Briefs

Facebook is addictive.

It truly can be addictive, my one gripe so far is the stupid and or irrelevant status updates friends feel obligated to share. If your status update is neither interesting, funny nor worth a waste of the 12 precious seconds it takes to read it, please keep it to yourself.

You might find this surprising but even your friends do not give half a shit how many spoons of sugar you used in your coffee this morning. Unless of course the sugar was spiked and you got high on Xstasy, ended up eye-ing your boss and now you are in HR begging her not to file formal ‘unwanted sexual advances’ against you.

Now that I want to read.

Politics: Kenya 2012

As if Kenya didn’t suffer enough (post election violence) and isn’t politically unstable (convenience coalition of the greedy); new political alliances are sprouting up in preparation for 2012 elections.

The graves of innocent people killed in post election violence are still fresh and the image of our country in ruins torment the memory of each Kenyan and yet our leaders cannot stop salivating over 2012.

They have started to rekindle and cement tribal divisions just 1 year later and ride the wave to 2012. It is a great shame!

3N Reads

Yes I do and I have a few recommendations for anyone interested in good novels, if you’ve read them hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

1.       Disgrace –  J. M. Coetzee

2.       A thousand splendid suns – Khaled Hosseini

3.       Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

4.       The Power of One – Bryce Courtaney

I picked up my first John Grisham (Playing for Pizza) this week and I am eager to see if I join the millions of Grisham fans. Feel free to recommend a novel as long as it’s not a lovey – duvy – mushy type or science fiction.

Sports

My heartfelt gratitude to Liverpool for their heavy spanking of Christina Ronaldo and his ManUseless crew. If not for anything else the win gives the rest of us a week of peace from the arrogance & gloating of ManU nation.

And all the best to Michigan State Univ Spartans as they venture into March Madness.  This is the year, Go Spartans!

Know your Africa:  Meet President Andry Rajoelina

  • Madagascar president -assumed office today via a generally peaceful populist uprising
  • 34 years of age, former DJ (he was spinning as recently as the early 2000’s) and just fired mayor of Antananarivo (the capital of Madagascar).
  • The young Andry has scheduled elections in 2011.

At the age of 34, we hope President DJ plans to retire early and doesn’t have the ‘president for life’ syndrome that continues to afflict so many of our leaders.

African Ambassador

R.I.P, Lucky Dube

 

There lies a man who fought for equality
There lies a boy who died in his struggle
Can all these heroes die in vain
While we slash and kill our own brothers
Knowing that already they are the
Victims of the situation

 

Dear Kenyan Women

In the words of Kenya’s president…”Let there be competition, and may the best East African women win.”

Kibaki’s comment came in response to a group of Kenyan women expressing fear ahead of the formation of the East African Community that Ugandan women were bound to steal away Kenyan Men. Story iko hapa.

And I tell you my dear Kenyan women, Fear you should! Not only have we started accepting applications from Kampala and Dar, there is also a little country known as Rwanda and we have already sent our best scouts to give us the ratios of Waru to Chips to French Fry.

Kenyan women should by now be digging potholes and placing authentic Mungiki members along – the about to be busy – Nairobi/Kigali highway. Maendeleo Ya Wanawake propaganda machine should already be in high gear. And I fear that this time it will take more than a trip to Beijing to dissuade us. Oh, and can you please, please improve your website, our spies have been complaining!

I would not like anyone to ever quote me on this, but I hear that a night with a Kigali beauty is the equivalent of 2-4 nights with some of our very talented. Watch this space in the coming months for confirmation on the above rumor.

Anyway good luck to all women. We promise to discriminate on good looks, sense of humor, generosity, financial ability and O.S.P level.

P.S. To all men we are organizing a 1 week seminar on ‘Exploring New Territory’ at the Hotel Des Mille Collines, Kigali. Contact any of the organizing members JM, Kirima or Modo. For those attending please bring your Overall Sexual Performance evaluation (k)IT.

Save Darfur

By now everyone has seen campaigns by the Save Darfur and by the One organization. Attention to Darfur is obviously needed to stop the ongoing genocide. Celebrities and common folk alike are doing a commendable job by bringing this genocide to light.

And as much as their campaign is necessary, we cannot ignore the importance of a political solution in bringing this genocide to an end. The bottom line is that Sudan’s government has to be pressured to stop the genocide. A comprehensive UN led peace keeping force also has to be part and parcel of the solution.

I have had arguments regarding the responsibility of the West and China in Darfur. China holds financial keys to pressuring through sanctions because of its importance in Sudan export market. The US on the other hand remains a great influence on the toothless United Nations and their urge for action in Darfur would yield positive results.

Meanwhile I am left wondering out loud, where Africa and its leaders is in the time of need for Darfur.

Africa has been overlooked in its irresponsibility and lack of action when it comes to solving crisis on the continent. In my estimation African leaders and the AU should be up in arms demanding an end to this genocide. Instead Sudan even had the audacity to seek chairmanship of the AU while the Darfur crisis was ongoing.

In hindsight as much as the Rwandese genocide was blamed on non action by the UN and US, we (Africans) have to start taking our share of blame and responsibility.

Yes China and the US can put pressure on Bashir by imposing economic sanctions. And maybe the UN will put genocide in its list of priorities. But when will our dependence on foreign intervention ever end?

Africa and its problems will never be priorities in the governments of Asia and the West. The UN is an organ greatly influenced by the same Western and Asian powerful nation. Just note how quickly the UN enabled UNIFIL to combat the humanity crisis arising from the Israel-Lebanon conflict in 2006? Obviously through their inaction Southern Sudan is no Lebanon.

And when nearly a million innocent citizens in the Darfur region are raped, mutilated and killed; and while most of the world lays silent as another genocide occurs hardly a decade after the Rwanda; we, Africans must take action.

This genocide will not fall on the shoulders of foreigners. It is our continent, it is our responsibility.