KANU Statement that they are positive to a Opposition Alliance (11.01.2017)

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Kenya African National Union, KANU supports the idea in its formative stage of opposition unity in that this and the resolve by opposition leaders to field one presidential candidate is a milestone for Kenya’s growing democracy.

However, the remarks made by Hon. Nick Salat, the Secretary General of KANU today at the Bomas of Kenya are his personal sentiments and do not reflect in any way the position of the party on the matter of an election coalition at this juncture.

KANU policies and decisions are guided by the party’s constitution which stipulates that such a decision must first be discussed by the supreme decision making organ of the party, the National Delegates Conference (NDC) upon a resolution.

Since the party has not convened the NDC as per the constitution to deliberate on this particular matter, the remarks by the Secretary General are therefore not official as they have not been subjected to the internal constitutional processes for ratification.

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With continued drought, Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season (20.12.2016)

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Agricultural support critical now to protect livestock, equip families to plant in rainy season.

ROME, Italy, December 20, 2016 – Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, FAO warned today. Growing numbers of refugees in East Africa, meanwhile, are expected to place even more burden on already strained food and nutrition security.

Currently, close to 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assistance, as families in the region face limited access to food and income, together with rising debt, low cereal and seed stocks, and low milk and meat production. Terms of trade are particularly bad for livestock farmers, as food prices are increasing at the same time that market prices for livestock are low.

Farmers in the region need urgent support to recover from consecutive lost harvests and to keep their breeding livestock healthy and productive at a time that pastures are the driest in years. Production outputs in the three countries are grim.

Rapid intervention

“We’re dealing with a cyclical phenomenon in the Horn of Africa,” said Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division. “But we also know from experience that timely support to farming families can significantly boost their ability to withstand the impacts of these droughts and soften the blow to their livelihoods,” he stressed.

For this reason, FAO has already begun disbursing emergency funds for rapid interventions in Kenya and Somalia.

The funds will support emergency feed and vaccinations for breeding and weak animals, repairs of water points, and seeds and tools to plant in the spring season. FAO is also working with local officials to bolster countries’ emergency preparedness across the region.

“Especially in those areas where we know natural hazards are recurring, working with the Government to further build-up their ability to mitigate future shocks is a smart intervention that can significantly reduce the need for humanitarian and food aid further down the line,” Burgeon said.

Kenya is highly likely to see another drought in early 2017, and with it a rise in food insecurity. Current estimates show some 1.3 million people are food insecure.

Based on the latest predictions, the impacts of the current drought in the southern part of the country will lessen by mid-2017, but counties in the North – in particular Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera – will steadily get worse.

Families in these areas are heavily dependent on livestock. Now, with their livelihoods already stressed – the last reliable rain they received was in December 2015- they will get little relief from the October-December short rains, which typically mark a recovery period but once again fell short this season.

In the affected counties, the terms of trade have become increasingly unfavourable for livestock keepers, as prices of staple foods are rising, while a flood of weakened sheep, goats and cows onto local markets has brought down livestock prices.

To ensure livestock markets remain functional throughout the dry season in 2017, FAO, is training local officials in better managing livestock markets — in addition to providing feed, water and veterinary support.

After two poor rainy seasons this year, Somalia is in a countrywide state of drought emergency, ranging from moderate to extreme. As a result, the Gu cereal harvest – from April to June – was 50 percent below average, and prospects for the October-December Deyr season are very grim.

To make matters worse, the country’s driest season – the Jilaal that begins in January- is expected to be even harsher than usual, which means Somali famers are unlikely to get a break anytime soon.

All indications are that crop farmers are already facing a second consecutive season with poor harvest. Pastoralists, meanwhile, are struggling to provide food for both their families and livestock, as pasture and water for grazing their animals are becoming poorer and scarcer by the day – in the south, pasture availability is the lowest it has been in the past five years.

Some five million Somalis are food insecure through December 2016. This includes 1.1 million people in Crisis and Emergency conditions of food insecurity (Phases 3 and 4 on the five-tier IPC scale used by humanitarian agencies). This is a 20 percent increase in just six months.

The latest analysis forecasts that the number of people in Crisis and Emergency conditions of food insecurity may further rise by more than a quarter of a million people between February and May 2017. Similar conditions in 2011 have resulted in famine and loss of lives, and therefore early action is urgently needed to avoid a repeat.

FAO calls on resource partners to urgently scale up assistance in rural areas, in the form of cash relief, emergency livestock support and agricultural inputs to plant in the April Gu season.

If farmers cannot plant during Gu – which traditionally produces 60 percent of the country’s annual cereal output — they will be left without another major harvest until 2018.

Farming families in Ethiopia, meanwhile, are extremely vulnerable as they have not been able to recover from the 2015 El Nino-induced drought. Some 5.6 million people remain food insecure, while millions more depend on livestock herds that need to be protected and treated to improve milk and meat production. Here, too, better access to feed and water is critical.

The crop situation is relatively stable after the country completed the most widespread emergency seed distribution in Ethiopia’s history. FAO and more than 25 NGOs and agencies reached 1.5 million households with drought-resistant seeds.

As a result of enabling farming families to grow their own food, the government and humanitarian community saved close to $1 billion in emergency aid, underlining that investing in farmers is not only the right thing to do but also the most cost-efficient.

FAO’s Early Warning early action work

Somalia and Kenya are among the first countries benefiting from FAO’s new Early Warning Early Action Fund (EWEA). The fund ensures quick activation of emergency plans when there is a high likelihood of a disaster that would affect agriculture and people’s food and nutrition security.

The fund will be part of a larger Early Warning Early Action System that tracks climate data and earth imaging to determine what areas are at risk of an imminent shock and will benefit from early intervention.

Kenya – Worsening drought in Mandera and Samburu (23.11.2016)

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  • Drought conditions are deteriorating particularly in northern Kenya. Around 1.3 million people are reportedly food insecure.
  • Food security is expected to shift from stressed (phase 2 of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification/IPC) to crisis level (IPC phase 3) for pastoral areas in early 2017. Global acute malnutrition is expected to remain critical, with rates above emergency thresholds.
  • The government of Kenya announced an allocation of 5.4 billion Kenyan shillings (nearly EUR 50 million) to mitigate the effects of the drought.
  • DG ECHO partner organisation Acted launched an emergency appeal for USD 2.6 million for immediate life-saving support to drought-affected communities in the districts of Mandera and Samburu.

Kenya: Joint Press Briefing – Drought and Food Security situation in ASAL Counties (16.10.2016)

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Kenya: Press Statement addressing Budgetary Allocation in Counties (14.10.2016)

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Members of the Press,
Citizens of Kenya,
We address you today after recent coverage in the dailies portraying counties to be misusing funds allocated to them. County Governments have achieved much since the inception of the devolved system of governance and each county can readily demonstrate what they have achieved in each sector.
In line with this, the Council of Governors would like to clarify some things and the set the record straight.
ACCESS TO OVERDRAFT FACILITIES
• Counties are now able to access overdrafts from the Central bank for operations at 5% of the latest audited revenue and to be repaid within a year.
• The Central Bank of Kenya is in the process of preparing guideline since they have clearance from the Attorney General on the interpretation of the law in line with Article 212(b) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and Sec 140(1) of the PFM Act 2012.
The borrowing will cushion Counties financial constraints necessitated by delay in disbursement of the equitable share from the National Treasury.

UTILIZATION OF FUNDS BY COUNTY GOVERNMENTS
• According to the Controller of Budgets report for the past nine months, County Governments spent Kshs.7.15 billion on domestic and foreign travel of which Kshs.2.9Billion by the County Assembly and Kshs.4.115 Billion by the County Executive.
• The National Government Ministries and departments spent Kshs.8.023Billion in the same period of which Kshs.2.6Billion was spent by the National Assembly.
• The report further indicates that the National Government spent Kshs.107.862Billion being 26.9% of the total recurrent expenditure (Kshs.400.33Billion) on other unclassified expenditure.

WHAT DEVOLUTION HAS DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF KENYA
• Since the advent of devolution, there is evidence to show that the people of Kenya have experienced a lot of positive change especially in service delivery. Health services are more accessible in the rural areas and more affordable. In 2012, there were 8,466 health centers and dispensaries, currently the numbers stand at 10,032 health facilities.
• Counties have employed more health care personnel. In 2013 there were 874 doctors and 6,620 nurses, the statics today stand at 1,302 doctors and 8,903 nurses in the county health facilities.
• Infant mortality rate has dropped to 39% per every 1000 live births as opposed 62% per every 1000 live births before devolution.
• In Agriculture there has been an increase in crop and livestock production. 132 Value addition projects have been instituted in 34 Counties; 1,021 greenhouses installed in 36 Counties; and 911 cattle dips have been constructed and rehabilitated in 28 Counties.
• 541,627 farmers have access to extension services with the aim of improving productivity.
• Counties have witnessed a 20% increase in enrollment of students in the ECD centers. In 2013, the ECD enrollment stood at 1,691,286, today it stands at 2,074,060. Additionally, 30,049 teachers and assistants have been recruited to cater for the increased enrollment.
• County Governments have refurbished over 598 centers, built over 5,951 ECD centers and equipped them with desks in a bid to ensuring that pre-school children learn in a conducive environment.
• Counties have embraced innovative and advanced technologies like the Pro-base road construction technology which is cost effective, durable and easy to maintain. Between 2013 and 2016, County Governments have tarmacked 379 kilometers of road and constructed 35,934 kilometers of all-weather road. Furthermore, 19,148 kilometers of new roads have been opened up and 9,572 kilometers of road rehabilitated.
• In trade, new markets for locals have been constructed to facilitate trade in the counties. The numbers of markets have grown from 362 markets to 651 markets.
• In 2013, there were 1,396 cooperatives which have since grown to 1,806 cooperatives with a turnover of KES 56 billion. The Cooperative societies in Kenya are now employing more than 300,000 people besides providing opportunities for self-employment to many more.

Kenya: Letter – “Re: Alleged Libelous tweet and DP Ruto’s threat to sue Boniface Mwangi (05.10.2016)

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Kenya: “Re: Libelous Tweet Concerning H.E. William Ruto” (30.09.2016)

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President Kenyatta, DP Ruto the brains behind Jubilee (Youtube-Clip)

“Exactly who is the brainchild of the new Jubilee baby? Deputy President William Ruto is thought to be the force behind the formation of the Jubilee party. He is said to have engineered the formation of the party in preparation of the 2022 general election, but not to those in the know. In fact some say Ruto maybe the biggest loser in the new set up, not everyone thinks so as Ken Mijungu found out” (Kenya NTV, 2016)

DP Ruto gives ‘directionless’ KANU a public dress down (Youtube-Clip)

“Deputy President William Ruto gave his former ‘chama cha mama na baba’ KANU a public dressing down at Gideon Moi’s Baringo backyard over the weekend. He said he would campaign not to have KANU divide the votes coming out of Rift Valley in the 2017 General Election. He said KANU had proved itself rudderless following the 2013 General Polls at which the former political giant performed poorly” (Capital FM Kenya, 2016)

Press Statement: Statement on the just concluded Kericho By-Election (13.03.2016)

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On 7th March 2016, the people of Kericho County came out to exercise their democratic right of electing their Senator.  However, contrary to their expectations and to the dismay of the entire country, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) deliberately abdicated its duty and failed to oversee the exercise to ensure it was free, fair and transparent as is required by the Constitution of Kenya and the Elections Act.

We have since established, on expert authority, that the Kericho by-election results were manipulated to favour the JAP candidate against his KANU opponent.

The most incriminating evidence that points to manipulation of results is a mathematical formula which we have cracked with the help of statisticians who have been studying the pattern of results as they were being transmitted live.

A Geometric Progression formula was used by JAP to generate data through a computer programme so that at any given time during the tallying exercise, the JAP candidates votes were constantly double those of the KANU candidate.

In essence, what those who manipulated the results did amounted to a controlled experiment such that, for every genuine vote that the KANU candidate received, the manipulation system awarded the JAP candidate one and half votes.

Cumulatively, the thousands of half votes that the system awarded the JAP candidate would be added up to make round figures of full votes thus bringing about the 109,358 votes that the JAP candidate was announced to have received and declared the winner.

Now, all of us know that there are no half-votes in real life, but this is only possible in computer-aided data generation through Geometric Progression and sequencing.

The table below, generated from live transmission on TV stations, gives a clear picture of the way the formula was applied to ensure the Jubilee candidate won the election by a pre-determined margin.

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The import of this formula is that certain amount of votes fairly garnered by the KANU candidate were migrated through the formula to the JAP candidate thereby giving him overwhelming numbers against the KANU candidate in an obviously fraudulent manner. In our scrutiny, we also observed that most of the form 35A given to some agents at the polling centers were pre-filled by the election officials before being distributed to the respective polling centers.

This is confirmed by the fact that there are glaring similarities of the hand writings in the Form 35A which we were able to lump together. This was confirmed by a handwriting expert.  We noted that the results transmitted by IEBC did not indicate the respective polling stations as is the norm. Kenyans were shocked to see tallied and lumped-up results being transmitted without indicating which polling stations they were coming from. The simple explanation for this is that those results were NOT coming from real polling stations in Kericho but were coming from a command center far away from Kericho.

The claim by IEBC that the transmission system failed because of poor internet connectivity is unacceptable because enough of taxpayers money was allocated to IEBC for the exercise to be done effectively. We are also baffled by the speed with which the tallying exercise was carried out in which more than 400 polling centers had already been relayed by 7:30PM!

In previous by-elections such as Makueni, Bungoma and Homa Bay, results were known the following day after voters had gone to the polls. In this regard, it was a monumental contradiction on the part of IEBC that on one hand the internet connectivity was poor and therefore the process was slow, but on the other hand 100 percent of the transmission exercise had been completed by 10pm!

For these fundamental reasons, we as KANU and our campaign team declare that the Kericho by-election was rigged and IEBC was totally compromised and complacent to save face for some senior politician in the region.
From our audit and expert analysis, the KANU candidate Paul Sang garnered 126,493 and Aaron Cheruiyot of JAP got 38,162. The rest of the candidates garnered a combined vote 2,510.

Therefore, Kericho County has two Senators. One a numeric system generated Senator in the name of Aaron Cheruiyot, and the peoples Senator, Paul Sang.

That notwithstanding, we wish to thank the people of Kericho County for their warm welcome, support and encouragement during the entire period of our campaign. We particularly note that at every political rally that we attended, people turned out in their thousands out of their own free will. We salute them for embracing the spirit of democracy and showing the desire to listen to the alternative voice. We are proud that you elected Paul Sang.
Thank You.
Hon. Nick Salat
Secretary General KANU.

Kericho Results