Recently Kenya lost a prominent senator Ben Oluoch Okello of Migori county who succumbed to cancer. A good number of Kenyans have lost their lives due to cancer which has reached an invasive stage. Cancer if detected in time can be managed thus saving lives. Below is a poem on cervical cancer urging sexually active women to screen for cervical cancer in time for proper and effective management. I hope you learn from it remember, cervical cancer if detected early can be managed.

Some of you say I am a myth while some say I got no cure,
Today I want to reveal my real self to you,
I am cervical cancer or better still; silent killer,
I have neither heart nor Saul,
I shatter hope, corrode faith and cripple love,
I am silent, invisible but I do exist,
Some say I am aweful, heartless and evil,
I leave hearts broken, words unspoken and graves open,
I live with you only if you allow me to,
I love you so much, do you love me?

I am known by many yet I know none
With neither prejudice nor bias I come,
I am not a thief nut I come like a thief,
I steal from you love, health and comfort,
I devour al leaving none behind,
I touch a living body leaving a mark of death,
I am not kind or maybe I am,
Quick recovery wishes shake me not,
You call me I come, you welcome me I stay
I am your friend, always there for you any time.

Survival is for the fittest how fit are you?
Just like a dove I love,
To handle me you got to use your brain,
Wait not till I lose my patience,
I serve no justice to the weak,
No mercy for the innocent,
No worry about the poor,
You can call me names; son of a bitch,
Hate me, right?
Your eyes are full of tears who is going to swim in there?
Come close let me whisper in your ears,
I am a silent killer.


Having had abort my child was the lowest point I’d have ever gotten. Many years later, I look back and I still shed tears sometimes of joy sometimes of sorrows. What If I hadn’t aborted? I would have been a mum. The boy/girl would have been 8 or so years now. Maybe I would have been having a second born or so! Question is would I have been happy? Would I have been that deserving mum? Or maybe I would have followed in the suit of my peers and run away like all the dead beat mothers who run away from the responsibilities?

I will never find out. All I know is I was deprived of the chance to see my own! Years later now I can’t sire a child of my own. Years later, I have a medical condition that deprives me of the luxury of having a child of my own. Years later I am on medication trying to rectify a condition that I am not sure will ever come to pass.

I guess years later I am “eating my tomatoes” literally. Years later here I am in a sorry state of not knowing whether my sexuality counts. I cry about it. I weep about it. A beautiful woman   but with nothing to offer to the so called society! It’s hard but well I am learning to cope with it. Some of these things I have only seen on TV. I am seeking a remedy.  Peace is not something I have known in the last two weeks. Sleep is something I only hear in small talks.”  I have no one to blame and sometimes I feel like taking my own life so as to escape from all this trauma. Sometimes I feel that I should blame the same society that expect to see my babies. But why??

The pressure that come with   having a baby while a girl is not married pushed me into all the, regrets affecting me know, A girl who gives birth is often looked down upon, laughed at and sometimes   disowned by the society,

The truth still stands, it is easy to lose sight of the story of the individual girl with an unplanned pregnancy within the context of varying legal and socio- cultural barriers and her journey to access safe abortion services The reality is that girls are often alone and confused about which options are available to them and unable to cope with the financial and emotional implications of their choice, they all know that it was never a safe one and I almost die, The question is have  we done enough yet to young people, what does the society requires of us still? Your views will help someone you never know..

Story shared by young person, who would like to remain anonymous




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There was a touching story based on a real life experience that got adapted into a movie that moved many viewers to tears.It deserved to be acclaimed for it drytouched on issues that a bigger percentage of African children can find themselves in if adults(their guardians/parents)feed their minds with paper chase and greed for riches. This applauded movie,”Dry” tells of the ordeal of a child who’s married off to a 60 year old man and whose mother got impregnated by her uncle when she was at 13 years of age but her aunt wouldn’t hear of it. She became judgmental of her and compared her to her mother who she claimed was loose. She thought and readily assumed her husband was a saint little did she know. Do you ever ask yourself if we weren’t too quick to render judgement on such a child, how more they’d open up and tell the truth? “Dry” being set in a rural Nigerian specifically Hausa ethnic group; child marriage is upheld. These children’s reproductive system isn’t fully developed and to make matters worse, they go through prolonged excruciating labor before they call a native doctor who has delivered many women in the village before. They end up suffering shame and pain of fistula as they are shunned by the society.

It’s not undisclosed that child marriages are rampant all over Africa but the fight against child marriages starts with me and you. Imagine an Africa where children are left to be children and their rights are respected and really protected. Imagine an Africa where children get full access to quality health even though their parents barely have anything to feed them with. Imagine an Africa where children get education regardless of the remotest place they live in. Imagine an Africa where children particularly the girl child are not sold away to a man old enough to be her grandfather’s age. Imagine an Africa where children get to fully enjoy their childhood without being made parents too soon…an Africa where children don’t get to give birth to children. Imagine an Africa where children are safe from sex predators who lure them or even force themselves in them and infect them with unfathomable infections and diseases. Imagine an Africa that has her eyes open and ready to leave behind atrocious cultural practices such as early marriages that yield lamentable occurrences like fistula.

Let’s make a little heaven for our children where they are safe and protected from the evils that lurks around. Let’s make Africa smile by making the children enjoy their childhood because after all, childhood doesn’t last forever. Let’s not rush them to be adults or force them into early marriages just to fatten our pockets and stomachs when they deserve much more than cultural practices. Let’s criticize the cultural practices and get to see which ones to keep and which ones to drop. As for leadership, again, it starts with you and me; not just politicians. Let’s ensure that children get access to education for that’s the most important and powerful tool we can empower them with. Donate a blackboard. Donate a book. Start a cheap library in your neighborhood. Donate a pen/pencil. Offer to share knowledge at a local school while you wait to join campus or get a job.Health is essential for without good health, no one can be productive.Advice and follow up with the guardians on issues of health issues. There are some health insurances like M-TIBA whereby they can put in as little as Ksh 20 every now and then. I dare you to be the voice of the children forced into early marriages. Fight for them for it is a battle worth your effort. Finally, as we commemorate Day of The African Child on 16th June, let’s always strive to put a smile on the African children’s facesmaxresdefault1-600x428 by the little things we do for them that enhances their physical and mental health and education and diminishes heinous traditional practices.


Genuine public participation Anchored on Sound Policy and legal framework for effective service delivery

According to article 174 (c) and (d) in the new constitution, some of the objectives of the devolved Government is to give powers of the self-governance to the people and enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the power of the state and making decision affecting them, to recognize the right of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development among others.
The journey to formulate a Kisumu County public participation act started back in 2015, two years ago with the main aim was to bring CSOs together, to build capacity of the community and to work with the media in airing the community voice.

Citizens often possess local knowledge and can propose innovative solutions that would lead to better resource allocation decisions even though government administrators, officials, and community leaders have long recognized the value of public participation for a variety of purposes, processes, and decisions and it is undoubted that local community involvement in the decision making process will enhance the outcome of the framework of a proposed development plan, they frequently do not have a good understanding of how to design participation processes to achieve desirable outcomes.

The seven COSs behind the draft public participation policy today met with executives led by the Deputy Governor Kisumu County D.r Mathews Owili, for review of the document. The public participation is based on a concept that those who are affected by a decision have the right to be involved and be hard in the decision –making process.