Monthly Archives: September 2011

Facebook is watching you, even when you log out

Not safe : The social media website has admitted to watching users when logged out

Social network site Facebook has admitted that it monitors every single web page you visit, even when you have logged out.
In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it constantly tracks its 750million users, even when they are using other sites.

Kenya ICC trials: it is not a matter of ‘Our man’ Uhuru and Ruto

Lest we forget: A man carry a panga during the post-election violence in Nairobi Kenya

I was following a discussion on a social network forum on the Kenya post-election violence trials at the ICC. One person had raised an issue on the Ocampo’s Naivasha evidence. The inhuman acts that Kenyans were subjected to in 2007-8 in what I always refer to the darkest year in Kenyan history.

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Wangari Maathai:The death of an icon

Kenya 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai died September 25,2011 at Nairobi Hospital. This is what the social media reacted to her death.

Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who made it her mission to teach her countrywomen to plant trees and became Africa ‘s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. She was 71.
Goodluck Emmanuel Gad
September 27, 2011
Mrs. Maathai was a Kenyan environmentalist who started out paying women a few shillings to plant trees and went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Bipin Dhane
September 27, 2011
“I will disappear into the forest”: An Interview with Wangari Maathai via @motherjones #inspirational
September 27, 2011
Kenyan Nobel winner Maathai, savior of trees, dies: NAIROBI (Reuters) – Wangari Maathai, the first African woman …
September 27, 2011
RT @DalaiLama: His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers condolences to the family of fellow Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai.
September 27, 2011
@UN @UNEP A practical tribute to Wangari Maathai can be demostrated by discarding all their fuel guzzlers for fuel efficient vehicles.
September 27, 2011
The Nobel laureate put the links between environmental and social progress onto the world stage in a way few others have managed.
Marian Mackenzie-Ross
September 27, 2011
Wangari Maathai obituary

For a young Kikuyu girl growing up in the early 1940s, the small village of Ihithe, in the lush central highlands of Kenya, was next to perfect. There were no books or gadgets in the houses, but there were leopards and elephants in the thick forests around, clean water, rich soils, and food and work for everyone.
The Green Belt Movement | About Wangari Maathai

About Wangari Maathai at The official site of the Green Belt Movement and its founder, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.

Wangari Maathai: Respected worlwide rejected at home

The best we could give her was an assistant minster for Environment post in 2003 when she joined parliament after a futile run for the country’s top seat.

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Five die in Busia fuel tanker fire

Burnt to ash: Busia resident looks at the remains of a tanker that left four people dead

Kenyans it seems will never learn a thing. Even before we bury the more than 100 Sinai fire tragedy victims,a fuel fire has claimed five more lives in Busia according to Kenya Red Cross.

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Is September the darkest month in Kenya?

Death of an icon:Wangari Maathai

September is now the black month in Kenya.

The worst tragedy  was the Sinai slum fire that killed  100 people. The fire was ignited by fuel which had leaked from a Kenya Pipeline pipe.

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The Berlin Gay Pride Parade: Is Kenya headed there?

Members of Fairplay gay community parade in Berlin during the Gay Pride march Photo Joseph Kariuki

In June, I was in Berlin the capital of Germany and decided to attend the Christopher Street Day. because it was summer we decided with my colleagues who were with me for the IIJ course to go and see what the parade was all about.

It was a gays, lesbians and gay rights supporters day.A gay pride parade that attracted about half a million revelers.

The Berliners came out early waving the six color flags,a symbol of the gay community world over. I had debated with friends for long whether to join the march or not. But my journalistic curiosity got the better of me.

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Media council attack media on offensive photos,video clips

The full statement by Media Council

The Media Council of Kenya appreciates the noble work by the Kenyan media in informing the public on yesterday’s Lunga Lunga fire tragedy. As the body in charge of promoting ethical standards among journalists and the media in Kenya, and in view of the latest developments, we are highly concerned with the deliberate contravention of certain articles in the Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya as entrenched in the Second Schedule of the Media Act 2007.

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The Star Sinai fire photo: a matter of ethics,facts and truth

The photo published by The Star :The scene at the Sinai slum at Viwandani location where fire prompted by a burst KPC pipeline. Over 80 people perished and hundreds injured. Photo/Jack Owuor

Today I have received many calls and  emails on the splash photo of the Sinai fire tragedy. If by chance you have not seen a copy of The Star today I have attached the photo.

Many readers have demonized the paper and even the media watchdog Media Council of Kenya has raised the red flag. Social Media is awash with utter ‘shock’ at the ‘sensational’ route that the paper has taken to sell more copies.

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Kenya AG Githu Muigai joins Twitter,talks tough over scandals

Attorney General Githu

Attorney General Githu Muigai a new Twitter account shows he has joined the social network Photo/The Star

“Working together for a better Tomorrow,” was the first Tweet  by a Twitter account that claims to belong  to the new Attorney General Githu Muigai on September 2,2011.

After the first tweet the AG was afraid that probably he was not communicating to anyone and he posted: “How does this dont look like am communicating to anyone?”

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