Back to Kenya?

Good morning, the top story on our bulletins at the moment is Kenya, where clashes that returned on Wednesday continued today. Since talking about the situation in Kenya alot around the New Year we haven’t been back in more than two weeks. Do you want to hear from Kenyans about what’s going on?

Another place we spent a lot of time over the holidays was Pakistan (Benazir Bhutto was assasinated, for those of you who really holiday) so is that another political crisis we should revisit?

A couple of stories buzzing on the BBC News website are criticism of French President Sarkozy’s media strategy and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s humourous turn as a flight attendant but I’m not sure where we go with them.

There’s also the French oil company Total being fined 192m euros for a 1999 oil spill in the Bay of Biscay. How do you decide on punishment for an environmental disaster? Following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill of the Alaskan coast, Exxon has fought the award of punitive damages all the way to the US Supreme Court. The court is expected to rule this spring.

10 Responses to “Back to Kenya?”

  1. 1 Brett
    January 17, 2008 at 12:12

    Goodmorning WHYS!

    I would be most interested in hearing about the punishments for environmental disasters and Exxon / The French Oil Company.
    I think there is plenty room for a good debate and differing opinions from environmentalists to politicians/businessmen.

    Also, what happened yesterday? I am not finding a podcast for yesterdays show (Was there not one?). All of BBC’s programs showed up yesterday afternoon and this morning for download, and I picked them up, but no WHYS 😦

  2. 2 Farsue
    January 17, 2008 at 12:36

    Hi WHYS,
    I was on my way to the town of Monrovia the capital city of Liberia, I monitored BBC 7:00
    world news and 7:06 African news in a taxi that was in route with me to the town.
    There were another story about the peaceful political rallie in Kenya that three (3) persons
    lost their lifes again in Kesumu Odinga home town.
    Who are responsible for that killing and whom are going to take that blame.
    Is it the police who was firing in the air and spreading tear gas on people.
    If it is the police, they are no more the national police of Kenya but the national
    police of Mwai Kibaki.
    They and their evil leader will take the blame tomorrow and the world will judge them
    for their wrong doing.
    Please read my commend on air and also posted it on your blog.
    From Farsue A.B. Donzo in Monrovia, Liberia

  3. 3 Rob
    January 17, 2008 at 12:39

    Hi Ros,

    Maybe the next topics are worth for debate: Just some ideas

    1. More and more children are raised by single parent and/or none-biological parent due too divorce and relations break up.
    Due to an uprise on divorces the last decade more and more children are raised by a single parent or non-biological parent. Has this “trend” changed how children are raised in present society. Is this one of the causes that society is getting more and more individual. Does a child pick up more norms and values if it would be raised by its biological parents and in security of a safe home?

    2. http://www.nu.nl/news/1392263/91/_Werkende_moeder_moe_en_opgejaagd.html
    Working moms getting more and more stressed. The last 10 years there has been an uprise on working mothers. More and more families made the choice to have both parents working to finance there family situation due to economic inflation and for a small part making career.



  4. 4 John D. Anthony
    January 17, 2008 at 12:57

    I think the story on oil company penalties for spills tops the list. The idea that a fine of 192 million is going to affect the behavior of a company that makes billions in annual profits is ludicrous.
    How about requiring the company’s executives to spend a month on the beach picking up toxic glop and dead birds?

  5. 5 steve
    January 17, 2008 at 13:09

    Ah, good old American morals from watching shows like Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives has caught on in the UK! You’ve come a long way baby! You go girl! I’m sure you parents would be proud!


  6. January 17, 2008 at 16:44

    Hi there, I live here in Kenya and have been watching all these protests unfolding and have been writing about them in my blog and keeping the world updated as I see it.
    Perhaps have a look and it may answers some of your readers questions on our troubles at the moment .
    I also have a lot of photos that I haven’t put on the blog, if you need any to tell the story further.
    My blog’s at


    January 17, 2008 at 21:22

    The situation is Kenya is sickening. I think the opposition leader is just as selfish as the president who alleged stole the election. How can he even summon innocent people to come out and protest knowing the reaction of the police who insist on pushing back these protesters in a effort to keep power and maintain the peace? These leaders are very selfish and if the people of Kenya had much sense at all they would return back to thier homes and wait for the next election to again excercise thier constitutional power, by voting in majority to make sure the opposition wins fair and square. Why would the opposition continue its selfishness to rally up the innnocent in its quest for power and destruction of the country. Time is greatest friend of truth and time will allow them to be again at the election table. Look at Nelson Mandella, he was with time elected leader of South Africa a country he fought hard for and gave years of his life for in prison. But he didnt instigate violence. I see a lack of intellegence in these two leaders of Kenya, who are behaving like animals. Like lions they are willing to tear each other apart and sacrifice the lifes of innocent in an effort to sit at the seat of power. But they individually know why they both want power so much, its not for the betterment of thier country but for the betterment of thier own pockets, like most african country, the ruination and exploitation of various countries on the african continent starts with the leaders. Keyans wake up, these two leaders are not worth killing your brothers and sisters for, they are not worth the sacrifice of the lifes of your loved ones, they are not worth the reputation of Kenya being looked at as unstable environment. None of them will do you any good, None of of them will bring about positive changes that will better the lifes of the majority of kenyans. Its the same cycle term after term, you vote expecting change only to be dissapointed by all these leaders. dont destroy your country for these two idiots. Let kenya continue to enjoy the positive reputation of being a stable safe country and country that is on the upward climb to become the shining star of the African continent, a beacon of hope and freedom. Your time will come to vote again, and I am sure by then the international community will be there to make sure the next election will be fairly monitored, but for now stop the killing of your black brothers and sisters, dont be labeled as savage and barbarians and animals, dont inherit those negative titles. but live in love and hope. your brother with love

  8. January 18, 2008 at 03:04

    It’s worrying. Fear that similar violence might erupt in the Constituent Assembly polls in Nepal slated for April 10.

  9. 9 Martin Indiatsi
    January 18, 2008 at 05:21

    I am extremely disgusted by comments by the gentleman Raymond who thinks that the opposition leader is being selfish by calling for peaceful demonstrations. Note the Key word is Peaceful demonstrations by the very people who voted him into office. We as kenyans and lovers of democracy cannot stand by and rest on our laurels and wait! Wait for what. Raymond, this is Kenya, we cannot wait for another Five years just to Rebuild our country from the rubbles once again. We cant stand by and let our country be run by a self elected president. That in my view would be the uttermost self betrayal of our democratic beliefs. Why should Odinga ‘the peoples president’ sit back and wait. Neslon Mandela was in Prison. You cannot equate his situation with Odinga’s. This are different times.

  10. 10 Malindi01
    January 18, 2008 at 13:00

    Hello everybody . Please kindly read the said opposition leader’s name backwards and it speaks for itself. Prove tell me what is a six sided polygon not pentagon certainly

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