STAND UP AND BE COUNTED , GOVERNOR OPARANYA .
A stone throw away from the kakamega county governors office , a brewing storm between billionare owner of the Yako group of companies and Kakamega primary school over ownership of a piece of land is a litmus test for the governor who must act expeditiously to contain it and allay fears of his complicity in the conspiracy to defraud .
Corruption at both the council level and the lands ministry must have allowed mr Khetia to acquire a title deed to the piece of land which has been owned by kakamega primary school for years . The asian tycoon owns up to having come to kenya only twenty years ago , decades after the school was established . Acting in defiance of a court order that had temporarily stopped any development on the land in dispute pending determination , the tycoon has the audacity to resume construction of what many claim is a morgue . Common sense dictates that such an undertaking cannot be adjacent to a learning institution .
Kakamega primary school is a government institution that must be protected from greedy individuals who use their wealth as licence to grab and walk away scot free . The governor is the custodian of all government owned land and institutions within the county and he must come out forcefully to defend them .
From the national lands commission , there exists two letters , one dated 28/6/2013 affirmating that the land in question rightfully belongs to kakamega primary school . Another one dated 6/1/2014 gives ownership to Mr Khetia . Such obvious corruption gives rise to unnecessary friction , exposing children as young as five years to risks and dangers when they innocently take to the streets , daring trigger happy policemen .
A hastily convened parents meeting favoured precipitate confrontational action . It was unanimous in its observation that having futilely chased justice for years , that justice will not come from the courts which have been perceived to be partial .
Unless this conflict is conclusively laid to rest , it is a recipe for serious trouble and jeopardizes the safety of school children . It has already put politicians on a collision path , setting up a stage for political incitement to violence . It was senator Khalwale’s intervention that occasioned the injunction freezing any developmental works on the piece of land . It is imperative that as county principals , the senator and governor come together to solve this matter once and for all .
WHOEVER THOUGHT KETER WAS A GADFLY SHOULD RECONSIDER .
Gadfly . That is precisely what many , especially the Jubilants , took Nandi hills mp Alfred Keter to be after raising the red flag on the humongous standard gauge railway line scam . It is what they took him to be when he decried the lack of equity in state jobs distribution between TNA and URP , parties that morphed into Jubilee . In their customary haste to cry louder than the bereaved , the reknown trio of government apologists – Aden Duale , Kithure Kindiki and Murkomen Kipchumba – trashed the Mps claims , calling him names , belittling him on account of being a first timer , as if that was the yardstick by which knowledge and information was acquired . They termed this a scheme by CORD to destabilise the “able” and “visionary ” leadership of the Uhuruto duo .
In telling the truth , mr Keter, a jubilee mp , shamed the devil . Unthinking , servile loyalty to his party are not his stock in trade . When he appeared before the investigative parliamentary committee , he tabled irrefutable evidence that not even the thickest of the thick inside jubilee dared discount . And what better proof of this than the jejune about turn by the loquacious trio of shameless government apologists ? Yes , they gave their ‘demigods’ seven days to come clean or else . Suprise of suprises , they insinuated they knew the identity of two individuals who, through succesive governments , have orchestrated scams that have seriously depleted and nearly deleted government accounts . Aint they guilty of complicity by withholding vital information all these years ? Did they have to wait for Keter to let the cat out of the bag to wake them out of their lethargic stupor ? A couple of months down the line from the 2013 general election , through televised debates , senator Murkomen came through as a very sober mind , objective and fiery . His criticism of observable mistakes by Jubilee was welcome . But something happened . A summons to statehouse seems to have inhibited his thought process . Today , objectivity is now anathema to him . I can only guess why , and your guess is as good as mine . I cannot figure out mr Kithure but i believe he is trying to capitalise on a fluid situation to make some bucks , there is plenty in sight if he makes the right noises . As for Duale , even if i searched the whole advanced learners dictionary for words to describe him , none will aptly apply to him .
I keep asking myself , do these leaders ever listen to themselves speak ? Are they the ‘Ngiri’ whose tales Raila often regales us with ? Do they have conscience ? Do they have the grey matter in proper quantities ? Do they understand what leadership entails ? Can they be trusted to lead us anywhere ?
The team coalescing around the jubilee principals gives sycophancy a whole new meaning . It takes me back in time to the days of mkulima number 1 , muchezaji number 1 , kiongozi number 1 and all that nonsense . Can you forgive me for thinking the trio of Murkomen , Kithure and Duale are reincarnations of Ezekiel Barng’etuny , Mulu Mutisya and Nassir Sharriff ?
CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE , WHAT SHOULD WILLIAM RUTO DO ?
After the supposed recent meeting between deputy president William Ruto and senator Moses Wetangula , speculation has been rife as to what transpired and the possible ramifications . A harmless post on social media from a lady who is a staunch supporter of Jubilee caught my attention through its inference that Wetangula was about to change sides , politically . Though said in jest , it drew some heated , yet interesting debate that i have been following since .
There are three facets to this meet that i would like us to consider .
1 – The political marriage of convenience between Ruto and Kenyatta that bore Jubilee is bursting at the seams. Unfolding events , right from the ICC where , to all purposes and intents , Kenyatta has extracted himself leaving Ruto to hold the can , the stink from the standard gauge railway tender and the inhuman evictions from Embobut forest must have compelled william to view things from a different respective . When Raila sanctioned another eviction a while back , it precipitated a fall out between him and Ruto , with the latter being so intense and passionate about ‘his’ people . Now that he is deputy president , did they cease to be his , what changed ? Slowly but surely , fellow legislators from the larger rift valley have been throwing barbs , alienating Ruto and i believe he has finally taken note . The hustler in him urges him to seek political survival by sending out feelers . The tyranny of numbers might work a second time in favour of Uhuru if Jubilee holds . What happens after that ? Wont Ruto want to be president and will the kikuyu support him ? Something tells me they will not . You can add acid to water but if you tried the reverse , you will get burned .
2 – Jubilee has a stiff neck from constantly looking over the shoulder to see what Cord is up to . It is about time that itch got massaged to allow it to plod on . It has to either appease Cord or pulverize it . How do they attempt that and what are the chances of success ?
3 – At a public rally recently , Raila opined that Jubilee was handicapped in matters of governance and Cord was going to show them a thing or two . I found that to be curious and wondered how he was going to actualise the veiled threat . Is Cord trying to woe Ruto to their side by any and all means ? Will they resort to propaganda , blackmail or plain common sense to effect their plans ? Can such plans succeed ?
The common denominator in both scenarios is Ruto , a man caught between a rock and a hard place . He has to do something . Your views ?
I SUPPORT REDUCTION IN NUMBER OF COUNTIES TO LIMIT BUREAUCRACY .
After my letter to the standard ; http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/m/story.php?id=2000102710&story_title=Devolution%20has%20failed%20to%20%20bring%20services%20closer%20to%20people ~
a motion by Mwingi Mp , Joe Mutambo to reduce the number of counties vindicates me .
M/s Chesoni Atsango is an irrelevance we can do without and she should keep her mouth shut . I dont buy her tired observation that reducing counties is an infringement on citizen rights . Which rights are these ? ‘Citizen participation ‘ in governance is a cheap lie that nobody buys because we dont . The reasons we are having riots and demonstrations across counties is because citizens are not consulted and their participation is not sought . We are expected to follow prompts and orders with the mechanical loyalty of robots , which we are not .
Irritants like senators Murk Omen Kipchumba and Kithure Kindiki should spare us the din and let those with intellectual depth discuss the issue soberly . It is not because they really believe in devolution that they are so vociferous in their opposition to the bill but rather , pecuniary considerations and megalomania take the vanguard positions . Devolution , if what we see of it today is anything to go by , will ultimately be a very serious liability to the commoner . Mr Mutambo’s arguements in favour of county reduction are based on reason , not the sentimentality exhibited by oppositionist government apologists .
The amount of money required to just pay salaries to the many office holders under the county government structure is stupendous . A year down the line , counties , which mr Mutambo argues should be called states , are so stuck in quagmire it will take another four wasted years to point them in the right direction , if ever . These tribal cocoons should be expeditiously dismantled than wait for later . So far , James Orengo is the only senator who has exhibited sobriety even after taking cognizance of the fact that he could become a casualty if the bill goes through .
IS THIS GENUINE REALLY ?
THE AU MUST SAVE SOUTH SUDAN AT WHATEVER COST .
Most times i dont agree with president Museveni of Uganda but there are times that his weird style comes in handy .
How can one man , leading a group of social misfits and delinquents hold a country , and by extension , Africa to ransom ? The gloves must come off , knuckles must be bared to allow a couple of jaw bones be dislocated . Dr Machar’s skull is begging to be smashed and common sense pushed in . He is an animal devoid of conscience .
It pains me to call Machar ‘ Dr ‘ because he does not know the first thing about being a doctor – which is protecting and saving lives. Ofcourse , his academic specialisation might not be in the field of medicine , its just a doctorate on paper in some obscure field or is it ?
Now , do we have to prick the testicles of the AU with something sharp to make it mad enough to act ? Do we have to burn their offices in Addis ababa to smoke them out ? Is the AU so detached it is waiting for someone to pump a president full of lead for it to wake out of its drunken lethargic stupor ?
Why should we be bound by the niceties of international rules on engagement as rebels roast fellow human beings and enjoy the spectacle ?
Why not dispense with the nonsense of statutes and capture Machar to end human suffering in South Sudan ? When Saddam became a thorn in the flesh , the yanks just walked into Iraq and yanked him out , permanently . International laws did not stop the yanks from getting Osama out too . Britain roughly walked into the Falklands islands and demanded respect and obedience . Pearl harbour ended an unnecessary war. When Hitler became too much of a nuisance , someone dipped him in sulfuric acid . Nyerere ejected Amin to die in ignominy somewhere in the Arab world . Ditto Mobutu of Zaire .
A friend in need is a friend in deed . South Sudan needs the AU now more than ever . We shall judge it kindly if , while dispensing with international laws of engagement , it walks into South Sudan to end human suffering . If those laws bind it to doing nothing , we shall judge it harshly . Dr Machar is more usefull dead than alive . I abhor violence , i dont support intentional murder but even God had to burn sodom and destroy humanity saving only Noah and a few animals to start afresh .
PREACH PEACE , NOT HATRED AND TRIBALISM FOR WE ARE ONE .
There are people from the luhya tribe on social media spewing venomous statements against Raila and ODM , blaming him for their own shortcomings . For starters , NO LUHYA leader , as alleged by some , is under the ‘shadow’ or undue influence from Raila . Secondly , i dont understand this rabid obsessive fascination with a luhya presidency . It will not add value to your life nor mine , ask the ordinary kalenjin and kikuyu . Often , the only beneficiaries are close friends and family . Need we look further than the discontent in the rift valley spearheaded by Keter ? Prestige alone has never fattened anybodys bank account and i can assure the rabble rousers that they will still have to toil and do what they do to earn a living . Thirdly , the problems facing the luhyas lie with themselves , not Raila , not ODM . The luhya leaders we look to cannot stand the sight of each other , have serious ideological differences and subscribe to cultural differences and beliefs that despice fellow tribesmen ~ (eg bukusu/maragoli , idakho /isukha , wanga/bukusu etc ). To illustrate my point on disunity , how many of our elected leaders were at Wetangula’s homecoming ? What lessons do we draw from that ? A divided house will never stand .
Raila started packaging himself in the 80’s , it was not , and has not been easy to acquire his imposing stature .
Who among the luhya leaders that we have today has the pull , the will , charisma and personality of Raila ? Who amongst them has built his name and followership over a similar period of time ? Longevity in politics cannot be discounted as a factor in the scramble for the presidency .
They say charity begins at home but for us luhyas , the reverse is true . And remember that even if all luhyas voted to a man for their own , without support from the luo’s , the kalenjins , kikuyus , kambas and others , it will be a futile effort , like adding a cup of water to a river and expecting it to raise the volume of water . Kenyatta was smart enough to realise his people alone could not take him anywhere so he courted the kalenjins and a few others to shore up the numbers . Tyranny of numbers is not just a clique , its a reality . Nevertheless , no single tribe has the numbers hence the need for unity and political courtship across the board . Tribalism and hate can only take us backwards , never forward .Please let us be objective and desist from derogatory references to others . We must accept our own shortcomings without scapegoating and move on from there . We can argue out our different opinions soberly and reach an agreement – either you win me over or i do .