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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.

April 28, 2016

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”I am very pleased to address you this morning, and to inform you of an important milestone in our country’s industrial history.

When the Jubilee Administration took office three years ago, we promised to improve the lives of our people. As a Government, we were, and remain convinced that empowering the private sector is the surest way to hasten economic transformation, and to achieve this noble goal for every Kenyan. Uchumi and usawa, are indeed, our watchwords.

Our manifesto didn’t confine itself to promoting only local investors but also sought to position Kenya as the continent’s manufacturing and technology hubby tapping from the international investors.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is our strategy to make Kenya the preferred gateway to Africa for investors; and the natural home for a thriving army of local and international entrepreneurs.

Then, as now, that meant that we needed to attract fresh investment. It also meant that we would have to take full advantage of the growing demand for manufactured goods in the region.

That is the ambition that drives our efforts to reduce the cost of doing business, as well as to address every challenge that holds back our innovators. That’s why my Administration has put in place elaborate programmes to make Kenya’s business environment more attractive and globally competitive.

Some of the initiatives we are implementing include: the 40-month programme to substantially expand power generation, largely from environmentally friendly and less expensive sources in order to reduce its cost. Other important measures worth mentioning, is the fast tracking of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project; and the 10,000km road and infrastructure programme.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today marks a major milestone in that journey to industrialization and prosperity.

This morning, I have been briefed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, who are the joint receivers of Pan Paper Mills, about an agreement they have reached with a strategic investor to purchase the assets of a plant that would have otherwise been to waste.

The agreement provides not just for the purchase of the mill, but also for the revival of an industrial icon in western Kenya, a major source of livelihood for our people from this region.

For Kenyans born in the 60’s and 70’s, Panpaper represented a symbol of Kenya’s progress. Webuye was a vibrant town, with a diligent, productive population of workers, traders and their families. Over the years the mill suffered a number of business set-backs — in spite of spirited efforts by the previous Administration, which injected billions of shillings. This took a toll on the economy of the region and rendered many of our people from this region without reliable source of livelihood.

Today is a great day marking the start of the revival of this Mill. Gathered here with me today are representatives of the people of Western Kenya, including Members of Parliament, the Governor of Bungoma, Government officials and private sector players — all of whom join us to witness the first step of the revival.

This mill has for the last decade been plagued by massive debt, and improper management, all of which have conspired to deprive Bungoma, and Western Kenya more widely, of the jobs and prosperity it deserves.

The handover of the Mill to the new investor is scheduled to happen next week; and plans are to re-start its operations within the next three months.  The investor has also pledged to inject over the next few years 60 million US dollar, which, at the current exchange rate, is about 6billionKenya shillings.

I am informed this investment will yield close to 1,500 jobs for the people of Bungoma and Western Kenya within the next 3 years. The good news also is that the investor has given an assurance that former employees of Pan Paper Mills will be given priority as the initial employees to be re-absorbed into the business.

I would like to add that the people of Western Kenya can be certain that my Government will be at hand to support them as they reclaim their jewel.

Indeed, the Jubilee Administration will fully support the revival of the mill. In this regard, I direct all relevant agencies of Government to expeditiously play their role in the process.

Let me close by setting out the next major step of the revival. The Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Investment and Trade, together with other stakeholders, will convene a further briefing session in the coming days to share more details on this great and important milestone.

I also want to thank the Investor for the confidence he has shown our country and the economic policies and structural reforms we are implementing to promote private sector. I also wish to reassure the people of Western Kenya that this Administration stands for them, and that we will continue to support them throughout this process.

God bless you all. God bless Kenya.”

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?

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It has been labeled as one of the most bold speech the president has ever made. The president, during the state of the Nation address on Thursday announced a corruption purge that could see some of his Cabinet secretaries, governors and senators, step aside to pave the way for investigations.

In what is now being called the list of shame, all the 26 members of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, among other MPs, heads of parastatals and various principal secretaries.

Could this be one the the toughest decision the president has ever done in trying to fight corruption which has engulfed his government? Maybe yes, maybe not. Even after all that talk, what Kenyans are waiting to see is if indeed the leaders that have been mentioned in the list the President handed to the Speaker will indeed step down?

“Consequently, I hereby direct that all officials of the national and county governments that are adversely mentioned in this report, whether you are a Cabinet secretary, principal secretary, or chief executive of a state institution, to immediately step aside pending conclusion of the investigations of the allegations against them. I expect the other arms of government, namely the Legislature and the Judiciary, to do the same,” the president said, really speaking tough but until we see prosecutions then we going to take him seriously.

Apart from the common names that are already in public domain, Kenyans will still be waiting to see the full list on Tuesday next week when the names are going to come out.

Below is the full video of the presidents address courtesy of NTV

So who are these corrupt leaders in the List of shame?

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#GraftDiaries, that is the number one trending topic in Kenya now among Kenyans on Twitter, #KOT as they are commonly known. Of course this comes after yesterday’s news item on KTN about the corruption allegations that have recently marred members of the national assembly’s committee.

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The members have been in the spotlight over political conspiracies to doctor parliaments investigative reports either for rent seeking or shielding their cronies from being mentioned adversely.

Currently Members of the public accounts committee are being investigated by the powers and privileges committee over claims of bribery and extortion to alter sensitive reports or misplace key files.

So just what is ailing this country? Corruption continues to be a disease and the sad thing is the same government that promised to fight it is doing nothing about it.

Vladimir Putin once said, those who fight corruption should first be clean themselves. Is this the case in our dear country? Both the anti-corruption commission and our leaders are only working to satisfy their selfish interests. It is all about ”Scratch my back, I scratch yours”

Corruption is costing us too much as a country, it is bleeding Kenya to death. It is corruption that make terrorists find their way easily into this country, the same corruption makes the cost of living go high, It is killing innocent Kenyans on our roads. This are just among the many ugly things that are happening under the watch of the government, the same government that is supposed to be ensuring there is transparency everywhere.

The Orange Democratic Movement’s national executive committee has now challenged the speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi to dissolve all committee’s and allow for thorough investigations.As i had indicated in my previous post, the same should be extended to all public offices.

Alan Greenspan also once said, Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff, but the Jubillee administration has to prove this point wrong.
In case you missed the KTN news item, here it is
What does the president want us to do to show him that we are indeed tired? His administration is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. He needs to do something.

10690042_10206129451623687_7649006092828164477_nPresident Kenyatta has finally signed the controversial Security Laws (Ammendment) Act, 2014 into Law on Friday afternoon.

The bill was passed yesterday by Members of Parliament  after chaotic scenes were witnessed from Members of the opposition and government.

In case you missed it here is the full statement given by the president after signing the bill into law

Fellow Kenyans,

1.A few minutes ago, I signed into law the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014.Fellow Kenyans,

2.On the 22nd of November, 28 Kenyans were executed by terrorists.  A week later, another 36 Kenyans were yet again massacred by terrorists.  Following this, there was extensive consultation and reflection across the executive.  I constituted a team to undertake a comprehensive review and I received their report within a week.

3.The review identified a number of gaps within our security laws as well as administrative challenges in our security sector.  To address this, a draft bill was developed and subjected to extensive consultations through public participation, engagement with independent constitutional commissions and parliamentary processes that built consensus around the core areas of review.  During this process, all the concerns raised by the different stakeholders were addressed by the relevant Parliamentary Committees through amendments.

4.I take this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for having the presence of mind, yesterday, to pass this bill despite deplorable conduct of a few individuals who seem oblivious to the threat that is upon our country at this point in time.  As a result of this unfortunate incident, many Kenyans were denied the opportunity to follow the Parliamentary proceedings.

5.I therefore urge all Kenyans to take time to read and understand this law.  I am confident that you will find that there is nothing in this law that goes against the Bill of Rights or any provision of the constitution.  Its intent is one; to protect the lives and property of all citizens. Fellow Kenyans,

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6.This law gives our security actors a firm institutional framework for coherent cooperation and synergy within the national counter-terrorism centre.

7.This synergy is cascaded from the highest to the lowest level through the national government security structures.

8.The law also deals with emerging crimes that reinforce terrorism, including the phenomena of foreign fighters, radicalization and transnational and cross-border crimes such as poaching and trafficking. Increasingly, these crimes are assuming a degree of sophistication that calls for a radical approach.

9.The law also improves our capacity to detect, deter and disrupt any threats to national security.  For the first time, we now have a law that focuses on prevention and disruption of threats.

10.Further, the law allows for the use of technology in processing and advancing the ability for successful prosecution of suspects.

11.Cognisant of the lack of integrity and its role in accentuating vulnerability as well as compromising national security, this law sets a higher threshold for any public and state officer that is charged with the responsibility of protecting Kenya and its people.

12.In this regard, the law provides for heavy penalties for any transgression.

13.In addition to this raft of legal amendments, we have also commenced wide-scale administrative and operational reforms that align command and control, improve doctrine and modalities of work and improve operational effectiveness on the ground. Fellow Kenyans,

14.In conclusion, I call upon all Kenyans to bring their full weight to bear in giving effect to this law.

15.While we now have this important law, it is critical to appreciate that it is only one instrument among the many measures that we need to put in place in order to guarantee our security.  We must all remember that we are still at war and vulnerable to terror attacks.

16.I therefore call upon each one of us to remain vigilant and share any information that would aid in securing our country with the relevant authorities.

17.May peace dwell within our borders during this festive season.

Thank you and God bless you.

Meanwhile, you can click here to read the new Security Amendments Act 2014, as passed by parliament yesterday(THE SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2014)

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