Just back after a trip around Lakje Victoria. Not too much online, because internet is not available in most places i visited. Visisted Bukoba in Tanzania and expected ‘hotspot’, like Zanzibar, for the upcoming elections on the 30th of october. Security measures are taken at the moment and the talk of the day in the kahawa’s, small open air spaces where men talk about politics and the latest news while enjoying a small cup of strong coffee (kahawa in local spoken Swahili-language) is what is gonna happen in the unlikely case of a CCM victory (ruling party in Tanzania). According to the CUF (opposition party) CCM cannot win because CUF has an expected 75 percent of the votes. The ruling party denies and predicts a tsunami-victory in Bukoba. Preparing different reports at the moment.
Today I spent some time on a press conference. Human Rights Watchwatch was presenting a report on Northern Uganda. Sorry: embargo on the news until midday tomorrow East African Time. The forgotten in Northern Uganda where the LRA abducts young boys and girls to work for them as sex slaves and soldiers, is still being forgotten.
Walking through the streets of Nairobi these days, you can be surprised by small groups of people sitting together, listening to somebody. If you get near, you will sometimes find that there is a street preacher trying to win some souls. But these days you will find more and more people involved in other type of discussion during rush hours and luch braaks. Kenyans are getting their civic education. On 21 November this year, they are going to vote for a new constitution (downloadable as PDF-file).
Kenya dropped 10 places in the United Nations Development Report, published this week. Bad news. Had an interesting conversation with a researcher about this. He said he never saw such a change in Kenya since the last president came into power. ‘Kenya suffers from a lot of bad publicity’, he said. ‘But watch this country. For next year, there is a forecast in economic growth of more than 5 percent. ‘I have done research to the underlying currents of the change in Kenya. This gives hope. Institutions like Worldbank, IMF only look at the elite of the country. But if you look at the agricultural sector, on grassroot level, you will find a major changes. The income from small diary farmers almost doubled over the last two and a half year, thanks to major efforts of the Kenyan government. You
… Kenyan coffee is considered to be tamong the best coffes in the world. The strange thing is that most Kenyans don’t drink it and they even don’t make the money with their coffee like they could. Kenyan highest quality raw coffee beans are exported to the Western world where coffee companies ‘add value’ by burning it. Europeans will sometimes spend 1,50 euro on a cup of coffee in a bar. That is 216,00 euro per kilo of coffee. Kenyans are left with lower quality instant coffee and lower quality beans. The best Kenya AA grade coffee is sold for around 3 euro a kilogram. But a change is on the way: Kenya is gonna brand her own cofffee, burning her own coffee beans and market it in Europe and the rest of the world, creating a lot of income
On the 19th of August 2005, 21 years old June Wangu was shot dead in Jericho estate, her only known safety heaven (home). A group of armed gangsters approached June at about 7 pm in the company of her little brother, relieved her off her mobile phone, then shot her dead at close range. June was a social actress from Eastlands, Nairobi, innocent of the lethal accessory that spilt her blood. The incident surrounding Mrs. Wangu’s Death and the deaths of many more innocent Kenyans thus prompts the initiative to a National Campaign against Guns, Drugs and Crime. Source: Kikwetu Festival (email@example.com) Kenyan poet Jacob Oketch Tambo wrote this poem inspired by the event above… DISTRESS CALL The wretched of the earth Without a right to life Death hangs on our shoulders Because the vile-hearted Have been let loose You
…that is what I want to show in this Blog. Recently I had a discussion with friends on this Blog: they thought I was to cynical. My response is always that cynical is a matter of style. Writing down things that happen to you or others in daily life has not to do do with being cynical. It is honest observation, that might be coloured because of personal circumstances and background. I observe the place I live,with other eyes than the native people who live here and who are used to all the insecurity, the corruption, the fact that they have to spend a month working on medicine (if you are a diabetes for example)…, the fact that they don’t have clean water, the fact that police is not your best friend, the fact that young girls have to skip
Earlier you could download a fragment of an interview I had with a teacher who found four 15 year old guys in Turbi. In this fragment i visited Marsabit Hospital and had a short talk with nurse Amina. We are standing next to a 2 year old girl. Her legs were speared in the massacre.