10/10/08 (B469) The Nation de Nairobi. Le porte-parole du Gouvernement Kenyan affirme que les autorités ne changeront pas de version, sous la pression médiatique, en ce qui concerne la destination des armes convoyées par le Faina. Kenya will not budge to media pressure to explain the destination of the hijacked arms aboard a Ukrainian ship, Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua said on Thursday.(En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Addressing the weekly press briefing at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Dr Mutua said the Government owed no one an explanation over the controversial acronym on the freight manifest.

The acronym, GOSS, was thought to stand for Government of Southern Sudan, but the Government has since termed it as a military acronym standing for General Ordinance and Security Supplies.

« We’ll not be drawn into a simplified debate that is just mere speculation, » Dr Mutua said.

He echoed Wednesday’s remarks by the Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula that security contracts will not be discussed in the media.

After a quick search on the Internet, 22 relevant hits were made, but the Government’s expansion of the GOSS acronym was conspicuously absent.

Ordnance, which could be what the Governments wants to mean, refers to military hardware, but the mere fact that such an expansion cannot be verified, especially with the Defence headquarters keeping mum over the issue, has raised doubts over the Government’s explanation.

There were also reports attributed to military men who insist that they have never heard the Government’s version of the expanded acronym.

The Nation has since established that the tanks started passing through Mombasa last year.

On November 2, a train carrying 17 T-72 tanks derailed at Kokotoni, about 30 kilometres from Mombasa, damaging five of them.

The accident which happened shortly after 4am prompted a military security operation at the scene. The area was sealed off and army officers prevented the Press from taking pictures.

Then, on January 25, this year, 33 more tanks were ferried by train from the port during the height of the post-election violence.

As the conflicting reports continue to emerge, the ship, MV Faina, captured with the military hardware –33 T72 tanks, grenade launchers and anti-aircraft guns– is still moored at the Somalia Coast near Hobyo port, under surveillance from US and Kenyan forces.

Meanwhile, the Government’s spokesman termed Tuesday’s deportation of American author Jerome Corsi as a chance to show the world that the days of neo-colonialism were over.

« He came here as a tourist, he should have stayed as one… we have no apologies, » he said.

The writer was arrested on Tuesday morning as he prepared to address a news conference to launch his book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, and taken to the Immigration headquarters at Nyayo House.

He was later deported on a British Airways midnight flight out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The book has been heavily criticised worldwide for its inaccuracies.

« People tend to despise our country [forgetting that] we are not a colony anymore, » Dr Mutua said

18/02/06 (B338-A) Lutte contre la corruption et les prévaricateurs : selon une dépêche en Anglais publiée par The Nation (La Nation mais de Nairobi !!), le Gouvernement anglais apporterait son assistance pour le recouvrement des sommes dérobées par les anciens dirigeants kenyans corrompus. Un exemple ou une leçon pour la Françafrique ? (Info lecteur)

Britain to Help Recover Looted Cash

The Nation (Nairobi)
February 18, 2006
Posted to the web February 17, 2006
Nation Correspondent

Je mets en garde la France pour qu’elle évite ce genre de fantaisie. Sinon, je parlerai …. et cela fera du mal à Chirac !!! (Humour)

The British government is keen on helping Kenyan authorities trace and recove r stolen public funds stashed in its banks.

High commissioner Adam Wood said the two countries were bound by a United Nations convention, of which they are signatories, to « identify and recover assets from convicted persons. »

Britain was closely following corruption investigations by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), said Mr Wood.

« What’s important now are the investigations, which are remarkable, as Kenyans have found their voices, » said the envoy.

KACC investigations follow two mega corruption scandals – Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing – perpetrated by government officials in former and current regimes respectively.

Mr Wood also brushed aside accusations that former Ethics and Governance permanent secretary John Githongo was a British spy. They should not be taken seriously, he said.

Among those being questioned by KACC is former Transport minister Chris Murungaru, whom the UK banned from setting foot on its soil.

The United States followed suit by denying him visa.

In Mr Githongo’s corruption dossier, Dr Murungaru was adversely mentioned alongside former Cabinet colleagues Kiraitu Murungi and Finance minister David Mwiraria, who have since resigned to pave the way for the KACC investigation.

Dr Murungaru was yesterday taken to court by KACC for failing to declare his wealth and its source to the anti-graft watchdog.

Passports of at least 16 other prominent people in the Kanu and current regimes, including former Education minister George Saitoti , have been seized as the investigations continue.

Others include former President Moi’s sons – Gideon and Philip and former director of public prosecutions Philip Murgor.