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12 March 2014 » Funua

 I got the call at work three hours ago, that Damaris Ayodo, a close family friend had passed over to the other side.May you rest in peace Auntie,and go into the light with your husband,Awour,Odhiambo and Johnnie who were waiting for you. Thank you for being who you were, and the love and support you have always given to my family. I won't forget visiting you every Sunday as a child,and your constant generosity. You made a huge difference to the lives of many women in Kapisul Kabondo,...

29 September 2013 » Funua

I am a worried man; worried by the security challenges that my homeland faces. But none of these challenges are as foundational as the brazen terror attacks by terrorists and assorted thugs.Last Saturday’s heinous terror attack — by Somali Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab — at the upscale Westgate Mall struck at the heart of the Kenyan elite.Sinister killings in Wajir, Marsabit, and Mandera counties beg more questions than we seem to have answers for.Let me show you my cards.I was an early...

28 September 2013 » Funua

Once again, we have become victims of a cowardly attack that resulted in many deaths and injuries.My thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost loved ones or who lie in pain with injuries from this attack. We are in this together.I thank the security officers who put their lives on the line for the sake of our country. I also salute the many ordinary Kenyans and visitors who refused to bullied and picked up their arms to save compatriots and fellow human beings at the Westgate...

24 September 2013 » Funua

What if the Nairobi attack that feels close to home by Lindsey Hilsum

23 September 2013 » Funua

Update Related articles :Who is Al-Shabaab interview with Mary HarperKenya Mall Al-Shabaab attack reveal  security weaknesses by Parselelo Kantai

23 September 2013 » Funua

Midway through the morning, a detachment of Kenyan special forces troops sprinted up the dozen shallow steps to the front of Nairobi’s upmarket Westgate shopping mall, by then firmly under the control of a gang of Islamist gunmen. Armed police beckon a woman and child to safety. At least 30 people were killed in the atrocity, the worst terror attack in Nairobi since an al-Qaeda bombing at the US embassy killed more than 200 in 1998. Photo: Goran Tomasevic /Reuters By...

21 September 2013 » Funua

 I received a call from my mother earlier today asking me whether I had heard of the attact at Westgate, or whether it was just a rumour. So, I checked the news, and sadly it was true. So far at least 22 people are said to be dead, and soldiers have moved in. My heart goes out to everyone who got caught up in this shooting, some have died, some taken hostage. It is horrific.Here is some of the rescue operation in pictures.Another sad day for Kenya.Update: 11 people confirmed dead, and 29...

10 September 2013 » Funua

One of the principles of international criminal law is that justice is better served closer to the victims. This principle has its roots in domestic criminal law that cases ought to be tried as close to the scene of crime as possible. Thus, a crime committed in Kisumu is best tried in Kisumu not only to give solace and closure for the victims of the crime but also for practical purposes such as costs to witnesses, being near the scene of the crime, etc. Of course in dictatorships, when...

08 September 2013 » Funua

Everybody is wondering why the Jubilee Government felt it had to suddenly give the ICC the boot. More puzzling is the urgency and the emotional manner in which it was done. Parliament was recalled from recess for a special sitting. The Speaker was summoned from a South African junket to preside over the extraordinary House session.What was the imperative? And why the timing, just ahead of the President’s and his Deputy’s appearance before the ICC? Wasn’t there the glaring risk of alienating...

08 September 2013 » Funua

ON September 10, Deputy President William Ruto's case at the International Criminal Court starts. In November, President Kenyatta's is due to kick off as well. All this is pretty unprecedented globally. To have a sitting head of state and his deputy at the Hague as defendants before the successor to Nuremberg Court that tried the Nazis who engineered the Second World War and holocaust is massive in ways we haven't fully appreciated. It has and will further shake up Kenya. It is doing the...

04 September 2013 » Funua

The trial of Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, the radio broadcaster Joshua arap Sang, is scheduled to begin at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on September 10, 2013. A three-judge trial chamber sitting in The Hague will hear the case. The men face crimes against humanity charges for their alleged roles in murders, deportation or forcible transfer of population, and persecution during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence. Ruto, who was a member of...

03 September 2013 » Funua

We are just a few days from the D-Day of September 10 when William Ruto’s case at the ICC for crimes against humanity is expected to start. And with this, a new season of madness beckons, where truth is cast aside, facts are deemed irrelevant, and an avalanche of lies and propaganda are unleashed.This was expected, for few issues have been as emotive in recent years as the ICC; and few issues more twisted and manipulated.Prior to the elections, the overwhelming spin against the ICC was...

31 August 2013 » Funua

One of the interesting titbits in the standoff between Gladys Shollei and a faction within the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has been the revelation that each member of the JSC receives Sh80,000 as sitting allowance for every session. This means that each time JSC convenes with all 12 members present, the Kenyan taxpayer is hit for Sh960,000! If JSC sits at least twice a week—in sub-committee or full sessions to deal with finance, recruitment, court cases etc—that translates to Sh7,...

25 August 2013 » Funua

In Things Fall Apart, celebrated author Chinua Achebe “pinched” a line from Irish poet William Butler Yates. The poem — The Second Coming — contains vintage one-liners that defy time.Several of them describe President Uhuru Kenyatta’s predicament, and the quandary of his regime. Nowhere is this more poignant than in his “escape” East to counter President Barack Obama’s snub, and his awkward dance with the West. Mr Kenyatta was declared winner of the March 4 election, but “everywhere the...

19 August 2013 » Funua

Some weeks ago a Cabinet Secretary tried to address belligerent mourners at a funeral in Kisii and was shouted down even when forced to revert to his native tongue in an attempt to calm them. Government officials who tried to address members of the Maasai community who'd been evicted from their homes in Naivasha met a similarly hostile reception and were forced to beat a hasty retreat. This was followed not long after by a by-election in Makueni in what was Eastern Province, where a CORD...

07 August 2013 » Funua

First Pattni's shops are destroyed , then there is no fuel at the Airport, and now a fire. What next?From flower to beans: How  Kenya's aiport fire could destabilise economy.Eyewitness no plan to deal with Nairobi airport fireJKIA closed after fire destroys arrival terminalUpdate related article: It is tragic to reopen airport with the same managers in charge of safety

27 July 2013 » Funua

All isn’t well in the house that the son of Jomo built. The Jubilee regime – now in its fourth month – is in full panic. The “digital” regime is turning out to be truly “analogue”. Gone is the euphoria of the early days. No more jacket-less and rolled-up sleeves at State House conferences. The “new-look” Cabinet of “technocrats” is invisible.The regime has lunged from crisis to crisis. This seems to be our “winter of discontent”. Which begs the question – why hasn’t Jubilee hit the...

27 July 2013 » Funua

President Daniel arap Moi’s ascension to power in 1978 was a breath of fresh air for many Kenyans. He was everything his predecessor Jomo Kenyatta was not: Young, outgoing, and accessible. He visited the remotest and most marginalised — both politically and geographically — areas of Kenya, preaching unity. He even coined the slogan “peace, love and unity.” But Moi’s actions belied his words. He quickly became the master of divide and rule, interpreting unity to be about him, rather than...

20 July 2013 » Funua

Perish the thought – unless you are smoking something. The Hague cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto won’t be tried in Kenya, or Tanzania. Nada – never.I know it’s Law 101 that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done.The accused normally face justice in the jurisdiction of the crime. Victims confront their tormentors “at home” – at the scene of the crime. But that’s for regular murders and assorted felonies. It’s not for the most egregious...

20 July 2013 » Funua

What is happening to our country, this level of insecurity is unacceptable.Police have warned commuters against travelling in certain buses in Nairobi, saying they risked being robbed. Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo said a number of buses belonging to Citi Hoppa had been carjacked and the drivers and conductors were suspected of colluding with the gangsters. He said a bus belonging to the firm was carjacked in Nairobi...

17 July 2013 » Funua

15 July 2013 » Funua

African court rules out trying Ruto by Lucas Barasa

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