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This blog was never meant to be political commentary, but the last several posts have been very much so. Perhaps it is because, i, like most Kenyans, have been slowing waking up from the nightmare we went through recently, and can’t resist to find someone to blame.

Again, i have of late been very critical of ODM and their leaders and people. I hope this is the last of such posts.

I find it sickening, that ODM and PM Raila would want to hold a homecoming party. Party? What are they celebrating? I do not see anything to celebrate. But then again, there is everything for them to celebrate.

  • ODM and has the premier position.
  • Many of them folks are ministers ( Oburu, KaJwang’, Otuoma, Ruto).
  • They get over $20,000/month tax free to burn around, for doing absolutely nothing.
  • They get chance to influence and “eat”..

William Samoei arap Ruto i can excuse. At least he has been behaving in a manner likely to suggest he is busy working, provisioning Billions of shillings to Farmers, in Eldoret North, and the Rift valley, and Nationwide.

How about his Nyanza and Western counterparts? What are they doing? Heard any statement from them that may promise something new for Western/Nyanza? Has Ny’ong’o talked of establishing referral Hospitals in Kisumu or Kakamega to help solve the mega health problems in Nyanza and Western? How about Modern Medical Centers in all major Western Kenya towns?. How about coming up with an infrastucture that enables those supposedly very good ( Luo/Luhya -and other well wishers ) doctors to offer their services to the community every weekend or so?

What new Ideas does Dr. Otuoma have for the Fishing Industry? Dr. Oburu’s constituency is a Fishing community. What plans does he have for his people? Nada. Nada. As long as he can get a cool drink at Ndori, everything is perfect.

Once a Luo/Luhya, always one. Party. Party. Party. Brag to your friends how important you now are. Feelanga important and good. Flaunt your big titles and cars. As for working, they most likely will defend themselves thus:

Who said i was your employee, you uneducated peasant!”.

I am a minister who works for the Nation, not just Nyanza

Do not expect handouts, you must work. I worked very hard to be where i am.

Perhaps, but what is the reality on the ground? Yes, one may be a Minister who serves the whole nation, but history has shown us that the Minister’s influence can be used to at least raise the standards of life of “his” people. Surely the Nyanza and the Western people are at the bottom of the pecking order, so no one in his right mind will complain if they see a Minister using his good offices to improve the lives of these poor Kenyans, and Kenya as a whole.

I will cuff my wrists so that i do not write about these people again. If i do, the first reader who informs me within 1 day of the post appearing, will get $10.00 cash**. Promise.

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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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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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So you heard that the Ksh 2.9 billion was going to be distributed to assist secondary schools deal with tuition. Some of the requirements are:

high student  enrolment (min 40 per class expected)

-new separate bank accounts for the schools

Now it appears that Nyanza ( you guessed it, that marginalized poor province ) suffers most:

show that 450 schools in Nyanza —more than half of the total of 891 in the province—have been denied funding”

The reason Karega Mutahi advances are that

“reasons why the schools were left out are low student enrolment and confusion arising from similarity of names and bank accounts—a problem affecting all provinces.”

It is hard not to believe those who always claim that Nyanza is being marginalized by the ‘once/still is” kikuyu administration. One might be tempted to argue that the 40+ rule was meant to cut out Nyanza.

Now, the question is:

– is the money being given on a school to school basis?

-if the money is being given on pupil to pupil basis, why does it matter that the class must be 40+?

-if indeed calculations showed that 40 is the threshhold for getting good returns on the money (show me the math formulas), then how do you expect the schools to “merge” overnight- as being suggested by Mutahi

– the aim of the fund was to assist the needy parents, so naturally, you would come up with a formula that benefits the known poor regions ( Nyanza, NEP ), so how comes the formula selected benefits the more prosperous regions ( Nairobi, Central ) and penalizes this needy region?

-is it the pupil’s mistake that his class size does not meet the magic number of 40 students?

-i thought NEP is sparsely populated. How did they manage such that “All the 41 schools  in North Eastern  qualified

My own thought on this matter is this:  someone at the Ministry of Education (which we are told is 99% Kikuyu run ) did some math, realized that the class density will benefit Central, Nairobi (with high pop density), and penalize Nyanza (those Luos making life hard for “us”) and Western Kenya.

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I go to buy from a hardware store and i notice that there is a little black book that Mr shopkeeper enters my purchase in. Now this shop is computerised, and the billing system spits out my receipt in no time. Why is Mr muindi ( i notice mainly the Wahindis doing this-sorry) going through the pain of keeping two records of the transaction? Can anyone enlighten me? Which record does KRA know about?

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They say one of the marks of being super-rich in the USA is giving to charitable causes, mostly in Africa.

The africans in diaspora, who are “super-rich”, using the “less than $1 a day” yardstick of the volks in Africa, are also very charitable, giving, in terms of remittances, Billions of dollars (e.g. Kenya officially receives about $1b/year).

So where does the money go? Am i missing something here? Should not Kenyans at least have moved to, say, $10/day since 2002?

Either this money has found its way back from whence it came or the $1/day is not for real but a “pity me”  fund raising figure or a “look at me, i am better than you!” haha.

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