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  • Oppen Society Democracy
  • Oppen Society Democracy

    Uhuru Kenyatta & Ruto Govt will Protec t all Kenyans Namuomba>

  • Kiambu poverty

    KIAMBU: LAND OF FEW MILLIONAIRES, MILLION PAUPERS

    By Eric Wainaina

    It is rated among the wealthiest counties, but a visit to Kiambu paints a different picture. The county is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country but also has the poorest sandwiched between the rich.

    For decades Kiambu was rated the top richest region before it was displaced by Kajiado but everything in it betrays the assumption that most of its people are millionaires.

    According to Kenya County Fact Sheets report published by the Commission on Revenue Allocation two years ago, Kiambu was said to be, for ages, the richest area in Kenya, reading Sh9 billion in business riches during its centenary.

    But most of its inhabitants live below the poverty line, go without food and depend on manual jobs to eke a living.

    A spot check by The Standard reveals a huge part of the County especially in Ruiru, Kiambu, Juja and Limuru areas, is owed by a few people who used their proximity to the Government to enrich themselves.

    Casual labour

    Thousands of residents are employees in tea and coffee estates earning as low as Sh130, despite the prices of the two produces doing well internationally.

    Against the expectations of many Kenyans, mud-walled and grass-thatched houses dot most parts of this region.

    Monica Wambui, 37, a mother of five aged between four and 15 years, was born and raised in Kiambu and wonders why the county is considered among the richest. She lives in Matrophi village in Kiambaa and works as casual labourer in coffee plantations, earning Sh150 per day.

    She says the job is erratic, adding that when there is job to be done, she has to be in the farm by 7am and work through to 3pm. “You miss an hour, you get less wage or miss the job altogether.”

    For this family, breakfast and lunch are luxuries and the dinner they have is worse than what her employer affords for pets.

    “From the little we earn and the harsh economy, we cannot afford three meals a day and our children are used to it,” says Wambui, who lives in a one-roomed grass-thatched house.

    Her house has her bed covered with tattered blankets while her children use sacks laid out on the earthen floor next to the fireplace and the rest of the space is where they sit and store housewares, on the floor.

    Three of her children attend nearby Kongo Primary which has dilapidated infrastructure while the other two stay at home playing with neighbours while she goes to work.

    Scramble for ‘Aid’

    But as Wambui and thousands of other families struggle with life, on the other hand their employers own plush and luxurious homes, some even complete with swimming pools, eat the best meal and their children attend the best schools in the country.

    Before we could go far with the interview, her neighbours learn that she has a visitor who is taking note of her problems. They start arriving all with similar problems, mistaking this writer for an official from a NGO taking figures to later assist them.

    “Please write my case. I have six children and we have nothing to eat. I would like you to bring me food when you bring it to others,” Ms Jacinta Wanja tells this writer as other women try to shout for their cases to be documented.

    In this county, there are dozens of tea and coffee estates with each employing at least 100 workers.

    Kiambu hosts renowned tycoons such as the late Njenga Karume, Stanley Githunguri, the Kenyatta family, Charles Njonjo, the Koinange family, James Kanyotu, Nginyo Kariuki, Kuria Kanyingi and Titus Muya among others.

    Josephine Wakiburi, head teacher at Kongo, says often children fail to attend school to help their parents in manual jobs.

    She also says children flock in when they have a feeding programme since it’s the only chance they have lunch.

    “Parents send their children to school so that they can have lunch since they cannot afford it back at home. And unless there is a sponsor, the children do not go to high school because they don’t have money to pay fees,” Wakiburi.

    Cases of jigger infestation are high in the county, attracting Ahadi Kenya Trust, the anti-jigger campaigner.

    According to Mr Stanley Kamau, the executive director of the organisation, there are about 17,600 children and 8,000 adults who are living with jiggers, and this he said has been caused by poverty standards.

    According to a survey conducted in 2005 by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics, poverty in Kiambu stood at 25.4 per cent.

    But Mr Francis Gitau, chairman for the Kiambu County Red Cross chapter said according to their recent survey, 53 per cent of the county population lived below the poverty line.

    Kiambu County has a population of 1.5 million as per the recent census results. There is not enough land for farming due to the high population.

    A drive from Kiambu to Limuru via Karume’s Cianda home, are Sasini, Cianda, Muhathi, Gatatha, Ngorongo, Gachoroba, Pelicans, Karirana and Mambrokie tea estates.

    From Runda to Kiambu town, the stretch is owned by less than 10 people but at the middle, there is Githogoro slums which harbours thousands of poor families who work in the farms.

    From Kiambu town to Banana, there is Ibonia and Kiamara coffee farms, which are at the middle of thousands of poor families from Ngegu, Turitu and Kangonya. Other farms are Wamiki, Risura, Muhugu, Manila, Ndudu, Feran, Kibara and Kinuthia farms. There is also Del Monte in Thika.

    Senator Kimani Wamatangi says it is unfortunate Kiambu is ranked among the wealthiest counties. He says Kiambu has suffered immensely due to the narrative, adding that its large population explains the number of people living in poverty.

    The county has in the recent past changed from tea and coffee aroma to a concrete jungle and Wamatangi says most of the investors are not Kiambu natives.

    “We have people who are going without food. Sometimes we are denied relief food or other aids just because it’s said we are rich, which is very untrue,” Wamatangi says.

    He has been running Wamatangi Foundation for the past seven years, which deals with less fortunate, residents and he says Kiambu has a bigger percentage require humanitarian aid to their poverty status.

  • Silvestor Wanyama

    Dictator Daniel Toroitish Arap Moi (former Kenyas President ) with goat /kondoo )mentality is threatening Mps for being named as the leading person behind Anglo -leasing and Goldenberg scandle! The former mad-man should be arrested before he goes to grave! Moi has murdered millions of Kenyan People.

  • Sodomites Sodomy

    In Kenya we think SEX>

  • evil government

    Kenyans were warned>Choices has consequencies soon Kenya Shilling will be toilet paper>UPDATE 1-Kenyan shilling hits four-month low, shares rise
    inShare.0Share thisEmailPrintRelated TopicsAfrica »Telecommuncations Services »Fri Jul 5, 2013 10:39am EDT

    * Importers buy dollars expecting further gains
    * Markets see central bank holding key rate
    * Shares bought on hopes of strong first-half earnings

    (Updates shilling, stocks)
    By Kevin Mwanza
    NAIROBI, July 5 (Reuters) – The Kenyan shilling hit a
    four-month low on Friday as nervous importers bought dollars,
    betting that the U.S. currency could strengthen further, and
    shares edged up for a third straight session.
    At the 1300 GMT market close, commercial banks quoted the
    shilling at 86.50/70 per dollar, a level last reached on March
    11 and 0.4 percent weaker than Thursday’s close of 86.20/30.
    The dollar jumped to near a three-year high against other
    major currencies on Friday after a strong rise in U.S. payrolls
    in June raised expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon
    start curtailing its monetary stimulus.
    “We’ve seen some panicky dollar buying by importers. They
    are not sure where it (dollar gaining) is going to stop,” said a
    trader at one commercial bank.
    Traders said that liquidity was becoming tighter in a local
    market that widely expects the central bank to hold its key
    lending rate at 8.5 percent at Tuesday’s monetary policy
    meeting.
    On the overnight borrowing market, the weighted average
    interbank lending rate rose for the eighth straight session to
    9.2704 percent from 8.9648 percent previously.
    At the Nairobi Securities Exchange, the benchmark NSE-20
    share index added 0.2 percent to 4,585.42 points.
    Traders said they expected the index to rise in the coming
    session on the back of increased demand as investors bought
    stocks of companies they expect to release good half-year
    results.
    “Support has increased across the market as investors book
    positions ahead of the interim reporting period,” said Ronald
    Lugalia, an analyst at Afrika Investment Bank.

  • OVERTURES to Kethi Kilonzo from Lands Cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu’s Narc party apparently led to her downfall. Narc officials subsequently tipped off TNA that there might be a problem with her registration.

    As Kethi vacillated about whether to stand in the Makueni by-election, multiple sources said Ngilu was tasked by the Jubilee Alliance hierarchy to talk to Kethi and persuade her to run on a TNA ticket in the election to replace her late father Mutula Kilonzo.

    However during the Narc discussions in the first week of June, Kethi reportedly hinted at her anomalous voter registration status.

    “The Narc leadership was not sure whether Kethi had really said that she was registered or not but they were sure she had not voted. A team was then put in place to scrutinise the voter registers and see if her name was in it and that was the genesis of the TNA writing to IEBC,” a source familiar with the intrigues said.

    Initially even TNA still did not doubt that Kethi was registered because of her vigorous petition at the Supreme Court against the Jubilee presidential victory citing anomalies at the IEBC.

    The TNA then approached Ukambani MPs proposing should run as an independent with the support of both side, if she did not agree to run on a Narc ticket.

    However the Jubilee alliance decided to bring up the issue of her voter registration after she publicly declared that she “cannot work with her father’s enemies.

    http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-127513/ngilus-narc-tipped-tna-about-kethi-registration

  • Harry Hazueruth.

    A Nigerian Drug -Warlord and one of the Key -top Jubilee advisor who was deported to Nigeria is back in Kenya Using Diplomat-Pass-port and being asissted bt top Jubilee top politicians>do not believe what Jubilee controlled Media is fooling on Wakenya>
    http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-127972/chinedu-sneaks-back-kenya

  • shebesh malaya

    Durring a debate at the August House, Kenyans were treated to rare drama after a heated
    debate on the ban of Miraa came to the floor of the house and legislators took the opportunity to tickle Kenyans a little.

    Imenti Central MP, Mithika Linturi, who is passionate about the sale of Miraa supported the debate and gave all the positive uses of Miraa and why the ban should be lifted saying that the sale of Miraa earns Kenya’s economy billions of shillings every year.

    Nairobi Women Representative, Rachael Shebesh, also stood to support the debate and said that she loves miraa and further confessed that women who chew miraa are more s*xually active and wild in bed than those who don’t.

  • The Land of Demented Niggers &their Niggerism>Enjoy niggerism at Work>

  • ndya muthyuty

    Raila Odinga Oginga The People’s President >

  • Stand UP High Up

    Jakisumu Police brutality must Stop >Youth of Kenya Stand Up and Fight for your Rights>Uhuru Must GO!

  • Humounguous Sissoni

    Naked truth ODM (CORD) Wake up and smell Kikuyus Cunningness>

    You might be bitter History!

  • Kimama kinono kimkenya

    duo in Hague cases

    •In Africa, the Jubilee government has been lobbying the continent’s leaders to put up a spirited fight to either terminate the ICC cases or have them tried by the African Court of Justice
    Wins and losses for duo in Hague cases

    The letter was, however, disowned by Mr Ruto. His lawyer, Karim Khan, said it neither represented government policy nor his client’s personal wishes, adding that Ruto and President Kenyatta had made a commitment to honour international institutions and also cooperate with The Hague-based court to clear their names.

    In Africa, the Jubilee government has been lobbying the continent’s leaders to put up a spirited fight to either terminate the ICC cases or have them tried by the African Court of Justice.

    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has particularly been vocal on this, warning that the two principals could be placed under custody if they travel to The Hague for the trials.

    Speaking at the end of an Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads-of-state summit in Ethiopia at the end of May, Museveni cautioned: “ICC should tell us if they plan to detain Mr Kenyatta. They should give us an explanation if he is going to come back to Kenya because the information we are receiving is different.”

    He went on: “We will not agree to have him attend if the intention is to detain him. If we don’t have a clear picture of the plans by the international court, then it means our relations with them will be soured. They should treat us with dignity.”

    This campaign has coincided with accusations by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that the Jubilee government has not been cooperating with investigators. Bensouda has gone on to warn that she would take her complaints to the UN Security Council for action.

    On a brighter side, lawyers for President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have had their first scores — succeeding in their push for the Trial Chamber judges to push forward the dates of the beginning of the trials.

    The Deputy President will be the first in the dock on September 10 while President Uhuru Kenyatta will make his appearance on November 12.

    Mr Ruto’s defence team also succeeded in convincing the Trial Chamber judges to allow their client to attend the opening and closing sessions of all prayers in the case.

    However, a decision of the ICC’s 18 judges on Monday to veto Mr Ruto’s wishes to have the opening of his trial here in Kenya or Tanzania could set a precedent for the trial of President Kenyatta.

    The ICC judges said security, the cost of conducting the trial away from The Hague and the impact to witnesses were the reason they declined to allow shifting of the trial venue to another location.

    It was the prayers of the two principals that they be spared flights to The Hague and be tried in Kenya or neighbouring Tanzania, but it appears they will have to fly to The Netherlands.

    For the two principals, the first 100 days in office have been of prayers, both in the legal and spiritual sense.

  • Hysop Mudhaba

    Some of the most brilliant sons of Africa who dared to express their disapproval of Kenyatta’s policies were killed like animals. The assassinations of Tom Mboya and J.M Kariuki have left a permanent scar on this system; not to mention assassinations of Pio Pinto and Ronald Ngala. Some of their disagreements were:
    • Government corruption.
    • The widening gap between rich and poor
    • Deteriorating relations among East African Community members.
    • Unfair distribution of land; (it goes without saying how you relate to this)
    President Moi became President by virtue of Kenyatta’s death and ruled from 1978. Moi promised Kenyans that he would follow Kenyatta’s footsteps and he surely did; he copied and perfected key Kenyatta policies, namely
    1) Self-preservation in politics,
    2) Insatiable greed for land and wealth, and
    3) Nepotism and tribalism.
    In fact Moi failed miserably to be his own man and his last failure in office was the Uhuru Project.
    Moi found it necessary to amend the constitution to make Kenya a one-party state by law (to complete Kenyatta’s Work- in Progress) through the insertion of the infamous section 2A. In time, the one-party state became a one-man state as parliament, the cabinet, the judiciary, the civil service, the parastatal sector and public universities acquiesced to Moi’s wishes. The practices of political repression and torture were perpetuated unabated
    Moi also unashamedly used state resources to buy loyalty in curious ways. He dished out loads of local currency notes to ordinary Kenyans he found on the roadside, regardless of whether they were minding their own business or waiting to catch a glimpse of him. He enjoyed playing politics to the public gallery, where he delighted in humiliating people who were better educated than him. Besides presiding over the infamous Goldenberg and other systematic lootings of the treasury, Moi also became more interested in neutralizing those perceived to be against his leadership. National problems like corruption, “tribalism” and human rights became distant concerns. The murders of former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Robert Ouko, that of Alexander Muge and the infamous ethnic (tribal) clashes; cannot be detached from this system.

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