Archive for September, 2014

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.

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.



Taita people have since assimilated with many western values and most of their traditional cultures have faded away. Traditionally, one of the most important aspects of Taita tribal culture was male circumcision. Circumcision was considered an important ritual in training young boys, normally aged between 7 and 11 years, to take on more adult responsibilities. Traditional circumcision no longer takes place in most parts of Taita, as many parents opt to have the operation done in a hospital.

One very unique aspect of Taita culture is the respect accorded to the dead. In the past, when a person died, they were buried for a period of about one year, at which time their body would be exhumed. The skull would be severed from the rest of the body and taken to a sacred cave – their “proper” abode with the ancestors. While this is no longer practiced today, the caves where the skulls can still be found are treated as sacred in many parts of Taita.

That just part of what we have to celebrate as Kenya but not use that one to divide ourselves among tribal lines. With all this history we have, the world out their what to know more about our tribes in Kenya and our culture so all we need to do is to use what we have to make our country more productive and economy grow. Say NO to tribalism and YES to cultural celebration.

                                      ” GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND KENYA”