Author Archives: Abdulkarim Taraja

About Abdulkarim Taraja

Editor-in-chief of UKSU in University of Kabianga. Works with the Standard Media Group, Nakuru Bureau. Media fanatic and enthusiast. Humble, honesty and hardworking. A son, friend and team player colleague who believes in God and work of my hands.

Who will stop this Children suffering?

By Abdulkarim Taraja

As this day is marked differently  in all walks and corners of the Universe, I wish to send my personal message to the world pertaining this day and children.

4 years ago, I graduated into adulthood and memories of childhood still vivid in my new status. Born in clashes-prone society in Western Kenya, gives me experience of how children are brought up in some areas.
Many families are poor, who live below the dollar and the  children grow and inherit the povertorial situation. Poverty then begets poverty.737075_471028212976298_1535373834_o

Children in many African societies undergo more than hardship. From eating to learning, from sleeping to dressing, they suffer. Some are orphans who were left after HIV/aids consumed their parents mercilessly, some parents died in civil wars and clashes leaving them vulnerable and parent-less. Parental care, love and harmony has been and still something vocabulary to this group of human beings.

In Kenya today, military operation is underway in Northern part of the country. Children are suffering most. Their parents are suffering more. They are tortured and worried both psychologically and mentally. The world is unfavorable to them. In south Sudan, political feud has destroyed the future of many children. And nothing but prayers and deserving actions be put in place to secure Africa and its future in them.

It is in this regard that I with my fellow colleagues came up with a Community Based Organization (Nurture a Child Initiative) in Kericho County to help in Support, Mentor and Sponsor this future generation.
As we mark this day, I and the team are visiting a nearby Children home on Saturday 22nd to be part of them, mentor them, play with them, eat with them and speak with them as their big brothers and sisters. We shall also invite local pastors and religious leaders to join us in praying for them and call any international well wishers and donors to help in addressing the plight of this angels who need educational support and moral support.

As we mark this day, let us remember that the future of the world rests in our children’s shoulders. It is we to nurture, mentor, support and sponsor for our and their prosperity.

State, County government urged to beef up security in campuses

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UoK LTB/3 Photo by Abdulkarim Taraja.

BY ABDULKARIM TARAJA
Students are challenging both the National and County governments to ensure their security is catered for while in the higher learning institutions. This follows the terror alerts that’s has since spread across the campuses and colleges in the recent weeks since the massacre in the Garissa Terror attack.
Speaking in Kericho Town, University of Kabianga Student Leader Alfred Chuchu said that any threats should not be taken for granted at any given time. He urged the government to consider empowering the local security firms to offer more input in safeguarding the institutions.
“We challenge the government to empower security firms and give them license to own guns while guarding the learning institutions because police officers cannot be around all the time,” said Chuchu.
He added that there are many primary and secondary schools around that require security also and suggested that, “by allowing private security firms own guns in learning institutions, the police can be able to patrol around the area so as to provide the security services to other Kenyans.”
He said Security is a national concern and are doing a petition to the president that will ensure the students in the country does not go through what Garissa students went through.
Mr. Chuchu has also challenged the County Government of Kericho to look into the essence of installing security lights in area around the campus so as to enhance security of students and staff.
“Students have been attacked several times at night while coming from studies in the library by unknown people who hide in the dark as early as 8pm, posing a serious need for security lights in the area,” said Chair who added that the mandate for that is way beyond the University jurisdiction.
He also noted that the student population staying outside campus has increased and require security surveillance that streetlights can help a lot.
“Road rhetoric”
Premier-Kabianga-Taploting road that passes through the institution has been in the public domain for many years where the local leaders and government officials has been giving empty promises that they will tarmac yet it has never never yielded any fruits.
The student leader has faulted the government over the road rhetoric accusing Deputy president William Ruto who said that the government set aside Ksh. 400M to tarmack the road in 2013 while presiding over the graduation ceremony remains in the minds of many University students.
“The road needs to be done and should be looked into as a matter of urgency the rhetoric’s and the mind games that is being played by the people in charge should stop it is disheartening to give promises yet they are not fulfilled,” said Chuchu.
On February sixteenth, Kabianga students went into riot to protest against the poor state of the road that becomes impassable during the rainy season I the south rift and very dusty during the sunny season.
Ends…

The Kenya We want Essay

By Abdulkarim Ruto Taraja

THE KENYA WE WANT

From all the corners of the country, there is total unrest and conflict. Terrorists are terrorizing the Coastal, Northern Frontier and Nairobi counties mercilessly bringing the breath of many Kenyans into full stop. Land grabbing all over the country, abject poverty consuming many citizens, political confusion and alignment, cattle rustling in the Northern part of Rift Valley, high cost of living, the appreciating cost of education, the climate change toward unfavorable conditions, political supremacy in the country, ever degrading moral values in the humanity, untreatable diseases- all bringing confusion and lack of peace to all. This is making the Kenya far from the Kenya we all want.

We need a peaceful Kenya- a Kenya that the surname will never betray the individual in any part of the country. Kenya, that an individual will carry his own cross without dragging the whole community behind him/her. A Kenya that political and religious feuds, elimination and assassination of vocal personalities based on their stand shall be the thing of the past. We need a Kenya that corruption and impunity is zero rated in all sectors of the political and economical divide. We want a Kenya that cattle rustlers in Northern Kenyan parts will venture into business and agriculture and understand that, a cattle raiding is not a source of legal income and allow fellow Kenyans to enter their sanctums in peace and wake up in peace not pieces. A Kenya that a police will be highly respected and sort for security and not as victims of neighbor feuds that has escalated in the recent times in the history of security apparatus in the country.

“Kenyans for Kenya” that helped the Turkana Famine is the Kenya we want. A united Kenya, that stands behind Ezekiel Kemboi and Obiri while crossing the Olympic competitions in abroad. We need Kenya that practices unity of purpose daily as witnessed during the “Donate Blood Campaign” after West Gate Shopping Mall was brought down by the Terror groups. Kenya, that do not define a neighbor in terms of race, colour or tribe. We want a Kenya that when an individual sits in a bus from Mandera to Nairobi is safe from a fellow passenger and arrives his/her destination alive, safe and sound. Kenya that, a Turkana old man will sleep in his house without fear of invasion by the Pokot Militia. A Nation that everybody fears God as the Provider, Giver of Life and Protector. A Kenya that, citizens will stop worshiping the politicians from their regions, community and embrace brotherhood and sisterhood, and define the loyal and performing government.

I do hope, as Aristotle said that Hope is a waking dream, that this Kenya am describing will soon be in place. However, it comes with lots of hard work and investment. Our youth needs to be engaged and given adequate skills to deal and challenge the challenging issues in life. The Education system in Kenya is the best but require some amendments that will allow those who do not get the opportunity to enroll in Universities or Colleges. I appreciate the Government for supporting much of the Technical institutes but still there is a lot to be done. The employers need to be made aware that the development is achieved both by the skilled and the unskilled members of the community. The unskilled youth together with our graduate colleagues can move the economy far.

The major sources of conflict in our Kenya are the terrorism disease that is always in our back and the never ending politics. The unhealthy opposition to the government gives chance to terror groups to concentrate on their plans. To stop terrorism, the government should equip the National Intelligence with superior equipments than those of militia to combat the crimes. Increase the border surveillance and train the officers in the border on the importance of maintaining and promoting peace. We need to uphold truth and avoid bribery and to fear God in the whole exercise.

To the communities in the northern Kenya, diversification of means of income is wanting and make aware the communities that it is not only cattle raiding that will proof you as a man, neither a source of income nor wealth. With the County government in place, the youth should be encouraged to apply government jobs and tenders that the government should ease the process of application and handling of loans and grants. The bureaucratic procedures scare away the youth in applying for these opportunities.

Let various tribes and religious embrace intermarriages as this fosters unity. Equitable distribution of power and resource can solve clanicm feuds in Northern region. Removing our Kenya Defense Forces from Somalia can help stop itches of terrorism and AlShabab Insurgence.

By Abdulkarim Taraja

The world can’t simply stop amazing daily. From the primitive old age period of stones to metallic age to plastic age to button-press age and now recently the touch screen age; alot has indeed transpired and transformed. If my forefather who byed this world a century ago gets a privilege to be alife again, he would be overwhelmingly flabbergasted to see amazing phenomena from a bit similar but different style of dressing between them (Men) and modern ladies, rampant destruction of the environment, absence of an empire of livestock, flying aeroplanes, talking gadgets, women dominance in the society as well as two children defining a family.

It is still vivid-glassic when I first saw a person talking using a mobile phone resembling a police radio-call gadget. I clearly remember one day when my dad gave me Ksh. 700 to go to a 15KM distance to buy him “Scratchcard” nowadays airtime or credit. It was in 2003, about a decade ago when I first found myself witnessing this. I was amazed too what I was given as scratch card yet I gave out 700/=, but I cared less because it was dads’ monies anyway.

Upon arriving tired, my dad was waiting eargerly far more than a guy is waiting a virgin chic for a romantic ring of ownership. He scratched it and started dialling the numbers into a borrowed Nokia 3310. It was then that he started moving like a mad man not knowing what he was looking for yet his eyes glued to the gadget with aerial… He moved round the homestead and critically started calculating the heigt of our Elgon-Teak tree in the compound. He talked of “Network” but I had no idea what network meant and its use to madness of moving…

For me I thought madness had descended to the old Muzee, only to see and hear him burst out with scaring voice “Halo! Halo Murooni! Halo!! Haloooooo!……” wuushoo! He is gone again. Network breakdown.

Terribly, checking for balance after that drammatic ‘halo’ we found out 100/- airtime was already gone. Communication had not yet occurred. He gave up not. After desperate search for network, at long last he spoke.

Interestingly, my old man used three Minutes in greetings and laughing not knowing the Seven hundred worth of airtime was being drunked like never before. Upon starting delivering the intended message, the call was off once and for all “Halo! Halo! Halo arabaaa! Haloo”… ‘ScratchCard’ and airtime was no more.

Part II tomorrow on ‘My Touch’

By Abdulkarim Taraja.

It was only yesterday at Nine in the evening, when I was watching news in CITIZEN TV when a story of a woman from Kitengela, Kajiado County amazed me. For me I can’t even imagine staying without hands, I think I couldn’t do much, but have realized what Hellen Keeler said, that, “If one door closes another opens but oftend we look so long and so regretful upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” is true basing on the story that touched me.

Many of us have everything in our bodies. We are full indeed but do nothing much about our blessings apart from gossip and ways of outsmarting others. Cooking Ugali using the feet, cleaning her kids nose and peeling potatoes using this feet as well as receiving her touch screen phone call is what makes me thank God for always having an alternative in Humans life. This is where I agree with Allan Wattz who said that, “There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering.”

It is true to this mother of one that Suzanne Weyn caution: “Your life is an occassion, rise to it”. Harry Potter added that understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. Understanding ones inability should not lock all the abilities but as Sarah Ban termed that “All we have is all what we need. All we need is the awareness of how blessed we are”. So we must overcome any obstacle.

I have indeed realized that ones life is not a problem to be solved, but rather it is a gift to be opened. Also, I have fully believed that, that which doesn’t kill you makes you strong. No option.

Indeed Aristotle uttered a word that I want to share with you my reader, that “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival” so this sister of mine is an amazing inspiration to many.

Buddha was also correct. “Health is the greatest gift, Contentment the greatest wealth and faithfulness the best relationship”- this came out clearly to me and many others upon watching that story.

As I fade off, allow me say thanks to Judy Kosgey and all friends. Take this from Arthur Ashe, that, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

WHY RELATIONSHIPS TURN SOUR EASILY NOWADAYS

By Abdulkarim Taraja.

For the few years I have been living and taking the world as my lab, much comes and goes. Because no man lives in a vacuum, social interaction has to take place. Love and affection has to be felt.
Talking of relationships, this is a very complicated and complex topic to touch in the 21st Century. The illussion of love, lust, mistrust, impatience, revenge and lack of personal principles in many people is only some but among the major contributors of heart and love breakages.

Ladies, in this case are the most vulnerable and break-hearted than men. Women and ladies and society as a whole still hold the belief that it is a man who proposes to a women. Atimes, a woman is interested in certain man but due to this obstacle, she lets it go. Hoping that you can just sit down and let your man do everything for you is a misguided mind and development setback. Making your man a source of income, calling for chips, popcorns even pants is indeed dangerous. If he fails, then he is a “Dog” as mostly reffered to by some married couples.

Being a miser is worse. Stretch your hand to give too. Motivate each other through surprise gifts, watches, attire and other valuables that you can afford to give. Never expect too much from the partner including time and don’t demand more than enough and to his scope. Do unto your partner what you would like him/her to do unto you.

Frequently, I have seen fellows falling into love just because of somebody’s status, title and physical appearances but discard the inner feelings. After sometime, swthrt turns into doggy and a forgotten term….

Hey! There, remember before falling in love; Don’t go for looks, they deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright…
Lastly, have line between your responsibilities. Couplship is dialoque amd amicability of problem solving.

TIPS:

1. Never hurry to be hooked-up.. Take your time looking for odds and evens, screening those come for you. Compare with your desires.

2. Never be an easy Yes-sayer.. Learn to say NO sometime. Precious things are hard to find. Sweat before you get there. Let him sweat before you utter a ‘YES’ to him.

3. Never use your body and beauty to attract attention of a fellow, lest you are disappointed easily and used as litter bin.

4. Love unconditionally… Love voluntarily. Never expect love or favour in return.

5. Be patient and hardworking.. If you want attention, then show that you deserve it by working hard both to impress and express yourself.

6. Remember what Benjamin Disrael uttered that, “Prepare for the worse hoping for the best.” live to know things can go otherwise anytime.

The writer is a 2nd year Student, University of Kabianga and Editor-in-Chief to the SGC.
Part Two… Coming

The exchange of words today in the famous “Students Forum” a Fun page facebook group that brings together all the University students between UoN president Babu Owino and University of Kabianga President, Alfred Chuchu was an eye opener showing the moderates and hardliners in solving thorny issues involving university students.

The duo engaged in a battle of titans, differing on the way the University Students should engage the government in a balooned fee increment from September this year. In a statement given by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education prof. Jacob Kaimenyi sparked fury in University students who fearlessly said they will not accept. In their arqument, Babu Owino has threatened to call for countrywide demonstration in a way of opposing and pushing the government to rethink the move.

“The move by the government to hike the fee is an insult to comrades and I shall mobilize nationwide demonstration to oppose the move.” said Owino.

On his part, Univeristy of Kabianga President Alfred Chuchu said that demonstration should come as a last option but he believes in dialoque. He arques that demonstrations over time has let to lose of lives of comrades which as a leaders should safequard by applying ways that leads to amicable solutions of the problems. Chuchu says that all the students countrywide are opposed to fee increment and as representatives, we should address this issue among many other issues that comrades face daily.

“Comrades face a lot of issues and problems that needs a very serious amicable solutions including the fee increment. Going to streets won’t solve everything but only one thing and is risky. I appeal for dialogue and diplomacy first so that if it fails, we can adopt the latter”

The discussions brought a mixed reaction from other comrades that only time will tell.