Thursday, January 19, 2006

Beloved Kenya, are we going to the dogs?

I think Kenya is a great country. Im proud to be a Kenyan too.
Many of us Kenyans pray for peace, stability and prosperity. We have relative peace and stability but prosperity remains just but a mirage for many of us, especially here in the village. The politicians criss cross the villages promising heaven to hungry villagers during election campaign time only to vanish from sight aftewards. They crowd the bad roads with their big SUV's and generally cause confusion all over. The make inflatory remarks in public pitting their tribes aganist others. Their minds are focussed on the next general election and the huge amounts of money they stand to make by virtue of the power they acquire when elected. They dont care for the common mwananchi (citizen).

The villagers down here spend hours on end talking about these politicians and their 'antics'. They forget that the source of most of their problems comes from these wolves in sheep skins. I am tired of this misery. I am tired the endless stories of woe and suffering all round. I want to rise up and do something... but what? I have no resourses to conduct elabolate public campaigns nor will the people listen to my feeble voice. I dont know what to do, but the problems remain; Kenya rushes on to the dogs. All that rings in my mind is: I need to act, now! Who will join me, who else is fed up of these pigs (read politicians and their cronies)?

Monday, January 16, 2006


The three major resolutions I made for this year are:
1. To stop smoking,
2. To stop drinking,
3. To stop fooling around with girls (and other peoples wives!)

1. I think I've finally quit smoking. 16 days without smoke is indeed a record! I will fight hard to extend this record to like forever.
2. I've not taken a single beer this year (largely because Im broke). I hope to keep this resolution even when Im in a better financial position.
3. I have never shagged anyones wife or any under 18 for that matter (since my marriage in 2000). Dont get shoked; underage sex is something normal here. Girls get married even at 16 years old. I will strive to stick to the one lady I can call mine.

Friday, January 13, 2006


I have just put away my farm tools so that I can tell you how my day has been. It has been a long tiring day, like many other days before, and many more to come.

Today, I didnt go to work, or rather, I didnt secure any job in town. So I went back home - to dig in the dusty piece of land (shamba) that my father left to me when he passed on in the year 2001. I hope to plant some vegetables in the next two weeks or so...

Perhaps Id better tell you a little bit about myself. I am Kachumbari, a 30-year-old kenyan. I live with my wife and two kids in a real Kenyan village called Tetu, in the slopes of the Aberdare Ranges in central Kenya. I have no formal job but Im able to make a decent living from a number of activities that will become apparent in future posts. I have some basic education (of course you wouldn't be reading this if I wasn't!) and hope to further my studies as time goes by.

I love the village and I have no intention of leaving.

This is my personal space to write about experiences inthe village, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Life here is great- full of adventure...... You are welcome to shere in the fun...