Here we are, at this moment and time, where the Jubilee government, where the Kenyatta administration has no issues to launch a bill so draconian. That the state are forgetting their role for the citizens in their drive to pursuit the registration of all with Huduma Numba.
As the bill states: “AN ACT of Parliament to establish the National Integrated Identity Management System; to promote efficient delivery of public services; to consolidate and harmonise the law on registration of persons;to facilitate assigning of Huduma Namba and issuance of identity documents;to facilitate registration of births and deaths;and for connected purposes” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).
This sounds legit, but at the same time, the registration for these reasons should already be in other parts of the legislation. Not for a NIMS or Huduma Namba but for a commercial ideal, which is an agreement between Mastercard and the Government of Kenya.
As explained here: “Nairobi, Kenya – February 7, 2017 – Mastercard commits to supporting the roll-out of the Huduma Card in Kenya as the technology partner of choice for the local government organisation. The secure payment solution supports Kenya’s Vision 2030 that calls for reforms in public services to enhance accountability, transparency and efficient service delivery, with focus on developing a cashless economy. The Huduma Card is a prepaid card with chip and PIN technology that will connect all Kenyans to the formal financial sector by providing a secure, reliable and flexible payment option. The Huduma Card, powered by Mastercard, is currently being issued by Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), with no bank charges being allocated to citizens when registering for the smart card” (Mastercard, 2017).
Clearly, this should be a voluntary exercise, as the commercial aspect of this shouldn’t make this mandatory. However, with this law, they are really showing no regard for the public. As they are not asking people to accept a commercial agreement with Mastercard, but doing it mandatory.
As stated in the law here:
“8.(1) Every resident individual shall have a mandatory obligation to present theHudumaNambain order to—
(a)be issued with a passport;
(b)apply for a driving licence;
(c)register a mobile phone number;
(d)register as a voter;
(f)transaction the financial markets;
(g)open a bank account;
(h)register a company or a public benefit organisation;
(i)transfer or make any dealings in land;
(j)register for electricity connection;
(k)access universal health care services;
(l)benefit from the government housing scheme;
(m)register a marriage;
(n)enrol into a public educational facility;
(o)access social protection services;
(p)register or transfer a motor vehicle; or
(q)any other specified public service” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).
As you see from this, most of the state services are bound by having the Huduma Numba and the Mastercard connected to it. If you don’t have it, you are not getting access to government services. They have even more of them too, even passports:
“(2)The requirements for applying or replacing a Passport are—
(a) Huduma Namba;and
(b)prescribed fee” (The Huduma Bill, 2019)
So, by this state, even passing by a road-block, the Police Officers needs to see your Huduma Numba to let you pass by. To prove that your not a felon, but an innocent citizen.
To top this off, the legislators plans to sanctions the ones who doesn’t want to comply to this: “48.A person who carries out or permits the carrying out of any transaction specified in section 8 without a Huduma Namba commits an offence” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).
It is actually an felony to not comply with previous part of law. They are not only stopping people from getting government services if they don’t have the Huduma Numba and Card made by the Mastercard, but also making it a felony not to register it properly.
The giant lie of this bill, is this sentence in the ending of it:
“The Bill does not limit any fundamental right or freedoms” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).
Well, if you cannot access any of the government functions or get the needed services because of not having the Huduma Namba and Huduma Card, than your kind of limiting the fundamental rights or freedoms. The liberty of the person is taken away, as they got to do this. This is taking away people’s freedom, to put them into a government scheme, as they have signed off together with Mastercard. They could have done this with VISA and it would have been the same issue, even for Gods sake, American Express.
So, when CS Fred Matiang’i wrote that this bill doesn’t limit any fundamental righ or freedoms of its citizens. I believe he was high or drunk, because he couldn’t write that with a clear mind. Unless, his heartless and doesn’t understand the basic components of the bill. You don’t need to be a legal scholar to get the gist here. Peace.
If your believing that Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji and the Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti is going to finish the investigation in the Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal. As of today, the DPP launched arrests of several of high ranking officials including the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Henry Rotrich. However, I am not convinced they will see this through, because if they do. They will go to the heart of the government and these fellas don’t want to do that!
The Jubilee Government is one of the most corrupt governments in living memory, they have been feeding all sorts of cartels and rigged themselves into power. That is why the whole Press Conference now, seems like a play for the facade and not for the results. Not, that I don’t want the men and woman who are corrupt behind bars. I do, they still the public’s money and eat of the plate of all the citizens without any consequences. In this case, it seems more like all the smoke and no fire.
There is a fire initially, as there are two ghost dams and the state paid for them through a illegal tender process and payouts, which the state cannot establish where it went. Even if there is guesses of the final destination. That is still not touched and won’t be unless there is a miracle. Not like the Finance Minister and all the other parties involved worked on this silence without getting clear guidance and telling the high above about it. That would be foolish to think otherwise, that the Deputy President and President didn’t know. This was well established projects with beneficiaries and had directed overpriced structure to benefit the masterminds on the top.
Therefore, that Haji and other busy bodies, that usually tend to make a stand. Does it again, is to show some flair and tenacity in the spectrum of the world. That the War on Corruption is real and that they will not stop. However, they will stop and suddenly, evidence will vanish, affidavits will be dismissed and the Courts will not have enough to build a case or even prosecute anyone. If we have seen that before? Yes! Will it happen in this case? Most likely. Why? Because, these men is part of elite, the tribe that always win, even when they loose their able to strike a win. That is just what they do.
We can act like it isn’t like this. We can act like this is a victory against corruption. When it really isn’t, yes it has created headlines and even will make a cabinet reshuffle to take the seat of Rotrich. His just the current figure to jump on the sword for the high and mighty excellencies whose not touched or even cared for. Even if there is a big chunk of funds that has vanished from planet earth, taken out from a mysterious account and no-one can trace it. Know, that this fella will not be caught, because his untouchable. Kinoti and Haji wouldn’t face that, because then they will sacked and only get a minor commission job after a year of grace.
So, I am cynical, I don’t expect a blast. I don’t expect all this big-men to eat the charges and get into long legal trouble. Even if the DPP dropped several of counts of crimes and broken statutes, the DPP and the DCI needs to have their bases clear and also the thumbs up from the high above. Because, you cannot bring down men-of-honour without the blessing from the top. No, it has to be coordinated and the ones who is in trouble. Will maybe pay a little, but don’t expect it to scratch the surface. As they don’t want to implicate or deliver any information covering the people in the shadow or even the ones who cannot be touched. No, they will not do that, then they would be afraid of their last breath. That is just the way things are. Not beautiful, but greedy suits going into a dangerous path. Unless, the state screws it all up and looses the connecting dots. Which wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Well, so how about that UNGA then, will that CS answer for his misdeeds too or is Rotrich the only fall guy this week? Peace.
Well, ever since the handshake and the start of the Building Bridges Initiative between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta. We have with time, seen how fluid the political parties and the political figures both in the Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance (NASA). Where we have seen them all trying to configure and make new beginnings.
Today, its more evident, as the most high ranking official of Jubilee, the Secretary General Raphael Tuju, the loyalist and the brain behind lots of campaigns in the Jubilee Party are now starting to work directly for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Odinga himself. This being the man, defending Kenyatta and Ruto at any cost during the Fresh Presidential Elections. Dismissing the judgement of annulling the first elections in 2017 and so on. Therefore, that Tuju does this, is as significant to Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the NASA Co-Principal taking the Special Envoy to South Sudan.
They are all just figuring out ways to eat, they don’t care if they are opposition or not. They don’t care about policy or about development. This isn’t simple politicking. Now, this is even simpler Math.
This equation is based on one vital component. That being POWER. If it wasn’t for power and prestige. If it wasn’t for the opportunity to get a cut, get some ends. They wouldn’t move like this and give way to principals. That is why Odinga is praising Huduma Namba scheme, working on the Big Four and whatnot. While Kenyatta is grinning even bigger with Odinga, than with his partner in crime Ruto.
Seriously, this is the time and day, when the Jubilee Party and the ODM is merging. They are becoming alike. There is no difference between them, they have various leaders around the Republic. But what is their values if they are just bouncing around and taking key-positions and awaiting their turn to sit in the big-seat?
Its like the initial imprint of it, its out turn to eat. It doesn’t matter how or by what means, but as long as we eat. Were good and we get the food, eat and sleep better afterwards.
The BBI and the handshake made this happen. It has ensured Odinga and ODM, but also peacefully made Kenyatta untouchable. Because, the compromised opposition is in bed with him. That is why there is no issues that Odinga gets Tuju or anyone else to prepare for the next election. Who cares right? They are all the same. There is no difference. They are all just figuring out their next move to eat.
Surely, Musalia Mudavadi feels left out and the same does Moses Wetangula, but they didn’t suck-up to Kenyatta. They didn’t kiss the ring like Kalonzo. If they did, he would have given them an office and paid-them-in-full. Alas, that is not the case.
The man, whose the Secretary without a portfolio in the Cabinet, the man whose the Secretary General of the ruling party, now turned to ODM and NASA. If that isn’t sensational. Nothing is. Because, this shows how fluid the situation and politics is, when someone like Tuju can become the advisor of Odinga and become a strategist of NASA/ODM. Surely, this must be a blow for the ones campaigning for Jubilee in 2022. Peace.
“For this end Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man. A man submerges self in service to the nation and mankind. A man who abhors greed and detests vanity. A new type of man whose humility is his strength and whose integrity is his greatness” – Kwame Nkrumah
The Kenyans Members of Parliament is showing no bound in the roads of greed. They are so actively finding ways of eating. It is outrages. They are making new ways of showing their only intent for representing the public. To get rich and get rich quick. The MPs want to live lavish and posh on the dime of the public. That is what they are initially doing with these pay raise, the cars and the extreme high rates of allowances to even show up at work.
The MPs seemingly doesn’t care about the plights of the common man, when they are fine dining and eating good. They couldn’t care less about the farmers who cannot afford seedlings or even having markets to sell their produce. When, they are driving in expensive SUVs and can afford imported goods on the daily. They don’t have to mind or even see their constituents before the next general election, as they are living in the highest comfort like an CEO or Executive Director in mansion in Nairobi.
“Members of Parliament (MPs) want the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to reinstate and increase several allowances that the commission scrapped, in an audacious move that could raise their salaries from the current Sh1.1 million to between Sh2.1 million and Sh2.9 million a month. In a memorandum to the SRC seen by the Nation, lawmakers are seeking to have their car grants doubled from the current Sh5 million to Sh10 million, increase their mortgage entitlements, extend their medical cover to more than one spouse and retain huge car maintenance and mileage allowances” (Samwel Owino – ‘Greed at its peak in MPs new demands to enrich themselves’ 09.07.2019, Daily Nation).
This is what the Tuko Pamoja and the Jubilee government excelling in, either graft or greed. They are not civil servants nor public officials, they are eating and scraping the plates. They are offering themselves riches, but not fixing the basic issues for their citizens. They are preoccupied with getting wealthy for a representative position. These people clearly doesn’t care about the well-being of the citizens, when they are giving themselves this wealth and riches for representing their constituents and the Republic.
We can act like it doesn’t matter, but it does. It shows their priority, which is their own stomach before the public. Their title, their wealth and their possible enrichment on public office is direr, than fixing the hospitals, roads and what else that is broken in the Republic. Peace.
“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed” – Mahatma Gandhi
There are some people who has no trouble getting other people to foot their bills. What is ironic is that these same people are asking for the constituents to live in austerity and poverty. While they are living lavish on their tab. The Kenyan MPs already have huge salaries (Shs. 1.2 million), added allowances and expenses covered by being in office. There is no boundaries to where they take the citizens for a ride.
“Even before the dust settles on the outrageous Sh250,000 house allowance claimed by each MP, the lawmakers are at it again. This time around, the MPs and senators, totalling 416, have devised a new scheme to fleece taxpayers by claiming a “night” allowance whenever they are in Nairobi to attend parliamentary sessions. Dubbed the “Domestic Subsistence Facilitation”, the new scheme entitles each MP to between Sh18,200 and Sh24,000 per night” (Samwel Owino – ‘MPs set for Sh96,000 in weekly ‘night’ allowance’ 06.07.2019).
What is really unique about this situation, in a republic where half of the citizens only earn around 10,000 shillings per month, the MPs are now profiting up to 24,000 shillings per night to attend parliamentary sessions, which is what they is elected to do. This isn’t some random foreign enterprise or even meeting donors abroad, where usually the MPs will get per diem and allowances, while attending conference and such. No, this is an added pay-off for doing their natural job as they have to by their office.
The MPs and Senators are ensuring themselves more wealth by doing nothing other than going to the office. These honourables are securing the double salary of most Kenyans by just showing up to work. This without considering their ordinary salary nor the others perks of office. Therefore, this is really just greedy guts with no honour of the plea of the commoner. They are just in office and hoping to eat as much as possible.
They are sleepwalkers, they are empty suits only in it to get it and not to serve the public. Because, if they cared about the public, they wouldn’t rob them of these funds and not ensure all public services was working. However, all public services aren’t working and the continues thieving combined with the reckless spending is destroying the economy, but these MPs and Senators apparently doesn’t care.
If they did, they wouldn’t give themselves such an outrages raise on already high salary compared to all their citizens. They are eating like there is no tomorrow and maybe there isn’t, because surely they want to be prepared with bank-accounts the rest of only can dream off. Peace.