Friday, 29 August 2014
Thursday, 28 August 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
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.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
- Speaking in Bomet on Sunday, Mr Ruto cautioned governors against “being misused” in the pretext that the opposition leaders were pushing for more funds to the counties, arguing that the referendum was purely a project by Cord still suffering from the last General Election loss.
- Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said there were options provided for in the Constitution to solve the problems facing the government.
- Both the Cord Coalition, under the Okoa Kenya Campaign, and governors, under the ‘Pesa Mashinani’ (money to counties) are pushing for separate plebiscites.
Those opposed to the draft constitution in 2010, called the Red Card group, were led by then Opposition politician William Ruto.
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 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.
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.
Last Updated: 24/08/14
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 THE ORIGINATOR
#2 THE PEACEMAKER
#3 THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
#4 THE CONSERVATIVE
#5 THE NONCONFORMIST
#6 THE ROMANTIC
#7 THE INTELLECTUAL
#8 THE BIG SHOT
#9 THE PERFORMER
# 1 – THE ORIGINATOR
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 – THE PEACEMAKER
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 – THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
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 – THE CONSERVATIVE
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 – THE NONCONFORMIST
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 – THE ROMANTIC
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 – THE INTELLECTUAL
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 – THE BIG SHOT
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 – THE PERFORMER
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.
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.
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.
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
- Solution: We now need to amend the Constitution not to make it better, but just to save it.
- It is clear for all to see that the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta is intent on killing devolution.
- Evil intent: This document is far too important to act as a stepping-stone for any ambition. It is our last and best defence against anarchy.
- What counties are currently experiencing is inadequate capacity to handle the devolved functions.
- The station, situated on Valley Road in Nairobi, will be controlled by the commission.
- He said the previous arrangement where the agency had to rely on police stations outside its control did not augur well for confidentiality.
- He said the agency will soon forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko, for further action.
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.
- A common thread in the three unprecedented cases is that the domestic workers were promised a higher pay, only to end up being given up to 10 times less.
- Based on the current exchange rates, the lawyers claim Ms Orina was supposed to pay Ms Oluoch $1,280 (Sh111,360) per month in Maryland and $1,594 (Sh138,643) in New York in addition to a free room and board.
- The woman is currently staying in Maryland on a T visa meant for victims of human trafficking pursuing cases against their alleged perpetrators.
- Mr Moi would be surprised to hear the booming voice of the man he had come to revere in the 60s and 70s.
- After taking a long sip from his teacup, Mzee would look at the journalist in the eye and tell him; “Young man, I hear Her Majesty’s government has been giving my son sleepless nights."
- "I like the idea of the Standard Gauge Railway and the Free Maternity Care for mothers and babies. But I have a problem with the thought of 4-year-olds becoming more computer savvy than their own teachers".
By Joe Kiarie, Friday, August 22nd 2014
|Police man handle a person they arrested in Mombasa during a Matatutu strike|
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
- Since the former Kenya’s envoy to the US, Mr Elkanah Odembo, was recalled in July last year, the Kenyan Mission has remained without a substantive ambassador.
- Ms Kamau made headlines in April after she boycotted a premium event in which Kenyan elite athletes were honored in Boston, MA. She skipped the event ostensibly because she had learnt that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga would be in attendance.
|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.
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.