “praise singer”, Zolani Mkiva, 37, asked for the tournament to be blessed in a poem.
“It is a tremendous honour to be able to speak to the world at this time,” said Zolani. “It is the first World Cup in Africa so it was only right that a praise singer should kick-start proceedings.” Football fans from across the globe converged on the stadium. Mexican and South African supporters backing their teams in the tournament's first game were joined by fans from England, Germany and Argentina. They were greeted by tight security and heavy traffic as armed police set up road blocks, forcing many fans to walk the last few miles to the stadium. Many fans said they wanted to honour the memory of Zenani Mandela — and make Nelson Mandela proud — with a dignified celebration. Cindy Jansen, 30, of Johannesburg, said: “I had such a great feeling today but I turned on the radio and my heart just sank. “There is no replacement for Mandela or his spirit being here but it's understandable considering what his family is going through.” Chantelle Muller, 25, an architect from Johannesburg, said: “I'm so proud of our country because we have been waiting for this chance to show the world the best of South Africa.
“I hope the legacy of this tournament will be to bring South Africans of all backgrounds together.” Gabrielle Medina, 32, a teacher from Monterrey, Mexico, said: “Coming to the first game of the World Cup to support your country was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. South Africa has done a great job. It was very hard work getting to the stadium but everything else has been great.” Peter Heinz, 28, a doctor from Munich, said: “We had the World Cup four years ago and I just really wanted to be at the opening game to recreate that feeling. This country and the opening ceremony is an experience I will never forget.” Hernan Groisman, 26, from Buenos Aires, said: “I'm just here for the party today. Obviously I want my own country to win the World Cup but anyone who loves football would want to be here today.” Meanwhile, England fans have taken over a scenic nature reserve before the team's opening game against the USA on Saturday. Hordes of England fans were arriving today at the Rustenburg Safari camp site in the Kgaswane Mountain Nature Reserve. The campers draped their flags over trees and fired up barbecues surrounded by jackals and leopards. Shelley Macpherson, 30, from Hornchurch, said: “I don't have any tickets so I'll just have to watch on screens.”
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14th April 1953. Superintendent Victor Aubrey CID supervises the handcuffing of Mau Mau freedom fighters during Kenya's War of Independence. Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images
Poll chaos: Kenyan Minister loses suit
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta Friday lost a bid to have his name expunged from a Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) linking him to the 2007 post election violence. The High court however criticized the commission for not giving Uhuru a chance to defend himself against the allegations before publishing his name in the report. Justices Roslyn Wendo and Abida Ali said that the commission violated Uhuru's right to be heard before his name was included in the report. The judges further ruled that the commission as a protector of human rights had failed to uphold cardinal rules of natural justice by not summoning Uhuru to confront allegations made against him before they published his name. The court however ruled that Kenyatta's rights in the case have been outweighed by public interest. In December last year Kenyatta moved to court seeking his name be expunged from the list of those who the Commission said had attended a fund raising meeting in Nairobi hotels to raise money to buy weapons from Ethiopia. The court observed that it is too late to expunge Uhuru's name saying that it has already reached the targeted audience. Other ministers mentioned adversely include Sally Kosgei, William ole Ntimama and Najib Balala. Higher Education minister William Ruto has made a similar application seeking to have his name cleared. KNCHR last year released a final report naming seven cabinet ministers, and 10 members of parliament as perpetrators of the post election violence that rocked Kenya last year. Others that the commission had mentioned are Sports Assistance Minister Kabando wa Kabando, Limuru MP Peter Mwathi and PNU activist Mary Wambui. The human rights watchdog chairperson Florence Jaoko said the report is the same that the commission handed over to the Waki Commission during its hearings. It is still not known whether those listed by the Commission were the same individuals in the Waki envelope that is now with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Also listed in the report were top security officials, police officers, religious leaders, chiefs, several vernacular radio stations who are accused of engineered of the post election violence. In total, there are 219 persons and organizations named in the report. The KNHCR report entitled On the Brink of the Precipice: contained a diagram of a triangle where those at the apex are considered to bear the "greatest responsibility". At the top of the triangle are the "Remote perpetrators: overall planners, financiers, instigators and organisers". They are followed by "mid-level perpetrators - give and receive instructions or orders, lead local implementation of plans". Then at the bottom of the triangle come "low level perpetrators, directly committing acts of violence".
Ford-P clinches S Mugirango seat
Ford People's Manson Nyamweya is the new Member of Parliament for South Mugirango. Nyamweya garnered 14,099 votes to clinch the hotly contested seat. Nyamweya beat former assistant minister Omingo Magara of People's Democratic Party (PDP) who managed 8,885. The seat became vacant last year after a successful petition against the election of then ODM national treasurer Magara who later ditched his party. The Orange Democratic Party's Ibrahim Ochoi came third with 7,638 votes. Wild celebrations rocked the the tallying hall following the announcement of the results by returning officer Boniventure Obongoya at 6am Friday. In his acceptance speech, Nyamweya said he was ready to bring development to the region adding that he would also work towards uniting the residents. Earlier, ODM MPs led by Lands Minister James Orengo caused a stir in the counting hall when they rejected the provisional results displayed by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC). They said the IIEC was sending wrong signals because the media was relying on the provisional results and that was likely to mislead the public. IIEC was forced to withdraw the e-tallying system and resorted to manual counting. This is the first time IIEC was relaying election results electronically.
Police arrest serial killer's former teacher
Detectives investigating the case of multiple murders by Philip Onyancha Friday questioned the woman believed to have recruited the self confessed serial killer. Elizabeth Wambui was picked up on Thursday and is being held at Kasarani police station as police strive to uncover the mystery murders. The teacher at Gatamaiyu secondary school in Ruiru had earlier been reported missing. The manhunt for the female teacher began on Tuesday after Onyancha who has confessed to killing 19 people alleged that she recruited him into the blood sacking cult while he was a student at Kenyatta Mahiga high school in 1996. According to police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, no stone will be left unturned until into the mystery murders are resolved. The investigating team led by head of special crime prevention police unit Richard Katola accompanied by the murder suspect are at the moment visiting different areas within Dagoretti constituency where the suspect is alleged to have committed more murders. During police interrogation and interviews with journalists, the suspect said he planned to accomplish his mission of killing 100 people in a span of five years and was mainly targeting women and children under 10 because they are weak. The suspect will be taken to court next week. On Thursday, the suspect took police to Nakuru where he was greeted by a big crowd who turned up to see the self confessed serial killer as he led the police to a lodging in Town where he is alleged to have killed and hid a middle aged lady in a wall unit two months ago. Onyancha was arrested in Nairobi on Thursday last week, after he was traced through a mobile tracking system. This was after he made a call to extort money from the father of a boy he had killed. Mr Onyancha said he was grateful to the police for arresting him because it had helped him speak against the "evil spirits" which have been haunting him. Police say they have arrested three of the suspect's accomplices in connection with the murders and are intending to widen their operations to other parts of the country as more evidence emerges. Born in February 1980 in Kerich, Onyancha and his siblings were brought up by their mother after their father died when he was young. His mother and brothers live in Nairobi. Onyancha's victims who have so far been identified include Anthony, Catherine from Nairobi, Jackline Wamboi and Helen Nyambura from Thika and Chepkurui in Naivasha. Three bodies are yet to be identified.
Mandela to miss World Cup opening
Zenani Mandela was one of Nelson Mandela's nine great-grandchildren
Nelson Mandela is to miss the World Cup opening ceremony after the death of his great-granddaughter, Zenani, in a car crash, his office says. The 13-year-old died when the car taking her home from a Soweto concert on the eve of the World Cup overturned. The car's driver has been arrested and charged with drink-driving, police say. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the tragedy made it inappropriate for the former president, who is 91, to attend the opening ceremony in Johannesburg. "We are sure that South Africans and people all over the world will stand in solidarity with Mr Mandela and his family in the aftermath of this tragedy," said a statement. "Madiba [Mr Mandela's clan name] will be there with you in spirit today." A host of celebrities from the world of politics, business and sport will attend the opening ceremony at Soweto's Soccer City stadium later on Friday, before the competition's opening game between South Africa and Mexico. The car carrying Zenani Mandela overturned as it came off a slip road on the M1 motorway, which travels through Johannesburg city centre, at around 0030 (2230 GMT on Thursday), reports said. Police say the unnamed male driver, who was reportedly unhurt, may also face culpable homicide charges. "He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade," police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane told the Associated Press.
"The Metro police found that he was drunk." The driver was expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing later on Friday. Early reports quoted police as saying Nelson Mandela's former wife, Winnie Madikizela, had been in the car when the accident happened. The Foundation told the BBC Ms Madikizela-Mandela was not in the car - which was the only vehicle involved in the crash - but that she had been taken to hospital because of her shock at the news of Zenani's death. Foundation spokesman Sello Hating said she had been released from hospital after a couple of hours and returned home. "The family has asked for privacy as they mourn this tragedy," said the Foundation in a statement. In a letter of condolence to Mr Mandela, Fifa President Sepp Blatter described the young girl's death as "unspeakably tragic". Zenani had celebrated her 13th birthday on 9 June. South Africa has one of the world's worst road safety records, and there are nearly 50 deaths each day on roads across the country. Anti-apartheid icon Mr Mandela had campaigned for the World Cup to come to South Africa. Some 350,000 people are expected to visit South Africa for the competition, which is being held in Africa for the first time. More than 1,500 performers are set to take part in Friday's opening ceremony, which will be broadcast in 200 countries around the globe. All the major roads leading to the Soccer City stadium were under severe pressure several hours before the ceremony was due to start, said the BBC's Pumza Fihlani, as fans in thousands of cars tried to make their way into Soweto. Roads to nearby carparks for fans were gridlocked, our correspondent added. Thursday's World Cup concert had drawn tens of thousands to Soweto's Orlando Stadium, and traffic in the area had been busy into the early hours of Friday. The event featured a cast of international stars - including Colombian singer Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys, as well as African stars Amadou & Mariam and Hugh Masekela.
Kenya's Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday presented the 2010/011 financial year Budget that is geared toward boosting economic recovery. Uhuru read the Sh998.8 billion budget for the first time in the absence of President Mwai Kibaki who has left for South Africa for the World Cup opening ceremonies. In his budget speech, Uhuru spelt out a raft of measures that will spur economic growth. The minister also moved to remove economic growth constraints to ensure the projected economic growth for the financial year 2010/2011 is realised. The Minister said the government expected a deficit of 188 billion shillings, or 6.8 percent of gross domestic product, which he said would be financed through domestic borrowing of 105.3 billion shillings and external financing of 82.7 billion. "Growth in this period, will be driven mainly by increased investments in key sectors including agriculture, services, infrastructure, health and education and targeted strategic development interventions," Kenyatta said. "The government will contain the growth in public debt to a sustainable level to ensure the private sector is not crowded out. "The Minister says development expenditure for 2010/2011 is Sh321bn, out of which Sh96bn will be financed by appropriations aid.
In taxation, an area that bears much meaning to the common Kenyan, the Finance Minister has lowered import duty on wheat from 35 to 10 percent. The duty on imported rice has also been lowered from 75 to 35 per-cent. Import duty on poultry feed has been abolished. Also scraped is import duty on lead lamps and bulbs and that of iron and steel. An advance tax initially paid by PSV before being issued with PSV licenses has also been scrapped. To encourage home ownership the stamp duty on mortgage has been lowered to 0.1 percent. Banks spending on mortgage has also been increased from 25- 40 per-cent. Kenyans living in the diaspora have also been given a one year tax amnesty. Pensioners also have something to smile about as they will be paid in 30 as opposed to the earlier 60 day period. The constituency development fund has also been increased from 12 to 14.3 billion shillings. However the Finance Minister put on notice insurance companies that delay policy holder's payment. Such companies will now be required to pay members contributions and any accruing interest. The Minster further warned that stern action will be taken against persons who evade paying taxes. Kenyatta says a tax reform commission will be appointed to look into the matter. He further directed Central Bank of Kenya and Kenya Revenue Authority to audit all forex bureaus which he said were assisting the fraudsters to swindle the government of much needed funds. As is the common practice taxes were hiked for beer lovers. Excise duty on malt was increased from sh 54 to 65 per litre. The government hopes to generate an additional Sh2.5 billion through this measure.
THE LATE LUCY NYAWIRA NDERITU BURIAL POSTPONED
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Detectives in Kenya are investigating the man who has confessed to have killed 19 people in various places across the country will Thursday visit Nakuru town and its environs as they widen the scope of their investigations. The suspect Philip Onyancha revealed that he was targeting to kill 100 people to enable him automatically ascend to the next rank automatically in the kingdom of darkness. On Wednesday the thirty-two year-old led police to parts of Nairobi, Thika and Nyeri as they sought to trail the footsteps of the country's nastiest serial killer. Onyancha who was interviewed by the Police Boss and a battery of journalists from Nyeri town said he was recruited by his lady teacher when he joined Form one at the Kenyatta Mahiga High school in 1995. He said he normally got orders from the powers of darkness which directed him where to go and he could travel hundreds of miles to attack his prey. On Tuesday the suspect a former employee with the G4S Company took the detectives to the shores of Lake Naivasha to search for the remains of his victims before leading them to various places in Nairobi where he apparently killed two women. He then proceeded to Thika town where he is said to have killed two commercial sex workers women in a lodging earlier this year. He later left for Nyeri town where he told the Press and Senior Police officers led by Central Provincial Police Boss, John Mbijiwe that he had been ordered to submit 100 people to his master to enable him automatically ascend to the next rank automatically in the kingdom of darkness. He said it was easy for him to kill his victims since he used the power of convincing and once he greeted his victim they fell under his power and spell and did whatever he demanded of them. He however said he did not have sex with any of them and only killed them. Onyancha was arrested in Nairobi on Thursday last week, after he was traced through a mobile tracking system. This was after he made a call to extort money from the father of a boy he had killed. Mr Onyancha said he was grateful to the police for arresting him because it had helped him speak against the "evil spirits" which have been haunting him. Police say they have arrested three of the suspect's accomplices in connection with the murders and are intending to widen their operations to other parts of the country as more evidence emerges. Born in February 1980 in Kericho, Onyancha and his siblings were brought up by their mother after their father died when he was young. His mother and brothers live in Nairobi. Onyancha's victims who have so far been identified include Anthony, Catherine from Nairobi, Jackline Wamboi and Helen Nyambura from Thika and Chepkurui in Naivasha. Three bodies are yet to be identified.
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A 20-year old University Girl raped and killed in Limuru
A 20-year-old girl, Miss Mary Njeri Ngure from Redhill, Limuru was rapped and killed on Sunday 6th June, 2010. The late Mary returned home on Sunday morning after escorting her mother to church. She had some homework to do at home. On returned she found four people sitting on their sitting room. They confronted her, dragged her to her mother's bed where they tied her up, rapped her and then finally killed her. She is the daughter of Mr. Stephen Ngure of Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Mrs. Lucy Wanjiru Ngure of Redhill who sister of Mr. Evanson Karanja of Coventry, UK. Family and friends in UK are meeting in Coventry at 76 Dunhill Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9PX on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June, 2010 as from 6.00 p.m.
Kibaki travels to South Africa
President Mwai Kibaki left the country Thursday afternoon for Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. The plane carrying President Kibaki and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 12.00 noon. The President was seen off at the airport by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Internal Security Minister Prof. George Saitoti, Chief of General Staff Gen. Jeremiah Kianga and Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia among other senior Government officials. Earlier, President Kibaki chaired a special Cabinet meeting ahead of this year's Budget. At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta briefed the President and members of the Cabinet on some of the highlights of the budget speech that will be presented on Thursday.
KENYA BUDGET TODAY THURSDAY 10TH JUNE
Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta will on Thursday present a Sh996.8 billion budget, the biggest ever in the history of the country and Sh110 billion shillings higher than last year’s.
Biden leaves Kenya for SA
United States Vice President, Joe Biden, left the country Thursday for South Africa after completing a three-day official visit to Kenya. Biden arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.30am and held lengthy discussions with Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Foreign Affairs Minister, Moses Wetangula and the US Embassy officials led by Ambassador Michael Ranneberger before boarding Air force Two at noon. The plane carrying the Vice President lifted off at JKIA at exactly 12.35pm. While in the country, Biden held fruitful bilateral talks with President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Speaker of the National Assembly and made an interactive public speech at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. The US Vice President also visited the August 7 Memorial Park, where he laid a wreath in memory of those who perished in the 1998 American Embassy bomb blast. Biden's visit to Kenya is historical as he is currently the highest ranking US State official to tour the country.
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Ethiopia sees 2010/11 spending up 20 pct
Ethiopia on Thursday proposed a 77.2 billion birr annual budget that targets infrastructure development as part of efforts to maintain one of the fastest growth rates in Africa. The proposed 2010/11 budget is up 20 percent from 64.5 billion birr in 2009/10. Finance Minister Sufian Ahmed presented the budget proposal to parliament for debate and will now be discussed by a parliamentary committee before being put forward by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for final approval within 15 days.
Most expensive holiday destination revealed
A new study has revealed that France is the most expensive country to go to on holiday, despite the public's perception that it is cheaper to visit than Dubai, Japan and the Nordic countries.The research by flight comparison website Skyscanner looked at the cost of various items including a coffee, a beer, a meal, accommodation and car hire in 30 different destinations. France finished top ahead of Switzerland, Denmark, Brazil and Russia, when comparing holiday prices – excluding flights. Even if you do include flights, France is still the third most expensive country to visit, higher than Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. The findings were in contrast to a separate survey of 1,500 people in the UK, also by the site, which showed that most thought that Sweden would be the most expensive holiday destination, with Norway and Switzerland in second and third place. France was ranked just ninth by those who took part in the research. The most expensive country to visit overall, including flights, is Japan. By contrast, Cyprus is the least expensive, before and after flights are taken into consideration. Despite this, most people perceive Cyprus as quite expensive, ranking it 14th most expensive out of the 30 countries surveyed.
'Oldest leather shoe' discovered
The oldest example of a leather shoe has been discovered by archaeologists in a cave in Armenia. At 5,500 years old, the well preserved cow-hide shoe pre-dates Stonehenge by 400 years and the Pyramids of Giza by 1,000 years. It was made of a single piece of leather and was shaped to fit the wearer's foot, the researchers say. They have published details of the discovery from south-east Armenia in the journal Plos One. The shoe contained grass, although the archaeologists are uncertain as to whether this was to keep the foot warm or to maintain the shape of the footwear. The authors are unsure whether it was worn by a man or a woman. The shoe is relatively small, corresponding to a UK women's size 5 (European size 38; US size 7 women), but it could have been worn by a man of that period. It was discovered at the Areni-1 cave in the Vayotz Dzor province of Armenia, which borders on Turkey and Iran. The archaeologists put the shoe's remarkable preservation down to the stable, cool and dry conditions in the cave and the fact that the floor of the cave was covered by a thick layer of sheep dung. This layer of excrement acted as a solid seal, preserving it over the millennia. "We thought initially that the shoe and other objects were about 600-700 years old because they were in such good condition," said co-author Dr Ron Pinhasi from University College Cork in Ireland. "It was only when the material was dated by the two radiocarbon laboratories in Oxford and in California that we realised that the shoe was older by a few hundred years than the shoes worn by Oetzi the Iceman." Other well preserved objects were also found in the cave, including large containers, many of which held wheat and barley, apricots and other edible plants. Sandals made from plant fibres found at the Arnold Research Cave in Missouri, US, pre-date the shoes from Areni by some 2,000-2,500 years.
Wife sheds tears after reading of man’s act. Lillian Nyaboke passed out when she learnt that her husband of four years was a serial killer. She says she realised something was amiss when police picked up her husband from home. All she imagined was that it was a work-related matter. She shed tears when she read Wednesday’s copy of the Daily Nation that carried the confession of her husband, Philip Onyancha, that he had killed 17 people. “I was in the house the day he was arrested, but I was shocked when I learnt the next day the crime he had committed,” she narrated at Bonyambone village, Gucha South District, Wednesday. “I feel sadder for the families of the victims. I keep praying to God to console them and I apologise on his behalf to all of them,” she said. Ms Nyaboke recalled that, in June, last year, she noticed a change in the husband’s behaviour, and every time she enquired, he would not answer her. “I thought he had another wife and even asked him to let me go if this was the case,” said the mother of one. The couple had been living in Nairobi since they got married. Even when the man was transferred to Naivasha, they kept the city house. On Wednesday, the Nation team traced her to Bonyambone, where she returned a day after her husband’s arrest. The woman, who has been working as a security guard in Nairobi, decided to return to the village because of pressure. She needed time to “cool off” near her husband’s family, she said. According to the area assistant chief, Mr David Kenyanya, Onyancha disappeared from the village after a neighbour accused him of trying to rape her. The administrator said the entire village is stunned because they had not imagined that one of them could be involved in such a crime. “He left here after he attempted to rape a neighbour, and we did not hear of him again until we saw him in the news,” he said. “It is sad that he has brought this dishonour to his family, which commands a lot of respect here.” — Dan Otieno and Jackline Moraa – Daily Nation
Philip Ondara Onyancha claims to have killed 19 people but wanted to kill 100.
Former London resident Mr. Mwaria Ma from Busia, Kenya passed away in Mombasa, Kenya on Tuesday 8th June, 2010
World Cup 2010: Gun robbery raises fears for football fans
A gunpoint robbery has cast a new crime shadow over the World Cup on the eve of the tournament’s big kick-off in South Africa. Three journalists were left traumatised after burglars broke in to their resort close to the Portugal squad’s training camp. It came as the first of an expected 10,000 England fans arrived in the country, whose preparations for the tournament have been dogged by concerns over the high crime rate. Also, organisers urged fans to take their chances on local buses and trains in Johannesburg to get to tomorrow’s opening ceremony and match to avoid traffic gridlock in the city. During the robbery, Portuguese photographer Antonio Simoes was held down on his bed at gunpoint for 30 minutes while the gang took camera equipment worth £25,000, laptops and passports from him and two Spanish reporters. ‘Imagine – it was absolutely terrifying for him with a gun in his face. They were shouting, “Sleep! Sleep!”,’ said Miguel Serrano, who was renting the bungalow with Mr Simoes. They were staying at the Nutbush Boma Lodge, a four-star resort near Magaliesburg, which is one of the region’s most popular retreats. While it had not been thought vulnerable, Mr Simoes complained that security protection was lacking – especially in compared with nearby hotels housing the Spain and Portugal squads. He said: ‘Where we have passed, we see high, electrified walls and security. It is surreal putting us here, in a farm with no room phones or security.’ Keeping valuables hidden and always looking behind you before opening your hotel room are among the Foreign Office advice for England fans in South Africa. Authorities have tried to ease security concerns by promising an extra 75,000 police officers on the streets. With 79,000 supporters expected to attend tomorrow’s opening game between South Africa and Mexico, organisers pleaded with them to not use cars, to ensure that Johannesburg is not brought to a standstill.
METHALI YA KISWAHILI
Kipya kinyemi ingawa kidonda.
A new thing is a source of joy even if is sore.
Caught in Nairobi Red Handed and in Red!
The No camp opened the Red Card Center here in Nairobi on Wednesday 9th June, 2010. Among them was The London renewed ever smart Pastor Isaac Thuo Ndugire (Bonnke) who was among the guests at the ceremony. Seem above is Pastor Isaac reading the Bible for Hon Chebii.
KIKUYU AGE GROUP
1944 - Riaka rîa Mwomboko - Kind of a dance
UK cuts 'to push unemployment close to 3m'
Government spending cuts will push UK unemployment to almost three million, a report has warned. Deficit reduction would also stall recovery in the jobs market, employment group the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said. There was little prospect of real wage growth until at least 2015, and public sector workers faced pay cuts, it said. The chancellor is expected to lay out sweeping cuts to try to trim the £156bn deficit in his budget on 22 June.
Walking under River Thames to see the Queen
Mrs. Noel Mugo from Dallas, USA currently visiting London had to go an extra mile to see the Queen on Tuesday 8th June. While on the Southern side of River Thames in Woolwich she could not afford to wait for the ferry to take her across to go and see the Queen. She opted to walk under River Thames through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel which passes under River Thames. Finally she arrived at Buckingham Palace to see the Queen (right photo) unfortunately, the Queen was out at Chelsea Flower Show 2010. We hope she will not walk through M4 on Sunday 13th June 2010 on her way to Swindon where she will be preaching at Enlightment Church in Swindon.
Migrants marrying UK citizens must now learn English
Home Office, 09 June 2010
Compulsory English language tests will be introduced for non-European migrants applying to come to the UK to join or marry their settled partner, the UK government announced today. From autumn 2010, they will need to demonstrate a basic command of English which allows them to cope with everyday life before they are granted a visa. The new rules will apply to anyone applying as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner, fiance(e) or prospective civil partner of a UK citizen or a person settled in this country. They will be compulsory for people applying from within the UK as well as visa applicants from overseas.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
'I believe being able to speak English should be a prerequisite for anyone who wants to settle here. The new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services.
'It is a privilege to come to the UK, and that is why I am committed to raising the bar for migrants and ensuring that those who benefit from being in Britain contribute to our society. 'This is only the first step. We are currently reviewing English language requirements across the visa system with a view to tightening the rules further in the future.
'Today's announcement is one of a wide range of measures the new government is taking to ensure that immigration is properly controlled for the benefit of the UK, alongside a limit on work visas and an effective system for regulating the students who come here.'
Anyone wishing to come to the UK as a partner will need to demonstrate basic English at A1 level, the same level required for skilled workers admitted under Tier 2 of the points-based system. A partner coming to the UK from outside Europe will need to provide evidence with their visa application that they have passed an English language test with one of our approved test providers. Under the current rules, people applying for visas as partners must already meet a range of criteria before being allowed to enter the UK. All applicants must show that their marriage or partnership is genuine, and that they can support themselves financially. Whether they have married in the UK or overseas (or not at all), the non-UK partner must apply for a two-year settlement visa to come and live in the UK as a husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner. At the end of the two years, they can apply to us for permission to settle in the UK (known as 'indefinite leave to remain'). Partners who apply for settlement after completing their two-year period of temporary residence will still need to meet the 'knowledge of language and life in the UK' test. This is in addition to the new basic English language requirement, which forms part of their initial application.
Uhuru’s Budget the biggest in history
Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta will Thursday afternoon read a Sh997 billion budget, setting a new spending record in the country’s history. Budget estimates for the 2010/2011 financial year released on Wednesday show the government will spend Sh110 billion above last year’s Sh867 billion, representing an increase of 12.5 per cent. This puts pressure to raise more revenues from either borrowing, selling its stakes in businesses and, most probably, increasing taxes. According to the documents, Sh675 billion will go into recurrent expenditure, up Sh68 billion from the previous year, mainly to pay salaries for government workers. At a time when economic recovery has slowed down, growing only 2.6 per cent in 2009 even as the budget kisses the one-trillion-shilling mark, the government will come under critical focus over its spending priorities. Development expenditure, a pointer to areas the government seeks to stimulate, has ballooned from Sh258 billion to Sh321 billion, with most of the cash funnelled into sectors seen as key to economic growth, including agriculture, water and irrigation. Treasury projects to raise Sh630 billion in taxes and Sh143 billion from development partners, leaving a Sh223 billion financing deficit. On Thursday, economists were cautious, saying even with increased spending more direct investments would be needed to sustain growth. “One of the challenges has been the slow and low level of private sector investment, which is key to stimulating the economy,” said Mr Raphael Muya of the Institute of Economic Affairs. – Daily Nation
Univisas couple are forced to hand over £600,000
Home Office, 09 June 2010
A couple who were jailed for masterminding a massive immigration scam look set to lose more than £600,000 of their ill-gotten gains. Jatinder Sharma and Rakhi Shahi were sentenced to seven and eight years in prison respectively in June 2009, following a four-week trial at Isleworth Crown Court. The couple ran a company called Univisas. They specialised in providing counterfeit documents, qualifications and certificates to support immigration applications. They were arrested in May 2008 by a specialist team of immigration officers and Metropolitan Police officers working for the UK Border Agency Raids on their home and business premises in Southall, west London, uncovered thousands of counterfeit documents, stamps used in their production, passports, and thousands of pounds in cash. Following their trial, officers located more money and property belonging to the group in India. At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday 8 June, Rakhi Shahi had £107,000 confiscated from her bank accounts. Jatinder Sharma had £74,000 from his bank accounts confiscated, but the judge also told him to hand over another £417,000 in hidden assets. If he fails to do so, he faces another four years on his sentence. Detective Inspector Robert Coxhead from the UK Border Agency's immigration crime team said:
'It's clear that these people ran a sophisticated and lucrative international criminal enterprise.
'By working closely with the Indian police in order to track down their assets, my officers have shown that we will leave no stone unturned in stopping criminals from profiting from their crimes.'
At an earlier hearing a third member of the gang, Neelam Sharma, was ordered to hand over £188,000 in cash from her bank accounts, meaning that in total more than £0.8 million has been recovered from the operation.
A stowaway clung to the undercarriage of a jet during a flight at 25,000 feet before amazing security men by tumbling onto the tarmac when the plane landed at Heathrow. The Civil Aviation Authority said today he had been “incredibly lucky” to have survived. He could easily have been crushed by the wheels and also faced temperatures of minus 41C and a lack of oxygen. One source said that considering his ordeal he “was in incredibly good shape”. The plane would normally have flown at 37,000 feet which would have killed him but was flying lower because of adverse weather conditions. The 20-year-old Romanian is believed to have been in the wheel compartment of a private jet belonging to the Dubai royal family for one hour 37 minutes during the flight from Vienna to London. He is said to have slipped under a perimeter fence and clambered beneath the nearest jet. Paramedics checked him at Heathrow after his arrest but he had suffered no injuries. Scotland Yard said he was cautioned for the offence of being a stowaway and questioned about entering Britain without a passport before being released. Because Romania is in the EU he had committed no immigration offences. Vienna airport police chief Leo Lauber told the Standard: “He aimed for any jet it would seem, not one in particular. After wriggling under the fence he headed for the aircraft nearest to the fence. He had no idea where it was going to. Initial inquiries here seem to indicate he wanted to go abroad to find work.” Met police sources said the man fell or jumped down from the undercarriage soon after the plane landed and was arrested by security officials. One source said: “He was in remarkably good shape. He is extremely lucky, the plane was flying lower than usual because of the weather. If it had been at its usual altitude he might not have survived.” The aircraft is believed to have been flying lower to avoid unsettled weather and heavy thunderstorms. A Met spokesman said the man was arrested on Sunday for stowing away in an aircraft contrary to the Air Navigation Order 2009. Stowaways are occasionally found in the undercarriage of planes but rarely survive. Others have died after falling from planes when they lower the wheels on approach to landing and others have been crushed to death by the landing gear after take-off. In October 1996, a couple in a pub garden spotted a body falling from a DC9 over Richmond as it approached Heathrow. Vijay Saini, 19, fell 2,000 feet from the jet and was discovered three days later. A post mortem revealed that he was dead when he tumbled from the plane. However, his brother Pardeep, 22, survived the 10-hour journey from Delhi in freezing temperatures. In 2000, a man survived a 747 Air France flight from French Polynesia to Los Angeles. In 2002, a Cuban man was found alive in the wheel well of a plane that landed in Montreal.
Met police sources said the man fell or jumped down from the undercarriage soon after the plane landed
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The truth about Kenya's draft constitution
By Bishop Samuel Muya - currently in USA
Am encouraged by the Laval at which democracy is growing in Kenya . People are giving their opinion without intimidation, the Laval of argument and and opinion presentation whereby no one is getting angry or feels provoked to anger like people used to before no democracy infancy where people called each other names.
There are contentious issues, one is on abortion but in quotes "abortion is not permitted" however medics who are not specified are given option to terminate a pregnancy if the life of a mother is in danger may be someone might take an advantage of this as people always take advantage of loopholes, it says or by any other law that might be enacted ,which one and when?
Look at this if your wife's life was in danger would you first think of the constitution or saving the life of your wife, my last born is now 16ys my wife has reached menopause i cant help you to decide.
The Kathi courts, why put them in the constitution this is biased all religions must be treated equally before the law, yes we understand Muslims need to sought out their divorce, marriage and inheritance differences according to Koran and even the Bible 1st Corinthians 6:1 but should be by act not constitution.
OK ! why are Muslims buying property at such a great pace in Kenya ? how are they getting the money? you have the answer, how do the illegal immigrants acquire Kenyan Id's and Passports making them legitimate to acquire property and spread their religion under the freedom of worship. Taking advantage of poor Kenyans to lure them to Islam under the pretext of giving arms. By the way who burnt churches and killed even preachers during the post election? I don't know who they are but who ever they could be do you think they are saying YES or NO ponder that.
We might shoot down the draft because of Kathi courts will it stop?
The land issue lot of grabbed land in Kenya, Forest land ,ADC, Public utility land etc, Many Kenyans are dying of poverty, ID P's are not all settled yet agonizing in torn tents what do you think they tel God each day?
The new constitution will empower the Gov to repossess all this land and settle the IDPs settle squatters, rehabilitate Mau etc think about that.
On devolution ,we shall be governed through governors, and county lets have a look at one of the counties they will all be 47.eg NAKURU, this will comprise of Naivasha constituency, Subukia constituency, Rongai constituency, Nakuru town constituency, Molo constituency and Kuresoi. We shall have a governor this means the establishment of cohesive integration of different ethnic groups other than having tribal based based administrative boundaries which have been the cause of ethnic strive. The new constitution has the basis to end ethnic violence .
YES ! means the constitution has been improved and is better. Rome was not built in a day a long journey begins with a step.
All we need is for the Kibaki Gov to review the Michuki rules that demands us to pay ksh 2500 for every crusade or open air meeting. NO! means our people to remain in tents.
Bishop Muya (now in Dallas TX )
Is this the fox that attacked the twins as they slept?
Attacker? The picture was taken by one of the first police officers to arrive at the scene
This mobile phone picture shows a fox suspected of mauling twin sisters as they slept. It was taken by one of the first police officers to arrive at the scene of the attack in Hackney, east London. As paramedics tended to gravely-injured nine-month-olds Lola and Isabella Koupparis, the officer walked around their home. He discovered the animal standing outside the rear patio doors of the £800,000 three-storey Stoke Newington property. The blurry image shows the apparently young fox alert and staring at the officer through the glass of the sliding door. It is understood the encounter lasted just seconds as the fox then ran off into the back garden, which is filled with toys. The patio doors had been left open during the hot weather, but were closed immediately after the attack. Police said it is not known if the fox was the same animal as one caught in a trap and put down the next day. There is also no further evidence that the fox is the one responsible for the bloody attack. Neighbours of the Koupparises have said numerous feral foxes are regularly seen in the street and gardens. They have pointed out dens used by the animals and evidence of bins being overturned, and one confessed to feeding the animals. Lola and Isabella remained in separate hospitals today after undergoing treatment for their injuries. Relatives said Lola is "a lot better" but Isabella remains under sedation following surgery. Lola suffered facial injuries and puncture marks to her arm, while Isabella suffered arm injuries after a fox entered their bedroom. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that police saw a fox at the property when they attended at 10pm on Saturday.
Britain will struggle to cope with an immigration-fuelled population boom that threatens to leave public services in chaos, a worrying report warns. With the UK population set to rocket to 70 million in 20 years, housing and job shortages will be commonplace. The Forum for the Future study said a population rise of nine million – equivalent of adding a new city the size of Bristol to the UK each year – would also increase demand for schools, hospitals, food and water and lead to rises in pollution and waste. Pressure for more housing could lead to greater flood risk, the report claims, especially in the already over-crowded South-east, which will see a 10 per cent surge in numbers. The charity urges the Government to start planning now to ensure growth does not reach the highs predicted and that a rise in numbers does not mean a fall in quality of life or higher carbon emissions, the sustainable development organisation said. According to the Office for National Statistics, Britain’s population will increase from 61.4 million in 2008 to 70 million by 2029. By 2034, the population is forecast to grow by 10 million, with almost all the increase in England. Seven million will be due to immigration. The report sets out seven recommendations, including an “objective discussion” on immigration, to understand its value to society and the economy and tackle pressures making people migrate. Recommendations also include a call for all public infrastructure bodies to start planning for adequate services, jobs and training. There are calls for more efficient development, including zero-carbon homes, improved water efficiency, more renewable energy, ways to cut flood risk and better public transport. The report says: “Immigration into the UK has almost doubled since 1997, and has outpaced an increase in emigration, leading to a significant net population gain.” It warns “just over two-thirds of the projected total increase in the UK population between 2008 and 2030 is expected to be either directly or indirectly due to future migration”. Last night Immigration Minister Damian Green said the new Government would reduce net migration “back down to the levels of the 1990s – to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands”. Measures would include a limit on work permits, action on marriage and regulating foreign students. Sir Andrew Green, of MigrationWatch, said: “You cannot have a population policy without a firm immigration policy.” Forum for the Future’s founder director Sara Parkin said: “Britons deserve a serious debate about population and politicians need to start planning now. “Only through good leadership and sensitive long-term planning can we make sure that UK population growth falls short of today’s high projections and that we are prepared to cope with any growth that does happen.” - Daily Express, London
Immigration Minister Damian Green said the new Government would reduce net migration
Britain will soon be paying more than a £1billion a week meeting interest payments alone, David Cameron warned on Tuesday 8th June, 2010. In a major speech on the economy he said the debt crisis was so bad the “pain” of Government cuts will be felt for decades. The Prime Minister said “reckless” Labour spending was to blame and pledged to bring the public sector “back into line”. Mr Cameron revealed Treasury figures which show that without drastic cuts the national debt will reach an eye-watering £1.4trillion in five years. It means interest payments will cost the country £70 billion every year – more than the entire budgets for schools, climate change and transport combined.
IMMIGRANTS MUST TAKE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST
Immigrants heading for Britain to marry or live with their partners will first have to pass an English language test, the Government will announce on Tuesday 8th June, 2010. Home Secretary Theresa May will unveil the new compulsory exams as part of a crackdown on bogus marriages. From this autumn, all newcomers from outside the EU hoping to wed a British spouse or live here with a partner will have to demonstrate a basic command of English before they are given a visa. Mrs May said last night: “I believe being able to speak English should be a prerequisite for anyone who wants to settle here. “The new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services. “It is a privilege to come to the UK and that is why I am committed to raising the bar for migrants and ensuring that those who benefit from being in Britain contribute to our society.” The measure is designed to close a loophole exploited by thousands of immigrants every year to sneak into Britain. And ministers in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition insist it is only the first step in a drive to cut immigration after years of soaring levels under Labour. Mrs May said: “We are currently reviewing English language requirements across the visa system with a view to tightening the rules further in the future. “Today’s announcement is one of a wide range of measures the new Government is taking to ensure that immigration is properly controlled for the benefit of the UK, alongside a limit on work visas and an effective system for regulating the students who come here.”
The new rules will apply to spouses, civil partnerships, unmarried couples, same-sex partners and fiances, and will be compulsory for people applying from within the UK, as well as from overseas. The test will be set at the internationally recognised A1 level, covering communication skills needed for tasks such as shopping or travelling by public transport. The tests are already in operation for anyone getting work permits through the Home Office’s points-based system for skilled migrants. Last night, the move was welcomed by campaigners. Sir Andrew Green, of think tank Migrationwatch, said: “It is welcome that the Government is moving quickly to implement its immigration policies. “It is essential that immigrant spouses should speak English so they can integrate into our communities. But this language level will have to be raised. This level is the lowest possible. It is not enough but it’s a good start.” Under the new system, applicants will have to provide evidence to the UK Border Agency with their visa application that they have passed an English language test with an officially-approved test provider. Officials estimate about 3,500 sham marriages take place every year to cheat border controls. Criminal gangs are understood to charge up to £10,000 a year to arrange the weddings. One Border Agency source said: “We are seeing hundreds of weddings in the UK where the supposedly happy couple can’t speak a word to each other. “We need a fresh start and the way to do that is to make sure people who want to get married can speak at least some English.” During the election campaign, Tory leader David Cameron vowed to bring immigration down to the level of the 1980s and early 1990s. He said: “People will judge us on our results. If net immigration is 150,000, sometimes 200,000, a year, we have said it should be tens of thousands – a very significant cut.” Under Labour, English tests for migrants were frequently proposed by ministers but never implemented. Citizenship tests were introduced but English tests for foreign spouses failed to win backing and were quietly shelved. All the leading contenders to succeed Gordon Brown now admit Labour was badly damaged by a decade of open-door border controls.
Meet the alligator who turned blue
This alligator could be excused for being snappy - she is clearly feeling blue. The large gator looks a stunning shade of blue as the bright morning sky reflects off her wet back. She appeared to change from her usual dark brown to black, grey and blue over the space of just a few minutes as the sun rose over the lake at 7am. But unlike a chameleon, the change of colour was not a conscious decision. It was purely down to the sky reflecting off her shiny scales. Biology professor Louis Guillette, 55, took the picture on a lake next to his home in Gainesville, Florida, United States. He said: "It was a cold and clear spring morning. I went out to watch the sun come up on the small lake, which was covered in mist. "As the mist cleared there was a 2.3 metre American alligator about five metres in the water in front of me. It was watching and waiting for the sun to come up as well. "We sat quietly and let the sun come up together. "As it did, the water changed colour from the reflected leaves on the trees around the lake. "The wet alligator also changed colours as she reflected the colour of the sky - in this case the bright blue of the early morning sun." He added: "This animal is a resident female. We share the same lake and that morning we shared the sunrise. "I took a number of photos as she changed colours from her usual dark brown to black, blue, grey and then brown. "I'm not sure why cartoons normally portray alligators as green because they never are - unless they are covered in weeds. "The lake water changed colours as well and all this took place over about five or six minutes. "I love this photo because the water on her back makes the scales look almost like molten metal."
Shocking details of 19 Kenya murders
Nairobi, Kenya, Jun 9 - A former G4S security guard who has now confessed to killing at least 19 people in the past three years has led police to places where he dumped the bodies of some of his victims. On Wednesday morning, he was due to take police officers to a residence in Riverside, where he said he had dumped the body of a woman in a septic tank after killing her last year. “I was attached there as a guard. I met the woman, lured her and later strangled her. I will show you (the body), because I am sure it has never been discovered,” he said. On Tuesday night, he took police officers to the offices of the Nairobi Water And Sewerage Company in Karen, where he hid the body of another female victim. “I killed her when I used to work here. I just lured her and she followed me, that is when I took her up there,” the guard identified by police as Philip Onyancha said at the scene.
Nairobi, Wednesday 9th June, 2010. Parliament reopens on Tuesday after a two-month break. Top on the agenda is the national budget which is expected to be read by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta this week on Thursday. The house also opens amid heated campaigns for the upcoming referendum on the proposed constitution scheduled for August 4. Speaker Kenneth Marende says some Members of Parliament might have to debate while standing when parliament resumes as the Old Chambers where the sessions will be held could only accommodate 200 members. This is occasioned by rehabilitation of parliament which is expected to take about a year at a cost of one million shillings. Parliament is also expected to debate a motion by Imenti Central Member of Parliament Gitobu Imanyara seeking to discuss the conduct of Appellate Judge Justice Joseph Nyamu who was in a bench that declared the inclusion of Kadhis' courts in the constitution unconstitutional. The issue of Kadhis' courts is among the controversial clauses being cited by the opponents of the proposed constitution as a reason to shoot down the draft law. Parliament is also expected to debate the issue of aflatoxin laden-maize amidst claims that 2.5 million bags harvested in Coast and Eastern provinces is contaminated. The government has already indicated that it would purchase the contaminated maize from the farmers at a reduced cost of Ksh 1000 per bag. The government is also purchasing clean maize from the farmers at Ksh 1 500 instead of the stipulated Ksh 2300, raising a hue and cry from politicians from the areas who say the farmers are being exploited.
Burger the size of a cow a world record?
A giant hamburger that weighs 90kg (200lb), took 12 hours to cook and four men to flip looks set to claim a Guinness world record. The meat treat was made by cafe owners Joe and Iman El-Ajouz who said flipping the 81kg (178lb) patty was the hardest bit. They added 120 eggs, 150 slices of cheese, 1.5kg of beetroot, 2.5kg of tomatoes and 2kg of lettuce to beat the existing record of 84kg, set in Michigan, US. It was eaten by staff at the cafe in Sydney, Australia.
US Vice President Joe Biden, the highest ranking US official to ever visit Kenya will Tuesday morning meet with key leaders including President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga.
The UK Border Agency is to set up a £4m "reintegration centre" in Afghanistan so that it can start deporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers to Kabul from Britain, the Guardian can disclose. The terms of the official tender for the centre show that immigration officials initially hope to forcibly return 12 boys a month aged under 18 to Afghanistan and provide "reintegration assistance" for 120 adults a month. Home Office figures show there are more than 4,200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Britain, with most being supported in local authority social services homes. Those from Afghanistan are the largest group. Of the 400 minors claiming asylum in the first three months of this year, almost half were Afghans. A decision to start deporting Afghan child asylum seekers who arrive in Britain alone would amount to a major shift in policy. Up until now, child protection issues and an undertaking that failed child asylum seekers would be returned only if adequate reception and care arrangements were in place for them on arrival have blocked returns. The British plans form part of a wider European move to plan the return of unaccompanied migrant children to Afghanistan. Norway has also announced plans to open a reception centre in Kabul. Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands are also reported to be preparing to return Afghan children to Kabul. Home Office ministers backed a new EU action plan on unaccompanied minors last Thursday when justice and home affairs ministers met in Luxembourg. The plan included support for countries of origin "creating reception centres that can provide care for minors when the family cannot be found". The development has sounded the alarm among refugee welfare and human rights organisations that the EU has given a green light to move ahead with deportations with too little being done to guarantee the safety of the children sent back. Simone Troller of Human Rights Watch said: "Before deporting vulnerable kids to places like Afghanistan, EU governments need to make sure it is in the children's best interests."
She said that the British government had circulated a policy paper on unaccompanied minors in February during a Brussels workshop that called for an "EU-wide presumption" that a child's best interest was to return. It also argued against formal safeguards such as guardianship as "immensely expensive to put in place". The details of the UK Border Agency tender document issued in March say the £4m contract is intended to "provide reintegration assistance for Afghans whose return home is being enforced by the UK government because they have no right to remain in the UK". The terms of the contract say that 12 young Afghan males aged 16 and 17 are to be sent back a month. They will be accommodated until they are 18, with adults providing supervisory care. The numbers imply that up to 150 teenagers would be sent back in the first year. The centre will also provide reintegration assistance, including vocational training, business start-up grants and short-term accommodation for 120 deported adults each month. A decision to start sending back 16- and 17-year-old asylum seekers to Afghanistan would also render academic many "age disputed" cases in which the UKBA claims adults are posing as children to avoid removal. The immigration minister, Damian Green, said tonight: "No one should be encouraging children to make dangerous journeys across the world. Therefore we are looking to work with other European countries, such as Norway, and valued international partners, such as Unicef, as well as the Afghan government, to find ways to help these young men and women in their home countries and to return those who are in the UK safely to their home nations with appropriate support once they arrive." The Refugee Council said ministers should urgently review the plans to start removing unaccompanied minors to countries that are not safe. Its chief executive, Donna Covey, said: "There has been little said about how these children would be kept safe … if they have no family to whom they can be returned safely, should they be returned at all? There are serious questions to be raised about the quality of decision-making on the cases of unaccompanied children. The money would be better spent improving the way that children's claims are assessed, so that we can be sure we never put them in danger."
"WE WERE PRAYING FOR YOU IN USA"
Mrs. Noel Njeri Mugo (left) from Dallas, USA currently visiting the UK made sure she did not go back to USA without meeting Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe. She visited her residence in London on Monday 7th June 2010 for a dinner with the Seeds family. She was excited to see the councillor whom she has heard much about her in the news. "We were all excited in USA when we heard about you being elected as a councillor in UK. I remember we were in a meeting of KCA where hundreds of Kenyans had gathered when one Kenyan pastor announced that a Kenyan has been elected as a councillor in the UK. Everyone went wild in celebrations. We have been praying for you since we heard about you. Nice to see in person." Mrs. Mugo concluded. She invited the councillor to visit them in Dallas in future and not only Dallas, she should include other states as well. Her contact in UK is 07587073912.
A friend of Mr. Seed in Kenya has compiled very nice Kenyan old songs. The CD contains 11 tracks which you might have heard them when you were young. All songs in Swahili. If interested please contact Mr. Seed on 07951220695 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Three suspected mungiki members killed
Three suspected mungiki members were allegedly hacked to death by members of the public in Kiria-ini in Muranga district. Area OCPD Gasper Makau who confirmed the incident said the victims were among a group of young people that had been terrorizing residents in the area. He said the sect members were cornered by the angry mob that went hunting for them in their hide out. The residents who raided the suspects house broke into one of the rooms and slashed to death two of them while the third one succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Makau however denied allegations that the mob was in the company of police officers who watched as the irate residents took the law into their hands. The government has in the recent past declared war on the sect and vowed to hunt down all its members. The outlawed Mungiki sect that is mainly involved in matatu extortion rings, has also been forcing residents to pay protection fees in some parts of the country. Majority of members are from Central province and usually operate discretely avoiding confrontation with law enforcers.
All 15 staff members at a pub have changed their names to Wayne Rooney ahead of the World Cup.
Constitutional Reform in Kenya.
By Peter Kahoro – Narc Kenya Chairman Kinangop Constituency and Narc Kenya Chairman UK diaspora.
Many of us living in the UK and other Diaspora destination may not be in a position to vote for the proposed constitutional law in Kenya. The draft has been criticised from different quotas. Never in the history of the country has a governing legislation been debated so widely. Never in the history of the country have we come so close to getting the means for fighting poverty that prevails in on our beloved country.
The church is up in arms. The church which purports to fight for the rights of the individual is fighting hard because the individual has been given too many rights. The abortion clause has caused church leader to start evangelical preaching against the draft. This is despite the fact that abortion takes place amongst them and while the rich can afford a doctor, the poor girls are at the mercy of God. Many die. It is the poor that the constitution is trying to defend. Is it better to improve the lives of millions or defend the yesterday morals of a church?
As a practising catholic, I am aware of the emotive debates by church leaders. However, I am also aware of what poverty does to children, and young girls. If we eliminate poverty, we will eliminate the need for abortion. Confucius (551-479 BC) said “never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself”. Church leaders should remember that the purpose of the constitution is the abject poverty amongst their midst.
On the Kadhi courts, the pretentious churches again debating verse the right of the individual. I really do not see the farce if no one will ever build a mosque in Kinangop. And if one tries to do so, democracy is the power of the people and local democracy will stop it. I believe the Muslim masses need to be represented as long as the power accorded to the community does not impede on the individual rights within that community.
Diaspora can use their power as donors to influence the outcome. If abject poverty was eliminated in our country, we will take our money and our education and all the values we have learned and go home. Poverty is the root of all evil. The new constitution will redress the causes of poverty. Corruption being the main cause of poverty will be tackled by the strengthened institution.
We in Diaspora have been given dual citizenship. Our children can go school here knowing that they are Kenyans by birth and by right. We cannot let this opportunity slip our hands.
The individual rights have been addressed fully in the new constitution. It will be a pedestal from which we will fight poverty and the causes of poverty. In Narc Kenya, we are voting yes. We believe that the CoE did some work of craftsmanship in drafting the constitution which has eluded Kenyans for too long. This time, neither the church leaders nor the self interested politicians will deceive Kenyans. Please urge your brothers and sisters to vote yes.
By Peter Kahoro – Narc Kenya Chairman Kinangop Constituency and Narc Kenya Chairman UK diaspora.
Escaped elephant goes on tour of Zurich
An elephant that escaped from the circus spent an hour wandering around the Swiss city - even taking a swim in Lake Zurich - before being recaptured by its keepers. Zurich police spokesman Michael Wirz said that officers pursued Sabu the elephant through the city's banking and commercial district for over an hour on Sunday before a keeper managed to bring the animal under control. Impressively given that it was a four ton elephant galumphing around an unfamiliar city, there were no reports of any injuries, or of any damage to property. Sabu got away from the Circus Knie while she was being loaded into a trailer at about 7pm, circus spokesman Niklaus Leuenberger said. On her whistlestop tour of the city Sabu even managed to find time to have a quick swim in Lake Zurich.
Mexico 'mass grave' in abandoned mine has 55 bodies
Mexican police say 55 bodies have been recovered from an abandoned mine that appears to have been used as a mass grave by drugs gangs. Human remains were first discovered in the silver mine near Taxco in Guerrero state at the end of May. The bodies appeared to have been thrown down a 200m (650ft) ventilation shaft over a period of time, police said. Earlier reports that 77 bodies had been recovered were mistaken, officials said. Only six have so far been identified - one was the director of a local prison. Guerrero state is a focal point for drug-related violence that has claimed more than 22,000 lives in Mexico since 2006. Police are now checking other mineshafts in the area to see if bodies have also been dumped there.
A Ugandan woman arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday with cocaine worth 85 million shillings has denied drug trafficking charges. Anne Birugi Bisao will however spend more time in the police cells after the court denied her cash bail. The prosecution is expected to avail an affidavit this Wednesday to show why the suspect should not be released on bail. The illicit drug seized at the airport was disguised as office stationery meant for United Nations staff in Uganda.The boxes were labelled "diplomatic bags," enabling the woman to easily pass through security checks at other international airports. The woman claimed that she works for Uganda's Foreign Affairs Ministry and is attached to the United Nations Development Programme -UNDP offices in Kampala. But the United Nations Development Programme in a statement faxed to newsroom stated that the accused is not their employee.The Deputy Country Director Operations for UNDP Kenya Thomas Ole-Kuyan said the suspect does not work for the agency in any capacity. "We do not have any records of the person who claimed to be an employee of UNDP. As a development focused agency we know the negative impact that drugs and drug cartels are having on human development and would like to commend the authorities for arresting the suspect," he said.He clarified that all UNDP staff travelling on international assignment use the blue United Nations passports as the principle document of travel and identification. Elsewhere, Court of appeal judge Erastus Githinji has disqualified himself from hearing an appeal filed by lawyer Stephen Kipkenda who is facing fraud charges at the anti-corruption court. The lawyer is accused of defrauding the National Social Security Fund of Sh8,071,724. According to Githinji, the court of appeal has no jurisdiction to interfere with cases at the lower courts. Kipkenda had moved to the court of appeal after high court judge Joyce Khaminwa failed to clear his name on the allegations. The accused is charged alongside former NSSF managing trustee Rachael Lumbasyo. And Mosee Mulii Kingoo, a teacher at Mwachande primary school in Kwale district was charged with defiling a 12 year old girl. It is alleged that he committed the alleged offence in April this year at Mavizini village, Msambweni district. He however pleaded not guilty to the charges and will remain in police custody.
PCEA Moderator is in London
Rt. Rev. David Riitho Gathanju the moderator of the PCEA 19th General Assembly is in London. The moderator arrived in London on Sunday 6th June, 2010 for a conference in London. He was be the guest speaker at the PCEA Outreach Church in London on Sunday 7th June, 2010. The will be visiting the offices of the Kenya High Commissioner on Friday 11th June 2010. Later on Friday afternoon he will addressing Kenyans in Reading, UK as from 2.00 p.m. Venue to be confirmed but for more information please contact Mr. Kinyanjui on 07883037656.On Saturday 12th June, 2010 shall be addressing Kenyans at the PCEA Church in Stratford, London, Brickfields Christian Centre, Welfare Road, Stratford, London E15 4HT as from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. His contact while in the UK is 074059622771.
US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in the country Monday evening for a three-day visit. Biden, the highest ranking US official to ever visit Kenya will Tuesday morning meet with key leaders, including Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga. Elaborate security measures have been put in place ahead of his visit. A statement from the American embassy said Biden who has arrived in Egypt together with his wife, Jill, will later in the afternoon visit the August 7th Memorial Park and lay a wreath. He is also scheduled to meet National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, and members of the Parliamentary Caucus on Reforms together with the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on reforms. "In addition to discussing a range of bilateral issues , The Vice President will also deliver a major speech underscoring the importance of the United States-Kenya relations at Kenyatta International Conference Centre" said the statement . The leaders will also discuss Kenya's great promise and the need to work together to meet regional challenges. Biden departs Thursday for South Africa where he will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup. US President Barack Obama On Thursday said he was sending his deputy, Biden to Kenya to convey his support for the constitutional process. He urged Kenyans to take advantage of the constitutional review process to ensure sound governance and robust institutions in the country. In the first ever exclusive interview with KBC, the US President said Kenya has immense potential to grow into an African powerhouse but blamed corruption and bad politics for the wanting state of affairs in the country. Obama who was speaking to KBC's Rachael Nakitare in an exclusive Oval Office interview on June 1st also promised to visit Kenya. President Obama urged Kenyans to participate in the referendum scheduled for August 4 calling it a "singular opportunity to put the government of Kenya on solid footing beyond ethnicity violence, corruption and towards economic prosperity". He hailed the leadership of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in having brought the review process this far and urged Kenyans to "take advantage of the moment".
US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in the country Monday evening where he will meet key leaders including President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga. He is also expected to push the realisation of a new constitution.
Mother and son learning to fly
As her mother Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe (below) learns how to fly in politics (see below), the son Cadet Ken Kangethe was also busy learning to fly with Gliding Squardron at Air Training Corps in Weathersfield, UK. Ken Kangethe (left) minutes before taking off the ground for his 5th flight was on scholarship course flying as from 29th May 2010 to 7th June 2010. On right the photo below Kangethe on air with his instructor.
Mother trying to fly in politics
Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe learning how to fly in politics as signs a visitor's book in the office of the Kenya High Commissioner H.E. Ephraim Ngare on Wednesday 2nd June, 2010
Cocaine valued at Sh85.6 million was seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and a Ugandan woman who claimed its ownership arrested. The woman, identified as Anne Birugi Bisaso, was posing as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry official when she was intercepted on Saturday night. Ms Bisaso, 40, had arrived from South Africa aboard South African Airways when detectives at the airport stopped her. Her passport showed she had started her journey from Peru, connected to Brazil then to South Africa before landing at JKIA. The 21.4kg of white cocaine was packaged in two black boxes, which had a UNDP logo and labelled diplomatic bag. The labels are believed to have enabled her evade detection at other international airports. Sources said the seizure was made after police were tipped off by a rival drug cartel operating in Nairobi, which claimed the haul was to end up here. Airport CID boss Joseph Ngisa said the woman told them she was to go with the drugs to Uganda by road. When police stopped her, the woman flushed out fake UNDP and ministry identification cards without knowing the officers had more information on her. On being interrogated, Bisaso could neither tell where UNDP was headquartered nor the name of Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister. Mr Ngisa said the woman is expected in court on Monday morning to face drug trafficking charges. Bisaso was co-operative with the police during interrogation. Her passport showed she has been a regular traveller to South America. In the city, police said they were looking for a Nigerian married to a Kenyan woman after intelligence showed he was the owner of the seized haul. This comes days after 50kg of hashish and bhang stuffed in a cargo that had arrived from South Africa were also found at the airport and two men arrested in connection with it later. The cargo of five kilos of hashish and 45 kilos of bhang was stuffed in 53 cartons and disguised as maize seeds. Police say cases of drug trafficking are on the rise but added it was becoming increasingly clear to drug lords that JKIA is no longer a safe transit point due to high presence of detectives. - The Standard.
"Harambee.... Harambee...Tuimbe pamoja"
High Commissioner and his wife Jane officially opened the floor
The Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Ephraim Ngare and his wife Mrs. Jane Ngare joined Kenya Kenya Nurses in the UK on Saturday 5th June, 2010 to celebrate 47th Madaraka Day in London. The function was organised by Kenya Nurses Association UK Chapter. The well attended ceremony was addresed by several guests including the High Commissioner and was concluded by dance which was officially opened by the Commissioner and his wife. While addressing the guests at the ceremony, the High Commissioner thanked the Kenya Nurses in the UK for making it possible for Kenyans in the UK to meet and celebrate the 47th Madaraka Day in London as one Kenyan family. The commissioner saluted all Kenyans living and working in UK on this auspicious occasion of Madaraka Day. "As you are all aware, Madaraka Day Commemorates an imortant milestone in our national history. On this day fourty seven (47) years ago, we assumed the responsibility of managing our internal affairs or self rule. This day should also serve as a wake up call to all Kenyans to re-new their commitment to carry forward the agenda of our founding fathers of building a free, just and prosperouos nation." the High Commissioner explained. On the background behind is the DJ of the day - DJ JOSH from Milton Keynes Tel: 07838 818994 or 07865 626646. More later.
Rachel Njeri comes out with another album
Gospel artist Rachel Njeri from Nottingham UK has come up with another gospel album entitled "Gûgakîhaana atîa?" This album which she has recorded it in Kenya is a combination of her old songs and several new ones. The original voice comined with the new technology the album wording is some to think about. It talks about how beautiful is heaven in one fo the tracks. To order a copy in UK you can contact 07985662539.
David Cameron will say Britain's economic problems are "even worse than we thought"
David Cameron will say Britain's economic problems are "even worse than we thought" as he sets out why he believes "painful" cuts are necessary. In a speech he will say how the £156bn deficit is tackled will affect "our economy, our society - indeed our whole way of life". The economy will dominate political debate ahead of the Budget on 22 June. Labour leader contenders David Miliband and Ed Balls attacked the coalition government for "broken promises". The government has already outlined plans for £6.2bn cuts this financial year - something the Lib Dems campaigned against before the election - saying action must be taken now to show Britain is serious about cutting the deficit. But Labour has argued that cuts too soon could jeopardise the economic recovery - Mr Balls said cuts in other European countries were "a really really dangerous and big mistake". But, according to pre-released extracts of a speech on Monday, Mr Cameron will say that the "massive deficit and growing debt" are the most urgent issues facing Britain.
He will say: "Today I want to set out for the country the big arguments that form the background to the inevitably painful times that lie ahead of us, why we need to do this, why the overall scale of the problem is even worse than we thought and why its potential consequences are therefore more critical than we feared." He will reiterate his argument that, without tackling the deficit, confidence in the British economy will take a hit which could risk pushing up interest rates and increasingly taxes will be used to pay interest on the national debt, rather than being spent on public services. Mr Cameron will say decisions are needed with "enormous implications" which cannot be ducked or got wrong, adding: "I want this government to carry out Britain's unavoidable deficit reduction plan in a way that strengthens and unites the country." He will say the government wants a "process to engage and involve the whole country in the difficult decisions that will have to be taken". Mr Cameron has already told the Sunday Times there was a "serious problem" with Labour's forecast of 3% growth in 2011. He indicated that there could be cuts to "welfare bills", public sector pay and "the bureaucracy that has built up over the past decade". His Lib Dem deputy, Nick Clegg, told the Observer the cuts would not mean a "repeat of the 1980s", adding: "We're going to do this differently". But he was attacked by David Miliband and Ed Balls for changing his position on cuts this year after agreeing to go into government with the Conservatives. Mr Miliband told the BBC: "I think there's breathtaking hypocrisy in the interview of Nick Clegg in the Observer today saying he's going to have progressive cuts, cuts that he argued against while he was campaigning." He said what had been described as efficiency savings including axing jobs and training guarantees for unemployed youngsters: "That is not waste that is being cut. The danger is we are wasting lives and we are repeating the mistakes of the 1980s." Mr Balls said the Lib Dems also appeared to be breaking commitments on education spending implied during coalition talks with Labour: "They are even breaking the promises they made after the election, let alone before."
Samuel na Virginia wafunga ndoa
A colourful wedding took place in London on Saturday 5th June, 2010 between Mr. Samuel Mwangi Maina and Miss Virginia Njeri. The ceremony took place at Holy Angels church, Cranford, near Heathrow Airport. A reception followed thereafter at Karahi Palace in Hounslow West. Left photo is Sam and Virginia signing their certificate and on right from right to left is Virginia's sister Betty Sam, Pastor Jane Njiiri, Virginia the bride, her aunt from Dallas US Mrs. Noel Mugo and Virginia's Lilian Kibona.
I lost him to my sister
“Trust no woman with your man. Many men are weak and always have an appetite for new servings.” These are some of the phrases I heard from a long interview with Janet * regarding her love experiences in the last four years. Janet turned 30 on Valentine’s Day (February 14) last year but unfortunately, it is also the day she learnt that the man she had introduced to her family in 2008 would not marry her, after all. “He invited me for lunch somewhere in Upper Hill and when I got there, I found my younger sister already sitting with him having a soft drink,” she says. To say that she was surprised would be an understatement because she had thought this was her day with “her man”. “I did not expect to be invited to sit down by my sister but I decided to downplay the whole setting because I did not want to spoil the day,” says Janet. A seat had been reserved for her, on the right hand side of her man. Two months later, by the time Easter came round, it was no longer a secret that her younger sister, 27, was more often with her man than herself. On two occasions, Janet found him already welcomed to the house they shared with the sister. In both instances, she (Janet) had invited the man only for him to come earlier than expected. During the Easter festivities, she was left in no doubt that there was something fishy going on behind her back between her sister and her boyfriend. - FULL STORY
More than 100,000 people have attended an open-air mass in the Polish capital Warsaw to beatify a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the former Communist secret police. On left, the Pope, who is in Cyprus, said Father Popieluszko's "zealous service and his martyrdom are a special sign of the victory of good over evil".
Rare stamp sells for £400,000 on Jersey
One of Britain's rarest stamps has been sold for £400,000 by a Jersey-based stamp dealer. The 1904 6d Pale Dull Purple (I.R. Official) was sold to an anonymous private buyer by Stanley Gibbons Investment. The stamp was issued on 14 March 1904, but was withdrawn almost immediately after issue. Only 19 sheets were ever printed and on withdrawal, almost all were destroyed. Director of Stanley Gibbons Investment, Keith Heddle, said: "The 6d I.R. Official is one of the most sought-after stamps in the world. "Understandably our client is thrilled to own such a unique and coveted piece." Stanley Gibbons Investment said the stamp was rare because it was issued on the same day as an order came into force withdrawing all official stamps from use.
A special cap funnelling oil from the Gulf of Mexico
A special cap funnelling oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill appears to be having some success, a US Coast Guard official has said. Adm Thad Allen said 6,000 barrels of oil were captured in the first 24 hours after the procedure commenced on Thursday. This represents between a third and a half of the estimated daily leakage since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank on 20 April, killing 11 workers. Adm Allen said BP hoped to increase the amount captured in the next few days. Speaking in Theodore, Alabama, he said the company was able to bring up 6,000 barrels of oil from the well in the "first full 24-hour cycle". Asked if the proceedure was working, he said: "Yes, with caveats." Adm Allen added that it was hoped that a higher collection rate could be achieved by closing vents in the containment cap over the next few days, as engineers managed to stabilise pressure in the well. On its twitter-feed, BP stated it had captured a total of 6,077 barrels of oil on Friday. The new figure exceeds rough estimates made on Friday suggesting the cap was funnelling the equivalent of 1,000 barrels a day. BP has previously stressed that the procedure has not been done before at this depth, and that there is no guarantee of success. Adm Allen also said that winds had pushed the slick closer to about 200 miles of coastline stretching from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Port St Joe in north-west Florida. Both BP and the US government have faced criticism over the spill, which has been described as the biggest environmental disaster in US history. In his weekly address on Saturday, US President Barack Obama promised to use all resources within his means to clean shores and help those whose livelihoods had been affected. He also said he would ensure BP would be financially accountable for the spill and that the company would pay out "every dime" they owed. He met residents of Louisiana on Friday, his third visit since the spill began. BP is also digging two relief wells which it hopes will provide a permanent solution to the leak - but they are not due to be completed until August. The estimates for the total amount of oil that has leaked since the spill began vary widely from 20 million to 45 million gallons.
Give me a new ID; I’m neither a man nor a woman
In school, he was male. But now she feels she is a woman, and this unusual gender transition facing the 26-year-old person is driving “him” mad. Andrew Mbugua’s voice, hair, and all other features are feminine, and her transitional condition has led to police harrassment and a stint in jail for alleged female impersonation although no charges were ever brought. She has dropped Andrew in favour of Audrey, which she feels doesn’t easily give away her gender. And she has written to the Registrar of Persons seeking new identification documents that explain the new traumatic sexual transformation that began when Andrew/Audrey was pursuing a university education. She is a transsexual; in this case a person identified at birth as a male who now feels she is a female. This makes it very difficult to determine the applicant’s “real” gender.
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, defines transsexualism as a condition in which an individual identifies with a physical sex that is not their biological one. It does not have to involved surgery but often involves treatment with male or female hormones. Until the Registrar of Persons issues Andrew/Audrey with new identification documents that indicate the transsexual sex status, Mbugua says she will continue to face discrimination. “I have written to the Registrar, and we hope he will respond,” Mbugua said, adding that if the request is not honoured, moving to court could be the next option. Admission of transsexualism can often attract rejection and stigma, which Mbugua says is not easy to overcome given the unfairness to which the individual is subjected. Dr Joseph Mwai, a Nakuru psychologist and medical doctor, says such cases do occur where the body produces and oversupply of male or female hormones. “It takes the affected person time to heal, and it’s only an experienced counsellor who can assist him or her,” he said. Mbugua, who comes from Ndumberi in Kiambu, was born and raised as a boy. While studying at Maseno University, he began to undergo a gender transition.
The unanticipated change has shattered the life of Audrey, who is now distressed and traumatised. At the age of 19, Audrey started to experience what she describes as discomfort with her own anatomy or what psychologists or psychiatrists call gender identity disorder. Fearing she might grow a beard, she began plaiting her hair and applying makeup, which confused people. On discovering her transsexual status, Audrey found it difficult to tell her parents and siblings. Her own father, she said, nearly collapsed on learning of her condition. In order to emerge from self-denial, Audrey has not only decided to go public about her condition but to become a transgender activist as well. She has established links with well-known American transgender activist Lynn Conway, a renowned computer scientist and an electrical engineer inventor, whose background is similar to Audrey’s. He was born in 1938 and raised as a boy in White Plains, New York. While struggling with life in a male’s role, Conway married and fathered two children. She only came to reveal her transsexual status in 1968, the same year she completed her transition to being a female and changed her name and identity. Unlike Conway, Audrey has been unable to complete her transition owing to what she describes as legal requirements and unfair policies in Kenya. – Sunday Nation.
More than 100 children have died of lead poisoning in Nigeria in recent weeks, health officials say. The number has been rising since March, when residents started digging illegally for gold in areas with high concentrations of lead. The victims were from several remote villages in the northern state of Zamfara. A total of 163 out of 355 cases of poisoning have proved fatal, a Nigerian health ministry official told Reuters. Dr Henry Akpan, the health ministry's chief epidemiologist, said: "[The victims] were digging for gold, but the areas also have large concentrations of lead." Health authorities have set up two camps in the area to treat people who are suffering symptoms of lead poisoning. The deaths were discovered during the country's annual immunisation programme, when officials realised there were virtually no children in several remote villages in the northern state, says the BBC's Abdullai Kaura Abubakar in Kaduna. Villagers said the children had died of malaria and it was only when a team from international aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers took blood tests from local people that the high concentrations of lead were discovered. Zamfara State had recently employed a Chinese company to mine gold in the area, adds our correspondent. But villagers had also attempted to capitalise by digging for the precious metal themselves - an illegal activity in Nigeria. It is likely locals became sick after lead removed during the process of refining gold ore contaminated local water systems, our correspondent says.
Arriving in London with a smile
Mrs. Noel Mugo well known in Dallas as Mama Carol is in London. Mrs. Njeri Mugo arrived in London on Friday 4th June 2010 for her niece wedding in Hounslow, West London. She lives in Dallas, USA where she has been a host to many Kenyans visiting Dallas. A few months ago she hosted a Kenyan bishop from UK and when the bishop came back from USA he had this to say: "that lady Mr. Seed, she is special in her own way." Her contact in UK is 07587073912.
OVERHEARD BY MR. SEED: "Ndokîra kîroko niî hoyaga Ngai ngîmûchokeria ngatho nî harîa anginyîtie and ihoya rîakwa inene kwî Ngai ndîmûhoya andeithie kûiganîra maûndû-inî mothe tondû andû aingî onamangîheo thî îno, matingî-iganîra." meaning "Whenever I wake up in the morning, I always thanks God for the far He has taken me. Again I always ask Him to help get satisfied with the little he has given me for many would not get satisfied even if you give them the whole world.." - Bishop Kamaru Muya, Elburgon, Nakuru, Kenya.
Bishop Samuel Muya's contact in the USA is 001-5086157632 and email email@example.com
NAKURU WIDOW OCCUPYING HER HOUSE IN JULY 2010
Help The Seeds family settle this widowed lady
The construction started on 15th September 2009
The house construction now remains roofing and plastering and this will make a difference to Mrs. Lucy Wanjiru Maina (right) - a mother of six
It all started in a fellowship in London several years ago. A visiting preacher from Nakuru, Kenya was preaching in a Kenyan family house in London where they had lost their parent in Kenya. As the preacher was preaching she narrated the meaning of the word "poverty". "You people, you don't know what poverty is. When I talk about poverty you might not exactly understand but I can narrate what poverty is all about with an example of a widowed lady who was left by the husband with 6 children. The children do not go to school and the family is like nomads. They have been evicted from their rented houses for more than 9 times. They rent house, at the end of the month they cannot afford to pay the rent hence they are evicted. You are evicted until you don't know which estate you belong." the preacher explained. After the fellowship Pastor Jane Njiiri, the wife of Mr. Seed, enquired from the preacher about the woman and her where abouts. She contacted the lady and immediately she started to educate her children. It has been all along the desire of Pastor Njiiri and her family to build a home for this poor widow to make a difference in her life. Whenever Mr. Seed's family are in Kenya they always contact the lady who always join them in their family tour and she has become like a part of their family.
If you would like to help her in any way please contact her through
Mrs. Lucy Wanjiru Maina on 0727307672 - FULL STORY
HOUSEHOLD GOODS NEEDED FOR THE THREE BEDROOMS HOUSE
You can donate whatever you like AND the Seeds family will buy whatever will not be donated.
1) 4 BEDS (4 x 6 @ KShs. 7,000 each) - 4 MATTRESS @ KShs. 5,000 each
2) 2 SOFA SETS @ Kshs. 20,000 each
3) Cooker (gas) Cylinder @ KShs. 5,000 – Cooker KShs. 4,000
4) Cooking Sufurias (8)
5) Cups - 1 dozen
6) Plates - 1 dozen
7) Glass (water) - 1 dozen
8) Blankets (10)
(9) Bed sheets (10)
(10) KPLC Power connection from main (KShs. 42,000) we have done all the wiring)
(11) Coffee table (3)
(12) Spoons (table and tea) - 1 dozen of each
(13) Wardrobe (2)
(14) Table and 6 chairs (for children study)
(15) Kettle - one electric and one ordinary one)
(16) Sugar dish, salt holder, knifes,
(17) Radio (1) old or new
(18) Television set (1) Old or new
(19) Stools (6)
(20) Cooking pan (1) Toaster (1) new or used
Whatever someone is touched to donate is highly welcomed. The Bible says in Proverbs 19: 17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Mr. Seed - London
www.misterseed.com - firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 07951220695.
NEW BRISTOL OFFICE LOCATION
Kesom Freight International Limited are pleased to announce the opening of their OWN office in Bristol.
Kesom Freight International Ltd,
Next to Beauty Queen Cosmetics
229-231 Stapleton Road
Office Tel: 0117 951 6161
This office can offer a full Freight forwarding service, including Imports, Exports by air & sea worldwide plus receiving & handling of cargo for our KENYAN consolidation service
IKO NINI BWANA SEED ARCHIVE