Archive for October, 2012

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Yesterday’s move by the president not to ascend to the finance bill passed by parliament was the best gift the president offered Kenyans. Perhaps acting from pressure that had mounted from Kenyans and civil society groups, the president cited the move by Mps as unconstitutional and also considered the prevailing economic situations currently being experienced in the country as his reasons for not signing the bill into law.
The bill as passed by parliament saw the selfish Mps award themselves a Sh2b in bonus when their term in office expires.
 
Even as the president refused to put his signature on the bill, one thing is clear; our members of parliament are selfish and only think of their interest. They should not use the president’s decision as an escape route. Already, Kenyans know the type of leaders they have and will have come the next general elections. The Mps move is enough reasons for Kenyans to send all of them parking. We cannot have a country where leaders, without considering the current prevailing economic circumstances in the country, go ahead and award themselves a huge send off package secretly, burning the midnight oil in the august house, while they are slow in implementing some of the most crucial bills.
 
Thanks to our new constitution, Kenyans will not continue sitting down and watch while they are being molested by their leaders. This could just be a tip of the ice berg for all other leaders who practise impunity and only put their interests first.
 
The most disturbing thing is how some of the Mps were going round the country criticizing the move by their fellow mps to award themselves with the huge package. The same Mps, some of whom are presidential aspirants were in the same house while the bill was being passed and this makes no difference. Just which Kenyans are these leaders serving?
 
The elections are just five months away and Kenyans need to be on the lookout. All these leaders fate seeking to vie for elective posts belongs to our hands. What makes us think that they are going to change after putting us through all this anguish? We need fresh leadership, fresh minds that are going to take our country to the greatest height of leadership. All these depends on us, as Kenyans, do we want the country at the palm of our hands of at the palm of that selfish leader who after getting your vote knows nothing about you? We should not let ourselves be manipulated by empty promises.
 
All in all Kudos to the president for rejecting the bill and putting the Kenyans interest first.
 
Nixon Kanali, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication
 
 
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The Kenya Defense Force finally entered and captured Kismayu. A city believed to be the central hub for the Al-shabaab. These move made by the KDF couldn’t have come at the right time and should be seen as a very big step towards the war on terrorism.

When our troops entered Somalia in October last year, their main mission was to ensure that they wipe out this terror group. This led to the capturing of the first two towns, Tabta and Dhobley. What followed was the capture of other major towns believed to be the Alshabaab strongholds and with now the last town, Kismayu which is a major victory for our troops.

The government was prompted to send its troops to Somalia after the Alshbaab were linked to various terror attacks in the country, threatening our national security. So many lives were lost, tourists kidnappings cases reported and grenade attacks experienced in Nairobi and other towns in the country, the Alshabaab always took responsibility for these. The government could not sit down and watch as its citizens die and its national security being threatened and hence the decision the war in Somalis.

 

With this progress having made, what does it mean for our country, especially in security related matters? Despite capturing Kismayu and wiping out the terror group, a lot more still has to be done. Reports indicated that during the Kismayu raid, the militants could be seen escaping and moving towards forest and areas close to Kismayu after they noticed they had been overpowered. Other areas that they could have escaped to no one know and it is possible they could have entered some of the countrys in East Africa, including our own Kenya.

 

It is obvious that the group will be on a revenge mission in coming days. Just last Sunday, a grenade was thrown into a church in Nairobi killing a nine year old boy and injuring nine other children who were attending a Sunday school service. This could just be the situation in coming days and the government has to therefore put in enough measures to counter these attacks. The Kenya Police manning our borders should be more vigilant and ensure no suspicious characters are allowed to enter the country without there mission being carefully investigated.

The last few weeks has seen several people believed to be members of the terror group arrested in the country and found with bombs, grenades and other dangerous weapons. The arrested people were believed to be plotting attacks in various towns in the country. With the amount of Arsenal found in their possession, it was clear that the magnitude of their planned attacks was going to be very huge. There could be other Alshabaab sympathizers and members with dangerous weapons still out there, roaming freely in the country. The police should not leave anything to chances in ensuring that they improve vigilance throughout the country, particularly in crowded places like churches, clubs, which have always been the target by the terror group.

 

Kenyans should also be responsible for their own security and be careful. Any strange and suspicious characters should be reported to the police. We should have learnt a lot from the previous attacks which have always been blamed on our ignorance carelessness. So many lives have been lost and we are not ready to loose others.

 

All in all, congratulations to our Kenyan forces for the great work they did in Somalia, finally, the people of Somalia and neighboring countrys could be on the verge of enjoying peace.

 

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi

Yesterday’s attack on fisheries minister Amason Kingi during a political rally in  Mutwapa Mombasa by people suspected to be members of MRC should not be taken lightly. The attack left four people dead among them a bodyguard to the minister. The act which can only be referred to an act of hooliganism and should be condemned with the highest terms possible

One only wonders why people would go to the extent of snatching out pangas and threatening a peaceful meeting. Reports suggest that the attackers were chanting slogans stating that no elections would be conducted at the coast. Fingers are now pointing to the Mombasa Republican Council who have always been calling for secession saying they will not allow elections to be conducted at the coastal region.

It is high time the government treated these attacks and the MRC issue with the seriousness it deserves. If we are already experiencing such attacks during this campaign period, what of during the elections?  The government should start working towards scuttling these dubious acts before the elections.  The country’s peace especially at the coast and security situation is at risk if the government continues treating issues raised by the MRC and security matters lightly.

We have been going through so much recently I relation to security, the Alshabaab terror attacks being a major one and the last thing we would like to see is other issues threatening the peace and security situations of our country being experienced.

With the political temperatures now high, political rallies are being held everywhere throughout the country. What is the government and the police doing to ensure that innocent Kenyans attending this political rallies are safe from suchlike future attacks? The politicians should take responsibility and ensure their supporters are safe. In the Mutwapa rally, police say they were never informed of a rally being held and this could have been one of the contributing factors for the attacks.  The attackers found their way easily to where the minister was probably after noticing there was no police officer present.

The government really has to do something and ensure no future attacks are experienced. Come the next general elections, Kenyans want peace to avoid going back to the aftermath of the 2007 elections. Kenyans attending these political rallies should also be assured of their security to avoid loss of lives.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi