Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015
- President Kenyatta said the government remains committed to mainstreaming innovations and ICT to enable growth and development for the country and the whole region.
- The President will soon launch Enterprise Kenya, a fund to encourage and support innovation in the country.
- Kenya has already gained international recognition for ground-breaking innovations in ICT and the use of technology in improving service delivery through Huduma centres.
Friday, 25 September 2015
Government orders for re-opening of all schools on Monday 28/9/2015 after court suspended teachers’ strike
By Standard Reporter
Friday, September 25th 2015 at 19:14 GMT +3
Following a teachers’ strike over a pay dispute, the government ordered for revision of term dates for all public and private schools with effect from 21stSeptember 2015 with an indication that the said dates were to be released in due course.
In the circumstances and in line with the Basic Education Act 2013 section 95(3) (h) it has been decided as follows:
1. All schools resume on Monday 28th September 2015, for standard 1- 7 and forms 1- 3 who were similarly affected.
2. Considering that during the period of the pay dispute there was little learning in some schools while others did the full load as planned, it is directed that schools that were fully on, continue with the remaining portion of the term. Schools that bore the full effect of the dispute will extend the term by one week and forego the half-term break. The remaining lost time will be recovered in the subsequent terms in the school calendar year 2016.
3. No school shall levy any extra fees on parents on pretext of covering costs occasioned by the pay dispute.
4. Education calendar for the year 2016 will be released in due course.
5. Term dates for third term 2015 will be as follows; Monday 28th September 2015 and closing Friday 20th November 2015.
By Kamau Muthoni and Fred Makana, Saturday, September 26th 2015
Two women claiming to be widows of former Cabinet Minister Mbiyu Koinange were dealt a major blow yesterday after the High Court ruled that they have no legitimate claim to his vast estate.
After 35 years and 25 judges, the High Court finally brought the succession battle to rest, with Margaret Njeri and Eddah Wanjiru being disposed. The court ruled that two were not beneficiaries of the late Koinange’s estate valued at Sh17.4 billion.
High Court Judge William Musyoka, being the 25th judge to handle the dispute, ordered the two women to give back what they had acquired from the former powerful minister who served in Jomo Kenyatta’s government.
“As I have found Margaret Njeri and Eddah Wanjiru not to be the widows of the deceased, I hereby declare that they have ceased to be the administrators of the estate of the deceased,” ruled Justice Musyoka.
The judge bestowed Mbiyu’s sons David Njunu, Mbiyu Koinange and David Waiganjo the task of managing the estate and recovering what had been lost through fraud.
The three men were ordered to ensure they reposes parcels of land and Ocean View Hotel Ltd which had changed hands under unclear circumstances.
In the case, the court heard that the late Mbiyu Koinange was married to Mrs Njeri but parted ways, only for her to marry his brother Charles Karuga. It was testified that the two (Mbiyu and Njeri) never had children during their marriage.
Wanjiru too claimed that Mbiyu, the man who served in government for 16 years, was her husband.
But the court heard that she was the late minister’s assistant and only cohabited briefly. She too never had a child with the politician and got married to another man just before he passed away.
The man who took in Wanjiru was Harry Reginol with whom she got three children – Silvia Wambui, Phiona Wahu and Benjamin.
The case pitted four families, comprising that of Loise Wanjiru ( first wife) Damaris Mbiyu (second wife), Wanjiru and Njeri.
In total, 21 people were claiming a stake of his estate and shares held in several firms across the country.
Mbiyu’s children claimed some of the assets were not available for distribution for they were sold illegally, pointing fingers at Wanjiru and Njeri.
To facilitate the distribution of Kiambaa/Waguthu/2324, I direct the Land Registrar responsible for Kiambu County to cancel the registration in favour of Wanjiru Mbiyu and instead have the same registered in the name of the estate of the deceased,” the judge ruled.
Wanjiru also lost 11,000 shares in Mombasa’s Ocean View Hotel.
A private firm also lost its claim on the Muthera farm as the judge revoked the transfer of the property. Impulse developers had bought the land in 2005.
The judge directed that the land in Lunga Lunga, Nairobi, be sold to settle all debts accrued by the late minister’s estate. The land is estimated to be worth more than Sh2 billion.
Lawyers who were claiming a share of the estate for representing the children in the case were not spared either. The judge said that they would not have a taste of the estate as legal fees accrued by litigating on behalf of Mbiyu’s kins.
“The matter of advocates kept on coming up in the course of oral hearing, with advocates who previously acted for some of the parties urging me to allow them to have the matter of their fees determined before the distribution of the estate. Advocates fees are not debts of the estate,” he ruled.
“An advocate who acts for an estate, administrator, heir or beneficiary does not become an heir or beneficiary. He is therefore not entitled to participate in the distribution of the estate in terms of being catered for as an heir,” Justice Musyoka ruled.
Nearly all the judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal, save for those recently recruited, have in one way or another dealt with the Koinange succession suit. So have those who went home either by retirement or being dismissed by the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.
The case was also at one point heard by Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal. It is among the most unique and epic succession cases in Kenya’s history as more than 50 parallel cases have been filed since the initial case moved to the corridors of justice. For the past 35 years, since succession suit No 527 was filed in court in 1981, little progress had been made to resolve the dispute until yesterday.
Kenya: Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery orders Senator Johnstone Muthama to record statement with CID over CORD rally remarks
By Cyrus OmbatiFriday, September 25th 2015
Nkaissery wants CID to grill the senator on claims remarks he made at Uhuru Park calling for unconstitutional change of government.
The CS also claims Muthama accused President Kenyatta of interfering with constitutional dispensation of Burundi and that his statements undermine the authority of a public officer.
The minister claims the statements are obscene and indecent and undermine NCIC Act on his remarks that the president is out to ensure children of the poor continue to suffer in poverty. A section of TNA MPs have also called for questioning of the Senator.
“The pronouncements are choreographed to stir up ethnic hatred against the president in view of his purported preferences. Given the implications of these statements for fracturing the society, I expect the National Cohesion and Integration Commission as a matter of urgency, commence investigation on each of these and any other claims and allegations made that impact negatively on the efforts to enhance national cohesion and integration of Kenyan people,” he said.
Nkaissery said Muthama has made a habit of verbally attacking state officers in a matter that is intended to undermine cohesion and national unity for political gain.
He argued his remarks brings disrepute to the president, undermines cohesion and stability of the country with the potential to cause uncertainty, tension and threatening national security.
“It is therefore imperative that investigations into the speech and its intent begin in earnest. Senator Muthama should immediately record a statement at the Criminal Investigation Department,” he said.
Muthama made the remarks on Wednesday during a rally by the opposition to push for the payment of teachers who are on strike.
The opposition says the move to focus on Muthama remarks is aimed at swaying public attention from corruption issues and the teachers’ strike. Public schools have been closed over the strike.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015
Boniface Mwangi calls President Uhuru a drunk and makes shocking allegations about The Late Fidel Odinga & Former V.P Wamalwa
As posted on Boniface Mwangi’s social media:
A Sobering Truth; Mr President
Storytelling and the use of parables is a common form of communicating truths and life’s lessons for the African. Perhaps it’s got to do with a traditionally non-literal culture but most probably it is simply because more often than not, the African would rather beat about the bushes than confront an issue directly.
Well, being the African I am, I will first use a parable. And not being one to skirt around issues, will go ahead and confront a real issue that needs addressing.
There once lived a powerful King, ruler of a vast West African Kingdom. This king was known to appoint a commoner as his ‘truth teller’. This truth teller lived among the king’s subjects and would periodically be summoned by the King to tell him what the people were saying about the king and his rule. If the commoner lied, the king would put him to death. It was in his life’s interest that the commoner told the king the truth.
The king in my story is our President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Unfortunately, the president lacks a ‘truth teller’, a commoner in his presidency to tell him the truth. l would like, as a commoner, to tell the truth to the King, and to tell him what is being said in his subjects’ chambers.
The people are saying that the president was a reluctant candidate who only ran for office to avoid the ICC. They’re saying that he loves his drink more than anything else.
We, Kenyans, substitute the word alcoholism with “loves to drink”. Stories abound about our president’s drinking escapades; how official guests at State House are kept waiting as his handlers try to sober him up. Of the president showing up late at state functions reeking of alcohol. There are many more but l would rather not tell them all.
The people who pushed Uhuru Kenyatta to vie for the top seat did not have Kenya’s best interests at heart. But since he is already there at the King’s seat, we must wish him well because if he fails, our country fails too.
Our president is a man like all of us and he needs to admit he has a sickness. Alcoholism is a sickness that can be treated. But the treatment does not work unless the patient is willing to face it. The people around the president will cover up his sickness but one day it might cost this country greatly. His sickness is already affecting our economy, what with the president out of the country half the time or on a drip as they try to sober him up.The men around the president have made bad decisions because he was blacked out and a quick decision had to be made.
His lack of decisive leadership is being felt. His public erratic behavior and look might point to a lack of a work ethic, a common trait with alcoholics.
He does not have to resign or tell the country he is suffering from alcoholism but he needs help. It might be implausible for the president to check into a rehab but the rehab can be taken to State House. A president who admits he is mortal and is struggling with alcoholism would be the poster boy for all of us living in shame because of our hidden sicknesses.
It is a big shame that we lost a Vice President to HIV-AIDS but even more unfortunate was that as a nation we did not use that opportunity educate the people about the virus and help minimise the stigma associated with it.
When Makgatho Mandela died, his father Nelson Mandela revealed that his eldest son had died of Aids. “Let us give publicity to HIV/Aids and not hide it, because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal illness.” He used his son’s death to help the country deal with the stigma of having relatives, friends with HIV-Aids.
A few months ago, Fidel died of a drug overdose but the country would not be told this because our politicians and their families want us to believe they are perfect.
They are not infallible. They are just like us and if they used their personal experiences to help other people, we would be collectively better off. People who are suffering from a problem should not be stigmatized or taught to brush off the seriousness of their problems.
President Barack Obama has had a 30-year struggle with smoking. He began smoking during his college days and he has tried to kick the habit. “I would say that I am 95 percent cured,” Obama said, “But there are times where I mess up.” “Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No,” Obama said at the news conference.
Herein lies the problem; Kenya is going through a leadership crisis because we are a hypocritical nation. We assign blame all over but never address the real matter. If the president were to die because of a treatable disease like alcoholism, it would be a waste of life and l hope that this article will not be treated as propaganda but as a reality we need to face.
I empathise with the president and I hope that he will seek help for his own good and for the benefit of our great nation.
We need a president who is fit to serve the nation. He should address his personal problems so that the progress of the country moves at a steady pace; so that we stop staggering and the cabinet can stop issuing those hangover directives.
Do you have a friend, colleague, or family member suffering from substance addiction? Share their story in the comments.
Trump’s ancestors not arrive in the United States late 1800’s as immigrants and There was some monkey business involved
The way he talks about immigrants and immigration, Donald Trump would have you think that a Trump came to the New World on the Mayflower, that a Trump signed the Declaration of Independence, that a Trump fought at the battle of Bunker Hill and so on.
Not only did Trump’s ancestors not arrive in the United States until the late 1800’s, the Trump family fortune wasn’t even started here. There was some monkey business involved in it as well.
A new book by Gwenda Blair, The Trumps: Three Generations That Built An Empire, describes how Trump’s grandfather came to the U.S. from his native Germany, started a small business in America, then set out for Canada to try to find a fortune during the Klondike gold rush.
Friedrich Trump, a barber’s apprentice in Germany, set out for America in 1885 at age 16. Friedrich’s father had died young, and the young man was looking to do something other than become a barber. He wound up in Manhattan at a time when, as Blair observes, there were no immigration quotas, and became a naturalized American. He Anglicized his name to Frederick and wound up in Seattle, looking to make his fortune.
In Seattle, the young Trump leased a small restaurant known as “The Poodle Dog” that advertised “private rooms for ladies,” which at that time was a reference to prostitution. His restaurant was doing well, but when he heard that John D. Rockefeller was financing a mining operation in a town called Monte Cristo, Trump knew he had to get in on it. In Monte Cristo, Trump filed a fraudulent mineral claim that he had no intention of working and built a hotel on the land, even though he didn’t own it. He then returned to the business of offering customers food, booze and women. When the Monte Cristo mining boom began to peter out both Rockefeller and Trump quietly backed out. This made them, according to Blair, two of the few who made money on the adventure.
By this time, miners had begun arriving to make the journey to the Yukon to mine for gold. Trump saw a golden opportunity. Not in mining, but in a series of trail-side restaurants that would also supply the miners with prostitutes. Just like his grandson’s casinos, Frederick Trump intended to make his fortune by, as Blair puts it, “mining the miners.”
In 1900, Trump was living in White Horse, Yukon, where he had once again built a hotel on land he didn’t own, across from the railroad station. His Arctic Restaurant offered arriving miners the things he had offered in his other ventures: food, liquor, gambling, and prostitutes. This business was to be short-lived, however. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police — the “Mounties” — were beginning to crack down on vice in the territory. But Trump had made his money, and as the Yukon gold rush was coming to an end, he made his way back to his native Germany, with a nest egg equal to about $600,000 in today’s money. What happened next was the height of irony, given his grandson’s talk about deporting undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
While in Germany, Trump got married. But he also ran into a problem. Military service was mandatory, but since he left at 16, he had been too young to serve. Now, he was over 35, and too old to serve. Trump tried to buy his way out of the predicament by offering to deposit his money in the village treasury. He then swore that he had not intended to avoid service, but was merely trying to help his mother. All he wanted to do was regain his German citizenship, and “lead a quiet life.” Local officials liked the plan. But Frederick Trump was not anybody important, and regional authorities rejected it. Frederick Trump, his wife who was at the time pregnant with Donald’s father Fred, and their daughter were stripped of their German citizenship and put on a boat to the United States.
Frederick Trump, according to the headline on Gwenda Blair’s story at Politico, is the person who made “The Donald” who he is. A shrewd businessman who was not afraid to bend the rules to his advantage. Most importantly, he was an immigrant who actually started his fortune not in the “land of opportunity,” America, but in Canada, and who was deported from his own homeland.
If only Germany had kept Frederick, America right now might not be dealing with “The Donald.”