As the re-started after a week of rest, as the Jubilee that meaning Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta, have stopped the leadership of CORD to have real talks on the reform of Independent Boundaries Electoral Commission (IEBC). This is happening while the Supreme Court today accept the wishes of CORD and allow them to peacefully protest against the government institution, as the Kenya National Police Service under IGP Boinett ordered the ‘Demonstrations’ to stop and would stop it with ‘force’.
Something that the Kenyan Police have done, just as of late, there are three persons who was shot and killed by the Police in Kisumu, where the demonstrations where heated. Another one was hurt by bullet as well, but not reported killed in Kisumu.
From Uhuru Park:
In Nairobi the Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome is demanding to see “broken bones and blood on the streets”. So if the Kisumu is the one following the wishes of Koome, then then will be worse reports from Nairobi, as the roads down towards the Central Business District and the Anniversary Tower is closed from the early morning. There been putting tires on fires on roads all around the city, like on Mathare Road, Jogoo Road and so on. Certain Junior Officers of Nairobi Police have refused to follow the directive of Koome to incite violence towards the demonstrators today. The CORD plan yesterday to have another rally at the Uhuru Park, as the other parts of CBD of Nairobi have been sealed off by the Police; so there been steady movement of demonstrators in that direction. Even truck drivers around Mlolongo have strike against the IEBC and put up a massive jam in the area, as there we’re trucks at a ‘standstill’. There even been reports of the Junior Officers who didn’t want to follow orders of Koome, went to Nairobi Central Park and relaxed, instead of driving water-cannons and shooting tear-gas at demonstrators, again. While the Anti-Riot Police are as usual stationed at the Anniversary Tower, I think they should put up a Police Post there, as they can see all steady movement every-day of the week, not only Police Brutality Mondays.
“UN Nairobi Office bosses told to let staff go home early and those able to work from home to do so. Pressure felt”. Shops and schools are closed in Kibera, as he demonstrations today are we’re on the way and they wanted to be prepared, as there been violent behavior during the demonstrations in the recent demonstrations in Kibera slum.
There been peaceful demonstrations in Homa Bay Town.
There been demonstrations in Narok, Kisii, Migori, Meru and in Eldoret, but no news of violence or killings there.
You know the issues are turning to be fuzz, when the American Ambassador Godec visiting Hon. Raila Odinga and ask him to stop with the demonstrations against the IEBC; with that in mind Amb. Godec wanted CORD to stop and end the demonstrations completely, Odinga he answered that Ambassador should go and talk with Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee, not stall him, because he is the ones with the main issues on the matter.
“CORD Principals are urging all our people to converge at Uhuru Park in readiness for #IEBCMustGo peaceful demonstration. No carrying of stones or any form of weapon. They have also threatened to extend the demos to THREE days in a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)” (Cord, 06.06.2016).
The looting of two supermarkets in Kisumu is just worrying, even if the Police brutality and killings are occurring, as they are vicious and wrong; that does not justify to attack and loot businesses that are not even connected with the IEBC, that the reason for the demonstration, neither is it peaceful to be thieving, though the live bullets and tear-gas from the Police is not justified. Let that all be clear!
This here will not be silenced easily or go away as it is wished by the Jubilee, as the stalemate, the questions of the chickens, the pay-offs and the arrangement of the IEBC as they are not any requested changes that the CORD have asked for, while the blood and burning streets are not a good look for Kenya or the Jubilee Government. Peace.
“It is not possible that the Opposition leaders do not have faith in all the institutions established under the Constitution” (…) “For instance they say they do not have faith in Parliament, Judiciary and IEBC and yet we recently told the world that we have enacted progressive laws that guide in the running and management of the country” – William Ruto on Madaraka Day rally in Nakuru (The Star Kenya, 01.06.2016).
There are those days when you sit down and wonder if these leaders we have really lead, or just follow their gut. That is how I feel about H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Coalition, the soon official Jubilee Alliance Party. Who has is advisory in Hon. Raila Odinga, not that the two other main leaders in CORD doesn’t matter, they do, the same does also the deputy of Jubilee. They all matter… therefore the Dialogue and negotiation is so important.
When we have had the Tear-Gas Mondays and Police Brutality Mondays as the Anti-IEBC rallies have happen around Anniversary Tower in Nairobi, and after a while also happening in other central parts of Kenya, under the leadership of local governors and dignitaries from the opposition. As this has happen, the Jubilee and their MPs, and other leaders have said that the Media and Police should shut it down as it is unconstitutional. Well, the shooting of citizens who demonstrates, the ones walking in the street doesn’t do any harm, the ones with tear-gas, water-canons, sticks and also guns shooting at citizens are the ones that are breaching the constitution. With that in mind, as the killings of civilians will be stained on the ballots of the General Election 2017, unless their loss will be within reason; because the situation right now is that they lost their life for nothing and because of a brutal force from the government. That is not a position or legacy a Kenyatta, want to leave behind, is it?
Not, that CORD are totally correct, but they are right in questioning and asking for reforming both constitution and the IEBC, as before the IEBC, there was IIEC and surely there was another funny abbreviation for an Electoral body in Kenya. I am right, right?
But because of the current conflict, because of the matter of violence from the Police Service together with the strong rhetoric from CS Nkaissery and others are putting up an invisible wall between them and the leaders of CORD: Hon Raila Odinga, Hon Moses Wentan’gula and Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. They are all under fire from the reign of Jubilee, as well as the Deputy President William Ruto also addressed them and said there was no need for talks.
The reason why Jubilee doesn’t want to talk, they want to be big-men, elected men who don’t want to show weakness, even if that weakness might show justice and true freedom. Within reason there are freedoms, but when CS Nkaissery can without anything order a journalist detained for writing about parliamentary gazette, then there something wrong with the current laws and regulations. And that is with the freedom of speech, not in the freedom of tallying votes and ushering in voters to actually vote.
The “Chickengate” and the stories of fixing the Burundian Election in 2015, must eat on the bones of the leadership of the IEBC, as the troubled history of the chairman Isaack Hassan and the others who bought and secured funds for themselves and other bureaucrats, as they wanted to eat “chicken” every time the needed Electoral Material, and with that in mind; they surely would like some money direct from ruling party to fix results as they could see fit. That would be fitting right, if you can be bought ones, why not twice?
The Jubilee shouldn’t just push those thoughts away as there been enough cash-scandals under their reign in this first term of H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. William Ruto. They have both seen the cash-strapped organizations eaten government funds and seen government officials eaten some extra funds, that from sports to police officers. “Man eats Man Society” as Julius Nyerere called it.
With that in mind as the grievances between the parties are there, as the history between the figures and what they have said about each other are there, even when they have the humility to be together at State House when the South Korean President passed by the Kenyan Nation. That proves that the differences is not too big for them to share the same room and breath the same air.
Now that we know that, they can talk pleasantries in the State House, then there are no reason for why they cannot let certain groups from Jubilee and Cord can discuss the IEBC and reason between them; so that there are no bad-blood before the General Election 2017. If the Jubilee doesn’t do it, then their Police Brutality should be sued and taken to court as breaches of rights to demonstrate in the streets of Nairobi and other Kenyan towns. That is something the CORD party should consider as a treat to hurt in public display and within court laundering of the Kenya National Police Service and their officers. That would not look good in the months as the Courts and trials can last, as there are many actions, many injured and many to interview and write up affidavits from. That would not be tactic that makes the Kenyan government looking friendly… though they already have to address the Dadaab Refugee Camp closing in November 2016. That should be enough for their loyal subject CS Nkaissery.
So with the knowledge of the chaos of retirement and bribes in the Kenyan Supreme Court, with the Tunoi Tribunal and the Dr. Willy Mutunga and crew makes the necessity for talks even more important, as the reign and openness of scandals in governmental institutions have been staggering. It has not been silenced, there haven’t been enough of emotions, as even the Kenyan Media have been shown to be silenced by the Jubilee, as CS Nkaissery have even been for some an all-powerful English teacher. I myself learned so much from his plain-English last year.
So with the knowledge of all the events, all the actions and all the questions, all the scandals and even added little bit of Police Brutality, the Government, the ruling Party, the President and his Deputy should by all means consider to discuss the future. Where they will possibly disscuss some reforms to give some credibility to the IEBC as the months ahead, and the coming election will be hard to sustain with today’s stalemate between the two coalitions.
If the current government leadership wants to be taken as a serious leaders who can handle to have an initial opposition and respecting the opposition. The Jubilee, who even have at one point as the KANU leader Uhuru Kenyatta knows the taste of tear-gas under President Mwai Kibaki, wonder if the H.E. Kibaki could been more hostile and less of a man, then he might turned and been stubborn as the current leadership is.
That dialogue is not on the table, says more about JUBILEE than about CORD. The groups and politicians, could by all means, regress and deteriorate each other; that will not go into a good space and environment in General Election 2017. Something Kenyatta and Ruto does not want to be responsible for what that could come. As the already loss of life, should make the men, the leaders and honorable to recognize the time and take a cup of tea together to fix and mend the issue. Instead of building and creating a hostile landscape where they are against you, by all means, and doesn’t make for a justified election and campaigning. That create war-mongering and them-us talk that doesn’t create a safe space. With the history of elections in Kenya, that should be taken in consideration, to not ignite or open up for such. That on neither side and instead give some way or look into the grievances that are… and the questions to the government institution… that shouldn’t be muffled. Peace.
There are questionable actions towards the Coalition of Reform and Democracy (CORD) who are protesting the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) who are conducting the elections in Kenya and are following orders from the ruling party Jubilee Coalition and soon legal entity Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP).
Today is the fourth Monday in a row when the CORD and their leadership have held demonstrations against the Commission who have the authorities and government behind them. Therefore the Police Brutality and violence against the people in Kenya is now not only around the Anniversary Tower around the Haile Selassie Avenue in the capital. It has branched out to the provinces and other towns.
Today the demonstrations happen not only in Central Nairobi and Kibera. They happen in Mombasa, Kakamega, Nakuru and Kisumu.
As early in the morning there was 100 Anti-Riot Police was deployed to Uhuru Park in Mombasa. This was before the demonstrations had started that was supposed to be led by Governor Hassan Ali Joho, who is also a Deputy of ODM, a party in the CORD alliance. As the demonstrations moved, so did the ready Police and threw tear-gas at the demonstrators. While also arresting Mombasa Speaker Thadeus Rajwayi and Junda County Member Paul Onje. Together with 10 more people we’re also arrest around the demonstrations. So as the people we’re dispersed by the Police, after that the streets of Mombasa are now patrolled by the officers.
Governor Hassan Ali Joho: “Despite intimidation & outright provocation by Kenya Police, peaceful anti-IEBC demo was held in Mombasa”.
“FIVE SHOT by prison warders during anti-IEBC protests in Migori town,rushed to hospital in critical condition, police boss David Kirui says” (NationBreakingNews, 2016).
In Kakamega as the demonstrations there was also dispersed by the Police. The Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, he is detained at Kakamega Police Station. Boni Khalwale states himself: “Am in Kakamega Police Station cells arrested 4 participating in a constitutional & peaceful anti-IEBC demo. Kenya!” In Kakamega the Police went violent with gunshots and injuries of demonstrators. Also happening in town we’re Journalist Leon Lidigu who was filming of Police Officer kicking and clobbering a woman, the Police confiscated his camera as he had filmed the Police Brutality!
There we’re assembled demonstrations in Nakuru. Even the ODM Chairperson Dennis Okomol was arrest for holding the demonstrations. CORD Supporters have been sitting on the outside of Nakuru Railway Police Station after the arrests for the Police while they we’re holding demonstrations in town.
Also Suna East MP Mohamed Junet have been arrested and is being detained at Kilimani Police Station.
In Kisumu the demonstrations was shut down with brutality, as the Police shot live bullets even at a man who was entering a CBA bank. So the Police shot a man in Kisumu, who was not even parts of the Demonstration, just at the wrong place at the wrong time, as the Police in Kisumu wanted to show their power and the rights to disperse the person who demonstrates against the IEBC. Also other than the first person shot, the reports also says two more we’re shot and with serious injuries into County Hospital. The Police also threw tear-gas at the journalist who was covering the demo. What was more impressive what that certain police officers entered a Hotel in town where they stole chapatti and mandazi’s before they arrested the owner of the Hotel. In Kisumu there have also been burning of tires in the street while this is a reaction to the violence shown by the Police.
“My heart cries for Kibera. The people your fighting for live in Karen and leafy surburbs na hakuna teargas kwao. #CORDdemos” – DJ Moz Kubamba
In Nairobi there were actions in Kibera, around the Anniversary Tower, even Police Helicopters while the tear-gas hit the streets, as on the Haile Selassie Avenue. Sealed of the offices, but no major news from Nairobi, as it the towns of Kisumu, Kakamega and Mombasa where the Police went into action this Monday. Seems like Nairobi Metropolitan Police Commander Japheth Koome have slowed down after last Monday’s demonstrations. Even if the Kibera slum where they started to burn tires in the street in demonstrations against the IEBC; while this is happening the Anti-Riot Police have thrown the tear-gas in the area, that have even inflicted the public, which means that Police even tear-gassed the kids! Even a Primary school with 200 secondary school students we’re teargassed!
There been talking of a convoy of 500 cars driving towards the IEBC Offices in Nairobi as the Offices have been sealed this morning. So the ending of the convoy today will have in Nairobi, as the visible harassment and police brutality that will enter Central Business District of Nairobi, when the leaders of CORD and their convoy enters the Capital as they are driving down from the highway. How the second time around today will go down is not sure. Certainly the Police Brutality has been too high against the protestors, as they are citizens, just as much as the Police Officers. There been vivid actions that should be questioned, as much as the ones that happen last Monday.
They have no done it Monday upon Monday, they are determine to question the powers of the IEBC and their real independent counting and tallying of the results, as this message also show of an anonymous staff at the IEBC:
That is enough for now. Peace.
“There was drama in Kisumu after a lone protestor chained himself on the main gate of the IEBC offices in Kisumu. Fred Ouda, a member of the Siaya county assembly, said he was protesting against the roughing up of CORD leaders and their supporters by police. Police were forced to lob teargas to disperse demonstrations who were headed to the IEBC offices led by Governor Ranguma Kisumu Ouko Okusah with the details” (NTV Kenya, 2016).
Kenyan opposition has reacted to the talks about importing sugar from Uganda to Kenya and recharging the trades over the borders. This is after the talks that been between Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Uganda recently. Here will go through the statements from CORD (Coalition of Reforms and Democracy), ODM (Orange Democratic Movement) and JUBILEE. Also other main actors in the Sugar industry in Kenya, also main numbers for one of the factories called Mumias Sugar Company, which has had issues in the recent year.
To put a little history into this and surely forgotten near history is:
“A public spat over when 200 000 tons of duty-free sugar should be imported from the Common Market for East and Southern African (Comesa) bloc to forestall a sugar shortage in Kenya has exposed potential economic sabotage by members of the ruling party” (…) “On February 9, the board’s chief executive, Andrew Otieno Oloo, wrote a letter to the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission and the National Security Intelligence Services accusing the ministers of attempting to execute fraudulent deals. Otieno said the sugar crisis had been orchestrated to trigger a price increase for the commodity” (…) “Two weeks ago, presidential aspirants Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, Najib Balala and Kalonzo Musyoka — all from the opposition — also took the government to task over the delayed sugar imports and said the scheme was intended to create an artificial scarcity aimed at raising prices” (…) “The imported Comesa sugar would have stabilised sugar prices, which have already increased by more than 100%, to $2 from less than $1 a kilogram in October last year. The issue boiled over last December when Kimunya declined to expedite the government gazette notice, making it impossible for the sugar board and the Kenya Revenue Authority to set a date for traders to start importing the sugar” (…) “The scandal has further tarnished Kibaki’s image as he struggles to recover from a series of similar scandals that cost the taxpayer more than $100million between 2003, when he came to power, and 2004, when the details of the theft of public resources began to emerge” (…) “Kenya’s sugar needs are 800Â 000 tons per annum. It produces 600Â 000 tons and the remaining 200 000-ton deficit is bridged with imports from Comesa” (Kwayera, 2007).
Footage from KTN NEWS:
Footage from Kenya Citizen TV:
Amina Mohammed said today: “emphatically that the Uganda sugar deal has been blown out of proportion, with the main agenda of the visit totally forgotten” (…) ”That the only matter agreed upon was the establishment of an East Africa Sugar Board to protect Kenya’s sugar and ensure that what is being exported and imported is not from anywhere else apart from the region” (Kulundu, 2015).
The basic information quote on the sugar trade between Kenya and Uganda from the Joint Communique that came out the 10th of August from the Statehouse of Entebbe and the Republic of Uganda:
“President Museveni noted that Kenya exports to Uganda are estimated at $700 million compared to imports worth $180 million, and commended President Kenyatta for implementing initiatives that would contribute to bridging the trade gap. The two Heads of State observed that bilateral trade has potential to grow further and reaffirmed their commitment to the free movement of goods, Labour and services, including the elimination of all trade barriers” (Joint Communique, 2015)
Musailia Mudavadi has said the agreement has killed the goodwill of the 1sh billion bailout of Mumias Sugar Company. Statement on the 14th of August Mudavadi said: “Kenyans need to know what measures the government has taken to prevent unscrupulous importation of sugar from outside the Comesa protocol and channeling it through Uganda to circumvent the regulations under the Rules of Origin principles” (…) “There is a classic example of re-packaging Brazilian sugar and dumping it in the Kenyan market” (…) “The excuse of ‘balancing trade between our sister countries’ should not be used to enter into pacts that undermine local production” (…) “”It cannot be that his Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed says there is no agreement while the President defends the alleged agreement. Is there a pact or not? This contradiction needs correcting” (Ochieng, 2015).
What the ODM fear about the Sugar deal with Uganda:
“Kenya has arrived at that stage. There is clear evidence that we are dealing with a mafia regime in which individuals are pursuing personal interests in the name and the expense of the nation” (…) “The end game is to turn Kenyans into beggars who rely on the generosity of the thieves who will come to our aid through harambees and the other acts of alleged philanthropy” (…) “That is the story of Sugar. The same sugar, imported by government officials is, financing Al Shabaab who recently killed hundreds of university students in Garisssa, most of whom were from Western Kenya” (…) “In Western Kenya, they have attacked sugarcane in a double prolonged strategy. First, they will kill the factories. Next they will buy the factories” (…) “We have asked the president to explain to us how this deal helps the sugarcane farmers” (…) “We have asked the president to explain how this deal will help our industries prepare for the end of COMESA sugar protection period”(…) “Yes Kenyan Sugar is expensive. But it feeds the Kenyan farmers and it educated the children of sugarcane farmers. Yes Ugandan sugar is cheap. But it only feeds Uganda farmers and their children. No nation ever developed by abandoning its products” (…) “Buy Mumias Sugar, Sony Sugar, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil and Muhoroni sugar and build the country” (Kulundu, 2015).
Cord Statement on sugar deal:
“Sugar production is vital to the economies of Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Busia, Kisumu, Migori, Narok and Kwale. There are 11 sugar factories in Kenya. Allowing the dumping of sugar in Kenya will devastate the economies of a quarter of the Counties of Kenya and a huge section of the rural agricultural population. This is economic sabotage on a grand scale. Grand Economic Sabotage is a crime. It is treasonable” (…) “ TWO MAFIAS? ONE IN KENYA ANOTHER IN UGANDA: The matter is urgent because of the statistics that Uganda does not produce a sugar surplus to be exported to fill Kenya’s supposed deficit allegedly of 200,000 tonnes. The model we fear is going to be used was last seen in 2008. Back then Hon. Kahinda OTAFIRE a close ally of President Museveni and a former head of Uganda’s intelligence service who is currently Uganda’s Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, got embroiled in a civil suit involving KSh. 50,000,000 (fifty million) worth of sugar that came into Mombasa from Dubai already in packed in Mumias Sugar Factory packets! It was meant to be dumped in the Kenyan market. Mumias Sugar Factory got involved in the case and two years later the sugar consignment was destroyed. We are headed in the same direction! It seems that a Kenyan mafia has conspired with a Ugandan one to profit from corruption that will serve only to impoverish Kenyans” (Kenya-Today, 2015).
“All CORD and its leader, Raila Odinga have done so far is to point fingers, cast blame, misinform, and compound the despondency already weighing down the sugar growing community” (…) “Mr. Ruto was appointed Minister for Agriculture, farmers were being paid a paltery KES 2500 per tonne of cane delivered to the factories. Because of interventions under Mr. Ruto’s leadership, including the cancellation of sugar permits of know sugar cartels, barons and brokers” (…) “It is well-establish matter of public record that Mr. Ruto bravely confronted sugar importation and smuggling cartels which dumped cheap sugar in the market, short-changing hardworking farmers” (…) “It is a fact that this threat to the monopoly and liquidity of sugar barons affected Mr. Odinga’s personal interests, leading to the unfortunate removal of Mr. Ruto from the Ministry of Agriculture. It is also a fact that Mr. Odinga has been inert bystander at best, or a conspirator of sugar, cartels as the farmers of Western Kenya and Nyanza suffered” (…) “Mr. Odinga has finally confessed that he owes the poor sugar cane farmers of Mumias hundreds of millions of shillings which he casually terms a commercial loans” (…) “Why did Mr. Odinga obtain this so-called commercial loan from poor peasant farmers instead of a approaching a commercial bank whose business it is to lend money?” (…) “We demand from Mr. Odinga and companies associated with him full disclosure of how much they owe Chemlil, Nzoia, Muhoroni, South Nyanza and other millers” (…) “Mr. Odinga is proposing to visit the people of Western Kenya, whom he owes money, his rallies will essentially be a meeting with his creditors. We sincerely hope that aside from cheap politics and empty rethoric, Mr. Odinga will present to the people of Western Kenya a credible repayment plan, outlining how he and companies associated with him intend to repay the money owed, to enable the peasant farmers take their children to school” (InLiveNews, 2015).
More to the story:
“William Ruto has called Raila Odinga “Lord of Poverty” while Odinga has fired back to Ruto calling him “High Priest of Corruption”. Majority leader Aden Duale says “All CORD and its leader, Raila have done is to point fingers, cast blame, misinform and compound the despondency already weighing down the sugar growing community” (…) Mr Duale also says “after the move, payment for sugarcane farmers shot from Sh2,500 to Sh3,800 a tonne and only went down after Mr. Ruto was sacked” (Jodie, 2015).
William Ruto has continued to say online: “Sugar cartels used PM’s office to orchestrate my removal because Gazette notice 3977 I signed cancelled their licences ending their schemes” (…) “While in western (essentially meeting with creditors) aside from rhetoric, I hope Cord presents a credible repayment plan of admitted debts” (…) “how that my friend Tinga (Raila) admits owing peasant cane farmers millions can he explain why he didn’t take this “commercial loan” from a bank?” (…)“Under what circumstances did Mr Odinga and companies associated with him contract a debt of such magnitude with poor innocent farmers?” (Jodie, 2015).
Kiprono Kittony commented to the media: “Importation is not meant to weaken the economy rather it serves to help bring development and collaboration between countries. Politics will not increase sugar” (…) “Most of the sugar companies in Uganda are private, that’s why they are able to produce more and better sugar than us. The Government should do the same and privatize our companies” (Mr. Kittony is the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry), (NairobiToday, 2015).
The former Presidential Campaign Manager for Raila Odinga, Mr. Eliud Owalo has said this about the Mumias scandal: “Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has been accused of systematically running down Mumias Sugar Company during his tenure as the Managing Director of the giant Sugar Miller. He was not MD of Mumias by virtue of being the Governor of Nairobi, and he must therefore be ready to bear responsibility as to costs and consequences of the same without dragging the Party into it” (…) “It does not help the Party cause to continue clinging onto Kidero in the face of serious allegations of graft at Mumias Sugar Company to the detriment of the people of Western Kenya whose single largest source of livelihood is now at stake.The Party risks losing its crucial Western support base by being seen to be protective of Kidero who has crippled the economy of the Western region, yet he is equally known to be one of the most disloyal members of the Party. Embarasingly, the Nairobi County Governer is heavily implicated in wanton land grabbing reminiscent of the Nyayo era yet both ODM and the CORD Coalition has maintained a studious silence on the same simply because it’s our own Governor is at the engine and otho-centre of the land scams” (Nairobi Forum, 2015).
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko also spoke his peace: “I wish to table some audio clips and unfortunately it will not go down well with some people who will lose some confidence in me but for the sake of development of Nairobi County, allow me to table them” (…) “Peposi Freight Kenya Ltd was registered on December 23, 2014 and the next day opened an account at Cooperative Bank, City Hall branch. Sh7.6 million was wired from the Nairobi County Government for services never delivered” (Nairobi Forum, 2015).
Claims of bribes to seal a nice report:
“Drama started when two MPs claimed 20 members who signed the final report complied after a probe on Mumias Sugar Company had received a total of Sh64 Million to expunge some names from the report. The debate comes as the committee is embroiled in an allegations taking bribes to doctor the report over importation of sugar that contributed to crippling of the Mumias Sugar Company” (…) “The allegation and counter-allegation came after Washiali and Fred Outa (Nyando) claimed the MPs, including Committee chair, had received sh4m bribe to shared among 22 members who signed the altered report. Noor is being accused of reiciving the money after Lugari MP Ayub Savula, at a past committee, claimed a cheque from a local bank had been deposited into the chairman’s account” (…) “Washiali said further: “We have a feeling the Sh4m affected the outcome of the report. I know money was deposited into your (Noor) account that made you alter the report. This is the matter of life or death. Tell us who also benefited from it. We will not allow you to take advantage of our people” (…) “Washiali also took on Kimei, claiming he had hinted to him that a further Sh100m was being prepared for members to ensure they come up with “good report” (IGNITEKE, 2015).
Backdrop on Mumias fall and the numbers before the bailout:
It mentioned in the stories. I had started to write a few months ago on this. So this is just the backbone of a article. So here is a draft of numbers and information of the company that got bailed out during the year after terrible economic issues that it had. This here is a little basic and also far from digging through what I had at the time. But this is just a sidepiece to the quotes that are on the Kenyan-Uganda Sugar and trading deal between the countries after the state visit of Uhuru Kenyatta in Uganda around 10-11th of August 2015.
So enjoy the little information on Mumias Sugar Company:
Emis they described Mumias Sugar Company Ltd as this:”Mumias Sugar Company Limited is a Kenya-based company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of sugar and the production of electricity. It manufactures molasses for industrial users, traders, farmers and individual purchasers” (…) “The Company also produces power through burning of baggasse, a waste product from sugarcane processing” (EMIS – Securities).
The important tales from the annual report of 2014 tells dangerous story. First with Mr. Ameyo describe the matter of the company and sugar industry got hit because of that. This starts with the unexpected low yield of sugarcane from the sugar-belt in Western-Kenya. Part of the operation issues was getting good quality cane. Year of 2014 was the production of Sugar went up by 14%. The Ethanol production from last fiscal year went up 210%. Molasses production went down because quality of the sugar-cane the downturn in production was total of 21%. This resulted in less export of electricity. All of this with also the higher price on production cost went up 18% (Ameyo, 2014).
COTU press release on the Mumias:
“Mumias Sugar Company limited is facing imminent closure soon if the kshs.1Billion promised to the Sugar Company by the government is not effected immediately and the closure will result into the eventual collapse of the Sugar Firm” (…) “he Western Region requesting government offices to intervene and ensure that Mumias Sugar firm does not collapse because such action will lead to over 500,000 families across the country losing their source of livelihood besides the millions of people that depend on the firm both directly and indirectly in the Western Kenya and outside” (…) “At the same time, COTU (K)’s concerns are informed by similar promises by the government that lead to the collapse of Pan Paper Mills in Webuye and we are sure that soon after the collapse of Mumias Sugar firm, Nzoia Sugar Company will be on live and this will no doubt be the worst raw deal that the Kenyan people would have received from its government and it will be an uphill tasks for anybody to revive these plants” (…) “Thousands of workers now at Mumias Sugar Company are at risk of losing their jobs as do other workers within the production and distribution chain and the Kenyan economy will be worst hit at the closure of Mumias Sugar Company” (COTU, 2015).
Certain people owning Mumias money by June of 2015:
“Otifier Logistics is the highest debtor owing Mumias Sugar Company 36.6 million shillings followed by Spectre International Limited which is associated with the Odinga family that has a debt of 33.9 million shillings” (…) “Otifier Logistics that owes Mumias Sugar Company 36.6 million shillings. Second is Spectre International Limited, a company associated with the Odinga family which owes Mumias Sugar 33.9 million shillings for molasses bought from the miller” (…) “Uchumi Supermarkets also features on the list owing the sugar miller 6.6 million shillings for sugar” (…) “Ukwala Supermarket, Nairobi with a debt of 2.8 million and Yatin Supermarket that owes the miller 319,320 shillings” (…) “Unilever Kenya is also listed as having a debt of 2.2 million shillings” (…) “Mumias Sugar says it is owed a total of 241 million shillings by several companies and individuals” (The Uchaguzi, 2015).
Youth from the Mumias Sugar Belt have alleged that the driving force in “reconciliation” of Senator Bonny Khalwale and Governor Evans Kidero is a 50 million prize money being dangled to abort justice:
“All of us victims of the plunder of Mumias Sugar Company, by a powerful politically connected Cartel, are very alarmed at emerging information that corrupt, evil underground maneuvers are underway to kill off the ongoing clamor, for justice and retribution, by elected leaders and wananchi in the Mumias Sugar belt and Western Kenya in General” (…) “the main target is Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonny Khalwale alongside dozens of other vocal leaders both on the ground in Western and here in Nairobi. We are alarmed that a section of top political leaders, are the chief architects of this heinous betrayal of poor sugarcane farmers and are hiding behind what they call “RECONCILING Dr. Khalwale and Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero” (…) “Governor Oparanya’s loud silence, his ruthless attacks against Kakamega County Assembly Majority leader Cleophas Malala and others whenever they publicly condemn the looting of Mumias and his recent fraudulent dolling out of Sh. 200 million to Mumias instead of calling for the thieves who fleeced the Company to return the loot, confirms our worst fears that the ODM top leadership is complicit in the Mumias Scandal and hence their efforts to intervene are a cover up, which we reject” (…) “Apart from Governor Oparanya, CORD Principal Raila Odinga has been admitting on several Vernacular FM stations that his Company is one of the many debtors who owe Mumias Sugar Company a lot of money. Initially he blamed it on the bank that gave his firm some credit facility to buy Molasses from Mumias. Then when the people are expecting him to lead by example by promptly paying the debt, he popped up in a funeral mass in Kakamega last weekend and denied owing Mumias. That double speak tells a lot. He thinks people have short memories such that he can just play around with their problems” (…) “Dr. Khalwale and other targeted Luhyia leaders should know that accepting to back down from the campaign for the punishment of those who destroyed Mumias and accepting to be given financial inducement will be the biggest betrayal of our farmers and the entire Luhyia Community. The only compromise we can agree is a total refund to Mumias Sugar, full payment for farmers’ cane deliveries that are in arrears for the past several years and key suspects in the looting to organize a public repentance and apology by all the thieves” (The Gazette Daily, 2015).
And the final numbers from the End of Year and Financial Statement from the Mumias Sugar Company:
|Total Equity and liability (shs ‘000)||27,400,113||27,281,993||23,563,086|
|Cash & Cash Equivalents at the end of Year||(940,281)||(1,356,124)|
This has been a long enough blog/article for the internet. But its sure sweet with details and sure Raila Odinga doesn’t come out of this well. Because the table is turned on him since he went after Uhuru Kenyatta and he has borrowed money from the company that recently got saved by the government. An because of the scandal of Mumias Sugar Company I had already a lot of documentation before the Uganda-Kenya import deal that was supposed to happen and be ready after the 10th August 2015. Since that Raila Odinga, the CORD and ODM went bananas and wanted to have a upraising in the Western Kenya where the Sugarcane famers that supply the Mumias Sugar Company reside and where the farmers earn their living deliver the cane to the factory with mills it. Though the economy and corruption of the company has come to the surface and tells that something is not right. And if there are personal connections for Odinga and need extra the sugar mills, as it seems there are reasons to doubt the real political plan of Odinga. As Ruto and Kenyatta has bailed out Mumias and might have signed or gotten to a level of planning to open the borders for sugar and commodities as the ‘Joint Communique’ tells. There is certainties that of “President Museveni noted that Kenya exports to Uganda are estimated at $700 million compared to imports worth $180 million, and commended President Kenyatta for implementing initiatives that would contribute to bridging the trade gap” (Joint Communique, 2015). Which tells the story in general that there will be more trading from Uganda to Kenya, and at the same time will also open the borders more from the Kenyan side.
This has sure not been the cup of tea that the Kenyan Government and the President Uhuru Kenyatta wished to see after being for a visit in Uganda earlier this month. Secondly after bailing out of Mumias Sugar Company should seem like the trading agreement with Uganda shouldn’t spoil that, even if they can import Ugandan Sugar, for the simple sense, the Kenyan community might get more easily sell products in Uganda as well. I doubt that the deal and agreement will be a one-way traffic train between the nations. Then its Raila Odinga who isn’t drinking, but the coastal drink of Mnazi. And with the information I get, I miss a lot of leads and structures. I wish I had more rough numbers and actual facts then hearsay and statements from the parties. With the scandals and probes proves that their certainties of some conspiracy, but where it might lead is scary in Kenya, therefore we haven’t been to bottom of it, or that the Mumias Sugar Company and Sugar Cartel has the hold of politicians so they won’t speak, because they getting behind keeping their mouth shut. An Raila Odinga is in debt to the Sugar Company together with other big shots! While the Government and Jubilee want support in Western Kenya so they support Mumias Sugar Company because of the farmers it feed. While this Sugar agreement and import option set it at risk, but that will also be for all the other millers that grind sugar in the Country! But if you want to be good neighbors and trade, you got to import and export produce between them. Which I think is something Uhuru Kenyatta understands and might think in his mind that is a possibility to continue to grow the Kenyan economy. In the end might not be wrong and give an edge to both countries. Not just sugar in the tea that there is in the talks for now, but everything else as well in time after there been an issue with the chickens and Migingo Island in Lake Victoria, and the fisheries and fishing industry for both countries!
Ameyo, Dan – ‘Mumias Sugar Company Limited – Annual Report and Financial Statements’ (30.06.2014)
COTU – ‘imminent closure of Mumias Sugar Company’ (06.06.2015) link:
IGNITEKE – ‘MPs in a bitter row over Sh60m sugar bribe’ (18.03.2015) link: http://ignitekenya.com/mps-in-bitter-row-over-sh60m-sugar-bribe/
Joint Communique Issued During the State Visit by H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya (10.08.2015) – 10th August, Entebbe, Uganda, Released by the Republic of Uganda
Jodie, Vanessa – ‘Raila fired me because I cancelled sugar barons’ licences, claims Ruto’ (19.08.2015) link: http://www.hero.co.ke/raila-fired-cancelled-sugar-barons-licences-claims-ruto/
Kenya Forum – ‘ELIUD OWALO CALLS FOR KIDERO AND ABABU TO BE KICKED OUT OF ODM’ (10.03.2015) link: http://www.kenyaforum.net/2015/03/10/eliud-owalo-calls-for-kidero-and-ababu-to-be-kicked-out-of-odm/
Kenya Today – ‘Raila takes Uhuru SUGAR ‘WAR’ to Ground Zero, CORD to hold RALLIES in the SUGAR BELT’ (18.08.2015) link: http://www.kenya-today.com/politics/raila-takes-uhuru-sugar-war-ground-zero-cord-to-hold-rallies-in-the-sugar-belt
Kulundu, Mary – ‘Amina Mohammed: Let Me Put This Matter To Rest’ (19.08.2015) link: http://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/amina-mohammed-let-me-put-matter-rest
Kwayera, Juma – ‘Sugar scam stirs slush fund fears’ (05.03.2007) link: http://mg.co.za/article/2007-03-05-sugar-scam-stirs-slush-fund-fears
Mumias Sugar Company Limited (Kenya) – link: http://www.securities.com/php/company-profile/KE/Mumias_Sugar_Company_Limited_en_2129630.html
NairobiToday – ‘Shock As Experts Now Abandon Raila Odinga Over His Selfish Political Gains & Uganda Sugar Deal Rhetoric’ (20.08.2015) link: http://www.nairobitoday.co.ke/2015/08/20/shock-as-experts-now-abandon-raila-odinga-over-his-selfish-political-gains-uganda-sugar-deal-rhetoric/
Ochieng, Justus – ‘Kenya: Sugar Deal Ruins Mumias Goodwill, Says Mudavadi’ (15.08.2015) link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201508150312.html
Statement by the Orange Democratic Movement – KENYANS TO FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD (18.08.2015) link: http://www.kenyan-post.com/2015/08/odm-exposes-ruto-and-uhurus-brookside.html
The Gazette Weekly – ‘Youth allege 50m in Senator Bonny Khalwale and Governor Evans Kidero truce talks’ (02.08.2015) link: http://kakamega411.com/5434/youth-allege-50m-in-senator-bonny-khalwale-and-governor-evans-kidero-truce-talks/
The Uchaguzi – ‘Mumias Sugar says it’s owed shs.241m by several companies and individuals’ (25.06.2015) link: http://uchaguzi.co.ke/mumias-sugar-says-its-owed-shs-241m-by-several-companies-and-individuals/
InLiveNews – Statement from Jubilee – ‘Statement in the interest of the truth for the sake of sugar farmer’ (18.08.2015) link: http://www.inlivenews.com/188807/a-statement-from-uhuru-rutos-jubilee-exposes-raila-odinga-badly-read-it-here/
Kenya har idag fått en ny president. Uhuru Kenyatta! Sammen med nye vise-president William Ruto er de i Jubilee koalisjonen de nye regjerende folkene i Kenya. Med minst mulige margin. Fordi den nye valgloven som ble laget etter skandale valget i 2007. Han er den fjerde presidenten i Kenyas frie historie som en selvstendig nasjon etter å ha vært veldig lenge en koloni under Storbritania.
Så 9. Mars fikk Uhuru Kenyatta de opptelte stemmene. Etter valgloven måtte man ha over 50% av stemmene, hvis det ikke blir slikt må Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) utlyse en ny valgrunde. Uhuru Kenyatta fikk 50,1 %, Raila Odinga 43,4 % og Musila Mudavadi 3,9 %. Dette er Daily Nation election statistikk som sier, VG påstår 50,3 % til Uhuru Kenyatta. Jeg er litt merkelig, men jeg tror mest på Daily Nation når det kommer til Kenya, ikke Oslo avisa!
Det beste med dette valget var et det fredelig i den forstand at det ikke tok av slikt som det gjorde forrige gang i Kenya. Kikiyu mot Luo. Totalt galskap i regionene nærmest Somalia. Desverre skjedde det forferdelig saker rundt Mombasa i de regionene som vil være selvstendige fra Kenya. De vil ha en islamistisk og sultan styrt kystsone fra grensen rundt Kisimayo i Somalia ned til Zanzibar. Hvor sultanene eide landet inntil Tyskland, Storbritania og Franskmenn kom til området. Det sies via BBC at disse fundamentalistene tok livet av opp til 70 personer dager før valget rundt Mombasa. Noe som er ufattelig trist.
Det er langt fra slike tilstander som sist hvor landsbyer hvor etniske grupper angrep hverandre og ble senere boende i UNICEF telt langt utover 2009. Spesielt i grenseområdene til Uganda bortforbi Eldoret – Kisumu – Nakuru, var angrepene på landsbyene svært alvorlige. Fordi husene var blitt brent ned, noen etter tordentaler fra pastorer og radioverter som tok helt av.
Heldigvis skjedde ikke det denne gangen. Det som skjedde denne gangen var fredelig avstemmening. Alle rapporter indikerte dette. Fra både Commonwealth og resterende aktører inne i situasjonen.
Det som var mer skremmende og sjokkerende var at tellingen gikk litt uregulært fram. Var at til circus 25 % prosent av tellingen av stemmene elektronisk. Så ble disset stoppet. Å man begynte å telle manuelt noe som tok adskillig mye lengre tid. IEBC gjorde dette. Deretter annonserte de tallene distrikt for distrikt hvert femte minutt. Med både antall stemmer og deretter prosenttall på kandidatene. Noe som gjorde det mulig å se de reelle tallene fra begynnelsen. Mr Walolo og leder for IEBC A.I. Hassan gjorde en god rolle både i utdelingen av presidentskapet og tellingen av stemmene.
Denne videoen viser litt av hvordan tilstanden var. Men vi burde ikke sette for mye press på dette. Dette er en dag å feire. Sønnen av første presidenten Jomo Kenyatta – Uhuru Kenyatta er blitt president av Kenya. Noe som er eksepsjonelt og bra. På fredelig vis! Ny grunnlov og valglov gjorde at det ble bedre. Nye IEBC som ble stiftet i 2011. Den gjorde en stor innsats. Det som er problematisk er at Raila Odinga vil gå til retten for å få ny runde med valg fordi han påstår det har skjedd juks. Noe som mest sannsynlig bare blir oversett og han mest sannsynlig taper. Han også far som sønn, Odinga Odinga mistet mulighetene når han gikk fra Arap Moi sitt styre og ledet koalisjon mot regimet. Noe som har gjort Odinga navnet verdenskjent. Sønnen Raila Odinga vil nok kjempe, men tror desverre at han ikke vil vinne. Å sannsynlig har Uhuru Kenyatta fått flertallet av stemmene. Han har vunnet over 50 % av stemmene og over 25 % i 24 valg distrikt.
Så gratulere Uhuru Kenyatta!