The bandit government of Kenya is abetting crime and profound theft of public resources as well as destruction of the lives of our future generations. In this regard, the peoples' president and Prime Minister should not be in a hurry to be sworn in because he will be complicit in the illegalities of the state and what is more he will be bogged down by collective irresponsibility.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The bandit government of Kenya is abetting crime and profound theft of public resources as well as destruction of the lives of our future generations. In this regard, the peoples' president and Prime Minister should not be in a hurry to be sworn in because he will be complicit in the illegalities of the state and what is more he will be bogged down by collective irresponsibility.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
He could easily pass as one of the many junior and mid-career African students braving the winter cold and rushing through classes at a prestigious institute in The Netherlands. His calm demeanor and quiet exterior belie the inner turmoil and tension of a man forced to abandon his family, friends and career and flee to a foreign land in fear of his life. Still, his eyes have that earnest look that attests to his bravery and determination to speak out in the face of what he terms blatant injustice and outright violation of the will of a majority of his fellow countrymen and women.
The Institute that has for the last 50 years trained thousands of development-oriented professionals, scholars and practitioners from the developing world has been his temporary refuge for almost three months now since he fled Nairobi in early January. He is completing a three-month course on human rights, at the end of which he will have to look for a new place to call home. Such has been his rootless existence since he made that singly bold stand on the evening of 30 December 2007 to speak out on national and international television about the fiasco that was the tallying process at the Electoral Commission of Kenya. He immediately had to go into hiding, moving only in the cover of darkness or hidden in anonymous cars with tinted windows as he sought refuge. At the time, the entire country was gripped with tension and fear.
I first met Mr. Kirui in 1987 when we were both students at Kapsabet Boys High school in the then larger Nandi District to the west of Kenya’s Rift Valley. He was my senior in A level, quiet, unassuming and down to earth. We struck up a cordial though not particularly close friendship. We shared a common heritage, coming from a humble rural background. As first-born boys in typical African families, we both felt the weight of responsibility, not only to excel in school, but also to set a good example for those to follow. We were expected to assume responsibility for our younger siblings and were instilled with a strong sense of purpose, ambition and discipline. Little did I know that after completion of his A level studies; I would neither see nor hear from him again until more than ten years later.
Like many motivated Kenyan students unable to afford a more expensive and prestigious university education in Europe or America, Mr. Kirui turned east and enrolled in a law degree at Bangalore University in India in 1991. The defining moment in his life came when he met a member of the Indian state legislative assembly and an advocate. Mr. M. V. Rajashekaran became his mentor and introduced him to the world of legislative law and practice. Mr. Rajashekaran had a profound influence on Mr. Kirui’s career choice after graduation two years later in 1996. While working as an intern at Mr. Rajashekaran’s office, he was struck by how the Indian state legislatures were performing: “quite efficient and democratic, with high-quality staffing and facilities and good working conditions,” marvels Mr. Kirui.
It was then that he decided to focus on legislative work, as opposed to the traditional core legal training. Upon his return to Kenya in 1998, Mr. Kirui embarked on a journey that would see him rise quickly as a well-respected and accomplished parliamentary official. He became one of a handful of experts in the details of parliamentary rules and procedure working in Kenya today. While at the Kenya School of Law, he became interested in the research capacity of members of parliament and sought to find out whether parliament provided resources and research capability for MPs to do their work effectively. He then sought a research permit from the office of the president to study the Kenyan parliament.
This was an unusual request at the time, since no member of the public, not even former MPs, were allowed into the parliament’s library. The serious lacunae in research and law-making capacity soon became obvious to Mr. Kirui. He made it his life mission to seek every opportunity to assist in improving the quality of parliamentary work by providing expert support for members of parliament and parliamentary staff. In his determination, he decided to double as a parliamentary commentator for Kenya Times newspaper and, in the year 2000, started a parliamentary political talk show on Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation TV. “At the time it was very difficult to allow MPs to appear on shows on KBC,” Mr. Kirui admits.
“I convinced the minister who was then Hon. Joe Nyaga that it was possible to have a TV show with politicians coming in to talk about what’s going on in Parliament.” This was a significant historical moment in the country’s political process. The country was gearing itself for the decisive 2002 elections. Civil society involvement in the political process was at its peak, and Mr. Kirui’s passion for bridging the gap between parliamentary processes and the public found fertile ground. He started supporting civil society organisations and donor agencies involved in electoral, governance and, in particular, legislative issues. As a result, he worked with such organisations as the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and USAID, among others. After the opposition victory in the 2002 elections and the subsequent cooption of hitherto critical sections of civil society in government, Mr. Kirui turned his attention to consulting for interest groups and stakeholders lobbying parliament on specific bills before the house.
“Many of them would like to understand the implications of the legislation, participate in the law making process and lobby to ensure their interests were protected,” Mr. Kirui admitted. As his involvement in parliamentary procedures deepened and his involvement with a cross-section of influential sections of society widened, he steadily gained respect from all interested parties in the parliamentary process. Mr. Kirui contributed in varying degrees to landmark bills that later became key pieces of legislation in Kenya, such as the Central Bank of Kenya Amendment Bill (Donde Bill), the Industrial Property Bill on issues relating to access to essential medicines and the Tobacco Control Bill. He also worked with the Association of Kenya Insurers and other stakeholders.
“Through all this, my experience was to ask, do we have sufficient capacity for the public, the common people to get to know what law is being enacted? Are they participating? I am a believer in public participation in law-making. I do not believe that people just assume that MPs, the elected representatives should carry out house processes without consultation or reference to the public,” he asserts.It was in recognition of his expert knowledge of parliamentary procedure, his dedication and unparalleled commitment to the legislative process that, in 2003, the Parliamentary Services Commission invited him to apply for a position as a fulltime member of staff. It was none less than Hon. Oloo Aringo, the architect of the PSC who extended the invitation.
Although at the time Mr. Kirui had just been appointed to a lucrative position as deputy country director for a USAID parliamentary assistance programme run by the State University of New York, he chose the less glamorous path to join the public service as a clerk of parliament. “I abandoned the USAID project and with it a very lucrative job, but I have never regretted my decision,” he states confidently. Owing to his extensive experience, determination and strong work ethic, he quickly rose through the ranks to become the first staff member in the history of parliament to be posted to the chamber before confirmation. While probation in the civil service takes two years, and promotion to the chamber, a process called ‘robing’ in parliament, takes up to ten years for other staff, Mr. Kirui was robed within a year.
It was his secondment to the Electoral Commission of Kenya as a tallying supervisor that set the stage that propelled Mr. Kirui to the centre of the intrigue, manipulation and mayhem that bedeviled the critical final steps of the electoral process in Kenya. As a tallying supervisor, Mr. Kirui was responsible for the vote tallying process for one of ten regions comprised of 21 constituencies. This involved supervising junior staff who were meant to be in direct contact with returning officers at the constituency level, to receive and tally poll results by phone, verify them via faxed copies of original documents and finally confirm them by receiving the actual physical copies of original documents (form 16) countersigned by presiding officers and polling agents at the polling stations before the results could be announced by the commission chairman.
What transpired however, according to Mr. Kirui was utter confusion, a breach of the laid down procedures, complete disregard of the need for verification and proper and accurate documentation of the results and what appeared to be a deliberate manipulation of the entire process. It now emerges that none of the tallying and data entry officials recruited by the Electoral Commission received adequate training if at all on how to handle the exercise. Mr. Kirui insists that the recruitment exercise continued to the very day of the election and at the very last minute, people were literally being recruited from the streets.
“They had school leavers from the streets joining the ECK tallying teams. I thought it was questionable, not because they didn’t know what to do, but because they came very late, totally untrained and unprepared. We were then as team leaders asked to train people, yet we didn’t receive any training ourselves.” The Independent Review Committee into the conduct of the elections, according to Mr. Kirui needs to focus in part on structural weaknesses in the ECK that led to such a high level of incompetence of those who were handling the tallying of the results. “The level of incompetence right from the junior officers picked from the streets and put to the job right away, seeing the forms and documents for the first time, without any training, to the highest officials and supervisors who seemed not to understand their roles and duties.”
He adds,” The lack of organisation and lack of training was not just a failure to plan; it was deliberate to create chaos and confusion so it could be easy to manipulate the process.”It was these glaring systemic weaknesses that allowed the process to be flawed, as well as deliberate manipulation of the tallying process that led Mr. Kirui to leave the ECK tallying centre and speak to the press just hours before the presidential results were announced and Mr. Kibaki sworn in as president. Knowing full well the repercussions of his actions, despite the real fear that it could well cost him his life, Mr. Kirui chose to go public.
“The reason I went public was because of what I saw in Rwanda. The consequence of denying and robbing the people of their basic democratic rights, against a situation where you have skeletons of thousands of people buried in one grave. At some stage, I saw the skeleton of a baby, almost 40cm, with diapers still on and the skull had a big hole in it…you ask yourself how and why that level of animal behaviour could happen. I saw our country sliding down that road and I knew I had to do something to prevent that slide, the certain and horrifying prospect of the consequence of a presidency being snatched from a winner. I could see that the country was already in a tense trance. I thought we were getting drunk, and I could see a slaughter and serious massacres 40 or so hours later.
It could have been worse.”In his zeal to try and forestall what he thought was a national catastrophe looming over the land, Mr. Kirui faced the press and made his now famous speech. “It mattered to me that my coming out would make a difference and I am convinced that it did. When I went to KICC to address the press, the situation was already tense; the paramilitary police GSU had surrounded the place. I was sure a bullet would go through my head any time. I believed my intervention would save the situation. I thought Mr. Kivuitu would announce that the elections are nullified, that he would order a recount, or that we would have another election in 12 months or so. I was convinced some action would be taken; little did I know that Mr. Kibaki was preparing to be sworn in at the same time. I thought I was acting at the nick of time.Instead, from then on, Mr. Kirui was a marked man on the run. I hadn’t seen or been in touch with him since the year 2000.
I had been living in Holland since 2001, but happened to be in Kenya at the time. Two days after his press appearance, Mr. Kirui called me in the dead of night. I could tell he was clearly shaken and scared. He confessed to needing any help he could get to leave the country asked if I had any contacts with any foreign embassy that might be willing to help. I made some phone calls and put him in touch with an embassy official I knew, and so begun his extraordinary flight through Tanzania to the Netherlands. It was not as easy to leave Nairobi. His two daughters aged ten and twelve were up country in the village visiting their grandparents.
His wife could not immediately leave with him as she had to fetch the girls from the village. He worried silently about leaving them behind, but knew he would be no use to them at home and dead; he had to go ahead and was comforted by the assurance that they would join him soon. According to him, many friends in the NGO sector and more than one foreign mission came to his rescue, first hiding him in an ambassadorial residence after another, then being driven in cars with tinted windows across town to record his statement and swear an affidavit before a commissioner for oaths and eventually planning an escape route.
By then, his contacts in the police and the National Security Intelligence Service had warned him that certain sections of the police were hunting him down and that his best hope was to leave the country. Some diplomats suggested leaving through Sudan, but the national airspace was under tight surveillance then and small aircraft flights from every single airstrip in the country were grounded. The only option was to leave by road. Uganda was at the time suspected to be supporting Mr. Kibaki. That left Tanzania as the least risky of the available options. What followed was a harrowing, eighteen-hour drive from Nairobi under the cover of darkness and disguise, through Namanga border, via Arusha, to Dar es Salaam.
A week after he went underground, he was finally able to breathe a little air of freedom, but sadly, not in his own country. His well-wishers in Kenya immediately organised an air ticket for him and, after being holed up in an embassy in Dar es Salaam, he was driven straight to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport, from which he took an overnight flight to relative safety in Amsterdam. When he landed at Schiphol airport, the director of the Institute that was to host him was ready to receive him. A place had been secured for him to enroll straight away as a student in a human rights certificate program.
The diplomatic community in The Hague gave him a warm welcome, especially those who had had any contact with or field experience in Kenya. Most of them were eager to hear his first-hand experiences. These discussions served to embolden the Dutch Foreign ministry’s and, by extension, the European Union’s strong policy position during the negotiation process that Kofi Annan mediated. At the time of this interview, Mr. Kirui was completing the final papers for his course and intended to leave the Netherlands shortly, bound for a new destination (which shall remain undisclosed for the sake of his safety and that of his family).
He still fears for his life and is not assured that he can be guaranteed adequate security in Kenya. His informants in the police force and NSIS maintain that his life is still in danger. Contrary to popular opinion, the opposition leadership was not involved at all in his flight and had no idea of his whereabouts, even weeks after his departure. According to him, “I wouldn’t rely on protection from politicians; I didn’t go public because of politicians. It was my conscience. Who would ensure my security in Nairobi? The government has no control over and has been alleged to lend support to Mungiki. Two members of parliament were killed like dogs in the streets, who am I to survive?”Asked about the witness protection act that was passed during his time as clerk at the national assembly, Mr. Kirui dismisses it as one of the weakest pieces of legislation ever passed by parliament, having been watered down by MPs, who, through their selfish and shortsighted considerations, failed the nation yet again.
The Independent Review Committee on the election debacle will thus have to do without his testimony, at least in person, unless they are able to arrange a videoconference, or accept a signed statement from Mr. Kirui. Asked about his future, Mr. Kirui says he will not depart from his career in legislative issues, but wants to continue doing rigorous research, publishing and building a critical body of knowledge that he thinks is needed in order to improve legislative processes in Africa, and particularly in Eastern Africa, including Kenya. That will be his contribution for the foreseeable future. For now, Kenya’s parliament will have to do without his skills and expertise at a time when perhaps it needs him.
Monday, March 24, 2008
| Story by KENNETH OGOSIA |
Publication Date: 3/24/2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
We have been asking the question of the validity of the 2007 KCSE results. Now the country is getting revelations of more irregularities. Read on
By Lillian Aluanga
Last year’s Form Four candidates could have another shocker coming their way because the new pecking order drawn by the national examinations body has even more relegations and surprises.
The "slight adjustments" for which Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) recalled the results of 4,438 candidates will see some schools fall back by as many as six slots from the position read by Education minister last month. The shocker awaiting parents and schools is contained in a second quietly revised KNEC list released to a handful of leading players in the education sector. It shows a remarkable decline in the fortunes of some schools that enjoy a national profile.
In some cases, however, some schools could come out better.
In the new list, which has the first 102 names, St Paul Secondary — which was in position 83 in the statement read out by the minister last month — does not feature at all. St Patrick Iten moves up from 82 to 69, while Chemelil Sugar slides from 69 to 74.
In the results released on February 28, Busara was number 40. In the revised ranking, done on March 7, a week after the results were released, Busara drops more than 20 places. As a result of this it loses its place in the top 50 and lands at position 61. In the new ranking, Busara’s performance index drops from 9.4347 to 8.8695.
Kabarak High School has moved from position 51 in the February list to 47.
Although Mangu High School remains at the top even in the new ranking, its performance index shifts slightly from 11.2634 to 11.2097.
But even the idea of a school with more than 100 candidates posting a mean score of 11 has stirred interest.
According to the new list, Loreto High School, Limuru, moves up to position three from four. Precious Blood Riruta, which was ranked third on February 28, is now fourth in the new list.
Maseno School now moves into the top 10 bracket after the revision of the results, up from number 11 nationally.
In the new ranking Sunshine Secondary School exits from its ninth position nationally to 11. Initially placed at position 50 with a mean score of 9.2555, Bura Girls’ High School in Taita Taveta District has moved up to 46.
But even as it shot up, its mean score dropped from 9.2555 in February to 9.1222.
In Taita Taveta District alone, at least 30 out of 43 secondary schools results were recalled.
Seasoned teachers from top performing schools yesterday widely conceded that never in their lifetime had they seen results being recalled or rankings revised.
A section of head teachers and parents angered by the bungled exam results have vowed to go full throttle to get to the bottom of the matter.
The new list was drawn before the constitution of a probe team, to "look into questions and concerns raised over the 2007 results" by Education minister Prof Sam Ongeri this week.
Students of Bahati Girls’ School , Nakuru, celebrated the KCSE results with joy when they were first released. Tables have turned and they have been dropped from position 14 to 17.
Students of Bahati Girls’ School , Nakuru, celebrated the KCSE results with joy when they were first released. Tables have turned and they have been dropped from position 14 to 17.
The ministry maintains the flawed results were as a result of a ‘computer error’, but the problem is limited to mean grade calculation. Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof Olive Mugendi heads the probe team.
The attack on the integrity of Kenya’s exams, curiously in the environment of an equally flawed election process, has already been criticised by school heads. They want an independent body to oversee the remarking.
The minister, however, says the argument "defies logic", because it affects only 0.6 per cent of the candidates who sat the exams.
Some schools have threatened to go to court to seek orders for the review of the original papers written and submitted by candidates.
Parents at Friends School, Kamusinga, where the results of at least 30 students were affected, have set up a committee to draw up a suit. The school registered a massive drop in all subjects and was ranked at position 29. Friends School has been in the top-10 bracket for the past three years.
Maseno School is not celebrating even after moving to position 10. Instead, the school’s board is preparing to go to court and demand a remarking of two subjects.
"It is simply not possible for a school to drop in all subjects at once given that they had the same teachers. We are going to court and want to see the original scripts, the marking and how the averages were arrived at," said a parent at Kamusinga School.
In Maseno, the board detected a pattern where students who got A in English ended up with A- in either Kiswahili or Maths.
Another head teacher from Nyanza Province said exam cheating is on the rise and the ministry’s handling of the issue is disappointing.
"The process of marking exams is clear and rigorous. The manipulation of results could only have been done within KNEC’s higher ranks, long after the examiners had done their work," the principal said.
He added: "I have never heard of any place in the world where exam results have been recalled. KNEC has broken the record."
The principal said it was "unusual and has never happened" that in a school with more than 100 candidates, the lowest has a B+.
The law of "natural distribution", the principal said, does not allow for a school with more than 100 candidates to get a mean score of 11.00.
Even more unsettling are unconfirmed reports of the lengths to which some head teachers went in colluding with their students to ensure they were among the top schools.
In one school not more than 30km from Nairobi, several Form Two students are said to have spent a night at a hotel delivering answers to the exam questions.
In yet another school, Form Four students were reportedly asked to buy cell phones, which were to be used to relay answers.
"Exams are the culmination of the whole delivery of learning and teaching. If professionalism isn’t embraced and seen to be practicsed in the way examinations are handled then everything is wasted," says Mr Christopher Khaemba, the outgoing Alliance High School principal.
Results of at least 30 students at the school were affected.
Khaemba said since the ministry had already taken a stand on the issue, an independent commission should be set up to find out what really happened to last year’s examination results, which he describes as "extremely random".
Khaemba points out at several issues that he says are highly unusual of examination results. He cites the example of Limuru Girls’ which has more than 119 A’s in Mathematics and only 19 A’s in English.
"I haven’t seen this before. I don’t know how it is possible for the same students to score that many A’s in Mathematics and perform so poorly in English. After all, girls are known to do well in languages," he said.
Several head teachers in Western and Nyanza provinces are also calling for remarking of the exams to get a true reflection of the results.
A head teacher in western Kenya says most schools in the region were affected. He says something about last year’s exam results does not add up.
He too says the ‘randomness’ in this year’s results says a lot more than meets the eye and that it is misleading to blame the anomalies on a ‘computer error’ alone.
"We have prepared these students for a long time and know what they are capable of doing," he said.
"I have been in this profession for many years and have a general idea of the trends. This year’s results were not reflective of the students abilities and it is clear there was deliberate tampering," he added.
He cited the example of a school, which traditionally has its index 1-10 students scoring straight A’s but had at least five of its top students this year scoring lower grades.
The head teacher is incensed by what he calls the ministry’s "trivialisation" of the issue by saying that the number of students affected was negligible.
"The anomaly should never have happened. The Education minister doesn’t know what he is talking about. He wasn’t even the one in office when all this was happening. How can he possibly explain what happened?" he posed.
"How is it possible that a school shoots up more than 50 places at once? The move is usually progressive, when a school is either coming up or dropping," he says.
The head teacher said more than 20 students in his school were affected by the anomaly. He suggests that examiners should be recalled to cross check last year’s results.
He said concerns raised by some examiners over what they perceived to be cases of cheating were not taken seriously.
"I know there were some examiners who raised concern over cases of cheating that had been detected among some schools but these reports seem to have been ignored," the head teacher says.
"The examiners know which schools cheated. They should be recalled to come and help resolve this issue," he says.
Friends School principal, Mr Simon Nabukhwesi, who is also the Western School Heads Association chairman, says urgent measures must be taken to curb cheating in national examinations.
"Let us have these examination papers coming in complete with pictures of the candidates and details such as the index numbers printed on every page," he says.
This, he says, would reduce cases of having extra copies, which have often found their way into wrong hands.
But even as pressure mounts on the Kenya National Examinations Council over last year’s KCSE results debacle, Prof Ongeri appears to suggest that the matter is being ‘blown out of proportion’.
The minister has already ruled out remarking of the exam saying the number of candidates affected was ‘negligible’.
At least 4,000 out of 276,000 candidates were affected.
"Results released by the minister are always provisional, giving room for correction and complaints within 30 days. We registered a 99.4 per cent success rate. The error did not affect subjects, but aggregates so resitting, remarking or cancelling the examinations is null and void," Ongeri said.
Also adding its voice to the exam results fiasco is the Orange Democratic Movement parliamentary group, which dismissed the team set up by Ongeri to probe the matter.
The parliamentary group said the team cannot be trusted to carry out an inquiry and demanded that an independent body be established to work with the police in getting to the bottom of the matter.
The 15-member team has 18 days to carry out investigations and present the report to Ongeri. KNEC has also given all schools and candidates up to April 30 to raise any other questions associated with the 2007 KCSE results.
Khaemba suggests the establishment of parallel examining bodies of high standing as one way of improving the credibility of national examinations.
"We can have competing examination bodies as is the case in other countries like the UK, where you have exams administered by Oxford or Cambridge, and then allow the schools to choose," he says.
The outgoing head wonders why mock exams done at the district and provincial level do not record glaring irregularities like those seen in the national exam.
"We now have provincial and district examinations being handled better than national one. How is this possible?" Khaemba poses.
"If the Government is willing to spare resources, the remarking can be done. The scripts are still there. All it needs is to set some time aside, say in April, and then remark the exam," he says.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Mr Kibaki has a way of reinventing himself; at least we think he forced himself into history books against the backdrop of a stolen election. By turning up in parliament to debate and vote for the crucial bill meant to legalize his peace deal with Mr Raila Odinga, he became the first president to do it in Kenya. But that symbolically was not enough. The president literally sat in parliament to await the final document to entrench the deal into the constitution and before he retired to State House, he had signed it into law. That is vintage Kibaki, the man Kenya has not known for five years.
There was more. While contributing to the bill, Mr Kibaki joked about letting James Orengo single-handedly write the constitution. All these things that we have been saying, he knows them and he can write a new constitution, he quipped. As expected, the house went baaah with laughter. It is good that ends well. But where did it begin?
While the powerful men and women endorsed the entrenchment of the peace deal in the constitution by 200 votes to nil, other Kenyans are counting loses. The peace deal has to hold, it must never fail. Kenya should not be allowed to go that way again, ever. In order to prevent the recurrence of the slaughter of innocent lives and destruction of property, Kenyans have the best opportunity in our lives to step back and reexamine ourselves. Why did it begin in the first place? Why did we see the level of bestiality that we witnessed? Because we have lived a big lie for a whole half a century. It was bound to come; thank God it came during this generation.
Now back to the reconciliation and national healing. Kenyans hurt each other; lives were maimed and disfigured while livelong investments were reduced to ashes. Nothing is more painful than the over 2000 lives lost in gory death rituals at the hands of militia and the trigger-happy police. So, while the smiling MPs kiss and hug and high-five to celebrate the success of the Kofi Annan miracle for Kenya, we should look back at the pile of earths jutting out of countless homes.
Those raw earths mark a very unfortunate entry into 2008 for countless Kenyan families whose loved ones are buried therein. They paid the ultimate price. From Onyango to Kipkoech to Wasike to Karanja to Omar, Kenyans of all tribes were felled by fellow Kenyans either taking the law into their own hands or acting at the behest of shadowy power barons and financiers with stakes in government power. To the funding warlords, only one thing made sense to them, propping the illegal regime in power to serve as a conduit to intimidation and award of government tenders and contracts. They care less, and did not even show up at the funerals of the dead youth and women. To them, dead combatants are a statistic.
An election was stolen. Start with the cabinet strong men and women, beginning with Saitoti whose reelection in Kajiado North was contested against the backdrop of allegations of importation of premarked ballots. Talk of Maina Kamanda, croco-coward Mungatana, Koinange street client Mwakwere and the thief in chief Kibaki. The ECK was complacent and complicit in that heist of the electoral victory. Karua, Me Chuki, Kimunya and premier Warlord Uhuru are culpable. So are Murungi and the blood thirsty church that went on leave while Kenyans slaughtered each other.
We foresee that the powermen and women will negotiate a way out of their guilt with blackmail and other tools in their arsenal. What happens to the displaced Kenyans, suppressed to a PR figure of half a million? What happens to the lost time, which was not spent tending the crop and animals. What happens to their children who went to school without fees because the parents were rendered jobless and their savings destroyed. What happens to the broken families, forced to separate from their loved ones simply because they had dared experiment with cross-cultural, inter-tribal marriages?
If this reconciliation is to make sense to the mourning homes and agonising villages, amnesty must be sought for all the incarcerated youth and women. They must be set free and let to reunite with their families. There is simply no justification why Saitoti should contemplate judging anybody when he himself is tainted and guilty. The police lack the moral authority to prosecute crime, they are criminals, worse than the arsonists. Martha Karua's courts cannot proffer charges against convicts because the CJ presided over an illegality by participating and presiding over a twilight swearing-in of bandits. A criminal like the CJ cannot prosecute and judge other alleged criminals. There ought to be no two standards to the law. It must apply ruthlessly and without prejudice to the law-breaker.
If we need the reconciliation to be celebrated by all Kenyans, address the land question now. We have published a borrowed expose here on how Kibaki, Moi and other operatives own Kenya. This must be reversed. A productive country is measured on how well it utilizes her natural resources. Moi's and Kibaki's land acquisition, together with those of the Kenyatta families provided this country with breeding grounds for pests and snakes. They are under-utilized by people whose only land is actually a 3-by-6, their graves. Why do they need land the size of Nyanza province when they cannot take it anywhere? If they got it through the right channels it may be another story. But these people used their exalted positions to benefit from the state largesse. This must be reversed and there is no better time to do that than now.
The villager who is nursing gunshot wounds, the family whose father was felled by a gunshot, the woman who was raped by goons, and the elder who was forcefully circumcised and infected with HIV must be included in the reconciliation. There must be recompense for the maimed, the imprisoned, the dead and the prime beneficiaries of the peace deal. If Kenyans had accepted the heist and said live and let live, the world was not going to bother. The truth be told. It is only after the world witnessed the bestial way in which goons were chasing and cornering harmless Kenyans that they were jerked to a catastrophe in the making. Only when the police were got on camera dousing homes and mowing down armless youth did the world wake up to a Kenya that was sinking to the abyss. Kofi Annan did not come to Kenya because he liked what the peoples' president Raila was saying. Certainly it is not what Disinformationsmeister Mutua was saying.
The world, from Washington to Westminster to Berlin and Paris was shocked by the level of deaths in Kenya. Those who paid the ultimate price are the ones who drove the urgency into an arrogant world that had let Rwanda sink only a decade earlier. We cannot afford to let the departed be forgotten. While we think of resettling the displaced, let us spare a moment for those who are forever displaced. While we compensate the living for their lost businesses, we ought to compensate for the death of the true heroes of our third liberation.
We must build a tablet reminder with a vow never to allow vote theft in Kenya ever again. We must honor our departed with a suitable plaque on which must be embossed their names and the reason they died:
These people died after Mr Samuel Kivuitu participated in an illegality by agreeing to issue a victory certificate to a petty election thief called Mwai Kibaki. They died to free this country from election thieves and corruption. By paying the ultimate price, they forced Kenyans to reexamine cheating in national elections, national exams and land as well as national resource allocations. They died to inspire the rewriting of a new people-friendly constitution. After their deaths, many more children were born to a safe and fair country and this country looks back at that period to draw lessons never again to let it repeated.
That is the message we would like to see embossed on all the plaques in the country declaring the travesty of 2007 a turning point and a governance watershed in Kenya.
This message must live for generations, in each of the burnt-out business, church, home and street. Kenyans must use this as a repugnant reminder never to let it happen again.
Reconciliation must trickle down to the homestead, for when the trauma of a lost son and a miscarried foetus is overcome shall we join and sing together the beautiful words of our national anthem. Before that is done, the tune and the words are irritating noise and a nuisance to Kenyans.
Kenya must move forward, but we must not forget to immortalise the travesty that was committed in December 2007. By keeping the memory alive, we will be spurred to avoid a repeat of those scenes of butchery that we witnessed. Kenya must never allow cowards like Kivuitu to claim to burn and die with us for we know for sure that he is unshaken by the consequence of his cowardize and betrayal. Nor should we ever condone the impunity of power barons.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Kenya's poorly kept secret is in the streets. A draft of the bloated coalition cabinet is in our hands. Changes may be made but we expect this to be retained to a large extent in the newlook club of men in a country where women make up 52% of the population. And the biggest casualties: women and the youth. In a cabinet that is meant to appease the aggrieved ODM and the thieving PNU, bandit president Kibaki is expected to announce the coalition cabinet once parliament rubber-stamps the peace and reconciliation accord that was penned between him and Raila. Parliament is currently going through the ritual of giving it a nod. Mr Kibaki is personally in attendance to ensure that the new lease of life that he bought by disappointing his stony brigade in PNU does not fall flat on its face.
The movers and shakers are therein and notably William Ruto is set to land the coveted and contract-rich ministry of Roads & Public Works currently held by Kimendeero John the-rattlesnake-Me-Chuki. Michuki is set to retire from the cabinet and assume the role of an untouchable power-broker. We suspect he hates to be curtailed by the legal and constitutional requirement to report to the peoples' president Raila Odinga whose new stature is sure to eclipse the hands-off, feet-off, eyes-off style (or lack) for which bandit president Kibaki is known.
32. Minister For Home Affairs - Chris Okemo
Monday, March 17, 2008
The Human Rights Watch has released their report on the post-election violence in Kenya. As expected, they have mentioned the aspect of organised crime. But who are the organizers/funders of those goons who ran amok in Nakuru and Naivasha killing innocent Kenyans. Who gave money to Mungiki and how much was it?
But who paid Mungiki or their renegade detachments to kill?
In the center of town, a Kikuyu resident who was sheltering Luo children in her home described watching local businessmen and PNU mobilizers, the same individuals mentioned by the youth at the meeting, directing militias on the street in blocking roads, telling them “good job” and arguing with policemen on Sunday afternoon.Later, she said, a Kikuyu mob led by one well-dressed man whom she did not recognize came to her building with a list of three Luo names. They wanted to know which apartments belonged to the Luos.
Out of town, in the settlements where Luo migrant workers from the large commercial flower farms reside, the pattern was distressingly familiar with mobs burning houses, killing men, and, in one case, throwing an old man into a burning house. Young men interviewed by Human Rights Watch claimed that they were offered 7,000 shillings ($100) for taking part and 10-15,000 ($200) for each Luo man beheaded. Luo victims and local human rights activists also mention similar figures. The official total killed as a result of the clashes in Naivasha was 41. Twenty-three were burned, including 13 children, seven were shot dead by police and the rest killed with machetes. There were four victims of forced male circumcision treated at the hospital, all of whom survived.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Recently, national coward Samuel Kivuitu complained that Local Government Minister and premier mungiki financier Mr Uhuru Kenyatta had irregularly nominated 100 kanjoras contrary to the list that was forwarded by the disgraced ECK. Today, it emerged that the minister's PA, another bandit called Njoroge Kariuki was arrested by the feckless Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority, KACA while receiving a fifth of the one million he should have been paid to facilitate the payee's nomination to the Nairobi City Council. Questions are, by paying a million bob, how much does a kanjora expect to earn? The most important question is, how clean is Uhuru in this a-million-for-nomination-scandal?
Kariuki was arrested on Tuesday at his Jogoo House offices by officers from the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) after he allegedly received Sh200, 000 from a person who was seeking to be nominated as a councillor at the Nairobi City Council.
According to the police, the money was part of Sh1 million the suspect had demanded from Ms Halima Saloo, who was seeking the nomination.
According to a statement from KACC, Kariuki was arraigned in court at 3pm facing charges of soliciting and receiving a bribe, contrary to Section 39 (a) as read with Section 48 (1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 20.
But speaking at his offices yesterday, Uhuru denied that Kariuki was not his PA but was only involved in the civic elections exercise.
However, the minister called on the investigating authorities to get to the bottom of the matter and ensure that justice was done.
Kariuki was yesterday charged before Nairobi Principal Magistrate, Lilian Mutende, who released him on a Sh250, 000 bond and a surety of the same amount. “I cannot defend him. This should serve as an example to other officers who are tempted to engage in corruption in the ministry where I am the head. They will not survive,” said Uhuru.
This came after a storm was raised in the run up to mayoral elections where some names of nominated councillors were struck off the list published by the minister.
Among the cases was that of Adopt-A-Light former managing director, Esther Passaris, over conflict of interest as she had pending cases she has sued the council.
The move resulted in a protracted war of words between Passaris and former Nairobi mayor and Makadara MP Dick Wathika, whom she accused of cancelling most of her contracts entered into with the council.
But in her defence to the minister’s assertions, Passaris said she was a different entity from her company, and hence, the minister should never have used it as a reason to reject her nomination.
Meanwhile, a crucial document in the Sh64 million fraud charge leveled against a director of East African Safari Express is missing from the registrar’s office, a court heard yesterday.
The prosecutor, Elias Njeru, told Senior Principal Magistrate Rose Ougo the document he wanted to use in a case against Antony Kegode was missing from the registrar’s file.
Kegode is charged with obtaining Sh64,188,487 by pretending that an aircraft he offered as security belonged to his company, East African Safari Air Express Ltd, based at Wilson Airport. The case will be heard on April l6, l7 and l8.
Something is not adding up in the Kenya National Examinations Council, 2007 results for the fourth formers. After releasing the results in the thick of the haggling over a stolen election, the suave Prof Sam Ongeri and the discredited Kenya National Examinations Council has gone ahead and recalled some results. We are witnessing institutional collapse in Kenya, whether we like to face the truth or not.
Is KNEC another ECK? Are the institutions curtseying at the stinking feet of power mongers and influence peddlers who went behind our back to tamper with the results while the country was transfixed on a stolen democracy? Was there top-up for some candidates and regions which were PNU-positive? Questions for which we have no answers but which, nonetheless, our countless army of readers are asking for an explanation.
You may view the KCSE results here. Simply unzip the files, open with Ms Word and change the page set-up to landscape.
What shocked people was the slump in the performance of traditional academic powerhouses like Alliance High School, an Alma mater of many leading Kenya leaders in industry and academia. Alliance sank to position eight, barely making it to the top ten in the rankings. The school blamed it on alleged exam leaks. Wait a minute.
The best girl was ranked 17th nationally, Ms Muzna Hanif Abdulrazak of Agha Khan High School Mombasa has made history of some sorts. The top girl wants to study medicine, good news for the girl-child and the Muslim woman. We congratulate her and all the other girls who did it.
The top school, Mangu, had never been anything near to the apex of national glory for a very long time. Remember that the school produced the powerful individuals in the land, including, yeeeees, bandit president Mwai Kibaki. Alliance Boys has alleged that their competitors had unfair advantage. That they had access to the exam in advance. It is not new. In Moi's Kenya, this was done every year for schools in his native Baringo. But that was the dark era. What is now obvious is the fact that 2007 KCSE has been disputed pitying Alliance and KNEC/Ministry of Education.
It has been claimed in different fora that the KCSE leakage was rampant and nearly every school was aware. Some parents and candidates, not to be left behind, even scrambled and obtained the actual exam papers before they were offered to sit it. The examiners, who themselves may have been complicit in the 'rigging of exams' turned a blind eye on the theft and pilferage of exams. But how?
Claims of Top-ups and Top-downs
There have been claims which we could not verify, involving candidates who registered for, but did not take up the exams, receiving an A for a fictitious test. Mr Kibaki had a top-up of one million votes from constituencies like Maragwa where pregnant women and their unborn children voted. How else would you explain a turn-out of 115%? But what is our seeing a connection here?
Those people who stole the presidency for Mr Kibaki were inept, they failed to balance their books. Obviously, somebody borrowed the top-up magic from Kivuitu's cook-book and decided to cook and serve results. The outcome of that manipulation is that the results don't add up. Those who were known to be weak or had dropped out of school ended up surpassing their superior and hard-working students. How else could this happen? T-O-P-U-P. Remember that for every top-up, there was a T-O-P-D-O-W-N. Was Alliance High School a victim of adjusted 'sambaza' of marks?
The case of the student who registered and failed to take the exam but was awarded a beautiful 93% in maths was reported in a school in the Rift Valley. The headteacher was simply dumbstruck. In a dump move by the KNEC, a girl candidate at Kipsigis Girls High school was entered as a male (M) and nobody noticed this for a girls school in an institution like the KNEC where details are handled with a tooth-comb. No, it was not an error for the student (512103-092, Chepkemoi Judith). By entering her as an M, someone is imprisoning her in endless trips to Mitihani House to effect the correction. Were the ODM zones targeted for punishment by PNU-positive officials at KNEC? Are exam irregularities engineered and managed by computer geeks affiliated to PNU inflicting further damage to the ODM zones?
This blog was contacted by a well-wisher who supports a number of school children in Kenya. We all know that once in a while we come across people who can spare a dollar here and a pence there, which translates to a lot of money in Kenya shillings. The distraught benefactor was concerned and we reproduce their email for you to see why this exam fiasco is not a local village matter, the whole world is seeing what we are going through and the credibility of our school leavers will be called to question, believe us.
I'm a XXXXXX married to a Kenyan. I've followed Kenyan politics for quite a while and I congratulate you for the great part you played in restoring some sanity in Kenya. Your blog is absolutely great. However, my wife has relatives in Western Kenya and we are really saddened by the recent revelations of wrong KCSE results. I know for a fact that the lives of thousands of young adults have been messed but this. We have the benefit of paying our relatives an repeat year. But what about those who cannot afford this? They have now failed or gotten worse grades than needed for decent studies.Long story cut short: THIS IS A LEVEL 1 SCANDAL OF THE SAME MAGNITUDE AS THE SHOOT-TO-KILL ORDER.
So I wanted to ask you to post this story and some background on your blog so that the exam body and education ministry cannot cover-up the mess. Thank you very much, Tom.
Fellow Kenyans, you can now see where we are going. Education is a must-have in our current life, its life-changing potential cannot be gainsaid. By tampering with exam results through top-up or top-down, somebody has, with the stroke of a pen promoted an undeserving kid and killed the spirit of a patriotic and hard-working Kenyan.
How shall we stop this menace? One way is to name names and shame them. Just imagine the damage we did to the thieves and bandits that we tagged on the right of this blog (thief-in-chief, warlord-in-chief, traitor-in-chief, etc which we have received countless times in our private emails from people who consider the tagging to be lethal and very effective). This blog is dedicated to do that.
We cannot sit back and watch Kenyan children being graduated into criminal gangs because their progress has simply been reversed. That cannot happen in a Kenya where we want to belong to a country that guards the rights of the weakest while allowing the mighty to rule with responsibility. We are demanding an audit of the KNEC by an independent and credible body of auditors, the results and all the events that took place between the end of marking before Christmas and the release of the results. Were there any faceless criminals who had security passes to restricted areas in Mitihani House? Who are they, and at whose behest were they working? Who knew what, and who was told about it?
We invite anybody with information to share with us in confidence, blog here for Kenya to help right this wrong.
In a face-saving move, the KNEC has recalled some exams results. Read that story in the Standard again and pay attention to little geopolitical details. Now, did you notice where the recalled results are coming from? N-Y-E-R-I. Well, one Mwizi Kibaki comes from Othaya in that same N-Y-E-R-I. How about Njiri's High School, is it in Turkana district? Kenyans, what will they do with them? Readjust the results based on what, or is it going to be like the case for Maragwa where the ECK allowed the returning officer was allowed to alter the figures from the exorbitant 115% turnout to the 'arbitrarily acceptable' 84%? Remember that this was done at the ECK, how that figure was arrived at is not really important, it is the kienyeji nature of running institutions that is worrying us.
What is it about these institutions which are run by the Kamba and scandals? ECK is under Kivuitu, ODM-K is under Maanzo and bandit veep Kalooser while the KNEC is chaired by one Prof. Raphael Munavu. We will not forget, shall we, that the PNU bureau of disinformation is led by the Disinformationsmeister Dr Alfred Goebbels Njoroge Mutua. Is it coincidence?
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This is a very stupid, bogus webiste thats shows how thick people behind it are. What are you telling us we dont know??
Its time for preaching peace and reconcilliation, how can you put that picture of Esther Passaris in the webiste?? What do you think her children are feeling??? You are a supid Idiot and shame on you.
Its seems you wanna take the role of the media and start reporting to the Kenyan people this kind of shit??? Think again before the law catches you, don forget even the big politicians are being looked for, so watch your ass.
I have been through your website and its preaching alot of hatred, nonsense & stupidity.
The stuff your putting there is being read by alot of people all over the world, why are you exposing our "inner wares". Even in Britain, the US & oter countries in the World have alot of inside things that they cannot expose.
So why are you embarrasing Kenya???, Why dont you preach peace and reconciliation instead of spreading Vernom.
Shame on you stupid people there, by the way are you taking the role of the Media????
If you have nothing to do dont do it here in Kenya.
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Bandit veep Kalonzo Musyoka's miracles are coming too soon. Look at the picture on the left, he has virtually been displaced to the grass and soil in the street of importance. At the moment, the most outstanding miracle that the peasant boy from Tseikuru can witness is how far he has fallen in the rank of power. He is lucky that on that day, the serial slapper Lucy was not anywhere to be see. Else Kalonzo was to have stepped on the dust proper, where we all are.
ODM-Kenya MPs from left: Kiema Kilonzo and Charles Kilonzo and CCU’s Wavinya Ndeti at a press conference.
“The law is quite clear that members who have now left ODM-K and joined PNU without the party’s permission have to cease from being MPs Parliament or cannot be acknowledged by the Speaker as ministers of government in the House as such appointments are in breach of the law,” said Maanzo. In a letter dated March 3, 2008 and addressed to Marende, the ODM-K chairman demanded that the 16 MPs, including Kalonzo should vacate their seats forthwith.
Maanzo also wants the Speaker to stop the swearing in ceremony for the two gazetted nominated ODM-K MPs Mohammed Affey and Shakila Abdalla claiming that their appointment were corruptly and fraudulently made. “Mohammed Affey should be degazetted forthwith as his nomination was achieved through corruption and the President should not support appointments reached through such corrupt practices,” said Maanzo.
Maanzo charged that neither the party, nor its duly registered officials approved or was consulted when Kalonzo shepherded his flock to PNU immediately after the General Election and thus the current arrangement where he and Kacheliba MP Samuel Poghisio were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers. “None of our party officials as required under Section 123 of the constitution of Kenya signed any coalition documents between PNU and ODM-K and no such authority was given to any member of ODM-K to defect to PNU.
We will be grateful if you apply the law and stop this serious breach of our law and have it rectified before Parliament resumes its business. He quoted Section 17(6) of the National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act Cap 7 laws of Kenya thus; the concurrence referred to in subsection (5) shall be signified in writing to the President with a copy to the Speaker by the chairman or any other official designated for the purpose by the political party.
Maanzo said the decision by Kalonzo to join PNU and the appointment of the two nominated MPs were executed illegally and without the participation of ODM-K as a political party. He said the law requires the party chairman to signify in writing to the President and the Speaker who is nominated to the Cabinet and to Parliament, a thing the party has not done.
“ODM-K has not designated any of its officials to write to the President or you for the purposes of application of section 17 of the National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act Capt 7 in Parliament nor have I done it in any capacity as the chairman of ODM-K. I learnt from the press that ODM-KJ Members of Parliament had formed a coalition with PNU and subsequently two of our elected MPs were appointed to the Cabinet,” he said.
Noting that he learnt of the appointment of Kalonzo and Information and Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio in the press, Maanzo argued that their appointment was in breach of Section 40 of the Constitution of Kenya and Section 17 of the National Assembly and Presidential Elections Act.
“It is our opinion that unless otherwise proven that the 16 elected MPs under ODM-K ticket have not breached Section 40 of the country’s Constitution and Section 17 of Cap 7 and are likely to continue to breaching the law should “vacate their seats forthwith” he noted.. Subsequently, Maanzo told Marende not to swear in the two nominated MPs into the Tenth Parliament saying that their nomination should be revoked and repeated so that Section 33 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya is complied with by involving the party in nominations