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Forced Eviction!

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The long hand of Destruction
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Thika Highway

Syokimau has been targeted several times by destructive bulldozers and the victims’ cry has always been one, ‘WE WERE NOT TOLD TO EVACUATE…’ Similar occurrences happened along Thika Road and the same cry was repeated by those who were affected by the Government’s destructive machinery. So many properties, worthy billions have been reduced into dust because someone in the Government does not care about people on the ground. What they care about is to show the world how the country’s economy is booming.

I thought we have the law that governs everything in Kenya, but I was very wrong. In what I see, the boss has the last say and everything is done according to his words. No court order is needed as long as the word has come from above and worse to the people who are affected because they are not given an eviction notice prior to demolition date. That is Kenya you should know.

Forced eviction at its peak as the country embraces new developments in its infrastructure. Oh hail the state that is run by the heartless personalities…

Pictures: Jamiiforum and Kenyanet.com

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With Empty Stomach, Patience Can’t exist

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Should the president lead by example? This morning, I had a lengthy conversation with an active political activist . It was through this, that he said “..we tried to convince the president to cut his own salary so that other civil servants can follow suit. So unfortunate that he refused to listen to our advice. After the teachers, nurses are going on strike too …”

Anyone can see that the country is leaning on a weak pillar. It needs people’s support and adherence to the ruling government, thereby helping people in Kenya’s steering board to realize they have to work even harder to give back to the people.

Leading By Example:

In this unsteady economic time, Kenya is in the hands of those who value it the most. Those who are ready to sacrifice little they have to see the country moving forward. This does not mean trying extra hard, just a vision for tomorrow is what I mean.

The president once said, “… wait until the economy starts growing in double digits … by then, your salaries will be increased to even a hundred percent if you want.” So optimistic if you ask me. But how long will it take for him to realize this dreams? 

In my view, the presidents has all the privileges the nation can offer… all he needs is just  a snap of his fingers and whatever he wants is done.  Does he need that huge salary? Of course not. if he cuts some for public development, people will be happy and those planning to go on strike will have to think twice before going ahead with their salaries increment push.

Double Digit Economic Growth:

With fresh hurdles coming up very often, one wonders when will this happen. Being optimistic about economic issue is one thing that is killing Kenya’s need to forge forward.

The economic pendulum was once making a huge sweep with so many sources of revenue, more money in people’s hands and in savings. But nowadays, it seems there is no power to keep the pendulum swinging. In fact, it is going to stop if leadership keeps on relying on wind -empty talks and doing so little.

Patience is a good virtue, it enlightens one’s mind and reminds the person of a certain unfulfilled promise. However, it also need time. Nonetheless, an empty stomach attributes to every move a person can make. With it, patience can’t exist.

What We Learn From a Senior Citizen in Kenya

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A drunk Kenyan senior citizen passed by my place shouting,

Kenya I know is dead, Kenya we have is struggling, and Kenya of tomorrow is hopeless.” Of course the man is old enough to have had those plenty and needy days, his experience in this country is the very thing that pushed him to lament about how the country is being run.

My desire to know more about Kenya in previous years bore no fruits as people are now reserved to think more and talk less. 

Well, economic hurdles in every government sector have generalized people’s focus  development to free living. Meaning, majority of people are now living from hand to mouth with no hope for tomorrow. 

Why drink then if you don’t have money? In a hopeless society, drinking alcohol is the only activity that people engage in to free their minds from problems. Obviously, they wan’t to postpone what they don’t have answers for. 

Current Kenyan economy is threatening people’s will, so sad to see once industrious society reduce to nothing in tik of time. 

Kenya Inflation at Grass-root Level

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My friend’s story.

“As the last day of the month draws near, my excitement diminish into a worrisome state of mind. The fact is my debts have already surpassed my salary; I have nothing that I can call mine because all the money will go into settling financial debts leaving me with nothing but to start all over again.

“I went to vote with high expectations for change. How unwise I was to think change could come just a few months after take over! I feel this change with tears for everything I have lost. Financial inequality has left me destitute, but with huge hope for tomorrow.

“I wonder if only Kenya is suffering from financial breakdown. Have we been financially sanctioned by the international community? Maybe, this is what the US envoy to Africa meant when he said, “Choice has consequences.”

“I believe it’s not only me who is feeling this financial heat wave. But till when we are going to suffer in the hands of leaders who are busy squandering our money through trips and renovations. I thought they were elected to make Kenya’s economy grow by double digits!

“Very funny, they want to impose Unga Bill on us yet they haven’t done anything to improve people’s lives. Does the government intend to drive people over the financial cliff?”

This is just one in a millions of Kenyans who are going through hard financial time. What would happen if the government actually implements VAT BILL on essential stuffs?

What is happening to Kenya’s Economy?

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Usually, the first person to feel the pinch of a weakening economy is someone who lives below a dollar a day and sometimes the middle-class society. Sad part of truth is, the rich are always the cause but they are immune to feel economic bites.

On ground, people are struggling to keep the wheel of life revolving, living by prayers and faith that even tomorrow could come to pass. Completely innocent without a clue why the cost of living has become so difficult to manage.

Politics! This is the cause of people’s problems. The economic future is limited since political tentacles touch every sensitive part that holds our country’s stability.

Kenya’s economy is controlled by an elite group –super rich individuals- who are able to twist and tune and lead politics into their preferable status. Making sure that power remains within their hands, and the country is steered to where they benefit the most.

Equality in sharing national resources is out of question. They own Kenya! The remainder is left for middle class and crumbs for majority –poor people.

Before official campaign period for March 4th general elections, Kenya’s economic was not that bad as majority of people were happy with little they had. Their expectation was that after peaceful election and power transition, they would pick from where they left and move on with national building. Unfortunately, things did not go as to their expectations.

As power struggle continues within the elite group, the repercussions are being felt by the middle class and lower groups. The weight of these political matters is becoming very heavy each month and might blow up into social crimes if not dealt with in time.

People crying for democracy, truth and justice should start thinking about how this is affecting the country’s economic stability. It is true that no one would love to inherit a desert unless it has an economic value; however, it also depends on how much one is willing to sacrifice for the sake of it on the expense of the people.-