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KENYA FORUM SEPTEMBER REVIEW:

ZAMBIA’S ELECTION – WANGARI MAATHAI – WOMEN IN KENYAN POLITICS – MOMBASA SHARK ATTACK – FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION – MARRIAGE AND SEX IN KENYA – LYNCHINGS IN KENYA – SINAI FIRE DISASTER – THE KHRC REPORT – THE MURDER OF DR ROBERT OUKO – TROON, KILIKU AND AKIWUMI REPORTS


In a new development the Forum has collated all the 17 postings published in September so that readers may review the month and catch up on those postings they may have missed.

ZAMBIA’S ELECTION OF “KING COBRA” AND SOME LESSONS FOR KENYA Sept. 28

The recent Zambian election has several lessons for us, particularly if Kenya is to avoid the horrors of post-election violence.

WANGARI MAATHAI: AN INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN AND CAMPAIGNER Sept. 26

Not only Kenya but the World has lost an icon but she leaves a legacy of inspiration that is unmatched.

HAMMARSKJOLD, THE HAGUE AND THE ELVIS FACTOR Sept. 25

Tales of intrigue, murder and mystery… Was UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold murdered 50 years ago? And were Munjiki warriors really invited into State House, Nakuru, during the 2007/8 post-election violence in Kenya?

MAY THE BEST WOMAN WIN? Sept. 23

Several women, among them Gichugu Member of Parliament Martha Karua and a 27 year-old  Kingwa Kamencu  who came to the limelight last week, have declared their  interest in running for the Presidency come 2012.

MOMBASA SHARK ATTACK: MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY AND MEDICAL CARE Sept. 22

An horrific shark attack in Mombasa and the questions it raises; the Sinai fire disaster and lessons to be learnt; and the is the Likoni Ferry a disaster waiting to happen?

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM): BANNING THE BARBARIC ‘CUT’ Sept. 21

The Forum hopes that, as the law awaits presidential assent, FGM will finally became a folk tale and ceases to be a fearful and barbaric reality in Kenya.

THE GRIM REAPER’S TERRIBLE KENYAN HARVEST Sept. 20

‘Lynchings’ in Kenya; illegal brewing; matatu massacre on our roads; and the Sinai fire disaster. ‘Over 100 people died in the Sinai fire, at least 250 people have died on Kenya’s roads in the last month alone, more than 30 people have died from drinking illegal liquor, and the police are investigating at least 40 cases of ‘mob injustice’ arising in September’.

SUFFER NOT THE LITTLE CHILDREN: MULTIPLE REPORTS OF THE SEXUAL DEFILEMENT OF MINORS IN KENYA GIVE GRAVE CAUSE FOR CONCERN Sept. 19

Every morning we read in Kenya’s daily newspapers stories of rape and molestation involving minors. This appalling issue has to be urgently addressed.

MARRIAGE, SEX AND THE SINGLE WOMAN – KENYA STYLE Sept. 16

Ask most single Nairobi women and they’ll tell you, “All the good men are taken!” Therefore a single woman has two choices, to stay single, or to share: the majority has opted for the latter.

THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (KHRC) REPORT – NEW KENYA DEMANDS MORE, THE NEW CONSTITUTION REQUIRES MORE Sept. 13

The Forum has published a series of postings considering various aspects of the KHRC report, Lest We Forget: The faces of Impunity in Kenya. This posting draws the series on the KHRC’s report to a close by bringing together many related postings and links to other sites, some 20 in all, from which readers can draw their own conclusions.

THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT (PART 5) – KILIKU, AKIWUMI, TRIBAL CLASHES AND THE FACES OF IMPUNITY Sept. 12

Past inquiries into tribal clashes have themselves operated with impunity, not letting little matters like the facts, lack of evidence, discredited testimony, or questionable procedures get in the way of their findings. The history of the allegations of involvement in promoting inter-tribal conflict, the sources from which they derive and their handling by Kiliku, Akiwumi and others are illuminating and provide a cautionary tale.

THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT (PART 4) – LEST WE FORGET: TROONS ‘FINAL REPORT’ WAS ‘FATALLY FLAWED’ Sept. 10

All of the facts relating to the murder of Dr Ouko referred to in this posting have been known, and have been in the public domain, since at least 2004. Most have been known since 1991. Scotland Yard detective John Troon has questions to answer arising from those facts. The KHRC too has questions to answer as to why they included Troon’s ‘Final Report’ in Lest We Forget without qualifying its findings in the light of that knowledge.

THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT (PART 3) – LEST WE FORGET: PAST INQUIRIES AND ‘IMPUNITY’ Sept. 9

The Forum looks at Gor Sunguh’s infamous committee hearings into the murder of Dr Robert Ouko

THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT (PART 2) – METHODOLOGY, OMISSIONS, THE CONSTITUTION AND ‘CIVIL SOCIETY’ Sept. 8

There are several problems associated with the approach taken by the KHRC.

THE FORUM HASN’T FORGOTTEN: THE KENYAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT (PART 1) Sept. 7

There is much that is laudable in the spirit behind the KHRC’s report entitled ‘Lest We Forget: The Faces of Impunity in Kenya’and in much of its content but there is also much to be concerned at, particularly in the context of post-new constitution Kenya. The Forum addresses some of the issues that arise from its publication.

THE STORY SO FAR: MATATUS, ‘LYNCHING’, THE KCC AND NCC… Sept. 5

Matatu Manslaughter; ‘lynching’ and mob ‘justice; corruption and KACC’s demise; Nairobi’s corrupt council?

THE COST OF LIVING IN KENYA Aug. 31

2011 is just about to officially become, if it hasn’t already, as the year inflation reached new heights in Kenya.

The next Forum posting will be on Monday 3 October at 9.30am Kenya time.

Wangari Maathai

UN Secretary General Dan Hammarsjold. Accidental death or murder?

Bull Shark

FGM Instruments

President Kenyatta declared winner.

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