The 2013 post election period has been a very difficult one for Kenya with unprecedented levels of insecurity . There could be a link to the outcome of the election which negated the wishes of America soon after its warning ‘ choices have consequencies , ‘ uttered by diplomat Johnny Carson . It seemed like an idle admonition at the time , but not any more . Part of the answer to our tribulations may lie in history . The history of rivalry between America and the USSR or , more specifically CIA and KGB . The mistrust between these two agencies culminated in the cold war that turned latin America into a battle field for decades . The CIA took it upon itself to destabilise all communist leaning regimes through the creation of violent and politically unstable climates to make governance an impossibility . Through funding of the opposition , creation and arming of rebel fighters and rival factions , America’s CIA has in the past been responsible for coups and civil strife in many countries .
I find it hard to delink the growing instability in the country from the warning ‘choices have consequences’ and the activities of the CIA . It is not by accident that most of those who masterminded Westgate are American and British citizens . Which begs the questions – is the CIA responsible for our tribulations and is al-shabaab just a decoy ? Is there an unholly alliance between the two to gain a desired end ? Even though al-shabaab claims responsibility for most of the attacks in kenya , and knowing that CIA operates covertly , how sure are we it is not the latter ? I logged onto the twitter handle that al- shabaab were using to taunt the government . The language and prose were western . It is almost certain that the CIA is funding the Boco harram in Nigeria . Is it past them to want to bring down president Kenyattas Orient leaning regime while hiding behind the al- shabaab simply because our invasion of Somalia gives them the perfect cover ?
Americas bullish tendencies are manifesting themselves in its condescending attitude towards Africa and latin America . Cuba , panama , venezuela , colombia , mexico , Haiti , Brazil and peru do not have kind words for America out of its meddlesome policies in countries that do not tow its line . The growing anti American sentiments are anchored on its obnoxious attitude towards others .
The National intelligence service and the police have drawn alot of flak for failing to spot and stop the westgate attackers . But , on second thoughts , with a superior organisational structure and limitless resources at their disposal , CIA , presumably , could have slipped the terrorists and their paraphernalia in and out past our security forces as easily as a hot knife going through cheese . Were diplomatic bags used to bring in ammunition ? The planning , infiltration , execution and manner of escape of the westgate attackers is indicative of meticulous professionalism . Westgate may have been chosen deliberately to get a few white skins as collateral damage and give al-shabaabs claim of responsibility some credence .
The Westgate mall attack has shifted the focus of many kenyans from the narrow prism of shallow politics to the panoramic view that forcefully reminds us of our susceptibility . Exposed as we were , the point that came out strongly was that kenyans are a wonderful people , out for each other and ready to assist where need arose and they did not need much prompting . I watched the red cross personnel , under the personal ‘lead by example’ command of mr Abbas Gullet and felt touched by their selflessness as bullets aimlessly flew all over the place . The vanguard role taken by mr Abbas led me to another painful thought , that the problem with kenya is not the citizens , but the selfish and often myopic political class . We are foot soldiers whose commanders and generals are eating and drinking themselves silly in the Mess hall as bullets fly around us . Our political leaders are comfortable and content with the rear guard command . The response of kenyans to calls for assistance for fellow kenyans was overwhelming .
I watched on tv a lady who lost her husband to the mindless orgy of violence break down at the thought of the future of her children without the father to provide and guide them through life . Her concern was for the education and upkeep of her young children . Under the prevailing economic situation and the abnormally hard times , this will weigh her down psychologically , with possible medical complications arising from stress and depression that could make those children total orphans in a short period of time .
At this point , the government can , and should mitigate those circumstances by fully committing itself to not only offering free education but also medical care and financial assistance to direct victims of this heinous crime . These families should not be allowed to feel abandoned by a government that should , in the first place , have ensured their safety and well being .
President Uhuru kenyatta did well in keeping the country abreast of the developments through his televised address to the nation though the details were scanty . His assurances toned down wild speculation on social media and sustained the hopes of many that all would end well , though on a sad note . My appeal to the president as aforestated is to assume the role of foster father , through the state , to the young ones having to cope with the rude shock of not being able to see either their moms or dads again . Families that lost their bread winners must never be allowed to have reason to vent their anger and frustrations on the state just because they were shunned in their times of need . Let this incident unite us even more solidly than before .
The show of unity between our national leaders while tackling this menace should not be allowed to degenerate into a mere public relations gimmick aimed at winning followership and whose life span can be measured against the duration of the siege at the westgate mall . This incident should not arm the political antagonists with barbs to throw at each other in future .
Did the juvenile delinquents masquerading as honourable members of parliament have to parade their ignorance of etiquette in their singular mindless determination to assert their loyalty to deputy president William Ruto who is undergoing trial at the ICC ? I have no quarrel with them expressing solidarity with Ruto but i take exception when their general conduct demeans not only Kenyans but the whole of Africa .
Having them herded by the police into the public gallery of the court like sheep was bad enough yet the jokers cant even see the bigger insult of having to be rendered ‘deaf’ and ‘half blind’ within the courts precincts . Their presence might irritate and antagonise the judges enough to achieve the opposite of what they sought to achieve in the first place . Do you still wonder why the black man has the ‘blackest’ tyranny of numbers at the ICC ?
I have this lingering feeling that public coffers have been raided to finance these galivanting trips for people who
Not untill 1992 , following the repeal of the notorious section 2(a) of the constitution did we have a semblance of a presidential election featuring several candidates not pre determined by KANU . The previous two administrations elected presidents unopposed and anybody who had a healthy respect for his safety did not dare object to anything the incumbent said . He was the lord , master , benefactor and executioner , complete with an established entrenched machinery to enforce his foibles.
Having been born , brought up and assimilated into KANU , el presidente Uhuru Kenyatta does not disappoint . He was a good student and some of what the profesor of politics taught him is manifest today .
Moi averred KANU would rule for 100 yrs , and it could have only he overlooked one thing – that while man proposes , God executes .
Uhuru is not so greedy , Jubilee only wants 20 yrs and they are done ! What these claims , made in jest , symbolize is that elections are pre determined by the regimes and the poor citizens only go through the motions of an election to satisfy a constitutional requirement . How sure is el presidente that either God or the ICC will not claim either of them before 2017 ? How sure is he that amidst this stinking murk they landed us in in just five months we will still want to vote for them again ? I have been watching the president and listening to him lately . He is bereft of statemanship and progressive ideas . He is increasingly sounding like a stuck phonogram record . It reminds me of Jean Bedel Bokassa and Idi Amin . He has an unhealthy fixation with Raila and we can only guess why . But then , with Kuttuny as presidential advisor , what do we expect ?
In this country , elections have never been won and if el presidente thinks he will rig them in 2017 , he has a big think coming . We are undergoing political evolution and a few years down the line we shall be wiser – be warned .
Comparatively , the state of club soccer in kenya today is a pale shadow of what it was in 1980s . In those days , football had a life all its own and its pulsating throb was a physical thing we used to experience and savour . Today , that love for the game has waned considerably . Team managements have failed to remove the specks in their own eyes opting instead to vent their frustrtations on harrassed coaches who must win or get kicked out . This impacts negatively on morale , keeping good coaches away from kenyan clubs .
That AFC have fired their coach after consecutive loses is defeatist and the only direction my once beloved team can go is downhill . If the criteria for firing the coach is a lose or two , many clubs should be prepared to fire one every two months . Internecine wars amongst club officials whose eyes are fully locked on the till , a lust for power and player indiscipline will forever be the bane of kenyan soccer . Whereas in many countries the management of soccer takes cognizance of professionalism , all one needs to be an official of a club in kenya is money and a manifest interest in politics .
A coaches province is to impart technique and the players responsibility to apply those skills on the field . If those very skills allow a team to win consecutive matches , why turn on the coach when the team looses a match or two ?
The european teams we are so enamoured of , like Manchester united and Arsenal , have had the same coaches for years on end , bad results notwithstanding and are rated some of the best teams in the world . Continuity , consistency and patience are a good recipe for success and the sooner football lords realised this the better .
Player discipline must be emphasized , coaches must also be remunerated well and regularly and allowed to determine their best eleven without coercion from any quarters .
The altercation between Dr Evans Kidero and messrs Rachel Shebesh raises pertinent issues that seem to have been ignored but which ultimately lead to a travesty of justice . These issues easily ridicule both the police and the legal systems which are so porous criminals exploit them to cheat justice .
After that brief moment in which Dr Kidero took leave of his senses and is said to have slapped Rachel Shebesh , the latter lodged a complaint with the police and obtained the mandatory police abstract , P3 and medical report proving she suffered actual bodily harm as a consequence of being roughed up by the governor . On the basis of these documents , the courts are expected to give an objective judgement .
On the other hand , Dr Kidero also reported to the police that Shebesh had touched his nether regions inappropriately in public , a claim which , under the circumstances , appears to be a little far fetched . Dr Kidero has obtained a medical report to that effect , a P3 form and a police abstract as evidence to be used in a court of law .
This stalemate raises issues of integrity and reliability on the part of medical staff and the police in the issuance of the P3 form , police abstract and medical reports . It confirms that information contained in most of these documents is seldom correct . Some unscrupulous individuals issue the documents purely for the convenience of the seeker in consideration for monetary gains . How then can it be legally fair for the courts to base their judgements on these documents ? The poor and uninformed in society have been subjected to injustices courtesy of falsified documents and exhibits . There are cases where the assailed end up in court and jail as the assailants . There are cases where disagreeing parties report similar crimes against each other to the police .
This calls for a re-evaluation of what is admissible as irrefutable evidence in a court of law to preclude a miscarriage of justice.
Of late , utterances by the head of state touching on the ICC cases against him and his deputy can only be classified as combative , daring and grossly myopic .
At the time charges were prefered against him , Kenyatta was not a head of state and i believe the ‘ charge sheet ‘ does not feature the word ; president . Charges against Ruto are markedly different from those of Uhuru , hence , the court is not bound in any way to base the convenience of one on the other as far as scheduling is concerned .
The fear of a putsch staged in absentia has so alarmed the president and his deputy that they have changed tune and insist that at no time must both of them be out of the country at the same time . What gave rise to that notion ? Granted , our constitution says there cannot be be a power vacuum , which raises the question ; what bearing does our constitution have on the ICC’s mandate , modus operandi and independence ? If all countries invoked their constitutions , would ICC be there ?
If the president stands his ground and refuses to go to the Hague , that puts us in a precarious situation , leave us seating in limbo and place us on the same pedestal with Sudan . Do we want a president who is a fugitive like Bashir or Kabuga ? In 1999 , without any form of coercion , kenya appended its signature to the Rome statute and ratified it as recently as 2005 . Am of the opinion that having made our bed , we might as well lie on it . The rules are clear and no amount of posturing , whining and jejune rantings will change anything . Appealling to illiterate kinsmen in Kiambu who think the ICC is an individual out to topple uhuru show a paucity of intellectual depth in a person supposed to dazzle us with his knowledge of international intricacies .
The uhuruto duo know they need miracles to extricate themselves from the closing jaws of the ICC . This has given them impetus to go religious and every other statement they make features the name – God . But the good lord admonishes us not to utter his holy name in vain . Gentlemen , the ICC is not a Gulag , go forth and prove your innocence or forever shut your mouths . After all , you have said there can never be a power vacuum and locquacious Duale would remind us the speaker is on standby – fear not !