OPERE NICHOLAS-SIMU YA ELDER

Simu Ya ‘Elder’
Na Opere Nicholas

(Simu inaita. “Elder” anasafisha koo kabla mama hajaichukua)
MAMA:Haloo…unaniskia? Hujambo lakini?
ELDER: Mama hata sikusikii. Nasema jana najuzi na hata ile juzi ingine sijala kitu.
MAMA:Njaa??
ELDER:Njaa mama, jana na juzi na hata ile juzi ingine sijatia kitu kinywani. Credo nipekopa.
MAMA:Njaa iko hata huku. Si ungekopa skuma badala ya “credo?”
ELDER:Nitumie credo.
MAMA:Eee, tumia tu.
ELDER:Nkt! Mama… nipe baba niongee naye.
BABA:Habari yako Opiyo? Ile loan ya HELB imekuja unitumie elfu moja niwalipe watu wakupalilia shamba?
MAMA:(Akizungumza kwa umbali) Mwambie kakaye mdogo hana kiatu.
ELDER: (Akipuuza usemi wa baba) Tafadhali baba, nisambazie hata mia mbili niweze kula leo na kesho.
BABA:Opiyo,maisha ni kuvumilia. Nunua hata mboga ya tano na nyanya ya tano.
ELDER:Hata napirate kwa rafiki, sijamaliza kulipa hela za nyumba.Nisaidieni.
BABA:Kupirate pia iko na pesa, bora usikamatwe. Kwani ile kazi ulikuwa ukifanya Radio Sayari uliipoteza?
ELDER:Ilikuwa attachment. Hainamalipo.
BABA:Mwanangu, malipo ni mbinguni.
ELDER:Wah! Nipe Kaka niongee naye.
KAKA:Hujambo ndugu? Unamalizal ini chuo?Sijamaliza ile sehemu ya nyumba yangu.Niokolee hata mabati tano.
ELDER:Eh! Sasa nitaongea  na nani?
KAKA:Ongea na Shosho.
ELDER:Nkt! Simaanishi hivyo!
SHOSHO:Bwanangu!Jirani yangu Ongoro jana aliacha ng’ombe, mbuzi na kondoowakavamia shamba langu la migomba. Unakuja lini unipeleke kwa chifu?
Kesho?
ELDER:Habari Shosho?
SHOSHO:Ni hayo tu, hayo tu bwanangu. Uniletee blanketi mpya.Ile yangu imekatika vipande viwili.
Asante sana!(Simu inakatika ghafla.Opiyo anabaki kinywa wazi.Hajui aseme nini.)
ELDER: ( Akijizungumzia) Kweli ukiyastaajabia ya mama, baba na hata kaka, utayasikia ya shosho.

The writer is a Kiswahili Editor with The Legacy

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MOSES ADONGO-NOT SO HONOURABLE MPs

The Not So Honourable MPs
By ADONGO Moses
A famous dictum states that power corrupts and
absolute power corrupts absolutely. This has been a manifestation of the underworld behavior of our not-so-honorable members of the parliament. The dust has not settled yet on the contentious rejection of Dr Monica Juma as an appointee to the position of the secretary to the cabinet, the lawmakers again shunned policy issues and resorted to private lifestyle during the vetting of the leadership of the Central Bank of Kenya on Tuesday.

In a process that was expected to set the economical agenda for the country, probing the nominated
governor on his philosophies and beliefs, the members of the parliaments’ Finance, Trade and Planning
Committee resorted to seeking to know why nominee for the Central Bank’s governor, Dr Njoroge, was still single at 54 years of age.

One of the committee members even retorted that one of his colleagues had a single sister, insinuating that they had a catch for the nominee, hence the interest in his marital status. The lawmaker was even concerned by Mr. Njoroge’s lack of assests questioning whether he was reluctant to invest or was simply poor.

The gangland behavior the committee members gave an idea about during the interview has left so many Kenyans faulting themselves for the kind of leaders they put in the parliament to represent them. This manifestation has been coupled by other surprising shows, recently including the puzzling rejection of Dr Monica Juma.

The former permanent secretary to the interior ministry fell a victim of slighted MP’s revenge, after allegedly writing a letter to protest over the several trips the
lawmakers made to her office to influence government

appointments and promotions of civil servants. In
democratic nations and those that believe in
administrative principles, the infamous letter should have been considered as part of her credentials during the vetting.

However our MP’s have failed to show their integrity, ethics, professionalism during  such vetting, even
putting to question the composition of such
parliamentary committees. It would be prudent for such committees to be composed of professionals who would have the integrity to vet professionals and highly learned persons for various government
positions. The committees should be filled by
individuals with national interests at heart, sweeping personal interests under the carpet when it comes to issues touching on the citizens they represent.

Kenyans should use a better yardstick when electing people to positions of power, people who will excuse the august house of redundant chest thumping, tart
exchange of words, appalling sexual harassments of colleagues, recurrent fights and constant political party and supremacy battles.

It is important to note that nothing deters national growth more than vengeance and the continued thirst to be a conservative political leader.

GACHUHI CHRIS-WISDOM OF LYNCHING

Wisdom Of Lynching
By GACHUHI Chris

In more than two events, stones have been most      precious comrades. Resultantly, stony feelings are all we have now; revenge, incitement, remorse, neurosis and regret.

Imagine for a moment, how great the feeling is, to have the power to do what you want. Wake up, make the kind of breakfast you like, decide whether the    lecturer should come or not. By snapping your fingers, your love comes trotting humbling mumbling ‘master’. The kind of power which when a thief is caught, you can assuage stones to sing the song of justice. You can inflict the highest and most acute agonizing pain to make them pay for their atrocious behavior. That only you can decide their fate.

How stupid it is, mundane and uninteresting to play God. The truth is, we have no idea what power is. By definition, it is the loss of electricity in Soweto, K, L and M. The accomplishment of getting ourselves a MUSO’s docket and clubs’ leadership seats, common and dreadfully boring dream of becoming the man of the house, the lady who will lead ‘chamas’, the richest man in the village, the first woman to become a      senator in your area. The reason why these dreams are    stupidly boring is because we have no idea what to do in the event of achieving them.

By lynching a thief, your laptop will not be brought back after they have died. There will be no sweet apologies. Psychological impulses of revenge will not be quenched permanently. All there will be are those moments of victory; shameful victory, a paining ember of anger and regret. That is when it dawns on you that matters have become worse than they were. Another burden of self-justification is on your shoulders.
We lynch all the time. Not with stones and running battles but with words, perception, stupidity and wrong judgment. You will be labelled as weak,
psychologically wanting, failure, complicated and an easily malleable character that can be bent to
everyone’s will. These are the kind of stones we throw at each other every day.

If you cannot give life, you have no authority
whatsoever to take it away. If you are not morally
upright, you have no right to judge other people’s ways. If you are of a particular tribe or religion, you have no mandate to judge another tribe or religion because you have no idea what it is like to be of that tribe or religion.

In conclusion, let us not end the lives of others with stones of perception. The lives of lynched martyrs…as for me I call them saints, they must not go in vain. How many have died for their sins…only these       precious souls. Just because of properties incomparable with their priceless lives. In every person there is good and bad, darkness and light. We must try to ignite flickers in people who are dimming and if not so, we will lynch one another till no one is left.
The writer is a Second Year in the School of
Engineering

KAUMAH-SIGNS OF AGEING

The Signs Of Ageing
By KAUMA Frank

It’s your time to speak and squeak
It’s your time to sip or drink with your beak
A political vulture, a goon to the peak
With ignorant excitement, to you all are weak
And when you rise to speak, the elders go sick

I was worst in my time, a young man’s search for fame
We hooted like hones, to the elders we were hard to tame
We opposed for the sake, just to be players in the game
Fast we were to speak; everyone to us was to blame
Shaggy hairs we kept, the bottles we drank to keep our flame
We thought ourselves the best, all was for our name

But nothing was to last, neither were we the first
All came to pass, old we grew too fast
The young men are at it again, our time to eat dust
They think us old, our mind never to trust
We speak of experience, they despise as past
Fine, it’s your time, but shall also come yours time to rust

One, two, three and four, that’s how fast we grow
And off the stage you will bow
A junior will mock your beards in their time to crow
Everyone with his time, be sure to taste the cow.

The Power of A Dream

When the young man from Vihiga County expressed his intentions to vie for the post of Director of Academics last academic year, very few comrades believed in his dreams. In fact, his approval ratings at the beginning of campaigns were low.

To those who gave him the benefit of doubt, all they could say was that time would tell.

Today, that humble man has proved the doubting ‘Thomases’ wrong and his approval ratings are possibly the highest among the other MUSO officials he was elected with.

He most likely is the ‘Erick Kinaga’ of the 29th SGC-the best performing Director of the previous Students’ Governing Council. The person is undoubtedly Edwin Gogo
His success has surprised many considering he took over office when a lot of students had issues with their HELB loans and the perennial missing marks.

The challenges looked insurmountable and the odds were obviously high. Amidst all that, Gogo managed to successfully sort out the issue about students’ loan.

Under his leadership, he ensured that the 2014/2015 academic year loans were disbursed on time and efficiently, and is focused to ensure that for the 2015/2016 is also handled in the same manner.

‘HELB’s next financial year begins in July and therefore comrades should check their accounts in mid July. I have realized some comrades applied for the fifth time which should only apply to the Engineering student. That is beyond my intervention but I talked to the HELB officials who assured me that for such cases, one has to talk to them at personal level.’ He says.

He takes pride too for managing to clear rumours about academic calendar. ‘I said comrades were to report back on 11th and it came to pass’

His leadership style has been people focused. He willingly and readily helped comrades who had financial issues sit their exams. Harambee’s were held to help the students who could not raise their fees. Students who also had problems with their green forms found help through him. An act that has never been witnessed from any the SGC directors in office.

School based organizations have been empowered under his tenure. Through Gogo’s intervention, ESA-Economics Students Association officials went to Nairobi to attend a business conference. Very soon, class reps will be getting small perks to cater for the airtime they use while coordinating classes.

The state of Lecture halls have also improved. LH1 is fitted with an operating PA system. All that is needed is the Class Rep’s signature at the Dean’s office.

Challenges have also come in equal measure. The number of students is high and therefore it’s not easy to sort out every comrade’s problems at a personal level. Balancing studies and serving the comrades is also a huge task to deal with.

‘I want to further my studies in the future. I want to be a Diplomat and therefore I will pursue a Masters Degree in International Relations’ he concludes.
By OGUTU gordon.

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Edwin Gogo. The outgoing MUSO Director of Academics.