A new tribe is ruling the many countries of Africa. Comfortable,
well-heeled, self-satisfied; secure in their positions of power.
And proudly they tout the symbol of their superiority. It’s a symbol
they have even adopted as their name; an elegant, star-shaped, silver
symbol – the international sign of the WaBenzi. Julian Champkin reports” (Julian Champkin – ‘The Wabenzi’ 05.09.1984, New Internationalist).
Today, the National Police Service and the Inspector General Hilary N. Mutyambai put forward an directive, which means that all the VIPs get special treatments on the roads in the Republic of Kenya. The WaBenzi of 2019 got a new way to get things done. The ambulances and fire brigades has to “give way” to retired Presidents, the President himself and others. Because, they are still more viable and vital to society, than the ones saving lives. That is what the directive states.
But first, what the IG Mutyambai stated in his directive, which says to much about the WaBenzi compared to rest: “In light of streamlining the flow of traffic in major cities, I here by direct guidelines conhfcerning entitlement and privileges on clearances of vehicles for VIPs on roads and highways” (Directive on Road Clearances to VIPS, 29.05.2019).
The IG has put forward six categories, the first one, whose has the first privilege is the President, Vice-President, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries for Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs and the Principal Secretary/Interior. The IG and the Highest Elite is surely getting special treatment. They are first in line and the others have to back-off.
In traffic, the second grade is the chief of defence, service commander of Defence Forces, Inspector General of National Police Service, Deputy General of the Police Service and Deputy Inspector General of the Administration Police Service. Surely, the IG is favouring himself and his people. They are the leaders of the Security Organizations and he thinks they are Second Ones after the Highest Ranking individuals in the Republic.
Further in traffic, the ones that cannot dip through first or second is the Speaker of National Assembly and the Senate, also the Majority leader of the National Assembly. They are important, but graded down from the President and his closest associates, after the Security Organizations leadership. Certainly, they will be awaiting time to get through jams in Nairobi. Since, the directive are giving them less leeway.
There are sadly more people who is getting special treatment, the fourth graded people are the retired Presidents and Prime Ministers. This is the dynasties and the elites, whose still just living life. This is the Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, who will easily get across Kisumu or anywhere else. Because, these people are still apparently more important than the ambulance. That is what they are saying.
On the Fifth level, the finalization and the special treatment for the ambulance and fire brigade are stated. They are put behind the President, the leadership of the Security Organizations, the highest leadership of the Parliament and the retired heads of state. All of these are more vital to society and to the roads, than the ambulance and fire brigade. This shows the pattern of the WaBenzi.
Just to prove the point further, the GK Cars registered to the state will not get special treatment, they have to follow traffic in ordinary flow. This means, the rest of the MPs has to be awaiting jams or if not leech of the Presidential and VP Convoy, when they are around the building or driving out. Since, who knows, which car is part of it or not. Even the First Lady if she’s crossing town. Because, this will be used by several of the closest associates of the grade 1 and even grade 2.
This here is stupid and shows the WaBenzi elite on steroids or on to much petrol. It depends on which day. Peace.