Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mugabe's wife is cheating on him. Again.

Grace Mugabe has been having an affair with the head of Zimbabwe's central bank for the past five years.

The wife of Robert Mugabe has been having a secret affair with one of her husband's best friends, it was claimed yesterday.

Grace Mugabe — who is 41 years younger than Zimbabwe's 86-year-old president — has spent the past five years cuckolding him with Gideon Gono, head of the country's central bank. The couple would meet as often as three times a month either at her dairy farm or in expensive hotels in neighbouring South Africa.

Mugabe finally found out about the affair in July when his sister Sabina revealed the scandal on her deathbed, it was reported. Since then his most-trusted bodyguard Cain Chademana — who is said to have told the furious president that he knew of the affair but thought it best to keep quiet — has lost his life amid suspicions that he was poisoned.

Gono, 50, is now said to fear for his safety. "Once he [Mugabe] hears something like that, I think someone will go to meet God," said one intelligence official.

It is not the first time Mugabe's wife, who is widely reviled inside Zimbabwe for her lavish tastes and expensive shopping sprees, has conducted affairs behind her husband's back. One former lover, Peter Pamire, died in a mysterious car accident. Another, James Makamba, fled the country.

Gono has known Grace Mugabe, who married the president in 1996, for at least 15 years and they are partners in a number of business ventures. He is a pillar of the Zanu PF party that has held on to power in Zimbabwe since its 1980 independence from Britain. Gono has served since 2003 as head of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe — a period that saw hyperinflation of more than a billion per cent a year. While many of Zimbabwe's poor people struggle to find enough food to eat, Gono lives in a 47-bedroom mansion with a swimming pool, gym and a mini theatre.

Yesterday a source close to the banker confirmed that he and the first lady were lovers and claimed they had planned a life together after Mugabe's death.

Mugabe's relationship with Grace is itself founded on infidelity. Two of their three children were born when Mugabe was still married to his popular first wife, Sally, who was battling a kidney disease from which she died in 1992.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Dunford bags Kenya's first Gold in Delhi

Kenya's Jason Dunford has spoiled Geoff Huegill's bid to complete a perfect comeback to the pool by narrowly winning the men's 50m butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
Dunford (23.35sec) touched the wall just ahead of Huegill (23.37), with veteran South African Roland Schoeman (23.75) back in third.
Huegill's silver medal still represents a great achievement for the 31-year-old, who lost 45kg to return to the sport after quitting in 2004.
Huegill was always likely to face some stiff opposition in the final, but his task was made slightly easier when one of his main competitors, Australian teammate Andrew Lauterstein, pulled out of the final due to a bout of Delhi belly.

Kenyan men unknowingly raising other people's children!

50% of Kenyan men who go for paternity tests at the Government Chemist turn out not to be the real fathers of the children they have invested in both emotionally and financially.

Shock and disbelief is hitting these men when they realize later in life that the child they have believed to be theirs belongs to another man who might be a relative, close friend, or their wife’s office mate. For others, it is a moment of exuberance when the test returns negative results.

In the last two years, 137 cases of paternity testing have been conducted at the Chemist, half of them turning out not to be the biological fathers of the babies, “The trend we are registering here is that 50 percent of those who seek paternity tests turn out to be real fathers and the rest are not,” says John Mungai, a Senior Analyst at the Government Chemist.

The astonishing results are leaving in their wake family break-ups, devastated and traumatized individuals, domestic violence directed at the child or woman, confusion, low self-esteem and anxiety among children. and mental health problems for both partners.

But the country does not have a support system that would help in disclosing paternity discrepancies and help the concerned parties go through such trying moments with less pain. Instead, couples or families are given the results and left to sort the issues themselves, with resultant negative repercussions. “Matters around paternity testing are vital and very emotional, and yet we give people information without giving some thoughts of how it going to affect them and their dependants,” says Dr Nelly Kitazi, a psychiatrist.
“If the child is older and able to tell what is going on, they feel a sense of loss, cheated and uncertain about the future when the person they have always thought to be their father is in doubt.” Even when the paternity test is positive, the distrust imprinted in the child’s mind lasts forever, says Dr Kitazi.

Since 1999, the Government Chemist has been undertaking paternity tests which have left different impacts on various people. Their state-of-the art equipment used in Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis, continue to produce results somewhat comparable with what studies in Europe have found out around the issue of paternity. According to one of the most extensive and elaborate study published in the 2005 Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, one in 25 men or four percent, are not the real fathers of the children they are raising. Using either DNA profiling or typing, other studies have shown that up to 30 per cent of the men are not the biological fathers of the children they think they sired.

DNA test is known to be the best possible means of proving paternity, with a 99.9 percent accuracy rating that shows the alleged father to be indeed the biological father of the childSome of the high profile cases the Government Chemist has handled through DNA analysis to prove paternity are the Gilbert Deya’s ‘miracle baby’ case and the Mathege case (the Ethiopia man Lema Ayanu "believed" to be general Mathege).

Mungai says interest in the paternity tests has been growing in recent times as more men want to know if they are the biological fathers of their children. Requests from the children’s court and organization such as FIDA, in child maintenance and care cases where the man disputes paternity, form the main sources of disputes being handled by the Chemist.

Other requests are coming from individual doctors handling specific cases of doubtful paternity.

Those seeking paternity tests give more or less similar reasons why they want the service.  Majority of the men who have taken the initiative to do the test say they were prompted by their wive’s claims that they are not the fathers of the children. “Sometimes when a couple is quarrelling, and the woman in an attempt to hurt the man, tells him he is not even the father of the children,” says Mrs Jane Okado, the Chief Government Chemist. “This statement leaves the man devastated, with the only option being a paternity test to establish if indeed he is the real father of the children he considers dear to him.”

Studies elsewhere show quarrels between couples or siblings to be one of the main reasons behind the need for paternity test. In other cases, men rush for the tests if they suspect their wife is having an affair or if one of the children is obviously not theirs. If the latter is the case, the men who have gone to the government chemist have requested paternity tests of other older children, just to be sure of their fatherhood. Women too initiate requests for tests when the man refuses to accept fatherhood.

Cases of organ transplant are another avenue through which men known their paternity, but in a default manner. Dr Omu Anzala, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi says more cases of paternity discrepancy are likely to come to the fore if insurance companies insist on paternity test before providing certain policies. Interestingly, in most of the paternity cases at the Chemist, women are more willing to collect the results than men. “From our experience, men usually refuse to pick the results especially in cases where they know they are the real fathers,” says Mungai.

While the reasons prompting the need for paternity test or refusal to pick the results vary from one case to another, the procedure they go through is the same. When a man or woman goes for paternity testing, he or she is expected to fulfill certain conditions. Fresh blood samples of the alleged father, the child in question, and the biological mother have to be submitted for testing.

Although the person in dispute is the father, the mother’s results are critical for comparison purposes. They also enable the DNA analyst to make a conclusive decision whether the alleged father is the real father or not. The blood samples from the three parties can be taken by a doctor or hospital of the client’s choice, and then taken to the government chemist. A fee of Ksh 5,000 is charged for each sample, meaning in the case of the three people a total of Ksh 15,000 is required.  This amount increases depending on the number of children involved in the paternity dispute.

In cases where the man in question is deceased, the tooth cavity or the long bones are used in the analysis as the DNA in them is well preserved.  This DNA is then compared with those of the alleged children. Similarly, in the cases of the missing fathers, the DNA of the children is used to find out if the father who has re-emerged or found dead is indeed their father. This is what happened in the Mathege case, who had been presumed to be the lost. To prove indeed this was Mathege, the DNA of his alleged children was taken and compared with his. The government is yet to officially announce his nationality. 

Regardless of the case, Mungai says a negative outcome is refreshing to the analyst. “A negative results showing the man not to be the father is the best because it easy to conclude. But positive results require repeat tests as they are usually disputed.”

Most men who are convinced not to be fathers of the child get shocked when results turn otherwise. Such men are ready to pay more money for confirmatory tests. Sometimes the cost might be high if the samples are send to foreign laboratories. In one such case, a pastor whose DNA results showed he was the biological father of a child disputed them and requested for more than two repeat tests. Results that are partially positive- where some regions of the DNA are missing- can make conclusion very difficult and may require another laboratory outside the country to conduct further tests, according to Mrs Okado. Currently, such results are send to South Africa for further analysis.

Confusing too are cases involving identical twins. If one twin sires a child and then later refuses to accept fatherhood, the mother can successfully claim the other twin to be the father. Genetically, identical twins tend to have a similar DNA pattern since they are developed from the same egg. Hence, if the DNA of one is taken, it will look similar to the DNA of the other twin.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: 3 years in jail and €4.9 billion fine for the Paris rogue trader

Jerome Kerviel has been found guilty of forgery, breach of trust and unauthorised computer use by a Paris court in relation to 2008's EUR4.9 billion rogue trading loss at Société Général.

The former trader has been sentenced to five years in jail, two of them suspended, and ordered to repay the bank the entire EUR4.9 billion.

Kerviel admitted lying to colleagues, falsifying documents and entering fake trades when he stood trial in in June over the trading losses, which came to light in 2008. However, the 'rogue trader' insisted that his actions were common practice at the bank and bosses turned a blind eye. According to CNN, Kerviel's lawyer, Olivier Metzner, called the verdict "unreasonable" and plans to appeal within the allotted 10 days.

A presidential knee to the groin

LA PAZ - Bolivian President Evo Morales has been caught on camera apparently kneeing an opponent in the groin during a football game.

The kick, which came after the president had been fouled, happened during a friendly match against a team led by the mayor of La Paz. The opposing player and one of Mr Morales' bodyguards were both sent off. Reports say police tried to arrest the opposition player at the end of the match before the mayor intervened. Evo Morales led out a team of his governing Movement towards Socialism (Mas) party against the opposition Movement Without Fear (MSM) led by the mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla. The match was a friendly to inaugurate a new football field in Pa Paz, Bolivia's political capital.

But within five minutes, things turned nasty.
Mr Morales was fouled by an opposition player, Daniel Gustavo Cartagena. In an apparent retaliation caught on video, he was seen kneeing Mr Cartagena in the genitals, sending him sprawling. "I passed the ball and, suddenly, I got hit, and not for the first time," the president said later.
The match ended in acrimony
After receiving treatment for injury, Mr Morales played on, and scored a goal. The match ended 4-4, with four players sent off, including Mr Cartagena and one of the president's bodyguards. After the final whistle, police tried to arrest the opposition player, but were stopped by Mr Revilla, local media reported. "This was a football match, and on the pitch we are all players. It was just a clash. I am not moving while one of my players is in danger," Bolivian newspaper La Razon quoted the mayor as saying.
Doctors have advised Mr Morales to rest for several days to recover from bruising to his right leg. Mr Morales, 50, is a keen football fan and no stranger to controversy on and off the pitch.

Monday, October 4, 2010

'Anti gay' Bishop Eddie Long sued for sexual misconduct (read coercing boys into a sexual relationship)

ATLANTA -  New pictures have surfaced of Bishop Eddie Long, prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta, as a third man has come forward accusing the anti-gay advocate of coercing him into sex.

Three men have filed a lawsuit accusing the outspoken pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of exploiting his role as pastor to coerce them into sexual relationships when they were 17 and 18-years-old and enrolled in New Birth's ministry for teen boys. CBS News' Erica Hill reports the pastor allegedly sent his accusers numerous photos of himself including at least several of him wearing spandex and workout clothes.
It's not known precisely how the photos surfaced.
B.J. Bernstein, an attorney for the three plaintiffs, said Long sent her clients dozens of e-mails, but they weren't "overly sexual," she said. Long canceled an interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show Thursday September 23, opting instead to make his first public response to the sex allegations during a service at his Atlanta-area church, according to his lawyer, who appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show in Long's absence. Attorney Craig Gillen told Joyner that Long took young men on trips as part of a mentoring program, but stands by his denial of claims that he had sex with three of them.
In lawsuits filed a fortnight ago, three men who were members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claimed Long coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17 or 18 years old. The sprawling church in Lithonia, Ga., about 18 miles outside of Atlanta, counts politicians, celebrities and the county sheriff among its members and hosted four U.S. presidents during the 2006 funeral of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King.
One of the claims in the lawsuits is that Long had sexual contact with the young men, who were enrolled in New Birth's ministry for teen boys, during trips he took them on in the U.S. and abroad. Gillen said the travel was part of a mentoring program that other young men also participated in. Gillen also read a statement from Long in which the pastor, a married father of four, said he's anxious to respond to the allegations but that his lawyer has advised him not to yet. "Let me be clear. The charges against me and New Birth are false," Long's statement said. Gillen also said the three making the allegations were motivated by money, adding that one of them is accused of breaking into Long's office.
In addition to canceling the radio show appearance, an expected news conference with Long was also called off.
Long was appointed pastor of New Birth in 1987. At that time the church had about 150 members. Less than four years later, the church had grown to more than 8,000 members. Athletes and entertainers claim membership at the church, which now boasts an over 25,000 strong membership, and among its prominent clergy is the Rev. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Long's church was among those named in 2007 in a Senate committee's investigation into a half-dozen Christian ministries over their financing.
Long has called for a national ban on same-sex marriage and his church counsels gay members to become straight. In 2004, he led a march with Bernice King to her father's Atlanta grave to support a national constitutional amendment to protect marriage "between one man and one woman." He also has released several gospel albums, authored books on relationships and spirituality, and hosts a weekly television program.

RIP Akuku Danger

The sun has finally set on Kenya's most prominent polygamist. The man who claims to have married more than 100 wives and divorced 30 — perhaps Kenya’s most prominent polygamist — has died.

Ancentus Akuku “Danger”, the towering nonagerian, made the final bow from a life in which he casted one of the most hilarious characters whose appetite for marriage only rivalled the biblical King Solomon.

At his home, are graves of 12 wives and 46 surviving ones. He once said he had hundreds of children, and that 35 sons and 20 daughters had died. So many were his children and wives that the family built a church and two primary schools to accommodate them. According to his eldest son, Dr Tom Akuku, Danger — as he was popularly known — collapsed in the compound of his home. “My father collapsed and was rushed to St Camilus Hospital in Karungu, Nyatike District, where his condition deteriorated. He was then transferred to Kisumu. We first took him to Agan Khan Hospital to be admitted in the intensive care unit but unfortunately, the ICU was full, prompting us to take him to New Nyanza. After he was certified dead, we took his body back to St Camilus mortuary” said Dr Akuku who runs a clinic in Mbita Town. That was on Saturday night.

Dr Akuku, the chairman of the family welfare association, said that his father brought up a family of diverse professionals including doctors, engineers, teachers and policemen. He cherished education. In the 1970s, he founded and established two primary schools — Aora Chuodho and Kogore primary schools — to cater for his many children. Due to his influence in the community, politicians interested in the Ndhiwa parliamentary seat coalesced around him, seeking advice. Independence politicians like Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Tom Mboya were some of his closest friends.

Danger married his first wife, Dinah Akuku, in 1939, while the youngest wife, Josephine Akuku, 35, was married in 1992. He said he was called Danger because of his good looks which women found hard to resist. His most conservative estimate is that he had 160 children. He has four villages — Manyuanda, Aora Chuodho, Kogore and Okayo in Karungu in Nyatike District, as well as other sub-homes, as he referred to them. In a past interview, he said he drew his strength in old age as he was careful about what he ate. He avoided fat and had a particular time to eat. He said he was responsible for the name choice of his children as a strategy to help him bond with them.

His was an empire built around small-scale business, hard working children and from the dowry paid for his many daughters. Akuku’s family works on large parcels of land where they plant food crops. He was also a cattle dealer and most of his wives are small-scale traders. Although not formally educated, his business acumen and oratory prowess allowed him to mingle with the high and mighty.

His fame went beyond borders, and his home hosted the international journalists seeking the story of a man who became polygamous at 22.

In addition, within the Homa Bay County, he was one of the most revered leaders who did not shy away from speaking his mind. As the family grew, the older ones took the responsibility of education and feeding the younger ones, maintaining one of the biggest family trees in the region.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Uganda livid at UN Report

KAMPALA - The ghosts of millions of Congolese and Rwandan refugees allegedly killed during the seven-year war resurrect to torment perpetrators today as the UN makes public its findings of concealed atrocities against civilians. Both Uganda and Rwanda, whose armies are implicated in grave indiscretions in DR Congo, tried to block release of the report but the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission announced yesterday it will publicise the details this afternoon.

The report, an output of a two-year investigation, chronicles wanton massacres and systematic sexual enslavement of Congolese allegedly by Uganda People's Defence Force and Rwanda Patriotic Front soldiers as well as their brutal local militia allies. Yesterday, the Military Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye, discredited the report as biased and challenged the motive of the authors who he said never contacted them.

Details of the report show the armies fought or killed civilians in contests over basic charcoal trade to pillaging gold, coltan and timber. In some instances, the soldiers switched off turbines at dam sites to cut electricity supply; resulting in deaths of in-patients at various hospitals during the 1997-2003 war.

The war in Zaire, as the DRC was then called, sucked in Kampala and Kigali initially as pursuers of dissident forces but ended as a lengthy bloody campaign that toppled President Mobutu Ssese Seko and saw his successor Laurent Kabila assassinated. Invading allies, intoxicated by the allure of DRC’s abundant minerals, turned the barrel on one another in the quest for political hegemony, stirring what the report brands “war crimes and crimes against humanity”. For instance, the authors allege that the UPDF confined a group of women and raped them in turns for pleasure at Premier Bassin Hotel for four days, from August 7-10, 1998. Later in 2003, Médecins sans frontiers, the French medical organisation, reported treating some 822 rape victims aged 13-25 assaulted in Bunia between May and December of that year. The report goes on to say that on November 9, 2000, Ugandan soldiers indiscriminately killed 36 people in Kikere village, close to Butuhe, north of Butembo. “The soldiers fired blindly on civilians using rifles and rocket-launchers. Some civilians died as a result of being burned alive in their homes," it says. In Beni, UPDF allegedly instituted a “reign of terror for several years with complete impunity”, executing civilians besides torturing or detaining others in three-metre deep holes - without access to latrine.

But Lt. Col. Kulayigye said: “The report is inaccurate and in bad taste; the authors didn’t follow the rules of natural justice by giving us chance to defend ourselves and why should anyone take it serious? It’s mere speculation whose motive is only clear to the authors.”

Uganda and Rwanda tried, rather unsuccessfully, to arm-twist the world body to stay release of the report or else they would withdraw their troops involved in UN-led peacekeeping operations across Africa. Yesterday, Mr Reed Brody, spokesman for Human Rights Watch, said masterminds of the DRC atrocities must immediately be identified and prosecuted to stem impunity. “It would be short-sighted for the international community to turn a blind eye to the findings of this report,” he said by telephone from New York. “You can’t have peace if there are no consequences for massacres.” Mr Brody said had an earlier call for punishing perpetrators of previous DRC conflicts been heeded, no such killings would have re-occurred in later years.
“If we don’t act on the facts, what message do we send to victims; their tormentors and the world?” he said.

An earlier UN report found Uganda culpable of plundering Congo resources and the International Court of Justice later fined the country $10 billion. The new report, which accuses UPDF of recruiting and training children as soldiers, says genocide may have been committed in the second DRC war but court will have to establish this. The authors say they interviewed some 1,280 witnesses and sifted through 1,500 documents during the probe.