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Just how fast can a town grow? Just 10 years ago, this street hardly had 5 shops, today its a modern street with high rise buildings. More »

The beauty of kenya can only be experienced.

En-route from Subukia to Nyahururu More »

Wildlife varieties to be experienced

These ferocious animal is captured here in a serene mood, the calmness of this big five category is fascinating and to be experienced More »

Dry River Bed, are becoming a reality as effects of global warming take effect

The beauty of the country may one day be in the past if nothing is done about global warming, dry river beds are becoming a common feature. More »

Nairobi National Park

Disappearing indigenous trees More »

 

Why you’re Money Counts for Nothing

Money

Why is Money so precious that it keeps you alert? Do you ever find yourself broke yet someone else’s account, has an accumulation of a massive Kshs 300 million in a bank account locally or overseas? Or how a politician’s asset worth billions of shillings is questionable? It’s amazing how people amass this kind of wealth.

My argument is basically what you and I know. The way, you and I live in our daily lives. ‘I will be very frank with you.’ To start off, let me answer that question from the outset: your Money counts for nothing because it is yours and not theirs. The more affluent you are, the more your Money counts for nothing. Allow me to explain.

Corruption; Creating a corrupt free Kenya


Corruption

Corruption

It is amazing that Kenyans are voted the most optimistic people in the continent of Africa, while on the contrary the country is ranked high as a consistent haven of Corruption. Isn’t that a worrying trend, especially when Kenya is at the forefront in advocacy of a unified East African Community?

Corruption refers to any misuse of power or position of trust in order to gain an undue advantage. What does this really mean? In simple terms, if a person with responsibility or position of trust seeks or camouflages directly or indirectly to gain undue advantage over others then this abuse and conduct is Corruption.

We always want to give monstrous names to Corruption some will refer Corruption in Kenya as a huge mountain to climb, a beast that can never be killed and so on and so forth. Corruption comes in many forms such as cronyism, nepotism, extortion, patronage, bribery, graft, embezzlement, brain washing etc.

Corruption in Kenya is slowing the EAC from taking off

Recently, in a certain forum a senior Tanzanian government official was heard saying and I quote “Jumuia ya Afrika mashariki ni jambo zuri sana lakini, twaogopa wakenya wasije wakatunyanganye mashamba yetu, pia wasije kutuambukiza ukabila.” This means that Kenyans are likely to transfer their culture of tribalism and Corruption to the East African Community, and that they are potential land grabbers.

Engagement with the County Government


Patriotic Kenyans have worked tirelessly to ensure that the dream of devolution of power is achieved giving birth to devolved units known as the County Government. We need not to get excited or carried away by the new development yet. This is the time to critically examine the indicators and actions required to achieve the effective running of a County Government.

A County Government shall consist of a county assembly and a county executive. Every County Government shall decentralize its functions and the provision of its services to the extent that it is efficient and practicable to do. (Article 176)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) outlawed


Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) outlawed

One wonders how beneficial a practice like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was holding. This has been allowed to continue for many years despite an isolated outcry that spoke for thousands of young girls. It is now joy of a woman as women members of parliament hailed the passage of a bill that outlaws Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Marakwet East Member of Parliament Linah Jebii Kilimo must have been the happiest of them all. She is also the chairperson of Kenyan Women Parliamentary Association. She excitedly said, “Today is a great day. Parliament has protected the girl child from the monster that is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This will mark a rise in retention and completion rates in schools.”

They said that women have gotten their independence away from the cruel hands of society. Many agreed that the government has taken a bold step and will not tolerate any more violations.

 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) the ritual that stomped many

I first knew of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the 90’s when Jebii kilimo started a vigorous campaign of protecting a girl child from undergoing this primitive ritual. Initially Jebii was almost the lone voice in this crusade probably due to her proper understanding of what it means to pass through this stage as a girl.

Later on she was joined by MP Sophie Abdi Noor who has consistently been championing the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This is actually a historic moment for the country and to the women who had to undergo this process involuntary.

The Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey of 2008 and 2009 indicated the one out of every three women between the ages of 15 and 49 years had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Most communities in the eastern and north rift embraced the female cut including some parts of Nyanza.

Lack of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) meant stigma and discrimination.

Many a courageous girl child and woman who’d defied the odd against the society by running away from the cut ended up being despised, stigmatized and discriminated against. They were not considered women enough and sometimes seen us unclean.

“People turned their faces away from me, as if I smelled, as I passed by. Even as a woman, because I had not undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), they treated me as a child,” says Hon. Kilimo. Read more gender related topics

A young girl child aged 15 years would be subjected to a cut and eventually married off. Those that refused to have a cut were in most cases were harassed and derogatory remarks used against them repeatedly.

What the new law says on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Bill makes it illegal to practice FGM, procure the services of someone who practices ritual, or send a person out of the country to be genitally mutilated.

It also makes it clear that any forms of derogatory remarks against a woman because she has not been cut becomes illegal. The offenders are likely to serve a minimum of three years in prison sentence or a fine of at least Sh200,000 or both.

Any form of verbal abuse is likely to attract a penalty of imprisonment for not less than six months, or a fine of not less than Sh50,000 or both. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a therefore a punishable offense.