Friday, May 27, 2005


Last Sunday
I was on the phone with two of my closest friends- a senior academic in one of the north eastern American states and a thirtysomething professional residing in southern Ontario. Both of them have roots planted on the slopes of Mount Kenya and we were yakking about the newly fangled MEGA Initiative. They actually do not know each other and our conversations took place at different times, but their reaction was identical:

Hoots of laughter at the lack of originality in the name.

Now, let's get real.

Some wizened GEMA diehards delegate a task to their younger ethnic kinsfolk to come up with a new name for the tribal grouping and what do they come up with?



Surely Njenga Karume and Peter Kuguru could do better than that.

Think about it.

No. Do not think about it. Keep saying repeating the words in the next sentence for the next two minutes and contemplate the results:


Was Nduati Kariuki trying to be subtle, hoping Kenyans would be fooled into not linking GEMA with MEGA?

That is why I just the caption of this essay was READY MADE the moment I read the story:


Kwani, within the vaults of GEMA-MEGA’s talent pool they could not find SOMEONE who has done advertising copy for a television or radio jingle?

MEGA-GEMA is a DOOMED attempt to organize Kenyans from the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru communities into one giant FASCIST movement in Kenya that will be built on ethnic supremacy and tribal hatred. It is therefore by definition, a HATE GROUP that is geared towards regional and ethnic conflict. It is the Kenyan edition of Interamhwe- the Hutu terrorist organization that supervised the slaughter of almost a million Rwandese nationals eleven years ago.

I will not be surprised if MEGA MERGES with MUNGIKI-with MUNGIKI forming the violent armed wing” of this GEMA ethnic supremacist reactionary force.

By definition, MEGA is an UNDEMOCRATIC organization that has what I can only describe as a very SINISTER agenda for Kenya and especially Kenyans who happen NOT to be Gikuyus, Embus and Merus.

The fact that former homungati police torturers like John Michuki (who happens to be Internal Security minister) are part of its secret leadership convinces me that MEGA is plotting a FASCIST TRIBAL COUP to thwart Kenyans from getting a new democratic constitution that will definitely mean the end of the road for the Mount Kenya mafia that has been controlling DP, NAK and the Kibaki Presidency since January 2003.

We should see the formation of MEGA as the opening salvo of a looming civil war that will be unleashed by some selfish, cynical power mongers who happen to be huddling in Mwai Kibaki’s kitchen as we speak.

Let us take a closer look at MEGA.

Here is a link to one of the press reports that heralded the arrival of this tribal/fascist outfit.

Who can be a member of MEGA?

Well, read the following excerpt to find out:

According to the brochure, admission to membership in MEGA is by invitation only and is limited to the central Kenya community. However, Mr. Muchuha and Mr. Kariuki say MEGA has nothing to do with GEMA or politics and is purely an economic development forum.

Who comprises the central Kenya community? Kenyans living in central Kenya? That would include thousands of Luos, Kisiis, Luhyias, Somalis, Wahindi, Wazungu, Kalenjins and other nationalities.

No, MEGA is open ONLY to Gikuyus, Merus and Embus.

Now, if this was an ethno-cultural association, there would be NOTHING WRONG with limiting membership to certain tribes. But this MEGA touts itself in explicitly POLITICAL terms. Now what kind of a “political”organization in contemporary Kenya would EXCLUDE from membership other Kenyans who do not come from the GEMA base communities? Only a TRIBAL, backward, reactionary and BANKRUPT outfit driven by ethnic supremacist ideas, regional paranoia and myopic narcissism.

Here is one more excerpt:

Designed as a mass movement, its membership and leadership structure is designed to accommodate ordinary "Kiama" members who pay Sh200 annual membership fee. The next level is Ordinary Membership, whose annual fee is Sh1,000, while life membership Sh10,000.Only life members can sit on the National Executive Council.
The brochure says that any person from the community over 18 is eligible for membership, subject to approval by a vetting committee. Membership fees are payable through an account in the Equity Bank.

So, “any person from the community over 18 is eligible for membership, subject to approval by a vetting committee...”ama namna gani?

So on what grounds would someone who is over 18 and from “the community” be disqualified? How about if you are like my son Sankara who has a Meru mother and a Luo father? Can he join? How about my niece B. who has a Gikuyu father and a Luo mother? How about my good friend WM’s daughter who has a Congolese father? How about my fiancée who has a Gikuyu father, a Dawida mother and a Luo mshikaji? How about my comrades Micere, Ng'ang'a Thiong'o, Njuguna Mutahi and many others who have Gikuyu parents and a KENYAN identity? Can they join?

What does the “vetting committee” actually vet?

Allegiance to a raft of clandestine andu aitu mantras?

Is there going to be a resumption of mass oathing ceremonies to confirm membership?

Will people pray facing Mount Kenya or will they simply have to hand over an unmarked brown envelope stuffed with muthendi to Messrs Kuguru, Nduati and sijui nani tena?

What are MEGA’s stated objectives?

Well, I know you can read-that is why you have reached this far:

Objectives stated on the group's brochure include:
To help the community in all sectors to reach their full potential in life through leadership in business, economic, political, social and cultural spheres;
To develop a forum for cross-engagement among leaders and institutions within the community;
To engage similar groups with similar missions from other communities in order to achieve a united country.

That last objective, “To engage similar groups with similar missions from other communities in order to achieve a united country”is supposed to be the fig leaf that shields the nakedness of this odious tribal outfit.

Let me just say that Onyango Oloo is NOT among the GULLIBLE FOOLS who will be misled by that empty phrase.

Press reports indicate that MEGA is already seeking its tribal storm troopers and financial donors from among the GEMA Diaspora outside Kenya. For instance the ethnic recruiters are already in London, UK, according to this story filed by the Standard's Gitau Wa Njenga.

I am very proud of Uhuru Kenyatta for his principled and patriotic repudiation of the MEGA tribal fascist grouping.

Kudos also go to other sane and
Kenya-minded politicians from the Mount Kenya region who have rejected MEGA and its GEMA narrow chauvinism.

For the last two years I have been hearing rumours of a MEGA in the making- with claims of strategic recruitment of certain Mount Kenya communities into the GSU and other elite paramilitary forces; of increasingly overt ethnic propaganda on radio stations such as Kameme FM; of a war chest in the making coordinated by some of Kibaki’s top lieutenants; when Njenga Karume was appointed as the Minister for “Special Projects” some of my Gikuyu friends said only half-jokingly that Kenyans should not be surprised to see a revival of GEMA; in the last few months we have seen public rallies by politicians from the GEMA communities speaking to their constituents in openly tribal terms; a few months ago Chris Murungaru went on Kameme FM to lash out at Edward Clay for launching a war against the Agikuyu because Kenya had now a Kikuyu president; the other day, a Nairobi based netter who happens to be a Mgikuyu and SUPPORTER of the NAK clique revealed that GEMA had been having a series of meetings in Nairobi with ominous implications..

One chooses to leave out the wild rumours which are too outlandish to repeat minus further corroboration.

At the end of the day, MEGA will die a swift and natural death for a very simple reason:

Ordinary Kenyans, including the Agikuyu, Meru and Embu REJECTED the politics of UKABILA decades ago and any leader who tries to rally people on a narrow ethnic agenda will find himself or herself facing the people’s wrath.

Kenyans today are worried about the devastating effects of the adverse policies of the IMF, the World Bank and the transnational corporations on our economy and flowing from that, the cost of living and quality of life. They want jobs, they want housing, they want food, they want clean water, they want decent education, they want access to affordable health services, they want security from marauding criminals, they want the roads to be safe for traveling, they want to live in peace with their neighbours, they want stability, they want social progress, they want democracy, they want justice.

If a government led by a Mgikuyu, Mmeru or a Membu can help usher in the above, they will support it. On the other hand, if anyone, irrespective of their ethnicity stands in the way of the above, they will be swept aside.

Many of those things cited above are captured in a document that the Kibaki government prefers to sit on and that is the Zero Draft passed at Bomas.

In my opinion, it borders on the CRIMINAL for people like Njenga Karume, Nduati Kariuki, Peter Kuguru and other GEMA gang leaders to try and recruit innocent Kenyans from the Mount Kenya communities into this doomed tribal outfit called MEGA.

In 1935, Georghi Dimitrov a Bulgarian communist who happened to lead the anti-fascist forces in his country cautioned his compatriots that the best time to fight fascism is BEFORE it takes root.

In the year 2005, Onyango Oloo, a Kenyan communist who happens to support the democratic and patriotic forces within and outside Kenya is warning all Kenyans, especially those indigenous to the central part of the country that the best time to confront the tribal and fascist danger of MEGA is NOW.

Onyango Oloo

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Hon. Philip Murgor,
Director of Public Prosecutions,
Sheria House,
P.O. Box 40112,
Tel: 227461
Fax: 211082

Dear Philip:

Salamu kutoka Montreal.

How are things in Nairobi these days?

My name is Onyango Oloo.

I do not know if you remember me.

The last time I saw you in person was
on the morning of Monday, November 1, 1982 at the D Block of the Industrial Area Remand Home in Nairobi
. Remember what happened that morning? The previous night I had gotten in trouble with the night askari because we kept speaking loudly after the 9 pm curfew. Remember it was the night before my sentencing and many of us- how many students were packed in that filthy corridor, 67, 68 or 70? Can no longer remember the precise number, but I had started the ball rolling by informing you that this was finally IT- the next day I would be swung from the Remand Home to the Nairobi Law Courts to Kamiti and you folks- people like Vitisia, Sagalla, Omondi Oludhe, the Aseka brothers, Momoima Onyonka, the late Thumbi, Njuguna Mutonya, the late Mwakdua wa Mwachofi, Onyango CA, Kibisu Kabatesi, Wahinya Boore, Thomas Mutuse, Kirimaina Kimaita, Adongo Ogony, Jeff Mwangi, Ongele Opala, Kadima Osundwa, your friend and my classmate David Mambo, Ciira Wabere, David Murathe and so many other people- you all made it things lighter for me by encouraging me to remain strong and steadfast… Then in the morning as I was preparing to go to court BOOM! There was Officer Muraya and his squad, and remember how I was almost clobbered- only spared because the askaris did not want to see me showing in court, hobbling, bloodied and bruised. Partly because of that collective pep talk, I was surprised that I was not even afraid of Muraya threats to have me beaten up. Later on I was told by David Murathe (or somebody else from those ’82 arrests who was picked up again and joined us at Kamiti in 1986 during the Mwakenya Crackdown) that all hell broke loose that morning, that all of you guys were immediately transferred and scattered out of Block D with people like Adongo ending up in the notorious G Block with the hard core wazimu and capital offences remandees.

So where is your pal Mambo these days? I always wonder about the 1982 Industrial Area D Block student inmates because we did share a macabre experience together. It is interesting how things turned out- there you are today as the DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions! Hebu Imagine! Don’t you fight that sort of ironic? Did you know that the late JJ Ouma who had been a second year engineering student but had always been a Special Branch informer, immediately dropped out of U of N and went to Kiganjo Kenya Police College where he signed up for official police training? I am not sure if this is true, but I did hear from the grapevine that his own demise came after he was mixed up in that whole Ouko mess- JJ was from Hezekiah Oyugi’s neck of the woods, so I hear.

Philip, believe it or not, I did not take this time to communicate with you in order to chit chat while idly reminiscing about the bad old Industrial Area days.

I am writing to you because I am EXTREMELY pissed off at YOU personally and your boss, Amos Wako.

I mean, Philip, are you out to lunch or something?

Have you guys at Sheria House lost your freaking minds or what?

C’mon, it is getting pretty brazen and blatant.

Can’t you at least PRETEND that there is an ATTEMPT to securing even the slightest modicum of justice?

A couple of hours ago, I came across this Reuters news dispatch that quotes the Attorney General as saying:

"If I was to charge (Cholmondeley) with murder just because the public, media and everybody wants me to, even if there is no evidence, I would be failing the people of this country."

And the following newspaper account reproduces what YOU, Philip Murgor, allegedly blurted out, without a hint of shame, in a telephone interview carried by the May 21st edition of the East African Standard:

Lord Delamere's grandson can neither be charged with murder nor manslaughter even after an inquest, the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.
Mr Philip Murgor said a murder charge would never be sustained because Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley did not have "malice aforethought" when he killed Samson Sisina. "Cholmondeley is a law enforcement officer and is licensed to carry a gun to protect himself against attack and any danger posed by human beings and wild animals at his property. Law enforcement officers kill everyday in the course of duty and we do not charge them with murder or manslaughter," said Murgor.

In a telephone interview, the DPP said it would be absurd if persons licensed to carry guns did not use them when their life was in danger.

He said a manslaughter charge against Cholmondeley would not hold because "this is a case where the killing occurred in self-defence. Manslaughter refers to a situation where you do not intend to kill someone but end up killing him or her. In this case and, based on the evidence so far, Cholmondley killed after he was attacked."

The DDP said statements to police indicated that a bullet was fired from the gun of the deceased and that it was Sisina who fired first.

Murgor said Cholmondley would only be charged in a court of law if the public inquest finds that an offence was committed.

The DDP said the attorney-general ordered a public inquest because the evidence did not disclose any offence known in law.

Murgor said statements of witnesses said Cholmondley killed Sisina in self-defence and in the belief that he was a robber.

The inquest, to be presided over by a Nakuru magistrate, would be expected to gather evidence to ascertain whether or not an offence was committed.

The DDP said it was a misnomer for anyone to think that the inquest is to gather evidence to support a charge of manslaughter against Cholmondley.

However, Murgor said the AG's office would abide by the inquest findings and recommendations and "as is the practice, order for further investigations if necessary".

The DPP defended the A-G against allegations that he had moved with unprecedented speed to terminate the case.

"This is a case where the police sidestepped the A-G's office and took the matter to court. The police tricked the State Counsel in Nakuru to sign the charge sheet. When we later looked at the evidence to be relied on in prosecution of the case, we found it not satisfactory. We had to terminate the case," said Murgor.

Is Wako for REAL?

How about you, Philip Murgor?

Is your head still firmly attached to your trunk?

Like I told someone else online not too long ago, I do not know what you folks have been chomping on, or more likely smoking, because whatever it is, it has whacked the rational portions of your brains to smithereens, and I can only wish both of you a speedy recovery so that you regain full use of your mental faculties if that is indeed the case.

Mr Murgor, being a lawyer who has practiced in the profession privately and publicly for a number of years now, I am pretty sure you are familiar with the concept of sub judice, a concept that frowns upon the public commentary on a legal matter that is yet to be determined.

Yes, I know that you had “determined” the outcome of Thomas Delamare’s murder charge, by TERMINATING those charges, so in a manner of speaking you cannot be technically blamed for violating the sub judice rule because as yourself indicated, the Kenya government has pretty much guaranteed the family of that billionaire land owning company that their sole heir can leisurely look forward to the day he inherits the debts, demerits, insider connections and of course the wealth of the fabled/notorious Delamare family.

On the other hand, the BRILLIANT idea of convening a consolation “public inquest” came from Sheria House.

Why on earth, then, did you, Philip Murgor feel COMPELLED to say things like:

"The manslaughter charge cannot hold because this is a case where the killing occurred in self-defence. Manslaughter refers to a situation where you do not intend to kill someone but end up killing him or her. In this case and, based on the evidence so far, Cholmondley killed after he was attacked."

Apparently, Mr Murgor, the arresting and investigating police officers who had the chap arraigned on first degree murder charges had a different opinion from the one you express so irresponsibly in an interview with one of Kenya’s two leading dailies.

So what will be the point of the so called “public inquest” if the second most senior person at Sheria House has rushed to the defence of young Thomas?

Philip Murgor, I am pretty sure you have seen, heard or read of the national and international outrage that greeted your controversial decision to unleash the aristocratic bird before the Sisina family had their day in court. This reaction from
the Kenya Human Rights Commission is among the most restrained and polite.

When you get a chance, go online and check out my dramatic sketch for a second trial of the so called “Lord”.

In any case, Philip, I personally do not think you have ANY CREDIBILITY left when it comes to the pursuit of justice.

Do you remember what you told Mrs. Margaret Mbai, the widow of Dr. Odhiambo Mbai on Tuesday, February 2, 2004?

Let me refresh your memory by quoting from a section of your response to Mrs. Mbai:

"I urge you to forward any additional, relevant evidence on the death either to myself or to the director of criminal investigations. This is to further assure you that the Attorney-General will consider these in determining the issue of any prosecution."

Remember that little letter, Philip Murgor?

What ended up happening to the leading suspects in the Mbai case? Did Margaret Mbai ever get justice? Does the Kenya government know the identities of the people who killed her husband? Will she ever get closure?

This is what millions of Kenyans know:

Another group of high profile killers got off scot free. Did your office ever pursue those leads printed in the Standard that identified the shooter and his Tanzanian hideout? Did you take seriously the testimonies that fingered NARC Chief Whip Norman Nyagah as the mastermind who bankrolled the hit on Dr Odhiambo?

Of course you did no such thing.

For their pains in bringing the truth about Mbai’s death to the public domain, your office targeted David Makali, a widely respected news editor and a police officer who seems to have committed the late Sisina’s crime- doing one’s job in terms of investigating criminal activities by the high and mighty.

Dr. Odhiambo Mbai who some of us knew, is today lying lifeless in a grave way somewhere in Nyanza province while his youthful assassins are probably boasted how they literally got away with murder.

From the look of things, it would appear that you, Philip Murgor, would earn tons of money advising other public prosecutors around the world on how lose open and shut cases of plain, capital murder especially when the chief suspects are rich and/or well connected.
And speaking of the police and their methods of investigation, let me be the first to underscore my horror at their often rotten methods that has left many dead, maimed and psychologically scarred. So I will not romanticize the Kenyan detective promotion.

What is absolutely BIZARRE about Wako is that today he can say:
If I was to charge Cholmondeley with murder just because the public, media and everybody wants me to, even if there is no evidence, I would be failing the people of this country."

Philip Murgor:

Please excuse me while


Why did I just throw up?

It is because I cannot believe that someone like Wako who has never seen a political thug that he cannot defend or protect is today posing and posturing as someone with even the tiniest traces of ethical probity.

Philip, turning to you again, sometimes I am not sure if you ever did the paradigm shift changeover from Central Bank of Kenya lawyer to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In the remote possibility that you did, can you then give me the 411 on when the following
cases of state thuggery against ordinary Kenyan wananchi will be investigated and the rogue cops brought to justice?

Will Nicholas Biwott ever be tried for the murder of Robert Ouko?

Will James Opiyo ever be tried for torturing the so called dissidents at Nyayo House?Will the father of your nemesis ever be prosecuted for Goldenberg and its aftermath?

Will Omar Masumbuko and other associates of the late Karisa Maitha be made to account for the roles in the infamous Likoni Massacre?
While you ponder these questions, I will pause here and await your response.

By the way, with all the money the Kenyan tax payers are pouring into Sheria House, surely Philip, how come you guys cannot afford even an El Cheapo web based OFFICIAL email address?

Onyango Oloo