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!

Kikuyu

Posted: June 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Witch Doctor Kikuyu Family

The Gikuyu origins are traced by historians as part of the greater Bantu peoples migrations in Africa,(see  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/anthropology/courses/122/module2/bantu.html.) The best and most comprehensive is by  Professor Godfrey Muriuki (A history of the Kikuyu 1500-1900 by Godfrey Muriuki)  Were, one of the foremost historians in Kenya admits that “The early history of the Kikuyu is still unknown”, but goes on to posit that the Bantu migrated into the Mt. Kenya region in waves and not as a group from AD 1300. The Gikuyu seem to have been a grouping of such bands. A group certainly came from the South from the Taita region and is related more to the Kamba, Chaaga and Taita.  (Were map) Other bands, that included the Meru, Embu and Mbeere migrated from the North in Ethiopia and others from the Central Africa. This would account for the various quite distinct facial characteristics among the Gikuyu. A round stocky soft face and the thin sharply defined cheek and forehead features being the main types. The intermarriages with the Maasai, the Kamba, and the original inhabitants of Gikuyuland, the short Gumba and the tall Dorobo and Athi complicated the gene pool even further. Today with the added gene pool from the British soldiers who participated in mass rapes of  Gikuyu women in 1952-58, the picture is very complicated.

For speculative purposes only I offer my opinion of observed main types for what it is worth. This is that the group that moved to Northern Kikuyuland, towards the sacred Mountain was the more spiritually inclined and was mainly from Ethiopian origins. The group that moved South towards the Coastal trade routes was the more enterprising and linked to the Kamba traders and trade routes to the Coast.

Continuing studies in linguistics and modern methods in medicine like gene mapping, etc. (see http://med.stanford.edu/mcr/2008/Y-chromosome-0806.html ) may some day shed more light on the origin and complicated gene pool of the Gikuyu.

This kind of complicated migration story is not the kind of narrative that can be handed down in oral tradition and as Amstrong observes, “Unless a historical event is mythologized, it cannot become a source of religious inspiration”*** It cannot endure and history without myth is cold and lifeless. It is even doubtful that history without myth can exist. The Gikuyu myth of origin like other myths of origin relates a garden of Eden scenario where God comes into the picture. According to this myth, the first man, Gikuyu walked with God, NgaiMwene NyagaMurunguMugai, or any number of other names given to Him. Call Him Ngai.

The scene starts at the top of “The Mountain of God”, Kiri Nyagagenerally called Mt Kenya. This is where God showed the first Gikuyu man the land below and instructed him to go to a specific spot to the South of the mountain where there was a grove of fig trees, Mikuyu.  Gikuyu descended the mountain and on arrival at the place found a woman. I suppose he introduced himself and Gikuyu and Mumbi became husband and wife. He was also told that he could make contact with this Ngai at any time by praying to him while facing Mt. Kenya or by sacrificing a goat under the Mukuyu or another type of fig tree, the Mugumo.

The name Gikuyu means a huge fig tree – Mukuyu, and Mumbi means Creator. The roots of the Mukuyu entered into the Great Mother Earth each nourishing the other and connecting with God. Man and the Goddess of Creation came together and as the milk essence from the Mukuyu entered the earth, the Gikuyu and the Mumbi brought forth the ten daughters who became the mothers of the ten Gikuyu clans. Think of the sun and moon and the ten planets.

 

God Bless Kenya

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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”