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Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Nelson Mandela, Anti-apartheid icon and the First Black South African president remained in critical condition for the third day on Monday. These reports have left South Africans and the entire word praying for his health. Mandela, commonly known as Madiba, the hero of black South Africans’ battle for freedom during 27 years in apartheid jails, was rushed to hospital on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection.

Speaking during a press conference, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said doctors are doing everything they can to ensure his well being and comfort. Mandela is receiving intensive treatment at Pretoria’s Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, and his condition appears to have suddenly deteriorated over the last 36 hours.

“All of us in the country should accept that Madiba is now old,” Zuma said,. “I think what we need to do as a country is to pray for him to be well and that the doctors do their work.” And this is what the entire world and especially Africa should embrace. Mr. Mandela is an iconic leader who played a towering role in his country’s transition from white minority rule under the system of apartheid to multiracial democracy in 1994. His efforts have been recognised across the world.

Mr. Zuma said he had been assured by doctors that “all care” had been taken to ensure that Mr. Mandela’s condition was not compromised during that time. Media reports that Mr. Mandela had suffered a cardiac arrest on that same night contained “no truth,” he added. Meanwhile, what the world needs to do is to continue praying for this African hero. Just as Zuma said, Mandela is a father of democracy who fought and sacrificed his life for the freedom of not only South Africans but also Africans in general.

Mr. Mandela is due to celebrate his 95th birthday on July 18th and, he has been admitted in hospital four times since December mostly to what doctors describe as pulmonary condition that has plagued him for years.

Our thoughts and prayers should now be with him now.

Nixon Kanali, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) Nairobi

 

 

Who is a blogger?

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

So many friends of mine who have read and keep reading my profile on my social sites on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nicky.kanali), twitter (https://twitter.com/N_Kanali) and others have been asking me so many questions in regard to blogging. The main question that came out was who a blogger really is.
First you need to understand what a blog is, from here you will be able to understand what who a blogger is and what he does.  

 , a blogger has come up with a clear explanations on who a blogger is, what he does and what a blog is. Owning a blog does not necessarily makes one a blogger. Lucy, in simple definition says a blogger is simply a person who owns and updates a blog, in short, the frequency of your updates in your blog qualifies you be a blogger.

Take a look at what she had to say in this amazing this blog post on Bloggers Association Of Kenya (BAKE) blog. Follow this ling to open it http://bloggers.or.ke/who-is-a-blogger/

I hope it gives you a clear definition and description of a blogger.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi

 

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Ms Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.

 

By Nixon Kanali 18th June 2013

A World Bank Report released on Monday has projected that the Kenyan economy will grow by 5.7% in 2013 supported by higher investment and low interest rates.  According to the report, the growth is attributed to a stable macroeconomic environment, the peaceful elections in March 2013, and smooth transition of political power.

Speaking during the launch of the report, World Bank Country Director for Kenya Diarietou Gaye said the government needs to create an enabling environment for private sector-led growth by continuing to invest in infrastructure, increasing domestic energy production, removing bottlenecks to doing business and sustaining sound monetary and fiscal policies.

The report also highlighted some Kenya’s economic inequalities. While the average Kenyan is healthier, more educated and receives better infrastructure services than a decade ago, it stated that  a large fraction of the population continues to live in fragile conditions with sub-standard access to water, sanitation and energy especially in the north and north east.

It further stated that, Kenya has the opportunity however to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 if it reduces poverty by two percentage points each year.

The Bank urged the government to focus on job creation, enhanced productivity of smallholder farms, strengthening cash transfer programs and targeted public spending programs to reduce poverty. On employment, the report said: “Desirable jobs are scarce and to have them rationed by connections, bribery, and tribal affiliation exacerbates the anguish young people face in seeking employment.” It says discrimination works against the poor and women. This has been the trend for a long time now making educated young Kenyans getting locked out of the job market simply because they do not have connections, they cannot offer bribes or are not affiliated to a particular tribe.

These are just some of the problems that the Uhuru Kenyatta government should be fighting to address. Poverty, unemployment continues to be a very big hindrance to our country’s growth and sustainability. As a country, we should be focusing on poverty eradication which will help us reach the World Bank’s projections of  a 5.7 % growth.

The report also revealed how Kenyans pay some of the highest prices for maize and sugar in the world. Last year alone, Kenyans paid almost double the global prices for maize and sugar. This is a very worrying state of affair for poor struggling Kenyan as they end up spending a large chunk of their income on food. It is also increasing Kenya’s macro-economy vulnerability by increasing inflation; this is according to the report.

Despite the positive assurance by the World Bank, the government needs to fix the loopholes and address the concerns raised in the report especially regarding poverty, unemployment and treat them with the urgency it deserves