Archive for October, 2013

At least eight people have been confirmed dead and many others injured in an accident early this Wednesday morning involving a train and a bus in  Mutindwa area Nairobi. According to the Kenya Red Cross, Six died on the spot while two others succumbed to their injuries.

The Dandora-bound train is said to have hit a bus at an unmanned level-crossing the Mutindwa stage in Nairobi’s Buruburu area. 

Here are some of the images from the accident scene 

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Last weekend, Turkana residents demonstrated demanding that they be employed to work at the Tullow Oil company sites. Led by Turkana south Mp James Lomenen and his Turkana East counterpart Nicholas Ngikor, the residents marched on to the oil sites, demanding an explanation from the Tullow Oil company president on the criteria the company used to hire workers.

This move by the residents has made the company suspend its operations. On Sunday, the company announced that it had suspended its operations due to the demonstrations by area residents demanding to be employed at the company’s sites, including Twiga 1 and Ngamia 1 which are the biggest operations.

‘’The decision was taken to prevent further escalation of the demonstrations while discussions to resolve this issue for the long term are ongoing. The company is fully committed to utilising as many local workers and local services as possible, and currently employs over 800 people from the Turkana region out of the 1,400 people currently employed on Tullow’s Kenyan operations’’ the company said.

This could just be a very huge setback to the country’s search for oil. One thing is clear though; Turkana residents are very justified to demand for employment at the Tullow oil sites. They accused Tullow Oil and associate companies of short-changing them on employment, tenders and vehicle hire contracts in the oil camp, something which should really be looked in to.

The company previously said that it will offer more employment opportunities to the locals in order to create a good co-existing environment and avert tension that has been building up. The tension, the company said had been precipitated by what the locals claim to be ‘’unfair’’ allocations by the oil firm. The demonstrations during the weekend now tell a different story. Does it mean the company is not honouring its promises to the residents?

MPs James Lomenen, the Turkana South Mp and Nicholas Ngikor of Turkana East who led the demonstrations have now been summoned by the CID for grilling. They are wanted at the CID headquarters by detectives over what CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro says is incitement. 

One thing is clear though, Turkana residents should be the biggest beneficiaries from the company employment opportunities and even the aftermath of the entire discovery.

Muhoro added they are determined to ensure safety for the personnel at Tullow Oil Kenya, which announced significant oil finds that promise to be commercially viable, but what reaction do you expect from the residents if they are not involved in the entire project?

The Cabinet secretary in charge of mining should look into this, this culture of exploitation should be gotten rid off and the Turkana residents who for a long time have always been neglected should be given the employment opportunities they were promised.

By Nixon Kanali, Kenyan Institute of Mass Communication, Nairobi

 

 

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Guns are instruments of murder , thus, it is sacriligous for religious leaders to ask to be allowed to carry guns in church , no matter the provocation . In the book of proverbs 25; 26 , those who falter or show weakness before the enemy are likened to a pool of murky water . There is no shortage of murk in the church as it is composed today . The proliferation of churches with questionable motives  has taken christianity from the pedestal of spiritualism to the mundane level of business , a business that revolves around money and sex . The immorality and opulence pastors indulge in is worrisome . Modern day pastors have been accused of immorality , avarice and fornication . 
 The sixth commandment says ‘ do not commit murder ‘ . How then do we reconcile having the bible(peace) in one hand and the gun(war) in the other ? Had the pastors requested for round the clock police protection , that would have been more acceptable , leaving unto ceaser what belongs to him . What we should be asking ourselves is why church leaders have become targets nowadays . As a young boy i could see  even the most unrully of children and adults  sober up in the precincts of the church . The pastor was respected then and God answered prayer .  Real miracles used to happen as opposed to the circus we nowadays see on Tv every sunday . Those were the days when church leaders were people who had matured both physically , psychologically and spiritually . A stable marriage , moral aptitude and respect for family values were  prerequisites to pastorship . Today , any Tom Dick and Harry , tricksters , opportunists and youngsters barely out of their diapers are pastors , marriage counsellors and church leaders . 
In the book of Mathew , christians are urged to ‘ turn the other cheek ‘ , a call to patience , meekness and perseverence , values the younger generation of church leaders , in their youthful impetouosity , are in dire need of . 
We have deliberately desecrated  Gods house and taken our foibles , wars and grudges there . His wrath shall also manifest itself there .

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