Saturday, October 25, 2008
The judgment is yours. Is it acceptable that the plight of those who suffered in the hands of SDLF cruelty, be an opportunity for CBO/NGO founders to enrich themselves? This is not the only field that CBO/NGO founders have exploited. Be reminded that they continue doing this to meet their selfish and greedy appetites. I make this claim because you will hardly find testimony of genuine beneficiaries of most initiatives. A classic example is what the government did early this year soliciting international help and to date most of the funds have yet to trickle down to the very IDPs.
Again think about it squarely. If the governement the watch dog of NGO is not transparent who will?
Read on an example of the many proposals at this blog:
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Growing up i still clearly remember the weekly walks we took to the four caves surrounding the Kapsokwony District HQ to the south, not forgetting the falls on river Nguresai and of course leaving class without the teachers permission to chase a rabbit/hare that found its way to the schools play ground. It was such an experience.
Mt.Elgon Genocide Update! as on 02.04.2007
POK PEOPLE STOP GENOCIDE AGAINST CHEPKITALE OGIEK
follow the link below and review some of the impediments that inhibit our growth as a community. Sad that we allowed trigger happy psychopaths to reign and promote the spirit of heroism from acts of inhuman treatment among our selves - Sabaotok-.
I profoundly remember my Uncle Mwalimu Timothy Kemu Kwalia pioneering to start the first elementary school in Chepkitale in the 1960's. The passion then was to provide an equal playing ground to all sons and daughters that hail from Tuluop Kony to excel, irrespective of ones clan or dialect.
We need a rebirth of that Zeal that united our fore parents all the way from Pon'gom to Kapchorwa and from Kitalel to Toror. So that the theme our discussions can center on matters such as Academic Excellence, Economic equity, and providence of basic needs to all in the Kot ab Sabaot.
The rebellion has left more than 600 dead and some 200,000 displaced since 2006 according to reports.
In March the Government sent in the Armed Forces to quell SLDF insurgency after efforts by regular, administration and Paramilitary General Service Unit police officers failed to stop the militia’s excesses. The military operation dubbed ‘Okoa Maisha’ (Save Lives) brought calm to what was one of the most volatile spots on earth.
With all media attention firmly focused on the Mt Elgon conflict, the region’s biggest success story has continued developing almost unnoticed.
Distance runners from the volatile region have quietly ascended to the pinnacle of the sport against the background of terror and abject poverty. Kenya won the overall team title at Edinburgh’s World Cross this year with six of the 30 athletes in the team hailing from Mt Elgon.
In Edinburgh, the Masai siblings Moses Ndiema (fifth, senior race) and Linet Chepkwemoi (bronze, senior women), Titus Mbishei (fifth, junior race men), Doris Changeiywo (fourth, senior race women) and Levy Matebo (tenth, junior race men) also stood out. Mbishei went on to win 10,000m silver at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July. At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Ndiema and Chepkwemoi finished fourth in the men’s and women 10,000m races. Amazingly, the entire Mt Elgon District that covers an area of 944 kilometres square does not have a single stadium, running track or training camp. Here, one comes face to face with the rugged terrain; biting poverty and threat of war that has made many youth in the area take to their heels in search of a better life.
“I have the talent to run and I intend to use it to escape to riches,” said Justus Ngeiywo, a 20-year-old prospective 800m and 1,500m runner hailing from Kaboiywo, a settlement scheme near Kaptama, one of the talent spots of Mt Elgon.
“In March, I went for training in mid-morning when SLDF soldiers caught me and forced me to run eight kilometres to deliver a message to their colleagues in Kapsakam,” adds Ngeiywo, who went up to the provincial level at this year’s track championships. “They were targeting athletes to use us as their messengers when the army came and disrupted their communication. However, I took advantage to warn four other runners and together, we escaped to the Mt Keboiywo Forest.”
Ngeiywo joined other SLDF victims fleeing to the mountains or neighbouring towns of Kitale, Chepkitale and Kimilili. The conflict did not even spare the notables.
In 2005, the former World Half Marathon champion, converted one of the commercial buildings he had erected opposite Kapsakwony Secondary School to house the runners after training.
“I decided to establish a camp in Kapsakwony (District headquarters) after disagreeing with an agent whom I was assisting to tap talent from Mt Elgon,” Kororia told Feverpitch X-tra.
“Mt Elgon is the best place for endurance training due to its high altitude (2,800m above sea level) and that is why I was opposed to taking our athletes to Kaptagat (Rift Valley).” And it is at the red brick structure that constituted the Kapsakwony Training Camp where Mt Elgon’s brightest cut their teeth.
Komon, the Masais, Changeiywo, Mbishei, Matebo, Suleiman Simotwo, marathoner Solomon Busiendich as well as junior starlets Titus Masai and Ines Chenonges were housed at the ‘training camp.’ Others include the formidable James Kwalia, who runs for Qatar together with Uganda’s top trio of Moses Kipsiro, Boniface Kiprop and Martin Toroitich.
The SLDF insurgency imparted negatively on Mt Elgon’s rapid progress as a catchment area for distance runners.
“Were it not for the war, we could have seen more runners from here make the Kenya team for World Cross and Olympics,” Kororia said.
He added: “It was sad that while people like Komon were running in Scotland, their families were being pursued by the raiders. Such incidents left psychological scars.”
“I registered other camps in Kaptama, Kopsiro, Kitwamba, Trans Nzoia and Saboti but had to close them down when the fighting started since it would have been too risky,” Kororia who was recently elected as the Athletics Kenya Mt Elgon District chairman said.
Seasoned coach, Boniface Tiren, who has nurtured most athletes at junior level from the area says, “Athletes from Mt Elgon gain endurance naturally owing to the high altitude, uphill terrain and long journeys to school they have to run each day.”
“Let’s say it’s almost by default they eventually become runners when they realise that is the only thing they can do. Having people like Jipcho, Kororia, the Masai’s and Edith also made others realise that athletics can pay.” Tiren was one of the coaches that accompanied the national team to the Bydgoszcz’s World Juniors.
National head coach, Julius Kirwa, observes: “The fact that there is no track and stadium conditions young talent in Mt Elgon to become distance runners since they are the only races they can practise.” It will take more than war and lack of facilities to dent the resolve of the distance running talent in Mt Elgon.
An MP from the North Rift is accused of ferrying "militias in lorries owned by another local politician to attack the Kiambaa church near Eldoret -- which was burnt at the height of violence. A former MP from the region was accused of ...
Jean-Louis Kayitenkore Blog - http://cepgl.blogspot.com/
As a member of the Sabaot community in the Diaspora, I have a divine/existential duty of informing members of this generation about the existence of the "Sabaot people". There are many ways of accomplishing this very goal. The way I chose is by this public forum that has the potential of enhancing our views to be heard world over by more persons than we could ever imagine.
There has been enormous interest on the events that happened in the recent past in and around the slopes of Mt. Elgon the home of the Sabaot community. Some of the highlights during this period were despicable acts that affected the Sabaot people , their neighbors and friends.
The terror that gripped this region has had far reaching effects; the members of the community are in the process of recovering from emotional and physical wounds caused both the militia and the government instruments that subjected to untold fear and torture.
As the community tries to find it way out these unfortunate predicament, this forum will in part try to voice such concerns and more important suggest ways and means of in helping this community to find its rightful place in the global society.
All Sabaot People and Friends of the Sabaot fraternity out there are welcome to contribute.
Sere Koo Nyoo!