Opinion: Who is really the “Empty Suit”? Who might it be the Empty Suit in the Ministry of Health Care or KCCA? As the recent unfolded operations of maladministration in the public view… henceforth somebody who is just nodding to the Executive for the brown envelope.

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McNULTY: “West Baltimore is dying and you empty suits are running around to pin some politician’s pelt to the wall. Thought you was real police, brother” (The Wire Season 2, Episode 13).

There is in this day and age lots of appointed government officials, they work supposed to be diligent and with honour of the codes of their work, not work directly for the ones that appointed them. That cannot always be easy as the station and the position would not been opened or given to the person if the appointee didn’t give that extended hand or blessing for the job. When you have that situation you need a strong state and strict regulatory regime that counter the possible backhand and kickbacks to the ones that appointed them.

Why do I discuss this at this point? Because it is a vital part of our government regimes and is a question that can be asked in nearly all parts of the globe. As all jobs in the branches of government does not automatically goes to the most educated, relied on or the one person who has the most integrity in the position. Instead the man or woman who gets appointed is an “empty suit”.

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What some of them might do?

“What typically saves the empty suit is the tenuous relation between what he or she does and any actual business results. This may be a function of the job he’s in: a staff post, with lots of power to nix others’ initiatives but no responsibility to make or sell anything. Or a pocket of avoirdupois in a still-too-fat corporate bureaucracy, the kind of position that causes underlings to scratch their heads and wonder, ”Gee, do we really need all these vice presidents?” Or the empty suit may have come up through a system that rotates fast- trackers through a new job every 18 months, even though the effects of his tenure don’t become evident for two to three years. He hardly had time to get any grounding in the work his people do, and he may have royally screwed up the few decisions he was compelled to make, but when the chickens come home to roost, he has flown. If somebody has the bad taste to try to assign responsibility, the suit can easily fuzz the matter over by suggesting that the blame rests with his successor or former subordinates” (Kiechel, 1989).

There certainly similar like the ones described in our time in every department, every corporation and every single institution we know of. This might be the Electoral Commission of Uganda and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya. As much as the regulatory chairs of the banking industry of Kenya must feel like empty suits these days as the confidence at that is low-key as well. The Chase Bank, The Imperial Bank and National Bank of Kenya have fallen from grace. The most likely selling of the Barclays Bank African Group might also make the fragile banking sector into more disarray as the leading regulators seems like the extra board-members instead of people who uses their position and chair with care and uses the mandate to make a difference and even square.

Soroti Hospital April 2016

The situations are different when the appointed is not hired for their knowledge of their field, but the loyalty of the regime or government that is running in the country. The likes of Ministry of Health in Uganda for the moment where the hospitals are creaking and the machines are criss-crossing between life and death. Electricity and other cases of depleted. As the missing extra blood for surgery, the copy-medication and the loss of necessary equipment; that shows the lack of management and reasons for empty suits. The highest empty suit for the moment must be State Minister for Health Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi who seems to be more concern with catching checks then doing his job at this point. This point comes with the correlation of Minster of Health Hon. Elioda Tumwesige and the State Minister for Primary Health Hon. Sarah Opendi Ochieng. One of the three must generate a valued pay-check and makes sure that the NMS delivers the Global Funded projects and the other government funded health care, but either Chris, Elioda or Sarah, one of them or more must be a hired “empty suit” as the three of them are put into ministerial position working for initially the same thing.

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It is just like the same mess with the KCCA where you have KCCA Executive Director of Jennifer Musisi. You have Frank Tumbewaze who is both Minister of the Presidency and Kampala Affairs. Then you have the third person who got a mandate the Presidential Advisor for Kampala affairs Mr. Singh Katongole what he does is surely only him and the Executive of Uganda who knows, since his appointment in December 2015 his silence must mean a envelope and letting Hon. Tumbewaze and Hon. Musisi does what they like. To make it more hectic you have the actual people’s elected through the ballot who supposed to run the Kampala Capital City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. So you have hon. Musisi, Hon. Tumbewazi, Hon. Katongole and Lord Mayor Lukwago. All of them are supposed to central people in the running of administration and regulate the divisions of Kampala politically and create policies that builds and secure the functions of KCCA. That must be hectic one of these men and woman must be a empty suit. Unless Hon. Katongole who I haven’t heard a word from since appointment is an ear-to-the ground and talking or addressing letters directly to the Executive or Head of State as his role has still not been served. As the accountability of the NRM-Regime is not strong they prefer keeping people in the dark.  Hon. Tumbewaze seems more to be the ones who was appointed to turn opposition Lord Mayor on his knees and therefore also gotten a permanent Executive Director in Musisi to shut down the elected person. But the end-game is that one of them must be an “Empty Suit” as the basic needs cannot be that big, and one of them is catching the brown envelopes without doing anything.

There are certainly more empty suits in the system as I started with the appointed men who is not educated for the position, but are there for the loyalty not because of the office is needed or there for a general purpose. That is the same as extra board-members in a corporation who is hired to vote for the general consensus in the board, but not to generate profits in some sense. They are there because the Corporation and LLC need useful idiots to be paid to follow the remarks of the stakeholders and shareholders, not the common-sense of their position.

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We can all question the value of these leaders and honourable men-or-woman in a representative or appointed position by the President for instance. The level of credible men and woman and the need for expertise in the government organisations, into the department and the civic care from the road-development to the health care facilities need men and woman who knows the trade. As long the men does what is needed for the President or for the Stakeholders. The ones that lose are the ordinary person, employee or civil servants as they will either work under them or have to pay them tax-money to keep them. As they have to be paid an envelope to be the empty-dress. The person who is an empty dress doesn’t become that for free. Somebody has to be charge to keep him there. Most likely it is me or you. We can just ask ourselves. Who of the appointed leaders in government is an empty suit? Who in the corporate world are the extras?

Byandala

Lastly, why does the Minister Without Portfolio. Hon. Abraham Byandala gets away and is not questioned by the opposition or anybody else. Why is this man the free-man the invisible creature in the parliament that does not have scruples? This since this position is the epitome of a Empty Suit. He is a MINISTER, but does not have an OFFICE, Department or a MINISTRY to run. Hon. Byandala can do as he pleases and still get paid. You cannot check his ministry or running government portfolio as it is non-existence from the get-go. The Government Official without any oversight and anything to initial control or say in other words the official Minister of Nothing (MoN). Hon. Byandala is running the Ministry of Nothing. The Minister of Hot-Air and the checking the chapattis’ in parliament is fresh enough for Hon. Oulanyah’s taste.

Well, what do you think? Are the somebody you feels are an Empty suit? Somebody you question or wonder if really have anything more than pay-check from the Tax-Payers money, but does not use it’s office or even delivers anything. Then that person might be an empty suit who just nods the head to the Executive and the general leadership without exercising power or determine the future of the government institution, department or ministry. Even if the person is really doing anything in the boardroom or a needed voter for the stakeholders; if it is only the needed majority to follow procedure then the scheme need a check or reform.

River Okikolo FDC 13.01.2016

There will certainly be more stories and the existence of similar men and woman who can be described as “Empty Suits” and be stooges needed by any administration and corporations as they viciously need structure to control the citizens and the policies without questions from the inner-circle. Even if that means not procurement of needed medicines, fuel, transformers or building bridges to easier access the missing Okor Bridge in Kumi District: “This project was intended to connect Nyero and Mukongoro sub-counties in Kumi district” (MoFED, March 2015). A bridge that does not exist or is built by now so the sub-counties is not yet connect because of the altered situation and have to run long roads around the area than crossing straight over the river. So a project like this says there some empty suits as in 2009 as company was hired to build the river, by December 2012 the works by the river had stopped. Even if the departments to UNRA gave reports of progress of the project was last monitored in 2014 and by 2016 there not been done more to build the bridge since the monopoly of the Chinese Contractor have stifled the progression and in the end wasted government funds into a building a bridge who does not exist. Just like the Ministry of Nothing Hon. Byandala.

Think that is enough for today! Peace.

Reference:

Kiechel, Walter – ‘HOW TO SPOT AN EMPTY SUIT This breed of modern manager looks good and gets along splendidly with the brass. But is he contributing anything?’ (20.11.1989) link: http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1989/11/20/72761/index.htm

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – ‘NATIONAL BUDGET FRAMEWORK PAPER FY 2015/16’ (March 2015).

Teargas, gunshots as police disperse Cord protest march (Youtube-Clip)

PHOTO: Leading Kenyan opposition figure, also former prime minister, Raila Odinga helped to safety amid a cloud of teargas.

Odinga 25.04.2016

“Police in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition leaders and supporters who were marching to demand the dissolution of the country’s electoral commission ahead of next year’s election. Over the weekend, Odinga and other leading politicians demanded the disbandment of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and vowed to storm its offices to eject its commissioners. Mr Odinga rejected the 2013 election result that brought President Uhuru Kenyatta into power, alleging massive fraud” (NBS TV Uganda, 2016).

CORD leaders seek audience with IEBC officials (Youtube-Clip)

“Anti riot police in full combat gear cordoned off the Anniversary towers which hosts the IEBC offices to ward off attempts by CORD leaders and their supporters to stage a sit in. The top Leadership of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) were expected at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices to meet the commissioners. CORD planned to use the opportunity to seek answers from the IEBC on the question of the collapsed referendum dubbed Okoa Kenya that failed to take off due to numbers hitch. CORD also wanted the IEBC to dissolve to pave way for another commission that they said would be free from manipulation” (NTV Kenya, 2016).

Nairobi County Commander warns CORD against storming IEBC offices (Youtube-Clip) & No Room for Protesting (Footage)

“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission headquarters in Nairobi is at this moment under tight security with officers from the General Service Unit and regular Police manning Anniversary Towers to ward off threats by the opposition CORD’s coalition to storm the offices to eject IEBC commissioners from office. Police under the command of Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome have however vowed to stop the protest warning those bent on causing disruption in the city that they will be dealt with accordingly. CORD leaders had over the weekend threatened to lead their supporters to IEBC offices after the commission rejected signatures submitted for the Okoa Kenya referendum push” (K24TV, 2016).

“NO ROOM FOR PROTESTING:  Following the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) threat to forcefully evict electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from the office, heavy security guard of more than 50 police has been deployed at the IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi ahead to see to it the protest is curbed. Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome who was addressing the press outside IEBC offices Monday morning warned that police officers are under instructions to deal with anyone who attempts to cause chaos and disturb the peace during the march” (Kenyatta University Television – KUTV, 206). 

Peace.

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The Okoa Kenya Saga; Signatures disqualified and the validity of the IEBC; the men who controls the elections can decided their own fate and disqualify citizens without questions; CORD might lost the Amendments right now, but the JAP and the IEBC looks like the game was already rigged in their favor.

Okoa Odinga 2016

Today the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC) answered the Opposition Party of Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD), that has since January 2016 worked for an amendments of laws to sufficiently make the Electoral Reform and the Electoral Commission to become better and more righteous; as the amendments would set more standards and specify the laws as for instance only have one voters registers and so on. That seems legitimate concern for any political party, as that would set precedence for how you can count the actual voters and hereby have certainty of the amount of voters for each polling station. That is just one example of the amendments in the constitutional amendment that the CORD had facilitated and signatures. Here is the latest statement from CORD of the 26 March of 2016 and also today’s statement from the IEBC.

CORD Statement on the 26.03.2016:

“The allegations set out in the said statement are as bizarre as they could get. It is a clear manifestation that IEBC is a joke of a commission that does not comprehend the enormity of the constitutional responsibility bestowed on it. The cavalier manner in which IEBC continues to treat the critical manner of the Okoa Kenya popular initiative to amend the constitution goes a long way to confirm our long held views that we will not go into another election with IEBC as currently constituted” (…)”At the core of this dispute, IEBC has not disclosed to anyone what register they used to verify the Okoa Kenya signatures. During the Supreme court petition in 2013, the commission had a characture of five different sets of registers which were ingnonimously endorsed by the supreme court” (…)”There is no way a collection of 1.7 million signatures from all over the county can lack a few jokers and you can’t tear out those pages without affecting the integrity of the whole collection” (…)”It is interesting that in the week preceding the announcement by IEBC some of its commissioners called the leadership of Okoa Kenya to communicate that the initiative had met the threshold and they were in the process of preparing the transmission to county assemblies. Similarly senior commission officials made a similar announcement in an engagement with county leaders at a forum in Naivasha. This was a until their favorite Siamese twin that is Jubilee knocked on their door that they started shifting goal posts” (Magaya, 2016).

IEBC Statement on the 28.03.2016:

“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) would like to make it clear that it did not at any point verify the authenticity of signatures presented in support of the OKOA Kenya initiative. Any mark was admitted as an intention or consent by a petitioner. The Commission did not reject a single signature because of its structure or formation. The records that were rejected were those that were not found in the voters register. Some records had signatures but without ID or passport numbers while others had just names and no other entries. The claim that IEBC could not possibly verify signatures because it did not have a repository of samples is true. It is therefore needless to belabor or fault IEBC on this matter and we could not ridicule ourselves to that extent”.

Okoa Kenya 2016

That CORD has gone the extent of the exercise of Democratic values went along to follow the constitution to get the signatures from a great amount of people that is needed for this to get through to Parliament and then voted by the Members of Parliament there through the significant amount of votes to amend the constitution.

The IEBC would by all means not accept that as that would mean the ones selected to be in the board and leadership of it would be scrutinized and questioned even more by the citizens and political parties. As the institutions who facilitate and organize the elections and secure the tallying of the votes, would surely not accept to reformed when they are ensured to keep that state as long as they have the grace of the ruling regime and ruling party.

The Ruling regime and Ruling Party of Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) have no interest of changing the constitution as long as that gives them an edge and structure that can secure the next election in 2017. That is the reason alone why they have no interest in this juncture to change it, if so it is to change public perception on the matter and the up-coming election, as the JAP and the President Kenyatta has had enough scandals lately.

The truth of the matter will come at a later point and this is certainly a political game from both angels and the IEBC is the scapegoat either for the JAP and the CORD. The Parties cannot be embedded directly with the Electoral Commission, if so then it’s ipso facto no democratic election to come. Than the IEBC will more directly announcing the result the JAP want or the President Kenyatta wishes, that is not a great look for the ruling regime or the IEBC; except that they are loyal to the regime running the country.

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Certainly the reason from the IEBC is disregarding the collection of signatures; they are directly insulting and insinuating cheating of it. And it is with common sense the CORD is saying certain pages will be badly written and conducted as the public will act a fool sometimes. That is something that the IEBC should respect and maybe counter the pages of nonsense. Still not underscore the whole picture from the CORD on the Okoa Kenya and the amendment of the Kenyan Constitution.

The proof and the validity of the IEBC can be questioned by one simple question. Why should the organizer of elections have the power to disqualify the citizen’s questions of the constitution and also disregarding the signatures? Who really think that the commission that controls and instituted elections want to change it? Why would the men and woman who has a comfortable job make it harder? Why want the JAP change the laws when they help them to stay in power?

When you can answer those questions and have the results of them. Then you can see my reasoning for why the referendum on the Constitution of Kenya is not happening. Because the IEBC has no reason to change it, and the ruling regime has the same agenda. Except that the JAP also want to look decent for the citizens and the pundits. IEBC works on accord with the Parliament and the Government, so if the laws changes then they will work differently. The Opposition is right to question the IEBC and their technical and operational work for the elections held. But they should not easy dismiss the wishes to reform the work and electoral laws, as they might be insufficient and missing vital structure to procure viable and trustworthy elections. As long as the can be more than one voters register, you can one which is the one they use and which one is the official. That is something that the IEBC should not have issues with. As long as there are more than one list out, means that there are more possibility to fix the results wished at any given time, as the polling stations can have different amount of total voters depending on which list that the IEBC uses. That gives the them the opportunity to rig the election as they please, instead of having a unified and one single register of voters that can be checked after the announcement and preliminary results from each polling station. You smell me? Peace.   

Reference:

Magaya, Norman – ‘Press Release on the OKOA Kenya initiative’ (26.03.2016) link: http://tupashe.com/railas-cord-releases-explosive-brief-giving-conditions-before-facing-uhuru-in-2017/

Kenya – Ministry of Devolution and Planning: Joint Statement on the Realzation and Implementation of the two-thirds gender principle

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Uhuru Kenyatta – Kenya’s nye president.

Kenya har idag fått en ny president. Uhuru Kenyatta! Sammen med nye vise-president William Ruto er de i Jubilee koalisjonen de nye regjerende folkene i Kenya. Med minst mulige margin. Fordi den nye valgloven som ble laget etter skandale valget i 2007. Han er den fjerde presidenten i Kenyas frie historie som en selvstendig nasjon etter å ha vært veldig lenge en koloni under Storbritania.

Så 9. Mars fikk Uhuru Kenyatta de opptelte stemmene. Etter valgloven måtte man ha over 50% av stemmene, hvis det ikke blir slikt må Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) utlyse en ny valgrunde. Uhuru Kenyatta fikk 50,1 %, Raila Odinga 43,4 % og Musila Mudavadi 3,9 %. Dette er Daily Nation election statistikk som sier, VG påstår 50,3 % til Uhuru Kenyatta. Jeg er litt merkelig, men jeg tror mest på Daily Nation når det kommer til Kenya, ikke Oslo avisa!

Det beste med dette valget var et det fredelig i den forstand at det ikke tok av slikt som det gjorde forrige gang i Kenya. Kikiyu mot Luo. Totalt galskap i regionene nærmest Somalia. Desverre skjedde det forferdelig saker rundt Mombasa i de regionene som vil være selvstendige fra Kenya. De vil ha en islamistisk og sultan styrt kystsone fra grensen rundt Kisimayo i Somalia ned til Zanzibar. Hvor sultanene eide landet inntil Tyskland, Storbritania og Franskmenn kom til området. Det sies via BBC at disse fundamentalistene tok livet av opp til 70 personer dager før valget rundt Mombasa. Noe som er ufattelig trist.

Det er langt fra slike tilstander som sist hvor landsbyer hvor etniske grupper angrep hverandre og ble senere boende i UNICEF telt langt utover 2009. Spesielt i grenseområdene til Uganda bortforbi Eldoret – Kisumu – Nakuru, var angrepene på landsbyene svært alvorlige. Fordi husene var blitt brent ned, noen etter tordentaler fra pastorer og radioverter som tok helt av.

Heldigvis skjedde ikke det denne gangen. Det som skjedde denne gangen var fredelig avstemmening. Alle rapporter indikerte dette. Fra både Commonwealth og resterende aktører inne i situasjonen.

Det som var mer skremmende og sjokkerende var at tellingen gikk litt uregulært fram. Var at til circus 25 % prosent av tellingen av stemmene elektronisk. Så ble disset stoppet. Å man begynte å telle manuelt noe som tok adskillig mye lengre tid. IEBC gjorde dette. Deretter annonserte de tallene distrikt for distrikt hvert femte minutt. Med både antall stemmer og deretter prosenttall på kandidatene. Noe som gjorde det mulig å se de reelle tallene fra begynnelsen. Mr Walolo og leder  for IEBC A.I. Hassan gjorde en god rolle både i utdelingen av presidentskapet og tellingen av stemmene.

Denne videoen viser litt av hvordan tilstanden var. Men vi burde ikke sette for mye press på dette. Dette er en dag å feire. Sønnen av første presidenten Jomo Kenyatta – Uhuru Kenyatta er blitt president av Kenya. Noe som er eksepsjonelt og bra. På fredelig vis! Ny grunnlov og valglov gjorde at det ble bedre. Nye IEBC som ble stiftet i 2011. Den gjorde en stor innsats. Det som er problematisk er at Raila Odinga vil gå til retten for å få ny runde med valg fordi han påstår det har skjedd juks. Noe som mest sannsynlig bare blir oversett og han mest sannsynlig taper. Han også far som sønn, Odinga Odinga mistet mulighetene når han gikk fra Arap Moi sitt styre og ledet koalisjon mot regimet. Noe som har gjort Odinga navnet verdenskjent. Sønnen Raila Odinga vil nok kjempe, men tror desverre at han ikke vil vinne. Å sannsynlig har Uhuru Kenyatta fått flertallet av stemmene. Han har vunnet over 50 % av stemmene og over 25 % i 24 valg distrikt.

Så gratulere Uhuru Kenyatta!