Let’s Dress Professionally

By ALAL K’Alal

Indecent appearance has come to characterize the dress pattern of many students on the campuses of higher learning in Kenya. There is hardly any higher institution of learning in this country that is not faced with this nauseating problem.
The way students on these campuses of learning particularly, the female ones, dress seductively leaves much to be desired. What the ladies call skirts are just “one inch” longer than their inner dresses. When they put on such dresses, they struggle to sit down, find difficulty in climbing motor bikes as well as pick anything from the ground.
Although, there are no universally acceptable way or ways of dressing, dresses are meant to serve some definable purposes, country or region notwithstanding. Apart from dresses being a means for cultural identity, they are for ornamental or aesthetic purposes, for protection of the body against harsh weather conditions as well as for covering the intimate parts of the body.
Students of Moi University are not an exception; there is a serious concern on the manner in which students dress. The way we dress should serve a purpose and show professionalism. But as important as these purposes are, they have been defeated by the generation of Kenyan youths, and especially the University students.
In this campus, I have seen teachers dress like they are going for a beauty contests; journalists dress like they are going for a drinking spree and entrepreneurs as if they were to attend wedding parties. Some modes of dressing do not only view our personality in bad light but are also a justification of the moral decadence that University students have been associated with.
Indecent dressing even though is not accepted as the normality, is seen to be gaining ascendancy. One then wonders what becomes of the society tomorrow with the caliber of students that are being trained. The terms-decency and indecency-have so much to do with the morality of the individual person and as judged by others. A dress is said to be indecent when it has provocative or stimulating influence on almost all those that happen to view it on the user.
It is any outfit that shows too much skin. It can also be said to be the attitude of someone, male or female that dresses to showoff parts of the body such as the breasts, buttocks or even the underwear particularly those of the ladies that need to be covered.
This exposure is obviously a deliberate act to look sensuous, tantalizing and stimulating so as to draw the attention of the opposite sex.This form of dressing is provocative, improper and unacceptable. These dress patterns are morally offensive and reveal the high rate of moral decadence in the society of our time.
It isn’t enough for students to graduate with basic and advanced skills. Society expects us to be committed to capitalism and democracy, to hard work, honesty – and to dress appropriately.
Putting on slippers to lecture halls is also an injustice to professionalism.

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Man Judged By His Foreskin

By ORDIA Akelo

The foreskin has been a matter of debate since time immemorial with the point of contention being whether to cut it or keep it. One of the main reasons for circumcision in Kenya was as a cultural rite of passage. Men moved from being mere boys to men, this meant they could take wives for themselves, own property and maintain a household. It meant they were wise enough and that they could stand on their own. According to these communities, a man who did not go through the procedure was still a boy even if they were well advanced in age.
To show the magnitude of the problem, last week a man beheaded his wife in front of his two children, after she called him uncircumcised during a quarrel. After this heinous act, he sat undisturbed in the living room they once shared like nothing happened. He killed his wife, the mother of his two children and the woman he once loved to protect his manhood. This shows how it is degrading to those who have not become men in the eyes of their community.
Not only is circumcision used to hit below the belt in the family scene, but politicians have been known to use the topic to sling mud at their opponents. From Moses Kuria and the latest being Governor William Kabogo circumcision is the go to topic they use to intimidate the opposition. On Sunday Kabogo called the former Premier Hon. Raila Odinga stupid and attributed his stupidity to uncircumcision. We all know how sensitive the male manhood is, and publicly airing sentiments that point that the opposition is uncircumcised directly equates them to boys, boys who are not fit to speak in front of their apparently circumcised counterparts.
But let us take a close look, truth be told not every man from the lakeside is uncircumcised and the same applies to every other community that practices circumcision. Who knows, it may be possible that those who shout circumcision from the highest mountain tops are uncircumcised themselves. Besides, there is no scientific study that gives a direct relationship between the foreskin and one’s mental capabilities. And honestly if his wife or girlfriend has no problem with him being uncircumcised we should not make a debacle out of it. I see no reason why men should be judged by their foreskin or their lack of it.
As a heterogeneous society should open our eyes to the different cultures present and if possible come up with a culture of our own. A culture that defines men by the value they bring to the table. The culture we swear by today is but a shell of what it used to be. Let us focus on more important issues. The problems we have today, ballooning wage bill, poor planning, public wastage and biting inflation were not brought upon us by someone’s foreskin. They will certainly not miraculously disappear if we circumcise every man in Kenya. We should find actual people to blame for our woes and stop judging the quality of men by their foreskin.

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

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.