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5 questions about the Somalia bomb attack

A man reacts on the site where a car bomb exploded at the center of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017.

 

A massive truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday killed at least 276 people and left 300 injured. Following are five questions about the attack, the bloodiest in the country's long history of violence and instability.

What was the target?
The bomb exploded at a junction in Hodan, a busy commercial district in northwestern Mogadishu that has many shops, hotels and other businesses. But there was no notable government, military or other strategic target there. For Matt Bryden, a Somalia specialist with Nairobi-based thinktank Sahan, "it's not sure" the K5 intersection was the intended target. Separately, a regional security source, who requested anonymity, speculated the truck may have been prepared for another operation that went wrong. A classic scenario is a two-bomb mission in which a first vehicle destroys the security around a protected target, and a second vehicle drives through the wrecked perimeter before blowing up. The two sources said the truck bomb also blew up a nearby fuel tanker, which made the toll even greater. AFP did not see the remains of any fuel tanker at the junction, although the place is often used by fuel hawkers. If the fuel truck was there, "was it pre-positioned or was it just coincidence?", asked Bryden.

What was the bomb?
The security source estimated the bomb at between 500 kilogrammes and two tonnes, which at the top end would be about the same scale as the device used by Al-Qaeda in the 1998 truck bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi that left 213 dead. Bryden notes that in previous attacks in Mogadishu, bombs have been estimated at between 800 kilos and a tonne — but the damage they inflict was far less than on Saturday, when windows were shattered nearly a kilometre away. Together with reports from the scene, this suggests the bomb was a mix of homemade and military explosives, said Bryden, pointing out that Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked group Shabaab "can't make charges this big without homemade explosives."

What about security?
The blast is a clear setback for the Somali security forces, which failed to "identify this (operation) and disrupt it" and ensure security at key access points in the city, said Bryden. Somalia's notorious Shabaab have a long record of being able to bypass checkpoints in Mogadishu, infiltrating the armed forces and moving around disguised in military uniforms. Preparing and assembling a bomb on this scale is "a pretty complex and relatively long-term operation," said Bryden.

Why no claim?
The two specialists independently agreed that the Shabaab were behind the attack, contending this is the only group in Somalia to have the resources to mount an operation of this size. They also noted that in the past the jihadists have kept their lips sealed whenever an attack inflicted a civilian toll that triggered intense public anger. Similar silence followed a bomb attack at a hotel in 2009 where students were receiving their diplomas at a ceremony — 23 people died.

What's the aftermath?
The first reaction has been anger. On Sunday, protests in the street highlighted the public's fury at the Shabaab — although, noted Bryden, discontent may also turn on the government for failing to prevent the blast. Beyond the public mood, though, the strategic situation is deadlocked. "The Shabaab has lost some important leaders to raids and airstrikes over the last year. But they are very good at replenishing leadership. This operation demonstrates that they retain this capability to plan and carry out large-scale attacks," Bryden said. "They are not losing territory at the moment. There is very little movement on the ground. On the surface at least, what we see is stagnation." - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

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Chebukati cannot edit poll results — Supreme Court


The Supreme Court has upheld Appeal Court’s decision to deny IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati powers to edit election results from constituencies. The apex court in the land on Tuesday ruled that poll outcome as announced at polling stations in constituencies is final. Where there are discrepancies between Forms 34A and 34B, the judges said, that matter should be left to the election court, thus Supreme Court. - Daily Nation.

 

Mob disrupts IEBC training at Awasi in Kisumu

 

 

High Court lifts ban on Nasa's anti-IEBC demos in city centres

 

Sharp drop in cash use among

Kenyans, thanks to technology

 


A public university college principal became the latest victim to lose Sh1 million in cash stashed in a bag that he had left in a hotel in Eldoret last week. This is amid the ongoing adoption by Kenya of cashless modes of handling public and private funds, disrupting the role played by brick-and-mortar banks as cash custodians. Kenya’s Safaricom  , for instance, has introduced a chip-embedded debit card, phone sticker and wristband for use in payment for goods and services which do not require one to own a mobile phone, but just a password. While this is Safaricom’s strategy to fend off fierce competition from online-based platforms that have seen Internet-based QR code payment services introduced, the raging debate centres on future cash usage in Kenya. Kenyans have a penchant for safe and fast payment platforms, while private and public entities see cashless payment modes as a way to secure their incomes away from crafty employees. The win-win situation has seen public sector players introduce paybill numbers, as well as bank accounts details, for use by anyone seeking services, with e-receipts issued as proof of payments. In turn, banks send a confirmation message to the individual entity’s payment portal to confirm the same. “As company directors, let’s start thinking about disruptions in the cashless space and visualise how it will be in 30 years. As a bank, we shall still be in business, but which business will that be?” asked Mr Charles Muchene, a non-executive chairman of Barclays Bank #tcker:BBK and East Africa Breweries Group  . He spoke during a one-day conference convened by the Institute of Directors, Kenya.

 

The e-citizen portal, hailed as Kenya’s path to full digitisation of government services, has every ministry and State agency advertising their paybill numbers and bank account numbers. This has also seen payments to contractors handling public tenders worth over Sh1 million directed via cheques, thereby stifling corruption avenues and enabling security agencies to trail the money. The Central Bank of Kenya has since directed banks to seek reasons and to document all withdrawals made by customers, with all large deposits in individual accounts not known to transact large sums of money being thoroughly scrutinised to combat fraud. “In the case of the Ministry of Lands, a complete overhaul of the front office collections saw revenue rise from Sh800 million to Sh9 billion in 2012, a 1,125 per cent increase,” observes a study conducted by Accenture Development Partnerships. Currency maker De La Rue has also aired fears over reduced demand for its services. It cites “orders shortfalls and market dynamics, for instance, cheque usage reduction and financial institution self-card personalisation,” in an article in the latest Export Processing Zones Authority annual report.


The Judiciary has also recorded higher collections, running into billions of shillings, with most courts now accepting mobile phone-based payments as proof of settlement of any service or fine charged. County governments have embraced e-payments for parking and fee charges for various services, while traders paying for single business licences have been directed to do so directly into the county government’s accounts and the deposit slip presented to the county licence offices as proof of payment for issuance of an annual licence. A survey across most companies shows many employees have been compelled to open bank accounts to receive their salaries, thereby reducing the use of the traditional brown salary envelope. Retail chains have also adopted cashless payment services while banks have joined the fray to promote their own interbank cashless electronic transfer service, Pesalink. It remains to be seen when and who else will join the cashless transaction mode, especially after payment platforms for matatu fares flopped. According to CBK, use of cashless mobile-based transactions has cumulatively grown at an average of 28.65 per cent annually in the past five years, with Sh3.35 trillion moved in 2016 compared with Sh16.32 billion in 2007 when M-Pesa was launched. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

Nakumatt store in Dar shut over unpaid rent, empty shelves

 

 

 

 

Death Announcement For Jeremiah Kamau

Gikonyo Of Washington State, USA

Its with great sadness that we announce the death of Jeremiah Kamau Gikonyo who passed away October Saturday 7th 2017 at CHI Franciscan Hospice Tacoma undergoing cancer treatment (Liver). Jeremiah hails from Gathiga village, Kabete and is a cousin to John Nganga Ndegwa of Federal way where he has been residing. Family and friends are meeting at Baba Eric’s residence (John Nganga Ndegwa) for prayers and funeral arrangements – Address- 32106 9th Ave S Federal Way WA 98003, Time; from 6PM You’re kindly requested to come and assist with this task. Rev 14:13 – “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, “Yes”, says the spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them”. - Diasporamessenger.com

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Habakkuk 2:2

 

Set goals for your life

We read in Habakkuk 2:2: "And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth. Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life: 1) Begin with prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against the wrong wall. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but…the LORD’s purpose… prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV 2011 Edition). 2) Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you. 3) Set deadlines. ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV). Without a definite beginning and ending, it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere. 4) List the steps you need to take. Then keep the list before you at all times; it will show you the path to follow. 5) Prioritise the steps in order of importance. What do you need to do first? What can you do later? An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head. 6) Take action – now. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV 2011 Edition). A mediocre plan that’s implemented always beats a brilliant plan that isn’t. 7) Do something each day to move you forward. For example, read systematically through the Bible in a year…call a specific number of clients every week…engage in physical activity every day. 8) Have goals you’re willing to devote your life to. The psalmist said, ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV 1984 Edition).

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 Storm Ophelia kills three as strong winds lash UK and Ireland


Three people have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland, one woman and a man died in separate incidents when trees fell on their cars. A second man died in a chainsaw accident while attempting to remove a tree felled by the storm. Thousands of homes and businesses lost power in Northern Ireland and Wales, along with 360,000 in the Republic. Police in Scotland say the storm has hit Dumfries and Galloway and it is forecast to continue over the region into the evening. In Wales, roads and railway lines have been closed and a gust of 90mph was recorded in Aberdaron, Gwynedd. The Welsh Ambulance service said a woman has been injured after being hit by a falling branch in Wrexham. In Ireland, the woman, in her 50s, died near Aglish, County Waterford, and a female passenger, in her 70s, was injured. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, the Gardai, Ireland's police force, said. One of the men died near Dundalk, Co Louth, after his car was struck by a tree at about 14.45 BST, the Gardai said. The other man, in his 30s, was killed in Cahir, Co Tipperary. All road users were urged to stay indoors and not travel unless their journey was absolutely necessary. Flights were also disrupted as several UK planes were forced to land or divert after reports of a "smoke smell" linked to weather conditions.

 

Why did Storm Ophelia turn the sun red?


Parts of England have experienced an unusual side effect from Storm Ophelia: a blood red sun. The former hurricane's powerful winds have pulled air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa - with the spectacular sight prompting "lots of calls" to the Met Office. Forecaster Grahame Madge explained: "It's all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction. "It's most likely the appearance of sunset at midday is caused by the particles scattering the light and giving the appearance of a red sun." Sharon Derrick was one of those admiring the dramatic skyline, saying: "Bristol looks like the film The Red Planet... the weather is bizarre." The Bristol Nomad - a part-time photographer - also took pictures of the "very freaky sky" over the city.
 

 

 

Bitcoin exchange clocks highest rate of $5,717.95

Bitcoin, the most powerful currency on planet earth

BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH HEADING TO $10,000 PER BITCOIN BY THE END OF THE YEAR

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 16th October 2017 with  exchange rate  of $5,717.95 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 13th October 2017 with  exchange rate  of 5,524.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Thursday 1st September 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,812.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Thursday 31st August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,764.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 25th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,603.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 25th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,432.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Monday August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,287.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 12th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 3,806.02 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 15th July 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2023.29 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Sunday 25th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,601.04 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 10th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,900.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 9th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,838.38 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 5th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,654.96 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 2nd June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,444.83 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Wednesday 31st May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,277.85 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 26th May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,256.87 against the US Dollar

On 3rd May 2017 the Bitcoin was worth $1,555.6 today Thursday 11th May - 1 Bitcoin = 1,873.63 US Dollar

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CHATAM HALL, UK ON FRIDAY 13TH OCT. 2017

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'I've paid for wedding, a house and a motorbike - and I'm in no debt'


Luke and his wife on their wedding day in Cuba

 

This year, Luke and his wife have paid for a wedding, bought a house, a motorbike and been on three holidays. The couple from East Yorkshire say they have no debt at all - but their situation is apparently pretty unusual. One of the UK's top finance chiefs says there is now a "pronounced" build up of debt among the under-30s. He says more and more young people are having to use credit cards or go into their overdrafts to pay for essentials like food and bills. Luke, who's 25, works as a delivery driver for a dairy farm and his wife, who went to university, is a manager at McDonalds. He told Newsbeat staying out of debt is achievable if you plan your finances and are prepared to make some sacrifices.

Here he gives his top tips
Luke says it doesn't matter how much you save, as long as you save something. "Every little helps. Whether you're saving £500 a month or £10 a month. "£10 a month is £120 a year - in five years' time that's £600 that you didn't realise you had.

"£600 is a holiday."
Luke says he doesn't buy things he can't afford. He also sacrifices nights out with friends because he can save around £50 a week by not going to the pub. "Don't live a lifestyle where you have to spend money to keep up with everybody else. "Wait until you're in a position where you can buy it. "Be yourself, be an individual and do it your own way."

Live at home for longer
For Luke, spending an extra couple of years living at home was worth it. He says it meant he didn't have to spend money on rent. "It's much better to own your property and then you've got something to fall back on later in life."

Shop around
When it comes to buying food and paying bills, Luke and his wife shop around. "Every pound adds up, every pence adds up. In the long run, a few pounds turns into a few hundred pounds. "If you're saving that every year, you're on to a winner."

 

 

Police raid Jimi Wanjigi home in Nairobi


Police officers raided the home of Jimi Wanjigi in Muthaiga, Nairobi on Monday hours after guns and bullets were seized at a house in Malindi said to be his. Nasa leaders including James Orengo, Johnstone Muthama and Junet Mohamed visited the home where they condemned the police action as illegal. “This illegal activity was undertaken because he is associated with Nasa,” said Mr Orengo. Mr Orengo said the police search was connected with a police raid that took place in Malindi on Sunday night.

 

ITALIAN INVESTORS

Police arrested four people in a house belonging to two Italian investors where five guns, 93 bullets and a wildlife trophy were seized. Mr Orengo claimed the weapons found in the Malindi house were planted. Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi said officers working on intelligence raided a house on Sunday night along Ngowa Road in Mtangani that is said to be rented to Franco Fantani and Giovanni Ferliga. Mr Muchangi said the housekeepers and security guards were arrested on Monday morning while reporting for duty. “The four suspects were also arrested at the house and have been taken for interrogation to help us in investigation,” he said, adding that “also recovered is a tortoise shell.” One of the security guards, who declined to be named for security reasons, told the Nation that many expensive vehicles had been going in and out of the home but he does not know the people. Mr Muchangi, who paraded the suspects before the press, said they were investigating to find the owner of the house. “The issue of ownership is subject to investigation but prior investigation have established that the house belongs to two Italians,” he said, adding that “we are yet to establish if the owners had sold the house to another person.”

 

PROBE

Mr Stephen Mulewa, one of the suspect who spoke to journalists under police watch, said he was hired at the premises by a wheeler-dealer allied to the National Super Alliance (Nasa). He said he was arrested on Monday morning after reporting work. “I arrived at the house in the morning and I noticed something unusual after seeing policemen surrounding the premises only to be told that firearms had been recovered at the premises,” Mr Mulewa said. Police restrained him from revealing more information about the incident. Mr Mulewa said he was unaware of the guns found in one of the stores despite having worked at the house for a while. Mr Muchangi said they are investigating whether the firearms were to be used in acts of terror. nHe said they received reports that some suspicious activities were going on in the house and police working on a joint operation raided the house and recovered the weapon. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

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Injustice is like a revolving door


Earlier this week, I happened to find myself in an impromptu political debate in a matatu from Gikomba. There is this Rwandese guy, from his looks you can gather that he has seen the passage of about 5 decades. His swahili diction has the mixture of Kisii pitched scent. He seems calm, his eyeballs pop out of their sockets every time he pushes that hard smile. His tear dam has gone dry over the years.

Apparently when the genocide started in Rwanda, he was a banker in the capital. He had gone to visit his folks 30 kilometres away with his family. The particular day, he woke up went for a stroll but on coming back he noticed a smoke piping up from his village. As he approached he heard a first gun shot. From the thickets he could see a group of youths chanting while a lifeless body of who used to be his papa lied on the ground.

Then they dragged the rest of his family, paraded them, amputated his mother, his sister and his wife with machetes.. He watched as they gang raped his 16 year old daughter and then slit her throat with a panga before torching all the houses. For the next 6 hours he squeezed himself in a porcupine hole as gunshots and screams filled the air around his neighborhood.

"Wakenya hamjui vita ni nini" he slowly mumbles out as he struggles to open the window.. He says he walked for 36 days in a dense forest, and every corner was a fresh heap of bodies. He got a company of 8 guys in the forest, and a times they were forced eat raw dead human body organs and leaves to survive. After 36 days they saw a tarmac and luckily they got picked up by UN caravan.. He is now a barber here in Nairobi.

So good people, we have come to that stage where our political gods have drilled stupidity in our skulls. One day those careless utterances we call posts and comments here will be the seed. And a negative seed thrives so fast even in infertile soil.. When it grows it will come back and haunt us. And when that day comes, teargas, military, demonstration, constitution or election laws won't stop anything.

When that day comes your career, your family, Kenya Power, safaricom or your useless Facebook account where you exercise your corwadness and premature stupidity won't be there. It will be a vacuum. You will watch as they burn your family and your political gods will be miles away skinny dipping their bellies in beach sand and saunas.

Every word you throw out there will one day come back. Remember a dead kikuyu is not greater than a dead Luo.... There is nothing like you are deader than me.... Let us not create walls, tomorrow you might need me.

 

 

 

THEY CAME WITH A MESSAGE FOR HON. RAILA ODINGA

Some of the demonstrators at Chatham House, London on Friday 13th October, 2017

 

THEM VS US - CONVERSATIONS OF WAR
By Joshua K. Njenga (TWITTER: @JKNjenga)

 

Just 8 years ago, Syria had an army, a police force, and an economy 4 times bigger than Kenya's. And then this happened:


________________
"Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa after the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. After security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing several, more took to the streets.

The unrest triggered nationwide protests demanding President Assad's resignation. The government's use of force to crush the dissent merely hardened the protesters' resolve. By July 2011, hundreds of thousands were taking to the streets across the country.

Opposition supporters eventually began to take up arms, first to defend themselves and later to expel security forces from their local areas."

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26116868
________________

 

Today, it doesn't matter who was right or wrong - for the families of the 250,000 Syrians that have lost their lives, and the 11 million who are living as refugees.

It doesn't matter whether their leaders will get "full bread" or "nusu mkate" when the conflict is over. If your child is dead, your home is destroyed, or your livelihood is shattered, all the talk about the size of bread is meaningless.

In the midst of all the chest-thumping that is happening in our midst, it's easy not to notice our unfolding tragedy. From conversations that take place around me, I get the feeling that our nation is suspended over a precipice, and that it is dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.

Every day I listen to conversations of war, conversations of ethnic profiling, conversations of police brutality, and conversations of secession.

On social media, I have seen conversations praising police killing of members of a certain community; conversations about how certain communities are good fighters, and how others cannot fight at all; and conversations about which communities should be wiped out.

On national TV, I have watched the President and Raila Odinga take part in the conversation (The President saying “sisi sio waoga” and Raila Odinga defending one of his allies who had advocated for violence).

On vernacular FM stations I have heard popular presenters asking their viewers to get ready to defend their communities.

From parliament, I have heard conversations about how communities will perform in the coming war – based on pre-match contest between Jaguar and Babu Owino. I have also seen a respected senator take part in this conversation. His exact words were “Kama mbaya, mbaya. Wacha kiumane”.

I have heard a governor and MP from his county participate in this conversation: the governor asking members of communities that did not vote for a certain candidate to vacate that county, and the MP donating machetes to his followers.

These are conversations that take place moments before nations step into the slippery slope from which there can be no turning back. These are the conversations that took place in Somalia in 1990. They are the conversations that Syrians were having in 2011.

Such conversations cannot be stopped or changed by an election, police action, or legislation.

We must first be bold enough to admit that Kenya has a serious problem and that it is a problem for which we must find urgent but lasting solutions.

I call this problem “Them Vs Us”. It is the problem that…
• Triggered widespread violence in different parts of our country in 1992, 1997, and 2007.
• Made thousands of people to flee back to their ancestral homes a few weeks before the August 8 general elections.
• Makes some people say they want to secede.

It is this problem that has now reared its ugly head form of an electoral dispute.

Unless we do something about it, sooner or later we will be forced to say goodbye to Kenya – as we know it.

The reason I wrote this piece is to ask us – the ordinary people – to start our own conversation.

It is a conversation which I hope will force our leaders to prioritize the development of a permanent solution to the “Them Vs Us” problem.

When our leaders say “our communities will fight”, they don’t mean them and their children; they mean us and our children. It is our children who will lose lives, forfeit education, and forego a future.

If we lose our country, they will fly their families to European capitals. Their children will go to the same high-cost schools, they will play golf in the same high-end clubs, and they’ll take holidays - to exotic destinations - together.

In the meantime, the rest of us – irrespective of tribe – will probably be sharing the same crowded tent at a refugee camp in Somalia or South Sudan.

Please share your views with love (without anger, acrimony, or abuse).

 

 

Hundreds of British people have been stopped in

Liverpool over immigration spot checks

Pictured are passengers going through the UK border (Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

Hundreds of British citizens have been stopped in Liverpool over immigration offences they cannot commit, an investigation reveals. Immigration officials have the power to stop and question people they suspect of breaching immigration law. But figures show the group most likely to be stopped are actually British citizens - both in Liverpooland across the UK. Home Office enforcement officers have carried out spot checks on 678 British citizens in the city over the past five years.That meant almost one in six of the 4,360 people probed between January 2012 and January 2017 was British. Only one of the hundreds stopped in the city was even arrested, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Bristol Cable. Some human rights lawyers have claimed the high number of British people stopped suggests the checks could be led by racial bias.The Home Office does not collect data on the ethnicity of people stopped, as the police are required to do when stopping and searching suspects.

Hundreds of British citizens have been stopped in Liverpool over immigration offences they cannot commit, an investigation reveals. Immigration officials have the power to stop and question people they suspect of breaching immigration law. But figures show the group most likely to be stopped are actually British citizens - both in Liverpooland across the UK. Home Office enforcement officers have carried out spot checks on 678 British citizens in the city over the past five years.That meant almost one in six of the 4,360 people probed between January 2012 and January 2017 was British. Only one of the hundreds stopped in the city was even arrested, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Bristol Cable. Some human rights lawyers have claimed the high number of British people stopped suggests the checks could be led by racial bias.The Home Office does not collect data on the ethnicity of people stopped, as the police are required to do when stopping and searching suspects.

• REVEALED: Massive increase in attacks on Merseyside mosques. "A person’s colour or perceived ethnic origin can never be the basis of a reasonable suspicion that someone is an immigration offender. Nothing in the data provided indicates that this is happening. More than 19,000 Brits have been stopped across Britain as a whole over the past five years, out of a total of 102,552 people caught up in immigration checks. The figures show more than 500 Pakistani citizens were stopped in Liverpool, and more than 200 Nigerians, Indians, Chinese, Romanian and Sri Lankan citizens also faced checks. Gracie Bradley, advocacy officer for the Liberty campaign group, said: “The Home Office doesn’t collect ethnicity data, so we can’t be sure on what grounds British citizens are being stopped.

“But so-called 'intelligence-led' immigration enforcement is rarely anything of the sort – in practice, these are often fishing expeditions based on 'intelligence' as paltry as a call from a disgruntled neighbour. This government has made spies of private citizens and public sector workers, forcing them to inform on tenants, patients or pupils – leaving documented migrants and BAME communities caught up in a web of state-sanctioned racism. “This move to in-country immigration enforcement is spreading division, exploitation and destitution across the UK. It blocks people from accessing education, healthcare, fair working conditions and shelter at the time they need it most, and it’s a damning indictment of our government.”

A Home Office spokesman told The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: “It is unlawful for an immigration officer carrying out their duties to undertake any act that constitutes direct discrimination based on a person’s race or ethnicity. "A person’s colour or perceived ethnic origin can never be the basis of a reasonable suspicion that someone is an immigration offender. Nothing in the data provided indicates that this is happening." Echo.

 

 

Somalia truck bomb death toll hits 137: police


MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct 15 – The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombing in a shopping district in the Somali capital Mogadishu surged to at least 137 with 300 people injured, police said on Sunday. “We are getting different numbers in terms of the casualty from the medical centres, but we have confirmed so far 137 (dead), most of them burned beyond recognition, police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP. “The death toll could be higher because there are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously.” The blast struck on Saturday afternoon at a busy road junction, reducing buildings to heaps of rubble and leaving vehicles in flames. Officials said it was one of the worst-ever bombings in this war-torn east African country. “This is the deadliest attack ever,” Mohamed said. “It is very difficult to get a precise number because the dead bodies were taken to different medical centres and some of them (were taken) directly by their relatives for burial.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. Rescuers were digging through the rubble at the junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of shops, hotels and businesses in the city’s northwest. “What I have seen at the hospitals I have visited is unspeakable,” said Mogadishu mayor Tabid Abdi Mohamed. – CapitalFM.co.ke

 

 

Banker's dumped girlfriend drives his

Mercedes into swimming pool in revenge


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Siaya Senator James Orengo (right) and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed lead Nasa supporters in demonstrations along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi on October 13,2017. They said the protests will continue.


The National Super Alliance MPs are now appealing to international agencies to move in and help investigate acts of genocide allegedly committed by police on pro-Nasa supporters as anti-IEBC demonstrations across the country continue. Siaya Senator James Orengo, who led at least 10 Nasa MPs in Nairobi on Saturday, appealed to the Independent Police Oversight Authority, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Kenya Human Rights Commission and Independent Medical Legal Unit to move to Bondo and investigate the killing of Kenyans by police. “We are appealing to credible human rights organisations to investigate the profiling and killing of Nasa supporters without justification. "They want to turn Nasa areas into the Biafra or Kosovo of Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his officers must be prepared to shoulder the consequences,” Mr Orengo said. “If the brutality against our people continues, we will not sit back and be butchered. We will take actions that will ensure self-defence against a marauding State,” he said, adding; “we warn Mr Kenyatta to be aware that he is steadily driving the country towards the end of Kenya as we know it.”

The MPs, who included Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Tim Wanyonyi (Westlands) and Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua, accused acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet of unveiling and executing a policy to eliminate Nasa supporters. On Friday, three unarmed people were shot dead at close range by police in Bondo town as pro-Nasa supporters intensified their anti-IEBC protests across the country. The police have struggled to explain the “rationale for the killings”. Whereas Mr Boinnet claimed the three were shot while trying to invade a police station, another officer said they were looting a shop.

POLICE STATION
Those shot included a 75-year-old woman, who is fighting for her life in hospital. Another senior officer said they were shot as they attacked a police officer in the course of the protests. “Our supporters on the ground have said none of these theories is true. "We have commenced our own investigations and welcome all agencies to help understand what happened in Bondo and other parts of the country,” Mr Orengo noted.

SECURITY
He said that in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Bondo, Migori and Homa Bay, police broke up the demos forcefully, resulting in several injuries, destruction of property and, most unfortunately, the death of three protesters. “The life of a Kenyan is more important than anything else that Matiang’i is trying to protect. "This regime has suspended the Constitution; if they continue, we will be forced to defend ourselves,” Mr Mohamed said. In Kisumu, more than two dozen people were hospitalised with conditions ranging from gunshot wounds to tear-gas inhalation. Among those hospitalised were over 20 pupils of Mount Carmel Academy whose school was invaded by policemen who threw tear-gas canisters at pupils in the middle of a lesson.

PUBLIC ORDER
This is the second time police have attacked kindergarten pupils in Kisumu. In Homa Bay and Migori towns, the police opened fire on demonstrators, wounding several. A number of survivors are in hospital. According to residents, the school was not a scene of the protests, but the police “still went ahead to attack it and endanger pupils”. “We have reasonable grounds to believe that these two State officers — Matiang’i and Boinnet — are criminally responsible for crimes against humanity that are systematically being meted out on Nasa supporters and their leaders in the name of preserving public order.”

GANGS
He said that Nasa holds the two responsible for the hiring of militias dressed in police fatigues and armed with tear gas and guns. These gangs, together with the police, Mr Orengo said, are carrying out widespread and systematic attacks against members of the population perceived as supporting Nasa and its leaders. “We have seen police officers armed with daggers and guns; we have seen militia in police uniform roaming the streets and descending on Nasa supporters while carrying tear gas canisters. “These police officers and support militia have express authority to murder, rape and commit other forms of inhumane acts with State protection and pay,” Mr Wandayi said.

MILITIA
Mr Orengo said that a group christened Nairobi Business Community had been attacking pro-Nasa demonstrators without police intervention. “The sole purpose of these actions is to help Mr Kenyatta and Jubilee keep power at all costs. "We warn that this country will pay heavily for these policies if they are not stopped now.”

CHILOBA
In Migori, politicians vowed to continue mobilising their supporters to stage anti-IEBC demos despite the Friday chaos. Led by Suna West MP Peter Masara and Nyatike MP Tom Odege, the politicians said they would not relent in pushing for removal of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba from office. The politicians accused the police of using excessive force on peaceful demonstrators. “We want to tell Matiang’i that he still lives in the past if he thinks he can issue orders against our constitutional right to picket. "From next Monday, we will be in the streets of Migori town every day until Nasa demands are met,” Mr Masara said.

NO ELECTION
On Friday, demonstrations in Migori town turned chaotic as protesters engaged police in running battles. Three people, including a 75-year-old woman and a boda boda operator, were shot and injured. “We want to call for a bigger turnout from Monday to press for free and fair elections,” Mr Masara said. The politicians reiterated the call by Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga that there would be no election on October 26.

PROTESTS
They said they were ready to ensure that no poll takes place in their constituencies. Similar sentiments were expressed by Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga and Alego Usonga MP Sam Atandi, who led anti-IEBC demos in Ugunja and Siaya towns. In Bondo, local MP Gideon Ochanda vowed to take legal action on police for using live ammunition against protesters on Friday. But Nyanza police boss Leonard Katana accused protesters of attacking police station. – Daily Nation

 

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Amb. Monica Juma DPhil CBS, Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Holds Bilateral Talks with

Hon. Rory Stewart OBE, Minister of State for Africa during her official Visit to the United Kingdom

 


The Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb. Monica Juma DPhil CBS, who is on an official visit to the United Kingdom today held bilateral talks with Hon. Rory Stewart OBE, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London. They deliberated on key issues of mutual interest including deepening Kenya-UK bilateral relations as well as the ongoing electoral process and preparations for the presidential election scheduled for 26th October 2017.


During the meeting, the Minister lauded Kenya for its pivotal role in the promotion of peace and security in the sub-region. In his initial remarks, the Minister said that even well-intentioned changes to the electoral laws so close to a polling date can be misconstrued. He, therefore, called upon the Jubilee Party and the NASA coalition for tolerance and urged them to cooperate with the IEBC to ensure that the forthcoming Presidential Elections are conducted in accordance with the constitution and as directed by the Supreme Court.


The Principal Secretary pointed out that Kenya’s unique circumstances, where an election was nullified as a result of process challenges without reference to result, make it necessary for amendments to be undertaken as a matter of priority. This is because it became evident during the Presidential election petition that there was lack of clarity in the law relating to the verification of results and transmission of presidential results which was a critical factor in nullifying the election.


Amb. Juma reiterated that the proposed changes are expected to bring clarity to the enabling law and regulation, and secure without doubt the expectations regarding the conduct of the election, behaviour of parties, and the parameters for invalidation of an election. In this regard, parliament considered it imperative to administratively and logistically secure the transmission and verification of results as well as clarify the legal provisions as regards the role of the Chairperson viz-a-viz declaration of results, the complementary system applicable in an election, and the penalties for wilful malpractices.


The Principal Secretary reassured the Minister that the proposed amendments intend to implement the declarations by the Supreme Court and seeks to support the work of IEBC by ensuring that the Commission has a clear legal framework that guides the conduct of the fresh Presidential election and any subsequent elections. She added that all stakeholders stand to reap the same benefits when the provisions of the law are clarified.


With respect to public demonstrations, the Principal Secretary stated that the Government recognizes citizens’ rights for demonstrations and picketing but they must be peaceful orderly and within the law. She emphasized that the police have exercised considerable restraint in the management of these demonstrations and the Government has urged them to continue doing so as they maintain law and order.


In this regard, Amb. Juma urged the United Kingdom and the international community to condemn efforts that seek to lead Kenyans towards disruptive activities, violence, and anarchy. Prior to that, the Principal Secretary paid a courtesy call on Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary & Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. On Regional matters, the Principal Secretary also held a meeting with Mr. Christopher Trott, UK's Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan. She was accompanied by Kenya High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Amb. Lazarus Amayo, Hon. Abdikadir Mohamed, Senior Advisor, Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Executive Office of the President and Dr. Korir Sing’Oei, Legal Advisor, Executive Office of the Deputy President.


Later in the Afternoon, the Principal Secretary and Amb. Martin Kimani, the Director of Kenya's National Counter Terrorism Centre and Special Envoy CVE joined participants as key speakers at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in a roundtable discussion on "Navigating Security and Democracy in Kenya". Other contributors at the well-attended forum included Mr. Andrew Kamau, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Petroleum, Hon. Abdikadir Mohamed among others. The event was moderated by Dr. Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute.


Yesterday, 11th October 2017, at the Chatham House Amb. Juma took part in a roundtable session as the main speaker and made an articulate and very informative presentation on "Kenya’s Democratic Development and Regional Position: Navigating the Path to Elections and Beyond." The roundtable that was organized courtesy of the Chatham Africa Programme was chaired by Dr. Alex Vines OBE, the Director for Regional Studies and Head of Africa Department, was attended by a cross-section of British stakeholders including Government officials, the diplomatic corps, the Business community, the civil society, the academicians and the Kenyan Diaspora among others.


 

Nasa, Jubilee supporters face off in London

Jubilee and Nasa supporters in London on Friday 13th October, 2017

 

Kenyans in the United Kingdom took to the streets of London on Friday 13th October 2017 to support their preferred presidential candidates. Jubilee and opposition supporters staged separate demos before the two groups faced off outside Chatham House, where Mr Raila Odinga was giving a speech. National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters held pro-Raila Odinga protests outside the UK Parliament. Jubilee supporters on the other hand held their demo outside Chatham House where Mr Odinga was giving a speech. They carried pro-Uhuru Kenyatta placards. Mr Odinga, in his speech at Chatham House said he will not sign Form24A as he is out of the presidential race.

 

 

"Am officially out of the election, no need to sign form 24A," he told the audience. A statement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission had indicated that Mr Odinga has to sign the form for him to officially pull out of the race. Later, the Nasa protesters went to Chatham House where they faced off with Jubilee supports. Nasa supporters demanded for free and fair elections and were chanting "Uhuru must go". Jubilee demonstrators said Mr Odinga should go back to Kenya and subject himself to elections. – Daily Nation

 

Raila hits out at poll observers in London speech


Nasa leader Raila Odinga gives a speech at Chatham House, London, on October 13, 2017. He said he has withdrawn from the presidential election.

 

Nasa leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not sign Form 24A – the statutory form the IEBC requires candidates to fill to withdraw from the repeat poll. Mr Odinga was quoted by Citizen TV saying he will not need to because he already wrote a letter to the commission to withdraw his candidature. Mr Odinga was in London to speak at the UK democracy hub Chatham House.

DEMOCRACY
In his speech, Mr Odinga decried the deteriorating democracy in Africa, which he said was partly attributed to the West’s waning concern. “While the West has previously underwritten democracy, it appears to be pulling back,” Mr Odinga said. He said the way in which elections were being held in Africa was confounding even observers “who do not know how to describe them”.

PEACE
Mr Odinga said elections in Africa are being judged “not by how free and fair they are but how peaceful they are”. “Performance of incumbents is getting judged by how they can be used to fight terrorism no matter the human rights abuses that accompany the fight and economic gains that come with doing business,” Mr Odinga said, in apparent reference to the initial endorsement by many observers of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on August 8.

OBSERVERS
He said elections in Africa had become a ritual “which must be won by the incumbent at all costs”. “Election observers will come weeks before the elections, stay mostly in the capital cities and at the end of it give a verdict that ‘although there may have been flaws here and there, by and large it was a reflection of the will of the people.”' Mr Odinga travelled to London on Wednesday, a day after dramatically withdrawing from the October 26 repeat poll. His visit, during which he met the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and a number of British government leaders, is meant to rally support for electoral reforms.

FREEDOMS
He regretted that regular multi-party elections have not translated into good governments and respect for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. “That’s why there is new thinking that rather than focus on elections alone, there is need to focus on building freer societies, separation of powers, independence of the media and the judiciary, devolution of power and resources, restriction of presidential power and respect for term limits.” But even as he spoke, Kenyans allied to President Kenyatta took to the streets to protest his withdrawal from the race, and asked him to go back to the country and subject himself to the fresh polls.

PROTESTERS
Just like at home, Nasa supporters held parallel pro-Raila protests outside the UK Parliament while Jubilee supporters picketed at Chatham House. Pro-Uhuru Kenyatta team carried placards with messages taunting Mr Odinga’s withdrawal, while the pro-Raila group urged him not to get into the process until reforms were made. Later, the Nasa protesters went to Chatham House where they faced off with Jubilee supporters, with each voicing support for the different sides. – Daily Nation

 

 

 

Nasa supporters defy Frd Matiang'i, protest in Nairobi County CBD

Nasa protesters flee after police fired teargas to disperse them on October 13, 2017in Nairobi County.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders and supporters on Friday engaged police in fierce confrontations during demonstrations against the electoral commission as Nairobi city centre remained under a lockdown. Police shot in the air several times to disperse the group that at some point clashed with rival members of the Nairobi business community.

CLASH

Police and Nasa supporters clashed along Moi Avenue and at the General Post Office as the protesters tried to force their way into the central business district.

All this while, the MPs, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and other leaders, remained in their cars as supporters marched along the streets. Police shot in the air several times to disperse the group that at some point clashed with rival members of the Nairobi business community. Police shot in the air several times to disperse the group that at some point clashed with rival members of the Nairobi business community. Police shot in the air several times and lobbed teargas canisters at the two rival groups baying for each other’s blood. Businesses remained closed for the better part of the afternoon as the confrontations were ongoing.

PEACEFUL DEMO

Earlier at the Capitol Hill office, Mr Orengo accused Dr Matiang’i of subverting the will of the people to demonstrate peacefully. He denied reports that Nasa supporters were responsible for looting businesses and destroying properties and cars during protests. “Whenever demonstrations are called, it is the responsibility of the police to provide security and bar criminals from taking advantage of the situation. Those responsible for destroying businesses were not Nasa supporters but criminal elements,” Mr Orengo said. Daily Nation.

 

 

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 The price of virtual currency bitcoin has topped the $5,000 mark for the first time, rising by 7 per cent within the last day and 75 per cent over the last month.  In sterling the cryptocurrency is now worth £3,936: just four years ago in October 2013, it was worth £100.   The latest surge in bitcoin prices comes days after the price dropped over $600 in minutes to around $4,200 after Russian authorities announced plans to block access to the 'dubious' websites of exchanges for cyrptocurrencies like bitcoin.  In terms of why bitcoin is storming ahead, it has been suggested that Amazon is toying with the idea of making the virtual currency an acceptable payment method.  US-based investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is also understood to be considering introducing a bitcoin trading desk.  The investment bank saw its profits fall over 50 per cent last year amid dwindling revenues across its conventional trading and investment platforms.  The price of bitcoin has also increased while the value of the US dollar against certain key currencies has fallen. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

 

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga arrived in London on Thursday morning ahead of today’s forum where he is expected to speak about his decision to quit the presidential race. Upon arrival the former Prime Minister posted a picture of a meeting with the global head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and later with Lord Mark Malloch Brown, a former British minister of African Affairs.  “Spiritual guidance is of utmost importance at this juncture in our nation's history. I value greatly the wise counsel that Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principal leader of the Anglican Church, imparted when I paid a courtesy call on him this morning,” he said. The meeting with Welby comes only a week after he met Anglican Bishops in Kenya led by Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit. On its website, Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent policy institute based in London, said Raila's public lecture was fully booked. During the event, Raila will discuss his decision to withdraw from the repeat polls, electoral reforms and how the next government can drive forward institutional reforms to strengthen Kenya’s democracy. He left the country last night, a day after he wrote to IEBC withdrawing his candidature citing frustrations in his quest for poll reforms. - The Standard

 

Putin Tells Central Bank Not to Create

Unnecessary Barriers to Cryptocurrencies



The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss cryptocurrencies. It was attended by top regulators including the central bank governor, her deputy, and the finance minister. While Putin acknowledged the risks associated with cryptocurrencies, he stressed the importance to not “build up unnecessary barriers” for new technologies.


Putin’s Meeting
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin held a meeting “on the use of digital technology in finance and the implementation of innovative financial tools” on Tuesday, according to the Kremlin’s website. The meeting was attended by Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina, Central Bank Deputy Governor Olga Skorobogatova and Qiwi CEO Sergei Solonin. “Today, I propose addressing a topic that is relevant not only for our country, not only for Russia, but is probably becoming relevant also for the rest of the world,” Putin addressed his colleagues. “I am referring to introducing digital technology in the financial, banking sphere, and using innovative financial instruments.” The head of state suggested that they discussed the use of cryptocurrencies, “taking into account all the various components of the problem,” Tass summarized.


Putin on Cryptocurrencies, Outlining Risks
Before the meeting started, the president of Russia gave a brief introduction on cryptocurrencies. “As is known, virtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies, are becoming or have already become very popular,” he began. “In certain countries, they are becoming or have already become legal tender, as well as an investment asset,” Putin continued, adding that: I would like to draw your attention to the need to use the advantages that are offered by new technological solutions in the banking sphere. He then pointed out some risks associated with using cryptocurrencies, stating that “the use of cryptocurrencies also carries serious risks. I know the central bank’s position; I have discussed this topic with the Governor on several occasions.” He elaborated: First and foremost, this is an opportunity for laundering illegal gains, tax evasion and even financing of terrorism, not to mention the proliferation of scams to which ordinary people can fall victim. Cryptocurrencies are issued by an unrestricted circle of anonymous entities. Therefore, buyers of cryptocurrencies may be involved in illegal activity. Furthermore, Putin emphasized the lack of security for cryptocurrencies. “If the system breaks down or, as it is trendy to say today, if there is a bubble, there will be no entity legally responsible for that. This is a serious matter that we should bear in mind when discussing this topic,” he described.
 


Do Not Create ‘Unnecessary Barriers’
Putin Tells Central Bank Not to Create Unnecessary Barriers to Cryptocurrencies. After outlining the risks he associated with cryptocurrencies, Putin went on to emphasize the need for regulations. Citing how many countries are already working on creating legislative framework for digital currencies, he asserted that “we need – based on international experience – to build a regulatory environment that will make it possible to codify relations in this sphere, reliably protect the interests of citizens, businesses, and the state and provide legal guarantees for using innovative financial instruments.” To that end, he emphasized: It is important not to create unnecessary barriers, of course, but rather to provide essential conditions for advancing and upgrading the national financial system. In June, Putin met with Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and briefly discussed the possibility of using Ethereum within the Russian government. The Russian President has been a proponent of new technologies. According to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Putin understands that hi-tech and the digital economy spur growth rates, adding that “it is not an overstatement to say that the president is passionately fond of it.”

 

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has quashed the nomination of Suba East MP John Mbadi as the House Minority Leader, saying due process was not followed. In his communication to the House, Muturi directed the NASA Coalition to re-submit their fresh list of leaders by November 17 when the House resumes from recess. The Speaker explained that he took the action after he had received conflicting letters from the NASA-affiliate parties over the alliance’s House leadership. Muturi further issued guidance that he will only receive official communication from the Minority Whip. Mbadi said the Opposition has no problem complying with the Standing Orders as directed by the Speaker. - capitalfm.co.ke

 

 

 

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The government has outlawed anti-IEBC demos in central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Citing Public Order Act, Interior Acting CS Fred Matiangi on Thursday said the ban was aimed at protecting Kenyans and their property.

RIGHTS
Dr Matiang’i cited Section 56 of the Public Order Act in making the decision even as he insisted that his order does not curtail the right of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters to demonstrate and picket. He said the ban followed a National Security Advisory Committee meeting and that it “was due to the clear and imminent danger, for the time being”. Dr Matiang’i said he had also met the Kenya Private Sector Alliance that he said complained to him about the demos and their effects. “We cannot go on this way. It is unfortunate to see people’s cars being smashed, property being destroyed in the guise of a peaceful demonstrations. We must respect the law,” he said.

REFORMS
Nasa leaders and their supporters have been taking to the streets of major towns in Kenya thrice a week and on Wednesday, they had vowed daily protests from next week. The opposition says the demos are aimed at pushing for systems and personnel reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The alliance wants the changes— including firing of 11 top officials accused of bungling August 8 poll, dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and French technology supplier OT-Morpho— effected before repeat presidential election. IEBC on Wednesday the election would proceed as planned on October 26 despite Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s withdrawal, a move the commission said was yet to meet statutory and legal requirements. Mr Odinga bowed out of the race citing refusal of IEBC to implement reforms to guarantee "a free, fair, credible and verifiable election". At the same time, the CS has said that the government would charge Nasa Chief Executive Norman Magaya for calling the demos that turned chaotic on Wednesday.

LOOTING
Some businesses were looted and property destroyed during the protests in Kisumu and the capital Nairobi. “We shall prefer charges against him because he is the one that called the demos, after we have quantified the extent of the damage,” Dr Matiangi told journalists at Harambee House in Nairobi. The CS called on traders who lost their property during the demos to record statements with the police. He said that the law requires one to notify the police of the demos, its route, its purpose, and await a response allowing it or turning it down, before proceeding for them. Mr Magaya did comply with the law, the CS said. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

HON. RAILA ODINGA ARRIVES IN LONDON


Hon. Raila Odinga arrived in London on Thursday morning 12th October, 2017. Nasa leader will address a public forum at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs - an independent policy institute based in London. “He left the country last night for the UK,” Mr Onyango said. He added that they expected the Nasa leader back in the country on Saturday morning. Mr Odinga’s departure last night caught many by surprise as it had been expected that he would travel Thursday night. His advisor Salim Lone had earlier in the week told the media that Mr Odinga would leave the country tonight just in time to address the forum dubbed Kenya’s Next Test; Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law Research. - Nasa leader Raila Odinga arrives in London accompanied by daughter Winnie Odinga - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

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Raila, Kalonzo off to Europe as repeat polls near


Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are expected to leave the country on separate trips to Europe and the US. Mr Raila is set to travel to London later this week to attend a public forum at the Chatham House, UK, where he is listed as the guest speaker in the event dubbed Kenya’s Next Test; Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law Research. “He will be in London for a day and half. He will leave Nairobi on Thursday night to be in London in time for the event that begins in the afternoon,” his adviser Salim Lone told The Standard. The ODM leader will discuss the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the August 8, presidential election and the reforms the Opposition would like to see ahead of the 26 October election. And Mr Kalonzo will be jetting out to Hawaii in the US for an unknown number of days. This comes as fears of the NASA brigade pulling out of the polls intensified with President Uhuru Kenyatta claiming Raila has been looking for excses to withdraw from the elections.


“Kenyans are tired and want to move forward. If you do not want elections, step aside so that the country can move forward,” said the President. He wondered why Raila had waited until more than Sh12 billion had been spent to organise the election before reaching the reported decision. Uhuru said he is ready for the election because he is sure that Kenyans will rally behind him as they did in the August 8 election. “We know that we won the August 8 election fairly and that is why we are ready for the October 26 election,” said the President when he addressed leaders from the coastal counties who gathered at Serani Grounds, Mombasa. Former Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar formally joined Jubilee on Sunday. - Source link-standardmedia.co.ke

 

 

Raila: Why I pulled out of repeat election


Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa (right) hugs NASA leader Raila Odinga after the press conference at the Okoa Kenya secretariat on Tuesday.  Opposition chief Raila Odinga has explained that he did not withdraw from the election to create a political crisis to force a coalition government. He said he took the decision because he did not want the culture of stolen elections to continue in the country. Raila explained that his pulling out of the race was meant to push for a free and fair electoral process in the country now and in future elections. "I don’t have to always be on the ballot, but I want my candidate or whoever will be on the ballot to participate in a free and fair contest. There is no need of going to an election whose outcome is already predetermined,” said Raila.


In an interview with a local radio station yesterday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader claimed they had information that the ballot papers were being printed at a godown in Industrial Area. "What they wanted to do is mark and stuff them in ballot boxes and say these are the votes. That is one of the reasons we withdrew. We cannot go to an election whose outcome is already known," said Raila. Raila made the remarks a day after he withdrew from the October 26 repeat race, saying the electoral agency had stonewalled on any attempts to initiate reforms necessary for a free, fair, credible, transparent and verifiable election. NASA had given the electoral commission 11 irreducible minimum demands which it wanted addressed before agreeing to participate in the fresh election. The repeat election was called after the Supreme Court on September 1 annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win at the August 8 polls. The Opposition leader also accused Jubilee Party of buying defectors who lost in the election to make it look like it has the numbers. The NASA chief later yesterday travelled to the UK where he will give a lecture at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House tomorrow, before jetting back on Saturday. - The Standard

 

 

 

A 39-year-old who sold everything he owned in exchange for bitcoin

now lives on a campsite waiting for the ultimate cryptoboom

A 39-year-old man in The Netherlands, Didi Taihuttu, sold everything he owned in exchange for bitcoin

 

A 39-year-old man in The Netherlands, Didi Taihuttu, sold everything he owned in exchange for bitcoin. After his father's death, he sold his business and spent nine months traveling the world with his wife and three daughters. During his travels, he met people who were using digital currency. He thinks digital coins such as bitcoin and the blockchain technology behind it are transforming the role of money and banks in society. Taihuttu plans to keep his lifestyle until 2020, at which point he hopes bitcoin and blockchain will be irreplaceable and his wealth will be worth three to four times as much. Didi Taihuttu believes in bitcoin, and in a big way. The 39-year-old has put his house up for sale — selling it in part for bitcoin — and now lives with his family on a campsite near Venlo in The Netherlands. All of his other items are for sale, too: the car, the motorbike, electric bikes, the children’s toys, clothing, shoes. With the proceeds, Taihuttu buys bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, betting that it will make him rich. “People will say,’You’re crazy,’” Taihuttu told Business Insider. “But we are an adventurous family and are going to gamble for a moment to live minimalist lives. If you never take a risk, life is boring.” Taihuttu thinks digital coins such as bitcoin and the blockchain technology behind it are transforming the role of money and banks in society. With blockchain, no third party is required to approve a payment — a role currently performed by banks — and a network of computers keeps a record of all transactions. “The Internet was a revolution for information. I think that blockchain and cryptocurrency are revolutionizing the monetary system,” says Taihuttu. “In five years’ time, everyone will say: ‘We could have seen it coming.’ I am responding to this change now.”

Traveling the world for nine months
In the summer of 2017 Taihuttu and his wife made the radical decision to sell everything. The couple have just returned from a nine-month world trip through Asia and Australia with their three daughters. The Taihuttus’ visits included Angkor Wat in Cambodia, swimming with dolphins near Brisbane, and relaxing on the beach in Thailand. Early last year, Taihuttu’s father, John, died from cancer aged 61. A year before, it became clear that the former professional football player was incurably ill. “It was a difficult period,” says Taihuttu, who ran his own company offering computer courses in Venlo for 11 years. “I had had it. I sold my business and we decided as a family to go travelling.”

The crypto-believers
During that journey Taihuttu kept bumping into people who were using digital coins. In Bali, he met a South African exchange trader who resigned after 17 years and went into crypto trading. And on the beach near Noosa in Queensland he spoke to someone from Dubai who was trading in bitcoin. Taihuttu kept in touch with them all. They maintain contact through Skype, analyze the market daily, and trade cryptomints based on what they’re seeing in the price action. “They are people who have a lot of experience in trading,” says Taihuttu. “That is what I am still lacking a little.” Taihuttu himself has been “in the coins,” as he says it, since 2010, when the currency was worth less than one euro. “I am an entrepreneur, so when I first heard about bitcoin, I said: Let’s do this.”

 

Minting bitcoin with dozens of computers
Along with a friend, Taihuttu set up a physical business to mint bitcoin after buying dozens of computers and video cards. When the value rose to several hundred euros in 2013, he decided to sell the coins. The entire stock. “If I had known then that four years later it would have been ten times more valuable, then of course I wouldn’t have sold everything,” says Taihuttu now. “But then I thought: I have to make a profit.” It wasn’t too much later when the value of bitcoin plunged and its value was no longer clear. Suddenly, Taihuttu’s cost of electricity and property rental were too high. Taihuttu then gave Dogecoin, a smaller emerging currency, a go. “I’ve had a tremendous amount of it, but that coin was worth nothing,” he says. “The portfolio that I had at the time was perhaps worth 200 euros.” In the end, he stopped minting for two years.

Dogecoin becomes a savior
During Taihuttu’s world tour, he got a message from a friend who had first told him about bitcoin. Dogecoin’s value had soared to ten to twenty times its previous worth. In the spring of 2017, bitcoin’s value rose to $3,000, and other cryptocurrencies climbed along with it. At work, at home, in the supermarket: suddenly everyone was talking about crypto craze. “That Dogecoin made me realize again: There is something going on in the world,” says Taihuttu. The fact that he continued to meet so many bitcoin traders on his family’s world trip was a sign for him. “This is no coincidence, I thought. So I went back into it again.”

Selling the house
Back home, Taihuttu went to the real estate agent and told them he wanted to sell his house for 85 bitcoin. The Venlo property had been on the market for eight months, yet remained unsold. The decision attracted a lot of media attention and the property has been sold under reservation to a cryptocurrency trader. “He came to the house with his wife and they both thought it was great,” says Taihuttu. “The asking price of 300,000 euros is as good as achieved,” says Taihuttu. What part of it will be paid in bitcoin is yet to be negotiated with the buyer. “It is likely that the excess will be partly paid for in bitcoin, so that I have no problem repaying the mortgage,” he says.

The system is not equipped
At the end of the day, banks are one of the biggest obstacles to selling a house entirely for bitcoin. Just like a conveyancer. Without the intervention of the latter, a house cannot change owner. The buyer typically pays the purchase price into a trust account set up by the conveyancer, which then passes the deed of sale. If the transfer of the property has been registered in the Land Registry, the conveyancer will transfer the amount to the seller. These transactions still have to be carried out in euros, because the conveyancer does not have a digital wallet to store cryptocurrencies. And there is another problem: What if the bitcoin falls in value in the few days that the purchase price is on the conveyancer’s trust account? “The entire system is not designed for it. I wanted to help start changing that,” says Taihuttu. “Unfortunately, it has not become what I had expected. We in the Netherlands have not yet reached the point where we have complete confidence in blockchain, so the notary will have to act.”

Minimalist lifestyle
The new lifestyle look a while for the Taihuttu family to get used to. Their luxury four-bedroom, 200-square-meter house has been swapped for a chalet on a campsite. Taihuttu’s three daughters, who had each had their own room, now all bunk in together. The family’s other items are also for sale, in order to buy as much bitcoin as possible. The family will continue this way until 2020, at which point Taihuttu hopes bitcoin and blockchain will be irreplaceable and his wealth will be worth three to four times as much. In the meantime, the family lives with fewer things. “That was ultimately the decisive factor for my wife to say yes to this plan,” says Taihuttu. “Education is the best for the kids. If you raise your kids to be too materialistic, it is not good. And that was what we were doing, to be honest.” And if things go wrong? “Then we will be without money for a moment. But I don’t think that that’s the worst thing that can happen in life.”

 

Facebook and Instagram outage has reportedly hit some parts of the globe. US and UK media on Wednesday reported that the two apps owned by Facebook had crashed in Brazil, Japan, India and parts of Europe.

 

Corridors Of Power: Disquiet in Ukambani over community’s political future


The disquiet in Ukambani over the community’s political future is becoming acutely distressing to many people. Since Monday last week, politicians and professionals have met several times to chart the way forward for the region that voted largely for NASA. A major concern: If flagbearer Raila Odinga boycotts the October 26 presidential rerun, where will that leave running mate Kalonzo Musyoka politically? To them, the Kamba nation will be the biggest loser. On Monday evening, three Wiper MPs and a former governor aspirant met at a Nairobi hotel on Mombasa Road to discuss the community’s fate.

Could there be plans to temporarily relocate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission away from Anniversary Towers in Nairobi’s CBD — to the Bomas of Kenya? A mole within the commission tells Corridors that as the chaotic NASA anti-IEBC demonstrations are now held three days a week, a move to Bomas “somewhat far from town” might be a good idea. It would end the disruption of business around the downtown building. And it would be easy for police to control demonstrators at Bomas, which has only one access gate.

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Has Hassan Omar abandoned his ideals? The principled man who spent most of his time fighting the establishment has set tongues wagging with his about-turn. Hassan is said to have been at the centre of identification of ICC witnesses in the case against DP William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Ruto and Hassan engaged in ugly spats over the matter as Ruto apparently believed the ex-Kenya National Commission of Human Rights commissioner was among people who wanted him jailed at The Hague. When he entered politics, Hassan linked Jubilee to all manner of ills, including the disappearance of Muslim clerics at the Coast. So when did Ruto become Hassan’s mentor, as he claimed on Sunday? Just like ex-Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba — who once said if his blood is mixed with Jubilees, it forms a fatal clot — Hassan has pulled a surprise. Now he may help Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

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Jubilee legislators yesterday had a field day in Parliament, taunting their NASA counterparts that have to pay their supporters to participate in anti-IEBC demonstrations in some perceived NASA strongholds. Four Jubilee MPs were overheard in the corridors telling NASA legislators to come clean and stop funding protests — if the people support their genuine cause. Another challenged them to account for the money recently collected from Kenyans, some in an M-Pesa account, to fund Raila Odinga’s presidential bid. They said that could be the money used to pay demonstrators. - Source link-the-star.co.ke

 

All eight presidential candidate will be on ballot

 

 

 

INTERESTING AS THE COURT ORDERS AUKOT TO BE

INCLUDED IN THE REPEAT PRESIDENTIAL POLL


The High Court has ordered the electoral agency to include Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot be included in the October 26 repeat election. Justice John Mativo directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to amend a gazette notice it had issued on presidential candidates to contest in the repeat election to include Mr Aukot's name. In his judgment, the judge ruled that Mr Aukot was party to the petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election, as an interested party. The judge said he sees no reason why the petitioner should not be included in the election. He said the election is not a run off but a fresh election, saying the former refers to competition between two leading candidates. The judge ruled that excluding Mr Aukot from the repeat election is a violation of his rights. - Daily Nation.
 

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BURIAL CEREMONY OF THE LATE GEORGE

NGETHE IS ON FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2017

Family and friends of our beloved brother, it's with deep regret and profound sadness we announce the sudden passing away of GEORGE JACKSON NGETHE, he passed away on 17/08/2017 in Livepool hospital (UK) George became ill in early April with pneumonia. George was a loving son of Felix Peter Kinuthia and the late Lucy Mumbi Kinuthia from Gachie Village (Kiambu) and Father to Prince Ngethe and Bridget Ngethe in (UK) brother to Felix Kariuki, Andrew Kiongera, Charity Wambui and Mercy Josephine Wanjiku. Cousins to Caro Charity Wambui Mwaura, James Karioki, Eric Waithiani, Susan Wanjiku, Pauline Ngere, Rose Wachu ,Chris Ndicu Karioki, Charles Kariuki, Mike Maigua and Charity Karioki...Relatives to Reacheal Machari (Oxford) Iko (Mama Brian) Oxford, Racheal Waweru (Oxford) and Nyambutu (Oxford) Family and friends are meeting for burial arrangements or contact details Nyambutu Oxford +44 7865 362003, Mama Daisy (Maureen) Northampton 07950590102, Jack (Northampton +44 7403 865259. Stev Kangunya Reading +44 7498 759442, Chairperson Kenya Community Association (KCA) Liverpool and +44 7852 121994 and George sister, Charity Wambui 07932 604659.

 

Well wishes who would like to assist financially, you are kindly requested you put your name and reffernce for the transparency and accounting purposes account Ruth Wainaina..(20-61-51..70465968 ) Barclays Bank. Thank you all for your kind contribution. George Jackson Ngethe will be laid to rest on Friday 27th Oct 2017. The Hearse shall leave Late George's house, 22 Huntley Road, L6 3AJ at 10.15am to Springwood Crematorium Rosemary Chapel. Church Service will be held from 11am to 1pm George will be laid to rest at Allerton Cemetery at 1.20 pm. Following the funeral, a reception will b held at Alive Believers Church function Hall in Kensington, 259-261 Boaler St, Liverpool L6 9DH from 3pm. There will also be an extension at Africa 9JA from 7pm. May God bless you as you continue to pray and console the bereaved family and as you Come to join us to celebrate alife that touched so many hearts. MWe will dearly miss you...R.I.P till we meet again.

 

 

Kenya Opposition chief Odinga

withdraws from Oct 26 poll

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 fresh presidential election. Odinga says he cannot participate in the election under the existing circumstances, arguing that the contest cannot be free and fair. “We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August 2008 do not happen again. All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” Odinga said. He spoke hours after the electoral commission sent a letter to him informing him that it cannot meet all his demands – including having another firm other than Al Ghurair print ballot papers and the exit of IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba. “We wish to reiterate what we have stated in the past that we will not allow autocracy back into Kenya,” Odinga said. The former Prime Minister pointed out that, “It is unfortunate that international actors who have supported Kenyans in their quest for democracy and good governance are now on the side of appeasing dictatorship in the mistaken belief that it will maintain stability.” “We shall not allow anything to dampen our morale. We won the battle for multiparty democracy. We won the battle for a new Constitution. We are going to win the battle for a free and fair election.”

The statement was read in shifts among the NASA principals, who said current the environment is not stable for a country to hold a free, fair and credible election. Other than the electoral changes by their counterparts in the Jubilee Government, the NASA coalition is opposed to the continued stay of several Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials, AL Ghurair, the firm that printed the ballot papers, among other contentious issues. “After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by NASA vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017,” Odinga asserted. According to Odinga, who was accompanied by his co-principals, “The IEBC has refused, neglected or failed to put in place mechanisms to correct these illegalities and irregularities. We deem that the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court cannot, therefore, be held.”

“Allowing the candidature of Raila Amolo Odinga and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka to lend credence to the election now scheduled is to participate in an illegality.” Following the decision, NASA leaders now want the IEBC to cancel the intended October 26 presidential poll and to conduct fresh nominations. Their demands, they said, are backed in the Constitution. “The procedure for nomination of presidential candidates is provided for in the Elections Act 2011, Section 13 (1) which states,” he said. The Elections Act 2011, Section 13 (1) which states: “A political party shall nominate its candidates for an election under this act at least ninety days before a general election under this Act in accordance with its constitution rules.” “It is clear that this provision gives adequate time to undertake the reforms necessary to conduct an election that is in strict conformity with the Constitution, the relevant laws and the Constitution,” the leaders said. “This being the case, it is our conviction that our withdrawal is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone.”

– Against Electoral Reforms –
NASA’s main bone of contention is anchored on the electoral changes that were being debated by Parliament. While Jubilee believes the changes are meant to facilitate a smooth transmission of votes, their counterparts in the NASA coalition say the “ill-conceived amendments to election laws are not only unconstitutional but go against international best practice that in the middle of an elections contest one cannot change the rules and put in place rules that seek to favour him.” “Moreover, these profound changes to the electoral architecture are being pushed through without the broad-based consultations as required by the Constitution.” Furthermore, Odinga argued that the amendments are intended to legalise and regularise the illegalities that led to the invalidation of the August 8 election. “It stands to reason that the motive for these amendments is to use the same tactics to rig the scheduled election,” they argued. Odinga is now preparing to jet out to the United Kingdom to give a lecture on the prevailing political situation in the country. Even with this, the coalition’s countrywide demonstrations against the IEBC will continue on Wednesday and Friday, this week. According to Siaya Senator James Orengo, they will first assemble at Uhuru Park on Wednesday, before making a major entry to the capital city. - CapitalFM

 

 

UHURU CELEBRATION SPEECH

AFTER RAILA QUITS ELECTIONS

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Chaos in Paris as THOUSANDS march against Macron - riot police deployed in ugly scenes

 

 

FORMER UK RESIDENT CAR STOLEN AT GUN POINT

A former UK resident Mr. Nelson Muriuki was confronted by several men in Kitengela, Kenya on Sunday 8th October 2017 with a gun and his car was taken by force. He quickly rushed to the police station and the police traced the car passed Namanga border on its way to Arusha. Mr. Muriuki and police took another car and followed the vehicle in Arusha. When they arrived in Arusha where they spent the night, the car disappeared from the satellite and they were unable to trace it. They went back to Kenya without the car. All his documents and mobile phone was stolen together with his vehicle. You can contact Mr. Nelson Muriuki in Kenya is 0722949801.

 

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UHURU KENYATTA IN TAITA TAVETA

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Raila unjust for wasting Kenyans' Sh12b,

we're ready for swearing-in - UhuRuto

 

The President and DP have condemned Raila Odinga saying he has subjected Kenyans to injustice by withdrawing from the election. But Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto have welcomed the NASA chief's decision saying they are ready to be on the October 26 ballot. "I hear he has withdrawn after making us spend Sh12 billion. That is injustice to Kenyans because that money could have been used on other development projects," Uhuru told Voi residents on Tuesday. IEBC has requested Sh13.79 billion for the fresh presidential election. Embattled CEO Ezra Chiloba told a Special parliamentary committee scrutinising the Supplementary Budget that the sum will cater for services and the purchase of election materials. Raila withdrew from the race earlier today and demadned that IEBC calls a fresh election. The former Prime Minister said it is only through his withdrawal that the country will have a free and fair election as per the law. Uhuru said: "We are however ready for the election. It is the people's right to participate in an election to choose their leader. The people will decide. There is no constitutional clause stating Raila must be on the ballot for us to have an election."

 

"RAILA SHOULD LET KENYANS MOVE ON"
The President said he is confident he will defeat Raila again, and by a larger margin, should the election take place as scheduled. He said Raila knew, even when "he forced the nullification" of the August 8 election outcome, that he cannot win majority votes, and that this is why he is not hunting for votes. "They are always at press conferences. But we are here to ask Kenyans to give us more votes again," he said, adding Raila wants to run away from the election. Uhuru said his rival is free to quit the election if he wishes as this will allow Kenyans to carry on with their lives. "From the day the court said we would go back to the election, our opponent has been coming up with excuses. Yesterday I said he wants to withdraw," he said. - The Star

 

 

KENYA SUPREME COURT COMMITTED A SUPREME CRIME

Prof John Githiga
www.ancciuniversity.org
www.allnationscci.org


Kenya Supreme court committed a supreme crime by the nullification of fifteen million Kenyans votes due to what they called “irregularitiesand Illegalities” (though they never proved irregularity). It has also been found that they used fake documents to overturn the will of the majority.They never considered the socio-economic and political effects of the decision. In the words of Fort Hall School of Government, “this was a coodeter by the civilians.” It was indeed high treason.


We had the privilege of watching the electoral process, which was preceded by prayers. Churches in the country prayed weeks before the election. Sunday before the election,IEBC (electoral Commissioners) prayed in Spirit. During the election, the commissioners reported the voting and everything was televised. There were international observers led by John Kerry, former Secretary of state of USA, who testified that the election was clean.


But the leader of the opposition had vowed that ifhe werenot elected he wouldtake the matter to the Supreme Court; and if the court did not rule in his favor, he wouldsplit the country. When he lost, he took the matter to the Court. We had privilege of watching the Supreme Court through the media. The lawyers who defended 16m, and IEBC made a compelling argument; but whatever they said fell on prejudicedears; and finally, the election was nullifiedby four judges. This raises a question: Can a supreme court make a supreme mistake? Yes, it was a US Supreme Court decision, which sided with MadalynO’Hair,an atheist, who wanted to defend her son from God by removing God from schools and public institutions.

The Court ignored the will of 99% of the people whose motto is “in God We Trust,” which is inscribed in US money. It granted Madalynher request and removed prayers and the Bible from publicinstitutions. Soon after this demonic resolution, Madalyndied mysteriously and her son committed himself to Christ and became a preacher of the Gospel.
It was also Jewish Supreme court which took Jesus to Pilate, a Gentile, and asked that the Prince of Peace be condemned to death. After Jesus death and resurrection, The Court ordered the disciples to never speak about Jesus. But “Peter filled with the Holy Spirit responded,“What isright in God’s eye: to listen to you or to God.?We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” President Uhuru and Ruto were prayerfully elected by the majority because of what they have done- economic advancement, democracy; and because of their commitment to God.

 

Raila, on the other hand, has been claiming to be Joshua; that is, he means that he is the Messiah who will usher people to the promised land.Drawing from the architype of his father, hebelieves that Kenya has not yet crossed the Jordan river, which implies: “not yet uhuru” (the title of his father’s book). As a false Messiah, he is deceiving the public; and that it is only him, and him alone who can make Kenya free. Yet ironically, he is achieving his goal using autocratic means. He dictated that if he werenot elected he wouldgo to court. After nullification of the presidential election, he is once again dictating that unlesscertain members of IEBC(those who are not in his pocket) are removed, there will be no election. He has indeed ushered chaos and socio-political upheaval in Kenya. The re-election has made the Kenya election the most expensive election in the world.


The Kenyan Government under the leadership of President Uhuru must ask itself the question: Are we going to deal democratically with a prejudicial narcistic person? If he is already using violence, are we going to deal with him with mere words? Does he have authority to malignthe Command in Chief, referring to him as a liar and kunyamba kwa punda? How long is he going to be allowed to destroy the economy of the country? Could Uhuru Ruto say as Peter,whether they are going to listen to God and the majority of Kenyans who spent long hours voting for them, or toone prejudicial narcistic person?


Prof John Githiga
www.ancciuniversity.org
www.allnationscci.org

 

Kenyans demand a refund from Nasa Paybill

 

 

The Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset to close and be turned into prison


 One of the UK’s largest immigration removal centres is to be shut down amid heightened criticism of Britain's system of migrant detention. The Verne in Dorset, which holds 580 people, will be closed by December and turned into a prison, potentially reducing the number of immigrant detention places in the UK by around 20%. Campaigners welcomed the move as a step towards reform of a system they say exposes vulnerable people to indefinite confinement, inhumane conditions and trauma. "The is the biggest single step away from the mass detention of migrants the Home Office has taken," Jerome Phelps, director of campaign group Detention Action, told Sky News. A spokesperson for the Home Office said the closure was "part of ongoing modernisation work".
 

 

 

 

Nasa finds refuge under 2013 court verdict


When Jubilee MPs concretised their plans to introduce changes to the Elections Act in their bid to seal loopholes used by the Supreme Court to annul President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 elections, Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga blinked. Insiders in the opposition coalition on Tuesday said Mr Odinga opened his eyes wider when the Jubilee Party, using its tyranny of numbers, introduced the Elections Laws (Amendment) Bill in Parliament in the last days of September. When Jubilee MPs and senators went ahead to constitute a committee to hear views from the public on the merits and demerits of the amendments without the participation of their National Super Alliance colleagues, there was talk within the opposition alliance over the possibility of the former Prime Minister withdrawing from the race.

INTENTION
Matters were complicated either by the slow pace or reluctance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in making the changes the opposition was demanding before the repeat presidential election set for October 26. Interviews with a number of MPs and top leaders in the opposition coalition revealed a picture of a team that was alarmed by the trap the Jubilee leadership had set in the amendments against their flagbearer. To them, the changes were meant to push Mr Odinga out of the race and, at the same time, provide a window for President Kenyatta to be declared duly elected after the possible withdrawal of his main rival.


ELECTION LAWS
And to withdraw from the race, the candidate has to inform the IEBC in writing; which he did. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said the commission received a letter of withdrawal from Mr Odinga, and that they will review the matter. In the amendments, the Jubilee legal team included a provision that will have President Kenyatta announced the winner should he remain alone in the repeat presidential race. In fact, they branded the proposed law as the “Raila Exclusion Bill”.


SOLUTION
On September 6, Mr Chebukati gazetted the date for the repeat election as October 17, with President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga as the only candidates. This meant that should Mr Odinga, who had insisted that Nasa was not to participate in the election without the reforms it was pushing for, pull out, President Kenyatta would have had his way. It was then that Mr Odinga and his co-principals instructed their legal teams to find a way out of the trap without handing the advantage to his political rivals. Sources said Nasa sought a way out and finally found refuge in the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that expanded Section 138(8) of the Constitution to include a provision that a presidential election stands cancelled and a new one should be held if a candidate withdraws from the race. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Former MP Jirongo declared bankrupt


Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo has been declared bankrupt after the court found him unable to service his debts. High Court judge Olga Sewe found that Mr Jirongo was unable to pay Sh700 million he owed eight companies.This means Mr Jirongo, who vied for the presidency in the August 8 General Election, cannot offer his candidature for such a position because the law does does not allow a bankrupt person to hold public office. - businessdailyafrica.com

“Don’t leave those suffering behind”


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017


On 14th October, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place; a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. This years’ theme is ‘Don’t leave those suffering behind’. This is to recognise that 78% of people in need of end-of-life care live in developing countries.


Hospice Care Kenya is a registered UK charity helping to bring compassion, care and support to children and adults living and dying with a terminal illness in Kenya. We believe that no one should die in pain, so we raise funds in the UK and work closely with local partners in Kenya to support palliative care provision where it is needed most.


What is palliative care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of people living with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, treatment of pain, and holistic treatment of other problems including physical, psychosocial and spiritual. A key component of Palliative care is the support of families and caregivers.


Kenya’s first hospice opened in Nairobi in 1991 with the support of Hospice Care Kenya. As you may know, Kenya nowhas more than 70 small hospices and palliative care outpatient units, and is at the forefront of palliative care development in Africa. This progress is credit to the hard work and expertise of our Kenyan partners such as KEHPCA (Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association), and support from Hospice Care Kenya has been instrumental.


However, many gaps remain; just 1 in 10 people have any access to palliative care; with only 1% of children able to access appropriate care. This means that many die in pain and isolation.


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MPs race against time to amend laws ahead of repeat election


Parliament is rushing against time to pass controversial changes to election laws as it resumes its sittings today afternoon. MPs have until Thursday to enact three bills before they go on recess until November. A joint committee of the National Assembly and the Senate has been collecting views from the public and it is expected to table its report in the two Houses concurrently.  The changes target the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, the Elections Act and the Election Offenses Act. The committee, made up of Jubilee MPs only after their Nasa colleagues questioned its legality, retreated on Friday last week to write its report at the Windsor Golf Club after four days of public hearings. On Monday, as the committee concluded its report writing, it emerged that it had adopted majority of the controversial changes with two weeks to the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26. The proposed changes, among other things, seek to amend the IEBC Act to drop the requirement that the commission chairperson must be qualified to be a Supreme Court judge under the Constitution. - Daily Nation.

 

 


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Raila says taking part in Oct 26 poll entirely his choice


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9 – NASA leader Raila Odinga says he is free to boycott the October 26 election if he feels that his demands will not be met by the electoral commission. Odinga, who spoke after a meeting with Kajiado leaders in Nairobi, stated that it is becoming increasingly clear that the irreducible minimums by NASA will not be met, but he was not categorical if he will take part in the poll or not. “As far as we are concerned, the IEBC has not responded positively to most of the issues we had raised. In as far as the notice is concerned, this is a democratic society and there is what we call freedom of choice. If I choose not to participate in a pre-rigged electoral process it is my democratic right, no court can order me not to do so,” he stated. He spoke soon after President Uhuru Kenyatta said in Mombasa that there is a plan by the NASA leader to boycott the fresh election.

“We hear that he wants to announce that he has removed himself from the elections on the 26th of this month. I do not know what reason he will give. The excuses are not ending and I want to tell him, Kenyans are tired. We want to move forward and I want to tell you if you do not want to participate, step aside and let us move forward,” he said. President Kenyatta said Kenyans want the issue of elections done with once for all and if Odinga is not ready to participate in the poll, he should withdraw as soon as possible. He criticized the Opposition leader for waiting for so long if his only plan for the fresh presidential election was to withdraw at the last minute. “Kenyans are tired and want to move forward. If you do not want elections, step aside so that the country can move forward,” said the President.

The President said Odinga has been looking for excuses to withdraw from the poll. He criticised him for waiting until more than Sh12 billion has been spent to organise the election before reaching the reported decision to withdraw. President Kenyatta said he is ready for the election because he is sure that Kenyans will rally behind him as they did in the August 8 election that was nullified by the Supreme Court. “We know that we won the August 8 election fairly and that is why we are ready for the October 26 election,” said the President when he addressed more than 15,000 leaders from the coastal counties who gathered at Serani Grounds, Mombasa. The President spoke after former Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu announced his decision to back his re-election and said the Coast region stands a better chance of realising more benefits under the Jubilee Government. - CapitalFM

 

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Wildfires devastate parts of California


At least one person is dead and two have been seriously injured in fires in Northern California. A state of emergency has been declared in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, north of San Francisco Bay. They are among eight counties affected by 14 major fires, which have burned through more than 49,000 acres and destroyed at least 1,500 homes. There were mandatory evacuations for up to 20,000 people late on Sunday but some residents found that escape roads were blocked by downed trees and flames. The death occurred in Mendocino County, but California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection director Ken Pimlott had earlier said that there would likely be more fatalities. The two people seriously injured have severe burns and are in a critical condition in hospital. According to the San Francisco Chronicle. more than 100 people have been treated for injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, at hospitals in Napa and Sonoma counties.Officials said strong, dry winds were fanning the flames and asked residents in mandatory evacuation zones to leave immediately for the four local shelters, according to reports by NBC Bay Area. In Sonoma County, the fire also forced all schools in Santa Rosa City to close for the day. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory warning late on Sunday until Monday at 11 a.m. PDT (1800 GMT). It said it expected winds at 20 to 35 miles (32 to 56 km) per hour and gusts of at least 45 mph. Patients at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa were being removed early Monday morning, according to NBC Bay Area reporter Laura Garcia. "Gurneys being brought out, people in wheelchairs and walkers loaded in cars,"
 

 

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Wait for nail-biting dash on Oct 26, Raila tells followers


Nasa leader Raila Odinga addresses a press conference at their Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi on October 9, 2017.

He said that he will not be compelled by any court to take part in a flawed electoral process.


Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday warned of a long drama-loaded fight to kick out top managers at the electoral commission as President Uhuru Kenyatta claimed the Nasa leader was on the verge of withdrawing from the repeat election set for October 26. Mr Odinga, who will be flying to the United Kingdom on Wednesday to give a lecture and return immediately, also declared that the courts will not force him to participate in an election against his free will, following a petition to have him forced to rescind his boycott threat. The former Prime Minister insisted that he would only go for a rematch with President Kenyatta if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission provides a level playing field.

CANAAN
He assured his supporters that the march to power was still on, but cautioned that it will not be easy as there will be a lot of drama, including defection of Nasa candidates who lost in the August elections. “Before this change can come, there will be a lot of drama. Many will fall by the wayside. Many will fall for the good things in Pharaoh’s court and forget that we are leaving Egypt for Canaan,” he said. Mr Odinga said the history of reform, change and progress in Kenya is that of the struggle of ordinary, grassroots leaders seeking to make Kenya a better place for all. “Change in Kenya has never come from Parliament, from the Office of President (OP), from State House, or from people who want things to remain as they are because they want to keep what they already own,” he said.

DEFECTION
He was referring to high profile defections of Nasa candidates who lost in the recent elections, among them former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, former governors John Mruttu (Taita-Taveta), Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), and former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma. “No Kenyan should lose sleep because individuals have gone to State House and announced their defection. "We are aware that the Jubilee Party has set up a defectors’ fund to finance the buying of leaders and losers and create the impression that there is an exodus from Nasa,” he said.

POLL DATE
But, speaking in Mombasa, President Kenyatta claimed that Mr Odinga was planning to pull out of the repeat election and challenged him to quit the race if he is not interested. He cited Nasa’s demands for changes in the electoral commission and a new printer of ballot papers, as well as claims that telecommunications company Safaricom abetted irregularities in the last polls and attacks on Parliament as part of the proof that Mr Odinga does not want a rematch with him. “He is free to withdraw from the race if he is not interested. "Kenyans must be allowed to move on. The Supreme Court declared that we must repeat the polls and we are ready for it, but our competitor has issues with everything,” Mr Kenyatta said.

DEMOCRACY
He said he did not know the reasons Mr Odinga will give when he announces leaving the race “because he is full of excuses”. During a talk show at a local TV station on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen claimed that Mr Odinga is set to officially withdraw from the presidential race on Wednesday. But Mr Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka scoffed at the claim. “They have started speaking for us. If any decision is to be made on our next move, it will be done openly and in a manner in which it can be defended. Kenya is a democratic country.”

COURT
The two leaders told their supporters to remain steadfast in the coalition, maintaining that in a free and fair contest, the Jubilee Party would lose. Mr Odinga was categorical, however, that he will not be compelled by any court to take part in a flawed electoral process. “Kenya is a democratic country and there is no court that can force me to participate in an election I know will be rigged. "This is a democracy. There is freedom of choice and if I freely choose to stay away, there is no way anybody, including the courts, can force me to participate,” Mr Odinga said.

BOYCOTT
He was reacting to the move by Pokot South MP David Pkosing to seek the intervention of the court to compel him to take part in the October 26 repeat presidential election. The MP argues that Mr Odinga must comply with the Supreme Court decision that ordered a fresh presidential election, and that his threats to boycott the election if certain conditions are not met will be unlawful. The MP argues that if the former PM and Mr Musyoka make good their threat to boycott the election, there will be a constitutional crisis that could plunge the country into uncertainty. On Monday, the High Court gave Nasa four days to respond to the suit as it emerged that Mr Odinga and his Nasa co-principals were yet to file their responses to the case. - Daily Nation.

 

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NASA says there is no need to campaign,

accuses IEBC of ignoring demands


The Opposition’s National Super Alliance (NASA) has maintained it will not participate in the coming elections if their demands are not met. The leaders said they had slowed down their activities because “there is no need to campaign for an election you will not participate in”. The leaders, who included Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and MPs Sam Atandi (Alego Usonga) and Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) as well as former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama, said “there is no point in participating in poll whose outcome is predetermined”. The claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had engaged in an aggressive vote hunt because they did not get the numbers in the August 8 elections. The also accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of ignoring their demands. “We will continue pushing for changes. We want the election to be free, fair, transparent, credible and verifiable. If our demands are not met, we will not participate,” said Mr Oparanya. They dismissed the Jubilee Party leaders’ trips to NASA strongholds, saying this would not change anything. They also dismissed Opposition leaders defecting to Jubilee, saying they were rejected by voters long ago and were unlikely to add value to Jubilee. They said NASA leader Raila Odinga’s former allies had only joined to Jubilee to get handouts and try to remain relevant. - The Standard

 

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60 years apart - and finds out he is one of the world's richest men

A great-grandmother has been reunited with her long-lost brother after being split up 60 years ago - to find out he is one of the richest men in the world. Ida Wilde, 83, never thought she would see her adopted brother Asgar Patel after he was forced to leave her Glasgow home and return to India. Mrs Wilde's aunt looked after him during India's turbulent Partition period in 1947 and young pair grew very close. After leaving the adopted family in Scotland, Mr Patel, now 78, returned to his homeland and built up one of the largest logistic companies in India. His successful career catapulted him into a six-figure salary and he is now a multi-millionaire and number 45 on Forbes' list of top 100 Indian business owners 2017.  His company Patel Roadways operates across the Middle East, India and beyond.  Mrs Wilde, of Irvine on Scotland's west coast, told the Daily Record: 'We were heartbroken when he left.  'For five years we had been brought up as brother and sister and it was sad to lose him. 'We kept in touch for a while but we moved around and so did his family. I often wondered where he ended up.


Why material things do not define success

Unfortunately, we spend our lives regurgitating what others’ definition of success is


Success is the acquisition of all your material desires. But is it success having all of your material needs met and a family that hates you? Money is not everything, they say so; success may just be developing an angel’s heart and winning over your tribe of people who would die for you any time anywhere even if it means struggling financially. How about love, family, friends, a career or enterprise that is enjoyable and abundantly rewarding? There is no single person, thing or place that can on it’s own be defined as success. No one person can universally define success. This unfortunately also means that no one can say for sure what it takes to succeed.

Parents, teachers, managers and mentors can attempt to help you achieve what they think success is. Success will generally be with regard to a particular manner, subject, work or profession — it rarely is anywhere closed to a wholesome view, teaching or mentoring. This is not necessarily bad news. Think about it; if no one really knows what success is, we really have no business spending valuable time and many sleepless nights worrying about achieving or not achieving it. A few elevated people can comprehensibly articulate what success is for them and know what it took to achieve the success they experience. Most have no idea how success can be defined beyond material possessions and are less likely to attempt a two-sentence tutorial on how others can achieve it. If they did it would be a guess. This is the reason why we spend copious amounts of time pursuing success as defined and described by others. Bob Proctor defined success as “the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal.’’

This means that success is not an event. It is a continuous experience. It is not something we chase after. It is a realisation that we come to experience. Success is not a tangible achievement. It is an ideal that the more conscious of us endeavour to live up to — one that must be worthy of us and not the other way round. Simple. Unfortunately we spend our lives regurgitating what others’ definition of success is and all our energy trying to achieve it by others’ methods without ever defining it for ourselves. My ideals in every perceivable sphere of life are not necessary yours. I therefore cannot define success for or to you and vice-versa. It follows therefore that I cannot teach, guide or mentor you on success and vice-versa. That said, to make a spirited attempt at helping you to succeed, it is imperative that I understand what your ideals are and work with you to articulate them. Together, we would then evaluate and audit your everyday experiences against your ideals. From here we can only take one course of action — to eliminate the negative variances between your experiences and your ideals by establishing a modus operandi for you that is uniquely based on the realisation of YOUR ideals. The material wins that you are likely to enjoy in the process are simply by-products of living your ideals. Here’s to your success. - bbusinessdailyafrica.com

 

 

Britain 'draws up battle plan for war with North Korea'


Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US. North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party. Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tensions in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported.  Among the plans disclosed by the Daily Mail is the deployment of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, before it has undergone flight trials. "We have plenty of ships to send… the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates. Britain’s new aircraft carrier could be pressed into service early if things turn south," a senior Whitehall source told the newspaper.

 

Statement from Kenyans in the Diaspora – UK and Europe under the

Banner of Uhuru Tano Tena Diaspora Network UK – 9th October, 2017

 


We as Kenyans in the Diaspora are concerned with the Divisive politics that the opposition in Kenya has been promoting with violent demonstrations that have brought the Kenyan economy to a standstill. We condemn any violent acts and support peaceful resolution of our political disputes through the ballot and the legal system’s in the country.

We support the parliamentary initiative to make laws that will ensure that the future elections are well run. We support the Bill in Parliament that amends a number of electoral laws. We feel that the proposed amendments are necessary to cure the ills noted by the Supreme Court that overturned the presidential elections of 8th August 2017 – even without proper justifications.

We call on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to proceed in organising the 26th October, 2017 without distraction from any quarter as provided for in the 2010 constitution and the relevant laws;

Kenya is sovereign state and the international communities should steer clear of interfering with clearly established democratic processes in Kenya.We call on the international community to instead support the IEBC the relevant institution mandated in carrying out the Presidential Elections on 26th October, 2017. We urge them not to support any side shows that distract the country and its voting public from exercising their democratic will of choosing the leaders of their choice.

We call on Kenyans to shun divisive politics and prepare to turn up in large numbers for the Presidential elections ordered by the Supreme Court on Thursday 26th October, 2017. We urge them to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta and His Deputy William Ruto for peace and unity of the county.

We firmly support re-lection of Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy on Thursday 26th October, 2017. We in particular urge the Kenya Diaspora to cast their vote for President Uhuru and his Deputy HE Hon Ruto on 26th October, 2017.

Signed

1. Duncan Githu Ngari – Chairman, UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK
2. Waiyaki Wa Hinga; UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK
3. Elizabeth Kangethe; UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK
4. Julius N Kaberere - UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK
5. Paul Kariuki Irad - UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK
And 180 other Kenyan Diaspora members of the UhuRuto TanoTena Diaspora Network UK

 

 

A team of Jubilee women in UK

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High Court clears Chebukati and Chiloba

to conduct October 26 repeat poll


High Court has cleared Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba to conduct October 26 repeat election. The court has noted that the two were not found culpable by Supreme Court. The suit seeking to bar Chebukati and Chiloba from conducting the repeat poll was filed by three voters, Brian Asin, Ben Wanasakaami and Kevino Alwanga. The three had filed a case at the High Court under certificate of urgency, seeking to bar the commission from conducting the poll, with the Chairman Wafula Chebukati being the first respondent among nine others. All the six commissioners, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Attorney General Githu Muigai ware also included in the suit. The petitioners had argued that the commissioners and CEO Ezra Chiloba are public officers at IEBC, therefore, should have delivered credible polls as they raise integrity questions. They wanted the court to issue a conservatory order against Chebukati and Chiloba restraining them from supervising presidential elections.

 

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Nasa supporters back in the streets for anti-IEBC demos

Supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) on Monday returned to the streets as the opposition stepped up its push for reforms at the electoral commission ahead of repeat presidential election. They protested in the capital Nairobi, Lamu, Kisumu, Kakamega, Homa Bay and Mombasa on Monday morning, heeding the call of the leaders to protest thrice a week— on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. The demonstrators said they want the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reformed, and its CEO Ezra Chiloba and 10 other officials accused of bungling August 8 poll shown the door. The opposition, led by Raila Odinga, wants both systems and personnel changes at the commission, including the dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and technology supplier OT-Morpho of France. - Daily Nation.

 

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Kenyan man Arrested in Belgium for Killing His Wife

Mr. James Ololo and his wife he killed Elizabeth Wafula Ololo (left) and on right

Elizabeth, James and friends during a Sautisol concert in Brussels

 

A 55 year old Kenyan living in Belgium has killed his wife, Elizabeth Wafula Ololo, who was also Kenyan. According to Belgian newspaper HLN, Ambassador James Ololo drove to his wife’s residence to try to beg her to stop the court process which was ongoing and orders which were issued that she leave the lady alone after the lady applied for separation before the final divorce proceedings. James Ololo refused to leave the home and ended up engaging in a fight with her. In fit of rage, he stabbed her multiple times and called on neighbours to call the police who arrived and took him into custody. James Ololo is known among the vocal online communities as a staunch supporter of Raila in his posts and avid follower of happenings back home. Neighbours told the HLN publication that James Ololo is known to engage in frequent fights with the deceased and that was contributed mostly by alcohol and infidelity. Neighbours of Elizabeth are convinced that that decision by the judge to bar Ololo from her home made him lose hope of living with her again. According to the prosecutor in charge of the region, James Ololo grabbed a knife when the quarrel escalated and he stabbed Wafula several times.

“The victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries,” Gilles Blondeau added. One close friend of James Ololo is Simeon Situma. The two even founded the company Kenya Experts Community a few years ago to help Kenyans coming to Belgium to establish businesses. James Ololo late represented Kenyan interests at the EU. Elizabeth Wafula was a business lady and a member of the Association of Kenyan Diaspora in Belgium and Luxembourg and embraced charity, such as the Children’s Perfect Hope Foundation. Behind the closed doors, she was suffering. She was a victim of serious domestic abuse. According to friends of Elizabeth, she had tried to leave James for two years but the man became increasingly aggressive forcing her to drive to the police twice to report that she was being attacked. Attacks on Elizabeth worsened when James Ololo drunk and he once even destroyed his own car after drinking one-too-many. Ololo was given another three months to spontaneously leave her home. But he just did not even abide by the court orders. So the judge ordered that he vacate the home within 24 hours. The decision led to Ololo killing Elizabeth. - Source link-kahawatungu.com

 

 

RAILA ODINGA - TO VISIT UK NEXT WEEK

The former prime minister of Kenya, Rt Hon Raila Odinga is expected to visit the UK next week. He is supposed to deliver a lecture at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International affairs where he is gearing to discuss the historical Supreme Court ruling which annulled the 8 August election, he will also be expected to talk of the reforms he and the NASA opposition coalition would like to see ahead of the 26 October election plus how the next government can drive forward institutional reforms to strengthen Kenya’s democracy.

 

 

 

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Housing Finance Group #ticker:HFCK is in the coming months set to embark on the construction of a 480-unit residential estate at the cost of Sh3.3 billion in Komarock, Nairobi, as it seeks to boost its property portfolio. The project, Komarock phase two, will be developed by the Group’s subsidiary, Housing Finance Development and Investment. HF said it will be the second-largest housing project after Nyayo Estate, Embakasi, to be undertaken in Nairobi in the past 10 years. “The project will features 480 housing units. It will consist of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three bedroom units with lifts in each apartment block, children’s play area, ample parking, borehole water and provision for solar water heating,” said Housing Finance Development Investment Executive Director James Karanja in an interview. Cash buyers will get a one bedroom unit at Sh3 million, two-bedroom unit will cost Sh4.95 million while three bedroom units will go for Sh5.95 million. The houses will also be sold through mortgage loans at a cost of Sh3.5 million, Sh5.6 million and Sh7.6 million for a one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units respectively. - Daily Nation

 

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Four top executives exit Kenya Airways

as turnaround quest gains steam


KENYA AIRWAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE SEBASTIAN MIKOSZ SPEAKS DURING THE

AIRLINE’S EGM AT KQ PRIDE CENTRE IN NAIROBI ON AUGUST 7, 2017


Four top executives have left Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ this week as the shake-up of the airline’s senior management continues under the watch of its new chief executive Sebastian Mikosz. Catherine Moraa (head of internal audit), Lucy Muhiu (head of employee relations), Kevin Kinyanjui (information systems director), and Brian Mbuti (in-flight and jet fuel procurement) have all left the company. KQ’s human resource director Sammy Chepkwony, in a memo to staff, said the four had “resigned” from their positions even as he announced that Judith Ochieng’ would replace Mr Mbuti in acting capacity. The exits come a month after Mr Mikosz hired five expatriates from Poland – his home country --, a decision that has caused tension among workers who see it as a purge of individuals hired under the leadership of former CEOs. “We not only recognise the long service rendered to Kenya Airways by these colleagues, but also the various individual achievements and contributions they have each made over the years,” said Mr Chepkwony. “On behalf of the Kenya Airways family, I wish them and their families all the very best in the future endeavors.”

 

Ms Moraa, Ms Muhiu and Mr Kinyanjui have all served the company for over a dozen years and have been instrumental in KQ’s operations under former CEOs Titus Naikuni and Mbuvi Ngunze. A fortnight ago, it emerged that Mr Mikosz, with the blessing of the KQ board, had hired five expatriates his former employer, LOT Polish Airlines, effective September 1. The new CEO, who took over the reins of the troubled KQ from Mr Ngunze on June 1, said the five have been brought on board for a three-month contract but fell short of clarifying whether the contracts are subject to extension. “The advantage of these guys is that I trust them and I have worked with them. They could hit the ground (running) within I think three weeks. Will they stay? Will they not stay? That is not decided,” Mr Mikosz said on September 21. The five are Monika Kietyka-Michna, Edyta Kijewska-Teny, Magdalena Serwach, Marcin Celejewski and Micha Mierciak. Their jobs at KQ were not been specified, but Mr Mikosz explained that the new team would not be replacing any members of KQ’s senior management but would, rather, work with the existing team to improve operations. The emerging power shift had, until now, reportedly led to the departure of at least three senior KQ managers including its director of flight operations Noel Malinda who left the position to resume flying. The entry of Mr Mikosz’s team signals the company’s belief that negligence or incompetence of its top leadership played a role in its slump to losses that wiped out shareholder wealth. Their recruitment has brooked protest. In a statement, the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) deemed the decision to hire the Polish nationals as “unacceptable”, adding that the move would exacerbate tensions at the national carrier.

“Therefore the current chief executive officer Mr Mikosz should bear in mind that Kenya has people...some people more qualified than him and there is no need for him to hire first line managers from his own country of origin,” the union said. Ms Kietyka-Michna, a former chief corporate officer at LOT Polish Airlines, has knowledge of strategic management in back office operations. Ms Kijewska-Teny understands data and IT systems having previously worked for Poland’s national carrier as programme manager for implementing its business process management software. Ms Serwach is a corporate lawyer with experience in corporate governance, cohesion and compliance of internal corporate procedures. Mr Celejewski, an “author and implementer of growth and development strategies”, previously worked for LOT Polish Airlines as chief commercial officer. Mr Mierciak is a procurement expert and centralised the purchase function at Poland’s national airline. The new team has been tasked with implementing key objectives throughout the company, including creating, driving and guarding cohesion of KQ strategy. They will build a reporting system to enable the monitoring of key performance targets and providing fair and transparent information on company performance. They will monitor and support the execution of all functional and project actions of the company, including special projects set by Mr Mikosz. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Uhuru Kenyatta in Serani Grounds, Mombasa

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Huge cocaine haul seized in tugboat in Atlantic

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Nearly four tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated $260m (£200m) have been seized by international law enforcement officers in the Atlantic. The drugs were found on a boat between Portugal's Madeira and Azores islands. Officials found 165 individual packages of cocaine weighing 23kg - a total of 3.7 tonnes - concealed beneath the vessel's cooking area. It is not clear where the drugs were being taken to. The Comoros-flagged vessel was towed into the Spanish port of Cádiz on Friday after Spanish officials received intelligence from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA). The crew, from Turkey and Azerbaijan, were arrested.

 

 

THE UPCOMING GITARU JUNCTION ON NAIVASHA ROAD

 

 

The Government has been told it has less than six months to strike a Brexit deal in order to prevent an exodus from the City of London.

 

 

What is Raila up to?


A NASA Coalition protester surrenders to police after they were dispersed marching to the

IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers along University Way on September 26, 2017.

 

NASA's game plan - not preparing for the rerun but instead shaking up the electoral landscape - has plunged Kenya into uncertainty. The Jubilee coalition will respond by ramming through its contentious election law amendments before the October 26 poll. If Raila doesn't run or calls for a boycott, any election, if there is one, would lack credibility. If President Uhuru Kenyatta wins despite a boycott, or is declared winner, perhaps reelected unopposed, there would be unsavoury questions of legitimacy. Quite possibly a constitutional crisis. This comes as IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Friday reconstituted his election project team. Raila Odinga's opposition movement has not held a campaign rally for weeks. They seem to have frizzed out.

Instead it concentrates on almost daily sometimes twice daily press conferences and anti-IEBC demonstrations every Monday and Friday. From September 1 when the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 victory, Raila's sole message has been "no reforms, no elections." Last weekend, the former Prime Minister led a powerful opposition team to tour Busia and Kakamega counties. The IEBC reform mantra was the message in all the many stops. He also did not campaign for himself but explained why heads must roll at the IEBC and all NASA's "irreducible minimums" must be implement. Efforts to amend the election laws before the election, must be scrapped, he says. To this end, we call upon all Kenyans to use their constitutionally given right to picket at IEBC offices countrywide on Mondays and Fridays. They must pave way for much-needed reforms to ensure the will of the majority, expressed through the ballot, prevails, Raila told supporters in Busia on October 1.

 

Raila's lieutenants appear to have relaxed on the campaign trail and have joined in the "no election" chorus. For avoidance of doubt, and to the consternation of IEBC and Jubilee, there will be no election on October 26. No more shambolic election, NASA CEO Norman Magaya tweeted on Friday. Magaya, a High Court advocate, Senator James Orengo and lawyer Paul Mwangi were negotiating with the IEBC on the repeat polls. Kenyatta's campaigns are netting big NASA defectors. The Jubilee Party says it's aware of NASA's strategy and will defeat it. JP has hatched to schemes to avert a constitutional crisis should Raila boycott the repeat poll, in an effort to delegitimise the whole process. Talks convened by the IEBC to end the stalemate ended in deadlock on Tuesday after the opposition accused Chebukati's team of failing to address any of its demand. It appears the IEBC will not meet NASA conditions for participating in the repeat poll ordered by the Supreme Court. It must take place by October 31.

 

NASA is banking on Constitution Article 138 (2), which makes it mandatory for a presidential election to be carried out all 290 constituencies. According to some lawyers, including some Jubilee-leaning advocates, this means an election will be null and void if any constituency or several do not participate. Where NASA support is fanatical, non-participation, non-elections are conceivable. Jubilee wants Raila to make a formal written application to the IEBC to withdraw. This is a strategy to ring-fence Uhuru's mandate if Raila makes good his poll boycott threat. JP is pushing the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that would force Raila to withdraw in writing. One amendmentsure to be passed ” allows the IEBC to call of the presidential rerun and declare Uhuru President-elect, if Raila officially pulls out. Raila, of course, would rather keep everyone guessing. Where there are more than two remaining candidates after the withdrawal, the election shall proceed as scheduled where only one candidate remains after withdrawal, the remaining candidate shall be declared elected forthwith President-elect without any election being held, reads the amendment

 

Jubilee, which enjoys an outright majority in Parliament, is expected to bulldoze through the amendments to ensure Kenyatta remains legally in office, without Kenyans having to actually vote for him. In another strategy, Jubilee used Pokot South MP David Pkosing on Monday to move to court to compel Raila to run. If Raila does not withdraw formally but maintains his no-election threat, the MP wants this declared an act of treason punishable by death. Jubilee is concerned that Raila may mobilise his supporters to disrupt elections in some areas to deny the polls the requisite constitutional threshold. Pkosing argues it would violate the Supreme Court ruling, which ordered the fresh presidential election, if Raila fails to participate. The MP said that if there's a boycott, there will be constitutional crisis, plunging the country into uncertainty. Also, Samuel Waweru Gikuru has petitioned the DPP calling for the investigation and prosecution of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka over their public statements that there will be no repeat election. Tobiko has asked DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro to probe them for violatingSection 132 of the Penal Code.

 

Yesterday, Jubilee held a rally in Meru, which largely voted for Uhuru. Immediately the Supreme Court rendered its landmark verdict, Raila straight way hit the ground in what promised to be a vigorous campaigns but which later dissipated. Raila addressed legion of supporters who had gathered at the Supreme court as Uhuru held another impromptu rally in Nairobi's Burma market. The opposition chief on the following weekend led NASA to a thanksgiving prayer service at ACK St Stephens Church along Jogoo Road and later addressed the first rally in Mathare constituency. NASA troops then landed in Nyamira and Kisii counties where they centered their campaign message on Chief Justice David Maraga who was then on the receiving end of Kenyatta's anti-court tirade. The team then wrapped up the Nyanza tour with an evening rally in Kisumu later in the day at Kisumu's Kondele grounds. On September 8, NASA camped in Kajiado county addressing numerous rallies as they tell them of how IEBC stole their victory in the expansive county. The team then combed Narok county in another anti-IEBC mission, addressed a series of political rallies in Nairobi. Then the campaigns fizzled out. - The Star

 

A woman has been arrested after she allegedly tried to climb the front gates of

Buckingham Palace. The woman, thought to be aged in her 30s, is being held on

suspicion of trespassand is in custody at a central London police station.

 

 

 

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Uhuru tours Coast as former Senator Omar is invited to Jubilee rally


Jubilee leaders in Mombasa Saturday said former Senator Hassan Omar has been invited to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign rally today. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, businessman Suleiman Shahbal and other party officials said their engagement with the former Senator has been positive. The former Wiper Secretary General has not confirmed the alleged invitation, but has openly rebelled from the NASA coalition and denounced its presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka. - Sunday Standard


 

 

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A Whispers from London (Look who is talking!)
Written by: Man ManKambugua E-mail: manman@fsmail.net Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 

I was in an internet cafe in Nairobi when I heard the guy next to me ask the cafe owner whether it cost one Pound to surf the net. On hearing the name 'Pound' I knew for sure that that man must have come from England. I looked at him and asked him whether he was from the UK to which he told me that he indeed he was from England and had been living in the UK for more than twenty years. His name was Christopher or Chris in short and he was from Portsmouth. On my part, I told him that I was from Birmingham and I liked feeding on fish and porridge. Soon we became friends. We promised each other that we would meet in a certain hotel in the city Centre to get to know each other more.

The next day we met as promised. I expected him to come alone but he came with an elderly man of about sixty five years. We settled and ordered for drinks as usual as we talked about weather and Kenyan politics in general. In the middle of the conversation Chris introduced me to his visitor.
'Man Man, meet my friend Zachary,' he said.


'Nice to meet you Zachary! It is great pressure to meet you, Feel at Heaven!' I said jokingly. I don't tell people to feel at home just in case their homes are not happy homes. I religiously tell people to feel at Heaven.


'Just call me Zak, Zachary is brother to my uncle who lives in Ngomomgo,' he said.

I don't know why I had assumed that both Chris and Zak were okay to take the famous 'Tusker' beer like me. Chris exchanged it with Guinness while Zak categorically refused to touch anything alcoholic. I joking asked him why and he told me that his faith did not allow him to drink anything with alcohol content. I informed him that I had just been from Israel and I had even bought wine in very church where Jesus himself turned water into wine. He instead asked for a soft drink.

'Man Man, faith aside, if I take beer, how would I be Kijana's right hand man here in Kenya?' he said.
'Who is 'Kijana' if I may ask?' I asked him.


'Chris' other name is Kijana. That is what I call him. He is the age of my son. I am the one who looks after the Bungalow he is building in Thika. If I am drank and I give him the wrong costing, do you think he would ever trust me? I like living a clean life in this world because it is good to do good because it is a noble thing to be good,' he said. Anytime he mentioned God and being good, he would close his eyes so as to stress the point. For half a minute, his eyes was fixed on the Chris’ drink as if Chris was about to consume poison. He made one more look to Chris and told him that since they were together from that morning, they had not prayed for the house he was building for him. He held his hand and he started praying. I thought I was lost but it was real that a prayer was going on in the bar.

The prayer went like this:-
'Father in Heaven, thank you for giving Chris journey mercies all the way from United Kingdom. From the last time I saw him, I can see that he is doing very well. May you enlarge his territories so that he can send as much money as he can so that he can secure his future on this earth. I rebuke all the works of the devil towards him especially in the Bungalow he is building. May every penny that he uses be anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit so that he will reap handsome dividends? I know father that now that Chris is building a Bungalow worth Millions of shillings, he will have many false friends. Many will try to give him beer so that he can lose focus. If it were not for the beer, could Lot's daughters open their legs for their father? Some people will come to Chris so that they can give him a First Class ticket to hell. God do not allow it...'


On and on he went praising Chris' everything, even his beard...that it was well trimmed like that of Abraham or Moses in the Bible...

I am always interested in real estate so I asked Chris about his venture and he told me that he had a lot of confidence in Zak because he was a person who had never taken advantage of him by inflating the prices of material towards the building of his house. He even confided to me that it was Zak who looked for the plot where he was building the house.


'To be honest, I consider myself very lucky to have Zak as my foreman. There is no way I will ever equate Zak with some of my relatives because they can swindle me money. If you have a project at home make sure that your right hand man is a man of God,’ he said. As Chris was explaining to me the importance of his foreman, a housefly flew from nowhere and landed on one side of his bottle.


He looked at the housefly in shock and immediately made an imaginary cross as he turned his head from side to side.


‘Look at the devil coming in the form of a housefly! Get lost you devil! Go back to hell where you belong!’ he exclaimed.

Anytime I ordered for more Tusker beer, Zak would look at me with contempt as if he was aware that my destination was hell. He told me that any time I consumed beer, I was wasting money in the sense that I would eventually go to the urinal and urinate all that beer.


‘Not really Zak, I am an enemy of the devil! Any time the devil sees me, he trembles in fear,’ I told him.


‘No! No! No! You are the greatest friend to the devil, repent and be baptised and you will see how blessings will flow like California mudslide! By the way why can’t you also buy land and contract me oversee the construction? I can buy you good plots of your choice,’ he said. I told him that I had plots and I also needed someone I could trust to oversee construction. Maybe he was the right person? Chris assured me that Zak being a man of God was trustworthy and I should trust him.
‘Let me first finish Chris’ house then I embark on your project. I would want you to be with Chris when I hand him over the keys to his house after everything is complete,’ he said with confidence.

For close to one year, I lost contact with Chris after I forgot my phone in Nairobi. Co-incidentally, he also lost my contact. All along I was very eager to know about his projects in Nairobi but I was in the dark. Last December I was having a drink at Muthaiga Golf club with some friends when Chris and I met. We were overjoyed to see each other and I could not wait to know how his real estate business was doing.

‘Wow! The world is very small Chris! Finally we have met. How is your friend Zak?’ I asked.
‘He is in Kamiti maximum prison serving a life sentence,’ he said.


‘Whaaat? Are you talking about Zak your Manager, the one who was praying with you in the bar?’ I asked in disbelief. ‘What happened to him?’ I asked.
‘He pretended that he had land to sell to some people and he then conned them millions of shillings. In the process, one of the petitioners died and it was proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he had a hand in his death,’ he said.


‘What a sad ending? Did he manage your house well?’ I asked in bated breath.


‘No, I had to stop him. Anytime I called him, he first of all told me that we pray where he could lead in prayer. He could then ask me to buy materials at very high inflated prices. At one time I became suspicious and I sent a friend to ask him how much the materials cost and I was surprised to be told that the figure he was giving me even for labour was inflated by 300%’ he said.


‘So did you ask him to pay you for the loss?’ I asked.


‘Obviously he was not happy when I discontinued him because I was his cash cow. After leaving he started sending people to vandalise my house. I told him that I knew what he was doing but he told me to report him even to Lucifer because he was well connected in our area. My mind rested when I heard that he was put behind bars. May is soul lot in the hottest spot in hell!’ he said.

A word for Chris (Kijana), just know that we live in a world of abundance and you are still young. By the time you will be the age of Zak, you will be very far on the positive perspective.If someone makes you lose money, do not lose heart. That money will come in another shape and form to you. The person who makes you lose will lose more than he has made you lose because the accounting system of the universe will always balance. When dealing with money, avoid using emotion but facts. I don’t know of anybody in diaspora who has never been conned even by close relatives. When dealing with people, what you see, hear or read is not always what you get. Some people are wolves in sheep clothing. If by any chance the devil directed me to contract him, I could have suffered the same fate. Never trust anybody even if he tells you that he is the only one with Jesus’ password to his email. Know no man after the fresh. Look who is talking or you will be taking yourself to a slaughterhouse. The surface of the water looks so good but it is not good for sleeping on. Be warned.

 

The 46 most popular Kenyan personalities in Kenya


The 46 most popular Kenyan personalities/individuals (in descending order) on Facebook, with 100,000 likes and above on their Facebook pages or Facebook groups, as at Monday, 2nd October 2017, including groupings registered under the Societies Act, but excluding corporates registered under the Companies Act.

NB. The below compilation of the 46 most popular personalities/individuals on Facebook with 100,000 likes and above to their credit on their Facebook pages or Facebook groups, in descending order, as at 2nd October 2017, including groupings registered under the Societies Act, but excluding corporates registered under the Companies Act, has been generated manually, in principle, via manual Facebook and Google searches of prominent and semi-prominent Kenyans, so it is likely that a number of Kenyan personalities/individuals/groupings are omitted below, unintentionally, without prejudice, without bias and without malice:

1. H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of Kenya - 3,323,789 likes;

2. Lupita Nyong'o, Actress & Academy Award/Oscar laureate - 2,962,654 likes;

3. Daniel "Churchill" Ndambuki ("Mwalimu Kingangi"), Entertainer/businessman - 2,563,117 likes;

4. H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Governor, Nairobi County, Kenya - 1,233,777 likes;

5. Wanjiku The Teacher, Entertainer/businesswoman - 1,168,592 likes;

6. Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, Veteran politician & Kenya's 2nd Prime Minister - 1,107,490 likes;

7. Caroline Mutoko, Veteran journalist - 1,057,615 likes;

8. H.E. William Samoei Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya - 1,035,761 likes;

9. Larry Madowo, Veteran journalist - 1,009,616 likes;

10. Sautisol, Music artistes/businessmen - 1,005,938 likes;

11. H.E. Ali Hassan Joho, Governor, Mombasa County, Kenya - 829,393 likes;

12. Gor Mahia Football Club (Facebook Group) - 806,991 members (Gor Mahia FC won the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1987, and were runners-up to Canon Yaounde of Cameroon in 1979 in the same tournament. The CAF Africa Cup Winners Cup is Africa's equivalent of Europe's Europa Cup;

13. DJ Sadic, Entertainer/businessman - 750,656 likes;

14. Maina Kageni, Veteran journalist - 747,216 likes;

15. Eric Omondi, Entertainer/businessman - 636,262 likes;

16. H.E. Alfred Mutua, Governor, Machakos County, Kenya - 528,361 likes;

17. Hon. Peter Kenneth, Veteran politician - 517,174 likes;

18. Hon. Martha Karua, Veteran politician - 502,493 likes;

19. Nonini, Music artiste/businessman - 486,758 likes;

20. Julie Gichuru, Veteran journalist - 481,791 likes;

21. H.E. Evans Kidero, Immediate former Governor, Nairobi County, Kenya - 447,316 likes;

22. Octopizzo, Music artiste/businessman - 402,958 likes;

23. Jubilee Party, Political party - 387,965 likes;

24. Kambua, Music artiste/businesswoman - 376,279 likes;

25. Hon. Moses Kuria, Member of Parliament, Gatundu South Constituency, Kenya - 361,705 likes;

26. Jua Cali, Music artiste/businessman - 354,225 likes;

27. NASA Coalition, Political coalition - 326,847 likes;

28. Carol Radull, Veteran journalist - 305,182 likes;

29. Gor Mahia Football Club (Facebook Page) - 298,856 likes (see listing No. 12 above)

30. Hon. Aden Duale, Member of Parliament, Garissa Township Constituency, Kenya and Leader of the Majority in the Kenya National Assembly - 279,309 likes;

31. Ciku Muiruri, Veteran journalist - 263,095 likes;

32. Hon. Babu Owino, Member of Parliament, Embakasi East Constituency, Kenya - 214,362 likes;

33. Office of the First Lady Kenya - 209,375 likes;

34. Eric Wainaina, Music artiste/businessman - 205,741 likes;

35. Hon. Esther M Passaris, Women's Representative, Nairobi County, Kenya - 204,332 likes;

36. Wahu Kagwi, Music artiste/businesswoman - 199,380 likes;

37. Rabbit King Kaka, Music artiste/businessman - 196,291 likes;

38. H.E. Mwai Kibaki, Immediate former President of Kenya - 175,468 likes;

39. David Rudisha, Athlete & current world record holder in the 800 metres - 165,219 likes;

40. Harambee Stars, Kenya National Football Team - 159,938 likes (Harambee Stars were runners-up to Egypt in the football championship of the All Africa Games of 1987.

41. H.E. Rachel Ruto, 2nd Lady of the Republic of Kenya - 156,649 likes;

42. Jeff Koinange, Veteran journalist - 142,646 likes;

43. Hon. Hassan Omar Hassan, Immediate former Senator, Mombasa County, Kenya - 140,642 likes;

44. Hon. Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen, Senator, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya - 120,139 likes;

45. H.E. Anne Waiguru, Governor, Kirinyaga County, Kenya - 114,115 likes;

46. Hon. Wavinya Ndeti, Veteran politician - 105,659 likes;

PS. Two omissions to above listing noted and acknowledged on 4th October 2017 i.e.

(i) Njugush, Entertainer/businessman - 277,978 likes as at 4th October 2017;

(ii) Adelle Onyango, Actress/musician/radio presenter - 144,348 likes as at 4th October 2017;

Just under two years ago i.e. on the 5th of October 2015 a similar list to the one above was compiled, it included Kenyan corporates, it contained 86 listings i.e. 40 listings more than the 46 above i.e. owing to the inclusion of Kenyan corporates, and can be accessed at www.jukwaa.proboards.com/thread/9420/most-popular-kenyan-facebook-pages

 

 

Nasa to increase anti-IEBC demos


Nasa supporters during anti-IEBC protests at University Way in Nairobi on October 6, 2017. The opposition will increase its protests at IEBC headquarters. 
The National Super Alliance (Nasa) plans to increase its protests against the electoral commission at Anniversary Towers next week. The opposition said it will hold the protests at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission headquarters on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In a letter to Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome, Nasa chief Executive Norman Magaya stated that they will hold peaceful demonstration to push for resignation of IEBC officials accused of bungling the August 8 elections. “This demonstration will also serve to demand the withdrawal of the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017 being fronted by Jubilee Party,” the letter stated. Mr Magaya asked police to provide security for leaders and supporters, who will participate in the demonstrations. Anti-IEBC protests have recently turned violent with one man being shot and a supermarket being looted on Friday. The man, a boda boda rider was shot in Homa Bay County. In Kisumu, a group broke into Tumaini Supermarket and made away with unspecified number of goods. In Nairobi, protesters were dispersed as they attempted to make their ways to Anniversary Towers. - Daily Nation

 

A KENYAN STUDENT IS MISSING IN UK


This person (Simon Mwangi Wambui) a student in a Manchester University has been reported missing in the UK - Manchester Region for the last three weeks. He left behind his mobile phone and bank cards before disappearing from his house in Manchester, UK. He hails from Kaharo Village-Gikondi Location- Mukurweini- Nyeri County.

The last time he communicated with his Mom was on 1st September 2017. The housemate reported him missing after trying to locate him but with no avail. Kindly assist this Mummy who sound so desperate to trace her son. You can contact his mother in Kenya on +254-726332616.

 

 

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Kenyans turn to cheaper car imports


Kenyans raised their appetite for low-priced imported cars, with the average unit cost dipping below Sh1 million in the six months to June. Official data shows that the country shipped in 41,379 units of vehicles valued at Sh39.3 billion in the first half of 2017, translating to an average of Sh949,757 per unit. This is 18 per cent higher than the 34,989 units that the country imported in a similar period last year at a higher cost of Sh40.9 billion, data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows. This puts the average of last year’s car import bill at Sh1.16 million, which is Sh210,000 more expensive than this year’s average. Dealers say increased demand for low-cost vehicles for taxi-hailing apps such as Uber has pulled down the average unit cost. “More people are going for small budget cars like Toyota Belta,” said Charles Munyori, the secretary-general of the Kenya Auto Bazaar Association, a lobby group for second-hand car dealers. “Increased use of services like Uber definitely has a hand in this as young people buy units they can afford for business,” he added.

Taxi services
Taxi hailing firm Uber said last week that it has 363,000 active users in Kenya, making it the second biggest market after South Africa, which has 969,000 active riders. The data released on Thursday also shows that 5,000 and 12,000 Uber drivers are signed up in Kenya and South Africa, respectively. Besides Uber, other firms are Taxify, Little, ShareCab and Mondo Ride, underlining Kenya has a huge market for the taxi-hailing apps. Kenya’s car market is dominated by low-priced second-hand imports from countries such as Japan. The KNBS data shows that in the full year of 2016 Kenyans cut spending on imported vehicles by Sh31.7 billion to Sh85.5 billion from Sh117.6 billion in 2015, reflecting a 27 per cent drop. Motor dealers attributed the cutback to reduced demand due to tax measures introduced in December 2015. - businessdailyafrica.com

 


The Pros and Cons of Red, White


When it's time to celebrate, a glass of wine may be just what's in order, especially since so many studies have proven it to be so good for us. In fact, alcohol, in general, has certain health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as decreasing the risk of developing gallstones. However, all these happy benefits come with a huge caveat: they are only seen in moderate drinkers (which for women means one glass a day). Drinking too much alcohol canincrease your risk of breast cancer as well as a host of other well-known alcohol-related problems.

Wine is one of the best ways to celebrate the benefits of one-a-day drinking. But not all wine is equal, and there are definite cons to go along with all those antioxidant pros in your glass.

 

Red Wine
Pros: Most people know that red wine contains the most resveratrol, the antioxidant found in wine skin that may up the drink's heart-healthy qualities by preventing blood vessel damage as well as reducing LDL cholesterol. Red wine also contains flavonoids, another important antioxidant.
Cons: Most of those red-wine-touting studies have been on animals, and the amount of wine we'd have to drink to equal the same amount given to mice would counteract any of the supposed benefits. Also, those 129 calories a glass can add up, even if you are only drinking one a day.


White Wine
Pros: White wine may be beneficial to your lungs. Research has shown that drinking white wine helps keep lung tissues healthy.
Cons: White wines are the most acidic, meaning they're the worst for your teeth. In addition, whites contain far less of the heart-healthy and cancer-preventing antioxidants than reds do, and have about the same amount of calories.

 

 

WHITE MAIZE IS NOW READY TO BUY IN A LONDON FARM

White Maize from David Mwanaka's farm in North London is now ready. You can now visit their shop in North London. They have variety of products including White Maize (fresh and frozen), White Sweetcorn, Pumpkins, Pumpkin Leaves, Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Peanuts and Mustard Leaves (Tsunga). As the United Kingdom is colder than most places where white maize is grown, our maize has a unique taste. Because of this taste many people think that white maize has a better taste than normal sweetcorn. It is usually served in the same way as corn on the cob, but also tastes great when roasted. The kernels can also be crushed to make all kinds of dishes. Try it and you will be pleasantly surprised. We also grow many varieties of large sweet pumpkins. From the pumpkin plants we also supply pumpkin leaves which are a popular nutritious delicacy in many countries including China, Malaysia, India, large parts of Africa and South America. The farm shop is located at 744 Hertford Road, Enfield, London EN3 6PR. Opening times is Monday to Saturday – 10:30am to 5:30pm and on Sunday – 10:30am to 5pm. Directions to the shop: From M25 exit at junction 25 towards London Enfield. At traffic lights turn left into Bullsmoor Lane. If you are coming from London along the A10, turn right into Bullsmoor lane at the last set of traffic lights before the M25. At next junction with Esso filling station on left, turn right into Hertford Road. Nearest Train Station: Enfield Lock and Turkey Street (a few minutes walk). Buses: Bus route 279 runs past the shop. For order and more information please contact the man from Zimbabwe Mr. David Mwanaka on 07708572914

 

Some of the Products from Mwanaka's Shop in North London

 

 

THE MAN BEHIND THE WHIE MAIZE IN LONDON

Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods is the brainchild of David Wilfred Mwanaka, an award winning writer and journalist. Born in Zimbabwe, David grew up eating white maize. When he came to Britain in the early 1990s, David was surprised to know that white maize was not grown or even known about. He missed eating white maize so much that he thought of growing the crop himself. David then started carrying out trials, growing white maize. After 6 years, David was confident he could grow white maize commercially in Britain. From such simple beginnings, helped by his wife Brenda and their three children Jonathan, Ruth and Miriam, the family now successfully grows white maize on a farm just outside London. As from 2007 David came up with another new product in the UK. That is White Sweetcorn, which is so popular as an alternative to yellow sweetcorn. Children love it and would advise you to put it on your list of 5 a day health eating. For that reason it quickly found its way onto shelves of supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and into UK top stores like Harrods and Selfridges.

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WORD OF TODAY

James 3:16

Avoid strife
We read in James 3:16: "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." The apostle Paul writes: ‘Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand’ (Philippians 2:2-4 MSG). Strife wreaks havoc in relationships. It often stems from an inflated ego and leads to comparing, competing, and condemning. James points that out: ‘Where…strife is, there is…every evil work.’ So be a strife-spotter! The moment it rears its ugly head – uproot it! ‘Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many’ (Hebrews 12:15 NLT). If you want to walk in God’s blessing today, try to live in harmony with others. Is that always easy? No, but the sooner you learn to do it, the better things will go for you. When God prompts you to ‘turn the other cheek’, or ‘take the short end of the stick’, draw on His grace and do it. Pray: ‘Lord, give me Your wisdom in this situation.’ He will. ‘The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and…good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness’ (James 3:17-18 NLT). Bottom line: if you want God’s blessing on your life – avoid strife.

 

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US concerned over Kenya political state


The United States has expressed concern over the political environment in the country ahead of the repeat presidential poll scheduled for October 26. In a statement to newsroom last evening, the US also criticised the spirited campaign by political players seeking to undermine the efforts of the electoral commission to conduct a free, fair and credible poll. “Unfortunately, in recent weeks actors on all sides have undermined the electoral commission and stoked tensions. We are closely monitoring Kenya’s electoral process and what politicians are saying and doing,” read part of the statement by US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

ATTACKS
The US said while it supports freedom of speech, "baseless attacks and unreasonable demands on the electoral commission are divisive." "We fully support the commissions efforts to engage leaders and parties in dialogue, and urge all to participate openly, seriously and in good faith," read the statement. The US in its communication was categorical that they support a free, fair and credible poll under the current law and institutions. The tough talk by the US comes just a day after two parliamentary committee concluded public hearing on the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill. The contentious bill sponsored by the Jubilee Party seeks to reduce the powers of the electoral commission chairman and entrench the manual system of transmitting results.

 

DIPLOMATS
The proposed law also seeks to make it possible for the vice chairman of the IEBC to act as the chairman in the absence of the substantive chairman. On Monday, diplomats led by US ambassador Robert Godec were critical of the attempts to make changes to electoral laws just days to the repeat poll. The US maintained this stand Friday stating that changing electoral laws without broad agreement just prior to a poll is not consistent with international best practice, will increase political tension and undermine public perceptions on the integrity of the electoral process. “A peaceful and transparent poll that provides all Kenyans a voice in choosing their next President will require that the electoral commission have the independence and support it needs to fulfill its Constitutional and legal obligations,” further read the statement. - Daily Nation.
 

 

MEN LEAD THE SERVICE AT PCEA ST. MATHEWS CHURCH LONDON


The men led the service at PCEA St. Mathew's Church in London last Sunday 1st October, 2017. As the priests in the families, they promised to take a lead in serving in the house of God. Men will be leading service just like all other groups once every month. They encouraged more men to join and use their God given talents and skills to serve in God's Kingdom. The PCEA men welcome all men for breakfast on Saturday 7th October, 2017 of the month at 9am at St Matthew's Church, Dyson Road, Stratford E15 4JX.

 

A Man had 3 problems:


1: He was very poor.
2: He had no children with his wife.
3: His Mother was blind.
An Angel appeared to him and asked him to make just one request. His wife wanted a child, his mother wanted to see and he wanted to be rich ...
Ah, what an embarrassment!

After his reflection, he said wisely to the angel:
"I just want my mother to see my children eating in golden plates."

Immediately all problems were solved.

May GOD give you this immense wisdom

 

Tory MPs overwhelmingly back May to remain PM

 

 

Vote for a young Kenyan man in Scotland
Henry Kihara for the Young Creative Arts Award

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Rohingya crisis: Drone shows huge refugee camps


 A drone has captured the extent of sprawling camps housing Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar. The images, obtained by the Disasters Emergency Committee as part of its charity appeal over the crisis, show Balukhali camp on the Bangladesh border this week. More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have left the country, with many now staying in makeshift camps like these. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

 

Embattled low-cost airline Ryanair said its chief operations officer

will depart the company at the end of the month. Michael Hickey

will be the first executive to leave the company after a rostering

error led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

 

 

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Prunes help our bodies absorb more calcium and vitamin D and slow the thinning of our bones and can even help restore bone density. Prunes are a great source of: Potassium, to help maintain normal blood pressure, Vitamin B6 and copper, for immune and nervous systems and Vitamin K and manganese for bone maintenance.

 

 

Used car importers to pay Sh5,000 Kephis spraying fee

 

Importers of used motor vehicles could soon start paying a Sh5,000 inspection fee as part of the renewed effort to prevent importation of foreign pests. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says in a draft legal notice that importers of second-hand cars, motorcycles and tractors will be required to pay the fee before they are allowed to enter the Kenyan market. “Our objective is to prevent entry of pests. This is part of a new international standard on pest control,” Kephis managing director Esther Kimani said. Ms Kimani reckons that used motor vehicles are part of the means through which new pests are introduced in the country and needed to be properly managed. Used car dealers have opposed the fee, describing it as exorbitant. “The proposed fumigation fee is just but a conduit to get money from motor vehicle importers and is not meant for anything else,” said Charles Munyori, the secretary-general of Kenya Auto Bazaar Association. “The question Kephis should answer is what has suddenly happened to warrant this fee. We have been importing vehicles from the 1980s without causing any harm to plant health. What has changed?” Mr Munyori said the proposed fee of Sh5,000 per vehicle will translate to Sh35 million per month and close to Sh500 million per year for the agency. The amount, he said, is what international pre-shipment inspection firms charge a ship carrying cargo of more than 10,000 tonnes. Dr Kimani said the amount was arrived at because of “the work involved” but added that it was still subject to discussion with stakeholders before gazettement. Kephis is expected to accredit companies that will inspect the cars. Vehicles from markets that pre-fumigate cars before export will be exempt from the inspections, Dr Kimani said.

Used car dealers are expected to fight for a reduction of the fee using Kephis’ own rates for other similar inspections to argue their case, with larger vessels and containers charged less. A ship carrying less than 10,000 tonnes, for instance, pays an inspection fee of Sh1,000 while importers pay Sh1,000 for each 40-foot container and Sh500 for each 20-foot container. A large aircraft attracts an inspection fee of Sh3,000 while small aircraft and balloons are charged Sh1,500 each. Inspecting a car or truck takes less time and stakeholders are set to challenge the logic of the higher fee on vehicles. “A closer look at the proposed fee structure shows that a whole ship will pay Sh5,000, the same as a car. Does this make sense?” posed Mr Munyori. “This government agency should restrict itself to its core mandate and not result to introducing unnecessary fees as a way of generating revenue.” Introduction of the Kephis fee on used motor vehicles is the latest in a growing list of port levies that have made imports increasingly expensive. The government introduced the railway development levy in 2013 at a rate of 1.5 per cent of the import’s value. If the proposed fee is unchanged, it could raise hundreds of millions of shillings each year. Annual motor vehicle imports including motor cycles have topped the 120,000 units mark in recent years save for last year when the number slumped to 97,726 units. Most of the units, especially cars, have been used in their source markets including Japan and Europe.

 

Flying Solo… Literally

This young man has got to be the luckiest son of a gun we’ve seen on any flight! Not only did he have an entire plane to himself, but it was a flight on Delta! If it were us who won this airborne experience, we’d stock up on enough pretzel bags for days. But, you know what? Forget about the snack and drinks… think about the leg room this dude must have had! Plus, he probably got all of the fresh pillows to himself, too.

 

 

GRACE CHEGE OF DALLAS AND MP SABIBA CHEGE

HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHER BACK IN KENYA

Grace Njeri Chege (Mrs. Njuguna, left) of Texas, USA and Sabina Chege (right) Women Representative, Muranga have lost their mother in Kenya through a road accident. The accident occurred on Thursday evening 5th October, 2017  between Kangari and Githumu, Muranga as both parents of Grace and Sabina were driving home from Nairobi. The couple collided with a Unaitas Bank vehicle where the mother passed away and the father is recovering at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi. For more information contact Grace in Dallas on +1214 6169894 or Sabina in Kenya on +254 722624684. Mr. Seed and family would like to send our condolences to Grace and Sabina's family who happen to be our  neighbours in Kinyona village, Muranga.

 

 

Giant python eaten by villagers after man wrestled with it


A security guard nearly lost an arm in a brutal battle with a 25ft python - which was later chopped up and fried by hungry Indonesian villagers. A giant python which attacked a man on his way home from work has fed an entire village. Robert Nababan, a security guard, reportedly “wrestled” with the 26 ft (7.8m) python when he stopped to move it out of the road. Despite being seriously injured by the reptile, Mr Nababan survived the attack. The snake’s enormous body was then strung up for display at a village in Indonesia, before it was chopped up, fried and eaten.

 


Mr Nababan told Indonesian news outlet Detik: "I tried to catch it, my hand was bitten, and I managed to wrestle it." The 37-year-old did not give an exact reason for why he tried to catch the python, but said there were villagers who could not cross the road because of the snake. Varying reports say he was either trying to keep scared villagers safe or that he wanted to clear the road. The wounds from the snake’s bite were so deep Mr Nababan’s left arm was nearly severed. He was taken to hospital in Pekanbaru city, where he is still recovering, said Elinaryon, head of the Batang Gansal district government.

 


IEBC trains poll officials ahead of fresh election


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will today begin a thorough training of its constituency poll officials aimed at righting the wrongs the Supreme Court used to nullify the August 8 presidential poll. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati will today open a five-day training of the commission’s 290 constituency returning officers and an equal number of deputies. The meticulous, bit-by-bit training ending Tuesday will be conducted at the Safari Park Hotel, the second of five such trainings the IEBC plans to undertake ahead of the fresh presidential elections scheduled for October 26.  In its 4-2 majority judgment, the first in Africa and the fourth such in the world, the Kenyan Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on what it says were IEBC’s systemic issues, that included, but not limited to, unsigned results forms, and failure by the commission to follow its own set processes. This systemic issues is what the agency is trying to cure with the training that has been tailored majorly to correct the mistakes pointed out by the Chief Justice David Maraga-led court.

“We have made presidential elections results path more clearer, with clear protocols and procedures,” IEBC communications manager said of the planned training. Since presidential elections are done at the constituencies and its results final, the IEBC has done away with its 47 county returning officers and their deputies who usually play no role in the process. The constituency returning officers will be re-trained on filling of the results declaration forms, polling procedures and the process of securing election materials, a training manual by the IEBC shows. Today’s training comes after an early one that happened two weeks ago, and which will be followed by training of support electoral trainers in the 47 counties. The support trainers will then train the 40,883 presiding officers and their deputies, after which the over 300,000 polling clerks will be trained. - Daily Nation.

 

Samsung smartphone EXPLODES in

man's pocket and sets his shirt on fire

This is the terrifying moment a man frantically rolls on the ground after his smartphone explodes in his front shirt pocket.   Hotel supervisor Yulianto, 47, was waiting in the lobby of his hotel in Indonesia when he suddenly felt his Samsung Grand Duos heat up. When he reached for his pocket it suddenly exploded, setting his shirt alight and sending sparks across the room. CCTV shows Yulianto falling to the ground as an onlooker rushes to help him at Hotel Ciputra in Semarang on Saturday.   He can be seen dramatically ripping off his shirt while engulfed in flames. The hotel worker said he had never had problems with his 2013 phone before but suddenly felt it heat up.

 

Looting as Nasa's anti-IEBC demos turn ugly in Nyanza

A guard watches over a section of Tumaini Supermarket that was attacked and looted during Nasa's anti-IEBC demos. 

Nasa protesters on Friday left a trail of destruction in Kisumu after taking to the streets to push for reforms at the electoral commission. The demonstrators broke into and looted Tumaini Supermarket and vandalized water pipes belonging to Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (Kiwasco).

NO WATER
The protesting youth broke the windows and main entrance of the supermarket, attacked staff before looting. Security guards told the Nation the looters carried away computer monitors from the point of sale and stock, including chairs from the supermarket’s café. The vandals who broke Kiwasco water pipes affected water supply to more than six estates of the lakeside town. Kisumu is one of Kenyan towns that face acute water shortage despite the fact that it is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. In a statement to its customers, Kiwasco said water supply had been stopped to Tom Mboya, CBD, Milimani, Migosi, Nyawita, Lolwe Migosi and Mamboleo.

HOMA BAY
“Our water lines have been destroyed and it is the reason we have shut down the lines to avoid further wastage of the commodity,” the company said. The destruction saw the police abandon their watch-and-see approach and take on the demonstrators. The officers used teargas and water cannons to disperse the protesters, who responded with rocks. The chaos brought business to a standstill as traders closed shops out of fear of looting. In Homa Bay, Governor Cyprian Awiti was among demonstrators teargassed as protests against the IEBC turned chaotic. His Deputy Hamilton Orata was clobbered by the police after protests turned violent.

FORCE
Mr Awiti and his county executive for finance were whisked to safety by his security team, but they had already been choked by the first round of canisters hurled at them. Mr Awiti had led the protesters to gain access into the compound of IEBC offices in Homa Bay Town. But Homa Bay Police Boss Essau Ochorokodi had earlier warned the protesters that no violent protests would be tolerated in the town. "We cannot allow demonstrators to stage protests aimed at causing violence," said Mr Ochorokodi. Mr Awiti later accused the police officers of using excessive force in handling the protesters whom he described as peaceful.  "It is wrong for police to use excessive force against harmless protesters. We shall seek redress with the county commandant and county commissioner over actions of the police," he said.

BATTLES
Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata said he they shall continue with the protests on Monday. "We shall continue with the protests until IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba resigns from the commission," said Mr Chiloba. In Busia town, rowdy Nasa-affiliated youths lobbed teargas at the police, sparking running battles, in a classic case of reversed roles. The showdown lasting more than two hours saw demonstrators paralyse transport in the border town while businessmen had to shut down their shops for the remaining half of the day. A shoe shiner’s stand was set ablaze near Busia County Assembly before the police confronted the protestors. And when they did, they were met with teargas.

WEDNESDAY
It was still undetermined where the protesters got the noxious gas, but it is suspected they may have picked up those hurled by police but failed go off in previous demos. Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga and Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, who led the demos alongside Burumba Ward MCA Moses Ouma and his Nangina counterpart John Obwogo, vowed to include Wednesday in their protests.  “We will not relent to agitate for reforms at IEBC. We will not allow repeat of presidential election without complete overhaul of IEBC,” said Odanga. “From next week we will have demonstrations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday.”  The politicians led the youth in a street march from Legio, about three kilometres from Busia-Uganda border, to Matayos Constituency IEBC offices, chanting and carrying “Chiloba must go” placards. Security was tight at the agency, forcing the demonstrators back in the streets where they lobbed a teargas at police near county commander’s offices. - Daily Nation.

 

Pound plunges below $1.32 against the dollar following

disastrous May speech; rattled Spanish markets calm


Pound plunges below $1.32 against the dollar following Theresa May's speech; sterling has now erased all of the gains it made after the Bank of England put an interest rate rise before the end of the year back on the table in last month's MPC meeting. Spanish stocks claw back lost ground following yesterday's sell-off; IBEX 35 jumps 0.6pc and Spanish government bond yields ease off yesterday's highs. FTSE 100 nudges up 0.3pc to just below 7,500; SSE and Centrica rise after nosediving yesterday on Theresa May's proposal to implement an energy price cap


Bank of England policymakers Ian McCafferty and Andy Haldane are going to have to pull quite the rabbit out of the hat in their speeches this evening to reverse the pound's plunge on currency markets. Sterling has nosedived 1.1pc against the dollar today in the wake of Theresa May's disastrous speech at the Conservative Party conference with speculation growing that Tory MPs are preparing to oust the prime minister. The fresh uncertainty has weighed heavily on the pound, which has now erased all of the gains it made after the Bank of England hinted at raising interest rates before the end of the year.

 


MPs fight plan to reduce their budget by Sh9bn


Clerk of the Senate Mr Jeremiah Nyegenye at a past event. Mr Nyegenye and his National Assembly counterpart Michael Sialai have opposed plans by the National Treasury to cut Parliamentary Service Commission's budget by Sh9.2 billion to fund fresh presidential election on October 26.


The Parliamentary Service Commission has opposed plans by the National Treasury to cut its budget by Sh9.2 billion to fund fresh presidential election on October 26 . Parliament was allocated Sh36 billion to finance its operations in the 2017/18 financial year budget. PSC secretary Jeremiah Nyegenye, who is also Clerk of the Senate, and his National Assembly counterpart Michael Sialai, said that the cut will ground operations and essential services of the Legislature. The two spoke when they appeared before the special committee of the National Assembly that is processing the supplementary budget to finance the fresh presidential election and free secondary education, among others.   Parliament’s flagship project – the construction multi-storeyed building to provide offices for MPs – has been hit the most.


STOP FURTHER WORKS
The National Treasury wants Sh2.5 billion as provided in the 2017/18 budget for completion of the building scrapped, a move that is likely to stall  the project. “If the supplementary estimates are passed as proposed by the Treasury, Parliament will have no option but to ask the contractor to stop any further works until adequate budgetary provision is made,” Mr Nyegenye told the MPs. He added: “We are wondering how we will operate considering that we are in the first quarter of the financial year. We may close and go home. We are comfortable with zero reduction.”


REDUCTION
Mr Nyegenye and Mr Sialai protested the allocation of only Sh500 million towards the office block from Sh2.5 billion terming it a mockery. Parliament is among government institutions that were hit hard in the budget reductions to finance projects that also include drought mitigation and provision of funding for the Jubilee’s promise of enhancing the social scheme for the elderly. The Treasury has proposed a net reduction from Sh3.2 billion to Sh737.5 million on parliamentary spending. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyata in Gesima,

Nyamira County on Thursday 5th October, 2017

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How do I verify Forms 34A with my hands tied? Chebukati asks Supreme Court


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has sought clarity from the Supreme Court on what action to take in the event the presidential election results as announced at the constituency differ from those of the polling station. His query is in response to the Supreme Court finding that he should have verified the results as captured on the polling station result forms despite the Court of Appeal upholding that the results, as announced by the Constituency Returning Officer, are final. Chebukati has brought this apparent contradiction to the attention of the Supreme Court so they can provide guidance ahead of the repeat presidential poll in 21 days time. Last month the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential election partly on the grounds that the Commission declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner before verifying the results as captured on all 40,883 Forms 34A. - CapitalFM

 

 

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Sterling bounces from 3-week lows on data

LONDON, Oct (Shenzhen: 000069.SZ - news) 4 (Reuters) - Sterling rebounded on Wednesday from a three-week low as a survey of Britain's dominant services sector showed growth sped up unexpectedly last month, raising expectations the Bank of England will hike interest rates in November. Futures markets expect almost two rate increases over the next one year, a sharp turnaround from recent months after the Bank of England struck an optimistic note about the outlook for the British economy. Rates have been unchanged since 2009. A senior currency strategist at a European bank in London expects the outlook for interest rates to be a key driver for sterling in the coming months rather than a November rate increase as that has already been priced into financial markets. "What's going to matter is the signaling for the currency, hiking once, considering it could hike again and keeping that language for the market," the strategist said. The monthly purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the services sector picked up to 53.6 in September, slightly better than expectations in a Reuters poll of economists, and easily above the 50 level that separates growth from contraction. Sterling climbed 0.3 percent to $1.3270, just shy of the day's highs and moving further away from a three-week low of $1.3222 in the previous session. Against the euro , the pound was a shade stronger at 88.63 pence. "While the short-term risks to demand since the Brexit vote have not materialised in a serious way, the UK economy should be faring much better today on the back of the ongoing global upswing," said Kallum Pickering, senior UK economist at Berenberg in London, who expects a rate increase in November. Some of the optimism surrounding sterling after the data was punctured by comments from ratings agency Standard & Poor's, which said it was "a bit sceptical" about the notion that Britain's economy needed an interest rate increase. Uncertainty about the outcome of the negotiations on Britain's divorce from the EU dragged sterling down to three-week lows in the previous session. It has fallen more than 10 percent against the dollar since Britain's June 2016 EU referendum in which a narrow majority voted to leave the bloc. Brexit minister David Davis told the conference of the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday that Britain wanted to negotiate an exit agreement but was prepared to walk away with no deal. In her keynote speech to the conference on Wednesday, which had no immediate impact on the currency market, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was confident of getting a deal that would work for both sides. (Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee and Fanny Potkin; editing by Mark Heinrich)

 


Terminally ill man loses challenge on assisted dying

Mr Conway says he feels 'entombed' by motor neurone disease


A terminally ill man in UK has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Retired lecturer Noel Conway has motor neurone disease and wishes for assistance, when he has less than six months to live, to bring about a "peaceful and dignified death". He said in a statement that he was "deeply disappointed" by the judgement and intended to appeal it. "This decision denies me a real say over how and when I will die," he said. ""As I approach the end of my life, I face unbearable suffering and the possibility of a traumatic, drawn out death." The 67-year-old says he feels "entombed" by the disease, which has left him requiring ventilation equipment and a wheelchair after a diagnosis three years ago. His case sought a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961, which prohibits assisted suicide, is incompatible with European law on respect for privacy and family life, and protection from discrimination. But the judge ruled that the courts should not interfere in with parliamentary decisions on assisted dying, which has been the subject of debate in the House of Commons and House of Lords. "Parliament has very recently decided to reject exactly the sort of change to the existing law which the claimant is relying upon in these proceedings," James Strachan QC said. Speaking in June, Mr Conway's lawyer said his client wished to die in the UK rather than travelling to a country where assisted suicide was legal. "The choices facing him therefore are stark: to seek to bring about his own death now whilst he is physically able to do but before he is ready; or await death with no control over when and how it comes," Richard Gordon QC said.

 

 

Former Youth Fund boss Namuye collapses, dies in her Nairobi house


Former Youth Enterprise Development Fund boss Catherine Namuye collapsed and died in her house in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. Her lifeless body was discovered in her apartment on Wednesday morning soon after screams had been heard from the house, neighbours and police said. Those who responded there included a Member of Parliament who is her neighbor. They said they found the immobile body minutes after the sound emanated from the house and called an ambulance. Ms Nambuye was pronounced dead at the house by medics who arrived in the ambulance. Police suspect heart attack as the cause of the death. - The Standard

 

US couple stole goods worth $1.2m from Amazon

A couple in the US have admitted stealing goods from Amazon valued at more than $1.2m (£910,000) by repeatedly pretending that items they ordered were damaged in the post. Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, from Indiana, have pleaded guilty to postal fraud and money laundering. The couple face fines of up to $500,000, as well as prison sentences of up to 20 years. They will be sentenced on 9 November.

 

Safaricom takes M-Pesa card to five more towns


SAFARICOM CEO BOB COLLYMORE FUELS A CUSTOMER’S MOTORBIKE AT SHELL RIDGEWAYS ON KIAMBU ROAD YESTERDAY
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Safaricom has launched its M-Pesa 1Tap payment card, wristband and stickers in five more towns, stepping up competition with banks for plastic card users. The launch in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nyeri comes after a pilot test in Nakuru unveiled in May this year. Under M-Pesa 1Tap, customers have the option of using a card, a wristband or a sticker affixed to their phones to make payments. The three tags will be integrated to the customers’ M-Pesa accounts. Users will make payments by tapping any of the tags to a retail point-of-sale and in-putting their M-Pesa PIN numbers on their phones following a real-time pop-up prompt. Safaricom says M-Pesa 1Tap is ultimately intended to increase the efficiency of cashless transactions at retail outlets. “This cuts down the steps involved from more than eight steps using the M-Pesa tool on SIM cards to just one step for the customer,” said the company in a statement. Safaricom says 2,000 merchants have taken up the M-Pesa 1Tap service in Nakuru and more than 90,000 customers have used it. Among those who have taken up the service include Shell, Naivas, Choppies, KenolKobil, Oilibya, Total and QuickMart. The service is, however, not yet available at all outlets run by these retailers. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

HERI HOMES NEW BUSINESS COMPLEX IN DAYSTAR HOSTELS

Chemists, salons, cybers, fast food rest, bank ATM's, video library, stationery shops, e.t.c


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1.Area space -30 metres square

2. Price - KShs. 1.8 million

3.deposit of 30% balance within 15 months

4.construction to commence on January 2018

5.location - within the newly constructed (320 units) Heri daystar hostels, 50metres from Daystar university.

6.Target market for shops- The 320 students within the hostels

* other Daystar student population, (total in no 2,500 students )

* lecturers and staff

* other local community neighbouring the university, as none is available.

For more information please contact Mary Njonjo, Head Diaspora, Heri Homes.

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'Lend to Kenya at your own risk', Moody's rating agency cautions

 

Global credit rating firm Moody's has placed Kenya's B1 long-term issuer rating on review for downgrade, exposing the country's high credit risk profile. This means that Kenya's creditworthiness may be lowered to B2, hindering the country's ability to secure loans from international fund organizations. According to Moody's, the decision to place the rating on review for downgrade was prompted by a mixture of negative microeconomics currently affecting the country including high debt burden, government's liquidity pressure, tense political situation and uncertainties over the future direction of its economic and fiscal policy. The rating agency expects that Kenya's debt burden, which has risen to 56.4 per cent of GDP in June 2017, up from 40.5 per cent five years ago, will continue to rise due to persistently high primary deficits and borrowing costs. It is forecasting a further upward trajectory in government debt which will see debt-to-GDP surpass the 60 per cent mark by June 2018 unless a decisive policy response is introduced. Indeed, figures from the Central Bank of Kenya shows that Kenya's public debt moved from Sh3.82 trillion in December 2016 to Sh4.4 trillion in August this year, meaning the state is borrowing Sh86 billion a month on average. Latest Treasury data from the 2017 budget outlook and review paper shows that the country spent Sh271.3 billion in interest payments, of which Sh212.9 billion went towards domestic debt interest and Sh58.4 billion in external debt interest payments. - The Star

 

 

US advisory firm Andersen Tax opens Nairobi office

 

 

 

 

EU takes Ireland to court for not claiming Apple tax windfall


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple Inc , a move labeled as "regrettable" by Dublin. The Commission ordered the U.S. tech giant in August 2016 to pay the unpaid taxes as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid, one of a number of deals the EU has targeted between multinationals and usually smaller EU states. "More than one year after the Commission adopted this decision, Ireland has still not recovered the money," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, adding that Dublin had not even sought a portion of the sum. "We of course understand that recovery in certain cases may be more complex than in others, and we are always ready to assist. But member states need to make sufficient progress to restore competition," she added. The Commission said the deadline for Ireland to implement its decision had been Jan. 3 this year and that, until the aid was recovered, the company continued to benefit from an illegal advantage. Apple is appealing the case. Vestager, who was also announcing a demand for Amazon to pay about 250 million euros in taxes to Luxembourg, declined to comment on possible penalties on Ireland if it were not to comply with an eventual ECJ ruling against it. Ireland's finance ministry said it had never accepted the Commission's analysis in the Apple state aid decision, but was committed to collecting the money due pending Dublin's own appeal of the ruling.

 

 

 

 

No repeat election if IEBC Commissioners, CEO are removed now


Removing the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners will scuttle the October 26 presidential vote, the High Court in Nairobi has been told. Parties opposed to a case seeking to bundle nine top Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials out of office told High Court judge John Mativo that new poll managers cannot be appointed in time for the election. IEBC, Jubilee Party and Attorney General Githu Muigai were all of the view that the move would plunge the country into anarchy if it ordered the poll agency's boss and his team to vacate office for allegedly bungling the August 8 presidential election. “This petition seeks to incapacitate the ninth respondent (IEBC) at a critical time when a repeat election is set to take place. The ninth respondent will not be able to conduct or supervise the fresh Presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court in the event this court orders the removal of the Commissioners," the judge heard. The case was filed by Brian Asin, Ben wanasakaami and Kevin Alwang’a arguing that Mr. Chebukati, Consolata Nkatha, Rosely Akombe, Abdi Yakub Guliye, Margaret Wanjala, Paul Kurgat, Boya Molu And Ezra Chiloba cannot be trusted  with the repeat election as they contributed in the failure of the August 8 elections. Mativo will issue his ruling next week on Wednesday.  - The Standard

 

 

 

 

The United Nations has called on NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga to agree to participate in the repeat election set for October 26th 2017

 

 

 

 

More demos planned in US as Jubilee supporters take on Nasa


NEW JERSEY
Supporters of the Nasa coalition based in the US have launched a global campaign to raise funds to enable Raila Odinga compete in the presidential re-run. Speaking during a dinner dance party held in New Jersey, Nasa supporters said that for Nasa to mount a fresh campaign outreach and develop nationwide structures to check Jubilee excesses, the coalition needed resources to compete with the Jubilee’s easy access to government resources.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
“While Jubilee coalition has government resources at it’s disposal, Nasa which is a mass movement is relying on the goodwill of its supporters both at home and abroad,” Said Dr George Omburo, a member of the team that organised the dinner party. Raila Odinga campaign communications Advisor Salim Lone who is currently based in the US urged Kenyans abroad who are supporters of the Nasa coalition to answer the call by helping mobilise resources for the campaign. “Raila Odinga is a selfless man who has sacrificed so much for Kenya.” Said Mr Lone. But even as the Nasa supporters were toasting to the annulment of the past polls in New Jersey, supporters of the Jubilee Party in Phoenix, Arizona condemned the activities of Nasa supporters especially the recent demonstration in New York. In the statement issued by Jubilee US coordinator, Engineer John Kamau, the supporters said they took issue with Kenyans living in the US demonstrating at the UN against their own country. "Nasa supporters who held demonstrations in New York and plan to hold such like demonstrations in Dallas, Texas next week are despicable and a disgrace. "We are warning Nasa supporters to stop pushing Kenyans in the Diaspora to demonstrate against the government and to stop calling for the removal of IEBC. They should stop attempting to stop intimidating the IEBC with removal and issuing ambiguous, ever changing demands and meddling with judicial officers,” the statement said in part.

CALLS FOR PEACE
Eng. Kamau said 85 per cent of Kenyans in US supported Jubilee and were advocating for peace. He said they were planning to hold massive demonstrations in major cities to prove their popularity if push comes to shove. "The economy of Kenya is suffering and our country is becoming a laughing stock Just because one person and a small group of hardliners must have their way or no way. As Jubilee supporters we have now said enough is enough. Kenyans must be allowed to exercise their democratic freedom without this unnecessary intrigues.” Eng. Kamau said. Jubilee supporters said they stood behind the people of Kenya and demanded that opposition leader Raila Odinga and Nasa immediately stop polarising the country. Challenging Nasa supporters to a Live televised debate in Phoenix, Arizona; Mr. Kamau said the opposition should let the IEBC guide the country in a free, fair and credible elections scheduled for October, 26 as per the Supreme Court ruling while ensuring that any electoral related offenses are punished as per the constitution.

MORE DEMOS
Meanwhile, a group calling itself Kenyan-Americans for Peace has called for a mass demonstration in Dallas, Texas this coming weekend. In a statement, the group said they were calling for mass demonstration because the current goings on in Kenya has put democracy in the country in jeopardy. The group said that leaders who seek offices to serve Kenyans should be on the forefront to ensure that the country remains united and peaceful. “We also demand that the government stop using government resources for political purposes. We encourage Kenyans in the Diaspora to voice their opinion against injustice and brutality toward the Kenyan people who are exercising their constitutional rights,” they said. - Daily Nation.

 

 

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A 9 years old standard 3 pupil, Faith Nduta has probably been subjected to the most inhumane brutality ever subjected to a human being. Little girl is from Pyrethrum Estate,  Bondeni area in Nakuru town. Her mother, Esther Wanjiku,  sells cakes at Nakuru town stage. On sunday morning, 17th September 2017, Esther  asked her mother if she could walk outside their house for a dose of sun warmth. While sitted on a stone two men and a woman walked towards her,  grabbed her towards a vehicle parked nearby as they covered her mouth. She was blindfolded,  forced to ingest something and became unconscious as they sped off. The kidnappers did the unthinkable. Armed with knives,  they made three deep cuts in her stomach spilling out the intestines. She was left for dead at Ndarugu area in Beautiful Ward. By the Grace of God she survived the ordeal. Though bleeding profusely,  wellwishers rescued her,  rushed her to hospital and immediately put on treatment. Parts of her intestines were however severely damaged and had to be cut off. Well-wishers  took her to Mediheal Hospital, Nakuru  where a corrective surgery was done and her intestines re-fixed. Parts of her intestines were, however, severely damaged they had to be cut off. Nduta was in ICU from 17th to 24th September 2017. She's now at the general ward and recovering well. No one understands the motive of the killer kidnappers or the reason behind their inhuman  act but we leave the matter to God. The bill has escalated to shillings 600,000 and and still growing. The poor parents are unable to settle the same. She's reaching out to online family for a helping hand. She's asking for our support. Please help Nduta back on her feet. Your prayers and kind donations will be of great help.  We are sending our donations to :

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The government of the city of Dubai launched their own blockchain-based cryptocurrency last week. The city’s economy department partnered with one of its subsidiaries called Emcredit Limited and U.K.-based Object Tech Group, Ltd. to create emCash. This new “encrypted digital currency” is a product of partnerships Dubai has cultivated through their Accelerators Initiative and brought under the umbrella of the Dubai Economy Accelerators. “A digital currency has varied advantages – faster processing, improved delivery time, less complexity and cost, to name a few,” Dubai Economy deputy director general Ali Ibrahim said in a press statement. “It will change the way people live and do business in Dubai, and mark a giant leap for the city in harnessing game-changing innovations to improve ease of business and quality of life.” Officials claim that emCash uses the latest blockchain technology and works as part of payment system called emWallet. As the city’s credit bureau, Emcredit has made sure that the emWallet handles various types of transactions — from “their daily coffee and children’s school fee to utility charges and money transfers” — with a near-field communication (NFC) support through a smartphone. The city will also have a shared platform, called Blockchain as a Service, to help Dubai government agencies use blockchain in various projects. Blockchain’s potential as a decentralized and secure platform for transactions, financial or otherwise, isn’t lost to those with eyes to the future. Dubbed as the “city of the future,” Dubai is certainly one of those, but it isn’t the first to have an “official” cryptocurrency. The launch of the emCash, however, is only a first step. Dubai has been working on becoming the world’s first economy that’s built on the blockchain, and with it its own cryptocurrency. This is where the city’s efforts differ, and could potentially influence economies through the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE). “Obtaining approvals from other UAE authorities will be taken into consideration if required,” Ibrahim said. The Wall Street Journal reports that Smart Dubai, the government office responsible for encouraging innovation in the country, will be conducting government and private organization workshops over the next few months to identify those services best enhanced by blockchain. After that, the office expects that pilot projects in both the public and private sectors will begin rolling out this year. “The fast paced environment and incredible willingness to adopt innovative technology has made Dubai the perfect place for us to do business,” said Muna Al Qassab, CEO of Emcredit Limited, in the city’s press release. “This project is a great example of the ambition we have met here, together we are essentially creating a whole new economic ecosystem - Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

 

 

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The first public hearing on the proposed electoral changes sparked mixed reactions with some of the contributors agreeing while others strongly opposed the proposed changes which since introduction to both Houses of Parliament, have fuelled acrimony between the two main political coalitions in the country. The suggestions in the proposed electoral laws sponsored by Jubilee highly informed Tuesday’s hearing with the submission of the views from the speakers of the day painting a clear picture of concurring and dissenting opinions regarding the Bills. Appearing first before the William Cheptumo led-committee, Chairman of the National Council of NGOs Stephen Cheboi welcomed the proposals and acknowledged that the changes were in line with the existing inevitable election needs but importantly urged the committee to reconsider the section envisaged in the proposed changes touching on the quorum of the Commission. “The committee needs to consider the issue of a quorum and not the three proposed in the Bill, the quorum should at least be moved to four members,” said Cheboi. In the suggested Bill, it reduces the quorum of the IEBC from five to half of the existing members but not less than three. It goes on further to state that if there is no unanimity on a decision, matters would be decided by a majority of the commissioners present and voting.


On the issue of the vice chairman automatically becoming the head of IEBC in absence of the chairman as proposed in the Bill, Abel Oyieyo Head of Operations for Centre for African Progress agreed that the changes were necessary and timely so as to avert any unanticipated situation that could delay the announcing of presidential results. “If we do not have a chairperson and if no one is given the powers to take over the position of the chairperson it simply means we cannot have a president declared lawfully by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, it is very important to have that provision on the law,” said Oyieyo. In addition, Oyieyo supported the section of the Bill that dropped the requirement that the chairperson be a person who is qualified to hold the office of judge of the Supreme Court under the Constitution, a provision that removed the requirement that the chairman should be a lawyer. “We all understand you do not need to be a lawyer to be bright. These changes are sensible idea for the purpose of expanding the poll of individuals who can also serve as the Chairperson of the electoral commission,” said Oyieyo.


Former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile while supporting the changes stirred the session when he championed for more punitive measures against Presiding Officers whom would have been found to have violated their duties. “In my own opinion the committee should revise the election offenses bill and add severe punishment for electoral offenders found to have breached their duties. A Presiding Officer can easily be bribed Sh20 million and willingly accept to be jailed for five years, these proposed changes should tighten all those loopholes,” said Ndile. The Election Offences proposed changes say that any Presiding Officer and Returning Officer who knowingly fails to sign or fill completely result forms, submit incomplete forms or change or falsify them will serve five years in jail without the option of a fine. A lobbyist and political commentator Benji Ndolo while presenting his concerns before the committee questioned the timing of the Bills and their legitimacy and appealed to the committee only comprised of Jubilee legislators to ignore the amendments in totality. “At best in such an environment at such a time few days to the next presidential elections, the changes are mischievous and it does not look at all,” said Ndolo. Even as the hearings kicked off, a section of diplomats also questioned the timing of the Bills with just 23 days to the fresh presidential election. On Monday the ambassadors led by Robert Godec of the United States opposed the changes to the electoral laws, saying they were ill-timed. - CapitalFM

 

 

Uber: We are determined to make things right


Uber has said it is "determined to make things right" following a meeting with London's transport commissioner to discuss the loss of its licence. A spokesperson for the taxi-hailing app said the meeting was "constructive" and that it hoped to have more discussions. TfL said talks "centred on what needs to happen to ensure a thriving taxi and private hire market in London". Uber's licence expired on Saturday but its drivers can continue to operate in the capital while it pursues an appeal. TfL's spokesperson said the meeting was about a market "where everyone operates to the same high standards". "Further steps in this process will take place over the coming weeks," they added. Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who runs Transport for London, which has criticised the firm's record over reporting criminal offences and carrying out driver background checks. TfL said earlier that Mr Brown was holding the talks with the taxi-hailing app firm's global chief executive following an approach from the company and at London Mayor Sadiq Khan's request.

 

The US has expelled 15 Cuban diplomats, saying Havana failed to protect US diplomats from mysterious acoustic attacks.

 

 

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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock set up cameras outside his hotel room


The Las Vegas gunman set up cameras inside and outside his hotel room before firing for nine minutes at the concert crowd below. Police revealed that Stephen Paddock had placed one camera in a food service cart outside his room before he fired on concertgoers at a "progressively rapid rate" through windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. In the latest news conference, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said all but three of the 59 who were killed have now been identified. He said patrol officers acting on their own and without the direction of a supervisor were the first to react to the situation and close in on Paddock's room. The officers evacuated people from rooms floor-by-floor between storeys 29 and 32 before converging on the room. A SWAT team then used explosives to gain entry, where Paddock was found dead among his arsenal of weapons. A hotel security guard who approached the room during the rampage was shot through the door and wounded in the leg. Three search warrants have been executed since the attack on a country music festival on Sunday night - one in the hotel, and separate ones at Paddock's homes in Mesquite and Reno. Sheriff Lombardo said officers discovered five handguns, two shotguns and a "plethora" of ammunition in the Reno property. Earlier it emerged 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo were found at his home in a retirement community in Mesquite. Some 23 guns were found inside his hotel room, some equipped with scopes, along with two "bump stocks" which allow semi-automatic weapons to be fired continuously.

 

Western envoys' told that Kenya elections are "extraordinary circumstance" that no western country has experienced. "They will be the first to admit that none of their countries has ever had a presidential election nullified - meaning that those international best practices - may have had no occasion to be shaped in this kind of constitutional and legal moment in Kenya," Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said.

 

 

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Long hair, says the Good Book, is a woman’s crowning glory. And so, women in Kenya, poor and rich alike, have hived off from their monthly budgets billions of shillings to pursue this glory. And just when the sun is shyly peering over the distant Eastern skyline, hundreds of women have already gathered at Korogocho Market, a sprawling slum within Nairobi’s low-end suburb of Korogocho. On either side of the road that cuts through Soko Mjinga market are makeshift salons. Wanjiru is a hair-stylist in one of these salons. And like dozens of others here, she charges on average, Sh200 for every hair extension she beautifully embroiders on a customer’s head scavenged from Dandora dumpsite. And the ‘lucrative’ Sh200 is inclusive of her trouble of getting it dusted, soaked in hot water and, at times, getting it perfumed. So, by the time the sun sets behind the mountain peaks in the West, most of Wanjiru’s customers will march back home with their heads high and flashing with a glamorous halo of a new hairstyle. They won’t care the weaves or braids or wigs on their heads were scraped from the filth of Dandora dumpsite. The glory makes up for all the grime. It is a worthy ‘investment’ for Wanjiru’s clients who, although they toil to put food on the table, have made it a ritual to always look good. As the adage goes, a woman is not only as good as her hair but her hair also somehow opens the doors. “It opens the door to that interview, that boyfriend, husband or sponsor.  But even more important, that respect among her peers,” says the Marketing Head, Africa Hair at Godrej Consumer Group, Ms Ruth Mwangangi.

The hair sector is a multi-billion dollar industry whose charm has spread in some of the unlikeliest places of Kenya including the slums of Korogocho, Dandora among others within Nairobi and across the country.  Georgina Kirungo, the owner and founder of Nywele Creative which deals in imported human hair, known as virgin hair within beauty circles, has a different set of clients. Those who can afford have to fork out between Sh11,000 and Sh400,000 for a piece of virgin hair. Her clients are entrepreneurs, senior Government officials, and TV presenters including other celebrities. Her stores are in high-end malls such as Garden City along Thika Super-Highway, The Hub in Karen, Two Rivers along Limuru Road and Westlands. She also has a shop at Green House Plaza along Ngong Road, Nairobi. “My clients are looking for a quality that you can’t put a price on,” says Kirungo. Because natural hair that is well sourced, accessible, easily styled and durable is like an attic to her clientele, a piece of art to be cherished. But, just as Wanjiru’s used hair, it is simply a crowning glory to the user. Both Kirungo and Wanjiru have tapped into the multi-billion dollar shillings hair global hair care industry driven by an overzealous pursuit of the Bible’s crowning glory. - The Standard

 

 

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NAIROBI, KENYA: Commercial banks will have to up their game in collecting and keeping data about its creditors to avoid colliding with external auditors. This will follow the implementation of new the accounting rule, International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 9 in January next year. The new rules will require huge data to help banks in pricing customer risks and making provisions for loan losses. Unlike now when the current rule, International Accounting Standard (IAS) 39, only requires banks to consider customer’s debt repayment history in making provisions, the new standard will require more information than is in their current data bank. According to Barclays Bank of Kenya (BBK)Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Awori, the new standard will force banks to invest more in data analytics to comply. “Data analytics is going to be unavoidable because even when auditors come in and find that you have allowed a certain amount as provision, you will have to explain the assumptions used to arrive at that number. There has to be logic. You can’t just pick a number,” said Awori. Under IFRS 9, provisions will be based on customer’s historic data on debt repayment, the current information about the customer, the macro environment and the future expectations in the market. Mr Awori told Financial Standard that banks will be under increased pressure to show and prove to auditors how a given portfolio has performed over a number of years and explain how the default level was arrived at. “There will be much more requirement to analyse customer portfolios to come up with assumptions that you will make to predict future anticipated losses and the level provisions to make,” he said. IAS 39, which was hugely blamed for the 2008 financial crisis has been regarded as a reactive standard, only making banks to make provision when there is an event to justify so. - The Standard


 

 

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Las Vegas shooting: 'Psychopath' gunman who slaughtered 59 had huge arsenal of weapons


– At least 59 people dead after shooter opens fire in Las Vegas


– A further 527 people injured


– Gunman named as Stephen Paddock, 64


– Police still investigating shooter’s motive


– He was retired millionaire accountant, according to his brother


– Police say they found massive stockpile of weapons


– Witnesses say hundreds of shots fired into the crowd


– Shooter killed himself before police entered hotel room


– Donald Trump calls shooting an ‘act of pure evil’


– Pictured – the victims of the Vegas shooting


The man who killed 59 people and injured 527 others in a mass shooting in Las Vegas was a big-spending gambler who took 23 guns into his hotel room before opening fire on crowds attending an outdoor music festival. Stephen Craig Paddock sprayed bullets on revellers enjoying the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Police have described Paddock as a ‘psychopath’. The 64-year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed Room 135 in the gold-coloured glass skyscraper. Assistant sheriff Todd Fasulo said Paddock had 23 guns – some with scopes – in his hotel room. Authorities found 19 more guns at his home in Mesquite, as well as explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser that can be turned into explosives such as those used in the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, were discovered in his car. Investigators believe the shooting – the most deadly in modern US history – was a “lone wolf” attack, and say they do not have any information to lead them to suspect there were more assailants. Police are now desperately trying to hunt down a motive for the gunman, whose actions have left his family ‘dumbfounded’. Officials believe Paddock acted alone but were at a loss to explain what might have precipitated it. “We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath.” ISIS has claimed responsibility for the incident, although the CIA said that it was aware the terror group had made the claim but urged people not to jump to conclusions saying there was no evidence Paddock had converted to Islam. Local police have said they are not treating the incident as a terror attack. According to public records, he did not have any previous criminal convictions in Nevada. Police have revealed that several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound that can be used to make explosives, was found in his car. Up to 42 firearms, explosives and thousands of ammunition rounds were recovered from his home.

 

 

US, EU envoys caution against poll law review


US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec speaks to the press at Bomas, Nairobi on October 02, 2017. 


Diplomats have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga to stop playing political games and undermining the electoral commission ahead of the repeat presidential elections. They also warned that hardliners and inciters on both sides of the political divide could be sanctioned by their countries, travel bans and denial of visas included, if they are seen to be advocating for violence and spreading hate speech. Specifically, they were critical of the attempts to make changes to electoral laws just days to the repeat poll and demands for staff changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

 

BEST PRACTICE
“It is international best practice not to make changes to electoral laws without broad political agreement. If everyone were to agree on changes that needed to be made, that would be fine but at the moment, we would encourage everyone to look at international best practice and work together to bring the election and make it free, fair and credible and peaceful and hold it in the constitutional manner,” said United States ambassador Robert Godec. The 14 envoys spoke of their concerns after a meeting with the IEBC leadership headed by chairman Wafula Chebukati, with commissioners Consolata Maina, Roselyn Akombe and Paul Kurgat present. They said, in a statement read by Mr Godec, that while it is time for both sides to show leadership, strengthen Kenya’s democracy and build the country’s international prestige, the opposite is being done by the political leaders. “The “Election Laws Amendment Bill,” for example, puts at risk the IEBC’s ability to conduct a better election within the mandated 60-day timeline, and unnecessarily increases political tensions,” they said. Their problem with the bills is their timing so close to the elections  and the lack of agreement. “Wise reforms to an established electoral process take time.  They require thoughtful reflection and broad agreement from all parties.  Well-established international best practice is to avoid changes to electoral rules just prior to an election,” they said. 

 

POLITICAL DEMANDS
The bill in Parliament has been sponsored by the Jubilee Party and its existence was the reason for the collapse of talks between them, Nasa and the IEBC at Bomas on Thursday last week. Introduction of the bills drew attention away from the Opposition’s many demands on the IEBC, making them Jubilee’s political weapon against their rivals. The envoys said “the growing political demands, inflammatory rhetoric, and boycott threats undermine the IEBC’s ability to carry out its constitutionally-mandated job to hold a new election.” “For example, if IEBC personnel are to be removed, it should only be done by the appropriate authorities and be consistent with the law and relevant regulations,” the envoys said.  Nasa has since the day of the decision of the Supreme Court been on a crusade against the IEBC and has singled out members of staff, with chief executive Ezra Chiloba top of the list, they say should be sacked before the repeat polls.

 

TRAVEL BANS
Asked about the threat to impose sanctions on some politicians, Mr Godec said: “We are watching what’s happening and if  and when appropriate, we will take steps under US law to hold people accountable. There are many different potential measures we can take and I am not going to get into that speculation but I will say obviously visa bans and other travel measures are one possibility.” The European Union’s official, Bruno Pozzi said they were looking at the situation and had not thought of any measures. United Kingdom’s deputy ambassador Susan Kitchens was more direct, saying: “We are also watching carefully and anyone who is found to be inciting or engaging in violence must be held accountable and that should be done by Kenyan institutions. We are following too and the UK reserves the right to take appropriate action which may include refusing visas.” - Daily Nation.

 

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Las Vegas: Gunman Stephen Paddock was

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Nevada native Stephen Paddock, 64, moved to a home in a tiny desert retirement community two years ago, his brother says.

 

The man behind the worst mass shooting in modern US history was a multi-millionaire real estate investor, according to his brother. Stephen Paddock, 64, was identified by police as the gunman who killed at least 58 people after opening fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. The Nevada native targeted concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip late on Sunday night. Records show Paddock lived in a two-bedroom house in the tiny desert community of Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, close to Nevada's border with Arizona. That house is currently being searched by detectives, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said. His brother Eric Paddock spoke of his shock and described his sibling as a gambler with "no religious affiliation, no political affiliation" who was "not an avid gun guy at all". He told CBS News: "The fact that he had those kinds of weapons is just... where the hell did he get automatic weapons? Eric Paddock told reporters his brother was a multi-millionaire who made much of his fortune by investing in real estate. He added that his brother was also an accountant for many years, but he was not aware of any recent financial difficulties he may have had. Paddock lived in the Mesquite property with Marilou Danley, 62, records show. Ms Danley was named as his "companion" and police initially treated her as a person of interest in the shooting. But Sheriff Lombardo later said she was out of the country at the time of the shooting and she was not believed to have been involved. Paddock used some of her identification to get into the hotel, where he had been staying since 28 September. The suspect had a hunting licence in Texas, where he had lived for a number of years. He also had a pilot's licence, and had at least one single-engine aircraft registered in his name.

 

 

 

 

A Jubilee MP has filed a petition to compel Opposition leaders Raila Odinga

and Kalonzo Musyoka to participate in the October 26 repeat polls.

 

 

 

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Loan default rate and members deposits threaten saccos
Savings and Credit Co-operative Organizations in Kenya are facing an imminent crash due to high loan appetite, default and low deposits by members. According to the 2016 sacco supervision report released by the Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority, the industry's loan portfolio risk increased to 5.23 per cent up from 5.12 in 2015, with the value of non performing loan increasing from Sh13.21 billion to Sh15.57 billion. The loan portfolio risk of 5.23 per cent is higher than five per cent recommended maximum by the World council of Credit Unions and three per cent recommended by the local sacco regulator. The report further shows that the number of loan ratio to deposits remained unchanged at 108 per cent above the 70-80 per cent recommended by WOCCO, an indication that members are borrowing more than their deposits. This has forced Saccos to turn to borrowing from local banks to fund members' high loan appetite, exerting more pressure on their balance sheets. ''The fact that deposit taking saccos have continued to lend much more than the deposits that they mobilize continues to hamper their liquidity, as many DT-SACCOs are forced to borrow from external sources in order to meet the shortfall,'' said Sasra's board chair Sammy Ruto. - The Star

 

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Trump: Las Vegas shooting an 'act of pure evil'


Donald Trump has said the Las Vegas shooting, which left at least 58 people dead, was an "act of pure evil". But in his televised address, the US President did not make reference to the row over Americans' right to bear arms. Mr Trump described the nation as "heartbroken" and united in sadness, shock and grief. From the White House, the President said: "Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. "He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. "Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss." The President said that he plans to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday and meet victims' families, as well as first responders. He added that although the US people "feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will". During the address, Mr Trump did not describe the gunman or suggest any possible motivation for his attack.

 

 

 

Opposition MPs cancel campaigns to create time for anti-IEBC protests


Opposition leaders in Nyanza have postponed presidential election campaigns to press for electoral reforms. The leaders argue that without amendments to key electoral reforms, it would be a waste of time to go back to ballot. They said street demonstrations will be conducted in all the six counties on Mondays and Fridays, as directed by NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga to press for reforms at the electoral commission ahead of the repeat polls on October 26. MPs Jared Okello (Nyando), Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central), Aduma Owuor (Nyakach), Paul Abuor (Rongo) and Samwel Atandi (Alego Usonga) say, they will not relent until their demands are met. Kisumu Senator Fred Outa, governors Anyang' Nyong'o (Kisumu), Cornell Rasanga (Siaya) and Okoth Obado (Migori) have concurred. ''We want to make it very clear that No reforms, No elections,'' declared Outa. Okello and Ouda said they will not participate in the fresh presidential poll if the calls by NASA to amend flawed sections of the law are not observed. Their decision comes in the wake of preparations by Jubilee legislator to use their numerical strength in Parliament to change the elections laws. Some of the proposed amendments by Jubilee which NASA leaders strongly vowed to object are to strip the Judiciary powers to overturn decreed results by returning officers. The NASA leaders declared that they will push for equitable amendments of laws that do not favour one side of the political divide but that which will be there for posterity. Okello claimed that their rivals are seeking reforms to serve their short-term partisan interests instead of looking at the collective interest of all Kenyans. - The Standard

 

 

 

Violent protests mark Nasa's quest for reforms


One person died Monday as Nasa supporters took to the streets to push for reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission before the October 26 repeat poll. The demonstrations, which were violent in some towns, took place in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Kakamega, Homa Bay, Busia, and Vihiga counties. In Rift Valley and central Kenya counties, which are bedrocks of Jubilee Party, it was business as usual, with transport uninterrupted. In Embu, Jubilee supporters disrupted the protests. Nasa leader Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula did not join the protesters on grounds that their security was not assured. Last week, the government withdrew police guards for Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka and Mr Mudavadi.- Daily Nation.

 

Anti-IEBC protests leave one dead in Siaya


Anti-IEBC protests turned tragic in Siaya after a 41-year-old man died. The man was caught up in the melee and is said to have died of shock after police fired teargas to disperse protesting youths. An eye witness, Celestine Achieng’, said they were passing along the county commissioner's compound moments before the youths stormed the compound that is also housing IEBC offices. Ms Achieng' added that the deceased dropped and died as he was running after police lobed teargas on the protestors. Officials from the Red Cross Society who attended to the deceased at the scene confirmed the man dead. Other witnesses said the the man was coming from Siaya County Referral Hospital where he collected some medication. The residents led by Governor Cornell Rasanga, MPs Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Christine Ombaka (Woman rep), Speaker George Okode and a host of Siaya MCAs linked the police to the tragedy. Mr Rasanga accused the police for failing to comply with the constitution to protect the lives of innocent Kenyans. He threatened to take legal action if the government fails to take responsibility and compensate the family of the deceased. "It's high time the police adhered to the constitution. We will not sit and watch the police receive orders that are against the constitution leading to the killing of unarmed citizens," the governor said. - Daily Nation

 

 

More than 50 dead in Las Vegas massacre

At least 50 people have been killed and 200 others wounded in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. A lone gunman shot down at revellers from the 32nd floor of the 43-storey Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Strip. Police say the suspect, who was located in the building and shot dead by police, was a local resident - 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Officers were hunting his companion - Marilou Danley - who they say they are 'confident' they have located. Police believe at least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a man opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. It is believed the gunman was shooting down from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and police said he was killed on the 32nd floor. They named him as local resident Stephen Paddock, 64. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said a "person of interest" Marilou Danley, 62, believed to be his roommate, has also been located. The gunman is so far not believed to be connected to any militant group. Witnesses described "chaos" as thousands fled the outdoor show next to the city's iconic Strip and concertgoers said they saw flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay. Several long bursts of automatic gunfire rang out, with the first shots coming as singer Jason Aldean performed. Witness Jack Friedman told Sky News he and his friend saw the carnage unfold from the bar of the Delano hotel, which overlooks the concert ground. "We saw bodies hitting the ground. We saw people getting shot," he said. "It was so well lit up because of all the lights of the concert, you could clearly see dozens and dozens of bodies on the ground, just piled up on the ground. "Watching people run, and bodies hitting the floor as people were running." After the bar was evacuated and people were told to head down to the lobby, Mr Freedman said he could instantly smell gunpowder, saying it "reeked of gunfire". Another witness told Fox News: "It was bad. There were multiple people hit, a lot of people shot. The area we had for medics was completely flooded with people.

 

 

CAUGHT IN A JUBILEE MEETING IN LONDON ON SUNDAY 1ST OCT. 2017

Some of the women caught at Jubilee Meeting in North London on Sunday 1st October, 2017. The women agreed to support President Uhuru Kenyatta in all ways during the forth coming elections in Kenya on 26th October, 2017. The Event was organised by the UhuRuto Tano Tena Diaspora Network UK and the Jubilee Party UK/Europe Chapter. The Co-ordinator of the event Mr. Julius Kaberere,formerly of the Commonwealth Secretariat, underpinned the role played by the Kenyan Diaspora in the development of the country. In his remarks, he stated that the Diaspora have a big stake in Kenya and its future as one of the biggest contributors to the economy, through remittances, investments, education and new technology. Mr Kaberere called on Kenyans to unite and reject politics of hate and division, stating the Jubilee Party and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be given a another term. He announced that the Diaspora Network face book page had over 15, 000 followers, and over 200 members on its whats-app group that bring supporters of the President and his Deputy in the Diaspora together.

 

 

 

 

High Court stops #GoKDelivers and #JubileeDelivers adverts

The High Court has stopped the government from advertising its achievements, pending the hearing of a case filed by Katiba Institute. Justice Chacha Mwita granted the order on Monday after hearing the application by Waikwa Wanyoike, who represents the lobby group. The order said the government should not advertise its achievements in print, electronic, banners or hoardings in public places. The lobby group has sued Presidential Delivery Unit, Mr Nzioka Waita, Andrew Wakahiu and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. Justice Mwita directed the respondents to file and serve their response in seven days. The NGO wants PDU to give them information on all the government advertisements that were being aired in all local media stations days before the August 8 General Election. - Daily Nation

 

Monarch Airlines collapse: UK’s biggest peacetime repatriation operation begins


Monarch Airlines has been placed into administration, leaving 110,000 UK customers abroad and 300,000 forward bookings cancelled. The 300,000 cancelled bookings – some for groups such as families – mean up to 750,000 people may be affected in addition to those already abroad. The collapse, announced by liquidators KPMG, is being called Britain’s largest ever airline collapse. The final flight landed in Manchester from Tel Aviv at 4am on Monday morning, with the UK’s biggest peacetime repatriation operation now under way The carrier collapsed after it failed to have its Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (Atol) licence renewed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) amid concerns about its financial stability. The CAA said it had launched a programme to bring Monarch customers back to the UK. The body, which regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the UK, said it has been asked by the government to charter more than 30 aircraft to bring the passengers back.

 

A man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' has stabbed two

women to death with a butcher's knife in France


A man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' has stabbed two women to death with a butcher's knife before being gunned down by soldiers in Marseille.  The victims, aged 17 and 20, suffered horrific injuries during the 'frenzied' attack, with one slashed in the throat and the other stabbed in the chest and stomach. Eyewitnesses told how a man 'dressed in black' launched himself at the two women, who screamed for their lives as others ran for safety. The assailant was gunned down by soldiers who were on patrol inside Saint Charles train station at the time as part of France's ongoing state of emergency. The suspect, thought to be aged 25 to 30, was known to authorities for common law crimes while analysis of his fingerprints came up with several aliases. Anti-terror officials said they were investigating 'links to a terrorist organisation' and the 'attempted killing of a public official', the identity of which is currently unknown.  Photographs from the scene showed a woman lying on the ground and armed police standing over the attacker. A white sheet was later placed over his body.  In a tweet, President Emmanuel Macron said: 'Deeply outraged by this barbaric act, in pain with the families and relatives of the victims of Marseille. 'I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency.'  Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin said he believed the incident to be a 'terrorist attack', while interior minister Gérard Collomb said it 'could be' related to terror.  A police source added: ['The stabbings were] frenzied and took place in front of lots of witnesses. The man first shouted threats, and then launched into the two women. 'The two were killed by a knife, and then soldiers on anti-terrorism duties intervened. They shot the man dead.'

 

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Philippians 2:5

 

Having the right attitude
We read in Philippians 2:5: "You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set; it’s a choice. ‘Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I’m convinced that life is 10 per cent what happens to me and 90 per cent how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.’ Paul writes, ‘You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.’ He always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather than be served. So if your attitude hasn’t been as good as it could be, make this your starting point. Pray: ‘Father, give me a Christlike attitude towards everyone I meet.’

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UHURUTO TANO TENA DIASPORA NETWORK UK MEETING 1ST OCT, 2017


Kenyan’s in The UK and Europe who are members of the Jubilee Party held a meeting in London on the Sunday 1st October, where they called for peace as the country prepares for the repeat Presidential elections on Thursday 26th October, 2017. Speakers at the meeting agreed with President Uhuru Kenyatta, to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court, even though he disagreed with it for the sake of peace and unity of the country.


Major Speakers at the event noted that NASA leaders had used lies to move the Supreme Court to annul the results of elections jelled on 8th August 2017. They questioned how no person was found criminally responsible for submitting forms and results they had not been signed or without watermarks. They therefore supported the Kenyan Parliaments move to amend the relevant laws to ensure that anybody playing their part in notensuring credible electoral processes are punished. Also calling on NASA leaders to support the amendments and make their constructive criticism through parliament.


Speaking at the meeting, Mr Duncan Ngari called on NASA leaders not to hold the country at ransom and let IEBC to do its work unhindered, so that the country moves forward. Saying that the business environment in Kenya has deteriorated due to the Supreme Court ordered rerun, Mr. Ngari called on the Opposition leaders to desist from their call for mass action that is scaring away investors and those participating in the election. He urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers for the elections and to give President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Willian Ruto another five year term.


The meeting was also addressed by Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, an Elected Councillor, through UK Labour Party and other officials of the Jubilee Party UK/Europe Chapter. Cllr Kangethe called on Respect for women rights and castigated opposition MP who used abusive language to women and in particular the President’s Mother. Also emphasisingthat the Kenyan opposition is working towards the downfall of the Country and should be stopped through the Ballot. She called on Kenyans in the Diaspora to ensure they do not spread hateful messages through social media.


The Event was organised by the UhuRuto Tano Tena Diaspora Network UK and the Jubilee Party UK/Europe Chapter. The Co-ordinator of the event Mr. Julius Kaberere,formerly of the Commonwealth Secretariat, underpinned the role played by the Kenyan Diaspora in the development of the country. In his remarks, he stated that the Diaspora have a big stake in Kenya and its future as one of the biggest contributors to the economy, through remittances, investments, education and new technology. Mr Kaberere called on Kenyans to unite and reject politics of hate and division, stating the Jubilee Party and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be given a another term. He announced that the Diaspora Network face book page had over 15, 000 followers, and over 200 members on its whats-app group that bring supporters of the President and his Deputy in the Diaspora together.


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Co-operative Bank of Kenya Retail Banking Manager Ms. Nancy Gathuku (far right) explaining the adventages of the bank to the Deputy High Commisioner Mrs. Grace Cerere (far right) during their UK tour in UK last month. Taking notes is Anne Kamau (2nd right) Commercial Attache at the Kenya High Commission. Mrs. Milka Wachira (2nd right), Julieanne and Francis of Co-op Bank escorted their boss.


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'Hundreds injured' in Catalonia vote clashes

At least 337 people have been injured in clashes as police try to stop Catalonia's illegal independence poll, authorities say.

 

At least 337 people have been injured in clashes as police try to stop Catalonia's illegal independence poll, authorities say. The figure came from the regional government's spokesman, Jordi Turill, who blamed "Spanish state police violence" - as well as the country's prime minister. But the government said police are acting professionally and proportionately in their efforts to stop the outlawed vote. Riot officers fired rubber bullets at crowds protesting in Barcelona on Sunday morning, sending people running for cover. Police vans drove down the road as protesters who had been sitting on the street fled, and witnesses said people were bleeding. Sky News Europe Correspondent Mark Stone, who was at the scene, collected one of the large ball projectiles and said they were "pretty hard". He said it was unclear whether there was any spark that caused police to act over what appeared to be a largely peaceful protest. "Police were hitting people sitting on the ground with their batons. People then dispersed and moved out the way as a result and then the police vans - because space had been made for them - drove on through," said Stone. "People were throwing barricades at the police, and it escalated from there." Emergency services said most of the people hurt had minor injuries such as "bruises, dizziness and anxiety attacks". However there are a few serious injuries. -  CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


 

 

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Co-operative Bank of Kenya Retail Banking Manager Ms. Nancy Gathuku signing a visitor's book at the Kenya High Commission offices in London in July. She was accompanied by the Co-operative Bank Diaspora team from far right is Julianne, Francis and Milka Wachira (far left). Mr. Evans Kinyanjui of the High Commission witnessed the occasion.


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LAUNCHING OF RWANDA AIR IN LONDON

The Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo was among other invited guests at the launching of RwandaAir flights from Gatwick Airport to Rwanda on Wednesday 27th September, 2017. The ceremony was held at the residence of the Rwanda High Commissioner in London. Among the guests invited was the Kenya High Commissioner and the Zambian High Commissioner. Rwanda Air Country Manager Mr. Dennis Malala Rwiliriza said that the airline will be flying 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays heading for Rwanda and then Kenya. He said that they have come up with very competitive prices in order to catch up with the Eastern African market. You can make a booking with Rwanda Air through tel: 01293874096 currently with the lowest prices.

Rwanda High Commissioner in the UK HE Yamina Karitanyi (2nd left) addressing the guests during the RwandAir Launching in London

 

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayor (2nd right), Rwanda Ambassador and Zambian Ambassador catching with the speech of the Rwanda Air Country Manager Mr. Dennis Malala Rwiliriza (far right). The manager said that there is internet and Wifi in their flight from London and you can also make or receive telephone call during the flight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN AND ROSE CLOW’S DAUGHTER GRADUATES IN UK

She was living with her grandmother in Kirinyaga, Kenya before young Christabell Mukami joined her mother Mrs. Rosie Claw in UK in 2012. As Mukami left for the airport she promised her grandmother Mrs. Susan Kamori Kabiru that she will keep her promise to invite her to UK for her graduation. True to her word, Mukami came to the UK and joined Peterborough Centre University where she graduated in BA (Hons) in Psychosocial Studies. She invited her parents and her grandmother for the graduation on Thursday 21st September 2017. Mr. and Mrs. John Clow are proud with their daughter who managed to catch up with UK life and overcoming the challenges of a young girl in the university. Family and friends (above) joined Mukami for graduation.

 

 

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Taxpayers to use new KRA platform to reactivate PINs


The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has introduced an online portal to help taxpayers reactivate suspended PINs. This comes as a reprieve to thousands of Kenyans who faced strenuous paperwork to restore their tax accounts that had been blocked by the taxman for failing to migrate their profiles to the online platform by end of August. KRA used this as a broader plan to smoke out tax cheats. “Has your KRA PIN been suspended? Whatever the reason, don’t panic! Click here to reactivate your PIN”, reads a notice on KRA website. Many Kenyans found themselves on the wrong side of the taxman’s book early this month after their PINs were de-activated. KRA said the reason for de-activating PINs could have been as a result of failing to file Value Added Tax (VAT) returns yet one had a VAT obligation. Also, it could have been because of trading with PIN yet it is not updated on iTax; one could have been declared as a supplier by a VAT registered taxpayer, but was not registered for VAT obligation. Those whose PINs were de-activated have been going through a tedious process to reactive them. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

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100 Kisumu residents left homeless

after boda boda riders burn houses

 

At least 100 people were left homeless on Sunday after 28 houses were set ablaze by rioting boda boda operators in Kaloleni, Kisumu. The motorcyclists were on a revenge mission following an attack on three of their colleagues, whose motorcycles were burnt in the slum on Saturday night. The motorcycles were burnt by some residents of the slum after two motorcycle operators attacked a passenger who declined to pay them. The boda boda rider is said to have ferried the passenger from Kisumu Main Bus Stage to the slum at night and was to be paid Sh100. "This place is never secure for boda boda operators at night, and that is why the operators are escorted by colleagues when taking passengers to the area, and the passengers foot the extra bill,” said an operator. The passenger, however, declined to pay for the escort, resulting in a fight which other residents of Kaloleni joined. The mob beat up the two riders and torched their motorcycles. A third motorcyclist who rushed in to help his colleagues also had his motorcycle torched. He, however, escaped without injuries. Sunday morning, the boda boda operators congregated, armed themselves with crude weapons and headed to Kaloleni where they broke into houses, attacked their occupants before setting the houses ablaze. The assailants, who engaged police in running battles, left a trail of destruction during their five-hour rampage. They also kept journalists at bay, threatening to attack them for exposing their faces. "This is our fire. We started it and we will put it out," shouted the machete-wielding youths.

 

Eveline Magak was nursing her three-year old at a nearby hospital when she was informed about the attack. “I left my baby in the hospital to come and check the safety of my two other children who were in the house and got straight into the skirmishes. The attackers ordered me to salvage what I could before they torched the house, and just as I tried to pick some of my things, the flame engulfed the house,” she said.   At the time of going to Press, Magak was yet to establish the whereabouts of her two children. “If some people attacked the boda boda operators, how were we helpless women involved? This is pure crime and we ask the Government to save us. I do not know where to start from,” said Magak. Athuman Juma, a Form Three student at Highway Secondary School, escaped unhurt, but his friend was hit on the head with a metal bar. “Their main targets were young men but when most of them escaped, they started breaking into houses and beating people. We fear they may do more harm given that they have started threatening women with rape,” said Juston Asuga. - Sunday Standard.

 

 

The UK's terror threat level has been lowered from 'critical' to 'severe', Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.

 

 

 

 

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power


Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital. Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma. The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday. Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed. Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills facility has been sealed off and police are conducting a criminal investigation. State investigators from the Florida Office of Attorney General were also at the scene, city officials said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KENYA ARTIST MZEE MR. JOSEPH KAMARU

HAS LOST HIS WIFE IN KENYA

Mzee Joseph Kamaru(above) has lost his wife in Kenya. The late Rev. Teresia Kamaru passed away on Tuesday evening 12th September, 2017 in Nairobi Kenya. You can contact Mzee Joseph Kamaru on +254 723550040.

 

 

 

Uhuru Kenyatta's address during the

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GLORIA MULIRU PERFORMING AT REVIVAL HOUSE. LONDON

Kenya Gospel Singer Gloria Muliru is in London. The gospel singer attended the Kenya Society Summer Party at the residence of the Kenya High Commissioner on Thursday 7th September, 2017 before making a wonderful performance on Sunday 10th September 2017 at Revival House, London. Gloria had been invited to London to perform at an International concert last week. Her contact in UK is through her Kenya WhatsApp +254 724985161.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Whispers from London (What a friend we have in our phones?)
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As the Boeing 777 cut through the white clouds across Atlantic Ocean, I looked at my watch and realised that we had been over the ocean for more than seven hours on our way to Orlando, Florida, USA. All what I could see was the vastness of the ocean below. My then five year old daughter turned to me and asked me where we were and I told her that we were in the skies. She looked amused and then asked me whether that was where God lived. I told her a faint 'yes' not because I was hungry but because I knew very well that should anything happen, we were indeed very near to God.

In the plane, my wife and two children occupied the middle row while I and a middle aged gentleman and a young lady occupied the other on the left. The man was about six and a half feet tall from the way his feet were struggling to fit in the leg space provided. He wore a big black T-Shirt that exposed his powerful biceps that looked like they could explode and seek refuge to somebody else. The girl beside him was about twenty four years, was slim and was slightly above four feet.

Soon we were to arrive in Orlando Sanford Airport in fifteen minutes time. The gentleman beside me stretched himself and looked around as if he was in a wakeful slumber. With his big blood shot eyes, he adjusted his glasses and looked at me as if I was a housefly on the seat.
'Hi gentleman. It was a crazy flight init?' he said.
'Yeah, thank God we are finally in our final destination,' I replied.
Meanwhile, he started massaging the girl's hair as she took a nap on his chest.


'Do you live in Orlando by any chance?' he asked.
'Nah, I am from Birmingham, England,' I said.
He looked across the next row and then asked me whether that was my family and I told him that indeed they were my wife and children.
'Alright. Nice family you got!' he said.


'Do you have a family?' I asked him, obviously expecting him to tell me that the young short girl beside him was his daughter.
'Oh! Yes! By the way meet my wife! She is the apple of my eyes,' he said as his massive hand ran through her hair rhythmically. What? His wife? Considering her small size and his massive tall body, if she decided to hug him, then she must have been hugging some secret parts of his anatomy instead his real him.
'Oh! Really! I thought she was a University student here in America. Congrats, you two look a nice couple. What God has put together, let no man put asunder,' I said with very high hope that he could not feel the irony in my choice of words.
'By the way, they call me Solomon and she is Maureen...Maureen Solomon to be exact!'

I looked at the tiny girl who was supposedly his wife and tried to trace his massive hands with deep veins running through her hair, hands, down the neck, chest…down...oh! No! God have mercy! We were just about to land at the airport when Maureen woke up and adjusted her seat belt like the rest of us. She first smiled at Solomon then gave him a quick kiss on the lips. True love knows no bounds, the saying goes.
'Sweetheart that was a wonderful flight! I didn't notice that we flew almost eight hours from London,' she told Solomon.
'That's true sweetie, I slept like a baby in the whole flight. I think this is because you were beside me. You are always my heartbeat!' he replied with a smile.

Soon the plane landed and we all disembarked ready to finish with immigration checks. Finally we were all out of the airport waiting for hotel bus to come for us in about twenty five minutes. I introduced Solomon and Maureen to my family and we became a team. We came to learn that Solomon was Congolese while Maureen was from Kenya. When Solomon visited one hotel in Nairobi, his eye caught Maureen and both fell in love with each other.

Solomon and I were getting along very well, so was Maureen and my wife. They asked us to visit them in their home and we also asked them to come for dinner in the hotel the following day. We were overjoyed by the invitation and so were they to meet new friends from London. When the hotel bus arrived, we hastily exchanged contacts and off we went.Maureen and her husband were supposed to come and visit us in the evening in our hotel. It would be a good feeling to meet another family although we were strangers to each other so to speak.

At exactly 20:00 Hrs the Solomon's arrived and so my wife and I joined them for dinner. We left the children in their room playing computer games. On seeing us, our friends looked so happy from their facial expressions and warm handshakes.

We got to know each other. For one I had always wanted to own business in America but I did not know where to start. Solomon told me that the best investment in America was real estate and that I should start with what was popularly called condominiums. This was a situation where an investor 'owned' a hotel for a period of time, say one week in a year. The investor would be paying a certain amount of money to the hotel and would then be free to be using a two bedroom flat within the property for one week. To me it looked like a good idea because I had passion to invest in America.
Much as my wife and I liked to be allowed Solomon and the wife, we wondered how the wife did not own a phone in such a country like America. Her phone was kept by Solomon and even when she received calls, it was Solomon who answered first. Well…

The following day, Solomon took me to one five star hotel where I made a down payment of US$1500.00 towards the purchase of the condominiums. From there I would be paying £300.00 every month for the next five years. I was overjoyed to own something in the land of the greatest economy in the world. In return, I told Solomon that with time, he should start a similar business in America like the one I had in London.


We had a great time with them although we noticed that in all that time we were in their house, Maureen spoke very few words and all the cooking was done by Solomon. We thanked him for being a very good cook and even accepting us in his house.


'I am glad you ate my food. Thank God Maureen did not cook for you! She is the worst cook. I always tell her to thank God for giving her a good husband like me! I do everything for her. I cook for her, I buy her clothes, I take her to and from work, and I take her to hair saloon, wait for her and even choose her hairstyle! I even answer her phones! Lucky girl she is!' he said.
'Indeed, Maureen you are blessed!' I said.

Prior to the day that our American friends were supposed to arrive at Heathrow Airport, I decided to call them and wish them a nice journey.
'Hello...Hello...is that Solomon?' I asked. There was no answer although the phone was ringing.


After some time, the phone rang again. I pressed the button to answer it. On the other end all what I could hear was a conversation between Solomon and Maureen. I tried to say a thousand 'hello' but it was not picked up but they were talking. Out of interest I followed the conversation. Listen to it:-


'...that is the problem with doing business with village pumpkins! Take for example this village pumpkin called Man Man, this guy looks silly without trying. He calls himself a writer but his sentence construction is very poor. I always tell him how good a writer he is but I think he better write something to do with goat manure because of his vast knowledge in herding goats in the village! I will have to buy myself a big novel because I want to avoid his childish stories.

Did you see how I tricked him into buying condominiums? He just lost £15k!How on earth can I be in business with such an imbecile? These are the people who came to England to sleep. Doesn't he know that by buying condominiums, he was putting his money in a pit?! I made him buy to massage his ego. Such a stupid man! When we reach London tomorrow, I will have to prepare for boredom for the next three weeks. I better buy novels. He thinks he is a story teller but his stories are juvenile. I don't think he owns anything apart from those trees in his grandfather’s farm,’ he said.

The following day I was at Heathrow Airport waiting for my guests. When Solomon saw me, he gave me a huge hug, so was his wife Maureen. In his hand was a 600 page Novel. I asked him what the novel was for and he told me that it was my gift but he had to read it first during his stay with us. I can confess that that Christmas Holiday was the hardest for me. I never told Solomon that I heard what he said about me but I thanked God that I was able to identify an enemy who posed as my friend. When they were back in States, I called them and told them about the whole conversation. May I open the lid and inform everyone that I have never heard from them since that time.

Any time you are with your phone, you are either with a friend or your enemy. Never talk ill of anybody when with your phone because your phone is a good broadcasting station. Do not be tempted to discuss anybody with another person on the phone because it could be a set up. I need special knowledge to understand how a grown up person can switch off the phone just because he or she wants to sleep. By the time you wake up, other people have made deals that will enrich them for the rest of their lives. Another thing, check whether you are in love or you are somebody’s slave. If someone wants to control you, the first thing is to make sure that you think like him or her. I need special knowledge to understand how someone can control who you can call and what you are to discuss over the phone!

 

 

 

 

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Suddenly, Bitcoin Breaks into UK Housing Market as Down Payment


It is a first for the UK that Bitcoin can now be used as a down payment in the property market. Co-living pioneer The Collective have announced that they will be accepting the digital currency as a deposit from prospective tenants. They are also eyeing out rental payments in Bitcoin, but that will only be implemented later in the year. It is the first time a UK property developer has opened its doors on the famous digital currency, stating that the demand actually came mostly from international customers.

The Old Oak
The Collective's online booking form for its Old Oak living scheme, an ambitious co-living development with 550 rooms, will be accepting Bitcoin as a deposit on the flats. The standard deposit is £500, which equates to about 0.148 at time of publishing. Additionally, with the volatile nature of Bitcoin seemingly holding back its ability to be utilized as a currency, The Collective has pledged “spot conversion,” which means it will bear any financial risk while holding the deposit, returning it at the original value when the tenancy finishes.

Expect it to be used for life’s essentials
The Collective’s chief executive and founder, Reza Merchant said of this bold move for the UK property market: “The rise and adoption of cryptocurrency globally, particularly Bitcoin, is a fascinating development in how people store value and transact for goods and services worldwide. With many savers and investors now choosing and becoming more comfortable with cryptocurrency, people will expect to be able to use it to pay for life’s essentials, including housing deposits and rent.” Indeed these are bold steps in the infant steps of Bitcoin’s walk to be an acceptable and usable currency, and for The Collective, there are barriers, but they are looking to be involved in breaking them down. The Collective’s head of technology, Jon Taylor, said: “One of the biggest barriers to the popularity of Bitcoin is making it more consumer-friendly, and we believe this will become established as an easy and convenient way to pay deposits.”

Private property tool
There have been many instances where private property owners have attached their whole price tag for their property in Bitcoin in the hopes of attracting buyers, as well as accumulating the valuable digital currency. A well regarded Miami trader recently placed his house for sale in Bitcoin after first trying to entice the seller to buy it in the same digital currency back in 2014.
 

 

Currently we have 1,101 CryptoCurrencies (Digital Currency) in the World

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WORD OF TODAY

Ephesians 4:32

 

Forgive – and set yourself free

We read in Ephesians 4:32: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Years after her harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom was speaking in a church when she found herself standing face-to-face with a man who had been one of the cruellest guards she had ever met in the camps. This man had humiliated and degraded both her and her sister, jeering at them and visually ‘raping’ them as they stood in the delousing shower. Now he stood before her with an outstretched hand, asking, ‘Will you forgive me?’ Corrie said, ‘I stood there with coldness clutching at my heart, but I knew that the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. I prayed, “Jesus, help me!” Woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me, and when I did I experienced an incredible thing. The current started in my shoulder, raced down into my arm, and sprang into our clutched hands. Then this warm reconciliation seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. “I forgive you, brother,” I cried with my whole heart. For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I have never known the love of God as intensely as I did in that moment.’ The Bible says, ‘Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you’ (Ephesians 4:32 KJV). Who are you struggling to forgive today? Rise above your feelings and do it! When you do, you will set yourself free and be able to walk in the peace and joy of the Lord.

 

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HERI HOMES KIKUYU ROAD III GROUND BREAKING

After their 2 months visits in the UK Heri Homes went back to Kenya with full force. They went ahead with the Kikuyu road phase 3 groundbreaking on Saturday the 2nd of September 3017 which was marked by prayers and dedicating of the project. The prayers and dedication of the project to God was led by their resident pastor Joyce. Initially the 2 bedrrom houses were going for KShs. 3.8 million now they are KShs. 4.5 million. They are anticipated to be complete in the next 18 months and will have doubled in price. Three bedroom were going for KShs. 4.9 million now are going for KShs. 5.5 million. Kikuyu Road project two is almost complete and Kikuyu road project three which is next to it.. The reception for Kikuyu Road project 3 was held at the basement of Kikuyu two project. Kikuyu Road project 2 is all sold out and a few units are a few remaining house in Kikuyu road project 3 even before the ground breaking last Saturday. Many of the invited guests on Saturday joined Heri Homes Sacco with an intention of joining the housing ladder. Source say that Heri Homes Sacco are soon introducing Heri Homes Housing Trust which will enable members to secure x5 loan of your savings extending the repayment to 5 years unlike the current of x3 loan with 3 years repayment period. More about this coming up soon. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring midlands on 0744884121.

Heri Homes team and friends joining hands for prayers during their Kikuyu Road Phase 3 ground breaking on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.

On right is Heri Homes Construction Director Mr. Joram Mwangi kick starting the ground breaking.  Kikuyu Road Phase 2 project can be seen on the background

Mr. David Ngatia of Heri Homes giving a hand at the ground breaking ceremony. The reception of

Kikuyu project 3 took place at the basement of Kikuyu 2 project (right)

 

 

CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Betty's Unisex Hair Studio, the most popular Kenyan beauty joint in UK celebrated its one year anniversary on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.  Located London, Barking, Unit 37, Barking Mall, Vicarange Field Shopping Centre, IG11 8DH, opposite Barking Train Station the beauty Saloon is a beehive of Kenyan ladies hunting for beauty. The patron Mrs. Beth Kungu invited her customers to celebrate the occasion. Beth who has many years of experience even before coming to the UK and was the official hair stylist of former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe among other dignitaries. Beth has taken time to qualify with hair dressing with several certificates in UK. Her studio specialises in Stylist do African, Asian and Caucasian (European), Nail technician and Make-up artist. They also sell X-pression, Kenyan hair, crochet braids and many more. You need to book an appointment for the services. All buses going Barking will drop you at the Studio which is 3 minutes away from Train Station. She is also offering some refreshments in case you wake up late for the appointment - drinks, tea and coffee are on the menu. She is also on digital platform - Tel: 07735389332, 07865939152, Facebook Betty's Unisex hair Studio, Twitter @BUHS and Instagram styledbysandrine. - CLICK HERE FOR THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
 

The Patron of the Betty's Unisex Hair Studio celebrated her first anniversary on Saturday

Customer of Betty's Unisex Hair Studio (left) joined Beth and her daughter Sandra to celebrate their first anniversary

 

 

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Luton, UK

Dear Customers, hope you're all well.

The end of August container has now left. We are now collecting for the next container that is scheduled for the 16th September 2017, cut off date will be 14th September 2017.

Kindly send your address if you would like us to pass by or call our office line 01582 561029 for booking.

Morris Njuguna
07949 531 238
07474 951 195

Sanaipei
01582 561029
0739 810 5110
Kenya Exports Ltd.

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Bitcoin exchange clocks highest rate of $4,812.00

Bitcoin, the most powerful currency on planet earth

BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH HEADING TO $10,000 PER BITCOIN

The Bitcoin closed on Thursday 1st September 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,812.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Thursday 31st August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,764.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 25th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,603.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 25th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,432.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Monday August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,287.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 12th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 3,806.02 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 15th July 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2023.29 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Sunday 25th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,601.04 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 10th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,900.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 9th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,838.38 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 5th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,654.96 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 2nd June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,444.83 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Wednesday 31st May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,277.85 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 26th May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,256.87 against the US Dollar

On 3rd May 2017 the Bitcoin was worth $1,555.6 today Thursday 11th May - 1 Bitcoin = 1,873.63 US Dollar

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A KENYAN LADY IN UK IS HAVING 12 BITCOINS IN HER WALLET


A Kenyan lady living in Dagenham, UK has 12 Bitcoins in her Blockchain Wallet. She bought her Bitcoin when the price was between $1,000 and $2,500 within 6 months. The price of the Bitcoin today is 31st August, 2017 is $4,633.82 against US Dollar.


That means today the lady (name withheld) is having $4,633.82 x 12 = $55,605.84.
That means:


a) $55,605.84 x KShs. 103 is equivalent to KShs. 5,727,401
b) The above is a Bitcoin Visa card with a pin and can be used anywhere in the world
c) The card can withdraw £800 in a ATM against ordinary card that with draws a maximum of £300
d) If the lady holds the Bitcoins in her wallet until the end of the year where it is said the cost of the Bitcoin will be over $10,000 the lady might make a kill.
e) If the lady continues to hold her Bitcoin up to 5 years where it said that the Bitcoin value will be more than $1 million the lady will retire comfortably.
f) Remember she bought her first Bitcoin at $800.
g) TIME WILL TELL.

 

 

 

 

 

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Furnished Spacious 3 Bed Holiday home - Bungalow
to let in Kitengela- Kenya (Gated Community)

* 30 minutes to/from airport (JKIA)
* Situated in a clean, secure and gated community comprised of 8 bungalows
* Ensuite master bedroom
* Instant hot water showers
* Fridge, cooker, microwave
* Dining and living rooms
* Free weekly home and clothes cleaning services offered
* 55 inch LED TV with all free local channels
* Living room Ceiling fan
* Access to borehole so no water problems.
* Lockable safe

 

This is in a gated community of eight units of (3) three bedroom bungalow master ensuite with Dsq on 1/8 acre plot. The units are tastefully, beautifully designed setting of stylish yet affordable home in Kitengela Mililani area. The area is one of the most sort after in kitengela. The houses have perimeter wall with razor wire for enhanced security. Parking spaces for two with individual compound. Common green area suitable as play area for children. The houses are separated by bougainvillea wrapped chain link fence that heighten the beauty of the estate. Wide road that may double as parking area for visitors, modern kitchen with excellent MDF finishes and granite top, large pantry, spacious backyard with dhobi area, spacious lounge with separate dining area, large window to enhance natural lighting , spacious master ensuite with modern finishes and adequate storage space and electric perimeter fence.

Only a few metres from Naivas in Kitengela town.

Contact Mr. Seed for booking on +44 7951220695 or misterseed@yahoo.co.uk. Summer bookings ongoing ......

 

 

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