As much as the Director of political affairs in the office of the president , mr Kuttuny feels obliged to lambast those opposed to the Nyumba kumi security initiative , it should not be lost on him that the initiative was informed by the prevailing insecurity in the country . To all purposes and intent , the Nyumba kumi initiative is not only unconstitutional , it is also invasive . In a land where individuals rush to court to secure injunctions to allow them indulge their foibles , the nyumba kumi initiative is a non starter .
Under chapter 30 of the penal code , the law of tresspass is very much alive and can be used effectively to keep peeping Toms away . A person commits a tresspass offence if that person enters another persons property including residential land , agricultural land , vehicle , building or aircraft without effective consent . One only needs to fence off land or erect a sign post warning off people and the law comes into force .
Everybody has a right to live anywhere . Any attempts by civilians to sniff out a persons background with a view to eject them or inorder to allow them to settle is an infringement on this right . The right to privacy is guaranteed in the constitution . It allows one the freedom of choosing whether to stay in seclusion or incommunicado without undue interference from the state or individuals .
Factual statements do not amount to incitement and i find it exasperating every time recycled government functionaries , cheer leaders and sycophants resort to that that line of reasoning as a defensive mechanism , it is simply escapist .
Talk of rampant insecurity in the land does not discredit the president . The reality on the ground is that at no time in the countrys history have kenyans been so exposed to crime and killings as today . By virtue of being the president and commander in chief of the armed forces , the president becomes everybodys favourite punching bag when things dont work . Unmotivated security forces have seemingly relaxed their vigil or are simply swamped by the criminally inclined. Hardly does a day go by without killings being reported , it is that bad .This Nyumba kumi Initiative could be abused by those habouring ill feelings against others . There isnt much difference between vigilantes , and this initiative . It simply gives a few individuals power to intimidate others . Joblessness is not a crime , but Nyumba kumi could be used to vilify the unfortunate jobless youth .
There are millions of homeless and street families who could very well propagate criminality . Can the oppressive law of vagrancy be used against them ? Can these peoples actions and movements be effectively monitored ?
Is President Uhuru a sentimentalist ? His cohorts are impulsive and act without thinking . Our kenyan politicians , especially the Jubilee side , are in a sulk , something that seems to have turned what passes for their brains into jelly . They are exposed and so defenceless everybody with nothing else to do seems to be taking a poke at them , and enjoying it .
The presidents foreign policy is in a furious spin , so fast the Cabinet secretary for foreign affairs feels dizzy and disoriented . Her verbal diarrhea is nuaseating . Since when did those who dont cotton to one become cowards ? First , Kenya threatened to pull out of the ICC . Next they lobbied other tin pot African countries to follow suit . Next they want to pull out of the UN and commonwealth respectively .
Interestingly , we are aligning ourselves with friends whose dependancy on goodwill from the ‘decadent’ west cannot be gainsaid . We cottoned to China , they did not help at the UNSC . Off to Russia we ran , but to what avail ? Now we are after the helpless , defenceless Palestinians – for what gain or is there satisfaction in thumping our snouty noses at the big boys who dont do things the ethnicised Kenyan way ?
Why is it so difficult for our leaders to acknowledge the fact that they cannot , and will never amend any international laws unless the west explicitly sanctions such a move ?
A seemingly harmless chant ‘ dont be vague , lets go to Hague ‘ has landed us into this quagmire , a sticky morass we are so desperate to get out of . ICC did not come knocking , we willingly took a flight there in our blissfull ignorance and myopia . Our nemesis , we shouldnt cry louder than the bereaved !
You can judge a man by the company he keeps . Well , ours includes Zimbabwe , Uganda , Sudan , China , Russia and now Palestine . A consortium of bullies and losers .
It is about time African leaders learnt from their predicament and invested heavily in their own citizens .
By the way , how would a three days national holiday impact on the economy ? Someone tell Uhuru please !
In the Kenya vs United Nations security council deferral case , the protagonists based their arguements on loyalty and economic considerations while the antagonists correctly argued that the UN could not support the law of the jungle , that without justice there was no peace , that justice delayed is justice denied and victims had waited five long years for justice . President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania publicly claimed that Uhuru wanted Burundi and Tanzania out of the EAC for refusing to support his deferral bid.
The liberal use of the word ‘ Africans ‘ by Kenyas Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs in her vitriolic attack on the UNSC , whose verdict she claims kenya expected , is an act of desperation .
Ideological differences do not translate into cowardice . America , Britain and France have been consistent in their opposition for years , why make it an issue this late in the day ? The African union did not advance plausible reasons backing their deferral bid other than say kenya is a sovereign state , that elected leaders must be respected and Kenyatta needed to be home to deal with terrorists . The physical presence of the president on kenyan soil did not stop the 9/11 attacks , the Kikambala attack nor the Westgate siege . That line of reasoning is therefore jejune and laughable .
A recent opinion poll suggests 67% of kenyans want the president and his deputy to attend the ICC if only to prove their innocence and shame the decadent imperialists .
The African Union request did not reflect the wishes of millions of suffering Africans , but rather , the wishes of an exclusive and elite club of Africans whose membership boasts the likes of Museveni , Bashir and Mugabe among others , whose propensity for cruelity and intolerance to democratic space and principals precedes them .
When a section of Jubilee Mps berates the UNSC for refusing to contextualize its ruling on the narrow political and ethnicised view we encompass , it betrays a hidden fear while allowing our imaginations to run wild . Emotional calls for the severing of ties with the West , given our dependency , will only hurt us . The sycophants shouting loudest should start using their heads , the very heads (not brains) that Shebesh claims the whitemen are playing with . Each and everyone of us must embrace the concept of accountability to help slay the dragon of impunity .
Chinedu , Akinyi , Wanjala . This is the cast . The play is titled ‘Drugs’ . Exit Chinedu acrimoniously , in comes Wanjala . And what was that the good government of the sovereign state of Kenya said of Chinedu while deporting him ?
I believe it was said he was a drug dealer , a persona non grata in Kenya – period . Did the newspapers once report that mr Wanjala was arrested in India having been found in possession of drugs ?
There are two constants in this sordid play – Akinyi and Mihadarati . She is probably the conduit for an international ring of super peddlers with enough billions to corrupt minds and induce amnesia – just a thought .
Now , why would an arrogant ignoramus , male chauvinist , a self proclaimed multi polygamist , legislator and businessman of ‘repute’ want to buy something as trite as a kilo of flour in Tanzania and get himself arrested at Isinya ? Am not buying this cock and bull story , and no sane Kenyan should . Methinks someone higher up the police hierachy did what they do best – EAT – and because they are not known for their phenomenal thought processes , came up with the nearest thing their convoluted minds conjured up that was close to ‘thinking on their feet ‘. What do these government bullies take us for , morons ? Give us a break please . As amazing as it may seem to those in authority , kenyans can actually think !
And , on this note , knowing that ‘ penye moshi pana moto ‘ , i leave it to you to decide .
The media as an institution continually finds itself between a rock and a hard place . The dissemination of information has three target groups categorised as proposers , opposers and the disinterested . Since reportage is not subjected to a vote , and for purposes of arguement , i will leave out the third group .
There will never come a time when a news item highlighting the shortcomings either in government or society will receive total approval . Those cast in negativity always come out fighting .
In defending his motion to curtail media freedom , Jamleck Kamau , an Mp , argues that members of the proposed regulatory body will be subjected to a ‘ competitive process ‘ . To the initiated , in kenyas ‘politicospeak’ that tired clique is synonymous with ‘ pro establishment ‘ . We have seen people go through the motions and charade of public interviews purely for public relations at the end of which we get stuck with individuals of questionable backgrounds , character and credentials at the expense of the highly qualified .
The regulatory body Jamleck Kamau envisages would still have its membership , like parliament , split between the opposers and proposers and be shrouded in mistrust . It is because of this that i believe the media should self regulate . We have a media council in place that listens to grievances and has the powers to punish errant members who step outside the norms of responsible journalism . Regulating the mainstream media while we still have blogs and a largely uncontrollable social media is an exercise in futilty .
To a larger extent , what informed the current attempt to gag the media was the Westgate terrorist attack reporting. That event was covered live , complete with closed circuit television imagery and the story could not have been told otherwise . Since a spade by any other name is still a spade , not a big spoon , those in government wishing to sweep the truth under the carpet inorder to massage egos should stop victimising journalists and trashing constitutional rights and privileges . If they so wish , they should amend articles 34 and 35 of the constitution . Tell the people the truth and truth shall set you free and stop the viral hatred on social media .