By Nancy A Abira
“Allow me, my friend who inboxed me today morning, to publicly share my sentiments. ….
1. Fish is not free at the lake. You do not wake up go to the lake n kaboom, fish happens!!!! If every luo would fish, the fish would be depleted in a month or less. Its an investment that requires capital like any other.
2. Not every woman by the beach exchanges fish for sex. Its like saying all UON students are k street girls at night, its a vice that its only at the beaches because of fish. World over women trade sex for everthing else….i have, you have
..3. Nyanza people are not lazy, we work hard. We sweat off our asses like everyone else. We plough twice a year, rains or no rains. If the rains come, thank God, if they dont we live to fight another day. It would be stupid of anyone who has ever travelled most of luo land to expect it to yield maize like kitale, coffee like nyeri or tea like kericho.
4. We also do cash crop farming. We farm sugarcane, rice n cotton. You must have heard of ahero irrigation scheme by now, yes its in luoland. Cane has been a disappointment to farmers, mainly because of lack of govt initiative to secure the farmers’ investments. Kibos is asian owned and the prices of cane and other modalities are not in farmers interests.
5. HIV is not Aids, the former is a condition the latter a disease. High prevalence is of HIV ,hence people dont fall dead like flies everyday of Aids. And it does not mean luos are immoral, does prevalence of yellow teeth relate to poor hygiene? ? I thought not so too.
6. Its common knowledge allocation of resources is biased, otherwise we would not spill blood for the presidency. Skewed distribution of dev projects its a thing we live with everyday. Thats for the same reason kisumu bypass road, airport expansion, the 20billion water project took effect during the coalition govt. On constituencies that have supply of water, tapped water, was this done by the nat govt or by CDF. The tarmac roads, electricity , were they govt projects or harambees that built roads??? I have stayed in tambach n stayed in nyeri,albeit shortly..
7. Luoland has its share of bad leaders, just like all regions…but it also got goodleaders who have done a lot to spear the national agenda. However good leadership shall not boil down to abandonment of parent party and joining the govt. Do u become a saint by leaving your cripple wife and laying with the neighbours wife???
8.Luos do not worship Raila. Regional success has a heavy tag to tribal leaders, would u blame them if they stuck with the person they think has a chance at presidency, wether real or imagined. Your own brother, even if he kills your only son, you must always sit down and talk to him… its our africanness. Had state appointments, parastatal chiefs been appointed with no regard to the second name, then it would be right to say they are a bunch of rebels who wont let the govt work.
9. There is no single industry in larger luoland area of a stature that can boost the economy. Am no economist, but i know there’s no fish processing plant in nyanza, the breweries moved to uganda, kicomi shut down n the sugar companies are under receivership still….
So as much as we would want to label nyanza people as lazy, backward…it would be prudent to look at it from that angle… their angle.