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Beware of BT automobiles, 5th floor, HFCK building

For those who are car-hunting….please watch out!!!

Dear friends,
Take some little time to read my true story at the hands of the above named conmen. I know you are busy Kenyans but take a little time to read. It might save you or your friend a lot of agony. Kindly circulate to all your friends.
My story may protect someone from the agony i went through trying to acquire a used M/v from Japan using a local company.
I was lookiing to import a Toyota from Japan and being the Kenyan i am was afraid of sending money to unknown companies advertising on the web.
I found my choices limited to the numerous companies that advertise on the thursday nation quoting the CIF cost of the various makes of vehicles.
On a simple comparison I chose one company that seemed to be offering the most competitive price.
They were actually quoting $500 less than their nearest rival.
I called them up to enquire and soon was heading to the 5th Floor of HFCK building to a company called BT automobiles.
I requested for reference on people who had imported using them as agents and was given a few names mostly of people who had imported tractors.
After I noticed the well set offices and the smart looking employees I was convinced that they were above board.
After a few meetings with them, i managed to identify a suitable vehicle of which i readily paid a down payment of Kes 150,000.
This money was meant to be for 50% CIF cost of the vehicle and kes 5,000 for the IDF application.
I was given an order form that reflected the breakdown of the cost and the engine and chasis number of the car I had chosen.
I was informed that they would process my car and that i would pay the balance once the car was shipped approximately in 30 days.
After 1 month I started pursuing the documentation for the car and that is where things started going very awry.
On requesting for a copy of the IDF form I was given a feint scanned document of the same.
On close scrutiny, I discovered that the engine number and chasis number was different and that the vehicle was diesel instead of petrol.
I started demanding explanations and alot of lame excuses were being offered of a mix up.
My alarm bells started ringing very hard and i decided to start probing.
No sooner had I started probing than I received a call from the Director informing me that my car had arrived in Mombasa and might be shipped back because I had not paid the balance.
I demanded to obtain a copy of the TT showing that my initial deposit had been remmitted to Japan.
After a cat and mouse game, BT produced an e-mail communication supposedly coming from the exporter in Japan acknowleding receipt of money.
An insider managed to inform me that the email was fraudulent and I managed to discover that the email address was actually non existent.
I started demanding my money from BT with the threats that I would take the fraud copies to the CID. I was immediately paid back 100,000 in cash.
This money was refunded after another client had also made a down payment for a car which would never come. The balance of the money was to be refunded in a weeks time but delays and false promises started to translate into months.
After a lot of quarrels and near fights BT gave me a cheque which obviously bounced.
I went to central police station to complain only to be told that there was nothing the cops could do about the case.
Later I discovered that the owner of BT had very “good” connections with Central and Kilimani police station. 
The cops will not lift a finger claiming that it is a civil suit whilst they know that BT is a con game.
A little about BT. BT is owned by a certain Zachary Kariuki.
The gentleman is never in the office but is to be found sipping coffee at the Grand Regency and chatting with buddies at the Lillian Towers. 
The other Director is a certain Pastor Kangethe.
I hear he pastors a church in Ongata Rongai. 
The two gentlemen are hiding under the guise that they are born again christians to fleece un-suspecting kenyans of their hard earned cash.
I finally managed to get a full refund of my money after I cajoled, coerced, threatend and made a huge scene at their office.
Other people who have fallen under the trap of these two gentleman keep flocking and sending lawyer demand letters to no avail.
I pray that no one else will ever fall into the hands of this sweet and smart talking conmen.
Be warned. Please be your brother’s keeper and forward this mail to as many friends as possibe.

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December 30, 2005 at 1:02 pm 9 comments

Global economics demystified

If this doesn’t beat the economics you learnt in school I don’t know what else will! This is called theory in practice, thanks to an e-mail from a friend (it ain’t my own original creation)!
You have 2 cows and you give one to your neighbour.

You have 2 cows, the Government takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows, the Government takes both and sells you some milk.

You have 2 cows. The Government takes both and shoots you.

You have 2 cows; the Government takes both, shoots one, milks the other and throws the milk away…

You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow dropped dead.

You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.

You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers.

You have two cows. You worship them.

You have two cows. Both are mad.

You have two cows. You eat both.


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December 30, 2005 at 12:34 pm 2 comments

Nice act chief, but how about the fat cats of big time sleaze elsewhere?

The Kenya Police is extremely disturbed by reports of fraud and influence peddling observed at the just concluded recruitment exercise.

My briefing to the recruiting officers that was attended by the media was very clear on the need to recruit deserving candidates in a transparent and competitive manner.

At the beginning of the recruitment exercise, I invited the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission to monitor the exercise as part of our collective effort to eradicate corruption.

I wish to commend them for their effort in exposing such incidents regardless of the identity of the perpetrators or their status in society. This is the essence of the rule of law.

The seriousness of the criminal acts reported cast doubt on validity of the recruitment exercise.

Besides being a crime, such acts subvert the trust and confidence of our people and serve to alienate the Police from the citizens at a time when we committed to creating a partnership with the populace in fighting crime.

The issue is not about the number of instances reported, for I will not tolerate even one incident of criminal behavior. There can be no substitute to upholding ethical standards.

Our Government is committed to zero tolerance to corruption. Indeed His Excellency the President has repeatedly made that very clear, as recently as the Jamhuri Day celebrations.

Accordingly, I have today cancelled the results of the entire recruitment exercise.

Additionally, I have with immediate effect, interdicted all officers involved in the recruitment exercise pending the outcome of investigations into their personal conduct during the exercise. Any officer implicated will be dealt with internally and prosecuted before a court of law.

Like I said, there can be tolerance to criminality in the Police or anywhere else. Obviously, those who performed their duties well have nothing to fear.

Even in the absence of immediate tangible evidence, the perception that the conduct of the exercise was not above board is sufficient in my mind to nullify the exercise in its entirety. That is the seriousness with which I take such issues.

Where crimes have been committed, we in the Police cannot resort to denial as this would be tantamount to a cover up.

This would be both illegal and unethical for an institution that seeks to nurture professional values in the performance of our duty.

The Kenya Police will announce the new recruitment dates through the print and electronic media as soon as administrative arrangements are finalized.

Measures to ensure non-recurrence of similar incidents in the next recruitment will be put in place but will not be made public for obvious reasons.

Additionally, the Kenya Police will make available to the public and the media the evidence and findings of our investigations. I expect the investigations to be finalized within the next one month.

Let me assure you that, as the Commissioner of Police, I will not waver in confronting sleaze or any other crime regardless of who the perpetrators may be.

I have been, and will continue to be very firm and resolute on matters of public transparency and accountability in the Kenya Police.

I wish to reiterate here that incidents of this nature, unfortunate as they may be, will not affect our collective commitment to reforming the Police into an effective and responsive institution or roll back the impressive gains we have made so far.

I invite any member of the public with information or complaints regarding this recruitment exercise to come to Police Headquarters or write giving details of acts they witnessed for immediate action.

I also wish to remind members of the public that corruption is a crime and they should also refrain from attempting to have their relatives recruited using unscrupulous methods.

This way, we all contribute towards fighting crime.

Thank You


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December 16, 2005 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

Will Your Church Be Closed For Christmas?


CHRISTMAS IS GOING to fall on Sunday this year. That hasn’t happened since 1994 and won’t happen again until 2011. In years past, this might not have been much of an issue; but considering today’s chummy Church of charm and chatter and the celebrated catapulting of all inconvenience, discomfort and offense from among the brethren; I would say the following question is in order:

Will your church be closed for Christmas?
The blind irony of it all is just magnificent; like the Chief Priests and Scribes not wanting to kill Jesus on the Passover. (Mark 14: 1-2)
It was brought to my attention recently by someone whose daughter was so disappointed by her church’s decision to not hold worship services on Sunday, December 25th that she wrote her pastor in protest. After telling the young lady how much he loved her, this courageous Man of God actually chastised her for questioning the consensus; citing, among other things, the difficulty of rounding up day care workers on Christmas and the importance of being with family; adding pathetically that we really don’t know what day Jesus was born on anyway.
I’m sure the Wise Men from the East and their enormous entourage could have come up with a lot better excuses than these for not following that Star through the night to worship the Christ Child; not to mention Noah, Abraham, Moses and David and all the logistical problems they had to endure in their worship and service to the Almighty; and the Apostles as they struggled through the remainder of their persecuted lives
taking the Gospel to a strange and hostile world.
No, it seems this year many of us are going to honor that Blessed One who was born to be nailed to a Cross for our sakes and sins by taking our ease, trading our toys, watching our TVs and munching out en masse before happy nappy time.
I don’t know about you; but I’m just glad the Lord has never been pragmatic; especially during that memorable visit to the Garden of Gethsemane where He sweat drops of blood over all that awaited Him while the leaders of the soon-to-be church, snoozed.
Well friends, it seems the church is spiritually dozing off once again; because if you haven’t yet noticed, food, family, fun and fellowship have now become the new measure of all things Christian; and beginning this Christmas, officially more important than gathering on Sunday to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.
Take a look at all of the websites, promos, commercials, brochures, and bulletins of today’s more popular churches in your community and notice, if you will, what they glorify and promote just in pictures alone. Chances are you’ll see nothing portraying the terrible cost of discipleship and the inherent loneliness and suffering of the Christian that was so prevalent in the Early Church and throughout the New Testament; only very attractive and photogenic church members, models and musicians laughing, singing and frolicking about before the camera’s lens as if following Christ was just another fashionable form of entertainment or recreation reserved for the beautiful, privileged, talented and well-to-do.
From a pragmatic perspective, I suppose it’s really not all that strange that today’s church, being big business now, would be closed on Christmas Sunday considering they’re run these days by CEOs and consultants rather than under-shepherds and bondservants, except that more and more big businesses are opening on days once set aside for worship; point being, the sacred and the secular are trading places leaving the world around them morally and spiritually confused.
Unfortunately, when you muddy the “rivers of living water” for fun and profit, you’re not left with much to drink.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:23-25.

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December 16, 2005 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Georgetown Sells Out to the Saudis

FrontPage Magazine
December 15, 2005
The news that Prince Alaweed bin Talal has given $20 million each to Georgetown and Harvard should come as no surprise. The prince, reputed to be the world’s fifth wealthiest man, is a smart shopper. He is best known in the U.S., however, for a rare misstep, a gift of $10 million to the Twin Towers Fund after 9/11 that was refused by then Mayor Rudy Guiliani after the prince’s ill-timed call for America to “re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.”
The prince’s goals for his gift are straightforward:

“As you know, since the 9/11 events, the image of Islam has been tarnished in the West,” said Alwaleed, who is chairman of the Riyadh-based Kingdom Holding Co. and has extensive business holdings in Europe and the United States. He said his gifts to Georgetown and Harvard will be used “to teach about the Islamic world to the United States.”

That Islam’s “image” was “tarnished” after the “9/11 events” seems a fairly minor consequence of mass murder. But the prince is surprisingly forthright in his desire to refurbish Islam’s image rather than address any underlying problems, such as its occasionally homicidal loathing of non-Muslims.
In giving money to Georgetown University, the prince can be assured that he will get his money’s worth. The university’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding has quickly been renamed in the prince’s honor and, according the Center’s director, John Esposito, “A significant part of the money will be used to beef up the think tank part of what the Center does..”
Indeed, Esposito, already an apologist for Islam’s retrograde inclinations such as jihad and trumpeter of its perennial victimization by the West, makes it perfectly clear that he is the prince’s man:

When asked about the comments that caused the rejection of Alwaleed’s gift to New York, Esposito said: “There is nothing wrong with his expressing his opinion on American foreign policy. Clearly, it was done in a constructive way. He was expressing his enormous sympathy with the United States but also trying to give people the context in which this [terrorist attack] occurred.”

Let us all celebrate context and freedom of _expression, if only from critics of America. But the prince’s gift, and indeed, his stated intention, will be to blunt critics of Islam in the future through education, for that is the mission statement of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, “to build stronger bridges of understanding between the Muslim world and the West as well as between Islam and Christianity. The Center’s mission is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West and enhance understanding of Muslims in the West.”
Here too, Esposito is already rising to the task:

Up to now, he said, the center has not had enough resources “to respond to the tremendous demand that is out there, from the government, church and religious groups, the media and corporations to address and answer issues like, ‘What is the actual relationship between the West and the Muslim world? Is Islam compatible with modernization?’ Now we can run workshops and conferences [on these subjects] both here and overseas.”

Given Esposito’s track-record and that of the center, not to mention the intentions of the prince, we have little doubt that the answers provided will be satisfactory. Along with Yvonne Haddad, John Voll, and other faculty members, Esposito and the newly invigorated center will be even better situated to spread a glossy vision of Islam to Americans.
A glance at the center’s publications gives hints of future wisdom to come. There is Ralph Braibanti’s celebration of Vatican II’s soothing and apologetic words toward Islam in Nostra Aetate, Abdulaziz Sachedina’s highlighting of the Quran’s well-known pluralism and tolerance of other faiths, Mohamed Fathi Osman’s argument regarding the Quran’s “complete answers to concerns regarding global pluralism” (he is also author of Jihad: A Legitimate Struggle for Human Rights), and many others. “Abrahamic” pieties loom particularly large among the publications.
All of the center’s efforts to correct misunderstandings address the West, while Islam’s misunderstandings of the West and Christianity, almost too vast and profound to mention, are in fact unmentioned. And we scarcely need wonder how highlighting the ways Islam and Christianity are “alike” would play in Prince Alaweed bin Talal’s home town.
But on these shores, according to Georgetown, we are to criticize American policy, not question Islam, save to delve into its mysteries and Abrahamic unity with Christianity (where Jews, much less Hindus, stand in all this is best not discussed), and generally get with the inter-faith program. It is left to others, such as center fellow Geneive Abdo, to start spelling things out, as in a recent article where she raises the threat of hostile Muslim separatism in the US if American policy toward Israel is not revised and offensive portions of the Patriot Act are not removed. And for more specific proposals we need only turn to Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies which has made the “one state” solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict a house specialty.
Usually universities, and donors, are not as transparent when it comes to the selling out, so we should be grateful to both Georgetown and its prince. Harvard at least had the good sense to announce that it would be hiring professors, supporting graduate students, and digitizing rare texts. This might be a result of having learned the hard way, having been embarrassed into returning money from Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates, whose Abu Dhabi-based think tank had hosted lectures on such pressing topics as whether Zionists were responsible for 9/11. Other beneficiaries of Saudi largesse, such as the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas, have escaped serious scrutiny.
But the real question is whether building stronger bridges and restoring tarnished reputations is what a university should be doing in the first place. The very concept of a “Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding,” whether funded by Prince Alaweed bin Talal or not, is to evade or dissemble when it comes to the hard questions, including the relationship between the West and the Muslim world, Islam’s compatibility with modernization, and democracy, and its ability to co-exist with others in a world of pluralism and tolerance. In the real world, including the Muslim world, there is impassioned debate about these questions, and about whether the essential premises of “understanding” are meaningful or not. And for Americans, knowledge of Islam is more important than restoring Islam’s image.
It would be cynical to say that what is needed is a Center for Jihad Studies or a Dhimmitude Studies Program to offset the apologetics. But the world of universities is cash and carry. The prince has put down his money. The rest is up to Georgetown.
Alexander H. Joffe is director of Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum

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December 15, 2005 at 3:36 pm 1 comment

URGENTLY NEEDED: A public debt counter

I don’t recall on which avenue I saw this (not so far from Times Square), but one of the most enduring images I have of New York was this public debt counter – in public. 
An adboard that constantly keeps count of the American’s level of indebtness. 
I suggest that one such adboard be installed in Nairobi’s CBD and in all the country’s other major urban centers. 
It certainly wouldn’t cost much (if we could appeal for famine relief from the donor community while pumping millions into referendum campaigns and if we can still waste so much cash on luxuries like a bloated Cabinet). 
Such an adboard would help the country to constantly reflect on levels of its domestic and foreign debt in the manner that Americans always do (giving President Bush sleepless nights over his budgetary deficits / Democrats a nostalgia for the Clinton surplus and 10 million jobs p.a years). 
That, I think, is one way we might be able to rein in the excesses of the executive and a sold-out legislature.
Kama madeni yetu siyo siri (na kama ni kweli sisi ndiyo tunayalipia), mbona basi wizara inayohusika haijawajibika kuweka wazi hesabu hizi kila kukicha? 
Na benki kuu ya Kenya ina jukumu gani hapa? 

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December 15, 2005 at 11:21 am 20 comments

I could not keep this one to myself …..

Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.
He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidante and was always kind, considerate and patient with him.
Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times. The King’s 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom.
However, he did not love the first wife.
Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her! One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.”
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!” replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart. The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to remarry!”His heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die,! will you follow me and keep me company?” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. “At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.”
Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.”
The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken much better care ofyou when I had the chance!” In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives: Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die. Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.
Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.
Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.

December 14, 2005 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

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