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December 30, 2007

Kenyan Elections a fraud

It would be difficult for anyone to deny that Kibaki has managed to win the elections by rigging. The young voters who turned out in large numbers and queued for hours to express their constitutional right have been spat at. They were told their weapon was their vote. Someone lied. And these unemployed poor humans are now as I type on the rampage…

The Electoral Commission of Kenya sold itself. Who will believe in democracy and voting come 2012?

The international media has not truly and quickly reported all that has gone on in this nation over the past few days.

and what kind of country has 7 public holidays in a month? of which 4 are on consecutive days? If anyone wishes for a month of Sundays – move to Kenya. Just remember you will not be able to exercise your (?) democratic rights.

November 18, 2007

Where's the election hype?

It seems the hype and excitement of the 2002 Kenyan elections has not carried on to this year. Or maybe its because I’m sitting 5,000 miles away from the theatre of comedy?

Last time Kibaki on his NARC (National Rainbow Coalition) ticket was helped by Gidi Gidi Maji Maji’s “Who can bwogo me” song. What a hit it was! and the beat still makes me want to get up and rap along with them. The song was so popular it was performed at the Big Brother Africa finale…

anyways back to the point.
The presidential race seems so open that Mwai Kibaki might not finish his 40 years+ political career in the highest seat. There are many reasons for this…

Tribal power is still a big thing – there’s no such thing as national unity during a run-up to an election. The diasphora and those outside the country may seem united as one nationality but the divides are rampant when in the country. Tribes are uniting to oust the ones in power. But ousting the one will mean the tribes that are united will start fighting should they win on December 27th.

Kibaki did not deliver the new constitution in the 100 days he promised. 5 years on and we’re still waiting. I am fed up like most of the 35 million Kenyans. The 17 million eligible voters will make this known.

Corruption. Some say its reduced. Some say its increased. The police remain on top of the corruption league. I honestly don’t see a solution to this problem for the next 50 years. But the majority will decide on whether corruption has increased or not.

Kibaki does have one trump card: the economy has completely turned around since 2002. Whatever the growth figure is, the average Kenyan now has disposable income and a flood of foreign goods has brought the country closer to being part of the globalised world. Exports have also gone up as has tourism. But with growth comes inflation and rising operating costs…

Raila “The Hummer” Odinga might just win for the sake of ‘positive change’. Whoever wins, the country is on its way forward.

May 15, 2007

Safaricom: Employee Sabotage?

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I found this on the careers section of the Safaricom website on 16th May 2007 while looking for more info on their BlackBerry launch (reported by the Daily Nation on 16/05/2007)

The Job ad reads:

Mafi ya kuku
Huyu mtu ni bure kabisa, kwa ujinja wake na upumbavu wake,Eti nilazima ataje Kibaki, akidhani nitakujibu. mtu kama wewe ni pumbavu.

While it remains unnoticed have a look yourself: and scroll down to current jobs.

Safaricom job ad
Safaricom zoom in

April 22, 2007

London Marathon

Well done to Martin Lel for winning the Flora London Marathon 2007 and Felix Limo who came 3rd!
A good performance from role model Paul Tergat who finished 6th.

and Salina Kosgei who finished 4th in the Women’s race!

A good display by the Kenyan runners… You’ve done the country Proud!

April 17, 2007

Apple Mac's in remote Masai Schools

Macs Join the Masai Tribe

By Barbara Gibson
The new school in the Masai village of Oloolaimutia in East Africa runs day and night now, even though the majestic tribe lives without electricity or running water in its nearby compound of mud houses.

More than 400 children attend the new school—those who tend cattle during the day go at night—thanks to new classrooms and solar panels that provide light and deliver power to three new laptop computers.

“Come Walk With Me”

Retired tech executive Patrick O’Sullivan, who launched the effort to improve the school after visiting the village in 2004, returned this year with a team of former Apple employees and 14-year-old Sean Riordan, son of one of O’Sullivan’s friends. Carrying PowerBooks and high-definition digital cameras, the volunteers shot 16 hours of digital video in the village and region for a documentary designed to raise awareness and funds for education in Africa.

“Come Walk With Me” premiered in July 2006 and will be shown in universities and foundations that specialize in Africa. Riordan, who helped train village teachers to use the laptops, also made a documentary—“The Making of ‘Come Walk With Me’”—that captures the laughter and fun of working with the Masai people.

Masai tribe members pose with the “Come Walk With Me” crew.

The Problem of Piecing a School

O’Sullivan hadn’t planned to spearhead the school improvement project when he first visited East Africa. “But,” he says, “I saw these adults tying pieces of trees together, and I asked them what they were doing. They said they didn’t have a classroom, and I said ‘How long will it take?’ And they said ‘Well, about three to four years.’ I said ‘What happens to the children meanwhile?’ And they said ‘Most of them will never go to school.’”

Moved by their plight, O’Sullivan decided to build a school for them—and even supplied three laptop computers. Dickson Mutaiti, O’Sullivan’s driver and tour guide, handled the arrangements and sent contractors with three trucks full of bricks, stones, doors and tin roofing materials to the village. They built the new school in six weeks, and a U.S.-based solar company in Nairobi installed four 120-watt panels on the school’s roof.

Feeding Curiosity

In the new school, students investigate the world maps plastered on the wall, study the science of solar power that provides their light and watch video of an ocean on the laptops. “They’ve never seen the sea,” O’Sullivan points out. “Never mind the fish. Their eyes were bigger than the screen.

“It was amazing to watch the children use the new tools with such ease,” he adds. “They were intuitively touching, feeling, laughing and investigating. It became clear to me that it doesn’t matter whether you’re from the north, south, east or west of anywhere on this earth: people are naturally curious and once they see a tool, they want to see how it works.”

Door to Opportunity

O’Sullivan, an amateur historian who has followed politics in Africa from the time he was a student in Ireland in the 1960s, is sensitive to the Masai people’s need to preserve their culture in the face of a modern world. He sees the role of education and computers as a crucial door to opportunity.

“When you look at the continent of Africa,” he observes, “it’s no coincidence that there’s never been a Steve Jobs or a Bill Gates or a Larry Ellison from Africa. There are millions of them there, but they never got the opportunity to learn. Yet education is the key to choices, to personal freedom. It’s everything.”

Source: ‘Hot News’ article on the Apple website

More information

School in Mara

Mara classroom
Teaching at Sekenani Primary School

March 27, 2007

Kenyan police…in the name of internal security!

This is what the Kenyan police do in the name of internal security. Thank God for liberalised media…

KENYA CORRUPTION SCANDAL: Security video footage of Kenyan police raiding the offices of a newspaper. CCTV video via the East African Standard.

Blogger mentalacrobatics explains, “This rapid response unit is code-named the Kanga Squad, detectives from Nairobi provincial CID headquarters and officers from the General Service Unit. They are wearing bright orange reflective vests with ‘QRU’ for Quick Rescue Unit/Quick Response Unit which indicates their day job of fight hardcore criminals like carjackers, bank robbers and murder hit squads.

These pictures are very disturbing. In some of them they have an employee spread eagled on the floor with a gun pressed against his/her head and a boot in his/her face. Remember these are NOT criminals being man handled like this. These are Kenyan men and women who went to work only to be pistol whipped and roughed up by an elite police squad.”

February 17, 2007

Shompole :: Paradise on Earth

Shompole. It is quite literally paradise on earth and just looking at the photos doesn’t do it justice – you need to go there and experience the peaceful serenity and privacy this place offers. Picture a hotel room but without the 4 walls. Picture the bathroom without any walls. Picture a private pool that looks out onto the plains of the Shompole Conservancy and the volcanic hills of the Great Rift Valley. Let me give you a few minutes to savour the photos.

Shompole has won a number of awards as you can imagine but it prides itself in the eco-lodge category. Art of Ventures, the company behind the Shompole concept has as its mandate to work with rural communities to conserve their environment and try ensure that they benefit from sustainable use of natural resources.

The use of unique, innovative design and beyond-5-star service is what they hope will attract more guests to drive the initiative and kick home the message that we need to save our ecosystem. International recognition through the eco-friendly principles, innovative design and community work have already caught the eye of editors at magazines including Vogue and the French newspaper Le Figaro. Mr Gates of Microsoft Corp. and Mr Branson of Virgin have already enjoyed the pleasures of this exclusive (honeymooning) paradise.

Shompole is an ecolodge with private investment that is looking to generate profits which will be used to build more such properties. A new way of social (environmental?) entrepreneurship which I hope succeeds because quite frankly without investment in eco ventures we won’t have an eco-system.

But don’t ask me how much I paid to stay in heaven on Earth!

January 16, 2007

Obama for President of USA?

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The son of an African may just be the man that the likes of Gordon Brown, Nouri Al-Maliki and Ban Ki-Moon will be dealing with come 2008.

Democrat Senator Barack Obama is the son of a Kenyan man (from Nyanza Province) and an American woman (from Kansas). He will be making his announcement of whether he will be formally seeking the presidency on February 10th.

Obama gained widespread recognition after becoming the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review and his popularity has grown since his 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Kenyans have watched this man quietly as he has fought for gun control and stood firmly against the war on Iraq. He has a particular charm and ability to bring coalitions together to work towards a common cause. Kenyans have also looked up to him and secretly wished that he was indeed the messiah that would rout the rotten clowns in the Kenyan Government.

In 2006 he proudly ignored his celebrity status as he took his family to visit his paternal mother in Kisumu, Kenya. He voluntarily, with his wife, took an HIV test to create AIDS awareness and encourage more Kenyans to take the tests. At the end of the trip he ruthlessly tore apart the political situation that remains in Kenya, criticising the leaders of using tribal differences to fuel ethnic tension and hence gain authority with ease.

While he has African roots he maintains his pride of being an American. He is Black, African American. But he does not have Africa at the top of his agenda. or does he? and how does it matter anyway?

January 13, 2007

Somalia's impact on Kenya

So the Ethiopian military has helped the transitional Somali government force out the Islamists who brought calm in a country that had anarchy for approximately 15 years (?). While Ethiopia gets itself into a Catch-22 situation in that if they leave Somalia, the UIC will be back, and if they don’t they’ll be the main target of insurgency attacks, Kenya remains as the one to take the burden yet again.

Kenya has been helpful in providing shelter for Somali refugees and allowing, rather enabling, NGOs to deliver aid to those camps. Kenya has also benefited from the huge demand of khat that many Somalis cannot live without. The (illegal) daily flights are well known about yet little is done to stop it – why bother.

But let’s not talk about Somalia. Let’s talk about the impact of what the war has on Kenya – especially this year being election year.

The build-up to elections in Kenya is always signified by the vicious rise in crime and general insecurity. Bank robberies for the hard cash that is distributed to buy votes becomes common. Terrorising of the people is also on the increase. This is all entangled in the all too complex web of supply and demand of money, votes, support, morale and ultimately power. And we all know that power in Africa means the licence to plunder the vast resources a government is trusted to control with its people’s interests at heart.

Lets analyse the situations. If the transitional government in Somalia maintains control and no insurgency attacks escalate then the campaigns will be on improving the economy of Kenya and sustaining the reputation of the country and increasing tourism etc.

If Somalia falls into full out civil war, then Kenya has no choice but to get dragged into it. The aid agencies, US navy, military and AU will have to use Kenya if they try to bring about any sort of hope for the Horn of Africa. That could mean two things. The US will press (read: force)into power somebody they can twist for access to who knows what as they look to get involved in the oil rich lands of Somalia.
The other situation that I’m thinking of is the need for a leader who is tactful in the art of war incase the need to defend the Kenyan nation itself arises.

Not too far from all this lies the genocide in Souther Sudan. Once again an economy driven by a neighbouring country’s demands could be explosive. Oil is certainly what everyone wants in Darfur. Apart from Uganda, only Kenya has the ability to build the infrastructure to support the growth of Juba and beyond.

The next few months are crucial for Kenya. The campaigning strategies of each political party and candidate will hopefully result from their analysis of the situations across the Kenyan borders. The one candidate who forgets the implications of whatever happens in Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and possibly Ethiopia as well should also forget about the licence to plunder.

January 02, 2007

Kenya Airways, The Pride of Africa. Yeah Right.

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Time in Kenya

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