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One of the topics that has dominated the headlines this weekend was the disbandment of IEBC. Leaders from different quarters, lead by the opposition are calling for its disbandment claiming it cannot be trusted.

One thing is clear though, IEBC lost credibility after the much publicized Chicken Gate Scandal where the chair Issack Hassan and his were linked to a Sh50 Million corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman ahead of 2013 General elections. Little has been done to prosecute those involved and IEBC should stop thinking Kenyans have forgotten about this.

After the scanadal, the opposition listed down some demands. You can read about those demands here.

One of the demands the oppositing gave was the immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. What has been done so far? Little if nothing.

The opposition made it clear that the IEBC should show cause why it cannot be disbanded, something which the electoral body has not done.

The opposition, the  NCCK, Catholic Church and even the Civil Society have already indicated their lack of trust the commission. If an institution loses trust in the people, what is so hard for them to resign? You cannot expect an institution which has been linked to a massive corruption scandal to be trusted to even conduct the next General election.

The Deputy President and other leaders have come out strongly attacking the opposition over the calls to disband IEBC. The DP yesterday said they don’t need IEBC to win the next elections. Honestly, no one cares about who wins the next elections or not, Kenyans want a credible institution which can be trusted to manage these elections. Kenyans are asking for impartiality, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity and accuracy which IEBC has failed to prove it is capable of doing.

On Monday morning, the opposition camped at the IEBC offices to call for its disbandment, it might have not been the right channel for CORD to use, well. The Jubilee coalition has on the other hand told CORD to use the legal means in disbanding the commission.  Bottom line, the  opposition needs to go home unless they show cause why they should remain in office.

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A Screenshot of David Ndii’s article in today’s Saturday Nation

So I log on to my Twitter account and head over to the Kenyan Trends, first thing that catches my eye, #ArrestNdii. So why the hashtag, in today’s Saturday Nation, David Ndii has penned down a very interesting article where he calls Kenya a Cruel Marriage.

In the article, he digs deep into the history of this country and from the days of the founding president Jomo Kenyatta to current president Uhuru Kenyatta and what their contributions were that has led to what is ailing this country.

In the article Ndii says the reasons for the failure of Kenyan nationalism is a subject for historians to ponder.

He talks how the Kibaki administration was elected on a platform of inclusive politics adding that Kibaki tore up the political covenant, tribalised the government and went back to the post-independence doctrine of wealth above all else. ”The Kibaki administration’s belligerence and political thuggery brought the country to the brink of civil war. Ironically, Kibaki ended up with exactly the same cohabitation in his second term that he had refused to honour in the first.”

This is just one among the many other topics he talks about including the Uhuru administration.

The article seem to have angered some leading to the #ArrestNdii hashtag, some however think the article is bold, since Ndii spoke what so many are afraid to speak.

You can read the article  here Kenya is a cruel marriage, it’s time we talk divorce .

Question is Should Ndii be arrested? if so why?

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Image Credit: Citizen TV

The official campaign period for the Kericho Senatorial and Malindi Member of National Assembly by-elections scheduled for Monday, March 07, 2016 ends on Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 6pm.

How prepared is the IEBC?

Here is some electoral data from them

Electoral data

Electoral Area Elective Position Constituencies Wards Polling Stations Registered Voters Candidates Election Officials
1. Kericho County Senator 6 30 623 290,947

 

6 3,214
2.

 

Malindi

Constituency

Member of National Assembly 1 5 100 55,853 7 550

Tallying Centres

No. Electoral Area Tallying Centre
1.       Malindi Constituency Barani Secondary School
Kericho County
2.      Kericho County Kericho Tea Secondary School
3.      Kipkelion East Constituency Londiani Town Hall
4.      Kipkelion West Constituency Kipkelion Town Hall
5.      Ainamoi Constituency Kericho Day Secondary School
6.      Bureti  Constituency St. Kizito Litein School
7.      Belgut Constituency Sosiot Girls Secondary School
8.      Sigowet/Soin  Constituency Moi Kipsitet Girls Secondary School

 Candidates

  Name Political Party
Member of Senate – Kericho County
1. Aaron Kipkirui Cheruiyot Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)
2. David Kipkoech Mutai New Democrats (ND)
3. Wycliffe Kipkemoi Ngenoh Maendeleo Democratic Party (MDP)
4. Kipkorir Marisin Arap Sang Kenya African National Union (KANU)
5. Daniel Kipkorir arap Tonui The New Vision Party (NVP)
Member of National Assembly—Malindi Constituency
1. Attas Shariff Ali The Labour Party of Kenya (LPK)
2. Nelson Gunga Benjamin Federal Party of Kenya (FPK)
3. Philip Kitsao Charo Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)
4. Peter Ponda Kadzeha Chama cha Uzalendo (CCU)
5. Katana Reuben Mwamure Kenya African Democratic Union-Asili (KADU-Asili)
6. David Mangi Kithunga Shirikisho Party of Kenya (SPK)
7. William Baraka Mtego Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
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Today there were Chaos in Kariobangi over voter registration as youth groups clashed leaving several people injured.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is raising concerns over the rising incidents of insecurity in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration.

According to the commission, violence has been reported in parts of Nairobi occasioned by a high number of voter transfers. It adds that IEBC staff carrying out voter registration in Starehe, Mathare, Embakasi North and Ruaraka have been targeted by incumbent political leaders and aspirants mobilizing voters and their supporters to register.

”The Commission condemns this violence which is endangering the safety of IEBC staff and equipment, and putting the entire exercise at risk.  We call on the Police to act expeditiously to guarantee the security of our staff and protect potential voters from intimidation”, IEBC said in a statement.

Just today, some violence was also experienced in Kariobangi where two groups clashed over alleged voter importation and zoning during poll registration. Some injuries were reported creating so much tension in the area.

The Constitution and the Elections Act, 2011, Section 5(3), allows every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and has a valid national identity card or passport to apply and be registered as a voter. The registration is not conditional upon any factors such as place of birth, business or residence.

Besides registration of new voters, the Mass Voter Registration is also allowing voters who wish to change their polling stations to do so, as provided in law.

Section 7 (1) of the Elections Act allows voters who wish to transfer their registration to an electoral area other than the one they registered. However, voters can only do so ninety days before an election, and must physically fill the transfer form at the new electoral area they intend to vote. What happened in Kariobangi today should send a strong message to IEBC. What I am getting is the commission has not done enough education on the issue of registration transfer.

Not everyone knows about this and unless IEBC goes out and informs voters about this section we will be seeing more of what happened in Kariobangi.

The Commission says it is investigating and will take stern action against the perpetrators of violence or any form of interfere with the voter registration exercise, pursuant to the law.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has finally unveiled the much awaited list of people he claims were involved in the Eurobond Saga.  The CORD principal made the announcement today a a press conference at Serena hotel accompanied by leaders from his party.

Here is the list of the eight people the CORD leader says are ‘persons of in interest’ in the saga

  1. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich
  2. Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thuge
  3. Former Central Bank (CBK) Governor Njuguna Ndungu
  4. Central Bank Chairman (CBK) Jairus Nyaoga
  5. Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua
  6. CBK Acting Director, in charge of Financial Markets department  John K. Birech.
  7. Moses Muthui
  8. Benard Ndungu.

Raila Odinga also wants JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to provide information on the Eurobond “lest they find themselves implicated”. He termed the Eurobond saga as theft that has never seen before in our country saying the Eurobond money has been stolen in an elaborate scheme led by Kenyan government.

“We expect top Treasury officials to step aside and an international forensic firm appointed to investigate the Eurobond transactions,” he said.

He added that the eight should take responsibility for the Sh250 billion Eurobond money which cannot be accounted for.

 

943405_1186670061361529_3986929747927194370_nDeputy President has recently been hosting delegates at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu county to  campaign for the Jubilee party. So far, he has hosted more that 12,000 delegates.

Jubilee Party is the political vehicle that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the DP plan to use to go another term come the next general elections in August 2017.

According to the Start Newspaper, the Deputy president has so far used an estimated Sh100 million in hosting the delegates from the different regions. The cost include transport, accommodation, food, drink and handouts to delegations.

According to the Star, before delegates came calling, the DP bought about Sh3 million goats for the feasts from the famous Kimalel goat auction in Baringo. Sources privy to entertainment deatils also told the Start that each ‘ordinary’ delegate got Sh3,000-Sh5,000 “as bread and milk for their families.”

Delegation leaders who include governors, senators, MPs, MCAs and prominent figures are said to be getting Sh50,000-Sh100,000, depending on their status.

Well, this is of course a topic that is going to generate so much debate. Critics will argue what the Deputy president is doing is not right. This is the same tactic former president Moi was using, gathering delegates at State House and his Kabarak home dishing out handout for the same.

2017 is is almost here and we should just expect more of such as as politicians try to woe leaders from different parts of the country to support them come the general elections.

Question is, is it the right tactic and is it going to work?

Press Release

6th December 2015

Government urged to fund wildlife conservancies to stem wildlife loss

Friday  5rd, December 2015:Wildlife loss has recently become a crisis in Kenya, cases of wildlife crime and illegal tracking of trophy have been on the rise during the last three years. But help has come from an unlikely source; communities and landowners. A gathering of conservancy leaders from 96 conservancies across the country meeting at Maanzoni lodge Machakos county provided a new source of hope for Kenya’s threatened wildlife.  “It is a fact that areas where conservancies have been established, poaching is on a downward trend, says Benjamin Kavu, Deputy director, KWS.

Communities and landowners have always been blamed for spearing, poisoning and snaring wildlife for meat and to protect their livestock or farms. That they are now taking the lead to conserve the same animals that has been a nuisance must be a big source of relief for wildlife enthusiasts and the tourism sector. Without wildlife there is no tourism, says Grace Nderitu, Ecotourism Kenya CEO. Wildlife tourism is the cornerstone of the Kenya economy, with treasured species such as elephants lions and migratory mammals combined with iconic landscapes water bodies and cultures attract tourists, generating income and creating employment.

The conference themed ”sharing knowledge for a better tomorrow” was organized by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), an umbrella body for conservancies in Kenya established in 2013. The meeting was funded by GEF Small Grants program, WWF, The Nature Conservancy and USAID.

Kenya’s future prosperity as described in vision 2030 hinges on a healthy wildlife population dependent on a network of Parks, reserves and conservancies. A strong protected area network connected by open corridors and dispersal areas is the backbone of a strong tourism industry.

Outside the Parks and Reserves where majority of wildlife occurs, eco-tourism opportunities remain underexploited. Here wildlife is threatened  by human settlement, poaching, farming and construction of infrastructure. In the last 3 decades alone, human population has more than doubled and the government’s effort to provide services often clashes with conservation. The country’s wildlife population has also reduced by more than half bringing the tourism industry into stagnation.

‘’Today,   conservancies are diverse, both in size and governance structure. This diversity has put Kenya in the global map as an African leader in community based conservation. Each day our conservancies are featured in newspapers and magazines across the globe while at the same time they have become a topic of discussion and area of research among local and international academicians’’ said Tom Lalampaa, Chairman Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association.

‘’We heartily thank our communities and landowners for their continued resolve to coexist with the wildlife, even though many times they suffer costs’’ Baringo and Samburu counties were singled out as leaders in the support of wildlife conservancies.

Because wildlife Conservation is a national function, Tom urged the government to support the works being done by conservancies. ‘’The government of Kenya ought to allocate more resources and provide incentives to support conservation of wildlife outside parks and reserves’’

‘’Making functional the County Wildlife Compensation and Conservation Committees, setting up the endowment fund and compensation scheme are among key legal mechanisms to help reduce cost of living with wildlife’’

The conservancy  leaders were taken through the achievements that have been made under the Wildlife Act 2013 which include stiffer penalties for wildlife crimes, 3 KWS board positions for private and community conservancies to mainstream the community voice in government development plans.. Under this Act, Conservancies were also for the first time recognized by law. County  Wildlife Committees were established while Community Wildlife Associations were also recognized. This is a first for Kenya. Currently there are about 198 potential member conservancies registered with KWCA .

The leaders were urged to be good stewards of wildlife and nature and to participate and benefit from the tourism industry in their specific counties to ensure that both the people and wildlife are protected.

 

Contact

Dickson Ole Kaelo

Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association (KWCA)

+254 722467344

E-Mail: dkaelo@kwcakenya.com
About Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association (KWCA)

Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is a landowner-led national membership organization representing community and private conservancies in Kenya. KWCA works with conservancy landowners and regional associations to create an enabling environment for conservancies to deliver environmental and livelihood benefits.

Established in 2013and with a membership of 140 members,  KWCA mission is to be the forum where landowners have a uni­fied voice, share experiences and actively participate in protecting and benefi­ting from wildlife. KWCA works towards a future where wildlife and communities bene­fit from a network of functional conservancies that complement state protected areas.

KWCA is setting out to change how Kenya’s wildlife and wild places are managed as well as strengthen people’s rights to manage and benefit from nature.