This was my favourite part of his speech:

“…To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.”

I hope he follows through.

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Move Over, 2008

January 1, 2009

We finally bid farewell to a year that will be mostly memorable for the bad things that happened than the good.
This is the year that saw Kenya nearly disintegrate into chaos after a botched presidential election. Power hungry politicians ignited mayhem using the tribal card, effectively dividing so as to rule. Even institutions presumably on morally higher ground like the church lost their standing by aligning themselves with the feuding sides. Luckily, people-power prevailed and with the help of eminent sons of Africa, headed by Kofi Annan, peace prevailed. Stability returned in March with the signing of an agreement between Raila and Kibaki. Unfortunately, we are yet to return to normalcy–IDPs continue to languish in makeshift camps yet it’s business as usual for politicians.
Mwananchi’s troubles were not to end there. There was a commodity boom that saw the astronomical rise in general food prices. Inflation rose to 31 per cent. Unga price tripled.
On the global front, the world witnessed a major economic downturn reminiscent of the Great Depression of the 1930s. This was brought on by unrestricted freemarket capitalism. Against better judgment, financial institutions opened credit floodgates to every tom, dick and harry — without proper vetting. The inevitable result of all that greed was a major credit crunch… and the depression now unfolding. The effects of this are yet largely unknown in this continent that is largely a backwater. (Ironically, its exclusion from the global economy might save Africa this time).
2008 was however not all gloom.
Kenya celebrated it’s best performance yet at the Olympic games.
Our collective pride also got a boost when America voted Obama, whose father was kenyan, as it’s next president.
Quite an unforgetable year it was!

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