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Stephen Kariuki MP Elect Mathare By Elections 11 August 2014

Stephen Kariuki of the Orange Democractic Movement (ODM) and a Masters in International Relations graduate of the University of Tennesee. USA is the provisional winner of the Mathare By Elections in Nairobi County held on 11 August 2014.  He defeated the former member of parliament George Wanjohi of  TNA (The National Alliance). Stephen Kariuki represents a new generation of young and articulate members of parliament in Kenya. He believes in “Transformative Leadership, ”  and a “Just equitable and progressive society.”  The Orange Democractic Movement  (ODM) has learnt from its experiences of March 2013. During the 2013 Kenya General Elections ODM fielded candidates of parties affiliated to the coalition in the same constituencies. This split the votes and a TNA victory. Stephen Kariuki is not the first person  in his family to become a Kenyan MP. His mother Bishop Margaret Wanjiru was an MP for Starehe  in Nariobi County.

Stephen Kariuki’s Mathare consituency has one of the biggest slums in Kenya. Challenges are plenty. Poverty, crime and lack of resources that should be available to all citizens of Kenya. If  Stephen Kariuki delivers what his constituents’s wants and needs – he could upset the status quo in Kenya. Appealing to people of different ethnic and social groups, expecially the young, who will have a greater say in the Kenya 2017 Elections. Mathare is changing, but will it change with Stephen Kariuki?


What is in a name? Stephen Kariuki is also known as Steven Kariuki. Steven Kariuki is the name frequently used by the IEBC. if researching Hon S Kariuki use both forms of forenames.

Orange Democractic Party (ODM) is part of the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

The National Alliance (TNA) is part of the Jubilee Alliance – Kenya’s ruling coalition.

Westgate Mall General Karangi KDF Looting Denial

Report by the BBC 22nd October 2013 ‘Kenya’s General Karangi Rebuffs Army Looting Claims’ Kenya Army’s General Karangi refuted the allegations in a closed door session of Kenya’s joint committee on National Security and Defence in Nairobi. There is an earlier story

Kenya Mall: ‘It’s Horrific for me’ says looted shop owner 27 September 2013. The article is an interview of a Westgate shop owner who found her shop had been looted by persons unknown.

The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) is one of the most respected institution in Kenya. The video clips were greeted with shock by Kenyans.

Westgate Mall Nairobi County Kenya 24 September 2013

Kenya security forces have begun securing the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.  The death toll stands at 62 dead and over 175 people injured.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a moving speech stating that he ‘… leads a nation of fine people, who deserve the very best …” and that “ … we shall rise as one” and “ … we stand by each other …”

Numerous survivors of the tragedy are recounting their stories. Speculation of  the involvement of foreign non-East African nationals.

Useful  link:

BBC News Nairobi attack: Kenya forces ‘end’ Westgate mall siege 18.00 pm 24 September 2013

Fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) 4.30 am 7 August 2013

Fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) 4.30 am 7 August  2013 Nairobi County

The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was closed when a fire suspected to have started in the immigration offices – International Arrivals section around 4.30 am East African time caused extensive damage and disruption to the travel plans for thousands of travellers visiting and transiting through Kenya. Fortunately, at this moment in time no casualties have been reported, but two people were taken to hospital after succumbing to smoke inhalation. The impact of this fire is yet to be seen. The Nairobi Fire Brigade and other security agencies do carry out routine ‘disaster’ simulations and training. Some of these are at times so realistic, some people thought today’s fire was an exercise, until the fire took hold. Kenya Airways Share Price It is reported that the Share Price for Kenya’s National Carrier Kenya Airways fell by 2%. Disaster Management People have had mixed experience at JKIA but the ‘first responders slow reaction’ and resulting no plan ‘B’ has raised a lot of eyebrows. Kenya was caught with its pants down. Traffic jams caused delay for the emergency services who had difficulty finding a clear route to the airport. This meant some of the fire tenders could not get to JKIA within an opportune time. There is a fire fighting unit based at the Embakasi (old airport) section. But the fire tenders here are geared to fight possible plane crashes. This is going to be an interesting Health and Safety and ISO quality assurance case study.

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