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Morons Payukaring About ICC and Terrorism In Kenya

There is a well known moron and likely Al Shabaab sympathizer going around drafting, printing and distributing leaflets in various Mosques falsely claiming that the killing of the Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo was the work of Mossad who he claims were authorized to carry out the extra-judicial killings by the government following the PM’s visit to Israel.

This moron has not a single piece of evidence for such an outlandish and false assertion and is obviously doing this at the urging of his masters in addition to his own hatred of the PM.

Upon being informed about Rogo’s murder, the PM issued the following statement:

A few hours ago, we got this surprising news of the fatal shooting of Sheikh Aboud Rogo in Mombasa.

I am shocked and saddened by this horrific and tragic shooting that came in a day and a time the country is celebrating the second anniversary of the new constitution and hosting a conference on peace.

It is even more shocking that Sheikh Rogo was killed while taking his sick wife to hospital. I offer condolences to family and friends of Sheikh Rogo, and more so to his widow, Haniya Said Saval.

I am equally saddened by the violence and the destruction that has followed the shooting incident. I want to appeal to our people in Mombasa to exercise restraint and allow the government to get to the bottom of the matter.

We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice. I appeal to our people not to use this sad act to inflict more pain and suffering on our country. Let us come together in calm instead and join hands in order to get to the bottom of the murder.

The statement speaks for itself but the aforementioned moron has chosen to completely ignore it while advancing his demented conspiracy theories about Rogo’s killing.

As if that was not worse enough warranting jail time, the moron now postulates that the ICC should investigate Rogo’s killing obviously completely without any knowledge or understanding about the ICC and its jurisdiction.

This ignorance notwithstanding, it’s obvious this moron could care less about law and ICC jurisdiction for that matter his objective being to throw around acronyms like ICC together with Raila’s name in a moronic but futile effort to fool the unwary that there is anything to this demented conspiracy theorism of his, not to say anything about the bone-headed and complete recklessness of such payukaring.

The days of impunity are numbered in Kenya and those who break the law shall be held to pay regardless of how high or low in life they operate or find themselves.

This particular moron spreading malicious lies and outlandish claims about Raila is scrapping at the bottom for survival and probably gets paid 100 bob a day by his masters to smear Raila because they know he’s that desperate for cash.

What a pity.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Politics

 

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Terrorism Is Not Synonymous With Being Muslim

Pilgrimage in Mecca

According to the BBC, Muslim groups in Kenya have agreed to form self-defense groups to protect churches against terrorist attacks.

Adan Wachu, head of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, told the BBC the attacks were acts of terrorism.

“There are people out there who are determined to make Kenya another Nigeria,” Mr Wachu, who also chairs the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, told the BBC.

“It’s not going to be allowed to have a sectarian division in this country – whoever wants to do that will of course fail.”

This is a welcome move by the Muslim group and we should all commend the gesture because there has been a concerted view propagated by Muslim extremists that the war on terror is tantamount to war against Muslims, which is obviously false and not true in any way.

Most mainstream Muslims actually abhor the terrorism being carried out in their faith by terrorists who are actually advancing their own barbaric or distorted understanding of the religion.

In response to the recent attacks in Garissa, a Kenyan Muslim sent the following to me and asked that I post in their behalf but not reveal their name or identity:

I was reading about the garissa disaster and thinking who are this people who think they represent my religion?

The height of arrogance to call  this parasites Muslims.

They have brought shame and dishonor on my beloved religion.

Our Prophet(peace be upon him) who preached ISLAM literally meaning PEACE.

The hypocrisy? how dare they!

We must find and destroy these ignorant thugs. How dare they make orphans of people’s children ,a Muslim soldier defending the right of people to worship, that’s my Islam.

I am horrified and disgusted by their actions and we condemn this imported madness.

We must seal our borders, protect our people and protect our children.

Al Shabaab is the ideology  of ignorance; this is what happens when people are not educated because of colossal state failure.

This is the consequences of Somalia’s failure as a nation.

This is what tribalism produced.

We as Muslims have to rise up against this because we suffer the consequences of this ignorance.

We must speak out against this plague remove this parasites from our society.

I, we mourn with you.

You are not alone.

I am sure this person speaks for all Muslims who love peace and unity as a human race and without regard to religion or faith.

In We Must Do More To Combat Terrorism In Kenya, I noted as follows:

All Kenyans, whether Muslims, Christians, Budhists or atheists want to be secure in their homes and within our borders.

To the extent the government takes measures aimed at accomplishing this goal, no one should object even in cases where such laws may be deemed to impinge or curtail certain rights or freedoms.

It’s a small price to pay than having us all living in a state of permanent fear for our lives.

The views of this Muslim as well as the actions by the Supreme Council of Muslims affirm this and it’s therefore my belief all us can come together and find a permanent solution to this menace, beginning with pushing for passage of the anti-terrorism law.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Politics

 

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We Must Do More To Combat Terrorism In Kenya

Small time terrorists strike again

Prior to the 1998 bomb blasts in Kenya in which hundreds were killed and thousands injured, most Kenyans did not know what terrorism was and therefore had no reason to be concerned about it.

The 1998 attacks changed all of that and when Osama Bin Laden and his lethal organization attacked the US on September 11, 2001 he forever changed the way of life as most people knew it in the world when it comes to their safety and security.

There has not been an attack on US soil since that deadly day in 2001 but even though not to the same magnitude, we have witnessed an increasing number of attacks and threats of attacks in Kenya especially in more recent times leading to the question, why?

We cannot obviously compare the might of the United States government with the measly Kenyan dwarf when it comes to available resources in general and more specifically resources to combat terrorism, including intelligence and training but it would be wrong to ascribe this, namely, lack of resources as the reason we continue to suffer these attacks.

Within months following the 1998 bombings in Kenya, the US government started pumping money and other resources to Kenya to fight terrorism.

However, no one can make a serious case that this money has been spent as intended much like all other monies the country receives in foreign aid.

That is problem No.1 and the main reason why we are still living under increasing threat of terrorism at the level we are.

Problem No. 2 is simply because we have failed to pass laws that would ensure that our law enforcement is equipped with the appropriate tools to effectively combat terrorism and associated threats.

One of the reasons there has not been a terrorist attack on US soil since September 11, 2001 is because the government there moved to pass laws that make it more difficult for terrorists to succeed in their evils designs.

Indeed, more than 144 countries around the world have passed similar legislation to combat terrorism since the US passed the tough anti-terrorism law but Kenya is not one of them.

A bill to bring this law into the books was proposed in Parliament years ago but shelved for any number of reasons, depending on who you ask but the Prime Minister has asked that Parliament revisit this issue and pass the law.

Although passing this law is necessary and long overdue, there are those who still object to its enactment for the wrong reasons.

Some Muslim activists, for example, object to the law on grounds it targets Muslims and erodes their civil rights.

This was the same objection raised in virtually every country that has considered and passed similar law, which means there has to be a way to reach a compromise that addresses those concerns to the satisfaction of anyone who is serious about combating terrorism.

On the other hand, passing laws alone is not going to make us secure in by itself; more must be done and chief among those is educating the public and making sure the Islamist propagandists don’t cast this as a Christian v Muslim issue.

All Kenyans, whether Muslims, Christians, Budhists or atheists want to be secure in their homes and within our borders.

To the extent the government takes measures aimed at accomplishing this goal, no one should object even in cases where such laws may be deemed to impinge or curtail certain rights or freedoms.

It’s a small price to pay than having us all living in a state of permanent fear for our lives.

We also must watch out and reject those who rather backwardly want to inject the politics of the Middle East into our finding a solution to more effectively combat terrorism.

Having only recently started focusing on this issue of terrorism and the need to have secure borders, we are as a country a long way from even coming close to perfecting strategies and tactics to deal with this menace, which means we must rely on those who know better and nobody knows more or better when it comes to dealing with terrorism than the state of Israel.

It would therefore make sense we learn from such states and where possible accept their direct and indirect assistance.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is either being naïve or is not serious about combating terrorism.

Finally, this is an issue that must not see tribe, ethnicity or party affiliation and not just by words but in deeds.

We recently lost our minister for security and his assistant in the tragic helicopter crash in Ngong.

The president and PM have the opportunity to consult and appoint their replacements bearing in mind the foregoing and if they do so, we shall have made another step in the right direction in combating this menace, which we must lest we become prisoners in our own country afraid to be out in public.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Law, Politics

 

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All Else Having Failed Thus Far, Its Time Someone Occupies The Whole of Somalia

According to the Standard Online, President Kibaki has lauded the efforts of United Nations Security Council towards strengthening the operations of the African Union Mission in Somalia.

“Kenya welcomes the United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2036 of 2012 that has reviewed the AMISOM future operations in Somalia, as recommended by the African Union,” said President Kibaki.

The President, however, noted that the resolution does not provide for a maritime component, which is critical to the eventual success of the campaign in Somalia, as well as the fight against piracy and international terrorism.

Speaking Thursday during the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House, London, President Kibaki said that a new and more dangerous theatre for terrorist action had emerged in Somalia following the involvement of Al Qaeda elements in the Al Shabaab insurgency.

To further enhance security in Somalia, President Kibaki underscored the need for the development of a Somali national security force.

Meanwhile, the BBC, reports that other world leaders attending the conference have urged Somalis to seize an “unprecedented opportunity” to rebuild their nation, at a gathering in London on the war-torn nation’s future.

UK Prime Minister noted ending threats of terrorism and piracy were in everyone’s interests, while Hillary Clinton said plans to elect leaders and adopt a constitution before August were “ambitious,” adding the mandate of the UN-backed interim government would not be extended any longer.

Representatives from many Somali factions are attending the London conference, but the Islamist group which controls much of the center and south of the country was not invited.

Somalia is the world’s worst failed state but PM Cameron and others believe it needs a “second chance”.

There have already been more than 15 attempts to end more than 20 years of fighting in Somalia

Mr Cameron told the gathered world leaders, who included Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, that the world would pay a high price if it ignored the plight of Somalia.

“In a country where there is so little hope, where there is chaos and violence and terrorism, pirates are disrupting vital trade routes and kidnapping tourists,” he said.

During his speech, Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed called for an end to the arms embargo, saying: “We’re looking for security. We’re scared of tomorrow.”

Yoweri Museveni, the leader of Uganda – which has provided the bulk of troops for African Union (AU) forces in Somalia – told the gathering African solutions to African problems worked best.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council approved a resolution increasing the number of AU troops in Somalia by 5,000 to more than 17,000. Council members also agreed to extra funding for the mission and to extend its mandate.

The UK says its increased focus on the country is justified as the activities of militant groups and pirates operating off the coast of Somalia pose a direct threat to British interests in the region and to both regional and global security.

Naval ships from the UK and other countries around the world have been sent to patrol the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast to deter pirate attacks.

They have foiled a number of kidnapping attempts in recent months but attacks continue – and have been staged further from the shore.

The UK has also said it cannot rule out sending more military advisers to boost its small team currently assisting Ugandan forces part of the AU mission.

Kenya has also sent troops into Somalia to tackle al-Shabab, blaming the group for a number of kidnappings on its territory last year. Its forces will now be absorbed into the AU force following the UN resolution.

All this is good and well but the solution may just be simply occupying Somalia.

The two countries with the most at stake on this issue, Kenya and Ethiopia should simply move in and occupy the country, backed with the entire AU and, if necessary, the UN.

They should rule the nation until the locals either come back to their senses and agree to once again become a one nation, curve it up to two or three countries or forever occupy it, if they don’t get serious in pursuing and reaching either of the two options.

These half-hearted or weak at best efforts are simply delaying the inevitable and that is, someone occupying the country which has proven over and over it does not deserve to be considered a sovereign nation.

The warloads who have made it impossible to establish a government system in Somalia should be simply rounded up and forced to either accept a nationally imposed government by the occupying forces or they simply must be incarcerated.

The world cannot just sit by and watch or take these endless ineffective approaches to a problem that cannot be allowed to go on forever and getting worse along the way.

No band of people, small or large, lethal or otherwise should be allowed to rain terror on the innocent and hold hostage a whole region, indeed, the whole world when we have seen decisive actions taken in other places to root out worse enemies.

There simply reaches a time the sovereignty of a nation must give way to what is more practical for its own good and for the sake of the rest of the world and there can’t be a better example of that than Somalia.

Again, occupying the country does not mean doing so infinitely but only as necessary to restore peace and security within and without it.

Granted, there are logistical and political considerations that may not be easy to execute beyond the theoretical but, given the gravity of the situation and the urgency of it, this should be accomplished with relative ease so long as the end objectives and means are well thought out and made clear from the outset by those with nothing but the clean intentions to meet those objectives.

Who Is In Control of What In Somalia

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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Violence and Crime Cannot Be Entirely Blamed On High Youth Unemployment

A netter recently presented an hypothetical narrative in which a university graduate ends up as an Al Shabaab or Mungiki recruit because he could not find a job for a long time and his efforts to even start a jua kali life saver business fails to take off because he cannot get KEBS certification now required of all those making or selling these gadgets due to bureaucratic delays and/or corruption.

I have decided to explore this hypothesis further and in so doing, I offer my views on this serious and urgent issue that must be addressed even more aggressively and that is youth unemployment and crime, thus:

I don’t know if this has been asked of a real recruit but, the one who joins Al Shabaab or Mungiki in this hypothetical; how does he answer the question he is or will be maiming or killing innocent people who have nothing to do with his misery?

Next, how does he answer the question once they join, it’s only a matter of a short time before they are caught or killed whether they have even had a chance to kill or maim such that his “freedom” from misery at the expense of innocent people is short-lived and therefore not worth it?

Finally, but not least, how does he answer the question it is noble rather than offering to kill or maim the innocent, to simply commit suicide?

I ask these questions because if they are university educated as in this hypothetical or simply not mentally ill, joining either of these groups knowing fully the end is to maim, kill or be killed, I have no sympathy for them once they cross that line and make that conscious decision to join.

They deserve the fate that befalls them from that point on which is inevitably death, especially given even more resolute efforts by the government to root out these murderous groups.

I do have great sympathy and we all should for them before they cross the line and go there but there are several distinctions to note about this pre-Al Shabaab or and Mungiki phase:

Imagine you are at the admission desk for either Al Shabaab or Mungiki and the young man is standing there in front of you and you ask him what led him to come; what do you think he will say?

The netter narrated one answer in his hypothesis as above, namely, that the graduate is without a job, destitute and without even the hope to start a jua kali business because of corruption and red tape.

My take on it is there is more to that answer which goes beyond the question of economics into the question of violence and the propensity to commit violence in the first place.

In other words, and this is really my proposition, individuals who are willing and/or end up committing violence, especially in killing innocent people, have a predisposed violent mind which makes them readily inclined, and find it attractive to commit or to be recruited to commit violence.

Lack of economic opportunity is not the primary reason even though it can be offered as an excuse in their warped minds.

Were the opposite to be true, every poor person or those otherwise unable to find jobs would be trooping to all sorts of murderous outfits across the globe and the world will be finished as we know it.

The true answer the young man standing in front of you at the Al Shabaab or Mungiki desk as to why he is there is therefore “I want to kill someone.”

He can tell you the true story about how he physically ended up there, including the inability to get a job and being frustrated or unable to get KEBS certification but that’s simply an excuse to pursue his true passion and that is to kill.

For every one like him unable to find a job and being unable to find a means to make a living, there are thousands who went the other direction opposite the road to kill and maim and intentionally so as him.

As I have noted above, once this young man goes beyond the recruiting point and actually joins any of these murderous groups, I have no sympathy for him and what fate he meets and one would hope he is caught or eliminated before he actually kills or maims.

The solution for this type of person lies in not creating economic opportunity, but going to the root cause of it and that is, upbringing.

Children who grow up in an environment where love and peace is not preached and practiced but instead hate and intolerance is, or have bent anger from all sorts of directions from early on in life will invariably ultimately seek violence as the ultimate solution to their misery.

I would therefore recommend intervention in terms of education about conflict resolution and by that I mean both internalized and externalized conflicts, some of which can be cultural while others are intrinsic to the individual.

This is just my raw thought on this and therefore I can’t cite for you any scientific basis for it other than my own surmise based on my own observations and thinking about this.

I will in time explore this suggestion even further in terms of a specific proposal as to how this can be implemented but that’s to come at some point, I hope.

I distinguish this young man, the graduate who ends up being an Al-Shabaab or Mungiki recruit from the rest of the criminals who I may or may not sympathize with or advocate for helping them, depending on a number of factors which go to the core is of criminality and having a criminal mind.

There is no question there is a high correlation between unemployment and criminal behavior but unemployment itself does not account for all criminal behavior.

Indeed, it was in recognition of this fact that the Grand Coalition proposed and implemented through Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s office, the Kazi Kwa Vijana programme (KKV).

In launching the project, the PM said the following:

“I am pleased to write on the Kazi KwaVijana (KKV) programme, an initiative of the Grand Coalition Government to tackle the twin problems of hunger and unemployment. The KKV programme is designed to afford, during this period of global financial crisis, national drought and famine, immediate relief to young people by way of providing them with income to buy food through employment in public works. Young people, male and female, are to be employed under labour contracts in selected public works projects identified under the KKV programme. Some of these projects, particularly those to do with irrigation and water supply, are intended to enhance food production in the marginal areas most affected by drought. There are also KKV projects designed for the conservation and management of the environment while others will improve road transportation in rural and urban areas”

Following recent allegations of corruption involving Phase I of KKV (KKV I) that turned out to be false, the PM provided a detailed statement to Parliament in which he said, among other things, that KKV I was as stated in remarks launching the project, an emergency stimulus intervention, designed to provide a social safety net for young Kenyans at risk of hunger and starvation which was implemented by six ministries with the PM’s office providing overall supervision of the programme while Office of the President, and Ministries of Finance and Planning provided support services on the monitoring and coordination aspects.

According the PM and citing a report issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the number of youth engaged under KKV I actually exceeded the original target by more than 10 per cent. All in all, the Government contributed Kshs.2.8bn to KKV I in the financial year 2008/2009, and Kshs.4.3bn in the financial year 2009/2010.

The PM then went on to account for all expenditures on the project, concluding that just only 4.8% of the total funds for the project were spent on “ineligible” activities according to the World Bank guidelines, but that only meant that government, not the World Bank, should have paid for those expenses.

The PM did acknowledge that a payment of Kshs.1,221,000 was made as a top-up allowance to a civil servant in active service and on the Government’s payroll but promised that the funds will be recovered from the officer concerned as appropriate, to avoid double payment.

“I do not condone any kind of corruption or misuse of funds,” said the Prime Minister while noting that KKV I was a success.

As to the current status of KKV, the PM categorically disproved the allegation that Kshs.4.3bn or US$43 million for Component I of the KKV II Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme was lost because the project was cancelled.

“The Kshs. 4.3bn has not been lost,” said the Prime Minister, adding, “the project is alive and will continue to be implemented.”

The PM promised that he will ensure that any weaknesses that might remain in the programme shall be corrected and the government “will move resolutely forward with our plans to empower young Kenyans.”

That’s precisely what needs to happen but it does not mean an end to criminality when it does; it simply means we shall have less of it and in manageable proportions we can live with without living in fear of being attacked or robbed every day, everywhere and anywhere in the country.

On the other hand, violence will likely continue to be a part of a large segment of our society whether economic conditions improve or not due to historical and cultural reasons that must be addressed urgently by way of implementing a number of proposals aimed at basically deprogramming those prone to be violence while ensuring that today’s young and those in formative stage are indoctrinated to believe a handshake or hug, not fist is the solution to conflict.

As for those KKV may not reach, an outreach to at least educate and inform them even about some of the questions and consequences I have raised above for the hypothetical graduate Al-Shabaab or Mungiki recruit would go a long way before a job does.

Otherwise even more violence and widespread criminality will become a fixture in our lives more than it is today and that is simply unacceptable, given we have the resources to prevent us from getting there.

At the same time, we must accept the reality no society is violence or crime free; it’s all a matter of degree of opportunity and acceptance.

When HIV and AIDS pandemic hit Kenya, some were said to wish for less deadly STDs like herpes and so on.

Kenyans as a whole would prefer criminality of the old days that primarily involved petty offenses and when it occurred primarily in the cities not in suburbs and residences and certainly not at the rate and devastation it does these days.

That day will come sooner than later and how Kenyans vote in 2012 will certainly have a bearing on that happening.

Peace, Unity and Progress

Omwenga

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Politics, Social

 

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