fredag, juli 29, 2005

40 goats to buy chelsea

Got this
chelsea story from Jesper:

Former US president Bill Clinton has been offered 40 goats and 20 cows for his daughter by a love-struck African government official.

Mr Clinton was offered the deal on a recent trip to Kenya.

He was offered the animals as a traditional African way of getting a father to give away his daughter's hand in marriage.

The dowry is a very generous one by the country's own standards.

Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor wrote to Mr Clinton through Kenya's Foreign Minister.

He said: "Had I succeeded in wooing Chelsea, I would have had a grand wedding.

"I would have invited South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to preside at the ceremony."

The councillor gave the names of the former Kenyan president Daniel Arap-Moi and two of his college mates as character references.

Mr Chepkurgor also said he was also impressed by Mr Clinton's wife, Hillary, for standing by Mr Clinton during the Monica Lewinksy scandal.

He said Mrs Clinton acted like a "like an African woman".


At the very least you could say a lot about the last remark.
Somehow I don't think akiey will be pleased with this story. But anyway - thats whats in the news. Like or not.

mandag, juli 25, 2005

Collecting pictures from Kenya?

Check out the Confluence site...
The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories will then be posted here.
We might be able to help out here (in Kenya):
Kenya projects

btw. Remember to see the updates on nchiyetu. Including all
the new post here.


torsdag, juli 21, 2005

Another dedicated traveller

Enjoyed this site - another dedicated traveller:
Interesting photos of kenyan nomadic tribes, african music and more
About himself Ran writes the following, which does sound kind of dedicated:

After release in 1999 I had started to study in The Open University for B.A. in Computer Science. However, I had decided to interrupt my study after the first term in order to travel to Kenya, Africa.

On Ran's site one also reads the following:

Samburu Tribe, Kenya
Area covered

Coming back to Kenya I went to Samburu District and had an exclusive journey of several months during which I visited all Samburu towns: Maralal, Kisima, Wamba, Archer's Post. Made 35km trek to Ngilai village. Slept in traditional Samburu houses made of cow's dung, mud and sticks. Visited Lerata A, Lerata B, Ledero, Lesosio villages. Made another 35km trek from Archer's Post to Ndonyo Wasin sub-location. Visited Kibartare and Learata villages. Learata village is the last one towards mountains and one can find in this two villages last families of Ndorobo tribe. Another trek and I got the glory of becoming the First White to visit Lesisai village. Yep, I didn't mistype anything. This village had been never visited by a white man and I'm talking about 21st century! I had briefly visited many other Samburu small towns and villages not to be mentioned here though.

Family and marriage

Samburu are allowed to have several wives. The number of wives will depend on the amount of cows of the owner. For each wife one would pay around 10 cows depending on how much the family of the bride is going to ask. If the lady went to school, especially if she reached secondary level of education the husband will have to pay also an additional amount of money (as if to cover parent's expenses for her education).
The girls can be married as soon as they reach puberty. The decision of whether specific girl had reached puberty decided by her look and her breast structure. Mostly girls can be married starting from the age of 12. Practically I never seen such a young wife though. This happens due to the fact that Samburu tolerate boyfriend/girlfriend relationships prior to marriage. Thus Moran (circumcised boy-warrior) and circumcised lady can be together half-hiddenly. They are allowed to be known as boyfriend/girlfriend and the girl will carry 'BUSI' which will show that she has a boyfriend. They aren't allowed to be together openly during daytime.
They will meet at night and during traditional dances. They are allowed to have sex, but the girl must not become pregnant. If this happens, the Moran will have to pay a fine of two cows to the parents of the lady or alternatively marry her.
During marriage ceremony the parents of the girl will not be given all the dowry. A big part of the dowry will go to her uncles and other relatives.
A wife must perform all the duties given her by husband as well as all household activities, child caring, fetching water and so on. A husband must provide food for her and the children. In case wife doesn't want to perform according to her husband words she may be beaten. She will not be beaten cruelly though. In rare instances wife can be beaten by Wazee old men of the village. During my few months stay I had never seen a woman being beaten.

Certainly a dedicated traveller!............


and btw:
At long last I found something about which currency to use in Kenya:

Robert wrote:
> I'm off on holiday to Kenya at the end of September for 2 weeks.
> I have a couple of questions?
> What is the best money to take, UKP or USD or the local currency?

he was given the advice:
UKP, and change that for Kenyan shillings at a Forex in Nairobi.
There are many.

> I want to do a 3 or 4 day fly safari, can anyone recommend a good company
> for doing this kind of thing.

Plan to spend that time in the Masai Mara - the wildebeest/zebra migration
will be there then. Your hotel in Nairobi can suggest a reliable operator.
Or I suggest Wildlife Safari - numbers in Nairobi are 573-630, or 573-977.

> I'd also like to hire a car and do some exploring myself, nothing out of the
> way, just up and down the coast. Is this a viable safe idea and is it easy
> to hire a car in the Diani beach area?

Car hire is easy - but a lot more expensive than you might expect.

Again, a major news story from Kenya which isnt reported in Europe?

I find it rather baffling that I can't find anything about this -
at all - in my danish newspaper from today ... It does sound
like a rather big thing?


Kenya erupts for second straight day

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Kenyan police clash with protesters

Jul 21, 2005

Kenyan security forces battled stone-throwing protesters and looters in Nairobi in a second day of unrest touched off by moves to protect the president's power in an overhaul of the nation's constitution.

One person was killed, at least seven arrested and four injured as riot police and troops fought street battles that criss-crossed the capital and shuttered many stores.

Kenyans making their way home from work moved in panicked groups across the glass-strewn streets, fleeing wind-whipped teargas clouds and soldiers chasing protesters and looters.

In several hours of skirmishes, police and soldiers turned water cannons on pockets of protesters, fired teargas, beat ringleaders and hurled back stones tossed at them.

Standing in front of the police lines, scores of people sang songs calling for an uprising. "Even if you kill us, we still want our constitution," they chanted.

Protesters dragged metal kiosks into the streets to frustrate their pursuers, threw garbage cans, rocks and furniture and lit fires at intersections. Some took advantage of the chaos to steal, leading to one looter's death.

"He was looting and was cornered by the public and killed," said Nairobi police chief Kingori Mwangi. "We did not fire even a single live bullet."

Groups opposed to President Mwai Kibaki's handling of the constitutional reform process had called for three days of protests before Friday's deadline for parliament to finalise its version of the new document prior to a referendum.

The protests have been banned by the authorities.

The most contentious issue is the president's power which the latest version, the Kilifi Draft, by a government-dominated parliamentary committee leaves virtually untouched.

A previous version - the so-called Bomas Draft - from a wide cross-section of Kenyans recommended most authority go to a new prime minister's post.


"The common citizen wants the Bomas draft and a small clique of MPs want the Kilifi Draft," said Nicodemus Nyabwa, a bystander who was caught up in the chaos.

"This is what has caused the havoc. President Kibaki should give the people the constitution they want."

Most Kenyans are disillusioned with Kibaki's two-and-a-half year rule, saying he has failed to live up to his 2002 election pledge to end the tribal politics and corruption that flourished under predecessor Daniel arap Moi's 24-year rule.

Critics say cronyism is rife in Kibaki's government, which they accuse of watering down initial cross-party recommendations for rewriting the constitution, drawn up by Kenyans before independence from Britain in 1963.

Members of Kibaki's National Rainbow Coalition have accused opposition parties of trouble-making hypocrisy, saying they failed to deliver a new constitution in the past.

By late afternoon, the streets of central Nairobi were strewn with stones and garbage. Police barricaded roads and shops were locked up, many with people cowering inside.

"They are just looters, idlers, thieves and time-wasters throwing stones. It's just stupid people. We cannot leave now or go about our duties," said Vicki Lucas, a pharmacist locked in her store with about 10 other people.

Many shop fronts, telephone booths and car windows were smashed. Several dozen movie-goers were forced to stay in a downtown theatre while the mayhem died down.

onsdag, juli 20, 2005

Google Earth Nairobi

Google Earth is a great way to fly:

zooming in:

zooming in:

tirsdag, juli 19, 2005


For those of us who will miss the dot net experience while in Africa -
help is under way: Africa Dot Net

Also quite amazed to learn about the Microsoft Community Glossary for
Kiswahili project.

...The Community Glossary Website allows a locally designated Project Moderator and volunteers to build the technical glossary for those languages where terms have not yet been standardized. The terminology is drawn from words used in the interfaces of widely available software such as Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office....

Guess people will do this for free?

Now we are 8 - perhaps 10 - going to Kenya in December.

Today was a big day for our "Kenya group", as
we grew from 3 to 8. Additionally, we have two
who has given a preliminary yes to joining the trip.

Still, the intention is to keep this blog as
a scrap book for the trip - Hopefully, all group
members will give their contribution, but noone is forced.

In the end I plan to post some pictures from the trip here.
Thats the plan at least!


torsdag, juli 14, 2005

That girl is funny! Emily on "My second bomb blast experience" and "Female Circumcision" !

Wouldn't pretend to be as good or funny as
Emily. Boy that girl is funny:

Finally back safe from London; probably the most familiar city to visit for a Kenyan; I couldnt help feeling like I was walking along westlands ....the red telephone booths, hearing people speaking swahili loosely, traditional fish & chips (Kenchick kabisa !), driving on the right side of the road and of course.......all signs were in English !!! I was only there for 3 whole days but it felt like i had been there forever; the commotion from winning the 2012 Olympics hosting, G8 summit, crowds gathering to commemorate WW2, raves with familiar music, Oh....and theres Tusker... and not forgetting my second bomb blast experience, only that the Londoners handled it differently......I just never realised how much Nairobi is a copy-paste of London. I couldnt travel around much of course with limited transport (What are the odds that when you go visit a city bombings will occur anyway....); And oh....Buckhingham Palace is a dissapointment :-[

Back in Amsterdam; the security at the airports much tighter than in London, people looking taller and blonder and communicating in noises that sound like swear words, the signs in a language i cant pronounce, the shop attendants not knowing any form of customer service ..... I grab my bike and join the bike traffic jam along the crowded streets at the center....dodging dog poop, trams and insinuately annoying tourists......I love Amsterdam.

My second bomb blast experience ....Thats hilarious. Most people would be satisfied with one such experience :-) I could hardly read after that line... :-)

Some other posts needs a comment though!
on female circumcision:

But even after answering this question then comes the next one, to what extend can anybody say what is right or wrong? ...The only true laws are the natural ones... the one that can not be interpreted or interrupted in any way but they just are... the "laws of life"? the ones about the community of life, diversity... those laws can not be questioned, there is no right or wrong about them, they just are. Any other laws, or traditions, have been made by human beings with the purpose of controlling and surrendering the world to them; Because all those laws and traditions have come from an interpretation that human beings have a role in the world...human beings cannot tamper with the laws of life.Circumcision is not in accordance with those natural laws, so those who follow that tradition are not the original humans but the "modern" humans. Because their culture has already been "corrupted" by the "modern humans", then we need to minimise the mistakes we made and try to abolish that tradition that can only hurt them...

But again, who are we to decide how others should live their lives?.

For real Emily? Would women dream this up on their own?

I am more intune with some of the previous posts:

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Quite clever, Emily ! :-)

Raid, Reprisals Leave 71 Dead in Kenya

As the world mourns the 52 bomb victims in London, the news
of 71 Kenyan dead hardly makes it to the inside of the newspapers.
What you don't know about, you dont care about?


Raid, Reprisals Leave 71 Dead in Kenya

Associated Press Writer
A raid by hundreds of Ethiopian bandits on a remote village in northern Kenya, and reprisals by tribesmen and Kenyan security forces, left at least 71 people dead, including more than two dozen children, police said Wednesday

Armed with guns and spears, the bandits attacked villagers in Turbi, a remote area of Kenya about 350 miles northeast of the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday killing 45 civilians and stealing thousands of farm animals, police spokesman Jaspher Ombati said Wednesday.

The Roman Catholic Information Service said at least 52 villagers were killed.

The assailants hacked to death and slashed the throats of at least two dozen children at a boarding school in the village, while most of the adults were shot, said medical workers at Wilson Airport, where 10 critically injured victims were being flown to Nairobi for treatment.

The attackers lingered the entire day in the village, shooting and hacking anyone on sight because security forces were slow to respond, according to the Catholic Information Service. Wounded survivors wept or held their heads in anguish as they were carried out of an air ambulance.

"They shot me on this arm and the right thigh," Bati Duba, 33, said while lifting her right arm to show a bullet hole, with visible tendons.

Kenyan security forces pursued the bandits, who numbered between 300 and 500, and killed 16 of them, the deputy Eastern Province police chief, Gerald Oluoch, said in a police report seen by The Associated Press. The security forces also recovered 5,000 sheep and 200 cattle.

In an apparent reprisal, men believed to be from the Gabra tribe killed 10 members of the rival Borana tribe Wednesday as they were being driven to a seminar in Marsabit, 250 miles northeast of Nairobi, Ombati said.

Rev. Aldrin J. Anito, an Italian priest, was driving them when he found the road blocked by stones, Ombati said.

The men at the roadblock asked Anito what tribe the passengers belonged to. On hearing they were Boranas, the attackers killed the 10 passengers - two men, four women and four children - with crude weapons, Ombati said in a statement. The priest was unhurt.

Ombati said security forces interpreted the killings as a revenge attack but he did not explain the link to the raid by Ethiopian bandits.

Said Wabera, a Gabra from the northern Marsabit district where the attacks occurred, said the Ethiopian bandits were Boranas as well, which could have the reason for the attacks. Boranas and Gabras live both in Ethiopia and Kenya.

"Small raids occur between us, but the killings yesterday were the biggest," Aden Mohamed, 55, said at Wilson airport while waiting to see relatives who were among the critically injured.

President Mwai Kibaki condemned the attacks and appealed for calm in brief remarks sent by the Presidential Press Service.

Ombati said no arrests have been made and the attackers were believed to have crossed over to Ethiopia.

torsdag, juli 07, 2005

July 2005 - the plan is still on!

We are now 6 months away from the big event:

And it is still somewhat unreal.

But noone has said no. So the plan is still on! :-)
Kenya in December.

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