Welcome to KCDN

This is KCDN, an Environmental Management, Economic Empowerment and Poverty Eradication Civil Society.

We welcome you to our site. Kindly feel free to share with us your thoughts. Ideas that add value will be appreciated. Ideas that want to make us improve our physical environment will be welcome. And more so, ideas that redirect us from the lost cause will be of immense value.

It is us who will improve the lot of our Environment, our Economy and make Kenya a Clean Country, where People join hands to work for our own Economic Emancipation and where Municipal Solid Waste Management is looked at as a resource, not as waste.

We need to set the standards in this region of the World and become the referral point in how a people can join hands and work for their own Economic Liberation, where waste can be used as raw material and become a source of employment for our people.

Our collective actions will surely make a difference. This is why in partnership with our Key Strategic Partners- The Public Service Transformation Department, the National Environment Management Authority, the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,other key Ministries, the Local Authorities in Kenya, the Provincial Administration, A Better World, Akiba Uhaki Foundation and other Partners, we are moving deliberately in sensitizing and mobilizing Kenyans to work towards A Clean Kenya where waste is separated at source.

And this is why we are inviting Kenyans to join with us in The Clean Kenya Campaign and be a Member of Kimisho Sacco Society Ltd


Odhiambo T Oketch,
Team Leader & Executive Director,
Tel; 0724 365 557,
Email; komarockswatch@yahoo.com, kimishodevelopment@gmail.com
Website; www.kcdnkenya.org.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The role of young leaders in promoting Ethics, Integrity and Good Governance

A Presentation by Odhiambo T Oketch to the International Young Leaders Summit 2010 at KICC Nairobi on 18th November 2010 at about 5.00pm
Ladies and Gentlemen from all across the world, it is my pleasure to share with you my thinkings on the role of young leaders in promoting Ethics, Integrity and Good Governance in the world today.

I will start from a very simple premise; the universal age limit to voting rights. It is all agreed in many countries that the limit to voting rights is pegged at age 18. This means that all who are 18 and above have that ineliable right to voting for people of their choice. This means also that they can choose to vote for old men and women or vote for young men and women.

By pegging the voting rights to start at 18 means that all young persons have been given all the rights that they have been yearning for. We have a plethora of many youth movements making all sorts of noise begging that they should be given this and that; that they are marginalized and they are not sitting at the right decision making bodies.

This can never be true. What else do the young people need apart from voting for people of their choices. Once you vote for people of your choice, it means that you have the kind of fair representation you have been yearning for. But what do the young people do with their votes? They vote in the same old and tired leadership that we have been saddled with all across the world. The only exception was in the United States of America where both young and old voters came together to vote in a young leader in the name of Barrack Obama.

If I zero in on Kenya, the voting population in the current voters register of persons between the ages of 18 and 35 constitute a massive 65% of all the registered voters. This reflects to 11.6 million young voters in the register. With this power, should you mourn and whine and beg? No. You must only troop to the voting booths and cast your ballot to that person of your choice and live with the consequences of your action.

But what do young people do with their votes in Kenya? They vote for known thieves who have raped Kenya repeatedly; They vote for known thieves who have stolen and ran down our State Corporations; They vote for pimps and charlatans whose stock in trade are of dubious standing; They vote for men and women who can never express themselves in public forums; They vote for men and women who are too tired to lead; They vote for men and women whose background we all do not admire, and they vote for the highest bidder.

It does not matter what the character of the said leader is. What matters to the young voters is the money he gives them for now. This is the sad reality that we have obtaining in Kenya now. And yet, we have a plethora of forums that pretend to be talking on behalf of the youth!

In Kenya, youth leadership is in a crisis. Just like adult leadership has led us nowhere in the last 47 years. We have men and women who are perpetually youth. They have been youth leaders for ever. They have been youth leaders for the last 47 years, and they still pretend to talk for the youth.

Now, with the benefit of age limit at 18, with the benefit of history and with the benefit of exposure, we can all rally together to interrogate the quality of people we propel to national leadership, be it in the political sphere, economic sphere, social and religious. They are all leaders in their own rights. We are given an opportunity every 5 years to put into political office men and women who can drive our national agenda, but we fail miserably in all those 5 years.

I will take you down memory lane. Those who fought for our Independence besides Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga were men and women of youthful ages. Many were in their 20s and 30s. They had the youthful drive that was meant to rid Kenya of Poverty, Ignorance and Disease. But with the benefit of hindsight, we have not rid Kenya of these vices, and these men are still firmly in office, 50 years since they first happened on the scene. And we are the ones who vote them back into political office every 5 years. And we daily talk of ethical leadership, leaders of integrity and the catch phrase good governance is in town!

These leaders never impose themselves on us. We elect them.

Just to start winding up. What do we have to show for the past leadership in Africa in the last 50 years? I get mad when our leaders who are supposed to have inspired us to greater heights are the ones who keep asking us about what happened to Africa. They keep comparing us to the Asian Tigers, saying that at Independence we were at par with most of those Asian Countries. And they ask as if we are fools. And we vote them back to ofcie for asking us what we should be asking them!

Who should ask who what? Is it us who should be asking them where they have led us to, of is it them who should be asking us what happened? They are leaders that led Africa to be the proverbial Dark Continent.

We have the chance and the time is now for young leaders to start emerging. It is time we started interrogating the ethical values of all those whom we elect into positions of leadership. It is time we elected leaders of known moral values; people of integrity; people who can move Africa to catch up with the world. Not leaders who will keep mourning about what happened.

Let us unite and put into office leaders who will promote peace as captured in this Global Peace Convention 2010. Let us put into office leaders who will have respect for human life, not leaders who assassinate competition. Many bright sons of Africa have been such eliminated by people we vote for every 5 years.

Let us interrogate the backgrounds of leaders we put into office. We have the numbers and we have the voters cards. Let us stop whining and complaining. Let us stop removing the youth from the mainstream, the law is so clear; all who are above 18 have voting rights.

Let us role our sleeves and stop advancing theories. Theories are taught in institutions of higher learning just to equip you with what you need in your future. Let us live that future now. No More Theories. Let us Move From Talking to Tasking as we Stay with the Issues in the full knowledge that we are One Family Under God.

God bless us, God bless Africa and God bless the world.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Clean up Exercise- East Africa

The November Clean Up Exercise will be held on 20th November 2010 and in Nairobi, our focal point will be at Dagoreti Shopping Centre. We are inviting all the residents of East Africa to come out in large numbers to join in this Clean-Up Campaign.
We are inviting you to each take personal charge of where you are. Come out and help clean your immediate environs. If you are a group, target the worst hit areas in your neighbourhoods.
We appreciate Friends and Colleagues who will be driving the same exercise all across East Africa. Let us unite and do something for our region, in the spirit of the East African Community. I want to specifically write to groups that have written to me from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia. This is our region, let us help keep her clean. As we do this, Rwanda and Kigali in particular remains our driving force. If they can get it that right, we can all get it equally right.
I want to appreciate groups that have written to me and confirmed that they will be on the trenches from Busia, Kitale, Kakamega, Kisumu, Maseno, Eldoret, Nakuru, Meru, to Mombasa. I want to encourage many more CBOs, NGOs, FBOs and all Friends of Nature to join in and do something.
I want to also thank the City Council of Nairobi and the Provincial Administration in Nairobi for the commitment they have shown to this process so far. I must appreciate that the Department of Environment under Mr. Isaac Muraya are going all the way out to ensure that this becomes our tradition.
We are in discussions with various institutions  about this monthly initiative and as soon as they come on board, we will come public with the details. But in the meantime, let us all roll our sleeves and move to the trenches. East Africa must be the destination of choice for the world.
This will be our last Exercise this year before we all break for a deserved Christmas. When we come back in January 2011, we will give details of who are on board with us. We will also give guidelines on how best this initiative will work all across East Africa with each town taking care of her needs.
Lastly, I want to appreciate the people of East Africa for the commitment they are showing with this initiative. We believe that in the new year, we will make it a process that impacts knowledge on Environmental Conservation to our people all across East Africa.
Peace and blessings to us all.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0724 365 557      end_of_the_skype_highlighting0724 365 557 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0735 529 126      end_of_the_skype_highlighting    

Odhiambo T Oketch is the current Chairman to the City Council of Nairobi Stakeholders Evaluation Team on Performance Contracting and Rapid Results Management. He was also the Co-Chair and Coordinator of The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption that was held in Nairobi on the 22nd October 2010.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My reflections; Letter from Arusha

Dear Friends,
In the last few days, I have been at Arusha and on my way from Nairobi, it was exciting as soon as we crossed the border.

Open session
My first reflections were on the vast tracks of land, how good this could be for the Land Grabbers. They have grabbed all public utility in Kenya, schools, churches, play fields, homes, cemeteries and all till they have no more land to grab. How I wished they could cross our borders....just cross the border and start salivating.....
One thing struck me though; President Kibaki and the Hon PM Raila Amolo Odinga have put great efforts at road construction in Kenya, and now, we have many tracks in motorable condition. This is good for rapid economic development for Kenya and East Africa as a whole.
Many things run on good roads; farmers need this to reach the markets; pupils and teachers need this to go to school; commuters rely on this for their economy; government services reach far and wide on good roads; and basically, with good roads, you are on the first lane. And I was reflecting on 7 years before...how no roads we had in Kenya. Good works.

Open session
I then reflected on our education system, how Free Primary Education was introduced and there with it came the many sweet challenges; you all remember Mzee Maruge [RIP] trotting to class to enjoy the fruits of the new found knowledge? How courtesy of this he went into the Guinness Book of Records and even visited New York! I think it was a timely affair.
In between we went to elections and we had our own fair levels of challenges, but the kind of challenges that strengthened our democracy. We are strong now and into the future we are all looking.
When I look at this past and juxtapose this with the question of Youth and Development, I get the thrills. The democratic space has actually given all of us the cutting edge that we need. It allows all persons above 18 to take part and shape our destiny. This is a challenge we must all take.
The youth, and those that are youthful at heart must rise to the occasion and save humanity from man made failures that we have grappled with in Africa. As the world was going industrial, we went corrupt.

Odhiambo T Oketch with the two facilitatiors Miriam and Jens
As the world was going nuclear, we went corrupt.
As the world was celebrating the virtues of good leadership, our leaders were celebrating the virtues of corruption. And yet, we vote them into positions of leadership every 5 years or so often. I was reflecting on this as I met very energized youth from across 10 countries.
What can the youth and the youthful at heart do to liberate Africa from this group that has preached impunity, corruption, environmental degradation and tribalism on us?
Must we continue as we have in the last 50 years of Africa's Independence?
The time has come; the time is now; let us all call each other into action and restore the pride of Africa.
Let us all role our sleeves and join in environmental conservation all across East Africa every 3rd Saturday of the month. Let us all take personal charge withing our various localities.
Let us all join hands and shame the Lords of Graft in our midst's. Let us not glorify the corrupt and sing songs of praises in their favour. Let us make it our personal commitmment to join in the fight against corruption all across East Africa.
We have one missing link in the Fight against Corruption in Kenya; the State Law Office, the seat of power of the Attorney General of Kenya. Whereas the People have joined in the Fight against Corruption, the Legislature has caught fire, the Judiciary is waking up, the AG is still just smiling at us. He is seeing no corruption, hearing and feeling no corruption. He must wake us from that deep slumber...the people are watching him very keenly.
Lastly, in my reflections, let us all join hands in that humble knowledge that in His Providence, all is assured. He is the Almighty, the All Knowing and the All Powerful. He can never let us down when we ask of His mercies on bended knees. Let Him give us the power to seize the moment and do justice to our land.
Peace and goodwill to all mankind.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557, 0724 365 557

Odhiambo T Oketch is the current Chairman to the City Council of Nairobi Stakeholders Evaluation Team on Performance Contracting and Rapid Results Management. He was also the Co-Chair and Coordinator of The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption that was held in Nairobi on the 22nd October 2010.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friends of KCDN helps Joyce Kalabai

Dear Friends,
Following our presentation of Kshs 18,000.00 to the PS for Education yesterday, they have acted with speed, called the Principal of the School where Joyce was, banked the money in the school account and written to KCDN appreciating the small efforts the Friends of KCDN did.

They have copied me in the letter and attached a copy of the pay-in slip. This is very good since those who would like us to account can now easily verify this.
The Ministry has promised to follow-up on the case of Joyce and they will do all that it takes to ensure she furthers her education and become a pillar in our society. In the meantime, if you may offer Joyce an employment opportunity, please get in touch and we will really appreciate that support.
Joyce has a Father who has spinal injury and he is bed ridden. Since we have started on this journey, we want to follow this to its logical conclusion. Joyce also has siblings who are struggling with their education, and we want to invite all the support we can master to help her out.
We will reach to the Minister for Medical Services to intervene on the issue of Joyces' father, but if you are able to be of help, please join us.
L-R; Mr. Evans Machera, Mr. Francis Ngware, Mr. Odhiambo T Oketch, Ms Joyce Kalabai and Ms Florence Kanyua of KCDN at Mr. Ngware's offices on 4th Nov 2010
Lastly, we are still open to receiving more support for Joyce and her siblings. If you are willing to be of help, please reach out to Mr. Evans Machera on 0724646961 and send your financial support through Mpesa or any other means available to you.
Once more, we remain thankful to the following Friends of KCDN and People of Goodwill for their support;
  1. Mr Evans Machera- Kshs 500.00- Tel; 0724646961
  2. Mr. Odhiambo T Oketch- Kshs 500.00
  3. Mr, Zein Abubakar- Uraia Kenya- Kshs 3,000.00
  4. Mr. Elijah Agevi- Kshs 500.00
  5. Mr. Felix Cheruiyot- Baltimore Maryland USA Kshs 4,000.00
  6. Ms Farhiya Abdi- Kshs 500.00
  7. Mr. Chris Kinyua- Kshs 1,000.00
  8. Eng Maurice &Ms Milliscent Odhiambo- Kshs 1,000.00
  9. Ms. Petronila Nafula- Kshs 500.00
  10. Mr. Dennis Nyakundi- Kshs 500.00
  11. Ms Rose Kagwira- Rwanda- Kshs 3,000.00
  12. Mr. Benji Ndolo- Kshs 1,000.00
  13. Mr.Peter Nganga - Kigali Rwanda - Kshs.3,000.000
  14. Ms Atu Vohra- Kshs 3,000.00.
Note; in the first photo, Ms Florence Kanyua of KCDN is presenting Kshs 18,000.00 to Mr. Francis Ngware- Senior Deputy Director of Secondary and Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education at Jogoo House. In the second photo, we are with Mr. Evans Machera, Joyce Kalabai and Florence Kanyua at Mr Ngware's offices.
We will account to the last cent.
Peace and blessings,

Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557,  0724 365 557    

Odhiambo T Oketch is the current Chairman to the City Council of Nairobi Stakeholders Evaluation Team on Performance Contracting and Rapid Results Management. He was also the Co-Chair and Coordinator of The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption that was held in Nairobi on the 22nd October 2010.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Call to action


We at KCDN are keen to move our Environmental Management Programme to the next level.

We have been organizing a yearly clean up exercise in Komarock which we have upgraded to a City wide clean up exercise inNairobi. We will be hosting this every month in partnership with the City Council of Nairobi and all Friends of Nature.

We recently hosted The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption on 22nd October 2010 in Nairobi and again, we partnered with the CCN, Kenya Anti Corruption Commission, the Provincial Administration, the Kenya Police, Administration Police, Transparency International and many other players. We are keen on walking the talk against corruption by mobilizing the country to join in the fight.

These are issues we are holding to heart and this is how we will be conducting the Initiatives;
  1. Every 3rd Saturday of the Month, we will be calling the people of East Africa into action. We will be appealing to them to come out and help clean their localities and surroundings in a proactive manner that needs no supervision.
  2. The clean ups will be preceded by tree planting sessions that is aimed to sour the tree cover in the whole of East Africa. 
  3. Thereafter, we will be hosting discussions and educational forums that will invite us to take personal responsibility over issues that affect us like the environmental degradation does.
We want to invite all Friends of Nature to join us in this programme. We know it will not be easy, but we also know that we can actually do it.

We are in discussions with Organisations and Institutions whom we have approached for partnerships and as soon as we are finalized, we will post the details in our blog. In the meantime, we want all of us to take personal interests to make this a reality.

Our children will be there to thank us for the time we lived on this planet earth, for we shall have something to bequeath them.

This is a call to action and support. Please reach out to the undersigned and help move this thinking forward.

Peace and blessings.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557, 0735 529 126

Odhiambo T Oketch is the current Chairman to the City Council of Nairobi Stakeholders Evaluation Team on Performance Contracting and Rapid Results Management. He was also the Co-Chair and Coordinator of The Great Nairobi Walk against Corruption that was held in Nairobi on the 22nd October 2010.