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.
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.
The shooting 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.
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.”
A helicopter carrying five people has crashed in Lake Nakuru moments after take off from Jarika Hotel, Nakuru on Saturday. The chopper reg no 5Y NMJ crashed into lake Nakuru this morning with five occupants.
Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omukata confirmed the incident saying they were waiting for a boat to conduct the rescue search as the chopper crashed inside the lake.
It was reportedly heading to Narok for Jubilee campaigns.
It is unclear whether those on board were journalists or politicians heading for the event.
But sources said the helicopter was said to have been carrying officials attached to Senator Susan Kihika.
“It left the hotel at 7am to Narok but crashed in the Lake,” Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omukatta said.
He said some of the chopper’s debris has been seen floating in the lake but the rescue team is yet to find the occupants.
The chopper was to later ferry more journalists to a campaign rally. The journalists were at the hotel at the time of the crash.
The lake has been sealed off for rescue operations.
Rescue efforts were yet to start four hours after the helicopter sunk in the lake as there is no boat nearby. The rescuers had to wait for a boat to be transported from Lake Naivasha.
National Disaster Management Unit Communications Director Pius Masai said a police helicopter has been deployed to assist in the rescue.
Mr Gikaria said the team in the helicopter was heading to a campaign rally to be addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Tipis, Mau Narok.
“We have activated the Kenya Defence Forces Disaster Response Unit) through National Operation Centre to bring divers from the Kenya Navy,” he said.
Nakuru leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui were also at the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Other leaders present were MPs Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West), David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha) and Liz Chelule (Woman Rep).
Also present was the Nakuru County Assembly Speaker John Kairu.
Mr Gikaria said the team in the helicopter was heading to a campaign rally to be addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Tipis, Mau Narok.
National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrived at the home of Jimi Wanjigi on Tuesday night in Muthaiga, Nairobi.
Police were still manning the residence since Monday (October 16) despite a High Court order restraining them from the home.
While at Wanjigi’s compound, the former Prime Minister asked officers to obey the court order and leave the residence.
An agitated Raila indicated that the officers were operating outside the law and were applying rule of the jungle.
Wanjigi moved to court seeking to stop his arrest and a court stopped his arrest until September 19, granted him a Sh50,000 anticipatory bail and warned police against the destruction of the businessman’s property.
Detectives from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit and Flying Squad arrived at Wanjigi’s gate at about midday with sledgehammers and metal cutters to break into the ritzy house.
The officers showed guards on duty a warrant and said they wanted to conduct a search.
They found six pistols and one shotgun at the home but his family said they were licensed.
The fortified compound is opposite the official residence of the American ambassador to Kenya.
Raila had earlier condemned the violence that occurred in Laare, Meru County.
He accused the Jubilee leadership and the police of spearheading the chaos to disrupt the much-anticipated rally.
The Opposition chief stressed that the Government must stop frustrating NASA supporters ahead of the repeat presidential poll on October 26 and which he has pulled out from.
“The government must stop this alliance between thugs and security officers and the unconstitutional and reckless deployment of troops to annihilate NASA supporters,” he said.
The former Prime Minister had, also in a press statement, indicated that the anti-IEBC protests had been suspended until further notice.
He also announced that the coalition will, on Friday (October 20), hold rallies in honour of the victims that have lost their lives in the demos.
“In honour of the innocent victims of the State, our protests will stay suspended. On Friday, we will mark the memory of these victims as heroes of the struggle for electoral justice at a venue to be disclosed later.
On that day, we shall communicate our next course of action,” Raila pointed out.
Friday happens to be Mashujaa Day, a public holiday.
The alliance holds a rally at Kamkunji, Nairobi, on Wednesday October 17 and another one in Turkana on Thursday.
French digital security firm OT-Morpho has revealed that the company does not have a contract with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the fresh presidential election set for October.
OT-Morpho is the firm that supplied the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) kits for the August polls.
In an interview with the BBC’s Focus On Africa, Morpho’s Chief Operating Officer Fredric Beylier stated: “We don’t have a contract with them (IEBC) for the next election yet,” going on to add “If we had the contract by now – and assuming that the Supreme Court does not recommend any technical change in its ruling — we’d need up to the end of October to reconfigure our systems for the repeat elections.”
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati had earlier announced October 17th as the date for the repeat Presidential election then postponed it to October 26. An election on that date is, however, looking unlikely following the OT Morpho’s admission.
The full Supreme Court ruling delivered on recently found no IEBC official criminally culpable for the failures of the electoral body to deliver an election meeting the threshold set in the Constitution.
The Judges, however, promised that the issues that led to the nullification must be rectified ahead of the next polls or else they will render the same ruling after the fresh polls.
Justice Philomena Mwilu had singled out issues with the Results Transmission System as one of the major reasons for cancelling the August 8th election.
She stated that President Uhuru was declared the winner with 11,883 Forms 34A unavailable therefore the declared results were invalid.
This was in spite of assurances given by the Chebukati-led commission that they were well prepared for any eventualities that may arise with the transmission of results.
The court insisted that the electoral body must have a complementary system for the fresh election to ensure such issues do not recur.