A Djibouti-led mission to resolve accusations of territorial violations between Kenya and Somalia has concluded a fact-finding mission in both countries.
Sent by Djibouti’s President Ismael Guelleh, the mission comprised a team of diplomats and military chiefs nominated by President Guelleh and visited Kenya and Somalia past week to verify claims by Mogadishu that Nairobi had interfered with Somalia’s territory.
Kenya is hoping to use the findings to rebut Somalia’s accusations.
The delegation led by Djibouti’s ambassadors to Somalia and Kenya, Aden Hassan Aden and Yacin Elmi Bouh respectively, toured Mogadishu, Nairobi, and the Mandera-Gedo border area, on a five-day fact-finding mission after which they will table a report to President Guelleh.
The report of the fact-finding mission may not be binding on either country, but leaders of the three countries agreed that it should de-escalate tension.
In Kenya, the team met Foreign Affairs (Raychelle Omamo) and Defence (Monica Juma) Cabinet secretaries as well as the Chief of Kenya Defence Forces Gen Robert Kibochi.
Kenya denied Somalia’s accusation of territorial violations and provided satellite images of Somalia’s recent troop movements in the last eight months, indicating the Somalia Forces were now just about 20 meters from the common border.
Nairobi sees Somalia’s deployment of troops as a threat while Kenyan troops remain cantoned at their camp, some five kilometers away from the border.
Further, Kenya says the border tensions have disrupted free movement for the border communities, many of whom have intermarried, as well as for children schooling on the Kentan side. Kenya’s Ministry of Education says some 1,200 pupils from Somalia are enrolled in Kenyan schools in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa since the reopening in January.
Mogadishu on December 15 severed diplomatic ties with Kenya accusing the country of “constant interference” in Somalia affairs.
When the Djiboutian delegation toured Mogadishu on Saturday, Balal Mohamed Osman, Somalia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and his Permanent Secretary Mohamed Ali-Nur Haji met the officials and tabled four allegations against Kenya, including violation of Somali airspace and maritime territorial waters, supporting militia to destabilize Somalia, and that Kenyan forces serving under the African Union peacekeeping missions Amisom had ‘abandoned’ their stations inside Somalia, allowing Al Shabaab terrorist group to resurge.
The maritime border dispute is a matter subject to a court case at the International Court of Justice.
Macharia Munene, a Kenyan professor of History and International Relations at the USIU-Africa opined that the mission was likely to buy time for the two countries to re-engage and will not pass judgment on Kenya.
“In essence, it will create an opportunity to reduce tensions because a hearing desk ensures both sides can focus on the solution,” he said. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau told The EastAfrican that the Djiboutian delegation was proposed by President Guelleh and endorsed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad). Djibouti is currently the chair of Igad.
Mr. Macharia said: “Among the things agreed at the sidelines of December 2020, 38th Extraordinary Summit was that through the good offices of the President of Djibouti. Djibouti would undertake a verification mission along the Kenya border with Somalia in order to establish the veracity of the baseless accusations that were being leveled against Kenya by the Somali government.’’
“The verification mission has taken place successfully and with co-operation between the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the two countries. Kenya looks forward to a positive report that will categorically debase all the accusations once and for all.”
Though endorsed by regional bloc Igad, the fact-finding mission is made up of Djiboutian officials only including Gen Osman Noor Soubagleh, a former Force Commander of the African Union Mission, who is now a senior advisor on military affairs for the African-Union endorsed stabilization force in Somalia.
A lot has been said about just how long men should last in bed with many complaints from the fairer sex about their partners ‘shortcomings.’
Of course, many men try to outdo themselves in bed during sexual intercourse with their female partners, with some opting to use performance-enhancing drugs and remedies.
But how long should satisfying coitus last?
According to Asili Herbal Clinic doctor, Jackson Kimotho, men should not try to sustain an erection beyond four to 11 minutes as it could turn fatal.
Kimotho discourages men from going the ‘extra-mile’ to prove their sexual prowess to their female partners.
Kimotho who regularly appears on Kameme TV’s Rikiratha Show and who also specializes on male sexual health says most men’s sexual drive is steered by ego satisfaction.
“From a study done among 4,000 men on men’s sexual satisfaction, it was found that four to 11 minutes were enough,” Kimotho says.
On what determines how long a man lasts in bed, the herbalist says there are men with medical conditions that cannot allow them to have an erection, a group he advised to go for medical check-ups and seek treatment.
Kimotho also reveals that there is a group of men whose sexual drive is determined by how much money they spend to bed their sexual partners.
“There is a man who counts how much money he spent on the woman, and from which he determines how long to last. If he is not satisfied, he awards himself an extension. For instance, there is a man who will find three minutes very short if for instance he paid Sh3,000 for the room plus other expenses he spent on the woman, ” he says.
The herbalist advises men to look for long-term solutions to sexual health problems instead of swallowing quick-fix tablets, commonly referred to as the blue pills.
He says most men have extremely low testosterone levels, a medical condition that predisposes them to low sexual powers.
“The sexual power of a man is determined by the testosterone level. The wider your waist line is, the less testosterone you have and consequently, the less sexual power,” he says.
To better their performance in bed without using the sexual enhancement pills, Kimotho advises men to raise their testosterone hormones.
“Smoking, inhaling paints, working in steel manufacturing plants and riding motorcycles can lower the testosterone hormones in the body,” he says.
Uganda’s government spokesman accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to subvert last week’s presidential elections after the U.S. ambassador attempted to visit an opposition leader being held under house arrest.
The military surrounded the home of popstar-turned-legislator Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, shortly after he cast his ballot in Thursday’s presidential elections.
Incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, was declared the winner of the poll with 59% of the vote against Wine’s 35%.
The sharp, public rebuke to the United States from the Ugandan government is relatively unusual as the two nations are allies.
The United States supports Ugandan soldiers serving in an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia and has donated about $1.5 billion to Uganda’s health sector in the past three years.
U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown was stopped from visiting Kyagulanyi at his residence in a suburb in the northern outskirts of the capital, the embassy said in a statement late on Monday.
The mission said Brown wanted to check on the “health and safety” of Wine, who became famous after years of singing about government corruption and nepotism, charges the government denies. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said Brown had no business visiting Wine.
“What she has been trying to do blatantly is to meddle in Uganda’s internal politics, particularly elections, to subvert our elections and the will of the people,” he said. “She shouldn’t do anything outside the diplomatic norms.”
Brown had a track record of causing trouble in countries where she has worked in the past, Opondo claimed, adding that the government was watching her.
There was no immediate comment from Brown or the embassy. The embassy has said last week’s vote was tainted by harassment of opposition candidates, suppression of media and rights advocates and a nationwide internet shutdown.
“These unlawful actions and the effective house arrest of a presidential candidate continue a worrying trend on the course of Uganda’s democracy,” it said.
The United States and the European Union did not deploy observer missions for the polls because Ugandan authorities denied accreditation and failed to implement recommendations by past missions.
During the campaigning security forces routinely broke up Wine’s rallies with teargas, bullets, beatings and detentions. They cited violations of laws meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus for those actions.
In November, 54 people were killed as security forces quelled a protest that erupted after Wine was detained for alleged violation of the anti-coronavirus measures.
Wine and his National Unity Platform (NUP) have rejected the results and said they were planning a court challenge.
On Monday security forces cordoned off the party’s offices in the capital. The party that was aimed at complicating their efforts to collect evidence of irregularities committed during the election.
A bunch of popular Kikuyu gospel and Secular musicians visited Deputy President William Ruto on Monday at his Karen home where they pledged allegiance to the second in command.
Sources close to Muigai Wa Njoroge aka Kigutha who was the key organizer opined that those who were in attendance had to agree to participate in an upcoming anti-BBI collabo song composed by Muigai. This will be paid handsomely by Ruto who is opposing the Handshake and BBI referendum.
Key among the musicians who met the second in command were Muigai Wa Njoroge, Ngaruiya jr, De’ Mathew Jr, Loise Kim, Gachathi wa Thuo, Sammy Irungu, Sammy K, Shiru wa GP, Kimani wa Turacco among others.
Sharing pictures of their meeting on Monday, January 18, Ruto said he discussed with the artists on how he can support and promote the creative economy. “Music is a business. Artists are entrepreneurs. The creative industry has the power to generate jobs and stimulate economic growth. “We will keep investing in their dreams on account that like many other businesses, they too deserve recognition because of every hustle matters. Kazi ni Kazi (sic)”, he wrote.
According to one of the attendees, Ruto used the occasion to convince the musicians to rally behind him in 2022, promising to take care of their welfare going forward.
In Central Kenya, like many other parts of the republic, vernacular music is one of the most effective channels of communication. This is because both the rural and urban folks can directly relate to what the songs say as well as get their messages.
The meeting comes hot on the heels of Uhuru’s state of the nation address to Mt Kenya region where he rallied them to support the upcoming BBI referendum.
The Head of State, who spoke in Kikuyu vernacular stations yesterday morning, sought to reassure his Mt Kenya political backyard that has been restive about the BBI and its political future after his exit from State House, that the reforms proposed under the unity project would guarantee them accommodation in future administrations.
The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 which has captured the BBI final report, among other things, proposes additional allocation to counties and a Ward Development Fund.
These are among the gains the President highlighted to rally his backyard to embrace the project.
Uhuru addressed the region after Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata recently wrote him a letter that has been the subject of debate, advising him that the BBI project was yet to gain traction in Mt Kenya.
Also, the President has been under pressure from Ruto’s allies to honor his 2012 pact with the DP by supporting him in the 2022 presidential election.
He said yesterday: “Kenyans will vote whoever they want and only God knows who will be the choice.”
Ruto and his allies have rejected the BBI project, claiming it was not a priority and is meant to create jobs for select individuals.
They have described the planned referendum to anchor BBI proposals in the Constitution as a waste of public funds.
But yesterday Uhuru rubbished the claims as lies, saying the cost of the plebiscite was yet to be established, maintaining that BBI will ensure equitable distribution of resources in manner that will ensure that populous regions get more allocation from the national kitty.
This is not the first time the DP his coming under fire over his opposition to BBI and its cost as well as graft in government. On Sunday, Raila accused him of presiding over corruption in government.
What should have been a housekeeping meeting of learned friends yesterday turned into a heckling contest punctuated by thinly veiled insults as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) suspended all 10 council members in a heated, chaotic convention.
LSK’s Gitanga Road office could have passed for a busy open-air market, as some lawyers voiced their opinions while shouting down those that opposed them.
The Special General Meeting (SGM) was called to discuss the appointment of auditors to probe LSK’s books of accounts, deliberate on an impeachment motion against Mr Havi, the suspension of some council members and the appointment of advocates to represent the lobby in court cases involving internal wrangles.
Months of infighting have split the LSK into two factions—one backing Mr. Havi and another on CEO Mercy Wambua’s side.
Yesterday’s SGM was called to settle the differences that have threatened to stall operations at the lawyers’ umbrella body.
After more than five hours of an impasse over how to proceed with the meeting, Mr. Havi dismissed the impeachment motion filed against him by lawyer Gad Aguko, just moments after members suspended the council. The council oversights the LSK’s operations, just as boards of directors watch over companies.
Mr Havi made it clear that ongoing efforts to unite the two factions will likely not work, an indication that the fights at the society are a long way from over.
“We have listened to your calls that we unite. But you must realise the queer nature of this… We come here with differences. There has been interference and I’ve taken to the podium here and said who is interfering with the running of LSK. So don’t come and tell me to unite with those people,” Mr Havi said.
Council member Roseline Odede resigned just moments before the vote suspending her colleagues. Ms Odede cited a hostile working environment, and had recommended that the entire council resigns.
The suspension motion initially targeted the eight council members believed to be on Ms Wambua’s side.
Bernard Ngetich, Aluso Ingati, Carolyne Mutheu, Faith Odhiambo, Linda Emukule, Beth Michoma, Ndinda Kinyili and George Omwansa are believed to back Ms Wambua and oppose Mr Havi.
But the motion was amended in the course of the meeting to include the two council members allied to Mr Havi — Herine Kabita and Esther Ang’awa.
Only 300 lawyers were physically present at LSK’s Gitanga Road headquarters, while more than 3,000 attended the meeting through online platform Zoom.
Some of the online attendees, like prominent lawyers PLO Lumumba and Linda Obonyo, were denied a chance to speak when Mr Havi brought on the floor the first motion—whether or not to hire audit firm Parker Randall.
Ms Obonyo was granted a chance to speak hours later, but Mr Havi ordered that her microphone be muted the moment she demanded that the voting on motions be done through a proper poll other than a show of hands.
Several other lawyers attending the SGM online, who either demanded a proper poll involving counting of supporters and opponents of motions, or those who said anything against Mr Havi’s control of the heated session, were also quickly muted.
Those physically present and in disagreement with Mr. Havi did not have it easy either.
When the now suspended Mr. Omwansa demanded that the voting proceeds via a poll, Mr. Havi branded him a saboteur. In a somewhat sense of irony, Mr. Havi had pushed for the SGM to have Ms. Wambua removed, but the LSK President came face to face with the same axe as a section of lawyers sought to impeach him with less than a year in office.
Ms. Wambua sued the LSK last year to stop her removal, and the High Court issued orders barring the discussion of the case or her removal at the SGM. That was not to be as the two factions traded accusations in the course of the meeting.
Mr. Havi accused Ms. Wambua of sabotage, while the CEO maintained that a false narrative was being created against her.
Mr. Havi has been in office for just under 11 months now, but his term has been divisive as he now leads one of two factions at the LSK, which are in the middle of a vicious battle for control of the institution.
Yesterday, lawyer Caroline Thuo described the war as the elephant in LSK’s room, warning that it could disrupt the institution’s smooth running.