September 1, 2016

Sons and Daughters (poem by Maya Angelou)

If my luck is bad And his aim is straight I will leave my life On the killing field You can see me die On the nightly news As you settle down To your evening meal. But you’ll turn your back As you often do Yet I am your sons And your daughters too. In the city streets Where the neon lights Turn my skin from black To electric blue My hope soaks red On the gray pavement And my dreams die hard For my life is through. But you’ll turn your back As you often do Yet I am your sons And your daughters too. In the little towns Of this mighty land Where you close your eyes To my crying need I strike out wild And my brother falls Turn on your news You can watch us bleed.
August 31, 2016
magaret-kenyatta

Dear Margaret, ever considered becoming a president?

                  Dear Margaret Kenyatta, This is between you and me, but isn’t it time you tell all this men that are lobbying your husband for their own selfish interests just to stop, close their mouths? What they do has nothing to do with delivering what the people want. Or, maybe that’s better: isn’t it time for you to once and for all stop the fighting on the political stage by availing yourself for the highest job in the country? Never considered? Let me tell you why: First of all: most of the men in charge (a lot of then are sharp dressed men that behave like children) all had a mother. And young boys tend to listen to their mother. Imagine you in charge. You just tell them: sorry boys, it’s time
May 20, 2016
Ever wondered how Africa would look if we would introduce job-rotation among world-leaders? So we would have Obama deal with the security challenges, tribalism and nepotism Uhuru Kenyatta is dealing with, we would have Uhuru Kenyatta be chairman of the European Union, Angela Merkel would be president of Tanzania etc. Interesting… Would they do a good job, each of them? I wonder. And… who would do better? So-called Western leaders in Third World Countries or so called Third World Leaders in Western countries?
May 20, 2016
wage

Wages in Kenya

Graphic of the wages/income in Kenya. Interesting and it gives some insight in what people are actually talking about when they mention  ‘growing middle class’.
May 1, 2016
Kenya's watches the ivory burning in Nairobi National Park. What's he thinking?

Kenyatta’s dilemma

Burn it or sell it, Kenya burned 105 tonnes of ivory. Declaring a total war against poaching elephants (and rhino’s ) for their tusks. Wise to do? Yes, says (among others), Richard Leaky: it’s the only way. According to Richard Leakey. But… burning 105 tonnes of creating is creating scarcity on the market and causes prices to go up, so the demand side of the market will make more efforts to kill. Not helping the elephant population at all. Option 2: Selling ivory on the (black) market could really boost the economy (market value of the 105 tonnes ivory being destroyed is approximately 105 million US$). By bringing more ivory in the market the price will drop and you will destroy the market. This, in an nutshell, seems the dilemma of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta. What’s the man thinking while
April 30, 2016
Historic Ivory burning in Kenya today.

Preparing for Ivory burning by Uhuru Kenyatta

Preparing a visit for the burning of the largest ivory burning in history. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will light a match to 105 tons of elephant ivory, 1.35 tons of rhino horn, exotic animal skins and other products such as sandalwood and medicinal bark. Uhuru Ke nyatta is not the first president to burn ivory. His predecessors Daniel Arab Moi and Mwai Kibaki did the same. Today’s burning will be historic because it’s the biggest pile of ivory burned ever. Controlled burning Ivory won’t burn by itself, so the arte facts will be set ablaze with a mixture of fuels that are injected under high pressure through perforated pipes, thus creating a controlled fire. Most likely the ivory will be burning for days despite the torrential rains that are torturing the Kenyan capital.   Di Caprio For the past week,
September 19, 2015

Teachers Strike And Trying To Blame The Constitution

BY JOHN GITHONGO Source: www.the-star.co.ke/news/teachers-strike-and-trying-blame-constitution  In 1997 the government made a deal to increase the pay of Kenya’s chronically underpaid teachers. It was only partially implemented. As a result, especially at times of political vulnerability for the incumbent administration, like elections and now at the start of every new school year, strikes by our teachers have become a normalized. The current government complains it doesn’t have Sh17 billion to implement the pay rise that the Supreme Court has legitimated much in the same way that the election that brought the current regime into power was legitimised. The teachers – in the 18th year of the fight to have promises made to them kept – are portrayed as fiscally unfeeling and unsympathetic to a Jubilee regime struggling to balance the books during increasingly difficult times. It’s true that times are difficult and
September 19, 2015
Grondwet1848

Teenage Nation Kenya

We are growing up. And growing up comes with challenges. One of those challenges is growing responsibility. Everybody has had his or her teenage years. Everything you know seems to change: the world around you, your friends, your ideas, your body. What you don’t realize as a teenager, is that you are changing and not the world around you. Looking at Kenyan at the moment it feels like looking at a teenager that is growing up: it’s going against anything her parents (people, constitution, democratic allies) are telling her. ‘I am against, an I will who you who decides.’ Kenya is full of ambitions. The world is at our feet, we even dare to compare out nation with  long established societies worldwide, preferably and convenient often indicated as The West, out former Colonial masters. To a certain extend, the modern
September 13, 2015

Work in progress

It has been a while that I did a posting. I will spare you the reason. At the moment, we are restyling, updating the site to make it compatible with and readable on all the mobile devices readers are using these days. So please come up from time to time and let me know if you have any wishes. Hope to see you back soon!
June 19, 2014

Kenya | Vacancies at State House: Mood Readers wanted (m/f)

An imaginary morning at the President of Kenya’s Office: President gets up, first thing he gets is his security briefing, especially movements that are ICC-related and CORD related, then the press clippings. He goes true with it, gets some emotions with the news, then his personal assistant comes up with today’s agenda. While walking to his vehicle with a tea-to-go in his hands, he gets briefed in more detail about the first meeting today. In the car next to him, his speech-writer talks to him about the print-out mister President has  just been handed over: the speech he going to deliver  at the next function. Eh, wait… stop… Are we missing something here? As in: missing something that we might need, not as in missing something that was there but we didn’t see? Yes! I would say. We are missing