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Daily Nation : February 4th 2014
2 smart company EDITOR’S DESK NEWS OF A starving woman and her two children eating dog meat to as- suage hunger pangs should sadden even the most hardened of hearts. Naukot Ekunyuk of Turkana Central is not alone. Many people in the arid county are starving. And in various parts of Kenya, too, thousands are sleeping on empty stomachs — 50 years after the country attained independence. This time round, however, the government admitted early enough that the situation was bad and launched immediate action. Photos of state officials distributing food rations to emaciated residents started hitting media headlines. Were it not for the media highlighting Ekunyuk’s story, the poor woman and her children might not have lived to receive relief food. This need not be the case in a country that boasts a good number of plan- ners and strategists who can, once and for all, work to wipe hunger from the face of this nation. Granted, there are parts of Kenya where even weeds have no chance of survival, given the harsh climate and barren soils there. But in other zones, irrigation and prudent farming should do the trick. Many areas in Ukambani fall in this category. The El Nino-induced rains of 2007 proved that what residents need is just water and basic farm inputs to be food-secure. With the coming into effect of the localised government system, it should not take long to identify areas where crops can grow, given the close proximity of local leaders, unlike previously when officials from the central government had to be dispatched to such areas to assess the situation on the ground. Governors, senators, and Cabinet secretaries must put in place measures that will ensure constant supply of reliable water, both for domestic and farm use. It is high time Kenyans stopped appearing in the news for all the wrong reasons. One of the most promising ventures currently is the planned fertiliser factory by a yet-to-be-identified investor despite many failed attempts in the past. If all goes according to plan, local residents should be able to access farm inputs at reasonable prices in about two years. This should be among the first steps to ensure that no Kenyan goes to bed hungry in future. All the 47 counties should take bold steps to feed the yawning mouths in their territory. — Abuna Ayiro email@example.com EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Joseph Odindo MANAGING EDITOR: Mutuma Mathiu BUSINESS EDITOR: Wachira Kang’aru SUB-EDITORS: Abuna Ayiro, James Wambua, John Cheruiyot STAFF WRITERS: Immaculate Karambu, Griffins Omwenga, Muthoki Mumo, John Njiru CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Masinde, Charles Wokabi, Mwaniki Wahome, David Muturi. 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While every care will be taken on INSIDER Flatulent cows blamed for barn explosion Flatulent cows are being blamed for an explosion that nearly lifted the roof off a barn in Germany. Methane gas released by the cows caused the explosion that injured one of the cows as well as damaging the roof of the shed. Firefighters said high volumes of the gas had built up from the farts and belches of the 90 dairy cows, reports the BBC. They believe a static elec- tricity charge ignited the gas, causing the explosion at a farm near the central German town of Rasdorf. Emergency services attended the farm and took gas readings to test for the risk of further blasts, said local media. Cows are believed to each emit up to 500 litres of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — per day. (Orange.co.uk) GERARD JULIEN | AFP Two men work on computers at the Turkish stand during the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid last week. Delegations attended this year’s edition of the FITUR fair to promote each country’s tourism industry. overview Getting ready for Fitur Tuesday February 4, 2014 DAILY NATION Ipsos-Synovate boss risks jail, hefty fines over takeover Have they rattled a snake? Then let them be ready to be bitten by it. — James Omollo Settling scores; that is all. Remember political ratings. — Alex Kiko asleep. — Allistair Kaks Are they the ones who lie to Raila Odinga that he will win elections? — Ken Wallace Kenya, Ghana in new deal to strengthen economic ties I want to know whether Foreign Affairs cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed (pictured) has a younger sister — she is principled, beautiful and intelligent. — Toroitich Arabmoi She is the only one performing in the Jubilee government. The rest are fast Do you mean these economic ties have never been strengthened? Anyway, keep up the work. — Birongo Mwadime Lay off the railway, Uhuru tells cartels Next bright thing they should do is to put a huge electric fence around the railway so that idlers can keep off it. —Joseph Githinji This railway should not pass through Kibera; it will be uprooted. — Stephen Muhia Which cartels are these that a legitimate president is afraid of naming? — Jemo HardCase Uhuru assures investors of clean deals Who is that peeping behind the President? Oh! It is Deputy President William Ruto. He looks queer — Mutimba Nahashon Ruto has really disappointed me; he couldn’t answer mental arithmetic questions yet he is said to have scolded his son for getting 243 marks in KCPE! — Jymo Maish These must be real “clean deals”. — Christian Oloo — Compiled by Lilian Ochieng’ email@example.com Twitter;@LilianMerab Smooth sail KEVIN ODIT | NATION A boat riding competition during this year’s Maulidi festival in Lamu county last week. The annual event is a big tourist attraction.
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