When is She Elegant? ~ By Joshwa Victor ANANGWE

Is there a gentleman who would admire walking down the aisle with a messy bride? A beautiful lady will always be referred to as a ‘flower in the garden’. When a man spots it, he develops a soft spot for it then approaches it. If of attractive that is of beauty, it will get plucked. If he finds it rotten or is withering away, he will leave it and walk away in such for another; beautiful of good scent. In adherence to the fact that the world is developing very fast and everything is tuning to the changes too. However, the way the ladies’ dressing code is changing to cop up with the current civilisation is a little bit worrying and amazing.

Ladies who prefer to be identified as a woman of the 21st century would do anything to get noticed on the pavements. She would even prefer to put on a long t-shirt and call it a dress to the extent of showing off their nudity. You just wonder when a lady who escaped with her ten year old skirt gets defeated to pick up her lip-bum on the academic highway when it drops from her huge hand bag. Not unless she is assisted to uplift the make-up , she will continue wallowing around waiting the academic highway to clear off the people so that she can bend- over for her valuable item. She fears picking it because the whole world can easily go dark in honour of the dressing code.

With this kind of 21st century kind of dressing, it baffles me when and make some interrogate myself of when you can tell that a lady is elegantly dressed. You just wonder when a girlfriend (a friend who is a girl) comes over happily to hug you yet almost all her bosom is out with only a parallel rift running in the mid of the two-pineapples, themselves will call it a good cleavage. You can guess if such a lady would have been invited in the “American Pie” naked marathon, she could have enjoyed the game in the naked part. Because it’s like they are waiting for a century that will allow them to walk naked.

Others leave their rooms almost half naked and walk along the pavements shaking their bodies to the twisty rhythm leaving all the males’ eyes turned as they pass. Then they charge their achievement as to how many heads they turned during the day. Looking at their faces, their eyes are well covered with extra large sun-glasses. Little did they know that hiding the face is not hiding the shame. I bet they are just applying the Ostrich’s trick of hiding only the face leaving the body thinking that the predator won’t see it.

“The tights” as they would call them, I beg to know who invented them and to know whether he/she forgot to prescribe when and how they should be matched. Others just embrace colour clashing.

I would rather not talk about the hair styles. They are not amazing; they are crazy, funny indeed. Look at the Mohawk community, very dangerous and scaring indeed. They will always sit at the back in class lest they scare away the lecturer before the lesson ends. Others plait their hair in that you can easily mistake a person’s head for a village paper-bagged ball. Some hair styles are just too scary like illuminatic styles.

What Became of the Marriage Institution? ~ OSOMBAH W. Steve

Do you, Michael Scofield, promise to cherish Sarah Tancredi for better and for worse, in riches and poverty, times of sorrow and in times of happiness till death do you apart?…Yes, I do…Unfortunately not all keep this vow. Of late cases of domestic violence has been on the rise. A week cannot elapse without incidents of domestic violence making news headlines. Kenya lost a national icon, Samwel Wanjiru to marital related issues. Around the same time we saw the death of Wambui Kabiru, former NTV Journalist who was strangled to death and locked in the house. In another incident in Nairobi a woman stabbed her husband to death in Korogocho while in Kibera a man killed his wife and disappeared. In Mombasa a woman had cut off her husband’s genitals. I presume that there are a lot of such like incidences that take place throughout the country but most of them do not fond their way to the press. The million dollar question is, what become of the marriage institution?

Financial stress has been largely blamed for some of the domestic violence that take place amidst us. The cost of living has significantly increased with inflation rates reaching all time high of 19%.For instance, the cost of bread which was previously Ksh.24 is now being sold at Ksh.48, a 50% increase. The high inflation has really hit hard those in the lower class. The meager earnings cannot sustain them making their lives difficult and uncertain. The middle and upper class have been forced to cut on expenses on leisure to survive this economic turmoil. Some are battling with repayment of loans which the banks have made it much worse by increasing interest rates. This financial stress accrues to frustration that either of the couple ventures out on the other. For instance, the husband comes home and was unsuccessful in that day’s hustle. The wife not knowing that her husband was not successful asks for money to buy food. This will degenerate to an argument which eventually may end up being fatal. Promiscuity accounts for almost 90% of the domestic violence that take place and it is behind the frequent incidences being witnessed. It’s commonly referred to as mpango wa kando-clandestine. Faithfulness and trust has been elusive among many couples even here in campus though not yet legally married. I guess you may have found yourself in these situations at some point in your life. The partners have other sexual partners besides their husbands/wife. When these side relationships are discovered, it usually does not end on a good note especially for those who invested their entire emotions in the relationship. The violence is thus characterized by vengeance, anger, pain, betrayal and hatred. In addition to that, lack of commitment in spiritual life has also contributed to the increasing domestic violence. Most couples don’t seek God’s guidance in their marriages. The last day they went to church was during their wedding and since then they have never set their foot in church. Many people have become oblivious of God’s commandments and abominable customs outlined in the bible, Leviticus 18 that guides marriages.

Alcoholism Interference from relatives has also contributed to dissolution of some marriages. The in-laws have been blamed for intruding in the affairs of their sons or daughters which create bad feeling and eventually the marriage is put to an end. This has really affected the so called mama’s boy/girl who is so attached to their parents. Gone are the days in which parents provided counsel with remarkable wisdom whenever their children had marriage turmoil. The presence of the relatives in the house has contributed to disagreements between the partners especially during this hard economic time.

Although some circumstances are beyond our control, most of the causes of domestic violence are under our locus of control. Marriage counselors and psychologists’ advice that one should completely understand his/her partner before getting married. This holds true especially for the youth who are rushing to get married not knowing the nuts and bolts of marriage. Most importantly, the oath taken during the marriage ceremony is a binding agreement made before God and breaking it is not a good idea…Thinking of getting married? Take your time, don’t rush…

The Stale Festive Season ~ OSOMBAH W. Steve

I guess you might be still nursing festive hangover which nonetheless was quite stale as compared to the yesteryears. The just concluded festive season was not as enjoyable as the previous years nevertheless it has left many with many empty pockets. There are a number of things that conspired to make our festive season boring.

 

First, there was the issue of this misplaced terror outfit gang called Alshabab who decided to provoke us by abducting tourists along the coast and the president could no longer ignore them given the fact that tourism is the leading foreign earner-he unleashed the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to keep them off our borders. Despite the deployment of the KDF these Alshabab skinnies continue to issue threats of terror attacks and they could not be taken for granted since they had successfully executed a number of attacks in Nairobi and parts of North Eastern Province. The threats led to widespread ban of all Christmas and New Year celebrations in clubs and other raving joints for fear of attacks. This left us with two options, travel to our countryside homes or staying indoors. However, option one had a problem. The fares were exorbitant and travelling to the countryside especially with a large family was very expensive.

 

Secondly, the ever increasing inflation rates did not make the festive season any merrier. The inflation had hit highs of 19% according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) significantly increasing the prices of various goods and services. The high inflation reduced the spending power since the disposable income was significantly cut and people resorted to buying only the basics other things like partying were considered luxury. This was evident by the relatively low turn-out in the supermarkets and the local tourist destinations. It was difficult for the parents to explain to their children why the Christmas and the New Year celebrations were different as compared to the yesteryears since they don’t know what the hell this animal called inflation is.

 

Unlike the other years when we would take beer anytime, anywhere, this time it was different courtesy of Mutotho law. The law was formulated in a bid to try control alcohol consumption which according to the engineer was wasting youths who would otherwise engage in economically productive activities. This law led to the introduction of ‘official drinking time’ and this forced many people to stay at home or drink their beer at home without going out to clubs. All these combined made our festive season very leaden but all in all we ought to be grateful that we have proceeded to 2012 safe and sound.2012 looks promising and it may turn out to  be a good year despite being also an election year. Happy New Year folks!

 

Operation Rudi Campo Reloaded

OPERATION RUDI CAMPUS RELOADED!
We are pleased to welcome all students back to the ‘3rd semester’ of the academic year. The LEGACY TEAM has been keen to observe humorous trends as comrades register a low turnout.
Majority of students have come back to campus with lots of luggage and through our observation all this is in the name of coping with the hush economic times.
A comrades who revealed his name as Katumanga explained that he had used all his HELB loan during the festive December season, he therefore had no option of living his usual luxurious life but to carry a sack of maize for his lunch and supper and some little arrow roots for his breakfast. Others took the ‘November –December tuition’ a part of the first semester that was also dubbed ‘couples retreat’ to feed, wine and dine with their sweet babes and at least enjoy a short lived honey moon, in fact it was a time when Falls was fully packed and you could mistake some that Christmas spirit had just started early than usual.
We noted that due to the escalating prices of basics like food stuffs, majority had to spend their better part of the holidays collecting food stuffs to enable them reduce trips to the mama mbogas and safe some little coins for credo and for the lucky ones to save some for their babes requests.
Different students arrived in campus with different kinds of luggage and one could possibly guess what was inside from a far distance. The majority of male students were seen loaded with sacks of maize to push them through the part two of the semester. “Si unajua ni pesa hakuna, helb iliisha yote” explained a comrade who sought for anonymity. For the ladies, although they hardly carry any food stuffs, this time round was a must carry for their survival. Brenda a second year in School of Arts explained that she can’t be ashamed of carrying maize and some little Cassava revealing that she has to save some money to cater for her make-up throughout the semester, she said she avoided doing her usual shopping in the supermarket because prices of commodities have sky rocketed “mimi sina aibu! si kila mtu ukula” she explained confidently.
Although the semester is shorter than any other semester, majority of students carried enough lots of stock, a visit to hostel C and D revealed that most students had their rooms fully loaded with sacks of maize, beans, sweet potatoes, Omena commonly known as Kisumu boys and some bananas, this seems contrary to other semesters where students preferred to head to town and come back with foodstuffs from t he supermarket.
Valarie, a first year in the school of human resource explained that she sees no need to buy chips from the Cafe pointing out that she had carried half a bag of Irish potatoes and therefore prefers cooking chips from the comfort of her room.
A comrade in Hostel H pointed out that he was able to carry a bag of maize, sweet potatoes and at least some few green bananas. He was however infuriated by the government’s lethargy in reducing prices of commodities even after fuel prices went down by 7 shillings.
However, Mr. Barsurlai, a boda boda operator working at the stage was smiling all the way to the bank, he revealed that he is making good money because majority of comrades are heavily loaded with food stuffs and that he is charging some extra cash to ferry the goods to the hostels.
We therefore hope that every student has devised means of survival and or is working hard to beat this difficulty economic period, it’s time that we should spend well and save whatever we have for some better use.
By Joshwa Victor Anangwe and Nick Nyamai.
The writers are 3rd year LMC students.