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Kenya: MPs Greed is now on Overload!

The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi

We know something is seriously wrong when the Members of Parliaments are wishing more money, as the Jubilee government have already promised more austerity months away. Not only the raising rate of corruption that was between 2013 to June 2018 had grown by 240%. So the MPs knows this and the misuse of the state reserves. While the growing debt in the same era is happening. Even in the same year, as the IMF has told the Government of Kenya to stop spending. The MPs are planning to grow the spending on themselves and their families. As they are not bitten by austerity, the budget deficit or growth of debt. That shows their ignorance of the economy, which they as MPs are supposed to have oversight over.

Here is the news:

All 416 Members of Parliament, Speakers of both houses and the leaders of majority in both chambers will each be provided with a rent-free house, a government vehicle, an expanded medical cover, travel allowances and an expanded constituency outreach operation, if a new Bill becomes law” (…) “Proposals for better terms for legislators — already among the best-paid in the world with a Sh1.2 million salary — are contained in the Parliamentary Service Bill that is set for debate in the National Assembly tomorrow afternoon” (Mwere, 2018).

It is hard to take these men serious, as they have already a giant salary in the Republic. Especially when they are earning 1,2 million salary. While that isn’t enough for the MPs in a country where half of the Republic’s households are earning less than 10,000 shillings per month. That was reported after a survey published in Standard Media in April 2018. Meaning, these households, which is half of the Republic are earning less than 120,000 shillings per year. That without any benefits or other financial support. Therefore, the MPs are far away from the plights of the ordinary man and the ones struggling.

It is clearly not enough, that the IMF, the added taxes and the strains on the economy, in a republic where people are already earning under a tenth of their representatives. You shouldn’t become a businessman or a hustler. You should become a politician in Kenya. As there is where the money is. These people are eating of the dying carcass, of a failing economy, where people are earning little to nothing. Instead of fixing that economy and ensuring people decent wages, they are complaining while they are gaining more wealth. That is what is insane by this.

That the MPs are wishing more services covered, while they have GIANT salaries that the people of the slums only can dream of. That the Shamba Boys of Up-Country never will be able to touch and feel in their life-time. No, these MPs are forgetting their constituents as they are willing to live even more lavish as the economy have been trashed by them. That is their greed. Peace.

Reference:

David Mwere – ‘MPs push for rent-free houses, bigger tea pots, better bar, five-star chefs’ 19.11.2018 link: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/MPs-push-for-better-terms-of-service-in-new-Bill/1056-4858078-20r4fu/index.html

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Opinion: Kenyatta’s Legacy will not be the Handshake!

Even if Uhuru Kenyatta wants the handshake with Raila Odinga to be his legacy. I have to confirm, that it most likely will not be. It will one thing that is important and will be vital to his second term, but not what he will be remembered for, because there are enough shady and backwards affairs to overshadow the gentleman’s agreement between Kenyatta and Odinga.

President Uhuru Kenyatta hopes the Building Bridges Initiative will help him leave a legacy of peace when he leaves office in 2022. In an interview with France24 TV, the President said he is banking on his partnerships with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka to defuse ethnic and political tensions in Kenya” (Valentine Obara – ‘Peace will be my legacy, Uhuru says in interview’ 13.11.2018).

Kenyatta can have his wishes, but they will not follow them automatically. There is a long road ahead, but the ways the first and second term has been. There are enough of other things he will be remembered for, instance the empty pledges of laptops and building stadiums. Which never seem to happen and that is just what people remember that he has promised.

Who knows how many corruption scandals there has been, how many Ministries and Cabinet Secretaries has been implicated and the constant cronyism. The Kenyatta Presidency has rocked these scandals from day one. There haven’t been a month without one and hasn’t seemed to stop either.

The control of the cartels, the corrupt officials and growing family business of Kenyatta and the Deputy President William Ruto. Will be more the legacy, than he shake the hand of Odinga one day.

The Corruption and Grand Corruption will be remembered, the Eurobonds, NYS 1.0 and 2.0, Afya House Scandal, Maize Scandal and Sugar Scandal. All of these are big shot into the public domain, where the state and the operatives has robbed the public, while not delivering needed public services. This has been happening again and again. That is why I can mention the vast amount of cases without thinking. It shouldn’t be that easy.

The effort of the Handshake might be good; it might have stopped the NASA from creating havoc towards the Jubilee. It might have had the ability to silence the critics and secure the mandate after a rigged second election for Kenyatta. The Fresh Presidential Elections was rigged and no doubt about that.

Kenyatta can wish that his legacy is positive, but his indecisiveness towards Grand Corruption, his stalemate with the cartels and his growing debt because of the White Elephant Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is more likely. As the Chinese silent takeover and the debt combined with toxicating corrupting should be obvious. Maybe not to him, who wants it to be all smiles and laughs.

When the reality is more dire than that. Peace.

Opinion: Don’t let Ezra Chiloba be the fall guy for the rigging machine of IEBC!

Some are giddy and happy about the termination of employment of IEBC’s Ezra Chiloba this week. However, people shouldn’t jump of joy, as there have been changes in the leadership of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Just as the newly appointed IEBC leadership of 2011 with Chairman Hassan Isaack and change in 2016. When Wafula Chebukati got appointed in his stead in 2016. Still, inside the IEBC as before was Chiloba just working in the background as before.

That he got terminated over tenders and contracts are foolish at this point. As we all know the questionable behavior of the IEBC during the Presidential Elections in 2017. We can also wonder what Chiloba did with the previous leadership and elections of 2013, as there was speculations then also of rigging too. Therefore, the relevance of position and of what he did during his tenure there.

However, Chiloba shouldn’t be the fall guy. Chiloba didn’t do this acts alone and did answer to someone above. He didn’t go like an empty drone into this and do this only on his own merry. That wouldn’t believe, as someone ordered him around and asked him to fix. This was known by his previous boss and the current one.

That Chebukati and the rest of the Commissioners should be put in doubt too. Because all of them was in-charge and fixed the contracts with OT-Morpho, Cambridge Analytica and the printing companies. This wasn’t just done by one, neither was the assassination of ICT Expert and Manager Chris Msando and the assassination of CS Joseph Nkaissery. All of this happen days before the elections and even in relation to the polls. That is why these memories will still linger on, as the questions of what happen and who ordered it. The Ghost of Jacob Juma will also follow the organization and the ruling regime, as his words has happen as he said and what he expected from the authorities. Therefore, the IEBC are not alone in this and the truth of the matter, is that Chiloba wouldn’t able to all of this on his own.

Chiloba is one of many to blame, it was organized and was done with a purpose, it was all done to secure the tenure of Kenyatta and Ruto. It was done to secure the Jubilee and their established power. It wasn’t done to secure the votes of the people and neither legitimacy of a supposed credible vote. That went down the storm-drain with the rain-water.

So, the ones thinking the termination of Chiloba will fix it all. I doubt it. It didn’t change with the changes of chairmen either. If it was Hassan Isaack or Wafula Chebukati. The Kenyan election experience was as hostile and lack of transparency as usual. For the single purpose of securing the elite and their need of all power.

Chiloba did that, but not alone. He did it as per orders and per request. By both all Commissioners did so. Not only single individual. If it was only his way and his methods was behind this, than the change of Chairmen should have mattered, but it didn’t. That is why there is a need of change within the IEBC and also reforms of the organization. Not just make Chiloba jump on the sword, he is far from innocent, but he didn’t act alone. Peace.

IEBC: Statement on the Termination of the contract of Ezra Chiloba (12.10.2018)

Central Bank of Kenya: New Generation Bank Notes (12.10.2018)

IEBC: Statement by Ezra Chiloba on Termination of Service – 12th October 2018

Kenya: Taskforce on Building Bridges to Unity – Press Release (12.10.2018)

DPP’s Statement – Re: Investigation into the Fatal Accident at Fort Ternan within Kericho County (11.10.2018)

Kenya: DPP’s Press Statement on the Investigation into murder of Monicah Kimani (09.10.2018)

Kenya: Press Statement on Status of 10th October as a Public Holiday (08.10.2018)

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