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Opinion: Kenyatta is right, Kenya has potential, but not under his rule!

Uhuru Kenyatta dropped his sort of Ted Talks video-clip on the platform of Daily Nation Newspaper on Saturday, the 7th September 2019. It was supposed to be a motivation speech on how the republic can progress and become a powerhouse like China and Singapore.

Surely, every state and every nation can at one point go into the supreme, get into a higher grander economic and financial stability. That is if the elites, the citizens and the public really wants to strive for that. Alas, at this point, the dynasties doesn’t want that or work for that.

Kenyatta and the Building Bridges Initiative doesn’t do that. If it did, it would have made a difference and put a few more brothers on the pedestal since the handshake in question. However, there is none and for a reason.

The cartels, the elites and the landowners are not interested in big financial development, neither is the state itself; the ones governing is more preoccupied with eating and being spoilt. Than thinking of or even caring about delivering anything substantial to the plate.

Kenyatta in the video sounded like a visitor, someone who popped by Nairobi on his way to Cape Town. Someone who just saw something unique and fresh, thinking this place has options and markets that can be developed, but his been in charge for one term already and in his second year of his second term. He should sound differently, than a NGO or Bilateral Financial Institution. Because that is what he did.

The President was not showing his finesse nor his knowledge. Neither showing signs of progression or hope in his message. More mediocre PR stunt to salvage some grace for September. Not thinking of the implications of his governing or his ways of running things. Surely, the Eurobonds, the scandals and the grand corruption continue to persist. Still, he will say that Kenya can become the next Singapore.

Even if we know that is not true at this junction, because the Political Actors, the ones running the show hasn’t an interest or an care to function that way. That means they cannot eat and that they have to deliver proper public services on the taxpayers money. Not go on big entourage trips eating and living lavish, being at conferences speaking like living legends and then later complain that some ministry is diminishing.

Well, that is why Kenyatta should relax, we know his game, we know the Big-4 and the BBI. We know and he can lie, but we will not eat it. We know that the stakes are high and the concern of the leadership is to find ways to eat. As long as that is key memo, than the development and the changes of society comes second. They are using office for selfish reasons and not for the public.

That is why the Jubilee, the Kenyatta administration will not succeed. In addition, it starts from the top, as his own interests come before the Republic. If not, why is the milk and other businesses thriving, while the state is evaporating.

Well, that is because the leadership is eating, without considering what happens when the kitchen is empty, and there no budget for buying more stock. Peace.

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Another look into the BBI!

The BBI is therefore a mockery, a waste of time, a waste of resources and a rubber stamping exercise” (Orengo P: 24, 2019).

Again, there is a new light put on the handshake and the Building Bridge Initiative (BBI), which has no been investigated. I have taken out a part quotes of the September Report from the Uwazi Consortium. This is really showing the truth of the partnership, agreement and the supposed institution of the BBI.

This is really showing that the Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) or the Kenyatta and Odinga working together with this one. What is really striking is that BBI is built on a lie. Since, there is no structure or place where the BBI resides. There is neither a budget nor public documentation, other than the flimsy agreements between the parties. This shows that its a sideshow and not a real government portfolio.

Key quotes from the Report:

The BBI task force has no known physical addresses for its offices. While sources indicated that its secretariat has offices at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) buildings, enquiries made at the reception of the same buildings did not confirm this. Nor does the task force have a website, postal address, telephone number(s) or email address(s). In the modern world, a website is perhaps more important than a physical address. As such, if an organization has no website, it is almost as if it does not exist” (Orengo P: 19, 2019).

First, if the State is the one underwriting operations of BBI, it is important for the operational budget of this institution to be made public to give opportunity for relevant oversight institutions to test the budget performance of the Initiative against the constitutional principles of fiscal responsibility. Second, and more significant, the BBI is anticipated to make wide-ranging reform recommendations that bear on the governance structure of the country including the electoral management system and a the structure of the executive. These recommendations touch on the core of Kenya’s statehood and sovereignty and will only be effected by way of a referendum” (Orengo P: 23, 2019).

When you see what the Report says. It is really a mirage of an organization. The BBI is big-words, but no signs of existence. It is a paper-tiger. There is no proof of the jurisdiction, budget or anything profound. Certainly, this shows what Odinga and Kenyatta have built with this. They are building a insignificant house on sand and we can just await a storm. Than the non-existent building will be destroyed.

That is why the Technical Committee proposals is really big-big, but possible significant changes if their implemented. Which is both concerning the election petitions and the arrangement of the Executive.

Important BBI Technical Committee Proposals:

Limit election petitions to one petition and one appeal(save for presidential election which ends at petition at SCoK), e.g. county/regional assembly: petition at High Court and one appeal at High court; others: petition at High Court and appeal at the CoA)” (BBI, 2019).

Constitution

– Restructure the Executive to re-introduce a parliamentary system

A president elected by a college of legislatures

Functions of the President as defined in the Annexure

A Prime minister and cabinet appointed as per annexure.

Public service commensurate with the above proposals

– Provide for establishment of a national and regional electoral commissions, whose members are nominated by political parties” (BBI, 2019).

As we see, the organization is built on shady ground. Therefore, it is hard to feel the possible touches of BBI. As it is a mirage of the leaders in the Republic. They are not even showing the proof of its existence, unless your downloading the paperwork of the Technical Committee, the appointments and the agreements between Kenyatta and Odinga.

That is why, it is only the headlines, the comments made in the media. Alas, the organization wants to make adjustment for the republic, but per documentation. It doesn’t even exist. The BBI should show proof of where it reside, if it has a budget or even is just mockery of a handshake, which has created peace between to parties. However, there is no other proof of what it does or where it be.

That means, the Technical Committee of BBI could suddenly appear from wherever, the same can the minutes, the conferences or the planned reforms. Since, there is no natural existence.

The BBI should prove its place, because now its hard to believe anything it does. Another Ghost-Operation, I suppose. Peace.

Reference:

BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE PROPOSALS, 2019

Ken Orengo – ‘“Captured” at ConCeption:The Unlikely Promise of BBI and the Quest for Reforming Kenya’ – Uwazi Consortium, September 2019)

Opinion: Judiciary is reaffirming what we already knew about the Building Bridges Initiative!

Despite submitting themselves to the process, the country’s top judges called the bluff of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), almost falling short of accusing them of purporting to reinvent the wheel” (…) “Unless BBI addresses itself with honesty, candour and courage to the question of why these existing institutions and initiatives are sub-optimal in their outcomes, then it is report will merely join the already existing large body of work to be ignored, undermined or poorly implemented,” the judges say” (Nzau Musau – ‘How Judiciary called the Building Bridges Initiative team’s bluff ‘ 01.09.2019, Standard Media).

The Building Bridges Initiative is a fashionable way of making dialogue between two parties, the ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta after the Fresh Presidential Elections of 2017. However, the BBI has been a side-show and a stepping stone. It has not been refreshing idea or organization to reinstitute anything.

What the BBI has done is to dismantle and reconfigure the opposition in a way, where they are technically the opposition, but not really. Since the Opposition like Odinga is a half-way Prime Minister, but not as Super-CS Fred Matiang’i. Odinga has a sort of governmental role, but hasn’t at the same time.

While the President is buying time by letting associates and people connected to Odinga working together on a invisible projects, where the Odinga walking around and being supported. As the government doesn’t have a main opponent. On the other hand the state also get Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka too and hires him to fixed position in South Sudan. We can reassure that Moses Wetangula is acting as an opposition and also Musalia Mudavadi, because they have not gotten honourable roles by the Jubilee. If they had, they would have taken it to eat too.

Odinga sold the NASA and CORD as he got affiliated the President through the BBI. They are using the BBI as a shield. As much as they are using that has also been co-operating closely because of the famous handshake. They both started a team play, where they can play for the gallery, not really do much. Have a committee and technical team, but it will not reinvent or change anything. It is buying time … for the next elections in 2021.

The BBI is buying time for the ODM and Jubilee. Also, WDM in the mix. But the FORD-Kenya and ANC feels left behind. They are not on the spoils of the poorly coordinated BBI, which even the JSC is saying.

It is a smokescreen and a play for the facade. The BBI was made to ensure peace, but at the same buy time. Nothing else. You can make it fancy, but when its not delivering anything substantial other than giving people titles. It is really not something workable and functional unit.

This is not making better institutions, but only ensure jobs for the ones connected. Peace.

Kenya – Press Statement on the Internationl Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearnaces: Defenders Coalition Condemns the Enforced Disappearance and Killing of Human Rights Defender Esther Mwikali Wambua on 27th August 2019 at Mithini – Murang’a County (30.08.2019)

Opinion: Matiang’i must be an extraordinary CS!

By the new Presidential Order, the Executive Order of no. 6 of 2019 has now given more added tasks for Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, This is the second time this year, earlier in the year in about January 2019 he already got more to his portfolio, which meant he got in-charge of the National Development Implementation and also the Coordination of the Government Ministries.

Now on the 22nd August 2019, the same CS gotten even more to take care off in government. The faith put in the man is extraordinary. CS Matiangi in the newest presidential order is that his in-charge of the Co-ordinating Delivery of National Priorities and Flagship Programmes within the Presidents’ Delivery Unit and also National Cohesion & Values within the Directorate of National

Cohesion and Values.

This is not all, in addition, the CS and its ministry got also this:

II. REGISTRATION OF PERSONS & IMMIGRATION

II.I To foster the integration of the functions of Registration of Persons and the functions of Immigration, the State Department for Interior and the State Department for Immigration & Citizen Services are merged to establish the

STATE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERIOR & CITIZEN SERVICES.

II.II The State Department for Interior & Citizen Services shall be domiciled within the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government” (Government of Kenya, 22.08.2019).

We all ready know that the CS is the special one, the one whose has the unique eye and handling of the business of President Kenyatta. Surely, to have him as an overseer, nearly a sort of Prime Minister and trusted CS. He has shown enough finesse for Kenyatta to have him to overlook the “Big Four” and also check upon the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Matiang’i must feel like an overlord.

That because Matiang’i get all this trust. He can impregnate daughters of church-leaders, initiate all out war on NASA during the Post-Elections in 2017 and show his loyalty ever since. Since, even if he failed as lecturer and also had big-scandals in office in the past. Still, his the sort of man that Kenyatta needs apparently.

Matiang’i must have some secret tricks or some methods to his trade. As the fate put into him is extraordinary. Even if there is not much to show for it. Unless, it is ordering extra public holidays and ordering people to leave the bars early for national census. Also, the loyalty towards the Huduma Namba and whatnot.

CS Matiang’i has done everything right in the eyes of Uhuru. If someone would be the golden-boy, the one to take up the mantle after Kenyatta. Seemingly, it must be him. Since, so much of the government work is put into his hands. Peace.

Raila Odinga through his advocates writes a demand letter to Nation Media Group (19.08.2019)

The crazy and mandatory exercise called the Huduma Bill of 2019!

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;

(e)pay taxes;

(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.

Kenya: Executive Office of the President – Head of Public Service – OP/CAB/18/19/10A – Re: Budget Alignment Process for Financial Year FY 19/20 (23.07.2019)

AEOG Statement on ELOG’s Preliminary Report of the Punguza Mizigo Initiative Supporters Verification Exercise (25.07.2019)

Opinion: CS Rotrich is the fall-guy for the Jubilee right now!

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.

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