Monday, 31 October 2016


Most people are afraid of trying out on new things or methods of doings things because of deep fears within ourselves. Interestingly, most of the things that we fear trying are actually roadblocks that are a creation of our own minds which can be demystified when you take the necessary steps to get out of the fear-zone. I crafted this challenge and tried it out during the early stages of our Module 5 lessons and it really worked for me and my organization.

Write down ten (10) things you are afraid to do and pick at least five which in your view may be beneficial to you and your organization if and when you tackle them.
The benefit that accrues from this is that you are able to take control of your journey and be more confident and have self-belief in whatever you do. Consequently, this initiative be a huge plus to your life since you will realize that the things you thought curtailed your efforts to move forward were just imaginary and that you can control your destiny through confidence. The Bible states that Faith without Actions is Dead. Likewise, I dare say, Actions without Faith (confidence) are Dead.
It is not an easy thing to gain confidence. It is not a question of instant coffee. It takes time. However, the good news is that once you master the art of confidence, nothing will come on your way and that of your dreams. Throughout my life as a youth leader and community worker, I have come across such instances when I feared to do something but then I gathered the necessary courage because what was at stake was an activity to be carried out by the organization I lead. We needed to obtain authorization from the local chief to allow us to hold a youth empowerment summit in my community. I was afraid of bringing this up with the chief because he is a big guy and highly respected and feared in the community. When we finally approached him, he readily gave in and gave us the go-ahead to hold the meeting. Courage saved us. You don’t need to fear anything or anybody as long as you mean well.

THE ISLAND MONTH in my view has been one of the best methodologies of teaching adopted by our able tutors to simplify things for us. The name island in itself brings out a cool, solitary place where great thoughts cross the mind or great ideas are born. It’s been a life fulfilling journey for myself and the young people I lead especially given the fact that this has really given me an opportunity to link-up with my inner self. I can confidently say that this Island month has made me to rediscover myself even more. I feel more like a recharged battery after this Island Month. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Mentor Preparation Document

1) About You

My name is Ekai Nabenyo, a Youth leader and community mobilizer in Turkana County, Northern Kenya. My community is rated as the most poverty-stricken of all the counties in Kenya having been marginalized for a very long time. The main challenge here is Poverty and Illiteracy among community members and this is what motivated me to establish the youth organization I currently run in my community. With investments in Oil and Gas being established in my community, I wanted to use my legal knowledge gained in law school to empower my people, advocate for community development and against destruction.

2) Your project

Turkana County- the largest of all the 47 counties that make up the Republic of Kenya occupies the North-Western part of the country. With an area of approximately 77,000km2 it shares international borders with Ethiopia to the North, Sudan to the North West and Uganda to the West. Lodwar, which serves as the headquarters of the vast region was established in the year 1919 as an army base for the colonial government and developed into an administrative center in 1939. This is the town that serves as the main business center in the whole county and has experienced more exposure to opportunities like those in other parts of Kenya. However, a huge tragedy exists in the outskirts of Lodwar with a majority of residents engaging in pastoralism despite the harsh conditions of inadequate pasture and water scarcity. Loreng’elup, my home village, located 47 kilometers on the eastern part of Lodwar Town is one such community with a population of approximately Two Thousand (2000) people and with an illiteracy level of more than 80%. With the lowest rainfall in the Republic of Kenya and Africa, life in this part of the world is characterized by substandard living, lack of security, unreliable food and inadequate clean water sources, and generally an overall daily fight for survival. Like many other regions of rural Kenya, the local community has to depend on the philanthropy and charity of friends of goodwill in the form of Non-Governmental Organizations that occasionally distribute relief food which may not always last long. Since time immemorial, the local residents have been passing their days in extreme inhuman conditions with a few engaging in business but with the challenge of initial starting capital. There has been a high level of poverty in the community cemented by low levels of literacy, poor health, malnutrition, wanting educational facilities and depressing environmental and sanitary conditions. Government interventions have always remained traditional yet the conditions of this region demand innovative approaches.
Locodein Community Based Organization is a Youth-led Organization founded in 2013 by three young and ambitious men from Turkana County; myself and two others, inspired by a vision of a society where youth have a powerful voice, knowledge and resources to use that voice to create positive change in their communities. After various years of volunteering during their high school and post high school years with the youth of Turkana County, specifically the youth in the remote areas, the three came to understand the challenges facing young people in Turkana and the Turkana community at large. Based on this first-hand experience and their desire to be the agents of hope in this forgotten community, they crafted a program to empower the young vulnerable youth and provide them with what government and their families were unable to provide: an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through empowerment. At Locodein Community Based Organization, we place special emphasis on working alongside the youth and poor women because previous data has shown that, supported with the proper resources, women and the youth have the ability to help entire families and communities out of poverty.
Our organization exists to provide the youth with the skills and resources they need to become agents of change in their communities. We do this through capacity-building and leadership workshops, youth summits, community engagements and through the Youth Empowerment Centre that we intend to establish in Lodwar, Turkana County. At Locodein Community Based Organization, we believe that when youth are empowered and capacity-built, they can best fight poverty in their communities. The formation of Locodein Community Based Organization was precipitated by increased socio-economic problems in Turkana County including among others; youth unemployment that has resulted to drug abuse, chronic alcoholism and village crime, cattle rustling due to idleness of the youth, increased economic bondage of the community, increased spread of HIV/AIDS, low levels of access to clean and safe drinking water and underdevelopment generally.

Project Successes, Challenges and Operational Information
The challenge I face is lack of support or cooperation from a majority of the young people we intend to work with to develop our communities. Most of them accept the current state of affairs in my community and are not willing to join us with us in the advocacy work we do. This disconnect has hampered our work. Another challenge is from investors and politicians who do not want to see the community develop and often frustrate our work as they consider an empowered populace a threat to their politics. I have used my leadership skills and networks to mobilize development partners from other parts of Kenya to join us and develop my community through building schools, community libraries, empowering women through micro-finance, planting trees among others. These partnerships have greatly helped our work and we keep bringing more partners on board. We also challenge the community to be in charge of their own development and to rise up to the challenge.

3) Mentoring request

My mentor should help me by challenging me more and giving me more insights in as far as the work I do is concerned. The mentor can also help me by sharing his/her experiences on similar work I do if he or knows of similar projects.
The mentor can also ask me to do particular things differently if they feel that can maximize impact.

4) Links to your work

Thursday, 24 March 2016

About Me

Locodein is a Youth-led Organization that I founded in 2013 with other youth leaders in my county of Turkana, inspired by a vision of a society where youth have a powerful voice, knowledge and resources to use that voice to create positive change in their communities. After years of volunteering during my high school and post high school years with the youth of Turkana, specifically the youth in the villages, I came to understand the challenges facing young people in Turkana and the community at large. Based on this first-hand experience and our desire to be the agents of hope in this community, I crafted a program to empower the vulnerable youth and provide them with what government and their families were unable to provide: an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through empowerment. At Locodein, we place special emphasis on working alongside the youth and poor women, because previous data has shown that, supported with the proper resources, women and the youth have the ability to help families and communities out of poverty.

Our organization exists to provide the youth with the skills and resources they need to become agents of change in their communities. We do this through capacity-building and leadership workshops, youth summits, community engagements and through a Youth Empowerment Centre that we intend to establish in Turkana County. We believe that when youth are empowered and capacity-built, they can best fight poverty in their communities. The formation of Locodein was precipitated by increased socio-economic problems in Turkana County including among others; youth unemployment that has resulted to drug abuse, chronic alcoholism and village crime, cattle rustling due to idleness of the youth, increased economic bondage of the community, increased spread of HIV/AIDS, low levels of access to clean and safe drinking water and underdevelopment generally.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Definitions of Leadership

Find three definitions of leadership from people you know or from famous leaders. Share these and comment whether you agree with them or not and why.

John C Maxwell
People Do Not care How Much You Know until They Know How Much You Care
I agree with this phrase by Maxwell because I do believe that the whole idea of leadership is centered on whether or not we care for others. The common man and human beings generally are most often inclined to a leader who cares for them, listens to them and is for them. Whether learned or not, any leader can have such traits. John Maxwell correctly states that people are interested in the leaders who exhibit these qualities and care less about how much knowledge he or she has. It is the service to the people as a leader that counts in leadership not the level of one’s education or intellect. This rightly describes leadership in my view.

Robin Sharma
You don’t need to have a Title to Be a Leader, You Can be a Leader without A Title
This quote is similar to the famous one that leaders are made not born which translates into anybody can become a leader and create a positive impact. You don’t need to be a politician for example for you to be a leader. You don’t need to have a title such as Honorable, Your Excellency to be a leader. One can be a leader in their small capacities. I want to be a Leader without a Title When I grow up.

Great Leaders Create More Leaders, Mediocre Leaders Create More Followers
Leadership should be about mentoring others, showing others the way and in the process creating a new crop of leaders from within your followers. Leadership based on egocentrism and hero-worship does not go far. It only serves to create more followers who are forced to agree with the leadership because of the consequences of defying authority. That doesn’t serve the purpose of leadership.

2.       Share what your own definition of leadership is
Ekai Nabenyo
Leadership Is Identifying a Challenge, Showing others the Right Way and Taking the First Step

3.       The Commonwealth Charter includes 16 core values and principles of The Commonwealth. Which of the Commonwealth values and principles do you hold as most important to you as a leader and why?
Importance of Young People in the Commonwealth
I do believe that there is a huge potential in our youth which needs to be tapped into by all stakeholders in order for development to be achieved. The future of the commonwealth and the future of vulnerable communities like mine in Northern Kenya is in the hands of young people. That’s why the work we do as an organization entails building a network of vibrant, informed Turkana Youth. I hold this as most important to me.
Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter
Access to socio-economic needs is very critical to any leader who is ready to ensure that the people he or she leads live a dignified life. Health, Education, Food and Shelter are the foundations of life and without them, life is pathetic. This is very important to me
4.      Do you think being part of The Commonwealth is a good thing for your country - have you experienced the benefits of being on #teamcommonwealth?

Being part of the Commonwealth has been very good for my country. My country has been participating in many commonwealth activities and events such as the Commowealth Championships/ Games etc.  There are many more other benefits of being in #TeamCommowealth

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Climate Road Before Paris: Lessons and Experiences

By Ekai Nabenyo
My trip to Paris, France to join the world in the climate change negotiations aimed at urgently changing the changing climate began long time ago when I was in my first year at the University of Nairobi. Having been born and brought up in a pastoralist community whose life was majorly pegged on nomadism, I had experienced, first hand, the tough realities of climate change in my community. Between 1992 when I was born and the year 2000 when I first set feet in a classroom, I had served as a herds-boy taking care of my grandfather’s livestock and moving from place to place looking for green pastures and water for our livestock. I had traversed many parts of Turkana as a herds-boy and seen a beautiful Turkana environment that was so green and appropriate for our nomadic way of life. Like many other pastoralists in Turkana, the immediate environment in Turkana was our source of food. Wild fruits were readily available for our consumption in the wilderness while moving with our goats and sheep.
Our animals were so healthy and well-fed that we would get enough milk and blood from them for our consumption at any time of the seasons. There was too much milk that I remember we even had the luxury of sparing a few litres for sale to the milk-thirsty populations in the nearby towns of Lodwar and Lokichar and, in the process, get some money to purchase basic household items. Droughts and famines were very rare and they would come once in a year and last for one or two months, then rains would come; the soil and the people become happy.
15 years later, I now see a Turkana environment that is dry, hot and arid. The temperatures are increasingly rising, the water levels of Lake Turkana, our only lake are dropping due to massive water evaporation arising from the scorching sun, our pasturelands are drying up and the greener pastures I used to know are no longer available. Droughts have chased away the rains and are taking over the once rainy seasons. People are worried about what is happening. The rain makers have lost the trust of the community members because they can no longer bring down the rain. The pastoralists are worried. They are wondering whether the community did offend the ancestors and now they are angry and punishing the community. The offerings to appease the ancestors seem to no longer work. The local pastoralists have lost 70% of their livestock and are struggling to maintain the remaining few. That is the reality of climate change in my place. By God’s grace, however, my people have managed to survive despite the harsh climatic conditions.
In 2011, oil and gas was discovered in this already struggling Turkana community that had been forgotten by “the people from Kenya” by Tullow Oil PLC. The news of the oil discovery was received with a lot of excitement by the Turkana people and the rest of the country. A community that had been forgotten and thrown to the dogs by all miraculously becomes the topic of discussions in all boardrooms in Nairobi and abroad. The oil companies moved in, in what looked like an army operation. Police were everywhere, guarding the oil and gas company installations, machines and vehicles at all costs including chasing away the local pastoralists from their lands. The scramble for and partition began with speculations flying right, left and centre; the most notable one being that the land where the oil was discovered had been sold by a prominent Kenyan politician to another third party long before the oil was discovered in 2011. There were accusations and counter accusations between rival political camps in Kenya on the same. The oil company finally settled and kicked off oil and gas exploration, aerial and seismic.
The time oil and gas was discovered in my community coincided with my exit from secondary school and I was among the many Turkana men and women who were absorbed to work for the oil company. I worked as a General Survey Worker for the oil company. Our work involved clearing community pastures and forests to pave way for a machine that, we were told, would send signals to the ground in trying to gauge the availability or non-availability of the much-talked-about black gold. Our operations were often disrupted by the protesting community members who demanded that their culture, way of life and environment be respected by the oil companies and in response, the oil company would many a times employ the most vocal of the community leaders in order to silence dissent and create a conducive environment for the oil company to carry on with its work, undisrupted. I, together with thirteen other General Survey Workers had signed a contract with the company of an equivalent of USD 500 salary a month but after working for a whole month and more days, the Human Resource Manager of the oil company summoned us to his office one evening and forced us into a queue, handing everybody an equivalent of USD 20 and we thought it was a token for a job well done only to be told that was our full month salary. As if that was enough, this was accompanied by threats of us being fired if we did not accept the money we had been given. Non Turkanas were being paid more, even those with whom we worked in the same environment under the same job assignment and were never subjected to any harassment.
In response to this discrimination and blatant disregard of the law by the oil company executives, I mobilized my other Turkana colleagues (most of whom had no benefit of secondary school education like me) and we staged a protest by refusing to go to work the following morning. The company then sacked us and we were bundled into a lorry and evicted out of the company’s base camp and off, we headed for Lokichar, the nearest town. Thirteen other General Survey Workers were immediately employed and the work continued. We accepted this and moved on. These injustices and the vulnerability of my Turkana people  challenged me a lot and I thought I could use the knowledge I got from high school and from being a student of law to do something to change the status quo. In 2011, while sleeping in my tiny campus cubicle in University of Nairobi, I had thoughts crossing my mind and I thought I should use my education to help my forgotten people advocate for their rights to development and to demand that their community land rights be safeguarded in the face of oil and gas exploration.
One day in 2011, while back at home during the university long holidays, I put together the young people in my community and pitched to them the idea of forming a youth-led advocacy group to empower the community to be conversant with their rights and to lobby for support from friends of good will for us to be able to implement community development projects right in our community as the youth. The idea was received well by a few community members while rejected by many who considered it an over-ambitious idea that would die a natural death like many others development ideas that had been crafted before it. I was heart-broken and went back into soul-searching whether this was really a good idea and whether I would get time to run the activities of the group as I was a first year student with a lot of work and commitments in campus. I however pressed on and talked to more community members who agreed to register with the group as community volunteers. After a whole month, I had registered only seven members.  More members registered with the group after we organized the first community empowerment summit using the USD 300 government loan that I used to receive from the government through the Higher Educations Loans Board (HELB) every academic year. We got thirty three members registered who are the current members of our group. As a group, we divided our work into three key thematic areas; Youth Empowerment, Environmental Conservation and Community Development. We believed that if our Turkana Youth were empowered and the community environment/ land rights in Turkana were safeguarded against injurious private investors in oil and gas, the community would automatically develop.
We also believed that the only way the Turkana people could be capacity-built to fight for their rights was through education. We therefore wanted to do more than the education we provided through the community empowerment summits that we organized. I embarked on a journey to re-construct the only school in my home village that was established in 1984 but was neglected by government as there were no teachers, no books and no proper structures. In this school, the pupils used trees as classrooms and the football pitch served as an additional classroom. The local politicians knew this school very well and were aware of the massive exodus of the pupils out of this school to other schools because the school did not meet any reasonable standards of being called a “Government or Public School.” When the Education Officer in Turkana wanted to punish or discipline a teacher in Turkana, he or she would always be transferred to this school and good teachers taken away from us. This is the school where I studied up to grade six then, like many others before me, I transferred to other schools to continue with my education due to the pathetic conditions of my school.
I never wanted the young boys and girls in my community to undergo the same challenges that I had gone through in the pursuit of the much-needed education in my community. I therefore wrote twenty five (25) proposals to different organizations and entities in Nairobi. Some of those entities included the US Embassy, Master Card Foundation, Equity Foundation, Kenya Commercial Bank, Bidco Oil Kenya Ltd, Safaricom Foundation and many others. Luckily, I got a reply from Safaricom Foundation who ended up approving our proposal and allocating USD 84,000 for the construction of the school. We put up 6 permanent classrooms, 24 pit latrines and 200 reading desks to the school and launched the same in a colorful ceremony on the 6th of September 2014.  We subsequently approached the Ministry of Energy of Kenya and implemented a Solar-power project in the school. The school became like an oasis in a desert. That year, and for the first time in 34 years, Lorengelup Primary School hosted the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) as an Examination Centre.  The student population in this school has tripled and now serves students from across Turkana County. This has promoted our work in advocating for education in this community as parents are ready and willing to take their kids to the school.
As a pastoralist community, my people of Turkana do not understand the co-relation between the increasing aridity in their home land and the scientific concept of climate change. Our group therefore wanted to act as a conduit pipe through which information on climate change could reach our people. We knew that having gone to college, there was a heavy burden on our shoulders to enlighten our community to better appreciate climate change and devise ways of adapting to it. We did and we still do this advocacy through town halls and youth summits in our local community. Our philosophy is one and it is that when communities are empowered in the grassroots and capacity-built, they will contribute better to the conservation of the environment and to the climate change advocacy work and produce spectacular results. From 2014, our work at the grassroots has been supported by Global Green Grants Fund and it is this GGF that facilitated my travel to Paris for COP21 and gave me the opportunity to join the rest of the world in making my voice to be heard by our leaders and to press them to come up with an agreement that will help us to confront climate change better. I have learnt a lot from the COP21 experience and I will share this experiences in my next publication, My Climate Road During Paris: Lessons and Experiences from COP21.

Ekai Nabenyo is A Lawyer by Profession and A Climate Change Advocate in Turkana County, Northern Kenya. He seeks to enlighten his pastoralist community to better understand Climate Change and Devise Better Ways of Adaptation as well as Safeguard Community Lands Rights in the face of Private Investments in Oil and Gas. He attended the Conference of Youth and The United Nations Climate Change Summit in Paris, France between 25th November and December 12th 2015

If you have never planted a tree in your life, You don’t have a right to Enjoy our Oxygen – Ekai Nabenyo

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Turkana County: Governor Nanok’s Report Card: Term One of Devolution

It is exactly One Year and Five Months since the celebrated and castigated concept of Devolution was finally introduced into the Republic of Kenya after the failure of Majimboism in the 1960s. Under the new order, national resources will no longer be buried in the National Treasury at Nairobi but will be cascaded down to the 47 Counties; each with powers to use or misuse the said funds as they wish. The mitigation measures including the Monitoring and Evaluation put in place by the Public Finances Act and other laws to curb any cases of embezzlement of Public Finances by the “Trustees” are not satisfactory. As a result, the citizens languish in poverty as the resources are directed towards enriching the already rich “municipal tycoons”. One may even wonder whether Devolution was meant to Decentralize Services or to Decentralize Corruption. In the most objective manner possible, Get It From Me delves into the realities of Devolution in Turkana County, rated by independent analysts as one of the “Richest Poorest” Devolved Units in the country called Kenya.
Security: It has been said that you can do everything else to a citizen and they will be satisfied but if you do not provide security, the latter will negate the former in what I refer to as “underdevelopment negating development.” Since March 4th 2013, the security situation in Turkana South specifically and Turkana County generally has been in a mess. Week in, week out, bodies of innocent young children, men and women are found scattered in the bushes and homes in Turkana South after repeated and rapid attacks from the aggressive and ambitious neighboring community. Within the past one year, tens of raids have been reported in different parts of Turkana County, Cases of a whole village being held hostage in their own territory by armed gunmen from yonder hit the headlines early this year and sparked national and international outrage. The leadership of the county has failed in this area and the concerned authorities have often hidden under the mantra, “Security is the Duty of the National Government”. Little do they know that the voters in the affected areas do not know and do not care to know about the Son of Jomo, they know the Son of Koli. They will spit on your face if you read them the part of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that states: “Security shall be the Duty of the National Government”.  They want to see action done. They want to see more KPRs whether or not it is Uhuru paying them. They don’t want their local security guys to be deployed to take care of the snake-eating Chinese in the Tullow Oil’s Camp Site. So far, no robust strategy has been put in place by the County Government or the National Government at the instigation of the County Government. Governor Nanok campaigned and was elected on a “I will Drive Away the Enemy” platform but the current situation might punish him harshly in August 2017. It was a distinguished Governor of the City of New York who once remarked that Politicians like Campaigning in Poetry but Governing in Prose. The truism of this statement has been witnessed in the past one year.
Development Projects: One year after devolution, there is nothing to write home about in as far as tangible development projects are concerned in Turkana County. It was rumored during the post-election period that Governor Nanok will develop Turkana South more than other parts of the county but even the said Turkana South hasn’t benefit a lot from the incumbency despite producing one of their own to sit on one of the hotly-contested County seats. Some people say that if all factors are kept constant, it might be politically-tricky for all the current leaders to defend their seats. It is also rumored (and I can confirm this) that the current stand-off between the Senator and the Governor is not good for the development of the county. A critical look at the Budgets for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 fiscal years also indicates that the priorities of the county have been largely placed upside down, with a greater focus on luxury and allowances while negligible amounts of the many billions pumped to us are allocated to sustainable projects. Governor Nanok has to do something on this Subject otherwise he will not be given a second bite on the cherry but an “E” and sent home.
Food Security: The Kenya Red Cross has predicted (and correctly so) that Turkana County will face a huge hunger problem that will be a result of the drought and famine expected in the coming months. After March 4th, the Turkana people wrongly thought that the “dog-eating” story will stop hitting the headlines. They also thought that many irrigation schemes will be established in many parts of the county after the good produce realized in Kangalita, Morulem, Nadoto, Katilu and other successful irrigation schemes. They also believed that the Todonyang Irrigation Scheme that was being fronted by Former PM, Hon Raila will be fast tracked so that the county can for once dream of being food secure. This hasn’t happened.
In grown-up democracies like the US and UK, politics is never done on the basis of winner takes it all. After March 4th, people expected Governor Nanok to “reach out” to his political enemies and bring them on board for the development of the county. However, what was witnessed was the exact opposite. The Obama-Hillary Principle was not applied and what ended up was a divided county with one side allegedly eating while the other one is starving.

Ekai Nabenyo is a Youth Leader and Law Student at the University of Nairobi. He serves as the Director & Co-Founder of Article 43, a Youth-led Organization based in Turkana County and which works to Empower Communities with focus on Alleviating Poverty and Improving Livelihoods.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Power of the Youth

It has been said that young men and women are the leaders of tomorrow. And the current leadership has made sure that the tomorrow they keep on talking about does not come any sooner. That is why the 21st century must be declared the Century of Renaissance in Africa, The Century of Youthful Tsunamis Sweeping Across Africa, from Cairo Egypt, through Loitoktok Kenya and finally to the sharp corner of Southern Africa. The need for contribution of the youth to community development in Africa and the world cannot be overemphasized.

The future of Africa is in the hands of the vibrant, energetic and productive youthful members of the African community. The young Turks must and should decide whether they will keep on sitting on the fence while criticizing  the leadership of the day without doing anything concrete to help them help the people, or they will say No More to Oppression, No More to Anarchy , No More to Autocracy that have characterized most jurisdictions in the African continent.  History has taught us lessons of societies that were emancipated from the york of bondage and untold suffering in the hands of their “leaders”. History is rich with stories of men and women who took a vow and decided they will step in and make a difference in their communities. I am yet to come across a society that was developed by one year old kids or hundred year old men and women; and we must learn from that.

In the Change Making Movement, the drivers of the Change the Way Things Are Done agenda will encounter opposition from individuals in and out of government who would wish to maintain the status quo because either they are not development-minded or are benefitting from the process. This should however embolden the Change Makers. They should treat the opposition they get as bumps in the road to Eldorado, the mythical place of cold water and honey. Straight and smooth roads have never produced competent drivers, rocky and muddy terrains have. A society where everybody agrees to a proposal is not a serious society. A society where 100% of the population trusts the leaders is not a human society. Leader-worship is not the reason why America grew into becoming the most powerful nation on earth. The Martin Luther Kings of our 21st century have a duty to play if the menace of terrorism, corruption and many ills ailing the Kenyan society today are to be rooted.
We need Community Empowerment in Northern Kenya; we need a dead-end to the radicalization of the youth in Mombasa and Nairobi; we need a thorough reform process in the executive arm of the county and national governments. We need a robust development agenda to spur growth and turn around our 47 economies; otherwise devolution will be the worst thing to have happened in the history of post-colonial Kenya. The youth must rise up to the challenge