What If Tuko Pamoja After All?

By now we have all read up on Forbes latest release on matters Africa, and those who are deemed most wealthy. Our homie, Uhuru Kenyatta, of the Tuko Pamoja fame, (or ICC..depending on the circles you roll in) made it onto the list.

I have a difficult time believing that this is the best pic they could find of him…but hey! Done a google image search…and….well…

I remember the indignation with which most of us responded to his Tuko Pamoja tagline that I believe is at the core of his presidential campaign. The ever philosophical RoomThinker was very articulate in this here open letter(blog) to Mheshimiwa.

So, in a nutshell, a guy owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. Yaani,(in other words), half a million acres of the Muthaigas, Nyaris, Rundas…if that’s what we define as ‘prime’ land…I tried to imagine the expanse of such land in my mind’s eye…even in broken down chunks…let’s just say, I’m still imagining.

The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices. ” [Forbes]

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Before You Watch The News Tonight…

As a citizen journalist, this observation is not only intriguing but a must share. Do read through this before watching tonight’s news and scale this against Kenyan media and the content that makes the headlines on a daily. (Article by Silicon Valley Watcher: The Continuing Rise of Activist Media And The Demise Of The Fourth Estate.)

“This struggle between establishment media and corporate interests has been going on for a long time. The media used to be referred to as the Fourth Estate, one of the four pillars of society.

What’s changed is that the Fourth Estate is shrinking rapidly because it’s business model is under attack. This means that its ability to act as a check and balance against the agendas of rich and powerful special interests is also under attack.

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How To Deal: Grenade Attacks

The menace is upon us, and with the overwhelming shortage of disaster management/prevention techniques, any and all information disbursed must be shared.(Bruno Mars won’t be catching no grenades for us.)

Thanks to World Vision Kenya’s  latest report on Terror Attacks in Kenya [PDF File], here’s some highlights on how to deal in light of a grenade attack. We cannot afford to entertain ignorance on such a matter as this, so do spread the word and let’s mitigate the risk.

The war with the Somali Militant group ALSHABAAB has seen them turn to Nairobi and other towns of Kenya where they target innocent civilians because they are soft targets.
Their weapon of choice is the hand grenade. They are striking at night when visibility is low hence the chances of being seen are minimal and also getting away from the scene is smooth in the cover of darkness. This is also the time when there are not many law enforcement officers in Patrol.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE A GRENADE THROWN OR HEAR A BLAST:
If a grenade rolls to your feet:
1. Turn in the opposite direction and take one giant step.
2. Drop to the floor immediately, face down.
3. Cross your legs, keeping them straight with your feet pointing toward the grenade. We cross legs to protect vital organs, arteries and nerves on the legs.
4. Keep your arms at the back of your head at the nape of the neck these also will protect major arteries.
5. Keep your mouth open to balance pressure so your eardrums don’t burst.
If you hear a blast do as above. Don’t keep running. The blast range for a grenade is about 30 metres in all directions. You will sustain far less injury if you are face down on the ground than if you are upright. Grenade fuse-times are between four and eight seconds. So you can never outrun the impact.
IMPORTANT: If you hear an explosion and you are not in that locality, do not go there to check; another one may be thrown in the gathered crowd – go as far away as possible.

 

FIRST AID
1. Conduct a scene survey TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAFE and if person is injured because of a blast you should suspect a head or spinal injury therefore, prevent any movement.
2. If there is severe bleeding stabilize it immediately as loss of blood can cause shock and death very quickly. Use of direct pressure or tourniquet if a limb has been severed.

3. Make sure the casualty is rested in a semi-sitting position if there is no suspected head or spinal injury. Send for medical help.

4. Monitor breathing and if ineffective, give assisted breathing. If breathing stops, give ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION.
5. Give person care until medical help arrives.
ADVISORY:
1. If you are going shopping, make sure you know the exit routes of the supermarket you are in, do not go with children and spend as little time as possible there. Always be on the look out for suspicious characters.
2. Do not spend time at bus stops; get on to the earliest bus/Matatu and leave.
3.  Avoid the city center as much as possible.
4. Keep your family and friends informed of your where-abouts.
5. Report any luggage in any public place that is left unattended immediately to the authorities and leave the scene as soon as possible.”
Check out the rest of the report for more details and some visuals on what to do. Be safe!

Why We Should Give A Damn About Kenya’s Politics.

Yes, I know. Many of us hear the word ‘politics’ and want to puke. I get it!

Before I go any further, just how many of us have taken time out to delve into the subject matter that is politics, to understand its definition?origin? I often hear talk of matters being ‘politicized’ and I’m left to wonder just what that means. While I agree that said word’s definition and context is subjective, I think it’s safe to conclude that it has nothing but a negative connotation in Kenya. In fact it would seem that Kenyan politics has been the total sum of actions of a select few(who selected them?) that do not resonate with the national pulse. What do we despise? Is it the institution or the people who’ve stepped up to it and morphed into behemoths of corruption,greed and just about any other vice under the sun?
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Feeding Kenya: It’s Not That Systems Haven’t Been There!

Through corporate Kenya’s effort, we are feeding Kenya. To use the twitter hash tags: #Kenyans4Kenya, we are/have/shall #feedKE

I understand, there was a need, and the need is being addressed. To every Kenyan, and indeed, any well-wisher who has donated to these worthy initiatives in some way or other, thank you is too small a phrase to show appreciation! Kenyans have indeed proven to have hearts of gold, to be a compassionate lot, able to rally behind a cause and make a significant mark/change.

Now I ask: Why is it that we didn’t rally behind the government? Continue reading “Feeding Kenya: It’s Not That Systems Haven’t Been There!”

Nataka Kuwa Mkenya Mzalendo

Not too long ago, I told someone that Kenya could be a nation of brilliant,innovative,entrepreneurial minds…but with no food to eat. I never thought that I’d come as close as I have to witnessing this very near reality.

I salute the great minds putting Kenya on the world map,especially in technology and athletics,a standing ovation to all those making history on said fronts,and any others!

Meanwhile,we are making history on the other side as well. Negative history. The story currently being told of Kenya is disheartening,to put it very lightly. As someone has so rightly put it,now,more than ever before,we are a hungry,and an angry nation. Continue reading “Nataka Kuwa Mkenya Mzalendo”

Of Kenyans And Our Peculiarity: Part 3

The more I ponder over this matter,the more I realize just how true and defining the word ‘peculiar’ is for Kenya and her people.

Mine is the second generation since independence. All we know about pre-independent Kenya is from classroom work. Our parents were born right around that once monumental time so even they learnt all about it,never much experienced it.

My generation,on matters Kenyan,is lethargic and almost apathetic. We have our justifications all intact. I have read books(truthfully,it was cramming in History class),on the freedom struggle and what not,more recently,watched Hilary Ng’weno’s ‘The Making Of A Nation’, a 7 hour,captivating recap of all that happened since Kenya was colonized,up until multi-partyism….to take that journey. In the end, I was angry and infuriated. You’d have to watch it to understand my sentiments. Continue reading “Of Kenyans And Our Peculiarity: Part 3”

Of Kenyans And Our Peculiarity: Part 2

First of all,Fridays are officially my most inspired days. Just putting it out there.
Part 2.
We are a peculiar lot! Kenyans! Why I reiterate this point? It just started raining,after weeks of clouds teasing. Time to trade in the sandals for gumboots! I can imagine all the people whom the rain has caught offguard. Fortunately enough I am safe from the unexpected visitor. A lot of us curse when these unpredictable rains pour on the one day we left our umbrellas,wore our bright coloured vetements etc. Even worse,at the onset of rains it’s as though cars germinate on the roads,marking the beginning of traffic jams that extend well into the night,ruining our Friday evening plans. Dare I mention the mud that’s gonna be come tomorrow morning?

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Of Kenyans and Our Peculiarity

Aquila has been observing again, and this is what she has to confess this week.

Thinking up this post, it’s funny, was gonna write ‘Of Kenyans and THEIR peculiarity’…was going to be quick to abscond(I love this word) my Kenyan status for this one. And it just so happens that when many a Kenyan speak of the not-so-good about Kenya or Kenyans for that matter, we talk about ‘them’…It’s come to be that the term ‘Kenyans’ isn’t associated with a lot of good. Heard of how Kenyans managed to con Nigerians out of a business and I thought, ‘dhings are dhick’!!!

Anyway, we are a peculiar lot,we Kenyans. Hatujielewi. Allow me to inject this post with a dosage of our national language,which we have so corrupted. Continue reading “Of Kenyans and Our Peculiarity”

LATELY!

I’ve been forced to ponder and ponder hard about life,
lately.
I have been left no choice but to see life for all its reality,
lately.
Life,the product of our choices,experiences,lately.Sat under the feet of a sage the other day. Inspired were his words. He said, ‘we are tolerant of ambiguity,discomfort and chaos.’ It isn’t entirely a bad thing, but it so happens that we have let it work against us. And since the good Lord wants to make sure I don’t forget that, He surrounds me with experiences that slap me to the rude reality.I’ve been forced to review my life,
lately.
To really view it through a microscopic lens,
lately.
And to see what it is I let slide off as the norm,what I’ve deemed acceptable
….lately.  Continue reading “LATELY!”