Deputy President William Ruto wants to be the kingmaker and the biggest political player in the Republic. Ruto wants to be the importance and the one people look up too. William wants to be loved everywhere and be respected too. However, that’s not how it works.
The Jubilee Party sent in their unknown man McDonald Mariga to stand as an MP Candidate. Who we still don’t know his real age and that’s his interest of politics only came when he could aspire for office. Not that he as a candidate would have had any traction, if it wasn’t for him standing as a flag-bearer for the government party. If he was running for FORD-Kenya or anything else. He would have gotten abysmal results.
Ruto fielded him and did the risk. He invested time, money and all of the TangaTanga politicians joined in and camped at the Kibra By-Election. They all pulled all their power and promises. The Jubilee pledged jobs, houses and everything else. The sweetest gifts if they elected Mariga.
However, the public didn’t buy that stick. They didn’t buy those promises. Even bribing voters on election day didn’t work either. Still a lackluster 36% to Mariga. This was a stronghold and a base for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Raila Odinga. Therefore, the candidacy of Benard Imran Okoth was a sure win. The results proved that too.
Some might say, that Jubilee and Ruto getting one third of the votes is a victory. Is it? Really? They again claim the ODM incited violence, but Ruto has incited to violence in the past. He has been in-charge and let the authorities brutalize opposition strongholds after the previous Fresh Presidential Elections in 2017. I remember several of deaths in the timeline of the Fresh Presidential Elections. Where big-men died, where innocent civilians was killed and the Police Service had procured body-bags for Kisumu.
Therefore, Ruto and Tanga-Tanga should be a bit more reflective on their own activity for their gains. Because, now the most famous picture was of Senator Boni Khalwale, who was throwing stones on election day. Not that ODM is innocent either, but none died in this. While when Ruto and Jubilee is behind. It is usual fatal for someone. That’s why all Post Election Violence sponsored by the men of Ruto will end up bloody, while the ODM wasn’t like that.
This Kibra Election is a lesson. But also a warning, because the Jubilee and TangaTanga is gearing up at amp speed. They want to challenge the narrative. That they were not losers, that they were not violent and that they didn’t try to rig this results. When they throw stones, tried to buy voters and pledged ridiculous huge projects that would never happen. Just more of Ruto’s Ghosts.
Ruto has so many ghosts and promised start-ups. William has surely enough plaques all across the Republics for something that isn’t in the budget nor any tender on it. The hustler will not say that, because he has the photo-op and the PR stunt for a road, a school, computer lab or whatnot. But the man will not find the money for it. He rather buy a congregation and dole out gift than actually doing some work.
That’s why this failed. Why Ruto isn’t trusted either. He comes with flamboyant speeches, big-PR and huge campaign budgets, but his real standing is weak. He is screwed and is clever enough to trick the trade, but his not loved. That’s because his shown his true character again and again.
Ruto will have to muster some magic to be sincere before the next election. Unless, he wants cats, dogs, chickens and kids to vote for him. To bring up the numbers to scratch. William doesn’t have it in him. Neither had Mariga who seemed like a lost soul, fishing and testing waters he never knew. The dude couldn’t even vote for himself nor had he voted for anyone else in the past. His just been modelling for companies and a friendly face after a successful football career. Though, not a champion of the people nor a born representative of them either.
That’s why the best candidate won in Kibra By-Election 2019. The Jubilee and Ruto might cry foul. They even asked to open the servers, like NASA did in 2017. It shows that karma is a bitch. And the system is cranked up. But the Ruto infused elections wasn’t that grand. Only an imposter and a tragic Greek comedy. There is nothing to see here, except for sore losers and lack of empathy. Peace.
In the recent time, not so long ago, the Mumias Sugar Limited was involved in not only spending big on political campaigns in 2017, but they also got big payouts with funds reviving the company that same year in 2017. Now two years after the previous elections, the KCB Bank put the company in receivership. This means the funds are insolvent and they struggle to raise enough funds to keep it afloat. That means the owners like Evans Kidero, Amos Wako and Henry Rotrich are struggling to keep it alive.
Surely, they didn’t see this coming. In 2000 and in 2001, the turnover records was set for the company. Since then the privatization and the other measures done, has clearly made the company volatile, as well as the opening of the boarders for more sugar imports. This must have all hurt the turnover, the profits and the margins of the company. Like back in 2008 alone, the company was behind over 50% sugar production in the Republic. That means and shows the importance of Mumias and its operations in Kenya.
Therefore, when it falls as hard it does today. It shows that its left behind. That the business-model, the strategic enterprise isn’t working. Maybe even, that the Jubilee haven’t seen it as an priority post-2017 Elections. We know the importance of it, as it is reported that professor Tom Ojienda has also obtained and solicited illegal funds from this company. That is why we know its vital place in the political sphere and in the republic as whole. The elite has been eating of the company and enjoyed it services, to a point that its crashing.
The millers, the sugar-farmers and the workers are the losers, as the receivership means the bank will runs the operations, until they possibly find a buyer. Someone buying its stake, since the company lacks funds to operate properly. This means, the investors and buyers needs to be loaded, to be able to fill the gaps of financial input, which is clearly needed. That is ironic, knowing how many campaigns, how much the company has gotten favours and how it has high-ranking officials whose had shares in the company.
The income statement on FT says it all: “Year on year Mumias Sugar Company Ltd’s revenues fell -34.06% from 2.09bn to 1.38bn. This along with an increase in the cost of goods sold expense has contributed to a reduction in net income from a loss of 6.77bn to a larger loss of 15.14bn”. This shows how its burning funds and not earning at this point.
We can wonder if the Jubilee will bail on this one or if they are planning ahead for 2022 and want the support of Kakamega. This would be a vital investment, not only in the sugar business, but in the region. As they would save a big business, which has been the biggest producer and miller on the market. This is if the Jubilee cares, but if they are reckless, than they let it go. But then expect them to pay a price. As they are destroying an old institution, business and former state owned enterprise, which is now in the mercy of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
This is not a good look. So my question is, have the Jubilee forgotten this company and its role in society? Or do they think there is someone else’s turn to have that place?
I don’t know, but this is shady, letting a company like this fall and one, which process sugar from the farmers. They will be limbo and need to supply other millers, since this one cannot sustain itself and needs new investments to cover the losses. In the end, the sugar-farmers are the losers. Peace.
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.
“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).
– 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.
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)
“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.