MPs fight in parliament

MPs fight in parliament

The country was treated to a free unbelievable spectacle yesterday after MPs turned parliament into a boxing arena, during the debate of the controversial Security Bill 2014 yesterday.

It first started with heckling, paper throwing, shouting down the speaker and forcefully accessing his gallery before the chaos generated into a physical fight. Blows were exchanged; Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama had his clothes torn and now Mbita MP Millie Ojiambo has come out with allegations that Gatundu MPs Moses Kuria together with two other “drunk goons” sexually assaulted her by attempting to strip her.

Journalists were barred from the parliament’s press gallery and the live transmission was discontinued as scuffles broke out in the chamber.


In an unexpected turn of events, the speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi ended up passing the controversial Bill amid the chaos, an action, which was caught on camera, has elicited a lot of criticism from Kenyans.

 ”Today was a day and a half but am happy we fought against tyranny though we lost partially. Our strategy worked and they don’t even know. In the process notable incidents: My security was disarmed, manhandled and thrown in the cells for a while. Muturi started off the session by reading us the riot act and threatening to send us home for re-elections. We tell him “Go ahead”. Jubilee MPs went and physically attacked senators Muthama, Orengo, Khalwale, Wetangula and Ongera at the public gallery and we repulsed them. We managed a stalemate whole morning. Afternoon they came back better prepared. Many MPs beaten up. I was boxed in the eye by Moses Kuria as one permanent drunk pulled my panty and another two pulled up my dress. But I am not of the ” ayayayaya you slapped me fame!” Moses Kuria amejua why am MP Mbita elected and not appointed. Plus learn, we pride as a people in nakedness Na wamejua. When they tried to undress me I completed the process for them. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and have no embarrassment over my body. I can not and will not be intimidated using my sexuality. Anyar gi Mboya, nyakwar nyobiero, nyamin Captain. Ok unyala. One MP had even told us they have to kill one of us. He is ordinarily my friend. I excuse the temporary madness. CORD MPs am so proud of you. If you bear any number 2 to your name. The joke is on you.” Millie Odhiambo posted on her Facebook Page.

Moses Kuria has however refuted Millie’s stripping allegations and maintained that he only “slapped” her.

” That woman is mad. Millie is mad. She just went there and stripped. Nobody tried to undress her. She undressed herself. She was undressing there and she had very smelly underpants and she was screaming like a mad woman all the time. I think she was on drugs or something,” Kuria is quoted by the Star newspaper.


Jay: The scenes in the #HouseOfShame will sooner or later be replicated on the streets and countrywide. We are so divided as a country

Neelesh N Rane:  Democracy cannot be taken for granted. Guilty MPs must be dealt with severely to ensure today’s shameful act is not repeated. #HouseOfShame

Vincent Osumo:  It seems like Justine Muturi was drunk for a very harmful n poisonous substance. That behaviour wasn’t 4 normal drunkenness #OccupyParliament

Johnstone Muthama

Johnstone Muthama


Apparently, an arrest warrant has been issued to have Kakamega’s senator Boni Khalwale and Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba arrested over yesterday’s incident.

“Orders to immediately arrest and detain Mheshimiwa Ababu Namwamba and I have been issued! Following a directive but a baseless warrant of arrest will not intimidate anyone. Freedom is coming! “Khalwale tweeted yesterday.

The new law will allow police to hold terror suspects for nearly a year without charges and give them more authority to tap phones, punish journalists and media organisations who publish unapproved pictures of terror suspects or “undermine investigations or security operations relating to terrorism”. The Bill will also compel landlords to provide information about their tenants for printing material that is “likely to cause fear or alarm”.

Critics of the security Bill argue that it infringes on civil rights and freedom of speech, and is likely to take the country back to the draconian days.

The Jubilee government has been pushing for the bill as a way to enhance security measures in the country following the rising threat of terrorism from the Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab.


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Cut some slack

Summer bunnies act richer than everyone else

It’s that time of the year when the country gets to accommodate a different kind of ‘tourists’ in town, known collectively as the ‘summer bunnies’.

For the folks here at home, the idea of having family or friends in the diaspora coming over for Christmas is always refreshing as we get to have the much awaited reunion. The ever caring loved ones will go out of their way to be good hosts, they will not mind driving or taking a cab all the way to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the varying time zones notwithstanding, just to pick up their kin and take them home.


Some will even give up their rooms, so that the visiting summer bunnies can get a room for themselves, not because they need to be treated like kings and queens but just because we care.

However the summer bunnies always import some cheap attitude and some exaggerated, lavish lifestyle from back at home, something which leaves a lot to be desired.

There are those who, as soon as they land, will forsake their friends and family back here and will be out and about hanging with their click of friends who are also visiting from the diaspora.

A good number of them will even refuse to put up with family and instead insist on booking some expensive furnished apartments to reside in during their stay.

Summer bunnies will take over all the social circles and joints, acting richer than everyone else around, and when they turn up, everyone must know that they are present. This they will do by either overdressing or under dressing for the occasion, donning tonnes of bling on their necks and filling their tables with all sorts of liquor just because they can. And lets not forgett their fake accents and annoying mannerisms.


More often than not, they will be speaking in dollars, a topic that will dominate the better part of their conversations, with their popular statement being; “you know in America, we don’t this and that blah blah blah”. Well, we don’t care what you do or not do in America, now you’re back home (Africa), so while you are here, act like Africans do.

Even more bizarre is just how much the summer bunnies will display some real or imaginary culture shock. Some will be totally perplexed to see that the folks here are abreast of the times, and in ownership of the latest gizmos, fashion items and music collections currently trending abroad. Some will even be astonished that the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is still there, like we were supposed to have lend it to Uganda or something.


They will almost be in disbelief when they spot a posh car on our roads but someone tell the summer bunnies that there are people living large in Africa as well, and in case they forget, an African billionaire made it on the top 25 list of the world’s richest in the Forbes 2014 rankings.

Lastly, a reminder to summer bunnies, we have city by-laws that govern our county and if you are not abreast with them, you might just find yourself in trouble. For instance, it’s a crime to cross the road while on the phone. The crime attracts a fine of Sh 7,000 and you can bet that your fake accent will certainly make you an easy target of the city council Askaris.

Last summer, a friend who had come home for Christmas learnt this the hard way after he parted with Sh 10,000 for the offense. Sadly, he thought he was just paying a ‘small’ bribe kitu kidogo as we call it in Kenya, to get off the hook.

Well, someone tell our dear summer bunnies that spending one term in the USA does not make them foreigners and that Africa is still ‘home sweet home’, so cut us some slack and tone down on the offensive mannerisms.

Article by Winnie Kabintie

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Doctors without Borders

MSF-Switzerland , an affiliate of Doctors without Borders (MSF) de-registered

The government closed over 500 Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) yesterday in a security bid aimed at cracking down terrorism in the country.

According to a statement from the government’s NGO Co-ordination Board, 510 organizations had been “de-registered for non-compliance with the law” and observed that some, whose identities it did not disclose, had been using their charitable status as a front for raising cash for terrorism.

10 of the (NGOs) were de-registered for failure to submit financial records, and at least 15 are suspected of money-laundering and helping to finance terrorism. Employee work permits were also suspended.

“Some NGOs have been and continue to be used for criminal activities, including as conduits of terrorism financing in Kenya and in the Horn of Africa,” the statement read in part.

“The board has with immediate effect de-registered these organizations, frozen their bank accounts and forwarded information on them to relevant government security agencies for immediate action,” the statement said.

The chairperson of the NGO Co-ordination Board, Fazul Mahamed Yusuf, said that legal action will be taken on NGOs that could be used for criminal activities and also warned donors that they will also be held accountable for failure to hold the organizations to account on use of funds.

“We shall hold donors accountable just as we do for NGOs if the funds they donate are used for criminal purposes,” Yusuf said.

Among the 500 organizations that have been deregistered is all the four affiliates of the Doctors without Borders (MSF), which is involved in medical charity in slums and the refugee camps around the country. They are, MSF- Switzerland, MSF-Belgium, MSF-France and its Dutch affiliate, MSF-Holland.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, a charity run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) with offices in Switzerland, France and Belgium and Liverpool risk being closed for failure to account for their finances and have been given 21 days to submit their audit reports.




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Unga prices to go down

Unga prices to go down

Kenyans could soon be paying less for Unga (flour) after President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday told millers to stop being exploitative and reduce the price of maize flour since the government has reduced the cost of electricity.

Uhuru said the reduced cost of power should translate into cheaper goods and services for Kenyans.

The government had announced in September this year that there will be a 30 percent drop in the cost of electricity in the country as a result of an injection of 210 megawatts of additional power to the national grid from geothermal production. Recently, an additional 280MW was injected into the national grid bringing down the cost to 60 percent.

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Davis Chirchir had then announced that by December the fuel charges would have come down by 73% and said that the reduction cost of power is expected to save the economy 21 billion shillings annually.

The cost of electricity accounts for 60 percent of that of producing maize flour and considering the substantial reduction in the cost of power, it’s certain that the prices of Unga among other goods will soon be going down.

Currently, the average cost of maize meal has been selling at sh.130 and Ugali being Kenya’s staple food, a fall in prices will come in handy especially at a time when the country is grappling with a high cost of living.


The President also directed the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to start buying maize from farmers to save them from exploitation by brokers.

“Farmers are the foundations of the country’s economy and should benefit from their produce,” he said, while speaking during the Kenya Navy Golden Jubilee celebrations at the Kenya Navy headquarters in Mombasa.


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