Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kenyans Population Exploding with Extreme Hunger

Kenyan Population is Exploding with extreme hunger pushing people
on the edge.
Looking at the attached email I received from A Youth Group in Nairobi,
I see an extreme urgency for intervention to salvage a situation.
A situation which cannot be compromised or continue to be politicized.
To have Kenyan Police continuing with harassing these Youth Group, is
tantamount to provoking and pushing these Youth groups to the edge. This
is an alarm warning to the Government that all is not well needing quick
response and a fix, a condition of tender security risk.
Over the years Politicians have used these Youths for Political
harvest and other gains during Campaign and Election time, a case
which many complain they cannot access or reach some Politicians
after election are over or after Politicians have been elected.
These Youths have boiling point energy that has been built up over
the years, and when not diverted and put to good use might turn to be
destructive and catastrophic a phenomenon no one would want happen.
In which case, these Youths have a future and expectations, a look
to a generation of developmental success with the whole world in a
competitive edge.
This is a moment we must exercise tact with compassion not to have their
hopes dwindle or crashed, but provide them with clear support mentor ship to
achieving their potentials as they face their future. Let us together
encourage them to use their skills and talents to build and improve a Kenyan
Workforce of competitiveness and self-reliance in achieving their fuller
potential through encouragement.
Official figures Published by the Kenya National Bureau of
Statistics in January 2007 estimated the population of Kenya at
36.1 million in 2006. The population growth rate however, has dropped from
2.82% in 2005 to 2.75% in 2006. This could be attributed to the many
cases of HIV as well as extreme hunger that which have made Kenyan youth to
delay in marriage or have controlled family size. Both men and women are
striving and struggling to earn some form of living one way or the other
as inflation continue to bite. Not many people would participate in open
politics as was seen in the year 2007 election and after the referendum.
During which time it dawn to many people that politicians are the cause
of their economic collapse because the Constitution have windows that
gave Presidents/leaders excessive powers to corrupt the Publics resources
for their personal utilization and gains. Unfortunately past leaders as
well as Politically correct personalities and businessmen corrupted Kenyan
money and holed them in foreign accounts abroad so little would go into
circulation for development to improve the economy in extension.
The delay of delivering sound Constitutional Reform Structural Agenda
is the hope many Kenyans believe will curb against Public Resource
theft, but has been kept in abeyance causing curiosity and anxiety to
many. This situation is believed to be causing extreme anxiety and
has brought with it poverty, disease and hunger, giving rise to the
many violence in Kenya today.
Most foreign and local observers blamed the violence in Kenya on abuse
and misuse of power by Kikuyu politicians, a rigged election and economic
that brought more hardships. Corruption, ethnic rivalry and voting
irregularities are engineered for the politically correct few.
One reason Kenyans have been able to cope with these troubles before
in the past was that the population had not overgrown in size as is
today, and the economy also was not as bad. Corporations like
Kenya Banks, Ports Authority, Power and Lightning Companies, Post Office,
Kenya Railways, Immigration, Housing, Transportation and the Tourism
including Agriculture plantations and others were doing well. They
were enjoying greater political freedom and prosperity then.
During those good Good Old Days, many were employed in the above
institutions and were able to educate their children in urban areas
under progressive environment. Even the Political Parties rose from
11 to 26.
In only 80 years, Kenya's population has jumped from 2.9 million to 37
million. It would now have 1.56 billion citizens. And because of higher
living standards, these younger Kenyans are much more vital and ambitious
than their predecessors. An agenda requiring Urgent Job Creation and
Economic Stimulant in Revamping, Rejuvenating and Jump-Starting
the Economy from collapse. If not taken seriously, Kenya may be
overwhelmed by a wave of violence culminated by extreme poverty
and hunger.
Today Kenya stand to risk the cherished Domesticated Nuclear Family that
for years has been stable for decades to an encroaching destruction
from outside forces brought about by poverty and from intruders from
disparate women hunting for weaker sexual minded men who becomes targets
for like minded women who are after looting stable family coffers. Thus
Consequently, Kenya is turning a textbook example of domestic violence
driven by a "youth bulge" A growing population of “Educated Youth” with
vibrant energy to work but no availability of jobs, because some jobs
are offered according to who is who or by tribal.
It would be even more advantageous if Kenya returns to internal harmony
With its unused land being turned to Community agricultural cooperatives etc.,
It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 33% of the population
lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital city, Nairobi, had a population of
2,205,000 in that year. Mombasa, the chief seaport, had an estimated 465,000.
Other large cities and their estimated populations were Kisumu, 185,100;
Nakuru, 163,000; Machakos, 116,100; Meru, 78,100; Eldoret, 104,900; and Nyeri,
88,600. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for
2000–2005 was 4.1%.

The prevalence of AIDS/HIV has had a significant impact on the population of
Kenya. The United Nations estimated that 15% of adults between the ages of
15–49 were living with HIV/AIDS in 2001. The AIDS epidemic causes higher
death and infant mortality rates, and lowers life expectancy.
75 per cent of Kenya's population is concentrated in a high potential
agricultural belt which runs north-west from Nairobi to the Ugandan border.
This belt forms only 10 per cent of the country's land area. Most of the
remaining area is either arid or semi-arid and is sparsely populated.
Approximately three (3) million people live in Nairobi, the capital city.
Kenya Population Demographics
By Ethnicity
Kikuyu 22%
Luhya 14%
Luo 13%
Kalenjin 12%
Kamba 11%
Kisii 6%
Meru 6%
Other African 15%
Non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%
By Religion
Christian-Protestant 45%
Roman Catholic 33%
Muslim 10%
Indigenous beliefs 10%
Other 2%
Source: CIA World Fact book (2006 edition)
It is important to note that the urban population has been growing at an
alarming rate as many Kenyans migrate from their rural homes to urban centers
and major cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret. These people migrate in
search of employment and better standards of living. This has resulted in
over-population in major cities and scarcity of jobs. Most of the urban
dwellers however retain links with their rural and extended families. They
visit home often where they contribute in other activities such farming,
fishing and taking care of the family as they maintain Sustainable Population.

Judy Miriga

MWANANCHI PHOTO CAPTIONS,To: jbatec@yahoo.comDate: Friday, July 18, 2008, 4:53 PM

Dear Judy,

It is common knowledge that a majority of the urban poor cannot afford basic food for their children. It is in this regard that Bunge La Mwananchi recently organized a public procession to make our voice heard on a matter of public interest. However, ever since Bunge La Mwananchi organized the food protest, the Kenya police continue to make it very difficult for Bunge La Mwananchi members to meet at Jeevanjee Gardens, Nairobi. ( see attached pictures).

We cannot help but wonder: Is it criminal in our country to remind people something they already know? Is our police force justified in harassing Kenyans who are just coming together in a park to cry together over their woes? Why are the police who swore to protect us violating our individual, human and constitutional rights every time they spot us or hear we are at Jeevanjee Gardens?

In a country ridden with crime, in a country where there is one policeman for every 400 people, why is the government wasting 2 policemen everyday to make sure our members do not enter Jeevanjee Gardens; forgetting that it is a park for all Kenyans and not a police post?

Bunge La Mwananchi are law abiding citizens and whatever we do is well within our constitutional rights. We therefore request human rights conscious people to join us in demanding the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of police from Jevanjee Gardens. Send the following short message to your Member of Parliament: “protect our right to organize, demand ministerial statement from Minister for Security on why Bunge la Mwananchi cannot meet at Jeevanjee?”

Please help us circulate widely.

George Nyongesa
Bunge la Mwananchi

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