Muhoroni MP Onyango K'Oyoo

Muhoroni MP Onyango K’Oyoo

Speaking at Kandege Secondary School during a ‘prayer breakfast’ recently, Muhoroni MP Onyango K’Oyoo warned KSCE and KCPE candidates not to cheat. Stern action would be taken against teachers who help students cheat declared K’Oyoo and “cheating will not be tolerated” he declared. (See, ‘K’Oyoo warns candidates against cheating in KCPE, KCSE exams’, The Star).

Mr K’Oyoo is quite right of course and the Kenya Forum fully endorses what he says but what the Muhroni MP did not mention was his personal experience of such matters.


In 1986 K’Oyoo was employed at the Post Office as an Assistant Senior Personnel officer but he ran in to a spot of trouble.

Giving testimony in October 1991 to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Death of Dr Robert Ouko, K’Oyoo explained how it all happened.

“I gave my relevant documents or certificates” to the employing officer, K’Oyoo said. He went on, “but I did not pass in Mathematics, I should have been graded in Division 3 but I was graded in Division 4.”

According to K’Oyoo the employing officer told him, “what I will do for you, as a favour, I will not document you. I will just employ you as a clerical officer”.

“In my records he reflected that I has passed Maths with a seven, so I was employed just like that without the certificates in the file”, K’Oyoo told the Commission.

According to K’Oyoo he later had a row with his colleague the man who had turned a blind eye to his lack of the

K'Oyoo gave his testimony at inquiry into the murder of Dr Robert Ouko

K’Oyoo gave his testimony at inquiry into the murder of Dr Robert Ouko

relevant Maths certificate, “over football politics”. The matter of his missing certificate was raised and K’Oyoo was suspended.

To cut a long story short, K’Oyoo said he was reinstated after the intervention his friend Dr Robert Ouko, the then Minister for Industry and later of course Minister of Foreign Affairs until he was murdered at Got Alila Hill near his Koru farm on 13 February 1990.


The problem of K’Oyoo’s missing Maths certificate cropped up again however, on 17 January 1990 when he was again suspended from work. It was for this reason that K’Oyoo was frantically trying to reach Dr Ouko, according to his own testimony, on January 17 and 18, and February 4, 5, 6, 10 and 12, presumably to get him to once again intervene with his employer but the good Doctor did not live to do so.

At the Judicial Inquiry a Mr Ishan Kapila put this question to K’Oyoo: “I put it to you, Mr K’Oyoo… You and Mr Otieno [the “employing officer”] decided to lie when you applied for a job. It is not a question of a lack of documentation. You lied both of you. You lied about your exam result to get a higher job, is that right?”

Onyango K’Oyoo denied the allegation saying he had never presented a false certificate.

Muhoroni MP Onyango K’Oyoo has warned students against cheating in exams. There will be rejoicing in heaven.


Robert Ouko murder: think K’Oyoo, what do you know?’ The Star

‘Has Muhoroni MP K’Oyoo opened up a can of worms over Ouko murder?’ Kenya Forum

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The construction of the Standard Gauge Railway halted by the High Court

Six Months after President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the construction of the controversial Sh327 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the high court has today ordered for the building works of the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line to be stopped, following a successful application filed by Kibwezi West MP Patrick Musimba.

Justice Charles Kariuki issued a 14-day suspension order, barring the defendants, the National Land Commission, Kenya Railways Corporation, the National Environment Management Authority and Attorney General Githu Muigai from engaging in the project until the case is heard and determined.

The suspension order also bars the compulsory acquisition of land and compensation of the residents.

Through lawyer Kethi Kilonzo, Musimba argued that his constituents were not compensated for land acquired for the SGR and that the residents were not given notice ahead of the take-over as required by the law.

Kethi Kilonzo told the court sitting in Machakos County that the names of the residents affected did not appear in the National Gazette and in some instances the measurements of some parcel of land of the affected residents were wrong.

She also cited that Kibwezi residents were bound to suffer economically as the land will be fenced off with a perimeter wall and thus inhibit their movement and that of their livestock to grazing fields.

Justice Kariuki ordered the case to be heard on November 6 and warned that any respondent who fails to honor the order within the 14-day period will be liable for contempt of court.

Early this year,Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau had said that 11,000 acres will be compulsorily acquired from individuals and government agencies along the 609-kilometre Nairobi-Mombasa stretch, citing that the mandatory  acquisition of land for the first phase of the standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi will cost Sh10 billion.

Compulsory acquisitions arise when the state or government decides to take over a property for public use without private negotiations or the consent of the owner, but with a just and prompt compensation.

The acquisition is done under statutory legislation and the act of acquiring land aims at general benefit of the community as a whole. It thus interferes with the owner’s property rights.


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Ebola has killed approximately 4,000 people in three African Nations

Ebola has killed approximately 4,000 people in three African Nations

Kenyans who have been marooned in the Ebola stricken Liberia, can now sigh in relief following an announcement by The Foreign Affairs Ministry that plans are underway to have them evacuated next week.

Even though the ministry has not stated the actual day when the much awaited evacuation will take place, it has stated that that all the evacuation arrangements have been finalized, adding that the process took long due to “logistical issues as well as necessary precautionary measures that had to be addressed.”

The Kenyans were left stranded in the West African country for the past two months since the national carrier Kenya Airways suspended all their flights to the region in August, following the Ebola outbreak.

“Kenyans constitute the largest bloc of civilian professional expatriates in Liberia, and the ministry has been following on their welfare keenly,” a statement on the Ministry’s twitter handle read.

The ministry has also announced that Kenya has joined other countries in helping affected Western African countries to contain this unprecedented Ebola epidemic.

The Kenya Red Cross has announced that it’s working with the Foreign Ministry to ensure the Kenyans return home

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as they lead efforts of returning 12 Kenyan Citizens from Liberia,” said Red Cross CEO Abbas Gullet


Last week, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced nearly $142 million in humanitarian projects and grants to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Ebola crisis to more than $258 million.

“Stopping Ebola in West Africa will require a significant international effort, and the United States urges our global partners to provide additional assistance to help bring the outbreak under control,” said Shah.


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Rapid System

Mass Rapid Transit System

The plans for a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) aimed at decongesting Nairobi County is now set to kick off, following an agreement by governors from the five counties whose proximity to Nairobi County is crucial for the plan.

Governors Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), William Kabogo (Kiambu) and David Nkedianye (Kajiado), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during a meeting convened by Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau yesterday. Machakos was represented by Roads and Transport Executive Kioko Luka and his Trade and Industrialisation counterpart Sunil Dhal.

“You cannot decongest Nairobi unless you provide a transport that will deflate the congested city and that’s why all of us have to come together so that the deflation happens outside and Nairobi can breathe outwards, “said Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.

The MRTS will incorporate a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a commuter rail which have both been identified as the most efficient transport system of the future. There will be a clear lane dedicated to buses and another for trams.

The system will see the creation of radial, interconnected roads such that, you can for instance commute from Eastlands to Westlands, without having to come to the city centre as is the norm.

There will be Railway City, a development proposed on the current railway land near the railway station, where office blocks and other commercial enterprises will be erected.

Evans Kidero

Evans Kidero

A mass rapid transport system (MRTS) will be deployed along the Outer Ring, Jogoo, Mombasa, Limuru, Lang’ata, Ngong roads and Waiyaki Way corridors, where a commuter railway line will run alongside the roads currently being expanded.

Long-distance public vehicles will not be allowed into the city centre and the traditional matatus will only come in handy in providing feeder services to the MRTS.

The Sh89 billion Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is planned to pass through Kikuyu, Kitengela, Machakos, Limuru, Thika, Ruiru, Athi River and Kajiado, thus  the agreement by the governors was very crucial if the project was to be actualized.

The World Bank and European Union have welcomed the agreement.

Phase 1 of the project, which is expected to kick off in 2017 and be complete by 2030, will give priority to the bus transit system network because it is easier to create. The bus transit routes will then determine the rail system.

Phase 2 is set to begin after 2030 and will entail the actual process of constructing the lanes using the laid down network.

“The signing of the MOU is very important because it basically allows us to create a framework for creating the Nairobi Metropolitan Authority that will be in charge of the mass rapid transit. We are moving the responsibility from the ministry of transport and handing it to all the county governments surrounding Nairobi, “said Michael Kamau, CS transport and infrastructure.


Cabinet Secretary for Transport Eng Michael Kamau

Cabinet Secretary for Transport Eng Michael Kamau

Traffic in Nairobi is quite a mess, with the situation getting worse by day. It is estimated that traffic congestion costs a hundreds of millions in dollars annually through lost hours and cost of wasted fuel.

According to the 2011 Nairobi Mass Rapid Transit Study, The Chronic State of Traffic Congestion in Nairobi takes the lead in the Issues of Concern in the Transport Sector.

“Compared with the traffic condition in 2004, traffic congestion has worsened over the time in extent and area. Since the growth in population as well as sharp increase in car ownership is inevitable in future, quick fix type of measures will not solve the problem fundamentally.” The study reads in part.

Compared with 2004 traffic survey, total traffic increased by 1.66 times. Private cars increased 106 thousand times, which occupies 63% of total increase while motorcycles increased 9.4 times and light truck increased 3.0 times.


The mass transit system falls under the Integrated Urban Development Masterplan for the City of Nairobi (NIUPLAN), 2014 which outlines proposals for Urban Planning, Population, transport and Infrastructure.

The objective of the Integrated Urban Development plan is to “develop concepts for implementation of urban development projects for sustainable urban development and improvement of living conditions based on integrated urban development plan for Nairobi city.”


The urban development plan also estimates that the total number of jobs will rise to 2.8 million by 2030, up from 1.8 million in 2013. These will be in the wholesale and retail sectors, hotels and restaurants, education, financial intermediation and construction.

The plan will also enhance efficiency and growth in the rest of the countries as well.


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Senator Mike Sonko at the ICC

Senator Mike Sonko at the ICC

The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and the Committee on Privileges have called for a review of the law and the speaker’s rules in order to give provisions for ruthless penalties for errant MPs. This is after a report by a parliamentary discipline committee bared the uncouth behaviour some legislators engage in the corridors of parliament.


For instance, the report of the Committee on Privileges singles out an incident between Sirisia MP Major (Rtd) John Waluke and Arthur Odera (Teso North) where the two exchanged unprintable words and engaged in a physical fight within parliament when they were allegedly fighting over a Sh3.5 million debt.

The report also brings to the fore another physical altercation between Ali Wario (MP Bura) and his constituent, Parliament’s principal security officer Major (rtd) Kirungu Majiba. The two are reported to have exchanged blows at Continental House.

According to Wario’s side of the story, Majiba had been disrespectful to him and tried to humiliate him in public.

“He shouted and harassed me before visitors and the public despite having been told I am a Member of Parliament. This caused me a lot of pain and embarrassment,” Wario said.


Another occurrence detailed in the report is a situation where a female MP caused damage of approximately Sh337, 347 when she broke chairs and tables out of anger.

Aside from these incidents that are happening within the corridors of parliament, it seems our leaders are shameless enough to display their wayward characters in public.


Recently, when President Uhuru Kenyatta attended his ICC summons at The Hague a week ago, Kenyans will remember the madness and disrespect portrayed by Nairobi senator Mike Sonko after he wore a t-shirt printed abusive words aimed at the ICC officials.

As if that was not bad enough, Sonko was caught on camera abusing Dutch airport personnel in Swahili.

Political rallies and social gatherings have also bared the misdemeanors of our legislators who will exchange abusive words in the full glare of the public and the media.


Early this month, Machakos County Assembly Majority Leader, Joshua Mwonga, was slapped at a public function by nominated MCA Carol Musembi, as they argued over protocol issues. Mwonga had apparently not been officially invited to the function which was taking place in his ward, and when he showed up he is said to have insisted on speaking last, forcing the Wiper-nominated female MCA to take up the responsibility of inviting other MCAs to the podium.

Mwonga however snatched the microphone from Musembi when she invited embattled deputy governor Bernard Kiala to address the gathering an action that prompted her to slap him.


Not long ago Bomet governor, Isaac Ruto, nearly punched the National Assembly Majority Leader, Adan Duale after the later insulted him over his referendum calls, dubbed Pesa Mashinani.

“Hii pesa sio ya mama yako” (this money does not belong to your mother) Governor Ruto, you must appear before the senate for questioning about the Sh184 million. You can run all over the country calling for the referendum but you must account for the money you get from national government,” Duale said while speaking during a commemoration to mark the third Mara Day, which was presided over by Deputy President William Ruto.

Ruto who was evidently infuriated by the remarks stood up pointing his finger at Duale but was prevailed upon by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and Narok County Commissioner Farah Kassim to sit down.

These are just a few among the numerous dramas that our leaders cause, which often leave so much to be desired. The recommendations by the disciplinary committee should be fully implemented so that our legislators can be penalized accordingly for their uncouth mannerisms.

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Johnstone Muthama’s wife and journalists locked up at his home (Raw Footage)



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