Opinion: Kenyatta’s legacy will not be grand

I urge you, don’t be incited. Choose leaders who will ensure this country remains peaceful and united and those who will carry on with the work we already started and not take us back to where we came from, please don’t allow Mwai Kibaki’s 10 years and my 10 years to be destroyed by electing thugs and thieves. Time to play politics will come. But for now, what is more important is for the country to remain peaceful. We should never witness violence in this country because of politics. What we want is to continue with the development agenda so that we can establish industries for our youth to get employment” – President Uhuru Kenyatta on the 29th October 2021

Kenya President was visiting Kiambu and held a rally where he spoke of his legacy and remaining steadfast to it. However, Kenyatta haven’t delivered and he knows it. His allies and comrades have found plenty of plates to eat from, but they haven’t assured or structured the economy for a brighter future. No, the legacy of Kenyatta is more odious debt. While having huge scandals magnifying the use of public office to personal benefits. Therefore, to prolong the agony shouldn’t be in the voters interests.

The Jubilee Coalition and the Jubilee Party saga haven’t been a joyful one. It has been an disingenuous affair of lies and deception. They have come in with promise, but brutally assaulted all hope. What remains are the skeletons and the left behind papers with pledges and dreams of long forgotten past.

Kenyatta have only made himself pompous and great in the name. His actions and his state isn’t in a better place then when he entered. The politicking is more of the same and the businesses aren’t thriving either. Neither is the hopes of a just enterprise and such. Yes, the Courts have deemed his actions unfit, but he still stifled them. Kenyatta have proven himself resilient to court orders and the ideals of judiciary who is independent from his reign. While he could easily set in effect several of enterprises and policy changes, which was illegal.

That is the sort of legacy he will leave behind. There isn’t far from power to the jail-cell. The people who are associated with the President and appointed have misused their offices to enrich themselves. It is not like he doesn’t know and he let it all happen. Surely, he himself … has gotten more wealth and grandeur over the years. Most likely made some adjustments and regulations, which is fitting for the businesses he owns. Like we know the state have done things to the milking industry etc. Therefore, we know the deal and he should be more sincere than this.

Kenyatta might think people are stupid and gullible. We are supposed to forget the Eurobonds and NYS scandals. We are supposed to forget the maize and sugar “wars” or whatnot. Uhuru better recollect himself and cease as an inspirational figure. He has a reputation and a history for a reason. That is why he couldn’t even do things correctly with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is totally wasting this second term with.

Kenyatta will not be remembered in a good light. Only his die-hard fans will do that and those are delusional. Because, this man didn’t deliver and didn’t serve his office. There is no justification to continue the legacy of Kenyatta. Unless, you want to give more to the cartels and the industrial parties of the Republic. If you want the unholy trinity to have all access and wealth. While the poor becomes more poor. As the next generation … have to be paid with interests of all the loans he has issued in the span of two terms.

So, please don’t try to sell yourself as a hero when your not. Kenyatta should listen to the ground and what noise that is real. His “yes-men” will not save his grace. They can maybe re-hire a Cambridge Analytica to publish some mockery of content. Still, that will not be legit, because we know the deal and the years in office is the proof of this. Peace.

Kenya: Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) – Civil Society Organizations’ Demands on the Pandora Papers Expose’ (08.10.2021)

Kenya: Musalia Mudavadi Centre – Press Release (30.09.2021)

Over 2 million Kenyans face acute hunger due to drought in Kenya, warns IRC (28.09.2021)

At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28, 2021 –  The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million Kenyans are facing acute food insecurity in the next 6 months.

Mohammed El Montassir Hussein, IRC Kenya Country Director said

“This drought is reminiscent of the great famine of 2011 – we are very concerned about the growing humanitarian needs as people move out of the hometowns in search of places closer to water sources. Livestock are dying and men, women and children are going hungry and thirsty. Across the eastern and southern parts of the country the rains received were as little as 51% of  what is expected.

“Lamu Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties received amounts that were as little as 26% of normal rainfall. Turkana and Garissa are both refugee-hosting counties which put the already vulnerable refugee population at further risk given planned closure of the camps in May 2022. Many people living in these areas rely heavily on crops as a source of nutrition and livelihoods, and the droughts have resulted in below-average crop production. Household stocks are  up to 66% below average for all crops.  And this is worse in  the coastal region. High food prices coupled with declining livestock prices have impacted negatively on households’ ability to buy basic necessities. Earlier than normal migration of up to 60%  of livestock mainly in search of pasture and water has intensified insecurity and conflict as well as high risk of livestock diseases.

“Climate change is the main driver of the erratic and recurring droughts, and has been partly attributed to the recent locust outbreaks in East Africa, causing widespread food insecurity. Climate change also contributes to poor health outcomes. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are likely to exacerbate the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Lack of access to clean water will lead to higher incidence of diarrhea, a major cause of death for children under 5. Coupled with the destruction of fragile ecosystems, the changing climate has a profound impact on the occurrence of viruses like COVID-19 that emerge from animals.

“We must prepare for future climate emergencies, with communities given financial support and decision-making power. Local leaders (particularly indigenous populations), smallholder farmers and livestock herders already have the knowledge and experience necessary to confront this crisis.

“Future response to climate change must also be feminist, recognizing the unique and disproportionate ways women are impacted. As farmers, carers or activists, women (and women-led organizations) are central to food security and effective climate change mitigation.

“A secure aid budget – fulfilled in line with the internationally endorsed target of 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) – and risk-informed financing that can be quickly deployed, is critical to mitigating the impact of future shocks. Investing now to tackle hunger and food insecurity resulting from climate shocks will save time, money and lives in the long run. We are in urgent need of funding to be able to meet basic humanitarian needs and mitigate the impact of future shocks.”

The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing health care, women’s protection, legal rights, economic recovery & development and nutrition services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and their host communities. We also work with the Kenyan government to support health, nutrition and conflict resolution programs. The IRC is focusing our efforts on the Turkana, Garissa, West Pokot, Kajiado and Nairobi Counties by providing emergency health care, supporting community health projects that improve nutrition, sanitation and access to medicine; educating people about HIV/AIDS and other diseases; fostering conflict resolution to make communities safe for women and children; providing primary education for children and specialized classes and job training for youth and adults and advocating for the rights of refugees in the capital, Nairobi, and other urban areas.

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Kenya: Office of the Deputy President – Withdrawal of H.E. the Deputy President’s Security (26.08.2021)

Internatnional Commission of Juristis (ICJ) – Kenya Section: Statement on the Judgement of the Courts of Appeal of the Republic of Kenya on the Building Bridges Initiative and the Constitution Amendment Bill (2020) – (21.08.2021)

Opinion: Can we bury the BBI now?

Today the Court of Appeal final orders on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which has been a fixated feature of Kenyan politics since the Handshake of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga. That shocked the people and made the BBI a possible targeted.

The Court of Appeals was in favour of the Judgement of the High Court. This meaning the whole BBI is an unconstitutional endeavour. The President did an unconstitutional act by initiating and promoting constitutional changes. The BBI Steering Committee was an unconstitutional and unlawful entity. Certainly, the same should be directed to the BBI Task-Force as well, but not mentioned in the pages dropped on Twitter.

So, again the BBI is said to be unlawful and unconstitutional. By that definition the whole process and all the time spent on this. Is a total failure of the Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). They acted without the popular demand and without the measures needed to amend the constitution. This being done by supposed scholars and lawmakers. The President a former MP and the same is Odinga. They have both in the halls of power and they should know the articles of Constitution. So, that if they wanted the Constitution to be amended, they would follow procedure and protocol.

Instead the peace-offering and the handshake was so powerful. That the two gentlemen and their parties felt the euphoria and wanted another high. They felt like they owned the Republic and could rule the world. Therefore, they thought they could easily change the rules and legislation without proper protocol.

Now it is evident that they did it the wrong way and not done by law. The gentlemen in question tried to change the constitution, by not following the same constitution they wanted to change. The President should have enough advisors and legal scholars to tell him what to do. Instead, he has tried to circumvent and used the BBI as a tool to get the amendments the leaders wanted.

However, BBI by this second court order it should be taken into a casket and put six feet under. The BBI isn’t only on the death-bed, but deceased and need to be buried. The casket is ready to be dropped. The reggae is now stopping.

What is striking is that this has been the main topic for the Second Term of President Kenyatta. This has been the real prospect and proof of policy during this term. Kenyatta and Odinga has invested everything in this. The Jubilee hasn’t delivered the “Big Four” or anything else they really promised in the 2017 elections. Therefore, the BBI was the …. gift that was giving, but now it’s just poison.

That’s because the BBI was built on a false premise. The BBI was fake and fraud, a unconstitutional constitutional amendment drive, which is epically backfiring. The leaders of men has not only failed this enterprise, but wasted the whole time doing this. The BBI is a proof of how not run government and pay-off your opposition. They are both losers in this… and the Kenyan citizens has paid the Committee and Task-Force.

Kenyatta and Odinga is the ones that needs to carry this cross. They have been working on overtime for this. Holding campaign meetings and consultations. They have hired people and acted like supreme overlords. However, nobody is above the law and even them has to honour the codes. That is what it striking here.

Lessons should be learned. The BBI should be school-yard example of how not make constitutional amendments.

Can somebody please bury the BBI and everything that reminds us of it. It has been an expensive and a time consuming enterprise leading to nothing. Peace.

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