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Opinion: The Tanga Tanga is losing influence – One-By-One

If Deputy President William Ruto think he sways influence or has any initial power. He should look over his shoulder. As one-by-one his allies are losing their titles and their roles to play in the National Assembly. Today was the third major role in the National Assembly plus the nominated Members of Parliament who was suspended recently.

That Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Senator Susan Kihika lost their titles in the Senate earlier in this month. Today, the Deputy Speaker of the Senate Kindiki Kithure was impeached. Meaning all the allies of Ruto has been clipped and taken out in the Senate. This is a sign of loss of importance and in the shadow.

It is easy to see why this is happening, as the dynasties are working together. Odinga is getting yet another honorary role in a Economic Recovery Council coinciding with the Building Bridges Initiative. So, Kenyatta is securing all angles and showing his commitment to his cause. Regaining control, but without the Hustler Nation or the Tanga Tanga.

This is just very weird that KANU is revived. Talks of getting Isaac Rutto and his CCM into the coalition, also the talks of unification with Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and his WDM. All of them just coming together and securing their futures. The only one, which is official is the KANU-Jubilee.

The deal and agreement that is pushing away Ruto and his men. The men who swore loyalty to him is suddenly vanishing. Just like the takeover of opposition from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Raila Odinga when he did the Handshake. Suddenly, Sen. Moses Wetangula was kicked out and Sen. James Orengo took his place.

What is just striking is the new tandem of Kenyatta, Moi and Odinga. All of them playing their parts, shading across the chambers and cleaning the slate. The reality is that this is all knives out and taking out the ones whose undeserving their place. Impeaching and making heads-roll. The limelight and the spotlight is now on the ones whose in favour of the DP. They are falling like flies.

This is all just a house of cards. Piece by piece. All things are falling apart. What’s ironic is that this are the supposed friends and allies of the President. These are the supposed mates in the party and the ones his serving together. However, his taking them apart and making them to silent backbenchers. While the supposed opposition are voting in favour of the government. That’s shows how messed up this is and what games that are played.

Because, here is a wing of the government in turn becoming opposition without any inauguration or party. They are in-government, but really out of government. They are becoming pseudo-government like Odinga. Raila picked that place in the mix, but not officially. While Ruto’s men are kicking and screaming out of the offices. When they were supposed to be the Presidents Men. Which they are apparently not.

That’s why yet another one lost his place. No matter what character he has or what education he has. He was on the wrong and shown loyalty to the wrong man. This minute and this point of time, he was a part of the Tanga Tanga. A piece which is toxic and which isn’t as powerful as the DP says. His losing it. Seat after Seat, title after title. The tables are turning, the dwindling power is evident.

The losses are piling up. Ruto needs to find a solution and quickly. Before, the dynasties combined with the ODM has swallowed the whole thing. They are just shuffling him away like old snow. Peace.

Youth For Ruto 2022: Press Statement (14.05.2020)

Opinion: Jubilee is cleaning the house [and a possible GNU on the horizon?]

As sudden as the dynasty ticket came to life. So began the purge on the Hustler Nation and the Tanga Tanga. There hasn’t been a sloppy second, not even a breath of air between the decisions and the meetings to ouster them.

The first was to change leadership in the Parliament. Where Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika, lost the senate majority leader and majority whip. This was a clear signal that the Tanga Tanga time of relevance was over.

The Jubilee-KANU deal is clearly steering the way and clearing the house. As they had the meeting where the rippled out the high ranking Tanga Tanga out of office and insert others. Because, of the lack discipline, there was 5 more nominated senators who was expelled today.

So, it means between the 11th May and 13th May, 8 Senators from Tanga Tanga has gotten whipped and kicked out high ranking roles in government. This is within days of the coalition was forged and put in print. Which was only officially on the 8th May. This is clear deliberate actions of the President to usher in the new and leave the old. Ruto and team is pointless, they are garbage and useless. That is why they are whipped out, one by one.

The whole enterprise is clear. Take out, one by one of the loyalists to the Deputy President. Make him as irrelevant as possible. Ensure that the Tanga Tanga, the people surrounding him has less of say and less responsibilities. So, that you can make the whole Jubilee-KANU Coalition look golden ahead of 2021.

There been talk, that Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and his Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) wants to join in. That wouldn’t be shocking. His been searching and looking to be part of a winning team. I am sure Isaac Rutto of Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) is looking for better fortunes too.

This is all signs of everyone scraping to get theirs. Soon, we will hear possibly Musalia Mudavadi, Amani National Congress (ANC) wants his piece of the action too. Who can wonder if Moses Wetangula, Forum for the Restoration of Democracy–Kenya (FORD–Kenya) wants join with his party. Gods knows if Baba or Raila Odinga, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) wants to be apart of this, as his in the pseudo-government-official role, because of the BBI or if his scraping that now?

Who knows, but day by day were are seeing one clear looser. That is Ruto and his team. They are pinched out, one by one. Seems like the President is really flexing and wants to have as many allies as possible to make sure the Ruto allegiance is as weak as possible. Since, he can show that he got leaders from every creek and corner. That he got support and the ones with support there.

Seemingly, this struggle and battle both within Jubilee and with the talks of a grand coalition is not over. There is even speculations of the Grand-National-Unity Government. Which means that plenty of parties are participating in it. Totally making Tanga Tanga irrelevant and powerless. Only backbenchers and clout chasers.

Well, I don’t know, but Uhruu Kenyatta and his allies are playing big. They are moving and ensuring their men is behind the wheel. The purge has started and its for real. Who knows what scalp is up next, but ensure that its for the grand restructure of Jubilee and the new paradigm government. The dynasties don’t play, they are in it for the long-con. They are finding ways to ensure their wealth and their power doesn’t go unchecked. Peace.

Opinion: The Dynasties are in it for the long-con

Now, it’s revealed that the Kenya African National Union (KANU) and Jubilee Party is seeking a Post-Election coalition. This is happening during this week, as the letters are leaked. They are showing the parties are starting to work together. This means that Gideon Moi (KANU), the son of Daniel Arap Moi is scheming ahead with Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Party), the son of Jomo Kenyatta.

So, here we are the Handshake between Kenyatta and Odinga sidelined the Tanga Tanga. The Orange Democratic Movement got an upper-hand, as the purge on allies of Deputy President William Ruto has continued in the Senate and in Parliament. While, the likes of Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka have been able to get a honourable task in South Sudan. While Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula has both left the short end of the stick.

Now, they are all a bit on the rocks. Not that Raila Odinga and his men isn’t covered. They are at least in the halfway house until the elections. While Kenyatta continues scheming and making ways to secure the future. First he bought peace with Odinga and now he secures the future with Moi,

This is Kenyatta and Moi settling the score. They are planning ahead of 2022. This is how to sideline the Hustler Nation and Ruto. The DP was already pushed to the side with the handshake. Where the buying the peace and securing a ally by buying time and making Odinga a pseudo-government-official. That has worked like a tailspin. The carrot being working for a sort of constitutional change or a referendum, by making it look like a joint venture.

Also giving both of them a viable choice ahead of the election. Using Gideon as a shield, as Uhuru cannot govern another term. The trade is a boost Moi need to have any shot. Its a trade that makes sense for them. However, than there will be more friction between Tanga Tanga and if they are going out of the Jubilee creating something else ahead of the election.

ODM will still be in the limbo after this. They have already traded off some of the leverage. Unless, the ODM and Odinga ditches the BBI. Then, they will also suffer consequences of being nowhere. Yes, the will be the majority opposition in Parliament, but that’s it. They can’t use the previous election nor come with new solutions. Because, they don’t have the majority Jubilee has.

Now, that Jubilee have aligned itself with KANU. We are seeing that both Tanga Tanga and ODM is sidelined. The whole former NASA and CORD isn’t there. They are all outplayed and has little to give. Unless, they are able to forge a grander plan and a manifesto, which grasps the public ahead of 2022. These men are clearly out there fishing, but Odinga hasn’t saved them and neither will Kenyatta.

Moi has with this made himself very relevant. His father is someone Kenyatta and Ruto went to for advice. Surely, they now see it as fit to forge away for Gideon. If the public will give another dynasty ago. That is something the time will tell. Odinga is surely still the Baba of many and has able to switch the coin plenty of times. However, will he be able to sell a new “Canaan” away from the BBI?

I have a hard time seeing that, unless his that conning and wise. That he turns this around and can spin the wheel from his pseudo-government-official environment into a reformer again. Since, his sort of traded with the peace gathering and the whole BBI.

Kenyatta is the one for now, who does the moves of a victor. However, that means he still need the biggest support of Jubilee behind him. Even if the Tanga Tanga flees. They got to figure if they will accept a dynasty ticket. That is not easy, because they supposed to be loyal to Ruto.

The losers here for the long-con is Odinga and Ruto. Unless, Odinga accept his half-way house and seems content with those prospects. However, Ruto is losing and quickly. Sooner or later, the KANU representatives will be upgraded into offices and then the Tanga Tanga will be taken out. That is just a matter of time. As a warning of the shifting alliances ahead of 2022. Peace.

Kenya Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the Death of Kenya’s Second President Daniel Arap Moi (07.02.2020)

Opinion: No need to celebrate Daniel Arap Moi, but we need to remember the lives he took!

There are deliberate attempts of sanitizing the history of the 24 years of the President Daniel Arap Moi. The years of 1979 to 2002. The Kenya African National Union, the previous Vice-President under the first President Jomo Kenyatta after independence in 1963.

President Moi was ruthless. President Moi used all force and unleashed the state upon the dissidents of the state.  Mwakenya (Kenya Nationalist Redemption Union) was one of the opposition movements that the President targeted in his time. He targeted the dissidents of the Saba Saba (Swahili for 7). Arrested several of their leaders, including Raila Odinga for 3 months. He went after Wangari Mathaai, arrests, assaults and spreading fear.

In February 1990, Robert Ouko, the Minister for Foreign Affairs was assassinated, later in the year in August; the bishop of Eldoret Alexander Muge was killed in a suspicious “car-accident”.

While this explains the modus operandi of KANU under Moi:

“A number of factors point to the continuity in the philosophy of the KANU government, the first being the promulgation of the Constitution (Public Security) Order of 1978, 90 which effected Sections 4(1) and (2)(a) and (b) of the Preservation of Public Security Act,9′ soon followed by the Public Security (Detained and Restricted Persons) Regulations, identical to those existing previously. On December 12, 1978, arap Moi released all political detainees, but since that time he has thrown several more political opponents into jail, following arrests and trials that are a travesty of accepted norms of justice. Among these are included over 1,000 military personnel court-martialled for treason in mid-September 1982, and over 132 alleged to have been arrested or to have “disappeared.” Furthermore, 58 people are said to have been killed by the security forces since 1981” (Oloka-Onyango, J. (1990) “Police Powers, Human Rights, and the State in Kenya and Uganda: A Comparative Analysis,” Third World, Legal Studies: Vol. 9, Article 1”).

Freedom House reported this:

“The regime of Daniel arap Moi has become increasingly oppressive. Because Kenya has enjoyed relative prosperity in a free market economy, a significant and vocal middle class has emerged. When two former cabinet members, Kenneth Matiba and Charles Rubia, called for the legalization of opposition parties, they were vilified, harassed and eventually arrested. Demonstrations and riots ensued producing a brutal crackdown. Moi vowed to stay in office ten years or more and promised to hunt down his opponents “like rats.”” (Freedom House – Freedom in the World – Political Rights & Civil Liberties -1990-1991, 1991).

Also the TRJC Volume 4 report states this:

“The Commission finds that between 1978 and 2002, President Daniel Arap Moi presided over a government that was responsible for numerous gross violations of human rights. These violations include:

  • massacres;
  • unlawful detentions, and systematic and widespread torture and ill-treatment of political and human rights activists;
  • assassinations, including that of Dr. Robert Ouko;
  • illegal and irregular allocations of land;
  • and economic crimes and grand corruption” (Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission – ‘REPORT OF THE TRUTH, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION – VolumeIV’ 2013).

Just these reports says enough. As plenty of people are writing of his greatness, his stature, as the old man, the supposed statement. While the toils, the pain and the suffering. The ruthless man, who used all tools, called out opposition and treated them as worst can be. Opposition fearing of assassinations and so on. When you fear for plots to kill you, you know your leadership isn’t that good. That should be easy to understand.

With this reality, the memory of Daniel Arap Moi, will for my part. Be in the remembrance of the ones he took. The lives that he hurt, scorned and killed, the missing people, the ones who he stopped. Those are the victims of him, the ones who most likely never had a case to answer for their demise.

While the President is now praised, honoured, called a “Strongman” and someone who did his thing. However, he should be remembered for the blood on his hands, for the victims and the ones arrested because of his orders. That he did this and did it deliberately. No one should deny that.

Moi shall be remembered for being a tyrant, a dictator and a ruthless man with sins we cannot forget. Because, we don’t won’t the next generation nor this generation to emulate the character, which was Danial arap Moi. Peace.

Opinion: #MoiDay – Why celebrate a dictator? Why?

I personally don’t get it, maybe its my character, maybe its my misconception. But I don’t see the big need to celebrate a former dictator. It doesn’t matter where he reside or when he ruled. A dictator in his prime, stayed a dictator and did what dictators do. Oppress, kill, destroy and uses ruthless means to stay in power.

Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was no different for 24 years. He used all sort of schemes, plans and ways to stay in power. If it was eliminating his enemies, if it was buying-off herdsmen, whatever ways to stay on top. There was no soft side.

You don’t get to be President from 1978-2002 by being a mediocre character, being someone who is silent and doesn’t act. No, this president use all his forces, all his means to get his ways.

Therefore, I see no need to celebrate this sort of figure, this sort of leader nor his legacy. Which should be more remembered for the lives lost, the ones used as pawns and the ones sent to exile because of his actions. These people who fled, who lost their lives and the ones who was hurt. Those are the people that need to be remembered. The ones silenced, the ones not allowed to speak, the ones arrested, tortured and killed. These are the ones that needs to be remembered, in a way, that we don’t repeat the mistakes of his leadership.

That what we should do. Not make tokens and celebrate his longevity or his ability to stay in power. Because, very little good came out of it. President Moi has a legacy of disappear, disappearances and murder. Of electioneering and rigging elections, censorship and using tribal clashes to his advantage.

We can act like it doesn’t matter, but it does. It doesn’t matter that his a kingpin at Kabarak University now. That his the man whose every leader pass-by for advice during elections. Like the Jubilee leadership did during the Fresh Presidential Elections in 2017. They was awaiting the anointing powers of the predecessor. They were not going to Kibaki, no they went to Moi.

That is what they did and now the Super-CS Fred Matiang’i blessed the 10th October to be the Moi Day. Like people want to remember the dictator they haven’t had since 2002. The man whose haven’t been in power for 17 years. Still, they are supposed to cherish his corruption, his oppressive behaviour and his techniques to stay in power. That shouldn’t be the case. This shouldn’t be it.

However, it is and there is nowhere to hide. A dictator is praised on the accord with the current day leadership. This shouldn’t be a thing, but it is. Who knows why they are doing it, but it doesn’t look smart nor brilliant. It just looks like the current leaders want to earn political capital on refurbishing the idea and the legacy of the dictatorship of Moi. Do they do this to look better themselves?

What could be the reason and why are they making it like this? A public holiday to remember the ethnic-clashes, the tactical politics of Moi and the unanswered lives, which was taken in his reign. Not only the public treason cases against his opponents. Not only his use of words against Dr. Maathai, but in general. His actions speaks so loud and shall not be forgotten.

They shall not be rewritten and his not a saint. His not a hero, unless heroes are the once the scorn others. Peace.

The simple reason for the rising prices of UNGA!

If you wonder why suddenly the prices are running high for the UNGA again in Kenya. That is because the state has added taxes, they are trying to collect more money again. This is happening because its months since the elections and the subsidized UNGA is history. Therefore, expect rising prices, the maize and milk cartels want their profits. If they happen to in the pocket of the government at the same time. Is just convenient, even some of the companies earning on the sky-rocketing prices is the President himself and his own companies. I am sure the DP also owns connected businesses that could eat of the this plate too. While the ordinary and poor population will struggle to have ends meet as the government are taxing them even more.

Added Taxes:

Poor households would be more exposed in the amendments with sweeping implications on many sectors, as the State seeks to raise Sh1.75 trillion in the next financial year. Most basic commodities are not taxed to cushion the poor, but the changes that will be proposed in the national budget will end that. “We are looking at exemptions on several products that are widely consumed, but not on VAT such as milk, sugar, maize flour, wheat flour…,” said Benson Korongo, a commissioner of Kenya Revenue Authority” (Michira, 2018).

Prediction of the reaction to the taxes:

Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter” (…) “Suppliers of the affected supplies will not be able to claim any input tax incurred in making of such supplies. This cost will be borne by the final consumers. Reverting to exemption of these basic commodities a year later after they had been zero-rated will lead to an increase in their prices rendering them less affordable to the ordinary Citizens” (…) “The supply of maize (corn) flour, ordinary bread and cassava flour, wheat or meslin flour and maize flour containing cassava flour by more than 10% in weight” (…) “Reverting to exemption of these basic commodities a year later after they had been zero-rated will lead to an increase in their prices rendering them less affordable to ordinary Citizens” (Ey Global Tax Alert Library, 2018)

It is special when Ernest & Young (EY) whose is known for their advice for potential investors and people who plans for invest in a republic. They have usual advice, which shows the potential and the grips of reality. Their analysis from April are now coming in effect in the end of May, as the local papers like Standard write about it now. But they say it might happen in July.

The state has favorably subsidized it and also imported on its own, that might happen again. But the added tax will hit the public. Make the staple food more expensive, because of added taxes. The shops, the importers, the distribution companies will not take the hit. The hit is always ending up at the consumer, the buyer and not the ones who produce, distribute and sells. That is known and the way we play. Seriously, when the state plans with these taxes to earn over a trillion shillings, nearly two, means they are anticipating selling enough of the needed goods and services connected with the new taxes to actually be sold.

So the prices on the staple is rising, because the Jubilee Government, the President and his party is doing it. This is their orders and their will, it is not the international market or a drought, it is initial planning and what the state does to get more revenue.

Jubilee whose are eating all of the state, needs more revenue to make another NYS Scandal, take more funds from the likes of NHIF and inappropriately use unaccounted funds in the various government bodies. Peace.

Reference:

EY Global Tax Alert Library – ‘Kenya issues Tax Amendment Bill, 2018’ (April 2018)

Michira, Moses – ‘Red alert: Why the cost of food will go up in july’ (16.05.2018)

Link: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001280557/why-unga-prices-are-about-to-go-up

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