Why would John Kerry spend weeks in Nairobi where Cholera is raining like seattle mist? Nairobi is global center for control of USA interests in East and Central Africa. The white saviour syndrome too requires that Kenyans elections be observed and credibility be assessed by gray White haired men from distant lands.
International observers can give credibility even to a Genocider. I am sure of you sent Kerry, Carter Center, AU and IGAD observers to Sudan they would give Bashir Elections a clean bill of health. They would recommend that a few things be implemented in the next elections cycle. These things would be technology that requires IBM or Oracle to provide services for. They would then go to Congress and lobby for an allocation of these funds. Voila American interests would intertwined with Sudan elections.
Kenya has its own corrupt and very able elite that should be let to carry its own elections without having Neocons telling them how to credible their rigging and fraud is. There is no report that has come from these observers that has provided basis of stopping elections fraud or improving the electoral process.
Kelly can serve America’s best if he gets electoral laws in USA fixed so that Putin doesn’t keep on making liberal squeal like a piglet about to castrated.
I hope Kelly took a shower as soon as he left Nairobi otherwise he may spread Cholera and contaminate Heinz Ketchup
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am disappointed that opposition didn’t win. Were the elections rigged/hacked? I don’t know. What I do know is that performance by Opposition in its strongholds of Ukambani and Western is unexplainable and unexpected. I am not on the ground in Ukambani or Western so I cannot provide an insight on the electoral patterns or feelings in these two areas. One thing all have to be proud about is that we know that opposition coalition just needs to convince 10% kenyans. However it is not as easy as convincing 10 percent as Kenya politics are based on personality and tribal identity. Opposition needs to find a candidate from one of the major tribes Kalenjin or Kikuyu and sponsor this candidate to counter the government in 2022.
The opposition should not challenge the government but take time to consolidate any gains however small attained in this electoral cycle. Opposition should put Raila quest for presidency behind it and nominate a candidate that can use NASA plattforrm for 4 years to counter Jubilee junta.
Opposition needs to find a way to appease the two major tribes so that in future they can give it a chance.
The Kenya state is under the greatest threat of becoming undone because of lack of resolute leadership since independence of replacing the colonial legacy of corruption and tribalism with national values that benefit all.
The reason why democracy has failed to stop rampant corruption and tribalism in Kenya can be traced to lack of National values. If you look at countries like Botswana, Mauritius and South Africa that have successful democracies and economies since independence you will realize that the founding presidents made conscious decision to promote national values. In Botswana President Khama grew up in a family of Chiefs . This experience helped the president in ruling. Here is how Foreign policy magazine illustrated this.
It is Botswana’s history of visionary leadership, especially in the years following independence, that best explains its success. Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana’s founding president, came from a family of Bamangwato chiefs well regarded for their benevolence and integrity. When Khama founded the Botswana Democratic Party in 1961 and led his country to independence, he was already dedicated to the principles of deliberative democracy and market economy that would allow his young country to flourish. Modest, unostentatious as a leader, and a genuine believer in popular rule, Khama forged a participatory and law-respecting political culture that has endured under his successors, Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae.
Although operating in very different circumstances, Mauritius’ first leader, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, held to the same leadership codes as Khama. Ramgoolam gave Mauritius a robust democratic beginning, which has been sustained by a series of wise successors from different backgrounds and parties. Both Khama and Ramgoolam could have emulated many of their contemporaries by establishing strong, single-man, kleptocratic regimes. But they refused to do so.
Effective leadership has proved the decisive factor in South Africa, too: without Nelson Mandela’s inclusive and visionary leadership, his adherence to the rule of law, his insistence on broadening the delivery of essential services, and his emphasis on moving from a command economy toward a market-driven one, South Africa would probably have emerged from apartheid as a far more fractured and autocratic state than it did.
Too few African leaders have followed the examples of Mandela, Khama, and Ramgoolam. Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, and Senegal are all showing promise. But in many other African countries, leaders have begun their presidential careers as democrats only to end up, a term or two later, as corrupt autocrats: Bakili Muluzi of Malawi, Moi of Kenya, and, most dramatically of all, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Other leaders, such as Sam Nujoma of Namibia and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, may be heading in the same direction.
What be-deviled Kenya first government and continues to haunt Kenya is because Kenyatta government did not have any experience in ruling. Instead of abandoning the colonial structures and borrowing to an already existing Kenyan tribal deliberative governance structure that was already democratic and built on market economy Kenyatta government continued with the colonial centralized structure. If Kenyatta for example could have borrowed heavily from Kikuyu governance structure and tried to rule based on this values at the national stage the outcome would have be significantly different for everyone.
As it stands now Kenya needs a leader who can be bold enough to establish and instill using rule of law national values. These values must focus on eliminating corruption and tribalism. This leader must be focused on an enduring legacy.
Kenyatta government failure can be traced to corruption and tribalism, ditto Moi, ditto Kibaki , his government that held great promise became undone after Anglo-leasing scandal proved to everyone that there was no political will to slay the corruption dragon and what followed after that is that the political elites disintegrated on basis of tribal affiliation and the results was PEV.
Uhuru government too is failing to move forward because of the legacy of corruption and visceral tribalism that have pearmeated every aspect of the Kenyan life.
Tribalism has turned Kenya into a haven of hate. No one is a saint in this melee. Former reformers are now the most virulent tribalists. Yesterday religious leaders of virtue are today biggest apologists on behalf of corruption and tribalism. No institution is spared, no place is scared from this hate that if is left unchecked it will result in genocide. Any little misunderstanding in todays Kenya can result despondency that state cannot contain and can or will morph into a civil war
Solutions are very simple.
A strong foundation based on shared national values have the ability of unlocking the big potential that our society holds. Without this foundation every success that Kenya has achieved in the last 50 years can be undone in a New York minute. Lay the national foundation afresh and because we do have capable human resource that if utilized in the proper way can give Kenya sustainable development and stability.
The talk that development can replace national values is unnatural for development cannot be sustainable if there no ethical values formulating this development. We cannot repeal the laws of natural justice but must follow these laws to the bitter end. What is lacking is leadership to promote and enforce these laws.
My heartfelt condolences to the family of late Fidel Odinga. I met Fidel twice while he was in states. He was in the company of his cousin. Looking back what stuck with me about Fidel was his humble demeanor. It may be a testament of who he was as a person and the values he was brought with. May you rest in peace.
Who should be blamed from this low self esteem? Media? African leaders? the African Gene? what is it that drives a man or woman to want to be white? Is it that White Supremacy is so potent that the African cannot conquer it?
what is it?
Sitting at the banquet table with the boos of an angry crowd outside does interfere with ones appetite. One rises from the table to go and take a look, find out if he has to do some fire-brigade work, or whether it is some much ado about nothing one can comfortably ignore
the statement above describes Jubilee government dilemma. The Jubilee administration is being faced by the following Politial and economic problems
1. Legitimacy – majority of the people who did not vote for Jubilee feel that the elections were rigged and the current administration is in office illegally and that it is the duty of the opposition to make this government fail by any means necessary. The legitimacy questions extends to all three arms of the government and none of these arms is seen as legitimate by the opposition supporters
2, Poor economy, the Kenyan economy is being faced by several challenges such as ballooning wage bill, collapsing tourism due to insecurity, high levels of unemployment especially among the Youth.
3, corruption every major jubilee project has been marred by corruption allegations and the recent payment of Anglo leasing contracts has not helped matters
4. Lack of better foreign relations. Kenya is a client state of the west, specifically America. Current administration is not seen as ideal administration by the Obama administration therefore Obama has not been keen on support it. To worsen the matters both the president and the vice president are indicted by ICC for crimes against humanity making it a public relations nightmare for the west to be associated with the current government
5. Insecurity..several terrorist attacks have forced the Western government to issue travel warnings and create a lot fear among Kenyans
President Uhuru promised a lot to voters during campaigns and due to challenges outlined above he is having a hard time delivering these promises. So “I believe” expectations have been dashed and replaced by bickering over government tenders and appointments within the coalition. These divisions within the jubilee alliance given the opposition a chance to challenge the goverment.
Raila is proving again that he is a master of political rhetoric and that he is at his best when he is in the trenches fighting the power of the day.
What unfolds in the next two months will be a pointer on whether this government is strong enough to weather serious confidence crisis that it is experiencing at the moment because even the staunchest supporters are starting to have doubts on the ability of Jubilee government to deliver
Is Rift Valley Kalenjin Populace suffering collective Guilt ?
Definition of Collective Guilt
Collective guilt is defining guilt that is shared by a group of people over an act or actions that is seen as shameful. It is not talked about, but does manifest. Afrikaners of South Africa have a collective guilt over Apartheid. So do the Germans on the Holocaust
What happened to in Rift Valley in 1992, 1997 and 2007 -2008 was horrific and traumatic for both the perpetrators and victims. The traumatic experience of victims is well documented but for the perpetrators it is not yet documented and there haven’t been a debate on this issue publicly. From my own observation is that the Kalenjins have gone to great length as a people to avoid any honest debate on their feelings about this. When most of the Kalenjin leadership or elites are confronted about this issue they retort that it was a result of provocation by then administration that made their people react “spontaneously” with grave consequences. They justify the carnage by explaining that the perpetrators were hooligans amidst them who are misguided. That is version I have heard from Elites.
However, there is a little small detail called “historical injustices” under the historical injustices Kalenjins have grievances centered around land. They feel that the current non-natives took land from them unfairly aided by the colonial government and post-independence government of Kenyatta and so my own assumption and reading of the situation is that every kalenjin holds this grievance and it is a socialized grievance that has been whispered from generation to generation. PEV presented an opportunity for the Kalenjins to reclaim their land and the madness was never spontaneous but a plan that was in the subconscious of the kalenjin and only needed pre-text to execute.
So in the Post PEV Kenya how this collective guilt gets addressed and how the historical injustices both for PEV victims and perpetrators get resolved will determine the future.
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