Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The eyes within West Pokot region



Working in Western and North Rift region many at times gives me an opportunity to explore these unknown places.
The region and the people’s cultures vary as you move from one place to another.

I had a chance to tour West Pokot region. It took a little thought before making the decision. At first my pals and colleagues told me it was a road trip to a home. mmmh…, but when I asked where, they said it was Kapenguria. The thought made me to accept.

West Pokot District according to Wikipedia is in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its capital town is Kapenguria.
The Pokot community, inhabit the area.

Men dominate the decision-making processes within the society, and a council of elders is responsible for maintenance of law and order, security, social disputes, ceremonies, and decisions regarding agriculture and livestock.

The Pokot are polygamous, with the number of wives in proportion to a man's wealth. This practice is viewed as a means of maximizing the productive and reproductive capacity of the society.

The area from what I found out has different places: Alale, Sigor, Lelan, Kongelai, Chepareria, Chesegon, Kacheliba, Kapenguria, and Kasei.

Let me not dwell much on the literature but this will be of help in understanding that….  

CONFLICT AND CULTURAL CHANGE, THE POKOTS













Friday, 16 November 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Uncertain Times…Only God can save us from this heartache

Deployed officers 

Tonight just like many nights before my heart aches and I just can’t help but shelve my own needs in my prayer tonight and pray for people that hold a very special place in my heart.

“Dear Lord another 42 people died Saturday at Lomerok area in Barogoi Samburu County  not of illness or accident but because they werekilled by people of your own creation. No justification whatsoever of how they died, who was wrong or right can ease the pain their loved ones are going through tonight. Just the other day 12 were killed, the other day 4 died, several months ago over 100 were killed. Children tonight have been left fatherless but I pray that you may continue being the ever loving father of these children, I pray for their wives who will have to work extra hard to provide for their children, Comfort their families and friends as they mourn their loss.


"Heal the physically wounded"
But then again, what has come over us that we butcher each other just because we are of different ethnic communities? We are killing those sacrificing their lives in the line of duty? That we are so full of hatred? Lord, I am sure this is not what you purposed for us, I pray for forgiveness for we have all failed, for watching in silence as this happens. I know there are times you let us be when we refuse to listen to you. Tonight I pray that you may visit all Kenyans in their sleep remind us that we are all your children, created in your image, fearfully and wonderfully made. Remind us that you alone are the one who gives life and the only one who takes it away, finally remind us to be each other’s keepers and guardians at all times. Remind us that we owe it to our children and to many generations to come.

Lord, I pray for our leaders that they may realize the greater responsibility that comes with the title of being called a leader. I pray that you may grant them compassion that they may not only condemn the killings rocking our nation but they will offer leadership to ensure the safety and security of all is guaranteed. May they create avenues that justice is granted to the victims.

Bring us back to our senses before we perish Lord. Wipe the tears of those mourning and comfort them and heal the wounds that have not healed yet. Most importantly I pray for children who are victims of such circumstances that as they grow up they will learn to forgive and desist from seeking revenge for vengeance and revenge belongs only to you. I pray that they may not continue the cycle of violence, but that they will have the courage to break it.
"Lord help us realize that Kenya is not only made beautiful by the land marks but by the beautiful people you put on our soil."

Lord heal our land, heal Kenya that no more lives will be lost to senseless killings but we will be full of love, kindness and respect for one another. May peace prevail in every corner of our nation, I may not have much within my powers to change the circumstances but I know you put in my heart this burden and the courage to do little acts that will eventually contribute to a peaceful nation.

Finally Lord, I pray for all peacemakers in Kenya and in the world that they may not despair even when the journey gets tough and the only remaining thing is hope. Grant them courage to withstand all the handles that are on their way as it is not an easy path to travel. Bless them all.

Grant us peace in our homes, our nation, in our hearts and in the world over.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Bloggers & Online Journalists Training On Elections & Social Responsibility

Photos courtesy https://twitter.com/collinsom92


The Media Council of Kenya in Partnership with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) organized a training workshop for journalists and bloggers  working in various media houses and in private in Kenya from 1st – 2nd November 2012 at the Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Center – Karen, Nairobi.
 The objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To understand the mandate and success of the Media Council of Kenya
  2. To train journalists in understanding freedom of expression versus hate speech and emerging     issues within the media industry,
  3. To raise awareness among journalists on how to verify information provided by online sources
  4. To Support journalists in developing strategies on how to be responsible journalist or bloggers in adherence to the code of conduct,
  5. To understand the challenges and opportunities offered to journalist with new media.
The following media houses were presented:
•              West FM radio
•              Pamoja radio
•              Nation Media Group     
•              KBC radio
•              The Standard Group
•              Internews

This was the first time the Media Council of Kenya was bring on board the bloggers in an attempt of understanding their unique role they play in shaping the agenda and how they can be recognized in the globalized digital age.

Those who facilitated the sessions included: Victor Bwire (Programmes manager –MCK), Mr Cheruiyot (CID), Dr Haron Mwangi ,(CEO Media Council), Tom Rhodes (Committee of Protection of Journalists, EAC representative), Mr Joseph Cheboi (Legal Department NCIC), Prof. Levi Obonyo (Chairman Media Council), Joe Kadhi (Veteran journalist and USIU Lecturer, Churchill Otieno (NMG) and Milly Lwanya (NCIC Commissioner).
OUTCOME FROM THE TRAINING

The two day event justified that, Global journalism today accesses instantaneous multimedia communication networks, products and services. However, they also remove journalists’ monopoly on international news, forcing a re-evaluation of who creates, transmits and ultimately owns the news.

Jackson Cheboi - It is our collective responsibility to play our part to see tomorrow. Every right you enjoy has a correspondent duty 

New forms of communication are reshaping the practice of a once narrow minded craft serving a local, regional or national public. Today, news media use communication technology to gather text, video and images from around the world, with unprecedented speed and varying degrees of editorial control. The same technology allows news media to disseminate this information to audiences scattered around the globe.  Based on the above, it was emphasized that content, objectivity and journalistic ethics was important in confronting the new challenges facing media organizations.
https://twitter.com/joekadhi


Language:

Objective reports, to be accurate and balanced, must contain all relevant international sources and cross-cultural perspectives. In addition, global journalism asks journalists to be more conscious of how they frame the global public’s perspective on major stories, and how they set the international news agenda. The aim of global journalism should be more than helping the public sphere “go well” at home, as civic journalists say. The aim should be to facilitate rational deliberation in a global public sphere.

Thus, participants were encouraged to champion the interest of the nation through that language with an aim of bringing a variety of languages as an advantage, bringing a whole population on top to equal terms of comprehension by a framing purpose (what exactly do you want to say) and using inclusiveness that does not create or reinforce.

Joe Kadhi - Social media will continue to play a critical role in journalism. Same core principals of journalism should apply to social media journalism

Ethics:

Participants were told to adhere to the code of conduct because their main objective is service to the public, we hold the public trust therefore; have the responsibility guided by standards to perform the objective.

Further, the participants were told to understand the constitution of Kenya 2010 carefully on aspects of the bill of rights for media houses and the NCIC Act because the bill of rights too had limitations.


Robert Niles - The ethics of online journalism are, ultimately, no different than the ethics of journalism

Conflict sensitive reporting:

Capacity building for the participants was made so as to keenly look at conflict as a challenge that needs to be looked at beyond the frame of the picture. This is because the media have capacity to stimulate violence and bring peace at the same time therefore, urged to be compassionate (deal with humans first, journalism second), be interventionist for a good course and be responsible such that speculation is avoided when conflicts arise.



Barbzy - The power of technology can bring the country down.

Above all, we were encouraged to promote common humanity through peace journalism by providing a platform for popular debate on peace, representation of the voiceless, maintain positive relationship of respect and play the role of a reformer with reference to the on -going debate on Truth Justice and Reconciliation, the boundary reforms, the coming elections, and our role in educating the public on the social implications by engaging them so that they start being inquisitive as a way of understanding the issues.
https://twitter.com/joekadhi awarding me with a certificate after the completion of the training.


Therefore To upgrade social values the journalist should:

I.                     Accept and fulfill certain obligations to society by setting high standards of professionalism. Truth, accuracy and objectivity.
II.                    Avoid disseminating material that might lead to crime, violence, a civil disorder or that may offend minority groups.
III.                  Be pluralistic, reflect the diversity of the culture in which they operate and give access to various points of view and right to reply.
IV.                  Be accountable to society as well as their employers and the market.


Joe Kadhi - Accuracy is achieved by mastering the manipulation of the 5Ws and H.

Conclusion

The workshop proved to be worth emanating from the many issues that were discussed and shared based on the new media opportunities and challenges that if used well can contribute positively to the growth of the journalism field.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Mashujaa Day: We are own heroes


Mashujaa (Heroes) Day, formerly Kenyatta Day, on October 20. It is going to be the third national day celebrated under our new Constitution, which recognizes only two other national days on the calendar Jamhuri Day and Madaraka Day.


Today marks a great milestone to us Kenyans. A day our country is being reborn, a day that inspires by the opportunities that will make each day afford us to wake-up and live another day striving to reach our goals as a nation.

Goals that will make us make strides, in our social, political and economic endeavors; Strides that will raise our education standards to provide opportunities for the youth, homes for the homeless, and food for the hungry.

What each one of us ought to know is that, we are our own heroes each and every day. It is the positive difference you make in your family, community, society and the nation at large.

We hold on to the hope to achieve that change to which they fought for, every day. The realities of the problems that face our country have solutions and or can be improved.

Investing our energy to reach a point where we can all listen and concentrate on achieving our common goals as Kenyans.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Changing the way I think inside


"Life is like playing chess with God. Your moves are called Choices and His moves are called Challenges. Go for someone who is not only proud to have you, but will also take every risk and chance just to be with you"

Photo via Brian Tracy
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. - Chris McCandless, quoted in Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild"

At the end of the day, what you had perhaps projected to happen to accomplish might be positive or negative, it is not a reason to give up

Learning something every day; some an eye-opener, some the bitter truth, but all are good. Shape my attitude and thinking

 Where there is a shadow somewhere there is light. I will be walking much stronger."

"Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, and no time out. Sometimes it is now or never. Go for it!"

"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." – Flavia Weedn"



Thursday, 11 October 2012

Day of the Girl Child - making progress equitable and broad-based

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The world celebrates the first International Day of the Girl Child today October 11, 2012, with a call of eliminating child marriages by it being a key political priority for governments to protect the rights of girls and women.

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki several times he has cited school drop -out as a result of teenage pregnancy, early marriage and negative social cultural attitudes as impediments to fully empower them noting that education was key to their woes.

“Education holds the key to unlocking many of their obstacles facing women and girls. However, attaining and ensuring completion of education by girls is still a challenge due to dropout rates as a result of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, and negative social cultural attitudes.”
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Liesl Gerntholtz, director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch. Says, 
“The first global Day of the Girl should usher in a renewed global commitment to put a stop to marriages of children below age eighteen. Governments should work harder to prevent child marriage and to increase awareness of the harm that they cause.”

Gender parity is an issue to address because it is important to ensure education provided opportunities for the women. “More importantly the concern is whether the education provided to girls is free from gender bias and whether it provides equal access to the job market.”

According to the 2007 MDG Civil Society report education for women has been identified as key to their participation in national development. Education is crucial because it enhances the life opportunities of women, and their families. Girl’s education is critically important not only for harnessing the nation’s human resource for development, but also for raising the self-esteem and confidence, and widening the life choices of females, their access to information and knowledge.

 "behind every successful woman there is always a father who recognized the value of his daughter."
   with low levels of schooling are more likely to be married early & child marriage has been shown to virtually end a girl’s educationEmpowering girls and safeguarding their rights is at the heart of the issue. Child Marriages MUST end. When girls are able to stay in school & avoid being married early,they can build a foundation 4 a better life 4 themselves & their families

Pertinent questions that need to be addressed with urgency, is that access to education is not enough, to see real change for women in Kenya, Africa and the world as a whole.

The Human Rights Watch says: Child marriage almost inevitably disrupts girls’ education and exposes them to domestic violence.

Girls who marry young are more susceptible to early pregnancies and reproductive health complications associated with early pregnancy.

In order to effectively address the problem of child marriages, Human Rights Watch recommends that states:

  • Enact legislation that sets the minimum age for marriage at 18, and include requirements for the verification of the full and meaningful consent of both spouses.
  • Take the necessary legislative and other measures to ensure that anyone who intentionally forces an adult or a child to enter into a marriage is appropriately penalized, and that marriages concluded under force may be voided, annulled, or dissolved without undue burden placed on the victim(s).
  • Safeguard by law a victim’s right to seek financial compensation after voiding, annulling, divorcing, or otherwise dissolving the marriage and protect the rights of children born out of such a marriage.
  • Provide training to law enforcement officials on gender discrimination and violence against women, including investigations into child marriages.
  • Ensure that government or nongovernment efforts at discouraging child marriages do not directly or indirectly punish victims of child marriages by excluding them from health, education, employment or other services that protect, fulfill, and promote their human rights.
A girl who marries later is more empowered to choose whether, when & how many children to have
  • Recognize marital rape as a criminal offense.
  • Increase and improve access to reproductive healthcare for all girls and women in rural and urban areas by allocating greater resources from national health expenditure and more personnel.
  • Ensure that access to emergency obstetric care, including monitoring of labor, trained birth attendants, newborn care, and contraception, is available to all girls and women in rural and urban areas.
  • Raise awareness among health workers and the public on the importance of registering births, including home deliveries.
  • Provide continuing formal education and vocational training opportunities for married girls and women.

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“Child marriage is almost always also forced marriage. It disrupts girls’ education and exposes them to domestic violence and preventable health crises,” said Gerntholtz. “By working to tackle and end the marriage of children, the UN and global governments will help protect the rights of women and girls worldwide.”

In conclusion, Governments need to understand the local context in development policy by placing people at the centre of development is more than an intellectual exercise.

It means making progress equitable and broad-based, enabling women to become active participants in change and ensuring that achievements are not attained at the expense of future generations.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sema Kenya: BBC Swahili debate show premier in Kenya


BBC Swahili will launch a national televised debate show in Kiswahili, Kenya’s national language, Sunday 7 October.

Renowned BBC journalist, Joseph Warungu will present Sema Kenya, which means Kenya speaks. Warungu is former head of the BBC’s African news and current affairs department where he was responsible for flagship show Focus on Africa and oversaw a team of over 60 reporters across the continent.

 The show will travel around the country bringing officials and well known public figures together with ordinary people to spark an open national conversation. It will run up to and through the general elections on 4 March 2013. The first programme will broadcast from Mombasa with security, land issues and drug abuse up for discussion.

 “The audience drives the debate on Sema Kenya”, said David Okwembah, Managing Editor of the BBC East Africa Bureau.

“People will have their say on what should be discussed every step of the way, and given a chance to get answers to issues that truly matter to them”.

The programme will also raise awareness of the six ballots – rather than the usual three - taking place on the same day in March 2013. Kenyans will elect the President, members of parliament, senators, county governors, women representatives and county assembly members. It will also explore and discuss recent electoral and constitutional reforms. 


Between broadcasts, the discussion will continue throughout the country on the internet, SMS and social media. 64% of Kenyans have access to a mobile phone, and are some of the highest users of Twitter on the continent.  
Sema Kenya will work with local civil society organisations to give communities with low media access a voice in the debate.

At a pilot show in September that focused on women’s representation in government, student leader Edward Okumu, 22, said “Many other shows tend to value what the panel has to say over the audience.  Sema Kenya is a good way to engage the audience as well.”

Amina Bakari, 61, agreed. “The show was very inclusive, especially considering how marginalised women are in Kenya.”

Sema Kenya will broadcast Sundays at 1pm on radio and 6pm on television, and will air on broadcasting partners KTN, BBC Swahili, and six radio stations, including three vernacular stations. The BBC made its first broadcast to Africa more than 80 years ago. The combined audience on radio and television makes the BBC the largest international broadcaster in Africa.

BBC Swahili is a multimedia broadcaster providing TV, radio and online content to Kiswahili-speaking audiences.  BBC Swahili radio content is available on BBC FM stations and/or partner radio networks in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Leadership - the only way to transform people’s minds and attitudes is to be consistent


Kenyans jubilation on August 27, 2010 during the promulgation of Kenya's new constitution

The problems Kenyans face today such as lack of political voice and inequitable access to services and opportunities have become a perennial predicament that leaders use to have their way out. Making us forget so easily where we were from - Kenyans Forget easily.

Little do we know that, “We often fight our circumstances, wanting to alter them? But the lesson is always waiting to be learnt. If we refuse to learn it, it will rebound on us again and again in various forms until we do learn it.”

Kenyans have braved so much since the era of one party rule through multiparty, however, when a glimmer of hope arises, petty self-interests become the greatest obstacles to structured social mobilization for political and economic transformation in Kenya. However, the Kenyan society can mobilize virulent violence when their collective racial or ethnic interests are threatened.

Our political leaders should get it clear, that the empowered Kenyan is not looking at the “what” they would want us to have because to them, this has been a pipe dream to them. What they would want to listen to, get inspired and become a call to a common goal of achieving the country’s hopes and aspirations is the “how” by bringing forth good policies that will make them feel appreciated as Kenyans and not Kenyans ready to vote because the same leaders are competing against each other.

Every election year,  many see it as a defining moment for the country; national elections and the establishment of devolved governance that the World Bank termed it: “one of the most ambitious programs of its type in the world”.

“The bulk of decentralization reforms will be implemented in 2012 and will impact Kenya’s social stability, service delivery, and fiscal health for years to come.  In responding to the economic crisis, Kenya’s policy makers will need to find the fiscal space required to deliver on the promise of devolution, while protecting public investment.

Get accountability right from the start.  Accountability should focus on both funds and performance, and systems should emphasize both central monitoring and reporting, but also maximize the involvement of citizens so they can hold their representatives accountable,” reads a section of the World Bank report.

Kenya seems to be at a cross road, a weak economy amidst a gloomy Euro zone, the Somali war that is eating into its financial pockets and not seem to end soon, labour woes, unemployment rate that is escalating each year with as more graduate into the job market.

Against this backdrop is the myriad number of candidates eyeing various seats from the national level to the County level, guessing who will capture the moments of inevitability is of course like speculating which financial products will trigger a new economic crisis.

The task is less to predict than to shape the future, and the main task is to identify the stakes involved in elections. How the contenders measure themselves against these stakes will shape the future of democracy in Kenya.

Incompetent leadership has gravely undermined the pace of countries socio-economic transformation. That it now begs the question; can democratic processes yield the caliber of competence that we see in our leaders?

Kenya’s path has generated into an absurd social inequality that has been fired up by corruption, and ethnic strife and impunity.

Outrage at official theft or abuse of office is frail and inoffensive. We adore the corrupt, tribal, greedy and selfish, insensitive, myopic and the redundant with orthodoxy system of leadership.

As such, voting ceases to be a political act in search of the common good, which often demands citizens to vote against their personal tastes and market-based preferences. Instead of being a political act, voting degenerates into the game of a giddy teenager; flighty, easily distracted and lacking in self-awareness.

The reason we elect leaders is so they can steal and share the booty with us.

Only the Kenyan voting public has the power to re-shape Kenya’s destiny whenever we hold general elections. I believe that citizens of Kenyan leaders are a creation of their respective societies.

It is against this backdrop that the search for candidates with a common touch will be of crucial importance. There should be no regrets, therefore, in voting against any pretenders whose business and political exploits have been detrimental to the lives of the ordinary people.

Kenyans must rise up, dust themselves up, begin to value their own freedoms, demand accountability for their taxes and hold their leaders to account for the decisions they make on behalf of the voters.

Kenyans must demonstrate to the world that the government of the people by the people and for the people has not perished.

Society rises on the pillars of respect and celebration of diversity. Society springs from a fundamental belief that different is not equal to less than. That difference is novelty.

Democracy can only flourish on the principle of citizenship. The problem is, the principle of citizenship is not the only game in life and it does not rule out other principles like religious affiliation or consumer identity.

The Kenya we have is built on the unyielding truth that politicians will protect us from the enemies of our tribe. Politicians decide which ethnic group(s) is friend or foe and rests on the aspiration that politicians from our ethnic community must be ensconced in power and grandiose privilege before we can get paved roads, clean water, medicines, a school, and a job.

Leadership requires consistency if we have to achieve that economic growth we dream of we do not have to keep changing our vision, the only way to transform people’s minds and attitudes is to be consistent.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Dialogue and engagement among youth key pillars for positive change


The Late Prof Wangari Maathai (Nobel Laureate)  on receiving the UN Africa Prize for Leadership, 1991 she said:

“Another value Africans must adopt is love and concern for young people. One of the most devastating experiences is to see youth wasting away because they are unemployed, even after they have completed secondary and tertiary education, or because their health has deteriorated. African governments should give priority to investments in technical education and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support programs.
Without skills, people find themselves locked out of productive, rewarding economic activities, leaving them unable to meet their needs for housing, healthcare and nutrition. They get trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and, sometimes, crime. 
Africa needs to prepare for the opportunities and challenges to come by deliberately working for peace and security.”As a youth, I am inspired by the kinds of dreams that motivate us to become leaders in new and innovative ways; because let’s face it, our generation needs a revolution to move this world forward always
More importantly, a good leader needs to be able to lead others and uphold the interests of their followers. Leadership does not only provide the path on which others may follow, it also ensures that leaders will point her or his followers in the right direction.
Consequently, the many youths within the country are looking upon these very leaders who will enable us to stand up and say “I’m going to change the world, I’ll start today.”

Despite us having either gone to school or completed, we find the outside world not ready to embrace us. The world behaves like we the youth have become the intruders and it will do all it can to oppress us. We grapple each day on how we shall fit in the society, how we shall get employed and above all how we shall be seen as agents for change.
This can only be achieved through sound leadership, leadership that values diversity, leadership that sees each as a valuable component for transformation, but is this arrived at?

The year 2007, I became aware of and knew the importance of effectively participating for change as an electorate. I became a voter. I tried all the best, I travelled all the way to Kakamega to vote within Lurambi constituency before I returned back home in Kitale.

Being a first voter among the many youth who had yearned to feel that inner feeling of being part of positive change and transformation, the elections of 2007 were the most competitive in Kenya’s short history of multiparty politics.
 The country was fractured with protracted ethnic clashes that lasted a couple of months. People lost lives and property and thousands others have been displaced permanently.

My dad used to travel often in Nairobi then, it became difficult for him to travel by road, and thus, he was allowed to be using a plane from the Eldoret International Airport all the way to Nairobi. However, to reach Eldoret via Kitale was not easy, along the way, one could witness houses, shops burned (that is around Soy, Matunda areas) one could see Lorries packed with property, people were fleeing from their homes, roads had been barricaded. Yes, that is what I used to witness as we escorted him to the airport. It was an eye sore.

Near our home, one of our neighbour’s house was torched, the tension that arose was indescribable, then a few days later, one of the big farmers around the area (comes from Central, but had relatives across the region) his head of cattle were stolen. The whole neighborhood was left asking questions, why? Why? These were people who had lived there most of their lives, they had married, sired children, whom many were among my friends. Yes, it had happened to them because of the ripple effect that was being witnessed all over the country.

I hate going back down memory lane but the Kenyan experience demonstrates that ethnic identities are not rigid. They are functional and instrumental in the competition for political power.
Kenya is sadly polarized ethnically. Elections as a vehicle for democracy are therefore, an obstacle to accountable and legitimate government as well as socio-economic progress.

The problems Kenyans face today, lack of political voice and inequitable access to services and opportunities have become a perennial predicament that leaders use to have their way out.
Making us forget so easily where we were from -Kenyans forget easily.

The same way I was in 2007, is the same way many youth like me will be casting their vote for the first time.
The same youth are becoming a force to reckon with, they are the pillars of peace, social economic advancement both as an individual, the community and the nation at large. They know what they have to do. Where they are going, but between their resilient spirit to forge ahead:

Petty self-interests are the greatest obstacles to structured social mobilisation for political and economic transformation in Kenya. However, through you and I as the Kenyan youth can mobilize virulent violence when our collective racial or ethnic interests are threatened.


The youth in their own innovative and creative ways are coming together to share ideas on why they do not want to be poisoned by the decisive thoughts of not becoming agents for social change. This is also why thespacetv.blogspot.com is bringing on board youth with diverse talents to share our goals and aspirations.

It is a forum that is giving the youth a voice for positive change. A voice that tells the leaders who are our politicians that they should get it clear, that the empowered Kenyan is not looking at the “what” they would want us to have because to them, this has been a pipe dream to them.

A voice that is yearning for what they would want to listen to, to get inspired and become a call to a common goal of achieving the country’s hopes and aspirations in the “how” by bringing forth good policies that will make them feel appreciated as Kenyans and not Kenyans ready to vote because the same leaders are competing against each other.

Sustaining self esteem among the youth is key. Walking within Western Kenya, many are striving to make ends meet; struggling each day with the little they have within their hand may be to see if the proverb says the truth- a drowning man clutches at a straw.


Many have given up, a reason they would not want to return back to their homes because of shame, they cannot feed themselves, and they do not have a roof above their heads. How many youth are employed but cannot still meet ends meet? How many are employed but still under the care of their parents? They are out there.
Yet, they cannot give up.

We hold on to the hope to achieve that change to which we look forward every day. The realities of the problems that face our country have solutions and or can be improved. Investing our energy to reach a point where we can all listen and concentrate on achieving our common goals as Kenyans.