#TurkanaOil: “Is Finding Oil Ever A Good Thing?”

UPDATE: “We found oil in a hopeless place” by dilliemusic

So apparently they’ve struck oil in Turkana. The findings are in many ways preliminary, seeing as it will take years to properly assess the quantities and a bit longer to really start drilling; but our government seems to be optimistic that our reserves are bigger than Uganda’s.

Which puzzles me.

Out of sheer curiosity, when has finding oil in an African country EVER been a good thing? Continue reading

Who Am I Voting For in 2012?

Vote For Nobody Graffiti

Someone asked me the above question and I told them ‘Nobody’.

They laughed.

I didn’t.

I don’t expect much of the government. I expect even less from the president as an individual. As far as I’m concerned, the majority of politicians seeking office aren’t competent enough to operate a smartphone, so why trust them with a country in the 22nd century? Continue reading

Increased Cost of Living – Cartels? Pirate Money? Or Not.

I’m sure most people are glad that the church took some time off holding prayer rallies and meetings for some of the Ocampo 6 to petition the two principals to address the rising food and fuel prices in the country. Despite the news and newspaper headlines over the past 3 months being dominated by another issue – the real issue that’s been eating into most Kenyans has been the increased cost of living. Everything seems to be going up: ugali unga; unga ngano; bread, oil, fuel… The official inflation figures confirm the price increments; the inflation rate in January was 5.42%, February 6.54% and March 9.19%-the result, public outcry culminating in last week’s mass action protests peaceful demonstration by the Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK).

The (inflation) facts speak for themselves, the question is WHO IS TO BLAME for this extra burden on Kenyan citizens? Some people have laid all the blame on cartels others claim that the influx of Somali pirate money has led to increased demand which has led to a corresponding increase in prices. Others have blamed the government for inaction.

While there may be some truth to some of the ‘explanations’ above it is important to remember that a lot goes into rising prices than pirate money or cartels.

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The Kenyan Government & The WFP Feuds as People Eat Dogs

BY WAMATHAI

There was a story in the news recently where a woman in Turkana Central in Northern Kenya slaughtered and cooked the family pet, a dog, for her family because she had nothing else to give them. I think that the cameraman who filmed the whole thing, from the cooking to the eating, is very strong given that the eating of such things are a taboo in Kenya but I guess that’s the sacrifice he had to make to bring the story to us. Continue reading