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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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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WHO IS IN CHARGE THE PRESIDENT OR THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT


Traditionally, the man was considered the head of the family. He was the one in charge of making every decision concerning the family or for any other living/non-living creatures found in the homestead. He would decide on the number of children he wants, the number of wives he would wish to have and no one questioned his decisions. In some homesteads the man usually used to eat before anyone else. His food was specially prepared and he also enjoyed the benefit of eating certain parts of any slaughtered animal. Whenever you visited a home where there is a man, his presence was automatically noticed and every decision he made was final signifying authority and power.

Unfortunately in the modern world things have changed. The woman of today is the one calling the shots in the homestead. She now decides when procreation takes place, the number of children to have, what will be eaten and who gets what portion of the meal. That is why nowadays most men tend not to make any decision regarding investments or finances before consulting the lady of the house.  To some, the lady is normally referred to as the C.E.O of the house. She literally has the powers to fire and hire at will. She commands power and authority and when she is around her presence is noticed. In short the man of today has lost his position and now the woman has taken charge.

By now some of you are wondering where I am heading with this story. Since the inception of political parties forming coalitions popularly known as political marriages, Kenya has experienced a new system of governance where government decisions are conveyed without any form of consultations or agreements. This was seen in the previous Grand Coalition government, where a Minister would release a communique concerning a certain issue and immediately the Permanent Secretary issues another statement that contradicts the statement from the Minister. One major instance was when the former prime minister decided to fire some members of the cabinet and immediately the President overturned his decision. Total confusion and internal squabbles were the order of the day. We all thought that when we do a change of guard we would finally get rid of this hectic system of governance.

Unfortunately, we democratically elected the same system in form of the Jubilee government. Many optimists said the “political marriage” that formed the Jubilee government will be an exception and no internal squabbles will be seen. Both the President and his Deputy share a similar baggage (ICC Case). Sadly the first alarm was raised when the Deputy President categorically said that no politicians will be part of the cabinet. But when appointments of the cabinet secretaries were made by the President, three politicians were amongst them. To some it was seen as the President was in charge but unfortunately that was not the case. The Deputy President “Wife” was in charge. He was the one who marshalled the numbers during the campaign and delivered votes. He influenced the appointments including those within the President’s Kitchen. He made one of his strong lieutenants the former Cherangany Member of Parliament Joshua Kuttuny as one of his chief political advisors. The D.P strategically knows every move the President makes. Some of the issues that the President is not keen on, but the hand and shadow of the D.P is evident, is how URP has rogue MP’s who keep criticizing the government that they are a member to.

On the eve of Madaraka day, CORD coalition decided to take the government of the day to the court of public opinion and petitioned the government to agree to a national dialogue. Immediately the Deputy President issued a statement telling off the CORD Principals that there will be no dialogue till 2017 during the next general elections. On Madaraka Day the President agreed on the cord’s coalition request and later on recanted his statement after meeting other members of the Jubilee party. This begs the question, who among the President and the Deputy President is in charge? Constitutionally we all know the President is in charge and the Bible also says the Man is the head of the family but is this the case nowadays?

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KIDERO: OPEN REBUKE IS BETTER THAN HIDDEN LOVE

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A story is told in the Bible of three fellows whose master decided to go for a journey. He called the three servants and gave each a portion of his property. To one he gave five talents of money, to another he gave two talents and to the last he gave one talent, each according to his ability. After a long time the master returned and summonedeach of the servants to know what they did with their talents. To the one he gave five he was brilliant enough and went and put the money to work and gained five more, the master replied to him, “well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” The one with two also gained two more and the master applauded him and put him in charge of many things too. Lastly the one with one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid the money. When the master asked why he hasn’t gained more. He replied master I know you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. The master rebuked him as one wicked, lazy servant and he took away the one talent and gave it to the one who had ten.

Governor, on the 4th of March 2013, we the Nairobi voters gave you 692,483 talents worth of votes hoping that you will be as the wise servant who received the five talents and later on invested and earned a double. From among the list of gubernatorial aspirants we all thought that you had the ability to turn the city of Nairobi and make it an economic hub, a 24hour economy, attract many investors who might create jobs thus reduce unemployment rate, ensure there is accessible clean and most preferably piped water in every homestead, clean the entire city by clearing all the dump sites, have your county officers restore sanity and order within the county, minimize and disband the many vigilante groups that had mushroomed in every informal settlements in the county and hopefully return it back to its original name as the “city under the sun.” We had high hopes in you which were cemented on March 28th, 2013 when you were sworn in. We demystifiedpopularity as some of your contenders had and we went after leadership.

Unfortunately, Mr. Governor you have failed us. You and your county cabinet have slept on the job. Sir, I know you always claim that you are working and truly you are. Some of your handy works include slapping your fellow county leader and later recanting the action, mounting traffic lights that no longer meet their intended purpose, increasing the parking fees without a clear guideline on how you are going to improve the services, or maybe this are the funds you are using to bribe the county assembly members from impeaching you? Deploying some of the former city council “askaris” as Traffic Marshalls without any training or knowledge on their new roles, and playing power games with matatu owners leaving millions of Nairobi residents stranded…. Oh don’t get me started on this transport issue. Mr. Governor in short the Nairobi County has lost its glory under your watch and you have denied us from enjoying the benefits of the devolved system of governance.

This is why terrorist are taking advantage of your inability to perform and they are hurling grenades in the county you are in charge of. Mr. Governor as a resident of Nairobi I have never seen or heard you condemn the terror attacks or issue a statement on how you will ensure your people are safe. Mr. Governor, or is it your Excellency? Whichever the case, you have failed us. You took the talents we gave you and went, dug a hole in City Hall and slept on them making merry with your cabinet and county assembly members while our County is becoming unsafe and dirty. Mr. Governor I was among those who thought you were up to the task but sadly you have proved me and my fellow Nairobi residents wrong. All you wanted was status, good leadership and performance was not part of your agenda. We are eagerly awaiting the supreme court verdict but whichever the case Mr. Governor come 2017 we will demand back our “692,483 talents “ worth of votes and give it to someone else who is more capable of transforming this great county because to who much is given much is expected.

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KANU AN ENIGMA TO KENYA’S SYSTEM OF GOOD GOVERNANCE

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When former president Moi said that Kanu will rule for “100 years” many thought he was simply exemplifying the last kicks of a dying horse.  The opposition and other greedy politicians criticized him harshly. What they all forgot was that most of them were alumni of Moism School of politics. They teamed up and formed a coalition to prevent KANU from taking power under the leadership of Kibaki who was once a tutorial fellow in Moism School of politics. He was backed by Raila Odinga, an expelled caretaker who got his loans repaid just before he led a mass exodus of some students, when the then Principal (Moi) hand-picked one of the students (Uhuru) who had undergone a crash program graduating with a PHD in politics without going through the undergraduate and post-graduate program.      

 

In Moism School of politics the curriculum was not based on principles or values in chapter 6 of our constitution nor was it based on ideologies of good governance, performance/results oriented, honesty, etc. Instead, the curriculum was drafted and adopted to teach different ways of corruption and how to avoid being caught, intimidation and extrajudicial killings, under dealings, mistreatment and torture, detention without trial and land grabbing. Performance was measured by how good one is at siphoning funds from the public coffers and enriching themselves. This explains why there wasn’t any form of development that can be attached to the 24 year rule in the Moi’s regime other than the grand/mega corruptions that till to-date have not been resolved

 

KANU was rebranded to form a coalition known as Jubilee (A changed forest but the monkeys remained the same with few newborns). This Coalition is under the leadership of two alumni students of Moism School of politics. President Kenyatta attended a crash program designed for him alone and was able to miss some lessons while deputy president William Ruto was a border who attended all lessons even those taught during public holidays and was able to learn everything in the syllabus and also got an opportunity to do his practical lessons(YK 92).

 

This simply explains why one year down the line the two gentle-men ruling this great nation have nothing to show other than simple theatrics of holding hands, wearing uniform suits and the latest trick of reducing their own salaries by 20 % as a sign of reducing the gigantic wage bill which they will still recover in allowances and gratuity that they and their cabinet secretaries receive from trips and meetings. They have mastered the art of psychological manipulation and have conditioned us like the Pavlov dogs and when they move they make us move with them.

 

They have done this through the use of the VAT Bill making the cost of living to sky rocket, gagged the media, threaten most of the civil society by accusing them of coaching ICC witnesses and now the latest move to weaken the workers union COTU by forming its own puppet Union. All these clearly depict the prophetic words from the former president Moi and show his tactics at work.

 

As a country we will only develop once we break free from the chains of KANU influences and get a Moses kind of leader. Till then us as a country we will continue to go round the desert feeding on Manna in form of aids from foreign countries, experiencing the scorching sun in form of VAT Bill hence missing the opulence in the Promised Land where good system of governance is in place. If a Moses kind of leader is nowhere to be found then we can customize President Uhuru and send him to the Mountain with one order to come with his commandments (Manifesto) which he had sugar coated one year ago before assuming power. Then the second order is for him to implement it without fear or favor. Maybe then the Jubilee government will find themselves in the right track of development.

 

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WAS IT TRUE SOLIDARITY OR HYPOCRICY?

Westgate terror attack! These terrifying words embedded our TVs screens for an entire week. It was a painful and unforgettable day, when a few extremist and mentally disturbed individuals who have been brain washed by satanic and barbaric ideologies attacked one of our shopping malls. They sprayed bullets and hurled grenades to any individual whom they came across. They killed our men who were the protectors, providers in most homes, killed our lovely mothers and wives who were the care givers and pillars in our homes, killed our babies who brought bundles of joy and warmth and lastly killed our dear brothers and sisters who had a bright future ahead full of promises of being our future leaders. It was indeed a sad day for every Kenyan as the entire country was glued to our screens underwent a mental hostage situation in anticipation of what will happen next.

To the bereaved families, no amount of encouragement can fill that enormous void that was left by your loved ones, but one thing we promise as country to do is keep you in our daily prayers and I know our Almighty God will heal, comfort and give you peace of mind and see you through this dark and painful path in your lives. May the words of Job 13:15 that say, “Though he slays me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to his face”, encourage you at this moment. To those who were held hostage and still traumatized, may our Almighty God give you peace that surpasses all human understanding.

As a country, these past weeks have surely defined the true meaning of what unity is. From the volunteers to our security agents who risked their lives to rescue and assist the injured and those held hostage irrespective of the color, race, religion, gender or age, we salute and will be forever indebted to them for their heroic and selfless demeanor. You demonstrated what civil maturity truly means. That not withstanding Kenyans came out in large numbers and offered assistance of any nature. From sharing their own breath of life through blood donation, offering food and beddings to those who were engaging the extremist, others offering financial assistance running to millions of shillings that will be used to off-set medical bills and lastly those who were unable to offer any of the said things gave the greatest gift of going down on their knees and whispered a word of prayer to those who were affected and for the country.

The devil thought he could divide our beloved country through the use of the extremists/terrorists but he failed and this sad incident brought us closer and united as a people under one Nation, one leadership and one God. We indeed became one. On social media the entire world witnessed our solemn vow through the hash tag slogan #WE ARE ONE. I am proud to be a Kenyan and I will never think of trading my Nationality for any other. Sadly another reality has hit me.

Fellow country men were these acts of unity simply a mere show of hypocrisy or were they a true picture of who we are as a country? Sadly to some it’s just a mere show. We become united when faced by external threat from the terrorist/ extremist but divided when our own local “extremist” best known to us as the “Waheshimiwa’s” / Politicians attack us. They may not use grenades but use words that terrorize our feelings making us kill each other, forcibly evict our brothers and sisters from their lands because they don’t belong to our tribe or ethnic group. We torture each other, destroy property and leave families in turmoil for the rest of their lives simply because our preferred politician has lost a seat or an election or our political party has not won an election.

Why do we allow our “local extremists” to divide us to a point of driving our own country to be classified as a failed state or banana republic? They spend our hard earned money manipulating our constitution for their own selfish interest, increase the living cost resulting to deaths simply because our time of living has been reduced due to the harsh economic environment we wake up to each day. So my beloved country men were the act of unity simply a mere show of hypocrisy or was it our own nature of being united? Let us always stand united despite our differences on any issue. My condolences to the bereaved families.

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“CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES”

The words of Johnnie Carson “choices have consequences” are becoming real every day when we wake up. These consequences are not emanating from the foreign countries as alleged before but from all our elected leaders.

When Johnnie Carson the then Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs and former US ambassador to Kenya uttered the above words when addressing the media during the recent concluded election period, it sparked a harsh reaction from many Kenyans. At first I was burning with anger and asking myself whether we are an independent and sovereign state or are we still under the wings of the colonial masters. To confirm these fears I had to re-read our constitution, switch of the TV and then switch it back on to confirm whether the presenters are “white”, also I had to call a few friends whom I knew were in the city center and asked them whether they were walking with their ID cards hanging on their necks.

I opened my twitter and face book accounts and searched for the accounts of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and some of the freedom fighters so that I could tweet or poke them and ask whether they truly completed the deal of liberating us from the so called colonial masters. This not being enough I sent a quick SMS with the subject line as “urgent” to the village too inquire whether my grandparents were still in the bush fighting for our independence. The answers I got gave me a relief and I truly affirmed myself  that we were indeed an independent state having all our governance structures and institutions in place and all we were going through was just the normal election period conducted by any civilized country. Immediately I took my national identity card made a few copies and hide them anywhere I considered as safe. I waited anxiously and on the Election Day I was among the first to cast my vote to affirm my democratic right to elect any leader I want and not one that the so called colonial masters want me to elect.

I do believe many Kenyans voted for the same reasons as I did; to defy the colonial masters and also to let them know we are in charge. The Jubilee government was voted in despite the various threats from different quotas who kept reminding us on the repercussions of electing a government that is led by leaders who are indicted by the ICC on crimes against humanity. After the swearing in ceremony some of us went to make merry celebrating the fact that some of our so called “big boys” in foreign countries are mourning and that finally the message of being a sovereign state has been stamped on their minds.

The Jubilee government gave me an impression that we are going to have a little heaven on earth. Their manifesto based in three pillars which are Unity, Economy, and Openness. With these they promised that they are going to achieve free primary healthcare for all Kenyans, starting with women, expectant and breast-feeding mothers and persons with disabilities by increasing health financing from 6% to 15%. They promised tax breaks/holidays for the young people to encourage them to initiate start up businesses, and the introduction of tax incentives to encourage investment and growth in the manufacturing and service sector so as to enable them achieve the pledge of creating one million new jobs and many other promises which simply seem as mere utopia talk.

The VAT bill 2013 is just but a tip of the iceberg on what is going to happen. The cost of living has become extremely high that many people will not be able to sustain. Mr. President I believe you are relying on your advisors who are telling you to apply the principle of man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that comes from your government. Your Excellency the words from your government are becoming bitter. Even a simple tool of communication such as newspapers has increased in price making communication from your government unaffordable.

The effects of the words and policies from your government are affecting the unborn, the living and the dead. You have increased VAT on essential commodities such as  milk, bread, eggs and many others that are a requirement on a daily basis and they need to be zero-rated. To the dead, after pushing them to the grave you are still following them by increasing the cemetery charges. Electricity charges have also gone up despite the massive promise from the deputy president that jubilee government will reduce cost of electricity. The manufacturing sector will be highly affected and at the end of it all the common “mwananchi” will bare the greatest burden.

You are pushing us to the wall and as a result we will react. We will try to get rich or die trying and as a result; crime rate will increase while corruption and under-dealings will be the order of the day. As our leaders travel to The Hague accompanied by their sycophant supporters whom we also elected we wish to let them know we will not be praying for them because we as a country are hungry and that we regret the choices we made because the consequences are painful.

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THE JUBILEE SCORECARD!!

Its way past 100 days for the Jubilee Government and I am still pondering on what to give as my own scorecard. Things are happening so fast and the fear of going back to another politically charged environment is becoming more and more real each day due to the immature proposed referendums. All these proposed immature referendums have one thing in common, that is, selfish play from our so called leaders whose main desire is to negatively polarize our peaceful atmosphere as a country in order to remain politically significant. If by any means we find ourselves back to the ballot box any time soon, I wish to state that my vote will be against any form of referendum. Having stated my position, kindly allow me to continue with the agenda for today and that is giving my well thought out scorecard on the Jubilee government.

This government reminds me of three men who were trying to argue amongst themselves who is more generous to God. The first man went ahead and dug a hole and immediately tossed his coins up and said the ones that will fall into the hole will be his and those outside the hole will be God’s. The second man used the same formula and he too tossed his coins up and said the ones that will fall into the hole belong to God and those outside are his. The third man looked at them and condemned the two men for being selfish and said that he believes that he is the most generous of them all. He tossed his coins and said those that will remain up belong to God and those that will fall down belong to Him.

The first two men represent the Moi and Kibaki governments but I wish not to dwell on them and the third man represents the Jubilee government.  As a government you are now fully in operation having selected and appointed your members of cabinet and their respective principle secretaries. You managed to meet the constitutional mandate on gender balance on the appointments and for that I highly commend you. Also the men and women whom you selected are individuals with impeccable credentials and you managed to defy the historical notion of appointing former politicians. On matters of health, you managed to waive the maternity fees making our women able to deliver with pride and dignity in the comfort of our specialized medical personnel. For that every woman gives you a plus.

 On these two matters your performance is above average and I hope you will continue to improve the health system through improving the remuneration of our medical personnel and also raising the standards of our health facilities. Unfortunately these are the only things that you have managed to deliver. Chapter four, Article 43, stipulates that-Every person has the right-

a)      to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care; b) to accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation; c) to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality; d) to social security; and d) to education

Sadly as I look at most of these fundamental rights which you are required to have delivered I can firmly say you have performed below average.

Today most citizens cannot afford a decent meal. During the debate on the proposed VAT Bill the Deputy President, who claims to be a “hustler”, said that the reason why they advocate for increase of VAT on maize meal is because those who go to supermarkets can afford it because they live in urban areas. Allow me to correct the Deputy President and say 98% of those who live in urban areas nowadays cannot afford to buy food from the supermarkets. Instead they go to local shops which purchase their products in bulk from supermarkets and then sell in small quantities making it more expensive in the long run. Inflation rates are too high forcing people to opt for 1 meal a day or the “kadogo economy” where a real hustler budgets for Kes 100 or less on a daily basis.

Insecurity has become a national disaster to a point where even our domestic animals are endangered by being maltreated forcing most us to be vegetarians. The fuel prices keep going up and the living conditions have become unbearable. Transport cost has doubled and now people are opting to walk to work. Unemployment rate continues to increase and the promise of 1 million jobs annually keeps fading away. Soon it may be referred to as a pipe-dream. On housing, most people are opting for informal settlements because the rent has doubled and most people cannot afford.

Bottom line the cost of living is too high. During the campaign period you tossed your well articulated manifesto claiming you will be generous by ensuring every Kenyan gets a decent living. As citizens we are still waiting but it seems all the promises have only fallen down to the main players in the government. Final verdict; you are still below average, but you got time to recover.

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Dennis Mwaniki

A Political Scientist.

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Time to move on, next time try harder!!

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Recently I found myself reading a book titled “Surviving the Loss of a Loved One” by Reginald K. Brown for no apparent reason. In the book, the author states that in an emotional state of sorrow and grief there are two traps of which the bereaved should be aware of. The first is to pretend that they are over the worst when they are not and the other is to hang on to the grief for too long. Reginald K. Brown continued to state that within the grieving process we have various stages that will help in recovery.

The first is shock and numbness; which is the immediate reaction to the loss and may take several weeks. It’s nature’s way of protecting you from the initial pain and distress. Secondly, we have the denial where one may find himself or herself not believing what has happened and some may think it’s a bad dream. Thirdly, we have blaming self/others. At this stage the individual may resort to a “blame game” on his/her loss to himself or other people.

Fourth, we have depression and disorganization. At this stage one may feel extremely sad and unable to do things they want to do and also unable to enjoy friends; indulge in hobbies or other pleasurable activities. Last but not least is the resolution stage where one makes a mistake of thinking that the solution is to stop grieving. Where as the loss will always be there and no matter what you try to do at some point the memories may still reappear.

After the last general elections we had those who lost and some had to cement their loss by going to the Supreme Court. Some of these individuals are still in the initial stage of grief where they are experiencing shock hence they are no longer in the public lime light nor do we hear them making any public comment or critic the winners (Government).Unfortunately, we are now seeing those who are experiencing the third stage which is blaming self or others exercising it and to be specific the Cord Coalition leaders.

 Immediately after the Supreme Court verdict the Cord Coalition went back to their strongholds to win sympathy from their supporters claiming that democracy in our country was on trial while others spreading innuendo and propaganda that some of the Supreme Court judges had been bribed. Fortunately or unfortunately most the electorates had accepted the verdict and were in the process of healing and those who were angry and bitter, the memory of 2007/2008 post election violence still lingering in their minds forced most of them to sober up and move on.

Currently, the Cord Coalition leaders are back at the blame game and now the target is the IEBC. We all know the IEBC had its challenges and it being the first time as a country going digital on the electoral process, we all knew some technological challenges were inevitable without trying to justify the massive challenges. But starting to attack an institution that is well founded under our constitution and whose commissioners underwent a rigorous vetting process and their names approved by parliament is just simply political manipulations from our political leaders.

The Commission under attack now carried out the successful referendum of 2008 and for a period it was a “darling” to many and especially those who were on the winning side and to be more precise the leaders of the Cord Coalition. Why then change the perception just because the nomination of one of your nominee in the Makueni by- election was declared null and void simply because of failing to do a proper verification on whether the nominee was a registered voter or not .

Losing is part of life especially in a competition. It is something that we are all going to experience just like death and paying taxes. But how we handle and grieve over it is determined a lot by our character. The solution is not to disband the entire commission or polarize the country by saying you are not going to engage yourselves on any election carried out by the IEBC, yet most of your coalition members who won and are now Governors, M.P’s and Senators were declared winners by the same Commission. Also trying to jeopardize the existing government is not a solution because if the government fails we all fail, whether we voted for or against. Its time to move on and for those who lost lets try harder next time.

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Dennis Mwaniki,

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