Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Kenyan Youth Must Register and Vote






Kenyans under 35 years of age accounts for 78.34% of the total population.-Kenya Youth Fact Book

The population of 20-34 year-olds is a staggering 9.5 million
Iebc intends to register 18 million voters

The bio-metric voter registration exercise has begun in earnest and the Kenyan youth have no option but to register and vote in the next general election.

According to the Kenya Youth Fact Book the Kenyans under 35 years of age accounts for 78.34% of the total population.

The population of 20-34 year olds is a staggering 9.5million. The Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (iebc) intends to register 18million voters and this means that over half of this bloc is youthful.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report launched recently in Nairobi paints a not so rosy picture for the youth.  It states that six out of ten Africans are 25. Of these, one of eight is unemployed and one in four young people work in a job paying less than $1.25 per day.

While many youth have in the past resorted to whining and peripheral involvement in maters politics, the time has come for closer involvement in the politics. The current constitutional framework provides for the position of youth representatives in parliament and in the county assemblies.

However, these posts are not to be given on a silver platter because candidates must be nominated by parties and must meet the requirements of the Political Parties Act. The act requires the nominated members to have been active party members for some time. This could mean active party participation by the youth. 

About 75% of the Kenyan population is aged between 15-29 according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs website. This could provide a bigger swing voting block for who becomes the next president.

And since the youth feel the ravages of unemployment, corruption, inequitable distribution of resources among other ills more than their older counterparts, they have the only chance in the vote to make a decision.

Youths have made an impact elsewhere, notably in the Arab Revolution and even in the just concluded American presidential polls.

The Kenyan youth must take this chance and make their voices be heard.



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Myopia

Our country is a great country. our heritage is a sweet one, weaved out of struggle by our fore fathers whose blood was shed into the soil for the sake of all of us Kenyans. we stand today on the brink of a silver jubilee since independence yet some little things hold us back because we cant look beyond our noses. 


Myopia


Can you prove
that my lakeside origin 
makes me proud, a show off
verbose and arrogant?

Can you justify 
your allegations of 
itchy fingers, aggression 
and wolf-like cunning nature 
of him who comes from the slopes
of the great mountain from whose
our country is named?

Does their steadfast cleaving 
to their culture, 
the bright shukas, 
trademark red-ochred hair and 
religious devotion to their cattle 
make them backward 
or less civilized?

Is it true that they from Eastern 
are meek and weak 
can only be loyal servants 
messenger and menial workers 
and giants of voodoo?

Who said they can only chew
mountains of ugali and kuku stew
that the way to their allegiance 
is through their stomachs?

Do all of them run
faster than deers on lions' trail
To get cold gold 
and fame for us? 

Why cant you see beyond this?

Green, white, black and red 
we hoist everyday
flapping  in sweet harmony
black and white keys produce
sweet melody.
Yet we, despite years and years 
of coexistence, 
like leeches hold onto misplaced notions. 
notions whose motions set us
apart, divide us and create disharmony?
Unite. Diversity is strength.


The golden rule is a maxim the kenyan nation must embrace: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Friday, 16 November 2012

I Stand with PK



The field in next year’s political playing field is crowded. The same faces are running ahead according to some opinion polls. In that crowded field, one man stands out for me. That man is Peter Kenneth.

Unlike other candidates PK is fresh. He is a young blood getting a first shot at the presidency. An impressive track record of service delivery in his constituency is something his freshness screams of. Fresh ideas, fresh personality, fresh way of doing things governance and fresh mode of campaigns are with PK.



Nearly all the other contenders have some baggage. PK has no baggage. (that I know, I know he isn't an angel) while some have huge charges hovering over their heads, others corruption related pasts, others looking to fulfill past botched ambitions, PK is presenting a CV chequered with records of industrious duty and past molded out of a humble beginning.

Although he may have chosen to play the ethnic card and join other believed to be his kin, PK has decided to choose the tribe called Kenya. While some people try to pigeonhole him to an ethnic cocoon, he has chosen to tread a different path- to walk alongside the Kenyan people no matter the connotation of their names and sound of speech in their first language. PK is as Kenyan as you can find.  

We all want to belong to a family. A man who takes care of his wife, kids and mother is a responsible person. The true quality of a man is measured by the type of a family he has. Andrew did a good job at humanizing his father but he didn't have to do that because what he produced just by standing to speak was enough to make any man want to be a father. Such is the man I want for my president. PK is a family man.

Economists will agree that numbers are important. If a man can stand and tell you the most important numbers and what they could do. For example, how much we used to raise ten years ago and what we raise now in revenue and why they haven’t helped us: that is my man. The figures are just as important as the policies. Awareness of the figures and what to do with them to solve our problems of health, economy, and jobs among others is key. He has shown he can try. Unlike other people running around trying to make the ethnic figures count.PK has the right figures.

Sheng is the language of the youth. 60% of Kenya’s population is youthful. It is this group that suffers most from unemployment, poor education levels, fewer opportunities to progress and hopelessness. PK is identifying with us;the youth, speaking our language, we can bet on him to make life better for his children who won’t be out of the youth bracket even if we gave him two terms.

Making it to the top doesn't come easy. It requires tireless toil, hard work and a never say die attitude. PK embodies hard work.

Andrew has looks. He is a chip off the old block. If for once we needed a hunk president, PK is the man. (My female friends say he is hot)

Kenya is a beautiful nation. We thrive in our diversity. We share a heritage like no other. We are unique; even peculiar. Let’s unite. Shove our differences aside and start seeing through the lens called Kenya. The future of Kenya is with PK.
End. Register to vote. Make your vote count. I stand with PK.


 photos courtesy of PK facebook page.