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Monday, February 11, 2008

The Terrible Truth Kenyans Don’t Want To Hear



Listening to Mwai Kibaki yesterday, any alert Kenyan would have concluded that we are in very serious trouble indeed. The “duly elected president” was at his vintage best (for those who know him well).

Firstly he pulled away Prof Sam Ongeri from the Anan talks a clear indication that launching the free secondary school education program was more important than those talks which so many Kenyans are hanging all their hopes on (pole sana). The whole idea is to prop up his government and emphasize business as usual (which is what every middle class and wealthy Kenyan is desperate for, for mostly selfish reasons).

Secondly Mwai Kibaki also talked at length about resettling displaced persons and the government helping them to rebuild their houses. I do not for one minute support the gruesome murder and chaos that has been going on, but what do you think the other side felt? Those with land issues high on their agenda. The president was behaving as if all that has happened means nothing.

Then there was another even clearer sign that all was not well. Annan came out of the talks yesterday looking a very tired and frustrated man. He asked the press to leave him alone and then took a long walk along Kenyatta Avenue with his bodyguards in tow. Later in the evening, he issued a statement announcing a news blackout on the talks and a last dash 48 to 72 hours to reach an agreement of sorts. It seems everybody has forgotten the strange events of last Friday when a breakthrough was announced and then when everybody went to Harambee house nothing happened.

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125 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kenya does not need any AU or UN peacekeepers at all Bwana Chris. Just because there are some skirmishes in parts of Eldoret and Kericho? Come on!

When you say that violence is on the increase, that's an outright lie, violence has indeed gown down by nearly 90% and you can tell this by watching the local news and all channels especially oppostion media like KTN and EA Standard.

The irony of the Kalenjin militia or "Ruto's Army" as many call them, is that retaliation on their crimes is really being metted out on innocent Luos and Luhyas thus applying pressure on Raila/Mudavadi for quick political settlement.

I don't know why Kenyans are shocked that Mungiki is getting billions in funding.This is an outfit which has been given a new lease of life by ODM's ethnic cleansing policy. Many Kikuyus now see the need for Mungiki's existence unlike before and I can tell you many more especially from Rift Valley are joining this gang by thousands thanks to "ODM's Axis of Evil."

Things may get nasty. Let's all pray for a quick political settlement guys. long Live Kenya.

Anonymous said...

I agree Chris. Kibaki talking about resettling the evicted without acknowledging the long-running suffering of those who evicted them is imprudent and unhelpful.

At the same time, both parties are under considerable international pressure to deliver a settlement.

This one will not be an easy one to walk out of.

Anonymous said...

Now that ODM beat them to the compromise tape, PNUers are wary of being seen as the first ones to throw a spanner in the works.

Anonymous said...

Chris, I too worry. I am the only one in my entire family abroad.

I don't think your peacekeeping idea is farfetched but I doubt that the international community will consider it until and unless the current negotiations break down.

Anonymous said...

48-72 hours; I am waiting with prayers and baited breath...

Anonymous said...

KUMEKUCHANS: The REALITY of the matter is that nobody knows for sure what the next turn will mean for Kenya until 72 hours are up. So yes, wait with baited breath.

Hopefully, agreement on point no.3 on the plan will be reached so that our leaders can move on to point no. 4 - "historical injustices."

Anonymous said...

Kibaki is letting every kenyan down. I dont think he is interested in the mediation. However, Anan is here for business and he has the blessing of the International community that is greater than one "president Kibaki" . Soon he will have his visa and his entire family banned.

Anon said...

its only 72 hours to wait, we can do that. if another period is required then we can forget it, we've been through that process with kivuitu

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.24; Let us not forget the threat of politico-economic isolation and sanctions.

I agree with you and the truth is that the international community is watching this process like a flock of hawks.

Kibaki is putting on a brave face as are his hardliners BUT the writing is on the wall and they know it.

Anonymous said...

Let us keep our eyes fixed on the political solution Koffi Annan will come up with. Looking upon Kibaki at this point is highly misplaced because all I know and believe is that a solution is going to be found, agreed upon or it will be forced on them. Even Koffi Annan understands the behaviour of Kibaki and his team and I don't think he is going to play in their league.

Concerned Student said...

kifaki is mad, yes very mad. He thinks we are more interested in free secondary education than peace. Where will we go to school if there is no peace. I am a kiuk and i used to board at Rift valley, tell me even if i only have to pay the boarding fees, is it possible to go there? Tafadhali bwana Rais, an agreement will not make you less man, it will make things for all of us. PEACE FIRST THEN EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.28; yours is a funny remark but yes, we can and should wait for the 72 hours - patiently.

Let us not play our cards prematurely.

Anonymous said...

Concerned student @ 10.32; I sympathise.

At this point, I am leaning towards Anon @ 10.30 - Kibaki is simply putting on a brave face. The international community has read the riot act to those involved and PNU has its tail between its legs.

All these education funding shennigans are all cosmetic attempts to look unaffected.

Anonymous said...

one minute i am very hopeful and happy that at last we are having a solution, the next minute all hope is gone. If only the member for Othaya can take things as seriously as they should, the mediation would have been over. But him and Mutua keeps on sending different messages. What are they afraid of, why cant he come out if he thinks he is president enough "duly elected" and tell Annan to pack and go and let him lead the country the way he wants? Him and his co. should stop beating around the bush, i am tired of same things every day and i know kenyans are also tired! surely POWER CORRUPTS.

Anonymous said...

I think the Domos want the power through the back door. Eti ceremonial president and Raila as executive PM with all the powers.., lol. Do they think they are dealing with kids. Thanks God for Martha Karua to hammer sense in their narrow minds!

anon said...

anon 10:38

irony of it all

".. want power through the back door.."

hilarious would be an understatement

aduiyamwai said...

ANON 10:38
Sorry for being martha addict. If you think she is the best for kenya, she is just spoiling for you guyz. After Kibaki, forget about another kikuyu president, yes forget. Time for buying kenyans to follow you blindly while you brag that others can not lead is over? I pray that he will be allowed to leave for the remaining years, because if he goes, he will go with all the kyuks. Nobody will want to be associated with you in any way. Not because you are lesser human beings but your thirst for power has made you drink all the clean waters in the lake. YOu guyz never think of tommorrow.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10: 38; where on earth have you been these past weeks.

It is February and you are already forgetting that PNU stole an election!

Unfortunately for you and your kind, Kenyans don't suffer from the collective amnesia you were hoping would afflict them.

anon said...

aduiyamwai

there are a lot of good chaps from central, no need to throw away the baby with the bathwater

Anonymous said...

MUTADOO? HII NI SWALI NAULIZA KILA SIKU. I LOVE KIBAKI, SEE HOW CONFIDENT HE IS. YOU EXPECT HIM TO HIDE AND NOT WORK. WE KIKUYUS BELIEVE IN WORK. AND ANON 10;46 2012 UHURU NA KAZI. NA ITAEDELEA MUTADO?

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.38; the modalities for the actual power sharing arrangement have NOT been worked out so stop imagining.

That is precisely why members of the two parties are sequestered separately at this moment; to work on a power sharing arrangment that can hold as other reforms are worked on before any election.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:49, kweli kuna watu na kuna viatu. Keep your dreams up!

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.48 yes, there are good chaps from central. Balanced, fair-minded and honest chaps, willing to acknowledge our unjust history.

Unfortunately, it is the likes of Anon @ 10.49 who dominate the construction of the image Kenyans have of the Kikuyu.

Good luck - keep isolating your ethnic group.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:38, Martha Karua was hammered sense by the soft spoken Graca who inspite of being older than her is more prettier. The only sense that Martha needs to learn is to sit properly infront of people or better still she needs to be taught some etiquette.
Duh...I can't help it but i just hate the lady.....Nuh Woman she doesn't befit a lady status.

A solution must be found fast....Very fast and as Kibaki is promising to rebuild houses and businesses...Where is he going to do that? I am not sure the IDPs from Central will agree to go to Nyanza, RV and Western for that matter.....A collegue says that Kach has never been that peaceful coz all the noisemakers have gone....Let us see if Kibaki will pay secondary fees and go pick tea...Coz they were used to cheap labor na kunyanyasa watu, Let us see where he is going to get money from? Can we refuse to pay taxes....Is it an option.....Right now life is sweeter, Westerners are having new buses on the roads and i wonder where they have been ...Shock Eldoret Express is right now plying 44, 45 and 42....North Rift shuttle has just formed a SACCO and they are insisting that the owners must be North Rifters....We wacha if Kibaki thinks he can run this country with his cronies and tribesmen...Ngoja atashanga...Na bado...As a matter of concern have you people realised that road carnage has gone down after those fleet of buses were removed from the western route?
By the way would it have been easier for the MPS to call themselves GEMA MPs rather than CEntral PG, i am wondering since when Kiraitu became an MP from Central i thought he came from Eastern

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.49; all Kenyans believe in hard work.

Unfortunately, the odds against the vast majority have been very great. Admitting that will protect your people from the kind of attacks metted out on them in various parts of the country recently.

It is the beginning of the solution.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10.55 - thanks for your briefing of events on the ground.

As a Kenyan, I am ashamed at the disparities in development that have run through out our postcolonial history.

Peace and genuine development will only come when we have a fair and just constitution in place.

Anonymous said...

anon @ 10.49 - "We Kikuyus believe in work."

You are no different from the racists out there still asserting that the Negro is an inferior human being.

Why the sterotyping and bigotry?

Anonymous said...

Let us be reasonable. Kenya has a serious problem to deal with. We need to acknowledge that and support the negotiations instead of attacking people of other ethnicities.

Anonymous said...

WHO OWNS THE LAND ? - BLOOD AND SOIL ISSUE IN KENYA
Hon.Makwere: "Being a chameleon is the only option here. Tell Kibaki and his people that they are welcome to take land in Coast province and tell the Coastal people that foreigners are not welcome here!"


Hon.Kimunya: "The title deeds that were given to Kalenjins by Moi are are just papers! We need all that land for the Kikuyus!"



Hon. Mungatana: "The Kikuyus are free to take all the land in Coast Province as long as I remain in Kibaki's government!"



Hon.William Ruto: "No piece of Kalenjin land will be grabbed from us! Period!"

PART 1

WHO OWNS THE LAND? BLOOD AND SOIL ISSUE.

The passion with which millions of wananchi valued their presidential vote in the stolen 2007 presidential elections can be reflected in scenes of the bloody post-election clashes today that engulf Rift Valley, Nyanza, Coast, Nairobi, Western and to a less extent in other parts of the country. Nakuru is now the latest epicenter of inter ethnic murders.

The violent reactions to rigged elections may reflect the pain of deep and historically rooted injustices some of which predate Kenya’s independence in 1963.

They are in fact motivated and exacerbated by landlessness, joblessness, and poverty believed to be heavily contributed towards by the prevailing political status quo that has dominated Kenya since independence. This is a system that has continuously perpetrated, in successive fashion, socio-economic injustices that have been seamlessly transferred from one power regime to the next.

The Land Issue.

With a fast growing population in Kenya, limited resources including land and jobs, have severely been put in extreme pressure. Responsive political operatives cognizant of this reality have appreciated the importance of incorporating progressive policies that seek to aggressively address poverty, landlessness, unequal distribution of resources and unemployment, as a matter of priority (in their party manifestoes) if any social stability is to be maintained in Kenya.

Without doubt, the opposition party ODM sold an attractive campaign package that sought to address historic land injustices, unemployment, inequitable resource sharing and poverty through a radical constitutional transformation, under the framework of the people-tailored Bomas Constitution Draft.

ODM proposed to tackle the land problem through clauses in the Bomas draft, captured under devolution and land chapters, with specific plans to form a National Land Commission to address the issue of landlessness and historic injustices of expropriation of native land by colonial and post-colonial powers.

The roots of the land conflicts in Rift Valley land lie with the former colonial power, Britain; post-independence land policies by the Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki administrations; and the tendency for ethnic favouritism and patronage by power wielders.

Colonial expropriation of native lands in Rift Valley and Coast.

In a nutshell, the British settlers literally grabbed native Maasai and Kalenjin lands in Rift Valley and Miji-Kenda, Taita and Taveta land at the Coast. At the Coast, there was also the added grabbing hand of the Middle-East Sultans who lay claim to another Coastal strip. Millions of voters from these communities (now deeply affected by landlessness and poverty) are today largely drawn towards ODM’s reform policies that seek to address these INJUSTICES.

Long before Independence, vast arable tracts of the Rift Valley were designated as White Highlands, reserved for European settlers. The pastoralist communities, mainly Kalenjin and Maasai, were simply moved away.

The 1904 and 1911 Anglo-Maasai land “Agreements” details the unjust grabbing of Maasai lands in Laikipia, Naivasha, Ngong, Karen, and tracts along the Uganda Railway line whereby uneducated Maasai Laibons either friendly to, or fearful of the British (christened Paramount Chiefs) like Lanana Ole Mbatian, were cajoled and intimidated into giving away native fertile Maasai land to the colonialists.

The words in the “Agreements” read like ……”we the undersigned, being the Laibons of clans of Maasai, have of our own free will, decided that it is for OUR best interests to REMOVE OUR PEOPLE, FLOCKS, AND HERDS into definite reservations away from the Railway line and away from European settlements…..” and “…..In conclusion, we wish to state that we are quite satisfied with the foregoing arrangement, and we bind ourselves and our successors, as well as OUR PEOPLE, to observe them as long as the Maasai as a race shall exist..”

The next thing we knew was that the Maasai were crumbled into arid portions of present day Kajiado and Narok districts. Grazing fields, and the very pastoral lifestyle of the Maasai instantly became threatened and continues to do so as we speak, without any restitution, compensation or pro-active rehabilitation into another life.

100 years later, when asked to address this burning Maasai land issue, former Lands Minister appointed by Mwai Kibaki, Mr. Amos Kimunya, once told the Maasai that there was nothing to address since the wise Maasai forefathers had given away their land to the British in a BINDING AGREEMENT which continues to apply to date.

Well, similar horrid but true stories applied in Kalenjin lands of Rift Valley and at the Coast too.
Before independence, Kenyan political parties argued over whether the native land should be returned to the indigenous population under a federalist system of government or kept firmly under the control of a centralised state. Needless to add, those who favoured the latter option, in the form of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), which went on to form a government under Jomo Kenyatta, prevailed.

PART 2

1963 Independence, enter Jomo Kenyatta and GEMA Land-buying companies

Trouble is, we had a majimbo constitution at independence. Jennifer Widner explained in her 1992 book, The Rise of A Party-State in Kenya: From "Harambee!" to "Nyayo!" that KANU "urged central control of all regions in an effort to forestall local majimbo legislation restricting land transfer to those born in the area, and to maintain the foothold of the party's Kikuyu supporters in the Rift Valley land market".

Many settlers were returning to Britain. Kenyatta and his cronies quickly formed the Settlement Transfer Fund Schemes (STFS) and asked the British for a loan to the Kenyan government, to buy off land from colonial settlers returning to Britain. Good idea up to this point.

Britain, having been reassured by Kenyatta that those settlers still wishing to stay on in Kenya would not have their land repossessed, advanced the money. This money was used to buy settler land which was officially sold into the Kenyatta initiated Settlement Transfer Fund Schemes (STFS).

Next, Kenyatta began to give away and sell for peanuts, these government (STFS)-acquired, former colonial land parcels, to himself, his family and cronies around 1964 and 1965. This is the point when the rain started beating Kenya. Kenyatta’s then Vice President, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, cried foul and rejected these acts of wanton land grabbing.

The opportunity to choose nationalism and selflessness over greed and ethnic tendencies was lost. Rather than address this land issue once and for all, Kenyatta opted to REPLACE the settler colonialsist in land they had initially grabbed from natives. We have began harvesting the seeds of the mustard sown by Kenyatta in the 1960s. It will not be sweet at all.

The Seroneys and other Nandi and Kipsigis leaders immediately cried foul when Kenyatta ensued in his land grabbing tendencies. So were many Maasai and Miji-Kenda leaders like Ronald Ngala. Their cries were feeble and over run. Today and tomorrow, their descendants will demand justice and restitution in an exercise that threatens to tear apart Kenya’s social fabric.

Who will shoulder the burden of the fruits enjoyed by Kenyatta and his cronies, Moi and his cronies, and Kibaki and his latter day cronies? Will it be the poor Kenyan taxpayer taking the bill in form of blood, and more taxes?

Going back,.... down memory lane..... in the immediate post-independence era, the moment, the Seroneys and Ogingas started crying foul, and nothing was done, we entered a dangerous phase of our nation’s socio-political path.

The political leadership of Kenya began carving out into two distinct groups. The pro-Kenyatta land beneficiaries, sycophants and apologists where Tom Mboya, Daniel Moi, Paul Ngei and others trooped towards,….and another force resisting the greedy post-Independence governance by Kenyatta which was led by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and included several former KADU operatives like Ronald Ngala, Jean Marie Seroney, Masinde Muliro, Martin Shikuku and others.

Kenyatta soldiered on with his grabbing. He concurrently went ahead with the help of Tom Mboya to change the constitution to give immense imperial powers to the Presidency. He further began using such powers to allocate more land to his cronies and sycophants. His salivating appetite for Rift Valley land largely motivated his choice of Rift Valley natives as Vice President after Oginga Odinga.

First he chose a Maasai, Joseph Murumbi, who read the scheme of land-betrayal on his people and resigned in a huff, then Kenyatta selected Daniel Arap Moi, a Tugen not drawn in the Nandi and Kipsigis land battles, as his next loyal VP. He then descended upon grabbing Rift Valley and Coastal land in a business as usual and “mtafanya nini” attitude that Kibaki is trying to emulate today.

Kenyatta cronies including Mbiyu Koinange, Njoroge Mungai and others devised a clever scheme to further benefit themselves from the land transferred from the colonialists. They formed land buying companies through loans which were actually funded with tax-payer money. At the height of land buying companies, most of the power brokers acquired huge chunks of land at the expense of the landless who were meant to be the initial beneficiaries of the scheme.

According to Widner (in her book), by 1971, more than 60 % large-scale farms around Nakuru and 40% of small scale settler farms, were held by Kikuyu, who fared very well from this arrangement, at the expense of other Kenyan communities.

Another scholar noted that "Using the political and economic leverage available to them during the Kenyatta regime, the Kikuyu, took advantage of the situation and formed many land-buying companies. These companies would, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, facilitate the settlement of hundreds of thousands of Kikuyu in the Rift Valley," wrote Walter Oyugi in Politicised Ethnic Conflict in Kenya: A Periodic Phenomenon.

In 1969, Jean Marie Seroney, a leading Nandi politician and MP, issued the Nandi Hills Declaration, laying claim to all settlement land in the district for the Nandi. His demands went unheeded. Aping the British Kenyatta government used a policy of divide-and-rule to neutralise such opposition by parcelling out land to other ethnic groups and thus winning their allegiance. Daniel arap Moi, the then Tugen vice-president was allocated the settler farms of the Lembus Forest and the Essageri Salient to divide the Tugen from the Nandi like Seroney.

PART 3

Most of the power brokers in the Kenyatta regime who formed land-buying companies established huge farms in the Rift Valley either jointly or on their own. They included Njenga Karume, the then Chairman of Gema Holdings, who acquired 20,000 acres in Molo where he is growing tea, coffee, pyrethrum and potatoes and 16,000 acres in Naivasha.

GG Kariuki acquired his 5,000 acres at Rumuruti, Laikipia Division, while former Attoney-General Charles Njonjo bought into the 100,000 acre Solio Ranch. Don’t forget, grabbing of settler land in Central by many colonial collaborators, at the expense of the Mau Mau fighters, was part of the scheme. Senior Chief Munyinge from Muiga took 400 acres. Initially, senior chief Munyinge was allocated only 70 acres but with time he managed to acquire 330 more acres.

Mwai Kibaki acquired 20,000 acres in Nanyuki, Former MP Munene Kairu has 32,000 acres at Rumuruti. Mr Isaiah Mathenge, the former powerful Provincial Commissioner under Kenyatta and an MP under Moi, is arguably the largest land owner in Nyeri municipality.

He owns Seremwai Estate, which is 10,000 acres. Kibaki’s friend, Kim Ngatende, a former government engineer, has 500 acres too.Mathenge also owns—jointly with former Provincial Commissioner Lukas Daudi Galgalo—the 10, 000-acre Manyagalo Ranch in Meru.

Back in Rift Valley, as Jaramogi and the rest of Kenyans were saying, Not Yet Uhuru, it was land grabbing business as usual. Land-buying companies were heisting big. There result was big acquisitions, for instance, Munyeki Farm—which stands for Murang’a, Nyeri, Kiambu – (4,000 acres), Wamuini Farm (6,000 acres), Amuka Farm (2,000 acres), Gituaraba Farm and Githatha Farm (1,000 acres each) and GEMA Holdings 12,000 acres. A few of them are being utilized, today with the owners growing various crops ranging from coffee, tea, maize and dairy keeping.

The other big farms include Chepchomo Farm (18, 000 acres), owned by the former Provincial Commissioner Ishmael Chelang’a. The family of the late Peter Kinyanjui, who was a close friend of President Mwai Kibaki and a former DP Chairman in Trans Nzoia between 1998 and 1999 owns 1,800 acres.

In Nakuru, several politically connected individuals have acquired many acres of prime land within the town—they include lawyer Mutula Kilonzo, who owns an 800-acre farm for dairy farming. The immediate former Auditor General, D S Njoroge, owns 500 acres, while Biwott’s Canadian son-in-law & co-owner of Safaricom (Mobitelea) a Mr. Charles, boasts a 100-acre piece where he is growing roses.

D. S. Njoroge also owns the extensive Kelelwa Ranch in Koibatek, which is less than 10km from Kabarak, where he rears cattle and goats. The 10,000 acre Gitomwa Farm—acronym for Gichuru, Tony and Mwaura—is owned by the family of the former Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC) managing director, Samuel Gichuru. Tony and Mwaura are his sons.

Another 10,000 acre farm in Mau Narok belongs to the family of the late Mbiyu Koinange, Kenyatta’s side-kick and powerful minister of state in the Office of the President. His Muthera Farm (4,000ha) is leased to different people to grow wheat, while a group of squatters is demanding a piece of it. The owners are yet to clear the Sh7 million Settlement Transfer Fund loan.

Ford-People leader Simeon Nyachae’s Kabansora Holdings owns 4,000ha in the area. Former Rongai MP Willy Komen’s family owns 10,000 acres — 5,000ha adjacent to Moi’s Kabarak Farm and another 4,800ha near Ngata in Njoro.

Coast Province was not spared. Kenyatta family owns almost 15% the prime resort land in the province, besides a huge sisal plantation spanning both Taita and Taveta districts, safely watched by his son-in-law and former MP Marsden Madoka, and another close friend to Uhuru Kenyatta, and current Minister in Kibaki’s illegitimate government, Naomi Shaban.
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PART 4

Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki land holdings

Kenya’s two former First Families and the family of President Mwai Kibaki are among the biggest landowners in the country.The extended Kenyatta family alone owns an estimated 500,000 acres — approximately the size of Nyanza Province — according to estimates by independent surveyors and Ministry of Lands officials. (This report first appeared in the Standard Newspaper report by Mr. Otsieno Namwaya)

The Kibaki and Moi families also own large tracts, most held in the names of sons and daughters and other close family members, all concentrated within the 17.2 % of Kenya that is arable or valued. Remember that 80 per cent of all land in Kenya is mostly arid and semi arid land.

According to the Kenya Land Alliance, more than a 65% of all arable land in Kenya is in the hands of only 20 per cent of the 35 million Kenyans. That has left millions absolutely landless while another 67 per cent on average own less than an acre per person.

The building land crises in the country, experts say, will be difficult to solve because the most powerful people in the country are also among its biggest landowners.
The tracts of land under the Kenyatta family are so widely distributed within the numerous members in various parts of the country that it is an almost impossible task to locate all of them and establish their exact sizes.

During Kenyatta’s 15-year tenure in State House, he used the elaborate STFS scheme funded by the World Bank and the British Government, to acquired large pieces of land all over the country. Other tracts, he easily allocated to his family.

Among the best-known parcels owned by Kenyatta’s family, for instance, are the 24, 000 acres in Taveta sub-district adjacent to the 74, 000 acres owned by former MP Basil Criticos.
Others are 50, 000 acres in Taita that is currently under Mrs Beth Mugo, an Assistant minister of Education and niece of Kenyatta, 29, 000 acres in Kahawa Sukari along the Nairobi—Thika highway, the 10, 000 acre Gichea Farm in Gatundu, 5, 000 acres in Thika, 9,000 acres in Kasarani and the 5, 000-acre Muthaita Farm.

These are beside others such as Brookside Farm, Green Lee Estate, Njagu Farm in Juja, a quarry in Dandora in Nairobi and a 10, 000-acre ranch in Naivasha. There is another 200 acres in Mombasa, and 250 acres in Malindi.

Other pieces of land owned by the Kenyatta family include the 52,000-acre farm in Nakuru and a 20,000-acre one, also known as Gichea Farm, in Bahati under Kenyatta’s daughter, Margaret. Besides, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, widow of the former President, owns another 10, 000 acres in Rumuruti while a close relative of the Kenyatta family, a Mrs Kamau, has 40,000 acres in Endebes in the Rift Valley Province.

Uhuru owns 5,000 acres in Eldoret, 3,000 acres in Rongai and 12,000 acres in Naivasha, 100 acres in Karen, and 200 acres in Dagoretti. A 1,000-acre farm in Dagoretti is owned by Kenyatta’s first wife Wahu.

It is also understood that part of the land on which Kenyatta and Jomo Kenyatta Universities are constructed initially belonged the Criticos family. The government bought the land from him in 1972 under the Settlement Transfer Fund Scheme and transferred to the Kenyatta family the same day Criticos sold it to the government. Land for the two universities was subsequently sold partly and a portion donated by the family.

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PART 5

One of President Kibaki’s earliest grabs is the 1,200-acre Gingalily Farm along the Nakuru-Solai road. And in the 1970s, Kibaki, who was then the minister for Finance under Kenyatta, via STFS transferred to himself, 10, 000 acres in Bahati from the then Agriculture minister Bruce Mckenzie.

Kibaki also owns another 10, 000 acres at Igwamiti in Laikipia and 10, 000 acres in Rumuruti in Naivasha. These are in addition to the 1,600 acre Ruare Ranch.

Just next to Kibaki’s Bahati land are Moi’s 20, 000 acres although his best known piece of land is the 1,600 Kabarak Farm on which he has retired. It is one of the most well utilised farms in the area, with wheat, maize and dairy cattle.

The former President owns another 20, 000 acres in Olenguruoni in Rift Valley, on which he is growing tea and has also built the Kiptakich Tea Factory (recently torched). He also has some 20, 000 acres in Molo. He also has another 3, 000-acre farm in Bahati on both sides of the Nakuru/Nyahururu road where he grows coffee and some 400 acres in Nakuru on which he was initially growing coffee.

The former President also owns the controversy ridden 50, 000 acre Ol Pajeta Farm—part of which has Ol Pajeta ranch in Rumuruti, Laikipia. Some time in 2004 Moi put out an advert in the press warning the public that some unknown people were sub-dividing and selling it.

Can solutions can be offered to address these land problems?

This is clearly a socio-political problem that requires a political solution. It involves digging up the archives, consulting experts, policy makers, local politicians and community elders to find a comprehensive solution.

Such formulated blueprints can then be sold to Kenyans of all creed, race, religion and ethnicity in a publicity campaign that seeks to draw in as many supporters as possible. A responsive political party genuinely keen to tackle this tough problem can actually sell a comprehensive and just land reform policy as part of its manifesto.

These must be cognizant of the constitutional implications concerned in addressing past and present land issues.

Guess what. This incidentally happened already. ODM party, using the Bomas draft constitution which proposes to establish a National Land Commission sold this idea to Kenyans during the referendum campaigns and at the 2007 General election campaigns.

Many Kenyans especially those directly affected by landlessness chose to give this idea a test. That party attributed to ODM’s resounding win over Kibaki’s PNU which prefers to sleep over the land issue quietly.

But before the coronation of ODM into government, Kivuitu and his ECK had other ideas. Blatant and daylight robbery of an outright electoral win by ODM was executed by Kivuitu and ECK to illegitimately hand over power to Kibaki.

None of the confident voters who were determined to start demanding results and accountability with regards to land and other biting issues such as unemployment and poverty, from the NEW government they elected seem ready to take Kibaki’s attempted robbery lightly.

What we are witnessing in Rift Valley, lately in Nakuru, may just escalate to new heights considering the fundamental weight of the underlying blood and soil issue of land.

Anonymous said...

Those of us who are realistic know that we have 2 key problems in this country: LAND and THE CONSTITUTION.

The Ghai draft(2002) had paragraphs that specifically addressed the land situation in Rift Valley, Coast and North Eastern.

Kibaki was not ready to distribute the executive's powers and so he watered it down.

I am watching the current process closely. They seem to have zeroed in on the above two issues and so I will pray that we see it to completion.

anon said...

they knew this before, they know it now and will always know it. what difference does it make coming from Annan and why solve it only then. I think its all a charade but 72 hours will come to pass

Anonymous said...

Dear fellow ODMers,

We must learn to ignore those among us, such as Taabu, who are incurably pessimistic. To them success means getting everything you demand; but that is not life. Let us encourage our leaders to push for more concessions. Let us isolate the zero-sum gamers in ODM. At the same time let us reach out to the like-minded in PNU to do the same. I know some ODMers who do not want the talks to succeed and are looking forward to Mass Action Phase Two. While pretending otherwise, they are spoiling for a REAL KENYAN ARMAGEDDON. They are just lucky that Mass Action Phase One didn't touch them or their relatives. To most Kenyans (regardless of party affiliations), Mass Action is now associated with Mass Murder, Mass Arson, Mass Rape, and Mass Forcible Evictions. We need to be careful because a time might come when ODM calls for Mass Action and only idlers and thugs turn up. And guess who will be laughing at us PNU hard-liners and the so called our international friends (the ones we are fond of quoting religiously). Let us not waste this opportunity to negotiate and get what we can while the sun is still shinning on ODM. We will never have a perfect partner to negotiate with. And if we wait for Mass Action Phase Two, there may be no ODM to talk about. Or worse the fight will no longer be about which tribe belongs to which province, but rather which village belongs to which clan!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Kibaki promised a "clean hands government". Now that an international human rights body has deeply implicated ODM's Pentagon in ethnic cleansing, it would be interesting to see if this gang will be allowed anywhere near power.

I'm hearing even Raila has been shocked by Ruto's blood thirst in Eldoret! By the way I'm from Central province, hard working, rich and successful and just 30. I also know we shall not have another Gema president for many years to come. But with 4 Gema million votes scattered allover, we have the ultimate influence on who will lead, don't we?

Back home they are saying they are ready to be led by anyone else except Raila Amolo Odinga. If Raila was to grab power, Somali situation would be an understatement.

It would be back in the trenches for Gema just like in the colonial days. Guys rightly or worongly just don't trust Raila even an inch. The genocide in Rift Valley simply vindicated their mistrust and hatred for Raila. Kalonzo for 2012 baby!!!

Yusuf Ismail said...

All these "free secondry" mantra are jokes meant to hoodwink outsiders as if Kibaki is not only in control but that the country is running smoothly. Let me tell ugly Kibaki, you have two choices and you know them, any other edifying joke will not sustain you. Bloody thief!

Wanjiku - Mombasa said...

Are you Kikuyu bashers saying that nothing and nobody good ever came from the slopes?

Anonymous said...

anon 11:49 rich and young you may be but those are just earthly. You are just like a mist or rather flower which blossoms today and tomorrow is gone. I do not want to predict for you badly because i do not know who you are but the bible says that let no one be boastful and if any one should boast, then it should be because he/she knows the lord. Riches pass and even leadership will pass. There are so many people on this blog who may be 2 to even 10 times richer than you but they do not say. All we do in this site is to express our opinions regarding the current issue. As for Kalonzo, he has committed a political suicide. But still i can not judge him. Things might change for the better for him. Over to you anon 11:49.

Anonymous said...

anon 11:49 rich and young you may be but those are just earthly. You are just like a mist or rather flower which blossoms today and tomorrow is gone. I do not want to predict for you badly because i do not know who you are but the bible says that let no one be boastful and if any one should boast, then it should be because he/she knows the lord. Riches pass and even leadership will pass. There are so many people on this blog who may be 2 to even 10 times richer than you but they do not say. All we do in this site is to express our opinions regarding the current issue. As for Kalonzo, he has committed a political suicide. But still i can not judge him. Things might change for the better for him. Over to you anon 11:49.

Anonymous said...

Total BS. Why would they need to go away if all was well. What happended is that they can't commit, only the leaders of each party can. And we already know that they can't agree. Annan is in a pickle: tell the ruth about Kibaki and not be able to travel anywhere else in africa because all other leaders have done what kibaki has done...or more kofi anyone? Anyway, have you noticed how the local UN office has become very engaged...hmm

Steve said...

I empathize with Taabu and Chris's critical assessment and even their pessimism.

But, please brothers and sisters, look on the bright side - look at how much has transpired in the last 2 weeks. Annan's team is in Kenya on the ground. Let's not discount that development in spite of the mixed signals. Double-talk is part of the wheeling and dealing. What is obviously obscene is that Kibaki and his confidants have the temerity to say things that that do not indicate good will.

Nevertheless, as anon 11:47 observed, if MAII happens, there will be no semblance of civility left. I am not optimistic but have to hope against hope that all will be well. Even in the depth of despair, we must not forget that a better future is possible. Kenya is not an isolated country. There are numerous vested interest who want a political solution even their motives are not noble. Say a prayer. Reach out to a neighbour.

I do not kid myself. This is about life and death for so many whose very dignity has been robbed for 45 long years as a result of exploitation by Central. Things cannot go back to the way they were. But in order to have hope we must now all (pnu & odm) have faith in the process. Do not raise the stakes - they are high enough as they are. Enough, please. Wait.

Steve said...

Anon 12:09, the sequestering is just a facade to save panua face. That's it. Bells and whistles so that it does not look like pnu caved in. Do not be cavalier in your predictions. This is not a game. Wait and see. And don't forget to kneel and pray if you are a believing person.

Anonymous said...

we never celebrated new year, now valentine is approaching and it seems we are not going to celebrate it too, oh God have mercy on Kenya.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12.05, Wacha wivu!

I don't see what's wrong if I work hard, become rich and successful and talk about it. I believe I have a bright future. The fact is that God has blessed me with lots of cash. Call that boasting, arrogance, blah blah, but I call it confidence. I'm happy about that and very thankful. My point is that God is good and will reward you for your hard work. Maybe your turn for blessings is tomorrow. Keep faith son!

Anonymous said...

God have mercy on Kenya.

Steve said...

Anon 12:39. You cocky prick. The only reason you are rich is because you were in the right place at the right time. Jot this down and come back to it in 30 years. You may well regret you posting.

Anonymous said...

Dont be angry anon 12:39. At least on your second mail, you have acknowledged that you are what you are bcoz of God. In your first mail you didnt. Sina wivu my dear. I really feel good when i see a young person blessed. I was only trying to tell you not to trust so much in your riches, but since you have acknowledged it is from God, may He bless you even more. As for my blessing it is 2day, NOT 2MORO. Am keeping the faith. Once again may God bless you more and more.

Anonymous said...

There many good thinks from the slopes it, but it seems the bad nature of those from the slope over shadow the good.
But first I would like to blame the kenyan for the present crisis, the Kenya know very well the nature of our slop bros and giving the power, just a shear given asking to take of sheep. For sure wolves will be very please, free meal. I don see why shear should be angry at wolves. wanjikuthere is lots of good from the slops.
This naivety kenyan should when we elected kinaki in 2001, left not blame innocent kikuyu.cos we know our brother from the slops nature and giving them power we very well knew what to expect lets not blame them, the blame is on us we made the wrong choice and we pay the price

Jesus is Love said...

Psalms 126:5
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.


The most difficult place to keep moving in faith is the place of extreme pain. Extreme pain, especially emotional pain, can become immobilizing to the human spirit if it is allowed to overcome us. The psalmist tells us there is only one remedy for overcoming painful circumstances that will result in joy. We are to sow in the midst of these times. You cannot do this if you live by feelings alone. It is an act of the will. This act requires that we go outside ourselves in pure faith.

I learned this principle during one of the deepest periods of my life. I had lost much that was dear to me. A mature man in the faith admonished me to reach out to others in spite of my own pain. "Invest in someone else," he said. I did not realize what a place of healing and comfort that would become.

"He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him" (Ps. 126:6). Pain can become a source of joy if we take the first step by planting seed. There is a harvest that will come if we sow in the midst of tears.

Anonymous said...

Thanks and let's now move on. I just thot it right to climb on roof tops and mountain tops and proclaim how good he is (God). Now back to the real world...how can we save our beloved Kenya??

Anonymous said...

we can save kenya through prayers!

Steve said...

Anon 12:39 is indicative of the nouveau riche that have lost touch with the daily struggles of dispossessed and use religion merely as dissonance. This disengaged middle class is part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

Anon....What is hardwork to you and pls dont equate hardwork to what Njenga Kaume and his ilk will be defining hardwork......To me hardwork is that man who earns less than a dollar per day and is busy feeding his wife and six children...He might be unfortunate or you might call it a curse....But he is earning clean money and that is why e'one is saying on this blog that Kisumu and Eldoret will be rebuilt by clean money.....
The other thing thamk God you are in your 30's i am in my 20's and yes i can tell you i am getting paid good money....But i don't just go telling every one and guess what i am a >>>>Luo and shock on you trust me it is clean money and i can define the meaning of hardwork

Anonymous said...

1219: you are trusting in leaders who have had 40 years to deliver and failed. welcome to hope, but track record says something else. we have passed the point of no return and those who can't see that are at odds with the reality on the ground. Nairobi is no longer in control, and that is a fact. By rigging, Nairobi has shot itself in the foot.

Anonymous said...

There is need to put the record straight. Am a kiuk, 1st of all. There is nothing like 'we kikuyus like work' etc. and as if other communities are not hardworking enough.
Secondly, Martha Karua, as much as DOMers don't like her, she is important to govt and PNU. She is not speaking for kikuyus, she is speaking for the more than 5m who support the current govt. She is bright in legal terms, so those who are attacking her looks, mezeni wembe. And Chris, Kibaki's strategy is to run the show as president, business as usual. And 5m kenyans are for this, as opposed to the 4.3 DOMers who think otherwise. The 48-72hrs thing is an alarmist headline. Just to incite the DOMers, most of whom had settled down to their businesses and had been enjoying the prevailing peace. Its just a headline to raise emotions and political temperatures.
Uhuru will not be president 2012.
Kalonzo is a cool bet! ODM has to really figure out how to beat Kalonzo 2012, because Kiuks will give Kalonzo the vote.
So, DOMers, stop putting words into our mouths, or thoughts into our minds. You can not fool us.

Anonymous said...

Anon... being rich at 30 is not an achievement. We have guys who are rich by 23, and yes all clean money. By the way you are boasting around I doubt whether you worked hard for it. Guys who work hard for their money never talk about it. Guys who get it easy through shady deals, etc, are always painting town red and screaming about it. I have a few somali friends who are barely 25 and multi-millionaires - from sheer hard work and determination - they dont even have cars!

Anonymous said...

chris you are not giving any good advice, peacekeeping? As someone who has done simulations of UN, If the security council want to send troops they would have to pass a resolution which means they would have to be proof that the WHOLE of kenya is in turmoil otherwise the resolution would fail. As one of my friends said, with the UN this can take 100 yrs. look at darfur, after 3 yrs they are finally pushing the agenda of sending troops due to logistics and diplomatic relations. Peacekeeping is a last resort and definetly should remain that way.
As for Kibaki, 1st of all he acknowleged the suffering in his speech, second of all, if you are in Kenya, you want things going back to normal, and Kibaki doing the inaguration of free secondary education is him merely finishing what had been started. Thirdly, Kibaki is not just supposd to sit down waiting for briefings from negotiators, he has a job, even if he may have stolen it. you are starting to sound like some guys on mashada, but i like your other posts so i wnt judge u yet

Anonymous said...

chris you are not giving any good advice, peacekeeping? As someone who has done simulations of UN, If the security council want to send troops they would have to pass a resolution which means they would have to be proof that the WHOLE of kenya is in turmoil otherwise the resolution would fail. As one of my friends said, with the UN this can take 100 yrs. look at darfur, after 3 yrs they are finally pushing the agenda of sending troops due to logistics and diplomatic relations. Peacekeeping is a last resort and definetly should remain that way.
As for Kibaki, 1st of all he acknowleged the suffering in his speech, second of all, if you are in Kenya, you want things going back to normal, and Kibaki doing the inaguration of free secondary education is him merely finishing what had been started. Thirdly, Kibaki is not just supposd to sit down waiting for briefings from negotiators, he has a job, even if he may have stolen it. you are starting to sound like some guys on mashada, but i like your other posts so i wnt judge u yet

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:03 we cannot meza wembe coz it will cut our throats......We have better things to eat......Never confuse calm with peace...For your information we are sitting on a time bomb....So may you go spit your empty rhetorics to the wind and mind you abt Karua's looks it is just an observation and no one is having sleepless nights because of that....Nightmares maybe.........Read today's standard business news, the first and middle pages to be precise then start telling us of prevailing peace when one cannot even afford simple basic needs ...GADO of nation drew a nice cartoon the other day of a man with arrows all over begging Kofi Annan not to leave then you come to payuka over here....Chunga mdomo wako

Ivy

Anonymous said...

Did you guys read yesterday's Daily Metro pg 11, that OVER 50,000 people (luos) in Kisumu are jobless. Their work places were either burnt to ash or investors fled. Now, who is suffering, Kibaki? Don't forget Raila still has a Ksh 4BN fortune and is still raking in his 1million monthly salary as an MP, lol. Wise up!

Anonymous said...

Some of you are beginning to sound like nazi's suggesting that 'people from the slopes' are inferior, are thieves etc. As a kiuk, never have I insulted a community, stolen money or claimed that all kiuks are gud. But never will i support us being rolled in 1 mould and being insulted. After reading some of the comments here, i have never felt more hated in my life, and worst of all for my ethnic identity. Being very patriotic, its sad that many kiuks who even supported by ODM are now enemies, and now even doubt why they feel proud to be kenyan when they are unwanted. If you blame Germans for hitlers behaviour, or all british for colonialism, or iraqi's for saddam, you fail to acknowledge that leaders made the final choices and sometimes for personal interest. You essentially become prejudiced, and are just as bad as any racist

Elle Noke Llo said...

Talks Collapsing as Diaspora Exports Bigotry
All the waiting about political breakthrough over our political was not worth the anxiety. Playing to the gallery and shameless media leaks throughout last weekend all but indicated the dead road we patronized as a nation. Ours is a country lacking in leadership and asking the scoundrels to measure up to any self-induced challenge is akin to selling winter cloaks in Garissa.

So Annan has given himself two days deadline to come with a solution? Well, you guess is as good as mine because the outcome is clear even before the principals take their seats. Kibaki never stole the elections with an intention to reneging on deceit or succumbing to international pressure. Hailing his free secondary program is a song sung better by his apologists.

Political sharks
The opposition may have played it smart in pushing him to a corner by making indicative motions and intentions of concession. But honestly such games are only effective on people with conscience not a hoard of supremacists already swimming in rivers of blood from Kenyans. Like sharks these lot never gets enough of human blood .

From the word go the Annan-lead talks were never meant to take off as evident in Kibaki’s obstructive pronouncements of being the duly elected president. Kofi Annan must be having his shoulders aching sorely from the global responsibility thrust on him. He must be cleverly chatting a hand-washing (safe) exit route.

The REAL KENYAN ARMAGEDDON is viciously knocking at the door. Make no mistake, Kibaki will not barge an inch. Annan will consequently have no choice but leave in a huff (really disgusted and disappointed). His excuse will be going to seek more guidance from UN and AU. A national Armageddon has never a comprehensive rehearsal like ours.

Exporting bigotry
Meanwhile the deception bandwagon has new passengers in the shape of a bunch of tribal jingoists masquerading under the banner of Kenyans abroad. These shameless Kenyans have exported their bigotry abroad. They are only fooling themselves by sending a VILLAGE memorandum that denigrate all OTHER Kenya's 41 tribes. These dimwits must be so naïve to waste their time in asking Gordon Brown to respect the laws of Kenya that are abused with absolute impunity by their ruling kinsmen.

Sir Edward Clay would provide Brown with a more detailed report on Kenya. And that is not brain-washing because the truth never mutates even among those who vomit on our collective shoes. A heap of lies and misinformation packaged as a petition only succeeds in unmasking the true face of serial liars. No damage is more devastating than self-destructive antics laced in virgin village bigotry that is left untouched by any trace of modernity.

The cheap smear campaign to paint Raila as unelectable fell flat on its face and Kenyans saw it for what it was – glossing over national rape and deception. Now roping in Ruto and crying foul with their teeth shamelessly biting into deception, these supremacists have gone global with their vice.

I am no doomsayer. But the truth remains that Kibaki is not annd was never interested in any peace or resolution of the present political crisis. How I wish I could be more optimistic. But I would hate blaming myself for being so naïve to the impending and beckoning Armageddon. May God save Kenya from herself

Anonymous said...

Why can't we Kenyans get along? I've been to TZ and guys there don't give a monkeys where you come from or what your name is. Chris, could you pliz investigate why Kenyans will never get along like in Bongo land? I doubt any mediation talks will make us start loving each other. Why do we have violence only in General election's period? What role do politicians play in blood letting of the innocent? Who is funding the militias? Why hasn't anyone been jailed for land clashes since 1992? Is Majimbo viable, would it please everyone?

jeshi la ruto said...

As the Kofi Annan mediation talks rumble on, the civil strife enters its sixth week, and it doesn’t show signs of ending any time soon.


Parliament in session. Is there a case for giving some executive powers to the House? Photo/FILE
The former UN secretary-general has been receiving unsolicited memoranda from various groups on the cause of the problem and the way out, and each is as different as the authors and the tribes they come from and their political leanings.

The truth, however, is that the root cause is threefold — an imperfect constitution, skewed distribution of national resources and Electoral Commission chief Samuel Kivuitu’s farcical announcement of the presidential election results.

Whatever Mr Annan suggests, Kenya’s only route to reclaiming and saving the country is tinkering with the Constitution to create minimum irreducible reforms. The amendments must make Kenya a parliamentary multiparty democracy, devalue the presidency and strengthen Parliament’s checks-and-balances power.

In the amendments, we shall borrow heavily from the constitutions of the US, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. From its 1949 Revolution to the Tiananmen revolt of 1989, China was a backwater giant busy making bicycles. It realised that to prevent future revolts, the people had to be rich, and to be rich, the economy had to be turned around.

The country made a deliberate policy to leap-frog primitive technology by increasing its recurrent and development budget and openly stealing technology from the West. Through ingenuity and craftiness, China is now the world’s fastest growing economy and greatest exporter.

As national harmony is created by either economic growth that makes everyone middle-class and happy or a constitutional order that is fair to all, Kenya can only choose the latter. Because of their unique culture and excellent education systems, the Asian countries have decided to postpone political development to concentrate on the economy.

Kenya cannot follow the Asian model of development, but we will borrow the Chinese one of borrowing, nay stealing, that which is best in the West. China stole the technology; we will steal their constitutional practices.

The first amendment should be to section I of the Constitution which simply declares us “... a sovereign Republic.” Didn’t we know this? We should replace this section with one that says: “Kenya is a nation-state composed of eight provinces and is a parliamentary multiparty democracy.” This simple amendment will be a seismic shift of our politics.

At the moment, we are neither a parliamentary nor presidential democracy, and by this mongrel-situation, we allowed the presidency — from that of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to those of Mr Daniel arap Moi and Mr Mwai Kibaki to hoard as much power as Parliament willingly ceded.

Parliamentary democracy, as practised in the UK, asserts parliamentary sovereignty in its functions and powers. Other than have exclusive monopoly of law-making, Parliament shall reclaim its equal role vis-à-vis the Judiciary and the Executive in reciprocal checks and-balances.

The Constitution as it is, together with the House Standing Orders, gives the Legislative unparalleled powers that, for 44 years have been in disuse. The powers that include vetting public appointments and budget-control must be reclaimed.

The second amendment should be one that transfers executive power from the President to the Cabinet. Section 23 of the Constitution states: “The executive authority of the Government of Kenya shall vest in the President..” This should be amended to read: “The executive authority of the Government of Kenya shall vest in the President and Cabinet to be exercised in compore.”

In Switzerland, executive authority resides in the Federal Council which is composed of eight elected members. The presidency of the council is rotated annually, and while serving as president, the member is only a primus inter pares — first among equals. This model, which began in 1848, has held together Switzerland which has four tribes — French, Italians, Germans and Romans.

In making our executive power lie with the President and Cabinet as a corporate entity, the presidency will be devalued and not seen any more as the ultimate prize or as a tribal property. The holder will no longer use the powers to reward his tribe, cheer-leaders, mistresses and sycophants. In developed democracies, presidents still reward these groups, but creatively. In Kenya, new schools, roads, rural electrification and public service employment follow the president. And herein lies the source of all our evil.

Further to the above, Parliament should invoke its powers given by section 16 of the Constitution and limit the Cabinet to 16 ministers, but who shall be from among MPs. An additional proviso should be that the majority parliamentary party in each province shall nominate two candidates for the Cabinet.

The 16 nominees and the President will among themselves allocate the ministerial positions according to the qualifications and experiences of each nominee. Once allocated these offices, Parliament shall be the only one with authority to remove or impeach them.

This limited and equal distribution of Cabinet positions will create a regional balance and parity, as Rift Valley with 7 million people and North Eastern with one will be equal. In the US, Wyoming with 500,000 people and California with 38 million have equal representation in the Senate. In Switzerland, the Canton of Zurich with 1.2 million people and that of Uri with 35,000 are equal.

The final amendment should be to section 30 of the Constitution, which states that the “?legislative power of the Republic shall vest in the Parliament?” This should be amended to read “The power of the government of Kenya to make all laws, levy and collect taxes, borrow money, controlling the national budget and consent to all appointments of national officers shall vest in the Parliament”.

This simple change will in one stroke allow Parliament to control national development, equitable distribution of resources and appointments of all public officers. Never again will the President dictate development and appointments to the civil service, the Judiciary, parastatals, police and the military. The US Senate is the pre-eminent Parliament in exercising these powers and, thus, saves the country from tribalism and inequitable development.

In addition, a transition section will be introduced to the Constitution, enabling Parliament to make such other constitutional and statutory amendments and enactments as to give effect to the amendments and create legislative and operational harmony. In any event, any other law that is inconsistent with the amendments to sections 1, 16, 23 and 30 of the Constitution shall be void to that extent.

The tragedy with Africa is negative ethnicity. A country that dictates its development priorities depending on the president’s tribe is headed for nowhere. All developed countries are so because of unitary policies. It is comical to see in Africa, Kenya included, roads being built or power lines ending where the president’s tribe ends. It is absurd but real.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his ilk who have destroyed their countries are still in power because of this selective but useless development and the creation of a siege mentality for their people.

If these proposals are enacted, every Kenyan will stand an equal chance of appointment to a public office and every tribe will have equal access to budgetary allocation and national development. And the Office of the President, being one of 17 members with near-equal power, will no longer be a poisonous allure, and tribes will not stake their lives on it any more.

And the 222 MPs will truly exercise their powers, and absenteeism will be history as every one of their vote will count.

With three strokes of the pen on the Constitution, Kenya will be the first country in Africa to end the big-man syndrome and take the high road. The amendments will be bipartisan and by Parliament and will therefore take a very short time — even weeks.

We should not try to be complex; the US constitution, with seven articles, was drafted between May 25 and September 17, 1787, and by 55 delegates only. To date it has undergone only 26 amendments and only to strengthen it.

The entire constitution can be read in 15 minutes. And remember, it is this small constitution that has made America what it is today, with an annual budget of $3.1 trillion, which makes the budgets of the rest of the world petty cash.

If we do the above, the mediation talks will break all records of being the shortest as the Annan team will be confined to resolving only the flawed presidential elections and hopefully order a re-run.

We will then release Mr Annan and Mr Benjamin Mkapa to enjoy their retirement, and Graca to go tell her husband Nelson Mandela that Kenya has taken its last walk to freedom.

Derek (the field marshal) said...

Breaking News:

Interim Govt (50:50) for one year, then a new election. That one year is for constitutional reforms, ECK refor, other reforms, settlements and so on. Kibaki the skunk is still refusing but he is being told in no uncertain terms that he will not be entertained. The BBC has some little details but we can assure you that will be the deal since Annan is said to have told PANUA side that the world knows "what happened (i.e rigging."

Anonymous said...

that is a dream derek

Anonymous said...

50,000 Luos gush!!! and how many kenyans are out of their jobs at the moment....Since Kibaki stole the elections

Anonymous said...

How did you do that census, 50,000 Luos? Well enlighten us some more.

Anonymous said...

Kenyans consider grand coalition

Negotiators have been subjected to the full glare of the media
Former UN chief Kofi Annan has briefed Kenyan MPs about the progress of talks aimed at defusing the election crisis before they move to a secret location.
He did not give any details but a BBC correspondent says he seems to be moving towards the idea of a grand coalition with new polls next year.

Mr Annan has ruled out a recount and says Kenya is too unstable for new elections for at least a year.

At least 1,000 people have died after the opposition said polls were rigged.

More than 600,000 people have been forced to flee their homes amid clashes between rival ethnic groups, seen as pro-opposition or pro-government.

Blackout

As they enter a third week, the talks between government and opposition teams are being moved away from the capital, Nairobi, for three days to avoid the glare of publicity.

The current crisis is a big challenge but it provides an opportunity for Kenyan leaders to steer the country to a new level of stability

Kofi Annan


Around Kenya: After the violence

Mr Annan said he had asked both sides not to discuss the contents of the talks with anyone else, calling for a complete news blackout.

He says that at the appropriate time, he will release the outcome of discussions to the media.

Caution

Mr Annan has hinted that the deal will include comprehensive constitutional, judicial and electoral reforms.

Both the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) have tabled proposals for a power-sharing agreement.

Mr Annan has however cautioned against speculation over the proposals being discussed and hinted that a deal may be reached in three days.

He described the teams at the negotiating table as level-headed and expressed confidence that they will deliver a negotiated settlement.

"The current crisis is a big challenge but it provides an opportunity for Kenyan leaders to steer the country to a new level of stability," Mr Annan told MPs at a special session in parliament.

He commended the government for lifting a ban on live media coverage and holding of political meetings.

The former UN chief reiterated that both ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Kibaki have been well briefed of the progress so far and are in total support of the process.

Mr Annan also called on the MPs to travel to their constituencies and preach peace and tolerance insisting that both teams have agreed to ensure that those behind the recent clashes are investigated and prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

I hear you Derek...The thief in chief is on his way out;) I'm sure the PANUAS need resurcitation at this point..maybe we should look the other way, hehehe!!
Even if we all doubt this, Annan while adressing the parliamentarians this morning stated the formation of an "INDEPENDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE ELECTIONS"
Over to you PANUAS, MUTA DO?

Candy

Anonymous said...

ANON 5.08 U THINK ANNAN IS STUPID. HE MUST START ON UA SIDE THEN WIL TURN TABLES. HE WIL RUL IN FAVOR OF PNU. IT IS A MUST DO FOR HIM NGOJA WEWE, KWANI UMETOKA SHIMO GANI?

Anonymous said...

Candy says..5:23
Yeah It's happening, muta do???????

Anonymous said...

Kenya is moving on. The ODM DOMOS and their supporters will miss the bus. I watched CNN yesterday and for the first time the news about Kenya was not Ethnic Cleansing but something positive about the president implementing free secondary school education, actually for the first time in months saw some light at the end of the tunnel. It is amusing to me that Raila's supporters think he is the second messiah…so what miracles do you think this man, who is of merely average intelligence will do? He can only take credit for what he has done in his constituency for the past 20 years which amounts to a big ZERO.
Right now the majority of Kenyans want to move on with their lives and help build this nation before it's to late and we have nothing to call home.

Anonymous said...

We don't want to move on untill you return the STOLLEN COW or at least prove that the cow you are milking is your. Declaration of wealth guys.. that's the deal.

Tangaza....Tangaza....Tangaza....Tangaza....Tangaza....Tangaza....

jay said...

anon@11:49

Im truly glad for you that you are rich, powerful, and sucessful. I even believe you when you say you ARE hard working, and if this is truly the means by which you attained your socio-economic stature, you know, i and any one who is honest has to give credit to you and say I am proud of your work ethic and the gains it has brought you. As you become richer, more powerful and successful I also say may you not nyauka but look refreshed and energised and youthful, really, I am not being meanspirited in all this.
I mean lets face it who would not want to have the opportunities that have come your way. Even more admirably if they were honest and truthful. But this is where i am genuinely afraid for you, you seem to be deluded about where these qualities you boast about have come from. If the profile you have laid here is for real, remember the one who placed them in you and caused them to bear fruit, placed them in many other people regardless of what colour of skin or tribe he also placed them in. Do not call God a fool, but carry these words in your heart. Your wealth, your 'power', your success and your youth are gifts that you have been given, for free, not to lord mercilessly over people, or to watch wounded ones crying and insensitively thump at your chest and repeat the uncaring things i have just read you say.
You may be king over all this 'stuff' that you were mercifully given for free, but you do not own the time of the life you live. Whether you are from Central or not it is a painful and hurtful time for the rest of us.
Walk softly my friend with your riches and power and youth and success and hardworkingness.
I shudder for you and many of your kind, who dispite the times have not began to understand that the tale of THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS was not a meaningless rant by the one who owns your life and is not a respector of tribe. Be careful how you walk my brother, be careful!
Be wealthy, be rich, be successful, and oh yes watch and enjoy the benefits of being young but..., in your doing all this do not become a fool rafiki, refuse foolishness.
Surely there is more than that that can come out of a strong, young, powerful and very hardworking individual like you. Ask for true wisdom, you dont have to buy it. Again, like the other gifts you have been given, imagine there is no sale price, let alone a price tag! When you have done that, hebu then just valisha all those wonderful attributes with that true wisdom that comes for free. Then we will have a kiboko of a person. Ama?

Be careful how you walk and talk. Hewaa is free lakini kumbuka kwamba nguvu za kupumua rights are owned by another. Faster than you know it has happened it can happen. Sindiyo? And then... talk to the rich man. Not guilty for bein rich but rather being deluded in thinking in his own eyes that he has arrived. JICHUNGE SANA. Maliipo usually in some form or another malipo begins here, here ndugu.
Lastly, I am of course aware of the insenseless 'mutadoo' type responses that can follow. Still...You'll have been cautioned. BE VERY VERY CAREFUL. THE ONE WHO BLESSES WITH POWER, WEALTH AND STRENGTH IS THE SAME ONE JUDGES JUSTLY (that is without favour and partiality to any party) AND DOES NOT REWARD EVIL WITH GOOD. Yet He sits on a throne of mercy. You go figure that! Anyway, lets all be careful how and where we choose to stand. Those who know and can be found in truth and genuine concern for all, irrispective of tribe and regardless of party will do and achieve great things for Kenya. Be found on that side.

BLESSINGS AND GIFTS ARE OPPOTUNITIES TO WISELY INCREASE TO OTHERS WHAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU WITHOUT FEARING THAT YOU SHALL BE LEFT DRY.

This I know, WANAOPENDA UKWELI HAWATADOO!!!
HATA KIDOGO!

Anonymous said...

@6.19AM..let's see how far you will get in life with such shallow thinking. Go read a book or two my friend,inject some intelligence and reality into your brain.
I urge you to hold your breath till your blue in the face waiting for politicians to declare their wealth that not even MR. AGWAMBO CAN DO BECAUSE HE'S THE BIGGEST THIEF OF THEM ALL

Kenyaone said...

Incidentally Anon 11.13am.

The new National Land Policy (i believe its more or less the same as the one in the bomas draft) is being implemented. In fact its already in parliament for debate and has superceded other commission and committees inquiring into land. Though it says the new policy has been 'informed' by them. I for one did not know it was encapsulated in the bomas draft. As soon as parliament opens it will be there. right on table. I await your comments as to whether this was reactionary, anticipated or coindidence. But so far as i have read it, it looks good. The issue will be the provision of restitution for those who have lost land or are displaced. A HUUUUGE loophole for corruption.

Lucas said...

Actually.....The next 'Goldenberg' could spring from this single word in the New Land Policy. RESTITUTION.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 6.12; Kenyans and the international community power brokers will not be deceived by Kibaki's education tokens.

Both have made it clear that we will not return to "business as usual" until formidable solutions to the crisis are reached.

Anonymous said...

Lucas @ 6.31; I agree, there is a risk for corruption BUT...

That is why we need to proceed full steam with constitutional reforms to check the power of the executive and make our institutions more transparent and accountable.

Anonymous said...

CANDY AND DEREK: I agree with the two of you.

The fact of the matter is that PNU will be pushed kicking and screaming through the entire process.

The pressure internally and externally is too high.

Anonymous said...

I think one thing we all need to understand is…on the PNU side we have 2 groups; PNU & ODM-K. When PNU stands up with any resolution, The ODM – K side objects hence killing the progress and vice versa. Mutua was not appointed to the group to support PNU…His sole motivation is to keep Kalonzo in the “mix”. The fall through over the weekend was prompted by ODM – K. Koffi is in the middle of a hurricane of egos.

Dr. Evans PhD said...

Land Policy: Biggest land owners include--Uhuru Kenyatta, the Moi Family, The Odinga Family, Ruto, Kosgey the thief etc.
It is true that when it comes to land issues, the Luos have been screwed big time. It is my hope that this is reversed.
I was listening to Kenyatta's speech when he went to Kisumu in 1969 to open the Nyanza hospital in the midst of KPU uprising. His speech, all with curse words ("Dume dume *&%#@ nina zenu) alluded to the fact that he had already given land to the luos but they are too lazy to farm--Jaramogi interjected all the time (Lakini wako na njaa...mimi niko na chakula yangu etc) but it seems that the issue was never settled and the Luo has always been under the yoke of lack of land
In the same breath, Raila has amassed large tracts of land and major business connections, enriching himself and his specter gas company (molasses will be handled later).
A comprehensive land reform will give people a chance to see that they can actually own the land and use it (Luos).
This reform should also unearth the injustice that is IDPs--some of whom bought land under the principle of willing buyer/willing seller, but have been screwed.

Over to you, Kumekuja.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 6.45; very insightful.

Musyoka is truly afraid of being left out in the cold and has been saying some really ridiculous things of late...

Anonymous said...

Dr. Evans Ph.d.: The fact of the matter is that the biggest and most complex land grievances are in:

-Rift Valley
-North Eastern
-Coast Province

as was stated in the Bomas draft.

Nyanza's problem is largely one of politico-economic isolation and retribution for constantly being in the opposition championing democracy since the sixties.

Anonymous said...

You people, wherever the land problems the reality is that we cannot move forward without comprehensive constitutional reforms.

Let us not be cheated of real solutions to our problems - the negotiations must get to point no. 4.

Anonymous said...

BBC Africa:

"Mr. Annan has ruled out elections and said Kenya is too unstable for new elections for at least a year."

"Mr. Annan has also hinted that the deal will include COMPREHENSIVE CONSTITUTIONAL, JUDICIAL AND ELECTORAL REFORMS."

"He described the teams at the negotiation table as level-headed and expressed confidence that they will deliver a negotiated settlement."

Anonymous said...

@ 7.01; it should read "Mr. Annan has ruled out a RECOUNT..."

Anonymous said...

anon 6.12 whoever said kenya is moving on must be psychotic!! just because you saw some monkey launching the free secondary education does it mean people have stopped fighting? i hate that they are fighting but that doesn't mean i black it out simply because 'i saw on cnn kibaki launching free secondary education'

in nairobi's upperhill and highridge estates some unidentified hooligans have been marking peoples' houses with 'X's and 'ticks' as late as this past weekend. i dont know about you but this makes me very uneasy....do you really think we are moving on? we wont move on until things are straightened out.

Anonymous said...

Kalonzo Musyoka would definetly be shaking as he essentially loses his powers to the deputy pm's which agwambo is suggesting. I dont see how we will have a president, pm, vp, and 2 deputy pm's without alot of probs. There should be a provision in the constitution for the set up of a senate, with governors that represent each community. These governors will be at the same level as an mp in terms of access to the president.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 7.07; I like you senate idea. We once had one along different lines before Kenyatta put it out of action and began making the Executive imperial.

As for the posts you list; I see no reason why they cannot work (power will be distributed through the various levels). Having the opposition in govt. is only temporary until we get our house in order and ready for new elections.

There are wealthy and powerful democracies the world over with prime ministerships - and yes; strong oppositions.

Anonymous said...

Yes I have said it..
THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL..YOUR DULY ELECTED OTHAYA M.P & THE WHOLE PANUA CIRCUS!!!
It is quite interesting, my bad...Humurous, that one Anon thinks Annan will 1st rule in favour of His Excellency Raila Amolo Odinga & ODM then revert to PNU...You think Bwana Annan is straight from Siberia to not know the root cause of the problem..Please even the eskimos on the edge of the earth are aware there was a stolen election in Kenya..
No amount of CNN press coverage on "free sec education" or what time the sun sets on the Kenyan Coast bla bla bla will make an Illegitimate Government, legitimate!

The PNU can therfore fight and kick all the way to hell but we the Kenyans are taking back our stolen rights and NO IT IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THOSE IN DENIAL BORDERING INSANITY, CLAIMING KENYANS WANT TO GET BACK TO NORMAL LIFE!!!
P.s thank you 7:01 for pointing out that the strategiless idea of a recount, hmmm PNU surely??!! Has been totally ruled out;)

Candy

Tamtam said...

This is sickening.

http://www.africanpath.com/p_blogEntry.cfm?blogEntryID=3463

Anonymous said...

candy i hope you are aware that kenyans are defined by pnu as the people living in the central and eastern regions.

i assure you those 'kenyans' want to get back to normal life as they are very comfortable with what kibaki did, the theft of the election means nothing to them!!

Anonymous said...

cont 7:31.....

the life that has been lost, the number of displaced persons means nothing to the honourable citizens of 'kenya' that's why they are moving on.

however, please forgive me for asking this, but do people really think that after this crisis people will just go back to their normal lives and 'move on' as though nothing happened? will kikuyus ever go to kisumu and will other tribes go to central as though nothing has happened? do people think that people in kibera and mathare will ever live in harmony after neighbours hacked each other to death? even if kibaki builds houses for his tribemates in riftvalley will they live in peace? i wonder!!

this thing is not just about politics but about the whole society as well, even if our politicians 'settle their differences' how will people get back to their old lives? will kalenjins be happy with just a 'political settlement' after all this, will their land be taken by the government and given back to the 'outsiders'?

just on the off chance that we 'move-on' now, what guarantee is there that this will not happen again in the next election? are we going to displace people every five years? are going to have 'electoral deaths' every time and again? will kalenjins continue crying for the land that was stolen from them by kenyatta for another 100 years?

i wish that i could wake up tomorrow and find this was all a bad nightmare!but sadly i know i wont!

Anonymous said...

Candy and Anon @ 7.50;

Even the E.U. and U.S. has said we shall not go back to "business as usual" until we have comprehensive solutions.

Those wishing for normalization; we cannot wish ourselves back to normal. Join the Kenyans determined to WORK TOWARDS SOLUTIONS FOR NORMALIZATION.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for Kenya's dictators; the electorate has grown increasingly fed up with misgovernment.

Reactions towards suffering have become more violent and it was to their shock and awe that the protests did not end after 3 days or urban rioting.

Yes, let us not bury our heads in the sand. Education tokens will not quench our thirst for politico-economic justice.

Eileen Okello said...

This is the time for going back to the land matter as have been expressed. I have long wanted kenyan so my country can be free. I have worked with kenyans of mostly high classes but have come to see that they are mostly corrupt.
Kenyans of good will and good faith are the ones working on the groud. However, kenyans who are rich and on top of the cream have the same mentality as those who are abroud becauese they think that this is heaven. Europe is not heaven, even USA is not it.
My experience working with kenyans has shown they can be crude, especially the rich and the ones abroad, they can lie, steal, sign fake deals, rip you off and tarnish your name.
All this is happening and the local kenyan is suffering. life has to be changed, things have to be changed, political assasinations have to be solved, even the long ones like JM and Dr. Robert Ouko, who was killed and nohting was done, we need to do something, we owe him something.
Kenyans, wake up, all of you.

Anonymous said...

Reforms are coming; The government will have to choose between ingesting them with dignity or having them shoved down their throats.

At the end of the day those reforms are for all Kenyans; every race, creed and ethnicity - so to those holding out; join in now.

Anonymous said...

"kizuri chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza", I wonder why Kikuyus think that they are the only wealthy, hardworking people in Kenya. If you are hard-working it will be self-evident instead of always reminding people that you are. I never see Jews walking around shouting at the top of their lungs all their milestones in academia, business, innovations you name that they have been a part of. Level the playing field and let it be self-evident. No short cuts to success, no ill-will and no backdoor dealings.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 8.24; well said.

Hellen Okello said...

This is the time for going back to the land matter as have been expressed. I have long wanted kenyan so my country can be free. I have worked with kenyans of mostly high classes but have come to see that they are mostly corrupt.
Kenyans of good will and good faith are the ones working on the groud. However, kenyans who are rich and on top of the cream have the same mentality as those who are abroud becauese they think that this is heaven. Europe is not heaven, even USA is not it.
My experience working with kenyans has shown they can be crude, especially the rich and the ones abroad, they can lie, steal, sign fake deals, rip you off and tarnish your name.
All this is happening and the local kenyan is suffering. life has to be changed, things have to be changed, political assasinations have to be solved, even the long ones like JM and Dr. Robert Ouko, who was killed and nohting was done, we need to do something, we owe him something.
Kenyans, wake up, all of you.

Anonymous said...

Is that Hellen Okello or Marianne Brenner and her games.

The present focus is on land reforms and constitutional changes.

Everything else will have to be dealt with later.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether to sympathize with the 50,000 jobless Luos in Kisumu or not. They burnt the city with their own hands. I don't know of any normal people who burn their place of work during the weekend and then report for work on Monday. But again people are different and their could be some logic to the Kisumu madness. What we cannot, however, be expected to do is to sympathize with a child who kills his parents and then cries that he is an orphan. My suggestion is that Raila can employ them at the Kisumu Mollasses. Alternatively, proceeds from the sale of Raila's Hummer can feed the 50,000 jobless for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, tough luck!

Anonymous said...

Anon@9:21
Well cheap bigot you made your point. Now move away from your computer and get some snuff. And then go to a PNU blog. You won't find normal people here.
Despite you denial change will come. The damage is unfortunately the price for change. You truly know who the main losers in the long run are going to be? Do not pretend not to know

Anonymous said...

9.21 ......LOL........i have to give it up to you for making my day!!........hahaha....'ati burnt the workplace on sato and went to work on monday'.....hahahaha

Anonymous said...

Kikuyu's on here and the Diaspora are doing disservice to other ordinary kikuyu's- on ground in the camps in Kenya ( I work as a volunteer- the kuk's don't feel the same- they are very upset regarding loss of life and their properties- they are upset with Kibaki( and Kibaki heard this that is why he is announcing on T.V) that he will build them houses) some of them gave the example of Iraq- they say Kibaki is like George Bush sending soldiers in Iraq) where many Iraqis and the USA soldiers lost their life’s and it is still going on - and destruction of properties- The misplaced kikuyu's are now not in support of Kibaki -so that you all know!! in fact they are very upset- this they told the visiting dignitaries from the UN- they will have to report back to their bosses the situation on ground- The displaced kikuyu's say that kibaki has destroyed them- and brought hatred among them with other tribes which was not really there- though yes they acknowledge places like Molo had it's problems but the rest of the valley- Nakuru -Naivasha was fine- The displaced people claimed to the UN team that Kibaki- Uhuru and other top ministers own large pieces of land but yet when they were displaced none of them offered to place them on their lands instead they were put in camps like sheep- The displaced kikuyu's said the only people who are going to gain are kibaki and his already rich cronies- they also pointed out to the UN lead team that Kibaki after his 5 years in power has not made them any richer like it is being portrayed-but all they have and their small pieces of land is through hard work- they claim the few rich on kibaki's and the likes of Moi are the ones who abused the land issues owning big chunks of Land- so they insist the issue of land should start with Kibaki and his cronies plus the Moi's e.t.c
You see are the ordinary down to earth educated Kikuyu's who settled in the Rift Valley late 70's and 80's ( not the stuck up lairs and thieves that make the 5% of kikuyu’s in kenya

Now what argument does Kibaki and his cronies have when the same Kikuyu's are already saying it as it is- leave us alone they say go tell the likes of Kibaki and Uhuru- Moi and the rest to give back the land they stole from Kenyans???

Do you Blame them???? when you see who owns what piece of land and how big?? some Kikuyu's stole(few rotten tomatoes) but most kikuyu's just like other tribes in Kenya have honestly worked for what they own
except for this group below!!!!!thieves in the highest order-

Most of the power brokers in the Kenyatta regime who formed land-buying companies established huge farms in the Rift Valley either jointly or on their own. They included Njenga Karume, the then Chairman of Gema Holdings, who acquired 20,000 acres in Molo where he is growing tea, coffee, pyrethrum and potatoes and 16,000 acres in Naivasha.

GG Kariuki acquired his 5,000 acres at Rumuruti, Laikipia Division, while former Attoney-General Charles Njonjo bought into the 100,000 acre Solio Ranch. Don’t forget, grabbing of settler land in Central by many colonial collaborators, at the expense of the Mau Mau fighters, was part of the scheme. Senior Chief Munyinge from Muiga took 400 acres. Initially, senior chief Munyinge was allocated only 70 acres but with time he managed to acquire 330 more acres.

Mwai Kibaki acquired 20,000 acres in Nanyuki, Former MP Munene Kairu has 32,000 acres at Rumuruti. Mr Isaiah Mathenge, the former powerful Provincial Commissioner under Kenyatta and an MP under Moi, is arguably the largest land owner in Nyeri municipality.

He owns Seremwai Estate, which is 10,000 acres. Kibaki’s friend, Kim Ngatende, a former government engineer, has 500 acres too.Mathenge also owns—jointly with former Provincial Commissioner Lukas Daudi Galgalo—the 10, 000-acre Manyagalo Ranch in Meru.

Back in Rift Valley, as Jaramogi and the rest of Kenyans were saying, Not Yet Uhuru, it was land grabbing business as usual. Land-buying companies were heisting big. There result was big acquisitions, for instance, Munyeki Farm—which stands for Murang’a, Nyeri, Kiambu – (4,000 acres), Wamuini Farm (6,000 acres), Amuka Farm (2,000 acres), Gituaraba Farm and Githatha Farm (1,000 acres each) and GEMA Holdings 12,000 acres. A few of them are being utilized, today with the owners growing various crops ranging from coffee, tea, maize and dairy keeping.

The other big farms include Chepchomo Farm (18, 000 acres), owned by the former Provincial Commissioner Ishmael Chelang’a. The family of the late Peter Kinyanjui, who was a close friend of President Mwai Kibaki and a former DP Chairman in Trans Nzoia between 1998 and 1999 owns 1,800 acres.

In Nakuru, several politically connected individuals have acquired many acres of prime land within the town—they include lawyer Mutula Kilonzo, who owns an 800-acre farm for dairy farming. The immediate former Auditor General, D S Njoroge, owns 500 acres, while Biwott’s Canadian son-in-law & co-owner of Safaricom (Mobitelea) a Mr. Charles, boasts a 100-acre piece where he is growing roses.

D. S. Njoroge also owns the extensive Kelelwa Ranch in Koibatek, which is less than 10km from Kabarak, where he rears cattle and goats. The 10,000 acre Gitomwa Farm—acronym for Gichuru, Tony and Mwaura—is owned by the family of the former Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC) managing director, Samuel Gichuru. Tony and Mwaura are his sons.

Another 10,000 acre farm in Mau Narok belongs to the family of the late Mbiyu Koinange, Kenyatta’s side-kick and powerful minister of state in the Office of the President. His Muthera Farm (4,000ha) is leased to different people to grow wheat, while a group of squatters is demanding a piece of it. The owners are yet to clear the Sh7 million Settlement Transfer Fund loan.

Ford-People leader Simeon Nyachae’s Kabansora Holdings owns 4,000ha in the area. Former Rongai MP Willy Komen’s family owns 10,000 acres — 5,000ha adjacent to Moi’s Kabarak Farm and another 4,800ha near Ngata in Njoro.

Coast Province was not spared. Kenyatta family owns almost 15% the prime resort land in the province, besides a huge sisal plantation spanning both Taita and Taveta districts, safely watched by his son-in-law and former MP Marsden Madoka, and another close friend to Uhuru Kenyatta, and current Minister in Kibaki’s illegitimate government, Naomi Shaban.

blessed said...

Anon 9.21, I am currently in Kisumu on official duty. This lie that Kisumu has gone to the dogs is amazing. Let me give you news. Kisumu is back to normal. I bought stuff at the Ukwala Supermarket that was raided, and the line was long.
There is evidence that most of the destruction was done by Government operatives. It is very curious that major Asian establishments in the Kisumu indstrial area were razed. The expalnation is that the Kikuyu business empire have always eyed the area, and used the chaos to drive the Asians out. Lakini, to their shock, Kisumu is back to normal. So, all that talk of the town taking 20 years to recover is all false.
The only people that will take 20 years to recover are the Kiuks blindly supporting this old man that is bent to destroy our beloved country. All Kiuks need prayers. As for Kisumu, you can send someone to see prove to yopu that life is back to normal-

Anonymous said...

50,000 jobless Luos = 50,000 strong resistance army.

Rabet Maatari.

anon said...

anon @ 9:47

that has been my feeling all along that those displaced people and those killed or maimed are really suffering for the errors of others whom they never even meet or necessarily see eye to eye. i have friends there that i know are nothing like the arrogant SOBs in PNU and I just really feel sad about that. I hope they can use this opportunity to break free from being lumped together with the PNU diehards, and by this I mean they can support whatever political group they choose but display that they are not the typical chest thumping arrogant lot.

Anonymous said...

We must stop celebrating the regional disparities in Kenya.

They have lead to the recent crisis and must be solved for a better tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Blessed this is what i have been telling people on this blog...Those that thought Kisumu will be dead for good, sorry that the child is up and running....And at the moment we only have clean business going on that is clean people and clean money without blemish or spot. Our branch in Kisumu that is situated at Swan Centre is ok, thanks to God, Shakeel Shabir and the combined efforts of the asian and kenyan brethren......A friend of mine who works with AKI has just been transfered to Kisumu from Nairobi, how would that be possible if their was no business....People don't be deceived don't hold your breath waiting for Kisumu to be auctioned.....It will not and if it will we would rather we auction to the asians though wabaya they are not arrogant, though not in this generation....Kisumu shall live and declare the goodness of the Lord period, and you know what Blessed the truth always come out....One day we will know it and it will set us free completely.


Ivy

Anonymous said...

Yes, one day you will know it and it will set you free of domination from the Odinga family, It will set you free from the demon of burning your own town and factories. This foolishness you are peddling will not wash. Some of you even claim that kikuyus set asians businesses on fire! You must think we are very stupid. ODM was just a band of tribes getting together with only one thing in mind, usurp power by any means. Before the elections you peddled many lies, and after loosing the elections you still continue with the same lies. All the people who were doing business in Kisumu came there by virtue of their money, and they didnt force you to buy their goods if they were arrogant. If you hadnt ptronised their business they would have gone elsewhere, so Ivy anon@10.14, dont spread stupidity too thin.

Anonymous said...

Yes, one day you will know it and it will set you free of domination from the Odinga family, It will set you free from the demon of burning your own town and factories. This foolishness you are peddling will not wash. Some of you even claim that kikuyus set asians businesses on fire! You must think we are very stupid. ODM was just a band of tribes getting together with only one thing in mind, usurp power by any means. Before the elections you peddled many lies, and after loosing the elections you still continue with the same lies. All the people who were doing business in Kisumu came there by virtue of their money, and they didnt force you to buy their goods if they were arrogant. If you hadnt ptronised their business they would have gone elsewhere, so Ivy anon@10.14, dont spread stupidity too thin.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:50 : So now they have gone ...The only deliverance that we needed was when one Raila took the whole community to vote for Kibaki in 2002..That is one mistake that we need to be delivered from....Oh and by the way a fool has said in his heart there is no God, so i don't know who is stupid...You or me..Kweli nyani ?????? You are not welcomed in Kisumu....Tosha

Ivy

Anonymous said...

And by the way ...Who is We....I am not thinking that you are stupid....I am saying it loud...YOU ARE STUPID

Anonymous said...

For those brothers and sisters who think kisumu is gone, DREAM ON. Our city slowly but surely coming back to life. We will build the city and it will shine as always. Maze, hata kama tumesota doesnt mean that we have given up. There is a critical mass of young professionals in the making with a majority from the slums who will help in rebuilding a much better city!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:35 i Agree with you...Hata kama tumesota ....We are not crying out loud.....

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:35 i Agree with you...Hata kama tumesota ....We are not crying out loud.....

Anonymous said...

Ivy and Blessed you are CUNTS. Kisumu is in a bad state. That is the truth. Stop trying top pacify your moronic behaviours. Why did Luhyas or Kikuyus as you say not burn Kakamega or Mumias.

DIRTY CUNTS

Anonymous said...

Anon, things will not be the same tomorrow. When ODM are not given their way, Kisumu resident will start another round of burning their town. Hata kama mmesota, itaendelea hivyo. Poleni. Hata kabila ambazo ni primitive zinawachekelea. Kwa sasabu ya kuwa prezzi. Poleni. Hata Wakamba na Masai. Ni kubaya

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:47 .....Kwani you are forcing Kisumu to be in a bad state....Tembea uone....Kuona ni kuamini or and pls stop insulting people..I am not going to stoop low to kutukana you...No way...It just doesn't befit you and stop threatening people here....KISUMU WILL RISE WITHOUT YOU...mtadu

Anonymous said...

do people have to call other bloggers names?........

this blog only allows you to call kibaki and other politicians names....hehehe!!....

i would prefer it if only kibaki, lucy, rattlesnake and karua were to be called names but i wont hold your hands...type away....call odm whatever you want....

but please dont insult other bloggers, that is my royal decree!!....

Anonymous said...

Ivy called someone stupid first and in the same post called someone a fool. Are you guys honest and just? Because IVY is ODM and Luo and this is a Luo blog, it is fair for her to call people fools and stupid and not good for someone else to call her any name. What you do unto others shall be done unto you,,

Anonymous said...

anon @3:47am, Remnant of Mashada, Chris filter these people out. You do not have to insult anyone simply because they have a conflicting point of view. I have never seen vinegar used to attract the bees, get my drift....RUDI MASHADA...ooooppps I forgot it is shut down....then take a time out..stand in the corner, let grown folks talk.

Anonymous said...

ok whether odm or panua please dont insult fellow bloggers

Anonymous said...

Who said Ivy is luo...ODM yes and no apologies, luo nuh..Just coz someone is supporting ODM, you assume she is a luo? Or is it because PNU is full of Central people so you assume ODM also is full of joluos and no i never called anyone a fool..i just quoted a verse in the bible that says a fool is one who says in his heart there is no God so i am no fool...Pls before you respond to comments read and re-read again to ensure that you understood.

Ivy

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