This Lady, Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika is arguably the most discussed politician in Nakuru County currently. Be it at marketplaces, matatus, boardrooms or anywhere else two all three gather, Susan Kihika is a common topic of discussion.Susan Kihika

It is not only along the streets that she is a topic. On the online platforms, Susan Kihika is a popular topic within and even beyond Nakuru. Ever since she entered the Nakuru political scene 10 years ago as the Nakuru County Assembly speaker, acres of virtual space has been devoted to her.

Susan Kihika is an enigma to many. Her detractors have spent sleepless nights plotting and scheming against her but she always comes out strong. As a strong contender for the Nakuru gubernatorial seat, she is never far away from the minds of her opponents. The numerous smear campaigns sponsored by her political rivals both online and offline are proof of just how much they tread in fear of her.

Never the one to shy away from controversy, the courageous Susan Kihika is never afraid of facing her detractors head-on and she speaks her mind without sugar-coating the truth. Not many of her opponents cherish the prospect of being on the receiving end when she decides to serve them a dose of truth and they have invested a lot in trying to paint Susan as a monster.

But those who know Susan admit that she’s a charming, jovial and easy-going lady who freely mingles with the people, speaking their language and seeking to understand each and every one. Admittedly, her greatest quality is being able to empathize with everyone she interacts with.

Susan Kihika
Susan Kihika interacting with residents

Susan is also generous to a fault as hundreds of residents will admit. On a day to day basis, she’s responding to numerous requests for assistance from even total strangers. From her own pocket, it is no secret that she gives out to numerous cases of charity.Susan Kihika

But behind the charming smile lies a sharp brain. The frontrunner in the gubernatorial seat is quick to logically analyse issues and situations and respond effectively. If need be, she will take time to ponder the matter before taking action.

However, one single trait that sets Susan Kihika apart from her main opponents is her consultative nature. She is a strong believer in the fact that no one single person has a monopoly of knowledge and will take time to involve stakeholders before making arbitrary decisions. This is one trait investors in the various sectors in Nakuru will really appreciate once Susan takes over as Governor in August 2022.

As a leader, Susan believes the greatest investment a leader or a government can make is the investment in people. As a strong believer that women and young people need to be socially, economically and politically empowered, Susan is determined that good leadership should always put people’s interests first.Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika is no pushover, she’s uncompromising in matters she believes in and loyal to her cause. For her larger than life personality, Susan Kihika has unfortunately been blamed and accused of things she even had no idea about. But she soldiers on believing that a people-centred leadership is possible for the good of all despite efforts by disparagers to pull her back.

Opinion – It pays to be courteous

Mary( not her real name) made very good sales in her shop just by being courteous! One day, there was a burial in her area of a very important army personality who had passed on. There was a convoy of posh cars that was a mile long. Mourners had come to give their final respect to the departed soul.

Then Mary saw three posh cars park in front of her shop. All of a sudden one gentleman came out of his car towards her shop. With a smile she greeted him and the man asked,

“Can we park our cars here?”

Without hesitation, Mary answered, “Yes. The cars are safe.”

Thereafter the mourners left her shop and walked a kilometre away to the burial ground. And the fact that the mourners had left their cars a mile away, no doubt had a feeling of cars being stolen or broken into.

After three hours, the funeral came to an end. The gentleman came back and entered the shop. Again Mary, who acted as a security guard all that time, gave her visitor yet another free inviting smile. Then the man said joyfully, ” we are back. Have you had your lunch?”

” Yes. But am waiting for my supper,” Mary said quickly giving her visitor a beaming smile.
Quickly the man groped his pocket and pulled out a wad of currency notes.
“Here is your lunch mama,” he said giving Mary Kshs.1000. The man went on,
“give us sodas and a few bananas.”
With a beaming smile, she served her unexpected guests who ended buying other goods at her shop to a tune of Kshs.3000 and when she added her own cash for supper she had a good cash collection of 4000 shillings just for being courteous and coupled with that godly smile.
It’s good to be courteous. It’s good to give that free smile that emanates deepest from one’s heart.

Opinion – Despite the losses, UDA is still the party to beat

UDA supporters, Nakuru

The last time I checked, Kenya had a total of 65 registered parties. I can bet if you were told to name these parties, you would not be able to go beyond 10. I can also safely bet that among the ten parties you’ll mention, the newly launched UDA party would be among them.

Less than three months since it was unveiled, the party has an elected MCA and has fielded candidates in several other by-elections. The party may not have won but has almost always managed a strong number two.

Less than three months since it was launched, it’s among the top five most recognizable parties in Kenya. It is a household name, and the pace at which it’s making inroads is proof that come 2022, the United Democratic Alliance Party of Kenya (UDA) will be the party to beat.

Having lost in some of the by-elections, and having decided not to field a candidate in Juja, some people are taking this as proof that the party has lost its momentum and may not be the dragon it is said to be. However, I wish to caution anyone taking UDA as a joke to do that at the risk of getting embarrassed in the near future.

UDA is simply taking these by-elections as an opportunity to popularize the party. We all agree that UDA is the newest party in the country, and we can all admit that the people currently associated with UDA are not people prone to losing; at least not in politics.

So huge is the wave of the UDA party that several tribal cocoon parties have literally joined hands in an effort not based on ideology BUT thirst to beat UDA.

And this sign of near desperation has ultimately catapulted the mass support enjoyed by UDA across the nation.

Both the Jubilee party and ODM which currently have the most number of legislators know that the party to beat come 2022 is UDA. In a country where parties are more regional than national, we can expect UDA to carry the day as the most nationalist party come the next general elections. The party will not only produce the president but will also have the most number of MPs, Senators and MCAs.

Opinion: Do women have a place in Governor Lee’s administration?

Today, social media users in Nakuru shared two photos. Both of the photos were a portrayal of male dominance in public service in Nakuru County under Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

Having followed the discussions from the two photos, and as a woman, am left to wonder; do women really have a place in Governor Lee’s administration?

The first of these photos was from 2018. The photo was shared by the governor himself where he’s seen posing with a team of men from Naivasha. This was the team put in place by the governor to oversee the rehabilitation of the Naivasha Level 4 hospital.

Fast forward to 2020. Early this week, the Deputy Governor for Nakuru, Dr. Eric Korir swore in a 10- member team to sit in the Nakuru County Budget and Economic Forum. Again, it was a male dominated affair with only one lady out of the ten members. County Budget and Economic Forum

From the above, it is apparent that Governor Lee’s administration does not take women seriously. Our opinion and inputs are of no importance. The governor does not even make a pretence of including women. For him, the two thirds gender rule can as well be dispensed with.

As one lady asked, “how did we the women of Nakuru wrong Lee?” He unapologetically continues to sideline us in his appointments and this seems to be a trend that will not come to an end soon.

WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE ALL GENDERS

As Senator Susan Kihika aptly put it, “Women are not second class citizens. Their input and perspective matters.”

In a board as important as the Budget and Economic forum, its an insult to the women of this country not to be well represented in such appointments. Who will represent us? Will our voice be heard? Are our needs going to be fully met in the decisions met?

I call upon the women of Nakuru County to be more alert. This disfranchisement seems to have taken root in our noble county. Its a shame that in a county with a million plus women, the Nakuru County Government has not found any who are fit enough to represent our views.

It happened once and we kept quite. It has happened again and it will continue happening until we say no. Otherwise, we may have to replace Governor Lee with someone more attuned to the needs of women in Nakuru.

Wamama tuamkeni!!!

Opinion: In Miguna saga, government has gone rogue

Fellow Kenyans;

It is unfortunate that a Kenyan citizen is being subjected to inhuman treatment by the very government that swore to uphold the rule of law and protect its citizen.

Kenyans believed that after the handshake we buried our political differences and embraced each other to forge ahead for the betterment of our country.

Unfortunately, we’ve become masters of preaching water and drinking adulterated wine. If the government cannot obey court orders why should Wanjiku do? A state which savagely represses or persecutes its people cannot be regarded as obeying and regarding the rule of law.

Although our rule of law has been confided in our new constitution, our leaders DNA is pervasively rooted and still suffers from colonial hangovers and oppressive tendencies. Accomplished leaders in democracy never diverge from the rule law and foundational values and traditions.

Fellow Kenyans, time to act is now, before its too late, we won’t live in a constitutional republic if we allow the government to act like a police state. We won’t claim to value freedom if we allow the government to operate like a dictatorship. We cant expect to have our rights if we allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and utter disregard for the rule of law.

Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan citizen and is being frustrated by this government as he is perceived to be a threat to their continued assault on our nation.

The tyrannical government has gone rogue in total disobedience to court orders and the rule of law in general.

Finally, failure by the government to comply with the court orders and in particular failure to facilitate Dr Miguna’s unconditional entry into the country sets a dangerous precedent. It erodes public confidence in our judicial system. It is sad and that is why we’ve chosen not to be silent.

Opinion article by Nakuru Lawyer, Nelson Mandela Vujeri

Opinion: PM Abiy Ahmed Nobel Peace prize should Birth New Africa Voice

The choice of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD), as the recipient of the highly coveted Nobel Peace Prize, has brought special excitement and a sense of hope of a new beginning in Africa.
Abiy Ahmed’s election as Prime Minister in 2018 raised optimism in the continent, and his tireless efforts to bring about reconciliation and peace not only in his country, Ethiopia but also in the continent have brought new hope to many people.
As a Prime Minister, Dr Abiy, a 40-year-old young leader, has demonstrated that beyond age, he has a vision and values. He’s an iconic figure for Africans and the world, and an inspiration for millions of young people. His historic achievements, hard work and vision inspire hope among the youth.
In just over one year in office, Abiy has implemented staggering reforms, appointed a new cabinet made up of 50 per cent women, and supported the election Sahle-Work Zewde, as the first female President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Just three months after assuming office, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister held a historic meeting with the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki and formally ended a 20 years old stalemate between the two countries – one of Africa’s most entrenched conflicts.
Professor Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Laureate who hailed from Kenya once observed that peace and security are a prerequisite for development and all human beings aspire and deserve them. She noted that for decades many African states have hardly enjoyed peace and security – they have suffered from lack of enlightened leadership.
Looking at the present state of Africa, and the leadership crisis in the continent, Abiy Ahmed stands out as a shining light, an inspirational force among young people and a new dawn for Africa’s transformation agenda.
Because of the myriad of challenges and untapped opportunities, Africans are searching for new voices, new ideas and new progressive leaders.
No doubt, the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. The continent is facing certain endemic problems that require a new kind of leadership that is authentic, courageous and intuitive.
Africa is yearning for leaders that are in touch with the needs of the society they govern. Putting the advancement of their citizens’ standards of living and basic human rights at the forefront of their agenda.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as a transformative figure, has brought honour to Africa and set a positive example for many people especially the youth.  The work that he has done and continues to do is bearing results and yielding progress in Ethiopia, Africa and beyond.
Like his fellow Nobelist, Barack Obama, Dr Abiy has been made a world-famous figure even before settling as a Prime Minister. For that reason, he should not view the award as a mark of accomplishment or a reward for work done. Noting the complex challenges that remain unresolved in Ethiopia and Africa, the prize should be a call to action – to invigorate the regional peace efforts and nurture new leadership in the continent.
With Africa’s large youth population, the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed presents a great opportunity to influence the emergence of a new generation of leaders – an opportunity for developing leaders who can help the continent tackle the increasingly complex challenges.

Schools should emulate Starehe Boys’ ‘Baraza’ to end unrest

Hardly a year passes than news hit the headlines that schools have experienced unrest. Be it a day school, boarding school for boys or girls or both, it has now been a custom for students to riot causing chaos, unnecessary attention and even going to an extent of burning down the school property to ashes.

The school, parents and the students all undergo losses as new constructions have to be made, fines charged for the damages caused and time wasted which could have been utilized for productive usage. What causes these frequent strikes? Are there any solutions to this unrest?

There are minute issues that cause the students to strike and at the same time, there are other big issues which when not addressed trigger the students to cause havoc. Imagine a petty issue such as ‘the tea didn’t have enough sugar’ or ‘the sleeping time should be extended by thirty minutes’ being some of the reasons why expensive constructions are brought down to ashes. These are petty issues that only petty minds would give a concern about. So they say, small things affect small minds. Will the students die if they do not live without the ‘a little more sugar’ or ‘a little more sleeping time’? At the same time, there are some big issues which call for students to take action on their own.

A boarding school where the girls or boys are sexually assaulted and molested by their own teachers or seniors, should the students not protest against such? Should they just sit back and watch the administrators stuck sums of money in their fat pockets yet the money is meant to give them a good diet? Should they just stare at the teacher who comes to class drunk or in hangovers and start physically assaulting the students? No! They have to do something lest the matter gets worse and we get a matter of a teacher murdering a student during a thorough corporal punishment.

Needless to say that I do not advocate for students to strike to the extent of burning down the school premises. No! I am totally against that. The only working solution I am with is the way Starehe Boys’ Center and School handles and manages issues that students have and might trigger unrest.

I am sure that you are going to agree with me that I have never heard of Starehe Boys’ students have unrest. This is rare as seeing a blue trouser in that school! The funny bit is that they do not have militants in the school to maintain law and order but students who are leaders. The prefects do not have that much power of giving other students beatings as punishment as observed in other schools but just physical exercise such as press ups and running as punishment. The teachers do not even give corporal punishments to the students yet it is considered one of the most disciplined schools in Kenya. The school which is turning 60 this year has never had any strike occurrence and all credits go to the school’s ‘Baraza’. This Baraza system has ensured that no unrest has been thought of in the school.

Baraza coined from Kiswahili roughly meaning ‘meeting or gathering’ is a students’ open forum where they are free to air out anything with you later being held against what they say. The school’s administrators and the students meet once per week and discuss the school’s issues openly and freely. No matter how small or big the issue might be, the student is free to speak if whatever he says is following the ‘Baraza Rules’: Saying the truth and respecting others.

The administration listens keenly on what the students have to say during the weekly barazas and in response give remarks on what issues are raised and stating the way forward. From food issues, administration issues, teaching issues, and general social issues all issues find their way to be discussed in the baraza so long as what is said or raised never finds its way out of the discussion room.

The school gets to know what is in the students’ minds and acts quickly to straighten any issue. The students are also allowed to give suggestions on anything and when considered right is followed. Through the suggestion, the school advises the administrators on how the routine will; work best for them or the way the school will be run appropriately.

I am eagerly waiting for that day when all schools will emulate the Baraza system that Starehe Boys’ Center and School follow. The school is regarded as the most disciplined in Kenya where corporal punishments are unheard of. Indiscipline in an adult is never eliminated through beatings but through civilized solutions.

Unrests in the schools will be a thing of the past if schools embrace the system Starehe Boys School use of Baraza where students air out their grievances, issues, and suggestions the audience being the administration without the fear of what they say being held against them later. Let us end school unrest.

Originally posted on thespitted.co.ke

Opinion: Children circumcision should be banned!

The month of December is one that comes with a series of parties and celebrations in Kenya. One such festival is circumcision for most boys transitioning to “adulthood” aged ten years to fifteen years, some even earlier than this age.

It is at these celebrations that the boy child “faces the knife” even though he is too young to enter into such a commitment. While these actions might pass as “celebrations,” for some of these children, it is a nightmare.

The Kenyan constitutional provisions are very protective of anyone below 18 years. However, for more than 50 years of independence very few stakeholders have come out to speak against the vice. Even after so many lives have been lost and children are severely suffering in these processes.

For men, circumcision is tolerated, expected, and in some countries celebrated. Let’s break it down a little. Won’t we? First, it is an international scandal for any girl to undergo female genital mutilation for the satisfaction of their religious or cultural beliefs, why should it be okay to do the same to the boys?

Do not get me wrong, I am not advocating for the FGM, but are we not playing double standards when the society and the government allow traumatic body modifications to be carried out to boys before they are 18? For your information, close to two-thirds of the men globally are not circumcised, and this does not make them lesser beings.

Some think that the foreskin is a vestigial organ like an appendix. You don’t even notice if you lost it as a child. It does not prevent them from doing their chores and taking up responsibilities like everyone else. The foreskin is not just a useless piece of skin; it provides lubrication, protection and has erogenous capabilities. It is, after all, a piece of skin filled with nerve endings.

Some people argue that circumcision helps prevent infections. Women are more at risk of disease, infection, odor, and disease than men due to their physiology. The medical fraternity therefore, would be the first to encourage chopping off of women’s clitoris. However, that is yet to happen.

In the Western Europe countries, their health services are publicly funded and therefore, if there were some money that the boy circumcision would have helped save for the government, am certain Margaret Thatcher would have pushed it through the British health service. Hence, all the claims on the advantages of male circumcision are either fake or exaggerated.

Advocating for the use of condoms to prevent infections makes great sense which makes circumcision a prophylactic argument. Some critical institutions such as The British Medical Association, The Royal Australian College of Physicians, The Canadian Pediatric Society and The Royal Dutch Medical Association all think male circumcision is not worth it.

So, as parents and guardians, why continue to violate your boys’ rights? Unless a child is in danger of disease, no operation should be attempted. There is a risk of injury every time a child is circumcised. Circumcision is a violation of a child’s body, and no parent has right of inflicting bodily harm to their kid.

Child circumcision currently is illegal in Germany after a court in Cologne voted to ban the practice. It is therefore, about time the Kenyan citizens, the government, and Medical fraternity join hands in banning this old cultural belief.

Why you should invest in Nakuru

Nakuru County is banking on cheap and reliable geothermal energy, geographical centrality and availability of large chunks of land to woo local and international investors.

Recently, the World Bank ranked Nakuru as the third county with the highest GDP in Kenya after Nairobi and Kiambu.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui says the county government is working on investment incentives to attract and cushion investors to realize the Big 4 Agenda.

The governor was speaking when he met envoys and foreign trade officers at a briefing on the upcoming Nakuru International Investment Conference at the end of the month.

Investment PS Ms Betty Maina said the national government is working with counties to create awareness on economic zones as well as create policies.

Professor Paul Kimurto, Senior Lecturer and Professor in Crop Physiology and Breeding, Egerton University said the Egerton Agri-Park will major on value addition and SMEs to enhance food security.

The Oserian 2 Lakes general manager Mr Woods Roberts cited the existence of ample arable land in Oserian, Naivasha for all manner of investment.

Among the guests present include Honorary Consul of Republic of Estonia Kadri Humal Ayal, Ireland Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neil and representatives from Israeli, Slovak, Russian, Hungary, India embassies.

PHOTO/Reuben Kimani:An aerial view of Nakuru.

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