In the period preceding 2007, Raila and Ruto on one side and Kibaki and co. on the other, the country was gradually, consistently and meticulously inflamed. It was largely ethnic with Kikuyus being isolated majorly. By the time of elections in 2007, Kenya was just a dry bush waiting for ignition and when it caught fire, it burnt fiercely. Today we are beating the war drums again this time not ethnic but class based. The poor against the rich. Raila is on one side together with Uhuru and Ruto is on the other. The sad part is how we are cheering them too quick to forget that none of them will suffer if post election violence erupts in Kenya again.
We will all (poor supporters of Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke) coil together with nowhere to hide while the war lords will be inside their heavily fortified mansions with helipads and helicopters in the ready - the last card being to share power. And you the ordinary? You will get back to each other with shame because of the abuse and fights you metted on your innocent neighbor on behalf of people who can't help you incase your house caught fire or in case you needed to use the neighbors nduthi to rush your injured or sick daughter to hospital.
A chilling revelation about how a widow lost sh.700,000 savings in her equity bank account many customers vowed to boycott the bank . Series of complains joined in with people narrating the hitches in Equitel line that fraudsters breach to wipe out your savings .
A widow is said to have been encouraged to register an Equitel line and later realized that all her savings , that she planned to use for her son's education was gone . The elder son questioned how a new line could have landed in fraudsters hands . He had a view that , it was an inside job .
"This happened via the equitel line she was advised to register by one of Equity Banks agents. Since she's not so tech savvy, the fraudsters managed to find a way around her ," he said .
Even as complains piled up of how the bank couldn't do a thing , Equity bank Kisii branch has restored the full amount of the said widow . Her son who highlighted the plea revealed that the issue had been sorted out successfully .
"EQUITY BANK HAVE FULLY REFUNDED ALL THE MONEY My mum would like to thank all of you for your efforts. I wish I could thank all of you individually, I'm so happy. Thank you @KeEquityBank and the manager Kisii branch for your effort in resolving this issue ," tweeted the widow's son.
Major oil companies are lobbying the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against plastic waste, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground.
The request from the American Chemistry Council to the Office of the United States Trade Representative came as the US and Kenya negotiate what would be the first US bilateral trade deal with a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
That deal is expected to be a model for others in Africa, and its importance helped lead to the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta’s White House visit with Donald Trump this year – a rarity for an African leader during this administration.
Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine
In 2017 Kenya imposed the world’s strictest ban on the use, manufacturing and import of plastic bags, part of growing efforts around the world to limit a major source of plastic waste. Environmentalists fear Kenya is now under pressure not only to weaken its resolve but to become a key transit point for plastic waste to other African countries.
The 28 April letter from the American Chemistry Council’s director for international trade, Ed Brzytwa, seen by the Associated Press, urges the US and Kenya to prohibit the imposition of domestic limits on “production or consumption of chemicals and plastic” and on their cross-border trade.
“We anticipate that Kenya could serve in the future as a hub for supplying US-made chemicals and plastics to other markets in Africa,” the letter says. It was first obtained by Unearthed, an affiliate of the Greenpeace environmental organization. The council repeated its request in a public commenting session in June.
China’s ban on imports of most plastic waste in 2018 has forced companies to seek new places to send it, but other countries including African ones increasingly are saying they don’t want it, either. Plastic waste meant for recycling has piled up in dumps in Kenyan cities.
Huge rise in US plastic waste shipments to poor countries following China ban
Meanwhile, oil companies are under pressure as more countries aim to shift away from fossil fuels.
The American Chemistry Council in a statement to the AP said “it is well understood that a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Kenya will not override Kenya’s domestic approach to managing plastic waste or undermine its international commitments under the Basel Convention”, a global agreement which, as of January, will make it much more difficult to ship plastic waste to poorer countries. Nearly 190 countries have agreed to it, but not the US.
The council added: “In fact, ACC never mentioned Kenya’s approach to single use plastic bags even once in our comments.”
The Office of the United States Trade Representative did not respond to a request for comment.
Kenya’s government did not comment. But the Kenyan trade minister, Betty Maina, in comments published on Tuesday by the local Star newspaper said Kenya will negotiate with the US “guided by Kenyan laws” and talks continue.
The idea that Kenya’s government might weaken or do away with its ban under pressure from the US or oil industry has upset the country’s environmentalist.
“They want Kenya to reverse its strict limits on plastics, including 2017 plastic bag ban! It’s a NO!” tweeted James Wakibia, who pushed hard for Kenya’s plastic bag ban.
Griffins Ochieng, who leads the Center for Environmental Justice and Development in Kenya, said any attempt to change the laws on plastics would be hazardous. “Africa is looking like a new dumping ground, we are not going to allow that,” he said.
“If true, it would be outrageous and unconscionable,” Inger Andersen, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, based in Kenya, tweeted. “We @UNEP are so proud of our host nation #Kenya’s strong lead on reducing plastic waste and forcing a shift away from single use plastic.”
Bans on single-use plastics are growing worldwide. A global review by UNEP in mid-2018 said 127 countries had adopted some form of regulation on plastic bags.