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New K24 Show Hosted By Jeff Koinange

Jeff Koinange: Ladies and Gentlemen. K24 has been accused of being an Uhuru Kenyatta mouthpiece. I reject this accusation as I strongly as one can. K24 is about examining political issues of the day and what our leaders from across the board are saying or doing about them.

K24 is impartial and balanced in its programming and its not our policy to slant coverage in favor of any one person or any tribe for that matter.

Today, we are launching a new program “Face the Nation” a show like no other you have seen (other than the Bench) bringing you issues you want addressed as our viewers and to kick us off, our first show is about the 47th County, Nairobi, what issues the county faces and who should be elected as governor to tackle them.

Our guests are two Kikuyus vying for governorship of Nairobi County and the Chairman of SONU, who happens to be a Luo but we have him here to fend off any charges we are an anti-Luo joint–never mind I won’t be asking him much as I showcase our preferred candidate for the office and more so my good friend KK.

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Analysis:

Another good idea by Jeff Koinange and perfect to accomplish the stations known objective. I’ll be curious to know, though, why he picked the title of the show identical to CBS’ Face the Nation of the US but that’s neither here nor there.

In substance, a good first show as the show, did, in fact, address pertinent issues affecting Nairobi County that its first governor must tackle upon being sworn and with no time to waste.

Beyond that, it remains to be seen what JK has in store for us in terms of his agenda and invited guests and analysts/ commentators.

It will be a great show if JK were to be a disinterested host interested only on the issues and not the promotion of the individuals he parades through the show or their allies–a feat I would nominate him for every possible prestigious journalism award–even the Nobel Prize, why not; for that would be a feat that would defy everything we know including the not so-hidden agenda of K24!

I can think of 5 good business reasons and 3 political reasons why it would be in K24’s interest to have such an objective show as opposed to a predictable and slanted one as yours truly suspects this one will likely turn out to be if the tell tales tell us anything.

***The Intro is a parody***

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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Politics

 

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MPs Unpopularity A Dilemma for Presidential Hopefuls But Only For Some, Not All

According to the Standard Online story below, presidential hopefuls are in a dilemma over associating with MPs who face credible opposition from popular aspirants, which could doom their prospects for election.

The paper notes that a recent poll suggests 63% of Kenyans would not re-elect their current MPs, which the paper notes is adding to the pressure for these presidential candidates to shun the unpopular MPs.

Although there is truth in this analysis, it is more so true for PNU or whatever it morphs into in 2012 than ODM, which continues to enjoy nationwide support despite its earlier problems wrought by Ruto’s departure.

Led by Raila’s strategic moves to re-popularize the party and specifically his successfully fending off Ruto’s onslaughts, all that is left is for the party to maintain its dominance in Kenyan politics is to hold open and transparent elections of its top officials and ditto for nomination of its contenders for the various elective offices and the train to victory shall be difficult, if not impossible to stop.

PNU, G7, G47 or whatever tribal outfit emerges to challenge ODM will likely see dust simply because none of these entities or more specifically none their leaders can make any compelling case beyond tribalism why they are or can be a better team than ODM, and more so for the high office.

That’s not to say many within their ranks cannot be elected to the various elective offices in their own right, which they shall, but any objective analyst must conclude not at the presidential level where none matches Raila in terms of leadership qualities and broad appeal across the nation.

In other words, the only reason Raila gets defeated, is if tribalism prevails.

His opponents hope so, the rest of us hope not.

Peace, Unity and Truth

Omwenga

And now the story…

Presidential hopefuls are in a dilemma over association with MPs who face credible opposition from popular aspirants, which could unsettle their campaigns for high office.

The frontrunners to succeed President Kibaki have the tricky task to embrace allies in Parliament without being seen as an endorsement by their rivals who also back their presidential candidatures. A recent opinion poll suggesting 63 per cent of Kenyans would not re-elect their current MPs piles up pressure on presidential aspirants to shun unpopular leaders, hanging onto their coattails to shore up their support.

The conflict involving sitting MPs, former legislators and new political players will escalate in the forthcoming General Election since many more posts are up for grabs, including governor, Senator, MP, representatives to county assemblies.

Presidential hopefuls have tricky task ahead [Graphic/Standard]

Feuds between sitting MPs and aspirants have dire political consequences like in 2007 when Narc-Kenya imploded, leading to the late cobbling of PNU as President Kibaki’s re-election vehicle.

Eventually the parties fielded competing parliamentary candidates that resulted in PNU having fewer MPs than ODM, which was among the grounds to dispute President Kibaki’s victory.

Fourth president

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Planning Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth, Gichugu MP Martha Karua are competing to become the country’s fourth president.

Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale cautions presidential aspirants to accord equal treatment to MPs and their opponents because favouring incumbents is politically suicidal.

“Presidential aspirants should know they are operating in an environment where over 70 per cent of MPs lose their seats. Pegging their hopes on such unpopular MPs is dangerous. They should treat MPs and aspirants equally,” Khalwale told The Standard On Sunday.

Gwassi MP John Mbadi says presidential aspirants will not be in a dilemma if they embrace internal party democracy.

“Let them and their parties conduct credible party nominations rather than attempting to impose unpopular candidates on voters. We should not hang onto coattails of presidential aspirants or seek out favours for nomination,” Mbadi added.

Political foes are keen to exploit their proximity to presidential contenders to curry favour with their supporters and influence party nominations for mileage at the polls.

Such intrigues played out last year at a public rally in Nyeri following Uhuru’s return from an appearance at the International Criminal Court. The rally at Ruring’u Stadium turned into a showdown between local MPs and aspirants, including former Mathira MP Nderitu Gachagua and former Cabinet minister Mutahi Kagwe, who protested at attempts to sideline them.

Area MPs who rarely pull together attended the meeting, which highlighted the scramble for the Gatundu South MP, whose popularity has soared. Uhuru avoided appearing to endorse either sitting MPs or their rivals, instead assuring that the PNU Alliance would hold fair nominations.

Juja MP William Kabogo of Kiambu County had been picked as the master of ceremonies for the event, apparently to diffuse tension among Nyeri County leaders.

Kabogo would later pick a quarrel with Maragwa MP Elias Mbau, which would escalate to a physical scuffle around Parliament Buildings, days later.

The tiff was linked to the supremacy battle between Uhuru and Kenneth in Murang’a County. Kenneth, who wants to run for president on a Kenya National Congress ticket, has had meetings with MPs and new political players eyeing gubernatorial posts.

Ruto has dozens of MPs tagging along to his new United Republican Party of Kenya. They have to elbow for space with former MPs and newcomers who also hope to ride on Ruto’s back to unseat them.

Both groups believe their election will be assured if Ruto sanctions their nomination or at least endorses their candidacy.

For instance in Trans Nzoia County, Joshua Kuttuny, Ruto’s ally, has to contend with former Kenya Seed Company managing director Nathaniel Tum, who is eyeing the seat.

Ruto’s allies are facing off like in Bomet County where Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto and his Konoin counterpart Julius Kones are battling for the governor’s seat.

Party leadership

Before abandoning UDM, Ruto had been forced to intervene in feuds by rival factions in Ainamoi and Belgut represented by his allies Benjamin Langat and Charles Keter.

It’s no different in ODM where party leader Raila has had to steer clear of party leadership feud in Nairobi between City Mayor George Aladwa and Starehe, MP Margaret Wanjiru.

The recent ODM grassroots elections saw new comers lock veterans out of the party leadership at constituencies, with Cabinet minister Fred Gumo (MP, Westlands) losing to city councillor Elias Okumu.

In Western Province Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito was swept away. The same fate befell his Bomachoge counterpart Simon Ogari, who lost to city lawyer Joash Maangi.

Kalonzo has said nominations for his Wiper Democratic Party will be free and fair and that he will not interfere with the process.

In Ukambani MPs and aspirants are banking either on Kalonzo or Water Minister Charity Ngilu.

As a pointer to the shifting loyalties, Kitui West MP Charles Nyamai, who was elected on Ngilu’s Narc ticket in 2007, when ODM-Kenya wave swept the region, has since decamped to the VP’s camp.

Nyamai is facing off with former Environment minister Francis Nyenze, who he dislodged in 2007 after Ngilu handed Nyamai the ticket. Nyenze has since warmed up to Ngilu and is serving in one of the water boards, as is former Machakos Town MP Daudi Mwanzia.

In Murang’a County, Kenneth is seen to enjoy close ties with MPs Elias Mbau (Maragua), Kiharu’s Muturi Mwangi, Maina Kamau (Kandara) and Clement Wambugu (Mathioya).

Environment minister John Michuki (Kangema) and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau are in Uhuru’s camp. During last year’s civic polls Kenneth’s group upset the Uhuru camp in the region. Mercy Kimwe was elected Murang’a’s first woman mayor. She ousted Joseph Njoroge, who’s allied to Uhuru and Michuki.

In neighbouring Maragua, Cyrus Ruru ousted Charles Thuo, who is allied to Uhuru.

Ongoing party polls have been tricky for party chiefs given the inevitable clash between MPs and aspirants.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Politics

 

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Ten Promises Kenyans Should Make Ahead of Elections 2012

  1. I promise to put my interests and those of my family first in all decisions I make and see to it that those interests are met through the labor of my hard work supplemented by others only to the extent they are a means to meet my objectives and this includes decisions I make about who to vote for in the upcoming general elections.
  2. I promise to only vote for and elect leaders who put the country first, and their interests and those of their cronies second or last.
  3. I promise not to vote for anyone solely on the basis they come from my tribe or ethnic group and, conversely, I promise not to withhold my vote from anyone solely because they are from any particular community.
  4. I promise not to vote for any politician who seeks to divide our country or who is conniving to gain office by divisive and tribal tactics but, conversely, I promise to vote only for those candidates who are not hypocrites and truly seek to unite our country and have a proven record for doing so.
  5. I promise to be fair and open minded in evaluating candidates to vote for and to base my decision not on the basis of misinformation, lies and distortions but on the basis of known facts, unbiased information, leadership ability, integrity and their stated positions on the issues that I care about and not inconsistent with our country’s national interest as reflected in these promises I make.
  6. I promise to constantly remind myself that I don’t know better than the next person actually knows best and in the event I don’t, I pray that God gives me the wisdom and/or ability to know better or to defer to those who do for my own sake and for the sake of our country.
  7. I promise to be considerate of the interests of my fellow Kenyans even as I pursue mine to the maximum extent possible.
  8. I promise not to be a hypocrite and if I am, may God make it possible for all to see through my words and deeds, including those appearing in print or on computer screens as a result of my fingers typing at the direction of my mind.
  9. I promise not to hate anyone or wish them ill just for who they are and even if they have wronged me, I promise to find ways to forgive them as God instructs us all to do and that is, to love one another, including our enemies.
  10. I promise to do my part in bringing about change in our country, including keeping these promises, or even running for public office myself, which should be at a minimum and a good start.

If all or most Kenyans keep all of these promises, and remain faithful to the end, then it wouldn’t matter who emerges at the top as the winner and is sworn as our next president for that person would be governing a country united and ready to match forward as never before–more than even the euphoria and excitement we witnessed and experienced in 2002.

That’s the Kenya we should all desire.

That’s the Kenya we must have in short order.

The only one stopping us, is us.

Peace, Unity and Progress

 Copyright © Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq. 2011

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Politics

 

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The So Called G47 or Third Force Should Support Existing Party Structures In Kenya; We Don’t Need Another New Party In Kenya

I am on record stating that Kenya should be at most a 3-party state, meaning, we should have no more than 3 registered political parties in the country. This is because I believe having more parties simply entrenches tribalism or otherwise encourages continued division in the country along the unhealthy, counterproductive and undesirable tribal, ethnic and status lines. I intend to blog more about this in the near future.

For now, a few things can be said about this so called G47 or Third Force group, that claims it represents 80% of Kenyans living outside of the country who belong to “organized global associations” and one of the things that can be said is you have to treat with suspicion any group that makes such a claim of representation of the Diaspora because having 80% of “organized global associations” is a staggering feat, that is just not possible, if at all.

The fact is, there is no group out there representing more than a tiny fraction of Kenyans living abroad, let alone even tinier fraction of “organized global associations.” This group is therefore trying to pull a fast one on us.

To be sure, there is nothing wrong to attempt to form an umbrella organization that represents the interests of, and is representative of Kenyans living abroad; indeed, this is what I and about 15 other Kenyans were invited a few years ago by the World Bank to, and in fact, formed the Kenya Diaspora Network (KDN). Ideal and as non-partisan and neutral this group was, it not uncharacteristically succumbed to the same old Kenyan politics forcing some of us to abandon it and ultimately its failure to reach these ideal objectives.

The Kenya Community Abroad (KCA) was initially formed also for the same purpose, namely, representing the interests all Kenyans in the Diaspora. As one of KCA’s early members who was actively involved in the organization’s activities in its formative years until I left for reasons I don’t have to get to here, I know and appreciate the need for such organization.

However, having ideals such as those under which KCA or KDN was formed and those this  G47 or Third Force group espouses is one thing, bringing them to fruition in a non-partisan, non-aligned manner, which is totally necessary if such grand ideals are to be realized, is quite another thing. I am not even sure whether this G47 or Third Force is non-partisan or non-aligned but reading just their Press Release on Ikolomani by-elections, I do not have any doubts it is as partisan as any is in Kenya.

The prospects of this group’s success in fielding a presidential candidate and/or the success of its preferred candidate is therefore no different, worse or better than that of the hundreds of parties we have registered or even active in Kenyan politics.

That being the case, I would repeat my position Kenya does not need more parties but strengthening of 2 or 3 of those we already have in existence and working within them to bring about the necessary changes both in the parties and the country as a whole through the political process.

I do not buy the propaganda that none of the parties we currently have in Kenya can produce an effective, reform driven president; a number of them have and can and neither do I buy the propaganda that all leaders in the country are not worth electing president.

I think we can all agree that our country has not met its development objectives and progress due to poor management, corruption and apathy for the general welfare of ordinary Kenyans. I think we can all also agree in order to turn things around, we have to have new management at the top come next year’s elections.

Where I and others differ with those who claim that no current leader can be elected president to spearhead in efforts to turn the country around, is the incongruousness self-evident in this proposition. Those making this claim of no current leader should be elected president have been and continue to make the case that we should get rid of everyone in government and bring in new people. They also at times talk about getting rid of “old” people in government or that we don’t need “old” people running for president which they essentially define in such a manner to include Raila among the “old” people because he is in reality the only person they are obsessed to “blocking” from becoming president.

Their rationale for a solution makes no sense at all. Essentially what they are saying from a business perspective is, you have a large company, say Safaricom that is poorly performing and not profitable at all because of poor management, rampant embezzlement, poor morale and shafting of shareholders.

As a solution to turn this company around and make it profitable again, you propose that you get rid of all management and bring in a new crop of senior managers, including a CEO who have never run a large company and further require that none of these new managers or CEO can be “old” which you essentially define to be anyone over 50 years old.

This is absurd and anyone who knows anything about business will tell you so. Much as it makes no sense to rational and objective minds to propose such a solution, it can only make sense to those proposing it for reasons that have nothing to do with a genuine desire to turn the company around other than creating an easy pathway if not entry through the backdoor to senior management for themselves which in turn will surely sink the company even more than it has by the time they take over.

Prudent business advice or common sense would tell you what you need in a situation like this is, yes, a new CEO and senior management but one with proven success and experience running a company of this size; getting rid of poorly performing employees and managers, sending the embezzlers packing and off to jail and doing a top to bottom analysis of the company to identify ways to make it profitable again.

We need precisely the same solution if we are to turn out country around and point it in the direction of economic growth and prosperity, namely, electing a president with proven success and experience running a country; overhauling the entire government workforce and retraining or otherwise getting rid of non-performing civil servants and personnel, definitely taking head on and having heads rolling for those engaged in corruption and doing a top to bottom analysis of the country to determine, and implementing whatever else is needed to put the country on track to meet its development objectives as outlined under Vision 2030 and more.

My point is, Kenyans living abroad are as divided as Kenyans living inside Kenya and to the extent one can succeed in uniting them, the better just the same as uniting Kenyans at home. However, I just don’t think this can be accomplished by essentially forming another partisan party or organization such as this G47 or Third Force appears to be and neither is it a good or desirable idea to have yet another party in Kenya in any case.

The next president of Kenya is going to come from among the household names of today in the country and among them, it is my humble submission that only Raila espouses and has proven he believes in, and can more believably deliver the progressive ideals expressed by this G47 or Third Force group, among others and therefore I encourage the group to at least work with Raila in his presidential bid.

If on the other hand this group believes it has what it takes to field its own candidate, then by all means let it do so or if it believes someone other than RAO among those who have expressed interest in seeking the office is better suited to be elected president, then let the group make the case for that person and Kenyans will decide come election day.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Siasa

 

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