The Youth accounts for 80% and forms the largest per centage of the population in Kajulu.
With little resources to manage their affairs, most of them drop out of school and resort to cheap labour or drug abuse. This situation has made security to be volatile especially when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
They parade themselves in battalions as they carry out their destructive businesses including politically motivated ones.
Kajulu is warm and hot though chills in the night due to the bordering Nandi Hills at night. It receives quite a substantial rainfall each season. It is highly expected to grace chilly weather condition this weekend.
The people living in Kajulu are known to be a sub-clan of Alego who was one of the sons of Ramogi. All Luo legends add the Title "JARAMOGI" or "RAMOGI" before their names. The Community Members settled in their present habitat for fishing and farming. The first African sugarcane farmer was from Kajulu. Due to border conflicts with the Nandi Community, a Sub Clan of the Kalenjin Community, in early Nineteenth Century, the Clan Elder- "JULU" requested the British Colonial Government to bridge the conflict. Thence, the Asian Community or the COOLIES who were building the Railway line to Kisumu, then called "PORT FLORENCE"- were requested to live in between the Kajulu and the Nandi Communities in 1901. The Asians were provided with firearms for protection. The Asians became Lage Scale Sugarcane Farmers and the first Sugar factory was constructed at Miwani. This induced the Kajulu Community and until today are Peasant Sugarcane Farmers. The Community lives North- East of Kisumu City, the UN declared City of 2005 about 4 Kilometers from the City Centre but spreads across to the Western and Rift Valley Provincial borders, 13 kilometers away.
The history of the Community fetches back to the early Eighteenth Century. Due to struggles of settlement by the Luo Community from Southern Sudan through Uganda, Kajulu Community settled at their present land. Its history is rich with their present settlement as they and Kolwa; Sidho; Kobura; and Nyakach Communities forced the Nandi and the Kipsigis Communities- both Sub Tribes of Kalenjin from the Lake Basin areas. The Luo Community are River- Lake Nilotes and identified with settlement sites next to water masses where they could do fishing. Todate the above sub clans of the Luo have settled around the Lake Victoria basin to the East. The kajulu Community drove off the Nandi Community to the North and eastwards. Due to the fast growing Kisumu City, some land resources like land is deplited due to popoulation increase.
Two Rivers- Awach and Kibos, run through its land but forms a capture next to Kibos Trading Centre- which borders Kolwa and Kajulu. The remarkable features next to Kajulu are: the Kenya Sugar Research Foundation Station; The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute; Kibos Prison; Kibos Sugar & Allied Industries Limited; The Lake Basin Development Authority Rice Mill; The Agricultural Regional (East & Central Africa) Show/ Exhibition Grounds; and Kenya Ports Authority- Inland Container Deport. The Kisumu- Nairobi Railway line also runs through Kajulu.
The majority of people staying in Kajulu are from the Luo Community, even though about 2% of its population are from other tribes of Kenya. The latter form the employees, both professional and temporary, who work in Kisumu City and its environs. The people are hospitable except when and especially the youth who act under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Most people are peasant farmers and have to extend their daily earnings from working in the sugarcane farms owned by the rich Asian Community at the Nyanza Sugarbelt Region or on petty businesses initiated by the locals. Drug peddling and Brewing of Chang'aa- a local brew which is oftenly prepared by Formalin- a chemical used as a preservative of the dead bodies in the Mortuaries, is on the increase. It forms part of life and creates some earning here for the brwers and related traders.
The Locals here are best known for the traditional dancing even during Government of Kenya national Festivities. It is called RAMOGI DANCE. The dancers put on old monkey skins; Birds feathers; jingles and drums of different species that accompany their dance. It is mavellours.
The 8- Stringed instrument called ORUTU and OHANGLA drums are also common. The OHANGLA DANCe is now professionalized and is played by the Luo Community at large. It has of late taken the music scene in Kenya with a big storm.
InterGel Organization uses locally gotten beads to make open shoes as an example.
The two youths are the examples whom were assaulted at different times last year and early this year. The photo provides a background of the body harm they underwent through.
On the left is Silus Bwop who was assaulted by a matchet at night in his house. He had refused to join his battalion for a robbery attempt at night. His peers came for his life in the middle of the night.
The second is Augustine Onyango who was assaulted when on his way to attend to a call of his grandmother who had been attacked by unkown people in the evening. His two fingers on the right hand were chopped off. He dropped out of High School- Form 3 and could not finish his education because of the predicament. He again suffered another attack and his head was almost chopped off at the neck (also having a scar). In abid to rescue a friend from another attack, his left hand was cut with a matchet. He is permanently serviving with these painful body marks and often stigmatizes him even though he has been counselled.
Hullo neighbours! you are all welcome and your desire to be a part of this project is very much appreciated. Please, your contributions very important in everything that we are to do. Together, we can have this project moving.
Welcome all the new neighbours. It is facinating having you on board.
Kajulu is a community harbouring conflicts that negate human development especially to the youth generated by the cross inter tribal influences; drugs; disease and other relative challenges. A life constricting/ afflicting challenge shared- a common solution found.
I'm very sorry for the long delays in gettign the proposed business plan to you. Many of you have been very anxious to get things going. I appreciate that a lot.
Please, find the documents in the shared work space and take the opportunity to do some editing so as to get a document we can work with.
Thanks very much and have a good day/night.
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