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Just a Thought but is it true?

Today I had a thought. Kenya police should investigate and arrest all corruption politicians and leaders and take them to court immediately. They will be sentenced and sent to jail.

LOL! I am only dreaming abi? Because, this my proposal assumes that the police are not corrupt and that the judges are not corrupt! Only if this were true would they be in a position to implement my plan!

But you know what will happen? A corrupt policeman will arrest a corrupt politician. The policeman will either be bribed so that the arrest doesn’t take place or be bribed to tamper with the investigation. In this case the politician will be presented before a judge who will either be bribed so as to rule in his favour or not find proper evidence to prosecute the said politician(tampering by police during investigation). The corrupt politician will be freed and return to his people. Well, his people because he ‘bought’ them. Meaning he bribed them and they voted for him! Thus making the general population corrupt as well!

You know what? My plan to fight corruption is useless! Kenyans love corruption and being corrupt! Only when it is not benefiting us do we hate it. And that’s not hating corruption, it is hating the fact that we did not benefit from corruption! Envy. Not hatred.

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Moses Muya

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Kenyans Needs an Anti-corruption High Priest

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“You know you are in trouble when a fellow thief accuses you of stealing!” these are words from an article by Michela Wrong titled “Everyone is corrupt in Kenya, even grandmothers” published by Foreign Policy magazine (May 6, 2014). A strong accusation from the writer! But was she saying the truth? Has Kenya lost its moral ground on corruption and is there a Kenyan who can stand and be counted as not being corrupt? Is there anyone who doesn’t have a corruption plank in his eye who is worthy of removing a speck in the eye of his/her brother in Kenya?

As we continue to ponder on these questions, a few days ago we got to experience a drama casting the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Deputy President. One calls the other the “high- priest of corruption” and the other through his close proxies calls the other “the lord of poverty”. Factions of supporters from the two camps immediately emerged threatening to release dossiers implicating either the former Prime Minister or Deputy President. As the two “drama queens” continue to issue threats and accusations on each other, I remembered of a story I was told of a village elder, his wife and a white missionary. The village elder’s wife got pregnant and when she gave birth the baby was “colored” meaning that the village elder was definitely not the father.

In shock and in disbelief the village elder summoned the missionary and asked him why he did such a treacherous act. The missionary denied the allegations despite the evidence and gave the following explanation, “You know God is full of surprises, He created heaven and earth, day and night, sun and moon and also if you look close at the white sheep that you own, one of its lamb is black”.. The village elder immediately interjected the missionary and whispered to him, “How did you know I am the reason behind the white sheep giving birth to the black lamb?” Both were guilty of devious acts thus forcing the village elder to accept the “colored” child only if the missionary won’t disclose the issue of the black lamb.

The moral of the story is that the alleged “lord of poverty” and “high priest of corruption” are not clean, including their so called cronies. They both represent the “black” opposition and the “colored” government. This shows that corruption is an enigma and by all means it needs to be declared as a national disaster. The reason why corruption cases such as Golden-berg, Anglo-leasing, maize scandal, Kazi kwa vijana scandal, Grand Regency saga, Triton Scandal, and many others have not yet been solved is that they all involve high ranking individuals from both the political and elite class within “colored” government and “black” opposition. Other than the high ranking corruption cases, we have the normal day to day corruption that most of us Kenyans are good at which is bribing. Sadly, the law enforcement agencies such as the police and the courts are the ones leading in this vice.

Currently, 4 of President Uhuru’s Cabinet Secretaries plus other high ranking officials within the government and parastatals are on suspension due to corruption allegation scandals. Unfortunately none of them will get prosecuted as some of these cases will lead to acquittal due to insufficient evidence. This is primarily caused by tampering of evidence by individuals from the law enforcement agencies who have been bribed. The cases of bribery and many other corrupt vices as per the corruption perceptions index 2013 published by Transparency International where scores were rated from 0(highly corrupt) to 100(very clean) resulted to Kenya scoring 27.

The score shows that Kenya is doing badly in fighting corruption. We look as if we are fighting corruption but in the real sense we are not. The so called whistle blowers within the political sphere and private sector are only doing that because they have been short changed in one of the deals and all they do now is cry foul. As a country we are trapped by the biggest cartels of corruption who happens to be our politicians. They have made us look bad and they have tainted the image of our grandmothers.

But we can change the narrative and save the image of our grandmothers. We can remove the plank of corruption within our systems by individually refusing to be corrupt, uphold the constitution and all our politicians need Jesus. Also amongst us there is a need of a new breed of anti-corruption high priests who are ready and willing to sacrifice for the sake of the nation. Is there someone listening?

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POTUS message to President Museveni

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Last week president Uhuru Kenyatta made a state visit to our neighboring country Uganda. He made history by being the first African sitting president to address the Ugandan parliament. The visit was well choreographed after President Barrack Obama’s visit to Kenya. The script that is been played by the government is that President Uhuru’s visit to Uganda was primarily focused on the regional security, integration, deepening of bilateral trade, opening the markets between Kenya and Uganda by ensuring free movement of people, goods, labor and services and also elimination of trade barriers.

The two leaders (president Uhuru and Museveni) also agreed on developing oil infrastructure which includes the crude oil export pipeline which will take the northern route from Hoima to Lokichar in Turkana County and onwards to Lamu. The second pipeline will be that of refined products pipeline from Mombasa via Eldoret to Kampala. The oil infrastructure will be a reverse-flow petroleum product pipeline capable of transporting imported petroleum products to Uganda and also from the refinery in Uganda to Kenya.

So far the script of President Uhuru’s visit to Uganda seemed very legit. Covert diplomacy was well executed and no one seemed to get the real message and purpose of Uhuru’s visit. For the script/ covert diplomacy to be even real and sweet and avoid any suspicion, the government decided to throw in the sugar controversy/saga as a smoke screen. This sugar controversy was a free gift to the opposition and media from the government to keep them busy for some time so as to avoid them from speculating the real agenda which was clearly hidden in Uhuru’s speech to the Ugandan parliament.

The opposition with their lack of wisdom which happens to be their norm nowadays decided to politicize the whole sugar deal even after being told numerous times that there was no agreement signed between Kenya and Uganda. Meaning that the deal was based on a gentleman agreement terms. Any way let us not get carried away by the smoke screen deception but let’s focus on the real agenda.

The United States government has always carried themselves as the defacto inspector general on issues related to governance, rule of law and democracy across the globe. They have the power to set and direct policies governing any country without that country’s knowledge. They use the carrot and stick diplomacy. Where the carrot is in form of aid/Grants that they give and stick is in the form of ultimatums/conditions set before getting the aid/grants. During Moi’s era it was in form of retrenching civil servants. To other countries it comes in form of forcing change of governments and regimes like in the case of Libya.

Thus Uhuru’s visit to Uganda was based on a condition given before the Americans can open their goody bag and it was simply to deliver a message from Obama to President Museveni. The message was well coined and it had to be given in public and not in the confines of statehouse or a private phone call. The message was to be delivered in parliament in the presence of President Museveni. The message was, i) Museveni’s era/regime needs to come to an end and he needs to allow young generation to come in power, invest in them and not intimidate them, ii) He needs to allow full democracy in Uganda and that means allowing the opposition to have basic freedom to articulate their grievance and also play their role as watchdogs. iii) He needs to allow the will of the Uganda people to prevail and not allow rigging of elections or any other form of manipulation of the electoral systems.

This was the message that needed to be passed to Museveni and to some it may seem as a breach of Uganda’s sovereignty hence the use of covert diplomacy and smoke screens such as the sugar deal. The agreements and talks during Uhuru’s visit were just mere deception to protect the relationship between Uganda and Kenya. The question that we all need to ask, will Museveni adhere to the message given by “big brother” or will he play tough? Anything else emerging from Uhuru’s visit to Uganda is just but a mere deception.

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Why CORD Coalition won’t win 2017 presidency

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As one of the CORD coalition leaders may suggest that my name betrays me for making such remarks, I wish to say categorically that I don’t represent any form of coalition. Having cleared the air on this, the fact still remains I hail from the GEMA community. Another fact is I am a Kenyan who was once a great supporter and admirer of the Orange democratic movement. I had once opted to get a tattoo with the initials “ODM-Baba Tosha” but my inner sense convinced me not to, because political parties in Kenya are like outfits, they only suits a particular moment or season and once their seasons are over the political outfits are changed.

Anyway back to my allegation of why CORD coalition won’t win 2017 election forced me to go on a fact finding mission that came up with the following five fold common mistake the CORD coalition (precisely ODM Party) keeps making that will cost them again the 2017 presidency.

First, CORD as a coalition is made up of one person. It is like a privately owned company. All decisions are made by one person and anyone who differs with him gets fired. Raila owns CORD Coalition full stop. Kalonzo and Wetangula are just props or accessories. They make the Coalition looks as if it’s not an ODM affair. Other than that they add no value and whether they leave or stay, they will be replaced by another power- hungry red eyed politician from their community. Hence the problem of having one person calling the shots despite all the structures being in place indicates signs of dictatorship, lack of democratic principles and lack of growth within the party.

Secondly, CORD coalition keeps applying the wrong political strategy. They focus more on tainting the image of the ruling government or their opponents without providing a better solution to problems affecting the people. For example in the last general elections they maximized on tarnishing the image of both President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto as criminals. They forgot that this narrative was the selling point of the Jubilee government which resulted to them winning from all the sympathy votes. Currently they are focusing on the corruption scandals rocking the Jubilee government yet they forget the president made the first move purporting to fight corruption that gave him a standing ovation from all the parties in the National Assembly including members of the CORD Coalition. Also corruption is not news to Kenyans; sadly it’s the order of the day.

Thirdly, power struggle will be the down fall of the CORD Coalition come 2017. The three principles are all political vultures. They are not a team and each of them is eyeing the presidency but to one of them, the presidency means more than even going to heaven. Meaning that there is no way Raila will be a running mate hence Kalonzo and wetangula need to shelve their ambition until 2022. Will they agree? Time will tell. Also within the coalition the so called “small” politicians are in constant in-house fights that not only bring divisiveness within the coalition parties but also demoralize active and hard working party members/ politicians.

Fourthly, CORD coalition lack proper and well trained political strategists/ advisors. What they have is a group of individuals who lack wisdom; fresh ideas and they have all fallen short of better and developed ideologies that will revive the Coalition. Sadly most of their strategists/ advisors are politicians or “wannabes” who lack the proper vision and strategies that will help them win the presidential race. Also Most of these “wannabes” are busy on press conferences attacking politicians yet their place is supposed to be at the background calculating and preparing ammunitions to counter the rival politicians.

Lastly, the CORD Coalition lacks young leaders who understand the current trend and can have a closer impact on the young generation than the older folks. I do believe they may try to argue saying that there are critical positions allocated to the young leaders within the coalition parties but the fact remains; are the young leaders inspired to take up these roles with pride and make decisions? Sadly not and the truth is any young leader who is aggressive is either fought within or silenced by old guards who are so rigid that letting go of power is a problem. This is why after the last general election there was a mass exodus of young leaders from the coalition who were short changed and some ended up getting a safe haven in Jubilee government hence creating a vacuum in the Cord coalition.

The sycophants will defiantly disagree with me but proverbs 12:15 says- “The ways of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice”. If the coalition wants to win 2017 elections they need to a have an internal audit and make necessary changes.

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NAIROBI COUNTY-“WHICH OF THE LESSER EVIL WILL WE CHOOSE IN 2017?”

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History has always been cruel to the United States for always not being wise in choosing which lesser evil to support when it comes to the International geo-politics. It is alleged that they are the ones who invented Osama Bin laden who ended up being their worst enemy. It is also said that Saddam Hussein one of the worst dictators rose into power through their assistance so as to curb the growth and influence of the Iraqi Communist Party which by the late 1950’s was on the verge of taking power. To them Saddam Hussein seemed a “lesser evil” at that time. These are some of the choices the United States government and its agencies played in picking the “lesser kind of evil” that they would wish to forget. Unfortunately, we are all in one point or the other faced with this kind of choice and whichever decision we make, we will either be affected positively or negatively.

In the next 2 years or so Kenyans are going to be faced with this kind of question during elections. We will be required to choose between a “lesser evil” of a leader and whether we like it or not we need to start preparing our minds to make that decision. For instance in Nairobi County we are currently faced by two kinds of “evils” and it is our duty to apply any kind of measures to quantify the “lesser evil” of the two. One of these “evils” is part of a team running the County government and the other is purporting to run a parallel government within the same County. Both of them are leaders whom we democratically elected.

When Governor Kidero ran for elections in 2013 some of us who thought or purported to be professionals in our different fields came out in large numbers to elect him. We were excited to have such a person with impressive curriculum vitae to run the Capital City and hopefully restore its name as city under the sun. We walked proudly knowing that Nairobi County will be a 24 hour economy, have tapped and clean running water in all households, modern recreational amenities such as parks, decent and affordable housing that will help curb the increase of informal settlements, a clean city with a proper and functioning drainage system, proper flow of traffic and hopefully a well secured city with CCTV cameras manning every street. Sadly all what we have experienced under kidero’s government is corruption within the county government, rise of cartels in the garbage collection sector and other service providers, slapping of fellow leaders, flooding of the city, traffic congestion and insecurity.

The current county government of Nairobi led by Governor Kidero has failed to deliver its mandate including the promises and benefits that some county governments are enjoying. If our votes were to be equated as shares by now all of us who voted for Kidero would be filing for bankruptcy having our shares trading at 0.00 Cent per share.

The other “evil” is Senator Mike “Sonko” who is running a shadow government in Nairobi County. To many he seems the “lesser evil” having established the Sonko Rescue Team which provides ambulance services, disaster management such as rescuing individuals when disasters such as floods and infernos occur, financial assistance, hearse services and also wedding limousines free of charge. As a result he has created jobs for many young individuals. He has become a darling to many especially to the low income earners and the youths. Sadly what scares most of us who are not yet romanticized by his actions is that none of us know the source of his wealth. Secondly, his “thuggish” leadership style of branding guns, pimped cars and weird dressing tends to degrade the office he wishes to occupy.

We are in a dilemma and even if other candidates will avail themselves we will still be forced to either follow the words of Mae West, “when choosing between two evils, always try the one you have never tried or Charles Spurgeon, “ of two evils, choose neither. Thus the question that begets is which “lesser evil” of a leader will we choose?

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A RESOLUTION OF REPENTANCE FOR MY COUNTRY KENYA

It’s that time when everyone is having a mental reflection of what they desire to achieve this year. Some are constructing mental prisons to lock in bad memories they went through in 2014 while others are hoping that the good Lord who gave them success in 2014, will renew His contract with them this year and make them prosper even more. Companies are now dusting off the visions and goals that they had drafted for 2015 with the target of achieving enormous profits. Families are drafting a new family constitution to enhance peace and harmony amongst the members, while wives are anxiously awaiting for their first “Chama” meetings so as to draft their own security bills on how to tame their rogue husbands and avoid any attack from the so called family terrorist ( clandestine lady) that had invaded their territories in 2014.

One way or the other we are all anticipating for some change, something drastic. Theologians may call it the divine touch where within a flash of a moment the blind will see, the lame start to walk and all the demons are cast away. It’s a good feeling and I hope we all get to experience this in our lives and more so for our country. Truth be told, 2014 has been the hardest year in our country. We experienced terror attacks from within and without. We lost many souls and our soils are drenched with innocent blood. We stripped each other naked both in public and on social media. We ended up awakening the demons of the Kisumu massacre (1969), Chuka massacre (1953), Garissa massacre (1980), Lari Massacre (1953), Wagalla massacre (1984), Turbi massacre (2005), ethnic clashes and the 2007/2008 post election violence.

Things were thick and it’s because we allowed our leaders to play politics with our lives and our economy. We almost experienced a religious war between the Muslims and the Christians as seen in Nigeria. we saw leaders standing before us spread negative ethnicity, dividing us between tribes and others without even a shame reprimanding God and telling Him if he chooses to take one of the leaders from their coalition party then He should also play politics and take another from the other coalition to make it even. We had totally lost it and all signs and symptoms indicated we were heading to the road of a failed state.

Fortunately, we are not yet a failed state and I know from the Presidency to the least one of us in this country, all desire for a better year despite it once again starting with deaths from falling of buildings and some under mysterious circumstances. So what may be the solution to all these sufferings or what should be our resolution as a country? In 2 chronicles 7:14 states “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

This is the only solution and resolution we need to implement as a country. We need to all repent for electing the wrong kind of leaders, for propagating hate speech in our social gatherings/ social media, for killing each other both physically and emotionally, for bribing, bad governance, for allowing fraud church leaders to mock God through their deeds and many more. Once we do this as a country, shall we be able to enjoy the fruits of love, Joy and peace in our beautiful country called Kenya. Also we will prosper socially, economically and politically. This is my resolution for this year for my county Kenya.
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Emotions; the predicament to our development

In the market place of politics when reason and emotions collide, emotions always take the day. This is because we are always inclined with what we feel more than the real and true facts about a certain situation. This is evidently seen during the time for elections where most electorates vote by how they feel towards a certain candidate, their political party and lastly their policies or political manifestos. The emotions are normally pegged on certain characteristics such as, the ethnicity of the candidates, their gender, issues that surround him personally and which the electorates relate to, his/her age group, race and to some the “swag” that he has.

When Barrack Obama was elected on November 4, 2008 and sworn in on January 20, 2009 many analysts said that he won based on the policies he articulated during his campaign but the major influence was based on how the Democratic Party campaign team was able to capture the emotions of most electorates especially the youth and the African-Americans. He related to them based on age and race. The other percentage of voters, voted for him based on his policies (reasons). Thus both the reason and emotion played a role in his election but emotion was the major factor for those who voted for and against him.

To bring the argument closer home, the Jubilee government was elected based on the emotions surrounding the ICC issue. Most people couldn’t stand the fact that a Kenyan will stand trial before an International Court. Emotions played a major factor and reason was nowhere to be seen despite the fact that thousands were displaced during the 2007/2008 post-election violence and thousands killed. This doesn’t mean those who have been charged before the International Criminal Court are guilty or not but only stresses the point that emotions drive our Kenyan politics. Also when a politician or a leader is charged for corruption he/she runs to his ethnic region and incites the people that it is not him/her being targeted but the community at large. The aftermath is demonstrations from the community through protesting and barricading roads.

90% of the elected leaders we voted for during the last election were purely not voted in because we believed in their policies and manifestos or their track records of good performance. We voted based on who we felt had warmed our hearts. This was based on the status we envisioned a leader to have, the depth of his pockets, the tribe he comes from, and lastly what traits he posses such as dressing and the language he uses that we tend to relate with. As a country we have made crucial decisions based on our emotions and most of these decisions have come back to haunt us. For example when we voted for the constitution majority never had the time to read it but voted for it based on what their favorite politician was advocating for. Today the same politicians who were for the constitution are now advocating for a referendum because the constitution is not benefiting them as they thought it could. Sadly we still let our emotions cloud our judgement and again we follow the same politicians without asking each other what are the real issues they are advocating for and if we support the call for a plebiscite what benefit are we going to enjoy as a common mwananchi?

Our politicians have mastered the art of manipulating our emotions to their own advantage and this is why when the Supreme Court made a verdict against the CORD Coalition, its leaders started organizing rallies to criticize and tarnish the image of the Supreme Court arousing rage within their members that caused tension within the country. Also we are currently witnessing a wave of violence from our County Governments such as Makueni, Nandi and elsewhere where leaders who we feel we are emotionally connected to, incite us to wage war amongst ourselves yet we ignore the fact that they are simply playing politics and using us to settle political scores. A time has come for us as Kenyans to activate our reasoning gear and deactivate part our emotions.

We need to hold our leaders personally accountable to what is happening within our Country. We need to stop supporting the “thug” kind of leaders we elected and we’ve got to stop letting them manipulate us to support them yet all they are after is to enrich themselves alone.

We need to always ask ourselves, what will I benefit if I support a certain cause being advocated for by our leaders? Why should we demonstrate and what benefit will it accord me as an individual? It is time, fellow countrymen, to let reason prevail in our politics. Let us support our leaders by the content of their past and present performances and let us not allow emotions to cloud our judgement from now hence forth if we still want to achieve vision 2030.

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Pesa Mashinani Quest Not Justified

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It’s slightly over 4 years since the promulgation of our current constitution. The Committee of Experts led by the then chairman Nzamba Gitonga and politicians led by former president Mwai Kibaki advocated for the passing of the current constitution. These group of individuals believed that the solution and answers to most of Kenya’s problems lies within the pages of our constitution and they promised if it passes Kenya will be a land flowing with “milk and honey.” As Kenyans we were subjected to a referendum on 4th of August 2010. The constitution sailed through with 67% approval rating. The 33% who were against it were criticized harshly. They were called anti-reformers and others were nick-named Pharaoh’s who still wanted us to remain in Egypt despite our effort to move to the promised land of a devolved system of government. For most of the electorate, the devolved system of government symbolized the biblical Promised Land.

Sadly the “milk and honey” that is flowing within our county governments only flows to the governors and those around him. We the electorates have not felt the impact and benefits of the county governments with the exception of the people of Machakos County. Thus this brings me to the question, is the referendum call by the governors justified? For most people whom I have asked this question they claim that it is justified. Their argument is that if we question and ask the governors whom we elected what they have done with the little allocation of funds given to them, then we as the electorates need to also pose the same question to the National Government and precisely the President whom we also elected to account for the tax payers money at the National level.

This argument is credible and we will get to the National Government, but before we start to eat this “bull” (National government) I suggest we start by first eating the “tail” which represents the County governments. The 67% of the electorate excluding myself who belonged to the 33% of those who were against the passing of the constitution because I strongly believed the Committee of Experts gave us a raw deal voted with the intention and expectation of bringing the power back to the grassroots. Meaning that they will be able to have a say on decision affecting the counties, they will be able to reduce the bureaucracy that used to be there before, also implement projects that they really think are more important to them. But has this been the case?

What most of these County Governments have done with the little allocation of funds led by the Governors is to build very expensive mansions for the Governors, buy limousines for them and their county executives, make unnecessary trips abroad, go for retreats with the Members of County Assemblies and to some extent use the same funds to bribe the MCA’s so as not to impeach most of the non-performing Governors. Thus the Governors advocating for Pesa – Mashinani remind me of the Gibeonites Deception (Joshua 9:1-26). The Gibeonites deceived the Israelites by saying they come from a far region and all they want is peace and to acknowledge the God of the Israelites. They did this by dressing in rugged clothes, torn sandals, use of old wine-skins and dry moldy bread. This deception was to avoid the Israelites from driving them away from their land. The Israelites made an oath not to drive them away without knowing that they have been deceived and that the Gibeonites actually lived nearby. When the Israelites noticed that they have been deceived they had no option but to let the Gibeonites continue to live on their land because they had already made an oath to them. As a result of this deception the Gibeonites were cursed and they ended up being woodcutters and water-carriers for the rest of their lives.

This is what we need to do to the governors. They have deceived us by claiming that the referendum is only to strengthen the role of Senate by creating a nexus between senate and county governments and assemblies, increase division of revenue to 45%, advocate for counties to have their own law gazettement framework, MCAs to have similar privileges as MP’s, formation of loans and grants council and form a successor to CIC as a gatekeeper of Laws – KLRC….., Unfortunately all what the governors want is to have more money to control because in Kenyan politics, the more funds you have at your disposal the more powerful you are. Thus the call for a referendum by the Governors is nothing but a deception that we as the electorate should not allow.
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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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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

Political Scientist

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