Some police ocers in Isebania township on the Kenya-Tanzania border are giving the force a bad name with their waywardness, charges Zaccheaus Muchiri. They are involved in an extortionist ring, and he has been a victim. He was arrested, tortured and forced to admit to dealing in fake currency. And to buy his freedom, he had to cough up Sh12, I speak for many others who are suering in silence, says Zaccheaus, who can be reached through zaccheausmuchiri yahoo. MPs should be banned from erecting billboards with their names at public projects sponsored by the Constituency Development Fund, urges Kamichore Mutindira.
The disease, he adds, has now spread to members of county assemblies who are doing the same with Local Authorities Trust Fund projects. Some refuse to complete projects started by their predecessors so that they can start their own and have plaques bearing their names, says Kamichore. Have a seless day, wont you! From middle and long distance athletics on one end to Rugby Sevens on the other; Kenya is a sporting powerhouse that continues to achieve success far above would be expected of a nation of our size and economy.
Perhaps the only blemish on our impressive national record is the decline in recent times in the most popular sport in our nation football. We certainly have an abundance of talented players who could lead us to glory on the international stage. It is up to others with far greater football acumen than what I possess to identify and propose solutions for the endemic and perennial disappointments that have plagued Kenya in football qualiers over the last two decades.
My brief in this article is to outline what Harambee Stars gracing the next FIFA World Cup, Russia , would mean for our nation as well as suggesting some of the steps that we need to take to better our nations performance in football. Athletics has been a superb ambassador for Kenya. Football too can be. Russia oers Kenyan business and tourism to present the Kenyan Brand before a potential market of billions.
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With every match played by Harambee Stars at Russia , curiosity and interest in Kenya would be stoked. While our football team distinguishes itself on the pitch, o the pitch, our team of marketing and investment professionals would be tapping into a new market; promoting Kenyan products and tourism to the Eastern European market and building investment, trade, tourist and cultural links with Russia and other states in the region. Gracing the next World Cup would give our nation a rallying point around which the eorts to better our state of national cohesion, inclusiveness and unity could be focused.
Creating a uniquely Kenyan identity, spirit and culture is perhaps the most important task required of us for the sake of our children. A nation united behind Harambee Stars, putting aside ethnic, tribal and religious identities could be a crucial cornerstone for building the Kenya we want and deserve. Even if Russia were to be considered too optimistic a goal, I cannot see why Kenyans should not target qualication for Qatar as a realistic goal.
All that is required is that we put in place the proper structures, training opportunities, facilities and incentives to encourage children to take up structured football. County governments have a critical role to play in that regard. Every neighbourhood and village across the country should have a playing eld within close proximity. Football pitches, however modest, should be constructed by the county governments as part of a campaign targeted at getting primary school children in the counties to take part in competitive football.
Youth League football has been instrumental in the rapid rise in footballing fortunes of nations like Spain, Belgium, Ghana and Costa Rica. Our schools also have a role to play in leading Kenya successfully down the path to footballing greatness. Sports needs to be seen as an integral part of the education of every able child; not as a peripheral hobby undertaken by those who are deemed not to have bright academic prospects.
Anecdotal evidence would suggest that the rise in childhood obesity in Kenya can be linked to the increasing marginalisation of sports and physical education in our schools in favour of rote learning targeted purely at passing examinations. With schools, counties and the National Government on board and committed towards encouraging youth to take part in sports, in particular football, I foresee a happier, healthier nation proudly cheering on the Harambee Stars to international victory in the not too distant future.
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Mr Mbiuki is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Brazil defenders allowed the German forwards to roam free and score at will. Harambee Stars would have done a better job. That was disastrous and heart-breaking being on home ground.
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The German machine took advantage of all the weaknesses to punish already hound-ded Brazil. I guess Brazilians were aected by Saba Saba, hence the Saba-1 defeat. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari over-relied on Neymar so much that his players lacked team-work when he was out on injury. Coming after Saba Saba, seven goals before 70, fans was because Brazil failed to dialogue! Brazil de-served to lose. Perhaps God punished them because of their strong belief that God is Brazilian.
It was humili-ating and haunting. The best team al-ways wins. Germany are the best. Send your comments to: Mwirigi, Are our lead-ers about to ignite Kenya again, and then watch in glee as it burns? I read it because the description of the author was that of a respectable don; and the captivating headline.
I thought he would look at the subject from all sides and give tangible suggestions. But alas, I was disappointed.
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Turns out it was the usual thing traversing social media where au-thors give examples of countries where unrest caused mayhem while ignoring the root causes. These comments usually end with the clich of how our leaders would be safe in exile watching us on CNN while we burn, etcetera.
Arab SpringThe Arab Spring, from which the author draws examples of the path we could be treading, was a result of dictatorship, monarchy, rights violations, corruption, economic decline, joblessness and poverty. All these are happening in Kenya except probably dictatorship and absolute monarchy. Add tribalism, and you have a complete list of the problem suffocating Kenya and Africa, including pre Rwanda which the author also cites heavily.
Dr Mwirigi forgets that Rwandan problems date to colonial era and were perpetuated by the Rwandans themselves; the same thing is cur-rently at play in South Sudan. The shooting down of the plane carrying Habyarimana, the self-immolation of graduate hawker Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, the eruption of violence in Kenya after the elections all are noth-ing but a culmination of long stand-ing pent-up anger against misrule.
Neither pointing ngers at lead-ers calling rallies to discuss these issues, nor those leaders using outdated s-style rally tactics to read unattainable resolutions will help.
Rather the president must keep to his election slogan of transformational leadership. This slogan was supposed to move this country from the old ways of doing things. Unfortunately, it is perpetuating them.
In corruption and insecurity no big sh is prose-cuted. We still see inequitable public appointments. Failure to consider gender, race and regional diversity while concentrating plum jobs on nance and security in one or two tribes create suspicion. The cost of food, energy, education and health continue to rise while lead-ers waste resources on foreign trips. While President Kenyatta needs time and support, he also needs a little pushing from an honest op-position that dwells on issues, not ascension to power. So lets quit writing cheap scare-monger excuses about who is and who is not responsible for our ills and right the wrongs so our chil-dren dont ght in for prob-lems we caused in Instead, let them say we built good roads and railways, provided electricity, free health and educa-tion that they in turn built on.
Write on e-mail to: You can also mail to: Letters may be edited for clarity, space or legal considerations. The dead were victims of armed raiders. Emails from correspondentsMutua yet to appreciate opposition as foundation of democracyI am a voter from Machakos County and I have been keenly following the political behaviour of our governor, Dr Alfred Mutua.
He has come along as a celebrated leader with great investment ideas. He has set high targets. Whether the mega projects still on paper will become a reality is a story for another day. For quite some time now, Dr Mutua has been at war with Senator Johnstone Muthama and the last time I checked, eorts to reconcile the two didnt bear fruit. In the same vein, the good governor has openly deed and belittled Cord alliance, the vehicle which gave him the ticket to vie for the gubernatorial seat. To make his stand clear, he has avoided Cord rallies and instead embraced the ruling coalition, Jubilee.
All I want to tell the Machakos governor is that voters are watching this latest development keenly. A good leader works with all people, regardless of their preference. Even if he has friends in Jubilee, there must be some good coming out of his sponsoring party. In any event, what is wrong with the opposi-tion? It is the very foundation of democracy; even the Constitution acknowledges that. Lastly, and very important, he can only last in that position he is in now for the stipulated period if he concurs with the beliefs and ideals of those who elected him.
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Otherwise, a swift early retirement pack-age may be in the ong. The old fashioned chiefs baraza still works for them. It will be interesting to know how and where his alleged national con-versation is taking place; for all I hear through analogue means radio, television , is the same old fashioned bickering by a cantankerous political class carelessly dancing to the tune of the party chiefs, and putting the nation in danger of sudden demise.
Social media is no dierent in-sults and hate speech hurled anony-mously is the order of the day.
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