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Nairobi News : December 9th 2013
10 you say On Twitter @JacobWanga: Reports of rising tension in Kibera slum due to the impending award of a title deed to one community should worry us all. @hersimohammed: The funeral for Nelson Mandela will attract many head of states making it look like UN head of states meeting. What a revered man. @ntvKenya: Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth asks President Kenyatta not to go to Kibera. @KTNKenya: Be wary of dogs on the streets of Nairobi as they are to help curb insecurity. @ElijahMYulu: #sickat50 Jubilee government will just kill Kenya. If it’s not retrenching workers it is busy reducing their pay and also killing unions. On Facebook WE SAY Ngilu must go slow on Kibera land drive S tate House yesterday cancelled a function in Kibera where President Uhuru Kenyatta was to issue title deeds to Nubians. Security concerns were cited, as a group of non-Nubians in the area had threatened to disrupt it. This is the second time the event has been cancelled for security reasons. From the start, the plan to allocate close to 300 acres — almost half the area of Kibera — to the Nubians by Lands and Housing Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has been resisted by other communities, the National Lands Commission, Nairobi County, and local leaders. The commission maintains it was never involved in the plan and does not therefore approve it. The law states it is the National Lands Commission that issues allotment letters and not the ministry, raising questions about the interest of Mrs Ngilu and by extension the Executive, in the matter. The Governor has opposed the plan, saying it breaks the law. And local leaders, including Kibra MP Ken- neth Okoth, maintain not enough consultations have been held. Mrs Ngilu’s visit to the area last Tuesday to assess the situation and triggered violent demonstrations by residents. A lot of questions remain unanswered. One: The government is not saying wheth- er or not it will resettle or compensate those moved from the land allocated to Nubians. Two: We do not know what criteria was used to identify the beneficiaries. Three: Why would the government not want to involve the Land Commission, which is mandated to handle such matters? Four: Why is the matter being handled by the Executive with such secrecy? One might easily want to read politics in the whole issue. Knowing the history of ethnic tensions in The Lands Commission maintains it was never involved in the plan and does not therefore approve it firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, Dec 9 - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 SMS BUZZ Salim: It’s nice to see that our road cabs are getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of the jubilee celebrations. Eunice: Someone should tell Kidero that erecting street light poles on Jogoo Road is not enough. They have to provide the much needed lighting. Wandia Njoya. Kenya will never get rid of the settler logic when the president is dishing title deeds but taxing books and setting heavy media fines. Dennis Okari. President Uhuru Kenyatta cancels planned visit to issue title deeds in Kibera over security reasons. Gilbert Mwalya. God have mercy on our roads. Three people dead, 13 injured in a grisly Mombasa Road accident. Mercy Mwendwa. The constant running battles between the county askaris and hawkers have pushed the latter to our estates. Eugene Khasande.What becomes of our multi-million shilling jubilee celebrations with the passing away of Nelson Mandela? Vincent Jay. Kenya Power should just abandon the Mpesa system of selling tokens. It’s ever faulty. Faith: As though the county was not already too congested, now Deputy President William Ruto wants rural dwellers to leave their land and move in to free land for agriculture. Kennedy: The current government is a big joke. Instead of creating the jobs they promised on their campaign trail, they now want to retrench workers. voices AT THE HEART OF THE CITY Nairobi begs a museum for its past injustices Tom Maliti Only a thought There is no festival but the people are still dancing. It is hard to imagine, isn’t it? This is what happened I when the news of Nelson Mandela’s death hit Soweto in South Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg. The residents met outside a museum, danced and sang liberation songs in celebration of Mandela’s life. They did not hold this impromptu wake outside any museum, mind you. The museum in question is the home Mandela lived before he was jailed in 1963 and where he returned to, briefly, after his 1990 release. It is one of several muse- ums in Johannesburg that capture some of South Africa’s political and social history. It is the kind that Nairobi does not have. Kenya’s main museum A PUBLICATION OF NATION MEDIA GROUP Published at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street and printed at Mombasa Road, Nairobi by Nation Media Group Limited, P. O. BOX 49010, Nairobi 00100. Tel: 3288000, 0719038000. Fax 2213946. email@example.com Registered at the GPO as a newspaper in Nairobi exhibits the ancestors of humankind and natural history. The one museum in the city that is focused on a human being documents the life magine scores of Nairobians dancing outside a museum in the city. of a Dutch woman who came here during the colonial times and came to be known as Karen Blixen. These are not the kind of museums any one spontaneously dances outside of. Johannesburg is like Nairobi. In Johannesburg, entire neighbourhoods such as Sophiatown were razed to the ground because they were vibrant, inspiring examples of a multiracial South Africa. Nairobi has the infa- mous Nyayo House torture chambers and the courageous Saba Saba protests of 1990. After its first democrat- ic elections in 1994, South Africa began building museums in which its painful stories are told. We don’t have such a place yet Nairobi also had a history of racial segregation. We should think about building a museum, or two, that document the city’s political and social history. firstname.lastname@example.org .com Kibera over the years, the Government must tread carefully and conduct further consultations before making any decision. It is paramount to involve everyone in the process so that decisions are all-inclusive to avert any possible violence. Against the backdrop of the 2008 post-election violence — where land was cited as a trigger — it would be wise for the government to rethink its strategy in Kibera. It will not profit anyone to issue titles that will lead to violence.
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