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Now, those ( Luos ) and other Kenayans, who imagine that Kenya will be an extension of the US, think again. I have good news and bad news.

Bad news first. Foremost, Obama is an American, elected to serve American interests. Period. Secondly, American made him who he is, Kenya did not significantly influence him. But even that asides, why on earth would he over-burden himself with a family/homestead/country that generally abandoned him when he needed them most? Would you? Even more convincing, Obama thinks as an American, and that is why the Americans selected him. Now, if you doubt that, consider the abode occupied by Obama’s paternal grandma.

( They say that Luo men take care of their women. Is that really so? So what happened here? Obama sr. was a strange man. How does a true  (Luo)  man do  what he did to his wife and kids?  )

Ok, the good news.

How can Kenya benefit from the Obama administration. Two suggestions:

  1. Fire Oginga Ogego.
  2. Appoint Auma Obama as ambassador!

1. Fire Oginga Ogego.

Not that he is not effective as an ambassador, but given the history he has with Obama. Ogego had castigated Obama over his interference with Kenyan Affairs.

Hear ye:

“If Kenya is to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and satisfy aspirations of its great people, substantially more progress must be made on the issues of tribalism and corruption,” Senator Obama

And,

While you seem to believe the Government is doing all it can, a number of Kenyan politicians, members of civil society, the media, and many ordinary Kenyans have told me the exact opposite. Many have welcomed my statement as a much-needed call to action,” Senator Obama.

This is the wrong man Kenya should be sending to talk to Obama on her behalf.

2. Appoint Dr. Auma Obama

Once you have fired him, replace Him with ( if you are as smart as i am, you guessed it).  Auma Obama! Stroke of genius.

Why her? Well, they seem to have chemistry when they met for the first time in Chicago.

“There was a lot of apprehension, I had a plan B in case it didn’t work out, but it worked out. We just didn’t stop talking when we met — it was absolutely as if we’d lived together all our lives.” Auma Obama

Still doubting the closeness? He mentioned her by name in his acceptance speech! Who could be better than her?

Bottom line, she will not need to have an appointment to talk to Him. She is family.

Is President Kibaki and PM Raila listening? Now let us see how big a man Kibaki is, and whether Kenyan interest matter more to him or his personal survival interests. ( It really should not be difficult for  him, since he and Obama know each other somewhat. Hopefully he is not afraid of such a choice. )

This is the way to get President Obama’s ear. If not, tell me how best to do this.

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Kenya Live News Television went on air on in the USA in early 2007

Some basic info:
Owners: Kihara Mbugua and Karanja Kimani
Subscribers: Claim of more than 1,000 subscribers in just under three months
For news bulletins: the TV has a link with a station in Nairobi and comes on real-time as the local broadcast.
Expansion Plans: That there are talks with other stations in Kenya for news and other content as they strive to broaden their menu.
Station URL: http://www.kenyalivetv.com/

Other source of Kenya TV: See internet based TV at http://www.jumptv.com/

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The Kenya Investment Authority (KIA) now exists to remove the red tape that initially existed (one needed about 21 business licenses to operate a Biz as a foreigner) for those seeking to establish a biz. Their step by step guide is reproduced below:

 
 

Steps
1. Fill the “One Stop” KIA application Form.
2. Engage legal advice in Kenya.
3. Register Your business
4. Submit KIA form + Certificate of Incorporation + Articles and memorandum of association to KIA
5. Issue of The Investment License

Procedures for establishing a company in Kenya
The principal types of business enterprises in Kenya are:
1. Registered Companies (Private and Public)
2. Branch offices of companies registered outside Kenya
3. Partnerships
4. Sole Proprietorships
5. Co-operatives

Companies are registered as limited liability companies as in 1 and 2 above, and regulated by the Companies Act (Cap 486). Kenya’s legal system is based on English law and practice. A wide range of legal services are locally available.

Company Registration
The initial step in forming a company is to register the proposed company name with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Nairobi. The Memorandum and Articles of Association should be filed with the Registrar of Companies who, upon satisfaction, issues the Certificate of Incorporation.

Opening a branch office of an overseas company
An overseas company wishing to open a branch office in Kenya should deliver the following to the Registrar of Companies:

• A certified copy of the Charter, Statutes or Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company, or other instruments defining the constitution of the company;
• A list of the directors and secretary of the company, giving full names, nationality and other directorships of companies in Kenya;
• A statement of all existing charges entered into by the company affecting properties in Kenya;
• Names and postal addresses of one or more persons resident in Kenya authorised to accept, on behalf of the company, service of notices required to be served on the company;
• Full address of the registered or principal office of the company in its home country; and,
• Full address of place of business in Kenya.

Both private and public companies may allot shares for considerations other than cash. Companies should inform the Registrar of Companies of such allotments and submit a written contract constituting the title of the allottee.

Patents and Trade Marks
Patents are regulated by the Industrial Property Act and administered by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), while trademarks are regulated by the Trade and Service Marks Act (Cap 506) and administered by the Registrar of Trademarks at KIPI. The duration of trademarks is seven years from the date of filing and renewable every 14 years.

Work permits
The Government allows investors to have key expatriate staff in senior management positions or where locals with specific skills are not available. Work permits for such expatriates are issued by the Immigration Department and are valid for one to two years, renewable on application.

Import and export prcedures
There is no import licensing except for a few items restricted for security, health or environmental reasons detailed in the Imports, Exports and Essential Supplies Act (Cap 502).
During the Budget for Fiscal Year 2001/02 the Minister agreed to waive the 2.75% Import Declaration Form (IDF) fees applicable on imported goods used for manufacturing goods for exports under the Tax Remission for Export Office (TREO) scheme. Manufactures under the TREO will however have to pay Kshs. 5000 which is processing fees.

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Here are free true value services:

411 calls

If you still do not know it, and your cell phone provider chanrges you for 411 calls, here are ways to get free service:

(i)Jingles Free 411. Just call 1-800-FREE-411

(ii)Google’s free SMS service: SMS Google (46645) with  query in the body of text and they will send a reply with phone number and address. Eg “Lakewood Church, Houston,TX”

Answers,Weather, Stock Quotes

(i)Send Google (46645) Text message with quest in the body of the message: Eg “GOOG” for Google stock quote, “weather Houston, TX”,  “Nogales AZ to 77449”

(ii)call 800-555-TELL for voice version of above. And, the relevant answers are location based!

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