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Get a good laugh!

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

Two female friends chatting in the office:

Woman 1: I had a fine evening, how was yours?
Woman 2: it was a disaster. My husband came home, ate his dinner in three minutes and fell asleep in two minutes. How was yours?

Woman 1: Oh it was amazing! My husband came home and took me out to a romantic dinner. After dinner we walked for an hour. When we came home he lit the candles around the house and afterwards talked for an hour. It was
like a fairytale!

  • At the same time, their husbands are talking at work.

Husband 1: How was your evening?
Husband 2: Great. I came home, dinner was on the table, I ate and fell asleep. It was great! What about you?

Husband 1: It was horrible. I came home, there’s no dinner because they cut the electricity because I hadn’t paid the bill; so I had to take my wife out to dinner which was so expensive that I didn’t have money left for a cab. We had to walk home which took an hour; and when we got home remember there was no electricity so I had to light candles all over the house! After all, I was so aggravated that I couldn’t fall asleep and my wife was jabbering away for another hour!


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Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

By Thomas Ochieng


While officially opening the Africa Union ministerial meeting at the ongoing Africa woman decade conference in Nairobi, Kenyas Prime Minister Raila Odinga expressed deep concern on the maternal deaths pandemic in Africa.
Africa is losing many lives during pregnancies and at birth as a result of the lack of adequate and timely care during and after births in Africa said the PM.He also noted that although commendable progress has been made by many African governments towards the emancipation of women in this continent, the access of quality and affordable health care like the maternal care still leaves a lot to be desired.
Women are dying as a result of very little resources being channeled by most African governments towards provision of health care particularly to women and girls added the Prime Minister. He also emphasizes the importance of African
Union member states attending the conference to ratify the protocol on the African women that gives priority to the eradication of child mortality in Africa.
While reaffirming the Kenyas government in the betterment for the lives of women in the country in broad terms like the recently dawn of a new constitutional dispensation which for the first time in countrys history women have equal right with men. He also appealed for mentality change of men as far as issues of women are concerned, saying that the development of African continent hinges on the empowerment of women by considering them appropriately in the national budgetary plans by allocating more resources on important eras such as health and education sectors.
These sentiments were also supported by the visiting Vice President of the republic of the Gambia H.E Dr. Isatou NJIE-SAIDY who lauded the African Union for the coming up with three target objectives namely eradicating of maternal
deaths, promotion of education science and technology and fighting poverty and promoting economic empowerment of women for the advancement of Gender equality in Africa. And in the wisdom of the committee on the African Women Decade, they settled on the goal of eradicating maternal deaths in Africa as the first goal for this year 2010.

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THE BLACK MATRIX: The Modern Suppression of African Americans Under national Interest

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

Filed by F.Jones
As a means of ensuring the continuance of its white dominance and control, White America’s methods of institutional racism has been secretly modified into a more contemporary and stealthy design that provides a more socially acceptable means of controlling and suppressing the advancement of its Black population. This modern method is a social engineering program that I appropriately referred to as the Black Matrix. And although this method is less blatant than those earlier racist systems used in the past against Black people, its affects are however far more detrimental. In fact, it is the most proficient racist system ever deployed against Black people and yet most are totally oblivious of its existence.
It is surmised that this covert social engineering program [Black Matrix] was implemented in 1968, in the face of widespread violence that ensued after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Kings brutal assassination amplified Black angry demonstrations and riots within the United States . Such incidents were reported in more than 100 cities across the nation immediately following the assassination. This violence resulted in the loss of lives and property that cost the nation and taxpayers millions of dollars and increasingly placed the peace and stability of the nation in dire jeopardy. America s racially motivated brutality toward African Americans appeared to have reached its boiling point, creating much unrest and discord. These factors, combined with the rapidly deteriorating American global image, led U.S. Government agents of White supremacy to quickly reform their techniques of institutionalized racism.
This problem resulted in President Lyndon B Johnson ordering the formation of the Kerner Commission. Its mission was to investigate and prescribe a cure or recommendations for the problem. The Commission concluded that blatant White racism was the single aggravating factor for the collective problems. The Kerner reports findings required that the U.S. Government abandon its open, blatant forms of racist systems used to suppress and control of its Black population as a means of maintaining its White dominance. This abandonment of outdated tactics necessitated an implementation of an improved method for ensuring the continuance of white dominance and control.
Changing times required that the U.S. government modify its methods. Todays method is more covert and sophisticated in its implementation. The United States medias distorted portrayal of Black America that amplifies the negative to the point that it distorts reality is more than just biased media reports. They function as a media manipulation psychosocial program. It is deployed through a massive media driven– social engineering- – marketing campaign that devalues African Americans. Its features include the ability to both influence the national climate and engender personal psychological feelings among African Americans that ensures the continuance of white dominance.
This psychosocial program adversely manipulates and shapes the minds and collective perceptions of African Americans by subjecting them to seeing only the fraudulent worst in themselves. Its unrelenting daily assault on the Black psyche is designed to break down African Americans sense of racial unity and allegiance, mold the character of self-hatred, and engender self-doubt, self-loathing, and division among their group that weakens their ranks. It also conditions Black people to accept white dominance over their lives by convincing them that it is now they that are their own worst enemies.
Furthermore, it also heightens mass insensitivity throughout the nation and world regarding the plight of African Americans therefore facilitating a consensual nationally setting for Black mistreatment. It fosters false justifications for America s legal systems mistreatment of African Americans; wherein they are disproportionately incarcerated, given stiffer sentences, and unfairly treated. The effects of this massive psychosocial program are also manifested in ideas, education, governmental policies, economic stratification, social segregation, housing markets, hiring and promotion practices, psychological issues, and minority access to a variety of social services and opportunity. It also affects attitudes that, when enacted through governmental policies, laws, and other legislation actions, serve to ensure that African Americans will not advance.
This psychosocial program is at the core of the feeling of self hatred that many African Americans now experience as well as the feelings of superiority that many whites possess.

The objective of the United States government has always been to maintain its White dominance over its Black population, and clearly mass psychological manipulation meets this need–because it covertly creates a national climate that allows the government to suppress consensually the advancement of its African American population and to maintain its White dominance. Furthermore, history overwhelmingly demonstrates that the White races innate proclivity for racism, control, and dominance is much too deeply engrained for them to just merely give up their practices of implementing suppressive methods over its African American population. Clearly, the method of psychological warfare provides the United States Governmental elites with a method for meeting this need but doing so with the added benefit of not appearing racist. It was perfectly suited for the changing times. Unlike the extremely cruel and public racism used in the past, which Blacks
were able to easily identify and thus unify to form counter strategies against, racism through psychological warfare is much harder to detect. Armed with this method, the U.S. government could maintain dominance and control with less social fallout because racism is not as easily recognized. This new method exists in the space between overt racism and racial respect.

This more covert and sophisticated method of deploying white racism requires a more in-depth explanation of how it actually works.
“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.” – Malcolm X

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Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010


An NGO Operative Dr. Hezron MC Obewa together with his wife was last night attacked by thugs and sustained a gun shot wound in his left arm.

Speaking to the press in his hospital bed at Aga-Khan Hospital in Kisumu, the NGO guru who is also the Director of OGRA FOUNDATION and the Proprietor of Savannah group of hotels said his night ordeal at the hands of these notorious well-coordinated thugs lasted for about two hours.

At about 9p.m while I was heading home and immediately the watchman opened the gate for me, four well armed men forced their way into the precincts of my compound after battering my watchman mercilessly before they started ransacking my house , he said.

Inside the house they took all ATM cards, phones and cash of about Ksh.13, 000 which was in his pocket and ordered that they accompany them to unknown destination with their car.

They took us towards the sugar belt area of Miwani and ordered that they wanted Ksh. 100,000 as a condition for our release, the youthful tycoon narrated.

The duo had no alternative but to talk to a brother-in-law who was in the compound when they were being bundled in their car to arrange for the ransom.

He however only managed to get Ksh. 50,000 which he took to the captives in the company of well dreaded flying squad officers.

It took the NGO guru a couple of minutes to plead with the heartless thugs while carrying up his hands that he could only manage half of the amount they were demanding. In an apparent rage that they were not impressed by the amount, the thugs shot him on the left arm, warning him that how dare could he walk with less money in the wee hours of the night.

Interestingly, when the ransom was being handed over it was a distance of about 10metres between the four armed thugs and the four well armed officers. The officers just decided to shoot in the air to my disbelief, MC Obewa told this writer.

During the ordeal however, the wife didnt sustain any injury but was also rushed to the hospital to be treated for shock. The watchman was also treated and discharged.

Kisumu city and its environs is of late a wash with incidences of robberies and many observers attribute it to complacency of the local police. Last week a medical doctor who is a neighbour of Dr. MC Obewa was car-jacked and robbed of his vehicle by the gate.

Dr. Chris Oyoo was bundled and taken to all his bank accounts and the clique managed to milk dry all his monies using ATM cards.

He however managed to recover his car after a couple of days.

Still in the same insecurity plagued leafy neighborhood of Mamboleo suburbs, an insurance Executive Albert Ojonyo was attacked by burglars who took all his belongings while they were asleep, he wasnt injured in the drama though.

Other victims are a former airline boss Christian Gogo, former Kisumu Town West 2007 Parliamentary Aspirant who is also a member of the civil society Joshua Nyamori and the Provincial Medical Officer Nyanza Dr. Ojwang Lucy.


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Compensation demand in connection with the expansion of Kisumu Airport

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

Story By Dickens Wasonga, Kisumu Kenya.

Members of a clan on whose land the Ksh. 3b Kisumu Airport expansion project is underway now wants the management of Kenya Airports Authority to fully compensate all who owned land there or forget smooth completion of the noble project.
Led by Cllr. George Weda who is also a member of the Kogony clan, the group vowed to frustrate the completion of the project due to what they described as mischief and shifting of goal posts by some top KAA managers .
The team who addressed the press in Kisumu last week after a meeting with the new KAA boss Mr.Stephen Gichuki and the area PC Mr. Francis Mutie also talked of a scheme by a section of the managers from KAA to use divide and rule tactic to ensure those who are yet to be compensated do not speak with one voice.

They claimed those who were behind the plot were reportedly using money to woe some of the clan elders onto its side. The meeting which saw the MD fly to Kisumu to help bring peace between the two groups did not achieve its objective forcing those who attended to plan for another one in two weeks time. Initially the clan had insisted that PSs from both the ministry of Lands and that of the Transport be invited in the next meeting claiming that a facilitation committee chaired by the PC has done very little to help address the issue of compensation in the past and that they no longer have faith on it.The controversy comes barely a week after another two-week ultimatum was issued by the clan to the management of Kenya Airports Authority to organize for a consultative meeting in order to help solve the impasse involving the compensation of their parcels of land failure to which they would not allow further works at the site.
The same group stormed the construction site about two weeks ago demanding to be compensated dues which they estimated to be 1 billion.

The clan representatives urged the management of KAA to deal with the entire clan and stop using a few individuals who have failed to champion the course of the community for their own selfish interest. They at the same time hit out at a civic leader from Kisumu Municipal council whom they accused of working closely with the Authority so as to derail the compensation process.
Another thorny issue is a recent ground breaking ceremony by officials from KAA to build Usoma Primary school which was re-located to pave way for the expansion works.
A section of the clan claim the Authority changed the original Bill of Quantity which put the cost of building the school at Ksh. 50m and not 19 m as insisted by the officials from KAA.
They demanded to be told who made the decision to cut down the original cost to 19m .
The Managing Director however said after the meeting that KAA management was very much candid in dealing with everyone as far as the issue of compensation is concerned.
He said full details on the issue of re-locating the school will be given out soon and there will be openness.

The MD promised to hold another meeting with the clan members representatives in two weeks time to help solve the matter. The project whose completion was to take 22 months has been faced with a lot of controversy since it began and at some point infighting amongst implementing teams saw some engineers who started the project ejected. When complete the project is targeting to open up the entire East African region and beyond for economic activities that will see so many job opportunities created and several industries established.


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Kisumu woman reigns terror, smashes car over illicit affair

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

By Shem Kosse

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu were treated to a free broad day light drama cum shock when a jilted woman, rained a hail of stones to her husband’s new model sleek Subaru legacy packed outside Kisumu hotel, over an alleged ex-marital love affair.
The woman who was breathing and spitting fire and appeared to be acting on a tip-off after mounting a well oiled intelligence network, caused a traffic snarl up along the busy Jomo Kenyatta highway daring any one to close in on her claiming that she is the one who bought the vehicle and the husband is misusing it.
It all started when her hawk-eyed informants phoned her that her elderly “libidinous” husband who is a renowned insurance expert in town was spotted driving a lady-saloonist that all along has been rumoured to her was the main cause of her latest budgetary and conjugal deficit, in the house.
Still unsatisfied with the state of the vehicle that she had heavily pelted with stones and coupled with the fact that she could not access where the two newfound love birds were having there good time, the heavily bodied woman reached her hand bag and fished out two well sharpened Somali swords and literally knifed the tires, deflating them instantly.
The two new swords seemed to have been purchased purposely for implementing the terror mission.
Not even a contingent of a full combat gear of a local private security firm tasked with the provision of security of the hotel could deter her insurgency to the lawfully and properly packed innocent silvery Subaru of KAN series:
this is the cell phone number of that prostitute! Call him now and tell him am damaging my car! ranted and raved the woman to one of the security guards as onlookers were watching helplessly the unfolding ugly scenario, of the love triangle.
He is an embarrassment to the family! And yet have sired big children with him she thundered further over the duo blossomed love affair, while wreathing her way out of the stunned crowd.
Panting and sweating heavily, she bordered the motorcycle and sped off in an alarming speed leaving the vehicle at the mercy of the sweltering heat with the wazee club lying inside it defenselessly – a weapon a husband would have used to clobber his “errant” wife and defend himself and his brandy sweetheart successfully.
And in a bid to stamp her authority and greatness, the woman toughy whose attire was covered with blood as a result of the cuts she sustained from the spillover glasses of the vehicle windscreens, turned at the scene walking with her head high and chest forward to witness the vehicle being towed.
And aftermath, she inspected the scene of the accident to ensure no any valuable car parts remained.

A wife in anger walks away after damaging the car that the husband was using tha day he caught him with another woman.


The car totally damaged



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Breaking news: Miners rescue in Chile a success

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

All 33 miners who were trapped for over two months in Chile are now rescued. Their families were in joy to see their loved ones rescued and they all looked well – surprising after all those days in the hole.

Government leaders were present to witness the rescue and give moral support to the miners and their families who have endured a lot while waiting for the rescue to take place.

All the miners will now be given health checks to see if the stay in the hole has set a bad mark in their lives psychologically.

By Chief editor Korir/ API

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The psychological war against all Black people

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

By F.Jones, USA

Many African-Americans are unfamiliar with the terms of ideological subversion” or psychological warfare, however through the U.S. national media outlets and educational systems, no race has been more of an ongoing victim of these systems then they have.
Today it is not uncommon to hear many African-Americans express themselves within a self contemptuous manner regarding their own race. Such as, for example, the saying that Blacks dont read, or that if you wish to hide something from a Black person just merely hide it within a book. Incredibly these statements are often avowed by many African-Americans yet they are untrue. In fact Black readership in the U.S. has never before been higher than it is now. For never more than now have there existed more African-American owned book stores; publishing companies; or published Black authors. Furthermore, major Black owned publishing companies such as the Johnson publishing company has continued to sustain its position on the Forbes Fortune five hundred lists. It has done so for decades almost exclusively upon the backs of millions of Black readersand even now despite being within a national recession. African-American readership is so significant that the two major retail book store giants Borders and Barnes and Nobel have dedicated, within their hundreds of stores, entire sections to their Black customers. Moreover, these companies both attributes a high portion of their annually earnings to the African-American market.
Clearly Black people do read and often. But what then explains these degrading inaccurate self-perceptions now commonly held among so many African-Americans? Furthermore, some are so convinced of these the negative self perceptions that you cannot change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information to the contrary. These deeply entrenched self-hating sentiments now commonly held by so many African-Americans are not some strange enormous coincident. It is in fact the deliberate outcomes of a demoralizing ideological subversion program.
Black people are seeing themselves through lens that have been deliberately assigned to them by white mass media manipulation experts. It is a massive covert manipulation program designed to ensure the continuance of white dominance and control–implemented by those who clearly understand the power of ideas, specifically of evil ideas or ideologies.
It manipulates African-Americans by inundating them with demoralizing misinformation implying their [black] inferiority and white superiority. Any group once having the same idea bombarded into their head by sources they trust, will come to accept these ideas even when presented with proof to the contrary. This manipulation program works by affecting the mind through deception. It is neither magical nor mystical, but a process that actually involves four basic stages. According to Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov, (born 1939, Soviet Union 1997), a defected former KGB propagandist agent trained in these subversion techniques, there are 4 basic steps to socially engineering entire generations into thinking and behaving the way those in power want them to. He lays out the four steps used to transform the thinking and behavior of an entire population.
These steps are as followed: Demoralize, Destabilization, Crisis, Normalization.
The first stage is to demoralize the group. The U.S. medias racially devaluing depictions and distorted portrayal of Black America that amplifies the negative to the point that it distorts reality more than meets this demoralization process. Through its blatant propagandizing TV documentaries and fake news reports it frame the myth of Whites racial, moral, and ethical superiority over its Black population. It also depicts the endemic problems of Black America as rooted primarily with Blacks themselves, instead of emanating from white racism. This racist and demoralizing propaganda is disseminated everywhere unrelentingly. It is deliberately spread through news releases in magazine articles, radio, television, press releases, documentaries, and false census reports.

This daily assault on the minds of African-Americans demoralize and breaks down their sense of racial unity and allegiance, mold the character of self-hatred, self-doubt, self-loath, and distrust among their race. Yuri Bezmenov called this type of applied propaganda scheme ideological subversion, a legitimate, overt and open process designed to distort reality and brainwash peoples mind. In other words, racist white ideology devaluing Blackness is being pumped into the minds of at least three generation of Black people without being challenged or counterbalanced by self loving Black patriotism. According to Yuri Bezmenov, this process takes from 15 to 20 years to fully demoralize a targeted population. Because this is the minimum number of years required to indoctrinate one generation of people exposed to the self-hating ideology.
The main efforts of this psychological warfare against African-Americans is to change their perception of reality to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to a sensible conclusion in the interest of defending themselves, their families and their communities. To the detriment of many African-Americans, this applied demoralization process has been extremely effective. It has successfully conditioned many African-Americans to not only accept white dominance over their lives, but in some cases to prefer it.
This demoralization process is not distant and impersonal; it reaches into the homes of every African-American, working its will during nearly every waking hour. All African-Americans have experienced the burden of this demoralizing process, some more severely than others have. It is experienced every time a Black person read a newspaper, watches the evening news, and listens to derogatory radio broadcast about them. Most fail to realize that they are being mass manipulated and instead falls victims to the misinformation about themselves. [Blacks own negative personal interactions within their group merely then reinforce it within their minds that the propaganda is true] This demoralizing program is the power that shapes and molds the mind and perceptions of virtually every Black citizen, young or old, rich or poor, simple or sophisticated, unknown or famous.
The demoralization process of African-Americans has been over fulfilled. It has been such a success that now much of the demoralizing is being done by African-Americans to themselves. Many African-Americans literally develop a self contemptuous anti Black frame of thought that collectively attributes to Black disunity at a time when the need unity; it distracts them from solving real problems; increases self loathing at a time when the need to come together to face the complicity in their condition. It prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances within it needed to bring about real change.
Bezmenov also points out that this brainwashing works to such an extent that people refuse to accept fact, logic or reason even when it is presented to them. This is quite obvious among African-Americans. This social engineering process is so complete that it becomes very difficult to get through to these manipulated Black victims. They are fully indoctrinated. These blacks are now programmed to think and react in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information contrary to their programming. One result of this psychosocial programming can be seen within black intellectuals that now occupy the same thoughts, perceptions and positions regarding their own race as that of a white racist.
This demoralization process of Black people is so complete that it is almost irreversible. Even if you prove that this is being done to them, it is still difficult to change their basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words this process of demoralization is complete and very difficult to remove. Exposure to true information does not matter anymore. Black victims of this demoralization are unable to access true information. The facts tell nothing to him, even if I shower them with true information, with authentic proof, with documents and pictures they will refuse to believe that they are being manipulated .That’s the tragedy of the situation of demoralization.
Some manipulation experts believe that in order to reverse this process of demoralization it will take another 15 or 20 years to educate a new generation of racially self loving minded and common sense Black people who would be acting in favor and in the interests of their race .
The next stage is destabilization. According to Yuri Bezmenov, it only takes 2 to 5 years to fully destabilize a targeted population using this system. The other stages Crisis, and Normalization. In order for those who have been misled to begin to see correctly, they must have a clear, analytical understanding of the origin, strategies, mechanics, purpose and methods of the device that has blinded them in the first place. It is therefore essential that recipients of the information please forward it to others.


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African women should foster knowledge FOSTER INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE

Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

African women need to be integrated fully in the development of this continentthrough science and technology blended by indigenous knowledgeBy Thomas OchiengAs the World is celebrating the African woman decade in Nairobi, many ideas havebeen brought forth on the best ways of uplifting the status of women in thecontinent, but its my strongest conviction that for Africa and indeed thedeveloping world, whom have to grapple with fast growing urban cities resultingin unplanned cities, unemployment, poor settlements, diseases, hunger,conflicts.

Its prudent and imperative to incorporate indigenous knowledgesystem at the policy formulation stages. When we talk of rapid urbanization,unemployment, conflicts and massive poverty, the women are the most affected,And as the developing world come up with interventions that are gearedtowards to achieving the MDGs, it will be in the interest of the developingeconomies to involve mechanisms that are understandable, tested and localized toachieve the desired goals.While we applaud the women in Africa whom have made strides in the fields ofscience and technology a preserve that was traditionally left for men, it willbe of great use for this knowledge to have a direct bearing on the lives ofcommon populace, in which women are the majority. Through the conference weheard from expert presentations by women scientists in Africa furthering thenotion that women of this continent are able and are the interface thatdevelopment can be felt by the population particularly in the grassroots.
With the recent global economic meltdown, Africa became the victim ofcircumstance in the world trade arena even though it played no role in thecrisis. This was evident through the dwindling Africas main foreign exchangeearners: Tourism and Agricultural produce as a result of limited spending powerby the west. The broad consensus evidenced by extensive world-bank data is thatthis crisis opened an opportunity for knowledge based economy to where theprinciple means of exchange and creation value is through knowledge.Its my strongest belief that Africa should accelerate progress and developmentby building its own natural strengths to overcome these challenges of our times,through an integrated indigenous knowledge system which can be said to combineskills, practices and technologies that have been developed and natured throughgenerations and which enables communities to survive.

This knowledge cancontribute to the acceleration of growth and development of Africas economiesat large.As the large economies grapple with the challenges of the meltdown, the commondenominator arising all through is the knowledge based economy. The challengenow for Africa is to create the right environment for research, capacitybuilding and networks in indigenous knowledge system and innovations forsustainable development.It will also be important for; the indigenous knowledge system should beincorporated at the policy levels of governments thus giving it the impetus andfocus it requires.

This can be done by documenting, incorporating anddisseminating the IKs, by creating awareness and supporting the indigenousknowledge systems projects at the local levels.In conclusion it can be rightly stated that by investing and fostering theindigenous knowledge Africa has the potential not only to go beyond povertyalleviation but also generate the much-needed wealth at local levels throughutilizing the available local knowledge, innovations and resources for ahealthy, prosperous and sustainability of Africa. These initiatives will onlywork if they are spearheaded by the critical stakeholders for this continentsgrowth and development, the African woman.



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Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

By Thomas ochieng

Meeting in Nairobi under the theme Grassroots approach to Gender Equality andWomens Empowerment, African women under the auspices of the African Union, theUnited nations and the Government of Kenya are on the precipice of coming upwith clear set goals and strategies towards the advancement of Gender Equalityin Africa.African women have come a long way in, since the ratification of Nairobi ForwardLooking goals in 1985, the Dakar strategies in 1994 followed by the famousBeijing Platform for Action in 1995.

Strides have been made gradually towards theadvancement of Gender Parity in Africa, noteworthy of course is the fact that todate a number of African countries have enacted laws for the advancement ofwomen and the girl child. The noble steps taken by a number of African countries have not translated tothe tangible objectives espoused from the ratifications from the previousGender meetings. In many countries today in Africa the allocation of resources,imbalanced access to education, harmful practices on women, disparaterepresentation in critical decision-making organs and Gender based violenceparticularly during conflicts have been a major impediment for the actualizingof the Empowerment of women in this continent. As the theme of the Nairobi meeting suggest, the biggest casualties of violationof women and girls right, are in the grassroots.

The majority of Africanpopulation is rural based, this attests to the fact that the continent is stillagrarian in form and set up. From statistics deduced over time, women are themajority in rural eras, this is supported by the fact that whereas men tend tomove to urban eras to look for gain full employment women tend to remain in therural settings this is by both design and default, the African culture in manyinstances do not encourage women to move from rural set ups, hence it can besaid that majority of women are in the grassroots. In todays Africa, ruralwomen are the front line of village community development and the backbone ofAfricas progress. When poverty, disease and conflict strike the grassrootswomen are the mostly affected. It is the grassroots women who bear the burden ofensuring that their children are fed and educated for a better future.
The importance of the grassroots women were captured by the African Union,Director for Women Gender and Development,MS Litha Musyimi-Ogana while givingthe opening speech at the conference where she emphasized that the new approachby the Africa Union will be based on real action not just action plans Thisconference will give us an opportunity to pose and reflect on how much ourinterventions have been of benefit to the grassroots women in rural Africa saidMS Ogana, She also added that a special fund for rural women had been establishedin line with Africa Union Development map in its 2009-2012 strategic plan.

At the end of the experts deliberations a communiqu dubbed the 10-10 10 meaningthat it was developed on the tenth of October 2010 was developed whereby it wasagreed that African countries should make sure that the grassroots women arefully represented and actively involved in all platforms of decision-making,enhance capacities of grassroots womens networks for community research andsituation analysis of given eras for quick and timely interventions inhealth,education,eradication of poverty and hunger,peace building and job andwealth creation.Lastly, the active involvement men at the grass root level suchas elders councils and religious leaders in the promotion of genderparity,empowerment and raising the living standards of women and girls athouseholds and community levels.



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Posted by African Press International on October 14, 2010

By Agwanda Jowi

There is need for local authorities within Western Kenya to make investment easier and natives of the said areas should embrace investment says Kenya Wildlife Services Director Dr. Julius Kipng’etich. Speaking in Kisumu, Kipng’etich lamentedthat the absence of meaningful accommodation in many parts of Western Kenya was a major setback to the growth of ecotourism in the entire region.

KWS director Dr Julius Kipngetich said that Kisumu in particular lacked proper accommodation for a large numbers of visitors. He said that investors should troop into the area with a view to coming up with more hotels and guest houses.Kipngetich said Kisumu at the moment can not host over 1000 visitors due to limited accommodation space. He was speaking at the KWS Impala animal sanctuary in Kisumu during the ground breaking ceremony of a proposed ecolodge in the facility that has been started business magnate Jared Kangwana of Monarch investments. Kipngetich said that more accommodation in Kisumu would be a major boost to ecotourism in the town.

He called on local authorities to streamline their operations so that investors can be cleared in time before they venture into anything. The director who was accompanied Kisumu Town East Mp Ahmed Shakeel and the deputy Mayor Ben Odondi said that the town should organize a major investment conference next year. He said the conference would ostensibly be organized in order to woo investors into Kisumu town.Kipngetich said that the ecolodge that is estimate to cost some 90 million shillings with a bed capacity of 100 beds shall have been completed.

He said Kisumu has a lot of potential that is yet to be tapped. The director pointed out the presence of manpower, water and good soils. He said Kangwana will open up circuits in Ruma, Homa Bay and Meru. Other areas such as Mt Elgon have been advertised for the same. Ahmed called for the establishment of export processing zones in Kisumu with the presence of a modern airport.


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