All of us Kenyans can make a change starting by individuals in order to make Kenya a better place for tomorrow, but the politicians and security officials must try better methods of preventing heckling and disruptions.
According to the EAC Industrialization Strategy (2012-2032), the rate of industrial grown needs to be 11.7 per cent per annum to achieve a GDP contribution of 25 per cent within the next 20 years.
In this country, most of the cases taken to the courts of law are dismissed at the early stages on grounds that the security agencies did not gather iron-clad and tenable evidences. Or the police extract their evidences outside the legal confines. Sad and remorseful to the nth degree.
Elders deserve much respect and must be qualified to earn it. But if they start going rogue by blackmailing and threatening leaders with curses in their unmistakable pursuit for material gains, that’s when and where they will be stripped and starved of their much-deserving respect.
Hence, you will find that work places for example will try to be inclusive by hiring more women who are kitchen staff, front desk attendants, assistants and so forth with the representation of women thinning as you go towards the top.
The president ordered an “investigation” into the scandal. Just for formality, as usual. We waited with bated breath to see the culprits brought to book and the stolen money returned, but all went up in thick smoke.
Nothing shows this fact than the meeting today at Kigwa Hotel in Kiambu, where the leading 'independent candidates' from Central Kenya including former Limuru MP George Nyanja and former NACADA chairman John Mututho endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election campaign.
Just last week, the UN’s Human Development Index was released showing that Kenya was the worst hit by unemployment in East Africa. With 39.1 percent of the working age unemployed, we trailed behind other countries in the region including Ethiopia which was at 21.6 percent!
In one Nairobi constituency, a loser needed only to camp at party offices and cry all day long to back his claim that he won. There was no recount of votes, no poll repeat, nothing. At the end of the day, the cry baby jubilantly left with the nomination certificate in his pocket.
The emergence of lumpen rag-tag and self-styled politicians like Sonko, Waititu, Joho, Maina Njenga could be a protest against the betrayal by the learned and propertied in society like Kidero, Nyong'o, Kiraitu, Saitoti etc but also due to the macho and daredevil bravery by these lumpen politicians.
Sonko did nothing substantive with CDF funds when he was Makadara MP. Generosity and philanthropy does not move me so much when evaluating a public leader as their ability to manage and take care of my taxes and ensuring that I at all times get value for my public money.
The Jubilee leadership is more concerned with ‘tenderprenuership’ – awarding and empowering only their own cronies. We should work and sacrifice to have leadership that will not borrow loans beyond our ability to repay while much of the loans go to people’s pockets.
Also unprecedented in the nomination stage has been the level of corruption and bribery. Some aspirants have been caught on camera dishing out cash to scrambling wananchi in violation of the law. Some of those caught red-handed have gone to great lengths to deny what was the obvious.
Jackson Mandago's political strategy - founded on powerful propaganda laden with misguiding tribal narratives which manifestly suggest that the Nandi community is politically “under siege” - worked miracles. He trounced his closest rival Zedekiah Kiprop Bundotich hands down.
“The ballot paper will be crowded with independent candidates and they are likely to get unfair eyeballs and it is interesting to see how the IEBC arranges the names of the candidates on the ballot paper,” noted Esther Passaris an ODM women representative aspirant.
We are not arguing that Joho should not be employed. All we are saying is that he doesn't meet the minimum constitutional to be Governor. Additionally, we are arguing that intellectual mediocrity and failure should not be glorified and that forgery and cheating must be punished severely.
Many are waiting including the NASA main competitor who is also the incumbent, the Jubilee party, the way they will handle the Busia case bearing in mind that ODM is built on the pillar of democracy and one of the main parties that build NASA coalition.
You are waiting for Kenyans to behave well, who will organize and civic educate them to know and defend values if not the government? Who ensures that the reward system rewards those who uphold the values and punish those who undermine the code of conduct? It is government.
Despite his presence in the political arena for 32 years, Kalonzo remains detached from the vote-rich areas of Central, Nyanza, and the Rift Valley. His affable, non-combative demeanor in a country where belligerence and defiance are considered prime leadership qualities, has betrayed him.
When I see Advocates like Donald B. Kipkorir making statements justifying extrajudicial killings yet they are not calling for dissolution of courts of law, I feel disappointed. You either hold the police accountable or you suspend the constitution.
When Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho undertook to lead Raila Odinga’s presidential campaigns and started hosting countrywide rallies for our candidate, the same Luo mafia in ODM started a vicious war to fight Joho and to undermine his efforts.
Those are the bread and butter issues that candidates scrambling for leadership must be tackling, not arguing over the kilometer length of the road network. Whether Jubilee government has built 6,000km of roads as it alleges or merely 1,500km as its critics claim is neither here nor there.
In addition, Kenyans don't as yet have a final electoral law, since the National Assembly has not approved the final draft of the elections regulations the commission presented to them.
What is even more worrying is that Uhuru is insulting other leaders now as a matter of routine. At William ole Ntimama’s funeral last year, he called one bishop who had pressed for Maasai land rights as "mjinga" (fool).
Lonyangapuo and Kamama should spare us the superfluous corner-cutting, unsubstantiated narratives of scapegoating and sickening defence of wrongdoers. If they can't, other right-thinking members of our society should treat them as outcasts.
It is important to state that the call to recognize the economic value of women is not a call towards 'women empowerment' but rather, it is a wake-up call to embrace smart economics. The recognition of Women's work has been attributed to the decline or advancement of economies all over the world.
Many will argue that President Kenyatta was contented with Mr Ruto’s aggressiveness to politics but we have to remember that Ruto had outsmarted his political nemesis President Moi by being seen as the Kalenjin kingpin in 2007 and 2013 general elections.
If anyone thinks I'm throwing dust to his or her eyes, I challenge him/her to painstakingly read through the online conversations and discourses with these trending hashtags: #InMarakwetHatukoPamoja, #WhowillsaveMarakwets, #BabawelcomeHome and so on and so forth.
The report puts Kenya ahead of 14 African nations of Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia, which also recorded cases of police harassment and killings.
Leaders especially should do their campaigns peacefully and prepare themselves to accept the outcome of the elections, or file their petitions with the Justice Maraga-led Judiciary which according to the CJ is ready to tackle any disputes.
"The ban applies to all health facilities during working hours. Patients have been complaining of medical workers who spend a lot of time on phone calls while on duty forcing patients to wait for long."
This man could be the double-edged sword solution we are looking for. If elected President through his Thirdway Alliance, Aukot could be the one to slay the dynasty concept and extinguish the trail of tribalism that is eating our country from within.
Taita Taveta and Nyeri women representatives, Joyce Lay and Ester Murugi respectively, are asking women to deny sex to their partners if they have not registered as voters. “As women, our sons and husbands should not get any food if they are not registered”, said Ms Murugi.
Attempting to deal with the drug problem before first eliminating its enabler (corruption) is akin to plucking the leaves from a tree and leaving the tree in its fairest weather. The leaves will definitely grow again.
Replacing a medical doctor is not as easy as replacing a politician in a by-election. Many years of training and practice make this cadre of professionals particularly difficult to substitute.
The opposition must challenge this contentious law by all means. A large segment of the Kenyan populace is behind the opposition's authentic quest for level playing field, and Jubilee must not be allowed to impose its incompetent leadership upon us, Kenyans. We have suffered enough!
The Somalis also have substantial investment outside their ancestral counties. It behoves us as a community to ensure that Mr Duale is stopped from using his loose tongue. To my sisters and brothers, let’s not defend Duale, let him carry his own cross.
"If the president signs, the bill will harm our democracy, therefore likely to spark worse chaos than the 2007/08 post election violence," he argued. He asks all aspiring candidates to engage a peaceful election as they prepare for aggressive battling in the political sphere come the election year.
Some of those honoured are famous more for their perpetually hateful and tribal tendencies than for exemplary behavior that inspires unity and hope. They are invariably incendiary and divisive and display no respect for the common good. They deserve no commendation from the people of Kenya.
The spirit of harambee, a Kenyan culture of community self-help event, was even encouraged by our post-independence leaders like the first prime minister, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. From then onward, the forces of harambee have mustered a crushing momentum.
Our governors have taken the lion's share of our sweat, our executive has stolen more to sustain the siting government's face-off with the opposition, and the opposition has stolen so that they can match the throw from the government's side.
Even without iota of evidence linking CORD leaders against the NYS scandal, Jubilee has unleashed its attack dogs and propagandist to paint CORD as part of the beneficiaries of the NYS loots.
Did the mainstream media, which the whole world relied on, to mirror the political terrain of the global superpower state compromise its objectivity for whatever reason? The colossal margin of blunder committed by the media leaves a lot to be desired, doesn't it?
Other precautions one should use is to visit the piece of land under sale and enquire from neighbours on the ownership of the land, search for the title deed at the Ministry of Lands, visiting the District Land Control Board.
There has been very few successful prosecution of the local drug barons. Further, many politicians known to be involved in the drug trade hold important political and public offices at both national and county level.
What I find quite delicious here is the fact that our leaders [obviously across the political divide] behave as if they are licensed brazenly lie to their subjects. Even the irredeemably corrupt go public to lie before the myriad eyes of the incensed and dejected populace.
A leader, even in the toughest of the life-trying moments, must not be seen to drive people to wilderness of despondency and spine-tingling hopelessness. Sadly though, this is where the president is predictably trying to take us, Kenyans, if his recent statements are anything to go by.
A civil servant has got no reason to take more than two weeks before responding to an audit query if at all there is nothing to hide.
Ironically, the former PM's decision turned out to be most unpalatable to Ranguma’s cabal, some of whom were heard throwing tantrums and cursing the decision in public.
Millions of shillings are given to these federations which represent athletes, so they should step up to ensure athletes are physically and mentally fit all the time even if they are retired.
The Kenyatta Government appropriated the fruits of independence to Uhuru and his siblings and altered the rallying call of the Mau Mau struggle from “Uhuru na Mashamba” to “Uhuru na Kazi”.
An indication of an unsettling disquiet in the Rift is the heckling of the self-styled Jubilee loud-mouth, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, at Tot Centre, which forced him to flee the meeting attended by high-profile Marakwet leaders. “The kitchen is too hot to stay!”
These campaign strategies are obscene. The idea of taking political campaigns to schools is ill-advised. A good leader is an individual who understands clearly the boundaries of political campaigns and scrupulously adheres to them.
KANU in that part of the world, is unerringly anathema! Translating to the biting fact that using that party to seek elective position is akin to ploughing the sand or chasing after the wind.
It's a poorly kept secret that Kidero is also openly sponsoring a prominent blogger to persistently denigrate and undermine the ODM party leader and to a very bad extent insult one of the ODM first daughters.
The vetting process needs to be made public to avoid events such as those witnessed in Eldoret last Tuesday. Without information, rumours have a tendency of thriving, depending on the persuasiveness of those who are spreading them.
Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, won 60.8 per cent of the vote in presidential elections, while the main opposition candidate, Kizza Bisigye, secured 35.4 per cent, according to the country’s electoral commission.
Despite Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by an average of 4.8 per cent since 2000, according to the recent statistics on Kenya’s failure to reduce the rate of poverty, the additional wealth generation has benefited only a small section of the population.
This year, the United Nations will name the first-ever class of UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 outstanding young individuals, chosen from more than 18,000 nominations.
More than 30 Kenyan-born athletes are lined up for races in Rio, with Turkey and Bahrain accounting for the highest numbers. The US, Israel and Bosnia have claimed a slice of glory, thanks to Kenya’s talent glut.
The above proposed tracking system will make such malpractises very difficult if not impossible. Transparency of the procurement process will also go a long way in ensuring that it becomes difficult and risky in engaging in corrupt acts.
Similar outbursts by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo have not been forgotten yet. Interestingly only TNA lightweights including MCAs, activists, nondescript legislators in TNA pretend to reprimand Kabogo.
Britain is set to go on a referendum on the 23rd of this month over its membership in the European Union
Quacks are easily finding their way into the pockets of unsuspecting patients, but the big question is, how do these unlicensed crooks work for days on end without being detected by the management of hospitals?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela.
Nairobi has in the past few weeks been a bedrock of unnecessary demonstrations led by the CORD coalition which is calling for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
A sigh of relief was witnessed across the country soon after the president agreed to the talks. These talks hold the future of the country.
The information age has made everything easier.
Amnesty International has released a very worrying report on the threats to people living with albinism in Malawi
The number of people dying in the hands of the police during the protests by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been increasing each passing week.
The expression ‘crime of passion’ is swiftly turning into a household term in Kenya, with the number of love related homicides shooting up at an alarming rates.