the market is today quite depressed, taking a peak at the numbers via eight you notice that the prices in almost all the counters are heading south. there could be many reasons attributable to that. but apart from that there have been some really depressing news this past week
standard reported yesterday on the ills of the automated system. the misuse of the same. riba capital also commented on it extensively. today Jaindi Kisero has also talked about it. funny thing is that kenyans are only raising eye brows when things are getting thick. in my very fast blog i suggested that the rise and rise of EAC was not 'normal' but i guess at that time the grass was too green and too grown for anyone to notice
the second news is the report by UNDP about the poverty index in the country. standard said Kenyans dying young and poor, UN report while nation talked about the big divide. why do i find these statistics disturbing, because 1. they showed that like the NSE every region has become poorer apart from nyanza which has become richer. Nyanza is still the second poorest but that was the only region that showed growth. nyanza ,western and NEP lead in poverty. the greater nyanza has always voted with the oposition and have always been 'punished' for it. Western and NEP have always been in govt and western have had 3 vice presidents in 6 years. the thinking in kenya is that its ok if the leaders 'eat' for you. but what i find more depressing is the fact that the overall poverty is higher than 50% where did the 5.8 economic growth go to? i suppose it doesnt add the number of plates of ugali as moi adviced.
3rd bad news is starehe toping the KCSE once again. it just points us to the above. i find it unacceptable that one school continues to dominate proceedings year in year out. its also embarassing that 40+ years on, very few new centers of execellence have been set up in the country. for us to have equitable distribution. one of the funtions of CDF should be to set up one centre of academic excellence per constituency or better per district and at least 2 national schools per province.
other news indicate that Forest Whitaker won the oscar for his potrayal of Amin in the last king of scotland. ok give it to him, he did it extremely well. looks like for you to win if you are black , you have to perform beyond any reasonable and unreasonable doubt. i found the movie hard to watch. the african was potrayed as brutal,stupid, and beastly. (maybe am even being unfair to beasts)
last bad news, i met a director from holywood, in nairobi. incidentaly after watching the last king. he is in town to work with a local NGO on something they are calling development through media. and to develop the local movie industry. i asked him if he knew about nollywood, he didnt, what of riverwood; never heard about it and his local experts didnt know either. so how will they develop the industry they know nothing about?