Kenyan heroine Wangari Maathai
WORD OF TODAY
John 5:39 - (Bible in Basic English)
Frequent encounters with God!
Here are two compelling reasons for saturating your mind in the Scriptures: 1) To know who God is. One day in school, a little girl was asked by her art teacher what she was drawing. 'A picture of God,' she replied. The teacher said, 'But nobody's ever seen Him.' Confidently the little girl replied, 'They will when I'm finished!' Till Jesus came, all we had were glimpses of God. Then Jesus announced, 'He that hath seen me hath seen the Father' (John 14:9). If you want to know who God is, what He thinks and how He acts, start spending more time with Jesus. 2) To know who you are. When God called Moses to deliver Israel, Moses told God two things: a) 'When I...say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say...?'...God said to Moses...'say...I AM has sent me to you' (Exodus 3:13-14 NKJV). In order to know who you are you must know who God is; then you'll have credibility, confidence, direction and purpose b) 'But suppose they will not believe me'... So the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' He said, 'A rod.' And He said, 'Cast it on the ground.' So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent' (Exodus 4:1-3 NKJV). Moses already had what he needed, he just didn't recognise it or know how to use it until God showed him. Getting the idea? In order to know who you are and who God is, you must have frequent encounters with Him. Tembea na Bwana Yesu, ndio imjue
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Mungiki massacres a mere theory, says DC
A District Commissioner who served in Naivasha during the 2007-2008 period when Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura is accused of having ordered the police to stand aside and watch as Mungiki massacred people took to the witness box on Monday, and dismissed the allegations as rumours. Lucas Katee Mwanza, who is now serving as the DC in Kilifi told the ICC judges that he did not see any Mungiki in Naivasha and “I could even have arrested them if I saw them.” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo has accused the Head of the Civil Service of having invited and hosted a gang of Mungiki’s at State House in Nairobi from where armed them with guns and machetes before deploying them to Naivasha kill people, in one of his spirited attempts to keep President Mwai Kibaki in power after the 2007 general elections. Led in his defence by one of Muthaura’s lawyers Essa Faal, Mwanza testified that he did not see strangers wearing AP uniforms in Naivasha at the time of the violence, other than real APs and other security agencies who were part of a team he deployed to quell chaos.
Q: Did you see people wearing AP uniforms in Naivasha at the time.
A: I did not see them, in fact I could have arrested them if I saw them.
Q: Did you see strange people carrying guns
A: No I didn’t see them at all.
Q: Did you see the members of the Mungiki in Naivasha attacking people?
A: No Mungiki do not have labels, you wouldn’t know who is a Mungiki.
Q: Were members of the Mungiki ferried to attack people in Naivasha?
A: I don’t think any Mungiki were ferried. We could have easily known because we had intelligence. We could have arrested them. Mwanza’s testimony before the ICC judges was immediately put to test when the prosecution provided evidence showing that the then Naivasha police chief Willy Lugusa had actually testified to the Commission Investigating the Post Election Violence (CIPEV) that he had intelligence reports that there were impending attacks in Naivasha. Mwanza had told the court that the district security intelligence committee which he chaired at the time did not receive any prior information of looming violence. He told the court that the violence in Naivasha was spontaneous. In his testimony, Mwanza also told the court that he did not receive any orders from any authority to stand aside and watch as strangers who were members of the Mungiki meted violence on the people. “I didn’t receive orders from anybody. And from the best of my knowledge none of my officers received such orders and in any case, for us to stand aside so that Kenyans can kill each other, not at all. This cannot happen,” the DC testified and told the court how he and other top security chiefs in the region responded to quell the violence, often ordering police to use tear gas and clubs to disperse mobs.
“On 28 [of December 2007] there was a lot of tension in Naivasha but much of the violence took place on 27th. We said we have to use teargas, clubs and police swung into action because the mobs were throwing stones at the police,” the DC said of the more than 5,000 people demonstrating in the town. He said communities mainly the Kikuyus, Luos and Luhyas were charging at one another and they had to disperse them. “After sometime I also returned to Naivasha town and houses had already burnt in the highway with some people there. We arrested several people at least I was informed some were identified and we arrested 150 or thereabout and they were put in the cells,” Mwanza said as he recalled how the violence broke out in the town. He said some of the demonstrators were complaining that they had been robbed by prison officers while others had been beaten “and they were saying all sort of things.” “We had to swing into action. We told the police officers to clear the people out of the streets and people must go back to their houses,” he said of the action security forces took at the time of the violence. He acknowledged responsibility in the management and deployment of Administration Police officers in his district and informed the court that the area police chief was solely in charge of the regular police. - CapitalFM
"GOOD BYE MY BROTHER"
The late George Mwaura Mungai of Kanyariri (right) photo was taken in Kenya several months ago together with his sisters who were keen to listen to him. They came from different homes but they had one thing in common - their mother had shown them which colours to wear at certain times of the year. The late George Mwaura Mungai of Kanyariri succumbed to lung cancer. He is son to Julius Mungai (Late) and Margaret Mungai, husband to Saweriah Mwaura, father to Brian, Wairimu and Nyadia and brother to Njambi Mutura (from Scotland) and others. Family and friends are meeting daily at his family home in Kanyariri, Kenya and Hamilton, Scotland. The funeral ceremony will be held on 30th of September at the ACK St Joseph Kanyariri Church at 11.00pm, and thereafter at his home for his resting place. Prayers in Hamilton will conclude on the 26/09/11. Thanking all our friends and family for the great support, prayers and financial assistance. For more information please contact, Mumbi: 07882284100 or Mutura: 07423773883.
Shipwreck of SS Gairsoppa reveals £150m silver haul
A team of shipwreck explorers has discovered the largest known haul of precious metals ever found in the sea. Odyssey Marine Exploration located the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa in international waters, around 300 miles off the coast of Ireland. The British cargo ship was sunk by a German U Boat in February 1941 while in operation as part of the war effort. It was torpedoed two months after leaving India with its cargo. The vessel had run low on fuel and became separated from the rest of its convoy when it was spotted by the Germans. Only one of the 32 crew who managed to escape in lifeboats survived. It is believed it was carrying more than seven million ounces of silver, worth £600,000 according to the valuation at the time. That is £132m at today's prices. The wreck is 4,700 metres (2.92 miles) below the surface. Video and photo footage of the Gairsoppa were obtained by the team after sending a remotely operated vehicle to the wreck. Neil Cunningham Dobson, Odyssey's Principal Marine Archaeologist, said: "Even though records indicate that the lifeboats were launched before the ship sank, sadly most of her crew did not survive the long journey to shore. "By finding this shipwreck, and telling the story of its loss, we pay tribute to the brave merchant sailors who lost their lives." The contract to recover the wreck was awarded to Odyssey by the government in 2010. As part of the deal, the company will retain 80% of the value of the silver recovered. - VIDEO
After 3 years, Boeing Dreamliner becomes reality
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing's long-awaited dream machine became a commercial reality on Sunday when the lightweight plastic-composites 787 Dreamliner was formally delivered to its first Japanese customer. Boeing says the revolutionary carbon fibre design will hand 20 percent fuel savings to airlines struggling to avoid a new recession, and give passengers a more comfortable ride with better cabin air and large electronically dimmable windows. The first $200 million aircraft was handed over to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars. "It took a lot of hard work to get to this day," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, at the outset of two days of celebrations at the plane's Seattle production plant. The blue and white-painted long-range aircraft, which boasts a graceful new design with raked wingtips, will leave for Japan on Tuesday and enter service domestically on October 26. Boeing has taken orders for 821 Dreamliners, which will compete with the future Airbus A350, due in 2013.
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Rent-a-friend in Japan
In Japan, now back in recession, the economic situation has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent months. But the Japanese still like to use their money to have fun, as Duncan Bartlett has been finding out. Lola - or Rora - to give her a slightly more Japanese pronunciation - is a beauty and she knows it. Customers pay by the hour for her company. Usually they just want to stroke her, but as a special treat for favoured clients, she will lie back in a chair, close her eyes and pose for photographs. Lola is a Persian cat who works at the Ja La La Cafe in Tokyo's bustling Akihabara district. It is one of a growing number of Cat Cafes in the city which provide visitors with short but intimate encounters with professional pets. When I called, there were 12 felines and seven customers, mostly single men. One man, in his early 30s, was attempting to bond with an Oriental Longhair by means of a rubber mouse. Yutsuke, who speaks with a lisp, is normally rather shy with people. He longs for a cat of his own but frequent business trips make that difficult. Besides, he lives alone, so the Ja La La is his solution to the problem.
The right pet
It costs about £8 ($10) an hour to spend time in a Cat Cafe. If felines do not appeal, other establishments will rent you a rabbit, a ferret or even a beetle. There are more than 150 companies in Tokyo which are licensed to hire out animals of various kinds and although beetles may be cheap, dogs are much more popular. First you pay a deposit and a hire fee. Then you are issued with a leash, some tissues and a plastic bag and given some advice on how to handle your new friend. Kaori is a pretty waitress who regularly spends her Sunday afternoons with a Labrador. They go for a walk in the park if the weather is fine, or if it is wet they just snuggle up in front of the TV in her apartment. "When I look into his eyes, I think he's my dog," Kaori told me. "But when I take him back to the shop, he runs away from me and starts wagging his tail when he sees the next customer. That's when I know he's only a rental dog."
Every need considered
Of course, it is not only animals whose loyalties can be decided by money, as people who work in Japan's vast entertainment business will testify. The industry offers an enormous variety of opportunities to exchange money for company. Very popular at the moment is the Campus Cafe, where men go to socialise with female university students. It is cheaper than the upscale hostess clubs in which businessmen and politicians drink whisky with women in kimonos, although that is a business which is in crisis because of the recession. Only a small proportion of the trade involves sex. Most hostesses are flatterers not prostitutes and customers come to find comfort in their words, not in their arms. One specialist agency is known as Hagemashi Tai, which translates as I Want To Cheer Up Limited. It rents relatives. Actors are despatched to play the part of distant relations at weddings and funerals. For an extra fee, they will even give a speech. But the firm's services do not stop there. It can also provide temporary husbands to single mothers who want them. The website says the "dad" will help the children with their homework. He will sort out problems with the neighbours. He will take the kids to a barbeque or to a park. He could also appear at the daunting interview with a nursery school head teacher which parents are required to endure in order to persuade the principal to give their child a good start in life.
Cry for help
There is a service for women who are about to wed too. Apparently, they can practise for married life with a hired husband, although whether this involves seduction or sock washing is not exactly clear. And if things are not working out with a real husband, a woman considering a divorce may choose to hire a "mother" in order to discuss her marital anxieties. Mr M O from Shizuoka near Mount Fuji called upon the services of I Want To Cheer Up Ltd because he needed a father. Mr M O has been blind since birth and had a number of concerns that he felt he could not speak to others about. "I kept it all inside and couldn't deal with the criticisms that had been directed at me by my parents and teachers," he testified. After some discussion, the company sent an older man to have dinner with him. "Usually I can't open up when I meet someone for the first time but on that occasion, I felt I was really talking with a normal father. I'll use the service again," he said. Loneliness is a problem faced by many people on these crowded islands. But the Japanese are prone to believe that, in the right circumstances, money can turn a stranger into a friend... at least for a couple of hours.
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Spend time with friends
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Drink lots of water
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Opt for home-grown produce
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Have a bath
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If you regularly get less than eight hours sleep a night, getting more shut-eye could be one of the best (and cheapest) steps to improving your health. Not only can sufficient sleep help you live longer, boost memory and improve heart health, but lack of sleep has been proven to increase appetite, leading to weight gain, increased junk food consumption and more expensive shopping bills.
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Tattoos: Should people test-drive them first?
As tattooing becomes ever more popular and mainstream, how can people ensure they don't end up getting one that they later feel they have to painfully remove? Joe Munroe says he will never regret his tattoo. Black ink meanders across his forehead, snaking its way to his cheeks, ears and down, covering his whole body. "It made my mum cry," he says. But he has no second thoughts. Neither does Roni, 7ft tall in platform boots and resplendent in purple frills. She says she tattooed her own eyeballs. The whites of her eyes are now jet-black. "It didn't hurt that much," she says, blinking. - VIDEO
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Canadian escape artist Dean Gunnarson is lifted by a crane while tied up in a straight jacket and with the rope on fire during a Royal Melbourne Show preview at the Melbourne Showgrounds on 23 September in Melbourne, Australia. On right members of Indian Army engineering wing help a Buddhist monk descend a huge landslide following Sunday's 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Phengla around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Gangtok, in Sikkim, India, on 20 September 2011. Thousands of homeless villagers in the Himalayas spent a miserable night outdoors in heavy rain after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and rescuers struggled to reach victims in the mountains of India, Nepal.
Inheritance battle: Two families clash over Bishop Gaitho's estate
The family of the late Archbishop Samson Gaitho of the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) is engaged in a bitter row over property left behind by the deceased. The first wife’s children stormed the home of the second wife in Ruiru demanding a title deed for a farm where their mother lives. Bishop Gaitho’s eldest daughter Susan Mwangi said since the death of their father in July, the family had sought for the title deed from the younger wife in vain. “The second wife who was married when I had four children and she five has a farm complete with a title deed. Why can’t my mother also get her right? All the title deeds are in her (second wife) house and that’s all we want,” the distraught daughter said. Police had to intervene to calm the emotional family of Rebecca Wangare, the Bishop’s first wife, with her nine children. Area Chief Joses Mtwiga said the process to entrust the property of the deceased Bishop between the two families had already began “We are trying to unite the two families so that the law is used to divide the estate of the deceased. They cannot do it by fighting,” he said. The late Archbishop succumbed to prostrate cancer in July, barely two weeks after handing over the top seat at the age of 76. In his 12-year service as head of the Church, the late Archbishop Gaitho initiated many development projects including the AIPCA Theological College in Kamulu. He had also actively participated in the interfaith Ufungamano initiative during the agitation for a new Constitution and also served as a commissioner and councillor in the Nairobi City Council. The late Gaitho voluntarily stepped down as the leader of the AIPCA on health grounds and peacefully oversaw the handover to the new office.
The life and times of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). She subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966). Professor Maathai pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where she also taught veterinary anatomy. She became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region. Professor Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman from 1981-87. In 1976, while she was serving the National Council of Women, Professor Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting.
With the organization which became known as the Green Belt Movement Professor Maathai has assisted women in planting more than 40 million trees on community lands including farms, schools and church compounds. In 1986 the Green Belt Movement (GBM) established a Pan African Green Belt Network that has exposed many leaders of other African countries to its unique approach. Some of these individuals have established similar tree planting initiatives in their own countries using the methods taught to improve their efforts. Countries that have successfully launched such initiatives in Africa include Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and others. In September 1998, Professor Maathai became co-chair of the Jubilee 2000 Africa Campaign, which seeks debt cancellation for African countries. Her campaign against land grabbing and rapacious allocation of forest lands gained international attention in recent years. Professor Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. She has addressed the UN on several occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit.
She served on the commission for Global Governance and the Commission on the Future. She and the Green Belt Movement have received numerous awards, most notably the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Other awards include the Disney Conservation Award (2006), the Paul Harris Fellow (2005), the Sophie Prize (2004), the Petra Kelly Prize for Environment (2004), the Conservation Scientist Award (2004), J. Sterling Morton Award (2004), WANGO Environment Award (2003), Outstanding Vision and Commitment Award (2002), Excellence Award from the Kenyan Community Abroad (2001), Golden Ark Award (1994), Juliet Hollister Award (2001), Jane Adams Leadership Award (1993), Edinburgh Medal (1993), UN's Africa Prize for Leadership (1991), Goldman Environmental prize (1991), the Woman of the World (1989), Windstar Award for the Environment (1988), Better World Society Award (1986), Right Livelihood Award (1984) and the Woman of the Year Award (1983). Professor Maathai was listed 6th in the Environment Agency (UK) peer review of the world's Top 100 Eco-Heroes. She was also included in UNEP's Global 500 Hall of Fame and named one of the 100 heroines of the world. In June 1997, Professor Maathai was elected by Earth Times as one of 100 persons in the World who have made a difference in the environmental arena. In 2005, Professor Maathai was honored by Time Magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world, and by Forbes Magazine as one of 100 most powerful women in the world. Professor Maathai has also received honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions around the world: Williams college (1990), Hobart & William Smith Colleges (1994), University of Norway (1997), Yale University (2004), Willamette College (2005), University of California at Irvine (2006), and Morehouse University (2006).
The Green Belt Movement and Professor Maathai are featured in several publications including: Speak Truth to Power (Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, 2000), Women Pioneers for the Environment (Mary Joy Breton, 1998), Hopes Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, 2002), Una Sola Terra: Donna I Medi Ambient Despres de Rio (Brice Lalonde et al, 1998), Land Ist Leben (Bedrohte Volker, 1993. Dr. Maathai has also written two books of her own: an autobiography, Unbowed, and an explanation of her organizational method, The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. In December 2002, Professor Maathai was elected to Kenya's parliament with an overwhelming 98 percent of the vote. In 2005 Professor Maathai was elected the Presiding Officer of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ECOSOCC was formed to advise the African Union on issues related to the African civil society. Dr. Maathai was also honored with an appointment as Goodwill Ambassador to the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem, where she serves in an advocacy role for the region's conservation and protection. In April 2006, the President of France, Mr. Jacques Chirac honoured Professor Maathai with France's highest honour, Legion d'Honneur. Also in 2006, Professor Maathai founded the Nobel Women's Initiative with her sister Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan. In 2007 Professor Maathai was invited to be co-chair of the Congo Basin Fund initiated by the UK government to help protect the Congo Forests.
2010: Earth Hall of Fame, Kyoto (Japan)
2009: Earth Hall of Fame, Kyoto (Japan)
2009: Humanity 4 Water Award for Outstanding Commitment 2 Action
2009: The Order of the Rising Sun, Japan
2009: Judge, 2009 Geotourism Challenge, National Geographic, USA
2009: NAACP Chairman's Award , USA
2008: Dignitas Humana Award, St John's School of Theology, USA
2008: Cinema Verite, Honorary President, France
2008: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Honorary Fellowship, UK
2007: The Nelson Mandela Award for Health & Human Rights, South Africa
2007: The Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, India
2007: Cross of the Order of St Benedict, Benedictine College, Kansas, USA
2007: World Citizenship Award, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
2006: The Indira Gandhi International Award for Peace, Disarmament & Development, India
2006: Premio Defensa Medio Ambiente, Club Internacional De Prensa, Spain
2006: 6th in 100 Greatest Eco-Heroes of All Time, The Environment Agency, UK
2006: Medal for Distinguished Achievement, University of Pennsylvania, USA
2006: Woman of Achievement Award from the American Biographical Institute Inc., USA
2006: The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights,
Milele(Lifetime) Achievement Award
2006: Legion D'Honneur, Government of France
2006: The IAIA Global Environment Award,
International Association for Impact Assessment, Norway
2006: Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund Award, USA
2006: World Citizenship Award
2005: New York Women's Century Award, New York Women's Foundation, USA
2005: One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World: Time magazine, USA
2005: One of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World: Forbes magazine, USA
2004: Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Norway
2004: Sophie Prize, the Sophie Foundation, Norway
2004: Elder of the Golden Heart, Republic of Kenya
2004: Petra Kelly Environment Prize, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany
2004: J. Sterling Morton Award, Arbor Day Foundation, USA
2004: Conservation Scientist Award,
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, USA
2003: Elder of the Burning Spear, Republic of Kenya
2003: WANGO Environment Award,
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations , USA
2002: Outstanding Vision and Commitment Award, Bridges to Community, USA
2001: Excellence Award, Kenyan Community Abroad, USA
2001: The Juliet Hollister Award, Temple of Understanding, USA
1997: One of 100 in the World Who've Made a Difference in the Environment:
Earth Times, USA
1995: International Women's Hall of Fame,
International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation, USA
1994: The Order of the Golden Ark Award, the Netherlands
1993: The Jane Addams Leadership Award, Jane Addams Conference, USA
1993: The Edinburgh Medal, Medical Research Council, Scotland
1991: The Hunger Project's Africa Prize for Leadership, United Nations, USA
1991: Global 500 Hall of Fame: United Nations Environment Programme, USA
1991: The Goldman Environmental Prize, the Goldman Foundation, USA
1990: The Offeramus Medal, Benedictine College, USA
1989: Women of the World Award, WomenAid, UK
1988: The Windstar Award for the Environment, Windstar Foundation, USA
1986: Better World Society Award, USA
1984: Right Livelihood Award, Sweden
1983: Woman of the Year Award
Nobel peace laureate Wangari dies in Nairobi
Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai (left) is dead, and on the right, the Chairman's award recipients, former US Vice President Al Gore, and Kenya's Wangari Maathai, pose at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 12, 2009. The NAACP is celebrating 100 years.
Prof Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine, has died in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer. She was 71. The environmentalist and politician died at the Nairobi Hospital at around 10pm on Sunday, officials at her Greenbelt Movement organisation told Nation.co.ke. (SEE In Pictures: Wangari Maathai). Prof Maathai will be remembered for her fight against the Moi regime's attempts to build a 60-storey building at Uhuru Park, at the centre of Nairobi city. She next took on powerful individuals in the Moi government who had hived off parts of the Karura forest in the outer fringes of the city. She also joined mothers of political prisoners in a hunger strike in a quest to force then President Moi to free them. (READERS' SAY: Share your Wangari Maathai quotes). The environmentalist later joined politics and was in 2002 elected the Member of Parliament for Tetu, Nyeri District and served as an Assistant Minister in President Kibaki's first government. Known for her love for trees, Prof Maathai was in 2004 awarded the Nobel peace prize for her conservation efforts. She was also a celebrated academic having been the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. - Daily Nation
A KENYAN MAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN GEORGIA, USA
A Kenyan man has passed away in Marietta Georgia, USA. The late Moses Gathambiri Wanyeki of Marietta Georgia after a long illness. He was husband to "Mama Wanyeki", father to Wanyeki, Ndegwa and Grace, brother to Mary Wanyeki, Gladys Wanyeki 'Nyagus', Jon 'baba' and Muthoni Wanyeki (all of Atlanta, GA). He was son to Mrs. Grace Wanyeki, Deputy Mayor of Nyeri Town. There will be a fundraiser at KACC, 771 Elberta Dr, Marietta, GA 30066 today September 25th, 2011 at 2:00pm. Prayer meetings will be held daily at his home from 7-9pm on 1049 Powers Ferry Road, #2602, Marietta. Further arrangements will be communicated as they become available. For more info. please call Nyagus 404.604.8843, Jon 'Baba' 404.964.3894 or Kimani Karangu 678.525.4377.
REV. AMOS N. NG'ANG'A IS IN LONDON
Rev. Amos N. Ng'ang'a (left) is in London. The co-ordinator of Civil Aviation Chaplaincy of Kenya is a guest of Rev. Kibathi of PCEA UK Outreach. He is a Chaplain at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi. His mission is to show God's Presence at the Kenya Airports. He helps many Kenyans when they send dead bodies back to Kenya. He has a company to send goods from Kenya to UK and other parts of the Diaspora. More about this coming he can be of great to Kenyans abroad. Posing with him is Rev. Kibathi and his wife (centre and far right). His contact in UK is 07552063241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenya's Patrick Makau breaksmarathon world record in Berlin
Patrick Makau celebrates a win in a past race. Makau broke the world record after winning the Berlin Marahon on Sunday 25th September, 2011.
• Makau breaks Haile Gebrselassie's record with time of 2:03.38
BERLIN, Sep 25 – Kenya’s Patrick Makau set a new world record in the marathon here on Sunday winning the Berlin Marathon in an official time of 2hr 03min 38sec. The 26-year-old defending champion smashed the old mark of 2hr 03:59 set by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie in the same race in 2008. Gebrselassie had a torrid time failing to finish, just as he did in New York last November, after being prominent up to the 35km mark. Makau led home a Kenyan 1-2-3 with one of the six designated pacemakers for the event Stephen Kwelio Chemlany taking second in 2hr 07:55 while Edwin Kimaiyo was third finishing in 2hr 09:50. Makau upped the pace dramatically at the 27km mark which left Gebrselassie trailing.
The Ethiopian, 38, was clearly in trouble and stopped briefly on the side of the route visibly exhausted before resuming but his race was up and just as in New York – where he was so disappointed he announced he was retiring – did not have the power to finish. Gebrselassie had vowed before this race that he wanted to post a really fast time here to obtain his qualifying time for the next year’s Olympics in London. Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat later won the women’s race in only her second race over the distance. The 24-year-old – whose previous effort had seen her fail to finish in Boston in April – timed 2hr 19 min 43 sec. Kiplagat came home ahead of Germany’s Irina Mikitenko, winner here in 2008, while there was an impressive return for third-placed world record holder Paula Radcliffe of England, who was running her first marathon in almost two years. – CapitalFM. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Pictured are Bridgette and Brad Jordan. Bridgette is a 27-inch college student who was identified by Guinness World Records as the world's shortest woman. Brad, her younger brother, is 38-inches tall and the pair were designated as the world's shortest living siblings by Guinness. On right a man removes snow in the Austrian village of Steinach am Brenner, 20 km (12 miles) south of Innsbruck on 19 September 2011. The province of Tyrol experienced unseasonably cold weather conditions on Monday.
BURIAL FOR THE LATE MARTHA ON WEDNESDAY
The burial for the late Martha Nyaruiru Gakonde takes place on Wednesday 28th September, 2011 in Basildon, Essex, UK. The burial at the cemetery will start at 11.00 a.m. at Pitsea Cemetery - cemetery & crematoria, Basildon, Essex, SS13 2DX. The cemetery (also known as Basildon Crematorium) is to be found on Church Road north of Bowers Marshes and is approached from the London Road east of Pitsea. Church road crosses over the A13. The service at the church will follow at 1.30 at Emmanuel Church next to The Rectory, 40, Laindon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM12 9LD. The Rectory: 01277 658055 and Emmanuel Office: 01277 632120.
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Hello Sunshine! Temp In Britain To Hit 27C
Britain is in for the warmest start to autumn since 1985 - with temperatures expected to hit 27C. Forecasters predict balmy weather lasting for several days, with temperatures in the mid-20s into October. The south and east of the country should benefit the most, with temperatures up to 27C, compared with an average maximum of 16.1C for September. Sky meteorologist Dr Chris England said high pressure over all of Britain should lead to a build-up in temperatures over the course of the week. "We could be in for some very warm weather," Dr England said. "Things should hot up from Monday onwards." The Met Office has said next weekend's first days of October are expected to be the hottest since 1985. That year saw the warmest October temperature ever recorded - a freak reading of 29.4C (84.9F) at March, Cambridgeshire, on October 1. The sunny weather will be a welcome respite from the windy and wet conditions which have dominated for the past few weeks across much of the UK.
She is proof that education does open many doors
JOYCE NYANJONG, 53, is a first in many aspects - from being the first girl in her village to do A-levels, to being the first female principal of Kisumu National Polytechnic. She is proof that education does open many doors. She spoke to ANDERSON OJWANG. When I received my letter of appointment as the Principal of Kisumu National Polytechnic from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), I knew time had come for me to prove that women also have what it takes to run such national institutions. I knew it was not going to be a simple challenge because, in the history of management of the institution, I was (and still is) the first woman principal. I knew I had to pitch for women in the management of national polytechnics. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Kenyans living in U.S. pay tribute to Kibaki
Kenyans living in the United States of America have paid glowing tribute to President Mwai Kibaki for his visionary leadership which has seen the country achieve tremendous growth in all sectors of the economy. In a banquet with the President in New York City, the Kenyan community in US reaffirmed their loyalty to the nation and expressed their gratitude to the President for fulfilling his promise of ushering Kenya into a new constitutional dispensation which enabled Kenyans in diaspora to have dual citizenship. Acknowledging that the new Constitution guaranteed their democratic right of participating in their country's electoral process also, the ecstatic Kenyans pledged to increase their remittances back home so as to join hands with other citizens back home in catapulting the nation to the next level of development. Speakers during the function enumerated various development achievements under the leadership of President Kibaki particularly the ongoing nationwide infrastructural expansion which they noted would make the country a preferred investment destination. In his address, President Kibaki urged Kenyans in the United States and other parts of the world to fully support efforts geared towards national renewal and to take up emerging lucrative investment opportunities in the country. Said the President, "When you are through with what you are doing here please come back home quickly otherwise you will find those good areas of investment gone." Saying Kenyans are hard working people, President Kibaki noted that since the inception of the Free Education programme, Kenyans have realized that it is possible to initiate many projects which will impact their lives positively. He assured that model schools known as centres of excellence are being built in all constituencies along side model health facilities.
The President, however, cautioned Kenyans against complacency saying they should not dwell on what has been achieved in the past but rather come up with fresh ideas which will move the country to the next level of development. He further emphasized that currently the country has several ongoing and complete road projects in all parts of the country including the most remote areas. On the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPSSET), President Kibaki said the new corridor will transform Kenya tremendously and at the same time serve the landlocked neighbouring nations of Ethiopia and South Sudan. In this connection President Kibaki urged Kenyans in diaspora to read and seek more information about their motherland which will enable them to identify areas of investment. On the new Constitution, the Head of State said the cabinet had already approved 27 bills which underpin smooth implementation of the new set of laws. On the South Sudan, President Kibaki expressed hope that any outstanding issues would be peaceably addressed to enable the new nation embark on the path of development and prosperity. Others speakers were ministers Moses Wetangula, Wyclife Oparanya, Chirau Mwakwere, Beth Mugo, Noah Wekesa, assistant minister Richard Onyonka and Rangwe Member of Parliament Martin Ogindo. Also present were Kenyan Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States of America Elkana Odembo and Head of the United Nations office to the African Union Ambassador Zachary Muburi Muita, among other senior Government officials.
WORD OF TODAY
Psalm 112:1 - (Bible in Basic English)
To live in God's blessings
Psalm 112 is a description of what it means to live in God's blessings. The first verse is the door through which you must walk in order to receive them. 'Blessed is the man who fears [trusts in, honours and obeys] the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands [takes pleasure in what God says, then does it].' Now, when you see what God offers to such people you'll want to rush into the next verses. But you can't, you must qualify! This verse is the price tag; check it carefully. You can't do anything to earn God's love but you must obey Him to live in His blessings and when you qualify, here's the payoff: 'His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn [name] will be lifted high in honour' (Psalm 112: 2-9 NIV). That's what it means to live in God's blessings.
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"WE WANT YOU TO NAIL THEM"
Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Kenyans who came out to express support for the cases at the International Criminal Court, after Day 2 of the confirmation of charges hearings at The Hague, Netherlands. - The Standard.
Proceedings at the International Criminal Court took an interesting direction as the names of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga came to the fore. For the first time, President Kibaki explained to the court —through a statement — the purpose of a State House meeting in the run-up to the 2007 General Election and dismissed the prosecution’s claim that it was a Mungiki gathering. Raila’s name has been dragged into the proceedings by defence teams, which say the violence following the disputed presidential election was sparked by his claim of poll rigging and the call for mass action. President Kibaki of PNU was declared the winner but the ODM leader, then his main opponent, also claimed victory. At least 1,300 people were killed and more than 600,000 displaced in the violence, which is now the subject of the two cases on crimes against humanity. Although the two principals are not the subject of ICC proceedings, it is now clear that the war which was waged in their names has come back to haunt them. Observers say the negative publicity is not good for a President in the sunset of his term and a candidate campaigning to succeed him. In the first case, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang are accused of plotting attacks against perceived PNU supporters in Rift Valley. In the second, Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former police chief Hussein Ali are alleged to have organised retaliatory attacks against perceived ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru towns. - Sunday Standard.
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Surging waves hit against the breakwater in Udono in a port town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, Wednesday 21 September. A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast Wednesday, approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people. On right Fernando Cruz Vega, a 3-year-old boy who was born without arms, draws in a room at the shanty town of Libertad in Comas on Wednesday. Deysi Vega, Fernando's mother, has travelled from Mollobamba in the jungles of Peru to Lima to seek medical help and rehabilitation therapies for her son.
BISHOP JEREMIAH PALLANGYO IS IN UK
Bishop Jeremiah Pallangyo pronounced as (pallanjo) from New Hope For All Nations Naivasha, Kenya is here in London. He is a Founder of over 26 churches in Kenya. Bishop Pallangyo ministry involves church planting, reaching his own tribe Maasai, Prison Ministry, orphans and many more. He is here in UK touring a number of churches. He will be the guest speaker on 26th September to 2nd October at Hull (ICF). On 5th-7th October, 2011 he will be at Swindon Baptist Church. On 8th October, 2011 he will be at Baptist Church, Wanstead and on 9th October 2011, he will be ministering at London Mission Christian, Centre of Pastor Antony Kimani in Dagenham, East London at 2.00 p.m. Bishop Pallangyo contact in UK is 07440769128.
Muthaura tears into Ocampo's evidence
Head of civil service Ambassador Francis Muthaura began his defense submissions on the fourth day of confirmation of charges hearings for three of the six suspects accused of bearing the greatest responsibility for post election violence before the international criminal court. Among the evidence presented on Saturday morning's session are video archives of President Kibaki's statement during the violence to prove Muthaura's whereabouts during the violence as basis to dispute the prosecution's claims of his involvement in planning the retaliatory attacks on perceived ODM supporters. Lawyer Kasim Khan, appearing for Muthaura, tore into Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo's evidence against the civil service head with exonerating evidence showing his whereabouts during the violence when he is alleged to have been holding planning meetings. Khan questioned Ocampo's claims that Muthaura addressed one of the meetings in Kikuyu yet he was a Meru. Muthaura has also presented before the court records of all calls made to dispute the prosecution's submission that he called then police Commissioner Hussein Ali asking him to facilitate a ‘free zone' environment for Mungiki to perpetrate revenge attacks on perceived ODM supporters in Nakuru and Naivasha in January 2008.
Muthaura further cites President Kibaki and government spokesman Alfred Mutua's statements during the violence as prove of his innocence. The defense submissions continue Saturday afternoon with further doubts cast on the factual and legal presentations by the prosecution. On Thursday, the prosecution led by Ms. Adesola Adeboyejo claimed that Muthaura and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta planned Mungiki retaliatory attacks against perceived ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru and used their authority to ensure police did not intervene to stop the violence. The prosecution further claimed that two meetings were held in state house Nairobi to plan revenge attacks and Uhuru provided logistics and monetary support following his long association with the outlawed sect. It also alleged that other planning meetings were held in various hotels in Nairobi, Thika and Nakuru. According to the prosecution, former police boss Hussein Ali failed to act hence providing a free zone for the Mungiki to execute killings. The three are facing judges to confirm if they should stand trial for the 2007-08 unrest following the controversial polls, the worst bloodshed since independence in 1963. The three each face five counts of crimes against humanity and remain free. The hearings, during which prosecutors will try to convince the court they have enough evidence to go to trial, are scheduled to run until October 5.
"MIMI NI MZEE WANJAU"
To many he is known as Mzee Ojwang and he is from western Kenya. Little do they know that Mzee's of the popular Kenyan comedy "Vitimbi" real name is Mr. Benson Gitau. His real name while acting is Ojwang' Hatari Ondiek Mang'ang'a Sibwor Brrr, - VIDEO
Kibaki calls for boost of AMISOM mandate
President Mwai Kibaki has called on the United Nations Security Council to provide necessary support to boost the mandate of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) since the withdrawal of Al-Shabaab militants in Mogadishu. Noting that major milestones had so far been achieved in the Somalia conflict, President Kibaki affirmed that the war ravaged country still faced significant challenges especially limited resources to secure areas previously occupied by the Al-Shabaab belligerents. In this regard, President Kibaki called on the international community to urgently avail requisite resources, equipment and goodwill to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and AMISOM to help them extend their control beyond Mogadishu. He made the remarks while addressing a Mini-Summit on Somalia that was held at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The President emphasized that with such assistance AMISOM would consolidate the current achievements and get a platform to effectively deal with complex tasks as provision of humanitarian aid and protection of civilians. The Head of State stressed, "Time is of essence. The needed support must be deployed quickly to forestall the regrouping of Al-Shabaab."
Woman Charged in Thika With Obtaining
Sh4 Million in Land Fraud
The victim is a businessman in UK
A woman was on Wednesday 21st charged with fraudulently obtaining Sh4.1 million from a businessman by pretending she was in a position to sell him a parcel of land. Violet Ngugi, 47, appeared before Thika senior resident magistrate Leticia Wachira and denied obtaining the money from Vincent Mbogoro Wainaina. The prosecution led by chief inspector Josephine Wambua said that between February 15 and June 7, 2010 in Nairobi, Ngugi obtained the money by pretending she was in a position to sell land in Juja-Kalimoni. The court ordered that Ngugi be released on a cash bail of Sh4 million and fixed the case for hearing on November 3. Nairobi lawyer Nick Ndichu is holding brief for Wainaina. Meanwhile, the hearing of a case in which a woman who is accused of obtaining cash from members of the public by offering "miracle prayers," has been postponed to October 26. Jane Wambui Mutonga has denied fraudulently obtaining Sh657,500 from Irene Wangari John in Westlands, Nairobi on September 25, 2007 by promising to pray for an end to her problems.
BISHOP SAMMY GITONGA SWAHILI SERVICE
Bishop Sammy Gitonga of Remnant Ministries International in Pretoria, South Africa will be a guest speaker at CCBC Swahili Service in Barking, London on Sunday 25th September, 2011 as from 9.30 to 12.00 noon. The address is 60, Greatfield Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7AU. His contact in UK is 07425719311. For more information please contact 07737968199.
MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
"This is to inform all those Kenyans in Diaspora in the UK who had been invited to the meeting with Mrs. Mary Kimonye, the CEO of Brand Kenya Board at 15.30 hours on Wednesday September 29th that due to unavoidable circumstances, the meeting has been cancelled. Another date will be communicated to you later"
Michael S. Mandu
Kenya High Commission, London
"WELCOME TO GALWAY, IRELAND"
While visiting Republic of Ireland last month, Mr. Seed met with Kenyan community in Galway on the west coast of Ireland 180 miles from Dublin. We were hosted by a lady from Mr. Seed's village Mary Anne Wangari who have lived in Ireland for the last 28 years. We also met the councillor of the area together with the Kenyans.
Revival House welcomes all of you to our Devine Empowerment Sunday
Revival House welcomes all of you to our Devine Empowerment Sunday with guest speaker Apostle Surprise Modupi from Resurrected Jesus Christ Ministry in South Africa. Apostle Surprise ministry is accompanied with the gift of miracles, healing and prophecy . Please invite all of your friends. we are expecting a great move of God. The service will be at REVIVAL HOUSE 500 High Street North, Manor Park, London E12 6QN from 10am-1pm coming Sunday 25th September 2011. see you there!
"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the instalment plan." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wangari Maathai admitted in hospital
Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai is admitted at Nairobi Hospital. It is not clear what the former Tetu MP is suffering from but family sources say "her health has not been very good for the better part of this year". “She did not want her health status to be a public matter,” said a source at Nairobi Hospital. She has checked into the hospital several times this year and reduced her busy public schedule. Doctors who attended to the celebrated environmentalist did not divulge cause of admission citing patient's confidentiality. One doctor however said she has been admitted for more than a week. Staff at the Green Belt Movement offices said programmes have not been affected because the organisation is currently run independently with university don Prof Karanja Njoroge as the executive director. Maathai has led a particularly busy and public life since her involvement in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976. Her diary literally exploded in 2004 when she won the Nobel peace prize for her efforts in environmental conservation. She was nominated to numerous initiatives including being the roving ambassador of the Congo basin, promoting the millennium development goals and promoting the Mottainai concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect.
She has also addressed numerous global events including the UN General Assembly and is still involved in the ongoing climate change negotiations, which move to Durban, South Africa in December. “She has reduced her activities of late,” said a staff at GBM. “She is not as strong but her health is not an issue she prefers to discuss.” Although Maathai has been the face of environmental campaign in Kenya for the last 30 years, she has recently let her organisation operate independently, mostly because of her increasing international engagements. GBM has also become less combative instead preferring to negotiate with government institutions on environmental issues. Maathai has previous found herself in hospital several times, but after being brutally beaten by police during President Moi's era. She was in 1992 hospitalised after she was beaten unconscious by police during a hunger strike. Seven years later, her head was gashed and many of her supporters injured when Green Belt Movement attempted to replace trees cut by real estate developers at Karura Forest. At one time, Amnesty International sponsored a letter writing campaign to the government and President Moi to get her freed. “I have invested 20 years of my life in this campaign for the environment and I’m still only scratching the surface. I am confident of winning. Nobody will build anything (in the forest) as long as we live. We cannot dignify theft,” she said in 2001 while rededicating herself to the fight to save Karura Forest. - The Star
Shilling to hit 110 level, warn AfDB experts
Economists at the African Development Bank are predicting a further fall of the shilling to Sh110 against the dollar even as the Central Bank of Kenya attributes the current slide to turmoil in global markets. In a statement sent to media houses, CBK governor Njuguna Ndung’u said CBK was committed to a market-determined exchange rate as long as the fundamentals supported it. On Thursday, the shilling weakened to trade at 99.40 to the dollar, its lowest since 1994 and a 21 per cent dip since January this year. CBK then moved in to sell an unspecified amount of dollars to stem the fall. The shilling strengthened marginally yesterday to close trading at 98.80 to the dollar. In an interview with Reuters, AfDB also said it had downgraded Kenya’s economic growth rate forecasts to 3.5-4.5 per cent from an earlier forecast of 4.5-5 per cent, blaming the high inflation and a volatile exchange rate. CBK also revealed that the growing balance of payments will be the focus of discussions between Kenya and its multilateral development partners in the ongoing meeting at Washington.
Coming at a time when the shilling is facing its greatest fall in 17 years, the admission is a signal that the forces driving the free fall of the domestic currency are beyond the control of the CBK. “Addressing the balance of payments gap will be the focus of discussions with multilateral development partners,” the governor said. “This week’s liquidity injection was to cater for shortfalls as VAT payments produced extreme tightness in the market,” said Prof Ndung’u. He added that the bank would offer reverse repos in the market whenever necessary to maintain adequate liquidity. Pressure on the exchange rate is mainly due to the demand for imports and speculation. Players in the import business say the shilling’s volatility is set to put pressure on the cost of living and could touch the 20 per cent mark before the end of the year, from the 16.60 mark in August. The CBK maintained that its current monetary policy stance would continue, with consequential effects on inflation, interest rates and exchange rates. “The bank will remain vigilant through regular surveys of commercial banks. The bank wishes to reassure the business community that it will not take any action that will undermine the confidence necessary for investment and growth. It will, however, take appropriate action on other factors that produce volatility in the foreign exchange market,” it said. - Daily Nation.
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Njambi Mutura of Scotland has lost her brother back in Kenya
We regret to announce the death of our beloved brother George Mwaura Mungai of Kanyariri who succumbed to lung cancer. He is son to Julius Mungai (Late) and Margaret Mungai, husband to Saweriah Mwaura, father to Brian, Wairimu and Nyadia and brother to Njambi Mutura (from Scotland) and others. Family and friends are meeting daily at his family home in Kanyariri, Kenya and Hamilton, Scotland, 38 Fairhill Avenue, Hamilton, ML3 8JS as from 7.00 p.m. Funeral arrangement to be announced later. Your prayers and support will be highly appreciated. For more information please contact, Mumbi: 07882284100 or Mutura: 07423773883.
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Wall Street stabilizes after disastrous week
The Dow Jones industrial average on Friday suffered its worst week since the depths of the financial crisis in 2008, stung by severe anxiety over Europe's spiraling debt crisis and a warning from the Federal Reserved about the U.S. economy. But stocks ended higher after a disastrous four days of selling, which helped push down the S&P 500 index 6.6 percent for the week. Volatility spiked in a revival of the tumult seen in August. Fears of a Greek default and the Federal Reserve's gloomy prognosis for the U.S. economy spurred heavy selling in equities. Stocks seesawed between gains and losses on Friday, but the S&P was able to hold above the August 8 low of 1,119, a key support level that served as a trigger for buyers during the week. While the market remains susceptible to further losses, many traders believe it will take a significant deterioration, either in the economy or in Europe, to spur another sharp decline.
Al-Shabab returns Somali victims to famine-hit villages
Foreign aid workers are concerned about the fate of thousands of Somalis being taken back to famine-hit villages by Islamist militants. The al-Shabab group says it is moving people out of camps in the central town of Baidoa ahead of the rainy season so they can prepare to farm. An al-Shabab official told the BBC that food rations to last a month would be given to the families. The UN has declared a famine in six regions of Somalia. There are mostly in southern parts controlled by al-Shabab, which banned many Western aid agencies from its territory two years ago. This has prompted tens of thousands of people to seek food aid in the capital, Mogadishu, which is ruled by the weak interim government, or in camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. But some local charities have been able to distribute food in al-Shabab areas like Baidoa, where six displacement camps hold an estimated 50,000 people.
Zambia election: Michael Sata takes presidential oath
Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has been sworn in as president after beating incumbent Rupiah Banda in a tightly contested election. Mr Sata, who had run for the presidency four times, was declared the winner with 43% of the vote. "The people of Zambia have spoken and we must all listen," Mr Banda told journalists, wiping away tears after finishing his speech. His Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) had ruled Zambia for 20 years. Mr Banda was booed was by Mr Sata's supporters at the inauguration ceremony in the capital, Lusaka. Mr Sata - the candidate of the Patriotic Front (PF) party - was sworn in by the Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and handed the ceremonial presidential flag by Mr Banda.
PROHETIC SUNDAY AT LMCC
London Mission Christian Centre invites you to a prophetic Sunday service on 02/10/2011 at Castle Green Dagenham Essex RM10 9XX. The guest speaker will be Minister Jane Kiguru whom God has been using to unite the Diaspora community of Kenya living here in UK. As a church we are called to enrich you to reach others and we are proud to organise this tailor made service to meet your spiritual need. For more information visit www.lmcc.in or contact 07930444974,079566497986 ,07723076569.
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers, ye have gone away from Mine ordinances and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you," saith the LORD of hosts. "But ye said, `In what manner shall we return?'
Mungiki leaders who led revenge attacks all killed
Nairobi, Kenya, Sept 23 – The International Criminal Court has been told that Mungiki leaders who led retaliatory attacks in Nakuru and Naivasha have all been eliminated by the dreaded Kwekwe police squad, to prevent them from implicating the organisers. The sensational claims were made by counsel Desiree Lurf during submissions highlighting the criminal responsibility of former Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali in the post-election violence. Lurf said that Ali ordered the elimination of Mungiki members who could have implicated Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura in the revenge attacks of 2008. “Extra judicial killings of high ranking Mungiki members including the wife of the Mungiki leader (April 13 2008) and other two senior members on 28 April (2008) who were the link between (Maina) Njenga and the PNU leadership show that there was an effort by the Kwekwe squad to eliminate high level Mungiki members who knew about the crimes and could testify. Ali ordered the eliminations,” she said. Lurf further told the court that the report of the UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston on extra judicial killings in 2009, which recommended of the removal of Ali from the police force, also showed the continued existence of a police squad whose main aim was to eliminate the Mungiki and other suspected top profile criminals at the order of senior police officers. Ali was also accused of frustrating police investigations into the post-poll chaos in a bid to ensure the main perpetrators evaded justice.
The court also heard that the weapons used by the outlawed Mungiki sect to retaliate in Nakuru and Naivasha were shipped form war torn neighbouring Somalia and transported to State House, Nakuru. During the third day of confirmation of charges hearing in the case of the prosecutor against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of civil service Francis Muthaura and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, the prosecution said the Mungiki received the weapons in January 2008 after violence had broken out. Prosecutor Adeboye Akingbolahan said: “In preparation, the Mungiki purchased weapons from Somalia in January 2008. According to prosecution witness nine, the weapons included guns and machetes.” The prosecution said that Muthaura and Ali – who had prior knowledge of attacks against ODM supporters – ordered the unhindered movement of Mungiki into the Rift Valley and despite intelligence reports, Ali ensured that police had inadequate resources to combat thw Mungiki in Naivasha while Uhuru was in charge of the finances.
“Most of the money came from Kenyatta. Muthaura instructed police to create a free zone. On a query if police would interfere with the Mungiki’s movement, Muthaura said “the police will not interfere with your work.” He called Ali and ordered that Mungiki should not be disturbed,” Akingbolahan said. On the third week of January 2008, Central province MPs mobilised pro-PNU youths at rallies. The lawmakers told the youths “to do something” about the attacks on their kinsmen. Volunteers then registered with the Mungiki, were paid and transported to attack locations. According to the prosecution: witness 12 “The ones in Thika were paid to enter the lorry and were given Sh150, 000 to share among themselves.” The prosecution affirmed that the suspects gave more money to Mungiki leaders to ensure their continued participation in the common plan. “Sh20 million was given to a Mungiki leader by a PNU liaison two, to a direct subordinate of Muthaura and Kenyatta. Witness 11 said the liaison was answerable to either the two suspects depending on the nature of the issue in question,” he added. The first liaison of the PNU is said to have given police uniforms to the Mungiki and was also responsible for distributing weapons.
Kenyatta is said to have placed the Mungiki under the authority of a former KANU MP, who coordinated the revenge attacks in Nakuru and Naivasha. According to the prosecution, with the execution of the crimes of forcible transfer, rape, forcible circumcision and destruction of property, the perpetrators severely deprived the victims of fundamental rights against international law. The court heard that the Mungiki inflicted injuries to the mental and physical health of the victims, forcibly circumcised the men, destroyed homes and used terror tactics. Accounts of prosecution witnesses reported that victims of attacks were identified by local informers and use of prepared lists. The Mungiki and pro-PNU youths are also said to have set up roadblocks in and out of Nakuru to filter non-Kikuyus while persons from the Luo and Luhya communities travelling in public transport vehicles were singled out as the main targets. Judges at war crimes court were also told that the government received intelligence reports in time to prevent retaliatory killings of ODM supporters after the disputed 2007 general election. Lurf said that the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) had provided information on possible attacks in advance but that Muthaura and Ali deliberately failed to act. Muthaura was the first among the suspects to mount a defence after the prosecution ends its submissions on Friday evening. - CapitalFM
A KENYAN LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN SWINDON, UK
A Kenya has passed away in Swindon, UK. The late Jane Esther Njura Njeru passed away on Tuesday 20th September, 2011 at Prospect Hospice Swindon ,UK after a long struggle with Cancer. Esther hailed from Mutunduri village, Embu, Kenya. She was daughter to Jeremiah Njeru Ndwiga and Phides Wambeti Njeru, Mother to Caroline Karimi Ndwiga (KBC) and Eric Murithi Ndwiga. She was sister to Peter Njagi Njeru, Ann Muthoni, Ruth Gichuku, the late Catherine Mukami, David Njeru, Dickson Njeru, and Nelly Njoki. She was sister in Law to Dorcas Njagi, Muchiri Gatuku, Charles Mbogo, Charles Mwikia, Peninnah Wanjiru, and Jane Wanjiru She had many nieces and nephews. Meetings to plan the funeral are going on at 106 BEATRICE STREET-SN2, 1BE SWINDON UK, and at ROSETTE RESTAURANT HARAMBEE PLAZA, 1ST FLOOR NAIROBI (6.30PM), AND IN HER FATHERS HOME at Mutunduri EMBU. The funeral will be held on Thursday 29th Sep 2011 at her father’s home in Embu. Donations for those living outside Kenya may be sent to Account Name: Mary Syovata, A/c No 51677500 Sort code 404341, HSBC Bank carnal Walk Swindon. Donations for those living in Kenya may be sent via mpesa number +254722862662. Contact Peter Njagi Njeru the brother to the late Esther on +254721240678 or +44 7946 565294 or +447405289275.
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act." - Mohandas Gandhi
JOMO KENYATTA AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS
FTSE Sinks Again After Economic Crisis Alert
London's FTSE 100 has now dipped below 5000 after investor worries saw £64bn wiped off the value of the share index yesterday. By mid-morning it had crept back into the red, and is now below 5000 for the first time since August. "I expect a small rebound today as opportunist traders step in and snap up ‘cheap’ stocks," said Manoj Ladwa, senior trader at ETX Capital. "But expect any bounce to be short-lived as those same traders are unlikely to want to hold any significant positions over the weekend." Hundreds of billions of pounds were lost in share prices on Thursday, as the markets continued to signal their lack of confidence in the world's ability to avoid a new recession. The FTSE 100 index closed 246 points down, or 4.67%, at 5041 - a loss of £64bn. In Germany, the DAX shed 5% of its value and France's CAC 40 lost 5.2%.
Mr Cameron has warned failure to act swiftly over the eurozone's debt problems would "lengthen the shadows of uncertainty" looming over the global economy. In a speech to the Canadian parliament, Mr Cameron called on European nations to show they had the "political will" to "do what is necessary". "Endlessly putting off what has to be done doesn't help, in fact it makes the problem worse, lengthening the shadows of uncertainty that looms over the world economy," Mr Cameron said. "We are not quite staring down the barrel, but the pattern is clear, the recovery out of the recession for the advanced economies will be difficult," he added. Sky's economics editor Ed Conway, at the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) meeting in Washington, said: "There's no shortage of dramatic language out here. "Every official you speak to has a different way of putting it - some talk of the "danger zone", others of the notion that we are again "on the brink of catastrophe" - but there seems to be an overt message to underline the fact that there is a serious risk of sliding back into recession.
"The problem is that so far that doesn't seem to have been matched by commensurate actions: the IMF is brilliant at diagnosis but less good at bringing together world leaders with a sense of common purpose. "That sense of unity and action is precisely what IMF, World Bank and government officials believe is necessary if there is any hope of solving the eurozone crisis or the deeper malaise over sovereign balance sheets. "The big question here in Washington is whether politicians will need another significant crisis - another Lehman Brothers - to push them into action this time around." The global falls began on Wednesday night in the US when the Federal Reserve's announcement of a new stimulus plan fell flat. The policy, named Operation Twist, will involve America's central bank selling short-term treasuries (US government bonds) and buying more longer-term debt to the tune of $400bn (£256bn). The move is designed to get the US economy growing by pushing down interest rates on everything from mortgages to business loans - in turn giving consumers and businesses more money to spend. But it falls short of its previous stimulus attempts, so-called quantitative easing, when the Fed pumped extra money into the economy by buying more assets.
London's FTSE 100 has now dipped below 5000 after investor worries saw £64bn wiped off the value of the share index yesterday. By mid-morning it had crept back into the red, and is now below 5000 for the first time since August. "I expect a small rebound today as opportunist traders step in and snap up ‘cheap’ stocks," said Manoj Ladwa, senior trader at ETX Capital. "But expect any bounce to be short-lived as those same traders are unlikely to want to hold any significant positions over the weekend." Hundreds of billions of pounds were lost in share prices on Thursday, as the markets continued to signal their lack of confidence in the world's ability to avoid a new recession. The FTSE 100 index closed 246 points down, or 4.67%, at 5041 - a loss of £64bn. In Germany, the DAX shed 5% of its value and France's CAC 40 lost 5.2%. Mr Cameron has warned failure to act swiftly over the eurozone's debt problems would "lengthen the shadows of uncertainty" looming over the global economy. In a speech to the Canadian parliament, Mr Cameron called on European nations to show they had the "political will" to "do what is necessary".
"Endlessly putting off what has to be done doesn't help, in fact it makes the problem worse, lengthening the shadows of uncertainty that looms over the world economy," Mr Cameron said. "We are not quite staring down the barrel, but the pattern is clear, the recovery out of the recession for the advanced economies will be difficult," he added. Sky's economics editor Ed Conway, at the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) meeting in Washington, said: "There's no shortage of dramatic language out here. "Every official you speak to has a different way of putting it - some talk of the "danger zone", others of the notion that we are again "on the brink of catastrophe" - but there seems to be an overt message to underline the fact that there is a serious risk of sliding back into recession. "The problem is that so far that doesn't seem to have been matched by commensurate actions: the IMF is brilliant at diagnosis but less good at bringing together world leaders with a sense of common purpose. "That sense of unity and action is precisely what IMF, World Bank and government officials believe is necessary if there is any hope of solving the eurozone crisis or the deeper malaise over sovereign balance sheets. "The big question here in Washington is whether politicians will need another significant crisis - another Lehman Brothers - to push them into action this time around."
The global falls began on Wednesday night in the US when the Federal Reserve's announcement of a new stimulus plan fell flat. The policy, named Operation Twist, will involve America's central bank selling short-term treasuries (US government bonds) and buying more longer-term debt to the tune of $400bn (£256bn). The move is designed to get the US economy growing by pushing down interest rates on everything from mortgages to business loans - in turn giving consumers and businesses more money to spend. But it falls short of its previous stimulus attempts, so-called quantitative easing, when the Fed pumped extra money into the economy by buying more assets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.5% of its value on the news on Wednesday night, and was down another 3.5% on Thursday. Mining companies have seen the bulk of the pain on the FTSE 100, on expectations that demand for minerals will sink with growing evidence that the French and German economies are flat-lining. Confidence appears shattered, despite the latest prediction from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that a world recession can be avoided.
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Markets Plunge Amid Growing Recession Fears
The FTSE 100 has lost more than £64bn of its value - as investors signal a lack of confidence in the world's ability to avoid a new recession. The latest sell-off began last night in the US when the Federal Reserve's announcement of a new stimulus plan, fell flat. The policy, named Operation Twist, will involve America's central bank selling short-term treasuries (US government bonds) and buying more longer-term debt to the tune of $400bn (£256bn). The move is designed to get the US economy growing by pushing down interest rates on everything from mortgages to business loans - in turn giving consumers and businesses more money to spend. But it falls short of its previous stimulus attempts, so-called quantitative easing, when the Fed pumped extra money into the economy by buying more assets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.5% of value on the news on Wednesday night and European markets gave a similar verdict today.
The FTSE 100 opened over 2% lower then dived further on news of downgrades for three US banks and fears for growth in China and Germany. It closed down 246 points, or 4.67%, at 5041 - a loss of £64bn. In Germany the DAX shed 5% of its value and France's CAC 40 lost 5.2%. A European Central Bank study also suggested fiscal imbalances in the eurozone risked undermining its stability and sustainability. Miners have seen the bulk of the pain on the FTSE 100, on expectations that demand for minerals will sink with growing evidence today that the French and German economies are flat-lining. Confidence appears shattered, despite the latest prediction from the International Monetary Fund that world recession can be avoided. But market disappointment over the Fed's latest intervention is not shared by everyone. Speaking to Sky's business presenter Joel Hills on Jeff Randall Live, US investment expert Dodge Dorland said: "I'm delighted the Fed did not move closer to quantitative easing. "It still keeps a few of the Fed's weapons ready for the future, it did not overplay." Phil Tyson, head of strategy at MF Global, told Sky: "A lot of what the Fed said was priced in already... the impact on the wider economy could be more negligible." America's economy is continuing to suffer with sluggish growth and high unemployment.
Shilling weakens to record low
Brace yourself for an exchange rate of 100 shillings to the dollar with all indications being that the Kenyan currency will slide past the record mark. The unit jumped past the 99 shilling point in trading today as concerns continue to be raised about the state of the global economy. Prices of most imported goods including petroleum and key foodstuffs are expected to head north steeply as importers hedge against the unfavorable exchange rate. - VIDEO
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WORD OF TODAY
1 Peter 3:4 - (Bible in Basic English)
God is interested in Inner Beauty
A lady was applying face cream when her little girl asked, 'What's that you're putting on, Mum?' 'Moisturiser,' she replied. 'The salesman said it would make me beautiful.' With an honesty only children have, she replied, 'Mum, I don't think it's working.' There's nothing wrong with looking good but there's much more to you than your clothes and your hairstyle. Plus, you can go broke fixing up the outside because, one write once said: 'What Mother Nature giveth, Father Time taketh away!' 'To find beauty we must carry it with us.' It's a big mistake to focus on the outside and fail to appreciate the inner qualities God's given you. Solomon said, 'Beauty is...[not lasting]' (Proverbs 31:30 AMP). When God made you He didn't just decorate the outside, He gave you 'inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind...God delights in.' However, because Peter also talked about 'fancy hair, gold jewellery...fine clothes' (NCV), a few well-intentioned people have used that to create a legalistic standard by which to measure and judge others. Does the Bible teach us to dress appropriately? Absolutely. Paul writes: 'I...want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety...appropriate for women who profess to worship God' (1 Timothy 2:9-10 NIV). But when you focus on the wrong area you get the wrong results. 'Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV). Don't allow what you see on TV or in the mirror to define your worth. Work instead to develop the kind of inner beauty God commends.
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A Kenyan lady has passed away in Swindon, UK. The late Esther Njura Kagwanja passed away in a Swindon hospital on Tuesday 20th September, 2011. More information later.
A Kenyan Mother denies double murder in Sweden
Sigtuna, Sweden: 29-year-old Grace Nyambura Kamau who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of murdering her two children , four and eight years old, denied the charges. The two half brothers disappeared on Sunday night near Lake Munkholmen in Sigtuna. The father of the older child reported the disappearance to the police and the next day found their belongings and lifeless bodies in the water. After the discovery, Nyambura was charged with the murders, a charge she denies. However the damage to their bodies, witness statements and discoveries in the woman’s apartment strengthened the criminal allegations against her. The younger boy’s nursery and the older boy’s school have both reported that the children did not return after the summer holidays. Grace Nyambura Kamau, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to Sweden on 27 July 2008. The father of the younger child, who was born in March 2007, is a 50-year-old Swedish man, originally from Arvika. The older child’s father is unknown.
CHANGES TO THE RULES FOR CARER/FAMILYMEMBERS OF BRITISH CITIZEN
Are you a carer/family member/dependant of a British Citizen e.g. a carer, child, Wife, husband, partner or any other dependant and have submitted an application to the Home Office for leave to remain in the UK with no success. You have either been asked to leave the UK to apply for leave from outside UK or your dependant’s have been asked to leave the UK with you.
If you fall under the above category, following the recent EU judgement, carers/family members can now enjoy similar rights accorded to family members of EEA national’s and be allowed to live and work in the UK under European Economic Area, Regulations 2006.
The judgment is a breakthrough for many families/carers and dependents who have for years been asked to leave the UK even though their children or partners, dependants are British citizens. Additionally, they have also not been able to work in the UK whilst their applications have been pending.
Anyone who feels they meet the above criteria should seek legal advice immediately and submit applications forthwith. This will allow successful applicants to be granted certificates allowing them to work in UK as their matter remain outstanding.
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Uhuru, Muthaura meticulously planned poll attacks
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was told on Thursday that Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura organised deadly attacks against rival suppoters after the disputed 2007 polls to keep PNU in power by “any means necessary”. ICC Prosecutor Adesola Adeboyejo said on the second day of the confirmation of charges hearings the Deputy Prime Minister and Head of Civil Service created a common plan and policy to retaliate against the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) supporters and to ensure the Party of National Unity (PNU) remained in power. “These attacks were not spontaneous. Muthaura and Kenyatta organised and directed forces which then unleashed the attacks,” she said. The court was also told that former Police Commissioner Hussein. Ali directed the police to stand down in order to create a safe passage for the Mungiki to attack ODM supporters in Naivasha. Kenyatta was accused of having long time ties with the outlawed Mungiki sect and having control over the finances the criminal group used during the retaliatory attacks.
“On March 3, 2002 a Mungiki fundraising in Nyahururu turned into a campaign rally for the young Uhuru Kenyatta as documented by Peter Kagwanja a scholar of Kenya’s history,” the prosecutor argued. Adeboyejo quoted prosecution witnesses number 10 and 12 as saying that Uhuru was a member of the proscribed sect. She also told the court that Muthaura was in charge of the police during the post-poll violence as corroborated by Ali’s testimony to the Waki Commission investigating the Post Election Violence. “Muthaura had de facto and de jure powers over the Kenya police. Evidence will also show that Muthaura and Kenyatta used this ad hoc organisation to carry out their plans,” she said. “Ali in his account already said who had control over him and who could give him instructions,” she said. She said Muthaura and Uhuru held eight preparatory meetings in late 2007 to plan violence against ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru. “During these meetings Muthaura, Kenyatta and their subordinates formulated their plans to retaliate against ODM supporters. “The meetings were an opportunity to bring their forces to bear to maintain PNU power in the Rift Valley,” she said. She reaffirmed that the prosecution had absolute confidence in the credibility of all the witnesses it has lined up for the cases against the Ocampo Six. She said that the prosecution was treating seriously the allegations made by the defense on the credibility of the witnesses. - VIDEO
DO YOU KNOW? East London will be at stand still with traffic during next year's Olympic Games. No buses, no cars on the road. Only the Olympic buses it is expected to have 4 million visitors in a month.
Carry the Torch 17th September Great Hall Wembley Stadiium
Over one thousand leaders, gathered in the Great Hall at Wembley Stadium on
Saturday 17th September, took up the challenge to 'Be The Torch' for UK revival by helping mobilise Christians across the British Isles to fill the stadium for a national day of prayer on 29th September 2012. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Kenya shilling drops to its lowest in 17 years
The shilling has opened the day at an all time low of 97.58 to the dollar continuing on its depreciating trend that has seen drop by 4.2 per cent since the start of the month. According to analyst the depreciation has been occasioned by heightened demand of the dollar as those in possession retain the dollar too long for speculation purposes. This comes despite Central Bank's effort last Wednesday to raise the CBR to 7 percent in an attempt to mop liquidity and stabilize the shilling. Last week the Monetary Policy Committee increased the central bank rate by 75 basis points from 6.25 per cent to 7 per cent to among others stabilize the shilling. The committee blamed the imbalance between exports and imports as negatively impacting the exchange rate. But in just a week the shilling has tripped further from 94.65 to the dollar last Wednesday to a mean of 97.58 today reflecting 3 per cent depreciation. The drop supports criticism of financial analyst Ashif Kassam who authoritatively said that the measures by the central bank will not bear fruit unless the country stops over reliance on the dollar for its trade and partly move towards the Euro that forms the bulk of foreign exchange from Kenya's key exports such as horticulture, tourism and coffee. And despite the depreciation the central bank has maintained a watch and see attitude keeping out of the market since the special monetary policy meeting last Wednesday. This has however been criticized by analyst since July this year. And with the shilling having lost by 19 per cent to the dollar since January compounded by unsuccessful central bank measures to stabilize the shilling, the whole economy is starting to tremble with the NSE 20 share index having lost 650 points since June this year.
A 39 year old Kenyan woman, Mauryn Masire, has been found murdered in her home in the United States of America. According to reports availed to her family in Mombasa, Maurine was allegedly stabbed by an assailant sixty three times by her husband. - VIDEO
UK KENYAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS 2011
Due to unavoidable circumstances the UK KENYAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS 2011 has been postponed from 7th Oct - 18th Nov 2011. The organising team sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused. Voting and nominations continues as usual via our website www.london2gether.com)
Osiligi Maasai Warriors - Kenyan tribal
song and dance troupe in UK
Osiligi Maasai Warriors, a group of traditional performers from Kenya who regularly visit the UK in an effort to raise funds for their families and for improvement of their village back home in their village of Kisamis, situated approximately 30 miles southwest of Nairobi. The troupe will perform their tribal song and dance and spread the word about their culture. Craft gifts will be available to buy.
Venue: St Laurence Parish Church, Corbets Tey Rd, Upminster, Essex Essex RM14 2AJ
Saturday 8 October 2011 at 2.30 pm
Tickets £10. Concessions for OAP’s and children.
Tickets for sale at Upminster Library, 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, RM14 1LW
Eurozone crisis: What turmoil means for you
All those red numbers on stock market boards may appear to be a strange and mysterious mix of data to many people. But volatility on the stock markets in the UK and Europe has come as a result of the eurozone debt crisis, concerns for the UK economic outlook, and most recently following the Federal Reserve's stark warning about the state of the US economy. This volatility can affect anyone with a pension, those considering retirement, savers with Individual Savings Accounts (Isas), and even money set aside by families for the cost of children's university education. On top of this, families are concerned about the state of the UK economy in general, which is in no way immune to what is happening within the eurozone or in the US.
Surely all those worried looking traders have nothing to do with me?
Anyone who has money invested in some way or another could be affected by the continuing turmoil on the markets. A lot of money is invested in the stock market by pension funds, of which more later, but the effect this is having on the banks could affect anyone hoping for a loan or a mortgage. If banks continue to write down debts from Greece, and other EU countries, then they might have less to hand out in home loans. There are also signs that the crisis of confidence is causing money to be withdrawn from the European financial system, further depriving banks of funds. However, in the UK, they have been encouraged by the government to continue lending. Millions of people in the UK also have money put away in a stocks and shares Isa. A total of £108bn is invested in these Isas in the UK. It has always been the case that these investments can go down as well as up in value, but anyone hoping to cash some of this in because they are financially stretched will most likely be taking a hit. Insurance companies also invest in the stock market, so there could eventually be an effect on the cost of premiums and the products available. However, these companies do have large financial cushions in place to cover volatility. Anyone receiving a bonus in shares might find they are not worth as much as expected.
So is it time to panic then?
No. Investments are generally for the long term, so these short-term fluctuations should not worry people too much. People who invest directly into the stock market can log into their account and see how their valuation might have dropped. But most people only get an annual update on their investments and keep their money in for many years - either for their retirement or to hand down in inheritance. "This could lead to some panic. People do not pay so much attention when values go up," says Anna Sofat, of financial services company Addidi. "They should not risk selling out at a time that is not good for them." Andrew Gadd, head of research at the independent financial advisers, the Lighthouse Group, says: "People should not be panicked out of the market."
What about somebody who is about to retire?
About 60% of an average pension fund is invested in shares, so this affects a lot of people's financial futures. From the start of the year to 21 September, the FTSE 100 had dropped by 9%. But the situation is most acute for those with personal pension funds and on the cusp of retirement. They will be looking to pull money out of the stock market in order to buy an annuity - a pension income for the rest of their lives. And the annuity they can get from an insurance company is being affected by the way major investors act. The annuity rates being offered can be affected by investors who, worried about global shares, are looking to buy safer investments instead. They are going for gilts, so the price of those is rising and the yields falling. This, in turn, affects annuities. As a result, insurance companies have cut the income paid from annuities, according to Billy Burrows, of the Better Retirement Group. Employees with a workplace final-salary pension are protected from stock market volatility. But if the value of shares falls for a long time, then some businesses might consider closing down these schemes quicker than they otherwise might have done.
How long will this volatility go on for?
Now that is a question that a lot of people want to know the answer to. The background to this is that investors are worried about both the eurozone debt crisis and the weakening economic recovery in Europe and the US. It is not clear how long this will go on for. For example, the Federal Reserve said there were "significant downside risks" to the economic outlook in Europe and the US, including strains in global financial markets. But financial advisers are suggesting that small investors sit tight at the moment. "People should be looking at the long term," says Adrian Lowcock, senior investment adviser at Bestinvest. "Weak markets often offer buying opportunities." Mr Gadd says he expects volatility for six months, so investors should ensure their portfolio is diverse.
The UK is not in the euro, so why are we affected?
With various countries in Europe needing financial help to deal with the debt crisis, there is a tab that needs to be picked up somewhere. Even though the UK is not in the euro, it has still been lending money to troubled economies as part of bail-out packages. For example, it has contributed more than a billion euros to the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism. This has been used for loans to bail out the Irish Republic and Portugal. The UK's maximum possible contribution is 7.5bn euros (£6.5bn). There is also the UK's loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - more than 10 billion euros a year - that is also used to fund the bail-outs, although it is paid interest on this.
Is that all?
No, the UK also made a bilateral loan of £3.2bn to Ireland, because it is seen as such a key trading partner. That signals another concern for the UK - that slowdowns in economies across Europe means less trading between these countries and the UK. In other words, they are less likely to buy things made, and services provided, in the UK, and things the UK buys from them could become more expensive. For businesses operating in the UK, potential custom from Europe could shrink and, for some small and medium sized firms already feeling the pinch, that just adds extra pressure.
Should I be worried about my savings?
Remember that savings, unlike investments, are not going to fall as a result of stock market moves. Interest rates are low for savers, but there is now greater protection for their money than there was at the height of the banking crisis. Full compensation up to £85,000 per saver, per authorised institution is paid to those who deposit money in an authorised bank or building society if it goes bust. For investment products, the first £50,000 is covered per person, per firm.
What about my holiday money?
Volatility in the markets and the eurozone crisis should not be sending holidaymakers scurrying back to the travel agent to book an alternative destination. There has been relatively little change in terms of what UK travellers can get when exchanging pounds for euros.
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Shares slide on Federal Reserve warning as recession looms
London, Thursday 22nd September, 2011. Global shares have fallen sharply after the Federal Reserve gave a stark warning about the state of the US economy and announced limited measures designed to boost growth. The Fed warned of "significant downside risks" as it announced a bond swap programme designed to keep long-term interest rates low. Major European markets all dropped in morning trading, with the FTSE down 4.7%, and the Cac-40 down 4.8%. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones fell 2.5%. Following a two-day meeting, the Fed warned: "Recent indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated. "There are significant downside risks to the economic outlook, including strains in global financial markets." It also unveiled a stimulus plan - dubbed Operation Twist - designed to help stimulate the flagging US economy. The Fed will sell about $400bn (£260bn) of short-term bonds and buy longer-term debt. Buying bonds pushes the price up and lowers the interest rate, or yield.
The Fed hopes the move will help to keep long-term interest rates low, thereby boosting mortgage lending and loans to businesses. The policy, the first of its kind since the early 1960s, does not inject any new money into the economy. A number of analysts, some of whom were expecting the Fed to expand on its two previous rounds of quantitative easing (QE), under which it created money to buy assets to try and boost demand, expressed scepticism at the Fed's latest move. "It seems the market doesn't believe Operation Twist is enough to kick start the spluttering economy," said Ben Potter, market strategist at IG Markets. "This, [together with] a very downbeat outlook... seems to have unsettled markets even further." The move by the Fed comes amid deepening gloom about the global economy, with the International Monetary Fund cutting growth estimates for the US, Europe, and Japan. It comes as new figures show the eurozone's private sector contracted in September for the first time in two years. Markit's purchasing managers' index (PMI) of activity dropped to 49.1, from 51.5 last month. A reading below 50 indicates contraction. On Wednesday, the Bank of England said members of its Monetary Policy Committee had considered a new round of quantitative easing to pump money into the economy.
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Dr. Vitalis Abira Orimbo of Hays, London, UK has lost her mum back in Kenya
Death has occurred of mama Patricia Obago Orimbo on Wednesday 14/09/11 at Victoria hospital Kisumu. Wife of the late Mzee Dommus Orimbo Lengi, Daughter of the late Mzee Abira Ogalo of Korando Kissumo. Mother to Dr. Vitalis Abira Orimbo of London, Joseph Okumu Orimbo, George Ndege Orimbo, Leonard Nandi Orimbo and Genarald Owuor Orimbo. Mother in law to Mrs Rose Abira of London UK., late Gladys Okumu, Margaret Okumu, Macoline Ndege, Rose Nandi, Nancy Kipngetich owuor and Rosemary Anyango. She leaves behind 26 grand children and 13 great grand children. Burial at her home Kanyakwar Kisumu next to St Paul's Catholic Church on Saturday 24/09/11. May almighty God save her soul in external peace.
Another petrol fire claims five in Busia
In 1892 a Kikuyu prophet by the name of Mugo or Chege wa Kibiru prophesied that there will come a generation of people who have ears and they don't hear, who have eyes and they don't see. "Nîgûgaciarwo andû me mbugi matû, makenda maûndû ma kîgeni gûkîra mao, matagakorwo magîtigîra Ngai ona kana achiarî ao. Me maitho na mationaga, me matû, na matiguaga."
Five people were burnt to death as they siphoned petrol from an overturned tanker near Sio Bridge along the Busia- Kisumu road. Over 40 others are admitted to various hospitals in Western Province with serious burns. The incident happened barely 10 days after the Nairobi's Sinai fire disaster that claimed over 100 lives. Unconfirmed reports indicate that three others succumbed to their burns at the Busia district hospital where they were undergoing treatment. Survivors said the tanker burst into flames after one of the villagers tried to steal the battery of the tanker causing it to spark, starting the fire. The tanker was heading to Busia from Kisumu when the driver lost control and plunged into a mushy bank of River Sio at around 7.45pm Tuesday evening 20th September, 2011. After the accident villagers rushed to the scene to siphon fuel. Police, led by area OCPD Erastus Muthamia arrived at the scene and rushed survivors to Busia District Hospital and Alupe Sub-District Hospital. Residents say the number of the dead could be more since most of those scooping fuel dived into the river when the tanker exploded and could have been washed away. Relatives on Wednesday morning thronged the district hospitasl to know the fate of their loved ones. Amagoro legislator Sospeter Ojamong who visited the survivors in hospital, said the locals had earlier defied police orders to leave the scene of the accident just minutes before the explosion. Ojamong called on the government to find an alternative parking space for the fuel tankers to avert related calamities in the future.
To attain, you must begin and to begin, you must finish!
"YES, HE IS THE SAME GATHOGA YOU KNOW"
While touring Republic of Ireland last month, I met a group of Kenyans in a church in Dublin. Among those I met was Mr. Gathoga and his wife (far left) who used to live in London a decade ago. The slender young man has turned to be a giant man. Mr. Seed has this to ask him: "Are you the same Gathoga I know, oh my, Gûtirî nyama îtoî hayo."
Concert in support of East Africa Famine Crisis
Maasai Cultural Arts hosts fundraiser in aid of two charities: - British Red Cross & ARDA-UK
Inspired to support the East Africa famine relief efforts, Masai Cultural Arts plan a concert in aid of British Red Cross and ADRA-UK. Masai Cultural Arts is a small community based organisation located in Hertfordshire that promotes African culture through African arts (African drumming, African dancing, story telling and arts & craft) performances and workshops. They have put together a highly spirited African Drumming and dance production to be staged 7pm, 14 October 2011 at Watford Colosseum. Other than the Masai Cultural arts performance, the East Africa Famine Concert will also showcase some other talented African ethnic dancers in the UK from Dan-kira Ethiopian , Ghana Acrobat, South Africa - Zulu, Guinea, and Uganda.
The Horn of Africa is in the grips of a devastating and lingering famine along with drought that has claimed an overwhelming number of lives. Famine affecting specific areas of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti, has affecting more than 10 million and been well documented in UK and worldwide media. Despite worldwide coverage and regular reports of ongoing donations; reports still indicate that, tens of thousands of people mostly children have died of causes related to malnutrition. High and increasing staple food prices, as well as regional conflict, are combining to make a bad situation even worse. Hence British Red Cross and ADRA-UK continued aid for emergency famine relief and long term solutions for the region.
"Television images of emaciated children, arid dry landscapes, families with no livelihood or assets are all too familiar. Desperately hungry families trek long distances, some leaving family members along the way to die in order to allow the rest a chance to survive. It breaks my heart to contemplate and contrast this to the privileges we enjoy in the UK”, says Ms Badia, Director Maasai Cultural Arts. Ms Badia continues to add, “We can all play a small part in helping towards the East African appeal. I’d like to encourage all to come and enjoy the concert. Through attending you will be contributing to our fundraising efforts. Sarah Amexheta, community fundraiser for the British Red Cross in Hertfordshire, said; "We are very grateful to Masai Cultural Arts for putting on this show to help raise money for our East Africa food crisis appeal. The Red Cross movement has been working since the beginning of the crisis to help provide emergency relief for the millions affected, and to help people recover their livelihoods. Every contribution is hugely valuable so we hope the East African famine appeal concert will be a great success."
Tickets can be purchased via the Watford Colosseum website, www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk, by phone 0845 075 3993 or from The Ticket Shop in John Lewis, Harlequin Centre. Why not join us, have fun and save a life!”.
For more information on Concert and fundraising please contact Ms Badia on 07853942068, email@example.com
For more information on Red Cross and ADRA please check their website... www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
"GIVE THIS ONE TO THE KENYAN YOUTH"
While visiting the Republic of Ireland last month, a Kenyan lady in Galway Mary Anne gave me a present. When I asked her why she chose to give me such a present the lady replied: "I want you to pass this message to the Kenyan youth in Kenya and again in the diaspora, that they "They must watch their life. Stop drinking and behaving without caring for their life." Explained Mary Anne.
Bank of England considers QE to stimulate the economy
The Bank of England has opened the door to injecting more money into the faltering UK economy. "Most members" of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee agreed that the case for an "immediate" stimulus had strengthened, according to minutes from their meeting in September. Some analysts believe that quantitative easing could re-start in November. The minutes also showed that the nine MPC members voted unanimously to keep interest rates unchanged at 0.5%. Suggestions of further stimulus come as storm clouds gather over the UK economy.
On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund cut its UK growth forecast for this year and next, and there is speculation that the government is planning to boost spending on public projects. On Wednesday, latest data showed that public sector net borrowing during August was a higher-than-expected £15.9bn. It means a third of the way into the fiscal year, cumulative borrowing at £52bn is only 7% less than a year ago despite the government's programme of budget cuts. Although only one MPC policymaker - Adam Posen - voted in favour of the Bank resuming assets purchases, others were considering such a move. The minutes say: "For some members, a continuation of the condition seen over the past month would probably be sufficient to justify an expansion of the asset purchase program at a subsequent meeting."
Some economists feel the Bank is unlikely to act on QE until it receives next month the first estimates of third-quarter economic growth. This suggests that further stimulus - under which the Bank would purchases bonds and other assets from financial institutions - may not start until November. Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at IHS Global Insight, said: "The minutes of the September MPC meeting are appreciably more dovish, opening the door wide to more quantitative easing by the Bank of England and very possibly sooner rather than later. "We expect the MPC to approve a further £50bn in quantitative easing during the fourth quarter. A move as soon as October is entirely possible, but we suspect November is more likely." The minutes show that MPC members discussed a raft of deteriorating economic signs, including slowing retail sales growth, lower output, falling exports and a flagging housing market.
The MPC's acknowledgement that it may need to provide more support for the economy was welcomed by business. David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Although the voting at the September meeting was unchanged, the minutes suggest that the MPC is gearing itself up to increase the quantitative easing programme in the next few months. Business will see this as a welcome development." The MPC noted that inflation was still likely to rise from its current 4.5% to 5%, well above its target of 2%. But it said it was still expecting inflation to come down to target in 2012, thanks to the likelihood of a synchronised period of weak global growth, pressured by the eurozone crisis and a US economy beset with its own problems. Mr Posen has argued for months that a weak economy was a bigger danger than rising inflation and therefore the QE programme should be increased by £50bn, to add to the £200bn already agreed.
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Civil servants in Ocampo’s witness list
The second round of Hague confirmation hearings started Wednesday with chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo laying his case against three top Kenyans. He said he had lined up insider witnesses against the suspects accused of crimes against humanity in The Hague. The bulk of his witnesses, he said, were insiders or what he called “crime-based witnesses”. These are individuals who held positions within the government or other party organs, but later decided to switch sides and work with the prosecution. Civil Service boss Francis Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Post-Master General Hussein Ali are appearing before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the post-election violence. (Read: Muthaura, Ali and Uhuru to take the stand at ICC) This is the second case involving Kenyans before the court. Other suspects are MPs William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and broadcaster Joshua Sang, whose confirmation of hearings charges ended last week. In opening statements, Mr Muthaura’s lawyer Karim Khan produced a letter by Internal Security minister George Saitoti indicating that his client did not have any command over the police force, then under Maj-Gen Ali. He also complained that his team’s attempts to introduce a diplomat, Ms Yvonne Khamati, as one of Mr Muthaura’s witness, were encountering obstacles before the court. The defence teams challenged the Pre-Trial Chamber to consider why Mr Moreno-Ocampo had failed to give exonerating evidence and yet the information was with his office. Mr Khan was the first to make submissions on the procedural issues, arguing that the prosecution has not acted in good faith in fulfilling its obligations especially in relation to exonerating evidence.
Referring to the Saitoti letter, Mr Khan said: “The letter should have been disclosed even to the Chamber. We have used other means to get this letter which was addressed to one of the organs of this court because the office that was to do it failed to.” Mr Khan also said that the prosecution relied on anonymous witnesses who cannot be tested and yet the defence has been blocked from introducing some of the evidence it has gathered recently about the witnesses. He added that the credibility of the court was on the line because the credibility of some of the prosecution witnesses was in doubt. He noted that a witness had come forward claiming that he was offered a bribe to testify adding that such evidence, if relied on by the prosecution, could lead to a miscarriage of justice. – Daily Nation. - VIDEO
Judgement on carers of British Citizens
Home Office, 21 September 2011
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) recently handed down judgment in the case of Ruiz Zambrano (C-34/09). This judgement creates a right to reside and work for the sole carer of a dependent British citizen when that carer has no other right of residence in the UK and removing the carer from the UK would mean the British citizen would have to leave the European Union. The UK Border Agency has been considering the effect of this judgement and whether any changes are required to our policy or the law as a result. Until now, we have not accepted applications we have received on this basis as there is currently no provision within the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (the regulations) to issue documentation on this basis. We will amend the regulations in due course to enable a person to be issued with a document confirming that they have a right to live in the UK as a result of the Ruiz Zambrano judgement. However, in the meantime, we will issue a certificate of application to those who are able to show:
This certificate will enable a person to work in the UK while their application is outstanding. Once changes to the regulations are made, the application will be given full consideration and documentation will be issued under the regulations to those who meet the final agreed policy. Employers can accept this certificate of application, in combination with a positive verification from our Employer Checking Service, as proof of right to work in the UK for up to 12 months. This document combination comes under entry 5 of List B within the 'Comprehensive guidance for employers on preventing illegal working', and will provide an employer with a statutory excuse against payment of a civil penalty for up to 12 months.
High-paying jobs in the UK - no degree required
The job market has been getting tougher during the past few years. Many of today's job seekers are now looking for a job because their companies were laying off workers, not because they wanted to change jobs. As a result, many people thought of going back to school to gain a competitive edge in their hunts. Although earning a degree is an excellent move for several reasons, it's not the best choice for everyone. For one thing, education is expensive and you're often left with debt to pay back. Earning a degree is also time-consuming and takes one or more years. Waiting to see the benefits of years of hard work isn't appealing to everyone.
A university degree also does not necessarily determine a higher salary than a non-degree position despite the common misconception among job seekers that graduate entrants can command a higher salary than non-graduates. According to current figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), one in five graduates now even earn less than the average person educated to A-level standard. That's why we've put together a list of jobs that don't require university degrees and pay well. In some cases on-site training and often a certain level of experience will be necessary, but the minimum requirements for these positions don't involve a degree.
Here are 10 high paying jobs in the UK
No degree required and their average annual salary
Air traffic controllers: £59,228
Marketing and sales managers: £57,276
Police officers (inspector and above): £56,931
Public relations manager: £49,384
Personnel and training managers: £49,242
Senior officials in local government: £44,667
Train drivers: £41,176
Insurance underwriters: £ 39,549
Customer Service Managers: £39,089
Health services managers: £ 38,213
Saved By The Bank Of England!
If you ask around, you'll get plenty of opinions about who caused the recession. Bankers, governments, regulatory authorities, borrowers, lenders -- they all get some of the opprobrium heaped upon them. But if you ask who saved us from anything worse, the answers are likely to be less clear -- and there'll be plenty who think it's way too soon to even use the word "saved" yet. That's unless you ask the Bank of England, whose latest analysis points the finger of praise for heading off a double-dip firmly at, well, the Bank of England. According to the Bank's quarterly bulletin, its injection of £200bn of fresh cash into the UK economy, mainly through the purchase of gilts between March 2009 and January 2010, lifted GDP by as much as 2%. And that, we are told, was enough to prevent us slipping back into recession. That result is claimed to be the equivalent effect of lopping between 1.5% and 3% off interest rates. Of course, with interest rates already down to 0.5%, that economic control is currently set to minimum and couldn't be turned down any further.
Inflation is the price
The Bank's report does also estimate that its QE programme was responsible for a rise in inflation of somewhere between 0.75% and 1.5%. But with the inflation rate currently running at 4.5% per year (which is more than twice the Bank's target) and retail spending hardly flying, many would say that's likely to be a bit of an underestimate! Of course, with economics being the black art it is, the accuracy of these estimates is open to question, with the Bank itself admitting to considerable uncertainty. And for that reason alone, I'd like to see some independent analysis before I go patting any bankers' backs. But evidence of the success of QE is just what a lot of people will be wanting. With pressure building on the Bank to commence a second wave, many economists believe it is likely to happen before the end of this year -- especially as the continuing eurozone crisis keeps scaring markets and threatening to upset what little recovery we have on an almost daily basis.
But it seems hard to just accept the word of a public institution praising its own efforts, at such a suspiciously self-serving time. One thing is for sure, we are all paying the cost of the first QE rescue package through higher prices in the shops -- it wasn't free money, it was borrowing from the future, with the value of our savings and investments being hit hard. And if a new package adds even more to inflation, we could be forced to tighten our belts yet again -- 6.5% anyone? So, should we prepare ourselves for further inflationary pain and go for a second round of QE? Do let us know what you think, in the Comments below.
ICC hearings for Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura
and Hussein Ali: 21st Sep - 05 Oct 2011
Watch LIVE ICC hearings everyday from 4pm Nairobi time (9am EST) to 9pm Nairobi time (2pm EST). We will then stream continuous recorded video of the day's proceedings until the next LIVE hearing. - CLICK HERE FOR LIVE HEARING
Arch. Bishop Deya to be extradited to Kenya
A Kenyan preacher Arch. Bishop Deya who claimed he could help infertile couples conceive "miracle babies" through prayer is to be extradited to Kenya to face child abduction charges, the British government said Wednesday 21st September, 2011. An evangelist who claimed to have created miraculous pregnancies through prayer is to be sent back to Kenya to face child abduction charges. Gilbert Deya, who has held services in Peckham, south London, has fought a legal battle to stay in the UK since 2007, arguing anything else would breach his human rights. Now the home secretary Theresa May has decided extradition should go ahead. The Kenyan government alleges he stole five children between 1999 and 2004. Concerns were first aired about Mr Deya's conduct on the BBC Radio 4 investigative programme, Face the Facts in 2004. Infertile or post-menopausal women who attended his church in Peckham, South London were told they would be having "miracle" babies. But the babies were always "delivered" in backstreet clinics in Nairobi. The Tottenham MP, David Lammy, had a husband and wife turn up at his constituency surgery who had been through it. "The couple went to Africa, came back into the country with a child that the authorities found out was not theirs through a DNA test. "What unravelled was clearly a child trafficking situation, that didn't just involve my constituents, but involved a number of women making their way to Kenya and then arriving back into our country apparently thinking these children were theirs but they clearly were not," he said.
Gilbert Deya was interviewed on Face the Facts in 2004. When asked how he explained the births of children with DNA different to that of their alleged parents, he said: "The miracle babies which are happening in our ministry are beyond human imagination. "It is not something I can say I can explain because they are of God and things of God cannot be explained by a human being." In 2007, the then home secretary, Jacqui Smith decided Mr Deya should be extradited to Kenya. His appeal against that decision at the High Court failed and he was refused permission to take his case to the House of Lords. And while the legal wranglings have continued Gilbert Deya has remained in the UK running what appears to be a successful charity, and broadcasting to Africa and Europe on his satellite TV channel, Deya Broadcasting Network. The latest available accounts for his charity, Gilbert Deya Ministries, date back to 2009 and show an income from voluntary donations of more than £1.2m. The charity's stated purpose is to "advance the Christian religion". On its website it claims to have 34,000 followers with churches in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leicester and London. Mr Deya's wife, Mary, has already been jailed in Kenya for child abduction. In a statement the Home Office said: "He has exhausted all avenues of appeal against extradition under the Extradition Act."
Drama at Airport as Uhuru travels to Hague
There was drama at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when three MPs including an assistant Minister were involved in a scuffle with the police. Water assistant Minister Ferdinand Waititu, Makadara MP Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko, and Juja MP William Kabogo exchanged punches with 17 policemen who had denied them entry to the international departure lounge. The MPs and a few of their supporters attempted to forcibly gain entry into the departure lounge to bid farewell to Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta who was travelling to The Hague. When they arrived at the airport at 10.02 PM they found Uhuru accompanied by several MPs had already entered the lounge. A shouting match between the MPs’ supporters and the police ensued when they were informed that they had to use the staff gate to join their colleagues who had been given access a few minutes earlier. "This are our MPs, you must allow them in. This is our country and you can not deny our leaders entry to the airport," Youths who had formed a ring around the MPs and the police shouted. Several attempts to shove aside the security officers in uniform under the command of an Inspector of Police and pave way for the MPs to gain entry failed in the ugly scene that paralysed business at the terminal. "This is not a local airport where you can walk in and out at will. There are certain standards that we must maintain.
Either you go through the staff gate or you stay out and no amount of intimidation will make us change the rules," said a police inspector as he called in reinforcement from his officers at the airport. But the MPs aides insisted that the rules be changed to allow Sonko who had earlier in the day been discharged from hospital to enter the airport owing to his sickness. Sonko who was walking with the support of two crutches punched a police inspector as he shouted at the top of his voice saying the policeman had kicked him. The officer in retaliation clawed back at the MP as his cap came off as a result of the scuffle. The youthful MP known for courting controversy hit back with a crutch before one officer punched and floored him leaving him sprawled at the entrance as his two colleagues dug in. Kabogo exchanged blows with the police as he attempted to rescue his colleague who was writhing in pain as his aides probed him up while photojournalists recorded the event with their cameras. Despite a reinforcement being called in, the MPs and their supporters did not cede ground as the pushing, shoving, punching, clawing and name calling reached a crescendo. Waititu pushed and shoved as he attempted to convince the officers in vain to let go of his colleagues so they could join Uhuru and the other MPs. However, the stand off ended when Waititu gave in and was ushered by an airport employee through the staff gate.
Both Sonko and Kabogo relented and drove off the airport in Waititu’s car. As a result of the scuffle, passengers who were unable to access the international departure lounge watched the unfolding drama from a safe distance. Uhuru had earlier bid farewell to his family members, relatives, friends and supporters in a brief but emotional ceremony at the airport with the police having cordoned off and closed the gates to the lounge. The Finance Minister arrived at the airport at 9.40 PM and went ahead to hug the MPs one by one and several of his supporters for about 15 minutes. "I am very grateful to all of you who are here today. I would like to urge you to pray for us. It is only prayer that we require from you. I am not going to make a speech. Thank you very much," Uhuru said in a record speech that lasted 20 seconds. Uhuru travelled to The Hague with assistant minister Lewis Nguyai. His supporters started pitching tent at the airport as early as 7 PM where members if several women groups dressed in traditional regalia and various uniform sang traditional songs. Gender Minister Dr Naomi Shaban, MPs John Mututho, Maison Leshoomo, Peter Mwathi, Nemesyus Warugongo, Peter Gitau, Jamleck Kamau were among those who were at the airport to see off Uhuru. A contingent of police officers with three sniff dogs had been stationed outside the departure lounge before Uhuru arrived.- The Standard. - VIDEO
WORD OF TODAY
2 Chronicles 19:11 - (Bible in Basic English)
Act with Courage
In Swahili the word courage means "Jipatie moyo", the English word for courage comes from the French word coragecoeur, which means 'heart.' That's why we say, 'Don't lose heart.' and in Kiswahili "usife moyo". The truth is: (1) It takes courage to face the truth about yourself. Jesus said, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free' (John 8:32 NKJV). But before the truth sets us free it usually puts us through the wringer because the truth about ourselves is not something we like hearing. (2) It takes courage to change when staying as you are feels more comfortable. If you're willing to leave your security zone, step out in faith and follow God, you'll be tested. But you'll also reach heights you thought were beyond you. And you'll go further than others who possess greater talent than you do. (3) It takes courage to stand for your convictions when you know they'll be challenged. Any time you're willing to stand for something, or try something, somebody will take a shot at you. A book writer Emerson once wrote, 'Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon there's always someone to tell you you're wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires the same courage a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.' When Nehemiah's enemies threatened him he said, 'Should a man like me run away?...I will not' (Nehemiah 6:11 NIV). As a result he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in a record 52 days and got a book in the Bible named after him. How's that for courage? Usife moyo ndugu na dada.
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PRESIDENT KIBAKI TO ADDRESS KENYANS IN NEW YORK, USA
H.E. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., MP, President of the Republic of Kenya, is in New York attending the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. H.E. will meet and address the Kenyan Diaspora on Thursday September 22nd 2011, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at The Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue, 45th, New York, N.Y. 10017.
PROPOSED REFORMS FOR FAMILY
The government proposes to change the family route visa process and introduce tougher rules. The proposal will relate to marriage visas, defendant’s visa’s and family visitor’s visa‘s. The proposed changes include definition of a marriage to curb sham marriages, will also set minimum income threshold, extend probation period from 2 years to 5 years and also will make it mandatory for English requirements for all applicants under 65 years.
The new changes once implemented will affect most families settled in UK who invite their family members as visitors to UK, those who wish to conduct marriages outside the UK or those who have dependents who wish join them in UK.
The minimum income threshold that sponsors will be required to meet will affect most families who are on low income and /or receiving income support/benefits.
The consultation stated on 13th July and is due to be closed on 6th October 2011. If you wish to respond to the consultation you can do so at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/family-migration-consult
It is advisable to those who wish to submit application, travel outside the UK to conduct marriages or issue marriage application outside the UK and /or wish to invite their families to seek legal advice immediately.
For more details, advice and assistance or any help with family matters, visa application and appeals, you can contact MartynsRose Solicitors on:
Tel: 0208 538 1397, 07931 116 124
Capturing Idi Amin - 33 min documentary
Amin is also known for allegedly sending the then US President, Richard Nixon, a "get well soon" card just after the Watergate scandal, and telling the then Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, to "pack her knickers". - CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO
Driver's 'Extremely Lucky' Escape From Lorry
A motorist has had what police described as an "extremely lucky escape" after jumping over a crash barrier just before a lorry smashed into his car. The unnamed man from Manchester was changing a tyre on the hard shoulder when he leapt out of the way - leaving behind the mangled wreckage of his silver Mazda 323. He had been fetching the spare from the boot when he glanced over his shoulder to see the red Scania charging toward his vehicle. Moments before the lorry struck the motorist was able to throw himself clear. Pictures released by North Yorkshire Police show how the car was left a heaped mass of metal on the busy A1, near Wetherby, Yorkshire. The lorry driver also managed to escape uninjured, police said. Police are investigating the collision, which happened on Monday morning, and have asked witnesses to get in touch.
Face-off at ICC as Ocampo picks new team
The International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo has picked a new team of eight experienced prosecutors for the second round of confirmation of charges hearings. Some of the prosecutors have previously worked or are working on cases for the ICC in Africa. Prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo is scheduled to have a round table meeting Wednesday with Kenyan journalists at the ICC. The team will be led by Ms Adesola Adeboyejo assisted by Adeboye Akingbolahan, Olivia Struyven, Desiree Lurf, Shamiso Mbivso, Ramu Bittaye, Arthur Siribu and Nawamaka Enjebe. The prosecution will rely on witness statements and other material. The team will battle it out with the defense counsel of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Postmaster General Hussein Ali. The defense counsel for the three also comprises foreign and local lawyers with vast experience in international cases touching on crimes against humanity. British counsel Steven Kay QC will lead Uhuru's team while Muthaura's team is led by Karim Khan. Evans Monari and Gershom Otachi are in Ali's defence team. Morris Anyah will represent the victims of the 2007 violence without any knowledge of what is contained in documents filed by the prosecution and defense. Uhuru Kenyatta who us at The Hague plans to give his defence. However, Ocampo wants the appeals Chamber to disqualify Muthaura's counsel Essa Faal on grounds that he had access to information touching on the suspects during the time he worked in the prosecutor's office. The Pre-Trial Chamber II cleared him. Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova will kick off the hearings against the three at 3.30pm Kenyan time. The sessions will run up to October 5. Uhuru, Muthaura and Ali are facing charges of murder, forcible transfer of persons, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts. The crimes were allegedly committed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
Signs you may have a prostate problem
Always get them checked by your GP
The prostate gland may be small - about the size of a walnut - but it causes problems for millions of men in the UK. The most common sign of prostate disease in men is problems with urination, although this can also be caused by other medical conditions such as diabtetes. Problems urinating can be caused by an enlarged prostate, an inflamed prostate or even prostate cancer. As these three conditions often have symptoms in common, men should always get them checked out by their doctor. All men should visit their GP if they experience:
Other less common symptoms include pain when urinating; pain when ejaculating; problems getting and maintaining an erection and blood in urine or semen. Both an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer are more common in older men. An enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a benign condition that affects more than three million men in the UK, and it's thought that over a third of men in their 50s has symptoms of the disease. Prostate cancer is the biggest cause of cancer in men in the UK, and the second biggest cause of cancer death. Each year, around 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 9,000 men die from it. Six out of ten cases occur in men over the age of seventy. Prostatitis, an inflammation of the tissues of the prostate gland, is sometimes caused by an infection, but in most cases the cause is unknown. It is most common in men aged between 30 and 50 years, but men of any age can be affected.
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Man pushes woman onto Tube tracks in trivial row over hat
Police are hunting a smartly dressed man who pushed a woman onto the tracks at a Tube station after an argument about his hat. The 23-year-old victim missed the live rail and managed to pull herself back onto the platform at Leicester Square station at about 11.20pm on Friday. Detectives said she had started talking to the stranger after a night out and a trivial row developed on the northbound Northern line platform. British Transport Police today released CCTV images of the suspect, who fled the station after pushing the woman onto the tracks. She was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises and was later discharged. Detective Sergeant Fin Egan, who is investigating, said: "This was a dangerous and reckless act which could have had grave consequences had a Tube train been approaching. The victim suffered a nasty cut to her side as she landed on the rails, but was able to pull herself back up onto the platform. "The platform was busy at that time on Friday night and I am appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the images or who witnessed the incident to get in contact." The man is described as white, aged about 40, and with a thin build. He was wearing a blue shirt, a black suit-style jacket and a black wide-brimmed hat. He wore orange or yellow tinted glasses and spoke with a foreign accent.
A KENYA LADY KILLS HER TWO SONS IN SWEDEN
The woman had personal problems - sources says that she came back from Kenya where she had a misunderstanding with the family.
PASTOR ALEX MUKABA TO WED
Pastor Alex Mukaba and Miss Orenella Berahino wedding will be held at May Green Crescent, Hornchurch, RM11 1EJ at 12.00 noon and the reception will follow thereafter at in Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Newbury Park, London, IG2 7RH, on Saturday 24th September, 2011 as from 16.00pm. Invitation by card. For more information contact number 07424549361, 07958110359 or 02080909081.
BRITAIN FACES AN EARLY BIG FREEZE
Britain was warned of another big freeze this winter – with snow expected to sweep in as early as next month. Temperatures are forecast to drop to below average for the time of year over the next few months. The early onset of winter was predicted by experts at Exacta Weather. Long-range forecaster James Madden said on its website: “As we head towards winter, I expect to see the first signs of some moderate to heavy snowfalls as early as October or November in certain parts of the UK. “I expect December, January, and February to experience below-average temperatures, with the heaviest snowfalls occurring within the time frame of November to January across many parts of the UK.” The UK and Ireland would be hit by “prolonged periods of extreme cold and snow from the Arctic regions as cold easterlies or north-easterlies develop”. Mr Madden said: “Huge swirly low-pressure systems also offer the potential for widespread disruption from heavy snowfall across many parts of the UK including the South, as they clash with the predominant cold air.” He warned of “frequent and prolonged cold spells with heavy falls of snow from blizzard-like conditions”, with Scotland and the North braced for the worst of the weather. Paul Michaelwaite, forecaster at Netweather, warned “widespread” snowfall could be seen as early as November. “We are looking at October being cooler than average, and November looks like another cold one, with temperatures below what we would normally expect. “December looks on the cold side, although we are not looking that far ahead yet.” Mr Michaelwaite added: “Over the past four or five years November snow has not been rare at all, and with temperatures below the average there is the chance of some widespread falls.”
Italy's sovereign debt rating cut by S&P on growth fear
Italy has had its sovereign debt rating cut by Standard & Poor's, the latest move in the European debt crisis. Markets shrugged off the decision, with shares rallying in morning trading. S&P cut Italy's rating by one level to A from A+, and kept it on a negative outlook, saying that weak growth prospects may undermine the country's ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order. Italy said the move had been influenced by "political considerations". Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the downgrade had also been dictated more by stories in the media than by economic reality. Having started marginally lower, European stock markets then rose in morning trading. Italy's MIB index rose 0.2% in the first two hours, while the German Dax was up 1.1% and London's FTSE 100 0.7%. "S&P were only catching up with the markets," said Jane Foley, currency strategist at Rabobank. "The markets have been penalising the Italian bond market for some months now for its fragile coalition [and] messy budget talks."
Face-off at ICC as Ocampo picks new team
The International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo has picked a new team of eight experienced prosecutors for the second round of confirmation of charges hearings. Some of the prosecutors have previously worked or are working on cases for the ICC in Africa. The team will be led by Ms Adesola Adeboyejo assisted by Adeboye Akingbolahan, Olivia Struyven, Desiree Lurf, Shamiso Mbivso, Ramu Bittaye, Arthur Siribu and Nawamaka Enjebe. The prosecution will rely on witness statements and other material. The team will battle it out with the defense counsel of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Postmaster General Hussein Ali. The defense counsel for the three also comprises foreign and local lawyers with vast experience in international cases touching on crimes against humanity. British counsel Steven Kay QC will lead Uhuru's team while Muthaura's team is led by Karim Khan. Evans Monari and Gershom Otachi are in Ali's defence team.Morris Anyah will represent the victims of the 2007 violence without any knowledge of what is contained in documents filed by the prosecution and defense. Uhuru Kenyatta who us at The Hague plans to give his defence. However, Ocampo wants the appeals Chamber to disqualify Muthaura's counsel Essa Faal on grounds that he had access to information touching on the suspects during the time he worked in the prosecutor's office. The Pre-Trial Chamber II cleared him. Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova will kick off the hearings against the three at 3.30pm Kenyan time. The sessions will run up to October 5. Uhuru, Muthaura and Ali are facing charges of murder, forcible transfer of persons, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts. The crimes were allegedly committed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
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Obama unveils plans to cut US deficit
US President Barack Obama has outlined plans to reduce the US deficit and to kick-start economic growth. At the White House, he proposed cuts to healthcare benefits but said business and the wealthy must pay higher taxes. He unveiled a plan to save more than $3tn (£1.9tn) over a decade that would pay for his plan to boost jobs, with roughly half coming from tax increases. Republicans in Congress, who oppose tax rises, quickly criticised the plan, which they say will not boost jobs. "Pitting one group of Americans against another is not leadership," House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said.
In a televised address from the Rose Garden at the White House, Mr Obama said that if the US did not act now, the burden of debt would fall on future generations. "Washington has to live within its means," Mr Obama said. "We have to cut what we can't afford, to pay for what really matters." Among the plans are proposals to cut some $250bn of spending on Medicare - the healthcare programme for the elderly. But that proposal came with a caveat - a promise from Mr Obama that he would veto any bill eventually passed by Congress that cut healthcare but did not include new taxes on the rich. Republicans were quick to respond to the speech. House Speaker Boehner, whom Mr Obama singled out in his speech for having "walked away" from a "grand bargain" during the debt-ceiling debate in July, said the president's approach was unhelpful. "This administration's insistence on raising taxes on job creators and its reluctance to take the steps necessary to strengthen our entitlement programmes are the reasons the president and I were not able to reach an agreement previously, and it is evident today that these barriers remain," he said. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the president's combination of "veto threats, a massive tax hike, phantom savings, and punting on entitlement reform is not a recipe for economic or job growth - or even meaningful deficit reduction".
Mr Obama said the wealthy and corporations should pay their "fair share" to cut the deficit. "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," he said. "It's hard to argue against that." Mr Obama suggested a "Buffett rule", which would see Americans who earn more than $1m pay the same rate of tax as those who earn less. The proposal refers to billionaire financier Warren Buffett, who has complained that he and his wealthy peers pay relatively less tax than the people who work for them. Many high-income Americans benefit from tax loopholes that see earnings on investment taxed at lower rates than wages. On Sunday Republican Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee and a proponent of deep cuts and no tax rises, described Mr Obama's plans as "class warfare". The president referenced Mr Ryan's criticism on Monday, justified his tax-and-cut package by saying simply: "It's not class warfare, it's math." Mr Obama began the speech describing the proposals as "finishing what we started this summer". In July, Mr Obama and Republicans in Congress clashed over a vote on the debt ceiling limit. The political back and forth resulted in a last-minute formation of a deficit-reduction "super-committee" of lawmakers. That panel, made up of six Democrats and six Republicans, is seeking $1.5tn in spending cuts to offset a rise in the debt ceiling agreed in the summer. Mr Obama's latest plans will also go before the committee, which is not obliged to accept the president's ideas. The debt-reduction proposals are the latest part of a growing package of plans from the Obama administration. In early September, Mr Obama outlined a $447bn job-creation proposal in front of a prime-time joint session of Congress, vowing that new spending would be paid for as part of the latest deficit-reduction plan.
Four residents die after drinking toxic brew
A resident of Muchatha village in Kiambu displays one of the brews 'Montello' alleged to have been consumed by four people who were found dead on September 19, 2011 morning.
Four people died on Monday at Muchatha village in Banana, Kiambu, after drinking a toxic brew. Three others were admitted to Tigoni Hospital after losing their sight. They drank the brew on Sunday at a local bar owned by a former administrator. Ms Patricia Nyokabi, who lost her 40-year-old son Samuel Kamau said: “My daughter called me today (yesterday) and told me that Kamau was complaining of a sight problem and also abdominal pains. I decided to go and see him but when I arrived, he had already died.” According to residents who stormed local bars and disposed of all brews in plastic containers, Mr Job Njoroge from Njoro village, Mr John Waiganjo from Nguruwe village and Ms Faith Wanja died after taking the toxic drinks. “It’s only days after eight people died in Ruiru and 19 in Nyandarua. Three months ago, 10 people died here in Banana after taking the deadly brews. How many more people will the government wait to die in order to take action?” asked Mr James Wanjohi, a resident. Administrators, led by area district commissioner Albert Kimathi, visited the area, promising to act. Residents, however, accused them of laxity in the fight against illicit brews. Elsewhere, former Cabinet minister G.G. Kariuki accused police officers of sleeping on the job. He said they were to blame for the deaths caused by the drinks.( READ: 20 more are dead in Kenya’s week of tears) Mr Kariuki said most of the law enforcement officers turned a blind eye on brewers and sellers of the drinks after receiving bribes. He was speaking at Kiamana village in Nyahururu District at the weekend. Nineteen people died in the area last week after consuming toxic brews. “Why did the provincial administration have to wait for the presidential directive for them to swing into action and raid the beer dens? It shows that all along they knew where the brewers operated from but turned a blind eye since they work in cahoots with them after receiving bribes,” he said. - VIDEO
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Separating conjoined twins Rital and Ritag: the journey
"We are very thankful to be able to look forward to going home with two separate, healthy girls," said Rital and Ritag's parents Drs Abdelmageed and Enas Gaboura. But it has been a long journey. They found out the twins were conjoined six months into the pregnancy. The children were born by Caesarean section in September 2010, joined at the head - a condition known as craniopagus. "I was preparing myself to live with conjoined twins twins forever," said Abdelmageed Gaboura. They were offered surgery to separate the twins at Great Ormond Street Hospital - it is one of the most complex surgical procedures. Even before the operation the twins had defeated the odds: craniopagus affects one in 10 million births, approximately 40% percent are stillborn or die during labour, a third die within 24-hours, while just 25% survive. Also, the history of separations, as Great Ormond Street doctors said, is "very much against the odds". - VIDEO
100 DAYS CHURCH CELEBRATIONS
London Mission Christian Centre, a upcoming young church in East London celebrated their 100 since their launch on Sunday 18th September, 2011. The senior pastor of the church Pastor Antony Kimani and associate pastors invited a large number of guests for the celebrations which took place at Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham, Essex. While addressing the guests at the ceremony Pastor Kimani explained that they are young church which is transparent. He explained that during that short time God has helped them to achieve a lot and they are planning to buy a building in the due course. The guest preacher at the ceremony was Pastor Stephen Kasuvu from Jesus Restoration Centre in West London. While preaching he got his message from Psalms 40: 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. Among the invited guests was the former Kenya High Commissioner HE Joseph Muchemi and his family who attended as family friends Pastor Kimani and his wife Caroline and several pastors. - VIDEO OF THE CHURCH LAUNCHING IN JUNE
Above left is the congregation at the celebrations and on right is Pastor S. Kasuvu of JRC delivering the word of the day
On right from left is Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mrs. Cecilia Muchemi wife of former Commssioner Joseph Muchemi and former commissioner Joseph Muchemi. On right is Mrs. Cecilia Muchemi cutting the cake to marke the occasion as Mrs. Caroline Kimani and her husband Pastor Antony Kimani look on. "Our church is a young church, we are baby who have just finished immunisation programme. We can resist diseases now. Pray for us." - Rev. Kimani explained - For more information contact Pastor Kimani on 07984817253.
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8 in court over lethal brew deaths
Eight people linked to an illicit brew that killed 19 people last week have appeared before a Nakuru court facing murder charges. The accused were however not required to plead to the charges after the prosecution said they needed to undergo mandatory mental assessment tests before they proceed with the case. State Counsel Vincent Nyakundi asked the court to remand the suspects at the Nakuru central police station until Thursday to allow for the examinations and submission of the reports to the court. Those facing charges are Esther Wangui, Rose Wanjiru, Everline Lumadi, Gadson Mwangi, Charles Munga, Mary Njoki, Zakayo Githinji and Peter Maina. Wangui, Wanjiru and Lumadi each face 12 counts of murder; Mwangi and Munga each face 19 counts while Njoki, Githinji and Maina face seven counts each. The charges against them state that they murdered 19 people on diverse dates between September 10 and 13 this year at Nyahururu Township in Laikipia County and Olkalou town in Nyandarua County jointly with others not before the court. The accused were represented by lawyers Lawrence Karanja, David Mongeri and Timothy Njogu. They are expected back in court on September 22 to plead to the charges. Meanwhile, at least three people have died after drinking illicit alcohol on the outskirts of Nairobi. Kiambu police boss Samuel Mukindia said the moonshine had high levels of methanol, which caused the deaths at Banana village. Another five people are in hospital after reportedly going blind following consumption of the lethal brew. Witnesses say the drink is dearly cherished by the majority there who cannot afford high-end alcohol. Naivasha MP John Mututho, who pushed through tough legislation on alcoholic drinks, visited the area and announced that he will sue the government and Internal Security Minister George Saitoti for failing to enforce the law.
THE LATE MRS. EMILY W. KANGETHE LAID TO REST
The last Mrs. Emily Waiyaiya Kangethe, mother to Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe of London was laid to rest on Monday 19th September, 2011 at her husband's farm in Ngewa, Kwamaiko, Githunguri, Kiambu. The ceremony was attended by over 3,000 guests, family and friends from all walks of life. The ceremony started at 11.00 a.m and ended up at about 3.30 p.m. Some families travelled from far and wide as far as from America, United Kingdom and South Africa. The late Emily Kangethe passed away on Wednesday 7th September, 2011 at Nairobi Hospital after a short illness. Among those who attended from London was the Kenyan journalist Gitau wa Njenga, Shem, Jane wa Mburu, Dennis Njoroge Marigi, Wa Beck, Veronicah of Harlow and Mr. Maji Waria among others. The memorial services in London took place on Friday 16th September, 2011.
Above left are the guests at the memorial service of the late Emily Kangethe in London on Friday 16th September, 2011 which took place IWRM Church, Manor Park, London and on right the family presented a number at the memorial
Above left is the late Emily Kangethe's family from left to right is Evon Njeri, Nancy Nduta Kangethe the last born of the late Emily, Mrs. Esther Wambui Kangethe - first born, Ruth Kangethe (2nd born) and Emily a grandchild of the late Emily Kangethe.
FTSE hit as Greek default fear spurs risk flight
Adding to the bearish sentiment was yet more evidence over the weekend of the political discord surrounding the crisis, after Germany's ruling coalition lost another regional election and a meeting of euro zone finance ministers brought no fresh policy developments and evidence of disagreement with the United States. The market jitters weighed on banks with Barclays (BARC.L), among the most exposed to the periphery states, down 6.5 percent. Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) fell sharply, down 6.7 percent, as the surprise resignation of its finance director also weighed. Shared risk in the event of a Greek default and little opportunity to diversify within the sector, even for UK banks, which are outside the euro zone, meant Jourovski was cautious on equities generally and "sharply underweight" banks. "A Greek default would likely mean a CDS credit event which would normally trigger some form of settlement. The consequences of this are not clear and while the UK banks are less exposed directly, there could be large collateral damage." The FTSE 100 .FTSE index closed down 2 percent, or 108.85 points, at 5,259.56. It is down 2.5 percent so far in September and 10.9 percent year-to-date. Declining investor risk appetite was also evident in the FTSE 100 volatility index .VFTSE, which rose 10.3 percent to 34.8. Implied volatility stood at 23.8 on Friday, Thomson Reuters Datastream data showed.
Kenyan MPs split on proposal by cabinet
Kenyan legislators are split on the proposal by the cabinet to amend the constitution to allow the general elections date moved to December from August next year. Critics read mischief in the move that has been vehemently opposed by the Constitution Implementation Commission linking it to a ploy by anti reformists to stall constitution implementation Assistant minister and Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth opposes the proposal urging the government to avail funds in the supplementary budget to allow elections in August while Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba claims the August date is untenable. Namwamba accused the Constitution Implementation Commission chairman Charles Nyachae of conducting his duties out of his mandate. Speaking at a function in Malindi constituency, Namwamba claims the CIC chair is managing the commission as an NGO or a pressure group not as a state organ that provides sober measured guidelines in implementation of the new constitution. He also argues that the constitution has a whole chapter to face amendment with necessary changes which the parliament and the government has a right to propose and pass or fail without going for a referendum. Namwamba also says the debate is premature and has and has come when justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has to publish the bill on proposed amendment which will be given 90 days of debate. Namwamba who is also the Parliamentary Committee chair on constitution said the government is also in the process of coming up with an Election commission and restructuring the police force which is key before the next election.
Tourist killer's accused in court
A Kenyan man has appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to two charges following the murder of a British tourist and the abduction of his wife. Ali Babitu Kololo denied the abduction of 56-year-old Judith Tebbutt, and a charge of robbery with violence. David Tebbutt, 58, from Herts, was shot dead at a remote Kenyan resort on 11 September. Somalian pirates are thought to be holding Mrs Tebbutt. A second Kenyan man, Issa Sheck Saadi, is expected to appear in court later. It is not clear if the people now holding Judith Tebbutt are the same as those who kidnapped her. Mr Kololo, who used to work in Kiwayi, the remote resort where the Tebbutts were staying, says he was forced at gunpoint to lead the gang to the hotel and was not a willing accomplice. The BBC's East Africa correspondent, Will Ross, says the court case may shed some light on the attack itself but it is unlikely to help in the effort to secure Mrs Tebbutt's release. He said the latest reports indicate she is being held near Haredhere, a pirate base almost 200 miles (320 km) up the coast from the Somali capital, Mogadishu - the same area where the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were held hostage for more than a year. "These pirates are unlikely to have any kind of compassion for Judith Tebbutt and the fact that her husband was shot dead in front of her," our correspondent added. "They are simply going to be after money, and the most likely scenario now is we are going to hear a ransom demand soon." British police have been in Kenya to help find Mrs Tebbutt. The couple come from Bishop's Stortford and their son Oliver lives in Watford. Somalia has been wracked by fighting between various militias for two decades, so weapons are widely available and there are many armed groups who could be responsible.
13 feared dead in Mwingi accident
Over 13 people are feared dead, 33 others seriously injured in road accident along the Mwingi -Garissa road 15 kilometers from Mwingi town. The bus is said to have lost control and rolled several times as it attempted to overtake a salon car at round 9 am Monday morning. Several people are still trapped in the mangled bus and police are making frantic efforts to rescue them. The dead include 5 males, 5 females and 3 children. Of the 33 Injured, 30 were treated and discharged while three others are admitted.Police say eight people killed on the spot. The ill fated bus was heading to Mandera via Garissa and had left Nairobi with a capacity of 62 passengers. On Saturday, 11 people perished in a road accident involving a bus and a lorry at Man Eaters lodge a few kilometres from Manyani Government Prison along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The bus was travelling to Nairobi while the lorry was heading the opposite direction when they collided. The accident comes barely a fortnight after Prime Minister Raila Odinga put traffic police officers on notice for sleeping on the job resulting in increased incidents of road accidents that have left several people dead in the recent past. He said police officers were not keen to implement traffic regulations and were instead using road blocks to extort money from motorists. Last month 23 people died in Ukambani while going back home from a dowry ceremony.
Briton catches 18ft anaconda in South America
A British man has captured what is thought to be one of the largest snakes in the world. Niall McCann, a 29-year-old biologist from Cardiff, snared the 18ft anaconda in the tropical rainforests of Guyana, South America, three weeks after he initially spotted the creature during his exploration with fellow traveler Dr Robert Pickles. The find occurred in 2009 but photos have only recently emerged. The pair had initially set off to search for “giant otters” but came across a river teeming with wildlife - an area never before surveyed by scientists. Speaking exclusively to Yahoo! News, Mr McCann said: “The animals there had never seen people before so you could get incredibly close to them”. Admitting that the Rewa River in central Guyana was “like the garden of Eden” he also revealed that during the three-week adventure across the river they spotted seven anacondas, four over 16 feet long.
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NRI couple want to give life to over 15 embryos
Jay and Ami Bharvada, a non-resident Indian couple from east London are planning to give life to 15 or so embryos they produced while using artificial fertilisation to create a "saviour sibling" in the hope of saving their ill child. "We are creating life. It is not something that we take lightly and although we are creating it to save another life, we didn't believe in discarding them (the embryos) or putting them into research. We are going to have a big family," said an excited Ami. According to a report in The Sunday Times, the couple are fertile but went through four cycles of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to screen the embryos and found the one that was not only free from the fatal condition that afflicts their son, Jivan, but also a tissue match so the resulting baby could give him a life-saving bone marrow transplant, the only hope of cure for the four-year-old child. The couple eventually found a suitable embryo and their daughter, Jaya, was born in May. But, they also do not want to discard the other embryos. Jivan is suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. The sufferer of this disorder is prone to cancers, internal bleeding, infections and a severe form of eczema that causes his skin to fall off. Her sister's stem cells will be used to treat Jivan. The couple also expect that Jaya would be able to give her brother a bone-marrow transplant once she is nine months old.
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Uhuru jets out for ICC hearings
The second batch of the Ocampo six has a date with the International Criminal Court judges from Wednesday this week for the Confirmation of Charges hearing. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta will jet out of the country Monday evening but Post-Master General Hussein Ali and Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura are reportedly in The Hague. Uhuru and Muthaura are accused of being indirectly responsible for the crimes against humanity that were committed in the wake of the 2007/2008 post election violence. They include murder, forced evictions, rape and persecution. On the other hand, General Ali is accused of facilitating the commission of the crimes. Uhuru will take to the stand to defend himself before presenting one witness. Muthaura and Ali will present two defence witnesses each for cross-examination. The proceedings will be presided over by Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova assisted by Judges Hans-Peter Kaul and Cuno Tarfusser. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta declared that he was not afraid to face the Hague based court since he is innocent and promised he would be back after the case is finally over. He urged Kenyans to pray for him as he awaits the confirmation hearings at The International Court. "You know those who took us there (Hague). I assure you that I will go and come back," said the minister for finance. He said those who have falsely accused him and his political detractors will be surprised to see him in the presidential race after the ICC case is finally closed.
Kenyan banks lose Sh145m in two months
Police are investigating the loss of nearly Sh145 million stolen from banks by fraudsters in the last two months. The criminals, police say, are technology-savvy as they use computer technology and the internet to steal from the banks. (READ: Woman’s agony after account drained dry) Police reports seen by the Nation show besides banks, other financial institutions and big companies have also lost huge sums of money. In one of the cases Sh10 million was stolen from Dyer and Blair Investment Bank. In another, Co-operative Bank reported Sh5.9 million was stolen and CFC Stanbic Bank has also lost Sh47 million. In all three cases, the culprits remain at large. But in a case involving loss of Sh4.9 million from Barclays Bank, police have arrested two employees who they are preparing to arraign in court. Fifty-five cases have been heard in court on the stolen cash. Mueni Muthoka was jailed for 18 months for stealing Sh4.4 million from Barclays Bank, out of which Sh3.1 million was recovered. A separate case saw CFC Stanbic lose Sh28 million after five people who had been charged for stealing the money were acquitted by court. The court freed them for lack of evidence.
In a separate case, Barclays Bank lost Sh53 million after Mr Stephen Maina Gichuhi, who had been charged with stealing Sh69 million, was acquitted. Sh16 million was recovered. The court freed him saying, “the charges were not supported by evidence adduced.” Another case involving theft of Sh2.5 million from Bank of Africa, Geoffrey Kundu was sentenced two-and-half years in prison. The Gulf African Bank also lost Sh38 million and Rashid Mwakauli was charged with three counts. He was jailed for two years for two charges and freed on the other charge. The same bank lost Sh6.1 million in a separate case in which Mr Nathan Mulwa was acquitted. South Nyanza Sugar Company also lost Sh8.5 million in a case involving Bank of Baroda and Kamili Packers Ltd, which is still under investigation. In total, 136 cases of fraud were reported to police in the two months and involved Sh295,969,805, which was reported stolen and Sh152,895,256 has since been recovered. The money was lost mainly through credit card fraud, electronic fund transfers and transacting using stolen cheque leafs. Forgery and embezzlement by bank staff was also cited. Police believe the amount reported reflect a small portion of real losses suffered since banks sometimes prefer internal disciplinary measures in cases involving employees. In December last year Sh500 million disappeared from major financial institutions. In another pending court case, Mr Geoffery Githaiga is charged with stealing Sh240,778 from his employer, Equity Bank. The case is scheduled for hearing on October 31. - Daily Nation.
WORD OF TODAY
Psalm 126:5 - (Bible in Basic English)
Weeping and reaping
Friends can hold your hand and cheer you along, but shepherding a God-given dream to fulfilment always involves watering it with your own tears. Neither fellowship nor friendship can lower the price of personal sacrifice required. That's the not-so-good news. However, the better-than-great news is - there will be a harvest! 'Those who sow in tears will reap with...joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with...joy, carrying sheaves with him.' But you must recognise what season you're in. There's: 1) A time for weeping. This is not an excuse for passivity, or a posture of weakness that reduces you to tears because life's not fair and things are tough. Nehemiah was moved to tears over Jerusalem's ruins. Then he sought God, developed a plan, put together a team and rebuilt the city. What moves you? What do you feel passionate about? 2) A time for reaping. Everything in life has a season and a reason (See Ecclesiastes 3:1-4). Those who understand the reason and maximise the season are 'like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season' (Psalm 1:3 NIV). Note the words, 'in season.' Fruit won't grow before its time. That's why you must discern your life's changing seasons and adjust to them. Even restaurant menus remind us that certain dishes are only available in season. You need to know when it's time to stop weeping and start reaping, otherwise you'll miss your harvest. Tears are for the sower, joy is for the reaper. So when your season changes, harvest your fields with joy! You've paid your dues; now it's time to enjoy what God has promised you.
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Singles meet to pray their way to marriages
The big day of prayers to help single women and men attract the love of their lives ended on a high note in Nairobi as thousands of eager people attended hoping to quit the ‘singles club’ soon. The Nyayo National Stadium came alive on Sunday evening with song, dance and prayer as inspired faithful placed their faith on Nigerian ‘apostle of marriage’ Chris Ojigbani’s magic wand to find them life partners and end life of singlehood. Sunday was the second and last day of the ‘marriage seminar’ organised by Ojigbani’s Covenant Singles and Married Ministries in which an estimated crowd of at least 3,000 Kenyans attended. The ‘pray-for-a-husband-or-wife’ day started at around 4pm and ran into the early part of the night, as hundreds of eager participants streamed into the packed stadium. It was not immediately clear how many people had successfully made the ‘catch’ right at the stadium, where colourfully-dressed women and men intermingled freely and expectantly. "I have been waiting for too long to start a happy family with a responsible God-fearing man. I can now feel it in my heart that my dream is about to be fulfilled," said Eunice Njeri, 35, as she swung with the music while on the terraces. Smartly dressed women with a sprinkling number of men filled the stadium’s terraces and responded excitedly to Ojigbani’s magic words. - The Standard.
Uhuru, Muthaura face Hague reality
Members of the Kikuyu council of elders pray for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang�a County, Sunday, ahead of confirmation of charges hearings.
Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta wrapped up preparations for his penultimate date with the prosecution at The Hague with prayers in Meru and Embu regions over the weekend. Speaking Sunday evening at Runyenjes, Uhuru said: "We go to The Hague in the full expectation that justice will prevail and the truth emerges. We are innocent, for the only thing we did was to help our people who had been displaced and evicted." He was in Runyenjes at the invitation of the area MP Cecily Mbarire, who is allied to the PNU wing of the Grand Coalition Government. Earlier on Saturday, Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi compared the Deputy Prime Minister to Jesus, telling a gathering at Uuru Stadium in Tigania East District that Uhuru was being crucified for crimes he was not responsible for. "Like Jesus Christ who was crucified for his truth and so is Uhuru, being crucified for assisting desperate Kenyans when violence erupted after the 2007 general elections," he said. Kiraitu said Jesus was crucified with two thieves and one of them asked him to remember him once he resurrected and formed the Kingdom of God. "In the same vain, we will expect you to remember our Meru community once you take over the presidency next year, as we have stood firm with you during these trying moments," said Kiraitu. And Environment Minister John Michuki said: "Some people in Western capitals are envious of President Kibaki’s achievements because 95 per cent of the Kenyan budget is self funded and that is why they have conspired to eliminate able leaders such as Uhuru."
Uhuru, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, leaves Nairobi this morning to attend the final round of confirmation of charges hearings at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the case, Uhuru and Head of Public Service, Francis Kirimi Muthaura are accused of bearing the greatest responsibility for the crimes of rape, murder, forcible transfer of population, persecution and other inhumane acts committed by Party of National Unity (PNU) supporters in the post-election violence of 2008. Also in the case is Postmaster General and former Police Commissioner Maj Gen (rtd) Hussein Ali who is accused of contributing to the same crimes. Both Ali and Muthaura are also expected to travel today. Uhuru made the tough decision to be witness for his own defence and sources said Uhuru’s lawyers, all based in London, are ready for the case and will be presenting the DPM for examination, cross-examination and re-examination in a bid to clear him of the charges. "Check the morning flight to Amsterdam, Uhuru is most likely booked on that one, but I’m certain he will be leaving today," said a source within the Minister’s team who requested anonymity. The confirmation of charges hearing for the second case runs from Wednesday to October 5. - The Standard.
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Kibaki arrives in New York for UN General Assembly
President Mwai Kibaki arrived in New York, in the United States of America to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The plane carrying the President and his entourage touched down at the JF Kennedy International Airport in New York shortly before 8:00 pm Kenyan time on Saturday evening 17th Sept. 2011. On arrival, the Head of State was received by senior officials from the Governments of the United States and Kenya. At hand to receive the President were staff at Kenya's Mission in New York led by the Kenya's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb. Macharia Kamau and his Washington counterpart Amb. Elkana Odembo among others. During the Assembly, President Kibaki will brief fellow heads of state on the outcome of last week's summit on the Horn of Africa crises. The Head of State will be seeking international support for implementation of the "Nairobi Strategy" adopted for enhanced partnership to eradicate drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa.
He will also be calling for international support to find a permanent solution to the crises in Somalia that has led to an unprecedented influx of refugees into Kenya that is hosting over 500,000 Somalia refugees. The U.N has convened a special high-level summit on Somalia next week. The theme of this year's assembly is "The role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful means." This is a pertinent issue to Kenya due to the role the country has played in brokering peace in the region. The UNGA assembly will hold sessions on peaceful settlement of disputes, a need that has become more relevant and urgent than ever at the international scene. The General Assembly will also deliberate on mechanisms of tackling looming crises from conflicts to climate change, and reaffirm its commitment to the service of peace. The forum is expected to examine the primacy and progress towards the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the sake of sustainable development and global prosperity. Other key issues in the assembly's agenda include desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development apart from commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration. The Head of State is accompanied by Cabinet Ministers Moses Wetangula, Beth Mugo, Chirau Mwakwere, Dr Noah Wekesa, Wycliffe Oparanya and other senior government officials.
Brazil catches Irish man with gut full of cocaine
An Irish man has been arrested in Brazil with almost a kilo of cocaine hidden in his gut, police there say. The 20-year-old suspect was detained as he tried to board a flight from Sao Paulo to Brussels. Officers said they became suspicious because he looked nervous. When questioned, he admitted having swallowed sealed capsules of cocaine. He was rushed to hospital, where he expelled 72 capsules containing 830g (1.8lb) of the drug. The hospital released a scan showing the man's gut filled with the oval-shaped capsules. The suspect is being held on suspicion of international drug smuggling. If found guilty, he could face five to 15 years in prison. Brazil is a major transit point for smugglers moving South American drugs into Europe's lucrative drugs market. Neighbouring Bolivia, Colombia and Peru produce almost all the world's cocaine. Every year hundreds of people - known as mules - are arrested trying to smuggle the drug on international flights. As well as the danger of being caught, smugglers who hide drugs inside their bodies risk having the capsules burst, with possibly fatal consequences.
"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge." - Thomas Carlyle
KENYAN'S NOTTINGHAM WELFARE ASSOCIATION
THE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE KENYAN'S NOTTINGHAM WELFARE ASSOCIATION INVITES ALL MEMBERS FOR THE MEETING AT THE AFRICAN CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION HALL ST ANN'S HUNGER HILL ROAD NG3 4NB ON 2/10/2011 at 4pm TO FINALISE THE REGISTRATION, AND ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION INCLUDING PROGRESS REPORT.
THEIR WILL BE A £1 CORRECTION TO PAY FOR THE HALL.
NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!!!!
Solomon son of David in the Bible is said to be cleverest man ever lived. Even with his wisdom, there same things in life which he did not understand. These things are:
18There are three things that amaze me—
no, four things that I don’t understand:
19how an eagle glides through the sky,
how a snake slithers on a rock,
how a ship navigates the ocean,
how a man loves a woman.
20An adulterous woman consumes a man,
then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
11 more perish in Kenya road accident
11 people perished in a road accident involving a bus and a lorry at Man Eaters lodge a few kilometres from Manyani Government Prison along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. Confirming the accident the Taita Police Boss Nathaniel Aseneka said 10 people died on the spot in the 1am accident while another died while undergoing treatment at the Moi District Hospital in Voi town where those injured are admitted. The Police Boss said both drivers of the lorry and the bus and a toddler were among the dead. The bus was travelling to Nairobi while the lorry was heading the opposite direction when they collided. Aseneka said the six people were recuperating at the Moi Hospital while the victims bodies were taken to the hospital mortuary to await identification and collection for burial by relatives. He said he could not establish the actual numbers of passengers on board the ill fated bus since seven passengers were ferried to Makindu Hospital in Makueni County. The Police Boss said the accident which occurred at 1.30 am may have been caused by wreckless driving by the bus driver. A survivor who spoke to the press on his hospital bed at Moi Hospital Tashid Tewa said the driver of the bus was attempting to overtake other vehicles when it collided head on with the trailer. The accident comes barely a fortnight after Prime Minister Raila Odinga put traffic police officers on notice for sleeping on the job resulting in increased incidents of road accidents that have left several people dead in the recent past. He said police officers were not keen to implement traffic regulations and were instead using road blocks to extort money from motorists. Last month 23 people died in Ukambani while going back home from a dowry ceremony.
Kenyan woman killed in Minnesota, USA
Murder charge: Self-defense claimed by Brooklyn Park man who cut wife 63 times
United States authorities are trying to locate relatives of a Kenyan woman suspected to have been murdered on Tuesday 13th September, 2011. Maurlyn Moore, was found dead in her apartment in Brooklyn Park in Minnesota suspected to have been killed by her Liberian husband Prince O. Moore Jr., 53. They had no children. Police suspect that the woman was murdered by her husband over what they describe as "marital issues". Her Maiden name is Maureen Masire and she is from the coast area (Mombasa). Maureen family is originally from Western province. She used to own a bridal shop in Arusha, Tanzania known as (American Bridal).
A Brooklyn Park man charged with fatally slashing his wife's neck and stabbing her dozens of times is claiming that he was defending himself because she had tried to stab him while he slept. Prince O. Moore Jr., 53, was charged Thursday 15th September, 2011 with second-degree murder in the death of Mauryn E. Moore, 39. He is in custody in lieu of $750,000 bail. According to the complaint: Prince Moore called 911 early Tuesday and reported that his wife tried to stab him in his sleep in their apartment on the 8100 block of Zane Avenue N. When police arrived, they found Mauryn Moore face down in the bedroom and Prince Moore lying next to her with his legs over her body. By her head was a bent knife and a large pool of blood, the complaint said; her neck was cut so deep that knife impressions were left on her spine. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office found 63 stab wounds to her hands, back, chest and face, according to the complaint. Prince Moore had minor stab wounds to his neck and chest. Charles Goah, senior pastor at United Christian Fellowship in Minneapolis, presided at the couple's wedding about four years ago. He said he was shocked at the news and had no indication of any trouble between the couple. He had talked to Mauryn Moore about two weeks ago, he said. "This is shaking our community and our church," said Goah, whose congregation consists mainly of people from Liberia. Prince Moore had sung in the church's choir and was on the building committee, but the couple hadn't been active lately, Goah said.
Wayne Doe said he knew Prince Moore when they both lived in Liberia. Moore immigrated to the United States in the mid 1990s. Doe also was stunned by Mauryn's death. The couple was often too busy to socialize, working long hours and attending school, he said. They have no children. Police hadn't had any domestic-violence related calls to the couple's home, said Brooklyn Park Inspector Todd Milburn. Hennepin County records indicate that Prince Moore had misdemeanor convictions in the early 2000s for disorderly conduct, violation of an order for protection and assault; none occurred in Brooklyn Park. Authorities said this was the third domestic-related homicide in Brooklyn Park this year. There have been five homicides in the city this year, the most since 1993. Domestic deaths aren't random crimes and often have a cycle of violence that police try to break, said Milburn. The city's police have specific protocol when responding to a domestic call. An officer will immediately take a detailed report from the victim and witnesses. Even if a victim doesn't want to pursue charges, police will still proceed with an arrest if there was an assault or credible threat of an assault, Milburn said. Officers will also contact a domestic violence advocacy group. "We continue to engage the community and provide education," he said. "There isn't a community nationwide that isn't somehow impacted by domestic violence." Violent crimes such as homicide, rape, assault and robbery have declined 21 percent in Brooklyn Park this year compared with the same time last year. Since 2007, reports of domestic violence have dropped 25 percent, Milburn said. - Startribune.com
WHAT IS MARRIAGE? Marriage is hard work. It means chores, disagreements, misunderstanding, and times when you might not like each other very much. But when you work at it together, it can be the greatest blessing in the world.
WORD OF TODAY
Proverbs 17:6- (Bible in Basic English)
Make your children proud of you
A Kenyan youth in UK tells of a day when his busy father took him for football match. Later when he read what his dad wrote in his diary, he was devastated: 'Went football with my son; a day wasted!' If you want your children to be proud of you: 1) Protect them. Guard them physically when they're young, and emotionally as they mature. Teach your son to respect girls, and interview the guys who date your daughter. Be sure to check out what they (and you) watch on TV, and especially the increasingly dangerous influences of the internet. 2) Listen to them. Don't be like the kid who told his mum, 'I'm gonna be just like dad when I grow up. My eyebrows are already growing together, and when people talk to me I don't listen.' Listening builds a lifetime bridge to your child's heart. 3) Be affectionate with them. Nothing builds security and self-worth in your kids like holding them. If you grew up without expressions of affection, make sure they don't. 4) Discipline them. But go one step further, model self-discipline in your own life. Don't just preach, live it! 5) Be fun to be around. Show your children your lighter side. Don't be so preoccupied with work or church that you're a bore. 'A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance' (Proverbs 15:13). 6) 'Walk the walk.' Former atheist Lee Strobel says: 'When I became a Christian my five-year-old daughter said, 'Mummy, I want God to do for me what He's done for daddy,' and she gave her life to Jesus. Make Christ attractive to your children, and they will be drawn to Him.
Our Guest Singer Today is Betty Bayo from Nairobi, Kenya - CLICK HERE
Memorial Services FOR Jane Kim
IT IS NOW ONE YEAR SINCE YOU LEFT US, TO US IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S JUST THE OTHER DAY. WE STILL HOPE AND WISH THAT YOU WILL CALL OR EVEN TURN UP AT OUR DOOR STEP. OUR HEARTS, THOUGHTS, EYES ARE HEAVY WITH TEARS. THE GAP THAT YOU LEFT HAS NEVER BEEN FILLED. NOT ONE SINGLE MINUTE, HOUR, DAY OR EVEN MONTH PASSES WITHOUT ME THINKING OF YOU.
TEARS AND THOUGHTS ARE HEAVY, WHEN I WALK INTO AN EMPTY HOUSE KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT COMING HOME. THE BED IS COLD AND BIG, THE NIGHTS ARE LONG AND SLEEPLESS, QUESTIONS ARE MANY AND THERE ARE NO ANSWERS. HOW I LONG THIS IS A DREAM? YOUR LOVE WAS GREAT, YOUR COMPANY WAS AMAZING, YOUR GENEROSITY, JOKES, SMILES AND EVEN YOUR WARMTH IS STILL FELT IN OUR MEMORIES.
YOU ARE SPECIAL, UNIQUE AND WONDERFULLY CREATED AND YOU STAND IN VICTORY IN CHRIST JESUS:
Bishop Wanjiru Banned from conducting marriages
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, the Housing assistant minister, has been banned from conducting marriages. The Kenya Gazette notice dated September 9 signed by the Senior Deputy Registrar of Marriages FSM Ng'ang'a withdrew Wanjiru's licence with immediate effect. Wanjiru, the MP for Starehe, is also the presiding bishop of Jesus is Alive Ministries which is part of the Redeemed Gospel Churches of Kenya. "Notice is given that in exercise of the powers confirmed by section 6 (1) of the African Christian Marriage and Divorce Act, the ministers named in the schedule hereto have had their licence to celebrate marriage under the provisions of the said Act cancelled," said the notice. The decision will affect thousands of Wanjiru's followers who jampack the JIAM church and offices on Haile Selassie Highway, Nairobi, every Sunday. Other church ministers whose licences have been cancelled are Rev Perminus Kinyua, Rev Julius Kigunda and Rev Joseph Kamau Njoroge of Christian Church International.
The registrar also banned Pastor Job Ngugi of Vision and Hope Revival Centre, Rev Joseph Boro of Nairobi Community Centre, Rev Robert Wafula of Jesus Worship Sanctuary, Rev Paul Mulatya Makula of Agape Community Ministry Kenya and Rev Gabriel Wanjohi Waweru of the Christian Church International from solemnising marriages. Wanjiru is known for her catchphrase 'The Glory is Here!'. She told the Star that the notice in the Kenya Gazette was "procedural" and did not mean she cannot conduct marriages. She said she had been licensed to marry couples but her status has changed. “I was then registered a pastor under the Redeemed Gospel Churches but now l am an ordained Bishop of the Jesus is Alive Ministries,” she told the Star yesterday. Wanjiru explained that she could not be registered both as Pastor Margaret Wanjiru of Redeemed Gospel Church and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of JIAM and had to choose one between them. Senior Counsel Paul Muite said it was "strange" that such action would be taken by the registrar. - The Star.co.ke
Due to the expenses anticipated to lay our loved one Martha Mwaura to rest, we would like to request your presence and participation (contribution) in a mini-fund raiser which will be held on this Saturday (17 /09/2011 at 4.00 pm (1600 hours) at John Mwaura’s (Buro) house. The address is 27 Wythefield, Basildon, SS13 3EN Essex.
Thank you for your continued assistance and prayers. God bless.
On behalf of the committee.
"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Groucho Marx
UBS trader Kweku Adoboli charged with fraud
Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader alleged to have lost UBS $2bn (£1.3bn) in unauthorised trading, has appeared in court in London charged with fraud and false accounting. He has been remanded in custody until a committal hearing on 22 September. According to the charges, the fraud took place between January and September this year. UBS is expected to provide more details of Mr Adoboli's trading by Monday morning. The charges add that Mr Adoboli filed false accounts between October 2008 and December 2009, and from January to September 2011. The 31-year-old worked for UBS's global synthetic equities division, buying and selling exchange traded funds, which track different types of stocks or commodities such as precious metals. Prosecutors say Mr Adoboli "dishonestly abused that position intending thereby to make a gain for yourself, causing losses to UBS or to expose UBS to risk of loss".
"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sayings of King Lemuel
1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
New rules for presidential aspirants
Eldoret North MP William Ruto (left) and Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa take to the podium during the burial ceremony of former chief Tirop Tilawen in Besiebor, Turbo on Sept 16, 2011. The two politicians have declared an interest in the presidential contest next year. Presidential aspirants must prepare to drop out of the race for parliamentary seats as the new election law takes effect. The Elections Act passed by Parliament last month bars candidates for the presidency from seeking other elective offices in the same general election. (Read: Vested interests versus Parties Bill) This effectively locks out Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and other politicians who have declared their interest in the presidency. “The law says that if you are running for the presidency you cannot run for another office whether MP or governor. You must be prepared to go home if you do not win the presidency,” Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo said Friday. On Thursday, Mr Musyoka formally bowed out of the race for the Mwingi North parliamentary seat which he has held since 1985. Speaking in the constituency, the VP said he would now concentrate his energies on the presidential campaign. - Daily Nation.
Kibaki signs Price Control Bill into law
The Government will now be able to control the prices of essential goods after President Mwai Kibaki Friday signed into law the Price Control Act. The Price Control Act provides for the regulation of prices of essential commodities in order to secure their availability at reasonable prices and for connected reasons. The move to regulate prices will cushion consumers against erratic increase of prices by unscrupulous traders. Under this Act the Finance Minister may from time to time, by order in the gazette, declare any goods to be essential commodities and determine the maximum prices of the commodities in consultation with industry players. The President also assented four other bills into law. They are the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Para-Professionals Act, 2011, the Tourism Act, the Nurses (amendment) Act, 2011 and the Appropriation Act, 2011. On the other hand the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Para-Professionals Act, 2011 makes provision for the training, registration and licensing of veterinary surgeons and veterinary para-professionals On its part the Tourism Act operationalizes and creates the national tourism strategy as well as establishes tourism regulatory, development and marketing bodies.
Among the institutions captured in the Act include the Tourism Regulatory Authority, the Tourism Protection Service, Kenya Utalii College, the Kenya Tourism Board, the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. The Act also establishes Tourism Research and Monitoring Institute, the Tourism Fund, Tourism Finance Corporation as well as outlining licensing and tax provisions. With regard to the Nurses (Amendment) Act, 2011 the amendment repeals section 4 of the Nurses Act to make new provisions in the membership of the Nursing Council of Kenya to include among others the Director of Medical Services, Director of Education, the Chief Nursing Officer, the Attorney General and other persons appointed by the concerned minister. The Nurses Act makes provision for the training, registration, enrolment and licensing of nurses; to regulate their conduct and to ensure their maximum participation in the health care of community and for connected purposes. The signing of the appropriation Act authorizes government to withdraw and spend money from the consolidated funds towards the service of the year ending 30th June, 2012 for public services as approved by the National Assembly.
COUNCILLOR MUNYAMBU'S MUM IS AROUND
Mrs. Gladys Nduati is in London. Mrs. Nduati arrived in London last week visiting her daughter Mrs. Mary Munyambu the wife of Councillor Daniel Munyambu of Basildon, Essex, UK. She is a business lady from Nairobi Dagoretti Market where she is a meat supplier for over 40 years. Her contact in UK is 07897472277.
Mututho blames govt. on brew deaths
Barely a day after 28 people died after consuming lethal brew in separate incidents in Nyahururu and Ruiru, police on Thursday stormed a factory in Kikuyu and discovered chemicals used in making the drinks. On Wednesday, police raided a store in Nyahururu and recovered a consignment of illicit brew ready for sale. Naivasha MP John Mututho blames the government for failing to implement the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2011 in totality saying only a few subsections are in force. The factory in Kikuyu was deserted; perhaps the owners hand got wind of the planned police raid, and left behind the chemicals they use to make the brew. In Ruiru area, MP William Kabogo led a crackdown where he accused local administration of colluding with brewers. Already 9 people have died in the area while others have been transferred to Nairobi for specialized treatment. In Nyahururu, dozens of cartons containing the popular Yokozuna and Sherehe drinks were confiscated in a store in the town. Begging the questions why is the being and sale of illicit alcohol going on despite a firm law being in place. Mututho blames the Ministry of Internal Security for failing to implement Section 68 of the Alcoholic Drinks control Act in totality. He says of the 18 items in the section only three are in force raising concerns on why the government is reluctant to enforce the rest. Mututho says the act is very clear on the packaging of alcoholic drinks saying plastic bottles have been banned.
A KIKUYU PROVERB
Mûremwo ni ndûgo oigaga atî nja îna mahiga
A bad dancer always complain that the field is not levelled
GOT PARALYSED AFTER EATING A FISH
Sometimes life can be very challenging. Today you might be walking and the following day you are on a wheel chair. This is exactly what to a Kenyan Gospel Musician Ann Kariuki a few years ago. On a normal day a few years ago Ann Kariuki sat down for supper which had a fish diet. While eating a fish born got stuck at the throat. The born was removed and taken to hospital where she ended up being operated. Later before she even recovered, she had an accident where she become paralysed. When she came out of hospital on a wheel chair she could not understand why go through all this but she had to sing this song on a wheel chair explaining that it is a cup of tears but she will drink on it until the end. In most cases, when you become in such a situation your friends ends up running away from you. You can help this lady in this dark days through MPESA on 00254-722242691. You can also ring and encourage her on the same number or through firstname.lastname@example.org - VIDEO
Kenyan Born Man Runs Naked at World Cup
The man who streaked during the England-Argentina Rugby World Cup game could show a cheeky side-step to special laws set up to prevent such disruptions. The 23-year-old Kenyan-born man, wearing nothing but face paint, dashed onto the field at Otago Stadium, New Zealand on Saturday and was seen by millions of television viewers. He was quickly apprehended and charged under the Major Events Management Act, which says a pitch invasion can incur up to three months in prison and a maximum fine of $5000. The act was introduced especially to prevent such disruptions during the tournament and tournament organisers and police were warning such pitch invaders would feel the full weight of the law. However, the man has now been offered diversion as a first-time offender and may avoid conviction. Dunedin police area commander, Inspector Dave Campbell, said the man met the criteria for diversion and police could not make exceptions, even if there was a perception a point would be made.
Police had to be expecting significant disorder – such as for the Undie 500 event – to seek authority to waive the diversion option, and that had not been anticipated for Saturday’s match, Campbell said. He would not go into why the man ran naked onto the ground, as the case is still before the court and the man has to meet certain criteria for diversion to be completed. “I know there’s a public perception that diversion is a soft option, but that’s not necessarily the case.” Reports suggest the man may have to pay $500 to charity, which may have been his eventual penalty, had he been charged, Campbell said. The dashing Kenyan-born pitch invader who dared to taunt Jonny Wilkinson adorned in only Argentinian face paint may have side-stepped a customary streaking fine. Despite New Zealand’s World Cup being governed by the stringent Major Events Management Act, the man who’s cheek – and cheeks – were seen around the world, is set to escape a possible prison sentence or $5000 fine because of his previously clean criminal record. - Vibeweekly.com - VIDEO
'I need a miracle': Desperate last Facebook
message of banker accused of £1.3bn fraud
The East London 31-year man who have caused shockwaves in the
financial and share circiles in the history of London
The £1.3billion figure easily dwarfs the £827million lost by rogue trader Nick Leeson, the man behind the collapse of Barings bank in 1995. It equates to about the same amount UBS is seeking to save by cutting 3,500 jobs worldwide. Speculation was mounting that he may have been caught out after the Swiss Central Bank unexpectedly devalued the franc last week, producing mammoth losses on one of his currency trades. It was then that Adoboli’s final Facebook message, believed to have been left on Tuesday, September 6, read: ‘Need a miracle.’ Adoboli’s boss John Hughes is reported to have quit his job in the aftermath of the scandal. Sources said he would have faced serious questions about supervision of staff. He could not be reached for comment last night. UBS is understood to have discovered the huge loss late on Wednesday afternoon. City of London Police commander Ian Dyson said the force was tipped off by UBS at 1am on Wednesday night 14th September, 2011.
Within three hours, detectives had entered the HQ of UBS and had also arrested Adoboli, who according to sources was a ‘work-hard, play-hard’ trader who enjoyed the company of a series of attractive women at his flat in Whitechapel, East London. Sources said he earned around £200,000 a year, plus up to £400,000 more in bonuses. Adoboli was formally arrested on suspicion of fraud by abuse of position, and was still in custody last night. Police are liaising closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and a decision on charges could be made over the weekend. He was detained on the third anniversary of the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, and just three days after an independent report called for tighter regulation of British banks, to stop potentially catastrophic ‘casino’ banking. His arrest stunned the City and there were calls last night for recommendations made by the Independent Banking Commission, chaired by Sir John Vickers, to be implemented more quickly.