A new book by Mwangi Mathai - Beyond Poverty and Vulnerability in Kenya has been launched by University of Nairobi Press.
The launch was presided by P.L.O. Lumumba, the Director, Kenya School of Law urged the youth to see Africa as a rich continent as this is the only way that we can stop the culture of dependency and put more effort in building and liberating Africa.
Mwangi Maathai encouraged the youth to embrace innovations, shun away from wrong and misguiding political affiliations, avoid relying on charity and engaging or believing in any form of witchcraft or wizardry.
The Vice Chancellor was represented by Prof. Mutoro DVC Academics who noted on the immense value and gain of the University Press to the Scholars who keep publishing new materials as a way of career advancement.
The book gives a comprehensive account of such issues as education, harambee, ethnicity, poverty and devolution, culture gender, religion, microfinance, Sacco’s and corruption and how they hamper or enhance the anti-poverty war.
To curb runaway corruption, the author proposes a combination of legislative, executive and judicial reforms.
The book rejects the notion that poor people should be passive recipients of charity from the government and non-governmental organizations.
The author asserts that priority should be given to helping poor people build up their power, whereby exercising their full range of political, civil and social rights, they can bring about genuine human development.
The book launch was attended Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, University of Nairobi Press Managing Editor, Mr. Josphat Kirimania, among others.