Posted by mzalendo on 4th July 2007
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by Yassin Maalim Gurey on 13th July 2007
Please include Mr. Hassan Abdi Aress as an asprirant for the Dujis Parliementary Seat in Garissa District in North Eastern Province.
Please see his wonderful vision for his constituency on his website www.garissaonline.com :-
My vision for North Eastern Province
Help shape the future political landscape of our Families and Friends in the North Eastern Province and the greater Horn of Africa Region
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to participate in our campaign. Once again, I really appreciate your participation and certainly ask for your support in this struggle. Indeed, I must not reserve that my campaign is fueled by ideas from people like you, my brothers and sisters. We are all in this for a reason and it's humbling, but in my heart I know you are not doing this just for me, but you believe in what Garissa can be. In the face of despair, l believe there can be hope. In the face of politics that divided us for too long, I believe we can be one people, united and reaching for what is possible. The time is always right to do what is right and I ask for your support today with Hope for the future, Confidence in our story and a Determination to do my part in writing the next great chapter for this great Constituency.
We seek to pursue pragmatic opportunities and ideas aimed at enabling the economically disadvantaged families in the North eastern Province of Kenya. A hand-out seems the order and expectation of many but is neither under consideration nor promoted by the ideals of our vision but a hand-up is viewed as a remedy to many issues facing our people today. Remember the Chinese proverb; Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Creating opportunities is an overriding role for anyone in a position of authority.
..and here begins the premise of our mission…..
Education: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
In the 21st century, Countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow. Educationally, Kenya is well positioned in the globe with a distinguished representation on the world platform of intelligentsia, however, the standard of education in the Northern region is deplorable and a paradigm shift is incumbent. And that is why improvement in Education is our number one priority.
We now live in a world where the most valuable skill sold is knowledge because an investment in knowledge truly pays the best interest for both individual and the community at large. Education is surely a great equalizer and a worthy investment. The ideals of a public education have always been at the heart of the “Dujis promise”; it's why I am committed to improving our public schools. It is the promise of a good education for all that makes it possible for any child to transcend the barriers of class or background and achieve their God-given potential. It not only opens up doors but also gives a conscious meaning to ones surroundings. We can certainly find examples throughout history and in our generation that good education can potentially transform destitution to decency. On the contrary, building upon natural attrition to reduce illiteracy, without a designed strategy, will yield mediocre results.
Private School system in Garissa is an emerging market and has become an alternative to Public Schools for those who can afford. It dispenses quality education to a small segment of the population. If the status quo maintained in public schools, we will see well-performing pupils graduating from these cutting edge private schools solely occupying the district quota , on a regular basis, to the prestigious national schools , which is arguably a ticket to the public universities in Kenya, and thereby creating a continuum, which potentially sustains a recurring class system.
A framework, with benchmarks, must be designed to educate more young people to higher levels and thereby increase service benefactors in relation to benefiters in all aspects.
Some studies have indicated that the most important factor in a child's education is the quality of their teacher and we need to support schools in the Province to try new methods to improve student achievement and reward teachers and school leaders.
For too long, our politics has been stuck in a cycle where we praise our educators in speeches and meetings but then abandon them when it comes time to offer the resources and support they need to do their jobs.
Economy: “True individual freedom cannot exist without Economic security and independence”
There are millions of poor Kenyans; some in the workforce, yet are unable to make ends meet. And it is sad to note that too many of these poor Kenyans are families who are raising children. A report that was recently released indicates that North Eastern province has the second highest population under the poverty line with a poverty index level of 64 percent.
On the region's economic front, Nomadic pastoralism is not only a way of life but an economic base for the region. Free-roaming pastoralists have well adapted to the semi-arid environment until the last 2 decades.
The generation before us had more herds per capita. Drought and diseases are some of the culprits responsible for wiping out tens of thousands of livestock within a short period of 20 years. The height of Industrial revolution in the west and current trends in China and India has also exacerbated the existing global environmental & climatic predicament. Subscription to the Kyoto protocol would have slowed the effects of global warming, but 10 years later after the US pulled away from this treaty, the hope for sustaining nomadic pastoralism is more challenging than ever before.
The Sahel region and the horn of Africa have one of the highest livestock population density in the globe. It has been consistently argued that some pharmaceutical companies recklessly introduced newer disease causing agents thus creating a thriving market for pharmaceutical products. Maximizing profits and targeting bottom-line should come with some moral and legal responsibilities.
Aside from these issues, limited access to international markets, competition from commercial livestock farming in Australia and New Zealand, urbanization and agriculture have retrogressively affected the economic base of the greater horn of Africa. Additionally, the Kenyan government, in January 2007, announced plans to plough up 120 square kilometers of pastures in the Tana River delta for sugar plantations. How well and how long will this traditional economy survive under these overwhelmingly deterring conditions? We will discuss possible remedies to this excruciating phenomenon. Contrary to our leaders, who are on borrowed time, we'll need to come up with a vision to save our people going forward.
Fairly redistributing of wealth by creating and sustaining favorable commercial policies and subsequently providing venture capital to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial ability of our people. A hybrid of the “welfarist approach' and 'the institution-building' method of Micro financing has reported positive results in the third world countries and can be adapted in the region.
Micro-finance is a system with a mission to help the poor families help themselves to overcome poverty. The founder started this system when he saw much human suffering from drought and a financial system that did not benefit the neediest of people. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea and this was initiated as a challenge to the conventional banking system which rejected the poor by classifying them to be "not creditworthy". He managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 for his efforts to create economic and social development from below. Poverty is not created by the poor, it is created by the institutions and policies which surround them and in order to eliminate poverty all we need to do is to make appropriate changes in the institutions and policies, and/or create new ones. This story should be the dream of our people and l would challenge and encourage business owners, the private sector and the government in making poverty history by ensuring that every poor person has the opportunity to overcome poverty with dignity through access to this system which has had positive outcomes in 37 countries. Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-finance is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights.
At the dawn of our Campaign, it is an uphill battle, however, sacrifices to resolve these urgent issues is a moral duty of all of us. A statistical survey carried out in Kenya used a daily calories intake as an index for poverty. This nationwide survey revealed that a mere 36% of the population in the province strives to strike the 2250 calorie intake/day threshold.
By all standards, a congregate of scholars believes economic independence gives rise to the power of reason. It is the bedrock of a "free-mind" that is capable of making rational and coherent choices in a democracy. Vibrant economies create powerful middle-class which makes informed political decision based on a value system.
Security: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”
Under international law, governments have a duty to protect people's inherent right to life and to prosecute serious violations of physical integrity. But the Kenyan government enforces these protections selectively, leaving people vulnerable to lawlessness and abuses such as police brutality, illegal arrests and torture. I will work tirelessly with the Security personnel to address issues affecting the constituency, both at the local and provincial levels to ensure that every mwanachi is treated fairly so that we can live in a peaceful environment with no fear or anguish. Regional peace and stability across the border is also an essential ingredient in the recipe for development. In today’s world, the security of the Kenyan people is one way or another linked to the security of the region. When war and corruption threatens democracy in Somalia, when millions in Northern Uganda flee their homes because of fighting between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), when an estimated 3.9 million people have died from war-related causes in Congo, when genocide in Sudan leaves millions been killed and living in
refugee camps, just to mention but a few, we should keep in mind that this is not only the regions problem but a Kenya's problem too. We should all work together to help in rebuilding these countries by creating international awareness of the on-going humanitarian crisis. The true desire of all mankind is not only to live free lives, but lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and simple justice.
Health: “The Best Wealth is Health”
In Kenya today Health care costs are skyrocketing and l believe every Kenyan has the right to have a health care system that is accessible, equitable and affordable. I believe that the millions of Kenyans who can't take their children to a doctor when they get sick have that right. There are many diseases affecting our nation today, especially North Eastern province, diseases like Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera, TB and Hiv/Aids which is affecting millions of people. We should come together to combat this epidemic by promoting awareness and continuing to be a global leader in the fight against these killer diseases. Protecting and promoting health and wellness in this great nation is a collective responsibility among individuals, families and the government both at local and provincial levels. We are now faced by an opportunity and an obligation to turn the tables around on yesterday’s failed politics and bring together members of all parties around a comprehensive solution to this crisis and help to ensure that the hospitals deliver patients with quality care.
Environment: “Global warming isn’t an opinion. It’s a scientific reality”
Climate change, also known as global warming, is caused by increased levels of pollution gases and carbon dioxide in our environment. All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real but it is here.
Global warming has already begun to bite us in North Eastern Province as the effects of extreme weather conditions, reductions in total rainfall and temperature increases causing extended drought seasons and prompting a chaotic wave of rural-urban exodus. This global problem is having a devastating impact on food, pasture and water in the greater Northern region affecting thousands of our people’s lives particularly pastoralist communities, many of whom barely contributed to it. Kenya should play an important role in the region to ensure environmental treaties are signed and respected. The World Health Organization states that over 160,000 people die yearly because of the increasingly dangerous weather patterns. And as a German Economic and Development Minister noted, “Climate change poses a fundamental threat to sustainable development at the global level, it is far more than a mere environmental issue”. This is evident in Kenya today because of the rising cost of road repairs and maintenance. Just last year, Roads Minister Simeon Nyachae said Sh100 billion was needed to rehabilitate roads countrywide, this year the estimates have risen to Sh150 billion. To what extend is the interference on the only life of a pastoralist under consideration?
I think global warming will affect everyone, the difference is our capacity to respond and adapt to it and in places like Garissa, hunger and malnutrition need to be dealt with first, and then efforts should be focused in helping people adapt to erratic weather patterns. In Kenya , forests cover less than two per cent of the land, which means that the country's capacity to address the challenge of carbon emissions is severely limited. By planting more trees, individuals can make a difference in creating a safer environment. In the past, public organizations were the least adoptive to change, but recently they have been showing the way in adopting to safer methods of production. For instance, early in May of this year, KenGen signed a pact with a Finnish firm that will see the power producer recycle gases in Kipevu to produce more electricity while reducing pollution. Sugar companies are also exploring ways of producing and using bio-fuels which are more environment-friendly.
To deal directly with climate change, the government needs to create a program which will be directed to helping industries and individuals most affected by the limits, and also to fund research and development of new, more efficient, energy technologies. As citizens we can also learn about the ways in which we can become part of the solution to the problem by helping to achieve the policy changes that in the long term will be required to solve this crisis. The climate changes we are experiencing are already causing us harm and in the end, it will not be us who deal with its most devastating effects, it will be the future generations.
I am also deeply concerned about a recurring rumor pertaining to industrial waste dumped in some parts of our province. This is a very serious allegation that needs the audience of the international community. There is a widespread believe that we have already seen a few peripheral indicators confirming some basis for our concern. It is equally troubling that NEMA, a national environmental body in Kenya , had set out a fact-finding mission in 2005, however, it is 2 years and counting with no public report on this matter.
Women: “Women's Rights are Human Rights”
In the world’s population today, Women are half the world… yet they make up 75% of the world’s poorest people. In Kenya, women constitute more than half of our population and as a famous woman politician said “any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems that are facing our nation”. I applaud the recent launch of the women empowerment project by the President for the joint United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Equity Bank project to empower women entrepreneurs across East Africa. This is an important initiative aimed at increasing the participation of women in business and to develop their capabilities to compete in the global market. I believe we can do more and I will ensure to cross party lines and work with the government to extend opportunities to the women of North Eastern province, so as to be able to increase access to capital and other support for women-owned businesses. Together, we need to step up and support efforts at improving the status of Women to achieve their goals; they have the power to change and make a difference in our society, our nation and around the world.
Voting Rights: “A right is not what someone gives you; It’s what no one can take from you”
There is no more fundamental right than the right to vote and have a free and fair election. There are still numerous obstacles to ensuring that every Kenyan Citizen has an equal opportunity to participate in choosing the Government. In recent elections we have seen political operatives purge voters from registration polls for no legitimate reason, uneven distribution of polling equipment, and efforts to deceive voters about the time, location and rules of elections. A recent study discovered numerous organized efforts to intimidate and mislead voters and suppress voter turnout in most of our communities. For too long, we have seen the rights of voters diluted and obstructed through deceptive and often discriminatory practices. We need to take step towards guaranteeing every citizen the right to fully and effectively participate in our democracy.
On the contrast, however, corruption, bad governance, election fraud, poor leadership and downward economic trends, to mention but a few, will prevail and are some of the underlying effects of a people , whose affordability index is low. Thank you for pending your important family and personal commitment and joining us in this Campaign. God Bless!
Hassan Abdi Aress
The writer is a parliamentary Aspirant for Dujis Constituency in Garissa district.
by gad turuthi on 1st September 2007
am aspirant for lari seat
by James Mburu Kimani on 6th September 2007
Being in a position of a leader doesnt make you a leader,i.e the current crop of leaders. Experience in life,trial and error,personal growth and development all contribute to the process of becoming a leader and it doesnt happen overnight.
Bringing a proven leader from one situation to another does not necessarily guarantee success. Its for this reason that i, James mburu kimani, a resident of Eastleigh sec.3 is vying for the kamukunji parliamentary seat during the forth coming elections.I think its high time the residents of our neglected constituency elected one of their own from the grassroots level. A person who better undrestands our collective problems.
by dominic on 18th October 2007
cheers for what you are doing for kenyans during this time when the country is preparing for an election.
am personally an aspirant from bonchari costituency seeking for my first election to parliament am aged 25 yrs seeking my nomination from a KANU ticket.
am determined to be aservant and serve my people my heart is laid and determined to improve the lives of our poor brothers and sisters, transform the living stds of my mothers and fathers `THIS IS A DREAM ~ OF MY LIFE'
MY AGENDAS ARE;
-Improve the haelth stds mojorly in rural areas
-make affordable any educational facility in my constituency
-empowering my fellow youths
-improve the infrastructure
-upgrade the agricutural returns
by moha on 20th March 2008
hello mzalendo i a gree with james mburu maanake tume choka na katiba mbaya ya ukabila na tuna taka tubadilishe na kufanya hi mamabo ina hitaji mambo mengi siyo tu kusema i want to be a leader. that pull shit get older people.
by mohamed on 25th July 2012
I mohamed billow declared my interest in wajir south constituency. I am a youth age 28 and my political ideal is to bring change in leadership style. My people since independence are still wallowing in poverty, illetracy and drought. All those current and past leaders were self centered individuals who are driven by greed in seeking leadership and they only bought corruption to the people culture and values this menace caused division and ethnicity among my people. If elected i want to bring unity, equality and fairness among my people irrespective of one tribal background, fight tribalism and ethnicity, enhance food security, promote education and creation of employment, empower women and youth economically and build vibrant health facilities. It is very disturbing when brilliant poor needy students lack school fees and money meant for bursar ends up in the pocket of m.p and his close associates, it is very disheartening when money meant for water projects is stolen through dubious means by the same elected leaders and corrupt heartless businessmen while many poor pastrolists are lossing their livestocks to famine and drought. I want to see my people united as a team with common purpose, shared values that is promote fairness, equality and prosperity based on mutual understanding, agreement and respect so that wajir south constituents can step forward together in building their lives and the lives of the next coming generation.