A dream doesn't become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Wooden Bowl

 I guarantee you will remember the tale of the  Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. 

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year - old grandson. 
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. 
The family ate together at the table. 
But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. 
Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. 

Nairobi City traffic jam costs Kenya 37 billions shillings annually

Traffic congestion in Nairobi City costs the economy an estimated Sh37 billion annually, an interim report shows. The report prepared by the county’s Transport and Urban Decongestion committee attributed this to poor planning of the city that did not factor in steady increase in population and vehicles.
“Nairobi’s population has increased from 350,000 in 1963 to 3.3 million today with an estimated 300,000 vehicles without a corresponding increase of the road network,” the report reads in part, adding that Outer Ring has the highest traffic volumes of over 87,000 vehicles daily.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

ICC Case catching up on RAO at last

Tuesday August 26, 2014
ICC judges say RAILA ODINGA visited Mungiki's MAINA NJENGA as they fault BENSOUDA

There was fireworks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday after ICC judges disagreed with ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda’s assertion that members of the infamous Mungiki group, were supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2007 General Election.

In an argument that left Bensouda with an egg in her face, the judges said, based on the evidence that has been produced in court, the Mungiki group was working with Raila Odinga, who was an ODM Presidential candidate in the chaotic poll.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

President Uhuru Kenyatta means well for Kenya, says Raila Odinga

By Geoffrey Mosoku

Updated Wednesday, August 27th 2014 
Raila Odinga 
NAIROBI, KENYA: CORD leader Raila Odinga has accused Deputy President William Ruto of blocking President Uhuru Kenyatta from reaching out to and working with the Opposition, adding that the President means well for Kenya.
Raila made the scathing attack on a late night television show on Tuesday but Ruto Wednesday took the fight to Raila's backyard in Kisumu where he addressed a public forum to mark Katiba Day, the fourth anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution. He claimed the former Premier is leading a campaign to mutilate the country's supreme law.

Two rivers set to be East Africa’s Largest Shopping Mall


Vive Weekly

Runda is set to become home of Kenya and East Africa’s biggest shopping mall. The concretewonder dubbed Two Rivers will be at the heart of the affluent Runda, Gigiri, Muthaiga and Nyali neighbourhoods.
The entire complex , which will also include a 5 star hotel , residential apartments and an office park, will be located on a 100 acre piece of land, a few minutes from the UN complex and several embassies. The whole project is estimated to cost around Sh60 billion.
Of the 62,000 square meters of GLA retail tenants, just under 50% are international clients including international supermarket chain , Carrefour hypermarket on 10,000 sqm as the anchor tenant. This will be the second Carrefour in Africa and the first in the region.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kenya ranked fourth worldwide in HIV infections


Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia. The HIV prevalence in Kenya stands at 1.6 million people, the Ministry of Health has revealed. PHOTO | GERALD ANDERSON | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Kenya has the fourth highest number of Aids infections in the world.
The HIV prevalence in the country stands at 1.6 million people, the Ministry of Health revealed Wednesday.
South Africa, with a prevalence of 5.6 million leads, ahead of Nigeria (3.3 million) and India (2.4 million), according to statistics from the UNAIDS and World Health Organisation (WHO).
An estimated 191,840 of the people living with the HIV virus in Kenya are children. Some 58,465 people died of HIV-related illnesses in 2013.
A new report, ‘The National HIV and Aids Estimates’, launched Wednesday by Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says there are at least 100,000 new infections in Kenya annually.

Stud seeks virgin

Swaziland's annual 'Reed Dance' (aka Umhlanga) is a traditional show of virginity by tens of thousands of unmarried and childless girls and womenAugust 26, 2014

Why should we brag about how many women we have boned and still expect our wives to be virgins?

Swaziland's annual 'Reed Dance' (aka Umhlanga) is a traditional show of virginity by tens of thousands of unmarried and childless girls and women
I must be getting old, despite my unwillingness to relent. I can still drink all night, dance maybe not, but I like to think of myself as a thinker and good company, good music, and good booze makes for a great night. When I was young(er) I thought grownups were retarded when they said ‘your music’ is horrible. Like I am the one in the studio with girly dreadlocks, high on cough syrup sounding like I have c*** in my mouth despite the auto-tune. Yes I did, go tell your daddy, what’s his name, Baby? (What kind of a grown man has another man call him that?)

Claiming Benefits is Becoming More Testing

An additional step has been added to the process of finding work and residing in United Kingdom. If you are a jobseeker registered at Jobcentre Plus, you can definitely stay in United Kingdom but you still have to take the Habitual Residence Test first. This test is required so that you, as an immigrant can prove that you intend to stay and build a life in United Kingdom while being employed. If you are still looking for a job, you can apply for a jobseeker status that will allow you to stay in the UK for 6 months. This period can be extended if can prove that you have higher chances of finding work.

Monday, 25 August 2014

IEBC forms vote team as Raila steps up drive

Deputy President, William Ruto chats with Governor Isaac Ruto during a Sunday service in Bomet County. Mr Ruto cautioned governors against “being misused”, arguing that the referendum was purely a project by Cord still suffering from the last General Election loss. PHOTO | DPPS | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
Cord leader Raila Odinga has extended an invitation to all those who opposed the Constitution in 2010 to join the demands for a referendum.
Those opposed to the draft constitution in 2010, called the Red Card group, were led by then Opposition politician William Ruto.

KALONZO'S mocks that "even God can't stop the Dialogue of the Saba Saba"

Well, the registration EVENT STOPPED BY AN ACT OF GOD ON SATURDAY 23rd August 2014 at Embakasi

On Saturday, just the day before yesterday, former VP Kalonzo Musyoka was in great real danger.
While kicking off the registration of 1,000,000 signatures for the CORD referendum at Embakasi, a very strong hurricane type of wind and storm with a very heavy rain poured right into the venue of registration, disrupting the exercise. Mounted tents and seats were scattered by the fury storm as people scampered for personal safety.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Apple Fires An Engineer For Leaking These iPhone 6 Pictures

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Apple is all set for the launch of its new iPhone 6 scheduled for 9thSeptember with two variants; one coming with a screen size of 4.7” and the other with a screen size of 5.5”. Some new images have surfaced showing how the iPhone 6 will look like. According to some sources, Apple has fired the engineer who is believed to have leaked the pictures.  The name and identity of the engineer remains confidential due legal issues.

We have been following up on news about iPhone 6 and, therefore, we had to show you new pictures of iPhone 6’s 4.7” version that have surfaced on the web.

Picture credits: feldvolk.com
Apple iPhone 6 Nearing the Release DateApple iPhone 6 Nearing the Release Date2

The pictures have been shared by Feld & Volk and the high quality pictures show a rounded design with the tapered edges melding into the rear shell without any seams and resulting in a continuous and elegant curve. We already talked about how the phone’s screen is most probably going to be made of sapphire. Based on pictures above, here are some rendered images to show how the iPhone 6 will look like.



These photos are consistent with some of the technical diagrams leaked earlier


Speculations are also going on about an A8 processor with an improved camera that may or may not support the modular lens along with wireless charging support.

There are also rumors about a heart rate sensor to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5. However, the peculiar rumor is about the Lightning cable, that it is going to be reversible at both ends. Sonny Dickson has released pictures of Lightning Cable that is reversible at both ends, thereby allowing the user freedom from frustration of getting the orientation correct before the cable can be plugged in.

Do you like this new design? We would love to hear your thoughts in comments section below.

18 Migrants die off the coast of Italy

August 24, 2014 Italian navy rescue asylum seekers

 It can cost about $2,500 for a migrant to get a place on deck, and those who can only afford to pay $1,000 or less are forced into the hold of the vessel.

The Italian coast guard confirmed on Sunday that eighteen people were found dead on an inflatable dinghy that was floating south of the island Lampedusa. 73 Survivors were rescued.

The navy ship Sirio was part of the rescue operation that took place on Sunday. It approached the dinghy and found there were 18 people who had died on board, and 73 survivors.

This incident is one of many this year that underline the growing problem of migrants trying to reach Europe and dying as a result of the perils of the journey, RFI reports.

Operation Mare Nostrum (“Our Sea”), a large-scale naval operation that aims to detect these illegal crossings and assist the people on board, has rescued more than 3,500 people since Friday in the stretch between Sicily and the Libyan and Tunisian coasts.

Most of the people that make these crossings come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, but also from Libya that has recently descended into instability.

By mid-August this year, the number of migrants arriving in Italy surpassed 100,000, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

In 2011, the year of the Arab uprisings, slightly more than 60,000 migrants arrived by sea in Italy.

Italy is struggling to shoulder the cost of this sea rescue operation alone and has called on the rest of Europe to help. Mare Nostrum costs 12 million euro per month.

According to Capt. Enrico Esposto, who heads of the naval operations division of Mare Nostrum, the smuggling of these migrants to Europe is now worse than slavery. He says slave traders cared that the slaves arrive safely at their destination, but to modern-day smugglers, that does not matter.

Migrants are stuffed into over-crowded and unsafe sea vessels, with little regard for their personal safety.

It can cost about $2,500 for a migrant to get a place on deck, and those who can only afford to pay $1,000 or less are forced into the hold of the vessel. Here they could die from a lack of oxygen, as was the case a month ago when 30 to 40 people who had died in this manner were discovered deep inside a boat.

Rosberg confessed he collided with his team-mate’s car “on purpose”

Lewis Hamilton has alleged that Nico Rosberg has admitted he deliberately crashed into his Mercedes at the start of the Belgian GP.
According to Hamilton, Rosberg confessed he collided with his team-mate’s car “on purpose” in a post-race briefing inside the Mercedes motorhome as the championship-leading team sought to deal with the fallout from the pair's controversial - and costly - clash at Spa on Sunday night.
The collision resulted in Hamilton eventually retiring from the race while Rosberg finished second, behind the victorious Daniel Ricciardo, to extend his World Championship lead to 29 points.
Although race stewards declined to investigate the clash, Hamilton claimed that, in a post-race hearing convened by the Mercedes management, Rosberg admitted his lunge into the rear of the sister W05 was a premeditated response. At the previous race in Hungary the drivers were embroiled in a team orders controversy after Hamilton didn't let his team-mate through when on different strategies, an incident which is thought to have angered the championship leader.

Hamilton on Rosberg dustup: 'He said he did it on purpose'

Mercedes-AMG's drivers Lewis Hamilton and
Nico Rosberg collide at the Spa-Francorchamps
ciruit in Spa on August 24, 2014 during the Belgium
Formula One Grand Prix.

Hamilton out of the race as Ricciardo strengthens his chances

Last Updated: 24/08/14

Daniel Ricciardo strengthened his outside chances of an unexpected late-season run at the championship by winning a dramatic Belgian GP after Mercedes' title-duelling drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finally came together on track – to the detrimental effect of the Briton’s title chances.

Petition For Closing Of Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood, the notoriously infamous immigration detention center is in the news again. The building located in Bedfordshire, is an Immigration Removal Centre here illegal immigrants are held until they can be deported. Now, it has come into the limelight due to the recent death of a forty year old woman, who was awaiting deportation. The woman, Christine Case, was an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. She succumbed to a heart attack after the detention center provided her with only paracetamol to help treat it! The Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire had to swiftly albeit reluctantly start an urgent investigation to help clarify the matter. Yarl’s Wood has been dogged by controversy ever since it opened. Unlike a detention center which should hold individuals only for a maximum of three days, nearly all the detainees have been detained for weeks, with more than half of them being detained for more than three months. Yarl’s Wood is more like a prison than a detention center. The detention center run by Serco has had a lot of problems. The quality of food provided is extremely poor and there are extreme gaps in the health care provisions. These are not new facts they have been common knowledge since as early as 2003. The detention center primarily holds women and their underage children, if any.

The kind of treatment meted out to the women is inhumane. The horrors inside the detention prison seem right out of a third world country. There is rampant racism. Extreme abuse of power and use of excessive force by the guards is an everyday thing. The really sad fact is that there have been a large number of hunger strikes to protest the terrible conditions at Yarl’s Wood, all to no avail. Christine Case’s story is a case in point. The biggest shocker is that according to a 2006 report by Legal Action for Women group, seventy percent of the women detained at Yarl’s Wood had reported rape! This horrible crime is perpetrated by the guards against whom the women are completely powerless. Legal Action for Women publishes and distributes self – help guides for the women of Yarl’s Wood to educate them about their rights. However, the guards always confiscate these guides to completely cripple the women. Many women are afraid to approach authorities to report the abuse they face to authorities for fear of it affecting their cases.

Among the prominent people who have stayed at Yarl’s Wood is the celebrated playwright Lydia Besong. She spoke about her experience at Yarl’s Wood, likening it to political imprisonment she had to undergo in her own country, Cameroon in West Africa. To be able to draw a parallel between an African prison and an immigrant removal center speaks volumes about Yarl’s Wood. The fact remains that detention centers like Yarl’s Wood are extremely unnecessary. A person’s immigration case can easily be processed while he or she lives at home, amongst friends and family. Yashika Bageerathi was also held here. She is to be deported tonight.


Educational Articlesstory-behind-your-birth-numberessi


Once you have discovered your Birth Number. Put your number in as a comment below for us to know who we are.

Have fun! Your birthdate describes who we are, what we are good at and what our inborn abilities are. It also points to what we have to learn and the challenges we are facing.

To figure out your Birth Number, add all the numbers in the Birth Date together, like in the example, until there is only one digit. A Birth Number does not prevent you from being anything you want to be, it will just color your choice differently and give you a little insight.

March 20, 1950
3 + 20 + 1950 = 1973
1 + 9 + 7 + 3 = 20
2 + 0 = 2

Keep going until you end up with a single digit number. 2 is the Birth Number to read for the birth date in the example.



1 ‘s are originals. Coming up with new ideas and executing them is natural. Having things! their own way is another trait that gets them as being stubborn and arrogant. 1′s are extremely honest and do well to learn some diplomacy skills. They like to take the initiative and are often leaders or bosses! , as they like to be the best. Being self-employed is definitely helpful for them. Lesson to learn: Others’ ideas might be just as good or better and to stay open minded.

Famous 1′s: Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Hulk Hogan, Carol Burnett, Wynona Judd, Nancy Reagan, Raquel Welch.


2′s are the born diplomats. They are aware of others’ needs and moods and often think of others before themselves. Naturally analytical and very intuitive they don’t like to be alone. Friendship and companionship is very important and can lead them to be successful in life, but on the other hand they’d rather be alone than in an uncomfortable relationship. Being naturally shy they should learn to boost their self-esteem and express themselves freely and seize the moment and not put things off.

Famous 2′s: President Bill Clinton, Madonna, Whoopee Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


3′s are idealists. They are very creative, social, charming, romantic, and easygoing. They start many things, but don’t always see them through. They like others to be happy and go to great lengths to achieve it. They are very popular and idealistic. They should learn to see the world from a more realistic point of view.

Famous 3′s: Alan Alder, Ann Landers, Bill Cosby, Melanie Griffith, Karen Roundbutt, Salv! ador Dali, Jodi Foster


4′s are sensible and traditional. They like order and routine. They only act when they fully understand what they are expected to do. They like getting their hands dirty and working hard. They are attracted to the outdoors and feel an affinity with nature. They are prepared to wait and can be stubborn and persistent. They should learn to be more flexible and to be nice to themselves.

Famous 4′s: Neil Diamond, Margaret Thatcher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Paul Hogan, Oprah Winfrey


5′s are the explorers. Their natural curiosity, risk taking, and enthusiasm often land t! hem in hot water. They need diversity, and don’t like to be stuck in a rut. The whole world is their school and they see a learning possibility in every situation. The questions never stop. They are well advised to look before they take action and make sure they have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

Famous 5′s: Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Bronte, Jessica Walter, Vincent VanGogh, Bette Midler, Helen Keller and Mark Hail.


6′s are idealistic and need to feel useful to be happy. A strong family connection is important to them. Their actions influence their decisions. They have a strong urge to take care of others and to help.They are very loyal and make great teachers! They like art or music. They make loyal friends who take the friendship seriously. 6′s should learn to differentiate between what they can change and what they cannot.

Famous 6′s: Albert Einstein, Jane Seymour, John Denver, Merlyn Steep, Christopher Columbus, Goldie Hawn


7′s are the searchers. Always probing for hidden information, they find it difficult to accept things at face value. Emotions don’t sway their decisions. Questioning everything in life, they don’t like to be questioned themselves. They’re never off to a fast start, and their motto is slow and steady wins the race. They come across as philosophers and being very knowledgeable, and sometimes as loners. They are technically inclined and make great researchers uncovering information. They like secrets. They live in their own world and should learn what is acceptable and what’s not in the world at large.

Famous 7′s: William Shakespeare, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Joan Baez, Princess Diana


8′s are the problem solvers. They are professional, blunt and to the point, have good judgment and are decisive. They have grand plans and like to live the good life. They take charge of people. They view people objectively. They let you know in no uncertain terms that they are the boss. They should learn to exude their decisions on their own needs rather than on what others want.

Famous 8′s: Edgar Cayce, Barbara Streisand, George Harrison, Jane Fonda, Pablo Picasso, Aretha Franklin, Nostrodamus


9′s are natural entertainers. They are very caring and generous, giving away their last dollar to help. With their charm, they have no problem making friends and nobody is a stranger to them. They have so many different personalities that people around them have a hard time understanding them. They are like chameleons, ever changing and blending in. They have tremendous luck, but also can suffer from extremes in fortune and mood. To be successful, they need to build a loving foundation.Famous 9′s: Albert Schweitzer, Shirley MacLaine, Harrison Ford, Jimmy Carter, Elvis Presley

Uhuru Kenyatta snubs calls for major Kitui road, leaves residents bitter

By Philip Muasya
Sunday, August 24th 2014 
Kitui, Kenya: Since independence, the Mwingi-Kibwezi road, which cuts through Kitui County to Mombasa, has remained in bad state.

The 350km road, which also passes through Mutomo and Kitui, is part of the northern corridor extending to Meru and Isiolo.

It takes a grueling four hours to travel from Kitui to Mutomo town, a journey characterised by thick clouds of choking dust as vehicles meander through gulleys and potholes.

Things get worse during the rainy season, especially between November and December when the road becomes muddy and impassable.

A month ago, Kitui leaders, led by Senator David Musila, threatened to barricade the road at Kibwezi on Mombasa Road if the Government failed to allocate funds for its development this financial year. “It is clear there is no commitment and political will to tarmack the road. We will use every means to pile pressure, even if it means sub-dividing the land for people to plant crops,” Mr Musila said then.

But when it emerged President Uhuru Kenyatta would be visiting Kitui, the leaders and residents held their horses, hoping he would bring bagfuls of goodies.

And the day of the President’s visit came last Saturday. He landed at Kitui High School grounds accompanied by Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu to attended 50 years jubilee celebrations for Kitui Catholic Diocese  graced by the head of the Church in Kenya, John Cardinal Njue.

Among those who received the President were Musila, Governors Julius Malombe (Kitui), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni). Kitui Women Representative Nyiva Mwendwa and the eight MPs from Kitui County also attended. A huge crowd gathered at the venue and was expectant after word went round that the President would make a big announcement on the road.

Economic key

Two Members of Kitui County Assembly donning T-shirts emblazoned with words “Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui-Meru Road, our priority” were arrested by police officers and stripped of the ‘offending’ attire as they tried to gain entry to the venue.

Peter Kilonzo (Athi) and James Munuve (Kanziku) were forced to strip under the watch of Kitui head of CID Adan Guyo.

At the venue, the leaders said the neglected road holds the key to unlocking the economic potential of Kitui County and pleaded with Kenyatta to construct the road before the end of his first term in office.

Musila, who presented the people’s request, was apt. “Your Excellency, we have many problems in our region but our priority number one is this road. Our priority number two is this road...and our priority number three is this road. If you give us this road, people from this region will never forget you,” he said as the crowd clapped.

Other leaders took the cue from him and pleaded with the President on the same. Some went straight for the jugular. “It is the feeling of Kitui people that we have been marginalised by design. It is your duty as the President to correct past injustices meted on us by your predecessors,” Kitui East MP Mutua Muluvi said.

Mrs Nyiva Mwendwa, a seasoned politician and the first woman Cabinet minister in Kenya got personal. “I had the privilege of asking for this road from all the past three presidents, and I will ask the same of you. Give us the road my son, we will be grateful, and also shorten the time of tarmacking it, so that I can also use it before I am incapacitated by old age”.

The President smiled and nodded. The crowd was now expectant; sure that he would grant the wish.

But when he stood up, President Kenyatta, in a few words, dashed the evident hopes of many. “We will not be coerced to initiate development in certain regions because you have asked for it, but because that is our responsibility as a government.”

He then went on as the crowd looked at him in disbelief: “I was invited here by Bishop Muheria (of Kitui Catholic Diocese) for a church function. There will be another day to talk about the things you are raising; not today.” He then wound up his speech in barely 10 minutes.

It later emerged the President had earlier given his word on the construction of the road during a leaders’ meeting. The leaders wanted him to declare that in public as a show of commitment.

His failure to commit publicly left a sour taste in the leaders’ mouths who  went on a warpath almost immediately, terming his visit a cruel joke.

Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu said he was disappointed. “The President has taken us for a ride. Peoples’ expectations on this road have been shattered and we feel frustrated,” Mr Mulu said.

The MP told The Standard on Sunday that in the leaders’ meeting, the President pledged that the road would be done in three phases; Kibwezi-Ikanga, Ikanga-Kabati and Kabati-Mwingi in three financial years.

“His failure to announce the same in public shows there is no commitment at all,” Mr Mulu noted, terming the failure by successive governments to tarmack the road as an economic sabotage for “fear of losing business in other main roads in politically correct regions.”

“The President cannot promise us things in a boardroom and fail to declare the same in public. We feel cheated,” Mr Muluvi said.

Mr Kilonzo, the Athi ward representative, said only a major demonstration along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway will force the Government to prioritise the road. “We will do it loudly through a serious demonstration that will paralyse business along Mombasa Road,” he said.

Jubilee venom

Supporting the planned Mombasa Road blockade, Kitui Central Ward representative Ngoima Kimanzi said the President had shown “total ignorance and disinterest” for the road.

“It is a calculated scheme so that people from this region can eternally depend on relief food,” he lamented.

The leaders plan to meet the President in three weeks’ time to get a firm commitment on the matter, failure to which they will carry out their threat.

Curiously missing from the President’s entourage was a band of his fiery defenders who are wont to take on real and perceived enemies and critics of the Jubilee government.

The Standard on Sunday reliably learnt that the President had been strongly advised against coming to Kitui, a Wiper party zone, with his fiery Jubilee brigade.

MPs who were in the planning committee of the president’s visit and who talked to us anonymously, said Mr Kenyatta was under firm advice not to visit with perceived hardliners in his Jubilee Coalition.

“We were categorical to the President that Aden Duale and Kithure Kindiki should not accompany him because we could predict their usual venom against CORD,” said one Wiper MP.

“After listening carefully, the President saw sense in this, he however wanted to know if it was okay for him to come with Mrs Ngilu,” added another MP. “We told him Ngilu is our daughter and we had no problem with her,” he said.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Constitution under threat from those against supreme law

Supporters of the 'Yes' campaign supporting the new Constitution attending a rally at Uhuru Park on August 1, 2010. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH Supporters of the 'Yes' campaign supporting the new Constitution attending a rally at Uhuru Park on August 1, 2010. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH |  NATION MEDIA GROUP
When we negotiated the contents of the Constitution through the Bomas conferences and the subsequent processes, we made the assumption that all Kenyans would dedicate themselves to upholding the principles that they would agree on in the final document.
Particularly, we assumed that all arms and officers of the Government would “obey, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya”.
We, in fact, required that State officers must swear allegiance to the Constitution before assuming their positions.

It’s the selfish who want to derail our agenda for Kenya

Nyeri residents with copies of the proposed Constitution on May 27, 2010. FILE PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI Nyeri residents with copies of the proposed Constitution on May 27, 2010. FILE PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP
Today, our country is buffeted by contrived storms and artificial crises whose aim is to de-legitimise the Constitution. The idea is to present our republican charter as inadequate or defective, necessitating its amendment.

Anti-graft agency can now lock up suspects

The anti-corruption commission can detain suspects at the Integrity Centre since it is gazetted as a police station.
Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo designated the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters as a police station in a Gazette notice dated August 15.
The station, situated on Valley Road in Nairobi, will be controlled by the commission.

US courts expose shocking cruelty of Kenyan diplomats

Three Kenyan diplomats are battling vicious multi-million law suits filed against them by the house helps they allegedly lured and conscripted into slavish service in the US.
A former Kenyan diplomat to the UN is facing charges of luring, human-trafficking and enslaving a countrywoman in the US for over a year.

Mzee Kenyatta visits Kenya - what he would say

Statue of Jomo Kenyatta outside the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. Being a fast learner, he would immediately dial retired president Daniel Arap Moi’s number, hoping that the man to whom he entrusted Kenya’s leadership would fill him in on the political goings-on in the country. PHOTO | FILE 
My idle mind is at it again. You must by now know that when idle, my mind has a habit of defying conventional wisdom and rather than become a devil’s workshop, it chooses to delve into the realm of surreal imagination.
If you have nothing better to do, please come with me.

Beware, police should never impose these illegal laws on you

By Joe Kiarie, Friday, August 22nd 2014

Police man handle a person they arrested in Mombasa during a Matatutu strike
NAIROBI, KENYA: Has a police officer arrested you without clearly identifying himself and informing you the reason for the arrest in recent years? Well, the officer violated your constitutional rights and committed an offence in the process.
The National Police Service is once again in the spotlight as its officers continue to arbitrarily abuse their powers.
Despite Chapter 4 of the Constitution, among other laws, according members of the public a wide range of rights while in the hands of the police, most officers have overlooked the law, instead applying demeaning unwritten rules.
Ignorant of their rights, most members of the public subsequently remain at the mercy of the officers, to whose illegal tunes they vulnerably dance.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Finally, Nairobi sends an envoy to Washington, DC

The Kenyan US embassy. Former Finance Minister Njeru Githae has been nominated to take over as the new Kenyan ambassador to the US. PHOTO | BMJ MURIITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP The Kenyan US embassy. Former Finance Minister Njeru Githae has been nominated to take over as the new Kenyan ambassador to the US. PHOTO | BMJ MURIITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
After one year without a substantive representative from Kenya, Washington, DC will now have a new ambassador if Mr Robinson Njeru Githae gets the nod from the National Assembly.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday night announced the nomination of the former Finance Minister, who is expected to replace the current Charge d' Affaires, Ms Jean Kamau.

Sarika’s father halts dream wedding By FrSarika’s father halts dream wedding

Khamala and Sarika
      Lovebirds Sarika Patel (right) with his Bukusu boyfriend Timotthy Khamala pose while at the Standard offices when they came for KTN live link on 1st/Aug/14. BY CHRISPEN SECHERE.

Wealthy businessman Chabbadia Patel has filed an injunction at the Bungoma East District Commissioner’s office to stop the wedding of his daughter Sarika to Timothy Khamala.

The move now halts plans for the two lovebirds to tie the knot in a civil marriage that had been slated for Tuesday 26 after the much publicised rare love affair in Nang’ina village of Webuye.

The government had opened a 21-day window for anyone with objection to the union to file a petition before Monday.

Authorities kept contents of the objection from the media but insiders told The Nairobian that among other things, the father, in his petition, claimed Timothy had kidnapped Sarika and that his family is unaware of her whereabouts.

But when this writer spoke to her on phone, she confirmed that she was in Webuye and has been residing in Nang’ina village all along.

Not surprisingly, the new twist has left Sarika, 24, crestfallen.

“It has irked me. This is the day I have been waiting for all my life. I already made a choice and everyone knows about it. I will not change my mind,” Sarika told The Nairobian during an interview.

“We had planned to make it a small occasion with those expected to attend of course being mostly Timothy’s family. This is a setback,” she added.

Bungoma East DC Adan Gedow, who is on assignment in Nairobi, said he had not seen the marriage objection and would explore the matter once back in his office.

Sarika first met Timothy when he came to work at their family’s business enterprise in Webuye as a casual labourer. His employment was, however, terminated when their love affair was discovered and he remains jobless. But he vows he is not about to turn his back on Sarika.

“There have been numerous efforts to separate me from Sarika, but by now, the writing should be on the wall. I can’t live without her. Her father had actually given consent for us to go on with the wedding. How things changed is a mystery to me,” said Timothy.

The two lovers have faced opposition from several quarters, especially from Sarika’s family.

“We have known each other for four years, and it has been dramatic. My parents do not support the relationship. They have on more than one occasion tried to convince my fiancé to leave me in vain because we love each other,” notes Sarika.

Sarika was born in Mukumu, started schooling at Webuye Kindergarten and proceeded to Booker Academy for her O-levels. Later on, she schooled in Nairobi before returning home to run her father’s businesses.

Meanwhile, some villagers, mystified by the ‘odd couple,’ are now bandying theories about, with some even claiming Timothy may have used black magic to win the Asian beauty.

Interestingly though, Timothy reveals that it was Sarika who in fact first approached him and not the other way round.

The two hope the injunction is only a temporary setback.