Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Heavy rains in Kenya, Is the government sensitive?

Life in Kenya this year has been quite tough because of high cost of living caused mainly by high cost of fuel and electricity, which affects virtually every industry and eventually the cost of essential commodities and transport. This has also been made worse by the dry season since the beginning of the year, affecting agriculture which is a source of food and income to many.

I can now smile when I see rains pouring all over the country since last few months in some parts of the country and this month it’s all over. I can say there is some hope because there will be enough water to generate more electricity and enough for farmers to grow crops. However the rains have been quite heavy and affecting crops in many parts of the country, the usual places are Budalangi and Kano plains. There are also landslides in some parts of Central and eastern and rift valley Provinces. Vehicles going to southern Sudan also got stuck when a river broke its backs and filled up the road, causing travelers and transporters agony for days before help came from the Kenyan Army.

I don’t want to complain about the rains, we need it like never before, but I believe this flooding in the common parts of the country is known to the Government for years.One wonders how can these people in flood prone places like Budalangi, Kano and the rest be helped. It’s normally a case of a river breaking its banks yet we hear of funds like el-nino funds and many others from donors. I only remember roads in Nairobi being repaired by such funds, but not. I imagined these funds were meant for rural areas as well and what has the government done about it????????

Kenyan MPs refuses to pay taxes on their allowances.

The Kenyans have been undergoing unprecedented economic difficulties as the post election violence and as a result of the global economic crisis. On the other hand, the insensitive Kenyan politicians are at it again. They are blocking a bill that will make them pay taxes just like any other Kenyan. What is this suppose to mean? What do they think they are? They increase their allowances and refuse to pay taxes? Unbelievable!
We as Kenyan, being peace makers, may not get the strength to demonstrate on the streets, but we say this is horrible behavior from our members of parliament. Basically what you are demonstrating to us is that you don’t care. You are out to get rich at all cost and you are willing to be involved in illegality to reach that end. We are keenly watching and God too as we patiently labor to eat from the remains from your high tables. Remember that what you are now “eating” with impunity is “cooked” by us. We have told you to wash your hands clean with the tax man before you eat just like any other citizen but you have literally refused simply because we have given you the power to change the Kenyan laws at will. Please remember the power of our votes and to this power NOBODY and I say NOBODY is “unbwogable”.
It is obvious that as you refuse to pay taxes on your allowances, you are intending to raise taxes on the common man. Is this really fair given that you already have hefty salaries? In the eye`s of any reasonable judge it is not fair and our living God will not sit watching you do this with all the smiles.
Hon. Raila and Kibaki, the Kenyans eyes are on you to say now to this. Lady Karua, you need our top position votes in the next election. Can you say no to this just to leave a legacy that all Kenyans will remember you for? Hon. Muchuki, we know that you stood on your ground when everybody did not like the changes you introduced in the matatu sector. Will you say NOW as the minister of Finance to this illegal act that your fellow Mps are advocating for?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The new American President

We are waking up to the joy of Barack Obama becoming the first Black american president. The breaking news is everywhere and it is loader in Kenya. The joy is great and Kogelo is a village of sheer happiness. The Kenya government has just announced that tomorrow Thusday the 6th November 2008 is a public holiday and many african countries will do the same. Kenyan share the joy with all the Americans that voted Barack and all the world that supported in one way or the other.

I like the spirit of unity and love seen as Mccain conceeded defeat and as Obama calls on Mccain to help in the management of the great America.

Many can still not believe it. A friend once said to me ,when Obama was still fighting for nomination in his party,that a black man cannot make it in a " Wasungu" country. History is made in a day and that history for Obama, Kenya and Africa is made today.

Long live Obama long live Kenya and long live Africa.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Alego Kogelo- A King is born

Just like the biblical little village where Jesus was born from a small Benjamin tribe, Alego Kogelo hit the headline all over the world. That is the root of the American president in waiting Barack Obama.

Kogelo is a small village in Siya district in Nyanza province of Kenya. It is part of the big Alego. In Nyanza much has been said about Alego people and particularly Kogelo. If you ask any body coming from Nyanza, Alego was notorious for witchcraft and the area was nicknamed “Alego tat yien” ( Alego the roof of medicine”-literal interpretation). This name was given to Alego because of their wide knowledge in traditional medicine and charms. It was good and the medicine and charms were not used to harm others but to protect the innocent from evildoers.

Alego people including Kogelo are well educated and hold Key position in the Kenyan and worldwide society today, no wonder we have the Obama in USA. Alego has made a lot of history in Kenya and one more is soon coming as Barack Obama ascends to the highest seat in the world; the American presidency, on the 4th of November. As that will come to pass Kenya, Africa and the hitherto little known Kogelo village will get a place in the world map.

Barak Obama we all wish you well.

As American votes ’08, we salute Obama!

Americans have started early voting and so this is a good time for me to write about Barrack Obama. I have always thought of writing about this great son, born of a man from a humble village in Kenya and being a Kenyan there is excitement about the son of a Kenyan man becoming President of a great Nation like America. However I have held my excitement because I was once beaten by the Kenyan elections outcome last year and am now shy to get over-excited about a favorite candidate wining an election. Though I cannot imagine the outcome being similar to that of Kenya’s past elections (stolen in broad daylight in such a primitive manner) because the technology used in America is modern and the level of democracy is not like the Kenyan`s. I can be consoled that there is a ray of hope for the son of a Kenyan man in American than it would be in Kenya to win an election fairly.

His father’s home Alego Kogelo which used to be a humble village in Kenya located in Siaya District in Nyanza province has became a famous village since the time he visited as a Senator. Now that Barrack Obama Jnr has climbed with great strides the stairway to the most powerful office, in a country known to be the most powerful in the world, this small village and Kenya as a whole has featured a lot in his campaigns. There are many visitors including international media in the area. I can imagine some have purchased land there only to be in the neighborhood of anything/body associated with the American president in waiting. Kogelo village is like another state in America located in Kenya.

America’s coming elections is now part of daily news in Kenya, with reporters from Kenya representing different media houses already in the US to cover the elections. You would think Kenya is now part of America because of Obama. Hence there is a lot of expectations from Kenyans especially from Luo Nyanza his late father’s tribesmen, Luos in Kenya are considered to be proud and like great things like fame, good life etc…. so I can imagine what it would be like if Barrack Obama becomes the next President of America.

I believe he is also famous in most parts of the world and if an American President was to be elected by the world, he would have a landslide win against is opponent Mc Cain. I want to believe this is what the outcome will be to bring a change in America.

I take this opportunity to wish “wuod Ja Kogelo (son of a man from Kogelo)” all the best. We should remember that a victory to Obama is a victory to Kogelo, Kenya, Africa, America and the whole world at large.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Rushing to the land of "milk and honey"

Many people in Kenya dream about going to the US/UK and some countries in Europe to pursue greener pastures, new opportunities or to join family members. I can imagine its the same with others in Africa and some parts of the world, but I think more are interested in going to US than to other countries in Europe, because there are more opportunities in this part of the world than the others. So I would call US a country flowing with "milk and honey" a term used in the Bible as the land of hope.

There are so many ways of getting there like Green card lottery as seen on the web and newspaper ads. Many have applied and succeeded and are settled there now, some go to study, work and others join their family members through different means.

However there are other means that leave me wondering whether they are genuine or funny deals. I have heard of people talking about people willing to assist them to go abroad through some organisations like religious ones, they only need to get a passport and visa, then they take care of other issues including travelling expenses, homes and jobs for them and their dependants. I have not yet come across anyone who has succeeded this way and has finally settled there with their families as promised.

I find this to good to be true and cannot even bother pursue such an avenue. May be there are many who have succeeded and this could be genuine, I just need to know and could be of help to someone pursuing this way of getting to the land of hope. Many people are so desperate in Kenya and Africa because of hard times, so con people take advantage of those desperate to go abroad by whatever means.

May be am wrong and it could be true many have succeeded this way, please let me know.

Earning from your blog

I started my blog as a hobby after reading other blogs, then I noticed they had ads on them. I did a search on placing ads on blogs and that's how I came to know about AdSense.

This encouraged me to place AdSense ads on my blog, first I only did one ad at the top and with time I learnt how to place more ads and improved on my blog.

At first I never imaged I would soon get a check from Google for my blog because it was earning slowly, but one day I got a surprise when I was passing Nairobi town center to check my post box and got a check.

This really encouraged me to do more posts on my blog and realised one can truly earn from their blog thus making blogging interesting.

A word of caution to bloggers interested in placing AdSense on their blogs is to read the rules carefully and stick by them.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Its been a long time!

Wow! I can't believe that time can fly this fast because the last time I blogged was on 1st March 2008! Many have found this very strange and wondered what happened (thanks for your emails) but I can only say that is what life is like as we always say when we don't want to indulge in many stories. Anyway am back but not fully back, I will blog whenever I find time to do so not like I used to last year.

A lot has taken place since last elections and the peace deal however, we are still the same Kenyans we were last year even worse for some who went through the post election violence (sorry for pricking that wound that may be healing).

To me and many life is worse than what we thought it would be after getting a coalition government. Inflation is really biting like an annoying mosquito in the night and no net to hide into. Now we are being told by Judge Kriegler' report that it is hard to tell who won the elections after wasting a lot of time and resources.

Politicians are at their usual game, they have only worked for about 2 years and so we have 3 more years to the next election but they are now getting charged up for 2012 like its tomorrow, yet am wondering as an ordinary Kenyan, what have I gained so far since they were elected. Part of my problems as a person such as bad roads, communication and traffic jam are still the same even worse since I moved to my new home and have to use one of the worst roads in the City.

I will never stop complaining until I see a new breed of politicians who will change our country as soon as they enter office and only think of coming elections when its one year to the time.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A peace deal at last

Finally President Mwai Kibaki and Hon. Raila Odinga signed an agreement to bring peace in Kenya. This is a moment Kenyan's have been waiting for and did not know that it will come this way or this soon.

I take this moment to thank Dr. Koffi Annan, President Jakaya Kikwete, former President Benjamin Mkapa and others who were involved. It is my hope and that of many Kenyans that the deal will be honored and acted upon.

Even though this was not what some Kenyans wanted but at least this is better than war and violence we have been seeing in the past days. To my fellow Kenyans especially bloggers, lets not punch holes into this peace deal through irresponsible writing.

God bless Kenya, we now look forward to getting our Country back into normal and even better than it was.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who is Frustrating the talks anyway?

I have been wondering what is happening with the on going Kenya peace talks.

Each time they want to conclude; that is when they are starting all over?

Surely are these real leaders we can get in Kenya?

I am fed up!!!!!!!!!!!

Who is actually frustrating the whole process? Are there other groups intervening secretly and frustrating this noble task? Do you see the hand of Lucy Kibaki or Ida Odinga in this ? Mr.J.Karume and Hon.Muchuki are they involved in the frustration?

Please let me have you guess.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

kenyan Mediation at a stand still-Kalonzo factor

There is one kenyan politician that is causing the slow death to the on going Anan peace talk. Thank is VP- Kalonzo Msyoka. Let me explain.

Kalonzo is very key to PNU. His party gave the PNU numbers that they required and he was rewarded well for that. If you remove Kalonzo plus his ODM-K members, PNU is simply dead. The PNU negotiation group know well that if power is to be shared with ODM of Raila, their strength from ODM-K is gone and ODM through the captain Raila will take full advantage of that and frustrate them in Parliament.

What I am saying is that power sharing will kick out Kalonzo and his people. That indirectly will be a blow to PNU. Remember that currently Mutula Kilonzo is part of the PNU negotiating team. How can he on earth agree that power be shared without his party having a share?

The best way to get out of all these is first get the entire ODM-K off the way. PNU will be paralysed and they will give in to things that they currently dont think the can. That is easy to do. First sack Kalonzo Musyoka and replace Mutula Kilonzo with some one in PNU. Additionally all ODM-K holding ministerial position should be sacked. Then we will see if PNU is capable of forming a government and managing the parliament.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nairobi Mayoral Election

What is really going on at City hall?

I am saddened that a bright Kenyan woman, Ester Passaries, is out of the race. I had desired to see a woman mayor after a long time from the good days of Margaret Kenyatta. Was the move to exclude her name deliberate? I don`t know. But we have missed once again a woman mayor for Nairobi City. If you agree with me that Margaret did a good job those days she was in office and considering the wanting state of the City then you will know what we have missed.

As the councillors toss the coin tomorrow in favour of Mr.Njoroge or Mr.Majiwa I wish that turns into a draw once again.

We need a change in our political structures. That change is in a Kenyan Woman.

back at last

I am sure many of you have noticed that I have been silent for some time.I am ok. I had a couple of problems that could not allow me to write frequently so I had to break.

I hope to resume soon.

Tuko pamoja na Kazi ilegee na PNU ama?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Kenyan New Cabinet

Everyone reads with surprise the naming of Kibaki/Kalonzo new cabinate. Many questions are being asked;

1-Why a part cabinate naming; is it a water testing tactics?

2-Why no Luo minister?

3-Why name prior to negotiations? Is this to undermine the negotiations?

and many more..........

As a kenyan what would you tell Raila, Kibaki, Kalonzo if your were allowed to talk to him directly?

Many people apart from those that got job postings are not happy with the move; especially the timing is extremely inappropriate.

Please pray for this country

Monday, January 7, 2008

Good News-No rally

Happy new year all of you.

I am well and enduring the current problems as a kenya.

One good news is that the tomorrow`s ODM rally has been cancelled (Kiss FM announced at 3pm today). I don`t know what might be cooking but I can only imagine that things are working out.

Please let us continue praying.

All beloved bloggers and reader I wish you well especially those who might have been dispalced by these post presidential polls announcement violence. The violence is not on the election but on the announced results of presidential polls.

Lets keep on praying God will see us through.