This particular decision by Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition was a stark and blunt reminder that underscored the silliness of the post-election narrative:That the era of mega-corruption in Kenya is over because Mr. Kenyatta has hisownmoney.The two decisions are rich with irony for a president and country that collectively wrapped themselves in nationalism and jingoism by transforming Kenyans are finally waking up to the reality that corruption and impunity is continuing to happen right under President Uhuru Kenyatta’snose, make that his office, as evidenced by recent scandals implicating persons working in his office. And rather than report them to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigations, Mr. Kenyatta transferred them from the Office of the President to other positions in his government! Additionally, Mr. Kenyatta’s deputy and fellow crimes-against-humanity suspect Mr. William Ruto is rumored to be one of the “Singhs” who “own” the piece of land that birthed images of Kenya’s Selma and Soweto –, make that his office, as evidenced by recent scandals implicating persons working in his office. And rather than report them to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for investigations, Mr. Kenyatta transferred them from the Office of the President to other positions in his government! Additionally, Mr. Kenyatta’s deputy and fellow crimes-against-humanity suspect Mr. William Ruto is rumored to be one of the “Singhs” who “own” the piece of land that birthed images of Kenya’s Selma and Soweto –state-sponsored brutality against school children!To put it bluntly, the fish rots from the head on down. Corruption in Kenya has always emanated from the very top, beginning with its first president Jomo Kenyatta. It is now so pervasive that the president who romped into office by excoriating the hypocrisy of America (Podesta Group) and Britain (Tony Blair) finds himself turning to them for help! In an ode to Henry John Temple’s prescient take on relationships between nations, hiring Mr. Blair, someone whoseappearanceat The Hague Mr. Kenyatta and his sycophants have repeatedly called for, to “deliver” i.e. mitigate “eating” on mega-projects turns on its head Mr.Kenyatta’s claimthat the reason for Africa’s mediocre and erratic development is the “stiff resistance by those who benefit from a divided Africa.”Africa’s mediocre and erratic development has little to do with the “stiff resistance….” (whatever that even means) and everything to do with the inability of the likes of Mr. Kenyatta to confront the scourge of corruption and impunity even when it is happening right Africa’s mediocre and erratic development has little to do with the “stiff resistance….” (whatever that even means) and everything to do with the inability of the likes of Mr. Kenyatta to confront the scourge of corruption and impunity even when it is happening rightin frontof them. His decision to bring in hired guns from countries he has repeatedly accused of hypocrisy and worse completely rubbishes the claim that “Africans are better placed to solve their own problems.”In the piece titled”Forget foreign intervention, Africans are better placed to solve their own problems,” President Kenyatta writes that former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah advised Africans to combine “…their numbers and resources to protect themselves from the very positive dangers of returning colonialism in disguised forms.”, Africans are better placed to solve their own problems,” President Kenyatta writes that former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah advised Africans to combine “…their numbers and resources to protect themselves from the very positive dangers of returning colonialism in disguised forms.”I offer a different take on Mr. Kenyatta’s interpretation of Mr. Nkrumah’s advice.Colonialism has many variants, of which the one perpetrated by the Europeans and Americans is but one. The basic mechanics of “the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory” i.e. In 1967, Jomo Kenyatta’s nemesis Jaramogi Oginga Odinga offered the rather foretelling analysis regarding the mutation of colonialism in his book “Not Yet Uhuru.” Kenya’s first bona fide opposition leader offered the view that “Kenyans (were) still struggling to prevent (fellow) Kenyans in black skin… from ruling as successors to the administrators of the colonial era.”As previously indicated, I have always believed that Mr. Kenyatta pushed the Pan-Africanism message less out of altruistic nationalism and more to save himself from the crimes-against-humanity charges he was facing at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Now that the charges have been As previously indicated, I have always believed that Mr. Kenyatta pushed the Pan-Africanism message less out of altruistic nationalism and more to save himself from the crimes-against-humanity charges he was facing at the ICC.
- Roberto Pazzi, 42, who works a day job as a sales manager, went to India to capture these pictures of its paupers
- Subjects included the Sadhus, Hindu holy men who gather in the city of Varanasi on the Ganges to meditate
- Also pictured are street vendors and beggars from India’s largest citries who survive on just 33 pence per day
Faces furrowed with wrinkles well beyond their years, smeared with a mixture of religious pain and dirt, this is what poverty looks like for millions of Indians who often survive on as little as 33 pence per day.
From Hindu priests making holy gestures while clothed in brilliantly coloured turbans, to grey-haired women begging for change on the streets, these stunning portraits were captured by Italian photographer Roberto Pazzi.
The 42-year-old spent three weeks in the Asian country photographing people of all ages in the suburbs of a number of cities, including New Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Kalkota.
Roberto says he was captivated and humbled by his subjects, who live in a country which, according to the World Bank, has 179.6 million people struggling to survive below the poverty line.
The poorest of the poor: Photographer Roberto Pazzi captured these images of villagers from India who survive on as little as 33 pence per day, including this elderly woman from Jaipur (left) and this man (right) who is a Sadhu, a holy man of Hinduism, from Varanasi
Roberto took around five photographs of each subject, aiming to perfectly capture their features.
He says: ‘I always approach my subjects with a smile, which I believe is the best ‘business card’ that you can show someone. They’re always so amused, and often share stories of their lives with me- which is amazing.
‘I always feel quite emotional when taking portrait photographs, and worry that I won’t capture exactly what I would like the photograph to portray.’
On average, people living in India’s suburban villages survive off just 22.42 rupees per day, which is the equivalent of just 33 pence.
Roberto says: ‘Photography reminds me that the simplest things in life are also the most important ones. I really hope my photographs reflect this philosophy.’
The pedestrian, who is believed to have been walking to work, was hit by the huge metal advertising hoarding after it fell 20ft from a wall above a shop during rush hour today. Witnesses in Tooting, south London, described hearing a ‘thunderous noise’ and buildings ‘shook’ as the sign pinned the woman’s body to the floor – but missed her head. People ran across the street and from houses to comfort the woman as she lay trapped on the floor in the minutes before the emergency services arrived. The seriously injured victim, who remained conscious throughout, was then rushed to the nearby St George’s Hospital.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday cancelled his trip to Los Angeles, USA, mid-air in a dramatic incident that saw his plane literally forced to turn back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).Uhuru, who was set to fly to Dubai with his Presidential Jet and board a Fly Emirates flight to LA because his jet cannot fly directly to the US due to its small range and low fuel load, did not make it to Dubai. While in Yemen airspace, his plane changed course and returned to Kenya unexpectedly.Since then, many theories have been floated as to why Uhuru’s plane was turned back with the Government saying the President returned due to the ongoing fighting in Yemen which has made it dangerous for planes to cross their airspace as they risked being shot down literally.There were reports that the pilot flew the plane for almost an hour into Yemen airspace in the dark (without radar) and when it was back on, he was warned by the Yemen military to turn back where he came from or be shot down, and he chose the former.Another theory which is being spinned around over Uhuru’s cancellation of the US trip was that Eritrea refused to clear him to use its airspace after being cleared by Ethiopia due to long standing diplomatic tiff between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya and thus the reason for him to return to base.But are all these theories true about why exactly Uhuru cancelled his LA trip, where he was to attend one of the world biggest business events, and returned to Kenya prematurely?Reliable sources have intimated that Uhuru’s move to cancel the LA trip had nothing to do with the fighting in Yemen or diplomatic standoff with Eritrea and Ethiopia, but had everything to do with the abrupt change of programming at Milken Institute, where he was allegedly going to be among those to address various innovation forums.According to sources, Uhuru was removed from the program at the last minute for reasons not yet known and replaced by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The Head of State only came to know about the change of program while on air prompting him to cancel his trip. After all, he was not going to be just a spectator listening to Kagame.Kagame was the only African President who was listed to speak at the Milken Institute Corporate and Investor Roundtable, where he will give a talk on behalf of Kenyan and Rwandan delegations, and only invited guests will be allowed.In a nutshell, Kenya was not among the countries listed to participate in the Milken Institute Event where corporate and Government officials meet to discuss serious business.The only ‘Kenyan’ invited to speak at the forum is Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, in his capacity as a corporate leader and not as a Kenyan representative.So now you know why His Excellency the President returned to Kenya like a thief on Wednesday night just hours after setting off for LA in USA.Here is the program of the LA event that excluded Uhuru and included Kagame;-
The aftermath of anti-foreigners attack in South Africa is being felt in Kenya. Flying to the rainbow nation to shoot videos has been a thing of some top Kenyan celebrities but the current situation in SA has made some get a cold feet.The consequences of xenophobic killings in SA are beginning to bite hard. Following the recent outbreak and ongoing spate of anti-foreigners attack on fellow Africans by South Africans, Gospel star, Papa Dennis, has cancel his video shoot slated to take place in SA in coming weeks.Speaking exclusively to Ghafla!, the ‘Foundation’ hit maker lamented the ongoing attack on other African nationals living and working in SA.He said he has put on hold the shooting of his new video until further notice.”Why should I take part in the video shoot when they are attacking fellow Africans?” quipped Papa Dennis.”The people who would take part in the video from dancers to directors are all South Africans but their brothers and sisters are attacking fellow Africans so what’s the point of giving them jobs when they don’t need us in the first place?” He added. Papa DennisPapa isn’t new to South Africa, his viral video, ‘Injili’ was shot there. For him to snub SA , the situation must be really dire for foreigners.The gospel star hinted that he will fly in video directors of his choice to make his new video here in Kenya.
– The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto, to sack Aden Duale as the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly and arrest him for aiding and abetting Al Shabaab terrorists.Speaking separately, the three organizations beseeched Uhuru/ Ruto to compel Aden Duale to reveal the names of his Al Shabaab comrades with immediate effect because he knows them by names.Things got worse for Duale after MUHURI, one of the organizations whose accounts have been frozen for having links with Al Shabaab, sensationally named Aden Duale as among the Al Shabaab financiers in Kenya.Addressing journalists at CID headquarters yesterday, MUHURI Chairman Khalef Khalifa said Duale knows all the Al Shabaab terrorists in Kenya because he is one of their financiers and that he should be arrested and grilled over the same.He was accompanied by MUHURI board members, Gabriel Dolan and Maina Kiai, who challenged Uhuru/ Ruto to stop dilly dallying with the issue of terrorism and arrest Duale as a matter of urgency because his presence in Government is a threat to national security.The organizations were reacting to Duale’s assertions after the massacre of 147 students that he knows the Al Shabaab terrorists operating in Kenya and that he will name them in month’s time.
University of Cape Town (UCT) students will hold a night vigil on Monday night in honour of the victims of the terror attacks in Kenya. Almost 150 people, mostly students, were killed when the militant group Al Shaabab raided Garissa University in Kenya last week.The vigil will be hosted by UCT’s East African Society supported by the Student Representative Council (SRC).