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First, i have loved Luos, love Luos and will always love Luos. But it never ceases to amaze me how Luos think, and talk.

To the point:

  • Luo Thinking: “this is nothing, i will do it”, whether he has considered the problem or not
  • Luo Speaking: bravado, bravado, bravado.

Raila singlehandedly solves the IDP problem without support from RV MPs

Listen to Raila on IDP problem: “I will make it my personal responsibility to make sure the IDPs are resettled”.
Now, that would be wonderful thought. But why not keep it to yourself, and think about the root cause of the problem and talk in general terms ( what good is there in making a promise that you may not keep? ). Now consider:

  • Who caused the problem that now appears as the IDP problem? Not Raila. It was Kibaki and Moi and Kenyatta, and some pale skinned Queen in a far far away land. For those needing some learning, there is a problem similar to the Kenyan situation. It is known as the Israeli-Palestinian land problem.
  • The Kalenjins supported Raila in 2007, hoping he would help them deal with their enemy ( i am not saying the Kikuyu are the real enemies of the Kalenjins, but the Land issue has made them be the visible enemies ). But now, they listen to Raila’s words they think “Is he for us or against us”.
  • Whatever good Raila has attempted, Kibaki has thrown chairs into his path. Why does he not concentrate on something else, and let Kibaki deal with the land issue? Surely there is enough work to be done ( ensuring Fishermen of Lake Victoria have a fair market for the produce, helping Western Kenya Farmers benefit from their sugar cane farms, etc) Why do the dirty job for Kibaki? Will he thank you? Will the IDPs thank you ( and vote for you )? Will you still have your support from the Kalenjin?
  • Listen to Moi: Perhaps you should heed Moi’s advice, when he said about you and your pledge to tackle the RV land issue: “Ilinishinda. Unafikiri utaweza?”

On the Mungiki Problem, Raila says “Lets talk about your problem. It is economic.

Your enemies said that you talk too much. On this point, i tend to agree with them. Perhaps “too much talk” was Ok when ODM was campaigning, but know things have changed. Every Kenyan hates the Mungiki ( except perhaps for the unfortunate Mother or Wife whose man is a Mungiki, and some Kikuyus who have not been touched by their evil and still believe the Mungiki is their secret army defending their rights). 99% of Kenyans will not lose sleep if all the Mungiki were rounded up, millstones tied on their necks and dropped in the Indian Ocean.

That notwithstanding, something to think about:

  • The Mungiki hate you. To them, you are a boy who is trying to take from them what they have worked hard to achieve.
  • The Mungiki problem is not just a “youth without jobs” problem. As one of them said, they run a billion shilling extortion enterprise and what not. Furthermore, youths in other parts of Kenya face worse unemployment than those in Central, but they do not resort to doing the “mungiki” thing.
  • You may not fully understand the spirit behind the Mungiki, so you can not solve their problem. Michuki, Karua, Kibaki, Saitoti and Kenyatta understand Mungiki. It is their child. Let them deal with their wayward child.

In just 2 years, Orengo reverses the 100+ years of land injustice

Now listen to Orengo yap

“he will forcibly repossess grabbed land where evidence of graft has been cited.”

“He said all public land allocations will not be done orally and said that even the President will have to put down such requests in writing.”

“He said he will not consult the Attorney-General for advice on such obvious matters, adding that he shall proceed to right historical injustices inflicted upon Kenyans by the previous regimes.”

Phew.( The Bold text is mine.)

Now, listening to Orengo, one would imagine he had the powers of the president of the United States of America. One would imagine the Courts of the land were loyal to him and would do his bidding. One would imagine that all the enemies that he would create would somehow be unable to touch him. He is an intelligent man, no doubt and is just blowing hot air, otherwise, we all know, if he began to effect even just 1% of what he says here, we would soon say of him:

“so much promise, so much vigor. We hardly knew thee”.

Understanding Luospeak

Luos speak talk big. Perhaps other Kenyans would not be too wary of their ways if they realised that Luo speak is much ado about nothing. Among the Luo, there is something known as “Pakruok“, which loosely translated means, “bragging rights”. All those “Agwambo”, “Owad gi Akinyi”, “Tinga”, “Chuma liet Kimak” are just that, pakruok. Hot air. ( The site jaluo dot com even has a section labeled Od Pakruok or “Where people Brag” ).

So, how does the Brag help them? Luos like to “feel-anga good”. Such talk makes them feel good. People say Luos are proud. But i do not agree. Proud of what? Wealth? Achievements (Which?)? They are simply engaging in self promotion. They never are as important as what they would want you to believe. Unfortunately, other Kenyans do not know this, and the Luos themselves are blind to the fact that their attitude comes out as pride, and it scares others away and closes doors to them.

But sometimes, if you engage in too much Pakruok, you may start believing in those things you say about yourself. Let’s just hope that Orengo is not confusing his “paper” powers with real power that solves land problems on the ground. Lets hope that Raila does not believe that he is indeed “Agwambo” and that his PM position has powers that will enable him to set Kenya on the right path. If his PM powers had money and fire-power, he would, but, he has neither.

So, dear Kenyans: Ignore all that attention seeking bravado.

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This is a prophecy from one who is NOT a prophet, but prophesies after a heavy meal of pina calata gone awry.

People keep bashing Kalonzo, and make fun of his “miracle” statement.

But, going by past occurances, Kalonzo will be a president in Kenya. Why?

The presidency of Kenya has always gone ( so far ) to those who never sought it. It has always been given, i dare say, by the providence of the good Lord, to whomsoever he chose!

Kenyatta never sought to be president. Not that much. Apparently Jaramogi gave it to him on a silver platter.

Moi never sought to be president. As they say, he was pulled out of a classroom to be a politician and “providence” gave him the presidency.

Kibaki never really sought badly to be president, more so after the accident, but thanks to Raila, he got it.

Now consider those who had a burning desire to be president: Mboya, Njonjo, Karanja, Saitoti, Raila.

Kalonzo’s greatest ambition is not to be president, but rather to be loved by people, but lo and behold, he is just one step away from the presidency of Kenya.

Ladies and gentlemen, Kalonzo shall be president, even if for just 90 days. And after that, Ruto shall arise out of the Rift Valley with great force.

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So china’s ship bearing “goods”-arms, etc, for Zimbabwe, having been refused offload permission in RSA and Mozabique, is off to open seas?. They need not return to china. They can dock in Mombasa, and the GoK will happily help ship these goods to Zimbabwe.

First, i was really elated to know that RSA and Zimbabwe refused to allow such arms, knowing just too well what the “duly elected president” Mugabe would use them for. I am also happy to read that

“South Africa’s dock workers also said they would refuse to unload the shipment, a call backed up by the country’s powerful coalition of trade unions.”

More men like Prof. Wangari maathai needed

Second, i think Professor Wangari did a proud thing by rejecting to be part of the Olympic torch March. China can not change from within to be more “humane”. Only such “shaming” displays might help make them have a little “feeling” when they do things. As the “Genocide Olympics” protest showed, this tactic actually works, as it hits them at a vulnerable point.

Now back to kenya. I do remember that early this year, there was a similar shipment of about 4000 ( or was it 400,000? ) pieces of arms Kenya imported from the same Chinese company. I know the GoK can buy arms from whomever it wants, but hat was not the right time for such goods ( especially since we really did not have a known government at that time ). And, who knows into whose hands the arms fell? Surely, you can not believe the government’s explanation then that those were routine shipment meant for Police force. In any case, having just “lied” about the election, why would they tell the truth about the arms?

But that is all gone now ( and fortunately we do not have investigative reporters to unearth for us wheather the arms ended in Central or the RV ), but what we missed was COTU and an Atwoli urging the dock workers not to handle the cargo then.

Lead Plant in Nakuru

But there is something we can still do. There is something we can force China’s hand in. The secretive Lead smelting plant in Nakuru. Where are the activists NGOs? Where are the Egerton university students going to Nakuru and protesting about this plant?. China has no conscience. China ( just like most most Nations ) does not care that Africans in Nakuru will die of cancer or that their children will be born with deformities. The poor mothers will probably think it was just God’s will.

Think. If some Chinese companies could ship toys containing too much lead to US retailers, can you imagine the number of Chinese-made products with unacceptable levels of lead and other harmful compounds being sold in Kenya’s stores?

Genocide Olympics

But, the chinese care immensely about “honor” and “shame”. If something is going to dishonor them, they will listen to avoid such dishonor coming their way. We in Kenya, who are closer to the Sudan, should join Spielberg and protest at Chinese support for the murderous government of the Sudan. Maybe we should protest at their local ventures ( those road construction companies-we can give the contract to Kirinyaga Construction Co. ), and threaten not to buy “made in China”.

But i doubt we will. Apart from Prof. Wangari, kenya does not have men having any beliefs. Or we won’t, perhaps because the same unbridled desires that drives them, drives all of us.

On a mellower note: Or perhaps it is the time of the Beast of the East, and our protests will not have a lasting effect. Perhaps the Dragon of old has awaken. Woe unto those in his path.

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This is my land, this is your land, the Land is big enough for us

What is the message here?

Several come to mind:

  1. We are one, and are all united for one purpose.
      The purpose? To have it good over here, while you survive on less than $1/day,stupid. We are your leaders.
  2. In the new government, everyone wins
    • You longing for the Moi days? These are the Moi days.
    • You love Kibaki’s style of doing things? Kazi inaendelea.
    • You believe Kenya needs a leader like Raila? Behold, happy days are ahead.
    • Looking for supernatural help to get Kenya into vision 2035? Kalonzo has a miracle.
  3. The only thing that does not change is change itself. Kenya will remain vivo hivyo
  4. No businessman need panic. Your man is in power.
    • Made campaign contributions to any of the three? You did not lose. Payday is coming.
    • Made money in the Moi days? You still can
  5. And, finally, Moi is telling us: “Look at my Children, all playing together nice and good,. I told ya, i am the professor of politics”

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Disclaimer: This is not a serious post, but my YADA YADA for the day.

In Moi’s time there was one man, Nicholas Biwott, whose activities you would do well to watch. He would be Minister wherever there was something big to be had.

In Kibaki’s time, the point man is John Michuki.  If you want to know where the next big thing is at, watch where he gets assigned. Samples: Minister of Transport ( Seat belts, KBS out, City Hoppa in, etc), Minister of Information ( Safaricom, BPO, Optical cable), Minister for  Internal Security (Elections, provincial administration, etc).

Now, he is minister of Minerals. That should tell you something.

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There are only two ways ODM can make it in this coalition intact:

  • -by the good grace of the Lord, God
  • -By sheer brain and brawn by ODM and Raila

Why?

If Kibaki (or Mt Kenya Mafia, PNU, the kitchen cabinet, or whatever you call them ) had the guts to violently rob power from Kenyans in broad daylight, he certainly did not intend to share it with others. Whatever concessions he made, he certainly was forced to. But, really, he has not ceded much control-considering what ODM has been given.

Now, this is what surprises me. Raila seems to believe ( and i know optimism is a good thing ) that he now has power to make things work well in Kenya. One wonders how he will achieve that; He neither has the purse strings nor the fire power to make “his” ministers from PNU work.

Second, Raila has said that he will personally make sure the IDPs are ressetled and have their lives back. Again, how will he achieve this? The same way Kibaki stole power and has kept it, is the same way most RV kaleos think about the displaced IDPs that are Kikuyus. They are not about to embrace them as “brothers and sisters”, as much as that is desireable. And supposing he actually delivers and the Kikuyu IDPs get resettled OK, i do not see them ever singing the praises of mjaruo Raila for “saving” them, neither do i see them ever voting for him, if he were to run again.

Third, the way the ministries were split up, ODM has shell ministries. For instance, what does ODM’s Medical services ministry do? Set policies, perhaps, for PNU’s Public health Ministry to implement ( Public Health, who has all the money it needs for HIV-AIDS, etc ) . You can immediately see that it will take a miracle for an effective and coordinated effort for these ministries to work.

Fourth, how will ODM ensure that corruption does not occur in the new government? Take fellow ministers to Kibaki’s (or Karua’s and Amos Wako’s and Gicheru’s ) courts?

So, as others have noted, i see 2003 all over again, only this time, since Kibaki may not have fire power over ODM’s ministers, he has effectively neutered them. And given that they are not different from their PNU counterparts, they will perhaps be contented to just seat and “eat”.

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I was listening to the initial trial of the 6 Florida girls who beat their peer senseless, and uploaded the video they recorded of the beating to youTube, and as i expected, you get the idea that these girls have no idea what hit them ( i mean , if they even had a clue, that what they were doing might have be wrong, they would not have uploaded that video ).

One of them, with her freckled face, kept shaking her head as she hears the Judges words:

charged with kidnapping, battery.., you will not use the internet/chat room.. including but not limited to mySpace, youTube,. will not go anywhere near (high school function), curfew.., house arrest,..

To these girls, electronic communication and the love of “freedom” to participate in school activities is their life, and those words are their sentencing already began.

I hear the mention of “possible life” sentence, and i think. This is so so cruel.

Why? Because these girls did not understand that what they were doing was wrong ( if they did, there would not have been a youtube video). These girls are innocent. Period.

Normally, to know, you must learn. These are the sources of such learning information:

Parents: Traditionally ( as is still the case is most non-developed and “uncivilized” societies ), parents serve as the teachers of morality. They tell their kids what is wrong and what is right. “Johhny, do not touch the candle!” “Ashley, you can not hit your brother!”. Alas, not any more in America. Most parents in America believe they have developed enough to the point that they do not require such old fashioned ideas being shoved down their kids throats. There is no absolute truth. The kids will determine for themselves what is right or wrong when they grow up.

The Schools: American schools have no moral right or authority to instill right and goodness in kids. They are free to teach them anything under the sun, except how to be a good and moral person in society.

The Church: The American church has lost its moral authority to teach anything. In any case, the church is made up of the same Parents. American church is a “feel good society”. Nothing more. Woe unto you if you even try to point out that a certain action is sinful or not moral scripturally. You will be labeled a “condemner” of people, a “holier-than-thou” and hater of people. And, if you happen to be an outsider from Africa like me, you get that silent look of “what do you know?”. In any case, there is no such thing as sin. Deep inside, we are ALL good. We make mistakes, because of our human “flaws”. Sin? That is laughable.

The Bible: The only book with moral ideals, has been thrown outside the school compounds in America. Yet, the very laws that are now being used to judge the girls, are pulled right out of the Bible ( the so called Judeo-Christian teachings on which most western society’s laws are based )

Now consider the voices that the American kids listen to for instruction: Broadcast Media, social online sites, fellow ignorant peers, video games. In fact, as instructed by video games ( which only a fool would deny is a great teaching tool for kids ), how do you deal with your enemies: beat them up or shoot them!

So, is it not cruel, to raise these kids, telling them right/wrong is relative, and providing them with absolutely no tools or idea on how to make distinctions between what is right and what is wrong, then, when they act according to what they think is right ( right/wrong is all relative, in any case ), the law suddenly descends on them with full force?. At what point in their lives are they expected to understand that beating an “enemy” senseless is wrong? Wrong according to whose standards?

In all fairness, the following people should also be in that courtroom standing side by side with those poor girls: their Parents, their teachers, their Media creators, their priest and pastors, the social opinion shapers, etc.

American, and most of Europe, is reaping the results of ignoring the existence of an absolute set of standards. Standards not based on human thought and experimentation, but standards based on the belief of truth external to humans.

My fellow Kenyans, in your deep and senseless desire to be “white”, you follow along without question. This is deep folly without salvation.

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