31 May 2010

Lena of Germany wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010

By KiN Entertainment - Fornebu, Oslo (Saturday 29.05.2010)
The audience at this year's Eurovision Song Contest finals saw Germany's Lena Meyer-Landrut wave her national flag at the Telenor Arena in Bearum after being declared the winner of the contest. The 19 year old artist won the 55th annual competition (Europe's biggest and oldest sinnging competition) watched by an estimated 120 million television viewers in 39 European countries.

Lena's live performance was attended by a crowd of 18,000 at the arena. According to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), several millions viewed the contest online and television in most countries within and outside Europe.

Meyer-Landrut was voted to the first place by the European audience, winning with 246 points ahead of MaNga from Turkey (170 points) and Romanian Paula Selling (162 points). She sang an American dance song titled "Satellite".

Norway's own artist at the event, Didrik Solli-Tangen singing "My Heart Is Yours", a song written by Hanne Sørvaag & Fredrik Kempe didn't make it to the top ten at the finals. He landed a safe 20th position among the 25 competitors at the finals.

27 May 2010

Raila Odinga in Oslo

KiN Reports - Oslo, Thursday.
Kenya's Prime Minister Hon. Raila Oginga is on a snap visit of Oslo to attend the climate and forest conference as part of a large delegation of development partners from various countries. The conference, hosted at Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica in Oslo, launched a framework of interim partnership dubbed REDD+Partnership.
The purpose of the conference was to establish an interim partnership arrangement for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).
The conference resulted in a registration of financial pledges of U.S.$ 3.5 billion for the global fight against climate change.
Raila met among others the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg who was the host for this year's conference.
Speaking at the conference, the Hon. Raila expressed optimism that the framework and financial support covering 2010-2012 holds considerable potential for transparent, expeditious and equitable funding of climate change activities. He said that the disbursement modalities and the management architecture for the partnership must be transparent and well coordinated.
Kenya's Nobel peace laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai also addressed the conference.
Kenyans in Norway who did not make it to the conference have been calling KiN Newsroom to find out if there is a possibility of meeting the PM. The newsroom later confirmed that the meeting plan for the PM was too compact to the extent that finding a little room for further meetings including an informal one for Kenyans in Oslo was deemed impossible.
Hon. Raila leaves for London to meet with among others UK's minister for International Development (DfID), Stephen O'Brien, Foreign Office Minister, Henry Bellingham and UK's Prime Minister David Cameron this Friday.

26 May 2010

Barakarunner record at Gøteborgsvarvet

Sammy Kurui won the race breaking a long standing record

KiN Sports - Gotenburg (Sweden)
Saturday 23rd May 2010

Barakarunner's Sammy Kurui broke the 2010 Gotenburg race (Gøteborgsvarvet) finishing first with a record 1.01.10. Only twenty minutes after start, Sammy took off and started showing the best of Barakarunner as he cruised along the streets of Gotenburg to the amazement and joy of several supporters. Towards the end of the race at Slottskogsvallen, many supporters joined the race clapping for Sammy as he accelerated to the record finishing time which meant an average 2.54 minutes per kilometer!

1 Sammy Kiprono Kirui (Barakarunner) Kenya 1.01.10
2 Wilson Kwambai Chebet Kenya 1.01.22
3 Joseph Kiprono Kiptum Kenya 1.01.40
4 Girma Assefa Etiopien 1.02.25
5 Evans Kipkosgei Ruto Kenya 1.02.52
6 Nicholas Manza Kamakya Kenya 1.02.55
7 Josphat Boit (Barakarunner) Kenya 1.03.25
8 Iaroslav Musinschi Moldavien 1.04.27
9 Charles Ndiritu Wanjohi Kenya 1.05.11
10 John Ndungu Kiarie Kenya 1.06.15
11 Lars Johansson Enhörna IF 1.06.48
12 José Moreira Portugal 1.07.47
13 Andrej Toptun Ukraina 1.08.05
14 Teweldeberhan Menigistab Shettleston Harriers 1.08.34
15 Tesegrab Woldemichael Shettleston Harriers 1.10.40

Barakarunner is a non-profit organization that aims to support and empower the Kenyan youth through sports, education, social and environmental consciousness. The mission of the organization is to empower and create opportunities for young people to develope their talents in sports and to avail possibilities for education and community development. The Board of Governers include Makosir, Kristian, Henrik, Abel, Sveinung and Josephat.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010: Fisrt Semi-Final

Serbia, one of ten qualifiers to the finals

KiN Entertainement at Eurovision - Fornebu
KiN reporters were treated to a well coordinated first semi-final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest held at the Telenor Arena in Fornebu, Oslo this Tuesday evening. The program hosts managed the process to the letter and ensured that the enormous stage for the contest was kept active throughout the evening. Artists representing the ten qualifying countries later arrived at the press centre for a joint winners' press conference where their positions for the final day were revealed.

The ten qualifiers picked their positions in a tantalizing draw that resulted in the final running order (including countries directly qualified for the Final; tonight's qualifiers in bold):

from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina
from Semi-Final 2
The United Kingdom
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2
from Semi-Final 2

Vukašin Brajić, representing Bosnia & Herzegovina was the first to qualify for the finals. He assured the public that he will give 120% at the finals and that he only managed a 90% goal at the semis.

Olia Tira of Sun Stroke Project from Moldova said he would climb the highest building in Oslo and sing their song as loud as possible if they won the finals. It was pomp and shine at the semi finals. KiN will be at the second semi final and the final show. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Billettservice hence no reason to evade this great event if one is able.

Norway: Simplified rules for skilled workers

KiN Reporter - Oslo
Skilled workers can now apply for a residence permit for up to one year to attend Norwegian language courses, or for up to two years to take additional education, gain work experience or attend another course that is required in order for their education to be recognised in Norway. Both permits will automatically grant the holder the right to work part-time in addition to his/her studies and full-time during holidays.

Covering a need
Recognition of education from abroad and poor language skills have been two of the main obstacles for skilled workers wishing to make use of their qualifications in Norway. With the introduction of these two permits, we are making it easier for skilled workers to start working and this paves the way for welcomed labour immigration,’ says Karl Erik Sjøholt, Department Director in the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

The residence permits can be granted even if the purpose of the stay is to find employment in Norway.

Requirements of the applicants
It is important that applicants can document their identity and that they either have specialist training corresponding to upper secondary school level, hold a craft certificate, have a university college or university education or special qualifications.

There are no requirements to the level of the Norwegian language course, but the tuition must, as a rule, take place at an established educational institution or course provider.
To be granted a residence permit for the purpose of taking additional education, it is a requirement that the relevant specialist authority confirms that you lack such additional education.

In either case, it is also a requirement that the person can support him/herself financially and has somewhere to live.

Source: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UD)

24 May 2010

US Vice President to visit Kenya in June

KiN Reports (NAIROBI)

The United States Vice President, Joe Biden is due in Kenya this June as part of a three African nation trip that will see him also attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa. He is scheduled to meet with key leaders in Kenya including Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
A statement from the U.S. embassy in Nairobi said that Biden and his wife, Jill will also visit Egypt during their trip starting from June 7. "While in Egypt, the vice president will meet with President Mubarak to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues," the statement said.

While in Kenya, "In addition to discussing a range of bilateral issues, the Vice President will address our shared interests in peace and stability in the region, particularly in Sudan and Somalia," the statement said.

"The VP will travel to South Africa, where he will meet with South African Deputy President Motlanthe, South African Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, and other world leaders in attendance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa," it said.

Joe Biden is expected to watch the United States’ opening match of the tournament against England in Rustenburg, about 120 km northwest of Johannesburg, a day after the opening ceremony before returning to Washington.

The last of the gallants

KiN Stories
By Ted Malanda

The setting was a club in Kilimani, Nairobi. The men, about 20 in number, sat around a long table. Among them were two well-endowed, light skinned women.

In the background, legendary Benga maestro D O Misiani’s rich baritone hummed the tunes of his classic number, Harusi ya MK, crooning about a beauty so bewitching that her teeth were like almasi — gemstones.

The men at the long table weren’t drinking beer. They sipped fiery and expensive spirits — Johnnie Walker or Chivas Regal. And they bought them by the bottle at prices that can keep an entire village of drunks inebriated on chang’aa for months.

In a land where drunks hook dirty flies out of beer glasses using their grubby fingers and sip on contentedly, the men opened their expensive choice whiskies with a flourish and poured tots on the floor in memory of departed spirits. A tot of that stuff, my dear friend, costs a whopping Sh300.

Stylish, expensive, flamboyant — that’s the Luo man. They just kill women, if you know what I mean.

Perhaps that is why while the ‘Lake’ and ‘Mt Kenya’ never see eye to eye during the day, you would never untangle these two communities once darkness sets in. I have, frankly, never met a Luo man who doesn’t have a Kikuyu girlfriend or a Kikuyu man who doesn’t hunger for a lakeside beauty.

One myth that is told about my cousins is that they are violent and maybe so. Luos can kick up one hell of a riot, uproot the damn railway, yell their lungs out and smash a whole city to smithereens in hours. But for all their violence, they never seem to kill anyone. In fact, it’s they who get killed.

The sweet thing about their violence is that when you get into a spot of trouble — say police are harassing you — the only one who will speak for you, even if it means risking his life to do so, is a man from the lake.

Little wonder that Kisumu City is one place where you can whip out your mobile phone and yap away without a care in the world. Thieves know that all it takes is one shout of distress and braves will run to the rescue.

Successful businesses

This is so unlike Nairobi where people walk past while you get garroted in broad daylight or gather to stare impotently. In Kisumu, handbag, mobile phone snatching is outlawed by community order.

But far from the old stereotype, Luo men are not just fun and play – they run successful businesses and invest heavily these days. What’s more, they own homes, too — of course very palatial — in Nairobi and the village as a drive along the Ahero-Kisumu road reveals.

Apparently, the witches who used to kill enterprising young men who built modern houses in the village are all gone. Either that or the youth don’t give a damn anymore.

When you think about it, Luo Nyanza might be dirt poor but it has done pretty well for a semi- desert.

Lifted - The Standard

21 May 2010

Kenyan Artist Stocky Pearl to Perform In Alvik, Stockholm

Nairobi University closed

KiN Reports

Nairobi University has been closed indefinitely following several days of unrest over disputed elections of their student union (SONU). Students went on the rampage and damaged several facilities including the university library.

Six to be tried at the Hague after election violence

Six key architects of Kenya's post-election chaos will be prosecuted at The Hague, International Crimes Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a government team.

However, Mr Moreno-Ocampo is said to have declined to name the individuals during a meeting with a Cabinet committee set up to facilitate ICC investigations.

Sources at the two-hour meeting at Harambee House said the prosecutor laid his investigations plans before the committee chaired by Internal Security minister George Saitoti.

He is said to have stated that other key players in the chaos should be handled at the International Criminal Tribunal in Arusha.

"He told us that he will eventually take six individuals to face charges at The Hague. But he refused to disclose any names to us," said a source close to the talks.

The names, he told the meeting, would be an outcome of the investigations he has launched and not necessarily those mentioned in the Waki Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) reports.

The prosecutor is said to have hinted that he will register two cases involving the six individuals at The Hague either in September or October.

Members of the government team at the talks were ministers Saitoti, James Orengo, Moses Wetang'ula and Attorney-General Amos Wako.

The team - which also includes ministers Mutula Kilonzo and Amason Jeffah Kingi - was formed by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to deal with all issues relating to the ICC.
Speaking after the meeting, Prof Saitoti said: "We have had a cordial meeting and the government will cooperate with the ICC investigations."

Mr Moreno-Ocampo was meeting the government team for the first time since he arrived on Saturday to start investigations into the post-election violence that followed the disputed December 2007 presidential election results.

At least 1,133 people were killed and another 650,000 displaced from their farms. The prosecutor has said those on the list include leaders from PNU and ODM, business people and civil servants who were closely linked with the politicians.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo arrived at Harambee House at 3pm from the Serena Hotel, where he had attended a meeting with Postmaster-General Hussein Ali and Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua. Mr Ali was police commissioner during the chaos.

Meanwhile, 25 civil society groups are to meet Mr Moreno-Ocampo in Nairobi today to give their account of the poll chaos.

"Most of these groups have been working with victims and witnesses of the chaos at grassroots level," said Mr Ken Wafula, executive director of the Eldoret-based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Courtesy: The Nation (Kenya)

Web meeting on Norwegian Study permits

KiN Education Reports

Do you have a question about study permits? Watch Norwegian Directorate of Immigrations web meeting between 10:00 and 11:00 on Wednesday 26 May 2010 during which personnel from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration will answer questions about the rules and procedures applicable to study permits.

Questions can be sent in now.

As a general rule, to qualify for a study permit you must have a place at a college or university, although certain other courses of study may also qualify for a permit.

Send in your question or follow the questions submitted by other people and our answers to them.

For further information:
See our web pages on student permits
Foreign students should apply before 1 June
Family immigration with a foreign student in Norway

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

20 May 2010

Kinyago United in Norway

Five members of Kinyago United (Pumwani) at the SØR Arena.
From left: Violet Akinyi Oketch, Hezekiel Kamau Waithaka, Mariam Muthoni, Benjamin Ilagosa Indulagi and Anthony Maina Ombona

KiN Sports
Sparebanken Sør invited five members of Kinyago United from Pumwani (Nairobi - Kenya) for a two week visit of Norway. The group got a 'dream-come-true' when they joined their hosts at the Sør Arena to watch Start play football. 'We are lucky to be here' said Anthony Maina, the group leader and coach for the junior team. The story dates back to two years earlier when the said Kinyago players met a family from Flekkefjord (Else and John) in Pumwani. The latter er hosting the players during their current visit of Norway.

I cry for Life

KiN Poems

I cry for life
Live and let live
Allow us to see through
thick as it may look
tired as we may be
let us join the game
even though we're not in it.

I cry for life
We are cold and tired
Allow us to go through
this rough life and time
with claims that no end takes
to mention but our cry
for peace and prosperity
let us be part of it.

I cry for life and peace for us
Allow us to live through
the dust of this simple life
of money and sales and offers
with papers that no end takes
where poverty adds all credit
let us join the game
even though we're not in it.


12 May 2010

Time for a new Constitution

By John Gerezani
The clamour for a new Constitution is as old as the years I have spent behind bars so let us just agree on one thing folks, we must get a new Constitution.

I made my stand known on Nzamba Kitonga’s Harmonised Draft when it came out last year, so now that the polishing has been done and the shenanigans in Parliament done away with, the ball is in your court.

However, I noted that this country has lots of hypocrites who also exhibit a poor reading culture. Sometime in 2008, smarters went on strike demanding better terms of employment. Some called it a mutiny even though no smarter had left his compound while the good Gen Kianga made a quote that has remained the favourite of many a smarter when he stated that "a country can as well do without the police, but it cannot do without an army and prisons service".

Effective the coming into life of the new Constitution, Kenya will join the league of democratic countries since smarters, just like other civil servants, will be free to picket, demonstrate and form unions to articulate their plight. Let’s stop the scaremongering about armed chaps causing scenes.

Strange twist
It is very clear in the Constitution that the National Police and Kenya Defence forces will not be allowed that privilege.

Section 278 which governed the formation and running of a Kenya Correctional Service (KCS) in the Revised Harmonised Draft to replace the current neti service was deleted by the PSC in Naivasha even though it was not contentious. That is how smarters got lumped together with the Forestry Service and Wildlife Services into the Civil Service, so they must have a right to picket like their colleagues. Period.

Sometime late last year, The Hon Olago Aluoch and Hon Gitobu Imanyara raised the issue of abolishment of the death penalty. In a debate supported by majority of MPs, the gava through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs assured Kenyans in Parliament that the death penalty would not be in the new Constitution. What do we have? Confused chaps stating when and how life begins without stating how and when it ends.

I would like to remind all our MPs about some chap called Haman in the Bible. He hated a rival called Mordecai that he convinced the King to build very high gallows where Mordecai would be hanged. In a strange twist of fate, he was the first to go through the noose while Mordecai was spared. The next Prezzy might not be as benevolent as baba Jimmy and I know that most of the guys who will be charged with treason and sent through the trap door will be many a politician.

To the Church, kindly don’t divide Kenyans on parochial lines. The draft law had no mention of the term abortion in Sec. 35. It was introduced by the PSC in Naivasha after some of you ranted that the section was ambiguous. Let me give you free advice. Do not fight political wars on a political platform because your warfare is spiritual.

Key reforms
You have the numbers to effect change through a popular referendum as the draft katiba provides. So why not lobby and pass it as it is, then mobilise the numbers immediately after to delete only the offensive clauses? It would be smart and democratic. And since you have no qualms about the death penalty, why don’t you also ensure that corruption is made a capital offence?

All Judges must go! That is the sweetest part of this katiba. These guys keep us marooned for ages without hearing our cases so we have no problem waiting for nine months as they are vetted afresh if that is what it will take to get justice. The few good ones must be given a chance to continue working.

We are also hopeful that the Supreme Court will redress some time-honoured injustices that have been meted on some innocent netizens. We also need to know if we will be allowed to vote and run for office as independents as we await completion of appeals since technically, one is adjudged guilty only after exhausting all avenues of appeal.

Will you guys manage to sustain that larger number of waheshimiwas? USA with a population of 300 million has only 435 representatives. About 290 MPs for a population of 35 million will mean more taxation and less development expenditure, meaning more crime! Anyway, go out and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Courtesy: The Standard

Plane crash kills 140 in Libya

Airbus A330-200

KiN Reports
According to airport officials, at least 104 people lost their lives in a plane crash in Tripoli early Wednesday. The plane, an Airbus A330-200 flying from Johannesburg (RSA) crashlanded close to runway number 9 at Tripoli airport. The plane involved in the deadly accident belongs to the state owned Libyan Afriqiyah Airways. The latter was established in 2001 and has flights to more than 25 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Afriqiyah Airways has 13 planes with an average age of 6,9 years.

There were 93 passengers on board the Airbus and it is believed they were from various countries and nationalities, including British and South African. There were 11 crew all believed to be Libyan nationals.

The plane was scheduled to depart for Gatwick airport near London after a stopover in Tripoli.

Miracle child: Reports say that one child (a boy) was the only survivor of the tragic accident. The boy is in for surgery but officials at the airport say he is a live.

KiN has not managed to establish whether there were Kenyans on board the illfated plane.

10 May 2010

Juvenile crime increase in Oslo

KiN Newsroom
A report from Oslo Police and the City Council of Oslo shows that the number of culprits aged below 18 years has increased tremendously. The report which is based on statistics from 2008 to 2009 shows that the number of younger criminals has doubled in the said period.

According to the report, the youngest culprit, a robber, was only 12 years old. It is also alarming noting that the number of drug related crimes has also increased among the juveniles from 2008 to 2009.

Kenya's CID Director is dead

KiN Reports

CID director Simon Gatiba Karanja died early Sunday as he was being taken to a Thika hospital. His sons drove him to hospital at around 8am when they found him writhing in pain in bed.

The cause of death will be established after the postmortem examination results are released. Mr Karanja, 56, was in Nairobi on Saturday where he met officers for regular briefings before leaving for his Juja home.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said the top detective was at home with his three sons, two of them police officers, when he suddenly fell ill.

Took over reins
Mr Iteere told journalists at the city’s Lee funeral home: “He arrived at his Juja home at around 1300 hours and spent the whole afternoon with his family. There were three sons, two of them police officers. The family dispersed and went to bed at around 10 pm.”

The Police Commissioner continued: “At around 8am, one of the sons went to his father’s bedroom and found him writhing in pain. “He called out to his brother and they took him to the car and rushed him to hospital where the doctor confirmed he had passed on.”

Mr Karanja took over the reins at the CID on November 14, 2006, after Mr Joseph Kamau was retired. Before the new appointment, he was the Coast Provincial Police Officer (PPO).

He took over when the force was divided, with low morale among CID officers as a result of infighting between Mr Kamau and former police commissioner, Maj-Gen (Rtd) Hussein Ali.

His arrival saw the end of the upheavals associated with his predecessors. Those who worked with him said he was humble, good-hearted and efficient. He was withdrawn and not known to issue press statements easily.

His predecessors reported directly to the President but Maj-Gen Ali was able to consolidate authority after Mr Karanja was appointed. On Sunday, President Kibaki sent his condolences to Mr Karanja’s family.

The President described him as “a hardworking and dedicated public servant who served the police force for over 30 years.”

“Indeed, with his passing on, the cruel hand of death has robbed our country of a dedicated public servant. As you pay homage to the departed soul of this career police officer, it is my trust that you will also be able to celebrate his life, his achievements and his dedication to our country,” added President Kibaki.

Mr Karanja was among top government officials expected to meet the International Criminal Court prosecutor, Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo, in connection with investigations into post-election violence.

Courtesy: Daily Nation

Air travel drives Kisumu car hire business

An estimated 360,000 passengers used Kisumu Airport last year, up from less than 100, 000 in 2007. Photo/FILE

Car hire business at the Kisumu airport is growing fast following an increase in the number of flights to the town from Nairobi.

Increased business travel, speed and reduced fares have seen an increase in passenger number, leading to more flights and more airlines as travellers relegate road travel for the air.

Air fares on the Nairobi-Kisumu route has dropped by more than half to about Sh5, 000 over the past four years on increased competition between the airlines, Kenya Airways, Fly 540, Jet Link, East African Airlines and ALS, who are currently doing 10 flights, up from two in 2006.

This surge in passenger numbers is what is driving the car hire business in Kisumu as the airbound travellers turn to the road to venture into the surrounding districts of Siaya, Vihiga and Nyando—opening way to a multi million shilling business.

“The car hire business has grown fast over the past three years, from less than 20 cars to more than 100 today,” says Mr Mark Odhiambo who is in charge of Elsuco Tours and travel, adding that the increased number of air passengers is attributed to people preferring fast transport
A spot-check by the Business Daily showed that most clients preferred new and bigger cars such as Pajero and Rav4 whose hire rate is more the Sh4, 000 a day charged for smaller vehicles models.

“Passengers need classy and comfortable cars and for you to get a client, your car has to meet the preferred standards.” said Mr Odhiambo.

Clients prefer to enjoy the comfort of short-term ownership than to hire a taxi driven by a strange driver for security and privacy reasons.

Official data from the Kisumu airport indicate that an estimated 360,000 passengers used the facility last year, up from less than 100, 000 in 2007.

The number is expected to increase substantially with the completion of the airport expansion and upgrading to a world class status.

The expansion programme is expected to be complete by July or August next and the upgraded airport will boast a longer, wider and smoother runway allowing for larger planes to land on it.
The current runway is to be extended from two to three kilometres by the end of construction.
“Kisumu Airport has a lot of potential and once it is finished it will open up major opportunities for the aviation sector as well as business people,” project manager, Mr Philemon Chamwada said in an earlier interview.

Mr Odhiambo said clients are specific in the choice of car model they want to hire, adding that for any car hire business to prosper, the company needs to purchase modern cars.

“Some clients prefer to be driven while others drive the cars by themselves, but we first have to establish that the clients have a valid driving licence.” he said.

Business Daily

Ocampo meets the cabinet

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo
KiN Reports
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is meeting members of the cabinet and security bosses at a Nairobi hotel. The first meeting is between Ocampo and the two men who headed the security forces during the post election. The second meeting scheduled for today involves a Cabinet committee appointed to deal with issues relating to the ICC.
The meetings seek to find avenues deemed appropriate to locate and possibly punish those directly involved in the events that led to the deaths of over 1,200 people and displaced hundreds of thousands. Among those summoned are Major General Hussein Ali, who headed the Police force during the period and Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua. The Waki report blamed most of the reported deaths during the post elction violence on trigger-happy police officers. Major Ali and Commandant Mbugua are therefore expected to shed light on (among other issues) the 'extra-judicial killings' in Mt. Elgon.
Let justice be done:
In the words of Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi, who is secretary general of PNU said: "We cannot stop Ocampo now. From a criminal law perspective, every Kenyan is innocent until proved guilty by the ICC process."....and "As a party we cannot support impunity. Anybody found to have committed offences would have to carry their own cross."

3 May 2010

Trade unionist collapses and dies - RIP

Union and labour officials in Moi Stadium in Kisumu to mark the Labour Day celebrations were on Saturday grief-stricken after Mr Rao Cheche, the western Kenya branch secretary of Commercial Food and Allied Workers’ Union, collapsed while addressing workers. Mr Cheche later died in hospital. Photo/JACOB OWITI

KiN Reports
A trade unionist collapsed and died as he addressed workers’ in Kisumu’s Moi Stadium on Saturday.

Mr. Rao Cheche, the western Kenya branch secretary of Commercial Food and Allied Workers’ Union, was pronounced dead on arrival at the New Nyanza General Provincial Hospital where he had been taken by boy scouts.

Kisumu district commissioner Mabeya Mogaka said Mr Cheche was addressing workers when he collapsed.

The DC announced Mr Cheche’s death in the course of the meeting and asked workers to observe a minute’s silence in his honour.

The incident marred the sense of occasion as workers turned out at different venues to mark Labour Day. Unionists used the event to put employers and government officials on the spot over how they handle workers’ welfare issues.

At Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Labour ministry officials were accused of colluding with employers to deny workers their rights.

The deputy general secretary of the Kenya Plantation Workers Union, Mr Thomas Kipkemboi, said that workers had lost faith in the Ministry of Labour as an impartial arbitrator between workers and their employers.

He appealed to the government to enforce regulations that require businesses to be closed during the celebrations to allow as many Kenyans as possible to join in commemorating the day.
Workers from a local sisal factory had an axe to grind with their employer whom they accused of not paying them salary arrears in excess of Sh150 million.

They also said that the employer had failed to remit their contributions to the National Social Security Fund yet the amount was deducted from their pay.

Rift Valley Deputy Provincial Commissioner John Ayienda said that he would summon the factory officials.

In Mombasa, the celebrations were marked with a low turnout at the municipal stadium. Area MPs and councillors also kept off.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Coast secretary general Gideon Mutiso warned that they will present a list of employers who do not want their employees to join trade unions.
“If the employers are tired of staying in the country they should leave,” said Mr Mutiso adding that some employers sack workers for joining the unions.

Some of the complaints raised during the celebrations include confiscation of national identity cards of workers by their employers. Provincial labour officer Mr Francis Okello promised to act on the problems raised by the workers.

Courtesy: Sunday Nation