We are currently so much consumed by the Arror and Kimwarer issue that we have yet again, lost focus on what this means or the contributing factors that have led us to this unfortunate situation that has seen a few individuals pocket some 23 Billion Kenya Shillings. The structuring of this country has been done in such a way that opportunities exist for a few people, fewer people get wind of them, and even a fewer number have the means to take up these opportunities and make something out of them.
As Nyerere perfectly termed it, Kenya is a man eat man society. Only that we have few individuals with the hunting abilities of predators, created by an economy that is so brutal that graduates are stuffing their degrees in brown envelopes to do menial jobs that are of no significance to the four or so years the same spent in university.
I am tired.
Daily news cycles are saturated with stories of men of god fleecing their congregants, politicians stealing from the coffers of the most marginalized, police officers killing young defenseless Kenyans, fathers killing their sons, young girls being defiled… It’s as depressing as it is unnecessary.
Our complacency as citizens of this country has continuously allowed this to happen. Instead of the church being at the forefront of fighting impunity, its leadership has gone to bed with the serial killers, rapists, and murderers that it’s supposed to speak against. The Church has reneged its responsibility of being the voice of the society by choosing to speak on behalf of the merchants of impunity, death, starvation, and desperation it’s supposed to check.
Stories of men of cloth raping impregnating parishioners and altar boys are no news in this country and even abroad. Wasn’t there a story where a serial child predator was given a license to operate a children’s home here?
Where is the conscience of this government?
I don’t think we have any government in place. What exists is a cabal of individuals’ intent on looting the country dry, taking a selfie or two with old computers, pretending to help a few disadvantaged families and spending numerous amounts of money on keyboard warriors who defend these acts of impunity without conscience or remorse.
I understand the concept of ‘you cannot bite the hand that feeds you’ but if we are to make something out of this country, men of conscience and good will have to exist everywhere. Men that question the dysfunctioning of their government, men that question plunder of resources propagated against people supposed to protect taxes and men who have a such a strong will that they can stand up to their bosses and call out their bs.
We cannot have a country of 50 Million beggars and 50 Billionaires.
This is against the simplest form of equality we continuously propagate as the guiding factors to our development. Kenya is a great brand. I just read that from a friend on social media and I totally agree. What we need to ask ourselves is this, on whose interest is this brand working? Who is benefitting from this brand that is so great that we have a whole parastatal (brand Kenya) purportedly marketing its viability to the outside world?
This government that’s supposedly supposed to protect wildlife has auctioned our water towers to private white-owned corporations in the name of public-private partnerships and recently an act of parliament has been introduced to legalize some forms of wild hunting, a practice frowned upon the world over. A whole ministry of tourism markets the country as a great safari destination continuously sits by and watches as our lions are turned into trophy targets by White supremacists whose only interest is posing next to a butchered cat and posting the same on social media. The board, that’s supposed to offer oversight to such unlawful practices has the son of the CS as one of the board members.
Talk of conflicts of interest.
Talk about hunger and starvation in 13 counties is awash mainstream and social media. You would expect that drought, having been declared a national disaster would warrant more prepared measures in place enhanced by early warning systems but how can this be the case in a country whose leadership is more interested in giving press briefings about drought response measures they plan to launch? Everything is a PR exercise for these buffoons.
As millions starve, defenders of government impunity take onto keyboards to water down narratives and stories about the incidences of drought lest the image of the country to the international media is tainted. A country starving should not care about what the international community thinks of it. At least you would expect that to be the case since drought is a natural phenomenon but in Kenya, it’s not.
We have to appear rosy, led by two flower girls in matching ties, as residents of some counties feel, firsthand, the effect of theft of billions of shillings meant to construct irrigation schemes and dams that would aid in alleviating this occurrence.
Maize farmers in North Rift continuously complain about the low prices of their produce, which is a consequence of overproduction, but this extra produce cannot reach the most deserving counties because of insecurity on our roads, augmented by connivance between police officers and highway robbers.
One trader packs his fifty bags of maize from Uasin Gishu in a lorry, and as he starts his journey to Makueni, someone else packs 50 thugs in a lorry and waits for the trader at Salgaa. As the trader approaches Salgaa, the thugs are alerted by highway patrol officers and wait for the trader to appear. As the trader approaches Salgaa and slows down, the thugs block his lorry with another one, offload all the maize in less than five minutes and even before policemen respond to the incident, the thugs are gone and the trader is lucky to escape with his life.
That’s a story I have heard so many times.
A government that cannot secure its people has no business in leading them.
The relationship between this government and its citizens is not a mutually beneficial one. We continuously pay taxes but never at any one time do we get value for our money. This government smiles all the way to China to beg for more loans to roll out projects with no significance to human development, all this time building up and increasing taxes on an already burdened, hungry, beaten and tired mwananchi.
To make the matters worse, it borrows 50 shillings, uses 20 shillings on the project, steals 20 shillings and offers the 10 shillings as kickbacks to government wheeler-dealers and brokers operating between Nairobi and Beijing. After 15 years, we are supposed to pay the 50 shillings plus interest when the contract of managing the project was awarded to a Chinese firm. How is this beneficial to the country? How can we let this to continuously happen?
Yes-men have no place in government and if Jomo’s son is at all serious about moving this country forward, he should tone down on fighting those who speak truth to power and keenly look inwards to those who keep quiet in the face of all these dysfunctions.