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Monday, 30 September 2013

State seeks to cut links with partner in refinery ownership

Workers at the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited. Photo/FILE
Workers at the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited.
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The government wants to end its partnership with a firm that controls a 50 per cent stake in the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited.
In a letter dated September 12, 2013, Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge sought legal assistance from the Attorney General on how to terminate the agreement between the government and the firm Essar Energy Overseas Ltd.
“Essar Energy Holdings of India has not lived to the expectations of the government to upgrade KPRL as initially agreed. It will be prudent for the government to disengage Essar in equity participation in KPRL to allow GOK seek a serious investor to modernise the refinery,” read the letter.
“The purpose of this letter therefore is to seek your legal opinion on termination of the shareholders agreement between GOK and Essar Holdings of India.”

White Widow ‘was married to Kenyan’

A photo of Samantha Lewthwaite taken from her fake South African passport.A photo of Samantha Lewthwaite taken from her fake South African passport.  NATION MEDIA GROUP
Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘White Widow’ being hunted on suspicion of leading the Nairobi mall massacre, is or was secretly married to a former officer in the Kenya Navy, a British newspaper said on Monday, quoting a confidential Scotland Yard file.
Her new husband is Mr Abdi Wahid, whom the paper said is currently in Europe and freely moves around.
According to the Daily Mail, the dossier throws new light on the life of the mother of four who converted to Islam as a schoolgirl and is now the world’s most wanted woman.
However, Inspector General David Kimaiyo said they were not aware that the “White Widow” was married to a former Navy soldier.

Big blow for CORD as co-principal Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s win overturned

Monday, September 30th 2013

Moses Wetangula flanked by CORD members addresses supporters in Bungoma
KENYA: CORD suffered a setback Monday after the only co-principal who made it to Parliament, Mr Moses Wetangula, was stripped of his Senate seat.
Wetangula had been elected Bungoma Senator as CORD co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka were locked out of Parliament after their unsuccessful presidential run in the March 4 General Election.
But yesterday, the High Court in Bungoma nullified Wetangula’s election, citing a litany of electoral offences after a successful petition by United Democratic Front’s candidate, Musikari Kombo.
The judgment by Justice Francis Gikonyo threw the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) into crisis, as Wetangula was also the Senate Minority Leader.
Arguably among the most closely watched and controversial poll petitions, Raila led a group of CORD MPs who sat in the courtroom as the verdict was read out. 
Wetangula, also the Ford Kenya party leader, was slapped with Sh4 million costs of the suit. He becomes the first elected Senator to lose his seat through an election appeal. Raila condemned the court judgment, regretting it had cost the only elected member of the CORD Summit his seat.

ANALYSIS - Westgate attack earns Uhuru Kenyatta fresh support

Until the Nairobi mall carnage, President Uhuru Kenyatta was a beleaguered and divisive president. But his own bereavement and new clothes as commander-in-chief have earned him fresh support and, some say, a "get out of jail free card" for the International Criminal Court.

The deadly September 21 raid on the Westgate mall brings new challenges to the government, which now has to explain why it failed to act on repeated warnings and find ways to thwart future attacks.

But President Kenyatta himself, who lost his nephew and his fiancee in the siege, has showed mettle that won him support beyond his tribal constituency.

"I did not vote for him but I have to say he showed real strength and determination. I was proud," said Alex Odhiambo, a young taxi driver, said the day after The Head of State announced the end of the siege.

"This attack has been a tragedy for him too and people across the country have been impressed that his ability to govern was not affected," said Mwalimu Mati, who heads the government watchdog Mars Group Kenya.

In his speeches to the nation during the crisis, President Kenyatta spoke of his loss, called for national unity and vowed to punish the perpetrators.

"Whether the security operation was well handled or not has not yet been laid at his feet. He sent the right signals, looked in control. Presidential," said Mati.

Not only has the 51-year-old scion of Kenya's founding president earned his stripes, he is now likely to enjoy better support than usual from his traditional enemies.

As the country held its breath while the drama unfolded inside the mall, The President strove to cast himself as the leader of all Kenyans and not just the champion of his tribe's interests he has often been seen as.

'The perfect doctor's note'

The ratings agency Moody's said it was not all doom and gloom on the economic front either.

It said it expected the attack to "galvanise a broader mandate and dull the international and domestic political effect" of President Kenyatta's impending trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

President Kenyatta was due in The Hague in November to face charges of crimes against humanity over the deadly tribal violence he is accused of having stirred after a disputed 2007 presidential election.

The Hague refused to postpone his trial after the attack but observers say he will be in a much stronger position to argue that he is now the guarantor of Kenya's unity and that the country needs his leadership.

"Kenyatta has the perfect doctor's note," a diplomat said.

With a string of key witnesses retracting or being compromised in dubious circumstances, the ICC case against President Kenyatta and his foe-turned-deputy William Ruto had already been losing steam.

"Now there really is a lot of pressure on the ICC," said Mwalimu Mati.

Kenya is one of the main purveyors of troops to the African force propping up the pro-Western government in Somalia and battling the Al Shabaab insurgents.

The group claimed the September 21 mall attack but is also increasingly recognised as a global threat that could strike Western interests and is turning Somalia into one of Al-Qaeda's main hubs.

When President Kenyatta argued before the attack that Kenya could ill afford an absentee president, it was a somewhat academic argument. Now he has a strong reason to ask for leniency.

"Kenyatta can now say: 'You cannot ask Kenya to help and at the same time persecute its president," said Mati.

Ngunjiri Wambugu, a young leader of President Kenyatta's Kikuyu tribe, wrote in a column on Sunday that as the nation still mourns its dead, there is a "silver lining for (Kenyatta) in this dark cloud".

"He now has an opportunity to remind Kenyans and the world that our country is at war, and point to Westgate as why we cannot afford to have a president with divided attention," wrote Wambugu, who heads the Change Associates Trust think tank.

Arguing that a crisis should never go to waste, Wambugu said that the raid even presented Kenyatta with a chance to heal the wounds of the post-election violence and completely reform his administration.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent

Pakistanis protest against violence against Christians in Lahore
 on Sept. 24, 2013. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Christians are being singled out and massacred from Pakistan to Syria to the Nairobi shopping mall. Kirsten Powers on the deafening silence from U.S. pews and pulpits

Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.
As Egypt’s Copts have battled the worst attacks on the Christian minority since the 14th century, the bad news for Christians in the region keeps coming. On Sunday,Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 85 worshippers at All Saints’ church, which has stood since 1883 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Christians were also the target of Islamic fanatics in the attack on a shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, this week that killed more than 70 people. The Associated Press reported that the Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabab “confirmed witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free.” The captives were asked questions about Islam. If they couldn’t answer, they were shot.

List of Westgate mall victims - UPDATED

In Summary

  • The identities of all the 61 civilians and 6 security officials killed in the Westgate Mall attack are not released yet, we will continue updating this list as the names become known.
Mr Kenyatta’s elder sister, Christine Wambui Pratt, had also been at Westgate at the time of the attack, but managed to escape. The family was planning a wedding for the deceased couple.
7. Mitul Shah: A sales and marketing director of Bidco, a company that primarily makes cooking oil, Mitul Shah was also up in the rooftop car park at the cooking competition.
“He died trying to save stranded children. He died as a hero,” Half Jadhe Half Kyuk wrote on the KenyaList.com message board.
Nehal Vekaria: A 16-year-old student. On Sunday, her family held her funeral where she was cremated.

Lovebirds now marry in death

Funeral mass held for Uhuru's slain nephew
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They were inseparable in life and now in death. They had planned to wed next Saturday, but the terrorists cut short their dream. And Friday, they were united in the grave.
The love bond between Mbugua Mwangi and Rosemary Wahito was so strong that even though they were not formally married, their parents endorsed their marriage posthumously.
Before he met his death, Mbugua had already received the blessings of Rosemary’s parents to marry their daughter, and he was scheduled to pay dowry Saturday.
The 29-year-old businessman was wrapping up plans for their big day, and the two had already chosen their dress code and settled on the flavour of their cake.
The only thing that had not been confirmed was the venue of the wedding, according to Mbugua’s eulogy.

Questions about Lenku’s ability to handle crucial security docket

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku is a man on the spot following his remarks that only an insignificant number of people may have been buried underneath the Westgate rubble.
More than the nature of the comment, the enormity of the matter at hand raised the question whether the Cabinet secretary was wearing shoes too big for him.
He is not alone. His Defence counterpart Raychelle Omamo was in tow in at least two news conferences. She did not speak even though the military, which falls under her docket, was actively engaging the terrorists.
On Friday, Mr Lenku said that there were “insignificant if any,” bodies of victims still trapped in under the rubble of the section of the mall that collapsed following a fire and explosions which still remain mysterious.

Financially independent women living dangerously, researchers say

September 28th 2013 , By GATONYE GATHURA

An increasing number of the new generation of financially independent women is spending the newfound wealth to live dangerously; many drinking and eating themselves to poor health and an early death. A combination of corporate attention on this wealth and poor individual dietary decisions based on the ability to afford have marked these women as the hottest targets for marketers of alcohol and fatty foods. A survey on alcohol consumption trends in Kenya by Euromonitor International, a globalinvestment research group, says intake by women is on the rise with local manufacturers and distributors designing special products for women as this segment become more moneyed and independent.

Kenya government yet to release identities of Westgate attack suspects

Kenya Interior Minister Joseph ole Lenku issues details of
 the investigation into Westgate Mall attack.
 [Photo: Standard]

September 29th 2013 

NAIROBI; KENYA: The government Sunday announced that it is still holding nine suspects of the Westgate attack.
Interior Affairs cabinet secretary Joseph Lenku said that police had taken witnesses statements from 56 persons, while it had identified one of the cars used by the terrorists.
He said the suspects are being held under counter-terrorism laws while indicating that their identities or nationalities will not be revealed.
“As soon as investigations are complete, we will update you with identities of suspects. It’s premature to releases details now as that might prejudice on-going investigations,” Lenku said.
Addressing journalists after a daylong meeting, the cabinet secretary said forensic experts have recovered crucial items, which include assortment of weapons used in the terror attack.

Sir Richard Branson slams travel advisories to Kenya

 September 29th 2013, By SHAMLAL PURI

British billionaire Richard Branson has criticised governments for issuing travel advisories following the terror attack at Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
The owner of Virgin Atlantic was saddened to see the horrific scenes in Kenya in which “at least 67 people” were killed.
“As Kenya begins three days of national mourning, our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible attack,” Branson said on Thursday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta isolates Central region’s power brokers

President Kenyatta meets supporters. His style of leadership
has stunned Central’s political Old Guard.

September 28th 2013, By FRANCIS NGIGE

Since President Uhuru Kenyatta took power in May, he has confounded friends and foes in relation to his preferred leadership style.
His day-to-day running of government has baffled even his closest associates, a source close to State House confided in The Standard on Sunday.
Unlike his predecessors who kept their very close friends in the inner sanctum of state power  (commonly referred to as the kitchen Cabinet), Uhuru has taken a different route.
For starters, Deputy President William Ruto is actively involved in the day-to-day running of government, making it extremely difficult for Uhuru’s bosom political allies to influence governance decisions.

Response to Westgate gives new meaning to ‘WeAreOne’

September 28th 2013, By Machel Waikenda

The story and accompanying pictures of Abdul Haji epitomises the Kenyan spirit. He is not a trained police or military officer but just a licensed gun holder. Writers, camera crew, firefighters, police officers, civilians, scouts, mobile service providers, bloggers, tweeters, counsellors, politicians and emergency service providers are posters of what Kenyans are; resilient, strong and persevering. They are enduring images that capture the human spirit.
We cannot allow terrorists to feel that they have won by living in fear. We must overcome this artificial sense of in security and fear that has been created by the attack which was carried out by cowards. The Westgate attack, which was also followed by other cowardly assaults in Wajir and Mandera, were meant to test not only our intelligence and security but also the fragility of our unity and resolve to be one country.

Let’s step back, ask the hard questions about security

September 28th 2013, By Kamotho Waiganjo

In its usual chilling style, terror paid its nth visit to Kenya this week. By the time the Westgate terror was contained, it had left a litany of death and numerous physically and psychologically wounded victims.
It left us feeling angry and vulnerable but not bowed, to borrow President Uhuru’s words.
But in an otherwise gloomy week, we must celebrate our heroes, the youthful Haji, that cop with a child balanced on his gun, the thousands who queued to donate blood and many unrecorded stars. After so many hits by the terror networks we must now define Westgate as our 9-11, the same way America defined 9-11 as its terrorism waterloo.


Sunday 29 September 2013

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang broke the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, setting a new mark of two hours, three minutes and 23 seconds.

Kispang, 31, took 15 seconds off the previous record set by his compatriot Patrick Makau, who ran 2:03.38 in the same race in the German capital two years ago.

This is the ninth time a world record has been set in Berlin and five men's world records have been set here in the last decade alone.

"I'm very happy that I have won and broken the world record," Kipsang said. "I was really inspired by Paul Tergat when he broke the world record here 10 years ago and I'm very happy that I was in a position to break the record on the same course."

Tergat's time of 2:04:55 at the 2003 Berlin Marathon was the first to be ratified as a world record by governing body the IAAF, who previously recognised fastest marathon times as world bests.

Kenya's dominance of the event was underlined as Eliud Kipchoge took second in a time of 2.04:05 - improving his personal best by more than a minute - while Geoffrey Kipsang was third in 2.06:26.

Wilson Kipsang was the bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2012 Olympics and was among the favourites for this year's London Marathon, but could manage only fifth place behind Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede in a time of 2:07:47.

Wenger hails resurgent Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey set up Arsenal's first goal before scoring the secondAaron Ramsey set up Arsenal's first goal before scoring the second
ArseneWenger hailed the resurgence of Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal after the Welshman gave the Gunners' boss the perfect anniversary present by inspiring them to a 2-1 victory at Swansea and sending them top of the Barclays Premier League.
In-form Ramsey teed up Serge Gnabry for the 58th minute opener, before scoring his eighth goal of the season just four minutes later to seal the win and Arsenal's 12th consecutive victory on the road in all competitions.
Swansea gave as good as they got during a tight first half, and Ben Davies pulled a goal back late on, but it proved a mere consolation.
Arsenal have now won nine on the trot and owner Stan Kroenke's public backing of Wenger has proved particularly timely given how they have responded from defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, and the clinical edge with which they dispatched a Swansea side finding some form.
Ramsey was as key on this occasion as he has been throughout Arsenal's excellent run, and his mix of poise and composure in possession was too much for Swansea to handle.
Wenger hailed the attitude of the 22-year-old, particularly the way he has fought back from the horrific broken leg he suffered against Stoke in 2010.
"Let's not forget his career was disturbed by a big injury and you need to have patience," he said.
"After that people were impatient and put pressure on him when he had bad games, but I believe that was the turning point, when he was questioned.
"It is always an important period in the life of a footballer.
"Can you get back to basics and work harder? Or do you feel sorry for yourself and give up?
"When I saw him respond how he did I always knew he could come back, that's why I kept faith in him. He has improved his technique and does not rush his decisions, for example his goal needed a good first touch and a quick finish, and he did not rush it and showed his confidence."
The win comes 17 years after Wenger succeeded Bruce Rioch as Gunners' boss in 1996, and he admitted it made the result especially sweet.
"It's better than any cake," he said.
"The first half was difficult, Swansea played well, were sharper than us and we did not play with enough purpose.
"In the second half we played in a more compact way and took advantage every time we won the ball and had the chance to counter and be dangerous.
"We have seen a different Arsenal this season, we are more clinical and playing with more purpose. We hung on a bit in the last 15 minutes, but I felt we deserved to win.
"It's early stages, we have only played six games, and let's not forget we were in a massive crisis after losing the first game as well.
"But in our job the only way to respond is on the pitch and we did."
While Arsenal are enjoying a remarkable run of away success, Swansea remain without a home win since March, and manager Michael Laudrup felt a lack of concentration during a short spell in the second half had proved costly.
He said: "We did well in the first half, but we defended too deep for the first goal, there were a lot of bodies but when you are that deep, one or two quality players can create a chance like they did.
"We then lost our position. The players wanted to go forward immediately to get the equaliser and when you do that you leave space for Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey and you can have problems, they created a chance and scored the other.
"I am disappointed that for 10-12 minutes we gave it away, we were punished in a very small period of the game."
Laudrup also defended his decision to leave record signing Wilfried Bony on the bench, despite the striker already having bagged five goals for the club.
The Dane, who went with Michu up top, said: "It's logical, we needed players in midfield. When you face Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal they have good midfield players so you need players in that area."

Saturday, 28 September 2013


NEVER loose a MAN with the

following qualities;
-a man who will walk with you,
holding your hand in public
-a man who will publicly kiss you
when he is about to go somewhere

-a man who's not afraid to introduce
you to his folks at home and to his friends


Once, an old woman was sitting on a bench of a garden 
with her 25 years old son.

There was a tree beside the bench. Old woman saw a bird
sitting on the tree. She asked the son,"what’s this?"
Son replied, "it’s a crow." The old woman again asked, "What’s this?"
Son said, "I already told you that it’s a crow."
The old woman again asked, "Son, what’s this?"
Son angrily said, "Are you deaf or mad, mama? How many
times to tell you it’s a crow. Can’t youunderstand?


One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried piteously for hours as the
farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he
decided the animal was old, and it well needed
to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it
to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and
help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began
to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey
realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement he
quieted down.


A woman baked chapatis for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra chapati on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. Every day, a strange man came and took away the chapatti. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: “The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!” 

This went on, day after day. Every day, the he came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words:
“The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!” The woman felt irritated. “Not a word of gratitude,” she said to herself… “Everyday this hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean?” 

One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. “I shall get rid of this hunchback,” she said. And what did she do? She added poison to the chapatti she prepared for him!
As she was about to keep it on the window sill, her hands trembled. “What is this I am doing?” she said. Immediately, she threw the chapatti into the fire, prepared another one and kept it on the window sill. As usual, the Man came, picked up the chapatti and muttered the words: “The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!”
He proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman. 

Every day, as the woman placed the chapatti on the window sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return.

That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, 
“Mom, it’s a miracle I’m here. While I was but a mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunchback passed by. I begged of him for a morsel of food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole chapatti. As he gave it to me, he said, “This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!”

As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale. She leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned chapatti that she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life!

It was then that she realized the significance of the words: “The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!” 

Do good and Don’t ever stop doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time. 

If you like this, share it with others and I bet so many lives would be touched.

Nairobi attack: Exclusive aerial pictures and video show smoking wreckage of shopping centre after terror attack

The Westgate Shopping Centre can be seen from above at the start of the siege, with smoke pouring out of a roof and cars strewn around like toys

These dramatic pictures show the wreckage of the mall in which dozens died at the hands of the vicious Kenya terror gang.

The Westgate Shopping Centre can be seen from above a day into the siege, with smoke pouring out of a roof and cars strewn like toys in the rubble.

International forensic experts, including teams from the UK, the United States, Israel, Germany and Canada, are now helping sift through the debris in Nairobi for clues.

A diplomatic source said it could become “almost entirely impossible” to identify all of the victims as many had been “burned to ash” in wild blazes caused by explosives set off by the terrorists.

Bomb experts were deployed to the building yesterday, together with forensic experts.

After an area was declared free from bombs, experts swept room after room before doctors and other medical staff were called to remove bodies of people killed by the terrorists.

A witness at the scene counted 10 bodies being removed in body bags. Engineers will then advise on the structural soundness of the building after half of the overhead parking area collapsed into the floors below.

Forensic teams, including a team from the Metropolitan Police, are still unable to reach parts of the rubble of the shopping centre.

It could take up to a week to establish exactly who is still inside.

Exclusive - Ariel views of Westgate Mall


Officially, the death toll from the four-day stand-off is 67, with 61 civilians and 6 members of the Kenya security forces, though that may rise.

Al-Shabaab, the terrorists responsible for the bloodlust, has claimed on Twitter that 137 hostages have been killed.

Five terrorists also died while the Kenyans say they are holding 11 suspects in custody in relation to the attack - including at least seven who are thought to have been arrested at the airport.

The number of UK nationals killed in the Kenyan shopping centre attack is lower than previously thought, the Foreign Office has said.

It had been reported that six Britons killed but one of the dead thought to be British was a Kenyan national, the FCO said, warning that the toll could rise.

“We cannot rule out the potential for further British casualties,” a spokeswoman said.

The rampaging gunmen had specifically targeted non-Muslims, allowing those who could recite the Koran to leave alive. At least 17 foreigners were among the dead.

One soldier told how he was so traumatised by what he saw in the aftermath of the four day siege that he has been forced to seek counselling.

He said: “There were children in the fridges. There were bodies hanging from the ceiling. There were fingers cut off and body parts thrown out of the building. They were using the hostages as human shields.”


Horrific details of the torture suffered by hostages were yesterday revealed by soldiers who found them dismembered, with their eyes gouged out and suspended from hooks in the supermarket ceiling.

In further tales of horror, some men were castrated by crazed militants.

A doctor, who asked not to be named, told of “the stuff of nightmares” after he inspected bodies yet to be removed from the mall.

Shaking his head and gesturing to the sky, he said: “You find people with hooks hanging from the roof.

“They removed testicles, eyes, ears, nose. They drive knives inside a child’s body.

"Actually if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers. Here it was pain.”

The doctor said what he saw was worse that the deaths from the Sachangwan oil tanker explosion that claimed 139 lives in January 2009 and the Sinai fire tragedy that killed 101 people in September 2011.

“Sachangwan and Sinai is 50 percent of this. Sachangwan and Sinai you are sure of one thing...it is fire.

"And those people before they died they fell unconscious. Here it was pain. You find people with hooks hanging from the roof.”