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Sobering Thought About Coronavirus

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It is my last day of self-quarantine after return from travel and all through this time, I have limited my time of watching news to a bare few minutes at the beginning and end of the day because there’s simply too much and overwhelming information and, worse, misleading, wrong, erroneous and even lying from places you would not expect such as the White House.

A certain person who shall remain nameless has been busy trashing institutions and career professionals such that even CDC scientists who the public should have 100% trust in what they’re saying are finding themselves weary of the man with the big cane and what he may do should the cross or contradict him, which is wrong and a condemnable disservice to the nation. But that’s for another day.

For now, a sobering thought: scientists are saying 96% chance #coronavirus came from bat, which transmitted to farm animals then to human; if original bat is not found, chances are it is still out there continuing to transmit the virus.

Worse, there are hundreds of thousands of “intermediate hosts,” meaning the animals that the bat transmitted to such that even if we get rid of the virus, there’s still a chance the virus could reemerge.

The solution is to find the original transmitter bat or original source for the virus, a daunting task made only worse with existing travel and other restrictions.

It’s times where only prayer offers hope and comfort that all shall be well albeit after losses in lives, livelihoods and other things people are accustomed to and even taken for granted. So hear us God.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Kemei Murder: Ruto Is Innocent

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Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei

Deputy President William Ruto gave an impassioned speech during the burial of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, a security officer in Ruto’s office who got entangled with the Echesa Fake Military Procurement scandal that has quickly turned from a daring scam into a cold-blooded murder case.

The DP was at one point almost in tears as he professed his innocence and non involvement whatsoever in the murder of this yet another Kenyan whose murder can either be silencing him so as not to spill what he knows, or to implicate Ruto and therefore bring him down on that basis alone.

Those are the only two options.

There’s no in-between scenario to explain this murder.

None.

And just so it’s clear, had Ruto out and out broken into a tearful cry, it would not have been crocodile tears. Far from it.

But that’s one half of the story–the innocence or absence of it in the Kemei murder.

The DP did not just profess his innocence; he went into the offensive daring anyone, including the system he says is out to get him or otherwise stop him from becoming our next president, to even kill him, if they have to for he says he’s not going to be cowed from seeking the presidency he no doubt believes is his this time around.

The man from Sugoi singled out Kinoti as representative of the system and basically told him his gloves are off and he’s ready for the fight.

On this one, I believe the DP is, indeed, innocent of Kemei’s murder as he so passionately insinuated, even as an unwitting participant but wiser counsel would have been for him not to take the battle to Kinoti, and therefore the president himself as he has.

It’s an unnecessary escalation but the gloves are off, with the system having taken them off first, and now joined by the DP.

Someone will get a KO and bettors who don’t like losing any money will put their odds on the system delivering the proverbial KO.

If not, Ruto will be president for life.

And the country will then see an exodus of mostly men scrambling for life and safety outside the borders and out of reach of Ruto’s own Kinoti.

Stay tuned.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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What David Murathe Said About Matiang’i Means

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CS Fred Matiang’i with Sabina Chege, Women Rep for Murang’a

Anyone who follows what I write and what I have said about David Murathe, and in particular what he told me about Raila just before 2007 elections will know why what Murathe said about Matiang’i, which you can read more as reported by the media in Murathe Says Matiang’i Fit For President.

I have also said here and elsewhere except my column where I don’t write about Matiang’i for reasons I know that there’s a camp within the system that prefers to have Matiang’i/Gideon as successor to Uhuru and Ruto, respectively.

There’s, of course, the more definitive and able one-to decide-and-do over everyone wing of the system that prefers Baba/Gideon with UK as all powerful PM, or some other less powerful PM.

Which one of the two wings will prevail is anyone’s guess.

Odds are the latter will prevail unless BBI goes south, which is highly unlikely in which case they’ll abandon their lukewarm support of Raila and adopt the former’s position and if they do, there’s an element of that strategy I and the few who know, know that would make it advisable for Matiang’i to decline the offer when offered.

One thing that’s for certain and you can deduce from the above is Ruto won’t see the inside of State House as president come 2022 so say BOTH wings of the system and that you can stagger to the closest bank and cash if you don’t believe.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Senator Ledama Olekina Arrested

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Senator Ledama is a friend I have known for a long time and can vouch for him the man is not a tribalist or hater; he’s just articulating Maa issues though a statement he made at the Narok BBI rally is problematic and is what earned him the arrest.

I am sure knowing him that’s not a statement he will repeat but he will and should continue articulating other Maa issues and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The problematic statement is “Maa land belongs to Maa people” and that’s just not true under the Constitution.

Kenyans are free to own property and live anywhere in the country, which my friend also acknowledged in the same speech. The dual issues he is trying to articulate relate to (a) land use where those who buy are not following the law to develop the land bought and (b) exploiting poor land owner sellers, which is a nationwide problem.

Nothing wrong with that.

Let the good senator clarify his sentiments and be let go to fight for Maa issues consistent with the law and spirit of BBI.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

REBIRTH of A NATION; A NEW KENYA

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I am happy to report that BBI finetuning is underway and soon after those bringing it home do the last rally in Nairobi, it’ll be faith accompli.

Entitlement to power notions heretofore reality, in fact, shall be no more come 2021. I repeat, 2021.

Electoral theft shall be no more come same time.

Ditto violence after every general elections.

This an outcome I know no one other than those in denial would not stand up and applaud.

The good news for the bunch, namely, those in denial about the good tidings ahead, is they, too, will enjoy the fruits of this final liberation of our beloved country.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Time For Someone Other Than A Kikuyu or Kalenjin to Be President of our Beloved Kenya

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As I often do, I am posting here my responses to a netter I often engage in a certain Kenyan forum because I believe his views are not unique so others can benefit from mine in response. When I say “You say,” I am quoting the netter, and my responses follow

Thank you for your sober response to my post and, as I always do when I see such (and to your credit is often the case), let me respond in kind as follows:

You say, “I don’t think Kikuyus ever thought they can only vote for a Kikuyu.” I agree and let me be more precise in what I meant to say about this, and many people hold this view: by dint of history and cultural norms, most Kikuyus have always believed and still believe the House of Mumbi must always be at the dinner table, sitting on either end of the table always reserved for mama na baba or guest of honor.

You say, “Right now the only two people mentioned are Raila and Ruto. I believe they are not Kikuyus.” True, but understand this from my metaphor above, which you should also keep in mind when you’re reading this or anything I say about the subject.

You say, “That notion or movement [of only Kikuyus being president] would be a waste of time.” Partially true, when understood by the metaphor above.

You say, “It is non-Kikuyus who held that notion and unfortunately you are among them.” I am sure by now you see what point is meant by this and why your assertion is incorrect or wrong when analyzed from that perspective.

You say, “The confusion is because since 92 when they had a choice, they only voted for Kikuyu candidate. They have had very strong candidates who have been presidential materials.” Being Kikuyu was more of a factor than being a “strong” candidate; in other words, a Kikuyu mannequin would have harvested the same number of votes as did any of those candidates.

You say, “Kibaki and Matiba in 92, Kibaki in 97, Kibaki in 02 and 07, Uhuru in 13 and 17 [had the near unanimous Kikuyu vote because they were “strong” candidates] but, as I note above, being “strong” was only secondary to being Kikuyu in as far as nearly all those who voted cared.

You say, “Today, all Kikuyus to the man agree on letting another person rule and now instead of hearing hallelujah from you and others, I still hear that notion of Kikuyus only supporting Kikuyus.” This is not true. While the general sense among most Kikuyus is the country cannot stand another Kikuyu presidency, there’s a health doze of them who believe otherwise—but let me hasten to add you and I agree they’re an insignificant number.

You say, “Who is that Kikuyu to be voted by Kikuyus in 2022? Wairia or PK? That is news to me.” Take this to the bank: were a Kikuyu to be on the ballot in 2022, he’ll get more votes in Central than all non-serious candidates in the past have gotten across the country—combined!

You say, “Kisiis voted for Nyachae to the man in 02 and you did. Can we say you are a tribalist because you voted for Nyachae?” No, and this is not the issue; if not sure why, read again what I am saying is the point in my post.

You say, “Anyona run but did any serious Kisii vote for him?” No; but they didn’t have to.
You say, “Communities have a way of identifying with a candidate and the leaders play a central role in that decision.” True.
You say, “So if PK rose, and leaders coalesced around him, he will get Kikuyus votes.” My point above.

You say, “For Raila, he needs to compete with Ruto.” He is already.

You say, “Ruto for all his weakness and baggage has known how to reach the Kikuyus and has captured their will.” I don’t know about “capturing their will,” but I’ll give you he figured how to reach Kikuyus (note I am deliberately putting this in the past.”

You say, “The anger from your side is because Mt. KENYA which include Ameru and Embu supports Ruto.” Speaking for myself, and many people I know like me, we are NOT angry at ALL with Ruto having previously gained ground in Central as a serious presidential contender for 2022; in fact, I have said many times here and elsewhere, including my column that if Ruto were to somehow overcome all these forces against him and get elected as president in 2022, I’ll be the first one to congratulate him and will be right there to help him govern.

You say, “Please accept their democrat right to decide on Ruto.” I have never said neither would I that those supporting Ruto have no right to do so; they do.

You say, “Raila is not being rejected because he is Luo but because he has not campaigned and also campaigned against Uhuru.” Partially true and mostly False. There are many who vow they will never accept Raila no matter what and those will never change their views even if Raila moved to central Central and waged daily campaigns from there till the fat lady sings. You’re right Raila has not campaigned in Central nearly as close as Ruto has but that will soon change.

You say, “Uhuru called him a mad man (kimundu Kiguruki) and Kikuyus are asking when that changed.” Hypocrisy is inseparable from politics; were the absence of hypocrisy to be a disqualification for holding office or campaigning for one, there will be no politician holding office, ANWHERE.

You say, “The interests of Mt. Kenya are in Jubilee.” Only until Jubilee merges with the already informally formed super coalition in which case those who you represent or think like you will have the choice to remain or go elsewhere with Ruto.

You say, “They have a stake in that party and not Jubilee otherwise tell me of who is in ODM from there except Kamanda and Waiguru.” You’re stuck in this false belief that this is about Jubilee vz ODM; it is NOT.

You say, “Let Raila find out what Ruto has done to command that massive support.” There’s no “massive” support but there’s support for Ruto in Central which will soon disappear or remain in pockets not enough to overcome the surging tsunami.

You say, “If you think Ruto is not popular there, then be happy because they are only thinking of Ruto and Raila.” 2022 won’t be a popularity contest, rather, who captures 50+1 of the vote, and that man will be none other than the one you know.

You say, “Uhuru is with Raila so this notion that Kikuyus cannot vote for a Luo must be rejected.” Raila has had many Kikuyus who have openly and publicly supported and voted for him, including prominent ones like Sir Charles Njonjo. That was not my point, but I am sure you have seen it by now but, if not, let me make it one more time:
We need a break from yet another Kikuyu or Kalenjin president.

You say, “Ruto is a Kalenjin.”

Exactly my point.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Wisdom Primarily for Married Couples

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Not exactly politics but I thought I share this musing a friend of the subject shared.

A man packs his belongings after a hotel stay during a business trip and heads home. In unpacking his bags, his wife finds an unused packet of condoms.

Without saying anything to her husband, the wife places the condoms on his side of bed nightstand.

The husband sees them and, puzzled, asks his wife why she thought after all these years of marriage (15) it was necessary to use condoms, and also given she had tubal ligation after the birth of their second child.

The wife did not say much other than to say she appreciated the man was being safe when “sleeping around” but the marriage was over as far as she was concerned. Confused and puzzled at the same time, the man prodded his wife to explain what the heck she was talking about as he had no clue.

“I found those in your bag when I was unpacking!” she yelled back at him.

The man, as best and as calmly as he could, tried to explain to the wife he had no idea how that could be because he never procured the condoms and neither did he pack them.

She could hear none of it but instead berated the man and long story short, the marriage was irreparably damaged from that moment on as the man simply retreated and, to make matters worse, the wife, who was convinced her husband was “sleeping around,” started her own affair with another man.

The husband found out about the affair and the couple with now 2 teenage children, divorced.

The condom package was in one of the hotel drawers the husband had put his personals and he unknowingly had them packed along with his stuff when he was packing to leave the hotel.

The man had not previously cheated on his wife; at least he so maintains, and neither did he do so even after the ugly confrontation about the condoms.

Only the wife did following that incident, and based on her now obviously mistaken belief and all this from an innocent act of the man unknowingly packing the pack of condoms.

Moral of the story: Don’t rush to conclusions even when you think you have all the evidence; there just could be an innocent explanation just as this one.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2019 in Musings, Uncategorized

 

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The Venerable Charles Njonjo’s Gift to Uhuru in 2002 and Its Historic Meaning Then and Now

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Always humbled to know former AG Charles Njonjo or “Sir Charles” as he’s iconically referred to is one of those notables who follow and read my blog or column.

Indeed, some many years ago when I started penning the column, I was informed by the Star the former AG’s personal office staff had made an inquiry in his behalf as to my contact information and noted he was interested in meeting with yours truly.

Although he thought I was in Kenya, he was informed I am based in the US and in time, a meeting was arranged and I met him in Nairobi on my next trip there.

From first lunch meeting at Nairobi Club and others that would follow since, all I can say is the man is every bit the iconic and historic figure we have always known him to be. It is an honor and privilege to know him I just hope he would have agreed for yours truly to pen his memoirs but this is something he has resisted over the decades and it’s doubtful he would change his mind about it now.

When you hear the expression “if walls can talk,” well, this is one “wall” if it talks we would know a whole lot more about the Jomo Kenyatta and early Moi era than we now know and will completely come to understand why things happened the way they did.

We will also come to more fully understand why Mzee Njonjo decided to support Raila in his presidential quest against Uhuru’s bid.

Kenyans.co.ke tells a story about a symbolic gift Njonjo gave to Uhuru back in 2002 when Uhuru was trying to be president for the first time, in-experienced as he was and virtually against everyone’s expectation other than Moi who was fronting him.

According to the story, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s close aide Duncan Ndegwa, in his memoir Walking in Kenyatta’s Struggle, narrated that on the day that the embattled Uhuru was commemorating the 24th anniversary of his father’s demise during the 2002 presidential campaign, Kenyatta’s trusted aide Charles Njonjo came to him with an unlikely gift.

It was a cap Kenyatta senior used to wear matching Jaramogi’s in the early years of their friendship but took it off and never to wear it again after the acrimonious fall-out between the two.

Ndegwa stated that there was a general surprise amongst some individuals present at the commemoration who were old enough to recognize the cap since it had not been seen in public for 36 straight years since Kenyatta had taken it off.

The reason for why Njonjo gave Uhuru the cap, it is believed, was a call it was time to build bridges between Uhuru and then rebel Raila Odinga to rekindle the relationship that their fathers had and lost.

That never really happened back then (2002) but it has certainly happened and still happening now following the handshake that took place on March 9, 2018.

We appreciate people like Sir Charles Njonjo from Central Kenya who have long known, and others will soon know the only way forward with a one and united Kenya, is to bury the past woes and open a new book of togetherness and love for one another as brothers and sisters, all equal under the eyes of God.

This is what the handshake is all about and ditto BBI which is intended to implement the vision behind the handshake and in tandem with what Sir Charles and like minded also had in mind those many years ago.

It’s befitting that this vision comes to fruition in their lifetime, even as the future generation reaps the benefit.

 

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2019 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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BBI Implementation is Not an Option

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As I often say, even as I blog and pen columns, there are certain things I would not say other than to those who need to know. There are also things I keep in confidence from the same, shared only on need to know basis. Chief among those, is strategy, which is also strategic to share but only after the fact as I am doing here but in other cases as a strategy in by itself. Go figure.

When you read tomorrow’s column, you’ll see a reference to “Nuclear Option.” This is a strategy I shared with the powers that be and I have alluded to it before in one of my blogs.  I know for sure no one ever thought about it in 2017 and, had Baba followed through with it, it would have created an earthquake and shook up things more than the handshake has.

However, I am happy it’s the handshake we’re dealing with, not that other option for it had and still has its complications–and NO, we’re not talking about going into the bushes.

Rather, a sophisticated, yet practical solution to rigging through legal channels and if certain people who should know hadn’t even thought about it, then for sure nobody else knows or has thought about it to this point.

I say this because the option can be used as I posit in my column to implement BBI, if the headwinds against it are too strong propelled by forces of those who would want to derail the process for their own, selfish and insatiable thirst for power.

So, as we get ready to battle on this important task, this is still an option I see as viable and I know Tangatanga has no clue what it is.

My suggestion is let them think twice about their false belief they can take-on and defeat Uhuru, Raila and the system because I am fairly confident if push comes to shove, the president and BBI supporters can rally to have the Nuclear Option adopted and put into effect to implement BBI and the country will be better off for that.

Yes, many disgruntled but nothing anywhere near the masses who for decades have suffered violence, destruction of property and deaths of loved ones all in the evil BBI is specifically intended to jettison.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2019 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Deconstructing BBI Central Kenya Narrative Part II

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga shre a light hearted moment at the foot steps of Harambee House after their meeting where they resolved to work together and unite the country after the long protracted elections. March 9, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor

According to the Star, Mt Kenya MPs have indicated that they will oppose the parliamentary system of governance should the BBI report propose so.

The more than 30 legislators who addressed a press conference in Parliament buildings on Thursday, said they will reject a proposal to either elect a Prime Minister or President in Parliament.

“Our people are underrepresented. What we want is one man one vote, ” Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni said.

They said that inclusivity in the government will play a big role but it should be able to address leadership, representation, resource, allocation and the structure of the gThe legislators who included senators and MPs said they will hold a meeting after Building Bridges Initiative has released its findings where they will give their take.

Following this news, I had the following exchange with a netter:

Netter:

These [MPs] are not few. Uhuru needs to do something. Mambo bado.

Remember even some Luo mps realized that Moi did kifunga macho to them. An MP in Lamu representing 10k voters will have same weight with one in Siaya with 150k voters. Those folks will decide who rules.

Parliamentary system will see battle line drawn and may see even unexpected quarters gang….eg Duale for it and am MP from Nyanza tell Raila hell no.

My response:

I am not privy as to what the strategy to make sure BBI passes is, but I can put two and two together and tell you I see two different paths to that end, even one involving NO referendum. I am therefore not concerned about what these MPs say or do because we know ALL of them are thinking their own jobs and EATING first and how BBI will affect that. As a progressive, that is the least of my concern and our task is educate and inform the public as we are to be focused on what matters.

What matters is amending the constitution to address the BBI core issues, which are: (a) Ethnic antagonism and competition b) Lack of a national ethos c) Inclusivity and devolution d) Divisive elections e) Safety and security f) Corruption g) Shared prosperity h) Responsibilities and rights. Nearly all of these can be done legislatively and by Executive Orders and I know there’s one path ALL of them can be done without need to amend the constitution and therefore NO need for a referendum but let’s first wait and see the report.

Netter’s response:

True about 2007 and Hague. Raila rejected the results. Ruto was his lieutenant and Uhuru was working for Kibaki. Kibaki and Raila should have been hauled in Hague also. Ruto and Uhuru were not running for office then. Tell us who behind the violence in subsequent elections and why? He claimed elections were stolen?

If Raila didnt run during these elections and condemned related elections, we would not be talking changing the system of Govt. Ruto was not with Raila when violence broke out in 13, and 17. Who was in charge? Raila. Uhuru and Raila are focused on all violence happening every time Raila losses. Those seats are make him get accommodated. They think he will get a seat so shut the hell up. What if we change the constitution, Ruto wins the presidency and Jubilee is majority as in today’s case but he appoints Duale and Kiunjuri as DP and prime ministers, Khalalwe and Kibutha as DPM, and Jumwa in powerful ministry, then gets others supporting him from Luo, Kisii, Meru, Maasailands and all over Kenya since PM will be from majority party? He will meet their requirements but Raila will be out.

So if Ruto appoints a Migori MP or let say one in Jubilee as DPM as long as he is Luo, will that make Raila happy? So assuming we have current situation, who would have been PM? Duale or Kidiki? Since no Luo MP is in Jibilee, how do they get one without nominations? Raila will reject the results and violence will be there.

The system of Govt is not the problem. Just make Raila accept results and nobody will fight.

On Mt. Kenya, let us see if Uhuru will make it. He will run against elected leaders and with Raila on his side, he wont make unless they address representation issue. The posts of PM and deputy PM are accepted in Kenya but how you get them is the issue. One man one vote will have to be the mode of electing leaders. Hio short cut being made for Raila to assume power will be rejected. Wacha RV and other leaders speak and Uhuru may have to forget RV abd Mt. Kenya

But UK will be well received in Nyanza.

My response:

I will not indulge you or anyone opening wounds of 2007 as far as I am concerned, that’s now history and I am happy in the role I played in ending Uhuru’s ICC case.

However, that doesn’t mean we simply forget what happened, or what happened in 2017; rather, we only keep that in mind as it informs our way forward in making sure it does not happen again. This is all what this is about, namely, ensuring future elections are peaceful and the country remains united and not divided along tribal lines. You obviously believe this is about Raila but so be it. We know what it is about and those who matter and will make it happen know.

I am talking about the powers that be notwithstanding what those stuck in the past wish to do because they just don’t have what it takes to stop the momentum we have to bring about lasting change to fix these ailments for the good of our beloved country.

You can dismiss Uhuru now as useless and a Luo who now belongs to Nyanza all that tells us is how much you hate Raila but that’s alright; it’s your prerogative.

All I know is thanks to the humble Uhuru Kenyatta, Uhuru Will Atone for the Sins of His Father and Usher in New Era for us mpende msipende (like it or not).

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2019 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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