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The Call for a Referendum is Valid.

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For the past months there has been nothing much to write home about. Our News has been full of horrible stories. Families are being massacred from all corners of our country. Our economy especially the tourism industry is about to be crippled as a result of the attacks and for a matter of fact insecurity has become a national disaster. No one is safe anymore. We are on the verge of joining the likes of Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria where blasts have become the order of the day. In a country like Nigeria the government overlooked the threats from Boko haram and now the extremist/jihadist group moves around abducting school girls and raping them, abducting young boys and recruiting them as child soldiers into a cause they have no idea about. And so the questions that lingers; is our country going the same route as our war torn neighbouring countries? And is CORD Coalition making unnecessary noise on their call for a National dialogue or the Referendum?

Truth be told the events we are seeing in Mombasa and its neighbouring counties is a clear indication that we are heading down the route to destruction and we are going very fast. The call for a referendum from CORD Coalition is also absolutely necessary and it is not noise as some analyst may try to insinuate and this is why. Their lived a prominent investor and he had a passion for keeping fish. Unfortunately he became extremely busy and lost the passion of taking care of his fish. Over the days the aquarium became polluted and the decay and uneaten food were not well filtrated. The aquarium system clogged and it became a danger to his many gold fish. So one night the investor came home, fed his gold fish and immediately tucked himself in and slept. Unfortunately that night due to the clog in the aquarium there was a power surge and all the gold fish died.

When he woke up the next morning he found all his gold fish floating on top of the aquarium dead. The investor sat down on his bed and started pondering to himself these vital questions. Did his gold fish feel pain as the thermostat failed and heated the water? Did they scream for help and if they did, did he hear? The Government (Investor) is busy developing roads, railway and many other projects which are good and no one is protesting against that but in all of these achievements it has forgotten to take care of its citizens (fish) in terms of security. Now our country (aquarium) is experiencing pollution. These is in terms of terror attacks in our worship places, buses, streets, ethnic massacres/ tribal clashes, ethnic cleansing, land issues and many more.

As the government being led by President Uhuru sleeps on their job of ensuring there is security in our country, we the common citizens on the other hand are dying. The government may pretend they have not heard us but we have been screaming since the terror attacks started, we have been screaming since our security agents were ambushed and massacred in Baragoi, we have been screaming since extremist entered our places of worship and sprayed bullets killing innocent worshippers, we have been screaming since grenades were hurled in our buses and market places killing our innocent citizens. We screamed during the West Gate terror attack and now we have lost our voices.

The government keeps releasing press statements condemning the attacks but are they hearing the screams from all corners of the country? And if the government claims to hear why are we not seeing any major arrest and persecution of the criminals. Why is the president not sacking or making changes to the security organ he heads? As a country we are always praying for God’s protection and as the Holy Book tell us that whatever request we present to God it will not return void. We have lost our voices but God in his own magnificent way has raised the CORD Coalition to speak for us. It may not be the best option but God uses those who are ready to fulfil his purpose.

We may also say that the CORD Coalition has no agenda but they do have one, especially on this issue of insecurity and we may say that as a Country we are not ready for a referendum but should this fact prevent us from forcing the government to wake up and switch of the power to prevent the water from heating up? Should we close our eyes and pretend that nothing is wrong yet Kenyans are dying every single day from factors that can be prevented? I support the referendum because I love this great nation and I will not keep my eyes closed when I see it going to the ruins. I may have lost my voice and the government may pretend not to hear but one thing is clear my vote has not lost its voice. And it’s time to take back my sovereign authority and exercise it directly in a referendum.

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Dennis Mwaniki
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SABA SABA DAY IS NOT OUR FIGHT

“WE HAVE A DEAL”, these words from Kofi Anan calmed the political storm that had been building up since the 2007 elections that precipitated to what came to be known as the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The machetes and spears that had been sharpened were returned back to the store while others were thrown away to conceal evidence. Burning houses and tires along the highways and towns were extinguished. All that was left was smoke churning from houses and farms, signifying the intensity and magnitude of the events that had taken place. Bodies were been picked up along sides road, houses, places of worship and the morgues were full to capacity. Mass graves were dug everywhere as some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and some had no one to identify because an entire household was wiped out.

Those who had dug holes and hide themselves with their families started emerging one by one, those who had fled from our country started coming back hoping they will find their belongings intact. Intermarriages that had experienced a temporary divorce, the process of reconciliation began while some Kenyans couldn’t take it anymore and they opted not to return to their homes. They decided to seek refuge in camps as internally displaced persons. Tears started to dry up, business men started opening up their premises to assess the damages. Those who had insured their businesses started drafting letters of claim but to their shock the insurance companies protected themselves from any loss by saying that they will only compensate those who had taken a cover against political unrest.  Most business men committed suicide while others through the grace of God decided to let go of the past and started building their businesses brick by brick. It was a tough time for most Kenyans but we managed to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves and vow never to go down that road again.

Whereas we struggled to get back to our feet, our politicians the men and women who had called for the mass actions, demonstration and who inspired, financed and facilitated the violence were all at Serena hotel dining together as they cut deals and negotiating on how they would share power amongst themselves. Without any doubt or shame they came up with a bloated cabinet/government popularly known as the grand coalition. Chartered planes were sent overseas to pick the politicians kids and wives who had gone for luxury holidays while our country was burning. Immediately, the politicians were given security and some were given escort cars to protect themselves from us and at that time we common Kenyans stopped being important.

Fellow Kenyans we were conned and we blindly fought a fight that never belonged to us. We were left jobless, hungry, our mothers and siblings were left to languish in IDP Camps, others continued to die while others became depressed until today only in the name of mass actions that ODM had called after the 2007 elections. Today the CORD Coalition has called another mass action on Saba saba day and pimped it by calling it a day of national dialogue. I do agree that we all need the national dialogue, and truly if you visit many homestead the wives will tell you they demand for a national dialogue with their husbands who have been away since the world cup started, the men also will demand a national dialogue to discuss the pressure they are getting from their wives who want to spend millions of shilling to bleach their skin and buy expensive wigs, employees will also demand a national dialogue with their employers, students with their teachers and we will never finish the dialogues.

We all agree that as a country we are faced with eminent issues from insecurity, increase in unemployment rate, inflation, mortality rate, food shortage, and high wage bill and so on but how we handle these issues will determine a lot. Fellow Kenyans we fought a good fight on August 2010 and passed our current constitution. We then fought another good fight on March 4th and we all peacefully elected a government both in the executive and legislature. Those in the legislature (National Assembly and Senate) we gave them the sovereign power to represent and fight for us in parliament when trivial issues arise but not in the streets. Saba saba is not our fight to engage in and I urge all Kenyans to remember the events of 2007/2008 and let us engage one another through sober channels other than politically charged rallies.

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Dennis Mwaniki

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WHOM SHOULD WE BLAME FOR INSECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY?

As human beings we tend to play the blame game. It is in our DNA and our founding parents Adam and Eve invented it. We are always quick to point out the speck in our brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in our own eyes. If today the African Union was to hold a session or conference on what is the cause of poverty in Africa, the entire continent will blame the colonial powers.  Whereas, the colonial governments if asked the same question they will simply blame Africans for their laziness, poor system of governance, corruption and so on. No one seems to take responsibility on anything.

Today as a country we are faced with insecurity issues. It’s has become a national disaster and no one seems to take any responsibility.  The question that lingers is, who should we blame? Should we blame the President; the man whom we all gave the powers, mandate and responsibility to ensure every Kenyan within and without our borders is protected and safe? A man who is constitutionally referred to as the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces? Should he be the one to be blamed for allowing poor structures and personnel within the police force? Or should we blame the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government? A man who has simply from day one in office exemplified the characteristics and nature of a “puppet”? A man who has shown that he has no clue on how the security apparatus operate and simply has no idea on what or how to perform his duties to ensure that the country is safe and that all personnel in charge of security are performing as expected.

Should we blame the Inspector General of police for failing in his job? Failing to issue proper and stern directives to his fellow officers? Failing to ensure that the police officers and the national intelligence service gather proper and accurate intelligence and act on it promptly by arresting and persecuting the criminals? Or should we blame the police officers for taking bribes and allowing our borders to be porous? Further on, should we blame the National Police Service Commission for not observing due process or exercise disciplinary control on appointing and transferring senior police officers? Whom should we really blame?

Should we blame the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for doing a lousyjob when it comes to prosecuting criminals, loosing and tampering with evidence hence leading to acquittals of many criminals who are not supposed to be part and parcel of our community? Or should we blame the judiciary for releasing terrorist suspects on bond? May be we need to blame our politicians who keep inciting us on tribal card, who keep calling for mass actions and rallies that incite and cause tension within our country, or politicians who use their influence and resources to pay off militia groups to kill their fellow Kenyans?

Lastly should we blame ourselves? I know many will say that security is not their responsibility but allow me to illustrate why we should blame ourselves. If today I am to give you a glass full of poison will you partake of it? Honestly no one will drink it. What if I dilute the poison with the sweetest juice, will you still partake of the drink? What if I took a glass full of juice and pour a drop of poison will you still drink it? I guess not. But to be honest we have poisoned our country using the drops of inciting texts, the negative tweets on social media from Kenyans on twitter and tribal hash tags, the negative and hatred chanting at public gatherings, the poison drops in terms of distributing out leaflets full of hate speech and threatening messages against another community. The question that still remains is, are poison drops from us the ones causing insecurity or is it the full glass of poison from the president, the politicians and those in charge of security?

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Dennis Mwaniki

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