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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.
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.
Oh my God! there are Cockroaches in my house! Ohhhhhhhh i just switched on the lights and they scampered away. What does it mean when you see Cockroaches in your house? The answer is that you are living with one of the most primitive living insects dating back to the time of dinosaurs!
I remember when i was in lower primary, i went visiting a village friend. Those days we lived in mud walled thatched houses, sure bleeding grounds for Cockroaches. On one of the posts i saw a “beautiful” nest of Cockroaches, they were black and glittering in the dim fire light. I was stupidly impressed.
I decided to carry a few to our hut which was about 2km away. Imagine the shock my mother had when after three months a “beautiful” black glittering nest of Cockroaches was sighted on one of the hut posts! I don’t think she ever forgive me on this one. The Cockroaches are still there to date. My other siblings are still amused by this escapade.
There are over 4,500 species of Cockroaches ranging in size from 3cm to 10cm long. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. But when you see them, all have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head. As they move around, they secrete a chemical trail in their faeces and emit a perfume, which alerts other Cockroaches as to where the party is.
Scientists hypothesize that Cockroaches decide where to go based on just two factors; how dark it is and how many other Cockroaches there are! Unfortunately for us these chemical trails also transmit bacteria, which can mean disease.
Some Female Cockroaches stay fertilized for life:-
Did you know some female species of Cockroaches are known to be parthenogenetic, that is they only mate once and stay pregnant for life! They will reproduce without the need for a male.
Do you try to disguise the fact that you are living with these primitive creatures by buying insect spray, invading the kitchen in the middle of the night then letting loose with the insect spray?
In my time, Change comes knocking around me and my environs in different manifestations. ‘Was it that tasty juice to drink, or was it that bitter pill to swallow?’ I can’t imagine the latter. I wonder how you’d handle it when it ‘shockingly’ or ‘excitingly’ catches up with you.
Once, there was this dude who loved me so much, he would come over at my work place to pick me in a fancy car. He would take me to every expensive joints and hotels in town. You know what? Cost wasn’t a big deal.” It’s an amazing and exceedingly memorable time to visualize.
Gosh! One day I wake up and he is no more, may God bless his soul.” It was a night mare, a bitter pill for me to swallow, my bitterest pain.’ Can things turn around or Change? I honestly miss him. I bet that if you have ever passed through this moment you may know what I mean.
Change has been used significantly as a terminology that positively or negatively redirects a status, system or body, nature, mind set or thinking and ideology to define a new beginning, a rebirth or a complete transformation.
‘The thought of never seeing my friend again was like a dream that will never fade’. ‘Imagine the sweet moments, the fabulous and romantic times we spent together’. ‘Do I have to pay this price?