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By Allan Chekwech (Sebei-Uganda) Posted 16th June 2015. 


One of the giants from the Sebei sub-region, Johnson Bartile Toskin, is no more. The former MP, headmaster, RDC and spymaster died in a motor crash on the Iganga-Tirinyi highway on Sunday.

In native Sebei, an adage goes that the size of a tree is best measured when it falls.

It is then that the thud, the effect on those beneath, and its length is fully appreciated. And such is the case for the late, Kongasis County MP, Johnson Bartile Toskin.

When Bartile and family left Malaba where he had stopped over to meet relatives as he travelled from Kitale, Kenya, enroute to Kampala on Sunday, all wished him a safe journey.

Nothing, a relative who was with them in Malaba says, would suggest that the maroon Suzuki Escudo he was travelling in was destined for ill fate. Unfortunately, that was the last they would see of the teacher cum politician, God-loving and patient man alive.


Born and raised in Amanang, Bukwo District on April 15, 1951, Bartile’s crash in Iganga District on Sunday evening is one that has sent a chilling silence laced with pain across Sebei. From the emotive responses on social media and social gatherings, the death is akin to the ire that one gets when hit below the belt.

“His death is one that has hit us really hard. Everyone in Sebei is tongue-tied. It is extremely hard to find someone so understanding, warm-hearted and loving like him,” says Christopher Lakwey, a relative.

He adds: “He would be called to Bukwo in case of a problem and he drives from Kampala immediately. Even after returning to Kampala and there was an emergency in Bukwo the next day, he would arrange and return to his district the next day.”

A symbol of unity

A husband, a father, a businessman, he is widely known in Sebei sub-region as a “man of peace” for his peace and reconciliation efforts.

Nelson Sabila, the man who defeated Bartile in the 2011 polls, is full of praise for the fallen leader.

“He was a very honest leader. Peace loving and humble. Toskin mentored us politically and otherwise. He is responsible for the peace prevailing in Bukwo and Sebei at large. As a family and district, we dearly miss him,” he says.

As if that is not enough, Sabila says Bartile, who was his first head teacher in Amanang Secondary School in the 1980s, was a man who never kept grudges. Sabila hounded him out of Parliament, but Bartile continued guiding him in various spheres and Sabila has paid the treat in almost equal measure; he has - together with leaders from Sebei - been pivotal in the burial arrangements.

Bartile’s leadership stature did not fall out of the blue. It is one whose foundation was well-laid and structures well-knit – his deeds, after all, tell it all. Behind the humble, composed and baritone-voiced man was a history laden with service to the read more click here

UPDATES BY GEORGE TOSKIN, 3PM 10th June 2015--FUNERAL AND BURIAL ARRANGEMENT- "Vigil will continue at his residence in Kirinya, Bweyogerere. On Wednesday 10th June 2015 the Body will lay overnight at his residence in vigil in Kirinya, Bweyogerere. On Thursday 11th June 2015 there will be a requiem mass at Kireka Miracle Center from 9:00 AM and later that same day at 12:00 PM, the body will be transported to Kololo Airstrip to be Airlifted to Bukwo District by UPDF Military Chopper courtesy of our President Museveni. On Friday 13th June 2015 vigil while the body lays at his home in Bukwo District. Burial will be on Saturday 14th June 2015 at his home in Bukwo District. Thank you all for your kindness and support.

Update: 12AM, 9 June 2015 Sebei (Uganda): Former Kongasis Member of Parliament, Bartile Jackson Toskin, is reported dead. Parliament in a tweet said the MP was killed in a road accident that happened in Iganga district. Bartile served on both the 6th & 8th Parliament. According to reports, Bartile’s driver lost control of the car they were travelling in and entered a trailer truck. Bartile’s wife who was with him at the time of the accident was also injured. She was rushed to Mulago hospital for treatment. Bartile was a member of Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association. Together with the late ambassador Sam Sakajja, Bartile opened Amanang Secondary School in 1982 in Bukwo District....Source click here
9AM, 8 June 2015 Sebei (Uganda): Former MP of Bukwo's Kongasis constituency, Hon. Johnson Bartile Toskin passed away after being involved in a fatal road accident on their way back from attending a burial of mother-in-law in Kitale (Kenya). He was accompanied with his wife and daughter Stella who survived the accident with injuries and are undergoing treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. The accident occurred last night at Tirinyi road, Naggalama (Iganga District).

SIDO News Network extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of the bereaved and the entire Sabaot Community for the loss of our esteemed leader. We also pray for the quick recovery of Mrs Toskin and her daughter read more click here

Our Musician Bro Moses Satia Masai Releases New Song.
By SIDO News Network Team. Posted 10 June 2015. [

Mt. Elgon (Kenya)
SIDO News Network would like to congratulate Bro Moses Masai for his immense contribution in boosting the growth of sabaot music. Bro Masai a career teacher at Kibuk Girls Secondary School is best known for his hit song "MUTYO MUTYO". Last week he released a new song titled Kookelong'u nkacheek (English translation: We have also progressed).
To get this new song and any of his previous releases, call Bro Masai at Tel # 0715-854128 or email for more details. Your financial support will also help Bro Masai produce a video version of his songs.
BK 98.2FM Radio will continue to promote our local artists including encouraging our listeners to buy Bro Masai's CD and also music from other Sabaot Musicians.
Thank you all for helping develop our music industry.
Our Gospel Musician Lilian "Cheplish" Naibei Unveils New Music CD. By SIDO News Network Team. Posted 21 May 2015. [NEW]

Mt. Elgon (Kenya)
-SIDO News Network would like to congratulate Lilian Naibei for her hard work which has resulted to the release of her new music CD with 8 melodious songs. Let us promote our own artists by buying Lilian's Music CD and also music CD's of all Sabaot artists. It only costs Kshs. 100 to be blessed with Naibei's amazing music sung in Sabaot language. SIDO News Netowork will also be promoting her music CD at our BK 98.2FM Radio. To acquire the CD, call Lilian at 0723-829980 or email her at
Thank you all for helping develop our music industry.

KOTAP SABINY SACCO LAUNCHED.                                                                                                              Author: Bera Chepsikor; Posted: 4th June 2015. 

Sebei (Uganda): A new dawn of development beckons as KotapSapiny SACCO is launched. This happened during a thanks giving ceremony hosted in honor of the new Sebei Diocese Bishop-Rev. Paul Masaba Kiptoo. The thanksgiving and SACCO launch was organized by ‘Kampala Community’ (Sapiny people living in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja) at Namboole-East of Kampala. The purpose of KotapSapiny SACCO is to develop Sapiiny people spiritually and economically. The initiative hopes to impact and stir development  in Sebei region. The community elected an interim committee to steer the SACCO. The committee members are:- Peter Kamalingin Peter as Chairperson, Aliwa Edward as Vice Chairperson, Ayoyi Ambrose- Secretary, Runge Ruth- Treasurer, Bonny Barashaki- legal adviser, Chekweko Jackson- member, Rev Canon Moses Bushendich- member, Juliet Cheboyeyin- member and read more click here.

Author: Bera Chepsikor; Posted: 4th June 2015 [
Kapchorwa, Sebei [Uganda]
: Police in Kapchorwa are holding a 57 year old male teacher only identified as Mr. KC Yowana alias Malinga Kinai on charges of murder. This is after he grisly murdered his wife identified as Betty Chelimo. Mr. KC who has been a teacher at Ngangata primary school is suspected to have murdered his wife at night after a brawl over cheating on him with another man. He allegedly clobbered his wife and inserted objects in her private organs killing her instantly. He is alleged to have covered her after the incident leaving her dead and motionless on their marital bed.The shocking incident happened in Kaptokwoi village, Moron Parish, Kaptanya sub-county  in Kapchorwa district. Mr. KC on several occasions has suspected his wife Betty Chebet of having extra marital affairs with other people whom we cannot mention for legal reasons. On the fateful day however, on a Friday evening, Mr. KC allegedly reached home after drinking. The two are said to have allegedly picked a fight that led to the death of Betty.Following morning, on a Saturday 16th may,2015, its alleged that Mr. KC sent one of his children for sugar, prepared tea and served two cups in the sitting room including one cup for his wife. This is when one of the children ‘smelt a rat’ and sneaked into the parents bedroom to check on his mother. Its alleged that as the child was waking up his ‘sleeping mother’ in vein, Mr. KC embarked on looking for his academic documents-the reason for which he was doing it is not known.The child in shock moved around the village informing neighbors of what had happened. The neighbors identified as Kongin, Cheston, and Ayeko went to Mr. KC's residence and questioned him about his wife’s illness but he allegedly turned furious. Mr. KC then who is said to have had a knife immediately took off as neighbors crowded the home. This is when reality dawned that Mr. KC had murdered his wife over the night. Mr. KC is alleged to have sped off, stopped a boda-boda motorcycle that delivered him to Police where he was detained. The Police then went to the scene of crime where they picked the body of Betty and took it to Kapchorwa hospital for postmortem.

Trans-Nzoia(Kenya): Panic has gripped Members of Trans Nzoia county assembly following an ongoing probe by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC) over the disappearance of Kshs 1.7 million. The Anti-Graft body last week began to grill all the 39 Members of the County Assembly with the exercise expected to continue in relation to money said to have been shared among them during the funeral of the Late Former Matumbei MCA Ronald Matongolo. The MCAs allegedly shared out the money meant to facilitate their travel to Nairobi to make funeral arrangements of their colleague who had died at a hospital there. The grilling exercise involves the recording of statements by each member to explain the details of the Kshs 47,000 that each of them received at that time. Leader of Majority Alfred Weswa and Deputy Speaker David Kapoloman were the first to appear before the EACC team. They reportedly argued that the money in question was their allowance for an inter-county games trip.The fate of the MCAs now lies in the hands of the EACC officials who are still camping in the Assembly pursuing the matter a move that has seen majority of the MCAs develop cold feet fearing that their political ambitions may come to an abrupt end if the Anti-Graft body find them guilty of any misdeeds hence rendering them ineligible to vie for any elective positions.............Source click here.
MID-TERM PERFORMANCE REVIEW: Our Senator Ole Ndiema ranked number 41 out of 47 Senators. By Arap Yego. Posted 25th May 2015. [NEWS]

Mt. Elgon, Kitale (Kenya) - Our Trans-Nzoia county Senator, Henry Ole Ndiema of Ford Kenya Party has denied reports carried in a section of the media last week that ranked him among the senators with the lowest approval ratings. The senator termed as false and misleading the poll report by Infotrak Research and Consulting published in a local daily that ranked him at position 41 out of 47 elected members of the read more click here.

Sabaot Leaders faults Jubilee Government due to Unfulfilled PromisesBy Arap Yego. Posted 21 May 2015. [NEWS]

Mt. Elgon, Bungoma County (Kenya) - Former civic leaders from Mt Elgon Constituency in Bungoma County have faulted Deputy President, William Ruto for sidelining members of the Sabaot community in Jubilee government appointments. Led by Former Mt Elgon County Council Chairman, Bismarck Bokose, the leaders claimed members of their ethnic group have been snubbed in the state appointments despite having overwhelmingly supported the coalition in the last read more click here.

Surprise as woman delivers a 6.3kg baby in Mt. Elgon.                                  Written by Brian Ojamaa. Posted: 21 May 2015. [NEW]

Mt. Elgon, Bungoma (Kenya) -  A middle aged woman on Tuesday gave birth to a 6.3 kilogramme baby boy, in Kapsokwony district hospital, Bungoma county.The nurse in charge of the hospital Rael Khangoko, said the mother had been attending clinics as usual and feeding on normal food. She said the baby's mother Caroline Chemutia from Masindet Village in Kapsokwony had a normal delivery. Her husband, George Ndiwa said he had been feeding her on normal diet and did not expect the baby to be weighty. Ndiwa called on well wishers to support in feeding the infant, adding that he was a "bodaboda" operator with six children to look after.
          This is the second case after a woman gave birth to a seven-kilogramme baby in Samia subcounty in 2014. Nangina Mission Hospital CEO Dr Ben Oriko said the woman delivered the baby via caesarean section. “She was brought in by her relatives but when I noticed her condition, I immediately alerted the health team to prepare to handle the case,” he said.

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Our Gospel Musician Lilian "Cheplish" Naibei Unveils New Music CD. By SIDO News Network Multi-Media Team. Posted 21 May 2015. [NEW]

Mt. Elgon (Kenya)
-SIDO News Network would like to congratulate Lilian Naibei for her hard work which has resulted to the release of her new music CD with 8 melodious songs. Let us promote our own artists by buying Lilian's Music CD and also music CD's of all Sabaot artists. It only costs Kshs. 100 to be blessed with Naibei's amazing music sung in Sabaot language. SIDO News Netowork will also be promoting her music CD at our BK 98.2FM Radio. To acquire the CD, call Lilian at 0723-829980 or email her at


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Who are the Sabaots?

The Sabaots tribe is one of the nine sub-tribes of the Kenyan Kalenjin tribe. The other eight Kalenjin sub-tribes are: Sengwer, Tugen, Terik, Keiyo, Kipsigis, Pokot, Marakwet and Nandi who live in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The Sabaots are the authentic Kalenjin tribe and hence they are commonly referred as "Kapkugo" by the other Kalenjin sub-tribes. The Sabaot community is comprised of six sub-dialects namely: 1.Bookok (Book), 2. Somek, 3. Mosopishok (Mosop), 4. Konjak (Kony), 5. Bong'omek (Bungoma), and 6. Sabinjak (Sebei) here to read more.

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