“Kisumu people have values and value children. Don’t let the child that you sired to be left alone to roam about in the streets uncared for. They belong to us and we need them safe and loved.”
Where is the indifferent county Government when thieves and robbers roam streets like brigands roam the jungles killing and maiming our young investors at Ahero, Migosi , Kenya-Re, Lolwe, Site, Makasembo, Nyakach, Awasi and within our slums as Charles Otiu told me?
We now know what we did not know: This government and our opponents live in an alternative universe unknown to us. This is because prevalence of street children tells who we are and increases insecurity in our urban settlements; roll back the gains made and forestalls our economy. I am here to tell you that I believe in resolving the issues of street children because I believe in it.
My 10 point Plan
Here is how I will address the ever growing menace of street children that has defied these leaders because they are too smug busy furthering the devils agenda of looting he county blind.
First, Governments do not bring forth children but parents do. Each and every parent, man or woman must take up responsibilities in bringing up their own children. To those men who are notorious of siring children and absconding their duties of child support, we have news for you: Provide your child support or we will force you to do that so that the child gets to know own roots, get access to education, healthcare, a home, clothes on their backs, food and family values. Kisumu people have values and value children. Don’t let the child that you sired to be left alone to roam about in the streets uncared for. They belong to us and we need them safe and loved.
Secondly, the children already in the streets; those sniffing gums and other drugs, the homeless and the destitute, the naked and the hungry, the sick and the uneducated must all be considered to be part of our own. We will provide support to institutions that care for them by waving local taxes and meeting parts of their budgets so that they can take care of what the irresponsible parents, men and women have left behind;
Thirdly, we will expand vocational training centres to absorb the street children, train them and equip them to gain access to their own sustainable livelihoods;
Fourth, we will work with established institutions to help trace the families of the street children in order that we may reintegrate them into normal lives.
Fifth, our Government will act with urgency and not on half measures (like Ranguma’s, Ruth’s and Nyongo’s ) to support human rights organizations that champion and highlight the plight of our street children This is because we can do more together and we can do it fast if we are together with everyone on board.
Sixth, to those who think and believe that street children don’t have a voice, we have more news for you: They do. Every citizen of Kisumu County has a right to enjoy justice and to seek for that justice and equity. Anyone, irrespective of social standing within the community in Kisumu County will face full arm of the law if they mistreat our children whether at home or if unfortunately defined as street children.
Seventh, we will create a ministry in our government that deals with all children and women issues. This ministry will represent all our children and women, because our men have become irresponsible and reckless. They have lost their morals and pursue values unknown to us and even to our ancestors. They call themselves leaders when they lure unsuspecting victims into immoral acts and we know that they reward the victims for those immoral acts. We must bring back the values that define us. We will take care of families affected by HIV/Aids and reassure them that HIV is not a death sentence but a condition that can be managed.
Eight, we will work with the national government to absorb our street children into service delivery ministries such as National Youth Service (NYS), Police force, military and other sectors.
Ninth, we will create jobs for the adult street families and for the families of those who have abandoned their children because we recognize that lack of livelihood opportunities is a major cause of influx of street children.
Tenth, we know as a Government in waiting that we can do more together and we can do it faster. We will organize for training opportunities for parents, community leaders and the government to seek for ways of resolving the issue of street children. We will educate our own on the dangers of rural-urban migration.
To conclude in these great words of Jesse Jackson (NDC, 1984)
Only leadership–that intangible combination of gifts, the discipline, information, circumstance, courage, timing, will and divine inspiration–can lead us out of the crisis in which we find ourselves. Leadership can mitigate the misery of our nation. Leadership can part the waters and lead our nation in the direction of the Promised Land. Leadership can lift the boats stuck at the bottom.
The People’s Governor.