Opinion: Leaks shows the extensive cooperation between Cambridge Analytica and Kenyatta

It is for many common knowledge that the Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) Elections and Cambridge Analytica (CA) involvement in the two elections in 2017. They were direct partners and the guys behind the scene for the incumbent and the Jubilee Party. These was all doing work to secure the President Uhuru Kenyatta second term.

There been plenty of speculation and the inner-works of the Cambridge Analytica team in Kenya together with SCL Elections. What Hindsight 2020 leaks are showing is the behind scenes operations of CA and SCL in regards to Kenyatta. It doesn’t show what they really did, nor the data-sets, what they collected or if they were in cahoots with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which has been reported and speculated about. Since, the IEBC wouldn’t open their servers nor their tallies from the elections. Therefore, even in 2020 we cannot know what is there or if the IP-Address or direct connection with the CA.

Isaac Ndung’u or Isaac Kanino from Kanino Global limited who on behalf of Kenyatta and the Jubilee mailed the CA. What more the leaks shows is that SCL was already one the making the brand and the foundation for TNA/Jubilee in 2013 and their continued work with Kenyatta and Jubilee was an extension of what it had done in the past.

They made extensive plans and had a whole idea of what they were going to do. Not only a little survey, but a major one. Ensure they audit the whole party, their messages, their communications and even their speeches. That means, SCL/CA was the party within the party and the organizer hired to run a party and what is perceived by. As well, as ensuring the messages it spreads got into the media and understood by the public.

The SCL/CA even offered directly a Communication Team by monthly fees of $55,000 per month. What this shows still what intent and what services the SCL/CA did for Jubilee. As they were outsiders, whose known for collecting information from social media and make analysis for political parties. Surely, they would do the same data crunch for Kenyatta and Jubilee. Even if they don’t mention this in any of the documents, they still tried to sell the holistic campaign package. Which means, they wanted to run the whole thing, especially if the Kenyans paid and the SCL/CA in the leaked mails and documents shows that Jubilee was one of the biggest contracts.

That means the Jubilee and Kenyatta really used the services to an extent we cannot grasp. Even with these sort of leaks. But we don’t have the payouts from Jubilee nor the Government. Neither, do we have the MoU, the NDAs and Contract itself. However, we do know they did business and SCL/CA was proud of it. That says it all. As we know by what happen over the years, what the contractors was doing elsewhere and why shouldn’t they do that in Kenya too?

To think otherwise is naive. We miss still a few dots, but every little inkling shows what they did and what they offered. Now, we just need more of their print, their stamp and approved works. Than, we can say how deep these companies was involved in the Jubilee and with Kenyatta’s campaign. We are damn sure the Kenyans paid them a handsome sum of cash and surely operational fees. But, then we know, that Kenyatta and his team didn’t use their wit, but used technical and data collected from others to actually create his messages and run his campaign. He couldn’t even bother trying to do it on his own or with his advisers. That is weak tea. Peace.

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Opinion: Extending the BBI is all about buying the involved parties time

This Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is now the vehicle to keep the relevance of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and the Jubilee government afloat. As they have a joint project, which has no proper mandate, but buys the President and his cronies time to loot. The BBI is a smokescreen and the project is not only flawed, but built on the wrong premises.

That Odinga is doing is, seems so that he has a purpose. Because without the BBI he would be a lost fellow, who claimed to be President, but gave it away with the handshake. That is how it seems. The Report showed this, like a hallow manifesto with grandeur and big-man words, but not the initial wording to make it a legal text.

That is why December, two weeks or so after the release of the report. The State and ODM still pushes the need for the Taskforce and the BBI. This means its a tool for legitimacy and buying time. Since, there is nothing substantial being done, neither motions nor bills being made with the recommendations from the report. Which is showing the real intent.

Just look at the statements made during the previous week on the matter, first the State House and than Odinga.

State House statement:

The President and the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga thanked the team for putting together a report that captures the aspirations of Kenyans and requested the Taskforce to continue leading the BBI process. The Taskforce will therefore steer the next phase of the process which will largely involve expanding and guiding public participation, and structuring recommendations by Kenyans into implementable action plans” (State House – ‘President Kenyatta Extends Term Of BBI Taskforce’ 12.12.2019).

Odinga statement on 17th December:

As a party, it is in our DNA to take a stand on critical issues of the day. ODM never stands or sits on the fence. We never sway with the wind from this side to that when the interests of the nation are at stake. That is what we have done with the Handshake and the BBI. We have taken a stand based on very clear understanding of what is to be achieved. We have been able to merge our interests as a party with the broader interests of the nation and supported the BBI. We are in this to redesign the architecture of our nation” (…) “ The BBI enabled Kenyans to voice these concerns that clearly threaten our nation. The same BBI gives us a chance to address these concerns. From here one, what we should be debating is what to adopt, what to amend and what to discard out of the BBI proposals” (ODM Reloaded – ‘REMARKS OF H.E RAILA ODINGA, EGH, ODM PARTY LEADER AT THE JOINT ODM PG/NEC ON THE BBI REPORT; DECEMBER 17, 2019’).

Clearly, they intend to do something, but seems like a fancy way of promising change, while conducting more consultations and more rallies for the same. They are supposed to gather more evidence and more public involvement into it. As they are supposed to find the consensus within the public and design the Republic thereafter.

However, that means the BBI will use more government funds for a supposed progression reports and whatnot. Not just the first findings. The BBI halfway project are getting a second mandate. To build on the foundation and supposed do something. Even if there are no real clear mandate, neither here nor there. Neither is the task nor the committee anywhere to be seen.

The BBI seems more and more like a side-show. A play for the guards. To keep preoccupied, instead of actually governing. Because, why do you need to govern, when you got someone in the future giving you guidance, while they are not in office. Why do the work? When someone else will tell you to do something else.

The BBI in this way, seems to be the meal-ticket, the safe-guard and the method to buy relevance of the ODM and Odinga. While Kenyatta get friendly faces from his arch-nemesis and his associates. In this way, get legitimacy and power. In a way, where he doesn’t even have to work. He can just read the delivered paperwork and call it a day.

That is how it seems now. The BBI as a project is just for show and PR. It is not for betterment nor for progress. This is a game for paid state officials jobs and keeping the status quo as it is. The BBI is just letting all the talk go, while the lack of governing is forgotten in the drama of the BBI. Peace.

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About Time: A look into the Building Bridges Initative Report

What we are reading today is the results of the illegitimate elections of 2017. The Fresh Presidential Elections, the 26th October 2017, the ones where two dynasties didn’t get together in a free and fair elections. After the first elections of 2017 was on the 8th August 2017, which was happily dismissed and the IEBC had to make new elections in the same year. This was because, the verification of results and ballots was fraudulent. Not that the elections of October 2017 was any better, but the parties didn’t go all through it. Because, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta had an handshake on the March 9th 2018.

So, today’s report is about this and the arrangement between the dynasties of Kenyatta and Odinga. They might have made it into a Taskforce, where they are Building Bridges to Unity or Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). This is an initiative made between them and not a direct public inquiry nor one made by the public for the public. This is the political elite finding new steps and statutes to settle grievances between themselves.

I will take some snippets from the 156 pages long report, but will not digress too much into it. As this is made for the parties and their own private interests. This is not for betterment of the Republic, but more for securing the facilitation of the current status quo and the leadership itself. To think otherwise, than the Fresh Presidential Elections of 2017 would have ended differently, just like the August polls did, earlier in the year. That is if this was free and fair, as it was forged results fitting one man and his elite.

Kenyans have God-given rights that must now stand alongside a Kenyan Charter of Citizen Responsibilities that is inspired by the National Anthem and the National Values, and includes a Patriot’s Pledge to the Nation and the Constitution of Kenya (for schools, workplaces, and official national and public events)” (BBI Report, November 2019).

As a Christian is a nice ideal to involve the faith in this manner, but still for a Republic and a pluralistic society and government, the BBI and the government itself should focus on the rule of law, constitutionalism and this to ensure the respect of laws for the citizens. What they are putting first is the faith and GOD, not what what should be put first from a governing perspective. Unless, the government is a church and a place of faith.

Prime Minister — Within a set number of days following the summoning of Parliament after an election, the President shall appoint as Prime Minister, an elected Member of the National Assembly from a political party having a majority of Members in the National Assembly or, if no political party has a majority, one who appears to have the support of a majority of MPs” (BBI Report, November 2019).

This is revitalizing the role of Raila Odinga, to have another one position in the cabinet and within government. That is to really have yet another big-man, so they have more leaders within the high-ranks. Instead of directly appointed by the President, the person is there on accord or consensus of the whole Parliament.

Leader of the Official Opposition — The runner-up of the Presidential election becomes an ex-officio Member of Parliament and the Leader of the Official Opposition if his or her party is not represented in the Government, or of a coalition of Parliamentary parties not represented in the Government” (…) “Question Time — The Opposition will play a key role in Prime Ministerial and

Ministerial Question Time sessions in Parliament. Question Time is an opportunity for MPs to question Government Ministers about matters for which they are responsible” (BBI Report, November 2019).

This is clearly made in the fashion of the Parliament in the United Kingdom. They are clearly wanting the Corbyn Versus Theresa May, they want the public to be squaring off between the opposition MPs and the Cabinet. To answer for themselves and to be accountable. Not only suddenly hold some Press Conference. This would be what this means. While also, letting the loser of the Presidential Election still having a place and a role in Parliament. That is to clearly give way and be viable, still after elections.

No Kenyan Left Out — The ‘Kubadili Plan’: As part of ensuring that all Kenyans have access to quality services which are foundational to putting people onto the path of shared prosperity, the Taskforce proposes a Kubadili Plan to bring marginalised wards to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the country. The plan will be to identify the Wards which are most marginalised, at present and historically. Implementation should start with the Wards ranked last. Develop a plan to build schools, health facilities, roads, water, electricity, and police stations, in a way that the people of the whole Ward have access to them; and ensure that the facilities are built in all the Wards within a period of three years” (BBI Report, November 2019).

The ‘Kabadili Plan’ is just what the government is supposed to do, just on Ward level of government. This plan is what the government is supposed to do and isn’t a magic trick. This is just making it into a text and naming it something. The government are supposed to deliver basic needed services and this isn’t rocket science, but apparently the Taskforce see the current state not fit to do this.

Public Officers should not be in business with the Government — Address conflicts of interest by reducing Public Officer involvement in business with the Government” (BBI Report, November 2019).

Another basic one, as a person is in public office, shouldn’t have conflict of interests nor have the powers to give business advantages because of it. That is why many big-men in the past has given away or let their businesses into trusts, while they been in government. This should also be natural, also show what businesses the public officials, what sort of land and other assets they have. That will implicate them and also where they should recuse themselves from voting or participating in the process.

This is what I found as interesting within the report. It was a lot more, but this will be discussed. We can wonder what implications and what will be implemented by this report? Because, there is very little other than a big hoopla and not so much flash. We have to wonder if this will make any changes, if the Taskforce plans to bring forward Constitutional Amendments and other laws to reinforce what it t states?

That is if, this report has more value, than buying time for Kenyatta and Odinga. Because, unless something of this will be considered. There need to be more than launch and a final delivery of an report. This needs laws, motions and amendments, if they are sincere about what this one says.

Since, there is a lot of words and well-wishes, but not significantly addressed in the Report. They are talking of it in the conclusion, but then they are pushing the recommendations without considering what all might think of these. Some are good, but then again, this was a match between to parties not the whole Republic. Peace.

Kenya: The National Assembly – Message from the President – Invitation to the Launch of the Report of the Taskforce on Building Bridges to Unity Advisory (26.11.2019)

Central Bank of Kenya: Monetary Policy Committee Meeting (25.11.2019)

Kenya: Building Bridges for National Unity Taskforce – Press Release (22.11.2019)

Opinion: Uhuru, wananchi are broke because of you…

“The President wondered where all the money being used to construct government projects is going. In fact, he specifically asked us the question: Why are people broke; why is it that there is no money in their pockets?” the official reported to be a parastatal head was quoted by the publication” (John Wanjohi – ‘I Don’t Understand Why Kenyans are Broke, Uhuru Says’ 12.11.2019, Mwakilishi.com).

President Uhuru Kenyatta must think people are gullible and ignorant to the facts. That they are not understanding the bigger picture nor the consequences of the actions made by the central government. Because, going around asking this sort of question, opens the door to wonder, how stupid does the President think the wananchi is?

President Kenyatta, first and foremost. It is your reign and your decisions that has made people out of pocket and broke. It is your government policies, your actions as head of state and the reactions to that. Which in the end, accumulate to the result of unemployment, poverty and the lack of cash to go-around. That is all because of you and your yes-men.

People have tried to blame Henry Rotich for this, but lets be clear. His the scapegoat. The Cabinet Secretary or the Minister, which is easy to aim at, but he has just sanctioned and followed protocol made by the President and his patronage. There is nothing else too it.

That is why with the growing corruption in the reign of Kenyatta, the added debt and the new cap or celling for debt. Just shows what it is all about. The free money of loans to shield the over spending government, which builds pipedreams and white elephants like there is no tomorrow. While wondering why people doesn’t earn coins on it. That is because, they don’t get the tender through shady companies like with the NYS Fund, neither do they get any direct benefit of the SGR. Secondly, non see the money for the maize scandals nor the sugar cartels too.

That’s why its like this, just like the crack-down betting firms, where the state banned one and opened up the gates for another one. There is no development, only more shady tricks. Just like the trade of milk and the standards put on that, which is ironic. Since the President himself is involved and owner of that. Plus all the estates, hotels and whatnot, both the President and the DP now owns. They have created empires while being in office, also ensuring the cronies get a cut too. While the state suffers a bondage and will have for generations, because this one borrowed fiscal stimuli like their was no tomorrow to begin with.

So, its better for Uhuru to not act a fool, but to actually do his job. He has been globetrotting and a vagabond as the President. Maybe time to cool down, not do PR stunts and empty pledges of the Big Four and the Building Bridges Initiative, but actually deliver something that matters. Not just empty expensive containers, which someone inside the Ministry of Health could profit from. Since, that is how the Jubilee government have operated on a large scale, with Grand Corruption in their veins and borrowing money at large too. Therefore, the lack of fiscal responsibility, nor any substance of development for the poor.

That’s why Kenyatta, that’s why you have not succeeded. You have reigned supreme since 2013, but your not leaving anything positive behind for 2021. Only more loans, bigger corruption scandals and a questionable legitimacy, as you rigged the last election and used Cambridge Analytica to massage your message to the masses. Which will not be forgotten. Peace.