Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate: truth or hoax?

A copy of a Kenyan birth certificate showing US President Barack Obama’s actual birth place as Mombasa, Kenya has been released. However, the authenticity of the birth certificate is yet to be confirmed.

A copy of what is claimed to be a Kenyan birth certificate showing President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

A copy of what is claimed to be a Kenyan birth certificate showing President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

What’s the big deal about Obama’s birth? Well, according to the Constitution of the United States, any person becoming President of the United States must have been born on American soil. This means that naturalized American citizens are not eligible for the presidency.

If it is proved that Obama was not born in the United States, then his legitimacy as President will be cast in doubt. The matter is that serious.

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Kibaki creates 20 provinces; ethnic clashes now feared

UPDATE – 22nd July 2009:

The Standard has reliably learnt that the number of sub-provinces is now 22 after two were added, reportedly to accommodate interests of certain communities in Nyanza and Rift Valley.

Southern Nyanza, which was initially lumped together with Eastern Nyanza, will now have its headquarters in Homa Bay. Eastern Nyanza will be administered from Kisii town and cater for the Gusii and Kuria. Also added to the list is Western Rift, to be governed from Kericho town. It was originally part of Western Rift Valley, which will now be called Eastern Rift with offices in Eldoret.

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After he was warned against splitting Kenya’s provinces, President Mwai Kibaki has resorted to deceptive tactics to impose 20 new provinces through a bizarre concept of “sub-provinces.”

The new provincial units created by President Mwai Kibaki

The new provincial units created by President Mwai Kibaki

In an unexpected political maneuver last week, the President made far reaching changes in the Provincial administration. Not only did he replace at least 6 Provincial Commissioners, but he also introduced 20 deputy provincial commissioners to be in charge of the 20 “sub-provinces.” Meanwhile, all 210 constituencies have been declared as districts but the final district tally is 254, meaning that some constituencies have more than one district!

The interesting fact is that the President’s Party of National Unity (PNU) had earlier proposed splitting the country into 20 provinces. The proposal was however rejected by majority of legislators. Even ex-President Daniel arap Moi, who lately supports Kibaki, rejected the proposal arguing that it will worsen ethnic tensions especially in the Rift Valley Province.

There are now fears of a resurgence of ethnic clashes as the new provincial borders appear aligned on ethnic lines. For instance, the larger Nyanza Province was split into Kisumu and Kisii sub-provinces. Western Province has been split into Bungoma and Kakamega sub-provinces to separate the Bukusu community from the rest of the Luhyas.

In the Rift Valley, the Maasai have been given Narok sub-province, the Kikuyu have Nakuru sub-province while the Kalenjin have been allocated Eldoret sub-province. The pastoral communities of the Pokot, Turkana and Samburu will be administered from Lodwar sub-province.

Central Province has been split into three: Thika, Nyandarua and Nyeri sub-provinces.

The Kamba ethnic group now have the Machakos sub-province.  Embu sub-province will administer the Embu, Meru, Tharaka and Nithi ethnic groups. The nomadic communities in the northern sector of Eastern Province now fall under the Marsabit sub-province. Likewise, the Somali dominated North Eastern province has been split into Wajir and Garissa sub-provinces.

At the coast, the Taita have a sub-province at Voi, while the Mijikenda will have Mombasa sub-province. The rest of the Coastal communities, including the Pokomo and the Bajuni have been clustered under the Malindi sub-province.

Districts with a mixed ethnic composition will experience ethnic tension as controversy emerges over which sub-province will administer those districts. For instance, will the Kalenjin prefer Nakuru sub-province or Eldoret sub-province? In Western Province, which Luhya sub-tribes will want themselves under Bungoma sub-province and which ones will prefer the Kakamega sub-province?

Some districts in Nyanza Province have a mixed Luo and Kisii ethnic composition. Will such districts be placed under the Kisumu sub-province or under the Kisii sub-province? Where will the Kuria ethnic group be placed? Will they demand a sub-province of their own?

In Eastern Province, there will be tension over Isiolo District. The Meru will want it placed under their Embu sub-province but the nomadic groups will want it under Marsabit sub-province. The presence of significant Somali and Samburu populations in Isiolo will complicate the equation.

North Eastern province is ethnically homogeneous but clan affiliation among the Somali is very strong. Which Somali clans will prefer the Wajir sub-province as opposed to the Garissa sub-province?

It appears that President Kibaki does not understand the danger of what he has just done. Everybody – including the international community – warned him against splitting provinces but he has thrown caution to the wind and implemented his diabolical plan. How can a leader get things so wrong?

Should clashes arise from the creation of sub-provinces, Kibaki must bear full responsibility for deaths, injuries and the destruction of property. The beneficiaries of this sinister political strategy should likewise share the blame.

Charges Kibaki and Raila will face at The Hague

President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and their loyalists will answer charges of planning, financing and executing the deaths of at least 1,500 people in the period between December 2007 and April 2008.


Kibaki will answer charges relating to the use or misuse of the security services while Raila will be called upon to account for the actions of his supporters who were recorded in the international media chanting, “No Raila, No peace!!”

For Kibaki, the abductions, torture and disappearances of thousands of suspected Mungiki members could very well become a serious issue at The Hague. Kibaki lieutenants Uhuru Kenyatta, Njenga Karume, Kabando wa Kabando, Professor George Saitoti and others will answer for their roles in organizing revenge attacks by militia groups such as Mungiki. Prof Saitoti may face trial because he was appointed Minister for Internal Security in January 2008 as the violence began to peak. Saitoti is also on record as supporting the extra-judicial executions of Mungiki members (EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, its confusing, but The Hague will determine once and for all who ordered which killings).

Raila cohorts, William Ruto, Professor Peter Anyang Nyongo, Najib Balala, Jackson Kibor, John Pesa among many others will explain their utterances which were widely broadcast across the world and whose tapes are still in the possession of media houses. Raila will be held to account largely on the basis that the cries of “No Raila, no peace,” were made by his supporters. William Ruto will be forced to explain why severe ethnic violence took place in his backyard and why most of the victims blame him.

Nyong’o is on record justifying violence with arguments that, “one tribe cannot be allowed to dominate the country.” Kibor admitted on BBC radio of his involvement in ethnic cleansing at the Rift Valley while John Pesa is quoted instructing his constituents to take over businesses owned by migrant ethnic groups.

Najib Balala made the infamous “Lesotho” remark and has been implicated in funding violence at the coastal city of Mombasa. According to the Waki Report on Post Election Violence, Mombasa youths were given a daily stipend to engage in widespread looting of homes and businesses owned by immigrant ethnic groups.

Kenya Armed Forces pictures

The worsening crisis in Somalia, followed by reports of deployments of Kenyan troops along the Kenya – Somalia border has generated lots of interest in our armed forces.

Due to severe restrictions on information flow, it is not easy for ordinary members of the public to see what exactly our military and police forces do behind the scenes. Here below, the Nairobi Chronicle presents pictures of our national armed forces.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: These are NOT pictures of Operation Linda Mpaka that is ongoing at the Somali border.

Kenya Airforce F-5 fighter jet roaring over the skies. The F5 is Kenya's principal air superiority fighter jet.

Kenya Airforce F-5 fighter jet roaring over the skies. The F5 is Kenya's principal air superiority fighter jet.

Kenya Army soldiers manning a mortar during field operations.

Kenya Army soldiers manning a mortar during field operations.

Kenya Army soldiers marching during a field exercise.

Kenya Army soldiers marching during a field exercise.

Kenya Navy vessels in the high seas.

Kenya Navy vessels in the high seas.

A paramilitary unit armed with G-3 rifles on the look-out.

A paramilitary unit armed with G-3 rifles on the look-out.

Kenya Army soldiers attending a classroom session.

Kenya Army soldiers attending a classroom session.

Any of you have similar pictures? Please send to nairobichronicle@live.com

Protect yourself from crime

For many years, the city of Nairobi has been synonymous with high crime levels but the recent crime wave has assumed a level of viciousness never before seen by city residents. And it is not just Nairobi that is suffering: rural areas have been hard-hit as well.

Most Kenyans are already used to robberies, burglaries, pickpocketing and car-jacking. The latest crime wave includes kidnapping, gang-rape, sodomy and senseless murder. In a rather disturbing turn of criminal trends, there are many cases where bodies are found with cash and other valuables still intact.

Hijacking of buses followed by the mass rape of female passengers has instilled fear among the travelling public. Even men are not immune from sexual assault. People have been abducted from the streets and forced to withdraw all their money from ATM machines. One unlucky victim was kept by gangsters for more than three days because of the daily withdrawal limit. Cattle rustling has spread from the usual hotspots of northern Kenyan and taken hold in Laikipia, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Ukambani, Luo Nyanza and Western province.

What is driving this new wave of brutality by Kenyans against other Kenyans? The global economic crisis has resulted in thousands of people losing their jobs, or watching their business incomes decline. There are millions of youth in Kenya with little prospects of getting a job and who have lost faith in their society.

A dysfunctional ruling class has cheapened the value of human life so much that the deaths of 1,500 people in post election violence counts for nothing. Many Kenyans lost family and friends to the violence. The 500,000 who became homeless and destitute have received little help. The post election violence had profound negative impacts on Kenya’s psychology and this will take a long time to heal.

As a result of rising danger, it is imperative that everybody takes personal responsibility for their own security. Anyone can be a victim given the wrong set of unfortunate circumstances. Here are a few tips to practice everyday:

  1. Learn to trust your instincts: if something or somebody makes you uncomfortable, leave immediately.
  2. Be alert to your surroundings in order to detect anything abnormal.
  3. Avoid deserted lanes, footpaths and highways.
  4. Avoid staying out late in the night.
  5. As much as possible, get a friend to accompany you to a bar or club in order to minimize the chances of getting your food or drinks spiked with drugs.
  6. Do not pick strangers in the bar or the streets. Many men have lost possessions after they were drugged by commercial sex workers.
  7. Do not give out personal information to strangers. Do not discuss your personal details or travel plans in a public area. Potential kidnappers could take advantage of such information to target you.
  8. Do not give out account details and passwords over the telephone or email. Banks and credit card agencies will never ask for such information in such a manner.
  9. Minimize night travel on long-distance buses.
  10. Do not walk around with jewellery, expensive mobile phones and laptop computers.
  11. Avoid carrying large sums of cash. In these days of M-Pesa, Zap, bankers cheques and electronic cash transfers, it is unnecessary to move around with huge wads of money.
  12. Do not use ATM machines late at night. Even during the day, avoid isolated ATMs or those located directly on busy streets.
  13. For those going out on blind dates (thanks to the Internet), never agree to meet in an isolated location. Do not allow your new date to take you away from public view. You could become a victim of kidnapping.
  14. When visiting public parks (Uhuru Park, Arboretum, Mama Ngina Drive, Hippo Point, Menengai Crater), make sure you leave by nightfall. Thugs usually take advantage of the sunset to launch attacks.
  15. If you happen to be attacked by criminals, co-operate and never look them in the eye.

Teach these tips to your children. Its not about being paranoid: it is about staying safe. Being alert is not the same as being scared.

Raila toilet talk diminishes own stature

Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s toilet story has not only stunned many but served to undermine the personality of a man who, only a year ago, was regarded as an alternative to President Mwai Kibaki.

Speaking at the coastal city of Mombasa, Raila told a public gathering that he had been allocated a smaller toilet than what the President would have been given. Raila was visibly angry at the absence of the Coast Provincial Commissioner at the launch of the National Oceans and Fisheries Policy.

The statements have left Kenyans wondering how someone of Raila’s stature can engage in petty quarrels and in public. But Raila was not done: he went on to insult President Kibaki as “primitive.” Raila further said that the President is operating in a “Jua Kali” manner. The term Jua Kali is a Swahili phrase used to denote informal businesses such as hawking and roadside contractors.

Nowhere else on earth will a Prime Minister or senior government official get away with such remarks. Not only are such statements a sign of insolence but are treasonable in certain countries. However, with Kibaki’s weak leadership, Raila is unlikely to lose his job. What he has lost though is much respect from people who once admired him.

“If you hate your job so much, why not resign?” is the question in the minds of many.

“Did we vote for you so that you can ride big cars, walk on red carpets and get exquisite toilets?” others are asking.

Last Saturday, with the collapse of the Kilaguni talks, Raila’s ODM party denied claims by Kibaki allies concerning pettiness on the part of the Prime Minister and his handlers.

Apparently, ODM was not happy with accommodation arrangements that put the Prime Minister in a hotel room far from the President. Other claims indicate that ODM functionaries were miffed that they were getting smaller mattresses and blankets than their PNU counterparts.

At the time, everybody dismissed the claims as a fabrication aimed at soiling Raila’s reputation but yesterday, Kenyans heard it from his own mouth. The real reason behind his grievances against Kibaki lie in the fact that he is not getting the recognition he feels he deserves.

“I am the Prime Minister and President Kibaki should be courteous enough to consult me as his partner in this coalition … it makes me feel embarrassed before the public when he contradicts or makes decisions of national importance without my knowledge,” said the Prime Minister.

Kenyans are fast getting disillusioned with the Grand Coalition of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The country is facing serious challenges in the form of raging famine, persons displaced by ethnic clashes, an out-of-control police force and a diminishing international reputation. At the moment, Uganda has virtually annexed a Kenyan island with little response by the Kenya government. The country is adrift, floating in the big bad world without direction and waiting for the next storm to hit.

As the people suffer in hunger, disease, poverty and crime, the leaders are busy fighting it out for limousines, red carpets and … toilets.

What a pity.


With reports by the Daily Nation and Standard newspapers.


A violent lesson lost to history

After the deaths of over 1,300 people in election violence in early 2008, there was widespread expectation that the brief civil war experience would sober up Kenya’s leadership style.

With the effects of ethnic hatred exposed for all to see, it was assumed that nobody would be foolish enough to play similar games in future. National dialogue would chart a fresh approach to Kenya’s government and management of national resources. Former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said that it would no longer be business as usual in Kenya.

Alas, the world was mistaken. Even Kenyans themselves did not know how far deep our politics had sunk. Hardly had the grand coalition been formed than it became business as usual in terms of corruption, tribalism, nepotism and sleaze.

If anything, we are witnessing today the worst looting frenzy in Kenyan history. Never before have ruling elites sought to enrich themselves so quickly. Perhaps, only Nigeria provides some precedence. The cruel, corrupt leadership in Kenya is fully aware that the country will explode at any time and are busy engorging themselves on the fat of the land as hunger pangs ravage 10 million of their subjects.

Meanwhile, the running of government is marred in leadership squabbles that have rendered it weak and incompetent.

Legislators cannot agree on the simple matter of forming an electoral body. As a result, Kenya today lacks an organization to supervise elections and if a situation were arose necessitating an election, the country would be caught in utter helplessness.

A clearly defined selection process agreed by all parties was disrupted by a politician who nominated his college buddy as head of the Interim Electoral Commission. The nominee, lawyer Cecil Miller, did not submit his name to the nominations panel but still made it to the top of the list. Not surprisingly, the nomination was rejected by parliament but legislators were more upset by Miller’s ethnicity than the manner of his nomination.

The country’s politicians are split on firing the Minister for Agriculture, under whose watch millions of bags of government maize went missing. The minister has refused to resign even after his close allies were implicated in the scam. As a result, maize is in short supply and it’s price becoming unaffordable to the majority.

Instead of looking at the scandal as a criminal case, politicians have tribalized it in a manner that could re-ignite ethnic clashes. Last week, as Parliament debated Agriculture Minister William Ruto, there were reports that his kinsmen were sharpening the knives ready for war. It is said this alone played a major role in “convincing” legislators to vote “wisely.” The other factor is the millions of shillings spent by Ruto in bribing parliamentarians.

Scandal after scandal is wrecking Kenya from within. Apart from the disappearance of maize from government stores, fuel worth billions of shillings is missing from government-owned storage tanks. The Minister for Energy, a close friend of President Mwai Kibaki, has refused to resign.

Politicians cannot agree on the formation of a tribunal to prosecute those who incited, planned and funded the post election violence. The key persons are top politicians close to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Some have vowed not to go down alone, hence procrastination by the President and Prime Minister. Ironically, the crimes-against-humanity suspects now want to be sent to the International Criminal Court. Why? In their calculation, it will be years before The Hague collects enough evidence against them.

Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by post election violence remain in camps because politicians simply do not want them back. Since the 1990s, Kenyan politicians have used ethnic violence to drive away groups that oppose them. It is ethnic cleansing designed to guarantee friendly votes. None other than Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has been quoted supporting the ethnic evictions.

Last weekend, in a desperate bid to revive his declining public ratings, Raila revisited the ethnic issue. He reiterated his support for a federal republic of ethnically distinct regions. Anyone familiar with Kenyan politics knows what ethnic federalism portends: evictions, looting, rape and killings.

A plot to help the government of South Sudan break a United Nations arms embargo was exposed when a ship carrying Russian made tanks was hijacked in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates. Apparently, this was not the first shipment.

Stuck with a grotesque caricature of government, Kenyans are wondering what it will take to bring about a people-friendly and visionary leadership. If the deaths of 1,300 Kenyans could not restore sanity in the country’s governance, what will?

How many people must die from hate speech before Kenya’s rulers are full to the brim in the blood of innocents? How many children must die of hunger before the government can respond? How much must be looted before thieving politicians eat rotten beans in jail?

More importantly, how much more can Kenyans take?