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NEWSLETTER OF THE ORANGE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT PARTY OF KENYA

Volume 1 Number 1

Thursday 18 October 2012

Party Leader Raila Amolo Odinga Addresses a Rally at Dandora, Nairobi.

Raila and ODM Lead Kenya
Larry Gumbe Raila Odinga is the most popular presidential candidate in Kenya. ODM is the most popular political party. This has been the case since 2007. In 2007 it was a two horse race between the ODM and PNU, ODM won. In 2012 PNU has been rebranded as TNA. The race remains between two horses, ODM and TNA. In this race, ODM is the national party of reforms, development and good governance. TNA is, largely, an ethnicised conglomeration of anti-reform chauvinists. TNA has not been growing at all; all that is happening is that PNU persons are rebranding themselves as TNA. Hardened PNU operatives like Ferdinand Waititu have made the ethnic move into TNA. This has happened to such farcial ethnic levels that the PNU Chairman, Hon. Gideon Konchellah, has defected to URP! The ODM is popular because it has deep roots in the country. The ODM was born during the glorious struggle for a new constitution in Kenya. From the mid-1980s, Kenyans had been agitating for the promulgation of a new pro- people constitution which would emphasize devolution of power and checks and balance on excessive presidential powers. The Constitution of Kenya Review Act was enacted in 2002. The Moi regime scuttled attempts by the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, CKRC, to hold the National Constitutional Conference at Bomas of Kenya in late 2002. During the 2002 general elections campaigns, Mwai Kibaki and the National Rainbow Coalition, NARC, promised Page 1 of 6

Kenyans that they would promulgate a new pro- people constitution within 100 days of ascending to power. This did not happen. The National Constitutional Conference finally kicked off at Bomas of Kenya on 28 April 2003. It was immediately had been mired in regime orchestrated controversy. The Ninth Parliament will be remembered for its bold attempt to review the Constitution of Kenya and in that attempt Liberal Democratic Party, LDP, took a lead role both in the debate on the Constitution in Parliament and in the mobilization of the Nation in the lead up to the Referendum on the Constitution in 2005. In doing so, it built working coalitions with former political competitors – KANU and Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) – to form the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to defeat the coalition around the Government of National Unity under the leadership of President Mwai Kibaki – known as the Banana Movement – because the final draft of the proposed Constitution retained an

imperial presidency and centralized control over power and resource distribution both of which the people of Kenya had fought against for a long time. In 2006, the ODM converted itself into a political party – the Orange Democratic Movement - Kenya (ODM-K). But in 2007, KANU, LPK and faction of LDP left the central movement which then joined the Orange Democratic Movement Party of Kenya (ODM). The ODM, which coalesced largely around LDP, went on to win the 2007 General Elections decisively with: 48% of parliamentary seats; over 70% of the civic seats; and 52% of the presidential vote. Outgoing President Mwai Kibaki refused to accept the results and in collaboration with the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) got himself declared winner and hurriedly sworn in on 30 December 2007. This led to major spontaneous acts of civil unrest across the country resulting in widespread destruction of property, disruption of education,

transport and communication, over 1,000 deaths, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and threatening the very existence of Kenya as a Nation. The international community responded by helping to set up a mediation process led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan which helped to bring relative calm in the country. The ODM party leader and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, and ODM ministers in government have performed admirably in government. From the intense campaigns which led to the promulgation of the new constitution in 2010, to environmental conservation, to road building, to industrialization, to good governance, the ODM has been a good example. Trully, ODM is the party of MAISHA BORA!

Beth Syengo
Orange Reporter The great lady was born in 1968. She is married. Beth has been very active in the party in her home constituency, Mwingi North, and nationally. Beth attended Ngomeni Primary School in Mwingi from 1975 to 1981 and Mulango Girls High School in Mwingi from 1982 to 1985. She later joined Mulango High School for her “A” levels in 1986 to 1987. Beth then proceeded to Kenyatta University in 1998 to 2003 where she graduated with a B.Ed degree. Beth Syengo was elected as Chairlady of the Orange Women Democrats League on 14 July 2012. Beth is a visionary leader and great fighter for reforms and development. Beth has also attended courses at Goibei Theological College, Thogoto Teachers College and Winchester University, United Kingdom. Beth has taught at Nakuru East School, Yambyu Girls High School and Mwingi Boys Secondary School. Beth has worked for various NGOs and UN agencies including Children‟s Society, United Kingdom and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Beth is an extremely good orator. She regularly moves crowds at party rallies. She is a very disciplined and determined leader. Her hobbies include gallery exhibition, travelling and socializing, voluntary work, reading and sports.

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
Orange Team The Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya and party leader of the ODM, addressed the party‟s aspirants meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday 10 October 2012. In his address he stated that the ODM government which will be formed after the 2013 election will emphasize quality job creation. The clarion call is Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! The ODM government shall promote the industrialisation of Kenya to produce high value goods primarily responsive to the domestic market and also for export and create jobs for our people. ODM government shall promote location of industries at the point of production of basic raw materials to greater benefit Page 2 of 6

producing communities and transform the rural areas. Broad-based Kenyan ownership of industries shall be encouraged through specific incentives as we seek to enhance Kenya as the modern industrial hub of the region. Issues of stagnation of small scale firms and securing of property rights and security of tenure costs associated with entry, expansion and exit regulations, notably securing a licence, tax and labour laws compliance shall be addressed for SMEs by:           Promoting indigenous entrepreneurs; Modern basic industries that meet domestic and export need; Rural industries; Simultaneous improvement of agriculture with industry; Nurturing and retaining high level human resources; Research-oriented science and technology universities and research institutions; A fund for research; A Fund for transforming the informal industries; Strengthening and energizing investment banks to finance industrialisation; Scientific and technological advancement.

A fund for research shall be established and shall be progressively increased to at least 5% of our GDP. The ODM government shall seek partnerships with industry players in this endeavour. At the moment, our industry is characterized by lack of large and basic industries, old and obsolete systems, machinery and technology such ICT, dominant foreign ownership and foreign technology. Additionally, we lack technical universities to spur innovation, have inadequate research and development (R&D), industry lacks linkages with and utilization of R&D outputs, and general limited development and use of local high level human resources. Kenyan industries also suffer high cost of production due to expensive and unreliable capital and energy, poor infrastructure, and red tape and corruption. Furthermore, a number of industries, such as textile, leather, dairy and oil seed have collapsed and most of our industries are operating below capacity. This is due to are bad governance, poor policies, red tape, corruption, structural adjustment policies, and indiscriminate implementation of liberalisation and privatisation of industries. The ODM government shall do the following upon taking the seat of government and assuming leadership of the country:  Encourage and facilitate indigenous entrepreneurs to build industries to create an independent, prosperous, dynamic and vibrant, integrated, balanced and sustainable national economy; Establish modern basic industries that meet domestic and export needs; Promote the establishment of industries in rural areas to transform the rural economy and ensure equity in development; Nurturing and retaining high level human resource for the transformation of industries by:  Improving the working conditions and remuneration of our scientists to retain talents and attract back those that have run away because of poor working conditions and remuneration;

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Promoting the development of young talents by beginning a scheme to provide funds for young scientists to encourage and support them to undertake industrial-oriented research in science and technology; Establishing new specialist, research-oriented science and technology universities and research institutions, which will play a pivotal role in the advancement of science and technology for industrialization; Starting a special fund to help in the modernization and expansion of the infrastructure in existing universities, research institutions, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions; Establishing national annual scientific awards for individuals and institutions that make great achievements in scientific and technological research, innovation. Use of cutting edge systems & technology including intensive use of ICT; Strengthening and energizing investment banks to finance industrialisation.

As Kenya is predominantly an agricultural country, the bulk of industries are agrobased. Hence, it is crucial to undertake simultaneous improvement of agriculture with industry as agriculture provides the raw materials for industry to succeed. The prosperity of our country and its people cannot be guaranteed without scientific and technological advancement. ODM believes that our country cannot progress without having a road-map to achieve industrial status. Kenya needs to develop a knowledge-based economy, where governance policies and decisions are based on investigative research and thorough analysis. ODM believes that we cannot solely rely on outside assistance to fund our scientific research work as the case is now. It is in our national interest to take a leading role by allocating sufficient resources of our own for scientific and technological research to enable Kenya depend on its own competence and productive capacity.

SMEs are of significance to the growth and development of Kenya‟s economy. They are increasingly responsible for the creation of the majority of jobs throughout the world, and can help create an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, they provide the potential for women and other traditionally disadvantaged groups to gain access under better conditions to productive, sustainable and quality employment opportunities, furthering ODM‟s goals of equitable development and social inclusion. Kenya faces the challenge of transforming activities in the informal economy (Jua Kali) into decent work fully integrated into mainstream economic life. Policies and programmes to create decent jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities to assist Jua Kali workers and employers to move into the formal economy are needed. Promotion of SMEs shall significantly assist in facing this challenge. As a social democratic party, the ODM government shall promote the role of SMEs in sustainable job creation and provision of goods and services which are better adapted to local market needs, through progressive reform to boost production and distribution Page 3 of 6

capacities of SMEs. To this end, the ODM shall:  Collect national data on the small and medium-sized enterprise sector, covering inter alia quantitative and qualitative aspects of employment; Adopt and pursue appropriate fiscal, monetary and employment policies regarding, in particular, interest and exchange rates, taxation, inflation, employment and social stability to promote an optimal economic environment; Establish and apply appropriate legal provisions on property rights, including intellectual property, location of establishments, enforcement of contracts, fair competition as well as adequate social and labour legislation; Improve the attractiveness of entrepreneurship by avoiding policy and legal measures which disadvantage those who wish to become entrepreneurs specifically:  appropriate and non-burdensome registration, licensing, reporting and other administrative requirements; fair taxation of SMEs non-discriminatory application of labour legislation, in order to raise the quality of employment in small and medium-sized enterprises;

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Give SMEs priority in access to public and private procurement to increase their access to markets; Creation of venture capital and other organizations that assist to innovative SMEs; Provider of a range of direct and indirect support services for SMEs and their workers by involving the public and private sector through, for example, organizations of employers and workers, semi-public organizations, private consultants, technology parks, business incubators and SMEs, themselves. These services include:  Business pre-start-up, start-up and development assistance

including business plan development and follow-up; Information, consultancy and research services, including advice on government policies; Legal, accounting and financial services; Environmental management services; Access to capital markets, credit and loan guarantees; Advice in finance, credit and debt management; Managerial and vocational skills enhancement; Promotion and development of enterprise-based training; Support for training in occupational safety and health; Assistance in upgrading the literacy, numeracy, ICT competencies and basic education levels of managers and employees; Access to energy, telecommunications and physical infrastructure such as water, electricity, premises, transportation and roads, provided directly or through private sector intermediaries; Support for innovation and modernization; Advice regarding technology including effective application of ICTs to the business process; Export promotion and trade opportunities in national and international markets; Market research, packaging services and marketing assistance; Assistance in product design, development and presentation; Quality management, including quality testing and measurement.

Economic development should include the creation of jobs and working conditions in which people can work in freedom, safety and dignity. ODM believes that the achievement of economic prosperity should be for its own sake but to directly improve the lives of human beings. ODM shall therefore seek to improve the lot of workers in all sectors of the economy. ODM government shall develop labour national policy, legal and regulatory framework that shall take particular account of the following issues:  Promotion of full, productive and freely chosen employment by all appropriate means; Allowing the establishment and growth, on a voluntary basis, of legal, independent and representative workers' and employers' organisations; Promoting the role of collective bargaining and social dialogue as a means, among others, of finding solutions to worker – employer problems; Streamlining mediation and arbitration machinery for early settlement of industrial disputes, providing fairer outcomes and minimizing the costs and delays of litigation to both workers and employers. Workers education and skills by:  Promoting diversity of training provision to enhance the capacity of individuals to secure and retain decent work, to progress within the enterprise and between jobs, and to cope with changing technology and labour market conditions; Development and implementation of a transparent mechanism for the assessment, certification and recognition of skills, including prior learning and previous experience to assist informal sector workers and employers to move into the formal economy; Promoting the expansion of workplace learning and training through high-performance work practices that improve skills, onand off-the-job training with Page 4 of 6

Create and strengthen an enterprise culture which favours initiatives, enterprise creation, productivity, environmental consciousness, quality, good labour and industrial relations, and adequate social practices which are equitable through:

The advancement of opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity is key to ODM‟s call for „Maisha Bora‟ for each and every Kenyan.

public and private providers, and ICTs; 

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Appropriate mechanisms for monitoring developments in the labour market and the organization of work, and for formulating advice on the adoption and implementation of measures in the framework of the national policy; Effective protection to workers especially affected by the uncertainty as to the existence of an employment relationship (like casual and part time work), including women, young and older workers, workers in the informal economy, workers with disabilities and migrant workers;

Preventing the engagement of children in and removing them from the worst forms of child labour, protecting them from reprisals and providing for their rehabilitation and social integration through measures which address their educational, physical and psychological needs; Labour inspection services; Adequate safety and health protection of workers in particular workers in agriculture, chemicals industries and other high risk areas; Ensuring workers access to social security fund, health insurance schemes and fair worker‟s compensation for work -related illness, injury or death.;

Maternity protection of workers including maternity leave with full earnings, employment protection and non-discrimination and health protection in line with recommendations of the ILO;  Special protection of workers' claims in the event of the employer insolvency, winding up or change of ownership;

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Adopting labour conventions and standards recommended by the ILO and other organisations that meet Kenyan labour problem

Events

Date 1. Thursday 18 October 2012

Event            Leaders‟ Meeting Open ODM Office Lunch with Traditional Leaders Open FORA Office Main Rally Public Rally Roadside Address Roadside Address/Open Office Roadside Address Roadside Address/Open Office Home Coming

Venue            Mt. Elgon Cheptais Kimilili Lugari Webuye Webuye (Muliro Gardens) Lugari, PanPaper Grounds) Malava Town Shianda Town Navakholo Sabatia Market Bukura

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Friday 19 October 2012

ODM

ODM

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Saturday 20 October 2012

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Mashujaa Day Funeral of Hon. Odeny Ngure

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Nyabeda County

Estate, Uyoma, Kobong Bondo

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Sunday 21 October 2012

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Church Service Roadside Address Leaders Meeting Baraza ODM National Conference ODM Nominations Delegates

Ntimaru Catholic Church, Ntimaru Kegonga Kegonga

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Thursday 29 to Friday 30 November 2012 Monday 3 to Thursday 6 December 2012

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