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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Underselling the future for a few acres of land

   Who would have thought that in 2010, after years of watching Somalia disintegrate , Garissa's people would resurrect the tribalist cranks in their ranks, the descendants of Aideed and Abdullahi Yussuf. Historians will look back on this era as a time of temporary insanity brought about by lack of leadership and a failure of civil activists. The Ulamaa  have underperformed in marking their niche in society and using their bully pulpits for the propagation of God's message of peace, love and harmony. This might seem like another one of those depressing human habits of placing blame where it does not belong but upon a close review you'll find out all the aforementioned players have failed in their respective duties. At a time of boom for our city it will be a gross underselling of our future for a regression into a painful and a dark past.

  Lets join our hands together as one and give up on tribalism for the promise of a brighter future. This city is destined for greatness so lets not lose sight of the future for the pleasures of a few acres of barren and  an unproductive land.

 We the youth should be the architects of this century. Lets refused to used by illiterate men whose self esteem is derived from their tribe. We are the generation that has the solutions to all our problems. Stop delegating your powers to men who see no use in life other than playing the tribe card.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Daily Nation:�- Business News�|Northern Kenya to get tourism hype

Daily Nation:�- Business News�|Northern Kenya to get tourism hype


Northern Kenya to get tourism hype

A digital village in Garissa, northern Kenya. The region has diverse tourism products whose potential has not been exploited. Photo/FREDRICK ONYANGO
A digital village in Garissa, northern Kenya. The region has diverse tourism products whose potential has not been exploited. Photo/FREDRICK ONYANGO
Posted Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 13:16
Garissa and the northern parts of the country are set to earn from tourism after the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) announced a major marketing strategy to open up the region to both domestic and international visitors.
Managing director Muriithi Ndegwa in a speech read on his behalf by regional manager Fred Okeyo said that communities within the northern circuit should now identify more tourism products for competitive marketing following the creation of counties.
He said the country has diverse tourism products whose potential has not been exploited adding that the community has the responsibility to identify these unique products for marketing.
This was during a workshop at a hotel in Garissa aimed at sensitising stakeholders on potential tourism offers in the northern part of Kenya as part of this year’s tourism day celebration.
He said KTB will now focus on marketing strategies such as on-line, print, electronic media and other social interactive platforms to raise the profile of the northern circuit.
The larger district has several tourism products including wildlife, culture and scenery among other products.
Last week while opening Garissa tourism regional office, Tourism minister Najib Balala announced that Kenya Utalii College will organise tailor-made courses for local hotels in the region to equip personnel with the required skills.

The Standard | Online Edition :: Kenya to protect rights of refugees, says police chief

Kenya to protect rights of refugees, says police chief

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Refugees Day



The Kenyan Government is committed to safeguarding the rights of all, including refugees according to the country’s North Eastern Provincial Police Officer (PPO) Aggrey Adoli.

The newly posted PPO said the new Constitution curtails all forms of discrimination by any Government agencies against refugees or citizens.

"The era of hurling immigrants or refugees into police custody and holding them in cells is long gone. Refugees must be handled in dignified manner as the law takes its due course," he said.

Speaking at a workshop organised by UNHCR at a hotel in Garissa, Kenya’s North Eastern town, the police chief said on Thursday security agencies and other government departments dealing with refuges must change with new laws.

The workshop brought together top police officers stationed at border points and refugee camps.

And speaking at the same function Principal Magistrate John Onyiego said the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs plans to open the fourth court of law in the province at Dadaab. 

Weekly sitting

The magistrate said the weekly sitting by a magistrate from Garissa court is not enough to handle cases at the refugee camps because there is an upsurge of crime involving assault, theft and break-ins that require a full sitting at Dadaab, a remote Kenyan town where the refugee camp is situated.

"Plans are under way to open the fourth law court after the ones in Mandera, Garissa and Wajir counties to handle the refugee community. That shows the Government commitment to the welfare of its refugee communities," he said.

The police boss reminded his officers that under the new Constitution, refugees enjoy the right to seek asylum and other rights provided under the Bill of Rights.

The Standard | Online Edition :: Refugees a thorn in the flesh of ID searching Kenyans

The Standard | Online Edition :: Refugees a thorn in the flesh of ID searching Kenyans

Refugees a thorn in the flesh of ID searching Kenyans

By Peter Opiyo

The refugee problem in the northern part of the country is complicating the issuance of Identification Cards to deserving Kenyans.

Apparently, Kenyans who have applied for the document flock refugee camps in search of money and food before they secure the vital document.

While at the camps they are registered by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees and their bio-data reflected at the Immigration headquarters in Nairobi, thus blocking chances of their success.

Responding to a question by Mandera East MP, Mohammed Hussein, Immigration Assistant Minister Francis Baya, on Wednesday said 2,013 applications were rejected after their details were captured on the refugees data base.

He said 9,220 applications were received between January2008 and September 2010. The Minister said though some of the applicants are given a clean bill of health by the Vetting Committees on the ground, they immediately go to refugee camps where they are registered as refugees, before processing of their applications starts.

Nominated MP, Sophia Abdi, acknowledging the problem, challenged the government to nullify the UN identification documents in cases where Kenyans are found to have registered in the camps.

Baya said the government is ready to assist them saying, “Kenyans who are sure they are Kenyans can be assisted.”

Hussein, Nominated MP, Sheikh Dor, Ikolomani MP, Bony Khalwale and Samburu East MP, Raphael Letimalo, accused the government of employing vetting procedure that discriminates against Kenya-Somalis.

Baya, said the procedure employed is only special to border districts to monitor influx of refugees and other foreigners.

Mt Elgon MP, Fred Kapondi dismissed the minister’s explanations as misleading pointing out that Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which he chairs, visited Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa where refugees testified that they possess ID cards. He attributing this to corruption within the immigration department.

“They (refugees) get them through corruption and this should not be used to discriminate against Kenya-Somalis,” he said.

Mumias MP, Benjamin Washiali asked the ministry to tame the influx of illegal immigrants saying they deny Kenyans opportunity to get IDs