“Activist Mutemi Kiama at the Milimani Law Court, Nairobi on April 7, 2021. He was arrested over viral graphics he allegedly made warning the world against issuing loans to Kenya” (Nation Africa, 07.04.2021).
I didn’t think Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would sink so low. His now arresting people for the same reasons like the other Presidents in the region have arrested people for mocking them. Museveni has arrested a comedy group for a joke. Nkurunziza arrested someone for painting on his picture. Magufuli arrested a comedian for making a face-off on social media. Now, Kenyatta is following their steps and copying them even.
Activist Kiama made a poster with Kenyatta on it. It got circulated on social media and apparently went viral. This was made as a part of the cancelling loans from the International Monetary Funds (IMF). As the Kenyan Government have already excessive and huge a debt burden, as is…
That is why activists are against taking up more loans … since next generation will have to repay these loans and fork up taxes to pay down on these. These odious loans will haunt the republic and the interests will be a burden on the general public. Because, the current administration is eating heavily and spending more funds than their revenue. This is why the shortcomings of the spending is fixed by loans to cover the deficits created by the same state.
Kenyatta and his allies is maybe favourable of this idea. Since they are eating and enjoyed years of misusing funds. They have paid ghosts and kick-backs to each other. That has been a good business and very profitable. So, when people are mocking that and questioning that. That is clearly an offence and not allowed to do.
Kiama have only done his duty as a citizen. Maybe you don’t like the manner of which he did it. Nevertheless, he used his voice and spread his opinion. The poster is funny and makes you smirk. You know the authorities and the state is lacking compassion and heart. When someone is arrested for making this. If someone gets arrested for this, what is the next criminal offence?
Is the President a Demigod who you cannot mock now? Is Kenyatta the sole proprietor of the state and no one should make jokes about him? Is it illegal to make satire and question his office? Is borrowing money from IMF a holy cow for the elite in the Republic?
This holy cow being the image and mocking the President. That is now a cyber crime and says more about how little the authorities values liberty or freedom of speech. If someone is arrested over as little as this. You know that anyone can become a criminal. Heck, everyone can become serial criminals. If they start to scan through WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else.
There will be so many who has mocked, lazed jokes and even spread the memo of toying around with the President. That is just natural and a Head of State should have the character to brush it off. If he cannot manage this… how can he manage to rule a nation or even be mentally stable to discuss national importance. When he has to go after activists like this…
Kenyatta is really not that great when this happens to Kiama. However, some of us saw that coming when the likes of “Cyprian is Nyakundi” have gotten his phones, lap-tops and other equipments confiscated by the authorities before. Therefore, Kiama isn’t the only who ended up with this.
Kiama just made a poster and was participating in a social media campaign. That shouldn’t be a crime, but instead be a way to enlighten the public about the problems the loans are causing. This should worry the President and the state should explain why they need more loans to carry its weight. Instead of arresting people for wanting them to not take it.
President Kenyatta has used a bitch move now. It’s insincere and show his insecurity. Now the public cannot humiliate him or play around with him. If they do… they shouldn’t do it on Social Media. If they do.. it can easily become a cyber crime and show what sort of bitch the President is. Who cannot manage some fun criticism. That’s because his not yet told the world that his Clark Kent (Superman) and this is apparently his Kryptonite. Peace.
“A world where roses bloom
And when you speak, angels sing from above
Everyday words seem to turn into love songs
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
“La vie en rose”” – Louis Armstrong – ‘La Vie En Rose’ (1950)
Well, I had to do this, as the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had the funds, the money and time to send 300 bouquets roses to the United Kingdom in solidarity. Not only that, the President booked a flight for this and wrote a message to front-liners of the UK. It is a nice gesture, but not the right time for him to do this. As the Kenyan economy, Kenyan society and citizens needs the support, his frontliners needs this and so fourth. Not sending this to London and the former colonizers. It is just weird. Could expect Macky Sall sending flowers to Paris. He loves France, but seeing Kenyatta doing this is just weird.
Just look at this:
“There have been a few moments in history when the world has faced a crisis as far-reaching and consequential as this. It is exactly at moments such as this that we must display our humanity, perseverance and hope. Whatever the adversity, no matter the foe, we shall triumph together. We stand united. Tuko Pamoja.From Kenya with love – H E Uhuru Kenyatta” (Standard Media, 25.04.2020).
It is nice with solidarity and showing goodwill. Have never really any trouble with that. That is supposed to be positive. That its happening the opposite way is also a good thing. However, I hope the frontliners of UK is happy for this. Because, this is a costly endeavour and lack of priority.
Kenyatta should focus on fixing the Health Care, Hospitals, getting PPE and ventilators. Ensuring the governors have funds to give away food for the needy. Securing the citizens with what they need during the lockdown. Not, spending a fortune on a gig and gifts to the United Kingdom. This plane and the cost of doing so could have saved more lives and food for the ones whose starving. That is what the President decided to do.
The Kenyan President is free to do this, but he should answer the Parliament for the expenditure and the costs of doing this. Yes, the flower industry is hit – worldwide. That is why the Netherlands is struggling to sell their flowers on the European continent. The same is most likely hitting the Kenyan roses too. As the worldwide lockdown is hitting the export industry. The sending of 300 bouquets is a symbolic action to remember the flower industry in Kenya. However, the UK will not resolve this quickly. They will forget this act in a swift second.
As quick as the flowers came on the tables and to the frontliners. It will be forgotten in the heartache and suffering, as the COVID-19 deaths are appearing. Kenyatta should know this, but he uses yet another Cambridge Analytica PR Stunt. Thinking this will solve things. These flowers will be gone as I write. The bouquets will be forgotten in the UK.
Instead of using this resources, paying nurses, doctors and import needed goods. He spent a small fortune export flowers. That is wrong priorities in the midsts of this crisis. Some might say in the scheme of things, hiring the plane and buying the flowers isn’t so costly. Well, for the ones living hand to mouth and waiting for help. These funds are more valuable then ever. Especially, during a global pandemic. When IMF and other international organizations starting to suspend loan interests and others to cover the expenses of this time.
That is the moment to show austerity and priority for your own. That isn’t selfish, but the right thing to do. You are not trying to give the last rose on the Bachelor. No, you giving the ugali to the one person who needed it more. The UK don’t need your flowers now. Sure, they appreciated it and enjoyed it for a brief second. However, the cost for that isn’t worth it. Especially, knowing the state of affairs at home. Peace.