Hate speech causes Assistant Minister to lose job and to be indicted

The assistant minister faces charges on hate speech, murder, assault and property damage

“We must treat all Kenyans equally when applying the law. No one should be treated as special just because they happen to be leaders. When an ordinary Kenya is accused of handling stolen property, they normally face the full force of the law…the same should happen to leaders too. If one is alleged to have committed an offense, all reports of impropriety must be investigated and if necessary taken to court for determination. It’s the only way we can ensure a just and equitable society for all Kenyans.” Presidential Aspirant Martha Karua 28th September 2012.

By Nation 27th September 2012

Embattled Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu was on Thursday suspended as Water assistant minister after he was charged with hate speech and incitement to violence. Read (Embakasi MP Waititu moves to block arrest)

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga asked the MP to “step aside” pending the outcome of the case.

“Following charges in court against the Hon Ferdinand Waititu, President Kibaki after consultations with Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked the Hon Waititu to step aside as an assistant minister pending the outcome of the case,” read a Presidential Press statement.

On Thursday, the MP denied the incitement and hate speech charges when he appeared before senior principal magistrate Paul Biwott.

Mr Biwott ordered that he be held at Kileleshwa Police Station for a day and be produced in court today for a ruling on the bail terms.

Mr Waititu is now also being investigated for murder.

State counsel Lilian Obuo, told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, wanted additional murder, assault and property damage charges preferred against the MP.

“Mr Tobiko has ordered the police to probe the MP for the murder of two people in Nairobi’s Kayole estate, shortly after the MP uttered inflammatory remarks against the Maasai community,” Ms Obuo stated, adding that the MP would face the additional charges after investigations.

“On September 24 at Kayole Corner, Mr John Kireri Gitau was killed by alleged Maasai watchmen,” the State counsel told the court.

She said the same day, Mr Waititu went to the scene around 10am, addressed a crowd and made utterances to the effect that members of the Maasai community be evicted from the area.

The prosecution said the utterances caused the crowd to start attacking members of the community and in the process, Mr Luckas Mitibon and Mr Nyangusi ole Sindoe were attacked and maimed while their property was destroyed.

The court was told the DPP’s office was in the process of investigating murder, incitement to violence, malicious damage to property and assault as a result of the “reckless” remarks.

And High Court judge Isaac Lenaola lifted an order restraining the DPP from prosecuting Mr Waititu in a case in which he allegedly called on the public to stone police officers.

“I had warned you earlier that I will not extend the order restraining the DPP from proceeding with the incitement case against you. You are handcuffed now. This is enough reason for me to discharge the order,” ruled Justice Lenaola and allowed the chief magistrate’s court to proceed with the case against Mr Waititu and a former councillor, Mr Patrick Mulili Kiluva.

The two are accused of inciting residents of KPA slums to stone police officers who had allegedly gone to evict them on December 13, 2010.

Justice Lenaola ordered the application seeking to stop the prosecution be heard on October 12.

Earlier, Ms Obuo had sought to have the MP remanded at Kayole Police Station for 48 hours.

She had initially requested the hate speech and incitement charges read to the MP on Thursday at a Milimani criminal court be deferred until police conclude the investigations.

Child Sacrifice, Organs Harvesting and Ritual Murders

Stories of child murders for body parts harvesting are rampant in Uganda and other countries of Africa. A story of Kato Kajubi a Ugandan business tycoon sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Uganda for committing child sacrifice. This sad story is one amongst many on how children are vulnerable.

Story by Daily Nation MICHAEL SSALI 13th August 2012, watchmanafricA,

Godfrey Kato Kajubi was no pauper. At 56, he owns property in Kampala, including hostels for university students and other pieces of real estate.

Many mortals would have been satisfied with just a roof over their heads. But it is not with Kajubi who will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The businessman, who also owned an expensive house at Gayaza near Masaka town, where he would often spend weekends, was seized with the conviction that there was more to making money than business acumen.

He believed in the unseen hand of spirits and the power of blood and human flesh in business and prosperity — precisely the sort of dark alchemy that leads to ritual murder.

And it was just a matter of time before it happened but it takes two to tango.

Kajubi’s partner was Umaru Kateregga, a young witchdoctor. Kateregga had apparently helped the businessman to recover the potency of his (Kajubi’s) personal shrine for which he was paid handsomely.

 Kateregga and his wife Mariam Nabukeera lived in Kayugi village in Mukungwe sub-county, Masaka District, where the witchdoctor had a shrine.

 According to Kateregga’s testimony in court, Kajubi asked him to find him a boy to work as a farm hand, collecting eggs on his poultry farm at Gayaza.

 Kateregga took time looking for the right candidate. He finally zeroed in on a neighbour’s grandchild, 12-year-old Joseph Kasirye, a Class Five pupil.

“The boy was our friend and he used to visit us,” Kateregga told the court.

 “He looked miserable and had told us he did not like school. When we told him about a rich man who would employ him  to collect eggs on his farm, he seemed excited about the idea.

So I went ahead and rang up Kajubi and informed him that I had found the boy he wanted. He told us that he would come for him on 27 October, 2008,” Kateregga testified before Mr Justice Michael Kibita.

On 26 October, 2008, Kateregga visited his neighbour, Mzee Matia Mulondo, 73, Kasirye’s grandfather and guardian.  At the compound was also Kasirye’s paternal uncle, Paulo Kasirye, who was visiting.

 In court, Paulo Kasirye recalled Kateregga asking for water. He remembered Kateregga pulling the boy aside and the two speaking in whispers. The reason would soon be clear.

Just before sunset, the boy took a jerry can and headed for the village well. His family never saw him again.

That evening, Mzee Mulondo and many family members combed the village for the boy but there was no sign of him. They also visited Kateregga’s home, but were told the boy had not been seen there.

In court, Kateregga admitted that Kasirye was in his house waiting for the rich man to pick him up. He testified that a bed was made for the boy in the living room after supper when Kajubi called to say that he would be late.

At about midnight, Kajubi called again to confirm that the boy was at Kateregga’s house. The businessman showed up past midnight carrying bottles of beer, soda, and samosas.

He offered a beer to Mariam and a bottle of soda and the samosas to the boy, who had been woken up when he arrived. Kateregga drank the rest of the beer.

Although both Mariam and Kateregga were Muslims, the court heard, they often drank beer.

After a few minutes, Mariam and the boy fell unconscious.

Kateregga told the hushed court that Kajubi called a man he referred to as Stephen, who had remained in the car.

According to Kateregga, Kajubi drew a pistol and ordered him and Stephen to carry Mariam out of the house through the back door.  Kateregga told the court that the gun-wielding businessman made him swear that he would never disclose what was about to happen.

Kajubi told Stephen to fetch a bucket, a gunny bag, and a knife from the car. At that stage, Kateregga  told the court that he was terrified, but he obeyed Kajubi’s orders because he feared that he would shoot him.

The witchdoctor testified that the businessman ordered him to take the sword and chop off Kasirye’s head. He and Stephen were then told to tap all the blood from Kasirye’s body into the bucket. The head was also put into the bucket.

Kajubi then ordered the two to cut off the boy’s genitals and put them in the bucket, then cover it. Kateregga and Stephen were told to wrap the body in a polythene sheet, then place it in the gunny bag. The bag was put in the boot of Kajubi’s car along with the bucket.

The court was told that Kajubi ordered Kateregga to get into the car and sit between Stephen and himself as Stephen drove.

Kateregga was supposed to show them a safe place in the swamp to dump the corpse. After disposing of the body, Kajubi took the wheel and drove Kateregga back to his house, then left.

By then, Kateregga’s wife was regaining consciousness. She asked if the rich man had left with the boy. Kateregga told the court that he told her what had happened and the couple decided to flee the village.

The following day, nearly everybody in the village was looking for the missing boy, but Kateregga and his wife were not in the search parties.

The villagers became suspicious because witchdoctors are rumoured to be notorious for child sacrifice and the traditional healer was not participating in the search.

Their suspicions were confirmed when they realised that the couple was preparing to leave. They arrested them and took them to the police.

A search at the witchdoctor’s house yielded Kasirye’s clothes and the empty jerry can from his grandfather’s home. Blood stains were also found on the floor.

On interrogation by the police, the story spilled out and Kateregga even directed the police to where the body was hidden.

When the story broke, Kajubi, a well known businessman in Kampala, presented himself to the police when it emerged that he was being sought.

Kateregga and his wife Mariam were prosecution witnesses in the case before Mr Justice Moses Mukiibi, who on 23 April, 2010 ruled that Kajubi had no case to answer and that he should not be prosecuted because the evidence before he court was not sufficient.

However, the State appealed and the ruling was overturned. The Court of Appeal ordered that Kajubi be arrested again and charged with murder.

The businessman went missing for almost a year until he was arrested early this year inside a shrine along the Entebbe-Kampala road.

On 1 February, Kajubi was charged with murder. The State appointed Mr Fred Kamugunda to represent him. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The dark art of harvesting human organs for riches

In September 2009, a six-year-old Sudanese boy, Emmanuel Agwar Adar was kidnapped   and murdered in Nairobi.  The murder was gory as it can be but they still rubbed it on by cutting off his tongue.

Barely a month before, the city’s taxi drivers took to the streets to protest the murder of their six colleagues in mysterious circumstances.

The taxi men claimed all the victims had their private parts chopped off before being dumped in the outskirts of the city.

Although there was no official confirmation, the drivers said the murders were related to a mix of occult and extortion.

Witchcraft hasn’t disappeared from African culture just as it refuses to go in the West. For centuries, human body parts have been used as ingredients for magical concoctions and charms.

To obtain body parts, performers of these dark arts kill people in order to harvest specific organs for use in the occult.

Things haven’t been easy for them with the advent of the nation-state in Africa where murder is a capital offence, meaning witchdoctors can only acquire these body parts from underground organ hunters.

Cases similar to that of the Kenyan drivers, where people disappear mysteriously, only for their bodies to be discovered several days later minus various body parts are so many in the continent today that they are treated as routine crimes in some countries.

According to the South African Police Service Research Centre reports, there is a belief that body parts taken from live victims are rendered more potent by their screams, which means victims must be subjected to pain before death.

Ritual killings have been reported in Mozambique where the country’s Human Rights League has blamed them on the proliferation of witchdoctors from western Africa.

Authorities have also confirmed that although most of the organs trafficked in that country are for transplants, extraction of organs for witchcraft purposes also happens.

Human skin appears to be one of the most sought-after things by ritual killers in Africa. During the early 2000s, there were widespread cases of people being killed and skinned in the Mbeya region of Tanzania and Mwiki outskirts of Nairobi.

Investigations by the media and police revealed there was a high demand for human skin in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa where it fetched $2,400 (Sh180,000) to $9,600 (Sh180,000) depending on the age of the victim.

Nigeria has the highest number of occult killings in the continent. Not surprisingly, the vice has found thematic expression in the country’s vibrant film industry.

According to Nigerian authorities, the killings are perpetrated by people commonly known as headhunters, who act at the behest of juju men.

Cases of children being abducted and ritually slaughtered are so many in southwest Nigeria that they once sparked a spate of murderous protests and mob lynching that left more than 20 suspected kidnappers dead.

The murder in London of a Nigerian boy, which British police named “Boy Adam” for lack of positive identification, in September 2001, brought to international attention to Nigeria’s ritual killings.

Forensic examinations on Adam’s torso, found floating in River Thames, revealed that he was a native of Yoruba Plateau in Nigeria and the state of the cadaver indicated a style of ritual killing practised in West and Southern Africa.

Tanzania: 42 Immigrants Suffocate in a Truck

Original Story Nation online 27th June 2012 here and  here

Forty-two immigrants were found dead in a truck in central Tanzania after suffocating, Deputy Interior Minister Pereira Silima said on Tuesday.

“They died of suffocation and had no food,” Silima said.

“There were more than 100 people in the truck,” a local administration official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“After he had learnt of the dead bodies, the driver abandoned the truck and ran away.”

The bodies were discovered in the truck in Dodoma province, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.

In December, 20 Somali immigrants were found dead in Tanzania.

Foreign ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said at the time that an increasing number of Ethiopians and Somalis were crossing the country to make their way to South Africa, the continent’s top economy.

Tanzanian police Wednesday were questioning 74 migrants who survived suffocation in a truck where 42 fellow travellers perished, Deputy Interior Minister Pereira Silima said.

“Police and immigration officials are questioning the survivors to establish their identity including names and nationality,” Silima told AFP.

It was initially reported the migrants were from Malawi, but officials said that they were suspected of coming from the Horn of Africa region to the north, and were on their way southwards to Malawi.

“Preliminary reports have it that the immigrants were destined to Malawi,” Silima said. Police said the truck driver fled the vehicle after finding the dead bodies.

The bodies were discovered on Tuesday in the truck in Dodoma province, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam.

In December, 20 Somali migrants were found dead in Tanzania.

Foreign ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said at the time that an increasing number of Ethiopians and Somalis were crossing the country to make their way to South Africa, the continent’s richest country.

Tragedy as Landslide claims the lives of nine Kenyans

Story source here

Just a few days after huge fire gutted Kimathi house top floor.   On Wednesday 4th April nine people were killed following a landslide in Mathare Valley.

The accident happened at around 5.30am at the Mathare 4A behind Kenya Power’s Ruaraka complex when a huge rock rolled down the valley, flattening at least 14 houses.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said that by Wednesday evening nine people had been confirmed dead, nine seriously injured and 20 had slight injuries.

Among those killed were a woman and her son, two brothers and a child.

The bodies remained trapped beneath the rubble for hours as rescuers from the police, NYS, Kenya Red Cross and the military worked to retrieve them.

The rescue operation was hampered by lack of appropriate equipment, heavy rains and poor access to the area. The officers also had a difficult time controlling the crowd that milled around the scene.

Earthmovers from the city council and the NYS started arriving at the scene two hours later and the rescuers were forced to demolish some structures to clear the way for the equipment.

Though the accident happened at 5.30am, the first rescue team from the NYS arrived at 8am.

The first body was retrieved at around 9am, four hours after the incident.

According to a survivor Festus Ochieng Ogwada, he heard a loud bang before his house was engulfed in dust. When he tried getting up from bed, he realised that part of the wall collapsed on his wife and eight-year-old son. Luckily, they escaped with minor injuries.

Another survivor, Mr Robert Odongo, said his house completely destroyed.

He first heard stones rolling on the roof before he heard his three children screaming. He was with his wife and three children aged 12, seven and one and a half years.

Mr Patrick Omondi woke up after heavy stones tore through the roof of his house landing on his bed. Although he escaped the falling rocks narrowly, his wife Jackline was hit on the stomach severely injuring her.

“The entire house collapsed on us with my wife screaming for help as the heavy stones lay on her,” Mr Omondi, a mechanic, said.

The arrival of senior government officials and politicians at the scene also slowed down rescue operations as the exercise had to be stopped for them to be briefed on the progress, said residents.

The first official to arrive was area MP Elizabeth Ongoro, followed shortly by Mr Iteere. Prime Minister Raila Odinga arrived at around 11.45, disrupting rescue operations for about 20 minutes.

Nairobi provincial commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu later visited the scene and ordered that all the structures at the valley be demolished.

The German-funded Mathare 4A Development Programme was started to improve living standards for the urban poor by providing infrastructure such as footpaths, drainage, water, street-lighting and garbage collection points. Some residents, however, constructed structures close to the cliff.

According to National Disaster Operation Centre director, Col Vincent Anami, the last body was retrieved at 5.30pm after which the team embarked on clearing the area.

Another resident admitted that the rock, which hang precariously, posed danger to the residents but that was the only place they could afford to live in.

He added that in 2002 there was a similar landslide in which two people were injured.

Man Kills Family Members

Original story on NTV March 2nd 2012 here

An army officer kills his two children in a small village of Naro Moru in Nyeri County. This act sets the whole village  in shock and disbelief. The army officer murdered his two children in his home and set it ablaze. It is believed that he was mentally ill, is said to have warned his wife that they would all die before committing the crime.

The rise in family violence in the recent past is quite shocking. There is need for social actors to address this as it is assuming a rising trend.

Drought strikes hard in Karamoja region

A still hungry child carrying an empty saucepan in Rupa Sub County Moroto district.

More Kenyan children going hungry: Survey

A boy collects maize that dropped from a truck carrying food aid. According to a report by Save the Children, the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Kenya has increased in the last decade. Photo/FILE

A boy collects maize that dropped from a truck carrying food aid. According to a report by Save the Children, the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Kenya has increased in the last decade. Photo/FILE

A boy collects maize that dropped from a truck carrying food aid. According to a report by Save the Children, the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Kenya has increased in the last decade. Photo/FILE

By JOY WANJA MURAYA jwanja@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Thursday, February 16  2012 at  22:30

The number of children suffering from malnutrition in Kenya has increased in the last decade.

A global report released by Save the Children says millions of Kenyan children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

The report, A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition, says soaring food prices and malnutrition are putting additional pressure on countries with high burdens of child mortality.

Poverty is cited as one of the main underlying causes of malnutrition, not because there is no nutritious food available, but because parents and guardians cannot afford to buy it.

Spent all their income

“The research shows that a significant proportion of families in communities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya could not afford to feed their families a nutritious diet even if they spent all their income on food,” says the report.

The survey presents a snapshot of the hardship families face in countries where, even before food price spikes, many of the poorest children were already surviving on a basic diet such as white rice, maize or cassava, which have very low nutritional value.

Save the Children Kenya country director Prasant Naik notes that the government of Kenya has made some achievements in reducing hunger and malnutrition though more needs to be done. (READ: Israeli help sought in war on hunger)

“The country still lacks a strong political will to tackle child malnutrition, or nutrition champions to lobby for the right policies,” he says.

“There is very weak coordination between the authorities and aid agencies and funding levels for hunger and nutrition have remained low,” he adds.

The report says 15 million more children are suffering from chronic malnutrition in Africa compared to 1990.

Every hour of every day, 300 children die of malnutrition, it says.

“Today, two in five African children or 60 million are malnourished. This figure is expected to rise by 8.5 million this decade if current trends continue,” states the report.

Half of the world’s malnourished children live in five countries – Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, India and Bangladesh – where 50 per cent of all families have been forced to cut back on food.

Malnutrition is attributed to a third of all child deaths worldwide, or 2.6 million per year.

“Investing in nutrition is investing in the future of a country – it creates stronger communities with a healthier, smarter and more productive population, “says the report.

 

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