In Kenya, the Cabinet Secretaries under the Jubilee Government is a special breed, they must be the new definition of the over-class, why do I say this, well because of the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i who was at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Terminal D at 05:49 AM and about to depart at 06:15 AM on the 6th April 2017.
At the early morning at the Airport a fellow staffer Daizy Cherogony gotten suspended for her act towards the CS Matiang’i, who was so brazen to ask the government official to stand in line before entering the plane, also denying him PRIORITY SERVICE. Meaning he is supposed to skate through the whole airport and board without any question or be in a queuing up. She got suspended because she embarrassed him for taking away the Priority Service and making him stand in-line like common folk.
That she got suspended for embarrassing a Cabinet Secretary and taking away his priority service while boarding his plane to Kismu was breach of work ethics at JKIA. Certainly, she got hardships of common folk when she questioned the powers of the Parliamentarian and the Government Official. It seems like the CS are above the common sense and the people in general with this sort of provision. As well as being suspended in April 2017 and she was fired for this act on the 11th May 2017.
Clearly, there two set of people, the Special and Very Important Persons (VIP) which apparently is the CS Matiang’i class, who are above the rest and has a higher esteem. People like this doesn’t queue or are in lines of people. They walk pass everyone, surely in a traffic-jam in the Central Business District of Nairobi, the Police Cars drive in conveys so it can pass through. Since the CS is one of these people he cannot be treated like common folk. The other kind of people are common folk, who stand line at the Airport, have no extra Priority Service or have Police Envoys in the Central Business District of Nairobi. They are stuck in traffic-jams and cannot dip through traffic with the help of security organizations. Common people cannot get special treatment or doesn’t seem significant enough to be treated as royalties.
Well, the common folk Cherogony treated Matiang’i as the same and she got sacked for doing so. Because he apparently is above common sense and common people. She got suspended from her duties and later terminated from working at JKIA. This for doing her job and thinking that the CS was just like the rest. If it is embarrassing to be treated as common folk, than maybe he should become a civilian again. Maybe the CS should remember who he represents and what entity he works for. He is a civil servant and a public official who represent all Kenyans.
CS Matiang’i is the head of the Education Ministry, he is supposed to make sure people are educated and that their minds are fit for society and for work. Their education bearing fruits and their values are fit for society. This is the work of the CS Matiang’i. Still, it is not in him or his acts towards common folk or common people, since they apparently beneath him. That is when someone does their job and secure the bordering of a flight. Even a CS needs follow airport procedure and guidelines when they are bordering a plane. This isn’t a chapati-line or a food serving. This isn’t a quick car-parking and getting a special parking lot for him. He should have no issue to follow procedure at the airport.
What is worse in this is that the gentleman, the government official got someone fired for being embarrassed, when that person was actually just doing her job. The insincere works of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister, the man who represent his party and the people, got someone fired for doing their job and securing air-safety. If that isn’t insulting, than what is?
Certainly, one of these days the Jubilee government Cabinet Secretaries going to wake-up from their sleep and start to act with common sense. Since the release of subsidized maize and opening imports, the markets has not overflowed with Unga. Neither, the reality that some of the millers kept stockpiles of it, as they knew they would be subsidized from the state. So why sell it months ahead, when you can keep it steady and unleash when you get double bonus. The Jubilee government knows this and therefore right on the day of the subsidized maize and the possible export provisions came into effects. Boats with foreign maize came pouring in through the ports of Mombasa.
“He witnessed the arrival of 12,000 bags through the Rift Valley Railways yesterday. “To ensure every Kenyan enjoys the Sh90 subsidised maize flour, all maize from Mombasa will be removed using SGR, RVR and trucks,” Bett said. In two weeks, the market has been experiencing a shortage of unga. “Since we started the subsidised programme, we have witnessed more Kenyans preferring unga, thus the high demand for maize flour,” he said” (Ngotho, 2017).
CS Willy Bett, need some guidance, needs some reassurance and some sort of stiff upper-lips for insulting fellow citizens. It isn’t the sudden love for UNGA. This the staple food. This is what Kenyans are known to eat. UNGA, Ugali or Posho (Ugandan I know). Still, the maize flour meals is not a well-kept hidden secret. It would be like taking potatoes as out of the equation when feeding massive parts of Northern Europe. That is just the staple food. Period.
The CS clearly, has some internal issues and need to stop thinking he can deceive fellow citizens. As the indicated exports combined with the stockpiling was very evident. That people are buying lots of it now, is because they might even fear for more scarcity. Since it isn’t only drought, but man-made problems that has given way to shortage of UNGA.
It is time to wake-up for Mr. Bett and smell the UNGA. Time to see and relieve his fellow brothers and sisters. Not just find excuses upon excuses and think it can save his grace. You do not take away some-ones staple and think you can get away with it. Seriously, that is insulting. The insinuation and undermining of the needs and the will of Kenyans. Are evident in his approach to the UNGA crisis. This should not be forgotten, because his grace has clearly not done his job and then blames the citizens for either their staple food! Peace.
Ngotho, Agatha – ‘Kenyans eating more ugali to blame for unga shortage – CS’ (20.06.2017) link: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/06/20/kenyans-eating-more-ugali-to-blame-for-unga-shortage-cs_c1582605?platform=hootsuite
You know something is fishy when the markets suddenly has maize flour in the stores as the 2 kg packaged that is produced in Kenya and milled in Kenya. This comes as the fixed subsidized prices comes into effect. Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, who has been in Port of Mombasa in the recent days. Being proud of the delivery of imported maize flour.
That their been shortage and that the markets has had less in storage is the evidence of the escalating prices. Therefore when COSMO millers comes with milled in March 2017 and is expiring in August 2017. Also, that the shortfall in between the fixed price and the balance has to be covered by the state. As the prices has clearly gone to high and than the government stepped in. But the ones coming of the boat during this week. Couldn’t suddenly appear in the shop. It had to be taken care of and repackaged, even milled if it was pure corn.
That the package of the milled maize flour now has the label of GoK, as the Jubilee fronting their good work. As they trying to look like they stopped a scandal and shortage. The Government clearly has either ordered the millers, agreed with the millers or tried to put a shortage to suddenly see the likes of COSMO filling the market with stock. The 30,000 tons of IVS Pinehurst couldn’t jump into the market this quickly and change into subsidy “GoK 90/-”, which is today’s new feature in Kenya. They want to look like a saviors, instead of the ones who created this. But it is suspect that milled in March dropped on the marked instant after the subsidized maize we’re released. It seems like clockwork.
So the questions doesn’t stop with the sudden drop and the evident approach. As Port of Mombasa and Millers clearly has worked in accordance with the government. As they had the papers for the package of flour and could quickly deliver it to the shops. Therefore, this seem like a planned enterprise as the delivered flour, which should gone from port to millers. Really hit the stores in amp-speed. Little two quick for that amount.
It makes it seem like it all was a short-con by the Jubilee, to gain popularity on the staple-food. As their stories of origin of the vessel and the maize, that even been countered by the Mexican Authorities, as well as the vessel came from Mauritius and not South Africa. There are certain aspect of this story, that seem like a ploy. To get the prices down, but at the same time make sure the millers are getting more for the maize, than they did before. Also, make sure the profits are steady on the grounds of drought and yields. As the subsidized maize flour will surely benefit the private producers, who already earn on the higher prices.
There are questions that will not be answered, the reality is that there are certain signs that Kenyans shouldn’t be duped. Surely, the price is better now after the subsidize from Jubilee. Still, the look of artificial prices and sudden drop that the government can do. Also, that the millers could label GoK so quickly. Shows there certain aspects that the Jubilee and the Millers didn’t consider. The suspicious intent is because the Jubilee has always been more promotion and PR than actually considering their policies. That is the legacy they will leave behind. Peace.
The ship coming to the Port of Mombasa in Kenya, the IVS Pinehurst, which is owned by the Nisshin Shipping Co. Ltd, which is part of the Pool Operation at the Hansa Tankers. That is based in Bergen, Noway, so the Pinehurst is a bulk carrier. It is flagged through the Philippines. It’s call sign is DUHUB and it was built by Tsuneishi Cebu in 2015.
On Vessel Finder, the 13th January 2017the Pinehust was in Mumbai (ex. Bombay), India at 13:04 UTC. The next port it was in was Toamasina, Madagascar, which was on the 19th February 2017 at 11:04 UTC. The last port before Mombasa was at Port Louis, Mauritius on the 22nd April 2017 at 12:03 UTC. As the Port of Mauritius reveals, is that the vessels discharging coal. Therefore, the vessel had to be filled with maize before leaving for Mombasa. Carriers from Port Louis to Mombasa on route alternatives takes about 19 to 22 days. Therefore, the vessel couldn’t really have been so many days in between the tracking on Vessel Finder and suddenly in Mombasa. Especially, since it delivered coal to Mauritius.
So when the Government of Kenya says this about the vessel, you start to wonder if they even know how to google or even if other people knows how to search for maritime vessels. I don’t really do that, but found quickly out this information from sites that verifies this.
Therefore, the verified news from from Business Daily Africa:
“However, Transport Principal Secretary Dr Paul Mwangi said the maize was stored in South Africa and the vessel took only five days after importers were given the nod to ship it into the country.“The white maize was imported from South Africa from Mexico last year when there was a shortage in that country. The excess amount was stored in Durban and sold to Kenya by Inter Africa Gains PTY of Johannesburg,” Dr Mwangi said at the Mombasa port. “The maize is therefore Mexican White maize which was transhipped into Kenya from South Africa. The ship takes only five days to sail from South Africa to Mombasa and that is why the maize arrived quickly,” he added” (Marete, 2017).
So I wonder if Dr. Mwangi knows the internet and the inner-works of this. As it doesn’t take much searching for me find all these information, if the PS Mwangi, think that wasn’t enough. The Mexican Embassy in Nairobi has today officially said: “MEXICO DENIES direct deal on maize with Kenya and has no declarations on any commercial transactions, embassy in Kenya says” (NationBreakingNews, 15.05.2017). So that the PS Mwangi are saying this seems to be a lie. There are certainly something the Jubilee isn’t telling, as the Duty Free was decided and quickly as the duty free maize and sugar. Came into effect just days ahead of the shipments coming to ports. Peace.
Marete, Gitonga – ‘ Maize was shipped through South Africa, State now says’ (15.05.2017) link: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/Maize-was-shipped-through-South-Africa-govt-says/539546-3927934-p0wqcl/
You know something is wrong when the basic food items like Maize flour, Rice, Milk and Sugar are going up in Kenya. This has happen during the term of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Willam Ruto, the Jubilee Coalition. That the President takes so easily on it during the campaigns, proves that he has forgotten the common plight. This isn’t just a drought that brought the higher prices, there is systemic defaults that the government has to be concerned about. Therefore, the President coming out and saying this!
“In his speech the President also criticised the opposition, which he described as a coalition crafted to get job for its four leading figures. He described the leader of the opposition as “a man who does not know how to solve problems but only knows how to talk about problems”. The Head of State said the Government is working on an appropriate plan to deal with the rising cost of maize flour. He revealed that Parliament will be recalled soon to come up with legislations to deal with the issue of food prices. “We have been quiet about this issue but we have been working on a plan and soon Parliament will resume soon and it will come up with a lasting solution,” said the President” (The Presidency, 2017).
That he says the Opposition only talks about it, it is him who has the power and have the majority government. President Kenyatta has had all the possible time to create and make sure the citizens and businesses could thrive. Instead their been years of problems for Mumias, corruption scandals and in general not the sort economic policies that the Kenyan people or businesses needs. Therefore, the news of 10 coastal hotels closed in the recent months. The higher prices on electricity and other basic food items. Proves that the government has not facilitated it for citizens.
This can be proven with the added debt and deficit that the Kenyan government has risen. That the loans have been misspent as well as corruption scandals, which has proven that it isn’t only the Port of Mombasa where it is, but the central government has certainly their mismanagement. There been chickens inside the IEBC, NYS Scandal, JKIA, and so many others.
“Inflation in the month of Aril has been reported to have increased to a record high of 11.48 percent. This was as a result of the ongoing drought that has hit most parts of the country and therefore forcing commodities to increase in prices so as to reach the markets set target” (Shawiza, 2017).
Just as Barclays has spelled gloom over the Kenyan economy, because the President cannot like going into a tight and highly anticipated campaign when the state struggles with this:
“In various supermarkets around major towns, shoppers are being met by empty shelves. Those who spoke to Nation lamented that the increased prices had hit them hard, forcing them to forego some meals in the day, especially to save for school fees. In a country where maize remains a staple food, the price increase has left many households suffering. Even with the government intervention, the prices of a 90kg bag of dry maize is still high at Sh5,200 in Kisumu, Sh4,700 in Mombasa and Sh4,500 in Nairobi” (Daily Nation, 2017).
There we’re reasons for this, since the rise of prices doesn’t come in vacuum, the President and his government knows that, but has stayed ignorant, because they seem to confident that they will be in-charge after the coming election. Therefore, he should trade the waters more careful, unless the Jubilee is rigging it. However, the prices are hurting the citizens and the people who are supposed to support the party.
They have already struggled with months of uncertainty with the IEBC and the Doctors strike as they both have proven the systemic problems inside the republic. This is something that the Jubilee government has festered and not cleared the shop. Instead of building trust, they have tried to stop it like they detained doctors, they tried to silence the demonstrations against the corrupt IEBC board.
So with the rising state debt, the rising prices on food stuffs and the mismanagement of government funds. That the Jubilee attacks the NASA for their deals is the only good thing they have, but it is not sustainable as their own are awarded. So I cannot believe in that, that the NASA only favors and give jobs to their own. There are similarities there, but the Jubilee shouldn’t complain about giving favors, when they have built their own system doing so. Also, giving credits and envelopes to smaller parties for their support!
President Kenyatta should not for populism, but for the concern of the issues of the higher prices on the basic foods. Since this affects all citizens and their pockets, as well as stores and shops are getting empty on the shelf’s, not only Nakumatt who has struggled for months, but also others. Therefore, the are grand issues in the economy, if it wasn’t so than the banks like Kenya Chase Bank Limited taken control by the Central Bank of Kenya. If all of this issues are not handled, together this all proves there are governance structures and policies who needs changes. Since the state are clearly forgetting their sole purpose to facilitate life for their citizens, not secure wealth for the elite. Therefore, the Jubilee, has to prove they really care, as the inflation and debt ratio is rising to levels that the President should anticipate. Not try to control after it hit the fan! Peace.
Nation Team – ‘Kenyans tighten their belts as prices of goods soar and shortages bite’ (03.05.2017) link: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Families-hit-by-soaring-food-prices/1056-3911702-pigm45z/index.html
Shawiza, Vera – ‘Cost Of Living: High Food Prices Reason For Increased Inflation’ (03.05.2017) link: http://sokodirectory.com/2017/05/cost-living-high-food-prices-reason-increased-inflation/
The Presidency – ‘I will work tirelessly for Kenya’s prosperity, President Kenyatta pledges’ (06.05.2017) link: http://www.president.go.ke/2017/05/06/i-will-work-tirelessly-for-kenyas-prosperity-president-kenyatta-pledges/
That the Jubilee Party are resembling the National Resistance Movement is clear as day after yesterdays Primary approach. That the unity of 14 parties into one structure wouldn’t be easy, as there as so many up for the tickets from the old parties, that it cannot go without some old local chief getting caught in the wind. Therefore, the acts of the party and the violence yesterday proves the misconception that the President and his Deputy had.
That Uhuru Kenyatta thought it would be an easy excise with splendor and grandeur, show up with puff-pieces in the Standard Digital and Daily Nation today. That the Jubilee printed more T-Shirts than ballots paper says enough. As well as the massive amounts of pre-ticket ballot in Eldoret. Therefore, the death of two persons and a candidate in the hospital bed. Says it all about the progression of party building.
Mr. President it is to make PR campaigns, fabricate a few photo sessions on the State House lawns, but get the people engage with a fair approach, takes courage and tact, and all civil education. The civility wasn’t shown by the party, as the party seemed to deem the results of handpicked men and woman. Who was in advanced trickled down, as the arrangement between the 14 parties had to emerge in the exercise, therefore the result of violence and tear-gas had to occur.
So that the exercise in 21 districts failed yesterday is clear, as the Jubilee wasn’t prepared and didn’t think of the local implications of the merger. That the local leadership combined with the cartels and the public itself. That they thought they could scam through the process and trade the goods without even prepping the material. Raphael Tuju was adamant that the process couldn’t be rigged, but the pictures of pre-ticked ballots, proves otherwise. Sort of like setting up signs in shops. “we do not sell alcohol beverage to drunk people” and than looking at the cashier selling vodka-infused soda to teenagers on late Friday night. Sort of my way of saying kudos to Jubilee’s own Tuju and his promises.
Clearly, the Jubilee didn’t anticipate their hazard and this acts of violence, that the community would go off on all cylinders during their elections. They we’re prepared to mock the opposition parties and their primaries, as their should be easy and a serious walkover. Instead, the show of contempt and disbelief as the party had to suspend the primaries as well. This is not a good look, when the ruling party and ruling regime cannot elect inside their own party. Than, how can we trust the same men with conducting a national election?
That Deputy President William Ruto is now preparing for Primaries on Monday and Tuesday next week isn’t assuring, they should have configured this long time ago. When the 14 parties went into a pact to become one single unit. To not be different structures, but one.
To top it off this tweet came today from Kenyatta: ”I gave a statement on the shambolic #JubileePrimaries at the new Jubilee Party headquarters in State House, Nairobi” (Kenyatta, 22.04.2017).
So that the DP Ruto and Kenyatta now takes it serious is clear, but it cannot be correct that the Jubilee Headquarters is at the State House. The State and Jubilee party, shouldn’t that be to separate entities, as the other parties should be able to use the State House, not only Jubilee. Therefore, the careless and reckless behavior of Kenyatta comes to the forefront, at he disrespect the State House in the name of Jubilee, just as he has done with the other functions of Jubilee. So the President clearly doesn’t consider the ethical implications of his maladministration.
Maladministration is the reason for the yesterday fiasco and failure to conduct primaries. Where ballot papers are burned, where there is riots and where there is violence in the streets. Something that shouldn’t happen in this and age. That the President thinks that his own people is so stupid to see this blatant disregard of public institutions and the public offices. Since the misuse of State House is just a drop of water in the cup.
That Kenyatta himself is stating that the Primaries was shambolic proves at least that he understand the implication and the view of the process. As the pre-ticked ballots and violence wasn’t what a ruling party and a united front should show to the world. Instead, that is what they did and they did not do it properly. What it seems like is that they thought the public wouldn’t mind if they handpicked the candidates for them and the ones decided in the chambers of the State House. Since the State House is the new Jubilee Party Headquarter.
We can wonder else the President will reveal of how Jubilee conduct their affairs and how much they are integrated into the state. So that they will fight harder and use all sort of tricks to keep the portfolio and control of the state, even after the August 2017 election. Peace.