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A Night out that ended in disappointment

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2007

A man met a beautiful girl, and she agreed to spend a night with him for $500. So they spent the night together. In the morning before he left he told the girl that he did not have any cash with him, but that he would have his secretary write a cheque and mail it to her, calling the payment “Rent for Apartment”. On the way to the office, he regretted what he had done, realizing that the whole event was not worth the price. So, he sent a cheque for $250 and enclosed a note:

“Dear Madam:
Enclosed you will find a cheque in the amount of $250 for rent of your apartment. I am not sending the amount agreed upon, because when i rented the apartment, I was under the impression that:

1. The apartment had never been occupied,
2. There was plenty of heat, and
3. It was small enough to make me cozy and at home.

Last night, however, I found out that it had been previously occupied, that there wasn’t any heat, and that it was entirely too large”. Upon receipt of the note, the girl immediately sent back the following reply:

“Dear Sir:
First of all, I cannot understand how you expect such a beautiful apartment to remain unoccupied indefinitely. As for the heat, there is plenty of it if you know how to turn it on. Regarding the space, the apartment is indeed of regular size but if you don’t have enough furniture to fill it, please do not blame the
Landlord”.

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The people of Laikipia are prepared to receive the President of Kenya in Mukogodo division on the 29th of may 2007.

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2007

It will be extremely awkward for the political leaders particularly those of the Maasai people since they will not be able to show any kind of Development that they have contributed to the society, with the community development funds provided annually. The president will realize that either there is no community Development funds for Mukogodo division or the money has been mismanaged.

The dusty road shall be be swept and the women shall sing along with young emaciated Mukogodo frustrated youth, in despair and with hope that the president shall save their day with a meal or two. This women and young people do not need a meal or two, neither do they need free drinks for a day, they are not going to be tranquilized with mere lies and empty promises, we have gone through it and we have been cheated and misguided before by our former politicians. All what we need is a proper redress, we demand that the government takes her responsibilities not to feed us with relief food, but to give as land. Our people are undergoing transformation thus the need for resources, smart strategies and descent ways of confronting conflicts.

In collaboration with the people of Mukogodo, I take this moment to personally attract the attention of the president while in preparation for the rough, dangerous and uncertain journey- destination Mukogodo reserve. The president will certainly drive in a 4 wheal drive but despite the stability of the president’s car, it is with quarantee that the road to either kipsing, Kimanjo, Ewuaso or Sieku will l give the hon. Kibaki maximum discomfort.

Issues of paramount importance for us is obvious to any reasonable person. We need Food Mr. President! We need our own land SIr! When you leave Nyeri, the place of your origin, Please look around carefully to both sides of the road (left and right), untill you come to Dol dol or Il polei. All what you will see is 12 m long fences along both sides of the road only leaving about 20 m wide for the rad. You will feel so ashemed because those tall fences will give you an intimidating feeling like it does to Ol Kaparo. He however chooses to fly instead from Nayuki to Dol dol by private jet from the neighblouring settlers.

You will see well kept grazing lands and gigantic private wildlife sanctuaries. You will definatelly see some Maasai children sitting by the road. It is the responsibility of the president stop any form of exploitation or discrimination by anybody on any person or group of people whatsoever.

It is not because of their life style that you will see many of the Maasai children naked or half naked It is because of poverty! We are asking for your attention since we have waited for all other communities to enjoy the fruits of independence but us.

others would propably run after your vehicles in the movie “The gods must be crazy!” They will propably ask for money in a manner like”give me a mane” but this prhase is mostly directed to the whites-the military(British,sometimes americanand frensh) when they train in the area.

Those neighbouring ranches are the product of colonial rule. We had hopes that when you take control over the situation, you will be able to formulate a solution to these menece. You have up to date not done it therefore we are wondering if the president doesn’t see land issue as a problem or is it simply being ignored because it is not affecting you? Kenya will for sure not like to have a Zimbambwe like case in Kenya do we?

Our people are exploited by the neighbouring settlers through the so called eco tourism! The haveinvite tourist to the cultural manyatta and guide them as eve they own the society. We appear as if we are themost stupid people in the universe. we do exactly what those settlers say. This is because our people are poorly or not educated at all. The local leaders are somehow educated, but look at them, they are all reach! How do they become reachidepending on a Kenyan civil servant salary? I have always wondered. Obviously, many of them are corrupted by the settlers just like they did with Lenana. They want to take the remaining barren land we we collectivelly own as community. They want to squeeze us so disappear from the area or die. The president must find a solution to this problem.The kland owners sorrounding Mukogodo are acquiring more land like Ol Maalo concervancy in Il polei, Sieku, Lentile and many others. This land grabbing is nnot justifiable thus we take the local chiefs
andresponsible for allowing it to happen once again. We need more land for our survival and not the opposite.

We are , and have always been friendly to the wildlife infact that is why we have been able to co exist since time immemorial. The Maasai do not even eat wild meat neither do we any longer kill lions fore ceremonial reasons. We protect them but we do not have to over do things like we have domne in Kenya where the live of a lion or any other animal is more valuable that the life of Maasai people. When a lion kills a Maasai man, the lion will go free but in the old days, the Maasaia warriors will for sure eliminate the lion because once he has tested bloof of a human being, he will keep on coming for more. When a a Maasai warriror kills a lion, the police of Kenya, anti stock theft unit and the wildlife rangers and sometimes the army will be send to root out that person and any other male companion in the neighbourhood. When Maasi people find a dead lion in the bush, they will ensure that they disappear from the area as far as they can, to avoid the high risk of being tortured to
death by the serikali gays.

Everybody seams to kick,slap and spit on the Maasai due to our ignorance.

Our leaders like Ole Kaparo, the speaker of the national assembly are not interested in helping us and so are political leaders from other societies. We have remained behind in terms of developement and our people are paying dearly for it. HIV/AIDS is in our community killing our brothers and sister while the rest of the world is watching us disappear. If the president is not going to do anything to protect the Maasai people from both hunger STI and HIV/ virus, then we will soon be without the Maasai tribe on earth.

We will for sure mornitor every step you and other politicians are going to take in approaching the political, social cultural problem of the Maasai people.

And above all, I wish you a wonderful adventurous journy to Mukogodo reserve hoping that it will see reality and we beg you not to be deceived byanybody with the intion to lur you away from reality. It is time for us to face reality and work with it in a modern civilized way.
By A Mukogodo Reserve member(Il polei location) in Sweden
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The Maasai DO NOT benefit from natural resources in their midst

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2007

Posted by Ole Ngais.

Anglo Maasai Treaties has violated our rights to lands and natural resources thus minimizing our chances of surviving any kind of change.

Keeping our nomal lifestyle isn’t either an alternative since we do not own any land neither do we have resources to buy any while our population is expected to rise. The lands were sequestered to British ex servicemen and mobility. There was no compensation for, neither was there restitution after independence. This isviolation of Maasai natural resources and grazing areas for their livestock.We are requesting the president to recognize our plight.

The squatters of Mukogodo reserve is asking the president to give us land. Individual land ownership stimulates responsibility and the need for change and developement. We as the Maasai people shall not here any person telling us to “keep our culture”! This is an abuse and a slap on our face since our static culture is leading us into extinction. Whoever shall continue to advice us on keeping our culture is thus classified as dengerous and out to cause confusion on our already endengered Mukogodo Maasai people.

The land on which Mukogodo people occupy is barren. It has limited chances of supporting our community. It has become over grazed by both goats,sheep, donkeys and cows.This animals die during long droughts and famines since animal markettingis very poor. Our people are living on hand outs and relief food. It is a shame to our government when Maasai culture is as valiable to tourist department as any other resource.

Environmental rights.

. The Maasai do not benefit from their natural resources in their midst.

Right to equality. Our culture is vital but it is dying out at an alarming rate It is almost only practised for tourist entertainment.

It is necesary that harmful practises like FGM that destroy the future of our children must be officially redresses.

Our daughters and sisters are systematically put into danger because of female circumcission. FGM should be eradicated with immidiate effect.

Young men and women are saying NO to FGM neither people like The speaker of the national assembly, Ole Kaparo, who comes from the area is upporting FGM. But he is”NON-Partisan” thus not doing anything to help us.

Recommendation

The Anglo-maasai treaties that led to the lost of land and natural resources such as The white highlands violates our social economic rights hence we dont benefit from resources within our jurisdiction. The government should also consider the ratifications of international convention that observe

the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities i.e. the UN draft declaration on the rights of

indigenous peoples and ratify the ILO convention 169(108) on rights of indigenous peoples.

In case of impossibilities to return lost land to Maasai then restitution and compensation

should be mandatory.

Private companies that are operating with pastoralist areas must create employments opportunities to locals. The game park and privately own huge lands sorrounding Mukogodo shall contribute to our survival.

Training, health and infrastructures in pastoral areas should also be equipped like other. HIV virus is spreading fast and can be a disarster in 10 years time if nothing is done to stop the spread.

Resources fetched from Mukogodo like sand and livestock must be rightfully valued.

We a’re asking the president to imposse high taxes for these ranches in order to finance our survival. They have gained from our ignorance for a centuary now but we are now saying STOP!

All agreement to be entered 80% of the community members must be consulted. The Maasai’s Laikipia can diappear from the survace of this earth if the government doe not consider thieir plight as genuine.

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Rice production project in Togo underway

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2007

Lom (Togo) Togo imports 100,000 tons of rice every year to the tune of 4 billion CFA, the Togolese agriculture minister, Yves Madow Nagou said during the launching ceremony of the farming lands development and rehabilitation project for the Mission-Tov area (PARTAM), west of Lome.

The desire of the minister is to see this situation changed with less imports, hence less dependence for consumption.

The project, of which the cost revolves around 4 billion CFA, to be implemented from 2006 to 2010 is funded by the Saudi Development Fund (SDF) and the Arabic Economic Development Bank (AEDB) and aims at increasing the production of agricultural produce including rice.

The project will allow for the rehabilitation and development of 660 ha in a bid to intensify the production of rice in that area where 1000 tons of rice is produced every year.

The project will facilitate the creation of 2,500 jobs with 604 million francs CFA added value every year on revenues, the PARTAM Manager, Jean-Baptiste Mouvi said.

About twenty motorized cultivators, twenty husk removers, 40 threshing machines, 60 winnowers, 15 warehouses and 15 drying areas will be purchased as part of the project.

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UN mission in the DRC confirms claims under investigation

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2007

Washington DC (USA) The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) Wednesday announced that allegations that a number of its peacekeepers based in the Ituri District have engaged in gold and weapons trafficking are under investigation.

“As soon as these serious allegations surfaced and were brought to its attention in 2006. MONUC immediately requested that the matter be thoroughly investigated by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS),” the mission said in a statement. “A full inquiry was initiated, independently from MONUC, by OIOS-Nairobi, in accordance with OIOS mandate to investigate instances of serious misconduct. Upon completion of its investigation,” the statement added, noting that the OIOS report and recommendations, once completed would be sent to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations “for appropriate action with the troops contributing countries of the concerned contingent personnel, in line with current UN procedures.”

While noting that as a matter of policy, the UN does not comment on investigations in progress, MONUC stressed that it “has an absolute zero-tolerance policy on misconduct and will remain vigilant in preventing egregious and unacceptable behavior.”

The statement said the mission in the DRC “is determined to relentlessly pursue the disciplining of anyone whose conduct is substantiated as unbecoming a peacekeeper.” At the same time, MONUC reiterated its confidence in the vast majority of its blue helmets, and voiced gratitude to the service of working for peace in the DRC. In Ituri, it noted, peacekeepers have disarmed and demobilized more than 15,000 militia members.

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