Kenyan Budget 2009-2010

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009, under


If there ever was a job done impressively than what the Treasury and the Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta have done, then I have just been born. I would love to dissect the budget into all its important components, but I know all of you are more lifted up by the logic, sight and depth of the Budget. This translates to the fact that we were all glued to our tellies and need no more of the gibber..gebberish.

My commitment, patriotism and vigor for this country Kenya and the wider world has been challenged deeply by a reading so crafted to help me understand my society. Without even saying it, the fifth line told me I was the Kenyan; the tenth was in my adrenaline, the last wet on my eyes. We are going to achieve the goals we have set and intend to lay out, this I know for sure but only if the trend is picked up from today’s reveling speech.

The Kenyan Budget 2009 has inculcated, challenged, embraced, poked and humbled. This is the country we foresee and better I guess! So, let us build it with peace, justice, wisdom and love. The good book says that wisdom is the building block of a family, knowledge the known establisher and yes, beautiful women are a symptom of a healthy country Minister!

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Synergy for the youth

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009, under


Days ago, a conference hosted by the Arab league whose main agenda was to tackle the widespread problem of unemployment among youth in Arab countries kicked of in Qatar. There has been a bulging wave of concern among the political and social divides about the rising number of unemployed youth who as a result of the wilting situation of the sector and economy are creatively trying to join the private sector as entrepreneurs. I wonder if every of those 30 million plus will find a way into it and how if so. Leaders in the Arab countries have responded impressively to the red alert for which we commend them. We however desire for our home turf.

Since the 20th century, Kenya as a country has struggled to keep up with the level of job needs. For that, resources available to the state and community have been strained and the few opportunities compromised. As we walk towards the 50th year since our independence, it is a necessity that we rise beyond the simple laws, policies and strategies we have adopted in the past. Unemployment remains the biggest threat to social make up during these times and thus, we need to focus on all economic, political and social fronts with an aim of attaining an operational synergy that will support the implementation of set goals.

Notable and to be appreciated is the government’s effort in curbing job loss. First and foremost was the introduction of a collective youth fund with relative disbursements being made each year to date. This was followed by the creation of a self-contained ministry for youth affairs that was seen to appreciate young and diverse.

Has this been enough? Probably, but there is no way you provide dough for entrepreneurship and go on to tolerate corruption. There is no way you bring a vendor to the street and let a stray bullet fell him because he violated a rule. That opinions nowadays are no longer welcome with this government, is a call for an election. But, do we have the money, the institution, the will anymore? Some people say to me that we can’t afford it. It worth the wait, others whisper in faith. Like will take the right decision then, the familiar, skeptical and realistic will nod.

It is clear today that we can not talk about the youth and leave out the issues of justice, human rights, entertainment and now technology. We cannot talk about the unemployed drug abusing lad and leave out rehabilitation and security issues. This is the synergy we need, the eye to use. Let a throbbing cry out to the heart of the sovereign in the country.

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SECONDARY STUDENTS MEETING AT BOMAS OF KENYA

Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009, under




In my lifetime the youth in Kenya and the globe have received their deserved attention from both the government and society. However, this is not like the attention the 21st century society is offering, either because the youth is the problem or problem solver. A few months ago, a young flamboyant leader by the name Barack Obama and who happens to be the first Black American President rose against the challenges of his generation and ours as well as those of a century borne such as racism. Weeks ago at the conference hall at the Bomas of Kenya, we witnessed as young students in the secondary level of education made history by holding a forum that sought to uncover the challenges that faced them.

This acclaimed meeting just happened after talks to be held at the Kilanguni Lodge between the two coalition partners ODM and PNU failed to bear any fruits. Irony as you can speak of it couldn’t help but give the facts to us. While we need to rise up to the challenges of the past and coming two decades, others are mistreating the opportunities. Most of what the young representatives who were drawn from every district in the country reiterated was about leadership being the first impression for a growing society.

Among the issues that were highlighted were the post election violence impacts, corruption, crime and impunity. As they debated about these issues, two moral stands were notable, passion and commitment. The main agenda however was the need to curb the infiltrating situation in secondary schools which over the past two years have been characterized by situations of violence and exam cheating. They all seemed to agree on one thing however that they needed a way forward from the uncultivated situations.

We appreciate the efforts the heads of secondary schools are taking since secondary schools were branded the ‘lucifer's cafe’. We should not allow at this breaking point to be overcome by unnecessary excitements that will only distract us from the path of success. The end still does justify the means.

Why don’t we have such forums at the district level every half year with the representatives from these levels across the nation going on to represent their colleagues at the national level to be held annually and in different venues. We also need strict rules and regulations that will legitimize such an organization making it the base for a stronger National youth convention. I advise the stakeholders to be both ambitious and realistic.

I believe we all are humbled by this picture and that the youth in the neighborhood will form a better image in our minds other than those of drunkards, ingrates and liars. Que te bendiga Dios!

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CONVERSATION DECORUM

Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009, under




While making conversations within groups or with individuals be they peers or elders, it is advisable that you allow each and every one of those persons time to air their views. It is your sole responsibility to track the conversation in order to know what time calls for what action. Be focused, attentive and enthusiastic. Make note of important points highlighted by your colleagues lest you loose track of the debate.

Most at times while at conversations, we find the need to interrupt a person. This is a situation that often proves difficult for an individual to handle. I have three words for you ‘after you please’. Other than continue speaking, back out by telling your colleague, after you please- he or she is expected to continue making his statement with yours coming later.

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