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The Ruto Naysayers:  Step Up & Help Him Lead; or Shut Up & Be Led.

Once upon a time, word always went around in my father and mother’s land that Uhuru was a thief, both electoral and economic, and an ICC inductee charged with crimes only comparable to those of the GiTMO residents; and thus wasn’t worth leading them, neither was he worth working with. But he still led them for 10 years! The denial subjected them to 10 years of excruciating pain and economic retardation due to their refusal to position themselves for the opportunities in the “thief’s government”. Wind from my people in Western, specifically Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga, as well as my mother’s people in Luo Nyanza, and Coast was that “we cannot work with an election thief”, all this under the incitement and (mis)leadership from self-serving political frauds whose only mission was self-preservation and self-aggrandizement as was witnessed by the 360 turn after the hand-cheque and “fair distribution” of Port of Mombasa operations between the “thieves and the angels”!

By poisoning and blocking the peoples’ minds from aspiring for government opportunities and development from government, the lazy, Opoda Farm captured and escapic leadership then gets a free pass from their people in terms of development expectations because “the thief cannot offer them anything” . . . but the same thief provides government jobs and business opportunities to them(leaders), their wives, husbands, children, friends, etc. What’s interesting is that we have our own semi-autonomous governments led by our own “cleanly elected angels”, and with annual government remittances as well as billions in local collections; but with the exception of Kakamega, have nothing meaningful to show in terms of development. And yeah, check the Parliamentary Hansard for the contribution of your MP and Senator in the last 10 years! Almost ZERO legislative proposal as if there is nothing affecting the people of Western and Nyanza that can be legislated upon to make the lives of the people better. Or isn’t it their job to decide and determine where the money goes and even “nyorosha” the executive “ikimea pembe”?

For the elected leaders, especially the legislators, it’s so shameful and ironic that instead of demonstrating their opposition to the ‘bad government” by proposing meaningful and realistic alternatives through actionable legislative and policy interventions, and demonstrating their desire for and will towards a home of equity and plenty for all Kenyans through the aforementioned path, and by progressively and selflessly undertaking their constitutional roles of representation, legislation, and oversight; IN PARLIAMENT and other constitutionally gazetted spaces, they’d rather do their job through emotional mind games in funerals, roadside rallies, churches, and media. What a shame! But that’s what you get when you qualify leaders based on their parties, loyalty to party leaders, funeral contributions, and “kupangisha line”.

As a legislator, other than representation, legislation, and oversight, you can support the implementation of development plans and realization of the agenda of the government, not by yapping and ranting against the government in funerals or churches or media, but by engaging the people that you represent, directly in barazas (not in funerals and churches); and organizing them into meaningful economic groups and exposing them to the opportunities in government and other local and international agencies and partners. Support the government by refusing to be corrupt or a puppet and blind loyalist of your party and party leader; engage and collaborate with other government and development agencies, and private entities, absent of tribal or party (mis)considerations, to ensure continuity and community impact, as well as meeting and interacting with the citizens in the villages (instead of hiding in Nairobi), undertake meaningful and progressive oversight with your people in mind, and also bring partners and investors into your political jurisdiction.

As for the Governors, you are Executive Presidents and CEOs in one! For heaven’s sake, how many times must you be reminded that you should never make an expenditure budget unless you can generate income for those expenses? Watching a governor threaten a president and government makes you wonder why he had to become a Senior Counsel in the first place! As is inscribed, “Failing to know your job, means failing to do your job, which automatically translates to failing to get positive results”. As a governor, and with the devolved functions, and the massive revenue potential in ALL the counties, it’s foolhardy to be yapping about the national government when, with judicious and fiduciary decisions, you can independently generate revenue for the development and empowerment of the people through prudence in the management of county resources, application of sound governance practices, and creation of meaningful people focused development partnerships and investment alliances. But guess what, it’s fashionable to rant at the president; and by the way, why go to Silicon Valley for Benchmarking when you can do the benchmarking in Hawaii!

To the Professionals and Business people, be legal, ethical, and progressive in your creativity, manage your hunger and ambition, and refuse to take or give bribes in order to get deals. For the Quantity Surveyors, stop the overestimation of Bills of Quantities on government projects for your cut. To the engineers and project managers, stop doing or approving shoddy work. To the Accountants and Auditors, stop cooking books of accounts and covering up for the crimes while committing more crimes. To the Doctors and other medical professionals, stop stealing drugs and other health paraphernalia in government hospitals. Or why don’t you try that in Private hospitals where you also resident or consult!  To the procurement professionals, evaluate and award tenders based on merit and value for money to the people. To the educationists, do your job within the stipulated timetable. If the time or money is not enough, don’t take the job, resign, or pick it up with the relevant government agencies, don’t load that burden on the parents. They are just voters like you, most of whom are without a salary or reliable income. Help the police to keep you safe by being your brother’s keeper, create and share opportunities when you have the means so that some people are not forced into circumstantial criminals, and stay legal while exposing the delinquents within your communities.

And most importantly, to the citizens. . . DO YOUR JOB! You hired people to work for you, follow them up, and ensure that they do the work that you hired them to do, if not, fire them. Or have you not read the constitution as much as you read the Bible or read people’s statuses and stories on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, or Insta? Complaining and aimlessly yapping online for likes and followers is not part of your job in this regard, taking actionable action is your only job! And you can start by acquainting yourself with the constitution and its provisions, especially in regard to your role in the leadership that we have, and your part in the mess that you are complaining about.

Summarily, for the economy to grow to citizen-expected perfect standards, every citizen, public servants included, must do their job and do it perfectly. Be it as it may, the followers should shut up and be led like sheep as is their nature; but for those who deem themselves to be leaders, they should step up, engage the leadership gear, and ideologically collaborate with the government in the delivery of its mandate. By being alive and alert to responsibilities and rights as a citizen and “ordinary” leader, you end up being governed as you deserve and desire; because as they say, “you get what you deserve”, “you get what you work for”, and “good things come to those who intentionally make decisions and employ effort with righteous consequence”.

Moron Territory: The Safe Heaven for Politicians

In moron territory, the rule of thumb is to minimize the optimal use of the brain, zero down on the application of common sense in decision-making, and eliminate your conscience, empathy, and other fundamental enablers of humanity. Why? Because the application of the above would require critical thinking and some degree of selflessness. But, why think when you have the power and money to turn people into sycophants and zombies that see no evil and hear no evil in what you do and say? Why be selfless to people who would kill you and your supporters, not for their benefit, but for their ignorant and hallucinatory hate for your “enemy”? Why waste your brain when dealing with people who will blindly join other people’s wars tomorrow and fight you and your supporters, on behalf of people who don’t even give an F about them? And vice versa.

In moron territory, those who have believe that those who don’t have are lazy and/or empty, and that when they (have nots) finally get, then they (have nots) must have stolen from them (haves). On the other hand, those who don’t have believe that those who have are thieves with no conscience, idea, brain, or qualification to enable them to earn a legal, taxable and/or “non-pablo-like’ income. That’s why 99% of the political aspirants have zero intention of serving the people, nor do they have a clue about what service to and for the people is; their main motivation is to be in looting safehouses where they can steal as much as their “role models” have, so that the “herbivorous problems” at the low end of the food chain do not apply to them. However, the high-end polished natives and system owners do not want these outsiders to spoil the party for them by bringing some unwelcome competition and/or their guttersnipism on their high “Queen’s English only tables”; that can destabilize the status quo. Remember, a comfortable man at the top never yearns for change, unless it comes under his terms; because it might be negative and bring him down. Only a man in trouble, who is down or has nothing (to lose) yearns for change unconditionally and by whatever means or terms; because he has nothing to lose, and everything that he earns out of that change is a bonus. This was the basis of the Hustler-Dynasty War that shaped the 2022 Presidential Contest and sunk the “Lords” of the land.

It’s only in moron territories where a few shameless men (women implied) arrogantly use the power donated to them by the citizens, to exercise in trust; to enrich themselves by roguely monopolizing the entire country and economy in their favor, and shamelessly walk around with a smug on their faces? In so doing, they impoverish the vast populace and even starve them, only to come back with pellets from their undue earnings and promiscuously dupe the same people that they intentionally send into poverty, illiteracy, malmedication, hunger, and starvation.

In moron territories, men and women with political power, and with businesses within the critical development infrastructure of the republic like energy and petroleum, health, education, food, and other basic needs will pass laws that increase the prices of those critical products in order to make obscene profits; and also because, having risen up the ladder of life and joined the club of elites, such small “herbivorous problems” like price increases due to over-taxation, no longer worry or apply to them; because those needs are either catered for by the citizens’ taxes and/or they scoop enough in abominable deals to cover up for such basic troubles.

Can you imagine the IMF, World Bank, China, and co. dictating the taxes and levies to charge on basic commodities, and those obnoxious orders being followed and implemented to the latter, without question, by the same people who are supposed to be up-negotiating for you and protecting your interests? Why? Because deals have to be made, and cuts have to be shared. I would forgive them if the colossal sums or even the cuts were being used to invest in and/or upscale industrialization, and/or promote talent, technology, and entrepreneurship. But how do you expect China to give you loans for industrialisation and technology; yet one of the conditions for the loans is for Kenya to offer an unchecked market for anything that comes from China including the famed “plastic” fish and rice as well as other substandard things like phones and other electronic and electrical paraphernalia; most of which can be locally produced. As a result, the money ends up in very non-critical public expenditures; while the cuts end up in liquidity drainers like malls where the majority of the locals go there for photo sessions and social media slaying. How do you build malls with exotic restaurants, boutiques, hospitals, etc in an economy where over 90% of the people live from either hand to mouth or salary to salary? How could an ICU economy in such a critical health situation have been so prioritized towards non-critical expenditurism, both public and private? What stopped our parliament and executive from putting in place such measures and implementing them? Moron Conscience.

The Corruption Cycle in Kenyan Politics: The Unending Thread

The Corruption Cycle: Stage One – The Capture

Scenerio One: A politician with no vision or communal purpose for leadership, nor agenda for his people, but with a few excess coins in his pocket, mostly obtained through criminal underhand dealings or a cabal of sponsors, intentionally creates an image of a generous messiah, with the intention of “capturing” people by enslaving them to his “generosity” and entrenching the “mbekho mentality”, albeit for short term pre-election stomach gains. With the confidence and advantage of the few idle coins in his pocket, relative to his competitors, he sets the “handout standards’ and makes it a culture that is then adopted by the rest of the candidates because the voters have now been accustomed to the handouts and the handouts are now their birth right; and every aspirant or candidate must comply and facilitate the realization of that right . . . and the abnormality is normalized, even to and by the “holy” and/or progressive ones like Okiyah Omutatah. . . Quote “Adapt or Perish”.

Scenerio Two: The voters just suddenly become the village gods that threaten, blackmail, extort, and harass aspirants; some even become beggars for purposes of the election. That’s the time you’ll find very useless village drunkards having the odoosity to threaten university professors and retired military commanders, you might think they are the automatic plus one in the presidential 50%+1. These gods even demand for bribes just to leave their homes and head to the polling station, leave alone vote, and along the way to the polling station, they walk with the hope that they will meet another candidate along the way to motivate them into queuing and voting; otherwise they can even change their mind and go back home; or choose not to be patient on the long queue and vote; the same person who waits for 8 hours for a politician to show up and give them 100 bob, cannot queue in a polling station and wait for one hour to vote.

  1. The Corruption Cycle: Stage Two – Recovery of Investment

Politics in Kenya is an economic activity, and like any other economic activity, the returns must be proportionate to the investment; and any investment venture must breakeven as soon as it’s realistically possible. In Kenyan politics, there is an acceleration of the processes towards the premature breaking even, through whatever possible means, consequences be damned. The time frame for this stage is usually one to two years; depending on the position, strategic positioning in and alignment with the “government’ even though they also that government, aggressiveness, corruptibility index, affinity for populism, as well as the political project going concernness.

Any compliant politician in stage one, together with their cabal of campaign financiers, always prioritizes the recovery of the resources utilized in stage one above, as soon as possible. . . remember there are petitions, possibility of recall in places with “awoke and activistic political losers”, handshakes and general volatility of and mistrust in political relationships in Kenya. . . not to forget that some people just die, and which financier wants an elected leader to die before they recover their money?

Imagine if someone was campaign financed by a cabal of opportunists and economic mercenaries, or bankrolled his campaign through a bank loan secured by the title to his/her matrimonial home, or sold his land, car, and cows to campaign. . . What would be ringing in that persons mind during his/her swearing in? What about when he/she is sitting in the budget & appropriation committee (resource allocation), public accounts/investment committee (financial watchdog), finance/trade /industry committee (market revenues, licensing, investors), agriculture committee (farm subsidies), lands committee (idle/disputed public land), security/defence committee (black budgets), etc? How will that person oversight the executive when the executive, which is the spending arm of government, holds the key to their breaking even? What about when he/she sees a call from the governor, president, CS, PS, CEC, CO or a parastatal MD/CEO; and there is a pending supplementary budget to be passed, a questionable project to be implemented, a dubious covid like contract to be issued without prequalification or competitive tendering; or worse of all, some money has already taken a flight to some Pandora Account in Panama and his/her signature is required to cover that up at an (evil) commission? 

  1. The Corruption Cycle: Stage Three – Security for Next Election

Having lost the conscience and right to seek accountability from the elected leaders, or hold them accountable for their (mis)actions, vide stage one, the citizens have to wallow in despair, poverty and underdevelopment as the now broken even politician starts accumulating resources for stage one of the next election. This stage usually takes another two years, or even three, depending on how fast stage two was accomplished.

Worth noting is the fact that the handouts will continue to flow here and there for the lucky and loyal sycophants; mostly those that are deemed to have voted for mheshimiwa, especially in funerals, church and school harambees as well as some village emergencies; all in a deliberate attempt to keep the ordinary masses confused and blinded as four years are wasted in stage two and three. The handouts may also come in the form of selective qualification for opportunities like bursaries, farm inputs, dairy cows from development partners, etc.

Some “smart” politicians, especially those not guaranteed the “godly endorsement” of their tribal political gods, may however throw in a few projects here and there to confuse the enlightened citizens who once in a while yap on social media from the comfort of their offices and bedrooms whenever there is a tragedy that is attributed to lack of development by the elected leaders; like a drowned school bus due to lack of a quality bridge, a raped woman because of lack of security, etc. These projects are however business opportunities for the politicians and their associates who are always, interestingly, the only qualified contractors in that geopolitical jurisdiction. The petty blinding projects are also fodder for mheshimiwas’ bloggers, sycophants and spanner boys to use in his/her defense in case the Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp activists start yapping, albeit with near zero sustainable ground impact.

What is most interesting is that those projects will only be basic facilitants of development that are structural in nature; but not direct human capacity and support programs or Pesa Mfukoni initiatives that are self-sustaining in the long term, and can create socioeconomic and sociopolitical independence amongst the populace . . . talk of just giving people enough to eat, be alive, BUT remain beggars, and at your mercy.

When this stage is accomplished, usually in the fourth year after elections, its back to stage one that starts one year to the next election, and the people, as usual, act like nothing happened five years ago. If they have a new person to incite them enough against the incumbent and/or bribe them better and more consistently than the rest, they will vote in that person as a protest against the incumbent; as if they didn’t know they had been bought to employ him/her and he/she had a common sensual duty to recover his/her investment . . . talk of very guilty victims.

Kenyan Voters: The Guilty Victims: The Constant in The Corruption Equation.

  1. Are Kenyan voters aware that they are the significant contributors to the criminal entity that our political system is, by shamelessly demanding for bribes and intentionally presenting themselves as willing receivers of bribes; and worse of all, being influenced by those bribes and other short term inducements in so far as their voting decisions are concerned!
  2. Can you imagine someone who was unaccountably bribed to vote for a certain candidate, shamelessly seeking accountability from that very person that bribed them, and even going ahead to accuse that very person of “not working for the people” or being corrupt; when that person assumed office primarily through that bribe.
  3. Come 5 years, they angrily choose to replace that person, who has already achieved his objective for contesting, through a protest vote apparently to punish them. . . And how do they replace that person they are protesting against? Through the same process with the same variables, constants and demands. . . talk of doing the same thing, the same way, BUT, expecting different results. . . Insanity they call it. . . I call it “The Dead Man’s Dream”.

The Presidential Petition: Uhuru’s Final Nail on Raila’s Coffin.

I always knew that this election was between Ruto and Uhuru, and Raila was a mere pawn in a meticulously schemed game. It was never about Raila becoming president, but Uhuru remaining in power, directly or indirectly. What I never anticipated was Uhuru and his men being this “smart” visa vee Raila and his men, and being able to play their game so well upto the supreme Court petition level without Raila noticing. . . until i analyzed the implications of the key prayers by Azimio aka Uhuru Kenyatta (The Executive Chairman) at the Supreme Court.

What are the key prayers?

  1. Cancel the election 

When an election is cancelled, the only option that will ensure that the people’s voice is heard directly in the choice of their leader is through a repeat election, which should take place within 60 days. Let’s now jump to the next prayer which demonstrates Uhuru’s mischief towards Raila.

  1. Find Chebukati criminally liable, remove him from the commission and declare him unfit to hold public office. 

Without Chebukati, does that ECDE mathematician, the social worker, animal nutritionist, HR specialist, management scientist or educational scientist have the constitutional qualifications to be the Chairman of IEBC, even in acting capacity.  . .  Remember the IEBC chairman MUST be someone qualified to be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, as well as a High Court Judge. 

At this point, common sense without the law, will tell you that without a qualified a chairman, there is no constitutionally compliant commission; so there is no functional IEBC per se that can organize and oversee a repeat presidential election.

Consequent to the above, no repeat presidential election can be held because there will be no functional IEBC that meets the constitutional threshold; and the president is barred by Article 134 of the constitution from nominating or  appointing anyone to public office. Takes us to the next prayer with the same trickery.

  1. Upon cancellation of the election, removing and barring of Chebukati from holding public office, reconstitute IEBC before holding  a repeat election.

How can the IEBC be reconstituted if the president is in the temporary incumbency phase and cannot nominate or appoint commissioners? What constitution is Orengo and his team reading? What a waste of the first 100 days for the people of Siaya by their Governor?

If i was Raila, i would rush to the Supreme Court today and withdraw the petition and/or request the supreme court to withhold Ruto’s win because the nullification of the election, and the granting of the above orders will plunge the country into a constitutional crisis while keeping Uhuru as president for the foreseeable future. Until when? I don’t know because even if the courts were to intervene and create a special route for the reconstitution of IEBC, it might take months, if not years, considering the bridge to Ichaweri would have been brought down, Northlands City is yet to be completed, and the Kenyatta University land is yet to be transferred to its destined grabber.

Honestly speaking:

  1. Why is it so difficult for Raila, Orengo and the rest of the ODM crew to see this obvious set up? Or am i the one who is overthinking? 
  2. When will they wake up to realize that they were played when they were sent in political comfort and overconfidence with the promise of the system that never materialised and left them with a lorry full of eggs for their faces at the Supreme Court ?
  3. When will they realize that their prayers at the Supreme Court are meant to illegally keep Uhuru in power and not make Raila president?

But who am i to advise anyone? Just a “non-compliant” and deemed deluded village boy that couldn’t even convince his family, leave alone his village to vote for him as a mere MCA.

The “IF” Plan: A Lesson from Baba for Youthful Politicians

When the electoral dust is settled, and Baba exits  the political scene, in compliance with the dictates of nature, i implore my fellow grassroot election losers, especially the youth for whom politics is a life and not just a job or economic activity, to pick lessons from Baba on how to survive as an election loser for 5 years, while remaining politically relevant in your geopolitical jurisdiction, and being part of the Decision, even without the Position. . . And going into the next election with the core of your electoral support base intact; so that you have something to bargain with and/or build on for the next election

To become politically indispensable and avoid going into political oblivion after losing an election, be The Man of and with The People, or choreograph yourself as such, by whatever means necessary, consequences be damned. Remain with the people, stay true to your campaign promises even without the position, be your own man, or camouflage yourself as such, live by your own rules, lead by your own means and terms

As a leader, a true leader who understands what political leadership is, and has permanently and fully surrendered himself to the political cause and/or service of the people, don’t become a begger, and instead of begging in the offices of the winners, go back to what was making money for you before you decided to contest, BUT stay connected to the community. . . Reserve time for the people, be part of the people in all their celebrations and sorrows. Become a better version of what they rejected. Brand and position yourself in manner that will make them regret not choosing you.

Once you’ve cleansed yourself of the bad omen by accepting defeat and moving on, heedless of the fairness of the result, which does not exist in politics anyway, because fairness is a fallacy in politricks. . . become a no-holds-barred but intellectualised political savage with a cause that has a constitutionally compliant course, package yourself both as The Electoral Victim and The People’s Watchman and Trumpet, endear yourself to the people and prove that you weren’t one of those polished, self-glorified and over-entitled cerelac townies that come to contest primarily because “the kienyejis” are not worth those positions. Become the people’s messiah, serve them in whatever capacity, guide them and solve their problems, or attempt to, but within your comfortable means, earn the loyalty of the people and service it, if not with money, then with self sacrifice, and be there for the people as their leader. . . Remember the monetary demands are low because you lost anyway and you can always direct them where their money is; or even have the audacity to remind them how they extortionately lied to you “vile ground ni yako mheshimiwa”,  and shamelessly ate your money but never voted for you resulting in an obnoxious aggregated cost per vote, like in my case, of over KES. 1,000,000 per vote, yes One Million Kenya Shillings Per vote, when i quantify the time i spent on the venture as well as my brain wear and tear; and add to the money  that i spend as well as the missed income as per my last  economic contract. . .

Be the Activist, albeit progressively, and become “The Local Head of Oversight” to ensure that the winner works and delivers for The People. . . Don’t forget that most of the elected leaders will disappear for 3 years as they peacefully service their debts and accumulate campaign money for 2027. . . However, don’t allow your activism to deny your people development or delay their prosperity.

Most importantly, don’t forget to also make your own good money, maintain and strengthen your structures and sharpen your instruments of intelligence and violence. . . You will need them here and there, even before the elections. . . And they will also help you to stay alive coz no politician wants to be distracted or bothered with “noise noise” while they are “eating”. . . If you are cheap and hungry, you will be bribed because a hungry man’s loyalty lies in that person that gives them food and saves them from starvation . . . But if you generationally sage, experientially globalised, mentally liberated and progressively loyal to your cause, you will be invited to the table for a conversation that can result in your purchase. . . Just ensure that you are bought at the right price which must include something tangible for the people so that your intellectual thuggery and progressive activism wasn’t just for your stomach. BUT ensure that you don’t die. 

With the abovementioned case scenarios, be sure that they will come to look for you. . . But be prepared and careful because they may come with a gun. . . This is where your instruments of intelligence and violence come in handy. Finally, when they present a  deal, be very keen not to be played, stay true to your cause, your people and the constitution; and don’t  forget to throw in something  for your people, lest you become them, or worse.

#RadicalThoughts. . . #RawFacts

#RebelOpinions. . . #UncomfortableTruths

Statehouse KE: A Conduit for Political and Administrative Fraud

Two indisputable facts about Uhuru’s statehouse occupancy: 

1. Statehouse has been an official political kamukunji ground for the president is his quest to defraud Kenyans out of their hard earned democracy. 

2. The President has made his political party and political perambulations official government departments and functions that are funded, other than through the political parties fund, on a day to day basis by the taxpayers through “unquestionable executive drawings” from the exchequer, periodic supplementary budgets, just like the security docket, education, health, etc. 

Can you imagine a country where people can not even afford basic commodities but the president demands for more money through supplementary budgets to buy some political stooges, host and bribe young people, host political delegations and lecture people on who should become what and when, and cry about how he has been betrayed by his deputy; while at the same time threatening the people, his tribes people in their local dialect about how powerful he is and that nobody, not even the will of the 20+ million voters can stand in his way come August 9th. And oh btw, on the fraudulent, inhumane, and misplaced priority supplementary budgets and other drawings from the exchequer , I had forgotten that they’re always approved and sanitized  by our very ABLE Parliamnent. But that’s a story for another day.

The President, a well documented administrative absentee, going by the rumors that it was Daktari who was running the government in the first term, apparently having shared government on 50/50 basis as per which constitution, I don’t know! How the DP ended up appointing “his people” and yet we know what the constitution says on the appointing authority of the cabinet, I don’t know. Whether the man who signed the appointment letters of “The DPs People” or the MPs that vetted them had guns on their heads or were given whiskey to drink before the approval like Sonko at statehouse before he signed the transfer of deeds, I don’t know. Only the President’s memoir can tell us. Lest we forget the Murathes of the post handshake aka pre-covid billionaires era, enjoying the choreographed “unconditional support” of the Tingaman to provide “legislative cover” and “political insulation” from the might of the youthful, and aggressive “Tangatanga Soldiers”. Can a man who is really in charge give a 21 day ultimatum on an economy crushing felony, only for us to end up not even being given a rat to hang as a scapegoat in the COVID-19 thieving!!

I almost accused myself of being too hard on the president, but then I remembered him telling “his people”, again in his  tribes language, about how KES. 2 billion was being stolen every day under his watch! Wonders will never end in Kenya! What a blessed country to be in! If the president was really doing his job, or knew what his real job is, KES 2 billion wouldn’t be stolen under his watch, considering the massive resources and unlimited state machinery at his disposal. Quote “kamata kamata Fridays”

Statehouse Kenya has become a home of sociopolitical and socioeconomic scumbagging where billions of taxpayers money that should be invested in IEBC to guarantee a credible, transparent and verifiable election is used to bribe young people, buy delegations to go to statehouse and state lodges to eat, drink, sing, dance, chest thump and abuse people, using OUR taxes!

Politically,  the president’s character and decisions paint him in a manner that is demonstrative of extreme naivety top dressed with juvenile opportunistic delinquency. The president is acting in a manner likely to depict Kenya as a hereditary democracy where political seats are attached to biological and social bloodlines; and that political seats are a preserve for those from sociopolitically privileged families with privileged surnames and  privileged social backgrounds; where the rest have be submissive beggers to the privileged owners of the country in order to be “considered” for that what is not just their constitutional right, but their principal constitutional obligation : To lead or be led by a person of their chosing.

We Refuse. We Resist. Amalize Aende. Ama namna gani?

Elect Leaders; Not Poli-Economic Dealers.

Have you ever wondered why a vast majority of the Kenyan political leaders don’t invest in their people in a manner that can make the people independent and self-sustaining?

Superimpose that with the handouts that they give to the people to buy their unqualified support and unwarranted trust, the tokenism that enslaves those within their circles to a level of cultish blindness, the funeral contributions that must be publicly announced, the mandatory presence of the media during bursary issuing days, et al, and you see a society that is headed for recolonization, albeit through rogue political and economic capitalism that is willfully spearheaded by the local capital owners and power barons.

Whereas politics is about the capture and consolidation of power for and amongst the political players and their associates, leadership is about service to the people, through sacrifice and commitment to the greater goal of good.

Matter of factly, politicians and failed governments like the Kenyan government don’t want a well-informed, well-educated, sufficiently knowledgeable, socioeconomically empowered, sociopolitically emancipated, and socioculturally enlightened population of critical thinkers with the decisiveness, self-consciousness, and self-awareness that can enable the people to make independent decisions that are devoid of social, economic, ethnic, geographical or political biases. Why? Because such an enlightened populace can never be ruled as is the case in Kenya, it can only be governed as per the people-decreed constitutional provisions. And that is always a threat to the interests of the self-seekers and self-severs in power, political power.

The rogue political, economic and tribal capitalist machinations just want an ignorant and desperate population of survivors, whose obedience and retrogressive loyalty can then be demeaningly bought using handouts, funeral contributions, school fees donations, and pathetic wages, at the expense of 21st-century compliant living that comes with equitable availability of, and access to quality, convenient and decent governement services like health and education by all the people; as well as availability and access to opportunities for personal and collective development and aspirational actualization for and by the people – socially, economically, culturally and politically. 

The politicians and their associates, who are the key meaningful capital owners and controllers in Kenya, just want people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, but dumb enough to passively accept the slavery through peanut hand-to-mouth salaried commitments.

The over-politicized Kenyan government on the other hand just wants a public that is smart enough to keep paying the taxes that can then be corruptly diverted into the pockets of the same few; but is dumb enough to keep voting and electing the same corrupt politicians, felonious messiahs, and criminal misdemeanourists.

I have chosen to do better, you can do better too. . . Just decide to do better.

Differences Between the Symptoms of Omicron and other Covid-19 Variants

Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) in December 2019, the virus has been evolving constantly in order to evade the human immune responses. As a result of this evolution, various variants such as the Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1), and Delta (B.1.617.2) have been reported all over the world. This evolution of the novel virus has been facilitated by the known mutational characteristics of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes the Corona Virus Disease.

The Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant was first identified in Botswana and South Africa in November 2021, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify it as a Variant of Concern (VOC) on November 26th, 2021; after preliminary studies on the same having confirmed its severity principally occasioned by its high transmission rates in comparison to the other previous strains. As reported by the epidemiologists after the sequencing of the strain, this variant is believed to contain well in excess of 30 different mutations that make it very different from the other variants. These large numbers of mutations allow it to penetrate and infect more cells much faster than the other previous strains.

Since its initial discovery in 2019, the general symptoms of Covid-19 and the extent of their severity, have varied dependent on each infected person’s immune systems, health status, underlying body conditions, and vaccination status. The symptoms have ranged from mild to severe, and even asymptomatic in some cases. So far, the most common general symptoms are fatigue, fever, headache, sore throat, anosmia, coughs, ageusia, muscle pains, and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have however also varied based on the specific variant under consideration.

According to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant is still research in progress; and there is yet to be a conclusive conviction in as far as its distinct differentiation from the other variants is concerned https://www.who.int/news/item/28-11-2021-update-on-omicron

However, immediate medical studies on this virus strain suggest that for most people infected with Omicron, the symptoms are mild and sometimes similar in comparison to those associated with the normal flu. The symptoms of Omicron include fatigue, headaches, cough and body aches, but get even milder for people who are fully vaccinated. This is different from the other variants such as Delta where the patients experience more severe symptoms like elevated pulse rates, breathing difficulties that are caused by low oxygen levels, as well as the loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste (ageusia)

According to study by the University of Hong Kong https://www.med.hku.hk/en/news/press/20211215-omicron-sars-cov-2-infection , it was reported that the Omicron variant does not hideaway deep into the lungs as much as the other previous variants, but it replicates high up in the respiratory tract. This makes it less severe in and to the lungs, thereby minimizing the chances of the patients developing severe breathing problems. By these findings, this study compares the symptoms of Omicron to those of bronchitis as opposed to the pneumonia-like symptoms of the previous variants; where the patients tend to cough more and produce sputum like in the cases of bronchitis; in contrast to those with pneumonia that tend to fall short of breath and feel more fatigued. Furthermore, Dr Punnet Musra, Professor of Community Medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also suggested that Omicron might not lead to breathlessness like Delta or other previous COVID-19 variants because it multiplies in the throat instead of the respiratory system, thereby minimizing its impact on the lungs; and thus almost eliminating the possibility of breathlessness for the infected persons.

However, it has also been established that people who are fully vaccinated are likely to exhibit milder symptoms that might only be limited to sore throats, body aches, headaches and coughs, with limited to near zero change of developing breathing problems or loss of taste and smell like was the case with other variants. Under such circumstances, the fatalities are very minimized, if not eliminated.

Scientists have also hinted to the possibility of more new variants being discovered due to the continued mutation of the current strains. This declaration is a confirmation of the fact that Covid-19 is still around and part of our lives; and this calls upon the acceleration of production, distribution and acquisition of the vaccines.

Keep safe to stay alive! Don’t become a statistic! Vaccinate, wash hands, wear a mask, and keep social distance as much as possible and necessary.

The Role of The Government in The Vaccine Distribution Process

By the global magnitude of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the urgency in the acute need for efficiency in its management, the government was/is the only institution that had/has the direct sovereign mandate, nationwide structures, the resources (and ability to mobilize the same through global partners and networks), as well as the administrative authority as per the constitution to institute, enforce and sustain the stringent containment measures and the subsequent management protocols and programs to protect the people and safeguard their interests, by whatever legal means necessary and possible, as per the spirit and principles of the constitution. Some of the measures employed like the curfews, business closures, restrictions on normal socialization, lockdowns and cessation of movements; may not have been popular with the people, but were done in the general interest of the entire citizenry; and by the only institution that had the express authority as enshrined in the constitution to undertake such, The Government.

In line with the abovementioned, the entire vaccine distribution process and the success of the same was/is squarely dependent on the efficiency of the relevant government entities within the vaccine distribution chain, from acquisition, availability of functionally compliant vaccine centers, reliable availability of vaccines in the centers, to the efficient administration of the vaccines. Compound that with the fact that The World Health Organization had already recommended the vaccination of all adults, who in this case form approximately 60% of the Kenyan population, and you realize that the only institution with the ability to meaningfully and capably initiate processes to facilitate the actualization of the global health aspirations and vaccinate at least 30 million people as urgently as had been predestined by the situation, is the government. The success of the vaccination is very critical because it is the primary known pathway to the reduction of community transmissions, easing of the overstretch on health resources due to numerous critical positive cases and even the minimization of the associated deaths. Furthermore, the normalization of our socioeconomic and sociocultural lives as well as the full re-opening of our economy is also dependent on the success of the vaccination process. That is what makes the government very central in the distribution and administration of the vaccines; as evidenced in the government’s decision to form the National Vaccines Deployment and Vaccination Task Force under the National Emergency Response Committee on Corona Virus; to principally focus on the deployment, implementation and monitoring of the Covid-19 vaccines in Kenya; while ensuring that the plans and related resourcing are aligned to the national Covid-19 recovery and response plans.

The centrality of the government in vaccine distribution is additionally called upon by virtue of the fact that even the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Program that is aimed at accelerating the development and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines, and guaranteeing fair and equitable access to the vaccines by every country is largely organized around government-to-government arrangements. The vaccine donations have also come through government-to-government partnerships with the governments of developed countries that are keen on demonstrating their friendly will and support to their lesser privileged partners like Kenya.

Just like in the containment of the Covid-19 Pandemic in which the government through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government were the program leaders, the distribution of the vaccines has been coordinated through direct government efforts, largely in government hospitals, and using government resources and structures to avail the vaccine freely and conveniently to the masses, especially the less privileged. Since the receipt of the first batch of the vaccines on March 2nd, 2021, and the commencement of the vaccination program on March 5th, 2021, the government has led in all the processes and programs of distribution of the vaccine as demonstrated in the various executive orders and policy directions such as the prioritization of vaccination for front-line staff in the fight against Covid-19, like health workers and uniformed security personnel; as well as the senior citizens aged 58 years and above.

The government, through its ministries led by the Ministry of Health, Interior and Coordination of National Government, and The National Treasury; as well as the National Emergency Response Committee on Corona Virus formed by the government under Executive Order No. 2 of 2020, and other government authorized partners, have directly coordinated the resource mobilization and financing of the high and volatile budgetary demands for the accelerated vaccine distribution, including the costs of procurement and delivery of the vaccine, the storage equipment, communication on the same, personnel training, as well as data management through digital platforms such as the ChanjoKE Covid-19 Registry. Even with the challenges in the global vaccine supply chain, and the local resource limitations and diverse national needs, the government has continued to allocate resources, provide human capacitation programs, improve and expand the processes and infrastructure for the distribution of the vaccines, as well as engage other nations and its global partners in ensuring that the vaccination of over 30 million Kenyan adults is achieved as soon as possible.

Other than the administration of the vaccines, mostly in government hospitals, and the use of government approved and trained Community Health Volunteers in mobile vaccination exercises, the government through the Ministry of Health has been training the personnel involved in the vaccine distribution chain; from the transportation and storage, to the vaccinators themselves. As of August 2021, the government had trained over 1,000 qualified and registered clinicians and nurses from over 800 health facilities, with that number having been projected to rise to at least 3,000 health facilities with fully trained vaccinators by the end of December 2021; and thereafter rising to over 4,000 vaccination compliant facilities by June 2022 https://www.health.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NATIONAL-COVID-19-VACCINE-DEPLOYMENT-PLAN-2021.pdf

Let it not be lost unto us that the government has constantly and continuously provided information and initiated various positive social mobilization initiatives for the people around the vaccine and its benefits. In this regard, the government has consistently updated the people through its existing administrative and governance structures and personnel on the facilities where to get the vaccines as well as the need to get vaccinated.

The Socio-Economic Effects of The Covid-19 Pandemic on The Economy

Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in December 2019, various safety and health interventions have been put in place by the Kenyan government to contain the spread of the virus while also managing the situation in a manner that ensures that people are able to carry on with their lives and that the economy does not collapse. These measures that were put in place, however, have had significant reverse socioeconomic effects on people’s lives and livelihoods as well as the economy at large. In general, the Covid-19 Pandemic has seriously affected the economy in terms of international trade performance, financial and commodity markets, as well as the very critical macroeconomic environment that is the backbone of the Kenyan economy.

At the top of the casualty list stands the tourism and hospitality industry that was shut down due to the high person to person contact and extensive travel that is associated with the operations of the industry that could have accelerated the spread of the virus. This led to massive business closures, job losses and later on as the restrictions were being eased gradually, there was massive downsizing by most of the industry players including hotels, travel agencies and other stakeholders. The consequential effects of these were the reduced or discontinued household incomes and business revenues, as well as the general economic recession resulting from the inability of the households, corporates and even the government to meet their financial obligations.

The aviation and shipping industries were greatly disrupted by the pandemic as witnessed by the near total shut down of the aviation industry except for critical cases and cargo movements, as well as the freezing of shipping services as was demonstrated by the March 2020 cancellation of thirty-seven (37) ships that were scheduled to dock that month at the Port of Mombasa. The end result, as usual, was the massive job and business losses that interrupted the economic lives of the people as well as the industry and government operations and sustainability. Furthermore, the reduced supply of imports from China and South Korea, especially electronics also resulted in an increase in prices of those commodities as motivated by the demand-supply principles. Not to be forgotten is the fact that the situation was so dire that Kenya Airways instituted various cost cutting measures like salary cuts of up to 50% for its staff, sending non-critical employees on leave, cancelling 65% of their flights and putting 50% of their aircraft on long-term storage.

The local transport industry was not spared either. The one third capacity carriage in public transport, the curfews that limited the movement hours as well as the zoned lockdowns and cessation of movements also resulted in massive loss of job and business opportunities that reduced the disposable income, thereby reducing the spending power of the people, and as a result, led to the retardation of the economic development aspirations of the country. With the reduced carrying capacity, limited hours of operation and other costs such as acquisition of sanitizers that arose as result of Covid-19, there was sudden and sometimes disproportionate increase in the cost of transport as reported in a Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) survey of May 2020, in which it was deduced that there had been a 51.7% increase in the cost of transport. The worst part of it is that these increased costs were being billed on a population that had already faced and was still facing massive job and business losses and thus was in an income crisis.

The closure of learning institutions, places of worship and the ban on other social gatherings also had a very negating socioeconomic impact on the people. The closure of schools and other institutions of higher learning, for instance, not only led to loss of jobs for those in private institutions that could not sustain themselves without the fees from the pupils and students, but also disrupted the learning and growth of the learners in those institutions. Other social gatherings and activities like weddings and even religious establishments also have an economic return to the various stakeholders and the government, and were also interrupted by the pandemic.

The financial sector also faced its own downward spirals as was witnessed by the suspension of trading at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) on March 13, 2020 after the NSE all-share index fell by more than 5%, wiping out over Kshs. 120 billion from investors’ portfolios due to panic selling occasioned by the market uncertainties in various industries as a result of the business closures, downsizes and stringent operational modules that greatly impacted the operations and revenues of various companies; as reported in the Standard Newspaper of March 14, 2020 https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001364144/nse-suspends-trading-as-coronavirus-fears-wipe-out-sh240-billion . There was limited to near zero access to credit facilities because most of the financial institutions froze most of their lending services, especially to the informal sector and even households; which in reality, had been the most adversely affected by the economic restrictions of the pandemic. This in turn negatively impacted the business environment whose liquidity and sustainability was heavily reliant on loans from those banks and institutions; as well as the hand to mouth households that are the majority in our country and rely so much on the loans from banks and other financial institutions, especially the mobile and online lenders.

Summarily, by virtue of the Kenyan economy being a majoritarian informal economic system, the effects of the pandemic and the associated containment measures that limited in-person interactions and other informal socioeconomic engagements were so adverse that the people are yet to heal from the financial crush of the pandemic, almost two years down the line. The continued sensitization and availability of the vaccine may have eased the fear and pressure a little, but the economy is yet to readjust and absorb all the financial shocks of the pandemic.