|Workers at the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited.|
Monday, 30 September 2013
- British paper quotes Scotland Yard report which says former Kenya Navy officer, now in Europe, was or is married to the world’s most wanted woman
- Inspector General says they are not aware that Samantha Lewthwaite was married to a former Kenya Navy soldier
- MPs promised to use their powers to overhaul the security system
Monday, September 30th 2013
|Moses Wetangula flanked by CORD members addresses supporters in Bungoma|
KENYA: CORD suffered a setback Monday after the only co-principal who made it to Parliament, Mr Moses Wetangula, was stripped of his Senate seat.
Wetangula had been elected Bungoma Senator as CORD co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka were locked out of Parliament after their unsuccessful presidential run in the March 4 General Election.
But yesterday, the High Court in Bungoma nullified Wetangula’s election, citing a litany of electoral offences after a successful petition by United Democratic Front’s candidate, Musikari Kombo.
The judgment by Justice Francis Gikonyo threw the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) into crisis, as Wetangula was also the Senate Minority Leader.
Arguably among the most closely watched and controversial poll petitions, Raila led a group of CORD MPs who sat in the courtroom as the verdict was read out.
Wetangula, also the Ford Kenya party leader, was slapped with Sh4 million costs of the suit. He becomes the first elected Senator to lose his seat through an election appeal. Raila condemned the court judgment, regretting it had cost the only elected member of the CORD Summit his seat.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
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September 28th 2013 , By GATONYE GATHURA
|Kenya Interior Minister Joseph ole Lenku issues details of|
the investigation into Westgate Mall attack. [Photo: Standard]
September 29th 2013
|President Kenyatta meets supporters. His style of leadership|
has stunned Central’s political Old Guard.
September 28th 2013, By FRANCIS NGIGE
September 28th 2013, By Machel Waikenda
September 28th 2013, By Kamotho Waiganjo
In-form Ramsey teed up Serge Gnabry for the 58th minute opener, before scoring his eighth goal of the season just four minutes later to seal the win and Arsenal's 12th consecutive victory on the road in all competitions.
Swansea gave as good as they got during a tight first half, and Ben Davies pulled a goal back late on, but it proved a mere consolation.
Arsenal have now won nine on the trot and owner Stan Kroenke's public backing of Wenger has proved particularly timely given how they have responded from defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, and the clinical edge with which they dispatched a Swansea side finding some form.
Ramsey was as key on this occasion as he has been throughout Arsenal's excellent run, and his mix of poise and composure in possession was too much for Swansea to handle.
Wenger hailed the attitude of the 22-year-old, particularly the way he has fought back from the horrific broken leg he suffered against Stoke in 2010.
"Let's not forget his career was disturbed by a big injury and you need to have patience," he said.
"After that people were impatient and put pressure on him when he had bad games, but I believe that was the turning point, when he was questioned.
"It is always an important period in the life of a footballer.
"Can you get back to basics and work harder? Or do you feel sorry for yourself and give up?
"When I saw him respond how he did I always knew he could come back, that's why I kept faith in him. He has improved his technique and does not rush his decisions, for example his goal needed a good first touch and a quick finish, and he did not rush it and showed his confidence."
The win comes 17 years after Wenger succeeded Bruce Rioch as Gunners' boss in 1996, and he admitted it made the result especially sweet.
"It's better than any cake," he said.
"The first half was difficult, Swansea played well, were sharper than us and we did not play with enough purpose.
"In the second half we played in a more compact way and took advantage every time we won the ball and had the chance to counter and be dangerous.
"We have seen a different Arsenal this season, we are more clinical and playing with more purpose. We hung on a bit in the last 15 minutes, but I felt we deserved to win.
"It's early stages, we have only played six games, and let's not forget we were in a massive crisis after losing the first game as well.
"But in our job the only way to respond is on the pitch and we did."
While Arsenal are enjoying a remarkable run of away success, Swansea remain without a home win since March, and manager Michael Laudrup felt a lack of concentration during a short spell in the second half had proved costly.
He said: "We did well in the first half, but we defended too deep for the first goal, there were a lot of bodies but when you are that deep, one or two quality players can create a chance like they did.
"We then lost our position. The players wanted to go forward immediately to get the equaliser and when you do that you leave space for Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey and you can have problems, they created a chance and scored the other.
"I am disappointed that for 10-12 minutes we gave it away, we were punished in a very small period of the game."
Laudrup also defended his decision to leave record signing Wilfried Bony on the bench, despite the striker already having bagged five goals for the club.
The Dane, who went with Michu up top, said: "It's logical, we needed players in midfield. When you face Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal they have good midfield players so you need players in that area."
Saturday, 28 September 2013
NEVER loose a MAN with the
holding your hand in public
when he is about to go somewhere
-a man who's not afraid to introduce
you to his folks at home and to his friends
There was a tree beside the bench. Old woman saw a bird
sitting on the tree. She asked the son,"what’s this?"
Son replied, "it’s a crow." The old woman again asked, "What’s this?"
Son said, "I already told you that it’s a crow."
The old woman again asked, "Son, what’s this?"
Son angrily said, "Are you deaf or mad, mama? How many
times to tell you it’s a crow. Can’t youunderstand?
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.
farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he
decided the animal was old, and it well needed
to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it
to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and
help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began
to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey
realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement he
This went on, day after day. Every day, the he came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words:
One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. “I shall get rid of this hunchback,” she said. And what did she do? She added poison to the chapatti she prepared for him!
He proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman.
Every day, as the woman placed the chapatti on the window sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return.
That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said,
“Mom, it’s a miracle I’m here. While I was but a mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunchback passed by. I begged of him for a morsel of food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole chapatti. As he gave it to me, he said, “This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!”
As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale. She leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned chapatti that she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life!
Do good and Don’t ever stop doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time.
If you like this, share it with others and I bet so many lives would be touched.
Nairobi attack: Exclusive aerial pictures and video show smoking wreckage of shopping centre after terror attack
These dramatic pictures show the wreckage of the mall in which dozens died at the hands of the vicious Kenya terror gang.
The Westgate Shopping Centre can be seen from above a day into the siege, with smoke pouring out of a roof and cars strewn like toys in the rubble.
International forensic experts, including teams from the UK, the United States, Israel, Germany and Canada, are now helping sift through the debris in Nairobi for clues.
A diplomatic source said it could become “almost entirely impossible” to identify all of the victims as many had been “burned to ash” in wild blazes caused by explosives set off by the terrorists.
Bomb experts were deployed to the building yesterday, together with forensic experts.
After an area was declared free from bombs, experts swept room after room before doctors and other medical staff were called to remove bodies of people killed by the terrorists.
A witness at the scene counted 10 bodies being removed in body bags. Engineers will then advise on the structural soundness of the building after half of the overhead parking area collapsed into the floors below.
Forensic teams, including a team from the Metropolitan Police, are still unable to reach parts of the rubble of the shopping centre.
It could take up to a week to establish exactly who is still inside.
Officially, the death toll from the four-day stand-off is 67, with 61 civilians and 6 members of the Kenya security forces, though that may rise.
Al-Shabaab, the terrorists responsible for the bloodlust, has claimed on Twitter that 137 hostages have been killed.
Five terrorists also died while the Kenyans say they are holding 11 suspects in custody in relation to the attack - including at least seven who are thought to have been arrested at the airport.
The number of UK nationals killed in the Kenyan shopping centre attack is lower than previously thought, the Foreign Office has said.
It had been reported that six Britons killed but one of the dead thought to be British was a Kenyan national, the FCO said, warning that the toll could rise.
“We cannot rule out the potential for further British casualties,” a spokeswoman said.
The rampaging gunmen had specifically targeted non-Muslims, allowing those who could recite the Koran to leave alive. At least 17 foreigners were among the dead.
One soldier told how he was so traumatised by what he saw in the aftermath of the four day siege that he has been forced to seek counselling.
He said: “There were children in the fridges. There were bodies hanging from the ceiling. There were fingers cut off and body parts thrown out of the building. They were using the hostages as human shields.”
Horrific details of the torture suffered by hostages were yesterday revealed by soldiers who found them dismembered, with their eyes gouged out and suspended from hooks in the supermarket ceiling.
In further tales of horror, some men were castrated by crazed militants.
A doctor, who asked not to be named, told of “the stuff of nightmares” after he inspected bodies yet to be removed from the mall.
Shaking his head and gesturing to the sky, he said: “You find people with hooks hanging from the roof.
“They removed testicles, eyes, ears, nose. They drive knives inside a child’s body.
"Actually if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers. Here it was pain.”
The doctor said what he saw was worse that the deaths from the Sachangwan oil tanker explosion that claimed 139 lives in January 2009 and the Sinai fire tragedy that killed 101 people in September 2011.
“Sachangwan and Sinai is 50 percent of this. Sachangwan and Sinai you are sure of one thing...it is fire.
"And those people before they died they fell unconscious. Here it was pain. You find people with hooks hanging from the roof.”