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Uhuru’s Presidency, a good thing or a bad thing?

There was an old Merchant who had one son and a donkey. The donkey was his only source of wealth. Both the old merchant and his son really loved the donkey as it helped them carry things from one place to another, helped in tilling the land or any other heavy chores around their homestead. Due to old age the donkey died and the villagers all came to mourn with the old merchant and his son. In that process of grieving the old merchant kept asking himself this question is it a “good thing” or a “bad thing” for the donkey to die. A few weeks later they managed to buy another donkey and all villagers came back to celebrate with them. The old merchant kept quite and asked himself the same question, is it good thing or a bad thing. Sadly one morning the Old merchant and the son woke up and found the donkey had run away. The villagers upon hearing the sad news gathered amongst themselves and came to the old merchant homestead to console him and his son. The old man kept quite and all he did was to ask himself was this a “good thing” or a “bad thing”?

A few days later the donkey surprisingly returned home with other wild donkeys. The villagers upon hearing this great news came again to celebrate with the old merchant and his son. The old merchant kept asking himself the same question is it a “good thing” or a “bad thing”? The son was so excited to see the many donkeys at their homestead and one afternoon he decided to ride one of the donkeys. Since he had no experience as a rider he fell from the donkey and broke his leg. Having become the norm the villagers came to console the old merchant and the old Merchant kept asking himself was this a “good thing” or a “bad thing”? Suddenly the country was going to war and every able bodied man was required to join the army. When the army recruiters came to the old merchants homestead they found the young boy with a broken leg and they left him and proceeded to recruit other young men. The old merchant asked himself once again was it a “good thing” or a “bad thing”?

Uhuru Kenyatta’s political career and journey tend to have some similarities with the old merchants story and its worth asking the same question, is it a good thing or a bad thing. In 2002 the former president Moi picked him among all the “red – eyed” boys who were in KANU including the likes of Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka and the likes. Kenyatta was endorsed unopposed as Kanu’s presidential torch bearer. All his friends and enemies celebrated with him. After the elections Uhuru was defeated and conceded to President Kibaki. Without a doubt his friends and neighbors went to console him.  In 2005 his chairmanship in Kanu was challenged by Biwott the self proclaimed “total man”. He managed to defeat him maintained his position as chairman. His friends gathered to rejoice with him and in his mind I do believe he asked himself was it a “good a thing” or a “bad thing”?

In 2007 general election he backed president Kibaki for a re-election which ended in violence and according to the Kriegler’s led commission it was difficult to determine the outcome of the elections. After the Serena negotiations and establishment of the grand coalition government Uhuru was appointed as one of the first deputy prime-ministers. His friends gathered to celebrate with him but unfortunately the celebrations were short lived as Ocampo named Uhuru as an indirect co – perpetrators of the post election violence. His neighbors and friends came to console him. Were these events a “good thing” or a “bad thing”?

Recently Uhuru was elected as president waiting to take the oath of office depending on the out come of the petition which has been filed by the Cord coalition at the Supreme Court. Whatever the outcome Uhuru might be the 4th president as many voters voted for him and will vote for him due to empathy and also due to the equation of tyranny of numbers as per the registered voters in his Jubilee coalition strong holds. The western countries have not yet publicly endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta as president elect and some are threatening to put sanctions challenging our sovereignty as a country and our free will to elect a leader of our choice.

Whatever the case history will ask us this question, is Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency a good thing or a bad thing?

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Dennis Mwaniki

A political scientist

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APPRECIATION LETTER TO THE KENYAN CITIZENS

It is with utmost humility and pleasure to extend my warm and heartfelt appreciation to my fellow country men who overwhelmingly demonstrated their undivided patriotic love for this great Nation. This is a letter to every man and woman, young and old, rich or poor, sick or healthy, black or white who came out on 4th March 2013 to exercise their right of franchise. Special appreciation goes out to the Kenyan women our grandmother’s, mothers, sisters, wives, daughters you all made this country proud by leaving your noble daily chores and turn out in large numbers and stand in long queues for hours so as to speak with a loud voice that you are no longer a marginalized group.

 To the women who were so brave enough to bring their children I salute you even more, despite to some it was a well orchestrated strategy to cut the long queues and at some point I almost requested the lady in front of me to get in that same spirit of motherhood and carry me on her back so as to cut the long queues because most of the kids you brought along were big enough to vote come the next general elections. You all demonstrated patience and resilience as some of you stood for long hours and others as told slept in polling centre’s so as to be among the first to cast their votes.

The media fraternity you made this election worth a good experience. The level of professionalism, sacrifice and dedication demonstrated was amicable. When everything seemed to be going wrong and the patience of the Kenyans seemed to be placed on the weigh scale you were able to calm our nerves by ensuring streaming of results was credible and transparent. You all demonstrated that professional journalism has come of age in our country.

To the international media as a country we truly appreciate your presence and support during this historical moment. I know most of you came prepared to cover violent activity and even came prepared with bullet proof vest, respirator mask just in case tear gas are thrown at you, ready made screaming headlines that would make Satan look like an armature, micro-cameras that would make running less tiring and very expensive life insurance covers. I hope none of you used these advisory security measures and that your stay was cozy enough and indeed on your way back you managed to pass through our beautiful game reserves/park and made a few beautiful stories here and there.

The Issack Hassan led commission we appreciate the work you did despite the many hitches of technology and everything that seemed to go wrong went wrong. We understand that it was your first time to be in the hot kitchen to prepare a huge meal for many and evidently for a first timer a burnt and uncooked meal is inevitable but we have to commend you for a good job and when you are done with the law suit filed by the Cord coalition or any other aggrieved politician and the country is back to its normalcy we as a people will ask very hard questions concerning the BVR Kits that we spent billions of shilling to acquire.

To those who were in the race and managed to win I take this opportunity to congratulate you for your victory and I hope by now you know that we Kenyans are no longer enticed by violent activities but we are still divided on ethnic lines, crucial issues such as land, poverty, illiteracy, poor governance, and your work now is clearly cut out through restoring this country back and start working to ensure good governance is in place, the country is united and all systems are in place. For those who lost take heart and know that in fives years time we will go through the same process but in the mean time take a clear evaluation of what you did not do well and what issues that citizens in various constituencies wanted you to address were not well articulated in your manifestos.

Lastly I wish to commend our security agencies for a job well done. You managed to ensure that security was in place and also your presence never caused any intimidation. Although in a few isolated places we had issues you did manage to curb most potential problems. To our brave police men who lost their lives in Mombasa I wish to pass my condolence to their families and may the Almighty Lord rest their souls in eternal peace.

Kenyans lets go back to work and let’s make Kenya a beautiful and peaceful place to be.

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Dennis Mwaniki

Political Scientist

 

 

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PRESS STATEMENT 09/03/2013 : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

PRESS STATEMENT 09/03/2013 : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA.

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PRESS STATEMENT 09/03/2013 : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Greetings ladies and gentlemen of the international press – the CNNs, France24s and BBCs of the west. We trust that you are well, and you must be considering you have not spent the last few days ducking rubber bullets fired by the Kenya Police to disperse ‘rowdy Kenyan locals’.

First of all, my apologies on behalf of all my fellow ‘natives’. We, Kenyans have disappointed you greatly. It is completely unfair for media houses of great esteem, such as you are, to spend all the money to send their reporters to come and report on the post-election violence in Kenya – only for them to return home empty handed! As ‘natives’, we may not know exactly know how that feels but we have learnt to identify with the afflictions of many! May you find it in your hearts to forgive us for maintaining peace as we chose who among all our ‘corrupt African’ leaders would ascend to the various positions of power. However, this mistake was a deliberate one, the kind that we intend to repeat over and over again.

Secondly, we take this moment to introduce you to the new way of doing things in Kenya. Going forward, we intend to carry out ALL our elections in peace. In actual sense, this process has already started and we will continue to perfect it as time goes by. You must have heard about the attacks at the Coast where 6 policemen were killed – that was a terrorist attack, just like the ones you have back home and the situation is now under control thanks to our security forces. Unfortunately, you may need to replace all your pre-printed alarmist headlines with real headlines.

Feel free to choose from the samples below ;

‘Kenya Concludes it’s Peaceful Elections’

‘New Set of Leaders Elected in Kenya’

‘Kenya Surprises The International Community by Successfully Carrying out Democratic Elections’

 

Since you have proved to us on several occasions that you are very good at coming up with headlines – even imaginary ones – we leave the rest to your creativity. The key thing here is that you should think POSITIVE. Think the opposite of what you are used to and you won’t go wrong.

Finally, since you are already in Kenya, please feel free to report on other good things about our beautiful country – not just hyenas and hippos. A lot has happened since your were last here to report on (violent)elections. To name a few, there has been infrastructural developments, discovery of oil and the changing technology landscape.

Thank you for your support!

From :

Raia wa Jamhuri Kuu ya Kenya (Citizen of The People’s Democratic Republic of Kenya) via #KOT (Kenyan’s on Twitter)

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