Tag Archives: countries

Open talk with my fellow Kenyan Youths verses the Government.

Listen listen,
Am your boy Kitvan,
And by the way, this are my own opinions.

Let’s go….
So, am just a young Kenyan youth who tries a lot of things just to make sure am not idle most of the times..
Because that is what our country is trying to put our youths through, I mean its high time you have to discover yourself and do what you can so that you don’t be idle.

Now let me tell you a little story about our country.
Kenya is the place in Africa and they say that we are still three world counties, yes I guess we are.
In a society that the young like me really have to suffer unless you have a godfather, or you are just extra sharp, or you must just have some luck I don’t know where from or you have to accept to be used to get a favor or, you have to chuck a few bucks to be considered a valid option.

See, that is how corruption is killing my country,
To an extent that those who are supposed to protect us are doing less to try so.
They claim that the youth are the determinants of development but I really don’t see the ideals of this.

Whenever we try to upthrift, we are either silenced and our dreams just shattered that way or more tough policies are formulated that doesn’t favour us.
Whenever we discover something, someone already established somewhere will really be traumatized and all he think is how he will snatch that discovery from us. I hear they call them cartels, I call them advanced opportunists who can do more and have more abilities than us and means a lot of harm for us developmentwise.

The life standards are just getting tougher and tougher every day, in fact our constitution is a rights based constitution but at this point, I think its only a written document, it doesn’t defend and protect our rights that much.
If not, then why extra judicial killings, why progressive corruption, why economic discrimination, why us not getting tenders too, why sabotage health issues, why, why, why why? A lot of whys I can’t even finish.

They said women empowerment, wait, was it only to take advantage of our vulnerable ladies, why are they taking advantage of their vulnerability. More pregnancies are terminated due to the fear of irresponsible dads coming ahead, kids keep asking their single mothers each day where their dads are only to be told they are abroad, in fact, so far, so far that they are not coming soon only just to cool them and give them hopes that one day they will get to see them though not soon. I know nearly every living animal on this planet have sex and the reward is an offspring if it was unprotected and between two mature opposite sexes, I mean a young one, a baby.
Just likewise, we have a lot of street kids and their numbers continue to rise each day but again, not all kids who you meet on the streets are there because they like it, some reasons made them to be there, just like taking advantage of the vulnerability of their mothers, others sad and others even sadder.

Sometimes, we attend this job interviews only to realize later that we were just attending because it’s a formality that interviews have to be done but the job we are actually attending the interview for were already have people selected and reserved. You go back home waiting forever for that promised hope, “we will call you” never to hear from them again. You decide to do other odd things to survive, you waste your life in the hands of the law.

This issue of class is real and the youth are continued to be oppressed, I like how the law can be used to protect those “who have made it”, even if the crime they have committed can be vividly seen even by the blind. In fact, they are only summoned or raided with some fancy good-looking cars and requested to be “arrested ” and again requested to appear in court under a special court order, they are still treated like kings and queens, some of them who even “have made it more” get invited to sit and laugh and sip tea with MPs in the Parliamentary Committee in the name of being questioned about some offense. That’s our tax payers money they are screwing on since they have to be paid “allowances” for the “good” job they are doing.
On the other hand, let just news reach the authority that some little boy have made away with just a hen, he will be looked for even in the holes of an ant and toe walked to a tiny police cell that looks like a sewage tunnel.
Hah! Listen to this irony, sometimes back when we were made to “believe” that the government is really serious and took a few cartels to the cells just for days, the media could still follow them and the only thing they could complain about is sleeping on the floor and taking porridge with no sugar!! Hah! I wonder how someone could have the guards to mention that as a problem they experience yet some of us we are not in the cells but porridge without sugar is the only thing we know for breakfast, sleeping on the floor is the sweetest thing ever, we only see beds by the road side where they are sold when walking to work, we only have a pair of shoes which we put from January to December, our clothes can be counted too, in fact, our clothes can be used as a point of reference to refer someone to us sometimes. Some people claim they hate the job they are currently in yet some don’t even have somewhere to get even a Bob daily, they have to beg.

Unpacking our current regime, we have this thing called the “Big 4” which to me really, I only give it 30%, of being effective. Let’s begin with the first one,

1. Unemployment and industrialization; this is where the youths were actually promised mountains. We have not even seen hills or even rocks, in fact, the unemployment rate has even gone higher. We are not awarded tenders, we only see those who had worked getting reappointed for new jobs, in fact, sometimes they ask for a five years of experience to get a job!!! Where are we even going to get that experience from if no one is actually willing to employ us? A lot of foreigners providing labor which just local Kenyan youths can provide. To make it even fun, we could see like more than 60% of the funds allocated for the youths being stolen and the story just eroded like that. Corruption is the mother of all the problems we have. Let’s leave that there.

2. Affordable housing; indeed the houses are really “affordable.” Over the past two years, we have witnessed several demolitions thinking that , yes finally its going to be done, wait until I heard the prices of the houses, they were really “affordable.” I wonder where the normal youth will get that money to afford the houses even if the little one to eat is a nightmare. Plus, more people have been left houseless due to the demolitions.. Pin that there too.

3. Health; wow! You would be so happy when hear that the government is going to help you cater for some health expenses only to see doctors striking nation wide for nearly four months. Reason, they have not been paid plus, they want a salary increment that can sustain them and good working conditions. Still, even if it’s the government’s agenda, you will still be shocked that the health funds are embezzled, our women are Still charged when delivering yet it is free delivery for all women in the public hospitals, patients ordered to buy medicine yet the annual budget allocate some funds towards that and treating other kinds of illness which I may call light diseases. Pin that too, we can say more other day.

4. Food security; this is also ironical that we have concerned bodies like National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) who should oversight that our environment are clean and same for us and production. We still see people encroaching on reserved lands and polluting them, cutting down the trees growing there like they don’t know the importance of growing trees. It is such activities that lead to increased food insecurities, our lands becoming more dry and very unproductive to thus we do not produce more food for our consumption, we still have to import more food. Still wondering how sugar is claimed to have “mercury” in the whole country, if they could not have killed the local sugar factories, we could not have had a lot of such mysteries. The little food that we have are as well miss used and wasted, more families are sleeping hungry everyday, some dying of hunger too. Bring back our local factories to improve food security.

I think that our government is extorting us a lot, start with Kenya revenue authority (KRA), a tax body just really misusing its privileges to extort from us. A small entrepreneur like me who should be given some time to breath and look for ways to grow, they are on my back like a tick, they are not leaving me. Anyway I don’t mean that you don’t pay taxes, its your constitutional obligation to do so. What I am just worried about is this high rates of inflation yet they expect us to approach it the same way, whether high-class or low-class. Those inflated bills..

Matters security, we still see a lot of the youth getting murdered and even detained. This is due to more youth getting involved into criminal activities like stealing and robbing others the little they own. More of the youths still getting recruited into terror groups who still come back to terrorize us. The reward for all this is either mob Justice or facing the long arm of the law, which is usually being shot n the spot or jail.

Our ladies too, I have not forgotten about you. The rates of prostitution have too risen, exchanging sex for money or selling nude photos or acting pornography in the weird ways ever, or sometimes, dating older rich men who are the size of your dad so that you can extort money from them.

It’s high time we get out of this mass incompetency and be aware of our rights. Plus, it’s also about time to learn that getting employment is running out, there are many graduates out here with no jobs,we have to create opportunities for ourselves and employ ourselves before its late or we will remain unemployed forever.

Discover who you are, what you can be, what you can do and be you and get out to do it before looking on someone to catch your hand and lead you somewhere. Be aggressive enough to find that somewhere alone if possible.

Let’s not buy this idea of youth empowerment which is being promoted but has just been commercialized for personal gains by the cartels.

#WeAreTiredOfExploitation

#BeWare

#FightForTheYouth

Continue reading Open talk with my fellow Kenyan Youths verses the Government.

Advertisements

Kenya and injustice!!!

Capture 62

 

I bet that if you do not come from Kenya and you have never even visited Kenya in your entire life, just open you google maps and type in at the search box, Kenya and know where it is located. Get into your google and search about Kenya and know about it. For those who have ever come to Kenya, I bet that you too have a story to tell back there to your friends of your experience. You can as well visit YouTube and and watch amazing videos You-tubers have always vlogged about Kenya.  Just allow me to introduce this country to you; so its an African country and to be precise, located in the East African part of Africa, covering land of about 580.3 sq. km. It also has a population of about 48.5 million. It has a presidential system of government and President Uhuru Kenyatta is the head of state as well as the head of the republic and in 2010, it promulgated a new constitution which gave birth to a devolved system of government having 47 counties each headed by a Governor and the national government is the central government.  I also bet that you have also been told bout the  beautiful nature of parks and beaches and the hospitality and diverse cultures among its 44 tribes… and , Nairobi is the capital city. Well it was just a brief of my country and i think that gives a better picture of my country now.

I will be fooling myself to deny that anything that looks good is always perfect at all times. There must be some patches as well and that is what I am going to talk about today. Earlier in my previous articles I had talked about Why extra judicial killing is just a ‘’normal’’ thing (which if you never read you should just click on that link after reading this article to read about it also) and  this article is almost borrowing some concepts from it. If you are a Kenyan citizen or maybe you have just lived here for a while, you probably know what I meant and you can connect the two when I mention the word injustice. To non Kenyans, when I borrow from Trump’s common phrase, ” Africa is a shithole”, you can also connect. So to begin with, i’ll describe for for you injustice in a layman’s language, do you remember that time when you are doing something to someone and you enjoy doing it even when the person at the receiving end end is suffering but you on your end you enjoy doing what you are doing to him? Now that is injustice. The act of not being fair.  The Kenyan government is not too far from that to its citizens. I feel like even the government is unjust to itself.

Just to dwell on the current situations, so, we just had our general elections last year -2017-  and you wont believe this, we had two rounds of elections, not because there was a re-run due to a tie or no 50%+1 rule for the presidential candidates but just because there were massive election injustices lead by rigging and bribing of voters and killing of election officials. The winner was initially announced but the runners-up were not contented with the election outcome and moved to court to file an election  petition. They won the petition and the supreme court of Kenya ordered for a fresh presidential elections within 60 days. During that 60-day period, a lot happened that cannot be explained in one blog Post but opposition withdrew their candidature. On the voting day, we witnessed all kinds of magic you would ever imagine of, a lot of people did not turn out to vote due to voter apathy but finally, we heard a president and he was ”ceremoniously” sworn in as the head of the republic and the head of state. Drama began when there were a lot of divisions and people were feeling that the government is not just to them and the opposition formed a new kind of  a dysfunctional ”government” and even sworn in their own ”people’s president” but never served for long. Before there could be a people’s president, we experienced a lot of demonstrations as people were just fresh from an election period and they had a lot of scars in their hearts and the supporters of the second ”government” fighting against those of the ”genuine” government to cure their anxiety. It involved demonstration after demonstrations and destruction of property that belonged to the other party and in return, police could just clobber people and also destroy property and shooting people to kill them. I guess there must have been a shoot to kill order. Several people were killed all over the the major supporting counties and some left homeless and the list of damages continues. what an injustice!!

taxes-tax-evasion-police-handcuffs.jpg

As we are also trying to recover from that election and after election experience, we still have a lot of issues to clear. The government used a lot of money during that period  and it have to recover it back. To make it clear, The government have been borrowing a lot of money both through domestic borrowing and foreign borrowing as well. Some of this were just embezzled and a few percentage put to use into some projects that do not even benefit half of the population of its citizens. To be precise, the total amount of debt that has accumulated to date is slightly over Ksh. 4.5 trillion ( US$ 44.685 billion), 50%+ of this owed to foreign lenders and 48%+ owed to domestic lenders. That is, if every Kenyan was to pay, each person must pay at least Ksh. 100,000 ( US$ 1000) to clear the debt. Imagine that. The state Parastatals are hiking bills as well so that they can try recover more money towards paying the debt. Electricity bills comes as unusual, you may ask yourself if you own a milling factory in your house yet you only use electricity for domestic purposes only. The common cooking floor that everyone should be able to afford is now a precious commodity if you afford it, its price is almost twice the normal price it used to be, – I mean most people are living under a dollar bill a day-, gas prices keep fluctuating every now and then, private firms are overtaxed and the effect are felt by the employees; most of them are sent away from their jobs due to the firm’s low profit earnings and this  is seriously making it even unable to sustain its employees. This leads to the increasing rates of unemployment which lead to increased crooked ways of earning a living. Poor schools/education, roads, health and the mother of all, fighting against corruption has become a major issue; corruption has taken the lead. I am really sure that foreign investments are actually dropping. You can imagine all that injustice.

Shifting away from economic injustices, human injustices also exist and I may say that insecurity might be a big threat due to increasing unemployment rates as more people turn to crooked means of making money, someone could be killed at anytime and it will just go that way without any attention given to those who are affected or tying to follow up on the perpetrators. The courts could also be turning into money making schemes rather than fighting for ideal justice. My country is slowly turning into a ”money talk” nation? The wars between the three arms of the government sometimes leads to the citizens suffering in return. The in-fights at the legislature when they are trying to skew the constitution in one way or another so as to suit their needs really creates a lot of injustice to some parties and individuals. Slowly, a banana republic could be developing if we are not careful, it is a man eat man society and you one do not care what others feel if they are at the executing end. Have you ever heard someone being deported out of his own country where he is a citizen by birth? It has happened in my country, not once, but twice. There is also no freedom of the media to conduct their activities freely. Sometimes, I wonder why our constitution is structured in a rights based manner and with all sorts of freedom but in ideal, they are not just there as you can imagine…

Anyway, that should not discourage you from visiting my country, Kenya, its a beautiful place indeed. A coin usually have two sides and I was just trying to explain to you the other side of my  country that no one will tell you about. Perhaps when you visit Kenya thinking that you are going to see all this, you might not just see them or experience them but with time as you become assimilated into our culture, you might start to experience and see them in reality. To all Kenyans, lets embrace the virtue of goodness and love our country. It shall be great again when me and you come out to make it…

Related image

An areal view of a section of Nairobi CBD

As always, God bless you.

Simon Ouma.