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Just the other day President Uhuru Kenyatta in an address to the nation said that he had agreed to form a team that would seek to end the current stalemate on IEBC.

According to the president, he made the decision following consultations with speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly and religious leaders.

“A joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament will be set up in accordance with Standing Orders of both Houses with keen mandate exclusively limited to the matter of IEBC,” The President said.

He also called on the opposition, CORD to soften their stand on the issue and agree on seeking the resolutions on the matter. CORD has however rejected the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead talks on the issues surrounding the IEBC. The opposition says as much as the move is aiming at trying to come  up with a solution to the stalemate, it does not cater for CORD’s demand for an out-of-Parliament dialogue process.

As this is happening, Peter Kenneth, former MP for Gatanga has joined in in calling for the IEBC commissioners. Through a Facebook post on his wall, Peter Kenneth there are still serious doubts over IEBC’s credibilty to run the next general elections. He says the commission cannot be trusted to preside over a free and fair elections.

You can also read IEBC should show cause why it should not be disbanded

Below is the post

AN OPEN LETTER TO ISSACK HASSAN AND IEBC COMMISSIONERS

It’s time

It’s time for you to step down and let the country move forward, how many more people shall die, get injured, businesses destroyed?

There are serious doubts over IEBC’s ability to preside over a free election in this country, without the results being clouded with doubts.

It you have not noticed the political debate is no longer about whether you will leave but the mechanics of your exit and how to replace you.

Forget the politics; forget the protests-the ultimate truth is your exit is already a foregone conclusion. It is a matter of when not if.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Save the government the tear gas and the bullets; save the protesters the energy and tears and the country the pointless drama.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Put country first; The country is Greater.

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has joined calls in calling for the disbandment of the IEBC.  The governor also condemned the ugly scenes that were witnessed yesterday during demonstrations by the opposition. He said expressed his dismay at the use by excessive force by the police towards demonstrators.

The scenes witnessed yesterday have sparked a debate over the Police brutality with Kenyans condemning them.

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Below is Kidero’s statement;

‘’I strongly condemn yesterday’s reckless and excessive use of force by the Kenyan Police to disperse peaceful demonstrators who have been calling for the removal of Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and which has now led to the death of one of the protestors.

The violence exhibited yesterday undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the City to invest, work and live in. Investors thrive in an environment where they have confidence that the rule of law will be upheld and their properties will not be looted or destroyed. Everything should be done to ensure this confidence is not eroded as the city also prepares to host the second United Nations Environment Assembly and UNCTAD/TICAD conferences.

I am dismayed at the use of excessive force towards the demonstrators who were exercising their constitutional rights. This was totally uncalled for, the police are expected to protect wananchi and nothing can justify the physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators who were expressing themselves in a manner allowed by the Kenyan constitution. The government must immediately send clear instructions to the Police to stop this excessive use of force and prosecute officers who have used extreme force against protestors. The Kenyan government must respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Kenya.

IEBC must be disbanded they cannot be trusted to oversee free and fair elections.’’

In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal investigations to the excessive use of force by the police yesterday.

‘’I condemn the lawlessness visited on the public by rioters yesterday and an internal inquiry is underway to determine to determine whether any police officer broke any law while quelling the riots’’ the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet told reporters.

PRESS STATEMENT BY ODM ON WHY DP WILLIAM RUTO MUST CARRY THE CROSS OF HIS ANGER AND GREED

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Kenyans are carrying a heavy load of corruption. One name that keeps coming up in most of the cases of fraud, corruption, theft of public land, diversion of public funds and violation of procurement and tender rules is that of Deputy President Mr William Ruto.

However, yesterday, the DP said he has no apology to make over the scam at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he is accused of hijacking the procurement process and inflating the bill before trying to divert the funds to set up a personal institution.

We are not surprised. Ruto has no apologies on very many issues. He has no apology to make on having been involved in grabbing land of an elderly neighbor who was also an IDP, Mr Adrian Muteshi’s land in Eldoret.

Ruto’s name featured in the grabbing of Langata Primary School playground and the adjacent plot belonging to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) where Weston Hotel stands. He had no apologies. He had no apology to make over the tear gassing of school children. Ruto’s was accused of grabbing the Kenya Pipeline land in Nairobi. His name featured in the grabbing of Prisons land in upper Hill area. He featured in the grabbing of Processional Way in Nairobi. In all these, he has had no apologies to make.

The story of Kenya Pipeline land, like that of Adrian Muteshi’s, is particularly painful. It is a touching story of heartlessness. Mr Linus Cheruiyot, then the MD, who was forced to sign away the land, had to run away to the US where he lives on the edge today despite his sound education. He could not countenance the idea of going to jail over land that he was forced to sign away.

Today, Ruto’s name has featured in attempts to divert public money to build a private hospital.And Ruto has the audacity to blame Raila Odinga for being mentioned in yet another scandal. Scandal is Ruto’s other name. We are shocked that Ruto thinks he has some credibility to protect.

Ruto knows he is deep in the scandal of the hospital. That is why he is talking of taking political war to RailaOdinga and saying nothing about corruption. Yet the issue here is an attempt to divert public funds and manipulate procurement rules for private gain.

Ruto knows he has deep ties to Mr Herbert Ojwang, the man who blew the whistle on him. There must be a reason Ruto is dodging Mr Ojwang and going for Raila. Ruto knows what Mr Ojwang knows.

William Ruto is an angry man. He is getting desperate. He wants to blame his and Jubilee’s problems on everyone except themselves. Two days ago, Jubilee senators blamed Prof Anyang Nyongo for the plans to upgrade MTRH. Yesterday, Ruto blamed Raila Odinga. The other day, Jubilee leaders were blaming newspapers for their woes.

Ruto has to realize that leadership involves taking responsibility for both the successes and failures of a nation. You cannot blame your opponent for ever. Ruto must know that his anger and thirst for revenge is bad for the country. He needs to take urgent lessons in anger management even if he chooses to retain his thirst for public resources.

Ruto must know that you cannot govern a nation through lies and distortions for five years. Ruto lied that Raila took him to The Hague. He has since changed and blamed Nancy Gitau, Francis Kimemia and Mutea Iringo, Gideon Moi and Isaac Ruto.

Kenyans will not allow Mr Ruto to use Raila for their problems. If you steal land, you must carry the cross. If you divert public funds to fight political battle with a woman who is in your Cabinet, you must bear the blame and shame. Ruto must bear the cross of his anger, recklessness and appetite for public goodies.

Dated this 14th May, 2015

Read by Ogla Karani,
Deputy National Treasurer for
Hon. John Mbadi
National Chairman

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

Today the Orange Democratic Movement today launches the #OkoaKenya referendum campaign at the Bomas of Kenya. Cord leader Raila Odinga and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Moses Wetang’ula are present at the function are leading the launch.

Cord has twice postponed the launch with the first was being in February, when the government switched off the main TV channels to compel them to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. The second one was two weeks ago in honour of 148 people killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists at Garissa University College.

One of the top twitter trend in Kenya right now is #OkoaKenya and Kenyans are expressing themselves on why the initiative is necessary.

One thing is clear though, as a country we are really headed in the wrong direction. Tribalism, Insecurity, Corruption continue to drag us back. The people who are supposed to be helping us protecting us from such evils are the same people contributing to to this evils.

In terms of security, terrorism continues to see many lives being lost in the country. A recent case being the Garissa University attack which saw 147 innocent student being massacred by Alshabaab militia groups. The blame fell on top security officers in the county with recent revelations showing how these top officials collaborate with the terror groups, allowing them to sneak into the country and move freely.

Corruption also continues to be another big vice. Top government officials including governors and Members of parliament have been linked to big corruption scandals in the country. In fact, just the other day, the president while making a state of the Nation address in parliament ordered government officials who had been implicated in corruption scandals to step down to allow for investigations, some of them actually stepped down while some have been busy visiting the anti-corruption commission to shade light on the allegations that have been made against them.

The presidents order might not have  not gone well with Members of Parliament. The same fate that befell previous heads of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has befallen the current chair Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino.

This week parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office and on Thursday (today) President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended the two from their offices pending a tribunal hearing.

This begs the question, how committed are our leaders, including the president himself committed in fighting corruption. Robert Alai, a Kenyan blogger asked a very good question this morning on his social media pages. ”You launch #ListOfShame and ask EACC to investigate the suspects within one month , then you disband EACC in 2 weeks” and this is what many Kenyans just like Alai are wondering.

When are leaders implicated in corruption ever going to be prosecuted in this country? Corruption has seen us being attacked by terrorists simply because some security officer somewhere in Garissa took a bribe to allow the terrorists walk freely into the country.

Now that CORD is launching Okoa Kenya, we have so many things that we as a country need to be ”Okoad” from. Starting with corruption, tribalism/Ethnicity, insecurity among many others, but who will do it?

#KanaliSpeaks

Kenya Business Alliance Against Chronic Hunger - World Economic Forum on Africa 2009Cord co-principal Raila Odinga is willing to work with the National Assembly to address the tribulations facing PAC chairman Ababu Namwamba.

This comes as the House committee investigating allegations of bribery and impropriety facing the Public Accounts Committee said Mr Odinga would be invited.

The team said he would be asked to clarify issues regarding the involvement of his name in the matters regarding Mr Namwamba, the ODM secretary-general.

Sources close to the former Prime Minister said he held a meeting with the Budalang’i MP on Sunday, where it was agreed that they will consult the National Assembly leadership over the matter.

The meeting, which is understood to have taken two hours from 11.30am at Capitol Hill Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi, was attended by Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula.

This was after revelations that Mr Namwamba recorded a meeting he held earlier with Mr Odinga at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi when he sought his party leader’s help over the allegations against him.

The recording has raised a storm within the party, but the Budalang’i MP argued that the tape would exonerate him against the corruption claims levelled against him by some MPs.

He also said neither Mr Odinga nor Mr Wetang’ula had helped him since the tribulations started.

Read more here, Daily Nation

Fidel-Odinga

A sad shocking Sunday morning it is as Kenyans woke up to the death of  Fidel Odinga, the eldest son of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

According to the police, Fidel was found dead in his Karen house  after a night out with friends.

His body is expected to been moved to the Lee Funeral Home. It is not yet clear what caused his death.

Meanwhile, messages of condolences from Kenyans and also leaders especially on social media continue to flock in to the family. Already, a Facebook page has been created in his memory with more than 800 likes as by 11:30am.

Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro is leading a team of top detectives to Fidel’s home he says they are investigating his last moments.

The night before his death, Fidel is said to have been spotted  at popular high end hotel in Westlands in the company of friends.

Here is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message to the family:

”It was with a deep sense of loss, sorrow and shock that I learnt of the death of the former Prime Minister’s son, Fidel. The passing of Fidel has robbed Kenya of a promising young man whose contribution to nation building will be missed by all. My condolences go out to the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his family. This is a big loss not only to you and your family but the entire country. On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, please accept our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. I pray that God grants you the strength and courage to bear this tragic loss”’.

#RIPFidelOdinga

After the Very damaging expose came out of a London court on how top IEBC official pocketed Sh50 Million in corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman, the company that was contracted to supply election materials ahead of 2013 General elections, The opposition, was quick to respond and in a press statement that took place today afternoon, it has put a list of demands.

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga while issuing a statement on the IEBC corruption scandal (Source:Facebook)

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga while issuing a statement on the IEBC corruption scandal (Source:Facebook)

The opposition, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga sais The integrity of the people who ran that process and the integrity of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the many other public institutions to which some of the former election officers have been deployed is in serious question.

”The case in London by the Serious Fraud Office puts our prosecution and our Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission to serious shame and credibility questions” It said.

CORD bleives that Smith & Ouzman, apart from giving bribes to the Kenya election officials, also printed additional ballot papers for Jubilee which were used to rig the 2013 Presidential elections. Also it is alleging that Gladys Shollei, who was fired as the Registrar of the Judiciary amidst similar corruption allegation, presided over the scrutiny of the IEBC tallying of the ballot on behalf of the Supreme Court in the 2013 election petition. Before joining the Judiciary, she was an official at IEBC and is implicated in the corruption at IEBC.

During the tallying scrutiny at the Supreme Court, CORD says Jubilee was represented by Mr Davis Chirchir (Mr. Chirchir is the current Energy Cabinet secretary in government) who was also a former colleague of Gladys Shollei at IEBC and is similarly implicated in this scandal.

According to CORD, Some former members of IEBC have gone ahead to be appointed to critical public positions like Cabinet Secretary for Energy, held by Mr Davis Chirchir. This same Chairman of IEBC, according to seeing nothing wrong with his conduct, is equally insisting on staying to manage our future elections. It should be noted that CORD has been calling for the sacking and disbandment of this commission.

”We maintain that we cannot let the past and its ghosts rest. We reject the doctrine of “accept and move on” while our nation suffers” 

CORD has now put the following demands
1. The immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. The acountability must begin at the top with the arrest and prosecution of Mr Chirchir and Mr Hassan.
2. We demand the investigation and audit of all the commissioners and principal officers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Such investigation must also be extended to the all those who worked with this commission but who have since been deployed elsewhere or sacked.
3. We demand answers on what the government knows and when they knew it. We refuse to be party to the conspiracy of silence. What is being adduced in court in London point to a serous, baffling and shameful integrity and credibility gap on the part of these present and former officers and an indictment of the Jubilee regime. It cannot be that Jubilee does not know what these officers did. We have an intelligence service that is required to do background checks on people before they are appointed to key public positions like that of Cabinet Secretary.
4. We demand that the EACC show cause why it cannot be disbanded, and investigations opened into its officers. This development puts to great shame our prosecutors, particularly the Director of Public Prosecutions and the anti-corruption agency officials who have yet to nail anyone for these offences.
5. We demand the immediate arrest of Mr Trevy James Oyombra who is reported to have been the Kenyan making hefty payouts to Kenyan officials to influence the award of printing contracts to the UK firm. He must be sought and held to account.
6. We demand that the Kenya Commercial Bank, to which money was transferred for Mr Oyombra for onward distribution, must help the investigations and disclose how much was transferred to the officials implicated.

”This scandal kills completely the credibility and global standing of our nation” it said . And it still insists that as the opposition, they have reason to believe that this international corruption network remains intact in government.

”It is wreacking more havoc on our economy, compromising provision of public services while at the same time raising the cost of those same services, shoddily rendered.” it added