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Activists March on City Hall for World Housing Rights Day ពល​រដ្ឋ​រងគ្រោះ​ទំនាស់​ដីធ្លី

Activists March on City Hall for World Housing Rights Day​ Housing rights activists and eviction victims marked World Habitat Day on Thursday, calling on the...
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United Nations Publications

United Nations Publications | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
RT @unpublications: Despite the right to adequate housing recognized in Int. human rights law, Billion people live in precarious conditions.http://t.co/MTV0F5Hc
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Just and very timely interventions on Right to Housing,in Kenya through Kituo Cha Sheria and Prof.Yash Pal Ghai we instituted a landmark courtcase on right to Housing petition No.64 of 2010

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Taking leadership position for Poor people representation.

How my poor community indentified my leadership qualities

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Greetings fellow Kenyans.
Following my strong convictions, beliefs and steadfast commitments in advocating for social justice initiatives and campaigns,my community recently proposed i contest for civic seat position in Central Ward: Starehe Constituency,Nairobi County.

Starehe Constituency has the highest registered voters (138,625) in the entire 17 constituency forming the larger Nairobi County.

Seat of Power. Muthurwa ward formerly under Kamukunji was Incorporated in Central Ward which encompasses the entire Central Bussiness District (CBD) host to Office of the President,Supreme court,Central Bank,Kenya Polytechnic,Nyayo House,Jevanjee gardens,groagon,Kariokor roundabout,Country Bus Station ,wakulima market and Muthurwa/market estate.

Background and support Having assisted 3225 residents of Muthurwa estate in stopping demolitions and evictions through Kituo Cha Sheria. Mazingira Institute and Prof.Yash Pal Ghai and Prof.Jill Ghai.The petition has a landmark ruling on Right to Housing.Case, hearing March 8,2013 under Justice Leonora. Through this court case several progressive outcomes have been realized on reclaiming Kenya Railways assets and land countrywide.

Youths and Community 3 years, Assistant chairman Countrybus Footbal Club.The club with a rich history,amoung the most outstanding personality to have emerged from the club are Macdonald Mariga- Intermilan,Victor Mugabe Wanyama-Celtic Fc.

Country Bus Station Prime Minister having innitiated 170 Modern Kiosks for Country Bus Station youths,local councillors and some corrupt individuals embarked on illegal allocations sale for (300,000) the same modern Kiosks,on behalf of 1265 Countrybus youths we instituted a judicial review court case hearing in February 10,2013.

Hawker in CBD From 9th-27,March 2012 involved in Task force on Service Delivery for Nairobi residents ,where we incorporated all issues as raised by all stakeholders,from minority to hawkers and route operators operating from Nairobi CBD.

Its on this background that i offer my self for Central Ward leadership position through NARC-Rainbow party. Inkind support will highly appreciated

(Skype:kamotho100 /Mpesa 0723 033 334) Patrick Kamotho Githinji

Equity Bank Acc/ 0350 191 708 958

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Africa's 'Silicon Valley' development official Launch - Kenya London ...

Africa's 'Silicon Valley' development official Launch - Kenya London ... | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
Through the Technology City, the Head of State observed, the country will become a global leader in the field of ICT housing Kenya's International Financial Center, a World Class Convention Center and Light electronic manufacturing.
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How Kenya is developing on ICT

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Community Organizing: ITS OFFICIAL PATRICK KAMOTHO-CENTRAL WARD

Community Organizing: ITS OFFICIAL PATRICK KAMOTHO-CENTRAL WARD | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
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Goodness,i will be contesting for civic position in Central Ward Nairobi.Your support will be highly appreciated.

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Fundraising on my campaigns to happen on 3rd/Feb/2013 at Muthurwa Clinic Ground
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Metropolitan Tenants Organization » Healthy Homes

Metropolitan Tenants Organization » Healthy Homes | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
RT @TenantsRights: #Health and #housing go hand in hand. Learn more: http://t.co/7jc1LMGc
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Tenants rights in Kenya are very limited.

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Human rights report: Water prices rise, no public housing

Human rights report: Water prices rise, no public housing | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
News, Breaking News: (Human rights report: Water prices rise, no public housing: http://t.co/07fEuORG #LifeintheLand)
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Human rights reports.

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Myths and Facts about Global Warming

Myths and Facts about Global Warming | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
From Friends of Science. Be sure to visit their page and bookmark it. COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1:  Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT:  The H...
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Study linking GM maize to cancer

Study linking GM maize to cancer | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, professor of molecular biology at Caen university in France, knows how to inflame the GM industry and its friends. For seven years he and his team have questioned the safety standards applied to varieties of GM maize and tried to re-analyse industry-funded studies presented to governments.
The GM industry has traditionally reacted furiously and personally. Séralini has been widely insulted and smeared and last year, in some desperation, he sued Marc Fellous, president of the French Association of Plant Biotechnology, for defamation, and won (although he was only awarded a nominal €1 in damages).
But last week, Seralini brought the whole scientific and corporate establishment crashing down on his head. In a peer-reviewed US journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, he reported the results of a €3.2m study.Fed a diet of Monsanto's Roundup-tolerant GM maize NK603 for two years, or exposed to Roundup over the same period, rats developed higher levels of cancers and died earlier than controls. Séralini suggested that the results could be explained by the endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, and overexpression of the transgene in the GMO.
This was scientific dynamite. It was the first time that maize containing these specific genes had been tested on rats over two years - nearly their full lifespan - as opposed to the 90-day trials demanded by regulators. Around a dozen long-term studies of different GM crops havefailed to find similar effects. Séralini's study also looked at the toxicity of the Roundup herbicide when fed directly to rats.
If the study stood up, then the consistent arguments of the industry that its GM maize is safe might be fatally undermined, with immense political, financial and social consequences.
But barely had the paper surfaced than it was attracting heavyweight academic criticism.
Commentators variously claimed the study to be "biased", "poorly performed", "bogus", "fraudulent", "sub-standard", "sloppy agenda-based science", "inadequate" and "unsatisfactory". Séralini was said to have "sought harm" for the rats, the experiment was dismissed as "inhumane" and the research group was called "partisan". France was outed as "the most anti-science country in anti-science Europe" and vociferous GM supporters such as Mark Lynas urged people to sign a petition demanding full disclosure of the data (only a few hundred have).
Meanwhile, GM opponents were said to be the "climate skeptics of the left", Séralini and his scientists were labelled "crafty activists" and "anti-science" and the group that funded the study was accused of "polluting science communication" by asking for an embargo on the paper.
Séralini and the other authors of the study responded that they weresurprised at the "violence" of their critics.
But it was a triumph for the scientific and corporate establishment which has used similar tactics to crush other scientists like Arpad Pusztai of the Rowett Institute in Scotland, who was sacked after his research suggested GM potatoes damaged the stomach lining and immune system of rats, and David Quist and Ignacio Chapela, who studied the flow of genes from illegally planted GM maize to Mexican wild maize. But now that the dust is settling, let's look at some of the criticisms and Seralini's responses.
"This is not an innocent scientific publication. The study was designed to produce exactly what was observed," said Dr Bruce Chassy, professor emeritus of food science at the University of Illinois, who has worked as a consultant for GM companies and has been a member of the US Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Council which is fully behind GM.
"This study appears to be without scientific merit," said Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director of the International Biotechnology Program at the University of California/Davis, which has close links to Monsanto and other GM companies.
"Although this paper has been published in a peer–reviewed journal with an [Impact Factor] of about 3, there are anomalies throughout the paper that normally should have been corrected or resolved through the peer-review process," said Maurice Moloney, InsChief Executive of Rothamsted Research.
"The control group is inadequate to make any deduction," said Anthony Trewavas, prominent champion of GM food and a former member of the governing council of Britain's leading plant biotech research organisation, the John Innes Centre.
"We have to ask whether a diet with this level of maize is normal for rats. Another control with an alternative diet should have been included," said Dr Wendy Harwood, senior scientist at the John Innes Centre.
Monsanto was dismissive: "This study does not meet minimum acceptable standards for this type of scientific research, the findings are not supported by the data presented, and the conclusions are not relevant for the purpose of safety assessment."
Here are the criticisms in a nutshell and Séralini's responses:
1. The French researchers were accused of using the Sprague Dawley rat strain which is said to be prone to developing cancers. In response Séralini and his team say these are the same rats as used by Monsanto in the 90-day trials which it used to get authorisation for its maize. This strain of rat has been used in most animal feeding trials to evaluate the safety of GM foods, and their results have long been used by the biotech industry to secure approval to market GM products.
2. The sample size of rats was said to be too small. Séralini responded that six is the OECD recommended protocol for GM food safety toxicology studies and he had based his study on the toxicity part of OECD protocol no. 453. This states that for a cancer trial you need a minimum of 50 animals of each sex per test group but for a toxicity trial a minimum of 10 per sex suffices. Monsanto used 20 rats of each sex per group in its feeding trials but only analysed 10, the same number as Séralini.
3. No data was given about the rats' food intake. Seralini says the rats were allowed to eat as much food as they liked.
4. Séralini has not released the raw data from the trial. In response he says he won't release it until the data underpinning Monsanto's authorisation of NK603 in Europe is also made public.
5. His funding was provided by an anti-biotechnology organisation whose scientific board Séralini heads. But he counters that almost all GM research is funded by corporates or by pro-biotech institutions.
So where does that leave the public?
Despite the concerns over Séralini's methodological flaws, it looks as though the study will not be swept under the carpet. It is the longest study done on this variety of maize and many argue that it must be taken seriously by regulators and governments. French health and safety authorities now plan to investigate NK603 and the study's findings and the European Food Safety Agency has said it will assess the research. Séralini is now demanding that all the data be assessed by an independent international committee, arguing that experts involved in the authorisation of the maize should not be involved.
Equally, the study reopens questions about the regulation of GM crops. There has long been concern that these foods have been evaluated poorly and that the companies have taken advantage of lax regulation. The GM industry, which keeps its own research secret, has resisted investigation or any change.
In fact, there is one irony that a few scientists have pointed out but who have been drowned out in the furore. Séralini's study was not so much about the dangers of GM technology, but the toxicity of the Roundup herbicide used on the crops. Here's Ottoline Leyser, associate director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge:
"Like most of the GM debate, this work has very little to do with GM. The authors of the paper do not suggest that the effects are caused by genetic modification. They describe effects of the roundup herbicide itself and effects that they attribute to the activity of the enzyme introduced into the roundup resistant maize. There is good evidence that introducing genes into crops using GM techniques results in fewer changes to the crops than introducing them using conventional breeding."

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Kenya - Kenya-China Rail to Aid Coal Imports to Uganda

Kampala — The new railway line Kenya and Chinese authorities are planning on will transport coal from Tanzania to Uganda for steel making. The rail deal worth $2.6 billion is one of those infrastructure components that ...
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farmlandgrab.org | Land-grabbing linked with hunger

farmlandgrab.org | Land-grabbing linked with hunger | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
Researchers find that bulk of deals to lease out land are struck in 32 of the countries ranked “alarming” or “serious” on the Global Hunger Index score.

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling - Current Awareness

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling - Current Awareness | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling – BBC News. Posted October 5th, 2012 in armed forces, colonies, Kenya, news, time limits, torture by tracey. “Three Kenyans who were tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with ...
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DailyNews Online Edition - Ministry to meet Barrick over Mara mine conflicts

DailyNews Online Edition - Ministry to meet Barrick over Mara mine conflicts | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it

The Tanzanian Government's Energy and Minerals Ministry will soon meet with London-listed African Barrick Gold (ABG) management to find lasting solutions on recurrent conflicts between the company and the local communities surrounding North Mara Gold Mine. ABG is a subsidiary of Canadian multinational Barrick Gold.

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Ethiopia offers Britain land in exchange for Zeila port of Somaliland - 1946 - Somaliland Sun

Ethiopia offers Britain land in exchange for Zeila port of Somaliland - 1946 - Somaliland Sun | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
Somaliland Sun Ethiopia offers Britain land in exchange for Zeila port of Somaliland - 1946 Somaliland Sun They said that Ethiopia was ready to convene a conference on Lake Tana and to have a Boundary Commission at once meet the British governments...
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United Nations Publications

United Nations Publications | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
RT @unpublications: Despite the right to adequate housing recognized in Int. human rights law, Billion people live in precarious conditions.http://t.co/MTV0F5Hc
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Just and very timely interventions on Right to Housing,in Kenya through Kituo Cha Sheria and Prof.Yash Pal Ghai we instituted a landmark courtcase on right to Housing petition No.64 of 2010

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How to transform Kenya without political democracy - The Standard Digital News

How to transform Kenya without political democracy
The Standard Digital News
Our railway line, which was built in 1895, ought to be uprooted. Kenya needs a modern railway system.
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Simply the truth of the facts,having een fighting for the revival of Kenya Railways Cooperation for the past 5 years,i elieve its time to address this this issue holistically .Meanwhile i am contesting for Starehe:Central Ward Rep on a NARC Rainbow party ticket.Main agenda revival of KRC view one of the land mark case we instituted to challege the illegal sale of raiways asset in Nairobi Muthurwa estate Petition No 64 of 2010 .http://www.scoop.it/t/how-we-kicked-a-rogue-kenya-government-from-a-multi-billion-project/curate

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Kenya Railways 3D Visualization

We were tasked to do a Video highlighting the Kenya Railways Expansion Plan and the launch of Syokimau Railway Station and its facilities. This was a mix of ...
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One of my priority area once i am elected the Central Ward Rep in Nairobi Starehe constituency.Revival of Kenya Railways Cooperation ,has intiated several forum and conferences on how the state coopertion can be revived.Working in reclaiming all assets illegal allocated from raiways estates and lands in Kenya.

Patrick Kamotho Contesting for Central Ward Rep on NARC Rainow party.

0723033334 for support and chat.

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Twitter / MotherJones: Greece has begun buying into ...

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Very sad how developed world is responding to climate issues

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East Africa Climate Change Network.'s curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:34 AM

Intresting observation of multi billion illegal land deals in Africa.

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Satrose Ayuma & 11 Others vs. Registered Trustees of the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme & 2 Others Constitutional Petition 64 of 2010 (Muthurwa Case) - Katiba Institute

Satrose Ayuma & 11 Others vs. Registered Trustees of the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme & 2 Others Constitutional Petition 64  of 2010 (Muthurwa Case) - Katiba Institute | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it

This case primarily canvasses the issues of illegal evictions, in the context of the constitutional right to housing. Additionally, the case... (Nairobi's Muthurwa Residents have been battling urban land grabs for over a decade.

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Thanks Shailja for sharing this timely court case on right to Housing in Kenya

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Community Organizing:Kenya: How my poor community responded with timely creed of “Yes We Can.”

Community Organizing:Kenya: How my poor community responded with timely creed of “Yes We Can.” | HOW WE KICKED A ROGUE KENYA GOVERNMENT FROM A MULTI-BILLION PROJECT. | Scoop.it
How my poor community responded with timely creed of “Yes We Can.”


Charge: Threatening to Kill.

This week began as usual for me I spent the better part of Monday at Kituo Cha Sheria although I was unsuccessful in securing the Copy of Court Order I was looking for since all the lawyers were out of town I planned to return the next day which was on Tuesday, I proceeded to Center for Rights Education Awereness Organization (CREAW) where I had a successful meeting with Exercutive Director deliberating on how my community can work together to save tax-payer 290 million.

The next day I woke a bit early due to one of the neighbors request i arbitrate an issue where a youngster was smacked in the head by the local football coach and fainted, the parents had come to request I intervene by requesting the coach to settle the hospital bill they had incurred the previous day or he take legal action, since it was almost 6 am, I requested them to give me till 8 am, I will do as agreed. I returned to my house as I was planning my day on key issues I had to attend to such as, a visit to the local Area Chief to enquire from him any action he has taken against some callous businessmen that had trimmed the stem bark of 2, thirty plus years old trees, left to dry in order to secure open space next to Muthurwa Market for expansion of a pub, secondly I was planning to visit Akiba Uhaki and Katiba Institute to present a proposal I had in regards to an advocacy sporting project for this year 12:12:12 titled “Sport and games to tame Climate Change.”

What’s at Stake.
In line with the above I was planning to do a follow up with Kituo Cha Sheria lawyers in regards to a copy of Court Order issued by Justice Musinga in Petition No 65 of 2010 stopping the sale, evictions and demolitions of Muthurwa Estate which is a 56 acre land within the Nairobi Central Business District to furnish it to the new Officer in Charge of Kamukunji Station who was enquiring of it in order to report to his seniors of alleged 2 groupings registered as Maestro Properties Ltd and KERAPA circulating 2 yrs lease demand letters to each Muthurwa residents letter dated 23rd-October,2012 signed by Director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services (East Africa)Ltd James Olubayi and Anthony Kilavi indicating that it they have consented to KERAPA and Maestro Ltd to collect rent and over see managing the estate.

A Follow-up letter was issued to residents on 14th-Nov,2012 signed by D.N.Rono-Managing Director of Maestro Properties Ltd to each household in Muthurwa raising tension and people enquiring from Kituo Cha Sheria the status of the court case since what was happening at the estate was an acceptable, i.e two weeks ago we managed to chase a group of construction workers who had tried to construct a structure in an acre open space parcel of Land between Muthurwa KPLC land and Muthurwa Market, this open space has been left after KPLC illegally constructed a 16 K.v Power Substation contravening the Court Order in our case which stopped developments on the said area , this same grouping twice has tried to demarcate and fraudulently got money on disguise of allocating rental houses and open spaces for business within the estate, extortion to businessmen. I had also planned to contact a renowned lawyer-Elisha Ongoya, I had been connected to by Ann Njogu in regards to saving Kenyans tax payer money amounting to about 290 Million money that may be lost if the Constructor of Muthurwa Market is awarded final amount by Ministry of Local government for a shoddy job done of constructing Muthurwa dilapidated market.

My Arrest
As I was planning on how to go about the above issues, I heard a knock in my door, as I opened I found an officer from Muthurwa Police post and 3 others in civilian clothing standing strategically in my yard. He informed me that he has been requested to present me to OCS Kamukunji, I requested the officer to allow me a few minutes to freshen up, which he did standing outside my door and enquiring of general issues in regards to several stickers I have pasted outside my door such as “We live, breath and die on Human Environmental rights issues, Intolerance and discrimination breed oppression-by KHRC, We demand reforms and Justice: Tunadai Marekebisho na Haki by KHRC, June 26 UN International Day in support of torture survivors- by IMLU,Access to Information is a right not a favour -by TI and ACT.”

The officer whom I noted is of Inspector rank is a graduate and had embraced human rights issues and a good advocate on the same to his fellow officer, I completed and talked to several residents and informed them of issues at hand, we presided to Kamukunji Station where I was taken to OCS office where the investigating officer and 3 other officers were requested to join us he informed me how one of Alexander Forbes group Director known as Anthony Kilavi had visited Kamukunji Police Station in cohort with Robert Azaria Secretary General of KERAPA an association which was involved in sale of Muthurwa estate, hence the residents instituted the 2 court cases barring this grouping that was involved in illegally selling the estate.Mr.Kilavi from Alexeder Forbes had a day earlier informed the OCS that they have consented for Maestro Group and KERAPA to manage the estate, hence the trumped up charge on Threatening to Kill a member of KERAPA was created within the time, having worked closely with the OCS Kamukunji in regards to Community Policing issues for Muthurwa estate.

Pressure and in-subordination to OCS Kamukunji.
The officer being a gentle man talked of pressure he is getting from his seniors in Central Police Station on claims he is not working and protecting KERAPA and Maestro group from me inciting the community against them, he informed me he has been directed to arrest me, but on a humanitarian ground he will charge me with a lesser charge of creating disturbance, which the Investigating Officer went ahead and booked me with after trying to talk to him about the Court Order on the estate. I was hurriedly taken my finger prints and taken to cells, in a few minutes earlier I was shocked when 2 police women officers taking my finger print in room No.12 indirectly insinuated to me that before I reach court room they will change my case to a more severe criminal offence that will take me a long time before I come out of jail, I noted the hostility of this 2 plumb ladies officers and alcoholic breath they were emitting that early in the morning.

Once the process was over I was taken to a waiting 4 seater rickety bluish Peugeot van and escorted to Makadara law Courts hand cuffed and sandwiched between two police officers. Once in Makadara I was booked and thrown in cell where I met a cell full of youngsters from various police stations in eastlands. I noted while in cells two different lawyers visited us and enquired if there was anyone who would like to be represented of course on a fee to be agreed upon. Meanwhile after almost an hour in the cell, i was again recalled and the officer informed me that the Creating Disturbance I was charged with was defective, hence I had to be taken to Kamukunji Police Station, I was hurriedly returned to Kamukunji station, where I was re-booked and an newer charge of” Threatening to Kill” was prepared by the two ladies officers, bragging that I am going to stay in Prison for quite a long period if I will be unable to pay bail amounting to about Ksh100,000.

Community and Comrades:
Luckily for me when the charge was prepared I was handcuffed and taken back to the rickety Peugeot vehicle luckily for me hundreds of residents from my community had converged at the entrance of the station where I talked to them and I informed them about an the Maestro and KERAPA Group charges they have instituted against me and the new charges and the Makadara Law court I was to be taken again. The scenario brought commotion and hundreds of people began shouting and wailing that led the entire area tense, luckly the vehicle stalled before leaving, this led to more people shouting at police, hence the police were still forcing me to tell people to stop shouting and abusing them, I informed them to remove first the handcuffs from me, which they refused claiming that I will free, I informed them to bear with the community since the residents knew of the whole issues being concocted KERAPA and Maestro Group. This instance gave me courage and hope that activism has been embraced by the citizens. I contacted several comrades and friends, Gacheke Gachihi whom initiated the process of circulating information and looking for well-wishers for bail and support. Cidi Otieno the President Bunge La Mwanainchi and Bressol Gathoni of GALK and George Mwai of Fahamu whom really assisted in different ways. Kituo Lawyers, Boniface. Tallam. Anthony and Kinya all whom were out of Nairobi.

Jury in Makadara Court:
I was 3rd last to be presented in court No.1 at around 11.45 am to a fully in and out packed court No. 1, I can view all and sundry from Muthurwa estate, the charges were read to me by the court clerk which read that I had “Threatened to kill” parties Kenya Police Kamukunji Vs Patrick Kamotho Githinji. Having no legal representation on hand, lawyer James Etemesi formerly of Kituo Cha Sheria whom was well placed to intervene being on record on our Public Interest Litigation petitionNo.65 of 2010 and court case No.365 of 2010 which had given the restraining orders against any groups from interfering with Muthurwa estate land No.209/6502, the lawyer was out of town and requested that I request the Judge to place the case for a mention the following day. As my plea was read and requested to consent or to deny I immediately raised my hand and told the court of the request by the lawyer and the restraining orders in court cases related to Muthurwa estate, luckily the judge accepted to listen to issues and court case I was referring to, she tried to persuade me to accept or denying the charge which I refused and informed the judge that the reason the court was fully packed was due to this court case, when she observed this she directly asked the audience if it is true that I had “Threatened to Kill” the entire court room shouted back NO !! I could see immediately raised hands in court and Prison Guard on alert, the entire room was tense and the orderlies tried to hush the court. The Judge returned to me and directly informed me since I have refused to consent or deny the community has denied on my behalf, immediately I informed her that isn’t collect although the charge carries an average bond of Ksh 100,000/= she directed for a bail of Ksh 40,000.Imediately I completed as soon I turned to return to cells the packed court left leaving the court entirely empty. Which much later the prison officer whom was within the court informed me that the judge somehow enquired of whether there was something fishy with the case the prosecutor consented on having such a feeling.

“Timely Creed of Yes We Can.”
Immediately I was charged the community converged outside the law court and fundraised immediately Ksh 8,455 this was communicated to me Immediately by phone, then an improptu committee was established to fundraise the remaining amount which residents reconvened at Muthurwa estate at noon and began house to house voluntary fundraising, which after a record 8 hours the committee had fundraised Ksh 34,000.even a simple coin of 1 Sh was accepted and by midnight the committee had raised about Ksh 43,721.In the morning the residents continued to support and the amount increased to Ksh 47,134.
The community embarked towards paying the 40,000 bond requested the following day to the Kenya Commercial Bank a new initiative established by the Chief Justice Hon.Dr.Willy Mutunga earlier this year to tame rampant corruption in judicial, immediately they presented receipt of paid bail, my file went mysteriously missing this prompted the group to part with an average of Ksh750 which facilitated for file reappearance, urgent clearance and signing of the file by the judge, this was according to the group representative whom recounted how at Makadara Law Court Prison Police, watchmen and court clerks are corrupt.
During this time Right Protection and Promotion (RPP) and RNCHRD had sent a cheque and mobilized others defenders with similar amount to pay for my bail, although they found the community had settled the amount an hour earlier I was thankful of this gesture. Once my release documents were signed around noon, the entire committee group mobilized hundreds of residents towards Industrarial Remand Prison, where a top rank prison officer, came to personally look for me where I had been located in Block J-11 which I noted had a sizeable inmates per dormitory, unlike the previous time I had spent 2 months in the same prison, regular food in remand still needs to be improved on, while such food like kales(Sukuma Wiki )had improved in shredding in size, prisoners are still fed on yellowish kales stalks/stems, the beans we took previous evening were still uncooked well and mixed with stones particles. The quality of porridge was okay and mild sugar could be enjoyed, the Prison officer have greatly improved on Human Rights and restraining attitude they have embraced humanity, only an instance I noted was when an officer by mistake hit a young remandee by mistake in the forehead that led to a cut and a head breeding of the youngster, this prompted his friends to take him to hospital bay, later on I noted the officer and the youngster were taken to main quarters of Prison where the top brass of prison work from, later on the youth returned and the officer we were informed later that he was requested to write a letter explaining his actions, this is among the improvements I could notice for 2 years I left the remand.

While my release was being prepared in Prison departure lounge, the senior police office whom had come to inquire me began asking on why such a large crowd of people could converge for me, I informed him of human rights and sincerely in addressing peoples problem such as fighting crime, human rights, creating opportunities for young people i.e. urban farming, access to medication especially ART for those venerable in community. The officer said in 6 years he has been a Prison Officer he had never seen such a crowd of people coming to visit or to release a Prisoner. He gave me a strong hand shake and wished me well. Outside the gate when I was released jubilation erupted and songs of joy could be heard from a far. I thanked the residents and all those who had spent the full days trying to secure my freedom.


Issues to be addressed:
After my release I have noted that the Alexander Forbes Ltd Director James Olubayi has dis-owned a letter issued to residents with his signature on 23rd October, 2012 and has indicated it is a forgery.
It becomes a concern to me given that I have spent time in remand due to trumped up charges by same (KERAPA) case which I was acquitted last year after suffering and undergoing unimaginable health and financial constraints.

Currently the community is organizing a major procession to Office of the President and Police Commissioner petitioning for the arrest of both Mr.Robert Azaria and his irk.

Among the captivating placards developed will strongly condemn Alexander Forbes Financial Services (EA) Ltd if they don’t take action against Mr.Kilavi and Mr.Azaria and the group operating at Muthurwa offices in line with offering a public apology in a weeks time to Muthurwa residents.

N/b A request I would like to place before Chief Justice Republic of Kenya he should address urgently the issue of food quality in remands and also direct for access to those in custody by their families once in Court Cells countrywide, where people can inform or send for their next of Kin.

Meanwhile I will be working closely with RPP and NCHRD on securing legal representative to address the pending court case and see if its possible to institute a civil suit against the KERAPA scheme of Kenya Railways Pensioner in case No 735 of 2009 which I was acquitted last year.

I pass my deepest and sincerest thanks and appreciation for those who in one way or the other supported or inquired of my well being, thanks may great God of Abraham light their paths, showdown looms and Yes We Can.

By
Patrick Kamotho. An alumni of Fahamu Pan African fellowship. .
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Opens: November 21st Closes: December 6th (midnight)

All application must be completed using the online form
Applications received after December 6th or not from the online form will not be considered
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Completed with First Class or Upper Second Honours
Graduates with a degree in any subject are eligible to apply, but students with degree course related to Information Technology, Computer Science, Finance, Accounting, Commerce, Logistics and Supply Chain Management are especially encouraged to apply
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available for internship and possible employment from March 2013
competent at problem solving and critical thinking
passionate about the role of ICT in their community
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Have submitted a copy of National ID
Have submitted a copy of latest transcript(s)
Priority will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need
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Kenya Fake Phones:Unlocking

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I listened to an expert discuss on one of the FM stations the whole issue of fake phones.

The man contends that after all the government publicity, hype, resources and energy put on switching off fake phones, the whole thing is as spurious just as the fake phones.

This is why.

First, he asked if you could identify any of your neighbors, friends of colleagues whose phones were switched off. If the answer is yes, then the phone is back and being used again. The reason there is no longer any outcry is because a good number of those phones are back in circulation.

This is what happens, a phone that is switched off has no IMEI or has a fake one, the operator or service provider uses the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) to disable a fake phone. Now, all providers were to share the details of the switched off phones.

They are not sharing the same. So if your phone is switched off, you only need to buy a sim card from another provider and you are back in business.

Two, as soon as CCK announced this, cunning folks got soft wares that can enable a disabled phone. It simply asks you to change an IMEI if your phone has a fake one of to create an IMEI if it does not have one. Once you follow the steps, boom, you are in business.

Three, dead genuine phones are now being used to provide genuine IMEI numbers and using this soft ware, the cunning fellows create an IMEI for a fake phone and thus a fake phone becomes a genuine one in circulation! Dead genuine phones cost only Ksh 200/=.

This brings to question the whole concept of regulations and enforcement. First and foremost, many Kenyans only got to know of the IMEI the other day, how were they to identify fake phones from genuine ones? If you import anything for sale to the country, you must deal with certain bodies to certify if the goods are fit for use in the country. This is KEBS. For tax purposes, you must also deal with KRA. In the case of phones, CCK has to be involved.

One may want to ask, where were all these bodies when fake phones were flooding our market? A better question to ask is, why should they penalize the ordinary Kenyan whose only mistake is to buy a phone from a licensed vendor? The vendors in town have al the necessary paperwork from the Councils and all licensing bodies, otherwise, how come they have not been arrested and shut down?

Over 10 people called within the hour claiming their phones have been restored; they used the same phones to call in during the radio interview. You cannot blame them.

This whole concept was great but poorly implemented. The gains have been eroded and even now, much more danger lurks. Imagine that genuine phone you threw away, sold to a “recyclers” or simply cannot trace? Its IMEI could be used on a fake phone and that puts you in danger should it be used to criminal activities.

It is said that a fake phone’s lifespan is less than 6 months. The government and CCK should have simply tightened the import of fakes and ensured all loopholes are sealed, allow for 6 months to 1 year and all fake phones would be out of the market, sensitize Kenyans thoroughly on the dangers of fake phones, most do not have security features and can lead to cancers because they do not meet international standards for safety and use.

That way, instead of the punitive measures, we would have won this war on fake mobiles, as it is; the war is lost even before it begun.

Look at it this way; we may end up with thousands of phones which emit radiation if we do not put in place a concrete policy on E-Waste especially with regard to fake phones.

According to this expert, 1,000,000 phones collected and recycled would give 30 Kgs of gold and about 300Kgs of silver. This is potential that CCK should have looked into. Right now, we do not know where the fakes end up; even that dead phone in your house continues emitting radiation and thus endangering your life.

If we want to succeed as a country in implementing policy, the first step is to sensitize citizens, ensure they know what benefits accrue and even own the concept, thereafter, a grace period to right the wrongs through a beneficial and value-chain process, and you will definitely get it right. The government could have even offered to discount every fake phone presented with receipts and then taken it upon itself to seek recycling of the same to cover the cost of discounting for owners of fakes.

As we clean our country of all sorts of challenges, we must remember that handling the process is key to success. We must not try to be populist but realistic.

While I fully support this initiative, may I suggest to The PS, Ministry of Communications and The Communications Commission of Kenya to change tack and approach before all, including resources allocated to this, is lost.

Patrick Kamotho

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I listened to an expert discuss on one of the FM stations the whole issue of fake phones.

The man contends that after all the government publicity, hype, resources and energy put on switching off fake phones, the whole thing is as spurious just as the fake phones.

This is why.

First, he asked if you could identify any of your neighbors, friends of colleagues whose phones were switched off. If the answer is yes, then the phone is back and being used again. The reason there is no longer any outcry is because a good number of those phones are back in circulation.

This is what happens, a phone that is switched off has no IMEI or has a fake one, the operator or service provider uses the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) to disable a fake phone. Now, all providers were to share the details of the switched off phones.

They are not sharing the same. So if your phone is switched off, you only need to buy a sim card from another provider and you are back in business.

Two, as soon as CCK announced this, cunning folks got soft wares that can enable a disabled phone. It simply asks you to change an IMEI if your phone has a fake one of to create an IMEI if it does not have one. Once you follow the steps, boom, you are in business.

Three, dead genuine phones are now being used to provide genuine IMEI numbers and using this soft ware, the cunning fellows create an IMEI for a fake phone and thus a fake phone becomes a genuine one in circulation! Dead genuine phones cost only Ksh 200/=.

This brings to question the whole concept of regulations and enforcement. First and foremost, many Kenyans only got to know of the IMEI the other day, how were they to identify fake phones from genuine ones? If you import anything for sale to the country, you must deal with certain bodies to certify if the goods are fit for use in the country. This is KEBS. For tax purposes, you must also deal with KRA. In the case of phones, CCK has to be involved.

One may want to ask, where were all these bodies when fake phones were flooding our market? A better question to ask is, why should they penalize the ordinary Kenyan whose only mistake is to buy a phone from a licensed vendor? The vendors in town have al the necessary paperwork from the Councils and all licensing bodies, otherwise, how come they have not been arrested and shut down?

Over 10 people called within the hour claiming their phones have been restored; they used the same phones to call in during the radio interview. You cannot blame them.

This whole concept was great but poorly implemented. The gains have been eroded and even now, much more danger lurks. Imagine that genuine phone you threw away, sold to a “recyclers” or simply cannot trace? Its IMEI could be used on a fake phone and that puts you in danger should it be used to criminal activities.

It is said that a fake phone’s lifespan is less than 6 months. The government and CCK should have simply tightened the import of fakes and ensured all loopholes are sealed, allow for 6 months to 1 year and all fake phones would be out of the market, sensitize Kenyans thoroughly on the dangers of fake phones, most do not have security features and can lead to cancers because they do not meet international standards for safety and use.

That way, instead of the punitive measures, we would have won this war on fake mobiles, as it is; the war is lost even before it begun.

Look at it this way; we may end up with thousands of phones which emit radiation if we do not put in place a concrete policy on E-Waste especially with regard to fake phones.

According to this expert, 1,000,000 phones collected and recycled would give 30 Kgs of gold and about 300Kgs of silver. This is potential that CCK should have looked into. Right now, we do not know where the fakes end up; even that dead phone in your house continues emitting radiation and thus endangering your life.

If we want to succeed as a country in implementing policy, the first step is to sensitize citizens, ensure they know what benefits accrue and even own the concept, thereafter, a grace period to right the wrongs through a beneficial and value-chain process, and you will definitely get it right. The government could have even offered to discount every fake phone presented with receipts and then taken it upon itself to seek recycling of the same to cover the cost of discounting for owners of fakes.

As we clean our country of all sorts of challenges, we must remember that handling the process is key to success. We must not try to be populist but realistic.

While I fully support this initiative, may I suggest to The PS, Ministry of Communications and The Communications Commission of Kenya to change tack and approach before all, including resources allocated to this, is lost.

Patrick Kamotho

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