Monthly Archives: October 2012

A WAKE UP CALL..

When I was a toddler during the festive season there was a gold rush of people buying animals to slaughter for merry making. Some of the animals were chicken, goats, sheep, or any other edible beast depending on how deep their pockets were. But one thing in common was that “these people” would buy these animals prior to the celebrations and feed them with all kind of foods so as to increase their weight and others to soften their meat. Whichever the reasons the animals would feel they are the most cared for and loved creatures in the whole world in oblivion that in a few days they will be in form of stew boiling and ending up in the stomach of everyone who has been invited to the festivity.
As I sit back and reflect on this fact I can’t stop my mind from taking a mental flight and wonder around in the jungle of politics in our country. In a few months time we will be going to the ballot box and elect men and women who are currently buying us with all sorts of gifts and feeding our minds and softening our hearts with every promise that they may think of just for the sake of getting our votes. Some are coming up with utopia forms of governance claiming how if elected they will turn around things and ensure microwave form of development within the first 100 days in office and that Kenya will be rated among the super powers within that period. I don’t wish to play the devils advocate here but as a country we have the potential to be the best but not under the leadership of these “rogue politicians” campaigning now. Actually if they take up the leadership of this country it wont surprise me if we end up been rated below most of the banana republics we currently have.
Some are claiming they are indeed democrats and reformers yet the political groupings they lead are all covered with dictatorial governance, corruption, and lack of transparency in how elections, nominations are been carried out. Some by nature are capitalistic and all they want is just to show us how successful they have been in the corporate world and all they want is bring the same style of governance in our politics but in reality all they want is to get a chance to taste and be in charge of the tax payers money which they will use to cover, build, strengthen their selfish interests and gain more power.
Currently they have reduced us to be in form of shares and bonds. They are trading us in board rooms and cheap hotels right below our noses. They meet and depending on the number of followers a candidate has will it match the kind of deal he will get. Basically what these group of politicians currently forming alliances one after the other and using we the Kenyan citizens as security has shown how they have degraded and disregarded our opinions. Truth be told whether we keep on burying our heads in the sad the next president is been negotiated in boardrooms right this moment as we speak.
They will keep feeding us, softening our meat but in the end after the elections they will boil us and feed us without any remorse. When we struggle with the rise of fuel prices, they will be competing to buy the latest guzzlers to show off on our roads, when our children are suffering because of lack of adequate classroom, learning equipments, teachers going on strike because of poor remuneration, them they will be applying for visas to take their children to Ivy League schools abroad. When our doctors and medical personnel strike because of lack of proper working environment and innocent Kenyans die, they will be flying abroad with our tax payer’s funds for special treatment, when people are dying because of lack of food, them they will be busy selling the few grains which are stored in our reserves and lastly when we are busy killing and chasing each other with machetes, arrows and bows on the basis of lies that they are spreading and feeding us claiming that our tribe is better than our neighbors tribe or our neighbors tribe is the reason we are suffering, them they will be busy interacting, drinking the most expensive wines and cutting business deals which each other.
Its time we wake up and face this sad reality and stop feeling as if we are the most special and cared for “animals” in the world. Let us rise and take up our rightful position and let the politicians know who has the power come 2013. Let’s take time and reflect within our deepest conscious and ask our selves does it really matter that the leader I should vote for must come from my tribe? Or does that leader need to be a man or a woman? Whichever choice you make let this leader be a person who will ensure your fundamental rights and interests are met. Let us start vetting these leaders from their past and let us be guided by God to choose right. Will the presidential debate help or is it a simple move to make money by the media industry????

Article by,
Dennis Mwaniki,
Political Scientist.

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An Open Letter to the kenyan Youth

An Open Letter to the Kenyan Youth.
The country is in a political mood or should I say politicians and the wanna be politicians are in political mood. Whichever the case you can all agree that immediately after the enactment of the constitution people started to tell their wives, husbands, colleagues, and others their mpango wa kando that angels are appearing to them in dreams and visions telling them that they are called to be in politics. Currently an exodus is being seen as musicians, drug dealers, C.E.O’s, Senior technocrats, civil servants, police officers leaving the barrel of the gun and many other professionals to try their luck in politics. Surprisingly I have not seen any Wui Yon Lee come out to declare his interest in any seat but I hope none of them will leave the good work of constructing the roads for politics. Every function that is taking place even birthday parties for toddlers these men and women want to be invited. Some even go to the level of buying newspaper with no intent to read the headlines but to check the obituaries to know who is being buried at their constituent of interest. These men and women are decamping from one political party to another as if they are changing shirts. They have created or made politics to seem like it is a god to be worshiped. Yet some wonder why calamity is befalling them and it is because they have forgotten the golden rule that says,’’ You shall have no other god before me.”
But the sad reality is these guys have no interest whatsoever in making the life of the common mwananchi or the Kenyan youth better. What these “thugs” are trying to do is to indoctrinate us to believe in them that they are what we have been waiting for all our lives and epitomize themselves as the change we have been looking for. For instance all the presidential aspirants are people who are currently holding high and very influential positions such as prime minister, vice president, deputy prime ministers, ministers while others once held these positions but left because some of their interests were not served.
These same fellows we once gave them the opportunity to serve and make change but they all have failed in the little responsibility we gave them and what they want now is much but they have clearly demonstrated that too whom much is given less is expected. And the sad reality is that we the Kenyan youth we have left them get away with this fraud.
For once as a patriotic and a proud youth let’s exercise the right to be selfish with our votes because that is the only weapon we have to protect our futures. When these guys stand to declare their interest to be the next president, deputy president, governors, senators, members of parliament and county representatives lets pause for a while and reflect on what this guys are going to do for me as a youth.
If they come with their half page manifesto saying that they are going to improve the education system, pause and ask them what system are they going to bring? How are they going to improve the quality of education visa vie what we have now? How are they going to make the degrees that our parents have struggled to spend millions of shillings that wasn’t in existent relevant and meaningful for our future? Under the current rise of population how are they going to ensure that there are adequate classrooms/lecture halls, teachers/lecturers and how are they going to raise funds to ensure that all these are achieved?
If they say they are the true definition of what security should be lets pause and ask how are they going to improve the lives of the current officers and what ways are they going to use to increase the number of armed forces to ensure security for all, How are they going to create employment or fund us as the youths to use our talents to gain a descent living? Are they going to come up with stupid projects like kazi Kwa vijana na pesa kwa wazee?? We seriously need to scrutinize these guys and ask them how they are going to deal with their brothers who are cartels in the Oil, Food, Transport industry that has destroyed our economy. How are they going to ensure that our taxes are been utilized properly and avoid computer errors which are just mere excuses of trying to embezzle funds??
Let them show us the blueprints they have developed and what they are going to use to make our lives better and let us not tire to ask them this vital questions and many others and out of these as a smart, educated youth who cares about his or her future will be able to determine whether this guy who wants my vote wants to help me change and improve my life or only what he/she wants to use my vote to gain power and other interest for him/herself and their immediate families. Lastly to conquer one self is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and the most ignoble defeat.

Article by,
Dennis Mwaniki,
Political Scientist.

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