Evil Cartels Take Over Equity’s “Wings To Fly” Program

A couple of things make me hate almost anything that’s relayed as news in both print and electronic media. Worst and latest among the atrocities to be meted on the ‘poor child’ were the shameless horror in which open impunity and bias was displayed during the interview by Equity bank staff and other stake holders.

 

It was on December 14th at Athi River CDF offices where the ugliest display of open corruption took place. Parents with their children (2017 candidates due to join form one in 2018) began to arrive at the venue as early as 7.50 A.M in the morning. The “interviewers” (read man-eaters) arrived soon after 8.00 A.M. and began short listing names of pupils who had arrived.

 

So as they called each pupil with their parent into the office where the panel of 9 were seated, those in the queue hoped things would run smoothly. Before noon, the number of pupils swelled although they were not as many as the previous years. Each pupil and parent entered the venue through the main CDF office entrance and came out from a different exit door. This time round, the chair of the panel (the District Education Officer) was absent.

 

As time went by, things seemed to slow down. It was getting late in the afternoon and those who arrived early and short listed first were not being called in. A huge-amorphous lady was now coming out via the exit door and calling specific pupils into the office for the “interview” Those in the queue noticed the unfairness and began murmuring; soon the murmurs became loud whispers. They were simply querying why those who arrived as late as 2.00 P.M were being called in to take the interview while some who arrived at 8.00 A.M were being ignored.

 

To add insult to injury, someone drove into the venue with three girls wearing school uniforms and went straight into the interview hall-seemingly not ‘seeing’ the presence of others. People begun to converse loudly- apparently expressing their disgust. At about 4.00 P.M, a teacher from a school I know arrived with two pupils. I told him I had been waiting from 8.00 A.M with hope of having my kid to be interviewed. He beaconed me aside and told me how naive I was to just quart there the whole day as if I didn’t know “how things are done in Kenya”

 

So instead of waiting or enlisting his pupils in the queue, he told me to “wait and see” how he was going to proof his words. He seemingly had organized with one or more of the panelists on how to appear at the venue as a formality just to stage-manage a purported ‘interview’ as a cover up. Believe it or not, the fellow was whisked in through the rear exit door and his two pupils were interviewed while I was still seated outside on the grass. Soon after, they came out and left boastfully, seemingly showing how foolish those of us in the queue were. So I escorted him just to share a word or two.

 

The teacher told me bluntly that there was no way my kid would make it to Equity’s wings to fly program unless I was ready to part with real cash (IT WAS TRUE!). For a moment, I contemplated suicide because they whole scenario blemished my attitude towards ‘Wings To Fly’ scam- permanently!

 

As we parted ways with my ‘privileged’ (read corrupt) teacher friend, I felt tear drops trickle down my cheeks. I hid from my kid to avoid disaster-kind of retreating to my second childhood.

 

This article might seem like one written by a maverick, a loser or a bitter-self inflicted individual whose child did not qualify for the said program. However, the contents herein are true and shall remain so unless and until Equity bank reforms the way they pick truly disadvantaged and bright children from our society. My child had over 400 marks (among the top ten) in Machakos County and was offered a place in one of the top National schools. Unfortunately, I have no money to either pay for high school fees or buy my way out through cartels that have apparently taken over the Wings To Fly initiative and other similar scholarships. This might sound quirky to the founder of the program, but it is the bare ugly truth that takes place at the grassroots level.

 

It is unfortunate that the president of the republic of Kenya is made to preside over the launch of the program that is already riddled with corruption in its selection process.

 

Verdict: The candidates from Athi River this year (2017) shall be sons and daughters of the rich; or sons of wheeler-dealers of corruption thriving within the corridors of power. G-d have mercy on the poor.

 

I wrote to the project manager (Wings to fly) a m/s Ivy Mwai) through her email: ivy.mwai@equitygroupfoundation.com and another email to the so called “Activity Manager” Dr. Lucy Kithome through her email: kithome@usaid.gov

None of them replied to my email. Perhaps they thought it was spam and, perhaps they were right because my messages were unsolicited after all!

 

It is unfortunate that such a noble initiative by Dr. Mwangi can be abused to such an extent and still the organizers have the guts to invite the president for wrong and not unreasonable motives to preside over its launch at Kasarani.

 

In all likelihood, the trend will continue unabated for as long asDr. Mwangi remains perched at a point zenith away from the ugly truth that now overrun the now “Wings To Fly” scandal.

  • Promise: I will not plug out this article until the vice is eradicated and truly needy children benefit from the program.
  • Dare: Anyone who wishes to challenge the contents herein is welcome. I shall be ready and willing to pinpoint my neighbours who are senior government officers yet they have their children being taken care of by the Equity’s Wings To Fly program. Yes! I will! Unless Equity Bank considers sons and daughters of salaried persons also as needy.
  • In equal measure: I shall also be willing to take you to a poverty-stricken genius boy whose cave-like home will move you to tears yet he was scolded out of the interview at Athi River like a dog.

The incident in question was witnessed at Athi River CDF offices where the purported interview took place. If the same on goings takes place in every other constituency in the country, then the program is as good as dead and buried six feet beneath the ground. Awe unto you Dr. Mwangi! And if you still feel the writer of this article was just peddling personal vendetta, try doing your own spot-check at the homes of the sponsored kids from Athi River sub-county or Mavoko constituency for that matter.

Feel free to share your thoughts hereunder.

 

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Stephen: He Surely Will Knock Jubilee Into Limbo?

It has begun. It is just “mass voter registration” yet the political temperatures on the ground are fever-peak. August 8th, 2017 is seven months until elections; Kenyans are starting to see angry divisions between UhuRuto camp and their erstwhile opponents.

 

Isaac Ruto

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The current governor of Bomet county-Isaac Ruto is the man NASA is banking on to help tilt the scales in the Jubilee backyard. He, in conjunction with Baringo senator, Mr. Gideon Moi have for the past four years locked horns with the deputy president. Gideon and Isaac are hoping to use their popularity at the grass root level to frustrate the deputy president.

 

Following the meeting of NASA luminaries led by Raila Odinga in Bomet on February 5th, 2017, Isaack Ruto did not mince words as to which camp he belongs. When it was his turn to address the well attended meeting in Bomet, Ruto vilified the ruling party accusing it of a myriad of ills.

 

Of course politics and governance is a recurrent age-old topic. The work of UhuRuto administration is different from the work of being re-elected. For many months now, political analysts have been crafting election models that attempt to predict the winner of August polls with little reference to campaigns.

 

Based on the voter registration campaign, both Jubilee and NASA views the mass turnout as a prelude to what’s going to happen in August come the whistle. The huge turnout in Bomet in favor of the pposition is a pointer that’s giving Jubilee sleepless nights. The Rift Valley vote is crucial when the so called yranny of numbers statistics comes in handy and that’s why any change in terms of political allegiance is enough to shape the politics of this country.

 

Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka

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Kalonzo Musyoka, I dare say, is perhaps the best president that’s yet to rule, has never ruled or one that never ruled. He boasts of stellar political career compared to the present and past players in the political arena. However, Kalonzo’s political chess board seems to get blurred when it comes to transforming virtues into votes. For more than twice he has been overshadowed one time by former president Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga. In the last polls of 2013, he again compromised on behalf of Raila Odinga.

 

This time round, he seems to have made a resolve once and for all. He seems not ready to play second fiddle again. Kalonzo has many times and again-during the on-going voter registration campaign stated that all the other presidential aspirants in NASA ought to give him a chance this time round. Most Kenyans believe he deserves it rightly. However, the curtain will still have to fall down on “our person”, “my tribe” “mtu wetu” syndrome.

 

No matter what Kalonzo Musyoka’s game plan is, the tribal politics in this country will still prevail. Political scientists such as Mutahi Ngunyi have on many occasions stated categorically that it is the tyranny of numbers that win elections. Majority wins, simple and that’s what NASA pundits have to endure with.

 

In the event that Kalonzo is given the mantle to lead NASA as their preferred candidate, then there is reason for Jubilee to really get afraid. For many years, Kalonzo has endeared himself to Kenyans across the entire country. The virtues adorning his character have never been tainted. Most Kenyans know him as a born again Christian and a man who hates corruption.

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If Kenyans choose to buy his credentials, it might translate into votes. This should haunt Jubilee as the clock ticks towards August 8th. However, if Raila Odinga (read Luo Nyanza) still believes he is the one to deliver victory, you bet it will be business as usual for UhuRuto’s tyranny of numbers- and state house may as well continue to just govern.

Beyonce’s Jay-Z Loves to Drive Exelero Coupe: She Loves Him Too


Source: Celebrity cars

A couple years ago, if you wanted a good beautiful car, you pretty much had to go with Mercedes or Lamborghini. Now, we are seeing compelling state-of-the art celebrity cars from various hardware makers.
Celebrities like to fancy-high priced cars in part because they can afford them, meaning they can tweak, customize or tailor their design architecture to suit their needs if they so desire.
However, celebrities cry too. The kind of insurance policies they get into often create a big dent in their pockets.

Every so often, celebrities would get rid of an old car and purchase a new one-making it difficult to keep trace of the number of cars they own.

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Beyonce’s man was spotted with Exelero Sports Coupe whose price tag reads $450,000 only! This holy terror carries a yearly premium of a little more than $11,000. Exclusivity price tag indeed.

Just like the rest of us, celebrities do acknowledge the significance of insuring their most treasured belongings.

Trending Visor Sunglasses: Tidbits You Need To Know


Visor sunglasses provide shade and offers great protection against the harmful sun rays. The sun visors are designed to give you a cool experience and a simple put on and put off. If you are a fan for sports such as tennis and golf, then Visor Sunglasses are the best choice for you. The visors are excellent in shading your face and eyes during long hour outdoor events.

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When shopping for Visor Sunglasses, ensure that you are fairly comfortable on them. Different people have varying tastes. Others go for visors with back straps similar to those of ordinary glasses but you may find this particular visor uncomfortable. It is therefore advisable to try on various models of sun visors to find an excellent fit. Other important feature to factor in is the frequency and activities with which you will put on your visor. The slide-on style is the favorite choice for those engaging in leisure events such as visiting a zoo, amusement parks or beaches. The style is perfect for those who do not want to spoil their hairstyles. However, if you want to play your game while the visor is on, then a strapped sun visor is a good choice.

Another consideration to put in place when choosing a fitting sun-visor is ensuring that the size and the shape of the bill on the visor, offers maximum shade on your eyes and nose. While your Sun visor sunglasses keeps off unnecessary sun rays, it is also necessary to use a little sunscreen to achieve complete protection. Visor sunglasses come in various materials and colors.

 

Sneek-Peek At Travel Tips About Burgundy

Beautiful Burgundy province is not only renowned for its wines, gastronomy and rich cultural heritage but offers more astounding scenic destinations worth exploring. Arguably, it is France’s richest region endowed with remarkable architectural buildings, castles and beautiful villages. Additionally, Holiday rentals in Burgundy comprise unique Romanesque architecture that allows visitors to enjoy every moment of their stay.

Visitor Info Tips
There are many more ways to explore burgundy. More than 40 harbours dot along its 1000 Kilometers of navigable shoreline. Indeed, Burgundy offers numerous transit points as well as link major cities and attraction sites. The popularity of Wine Tourism is ever growing with organised balloon flights over vineyards being offered as visitor package, courtesy of Holiday properties in Burgundy.
Morvan Regional Park is a land undulated with stunning landscapes, beauty so awesome that its coveted rarity is officially protected. A number of lakes abound within the region.  Planned groupings and families have a chance to take part in a number of water sports such as boating and fishing. The park is home to abundant wildlife punctuated by historic monuments.
Dijon, the region’s administrative capital basks in rich cultural lifestyle and, is a must-visit destination by enthusiasts of art. The city enjoys vibrant economy and is globally renowned for gastronomical delights. The city’s most valuable artistic treasures can be viewed at the Palais des Ducs. Dijon is 315 kilometers East of Paris, about 3 hours drive by car. Major towns include Beaune, Calais and Lyon.
Climate
Like the rest of Western Europe, Burgundy’s weather fluctuates with fine cold winters and warm summers. Summer temperatures average about 19 degrees Celsius.

How To Rock And Be Safe On Stage

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When it comes to “bringing ‘em back alive” no one shines like celebrity singers. From the local car lot to ships at Sea, singers know how to bring live to their audiences from almost anywhere. Celebrities know that one effective way to differentiate them from the breath-taking competition is to be seen outside in the community. This often means performing from outside the traditional studio setting.

Stage Performance: Celebrity Vulnerability
That sensual dressing, raunchy dance gyrations, plus suggestive lyrics are perfect tag-lines for selling sex. This catalytic package, as some might argue seems to expose the performing icons to the adrenaline-charged or better still, testosterone-charged male enthusiasts. That said, another query begs; how much fan attention can be regarded as excessive? One of Kenya’s celebrated female singers-Avril did find herself on the receiving end during her performance at Maasai Mara University. Highly charged male fans not only fondled her butt but took selfies with it. “Gosh, Maasai Mara University students showed me things” Avril quipped. While speaking to Zuqka, she did admit that the Mara University incident was not an isolated one.
                                 
It is not uncommon to find one or two electrified fans jumping onto stage due to excitement. This is expected but it can easily turn nasty if it’s not handled well; more so if the celebrity artiste is a female. It is thus, incumbent upon the event organizers to provide adequate security around the performing artiste. For one, it is not easy to manage a huge crowd. Secondly, it is unbecoming to touch someone, especially during such open shows without their consent. For instance, a female singer might be engaged and is looking forward to their wedding. Avril is one example and she admits her fiancé really gets infuriated when fans opt to take advantage of the situation to touch her inappropriately. Had it not been his fiancé’s maturity, perhaps things might have turned otherwise.
Having been tutored on stage by her fan’s behaviour, Avril admitted to having learnt key survival techniques while on stage. She has learnt to talk and calm them down whenever the situation threatens to go out of hand. The Maasai Mara University incident springs forth the fact that female artistes are indeed vulnerable, more so while performing ‘live’ on stage.

  • ·         Beyonce: In her recent visit to Sweden, she found herself in a similar saga. While performing in Denmark Beyonce was forced to ward off one of the fans who slapped her butt while making advances. She had mingled with fans while pelting out her single ‘irreplaceable’. She reacted by warning the charged fan; “I’ll have you escorted out right now, alright?”

  • ·         Rihanna: Rihanna’s recent show in the UK was yet another scene of celebrity vulnerability on stage. It is reported that she had to use a microphone to smack one of the electrified fans who refused to let go of her hand. Rihanna was performing her hit song, ‘we found love’.

Female celebrities, irrespective of where they are asked to perform will at one time be faced with unruly adrenaline-charged fans. Some of these fans consider them object of their desires. A number of artistes interviewed acknowledge that fans will always want to demand beyond what is written on the entry ticket.