Monday, 30 August 2010

Looking at Bashir more closely as a neighbour

Many sat with the fugitive President of Sudan, Omar Hassan El Bashir, who is increasingly taking on the image of a wanted criminal on the run. El Bashir is a real prisoner, because he is accused for allegedly using government-backed militia to carry out atrocities against the local population, including the destruction of hundreds of villages, the murder of thousands of people and the rape and assault of thousands of women and girls.

He has no where to run to but to remain true to his home, Africa. His case reminds me of the African proverb “When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it. This is the case of Sudan and Bashir.

August 27 2010 he was seen in Nairobi a historic moment for Kenya, to the surprise of many because he was a wanted fugitive a paradox of the year 2005 which was a historic moment not only for the Sudan but also the region. With the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement at Nyayo National Stadium by the SPLM leader John Garang and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was a new dawn for a country whose people had never known peace.

An assurance to the two leaders that the world was behind them in the new chapter they were turning, 15 African Heads of State witnessed what ended decades of conflict, which claimed more than two million lives.

Today, the world has turned its back on him Omar Bashir; they want him not looking what lies ahead come January 2011 as his words continue to reverberate “Today is a glorious day for Sudan and Africa, a day to alleviate the distress and suffering of our people. It is a great day when insecurity will be replaced by security and displacement by homecoming."

Lest we forget, Kenya played an important role in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, on the other hand, his coming tarnished our country’s image but we have a role to play to ensure our commitment to ensuring peace and stability in Sudan despite concerns that implementation was slow.

This would serve as a window of opportunity for the international community should help Sudan to uphold the peace agreement.

Therefore, we should stop derailing the whole process by craving for his neck because they only undermine hopes of transforming the country and could end up fuelling violence again. It will not only be the people of Sudan who will bear the brunt of the fluid situation. Kenya stands to lose given that it is the country the people of Sudan call a second home.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

leaders to inspire us youths

Today marks a great milestone to us Kenyans. A day our country is being reborn, a day that inspires by the opportunities that will make each day afford us to wake-up and live another day striving to reach our goals as a nation.

Goals that will make us make strides, in our social, political and economic endeavors; Strides that will raise our education standards to provide opportunities for the youth, homes for the homeless, and food for the hungry.

As a youth, I am inspired by the kinds of dreams that motivate us to become leaders in new and innovative ways; because let’s face it, our generation needs a revolution to move this world forward always

More importantly, a good leader needs to be able to lead others and uphold the interests of their followers. Leadership does not only provide the path on which others may follow, it also ensures that leaders will point her or his followers in the right direction.

Consequently, the many youths within the country are looking upon these very leaders who will enable us to stand up and say “I’m going to change the world, I’ll start today.”

Our leaders are to inspire us are those who are already out there. They don’t do it to get attention but they do it because they want to be the change they wish to see. They know that young people’s opinions are seen as whispers, but they understand that whispers create voices.

As a result, we mark a great day to curve a niche for us youth. We hold on to the hope to achieve that change to which we look forward every day. The realities of the problems that face our country have solutions and or can be improved. Investing our energy to reach a point where we can all listen and concentrate on achieving our common goals as Kenyans.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Together for a better Nation

History is littered with scalps of arrogant rulers who paid dearly for persistently refusing to learn from the past. Ensconced in the illusion of false infallibility, such leaders loaded from one fatal goof to another, stupidity ignoring even the most tell-tale signs of social disorder.

Consequently, over the past, the people of Kenya have engaged in activities that became symptomatic of a break down of social disorder and values, these include: irresponsible leadership, violence and hate speech.
However, on 27 of this month, will mark a great milestone for us, ushering in a new Kenya, our country being reborn. A day that reminds us of john f. Kennedy’s w “ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

Therefore, we cannot expect the leaders to do all for us as their responsibility, unless we join hands in implementing the new initiatives that will be brought forth to make a brighter and promising future for the youth, women and children.

This is a real opportunity for us as a nation to forge a forward motion by trying all we can in rebuilding this nation. We need a resurgence of national values to give a long term solution to achieve our dreams and aspirations.

In my opinion, August 27 is a day that will enable us to re-examine ourselves. We have paid dearly in our journey to reach this far, many have died along the way and we are fortunate to reap the fruits of the struggle.

On the other hand, the price may also be too high to pay with its implementation. Consequently, it would be a constant reminder to avoid a repeat of where we are coming from and an avenue that brings us on board to help in the formulation of meaningful ideas of transforming the society. Ideas that will mutually enable us live peacefully with each other.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Anguished Laments

Anguished laments I have in my heart
Everyday wondering how Vera would carry on
Dawn cracks she’s there awake doing chores
While Mutethia busy sleeping and snoring hmmm!
Warmth of his bed eating his flesh and engulfing him
Vera busy with chores while Mutethia snoring zzz
Mutethia wakes up, eats and drives his sleek BMW to work
While she’s there at home sitting and waiting for him in evening
Like a faithful dog she accept everything she’s given because of being a woman
She can’t object because its Mutethia’s belief she’s feeble
But how long shall this continue in our society while we stand
When Mutethia’s want to maintain status quo of their own
At our very own home we are the very one destroying our Vera’s
Mutilating them in the name of tradition, their womanhood destroyed
While Mutethia go scoot free while tradition protecting them
A pack of hounds we are surely in this society!
How long shall an African woman sob and we stand on the fence
I cry! Because she’s been left in an island unguarded and susceptible
Have we ever sat back and thought about our women’s emotions
The pain, the agony and psyclogical torment and aftermath
Because of it mother Africa encounters problems and pain
In giving birth to Mutethia junior, senior and the rest
Let’s feel their sorrow and agony filled in their heart but, why
All this?
I stand over a weeping African woman because of my pride
To rub away tears of sorry and replace it with jovialness
To nurture the strength and woman in an African woman
To her, light is glowing and slowly rising to shine its fullest
Let’s heal our women and protect them not to darken her light
Because at the end of the tunnel, there is light for her African women.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Conservation of forests is all about us not the government

“The forest is running away from us each time we try to move closer to them…” I this was the voice that reverberated across the crowd the year 2008 when the government and private partners came together to launch program to sensitize communities on the need to protect our forest lest we regret the consequences.
Many years ago, it was an up-hill task engaging communities to jointly come together to help in the conservation efforts. Consequently, there was limited buy-in from local communities, many of whom remained hostile to conservation.
However, many communities have felt the consequences that are being caused by climate change as a result of not conserving our resources, poor crop yields, and delay in rains and erratic weather patterns. These have made them to become conscious of what the environment means to them.
On the other hand, it is sad to note that Mt. Kenya forest is being degraded because the Kenya Forest Service officers are colluding with illegal loggers who are destroying the forest cover in the name of fire wood and poles.
Communities coming forth to protect the valuable resource are being threatened as indigenous trees that have taken lots of years to grow continue to be cut and burned.
The government’s effort to save the Mau is now being seen as neglect to the other forest areas. However, this is a wake up call for all of us to ape the Mau efforts and learn from it. It is not time to wait upon the government to come and bail us out but to use the Mau model to be able to sustain the meager resources we have.
As a result of collective efforts, evaluation of community initiatives of integrating the various activities undertaken in conservation, and the impact on national policy making and on the local livelihoods will be achieved in the long run.