Arson: When Kenyan High School Students Kill and Destroy

Public outcry on destruction of property by students, high school. This is a joke you would say. Results or whatever made these students burn schools, what happens in a mind of an arsonist? Before one answers that, defining arson would be justice and I found one definition from a Criminal Investigation book by K. Hess, they say, ” Arson, the malicious willful burning of a building or property”. This is a crime against property and people and one of the oldest form of breaking the law.

Fire is good and bad, good because it eats up everything the perp intended for it to be eaten and the same time bad because it can kill and a big destructor. In Kenya, not many police officers are trained to investigate fire crimes and even securing a fire scene can be almost impossible. Have you ever been in a crime scene in Kenya? People will never listen to what they are being warned against, like a child willing to eat sweet, candy reaches for it no matter what. We are always unstoppable Kenyans. How can one safely secure a fire scene in Kenya without the curious minds of people wanting to see what to take from the scene, investigating if there is something to score for free?

And did you also know there are classifications of fire? A natural fire is one set intentionally to destroy weed, refuse or waste products in industries or providing warmth during the cold July months. Accidental fires are normally set unintentionally from faulty connections in the homes or schools, offices and who is to blame? Mostly the homeowner who left her gas leaking or the greedy electrician who felt he or she has learnt enough from watching youtube videos and can now be an electrician. There can also be causes like sun’s rays. I remember this when we were young, the bushes behind Laikipia Air Base always burning and Majoni and the Jeshi spending hours sometimes days to put them out. But the rumours were always, some illegal hunters, were smoking and intentionally left some cigarettes on the dry grassland to chase the wild animals to their direction for easy catching and shooting.

Criminal Fire, like the one these students set, is to intentionally destroy, cause harm like destroying buildings and sometimes to kill. The fire must always to be proved that it was never accidental or natural. But who sets fire accidentally in schools, unless the cooks wanted to burn you. But, do they use gas for cooking. Never saw it even in our ”upscale” high school. Maybe they do nowadays in some schools, I don’t know.

Then there is a fire which due to unknown reasons, simply started and decided to begin causing damage. Such a fire, I believe is very dangerous because, ”it just happens”? Yet, we say nothing just happens. Irony of life. Which of these was caused by these selfish boys and girls? You guessed it, criminal fire. The funny thing though is fires are considered accidental or natural unless there is sufficient evidence to say otherwise.

There are some elements to these crimes of fires and they include: Crime of arson is defined as the malicious, willful burning of another’s house or building. This is a serious offence that in Kenya warrants a life in prison charge. Other elements include economic gains, to destroy, revenge. Arson also varies in its classification from aggravated to simple arson, attempted arson and setting negligent fires like the one I told you about.

What is the profile of an arson in Kenya? Mostly, Kids under the age of 18, who are disgruntled by the school system, simply want to quit and are tired of being ruled by headmasters, tired of bad ugali and mboga and fail in schools or are poor performers and simply don’t love schools. Some come from economically well-up families, while some or majority from poor families who some may say were lured in the process of gaining economically from the rich boys and girls. These juveniles involved in firesetting to cause grievous harm and malice to property as a way to revenge or avenge. There are normally curious or experimental, troubled or in crisis, delinquent and emotionally disturbed. They feel wronged therefore justify their actions by exercising control over others above them. They are also meant to cause fear and excitement which some of them thrive by, on. They are motivated by a number of factors which include, malicious mischief, revenge, sabotage, intimidation, alcoholism, diversion tactics and spite.

Prevention? What can be done to prevent arson attacks in schools by these juveniles? Offer a platform where these cocky students can be heard. What? Do we still have time to listen to these sick students or under eighteens? Yes, we should have if we haven’t been listening already. I am setting fire to simply show you I am in control and I will be because, I am getting my wish for going home true. I am a teenager and I work on a short fuse, okay? Listen to them, their suggestions. And don’t just impose laws which yourself cannot fathom or even swallow, send some representatives to these schools, provide questions, discuss and find possible solutions from these questionnaires. You may say, this is time consuming. Think about it, is fire better then? Gradually approach change. These kids have read a lot on the internet just like you have and they know when they are being bullied yet they have paid. Can you please, take these changes with baby steps. Approach them gently making sure you reach every school also keeping in mind others are underdeveloped than others. Some changes will not work in others while others will. Try to introduce an all inclusive programme where these kids are energetically involved with their intellects to provide innovative solutions which can work per school.

Students. Stop peer influence. Some are hardly affording school uniforms or fees or books yet you are burning for them their property, how do you expect them to continue learning? Isn’t this the beginning of a culture of unemployment and thuggery plus thievery that you are creating from when you are young? Why not use this strategic burning brains to create strategic growth plans for schools. Why ruin your lives now and regret ten, twenty years later?

 

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Parents, would you mind stopping your child from playing with fire or a matchbox and influencing his or her decisions? You went through that bad school, got a great job, are earning a decent salary, are living in upper middle class to upper class lifestyles. Why not encourage your kid to follow suit? Why after being accused, are you shielding your child by transferring him or her to schools abroad? Don’t you know arson is like death? What happens later? Are you grooming a murderer? Please.

Teachers, you’re exerting your tyrannical control over kids who want to be heard and not controlled by the iron rod? Why? Don’t you know the best answer is not to say, ”you will not control me but how do we control or minimise such careless approaches”? Think about it, you have a role to play, play it cunningly but gently while using your iron fist.

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What’s your take on burning not just of schools but of property? Has a fire ever changed your life? Do share, hearing from you is always awesome.

Comment as you state what the ultimate punishment and deterrence methods for arsons this third and final trimester should be in schools? We will sample your answers in a Q&A style for easier access for the future readers. Be genuine, you can be rude but considerate to these kids. Talk.

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Beware of Rights: Kenyan Rights.

I have been poring around the internet, books, journals and various research publications. Guess what I have been busy searching for? YOUR RIGHT AS A KENYAN. I have decided to introduce this new segment because it touches dearly in my heart. Yes, you know me, it’s a story.

*Njeri* told me, Gertie, I’m so angry today. I feel like killing someone, if it wasn’t for my grandmother, I would have killed that woman. That woman has made me mad, very mad. ”What happened”?, I gently asked. ”I’m walking quietly thinking how I am going to cook for my three kids among other things, it’s 4 30 pm. Half way, I meet an irate woman, screaming and a crowd gathers. Guess what, that woman is hurling insults at me calling me names, ”prostitute, husband snatcher, thief, ululations, prostitute, all the while pulling her mouth, you know that woman thing. I didn’t know she was talking about me or speaking to me because my thoughts had preoccupied my vision. On turning to find who she is talking about, I thought I heard Njeri, yes I did. She kept on until my grandma screamed, Njeri, it’s you she has been telling. ”What?”, ”Me”?, ”How”? ”When”? ”No wonder, no wonder your prostitute mum died of HIV, and like you, you will die of stealing people’s husbands. Thief, prostitute”.

Njeri said, ”I wanted to pounce on the woman, but my grandma quickly held my hands turning my face away and hurriedly locked me in the house”. The crowd dispersed but my dirty laundry got hung. She tearfully narrated her ordeal.

I asked her, did you record any of these happenings? I didn’t know someone would insult me, so I didn’t. ”Oh, there’s nothing we can do now about this.”, I said. ”Yes nothing because once we get to the police, I’m sure it will be your word against hers”. ”Not even when my grandma, saw, heard and listened her daughter my dear mum’s memory being insulted? ”Not”.

People, people, beloved citizens, It’s against the Rule of Law in Kenya to insult or intimidate with malice, abuse etc, in this case, name calling. The Penal Code in section 238 calls against intimidation and molestation. I will dwell on intimidation. Answering back to someone who has just insulted you is like saying, let’s continue with superiority war, and it’s a never ending one. You cannot insult me when I’m alive. I tell you, LET THEM, Njeri, LET THEM.

The problem, solving such cases can be daunting to the police because, it’s a he said, she said world there. Especially in Njeri’s case.

Are you interested in knowing how this will pun out. I have lined up juices for you to explore, I can share some. Hate Crimes, Was Post Election Violence a Crime of Hate? Serial Killers? Who are these people, are they born bad? And one of my favourite, a dog mauls someone to death, who will be charged? Is this an offence? What procedures should we follow? Such are the topics we will discuss in this coming month, together with a few others of how to make money. I have lined for you awesome topics, you don’t want a blog post to pass by. Then, I have some more writings from Kim, he has so far done more than 10 blog posts, I will edit and post for your eyes to savour.

Keep inviting me to your lives, I’m sure, Gertie will ”bore” your taste buds, won’t I?

Tell me what more you’d love to see featured on this blog.

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Kenya’s Most Revered Holidays.

My Land of Kenya, beautiful mother who bred me, carved me, made me who I am, proud of myself and the great leaps you are making. You are now 53 years, challenges left and right, political wrangles, police fireworks, helter skelter youthful men and women, panic, street clearing, land of the mighty, land of the haves and have-nots, awesome mama, what haven’t you seen? The pride mother who holds 40million people and still counting. The mother who never gives up the fighting of the elephants, above you mama, you look imploringly at your generation wondering when the elephant will accept a bite from the rattlesnake, above you mama, you ask, when will peace be of importance to her people. Above you mama, you request for your children to unite and build, to unite and create like a company with its brand. Above you mama, your eyes full of tears for the millions who have no say above fighting for their survival, because to them existence is by the trunk of the mighty elephant. Mama we pride in you for keeping us safe even in emergencies, insurgencies, panic, fear, hate, peace. We love you and hope you love us back. ” By G.


The Republic of Kenya celebrates many national and religious holidays throughout the year. The Kenyan Parliament has set-aside specific holidays that are  celebrated the same day each year as national holidays, and requires all people be given the right to commemorate holidays on the marked days. The Parliament has established that all national holidays are days off from work. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day is acknowledged as the holiday.
Employers and government officials can ask employees to work on those days with proper forms of compensation, such as extra pay for the holiday work or a different paid day off.

Muslim and Hindu holidays as well as the Christian Easter celebrations are based on a lunar cycle. Because of this, they fall on different days each year. Kenya is a very diverse country with many different cultural, religious, and professional backgrounds. Many of these different groups also celebrate certain holidays in their specific areas or within their cultural group. These celebrations are acknowledged by the Kenyan Parliament, but they are not officially recognised as public holidays. To start with, in accordance with the chronological integrity of the Kenyan calendar,  the recognised and gazetted public holidays,  include: 


1.  THE EASTER HOLIDAY

This is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer and penance.

The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains  Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday,  commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Celebration of Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism. In Kenya, the believers are the most acquainted and celebrate this day with a lot of vigour with dance, some church, the Passion of Christ, some believers dramatise and crucify their ”volunteers”. Then there’s more booze, dance and night clubbing from Friday to Sunday and some hours on Monday. 


2.  LABOUR DAY

This is a public holiday which is acknowledged in Kenya on 1st of May every year. All the workers especially those in the public offices tend to join hands in a public square in big celebrations of the particular day. The President is most likely to address Kenyans in the particular event. In case of any other commitment by the president outside the country that would hinder him from addressing Kenyans, the Deputy President assumes the role.

 

3.MADARAKA DAY.


Madaraka Day, 1 June, commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963, preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on 12 December 1963.The day is set aside to commemorate when Kenya became a self-ruling nation. On this day, the main
event takes place at a chosen Stadium in the Capital city of Kenya. The President addresses the nation, and the uniformed military, singers, and traditional dancers from around the country provide entertainment for the crowds.
The day is full of cheerful activities, including family picnics and games in the public parks. Many people take this opportunity to go back to their hometowns for the occasion, and often a big meal of goat or chicken is prepared for the special day. Retail business in Nairobi is slower on this day, while public transportation to up-country areas
is heavier, crowded than normal.

4. EID AL FITR


It is marked on18th of July on the Kenyan calendar.
Eid al-Fitr, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking).

On the day of Idd, many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a sermon and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food).  After the Eid prayer, Muslims usually scatter to visit various family and friends, give gifts. Although there are many anti-muslims in Kenya, it doesn’t mean that Christians and other believers fail to celebrate, they comply as this day is still gazetted as a public holiday in Kenya. Muslims also hold a big population in Kenya this is evident of the Sharia Law and banks without interest charging like the First Community Bank.

5.  MASHUJAA DAY / HEROES DAY.

It is a national day in Kenya, which is observed on 20th October to collectively honour those who contributed and contribute towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence or positively contribute in the post independence Kenya. It is a colourful and spectacular event as Kenyans pledge their loyalty and gratitude towards the freedom fighters.

6.  JAMHURI DAY
 

Is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year. The holiday is meant to officially mark the date of Kenya’s establishment as a republic which happened on 12 December 1964. The country also gained full independence from the United Kingdom one year earlier on 12 December 1963, so Jamhuri Day is a double event and is generally regarded as Kenya’s most important holiday, marked by
numerous festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage. On the first day when Jomo Kenyatta, became the first Kenyan president.

7.  CHRISTMAS DAY

This is a national holiday and across the world that acknowledges the Jewish birth of Jesus Christ. It is chronologically held on 25th of December of every year in the Kenyan calendar. This is the most recognised and most waited holiday day as it marks the peak of concluding the year. There is a lot of festivities and worship. The low-class identified people in Kenya usually tend to have this day as
the only celebration day for the whole year.

8.  BOXING DAY.

Growing up we always translated it literally as, boxing day, being busy boxing is celebrated on 26th of December, when servants and tradesmen would traditionally receive gifts known as a “Christmas box” from their masters. In Kenya people exchange a lot of gifts during this particular day and ”box” a little.

9. NEW YEAR’S DAY

We celebrate, hope, love and kick booze like there will be no other day in our lives. Anticipation of new beginnings is the words we speaketh, our souls we pour out to the ”new year” claiming for it to bring beautiful beginnings. Fireworks are the new dream-works and we hug our enemies, friends and bosses, with our glasses held up in the air, ”let this year bring joy, hope and prosperity”. As time wears, we realise, these are the same old lines we used the past, past and past year, aren’t they? We still say, ”HAPPY NEW YEAR’


All these days are highlighted in the Kenyan calendar as public rest days. During Former President Moi’s regime the number of holidays were many, we enjoyed so much rest. But many analysts became critical, we don’t need lots of rest at the expense of building the nation. Sometimes, it may seem too long time from Monday to Saturday or even Sunday, do you believe we need more holidays than there are? Do public holidays mean something to you as a Kenyan, or is a public holiday in your country of importance ? Though not public holidays, Kenyans love their Friday and Saturday nights where night club business is considered, ”booming business”. That’s a holiday of sorts for most people, grabbing a drink with coworkers after a long work week is fun never to be missed. Wednesdays are regarded as Ladies Night. 

P.S: I can attest to the fact that, none of these holidays do I really celebrate not that they don’t mean anything to me, actually they do. It’s just that, LIFE takes precedence. This piece has been written by Kim. Like his articles? Want to see more of his writing? Also comment. 

Hearing from you is always awesome. Please talk.

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Flannel is in Nakuru.

I decided to start a page where we can update each other on where to buy craft supplies in Kenya. Sometimes, finding craft supplies isn’t easy. One day, I am thinking to myself,  where do I buy some quality cotton fabrics to make baby clothes in Nakuru? Nakuru is so ”useless” there’s nothing for crafting except cheap and ever pilling fabric from ”Eastleigh” stores. By then I am sneering at myself for living in such a backward town. Then, I walk to my famous wool shop, called Nakuru Wool Shop, and ask, do you normally stock on other fabric apart from uniform fabric? ”No, ma’am”, I am told. ”Do you know of any other shop apart from yours that does stock?”. Scratch, scratch, scratch … , ”Oh, I’m so sorry can’t help you with that”. By that time, I am being looked at as if, I pity you for asking such a question. ”Thank you for your effort, help me with my acrylic wool then”. ”What colour do you fancy today?”.    …….

As I stroll to the next shop, I peer at the building’s name, I hardly know the names of buildings in my small town. Then I take a corner next to the biggest book shop we got in town, and I see a fabric shop christened, Rivatex. Climb, climb, by that time, all hope of getting any fabric has vanished because the last boutique I was into, the tailor I found there told me, ”Cotton in Nakuru is unavailable, leave alone flannel. By the way, what’s flannel?”.

”Hello”, I quip. ”Do you stock on uniform fabric, I want very strong fabric, I want to make some fabric harness for baby”. The lady then says, ”we stock a variety of flannel prints and even some solid colours”. ”Oh really?”. ”Mind if I take a look?”. She gives me a bunny print. It’s the exact same kind I would ship from the United States. I feel delighted take a few metres and request her, ”please stock on some cute and bright baby prints, please and I will be your number one customer”. ”Of course”, she says.

I jump a little higher because that saves me a little shipping money on flannel, it’s around the corner in my small town, the shop isn’t very busy, that means, quick service. It’s an accessible shop. And most importantly, they say it’s 100 percent Kenyan, Buy Kenya, Build Kenya is what they thrive at. What I learnt? Don’t underestimate the smallness of bigness of a place or even a human, they can as well save you. Searching, asking and you may find something from someone who understands what you are looking for or asking. Keep asking and don’t stop looking, they may have something and not know the name or call it by another name. Shopping for ”exotic” stuff or ones with strange names isn’t easy in Kenya and especially in small towns.

Are you in Nakuru and found something that you were told to go buy in Nairobi but ”accidentally” found it in your town? Please share where to buy craft supplies and the unusual buys in your area. Are they of quality? Something quality your customers won’t regret buying products from you?

Please comment, share and subscribe for more updates and suggestions. I will upload photos, you may just see, but I assure you, it’s very heavy cotton.

 

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Keeping Kenya Clean by Recycling

There is over a billion  trash in Kenya littered by you, you and you. One day, I’m nibbling on a sweet, candy,  plastic-wrapped to satisfy my sweet tooth. I throw away the wrapper as I walk along. My child quickly bends, I stop her, ”please, put the trash down, there’s no candy in there”. She laughs, ”mummy, have you forgotten our policy?”. She curiously looks at me, those searching eyes waiting for a no. I told her, ”of course, I don’t remember what you’re talking about darling”. She says, ”Oh mummy, how dare you forget something you started, is that even possible?”. ” I’m serious darling, I don’t remember a thing!”. What did you say about trash, what have you been saying about trash?. ”Oh, that?”.

How many are guilty of throwing trash anyhow? I’m guessing many. We got so much clutter in our homes. How to reduce it you wonder, I do too. But, we cannot wait for the goverment to come do everything for us, can we? I have been thinking of how to keep my environment clean. So, I am starting a revolution project within myself then my compound, then I am sure I can Keep Kenya Clean.

By self I mean, clean out the junk in your house. I am guilty of junk. Actually, I am the mama junk of my house. I keep toilet paper rolls, soda bottles, plastic bags, eggs shavings, food scraps, etc. I make sure to store them until my creative self can spring to life to create something. I have stored over a thousand soda bottles, thinking of what to do with them, I came across over a million ideas of how to reuse soda bottles, the easiest one, a garden. I have never planted my garden yet because of one two three issues, but, it’s coming soon.

Toilet paper rolls, I mainly use them as my pen holders, rubber, cable holders. I got lots of electric cords strewn all over the floor. You can trip and fall. I came up with this idea, just had to polish it by doing a little research on the net.

On the eggs. During breakfast one morning, I asked myself. What can I do with all these eggs rather egg shells? Oh, I thought, if I give them to the chicken, they may start feeding on the eggs, what about the ducks? Then, there came a powerful force inside of me, google master may have an idea. Yes, indeed the master had. The garden. A garden can have so much calcium from eggshells. So, next time you are nibbling on your boiled eggs or want to fry some, think about what those shells can do for your animals, shamba.

Paper bags. I have so many of them with numerous trips to Mama Duka, Supermarket and the market. In the market they sell paper bags or plastic bags and small sacks or mini version of the usual 90 kilogramme sack. I use the mini version of sacks which are normally very loosely fixed but workable. This is my concern, walk Kenya, there’s no place one passes without seeing plastic wrappings. We like to air our dirty linen in public. We air our food for others to see, candies and even our intimate moments stuff. Kids love to blow air in them claiming they are balloons. Now, I want us to start a revolution to please our mother earth 2016. In support and vision with Earth Day,  22nd April 2016.

Refuse plastic bag for wrappers, or use plarn, combination of plastic bags to make yarn. To make plarn bags to save our environment. In my effort to check around to see what kind of bags I can make for sale to our shopping supermarket I came across plarn and thought, what might this be. Let’s use that. Carry your market bag or plarn bag every time you know it’s grocery shopping. These bags are so stylish you can actually carry them around, whether man or woman for use during grocery. Are you with me in the revolution? I will upload photos of me with the bags in the next two weeks, I will use my bags for sale and spread news on mother earth.

What are you doing for your environment wherever you are? Oh and about the candy wrapping. I make sure to carry my wrapping everywhere, come and dispose it when I am home. I like to throw my trash in my home not in public places where the world sees what I am disposing. From today, start by you, don’t throw trash any how, in the next disposing bin, hide it away there. Not pizza boxes everywhere, chips or french fries bags any how. Take heed, look at your neighbour, warn them. Ask them to think of their kids, their kids and their kids.

Think of the environment with trees. I look around where I live, all I see is houses, structures, houses. There’s no trees because the area is covered with residential living. I ask me, what if there were trees in every compound? It doesn’t matter whether your house, or a rental place. I say, a rental is yours as much because you take care of it. So, do as much to make it a home and a home starts by having a tree. You can plant or buy a tree in a container, a flower tree think of it that way. What do you use your balcony for? Bring to life your balcony with hydrangeas, peaches, tomatoes, parsley, carrots. Aren’t those trees in their own right? Accentuating your balcony with ”little food trees”? Grow them in the soda bottles, those bottles you toss away? Those ones.

On plastic bags, I have a woman friend who needs them. Those very clear ones used for wrapping mandazis? She and her women group use them for making jewellry. She started the project, an idea from South Africa. This makes an income for the women in the group. So, next time you’re throwing away a mandazi wrapper, think again.

To ponder think Wangari Maathai:

” It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees”.

Do you think or believe the world would be a much better place if we reused what we have? Would it make a difference in our nation? I will include so many segments of what we can recycle, how to recycle them, how recycling  can create jobs for the jobless Kenyan youths and getting a market for your recycled goods.

Stay tuned, this will be a series blog.

Can’t wait to hear from you though. Gives me the heads up to continue!.

Oh and also leave comments on environment conservation. Just like Prof. Maathai, I will show off my tree, start a championing of environment where all the waste goes. What inspires you to keep the environment better than yesterday? I can’t wait to hear you speak.

Here .           .                    …

 

 

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Where to Buy Craft Supplies in Kenya

Fleece, flannel, Polyester fibrefill, soap making chemicals, crochet hooks, cotton or bamboo yarn, crochet thread, sweetened condensed milk, silicone soap or cookie moulds, name it. I have been searching for so many products to get creative at home, exploring my creative self. It’s not an easy task to shop in Kenya, especially if you’re like me, don’t like traffic, likes to compare prices, think, shop around again, make a decision, keep items in the cart, shop again, find better bargains, buy.

I love to explore the internet of things on stuff I can buy that aren’t available in my country. I realised there are two ways to buy things in Kenya : 1. What is available, which amounts to pricing it very ”well”. 2. What isn’t available, do some drop shipping or buy from sites like Amazon or ebay, which is very cheap if you’re a very patient person. Ready to wait, see prices fall, then place an order. The problem comes in when it’s time to receive the actual good. The hefty revenue Kenya Revenue Authority will task you to pay is just but that. Then remember, this is communicated to your customers who automatically feel the pinch. What happens next, ”that’s just another store with items for very high end customers”. I don’t want my store to have a customer a day, I would love to trial balance, meaning, I cater for all. I know, it can never be enough, can it?

I have discovered so many places online where I can buy items in Kenya, the problem, they don’t stock things like they do on ebay or international marketplaces. For example, I have searched for lye on Jumia, even a rotary cutter. The search returns to me a pizza cutter, the former, I don’t even recall. Now what? Of course, I’m thinking, that’s the reason for this blog post.

To inform the readers and the readers to inform the public where we can actually buy these things, in good pricing. We want to ”promote” our local manufacturers who work very hard to ensure we got quality products.

For example, if it’s buying chemical products for making my own soap at home, where do we purchase that? List a store name, location, or a suggestion or even a call where we can call someone or email them for those who ”fear” calls.

Please be sure to share. For example, I found this blog by searching, ”where to buy fabric in Kenya”, and found an awesome blog post in it. If you are new to fabric or want some fabric buying guideline this blog will sure share with you a lot of information. This blog, not an endorsement, is the number one that jumps every time, I am searching fabric shopping. Though, I haven’t visited any of the suggested shops, I will sure update you on what I have found in one of my visits, soon.

Again, let this segment be for those crafty people of Kenya. Find anything useful, don’t be afraid to post it for us to read, please. If you’re shy, email me, I will always communicate your wishes to the people.

Disclaimer: 

That’s my amazon associates link, if you feel like purchasing an item, be sure to click through, that promotes my blogging. By the way, I love to read so much, tell me if you are looking for a book, I’m sure that link will provide you with some insights on used textbooks. Ask around, I may be having it with me.

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14 Days of Love: The President of the Republic of Kenya

Someone asked me, ”why do you love?”.  I told her, ”I don’t know, guess it’s the priceless gift God gave humans”. I saw her molars. ”You know Gertie, you are very very stupid to believe in the word LOVE, underline that”, she said. ”I know, I told her”.

The world needs a little love. The other day, we gallantly celebrated a christened moment in the human race called, THE DAY OF LOVE. Haha. I’m sure internet service providers, text messages, restaurants fondly remember how busy the Sunday was. Jam packed activities each member wanting to showcase their love for their loves.

I wonder, however,  who dared declare a love for their nation, her people. Was it only a boyfriend, girlfriend love declaration? Was it just a showcase of dining in five star abodes, candle lit dinners, lacy gowns affairs? Red painting without thinking of others?

Anyway, that’s just me. I build obstacles on such days. I mean, they are well meant by the human race but . . .   .

My letter to the President addresses this issue of LOVE. It’s a four letter word with numerous puzzles. It has defeated great men and women. One notable one in my country is Lord Egerton. See what a love jilt did to nobility? I don’t laugh at such a man, it could happen to you, you and you. What is this love and how does my President get here? Read On . . .      .

 

Dear President Uhuru,

The President of the Republic that is beautiful Kenya. The land blessed with green, different people and culture, religion, with various struggles uniquely Kenyan. The land of the people who never give up, people who unite in times of extreme adversity. I hail you. Long live. Mr. President, I know you are busy at work, with the nation’s best interest at heart. A nation you have grown in.

In your acceptance speech during the election year, you said Kenya will see progress in a hundred days. A hundred Mr. President. To err is human. You promised heaven but of course obstacles made you and your then cabinet not achieve the hundred days promise. I won’t dwell on the promises, though.

Mr. President you have ventured avenues where corruption is to be dealt with. But, is it enough? I don’t know. Because, in a Kenyan society, corruption is born. We corrupt our kids with candy, to behave properly. Or, we threaten them with the rod to make them well behaved. Mr. President the future is bleak for corruption. Hope is dead. Even in death, new things can definitely come. Sir, the nation needs a new approach to corruption. Which one, I’m not sure yet. Because, I cannot say I know.

Tribalism. Sir, You hailed the nation respectfully. You said you will work with people of all tribes and nations worldwide. Discrimination based on one’s tribe was never an agenda in your memorandum. Instead, you showed us what to copy by appointing cabinet secretaries from all walks of tribes. People we have never heard of. Sir, I applaud you. Since then, I felt a little intimidated to profess my tribe. I wouldn’t dare say my tribe until someone read my name, looked into my eyes and said, ”you sure don’t look like you are from tribe a, b, c etc”. You know Sir, that’s how to bring unity. Starting as an example from you. The ordinary Kenyan like me will take it in, Kama Prezzo anafanya a, b, c na tribe, a, b, c, then mimi ni nani? Prezzo we like to follow our leaders.

Mr. President, we got a tendency with our African leaders to ”refuse” with the Stool of Leadership. I am hoping that for the immense commitment you have, to grow Kenya, you will never embarrass us. If Kenyans have agreed to elect you over and over, oh, well, even better. No rigging, bribing of electro-rates. Let them be their own judge if they want you back. Sir, I know endorsing is a political ”thing” but let it not be your case. We would want to choose our own without being coerced, influenced or otherwise. We don’t want to give you votes, at least, not for free. We want to ”give” to a leader of forward thinking and progress.

Please do encourage Kenyan youths to embrace working together. Working towards building a food basket in all the regions in Kenya. From Mombasa, Turkana, Kiambu, Nyeri, Nyanza to Nairobi. Also reinforce working on the web. Why are we youths jobless while there are job avenues to be created through the internet? Can you please,  Sir,  look into making the world wide web safe for doing business and job creation?

Sir, please encourage voter registration, awareness. Can we be assured that our votes will speak our voice as The People?. Our votes will not be ”taken” or ”disappear”  when we go to sleep? Sir, we would love to be assured.

Sir, we would want you to listen to the will of the people. While some may not be encouraging or against your will, please listen to the cries of us. Sir, The Hague trials created a lot of animosity in the nation. Let you preach peace from these trials. We agree there was so much blood shed in the nation, but, let there be no blood shed any more. Tell Kenyans to practice togetherness or Nyumba Kumi living, loving one another letting law take it’s course.

Sir, we don’t want to tell you that you never travelled some regions. Beware of the local people and their wishes. Once in awhile, Be the President of the People. Though a little tiring with all the dignitary meetings you have per day, Prezzo you can do this. What if you say, one day travel to the 47 counties? That means a month and two weeks for seeing and talking to your people?

Sir, I also wish to applaud your efforts of what you did to Otonglo Boy and the little girl. You showed other great leaders of Kenya and beyond that leadership isn’t pride, amassing wealth for oneself and family but wealth and position of power and authority can be used to help the ”unable” of society. I applaud you.

Prezzo, on gender equality, what more than to say you created a Kenya where we feel we’re not to be intimidated by the choice of our clothing. Your Dress Your Choice Debate created a platform where we felt our dresses doesn’t define us as women rather as a way to express ourselves freely and fashionably. Sir, that alone demonstrated how you got women’s issues at heart.

Otherwise, I know you are my President, the leader of the people, our choice. May the good Lord provide you more time to lead us, with wisdom and strength. In this month of love Sir, use it to preach and spread love amongst Kenyans and especially with the coming election in 2017.

What message do you want our President to hear. Do you believe a President deserves to preach peace? Why or Why not? Do you think when a President has the issues of the People at heart a nation can see it’s progress despite so many political setbacks?

Then message, the more you message, the more we can start a campaign here for LOVE. It’s the LOVE MONTH after all.

Your say .                               .                                           .

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Kenyan Youth: 10 Reasons Why New Year Resolutions are Useless.

Dear Kenyan Youths,

I salute you in the name of Kenya, the motherland we have known. The motherland we have come to love and adore. The motherland we treasure. It’s been a very long time since I said hello, so, ”HELLO, Kenya and Kenyan Youths”.

We ushered the New Year with ululations, clubbing or partying or whatever you like. With expectations as pregnant as . . . . But, I am scared, so scared.

”Why?”, you asked. ”Because, I am scared and the reasons are varied”.

1.  Transport woes. 

Have you ever travelled upcountry or to your rural home during the festivities? Woe unto you if you are ‘found’ by the festivities still extending or waiting for New Year. Sorry, you have to travel the second week of January or the third or please. Delayed public transport, hiked fares, uncaring conductors, stolen bags and goods … too many to list! And imagine majority of us walala hois depend on matatus for transport. Aargh, forgot to mention bad roads in some parts . . . especially the rural villages.

2.  Schools Opening. 

Yes, the festivities period comes and goes . . . school’s boring! I want to facebook, to tweet and to take more kaselfie on Instagram.

3. Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Secondary Education Results.  These ones we have been doing for years now . . . before Christmas, the Primary results are released nationwide, after, the Secondary. Then, what?

4.  Kenya si moja.

We’re the same old Kenyans, with so much discrimination in us. Ati Kenya Moja, that happens when it’s the rich burning like in Westgate Massacre, not when people in Soweto, SokoHuru or whatever that unknown slum is called. Always forgotten.

5.  Kenya remains unchanged.

Same old Kenya, year in year out. Corruption, tribalism, nepotism, name it. Do we change as the years change? NO, we’re just us. Mapendeleo and so on. Don’t we tire?

6.  Hate Speech.

Hate, left and right. Brothers are turning on brothers and sisters on sisters. Politicians are propagating what we have been trying tirelessly to eradicate . . . not so tirelessly though . . . hate for another tribe or her people or whatever. Hate Speech is our Ugali.

7.  Sustainable Development Goals?

These goals were called Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), suddenly, they changed name with the turn of the ‘Millennium’ 2015. Same old – hunger, poverty, famine, unemployment, over reliance on donor funds.

8.  Vision 2030?

Vision 2030, good roads, rural electrification, poverty eradication, income per house increase. Now, where’s that? We thought 2030 is too far. No, it’s so near , 14 years is too less for development. There’s room for improvement.

9.  Devolved?

2012/13 brought a new Majimbo System, or devolved governments. What have we seen instead, tears, cry . . . oh, corrupt Governor so and so, oh nepotism. And we believed these vices would be done away with.

10. ELections!.

2017 is coming or so we had thought it’s too far. What will we see this year . . . ”promising leaders of development”. What do they do, promise, pay us, we vote for them then same old problem recycle!

Why don’t we change? Why dwell in the same old things? Is this the cause of us being underdeveloped? Can changing tactics help? Why else are you not going to make resolution? Do you believe in resolutions in stagnation? Do we give up on Kenya?

Do you make resolutions? Talk to me.

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Your Kenyan Story?

Where are the grappling tales of Kenya and her People? Who will be the voice of the people? Here, we are reviving the blog Kenya Review. Once a week, a tale that has caught you will be blogged. I have received numerous and enormous requests to do stories about Kenya and I am going for it!

What do you want to hear, why, how, where and what? Let’s answer these questions then in the course of the week I unravel the story of the year. For those who know me, they are probably guessing. It’s a surprise either way. Time for idle talk is over, action is what is driving us now! Present your story, length doesn’t matter.

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The Analogue Close Down: Digital Migration in Kenya

Friday the thirteenth just before valentines, the televisions in Kenya went black. I believe it’s countrywide, pardon me, I haven’t done my research to know that! That day we never continued to see the faces of the presenters we have lived to know. And that day, there was no news. We have had to depend on online news to get updated on what’s going on in the country.

I have to admit I’m one of the few arrogant and ignorant people. Change doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. So, seeing letters and words moving up and down the screen, mesmerised me. To the extent, I sat down with my earphones singing and dancing to the tune of the letters gracing the screen of the small television I have there.

I have never been told what really the digital migration in Kenya means. Does it mean I will have to throw away my treasured small machine to the dustbins and buy another? Does it mean that I’ll have to pay exorbitantly for watching people move up and down, side by side with so many colours making them look like gods and goddesses. Does it mean that in order for me to watch the Mexican Soap Operas I have to pay to watch people who will never meet me and probably never know of my little existence.

Does it mean to watch some action movies I have to really move beyond my normal routine of free television and pay to watch guns revolving, being cocked and shooting people in cold blood? Does it mean for me to watch reality television I have to pay to watch as others make a huge living. Yet, my story never reaches even beyond my nose?

I have so many unanswered questions. Nobody cares to tell me what really is going on! Does it mean the presenters I have come to know and adore will never have jobs? So, how does the government intend to sort them out? I would love to understand, now. Will I have to pay 10,000 shillings monthly in order to see things that don’t directly benefit my well being and those of my kids? Oh, you tell me.

Again, why switch off television? You know, you do things I never understand. Dare to explain to me what set top box really is. In layman’s tongue, as easy as abc is. Please. Then, I may change my mind and purchase the set top box. Even then, I will still be confused as to what benefits this, ”set top box” is really all about!

Why do I have to buy this thing? How does it look? Will I have better watching experience or will it be soap opera after soap opera? Will I have the chance to see lots of different things, ideas and projects? Will you provide employment to graduates and others? Is this meant to benefit only a few? In black and white enlighten me, please.

Can you please pin-point a success story. Will you or can you be open to my ideas then? Because, if I don’t like your digital tools, who gives me my refund? What compensation am I supposed to get then? I am so confused with these things I don’t see the benefits. In this day and era of encouraging children to be global, why stick to a television set top box? Why am  I not getting you?

Come clean, transparent and clear and may be, you’ll see me in one of your shops. For now, I am waiting for my treasured way of doing and watching television. That’s: KTN, NTV, CITIZEN TV and QTV. That’s why I watch their news online!

 

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