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By BCPF. Posted on October 2nd, 2015.
The Birth of Bungoma County Progressive Forum (BCPF)-
LEGACY: - History is the story of any people who dare to change the way in which they live. In this quest for change, they traverse new frontiers and moot fresh approaches which propel them to transcend the status quo. The new paradigm thus becomes a story; a legacy for reference and inspiration. They leave their footmarks in the sands of time.
The people from Bungoma have a rich legacy. When colonialists invaded Kenya at the end of the 19th Century, they dared to stand against them. The ruins of Lumboka, the Chetambe forts and the Malakisi massacre of 1947 tell the story of a united and resilient people. Even though they suffered defeat, their spirit was not cowed. They regrouped as co-operators to build a vibrant agricultural economy of the new Elgon Nyanza. The co-operative movement later spread to other parts of Kenya even as the founders retreated. However, it is time for the very founders to stir from their slumber.
THE SEASON: - The Constitution of Kenya (2010) places the onus of development on the people at the grassroots through devolution. In this time and season, it is incumbent upon the community at county level to come together to act in unison for their own good. The time is here and this moment is great! Perhaps, not everyone would be alive to this opportunity before them. In the Biblical story of Jesus, not everyone was aware that a new Kingdom had begun at His birth. When the Magi from the East inquired of Herod about the new King, he was perturbed; so were the Jewish leaders. History judged them harshly. The season dawns for those who are awake to it.
PROPHET FROM HOME: - George Bernard Shaw said, “People always blame their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they can’t find them, make them.”  In other words, Bernard Shaw was avering that people themselves must determine their future and not blame anyone else. 
Twenty years ago, before devolution was born in Kenya, a group of professionals from Bungoma led by the late Prof. Kasili, had a vision of a prosperous Bungoma in the 21st Century. Perhaps he was ahead of his time, for his effort faltered. However, the dream lingers and the devolution is now a reality. It is a unique opportunity for the professionals and all leaders from Bungoma to make the dream come true. 
WHY PROFESSIONALS? The Biblical prophet Isaiah in his wisdom, could foretell the future. He observed, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulders,” [Isaiah 9:6]. According to the prophet, the saviour of the people was to be born among them and would be well endowed to accomplish great tasks for his people. Professionals are uniquely endowed, much more than their average brothers and sisters. They abound in knowledge, experience, skills and even relative economic power. In this position, the responsibility of leadership falls where they stand. Winston Churchill underscored this to his own people when he said, “The prize of greatness is responsibility.” 
THE CHALLANGE OF THE MOMENT: It is scandalous that life expectancy is less than 60 and Bungoma is a net contributor to poverty in Kenya in the same league with the ASAL counties of Northern Kenya in spite of the great natural and human resources in the county. It is therefore imperative for every professional to stand up to be counted at this hour of need. In his keynote address to the Bungoma professionals in 1993, the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa observed that professionals in the past tended to be elitist. It was time they climbed down from their ivory towers to become pathfinders for the rest of the people. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, then M.P. of Kimilili added that professionals ought to help to democratize development and not leave it to politicians. 
The Birth of Bungoma County Progressive Forum: Professionals from Bungoma living in Nairobi started a conversation in the month of February 2012. The convenors were Ben Wabule, Eliphaz Wesangula, Richard W. Sitati and Abiud S. Wasike. The interim committee’s first task was to define the purpose through the objectives of the constitution and to reach out to others. Several meetings were held between from then and in July 2013, the BCPF was registered. The interim executive committee comprised of the following members:
  • Abiud Simiyu Wasike     -Chairman
  • Peter Bhoyo                    -Vice Chairman
  • George Simiyu                -Secretary
  • Richard Sitati                  -Asst. Secretary
  • Leonard Moss                 -Treasurer
  • Eliphaz Wesangula         -Organizing Secretary
  • Ben Wabule                    -Legal Advisor
  • Joyce Musoko                 -Member
This team has been responsible for moving the cause of BCPF forward. The purpose of this forum comprises of the vision and mission. The vision is the purpose to become while the mission is what we do to become.
VISION: A prosperous Bungoma County in the 21st Century in harmony with itself and its neighbours.
MISSION: To harness human and material resources from within and without Kenya in support of the county government in its quest to improve the quality of life of the people.

What BCPF Exists To Do: Among a comprehensive list of objectives as detailed in the constitution, these listed here under provide a broad overview of what BCPF exists to do-
  • Collaboration with the county government as consultants/volunteers on a mutually agreed basis.
  • Mobilizing and harnessing diverse professional skills to avail a utility human resource think-tank for Bungoma County.
  • Promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and investment through public-private partnerships. 
  • Promoting unity of purpose among the diverse communities, brotherhood and good neighbourliness.
  • To promote professionalism, standards, meritocracy, good ethos in the county as well as training, mentoring of young and upcoming professionals.
  • To promote citizen participation, good governance and transparency.
  • Networking with national and international institutions to boost the resource base.
  • To promote and preserve the values and progressive culture of the people.
Brief Overview of BCPF Constitution:
The BCPF constitution has been registered with the Registrar of Societies. Some of the major articles provide for; 
  • Objectives of BCPF
  • Membership
  • Office-bearers 
  • How meetings are conducted 
  • How and when elections are held
  • Management of resources
  • Dissolution
The Executive Committee is charged with the responsibility to ensure that the BCPF operates dynamically and complies with the requirements of the Societies Act.

BCPF Short-Term Plan:
The Executive Committee has drawn up a short-term plan to guide its activities in the near term period. This was after the BCPF was registered officially in July 2013. The short term plan comprises of the following activities:
  • Opening of a bank account at Co-operative Bank (Ukulima Branch) and collection of membership dues. 
  • Procurement of basic stationery including receipt book, rubber stamp and post office address.
  • Membership drive to establish a database with members’ CV’s.
  • Meeting with key stakeholders.
  • Preparation of strategic plan. 
1. ACTION WITH NACOFA TO SAVE MT. ELGON AND OTHER FORESTS:- In concert with NACOFA (National Alliance of Community Forest Associations), the BCPF initiated legal action against the Kenya Forest Service which had advertised for the concessioning of natural forests including Mt. Elgon forest for over 30 yrs to private entities by the end of 2012. This would have robbed Bungoma County of a vital natural resource at a time when the county government was not yet functioning. The legal action initiative and lobbying by stakeholders thwarted the concessioning process. BCPF provided technical advice to NACOFA for the legal action in the High Court of Kenya. 
A bank account was opened at Co-operative Bank (Ukulima Branch).
3. ACCESSORIES: Critical stationary and an email address were acquired for the secretariat. The email address is
4. OFFICE: For the interim period, the assistant secretary offered his office as the contact point for the Secretariat.
5. BCPF MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: - A number of meetings have been held since registration in July 2013. The membership drive has been able to register up to 25 members.  It is still ongoing.
6. MEETINGS WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS: - The BCPF has held successful meetings with two key stakeholders: 
Chairman, Transition Authority – Mr. Kinuthia Wa Mwangi on the 24th of May 2014.
His Excellency the Governor of Bungoma County – Kenneth Lusaka on the 20th of February 2015.

Meeting with Chairman, Transition Authority – Kinuthia Wa Mwangi:
The Chairman for Transition Authority, Mr. Kinuthia wa Mwangi, addressed members of the BCPF on the 24th of May 2014. In his speech, Mr. Wamwangi underscored the critical role of professionals in the devolution process in every county. He was happy that BCPF was among the first civic society groups in the country to seek to understand their role in the new political dispensation. He highlighted the following points:
Devolution was transformational and had brought a new paradigm shift in the conduct of national affairs. The government of Kenya was now largely responsible for planning, coordination, policy formulation, and monitoring. The devolved units were responsible for service delivery. Professionals were critical in this transition and should be willing to devolve to the rural areas. 
Counties were new structures without experience in service delivery. They would need the support and encouragement of qualified professionals to perform their duties successfully. This includes preparing county integrated development plans, budgets, spatial plans, policy and monitoring.
Beyond managing devolved resources, counties would need to be innovative and play a role in increasing the space for innovation and growth in their counties.
The new constitution requires citizen participation in all the processes of governance at county level. In his opinion, there was nobody more qualified to add real value to the process of citizen participation than professionals.

Meeting with his Excellency the Governor of Bungoma County, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka:
The meeting with his Excellency Hon. Kenneth Lusaka took place on the 20th of February 2015. The attendance of 100 members on the meeting day was an indicator of the enthusiasm they expressed in engaging with the County Executive team.  The team members present included:
  • H.E. Kenneth Lusaka               Governor
  • H.E. Hillary Chongwony          Deputy Governor
  • Patrick Koyi                              CEC Agriculture, Livestock, Fish
  • Beryl Mutekhele                       CEC Education, Youth, Sports
  • Laurrian Kolikho                       CEC Trade, Industry, Energy
  • Robert Simiyu                           CEC Lands, Urban Plan.
  • Everette Wafula                        Chief of Staff
  • Noellah Musundi                       Director Communication
  • Wanyonyi Buteyo                     Political Advisor
  • Julius Bakasa                            Special Programmes
  • Teresa Barasa                            CEC Investment/Regulatory Affairs   

The Bungoma County Progressive Forum team introduced by Chairman Abiud Wasike:
  • Abiud Simiyu Wasike                 Chairman
  • Peter Bhoyyo                             Vice Chairman and MC
  • George Simiyu                           Secretary
  • Richard W. Sitati                        Asst. Secretary
  • Leonard Moss                             Treasurer
  • Eliphaz Wesangula                     Organizing Secretary
  • Ben Wabule                                Legal Advisor
  • Joyce Musoko                             Exec. Committee Member
  • Vitalis Museve                            Presenter
  • Kukubo Barasa                            Co-presenter
  • Chris Masinde                             Discussant

BCPF PRESENTATION: - In his welcoming remarks, the Chairman noted that the meeting and the occasion was a milestone for Bungoma people. BCPF was formed with the sole objective of availing their rich human resource skills for the benefit of the county of origin. Change and development would only thrive where the people are united by one vision. Bungoma has lagged behind due to incessant wrangles among its leadership and lack of pro-active action by those who are more enlightened. BCPF is a vital human resource that is able to catalyse the development momentum of the county. The meeting of minds between the county executive and the BCPF as demonstrated by the meeting was the start of an era of partnership and cooperation for the benefit of the people. 
DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S REMARKS: - The Deputy Governor lauded the initiative of the BCPF. Before contesting for the elections in 2013, he had attended the initial formative meetings of BCPF. He observed that BCPF was uniquely qualified to add much value to the process of public participation in the county governor system. He encouraged members present to seize the opportunity to assist the county to move forward. 
GOVERNOR’S REMARKS: - In his address, the Governor began by thanking BCPF members for supporting him and his Government and even during the past election. He wished them a prosperous 2015. He noted that he faced a number of challenges. He likened his experience to a driver whose passengers were engaged in manipulating the gear lever in the reverse gear and yet complained why the car was not moving forward. This was part of politics but was not discouraged. He therefore heartily welcomed the BCPF gesture of cooperation.
He proceeded to outline the various initiatives his Government was undertaking to move the development train forward.
FINANCE: The county budget was Ksh 8.8 billion. Receipts from the national Government were Ksh 6.2 billion. These funds were applied prudently and decried the false reports in the media. He observed that he had inherited a bloated wage bill due to workers he did not need and yet he could not sack as they were protected by the Transition Act.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Roads have been given priority as the catalyst for other sectors especially Agriculture. Gravelling has been done for most roads including Mt Elgon which was impassable during the rainy season. Tarmacking was on going or completed in major urban centers – Bungoma, Kimilili, and Webuye. Plans were underway to pave Chwele-Lwakhakha, Chesamisi-Kapsiro, Namwela, Kimilili- Kamtiong, and Musikoma- Mungatsi.
AGRICULTURE: Initiatives taken include supply of subsidized fertilizer, free fertilizer to the very vulnerable, a milling plant at Brigadier, Chicken Slaughterhouse at Chwele, a dairy breeding unit at Sangalo and proposal to acquire Nzoia Sugar Company for sugar farmers.
INDUSTRY: A joint panel is reviewing the status of Panpaper factory in Webuye and the Kitinda Dairy. A proposed tannery is still in the works not to mention a host of other proposals.
EDUCATION: Only the ECD level has been devolved. In this regard, the county has hired 2000 ECD teachers for deployment in every ward. A sum of Ksh 100 million was set aside for the last financial year to support the vulnerable children especially village polytechnics.
TRADE: capacity building for small scale traders has been identified as a priority area where potential business people are trained before given credit. Urbanization is on-going including street construction and lighting at Myanga, Kimilili, and Cheptais. These will be equipped with facilities such as warehouses and cold-rooms for collection of farm produce. Mobile maize driers have been procured to assist farmers to mitigate post -harvest losses.
HEALTH: Many dispensaries and clinics have been opened. The politics of sharing have hindered the construction of a major facility. However, Bungoma Hospital is being upgraded to level 5 by expanding its facilities.
LAND: Land resource continues to get scarcer and expensive with increasing population. The County Government recently acquired 30 acres for the construction of its headquarters and senior staff housing. Adequate land is required for institutions and capital investments.
ICT: We have launched a Digital Public Participation platform to have harness citizen views and participation. This platform will be of particular interest to BCPF.
In conclusion, the Governor appealed to BCPF members to be active participants in the County Development train either as individual investors or corporately as groups of investors and change agents. His Government was open to positive criticism to enable it do even better in serving the people He thanked all for the good reception he and his executive team had received.
Mr. Chris Masinde led the way in the Open forum by calling upon the County Government to assist the elderly and the disabled. The Open Forum was vibrant where members highlighted a number of issues for the Governor’s attention as recorded below.
INFRASTRUCTURE: A member called for urgent attention to upgrade the Matulo airstrip to a full airport to facilitate both human and cargo transport especially horticultural produce. Members lauded the extensive ongoing road works in the county.
AGRICULTURE: Marketing was identified as a major constraint to agricultural production and the general economic empowerment of the people. Many man days are lost at market centers just to sell a few kilos of produce. It was suggested that suitable fresh produce collection centers to facilitate trade and value addition. Bungoma coffee farmers were getting raw deals due to lack of branding and a marketing strategy. Mobile driers would be procured to assist farmers.
COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT: The SACCO movement has been recognized as a powerful vehicle for mobilization and growing of value. In this regard, an initiative had started with boda boda riders to create a fund with the aim of promoting investment in transport. This initiative is to be extended to other groups including women groups, churches and the youth.
HEALTH: Members alluded to the lack of flagship projects in this sector to mitigate rising cases of chronic/lifestyle disease such as cancer and diabetes. Life expectancy in the county was low in spite of its rich potential for food production and a good climate. More work needs to be done through preventive measures to curb malaria and other infectious diseases.
EDUCATION: Members proposed that other centers of excellence should be established in every county to take over from Kamusinga and Lugulu which had gone national. They called for the granting of a university charter to Kibabii University College. Satellite campuses of the university should be established in other wards.
TOURISM: The county had a huge tourism potential from Mt Elgon, not to mention the historical and cultural sites at Malakisi, Chetambe, Lumboka and Kokape (Mwihalawa Mango)
BUNGOMA DIASPORA: This was a major resource for the county which would be useful in capacity building through mentoring and training of the youth. Professionals from BCPF are ready and willing to work alongside the county executive in service program implementation at a minimal cost for the benefit of the people. What was needed was to put in place proper structures to facilitate the partnership.
From the forum deliberations, it was apparent there was common ground for cooperation in a number of areas including but not limited to:
Peace building and promotion of the spirit of brotherhood in the county.
Exploration of strategies for marketing of local produce and services including branding.
Engagement of BCPF professionals in specific areas of service delivery on mutually agreed terms.
Mentoring and capacity building through training and evaluation of ongoing programs.

As the time for the meeting was inadequate, the BCPF Executive was to liaise with the Governor to arrange for another meeting in the near future to work out modalities and proper structures for collaboration and partnership between BCPF and the county executive. Members were requested to forward their memoranda to BCPF Secretariat for further processing during the next meeting. They were to pay for membership to the Treasurer, Mr. Leonid Moss -0723680596 and Mr. Richard Sitati, BCPF Secretariat – 0722755541.

Overview of the Current Social and Economic Indicators of the County:

MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs) REVIEW. The MDGs were goals set up in 2000 by various nations which would have specific actions effected by signatories of the agreement to attain the stated targets within a 15-year frame. Kenya is a signatory and these goals are measurable both at national and county level. The MDGs for Bungoma County provide a status overview of the quality of life in the county as presented below.
1. Eliminate extreme poverty and hunger Absolute poverty  – 52% as compared to 45.9% nationally
Food poor – 42%    
2. Achieve universal primary education Primary enrolment – 83%
Secondary enrolment – 78%
Literacy level – 80.5%    
3. Promote gender equality and empower women Girls’ enrolment of eligible – 63.4%
Boys enrolment at secondary is higher  by 50%    
4/5 Reduce child mortality and improve maternal health Infant mortality – 65/1000 as compared to national 52/1000
Under five mortality is 121/100,000 compared to 74/1000 nationally
Proportion of women delivering in health facilities is 14-35%
6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases HIV prevalence is 5.9% compared to national 6.3%
People living with HIV - 104,400    
7 Ensure environmental sustainability Water supply-springs and boreholes-62%
Streams and pools-21%
Piped ,rain -10%
Pit latrines-90%
No soil conservation- Very poor
No waste management    
Swot Indicators and Trends of Bungoma County:

  • High potential agricultural land – 253,000Ha
  • Third highest county population – 1.6m
  • Gazetted forest area (Mt. Elgon) – 618.2km2
  • Fresh water available (m3) – 40,500 [plus River Nzoia]
  • Trans-Africa transport corridor – Rail, Road, Fibre-optic, Power
  • Located at the centre of the E.A.C. to Rwanda,  the DRC and Sudan
  • Established county government
  • Annual revenue of Ksh 10 billion
  • Supportive 2030 national vision plan and UN MDGs.
  • National government segment at county level.
  • Low investment in infrastructure for social services such as education, health, water, agriculture, energy, roads, housing
  • Subsistence and rain-fed agricultural practices including livestock – low production, food insecurity, poor land use – nonviable agricultural supply chain including markets. Food poverty 42%
  • High population growth rate at 3.1% which manifests in a poverty index of of 52% (45.9% nationally)
  • Deforestation and consequential soil erosion degrades soil fertility and impacts climate change
  • Impact of HIV and AIDS/ Rural-Urban Migration one family stability – increased vulnerability
  • Gender inequality and traditional customary practices
  • Shortage of skilled manpower due to brain drain that manifests as lack of entrepreneurial capacity
  • Political wrangles
  • Growing national and international food deficits
  • Access to external markets through Eldoret and Kisumu airports
  • Venture capital for entrepreneurs – Global Entrepreneurship Fund, AGOA, Value Addition
  • Technology-based farming including irrigation, greenhouse, zero-grazing, fish-ponds, rabbit and chicken – private sector partnerships
  • Green energy investors
  • Micro-financing and chama systems 
  • Bungoma professionals in the Diaspora – BCPC
  • Leverage ICT for the extension, marketing, mobilization, training
  • Proximity to EAC markets in Uganda, Rwanda, the DRC, Sudan
  • Superior inputs and crop varieties
  • Emergence of transitional diseases and pests such as Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND)
  • Competition from free trade zones – COMESA especially sugar and neighbouring countries, counterfeits
  • Trade barriers due to the changing political climate of the EU, US and forex variations
  • Climate change – unreliable rainfall patterns

By Allan Chekwech. 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 community.

What made him tick?

There was really nothing dramatic about him. Not much is said about his childhood.

The Old Boy of Nabumali High School between 1971-1973 and 1974-1975 had, besides the hardships in pursuit for education for then remote Sebei, carved a special place for himself in society when he excelled to join Makerere University for a Bachelor of Science course from 1976 to 1979.

Like the saying goes, environment shapes character; indeed, having finished his degree at Makerere University, Bartile’s story was never the same.

He was hired in the office of the President as the deputy director national security services in the Milton Obote II regime. His role was to create and establish a New Intelligence System (NSS) to meet and serve Uganda’s national intelligence needs both internally and externally.

When little known Uganda Patriotic Movement of Yoweri Museveni started, Bartile was its founding member in Sebei in 1980; the reason he never ditched NRM even when he left Parliament. [He recently got a medal for his part in the liberation struggle].


However, the desire to have education widespread in Bukwo, then under Kapchorwa District, gave Bartile sleepless nights.

In 1982, together with former deputy Head of Mission to Russia Sam Sakajja Barteka, he founded Amanang Secondary School where he was the first head teacher until 1985.

How much he was paid, or the motivation he got is only something God will answer – but such spoke of his resolve. That school is now a government-aided institution.

To master and muster the art of teaching, Bartile enrolled for a Master in Education (Specialising in Educational Administration and Planning) between 1991 and 1992; he also did a postgraduate diploma in education studies.

Enter politics

He had attained the education befitting a leader of such a region. And in 1994, Bartile prepared his wings to fly to the Constituent Assembly but lost to veterinary doctor Ndiwa Kapkwomu.

Bartile did not give up. Instead, he retreated to Pallisa District where he worked as head teacher of Bugwere High School up to 1996 when the next election came around.

This time, he floored Dr Kapkwomu. This would mark his maiden appearance in the House. But in 2001 again, Dr Kapkwomu reclaimed the seat, which he again lost to Bartile in 2006.

Sebei is rife with stories of cattle rustling up to the 1990s. For a man whose region had suffered the pangs of insecurity brewing under the heavy blanket of cattle rustling for decades, all he wished was peace.

In 1997, he helped found the Pokatusa Peace Initiative, which brought together a string of ethnic groups involved in cattle rustling. The tribes include Pokot, Karimojong, Turukana and the Sabiny.

In early 2011, Bartile found himself in a rare court battle when he led 36 MPs who had been expelled from Parliament in the fight for their emoluments.

The MPs had sued the Clerk to Parliament in the bid to stave off an order that they refund Shs60m each that they had earned for three months from December 2010 to February 2011.

In February that year, a panel of five judges of the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that an MP who won a seat in Parliament as an independent could not continue to hold his/her seat after joining a party midway.

The judges also ruled that it was unconstitutional for an MP elected as an independent to be nominated as a flag bearer of a party while still an MP.

The verdict would see more than 70 out of 332 MPs lose their seats over switching party allegiance. Bartile was one of the victims in this case. But he fought for his rights in equal measure and instead turned the tables when they demanded that each of them is paid Shs20m in aggravated damages, saying they were inhumanly treated and suffered mental torment when padlocks were placed on their office doors.

A man of different hats

A born-again Christian, Bartile employed the carrot and the stick in equal measure.

He dangled the carrot to those that loved to serve community in faith and those who were development-oriented.

However, he did not hold the unruly ones with a long stick. He lashed them and subsequently hugged them – if that would make them better, anyway.

His daughter Rachael Chelimo describes him as a loving and patriotic man who in his free time served in church and tirelessly devoted time to family. He never missed a burial of a relative. He never missed family meetings. A rare spectacle in modern era, that is.

A story is told of how he at one time, as clan chairperson of Kapchemikwen, embraced the idea of lashing members who endeared the bitter.

He took a verbal beating for that from those opposed to him, but later he offered alternatives that would improve a livelihood. A commendable task, it must be said.


The mood that prevailed as members of the Sabiny Community in Kampala convened a meeting at Centenary Park on Monday spoke volumes. Chaired by Maj Leonard Chemonges, the members that included Pat Cheborion, Maj Juma Seiko, Stephen Chebrot, Nelson Sabila, Tete Chelangat, Lydia Chekwel, Peter Swilkey, Joseline Swilkey, Dr Alfred Boyo and a host of the deceased’s relatives expressed gratitude to Bartile. To them, they lost a relative, friend, mentor and great leader.

He had been with them in such meetings, he had lived with them in a ‘foreign’ land for decades and now that he had departed was a reality hard to embrace.

This is just a drop in the bucket about his life. He leaves the world a better place than he found it.

He leaves behind a wife, nine children and a number of grandchildren.

He was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Amanang Sub-county, Bukwo District on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Other tasks

  • 1985-1988, served as the Education Officer/Assistant Secretary General for the National Commission for UNESCO-Uganda.
  • He was also a founder member and Chairman of Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) Sebei (1980).
  • He has served as a Member of Parliament representing Kongasis County Bukwo District twice (1996-2001 and 2001-2006) respectively.
  • While in the Uganda Parliament, he was also nominated and elected to represent Uganda at the Pan-African Parliament sitting and based in the Republic of South Africa.
  • He served as Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mayuge District (2001-2002), headmaster Bugwere High, Palisa District (1993-1996).
  • He also served as Regional Director AIDS Information Centre (AIC), Mbale Regional Office.
  • Bartile Toskin also worked as the Director Political Education and Manpower Planning and Development for the National Resistance Movement Secretariat (NRM). Here he was in charge of Coordinating, Recruitment, Mobilization and planning for training programmes for the National School of Political Education (National Leadership Institute, Kyankwazi).
  • While in Parliament, Toskin Bartile served on various parliamentary committees.
  • He was the proprietor of Border College in Bukwo District.
  • At the time of his death, he was the CEO of Mikwen Enterprises, a clearing and forwarding agency.
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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 Sylvia

The day’s sermon was delivered by Bishop, Rev. Canon Paul Masaba Kiptoo. The Bishop’s massage was inspired from the books of Mathew chapter 11Vs 25-30 and 1stCorinthians 13:1-13.  Bishop Paul’s massage focused on four areas:- Attitude  change, True faith (Luke 17:15, Hope (Jeremiah 14:22) and True love. Bishop Paul thanked the Kampala community for the generous contributions during the recently concluded consecration and Enthronement. He ended by reminding the congregation about the four areas he had preached on.

The Bishop was asked to pray for the Sapiny who are working and living in diaspora in Army, Police, Prison, Judiciary, URA, Banks and others.

Rev Canon Moses Bushendich in his brief proposed that a Sunday service in Kupsapiny be conducted once every month at Bugolobi and it was anonymously accepted.

The historical occasion folded with presentation of gifts before Bishop prayed for Kampala Community. The community rewarded the retired Bishop with a chair and the new Bishop with a chromatic desk Clock.

The provincial secretary who represented the archbishop of Uganda thanked the Sapiny people for the wonderful function on the consecration and enthronement day. Describing the enthronement day,he said the Sapiny displayed ‘good hospitality, the seating arrangement was good and everyone was able to see what was going on, the service was timely, good weather and above all you are people who are easy to relate’. He thanked them for putting together their resources in time. The chairman LCV Kapchorwa Mr. Cheptoris Sam thanked the provincial secretary for the good encouragement he gave during preparations for the consecration revealing that as a committee “we were about to postpone the function”.

Cheptoris thanked Kampala community for their contributions adding that “we used your money properly and we will give you a proper accountability. The only big task now is to complete the house of the Bishop”.

Mr. Cheptoris finally asked the Bishop to pray for the politicians of Sebei and added that there is need for Kampala community to shape the destiny of Sebei region. Lets brain storm to shape the destiny of SebeiCheptoris said.

Hon Chebrot the minister of state in charge transport was gratefully and happy about the Kampala community for the good work done. He promised to tell the president to contribute for the construction of the cathedral.

“Namusi-Kapchorwa road will be remarked and the road to the Diocese will also be tarmacked” Chebrot said.

Kapchowa Rural projects will soon receive money totaling Ushs 150 million and will be distributed as follows; greater Kaserem will receive Ushs 50 million, greater Sipi Ushs 50 Million and greater Kaptanya Ushs 50 million and launching will be next week. Kapchorwa is now more united than before Chebrot’ Said. The Hon Minister handed two Cheques of shillings five million and one million to the Bishop for the development of the Diocese.

Bishop Paul Masaba in his closing remarks said “I will  keep praying for you people of Kampala community and you know I cannot do much without you”. We have had a diocesan staff meeting already he reported. The Bishop Chose Peter Swilikei as the Chairperson of the construction of the cathedral.


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 senate.

Speaking to journalists over the weekend after attending a fundraising at Bishop Muge Girls High School in Kwanza Constituency in his county, Ndiema said the parameters used to rank the senators were not the best.

The soft spoken senator explained that an assessment of most of his colleagues who ranked top in the list are those who are loud and actively involved in politics and others are always at war with their governors.

"I do not agree with the ranking at all which to a large extend seemingly was skewed to favour senators who are wrangling with Governors and other local leaders and those who like politicking," said the lawmaker.

"Members of the public should disregard the poll findings because it does not in any way convey the truth. I am a senior citizen who is advanced in age I will not be involved in political battles with other leaders for me to be rated highly; I prefer dialogue," added Ndiema.

The Ford Kenya senator observed that it would have been better if the research used to rank them was based on their contribution in the senate, how much money they have lobbied to be brought to their respective counties and how the funds were utilized.

He further faulted the approval rating which involved interviewing a section of the county residents, noting that it disadvantaged senators from cosmopolitan counties.

"In Trans-Nzoia for example, which is inhabited largely by people from the Luhyia and minority Sabaot community where I come from, it will be definitely hard for a pollster to get a correct finding," explained Senator Ndiema.

Interestingly, present at the same function which was also a thanksgiving for Anglican-Church-sponsored schools in Kitale Diocese, was West Pokot Senator Prof John Lonyapuo who was ranked number one in the poll.

Lonyagapuo, who was ranked top with an approval rating of 74.5 percent, had no opportunity to respond to Ndiema, as the latter who was his host arrived when he had already given his speech. Area Deputy Governor, Stanley Kenei and Bishop Stephen Kewasis.

In the research by Infotrak, Nairobi senator Mike Sonko was ranked second with an approval rating of 67.3 percent, while Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula was third with 67.1 percent.

Other Senators who made it to the top 10 included Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Bonny Khalwale (Kakamega), Charles Keter (Kericho), Prof Kidindiki Kithure (Tharaka Nithi), Kiraitu Muringi (Meru) and John Khaniri (Vihiga) in that order.
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The President of Kenya appoints three Sabaots to serve in the Jubilee Government. Posted 27th April 2015

 SIDO News Network on behalf of the Sabaot community would like to extend our appreciation to the jubilee government and his Excellency the president of Kenya for appointing our own to various positions in state corporations for a period of three years beginning 17th April 2015. Firstly, our own Dr. Nathan Psiwa, a sabaot from Trans-Nzoia County has been appointed to be the Chairperson of the Board of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 17th April, 2015. Secondly, Mr. Jonas Kuko Misto Vincent a sabaot from Trans-Nzoia County has been appointed to be a member of the Rural Electrification Authority, for a period of three (3) years with effect from the 17th April, 2015. Finally, Reverend Stephen Kiptoem Mairori a sabaot from Trans-Nzoia County has been appointed to be a member of the National Campaign against Drug Abuse Authority Board, for a period of three (3) years with effect from the 17th April, read entire appointment list click here


Geoffrey Mung'ou, mwandishi wa riwaya Mkakasi.
Imepakiwa - Wednesday, April 15 2015 at 09:33

 Kwa Mukhtasari:
 Geoffrey Mung’ou ni mtangazaji wa redio mtajika na mwandishi stadi wa vitabu ambaye anafahamika na wengi kwa jina 'Sauti ya Simba’. Alipitia mengi kabla ya kutimiza ndoto yake ya kuwa mwanahabari mwaka 2010. Tangu wakati huo, hajaribu nyuma na anazidi kutikisa tasnia ya uanahabari na uandishi wa vitabu.

KANDO na kuwa mtangazaji mtajika wa redio, Geoffrey Mung’ou ni mwandishi stadi wa vitabu ambaye anafahamika na wengi kama 'Sauti ya Simba’. Juhudi zake za kutetea Kiswahili zimemfanya kujizolea sifa na tuzo si haba. Tangu kuanzishwa kwa tuzo za kituo cha Kiswahili cha Wasta miaka mitano iliyopita, Bw Mung’ou amekuwa akitambuliwa kila mwaka kwa kuwa katika mstari wa mbele katika kutetea Kiswahili. Kwa sasa anaendelea na mafunzo ya miezi sita katika Kituo cha Habari cha Deustch Welle (DW) Ujerumani.

Tueleze Geoffrey Mung’ou ni nani?
Nilizaliwa mwanzoni mwa miaka ya themanini, mtaani Bugaa mjini Kapsokwony, Mlima Elgon, Kaunti ya Bungoma, wakati huo, Mkoa wa Magharibi. Nilisomea Shule ya Msingi ya Kapsokwony kisha Kibuk (zote Mlima Elgon) na kuufanya mtihani wa KCPE mwaka 1996. Baadaye nililiendeleza masomo yangu katika Shule ya Upili ya Wavulana ya Cheptais, Mlima Elgon na baadaye nikahamia Shule ya Upili ya Wavulana ya Kimilili, Mkoa wa Magharibi wakati huo ambapo nilifanya mtihani wa KCSE. Nilifanikiwa kujiunga na Chuo Kikuu cha Kenyatta ambapo nilihafili mwaka 2007, kitivo cha elimu; Kiswahili na Historia. Kwa sasa naendelea na masomo yangu ya shahada ya uzamili chuoni Kenyatta.

Wewe ni malenga, mwanahabari na mwandishi wa vitabu. Je, ulipokuwa mdogo, ulikuwa na ndoto kuwa ungeyafanya hayo baadaye, au uliitambua talanta hii ukiwa mkubwa?
Waama, nilikitambua kipaji changu nikiwa ningali mtoto. Nilianza kupenda kusikiliza redio hata kabla sijatia guu shule ya chekechea. Nikawa namakinika kandoni pa redio chakavu aina ya Sanyo iliyomilikiwa na marehemu babangu, Jackson Mung’ou. Hapo ndipo sauti za wasomaji habari wa Sauti ya Kenya (VOK) ambayo sasa inafahamika kama KBC, kituo cha habari cha Uingereza (BBC) , DW (Ujerumani) na VOA (Amerika) zilinivutia nikatamani kuwa kama wao siku moja. Hivyo, kipaji cha utangazaji kilianza kukita mizizi moyoni mwangu tangu nyakati hizo. Nilikuwa naigiza hasa sauti za watangazaji wengi wa redio. Kila mara nilipotoka shuleni nilishika redio kwanza kabla ya chakula.
Nilikuwa nikiyataja majina ya wasomaji hata kabla ya ndirimo ya taarifa kuanza. Ratiba zao za usomaji zilikuwa zimenata akilini. Nakumbuka wakati mmoja nikilitaja jina la Ishmael Muhammed, na alipokuwa ndiye msomaji wakati huo, mama akastaajabu kisha akaniuliza, “Kwani huyu umetoka naye shuleni?” Niliwaenzi kama mboni ya jicho, Khamis Themor, Marehemu Jacob William Maunda, David Arap Maiyo, Karani Laban, Ishmael Mohamed, Badi Mukhsin, Khadijah Ali, Leonard Mambo Mbotela, Anakled Araba, Charles Otunga, Jack Oyoo Sylvester wote wa Voice of Kenya (VOK) ambayo kwa sasa ni KBC. Ramadhan Ali, Mohamed Dahman, Abdul Rahman Baramia wa DW, T. Muhando, Aisha Yahya, Ali Saleh, Jumbe Omar Jumbe, Eric Munene wa BBC. Baadhi ya waandishi ninaowahusudu ni Wallah Bin Wallah, Profesa Ken Walibora, S.A Mohamed, John Habwe, Clara Momanyi, chipukizi Jeff Mandila na wengine wengi.

Kando na kuwa mtangazaji wewe ni mwalimu. Je, umefundisha na kutangaza katika vituo vipi?
Baada ya kukamilisha mafunzo ya nyanjani katika Shule ya Wasichana ya Arya na Shule ya Upili ya Highway, zote za jijini Nairobi, nilifunza shule ya CGHU Highridge; Nairobi. Nilipoitwa QFM kufanya mahojiano ya utangazaji, niliondoka shuleni bila idhini kuelekea chuoni Kenyatta kuchukua cheti changu cha shahada ya kwanza kwa vile nilikuwa na uhakika kwamba nisingepewa ruhusa na mkuu wa shule. Hapo ndipo masaibu yalinibishia hodi kwani nilitimuliwa katika shule ya CGHU na sikufanikiwa kupata kazi QFM. Mwaka 2008, nilirudi nyumbani kufunza Shule ya Wasichana ya Kibuk baada ya kuajiriwa na bodi ya shule (BOG).
Baadaye, niliacha mshahara wa shilingi elfu saba kisha nikakimbilia elfu 30 kwenye shule ya kibinafsi ya Daktari Elhefni eneo la Kisumu mwaka wa 2009. Wakati huo wote, nilikataa kuajiriwa na serikali kwa kuwa lengo langu haswa lilikuwa kuwa mwanahabari. Baada ya jaribujaribu na bishabisha za karibu vituo vyote vya matangazo, sikwambii kutimuliwa na bawabu, ndoto yangu ya kuwa mwanahabari ilitimia Mei 2010, nilikojiunga na Radio Maisha ambapo baada ya kuwa ripota kwa takribani miaka minne, nilipandishwa ngazi na kuwa mhariri wa kitengo cha habari. Yarabi Salama. Sasa nimepata fursa ya kutia guu katika kituo cha habari cha DW.

Umeandika na kuchapisha vitabu vingapi?
Nimefanikiwa kuchapisha vitabu viwili, riwaya ya 'Mkakasi’ na novela ya 'Falme Tisa’, cha tatu ki mlangoni. 'Mkakasi’, kilichapishiwa mwaka 2013 na kikawa cha tatu mwaka huo huo kwenye Tuzo za Jomo Kenyatta Book Prize, 2013.

Kwa ufupi tu, nieleze ni dhamira ipi ambayo ulikuwa nayo, ulipoamua kuviandika vitabu hivyo?
Nilipatwa na mshawasha wa kuandika vitabu baada ya kusoma kazi nyingi za watangulizi wangu. Leo hii ndipo nimebaini kuwa nilikuwa nikiiandikia jamii. Mwanzoni wazo la, 'niwe mwandishi kama hao’ ndilo lililonitawala.

Je, kunazo changamoto zozote umewahi kuzipitia katika kazi ya utangazaji na uandishi kwa jumla?
Hakuna bahari iso mawimbi. Kuandika bila kipakatalishi, kukitumia cha kakangu arejeapo kutoka kazini, kuharibikiwa na vifaa kama diskitepetevu kisha kupoteza zaidi ya kurasa 100 za mswada, kuandika upya, kupuuzwa na wachapishaji kutokana na ulimbukeni, ndizo changamoto za uandishi. Kwa upande wa Uanahabari nazo ni tele; kupewa kusoma habari siku moja tu baada ya kudondosha chaki darasani, tena bila kisomo chochote cha uanahabari, 'kusukumwa’ na bosi hata unapokuwa umetekeleza wajibu, kukosea bila kukusudia unapokuwa mtamboni, kushinikiza kukubalika kwa Kiswahili safi miongoni mwa wanahabari wenzangu; kupiga vita kile kiiitwacho na wengine, 'Kiswahili cha wanahabari.’ Ilifika wakati nikatamani kuacha uanahabari nirejee darasani.

Una mipango ipi ya siku za usoni?
Napanga makuu; nataka niandike vitabu vingi zaidi. Kadhalika, nataka nisome hadi nifike kwenye kileleta cha usomi, nisambaze tajiriba katika vyuo na vyombo vya habari.

Kuna vijana wengi wanaotaka kubobea katika nyanja mbalimbali, hebu wape ushauri, ni nini siri ya mafanikio?
Kwanza, fanaka huwakwepa wanaojigeuza bendera kufuata upepo kwa kuiga watu wengine ovyoovyo bila kuwa na lengo. Pili, uwe na msimamo, shikilia kikiki ulicho na uhakika kuwa ndicho. Usitie moyoni kelele za mahasidi. Ukiwa na kinyongo, utajikondesha bure. Mwisho, wapende wote kwa dhati, hata maadui.


Bungoma County Livestock Quarantine Lifted

By Brian Ojamaa

THE Bungoma county Veterinary department has lifted the five-month quarantine on livestock movement.

The ban was imposed in October last year to vaccinate animals infected with foot-and-mouth disease.

Speaking to journalists in his office in Bungoma town yesterday, county Veterinary director Wycliffe Wangwe said the disease had affected many animals.

"Traders have been complaining about the quarantine because all they want is to make money but farmers were happy because the animals are safe," Wangwe said.

He said the ban was first lifted in Bungoma East in January then in Mt Elgon before going to Bungoma West and finally in Bumula.

Wangwe said the Veterinary department will take a few months to monitor the animals before they are vaccinated again.

He said the disease has been reported in parts of Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties, where most traders in Bungoma buy their animals.

Wangwe said traders have to follow instructions from veterinary officers to avoid the spread of the disease. He said they should stop unlicensed selling of animals in coffee and banana plantations without licenses.
Source: The Star Newspaper-Kenya


British tourist dies climbing Mount Elgon in Suam-Uganda.

 Posted: January 24, 2015

A British mountain climbing promoter David Malcolm Prentice has died after developing breathing complications while hiking Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda, report said on Wednesday.Malcolm Prentice was in the company of another tourist whose identity has not been established yet. He has been marketing Mount Elgon to the United Kingdom under a program dubbed World challenge.

The Public Relations Manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority Jossy Muhangi, says the 72-year old tourist had been hiking the steep side of the mountain when he developed breathing complications.

He was filming on the Suam trail of Mount Elgon when the tragedy occurred.
He however died as the guides carried him back to the trail head for medical attention.

This is the sixth time Malcolm had been on hiking on mountain Elgon.
He reportedly started hiking about six years ago and has been visiting Uganda every year since then.

On the previous occasions he had reached the peak of the mountain both from Uganda and Kenya sides.

He is best known as an avid promoter of eco-tourism who had plans of developing and promoting new trails.

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Mt. Elgon Armed Group Commander Captured in Sebei-Uganda

Posted: January 24, 2015 

Julius Chelimo, the most wanted Chief Commander of the armed group accused of being behind the recent coordinated armed attacks on the camps of Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA on Mt. Elgon National Game Park has been arrested.

Julius Chelimo, the alleged Chief Commander of the armed group accused of being behind the recent coordinated armed attacks on the camps of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Mt. Elgon National Game Park has been arrested.
He was arrested at about 9:30pm last night in a joint operation of the police and the army in Kapchorwa town.
Chelimo, a former UPDF soldier who deserted the army six years ago, is accused of being the commander of the armed group that has been terrorizing residents of Sipi and Elgon regions.
His arrest comes barely three months after his 2nd in command George Matsanga surrendered to the army in Sironko in October.
Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander, said a joint operation of the army and the police found Chelimo walking at night in Kapchorwa town when they arrested him.
Chelimo was dressed like a civilian but was found with an AK 47 riffle with 11 live rounds of ammunitions in his possession.
“We captured him alive, without shooting, he was in civilian clothes armed to kill but when we grabbed him he saw our heavy guns pointing at him and he peacefully surrendered”, Opolot said.
He was immediately transferred to Mbale Regional Police headquarters where he is being interrogated.
The armed group comprising mainly of UPDF deserters in October last year led coordinated attacks on the Uganda Wild Life (UWA) installations at Kapkwai in Kapcholwa district killing two army officers who were guarding it before making off with a gun  several rounds of ammunitions.
They reportedly later raided Bumugibole UWA base near Buginyanya where they exchanged with UWA officers killing one person.
This forced the Minister for Internal affairs Aronda Nyakairima to rush to the region where he ordered for the deployment of a platoon of UPDF soldiers together with the police to comb the Mt. Elgon forest in pursuit of the group that had several bases in the jungles of Mt. Elgon forest.
It was later reported that Chelimo and his group crossed to Kenya side of Mt.Elgon but shockingly locals sighted him in Kapchorwa town on Wednesday night when the security was notified.
Opolot said that Chelimo will face charges of murder, deserting from the army and illegal armed operations against government Installations among others. He will be tried in a court martial.
He revealed that the capture of Chelimo brings to three top armed commanders of the group so far arrested after George Matsanga  who surrendered in Sironko in October, and Bosco Musawo another commander who was also arrested in December 2014.

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Man lynched for raping, killing schoolgirl in Mt. Elgon-Kenya

By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted on Friday, October 24th 2014

Mt Elgon; Kenya: A 23-year-old man was on Wednesday killed by an angry mob in Kipsikirok village, Mt Elgon constituency, on suspicion that he had raped and murdered a schoolgirl. The suspect is said to have kidnapped the 14-year-old girl who had been sent to fetch firewood in the nearby Mt Elgon Forest last Saturday. Chepyuk Assistant Chief Rodgers Sangula said the naked body of the Kibumet Primary School pupil was found with a slit throat the next day. "We found the minor's body in the forest on Sunday, a day after she went missing. Her throat had been slit open and she had been raped," Sangula told The Standard by phone. Cheptais sub-county police boss Ezekiel Kiche appealed to the public not to take the law into their own hands, noting that criminal suspects were more useful to the police when they were alive.

 "If we arrest them, they can tell us who their accomplices are," he said.

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 Velma wins Miss Tourism in Bungoma County.

 By Daniel Psirmoi.

Bungoma Governor Lusaka joins in celebrations as Velma Chepchumba wins Miss Tourism, Bungoma County.

    A first-year student from JKUAT is the new Bungoma County Miss Tourism 2014. Valma Chepchumba, 22, from Mt Elgon, was crowned Miss Tourism 2014 after 18 other beauties for the crown. The competition was held abeating t Kibabii University College on September 13 evening, but extended to the next day. Chepchumba, a student at the Kitale campus told The Nairobian she is certain she will win the national Miss Tourism contest slated for 4th December, 2014. She promised to use her new position to campaign against early pregnancies that continue to ravish the region. Bungoma County Governor Ken Lusaka graced the event.


   KSh32 Million Shillings Set Aside for Mt Elgon Bursaries

   Mt Elgon CDF committee has set aside Sh32 million for students' bursaries, MP John Serut has said. He said priority will be given to orphans in secondary and tertiary institutions whose parents were killed by members of the Sabaot Land Defense Forces in 2007. Serut said each student will receive a minimum of Sh10,000. He was speaking yesterday after handing over Sh3.9 million cheques to more than 250 students joining colleges and universities. Serut said the students were given priority to ensure they do not lose their admissions.

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 Mt Elgon Farmers Purchase Coffee Milling Plant


Mt. Elgon-Kenya: Coffee farmers from seven cooperative societies in Mt Elgon sub county have purchased a sh20 million milling plant in a bid to increase their income from the crop by eliminating middlemen profiting from their efforts.

Their spokesman Patrick Ngaina told a meeting presided over by Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, at Chesikaki on Tuesday that it will cost another sh12 million to construct buildings in which the plant will be installed. Mrs Ruto launched the milling plant’s construction.

Mrs Ruto promised she would relay their request to the deputy president and asked them to patiently wait for his response. “I want you to unite, economically empower our women and get our girls educated..let us eliminate teenage pregnancies and early marriages..these practices are retrogressive” she said.

Ngaina said the coffee farmers resolved to purchase the mill after it downed on them they were losing out to middlemen in the marketing of the crop and appealed to both the national and county governments to assist them complete the project this year.

“Previously, we sold our coffee to Sasini, Thika and other dealers in Central Kenya but we never knew exactly how much it was fetching on the international market…we just got statements from these dealers whose authenticity we have been doubting” Ngaina said during his address to the gathering at Bukonoi CDF offices that included Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka and his deputy, Hillary Chongwony.

It emerged that the farmers affiliated to the seven cooperative societies got a sh17.5 million loan from the Cooperative Bank of Kenya which they are now servicing towards the purchase of the milling plant and they received sh5 million from the Special Programmes ministry while the Bungoma county government has offered them sh1 million.

Nganai appealed to the deputy president to offer the farmers in Mt Elgon region financial support to ensure the project and others promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his visit to Bungoma on May 17 were completed successfully.

The head of state indicated during his address at Lusaka’s thanksgiving party that a tea factory would be built in Mt Elgon and the Kapsokwony-Kopsiro-Namwela Chwele road would be tarmacked. Speakers at the meeting demanded that the Chepkube-Cheptais-Sirisia road also be tarmacked to open up the region to regional trade.

Chongwony suggested that the national government opens up a new border post at Chepkube in Cheptais district to link the sub county to eastern Uganda and Southern Sudan.

Also at the meeting were MCAs Ben Kipkut, Jane Chebet, Mt Elgon wsub county administrator Masai Pokose and deputy county commissioner Omar Salat.

Source: Bungoma County Communication Office.

Curtain falls on Sebei’s great farmer-Wilson Chemusto.
By Allan Chekwech. Posted  Sunday, July 21  2014.

The late Wilson Chemusto of Kapchorwa,Sebei-Uganda.

Kapchorwa-Uganda: “I have a grand dream for Sebei. I am a man who tries to uplift farmers. I am just 55 and I still have a lot to do for the world”. That is what Wilson Chemusto, aka, Farmer, told Monitor Newspaper late last year during a courtesy visit to his home. Dressed in a white T-shirt, grey trousers and gumboots, he waxed lyrical about farming, he talked with authority, he breathed with vehement ambition, he dreamed a dream of prosperity; a better world. The farmer painted a picture of a man on a high.

With a clever sense of humour, he joked with his children the same way he would with his peers and visitors to his home. But the cruel hand of death robbed Sebei of such a man last weekend, much to the chagrin of the dwellers of the mountainous region. He was 56.

In Kapchorwa where he had helped found Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers Association and had established a Shs3b warehouse courtesy of World Food Programme, the man born on December 12, 1958 in Siron, Kaptanya Sub-county in Kapchorwa District to Amisi Chesongok and Zisiriya Kokopandrew had become a household name. He had become the powerhouse of the hoe and the garden; a model of sorts and a conqueror of the terrains.

Academic journey
It was in 1965 when Chemusto’s academic journey kicked off at Kapkwomurya Primary School. Because of cattle keeping and rampant rustling, Chemusto spent 10 years in Primary. It is while in primary that Chemusto developed a love for his pet activity – farming.

“While in primary school, I got involved in youth farming and that is why I got a dream to follow my passion,” he told this newspaper during his hey days. And follow the passion he did; 100 per cent of his bread would come from this dream he nurtured just at the turn of 10 years on earth.

So in 1976, he joined Mbale Secondary School for his O-Level. However, his academic journey was soon put on a halt in 1979 due to a gloomy political environment occasioned by the Liberation War that kicked out Idi Amin.

Chemusto, despite dropping out in Senior Four, rallied enough courage to go on and teach at Kapkwomurya Primary School without a teaching certificate. Great ambition he had in his nerves in deed.

As English writer Jane Austen states in her novel of manners, Pride and Prejudice, everyman in possession of a fortune is in search of a woman.

And yes, in 1984, a 28-year-old Chemusto walked up the hills to the family of William Chesambu in Chebukat Village, to ask for the hand of his sweet heart, Sophie, in marriage.

He was shown the green light and he rolled down hills to Siron with the lady; and wedded her in 1986 – two years after the birth of their first born.

The two would get four children; Andrew Timothy Mangusho, Aggrey Lawrence Chebet, Emily Chemutai and Claire Chelimo. And after establishing his family and setting the stage for education of his children, Chemusto soon found himself before black and white again at Makerere University in the early 2000s.

He did a string of certificates from the Ivory Tower, including a Diploma in Public Administration and in 2006, enrolled for a Bachelors course in Business Administration at Busoga University.

Although he kept on oscillating between the classroom and the garden, the farmer maintained a keen eye on the prize he missed when Tanzanians with a group of Ugandan exiles kicked out Amin in 1979. That prize was a degree. He would graduate in 2010.

When the degree landed in his house, he aimed higher. A remarkable effort, it must be noted. At the time of his death, Chemusto was putting together his academic weapons to enrol at Uganda Martyrs University for a Master in Business Administration. It is painful that he did not live to accomplish his dream; but God planned it that way.

Besides his academic journey, Farmer had a host of achievements to his name. In 1990, he produced the best quality maize and won the National Agricultural competition in maize production. He bagged the golden award.

“I was given a ticket to travel to Britain where I visited several farmers. The motive of the trip was to be able to share the experiences back home. When I came back, we formed the National Farmers’ Federation,” he told this newspaper late last year, adding “When I returned, I thought about what to do and how to do it for my region and country”.

It was immediately after the trip to Britain that his path to prosperity was further cleared. Chemusto soon became a role model to many.

“I am now a role model. People across the country come to consult me on agriculture. I am now moving into the nuclear farm. I want to answer President Museveni’s call for commercial farming,” he said then.

“I am a man who tries to uplift people from subsistence to commercial farming. I started humbly but I now employ more than 30 staff and 200 casual labourers. We work with 6,000 farmers, including World Food Programme, Nile Breweries and Naads,” Chemusto said.

Chemusto would proudly count the things farming had brought him. From building a house, buying cars to educating all his children to university level, he grinned gallantly.

His team dealt in barley, maize, sorghum, wheat, among others.

However, although his road had turned smooth, there were a few hurdles that gave him a bloody nose – at times – and there are those he still wished could change for the better.

Climate change, land fragmentation, laid back youth and difficulty in changing the mindset of many farmers from subsistence to commercial farming always gave the role model farmer sleepless nights.

Nonetheless, Chemusto said the youth and women must get involved in agriculture. His widow, Sophie, runs the Great Lakes Coffee initiative which brings together a host of women farmers in the area.

What others say
During the requiem mass at St Luke Church, Ntinda last Sunday, Mr Ateenyi Kanaginagi on behalf of Unada Board of Directors, described Chemusto as the face of Unada and that the man from Kapchorwa was always a team player.

Unada bosses also stressed that the farmer was always available when called upon; he was just next door.

Mr Pat Cheborion, the assistant commissioner for Immigration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, speaking on behalf of the Sabiny community in Kampala, said the region had missed a very enterprising person who had started investing in the central region.

His widow Sophie Chemusto, speaking at the requiem mass, said Chemusto was a loving, kind and understanding man who always had ambition for his family and region.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye to my husband. He was a very loving and kind man. I miss him a lot,” she said as she turned around to reaffirm her love for children and family members who stood behind her as she delivered the pain-filled speech.

However, the death wouldn’t have been more painful for anyone other than Mr David Kissa, Chemusto’s closest friend for decades and workmate at Kacofa.
Mr Kissa, while assuring the community that he would carry on the farmer’s legacy, said he had lost a man with whom he had trekked the smooth and rough road.

“He has been my friend, brother, workmate, etc. We have ascended and descended together, he has been everything to me. We started Kacofa with a group of 27 members under a tree. But now, we have more than 3,000 members and a warehouse worth Shs3b.

Chemusto would always face challenges in the face, he would fire all his bullets and reserve one for times of crisis,” Mr Kissa said, adding that he would do anything possible to keep Kacofa breathing so as to make ‘Farmer’ - a man he said would see gold in dust - smile even in his grave.

Son says
His first born, Mr Mangusho, aka, ATM, says he lost a father and brother in one person.

“He was more of a brother than a father to me. I shared a lot with him. He was very open and always updated me on everything he was doing,” Mr Mangusho says, adding that his father had been approached to run for a political seat for the good he had done for the community but instead they had decided that Mangusho runs for the Kapchorwa Municipality seat should the district be accorded a municipal status before 2016.

Although Mr Mangusho says the death dealt him a heavy blow, he hasn’t developed cold feet on contesting the seat.

Chemusto died of stomach complications in a Mukono hospital last Saturday. He is survived by a widow, four children and three grandchildren.

He was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Siron, Kaptanya Sub-county, Kapchorwa District last Tuesday.

Chemusto may not have accomplished whatever plans he had, but such is life! May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Reps pass motion to sack Bungoma PSB headed by a Sabaot.
By John Nalianya. Posted 20th July, 2014.

From left is chairman of the County public service board Gedion Boiyo Sirai, deputy governor Hilary Chongwony, governor Lusaka and Dr. Janet Manyasi. [PHOTOS|Protus Simiyu|West Fm]

Mt. Elgon-Kenya--Governor Kenneth Lusaka will decide the fate of the Bungoma Public Service Board (PSB). This follows the county assembly's approval of a report by the Public Administration Committee. The MCAs yesterday unanimously passed the recommendation by the committee to fire the PSB members following its investigation of a petition by residents Philip Wanyonyi and Oscar Mulandanome.

Wanyonyi and Mulandanome had accused the board of violating the constitution.

The members of the board include Gideon Sirai (chairman), Elizabeth Wanyonyi (secretary), members Peter Khakina, Janet Manyasi, Rev Peter Masengeli and Stephen Nyongesa.

The committee report states that the appointed administrator (Chair Gideon Sirai) and the subcounty administrators in Mt Elgon come from the same community (Sabaots) – which forms the majority – thereby alienating the Iteso and Bukusu communities.

Public Administration Committee chairman Edward Simiyu said the Board should have balanced the appointments.

Majority leader Majimbo Okumu said Lusaka should follow the recommendations of the assembly.

If Lusaka does not disband the board, the petitioners can seek redress in courts of law.

Petitioner Wanyonyi yesterday told the Star in Bungoma town that he will go to court if the governor does not fire the board members.

“Our petition is the cry and voice of many residents. The governor should listen to the voice of his residents and send the board packing,” he said.

Lusaka is currently in Spain on a trip to woo investors to Bungoma.

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Mt. Elgon-Uganda: Farmers reinstate Seiko as Sebei Union head

By David Mafabi. Posted July 8, 2014.

Kapchorwa-Uganda: A special annual general meeting (AGM) of Sebei-Elgon Cooperative Union (SECU) has re-elected Major Juma Seiko as chairperson.

This comes months after a group of delegates from the 52 primary cooperative societies, led by Mr Kalifan Chemutai, stormed the union and elected Mr George Toskin as chairperson.

The acting commissioner for cooperative development and also registrar of cooperatives, Mr Joseph William Kitandwe, said the special general meeting was called after a pressure group petitioned the Trade ministry over mismanagement, disappearance of property and financial impropriety at the union.

“A section of delegates from SECU petitioned the ministry over mismanagement at the union and wanted the Maj Seiko -led board out, citing incompetence, financial impropriety and failure to hold statutory annual general meetings for more than four years,” said Mr Kitandwe.

The Trade minister, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, while speaking during the meeting on Tuesday heard that Maj Seiko’s term had ended and fresh elections needed to be held.

The meeting comprised about 137 delegates drawn from the 52 primary cooperative societies across Sebei region in Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo districts.

“For this union to be successful, farmers need to own it, you need unity and work towards development, you need leaders who are transparent and accountable to the people and you need to forgive each other to allow healing,” said Ms Kyambadde.

Although he admitted there have been mistakes in the management of the union, Maj Seiko accepted that he had chaired the SECU board since 2009 without a meeting and blamed infighting and politics in the union for it.

“My failure to hold the AGMs was a technical issue that needed funds. You cannot hold a general meeting without money,” said Maj Seiko.

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Four jailed for killing Mt. Elgon Belgian tourist.

By Pascal Kwesiga. Posted 8th June 2014.

Mt. Elgon, Uganda --Belgian national Annick Van De Venster was killed at a camp on the peak of Mt. Elgon in 2008. The army court in Kampala has sentenced to jail the killers of a Belgian mountain climber, six years after her murder in Mt. Elgon National Park. Annick Van De Venster, 35, was shot dead at a camp fired near the peak of Mt. Elgon, court records indicate. She was in Uganda for a month-long tour.

Fred Kipsang was eventually sentenced to 30 years behind bars for killing the Belgian tourist during a General Court Martial session chaired by Brig. Moses Ssentongo on Thursday.

His accomplices, Moses Chemtai, Patrick Chebles and Kamada Chepkurui were each given ten years.

The State prosecution team, led by Capt. Fred Kangwamu, proved that the convicts killed Venster when they shot at her at a hunters’ cave inside the national park on the evening of February 5, 2008.

The court ruled that their stay behind bars will include the time they have been on remand since 2008.

According to the Belgian Embassy officials, the family of the slain tourist has been keenly following the trial of the four men through reports from their country’s consulate in Uganda.

The sentences followed their conviction for killing Venster by the army court last week.

Some officials from the Belgian embassy, who have been following the trial since it started on behalf of the family, were transferred from their country’s embassy in Kampala before the prosecution of the convicts ended.

Court records show that the men traded in firearms, and that they killed Venster on their way back from Kenya where they had gone to sell guns.

All hailing from Kapchorwa district, the men fired shots towards the direction of the camp fire and Venster’s torchlight which they suspected to be from a rangers’ patrol team.

The Belgian national was killed on spot.

In the Thursday court session, Brig. Ssentongo said prosecution had proved all the ingredients of murder and that the convicts’ role in the killing had also been established beyond reasonable doubt.

“The court agreed with prosecution that animals do not light fire and the convicts intended to kill whoever was around the cave. We have also agreed with prosecution that guns are not used as scarecrows but to kill,” he added.

Venster’s murder was unlawful, he said, because she was not a fugitive and was in the country officially.

“Even when she came out of the cave with a touch crying out, the attackers did not stop,” he said.

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Kiprop Appointed Global Youth Ambassador
 By Esly Kania. Posted 07 April 2014.

Mr. Diphus Kiprop Ng'eny has been appointed the UN>Global Youth Ambassador of "A World at School" for a period commencing 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. The Global Youth Ambassadors group was launched on April 1 2014, by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Mr. Gordon Brown. This appointment is in recognition of Kiprop’s outstanding youth advocacy in Kenya since 2008.

According to (, Diphus Kiprop Ng’eny is the C.E.O and Founder of the Vijana Umoja Pamoja Foundation which was formed in 2008 and registered in February 2nd 2012 to become a fully autonomous youth led, not for profit and nonpolitical Kenyan NGO. The mission of the foundation is to promote sound social justice, transparent governance, effective communication, and sustainable results among young people whilst our vision is to enhance and strengthen capabilities of young people to be positive forces of change. Vijana Umoja Pamoja Foundation focuses on supporting and strengthening the capacity and capabilities of the most at risk groups particularly the youth so as to enable them achieve sustainable results. In a way to achieving meaningful and measurable impact, VUP Foundation does this mainly through capacity development, Advocacy, Research and Youth exchanges. In executing its mandate, the organization works around five main strategic areas; Linking and interlinking democracy and Governance, Capacity Building on Social Accountability, Advocacy on Youth Policies and violence prevention as well as Youth sustainable development with particular interest on Environment and Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods with interwoven fabric whose aim and objectives is advancing the youth agenda. VUPF is dedicated to networking young people to create positive and impacting change by motivating them to go beyond good ideas to finding real solutions. Locally, the organizations is engaged with various organizations in promoting pro-poor approaches that enable young people to assert their rights and to influence policies of Government and Non-Governmental Organizations towards achieving self-reliance based on changing realities....Kiprop's Contact Info: Post Office Box 5784 Eldoret 30100. Phone +254 20 2690190--Email: 


Kapchorwa-Mt. Elgon, Uganda: The Land of sports, beauty....By Allan Chekwech

 Posted 30th March 2013.

Tourists take pictures at the famous Sipi Falls while right. PHOTOS BY Allan Chekwech. 

In Summary: The district, famous for producing Olympic and world gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich, and also known for once harbouring female genital mutilation, has more on its face to show the world than the world knows

Kapchorwa which loosely translated, means a ‘friend’s place’ is located on the slopes of Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda. The location of Kapchorwa gives it the sparkling and breath-taking scenery and a natural charm that attracts tourists. The warm welcome the Sabiny will give you contradicts the ever cold environment.

Perhaps, this gives a more appealing feeling that the steadily-growing beautiful country has plenty to offer for those who are prepared to see beyond their air-conditioned safari trucks and satellite-TV hotel rooms.

The district, famous for producing Olympic and world gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich, and also known for once harbouring female genital mutilation, has more on its face to show the world than the world knows.
Located 62km from Mbale Town, Kapchorwa, the mother district of Bukwo and Kween districts, is home to several attractive features.

The district is bordered by Kween to the north and east, Sironko to the south and Bulambuli District to the northeast.

The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at about 74,300, with an annual population growth rate of about 2 per cent. It is estimated that the population of Kapchorwa in 2010 had grown to about 87,000.

Subsistence agriculture is the main economic activity in Kapchorwa District. Crops grown include Millet, potatoes, beans, simsim, sunflower, cotton, coffee, wheat, tomatoes, cabbage, wheat, maize, barley, passion fruits, etc. Animal husbandry is also practised; the livestock domesticated are mainly cattle, goats and chicken.

Under the colonial administration, Kapchorwa District was Sebei County, located in North Bugisu in the now defunct Bukedi District. Kapchorwa was granted district status on February 1, 1962, shortly before Uganda became an independent country.

Kapchorwa District is home mostly to Kalenjin people, including the sub-groups: Sabiny, Pokot and Nandi. They were mainly cattle keepers in the late 1960s but a change was seen when their northern neighbours, the Karimojong, raided most of their cattle, and displaced hundreds of people.

The populations most affected lived along the Kapchorwa plains; particularly in Ngenge Sub-County of Kapchorwa District and in Bukwo.

Tourist attractions
This is where the government plans to build the high altitude training centre. Located in Kwoti, Kapchesombe Sub-county, the area offers a great view of Mt Elgon forest more of Sebei’s blessings. The beautiful rocks, water and vegetation will steal your attention. It is here that Atari River starts and this is where Kapchorwa town taps its water from.

Kapkway Exploration center
There are several trekking trails around Mt Elgon, all open to everybody as this is not a difficult mountain to climb (Sasa, Sipi and Piswa trials). The full trekking circuit to the peak takes between five to six days to complete. The nature walks allow you to see flora and fauna, the enormous caves, gorges and hot springs.

One day hikes are possible from the Forest Exploration Centre at Kapkway, Kapchorwa District. Particularly fascinating is the hike from Sipi Trading Centre to the Sipi Falls, a series of four pretty waterfalls culminating in a 99m drop along the River Sipi, which originates from Mount Elgon.

Sipi Falls
Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls located in Sipi Sub-county. There are a number of lodges and backpackers / campsites in the area offering a range of accommodation for all budgets.

With a cooler climate than most of the country Sipi Falls is a nice place to unwind, relax and literally chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Being on the foothills of Mt. Elgon, Sipi offers a number of alternative activities to the mainstream river activities in and around Jinja. Rob’s Rolling Rock, a local outfit trained by Italian climbers offers abseiling along the side of the main 100m Sipi waterfall as well as climbing on 14 bolted sport routes with a range of difficulty. Other activities include hiking around the local area and visiting the
local waterfalls.
The Sipi River is named after the ‘Sep’, a plant indigenous to the banks of the River. Resembling a type of wild banana, Sep is a medicinal plant, the translucent green frond with a bolt of crimson rib is used for treating measles and fever. Sipi River Lodge, Lagam Lodge, and Crown’s Nest, among others, offer accommodation in Sipi.

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Kshs.10-Million to Schools as Head teachers Pleased with disbursement of CDF-Mt. Elgon,Kenya
Written by Phanice Chepkemoi. 2014-02-25 [NEW]

A section of school principals who attended the heads meeting at St. Mary's Kibuk girls. [PHOTO|Phanice Chepkemoi|West Fm]

Bungoma County-Mt. Elgon:
Secondary school principals in Mt. Elgon are pleased with the way the area MP John Serut is handling constituency development funds.

Speaking during a consultative forum of school heads held at St. Mary’s Kibuk girls in Mt. Elgon, the heads led by their chairman Nicholas Kiboi said the funds have helped them a lot in terms of infrastructure but appealed to the CDF committee to improve boarding facilities in primary schools in order to improve performance.

“Many students who join secondary school from Mt. Elgon don’t perform well because of poor foundation in primary schools, so I appeal to the MP to put boarding facilities to schools bordering the forest,” Anne Boiyo headmistress Kibuk girls said.

They also mentioned bad reading culture among members of the community as one of the causes of poor performance in secondary schools and called on teachers to stock their libraries with books so as to improve English language among students.

Mt. Elgon CDF chairman Geoffrey Chemos who chaired the meeting reiterated that they are going to invest more than 60% of funds in education without interfering with the running of schools.

However he appealed to all teachers to try and change the attitude of parents towards education so that performance in Mt. Elgon can improve.

A cheque of Sh.10 million was presented to the head teachers of 27 schools as bursary for needy students



When taps run dry in a major water catchment area – Mt. Elgon, Kenya.

Thursday, February 20th 2014 at 11:24 GMT +3


Mention water crisis in the country and what immediately springs to mind is arid and semi-arid areas in North Eastern, where the scarcity of the important commodity has sometimes led to bloody conflicts.

Lack of clean drinking water still remains a nightmare that plagues millions in most urban and rural areas.

And one would expect the situation to be much better in places identified as water towers or surrounding regions. However, in Mt Elgon constituency, one of the country’s five water towers, water is a scarce commodity.

The sub county residents have remained ‘thirsty’ for the last five months with no water in their taps, despite the region being an important water catchment area.

Ironically, taps have run dry for months in the major urban centres of Kapsokwony, Kaptama and Cheptais, while people residing in towns like Kimilili, Kamukuywa and Chwele, who tap their water from Mt Elgon, enjoy an endless supply.

The biting shortage prompted residents of Kapsokwony, the headquarters of Mt Elgon, to take to the streets on Tuesday in protest.

The demonstrators, most of them business people from the town, complained bitterly of being forced to get water from a nearby stream or to buy it from vendors occasioning great losses in form of time and money.

Dirty bedding

“Business people especially hotel owners like me are not only making huge losses because of buying water from vendors, but we are also exposing ourselves and our customers to threats of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery and typhoid among others,” said Siphrose Chebet during a meeting with the area Deputy County Commissioner Philip Mbuvi.

Chebet, who is also a director in the Bungoma County chapter of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, said the business community fears the continued shortage of the precious commodity would cripple business activities in the area.

Glen Kiptoch, another resident, said the water shortage has not only affected traders but also schools in the town and health institutions including the Kapsokwony Sub District Hospital.

“There is no water at the district hospital. Patients admitted at the facility are forced to carry their own bedding as there is no water to wash the dirty bedding,” said Kiptoch.

“Two children from this area were recently admitted at Kapsokwony District Hospital after they developed complications after drinking unpurified river water that had leeches,” said Masai Songi, who disputed the excuses given by those charged with supplying water in the area, that the shortage has been occasioned by the prevailing dry weather conditions.

“We don’t dispute, there has been no rain, but how come the mild drought is only affecting the taps in Mt Elgon while the areas downstream have unlimited supply of the commodity, throughout the year?” posed Songi. Speaking separately to The Standard Ndiwa Chemarum, the Mt Elgon Sub County Water Officer and Joseph Manyu,  chairperson of the Elgon East Water Users Association, both acknowledged the problem but said the shortage is not only experienced in Kapsokwony but in almost the entire district.

“The water shortage has been occasioned by both the dry season and poor farming practices in Mt Elgon forest under what is referred to as the shamba system near our water catchments area. This has caused mud and silt to clog our intake systems, causing the scarcity,” said Chemarum, who added that the shortage has forced them to ration water for the residents.

Manyu, whose association is in charge of water supply in the area, explained that the existing project serving the residents especially in Kapsokwony that was started years ago, is inadequate.

No money, no water

“Demand is now higher than what we supply because of a population explosion in the area. Plans are in top gear by the Bungoma County Government to set up another water supply project to supplement the existing one,” said Manyu.

He added: “Most Kapsokwony residents have defaulted in payment of water bills, and the total arrears now add up to over Sh6.5 million for the last two years. This has greatly hindered our service delivery.”

Recently, the Treasury gave clearance for construction of Maragwa and Ndarugu dams in a public-private partnership arrangement. Completion of works for the two dams is expected to ease ongoing water supply deficits within Nairobi County.

Available figures indicate that Nairobi has a water supply deficit of over 150,000 cubic metres.

Nairobi obtains the largest bulk of its water supply from Ndakaini Dam, Ruiru and Kikuyu Springs.



Dormitories of two Schools in Mt. Elgon-Kenya destroyed by fire
Written by Phanice Chepkemoi--2014-02-14 08:35:00

A section of the burnt dormitory. [PHOTO|Phanice Chepkemoi|West Fm]

Bungoma County: Nomorio Prmary School and Cheptikit academy in Mt. Elgon are counting losses after a fierce fire brought down their dormitories at two separate incidences destroying property of unknown value on Thursday night.

Confirming the incidence, Mt. Elgon OCPD John Onditi said the fire started at around 7:30 pm on Thursday night when the students were in class reading and no one was injured during the incident.

Onditi however said they collected samples from the area of the incident in order to start investigations to bring the culprits to book and urged residents who have any report concerning the incident to report to the police.

Mt. Elgon KNUT secretary Stephen Chemonges who also visited the scene called upon well-wishers to come to the aid of the learners by helping them with some of the basic needs.

This is after the Kenya Red Cross Mt. Elgon branch came to their rescue that night of the incident and helped them with beddings.

This is not the first time the school has experienced a fire incident, late 2013 the dormitory of the same school again caught fire and it is believed that the tragedy is being caused by somebody with ill intensions.


Chebombai School Led in Mt. Elgon but needs help

By Norman Lawendy. 28 January, 2014.

Eliud Sichei, the headteacher of Chebombai Primary School , that performed well and led in the entire Mt Elgon District with a mean score of 302 Marks, despite a myriad of challenges, speaking to journalists last Friday.

The school that is at the border of Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia Counties has over 900 pupils and only four classrooms, where standard 7 and 8 pupils conduct their studies. The rest of the school has to contend with makeshift classes under tents and the lower classes take their lessons under trees.

Eliud Sichei, the school headteacher appealed to well-wishers or anybody including the local area MP John Serut through the CDF kitty and the ministry of education to intervene and assist the learning institution to set up more classrooms and basic facilities at the school.

“We badly need more than 10 classrooms in the school and a staffroom, as our good performance has attracted more pupils to the school. We will be grateful for any assistance,” said Sichei.
Source: SIDO News Network


Meet Dr Ndiema, the man who identified location of eclipse

Dr Emmanuel Ndiema, a senior research scientist at the National Museums of Kenya explains point at Koobi Fora museums at Sibiloi National Park in Marsabit County on November 5, 2013. He is the person who established the exact coordinates where the total solar eclipse would fall at the park. 

 In Summary:

  • While other parts of Kenya would experience a partial eclipse, only a small region would have the opportunity to experience the eclipse in its totality.
  • The spectacle would last for only 15 seconds.
  • Someone had to get the exact coordinates of the exact position and time that the eclipse would be experienced.
  • Dr Emmanuel Ndiema is the man who plotted the coordinates to identify the exact point where total solar eclipse would be viewed from in Kenya.
  • About 10 minutes from the much waited moment, whirling winds started blowing from Lake Turkana, causing a heavy cloud cover as if in an attempt to steal the thunder.
  • He says that this eclipse was a big deal for Kenya especially in promoting tourism and opening up of the North circuit.
On November 3, 2013 thousands of tourists and astronomers from all over the world flocked Kenya to witness a rare phenomenon in Equatorial Africa: total solar eclipse.

But according to America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), while other parts of Kenya would experience a partial eclipse, only a small region would have the opportunity to experience the eclipse in its totality.

There was therefore the possibility of people gathering somewhere and the total eclipse passing through elsewhere.

Someone had to get the exact coordinates of the exact position and time that the eclipse would be experienced.

Dr Emmanuel Ndiema, a senior research scientist at the National Museums of Kenya and the Field Director at the Koobi Fora research and training program is the man who plotted the coordinates to identify the exact point where the hybrid total solar eclipse would be viewed from in Kenya.

To Dr Ndiema, this was not an ordinary task.

This was partly because of its complexity but mostly because of the implication it would have to the country and the tourists who had travelled from all over the world to witness this rare phenomenon.


“I had checked all the facts available before plotting the centre line from where we shall view the total solar eclipse.

And since facts don’t lie, we were definitely going to see the total solar eclipse,” Dr Ndiema told the Nation.

And at 5.00pm, the stage was set, with both the actors and the spectators ready for the show.

The moon could be seen moving slowly from west and the sun from the east, ready for a real showdown.

But about 10 minutes from the much waited moment, whirling winds started blowing from Lake Turkana, causing a heavy cloud cover as if in an attempt to steal the thunder.

But just as disappointed spectators started moving into their vehicles accusing scientists of orchestrating a conspiracy, the sun drifted past the clouds followed by 15 seconds of darkness, and Dr Ndiema became the man of the moment.

Although Dr Ndiema has not trained in astronomy, his expertise in mapping and remote sensing coupled with his vast research experience in the Turkana Basin made him the most appropriate person to undertake this delicate assignment.


“It was a humbling experience for me to work with my colleagues from NASA and the Kenya Wildlife Service to come up with the exact point from where the total eclipse would be viewed from,” says Dr Ndiema.

He admits that coming up with the coordinates where the eclipse would be viewed from was a combination of heavy astronomical logics and complex mathematical modeling which is beyond his expertise.

This was done by NASA.

But through his connections with NASA, he was able to access the coordinates and then employed his experience in geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing to come up with the actual points on the ground.

“I have always had a close working relationship with NASA who funded my training in GIS and remote sensing at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida as part of my PhD training,” says Dr Ndiema.

“This made it easy for me to access the coordinates,” he adds.

The process of determining the centre line was a combination of rigorous field work and careful desktop simulations, says Dr Ndiema.

“Missing a single point would mean straying kilometers into wilderness or even worse, into Lake Turkana.

Therefore, I took a lot of the time on my computer before proceeding to field for ground truthing,” explains the Scientist.


His computer simulation landed him in Rocodoni area in Sibiloi National Park, Marsabit County.

And with the support of the KWS, he flew to the area, a distance of more than 800km armed with his coordinates for the actual plotting.

The field work took him only two days and he was ready to wait for the eclipse as any other excited Kenyan and tourist.

“The first point I got was across Lake Turkana but the second and the most important was at the edge of Sibiloi National Park.

By joining the two points, we were able to get the centre line,” he says.

From the line, Dr Ndiema and his team embarked on Northern and Southern limits from where the eclipse would visible.

“From Rocodoni where the total eclipse would be 100 per cent, 12.5km to the North and to the South would receive at least 45 per cent of the eclipse.

This is what we call the limits,” Dr Ndiema explains.

Unlike the sun that moves from east to west, Dr Ndiema notes that the eclipse moves in the opposite direction.


He says that there were a number of factors that made Kenya the best place to view the eclipse from despite the fact that it passed through several other countries neighbouring Kenya.

“The line followed by the eclipse passes the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda, then into Kenya and then exits to Ethiopia.

But in DRC it passes through dense forests and thus increases the chances of experiencing heavy clouds,” says the scientist.

“A similar problem is chanced in Uganda.

But the clear skies in Marsabit and the entire Turkana Basin leave an 80 per cent chance of successful viewing.

Again as it exists into Ethiopia, it’s already dark,” he adds.

Dr Ndiema says that this eclipse was a big deal for Kenya especially in promoting tourism and opening up of the North circuit.

He says that it marks a beginning of a new form of interesting tourism.

“This eclipse marks the opening of the Northern Kenya as a tourist destination.


Owing to the number of local and international tourists who have toured the region waiting for the 15 seconds of darkness, heritage tourism will become a very important industry in this nation,” he says.

He challenges the Kenya Tourism Board to invest in promoting heritage tourism saying that the Sibiloi National Park plays home to several heritage sites which if publicised would help diversify Kenyan tourism from the coastal beaches.

“Scientists and researchers believe that Koobi Fora is the origin of humankind and as such people all over the world should be encouraged to pay a pilgrimage at least once in their life time.

The scientist who has spent 13 years at the Koobi Fora Museum in Sibiloi is the Field Director at the Koobi Fora Research and Training Program.

It is managed by the National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with various Universities in the world.

Dr Ndiema holds a Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology and doctorate in the same field specialising in land use changes by pastoralist communities.

He trained in GIS and remote sensing at Kennedy Space Station, Florida as part of his PhD training in a fellowship funded by NASA.
                                         Source: Nation Media Newspaper-Kenya.


Is defeated Sabaot Land Defence Force plotting a comeback?

By STANDARD REPORTER 28th October 2013.

The late SLDF Commander Mr. Wycliffe Matakwei speaks to journalists.[File Photo]

He is bright-eyed and looks more nervous than I am.

He is dressed in army camouflage. From our correspondences, I knew ‘The Terminator’ was a huge man, perhaps over 6-foot-1 inch.

But I am struck by how bony he is, with bony wrists.

His firearm is partly rested on his lap and two knives dangle from his webbed belt. Beside him is a stone-faced, bare-chested man, in his early 30s, holding a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun.

He regularly disappears into the bushes before re-emerging, possibly keeping watch of any infiltrators.

The Terminator, whose name is borrowed from Bosco Ntaganda, a Rwandan soldier who first helped overthrow the Hutu-led government after the Rwandan genocide, says the dreaded Sabaot Land Defence Forces ( SLDF) is not dead.

“We were aestivating; we are almost back. We have to have our land back,” he said with a husky voice.

“We regret the killing our kin. But we are not ashamed of our call to have historical land disputes in Mt Elgon solved.”

SLDF is accused of killing over 600 people and displacing over 66,000 people between 2006 and early 2008.

Under the control of Wycliffe Matakwei, the guerrilla militia said to possess over 35,000 soldiers was also accused of torture, rape and destruction of property. Its members were drawn from the Sabaot community, a Kalenjin sub-tribe whose kin are also in Western Uganda.

“The late Matakwei was a figure-head. The actual engineers of the offensive included former security personnel,” said The Terminator.

The Mt Elgon land conflict can be traced back to the colonial times when Africans were alienated from their lands to create room for white settler farms.

Historians say Trans Nzoia County was initially the community’s grazing land before it was taken away from them in the early 1930s.

This resulted in intra-community hostility.

Oathing ceremony: The Mosop, meaning people of the highlands, relocated to Chepkitale, a trust land, on the slopes of Mt Elgon. The Soy, people of the lowlands, settled on the lower part of the mountain.

In 1965, a plan was launched to resettle the Mosop away from Chepkitale, a water catchment area that needed to be conserved.

The establishment of a game reserve in 1968 further catalysed the resettlement plans. Ultimately, the Mosop were moved to Chepyuk in 1971 through Legal Notice No. 35 of 1968.

The first phase of the resettlement, known as Chepyuk I, was carried out between 1971 and 1974. But some families missed out on this allocation. They petitioned the government, and in 1979, the government set aside some pieces of land in Cheptoror and Kaimugul, later named Chepyuk II, to settle them.

This new home proved hostile to the Mosop, the traditional herders, who were used to vast chunks of land in the forest.

Some attempted to relocate back to Chepkitale; others sold their pieces of land to the Soy. The Soy ended up dominating the scheme that had been created for the Mosop. Ironically, some Mosop complained about illegal acquisitions of the land by the Soy.

A hot dispute emerged compelling the government in 1988 to order re-evaluation of the allocation. The audit saw all allocations withdrawn.

Fresh applications were invited but the committee could not manage the huge number of applicants.

As a way out of the muddle, the committee introduced balloting. It also limited land size to two hectares per family.

In the end, a group of Mosop was settled in Cheptoror and Kaimugul areas, while applications from members of other communities, including the Soy who had already settled in the area, were omitted.

In 1993, the government issued a directive to resettle the affected Soy people. Additional land at Chepkurkur and Korng’otuny was set aside for what would become the third phase of resettlement, referred to as Chepyuk III. This was intended for 1,732 families with two-hectare allocations.

The process was delayed until 2006 in a bid to avoid preceding allocation blunders.

The politics of the 2005 referendum, fuelled the building tension.

“This was the genesis of the SLDF,” said The Terminator.

He says while SLDF may have lost the community’s support in its quest to have the region’s land problems addressed, but in the background reconciliation and cleansing is ongoing to have them accepted back.

“We apologise for the grievous mistakes committed. But we will cautiously apply force against our enemies who do not want the land issue ironed out.”

Security insiders say it has proven difficult for Kenya to hunt down the SLDF commanders and soldiers, who are in hiding in the volatile Northern Uganda, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr David Sichei, believed to be the militia’s training commandant and strategist, for instance, is still at large.

Speaking exclusively to The Standard On Saturday at an undisclosed location in northern Uganda, The Terminator explained the SLDF’s strategies.  “We had a vibrant chain of command. There were three separate divisions: A military, a spiritual and a political wing,” said The Terminator.

Despite the rich presence of former security personnel, the military wing of the SLDF was headed by the youthful Matakwei.

The spiritual division was crucial to SLDF’s military strategy. It was led by Jason Manyiror, according to The Terminator. It administered oaths, encouraged youth to enrol in the militia and promised them supernatural protection.

“The divine arm was very important in our work; we needed them to predict what to expect in our operations, and how best we could avoid our enemies,” he said.

But the force driving SLDF was the political wing whose captains were the community’s elite. The only known person was self-proclaimed spokesman, John Kanai.

Police patrols

This is the arm that funded key operations of the militia. It also generated propaganda to cement their cause. Around November 2006, for instance, it is the political wing that called for territorial expansion to the border of West Pokot and Trans-Nzoia.

“The political division still enjoys the discipleship of some senior members in the government,” said The Terminator.


Even as the interview ended, The Terminator was not willing to share his real name. “You will hear of it when we liberate our land,” he said.

Police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki, however, said that Mt Elgon residents should not be worried of the alleged SLDF resurgence. “Security officers are on the ground carrying out normal patrols; there should be no fear of insecurity,” she said.

Source: standardmedia (Kenya)


IDPs’ woes linked to girls exploitation in Mt. Elgon-Kenya.


Twelve of 18 pupils said to be pregnant at Chepkurkur Primary School in Mt Elgon are already married, even as it emerged the IDPs problem could have contributed to rising cases. Some fled to Uganda and Trans- Nzoia County after learning that members of the Provincial Administration were on their trail. Two others, according to the deputy head teacher Winrose Kimtai,  had been married as second wives, and are back to their homes, after disagreeing with their supposed ‘husbands’.

They stay with their relatives far away from the area. The whereabouts of two other girls are unknown.

The relentless fight against marrying off school girls by the school head teacher Zakayo Ndiema and area assistant chief Samuel makan have made them receive threats from the offenders, some who are said to be boda boda operators.

Mr David Chemiat, a parent believes that underage girl and teenage pregnancy is prevalent in Cheptais District, especially in schools that are adjacent to Mt Elgon Forest in Chepyuk Phase Three Scheme that is in Emia Location.

He says most families in the area who were previously IDPs were recently resettled in the area and have not built decent houses.

“According to our Sabaot culture, you cannot share a house with your children after they reach a certain age.  If the Government builds us houses like other IDPs in the country, we shall be able to monitor our daughters’ nocturnal activities easily and they won’t be able to stray, if we stay under one roof,’’ he said.

Chemiat appealed to the Jubilee Government, especially through Deputy President William Ruto, who he singled out as one that understands the region’s problems, to come to their aid.

“Can they bring laptops here when class one to class four kids are learning under trees? When there is no electricity? he posed.

Standard Newspaper-Kenya.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Concern as 18 schoolgirls fall pregnant in Mt. Elgon-Kenya.

By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted 12th June, 2013.

Shocked residents of Emia location in Mt Elgon Constituency are trying to digest news that more than 18 underage girls of one primary school are confirmed to be pregnant.

The Chepkurkur Primary School girls were confirmed to be pregnant last week during a stormy Parents and Teachers Association meeting. The girls have subsequently dropped out of school. The news has left residents in disbelief, with majority of them seeking to know the identity of those who put the girls in the family way.

In what may leave gender and girl-child right activists seething with rage, all the victims are minors including one girl who is in Standard Four.

Speaking to The Standard in Kopsiro, acting District Officer Peter Kiprop, who attended the parents’ meeting said the Provincial Administration has launched an investigation to apprehend those responsible.

“Girls in the school have been getting pregnant at an alarming rate.  One girl in Class Four, five in Class Six, eight in Standard Seven and four were supposed to sit final Class Eight national examinations this year,” Kiprop told The Standard.

According to the administrator, the parents at the meeting admitted laxity in exercising responsibility over their children. It was also established that some of the parents have allegedly received threats from offenders, who include pupils in the school.

A concerned parent, who requested anonymity, pointed an accusing finger at some security officers at Banantega camp situated a few kilometres from the school.
                                                         Source: Standard Newspaper-Kenya.

Sabaot ‘Standard’ journalist authors Swahili novel.

By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted May 22nd 2013.

Scribe Geoffrey Mung’ou displays a copy of the novel, Mkakasi. [PHOTO: DANIEL PSIRMOI/ STANDARD]

There is a notion by a section of scholars that Journalism may be in one way or another graveyard for Literature. They argue that joining Journalism by a literary scholar would kill one’s career.

Geoffrey Mung’ou, however, is proving the proponents of this view wrong by juggling both careers with relative ease.  The radio journalist with The Standard Group, who is also a trained Literature teacher, has his first Swahili novel, Mkakasi, selling in major bookstores in the country. The 210-page book published by Jomo Kenyatta Foundation is cleverly woven on themes like education, religion, HIV and Aids,  love, jealousy, promiscuity, hypocrisy, conflict,  and youth unemployment, among others.

The novel also discusses the incessant strikes in higher institutions of learning. In the book, which he started writing while a student at Kenyatta University, he delves into the current affairs and manages to tell it all in attractive and captivating Swahili. Mungou’s target readerships are students both in secondary schools and universities.

 “I recommend that whoever wants to enrich his grip of the Swahili language should grab a copy of Mkakasi and read its contents,” he advises. Growing up in Kapsokwony, Mt Elgon, Mung’ou says his childhood dream was to be a radio presenter. He recalls imitating more than 30 news anchors of yore, including Khamis Themo, David arap Maiyo, Willy Mwangi, Ishmael Mohamed, Badi Muksin, the late Jacob William Maunda, Elias Magembe, Mwamoyo Hamsa and Tom Atandi, to the amusement of his peers and parents.

“My proficiency in the language was inspired by listening to the radio as I grew up as a child in the late 80s and 90s,” he adds.

Currently, he is radio presenter at the Radio Maisha. According to Mung’ou, he was bitten by the writing bug when he joined high school after reading Siku Njema, a literature set book by Ken Walibora Waliaula, a journalist-turned author and now Swahili school

Swahili grammar

Mung’ou associates his competence of Swahili grammar to the effort of great scholar of the time — Wallah Bin Wallah.  However, it is after he joined Kenyatta University in 2003 to study Bachelor of Arts in Education, majoring in Kiswahili and history that he started actualising his dream by putting ink onto paper.  He tried to pen his first novel though he was discouraged by some of his friends who alleged that his origin Mt Elgon could never be associated with Swahili. “I started penning Mkakasi in 2003, when we had a long break occasioned by a lecturers’ strike. I finished a year later but it was rejected by over four publishers who showed contempt even before perusing through my manuscript. Others up to date have never even bothered to give me a reason why they rejected my work,” says Mung’ou, a two-time winner of the WASTA Awards (2011 and 2012). The awards are given in recognition of those committed to the advancement of Swahili in various spheres.

 He adds that the new crop of writers have great potential and gives an example of   Jeff Mandila, a young writer who won an award in the Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize in 2012 with his maiden Swahili novel Sikitiko La Sambaya. Mung’ou has finished working on three other books; one, which he says, may rattle Swahili scholars.

Hamisi Omar Babusa, his former lecturer at Kenyatta University and Swahili scholar who has read Mung’ou’s debut book made the following comments:

“Mkakasi ni riwaya babukubwa inayoakisi masuala ibuka, yakiwamo yale yanayowahusu vijana, sikwambii uozo wa jamii, (Mkakasi is a masterpiece that dwells on the current happenings and affairs, includ ing what bugs the young people and moral decay in the society)’’.

To enhance learning of Kiswahili as a language, Mung’ou has a programme on Radio Maisha — ‘Nuru ya Lugha’ with Hassan Mwana wa Ali every Saturday from 8am to 11am.<END>
                                                                                  Source: Standard Newspaper-Kenya.

Elder Eliud Wandiema Succumbs to Illness at Eldoret Memorial Hospital-Kenya

Eliud Nondiindet Wandiema passed away after a short illness due to cancer on 1st March 2013 at the age of 83 at Eldoret Memorial Hospital while undergoing treatment. He passed away in the evening while surrounded by family members immediately after his son David had finished praying.

Eliud was an accomplished businessman and a competent farmer. He was among the first Sabaot farmers to introduced large scale coffee and cabbage farming in Cheptais-Mt. Elgon, Kenya. He was a fearless courageous man who opted to establish a three-storey business-home in the center of Bungoma town.During  the infamous many land conflicts between Bukusus and Sabaots, all Sabaots ran away seeking safety elsewhere while Eliud stood his ground and never relocated an inch because he believed that Bungoma was and still is our ancestral land. He was also a shrewd politician who would have been very excited if he was alive today to witness the political success of Sabaots in Trans-Nzoia - a place where he was born and then lived there for some years before his family and the entire Sabaot community was forced out by wabeberu(colonialists).

Eliuds Early life: Eliud was born in 1930 in the family of Mzee Samuel Ndiema Arap  Muge in Trans-Nzoia (Kaapsubet or Kasawai). He grew up there until after his circumcision in 1947. He pursued his elementary schooling at Kapsokwony in 1945-1947. Then he proceeded to Hudson Sanja’s Misikhu Intermediate Private School. He then proceeded to Mbiu Koinange’s Githunguri Secondary school where he met Mbiu Koinange and Mzee Jomo Kenyatta among others during the struggle for independence. Then after finishing school he opted to venture into Agriculture where he was involved in coffee, Horticulture(cabbage,Onions )and maize farming. Farming earned him a lot of money and he opted for bigger dream and made a business trip at one time to to Zaire which lasted or a year with a 6-month stop over in Kampala-Uganda. While in Kampala he enrolled in a college and received a diploma certification in Book Keeping (Accounts), short-hand and type writing. It is this college skill, which became useful when he was elected the Chairman of Chepkube Farmers Coffee Society. Later after being Chairman for three years, he was elected to be the Secretary of the same organization (Chepkube Farmers Coffee Society) a position he held for five years.

He left work at the society and ventured into business by opening a huge shop at Cheptais shopping center and became the first Sabaot in history to buy a brand new car in 1961. Unfortunately his business collapsed. In 1969 & 1974 he ventured into most rhetoric  politics running against Daniel Moss & later Wilberforce Kisiero to be Mt. Elgon Member of Parliament but was unsuccessful. Earlier in 1967 he went to Nairobi and ventured into being an accomplished  colporteur selling SDA religious books. While selling  religious books, he was able to  reach late president Jomo Kenyatta and many other dignitaries in the government whom he had met while taking his studies at Githunguri befoire independence .He made  a lot of money and also established a network of friends who helped him secure a huge loan that helped him buy a prime plot in Bungoma town and consequently constructed a three-storey business-home.

Eliud's Religious Life: He was a Christian who spent all his life as a Seventh -Day Adventist Church Member since childhood. He was baptized in 1950 and his membership transferred to Kaprot SDA church in 1962. He was a devout generous Christian who helped many needy people and also donated land for the construction of Cheptiya SDA church & Cheptiya SDA Primary and had also instructed his son David to start a Secondary school at Cheptiya  because of David's involment  in setting up  Segero Group of schools. As mentioned earlier he was involved in evangelization through selling of Christian books at Nairobi continuously for over five years which earned him the highest credential ranking in salesmanship.He was the top at Central Kenya Conference and East African Union

Eliud’s Family: Eliud was married with four wives. His two wives Gladys and Justine are still alive while Hellen and Teina are deceased. The first wife Gladys has eight children with four of them deceased. Glady’s four living children are Moses Barkaja Wandiema (Former District Commissioner and Currently Deputy-Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture), David-Washington Kiptorus Ndiema (former Auditor at Moi University and currently Director & the owner at Transaction Link International Ltd), Hellen (Secondary School Teacher) and Ezekiel; while the other four deceased children are Isaac, Paul, Anne and Simon. The Second wife Teina (Deceased) had 5 children: Jacob,Daniel, Asher  and Karen the third wife Hellen (Deceased) had two children (Methuselah and Aaron). The fourth wife Justine has 6 children: Obed,Esther Samuel,Monica, Joshua and Rose. Mzee Eliud is also survived with other children: a married daughter named Rovernice Ndiema ,Married sons ,Peter Ndiema,Stanley,Philip.The Mzee is  survived with several grandchildren and also  great grandchildren.

Burial Arrangements: Burial is scheduled to be held on 15th March 2013 at his home in Cheptiya at Cheptais. The funeral committee is appealing for funds to pay for the huge medical bill and any contributions can be deposited to MPESA account of Moses Barkaja Wandiema cell # 0723009074 or MPESA account of David Ndiema at cell # 0725456273.

On behalf of the Sabaot Community, SIDO News Network would like to wish the family God’s courage as they mourn the passing of a loved Father and consequently for the Sabaot community for loosing our community statesman, devout businessman/farmer and a judicious Adventist.

Biblical verse from Eliud: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

Information Source: Rtd. Pr. KPK Kania, Moses Wandiema and David Ndiema.

Written by Esly Kania – Minnesota, USA.



By DANIEL PSIRMOI. Posted 24th February 2013.

Over 5 business people in Kapsokwony town, Bungoma County are counting heavy losses after their business premises and stock were reduced to ashes on Friday night in a suspected arson attack. Property of an unknown value was destroyed in the inferno that was allegedly started by a jilted wife who set ablaze her husband’s shop.

With the nearest fire brigade engine being in Bungoma and Kitale other traders and wananchi were forced to watch helplessly as the raging flames spread to nearby row of shops and kiosks.

Speaking to the Standard after recording a statement at Kapsokwony Police station, Titus Osia whose shop was set ablaze said he had domestic problems with his first wife, who now remains to be the main suspect.

According to Osia, his estranged woman attacked his co-wife prior to the incident causing her bodily harm, it is when she took her to hospital that the suspect sprinkled petrol on the shop and set it on fire.

“Two days ago stock of Ksh. 800,000 was delivered to my wholesale shop by a creditor that is all gone now. An investment of over 1 million shillings has now been reduced to ashes,” said Osia.

Emily Cheptoek one of the traders whose two premises- a shop and a grocery store were razed to the ground said had lost her entire source of livelihood.

“The proceeds from the two businesses were what I used to feed, clothe and take my children to school with, I do not know what to do now,” said Cheptoek adding that her  capital was a loan she obtained a loan from a microfinance institution.

 The Mt Elgon OCPD James Kithuka confirmed the incident and said investigations and manhunt for the suspected arsonist have been launched by his officers.

                                                                       Source: Standard Digital Media – Kenya.


NARC-Kenya’s Karua and Augustine Chemonges campaign in Mt. Elgon.

By DANIEL PSIRMOI. Posted 10th February 2013.

Narc Kenya presidential candidate Martha Karua yesterday took her campaigns to Bungoma County where she called on Kenyans to elect leaders who have no tainted record.

Mrs Karua noted that she was concerned that most of her competitors have no moral authority to fight graft as they have been beneficiaries of it.
"You know that the number one problem bedeviling this country and that has made us lag behind is the looting of public resources by few  people, some who now want to be elected to office, you can not trust these people" she said in Kapsokwony.
She said Kenyans should seize the opportunity granted to them on 4th March to vote in credible leaders and know that their life after the polls depends on the choice they make. Karua added that she was the best choice for the president noting that she has a clean record and the will to fight graft genuinely.
" In 20 years that I have been in politics my name has not been mentioned in any scandal, If you send me to statehouse I will safeguard the resources of Kenyans." 
"  I will not laugh with those who loot public property and make majority of the citizens wallow in poverty," Karua said.

She took a swipe at her opponents in the leading alliances, observing that they have nothing new to offer to the people.
"  They have held top leadership positions, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers what is that they want to do that they did not do in those positions? Ask them when they come here what prevented them from performing when they had a chance."

  Most Kenyan leaders, she observed are hypocrites and self-seekers who will resort to working with any one as long as they get votes.

"Wengi ni vigeugeu, jihadharini nao. Huwezi ita mtu majina halafu kesho yako unamtaja kama running mate, ( You can not trash your opponent today, call him names and tomorrow you  pick him as a running mate)," she said, in an apparent reference to the leader of CORD Alliance. 

Karua was accompanied by her running mate Augustine Chemonges Lotodo. They addressed a well attended roadside meetings in Kamukuywa, Kaptama, Kapsokwony and Cheptais.

Lotodo whose mother hails from Mt. Elgon asked the constituents to support their team noting that their government will be all inclusive.
" She picked me, from a small community as her vice president, and moreso my mother is a sabaot from this area, that is already a good sign and you should know that you are well represented" said Lotodo.

Augustine Chemonges Loile Lotodo is the son of the late Francis Polisi Loile Lotodo who was Pokot Member of Parliament and a Minister through KANU party for a long time from 1980 until his demise in 2000 due to throat cancer. His Father was a principled man who stood his ground by always vividly articulating the needs of his people which led to differing with President Moi then later being arrested and incarcerated. The same strong traits of a straight-forward man are exhibited in his son who has vowed to defend the rights of all minority tribes and ensure equitable distribution of resources to all Kenyans. Augustine is a former Kenyan representative in the East African Legislative Assembly [EALA]: 2007-2012. He has a B.A in Geography/Economics, a Masters degree in Economics and was Pursuing a PhD in Economics before forfeiting it due to family reasons associated with his father's demise. He is currently married with four children.

 Watch Augustine Chemonges being Interviewed at KTN in Nairobi-Kenya:



Pierson escapes Roll-over auto accident while Lazarus recovering from fractured leg

By Daniel Psirmoi and Esly Kania. Posted February 3rd 2013.

Minneapolis CityMinnesota (USA) – Pierson Saab Kania, a Sabaot in diaspora, escaped with minor injuries when his Chevy SUV vehicle (Pictured above) lost control at night while coming from work then hit a side-wall barricade before rolling over and landing upside down. His reflex action took over and he used his bare hands to break the glass-window to free himself from the damaged car whose engine was still on. The accident happened due to severe snow and subzero temperature that resulted in slippery roads which is a weather condition prevalent during winter season in not only Minnesota State but also other North and Eastern states in USA.


The emergency rescue crew (traffic police, fire department and ambulance) arrived at the scene within less than five minutes and he was rushed to a close-by hospital where he was examined, treated and discharged the same night. He suffered minor chest and hand injuries and was still in a state of traumatic shock as he spoke to SIDO News Network on phone. His car was totaled by his insurance company.  Firstly thanks to God and secondly the fact that he was wearing a safety belt which the police at the scene said helped minimize injuries and maybe saved his life too. Indeed we urge all forum members to always wear safety belt while in any moving automobile (including boda-boda) in order to minimize injuries and in some cases save life.

Adapting to new weather conditions is one of many challenges that our Sabaots in Diaspora encounter as they adjust to make a home far from home. END


NairobiKenya – Lazarus Chesire Pukan our SIDO Board member and also an employee of Jomo Kenyatta airport (Air Control Traffic department) is recuperating after undergoing surgery to repair his fractured leg (hallux valgus surgical correction). While speaking to SIDO News Network, he narrated the painful ordeal he underwent prior and during surgical treatment. “Thanks to God that I am feeling better now and hopefully I will fully recover soon” Lazarus said. He is out of work on short-term medical leave and will also be inactive from SIDO activities for a few weeks. END


KCPE: Sabaot-Girl number one in Bungoma/Kalenjin counties and 7th nationally.
By Daniel Psirmoi (SIDO News Network-Kenya).

Kwemboi Adelaine Memoi (center) the top student  from Mt. Elgon with 424 marks and 7th nationally in female category celebrates with her parents and friends [Photo by Eric Lumbasi of West Fm].

Adlide Memoi Kwemboi a 12 year old girl of Nomorio Blessed Academy in Mt. Elgon made the Sabaot community proud as he scored 424 marks enabling her to emerge number one candidate in Bungoma County, number 15 in mixed gender nationally, number seven in the female category nationally and number one in the entire Kalenjin community counties. It is the second consecutive year that a Sabaot girl has emerged top in Bungoma County and the Kalenjin Counties respectively. Last year Lornah Chepkurui from Cheptikit Academy in Kapsokwony (Mt. Elgon) was number one with 433 marks.

Memoi said she knew she would do well in her examinations because she put in a lot of effort in studies, but was surprised at being the top pupil in Bungoma County and also being among the top nationally.

“I was surprised to hear my name being mentioned on the radio, I knew I would pass but not as much," she told SIDO New Network at her former school amid cheering and jubilations of her teachers and schoolmates.

Memoi who dreams of becoming an engineer and who was also the school head-girl attributed her good results to commitment, discipline, and hard work.  She said her best subjects were Mathematics and English.

She also credited her parents who she said were highly supportive throughout her schooling and consequently praised her teachers for contributing towards her good performance 

Memoi’s father Patrick Kibit, a headteacher at Kamuneru ACK Primary School and her mother JaneMary Kibit were full of praise to their last born daughter.
" She is disciplined girl, very hardworking, we knew she would perform well but never in our wildest of dreams imagined she would emerge top in the whole of Bungoma County," said her father Kibit.
" My last born child has made me proud, of my eight children none has performed like she did. I am a very happy mother," said Janemary.

The private school which began in 2004 is about 5 kms from Kapsokwony The school director Grace Ayieta and the headteacher Alfred Nyarotso paid tribute to Memoi saying she was a disciplined and hardworking girl and urged other pupils to emulate her.

Mt. Elgon Deputy District Education Officer, Alice Sitawa said she was very pleased with the results  and added that the district is on the right track.
" Last year we produced the top candidate in the county, a girl again from Cheptikit Academy, we were ranked the second district in the county after Bungoma South, let those who underrate Mt. Elgon know that we have woken up," Sitawa said.<<


Kenya AG opposes Mt. Elgon Sabaot case application for review of its Judge.

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Posted 24 January 2013: The Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya has asked the Appellate Division of the EACJ to dismiss the Application by Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) seeking the review of its own judgment which was rendered on 15th March 2012 in favor of the Kenyan Government as the Court ruled that the matter was filed out of time.

Appearing before Justices Harold Nsekela, President, Philip Tunoi, Vice President, Emillie R. Kayitesi, Laurent Nzosaba and James Ogoola on Tuesday, State Attorney Mr. L. Ngugi Muiruri representing the Attorney General of Kenya argued that EACJ does not have the jurisdiction to review its own judgment and that the application was not properly before the Court. He said that there are no errors shown as alleged that the Court did not consider the police report and no grounds as well to show that injustices have been caused to the Applicants.

Ms. Kethi Kilonzo, an advocate for Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) however prayed Court to allow the Application and find that it has the jurisdiction to review the judgment under Article 35 (3) of the Treaty for Establishment of East African Community. The Article provides that An Application for review of judgment may be made to the Court only if it is based upon the discovery of some fact which by its nature might have had decisive influence on the judgment, if it had been known to the Court at the time the judgment was given, but which fact, at that time was unknown to both the Court and the Party making an Application..

She argued that the Court concentrated on the errors of Laws not errors of facts and evidence and therefore did not consider the Police Investigation Report which was substantial in considering the computation of time under Article 32 of the Treaty and therefore caused injustices.

The subject of the matter is where the Kenyan Government is accused of failing to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for executions, acts of torture, cruelty, inhuman and degrading treatment of over 3,000 Kenyan residents in Mount Elgon District was in contravention of the Treaty.

The said acts were a result of land settlement schemes in the Mt. Elgon area where an armed militia known as Saboat Land Defence Force was formed in the district and grew to terrorize and execute residents of that area, causing the government to deploy security forces to carry out an operation known as OPERATION OKOA MAISHA.

During the operation, residents of Mt. Elgon reportedly lost their lives and were tortured in an attempt to flush out the members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force, houses were burnt, women and young girls were raped, innocent residents were arrested and money was extorted from residents for release.

Court said its judgment on the matter would be delivered on notice.

SOURCE: East African Court of Justice (EACJ)


Mt. Elgon Coffee farmers set to reap big from Norway market.
By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted on 22nd January, 2013.

The future of coffee farmers in Mt Elgon is looking bright after a Norwegian based businessman entered into an agreement with a local factory to purchase their coffee.

The businessman, Tim Wendlboy, who is an international coffee roaster signed a deal that would see him purchase over a million kilograms of coffee annually from Sasuri Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd in Cheptais District, Mt Elgon Constituency in Bungoma county.

Speaking to The Standard, Sasuri Factory Chairman Amos Mamboleo said the agreement was a culmination of a prolonged wait for the approval of their products by the client.

“The new development between the businessman and Sasuri is the outcome of a thorough and tireless process of visitations, consultation and product assessment conducted by teams from the two entities,” Mr. Mamboleo said.

The chairman noted that it was upon the farmers to work extra hard because the company has a challenge to bridge the gap of about 300,000kg.

“We produced 709,800kg of coffee in the previous financial year and our partner demands a million kilograms. I therefore appeal to farmers within Mt Elgon to scale up their production to enable the company honor its obligation within the new arrangement,” he said.

Unstable prices: According to the Mt Elgon District Co-operatives Officer Willys Opemi, a total of 3,403,412 kilograms of coffee was delivered by various marketing societies within the region and sold at the rate of Sh65.50 per kilo in 2011.

Despite being the predominant cash crop in the region, the coffee industry has been dodged with various setbacks in the past including exploitation and unstable prices.



Samson Kimobwa a Kenyan World athletic legend succumbs to sudden illness.

  • A Kenyan Sabaot-Kalenjin born in Kitalaposho, Mnagei location in Kapenguria.
  • First African athlete to break 10,000 meters world record.
  • Graduated from Washington state university (USA)1975-1980 with Bachelor of Education specializing in Agriculture and Economics.
  • 31 years teaching career: Marakwet high School 1982-2001 and Kapenguria Boys High School 2001-2013.
  • Coach and Mentor of many famous athletes like Moses Kiptanui, Ishmael Kirui, Reuben Kosgei, Vincent Malakwen and many more.

-Samson Kimobwa 
Samson Bein Kimobwa a Kenyan Sabaot legend athlete succumbed to sudden illness on 15th January 2013. It all started on Monday 14th January 2013, when Kimobwa reported to his place of work at Kapenguria Boys high school, the first day that school opened and during the day he started experiencing excruciating stomach pains. He was immediately taken to Kapenguria District Hospital where he was diagnosed with stomach related ailments: Brucelosis, Typhoid and ulcers, thereafter he was given medications and discharged. The next day, the same stomach excruciating pains re-emerged and they tried rushing him to Kitale town, a more equipped hospital but died on the way and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cherangani Nursing Hospital in Kitale. The body was later transferred to Cherangani Nursing Home mortuary. He was 58 years old when he passed away.

When SIDO News Network through Esly Kania spoke to the widow Mrs. Bilha Lutilo Kimobwa (a teacher at Kipkorinya primary school), she was at great pains explaining the sudden illness that took away his beloved husband. Indeed Bilha was so emotionally distressed during the interview that it took the intervention of Kimobwa’s son Philip in order to get more details surrounding the sudden death of Kenya’s athletic legend, coach, mentor, teacher and a father. Kimobwa leaves behind wife Bilha, eight children and five grandchildren. Kimobwa’s children are: Vilha (finished TTC), Alkman (Diploma in Hotel Management), Ivanovic (Student Business Administration at Makerere University), Nicholas, Philip Kiplagat (Student at Moi University), Stephen Kibet (Student at KMTC in Kakamega), Negusta Korir (Form four student candidate), Gilbert Kipkoech (Student at Moi University), Yussuf Tarus (Form two student candidate) and Sarah Cherotich (class eight student candidate).

Kimobwa’s early life: His great grand parents originally lived in Kamarang in Cheptais (Mt. Elgon District) before they relocated to settle in Kapenguria-West Pokot due to British colonial carnage. Hence Kimobwa a Sabaot-Kalenjin of Kabwerek clan, was born in 1955 at Kitalaposho village, Mnagei location, Kapenguria (West Pokot). He enrolled at Kamarow primary school and then joined Chewoyet High School (1971-1974). He was an employee of Kenya Prison police for a few months prior to receiving a track scholarship to Study in USA-Washington State University. It was his athletic prowess that made Chewoyet’s British Principal Mr. Veach to link Kimobwa with US based controversial coach John Chaplin that eventually necessitated his Educational profession and athletic career.

Education and athletic career in USA: Kimobwa (whose last name was misspelled as Kimombwa in his college days) attended Washington State Universty (WSU) from 1975-80 graduating with Bachelor of Education majoring in Agriculture and Economics. According to WSU records and its athletic website, Kimobwa in the span of a couple of weeks in 1977 he captured the NCAA 10,000m outdoor title and then became the first African to set the world record for the 10,000 meters with a time of 27 Minutes 30.47 seconds during the world games in Helsinki, Finland. During the race after 3km, Kimobwa was 5.9sec behind the pace set by David Bedford (Great Britain) during his 27min 30.5sec world record set in 1973. After another three kilometers all covered in around 2min 47sec each, Kimobwa was 9.7sec behind Bedford's schedule. Kimobwa then proceeded to tear the race apart, by blitzing the 7th and 8th kilometers in 2min 41.7sec and 2min 43.1 sec respectively. This placed him 1.5sec ahead of Bedford's pace at 8km, and, although he slowed in the final kilometers, he finished in 27min 30.5sec, breaking Bedford's world record by 0.3sec. Kimobwa's record led to a flood of invitations from meet directors all over Europe, most of which he accepted, including competing in the 5000m at the British AAA Championships in London (Crystal Palace) on 23 July 1977 where he finished third. Although he ran another 10000m in 27min 37sec only three days after Helsinki, his performances deteriorated gradually from that point. Kimobwa also participated in 3000meters Nice-France where he clocked 7:47.8h and 5000m in Zürich-Sweden where he clocked 13:21.56.

Kimobwa’s 10,000 meters mark stood for a year, when it was broken by his Kenyan friend and college-mate at WSU – Mr. Henry Rono. Mr. Kimobwa and Rono were part of WSU’s procession of world-class runners, starting with John Ngeno, who dominated the distance events in the 1970s and early 80s. They were recruited to Pullman out of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley by track coach John Chaplin.

At WSU opposing coaches grumbled about Chaplin’s unconventional, globe-wide recruiting efforts, the WSU-Cougar head man saw fit to erect flag poles around Mooberry Field. During events, Chaplin would fly the colors of every country represented on his team. The two Kenyan students (Henry Rono and Kimobwa) were so good that a US based Sports Illustrated Magazine devoted a lengthy feature story to them in 1977.

Sports officials at Washington State University revealed that that Kimobwa and Rono used to run more than 100 training miles a week on the streets and side roads of Pullman and Whitman County. A soft spoken Kimobwa was only 5-foot-6 and weighing121 pounds but he left a very a permanent footprints in WSU. By the time he graduated in 1980, he had garnered nine all America certificates, captured three conference titles, and had eight top five finishes including being number one in 10,000 meters at the 1977-NCAA championship (USA). Consequently, last year Kimobwa was inducted to WSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Samson Kimobwa and his Kenyan friend/collegemate Henry Rono training at Washington State University-USA.

Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring Career in Kenya: Kimobwa started his teaching career in 1982. He taught Marakwet High School 1982-2001. Then he transferred to Kapenguria boys High school where he taught from 2001 untill his demise. During his teaching career he coached many famous Kenyan athletes. Some of those he coached are: Moses Kiptanui, Ishmael Kirui, Richard Chelimo, Boaz Cheboiywo, Vincent Malakwen, Reuben Kosgei, and many more.

Kimobwa was also deeply involved in national/international athletic events. In 1992 he was one of the officials who took the Kenyan team to Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In 1993 he was among Kenyan official entourage to Junior athletic championship in Australia. In 1994, he took Kenya’s athletic team to Lisbon Portugal. In 1995 he was with the Kenyan athletic team in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1996 he was among the Kenyan Officials in charge of the Kenyan team in Olympic Games in Atlanta-Georgia. In 1997, he took the Kenyan team to Ibadan-Nigeria. In 2011 he took the Kenya team to Uganda for the 10th Edition of the East Africa Secondary Schools Games and Sports Competition. Most recently in 2012, he was in Bujumbura-Burundi as the Head of the Kenyan team at the 11th Edition of the East Africa Secondary Schools Games and Sports Competition.

"We have lost a role model, a colleague and person who inspired many young athletes," Patrick Sang of Athletics Kenya and a 1992 Olympic 3 000 metres steeplechase silver medalist told Reuters.

Burial arrangements and fundraising: Samson Kimobwa’s body is scheduled to be buried on 26th January, 2013 at his farm in Kapenguria. The funeral committee is appealing for funds in order to give this Kenyan legend a befitting send-off ceremony and also be able to financially help his children who are in college and high school. Any financial help can be channeled through MPESA using telephone # 0724-891-545 (This is Samson Kimobwa’s cell # which is accessible by his wife) or rather you can email: or those in USA/Canada can call SIDO New-Network telephone # 763-568-4575 for additional information on how to contribute to Kimobwa’s Funeral Fund.

Samson Kimobwa has left permanent athletic footprints in this planet and we pray that his family to be able to endure the pain of loosing a loving husband and father. Rest thee well and hopefully we will be able to meet again and reaffirm your competitiveness in the next world. Indeed Knute Rockne gives a vivid summary of Kimobwa’s life in sports: “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it”.<>

Article authored by: Esly Kania (Minnesota-USA). email:


Kenyan student gets published in the US

By DANIEL PSIRMOI. Posted Dec. 1st, 2012.

At age 23, Levi Cheruo Cheptora is a published author. He has penned a novel and an anthology of poems regardless of tedious juggling with formulas as a Pure Mathematics student at the University of Nairobi.

Cheptora’s titles, “The Bitter Pills”, a novel, and poetry anthology titled “Songs from My Soul”, are in bookshops in America and can be read Online.

He points out that his tough upbringing in Machewa village at the foothills of Mt.Elgon, BungomaCounty, inspired his writings after his parents divorced.

 “I must admit that the tough upbringing by divorced parents, lack of both fatherly and motherly love; and the love of a helpless grandmother who brought us up single-handedly, must have sowed a seed of writing, whose fruits are ripening today,’’ he says.

But, this aside, the violence that rocked Mt.Elgon some years back, and the insecurity in the area also played a role in influencing content of his literary works.

The Bitter Pills is about the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) and touches on the ensuing mayhem.  He boldly takes the bull by the horns and speaks his mind on a matter that would remain a wart in the history of the region and Kenya.  In the book, he gives a first account of what happened during the bloodletting period of 2006-2008, where he fearlessly mentions suspects, including political leaders.

 “I was lucky to be at home during that time.  I was waiting to join university. I saw everything.  I have narrated it all in the book as a first witness,” says Cheptora.

Because of the content of the book, rubbing shoulders with ‘who is who’ in the country over the Mt Kenya killings, local publishers snubbed his works, which were later published by the America’s Dorrace Publishing Company. His publishers pay a glowing tribute to the Third Year student at Chiromo Campus, describing him as “a true young Kenyan whose compelling love for justice and fairness for all has necessitated the writing of his work”.

His 274-page “Songs from My Soul” is a collection of narrative poems about life, love and politics as inspired partly by his background. He cleverly shares the icy tales of fate, which he has encountered in life.

 “I started asking myself a thousand and one questions about human nature: What makes them tick? What gives them the inspiration to love not, to hate yes, and to helplessly succumb to the raging wrath of jealousy? This rhetoric did become the pillars of my writings,” he adds.

For this mathematics student, to have such a creative work, he had to struggle with his inner desires, the inevitable pressure from friends and relatives; and the naked truth that the present life state demands flexibility and creativity. Apart from the two published titles, the soft-spoken writer has finished writing another book that he says could be more controversial. The forthcoming book’s title is “The Greatest Thieves in Kenya”, with a Kiswahili version “Yajapo Yapokee” in the offing. And another novella, “A Letter to Mr. President” is also soon reaching the market.

Article source: Standard Digital Newspaper (Kenya)

The Standard writer Daniel Psirmoi can be contacted through:; and Levi Cheruo can be reached through:

Mt. ElgonUganda: Charcoal Prices Up in Uganda.

By Rashid Muzungyo. Posted 28 Nov. 2012

Charcoal prices in Kapchorwa have increased following a drop in supply by the charcoal burners from the lower belt of Sebei sub-region.

Violet Kissa and Judith Apil, both residents of Senior Quarters Cell, said a basin of charcoal, which originally cost sh3,000, currently goes for sh5,000, while a sack that used to cost 20,000, is being sold at 24,000.

Grace Nakoko, a charcoal dealer in Malat village, Kaptanya sub-county, attributed the low supply to adoption of farming by the charcoal burners. The district environment officer, Sam Chemusto, told a UNDP-funded workshop last year that some tree species had disappeared due to increased charcoal burning.

Kapchorwa district chairman Nelson Chelimo recently urged NAADS stakeholders to ensure environmental conservation. He said the district had faced several environment disasters such as soil erosion and landslides due to environmental degradation.


SIDO's Journalist (Daniel Psirmoi) moves to Standard Newspaper-Kenya.

Posted 27th Nov. 2012

Photo of Daniel Psirmoi.

Two years ago I met Daniel Psirmoi at a social networking site and that is when our journey of being colleagues in SIDO News-Network commenced. During our initial discourse we discovered the common innate goals and aspirations that both of us shared towards uplifting our downtrodden community. Since then I have known Psirmoi (who recently graduated from Moi University) as a young man with lots of energy and willingness to succeed in all spheres. While at SIDO he always accomplished his assignments on time even when it meant fasting from sleeping at night in order to get news articles ready for next day publishing on our News Networks. Henceforth, it is evident that his relentless hard-work is now yielding dividends.

Today I am delighted to announce that Mr. Psirmoi will be ascending to the Standard Newspaper (Kenya) to become a news correspondent based in Bungoma county with a special focus on Mt. Elgon sub-county. SIDO News-Network will still continue to indirectly publish some of his news articles relevant to our mission statement.

On behalf of SIDO leadership, I wish Psirmoi a prosperous career in his new undertaking.

By Esly Kania - SIDO Chairman & CEO, (Minnesota,USA).

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‘Stranded’ Drunkard turns out to be married woman’s lover.

By DANIEL PSIRMOI. Posted 4th November 2012.

           The Swahili adage ‘mgeni  kumpokea   kumbe ni kujitongea’  seems to have been coined  for a middle aged  man in Kipsongo slum  in  Kitale, Trans-Nzoia county, who  recently became the laughing stock of the estate after a drunk man he agreed to host, after being coerced by his wife turned out to be her lover.

The woman, a renowned illicit brew seller in the estate, the story goes, insisted that her visibly drunk customer will spend the night in her house against the wishes of her equally inebriated husband.

According to a neighbor of the couple who declined to be named, the man of the house had questioned the wisdom and expressed reservation of letting the visitor spend the night in their home.

 “Mgeni wetu atalala wapi, kitanda ni moja tu na hatuna malazi extra kwa hii nyumba (Where will our visitor sleep and we only have one bed and no extra beddings in this house?” he was overheard asking his wife.

She put her foot down and explained that it was already late and unsafe for her guest and customer, a first time visitor to the area to leave.

“You know crooks lurk in alleys in this estate, a child fell into River Kipsongo the other day and was swept away by the raging waters, mgeni tutamtandikia hapa chini, alale aende kesho”, the wife is reported to have said.

The head of the house had no other way out but to welcome the man, though he remained apprehensive and had lingering doubts and suspicions about the whole arrangement. After supper, beddings were spread on the floor for the visitor.

However the tranquility of the night was broken by a piercing scream at dawn, which woke up immediate neighbors who were blissfully snoring.

One of the residents  close to the family said that  the husband was shocked beyond words when on tossing around in bed and on reaching out for his wife she was nowhere in bed! On groping around the room, he found his wife blissfully snoring in the arms of the stranger on a mattress that was spread on the floor!

Naturally, being an informal settlement with tightly squeezed houses in rows, a sizeable crowd gathered in a few minutes. Some of the people that heeded the alarm turned up armed with clubs and spears- rushed to the compound thinking armed robbers had struck or somebody had died.

 A citizen arrest was effected upon the half naked stranger and he was subdued when he tried to escape. He was set upon with kicks and blows for being ungrateful and

“Why are you courting death like this? Why do you shamelessly fool around with somebody’s wife right under his nose as if he is dead?  Kama pesa ya lodging hauna, hata kwa mahindi hamugeenda kufanya mambo yenyu (if you could not afford to pay for a lodging, you couldn’t even do your thing in the maize fields)? You are so shameless and ungrateful!” an elderly man was heard shouting contemptuously

On being ‘cross-examined’ by a section of the citizens, the wife of the cuckolded man caused laughter when she said she did not know how she slept next to the stranger, that all she remembered was that she went outside the house for a short call and being not so sober, she must have ‘unknowingly’ fallen fast asleep besides the man accused as being her lover.

The daring culprit and the man’s wife were frog marched to Kitale Central Chief’s office, where they were handed over to the administration policemen stationed at the office as they waited for their fate with the chief.

Senior Chief Jackson Chemining’wa who spoke to Crazy Monday revealed that he had handled many such like cases and they require great tact and wisdom. Being an old hand and experienced in such matters, he settled the case in less than an hour, but not after first ordering the administration policemen to send away the wananchi who were milling around his office, he requested to be left alone with the interested parties.

“We settled the matter amicably, I will not delve into details of how we did it as the affected people might read your paper and be ridiculed by other readers and those who know them,” he said.

He however cautioned wananchi, especially married couples not to host strangers of the opposite sex as this people may break marriages if an incident like the one above happened.

Source: Crazy Monday Magazine of  The Standard Newspaper-

Mt.Elgon-Kenya: Mother of three attempts suicide over domestic strife.

Written by Phanice Chepkemoi. Posted October 15th 2012.

Mt.Elgon, Bungoma County - A 22 year old mother of three from Chemwesus Location Mt.Elgon District has been admitted at Kapsokwony District Hospital after attempting to take her life by taking poison.

Nelly Chebet as she is known decided to take a pesticide known as Diazole having had a confrontation with her husband after catching him entertaining another woman at a local joint.

The area OCPD Mr. James Kithuka said that her father in law suspected something was wrong after he heard a commotion from her son's house and responded by immediately rushing her to Kapsokwony District Hospital when he realized she had taken poison. She was admitted at the hospital on a critical condition.

The Police boss said that the father in-law was the one who reported the matter to the police and that the lady is in a stable condition and shall be arraigned before a court of law of attempted murder as soon as she is discharged.

The OCPD has however urged couples within the area to look for amicable ways of solving their differences instead of resorting to criminal methods.

Elsewhere at Singorowet village in Toywandet Sub-location, Kipsiro Division of Cheptais District a somber mood has descended after a 39-year-old man died by hanging himself.

The area assistant chief Mr. Kennedy Chepkorm identified the deceased as Mr. Geoffrey Kwenden stating that he was separated by his wife prior to his death.

According to the assistant Chief, the deceased body was discovered yesterday around six in the evening dangling from the branch of a tree near River Kapkosobei in the same village.

The assistant chief points to the likelihoods of domestic stress as the genesis of the tragedy saying that the wife of the deceased had recently left him and gone back to her father’s home.

The body of the deceased has since been taken to Webuye District Hospital awaiting postmortem.

However, the assistant Chief has urged the residents to seek counseling from the elder members of the community when confronted with issues they are not able to handle instead of resorting to suicide.


Long Serving Intelligence-Officer Moses Gerishom Succumbs to sudden illness.

By SIDO News-Network Team. Posted 29th September, 2012.

Just two days after his wife's death (Eunice), a dual tragedy hit Gerishom Monoo's family when our long serving Sabaot-Kenyan Intelligence officer Mr. Moses Kibera Gerishom (popularly known as "Morna" to his peers) died on 28th September 2012  at Aga-Khan National Hospital in Nairobi-Kenya. Kibera was born on 26th May 1957 at Cheptais Location in Mt. Elgon-Kenya. He had successfully finished attending a one week workshop in Mombasa and had just arrived  for another scheduled one-month training workshop on forthcoming Elections Security in Nairobi when he suddenly fell sick in his Hotel room before being rushed by colleagues to Aga-Khan Hospital where he was admitted at the ICU unit. The doctors gave their best but to no avail with the long mysterious hand of death. His body is being preserved at Aga-Khan Mortuary in Nairobi.

Prior to his demise Mr. Kibera was the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) branch manager in charge of Migori county. Mr. Kibera also worked at Kibera Law courts as a chief prosecutor for a few years before joining the NSIS. He served the intelligence service for over 24 years in many parts of the country having steadily risen in ranks due to his unrelenting hard work of safeguarding the peaceful coexistence of Kenyan citizens. The Kenyan Director of Intelligence service Mr. Michael Gichangi while at Aga-Khan Hospital paid tribute to Mr. Kibera for his outstanding service to the agency and the Kenyan government as a whole. He has died at a time when the intelligence agency is on an overdrive workload and hawk-eyed to protect Kenyans from internal and external threats posed by Al-shabaab extremist movement based in Somalia. Briefly about NSIS: It is an independent Kenyan government corporation whose mandate is to identify internal and external threats against the security of Kenya by collecting and analyzing intelligence information on these threats, and thereafter advising the Government accordingly. 

Kibera leaves behind his second wife Maximilla Kibera. Kibera’s children from both his first late-wife Eunice Tamnai and Second wife Maximilla are: James, Bernard (Police Officer), Kimtai (Police Inspector), Naomi (Student at Nairobi University), Mary (Student at Moi University), Nickson, Paul, Mercy (Sangalo Technical Institute), Jackline, Sudi, David, Silvia, Boy and Josphine. The late was brother to Patrick Moss of Delaware-USA, Abiud Namninia (Rtd. Police Officer), Fredrick Mokoit, Peter Monoo, Maurice, Sudi, Roselyne Yeko, Loice Juma, Grace Kisumu and Agness Mamboleo. He was paternal-uncle to Caroline and Hillary Moss both residing of Delaware-USA.

Tentative burial schedule availed to SIDO News-Network indicates that both Mr. Kibera and his wife Eunice will be buried simultaneously on Saturday 6th October 2012 at their Cheptais Home in Mt. Elgon. Additional funeral details will be relayed later through our News-Network outlets (Sabaots Website, Sabaots Yahoo-Group and Facebook links). Meanwhile friends and community members can make inquiries and also offer funeral contributions by MPESA through either Lillian Moss: 0716-942075 or through Naomi Kibera: 0712-817833.

Biblical quote:".........For he knows how we are formed. He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, He flourishes like a flower of the field; then the  wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it not more. But from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord's love is with those who fear him" - Psalm 103: 8-17.

May God rest Mr. and Mrs. Kibera’s souls in eternal peace.

By Esly Kania – SIDO News-Network, Minnesota-USA.

Prof. Beatrice Chemengich, Lecturer at Kenyatta University Passes away.

By SIDO News-Network Team.

We regret to inform you about the death of one of our academic leaders, Dr. Beatrice Tengecho Chemengich. Until her death she was a Lecturer in Kenyatta University from 1978 (34 years) at the Department of Zoological Sciences, Ecology and Entomology. She passed on in her sleep on Tuesday night 25th September, 2012. She is the daughter of Stephen Chemengich of Kaptama Location, Tulwo Sub-location, Mt. Elgon-Kenya. The body is currently lying at Kenyatta University Morgue.

A brief history about Dr. Tengecho as documented in our sabaots website ( is as follows: She was the first Sabaot lady with a PhD academic achievement. In 1985 she received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Kenyatta University in Ecology and Taxonomy of the family Agromyzidae. She was a member of the following professional societies: Kenya National Academy society, East African Natural History society (Nature Net), Member of 1978 Brathay Expedition, Member of 1983 Conference of Bird populations and Atlas of network (London), and was also a Member of Entomological society of Kenya (ESK). Her extensive research also included the study of our own Ecosystem/Biodiversity in the slopes of Mt.Elgon where she wrote several scientific papers and also published two Sabaot Botanic books, one on plants and the other on Birds. For more information click the following links:,_25-29

From SIDO organization, we convey our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family of the bereaved and pray to God to grant them peace, hope and strength to withstand this great loss during this mourning period. We will convey further details regarding funeral meetings, fundraiser, burial date and place. However for general inquiries get in touch with Lucy Chemengich of Kenyatta University on mobile no: 0720 793 783 or Victor Chemengich on 0726 438 112.

We pray that the lord will rest her soul in eternal peace.

By Esly Kania and Vincent Sambrir – SIDO News-Network Team.

Sebei college: The school that gave Uganda Kiprotich

 The main signpost of Sebei College in Kapchorwa (L) and London 2012 Olympic marathon Gold medal winner Stephen Kiprotich also an officer in the Uganda Prisons Service. Photos by David Mafabi and Agencies. 

On a rainy day from a distance, an early morning mist blurs you from seeing clearly SebeiCollege, Tegeres. But when the mist clears, it makes the school’s beautiful gate visible.

The school is located along Mbale-Sironko-Kapchorwa high way in Tigeres hills. Set on the slopes of Mt.Elgon, the scenery is spectacular, surrounded by lush greenery and winding valleys, just about 6Km away from Mt Elgon national park.

Abbreviated by students as SECT, Sebei college, Tegeres perhaps the oldest government school in Sebei sub-region [Kapchorwa, Bukwo and Kween districts] started as a Junior school under then Kapchorwa County in Bugisu district local government and Sabiny community in 1956.

It is a mixed day and boarding secondary school that stood out in the 1980s as an academic giant in the sub-region, it is therefore no wonder that every highly placed Sabiny will point at SECT as his centre of excellency. But the school like any other in the country started going down academically in the 1990s todate.

The headmaster, Mr. Stephen Musobo says the good news is that although the academic performance has been fluctuating since 2000, it is generally on an upward trend, registering 37 first grades in Senior Four in 2011 and sending about 8 students to Makerere university.

Years of glory

According to Mzeei George Willian Cheborion SECT was founded in 1956 by the local government to educate the marginalised children of Sebei, a cattle-keeping nomadic tribe that did not value education.

   “The colonial government expected the Sabiny to move from Bukwo to Nabongo for lessons and never thought about opening up a school for the Sabiny. So one Bugisu district council where Sebei belonged as a county, I demanded for a school to the level of even beating up one councilor who was against my demand so after this fight, the colonial government gave us this school,” said Mr Cheborion.

He said until 1990, it was an academic powerhouse in the east and was always among the top 20 schools in the national examinations at both O and A’levels. Mr Isa Bukose, an old student of SECT who worked as a director of studies at the school said they had qualified teachers, a well-stocked library and well-equipped laboratories. Because of its good performance, it attracted the best students in the country.

“It is the poor funding and turmoil that characterized most secondary schools in the country in the 1970s through to the 1980s and the 1990s, that also affected Sebei College Tegeres to the level that getting a single student in first division became impossible,” said Mr Bukose.

Under the Motto: We strive for excellence, SECT has been and is training responsible, knowledgeable and patriotic citizens in the line with President Museveni’s new programme for all secondary school teachers and students with quality in put for quality output.

“We teach both academics and life skills through counseling and guidance with great emphasis on discipline in order to produce an all round person to develop Uganda in the near future,” says Sam Cheptoris, the LCV chairman for Kapchorwa and also former headmaster Sebei college Tegeres.

As if fulfilling the dream of the founders, SECT products have from time to time occupied key positions in politics, civil service and academia in the post independence and contemporary Uganda.

The school promoted critical and independent thinking through debates on African politics and colonialism which took centre stage at post independence and contemporary Uganda to enviable position of being the only school that produces national athletes for Uganda.

The headmaster Mr Musobo says SECT started with 38 students in senior one and four students joining from junior secondary two and junior secondary three respectively.

It had a handful of one white teacher, one classroom block, and a mud and wattle staff room until later in the early 1970s that it gained more classrooms from first IDA project.

Mr Musobo revealed that teaches all sciences and Arts for both Ordinary level and Advanced level with agriculture, commerce, Literature, Fine Art, Kiswahili and Christian Religious Education as the optional subjects “In S.1, every students is expected to take 15 subjects,” adds Mr Musobo.

The school boasts of a total of 1066 students with 735 boys and 331 girls being looked after by a teaching staff of 45 teachers with a fees structure of Shs230, 000 for continuing students while new comers for S.1 and S.5 pay Shs310,000.

The school offers facilities like Library, Laboratories for science subjects, Electricity, sports and games facilities, main hall that acts as a stage for drama shows and in-door games and 4 acre land turned into a school farm for students agricultural demonstration.

“Hard work, discipline and dedication on the side of my teachers and students has enabled the school’s academic candle to continue lighting in this region. Thanks should also go to the parents for paying fees in time to enable the students have enough time for concentration, they have contributed greatly,” says Mr Musobo.

He revealed that the school in bid to improve standards at the school, holds internal workshops for teachers to improve teaching methods by external examiners and workshops, seminars, continual testing for students to enhance the learning process.

Co-Curricular activities:

The school has football team, volley team, Netball team, Basket ball and table tennis as the games in the school and every students is expected to participate. And in football the school boasts of holding the football trophies for three consecutive years.

In athletics, the school for the last four years has had the best performance in athletics winning medals and shields at the district, region, national and international levels.


While most up-country schools have large tracts of land lying idle, SECT, has put the school land to optimum use. Instead of waiting for government support, the school has established a dairy farm of about 50 cows that provides milk to the teachers and sometimes students.

They also have 20 acres of land with bananas, maize and other crops to supplement the students’ and staff food. Another eight acres is under eucalyptus trees, used for firewood and making furniture.

Future Plans: According to Mr Musobo the school intends to build dormitories for the increasing number of students, a library and laboratories to enhance teaching and learning. “The new administration at SECT seems to be on the road to recovery. From the administration block to the laboratories to the classrooms, Sebei College looks new and attractive but our appeal is that the old boys and girls should come on board to help the school regain its past glory as an academic giant in the sub-region,” said Mr Musobo.

Perhaps inspired by Gold winning athletes like Mr Stephen Kiptorich, an Old boy of the school who won Gold for Uganda in London Olympics after 40 years of waiting, the students at the school now exhibit, braveness, courage and fierceness in their life endeavors.


Prominent Former Students of Sebei College:

Dr John Boyo--United Nations

Mr Elifasi Muwanga-Makerere University

Dr Ibrahim Musobo--working in Rwanda

Mr Kibale Wamimbi--former MP and district chairman Sironko

Ms Beatrice Chelangat--ED REACH

Bishop Augustine Salimo-Sebei diocese

Sam Cheptoris--current district chairman Sironko

AIP Stephen Kiprotich--Olympics Gold Medal winner London 2012

Mr Mike Cheptoek-Sironko District Education Officer

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Kitale-Mt. Elgon, home to Kenya’s smallest park

By Allan Olingo. September 20 2012

Situated in the western part of Kenya, Kitale is a tourist puller in the country, especially because of its close proximity to the Cherangani Hills and Mount Elgon.

This area is a rich treasure trove of wild flora and fauna, which is such a major attraction for all nature lovers. Traveling around this area offers an enchanting experience that is sure to add something new to the traveller’s itinerary.

Some exciting and fun-filled experience could be derived from an adventurous safari at the SaiwaNational Park, KakamegaForest to even the Mount ElgonNational Park.

The Kitale museum, located at the edge of the railway line was the first of the inland museums to be developed in Kenya. Then it was known as the StonehamMuseum, named after Lieutenant colonel Hugh Stoneham, an amateur naturalist who lived in Kitale. The museum itself began with a collection of birds, butterflies and ethnographic memorabilia on the Turkana people that belonged to Lt Colonel Stoneham.  The museums got its first curator in 1974, a Mrs Linda Donley.

This attractive museum has a lot of ethnographical materials and also practices environmental conservation.

In 1977, the museum acquired 30 acres of a natural riverine forest. The forest has been used for conservation of various plant species and wild animals.

Next to the museum is the Olaf Palme Agro forestry Centre for nature lovers and those interested in trees. This is a place to visit. This centre comprises of an agro forestry plot, information centre and arboretum with 46 species of indigenous trees.

Another tourist attraction is Mt Elgon, Kenya’s second highest mountain. The Kenya-Uganda border bisects this mountain. On its summit, is the spectacular flat-topped basalt column known as Koitobos. Another unique feature of the mountain is the lava tube caves, some over 50 metres wide and frequented by elephants and other animals digging for salts.

Border park:

Mt Elgon National Park was gazetted in 1968 and covers the North Eastern slopes of the mountain, from lower montane forest to the caldera edge. The remaining forest and moorland is part of the Mt Elgon Forest Reserve. The Ugandan side of the mountain is protected within Uganda’s Mt Elgon National Park. The forests and caves in Mount ElgonNational Park add to the enriching experience of traveling to this area.

Kitale is also home to the SaiwaNational Park. This is the smallest park in Kenya, measuring approximately only three kilometres square. It was established to protect the semi-aquatic antelope, the Sitatunga and encloses the swamp fed by the SaiwaRiver together with its fringing belts of rain forest. The park is enclosed by subsistence farming settlements.

Kitale has quite a few good hotels that provide good rooms and facilities at the most affordable rates. Some of the noteworthy hotels are Bongo Hotel, The Alakara Hotel, Mid Africa and The Vision Gate among many others. You will part with approximately Sh700 to Sh2,000 for accommodation in this area.

Apart from great traditional recipes one can indulge in camping, log fire, excursions, bird watching, nature walks, game viewing, trekking and horse riding. With an array of blended experiences, traveling to Kitale is a long cherishing memory.

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Kenya and JHPIEGO organization mourns the death of Dr. Kenneth Chebet.

By SIDO News Network Team. Posted 21st September, 2012.

Our Sabaot comrade, the late Dr. Kenneth Chebet will be buried on Saturday 22nd September, 2012 at his home in Kapseret Farm in Eldoret-Kenya.

The Jhpiego family is saddened by the passing of their colleague Dr. Kenneth Chebet was the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded APHIAplus KAMILI project,  a project led by Jhpiego in Kenya. Dr. Chebet, 51, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 10, 2012, while undergoing treatment in India. Joining Jhpiego six years ago, Dr. Chebet worked on programs in family planning and HIV. Colleagues remember Dr. Chebet for his passion and advocacy for reproductive health and HIV, and his warmth for and dedication to the people of Kenya. Ken will be greatly missed by all of us at Jhpiego. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.


Just last month, Dr. Chebet (mostly referred as Ken by his colleagues) was honored as one of Jhpiego's innovators for his work in developing and introducing a "health wagon," a customized health clinic that  brings quality, skilled health care services to underserved communities in rural Kenya. He spoke eloquently and passionately of the impact of these clinics on the health of Kenyan women and families. "Amazing," he said.


Here are some thoughts from Dr. Chebet's colleagues at Jhpiego organization:

Ø      The Global Learning office deeply regrets the passing of Dr. Chebet. Many of us had the opportunity to work with him directly on the development of creative training solutions aimed at improving the health of people in Kenya and the East African Region. Ken was a good friend and amazing leader to all who had the opportunity to work with him.  His presence and contributions will both be greatly missed. -- Peter Johnson, Global Learning Chief.

Ø      The Mozambique team would like to express our deepst condolences for this sad loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Chebet and his family. -- Debora Bossemeyer, Country Director.

Ø      The Jhpiego Equatorial Guinea team are so sorry this great loss… Almudena González-Vigil, Project Director SMN.

Ø      The Botswana office sends its deepest condolences to Dr. Chebet’s family and friends.  This is a huge loss to Jhpiego family, the Kenya office, and the international public health. --Galina Stolarsky, MS, MPH, Country Director Country Director.

Ø      The Jhpiego Zambia Country Office would like to extend its sincere sympathy to Dr. Chebet’s family and the whole of Jhpiego. We will always remember him for who he was- a kind, gentle and professional person. MHSRIP Kwame Asiedu, Zambia Country Director.

Ø      We will dearly miss his incisive brilliant contributions in public health arena. --Dan Wendo, Chief of Party, SSDI-Services Project, Malawi

Ø      I found Dr. Chebet full of passion for doing things which would make difference in the lives of women and children. --Bulbul Sood, India Country Director

Ø      Pakistan team sends its deepest condolences to Dr. Kenneth's Chebet's family. --Shabana Zaeem, Pakistan Country Director.

Ø      The Guinea team would like to present  sincere condolences  to Dr. Chebet’s family. --Pr. Hyjazi Yolande, MCHIP/Guinea Country Director

Ø      The Ethiopian team is shocked to learn of Dr. Chebet’s death and express our deepest condolences for this sad loss. His passing will definitely leave a void in the hearts of everyone who knew him. --Tadele Bogale, Ethiopia Country Director

Ø      The Lesotho team expresses their deep condolences for this sad loss and extends their sympathy to Dr. Chebet's family. --Laura Skolnik, Lesotho Country Director

Ø      The Madagascar team  express  their deep sadness for the death of  our mutual friend Dr Chebet. Our comforts for his family and the great team of Jhpiego. --Jean Pierre Rakotovao, Chief of Party, Mother Child Health Integrated Program

Ø      Jhpiego/Nigeria deeply regrets the untimely passing away of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Kenneth Chebet. -- Emmanuel ‘Dipo Otolorin, FRCOG, Nigeria Country Director.

Ø      The Afghanistan team offers our sincere condolences to Dr. Chebet’s family and the Kenya team. Denise Byrd, Afghanistan Country Director.

Ø      On behalf of the Jhpiego/Tanzania family, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ken Chebet, particularly his Jhpiego/Kenya family, on his untimely passing.  Ken’s voice of wisdom will be greatly missed.  Poleni sana to all of us. --Maryjane Lacoste, Tanzania Country Director.

Ø      Sincere condolences from the Jhpiego Ghana team to the family and colleagues of Dr Chebet. --Chantelle Allen, Ghana Country Director.

Note: Jhpiego (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), is an international non-profit health organization affiliated with JohnsHopkinsUniversity in USA. Through designing and implementing low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services, front-line health workers in emerging countries are helping to save the lives of women and families around the world.

Jhpiego's work focuses on: maternal and family health, family planning and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, infection prevention and control, malaria prevention and treatment, and cervical cancer prevention and treatment.

Jhpiego has worked in more than 150 countries worldwide and is currently working with 60 programs in such countries as Angola, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.

Jhpiego’s Main Office in USA:

1615 Thames Street

Baltimore, MD21231......Source: Click here.


                                                           Edited and Posted by Esly Arap Kania - SIDO News-Network, USA.

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Dr. Kenneth Chebet Passes on while undergoing treatment in India.

By SIDO NewsNetwork Team. 11 September, 2012. [NEW - More updates latter]

We sadly regret to announce the death of Dr. Kenneth L. Chebet who passed away yesterday 10th September 2012 while undergoing treatment in India. His wife was by his bedside during and prior to his demise. Dr. Chebet, (a Sabaot-Kalenjin) was born in Mt. Elgon.

Before his demise, Dr. Chebet was currently the Director of the National Aids/STDs Control Programme [NASCOP] - He also previously held high profile jobs in Kenya like: Rift Valley Provincial Medical Officer, Director of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret (MTRH), and was also a Personal physician of retired President Moi.

We will soon give more detailed updates (through regarding his personal/career background, the transportation of the body back home and burial arrangements.

May God rest the soul of His own child and servant, Dr. Chebet, in eternal rest.

By Esly Kania, SIDO Chairman & CEO Minnesota-USA.

The First Sabaot District Commissioner in Kenya Mr. Enock Psenjen Passes away.

By SIDO News-Network Team. 12 September, 2012. [NEW - More updates latter] 

Elder Enock Psenjen who was the first Sabaot to be appointed District commissioner and worked as D.C for over 20 years in Kenya has passed away. He was born at Kipyeto in Kaspsakwony-Kenya. He passed on yesterday 11th September, 2011 at 11.00pm in Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi-Kenya. 

Enock's close friend and classmate Rtd. Pastor Patrick Kania at Karura (Nairobi) SDA  Intermediate Primary school in 1953-1954 eulogised Enock as being a very intelligent and hardworking person both during his education and work career both in government and private sector.

Enock completed his high school with division one distinction in 1960 at Bugema SDA School in Uganda and  proceeded to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Nairobi University.

After retirement Enock and his brother Peter Co-founded the most successful private primary school in Mt. Elgon-Kenya named Cheptikit academy located in Kapsakwony town.

The late Enock was the husband to Loise Psenjen and father to Nancy Ngeywa of Kapsokwony, Late Ann Njuguna, David Psenjen, Stephen Psenjen of Nairobi, Late Andrew Psenjen, Michael Psenjen and Samson Psenjen. He was brother to Peter Psenjen who is the co-founder  and Director of Cheptikit academy.

The fundraiser and funeral arrangements will be communicated later.

Article compiled by: Esly Kania, SIDO Chairman & CEO Minnesota-USA.

Four killed in Mt. Elgon-Kenya attack.

By Roselyne Obala and Sammy Jakaa. Updated Thursday, September 07 2012.

Four people among them a newly wed couple were brutally killed on Wednesday night in Mt Elgon District by unknown assailants. Tension is high in Kipyieto village, Nomorio location as locals tried to come to terms with the shocking incident.

Western PPO Alfred Ombaba said an unknown number of people attacked the couple at about 8pm on Wednesday night and left. Ombaba noted that the deceased, aged 23 and 19 respectively were slashed to death while having supper in their house under mysterious circumstances. “Two brothers were also shot dead a few meters away from the scene at a nearby maize plantation,” he said. He said they two were shot and their throats slit by the same gang that attacked the couple. He said one of the two was a Standard Seven pupil at Korsok primary school.

The PPO said a team of detectives has been dispatched to the region to investigate the incident. Ombaba said two of the deceased were witnesses in a murder case, and they are investigating to establish if there is a link.

Area MP Fred Kapondi condemned the incident and urged the Government to move with speed and apprehend the culprits to solve the mysterious killings.

He noted that Mt Elgon is a sensitive region healing from past atrocities committed against residents by members of Sabaot Lands Defense Force (SPLF).

 “If these incidents are not resolved, it will set a bad precedent owing to where the region came from just some years ago,” he cautioned.

Area Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary Stephen Chemonges condemned the act terming it heinous.

Chemonges said that it was very sad for an innocent pupil to be brutally killed.

The bodies were taken to Webuye District Hospital Mortuary.


At 116, Sebei-Kween grandma could be Uganda’s oldest

By David Mafabi. Posted  Saturday, 1st September, 2012.

Ms Kokop Sindet Chesha Kurus at her home in SostoVillage, NgengeSub-county, Kween District - Sebei, Uganda [Photo by David Mafabi].

On a hot Saturday afternoon on August 25, I bend to enter a mud-and-wattle hut in SostoVillage, NgengeSub-county in Kween District. Mission? To meet 116-year-old Kokop Sindet Chesha Kurus who could be Uganda’s oldest person.

Even in her advanced age, Sindet is neat and keeps her gray hair short and well-trimmed. Her frail look, however, reveals her advanced age and weakness as she struggles to sit on the ground.

Her two grass-thatched hut sits at the foot of Ngenge Hill that spreads across like a green bed; one hut serving as a kitchen while the other served as her main house.

Sindet smiled as I entered her hut. She welcomed me in and searched for what I could sit on unsuccessfully before she told me to move out.

Augustine Kerenget, 91, who is Sindet’s son says his mother could be 116 years old or more. “From my conversation with her, she should be about 116 or more. She told me when her she came to Kapchorwa from Kenya in 1907, she was about 10 years old,” Kerenget adds.

During the interview, I notice that Sindet’s memory could be fading. At first, she could not recognise her only surviving son Kerenget, who guided us through the Ngenge Hills to where she stays.

“I don’t know my age but all my children who have died, I know their ages,” says the old woman. “There was Kokop Cheprui who died at the age of 91 in 2006, but the first two died in 1971 and 1978 respectively,” says Sindet.

 “But what I recall very well is that those days Sabiny girls circumcised at about 11-15 years before getting married and I could have got married at the age of 20,” says Sindet.

She says although she goes to church sometimes, she was never baptised by the “religion that was brought by the Mzungu” [whites]. “My father Tituk Chemaswet who died around the end of Second World War told us the white man had come to rob us and asked us never to use anything of the whites, not even names,” she says.

Kerenget, who occasionally interrupts his mother during the interview, says he was born a year after World War I and that at that time, their mother had produced two other children, her first born child Isaiah Kerenget, who was about six years then.

“She tells us stories about the origin of Female Genital Mutilation and how they crossed from Kenya to Uganda when she was a young girl. Records here indicate that the Sabiny could have crossed into Uganda in 1910, this was before she got married which helps us tell her age,” explains Kerenget.

Sindet has sharp memories of her early childhood. “I grew up as a good, decent woman. I didn’t move around with men and it was only after female circumcision that the man who wanted me came for me, I agreed and we got married,” she says.

Asked about her peers who are still living, Sindet says most of them were killed by Karimojong cattle rustlers and others died natural death but there are those who are still living in Bugiri District.

She says they went there at the beginning of cattle raids, but does not recall the year.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) data survey of 2009, the oldest living person in Uganda was 114 years at the time.

The New Vision article named Gabriele Osele, 103, of Bukedea, as one of Uganda’s oldest people in 2009 and the Observer newspaper named Agali Nesiga; at 115 as the possible oldest person in 2009.

The BBC recently reported that at 130, Sohan Dosova of Kazakhstan could be the world’s oldest person. Ubos says in a 2009 report that at the last census, 7.1 per cent of the people in Bukedea were aged 60 and above, making it the district with the oldest population. At sub-county level, Bumasifwa leads with 8.6 per cent; with the eldest person in the sub-county aged 114 years.

Unlike Sindet and Nesiga, who cant tell their exact age, it was easier to tell Sohan Dosova’s age for certain because of her Soviet passport indicating that she was born on March 27, 1879.

For Sindet, her age can be guessed basing on her memory that her family crossed into Uganda in early 1900s and that by then, she was close to or more than 10 years old.

They settled in NgengeSub-county in the newly-created Kween District and lived in eastern Uganda all her life.

“I have no stress; even after my husband died in 1940s. People usually go to an early grave because of hardships and stress,” she says. Sindet explains that she has never taken any Western/modern medicine.

“I occasionally take alcohol but I mix it with local herbs,” she says, adding that her life has been peaceful and “without conflict”. She says she grew up eating millet or maize bread, roasted meat, milk butter and local sodium bi-carbonate as salt, which have enabled her to stay strong.

Those close to Sindet testify that she hardly falls sick. Although she had swollen feet during the time of the interview --the only sign of ill-health noted, Sindet says she does not see clearly like in the past.

When she smiles, her wrinkled face is lit up by the white set of teeth, all of which are still intact. When asked if she has ever visited a dentist or hospital, she laughs and says: “Have never seen one (dentist) in my life. I just eat a lot of natural foods and greens with no sugars and oil.”

Other than eating good food, Sindet is also a hard worker. Every morning, she walks two kilometres up the hill, to attend to her goats. She recalls that as a young girl, she and her colleagues would join the boys to go hunting in Ngenge Hills and at the slopes of Mt.Elgon.

Speaking about marriage and fidelity, Sindet says: I didn’t move from one man to another like most girls these days, they are immoral that explains why the Sabiny circumcise girls to cut down their libido.”

She says although she was in a polygamous marriage, there was no stress and “no conflict as we were trained to cook food for our husband and the entire family with my co-wives in turns.”

Medical explanation

The Kween District Health Officer, Dr Kenneth Chemutai, says residents in the area live long due to the cool temperatures and the hilly terrain that encourages people to exercise.

“In such hilly areas, there are normally no reported cases of malaria that threaten the lives of the people. The people gather vegetables in the forest to cook and the frequent climbing of the hills strengthens their muscles,” says Dr Chemutai.

The MP of Kween, Mr Kisos Chemaswet, says he has known Ms Sindet for long and that his great grandfather would occasionally talk about her in the early 1980s. “This woman is old because our great grandfather died above the age of 80 in 1985 and used to talk about her when we were young but she remained living to-date. She is old and is the encyclopedia for Sebei culture because she knows everything,” says Chemaswet.

According to survey, whereas people can do many things to live long and healthy lives, the places we live in also shapes our health and lives. For instance, at regional level, eastern Uganda leads with 5.3 per cent oldest people followed by western with 4.4 per cent central 4.4 per cent and northern 3.9 per cent. On Districts level, in Buganda, Mityana District leads with 6 per cent while in the west, Kisoro leads with 5.5 per cent. In the north, the regional giant is Nebbi, with 4.8 per cent. While in Sub-counties. Sub-counties level with persons aged 60 per cent and above included Bumasifwa in Sironko, Ngenge, Buwalasi in Sironko Malera in Bukedea, Omodoi in Katakwi, Kalungu in Masaka, Busoba in Mbale, Buyobo in Sironko and Kolir in Bukedea 1,257 7.5.


Kween MP Hon. Chemaswet is a Man of Principles (Uganda)


Kween countyMP, Abdi Fadhil Kisos Chemaswet, was perceived as a political neophyte shortly after he joined Parliament for his first term.

He often spoke less and was barely noticed in the overcrowded August House, with 386 lawmakers. But when he moved a motion for contempt of Parliament against the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Internal Affairs minister Hillary Onek, for refusing to honour a Parliament resolution and step aside, Chemaswet was thrust into the limelight. Many lawmakers admired his courage and, as he began to make headlines, he became a darling to the media.

Following an acrimonious debate in Parliament, Mbabazi and Onek rejected Parliament's resolution to step aside before a probe could investigate allegations that they took hefty bribes from oil firm Tullow. This prompted Chemaswet to move a motion finding the two liable for disdaining Parliament decorum. But a voter in Amama Mbabazi's constituency, Severino Twinobusingye, threw a spanner in the works.

He petitioned the Constitutional Court and in their verdict, the Justices ruled that Parliament's resolution, demanding that the implicated ministers step aside, was unconstitutional and erroneous. Although last year's accusations formed hard political times for Mbabazi and company, for Chemaswet they were an opportunity he seized with both hands. He gained fame that has today made him a recognisable figure. "I have no regret about whatever happened. My position was based on principle regardless of the people who were accused," Chemaswet told The Observer.

Born 39 years ago, in the remote Ngenge sub county in the newly created Kween District, Chemaswet traces his political trajectory way back from his school life. A former guild president of Islamic University in Uganda between 1999 and 2000, Chemaswet was at one time a prefect and chairperson of Uganda National Students at ChemwaniaHigh School, where he completed his high school.

After completing his advanced level education at Elgon High School Mbale in1997, he proceeded to IUIU, where he obtained his bachelor of social sciences in 2000. Like many graduates, Chemaswet found the job market in Uganda difficult, which prompted him to seek greener pastures in the neighboring Kenya.

"I failed to get a job here and there was no other alternative apart from Kenya, where I knew very well that I could not fail to get something to do," he said.

While in Kenya, he engaged in some business, which opened a rapport to some of the Kenyan politicians including, at one time, serving as a political assistant to the former Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Joseph Kimkung. In 2003, he came back to Uganda and pursued a Certificate in Basic Store Management, School Of Logistics and Engineering, Jinja which opened his chances of joining the auxiliary force.

In 2003, Chemaswet was involved in the operation Iron Fist where he operated as a logistician and he says that his involvement in the operation was premised on the fact that the Lord's Resistance Army had caused suffering to his compatriots. After a three years service in the Auxiliary force, Chemaswet went back to Kenya to pursue a Master of Public Administration at MoiUniversity.

Road to parliament

Due to his established network of friends from KweenCounty, Chemaswet picked interest in joining Parliament as a representative of the area. Chemaswet, who claims to have launched his Parliament bid in 2009, says mobilizing the voters was very easy as a logistician. "I knew what the people wanted and I gave whatever they requested as I presented my manifesto," he cheekily said. No wonder, that it took long for the NRM to announce him as the flag bearer. Unlike his opponent, Dr Yeko Kiisa Arap, he (Chemaswet) was not known in the NRM structures. Eventually, during the general elections he trounced his main challenger, Arap, who stood as an independent.

Today, as a legislator, Chemaswet seems to have developed cold feet contrary to last year's steam, which has raised suspicions of having been compromised by the executive. Early, this year Chemaswet was among the group of MPs who defended Bank of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile when Parliament wanted to find him culpable for paying a bloated compensation of Shs 169bn to businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba. But, he denies the allegations, saying his defence of Mutebile was premised on principle. "If you are pursuing an issue for the good of the people, you are not supposed to personalize them. For that case there was no basis for finding him liable and as a person I do not follow things that have no basis," he said.

In light of a planned move by the Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko to form a political party, Chemaswet is among the group of rebel MPs who have openly come out to back Nsereko's move. "I am in support of the proposed party because as politicians we are bound by the doctrine of a social contract and in case it is violated a new one is supposed to be sought," he said.

Chemaswet adds that his political departure from the NRM will be premised on its failure to full the promises it made to the people as well as a vague succession process. "We need a transparent process that will help us have a good successor to the president," he said.

A father of two daughters and a son, Chemaswet says his priorities are to advocate for service delivery and good governance. END




 The late Julia C. Simotwo

A Kenyan lady has passed away in London. The late Julia C. Simotwo  passed away on Saturday  18th Aug. 2012 at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Julia was born on the 21st April, 1970. She was daughter to the late Bamaba Simotwo Prismoi and Mama Christine Kiso Simotwo and step daughter to Veronica Simotwo all of Kapsokwony, Mt. Elgon District.

 She was mother to Kimberley Jerotich Kipngengoi of Egerton University teaching Nursery school aged 4 years and 8 months. She was sister to Patrick, Bernard Moses, Jane, Eunice, Mrs Murere, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Mandu of Kenya High Commission London were generous enough to let friends and relatives to meet at their residence at 80 Woodlands, Golders Green, London, NW11 9QU. The meetings to facilitate repatriating the body commenced on Monday 19.08.2012. Meeting dates are Wednesday 22.08.2012 as from 7.00 p.m. and Saturday 25.08.2012 as from 4.00 p.m.

Friends are meeting daily to raise funds for this purpose. Please we request all to assist and contributions can be send to Mrs. J.N.M. Mandu's account at HSBC Bank, Account number 41493000 Sort code 40-03-15. You can reach Mrs. Mandu by telephone number 07936187450 or Mr. Mandu 07936187493.

Edwin Chemoiywo: His resilience and dedication to uplift our community.


Edwin Chemoiywo.

One thing that greatly bothers Edwin Chemoiywo, is seeing many young energetic graduates and professionals from the Sabaot community trooping to cities and towns in droves in the name of hustling for jobs. Yet there are many more rewarding opportunities in their respective villages where one can make a difference in the lives of people.

Indeed for a man that graduated 7 months ago, he should rightly fit the profile of a ‘hustler’ and should be ‘tarmacking’- especially in the present day Kenya where jobs are hard to come by according to many people. But that is as far the as the similarity go.

The former student leader at EgertonUniversity is passionate about community mobilization, mentoring young people and giving back to the community.  Edwin’s resilience and diligence with community work paid off handsomely early this year when he was made the County Coordinator of Winrock International, an N.G.O that deals with the youth for Bungoma and Busia Counties. As the coordinator, he has brought for engagement programmes close to 1000 youths in his home district Mt.Elgon as well as offered free training. That’s not all, besides this, he’s a budding entrepreneur, a farmer and a motivational speaker all rolled into one.

Born 26 years ago in Cheriwet village near CheptaisMt.ElgonSub-County the 1st born son of Chief in a family of 7, made up his mind at a tender age that he will work with the community. After high school in 2005, he taught as a volunteer teacher at a secondary school that is near his village for 4 months after which he joined a computer college in Bungoma for a short course on computer packages. To prove his love for the community Edwin who also has a passion in I.C.T started a computer training school in Cheptais market

“ Starting off with one computer, in my ‘ college’   I taught over 100 people basic computer skills,” he recalls with a tinge of pride , then adds that each student paid a Ksh.300 per package, a tidy sum then considering that he was fresh from school. Half of his students were working class people.

Edwin Speaking at a meeting.

“Apart from regular students who had cleared form four, I also trained three quarters of staff and health workers from the nearby Cheptais Sub-District hospital. And also teachers and policemen,” he says.

In August 2007, he joined Egerton University for a Bachelors degree in Education Science, specializing in Chemistry and Biology. Here his leadership became evident as he was elected a student leader by his fellow students during his third year.

  While in this position at the Students Union of Egerton University (SUEU)   body, according to his former college mates successfully bridged the gap between the administration and the students.  He won an excellent student leadership award on the day he graduated.

Apart from KipsisGirlsSecondary School, Edwin had other short teaching stints at Kapsabet Girls for his teaching practice, KimaboleSecondary School and at his former school- TeremiHigh school.  It is while at this last school that the bug of working with the community bit him again.

The young man who admits that he personally admires and is inspired by U.S President Barrack Obama,   especially his community mobilization skills; got wind that an N.G.O; Dot Kenya was looking for volunteer coordinator in his home district.  He applied and got the job.

“Dot Kenya majorly dealt with empowering people with ICT entrepreneurial and general life skills” he says and quickly adds that it’s while working here that the current organization spotted him.

“Winrock International took me in as their community mobilizer. In essence I had two concurrent jobs. Among other duties I also organized meetings between the local chiefs and youth groups”, he says.

 He was promoted and he became a facilitator where he emerged tops after being evaluated. He got promoted further.

“I became a mentor of youths and a trainer of trainees in Bungoma and BusiaCounties  and subsequently I was absorbed as a full staff member of the organization.” 

Chemoiywo who says his role model locally is Hon. William Ruto - because of his courage and  handwork. Edwin in no time he has risen to his current position -County Coordinator for Bungoma and BusiaCounties. His duties include among others: monitor youth training programs and offer advisory roles to youth led groups.

He also conducts youth mobilization programs, through which he has been able to bring in ex militiamen associated with the once dreaded Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF).

Being at the helm, he states that he has given a number of young people opportunities to fend for themselves. He also points out that Mt.Elgon being close to his heart has always received the lion share of the available job and training opportunities.

“I love my home Mt.Elgon I will do anything for my youthful kinsmen and women including pushing and lobbying for employment opportunities for them” says Edwin who also reveals that he loves reading inspirational books, biographies and listening to speeches.  His other hobbies include playing volleyball and writing inspiration quotes.

“I like writing putting down my thoughts and sharing it with others in an effort to inspire them”, he says, and adds that he at times visits both primary and secondary schools to mentor pupils and students.

“Let the sabaot young people know that youth life is a business of choices, anything you do today adds to your legacy with which you will be remembered for when you are gone tomorrow.”

“It is not speed but direction one takes in life that matters.  Opportunities come to those who look for them”, he advices the young people.

Where does he see himself in the next five years or in the near future? I ask.          

“In the next 5 years I will ask the people of Mt.Elgon Constituency to give me an opportunity to represent them in parliament, he states and continues to say that his dream is to see an orderly society where handwork is rewarded, the strong are just, the weak are secure and the captives set free.

He reveals that he has actually been approached by many people who have been impressed by his good work asking him to try a hand in politics, but retorts that he will not contest now.  He feels he got a duty to educate the electorate.

 “Sabaot graduates and young professionals should appreciate working with the community, it is so rewarding.  There is no need to go to towns and cities to hustle and look for work while you can make a difference in your own village, through working with your own people and changing their lives,” he says in conclusion.

 Shock as Form  Four student goes blind in Mt. Elgon-Kenya.


Caleb(center) with family members.

  A family of a 19 year boy in a village in Mt.Elgon, Sub County are in a shock after their son, a form four student at Moi High School Kaptama went blind. Members of the Tendet family at Kaborom Village near Kaptama where the boy hails from are in distress and are finding it hard to believe that their son, who was very promising at school and who was the hope of the family will be blind forever.

    When I visited the Village, a sombre mood had engulfed the homestead.  We found family members huddled together and in a discussion outside the main house.

   Caleb Kiprotich  Tendet, 19 , says he  drank  what he thought was methylated spirit on Thursday  26th,  while in school  for reasons he  is at pains to explain.  He says the school laboratory prefect gave him the chemical after he requested for it, so that he could apply it to a wound he had on his leg.  He applied the substance on the wound and drank the remainder, about 15 millimeters according to him.

   The form four student at Moi Kaptama Secondary School started loosing his sight after imbibing the drink which doctors later suspected to be methanol.  On 30th Monday July , Caleb was rushed to Sabatia Eye Mission Hospital, where doctors to the shock of his family members declared that he was totally blind and there was nothing they could do to help him.

   Caleb, who readily admits to have ‘tasted’ and drank methylated spirit several times with his friends in school, is in a state of denial.

“I didn’t know it would come to this.  Doctors at Sabatia told me I will never see again because the chemical killed my optical nerves,” said Caleb while wiping tears from his eyes, which look normal at a first glance.

 The news was particularly hard for Julia Tendet, Caleb’s widowed mother. The father passed away one year ago and the mother has been selling firewood to keep his last born son in school.

   “Of my 9 children, Caleb was my hope. Being my last born son, he is traditionally supposed to take care of me. I do not know what I will do now,” narrated a tearful Julia, then added,” I have struggled singlehandedly with my son, selling firewood to pay his school fees. He used to guide me and tell me not to worry because after school he will get a good job, now see what the devil has done, when he was just about to complete his studies.”

    The family is now appealing to well wishers to come and assist Caleb to go to a special school because his life has changed.

“We all know a person who can not totally see is not useless, he can still be a resourceful member of the society.  All is not lost for this young man if he is assisted to go to a special school” said Ben Latebo, the boy’s uncle.

 “We appeal to well wishers and anybody who can assist to come help me take Caleb to school or accord us any help. I do not want him to stay here at home, helplessly because stress and thinking too much will surely kill him,” said the Mother Julia Tendet.

When contacted for comment, Jacob Psero, the Moi Kaptama Secondary School Principal said the entire school was saddened with what befell their student. However he believes Caleb sourced the drug from elsewhere because according to him the school has not stocked the chemical for the last two years.

Caleb Tendet

   “I personally had to scour through the list of chemical purchased by the school, and the chemical that Caleb is said to have ingested has not been purchased by the school for the last two years,” said the principal. He quickly added that the school will support the boy and the family where they can.

                             More about Methanol:

   Methanol is an industrial alcohol used in the manufacture of dyes and has been used as an additive to chang’aa by some illicit brewers to increase its potency and intoxicating effects.   It is highly poisonous substance and as little as 30 mililitres is enough to kill a person, with 10 mililitres being enough to cause blindness. The chemical kills optic nerves.END.........To offer medical or financial help to Caleb please email:

Bukwo-Uganda: Is Barley Farming Worth the Effort?

By Emma Onyango, 6 AUGUST 2012

Bukwo, Uganda — With arms locked behind his back and looking from a distance, Wilfred Kusuro a barley farmer in Bukwo district about 270km East of Kampala City on the slopes of Mount Elgon is seemingly lost in thought as he inspects vast acres of barley.

Braving the chilly weather, he is inspecting the lush green barley plants belonging to beer maker Nile Breweries limited who in an effort to reduce the amount of barley imported, opted to source the product locally.

Kusuro told the East African Business Week that he first started growing the crop in 1994 but because it was not profitable enough, he opted to concentrate all his efforts to growing wheat and maize that had low costs of production and yet it brought in better returns.

The Sebei region of Uganda, infamously known for the grisly act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is also known for the athletic talent that has often put Uganda on the world stage. In recent years however, this area is fast establishing itself as a major food basket in the country as a result of the fertile soils on the slopes of the Elgon mountain.

Travelling to this area is no mean feat as the roads are almost impassable especially after the rains, the makeshift bridges do not help the matter. The vast land sprouting with very beautiful crops like maize, wheat and the barley leaves one with sour grapes because the farmers cannot easily take their crops to the market.

In recent years, Uganda's large breweries, Nile Breweries, a subsidiary of SABMiller and Uganda Breweries opted to locally source barley for their malting processes. Kapchorwa and Bukwo were some of the few areas that the crop can thrive.

Speaking to farmers in Kapchorwa recently, I was captivated by their success stories and getting to Bukwo, the story doesn't look all that rosy as we later found out on a media excursion two weeks back.

Kusuro told this reporter that barley farming is very challenging and yet it does not bring in good returns.

"We have been producing barley at a higher cost and yet we are getting low prices for it. We buy barley seeds at Ush1,250 a kilogram and then sell the same crop at Ush800 a kilogram to Nile Breweries. We believe that the buying farm gate price needs to change to Ush1,500 a kilogram. This will at least bring in significant profits to the farmer", he said.

He added, "Compare that to the price other crops for instance maize which has a low cost of production, currently being sold at Ush1,200 a kilogram, beans also with low production costs is also sold at Ush2,000 a kilogram and wheat at Ush850 a kilogram."

This is in total contrast to the barley farmers in the neighbouring Kapchorwa who say that the crop has transformed their lives because of the high returns.

A field officer who spoke to the East African Business Week on condition of anonymity said that the cost of producing barley per unit area is very high compared to other crops like maize.

"You have to prepare the garden three times; primary cultivation, secondary cultivation then you do harrowing. Then you have to plant with a machine; that is already about Ush300,000 ($125) used for that process alone. Then the herbicides, pesticides and then the fungicides which are all highly priced. Then there's harvesting, processing and drying.

"Compared to maize where you only do the primary cultivation then you plant, then you weed may be once and that's all. That's why it is difficult for us currently to convince farmers to begin growing barley. They say, 'After all I can grow my maize at a low cost, harvest and store it till the price is right.

He added that the seed is sold to the farmers at Ush1,250 a kilogram then they (NBL) later on buy it at Ush800.

"The fertilizers are being given to them at Ush155,000 ($65) per a 50kg bag - an acre needs 80kg of fertilizers. Then you have to top dress it with urea," he said.

Nile Breweries currently needs 20,000tons of malting barley to run its Maltings plant in Jinja at optimum capacity but for the current brewing requirements, the company needs 15,000tons of barley to convert into Malt annually.

According to information from NBL, barley growing is just being developed and the best NBL has received in the past four years is 5,000tons. The major challenge according to the brewer is quality because not all the barley produced in Uganda is of malting grade which is required.

This year, NBL is importing 8,000 tons of barley from Australia and it expects 4,500tons of malting barley grade from the local farmers.

"If NBL uses local malt from locally grown barley to produce beer, it pays 40% excise compared to 60% excise paid on directly imported malt from other countries," read a statement from the company.

Responding to the farmers' requests to revise the price of the crop, NBL said that, "NBL has consistently been reviewing prices and will continue, so long as it makes business sense. When we started barley project the price was at SHs.400 per Kilogram, now at Shs.800. NBL has already been credited to making barley a high value crop in the region but any farmer will always ask for a high price. Our role as NBL is to maintain the profitability of barley."

It only remains to be seen whether just like Kusuro, the barley farmers in Kapchorwa will be staring into the distance with satisfaction or they will still be staring into the distance hoping for a new savior.

Source: Click here.

MP-Kapondi under fire as race for parliamentary seat heats up.

By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted 5th August, 2012.

Pic: SIDO's file photos of former Elgon MP Wilberforce Kisiero(L), current MP Fred Kapondi(C), and former MP Joseph Kimkung(R) during burial of Bishop Okiring'.


Mt.Elgon-Kenya MP Fred Kapondi re-election in next year’s general election faces an acid test as potential contenders have emerged to end his stay in power.

 A new force that is composed of professionals is working on a strategy to present a single candidate to floor Kapondi- who first vied for the parliamentary seat in 1992 then also lost in 1997 elections but later won in 2007 general election.

 Kapondi’s political star has been waning after he acrimoniously started falling out with his close friends and professionals from the community that helped him clinch the seat. A section of the electorates, especially the youth accuse him of failing to live to their expectation.

  A section of student leaders from various universities that hail from Mt. Elgon stated that the MP has not been effective in supporting education in the area. They say the area has lagged behind even further than other constituencies in BungomaCounty during his tenure leading to decline in academic standards.

 “We expected him to give education, especially higher education; a priority by investing heavily in it so as to turn around the lives of the constituents, but this has not been the case”, said Newton Ndiwa student leader at Kabarak University, adding that the legislator is a hand-off leader when it comes to education matters he doesn’t provide the required leadership in the field.

Early this year university students through their umbrella bodyMt. Elgon College and University Students Association ( MECUSA) protested over the preferential treatment  primary school teachers pursuing degrees in  universities  locally  and in a nearby country received when it comes to allocation of bursary funds from the C.D.F kitty. The students questioned why well- to-do-teachers, who receive salaries, are funded to study in Uganda at the expense of needy students from poor families in   local institutes of higher learning.  The students even threatened to move to court in April allegedly disputing the mismanagement of the fund and the new system of disbursement of the bursary through the use of clan chairmen and elders.

 ''CDF is from our taxes, everybody equally deserves it, but sadly here in Mt. Elgon it has been turned into a cash cow for certain politicians and their cronies.'' said Job Shangani the MECUSA chairman. He called for complete overhaul of the CDF committee and have professionals from the community and student representatives in the body.

 ''The team that is in place is completely unable to serve our interests and should be disbanded with immediate effect’’, offered Shangani, who is a student at the University of Nairobi.

The young scholars also decried the glaring disparities in the disbursement of the finances and called for equity when it comes to awarding of the funds.

“It makes little difference to be given Ksh.2, 000 and you are a Parallel (Module II) student paying  Ksh.120,000 and another one from a rich family gets sh30,000 and he/she is on regular programme. It is even better if you were not given said Ivor Kirong, the MECUSA Secretary General.”

Mr. Kapondis apparent lack of enthusiasm to push for the interests of the community and his reluctance to help his Sabaot people secure jobs, considering that he chairs a powerful Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security and he is known to be close to some big shots in government, has not gone down well with members of the community and may be a factor that may deny him a second term.

 Some professionals from the community cite the case of resettling of ‘foreign’ I.D.P.S in Endebess and that of the county commissioners’. Additionally the most recent plight of Jeniffer Masis ,a nominee for the East Africa Legislative Assembly from the community where they believe he (Kapondi) did not do enough lobbying of his parliamentary colleagues. Masis narrowly lost capturing the slot by 7 votes. The issue of Chebyuk squatters who the government bought land for in TransNzoiaCounty is yet another matter. Almost a year after the ministry of land released SH.1 Million the 352 families are still in the cold and have not been resettled.

They complain that out of 5 district commissioners from the community, none got the county commissioners’ job despite the information that he was privy to the going on and was in a position to influence. 

“ He has supported the annexing of our land he fully supported the resettling of  I.d.p.s in Endebess constituency against the public mood ” observes a professional from the community  who requested anonymity because he is a civil servant and quickly adds that the MP was against the sub-division of Mt.Elgon into two constituencies and has openly frustrated efforts of a section of activists’ and politicians from the community  who sued I.E.B.C  for the  transfer of four sub-locations to Sirisia Constituency .

 But when contacted for comment the MP denied the allegations saying the issues are fabrications and mere campaigns tactics by his opponents meant to tarnish his good name and subsequently sabotage his   re-election.

 “I have initiated several developments projects in Education, Health and other sectors of the economy across the entire mountain and my development record speaks for the last five years speaks for itself,”said the legislator adding that most of the projects have been completed while others are on-going.

He refuted the claims made by the university students that he has not supported education saying that everyone from constituency knows education has been his priority .

“From 2006 to when I took over in 2008 Mt.Elgon used to send an average of 10 students to university through joint admission board (JAB) over the years the number has steadily risen. This year for example a record high of about 84 students will join university directly since they got grade B+ and above. What is that?” he posed. Adding that unlike his predecessors he has chosen not to meddle with school affairs and instead works closely with the head of the secondary schools in the constituency.   He also said that he has secured chances for some to students in the community to go study medicine in the university of Nairobi and MoiUniversity

He advised the university students to concentrate on the studies and avoid being misused by certain politicians.

“It’s sad that the students through MECUSA, have become political power brokers of a certain aspirant. Let the young men know that the era of political brokers in Mt.Elgon ended long ago.”

On the EALA nomination that saw his kinswoman narrowly loose out, Kapondi   absolved himself  and URP Party and its leader William Ruto from fault, saying that the party that nominated Jeniffer Masis( Wiper Democratic Movement should be square to the blame. He said he and his URP brigade did their best.

 The lawmaker while responding to the question on the now contentious issue of the county commissioners whose fate still hangs in the balance up to date said that the community was lumped together with their fellow Kalenjin brothers.

“  Appointment of the county commissioners was based on work experience and seniority in service at the provincial administration, women district commissioners were the only lucky lot as this criteria wasn’t followed strictly.”

“The Chebyuk forest evictees, who missed out on the reallocation of farms in Chebyuk phase 3 schemes, will be resettled starting the end of this month and by mid August everyone will be fully resettled in the farm that the government bought for them in Trans-Nzoia.”

 Without mentioning names the MP, who also said he doesn’t fear competition, further stated that some people should learn to be grateful and appreciative instead of spreading cheap baseless propaganda and criticism.

“Let our people work hard and stop listening to idle gossip. It’s wrong to bring somebody down based on hearsay.  Let us instead cease lamenting and concentrate in development activities,” he said.

Candidates posing a serious threat include a Mombasa based businessman Harry Kimtai and former area MP and Planning Assistant Minister Hon. John Serut.  Kimtai , A Masters degree holder in Economics, who contested in the last general election is viewed by many people as a neutral and sober candidate who can change the fortunes of the constituents.

“I have the vision, ideas, connections through my vast business experience and track record to bring about change in Mt.Elgon, the former Principal Revenue Officer at KRA said recently at funeral in Kaptama.

Other candidates in the race for the seat include another former MP Joe Kimkung, businessmen:  Evans Kiprotich and John Ngononin, former banker Benard Mungou and accountants: Michael Kawon and Allan Mayiek who is the Amagoro CDF fund manager.


By Paul Kipchumba

ABOVE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY 23 AUGUST 2012 FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. AT EDUCATION BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, ROOM ED213, AT THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE, MAIN CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI. A multi-disciplinary seminar convened by Paul Kipchumba in collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) at the University of Nairobi


Brief Introduction:

Benjamin Edgar Kipkorir (B E Kipkorir) after serving in different capacities in 5 decades since 1960s has contributed a lot in the advancement of multi-disciplinary scholarship. The most notable of his contributions were at the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) at the University of Nairobi. He helped to coordinate, research, compile and edit Kenya districts socio-cultural profiles that numbered at least 19 by the time he left the Institute.


Amb. Dr Benjamin Edgar Kipkorir has done extensive researches on Kalenjin history, spanning five decades. He studied at Makerere University (BA) and University of Cambridge (UK) for PhD, which he completed in 1969, being the first Kalenjin to have received such qualifications at the time. Thereafter, he taught at the Department of History, University of Nairobi, for thirteen  years, being the director of the Institute of African Studies for seven years. He is the author of several books on the history and social anthropology of the Kalenjin: The Marakwet of Kenya (1973, revised 2008), Kerio Valley Past, Present and Future (1983), Descent from Cherang’any Hills (2009)

The following are some of the available volumes and articles by B. E. Kipkorir:

v      Biographical essays on imperialism and collaboration in colonial Kenya (1980). University of Nairobi.

v      Descent from Cherang’any Hills: memoirs of a reluctant academic (2009). Macmillan (Publishers) Kenya/ Moran Publishers.

v      “Introduction” in Politics and nationalism in colonial Kenya (1972). East African Publishing House & Historical Society of Kenya. pp xiii-xii. [Edited by B A Ogot]

v      Kalenjin History and Misri Legends (1971). University of Nairobi.

v      Kenya districts socio-cultural profiles (1970s and 1980s). Government Press.

v      Kerio Valley past, present, and future: proceedings of a seminar held in Nairobi at the Institute of AfricanStudies, University of Nairobi, May 21-22, 1981 (1983). University of Nairobi. [Edited with R Soper and W Ssenyonga]

v      Non-formal education in Kenya (1973). University of Nairobi.

v      People of the Rift Valley (1978 & 1985). Evans Brothers.

v      “The AllianceHigh School and the making of Kenya African elite, 1926-1962” (1969). PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.

v      “The Kolloa Affray, Kenya1950” in Transafrican Journal of History (vol. 2 no. 2 of 1972. pp 114-129).

v      The Marakwet of Kenya: a preliminary study (1973 & 2008). Kenya Literature Bureau & East African Educational Publishers. [With F Welbourn]

v      “The Sirikwa” in Uganda Journal (1964).

v      “The sun in Marakwet religious thought” (1974). University of Nairobi.

v      “Whites as education experts in Colonial East Africa:a look at some of the men (and their ideas) responsible for African education inthe region with special reference to Kenya, 1919-1939” (1978). University of Nairobi.


The works are well researched but have not generated intense scholarly inquiries. This seminar, therefore, aims at re-introducing the works by provoking further discussions and debates on the ideas, issues, theories and philosophies advanced.


The seminar organizers welcome papers in all fields based on any, some or all of the works. That may include application or transformation of B E Kipkorir’s ideas, theories or philosophies in other fields or in real life situations, while refuting or supporting any claims made therein. The papers presented will be compiled, edited and published by IAGAS.


Those who would like to present papers should e-mail 100-300 word abstract(s) to Amos Kibet Koech at and Dennis Khamati Shilabukha at by Monday 6 August 2012. However, if you would like to attend and participate in other ways send a confirmation for participation e-mail to the same e-mails by Friday 17 August 2012.

There is a cover charge of KES 500 payable upon registration. 


If you will have trouble accessing the works of B E Kipkorir, we will help you at a small fee that will cover the cost of purchasing, photocopying or mailing, whichever is applicable.

Source: G. Kipsisey Sobett - Nairobi, Kenya

VP urges Kenyans to elect upright leaders while in Mt.Elgon. Posted 5th August, 2012.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who is on his third day tour of the North Rift said Kenyans are more enlightened now than before and will not accept to be swayed by empty political rhetoric.

Mr. Musyoka noted that the wider democratic space has enabled Kenyans to make informed decisions particularly in choosing upright leaders who are able to address their plight.

He urged people in the region to vote for him in the forthcoming general election, as he understands best the aspirations of ordinary Kenyans.

"Every Kenyan has been guaranteed by the constitution including right to food, shelter and medication,'' he said.

The Vice President was addressing wananchi in the new Endebes constituency at Mt.Elgon lodge in TransNzoiaCounty after a day series of political rallies in the area.

Mr. Musyoka once again he urged voters to elect him as their president, citing his long experience in politics in the country's governance.

"Your vote will determine your lives and destiny of this great nation. Do not gamble with it, we need leaders of substance who will steer this country to greater heights of prosperity,'' said Mr. Musyoka.

The Vice President said the principle of equal opportunities that he intends to pursue would ensure marginalized and minority communities received their fair share of national cake.

He urged people in North Rift to speak in one voice and elect leaders who are capable to utilize developed system of administration to their advantage.

Speaking later to Sabaot elders and leaders at the Mt.Elgon lodge, Mr. Musyoka urged them to guide the community and particularly the youth to identify true leadership qualities of the aspirants to enable them vote wisely come the next general election.

Mr. Musyoka at the same time called on elders and religious leaders to be at the forefront in promoting peace by advising the youth on the importance of peaceful coexistence.

The Vice President stressed the need to resolve any differences amongst the communities through respect and dialogue.



Kenyan Security Forces Face U.S. Funding Ban over Mt. Elgon Human Rights Abuses

By Bernard Momanyi (Nairobi, Kenya).

The US Senate has banned any funding or training to units of the Kenyan military and police found to have been involved in human rights abuses in Mount Elgon in March 2008.


The Senate has also directed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to also consider similar bans for other units of security forces in Kenya which have violated human rights in operations carried out in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera between November 2011 and January 2012; and in Dadaab in December 2011.


The directive is contained in the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill 2013 that has been seen by Capital FM News.


"The Committee directs the Secretary of State to take steps to ensure that no United States training, equipment, or other assistance is provided to any Kenyan military or police personnel who have been credibly alleged to have violated human rights in Kenya," the Committee on Appropriations wrote in the report dated May 24, 2012.


The report tabled in the US Senate contains appropriations for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013.


The Secretary of State is now required to submit a report to the Committee on steps taken by the Government of Kenya to conduct thorough, credible investigations of such violations and the identification of military units responsible.


The Kenyan military and some units of the police force were accused of having violated rights of innocent Kenyans during an operation to flush out members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) in Mt Elgon in 2008, resulting in the killings of an estimated 750 people and disappearance of hundreds more.


Human Rights Watch (HRW) estimates that up to 300 people or more are still missing to date.


In March 13, 2012, HRW wrote to Kenya's Defence Minister Yusuf Haji seeking answers on letters it had written to the ministry previously over violations meted on innocent people in Mt Elgon and latest ones in Northern Kenya during the ongoing 'Operation Linda Nchi.'


"I would also like to request further information pursuant to our letter of November 18. That letter raised concerns about possible violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by Kenyan armed forces during three incidents connected to Operation Linda Nchi," HRW said in its letter dated March 13 addressed to Haji.


The letter signed by Leslie Lefkow, HRW's Deputy Director of Africa Division also states that it is in the process of documenting abuses by both the military and Al Shabaab members and their sympathisers both at the Northern part of Kenya and inside Somalia.


It also has annexes of some of the documentations so far but to date, the Ministry of Defence has not replied to HRW's letter.


HRW has however, welcomed the latest development by the US Senate banning any further funding or support to units in the Kenya military and police found to have participated in the abuses on citizens.


"The US Senate decision to ban funding and training to military and police personnel that took part in recent abuses in NorthEasternProvince is a step forward for accountability in Kenya," said Neela Ghoshal, East Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.


"It will put pressure on the Kenyan military and police to uphold their promises to investigate abuses. For the women we interviewed who were raped or assaulted by police in Dadaab in December; for the elderly men forced to roll in the road in Wajir while being beaten by the KDF, for the children who were beaten by soldiers in Garissa and Mandera, this may provide a glimmer of hope," she added.

There was no immediate response from Department of Defence Spokesman Bogita Ongeri, Military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir and Cyrus Oguna as their mobile phones went unanswered.

Earlier this year, the Department of Defence formed a board of inquiry into abuses reported in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera but little has been heard of its outcome, if any.<<<


Girl killed as storm hits Mt. Elgon - Kenya.

By NATION TEAM . Posted  Thursday, May 24  2012 at  22:30

 A nine-year-old girl died and five other people were injured in a storm that left more than 50 families homeless in Mt. Elgon District.

Fostine Cheruto died at Moi Teaching and ReferralHospital in Eldoret from injuries sustained after a storm destroyed her parents’ house in Chemweisus village. Her father, Mr Phillip Ngeywa, said she had been removed from the debris and taken to hospital. The girl and other family members were indoors when the house was hit by the storm and collapsed.

 “She was unconscious and bleeding from the mouth and nose when she was taken out,” he said.

 Five other people are being treated at KapsokwonyLevelFourHospital for injuries caused by flying timber, iron sheets and falling trees, outgoing Mt.Elgon district commissioner Kassim Farah said.

He said more than 200 people spent the night in the open and appealed to well-wishers to assist.

The storm flattened crops and swept away livestock.

A classroom at Chemweisus Primary and several shops and kiosks were also destroyed. Iron sheets, blankets and mattresses hang from trees where they had been blown by the wind.

Mrs Rita Cherop said she sheltered in a makeshift tent with her eight children after three of her houses were destroyed. She lost all her belongings, including clothes and bedding.

 “We have nowhere to go and we cannot rebuild as we have no money,” Mrs Cherop said and appealed to the government to allow them to cut trees to build new homes.

The Meteorological Department has warned that the rains will continue for the next few weeks.<<

Source: Nation Newspaper - Kenya.


Uganda's Sebei cooperative union:Is Captain Seiko flogging a dead horse?

By Allan Chekwech. Posted  Tuesday, May 24  2012 at  00:00


New government policy in 1986 made most cooperatives unsustainable to run due to the collapse of agriculture extension services, mismanagement and damages to their assets during the past wars in Uganda. Sebei Cooperative Union has not been saved from that curse.

It feels good to be trusted by farmers to lead them, but it another thing to deliver to their expectations. And Capt. Juma Seiko has a plateful as the chairperson of Sebei Elgon Cooperative Union (SECU) for the last three years.

In 2009, the retired soldier beat Mr Joseph Cheptai to the helm of the region’s prized farmers’ institution. He promised to revamp the once bee-hive of activity facility supporting farmers in the region.

However, speaking to this newspaper in an exclusive interview last week, Capt. Seiko said his term of office has not been an easy one. He admits that he has come close to failure but faith has kept his team afloat.

“The journey has been a tough one. We have had to work with a meagre resource envelope but we still hope to improve farmers’ living conditions,” he says.

Capt. Seiko, a successful farmer himself, adds that for the cooperative to benefit farmers and the community, the government ought to finance the sector as it is of the country’s major source of income.

The union, located in the heart of KapchorwaTown, is as silent as it is dark.

Last week, the Trade and Industry Minister, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, said the government has only allocated Shs196m to awaken cooperative societies. Ms Kyambadde indicated to Parliament that the sector has been hit by inadequate legal and regulatory framework, poor storage facilities and infrastructure.

What the trade minister told legislators is only a tip of an icebag given what Seiko and his farmers experience in the mountainous sub-region.

A mountain of challenges

When the board assumed power, a grotesque debt of Shs1.4b accruing from operation costs stared in their faces even before they could dust off the shelves of the preceding regime.

Employees, according to Seiko, were demanding the cooperative Shs200m, which is yet to be offset. But he is quick to add that Salim Saleh’s company, Divinity Union, helped the union with at least Shs800m to clear part of the debt and this would give the cooperative some new life.

Asked why the union, which used to process coffee and maize flour, is rotting away, Seiko says the problem lies in the lack of starting capital which they do not have.

They need at least Shs1b to re-start the coffee processing project, and Shs500m to resume buying and processing of maize flour, which will eventually provide market for more farmers’ produce.

Currently, the union deals with barley. But not many farmers grow the cereal.

“We inherited a shambled cooperative. The union was in a terrible state but we are doing our best to bring it back to life,” Seiko adds.

Just last week, the chairperson travelled to Bukwo to settle complaints that Kapyoyon farm, the company’s largest land, had been rocked by land give-away.

The irregularities are the freshest hardships to hit the one-time industrious institution.

Mr Dismas Sande, a farm manager at the cooperative, says the land scandals emerged after farmers were not stopped from paying money in the bank to hire the land.

“The collection of money was not done by individuals. It was done in the bank and I was not consulted on the developments. When my role to allocate land came, I was overwhelmed by the number of farmers with bank receipts,” Mr Sande said.

The farm manager says he was not aware that some land had been given to Nile Breweries and was shocked when he was told there was shortage of land. But he said the situation has been contained and the matter will be resolved amicably.

But Mr Patrick Chesang, a farmer says they have no option but ask for their refund because the land has already been cultivated. Mr Basil Mangusho, the Secretary General says, the private company will buy the produce at Shs8,000 to Shs9,000 a kilogramme.

Middlemen in control

The death of cooperatives gave rise to private buyers and middlemen who exploit farmers and have frustrated the sector because the cooperative can no longer buy coffee.

Pivate firms like Masai Tours and Travels have filled the gap. They purchase the cash crop though not at attractive rates. But other private individuals have also been buying the coffee.

Nothing going on here

During a visit by the facility’s management, area MPs and Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesigye last weekend, it emerged that most of the machines, though expensive and relevant, were dead asleep and very cold. Inside the enormous building yearned for lighting.

So why doesn’t the factory whirr? Seiko says the generator is worn out and cannot facilitate the union’s activities. Besides, SECU is not connected to the national electricity grid.

Capt. Seiko says Umeme wants them to buy their own transformer, which is a dream come true for the already cash-strapped cooperative.

According to Umeme Chief Commercial Officer, Ms Florence Nsubuga, a transformer can cost between $5,000 and $20,000 (about Shs12m and Shs49m).

She adds that this depends on the size and does not include other requirements and accessories such as wires and poles. Ms Nsubuga says a transformer cannot be bought in isolation.

Lessons from BCU

However, the neighbouring Bugisu Cooperative Union is a planet away in functionality and returns.

It still purchases and process coffee and maize at reasonable prices and farmers there have a reason to smile, save for the political wrangles therein.

BCU also gives bursaries to a number of students from the land. A mile, it must be said.

Before Nandala Mafabi became chairperson of BCU, farmers earned about Shs800 for a kilogramme of coffee, but that has since increased to Shs6,200 by the end of 2010.

But that is the only functioning cooperative in the country whose economy’s spine leans on agriculture.

So does SECU management watch BCU do their best and do not borrow a leaf?

Capt. Seiko says he hopes to revamp SECU operationalisation and offer better services to farmers. He also hopes to offer bursaries to the bright and needy.

But SECU management says the company’s success can only be achieved through government intervention.

“Government should come to our rescue. Farmers need to benefit from the union because Sebei is very conducive for agriculture,” Mr Mangusho says.

The cooperatives, which died countrywide in the early 80s, have a potential to increase export revenues, improve peoples’ purchasing power and minimise income inequalities. They are able to do this by providing available market for farmers’ produce and availing inputs.

Government has repeatedly promised to revamp the cooperative unions in its effort to create a middle income economy but 20 years on, nothing has been done to the effect.

In a “rescue mission”, SECU signed a contract with Nile Breweries to hire at least 750 acres of Kapyoyon farm in Bukwo District for barley growing at Shs140,000 per acre.

Seiko says the beer company had so much to offer: Improve the farm’s road network, connect electricity, fence the land and renovate the farm’s guest house. The Jinja-based company also had to pump water for irrigation to the farm and build a workshop there.

Besides the above, Nile Breweries would buy farmers’ produce and offer inputs.

Seiko says a maize mill has been acquired and will be in the facility in two weeks’ time and combine harvesters will also help boost growers of barley.

So will Seiko achieve his dream, or he is flogging a dead horse, given the state of cooperatives in the country?

Source: Monitor newspaper – Uganda.


Residents invade cooperative land in Kapchorwa - Uganda.




Irregular formulas. Farmers accuse the cooperative of taking their money without giving them land, but the union says money was collected irregularly.

Farmers in Sebei have invaded land belonging to Sebei Elgon Cooperative Union, claiming they paid money to some of the cooperatives’ officials.

Capt. Juma Seiko, the chairperson of the union, during an interview with this newspaper last week said residents, who were evicted from Mt. Elgon Forest Reserve last year, invaded the farm, arguing that even Kenyans were being given land yet they had nowhere to cultivate. He said others claimed they paid money to hire land but are not reflected in the union’s books.

“We appeal to the government to resettle these people (about 400) because they have encroached on ccoperative’s land which has led to shortage and Nile Breweries, which had been allocated land in the farm, has threatened to so us over breach of contract,” Capt. Seiko said.

He added that he had ordered his managers to advertise the available land such that farmers would apply for it but he was defied and land was given away irregularly.

Crafty collections

“The collection of money from farmers was crafty. We need to verify those who entered the land illegally and those who deserve land,” he said.

The chairperson said the cooperative had given at least 750 acres of land to Nile Breweries to plant barley but farmers encroached on it, leaving a paltry 450 acres for the beer company. This forced the Jinja-based brewers to threaten a suit.

Seiko, with the union’s secretary general, Mr Basil Mangusho, told this newspaper that some of their managers pocketed farmers’ cash and did not register them in the company’s books.

The duo added that there are those who genuinely paid money for land but did not get it.

While meeting farmers in Bukwo last week, Capt. Seiko appealed to them to be calm as the issue is settled.

“We ask all those who did not pay to the union to do so such that we compensate those who paid but did not get land,” he said, adding that farmers should not take the law into their own hands.

Capt. Seiko indicated that they had written a letter of apology to Nile Breweries and a meeting would be held this week in Jinja over the issue.

Mr George Mbogo, the local material sourcing manager at Nile Breweries, represented the company in the meeting with farmers.

The farmers said they would wait for the matter to be settled and called for transparency on the part of the cooperative. They said because they do not have elsewhere to cultivate, the farm is their only hope.

Nile Breweries Corporate Affairs Manager Onapito Ekomoloit was not available for comment yesterday as he was reported to be out of the country.

Kapyoyon farm has about 1,766 acres but only 1,350 acres are arable. Of these, 750 were given to Nile Breweries, 300 to 400 were to go to local farmers, and 200 would be cultivated by the cooperative.

The union had hired out the land to Nile Breweries for two years at a cost of Shs140,000 per acre. Each farmer was also expected to pay the same amount to the cooperative.

Source: Monitor Newspaper - Uganda.


Kenya: Mudslides Kill Two in Mt Elgon

By Nicholas Wamalwa, Posted 13 May 2012


Two people have been killed and property worth thousands of shillings destroyed by mudslides in three Mount Elgon villages caused by heavy rain.

Councillors Job Kipnusu and Pius Muyei told reporters in Kitale yesterday that James Bwayo, a former bursar at ChweleSecondary School, died at Changeywa village, and Boaz Wanyonyi from Kutere village also lost his life.

The councillors said the most affected areas are Changeywa, Chesikak and Teremi along River Sosio where more than 50 families are affected due to heavy rains pounding the area. "We want the government to relocate families living on landslide prone areas by offering them substitute land," said Muyei.

He appealed to the government and well wishers to intervene and help the affected families with medication and food. "We are also cautioning our people to be extra vigilant during this rainy season in order to contain further destruction," said Kipnusu. He said there was also need for the government to provide tree seedlings to locals to enable them plant more trees which can help prevent mudslides.<<


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Kenya: Sh1.8 Billion Water Project for Busia and Bungoma-Mt. Elgon.

By Reuben Olita, Posted 13 May 2012.

Preview: The project will provide water to communities in Cheptais, Bungoma West, Bumula, Teso North, Teso South and Nambale districts.


A Sh1.8 billion water and sanitation project to serve 600,000 residents of Busia and Bungoma counties was launched in Teso district yesterday. A World Vision Kenya-sponsored stakeholders' workshop at Hotel Levantes in Amagoro was yesterday told that the government has given out Sh10m for the feasibility studies. Regional Commissioner for Upper Western Mohammed Rashid led three DCs from Nambale, Bumula and Teso in its launch. The project will be funded by the World Bank, Unicef, ADB and World Vision, among other donors.

WVK-Angurai senior programme manager Harun Ndegwa said water catchment areas in the two counties are highly degraded due to deforestation, river bank encroachment, growth of eucalyptus in riparian areas and poor farming methods.

The Mt Elgon-Bungoma-Teso gravity water and sanitation project will increase water by 25 per cent by 2016. The project will provide water to communities in Cheptais, Bungoma West, Bumula, Teso North, Teso South and Nambale districts.

It will also be used to supply water for irrigation to the communities residing around the intake and along the pipeline. "The project intends to establish a gravity water scheme to serve the communities who are facing an acute water shortage," said Rashid.

Water sources in the area include rivers Tisi, Malakisi and Lwakhakha, with the latter producing the highest volume of 58,000 M3 per day. Rashid said the project will be implemented in four phases starting this year and will be completed in December 2016. He said the six districts are currently served by boreholes, hand dug wells, springs and small pumping schemes. "These water points are of low yields and most of them dry up during dry seasons. Pumping schemes are expensive to run and operate," he said. Bumula DC Raphael Muiruri and his Nambale counterpart, Francis Lenyangume said the project will help alleviate the problem of water.<<

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Kenya: Bomb Found On Farm in KaptaywaForest Scares Mt Elgon Residents


A bomb was discovered on a farm in Mt Elgon on Wednesday evening by workers who were were clearing land at Kiptaywa forest. The workers reported the discovery to the assistant chief of Chemondi sub-location Ndiema Monno who informed the police who immediately sealed the area.

"Police have secured the place and are preparing to detonate the bomb. Residents should just remain calm since there is nothing to worry about," said Gabriel Musau a senior police officer at the Western provincial police headquarters. Musau said military bomb experts at the Banandege military camp have been informed about the explosive and will destroy it.

Police said the bomb may have been left in the area by military officers during the Okoa Maisha operation that dismantled the Sabaot Land Defence Force that was accused of killing over 1,200 people and displacing tens of thousands others from their homes. They said the discovery caused a lot of fear among the locals given recent reports by civil societies operating in the area that remnants of SLDF were regrouping.

Yesterday, Musau said bomb experts can determine the origin of the shell and then it will be established whether it is one of those used by the Kenyan military. He asked members of provincial administration to educate residents on the dangers of handling strange looking objects they come across.


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Kenya: Mt Elgon Residents Stop IEBC's Voter Education


A group of Mt Elgon residents yesterday stopped a voter education session called by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. IEBC officials were forced to cut short voter education in Mt Elgon following protests by the residents.

The residents said they could not allow IEBC to hold any meeting in Mt Elgon unless a boundary dispute is settled. Some of the residents have taken the IEBC to court to oppose a recent boundary review in Mt Elgon. Mt Elgon businessman Harry Kimtai has filed the case at the Bungoma high court.

Most residents are opposed to the moving of Chemuses from Kaptama to Kapskwony ward and the shifting of Kamuneru from Kapsowny to Kopsiro. "How do you expect us to listen to you when you know very well that we have a court case against you?" a resident told the IEBC officials yesterday.

The commission had organised the voter education seminar at the Kaptama Anglican Church. The seminar is part of its civic education programme that it has started across the country. IEBC has been sued in several counties over the recent boundary review.

Yesterday, the angry residents stormed the meeting when it begun and accused the IEBC of "short-changing" them during its hearings for boundary review. An effort by the officials - led by the upper western regional coordinator Japeth Yegon - to calm the resident failed.

They insisted that the commission waits for the court case before they begin voter education in Mt Elgon. "Kindly listen to us because we are not only teaching about the new boundaries but the new voting patterns as provided in the new constitution," Yegon told them. The IIEBC officials later rushed into their vehicles and drove away as tension built up.<<


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Pre-Colonial History of the Kalenjin: Methodological Approaches.
By Benjamini Kipkorir (Posted by Kipsisey Sobett). Posted 10th May, 2012.

A proposed multi-disciplinary seminar to be convened by Benjamin E. Kipkorir[i] on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Eldoret Club, Eldoret.

On behalf of Amb. Kipkorir, the convener, you are invite to the seminar which is now scheduled for Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Eldoret Club, Eldoret-Kenya.  Registration will start at 9 a.m.; formal proceedings to end not later than 5 p.m. All participants should make their own arrangements for travel to and from the club.

If you would like to make a presentation, please e-mail a 100-300-word abstract of it to me at <> with copies to Prof. Peter Amuka<> and Dr Priscah Tanui Too <> by 25 May 2012 for ease of scheduling.

Soft drinks and lunch will be served. However, there will be a small cover charge of KES 200/- payable on registration.

The seminar concept is attached below. In case you need more information about the seminar or directions to Eldoret Club do not hesitate to contact me on 0720106721.

We look forward to your participation.

With best wishes,

Paul Kipchumba (For Amb. B E Kipkorir).

Briefly About Amb. Benjamin E. Kipkorir: He was educated at Makerere and Cambridge. He holds the B.A. (Hons) degree of the University of London and a PhD from Cambridge. His interest and desire to study his people led him to research and compile the material used in this book while still an undergraduate. He taught History and directed research at the University of Nairobi for over a decade. He later served as Chairman of the Kenya Commercial Bank and Ambassador to the US, among other postings. He has written/edited three books and published many articles in historical and other journals. Currently, Dr Kipkorir is engaged in historical research and consultancy in Kenya.

Preview of the Seminar Concept by Dr. Kipkorir:

1.1 Introduction

There is general consensus among scholars[ii] that a comprehensive pre-colonial history of the Kalenjin does not exist. In trying to construct such a history issues of methodology must be resolved.  Several schools of thought on this may be adumbrated. One approach employs the use of linguistic equivalence[iii]. A second espouses archeological evidence[iv]. A third argues for the use of oral testimonies. With respect to this last approach, two distinctions can be discerned. One employs oral traditions in general to build a cumulative history of the respective people. In this perspective, we find the works of Beech[v], Chebet and Dietz[vi], Huntingford[vii], Goldschmidt[viii], Massam[ix], Mwanzi[x], Peristiany[xi], and Toweett[xii]  invaluable. The other perspective, which has not been considered so far, is a clan by clan historical survey, as suggested by Kipkorir and Welbourn[xiii].  The proposed seminar is concerned with taking the Kipkorir/Welbourn proposal a stage further.

Kipkorir and Welbourn raised the question of the importance of oral traditions of the Kalenjin in building pre-colonial history of the people and in linking it with the beginning of colonial and post-colonial histories: “Oral traditions are, at the best, extremely difficult to build into tribal histories. It is much more likely that their variations will provide material for structural analysis of myths or highlight the inter-group tensions”[xiv]. Two methods were suggested by the authors: (1) a cumulative history of the so-called Kalenjin people, and (2) a clan by clan historical survey: ... two methods of collecting and utilizing the oral traditions and accounts must be employed. First, the whole Kalenjin people, including the Sirikwa…must be surveyed, historically. We suggest that in this exercise, the Maasai should be included… The second method tends to contradict the first…that only a nuclear approach in the first instance, i.e. a clan by clan historical survey, will make the greater objective and wider perspective possible.”[xv]

The two methods have their own limitations. The former raises the question of the classification of the Kalenjin people. They have been categorized by both colonial/foreign scholars and early Kalenjin elite as Keiyo (Elgeyo), Kipsigis, Marakwet, Nandi, Pokot (Suk), Sabaot, Terik (Nyang’ori), and Tugen in Kenya, and the Tatoga in Tanzania. Others are the Dorobo who are remnants of Kalenjin speaking peoples among the Maasai and Kikuyu and reside in various forests such as Mau in Kenya. However, there is no certainty that other groups or remnants have not been left out. A clan by clan approach, while plausible, presents its challenges that include the starting and ending points.  As Kipkorir[xvi] has pointed out, identities are not permanent. Change of a cluster’s clan identity, while not uncommon, would nevertheless not alter the value of its oral traditions in particular or respective clans in general. Quite often, it is assumed that a native Kalenjin scholar will ask the question “Whom am I?” If the response is Talaa (from Talai clan), then s/he will find out other clans that live side by side or that are mentioned in the Talai oral traditions. The authors have listed at least thirteen clans among the Marakwet, which should be of good use when getting started[xvii]. In the ending point, the challenge is whether you arrive at the political term Kalenjin or you will follow the migration history of the Talai until you reach Europe following Misri (Egypt) legends[xviii] or to any other part of the world.

However, there are still more challenges to arriving at pre-colonial history of the Kalenjin. The list of original narrators are diminished and, increasingly, there is likelihood of narrators confusing the oral histories with Biblical or other histories conceived with the increasing mobility and interaction of the people with the outside world through written, oral or virtual media. This calls for a systematic diachronic approach towards identifying the original frame of each text and in relying on comparative cross-examination of the authenticity of texts from different informants, which is an arduous task. In addition, Western scholars’ approaches also pose their own challenges in that, though some acknowledge importance of oral traditions in building the oral history of the Kalenjin, they have tended to be “scientific”. Thus they have not, to a larger extent, added to the Kalenjin intellectual horizon from their own perspectives.

Finally, the purpose of the proposed seminar is to invite scholars and oral historians to make contributions on Kalenjin oral history by asking questions such as (1) who are Kalenjin?, (2) is it possible to construct pre-colonial history of the Kalenjin?, or (3) what are the most plausible methodological approaches to the study of pre-colonial history of the Kalenjin?

1.2 Output

The proceedings of the conference will be compiled, edited and published. Thereafter, a systematic study of the clan oral histories will be undertaken by encouraging students and other interested parties to pursue postgraduate studies in the areas identified for further study and following the most plausible, suggested methodologies.

1.3 Participants

The conference targets a total of 100 participants in four categories: (1) presenters, (2) panelists, (3) oral artists from different Kalenjin sub-tribes/ clans, and (4) interested parties. The presenters will present papers/ oral texts, whereas the panelists who are seasoned scholars in their respective fields will act as moderators.


[i]Amb. Dr Benjamin Edgar Kipkorir has done extensive researches on Kalenjin history, spanning five decades. He studied at Makerere University (BA) and University of Cambridge (UK) for PhD, which he completed in 1969, being the first Kalenjin to have received such qualifications at the time. Thereafter, he taught at the Department of History, University of Nairobi, for thirteen  years, being the director of the Institute of African Studies for seven years. He is the author of several books on the history and social anthropology of the Kalenjin: The Marakwet of Kenya (1973, revised 2008), Kerio Valley Past, Present and Future (1983),Descent from Cherang’any Hills (2009),etc.

[ii]Kipkorir, B. E. and F. Welbourn. (1973, 2008). The Marakwet of Kenya: A Preliminary Study. Nairobi.

Moore, H. L. (1996). Space, Text, and Gender: An Anthropological Study of the Marakwet. UK: Cambridge University Press. pp17-18.

[iii]Ehret, C. (1971). Southern Nilotic History. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Sambu, K. A. (2007). The Kalenjin Peoples Egypt Origin Legend Revisited: Was Isis Asiis? A Study in Comparative Religion. Nairobi: Longhorn Publishers.

[iv]Chebet, S. and Dietz, T. (2008). Climbing the Cliff: History of the Keiyo. Eldoret: Moi University Press.

[v]Beech, M. W. H. (1911). The Suk. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

[vi]Sutton, J. E. G. (1976). The Kalenjin.Kenya before 1900.Ed. B. A. Ogot. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. pp 21-52.

[vii]Huntingford, G. W. B. (1953). The Nandi of Kenya. London: Routeledge & Kegan Paul.

[viii]Goldschmidt, W. (1976). The Culture and Behaviour of the Sebei. Berkely: University of California Press.

[ix]Massam, J. A. (1927). The Cliff-Dwellers of Kenya. London: Sampson & Co.

[x]Mwanzi, H. A. (1977). A History of the Kipsigiis. Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau.

[xi]Peristiany, J. (1939). The Social Institutions of the Kipsigis. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

[xii]Toweett, T. (1979). Oral (Traditional) History of the Kipsigiis. Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau.

[xiii]Kipkorir, B. E. and F. Welbourn. (1973, 2008). The Marakwet of Kenya: A Preliminary Study. Nairobi.

[xiv]ibid; 2008 edition p. 67.


[xvi]Kipkorir, B. E. (2009). Descent from Cherang’any Hills: Memoirs of a Reluctant Academic. Nairobi: Macmillan Publishers.

[xvii]Kipkorir, B. E. and F. Welbourn. (1973, 2008). The Marakwet of Kenya: A Preliminary Study. Nairobi. pp 3-4.

[xviii] Kipkorir, B. E. (1971). The Kalenjin Phenomenon and the Misri Legends. History Department Seminar Paper, University of Nairobi.


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Former Chief set to join politics. By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted 10th May, 2012.

  A former chief of  Kinyoro Location in Saboti constituency (Kenya) Mr. Henry Ndiema has announced that he will  quit his current job and join politics.   He will contest for the county representative seat of Kinyoro-Kisawai ward.

He was the area chief from 1996-2002. Prior to joining the local administration he was an administration police officer based in Kitale.

The former administrator who was redeployed back to his old job in 2002 and has risen through ranks in the Administration police to become a chief inspector, is currently the deputy chief security officer at the prime minister’s office.

 Henry who made history by becoming a chief at the age of  27,   opines that his  6 year stint as a chief puts him way ahead of other  county representative aspirants and grants him competitive advantage,

“I  have  firsthand  experience  in  working with  people  from  diverse  communities;  I know  entirely  all  villages  in  the  new Kinyoro- Kissawai  ward   I  know  the problems of the residents,” he says and adds that  its only when you work closely with people, like him  that you get to know their problems.

  He says his decision to run for the seat has been fuelled by a desire to offer service leadership to the common man and also because the current crop of leaders do not have the welfare of the people at heart.

    “When I compare when I was chief and now in my new position, I helped people more in my days as an administrator. When I made it as a chief, why not now?”

“I have  carefully reviewed all the  elected leaders  and even the aspirants  gunning for this seat  and  I realize they have no real interest of the people. This ward being cosmopolitan doesn’t need a self-centered individual. It needs a selfless leader like me.”

 Henry has many grand ideas for the people if voted in as the county representative.  With his rich background top on his wish-list he states, will be to improve the security  issue  in the ward and also  see to it that healthcare is improved.

 The father of five  who resides at Kitalale Phase 1 scheme calls on the  residents of the  ward to support his bid.