Open Letter To Hon. Dr. Fred Matiang’i
Nationhood Isn’t Built On Innocent Blood
By Donald Kipkorir
We have many common friends and thus my choice not to have criticized your leadership style. But I also out of own style of engagement, don’t personalize criticism. I critique systemic and institutional problems. But the killings today in Bondo of unarmed demonstrators, beating up of a pregnant woman going to her business and throwing tear gas into a kindergarten broke my heart.
Being our Minister for Internal Security in addition to being Minister for Education may have bloated your ego. Many of your Cabinet colleagues are either my clients and/or friends. They tell me they call you Super Minister and that you strut to Cabinet Meetings with near condescending attitude to them.
Anyway, what Police is doing under your watch is deeply regrettable. You maybe a Jubilee Super Minister, but all including yourself are under the Constitution. The Police cannot be going to Luo inhabited areas in Kisumu and Nairobi as though they are going to Boni Forest in Lamu. You can’t restrict NASA demonstrations that are lawful, but allow Mungiki calling themselves Nairobi Business Community to counter protest without license. Don’t do tribal profiling of the application of the law.
For now, power may blind you to believe that it is permanent. Calling NASA leaders all kind of derogatory names, withdrawing their security, threatening them with arrest or not being bothered when University students are being raped and nursery students tear gassed may look romantic to you for now, but power is always temporary no matter how powerful and seductive.
And History will show you that across all Empires and even in the Bible, those that rose so high fell so hard. We have a Constitution, respect it. Apply it equally to all and across all Parties. You cannot derogate the Constitution by ordinary legislation or Regulations. Public Security Order is inferior to the Constitution.
Exercise your power but within the Constitution. And remember, History records all. And time doesn’t run against crimes committed by those in power. And you will not plead superior command. The law catches up even in the sunset of your live. Stay advised. Sycophants don’t last.
Fearless whistleblower and Embattled former IEBC Commissioner, Dr. Roselyne Akombe, has dropped another bombshell on what transpired during the August 8th General Election and the much talked about IEBC servers which the commission refused to open as demanded by National Super Alliance (NASA) and the Supreme Court.
Speaking from the US where she fled to after resigning from IEBC, Akombe claimed that IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba, who has since gone on a three week leave, misled the country and the commission about the servers, which NASA claimed contained evidence of vote rigging.
She noted that Chiloba was hiding the whole truth about the contents of the servers by refusing to open them and lying to the country and officials.
Akombe also dismissed Ezra Chiloba’s temporary exit from the commission ahead of the repeat Presidential elections saying it was inconsequential.
“CEO Chiloba misled IEBC officials on servers issues during Aug 8 poll and his absence won’t assure credible election,” Akombe said.
There has been calls for a multi agency investigation concerning the an Australian teacher shot dead in Nairobi. Her death left many angry friends and and online Kenyan peace community lovers searching for answers in a city that has just been at the center of another high-profile killing of highly educated women.
The killing of Gabrielle Maina who was walking down a street when she was attacked by armed men on a motorbike at 10am in the affluent suburb of Karen has left many puzzled and seeking answers. Gabrielle, who used the last name Kimani, prompted several mourners to protest and demand a proper investigation concerning the shooting. According to Sophy Mwale-Juma “No armed robbers pick random targets on the streets at 10am” he said.
There are reports she had problems with her husband concerning custody issues beginning in Australia and that the killing might not be robbery after all based on the facebook post seen by Kenyapoa secretariat staff. David John Diamond “According to the ABC News here in Australia she was married to an African chappie and they were going through custody battle and divorce looks very suspicious” he wrote.
Given the misconduct in the local level, a third neutral agency with international roots might want to get involved to help sort out issues locally and the Australian embassy in Nairobi. Kenyans are peace loving and a situation like this will help restore confidence. On the same lines, Kenya will greatly benefit if an international police agency could get involved as well to establish the cause of death of Mr. Chris Msando who was abducted and killed in Nairobi as well.
The shooting Gabrielle Maina has shocked the expat community in Nairobi, especially students, teachers and parents from the Hillcrest International School, where Ms Maina was the head teacher.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it appeared she was “killed [by] a fatal gunshot wound during a robbery on the 19th [of October]”.
The school’s website said she arrived in Kenya in September 2015, after a successful career in New South Wales and overseas.
Ms Maina taught several subjects, including English, drama and Italian.
A ‘rare’ student
Ms Maina was originally from Armidale and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England (UNE) in 2004 and with her Graduate Diploma in Education in 2006.
“The university is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Gabrielle Maina, a member of our alumni community,” a UNE spokesperson said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with Ms Maina’s family and friends at this terrible time, we offer our condolences and support.”
UNE arts lecturer Anna Cavallaro told the ABC Ms Maina was a memorable student and her death was “truly tragic, I cannot stress that enough”.
“I rarely find students as exceptional as her, on a human level, not just academic,” Ms Cavallaro said.
“It’s a very sad occasion for all who knew her.”
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said Ms Maina taught in a number of NSW public schools, including almost five years as an English and Drama teacher at Sarah Redfern High School.
“She developed a reputation as a passionate and highly dedicated teacher who was a fierce champion of public education and creating opportunities for students to improve their educational outcomes and life opportunities,” Mr Stokes said.
“Gabrielle was truly committed to her faith and her family, which took her to Kenya where in recent years she committed herself to educating young children.
“Her colleagues in the Department of Education will affectionately remember her for her humour, tenacity, dedication to students and loyalty to colleagues.
“Our deepest sympathies are extended to her husband and children, family and friends,” he said.
An email to parents released by the school has expressed shock at Ms Maina’s death and offered condolences to her family.
It said the much-loved teacher was attacked after she dropped her son at a friend’s house.
The teacher’s biography on the school’s website says she “relocated to Kenya in September 2015, a long-term goal to establish her family here so her children can grow up with their extended family”.
After completing her postgraduate degree in education, she was engaged by the NSW Department of Education, where she taught at a number of schools in Sydney.
This included five years spent as an English and drama teacher at Sarah Redfern High School in Minto.
A Facebook page believed to belong to Ms Maina says she is from Armidale.
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said Ms Maina would be remembered for “her humour, tenacity, dedication to students and loyalty to colleagues”.
“She developed a reputation as a passionate and highly dedicated teacher who was a fierce champion of public education and creating opportunities for students to improve their educational outcomes and life opportunities,” he said.
Her school friends told Fairfax Media she “was very intelligent, musically talented and always smiling”.
Police are investigating the killing.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is offering consular assistance to Ms Maina’s family.
“Due to our privacy obligations, we will not release further details,” DFAT said.
In a trend which has become too familiar under Uhuruto regime in Nairobi, a human rights lawyer was found dead in her house in Kileleshwa under very suspicious circumstances, with her seven-month-old baby lying beside the body.
The body of Eva Achieng Ayiera, 40, was found on Monday morning in her bedroom in Kileleshwa by her house help. The week before, in similar lines, Former Youth Fund CEO Catherine Namuye who conspired to defraud the Kenya government in conspiracy with Anne Waiguru was on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 found dead in her apartment in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. (Same neighborhood of Kileleshwa).
Neighbours said they heard screams and when they rushed to check they found her on the floor with foam on the mouth.
Nairobi police boss Japhet Koome said, neighbours called the police after they heard people screaming from Ms Namuye’s house at 11am.
She was pronounced dead at home by medics, Mr Koome said.
The random deaths involving highly educated women in a short period of time is a cause for concern by the rest of the world due to high levels of corruption in Uhuruto corrupt regime.
Captain Apollo Malowa was the best helicopter pilot in the Flex Air Charters and also one of the directors of the company that most politicians and individuals preferred him airlifting them in East Africa.
Apollo has also been a pilot of Kenya Air force.
President of Tanzania H.E Maghafuli and President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Museveni
He was contracted by the now the president of Tanzania H.E Maghafuli during his campaign trail.
He was also contracted by the Government of Uganda to be airlifting H.E Museveni during his campaigns.
In 2007, Captain Apollo was the pilot of of Raila Odinga throughout his campaigns and also during his official duties in kenya as the Prime Minister.
In 2013, Captain Apollo was the pilot of H.E the president Uhuru Kenyatta throughout his campaign trial and also the official pilot to him and the deputy president William Ruto during state official duties for the last 4yrs.
Captain Apollo during the 2017 campaigns before 8th August was the official pilot to Women Rep Wangui Ngirici for a period of almost 9 months.
After the August 8th polls Captain Apollo was contracted by Jubilee party as the official pilot to jubilee team in their campaigns for presidential elections.
Among other personalities Captain Apollo has air lifted are Musalia Mudavadi, the Late Nicolas Biwott, several Cabinet secretaries in Jubilee government, Jimmy Wanjigi, and William Kabogo, former president of Tanzania Kikwete etc.
Captain Apollo was one of the highly experienced, creative and most trusted helicopter pilot in East Africa.
BONDO INCIDENT TO GREET HIS MOTHER
If you never knew, Apollo once hit the media headlines early this year when he landed a helicopter in the middle of a busy highway Usenge -Kisumu highway in Bondo town just to say “hi” to his mother on Saturday morning, January 7, 2017. It was extensively covered by the Kenyan press.
The incident led to a huge crowd gathering around the highway to get a glimpse of the helicopter.
Vehicles were forced to park by the roadside after Captain Apollo landed the chopper.
The mother of the pilot had been in a meeting near Pride Hotel, which is located a few meters from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University in Bondo Town. Captain Apollo is said to have failed to get an airstrip nearby and decided to land on the highway. The source said at the time, Captain Apollo had dropped Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo at his home.
May the departed souls from this unfortunate incident rest in peace.
The nation’s biggest shame on poor disaster response and management unfolded in Nakuru following an helicopter crash at the world-famed Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.
Since 6.30am when reports filtered out that a helicopter with five on board had crashed in the saline lake, the country watched in shock as leaders, Police officers, members of the provincial administration, Kenya Wildlife Service and journalists camped at the shores of the lake without any rescue efforts taking place for lack of divers and other equipment used in such rescue missions.
Just like the relatives and friends of the victims pilot Apollo Malowa, Antony Kipyegon, Sammy Gitau, John Mapozi and a female passenger only identified as Veronicah, they only hang on hope praying that the victims could swim to the shore.
“Disaster response in this country is disaster itself. Even if we had survivors, it has diminished any hope of rescuing any,” said John Kimani.
Nakuru county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said they were waiting for Kenya Navy divers from Mombasa to respond to the emergency, Kenya Police emergency unit from Nairobi and speed boats from Lake Naivasha to help in the rescue mission.
“We are waiting for divers from kenya Navy in Mombasa and a police helicopter from Nairobi which can locate the exact position of the crashed chopper,” said Nkanatha at the shores of the lake.
The distance from Nakuru to Mombasa is 644kms; Nakuru to Nairobi 156km and from Nakuru to Naivasha is 90kms.
“Being a salty lake where no fishing activities taking place, there are no boats within the lake and we are waiting for speed boats from Lake Naivasha for the rescue mission to begin,” Nkanatha said.
Given that Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most toured parks in the country because it is famed for the pinked millions of flamingos, this incident is going to dent the image of the tourist attraction.
“It is unconceivable that such a facility has no emergency services. It is horrible to say the least,” said Mary Jelagat.
The victims were communication team allied to Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and President Uhuru Kenyatta who had just left a Nakuru hotel for a political rally in Narok which was to be attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta himself.
However, according to Mr David Kilo, chairman of Naivasha Boat owners Association, lack of command posts and preparedness in management of disaster within the lakes in the region is wanting.
“Nakuru hosts a variety of lakes including, Nakuru, Elementaita, Naivasha, Oloiden, Sonachi and Solai, a number which the County should be fully prepared in manning them in cases of disasters, however facilities in these lakes are still wanting,” he said.
Lake Naivasha, he said, is better equipped in terms of disaster management since it has four emergency boats on standby. However, personnel attending emergencies, he said, are volunteers and none have been employed by the County government.
As a result of incidences within Lake Naivasha, he said the management has started coordinating rescue operations.
“Every lake should have at least divers and Rubber Dingy boats for rescue operations in shallow lakes rivers and even dams. Sadly, this is a sector that has been ignored despite the County having rich with lakes,” he said.
Efforts to obtain boats from Lake Naivasha has however been futile as all boats are suited for deep lakes.
“We have only dispatched volunteer personnel and divers since we do not have boats suitable rescue operations in shallow lakes like Lake Nakuru,” Mr Kilo said.
He added that most lakes are ill equipped with personnel trained on life-saving skills in cases of emergencies.
Efforts by the National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) and Red Cross were thwarted by the lack of specialized equipment and had to wait for several hours for emergency facilities to arrive at the scene.
NDMU has activated a National Police Service chopper to support Nakuru County Disaster Team on search and rescue operation.
By the time of going to the press, no efforts had been made to rescue as neither the divers from Naval base in Mombasa nor the specialized police rescue helicopter from Nairobi had done anything special to locate the point of crash and victims.
Later in the day an old boat from Lake Naivasha arrived as reported earlier and nothing seemed to be happening to assist as everyone in the immediate area looked bewildered and in shock.
Details of victims who were in the chopper that crashed into Lake Nakuru via standard
Saturday October 21, 2017 – A senior Jubilee Party official has said Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, should resign to avert bloodshed during the October 26th repeat elections.
Speaking on Wednesday, the official, who is based at Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi, said Chebukati should resign or go to the Supreme Court to seek further directions on postponing the October 26th repeat elections.
The official said President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, walked into a political abyss the day Raila went to the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice, David Maraga.
“There’s no way to get out of that now.”
“I painfully can say even if there will be an election on the 26th, Maraga will be waiting for us at the Supreme Court grinning ear to ear like a Cheshire cat to nullify it”
“This is because the IEBC chair himself has said he cannot deliver a credible election and then on 1st November, NASA will be back to Supreme Court to nullify Uhuru’s presidency, then the coup is complete,” the official said.
“Let Uhuru sign that bill today and we start preparing for January polls.”
“We have been cynically outwitted here, because we were too trusting,” the official added.
On another note based on precedent. Courts generally do not give assistance to organized crime or persons engaged in criminality. Kenyan Supreme Court justices are part of the Kenyan society and can see, read and understand what is going on around themselves. They are not going to shoot themselves on the foot. You can take that to the CITI bank for free.
Saturday October 21, 2017 – Audacious former Commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Dr. Roselyne Akombe, has dropped another bombshell hours after resigning from the commission with barely 5 days to the repeat Presidential elections.
Speaking during an interview from New York, Akombe accused the Jubilee Government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta of intimidation and threats to the IEBC commissioners ahead of repeat polls.
Akombe noted that since President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory on August 8th was nullified by the Supreme Court over irregularities and illegalities, Jubilee has never had peace and it was targeting individual commissioners to silence them from speaking the truth about what happened during the last polls that led to annulment of the election.
Citing the incident in August where she was detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and barred from travelling to the US until she gets clearance from State House, Akombe revealed that Jubilee feared that she could expose them out there with damaging information about the bungled August 8th polls.
“The Government thought I had damaging information about the bungled polls and that I could expose them, that’s why I was barred from traveling in August.”