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DO you think the government is
doing enough to combat terror-
Ojwando Adongo Musa@Musa-
fande: @peopledailyke.No!!!!! The
government is confused,just waiting
to hear of a fresh attack, then make
noise about it.
Sudi Khalifa @sudi_khalifa:
@peopledailyke @k24tv: NO! Cow-
ard and unqualified officers we have.
Hezborn Juma @JumaHezborn:
@k24tv: Yes they are really trying,
but I think they need enough time
from the Opposition.
Lorna [email protected]_a: @peopledai-
lyke @k24tv No. Better measures
need to be put into place. The blood
shed by innocent Kenya’s must stop.
James Kamande Maina @Ka-
mandeJ: @peopledailyke. Yes the
government is doing enough only
that there are people who are more
than willing to bring down this gov-
Jared Ongware @TheAdviser: @
PeopleDailyKe @k24tv,NO, what do
you tell people when their relatives
die and their no assurance of safety?
@Veraciaz: PeopleDailyKe, @
K24tv: I would say it is trying, but I
am afraid trying enough will not help.
Kenyans need to see action. Good
progress being made by our security
Sarah M @Sarai: PeopleDailyKe:
security issue is not a tricky matter
only in Kenya.
PEOPLE DAILY \ Friday, July 25, 2014
City Hall most inhumane to hawkers
Keeping up with Mother Nature not optional
I hope you had a great week. Finally, I am home after two
weeks of travelling in Europe while my children have played
football in Sweden. For my sons, summer is all about football.
Tomorrow, they will participate in the Norway Cup, the
largest youth tournament in the world. The tournament is
taking place at Ekebergsletta in Oslo. The event started in 1972
and since then, more than 862,000 youth have participated in
it, with several African countries taking part.
It is really nice to see how involved children get when
playing football. Through football, they also learn a universal
language and get to know people from across the world.
Given the opportunity to meet others with different culture
and traditions, the youth also learn to respect and appreciate
the differences and similarities between peoples of the world.
As I wrote in this column in May, Norway Cup also brings a
lot of teams from Kenya to my country. Karibu Oslo all young
footballers from Kenya. I am happy to hear that my favourite
Kenyan club, Mathare Youth Sports Association, (MYSA) once
again will be taking part.
MYSA was founded in 1987 by Canadian Bob Munro, who
was an advisor for the United Nations in Nairobi and his wife.
I was so impressed when I visited MYSA—well known by
Norwegians—in Nairobi together with my three sons some
years ago. The club was twice nominated for a Nobel Peace
Prize. Football is more than just playing for MYSA and they
really deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize in future. But
even if they do not receive the prestigious award, this year’s
participants in Norway Cup will take part in the ‘Handshake for
Peace’, a symbol of friendship, respect and fair play, which has
now gone global.
This gesture, introduced in Norway Cup the first time in
2012, is an activity that takes place after the games. With the
initiative, the referee and team captains do not only shake
hands before the match starts, but meet again at the same
place on the pitch directly after the final whistle, closing
the game with the ‘Handshake for Peace’. The initiative is a
Norwegian concept and a cooperation between Nobel Peace
Centre and the Norwegian Football Association. The initiative
is scheduled to be introduced in all FIFA tournaments as was
seen in the recently-concluded World Cup in Brazil.
I also hope there will be a handshake for peace between the
Palestinian and the Israeli teams at the Norway Cup. The youth
are the future generation. The ‘Handshake for Peace’ is a
good tradition that we all should adopt even if we do not play
football. So, why don’t you shake hands for peace with your
neighbour, friends and family this weekend? Take care!
The writer is a Norwegian journalist and author who has
lived in Kenya.
‘ Tyre-less’ effort
To most children—especially in rural areas—
old car tyres are a cherished accessory
as they provide them with an opportunity
to own a ‘ride’. But for this man at Kibuye
market in Kisumu, the tyres and money
have the ‘same’ colour. Reason? He makes a
living from manufacture and sale of sandals
popularly known as akala. A pair retails at
LETTER FROM OSLO with Nina Hanssen
Mathare Youth Sports Association will be taking part in event, again
As darkness covers Nairobi’s skyline, a group of women —
toddlers in tow— scramble for space on the pavements in the
streets to sell an assortment of merchandise. From foodstuff
to personal effects, the entrepreneur-minded women have it
all. Shabby as they may look, they flood the streets to make an
extra coin for survival. Regardless of the harsh conditions in
the streets, and the impending danger at night, they stay on—
Over the years, however, these traders commonly referred
to as ‘hawkers’ have had it rough. They have remained unrec-
ognised as a trading community, perhaps because of the poor
working environment. They are dehumanised, their efforts to
earn a decent living belittled, and the daily struggle scorned
upon. It doesn’t really matter how we look at it, but these wom-
en are legitimate business people who have a right to an ami-
cable working environment to eke out a living.
Nairobi residents are not new to the abrupt cat-and-mouse
games between county askaris and the traders whose wares are
destroyed and the more unfortunate ones are bundled in the
waiting rickety vehicles. With babies strapped to their backs,
the women work in a hostile atmosphere, their situation largely
a reflection of our worn-out social fabric. After all, they know
all too well not to depend on their spouses – if ever they are not
absentees – to feed and educate their children.
Their resilience being testimony to their resolve to be in-
dependent. That said, the problem we face is that the Nairobi
County government is deliberately turning a blind eye on the
plight of hawkers. I wonder for how long the council askaris will
give chase to innocent mothers, perceived as a menace.
Tapping into opportunity
Time is long overdue for Governor Evans Kidero’s adminis-
tration to put in place mechanisms to rope in these motivated,
self-dependent and hardworking women, as registered busi-
ness persons who are licensed to carry on with their occupa-
tion, and of course, remitting levies.
Realising that all fresh produce markets in Nairobi (Ngara,
Kangemi, Muthurwa, Kariokor, Wakulima among others) are
on the outskirts of CBD, these women are simply tapping into
a business opportunity. The working class in the City, too time-
constrained to make a trip to those markets, highly depend on
Therefore, Bwana Kidero, please think into some value-ad-
dition strategy for these businesswomen. And if my memory
serves me right, there is an elaborate plan to restructure Nai-
robi’s planning. This plea couldn’t have been more timely.
A designated working area would be ideal to enable them
fend for their families and maintain their dignity.
The writer is a senior sub editor at The People.
Remember the days when talk about the ozone was all the
rage? The good news is that it is healing. But the bad news is
that we should now be more concerned about climate change
because it is emerging as the main contributor to the ever-rising
cost of living.
Look around you and you will realise everything is changing
and what was once considered the concern of rich nations has
now reared its ugly head in our midst and we are now wallow-
ing in the thick of its effects. We need to wake up and smell the
Keeping up with climate change is expensive, what was at
stone’s throw must now be fetched from kilometres away. In
other words, we have to spend more to keep up with Mother
Nature. It is that simple. It comes with costs.
Take that innocent sip of water that was taken for granted a
couple of years ago. Today, we have to spend more for every ef-
fort taken to deliver ‘safe drinking water’, and that is how climate
change affects your pocket.
The changing rain patterns have forced people to start farm-
ing in greenhouses, making food even more expensive. Effects
of climate change actually apply to all sectors of the economy.
Before building a structure it is now mandatory to get an envi-
ronmental impact assessment certificate.
However, while adapting to the vagaries of climate change we
must be alive to the fact that the solution is to heal the universe.
As the late Wangari Maathai was wont to warn us; Mother
Nature is very unforgiving. But we must work together for
change. This is a decision we just have to make.
Rhythm of living
We must quickly learn to adapt to green possibilities. To do
so, people must be engaged in such thought processes and
drilled to be equipped with the necessary know-how to heal
Each second that passes by without setting the agenda is
a move towards self destruction. To quote Bruce Barton; ac-
tion and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - is the
rhythm of living.
Whatever it takes, let’s do this, if not to save some money,
then for posterity.
The writer is a sub editor at The People.
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Norway Cup brings Kenyan
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