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Patrick L Opondi, Wasio- Migori–05/31/10
What is all the assault , protest, hullabbo and noise about the judiciary all about? Is it another veiled attempt by parliament to usurp the powers of another arm of government in their hidden supremacy war? Having mauled the executive, the law making organ has of late been instrumental in discharging administrative duties, including acting as oversight agents contrary to the idea of separation of powers.The meddling on the executive by politicians has crippled delivery of services to citizens as elected leaders continue to prefer things done their way, even in matters where they lack expert knowledge. Most parastatal agencies have been messed up as hapless executives are constantly on the receiving end from the big mouthed politicos seeking to flex their muscle and gain control of various government departments to stoke their egos. We constantly hear of politicians lobbying to have their kith and kin appointed to plum government positions, such executive head of agencies, ambassadors, in exchange of supporting a bill in parliament.
The delivery of the unpopular judgment may have been coincidental, coming close to the time when we are deeply engulfed in a similar debate during the referendum. But it is no reason enough for parliament to read mischief on the part the judiciary, for they (parliament) do not have the powers to influence some of these decisions nor do they have any avenue to control the calendar of the dispensation of justice.Justice must not be dispensed their way for justice to be seen to be done. They want to make the cake and eat their own way.No arm of government has ever raised voice against the in efficiency of parliament or even on the dubious character of some law makers yet parliament has arrogated themselves larger authority to pick fights with all that threatens their excessive impunity.
What is their understanding of the cardinal law of separation of powers? Do they want to create laws for the country and take their interpretation away from the judiciary; in the same manner they have taken the executive powers? It is the work of parliament to create strong laws, to streamline and seal any loopholes that may raise conflicts, ambiguity or avenues for abuse. This is done within the precincts of parliament and if necessary, through invitation of the concerned parties to testify and offer the views which can be incorporated to bolster the process.Instead, law makers have taken their assault to the streets, to intimidate, malign and coerce defenseless public officials. How do they expect the judiciary or the executive to respond to their vendetta war when they lack similar platform to shed crocodile tears before the public?
When the competency of the judiciary is played loud and brought to doubt in public forums, what message are we sending to citizens? Very simple, do not take your cases to the courts. We are urging our citizens to take laws in their own hands, with grave consequences.The war to reform this nation must first focus on parliament, a graveyard of incompetent individuals, impunity and the hall mark of corruption in our country. The house is rocked by various scandals, including mismanagement of the CDF yet they hardly confront their own weaknesses.
By Joseph Lister Nyaringo; NJ, USA–05/30/10
The people of South Mugirango should avoid being dragged into succession and referendum politics when they go to the polls in June to elect their next leader after the nullification of the election of the then MP and Trade assistant minister Omingo Magara.
Voters must focus on the qualities of the candidates before they cast their votes and not be swayed by the charged political climate in the Country. After all, they’re electing an MP to address the myriad problems they face in the grassroots and not the President of the Republic of Kenya.
Despite the fact that clan politics takes centre stage during political campaigns in Gusiiland, It’s imperative for the voters to disregard it because it has thwarted civil unity in the Community. They should remember that, whether a candidate is from, Bosinange, Bogetenga or Botabori, they are all citizens of Kenya, and should be voted based on their values and character.
The MP should be a person who will articulate the people’s interests, aspirations, as well as standing up for the common good of the Abagusii and the entire nation. These are the qualities of a leader who has the desire for public service hence, to address common problems in the constituency related to: education, agriculture, the standard of living and infrastructure.
Being induced by cash handouts to influence one’s vote has robbed the Abagusii community off good leaders whom despite having the qualities to be MP are never elected because they don’t bribe the voters. If a candidate buys you a bar soap with no leadership qualities does not deserve your vote. After all, this is a one time inducement that should not make you spoil your vote because it can’t change your life, community or nation.
The by election has attracted countrywide attention because of the former MP’s position in ODM party and therefore, leaders like Uhuru, Ruto and the Vice President who augur presidential ambitions want to capitalize on it to expand their political network through Mr. Magara. Don’t vote because Uhuru, Kalonzo, Obure or Ongeri has said so.
You should not be influenced by self seekers who have not satisfied their own constituents. They don’t love the people of South Mugirango but want to use them as specimens in a chemical lab to settle political scores to a well known opponent in their quest for the Presidency. Cast your vote based on your conviction and conscience.
The voters need to avoid all acts of lawlessness during the campaigns. Being treated to the theatrics of a referendum and a by election, is likely to heighten political temperatures on the ground. It will be unfair to injure, insult, curse or provoke some one just because of supporting a different candidate. Upholding a democratic culture that accommodates the political views of others is the best way to go in a modern society.
Remember, you are not looking for an omniscient MP, but one who will listen to all people irrespective of their standing in life with humbleness; showing humility tamped with honest, integrity, selflessness and human love. Above all, he she must conduct constituency affairs with transparency and accountability while upholding servant leadership through dedication, hard work and commitment.
Finally, if voters in South Mugirango consider these factors before they go to the polls, they stand a good chance of electing a good Member of Parliament. These also apply to other constituencies in the Country with impending by elections like: Matuga, Juja and even Kamkunji, should a by election be declared after the awaited court ruling.
We are requesting all Kenyans in New Jersey to come and listen to Hon. MR.Justice Muga Apondi,Judge High Court of Kenya on Sunday May/30/2010.
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A Kenyan woman Kakenya Ntaiya is among 14 people from around the world named as new emerging explorers by the National Geographic.
The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers. Each will receive a $10,000 award to assist with research and to aid further exploration.
Kakenya is the founder and president of Kakenya Center for Excellence in her home village of Enoosen in southern Kenya. It is the first and only school for girls in the region.
A passionate advocate for girls’ education, Ntaiya persuaded her father that she not follow traditional Maasai culture and marry at age 13.
She became the first girl in her village to pursue an education in the United States, where she is completing a Ph.D. Kakenya believes that education will empower and motivate young girls to become agents of change in their communities and countries.
KAKENYA NTAIYA’S STORY
“I want this school not only to empower Kenya’s girls, but also their mothers, fathers, and entire villages.”
For thousands of families in Kenya, seven cows are more valuable than a girl’s future.
Those cows, a typical bridal dowry in Maasai culture, prove so tempting that most fathers in rural areas decide their daughter’s education will end and marriage begin by age 13. Traditionally this event is preceded by female genital circumcision, a mutilation that remains a mystery to the girls until the moment it is performed. The girls, children themselves, will immediately start their own families and live out their days carrying water from the river, gathering firewood, and tending the treasured cows.
Now, a building rises in one remote village that could change everything: The region’s first and only primary school for girls. Its creation an act of sheer will, stubborn persistence, and inexplicable optimism on the part of Kakenya Ntaiya.
Not long ago, Ntaiya was a village girl herself. Firstborn of eight children, Ntaiya shouldered unusual responsibilities even by local standards. Her father, a policeman, worked in a distant city. His absence, the lack of an older brother, and extreme poverty required Ntaiya to plow her own fields as well as work side by side with men on sugarcane farms. Helping feed and care for younger siblings also fell to Ntaiya, and on the frequent nights when food was scarce, she and her mother went without it.
When Ntaiya was five, her parents announced her engagement to a six-year-old neighbor. “I looked at this boy,” she recalls, “whose family was even poorer than my own. I looked at all my mother’s anger and pain. I looked at this hopeless future in front of me and I said, No way.”
School was her lone bright spot. She made excellent grades, admired her teachers, and hoped to some day become one herself. “I lived in a hut made of grass and mud that we shared with goats and sheep. But I had dreams. I kept pictures of beautiful green places with nice homes and somehow knew there was a different life out there.”
In a district where even today only 11 percent of girls continue past primary school, Ntaiya negotiated with her father to be that she would only be circumcised if she was allowed to complete high school. He agreed and after graduation, she was accepted at a teachers college in Kenya and a university in the United States. But, she says, “by then my father was in the hospital, paralyzed. We had sold almost everything to pay for his care, so there was no money for college, especially in the U.S.”
Although shunned for attempting what few boys dreamed of, Ntaiya finally persuaded a key village leader to help. His sway gave her the community and financial support to continue the education that would change her lifeâ€”and the lives of other girls in that same village today. Ntaiya is completing her Ph.D. in education in the U.S. and directing the school for girls she has launched in her hometown.
Ntaiya’s Academy for Girls stands in stark contrast to other local rural schools, where classrooms overflow with 70 children per teacher. Attendance is compulsory through sixth grade, but in a culture that considers educating girls a bad investment since most will leave to marry by age 13, teachers focus on boys. Social custom trains women to never look men in the eye and to move out of their way on the road. Not surprisingly, girls shrink in the classroom, afraid to compete, raise hands, or seek help. Many are held back year after year, give up, and drop out.
To reverse that trend, Ntaiya believes excellent primary education is crucial. Now in its second year, her academy has 60 girls and four teachers, with a fifth to be hired soon. The school plans to accept 30 new girls each year. “We keep class sizes very small,” she explains, “so each girl receives a great deal of individual attention. We’ve also extended the school year with extra weeks in the summer focusing on English and math.”
Kenya holds national examinations for all eighth graders. Those who score best earn entrance to top high schools, further improving their chances for limited spots at universities. “When the top 100 names from the exams are published in the newspaper,” Ntaiya reports, “no one from our community is ever mentioned. I’m going to make sure my girls are on that list.”
Along with promoting rigorous academics, her school nurtures leadership skills. “After just a few months here, they become completely different people,” Ntaiya observes. “In a girls-only environment they lead, make decisions, speak up, and gain confidence. They’re smart and thriving. They just needed a chance.”
A health course gives girls information they would not otherwise receive on circumcision, the consequences of sex and early pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and their personal rights. Already the school has intervened with help from authorities to prevent a circumcision at the request of a fourth grader.
While Ntaiya insists that families who can pay tuition do so, she also works with donors to provide scholarships for girls living in extreme poverty and at high risk of child marriage. Today she focuses on completing classroom and dormitory construction so students from distant villages can board at the school. “What I need most right now,” she says with a smile, “are bricks and cement.”
Ntaiya hopes her academy will be a model replicated in other remote areas. “I’m helping girls who cannot speak for themselves. Why should they go through the hardships I endured? They’ll be stepping on my shoulders to move up the ladderâ€”they’re not going to start on the bottom.”
Sourced from the National Geographic Website
May 27, 2010
An 18-year-old student from Kenya drowned while swimming with friends in Wolfville, N.S., on Tuesday afternoon.
James Ochola had been attending Acadia University.
RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger said police were called to Reservoir Park just before 4 p.m. and told that four friends had gone to the unsupervised beach area and three went for a swim.
Ochola got into trouble in the water and his friends were unable to help him. RCMP recovered his body in five metres of water and he was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m.
It’s hard for James Ochola’s sister and his friends to believe that he is gone because he was so full of life. “Tall, lanky, so social,” Rosa Ochola said Wednesday, describing her younger brother. “We’ve been kind of over flooded, in my opinion. I’m thinking, â€˜Why do you make so many friends? What’s the matter with you? Now I have to entertain them all.’”
James Ochola, 18, a student at Acadia University in Wolfville, drowned Tuesday afternoon while swimming at Reservoir Park, a popular unsupervised swimming hole in the town.
James â€” nicknamed Odi â€” was a strong swimmer, but somehow couldn’t make it to shore. Wolfville police are investigating the circumstances of his death.
The first year computer science student was with friends when he struggled in the water. Foul play is not suspected. “Everybody loves him.
This is painful for a lot more people than just me,” Rosa Ochola, 25, said. She and her sister, Janet, 20, who emigrated from Kenya, know tragedy. Their parents died a few years ago, and Rosa Ochola said that, in one way, makes her brother’s death easier to accept.
“He’s with our mom and our dad. Nothing could be done â€” it was time. I’m sorry to become so spiritual, but that’s what happens when people are really good. They learn and then they teach us, and it’s time for them to be called back,” she said. “Nobody should feel bad about it, and just be happy that he’s not there on the other side on his own.”
Rosa and James’s friends said there is an important, and a happy date, coming in five weeks time. “We have made a pact â€” we are still going on and celebrating his 19th birthday party because I know he’s up there,” Rosa Ochola said.
Source: Canada Broadcasting Corporation
|Kikanae Punyua moved from Kenya last summer and joined the Wilde Lake track team, running competitively for the first time. “I was like, this is unbelievable,” Punyua said. “It was a great surprise. So I just realized that I have ability, so I better use this … to change my life and my family and my community and my country.” (Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / May 24, 2010)|
Nine months ago, these were the realities of Kikanae Punyua’s life in Kenya, but much has changed since then. Punyua, 17, left behind his friends, family and country last summer for a chance to study in the United States.
Becoming one of the top distance runners in the state was not something the Wilde Lake junior ever imagined.
“You see a kid like this maybe once every 20 years or so,” Oakland Mills assistant coach Sam Singleton said. “He runs very well. He’s just a natural. He’s gifted.”
The culmination of Punyua’s season begins Friday at the state championship meet, which he’ll enter as a contender for All-State honors. In last week’s Class 3A East regional meet, Punyua won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 20.82 seconds) and the 3,200 (9:22.13). He has already earned All-State (for indoor track) and All-American honors this school year, drawing interest from numerous college track programs.
His success as a runner came as a surprise to just about everyone around him, as well as Punyua, who hopes to use his ability as a runner for more than just titles and accolades.
“I was like, this is unbelievable,” Punyua said. “It was a great surprise. So I just realized that I have ability, so I better use this â€¦ to change my life and my family and my community and my country.”
A member of the Maasai tribe, Punyua came from Narok, about two hours south of Nairobi. His father stressed academics, sending Punyua to a boarding school near their home. Success in the classroom helped Punyua â€” one of 10 children â€” earn a spot in the AFS Intercultural program, which sent him to the U.S. for a year.
Punyua came to Maryland in July, eventually settling in at the home of Wilde Lake cross country and track coach Whitty Bass. Punyua briefly considered going out for the soccer team, but eventually decided to run for Bass on the Wildecats’ cross country team.
At his first practice with the team, Bass placed Punyua with an inexperienced group that was instructed to run three miles. As he approached the point where he was supposed to turn around and come back, Punyua told senior Mike Kroeker that he wanted to keep running. Kroeker’s group eventually completed an eight-mile workout that Punyua handled with ease.
“We thought it was something incredible,” Kroeker said of Punyua, who took fifth in the Howard County cross country championships, second in the Class 3A East region and sixth in the state. “I really haven’t seen anything like it before.”
During indoor track season, Punyua went undefeated in the 3,200, sweeping the county, regiona; and state titles. Bass tested Punyua by taking him to the National Scholastic Indoor Championship meet in New York after states, where Punyua ran a personal best of 9:16 â€” 20 seconds better than he’d ever run before â€” and finished sixth to earn All-American status.
“It was just remarkable, and all of us were just thinking what a story it was,” Bass said.. “This just opens doors for him.”
Punyua, 5 feet 8 and 117 pounds, is long and lean, running with the kind of grace that makes other runners envious. He possesses a naturally smooth stride that the best distance runners have, and seems to be almost floating on the track. Punyua is aggressive, preferring to shoot to the front in races â€” a daring strategy that good runners often won’t try.
With dreams of attending an American university to become an engineer and later returning to help his native country, Punyua wants to come back to Wilde Lake for his senior year. Approximately 20 college programs have contacted Bass about having Punyua run for them.
However, Punyua’s J-1 visa expires June 30, and if it isn’t extended, he must return to Kenya. If that happens, Punyua said securing another visa to come back to the United States for high school or college â€” even if he gets a scholarship to run â€” could be a very difficult task.
Punyua said he’ll have no problem when it’s time to return to his family and their hut, which is roughly the size of Bass’ living and dining rooms. In fact, a return to Kenya would be fine with him. But Punyua still holds out hope that his newfound running skills will lead to college, and eventually the ability to make a difference in his country.
“When I go back, I feel like I might get a chance to change the country and the community since most of our community people are illiterate and didn’t go to school,” Punyua said. “I want to help my family, and I want to make things better for them.”
May 27, 2010,
Death of Mama EBISIBAH NYABOKE MOSIORI Wife to Mr. MOSIORI MAIGO of Bong’onta Sub-location,Nyaribari Ikorongo Location,Masaba District.Kisii.
She was the Daugther of The Late Mzee Benedicto Okong’o Nyang’ai and Mama Maengwe OKong’o of Matutu Settlement Scheme.
MOTHER TO:The Late John and Nelsa Ogoti Mosiori,James Twara Mosiori of Raleigh North Calorina USA,Josephat Ombwerah Mosiori(Headmaster,Gekonge Primary School),Cedric Nyang’oka Mosiori(Eng.Ministry of Water Migori District),Elicanah Moenga Mosiori( Ministry of Trade,HQ,Nairobi),Jane Nyanchama Mosiori(Kineni Settlement Scheme),Cliff Orori Mosiori(Kenyatta University-Nairobi),Robert OMosa Mosiori(Minneapolis Minnesota,USA),Everline Mosiori(Kineni Sec School,Nyansiono),Mary Nyamunsi
Mosiori(Riang’ombe Scheme),Peter Mosiori(Amabuko Sec School,Keroka).Samwel Matoya Nyamweya of UK medical Research Council(The Gambia),Joel Ombati Nyamweya of Kenya Power Nairiobi and Lydia Nyaboke Ogwoka(Arlington Texas,USA)
MOTHER INLAW TO:The Late Nelsa Mong’ina Ogoti(Ruga),Leah Moraa Twara(Eldoret),Linet Nyatichi Ombwerah(Moro),Definah Nyamoita Nyang’oka (Eldoret),Ruth Moenga(Moro),Alice Orori(Nakuru),Hulda Bochere Mosiori(Minneapolis Minnesota,USA)
GRANDMOTHER TO:The Late Robert Ogoti,Fitzgerald Maigo Ogoti(Nairobi),Divinah Mwango Ogoti(Jomo Kenyatta University),Brian Maigo Twara(University of Nairobi),Edwin Maigo and Nyakundi Omwerah(Moro),Maigo and Kenani Nyang’oka(Eldoret),Maigo and Moraa Moenga(Moro),Ogoti Orori(Nakuru),Lucy Kerubo and Rodgers Mosiori(Minneapolis Minnesota USA) and Others,The Late
Mama Ebishibah had Over 30 Grandchildren.
SISTER TO:Thomas and Paulina Ombaire OKong’o(Isoge Settlement Scheme),Alfred and Grace Gekonge Okon’go(Albany Newyork,USA),Steve Onserio of Matutu Scheme and the Late Zephania and Teresia Bironga Okong’o(Matutu Settlement Scheme).
SISTER INLAW TO:Mikuro Maigo,Onchngu Maigo,Ontiri Maigo and Twara Maigo all of Chitago Village,Nyanturago-Keroka.
KORERA TO:Nyangari of Eroga,Nyamwange of Nyamasibi,Omambia of Magenche(Machoge),Nyamwange of Nyamasibi,John Simeka Nyagaka(Raleigh North Carolina USA),Hellen Nyagaka(Ministry of Lands Migori),Moroti of Ikorongo.
COUSIN TO:Attorney Henry Ongeri of ABC group(Minneapolis Minnesota USA) and HM Ongeri and Associates (Posta Sacco Plaza,Nairobi) And Ombaire (of Minneapolis Minnesota USA)
BURIAL AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:The body is lying in HEMA hospital Kisii,Burial will be held at Bong’onta Village,Bong’nta Sublocation,Nyaribari Ikorongo Location,Masaba Distict on Friday June 4th at Noon.
Always associated African savanna with fierce lions, massive elephantsand towering giraffes? Well, it’s not these big animals, but the humble termite, that appears to be the king of these jungles, according to scientists.
Ecologists have found that these termites contribute mightily to grassland productivity in central Kenya via a network of uniformly distributed colonies.
Termite mounds greatly enhance plant and animal activity at the local level, while their even distribution over a larger area maximizes ecosystem-wide productivity.
The finding, establishes a counterintuitive approach to population ecology- Often, it’s the small things that matter most.
“One of the kind of typical things I think that people think about is, what drives a savanna in terms of its structure and function? We think about big animals, but these termites are having a massive impact on the system from below,” said Todd Palmer, one of the paper’s authors and an assistant professor of biology at the University of Florida.
Robert M. Pringle, a research fellow at Harvard University and the lead author, said: “As (famed biologist) E.O. Wilson likes to point out, in many respects it’s the little things that run the world.”
Prior research on the Kenya dwarf gecko initially drew Pringle’s attention to the peculiar role of grassy termite mounds, which in this part of Kenya are some 30 feet in diameter and spaced some 180 to 300 feet apart.
Each mound teems with millions of termites, who build the mounds over the course of centuries.
After observing unexpectedly high numbers of lizards in the vicinity of mounds, the researchers began to quantify ecological productivity relative to mound density.
They found that each mound supported dense aggregations of flora and fauna- Plants grew more rapidly the closer they were to mounds, and animal populations and reproductive rates fell off appreciably with greater distance.
When seen in satellite imagery, the researchers observed that each mound – relatively inconspicuous on the Kenyan grassland – stood at the centre of a burst of floral productivity.
More important, these bursts were highly organized in relation to one another, evenly dispersed as if squares on a checkerboard.
The result is an optimized network of plant and animal output closely tied to the ordered distribution of termite mounds.
“In essence, the highly regular spatial pattern of fertile mounds generated by termites actually increases overall levels of ecosystem production. And it does so in such a profound way. Seen from above, the grid-work of termite mounds in the savanna is not just a pretty picture. The over-dispersion, or regular distribution of these termite mounds, plays an important role in elevating the services this ecosystem provides,” said Palmer.
The mechanism through which termite activity is transformed into far-reaching effects on the ecosystem is a complex one.
The researchers suspect termites import coarse particles into the otherwise fine soil in the vicinity of their mounds.
These coarser particles promote water infiltration of the soil, even as they discourage disruptive shrinking and swelling of topsoil in response to precipitation or drought.
The mounds also show elevated levels of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen.
All this beneficial soil alteration appears to directly and indirectly mould ecosystem services far beyond the immediate vicinity of the mound.
The researchers suggest that the present work has implications beyond the basic questions of ecology.
The study was published in the journal PLoS Biology. (ANI)