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.



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


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


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.


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.

Sneek-Peek At Travel Tips About Burgundy

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Things Your Friend Doesn’t Tell You about Your Spouse

Source:Sally (via flickr)


When you write an article that’s related to relationship like this one, you are bound to receive a lot of topic-specific emails or comments with many people wanting to learn more about relationship issues. In a weekly magazine that I write for, I do receive numerous enquiries regarding my opinion on relationship column. Most of these emails are about genuine relationship concerns while some are outright gross.
Recently, I did receive an email from a lady who enquired whether it was appropriate to inform her friend that her husband was secretly cheating on her. The lady claimed to have enough evidence-though she did not elaborate. I was tempted, in fact compelled by my natural instinct to tell her to proceed and reveal it to the friend (I mean, that’s precisely what I would do if I was in her shoes). Furthermore, that’s what I would expect of my best friend to do for me.
The Burden of Truth
It dawned on me that the ‘telling it out’ to the friend was not as simple as it sounds. For one, you need to provide tangible evidence. So what was it? Did the lady find her friend’s husband with another woman sipping a drink? She would also be asked to provide evidence if she saw them walk into a lodging or, whether she saw them holding hands. Talk of walking the tight rope-this is it!
Well, perhaps she saw them holding hands; so what? Have you at any one time felt like the best way to communicate a point effectively would be through some kind of body language? (Forgive me because that sounds as lame as a duck-even to me) although holding hands is never counted as evidence unless the body language proves otherwise.
Di you say you saw them enter a lodging? Now, come to think of it; seeing them walk into a pub or lodging isn’t so cool, but maybe they were going to meet a friend who is an employee in that lodging or perhaps they were going to meet someone to seal a deal on a business opportunity.
Mind-Boggling Swivels
You know as much as I do that many things do take place in a lodging-good and bad, including illicit sex. Or do you still insist that seeing them taking a drink is enough evidence? I am inclined to say no. According to me, the most innocent of the three alleged evidence is having a drink. For one, there may have been a third party involved who was yet to arrive or had already left the scene. Furthermore, do you know of anyone who has never shared a drink with somebody of the opposite sex who’s not necessarily a lover or a prospective one?
Sampling evidence in such matters is an extremely delicate affair. You need to nap them in the act or capture them on camera while at it. There are a number of reasons for this:
  • Word for word: If and when asked to table evidence, it will be your word against his.
  • Change of heart: Your good friend may opt to support her husband for two reasons: One is because she trusts her man and secondly, she might conclude that girls are malicious. For these reasons, your friend may decide to dump you in the ‘malicious recycle bin’.
  • Intruding Suspect: Your friend might actually suspect you of being jealous of her marriage and that you want to scuttle it. If she does, that would surely be her husband’s defense stronghold when confronted.
One thing that’s very crucial to consider prior to breaking the news to her is-with or without tangible evidence you should be ready to end your friendship-yes, with your best friend. After all, the truth will certainly set you free; although that new-found freedom might set you free- away from your dear friend.
Some people around you may not believe that you were the bearer of the bad news. Since they are just but human (bound to err), they have to look for somewhere to direct their anger. That “somewhere” might turn out to be you. They may not hate you then, but later on and every time they see you, they will be reminded of a bad incident in their lifetime. Surely, it won’t be business as usual anymore.
Try recalling a relationship which you thought was abusive. Ever wondered why some people still go back for more? To all of us, is it really an easy option to make while someone is making hell out of your life? I tend to be inclined to believe this: That whenever two individuals have shared a bed for quite some time, it would be next to impossible to separate them. So, if your best friend chooses to side with her husband in the “threesome”, will you feel comfortable sticking around when they get… mmm… lovey-dovey?
Lastly, if you choose not to tell even when armed with concrete evidence, what friend would you make of yourself? Will you be comfortable living with yourself and with the truth well within you?  I do not have a straight answer at this juncture.