Inherent Tribalism ~ By CLIVE Olero

Isn’t it oxymoronic that everyone loathes tribalism yet everyone, by way of association, practice, identity, and belief system; seems to diligently cherish it? It really is seldom possible to clearly draw a line between tribalists and non tribalists. But one thing- congruent to common belief- is certain: there is some perceived elevation of status and pride that comes with leadership. Perhaps the problem lies Continue reading

WHERE DID OUR ENTERPRENUERS GO? By JOE Ndegwa

A time not so long ago you could walk around campus especially in hostels and all you could see on the walls advertisements on various businesses. Some business owners went as far as to open kiosks in their rooms, stocked them in a super-marketed way. You could get varieties of commodities including the famous ‘sexy ngumus’, sweet buns, milk, vegetables, airtime, chapos and other tamu tamus among others.

What made the businesses a great success was the nature the adverts were made. They were so alluring that one could just find him/herself buying the commodities. Who couldn’t smile by the sight of sexy ngumus and chapos being advertised?

All was under one roof. You couldn’t have to worry being stuck in the mud during  a rainy season like this one. Shopping at stage was then a long distance since how could you walk all the way to stage when the so called kiosks had subsidized prices than those of system and Reliance. Hence do we say Reliance was unreliable? The ‘shopper’s jam’ experienced now at these leading retailers around campus was a thing of the past.

As I recall the only thing that took me to stage was because of the famous muturas especially in the evenings.

Hostel H led in the production of the best and brilliant entrepreneurs. Known for its famous omena, it is where business boomed most. Rumours have it that there is even a posho-mill in the hostel which I am yet to see.

The ‘bei ya campo’ was the talk in campus. Comrades used to enjoy low surfing rates via vouchers purchased. Some students were so keen in comparing the prices at the student center with those of the Systems and Reliance shops. A pricing mechanism was also put in place because the MUSO of that time (The Moi University Shop Owners) were retailing at higher rates as compared to stage.

Am yet to ask bwana Ruto(studie) what happened to the smokies, chipos, chapos and hot dogs he used to sell. So, was there a recession in the economy that has been felt up to now?

What happened to the so called LAN? That ‘zuku’ of that time? Does it still exist? Or does it mean the moguls behind it had their fill from the comrade’s subscriptions?

It is time they came back basing that the so much awaited European soccer is just a few days to commence, for the sake of our soccer fans.

So, to our potential entrepreneurs; whatever you can do or dream you can, the time to start is now.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Step forward and work smart to achieve the best.

And quoting from Audrey Hepburn;

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m Possible!’ “.

 

 

 

 

The writer is a 3rd year in the school of Business

 

KILICHONIUMA SI HOJA TENA By KURIA Manasseh

Ulikuwa ni wakati wa pata shika katika  kampeni ziliozopita ambapo wanasiasa wa MUSO waliingia kwenye kinyan’ganyiro kilichozua maoni  tofauti. Mikutano ikafanyika ingine isokuwa na ajenda  ilhali ingine ikiwa nayo.  Wagombeaji wakajitosa uwanjani kung’an’gania vitengo mbalimbali,wengine wakatengana na wengine wakashirikiana kuona kwamba wapinzani wao hawawapati ng’o.

Sitauzika kamwe kwenye kaburi la sahau wakati huo kwani mimi na wenzangu tulikuwa wafuasi sugu wa mgombeaji mmoja,walituhimiza tuwakwaruze nao pia watatukwaruze pindi tu watakapoingia kwenye mamlaka. Walitupa ahadi za gangaganga za mganga ambazo humwacha mgonjwa na matumaini. Tuliahidiwa mbingu ambayo hata kipungu hafikii. Baadhi ya ahadi tuliyoahidiwa ni kupata vyumba vya malazi bila matatizo yoyote, usafi utaimairishwa kila mahali haswa ‘mahali mwa usaidizi’,matokeo ya mitihani yatakuwa yakipatikana kwenye mtandao,masomo yataimairishwa ikizingatiwa kuwa baada ya likizo kutia nanga,masomo yalikuwa yakianza baada ya majuma matatu au hata manne, usalama utaimarishwa kwa hali ya juu, pia waliendelea kuongeza chumvi kampeni zao kuwa mambo yanayowazunguka wasomi yatashughulikiwa ipasavyo.

Kilichosemwa kipo na kama hakipo kipo njiani, kilicho baharini kakingoje pwani hatimaye wakajitosa uwanjani  kwa kweli tuliwaweka mizani na kura zikapigwa bila shaka tukawachagua tuliowaona kuwa  wa manufaa zaidi. Baada ya kuvitwaa viti vyao masaibu yalianza. Waliyashughulikia mambo yao wenyewe. Waling’angania maduka na ‘machips café’ ili wajaze mifuko yao iliyokuwa imeraruka raruraru. Vitambi vikaanza kutokeza wakawa nadhifu zaidi. Sisemi ni mbaya kwani maskini akipata matako hulia mbwata. Simu zikawa ukipiga haziingii na zikiingia anadai ako ‘busy al call u laiter’.

Katika masomo mambo yakawa arijojo,kama desturi kuanza kwa  masomo kukawa baada ya majuma matatu au zaidi. Madarasa  hayakushugulikiwa kwani wanachuo wanajaa darasani pomoni hadi kupelekea kuandikia mapajani. Na wale hawana manene iweje?……… usalama tuseme ni rabuka alitulinda kwani mwasi  mkuu mashoka alimaliza masomo yake ingawa hakukosekana visa vya wizi wa laputopu kwenye vyumba vya malazi na maktabani maarufu Afrika mashariki.

Kitengo cha afya kimedorora,usafi katika jumba kuu la ‘H’ na ‘J’ sijui nisemeje?..Vyoo ni vichafu ukiwa na haja barua’inabidi uvumilie nayo. Mwenyekiti akahamia mjini. Chama kikawa kana kwamba hakipo tena, vilio vya wanafunzi vikawa vinagonga kwenye masikio yaliyotiwa nta. Wanafunzi wakileta malalamishi kwa wasimamizi wakuu yanakataliwa kwani mwenyekiti hakuyafuatilia zaidi.

Wanafunzi walihangaika kupata vyumba vya malazi, moi kupata chumba ni kushukuru mola. Mimi nilikiwa nimeahidiwa chumba katika nyumba maarufu ‘A’ ama’B’ lakini ole wangu niliambulia patupu. Wenzangu pia wakavikosa na wakajikuta kuishi “diaspora”. Lakini babu yangu aliniambia hakuna mdogo aliye wa mwisho kabisa.

Hivi sasa mambo yamekuwa tu yale yale ya hapo awali, nimeyazoea kwani siogopi unene wa mbuyu, nilitaka makuu kutoka kwa viongozi hao lakini mambo yalienda arijojo, nimezoea kungoja matokeo ya  mtihani. Mwaka unaisha bila kupata matokeo ya mwaka uliopita, nimejikuna nijipatapo na kuacha mengine yaende vile yatakavyo kwa sababu ukijisumbua na hawa viongozi utashikwa na mpigo wa moyo.

Je tunaowachagua saa hivi watakuwa kama waliopita?  Mambo yatakuwa yale yale ama watabadilisha? Twawaomba wakichaguliwa wawe wakutimiza ahadi zao, na kwa wanachuo wenzangu  masazo ya ndovu majani makavu… tafakari hayo.

 

Mwandishi ni mwalimu mwaka wa tatu