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!


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.