Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GARISSA WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE, HON. SHUKRAN CLAIMS "ABUSE" BY BEING CALLED "SUPER"

I don't know what the Guys at Madogo Bridge, Tana River County want from our "own" Garissa County Women Representative, Honourable Shukran Gure by calling her Honourable "Msupuu"...Can you give her respect please....

Read Here.............or Continue Reading..


WABUNGE Katika bunge la Kitaifa, Kenya Jumanne waliangua kicheko pale Mwakilishi wa Wanawake, Kaunti ya Garissa Bi Shukran Gure alipodai kuwa maafisa wa usalama katika kizuizi cha barabarani cha Madogo, Tana River walimdhulumu kwa kumwita, "Msupuu".
Akitoa taarifa ya kibinafsi  bungeni kulingana na Sheria za Bunge nambari 84, Bi Gure alitaja matamshi ya maafisa hao wa Jeshi la Ulinzi la Kenya (KDF) kama yaliyomdhalilisha "ilhali mimi ni Mheshimiwa aliyechaguliwa na watu wa Kaunti ya Garissa". 

Mheshima Spika kando na kuita majina kama vile ‘mrembo’ ‘msupuu’ maafisa hao wa jeshi ambao hukagua magari katika kizuizi cha Madogo walimhangaisha dereva na mlinzi wangu licha ya wao kujitambulisha kwao," akasema Bi Gure huku wabunge, hasa wanaume wakiangua kicheko kwa sauti za juu. Mbunge huyo aliwataka maafisa wa usalama kuwaheshimu wabunge, hasa wale wa kike. 

Hata hivyo wabunge wanawake wakiongozwa na Wabunge Ceciliy Mbarire (Runyenjes) na Florence Kajuju (Mwakilishi wa wanawake kaunti ya Meru) walionyesha kughadhabishwa na yaliyomsibu mwenzao.
Jaribio na Bi Mbarire ambaye pia ndiye Mwenyekiti wa Chama cha Wabunge Wanawake
(Kewopa) kutaka kuzungumzia suala hilo lilizimwa na Spika Justin Muturi aliyesema kuwa hatua hiyo ni kinyume na Sheria za Bunge.

Kusifiwa
Hata hivyo, kiongozi wa wengi bungeni Aden Duale aligusia suala hilo alipokuwa akishughulikia mswada mwingine, kwa kusema  Bi Gure kuitwa "msupuu" ni sawa na kusifiwa. Wabunge wanawake walilalama kwa sauti za juu, na kupelekea Duale ambaye ni Mbunge wa Garissa Mjini kuondoa kauli hiyo.


Friday, June 13, 2014

WHAT IS THE FATE OF THE ADMINISTRATION POLICE OFFICER IN THE IVORY ARREST IN MOMBASA?


Kenyan police on Thursday impounded 228 full ivory tusks and 74 cut pieces of tusks weighing over three tons at a warehouse in Mombasa, said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) deputy spokesman Paul Muya.

To make the matter more worse, Six Kenya AP's have refused a Five Million (5M) Kenya Shillings (Approx USD 60,000) as kickbacks for the arrest of those Ivories. The six AP officers

who refused Ksh 5M bribe for the over 200 tusks are:


1. Inspector Ahmed Gabow (team leader)
2. Sergent Hassan Mohamed,
3. Sergent Cyrus Mwakio,
4. Constable Ali Abdi Gedi, 

5. Constable Miraj Ali and
6. Constable Kasim Bakari, some seen on the picture above.

 
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa told journalists in Mombasa that the consignment was seized in the wee hours of Thursday at a warehouse awaiting shipment through the port of Mombasa.

“This is a major breakthrough on war against poaching. We are investigating and hunting for more suspects behind this syndicate, “ Marwa said.

Marwa said the ivory pieces are believed to be part of latest smuggling ivory in the country.

Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek said they are interrogating one suspect, identified as Sadiq Abdul Alim, a Kenyan manager working at the yard.

“The police and Kenya Wildlife Service officers have launched investigations to establish the source of the ivory and its owners, “ Mayek told Xinhua in Mombasa.

He said police believe the ivory proceeds are being used to finance radicalization and terrorism activities in the coastal region.


KWS director coast region Arthur Tuda said they suspected the ivory was hacked from more than 100 elephants from Tsavo National Park and other neighboring national parks.

“From the colorization and sizes of ivory its clear most of the elephants are from Tanzania and Congo. They were waiting to be shipped out of the country. It’s a recommendable job,” Tuda said.

The seizure of illegal ivory from Kenya continues despite KWS introducing the canine unit with sniffer dogs on a 24-hour basis at the Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in Mombasa to detect movements of illegal ivory.


The unit has since 2009 netted more than eight tons of raw and worked ivory.


This, according to the wildlife agency, has effectively led to reduced smuggling of illegal trophies. Plans are at an advanced stage by KWS to also introduce sniffer dogs at the Eldoret International Airport as well as other exit and entry points.


The elephant horns are sawn off and ground into a powder which is taken as a curative in most countries in Asia, despite no scientific evidence of medicinal properties.


KWS says the poaching situation calls for a united approach that will not only facilitate the capture of those involved in wildlife crime, but also enhance prosecution of the illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife.


Wildlife crime and related illegal trade is now globally ranked as one of the most serious international crimes.


Recent reports from wildlife conservationists indicated that proceeds of wildlife crime are also used to finance other international crimes including proliferation of illegal firearms, human trafficking and terrorism cartels of which no country or agency can single-handedly manage.

Kenya’s tourism industry depends on its wildlife resources and beach destinations and conservationists have blamed the continued poaching on the ready markets for the criminal networks that harvest the merchandise.

But where are the fate of the AP's who did this work?

Monday, June 09, 2014

KENYA BOMBINGS WATCH

SERIES OF ATTACKS

October 24, 2011
One person killed, more than 20 injured following grenade attack at Mwaura’s bar on Mfangano street. In a second blast the same day, 5 people died and 64 injured when a grenade was tossed into a moving vehicle near the OTC stage in downtown Nairobi.

October 27, 2011
Four people killed after a grenade is thrown at a vehicle ferrying KCSE examination material in Mandera.

24th November 2011
Three people killed in twin grenade attacks on Garissa’s Holiday Inn hotel.

April 4, 2012
Two people killed and 30 injured in grenade attacks at church crusade in Mtwapa.

April 28, 2012
One person is killed and 16 injured at God’s House of Miracles International Church in Ngara, Nairobi.

May 16, 2012
A security guard is killed after two grenades are lobbed into Bella Vista Bar, Mombasa.

May 28, 2012
One person is killed and 30 injured after an explosion rocks Assanands building on Moi Avenue in Nairobi.

June 25, 2012
One person is killed and several others injured during a grenade attack on Jericho pub in Mombasa.

July 1, 2012
17 killed and 40 injured in twin attacks on Garissa AIC and Catholic churches.

July 18, 2012
Four people are injured when two hand grenades explode at a barbershop in Wajir.

July 25, 2012
Three police officers are injured when their patrol hits a landmine.

August 3, 2012
One person is killed and six more injured in Eastleigh in  a suspected grenade attack.

August 28, 2012
Three policemen are killed and over a dozen wounded in a grenade attack during riots in Mombasa over the killing of Islamic cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed.

September 30, 2012
A boy is killed when a grenade is hurled at St Polycarp Anglican Church on Juja Road, Nairobi.

September 21, 2012
Four police officers and three civilians are injured in a series of two explosions. The first explosion targets a GSU lorry and the second explosion went off as officers rushed to the scene.

September 30, 2012
Two police officers are shot dead while on patrol on Ngamia Road in Garissa.

October 27, 2012
CID officer Yussuf Yero is killed in a Hagdera, Dadaab mosque as he reads the Koran.

November 1, 2012
A policeman is shot dead and another seriously injured by assailants in Garissa Town.

November 4, 2012
A policeman is killed and ten others injured in a grenade attack on a church.

November 18, 2012
Ten people are killed and 25 seriously injured when an explosive goes off in a matatu in Eastleigh.

December 5, 2012
An explosion goes off in the Joska area of Eastleigh, Nairobi, killing one person and wounding six others.

December 7, 2012
Five people are killed and eight others injured including Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan in an explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh.

December 19, 2012
Two people are injured after two blasts go off outside Al Amin mosque in Eastleigh.

January 4, 2013
Two people are killed and seven wounded in a grenade attack at Dagahale area in Garissa.

January 7, 2012
Four people including three police officers are seriously wounded in a grenade attack on a police car in Garissa Town.

January 16, 2013
Suspected Islamic militants shoot dead five people and injure three others at a restaurant in Garissa.

January 31, 2013
A blast injures three Kenyan policemen in Dagahalley, Dadaab. The explosion targeted a police vehicle.

February 2, 2013
A KDF soldier is killed in a blast in Wajir thrown at him by a terrorist.

April 18, 2013
Six people are killed and ten others seriously injured after four armed men walk into Kwa Chege Hotel in Garissa and start shooting.

June 9, 2013
Nearly simultaneous attacks in Eastleigh (Nairobi) and Likoni (Mombasa) leave at least 15 people injured.

September 21 2013
Armed gunmen attack the Westgate mall in Westlands, Nairobi, killing at least 63 people and injuring more than 150.

December 13, 2013
Double blasts in Wajir kill one person and injure three.

December 14, 2013
A grenade is thrown onto a minibus in Eastleigh, killing four people and injuring 36 others.

March 31, 2014
Twin explosions kill six people in Eastleigh.

April 23, 2014
A car explodes at the Pangani police station, killing the four occupants: the driver, a passenger, and two police officers.

May 16, 2014
Two bombs killed 10 people and wounded 70 others Friday, tossing bodies into the air at a market in Nairobi

Monday, June 02, 2014

MANDERA NEEDS TO BE PEACEFUL FOR MEANINGFUL DEVELOPMENT

MANDERA, KENYA: 

Police have gunned down two suspected terrorists at a road barrier near Mandera town. According to the police, the two were on a mission to carry out deadly attack within the border town. 

Confirming the incident to the Standard, the Mandera County police Commander Noah Mwivanda said, the police recovered eight hand grenades from their vehicle as the third suspect escaped unhurt. Our officers acting on a tip off from residents waylaid the suspect a head on a road they were to use on their way to the town. The officers erected a temporary roadblock where the suspects were cornered, he said. 

On reaching the police road barrier at Shafshafey village, the terrorists who defied an order to stop hurled three hand grenades at our officers. But our officers engaged them in a fierce gun fight, killing two of them instantly, he added. The officers towed the Probox vehicle to the Mandera police station, where upon searching 8 hand grenades clandestinely wrapped in polythene bags were recovered.

These terrorists were on serious mission to harm innocent Kenyans and destroy their hard earn property. If they would have entered our town undetected today we would have been talking of a massive deaths and destruction, he explained. 


The county police boss said, they suspect the gunned down terrorists were youth recruited from the county and used by the Al-Qaeda inspired Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab to carry out explosive attacks against Kenyans in the North-Eastern region.

PROMINENT SHEIKH KILLED IN GARISSA.....STOP THIS

GARISSA, KENYA: 

Killing of Sheikhs or any other Human being is not a good sign for everyone. Last Night, a prominent Muslim religious leader was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Garissa town on Sunday night just 24 hours, after one person was killed and three others seriously injured. 

Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said Sheikh Abdirashid was shot several times at close range by people armed with guns just a few metres from Khalifa Mosque near Garissa General Hospital where he went for evening prayers (Isha). The Sheikh was one of the few remaining Sheikhs who knew Islam properly and used to preach Islam. The Motives of the Killers is not known.

The Police Boss said the identity of the killers is not yet known. However, he ruled out the hands of the Islamist Somalia militia group, Al-Shabaab which has been blamed for previous killings in the town. Nowadays, any shooting of Important Muslims is viewed as "Internal" struggle between Muslims even if it was done by any other and even non-Muslims...Sorry for this state of Muslims.

"Although the incident just happened last night (8.45 pm) and our officers, led by my OCPD, are still doing more investigations, the circumstance at which the religious leader was gunned down by his attackers is different from the usual Al-Shabaab attacks which usually targets crowded places," he added. "It is too early to speculate about the motive of the killing. The circumstances tell us the assailants had a grudge with the deceased," he said. He said they are investigating possible rivalry the deceased might have had with some of his colleagues opposed to him preaching in some mosques.

According to sources, the sheikh survived a previous similar attack when he was ambushed at a local hotel.

Muslims must guard their few "educated" ones from possible killings as this will practically finish Islam in Future...
GARISSA, KENYA: A prominent Muslim religious leader was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Garissa town on Sunday night just 24 hours, after one person was killed and three others seriously injured. Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said Sheikh Abdirashi was shot several times at close range by people armed with guns just a few metres from Klalifa Mosque near Garissa General Hospital where he went for evening prayers (Isha). He said the identity of the killers is not yet known. However, he ruled out the hands of the Islamist Somalia militia group, Al-Shabaab which has been blamed for previous killings in the town. "Although the incident just happened last night (8.45 pm) and our officers, led by my OCPD, are still doing more investigations, the circumstance at which the religious leader was gunned down by his attackers is different from the usual Al-Shabaab attacks which usually targets crowded places," he added. "It is too early to speculate about the motive of the killing. The circumstances tell us the assailants had a grudge with the deceased," he said. He said they are investigating possible rivalry the deceased might have had with some of his colleagues opposed to him preaching in some mosques.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000123315/prominent-cleric-shot-dead-in-garissa

Sunday, June 01, 2014

KENYANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOMALIS.....

FACTS ABOUT SOMALIS

Somalis are the biggest ethnic group representing cushites of Kenya.

Of all the 42+ tribes of Kenya, Somalis occupy the biggest chunk of land in Kenya, an area more than 10 times of Nyanza province.

Somalis are the sixth biggest tribe in Kenya according to the recent Kenya national bureau of statistics census 2010 with more than 2.35 million people.

The Somali region in Kenya was formerly called the northern frontier districts (NFD) or north eastern and parts of upper eastern provinces.

The Somali region of Kenya was the first part of Kenya to have conducted a referendum way back in 1962. At that time, Somalis wanted to "secede" from Kenya and join their kinsmen of Somalia. It was rejected and hence launched the much talked about "shifta war" which was un-successful.

After the shifta war, the Somali north eastern province was "thoroughly" neglected by the Kenya governments, hence you hear of "marginalization. Basic education, healthcare, security, infrastructure were all absent.

Somalis from 1980's decided to work closely with the rest of Kenyans as one country called Kenya despite effects of marginalization.

Somalis are true nationalists of the Republic of Kenya.

 
 

They believe that, they were the first people to have settled in Kenya, followed by the highland Nilotes (Masaais, Samburus, Kalenjins and Turkana) who they first interacted with.
They were followed by Bantus (Kikuyu, Merus, Luhyas, Kisiis) who came from Cameroon and Congo forests and then by Mijikendas, Kambas, Taita (who came from southern Tanzania, Malawi and as far as Zambia and Mozambique 200 years ago.

Kenya has border with 5 countries and Indian Ocean. Tanzania (taveta, namanga, isebania), Uganda (Busia), south Sudan (Nadapal), Ethiopia (Moyale) and Somalia (Liboi, Elwak, Mandera). Of all these, Kenya-Somalia border is thought to sneak in "foreigners"...and Somalis pass a lot of difficulties to prove they are Kenyans...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I AM A BRITISH CITIZEN NOT A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN ...IT ALSO HAPPENS IN KENYA

Coming through passport control is an ordeal, I am followed on the street and hassled by security services. Not all citizens enjoy the same rights
'I have been detained, questioned and harassed almost every time I have passed through Heathrow airport. In 10 years, only one of my colleagues has been stopped.' Photograph: David Franklin/Getty Images
 
If you are British and think that every British citizen enjoys the same rights, my story and those of thousands of others should convince you otherwise.

I arrived in Britain in 1999 having fled the civil war in my home country, Somalia. My asylum application was approved a year later. During that time I was given accommodation and a weekly food voucher worth £35. For this I will always be grateful.

As soon as I was permitted to seek employment I started looking for a job. I worked in a laundry, a warehouse and as a taxi driver – simply to survive. Later I trained to become a journalist.

I joined Channel 4 News as a reporter, largely covering Africa – a role that required frequent travelling. And that is when my nightmare at the hands of Britain's security services began. I have been detained, questioned and harassed almost every time I have passed through Heathrow airport. In 10 years, only one of my colleagues has been stopped.

During the past five years I have also been repeatedly approached by security services trying to "recruit" me. The incentives they offer range from a "handsome salary" or a "nice car" to a "big house". I have even been told that they "could help me marry four wives". I have declined all their offers. Their psychological tactics include telling me how easy it is for them to take away my British passport and destroy my career – and even my life.

I have received regular phone calls from people I believe to be Special Branch, who invite me for a "chat over coffee". "No thanks, I don't drink coffee," I reply.

As someone who appears on television regularly it is not unusual for strangers to greet you in the street or even ask questions about a particular story you've done. But the people who follow me on the street – the spies (I call them "the Vauxhall guys") – have a different approach. After introducing themselves by their first names they declare their interest. Would I like a chat and a coffee. It won't take long. Their hunting ground is London's Victoria station, which I use regularly.

I go to the EU and British passport holders' queue when returning through Heathrow airport; I observe with interest as fellow travellers file smoothly past border control. Yet when I approach, trouble always follows. "Where are you from?", "How did you obtain a British passport?", "Have you ever been in trouble with immigration?" I answer all their questions courteously and respectfully until the inevitable happens and the official says: "Take a seat, I will be back."

Returning from my most recent trip, I took my regular seat near the control desk. Half an hour later a grey-suited man sat next to me."Hello, how are you?" he asked. "Are you from Somalia? I hear from other Somalis that things are improving now. That is what I would like to talk to you about."

I told him that I didn't particularly want to talk about Somalia and that I just wanted to go home. "Don't try and be difficult," he snapped at me. "I'll detain you if you don't answer my questions." And so it continued for another 15 minutes, during which he continued with his threats and with calling me an "idiot" and a "bad person", claiming "you will die angry and the world would be a better place without people like you". Finally he compared me to "the racist thugs we are fighting".

If there is one thing I've learned from such encounters, it is that carrying a British passport doesn't necessarily make you feel British. I came to this country to seek sanctuary. I am a multi-award winning journalist. I am an immigrant and a refugee – but I am still made to feel like an asylum seeker.

I am a Muslim, an African and a Somali. And should the security services be reading this: I am a British citizen. Please treat me like one.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

PETROLEUM IN KENYA : GARISSA COUNTY, MADOGASHE PROJECT

A Canadian oil firm in Garissa County has suspended all its activities following a disagreement with the locals. According to Francis Karanja, one of Vanoil's directors, the company planned to start the drilling of the first of its two wells in Madogashe-1 on the South Anza basin at a cost of 2.2 million. He however accused residents of the county of putting up unnecessary barriers to the exploration activities.



Friday, January 31, 2014

SOMALI MODEL, UBAH HASSAN's MAJI UMBRELLAS PARTNERS WITH OXFAM AMERICA

Somalian native and fashion model, Ubah Hassan is the creator of Maji Umbrellas.

Her partnership with Oxfam has enabled her to design two umbrellas, the Blue Sahara and the Moonshade, that sell for $40 each and proceeds go towards efforts to provide clean water to the Horn of Africa region that is plagued with drought. The cost of each umbrella will provide clean drinking water for 20 people for a day!


Ubah Hassan, a supermodel of amazing natural beauty and even more amazing natural inner beauty.

Ubah is also an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet ambassador. So, the next time you need a new umbrella or just want to help and don’t know how, purchase a Maji Umbrella and know you’ve made a difference! Be thankful for the rain! Bad hair days and all! We take the simple things in life, like water, for granted.

It is understood by assesments carried by local NGO's in Kenya's drought stricken areas that 90% of the households don't have water and the remaining 10% (with access of water, it is unclean leading to various illnesses. 

Ubah Hassan world-renowned runway supermodel is more than just a pretty face. Asides from promoting fashion trends around the globe, Ubah Hassan plays a large role in promoting social awareness for the drought and famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

As the ambassador of Oxfam’s America Sisters on the Planet and the spokesperson for the FEED program, this model/ activist knows the importance of taking action.

Ubah Hassan was inspired to expand her contribution to the global fight against hunger when in 2011 the United Nations declared a famine in her native country of Somalia. She created the non-for-profit organization Maji Umbrellas to improve the access of clean water within the Horn of Africa. With the $40 purchase of each umbrella, 20 people will be provided with a days worth of drinkable water. The profits from Maji Umbrellas also go towards funding sustainable solutions to water shortages, which devastates millions of people around the world. 

The word “Maji” in Swahili means “water” and Hassan hopes that when people are sporting her umbrellas they understand the role they are playing in helping to provide clean access to water. The umbrella also symbolizes the importance of rain, especially in areas where water shortages are persistent and major cause of death and diseases.

 According to the United Nations, 1 in 8 people lack access to clean drinkable water. Ubah Hassan knows first-handedly the feeling of constant thirst when she and her family fled warn torn Somalia at the age of 7. With such a strong personal connection to this cause Ubah Hassan is committed to bringing people together through her Maji Umbrellas.

 “As a model I promote luxury goods; handbags, shoes, couture clothing. But as an activist, social entrepreneur and native of Somalia, I know what real luxury is; access to clean water”- Ubah Hassan

Monday, January 20, 2014

SOMALIS HAVE INVESTED IN EASTLEIGH AND ARE GOING NO WHERE.......


 



This is the agony of a Mother in Eastleigh.“I sent my son to the supermarket only to hear he was caught and arrested at Pangani Police station” said Sahara Hassan, a resident in Eastleigh.

The police themselves frequently carry out massive swoops – arresting anyone who looks like a Somali.


Recently after a thorough check on daily police swoop in Eastleigh, a reader of my blog wrote the following:

"It is very unfortunate and discriminatory to subject all somali people intimidation and unjustifiable harassment by security forces under the pretext of fighting insecurity and ensuring security yet all they are after is to loot and collect bribe from Somali people irrespective of whether is a citizen, refugee or criminal/alshabab member as long as he or she is vulnerable to intimidation and fear which can cause him or her pay out for his/her freedom!!.

In the context of this unconstitutional and illegal misconduct of govt security forces, one can clearly foresee and conclude that insecurity threat the country face is from within the country security institutions and not from external/outside factors. The illegal immigrants living within the country came through either road, air or sea manned by various government officers and due to the failure to perform their work as stipulated by their term of reference created this disorder and threat faced by the country yet they earn their monthly pay from the taxpayers pocket!! Now that their act of omission and commission became a real monster that have caused death and destruction to their innocent citizens and others, they now came up with unpopular and nonviable security measures to further pursue the mass looting and bribe collection under the cover of ensuring security and stability laced with public opinion manipulation to divert their attention and won their unlimited support!!

This is absolutely misplaced sensitive priority and immediate intervention and wisdom is needed to tackle and resolve the threat of insecurity both in short and long term period the country and public face because the current measures and strategy will not only further the level of insecurity but will sow the seed of division, hatred and mistrust among the people of the country which is not good for the country stability, development and prosperity. The leadership of the country must approach the insecurity threat and other multi societal, religious and cultural problems with wisdom, all inclusive and consultative solution to promote team work, unity and harmony in the country.

The Security and Stability of our Nation(Kenya) is every one responsibility including the foreigners and visitors living or staying few days in the country because insecurity affect the life and property of everybody so let us promote and contribute the country stability and security through unity and teamwork. Let us remain patience and safeguard the spirit of nationhood and unity with justice and fairness as our strong shield."

EASTLEIGH - LITTLE MOGADISHU

 


Call it "the city within a city," "Mogadishu ndogo (The Small Mogadishu)" or whatever name, Eastleigh district in the Kenya capital city of Nairobi is without doubt the most vibrant and budding commercial hub in Eastern Africa, generating billions of shillings in taxes remittance to the local and central governments of Kenya daily. The area is inhabited by Somalis, both of Kenya and Somalia(The refugees).

The area is swiftly growing and investors have found it an apt destination for their money. Hundreds of buildings are under construction, others superbly furnished. Commercialists mainly of the Somali ethnic community have enthusiastically dominated the estate in its entirety. Moreover, despite the trouble met by the Kenyan-Somalis and Somalis in Kenya, they endeavor to engage in an exceptional profitable and productive commerce. Insecurity also threatens to scare away business people. Entrepreneurs normally fall victim of daytime robbery while the security agencies appear less concerned. Many were killed at the doorstep of their business premises by unknown assailants.

However, the picture is different at Night, The Resident, majority of Somali ethic group tgether with other minorities, Boranas, Oromos, Ethiopians are constantly under police harrasment and arrests especially at night. Residents sight police harassment as a major setback to potential investors in Eastleigh.

“They demand bribes as an exchange for their freedom” says a resident who opted to remain anonymous.

The police regularly conduct impromptu swoop in the area rounding up people they claim are illegal immigrants. During such exercises even Kenyan citizens of Somali ethnicity are caught their possession of the nationality cards notwithstanding.

Due to the dominance by the ethnic Somali community, Eastleigh is seen by many as a sanctuary for Somali pirates and Islamist extremists like Al Shabaab and other Al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Many have the notion that monies received during hijacking of ships at the Somali coast finds its way here as commercial investment. Police officers especially after dark, immediately round up Somalis on the pretext of insecurity, membership to gang groups or of being terrorists.

Then, it is understood some knife-wielding gang, known as Superpower, has also added salt to the injury. They are said to be attacking businesses and individuals with impunity— mostly at dawn and dusk and Police are after them. When the police catch someone, They will ask him/her to give "kitu kidogo" or accuse them as "alledged" members of this group. This makes the victim to pay someone for his release and this method has prompted even media entities to call easleigh as an ATM(Automated Teller Machine), a situation where residents are caught and pay the police some money.

Tracing the origin of the The superpower's dreaded criminals, Starehe CID boss Ndumba says that a few years ago a group of wealthy business owners in Eastleigh created a vigilante to provide protection. But the businessmen later decided to withdraw their financial support for fear of being accused of financing a terrorist group. This was after a series of bombings in Eastleigh since 2011. It is yet unclear if Superpower has links to terrorists like Al Shabaab.

His arguments are echoed by Eastleigh North chief Paul Ngugi, who in an earlier interview with The Nairobian said Somali business leaders are thought to have bankrolled the gang. But like the Frankenstein monster, it has acquired a life of its own and turned on its creators. Today, according to the police, most complaints lodged against the gang are from the business community.

The police has confirmed that a major pending operation against the gang is already being conducted — a position Nairobi County police boss Benson Kibue seemed to confirm, even though he declined to give details. “Something major will be done, just wait,” said Kibue and we don't know if this is what is causing grief to the residents. The crackdown and harassment of Somalis in Eastleigh has already damaged an economy that is worth "billions of dollars" to Kenya, said Farah, the lecturer at Nairobi University.

"Kenya's government is going overboard," he said. "These security concerns mean they're undertaking a relocation that is illegal, won't solve the problem, will alienate refugees and rights activists. And they're going to lose money."


Police are raiding even matatus without neccesarily following procedures. If you are a Somali, even a Kenyan Somali, with an official Identification document(ID) is arrested, and is told to pay some few money to secure his release or else, he/she will be an "alledged" Superpower and taken to custody.
 

Recently, nearly 50 aliens were arrested in a police swoop in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area in which the Eastleigh North County Rep Osman Adow, said has become a norm. The County representative alleged that police officers demanded up to Sh 30,000 to free those arrested. Starehe police commander Samuel Anmpiu denied the claims adding that any one caught would be dismissed.

“Any officer found to be taking bribes and wrongfully arresting innocent Kenyans will be dealt with,” he said.

This is the agony of a Mother in Eastleigh.

“I sent my son to the supermarket only to hear he was caught and arrested at Pangani Police station” said Sahara Hassan, a resident in Eastleigh. A big number of Somali refugees live in Eastleigh.

But, Wasia Masitsa, a lawyer working with Kituo cha Sheria, which provides legal aid to refugees in Eastleigh, said police were arbitrarily arresting people of Somali origin.

“We have a lot of Kenyan Somalis who have even been victims of police swoops and other forms of violations,” he said.

“The government has not been able to establish a very credible nexus between the presence of refugees in the city and the insecurity,” he said. Yet, you get a very deep sense of growing xenophobia against Somalis be they refugees or even Kenyan Somalis.


"You can't castigate an entire community. You can't blame all Somali refugees for the attacks." adds LeilaWaithira, A lawyer

AL-SHABAAB "ALLEDGED" BOMBS

There are a series of attacks alledgegedly carried out by al-shabaab. Anything that goes off, as in a bomb form is attributed as Somalis have done. Majority of Somalis are peace-loving people except some few radical elements. People know this, but out of frustration or maybe even just ignorance, they want to blame everything on Somalis. They have top blame on their adversaries. something - someone they can see, not some group that is just a word to them.

You don’t need much to see what is mutating. Some in Kenya are translating the war on al-Shabab as a war on Somalis. They have little adequate background on who al-Shabab are. They do not have much sympathy anymore of the reasons why hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled from Somalia in the first place.
The country’s leadership sometimes does not help. When the grenade and improvised bomb attacks begun in October 2011, the then internal security deputy minister, the late Orwa Ojode, referred to al-Shabab as a snake whose tail may be in Somalia but the head is in Eastleigh and it must be decapitated. The statement was seriously faulted as irresponsible and with the ability to raise serious reprisals.

It did raise tensions and following every attack, fingers have been pointed at al-Shabab and by extension the Somali community – whether or not anybody has claimed responsibility. While there are a number of theories about who's behind the attacks, the most common explanation is that al-Shabab fighters and sympathisers are retaliating for Kenya's ongoing presence in southern Somalia.

    


Another is that al-Qaeda agents are trying to drive a wedge between Kenya's ethnic and religious groups, or that Somali inter-clan feuds are spilling over. For their part, many Somali refugees accuse Kenyan security agents of carrying out attacks to spur an anti-Somali backlash.

The clashes that have rocked Eastleigh in recently just go to show the deep mistrust between non-Somalis and ethnic or even Kenyan Somalis. Buildings owned by Somalis are pelted with stones and looted. We have heard reports of Somalis being beaten up. After the Sunday explosion the media reported on Somalis being forced out of public service vehicles. The police themselves frequently carry out massive swoops – arresting anyone who looks like a Somali.

Don’t get me wrong –I’m not saying that the security arm should not do its job. It’s a known fact that Eastleigh is a conduit for small arms. Police have on many occasions recovered explosive materials, grenades and guns in the homes or shops of some.






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Friday, January 03, 2014

CREATION OF SISTER CITIES: WAJIR &

The Mayor of Edina Mr Jim Hovland with the Senator of Wajir Abdirahman Ali and the secretary of the economic council of Wajir council Dr Siyad Abdullahi. The creation of sister cities program in the pipele!!

KCPE: NEP COUNTIES KAMA KAWAIDA

Wajir East, Wajir West, wajir North and Mandera West ranks ahead of Garissa in the list of 50 Bottom Counties!..Balambala ijoins Fafi in the bottom champions, What a contrast to the Results before.

Atleast Lafey District in Mandera County escaped the bottom 50 Net.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

TWIN BOMB ATTACKS IN WAJIR - KENYA


Seven people who were shot at during the twin attacks in Wajir on Thursday evening were on Friday afternoon airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

Wajir County Commissioner Naftali Mung’athia said the seven had bullets lodged in various parts of their bodies and could not get treatment at Wajir general hospital where they had been taken after the 8pm incident. Police also recovered a grenade that failed to detonate after it was hurled at residents outside a studio near Baraza Park in the centre of the town.

“We suspect that the attackers were not the al-Shabaab militia but their sympathizers because the attack was not well coordinated. If they were the al-Shabaab we would have had more collateral damage,” Mr Mung’athia told Reporters on phone.

The county governor Ahmed Abdullahi and the county commissioner visited the injured at the hospital and promised to work together to prevent such attacks. Mr Mung’athia said the attackers arrived in the town in a taxi and hurled the grenades where one person died on the spot before driving off and shooting other residents at the ADC market about a kilometre away. (READ: Twin blasts kill one and injure scores in Wajir attack)

YET TO ARREST ATTACKERS

The county security committee met on Friday morning and laid down plans on how to tackle the security menace that is threatening peace in the region. Speaking to the Nation on Thursday evening, Mr Mung’athia said security officers were pursuing the attackers but none had been arrested at the time of writing. Residents who spoke to the Nation blamed the police for not divulging reports after concluding their investigations but Mr Mung’athia promised to reveal everything on the attacks.

“We have enough personnel in the town to maintain security but the main challenge is along the porous border point. We are appealing to the government to increase our personnel around those areas to assist us secure the county,” said Mr Mung’athia.

The governor said there were few security officers in the county and asked the National government to supplement them to help improve security.
 

During the Jamhuri Day celebrations, Wajir leaders called on the government to employ more police reservists to help curb cases of increased insecurity. Wajir South MP Abdullahi Diriye said the main problem in the area was lack of enough security officers and linked recent attacks at Liboi area to the shortage.

He pointed out several areas in Wajir South and Wajir East where there are no police posts saying they were prone to attacks.

The county commander urged the residents to embrace the Nyumba Kumi initiative to improve their security, saying residents needed to know their neighbours for improved security.