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  • M2wa2 1:45 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: ACTIVITY, curly, , fruitful, mjanji, , taita, ujanja, ukulima, , uwezo, vijana, , ,   


    Dynamic development youth forum is situated at Kariakor village Voi district, Taita Taveta County, It’s a non-partisan and non-political forum registered under the ministry of gender children and social development. It’s composed of youths from different tribes and religion and denomination, both Christians and Muslims –who are all likeminded and possess different skills and ideas who have volunteered to serve the community to the fullest.


    a) To promote development to the community by introducing development projects as well as improve living standards to the youths.

    b) To help environmental conservation by volunteering and participating in environmental related activities e.g. tree planting

    c) To promote and enhance economic well-being of the youth through training, education and assisted initiated of economic activities.

    d) To create awareness of HIV/AIDs, Malaria and other diseases through training, seminars, visiting the diseased as well as distribution of condoms.

    e) To partner with other organization, institutions and individuals in conducting activities, survey and any community related activities.

    f) To provide voluntary services to the community

    g) Offering guiding and counseling services to community related issues/matters.

    h) Promote peace and cohesion among communities.

    i) To promote open youth-youth communication.

    j) To enhance leadership development among young people.

    k) Promotion of multi-ethical/multicultural bridge building.

    l) To help and encourage the girls to become responsible, self-reliant and useful women of this and the future generation.


    To engage and develop diverse young people to positively impact the world.


    To help the youth gain leadership skills and send a positive message to youth throughout the world/community and initiate development projects


    Unity, Development, success.


    PRAYERS – This will give members power to conquer or resist challenges and all that opposes general empowerment.
    HARD-WORK – Enables members achieve the best and the better for the youth and community in general.
    HONESTY – This will create a room for co-operation, co-ordination and development.
    JUSTICE – This will encourage the independence of the entire responsible member as per hi/her jurisdiction and responsibility.
    LOVE – This will encourage unit and togetherness among members
    TRANSPARENCY – This will encourage smooth operation of activities within and outside the centre
    COMMITMENT – This will encourage prosperity and development
    Visit this link to get more details about Dynamic Development Youth Forum (D.D.Y.F) http://ddyf.wordpress.com/

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  • M2wa2 3:36 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: breading, , farming, grazing, , , , , , , pollitics, ranches, taita, ,   


    The livestock sector also faces livestock disease challenges which are causing huge losses to the livestock keepers. In that regard, my government has put in place a 5 year development plan in line with vision 2030 and the National Livestock Policy. This will be done by improvement of disease control through disease surveillance and vaccinations where the department is now in the process of procuring vaccines for notifiable diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease, Lumpy Skin Disease, Anthrax, contagious pneumonias and Newcastle disease in poultry.
    The potential for meat production is high in the county. But due to uncontrolled natural resource utilization, this potential has not been attained. Currently the livestock population stands at: beef cattle 153,000; sheep and goats-230,000; poultry-650,000. This can be increased to the optimal level through livestock breed improvement, quality management, disease control and better marketing strategies. At this juncture, I want to challenge all the ranch management committees to put in place proper natural resources management practices so as to derive maximum benefits from their investments.
    Where communal grazing takes place, efforts should be made to institutionalize involvement of the community in the planning, development of range and pasture rehabilitation packages…..
    …Taita Taveta ranches are strategically located for livestock finishing for regional and international market. This is an opportunity which cannot be overlooked.
    The creation of Disease Free Zone is an opener to link livestock farmers in the county to external market. I challenge the ranchers to take advantage of this opportunity to improve production through proper leadership and management.

    Am aware that the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development is facing challenges in terms of transport, funding and staff shortages. This is likely to affect extension service delivery in the county and also to achieve its goals as planned in the county strategic plan.
    Read more: http://www.duncanmwanyumba.org/research/research-on-land/livestock/76-speech-by-he-eng-john-mtuta-mruttu-governor-taita-taveta-county-on-the-launching-of-taita-taveta-livestock-multiplication-programme-at-bachuma-holding-ground-on-monday-3rd-march-2014

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  • M2wa2 3:27 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: advocate, , council, dancun, highcort, , , , , mrutu, , taita, , town, , , ,   


    This task has not been easy for this department. The Livestock sector is one of the sectors which used to receive very little funding from the national government. The number of technical staff has kept on dwindling at the expense of direct extension services to our people. The infrastructure we have in the county is at deplorable state. When I visited this station in August last year I found it was scrub and bush, there was no water, no sign of life, and so on. The only sign of life was elephant dung and destruction to fences and water points by the same as they were searching for water. However, I had a sigh of relief when I saw some little development in terms of a feed lot and some one or two machineries courtesy of the Economic Stimulus Program under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.
    I also learnt that Bachuma Holding Ground has been selected as one of the Disease Free Zones in the country and has been chosen to be the first in establishing it so that it can match the international standards of a disease free zone.
    Ladies and gentlemen, we also have the Mwatate Livestock Multiplication farm. Again when I visited it-it was also in a deplorable condition in fact worse than Bachuma holding ground. Now here I am with my staff and our Governor has already announced different livestock are arriving soon in our county….
    …However, with the support from our Governor, early last month we managed to restock this station/farm with 78 heads of boran and sahiwal breed of cattle, that is 18 bulls and 60 heifers. Also 90 galla goats have been procured that is 10 bucks and 80 does. This is far below the carrying capacity. We project to gradually increase the carrying capacity through improvement of pasture production and utilization, intensive reseeding , improved water supply to strategic grazing areas, rehabilitation of farm structures, staff houses, fencing, firebreaks and so on.
    Read more here: http://www.duncanmwanyumba.org/research/research-on-land/livestock/77-speech-by-cec-livestok-at-the-launch-of-taita-taveta-county-livestock-multiplication-program-at-lmd-bachuma-on-332014

  • M2wa2 3:46 pm on February 15, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: coast, , governor, , meeting, , taita, ,   


    Taita Taveta Governor, Eng John Mtuta Mruttu met with Taitas and Tavetas residing in Mombasa last Saturday 16 November.
    The packed meeting held at the Star of the Sea School Hall, was convened by the Taita Taveta Development Forum,Mombasa Chapter, in collaboration with the Taita Taveta Governor’s office.
    Accompanying the Governor were the County Executive Officers, except two of whom were said to be out of the Country on official County business, members of the County Public Service Board and County Ward Representatives.
    Continue reading: http://www.malaika.co.ke/index.php/programs-events/community-events-the-festivals/16-governor-mruttu-meets-taita-taveta-mombasa-chapter-diaspora

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  • M2wa2 3:36 pm on February 15, 2014 Permalink
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  • M2wa2 3:28 pm on February 15, 2014 Permalink
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    Officials of the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights, held an impromptu meeting yesterday with members of Voi District Court Users Committee at the Voi Law Courts, as part of a fact-finding tour of the Coast Province.

    The Voi visit, whose main aim was to assess the challenges facing the Court Users Committees in the region, comes in the wake of the opening of a new Coast KNHCR Branch office based in Mombasa. Led by Mohamed Ruwange, the KNHCR officials recounted the historical origins of the Human Rights body established under an Act of Parliament in 2001. Previously, the human rights docket was handled by a Standing Committee set up specifically to deal with the subject within the Ministry of Justice.

    Posted in Society http://www.duncanmwanyumba.org/law-and-politics

  • M2wa2 10:26 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , angel, , , , , , city, , , , , dam, dancers, Dancun Mwanyumba, drums, , echo, echo-friendly, echo-tourism, , , , , , , , , geography, , , , , , kidemu, Kighombo dam, kimanga, kipunde, , madio, , matumbo, mkango, , Mshuru, , mwanyamboSec, mwazindika, ngange, njugha, Rong'e, taita, Taita Hills, , , , trditional, , urwasi, , , , ,   

    Malaika Fest 


    ‘Malaika Fest’ Set to become a Kenyan Brand?
    The residents of Rong’e Juu Location and Taita Taveta  County in general
    are bracing themselves for  a major ‘Mwazindika  dance’ and a heartfelt
    rendition  of Fadhili William ballads come Saturday, May 25th, 2013 to
    mark the late music icon’s 12th Anniversary since his demise.

    Fadhili William, to whom the  Kenyan ‘Malaika Festival’ is a tribute, is
    the acclaimed author-composer of the World-famous song ‘Malaika’ whose
    original composition the late South African songstress Miriam Makeba
    erroneously and, unfortunately, attributed to a Tanzanian. Other
    Artistes, like Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, also, have  unwittingly repeated
    Makeba’s original ‘sin’. Starting with ‘Ukifika Taita’-arguably Fadhili’s
    most evergreen Kiswahili song in praise of Taita Hills and their lush
    pastures that is gradually becoming one of the Festival’s signature tunes
    besides ‘Malaika’, the fete promises to deliver  aesthetic, sound and
    culinary tastes that  have so far characterized  the  growing Malaika

    In  February 2011, although  curious  revelers at the Grand event  were
    initially at pains  to comprehend the real meaning of the unfolding
    cultural event being held in Rong’e Juu, Taita Taveta County after  a
    seven-year hiatus since its last performance in Nairobi City, the sheer
    sound of  ‘Malaika’ the song and  the unmistakable voice of the late
    Fadhili William, served to  re-kindle old memories of the departed
    songster who caused ripples in Kenya, East Africa and beyond from the late
    50s to the mid-seventies. But, the presence of ‘banana chapatis’, Kimanga,
    Kipunde, Mkango, the  local Taita brew ‘M’bangara’  and ‘Mwasina’ and, the
    eminent  ‘Mwazindika’  Drums and ‘Kishawi’ dances  all went a long way to
    convince the patrons of  the  sustained blend of Fadhili William’s legacy
    and  faltering  Taita cultural practices  which serve as a reminder not
    only of  Fadhili William’s rich music legacy but, also, of  his  deep
    Taita roots.

    Strangely though, at first, some local Christians had thought of
    ‘Malaika Fest’  as  a form of  the long-forgotten ”ancestor worship’
    among the Taita, before they could  safely conclude that the event was no
    more than a pure celebration of the life and music times of their own
    departed son, whose remains they wished they had interred in his Rong’e
    ancestral home, instead of  far away in  Nairobi’s Cosmopolitan Kariokor

    Fadhili William had grown up and settled in the Eastland’s side of
    Nairobi, before moving to the United States of America in 1983, where he
    was to remain for thirteen years.In his younger days, the late Fadhili
    composed lyrics and sang in his Taita language, besides Kiswahili and
    English. ‘Niko Kireti’, ‘Ngamba Niagesha Wasi’,  and ‘Munilaguye Saru’ for
    instance, are some of his Taita songs whose rendition caused  even aging
    nostalgic female fans to gyrate and sweat out at the height of the last
    event which is gradually gaining local acceptance and,  fanatics. Last
    year’s event attracted a huge crowd, both young and old, with host School
    Mwanyambo Secondary School students leading the way   through  their
    scintillating drama, songs and dancing styles performed in their
    multi-colored School uniforms. To cap it all, even aspiring politicians,
    including  Taita Taveta Governor aspirant Engineer John Mtuta Mruttu,
    Women Representatives Joyce  Wanjala Lay  and Anna  Nyambu, got pulled
    away from another social event held  nearby, to throbbing Malaika Festival
    sounds and Mwazindika Drums.

    In the unfolding ‘branding’ of  Malaika Festival, Kenyan style,  whose
    Fadhili William image is, singularly, its most conspicuous  mark besides
    the red, cream and pink colors associated with the late musician, the
    sounds, traditional foods, dances and surrounding scenic beauty of the
    Taita Hills  closely resembling the Swiss Alps, all combine to create
    what is fast becoming the  Kenyan ‘Malaika Fest’  brand promise with all
    its trappings!

    “It is not complete without first slaughtering a Bull for us to feast
    on!”, says an old Fadhili William fan during the climax of last year’s
    festivity. Although he alone openly voiced his concern, this apparently,
    was the general feeling  of most fans of the celebratory occasion. “This
    will be in keeping with the old customs of remembering our departed
    souls!”, added  Mzee Silvano Nyambu, a retired police officer from Rong’e
    Juu who also plays the Mwazindika Drums as a pastime. But, will this too,
    become  a future expectation?

    As a pointer of better things to come, the Organising  Team of the
    forthcoming Third edition of the County Festival has given notice, through
    the aptly-framed  theme of ‘Promoting Peace & National Cohesion through
    Music”, of the full Kenyan  brand potential comprised in appealing
    patriotic songs  like ‘Kenya Nchi Yangu’ and ”Harambe Harambe’  in which
    Fadhili contributed both lyrics and guitar works, and dances by various
    groups from across the cosmopolitan Taita Taveta  County representing “the
    face of Kenya”, spiced, of course,  by the everlasting  ‘Malaika’ song,
    if the  Festival Team’s appeal to  local Corporate sponsors including
    Kenya Commercial Bank, Silent Guest Resort and Wildlife Works, bears more

    Needless to say, however, guarantees of peace and security, besides the
    availability of  traditional  Taita foods, drinks, and Mwazindika Drums
    and Taveta Uruasi dances and foods, as well as, possibly, other Kenyan
    sounds,  will be uppermost as “givens” or “cravings in the minds of
    tourists, both foreign and local expected at the Fete, which was
    initially held in Nairobi but subsequently “devolved” to  Taita Taveta
    County three years ago where it is set  to be anchored in more fertile
    ground. Ironically, although the event’s devolution to Taita Taveta
    County was aimed at boosting the County’s potentially rich cultural
    profile, it may very well, fortuitously, become a ‘Kenyan Brand’ whose
    popular ‘malaika.co.ke’ website domain already reflects its future trend.

    Duncan Mwanyumba

    Festival Convener,

    Voi City, Saturday, January 12, 2013

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