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Kenya’s constitution promises much, but its implementation has proven difficult.

In 2010, Kenyan political leaders rallied together in a historic moment to publicise the country’s new constitution, bringing into effect some of Africa’s most progressive rights and governance laws. The Kenyan population rejoiced after voting overwhelming in favour of it in a nationwide referendum. The international community called the document a watershed for reform on the continent.

That cloud of euphoria has since settled. Sensing political resistance towards the constitution’s implementation, Kenyans are widely voicing their disillusionment, anxiety and anger. In a country with a rich legacy of impunity, analysts say some members of the political elite are actively preventing the realisation of constitutional principles in order to preserve their political ambitions.

“Professional careers may be in jeopardy,” Andrews Asa Asamoah, East Africa analyst at the Institute for Security Studies, told Think Africa Press. “If you look…

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I sit still for this fence is wobbly. It cant handle my weight. On one side there is the land I leave behind. The other side,the land I am headed to. Beneath the fence there is a deep trough with murky water. I can’t tell the depth from where I sit. But I can tell I would not want to get a dip in that water. From where I stand I can see people. People I recognize. People whom I would love to take with me to the wonder land. I also see people I don’t want to see again. Their arms crossed,feet apart and a sneer on their faces. I feel adrenaline surge through me. I want to leap. They say ‘you wont make it’. I want to head back,they say ‘go on to wherever you were going’.. I want to sit on that fence a bit longer. I…

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Like Olympics, Like Life


Kawi Snippets

August is one of those months that I don’t really have feelings for, if you know what I mean. But am thinking it’s about time I embraced it for no reason at all, just because. I think for starters it has the most awkward name in all the months names…don’t you think so?

When I was a kid my friend told me to be saying when I was younger..difference?, Olympics was the only sports thing that could keep me glued to the TV, just that I had to wait so long before the next one. All other sports were boring, unless Wrestling of course (WWF). I was always looking forward to seeing the determination and focus on the participants faces every 4 years round. Yeah there was eye candy *slurp* but for me it was about how much confidence they had in themselves to be able to represent their countries in the Olympics…

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I had just seen my email invite to the Safaricom Sakata Ball Launch…happy and excitedly!Ready to attend the spring of Kenyan youth football.


Making a ground check on the event on the net,I see headlines to the effect that Sakata Ball Season 3 launch has been postphoned…I go back to the email..This is Season 3 alright….back to the news..its today’s date.


I think its a joke and I RSVP that I will attend.


Then I get a reply,confirming my fears..followed by the Press Statement cancelling the whole thing!


And the reason?Sad,but not shocking….. In part:


This follows a last minute move by the national football governing body, Football
Kenya Federation (FKF) to impose new requirements on the running of the
event through a letter to event organizers dated 30th May 2012. In its letter to
Safaricom, the FKF demanded to be paid 20% of the total sponsorship cost of the
Sakata Ball tournament as administration fees half of which was to be paid prior
to its launch, failing which it would disown the event.


That’s FKF,the body proposing to be the protector of Fottball interests in Kenya…alll for one reason..MONEY!


Lets take a background check on Sakata Ball:This tournament started in 2010 primarily involving children teams from all over the country in a progression set up from the grassroots to the national level.


In 2010,it saw 1057 boys’ teams from six regions around the country participate and expanded in 2011 to cover eight regions and include 1526 boys’ and 533 girls’ teams. Today, ex-Sakata players comprise 90% of the U 20 girls’football team while others like Abdi Malik have played for both the U-20 team and Harambee Stars.


Now, that’s a genuine effort to foster the growth of Kenyan football into the future..a mission with results.


Now,tell me what we can call a person against this noble mission if not an Enemy of the Game,and State? Intriguingly, this enemy is the same one tats is charged with the duty of doing that-growing football in Kenya.Well,they failed to do this-they didn’t even try..and now they are fighting anyone who tries to do it…all for money!


Earlier in the week,the Vice Chairman had pointed out pressing issues in FKF..endemic corruption,abuse of power,extortion,empty promises,misuse of funds,among others..and you are left wodering..if the caretaker destroys the house,who will take care of it? There were elections the other day in a bid to sweep such things..and now its worse.


All I say…FKF doesnt represent the interest of Kenyan football..the Fs in the abbreviation don’t stand for Football!Telol them I said that-because I don’t think they will read this-I doubt they read any football commentary,even in the papers.Otherwise they would know we don’t approve their selfish ways.


If this continues,the future is quite bleak.


God Bless Kenya.


Smart MPigs

George Orwell’s book,Animal Farm is about animals in a farm who are fed up with the oppressions in the farm and seek a revolution…which happens without much just happens and they chase away the owner and other humans from the farm.

They resolve to live together as a family…under the leadership of Pigs under a set of rules.

The first few days are heaven on earth,but as the days progress,they gradually know who the pigs are:They are selfish,greedy,dictatorial and take advantage of those under them-the animals.

The pigs live in the farm house,eat luxurious meals,sell off sick animals to the butcher and amend the rules,particularly,ALL ANIMALS ARE amended to include-BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.

When the current generation of MPs was campaigning,there were words such as People’s Servant, Integrity, Fight Corruption, Bwana Tamaa na Maendeleo among others.The older ones chased away the Human Colonialists,others, the Human KANU regime and others, the Human Immediate former MPs…and promised us heaven under their leadership.

That changed IMMEDIATELY.

Since,some were unable to dettach the Main Human…they induced the other animals to kill fellow animals. The first major indication of bad things to come was the widespread blood shed…Kenyans bathed in their own blood and warmed themselves with the fire of their burning houses.And the MPigs sat,took coffee,and laughed their way into pacts..political pacts.No apology. The dying ‘animals’ were less equal.

Then came the crazy perks.The MPigs in the Farm House started enjoying even more than the Humans they had chased away used to enjoy.Since there were burials,weddings and political rallies to attend,they needed more money.Previously,they would argue about bills such as Health Bill nad Budget..but were unanimous in this..they badly needed an increment because the economy was going bad.That, they gave themselves.

Scandals began..They started selling Farm assets,roasting it’s maize,using cemetery land for their use,even ploughing the forest part,buying land far away at inflated prices,grabbed the forested areas,among other embezzlements…the other animals cried foul,and the pigs simulated action..till the other animals,in their forgetful nature,kept quiet..and things went back to normal.,the pigs kept eating cheese.

Tax issues arose.Among the rules was that everybody should contribute to the Farm kitty through deductions of their hay-taxes.Again, the Mpigs could have none of it…Their hay was ‘too small’ to attend burials,service car loans and again .the economy was that bad.unless,of course,they recieve more hay so that they can give some back.A few philanthropic ones queued at the store,to return some.. didn’t everybody see them do that?They were the few good hoof!

Then they amended the new rules to add their stay at the Farm House..they said that since they had come ‘late’ they had to leave late,unless the animals were willing to pay heftily for that.The animal Kenyans kept quiet..and are still waiting to see whether the next generation will want to be paid for the time taken off their regime by the current generation.

And then,the mother of all atrocities..they have robbed the Kenyan animals..again!This time,they each want 3.7 million stacks of hay,as gratuity for a ‘job well done’…they reckon they deserve all that,possibly more.. haven’t they done so much for the Farm?

3.7m,while the animals who paid for their ‘revolution’ are stilled holed up in IDP Camps,from where they will vote again!

And a current MPig might come to ask me for my vote.


This is my opinion….not necessarily yours.My vote,My opinion!