For Kenya to develop, our leaders have to concentrate on whats happening in all the 47 counties in this country and the media should play a big role in bringing all this stories clear to both the public and the government. All that is happening and the media is concentrating a lot is the refferandum and the argument between the senator and majority leader, forgetting totally about whats part of the country need help. For instant this story.

The Saturday night attack on businesses in Laisamis by armed morans which saw more than 30 families flee the area. The first group, mainly people who spent two nights out in the cold, arrived in Isiolo yesterday aboard a bus carrying what little they had managed to salvage. Dorcas Gacheri, 28, who has a four-month-old baby, said she owned a small retail food shop but the attackers looted it. “Everything was taken from my shop. I lost goods worth Sh150,000. They even took our clothes; what my child is wearing now was donated,” she said. Damaris Kinyati, 32, was a vegetable vendor but the attackers took all her goods and made away with Sh13,760.
 LOST PROPERTY

Joseph Kigweta, who owned a shop, said he lost property worth Sh200,000. He added that all business owners who come from outside the area have been affected. “We are all equal partners. We invest and stock up on what they need and even go a step further to ensure that we sell nothing but the best. We therefore do not know why our businesses were attacked,” he said. Mr Kigweta said most of the affected traders were still in Laisamis while others were stranded in Merile after failing to find a way to flee the area. “We spent two nights in the open. Some of us spent the night at the police, AP and DC offices’ compound. We resolved to go back home because our security is no longer guaranteed,” Kigweta said. The traders blamed security personnel for their woes and wondered how such a huge number of armed men could attack a town that hosts a district headquarters and go on a looting spree unhindered. Apart from the traders, teachers and civil servants have also fled the area.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000135173/families-flee-laisamis-after-night-attack-by-armed-morans?pageNo=2

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To ordinary Kenyans, 76-year-old Isler Hildegaard is a typical mzungu on holiday, but make no mistake, she is not your usual tourist.

Hildegaard is a Swiss national who is probably Kenya’s most loyal tourist. She first came here on holiday in 1971, and 43 years later, the pensioner is not about to end her visits.

She has come to know Kenya as her second home — her home away from home. Ignoring the travel advisories issued by the UK and the US governments, Hildegaard is now on her 32nd visit to the country.

A keen culture vulture with a penchant for traditional Kenyan foods, such as mukimo and the indigenous chicken popularly known as kienyeji, Hildegaard is always armed with her camera to freeze special moments. She also loves to shake a leg with traditional dancers.

“Every time I come to Kenya, there is always something different to see,” she says between sips of Kenyan tea, which she says she can’t get enough of.

ONLY FOUR RHINOS

“You will see something in the morning and when you come back in the evening, you see something different.”

When she first arrived in the country, she was a 33-year-old artist who expressed her feelings on canvas. Back then, she recalls, there was not as much wildlife as she sees today. The Meru National Park, for instance, had only four rhinos. She was with her sister on her first visit and they stayed at the Serena Safari Lodge.

Since then, she has spent a record 694 nights in the country.

From the pristine, white sand beaches at the coast and the national parks teeming with game to the lively traditional dancers, Hildegaard has probably seen more of Kenya than most Kenyans.

But it is not the game nor the beaches that keep her coming. “It is the warmth of the Kenyan people. Kenyans are generally nice and friendly.

“Young people in the West don’t like old people like me, but here, everyone is very welcoming.”

LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

After working as an artist for years, Hildegaard worked in the finance department of several chemical industries in Switzerland.

Although she has never been married and has no children, Hildegaard has forged lasting relationships wherever she goes. She speaks highly of her Kenyan tour guide, Shafiq, who has been with her for five consecutive years.

She is also very fond of Mr Timothy Kitenge, who has been organising her trips and itineraries for all these years.

While tourists were rushing back home during the 2007/8 post-election violence, Hildegaard was running in the opposite direction — to Lake Nakuru National Park, where she was the only tourist at the time.

Is she not afraid of going against travel advisories? A little bit, she says, but “nothing compares to the thrill of having breakfast down the river”.

“I understand that there are travel advisories, but I don’t think it will help to take away from others what they have.

“Peace in the country is very important, but it takes time for diverse people to live together in harmony,” she says.

Isler Hildegaard, 76. She has been visiting Kenya since 1971 and she says she can’t get enough of the country’s hospitality. PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

The latest travel warning to Kenya, updated on August 13 by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, advises UK citizens against all but essential travel to Mombasa, Lamu and Tana River counties. It further warns against travelling to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border, and Eastleigh in Nairobi.

As a result, Kenya’s tourism industry has been on the brink of collapse as the number of visitors declined by four per cent since January, according to the Kenya Tourism Board.

During the high season of January and May, Kenya received 381,000 visitors this year, compared to last year’s 398,000.

According to Ms Rosemary Mugambi, the regional sales and marketing director at Serena Hotels, travel advisories and the withdrawal of charters from UK companies at the coast has hurt the leisure business.

“This is why we are working closely with the Kenya Tourism Board and the Government of Kenya to assist the UK, US and French governments to revise these advisories,” she says.

The campaign to restore Kenya’s reputation as a top tourist destination has received a boost of Sh500 million from the government to market the country.

All this just tell how many people want Kenya to leave in Harmony because they might miss a lot that they see here, but we Kenyan don’t value this. If only we can help and join hand in the fight against TRIBALISM in Kenya. We will give a lot than what we see because if we are divided we are going no where but together we are sure of growing.

” God bless Kenya”

“I SAY NO TO TRIBALISM”

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

me Tribalism is responsible for a lot of ills such as underdevelopment, corruption, rigging of elections and violence/civil war. There is also no meritocracy as people are given jobs based on tribe regardless of having low qualifications. Hence the inefficient use of available skills. The exploitation of natural resources also takes a tribal angle, with resources in some areas being ignored or being under utilized. Bad governance and lack of accountability is also linked to tribalism as people will never question a government run by their tribesmen: even if it makes mistakes they remain supportive of it firmly and blindly.The reverse is also true. This means that even if a government does well it will receive daily unnecessary criticism from the tribes not in the ruling party. SO SAY NO, TO TRIBALISM NOW!

LANSDALE, Pa. (CBS) — The feds say a Lansdale man has been using a dead person’s identity for more than 21 years. Authorities got involved after a relative of the deceased used Ancestry.com to put her family tree together. A woman was getting information on Ancestry last year and her nephew Nathan Laskoski popped up.…

via Woman Using Ancestry.com Discovers Man Has Been Using Dead Baby’s Identity For Over 20 Years — CBS Philly

SAME HERE IN KENYA

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

By Joe America Let us suppose that the Philippines is engaged in a to-the-death battle between two very different value systems. One is the old ‘me-first’, tribal system of favor and power. The other is democracy with its attempt to engage everyone equally and fairly. Tribal values have the edge in the Philippines today because […]

via The Rainbow Rebellion, a crowd-sourced opposition — The Society of Honor: the Philippines

This True

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Should being an insensitive asshole in public cost you $42,000 plus countless thousands more in legal fees? A decision rendered by the provincial Human Rights Tribunal here in the Province of Quebec earlier this week said ‘Yes’, when it decided that a segment from Mike Ward’s 2009 to 2012 French stand-up comedy touring show ‘Mike Ward s’Expose’ (Mike […]

via Free Speech Versus Political Correctness – When Hurting Someone’s Feelings Is Not a Laughing Matter — Norm 2.0

STUDENTS

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A couple of local rabbinical students have taken a fresh approach to the Passover story by re-writing the traditional “Haggadah” in the theme of the musical Hamilton. Jake Adler and his classmate Emily Cohen at first started writing their Hamilton Haggadah in a Google Document just for fun. Eventually, they did it…

via Local Rabbinical Students Create The ‘Hamilton Haggadah’ — CBS Philly

Life Fears again

Posted: August 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Life fears again just around the corner in Kenya or simply elections in Kenya. Politician dividing themselves from tribes while other merging the tribes, Not bad but i think THE DIFFERENT IS THE SAME. Kenyan youth are divided again and who knows how politician are preparing for in the grass roots. Are we the youth, or simply the others youths from different tribe being prepared to be sacrificed for the better of their selfish power in form of supporting our tribesmen? Directly from my own surrounding what i hear is “Kitaumana raundi hii, hakuna raisi” meaning it will be tough this time round and who knows what the statement means? Life fears again to the youths and our kids who will be growing up knowing the Kenyan Election trend is the hard way.

Its time the youths stand up and never stop till i see our fellow youths stand up and say, ” this time round show me the development you have made as a politician for you to get my vote……..” That time is now and in this coming election, i stand first. My vote my say and i will maintain peace, not to be used by the politician to cause violence.

 

“GOD BLESS KENYA”

Dear World

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thank You UN

 

The Kikuyu traditionally were superstitious and today they retain some practices of traditions held over from the old times.  For instance, some Kikuyu still honor some traditional superstitions such as a taboo against whistling.  The traditional belief was that this would call malicious spirits.

The Kikuyu believe the number 10 was unlucky, so even though their legend says Gikuyu had 10 daughters, they always say nine.  When counting they used to say “full nine” instead of the word for ten.  Nowadays this term is still used sometimes by old people or in a joking manner.  The real word is still retained, ikumi.

God Bless Kenya and lets fight Tribalism.

Among all the tribes we have in our beloved country Kenya, today we focused on one of the tribes that make Kenya what it is now and this is our first part of series 43 in Kenya. Its just a brief history and what we feel is to be having this tribes in Kenya. Not forgetting recognizing them and appreciating their existence in our beautiful Kenya.

A long time ago, the Luhya used to live in small communities. For administrative purposes the smallest unit was the village (litala) and several villages formed olukongo which had about 500 people in it with some more populated than others.
           
A village (litala) was often surrounded by a fence of euphorbia trees. In some parts of Luhyaland where enemy raids were common, the villages were surrounded by a wall of clay and a ditch (olukoba) running all round.

This made it difficult for the enemies to attack a village, and easy for the inmates to defend themselves. Naturally, walled villages were very large because building the wall and digging the ditch was difficult work and needed many men to work together on it. All the men who cooperated in the work got a space inside the wall to build a hut or huts for their families. Those who did not help were not allowed in.

litala or village
A traditional Luhya homestead (litala) consisted of several huts.

Village leadership: The leader of each olukongo, the Omwami, was usually a man of influence. He was expected to make sure that there was sufficient rain to nourish the crops grown on that olukongo each year. Very often such a leader was either a rainmaker (omukimba) or someone who had influence over another rainmaker.

Great Community Spirit: Community spirit was great in each olukongo. All the families knew one another, so that a stranger was always noticeable. The people helped each other in most things for example if someone had a hut or a granary to build, all the other men came to help; if he could, he made some food and possibly some beer for them. If someone’s son or daughter was going to be married, all members of olukongo brought fitting presents – usually food – to his or her parents to be used in the celebration. Each death was mourned by all villagers.

People helped each other in sickness and suffering and celebrated happy occasions like marriage together. This communal feeling is still prevalent to some extent although urbanization is slowly clipping away what was orthodoxy traditional.

Activities of each season were started officially, and with a little ceremony, by the chief landowner of the olukongo. This was a man recognized by everyone as the heir to the original owners of that part of the land. He started the cultivation, the sowing, the weeding and the harvesting.

This just a brief story about the lugha and their strength. AS Kenya all we need now is to incorporate this lugha strength with other this we were given to ensure that we continue building our nation because as long as we work together. We will be able to leave in peace and attract more investors and tourist who want to know more about our tribes and how rich of history we are. This just part of it in lugha culture, can we fight tribalism and help each other in celebrating our culture. Yes we can and we will only if we fight those promoting tribalism instead of cultural golds we have in our hands.

” GOD BLESS KENYA”

KENYA — Tribal lines are being drawn over who won Kenya’s presidential election. But unlike the bloody violence that scarred the country eight years ago, this time the tribal line is in the social media.

The violence, wars and discriminating other tribes in public are being replaced by bitter Tweets and angry status on facebook.

The exchange of barbs between supporters of the current his Excellency Mr. President and the Former Prime Minister of Kenya have now created groups in the social Medias that they use to fight online by posting status that either directly or indirectly attack or discriminate the other leader they don’t like him.

The Ministry of Information and Communications once said after the elections was complete that it has been unable to contain “the ugly messages of hate and negative ethnicity” online. He said many of the messages qualify as hate speech. They are not only the status to express how one feel but it used to express the hate one feels toward his supporter’s opponent. Which triggers the other supporter’s opinion that will probably not be polite? I gauze so.

The outrage is becoming wider and the tension is palpable. It’s going to erode all our efforts of building national cohesion.

After Kenya’s disputed presidential vote in late 2007, ODM supporters took to the streets. Tribal violence erupted, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. Specific regions in the our beloved country was left to certain tribal that thought it belonged to them and few who were found around were killed. This was against the freedom of movement that is well defined in our Constitution.  We don’t want this to happen again especially now that we have a common enemy with us, The Al Shabaab!!

No major violence has been reported, but the interactions are ugly online. Ethnic allegiances are exposed and ridiculed. The president’s tribe, the Kikuyus and opposition leader’s tribe the Luos clashed violently five years ago, now they insult each other via the internet. The social media in Kenya as lost meaning or Kenyan have just being too wise to change the meaning of that word “social Media” without realising that. If only all this creativeness can be transferred to trying to bring Kenya together am sure Kenya would be coolest place to be on earth.

Some of the posts that trigger tribal in Kenya are like “We may be thieves but we are also enterprising. No wonder we employ u to use (your) brains in our jobs coz u don’t use (yours) to better (your) lives n that’s the way it is. We run u not vice versa so swallow it.” While other like “Hiyo kiti si ya familia, meaning that seat is not for your family” are the kind of the message we should try to avoid to make our country the safest place on earth.

A Facebook group called” Stop Raila Odinga” Now has more than 20,000 members while another one like “Nyanza Si Kenya” has also more than 20,000 follower who are engaged in online hate messages. How many followers do “Ke1Tribe” which is a page on facebook that tries to kick tribalism out of Kenya has? Less than 60. If only members of this two tribalism pages were trying to kick tribalism outside, we would not only be a loving nation but also a nation that can easy protect our borders from common enemies.

Most of the people have now stopped following me on twitter and facebook simply because I am from a certain tribe, they are not willing to get my opinion on best things about kicking tribalism in Kenya that I post. The social media has simply upgraded the Tribal clashes.

“GOD BLESS KENYA”