Thursday, April 20, 2006

North Eastern Province

the more i think about the north eastern province (and generally all people living north of Garissa) I wonder whether they feel part of Kenya.

Seriously marginalised, yet who says that they can't be an integral part of moving Kenya to being a developed country

If we are to seriously work on being a developed country by 20XX (XX not less than 20) every Kenyan has to be in the equation.. we need to have proper politicians.. politicians with positive policies... (if possible)

These ODMs, Narc-Kenyas blah blahs and others that, to me are centred on acquisition of power need to be replaced with parties that have policies that can take the country forward.


Shiroh said...

While i am quite feeling you on this, i will try and present unto you my mean theory called Charles Darwin Theory
Those who will not survive will die

To mean even the peoples there must have show their initiative to survive.

I mean peoples travel miles and miles away to look for better places to live.

Ok you may add social, cultural factors to support them but you see my friend they are dying.

True the Govt ought to do something but they cannot do everything. And remember "Ngai ateithagia uria witeithitie"

Shiroh said...

These ODMs, Narc-Kenyas blah blahs and others that, to me are centred on acquisition of power need to be replaced with parties that have policies that can take the country forward.

And so will many after them do the same

Kibet said...

Shiro, am a bit saddened that i can't make sense of the last line in your first comment above- which i'd really love to nyita.

I read an article in a World Bank Institute Magazine (free subscription to citizens of Developing countries who subscribe for it) that suggested that if Developing Countries Governments would invest in efforts geared towards economic and social development of the marginalised regions of their countries, with particular emphasis on ensuring easy and affordable access to education, the result would be an increase in educated human resource. Further, the potential harnessed from the additional educated people will in a few years (say a decade or slightly less) have a major impact in the marginalised regions and the country as a whole.

This is the course the Kibaki Government should take. In my view, they should chill out with the major cities of the town kidogo and send cash and expend dilligent efforts to provide education and reasonable healthcare and improve the living conditions of our eastern and north eastern friends, thereby equipping them with the ability and intellectual resource to make the most of their arid land and dreary circumstances. In a nutshell, i think development of the marginalised areas, as a Government agenda, should be funded at the expense of some other sectors or agenda.

I like your blog, by the way.

AK said...

'survival of the fittest theory' can only be relevant if every corner of the country was given equal attention resource-wise. And this is a right not a privilege!

If every Kenyan had access to schools, health services, markets and other physical infrastructures then despite such abundance one decided to go and live in some 'cave', then one could say that is a their choice.

My point: people in N & NE Kenya have tried to survive so far without adequate service delivery from government, and it is not about government doing just 'something' but rather, doing everything that they are mandated to do and equitably.

The Alpha Quadrant said...

the 'Northern Frontier' needs lots of attention, much more than 222 MP salaries and 82 odd ministers additional salaries.. may b they should all take a pay cut..

funny enough I'm pretty sure that there are several strategic plans that can actually workm, that are sitting lying down accumulating layers of dust in some gova office, while the gallivanting around politicking, name calling and consensus seeking with 2007 in mind continues.. mindlessly..

I wonder whether we have the leaders to actually act and bring the NEP to modern times

Kenyananalyst said...

Thanks for visiting with me at mine. As someone who has spent some good amount of time in most of Kenya's marginalized areas (including NEP), I couldn't agree with you more.