Saturday, 17 November 2012

Limkokwing University Malaysia Pays Tribute to a "Leader with the Heart of a Lion"

The President of Limkokwing University, Malaysia Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing also presents PM Raila Odinga with Honorary PhD.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga was earlier this morning conferred a Honorary Doctorate of Leadership in Societal Development from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

According to the official programme, the university celebrated the conferment of the Honorary Doctorate Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga at their Hall of Fame, Limkokwing University .

Raila was conferred with his doctorate by the University’s Founder and President, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr. Lim Kok wing in a grand ceremony to be held at the university's Hall of Fame.

Limkokwing University is an international University with a global presence across 4 continents. With over 25000 students coming from more than 144 countries, studying in its 12 campuses in Botswana, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malaysia, United Kingdom and United States, the University has established worldwide recognition through its innovative brand of creative education merging the best of east and west education.

The university has awarded honorary doctorates in Humanity, Innovation in Education, Social Transformation and Leadership to a few individuals around the world and some of the esteemend recipients in Africa to date are Dr Festus G. Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana - and one of the rare winners of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership worth USD5million - and  Former South African President and Nobel Peace Price winner Nelson Mandela.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Orange Party Launches ODM Mashinani Drive Nationwide

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will this Sunday 18/11/2012 launch the ODM Mashinani initiative simultaneously in all the 47 counties.
The initiative which is a joint venture of both the National Secretariat of the ODM and the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat will be launched at all the County offices of the party with an aim of spreading the party policies and ideologies to the masses.

According to Mr. Eliud Owalo, the head of the Presidential Campaign Secretariat, "the sensitization and liaison with all the relevant stakeholders to this effect is underway" to ensure smooth operation during the event.

Director of Political Affairs at the Presidential Secretariat Mr. Ngunjiri Wambugu is in-charge of the coordination on the side of the Presidential Campaign Secretariat while Ms. Janet Ongera, the ODM Executive Director will do the same from the Party Secretariat.

The ODM Mashinani launch will be driven by the party structures at Branch/County level, but will integrate the efforts and active participation of all ODM MPS, aspirants on ODM ticket for all positions, the ODM Women's league and Youth league structures at county level, and all ODM members and supporters of both the Party and the Presidential Candidate.

Other than the overall objective of ODM Mashinani which is grassroots mobilization of support for Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, the theme of the launch will be sensitization of the youth to acquire IDS in our strongholds, Voter registration, and party membership/development of a data base.



Sunday, 11 November 2012

FORA Re-brands, Condemns Tribal Alliances and Shuttle Diplomacy


11 November 2012

After a two day intensive consultation and re-energizing retreat, FORA has come up with a thorough national road map to guarantee Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s victory in the 1st round in the forthcoming general elections. To this end, we are pleased to announce that to completely refocus our energies on the March 2013 General Elections, we have Re-branded ourselves and will now become ‘Friends of Raila (FORA) 2013.

We as frontline friends of the Prime Minister are happy to anchor his resolve to peg his Presidential Campaign on the promise to address key challenges and grievances of each and every of our various communities.

It is a fact that each of Kenya’s 42 tribes, immigrant communities and the various religious, business, professional, sports and cultural groups have unique needs and challenges which remain unaddressed for many years. Some of these challenges are the cause of negative ethnicity, negative politics, ethnic tensions, religious suspicions, underdevelopment and suspicions between our people.

To his credit the Prime Minister and indeed the ODM fraternity have dug deep, done a dichotomy and realized that working out specific remedies for these unique circumstances is the sure way to heal the country while moving it forward at the same time.

As loyal disciples of the Prime Minister, we have thus worked out and intend to roll out a very powerful door to door campaign to market this new plan to Kenyan voters.

This will ensure that Rt. Hon Raila Odinga’s victory will be a true victory for all Kenyans and the beginning of the long awaited true liberation of our people.

FORA also wants to firm up the Prime Minister’s issue oriented and progressive politics by mainstreaming the national agenda in the campaigns. This we know revolves around reforms, implementation of the new constitution, fast tracking economic growth, catalyzing national cohesion plus youth and women empowerment through high quality education and job creation.

This is directly opposed to the PM’s bitter opponents whose only agenda in the campaigns is the International Criminal Court (ICC), Raila bashing and ethnic engineering. Clearly our opponents have no national agenda for the benefit of Kenyans and it appears if they cheat their way to power they will stagnate the country.

We have noted with deep concern and trepidation that our opponents are making concerted efforts to make the ICC process the central theme of the next General Elections to the exclusion of matter that affect the development, welfare and wellbeing of the majority of Kenyans and is setting out to build Election Alliances built around ethnic engineering and ICC brinkmanship.

We have further noted that the TNA leadership is involved in suspicious diplomacy centred around states that have previously been involved or affected by Genocide such as Burundi and Rwanda, not to mention their recent dalliances with the MRC leadership, be it via proxies.

Whereas the TNA is free to undertake whatever form of diplomacy or enter into agreements with whichever groups (legal or illegal) as it so wishes, we are becoming increasingly concerned that Kenya is being dragged into illicit secret relationships with our neighbours based on personal tribulations of individuals and to pursue selfish agendas rather than the wider national interests of all Kenyans.

Since when did visits to our neighbours and trading partners by Cabinet Ministers and a Deputy Premier become focused on their personal cases at the Hague rather than issues such as trade, security, export, regional cooperation and the welfare of the citizens of the two friendly nations.

Kenyans have several pressing and important issues such as poverty, terrorism, floods and hunger that need addressing yet we are transforming our trading partners into Hague Henchmen of a few and Building Political Alliances centered around the ICC rather than developing joint ideologies for development and the welfare of all Kenyan.

We therefore wish to warn our neighbours and trading partners that Kenya is not on trial at the Hague, neither are the communities from where the suspects hail and they should avoid getting dragged into politics of deceit and personal self-preservation.

We also wish to warn against the trend of forming alliances based on personal and tribal interests of the party leaders but rather on the wider KENYAN AGENDA.

Signed by the National Chairman Micah Kigen and Ag. Secretary General Risper Kemunto