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<img class="size-full wp-image" id="i-1280" alt=”Image” src=”https://kanalispeaks.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/dnattackuhuru2109kuj.jpg?w=487″ width=”487″ height=”325″ /> President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation following the terror attack at the Westgate Mall in Westlands. With the president are the Director of NSIS Director Gen. Gachangi and the cabinet secretary for interior Joseph Ole Lenku.

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Nixon Kanali, @NicKanali

The latest survey conducted by Ipsos Synovate has revealed that 70 per cent and 60 per cent of Kenyans respectively, expect the cost of living and economic conditions to worsen in 2014. The study has also put the Jubilee government on the spot over the unfulfilled promises it made prior to the last General Election.

During the campaigns, the Jubilee government had promised to tackle issues ranging from transport and infrastructure, education, the economy, security, healthcare, agriculture and food security, devolution among other things.

However as the 2013 year come to an end, Kenyans have little if nothing to celebrate  or benefit about the Jubilee year as it had been christened. On matters of the cost of living, this is the year the rate of inflation continued to be high. It is the year that key food items went high after introduction of 16 percent tax on consumer products. A World Bank report on Kenya’s economy 2013 revealed how our economy is still operating below its potential, something which the current government had pledged to look into in their 100 years in office.

This year, our security was also ranked among the worst in Africa.  According to a report released by Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) released in London in October, Kenya was ranked position 42 near the edge of the bottom-placed and ranking as poor in personal security for its citizens and visitors and in the safety and rule of law indexes at 36 and 33 respectively.  This came just after we suffered one of the most serious terror attacks at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi which left more than 67 people injured.  Ethnic clashes in Turkana, Marsabit and Samburu counties were also on the rise. 

In a commentary published recently in one of the local dailies, the Deputy President William Ruto admitted that indeed insecurity was a challenge.

“I want all Kenyans to consider the fact that our external threats increase every day, and to reflect on their role in securing the nation. Terrorists have not hidden their desire to inflict destruction and suffering on our land,” he wrote. 

We hope this is going to change come 2014.

2013 is also the year that has seen the country lost the most disturbing numbers of people on our roads due to road accidents. More than 3000 people have lost their lives on our roads. Our country even acquired the notorious distinction as a country with the highest road accident rates.

The laptop project was also the most promising gift the government had promised to primary school pupils. The project was however cancelled over what the government termed as a budget deficit as bidders exceeded the budgetary projections.  Nothing has been heard since then.

The rate of unemployment continues to be a headache. When the Jubilee government came into power, they promised one million jobs for the Kenyan youths. The government made good its promise of creating a youth and women interest free fund out of the funds set aside to fund the second round of the presidential election. This is what led to the creation of the Uwezo Fund. The funds have been devolved to the constituency and runs in the same lines as the constituency development fund. Question is, how many youths and women have benefited from this?

Well, Kenyans were so optimistic about the new government when it came into office. This recent report by Ipsos however shows that Kenyans are worried.

As we usher in the New Year 2014 we hope the government will up its game.  Kenyans are watching, they want to see more of the Kusema na Kutena.

What are your 2014 expectations from the Jubilee government? 

Happy New year 2014 Kenyans

 

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

Interesting to watch Deputy president William Ruto defend the appointment of Francis Muthaura as the new head of the LAPSSET

Alexander Chagema's wordpress blogs .

WHO IS FOOLING WHO HERE ? APPOINTEES LACK LEGITIMACY
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Deputy president William Rutos defence of Francis Muthaura as the new head of the LAPSSET project was pathetic . His usage of the swahili saying “pilipili usio ila yakuwashiani ” was not only out of context , it marked him as a person averse to criticism , someone who believes in authoritarianism . Coming only days after the president publicly averred his choices and deeds were above reproach , and judging by the way he praises his boss , it has reached a point where if the president said the sun rises from the south , Ruto will swear it is true .
Leaders should not make a spectacle of themselves in public by using proverbs and sayings they do not fully comprehend . The swahili saying that mr Ruto latched onto is only applicable where purely personal matters are…

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Posted: December 26, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

Alexander Chagema's wordpress blogs .

WHO WILL COME TO THE AID OF KENYA’S POOR ?

In late october 2013 , Kenyans awoke to the sad news of a fatal
accident involving a train and a matatu operating on the Umoja route .
In keeping with our notorious tradition of locking the gate after the
horse had long bolted , the cabinet secretary transport and
infrastructure acted by cancelling the operating licence of the
Umoiner sacco whose buses , he claimed , operated without valid
licences. Coming from the Cabinet secretary , it was a damning
indictment on the traffic department of the police and his ministry ,
whose staff are guilty of complicity in circumventing the laws .
The cabinet secretary gave an order to demolish all structures ,
residential and business , constricting the railway line . His concern
was that the proximity of these structures to the railway line was a
threat to…

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Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas Medley. Nice tune to put you in that Christmas spirit with your loved ones. It has been a long year and we should thank God for the far he has brought us.
God bless you friends

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On Monday night, the country’s leading television stations, NTV, KTN and Citizen TV went off air in what they say is compliance with the law, after they lost a case to delay digital migration process.

On that Monday, High Court Judge David Majanja ruled that the digital migration from analogue to digital broadcasting exercise will proceed in Nairobi and dismissed a petition by the three leading media houses to delay the switch.

The switch off had been set to begin on Friday December 13, According to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). The High Court however suspended the planned it to December 23, to allow determination of a suit filed by media houses challenging the Government’s plan, a ruling which was made yesterday.

The media owners however they said they will proceed to the Court of Appeal Tuesday morning in a bid to have the order by High Court judge David Majanja overturned.

They said they have instructed their lawyers to appeal against the High Court decision in the Court of Appeal. They also said they are pursuing other avenues to resolve the issue so that you can continue watching your favourite television station.

We hope to be back on air as soon as possible,” the media owners said.

There has been different views from Kenyans about the process with some arguing about the cost buying the set top boxes and maintain them. The government on the other hand argues that Current broadcasters are faced with high costs of infrastructure development, maintenance and management of their businesses. Consumers on the other hand experience poor reception, poor sound and picture quality and do not have access to a variety of channels. It says that the digital migration will enhance the quality and experience of TV viewers in Kenya. Viewers will receive better quality picture and sound, have access to interactive TV and have more channels to choose from. It will also enable the country better utilize spectrum, which is a scarce resource.

Question is, do you support the digital migration? Has it affected you as the common Kenyan citizen? Share your views

 http://digitalkenya.go.ke/why-go-digital/benefits-of-digital-migration

By Nixon Kanali

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The year 2013 is finally coming to an end, the year that saw Kenyans vote in the eleventh parliament, a year that the country adopted the devolved system of government under the new constitution. A year that also saw Kenya mark her 50th birthday after independence. A year that also saw the son of the founding father of this country Kenya become the president, a jubilee year it was christened.

The year had its ups and downs, and every Kenyan can attest to that. 

What do you have to celebrate about the year 2013? your memorable moments. Where as Kenyans or as the Jubilee government has we gone wrong? Are the county governments bringing any changes? where do we need to improve and do you think 2014 will be much better.

Share your thoughts #KanaliSpeaks

By Nixon Kanali