Monthly Archives: October 2012

KDF soldier killed,5 al shabaab dead in Kismayu ambush

Troops from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sit on the mid-section of a military truck in Somali port city of Kismayo.

One Kenya Defence Forces soldier was killed in a fire exchange with al shabaab in Kismayu yesterday.During the exchange five militias were felled by KDF.

“Regrettably, during the Kismayu – Bulahaji engagement leading to neutralizing of 5 militants, KDF lost a soldier,” said KDF in a statement.

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Kenya in Somalia one year on: Some memorable events

Troops from the Kenyan Contingent are seen on the back of a flat-bed military truck as they form-up in the early morning ahead of an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo. PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Today marks one year since Kenya stormed Somalia. Then Al shabaab was a strong and vile force that issues threats to the ‘career’ Kenya army.

But one year down the line the chest thumbing Al shabaab has swallowed its pride and has scattered like chaff on a windy day.

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One year ago…the first report on Kenya in Somalia. KDF has proved it is not a career army


Even with scanty details coming in on the war Kenya has entered against Al Shabaab terror group,already the terror group has promised the career Kenya army the pain of the bullets.

And a few hours later 5 Kenya military personnel are reported killed in Liboi after chopper crashes on developing mechanical problems.

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KDF storms Kismayu in pictures

Troops from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sit on the mid-section of a military truck as they form-up in the early morning ahead of an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo. Kenyan AMISOM troops moved into and through Kismayo, the hitherto last major urban stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab yesterday, on their way to the city’s airport without a shot being fired following a two-month operation to liberate towns and villages across southern Somalia and Kismayo itself. Al Shabaab, the once feared and brutal extremist group, has lost a succession of strategic towns and villages across Somalia to AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces in sustained operations against them since they withdrew from fixed positions in the capital Mogadishu in August of 2011. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Troops from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are seen on the back of a flat-bed military truck as they form-up in the early morning ahead of an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo.  AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stand in front of the black flag of the Al Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab painted on the wall of Kismayo Airport. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Kenya Army soldiers attached to AMISOM ready to storm Kismayu Photo/AU-UN

A soldier of the Somali National Army (SNA) stands by sacks of charcoal as a convoy of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) makes its way through the city of Kismayo


Kenya doctors shift strike to Twitter

  1. DrAtandij
    @ellatell :THIS BEST DEFINES OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM’.no ambulances to the poor #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:39:49
  2. It is now three weeks since Kenyan doctors went on strike.The strike began when KMPDU, put government to task over payment of registrar allowances of about sh90,000 per month. Government through the health minister Anyang’ Nyong’o refused to engage them,and now they have turned to social media.The doctors have coined hashtag #peremendemovement on twitter to get back at Nyong’o for his comment that the government cannot use tax payers money to give peremende(sweets) to a crying child(doctors). And the fury started. KMPDU kicked the salvo with this comment.
  3. kmpdu
    “Absence of the health agenda in the politician’s agenda. How do we change this? Zero votes for zero health agenda #peremendemovement” – VN
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 23:46:31
  4. And the doctors had statistics to fight with. Showing that our healthcare is indeed in a sick bay if not in High Dependency Unit.
  5. DrJobMogire
    In Kenya:: in 1994> 3000 Doctors, in 2013 less than 3000 doctors; 1994 just 210 MPs, 2013 more than 400MPs. WHY? #peremendemovement @kmpdu
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:38:19
  6. drizzlechinko
    kenya,doctor patient ratio is 17/100,000 against an ideal of 100/100,000 then you go ahead and fire all of them,really? #peremendemovement
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 08:21:45
  7. The doctor patient ratio is something the government need to worry about. With a doctor for every 100,000 Kenyans is enough reason for government to take the strike serious. But the government announced the sacking of all the striking doctors and put adverts for new ones. No progress report has been given yet regarding the recruitment of new doctors.
  8. kmpdu
    It will be a good thing for government to employ 2000 doctors.
    Who will then immediately join the strike.
    We got an extreme doctors shortage
    Wed, Sep 26 2012 03:25:16
  9. kmpdu
    59yrs post independence Kenya has no pediatric neurosurgeon &the only one training: me, has been fired? #peremendemovement
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 02:12:48
  10. Aqualiscious
    surely “@DrJobMogire: VPs posh new residence cost us over 900m; a modern radiotherapy machine worth 63m is unaffordable? #peremendemovement”
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 22:36:13
  11. ItsMainaMgeni
    RT @ochiengmd: I’ve had to scrub out of surgery to go donate blood for the patient am operating on. Unacceptable! #peremendemovement #kot
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 22:36:05
  12. Sorry pictures of the state healthcare were shared. One include this of a donkey being used as an ambulance. Kenya has a big shortage of emergency medical response.
  13. collowangulu
    Govt: There are ambulances in every hospital in Kenya. #peremendemovement sample tht @bettymurungi @IdaOdinga
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:35:03
  14. Josemulongo
    sori frnd i know theres a bullet smwher in ur abdomen/spine n al jst go in prayn al find it. xray machn is down. #peremendemovement
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 22:36:03
  15. msemmoja
    Its only in our beautiful kenya that all blood pressure machines are faulty in the hospital. #peremendemovement
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 22:36:03
  16. DocMzii
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 22:35:57
  17. And the doctors got support

  18. And the doctors got support from Kenyans. The shocking state of healthcare as portrayed by the tweets trigger some anger on the social media sphere.
  19. Nakuru Health Workers and Nurses strike.
    Mon, Feb 27 2012 16:00:00
  20. gladyswanga
    I support #Peremendemovement our HCWs must be treated with the dignity we expect them to treat us and our families with as patients
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:34:41
  21. GoddyJatelo
    u fire the doctor,raise my NHIF contribution & say am getting better health! hell has a special place for u #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:39:28
  22. collins_mbote
    Some countries are sending probes to mars. Kenia is still fighting measles. Its still 1972 #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:37:54
  23. nyawira_jane
    when you loose a diabetic patient because the relatives could not get a chemist open at 3am to buy insulin and a syringe #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:37:25
  24. bettymurungi
    Health care is a Social Justice issue. #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:37:24
  25. MusilaG
    Achieving vision 2030 when our district hospital lab can only perform a urinalysis and malaria test, HOW? #peremendemovement
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:33:41
  26. Wang_Rwang
    51% of Kenyan health workers now work abroad; they’d likely return with improvement in healthcare industry #peremendemovement @kpmdu
    Tue, Oct 02 2012 14:27:41
  27. Kabuekiriiri
    When kenyans die some say its is the coursre of fate.we disagree,its because of the poor/nonexistent healthcare.#peremendemovement@kmpdu
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:37:01
  28. KevinMoseAgwata
    Kenyan health system is in the ICU, and Someone is busy trying to switch off the monitoring machines! I support the #Peremendemovement.
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:35:38
  29. Kabuekiriiri
    A hospital pharmacy having no amoxil.gentamicin.xpen.Just close them down and stop lying to kenyans#peremendemovement@kmpdu
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:49:05
  30. esallyn
    I hear Kenyan Mp’s are the highest paid in Africa.A country where Doctors & Teachers went on strike not too long ago. Smh Beautiful Africa!
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:26:35
  31. ArapSmith
    Seriously?20 days of doctors being on strike & the govt hasn’t noticed the crisis?In a country already struggling with health issues?#kot
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 00:13:57

Lucy Kibaki condemns Kenya church attack

First Lady Lucy Kibaki

First Lady Lucy Kibaki has condemned the attack at St Polycarp ACK church in a brief statement send by the Presidential Press Service.

The first Lady has issued the statement following a story carried by The Star newspaper today headlined Where is Lucy Kibaki? The story raised concerns over First Lady continued absence from the public eye.

No photos or video clips was released by the PPS to accompany the statement.

Kenyans for a week now have been wondering where the First Lady  is. Through emails an Tweets rumours have been peddled with some bizarre rumours saying that the first lady had passed on.

But investigations by KenyaReporter has revealed that Lucy Kibaki is alive at State House Nairobi.

Our source at the house on the hill confirmed seeing the first lady on Friday,ending rumours that she had been flown out of the country for treatment.

“Mama is still very much around,” said our source. Reports indicate that she has been confined to a wheelchair after her legs gave in.

It has been two years now since the first lady was seen in public. She was last seen in August 27 2010  during the constitution promulgation ceremony at Uhuru Park. Prior to that she had suddenly showed up in Othaya for the referendum vote two hours after President Mwai Kibaki had left the voting venue.

Full statement

The First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki has condemned in the strongest terms possible the attack on St. Polycarp ACK Church in Nairobi.

The First Lady termed the attack as a cowardly act on innocent children. She condoled the family of the 9 year old Master Ian John Muya and wished the injured children quick recovery.

The First Lady said the attack was a reminder on the need for Kenyans to remain vigilant against agents of terror, following the success of KDF and Amisom Forces in Somalia.

In a statement she issued from her State House Nairobi office, the First Lady appealed to Kenyans not to agree to be divided along religious lines, noting that the fight against terrorism was a universal fight against fundamentalist and extremist agents.

She advised Kenyans to work closely with security officials in order to enhance security around the country.



1st October, 2012