IEBC CAN LEARN FROM UEFA

In 2006, Norwegian referee Ole Hermann Borgan was stripped of his assistant refereeing duties ahead of Arsenal vs Barcelona clash in Paris after he was spotted on a Catalan giant’s replica jersey.

Uhuru Kenyatta met the Dubai Printing firm awarded the ballot papers printing tender ahead of the tendering. There are also rumors that Uhuru’s son is a shareholder in this firm. There is therefore conflicts of interest and the best way IEBC can solve this impasse is by cancelling the tender.IMG_7028

First, IEBC must stop hiding behind the time factor, we would rather be late than conduct a sham elections.

Secondly, IEBC had already done the tendering. Just like race, tendering produces medalist and losers. And in any championship, if the medalist is found to have cheated, the best loser is awarded the medal. Therefore, let IEBC award the tender to the best loser.

The 2017 elections must be free and fair. It must be done in an honest manner and IEBC must move with haste to tame any shred of doubt. Let IEBC learn from the 2006 UEFA decision and do what is right.

Darubini mar ogada

Be Your Sister’s Keeper, Vote One of Your Own

Over the past couple of days, the media has been awash with news of the nominated Senator Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro. The Orange Democratic Movement blocked her candidature to contest for Ruaraka Constituency seat on the party’s ticket. ODM instead advised her to choose another constituency, a move she said was not in good faith.

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Ongoro addressing supporters at ACREF, Babadogo

 She argued that she couldn’t change her constituency of interest as it is the people of Ruaraka who had approached her and requested her to come back and represent them. She also said this is where her heart belonged and it is the constituency she knows best. It was also laughable that the party had asked her to do these just 11 days to the party’s primaries, which is due on April 25th.

This case of Ongoro, happening at a time when the country is grappling with how to implement the gender law, makes us wonder whether our political parties are honest about implementing the Constitution of Kenya (CoK) 2010.

When we passed this new constitution, women were pregnant with optimism as it assures them of enjoying their rights more comprehensively than even before. The CoK, the supreme law of the land which embodies the people’s political will and is the basis upon which all other laws of the country originate, had created a new dispensation under which women had equal rights with men.

The women were not alone in this; youths too had their fair share of the cake. The Constitution of Kenya 2010 identifies the vulnerable groups of the population, i.e. women, youth, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and ethnic minorities as special groups deserving of constitutional protection.

The constitution protects the Kenyan youth against exploitation and entitles them to enjoy equal opportunities in social, economic and political environments. The same rights are enjoyed by women, which the constitution espouses that both men and women are equal in the eye of law.

The article 81 (b) of the CoK outlines the general principles electoral and democratic process should abide to. It states:

“The electoral system shall comply with the following principle – (b) not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.”

To uphold this article, the CoK in Article 27 further obligates the government to create policies and laws that address the past discrimination that the marginalized groups have faced. These policies should include affirmative action programs that ensure not more than two-thirds of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same sex; and ethnic minorities, youths, women, and PWDs enjoy a fair treatment in all arms and levels of the government.

The CoK, though article 177, ensures that Articles 27 (8) and 81(b) are complied with at the County level through the nomination to the assemblies of special seat members. But this is not guaranteed when it comes to the National Parliament, which constitutes of the National Assembly and the Senate.

It was expected that the 47 assured elected women through the counties would have coupled with the women elected as representative of various constituencies, will help meet the 2-thirds gender rule. This formula would then amplify the voice of women in the national matters and provide a platform for the advancement of women needs.

However, the affirmative action on gender equity has proved to be efforts in futility. In 2007 we had 16 out of the possible 210 constituencies electing women to represent them. In 2013, though the number of constituencies was increased to 290, the number of women elected to represent constituencies remained unchanged. It follows that 80 more men MPs were elected to the 11th parliament than in the 10th house, automatically negating the impact of the 47 women MPs representing counties in the national assembly.

The bottom line is if we want to uphold the new constitution, women contestants of the 2017 elections must be treated with a baby’s gloves. Political parties too have to be pushed to give women a fair fighting chance and ensure that the list of nominees they forward to the IEBC for the general elections meets the gender requirement. Failure to do this will reduce the gender rule to a cosmetic gesture meant to fool the people of Kenya. And to the women reading this, be your sister’s keeper by VOTIN ONE OF YOUR OWN in the coming elections.

My Life as TJ Handsman and the Life after

It is 4 am in the morning, the dark and silence reigns save for the sound of raindrops and now the strokes of my keyboard. I wake up this early to pen down a piece that explains my journey as a TJ hands man and the genesis of my life in opposition.

As at now, if you are active in politics, you are either pro Ongoro or the incumbent. Unfortunately for me, none of them exhilarates me. Perhaps this is why many people, in either camps, think that I’m confused and getting in involved in a bout above my weight!

Ahead of the 2013 elections, early 2012, I didn’t find Hon. Tom Juma a good bet as a Ruaraka MP, and indeed I was right. However, Omondi Alokon, may our heavenly Father rest his soul in eternal peace, reined upon me to give TJ the benefit of a doubt.  When Alokon, my mentor and the fatherly figure in political journey, explained to me his perspective, he made me have a soft spot for the Nyakwar Nyakwamba.

I joined team TJ and campaigned for him as much as I could. Working in unison with OchollaTena team, we made it our business to sell TJ and Ocholla as joint products. You must however note that it was Ocholla who footed the bills that were associated with these campaigns.

Thanks to effort we put in place, TJ strolled to victory in the ODM primaries, and automatically succeeded Hon. Ongoro as our MP.  This guy never even had a homecoming party; neither did he even organize an appreciation meeting. He got straight way to work, and he was busy.

We were pregnant with optimism that TJ would bring the much needed change in the manner in which CDF projects and constituency matters are handled. I looked at his work plan and thought that indeed we got the right man for the job.

The CDFC elections were held in May, I remember it was the same day that we woke up to the news of the demise of the late Hon. Mutula Kilonzo. The election itself was a mirage and only used to fool the public that they were involved in the constituency decisions. But TJ moved in fast to quell any fears and constituted an 11 members committee in each of the five wards. He said the 11 people would help him seamlessly execute his duties. Whenever he went to any Ward, he would parade the11 people and tell the members of the public that they were his eyes and ears on the ground.

He mandated us to collect data on students and pupils in Ruaraka constituency, which we did. He also told us to transverse the constituency and talk to the members of the public about the projects they needed. We, the supposed Utalii CDF project management committee (PMC), led by our able chairman George Dibo, begun our journey at Kware. We met the people of Kware – youths, women and the village elders – and highlighted the projects they needed. We then went to Jangwani and did the same, and so were Area 4 and all the cells of Mathare 4A.

We engaged the Kenya urban roads board and toured the constituency with them. I can’t forget how TJ sneaked and went for lunch at Bluesprings Hotel as he left us to continue with the journey. We rode on Kinoti Mlachake’s car, as we followed his car, but Ojero blocked our entry. TJ would later join us in the visits to Kware, Mathare North and we ended the journey at Mathare Area 4. TJ left without any single token of appreciation.

All the same, we focused on the bigger picture, bettering our constituency. The other wards did the same, and the report was compiled and dubbed the Ruaraka Constituency Master plan. He said the document would guide him to initiate projects that would positively impact of people’s lives.

Having gotten what he wanted, TJ decided to replace us with a new team. He did this in all the other four wards. Ruaraka Constituency had then been allocated about Kshs. 96 million. It was his time to eat.

It was at this moment that Charles Abiola, Peter Runkin, Kennedy (Abiola’s brother) and Chau came to picture. They were the owners of TJ!  Dibo, Jack Ongoro, Jakababa, Cindy (Sinde), Nyatingli, Jakomala, Mama Neddy,  Nageya, Kinoti Mlachake and the other two people who I can’t remember their names, and I were relegated to the peripheries of the Ruaraka constituency decision making table.

To appease us, each one of us was given a bursary form. My friends and other people who knew that I sat with TJ on the same table thought that I had denied them bursaries. At some point my mom personally went to Abiola to ask for a bursary, an effort that hit the wall. But I’m happy we had played our part – we gave the constituency a work plan it much needed.

I would have voted TJ in for the second term had he implemented the report we gave him. I believe you don’t necessary need to be the one to actualize your dream; you can always forward it to someone else. Unfortunately, our successors were concerned with stealing millions from the public coffers.

One of the sites we identified in the report for the construction of a community hall now hosts a house of one of TJ’s CDFC members. Both the chairman and secretary have had their lives change; at least they both own decent houses, whether it is back in the village or locally. The other guys were awarded the tender to build a dining hall at drive in.

But at whose expense are they achieving this? Bursaries are cashed in to fund their construction projects, when children are sent away from school for school fees. In Utalii they turn to our able MCA Hon. Ocholla, for help, I can’t ell what happens in other wards. And the only genuine groups that received Uwezo Fund money was those owned by their girlfriends and wives, when the actual people who should benefit struggle to finance their projects.

Asking me to give TJ another term would be an insult to the United Youth Organization, a group that begun in 2009, which was denied Uwezo Fund simply because of its association with me. But a briefcase group (Utalii Youth Organization) started by a disgruntled member of the former was awarded Kshs. 100,000.

As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Indeed another door opened for me and I was received with open arms. I joined Ayungo and vowed to campaign for him with all the means necessary. But one thing I must thank TJ for is making me matter in Ruaraka politics. People know me because he discusses me! He thinks I’m too little to bother him, yet he has my profile on his desk.

Let me assure you my readers, I’m not confused and my position has never been clearer than it is now. The two Raila pests have nothing to offer the electorate; they only want to a sip from the cup of power one more time. They are Mitumba and only people with the poverty of the mind would blindly support them. For that reason, I sustain my fight against these demagogues.

The journey to make Ayngo the MP of Ruaraka may have hit a snag, but it has not stopped. Yes, may have not been in the favor of the owners of the party and so he shelved his ambition, but it won’t be always like that. Our victory has only been postponed. All we know is regardless of who becomes the MP on August 2017, Ayungo will be back and when that time comes, nobody will be able to stop him. As for now, the people of Ruaraka you have no choice but to go against the long tradition of voting the party if you’ve to make your voice heard!

Ruaraka Must Reject ODM Mitumba Project

I’m writing this piece to express my displeasure in the manner nomination matters are currently handled in our party. In particular, I’m writing to demand an explanation on what is happening in my constituency, Ruaraka.

Ruaraka is one of the constituencies that came to life after the passing of the new constitution. Together with Roysambu, Interim Independent Boundaries Commission divested it from the larger Kasarani constituency, which was once led by the late Adolph Muchiri and afterward William Omondi and Elizabeth Ongoro.

Ruaraka is the bedrock of ODM in Nairobi, as it is one of the two constituencies that delivered all the five wards to the Orange party, the other being Lang’ata constituency. Also though the defunct Kasarani had two successive MPs allied to Raila, yet Jubilee leads Ruaraka’s other two siblings. The loyalty of the party supporters in this constituency is unquestionable.

“We are asking the party to intervene and give us a liberal candidate, and not those praying to sip from the Cup of Absolute Power one more time. We would like to see young people offered equal opportunities in the party like women and old guards.” – Walter

This geographical area has often attracted a host of aspirants. In 2002, there was a host of candidates including the current Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang, William Omondi and Adolph Muchiri who was then defending his seat. Omondi carried the day but based on the agreement of sharing the then eight Nairobi parliamentary seats between NAK and LDP of the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC).

In 2007, the race even got stiffer, with the Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro, Roslyn Okumu, and TJ Kajwang both eyeing to unseat Hon. William Omondi. We recall that nominations at Mathare 4A turned chaotic and the entire process disrupted. While Roslyn Okumu seemed to have won the nomination in the other wards, the party denied her the certificate to the chagrin of her supporters and Hon. Ongoro was assigned the orange flag to face off with the PNU mandarins and affiliate parties.

In 2013, we had the former Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa, Eng. Opiyo (aka Nyorosha), Geoffrey Owino (aka Mwangaza), and the current MP both eyeing the seat.

As you can see, in all the three previous elections, Ruaraka has attracted quite a number of aspirants on Raila’s party ticket. We are therefore surprised that this year we only have TJ and Senator Ongoro on our party ticket. Earlier, the youthful Jim Clement Ayungo, the former National Youth Council Chairman, had expressed interest and had made inroads in all the five wards of the constituency. However, he retreated citing bias within the party.

We now face the prospects of choosing to continue with the unpopular TJ or revert to the old pitiful Ongoro. Neither of the two candidates has the charisma, gusto, and bravado possessed by the energetic Ayungo.

Hon. Senator Ongoro is known to play aggressive politics of pitting youths against fellow young people. TJ is also known for his violent nature. As I write this, we are mourning a young person who succumbed to a fatal stub. It is hardly a month since Ongoro declared her interest and we are witnessing death, and other youths are in police cells. Is this the politics our party ascribes to?

What is happening in Ruaraka is not different from what we saw in Gatundu South in 2014. I imagine a puissant hand controlling things in Ruaraka, and I want to say that it is doing more harm than good to our first agenda, toppling the Jubilee Government. Indeed if the “D” in our party’s abbreviation means what is purported, there would have been a level ground, and more aspirants would have contested the Ruaraka seat. But it seems the Orange party has already determined that it is a Mitumba that will lead Ruaraka.

For young people like me, who have watched TJ segregate the people of Ruaraka, turning it to a small Homabay County, we cannot line up to vote him. We cannot vote a man who judges us by the geographical regions we come from; one who has neglected not only other tribes in Ruaraka but also Luos from the other three counties. A man who cannot point a single project that he has started and completed with the over Kshs. 400 million Ruaraka has received over the past four financial years.

But neither can we vote an old lady with a lifetime of scandals and corruption as her name tag, a husband barterer and one who only sees violence as the right way through an impasse. We will not elect a woman who is not here to serve the people, but desperate for dominance and power that she would rather see her constituents, the very people she expects to elect her, die than let go her pursuit.

It is us young people that fight for Raila. It is us who attend rallies and demos called by the party. Then why are we discriminated against when it comes to enjoying these power that we fight for?

We are asking the party to intervene and give us a liberal candidate, and not those praying to sip from the Cup of Absolute Power one more time. We would like to see young people offered equal opportunities in the party like women and old guards. Failure to do this, many young Ruarakans will not any reason to their vote for the MP, which may go a long way in affecting our quest to making Raila Amollo Odinga the president of this republic.

It is all guns blazing as Ongoro and Ayungo seek to unseat TJ

AYUNGO,ONGORO, TJ, RUARAKA

The former National Youth Council chairman Jim Clement Ayungo

Suppose your cousin has raised you. This is after your mother went with another man leaving you with a drunkard father who cared less for you. The father got married to another woman and forgot about you.

Your cousin takes you in, wipes your tears and gives you the comfort you could only have had in your dreams. You eventually come of age, and God blesses you abundantly like HE does to abandoned children (read the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob).

TJ, AYUNGO, ONGORO, RUARAKA

TJ ahead of Firimbi Movement Demos against IEBC

With the floodgate of opportunities wide open for you, your father realizes that you exist. Your mother remembers that she had a child. Despite the fact that she did not even bother how you schooled or who helped you do your homework, she comes back, this time with all sorts of lies. She tells you how your father never wanted her to visit you.

The three – the cousin, father and mother – are now fighting for your custody. They go to court. The father claims you are his biological child and wants you back.

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ODM Nominated Senator, who is the former MP of the defunct Kasarani Constituency

The mother insists that she is your mom, (she carried you for nine months). She blames your father for her disappearing act! She argues that he blocked her to visit you. The cousin, being an outsider, decides that you are the only one who can choose who to live with! The jury will decide this case in March.

The ball is in your court Ruarakans; you can choose:

1. TJ: The drunkard father who bullied you, got married to another woman and forgot about you.
2. Ongoro: The mother who abandoned and forgot about you. She claims your father never wanted her to visit you. You hardly remember her.

3. Ayungo: The cousin who watched over you after both your parents rejected you.

Ruaraka you were abandoned, never forget that!

Manual Voter Identification May be Necessary

Jubilee and CORD just love the game; flexing their muscles unnecessarily! And also think we Kenyans just love standoffs; biometrics cannot read faded fingers.

Let us have a serious debate without the influence of Johnny Walker, Shisha or any other substance. We must evaluate all the possibilities. We must not make laws that will only block our people from voting!

I guess most of us CORD supporters work in the Juakali sector. Suppose we succeed in blocking manual identification, what becomes of our followers?

Let’s say all goes well and no machine fails, but as a welder, filler imesmoothen my fingers to the extent that my finger prints ni shida kusomeka, how then can I vote?

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IEBC as depicted by a renowned cartoonist!

IEBC must also be impartial! It doesn’t matter whether CORD kicked them out or not. The commissioners are in a constitutional office and they must do what the same constitution dictates as long as they still earn the salary from that position.

As a referee, it is a suspect for you to consult one team and hide behind it to push your agenda. It only means you’ve already taken sides though the match is yet to start.

If IEBC has an issue with the negotiated laws, it should come out in the open and request the negotiating team to make room for manual identification of voters.

The right thing to do is to go back to the Orengo-Kiraitu led team for negotiations on electoral laws. But trying to force amendments down the throats of MPs, whether the laws are right or wrong, is anarchic!

The bottom line let both the government and the opposition find middle grounds on this so that we can move this nation forward.

This country must not be lead on a bottle of Johnny Walker!

Mathare Says No to X-Mass without Water

Developing Story: The residents of Mathare have blocked the busy Juja road protesting the lack of water for the past five days. The group burnt tires and stoned passing vehicles demanding that Nairobi Water reconnects the water supply.

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No traffic in Juja Road as youths engage police in running battles

“It is now five days with our taps running dry. No communication whatsoever has been given!” lamented a female protester who sought anonymity.
“Kwani watu wa Mathare si watu? No water no Christmas,” she concluded.

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Uniformed and plain cloth officers contain the situation at Mathare No. 10

Mathare No. 10 has seen similar protests, with common one caused by power outages. It is in the same spot that a Foward Travellers SACCO matatu was burnt to ashes during the anti-IEBC demonstrations.

Foward travellers Matatu chooses alternative route

Foward travellers Matatu chooses alternative route

Mathare, Juja Road, Water Shortage, Nairobi County

Vehicles choose alternative route after Mathare youths block Juja Road.

So far we’ve not received any response from Nairobi Water and the Nairobi County Government. However, as at now, it seems the Mathare Administration Police have contained the situation.

There have been reports of mugging during the protest. Stay with us as follow the story!