This is the list of the most notable persons TJRC has recommended either they be investigated or prosecuted.
Leading is President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
Raila Odinga Misses in Yet Another Report, The TJRC Report. Is He The Cleanest of Them All or Did The West Influence The List?
Even after losing the election to Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga has continued being a target for attacks. His decision to continue making political comments has not helped the situation.
Before March general elections, Raila was undoubtedly the most hated, yet arguably the most loved politician. Those who hated him did so with a passion and his followers were fanatical.
Whether politically calculated, Raila’s name was dragged into almost every scandal since the departure of President Moi.
Post Election Violence, ICC, Maize Scandal, Kazi kwa Vijana; he was everywhere.
The 2007/08 violence is probably what brought him most of his sworn haters, as he was one of the presidential candidates. Though several reports did not link him directly, many Kenyans still believe he was the reason the country almost went to the dogs.
Then came ICC. Raila is on record, together with Retired president Kibaki, as having tried to convince the MPs to have the trials at home. Somehow, the gods were not with Raila as Uhuru and Ruto successfully convinced voters, either directly or indirectly, that Raila was the devil reincarnate; 100% responsible for their trials and tribulations at the Hague.
When the Ocampo named the six suspects, Raila’s name was not there. Conspiracy theories that people came up with then, were just wow. On Tuesday this week, TJRC released its report and Raila was once again missing in action. This time however, he is less relevant politically, and fewer people are speculating that the West influenced the list.
Incidentally, among those the report names as allegedly having contributed to the suffering of Kenyans, are President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto, and the chairman of TJRC, Bethwel Kiplagat himself.
Somehow, Raila’s well publicized Molasses deal does not feature, and so does the 1982 coup, which he is said to have taken part in.
So, is Raila Odinga ‘Safi Kama Pamba’, as he always said?
On Friday last week, KTN sports anchor Saddique Shaban resigned from KTN after 8 years. Unlike his colleagues, he’s not headed to K24 or any other media house; he quit TV.
This was his statement on Friday.
Dear Friends and colleagues,
I’d like to inform you all that I have left employment at KTN effective today, Friday 17th may, 2013.
I feel it is time to pursue other interests after 8 years working as a Reporter and News Anchor, and a host of the Weekly Sports Show KTN Sports Final.
For the millions of my a daily viewers on KTN, I thank you all.
I leave KTN on a professional high, having given my best and having met incredible people from all walks of life.
To my colleagues, family and friends, I thank you all.
Early this month, the journalist had written a blog post on his blog saddiqueshaban.wordpress.com, dropping a big hint that he’ll be calling it quits soon. Perhaps he was serving his notice at that time.
Below are excerpts from the post.
I met people who pulled me from the airwaves down to earth. These were the young children and widowed mothers living in a number of Internally Displaced camps in Eldoret.
I have always known that too much exposure to the media and the publicity it brings forth is self-consuming. Often, news anchors and reporters have been accused of parachuting into a news scene, shove their recorders up the shocked subjects and take credit for their mess and leave in a haste.I met young children who disarmed me from a mile.
My heart warmed up to the sight of children smiling in adversity. Just minutes before meeting them, I had wondered if I would get my story.
Most often, when you are riding high and “busy” rubbing shoulders with news makers ,news jokers and other news junkies, as a journalist, you lack a sobering experience that makes you appreciate life in the other side of reality.
These innocent children provided that in an instant. Telling their story just before Kenyans went to the polls was purposed to remind the country and the government about them, the forgotten lot still in the IDP camps, five years after the disputed elections. But long before I started, I shed tears, wondering why it had taken me so long to make a reflection of the soul.
For a moment, I forgot about the story and my visit there and remembered my two daughters back in Nairobi and wondered if they would ever find themselves in a similar situation.
Allow me to digress.
Those that have worked in a busy newsroom would tell you that no one cares about your life or tribulations for as long as the story has not been edited, aired or published. I have seen colleagues falling sick while at work and no one cared much. Years of covering extreme cases of distressing and depressing situations including death, ghastly road accidents and human suffering have “hardened” journalists into doubting if there own colleagues are indeed dying in the editing suite. And that is just half the story.
I will be honest.
For two years now, I have struggled to quit the newsroom for another less pressurized office space. Every time, a voice inside me tells me I’d miss the glamour, the blitz and glitz that come with working in the media and on TV. Another voice always reminds me that unless I make the decision, and soon, I will die and get buried in the newsroom, without a chance to go back to school and advance my studies.
I have seen people who have refused to leave the newsroom for fear of disappearing into oblivion. Mortal fear of being reduced into a shadow of fomer self from a vantage exposure in the media has led some professional to resign to their fate. The convenience of getting around situations and occasions, getting favours and recognition, perhaps, on the strength of your name and popular face is a tempting bargain for many journalist to live a miserable life in the newsroom for years but retain the professional title. Others haven’t gone back to school since they graduated from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication over two decades ago.
Given another chance, I would turn my back to the newsroom.Don’t be fooled by what you see on TV. Behind the well prepared story is a group of overworked and often underpaid professionals whose only motivation is the sense of belonging to a celebrated institution.
It is difficult to remain level headed, down to earth, sober and a person of faith while working in the media. There have been moments when I have struggled with my own Islamic faith, often failing to pray because of too much distraction or unfavorable environment.
As a journalist, you become a critic, you doubt everyone and everything people tell you, you question your subjects with merciless vigor but fail to fail to stop to criticize your own self, at least for a minute. You become “perfect” while others became objects of persistent criticism and failure.
Saddiqueshaban.wordpress.com For the full blog post
A Capital FM reporter happened to bump into one of those people who can’t wait to have a TV camera in font of them. This luhya guy (whose name I can’t recall), was visibly frustrated that President Barack Obama has snubbed Kenya in his African tour next month.
The arguments he makes are both illogical and funny, but going with the views the video is generating on YouTube, people are loving it and this may be another ‘Ni Kama Ndrama’ moment.
Here’s the video.
Elsie Oliech, a sister to Kenyan international Dennis Oliech, is going through a rough patch in her marriage, the Standard is reporting.
Elsie is married to DJ Kriss Darling, and is said to be considering a separation after information came to light that the dreadlocked spin master could have sired a son with another woman. She is currently in France taking care of her sick mother, and is said to have heard of the allegations via social media.
This was her post on Facebook.
“If someone screwed you over or hurt you don’t go after them, because you will just lower yourself to their level, you are better than that, forget about them and live your life happy, not because someone made you do it, but because you wanted it for yourself. …”
When the Kenyan members of parliament asked for salary increment, one artist who was vocal against the move was K-Nel. He immediately released a track titled “MPIGS” (Members Of Parliament Implementing Greedy Tactics). The song went viral and spread fast via Social media, receiving radio play across East Africa and on online radio stations. K-Nel wanted to do more.
He announced the idea of releasing an independent Mini film project under the same title. Supported by Swahili Studios – follow focus production and with Georges Mboya as the executive film director and editor, K-Nel’s film script was executed. The world is looking forward to June 1st when the entire project will be released. Until then, here is the official trailer edited by Georges Mboya. Say no to GREED and support the movement.
Additional reporting by Diaspora Messenger
The Daily Nation has today published a copy of the US$300,000 (Sh25.14 million) invoice, for leasing a luxury jet for Deputy president William Ruto.
According to the paper, the invoice was submitted to Ruto’s office by VistaJet.
The invoice is dated May 15, and it contradicts Ruto’s claims that his office paid only Sh 18.5 million.
The Nation is defending itself after Ruto threatened to sue, claiming that the report was completely untrue. The DP said that Nation did not contact him to get his side of the story before publishing it, but the Kimathi Street based paper denies this.
Nation also writes that contrary to claims by senior government officials that it would not have been more expensive to fly using commercial aircraft, it would in fact have been cheaper. PS Bitange Ndemo had said that to access some of the cities, one would have been forced to first fly to Europe. Nation however writes that there exist connections in West Africa, and a trip to Europe would be unnecessary.
Huddah Monroe will be representing Kenya in this year’s Big Brother, dubbed The Chase.
The socialist has been dropping hints on her Facebook and Twitter pages for several days now, and just yesterday, she wrote, “Big Brother Africa The Chase!!”
A few days ago, Huddah was spotted at the South African Embassy, in what was believed to be finalizing her Visa issues.
She has been mentioned consistently as a probable housemate, and her consistent release of nude photos has really helped.
The other person to represent Kenya is rumoured to be model Ann Mbaru. Not exactly as famous as Huddah, but that’s the point. You do not have two big celebrities from the same country.
Big Brother The Chase launches this Sunday (26 May), and will bring together 28 housemates from 14 countries.
Justin ”Booooooooooooo!” Bieber, artist who should be taken seriously (“You guyyys!”), former owner of a monkey and person who (finally) brought out the mean in Taylor Swift , is also the seventh most popular woman on the web.
This according to Fox News, who recently ran the statistics based on Google searches compiled by COED Magazine…in 2010. Fox News: Fair, balanced and prompt!
Yes, in 2010, Bieber landed the lucky number seven spot on the list (only to return in 2011 to claim the no. 2 spot! Congrats, Biebs!). Though he didn’t even make the list in 2012.
But there is a silver lining: Justin’s arch nemesis, Taylor “Can We Have Another Question?” Swift didn’t even crack the top 10 in 2010 or 2011. So who’s sticking their tongue out at who now, Swift?!
The rest of 2010′s list is below:
10. Avril Lavigne
9. Paris Hilton
8. Miley Cyrus
7. Justin Bieber
6. Britney Spears
1. Lady Gaga
But Justin? You’ll always be the No. 1 most popular woman on the web in our hearts.
- E Online
As if one supercar were not enough, the Dubai Police Department has added a Bugatti Veyron to its already impressive fleet of vehicles. Dubai Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, an outspoken lieutenant general, tweeted a picture of the $1.4 million car, which boasts a beastly 1,001-horsepower engine.
The Veyron is the most expensive in a fleet that already includes two Ferrari FFs, a Bentley Continental GT, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes SLS and an Aston Martin One. Total combined value: around $4 million.
One of the more valued vehicles in the supercar world, the Bugatti Veyron carries a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) and was named “Car of the Decade” (2000–2009) by the BBC television show “Top Gear.” The Bugatti brand is owned by Germany’s Volkswagen Group, which has a dedicated manufacturing plant in the French town of Molsheim.
While the Bugatti Veyron was once the fastest street-legal production car in the world, just last month the car was stripped by the Guinness Book of World Records of that acclaimed title. An investigation by Guinness revealed that the Veyron Super Sport breached the rules in its record-setting attempt, which clocked the car’s top speed at 267.856 mph. Findings reportedly concluded that the driver of the vehicle deactivated a speed restrictor in an effort to achieve top speed.
Dubai’s maximum speed limit is capped at 75 miles per hour, with strict penalties for excesses. The city’s police have warned motorists not to be distracted by the vehicles on the road and not to take pictures while driving.
The supercar team is tasked with patrolling tourist spots around the area of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It was not clear when the new car would hit the road.