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Say No To Political Assassinations

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In Say No To Political Assassinations, I make note of the re-emergence of this vile tool of political cowards to silence their critics and opponents in Kenya and make the obvious plea for all of us to be united in our condemnation of the vice and make that message loud and clear so it may sink in the minds of the wicked contemplating or actively pursuing their murderous plans against anyone be that a household name or your average citizen speaking their mind as guaranteed in the Constitution.

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We also know that politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.

Indeed, even in our own individual families, politics is alive and well to the extent it’s about power and influence; those who have it be it in the family or society at large occasionally wield it responsibly but often irresponsibly, selfishly and recklessly, if not ruthlessly.

So much so such that as between and among politicians, simple disagreement or questioning of one’s conduct becomes lightening rod to vanquish those with whom they disagree or those who question them not just because they disagree or can’t be questioned, but because they see those challenging them as their mortal enemies standing in the way of what they want and that therefore the solution is to eliminate them.

That’s why we have had fist fights in Parliaments, political arrests and the ultimate price for challenging those with power, namely, political assassination.

In our beloved Kenya, we have had a fair share of all of these, especially political assassinations that peaked in the late 70s and early 80s. Kibaki may have left us no legacy one can speak of other than denying Raila even his nusu mkate (half-loaf) but one can say we never really had political assassinations to speak of during his presidency and that’s a testament to his own style of politics and discipline among his inner circle who are often the architects of these political assassinations.

The same cannot be said about the Uhuru administration not even a full five-year term we already have a claim of at least one person having been assassinated and from there we have a few or many more, depending on one’s level of comfort with conspiratorial theories and whisperings.

When a Recce officer publicly lets the world know he’s trigger happy to kill a Member of Parliament or more, one cannot possibly dismiss that as empty threat; rather, combined with the fact no action was taken against this officer, one must and has to conclude resorting to violence to punish those with whom one disagrees is not a thing of the past, but is a vice alive and well decades after we thought it was behind us.

That’s scary and if President Uhuru wishes to be on the right side of history on this subject, he should forthwith have this officer ordered to withdraw his incendiary and wanton display of willingness to resort to violence to silence a person merely because he didn’t like what the person said or did.

Similarly, the president should see to it that his security chiefs do not arbitrarily withdraw security details for politicians simply because those politicians are not towing the Jubilee line or simply because they’re vocal in their opposition to his government; their refusal to tow the Jubilee line or being vocal in their opposition to the Jubilee government is their Constitutionally protected right of which no one can take away, and that includes the president and his security chiefs.

That’s the new Kenya we want, namely, one where people are free to express themselves or associate with whomever they wish without fear of retribution from the state.

That’s second only to our other want and that’s having the will of the people expressed at the polls without fear, intimidation or vote rigging.

We can and must have room for both and Uhuru has a big say in both.

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Posted by on January 28, 2017 in Politics

 

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We Need A Transition Government In Kenya

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In We Need Transition Government In Kenya, I make the case the only way to send Uhuru packing is for the opposition to unite as we did in 2002 which I say is possibly only if greed and ego don’t come into play.

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There’s a reason Obama was reelected in 2012 despite all that he had going against him, including the widespread hostility toward Obamacare that those against it see as a wealth transfer from the haves to the have nots.

This reason is simply once elected in 2008 as the country’s first African American president, President Obama rolled up his sleeves and went to work in delivering an ambitious agenda to reverse the economic mess the country was plunged into by his predecessor George W Bush.

Americans going to the polls in 2012 rewarded Obama for these efforts which he has since built upon to become ranked as one of the country’s top transformative presidents.

The same cannot be said about our own President Uhuru Kenyatta.

There’s isn’t a single thing one can point to that Uhuru has done to transform Kenya such that he can make a case he deserves a second term.

Not one.

On the other hand, if the opposition were to be united and front a single candidate—and the only logical one who can beat Uhuru is Raila, then 2017 will mark the first time in our country’s history when we have a transformative leader as there’s no question if Uhuru were to be defeated, the dynamics of that defeat will be such that Kenyans will demand a new direction for the country that can only be delivered by someone those who waddle in looting and corruption fear the most and that’s none other than Raila.

In 2013, Raila supporters could be heard in bars and social gatherings making the case let’s elect Raila if only to serve one term as a transition president, meaning, to server one term in which to set in motion fundamental reforms in government that would be completed by his successor and others to follow Awambo having taken the country to another level of much desired economic prosperity and welfare.

If there was such a time having such a deal and sticking to it, it is now for without those hungry for power being assured their turn would be sooner, it’s doubtful they’ll be willing to be Raila cheerleaders–an outcome the country cannot afford.

Not with this much hunger for change in the air.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Politics

 

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Can IEBC Chair Be Fair and Impartial?

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In A Fair and Impartial IEBC Chair?, I make the case it’s possible but those charged with the responsibility to pick the next chair of this important body must do the utmost in screening and selecting only an incorruptible person who can ensure we once again have a fair and transparent election even half as good as we had in 2002, the only time it can be said we have not had an election riddled with rigging and all manner of corruption as to negate the will of the majority of the voters going to the polls as we have always had as the case going back to our country’s independence.

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When President-elect Donald Trump was in the middle of his campaign, a political analyst in the US said Trump lied like a thug, daring anyone to challenge him, while Hillary Clinton was more nuanced in her lying, leaving room to explain away the lie, being the good lawyer she is.

Fast-forward to the 2007 and 2013 general elections and one cannot but conclude the Kivuitu who chaired the ECK in 2007 goes down in history as having presided over the most flagrant, in-your-face rigging of an election and, worse one who, like a thug, dared anyone to challenge him.

For his part, when Issack Hassan was selected to chair the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in 2011, he presided over questionable elections in 2013, where the rigging may not have been as in your face as was the case in 2007 but, like the smooth lying by Clinton, giving herself plenty of room to wiggle away, Hassan, too, pulled off serious rigging with plenty of room to explain away much of the irregularities that took place.

The onus is on those charged with the responsibility of finding one to do so and with urgency for, surely, we don’t want the IEBC once again being led by those capable of smiling at us while bludgeoning our feeble democracy to death, if not creating forces that literally kill Kenyans.

 

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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The Evil That Must Be Defeated In Kenya

 

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My resumed column published in the The Star:

As we have sped past 52 years since our beloved country became independent, those who have been alive at least that long recall being taught in school how the colonists came with a Bible on one hand and a gun on the other.

They then went on to colonize us and the rest of Africa, utilizing the strategy of divide and rule.

For those who don’t know, divide and rule strategy is accomplished by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy in order to gain and maintain power and control over the subjects. As stated in the Journal of Socialist Theory the primary objective in this strategy is to prevent smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people.

Among the elements that comprise this strategy include, “creating or encouraging divisions among the subjects to prevent alliances that could challenge the sovereign, aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign and fostering distrust and enmity between local rulers.”

If the white man succeeded in implementing this strategy throughout their rule in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa, the Africans who succeeded them in post-colonial times took the concept even further and made it a mainstay of our post-independence politics.

So much so such that today, when we talk of democracy in Kenya—or Africa for that matter we’re not talking of democracy as understood in Western parlance but a system of rule solely predicated on this divide and rule concept better known and understood as tribal and ethnic based politics.

All of this is perfectly understandable; what is incomprehensible is, why would a generation of people born post-independence not only fail to see and reject this antiquated notion of manipulation and control but, worse, why on earth would they embrace it as they do much to the detriment of not only their own interests but to the detriment of our beloved country’s interests.

This is not a rhetorical question but one every Kenyan of voting age should and must ask and answer as we head to another general election come 2017.

It is extremely depressing, saddening and at times simply annoying to see young and older people in social media and elsewhere so entrenched in their tribal cocoons and many to a man and woman shamelessly defending the ineptness, incompetence and corruption of the Jubilee government which all of us as Kenyans must admit, if we are to be honest, that they have failed not only to perform as promised, but they have also failed worse than any government before them.

Those who follow American politics know the country is undergoing a political season unlike anything they have seen in their life time and unlike anything that has happened in the country’s 200+ year history.

A demagogue by the name Donald J Trump has tapped into nascent racism and bigotry that has been percolating undetected in the country with a promise to “make America great again,” which is code for returning America to its racist past.

This is nothing but application of divide and rule that has been successful everywhere it has been applied but as we shall find out a week from today, this time the strategy will fail and the demagogue will surely be sent packing to wherever he came from.

The strategy will fail because a majority of those going to the polls would make the case enough of the nonsense, one cannot possibly ride on racism and bigotry to power and there are more of those who believe this than the racists and other cult-like followers of the demagogue.

It’s precisely what’s needed in our own beloved Kenya, namely, a majority of voters going to the polls come 2017 and saying, enough of the tribal and ethnic based politics, enough of being ruled by inept and incompetent governments and leaders who promise the moon when vying for office only to deliver nothing but more misery, hopelessness and poverty for everyone except themselves and their cronies.

This is the only way we can save our beloved country.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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Termination of ICC Case Against H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta Good For Our Beloved Country

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Termination of the ICC case against H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta is good for the country for a number of reasons that I have previously articulated as documented below in a series of articles published by the Star.

Now that this chapter of our history is closed, we can focus on the next one and that’s all of us pulling together to make sure there’s continued peace and progress in the country.

I recall just the other day having a conversation on an EK flight from Dubai to Nairobi with someone I met in Business Class who happens to know me very well and I know of him very well even though we had not previously met in person.[An earlier version of this blog stated this happened on a KQ flight from Entebbe to Nairobi but that’s an entirely different conversation with someone else to be the subject of another blog for another day but I have corrected this one for historical accuracy].

What impressed me most is he and his friends who were traveling together and I had a very engaging conversation but none of us cared to know what our tribe or political affiliation was even though by our physical outlook you can eliminate one belonging to this or that tribe (read: not African but Kenyan) but it’s how the conversation occurred and the new friendship that matters.

This can be replicated regardless of tribe or ethnicity or circumstances for that matter and that’s what we all as Kenyans should strive for and that’s being open minded and willing to accept and engage those we don’t readily know for it may turn out it’s someone like this friend had we proceeded without engaging each other, we would never have known we were on the same flight and literally neighbors across the aisle.

Interestingly, this gentleman who I met on the Emirates flight knows very well and is known very well by one of my most vicious haters on these Internets (GW Bush word, not mine)–something we didn’t even waste a second to discuss because it’s not worth it as serious businessmen like this gentleman and adults for that matter know only morons and otherwise not fully mentally grown adults would engage in that kind of vile hatred and attacks of others for no reason–not even political motivation should ever have one stoop that low in expression of the level of vicious hatred and name calling yours truly has been subjected to but nonetheless forgives the tormentors.

Now, if only we can all forgive and move our country forward that would be the greatest gift we can give our beloved country for the benefit of one and all, including those who will be there after we’re all long gone.

And now, a reminder of the reasons why dropping of the ICC cases against our president is good for the country follow the links or if unable google same:

Bring ICC Cases Back Home

The Truth About ICC Cases

Why Uhuru Should Skip ICC Trials

Pursuing ICC Cases Is Counter-Productive

ICC Not Solution To Poll Violence

Raila and Cord Should Support ICC Deferral

Justice For Poll Violence Lies In Kenya

Options Beyond Denial of ICC Deferral

ICC Termination Not Impunity

Why Kenya Is Determined To Stop ICC Cases

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Case ICC Trial Can Now Begin

Why President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Case Won’t Stand

Termination is not vindication of those of us who have been maintaining this position from the very beginning of this [fill the blank what suits you], it’s an affirmation sometimes the right thing is hidden from others until it’s very transparent and no longer opaque.

Peace, Unity and Truth

Omwenga

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Law, Politics

 

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