A MEETING WITH THE PROFESSOR

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The Professor wanted to meet the intellects of the county and he had arranged for an appointment at his office in the outskirts of the business district. So the cream of the county gathered at the used to be the domicile of the Professor patiently waiting for him battling with hungry mosquitoes that some of the intellects suggested were sent by the incumbent. An incumbent the Professor wanted to replace in the coming polls as the chief of the county. A county highly endowed with natural resources and was once poised to be a future greater hub of the East African region incase devolution succeeded in it.

“Oleche do you also appreciate the fact that the politics of our country has changed?”

Bangu a son of an MCA and a fellow intellect asked as we delve into the conversation of little politics that we know of.

Yap ,I  see some changes. I have witnessed political branded vehicles something I didn’t see in the past.”

Bangu was not amused by my answer and really felt agitated to open the chapter of argumentative politics, a feature  his father had used to the advantage of his own political crescendo. But before he could start to hit on me with the verses of his chapter, our Professor arrived accompanied by the expected body guards. Immediately the short awaited program commenced with the abnormal comrades greetings of Nyongo tibiim and  Nyongo tialala renting all around.

A blackout ensued immediately after the Professor stood up to speak and he teased

“…money has been poured”.

And so the rest of the meeting was to proceed with one of the features that both smart phone and feature phones share in common.

He began his lecture by reminding us that the future of Kenya belonged to our generation. Being an ally of Jaramogi’s son and a core member of one of the national parties many of us expected the name Odinga to dominate his speech . That didn’t happen instead he repeatedly gave example of Kiambu to drive his point home. Kiambu, he said was a county that has made significant strides with regards to devolution notwithstanding the common challenges that counties have faced.

Enda kwa Kabogo,he has been able to use the resources both natural and human to kill the problem of unemployment among the people of the same age as you and enable import and exportation of goods to  take place .Here in our county we export nothing but we are able to import fish when we are being surrounded   by one of the largest fresh water bodies in the continent. A graduate in Kiambu in a field of agriculture and that of  a related course is able to apply his/her skills and be in a position to create self employment. Same needs to be done with our fishing industry.”Our professor pointed out.

“Since 2013 Kisumu County has got approximately forty two billion from the national government”.

He said repeatedly stressing on the part of forty two billion probably expecting us to be astonished but nah, such are figures that we only here of  when the President is initiating a project or when  Rotich is reading the budget. Not even   a high school teacher teaching the inapplicable mathematics would dare talk of forty two billion in a class.

“…do you know the worth of forty two billion?”

He continued after realizing we were not moved and he was prompted he had to give an example to make us understand the worth of forty two billion.

“Did you know the budget of Burundi is forty two billion and despite of having a population of about thirteen million it is managed relatively well?”

Kisumu, he said, has the same population as Estonia when it was founded. After a couple of years notwithstanding the shortcomings of governing an infant nation, all its technocrats  and the educated young men were able to keep Estonia on the wheel of development after bringing together their infrastructure of ideas. He wondered why the leadership of Kisumu, with all this sum of money was not even able to keep the county clean.

“When you are from Ahero getting to the CBD, you will see got Ranguma on the rise.”

He said referring to the famous Kachok dumpsite that has been reputed to be a threat to the many lives of residents residing  nearby.

“Even though the leaders of the neighboring counties are equally corrupt, there has been some reasonable development especially the roads that the constituents can see”

The professor stressed that when they spent long hours with other leaders in the advocating for a new  constitution and championing for devolution, they had the future in their mind  of people being the decision makers in their counties. They had the hope of killing inequality and a dream that the people will be able to own most of the resources in their respective counties and be able to create self employment.

“That is why we wanted the educated people to be the leaders of our counties. That is why some of us at the senate were pushing for the MCA’s to have some element of   education in them…”

What if  our governors got the wrong education.?

The professor concluded by telling the comrades that he had nothing to lose in the forthcoming polls and that it was upon us and   jo Kisumo to make the decision on whether they wanted a peoples governor or a governor for the people.

 

 

 

 

 

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GUBERNATORIAL RACE STALEMATE A THREAT TO KISUMU COUNTY’S FUTURE

ped There has been a  stalemate vis-à-vis  the race for the gubernatorial position  that makes it difficult for a resident of Kisumu County to remain hopeful in the face of adversity that has made many lives hit rock bottom. Political players continue to pop up behaving like heaven sent   claiming to be ready to restitute the county/city back to its hey-days. The retarded development in the county on the other hand makes one feel that the incumbency of the current regime is a couple of years old.

Despite being endowed by a wide range of resources and being poised to be one of the greatest hubs for the East African Region, the administration of the county has absolutely failed to make possible courses of action to make it realize its full potential.

Having heard some of the speeches of the aspirants gearing up for the county top job, their politics is  much more of a Machiavellian plot to take over leadership and not addressing key issues that touch on the well being of the residents. Their focus is on the show of might on who will be a flop in the race for the nomination ticket. Some of these aspirants do not even have a mere track record to convince an electorate residing from a filthy slum that they will bring better change to them.

Kisumu County in its current state does not need much more of a politician but rather an ideological and a transformative leader that can make residents benefit from the results of devolution. A leader that can create an investor friendly environment that can precipitate jobs for the unemployed especially the youths who are floating on the surface of the gambling world ready to sink. A leader who won’t wait for demonstrations over insecurity to take action but that that will acknowledge that insecurity is a major bone of contention and can only be eliminated if poverty is done away with.

Such good leaders are there but have claimed party politics to be a disadvantage to their ambitions. They need to understand that there has been intellectual development on the ability of an electorate to vote for a competent leader. Party politics will not address slow growth and development neither will it revive the dead port of Kisumu among other issues that affect the lives of the residents. So as a voter who once voted without understanding the importance devolution, its an opportunity for you in the coming election to ruminate about who is going to be your leader in the next five years.

 

REASONS FOR VOTER APATHY IN NYANZA

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For the last couple of weeks elected bad leaders have been seen hovering around in their localities confusing locals with the popular saying that bad leaders are elected by good citizens who don’t vote especially in the western part of the country.

Many have argued that the voter registration turnout in most of the oppositions ‘strongholds’ areas has been the lack of proper strategies on the ground to mobilize the eligible citizens to  come out in large numbers and register  as witnessed in the Central and Rift Valley regions. Try taking a walk in some parts of these regions and you will realize that the bone of contention happens not to be this lack of the so called proper strategy.

Locals here will tell you that they are fed up with the poor governance and lack of adequate service delivery that has continued to dig into the hole of poverty in their lives among many other issues. That is why they are not bothered when threatened with denial of services if they are unable to show up their voter’s card because they are used to it.

The finger of blame in this case is directly pointed towards the county levels of government that has absolutely delivered insignificant services to them. The ironic situation is that the beneficiaries of devolution have been members of the clans from which this county heads hail from. This is common in the rural areas of  Luo Nyanza.

Elected leaders that were last seen on campaign posters have re-emerged and can now be seen warning and lecturing locals on the consequences of failing to register as voters.

The ‘leadership’ of  Kisumu County for example, which has little to show on its performance score card, can now be seen taking advantage of the situation of people with low income such as boda boda operators by building for them shades. Neglecting the fact that insecurity, which is their main concern and has not been addressed, has continued to claim lives of these operators. These leaders are tenaciously working on dilapidated roads that play a linking role for some residential areas and commercial hubs with promises that they will be tarmacked if they are re-elected leaving thick dust billowing each and every day.

Voter apathy comes in when such leaders who have failed to deliver to their constituent electorates come with flashy vehicles to convince poor people they have ignored for a long period of time to come out and vote. One might argue that by having a voter’s card, one will be able to uproot these leaders from their offices but that argument might not hold enough water because the leaders who are eyeing these offices are the former leaders who performed worse during their times.

A section of people that have turned out to register have claimed that they empathize with their ‘king’ on the paradigm lose of presidential elections. Recently, this ‘king’ gave directions to the local leaders to mobilize people to come out and register as voters. The result has been the coercing of people and denial of basic services by the county governments.

The opposition risk remaining opposition if locals in their ‘stronghold’ regions do not find a reason to come out and queue for long hours on the election date.

SLOT GAMBLING MACHINES RUINING LIVES IN KISUMU COUNTY

When you walk along the streets of Kisumu today, one unique thing that you are likely to come across is many small groups of youths including old aged women converged together around casino gambling machines mainly known as slot machines that has taken the town by storm. These machines have by time proved to be extremely popular mainly in bars and pubs and many people including kids perceive it as an easier way of making cash.

‘’These machines can help one make a lot of money especially when the player hits the jackpot. ‘Says Hussein who manages one of the slot machines in Manyatta slums.
“Slot machines have been associated with quality networking and there you can engage with other different types of people hence streamlining socialization.”He adds.

From his perception, he only views its merits and ignores its limitations because to him this is business. In reality, the disadvantages of using these machines surpass its advantages and it is particularly affecting kids in these areas that it has taken root. The main bone of contention with these machines that is ruining many lives is its aspect of addiction. Many slum dwellers have been addicted to it and cannot do away with it because most of their world is dominated by gambling. Most of their focus is on winning without looking into how much and valuable time and cash they are wasting.

Charles Odero, a university student and a self proclaimed casino guru, suggests that in the world of gambling what matters most is responsibility.
“Playing at a Gambling Machine is not and can never be a problem, you can have fun and enjoy yourself with the games but the key thing is just you just to be responsible when disposing your money for something that you may not be able to attain back.’ He says.

But he is also of the opinion that it is ruining many young people who even after winning lots cash, more than eighty percent of it is spent on alcohol or they return it to the machines without doing something valuable with the money. They lose control of their sensibility in cash disbursement which eventually makes their lives horrible.

All in all these slot machines have most of the negative impact on masses particularly the youths. It doesn’t solely waste sense and also the mind, however it additionally make the addicts unable to regulate their emotions. They is therefore need to regulate these machines because it is utterly destroying human altogether aspects and hence destroying their lives.

KISUMU CITY,THE BEST COUNTY IN KENYA

                                             

Omera if you have not toured the lakeside city then you are really missing a unique experience of a lifetime. You need to spare some hours or even days and get to visit this city to have the insight of its endowed scenic beauty, venture out on its secret delight and I promise you will  often have a good reason to come back.

Bangu came for a funeral and promised never to return to his homeland. He had found a reason to permanently stick in this city. Being a nocturnal he came to realize that Kisumo offers the best nightlife escapade he has ever thought of. Bangu was so addicted to the vibrancy of the night life that he even landed a job as a bouncer at one of the local clubs but later he   downed his tools after he fell in love and this meant that he had to be bouncing somewhere else at night rather than in a club.

Now back to Pacho, once you are in this city you will realize that unlike the crowded busy streets of mji mkuu(Nairobi)Kisumu is a quiet intelligent city that has been transformed and taken some conscious steps in improving its infrastructure from roads to state of art buildings that are coming up. Kisumu is today swanking about its best hotels such as Acacia Premier Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Sovereign Hotel and many others that offer the highest standard of accommodation.

According to a local tourist, Kamotho Waiganjo, Acacia Premier is one of the only two hotels in Kenya with its own shopping arcade complete with restaurants, high end boutique and supermarkets. I’m yet to confirm that .Honestly speaking, I have never stepped foot in Acacia since its establishment because I have been broke.Ati broke! People in Kisumo are never broke; I have been in the process overcoming some cash flow problems.Pesa tango yawa,bank biro tuch mbele ka.

Colorful sunrises and sunsets can be seen in many parts of the country, but when you are at Hippo Point on the shores Africa’s  largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria, you will have the taste of the ingredients of a truly memorable sunset and its twilight hues. When you are in the process of enjoying this, there is often a band crew that will be entertaining you like akina Mangwelo and his team. #LwandaMagere…big up!.

I guess you were waiting for me to mention Fish. This is the exact place for fish lovers. Leave alone the imported ile ya China we iko somanga kwa gazet, at Lwangni beach you will relish a sumptuous meal of ngege with ugali as you enjoy how the fisher men have christened their boats as they crisscross the lake. Eti Dhako ndiga,kiketo marach…utaendeshewa.

If there is an affectional relationship between you and animals then the Impala Park Sanctuary is the place to be. Set on the shore of Lake Victoria, this is the best wildlife park I have ever been to. The wildlife here seem to understand that you are a tourist and actually come out to be seen. The natural beauty is quite amazing.

If you like politics the locals have their own barazas where they ‘beat’ their politics the common one along the Oginga Odinga streets. You can get there and mingle and engage with them politically but if you know you are anti-baba you may be forced to do it with moderation or else it may a appear like you have been sent-oori.

If you happen to be around in the late night hours,then you can go shake it in one of the numerous clubs around.Inyalo soye Signature,Buccaneers or in the local pubs to enjoy some ohangla live perfomaces aki utapenda!.TEMBEA KISUMU.