We want a beautiful city, but we are creating a nation without thinkers," says Dr. Kisa Amateshe, who teaches literature at Kenyatta University.Amateshe
continues, "There is still nothing to make your average Kenyan race to the nearest bookshop or library and start carting lorry loads of books away.Look at where the 6.2 per cent economic growth is going.Not to authors and publishers, but to the supermarkets and political thugs."He
arms despairingly at a passing shopper whose trolley is bulging with everything else but a book.
...Dr Kisa Amateshe
, a literary scholar at Kenyatta University
urged leaders to actively promote reading and constructive activities instead of paying the youth to engage in violence.He
called on parents to tell stories to their children at bedtime and to be identified with reading and owning books.This, the don said, would help heighten curiosity for books in children.Amateshe
also decried the underfunding of education, saying the government allocation of Ksh.1, 100 per pupil was not enough to buy enough reading materials.
...The sessions attracted not only university lecturers like Dr. Kisa Amateshe (Kenyatta University) Prof Emilia Illieva and Adrian Onyando (Egerton)and Arthur Luvai (Maseno).